Chief Phil Lane Jr. (Philip Nathan Lane, Jr.) (born 1944) is a traditionally recognized Hereditary Chief and Elder. He is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, and is a citizen of both Canada and the United States. For more info visit site: http://www.fwii.net/
Sylvia M. Demarest is a lawyer in Dallas, Texas focusing on various areas of law. Sylvia, is one of the top 10 lawyers in the country. Name of her practice is Demarest and Giunta Pllc/Attorney.
We gathered here at Bəsčətxwəd, place of the black bear in Olympia, Washington (otherwise known as Heritage Park) with gratitude for allowing us to gather here in the home of Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, and Duwamish Nations. Native and Non-Native supporters came together 150 strong to rally and raise awareness of changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day here in the City of Olympia. The event started with an opening and welcome from Jim Peters, Squaxin Island Tribe. Squaxin Island Drum Group invited everyone to participle in singing the “Chief Dan George Prayer Song.” Many came to share throughout the evening from many Tribes from all across our territories here in Washington and beyond. To witness to this acknowledgment was emotional for many of us. Unbeknownst to the event organizers, City Councilman and Mayor Protem Nathaniel Jones came with a proclamation signed by the Mayor of Olympia Stephen H. Buxbaum. It was a great evening for Indigenous Peoples and their supporters. Thank you City of Olympia for doing the right thing!
I know the ancestors are happy – Brian Frisina
Brian Frisina aka Raven Redbone, he host a weekly local First Peoples Radio program called “Make No Bones About It” on KAOS radio 89.3 FM here in the olympia.
More info on www.ravenbone.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OLYMPIA PROCLAIMS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY!
OLYMPIA, WA. August 18, 2015: At a rally in Olympia’s Heritage Park on Monday, Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones announced that the City of Olympia has proclaimed the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The announcement was a welcome surprise to supporters of the holiday. “The future feels a little better today,” Lucas Saul, one of the organizers, said.
Mr. Jones began by quoting a letter to the Olympian by Fred LaMotte: “What really matters? We imagine ourselves divided by race, religion, party, class, and tribe. But these divisions are mental constructs, not biological facts. If we are to survive, we need to more deeply honor the elements we actually share in common: the air we breathe, the aquifer we drink, the soil that grows our food, the sunlight that graces us with energy.” Mr. Jones continued, “I’m here as a representative of the City of Olympia, and I’m here to read a proclamation from the city.” The proclamation acknowledges the contributions of Native Americans, the history of oppression and ongoing disparities between Native and Non-Native populations, and encourages local schools and businesses to honor the holiday, before proclaiming that “the second Monday in October shall be declared as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Olympia.”
The proclamation can be viewed in full at https://olyindigenouspeoplesday.wordpress.com/. Olympia joins other cities that have declared the date formerly celebrated as Columbus Day to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day, including Minneapolis and Seattle.
About 150 supporters of Indigenous Peoples’ Day gathered in Heritage Park to rally in favor of the new holiday on Monday afternoon.
Council member Jim Peters of the Squaxin Nation opened the event, followed by a song from the Squaxin Island drum group. Falcon Sison (Nisqually) spoke about the importance of love before he and the Nisqually Canoe Family shared a song.
Other speakers included Anna Sablan.and her son Tahahawat Payne Sablanof the Quileutte Nation and Cleo Frank of the Nisqually Tribe. Matt Remle (Lakota), who was instrumental in Seattle’s adoption of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, also attended and spoke at the rally.
After the proclamation was announced, Marco Black, Sr. (Quinault) invited the audience to gather for a victory song. The mood was jubilant.
As the crowd dispersed and the sun set over Capitol Lake, members of the Squaxin, Nisqually, and Quinault nations continued playing traditional songs.
“The ancestors are happy,” Brian Frisina said. “This is in the spirit of Billy Frank, Jr.”
We will be gathering at bəsčətxwəd (place of the black bear) Olympia, Washington for a gathering of folks that would like to see Olympia City Council follow the City of Seattle’s decision to change Columbus Day -October 9th to Indigenous Peoples Day! Bring drums songs and your vision to help make this happen this October 9th, 2015.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 4pm pacific on “Make No Bones About It.” Only on KAOS Community Radio.Raven visits with Marcos Terena, Chief Phil Lane Jr and Jessica Begin.
‘We who believe are most familiar with nature … you must become our allies. Do not fear us because the future of the Indians is your future too. And it is also the future of the planet.”
– Marcos Terena
Marcos Terena is the son of Terena Indigenous People from Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. He is currently the Chair of Indigenous People Memorial and a Department member of Indigena Itinerante. Mr. Terena is also the founder of the First Indigenous Movement in Brazil: the Indigenous United Nation (UNIND). He is a spokesman for indigenous people and a writer. Author of books: “The Indigenous Pilot” and “Citizens of the Jungle.” He masterminded the Indegenous Park Kari-Oca, where UN supported the Environment and Indegenous Peoples Territory Conference. He advocated at UN and OAE for permanent forum about Indegenous Rights in New York for the coalition of Land is Life. For more info visit site: www.tvintertribal.com.br
Chief Phil Lane Jr. (Philip Nathan Lane, Jr.) (born 1944) is a traditionally recognized Hereditary Chief and Elder. He is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, and is a citizen of both Canada and the United States. With Masters Degrees in Education at National University and Public Administration at the University of Washington, Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is an internationally recognized indigenous leader in human and community development. The founder and chairman of the Four World’s International Institute (FWII), an organization dedicated to “unifying the human family through the Fourth Way”, Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is the recipient of many awards, including the John Denver Windstar Award, and is a frequent speaker on behalf of indigenous rights and wisdom. York for the coalition of Land is Life. For more info visit site: http://www.fwii.net/
Jessica Begin is a multidisciplinary Canadian Visionary artist, currently residing in Portland, Oregon. From a young age Jessica was fascinated by the beauty, geometry and color found in nature, and she considers nature her greatest teacher and inspiration – all of her work invokes and seeks to express the dance of life, the play of color and form, the inherent beauty and mystery we find all around us. Largely self-taught, Jessica has dedicated her life to creating and studying how to create through her relationship with life and her love of beauty. Through her delight in the beauty of the world, the creative dance with light, shadow, form and color, has come naturally to her. Jessica is dedicated to honing her creative channel and ability to receive and transmit consciousness, healing and beauty. For more info visit site http://waterbird11.wix.com/jessicabegin#!__about-the-artist
Dear United Indians Community, Friends and Employees,
The UIATF Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we have appointed Joey Gray, (Métis, Okanagan, European) as Executive Director of United Indians of All Tribes Foundation starting in April 2015.
Ms. Gray is a consultant, organizer and lifelong activist. She has spent over 20 years organizing and leading groups focused on sports, education, equality and the environment – locally, nationally and internationally. She is a nonprofit computer systems consultant and librarian by profession. She is best known for: her work as Executive Director of USA Ultimate, the national governing body of the sport of Ultimate (flying disc) in the U.S., including taking the mixed-gender team sport to The World Games held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee; for her activism on climate change and tar sands opposition as a leader of 350 Washington State and Tar Sands Action Seattle, taking the fight to Olympia and to the streets; and as a candidate for Seattle Mayor in 2013.
She worked for ten years at the University of Washington in a variety of undergraduate student services, including admissions, advising, and with UWired to bring emerging technologies to teaching and learning. Joey also has experience at the University of British Columbia in Indigenous Education, and at the First Nations House of Learning running the Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, Aboriginal Graduation Celebration, and working with First Nations students in math and science. Ms. Gray was born and raised in the Olympia area, and has spent most of her adult years in Seattle.
“We are excited to have Joey join UIATF’s leadership team, says Jeff Smith, “Her deep background in non-profits, social justice, politics, leadership, fundraising and information systems, will help lead the organization to solid footing as we rebuild capacity. It is unusual to find an individual with her variety of professional skills well matched to UIATF’s needs, and her ability to be detail-oriented while seeing the big picture. She’s already got the board working hard on upping their personal donations and bringing in new funding.”
Ms. Gray comes to United Indians as we celebrate our re-building successes, including the re-opening of the internationally renowned Sacred Circle Gallery and gift shop, establishment of our new Daybreak Star Preschool, the return of PowWow in conjunction with Seafair, and the start of a pilot program for family home visits under Ina Maka. Ms. Gray is focusing immediately on UIATF’s financial stability, and has made it a priority to listen to and understand the broad UIATF community.
We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the United Indians staff and community for working diligently and professionally for the last year to keep United Indians moving in a positive direction.
Please join us in welcoming Joey to her new position as Executive Director.
Thank you all, once again, for your patience and your undying commitment to United Indians.
Chairman of the Board, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Download a PDF copy of the announcement letter.