Indigenous Native American Prophecy (Elders Speak )

Elders Speak Part 1

From an oversea’s show, spliced to view the message from one elder. …how america has come and is destined to go.

.. added the Elders Speak to the title, only because more clips will follow….

Elders Speak Part 2

Elders Speak Part 3

Elders Speak Part 4

It is very important that we listen, really listen to these talks by our Indigenous Elders

Shundahai,( A Newe word that means”Peace and Harmony with All Creation”. gregor

R J Russell overcome not a minority status, as he is Native American

R J Russell overcome not a minority status, as he is Native American

Resourceful Humans

Resourceful Humans

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Violet McGuire of the National Native American Human Resources Association (courtesy photo)

Resourceful Humans

DURANGO, Colo.-A Native American group has left its “comfort area” in the Northwest, first to go national, then southwestern.

Hoping to increase attendance and membership numbers, the National Native American Human Resources Association is preparing to hold its annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., April 23-25.

The group became a national association two years ago, after more than six years as the Northwest Native American Human Resources Association. Its members mainly belonged to the four Columbia River tribes: the Confederated Umatilla Tribes, the Yakama Nation, the Nez Perce Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indians.

According to Violet McGuire, secretary of the association, over the years the Northwest organization had grown so much it attracted conference-goers from tribes as far away as Minnesota. When increased attendance continued, McGuire said, the association officers decided to become a national organization.

Now in its second year as a national group, the association decided to move its annual conference to Albuquerque in hopes of increasing membership and attendance, and to benefit from sources in the area, McGuire said.

“Moving to the Southwest out of the Northwest is a big step,” said Lorena Thompson, vice president of the association. “It will definitely be a challenge moving out of our comfort area.”

Thompson said there are many pros and cons of moving the location and time frame of the conference, which was usually held in June. She said many of the northwest tribes are only able to send one or two attendees rather than three or four because of the traveling expense. There are two other human resources conferences being held in Albuquerque before the association’s meeting, as well as the Gathering of Nations Powwow, she said.

“Our goal has always been to provide resources and networking opportunities with tribes,” said Thompson.

Conference workshop topics will include workforce development, performance counseling, internal investigations and career advising. The conference is targeted at human resources professionals, government officials and tribal department managers.

Public Perception

Thompson said the public’s perception of tribal employment is that tribes do not have to follow certain procedures within human resources, also known as personnel offices. However, she said, there are certain restrictions in tribal human resources that are not found at other employers.

The association treasurer, Jan Jacobsen, has worked for Yakama Forest Products, an enterprise of the Yakama Nation in Washington, for nine years. Jacobsen said the role of human resources in the tribal workplace is critical.

“Laws are always changing,” said Jacobsen. “You need constant training, to make sure you’re taking advantage of what is available.”

For members of the the association, the conference is a tool for networking.

“Every conference that I go to, I take what I learn back and present it to my co-workers,” said LouAnn Ortiz, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa.

Ortiz is the manager of the human resources department at Leech Lake Gaming, located in Cass Lake, Minn., which employs more than 1,300 people. Ortiz said the main problem casino employees face is re-entering the workforce.

Ortiz said that by attending Native American human resources conferences she is able to develop ideas that can tackle this problem and help change policies successfully.

Ortiz said she is happy the association decided to move the conference to Albuquerque. She said she hopes that the group continues to grow. She’ll continue to be a member, she said.

“I hope to be a part of the group that makes it successful,” said Ortiz.

Kaeleen McGuire, Confederated Umatilla Tribes of Oregon, attends Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She is a 2002 graduate of the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute.

Arizona Natives to Celebrate Native American Right to Vote Day

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Arizona Natives to Celebrate Native American Right to Vote Day

Members of Apaches Vote and the White Mountain Democrats will be in Whiteriver Tuesday, July 15, to help commemorate the 60th anniversary of Native American Right to Vote Day. The group will be in the parking lot of Bashas’ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. passing out stickers and helping to register voters.

In 1928, the Arizona Supreme Court denied the lawsuit of a Pima man who had been refused the right to register to vote. That decision stood until Frank Harrison, a Yavapai man who had fought in World War II, decided he and other Native Americans should have the right to vote. He and Fort McDowell Tribal Chairman Harry Austin attempted to register to vote on Nov. 8, 1947. Their applications were rejected.
Harrison, having fought for his country, decided to fight again. He and the tribal chairman filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court. On July 15, 1948, the court ruled in a unanimous decision that Native Americans have the right to vote in Arizona.

from the White Mountain Independent.

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