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We ask the Catholic community to join us in seeking new understanding and awareness of their situation and in committing our church to new advocacy and action with our Native American brothers and sisters on issues of social justice and pastoral life which touch their lives. The feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha is July
While not as high profile as the Keystone XL pipeline, the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners have been trying to construct a nearly twelve-hundred-mile conduit through North Dakota. The struggle for land ownership is nothing new. Yet this particular blending of numerous tribal groups, environmental organizations, and celebrities waging war against the oil industry is the latest in joint efforts raising awareness about potential catastrophes—and climate change.
The tribe is known for its skills at sea and basket weaving. Today, roughly people are tied to or have roots with the tribe, and many live on traditional tribal land in the city of San Gabriel. On Sunday, tribe members wore traditional clothing throughout the ceremony, made up of rabbit skins, necklaces adorned with beads and shells, charcoal-black feathers and yellow garments covered by grass skirting. They participated not just to remember the past but to discover more about themselves, according to participants.
Against this backdrop of violence, warriors like Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse have played recurring roles, but pacifists like Pocahontas have proven more elusive. Despite her status as a key figure in our nation's birth, the Powhatan princess -- a mere 10 to 12 years old when she first befriended the English explorer Capt. John Smith and the Jamestown settlers in -- has been mostly relegated to obscure B movies that relied more on legend than fact.
American Indians are the poorest ethnic group in America. The vast majority live in substandard housing, and about 30 percent live in utter poverty, meaning they are very prone to malnutrition and diseases. The rate of Indian unemployment is as high as 80 percent in some parts of the country.
First, the native music related many aspects such as ritual, life and work. They like to combine music with dance, and the Native American music always created rich percussion instruments. For example, the hand drum, log drum, water drum and rattle, etc.
The White House is trying to argue that the nickname "Pocahontas" is "not a racial slur" against Native Americans after President Donald Trump used it Monday as an insult during a ceremony honoring the Navajo code talkers. It's not the name itself but the way it's used. Trump is using it to attack Senator [Elizabeth] Warren and belittle Native Americans at the same time.