Friday, February 17, 2017

'Part-Time Indian' Film Will Cast Native American Actors In Main Role

Photo Courtesy of BDG Media Inc. 
December 13, 2016.
As Kristian Wilson of has reported, Sherman Alexie recently revealed his movie, based off of his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian, is casting lead roles to Native American actors with the intention of making the movie "culturally authentic." The successful novel brings "diversity" to the collection of young adult books. Moreover, it sheds light onto the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the media, as well as the infringement on SAG-AFTRA with Native Americans in Hollywood.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

First humans arrived in North America a lot earlier than believed

Horse mandible from Cave 2 which shows stone tool cutmarks.
Photo courtesy of Université de Montréal.
January 16, 2017.
A new study by Ariane Burke, a professor from the Université de Montréal's and her student assistant, Lauriane Bourgeon, have discovered ancient man made tool marks on a horse mandible and published their results with Science Daily and Plos | One. With the help of carbon dating from "Dr. Thomas Higham, Deputy Director of Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit", it has been shown that the horse mandible is ~10,000 years older than the previous oldest fossil.

"The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now been set back 10,000 years"!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Little Bighorn Battlefield Among National Parks Offering Fee-Free Days

Photo courtesy of National Park Services/S. Smith
January 11, 2016.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is among National Park Service sites offering a number of fee-free days in 2017, the second of which will be February 20th, Presidents' Day.

For many years, the Native Americans were not recognized in their part of the Battle of Little Bighorn; particularly how "12 companies of the Seventh Cavalry were defeated by Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors". In 1991, President George H.W Bush signed legislation to rename the General Custer Memorial to recognize the Native Americans who fought valiantly at Little Bighorn to protect their homeland and their traditional ways of life. 

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

President Obama Designated Bear Ears and Gold Butte National Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument.
Image Courtesy of Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.

December 28, 2016
Native News Online reported that Ex-President "Obama designated two new national monuments, protecting sacred sites, spectacular scenery, and important natural and cultural resources in the desert landscapes of southeastern Utah and southern Nevada". These two monuments are Bears Ears National Monument and Gold Butte National Monument.

The Bears Ears National Monument is located in Utah and
"gets its name from the iconic Bears Ears Buttes, two distinctive
geological formations in the center of lands that are considered
sacred by tribes in the region."

The Gold Butte National Monument is "located in Clark County, 
Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas." It "includes
abundant rock art, archeological artifacts, and rare fossils, including 
recently discovered dinosaur tracks dating back hundreds of 
millions of years." It also "provides protections for important Native 
American historical sites, as well as areas that are currently used 
for traditional purposes by tribes."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sequoyah (Cherokee) To Grace 2017 Native American Dollar Coin Design

Photo courtesy of Chris Costello

"On Friday, December 9, the United States Mint unveiled the one-year-only design that will appear on the reverse of next year’s 2017 Native American dollar. The coin features Sequoyah, who created the Cherokee syllabary."

The Secretary of State Hoskin of the Cherokee Nation released a public statement on Friday saying "U.S. dollar coin is a wonderful national recognition for our tribe’s renowned statesmen and creator of the Cherokee syllabary." and even mentions how this year shines the light on how critical American Indians played in the development of "... our great country". 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

What Was Ours Documentary

Documentary Trailer Courtesy of PBS' Youtube Channel.

"For the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds, but also offers the possibility for healing. In What Was Ours, Jordan Dresser, a young Arapaho journalist, and Mikala SunRhodes, a teenage powwow princess, travel with Philbert McLeod, a Shoshone elder whose last trip off the reservation was when he left to fight in Vietnam, to search for missing artifacts in the vast archives of Chicago’s Field Museum. There they discover a treasure trove of ancestral objects, setting them on a journey to recover what has been lost, and build hope for the future."

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Newark Earthworks Center Receives Scenic Ohio Award!

Newark Earthworks Center Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith and
 former director Dick Shiels receive the 2016 Scenic Ohio Award.

The Newark Earthworks Center is proud to announce it is one of six organizations to
receive a 2016 Scenic Ohio Award in recognition of their collective work to preserve
earthworks sites in Ohio. These earthworks sites are the Newark Earthworks,
Great Serpent Mound, Fort Ancient and Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks. The 2016
Scenic Ohio Award recipients also include National Park Service, Ohio History
Connection, Dayton Society of Natural History, Arc of Appalachia
and Explore Licking County.

The Scenic Ohio Awards recognize community organizations, government agencies, 
and individuals who have improved, conserved, protected and enhanced
Ohio's scenic resources.

Ohio's role as an integral cultural crossroads throughout history is exemplified by unique American Indian earthworks. Ohio has two current American Indian World Heritage
nominations, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks and Serpent Mound. The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks consists of three major sites from across Ohio: the Newark
Earthworks, Hopewell Culture National Historic Park, and Fort Ancient State Memorial.
All were constructed during the Hopewell Cultural period 2,000 years ago (100  B.C. - 400 AD)
and are noted for their geometrical precision and enormous scale. At a quarter of a
mile long, Serpent Mound is the largest documented surviving example of an
ancient effigy mound in the world. 

Ohio's earthworks are poised to join such cultural icons as the Pyramids of Giza,
the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and the Acropolis as World Heritage Sites through
the nomination process of UNESCO. The World Heritage Program was established to
recognize and encourage the protection of the world's most important cultural and natural treasures. Over 1,000 sites have been inscribed; only 23 of them in the United States.

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      Thursday, December 29, 2016

      Holidays Heads Up

      Even though our blog is off hiatus you may have noticed we have not been posting much. A variety of factors have decreased a few of our project timelines and as such I have been reading copious amounts of reference material but have not had as much time for exploratory research. 😌 I hope you will check out our Facebook Page  for current news updates, and remember to visit our Youtube Channel which hosts a few of our past lectures!

      Right now I am in the depths of reading UNESCO World Heritage nominations and summarizing my findings. The Newark Earthworks Center, as a member of the World Heritage Ohio Executive Planning Committee, wants to create the best World Heritage nominations possible for Ohio's Hopewell Ceremonial Sites and Serpent Mound to ease the creation of outstanding outreach and management plans.

      So Interim Director Marti Chaatsmith and I are reading nominations to discover to what degree descendant communities are incorporated in the management of their cultural sites, how that could be extended further, and referencing the dossiers against current management plans, educational materials, and online presence. We will resume posting as soon as we can.

      Best Wishes and Happy Holidays,
      -Megan Cromwell.