IMPORTANT MESSAGE for Self-Governance Tribes: How Did Sequestration and the Government Shut Down Effect Your Tribe?

This week the National Indian Health Board Chairwoman, Cathy Abramson, and Dr. Yvette Roubideaux will testify about the importance of Advanced Appropriations for the Indian Health Service. In preparation for the hearing, the TSGAC and SGAC Chairs request that Self-Governance Tribes provide information regarding the negative effects of sequestration and the government shutdown on Tribal operations. For example, your Tribe may have experience layoffs, decreased or deferred services, or increased denials.

If your Tribal has collected this information and would like to share examples of these effects, please contact Terra Branson at by close of business today.  These examples will be compiled and shared with both parties to provide Congressional members with concrete examples of how Advanced Appropriations would protect critical health care services provided by Self-Governance Tribes.

For more information about Advanced Appropriations and the Self-Governance Strategy please review this white paper.

John Poupart: How to Incorporate Indian Values Into Research Methodologies

From ICT here. An interesting article on research, and an excerpt:

“‘How come old people don’t tell us the things we need to know?’ and the old man says, ‘You never asked,'” Poupart said. “That’s kind of the Indian way of learning. … We have to remember that going to the source of the information is critically important to understand the Indian mind.”
The Summit, hosted by the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH), drew nearly 300 attendees to the Sanford Center in Bejmidi, Minnesota.
“There’s a lot of research being done, not all of it on health, but thankfully it is being done in health because we have such … severe challenges in our communities,” he said.


NEW WEBSITE UNVEILING: Online Source for American Indian Education in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 9, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi will join a group of leading Native American educators Friday afternoon (July 11) to announce the unveiling of an online resource designed to strengthen and expand the teaching of Native American culture, traditions, history and governments in Oklahoma.

  • WHO: State Superintendent Janet Barresi & members of the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education
  • WHAT: Unveiling of a major online resource for American Indian education in Oklahoma
  • WHEN: Friday, July 11 @ 1:30PM
  • WHERE: State Board Room, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oliver Hodge Bldg., 2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City

Reform plan urges billions for Bureau of Indian Education schools

From, here, and EdWeek’s article is here.

From Indianz: The American Indian Education Study Group is calling for billions of dollars in school construction and improvement projects in Indian Country.

According to the Bronner report, the Bureau of Indian Education needs $1.3 billion to replace or fix problems at the 68 highest-risk schools. Another $967M is needed to reduce the existing repair and maintenance backlog.

“Of the 183 BIE schools, 34 percent (63 schools) are in poor condition, and 27 percent are over 40 years old,” the Study Group said in its Blueprint for Reform. “These substandard conditions are not conducive to educational achievement, and they unfairly restrict learning opportunities for students.”

The BIE used to maintain a school construction priority list that determined which projects were included in the budget request submitted to Congress. The list, however, hasn’t been updated since 2004.

Congress, meanwhile, became reluctant to fund school construction activities, citing concerns about costs and management. But some lawmakers say it’s time to re-start the process.

“Nearly two-thirds of BIE schools are in fair to poor condition and yet there has been no strategic planning since 2004,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said in press release. “If the BIE doesn’t plan for the future we can never pull Indian Country out of poverty.”

Delphine Red Shirt: Re-educating our takoja vital to our survival

From here. An excerpt:

All this brings me, us as a people, back to the realities our wakanyeja face on our reservations. In order to begin to solve these problems that the smallest of our oyate face, we must learn from the enemy.

 The “Carlisle’s” they established, we can establish in our communities, where we can reeducate our children in our Lakota ways. We, as communities need to establish home-based schools where we can teach our language and our culture while providing refuge for wakanyeja from prekindergarten to twelfth grade.

 In order to be effective, they cannot be affiliated with a system that does not represent the people’s needs; from all indications, the current governance system is weak, placing enormous power in the hands of a few. Telling us that maybe we need to disband a centralized system that is foreign to our oyate and return to a more traditional decentralized, band to band system that represents our needs, community by community. In the case of our wakanyeja that is what is needed; our communities need to be involved at the local level and not through an agency in Pine Ridge.

Walk a Mile in My Redface: On Ending the Colonial in Schools, Sports Culture, Mass Media and Civic Life

Director of Portland State’s Indigenous Nations Studies program, Professor Cornel Pewewardy is a nationally known expert on Native American mascots in schools and media as well as many areas related to indigenous education and culturally responsive education. Professor Pewewardy is Comanche-Kiowa and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to joining Portland State University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership and Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas as well as adjunct faculty in American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University. Cornel’s excellence in the classroom was recognized by the National Indian Education Association, which named him its 2009 Teacher of the Year.