One of the biggest stories in the news last week was Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is defined by the Federal Communications Commission as “Open Internet;” although they make no mention of platforms or services. The FCC does not currently have jurisdiction to regulate the internet; hard to believe isn’t it?
Posts tagged ‘American Indians’
Last week, I was honored to be a part of Steven Yazzie‘s Indigenous Tours Project. This series of art works are narratives of Indigenous people and they function as a community outreach project that reinterprets land, peoples, and histories. Steve is a Navajo/Laguna multidisciplinary artist working out of Phoenix, Arizona. He’s a painter, sculptor, performance, installation, and film/video artist.
Have you heard the term “Maker Movement?” According to Techopedia, “The maker movement is a trend in which individuals or groups of individuals create and market products that are recreated and assembled using unused, discarded or broken electronic, plastic, silicon or virtually any raw material and/or product from a computer-related device.” It’s kind of a more formalized name for the folks who have been part of the do-it-yourself or DYI lifestyle or ethic in a mash-up with technology.
Next week, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is hosting the 2014 Annual Tribal Nations Legislative Summit and 113th Congress Executive Council. Aimed at connecting Tribal leadership with governmental leadership the event is scheduled for March 11-13, 2014 with most events taking place in the Westin Washington City Center, Washington, DC.
In advance of this meeting, Jodi Gillette, the Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council, released in a blog post both the Synopsis for the the 2013 Tribal Nations Conference and the 2013 White House Tribal nations Conference Progress Report.
Out west, where the drought reigns supreme and our days are already in the 80s, it’s Heard Indian Market Weekend. The crown jewel is the Heard Museum Guild Fair and Market, but there are five other great openings orbiting around this event. It’s going to be a busy weekend and guess what, our drought is going to end; we’re supposed to get an inch of rain during market weekend! Please come out and support Native arts despite any inclement weather.
At a recent art opening, I saw something I hadn’t seen in a long time—truly different Native American art—work that didn’t build on anything I’d seen before, yet had all the historic and contemporary cultural references that make it Native American art with one important distinction, this work resists labels and categorization.
Dr. Traci Morris Presents Data Findings on Tribal Digital Inclusion from Forthcoming ATALM Study at Tribal Telecom Conference
Homahota Consulting’s Traci Morris, also an Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Advisory Council member, spoke on February 10th, 2014 at the Tribal Telecom 2014 Conference. As a co-author of the forthcoming Digital Inclusion in Indian Country: A National Study on the Role of Tribal Libraries, along with Miriam Jorgensen, Research Director for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. Morris presented preliminary data from the Study regarding the state of the digital divide in Indian Country to be released later this spring.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) recently released the fiscal year 2015 Indian Country Budget Request. This document is compiled in collaboration with tribal leaders, Native organizations, and Tribal budget consultation bodies and is intended to guide the Congress for use in the appropriations process for Indian Country.
State of Indian Nations | National Congress of American Indians
1/30/14 | Delivered by President Brian Cladoosby
On Thrusday January 29th, 2014, the National Congress of American Indians hosted the 12th Annual State of Indian Nations event. It was the first SOIN presented by the new NCAI President Brian Cladoosby. As usual, the event followed the State of the Union by a few days. Hosted at the Newseum in Washington D.C.; the event is streamed live and posted for viewing later (see the rebroadcast here). Listen to an interview with President Clasoosby on NPR here.
Chances are, you’ll be watching the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend and chances are, you’re excited to see the big-time advertisements too. As we know, companies go all out for this broadcast and there are often some memorable commercials. Well, we think you’ll be moved by the ad that National Congress of American Indians has just released. In fact, word on the street is that it isn’t just a piggyback ad, but that it will actually be aired during the Super Bowl. It’s titled Proud to Be.