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At night, uncle Dave listens to the voices of the Klamath River as it rounds the last bends on its way to the Pacific Ocean. Each summer, he sleeps just a few feet from the flowing water—water that brings life in waves, just as it has for countless generations of his people. Fish camps like this have been a fixture of Yurok life for thousands of years.
It was a joy to talk with Kenny Ramos about his upbringing on the Barona Band of Mission Indians Reservation, his perspectives as a young Native person living in Los Angeles, and his participation in the spring 2016 run of Urban Rez.
Since 2014, Abran Lopez of the Amah Mutsun Tribe has worked diligently to reconnect with the burning methods his Mutsun ancestors implemented for generations to tend, heal, and rejuvenate their natural world. Abran has worked at the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, where Chairman Valentin Lopez’s vision has returned land in the Quiroste Valley to indigenous stewardship.
A powerful initiative “to empower a new generation of young leaders with healthy minds, bodies, and spirits empowered to create health, economic equality, and environmental justice” is being driven by a group of tribal men in the Pacific Northwest through an organization called the Warrior Institute.
I can't say how many times people—mostly women— from other tribal communities have asked me about Michael Mirelez. “Do you know him?” “Who is he?” “What’s he like?” Thus, part of the reason I am writing this is so that I can finally have something to refer everyone to. But mostly,
I chose to do this interview with Mike because he’s worthy of this write up.
Ral christman is the type of high school social studies teacher that I imagine we all would have wanted. He’s “too cool for school,” sporting a San Diego Chargers jacket and driving a 1966 light russet maroon Mustang. For the past ten years, he’s has been teaching at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, the school he and many fellow of his Viejas tribal members attended and graduated from.
On a sunny Big Time afternoon at Chaw’se several years ago, I sat under a tree and lazily shot the breeze with Alan Wallace (Nisenan/Washoe). After the usual wisecracks, I asked Alan how his work teaching the Nisenan language was going. He smiled slyly and handed me a sheaf of papers—the outline of a libretto for a musical based on the Gold Rush, sung all in Nisenan.
El Capitan, reviewed by Ishmael Elias, and An American Genocide, reviewed by Tony Platt.
Reviewed by Ishmael Elias.
Abuse is a part of our tribal communities. It is not a part that we want to acknowledge, not even a part we will always admit to, but drug and alcohol, physical, sexual, and spiritual abuse are, in some cases, more a part of our community than tradition and culture.
My journey as a paddler began with a dream, a dream that came to my aunt Cindi Alvitre years before I was born.