Youth and Education News
May 12, 2004, Issue 133 Volume 4
"We need you as leaders, as sober people that are clear in mind, clear in spirit and in heart." Dave Anderson, Choctaw, Chippewa
Soggy runway cuts off Ekwok from everything
Alaska: In dozens of Alaskan villages, federally subsidized bypass mail is the main way of getting groceries, household supplies, even hammers and nails, into rural stores. If the planes can't land, the shelves run dry. Ankle-deep mud has closed the airstrip in Ekwok for the past month, choking off shipments and preventing tax returns and bill payments from going out. Although most residents stockpile food supplies in case of a problem, not everyone found it an easy wait. "We're almost out of food for our students," said school principal Priscilla McIntyre. One teacher had a dental problem and waited a week to get treatment. Tobacco users who hadn't thought ahead had a couple of tough weeks. The state has begun preliminary work on a bigger, safer runway. Plans call for building a new 3,300-foot runway and apron at a cost of $5 million to $8 million. "We realize how much they depend on this airport, and we know that it is not usable during breakup," said engineer Laurie Kozisek. But the construction schedule depends on several factors, including land acquisition. It is currently expected to open in October 2006 but might be finished earlier. In the meantime, the U.S. Postal Service is exploring ways to provide emergency mail service for Ekwok.
The Oceans are Dying
Last summer, the Pew Oceans Commission warned that our oceans will not survive without dramatic policy changes and commitment to preserve oceanic biodiversity.
Now a recently released Congressional report shares even more warnings, saying the United States "loves our oceans to death," "major changes are needed," and "reform needs to start now, while it is still possible to reverse distressing declines . . . and sustain the oceans and their valuable assets for future generations." The report, from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, insists that oceans must be:
Managed as entire ecosystems and not as distinct environmental issues or threats to individual species;
Significant spending increases on ocean science and education is needed (up to $3,200,000,000);
An Ocean Policy Trust Fund should be established with revenue coming from oil and gas royalties.
Two comprehensive studies have concluded that immediate action is necessary if the oceans are to avoid irreparable damage. The question now is whether Congress and the Bush administration will respond.
Company to Show T. Rex Dig Online
MONTANA: The Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota will use the Internet to for public view as it unearths a 65,000,000-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. The excavation at a secret Montana location indicates the T. rex may be mostly intact. "I think there's a good chance of having most of this dinosaur," said Peter Larson, president of BHIGR. "It's laying on its right side. What we've seen of the left side is encouraging." The website will be updated daily from the field. It will include video and photographs of what's been found and offer participants a chance to ask questions or join in a discussion.
The Black Hills Institute of Geological Research: http://www.bhigr.com/
Survey Shows Americans Oppose Yellowstone Buffalo Slaughter
A nationwide survey finds that 75% of Americans disapprove of slaughtering buffalo wandering outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. An even higher percentage oppose the use of federal funds to implement the program to kill the buffalo. "It's a travesty that this lethal policy continues year after year despite such strong public opposition," said Wayne Pacelle from The Humane Society of the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) and the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) have killed 278 buffalo this year and hazed and harassed wild buffalo nearly every day this spring. The Yellowstone herd is the last remaining continuously wild, genetically pure herd of buffalo in the United States.
Life-saving kangaroo wins award!
Lulu the kangaroo will receive the RSPCA's Australian Animal Valour Award for saving the life of Leonard Richards. Richards, 52, was hit by a falling branch as he checked for storm damage on his property last September. "I'd be pushing up daisies if it wasn't for Lulu," Richards said. "She looked like she'd rolled me over on my side to keep my airway clear, but we'll never know for sure." Lulu, who was reared by the Richards family, then made a huge commotion to alert others, in a scene similar to the 1960s Australian children's series Skippy. Richards was then evacuated by helicopter to a Melbourne hospital and has since made a full recovery. Lulu is only the ninth animal to receive the RSPCA's award honouring animals that display exceptional courage in the face of danger.
University still hopes to work with San Carlos Tribe
ARIZONA: The University of Arizona still wants to fund programs for the San Carlos Apache Tribe despite their strained relationship over a controversial telescope project on Mount Graham. UA offered the tribe $120,000 in programs, but the tribal council rejected the money. Some tribal members called it a bribe meant to silence their opposition to the telescopes. "If it wasn't for the telescopes on top of Mount Graham and the U of A having a special interest in it, there would have been no interest at all, no interest in the Apache Tribes, for me, for us, for our children and our grandchildren. The U of A erred greatly," said Councilor Myron Moses. The tribe and several others oppose the use of sacred Mount Graham for the observatory and are pressuring other universities to drop support for the project.
10 Most Beautiful Native Actresses 2004
Roscoe Pond, a Native actor and correspondent with Indian Country Today, has compiled of list of the 10 most beautiful Native actresses. He chose these ladies for what they bring to their roles in film, TV and the stage.
1. Karina Lombard
2. Irene Bedard
3. Tamara Podemski
4. Sheila Tousey
5. Elena Finney
6. Crystle Lightning
7. Jennifer Podemski
8. Harmony Revis
9. "Edge of America's" Basketball Ladies
10. Delanna Studi
Moore goes undrafted
WASHINGTON: University of Washington wide receiver Sammy Moore, a member of the Pima Tribe, was not drafted by NFL pro teams. He may still, however, be a walk-on or invited to a summer camp or training camp. Moore, 23, scored six touchdowns last season for Washington State, averaging almost 23 yards a catch. The senior had a total of 23 receptions for 533 yards. Some of his receptions were spectacular, circus-like catches that made the highlight reel on ESPN. He also had several kickoff returns for touchdowns.
UI cancels game over nickname
IOWA: The University of Iowa recently canceled a non-conference baseball game with Bradley University because of the school's mascot. The UI athletics department said that Bradley's nickname -- the Braves - falls under the university's policy to not schedule nonconference games with teams that have American Indian mascots. UI sophomore Carrie Schuettpelz, a member of the UI's American Indian Student Association, applauded UI's policy, saying those who support American Indian mascots should realize that times have changed, and that these depictions are now considered derogatory. "I'm glad that [the UI] has this policy," she said. "It's really encouraging and really helpful."
Inuk artist completes German tour
NUNAVUT: Artist Qinuajuak Ashevak has returned home to Cape Dorset, Nunavut, after a a two-week long tour of Germany. The trip, organized by a private collector, included stops in Hanover, Hamburg and Berlin. Ashevak has received many special honours over the years including the Order of Canada, honourary degrees from Queens University and the University of Toronto, and a Lifetime Aboriginal Achievement award.
Local artist to unveil Code Talker monument
Oreland C. Joe has spent the last year creating a piece of history: a 9-foot-tall sculpture of a World War II Navajo Code Talker. The clay figure--a crouched Code Talker relaying a message--will be cast into two bronze figures. One will be placed near the Arizona State Capitol, and the other will be installed at the Navajo Nation Capitol in Window Rock, Ariz. The monuments will sit on 5-foot pedestals with plaques listing the names of more than 400 Code Talkers. This is the fifth historical monument commissioned to Joe, who the Southwest Indian Foundation called, “arguably the best Native American sculptor living.”
Standing Tall Tennis serves up an ace
David Dantzer, a U.S. Professional Tennis Association teaching pro, realize that American Indians were not among his students. And so in 1995, Standing Tall Tennis began. In the past eight years more than 3,000 Native children and adults from all over Indian country have been introduced to the sport. This season alone, Dantzer held clinics in New Mexico, Arizona, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. Based on the message "stand-up and be proud of who you are," Standing Tall challenges children to "at least, try" tennis. During the first free clinic everyone wins a prize, and more often than not, participants return to subsequent clinics with their friends in tow. "There are many great natural athletes in Indian country who seem to enjoy the challenge of learning a new skill," Dantzer says.
The Indian, the girl and a story of stories
New York: Rosebud Yellow Robe could have been a star. Slim and elegant with a talent for dancing, she had a warm and winning style in retelling the legends of her tribe, the Lakota Sioux. Her friends said she was a dead ringer for silent screen star Dolores Del Rio, and Cecil B. Demille asked her to star in a movie. But Rosebud refused. Her greatest stage, as it turned out, was at Jones Beach, NY, where she was a beloved celebrity and star to thousands of children who visited the Indian Village every summer from 1930 to 1950. As a teenager, Marjorie Weinberg returned four years in a row, entranced with Rosebud's beachside tales of the Sioux. The two became life-long friends. More than a decade after Rosebud's death in 1992, Weinberg has published "The Real Rosebud: The Triumph of a Lakota Woman," a memoir of Rosebud and the Yellow Robe family. "Rosebud was a woman with a beautifully warm speaking voice that children loved," Weinberg recalled in a recent interview. "She had a star-like quality that demanded attention ... but she was so approachable. It was a marvelous combination."
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