Posts Tagged ‘American Indian’


Boys at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in South Dakota.
Boys at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in South Dakota.

We came across this wonderful organization.  Check it out, and support it if you can:  www.indianyouth.org

RUNNING STRONG FOR AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH® began in 1986 as a project of Christian Relief Services Charities.  Today, Running Strong is led by an American Indian Board of Directors that strives to build the capacity of communities, grassroots Indian organizations, families, and individuals to leverage their strengths and solve problems. 
OUR MISSION is to help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs – food, water, and shelter – while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem.

• Food distribution and nutrition
• Water wells
• Youth programs
• Cultural and language preservation
• Housing assistance 

OUR ADVISORY BOARD is composed of a special group of leaders in American Indian communities across the United States. They are an important resource to ensure that our programs preserve, promote and respect Indian culture and values.

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www.powwows.com/calendar/displaymonth.php – check it out for a powwow near you.

Pow-wow – from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


A modern pow-wow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture. There is generally a dancing competition, often with significant prize money awarded. Pow-wows vary in length from one day session of 5 to 6 hours to three days. Major pow-wows or pow-wows called for a special occasion can be up to one week long.


The term also has been used to describe any gathering of Native Americans of any tribe, and as such is occasionally heard in older Western movies. The word has also been used to refer to a meeting, especially a meeting of powerful people such as officers in the military. However, such use can also be viewed as disrespectful to Native culture.

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We recently visited a school in North Dakota. One of the parents expressed their concern that we presented the program in our traditional regalia. We appreciate the involvement and concern shown for the children, and for the respect for American Indian culture. So much damage has been done by the stereotyping of Native peoples. We see and hear it almost every day.

Our elders have directed us to wear our traditional attire when we present cultural programs, and out of our deep respect for them, we abide by their wishes. We have been taught to have great respect for our elders, and we hope that our children and grandchildren will continue to pass this traditional value on for many generations.

During every presentation we announce that “Native people do not wear regalia every day, we wear clothes just like you (the audience). But, today is a special day, because our elders have given us permission to come and speak about these things. We do not call it a ‘costume’ because a costume is something you wear when you’re pretending to be something you’re not. And to show our respect for our family, and our ancestors, we are wearing our traditional attire…our native regalia. And because it is our very best, we are also showing our respect to you. ”

We know that there are many issues regarding Native stereotyping, and this is just one that we thought we should address.

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Did you know about the American Indian College Fund?  Here is information from their website.

History and Mission

In the wake of the civil rights and American Indian self-determination movements of the 1960s, tribal leaders realized they would have to take control of the direction of education in order to reverse centuries of misguided and failed federal education policies.

In 1968, the Navajo Nation created a first-of-its-kind educational institution—a college controlled by the tribe, located on the reservation and established specifically to provide higher education to tribal members. With that monumental event, the tribal college movement was born. Since then, the number of tribal colleges has grown to more than 30, located in 12 states and serving more than 250 American Indian Nations from every geographic region in the United States.

When the American Indian College Fund was launched, providing scholarship support to the tribal colleges was its primary mission.

Tribal colleges are beacons of hope for social and economic change in the communities they serve. These institutions are vital to Native America and beneficial to the country as a whole because they help Native communities in the fight against poverty. At the same time, tribal colleges preserve language and culture by integrating these important elements into their curriculum.

Tribal colleges receive little or no local or state tax support, so corporate, foundation and private donations are crucial. As the success of the tribal colleges grows, so does the need for private-sector support.


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