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June 2011, Publication 1, Distributed Monthly

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ur Way of Life Dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Native news, culture, knowledge, history, traditions, honor and pride


Carrissa Low Horn, Blackfoot

Women are sacred:

Celebrating the beauty of Native Women and women around the world Page is sponsored by Our Way of Life Magazine Blaire Russell Photography


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Oki Ni-Kso-Ko-Wa, that is “Hello all of my relatives” and I don’t just mean my blood relatives I’m referring to whoever may be reading the first edition of Our Way of Life Magazine. You see that is the way of my people, we believe that all human beings are related and interconnected to the environment, land, animals, universe and both the physical and spiritual worlds. It’s this belief of interconnectedness that helped Native people survive since the beginning of time. So when you read this magazine please know that you are a part of our family regardless of what your skin color, ethnicity, religion, class or whatever social stratification concept you may be thinking. Ok I’m getting off track haha! My name is Karl Arrow Top Knot or some may know me by Ingraham, my Blackfeet name is Oot-Koi-Mii or “Coming of the Thunder.” I’m first and foremost a member of the “Human-Being” tribe and as humans tend to do I classify myself as Native and to dwindle that down even more, I identify myself as Amskapii-Pikuni or Southern Blackfeet. My tribal ID also states that in the course of my veins or blood quantum (what an ignorant concept) lies a bit of Chippewa Cree and Kootenai Native as well. But I was born and raised on the Blackfeet Nation and all my traditional knowledge, spirituality, and worldview stems from what I learned from my Blackfeet family and elders... Let’s see I’m also a father of a 3yr old son, Kiai Mystak (“Mountain”). Ummm... how about for the sake of brevity I will just end there haha! You can read my biography at some point in this lifetime haha! But I will leave this paragraph with a quote by Alan Alda, “Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself.” And honestly my relatives I can say I’m still in that “wilderness of intution” trying to find myself. So what is Our Way of Life Magazine and what do we hope to achieve. Well first off in the tangible, physical sense, O.W.L. (Our Way of Life) is a bunch of papers bounded together with words and cool pictures haha! But in the intangible, abstract world it’s the coolest Native magazine that has ever been created; or the “bees-knees” as our youngsters would say haha! O.W.L. is an independent & Native owned magazine dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Native news, culture, knowledge, history, traditions, honor and pride. We also aim to inspire unity in our respective Native communities and amongst Native Nations everywhere. We want to also unite, enlighten, inform, entertain, inspire positive change both in the community and individual, instill pride and most of all make YOU laugh haha! Laughter is central to who we are as Native people. I believe it has gotten us through the most darkest of days i.e. genocide, starvation and every assault the US Gov’t threw at us. Also, as you can see from the cover of O.W.L., the magazine is FREE. Let me say that again FREE! Haha! Many people have asked me why its FREE and I tell them, I was raised on the mean streets of “600 Block” in Browning for 14 years of my life, and for those who are not from Browning, “600 Block” is considered the ghetto. But like with all ghettos, it’s a product of extreme poverty. And growing up in poverty and experiencing that “Rez life” first hand made me understand and be able to sympathize with all my brothers and sisters who are still going through the same struggle. That’s why O.W.L. is free. It’s because when you come from a place with extreme poverty and you have your last $5.00, there’s no damn way you’re going to spend it on a magazine. No, you’re going to use that money to buy food, water, diapers, milk, or the basic necessities to survive in life. I don’t mean to sound dark or depressing but that’s just the way it is for most people who live on the Rez. I also tell them that I’m carrying on the tradition of my ancestors, where a person’s “richness” and status was determined by his generosity and acts of kindness and willingness to give/share with those in need. The more generous a person was the more elevated his status. Chiefs and great Warriors were respected for what they provided to the community. So this is my gift to all of you whether you’re hurting from poverty or the bad economy, this magazine is FREE so enjoy.

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Con’t... Our Way of Life is a PRODUCT of THE PEOPLE. Serving as the people’s voice, providing a forum for opinions, thoughts, ideas, concerns, stories, wisdom, knowledge and aid in the perpetuation of our Native traditions and culture. We are a true reflection of “The People” because its interested individuals like yourself who are going to keep this magazine alive. We @ OWL also firmly believe that if we emulate the ways of our ancestors, the current state of our societies would be drastically better. We need our elders more than ever to step forward and share their wisdom and help our community members engage in their culture and traditions. We as Native Nations endured generations of oppression, forced assimilation, deprivation and subjugation. Now as a result of the historical trauma and oppressive American policies, our Nation’s are plagued by disproportionately high rates of poverty, unemployment, crime, suicide, substance abuse, violence, malnutrition, lack of education, health crisis’s and other social ill’s. It is our mission at Our Way of Life to combat and alleviate these social dilemmas. The content of OWL aims to eliminate the oppressed state of mind or “Conquered Nation” mentality that permeates throughout Native communities and replace it with inspiration, hope, optimism, change, encouragement, humor, aspirations and a revitalization of traditions and culture. It’s our objective to break the chains of oppression and despair and inspire unity throughout the community. We must stop experiencing oppression individually and start eliminating it collectively and Our Way of Life intends to be that basis for positive change! We must stop waiting for change to happen and start making it happen! Wouldn’t it be awesome if Native people throughout the entire world had a forum to express themselves and share their personal stories of triumph and struggle and stand together, UNITED, in the face of injustice and suffering. Our Way of Life aims to be just that. Crazy Horse once said, “ Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” We are that 7th Generation my relatives. What should we do about it?! Thank you for taking an interest in Our Way of Life Magazine. We want to dedicate this page to everyone who supported the making of this magazine. We want to especially thank the businesses and programs who believed in our grassroots movement and offered their support by advertsing in the very first publication of the magazine. Without your support this would not have been possible. We hope to attract more advertising supporters and readers.We hope to change the world in a positive manner and educate and perpetuate our readers about Native cultures and lifestyles. Hope you enjoy my friends. :)

Our Way of Life Wolf Pack members Karl “Coming of the Thunder” Arrow Top Knot Velden “Dancer” Calica Ron “Kills Across the Way” Ingraham Miranda Laber Nadine Little Plume Lauren “Painted Boy” Monroe Theda “Ook-stook-Kah-mah” New Breast Terrance “Porky” Rose Wendy “Many Pipes Woman” Running Crane Steve Skunkcap W.L. Smith Eddie “Otter Whistler” Tail Feathers Destini Vaile

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“Holeee cousins, this magazine is purdy caddy! Its almost as good as having a big, greasy frybread after a good contest song, aye, hehe! Well my relatives, I hope all of you enjoy it :)

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Land, to fight against oil “fracking.” Also, exclusive interview with HBO oscar nominated documentarian, Josh Fox - By Destini Vaile

22 Carrissa Low Horn,

National Finalist for Miss Canada Globe 2011 title

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The Guts

“Women are Sacred” coverpage model

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Letters to Our Way of Life magazine

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Heard around Native Country and the NET

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Wait... Let me ask my cousin... Q&A

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What does being “Native” mean to you?

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Photo of the Month Contest

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Do you know what really burns my frybread? 9 Native Nation’s News

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Native Sports

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Pottsie’s Powwow Updates

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INFR: Upcoming Rodeo’s and Events

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Honorable Mention

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Debunking Stereotypes and Misconceptions

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Sharing Cultural Roots:

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Honor Dance: Community Philanthropist

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Native Arts and Entertainment RezPUNK: Timmy Arrow Top

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Ask: Omar Shabazz Bear Braids

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LOL: Native Joke of the month

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Eddie’s : Eddie’s World

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Speak your mind- Editorials, Opinions, Thoughts, & Ideas 24 Recreation: Things to do that are above the influence

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Cover photo is by photographer Wayne L. “Quig” Smith, Blackfeet. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Montana and now teaches at Blackfeet Community College. The cover photo displays a modern day Native man standing tall and proud atop his war pony. This photo symbolizes the end of the 1900’s, “End of the Trail” symbol that stood to represent the demise of Native people, culture and lifestyle. Our Way of Life chose this photo because it represents the rebirth and resurgence of Native Nations and their respective traditions, culture, and lifestyles all around the world. Pride, honor, unity, love and respect is our objective and this photo captured just that. Thanks Quig. Our Way of Life


Letters to Our Way of Life

Native People have been waiting forever to have a news print inspired by “real” Native life. It truly will inspire hope and positive change in Native communities. Its really the greatest native magazine I ever read!! Our Way of Life is a blessing. Keep up the great work. - Jordana, Cree/Gros Ventre --------------------------------------Thanks for giving Native Americans a voice and a chance to talk about our issues, history

and successes. - Jeffy, Lakota -------------------------------------I’m happy you guys are doing something like this. Anything you can do to help Indian people is always a good thing. - Al Potts, Blackfeet Elder ------------------------------------Take all kinds of pills and get all kinds of thrills but thrill you never get, is the thrill that’ll get you when you get your picture on the cover the “Our way of

life.” Its productive, its cultural, its the magazine thats going to change the Native Nation! Ahho - Brian, Blackfeet -------------------------------------I remember this guy Karl when he started Sukapi Times newspaper on the Blackfeet Reservation. You have a good heart and mind. Keep doing great things for Indian people my boy. -Susan

Heard around Native Country and the NET • “The only reason Obama got to Osama is because of that good warrior medicine he got from his adopted CROW parents..hehe” :) • “She must be getting back in shape for the powwow season because her frybread is tightening up. hahaha” • “Obama’s adopted Crow parents need to slap him up for code naming Osama Bin Laden as “Geronimo”... Ho I jokes. haha!” • Heard at a Powwow. “I know all these girl dancers bro. I travel all over and sing and dance. They all call me a powwow player! haha! Seriously bro, i’m a pimp.” Other guy, “Don’t be lying this guy, you can’t even get a girl back home on the Rez! LOL!” • Uh-oh, my rez is flooding. I better go fill some By Steve SkunkCap Doritos bags with sand and help!

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• “We have a lost little girl here looking for her mother, she’ll be waiting here for her... you know while we’re on the topic, I’m just going to go ahead and say it, I bet there’s a bunch of little boys running around here looking for their dads!” -Ruben little head- GON 2011 • “If you come thru Browning stop and pick up a dog they are FREE!!” • “If your child is lost at a powwow please give more identity info other than.... “Ummm bout dis tall with braids, last seen by the frybread stand shootin spud guns.” • “You may not be the prettiest or fastest, people may laugh and make jokes about you as you go past, people may stare at you like your some monster but... Damn it! Your my War Pony and I LOVE YOU!

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Wait... Let me ask my cousin’s: Q&A

Q: What does being Native mean to you? Vananda Yazzie & Sasha Hardy

Being Native is not being ashamed of your cultural traditions and practices,taking pride in who you are and where you come from while simultaneously discovering and maintaining a balance between the past and present. It’s deeper than the stereotypical images people often see, and more than the representations that Hollywood portrays. For us, being native means having a connection with something greater than yourself, a culture that is vibrant and has persevered through many adversities. Being Native means being empowered by the spirituality that runs throughout our veins, beats in our hearts and encapsulates our minds. It is drawn from our sacred home environment and unites us into the unbreakable family we all stand proudly as a part of today.

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Native Quote of the Month "If today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child’s feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian!" -

Sarah Winnemucca (Paiute)

Glacier Way “C”Store

That’s what we were in the beginning. It’s good that we We offer an assortment of refreshments and gasoline for your traveling needs. have our own way of life we are recognized by and it’s something the young people can be proud of. it gives us Open Everyday strength. We were here long 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. before the white man came. 7 Commercial Washers It’s always been that way and Friendly Staff it always will be.

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Justin Salway, age 14

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It’s like a team. We’re all a family. We’re supposed to Glacier Way “C” Store available @ 2 locations work hand in hand. It’s about 330 Central Avenue & keeping our culture alive and Junction of Starr School Road and Highway 464 treating all people with re- North ~ Browning Montana 59417 ~ 406-338-7163 spect and stuff.


Do you know what really burns my Frybread?

Photo of the Month

Curtis Still Smoking, Blackfeet, carries an eagle staff during the “Water Walkers” trek through Blackfeet Country.

When you get pulled over on the “rez” and every cop on patrol pulls up like they are at a free feed.

Photo By: Terrance “Maneater” Rose

If you have a photo that you would like to submit to Our Way of Life please email it to ourwayoflife@hotmail.com

The six hour wait at the IHS hospital for five minutes of the doctors time just to get sent home with Motrin or some sort of pill

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Native Nations News State

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Heavy Rain and Flooding terror- Code name “Geronimo” for Osa- Racist Welfare policy in Austrailia ize Crow and Northern Cheyenne ma Bin Laden Offends Native looks to be reformed Nations People Nationwide Australia plans to reform a policy Our brothers and sisters in the Loretta Tuell, staff director and chief criticized as racist for restricting southeastern part of Montana have counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs how Outback Aborigines spend been terrorized by ever-increasing Committee is disputing the United their welfare checks. The Australian flood waters. Crow Nation officials States military’s link between Osama government introduced an “income launched a search team effort on May Bin Laden and Chiricahua Apache management” plan into Aboriginal 25, to remote parts of their Tribal Na- Leader Geronimo. The U.S. military settlements in the remote Northern tion, to search for people stranded code named Bin Laden as “Geroni- Territory three years ago. The poliand immobilized by the high waters. mo” and after bin Laden was killed, cy aims to reduce alcohol and drug the military sent a message back to abuse by withholding part of AborigResidents of the Crow Nation suf- the White House: “Geronimo EKIA” ines’ welfare checks so the money can only be spent on essentials such fered tremendous loss, some return- – enemy killed in action. as food, clothing and rent. ing to find their homes in ruins and damaged by the flooded Little Big Tuell, a member of the Nez Perce Horn River. With food, water, fuel tribe and who grew up on the tribe’s Aborigines are the poorest ethnic and the basic necessities to live run- reservation in Idaho, said it was in- group in Australia, and many Abning low, help from the Montana appropriate to link Geronimo, whom original communities survive almost National Guard was sought after but she called “one of the greatest Na- entirely on welfare. Aborigines make aid is pending as no immediate word tive American heroes,” with one of up about 2 percent of Australia’s 22 was given on MNG’s arrival. the most hated enemies of the United million residents. The Northern TerStates according to the Associated ritory’s population of 200,000 is esDonald Spotted Tail of the Crow Na- Press. Tuell also stated that, “These timated to be 30 % Aboriginal, the tion stated, “There are families and inappropriate uses of Native Ameri- highest proportion in the country. elders still isolated and stranded in can icons and cultures are prevalent their homes... There’s no way for throughout our society, and the im- The government aims to extend the them to access basic human needs pacts to Native and non-Native chil- spending restrictions to everyone not just Aborigines receiving welfare such as food and water.” dren are devastating!” payments in Northern Territory. The Montana State University- Billings has sheltered more than 150 people who fell victim to the flood and its estimated that at least 75 homes have been damaged thus far.

Many believed that having our first African-American president in the White House would have overthrown the United States frame of mind of treating and thinking of NaMembers of the Northern Cheyenne tive people as enemies. Nation have also experienced flood- Geronimo or Goyathlay, “One who ing along the Rosebud Creek and Yawns” was a Chiricahua Apache Tongue River and residents had to be leader in the 19th century who dedievacuated from that area as well. cated his life to fighting the Mexi-

plan is that new people to the welfare program will have their spending restricted if social workers think they need help handling money.

James Anaya, United Nations reporter on indigenous human rights, described the welfare management plan as “demeaning” and incompatible with Australia’s obligations under indigenous and human rights conventions according to the AssociOur Way of Life Magazine sends can and U.S. armies to preserve ated Press. the Apache way of life. Geronimo our blessings and prayers to all of embodied the very essence of the Richard Downs, Alyawarr Aborigithose who have endured the heavy Apache values with his bravery and nal tribe said, “Indigenous people rain and flooding. fearlessness and courage in the face seem to be put in a class of criminals of difficulty.. and people who can’t manage their 10 lives!”


Native sports

Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team takes silver @ WILC Championship Game The Iroquois National Indoor Lacrosse team’s fought hard at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague. The Nationals aggressive style of play led them all the way to the WILC Championship game against Canada, outlasting team United States in their pursuit for a Gold Medal. The Iroquois Nationals fell short to Canada with a 13-6 loss in the finals, earning them silver. Both teams entered the match undefeated (4-0).

Pottie’s Powwow Highway Powwow

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3rd Annual Orofino, Goodwill Pow- ID wow

June 10-12

Twin Buttes Powwow

June 17-19

Twin Buttes, ND

Muckleshoot Veterans PW 52nd Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days

The sport of lacrosse is derived from a Haude- Crow Native nosaunee game of great antiquity. The game Days requires great athletic skill for catching, carrying, and passing a ball using only the basketlike head of the lacrosse stick. Oneidas and other Iroquois Nations used the game of lacrosse as a form of entertainment, physical conditioning, religious celebration and to settle disputes amongst neighboring Nations. Oral tradition recounts the beginning of the Iroquois Confederacy where young warriors staged a lacrosse game for Hayewatha, one of the League founders, to console him for the loss of his children. Lacrosse is pleasing to the Creator and to the Thunders, the seven honored Grandfathers who move across the sky from west to east cleansing the earth with winds and rains.

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Fort Washakie, WY June 23-26 Crow, MT

Upcoming Rodeo’s and Events

Yakoma Nation Treaty Days June 10-12 Saddle Lake Stampede june 17-19 Muskogee Creek Nation Festival June 24-25 Crow Native Days June 23-26

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Mother Earth Water Walk Our Way of Life

“We’re praying for the water and raising awareness of its sacredness and our responsibility to preserve and protect it,” said Carol Hopkins of the Delaware Nation in southwest Ontario. The Mother Earth Water Walkers passed through the Blackfeet Nation on their trek to the Great Lakes. Water has been carried from all four directions: Gulf of Mexico, the Hudson Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic waters off Maine will be poured together on June 12 in Bad River, Wis. Blackfeet horseback riders greeted the Walkers by Grinnell Glacier, easing the Walkers load as Blackfeet riders carried the eagle staff and bladder bags of water into Blackfeet Country. The Crazy Dogs and Motokisk societies gathered together with other members of the tribe and led the Walkers thru Browning, MT. Once in Browning, ceremonies and traditional face painting along with prayers were given to the Walkers for protection. Nadine Little Pume, director of Blackfeet Tobacco Use Prevention, stated that she “Felt the power behind the Walk. I never thought I could walk 36 miles. I didn’t feel any hurt, tiredness, or breathlessness. The Water Spirit took me through it.” Mother Earth Water Walkers from all four directions of the United States are still on their journey carrying salt water to Bad River, Wis., for a healing ceremony. They were last travelling through Bemidji, Minnesota. Our Way of Life wishes the Water Walkers a safe journey. Be strong and determined in your pursuit of bringing awareness of the sacredness of water. Your and inspiration for everyone around the world. You will be in our prayers.

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Debunking Misconceptions and Stereotypes

Honorable Mention

FICTION:

Everyone has the right to Paint their Teepee

FACT:

On your travels have you ever passed a tourist shop or store with teepee’s pitched on the front of their lawn, decorated with numerous designs, animals & painted with every known color in the color spectrum. We have. And let me tell you what, its irritating and quite sad. Many non-native people continue to exploit and profit from Native culture, perpetuating misconceptions and stereotypes. So our goal is to set the record straight on the significance and sacredness of painted lodges.

• NCAA will punish the North Dakota Fighting Sioux if the university continues to use its nickname and logo. If it aint changed by August 15 ,2011, repercussions will follow unless it receives approval from North Dakota’s Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux tribes • Native protesters in Vallejo, California condemn a native burial site from being developed into a parking lot. • Aaron Huey has started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the hardship and plight of Native Nations as well as shining light on native treaties and sovereignty rights. He has teamed up with Sheppard Fairey, who is best known for his portrait for Obama’s “hope” campaign. Huey describes US and native relations, “ as a calculated and systematic destruction of a people.”

Painted lodges are treasured and sacred to Native people. Many original owners of painted lodges received their designs and colors through spiritual means Issksiniip Project i.e. in dreams or visions. Painted lodges were often part of sacred items that owner’s possessed, The Isskiniip Project @ Blackfeet Comspecifically as part of a bundle. Lodge owner’s munity College, funded by the US Departcarried the responsibility of performing rituals ment of Health and Human Services, will and ceremonies and avoided certain things as aid low-income individuals in gaining selflong as a painted lodge was in their possession. sufficiency through lucrative educational and internship opportunities intertwined with culturally Great honor was bestowed on those who owned appropriate training in high demand health care fields. a sacred painted lodge. Only the owners are perCurrent Academic Programs @ BCC mitted to use the design painted on their lodges, it was their property and no other person could copy it. Painted lodge owners counted upon their lodges to bring them good fortune and guidance for the future. “Seperating fact from fiction one fallacy at a time!”

- Our Way of Life Honorable Depiction of a painted lodge.

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Josh Fox, best known for his oscar nominated HBO documentary, Gasland, is now a member of the Kainai Nation By Destini Vaile Personal Interview with Josh Fox

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relevant. When these oil and gas companies approach you for a lease, they tend to emphasize the amount of money that you’ll get out of it, the financial gain, and other things that aren’t really relevant, but are more of a distraction. They really minimize the amount of impact to land and community.

The Kainai, or Blood, band of Alberta recently added a celebrity member to the Blackfoot tribe. This March, Josh Fox, whose HBO documentary, Gasland, was nominated for an Oscar in 2011, was I read the official list of attendants at a public meetgiven the name I-ka-moo-taah, ing for one of the oil deals on He Will Survive. It is because of my reservation, where hyGasland that Fox is now part of draulic fracture technology the Blackfoot family. would be used. Every single In the past several years, person there was either a a new technology has arrived tribal official or an official of in the world of oil and natural the company. There was not gas drilling. This technology a single community member is called hydraulic fracture or present. “fracking” and is the main That sounds very similar focus of Gasland. The pro- Lori Braverock organized a group, Protect Blood Land, to what goes on here. I’ve cess involves pumping a to save the wellbeing of her tribes land from oil and gas seen that before. They fracking. Josh Fox pictured giving peace sign. mixture of water and chemdon’t allow a lot of public icals into a well at high pressure to break up the rock input. The Blood tribe was literally given something so natural gas and oil can be extracted more easily. like a day to respond [to their gas drilling agreement]. Many of the chemicals involved are considered danI feel very lucky in that the people in my neighborgerous and the water, millions of gallons per well, is hood really jumped in to figure out what the compapermanently unusable once it is taken back out of the nies were doing. Because the companies don’t usually well. More than half of the waste water remains undermention the chemicals and the health effects. They ground in gas wells, creating the danger that it could talk about money. leach into groundwater. The cracking of the rocks was Did you ask the companies about environmental recently labeled by several mainstream media outlets effects? as a cause for an increase in earthquakes in the midwest. Yes. We tried very hard for interviews, but they After watching Gasland on television, Lori wouldn’t agree to giving any on camera. Braverock, a member of the Kainai, discovered In my own experience with research on “frack” her own tribe was planning a deal that would allow drilling, I’ve seen government and corporate offi“fracking” on about half of her reserve. She got to cials try to hide important facts, speak patronizwork and immediately formed a group called Protect ingly, or outright lie. Do you have any advice for Blood Land to help stop what she saw as a threat to the people who are trying to make a difference in their wellbeing of her tribe and their land. One of their first community, but come up against the obstacle of orders of business was to organize a conference about dealing with these officials? “fracking” and invited Josh Fox to speak. Well, it offends your basic notion of justice when peoWhile home helping with the “frack” drilling gople speak like that; patronizing and lying. As far as ing on in his own New York backyard, Josh answered how I dealt with it, I just tried to make sure a camera a few questions about what he thinks about the oil was on them. I thinks people with only behave that and gas industry and how being adopted by the Blood way when they think no one else will hear or find out. changed his way of thinking. There’s a disconnection from reality and I don’t know How did you feel, personally, when you were asked how they can justify that to themselves. to lease your land for hydraulic fracture wells? con’t 14 We were given very little information that was


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home. We can’t just leave.”

I think you just have to do your best to be aware of that How did you end up having a naming ceremony? process of lying. It’s been around through all of human When I accepted the invitation, they said, “Well, we’d history with people who are also like to have a ceremoin power. And you can’t trust ny to give you a name and these people going forward. have you become part of You can never really mend the tribe.” I was just like, that trust once it’s broken, “Whoa.” especially when there are This has been a strange such high stakes involved year. I’ve been kind of living and they do it all for money. like Forest Gump. Just so I mean, it is really difficult many amazing things hapto deal with. The whole inpening one after another! dustry is based on lies from The name they gave me has the very beginning, from the helped me a lot in situations moment they approach you where… I thought I was gofor a lease. Why would you ing to die. (He laughs.) expect them to turn around Water from a faucet immediately ignites due to chemiI-ka-moo-taah. I-kacals caused by fracking. and start telling the truth? moo-taah. (Josh sounds out I’ve been in a room the new syllables several times.) Sometimes I was just when gas industry officials have blatantly lied to peoin a really bad spot where I thought I wasn’t going ple and I wonder how they can live with themselves. to make it or I didn’t want to keep going and I just Do you think most people believe those lies or do they question them? Well, the companies create controversy that serves their purpose. It’s sickening. A sort of divide and conquer approach. People start fighting over whether or not what the person said was true and this creates a distraction. How did you end up getting in touch with the Blood tribe and speaking there? They got in touch with me on Facebook, I think. Their group was developing a website. I added them and suddenly all these people with last names like Tail Feather and Brave Rock started showing up on my page and wanted me to come and speak. I thought, “what is going on here?” (He laughs.) I looked into the situation [on the Blood Reserve] and really felt compelled to go there and visit. Of course, then I met these incredible people who were so concerned with what happened. A large chunk, three quarters or two thirds of the reserve had been leased [to oil and gas companies]. (The actual number is closer to fifty percent according to protectbloodland. com.) This is both from oil wells that had been there for awhile and potentially an enormous amount of gas drilling in the future. In that kind of situation, a lot of us are faced with primary decisions; stand and fight or move. Well, Lori Brave Rock said, ‘this is our traditional land. Our

had to think, “no, I’m a survivor. I’m going to make it through this.” It’s a new and comforting and stronger way of thinking. And I just feel really included now. That has more to do with just being welcomed than with any official ceremony. And I wanted to return the feeling and say you are part of my family too, which is a world full of people that this has happened to and we can be there and help eachother. It another kind of tribe. I wanted to extend myself as an ambassador for those people. You can find out more about Josh’s movie Gasland at www.gaslandthemovie.com. Visit www.protectbloodland.ca to find out what Lori’s group is doing to fight hydraulic fracturing on the Blood Reserve in Alberta, Canada.

Destini Vaile is Amskapii Pikunii and was raised in Browning. Formerly one of those kids who couldn’t wait to get off the reservation, she has seen how important it is to come from a strong culture (and to have people around with that Indian sense of humor) and now has nothing but love for the foothills that will always be home. She hopes her Native relatives will focus on their strengths and recognize they have an important role in shaping what the modern world will 15 become.-


Honor Dance

Honoring a Community Philanthropist Name: My name is Frankie T. Kipp. I am the Great, Great, Great Grand-

son of Chief Heavy Runner who was massacred Jan 23, 1870 the same date of my birth. My Indian name is Mistaken Owl (Bah-tse-te-bistu) ; it was my great grand father’s name John (Jack) Kipp, he was a extraordinary man.

Program/organization you started: In 2003 I created the Black-

feet Nation Boxing Club and Youth Center located here in Browning Montana, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. I am also the Director of the “Ray of Hope Food & Clothing Pantry” that is a part of our community organization. We primarily funded by the community support here on the reservation. We are here and surviving because of our generous community involvement by our fundraisers we hold throughout the community. We have angels in every corner of the reservation who assist us with trips for our youth or to help pay the bills at the complex.

What inspired you to start your program for kids? I have always

wanted to work with children in one-way or another through our life. I was a senior in high school and I was dreaming to be a Juvenile Officer Frankie T. Kipp, Bah-tse-te-bistu, some day to empower troubled youth. Like so many of my community founder of Blackfeet Nation Boxing members, we know the struggles of surviving as a youth in troubled Club surroundings, where the future can be unsure and guidance at times can be limited. I knew spiritually and morally I wanted to do something for our community but how and when was unclear until I started college. I was a small business owner; concrete was “Like so many of my community my game prior to college. My mentor was Mrs. Pat Smith at Blackfeet members, we know the struggles of Community College, who developed a community service class project surviving as a youth in troubled sur- to help the community by helping the youth. Our mission was to go out roundings, where the future can be into the community and actively donate hats and gloves for children in unsure and guidance at times can grades first through third. Our class was given a mission to give power be limited. I knew spiritually and to the community by helping by positive action and having fun doing it. morally I wanted to do something The spirit of community service was born and the love of doing it was for our community...” an added pleasure. To be the active community member for the benefit of man was our motto, to change the “I too we” and how can we make our surroundings less limited was Mrs. Pat Smiths gift. You may be one person or small group but you can move a mountain was the lesson, to do something good without having to paid was the heart of all of it. Everyone in our community has the power to do great things, but it is up to the person to be selfless and determined. I have always looked for great things in all life and to get past the negative spirits, attitudes and energy that at times plague our people. I will say that I could not of done a lot of things if it were not for positive people and most importantly Our Lord and Creator. My root foundation was my parents whom did community service in a city where to know your neighbor was unheard of because you were a different race. The racial tension was seen as normal, we went to the Black panthers free breakfast. The Indian Fishing Rights for Coastal Native Americans was a hot issue and racial tension was very high at that time. Our family prevailed through it all and learned to be proud of who we were. The American Indian Movement was our heroes in that big city of many colors. Dad and mom fed many children we were a family of seven children and we always had 2 to 4 extra children eating with us, they were never turned away, this was the start. I knew there were kids that are hungry and still know that today, so I want to do something about it. For a time the Browning School District gave us their left over from lunch and it fed many families and kids; sadly it ended. 16


How has boxing changed your life? How do you see it changing the lives of the kids involved in your program? Oh yes, in so many ways, I have sat in that boxing gym and wondered how I was going to pay my bills; I would pray and God was listening; something would always come through. I have been so tired at times working and then giving out things that were donated like new shoes from Nike to the children that lived around the boxing club, I never asked the parents for their kids to receive these I just knocked on doors and took kids playing on the street over there. We were tired and went home that evening, I had to check on the gates and what I saw renewed my energy kids were running around with their new shoes and looking at their feet; I thought to myself, “this is why we do it.” What I have seen that has changed the lives of the children that I serve, is that I am a probation Officer and many of the kids that box for us are kids that were getting into trouble. Boxing changed that for them. It was a positive way for them to channel their anger and aggression and it build self –esteem. It is very successful, I had talked to another coach who is a Juvenile Probation Officer and he said, “see that kid he would be in trouble now if it were not for boxing.” The young people that box for us have a sense of pride through their own hard work and dedication; today we have many Montana champions that represent the Blackfeet Nation. Our fighter Tyson White Grass and his three brothers Gerald, Brandon and Little Tyson as well Emmette Dusty Bull, Ethan Gervais are State and Regional Champions. My own son John “Jack “ Kipp was 2007 State Novice Champion, he is our families fourth generation Boxer. My brother Emmett, Thomas and Glenn Kipp are my coaches and they are previous Champions. We were told that we are the grandsons of a Chief and since we are Blackfeet we know we need to try hard at all we do. Our goal is to get a Olympic Champion from our Great Nation.

Any advice to our younger generations? I can

only say that never give up on your dreams no matter how old you are; stay away from alcohol and drugs they are the enemy of our people and they will always

be a negative variable for us, meaning no good will ever come from it. If you want to work or get a job be there first and show them you want this, don’t be late or miss work, excuses are like a nose everyone has one. Keep your credit good and with hard work in college or work you can own that nice car or good things you dream about. Try hard to be positive even when it is hard to do so, don’t back bite, be honest, and don’t be jealous of those whose fortune has smiled upon through the sweat of their brow, be honestly happy for them. The most important thing I can say is to pray, and never give up on God because he is listening, I am a true example of recovery and prayer and his work that I am trying to do here with our people. Pray for the ones that are trying to hurt you, it is something that I learned to do with this boxing club; so much good has come from it. One thing is be a positive citizen and law abiding don’t look at our Law Enforcement as something negative, they have a tough job. Work for the community through community service and help those who are not as fortunate as you. I have many dreams and goals for the future of our people and if I have my way, many of the needy, elders and our youth will be happy and not forgotten. I hope to lead and serve our people some day and change through our youth the negative spirits, attitudes and behaviors that hurt us as a people; the youth are the future. Our people have so much good in them; our boxing club is a perfect example of it. Our community is one of the most giving to those in need and we have had our hand out many of times and received help, I will never quit believing that good does not exist here and I want to tell our young people to not quit believing that either. Our Nation has lost many of our future through Alcohol and I have seen families grieve and it has broken my heart to see this, so “Please don’t Drink and Drive,” think about the people who love you. An elder told me, “ With God by my Side How Can I fail”. Think about that when you feel the world is against you. Take care and may God Bless You.

Our Way of Life thanks you for your

dedication in improving the well-being of your Native community.

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Sharing

The Salish Creation Story

According to Salish legend, our story began when the Creator, the Maker, put the animal people on this earth. The world was not yet fit for mankind because of many evils, so the Creator sent Coyote first --with his brother Fox-- to this big island (as the Elders call this land) to free it of evils. The brothers were responsible for creating many geological formations and for providing special skills and knowledge for mankind to use. However, Coyote --being Coyote-- left many faults such as greed, jealousy, hunger, envy, anger and many other imperfections that we know of today. At the core of this story is the fact that we are all made by the Creator, and we must respect and love each other. All creation consists not only of mankind, but of all creations in the animal world, the mineral world, the plant world-- All elements and forces of nature. Each has a spirit that lives and must be respected and loved. The Elders tell us that Coyote and his brother are at the edge of this island, this land, waiting. When Coyote and Fox come back through here, it will be the end of our time. the end of this part of the universe if we do not live as one creation-- all part of one big circle. We must always work or a time when there will be no evil, no racial prejudice, no pollution, when once again everything will be clean and all will be beautiful for the eye to behold-- a time when spiritual, physical, mental, and social values are inter-connected to form a complete circle. --Salish Culture Committee

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Excerpt from George Bird Grinnell’s Notes

We were sitting about the fire in the lodge on Two Medicine. Double Runner, Small Leggings, Mad Wolf, and the Little Blackfoot were smoking and talking, and I was writing in my notebook. As I put aside the book, and reached out my hand for the pipe, Double Runner bent over and picked up a scrap of printed paper, which had fallen to the ground. He looked at it for a moment without speaking, and then, holding it up and calling me by name, said: “Pi-nut-u-ye is-tsim-okan, this is education. Here is the difference between you and me, between the Indians and the white people. You know what this means. I do not. If I did know, I should be as smart as you. If all my people knew, the white people would not always get the best of us.” “Nisah (elder brother), your words are true. Therefore you ought to see that your children go to school, so that they may get the white man’s knowledge. When they are men, they will have to trade with the white people; and if they know nothing, they can never get rich. The times have changed. It will never again be as it was when you and I were young.” “You say well, Pi-nut-u-ye is-tsim-okan, I have seen the days; and I know it is so. The old things are passing away, and the children of my children will be like white people. None of them will know how it used to be in their father’s days unless they read the things which we have told you, and which you are all the time writing down in your books.” “They are all written down, Nisah, the story of the three tribes, Sik-si-kau, Kainah, and Pikuni.”

Thru Native Eyes

Tribute to ancestors way of life- Recipe

Traditional Food Berry Soup Ingredients: • 1 cup of dried Sarvis, Service or June Berries • 4 cups of water • 1/2 cup flour, approx. • Sugar

Directions

1. Boil berries in water until soft. 2. Slowly stir in flour until it begins to thicken. 3. Stir in sugar. Tastes best with frybread. You can also add berries and cooked or dried meat to add more flavor.

Enjoy!

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Cultural TOP TEN THINGS NATIVE NATIONS HAVE TO OFFER THE WORLD By Wendy Running Crane

Adapted from Sukapi Times article 1. Strong connections to our Creator. (Spirituality) (This is #1 and it is something not every culture in the world still has). 2. A distinct, beautiful language and culture. (This gives us an identity and a sense of belonging to one another.) 3. A gorgeous backyard that holds our history. (Our homeland gives us a sense of place and connects us to our ancestors and those that will come after us.) 4. The wisdom of our elders. (Elders including our old ones who have seen much of the world and those who have reached elder status through their spiritual journey. Both have knowledge and carry our culture for us.) 5. The spirit and endurance of our youth. (The activities of our young ones: at home, at school, in sports, or at play, brings our community joy and pride, no matter what is going on in the world of adults.) 6. Gifts of respect, generosity, and humor. (These gifts help us heal, help us cope, help us get along as a community, and help us take the time to learn.) 7. The knowledge of our responsibility of reciprocity for everything that has been given to us. (This aspect of our culture makes us a “we” culture rather than an “I” culture, meaning we are all responsible for one another. We do not tolerate seeing someone else in our community suffering when there is enough to share. When one suffers, we all suffer.)

Roots

Schools (Producing awesome people). (These are invaluable assets that give all of us the opportunity to re-connect or learn more about Native cultures- which means they will never die.)

TOP TEN PROBLEMS FACING NATIVE NATIONS 1. A lack of fusion between public school system and Blackfeet culture. (Relates to loss of culture for our children.) 2. A lack of fusion between law enforcement and court system and Native culture. (Relates to chaos and victimization of our people.) 3. A lack of fusion between tribal governance system and Native culture. (Separation of church and state relates to a foreign system.) 4. A lack of fusion between health and welfare systems and Native culture. (Failure to include spirituality in healing leaves an incomplete healing. Leaving out generosity and responsibility of all, as well as reciprocity for those who receive help makes welfare systems foreign to our culture.) 5. Division (Foreign ideas like blood degree and allotment have hurt our sense of community.) 6. Poverty (includes unemployment, lack of opportunity and lack of businesses.) 7. High death rates (especially for our youth). (Includes alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, poor health and nutrition.)

8. Resilience. (We’ve made it through extremely rough times and we’re still here and still moving forward. We have strength of spirit and don’t give up easily.)

8. Basic necessities of our people are barely met resulting in people in too many of the people in our community going without enough food, adequate clothing, and living in overcrowded and/or inadequate housing.

9. Over 2,000 plus competent, strong, and youthful unemployed workers and another 2,000 plus hard working employed people.)

10. High rates of jailed or imprisoned members in our community.

9. High drop out rates in our school system.

10. Tribal Colleges and Nizi Puh Wah Sin (Real Speak Our Way of Life invites every elder, historian or anyone to contribute to the “Cultural Roots” section. We need our elders more than ever to step forward and share their wisdom and help our communities engage in their culture and traditions. Your wisdom is Priceless. Refer to contact information for sending material. Center for Cultural sharing among Native Nations 19


the time of European arrival to the Americas in 1492, colonial powers have used divide and conquer strategies to secure economic and territorial control of “The By Miranda Laber New World”. Colonial regimes worked coercively, illegally, and exploitatively to obtain Native lands and Our Way of Life resources, assaulting Tribal culture, spirituality, and “Hopefully, enough Indian people will take the time sovereignty in the process. Some may argue that such to reflect on their situation, on the things going on processes continue today. Federal government intruaround them both in the cities and on the reservations, sions into the lives of Native people have left many and will choose the proper points of leverage by which US Tribes and Canada First Nations in a state of criIndian renewal can be fully realized.” -Vine Deloria Jr. sis on many levels. Boarding school trauma, racism, For centuries, as Native peoples, we have endured discrimination, and systematic inequality continue to countless struggles in our attempts to retain perpetuate and maintain Native exour lands, our sovereignty, our languages “By valuing our elders, our ploitation and suffering, while the and traditions in a rapidly changing world. children, and each other people feel the pain of dependence, We have survived attempted extermination through the common strug- excessive loss, and hopelessness. at the hands of the U.S. government through gles that we face, we can Addressing the issues facing Native genocidal and assimilationist policies. Our learn how to appreciate that people cannot wait any longer. It struggles are not a thing of the past. To- gifts that each person has to time for us to work together and not day, we face the very real and threatening offer the community. By em- against each other, to address these social consequences of the western invasion powering our communities, issues of the past, present, and fuin many if not all aspects of our daily lives. we can empower ourselves ture. We have to stop fighting each The aftermath of centuries of failed Indian in the process. According other and fight together! CSKT policy is painfully evident in the contempo- to Southern Ute Eddie Box, Tribal member Ginger Morigeau rary struggles facing Native people both as “The students of today are puts it simply, “Spread love people, individuals and communities. Suicide and our warriors of tomorrow”. not hate”. substance abuse have taken many of our As Native people who come people, both young and old. Despite years from similar colonial histories, we of legislative effort, Native remains and sacred items should work together from our hearts toward common continue to be desecrated and put on display in mugoals. By doing so, we can give ourselves a voice at seums throughout the world. And despite all this, we the national/international levels, while improving the have survived. How can we come together, not only health and well-being of our people by supporting and to survive but to thrive? Although exposure to the learning from each other at the local level. In order to western world has brought many changes in the ways achieve these goals we need to understand our past. that Native people live and interact with the land and Blackfeet Tribal member Misty Rides at the Door bewith each other, we have the power to make active and lieves that, “A person needs to understand where they conscious efforts to address the well being of our comcome from, their family background. This will help munities. We have the power change our lives and the them see where they are going, and in understanding lives of those around us. We have the power not only family values, trust and links to one another.” By valuto survive, but to thrive. ing our elders, our children, and each other through We need to teach our children the truth, because the common struggles that we face, we can learn how they are our future leaders. The true history of Native to appreciate that gifts that each person has to offer affairs is generally not taught in the public schools. the community. By empowering our communities, we For too long, Native voices have been left out of maincan empower ourselves in the process. According to stream academic discourse. In school we learn how Southern Ute Eddie Box, “The students of today are the West was won, not how it was lost. As children, our warriors of tomorrow”. Facilitating environments we are not taught to question the truths propagated where Natives of all ages can receive education that through text books. Rather it seems we are force fed is both culturally sensitive and aligned with the goals a biased version of history. Major historical events of the Tribal community is important for the future of including massacres are often times omitted in this Native communities. Con’t version of history. We don’t learn early on that from 20 Our Way of Life

Decolonization: Enriching the lives of Native People through Education and Solidarity


Such learning environments should address the specific needs and concerns of Native people in their quests for self sufficiency. As Native people, and as nations who once rightfully enjoyed full self-governance and absolute sovereignty, the myth of the “vanishing Indian” is a fabrication of our history and a misrepresentation of who we are today. In actuality, Native birth rates are increasing at significant rates. Collectively, our power also comes in our numbers. Native people who seek positive changes for their communities and have optimistic goals for the future of their people should work together in the process of community organizing, rebuilding our nations, and restoring our integrity as Native people. Without action, and with thought alone, we are stuck. So, what can we do to achieve positive change? Working together and learning from each other may be the best paths to choose. Education is key. We can educate ourselves. The devastations facing Indian County are not confined to the United States and Canada. Educating our selves about Indigenous issues not only within the US and Canada but world-wide may prove worthwhile. Indigenous peoples throughout the world have endured strikingly similar colonial histories as well as similar struggles in their attempts to survive and rebuild their communities. Perhaps, the Indigenous peoples of the world have much to learn from each other. In fact, if we look closely at US policy, both domestic and foreign, we begin to notice among the initial differences many similarities in the treatment Native peoples World wide. One need not look any further than the Israel-Palestine conflict to understand the similar political realities of colonial oppression, and how such policies work to maintain inequity not only locally but worldwide. At the global level, Indigenous people suffer disproportional rates of poverty, substance abuse, and suicide rates, much like Natives in the U.S. and Canada. Standing up against government oppression and declaring solidarity with other Indigenous groups world wide may be crucial not only to achieving positive change locally but globally as well. Ultimately, it is up to us if we want positive change to occur in our communities, and do so we must help each other by working together. We can become active politically, encouraging others, always remembering who we are, where we came from, and what we stand for. We must keep as our top priority the health and well being of our people and lands. Our future as Native people depends on our actions today. All of these issues will indeed require intensive community efforts and cooperation. If enough of us take steps toward initiating change while preserving our cultures, traditions, and spirituality as Native people, future generations will reap the benefits of our efforts. It is time to fight the good fight together, an it is time to fight in honor of those who came before us and those who have yet to come. In Solidarity! Miranda is a first generation descendent of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and of the Blackfeet Nation. Raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation, she attended Salish Kootenai College and the University of MT where she studied Psychology, Native Studies, and Federal Indian Law/Policy. She is currently studying Indigenous Education at the University of Tromso, Norway in the Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies Program.

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Out-Loud

An old Salish lady from Arlee, MT was having her 90th birthday and her family wanted to take her to a pizza restaurant to celebrate. She looked at the pizza and said, “who threw up on my frybread?”

Ho thats funny innit!

-Our Way of life Please send us your funny Native Jokes. Best joke will be published every month.

Just wanted to say hi cousins and hope your enjoying the magazine so far :)

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Native Arts & Entertainment

Carrissa Low Horn, National Finalist for Miss Canada Globe 2011 title Interview by Karl Arrow Top Knot Our Way of Life

Its great to see you again and thanks Carrissa for being Our Way of Lifes 1st “Women are Sacred” coverpage model. First of all tell us a lil’ about yourself. Carrissa: Oki my name is Carrissa Lowhorn and I’m from Siksika Nation (Blackfoot) located in Southern Alberta, Canada. I’m 24 years old and currently working towards my degree in the International Indigenous studies program at the University of Calgary. I’m in my 3rd year, and once I’ve completed my program, my next goal is to get into law school. I have many interests that include modeling, traveling, and working with the youth. Also, I believe in promoting a healthy life style and being a role for my community. Being a Blackfoot women I feel it is my duty to stay connected to my culture and preserve our language by practicing our traditional ways of life. I’m a very ambitious young woman who’s been selected a National Finalist to compete for the Miss Canada Globe 2011 title. The pageant will take place in Toronto on August 13th where I will be competing for a week.

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Has your Native culture or background influenced your modeling or pagentry in any way? What would you like to share with Native youth who may want to pursue the same dreams as you?

Carrissa: Being a Blackfoot women with strong cultural roots has helped me on my journey through life, and as we all know life can get tough. There have been many times where I felt the pressures of life and I have always turned to my cultural practices for guidance and prayer. Life’s challenges have definitely made me a stronger person, and pushed me to persevere and achieve all my dreams and goals. Without my culture I wouldn’t be the person I am today. If I would give anyone wanting advice on pursuing their goals; I would say always be confident in everything you do and stay true to yourself. I have always believed that if you look at life in a positive aspect you will attract positive opportunities and outcomes into your life. - Carrissa Low Horn Thanks so much for your time Carrissa and myself and Our Way of Life Magazine and our many readers support and wish you the best of luck in becoming Miss Canada Globe 2011 :) For more information and updates on my journey to Miss Canada Globe you can join my face book group/page.

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GODDAMMITBOYHOWDY is Rezpunk review by Timmy Arrowtop Our Way of Life

Rated PG 13-

Strong expressive Language

I feel like writing a review for this record might be a little hard, a little biased and a little subjective. But that’s the beauty of record reviews, they be all subjective so I feel I can take this on and not make too much of an ass of myself. Furthermore, I’m not a critic. I have an opinion dammit, but thank the Grandfather’s I’m not a critic. It’s basically like this and the old saying: Opinions are like assholes, we all have one. So by that remark I feel that critics are essentially covered in assholes like an octopus has suckers on his appendages or a teenager’s neck is covered in hickies. An octopus’ suckers garner far more use and practicality than the remnant rutting reminders of a hickie so I like the comparison to that instead. We’ll go with that. So, and again, my subjective bias is not hindered by any standards of sophisticated critical analysis and that’s exactly why this 7 inch is so amazing. Joey and the boys’ playing bring about an unforced visceral reaction. Why? Fuck I don’t know. Like I implied earlier I know these guys pretty well and am related to two of them. Knowing what I know about these guys reminds me that what they created here and what they started out as are really two different things. I think a lot of us peeps in the Missoula scene have essentially watched these guys grow up and grow into what they are now. Like a beautiful flower! They bloomed and thwisped into full grandeur and lo! The remark of their audio proclamation is like the tall inspired standalone Sun Flower who, in all its glory, is infused and in turn stimulated by the gentle warmth of the sun! Short is always better when it comes to punk rock and this record is short. 9 immediate minutes to make a point and what’s the point anyhow and what happened? As I am writing this, the songs have cycled through three times. That’s 27 minutes! That’s not even a full length by some standards and what have I heard? People around here who’ve never grown up on the reservation that Joey and Allen and Booster come from seem to make statements about how the songs are indicative of a unique upbringing compared to most. This is true, in a sense. But the satisfaction of banging away on an open E chord on some old beat up guitar has an appeal and pedigree of its own as well and that’s what this record is saying. Joey’s desperate yelp on “Hit a Wall” coupled with Booster’s Whoa-Oh’s are satisfying. They make sense. They make your stomach ache in a way that a bona-fide loving feeling makes your stomach ache. That’s all you need sometimes you know? 23 25

ASK Omar Shabazz Bear Braids Q: I am a single mother with one child. I would like to get back into the dating game but I don’t want to get with someone at a bar or a tire fire. Also, I’m afraid no guy will want to be in a relationship with me because I have a kid. Do you have any dating advice for me, or am I doomed to be alone forever? -Single Mom Dear Single Mom, You have just listed the only options you see on most reservations, as a staggering one-and-done or turning your home into an imaginary Guantanamo Bay. It sounds like you are picking your last meal for death row. “Spoiled pork chops or festered ham?” You’re a t-bone so act like it and if you put yourself on the market make sure you look for the best venues. One possible scouting trip would be the local work-out facilities but please don’t stare long enough to where your eyes dry open and you’re considered a danger to others. It’s alright to peek over the fence at out-of-towners. If our town offers your legal hobbies in locations then go there to scout. Use the same instincts you would use at the local watering hole. On-line classifieds don’t spell desperate but Craigslist happenings could shy away even the bravest. Is it too soon to mention that? Please keep in mind that kids are a gift and shouldn’t scare away any buck deer, unless you are raising the reincarnation of everybody’s favorite uncle, Charlie Manson. Don’t sell yourself short unless your nose beats you around the corner by 5 seconds or you have a uni-brow that can be made into a small child’s jacket. If you need more encouragement, the term MILF Our Way of Life should help keep your head up.


Speak YOUR Mind:

Editorials, Opinions, Thoughts & Ideas

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Every person has the right to breathe clean air:

Blackfeet Nation bans smoking in Tribal Buildings

We are fortunate that some of the Pikuni Nation’s care enough about the health of our children and other Leaders realize the impact of corporate tobacco prePikuni Nation Citizen’s to enforce laws of the Pikuni vention and control ordinances. Its great that they Nation. It is respect for each other; it is not selfish to understand the number of lives that can be saved and give every person the right to breathe clean air. The the related costs to treat those that continue to use People that don’t smoke and The People who have to commercial tobacco. work in a smoke filled Commercial tobacco environment to make a control saves lives, living have the right to and it saves our Pikuni breath clean air. With Nation money. the unemployment The Pikuni had a rate outrageously high strong system of morthese people don’t al standards and prinhave a choice to work ciples. They held one elsewhere. another in best regard Let us all be the and respect for each people our ancesperson. We took care tors were; unselfish, of one another and thoughtful of others, each other’s children. Nadine Little Plume, director of Blackfeet Tobacco Prevenand strong minded When I took this job as tion Use Program and BTUPP Youth Coalition. and not to let addictions the director of Blackovertake their lives or to feet Tobacco Prevenhate and hurt each other “To preserve our way tion Use Program, I heard all about the of life, we must protect because of decisions made. This may be health hazards, environmental destruc- future generations. We a Blessing in disguise, remember things tion, the big bucks that the tobacco com- must protect our chil- happen for a reason, and let us always panies make from their killer product, etc. dren from the danger- keep our teachings of our elders in our But in my heart I was at the conclusion ous and deadly chemi- minds and hearts. If not for this way of that it was respect for one another’s life cals in secondhand thinking we wouldn’t be the strong mindand well being. That is the way of the Ni’ smoke. Keep our air ed people we are. I read somewhere, “that tsii ti pii (REAL PEOPLE)! natural and clean for the results of all credible peer-reviewed The first comment I heard after the scientific and economic studies show that all generations.” Blackfeet Tribal Council’s decision to smoke-free policies and regulations do ban smoking in our tribal buildings was, not negatively impact business revenues”. “I want to quit, but I will quit on my own, not beThe Pikuni Nation Citizen’s can be credible of this by cause the council is telling me to quit!” Actually it respecting others and giving everyone around you the is the person’s choice to quit. It is just that you can opportunity to breathe clean air. By enforcing Resolunot use tobacco in the Blackfeet Nation’s buildings. A tion 102-2005, the People could possibly find it resolution was drawn up by previous Tobacco Specialeasier to break away from their addiction, and increase ist, Lori New Breast and the council is enforcing the the gap of expenditures the tobacco industry uses to resolution passed by a previous council in 2005, the hook smokers. casino was given 2 years to come into compliance by Commercial tobacco industries target Native Amerthe year of 2007. The BTUPP Youth Coalition, Leah ican’s and youth. Tobacco companies take advantage Bad Marriage and I brought it to the attention of the of the Native American Indian image to promote their Pikuni Leader’s (BTBC). We accredit the leaders that man-made addictive and toxic products. Con’t 24

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MY STORY: The reservation has and always will be my home.

Its the only place where I feel like I belong. When I leave the rez with my family on weekends or for work, I always feel unwanted and mistreated by outsiders. Racism is a major problem that I deal with on a regular basis. Montana has always been an Indian state. We are the second largest racial group. It would seem like the this state would be above racism, but its not. I wish America had the mindset of our forefathers, where everyone was human and we had to respect and work together to make the world a better place. Racism was not a problem back then, our ancestors would take in outsiders and treat them as one of their own. This way is lost right now but I feel that it can come back. - Gabe T,

We Could Make a CHANGE Well I think we could make a better life for our next generation. We could be more successful in life like making lots of money off the rez. So we as people need to try and get all the drug and alcohol addicts help to stop all their addictions. We could make a change in our lives. Just think if we could do all that; our town, our people would be better off.

Our Way of Life- Racism is a serious issue we experience every day of our lives. America’s very foundation is built on the idea of racism. Laws were passed to oppress minority groups, so racism is highly institutionalized and prevalent in the minds of Americans. But we as a people, as human beings must be smarter than that old way of thinking. We need to all work together to eliminate racism. One way to start doing that is to stop using racist terms in your everyday language. Racism can be overcome, we need to remember the golden rule of treating others the way you would like to be treated. If you have a story you would like to share please send it to ourwayoflife@hotmail.com

By: Justin Salway, age 12 tobacco... Con’t from Pg. 24 Corporate tobacco threatens the future of our culture. According to the 2008 Montana Adult Tobacco Survey, Native American Indians were seven times more likely to smoke than other Montanans. To preserve our way of life, we must protect future generations. We must protect our children from the dangerous and deadly chemicals in secondhand smoke. Keep our air natural and clean for all generations. Vise Versa, our children worry about the health of their parent’s and grandparents and don’t want to lose their loved one’s prematurely to commercial tobacco. For professional therapy and replacement therapy call 1-800-QUIT-NOW Nadine Little Plume, Director of Blackfeet Tobacco Prevention use Leah Bad Marriage, Our Way of Life BTUPP t hanks you for promoting Youth Coalition healthy living in your Native community

Question to Native People Why does the Native Nations continue to let the United States government/BIA determine who is Native/Indian with blood quantum? Did you know? Blood quantum was created by the US government because they knew it would totally eliminate Tribal Nations. Historian Patricia Limerick stated,

“Set the blood quantum at one-quarter, hold to it as a rigid definition of Indians, let intermarriage proceed as it has for centuries and eventually Indians will be defined out of existence. When that happens, the federal government will be freed of its persistent "Indian Problem." Blood Quantum is 21st century GENOCIDE, carried out by our own Tribal governments.

LET’S START DEFINING OURSELVES!

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The story that is at the forefront of a lot of people’s mind is the recent hacking of the Playstation Network. Sony is one of the largest companies in the world, and the Playstation Network (PSN) is a huge media hub for it’s 75 million subscribers. Not only is the PSN used for online gaming, it also can stream music and movies, and allow people to browse the web and keep in contact with their friends. On April 20th, the PSN went offline as hackers overloaded the servers to the online servers, causing all of it’s subscribers to not be able to connect to the internet and use all of it’s services. In addition to the service being offline (at the time of this writing) all 75 million users are at risk for theft of personal information, including addresses, names, and bank accounts. Never before has an internet hack come under such scrutiny and media attention, mainly because of how many users there are on PSN. There has been a classaction lawsuit filed against Sony for this break in security, and the Department of Homeland Security is also investigating it. Around the world, many who own a Playstation 3 are returning it because they are not able to use the PSN. Although Sony hopes to have the service back up and running by May 3rd, the public image of Sony can never be repaired fully after this hacking attack.

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Quick News: Call of the Dead zombie mode map for escape reality by using drugs & alcohol, you just need to COD: Black Ops to feature Danny Trejo and Sarah explore other outlets! -Our Way of Life Michelle Gellar; Peyton Hillis chosen as Madden NFL 12 cover athlete; Nintendo planning to unveil new console at E3 in June, said to have better graphics than Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Games to watch out for in May: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean(Family Fun Game), LA: Noire(Detective game from creators of Grand Theft Auto series), Brink(First person shooter game with crazy stunts), Dirt 3 (Racing Game) 26

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What’s the Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) Plan? • A plan that offers lowcost or free health coverage for children and teenagers up to age 19. 2011 HMK Income Chart

Questions about qualifications or program please contact us at:

Blackfeet CHIPRA Program P.O. Box 870 Browning, MT 59417 Call Susan @ 3385180 or 450-4929 Liz @ 338-2524 or 450-4785

Annual Adjusted Gross Income (before Taxes) Effective April 1, 2011

Household size

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Well ol’ Buddy. Time for you to come out of retirement! Never kno’ about dose gas prices and if we shud encounter a flood I kno u can swim better than i can.

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