Remembering our LOGO DESIGNING CONTEST, to select a new logo identifying this regional event. Leave your artistic mark on souvenirs-mugs, buttons, fans, t-shirts-by designing an award winning logo. Enter as many times at you like. A $5.00 entry fee per drawing applies. Keep the logo simple enough to be screen printed easily onto items. Your winning entry becomes property of CCS. For questions on Red Nations or the logo contest: Call Cindy Linnenkohl, 409-258-8441, or Joe Williams, 281-346-2765.
Basketweaving, beadwork, shawl making and other native crafts and fun activities are open to women of all tribes. The Shawl Society is reaching out to all Native women to help share our traditions. No one needs to "prove" Native ancestry; no tribal "registration" is necessary. Join the enrichment, as this group continues to grow. Call B.J. for details, 713-668-0222.
Consult their website: http://www.powersource.com/heritage See the subheading "First Families." Further research information and assistance are available through the Cherokee National Historical Society Genealogy Office:P.O. Box 515
Region 14 of the CIS, a project of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, covers Texas and Oklahoma. Priority audiences include Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and Native Americans. Because Native American communities are often difficult for outsiders to access, this population has not had the full advantage of what CIS offers. To increase outreach and ultimately to decrease cancer morbidity and mortality rates among Native Americans, CIS hopes to build partnerships with a wide network of Native American groups and to work with those who have similar goals of health improvement. Call Linda Moreno, CIS Outreach Manager, at (713) 792-3363 for more information.
by Janet Lian JohnsonJust who do you think you are!
I am seared flesh,
grey haired, blue eyed.
That crazy white Indian
Woman (with a card)
I suffer from an ancestral disease,
Ainglish, Irish, Scottish, German.
Grandpa said, "Youíre Cherokee.
Donít forget it."
Fullbloods see wannabe.
Iím whatís left
raped our mothers and sisters,
killed our fathers and brothers,
then began to annihilate our
Just what do you think I am?
I am Cherokee With a German Face
and Scottish/Irish eyes;
Ainglish is my tongue.
I am your neverbe
with a braid
that connects me to the Anií-Yun wiya,í
the Principle People,
Strong medicine surfaces
in my cedar spine,
heals the neverbe,
I am Cherokee.
*Iya-so be it (Cherokee)
One of my primary objectives is to bring into the open the absolute, appalling state of affairs of the Indian community in the Houston area. As of this writing, there is no proactive, socio-political organization making any impact at all. The organizations seemingly created for this very purpose have become nonentities, doing virtually nothing. Judging from their activity level and the issues they are not tackling, one must assume that everything is hunky-dory, and the Indian community members of the greater Houston Area are just as pleased as punch about every political, social, and moral issue you can think of. Also, the only activity I have seen has been by individuals who hardly gave a good impression of our ethnic group, since they have only worked to benefit themselves. I donít think it is too much of a stretch to say most native people in our area feel this way. It seems the majority of the caring, well-intentioned people who would like to affect some positive change have gotten frustrated and sort of faded away. Not that I can blame them, for who wants to bang their head on a wall continuously and get no results?
If you feel this way, I assure you that you are not a minority (at least not in our community), and you should let your voice be heard. There is a movement underway to change this depressing landscape and do some real good, similar to what the Los Angelos N.A. community has done. Although ours is not as big as their groups are, the communities of Denver, Cleveland, Dallas, and Austin all are smaller than our population (both overall and Indian) and do well. This is primarily because these groups are focused, motivated, and most importantly, united! These groups have a generally good reputation, and therefore, enjoy the surrounding communities; support. This is sorely lacking here in our neck of the woods, but we really have only ourselves to blame. It will take much work to alter this legacy, but that is our birthright, That is our culture!
There is much work to be done, and the time is now. There will be a get-together of everyone who is interested in working to change this situation, on January 16, at 7:00 p.m. at a location to be announced. Call for location info at 281-560-7081. This is a call to arms! Together we can make a difference! Spread the Word! There will be many issues tackled in the future editions of this column, along with proposed solutions to these problems. I do not suppose that my ideas are the best or smartest available, but hopefully, they give us a place to start.