Indigenous Film Night, Sept 13 in NYC

Film night to celebrate indigenous peoples’ cultures and identities in cities On 13 September, the United Nations will open the doors to an indigenous film night, paying tribute to the many indigenous peoples, living and sustaining their cultures in the world’s biggest cities far from their ancestral homes. Through Reaghan Tarbell’s documentary “To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey” (2009), we will meet the courageous Mohawk women who sustained a vibrant community in Brooklyn, while Mohawk … [Read more...]

Cherokee heritage, and Native American warriors had similar code

8 Ways to Become More like a Hero by Denise Linn I was on a flight into San Francisco and I surreptitiously noticed the young man sitting next to me in the middle seat. He radiated a calm centeredness. He didn’t seem to be squirming in the struggle for “personal boundaries” that so often accompanies those who are stuffed into tight middle seats. As I’m always intrigued to find out what beliefs are held by those who seem at peace, amidst the chaos of everyday life, I engaged him in … [Read more...]

Aids.gov, What Does Two-Spirit Mean?

March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the terrible toll that HIV/AIDS continues to take on Native American populations. HIV/AIDS is a crisis that affects many American Indians and Alaska Natives, but particularly Two-Spirit individuals, who often experience stigma and discrimination in both Native and mainstream society. What Does Two-Spirit Mean? The term “Two-Spirit” has several meanings within Native cultures and communities, but it is … [Read more...]

March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD)

Wednesday, March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). While American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 1.7% (5.2 million people) of the total US population and accounted for <1% of new HIV infections in the U.S., but have one of the shortest survival times after HIV or AIDS diagnosis of all race/ethnicity groups. According to the CDC, when population size is taken into account, American Indians and Alaska Natives ranked fifth in estimated rates of HIV/AIDS diagnosis, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving, putting back the ‘Thanks’ into this Holiday

In the United States, fall marks a trifecta of holidays that snowball, picking up speed as they carry us,—often chaotically—from October through the New Year. The party starts with the distinctly non-religious (some would say pagan) celebration of Halloween; progresses to the spiritually inclusive embracing of gratitude that is Thanksgiving; and culminates in various religious observances ranging from Christmas to Hanukkah to Kwanza. Sadly, long before we reach Thanksgiving Day, we are already … [Read more...]

Wilma Mankiller – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is honored to Celebrate the Life of this embodiment of spirit, a woman that has devoted her life to the betterment of others. Born of Cherokee heritage, this woman has gone to far reaching lengths to empower the people of her birth. We are elated to pay this Tribute to such an amazing powerhouse of a woman!   WOMAN of ACTION™     Wilma Mankiller "We are a revitalized tribe. After every major upheaval, we have been able to gather together … [Read more...]

Diane Longboat – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this soul filled spirit in a human body. Devoted to her cause, as Speaker of the Governing Council.       WOMAN of ACTION™     Diane Longboat       Speaker of our Governing Council Diane Longboat, Kahontakwas, a Mohawk, Turtle Clan woman from Six Nations, is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher of Indigenous spiritual ways and a healer. She is a professional educator, … [Read more...]

PMO – Prime Minister of Canada on National Aboriginal Day

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Aboriginal Day June 21, 2011 Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark National Aboriginal Day: “Today we honour and celebrate Aboriginal peoples in Canada on this, the 15th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. “In addition to their remarkable art and culture, which continue to be an integral part of Canadian identity, Aboriginal peoples make enormous contributions to this country every … [Read more...]

Celebrate Today: National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day‏!

    National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day     March 20,011   The four seasons are highly respected in many cultures because they so closely represent the cycle of life. Spring represents a time of equality and balance. It is a time of profound change, new beginnings and birth. For these reasons, spring was chosen as the time to hold the first National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 2007. March 20th, 2011 marks the fifth annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). HIV … [Read more...]

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