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Canku Ota (Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
December 28, 2002 - Issue 77
We Salute
Denise Casillas

VERMILLION, S.D - University of South Dakota graduate student Ms. Denise
Casillas was recently awarded a Mental Health Services Fellowship from the
American Psychological Association-Minority Fellowship Program (APA-MFP).
This prestigious fellowship is supported by a training grant from the
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is awarded
to graduate students of color enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs in
psychology who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of
mental health services delivered to ethnic minority populations.
"Native Heroes" Essay Contest Announced!
Winners to be announced in the January 4 issue     We have entries!!!
Cherokee National Youth Choir

TAHLEQUAH, OK - The release of Building One Fire, the second album by the
Cherokee National Youth Choir, comes on the heels of a very exciting time for
the group. In September of 2002, the accolades for their work hit an all-time
high, when their first album, Voices of The Creator's Children featuring Rita
Coolidge, took the top award for "Best Gospel/Christian Recording" at The 5th
Annual Native American Music Awards, ("NAMMY's") in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Based on the early response to Building One Fire, the Cherokee National Youth
Choir has made another great musical statement that will promote Cherokee
language and culture, and further their role as "Ambassadors" for the
Cherokee Nation.
"Bearwalker" Wins Prizes and Hearts at NAFATA Fest
by Deanna Brady

The second annual NAFATA Film Fest opened this year with the Los Angeles
premiere of "Bearwalker." By the time the festival closed, "Bearwalker" had
won the Audience Award as the favorite entry overall, and its central
performer (Rinae Morriseau) had garnered the Best Acting prize.
Thunderhawk - Winter Blows into Happy Valley - Conclusion
by Geoff Hampton

Writer Geoff Hampton shares this story that should delight both young and old.
Prairie Moon Lights Peaceful Path Across State
by Dorreen Yellow Bird

When the moon was teetering between first quarter and full half, I saw it
hanging just above the housing units at Spirit Lake reservation Tuesday. I
was awestruck. The moon looked like an orange peeled and sectioned, only it
was the color of a hot, hot ember. She leaned back like a woman resting in a
lounge chair after a long day of chasing children. As I drove across the
undulating pavement toward Spirit Lake, the moon seemed to move across the
sky toward the horizon almost as fast as some celestial spaceship.
Lakota Nation Invitational Not Only for Basketball

RAPID CITY, SD -- Brittny Has No Horse swam like a fish in a motel swimming
pool. Marva Pretends Eagle finally got to see "Skins." And Robert Herman won
his first-ever boxing match.
Hand Game a Hit at Lakota Nation Invitational

RAPID CITY, SD -- On the basketball court at the Lakota Nation Invitational
tournament, the game is a physical blend of shooting, defensive hustle and
ball-handling, set to the sound of cheering fans and clock buzzers.

But behind the bleachers, there's another contest under way, and it's all
about concentration, distraction and sleight of hand.
Tootoo Makes Cut for Team Canada

IQALUIT - Rankin Inlet hockey player Jordin Tootoo has been named to junior
hockey's Team Canada.

Tootoo will play in the world junior tournament in Halifax Dec. 26.
No Reservation About His Net Skills

PEORIA, IL - The Peoria Rivermen had no reservations about bringing back
goaltender Alfie Michaud when he decided to leave Europe last week.

They hope the 5-foot-10, 178-pounder from Selkirk, Manitoba, can pick up
where he left off - a 3-0-1 record, 1.96 goals-against and .930 saves
percentage - before he went to Finland in November.
Miami U., Tribe Work to Save Culture

OXFORD, OH - Three centuries of American Indian culture is flowing through
this northern Butler County city now that Miami University is the central
repository for the Miami Indian tribe.
Choctaw Graduate Student Strives to Keep His Native Tongue Alive

Chahta iskitini anumpuli li.

In English, that would be: "I speak a little Choctaw."
Gates Foundation Pilot Program Fights Dropouts

SEATTLE, WA - The Early College High School Program is gearing up to accept a
second round of applicants from Washington State Native communities or public
schools with a high proportion of Indian students. The program is part of a
nationwide effort on the part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and
others to help disadvantaged children improve graduation rates and move into
higher education. Over the next two years, five to six schools will join
Medicine Wheel Academy in Spokane, Wash., Ferndale High School in Ferndale,
Wash. and Tulalip Heritage School in Marysville, Wash.
Indian Youngsters Benefit from Dolly's Love of Books

PIGEON FORGE, TN - Dolly Parton - who has added literacy advocate to her list
of credits - has often wondered why she stayed in school.

She didn't enjoy it. She's written songs about how she was taunted for being
poor. No one else in her household at the time went. Her father couldn't read
or write.
Preston Singletary's expression of his Tlingit heritage has inspired other
tribal artists

Preston Singletary belongs to two tribes -- the Tlingit nation into which he
was born on his mother's side, and the tribe of contemporary glass artists he
grew up among.
A Time for the Generations

Anyone peering through the windows of Iqaluit’s elders’ centre last Thursday
afternoon would have been pleasantly shocked.

About 30 elders stand in the middle of the room, each with a balloon tied to
his or her ankle. All of a sudden, the gentle group of men and women start
manipulating their feet to stomp on others’ balloons.
This Date In History
Recipe: Festive Non-alcoholic Drinks
Story: Rabbit and the Moon Man
What is this: Pine Marten
Craft Project: Christmas Crafts
This Issue's Web sites  
"OPPORTUNITIES" is gathered from sources distributed nationally and includes
scholarships, grants, internships, fellowships, and career opportunities as
well as announcements for conferences, workshops and symposia.
 Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions
and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to
anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material.
We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles.
Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to
those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17
U.S.C. section 107.  
Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002 of Vicki Lockard and Paul Barry.
The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its
design is the Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 of Paul C. Barry.
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