Monthly Archives: May 2013

Valerie Segrest shares about Native foods, healthy systems, and how to live from the Earth as our ancestors did. June 2, 2013 at 4pm


Valerie Segrest is an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and works as the Community Nutritionist and Native Foods Educator for the Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department. As an independent, creative and outspoken American Indian woman, she has developed a new perspective in addressing issues of health and social justice for indigenous peoples. Her goal is to restore health and well being to her tribe and other Native communities by combining traditional Native food and plant knowledge with modern scientific findings. While studying to be a clinical nutritionist, Valerie began to deepen her awareness and knowledge of the gifts of her Native ancestors. She became less interested in talking about calorie counting, carbohydrates, and protein intake and more driven to get people connected with the source of their foods. Now, Valerie is committed to creating culturally appropriate health systems in tribal communities and exemplifies dedication to tribal wellness through community-based research that impacts health disparities. In 2009, she co-authored the book “Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture” which has become a tribute to the movement among tribal people in Western Washington to improve individual, family and community wellness through revitalizing their traditional foods. From this book, Valerie has developed a basic nutrition curriculum entitled “Honor the Gift of Food” that empowers students to develop their own healthy eating behaviors through sharing modern approaches to a traditional foods diet. She also creates and designs community gardens as well as researches and writes a monthly column for her blog and community newspaper on local and wild foods of the Pacific Northwest. In years to come, Valerie will work as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project to collectively develop innovative and effective ways to build community food security through exploring tribal food assets and access to local and healthy foods.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse on Make No Bones About It.


Santa Ynez, California

“All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer”

June 20, 21, 22 & 23 2013

World Peace and Prayer Day—also known as, Honoring Sacred Sites Day, was envisioned and brought forth by Chief Looking Horse as a day to join worldwide communities and people of all races, ages, genders, and faiths, who share concern for the welfare of the Earth and humanity. Honoring-ceremonies, invocation and prayer are observed in collaboration with local indigenous representatives. Special guest speakers, wisdom keepers and activists of all denominations share spiritual insight and discuss important environmental concerns and cures—on both a local and global level. This profoundly auspicious time is elevated by a cross-cultural celebration of music, dance, and storytelling.

All are welcome at no cost, but donations are greatly appreciated!

With the blessing of the Santa Ynez Chumash Elders and guidance of Chief Arvol Looking Horse — 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Pipe Bundle and recognized spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux Nations.

Unity through prayer. We have come to a crossroads in our evolution on this planet, when it is vital, despite our differences, to unify our minds and hearts for the well being of all. For this reason World Peace and Prayer Day has traveled around the world to actively bring people together – drawing attention to the relevance of sacred sites in this 21st century. This year, WPPD is honored to be hosted by the community of Santa Ynez and Ojai Valley, and indigenous Chumash representatives of the region, including Ojai’s own Living Treasure, story teller, advisor, wisdom-keeper and Chairperson for the Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians…

Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

Julie’s Chumash heritage is linked to at least 11 known Chumash villages and has been traced back as far as the mid-18th Century. She proudly carries on the tradition and culture of her family and follows in her father Vincent Tumamait’s footsteps in continuing to educate and protect the Chumash Cultural Heritage.

World Peace & Prayer Days Events

June 20, 21, 22 & 23 – World Peace & Prayer Days. Live Oak Campground. Santa Ynez. The Sacred Fire is the heart of World Peace and Prayer Day. It will be lit on the morning of June 20th and honored over four days, with a special ceremonial emphasis – following traditional Lakota Sioux ways, on Summer Solstice, Friday June 21. As the sacred fire burns there will be a time when everyone is invited to offer tobacco and prayers to the fire. This prayerful Summer Solstice Day will be followed by the sharing of wisdom keepers and speakers, joining us from far and wide. Saturday June 22, the celebrations will continue with Earth and animal awareness activities, talking circles, storytelling, more speakers and shared feasts. All activities and events are offered at no cost to all. This includes camping at the Live Oak Campground on the evenings of June 20, 21 and 22. Shared meals will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Please bring food to cook and share!

*Note: This is an alcohol and drug free event.

June 23 – Honoring Sacred Sites. Acknowledged by all Nations around the world as places holding unique geographical, spiritual, historical and often mythological significance. These places of worship—intended to unite people in peace, can all too easily become a source of power struggle, greed and environmental abuse. It is by no coincidence that places where the Earth vibrates with magnified energy, also commonly align with rich pockets of Earth’s greatest natural resources. Therefore, the importance of protecting sacred sites and educating people about the value of restoring them to balance, reaches beyond the realm of spiritual ideals and directly into the impact their restoration has, on the health of the environment. Chief Looking Horse will be visiting some of the sacred sites of the area on Sunday the 23rd, performing ceremony to cleanse the lands.


Ben Sittingbull on KAOS 89.3 fm May 26th, 2013 @ 5:15- 6:00 PM


Ben is a Oglala Lakota traditional Sioux man- a servant to the people, an artist, warrior, husband, son, brother, and friend. Ben lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife Charlie, and their two pets. After four years of close friendship, and three years of dating, Ben and Charlie joined in marriage this past September, feasting with their community, and sharing their deep love. Ben works at the Olympia Food Co-op, and appreciates food politics, and building community. He aims to live his life in a spiritual way, and always takes the time to help another.

Learn more about this amazing Human being and how you can help in his healing.

Listen to Ben Sittingbull

May 26th 2013 from 5:00-5:15pm – Chief Arvol Looking Horse speaks about World Peace and Prayer Day.


World Peace and Prayer Day 2013- WPPD 2013 – Santa Ynez, California
June 20, 21, 22, 23
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Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundleand holds the responsibility of spiritual leader among the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota People. He holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of South Dakota, and travels and speaks extensively on peace, environmental and native rights issues. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Wolf Award of Canada for his dedicated work for peace. A skilled horseman, he shares his knowledge with the youth on the long distance rides that take place in South Dakota throughout the year.

Click here to support this sacred work!Wodakota Foundation

Honoring Native Treaties and Protecting the Earth with Jake Edwards June 2nd , 5pm


Onondaga Nation Chief Jake Edwards
The Two Row Wampum Campaign is a statewide educational and advocacy campaign organized by the Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation/Syracuse Peace Council, a Syracuse-based community organization. 2013 is the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum Treaty, the first treaty between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Europeans. The treaty outlines a commitment to living in peace and friendship forever, meaning sustainably.

Jewel James on “Make No Bones About It.” May 19th at 5pm

TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATION - National and International Indigenous

Jewell James is Coordinator for the Lummi Treaty Protection Task Force and Chairman of the Board of the Kluckhohn Research Center. We will be visiting about Tar Sands, No Coal Trains, Water and Treaty Rights.
contact Jewell James at email at
Image with caption: “Standing from right to left: National Chief Shawn-A-in-chut Atleo, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, and Deborah Parker, Vice Chair Woman of the Tulalip Tribes. Sitting in front right to left: Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Jewell James of the Lummi Tribe.
“(CNW Group/Tsleil-Waututh Nation)”.

Nathan Blindman on “Make No Bones About It.” 5-12-2013 at 5pm


 Nathan Blindman
Nathan is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Band from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD. Nathan’s paternal grandfather Charles Blindman at the age of 10 survived the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 with his mother and younger brother. February 2013 a local native owned newspaper headlined a story that the current deed holder (a non-Indian) was asking 3.9 million dollars for part of the massacre site. Two of the Wounded Knee Massacre descendants of survivors Linda Hollow Horn and… Nathan Blindman stepped forward to address the sale, which was using the massacre as a commercial selling pitch. In researching the original sale (to non-tribal members w/non-Indian investors) in 1930, Nathan discovered that important information about the land was not mentioned anywhere in the documents. Because the original sale took place 83 years ago, which some would consider it to be an “old stale file.” Or for that matter it doesn’t have any merit and what forum would you present it in? Nathan feels that the omission of important information about the original land sale is suspicious, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs who handled the land sale should audit every aspect the 1930 sale, which includes the investors and the bank who gave the loan to purchase the land.


Chief Arvol Looking Horse,
S’unkawakan Wicas’a,
19th Generation Keeper of the Original
Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the
Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation of the Sioux

Nathan Blind Man – Descendant of Survivors of Wounded Knee Massacre.

Nathan Blind Man of Pine Ridge, South Dakota has done extensive research about the proposed sale of the site of the massacre that took place at Wounded Knee in 1890. He is a descendant of survivors of that massacre and for him and his people it is a sacred site. In Lakota culture, sacred artifacts, places and items cannot be sold. Please stand with Nathan and the Oglala Sioux who say that this land belongs to the Lakota people

Louie Gong On KAOS 89.3 FM 5-5-2013 – 5 pm


Louie Gong is an educator, activist, and artist who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community. He is the past President of MAVIN, co-developer of the Mixed Heritage Center, and a former child and family therapist. Louie is also the founder of Eighth Generation, through which he merges traditional Coast Salish art and icons from popular culture to make strong statements about identity, such as his highly sought-after, hand-drawn custom shoes. Louie’s latest creation is called “Mockups”, a DIY art toy based on his work with youth and his desire to a make the experience of personalizing a pair of shoes more accessible.

Louie is proud to have represented his family and community through keynote level presentations and custom shoe workshops around the world, as well as in media such as NBC Nightly News, The New York Times,, and Indian Country Today. His unique merger of art and activism is the subject of UNRESERVED: the Work of Louie Gong, a Longhouse Media film that was selected to screen at prestigious film festivals around the world, including Festival De Cannes and National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival.

In 2012, Louie began an artistic partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian called Design Yourself: I AM NMAI, and a collaboration with Manitobah Mukluks that led to the “LG Gatherer”, a limited edition boot that has already sold out of it’s first 3 runs.

Louie was recently honored by being named to Native Max Magazine’s list of the “Top 10 Inspirational Native’s: Past and Present” and received the Seattle Indian Health Board’s Adeline Garcia’s Community Service Award, through which the nation’s largest Urban Indian Health Clinic recognizes community leaders for volunteer service.