Monday, March 09, 2009

In, like a lamb... Out, like a perch.

"... The crown’s first response was to file an unprecedented countersuit for Kahentinetha and Katenies to pay for Canada's costs. To start they wanted over $20,000 on deposit before the case could be tried, plus all subsequent costs thereafter. They justified this by claiming that Kahentinetha and Katenies are "not residents of Canada". They based this deceptive false argument on an unsubstantiated article from a newspaper published on the internet that speculated that Katenies lived in the U.S. Kahentinetha and Katenies submitted evidence that they live in Akwesasne and Kahnawake which are located in the portion of the colony of Canada known as "Quebec". They are considered residents of Canada by the Canadian government. The court refused to accept the evidence..."

This may explain the bland, yet puzzling letter that I received from the federal government, after writing to complain about the treatment of these two women at the border [As I blogged, last summer.].

The government is claiming that they are not Canadian and must pay for the government to investigate this incident.

The bulls**t signature is a nice touch.

The Peter Van Loan Letter -Can. Minister of Public Safety- scans are reproduced, here (Click to enlarge):

Peter Van Loan Letter 1. Bingorage. Broken Vulture Art.

Peter Van Loan Letter 2. Bingorage. Broken Vulture Art.

[Pics click to enlarge.]
Pulp and paper mill stacks, Fort Frances and International Falls.

pulp and paper mill stacks, fort frances and international falls. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Papier mache flower, with face.

papier mache flower, with face. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

New postings from Tim Giago:

New Tim Giago article, Who Were the Real Victims of Wounded Knee 1973?

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Consideration.

Throwing Tom Daschle Under the Bus

An Indigenous Perspective on the Fairness Doctrine.
"... When it was in full force and up for renewal in 1987, it was vetoed by President Ronald Reagan and when it came up again during the Bush administration, it was vetoed again. Will it be renewed or buried..."

Indigeous People Ask: Where is the Outrage?
"... Last week the Jesuits of Oregon Province in Alaska filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Why were they forced into this action? Because more than 60 lawsuits alleging sex abuse by Jesuit priests have been filed against them and in all, there are 200 known claimants in the five western states covered by the Province. Most of the victims are from Alaska..."

Tim Giago archive, at Huffington Post.

Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art, Feb. 16 to April 19, St. Peter, MN.
"... The aim of the exhibit is to support innovative, emerging artists who, while exploring their Native heritage, are engaged in work of a more experimental nature than what is generally thought of as "Native American Art."

Indian Country TV. New media site from "News From Indian Country" publication.

Shuswap actor, Darrell Dennis has one-man show in New York, "Tales of an Urban Indian". Public Theater, until March 15.
Review of 'Urban Indian', playing at New York's Public Theater, until March 15, 2009. 'Urban Indian' explores beyond Canada's reserves

The Native American Journalists Association, NAJA, is accepting "earlybird" registration for 2009 conference, until April 15, 2009. Runs July 30 - August 1.

Three new permanent exhibits to open at The Sioux City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Centre.
"... The new exhibits highlight the beauty of painted buffalo robes; the vitality of traditional Lakota games; and the persistence of the builders of the Floyd Monument...."

Regional academic helping to compile Morrisseau catalog. Daughter of great Canadian academic Marshall McLuhan among country’s most respected curators who have agreed to compile a comprehensive catalog of troubled painters' works is giving away a VIP pass for gathering of Nations powwow through a online contest. Deadline March 31, 2009.

"Native film bringing home 17th award". it's got Wes Studi starring, so he's bound to bring a certain gravitas to the film.
"Older than America" is the story of a woman’s haunting visions that reveal a Catholic priest’s sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that occurred at a Native American Indian boarding school. "Older than America" is a suspenseful contemporary drama that delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at Indian boarding schools across the United States and Canada..."

New Native Arts blog, sortof; Looking for art jobs in hawaii?

National Geographic seeking entries for its All Roads Film Festival. March 15, 2009 deadline.

Three Native designers featured during Fashion Week.

"Pictorial Beading the Nez Perce Way", through April 8, 2009.
"... exhibit that includes a retrospective of Nez Perce beadwork over the last 160 years, selections from the collections of bead artist Marcus Amerman, and new works from local bead artists will be on display at the Lewis-Clark State College’s Center for Arts & History..."

Lawton Gallery seeks Native American art for fall 2010 exhibition.
"The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery, 2420 Nicolet Drive, is seeking Native American art for an exhibition for fall 2010.

Amii John and Stephen Perkins, director of the Lawton Gallery, are looking for artwork from artists living in the United States and Canada that uses traditional or non-traditional materials to highlight the concerns of contemporary Native American artists and pushes the boundaries of what is considered stereotypical Native American art..."

New Native Blog; The Buffalo Post.
"... I’m hoping I can share more news with readers via my blog. Otherwise, many of these news tidbits might not ever make it into the print edition. I also expect the blog to inspire more interaction with readers, generating an even greater exchange of information. Thanks for joining me in the launch of this new blog..."

30th Anniversary NATIVE AMERICAN FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL, National Museum of the American Indian, NY,NY. March 26-29, 2009.

Short Czechoslovakian news review and interview with Navajo punk band, Blackfire.

A Native blog tracking American Indian Policy.

British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art. Nomination deadline March 31, 2009.

ARTpreneur; as part of this initiative, I will be hanging a new painting at the associated "Artifacts" show.
"This exciting event has been developed strictly for Northwestern Ontario's artists..."

A new Native blog, aggregating underreported Native news and opinion, Aboriginal News Group.

Manitou Island Ojibway country singer, Crystal Shawanda, to perform at the Juno awards, March 29.

Free beading graph paper, PDF downloads from Bead and Button Magazine.

The new-age scourge of "instant shamans and plastic medicine men"; addressed in posting at Shmohawk's Blog.

Short article about James Luna art installation, Take A Picture With A Real Indian.
"... he beckons the crowd once more. However, this time Luna appears in front of the camera wearing a Polo shirt, khaki pants, and loafers. Not surprisingly, the crowd seems less eager to take a photo with a man who proclaims to be Indian but looks strangely like the rest of us..."

Another Native Blog, Musings of a PostIndian Warrior.

Balance of Mother Earth Art Show, Ahtsik Art Gallery, Port Alberni, B.C. April 18th - June 15th, 2009.

An article recounting Sherman Alexie lecture describing his challenging childhood. Native American Writer Details Personal Struggle.

"... The study by Hill Strategies Research (prepared for Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council) revealed that Canada's 140,000 artists had annual incomes that were 37 per cent lower than the average Canadian worker... aboriginal artists garner 30 per cent lower earnings than all other artists at $15,900 annually. The numbers are appalling..."

How to get free radio software, to set up your own radio station. From Media Helping Media.

Aboriginal Underground Art Crawl 2009, March 13, 2009, Victoria, BC.

New York Public Radio podcast of interview with Mohawk artist, Charlotte King.

Rock Art exhibit, at High Desert Museum, Oregon, Feb. 13 - May 31.
"... The sculpture, painting, photography and archeological findings offer varying perspectives of this art form, including numerous samples from Portland artist Lillian Pitt..."

Bio. of Carl Beam.

Artist grants available to USA Native artists, at First Peoples Fund.

New website for Native American Public Telecommunications [NAPT].

Blackfoot tribe in Alberta opened a new museum, but finds obstacles in retrieving historic/prehistoric artifacts from museums and private collections.

Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challengea creative writing contest for young Aboriginal Canadians (ages 14-18 and 19-29). Deadline, March 31, 2009.


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