Woope Omnic’iye

“For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”
-Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake)

“Stay the course.”
-Uncle BIlly Frank Jr.
November is American Indian Heritage Month. Happy Veterans Day!

From Chief Arvol Lookinghorse

Orange Shirt Day 2022

Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Squaxin Park Oct. 10
Join the Squaxin Island Tribe and the City of Olympia to celebrate Indigenous culture, history, and communities from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. The event will be held at the newly renamed Squaxin Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NE.

“It’s fitting that this year’s celebration will be held at Squaxin Park,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. “The renaming of the former Priest Point Park and this Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration are exciting steps in the fulfillment of the City’s accord and commitment with the Squaxin Island Tribe to promote a healthy exchange of cultures.”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. On Tuesday, October 4, the Olympia City Council will be joined by Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman Kris Peters in consideration of a proclamation to recognize the October 10, 2022 holiday.

“This is a powerful and healing day for the Squaxin People. Together we reflect on our rich history, while recognizing the resilience of our people through colonization and assimilation as well as celebrating our strength through self-determination and a strong culture,“ said Peters. “We are honored to celebrate this year’s Indigenous Peoples Day at Squaxin Park and to share this celebration with the local community. This is a testament to the great partnerships that have been created between the City, the local community, and the Squaxin People.”

Parking at Squaxin Park is limited. Attendees are encouraged to carpool, take an Intercity Transit bus, or use a complimentary event shuttle service at the east side of the Olympia Farmer’s Market District parking lot using the identified shuttle parking spaces. The shuttle will run every half hour starting at 11 a.m., with the last shuttle pickup at 2 p.m. Call 360.753.8343 for shuttle details.

Squaxin Park is the new name for the formerly named Priest Point Park. The new name serves to remind the community that this area was home to the Squaxin Island Tribe people for thousands of years before non-tribal residents came to the area. The park is cherished by the Squaxin Island Tribe and Olympia community for its beautiful and restorative natural landscape and amenities.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration attendees can look forward to cultural performances, speakers and educational activities. Families are welcome. For information on future events like this, sign up to receive City of Olympia Diversity, Equity and Inclusion e-newsnotices.

Olivia Salazar de Breaux, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Specialist
Parts, Arts and Recreation

Chief Arvol Lookinghorse August 2022

Wopila tanka to all those that attended and offered prayers to Wiwang Wac’ipi.

I continue to remind everyone to stay in prayer for the many issues we are facing as an Oyate in your own communities that seem to pull and divide our Oyate.

Don’t pay attention to people that bring hurt to your families – everything goes in a circle – look forward and find good everyday and give thanks for a Positive Unity even if only a small group – these kind of focused intentions are the most healing and powerful.

I know all of us have a hard time with negative hits that is only meant to pull us into more hardships to more fighting and division, but I would ask Oyate that are concerned of what we are facing; to keep looking and focusing on the bigger picture.
We have even more bigger problems we face today that we should pay attention to – the global concerns where countries are talking about Nuclear War – this can hurt all our future.

We as the Oyate need to look forward – we are the Pte Oyate – the Buffalo People – stand proud and face those winds that can affect us all at any given moment.

In a circle of life where there is no ending and no beginning..

Hec’et onipikte (that we shall live).

Nac’a Arvol Looking Horse

Uncle Eddie Little Crow on “Make No Bones About It.” This Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 4pm.

Eddie Little Crow, a Dakota Elder speaks about his language, identity, culture, and various topics of indigenous wisdom.

“Make No Bones About It.”

Make No Bones About It

4-5pm Sundays

Only on KAOS Community Radio


Brian Larney on Make No Bones About It. May 22,2022

Tune in this Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 at 4pm pacific. Only on KAOS 89.3 fm or http://www.kaosradio.org
Excited to be visiting with Brian Larney on “Make No Bones About It.” Here a little about Brian …

American Indian Heritage Day in Texas

Brian D. Larney / Seminole & Choctaw
Chair for American Indian Heritage Day in Texas
Chair for Indian Citizens Against Racial Exploitation

American Indian Artist / Ethicist Designer / UI-UX Designer / Brand Consultation / AI.ctivist

Brian a native-born Texas is a true urban American Indian. A full-blood American Indian and a Choctaw of Oklahoma and a citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, he is the chairman for the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas (AIHD) and Indian Citizens Against Racial Exploitation (I CARE).
Brian’s visionary leadership has led the grass-root organization into a viable status among the Indian Country USA. AIHD celebrated its 8th anniversary. The state law, American Indian Heritage Day, designates that last Friday in September is observed for the contributions made by the American Indians to the State of Texas. I CARE addresses the negative stereotypes in reference to the American Indian culture and heritage.
Being a gifted and talented artistic and creative person, he is a professional creative art director in the advertising world. With his computer skill, knowledge of applications and latest technologies, he is a respected and award winner for his outstanding works.

His visuals present a contemporary style of his heritage and maintain the period’s cultural accuracy.
Even though Brian Larney is a well-known Southeastern tribal artist (Choctaw/Seminole) and his pieces are well represented in many venues, he is in a “semi-retired status. However, his beautiful work continues as he designs outstanding cultural images through the American Indian Heritage Day in Texas.

Yahvlane – American Indian Works of Brian Larney
Welcome to the new artistic Aesthetic era . . . Forward Thinking into racial identity & cultural struggles. Yahvlane.com was created to eliminate stereotypes and be a voice of the American Indians. These illustrations are tools to enhance awareness & educate cultural preservation to people.

This is a launching point for a comprehensive study of American Indian’s history on modern culture.

Original creations by Brian Larney are rare archival illustrations from the past and rich culture of the Choctaw and Seminole nations. Yahvlane – means yellow wolf in the Seminole dialect

Tonight at 4pm May 8th, 2022

Tonight at 4 pm Pacific! Tune in http://www.kaosradio.org

Very excited to be visiting with
Christopher James Rowland, Ma’heonehoo’estse (“Man of the Holy Place”). Ma’heonehoo’estse is a renowned multi-media artist from the Northern Cheyenne Nation (Suhteao’o and Tsistsistas).