|10th Annual Potlatch Gala and Silent Auction
An Evening of Celebration and Culture
November 3, 2012
It is our hope that you will join us as we celebrate 10 Years of Giving with the 10th Annual Potlatch Fund Gala on the evening of Saturday, November 3, 2012 as we celebrate and honor the successes and leadership of Northwest Indian Country.
The Potlatch Fund Gala is much more than a fundraising event to benefit Northwest Indian Country. It is an opportunity to raise the profile of the Native community, as a whole, and build relationships with Native leaders, Pacific Northwest Tribes, Native-led nonprofits and others invested in Northwest Indian Country.
Participation at our Gala is critical to help us meet the needs of Northwest Indian Country. The Potlatch Fund Gala is true to its roots: money raised will be reinvested in Tribal communities and Native initiatives through our Grantmaking Program and Capacity Building Trainings.
Sponsorship of our 2012 Gala will show your support for the important work Potlatch Fund conducts in partnership with Tribal communities and Native organizations throughout the Northwest.
In the spirit of the potlatch we ask for your support,
The Board and Staff of Potlatch Fund
|The Evening in Brief
Tulalip Resort – 10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard, Tulalip, WA 98271
5PM – Reception with Silent Auction
Celebrating Native art and artists
7PM – Dinner with Program
2011 Gala Video
|Our Hands are Raised in Appreciation of our
Current Sponsors and Table Hosts
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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding to Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Rural Communities
DES MOINES, Iowa, August 14, 2012 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that 41 community-based organizations have been selected for funding to create jobs and support rural business development.
“USDA has a strong partnership with rural citizens and communities to bring increased economic opportunity,” Vilsack said. “These grants are investments that will help organizations build the capacity and expertise of local businesses, which in turn will spur economic activity and strengthen rural economies. ”
For example, in Polk County, the Iowa Economic Development Authority is receiving a $200,000 grant to help revitalize the historical commercial district. The authority will work with businesses on ways to highlight local events and community attractions, take advantage of tax credits, and promote local attractions through branding and marketing campaigns.
In Longmont, Colo., the First Nations Development Institute has been selected for a $50,000 grant to provide training and technical assistance to a Native American non-profit organization and two tribes to assist with capacity building. Zender Environmental Health and Research Group is receiving a $183,862 grant to train unemployed, rural Alaskan members in of seven Federally recognized Tribes for environmental technician jobs.
The funding announced today is being provided through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI). It helps community-based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. Recipients are required to obtain matching funds, which increase the value of the grants.
Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement. For a complete list of projects, click here.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.
USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
Urban American Indian Alaska Native Education Alliance
On June 14th 2012 Native students, family members, and community gathered at Indian Heritage cafeteria to honor our Native graduates in our 5th Annual Rites of Passage Native Graduation Ceremony. The Urban AI/AN Education Alliance served as hosts for this event, with the generous fiscal support of the Puyallup Tribe. Our Rite of Passage ceremony holds special meaning given the plethora of challenges experienced by our Native learners. These challenges range from lack of culturally responsive materials and instruction, limited academic resources, inadequate social/ cultural support, and most impactful an educational system which excludes or diminishes and devalues our Native worldview, experience, perspective and sadly our ‘voice’. Institutionalized racism is commonly experienced in many forms sometimes in the form of micro aggressions and micro assaults and other times through district neglect of our unique cultural and academic needs. In addition, Native students must contend with overcoming the pressures to conform to mainstream values, attitudes, and beliefs. In spite of the cultural barriers our Native graduates overcame the challenges and have succeeded in attaining their high School diplomas, and our 8th graders are successful in transitioning into high school.
There were over 130 participants sharing in a bountiful traditional feast consisting of delectable soups ranging from Nettle Soup, Pazole, Elk Stew, Clam Chowder, and Chili. Numerous community members donated their time to prepare and serve for this spectacular demonstration of Indigenous culinary splendor.
The evening began with the melodic voices of lead singer Lorraine Bayes and the Seattle Clear Sky Youth singing the Cherokee morning song. In following protocol elder Alice Tu shared a beautiful blessing. Following our dinner feast Coin twins (Southern Express Drum group) sang a traditional welcome song followed by Master of Ceremony Robert Fredrickson who artfully orchestrated the graduation ceremony. Student selected speaker Julia Wilson-Peltier captured the audience’s attention with her inspiring activism and enthusiasm for community Service as co-founder of Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth Council, and founder of Native Club at Nathan Hale H.S. Miss Indian Nation Shanoa Pinkham conveyed a powerful message about Tribal identity, volunteerism and finding your passion while pursuing higher education. Finally Key Note Speaker Gyassi Ross shared a compelling speech inspired by Martin Luther’s belief in ‘Doing what is right because it is the right thing to do’ This approach to life and the journey each graduate is embarking on invoked deep reflection on choices we make and importance of the past generation’s sacrifices made for the opportunities students have in today. Students today benefit from our ancestors sacrifices. And ‘pay it forward’ is their responsibility, because ‘It is the right thing to do.’
In addition to honoring our Native 8th and 12th grade graduates we also recognized Outstanding Educators/Ally’s, and ‘Exceptional Community Service’ award.
The 8th grade and 12 grade honorees each received a gift bag with various items which represent cultural/traditional significance such as: abalone shell, sage bundle, sweet grass braid, Coast Salish and/or contemporary Native prints, ‘Good Road to Life’ t-shirt, scarf, certificate, and gift cards.
We would like to thank our volunteer supporters who made this event a success; Pam Nason, Blaine Parce, Michael Desante, Jessica V, Karen Elliott, Fern Renville, Vicki and Scotti Pinkham, Labateya Youth Home, SIHB, Robin Wilson and Daryl, Mark Peltier, Michael Tulee, and Florence Kay Fiddler, Ravi and Jeff Smith, UAI/ANEA Board members, Linda Hill, PAL, John and Jill LaPointe, and Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth and SACNAS members.
Urban Native Education Alliance
5th Annual Native Pride Basketball Camp 2012
The 5th Annual Native Pride Basketball camp was a spectacular success! This event was organized by Urban Native Education Alliance. Our co-sponsors included: SIHB Spirit Walk Fund, Beck Thompson and Family, Peak Sports and Fitness, (SPS) Nathan Hale Native Club, and Muckleshoot Tribe. We are incredibly thankful for all our volunteer support staff, cooks, and volunteer instructors, they all generously gifted our event with their time, energy and expertise.
The camp focus was twofold: develop basic basketball fundamentals and instructing youth on cultural values and how these values transcend their role as valued tribal members and athletes. Native “Warrior” concept was utilized to prompt dialogue for deepening the discussion on the responsibilities that
an athlete has in our contemporary Native society. Many tribal values are shared intertribal universals such as: cooperation, holistic balance, mutuality, self-discipline, responsibility to family and community, interdependency, respect for self and others. As athletes these concepts are demonstrated both on the court and off the court. Tribalism and athletics both work synergistically to strengthen core identity, build self-confidence and self-esteem. Modern society offers few platforms or “stage” opportunities for our urban Native youth to stand out amide the fabric of our multicultural society, however, as an athlete Native youth become elevated to a visible status. The “stage” becomes the basketball court. This particular “stage” provides visibility and thereby increases the Native athlete’s personal responsibility to themselves, team, family, tribe and intertribal community.
Illuminating these elements promotes personal awareness, and increases Native youth understanding of the importance in making healthy lifestyle choices, and understanding the inherent privileges associated with being an athlete.
The Basketball camp integrated professional coaching staff with peer instruction, thus increasing the quality and intensity of the basketball drills, and skill development for camp participants. Peer coaching was instrumental in not just community building, but also leadership development, mentoring and role modeling. One peer coach named Angel Tulee (Yakama/Makah) remarked “It is truly gratifying to volunteer as a peer coach, I felt really proud and noticed the kids worked hard, each day I noticed skill improvements and the kids all got along”. Native athletes were responsive to their peer coaches and seemed to thrive on the high expectations set by both coaches and fellow athletes.
Daily talking circle discussions, guest speakers, opening prayer and closing circle sessions laid the framework for the athletes to excel as outstanding athletes and outstanding Native community members. The camp culminated in a grand finale marked by an honoring celebration feast. The feast consisted of Elk stews, spaghetti, French bread, copious amounts of fresh fruit, salad, water, and of course a Costco cake. The nutritious feast was prepared by volunteer UAI/ANEA members and served over 30 family and community members. Each participant received a commemorative camp T-shirt as well as thoughtful words from volunteer coaches.
Highlights of the camp this year includes guest speaker Damian Bell-Holter (Haida) a division I elite basketball player with Oralle Robert University. Damian spoke to our youth about tribal values of giving back to community, importance of loyalty, and reaching for your dreams. Damian is living testimony to the personal power we each hold in believing in our dreams no matter how big. Damian Bell-Holter took pictures, signed autographs, and interacted with our kids throughout the afternoon.
We hope to expand the camp next year and hopefully provide more athletic opportunities for our urban Native youth. Our Native athletes need to have opportunities to develop their skills and reach their potential which requires an active effort by: parents, family members, community members, Native organizations and Native agencies. Together as a community we have the resources to make an impact on the quality of life for our youth, so let’s continue to collaborate, cooperate, and share responsibility for our valued Native youth.
Special thank-you to Pam Nason and family, Rebecca T., Randi K., Greg K. Kaylee K, Gabby and Hanna E., Angel T, Tulee Family, Smith Family, Jessica V, Alice T., Karen S., Josh, Mariel S., Tom S, Maryanne P., Kelli , Julia W-P, Karen E, and Kids, Dr. Jill H, SIHB Spirit Walk Fund, Robert U, Damian B-H., Kalindy and S.O., Geraldine W, SPS Nathan Hale Native Club and Roger Fernandes
July 2012 will go down as the hottest July on record. Coupled with the worst drought since the 1950s, fires have been ravaging Indian Country.
Especially hard hit is the Northern Cheyenne reservation, following a June fire near Ashland, a second fire burned this past week near Lame Deer. The Rosebud complex is comprised of six wildfires and has burned 205 square miles. To the west, a wildfire burned east of Crow Agency at the same time.
The Longhorn complex fires burned 70 square miles on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation at the end of July.
Some of the other reservations that had fires this year are San Carlos Apache, Fort Apache, Fort Yuma, all in Arizona, Southern Ute in Colorado, Western Mohegan in New York, near Flathead in Montana, Yakima and Umatilla in Washington, Pine Ridge in South Dakota, and Fort Hall in Idaho.
Some Indians have lost everything and others endured hardship as they have had to evacuate their homes. During these times, the American Red Cross has been there to assist. Please give to the Red Cross nationally or to a local chapter so they may continue to help those in need. You can specifically state you would like your donation to assist on a reservation. Click here to make a donation.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is hosting a webinar on Aug 29 to provide an opportunity for tribal leaders and tribal citizens to offer their feedback on NCAI’s soon-to-be released—American Indian & Alaska Native Genetics Resource Center. The Center provides an online guide for tribal and other Native communities considering genetics research.
This webinar will demonstrate the resources offered in the guide, provide information on how to use the interactive decision tools, and foster a discussion about what tribes are most interested in learning about with regards to genetics research in tribal communities. Community feedback is essential as NCAI moves forward to release the guide in September 2012.
For the past two years, the NCAI Policy Research Center has been developing this web-based resource guide (genetics.ncai.org) with tools for tribal leaders and citizens to assist in making decisions about genetics research. The guide was developed in response to tribal leaders’ requests for more information on genetics research and does not seek to influence tribes either way about whether or not to participate in genetics research.
The guide provides resources, such as:
• Information on the basics of genetics research
• Tools for making decisions about genetics research and regulating genetics research, including interactive decision guides and checklists
• Examples of how tribes are developing policies for engaging with genetics research
• Contact information for Native scientists involved in genetics research
• Information on tribal enrollment and genetics testing
• Templates for developing research agreements and informed consent forms
• Information for researchers seeking to work with tribal communities on genetics research
This project was supported by funding from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Tribal Community Review of the NCAI American Indian & Alaska Native Genetics Resource Center
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
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CCPH Program Assistant
ONE YEAR TO A CAREER – Last Chance to Apply!
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. The first six months of the program focuses on technical and professional skill building, while the second six months focuses on applying these skills through corporate internships. The goal of our program is to provide every student who comes through our doors with the experience they need to launch a successful career and educational pathway for themselves.
In exchange for your commitment Year Up students receive a stipend of $150-$250/week, 18 college credits, tailored support, and entry/connections to leading corporations. There are no tuition costs or fees to participate; however, students are required to show up every day on time and ready to learn!
Who can apply?
You can apply to be a Year Up student if you are:
· 18-24 years old
· High school graduate or GED recipient
· Of low to moderate income
· Have the legal right to work in the U.S
· Available 5 days a week (Mon-Friday) for the full year of the program and highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills
APPLY TODAY: TO ENROLL IN OUR SEPTEBMER CLASS
We have a limited number of seats remaining – classes begin on September 4th
To learn more simply submit an interest form to us online and then respond to our email with the date of the session you will be attending! Go to www.yearup.org and click on apply to find the interest forms.
About Us: Year Up is an award-winning, tuition-free program that prepares urban young adults for corporate careers in Information Technology and success in higher education. Our graduates demonstrate our success. Within 4 months of graduation, 87% of Year Up alumni are employed at competitive wages, or in college full time. Year Up was founded in Boston, MA in 2000 and has since expanded to 9 cities nationwide. Year Up Seattle opened its doors in 2011.
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empowering urban talent to reach their potential
Deadline to apply is this Friday, August 24th, 2012
Mack Strong & Zoe Strong TeamWorks Academy Presents:
Native AC2A Workshop
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Southwest Boys & Girls Club
9800 8th Ave SW, Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98106
Contact: Zoe Higheagle Strong
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