Native Book Tell What it Feels like Growing Up in the Inner City

“In a new memoir, Winnipeg environmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller details what life was like growing up as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg’s inner city.” Darrell Stranger, September 9, 2021, ICT

Novel- Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Muller. (Screen grab, APTN National News)

 

Excerpt:  Life in the City of Dirty Water ties together his stories of survival with his stories of defending lands against various pipelines.

‘There’s a lot there you know but it’s a story of my life. But you know it’s a shared experience I think that many Native people you know have gone through,’ Thomas-Muller said.

He faced family violence, poverty, racism and eventually ended up in juvenile detention.

This memoir details how he escaped from those troubles once he embraced his culture’s rituals and reconnected with the land…He hopes the book can help non-Indigenous people understand the hardships some Indigenous people like him face.

‘There’s a lot of things that people can do and I hope that Life in the City of Dirty Water inspires both Native and non-Native people you know to come together and understand each other, maybe a little bit more, have a little bit more empathy, little more kindness, and most importantly that it activates people and normalizes conversations about some pretty tough topics,’ he said.”

Life in the City of Dirty Water can be purchased wherever books are sold as well as online.

Navajo Nation Communities Have Increased COVID Spread…President Nez Takes Action

“The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 17 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day…Based on cases from Aug. 13-16, the Navajo Department of Health has issued an advisory notice for 36 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. NM, August 31, 2021

Excerpt:  36 Navajo Nation communities have uncontrolled COVID spread, New Mexico News, August 31, 2021

“President Jonathan Nez has said all Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing.

The new rules apply to full, part-time and temporary employees, including those working for tribal enterprises like utilities, shopping centers and casinos.

Any worker who does not show proof of vaccination by Sept. 29 must be tested every two weeks or face discipline.”

For more info Visit: The Navajo Nation Government https://www.navajo-nsn.gov

Category: Culture

Kali Reese: Boxing’s First Native Female Champ!

“Kali ‘K.O.’ Reis member of the Wampanoag/Cherokee tribes, strives to be the undisputed 140-pound champion.”

Kali Reis – Ready For Battle

 

Excerpt:  Boxing’s first Native female world champion defends title, Carina Dominguez, ICT August, 2021

ICT profiled Reis, profiled Reis, Seaconke Wampanoag, last year after she won the WBA’s women’s 140 pound title vs Kandi Wyatt on Nov. 6.

Before Kali Reis was known as ‘K.O.’ Mequinonoag in the ring, jabbing her way to boxing titles, she was raised in her traditional ways by her mother. Both are enrolled members of the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe in Rhode Island. Reis also traces her ancestry to the Nipmuc and Cherokee nations – and to the islands of Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa. In her preteens she was motivated to focus on boxing.

Native Champion Kali Reis. photo-proboxing-fans.com

Reis will defend the title against Diana Prazak with the vacant International Boxing Organization title also at stake.

Kali K.O. Reis walks alongside manager Brian Cohen at her weigh-in on Thursday, August 19, 2021. (Photo by Rudy Mondragon)

She’ll be fighting in California at the Sycuan Casino Resort and she’ll be introduced by Kumeyaay bird singers. Tickets are available for purchase and it will be streaming on UFC Fight pass.”

For More Info on Kali Reis visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Reis

Category: Culture, Sports

Native Comic Elevates Chickaloon Tribe

“Family traditions drive Chickaloonies comic. Seattle authors brings Ahtna  Athabascan tales to life with vivid illustrations and traditional story telling through the eyes of two youths who go on a quest to be the best storytellers in the world.” R. Perry, ICT, August 9, 2021

Chickaloonies Comic

Excerpt: A new graphic novel, Chickaloonies, by Dimi Macheras and Casey Silver, brings stories of the Ahtna Athabascan to life. By Richard Perry, ICT, August 9, 2021

“Dimi Macheras’ love of storytelling is rooted in his Chickaloon family traditions. His grandmother, who was a respected elder and clan grandmother of the Chickaloon Tribe, told traditional Ahtna Athabascan Ya Ne Dah Ah stories to him and his cousins in Alaska when they were children. He never forgot them.

‘She would tell these stories using different voices and act out the characters and their movements using her hands,’ said Macheras, a citizen of the Chickaloon Tribe who now lives in Seattle.

‘It was a tradition in our family, and we were all raised with these stories.’ His grandmother died in 2009, but his mother continued to tell the stories across Alaska until she died in 2014. Now Macheras has teamed up with writer, artist and designer Casey Silver — his business partner in 80% Studios — to share those stories with the rest of the world.

Mr. Yelly

The result — their new graphic novel, Chickaloonies — was released Aug. 1, 2021. It’s the first in a planned series of books for all ages that tell the fantasy adventure of two Indigenous friends involving legends, language and magic in an ever-changing world…The  Chickaloonies story opens at a time of perpetual darkness for the village.

Two Alaska Native youths, the hulking Sasquatch E. Moji and the smaller Mr. Yelly, decide to go on a quest to find the sun and to become the greatest storytellers the world has ever seen. They learn from stories told by past generations that the sun was stolen, gobbled up whole by a giant fish from far away, and long, long ago…The pair then set out to restore balance and save the village of Chickaloon. Along the way, they learn from other cultures and share their Ahtna Athabascan culture and stories with those they meet.”

Visit: Chickaloon, Alaska

Wildfires Rapidly Destroying Native Land

“In Oregon, Karuk tribal citizen Troy Hockaday Sr. watched helplessly last fall as a raging wildfire leveled the homes of five of his family members, swallowed acres of forest where his people hunt deer, elk and black bear, and killed a longtime friend.” J. Estus, ICT, July 15, 2021

A scoop plane drops water onto a burning ridge in Washington state (Pete Caster:Lewiston Tribune via AP)

Excerpt: Wildfires in the west hitting tribes hard By, Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today, July 15, 2021

“Now, less than a year later, the tribal councilman is watching in horror as flames encroach on the parched lands of other Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest that already are struggling to preserve traditional hunting and fishing practices amid historic drought. At least two tribes have declared states of emergency amid the devastation…In California, a fire was rapidly expanding Wednesday in the Feather River Canyon, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Paradise, the foothill town largely destroyed by a 2018 wildfire that killed 85 people.

The largest fire in the U.S. on Wednesday was burning in southern Oregon. The lightning-caused Bootleg fire was encroaching on the traditional territory of the Klamath Tribes, which still have treaty rights to hunt and fish on the land, and sending huge, churning plumes of smoke into the sky visible for miles…Chuwea Creek Fire is one of several fires in north central Washington, where hundreds of people are under level 1 and 2 evacuation orders. At level 1, people are advised to get ready and be alert to danger. At level 2, people may leave voluntarily or make plans and pack to be ready to go at a moment’s notice as significant danger is in their area…The Federal Emergency Management Agency Tuesday authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Chuwea Creek Fire…Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Chairman Andy Joseph Jr., said in a prepared statement Tuesday, “our priority is always the safety of all people on the Colville Reservation, and we will also protect property to the best of our ability,” Joseph said.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people already impacted by these fires. We thank those coming onto our land to assist us in fighting these fires, and we appreciate the donations and offers for help that are already coming in. The need for action to protect our climate, and to mitigate the effects of climate change, becomes clearer with each passing year and each round of devastating fires,” Joseph said.

On Tuesday the tribe closed the reservation to the public and to industrial activities. It placed non-essential staff on administrative leave.”

Category: Culture

First Native Owned Sea Tour Launches in Seattle!

“Seattle’s newest waterfront attraction is a Native-owned, Native-designed voyage offering a narrated tour sharing the history of the city and its Indigenous people. Salish Sea Tours, located at Miner’s Landing on Pier 57, opened to the public on June 25.” N. Brennan, ICT, July 2021

Salish Sea Tours Launch 2021

Excerpt: Salish Sea Tours Launch, By Natasha Brennan, ICT

“Various Native artists and leaders were involved in the creation of the company’s two 93-foot catamarans and its hour-long narrated tour of Elliott Bay. Owner Kyle Griffith, an enrolled member of the Chinook Indian Nation, said the tour is a tangible representation of tribes coming together.

George Montero, Tlingit, is presented with a traditional Duwamish blanket at a ceremony before Salish Sea Tours made one of its first voyages on June 24 from Miner’s Landing on the Seattle waterfront. (Photo by The Bellingham Herald

 

The Chinook Indian Nation, located less than 100 miles southwest of Olympia, and the Duwamish Tribe, native to the Seattle area, are not federally recognized. Griffith hopes the tour will bring attention to the tribes’ fight for recognition.

Inside the ship.

‘It’s not just a tour, it’s about being seen. This is the first tour in the city of Seattle that mentions the name of the Duwamish,’ Jolene Haas, director of the Duwamish Longhouse, said at the tour’s maiden voyage and launch party Thursday afternoon, June 24.

To Purchase Tickets Visit:   https://www.salishseatours.com