Dakota Exile


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Dakota Exile
Original Broadcast Date: 6/28/1996
Beginning in 1862, the federal and state government began to drive the Dakota people from Minnesota. The story of their exile is told through the words of Dakota elders and tribal historians.

Wa He Lut Indian Dancing Turtles perform at Labor & Industries agency .

Resplendent in traditional clothing and drums the Wa He Lut Indian Dancing Turtles give a noon performance Nov.13th at the Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries headquarters in Tumwater. Entertaining at L&I for the 14th year the young dance group’s performance was in conjunction with the agency’s annual remembrance of American Indian Heritage Month. staff video by Steve Bloom (By Steve Bloom – Staff photographer)

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/11/13/3423897_wa-he-lut-indian-dancing-turtles.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


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Ed Johnston and Steve Robinson on KAOS 89.3 fm, November 9th, 2014 at 5pm


Ed Johnstone

Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson

November is American Indian Heritage Month 2014

November is National American Indian Heritage Month

It is a time to celebrate the rich cultural traditions and proud ancestry of American Indians and recognize …”the vital contributions that American Indians have made and continue to make to the strength, balance, tolerance, and diversity of our society.”

Native American Heritage Month 2014

Sharing Our Culture Through the Canoe Journey” Photo Exhibit by Denny Sparr Hurtado

The “Cultural Revival of the Canoe Journey” photo exhibit by Denny Sparr Hurtado, TacH mi acH t3n, a Skokomish Tribal member, will be on display November 4th, 2014, to November 30th, 2014, at the Department of Labor and Industries 7273 Linderson Way SW Tumwater, WA 98501

Sharing Our Culture Through the Canoe Journey

American Indian Heritage  Committee presents - Raven Heavy Runner of the Two Spirit Society shares on November 4th, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Room S130.

The return of the Wa He Lut Dancing Turtles, November 13th performance from 12:00p.m. to 1 p.m. in the rotunda.  

American Indian Heritage  Committee presents - Back to the River  November 20th. The film will be  12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. with discussion in room S130.

The American Indian Heritage Month planning committee collecting clothing donations during November for Goodthinking .

email me if interested and I will email you the direction. Raven Redbone

E. D. “Marty” Martinez (MSG US Army Retired) Tonight at 4:30 pm-11-2-2014

E. D. “Marty” Martinez (MSG US Army Retired)

Born amongst humble means and a multiracial family I arrived in 1952 in the cityof Santa Barbara, CA.  Where my Father and Mother started their own bakery for the people of Santa Barbara.  I have two older and one younger sibling.  Lived inSanta Barbara until age five and then moved on to Anderson, CA where my father worked with family, at a bakery, there and later took a managerial baker position with the Safeway Company in Redding, CA.

An opening to a new store came about three years later and so at age nine we
moved to Paradise, CA where I literally grew up.  I was a child of the woods and
nature and spent every opportunity wondering the canyons and woods near my
home.  Active in scholastics, sports and spiritual pursuits.  Graduated from H.S.,
accepting a scholarship to UCLA.  Was an athlete and fraternity member during
my short stay.

Volunteered for the US Army in late 1971.  I entered the service, back then, as a
36C-Telephone Installer and Construction Lineman.  It seemed according to my
recruiter the only job open!!!  Got to basic and soon found out I was the old man
at 20!  Graduated from Basic and went to my Advanced Individual Training at Ft.Gordon, GA.

There fate intervened in the form of Airborne Recruiters wanting to know if some  of us wanted to jump out of perfectly good airplanes?  Well, being the curious lad
I am, I ended up volunteering to do just that.  The Army sent me to Ft. Benning, GA where I graduated from Airborne training.  While I was there, another curious thing happened, Special Forces Recruiters showed up at Jump School and asked if we  wanted to be, the best of the best?  Well, my sense of adventure got the best of me.

I volunteered for Special Forces training where I was immediately sent to Ft. Bragg, NC to begin my, best of the best, training.  Several months later I was fortunate enough to walk across the stage and receive my hard earned Green Beret.  I was  assigned to a unit in 7th Special Forces Group.  I asked my Sergeant Major if it was  possible to get to Southeast Asia before everything was over.  Knowing my curious self I didn’t want to waste all this training and not to have used it!

He said he could get me there, if and only if, I went to Ranger School.  So, being
me, I said sign me up!  Spent two and a half months back in Georgia at Ft.
Benning and earned my Ranger tab.  Got back to Bragg and my ticket was waiting. Thus, starting a 27 year military career.  Placed my footprints all across this Earth. Only one continent, I never managed to tread, Antarctica.  Flown over it, never placed my foot on it.

I am one of those natives that has actually been walking the road all along but
never realizing it until my awakening!  Always knew I had several tribes in my
background.  Until a little research showed I have Comanche, Cherokee,
Yaqui and Mayan.  I was blessed and honored to be asked to join the VA Sweat
Lodge Elder Council a few years ago.  Our Chief, Warren Guhl, has been on your
Show discussing the Inipi and our work there.  I am forever grateful for his asking, so, here we are!


Native American Special Observance 2014 Flyer


Hank Adams on the next edition of Make No Bones About It. 10-26-2014 at 5pm

Hank-Adams   Hank Adams, once described by Vine Deloria, Jr. as being “The most important Indian” in the country, will be sharing with us on KAOS 89.3 fm.  Hank is one of the iconic figures in the American Indian civil rights movement. An Assiniboine-Sioux from Montana, he moved to the Northwest as a youth and never left. It would be difficult to find an event during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s that Hank Adams was not involved in. He was a central figure in the struggle of the Northwest coast tribes to secure their inherent fishing rights.

In 1971 he was shot in the stomach while guarding Indian fishing nets, allegedly by white fishermen. Adams and the other Indian fishing activists preserved, and eventually their acts of resistance not only helped bring about the landmark court case U.S. v. Washington – the Boldt decision – but proved to be the impetus for  an entire movement. Hank Adams was everywhere during this time period: Alcatraz, the Trail of Broken Treaties caravan, and Wounded Knee were just a few of the events in which he played a key role in. Adams was in many respects the “intellectual genius” of the movement, and wrote numerous position papers, including “The Twenty Points,” regarded as one of the most comprehensive Indigenous policy proposals ever devised.

Recently Dr. David E. Wilkins edited a collection of his best writings in a volume entitled The Hank Adams Reader (2012). In 2006, Indian Country Today named Hank as recipient of its third (Billy Frank, Jr. and Deloria being the first and second respectively) American Indian Visionary Award. Recently Hank Adams was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Native leadership from Northwest Indian College.

Photo by Kimberly Adams

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on “Make No Bones About It.” -October 26th, 2014 at 4pm


Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. Her grandfather, a white settler, farmer, and veterinarian, was a member of the Oklahoma Socialist Party and Industrial Workers of the World. Her historical memoir, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, tells that story. Moving to San Francisco, California, she graduated in History from San Francisco State University and began graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, transferring to University of California, Los Angeles to complete her doctorate in History, specializing in Western Hemisphere and Indigenous histories, also active in the anti-Vietnam War. From 1967 to 1972, she was a full time activist and a leader in the women’s liberation movement that emerged in 1967, organizing in various parts of the U. S., traveling to Europe, Mexico, and Cuba. A second historical memoir, Outlaw Woman: Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975, tells that story. In 1974, Roxanne joined the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the International Indian Treaty Council, beginning a lifelong commitment to international human rights, lobbying for Indigenous rights at the United Nations. Appointed as director of Native American Studies at California State University East Bay, she collaborated in the development of the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as Women’s Studies, where she taught for 3 decades. Her 1977 book, The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation, was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians of the Americas, held at United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Two more scholarly books followed: Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico and Indians of the Americas: Human Rights and Self Determination. In 1981, Roxanne was invited to visit Sandinista Nicaragua to appraise the land tenure situation of the Mískitu Indians in the isolated northeastern region of the country. In over a hundred trips to Nicaragua and Honduras, she monitored what was called the Contra War. Her book, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, was published in 2005. Her book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States was published by Beacon Press in September 2014.