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Youth and Education News

June 9, 2004,  Issue 135 Volume 4

"We need to save those Elders who cannot speak for themselves -- the trees."  
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders 

  1. Pure-blood bison from Elk Island make history
    Saskatoon: For the first time since they were nearly hunted to nearly extinction, bison have returned to the Saskatoon prairies. The shaggy beasts were trucked in from Elk Island National Park to the 5,300 hectares Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area. The animals are believed to be only the third herd of pure-blood bison in Canada. It's hoped the herd will eventually grow in size to about 300. The bison release coincides with a plan to raise $200,000,000 nationwide to save 50 of Canada's "natural masterpieces" -- ecologically sensitive and rare areas across the country.

    Nunavut wildlife act could set an example
    Nunavut is one step closer to having its own legislation protecting wildlife. Some believe Nunavut's new wildlife act will set an example of teamwork between governments and aboriginal peoples. The new legislation reflects the traditions and concerns of Nunavummiut and complies with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.  Consultation on the draft regulations is set to begin in September, and  the Nunavut Wildlife Act is expected to come into force in the fall of 2005.

    Online: A National Town Meeting on Global Warming
    Environmental Defense is hosting a live online town meeting about global climate change with Senator John McCain (R-AZ).  Senator McCain and Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) hope to undo global warming with their historic, bipartisan Climate Stewardship Act (S. 139) The online town meeting will inform thousands of concerned Americans as the Senate prepares to vote on the bill.  You can participate in this exciting online event on June 17 at 1:30 p.m EST by registering online.
    To register:

    Physicist Says Universe Is Shaped Like the Eiffel Tower
    Scientists have mathematical proof that the universe has an infinite form but a finite volume. Now a new model shows the universe as an elongated triangle with an infinite spire, like the the Eiffel Tower topped with a never-ending spire.  Researchers at Ulm University, Germany, hope their model will revolutionize understanding of the universe. Earlier models, such as one in which the cosmos looks like a huge football, have been widely disputed by physicists.

    A Scientist's warnings of Canyon troubles going unheard
    GRAND CANYON: All is not well in the Grand Canyon. Alien fish and plants are forcing out native species, beaches are washing away, and once-buried Indian archeological sites are eroding into the river. The landscape has been forever altered by Glen Canyon dam, built 40 years ago just upstream. Since then, nearly $200,000,000 has been spent assessing damages and what can be done to heal the canyon.  Now, after an 8-year recovery programs failed,  river users and interest groups directing project don't seem to be listening.  Instead, they are caught in an internal struggle for competing interests in the canyon and its waters. "The program is not willing to stand up and announce that the program's a failure," said John C. Schmidt, a veteran canyon researcher from Utah State University. "They're not willing to say the irreversible price for Glen Canyon dam and its power and water storage is the deterioration of the Grand Canyon."  A retreat is scheduled for June to get the program back on course. The alternative is lawsuits and the possibility that a judge could dictate the balance of interests in the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

    Granholm, Indian leaders pledge to protect Michigan waters
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm and leaders of Michigan's 12 federally recognized Indian tribes have pledged to work together to protect Michigan waters. "Native Americans in Michigan are the state's original environmentalists, and collectively, they have an unparalleled appreciation for our natural resources," Granholm said. The agreement requires state officials to meet with representatives of the Indian tribes twice a year.  The 12 tribes whose leaders signed the accord are the Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe of Michigan and the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians.

    Hawaiian Music May Get Grammy Category
    Hawaiian music may have its own category for the 2005 Grammys if the National Academy of Arts & Sciences approves.  The academy's Board of Trustees already has given its OK for a Best Hawaiian Music Album category. Hawaiian albums already are eligible for Grammys, primarily through the traditional folk and contemporary folk awards. But an individual category would give it a new level of exposure.
    The Associated Press

    All Indian Team to be ABA's 24th Expansion Team
    The 24th expansion team in the American Basketball Association league will be a Native American team located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team's president is W.S. "Spider" Ledesma of the Mission tribe and of Mexican Indian ancestry. Ledesma first gained national attention in 1991 winning the first of his 5 National Championships and 3 MVP awards as center for the Santa Clara Itashans. "I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the ABA for assisting us to make this much needed vision a reality in the lives of our people and athletes," said Ledesma. "They have welcomed us with open arms and taken an interest in seeing Native America succeed.  We are grateful for their continued guidance, professionalism and time on our behalf.  "All interested players of North American Indian descent can tryout for the Native American National Team at various regional tryouts scheduled between July 10th in Billings, MT and August 21st in Phoenix, AZ. For more information, visit:

    Hazard or free speech: burning of Chief Wahoo before court
    OHIO: The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if the 1998 burning of an effigy of Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indian's Mascot, was protected free speech or a public hazard. Five activists and supporters of the American Indian movement had set the fire outside Jacobs Field on opening day to protest the baseball team's use of racial stereotypes. Activists say the fire was equivalent to constitutionally protected flag burning. "If you can burn a flag, you should be able to burn a dummy," said Terry Gilbert, a Cleveland lawyer. "The question is under what conditions can the burning get to the point where the government has the right not only to stop it but to arrest you?"  Cleveland officials say the burning was dangerous and not protected by the First Amendment.  "We didn't go after them because of the anti-Wahoo nature of their message," said city attorney Thomas Kaiser said. "We went after them because what they're doing was dangerous."

    Swinomish youth pick up cameras, tell their own stories
    Native Lens, a new program of Seattle's 911 Media Arts Center, will present a series of programs about media literacy and digital filmmaking for Native youth. The project, funded by a grant from the Time Warner Foundation, was launched in May.  Later this month, short digital films created by Swinomish youth will be available for viewing online at
    To learn more about Native Lens:

    Iraqi TV documentary looks at Native Americans
    SANTA FE As Iraqis struggle to creating a new government for people from different regions and ethnic backgrounds, they are looking to New Mexico tribes for guidance. An Iraqi television crew will speak with tribal leaders to learn how tribes exist as a sovereign nations within the United States. They plant to videotape a tribal discussion about sovereignty, governance and surviving within the U.S. federal system.  The TV crew will also visit Washington, Philadelphia and California.

    35 Best Indian Movies
    According to actor Roscoe Pond Umatilla/Nez Perce

    Grand Avenue I heard the Owl Call my Name Smoke Signals Dances with Wolves Pow Wow Highway
    Legends of the Fall I will Fight No More Forever The Emerald Forest The Doe Boy the Last of the Mohicans
    Running Brave The Dark Wind Windwalker Little Big Man Dreamkeeper
    Thunderheart Windtalkers Skins Fish Hawk Black Robe
    Maverick Missing The Fast Runner Dance Me Outside The Broken Chain
    Against a Crooked Sky Jim Thorpe, All American Pocahontas Nate and the Colonel Dancing on the Moon
    Soldier Blue Broken Arrow The Mystic Warrior Tecumseh Three Warriors

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