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    This information is delivered to you as part of the mission of the St. Cloud (MN) Human Rights Commission - To provide education and awareness in the areas of Human Rights and Diversity.
    Please distribute this to others. Thank you.

    November is American Indian Heritage Month

    Did you know...

    Since 1900, American Indians and non-Indians alike have sought to recognize the great influence American Indians have had upon the history, cultural development, and continuing growth of the U.S. Selected dates and weeks of varying months were acknowledged until 1976, when Congress authorized a week in October as Native American Awareness Week. Congress continued to enact yearly legislation designating various times until finally in 1990, the month of November was chose because it is traditionally a time when many American Indians hold fall harvest and world-renewal ceremonies, powwows, dances and various feasts.

    Did you know...

    Will Rogers was an American Indian. The Cherokee actor and humorist was born November 4, 1879 in Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oologah, Oklahoma). A home-spun, straight-talking cowboy philosopher, his films include Guile of Woman (1921), The Headless Horseman (1922) and A Connecticut Yankee (1931). Will Rogers died August 15, 1935.

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    U.S. Senator from Colorado, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, is the only American Indian in Congress. He is also a Northern Cheyenne chief and has served in the U.S. Senate since 1992. He is a leader in policy dealing with natural resources and public lands and initiated legislation to found the National Museum of the American Indian within the Smithsonian Institution. He was captain of the U.S. Olympic judo team in 1964 and is a rancher, horse trainer and jewelry designer.

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    Writer & activist Winona LaDuke was Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate in 1996 and 2000. The daughter of an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) father and Jewish mother, she earned a degree in economic development from Harvard and then moved to Minnesota's White Earth reservation, where she still lives. She has written numerous articles and is the author of the novel Last Standing Woman (1997); its final chapter is written in Ojibwa.

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    When asked a preference in racial or ethnic terminology, 49.76% of the people prefer the term American Indian and 37.35% prefer the term Native American. Source: U.S. Census Bureau Survey, May 1995.

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    The ten largest American Indian tribes in 2000 were:
    Cherokee (population 729,533)
    Navajo (298,197)
    Latin American Indian (180,940)
    Choctaw (158,774)
    Sioux (153,360)
    Chippewa (149,669)
    Apache (96,833)
    Blackfeet (85,750)
    Iroquois (80,822)
    Pueblo (74,085)
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000 Summary File 1.

    Did you know...

    An Indian reservation is land reserved for a tribe when it relinquished its other land areas to the U.S. through treaties. Today some reservations have non-Indian residents and land owners. There are approximately 275 Indian land areas in the U.S. administered as Indian reservations. The largest in the Navajo Reservation of some 16 million acres in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. On each reservation, the local governing authority is the tribal government. The states in which reservations are located have limited powers over them, and only as provided by federal law.

    Now you know...

    Please forward to others so they know as well. Thank you.

    Information compiled by:
    James Neppl - Chair
    St. Cloud (MN) Human Rights Commission

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    Wishing you all the Creator's blessings:

    Ron Red Eagle
    Tennessee Native American Convention Caucus Member
    Human by birth
    Ojibwe by blood
    Indian by path
    Child of Mother Earth by privilege

    "If you take the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible IS the wind and the rain." Statement by an anonymous Native

    Before a Mountain can be moved, the pebble must move first. Are you willing to be that pebble? ~ron red eagle~
    Ezaasakwaadek-bkwezhigan ndaa miijin

    ~Though I wear a shirt and tie
    I'm still part red man deep inside!~
    <Paul Revere and the Raiders>

    A very wise old Chief (Archie Mosay) once said to listen carefully when a White man tells you specifically that he won't do this or that, because more often than not he is telling you EXACTLY what he IS about to do.

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