Big Picture Lafayette (Onondaga) visits Brown University!

The Big Picture High School from Lafayette (Onondaga) in New York state came to visit Brown University on Oct. 17, 2014. The MET School and Big Picture Learning Networks are also found here in Providence, RI and they were able to take students to visit Brown University students and faculty demonstrating a Native American presence and positive role modeling aspect for the BP youth. Students from the Native Americans at Brown (NAB) student group gave generously of their time and were supportive of these high school students to continue their education and share their own experiences while Native faculty also shared experiences of what it was like to be teaching at Brown.

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Native Americans at Brown (NAB) give a campus tour to BP students on campus.

The Lafayette BP has traditionally been around 50% or so Onondaga tribal youth as students, as Lafayette is right out of the reservation boundaries. This is noteworthy as most schools have an average of less than 1% of a Native student population. Having worked with Big Picture Learning Networks before and co-founding the Native Student and Family Wellness Initiative, we worked extensively focusing on and improving the Native American student experience in education involving family, community, advocates, and schools network for the wellness and success of our indigenous students, one of the most under-represented and under-served student populations in the country.

We hope that their visit was a positive and uplifting experience and makes their visit to Brown something they want to keep in mind for their own futures, as well as any other continued education they are thinking about pursuing after high school. We emphasized that being either Native American or from Big Picture schools is a great thing because diversity of student body is something these schools want and their backgrounds, cultures, and experiences make attending an enriching and educating experience for everyone. Many thanks to the NAB tour guides and organizers David Stablein (BP Advisor) and Susan Osborn (BP Lafayette Principal). We wish them the best of luck for the future!

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Native Tribal Scholars Native Literature Teacher Angelo Baca to screen new documentary at American Indian Film Festival 2013

Angelo Baca, last summer’s Native Tribal Scholars Native Literature teacher, is going to screen his newest documentary collaboration “Into America: The Ancestor’s Land” at the 2013 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, California on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at noon, Delancey Street Theatre. The film is directed by Nadine Zacharias and is produced by Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Germany.

Into America – The Ancestors Land
Director: Nadine Zacharias
Documentary Feature • 84m • Germany

SYNOPSIS:

An extraordinary couple embarks on a journey INTO the heart of AMERICA starting in the water metropolis of Seattle and heading for THE sacred ANCESTORS’ LAND on the arid Navajo Reservation. Showing a dramatic family portrait of a loving grandmother, Helen Yellowman – an enchanting traditional Navajo storyteller who refuses to speak English – and her adult grandson, Angelo Baca – a young academic who commutes between the two worlds, this road trip reveals an unknown America. As both navigate through America’s contradictions, nonetheless celebrating their strong connection to the homeland, it gradually comes to light: the Ancestors’ Lands are being desecrated.

Thank you to the Native Tribal Scholars program for their support and encouragement with filmmaking and education. I hope that I will get to screen this for the NTS students next year or sometime during this school year to bring the story to their community and educate ourselves as well as others. Thank you to all my native family, friends, loved ones, and of course, my Navajo people.

Sincerely,

Angelo Baca

The American Indian Film Festival’s Website listing is here: http://festival.aifisf.com/program/into-america-the-ancestors-land-2/

The Film’s website blog is here: http://intoamericafilm.wordpress.com/

NOTHING COMMON ABOUT ‘THE COMMONS’: SETTLER COLONIALISM AND THE POLITICS OF INDIGENOUS LAND DISPOSSESSION LECTURE BY KĒHAULANI KAUANUI

Wed, October 9, 2013 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Smith-Buonanno Room 106

Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown (NAISAB) will be hosting a year long lecture series. Our first guest is Kēhaulani Kauanui, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches on colonialism, Native sovereignty and critical race studies. She earned her PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2000. Kauanui is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008), and is currently writing her second book, Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, a critical study of gender, sexuality, and nationalism. She is one of six co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, established in 2008, and has also worked as producer and host of a public affairs radio program, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond,” and an anarchist politics radio show, “Horizontal Power Hour.” Her talk, titled “Nothing Common about ‘the Commons’: Settler Colonialism and the Politics of Indigenous Land Dispossession” is sponsored by the CV Starr Lectureship.

This lecture is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Please support Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown University (NAISAB) and I hope to see some of you there!

The Big Read: Louise Erdrich’s Native Literature classic “Love Medicine” coming to a library near you!

Exhibit open September 27 – October 24, 2013
Exhibit located at Brown University’s Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect St, Providence. See the Library’s website for hours. Visitors without Brown ID will be admitted to view the exhibit. Please be prepared to present a valid photo ID and give the exhibit’s name.
Join us in reading Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine for the 2013-2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, hosted in 2013-2014 in Rhode Island by the Tomaquag Museum. This exhibit focuses on stories that can be told about objects from Ojibwe country, such as beaded bandolier bags and birch bark baskets, from the collection of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University. It highlights the role that objects play in establishing and maintaining identity and relationships over time and across space, foregrounding connections among tribes across the woodland regions of North America, and between American Indian and non-Indian communities. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. http://www.NEABigRead.org
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
Manning Hall
Providence, Rhode Island 02912
(401) 863-5700

This exhibit is available at Brown University at the end of September but “The Big Read” will come to a library near you all year long so keep watch. For more information, please access the Tomaquag Museum info link here: http://www.tomaquagmuseum.com/index.cfm?ac=museum&page=497&kw=Big%20Read%20Events

Six Places to Find College Scholarship for Native Students

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This is an article in Indian Country Today listing six options to look into if you are thinking about how to pay for college. To give you a rough idea, applying for scholarships can be just as financially worth the effort as getting a job which takes your time, energy, and focus away from your class studies. In fact, many native students are capable of going to school with the majority of their tuition coming from scholarships if you are diligent, organized, on-time, and most of all, you apply! This can make all the difference when you go to school, no matter where it is. Good luck!

Native Tribal Scholars Program Family Day Speech

Cedric Cromwell, tribal chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, speaks about the NTS program and the native youth who have successfully completed the program celebrating the students accomplishments.