photo credit: Trip Jennings
Ancestral Cheyenne Homelands at Naahéo'hé'e (Otter Creek) are closer to being protected by coal development. Arch Coal is one of the World’s top largest coal producers for the global power generation industries and we have stopped them from mining on Cheyenne lands!
On March 10th 2016 Arch Coal released a statement announced the suspension of the Proposed Otter Creek Mine due to difficulty of obtaining mine permits, recent bankruptcy and declining market prices.
I’m extremely thankful to know that Naahéo'hé'e is safer from arch coal...
(Ryan weaving abstract Dine' rug designs on a fence. Photo credit Darin Tom)
Ryan Dennison (Dine'), Upcoming student at Dine' College
Interview by Mariana Harvey
Yá'át'ééh, Ryan Dennison éí yinishyé. Hooghan Łání éí nishłí. Ta'neeszahnii bá shíshchíín. Tsénabiłnii éí da shicheii. Kinyaa'áanii éí da shinálí. Na'nízhoozhídi éí shighan. Hello, my name is Ryan Dennison. I am of the Many Hogan People clan, born for the Tangle People clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Sleep Rock People clan and my paternal grandfather is of the Towering House People clan. I live...
WE ARE NYLA!
1. NYLA invests in young adult (early 20s to early 30s) Native leaders to spark culturally based community change!
2. The NYLA fellowship provides ongoing mentorship and leadership coaching, a nationwide network of young leaders from diverse Tribal communities, elder mentors, local and national retreats, skill building and network building opportunities across both Native and non-Native communities
3. NYLA fellows are predominantly from rural communities and committed to lead in their communities for the long-term and most fellows are current or have graduated from a Tribal...
POWERING UP OUR LEADERSHIP WITH SPRING FOODS
Nahme nateetyte kwatat eewa payu atow-
Our Indian foods are very important
“Our foods are our leaders; we follow our foods. Our most important ceremony honors our first foods and up until that point we are preparing for that time, so that we’re ready to honor the foods and we’re ready to gather and process them. Our lives are dependent upon our foods. There is a promise that was made when our people were created; our foods stood up for our life… the salmon, water, roots and berries. In return we made a promise to take care of them. We’re...
Our leadership is not just for the here and now; we lead for long-term generational community change. As a NYLA community, we are focused on action, but it is action grounded in our values, connected to root causes, and flows from collaborative relationships with each other. NYLA’s vision is to revive leadership and community change that comes from creativity and focusing on what is possible together; not from a place of lack or reactivity.
The foundation of collaborative leadership starts with us, with our wellness as individuals. In the NYLA community we practice goal setting and action...
This past October I attended the Indigenous Language Institute Symposium 2013.The most impactful part of this experience was seeing how various tribal communities were keeping their indigenous language alive. I saw they were using the old way of teaching (immersion) and new ways utilizing western technology through media and various teaching techniques.
Gary ʺLitefootʺ Davis (Cherokee) was the keynote speaker and one thing he mentioned that I thought was very profound was, ʺwe need to stop surviving and start living our own cultural ways.ʺ What I took from this statement was that we should...
Last October, people gathered to share and learn about the wondrous world of plant people by way of, the Dandelion Seed Conference, in Olympia, WA. The event was filled with many seasoned experts sharing a wide array of knowledge. The range of workshops varied from: how to best respect plants and properly harvest to why it is important to honor and acknowledge our ancestors when working with plants. And of course there were lots of hands on, get outside in the woods sharing too!
In my best effort to share the wealth of wisdom received I’d like to offer some highlights, quotes, and tidbits...
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Who is an ancestor, elder or mentor that deeply inspires you?
What values & qualities did/do they possess that you admire?
How do you want to live these values & qualities more fully in your life?
This past September, Northwest Indian College’s Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions, hosted its second annual, ‘Our Food is Our Medicine’ gathering at Bastyr University near Seattle, WA.
It was an honor to be in attendance and among so many amazing leaders advocating for our Native foods, traditions and for the health of us all. It was also very special that I got to celebrate this time with some our NYLA community: fellows Johnny Buck, Paul Cline, and Winona Bearchum, co-director Sophia Kizilbash, and advisory council member, David Cournoyer.
On the first day of the gathering...
On November 29, 1864, Colonel John M. Chivington and over 700 troops from the 1st and 3rd Colorado Calvary and a Company of the 1st Regiment New Mexico Volunteer Calvary attacked and destroyed Chief Black Kettles peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho camped in southeastern Colorado, over 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho were killed and mutilated, mostly women, children, and the elderly. The US Volunteers viciously severed body parts, and cut out unborn children from the wombs. These body parts were taken as victory tokens and paraded back to Denver and exhibited on three different nights to cheering...