QUEBEC – Since it left Joe Jacob’s home in Kahnawake, Quebec, the Diabetes Wampum Belt has been carried by walkers, bicyclists, canoes and runners across 1,500 miles, through more than a dozen communities, carrying its message of strength. It’s been estimated the belt could take about 300 years to make its rounds and return to where it originated.
Traditional wampum carries message of health
Indians come forward with tales of physical and sexual abuse at missionary boarding schools
ROSEBUD RESERVATION -The day the Rev. Kenneth Walleman came to the front door, Lloyd “Sonny” One Star went to get his gun.
“I couldn’t keep my composure. I kept shaking,” One Star, 46, a leader of the Sioux tribe on this reservation, said. “I was going to kill him.”
Walleman was a former administrator at St. Francis Mission, the Jesuit boarding school One Star had attended through his youth, a priest, One Star says now, who sexually abused him for years.
Renae Morriseau is familiar as the character Ellen in the Canadian television series North of 60, but her accomplishments in broadcasting extend far beyond this visible role. In her determination to ensure that First Nations voices are heard and stories told, Renae’s career over the last dozen years has spanned acting, filmmaking, writing, and producing.
Ishi: The last Yahi Indian
At the quiet center stood a man. He never said his real name — to say it aloud to strangers would be unthinkable for a California Native American from the Yahi tribe — so he became known as Ishi, his people’s word for man. He spent almost 40 years living in isolation in the Mount Lassen foothills, one of the last dozen Yahi who hid themselves to avoid the white men who nearly wiped out their tribe.