Thursday, February 20, 2020

A&E: Red Earth Festival relocates, Powwows and more

By Rich Tupica - February 20, 2020 at 12:01AM

Red Earth Festival. Courtesy Photo.

Published Feb. 20, 2020

Welcome to Native News Online’s weekly column highlighting arts, entertainment and cultural events taking place all across Indian Country. Every Thursday morning, we’re delivering a round-up of festivities you might want to check out, if they’re happening in your area or if you’re traveling.

Today, we talk about Red Earth Festival’s big move, a fest featuring Indigenous films, an event for young Native parents and a quick breakdown of upcoming Powwows.

Grand Casino Hotel Resort. Courtesy Photo.

Oklahoma’s Red Earth Festival moves to Grand Casino Hotel & Resort
June 13-14, 2020
Event Center at Grand Casino Hotel and Resort
777 Grand Casino Boulevard, Shawnee, Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – For more than three decades, the annual Red Earth Festival has spotlighted award-winning Native visual artists.  Now, it’s changing up its location.

This week, festival organizers announced the event is moving from the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City to the Event Center at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. The new location is tribally owned and just minutes east of downtown on I-40.

Now in its 34th year, Red Earth draws thousands of attendees to its three-day, juried arts festival. A diverse selection of art is available for purchase. According to a statement posted on Red Earth’s website, festival organizers are pleased with the move.

“Through the years, Red Earth has matured into one of the most comprehensive Native arts events of its type, providing an outstanding opportunity to experience the unique and varied Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique,” the statement said. “The Grand Event Center & Resort is an impressive venue for the Red Earth Festival. We think you’ll appreciate the on-site 14-story Guestroom Tower with special Red Earth Festival Room Rates, six on-site restaurants, twin rooftop pools, free covered parking, complimentary valet and an available on-site RV Park.”

For those planning to attend, the 2020 event features an array of activities, including: the Red Earth Art Competition, New Sunrise Awards Breakfast, Red Earth Dance & Special Performances and Ask the Experts, among other attractions.

California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival
Feb. 20-22
Pechanga Resort & Casino
45000 Pechanga Pkwy Temecula, California

If you’re in Southern California, and looking for Native-made cinema, you’re in luck. For three days, California’s American Indian & Indian Indigenous Film Festival screens acclaimed films at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, putting deserved attention on contemporary American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors and actors.

The fest kicks off with California Premiere of Blood Memory (Thursday, 7 p.m.). Then, on Friday, the event hosts a “Family Feature,”  nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Friday, 5 p.m.), and also the California premiere of Blood Quantum at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, its screens the California premiere of Sisters Rising (4 p.m.) and then the U.S. premiere of The Grizzlies at 7 p.m. Tickets are available here.

According to its website, the festival offers audiences in Southern California “the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis.” 

Santa Fe Indian Center hosts ‘Gathering for Young Families’
Saturday, Feb. 22
Noon-1 p.m., 1420 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe
Call (505) 660-4210 to RSVP

SANTA FE – For those looking for some extra guidance with raising their little ones, the Santa Fe Indian Center welcomes young Native parents (29 years and younger) to participate in a fun hour of activities and to give input on how Santa Fe can better support your education and career goals as young parents. According to a statement, the event offers free child care, food, drinks and a Walmart gift card.

Aside from special events like this, the Santa Fe Indian Center provides year-round services to Native people in Santa Fe County through emergency financial assistance, programs and events, food, clothing and other Resources. Donations are always accepted.

Later this month, the Santa Fe Indian Center Lecture Series presents “The Ludicrous Authority of Colonization and the Indigenous Dismantle.” This free presentation, held onsite at the center, happens March 5 at 6 p.m.

35th Annual Stan Purser Memorial Powwow Weekend
Feb. 21-22
Port Gamble S’Klallam Gym
31912 Little Boston Rd, Kingston, Washington

Friday, things kick off with Coastal Jam and dinner at 5 p.m. Coastal Singing and dancing to follow. Then, on Saturday, the Powwow starts with a 2 p.m. Feast followed by Grand Entry at 4 p.m. Attendees can expect Intertribal singing and dancing, musical chairs and a candy toss. Along with that, there will be vendors offering jewelry, apparel, décor and more. All dancers, singers and spectators are invited and welcome to attend.  For more information, 

OTHER EVENTS AND POWWOWS HAPPENING SOON:

Honoring our Elders Winter Wacipi
Feb. 21-23
Treasure Island Resort & Casino Event Center
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, Minnesota

Muckleshoot Winter Powwow
Saturday, Feb. 22
Muckleshoot Tribal School
15209 SE 376th Street, Auburn, Washington

6th Annual Princess Place Pow Wow
Feb. 22-23
Princess Place Preserve
2500 Princess Place Road, Palm Coast, Florida

Talking Stick Festival Powwow
Sunday, Feb. 23
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC – Canada

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sand Creek ghosts 'will have something to say'

By The Associated Press - February 19, 2020 at 04:00PM

A place to listen, pray and confront the American violence against Indigenous people



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‘Saturday night’s alright for fighting’

By Kolby KickingWoman - February 19, 2020 at 02:00PM

#KickinWithKolby — Thoughts from a Native sports fan #Sportzball



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Modern day treaty could help make Alaska a model for state-tribal child welfare partnership

By Joaqlin Estus - February 19, 2020 at 12:00PM

Tribes say an end to hostilities with the state of Alaska is long overdue



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HUD announces $655 million in Indian Housing Block Grants

By Native News Online Staff - February 19, 2020 at 11:13AM

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced more than $655 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to nearly 600 Native American Tribes in 38 States. 

The funding is distributed to eligible Tribes and their tribally designated housing entities to carry out a range of affordable housing activities in their communities.

“HUD is committed to helping Native Americans thrive and the funding announced today helps them build sustainable communities,” HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing R. Hunter Kurtz said in a statement. 

Indian Housing Block Grants primarily benefit low-income Native American and Alaska Native families. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the Tribe or its tribally designated housing entity. 

Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, operation and modernization of existing housing, housing services to eligible families and individuals, housing management services, crime prevention and safety activities, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems in Indian Country.

The final allocation summaries are posted on the ONAP Codetalk website.

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The border wall: Skipping tribal consultation, biological diversity

By Cronkite News - February 19, 2020 at 08:12AM

Homeland Security waives more federal regulations to speed construction of border wall



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Rep. Davids Wants Pharma Companies to Include Drugs Prices in Ads

By Native News Online Staff - February 19, 2020 at 08:51AM

Published February 19, 2020 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS-03) wants pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent. Last week, she introduced legislation that would require pharmaceutical companies to include the list prices of their prescription drugs in all direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements.

With prescription drug prices skyrocketing, this legislation intends to holds pharmaceutical companies accountable for their prices.

Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.)

“Big pharmaceutical companies flood Kansans’ airwaves with ads for prescription drugs – but leave us in the dark about the price. My bill will hold pharmaceutical companies accountable to the public for their prices and help to halt the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, so Kansas families can finally have some relief,” said Davids. 

According to Davids, DTC pharmaceutical advertising in the U.S. is unparalleled in the rest of the world – the U.S. and New Zealand are the only two countries that even allow such advertising.

With Americans being bombarded with seeing nine prescription drug advertisements every day, it creates demand for drugs that may not be necessary. The American Medical Association maintains DTC advertising “inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate.”

“Whether it’s a mom worrying about affording insulin for her children or a cancer patient fearing bankruptcy due the price of his life-saving medications, the number one issue Kansans talk to me about is the cost of health care and prescription drugs. Their message is clear: we need leaders in Washington who will stand up to big drug companies and work to lower the rising cost of prescription drugs. And that’s what this bill will help do,” Davids said.

To view the bill, click here.

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