Monthly Archives: May 2016

Paddle to Nisqually 2016

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Date of Release: May 10, 2016
Contact:· Kellie Purce Braseth· 360.753.8361·
Port of Olympia and City of Olympia team with Nisqually Indian Tribe for Canoe Journey Landing in July
OLYMPIA – The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016. “The cooperation between the tribe and Port of Olympia and City of Olympia is good and much of the downtown planning is being completed by them for the July 30 Landing Day,” said Farron McCloud, Chairman of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. The Landing Day events will take place at NorthPoint at the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. The tribe is expecting approximately 18,000 people to attend and witness the landing of more than 120 canoes representing more than 50 tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. “The City of Olympia is honored to partner with our neighbors, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, and support this historic cultural event,” said Cheryl Selby, Mayor of Olympia. Port Commissioner Bill McGregor stated, “As we work with the Nisqually Indian Tribe on the canoe landing, we learn about their history and culture and our respect for them continues to grow. We are honored to have a role in this historic event.”
Parking/Free Shuttle.
The public can find parking in designated downtown parking lots or on the street. Access to Marine Drive will be restricted beginning at the Marine Drive – Jefferson Street intersection and the Market Street – Franklin Street intersection where a free shuttle service will begin at 10:00 a.m. The DASH bus will run its regular route with stops at the Farmers Market.
Launch Ramp-Moorage Closures.
The Swantown launch ramp will be closed on July 30th. The nearest launch ramp is Boston Harbor Marina. Swantown and Port Plaza guest moorage will be reserved for support boats from July 29 through Aug. 8.
Food and merchant vendors will be available at the site and the Hearthfire Restaurant will remain open with reservations recommended.
Green Event.
Organizers are working to make Landing Day a green event. Attendees are being encouraged to bring their own water bottles to the venue and a priority has been placed on recycling and recyclable materials.
Volunteers/Food Vendors.
The Port and City are seeking volunteers and food vendors for the July 30 event. To sign up as a volunteer or vendor for Landing Day, July 30, visit the Port of Olympia’s website at From July 31 to Aug. 6, 2016, the canoe journey events will move to the Nisqually Indian Reservation where most of the protocol events will be held on a 40-acre site prepared for seven days of dancing, storytelling, visiting, and protocol. Planning and implementation of this part of the historic event is being completed by a canoe journey committee composed of volunteers and employees of the Nisqually Tribe, under the direction of McCloud and the Nisqually Tribal Council.
For additional information:
Nisqually Indian Tribe and Canoe Journey Information
Farron McCloud, Chairman, Nisqually Indian Tribe
360.456.5221 ext. 1238 –
Nisqually Indian Tribe Canoe Journey Public Relations
Sheila McCloud, Tribal Council Secretary, Nisqually Indian Tribe
360.456.5221 ext. 1227 –
City of Olympia, Parking/Shuttle/Food Vendor Information
Kellie Purce Braseth, Strategic Communications Director, City of Olympia
360.753.8361 –
Port of Olympia, Port Facility/Volunteer Information
Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator, Port of Olympia 360.528.8005 –

World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day 2016


World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day 2016


World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day 2016

Maka akantula (People of the Earth),

My name is Nac’a Arvol Looking Horse founder of World Peace and Prayer Day and Honoring Sacred Sites Day, spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Sioux Nations, known as the Buffalo People.

I humbly ask People of the Earth to join together at your own sacred place of prayer, in the effort of healing our Ina Maka (Mother Earth) on June 21st.

For 20 years, People heard the great calling to follow their spirit and helped bring attention to Ina Maka’s Sacred Sites around the world, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Wopila (a great thank you) to each and every one of you that made a difference creating that sacred circle in your territory. I would also like to take this time to acknowledge the People who are making sacrifices, either through walking, riding in sacred Horse Rides or running, to bring attention to the atrocities and preserve what we have left for our children’s children.

When the Elders passed the Sacred Bundle to me to care for on behalf of the People, they told me of the warning that came from Pte San Win (White Buffalo Calf Woman) 19 generations ago. She left a prophecy that when animals are born white, it would be a sign of a blessing, but this sign would be a symbol of opportunity to change the path of destruction to all life that we would be on. I thought that this would not be in my lifetime. The birth of the white buffalo calf Miracle in 1994 and all the white animals that stood upon the earth since that time are messages that we can no longer ignore. We have always known that man has gone too far, even scientifically this sad truth has been shared of earth and climate changes.

Children are now being born with great sickness, just as the Elders told us would happen. Water is now contaminated throughout the world, the blood of our Mother Earth. The power of Woc’ekiya, which means kiya to send, c’aya to cry (prayer) has to be done with great intention of great Unity, this is what has brought us through many hard times. It is time for this understanding to take place on a global scale.

We are asking all People of the Earth to help create this energy shift by making the Woc’ekiya stronger by going to your own Sacred Site or place of your Faith on June 21st, to join together to pray for the healing of the World’s Sacred Waters. This year, I will be joining you while attending a traditional ceremony, many prayers are going out to protect our mni wic’oni, our water of life.

I sincerely ask for Unity on behalf of all life upon Mother Earth to heal and all life to come. It is time all People understand Mother Earth is the Source of life, not a resource.

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning.

Onipiktec’a (that we shall live),

Nac’a (Chief) Arvol Looking Horse 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe



We Dedicate This Ride To Creating Awareness Of The Injustice Leonard Peltier Has Endured and Support for His Clemency



International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

President Bruce Richard Dumont of the Metis Nation on Make No Bones About It. May 22, 2016


Bruce Richard Dumont was born in Olds, Alberta in 1944 to his Mother, Cecile Marie Dumont (Vaness) from Onion Lake Saskatchewan, and father Joseph Ambrose Dumont, from Camrose, Alberta. Bruce is of Métis ancestry from parents, grandparents and great grandparents traced back to the 1700’s.


Mother –Cecile Marie Vaness of Cree and Scot ancestry

Born November 15, 1917 in Onion Lake, Saskatchewan to Daniel Vaness and Anna Dufresne. Mary Dumont’s grandfather Francois Dufresne and Bleasdale Cameron were captured by Wandering Spirit in April 1885 during the Metis Resistance prior to Battles at Duck Lake, Fish Creek and Batoche Saskatchewan. Wandering Spirit was a radical Chief of Big Bear’s Tribe.  Bleasdale Cameron wrote the book “Blood Red the Sun” a true factual account of the First Nations uprising prior to the Riel Resistance of 1885 Francois and Bleasdale were released in June after the Battle of Batoche.

Mary Dumont’s (Vaness) Grandfather Baptiste Annas hunted buffalo with Gabriel Dumont.


Father – Joseph Ambrose Dumont of Cree and French Ancestry

Born January 25, 1917 in Gwynne Alberta near Camrose, AB to St. Pierre Dumont and Marie Boudreau. Ambrose is a direct descendant of Isadore Dumont the first Métis killed at the Battle of Duck Lake. Gabriel Dumont was Isadore’s son.  Bruce is the fifth of ten children born to Ambrose and Mary Dumont. English was a second language to their native Cree tongue. They were a Metis Road Allowance family until the owner of the land they squatted on decided to burn them out.

Bruce is following the path of his family tradition, fighting for the betterment of Métis Peoples.


Bruce received his Grade School Education in Sundre, Alberta and completed his Secondary Education at  Northern and Southern Alberta Institutes of Technology (NAIT) and (SAIT) as a Red Seal Tradesman in Electronics. Bruce changed occupation to the BC Forest Industry and completed this career with the Workers Compensation Board of BC as a Professional Safety Officer. Bruce spent 9 years in the Electronics field, 20 years in the BC forest Industry as a supervisor on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the Mainland Coast and Haida Gwaii. He spent 14 years inspecting Industry Worksites primarily Logging which was his expertise from 1992 to 2006.


As an active Métis Community Member serving his community for many years, Bruce ran for the position of Vice President for the Métis Nation British Columbia and won his election in 2004 where he served less than six (6) months before successfully winning the election for the position of President in 2005.  He is currently serving his third term in office as President of the Métis Nation British Columbia and is the longest reining President of Metis Nation BC.  He will be retiring in September of 2016.


In addition to his role and responsibilities as President, Bruce is the MNBC Minister of Natural Resources and sits as a Board of Governor at the national level for the Métis National Council as Minister for Culture, Heritage and Language and Minister for Health and Sport. Appointed in 2014, he also sits on two important Committees; BC Hydro – Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee / SAEC and an AEP Steward with the Northern Gateway Project / NGP as MNBC is an Aboriginal Equity Partner / AEP.


Bruce presently resides in Victoria, BC with his Wife Joanne; together they share 7 children (4 boys and 3 girls) and 12 grandchildren (3 girls and 9 boys) from ages 6 to 22.

BC has over 13,000 registered Métis Citizens and represents the majority of nearly 70,000 self-identified Métis people across the province of British Columbia.  MNBC is recognized by the Federal and Provincial Government and the Metis National Council as the only recognized provincial Métis governing organization of British Columbia.

Bruce BIO Mar 22 2016

Elicia Goodsoldier on “Make No Bones About It.” May 8th, 2016 5pm


Elicia Goodsoldier is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and also belongs to the Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux Tribe. She currently lives in Denver, CO and co-chairs the Denver American Indian Commission and is a board member of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. She works as mental health counselor, often visiting the Pine Ridge Indian reservation where she lived for 10 years. She frequently speaks on the importance of understanding historical and intergenerational trauma and how it affects our people today, especially the youth. She is the co-coordinator of the Wikoskalaka Yuwita Pi (Young Women’s Camp) in Porcupine, SD.