New Pop Art Brings Native Cultures Together

“Native Pop energizes Indian country’s art scene with bold color and iconic images, offers platform for activism. The organizers behind Native Pop hunted for “hardcore, cutting-edge” indigenous artists to form their collective. The idea was to educate the public that Native people do more than traditional arts and crafts; they also make progressive art that’s intelligent and provocative.” K. Butler, ICTMN

Excerpt:   World Goes Wild for ‘Raw, In-Your-Face’ Native Pop Art, Kristin Butler, ICTMN

“The unified voices also strengthen the dialogue that Native people are still here. ‘We’re still relevant,’ says Brent Learned, Cheyenne/Arapaho, the award-winning artist and leading organizer of Native Pop. ‘We want our voices to be heard.’

More than two years ago, Learned tapped multi-media artist Joe Hopkins to help him bring Native Pop to life. The pair compared lists of the best pop artists in Native circles, starting with the most prominent names in the pop art world in Indian country, like Bunky Echo-Hawk, Steven Paul Judd,  George Curtis Levi,  Joshua Garrett, J. NiCole Hatfield  and Oneka M. Jones. Each artist brings a unique style to the table. They’re very sought-after artists, and not only that, their craft is well defined.

Beyond tribal affiliations, the common thread between the various Native Pop artists is pop art. Learned and Hopkins are quick to point out the distinction between pop and contemporary art. The two genres can get “cluttered,” Hopkins said. “It’s a fine line.” Pop art employs popular or iconic imagery, whereas contemporary art is less well-defined and generally ascribed to works by artists living today, art related to modern-day themes, or art created through new mediums.

In March, four Native Pop artists will represent the Native pop art movement at the National Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas. In October, the exhibit will head to the Bishop Gallery in Brooklyn.”

DAPL: Native Protectors Might Pollute Their Own Water!

“Citing unusually high temperatures and the need to step up the pace of cleanup, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum issued an evacuation order effective immediately for water protectors in the Oceti Sakowin and parts of Sacred Stone camps… It relates to the unseasonably warm weather and the potential for flooding that’s coming…Potential water contamination was also an issue…one of the biggest environmental threats to the Missouri River right now is the camp itself.”ICMN Staff

Warmer temperatures have started to melt near-record snowfall at the Oceti Sakowin camp. J. Monet ICTMN

Excerpt: Water Protectors Told to Evacuate, ICMN Staff

“Cleanup has been happening, he said, but with five to six months of debris and the warming temperatures, the pace needs to be stepped up. Eighty-two dumpsters have been taken from the camps, Burgum said, but that is only 20 percent of what needs to be cleaned up.

Protesters must clean up and leave the site

At the current pace, it won’t be done in time to avoid contaminating the water when the floods come. And the freezing water, he said, would be dangerous to anyone remaining in the flood plain…Burgum said that at this point there are fewer than 200 water protectors left at the camps—during the height in November and December, the number had swelled as high as 14,000—and urged those who remained to take any personal and ceremonial items. He acknowledged that there may be people at camp who don’t have a place to go, and said state and local authorities would work with them to help them relocate.

Asked about potential police presence or use of force, Burgum said that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) had ‘added more staff’ and that more were coming, but that the goal was to maintain public safety.

‘But it’d be nice if we didn’t need more law enforcement,’ he said, in the hope that water protectors would cooperate with the cleanup efforts as an environmental issue, and would leave peaceably, in deference to the climate conditions.”

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Shakopee Mdewakanton Tribe Donates 4 Million to Help Others

“The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) on Thursday announced a package of donations totaling more than $4 million for Native American causes in Minnesota and six other states. Examples of projects funded by the donations include broadband internet, community center renovations, college scholarships and water treatment facilities.” SWNews Media

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charlie Vig

Excerpt: Tribe donates $4 million to Native American causes–SWNews Media

“There are so many needs across Indian Country, and the SMSC’s financial support will go a long way toward improving the lives of many people, especially children and future generations,’ said SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig. The SMSC has donated approximately $350 million to organizations and causes in the past 25 years.

The SMSC announced the new multi-million package of donations less than one month after making a $200,000 gift to fund living allowances for AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers working to improve Native nutrition, as part of the SMSC’s $5 million Seeds of Native Health campaign. It was the first time in VISTA’s history in which a tribe provided funding to deploy VISTA members nationally. In an editorial lauding Seeds of Native Health, the Star Tribune called the tribe a ‘philanthropic force.’

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Mississippi Choctaws Adding a New Casino!

“Mississippi’s only Indian casino operator plans to expand to a third site. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says it will open a casino on the reservation’s Red Water community, on the northern edge of Carthage in Leake County.”

Excerpt: Mississippi Choctaws approve plan for casino near Carthage The Washington Times

“The band operates two interlinked casinos just west of Philadelphia, as well as one at the Bok Homa community near Sandersville in Jones County. The Tribal Council voted 9-7 for the plan Friday, a news release states.

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Silver Star Choctaw Casino

The tribe says the new casino will open within a year in a 35,000-square-foot building featuring 500 slot machines, 10 table games, and restaurants. Chief Phyllis Anderson says the proposed casino will help generate more jobs and more revenue for the tribe’s growing population, which now has nearly 11,000 enrolled members.”

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Tohono O’odham Tribe Will Reject Border Wall in Arizona!

“Donald Trump’s proposed border wall could face a major obstacle in Arizona, where an indigenous tribe has vowed to oppose construction on its land…The Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized tribe with a reservation that spans 75 miles of the US-Mexico border, announced on Thursday that it does not support the wall and criticized the White House for signing an executive order without consulting the tribe.” S. Levin, The Guardian

Excerpt: ‘Over my dead body’: tribe aims to block Trump’s border wall  on Arizona land, By Sam Levin, The Guardian

Verlon Jose Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation

“The Tohono O’odham’s statement calls for a meeting with the president and comes after a tribal vice-chairman declared the government would build the wall ‘over my dead body’. Earlier in his first week in office, Trump also promised to push forward with the the Dakota Access pipeline, which last year attracted an unprecedented gathering of indigenous groups to back the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in its fight against the oil project.

The Tohono O’odham tribe, which has roughly 28,000 members and controls 2.8m acres of a reservation in south-western Arizona, has long struggled with the militarized international border that was drawn through the middle of its traditional lands.

The O’odham people historically inhabited lands that stretched south to Sonora, Mexico, and just north of Phoenix, Arizona, and there are tribe members who still live in Mexico. The tribe today has the second largest Native American land base in the country, and indigenous people say the US Border Patrol has for decades significantly disrupted tribal communities and their day-to-day life.

The tribe has said that Border Patrol agents in the past have detained and deported Tohono O’odham people who were simply traveling through their own traditional lands, practicing migratory traditions essential to their religion, economy and culture.

An effigy of Donald Trump stands on a symbolic wall built by protesters outside the US embassy in Mexico City. Photograph- Edgard Garrido:Reuters

Trump would face numerous legal hurdles if he attempted to build a wall on Tohono O’odham land, which functions under law as an autonomous government…if the government moved to start construction, large demonstrations like Standing Rock could emerge.”

Category: Politics

How Obamacare Repeal Will Hurt Native Americans

“The federal government promised free healthcare to tribes in treaties more than a century ago. The legislation that protects and modernizes those treaty promises was rolled into the ACA when it became law in 2010. With the ACA on the chopping block, this legislation could vanish, tribal leaders say.” N. Subbaraman, BuzzFeed

Healthcare is hard to come for many tribes.

Excerpt: Here’s How Obamacare Repeal Could Hurt Native Americans By Nidi Subbaraman, BuzzFeed

“Nine tribal health boards, the National Indian Health Board, and political groups including the National Congress of American Indians sent a letter to Congress in December [2016], asking to preserve sections that addressed healthcare for tribes.

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Repealing these provisions and the IHCIA (Indian Health Care Improvement Act) now would have disastrous consequences for the Indian health system, they wrote, with urban and rural health centers losing 3rd party revenue, legal authorities, and life-saving programs.

Of primary concern are a series of amendments to the IHCIA, rules that were bundled in with the ACA. Originally passed in 1976, the law laid out the responsibilities of the Indian Health Service, which provides healthcare to tribes. But it was revised substantially in 2010…Senate Republicans took the first steps towards repealing the ACA by voting for repeal plans as soon as January 27, 2017. Similar actions are expected from the House of Representatives… the result could be a lot of harm to the Indian health care system as it works today, said Geoffrey Strommer…an attorney who works on tribal law and healthcare.

Obama increased support for Naitves. Photo:politicalticker

From my perspective taking away Medicaid would be devastating, said Donald Warne, chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University. In North Dakota, one of the states that has expanded Medicaid, private insurance has begun to cover many services that the underfunded Indian Health Service cannot provide. If Medicaid were to go away, We can’t even do things like cancer screening or a colonoscopy, Warne said. Taking insurance from American Indians or any other population will kill people.”

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