Indian Country Today video news report for Feb 4, 2019, with Vincent Schilling

Team Wolves, History of the AIM song, Grand Canyon 100 year celebration and Murkowski keeps a promise with Savanna's Act

Stories included in this video news report

‘The Olympics of bull riding’ has its first All-Native American team

Native elders recount the history of the song Nathan Phillips sang, the AIM Song

Europeans acknowledge Native American holocaust with series of events

Shutdown won't stop it: Grand Canyon 100-year Celebration, Native American Style

Sen. Murkowski keeps promise to Heidi Heitkamp, reintroduces Savanna’s Act

Video Transcription

Greetings and She:kon everyone, this is Vincent Schilling and I am the associate editor of Indian Country Today and your host for this week’s Video News Update. With this video update, Indian Country Today will bring you some of our top stories to hit the site.

The sports league of professional bull riders will now include an All-Native American team to compete in the 2019 Global Cup. The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will host the six-country teams which will be Team Australia, Team Brazil, Team Canada, Team Mexico, Team USA Eagles, and Team USA Wolves. Team Wolves, the All-Native team, is one of the two USA Teams to compete. Check it out Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 if you are in Texas.

One of our popular stories last week was an article by Frank Hopper titled Native elders recount the history of the song Nathan Phillips sang, the AIM Song. This is the song Phillips sang in Washington DC at the incident at the Lincoln Memorial. In case you didn’t realize, the AIM song was created in response to a racially-based crime in which the Native man Raymond Yellow Thunder was killed. He was beaten and forced to dance and was later dragged to a car. His body was later discovered days later, having died from hypothermia and head injuries. In 1972 a caravan of 200 cars drove to seek justice for Yellow Thunder. Eventually, 51 tribes and 16,000 people descended on the town of Gordon Nebraska seeking justice. The men were charged with the murder and the chief of police was dismissed. After the demands were met, a victory song was created, called the Indian Anthem, which also became the AIM song. Read the rest of the article by clicking on the story link below.

A government shutdown isn’t going to stop a Grand Canyon 100 year celebration Native-style. We all have our concerns on how the recent government shutdown might affect our National Parks, but the Grand Canyon will stay open for business, including a Native style celebration. This is the year to GO GRAND as the National Park Service celebrates the Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial acknowledging the canyon’s significant cultural history and relationships with the park’s 11 traditionally-associated tribes. The celebration will be very Native-inclusive as the regions Tribal Nations have all been invited to participate. Check out the details in the story link below.

Europeans acknowledged a Native American Holocaust with a series of events last week in Switzerland. Every year the Associazione Ticinese Degli Insegnanti Distoria which translates as the Swiss Association of History Teachers dedicates the European International Holocaust Remembrance Day or Day of Memory to a different case of genocide. This year their focus is on Indigenous genocide in North America. As mentioned in the article by Lisa J. Ellwood, Europeans have long had a strong interest in American Indians, fuelled by depictions in literature, comic books, and films. For event organizer, Dr. Naila Clerici, Professor of History of the Indigenous Peoples of America, popular culture was not enough. “I had the opportunity to go beyond stereotypes and experience reality from a personal and scholarly point of view,” check out the events hosted by the association in the full article.

Senator Lisa Murkowski keeps a promise to Heidi Heitkamp, reintroduces Savanna’s Act - Keeping her promise to former Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Republican senator from Alaska, has kept her promise to Heitkamp by re-introducing legislation known as Savanna’s Act, after the bill was stalled in Congress at the end of the last session. Murkowski was joined by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in announcing the reintroduction of Savanna’s Act, legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls by improving the federal government's response to addressing the crisis.

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