All Roads Lead To Red Nations Remembering:
"Blazing a New Trail."
The 2000 Commemoration of the Trail of Tears is an Intertribal Gathering and is sponsored exclusively by the Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston, Texas. Join us on Sunday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. to dusk, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas (maps provided upon request.)
Honored guest speakers include:
Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Hastings Shade, Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
CCS will share Native American culture through speakers, fine arts and crafts, Cherokee games, storytelling, music, a Commemorative Moccasin Walk, prayer feathers, face painting, demonstrations and food. This is a family friendly, free event which is open to the public. Absolutely no drugs and no alcohol allowed. Contact for event details: Judith
Bruni, 281-556-1908 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Booth space is available on site for $25, or $20 in advance. Vendors must donate a raffle item. Vendors contact Cindy Linnenkohl, (days) 281-458-0662 x 119 or e-mail email@example.com
"But at the time of Red Nations -
Walk the Winds of the Mountain's Way,
And Listen to the Whispers in the Trees,
Sense the Rhythm of a Summer's Day
and Know the Soul of the Cherokee."
The Portraits of the Cherokee Chiefs will be dedicated Saturday, May 6,
2000 at the opening of the Trail of Tears Art Show:
Shared by CCS member and photographer Jim Gravino, March 6, 2000
Portraits of Chief John Ross through Chief Chad Smith were commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. K. S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. and were donated for permanent exhibition at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK.
- 10:00 a.m.: for viewing and purchasing of Trail of Tears Art.
- 12:00 noon: Hog Fry Luncheon with announcement of Artists' Awards
- 1:30 p.m.: Dedication of the Portraits of the Cherokee Chiefs.
Anyone wishing to attend can contact the Heritage Center, 1-918-456-6007 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Descendants of the chiefs can contact Ellen Johnson, Cherokee Heritage Center, for a special invitation.
CCS Monthly Meeting
Join us on Thursday, April 6, 2000, 7:00 p.m., when the program will be "Cherokee Cultural Focus: History, Folklore and Genealogy." Enjoy this special preview of an upcoming CCS course with outstanding presenters Marjorie Lowe and Deborah Scott.
CCS Meeting Location: The Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, one block south of Richmond, east of the Sam Houston Tollway West Belt. Guests are always eligible for the door prize awarded that night.
Join us for the May 4 Monthly Meeting when CCS former board member Steve Triplett will present a program on the Medicine Wheel - the background, the artifacts and why we reset it each June. Steve will answer all those questions you always wanted to know about this CCS tradition. A June date for the ceremony will be announced.
Other Events & Projects
As with all pow wows and other events, double check before making travel plans; events may change unexpectedly.
- The Shawl Society meets each second Saturday monthly, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The group, which shares crafts and friendship and welcomes women and men of all tribes, plans another basket weaving class at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK during the third weekend in October, 2000. Anyone interested in joining the class, please contact Barbra
(B.J.) Callihan, 713-541-4170. More details to come.
- The Shakey Hollow Ceremonial Ground, near Conroe, TX, is the site of dances held the last Saturday of each month, starting with a potluck dinner. Call for information and directions: 281-399-1661.
- The Native American Health Coalition meets each second Thursday, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., at the Northwest Community Health Center, 100 West 34 Street in Houston. Contact with questions: Deborah Scott, 713-861-6667 or e-mail email@example.com
- The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation has monthly pow wows. Contact for details: Rt. 3, Box 640, Livingston, TX 77351; phone 1-800-444-3507; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Website is www.alabama-coushatta.com/
Elsewhere Across Indian Country:
As with all pow wows and other events, double check before making travel plans; events may change unexpectedly.
- April 11-15 Northeastern State University holds its annual Symposium on the American Indian, in Tahlequah, OK. Contact the University, 600 North Grand, Tahlequah, OK 74464; phone 918-456-5511; fax 918-458-2326; toll free: 1-800-722.9614; or see website
- May 6, 2000 the TSA-LA-GI Ancient Village opens at the Cherokee
Heritage Center, Tahlequah, OK. Contact: 918-456-6007 or see the website
- June 9 to 11: The Red Earth Festival 2000 at the Myriad Convention
Center in Oklahoma City, OK. See www.redearth.org or phone
- April 27-29: The Gathering of
Nations, "North America's Biggest Pow Wow". See the website at
www.gatheringofnations.com or contact Gathering of Nations, 3200 Coors Rd., NW, Suite K-235, Albuquerque, NM 87120-1269; phone
505-836-2810; fax: 505-839-0475.
- August 3-6, 2000: National Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers presents Returning The Gift (RTG IX) in Tahlequah, OK. Sponsor is The Center for Tribal Studies, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah.
Contact for questions: Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo), National Director, Wordcraft Circle, 1744 Del Cielo Drive NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105-1044, or e-mail email@example.com. See their new website at www.unm.edu/Elaguna/index.html.
The following will serve on the Festival Host Committee. Many Cherokees lead the project: Dan Agent (Cherokee), Terry Baker (Choctaw), Orvel Baldridge (Cherokee), Jake Chanate (Kiowa), Evelyn Conley (Cherokee), Robert J. Conley (UKB Cherokee), Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo), Murv Jacobs (Kentucky Cherokee), Julie Moss (Cherokee), Gloria Sly (Cherokee), Delores Sumner (Comanche), Carol Young (Pawnee) - Chair.
- August 7-12: American Indian Exposition EXPO 2000 at Caddo County Fairgrounds, Anadarko, OK. See www.indianexpo.org
What's in This Name?
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian hosted "The Mankillers," in celebration of Women's History Month during performances March 16 and 18 at their George Gustav Heye Center in Manhattan. An all-woman drum group from northern California, The Mankillers' members represent many North American tribes: Apache, Cherokee, Hupa, Karuk,
Muskogee Creek, Jemez and Taos Pueblo, among others. Wilma Mankiller is the inspiration for the group's name, paying tribute to the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. They remain one of the few all-female Native American drum groups to release a professional recording (1997 Anya Music). The women sing in the northern style of Native American pow wow music in the same manner as men, dividing leads, chorus, and calls among each other. The Mankillers, organized in 1992 as a women's support group and mentoring circle, are community activists, teachers, and mothers who act as role models for youth.
Their songs and educational workshops inspire and motivate women of all ages. "The group promotes the path of the drum in place of drugs, alcohol, and other forms of self-destruction," says manager Irma Amaro-Davis (Chicana/Yaqui).
- From an article entitled "All-woman drum group to perform in
celebration of Women's History Month" at
http://users.skynet.be/kola/index.htm. (March 6, 2000) Message
forwarded from Sonja Keohane via firstname.lastname@example.org
Monetary Victims Have Their Hearing
A $2.4 billion known loss by the U.S. government is of interest to Native Americans who are concerned over mismanagement of "Individual Indian Money" or IIM accounts. Special accounts are set up as a trust through the U.S. government's management of Indian allotted lands involving properties with oil and gas production, coal production, grazing leases or timber sales. Marcella Burgess-Giles, attorney and Seminole Nation attorney general, represents clients with IIM accounts in the Native American Rights Fund federal class-action suit. It culminates on behalf of 300,000 IIM account holders, dating back at least 80 years. Clients are "being cheated," she said, because they are not getting the right share or valuation of royalties from their properties. The most shameful part of the ordeal, says Giles, is that "most of our people live off production from property." That means they
should be able to look at income from IIM account royalties for their month-to-month living. Checks have been irregular or not the right amount, which adds up to IIM account holders losing $100 to $200 per month, funds many could apply to essential living expenses.
The judge in the federal case recently ordered the government to be accountable for current IIM account holders and historical accounts, those of the deceased. They are now "accountable for every account open and closed," Giles said, adding that they have to ensure that all accounts are reconciled properly. Now that the situation has surfaced
and mismanagement has been proven, notes Giles, everyone will benefit.
- From article an entitled "Lawsuit filed on behalf of 300,000 IIM holders," by Kimberley D. Morava in the Indian News (February 20, 2000) and forwarded March 7, 2000 by Gregg Howard
Come run with me
Through the shadows
Cast by Grandmother
Of the Round Silver Face.
Through the berry vines
Singing our chants
To the full moon
In the Silvery night.
Chanting our joy
To each other
In sheer ecstasy.
Taking joy from the
As the hairs on our back
Prickle from the cold
And the steam from our breath
Lights the air beyond our muzzles.
Running with the four-legged
Brothers of One Heart.
Into the night
Into the mists.
Singing because we must
In sheer joy
Of the secret we keep.
Criaturas? Yes, again.
Loosed from bonds
Of creepy Civilization.
For a night.
For an hour.
For an eternity.
Running with our relations
On soft-padded paws
On leaf-padded pathways.
No one knows we're here
But the silvery wolves
We call brothers.
- Christy Crusott/Stormdancer
March 6, 2000
Appreciation goes to March meeting speaker, Jack D. Baker, President
of the National Trail of Tears Association.
Special CCS thank you to Donna Allen, Barbra (B.J.) Callihan, Patti Davis, Lynette Lagow, Cindy Linnenkohl, Barbara Moore, Deborah Scott and Dawn Westerman for helping make Red Nations Remembering "starter baskets" in March. A very BIG thanks to Cherokee warriors Marc Case and David Corely, who helped to make RNR 2000 and future year's
basket weaving a real community endeavor. We look forward to more men and women participating earlier next year, members and non-members alike. The basket weaving project is a key CCS fundraiser at which event visitors learn to weave from the basket bases prepared by these volunteers. Thanks to all who secured these "foundations."
The Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston is a registered nonprofit organization which is totally independent of all other Native American Indian organizations, locally, regionally and nationally. We do support the efforts of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Anyone with questions regarding CCS support of or affiliation with any Native endeavors, on a local or national scale, please contact us for clarification: Judith Bruni, President, email@example.com, or Vicki Henrichs, newsletter editor, firstname.lastname@example.org. CCS thanks everyone for continued support of our organization, which has flourished since 1992.
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