Cesar Arturo Chaparro, 42, of Covington, Washington is held in King County Jail on suspicion of four counts of first-degree attempted murder and three counts of domestic violence.
By Marylin Bard July 24, 2011
I am going to speak on behalf of my father and take you back through some 22 years or more of the history of the Paddle to Seattle, share his recollections and those of others who were first involved in the project, and what it has become today.
PORT GAMBLE S’KLALLAM RESERVATION, Wash. — The canoe journeys are a new tradition for a very old people, but they already have one rigid rule that everyone knows not to break.
By Mark Trahant
June 13, 201
How bad is this economy? Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote in the Financial Times this week that the United States is now halfway to a lost economic decade (similar to Japan’s) and that the number of working Americans has dropped from 63.1 percent to 58.4 percent. A net loss of more than 10 million jobs. (FT.com: “How to Avoid Our Own Lost Decade,” registration required.)
Microsoft is working on a social search application called Tulalip to compete with the Google Social Search application. Some members of the Tulalip Tribes, based in Snohomish County, Washington—not far from Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, just east of Seattle—are upset the computer conglomerate didn’t ask for permission, reported TechFlash.
Mary Helen Cagey, Lummi, and her family offer an Honor Song at Coast Salish Day, July 9 in Bellingham, Washington. She said the song came to her family a couple of years back. “When the song came, it showed me all the struggles we have gone through. But without those battles, we wouldn’t have victories in the end.”
Bernie Whitebear, the Native American activist who devoted his life to pressing for tribal-fishing and land rights in Washington, is now immortalized on the renamed “Bernie Whitebear Way” that leads up to the Daybreak Star Center at Discovery Park.
By Amy Harris
Seattle Times staff reporter
By Coast Salish Gathering News July 27, 2011
In May, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed into law a bill that will replace current critical-areas regulations that apply to agricultural lands with a bureaucratic system relying on voluntary measures to protect salmon habitat.
For Immediate Release:
NAPT Helps Fund Six Multimedia Summer Internships with
Lincoln, Neb.: Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT) and Longhouse Media in Seattle, Washington, have partnered to offer six multimedia summer internships on the set of the feature-length film Winter in the Blood, directed by Andrew and Alex Smith. The film, based on a novel by James Welch, is centered around Virgil First Raise (Chaske Spencer of The Twilight Saga) as a man who is not only haunted by the death of his brother, but is also on a search to find his wife, Agnes, who stole his rifle and left town. The search leads Virgil off the Reservation and into an ill-conceived scheme that ultimately leads him risking his own life to save another.
Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw), Executive Director for Longhouse Media, has been leading the multimedia internship initiatives for Winter in the Blood. Rector commented, “The experience and hands-on training for these six Native youth will be phenomenal. More importantly, all of our interns have definitely honed their skills here at Longhouse Media so that when on the set they will be prepared to make the most of this opportunity. When the Winter in the Blood internships are over, they may use these skills to bring their own stories to life through digital media.”
The project goals of Longhouse Media’s Multimedia Internship Program are to ensure and support Native interns in the departments on set, document and edit the behind-the-scenes story from a Native American perspective and to create an online and social networking-based video diary of their experiences on set.
NAPT Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve (Rosebud Sioux) commented, “NAPT is delighted to be able to offer so many multimedia internships this summer. To be able to have the six students working together and learning from each other and more importantly the staff at Longhouse Media, this will most definitely ensure that we can continue a strong tradition of digital storytellers. We are grateful for the partnership with Longhouse Media in helping us achieve this goal.”
Recently, the crew of Winter in the Blood, with the help of Longhouse Media and the multimedia interns, through social media initiatives raised $67,223 towards the film, and in part, to fund the Native intern program, exceeding their goal by over $7,000 with the generous support of Indian Country and Public Television viewers.
The six multimedia interns working behind-the-scenes of Winter in the Blood are:
Jake Hoyungowa (Hopi/Navajo): An avid cinematographer, Hoyungowa’s work includes 2009’s Shimasani along with fellow intern Deidra Lynn Peaches (Navajo) which was accepted by the imagineNATIVE Film Festival and featured in The Smithsonian Showcase in Washington, D.C., and 2011’s The Rocket Boy which showcased at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. Hoyungowa is an alumnus of Outta Your Backpack Media, a youth outreach program. “Working with Longhouse Media as a mentor in filmmaking has given me a greater perspective on being a member in my own Native community and Native lifestyle forgotten to some, however reclaimed by few,” said Hoyungowa.
Rose Stiffarm (Blackfoot/Tsartlip/Cowichan/Cree/Gros Ventre/ Assiniboine/Sioux): An alumnus of the youth theater group Red Eagle Soaring, Stiffarm began studying media at the age of 14. In 2008, she became a mentor for the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience. Rose is also a founding member of the board of directors for Longhouse Media. Recently, she was featured in a profile article in Redwire Magazine. “I am excited to be on set because I believe in the power of storytelling through art and being a leader within the community is important too,” said Stiffarm.
Deidra Lynn Peaches (Navajo): Peaches began her directorial debut when she made Imagine for the National Museum of the American Indian’s showcase “Thanksgiving Revisited: New Views by Young Filmmakers.” In 2008, she participated in the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience. In 2009, her documentary Shimasani along with fellow intern Jake Hoyungowa (Hopi/Navajo) was accepted by the imagineNATIVE Film Festival and featured in the Smithsonian Showcase in Washington, D.C., and 2011’s The Rocket Boy which showcased at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. “I am grateful for the Winter in the Blood Production Team for their recognition of Longhouse Media and Native American talent–it’s community awareness like this, that strengthens and revitalizes the importance of the Native American perspective as we continue on toward a new era of creativity,” said Peaches.
Lauren Monroe, Jr. (Blackfeet): As a self-taught visual artist, Monroe finds himself painting images from his experience of living on the Reservation and continues to find inspiration from his friends and family. Currently, he is finishing a Bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Montana-Missoula and is also working on launching his own silk-screen T-shirt business on the Blackfeet Reservation. “To be part of the creative process in which many other artists collaborate and present ideas not only excites me but inspires me as an artist to continue innovating and refining my own art,” said Monroe.
Shanoa Pinkham (Yakama/Southern Cheyenne): Pinkham has been a part of Longhouse Media for the past five years and has participated in their SuperFly Filmmaking Experience twice. Pinkham, a Communications and Native Studies student at the University of Washington, was named 2011-2012 Miss Yakama Nation where she focuses on advocating for filmmaking and education in her community. Her first film was a documentary on House Bill 1945 on Indian Education in Washington State. She is a program coordinator, filmmaker and mentor for the Yakama Nation Cultural Multimedia Youth Workshop and continues to serve as a college mentor for the Seattle Clearsky Native Youth Council. “Longhouse Media has supported me to explore and strengthen my media skills over the past five years. I look forward to and feel prepared to work on the set of Winter in the Blood as an active participant and contributor to the process.”
Travis Coleman (Ponca): Coleman, a Film student at the University of Montana, formerly worked as a journalist in Great Falls, Montana, and Sioux City, Iowa. His primary focus has been newspaper reporting on Native American Tribes in the areas of politics to cultural events, among other topics. In addition, he studied Journalism at the University of South Dakota and Creative Writing at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. “An opportunity such as this is especially important to me, not only in learning what it takes to make a film but also in terms of working on a project with such deep Native American roots”, said Coleman.
About Longhouse Media
Longhouse Media, a Washington state non-profit organization, serves to catalyze Indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation and social change. Launched in 2005 in part by Executive Director/Co-founder Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw), Longhouse Media draws from the traditional and modern forms of storytelling, cultural identity, teaching and inquiry as based on the technologies of today. For more information, visit
Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT), a non-profit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media. Founded in 1977, through various media-public television, public radio and the Internet–NAPT brings awareness of Indian and Alaska Native issues. NAPT operates AIROS Audio, offering downloadable podcasts with Native filmmakers, musicians and Tribal leaders. VisionMaker is the premier source for quality Native American educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers. NAPT is located at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. NAPT offers student employment, internships and fellowships. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native-produced media. For more information, visit www.nativetelecom.org.