“Last-Known Surviving Mohawk Code Talker”

“He is among the Native Americans who played a special role in World War II, serving as the famed Code Talkers. Louis Levi Oakes traveled to Buffalo to visit the Marine Corps League National Convention…[he] was born on the Akwesasne Territory in Upstate New York but lived in Buffalo for about 30 years, where he was employed as an ironworker.” M. Mroziak, WSKG/NPR

Louis Levi Oakes is believed to be the last surviving Mohawk Code Talker from World War II. NPR

Excerpt: By Michael Mroziak, WSKG/NPR

“It was also in Buffalo where he enlisted in the Army and, as World War II continued, found himself training to become one of the famed Code Talkers.

‘I had been in North Dakota. I went through there when I was in the service,’ Oakes said. ‘All the places I traveled.’

It was a strategy of the US military to use Native American languages as coded messages. Those languages proved to be the only codes the Axis Powers would not break during the war.

Oakes served in the South Pacific, where he was among the Native Americans who baffled Japanese forces, unable to understand his Mohawk tongue…Now 95 years old, Oakes sat in a wheelchair that was guided by his daughter Dora. She told WBFO it was only more recently that her father revealed details of what he did during World War II.

‘When he got on the ship to come home, he was standing right where General (Douglas) MacArthur was. There was a lot of people around the world that have been seeing him now and saying wow.’ Oakes was awarded a Silver Star for his service.”

 

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Sioux Nation Welcomes NBA Star Kyrie Irving Home

“NBA all-star Kyrie Irving will be honored in a homecoming ceremony on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Prairie Knights Pavilion. The celebration and ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a naming ceremony, performances, and a community feed. This event is open to the public.” L. Rickert, Native News Net

Boston Celtic point guard Kyrie Irving, with an eagle feather tied to his hair [in honor of his Sioux mother] The Boston Globe

Excerpt: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe WelcomesHome NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, By Levi Ricket, Native News Net

“Kyrie Irving is a professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA)…As part of the Team USA basketball squad, he earned an Olympic Gold Medal 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro…The family connection to Irving comes from the White Mountain family (also known as Mountain) of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Irving won a Olympic Gold Medal at 2016 summer games.

The White Mountain family comes from the Bear Soldier District, on the South Dakota side of the reservation. His late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, was adopted out of the Tribe when she was a child.

Irving’s grandmother is the late, Meredith Marie Mountain, who is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. His great-grandfather is Moses Mountain and great-grandmother is Edith Morisette-Mountain. During the Standing Rock resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline, Irving gave his support to the Water Protectors.

Irving designed shoe for Nike N7 line to honor water, his tribe and his mother.

Irving recently released a Nike N7 shoe, that he designed, to honor the water, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and his late mother.

Additionally, he has a tattoo of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal logo on the back of his neck. Irving is very proud to be Lakota and to be from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

‘We could not be more excited, he has made us all very proud. To know that he has not forgotten his roots and is taking the time before he starts his basketball season to visit the People, his People, shows that Kyrie has great character and pride in his heritage,’ comments Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith.”

 

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Navajo Model Starts Luxury Skin Care Line: “This Is My Beauty”

“Ah-Shi in Navajo means, “this is me, this is mine, that’s me”! Ah-Shi beauty…….This is MY BEAUTY luxury skin care brand is for the fearless and unstoppable souls who enjoy quality skin care products.” Ahsaki Baa Lafrance-Chachere

Ahsaki Baa Lafrance-Chachere has started her own skin care line, Ah-Shi Beauty.

Excerpt: ‘This is my beauty’ by Pauly Denetclaw, Navajo Times

“Ahsaki Baa Lafrance-Chachere grew up in Ganado, Arizona, where she had her kinaalda, played high school sports and eventually graduated from Ganado High. It was also where she discovered her love for entrepreneurship. ‘I saw the opportunity of making money at a young age,’ Lafrance-Chachere said with a chuckle. ‘My family is very traditional.’

So what I’d do was save all my good candy and I’d save it until it was movie time. ‘Then I’d make my own concession stand at my grandma’s house and I’d charge my whole family,’ she said trying to hold back her laughter. ‘I was a genius back in the day. I had no overhead. I got my snacks from the cracker jack throw and boom.’

Today, at 27, she’s a small business owner of a restaurant, Four Arrows western wear and recently Ah-Shí Beauty, a high-end skincare line.

‘Growing up and to this day, I’ve been dealing with my own personal skin,’ Lafrance-Chachere said. ‘We’re at war all the time. What am I doing so wrong? Do I need to put the achii down or what? I love my potatoes and fried everything!’

After years of trying skincare products that ranged from the dollar store to high-end skincare lines, she decided to try to make her own. So in 2014, she started her journey to creating Ah-Shi Beauty.”

Visit Ah-Shi Beauty here: https://www.ahshibeauty.com/about/

 

A Word From Native Boss Babe (Ahsaki Baa Lafrance-Chachere):

Ah-Shi Beauty

“As I sit here in my office, brainstorming about my next business move and mapping out my next color pallet for my new clothing line. I hold my Navajo Tea up close and close my eyes. I vision myself back home in Besh-Be-toh, AZ right now the reservation is getting lots of rain so I can only imagine the smell of the wet dirt and sage brush surrounding my home. I vision my little sisters, my parents, my husband enjoying riding in the open valley, my family and I remember why I am doing what I am doing. I am doing this for my future family (I do not have kids yet), my family, and my people on the Dine Reservation… I vision my business to be big enough to hire my people on the reservation and off.

To help the next generation of young business women/men and help them pave their way.  I hope to be one of their stepping stones to help them achieve their dreams and goals… To be a Native Boss Babe outside the four scared mountains is tough but it is possible. It requires a lot of work and faith. There will be walls that seem to never fall and let you by. So you will have to think creatively and find away to knock it down or just find another way around it. You will face fear that will make you sit back and intimidate you. But do not let that stop you, you can do two things: Face it and power through it, or get help to overcome it.

If you can vision it than you can achieve it. Believe with all your heart. Never let anyone tell you  that you cannot do it. Protect your vision. Remember your four clans make you who you are! Our ancestors fought to hard for us to settle with okay. Let’s strive for the stars, and never settle with okay but the best. ..   Now go get it. This what makes me a Native Boss Babe. My culture, my faith, and my passion to achieve my dreams and goals.” 

 

Category: Business

Navajo President Begaye Tells Officials to Grow UP…Seriously?

“President Russell Begaye called out chapter officials in his state of the nation address before the Navajo Nation Council Monday, stressing that they have to be accountable to their people… The chiding struck some observers as ironic.”K. Krisst, Navajo Times

Excerpt: Begaye to chapter officials: Grow up! By Kima Krisst, Navajo Times,

“How long are the chapters going to be treated like children?” Begaye asked. ‘You guys are adults, grown men and women. Stop fighting and stop mismanaging the people’s money and make good decisions on behalf of your people. You were elected because people placed their faith and trust in you. It’s time to grow up.’

They [chapter members] noted Begaye might consider this kind of tough-talk approach with his daughter, former legal counsel Karis Begaye, recently charged with DWI and totaling a Navajo Nation vehicle. Tribal investigators are now demanding reimbursement for the vehicle.”

Excellent comic by renown Navajo Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ahasteen.

Comic Jack Ahasteen Navajo Times

 

Category: Politics

Trudie Jackson: The First Trans-Native Running For Navajo Nation President!

“Since 1991, the Navajo People have elected a president for their nation,  and the date to officially file and run is May 17 with a closing date of May 30.   One of the people who is attempting to get on the ballot for the August 28 primary election is Trudie Jackson, a longtime advocate from Arizona who is Native American and trans.” M. Roberts, TransGriot

Trudie Jackson for Navajo Nation president 2018

Excerpt: Trudie Jackson Attempting A Historic Run For Navajo Nation President by Monica Roberts, TransGriot

“Ya’tah – my name is Trudie Jackson and my clans are: Bitterwater and Folded Arms, then the Mexican and Yucca-Strung-Out-In-A-Line from Teec Nos Pos, AZ on the beautiful Navajo Nation. I am a product of Indian Boarding School and Indian Student Placement Program.

Trudie Jackson

Upon relocating to Phoenix, AZ in 1984 to pursue my high school education at the Phoenix Indian School, I decided to stay in Phoenix which lead to 34 years. Ultimately, my experience as an urban Navajo taught me many life lessons of learning to survive in urban spaces. I have learned so much and challenged myself to walk into spaces, which at times, meant being the only American Indian to advocate and be the voice for my community as a proud Dine’.

Over the course of years, I have stood on the sidelines and made my observations of the political climate on the Navajo Nation by elected tribal leaders of what they propose as their platform to lift the Navajo Nation as an effective leader that leads for the betterment of the Navajo Nation.

I can not continue to stand on the sideline and allow the ongoing unethical practices by elected tribal officials to ‘take from the people’ and fill their pockets and/or luxury lifestyles. If I continue to stand on the sideline, I am just adding more fuel and allowing it to continue without interjection. Enough is enough!

With that said, I have decided to enter the race for the 2018 Navajo Nation Presidential Election. I want my people to judge me on my leadership skills and qualities. I would like to bring home the knowledge that I have learned and gained whiled residing off the Navajo reservation and help lift My People to create a better place, which we can all call, home.’

I ask for your support, as a candidate for the 2018 Navajo Nation Presidential Election.  Ahe’hee, Trudie”

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Arizona Border Patrol Car Hits Native…And Keeps Going!

“Tensions flared on Friday between federal authorities in Arizona and residents of a Native American reservation straddling the border with Mexico after a video surfaced in which a Border Patrol vehicle appears to hit a man from the tribe before driving away.” S. Romer, The New York Times

U.S.-Mexico border.

Excerpt: U.S Border Patrol ran over an O’odham man today By Simon Romer, NYT

“The video, which was recorded on the phone of the victim, a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation identified as Paulo Remes, spread quickly on social media after several tribe members and Indivisible Tohono, an organization focused on the impact of border policies, posted the footage on Twitter and Facebook.

Click here to see video on Twitter

‘They just ran me over, bro,’ Mr. Remes is heard saying on the video. He told The Arizona Daily Star that he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries from the incident, which took place on Tohono O’odham land about 60 miles southwest of Tucson. Mr. Remes appeared to be standing in a dirt road facing the vehicle when it made contact, knocking him to the ground. Mr. Remes told the newspaper that the driver of the vehicle did not stop.

Leaders of the tribe have expressed opposition to Trump’s pledge to build a wall through their land along the border. Largely because officials strengthened security at other points along the border, the reservation of the Tohono O’odham has emerged as an important transit point for unauthorized immigrants and drug traffickers, leading to frequent encounters with law enforcement and the Border Patrol…Robert G. Daniels, a spokesman in Arizona for the Border Patrol, said the agency was not able to release the identity of the agent involved in the episode; the video seems to show the vehicle speeding away after the victim is hit. ‘All I can say is that this incident is under investigation,’ Mr. Daniels said.

Edward D. Manuel, the chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, said in a statement that the victim is 34 years old. Mr. Manuel, who did not identify the victim by name, added that the tribe’s police department was investigating the incident together with the F.B.I. and the United States Attorney’s Office.”

 

Category: Law, Social