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Empowerment of the Hip Hop Movement

Indigenous Emcee’s Go Global by Jaclyn Bissonette

A revolution is happening within our communities, this revolution is starting with the youth. The youth, our 7th genera- tion, will help to restore traditions and cul- ture that have been lost by our Indigenous people around the globe. This generation will relearn the meaning of spirituality and will rectify the history and oppression that has been placed upon us. There are people out there now who are helping to make a difference in our communities, who are making a difference with our youth through hip hop, breaking and graffiti, this is the hip hop movement. In June of this year, 5 Indigenous artists

set out from the U.S. to go on tour in Europe. Quese Imc., Pawnee and Seminole,

In this issue...

1 Hip Hop Movement Out to Sea with Indian Voices

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Black Indian Issues. Gates DNA Study Who Do You Think You Really Are Survey

Paiute Artist Gets Citation Skookum Creek Partners with Snoqualmie Tribe Pow Wow Dancer Kalim Smith Needs Our Help

4 $1.5 Million in Grants to Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Seminole Tribal Council Reaffirms Commitment Indian National Finals Rodeo Back in the Saddle

5 California Earthquake Authority 6 Future for Native American Youth Tribal Members in Rural America

7 Eating Out of the Same Pot 8-9 Aztec Dancers 10 Prison Reform Ignored on Capitol HIll

Prometheus Radio Project wins Historic Ruling Against FCC

11 Old Town Arts Festival Maritime Museum of San Diego

12 William Loren Katz Friends of First and Forced 13 Browning of American and Derek Hankerson Bandini Pre School Graduation

14 Nevada News....Gambling and the Law Adams ESQ Professional Corporation

15 Reid All About It 16 Soboba Golf Classic

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is based in Oklahoma; Votan Henriguez Maya and Naoa from Los Angeles; traveled with Rebel Diaz, fronted by MC’s Rodstarz and G1, two Chilean brothers who current- ly live in the South Bronx, New York, and D.J. Illanoize. They are social and cultural activists brought together by their aware- ness of the importance of empowerment for Native populations worldwide. What makes these artists so special is

the hard work they do in their own com- munities and beyond. They work with young people by visiting schools, colleges and universities, and by speaking on pan- els, facilitating workshops and performing at national conferences. These artists embrace their Indigenous culture, and hip hop culture equally and recognize the posi- tive effect this has on youth around the world.

One of the stops the group made was in Left to right: DJ Illanoize, Rodstarz, Quese Imc., G1, Votan.

Germany, while there they held a workshop with German youth. They made t-shirts, learned about music and graffiti art, they also learned how to rap and dance like a b- boy. “I was amazed at how much they knew about East Coast, West Coast rap back in the U.S., and also the understand-

Out to Sea with Indian Voices by Norrie Robbins, PhD

As luck would have it, I got invited to take an ocean voyage on the Scripps Research Vessel Sproul. I needed some mud samples and they needed a research scientist to accompany a group of 15 teenagers. The teens are part of a pro- gram designed to increase diversity in the geological and marine sciences. They were from Compton High School in Los Angeles, and San Diego MVP HS, Mission Bay HS, and Lincoln HS in San Diego.

The cost of such a one-day voyage is enormous. But the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Tony Haymet, considers the money well spent. After a racially insensitive incident on the UCSD campus in 2010, Dr. Haymet connected with Compton HS students and teachers to enhance student access to science research and careers by initiat- ing the Focus on the Future (FOTF) pro- gram. FOTF is a part of Academic Connections at UCSD, and hosted nearly 20 students and 4 teachers for a 3-week program in 2010. This year, FOTF host-

ed 20 high school students along with 6 of their science teachers. Students received a $3500 scholarship each to attend the 3-week program, living in dorms, and going out to sea with scien- tists. The teachers were able to partici- pate in Scripps’ National Science Foundation GK12 program for a week. Compton HS science teacher, ecolo- gist La Keisha White shared with us that her father’s great great grandmother was a full-blooded Indian from Louisiana. Birch Aquarium Educational Director Kristin Evans, the coordinator of FOTF, told us her grandmother’s grandmother was Blackfeet. Compton student Ruben Negrete, who loved being on the ship and helping to hold ropes when scientif- ic equipment was being lowered or raised, knew that his grandparents were Indians from Michoacán. Mission Bay student Carlos Del Carmen Romero said this was his second time out to sea and that his family was Latino and Yaqui. San Diego student Manuel Bogarin didn’t know the details about his Indian histo- ry, but discovered he loved looking under the microscope at the brittle star

ing and respect they have for what hap- pened to Indigenous cultures in the Americas” said Votan. He went on to explain, “They have a hard time connecting to any traditional ways before Hitler, and

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Photo by Kristin Evans, Birch Aquarium

Alida Chrisiansen, Second Mate on the R/V Sproul

and the tiny sea cucumber. The assistant captain (Second Main), shown driving the 125-ft vessel, Alida Christiansen shared that her Luiseno relatives live on the Pala and Pechanga Reservations. She wants to further her education to become an electrical marine engineer; when she successfully repaired a gyro-

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