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Hopi Leaders Attend Restoration of Bears Ears”

“On Oct. 8, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a proclamation restoring the Bears Ears National Monument to 1.36 million acres in San Juan County, Utah, effectively reinstating environmental protections to an expansive and varied landscape.” Navajo Times, November 9, 2021

Courtesy photo Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva at the Perfect Kiva in Bears Ears National Monument on Oct. 1 after a grueling, six-mile hike.

Excerpt:  Hopi leaders attend Biden restoration of Bears Ears, Navajo Times, Nov. 9, 2021

“Hopi Chairman Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma and Vice Chairman Clark W. Tenakhongva attended the signing of the proclamation along with other federal, state and tribal leaders, according to a news release from the Hopi vice chairman’s office.

‘The signing of this proclamation and the restoration of Bears Ears is an important victory for all Native people,” Tenakhongva said. “On behalf of the Hopi people, I thank President Biden…’

The Bears Ears monument was originally established in December 2016 by the Obama administration following a multi-year effort by Indigenous-led organizations to protect the public lands.

The creation of the Bears Ears monument was significant because for the first time in history, Native nations were given a voice in managing a national monument as the proclamation called for the establishment of a Bears Ears Commission, staffed by a representative of each of the tribes comprising the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.

These tribes include the Hopi Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe (of the Uintah and Ouray), and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe…Following the signing of the proclamation, Biden was gifted with a hat, Hopi tribal flag, and a Hopi veteran’s lapel pin by Tenakhongva, to which Biden reportedly responded, “Clark, you are one man who has worked so hard on this matter, and I have so much respect for you. You never gave up. Please continue the work of the Nation, your people and the world.”


2021 Halloween Fun Events Native Style!

The Following Halloween Events are Listed in The Navajo Times:

ROCK SPRINGS, N.M. — Rock Springs Chapter will host a Halloween drive-thru event on Friday, Oct. 29, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19 and for the safety of everyone, please remain in vehicle and wear protective face mask. Information: Cheryl, 505-722-9470.

FORT DEFIANCE – Fort Defiance Chapter announces a Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Friday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The event will include a costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, prizes, and treat bags. Information: 928-729-4352.

This is Andres Ramirez @4 months old. Mom is Elizabeth Curley and father Walter Ramirez. They are great 1st time parents! We had to try on his Lobster Halloween costume!

GALLUP — Join Octavia Fellin Public Library for Halloween Trivia on Friday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. Learn about historical events, tidbits, and other fun facts about Halloween. Top three contestants will be eligible to win Halloween-themed prizes. Live on Zoom and Facebook. Information: 505-863-1291.

LEUPP, Ariz. — Leupp Nazarene Church announces a Halloween Eve gathering for children on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Leupp baseball field (east of the closed post office) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include testimony from Pastor Darrell Begay, singing, candy, and food. Information: Darrell, 928-853-5321.

Halloween Fun 2021

FARMINGTON — The Spooktacular 5K Race will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, at Berg Park in Farmington. Registration opens at 5 p.m., race begins at 5:40 p.m. Entry fee is $15 with awards to age group winners and overall winners. Information: Lenny Esson, 505-686-8878.

HOUCK, Ariz. — Halloween Trunk or Treat will take place Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Houck Chapter House parking lot from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include a Costume […]

‘Light the Night’ Halloween Concert:  Winslow Restoration Church 323 N. Alfred Avenue, Winslow, AZ— The “Light the Night” Halloween Concert is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 31, at Winslow Restoration Church (323 N. Alfred Ave.) at 5 p.m. Performers include Joshua Long (O’Ryan […]

Have Fun and Please Stay Safe! Talking-Feather


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The Lummi People are Fighting to Preserve Their Heritage: Fishing

Like all Coast Salish tribes, the Lummi identify as ‘salmon people’… Yet over the past century, global warming, habitat destruction, pollution, shipping traffic and other factors have decimated the Pacific salmon population. So Lummi fishers have turned, with some reluctance, to crab and shellfish for sustenance and income.” T. Kim, The New York Times, Oct 23, 2021

Photographs by Damon Winter – The New York Times

Excerpt: Can This Tribe of ‘Salmon People’ Pull Off One More Win? By E. Tammy Kim, Photographs by Damon Winter, The New York Times, October 23, 2021

“One afternoon this August, I boarded the Salish Sea, a crabbing boat named after the inland ocean that gives the Washington State coastline its defining divot. Dana Culaxten Wilson, one of the most prolific fishers in the Lummi Nation, and his crew of two were on their final outing of a 30-hour ‘crab opening,’ a period approved for tribal commercial crabbing…Colorful buoys marking crab pots dotted the sound.

Dana Culaxten Wilson and his grandson pulling crab pots. Photo- Damon Winter

Mr. Wilson and his crew — his grandson and an old friend — used a pulley to hoist the pots, then shook their skittering contents into a bin; they sorted the red-orange heap and transferred larger crabs into a barrel for sale…Crab and shellfish have become important sources of income and sustenance for the Lummi as fish stocks have declined. Words like adaptation and resilience are often used to discuss our response to accelerating climate change. They also describe, and terribly understate, what the Lummi and other Native peoples have had to do to survive.

Photo-Damon Winter

Time and again, the Lummi have confronted existential threats and built broad, unlikely coalitions with environmental activists and white fishers…But there is always a new threat in the congested waterways of the Pacific Northwest: The tribe must now persuade the Canadian government not to expand a shipping port into the Salish Sea.

The Lummi do not use nets when fish show signs of distress. Photo- Damon Winter

Lummi citizens speak of life ‘pre-contact’: the land, community and traditions their ancestors enjoyed before colonization in what is now Washington and British Columbia. The bloody history of settlement broke up this way of life, but the Lummi did everything they could to retain their right to fish…The Lummi have done what they can to bring the salmon back.”

To Learn more about The Lummi visit Tribalpedia

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Vice President Kamala Harris Featured Speaker at 2021 NCAI convention

“Tribal leaders heard Harris’ and President Joe Biden’s commitment to tribal sovereignty that included a big announcement.” ICT-October 12, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris gives speech at the 78th Annual National Congress of American Indians. in Washington DC Photo- Jourdan B. Begays, Indian Country Today. October 12, 2021

Excerpt: “Harris said the Biden/Harris administration is renegotiating the memorandum of agreement on Public Law 477. This plan was established in 1992 under President George H. W. Bush.”

See Vice President’s Harris’ speech here:

Read more about Public Law 477 here.

The Resistance of Celebrating Christopher Columbus Continues

“Christopher Columbus undoubtedly changed the world. But was it for the better?” History Editors, updated, October 9, 2020

Lovella Black Bear, left, holds a sign calling for the abolishment of Columbus Day during a 2015 demonstration for Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson:AP)


Excerpt: Why Columbus Day Courts Controversy,, October 2020 “More than 500 years after he ‘discovered’ the New World—kicking off centuries of exploration and colonization of the Americas—Christopher Columbus is honored with a federal holiday on the second Monday of every October.

However, as historians have continued to dig into the life of Christopher Columbus, controversy has arisen over continuing to honor the Italian explorer as a hero. Like many European explorers, Christopher Columbus encountered indigenous people throughout his voyages.

Spaniards enslaving the Native Americans. Universal History Archive:UIG:Getty Images

There are three main sources of controversy involving his interactions with the indigenous people he labeled ‘Indians’: the use of violence and slavery, the forced conversion of native peoples to Christianity and the introduction of a host of new diseases that would have dramatic long-term effects on native people in the Americas.

On his first day in the New World, he ordered six of the natives to be seized, writing in his journal that he believed they would be good servants. Throughout his years in the New World, Columbus enacted policies of forced labor in which natives were put to work for the sake of profits.

California Natives gather in front of City Hall to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. October 14, 2019, Los Angeles, California. (Photo courtesy of Helena Tsosie)

Later, Columbus sent thousands of peaceful Taino ‘Indians’ from the island of Hispaniola to Spain to be sold. Many died en route…Eventually, his methods and actions caught up with Columbus. A number of settlers lobbied against him at the Spanish court, accusing Columbus of mismanagement…This historical record has cast Columbus’ legacy under a cloud of controversy. Protests at Columbus Day parades, efforts to eliminate him from classroom curricula and calls for changing the federal holiday have all followed.”

Additional Activities/Information

Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration

“Celebrate Indigenous art and culture at the Heard Museum. A visit to the museum is a perfect way to support American Indian artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers and chefs. Join us for this special day during which we honor the vitality, beauty and diversity of American Indian people.” The Heard Museum

9 Things to Do on Indigenous Peoples Day!

“Christopher Columbus did not “discover” America. Today, let’s remember and celebrate the Peoples who were here first!

“Over 130 states, cities and universities across the United States have voted to stop recognizing “Columbus Day” in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day, shifting the holiday’s focus from Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants.”  Cultural

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

“It’s time to move beyond the falsehoods of Columbus Day!”

“The United States is grappling with the legacy of slavery, systemic racism, and oppression. This requires us, as responsible citizens, to reflect on our own lives, and question our long-held assumptions. We need, furthermore, to intentionally support efforts to dismantle the stereotypes and bigotry ingrained in our country’s history and culture.” CommonWealthMagazine


Minneapolis March for Slain Boarding School Children

“On Friday, hundreds of people marched in solidarity as part of the boarding school survivor and victim memorial event in Minneapolis. Crowds marched through Southside neighborhoods to raise awareness of the legacy of boarding schools that is still felt in the American Indian community today.”  D. Thompson, September 25, 202

Participants hold signs in the Boarding School Survivor and Victim Memorial March in Minneapolis on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo/Darren Thompson for Native News Online.)

Excerpt: In Minneapolis, a March for Boarding School Victims and Survivors, By  Darren Thompson, September 25, 202

“The march was organized by the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center and sponsored by the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Tiwahe Foundation, Ain Dah Yung, the Lower Phalen Creek Project, and other American Indian community organizations in the Twin Cities area…Prior to the march, crowds met in the Little Earth neighborhood on Minneapolis’s Southside and listened to speakers share their experiences attending boarding school.”

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