Project intended to protect Illinois River
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — A $30 million project intended to stop pollution and erosion in the Illinois River is under way in Arkansas.
More than 20 square miles of land along the river and its tributaries will be planted with trees, native grasses and other plants under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.
The program matches a similar one in Oklahoma and will cover the entire Illinois River watershed.
Land owners can apply to sign 15-year contracts for use of their land along the river and streams. They'll be paid an average of $85 an acre with a starting bonus up to $350 per acre.
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is suing Arkansas poultry companies over pollution in the river. He says he hopes the project will help stop pollution.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Organizers of the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival are seeking applicants for the first Miss Oklahoma Indian Summer Pageant.
The pageant will take place Sept. 17 in Bartlesville and the winner will be an ambassador for the festival, representing the organization at powwows and other events throughout the year.
Participants will be required to dress in traditional regalia and complete an interview portion and a Native talent portion the night of the contest.
The pageant is open to females between the ages of 15 and 21 who is a citizen of a federally recognized tribe. She must be in high school or pursuing a higher education degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA, have no criminal or drug record and has never had children or been married.
Those interested must complete and return their applications by Sept. 1.
The festival’s Powwow Committee has historically selected a young woman to be the representative each year, but wanted the title to mean a little more this year by having to earn it, said festival organizers.
The Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival began in 1988 and is held each year at the Bartlesville Community Center. Its goal is to provide a free public festival showcasing Native American art, dance, demonstrations, workshops and interactions intended to encourage the participation of all cultures and bridge the cultural divide.
For more information, call Lori Pannell at 918-397-2125 or email <a href="mailto: email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.
In this month's issue:
• At-Large CN car tag sales gross $1.2M
• Warner, Austin, Hatfield win Tribal Council seats
• Court tosses Smith’s election appeal
• Cherokee Phoenix wins NAJA, OPA, SPJ awards
...plus much more.
<a href="http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Docs/2015/8/9489_2015-08-01(rev).pdf" target="_blank">Click here to view</a>the August 2015 issue of the Cherokee Phoenix.
<a href="http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Docs/2015/7/9489_HolidayGuide2015.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to view</a>the 2015 Cherokee National Holiday guide.
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) – A Native American group is suing New Jersey officials to demand it be recognized by the state government.
The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation filed a federal civil rights suit on July 20 saying that not having recognition hurts its members psychologically and financially.
The group, which is based in Bridgeton, traces its history in the area back 12,000 years and says it now has 3,000 members - the majority of them living in the state. New Jersey made the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape its third recognized tribe with a legislative resolution in 1982.
But the group says that’s now at risk because of a report the state submitted to the federal government in 2012 that said New Jersey had not recognized tribes – a change that could also affect the Powhatan-Renape Nation and the Ramapough Mountain Indians, which also had been designated by the state.
Gregory Werkheiser, a lawyer for the group, said some state officials became nervous more than a decade ago about the possibility of recognized tribes trying to develop casinos. But Werkheiser said the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Nation has no interest in that, a position spelled out in the group’s constitution. And even if it did, he said, it would take federal recognition – awhich can take decades to secure - for that to happen.
The state status is important to the group because, without recognition, it says, its members cannot sell crafts including beadwork, walking sticks, drums, headdresses, regalia, and pottery as “Indian made,” an issue that could cost more than $250,000 a year.
Werkheiser said the group’s artisans – many of them senior citizens – have already seen their income take a major hit from that.
And the group says it could lose $600,000 in grants, tribal jobs and scholarships that are tied to its designation as a recognized tribe.
“State recognition of a tribe has little to no impact on a state budget, except that it may provide tribes access to certain federal benefits that save the state from spending its own dollars,” the group contends in the suit.
The state government has not responded to the claims in court.
The state Assembly passed a bill in 2011 on procedures for recognizing tribes, but the measure never received a vote in the Senate.
A spokesman for John Hoffman, the state acting attorney general, did not immediately return an email seeking comment. The office generally does not talk with reporters about lawsuits it faces.
NEW YORK – After a dozen of Native American actors felt insulted and walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six” in April, the movie actor recently told the Associated Press the movie is a “pro-Indian” movie.
“I talked to some of the actors on the set who were there and let them know that the intention of the movie is 100 percent to just make a funny movie,” Sandler said. “It’s really about American Indians being good to my character and about their family and just being good people. There’s no mocking of American Indians at all in the movie. It’s a pro-Indian movie. So hopefully when people see it — whoever was offended on set and walked out, I hope they realize that, and that’s it. It was kind of taken out of context.”
“The Ridiculous Six,” which is scheduled to be released worldwide via Netflex in December, is Sandler’s first production for a multi-move deal he signed with movie-giant Netflix. “The Ridiculous Six” is intended to be a parody to the 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” Hollywood-western.
While the Native actors walked off the set, many other Native American actors did stay and continued to work on the production.
The actors who walked off the set said they were upset with the demeaning portrayal of Native women and how the movie producers were insensitive to tribal usage of feathers.
“At first I was glad to be part of the movie because it is about Apaches, who are like cousins to us, but then I noticed things were not right about how Apaches were depicted,” said Loren Anthony, Navajo. “For one thing, the costumes we were given to wear were more like what plains Indians wear, not Apache. Then the way feathers were desecrated on the set made me sick to the stomach, literally. I was brought up by my elders to respect feathers. The move crew paid no respect to the feathers.”
Back in April, Netflex said, “the movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of but in on the joke.”
LOS ANGELES – Native Voices is seeking short plays that address the many ways a Native American family forms and functions.
Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theater company devoted exclusively to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations playwrights.
Plays may be a celebration of family life or an examination of complexities and issues in Native families. Alternately, plays may dramatize traditional family stories or family histories. A reading panel of nationally recognized theater artists and community members will evaluate short plays that are related to the family theme.
Selected plays will be presented as staged readings on Nov. 8, as part of the Autry’s annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. A panel of celebrity judges will select the 2015 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a $1,000 cash prize.
For more information and submission details, visit <a href="http://www.TheAutry.org/NativeVoices" target="_blank">TheAutry.org/NativeVoices</a>.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. –The Dream Theatre 312 N. Muskogee Ave., will host the Tribal Film Festival on Sept. 4-5.
Film festival officials are calling for “indigenous films with inspiring and uplifting stories that change people’s lives.”
The films must be indigenous stories, but filmmakers do not have to be of tribal backgrounds. All videos that are selected will be shown at the red carpet premiere event at the Dream Theatre and the ‘best of’ prizes will also be announced at the event.
The winning submissions will also be featured on the TFF’s Facebook page, Twitter newsfeed and in the TFF’s trailer reel, which will play at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill during the 2015 Cherokee National Holiday.
According to the TFF’s website, each submission will be eligible for distribution on TribalTV, which is a new broadband channel.
Those who are submitting their work must own the content or have the rights to submit the film. Films that contain pornography or ultra-violent material will not be considered.
Short films must be less than 20 minutes, which includes the credits. Films that are more that 20 minutes will be entered into the feature film category.
The official submission deadline is July 29 with a $20 entry fee. The late submission deadline is Aug. 15 and will cost $30.
Digital submissions can be entered at filmfreeway.com and hardcopies can be mailed to P.O. Box 581507 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74158-1507.
For more information, visit <a href="http://www.tribalfilmfestival.com" target="_blank">www.tribalfilmfestival.com</a>.