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Entries in Lakotamedia Foundation (3)

Friday
Aug092013

Honor the Treaties

Today is the United Nations International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the theme is "Indigenous people building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements."

Appropriately, today is also the launch of the new website of Honor the Treaties, an innovative organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy. Founded by Aaron Huey, National Geographic Photographer and author of Mitakuye Oyasin, the organization funds collaborations between Native artists and Native advocacy groups so that their messages can reach a wider audience.

I'm honored to serve on the Advisory Board of Honor the Treaties to establish a strong partnership with the Lakotamedia Foundation. Together, we are part of a growing movement and of building alliances that honor treaties and other constructive agreements.

We Have A Responsibility

Today, indigenous communities are fighting their most important battles in recent history—battles to protect the integrity of their land and water and traditions. The treaties are at the heart of these battles. Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution, also known as the Supremacy Clause, lists these treaties as the "supreme law of the land."

These legally binding contracts contained promises that recognized tribes' rights to live self-governed and undisturbed on their own land, with religious freedom; to hunt, fish, and gather natural resources; and to have benefits such as healthcare, education, and in some cases financial payments for lands previously sold to the government. These treaties, on a daily basis, are being violated.

This is not a closed chapter in history. This is a living issue. You can make it visible. You can teach it. You can join the fight. We have a responsibility to honor the treaties, honor the earth, and honor one another.

Artistic Activism

Checkout this Ted Talk by Aaron, America's Native Prisoners of War, based on his experiences photographing poverty in America, which led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There, the struggle of the native Lakota people—appalling, and largely ignored—compelled him to refocus.

Saturday
Jun152013

Philámayaye! Thank you!

Digital Media and Learning Competition!

Thanks to our supporters, we placed 8th out of 266 applicants from 41 sates + DC to the Digital Media and Learning Competition with with 300+ votes! We now wait until early July 2013 to know if we will be selected as a winner. The competition brings together youth, programmers, designers, and educators to develop prototypes for social tools, including apps, badges, and curriculum in pursuit of a better Web.

Our Proposal: Lakota Labs

A $10,000 grant will allow us to host Lakota Labs, a weeklong summer youth technology learning labratory at the Oyate Community Center at Lakota Homes, a public housing project in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Lakotamedia Foundation is to share Siouan knowledge and traditions through digital, mobile, and social media. Lakotamedia is exploring how 21st Century technologies are changing the way Sioux people connect, learn, socialize, and participate in tribal life.

Monday
Jun102013

Vote for the Lakotamedia Foundation!

The mission of the Lakotamedia Foundation is to share Siouan knowdge and traditions via digital, mobile, and social media. We have applied for a $10,000 grant from the MacArhur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition

VOTE FOR US!

A $10,000 grant will allow us to host Lakota Labs, a weeklong summer youth technology lab at the Oyate Community Center at Lakota Homes, a public housing project in Rapid City, South Dakota. Please, read out proposal and vote for us!  It takes two clicks and you can comment if you like. 

Thank you!