Joey Gray and friends on the next “Make No Bones About It.” July 12th, 2015 at 4pm

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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.

Sincerely,

Jeff Smith

Chairman of the Board, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

Download a PDF copy of the announcement letter.

Raven speaks with Michael Bastine and Jon Volpe on “Make No Bones About It.” July 12th, 2015 at 5pm

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Algonquin healer, storyteller, spiritual teacher, and author (with Mason Winfield) of Iroquois Supernatural (Bear & Co./Inner Traditions, 2011), MICHAEL BASTINE has trained within Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Hopi, and Cherokee traditions for 30 years. Among prominent Native Americans who have been his friends and mentors are the Cayuga healer Peter Mitten, the Seneca elder Beeman Logan, the Tuscarora author and healer Ted Williams, and the Cherokee/Shoshone medicine man Rolling Thunder. More on Michael below.

Michael Bastine Resume 2015

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Jon Volpe,62, a Native American born in Ontario, Canada, and part of a tribe in Mississauga, now an Attica resident, is a self taught naturalist and taxidermist who has been helping turtles in the wild for many years.

APOV: Protecting wildlife is no crime

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John Two-Hawks is a GRAMMY® and Emmy nominated, Platinum Award Winning Virtuoso Native American Flute Music recording artist on “Make No Bones About It.” July 5th, 2015 at 5 pm

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John Two-Hawks
John Two-Hawks is a GRAMMY® and Emmy nominated, Platinum Award Winning Virtuoso Native American Flute Music recording artist whose music has been featured in movies by Fox Searchlight, films by  HBO, and programs by The History Channel.  An international touring artist, Two-Hawks has performed for audiences as large as 12,000.  The music of John Two-Hawks soars with breath taking symphonic sounds in one moment, and then soothes the spirit with the powerful organic voice of a lone flute in the next.  A Master Virtuoso Native American Flutist, John is also an extraordinary musician, vocalist and composer.  And Two-Hawks has always held fast to his Oglala Lakota Sioux lineage and culture, and it is from this place that the soul of all his incredible music is born..

As well as his established reputation as a musician and recording artist, John is also a veteran, award winning stage and screen actor (member of SAG), a published author, and a gifted  inspirational keynote speaker who has shared the speaking stage with former Presidents, acting Senators and Hollywood celebrities.  Regardless of the engagement, John Two-Hawks never fails  to deliver a high standard of excellence, integrity and professionalism.

John Two-Hawks’ Website  –  John’s Music Videos  –  John’s Facebook Fan Page

Eddie Little Crow on “Make No Bones About It.” June 28th, 2015 at 5:00pm

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Photo by Mark Johns Colson of Altern8ive shotz photography

Ed Little Crow is Lakota, Dakota member of the Elders Council in S. Oregon, veteran of the Seige of Wounded Knee, 1973, father and poet. His years as a quiet, steady force in the Oregon communities within which he has lived, worked and prayed have etched themselves into the psyche of all he meets.

20th Annual International World Peace and Prayer Day. Raven shares some of the Voices of Indigenous Elders and Leaders . This Sunday, Jun 28th, 2015 at 4pm.

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Photo by John Darling
HOWARD PRAIRIE

Indigenous leaders gather for peace event

Local report

Native American spiritual leaders and other indigenous people will gather in the Rogue Valley in a five-day event celebrating the 20th International World Peace and Prayer Day.  A ceremony at the Southern Oregon Regional Peace Pole will be held in Medford Wednesday, with the remainder of the events at Howard Prairie Lake Thursday through Sunday.

Among those participating in the Wednesday ceremony at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford will be Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse, founder of the World Peace and Prayer Day and the 19th-generation keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. Pastor John David Gomez, founding member of Medford’s Multicultural Commission will provide a welcome.

Following the ceremony in Medford, the Peace Pole will be moved to Howard Prairie Lake for the remaining days of the event, which will include indigenous elders and spiritual leaders from around the world. The four days of ceremony, workshops and performances are open to the public at no charge at Howard Prairie Lake, 3249 Hyatt Prairie Road, Ashland.

The Ashland nonprofit organization Red Earth Descendants, regional Native American representatives and individuals from Southern Oregon are hosting the event.

Speakers will share traditional teachings, address issues facing the planet and offer solutions. Music, dance and feasting are part of the gathering and all are welcome at a mid-day community meal each day. Camping may be arranged through Jackson County Parks Department by calling 541-774-8183.

World Peace and Prayer Day was founded in 1995 by Chief Looking Horse, and has since been held annually around the world. Chief Looking Horse — who has established relationships with world leaders, including Desmond Tutu, President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama — is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and North Dakota Sioux nations. He will lead the weekend’s ceremonies.

Speakers and guests include Chief Eddie Benton Banai, grand chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge; Elder Agnes Baker Pilgrim of the Rogue Valley, who is also chairperson for the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers; Roy Hays Jr., the great-great-grandson of Chief Joseph and 7 Drum ceremonial leader; representatives of the Maori Nation; and Rabbi David Zaslow of Ashland.

Participants are asked to bring their own utensils and reusable or recyclable dishes if joining in the shared mid-day meals. More information is available at worldpeaceandprayerday.com, or call 541-631-1769 or 541-890-3529.

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A.W. Mason on “Make No Bones About It.” June 28, 2015 at 4:30pm

296603_10150908053475203_1300835141_n 2008 Native-E-Music Award Winner Andy Mason is an Upper Cayuga/Mohawk musician with 20+ years on stage as an actor, multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter. Presently in Ottawa, playing small venues. He plays guitar, mandolin, percussion, drums, bass, harmonica, and has a 3-plus octave range. He is an experienced harmony singer and session musician (most of the instruments, programming and harmonies on his CD are his own). A.W.Mason Music