Pablo’s People’s Center is place to bead
Those who gather each week for the beading circle at the People’s Center in Ronan, Mont., know it’s about more than just beading.
Missoulian reporter Chelsi Moy explains all the circle brings to its members in her feature on the meeting that brings friends together:
Thursdays at the People’s Center is a place to swap ideas, share stories, laugh, learn and eat – and maybe do a little beading, too. For more than a year, women and men, young and old, Native Americans and non-Natives alike have gathered for the weekly beading circle to craft colorful and creative beadwork. Everyone brings a dish to share and a pattern to bead.
“If you can imagine it, you can bead it,” said Marie Torosian, education director and exhibit manager at the People’s Center.
Flow Drowatzky is proof that it’s never too late to learn a new skill. The Pablo resident took up beading at the age of 72.
“I loved it,” she said. “I wanted to know how to do it.”
Today, Drowatzky has done it all – barrettes, necklaces, coin purses, clutch purses and keychains, just to name a few. She beaded the sports emblems of the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots for her sons. She’s beaded purses for her daughter, daughter-in-law and granddaughters.
Tribes seek to halt mine in Cabinet Mountains Wilderness
Precious metals are once again being pitted against precious lands in northwestern Montana where Revett Minerals wants to mine tunnels that run under Chicago Peak in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness.
Meanwhile, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are fighting to save that same land – specifically Chicago Peak – that represents one of the ‘last untouched’ sacred places for Native people there, the Missoulian’s Tristan Scott reports.
Revett Minerals president and chief executive officer John Shanahan said the company is aware of the peak’s cultural significance and is sensitive to the concerns of tribal members. But any surface disturbance caused by the mining operation will occur outside the designated wilderness boundary, he said, which is far removed from Chicago Peak.
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But the growing chorus of concern for protecting the site was enough to initiate an assessment by the Kootenai National Forest. Even though eligibility for listing to the National Register of Historic Places may not save the mountain, Auld said it will go a long way toward corroborating Chicago Peak’s cultural significance, which has primarily been passed from generation to generation through oral histories.
Maria Nieves Zedeno, an archaeologist from the University of Arizona’s School of Anthropology and Bureau of Applied Research, is working as a consultant for the Kootenai Forest to document the cultural significance of Chicago Peak and determine whether it is eligible for listing. Zedeno has been conducting field research, interviewing tribal elders who understand the peak’s traditional uses, and reviewing archival and ethnographic histories of the tribe’s relationship to the region.
Report: Contraceptives can be hard to access on reservations
Public Radio International had this piece Friday on a new report detailing the difficulty some women on reservations face when attempting to access certain kinds of birth control.
A new report from the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center found that women living on Native American reservations have a difficult time gaining access to Plan B emergency contraception.
The report also criticized the Indian Health Service for not implementing standard policies and protocols for dealing with sexual assault and rape despite being required to do so by the Tribal Law and Order Act.
The co-author of the report, Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, said it’s difficult to say why there are such problems, though she points, generally, to a lack of oversight.