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Hanford McCloud, Nisqually on “Make No Bones About.” Sunday, 9-21-14 at 4pm

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Hanford MCloud, Nisqually Tribe member shares on Make No Bones About It, this Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 4pm. A little about  Hanford Mcloud. He  is a Weaver, Carver, Culture Keeper , part of the Nisqually Canoe Family, and much more.

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Tribal Canoe Journeys 2014, Hanford McCloud

Billy Frank Jr, Hank Adams and Willie Frank III on KAOS 89.3 fm, April 20th, 2014 at 6pm

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Billy Frank Jr and Hank Adams

I tell my people get ready. That guy, the salmon, he’s coming back.” – Billy Frank Jr.

Decades ago, in a far different America, salmon wars erupted on Northwest rivers. Unknown tribal members held up Indian treaties and took a stand for fishing rights. One was a Nisqually Indian named Billy Frank. “I wasn’t the Billy Frank that I am now,” the Nisqually tribal leader told reporters in 1984. “I was a bitter person.” Says friend Tom Keefe, “When I look at Billy Frank, and I guess I know more about him than most people, I can say there is a guy who decided that he could change the world by changing himself.”

 

American of the past sixty years. From his mediation of disputes between the US government and AIM in the 1970s to his key role in the Trail of Broken Treaties, Adams shaped modern Native activism. For the first time Adams’ writings are collected, providing a well-rounded portrait of this important figure and a firsthand history of Indian country in the late twentieth century.

 

Why Billy’s strategist Hank Adams is “The Most Important Indian”

You could never run out of adjectives describing Hank Adams. The Assiniboine Sioux is uncommonly gifted and marvelously complex. He is as elusive as he is loyal—and rarely without sarcasm. Though few outsiders grasp his role, Adams’s mark is everywhere in Indian Country, from its seminal events to its most obscure. Billy’s friend for a half century, Adams has played a central character at every turn in the Nisqually elder’s life. Hank was the one “making sure you understood that there was a problem,” muses Dan Evans, former governor, of their respective roles in the divisive fish wars. “And Billy was the guy who very quickly started to say, ‘This isn’t working. We’ve got to find a better answer.”

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Willie Frank; Billy Frank Jr.; and Fran Wilshusen at the Nisqually Tribe’s charitable event. Photo by Peggan Hines

 

Willie brings extensive tribal governance experience to his role as a Councilmember. A graduate of Evergreen State College’s Native American Studies program, Willie plans to use his education to work for and with tribal members to plan future growth and development.

“As Long As The Rivers Run” — Film and panel discussion

“As Long As The Rivers Run” — Film and panel discussion

By Steve Robinson

The South Sound Environmental Clearinghouse (SPEECH) will proudly conduct a special film and panel discussion event on Wednesday, December 1,at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, beginning at 6:30 p.m. In honor of our Native American neighbors, the event will feature a showing of the historic movie, “As Long As The Rivers Run,” produced by filmmaker Carol Burns, and a panel of individuals, emceed by Steve Robinson, commenting about the significance of this film to the South Sound area and beyond.

“As Long As The Rivers Run” was filmed during the tumultuous 1960s and 70s, when Native Americans were fighting for their rights, as guaranteed in the treaties in which they relinquished millions of acres of land, enabling Washington to become a state. It is a part of the history of this region that brought national and international attention, and created changes that affected relationships forever.

About the Panel

Carol Burns was born in Olympia and graduated from Olympia High School in 1956; she studied documentary film at Stanford University, achieving her MA in Communications in 1969. She produced 16mm informational films for clients and began learning video in 1980. Burns was a founding member of Thurston Community Television and became one of its first employees as Production Manager, in 1986. Over the intervening years she has continued making informational videos, mostly in collaboration with non-profit organizations or government agencies. She will discuss the making of the film.

Charlene Krise is a Squaxin Island Council member, and the Director of the Squaxin Island Research Center and Museum. Robert Satiacum, Jr. is a Puyallup Tribal Member. He was a young man during the fish-in’s, and is the son of one of the most famous leaders of the activists of the time, and former Chair of the Tribe. He is a radio host at KLAY, 1180 AM, and leader of many causes himself, including the recent protest of the shooting of John Williams, a carver. Krise and Satiacum will discuss “The Boldt Era: Memories.”

Georgianna Kautz has been the Natural Resource Manager for the Nisqually Tribe since 1991. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Native American Studies, and is a Commissioner to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC), and is a former Tribal Chair and Council member. Jim Peters is with the NWIFC and the Squaxin Island Tribe, and both of them will discuss memories and Co-Management from the Tribal/NWIFC perspectives.

Brian Frisina is an archivist for the state Department of Labor & Industries. Also known as Raven Redbone, Frisina hosts a show called “Make No Bones About It” on KAOS radio 89.3 FM in Olympia. The show highlights Native issues and showcases elders who remind us to seek out the wisdom of indigenous cultures. Frisina says he is here to contribute and give another voice to the “The First Peoples” and serve all our ancestors. He lives by the ancestral ways: respecting each other, loving each other and our Mother Earth. He will address the issues around the question: “Why Remember?”

Steve Robinson is the owner/President of SR PRODUCTIONS and a SPEECH board member.