Good … afternoon. We’d like to say good morning, but when does Buffalo Post ever get moving before noon Sundays? That said, the long, leisurely and finally-sufficiently caffeinated morning gives us a good chance to collect all of today’s news. Here we go:
Lena Peters, right, of Pine Ridge, helps her grandson, Jontay Peters, put on his head roach at the Oglala Lakota Nation Powwow at Pine Ridge. (Ryan Soderlin/Rapid City Journal)
In South Dakota, a thunderous rumble
You might be thinking Sturgis – after all, the famous and infamous motorcycle rally was also going on – but we’re talking drums. It’s the 24th annual Oglala Lakota Nation Powwow in Pine Ridge, which this year features more than 30 drum groups. The area has more than doubled in size this year, the better to accommodate more than 370 dancers competing for upwards of $90,000 in prize money. This year’s theme is “Honoring the Four Circles.” They honored children on the first day to make them feel especially welcomed, then the elders were honored. Saturday’s honoring went to all of the women, and today’s welcomes men into the circle. Read about it here.
Congresswoman backs off from plan to restrict with Native firms
Indian Country Today has this story about Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill. Remember, McCaskill held hearings recently on the system that awards certain federal contracts to Alaska Native Corporations. But now she’s withdrawn an amendment aimed at curtailing participation by Alaskan Native Corporations, Native Hawaiians and other tribes in the program. Also, here‘s the Anchorage Daily News’ coverage.
Likely settlement for Crow in 1800s water case
Gosh, and we thought the Indian trust funds case was taking forever to settle. In the case of a Crow water compact, the last stumbling block came in the form of Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, who had blocked the settlement for fear it would weaken Wyoming’s influence over its own water supply. Guess whose water supply it was first? Here’s the story.
No more Native dropouts
That’s the goal of a recent program sponsored by the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leader-ship Council. The idea is to figure out who and what makes for a positive influence on young people, and then to encourage them. “We need to pull together, and I guess that’s really where we’d like to move,” says Montana state schools Superintendent Denise Juneau, an enrolled Blackfeet. Former Montana legislator Norma Bixby, director of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Education Department and a former state legislator, says persistence is key. “The message is never give up,” she says, “no matter how tough things get.” Find out what motivates youngsters to stay in school here
Tribal law and Dine fundamentals
This is a short but interesting piece from the Navajo Times about the Dine Fundamental Law, and whether it should remain as part of Tribal Code. We’ll leave that argument to lawmakers, but were charmed by the fact that as, writer Jason Begay notes, the Fundamental Law reads like poetry. He includes the English translation of the opening section, a lovely note on which to end the brunch:
“The Holy People ordained,
Through songs and prayers,
Earth and universe embody thinking,
Water and the sacred mountains embody life,
Fire, light, and offering sites of variegated sacred stones embody wisdom.
These are the Fundamental tenets established.”