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Turtle Woman Risng Olympia 2011

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq visits with Raven about the Journey to the Heart

Sunday, August 28 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, shaman, healer, storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (winddrum), is an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder whose family belongs to the traditional healers of the Far North from Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland. Angaangaq, who’s name means ‘The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle’ is an internationally respected Elder for the native communities of the Circumpolar Arctic, North and South America, and Europe. Uncle, as he is frequently called, bridges the boundaries of cultures and faiths in people young and old. His work has taken him to five continents and over 50 countries around the world including South Africa, North America, South America, Asia, Arctic Europe, Russia, and Siberia. Angaangaq conducts healing circles, intensives, and sweat lodges. His teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom of the oral healing traditions of his people.


Robert & Elizabeth Satiacum on “Make No Bones About It.”

Time Sunday, July 31 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location Kaos 89.3 Fm – Olympia, Washington

More Info Robert & Elizabeth Satiacum working together to make the world a better place for us all. Join us when we visit and talk about the many happenings with both of them in Indian Country.

Jeff Dickison from Squaxin Island Tribe talks about Restoring the estuary.

Join Raven and his guest Jeff Dickison from Squaxin as they visit about Restoring the estuary and helping heal the water ways. Sunday, June 26 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm

“The Deschutes River has the potential to be a much more ecologically rich place than it is today,” said Dickison. “Wilder and White clearly had more respect for salmon than the people that dammed the Deschutes River, creating Capitol Lake. The original designers obviously designed the original reflecting pool in the context of the natural environment.”

Questions & Answers

What is the difference between a lake and an estuary?
Actually, Capitol Lake isn’t really a lake at all, but a shallow reservoir created by damming the Deschutes River. In 1951, the state government built the 5th Avenue dam, blocking the Deschutes River and creating Capitol Lake.

An estuary is a biologically rich environment where a river reaches salt water. Estuaries play an important role in the lives of several species, including birds and fish. Salmon depend on estuaries for vital rearing and feeding habitat. Salmon are born in freshwater, and as they move downstream they undergo a physiological change which enables them to live in saltwater. Estuaries are the first place salmon encounter saltwater and it is important that there be enough food and habitat.

Currently, the Deschutes estuary does not exist. It has been inundated by the impoundment created in the 50s. The 5th Avenue dam blocks off any meaningful interaction between salt and freshwater that defines an estuary.

Won’t draining Capitol Lake leave a big mud hole?
Restoring the Deschutes estuary won’t really “drain” Capitol Lake. Actually, most people won’t notice a difference. Most of the time, the northern basin, or the “reflecting pool,” will not look any different than it does today. Natural tidal movement will fill the lower basin “reflecting pool” almost 80 percent of the time.

Only the southern two basins will see significant drainage, but even those will be filled as they are now during high tide. By restoring the Deschutes estuary, it is possible to retain the reflecting pool aspects of Capitol Lake.

Won’t an estuary be smelly?
No, the historic smell of the former estuary was caused by untreated sewage that was dumped directly into the Deschutes estuary. Raw sewage, not the periodic exposure of mudflats by the tides, caused an intense aroma that some still associate with the original estuary. Wastewater is now treated in Olympia before it is dumped into Budd Inlet.

Isn’t it possible to have clean water and a lake?
Virtually all of the water quality issues associated with Capitol Lake exist because it is an impounded river. Invasive species, drawn to Capitol Lake’s warm, shallow and stagnant environment are taking over the lake.

During the summer, nitrogen and phosphorous build up in the lake, depriving it of oxygen, which is vital to a healthy ecosystem. A recent report by the Washington Department of Ecology states that restoring the Deschutes Estuary would solve many of the water quality problems associated with Capitol Lake (link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/11615221/CLAMP-110608-Deschutes-Handouts).

Choosing to continue maintaining Capitol Lake is choosing to live with future water quality problems.

What will restoring the estuary do to wildlife?
Restoring the estuary will benefit native species while removing many invasive species. Capitol Lake already supports a large community of wildlife and plants, but these are not species native to our area, and have gained a foothold in Capitol Lake because it is an artificial landscape (link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/5528143/CLAMPSC090408A2).

The Puget Sound Partnership has identified eradicating invasive species like the ones that live in Capitol Lake as a high priority to restoring the entire Puget Sound ecosystem (link: http://www.psparchives.com/our_work/protect_habitat/ans.htm). As it is now, Capitol Lake is a haven for invasive species.

Isn’t Capitol Lake part of the “vision” of the Capitol Campus?
No. When the architects Walter Wilder and Harry White designed the Capitol Campus, the lake was more than forty years off and their plan specifically called for a free flowing Deschutes River (link). Their vision of a reflecting pool would have entailed diking off a portion of what is now the eastern part of Capitol Lake’s north basin to create a saltwater reflecting pool. Rather than being a shallow and warm freshwater impoundment, that reflecting pool would have been routinely flushed by the tides.

The real reason behind the creation of Capitol Lake wasn’t to complete the original “Wilder and White” vision, but rather to change the image of the nearby neighborhood. Up until the early 1940s, what is now Capitol Lake was home to a shanty town called “Little Hollywood.” In 1941 Little Hollywood was dismantled and burned, and ten years later the state completed the permanent flooding of the site.

Will we be cut off from the shoreline
because of concerns of protecting the estuary?
No, while the landscape of the shoreline and uses will change, access will not be impacted. Some uses, such as recreational fishing, could improve. For example, many other local estuaries – like Kennedy Creek at Totten Inlet – are popular sport fishing sites at low tide.

Can we cheaply dredge the lake?
Dredging Capitol Lake is an expensive solution to a problem that will never be solved without allowing the original estuary to be restored. All of the sediment carried by the Deschutes River is now deposited into Capitol Lake, slowing filling it up. Estuaries, because of their tidal influence, naturally disperse sediment into the marine environment. But, because the Deschutes River is dammed, the sediment has nowhere to go.

Dredging will be a multi-million dollar undertaking each time and it only solves one problem associated with the damning of the Deschutes. Water quality, invasive species, and other problems will continue to exist even with an expensive, aggressive dredging plan.

Is this part of a radical plan to return the entire area to a pristine state?Absolutely not. One of the important things to remember that restoring the Deschutes River estuary won’t and can’t be a total restoration of the local ecosystem. Too many things – from filling in nearby tidelands to urban development – have happened and there is no reasonable way to turn back the clock.

Restoring the estuary is a simple, sensible step to restoring as much of function of the local eco-system as we can.

Jeff Dickison, Policy Analyst, Squaxin Island Tribe, (360) 432-3815, jdickison@squaxin.nsn.us


Sunday’s from 4-6 pm only on KAOS 89.3 FM

Sunday’s from 4-6 pm only on KAOS 89.3 FM

Tune in each week………..

New format coming…..

Wisdom Quote:
“So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. ”

– Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Raven speaks with Larry Merculieff of the Seven Generations Consulting: Sunday, May 15 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm

…Larry Merculieff has almost four decades of experience serving his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands and other Alaska Native and indigenous peoples in a number of capacities locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. His reach has been broad and varied—a few of the positions he’s held include: City Manager of St. Paul Island, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, President and CEO of Tanadgusix Corporation, Chairman of the Board of The Aleut Corporation, and General Manager of the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association (one of the six Community Development Quota groups created by Congress to receive fish allocations in Alaska). Most importantly, Merculieff was a community leader on St. Paul Island, his home, for almost 35 years.

Close to Merculieff’s heart are issues related to cultural/individual/ community wellness, traditional ways of living, Indigenous Elder wisdom, and the environment. Having had a traditional upbringing, Merculieff has been, and continues to be, a strong voice advocating the meaningful application of traditional knowledge and wisdom obtained from Elders in Alaska and throughout the world when dealing with modern day challenges

Merculieff’s first opportunity to share what he learned came from an invitation to help facilitate a healing conference in Cordova in the late 1980s. He presented at the Healing from the Four Directions conference, facilitated the Healing from the Center conference in 2008 and conducted traditional talking circles at a substance abuse recovery center over the past two years. He also helped facilitate a statewide training for rural behavioral health aides in 2009. Additionally, he has and continues to lecture about traditional ways of healing at conferences and universities, including UAA. He presented at the first Anchorage conference on grieving to help parents who lost children. Merculieff also facilitated a community-wide grieving ceremony in Nondalton when their elders called him to assist because they were concerned that the community was not grieving the tragic loss of two local teenagers. Merculieff has presented numerous times at RANN, the UAA program for minority peoples seeking a degree in nursing, discussing traditional ways of knowing and healing, and the ways culture heals. Recently, Merculieff conducted a dialogue with youth in a program he created that was called Healing the Wounded Warrior.

From 2000–2003, Merculieff served as the Director of the Department of Public Policy and Advocacy in the Rural Alaska Community Action Program. As Director, Merculieff co-chaired the planning committee and led the largest subsistence rights march in Alaska’s history. He emceed the subsistence rally after the march. The march was instrumental in protecting Alaska Native subsistence rights, which were legally contested by the State of Alaska, to fish for salmon along Alaska’s rivers. He also successfully led a four-year effort to gain federal and state recognition of Alaska Native subsistence rights to catch and eat halibut throughout coastal Alaska.

Merculieff is co-founder and former chairman of the Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals; former chairman of the Nature Conservancy, Alaska chapter; former co-director of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Alaska chapter; as well as co-founder of the International Bering Sea Forum, the Alaska Forum on the Environment, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He served as chairperson for the Alaska Sanitation Taskforce and co-chair of the Federal/State Taskforce on Rural Sanitation to bring support for running water and flush toilets to over one hundred Alaska Native communities. Merculieff served on the National Research Council Committee on the Bering Sea Ecosystem and was one of four Native Americans to present at the White House Conference on the Oceans during the Clinton administration. Merculieff was selected by Aleut leaders to be part of a one-hour Discovery Channel documentary about the history and spiritual aspects of Aleuts, which aired in 2001 and was viewed by an estimated 60 million people worldwide.

In 2004, Merculieff received the Alaska Native Writers on the Environment Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2006, the Buffet Finalist Award for Indigenous Leadership and the Alaska Forum on the Environment- Environmental Excellence Award for lifetime achievement in 2007. Merculieff was featured in the National Wildlife magazine as an “American Hero,” having called national and international attention to major adverse changes in the Bering Sea ecosystem.

Merculieff’s writings and interviews have appeared in such publications as the Winds of Change, Cultural Survival, YES, Red Ink, Alaska Geographic, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Kindred Spirits. In 2008, Merculieff was one of ten Native American men in the U.S. featured in a book published by Second Story Press, entitled “Native American Men of Courage.” He was featured in this book because of his pivotal role during a time where many of his Aleut people on St. Paul Island experienced community-wide depression, suicides and suicide attempts, and murders. On November 18, 2009, Les Intouchables Publishing Company of Montreal released a book that he co-authored, entitled “Aleut Wisdom: Voice of an Aleut Messenger”. The book, published in the French language, is based on the wisdom Merculieff learned from his Aleut people and indigenous elders from around the world.

Merculieff works as an independent consultant. Currently he just completed five interactive forums for Alaska Native youth and emerging leaders on what they need to know to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The unprecedented forums were sponsored by the University of Alaska-Anchorage and the Alaska Humanities Forum. Merculieff is also contracted by the College of the Menominee Nation to guide the College in its efforts to help the Menominee Nation develop climate change adaptation strategies, and the Eyak Preservation Council to assist in unifying all the tribes of the Copper River for stewardship of the river.

In the Alaska Tribal Leaders Summit held August 24 through 26 of this year, Merculieff facilitated use of traditional ways of dialogue, discourse, decision-making and consensus building throughout the conference. For the first time in memory, leaders from over 100 tribes talked without conflict and reached unanimous decisions on courses of action dealing with the human rights challenges to Alaska Native traditional hunting, fishing and gathering.


Billy Frank Jr. 2011 Futurewise Community Champion Award Recipient

On March 19, 2011 Futurewise honored Billy Frank Jr. with the “2011 Community Champion Award” for his endless devotion to natural resource management, and for helping shape a sustainable future for Washington State.

A Visit with Chief Phil Lane Jr. -Sunday, April 17 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm

About Phil

Phil Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations and is an internationally recognized leader in human and community development. He was born at the Haskell Indian Residential School in Lawrence, Kansas in 1944, where his mother and father met and attended school. He is a citizen of both Canada and the USA.

…During the past 43 years, he has worked with Indigenous peoples in North, Central and South America, Micronesia, South East Asia, India, Hawaii and Africa. He served 16 years as Associate Professor and Founder and Coordinator of the Four Worlds International Institute at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Four Worlds became an independent Institute in 1995. As well, Phil is Chairman of Four Directions International, an Aboriginal company, which was incorporated in 1996 as Four Worlds’ Economic Development Arm.

With Phil’s guidance and applied experience, Four Worlds has become an internationally recognized leader in human, community and organizational development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of development. Four Directions International, the Institute’s economic development arm, is lead by its President Deloria Many Grey Horses, and is dedicated to the development of sustainable economic enterprises that support wholistic, political, social, cultural, environmental, spiritual and educational development.

In 1977, Phil was named a Modern Indian Sports Great by the National Indian Magazine, Wassaja, for his record-breaking accomplishments in Track and Wrestling. He has extensive experience in his own cultural traditions, is an award winning author and film producer and holds Master’s Degrees in Education and Public Administration. His film credits include the National Public Television series “Images of Indians” with the late Will Sampson, “Walking With Grandfather”, “The Honor of All: The Story of Alkali Lake” and “Healing the Hurts”.

In August, 1992, Phil was the first Indigenous person to win the prestigious Windstar Award, presented annually by the late John Denver and the Windstar Foundation to a global citizen whose personal and professional life exemplifies commitment to a global perspective, operates with awareness of the spiritual dimension of human existence and demonstrates concrete actions of the benefit for humans and all living systems of the Earth. At this International event, in recognition of his lineage and long time service to Indigenous peoples and the human family, Indigenous Elders from across North America recognized Phil as a Hereditary Chief through a Sacred Headdress Ceremony. Other Windstar winners include: Oceanologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, David Brower, Founder of the Earth Island Institute, Yevgeni Velikhov, Vice President of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and founder of Kenya’s Greenbelt Movement; Akio Matsumura, Executive Director of The Global Forum, and Lester Brown, President of the World Watch Institute.

On November 11, 2000, Phil received the Year 2000 award from the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights in Berne, Switzerland. Phil is the first North or South American person to receive the award, and he joins a select international group: the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dr. Boutro Boutros Ghali, former Secretary General of the United Nations, and British Lord Yehudi Menuhin, musician and philosopher, have, also, received the award. The foundation says the award is in recognition of Phil’s “unique contributions to improve the lives and future hopes of native populations. It is primarily based on his most special merits of promoting freedom and justice for indigenous people by building human and spiritual capacity rather than opposing oppression directly and also on his international visionary initiatives among Native populations by healing the root causes of hopelessness and despair.”

On June 21, 2008, Phil was awarded the 14th Annual Ally Award by the Center for Healing Racism in Houston, Texas. Phil received the Ally Award for his national and international work in promoting freedom and justice for Indigenous Peoples by building human and spiritual capacity that focuses on healing the root causes of racism and oppression rather than focusing on conflict. The Ally Award is an annual award presented by the Houston-based Center for the Healing of Racism to honor the achievements of those who have worked hard to achieve harmony of all ethnic and cultural groups. Special emphasis on this award is for Lane’s dedicated work as one of the primary leaders in the resolution of Canada’s Residential School issue, which involved the sexual, physical, cultural, psychological, and emotional abuse of thousands of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

In 2008, Phil completed his three-year tenure as Chief Executive Officer of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF) in Seattle, Washington. The Foundation’s achievements include the launching of the first-ever Native American Film Festival, the development of a host of innovative education programs ranging from elementary and high school curriculum design and development, to adult education, early childhood education, and the recent launching of a $3.5 million holistic poverty-alleviation program model for urban Indigenous Peoples in Seattle.

Phil has now stepped into global leadership as Chairman of the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) and Four Directions International. The Institute’s central program initiative is the promotion of The Fourth Way. The primary focus of The Fourth Way is to unify the human family by taking a culturally based, principal-centered path that transcends assimilation, resignation, and conflict. FWII has been working to develop a comprehensive, community-based development strategy that offers educational opportunity, IC3 Global Digital Literacy Certification, Digital Social Networking Capacity, and Participatory Media Training through a global networking initiative called “Indig.e.Net.” This digitally-based, globally unifying Indigenous communications and educational initiative, to be established at the Ciudad del Saber in Panama City, Panama in 2010, will serve as one of the key components for implementing The Fourth Way.

Blessing from Squaxin Island -New City Hall 3-26-2011

Call them and GIVE THEM A BIG THANKS!!!!!

The grand opening of Olympia’s new City Hall is Saturday, March 26. The celebration will begin at 12:45 p.m. with the blessing from Squaxin Island – Chairman Lopeman, followed at 1:00 p.m. by the official ribbon cutting. The first official event is the grand opening on March 26 2011. The City Council will not be meeting in the building until after the grand opening, instead they will continue to have their meetings in the old city hall until the blessing and opening ceremonies.

City of Olympia WA | PO Box 1967 | Olympia WA 98507-1967
phone: 360-753-8361



Photo by Brian Hardin

Free and Open to the Public

Opening Blessing – Skokomish Tribe Youth Drum Group

Opening Introduction – Delbert Miller, Skokomish Spiritual Leader

7pm -9 pm Sunday, February 13th, 2011
Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and holds the responsibility of spiritual leader among the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota People. (Proceeds of the event will be used to help support World Peace and Prayer Day 2011 this year in Minnesota- http://www.wolakota.org/wppd.html

Sponsored by the Native Student Alliance, and the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute.

For more information: Raven Redbone at ravenredbone@gmail.com