Monthly Archives: December 2013

In Memory of Comedian Charlie Hill, Oneida-Mohawk-Cree


Charlie Hill was an Oneida-Mohawk-Cree stand-up comedian and actor. Charlie walked on December 30, 2013.

In Memory Carter Camp, Ponca.


American Indian Movement leader and indigenous rights activist Carter Camp, Ponca, walked on December 27, 2013.


Remembering Wounded Knee 12-29-1890


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One hundred and twenty-three winters ago, on December 29, 1890, some 150 Lakota men, women and children were massacred by the US 7th Calvary Regiment near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Some estimate the actual number closer to 300.

The Wounded Knee Massacre is when most American history books
drop American Indians from history.

Snowfall was heavy that December week. The Lakota ancestors killed that day were left in brutal frigid wintry plains of the reservation before a burial party came to bury them in one mass grave. The photograph of Big Foot’s frozen and contorted body is a symbol for all American Indians of what happened to our ancestors.

Some of those who survived were eventually taken to the Episcopal mission in Pine Ridge. Eventually, some of them were able to give an oral history of what happened. One poignant fact of the massacre has remained in my mind since first reading it, and every time I think about Wounded Knee, I remember this:

“It was the fourth day after Christmas in the Year of Our Lord 1890. When the first torn and bleeding bodies were carried into the candlelit church, those who were conscious could see Christmas greenery hanging from the open rafters. Across the chancel front above the pulpit was strung a crudely lettered banner: “Peace on earth, good will to men,”

writes Dee Brown in “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

There was no peace on earth for the Lakota four days after Christmas. No wonder so many American Indians question the validity of Christianity.

Later, as absurd as it may sound, some 20 soldiers were given the Medal of Honor – for killing innocent Lakota men, women and children.

The Wounded Knee Massacre is a symbol for all American Indians of what happened to our ancestors.

History records the Wounded Knee Massacre was the last battle of the American Indian war. Unfortunately, it is when most American history books drop American Indians from history, as if well.

Fortunately, American Indians have survived – one generation after another – since Wounded Knee. It is for us who remain to remember our ancestors as we make for a better life for those we encounter today. We are also taught to prepare for the next seven generations, but as we do, we must remember our ancestors.

Today, we remember those ancestors lost on this date in history 122 winters ago.

posted December 29, 2012 6:00 am est

Alex White Plume on Make No Bones About It, 12-29-2013 at 4pm


ALEX WHITE PLUME is Oglala Lakota and one of the founders of the Sitanka Wokiksuye (Wounded Knee Bigfoot Memorial Ride) (South Dakota) started in 1986. The nation needed a Wiping of the Tears ceremony after the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. The ride began because of the way our people were living; they needed change and a way that brought awareness to what happened to Bigfoot and his people at Wounded Knee. “MOTHER EARTH NEEDS CULTURE.” – Alex WP

To see some of Alex s work go to (

Between 1986-1990, the ride was a Wiping of the Tears ceremony for the Lakota nation. There were 19 riders on the very first ride in 1986 from Bridger, SD to Wounded Knee, SD. The ride was called the Future Generation Ride after 1990, when the Wiping of the Tears ceremony ended.

For the week of Dec. 26, 2013 – January 2, 2014

Learn about the MPA Tribal Governance Concentration here on KAOS 89.3 fm at the Evergreen State College with Puanani Nihoa, on Make No Bones About It. December 22, 2013 from 4:30-5pm.

Brief Summary for Puanani Nihoa:
2013 April: Currently I am the Assistant Director for the MPA Tribal Governance Concentration 2010-2013

(prior to April):Project Archivist: 2 yr. grant funded archival project finding aides were completed for the following collections; all has been web-published in the Northwest Digital Archives web-site:

*Guide to the Angela Gilliam Papers 1988-2003*

Guide to the Elizabeth Enslin Papers (small collection) 1994-1995*

Guide to the Janice Kido Papers 1989-2000*Guide to the Jovana Brown Papers 1981-1994*

Guide to the Kaye V. Ladd Papers 1975-1978*Guide to the Linda Moon-Stumpff Papers 1988-2001*Guide to the Louise Williams Papers 1966-2004*Guide to the Lovern King Papers 1990-1992*Guide to the Margaret Hunt Papers 1976-2000*

Guide to the MPA Tribal Governance Concentration 1980-2013*Guide to the Nancy Taylor Papers 1974-2004*

Guide to the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute Records (NIARI) 1999-2012 [initial work has been completed, currently detail processing is being conducted to further expose material recently received-processing should be completed in the next month by an intern from San Jose University-Sarah Norton]*Guide to the Rebecca Goolsby Papers (small collection) 1994-1995*Guide to the Virigina Grant Darney Papers 1979-1993*

Guide to the Washington State Folklife Council Project Archive Collection 1983-1990 *Guide to the Winifred Ingram Papers 1938-19922008-2010 Attend MPA Tribal Governance Concentration-graduated with Master’s in Public Administration-Tribal Governance Concentration While attending school worked as a processing and project archivist 2007

Bachelors of Arts degree-TESC

Worked as Administrative Assistant for the VP of FAD at TESC

Concurrently volunteered as a processing archivist Prior to TESC: 5 years experience working as an Information Technology Analyst for a utilitarian software company (private) 20 years experience working as an Administrative/Executive Assistant (public & private sectors)

Personal: Native Hawaiian & non-traditional student-Member of the Hawaiian Civic Club in LaceyVolunteering as Processing Archivist Consultant currently

Ravenspeaker on Make No Bones About It. December 22, 2013 at 5pm


Native Storytelling, Choreography and Cultural Events Planning

Who is Ravenspeaker?
Ravenspeaker is the stage name for Robert Frederiksen an Alaskan Tsimshian storyteller of the Raven Clan. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and has travelled all over North America as a recognized Culture Bearer for the Northwest Coast’s First Peoples.
He began by accident as a teenager when a group of dancers needed someone to fill time on stage between sets. Although considered very young at the time he proved worthy of the honor by crafting a spell binding version of the Culture’s most famous legend ‘The Box of Daylight’. He very quickly found himself in demand as a stand alone performer and brought his talents to conventions, businesses, festivals and other gatherings all over the Pacific Northwest.
With his obvious stage presence he was offered roles in such films and Television Programs as “The Spirit of the Eagle”, “The Creative Native” and even appeared in several local theater productions. To this day Ravenspeaker is one of two featured storytellers in the Burke Museum’s storytelling exhibit.
Ravenspeaker has created songs and dances for some of the Northwest Coast’s most well known Native Dance troupes. Most notably he was one of the founders of Tsimshian Hayuuk, created and directed the Children of the Mist Youth Dance Team and helped organize Lugulm Goodm of Vancouver BC. His proudest achievement in this medium was the fusion of ballet and traditional Northwest Coast Indian Dance in “Seattle’s Fantastic Shoppe” with the late John Wilkins of the Olympic Ballet Theater.
Events Planning
Ravenspeaker assisted in the planning of several Potlatches in Washington, Alaska and Canada. He took the lead in organizing Potlatches for the Muckelshoot Tribal School and for Indian Heritage High School.
He also created the Northwest Coast cultural component of the Seattle Aquarium’s Salmon Homecoming Celebration and ran that event for several years from 1996 through 2001.
Other Data:
His ceremonial name is Ma’alsgm Gaak (Raven Narrates). He has one son, Jade, of the Eagle Clan (Most Northwest Coast Natives reckon lineage through the maternal line) who is learning storytelling and dance at the tender age of ten and is also available for certain venues.
Ravenspeaker can be contacted at 425.329.9830 or by email at
Toiksn ada saa aam hla waan. (Thank you and may your good name go with you)

Redbone speaks with Veteran Warren Gohl of Seneca Nation -12-15-2013, 4pm


Veteran Warren Gohl of Tacoma.

Veteran Warren Gohl of Seneca Nation

Department of Corrections 1980 – 2006. Retired as Community Corrections Officer 3 – Tacoma DOC.
US Army 1959 – 1980. Retired as Chief Warrant Officer, US Army.

American Indian Background: Descendant maternally of Chief Comstock, Seneca on the Sandusky, Ohio. Tribe relocated pursuant to Treaty of Greenville, Ohio, in 1832, to Indian Territory. Later formed as Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma.

Indian Country Voluntary Activities :

2003 – Present: Chaplain, Inter-Tribal Warriors Society. A veterans support organization sponsored by the Muckleshoot Tribe of Auburn, Washington. Society provides scheduled honor guard memorial services to deceased veterans at Tahoma National Cemetery and American Indian veterans in their communities.

2007 – 2013: Traditional American Indian Religious Services Provider, Stafford Creek Corrections Center, DOC. Contracted by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Day Break Star, Seattle. Provided traditional religious services to the Stafford Creek American Indian/Alaskan Native Circle.

2010 – 2012: On call American Indian Religious Services Provider, Washington State Hospital Forensic Confinement Center.
Provided traditional religious services to American Indian and Alaskan Native inmates.

2010 – Present: Member, Joint American Indian Veterans Advisory Council to the Veterans Adminstration Northwest Region.
Represents the Inter-Tribal Warrior Society and the American Lake Veterans Hospital Sweat Lodge.

2012 – Present: White Bison Wellbriety facilitator, Special Confinement Center, DSHS, McNeil Island,WA. Provides American Indian/Alaskan Native Circle traditional based values to counteract influences of sexual violence and trans generational trauma.

2012 – Present: Member of the Race and Pedagogy Initiative, Chair, Dr.Dexter Gordon, University of Puget Sound, a national levle academia and community based program designing methodology to interdict minority ethnic “School to Prison Pipeline” and unobstruct the “Prison to Community Pipeline”.

2012 – Present: Chief Elder, Elder Council, American Lake Veterans Hospital Sweat Lodge. Council provides American Indian traditional purification sweat lodge to male and female veterans afflicted with conditions of PTSD, Tramautic Brain Injury and Sexual Trauma. Sweat Lodge available as requested as adjunct therapy for veteran family members and VA staff.

2013 – Present: On Call Traditional American Indian Religious Services Provider to American Indian and Alaskan Native psychiatric/substance abuse in-patients of the Seattle Veterans Hospital. Recommended by the Seattle Indian Health Board to provide this service.

Warren Gohl far left



Council Statement on Fukushima read by Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Published on Dec 3, 2013

In late September, Indigenous Elders and Medicine People of North and South America united for four days in sacred ceremony in Green Grass, South Dakota. The significance of this meeting is profound. Its outcome is the Statement which Chief Looking Horse delivers in his native Lakota language, at the United Nations Tillman Chapel. It is the embodiment of a confluence of prophecies which speak to the necessity to activate a new level of consciousness for the benefit of humanity and the earth. Although their statement illuminates the nuclear crisis at Fukushima, the fundamental message is for humanity to spiritually awaken to protect and restore the sacred.

This is an invitation to step into service, to choose to join a collective body of humans that deeply cares about our planet. Please read the Indigenous elders statement here:
If you find resonance, consider signing, asking your own questions, and joining us with good minds and prayer for the healing of life on Earth.

StoneTree Productions is currently in production on a documentary about Chief Arvol Looking Horse and his global peace work.

Greg Deal, of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe on “Make No Bones About It.” 4pm-4:30 pm 12-8-2013


Deal is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, an artist/activist and 14-year resident of the Washington, D.C. metro area. His visual work deals with issues of misappropriation, popular culture and various other issues in Indian Country. More recently, Deal has been working on a performance art piece called “The Last American Indian On Earth,” a project that deals with identity and stereotypes as well as illustrating the way the general American public sees, acts, treats and considers Native people by documenting it in photography and film. Deal has appeared in The Huffington Post both for his artistic work and social commentary, on local D.C. television debating the Native mascot issue, and on various radio shows around the country for his work and activism focused on Indian Country issues. He has emerged as an insightful and outspoken commentator on the social problems in Indian Country, particularly as they relate to Natives and non-Natives. Deal is married with 3 children.

Robert Upham, AKA- “Harlem Indian” – Make No Bones About It- 12-8-2013, 5:00-5:30pm


Robert is the Director of  Blue Pony Youth Program is one of many projects that Robert is involved it.  Learn more about what Robert is up too, Make No Bones About It- 12-8-2013, 5:00-5:30pm.

Robert Upham, AKA- “Harlem Indian” is a mixed blood American Indian from the Gros Ventre, Assiniboine, Dakota, Salish, Pend Oreille, and Adopted Blackfeet and Lakota. He grew up on the fort Belknap Indian Reservation near the town of Harlem, Montana. In 1994 upon the advice of his Uncle Floyd Red Crow Westerman, robert walked across the United States with Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American …Indian Movement. The walk was called the Walk For Justice and the purpose was to raise awareness of Leonard Peltiers imprisonment and the various issues across Indian Country.

He is an artist in the tradition of the Winter Count. His mediums are: Acrylic, Pen, Pencil and VIDEO. For the last 9 years he has used video to educate the public on the american Indian Cause.  He is presently Director of the Blue Pony Youth Program.  His major Project at this time is a movie called “the Harlem Indian Project- License to be Indian”.

His phone number is 360-581-8631 and his e-mail is: