The Seattle Indian Health Boards Community Services programs were involved in outreach at the Port Gamble Tribal Journeys Landing July 13, 2010. It was a joy to see the joining of communities on their way to the final destination at Neah Bay, WA, home of the Makah. Tobacco prevention “Breath Life into Our Traditions” eco-friendly bags were handed out along with “Kick Butts” buttons, and SIHB Community Services pens. It was a delight to see Lummi’s “Smokes not Strokes” campaign T-Shirts! Photos by Chris Chastain.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation commemorated two historic milestones at its Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow, held July 16-18, 2010 at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. This year marked both the 40th anniversary of the takeover at Ft. Lawton by Native activists that led to the founding of the organization, and the 25th anniversary of the annual pow wow itself. Complete with a wonderful coastal grand entry, salmon dinner, and honoring of the original takeover participants, this years powwow was a wonderful event! Be sure to check out their Facebook site for many photos and links to the TV spotlights by King 5 News and KIRO-TV!
By Ken Gordon, Potlatch Fund, Executive Director
It is another beautiful day here in the Northwest. As long term readers may recall last year Dana Arviso and I both participated in events which were part of the 2009 Seattle Marathon.
We did this so that we could stay fit and also to raise funds for Potlatch Fund. We were very successful with both goals. Dana and I both finished our events, met our goal times and together with all of our matching dollars we were able to raise about $6,000 for Potlatch Fund.
This event also inspired the entire staff. This year the entire staff has been working out, training and participating in running events. At the very start of summer we all participated in a 5km run organized by King County (the Big Backyard 5k fun run). This weekend just gone Heather Miller and Dana both did a 10km event. I also did the half marathon at the Rock and Roll event held in Seattle on June 26.
I haven’t been writing about running so much as I have had a series of injuries which has dramatically been slowing me down. I tore my calf muscle last year while preparing for the Seattle Marathon, and while I was able to get through that event (with a good time for an old timer like me) basically if I accelerate or try to quickly dodge something then my calf gets re-injured. This happened most recently at the Rock and Roll event when I tore my calf muscle yet again at the 20km mark and had to hobble home for a very slow last kilometre.
I have been seeing a great podiatrist for feet issues (Dr Warnerkross) and he advised me to see an equally great PT (Jutta Schneider) who can hopefully get my calf right. Jutta has told me that I can’t do any running until the strength and flexibility in my left calf at least matches the right side.
All that said I am signed up to do the Seattle Marathon again this year. I am going to make it so. Heather has signed up for the half marathon, and Dana, Kelly Gemmell and Lawrence Leake will most likely either do the 5km or 10km events.
We are doing this because (all evidence to the contrary) it is fun. There is also a great running tradition in Indian Country and this is one of those sports that you can do with very simple equipment. And yes we are also doing it as a fundraiser.
I am kicking off the fundraising by pledging $2 for every km run by the Potlatch Fund team. My podiatrist Dr Warnerkross has also committed to the event – but I still have to nail him down for an actual amount. All sponsorships will be announced on this blog (unless of course you wish to be anonymous), and at this stage we have confirmed that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give us a dollar for dollar match from all donations made by individuals. Essentially my $2 per km pledge will become a $4 per km of cash in our hands thanks to the Gates match.
These funds all come to Potlatch Fund. They do not come personally to any of the staff, and all contributors will receive a tax receipt for their contribution. The funds will be used for our program work in Indian Country and for regranting.
Lastly, we are also looking for people who will join the team and who can also participate in the event as a fundraiser for Potlatch Fund.
I want to thank everyone who supported this event last year and open up the opportunity for new supporters this year.
If you have any questions you can call me or any of the Potlatch fund staff on 206 624 6076.
Naku noa Ken Gordon
By Ken Gordon, Potlatch Fund, Executive Director
Potlatch Fund announced today that it would be working over the next year to find a new Executive Director to take over from existing ED Ken Gordon when his contract concludes in August 2011.
This transition is supported both by the Potlatch Fund Board and Mr Gordon. When Mr Gordon was initially hired he stated “my goals are to stabilize the organization; enable it to grow in a planned and thoughtful way and prepare Potlatch Fund so it is strong and growing for a Native American leader who can take the organization to the next stage”.
Initially the Potlatch Fund Board had thought that this transition could take place in 2009, however the changes in the broader economy meant that stability became a more important goal during this difficult time. Mr Gordon’s contract was therefore extended to 2011 to ensure this stability.
Potlatch Fund President Jim Thomas said “we are now in a position where we feel confident that we can manage this important transition. The Board and Mr Gordon are both committed to making this a seamless process, and by doing that, positioning Potlatch Fund to continue its growth and the significant impact that it is making in Indian Country.”
The formal announcement of this transition process is being made now, so that prospective candidates can contact the organization and factor this potential role into their own plans.
“Ideally, our new American Indian or Alaskan Native ED will commence in June 2011, and Mr Gordon will remain on board to help with the orientation of the new person through to August 2011” Mr Thomas said.
Potlatch Fund is a Native American led foundation and leadership development organization that works to both build upon and inspire philanthropy towards and for Native American and Indian communities in the broad Northwest region. It has an annual budget of approximately $800,000 per year and a staff of five. It provides grants and technical assistance of about $600,000 per year to small and emerging Native projects in its region. The technical assistance program provides capacity building services to approximately 500 – 600 people a year. Finally it works with mainstream funders to educate them about the assets, needs, issues and structures in Indian Country.
Mr Gordon came to Potlatch Fund following a career in public service and philanthropy in New Zealand. Following his transition from the ED’s role, he has offered to become a Board Member and has a long term desire to remain in philanthropy with a focus on communities such as those that he has worked with successfully with Potlatch Fund.
For comments please contact:
Jim Thomas, President, 306 961 4429
or Ken Gordon, Executive Director, 206 624 6076.
M’Girl [pronounced ma-girl], an Aboriginal Women’s Ensemble is: Renae Morriseau, Sheila Maracle and Cheryl L’Hirondelle.
M’Girl’s harmonies incorporate the sounds of R&B, blues, folk/roots, house and world beat with traditional Aboriginal melodic phrasing, songforms and rhythms. Though officially performing together now for over three years, their personal artistic and musical histories spans throughout each of their lives – they were so born to do this! The message in the music is an emergence of cultural ideals and worldviews from the perspectives of their Metis/Cree (Nêhiyawin), Ojibway and Mohawk backgrounds.
Listen to some of their work: http://www.myspace.com/mgirlmusic
by Stephen Brown Grand Rapids, Michigan (ENI).
A global Protestant body representing 80 million Christians has issued an apology for the role played by churches in perpetrating abuse against Native Americans, First Nations and other indigenous peoples.
“We … repent of our history littered with ways in which we have betrayed Gospel values of justice, fairness, and love for our neighbour … by the confiscation of land, and mass killings,” delegates at the founding meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches said in a 26 June statement.
See the full story here: http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=4215
Posted on July 17, 2010 at 5:57 PM
One of the biggest accomplishments of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is the Labateyah Youth Home in Seattle. It’s the largest and most successful housing programs for homeless youth in our state.
Watch a peice by King-5 on Labateyah! – http://www.king5.com/video?id=98679879&sec=549122
Choctaw Code Talkers, a compelling documentary about America’s World War I heroes, comes to public television in Fall 2010
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) proudly announces the release of a new documentary that examines the pivotal role that Choctaw soldiers played in helping shape an earlier end of World War I.
In 1918, not yet citizens of the United States, Choctaw members of the American Expeditionary Forces were asked by the government to use their Native language as a powerful tool against the German Forces in World War I, setting a precedent for code talking as an effective military weapon and establishing them as America’s Original Code Talkers.
Co-produced by Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., Valhalla Motion Pictures and Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT), Choctaw Code Talkers will transport viewers back to World War I for an intimate and engaging look into the lives of these brave men, their families, their dreams and their patriotism to a country who would remember them as heroes, but not until after their death.
Educational Version Available September 23, 2010; retail price $225.00
Home Version Available October 23, 2010; retail price $29.95
Learn more here – http://www.nativetelecom.org/choctaw_code_talkers
Find your station here – http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html
For your next bbq get together bring this great Navajo Corn-Cheese Pudding instead of Macaroni salad! Its easy to make and tastes great too.
2 cups corn kernels, best if scraped from the cob
3/4 cup milk
1 and 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup shortening, melted for easy mixing
2 egss, beaten well
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tps sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, cubed or large grated
2 roasted green chilies – peeled, seeded, and chopped (like less heat? try rinsing the chili after you take the seeds out, or only putting in one chili).
In a mixing bowl, combine corn kernels and milk, then add in cornmeal and shortening. Mix well before adding eggs, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Stir well. Finally mix in cheese and chilies. Pour into a baking pan and pake at 400 degrees for 45 mins. (Serves about 6) Best sereved warm
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