2008 Native American News Archive
Native American news and events that occurred in Indian Country in 2008.
2008 Native News Highlights
–Obama visits Crow Nation
–BIA back online, after 6 years absence
–Fake indian tribre found guilty of defrauding immigrants
–Standing Horse wins Powwow Idol contest
–Voice your opinion on renaming Squaw Peak to ‘Piestewa Peak’
–70 foot Skywalk at Grand Canyon will open to public on March 28
–Gambling success brings controversy for Mashantucket Pequot tribe
If elected, Obama promises to host an annual summit at the White House with tribal
leaders to come up with an agenda for tribal communities while making sure
treaty obligations are met while honoring the tribal and federal government
The Language Summit was an effort to unite the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota (“Sioux”) oyate (“peoples”) in both the United States and Canada in a collective and committed effort to revitalize and strengthen the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota languages.
The theme of the summit was “Uniting the Seven Council Fires to Save the Language.” Seven Council Fires refers to the Oceti Sakowin, the name used to represent all “Sioux” bands collectively.
More importantly, the theme reflected the urgent need for the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples to stand together and take action against loss of their beautiful languages.
Each day started with the entrance of the eagle staffs and a prayer from Arvol Looking Horse, the keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle of the Oceti Sakowin.
Afterward, a keynote speaker addressed the audience before it dispersed to breakout sessions facilitated by language educators and advocates.
The Hualapai Tribe owns a remote corner of the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona known as Grand Canyon West. It partnered with Las Vegas entrepreneur David Jin about three years ago to build a $40 million dollar glass and steel observation deck that extends 70 feet past the rim of the great Grand Canyon.