A Native American Tribe Is Using Traditional Culture To Fight Addiction



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A year and half ago, Gabe Stewart stood in tribal court pleading guilty to felony charges because he stole money from his family to support his opioid addiction. In January, his community honored him for overcoming addiction and watched as his case was dismissed entirely.

Stewart is a member of the Penobscot Nation in Maine, a state hit hard by the opioid crisis. American indigenous communities like his are also some of the hardest hit, with overdose deaths for rural American Indians and Alaska Natives rising by 519 percent between 1999 and 2015, more than double the increase nationally.

When Stewart faced felony charges related to his addiction to Percocet, he was able to benefit from his tribe’s unique approach to addiction. Recognizing that issues with substance abuse in native communities often arise from intergenerational trauma, the Penobscot Nation attempts to reacquaint criminal drug offenders with tribal traditions and cultural practices to help them make a full recovery.

Tribal members who commit substance abuse-related crimes can enter a program called the Healing to Wellness Court, which operates something like a traditional drug court but offers a cultural curriculum.

VICE News followed Stewart on his last day in the Healing to Wellness Court.

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ALR Symposium 2018: 60 Years Later | A Native Perspective of Alaska’s Constitution



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Due to the unique history of the territory and State of Alaska, and the social, political and legislative treatment of its indigenous inhabitants, Alaska’s Constitution has an extraordinary impact on the legal rights of Alaska Natives. Willie “Iggiagruk” Hensley was a young Inupiaq man living in remote rural Alaska at the time of the constitutional convention. He presents the perspective of Alaska Natives in the drafting and ratification of the Alaska Constitution. Willie served in the Alaska Legislature, was a leader in the settlement of Alaska Native aboriginal land claims and has had many other experiences which have given him a close look at how the constitution impacts the rights and lives of Alaska Natives. John M. “Sky” Starkey follows Willie’s presentation with some thoughts and legal analysis on how Alaskan courts can incorporate consideration of the near exclusion of Alaska Native representatives and perspectives in the drafting of the constitution when they consider constitutional issues with significant impact on Alaska Natives. He concentrates on the natural resource provisions of Article VIII of the constitution and issues related to Alaska Native hunting and fishing.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and the Alaska Law Review in cooperation with the Historians Committee of the Alaska Bar Association

Recorded on October 12, 2018.

Appearing: John “Sky” Starkey (Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP) and Willie Hensley (University of Alaska Anchorage)

Perspectives on Native Representations Symposium: Keynote Speaker Panel



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Friday, February 20, 2015
Perspectives on Native Representations Symposium: Keynote Speaker Panel

Dr. Adrienne Keene, Migizi Penseneau & Matika Wilbur

While the history between Native peoples and representations of identity projected upon them (having been replicated and reinforced in popular culture) is layered and complex, the rise of technology and social media has ushered in an era of accessible activism that pushes against this history. Native peoples across the world now have practicable, highly visible modes to express unique voices that challenge and redefine how Natives are represented both internal and external of their communities. “Perspectives on Native Representations” seeks to highlight the multiple contexts through which representations of Native communities, culture and individuals are being shifted and re-imagined.

Sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Native American Student Development. Co-sponsored by the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues.

Content and Analysis in Native Art Part 1 of 2



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Content and Analysis in Native Art: Moving Past Form and Function. This video is part 1 of 2. For part 2, visit:

Speakers:
Lara Evans, Cherokee Nation, art historian, art history faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts
Kade Twist, Cherokee Nation, mixed media artist
Frank Buffalo Hyde, Onondaga, painter

Moderator: Carolyn Kastner, Curator, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (moderator)

Many contemporary Native artists have expressed concern that their work is often examined in terms of materials, process, and function, while a more in-depth content analysis is overlooked. This panel discussion looks at the issue and its history.

This panel discussion was part of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research’s 2014 Speaker Series, Art in Flux, which was dedicated to discussing key issues and programs affecting artists and art institutions today. Art in Flux was developed by the School for Advanced Research with the help of Professor Lara Evans of the Institute of American Indian Arts. Events took place at SAR and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. This event was recorded on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

[Forgotten Documentaries] – Rebuilding Indian Country 1933 – Native Joker



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maps show the origin and history of the American Indian. Modern Indians work in Wisconsin’s lumber industry, keep watch for forest fires, and clear bushes in the forest. Includes a close-up of a Delaware Indian treaty. Reel 2, Chippewa Indians make fishnets. Indians work on roads with tractors, picks, and shovels, stand in line at a field kitchen, engage in native handicrafts, and spear salmon on the Columbia River. Pima Indians farm. Shows an Indian Emergency Conservation camp. Indian children attend church in Arizona. Reel 3, Indians operate a sawmill, brand cattle, haul wood in horse-drawn carts, construct a reservoir, and build a house. Includes views of Navaho Indians and their sheep. Reel 4, Indian women make gloves, belts, baskets, beadwork, and rugs. Indians can food in a cannery. Indian youths attend a class in first aid. Includes views of Indian fairs, ceremonies, dances, and rodeos; Indian children in schools; and hospitals and churches….Then I have my fun with the whole thing…no swear words in this one folks..I wanted the message clear. But didn’t stop me from poking fun of course. So you can have fun with the whole family. Enjoy some of the Governments bull .. Thanks.

Store Outside Your Door: Indigenous food and health for Alaska Native people



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“Store Outside Your Door: Indigenous food and health for Alaska Native people”
By Gary Ferguson, ND (Unangan/Aleut), Community Health Services Senior Director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Store Outside Your Door (SOYD) Initiative focuses on the promotion of traditional and local foods by expanding on the concepts of hunting, fishing, gathering, and growing in Alaska. Our rural communities are often considered “food deserts,” if just comparing what is available in the local store. The SOYD program has been working, over the past nine years to educate and empower communities in the knowledge of how to live vibrantly off the bounty of the land around them. We highlight successful hunter, fisher, gatherers and help share elder wisdom that has helped our First People survive for thousands of years, in the oftentimes harsh landscape that many of our communities are located. Through workshops, written materials, social media, and webisodes, we are working with Alaska Native families so children can grow up with healthy, local foods. This addresses food security, its connections to chronic disease and also helps link traditional foods with reinforcing the wisdom in our many cultures and languages – thereby also promoting resilience. The SOYD initiative started with the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded research project, “Helping Ourselves To Health,” where communities engaged through focus groups addressing food/nutrition security asked for more modern recipes utilizing traditional foods along with media that they could view on the TV and Internet. Our current focus is on developing maternal child health resources reinforcing traditional foods as first foods.

This presentation was made at the First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition on September 26, 2016, in Prior Lake, Minnesota. This was the first-ever convening dedicated to integrating traditional, Indigenous knowledge and Western, academic research on the dietary health of Native Americans. It was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), and made possible through the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign to improve Native nutrition and food access. More information is available at www.seedsofnativehealth.org/conference.

The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1



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In which John Green kicks off Crash Course US History! Why, you may ask, are we covering US History, and not more World History, or the history of some other country, or the very specific history of your home region? Well, the reasons are many. But, like it or not, the United States has probably meddled in your country to some degree in the last 236 years or so, and that means US History is relevant all over the world. In episode 1, John talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact. This is a history class, not archaeology, so we’re mainly going to cover written history. That means we start with the first sustained European settlement in North America, and that means the Spanish. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive. The Spanish were definitely not peaceful colonizers, but what colonizers are peaceful? Colonization pretty much always results in an antagonistic relationship with the locals. John teaches you about early Spanish explorers, settlements, and what happened when they didn’t get along with the indigenous people. The story of their rocky relations has been called the Black Legend. Which is not a positive legend.

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The Israelites: The Native Indians Are The Israelites The Bible Speaks Of!!! #NorthernKingdom



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THAT THE PEOPLE MAY LIVE#9: BLACKS & NATIVE AMERICANS OF EARLY MILWAUKEE, WI



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BLACKS AND NATIVE AMERICANS WERE ENSLAVED SIDE BY SIDE, JEAN BAPTISTE POINT DUSABLE ESTABLISHED A TRADING POST BEFORE MOVING ON TO BECOME THE FIRST NON NATIVE SETTLER OF THE FUTURE CITY OF CHICAGO, FREE BLACKS AND NATIVE AMERICANS LIVED TOGETHER. IT ALL HAPPENED HERE IN THE GREAT STATE OF WISCONSIN…