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san_manuelKVCR Television, based in San Bernadino, Calif., will host the first 24-hour Native American TV channel, with the help of a $6 million donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

The channel is to launch next spring, and will feature current events, culture and history of Native American and Alaska Native people, according to this news release from the tribe.

“We fully anticipate this unique channel to become a model for public-television programming across the country,” says KVCR president Larry R. Ciecalone. KVCR is a Public Broadcasting System affiliate. “The power and influence for the good this channel will achieve cannot be overstated.”

James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, says the channel is part of the tribes mission of portraying Native Americans accurately and thus help break down stereotypes.

“Supporting this endeavor will help achieve that objective by allowing us to tell the story of Native Americans through themes and images that speak the truth and educate our audiences,” says Ramos.

Cherokee actor Wes Studi (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans”) says that “the channel will be in a position to break stereotypes while preserving and celebrating our rich culture and collective history before a larger audience.”

An earlier partnership between the tribe and the statino resulted in three documentary series called “People of the Pines,” a direct translation of San Manuel’s clan designation in the Native Serrano language, Yuhaviatam. To watch trailers, click here.

Gwen Florio

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Canada’s First Nations mark half-century of voting rights

Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of the day when all members of Canada’s First Nations finally received the right to vote. “It was a pretty major event in its time. It changed society’s understanding of aboriginal people,” says Federal Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl, who will hold a reception Wednesday on Parliament Hill. But as the Montreal Gazette reports here, that with “low voter participation, significant under-representation in most governments and social conditions on reserves mimicking that of Third World nations, the impact of enfranchisement on Canadian First Nations has been questionable.”

Tribe works with TV station on documentary of Native people in California

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians has helped KVCR-TV produce a series on the experience of Native people in California after colonization. It’s the third installment of a documentary that began by focusing on the San Manuel band and now looks at other tribes in California, according to the San Bernardino Sun.

ThomasDene Kay Thomas named new Fort Lewis College President
Here’s the entire AP story from Durango, Colo:
A college president praised for her relations with the Nez Perce and Coeur d’Alene tribes in Idaho has been picked as president of Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Dene Kay Thomas, president of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, since 2001, will become president of Fort Lewis College on July 1. She succeeds Brad Bartel.
Thomas faces declining enrollment at Fort Lewis and calls for the school to cut $1.6 million from its budget by time she takes office, and an additional $2.9 million by 2012.
Thomas says she’ll work closely with school’s Native American students and the tribes they represent. The school enrolls students from 122 tribes, which make up 20 percent of the student population.

Tribes doing better, but should brace for inflation

The good news presented at the Native American Financial Officers Association last week in New Orleans, is that tribes are doing better than ever economically. The bad news is that inflation could, and probably will, hit. “Never in history have tribes had revenue growth and access to investor capital the way they did in 2001 – 2007,” William Lomax, the group’s president and a citizen of the Gitxsan Nation. But, he says, “Given the amount of money (the federal government) has been pumping into the system, it is only a matter of time before inflation takes off. It might be one year, three years or five years, but I’m sure it is coming.” Read Dave Palermo’s report here in Indian Country Today.

Pastor spreads gospel of flight in Alaska Native villages
The Tundra Drums calls Grant Funk “a Johnny Appleseed of village aviation.” The minister’s passion is to produce pilots and flight mechanics in the villages, both as a practical matter and a way of giving students more career choices. Right now, there’s only one aviation vocational program in Alaska’s rural high schools, he says.

Congrats to Salish Kootenai College’s Bison and Lady Bison!

The Salish Kootenai College teams dominated the IHEC National Indian Basketball Tournament, the Char-Koosta News reports here. The Bison pulled a three-peat in defeating Northwest Indian College, 109-103, and the Lady Bison tromped Oglala Lakota College, 72-57.

Gwen Florio

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Beyond powwow songs: “Earthsongs” radio host focuses on modern Native music
Shyanne Beatty hosts “Earthsongs,” a national radio program of modern music for Native America. Beatty, who is Han Gwich’in Athabascan from Eagle, Alaska, tells station KTUU‘s Eric Sowl that “a lot of people think that Native American or indigenous music is powwow music. It’s not that any more. It’s rock, it’s reggae, it’s world music.” Native American broadcasters represent less than 1 percent of the nation’s on-air media talent.

San Miguel Band of Mission Indians donates $1.7 million in Haiti relief
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is helping earthquake relief efforts in Haiti by donating $1.7 million to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. According to Indian Country Today, it’s the most recent such effort by the tribe, which donated $700,000 after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; $1 million for wildfire recovery in Southern California, and $1 million to relief groups in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Senators-Canadiens hockey game was NHL’s first broadcast in Inuktitut
Hockey history was made yesterday with the first-ever broadcast in Inukitut of an NHL game. CBC broadcasters Charlie Panigoniak and Annie Ford called the Ottawa Senators-Montreal Canadiens game in Inuktitut, according to the Nunatsiaq News. The game was broadcast around Nunavut and CBC also streamed it online. The Senators won, 3-2, in OT.

Natives may be added to Alaska’s state song
There’s an effort – again – in Alaska to add references to indigenous people in the state’s song, according to The Tundra Drums. A similar effort failed in 2002, but Sen. Albert Kookesh, who Tlingit and leader in the Alaska Federation of Natives, says times have changed. The bill would add a second verse that references Benny Benson, the Native boy who in 1927 designed the territorial flag that eventually became the state flag. The version begins: A Native lad chose the Dipper’s stars, For Alaska’s flag that there be no bars, Among our cultures.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe announces new casino hotel
Despite an economy that has wreaked havoc on profits from tribal and non-tribal casinos alike, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, owner of two Tucson-area casinos, says it will break ground next month on a casino and hotel expected to create up to 200 jobs. The Sol Casinos Hotel and Convention Center will be an expansion of Casino Del Sol, the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson reports. It’s scheduled to open next year.

Gwen Florio

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