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Today’s video: Native American ad against Redskins name



This commercial, which is pretty powerful, is running in some of the nation's biggest cities during the NBA Finals.

One wonders what the reaction would be if it ran nationwide during NFL preseason games…

Idaho’s largest rainbow won’t be official record

FISHING — A monster trout caught below Dworshak Dam in July has been deemed a rainbow following DNA analysis. That makes the 28-pound, 9-ounce fish the largest rainbow trout legally caught in Idaho, according to a story by Eric Barker of the Lewiston Morning Tribune.

However, Tui Moliga of Lapwai won't land his name in the state record books for the fish.

Moliga, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, legally caught the fish below Dworshak Dam at a time the river wasn't open under state rules to harvest of rainbow trout longer than 20 inches. But the area was open under tribal rules.

After he caught the fish, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials faced a pair of dilemmas regarding his request to have it considered as a state record.

Read on for the rest of Barker's story explaining this unusual circumstance:

Community outcry prompts E. Idaho school district to slow move away from ‘Redskins’ mascot

After a community outcry, an eastern Idaho school district is delaying its transition away from its "Redskins" school mascot, the AP reports. In the wake of a Monday public hearing on the plan, Driggs school Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme says he needs more time to work with school administrators and patrons on the transition; that means the mascot will remain for the upcoming school year. On Monday, nearly 170 residents attended a three-hour public hearing. Of the 67 people who testified, only three supported the mascot change and two more were neutral, with the majority urging to keep the name in a nod to school tradition and school pride. A "Save the Redskins" Facebook page has attracted 1,279 followers and an online petition to save the mascot on Change.org had collected 628 signatures by Tuesday. Meanwhile, Shoshone-Bannock tribal leaders called the name disrespectful and offensive. Click below for a full report from the AP.

New interior secretary reaches out to tribes

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sally Jewell made an emotional pledge in her first address to Indian Country as the 51st U.S. Interior secretary, saying she'll help right past wrongs against Native Americans and work with tribes "nation-to-nation" to protect their sovereignty. Jewell fought back tears and paused to compose herself during remarks Thursday in Reno, Nev., to about 300 delegates of the National Congress of American Indians. The casino-ballroom audience gave her a standing ovation. The ex-outdoor retail executive from Seattle became secretary in April. She told delegates the U.S. government doesn't have a proud legacy when it comes to upholding promises to native people. She said she cannot "reverse all of that" in four years, but she is determined to make important progress and help tribes become more economically independent.

Click below for a full report from AP reporter Scott Sonner.

Educators invited to Kalispel Encampment; credit offered

NATIVE AMERICANS — Enrollment is underway for the Kalispel Encampment, an educator's workshop June 28-30 with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and the David Thompson Bicentennials Partnership.

Educators will bask in the Native American history and culture as it meshed with the fur-trade era in the encampment along the Clark Fork River near Thompson Falls.

Educators can earn credit, renewal units or clock-hours for requirements in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.

The general public is also invited, but space is limited.

Pre-register at the Montana History website.

Read on for details:



Gregoire: Don’t threaten me

Tribal members gather in the Capitol Building after a bill signing.

OLYMPIA — Legislators unhappy about her refusal to sign many bills should take their concerns up with their leadership, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday.

"I don't take threats from legislators," Gregoire said, responding to a press release issued late last week from a Republican legislator who accused her of "playing politics" with bills.

Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, said supporters of bills to help the developmentally disabled and bils to crack down on human trafficking should contact Gregoire and urge her to sign them. The governor said she was  holding off on signing most bills until legislative leaders break their logjam over the budget.

"They don't deserve to have these bills held hostage just because the governor hasn't gotten her way on the budget," Delvin said in his press release.

One of the bills Delvin mentioned, which gives people with developmental disabilities help in after they enroll in an employment program, was signed Monday, but another, which involves assessing juvenile offenders for developmental disabilities when they are placed in a county detention center, remains on hold. 

Gregoire signed about a dozen bills Monday, including one she proposed to create collaboration between state colleges' education departments and struggling public schools. She also signed a bill that returns control over local courts systems from the state to Native American tribes, which brought more than 100 representatives of various tribes to the Capitol.

After the signing ceremony, many of the tribal members, some in traditional clothing, gathered outside the door of the Senate to sing.

Bills that have large numbers of supporters who must plan trips to Olympia will be scheduled and signed. But "by far and away the vast majority of bills" won't for the time being, Gregoire said: "I am not signing the majority of their bills. No budget, no bills."

Budget leaders met Monday morning with the director of the Office of Financial Management and Gregoire made individual calls to House and Senate leaders. Both parties will have to give up a key element of the budget strategy, the Democrats their plan to delay the state's payment to schools by a few days to free up $330 million to spend in this biennium, the Republicans their plan to skip a payment to the state pension system to free up $150 million for spending. Both options have become "toxic," Gregoire said.

If Delvin or other legislators have complaints, they are "free to go tell the leadership," she said.

Tuesday Video: Native American farmers share their stories on food

As part of Daniel Kline's Perennial Plate adventure, he stops to chat with some Native American farmers trying to change the food and work situation in their communities. Plagued with high poverty rates and little access to good food, they inspire in their efforts to farm in a sustainable way:


The Perennial Plate Episode 88: American Indian Mothers (and Fathers) from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

Wise words from people who learn from wildlife

WILDLIFE WATCHING — In the spirit of ongoing bird migration, Colbert area birdwatcher Tina Wynecoop shares this poem she clipped from a newspaper while working near the mouth of the Skagit River in 1969.

The Owl
While hitchhiking to Seattle, two Indians gave
me a ride from La Conner to Mt. Vernon in a pickup truck.
On the way I told them I was an artist, and showed them
a folio of bird drawings I had with me. 
The Indians looked at them with some interest,
then the one driving asked me to draw a picture of a Bluejay for him.
He told me that the Bluejay is the only bird that will help another
bird of a species different than its own.
I asked the Indian how they did this. 
He said that Bluejays will always surround a hungry bird, even an Eagle, and feed it.
I said I would give him a picture of a Bluejay the next time I saw him. 
Then the Indian sitting next to me who had been silent, turned and said, "I can hear the Bluejays talk." 
I asked him what they said. 
He replied, "Right now they are talking to an owl they've got riding between them in a truck. 
 ~ Charile Krafft (1969)

Fischer: Native Americans morally disqualified

Bryan Fischer

From Right Wing Watch:

Bryan Fischer is back with another history lesson for us all - this one on how the Native Americans deserved to lose control of North America because "the superstition, savagery and sexual immorality" made them "morally disqualified from sovereign control of American soil."

You see, there are three ways that control over land is established: settlement, purchase, and conquest.  And in the case of Native Americans, it turns out that they were just like the Canaanites who were so immoral that God decided that "the slop bucket was full, and it was time to empty it out" and so he tasked Israel with being the "custodian to empty the bucket and start over."

And in North America, that task fell to the Europeans … and Fischer notes that "many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism" because they refuse to embrace Christianity, as demonstrated by the Native American invocation at the Tucson memorial:

H/T Kootenai Conservative

I think DFO instituted some kind of Bryan Fischer topic ban because some of you get a little out of control when he posted some of Fischer's opinions. So I front page this with some hesitation. Can we discuss this topic without going off into rants about Mr. Fischer's sanity, morals or family life?
I'd like to think we can.

I'd like to know if you think Fischer's opinions about Native Americans are more wide spread than we know?

Olsen, Pete and prayers

Last night, Mayor Mary Verner and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick attended a prayer circle held  by the Native American community in the aftermath of the Pete-Olsen verdict. Tim Connor wrote this account for the Center For Justice