NPR talks Native agenda with National Congress of American Indians leaders
You can listen to the NPR reporter Michel Martin’s interview with National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel and Juana Mejal Dixon, the group’s first vice president. They discuss the upcoming legislative year and what some of Indian Country’s top agenda items might be.
Native hip hop artist plays for teens
Rapper Wahwahtay Benais’ message is loud and clear as he bops about the stage. And although it’s not conventional, the Morning Sun (see video here) in Central Michigan reports that the audience was listening and loving it last week as Benais rapped about the history of Native Americans through “musical expression.”
“They brought me out to do a show for Native American month for the college and for ya’ll,” said Benais. “What I want to do is explain what this month represents, but it’s even bigger than that though.
“It’s not even about this month. Every month is Native American month for me.”
Yale agrees to return Inca artifacts
Yale University, the third-oldest U.S. college, has agreed to return Incan artifacts taken from Peru a century ago, President Alan Garcia said.
Ernesto Zedillo, a Yale professor and a former Mexican president, promised yesterday to return the artifacts, which were excavated by archaeologist and Yale Professor Hiram Bingham from the Machu Picchu citadel in the southern Andes in 1912, Garcia said in statement dated yesterday and posted on the presidential website.
Tough times force CSKT to examine reservation newspaper’s future
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council put a tough question to its members this week: What should be done to help cut costs for the Flathead Reservation’s Char-Koosta News source?
The newspaper currently prints weekly, but needs to cut costs and doesn’t want to cut positions, the Char-Koosta reports.
The survey includes among other ‘answers’ choosing a preference of cutting the newspaper’s print run to bi-weekly runs or moving it completely online. A motion was passed to increase of five dollars per subscription.
You can take the survey on Char-Koosta News distribution here.