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5/29/10 07:32 pm - neo_teotihuacan - What follows are my criticisms of the alternative history sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy


What follows are my criticisms of the alternative history sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy (read on to discover how this relates to Native America)

In theory, speculating on what may have been is an excellent thought experiment, an interesting way of shedding light on the events that did actually occur. I got curious some time ago and decided to see what the world had to say about the alternative history of America. What would it be like if the history of the world was different than it turned out to be? What would the United States of Americta be like today if a person in the past turned left instead of turning right, if he dodged that bullet and shot a new bullet instead? If Hannibal used war chimps instead of war elephants? What if JFK wore a helmet? Would thinking about a possible America where Prohibition stuck on as permanent law help me to understand what was really happening during the actual prohibition? Specifically, I was interested in an alternative history where, somehow, Europe’s interaction with the Americas over the last 500 years was altered from the way in which we currently understand it. Would this enlighten my understanding of North America?

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1/27/10 01:22 pm - p0stmdrnpr1mt1v - Cheyenne River emergency relief

Friends-
You may have heard the Dakotas had terrible ice storms this past weekend.The ice has brought down over 2,000-3,000 utility poles down on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Electricity has been out for five days (since Friday). Crews are working feverishly, but it may be out for up to 30 days in some areas. With no electricity, no heat, no running water, and a wind chill below zero the situation is growing more difficult.
The Tribal government is setting up shelters and working hard to provide for the community’s needs
The State, the Red Cross, and other Tribes are helping, but options and resources have been drained with the two most recent blizzards.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is one of the most impoverished communities in the United States. http://www.sioux.org. It is about the size of Connecticut: yet there are only a handful of generators on the Reservation, the water pump station is down so there is no running water,the gas stations hasn’t been able to pump gas, and the Tribal grocery store has lost all its perishables.
MEDICAL NEEDS: Dialysis Patients/Glucose Strips/Financial Support for Hotels
* The dialysis patients have all been evacuated three hours away to Rapid City, SD. They are staying in hotels for at least a week and half,probably longer. The Tribe is looking into reimbursement sources from CMS and IHS, but in the interim financial contributions are needed to help the families pay for their hotel expenses and food. Medical Items Need on the Reservation itself (shipping address below):* Glucose Strips* First Aid Kits* Children’s Tylenol* Children’s Cough Syrup
NEEDED SUPPLIES:A big thank you to Wal-Mart for sending some initial food and supplies!!Additional items are needed, especially for the communities whose electricity is expected to be down for up to 30 days. Please forward to any companies that manufacture these items that may be of assistance.
* CONTRIBUTIONS: Can be made directly to the Tribe’s emergency fund listed below.* IN KIND: Or if you prefer to make in-kind donations:
* Non-perishable food* Cots* Heat sources (heaters & fuel)* Camp stoves & fuel* Light sources:* Lithium 1, 2 and 3 batteries for law enforcement* Lamps/Batteries/Lamp Oil* Toiletries* Toilet paper* Paper products for the shelters* Pampers/formula* Hand/baby wipes/Hand sanitizer
FINANCIAL DONATIONS:The Tribe has depleted its emergency budget with the two blizzards that already hit the reservation since December. It needs funds to help buy food and supplies for the community and volunteers, to pay for gas and overtime for the workers, to replace the motor at the water pump station that was destroyed, etc. Any financial donations are much appreciated.
CHEYNNNE RIVER SIOUX CONTACTS:Robin Le Beau, Chairman’s Assistant c (610) 568-2101Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman c (605) 365-6548CRST Emergency Coordination Center (605) 964-7711 (7712)
Lila wopila (Great thanks),Heather Dawn Thompson

http://www.sioux.org/

WIRE DONATIONS TO:
Cheyenne River Sioux 2010 Disaster Account
Direct to: United Bkrs Bloomington ABA # 091 001 322
Beneficiary Bank: Account Number 250 3373
State Bank of Eagle Butte
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
Final Credit: Account Holder @ UBB Customers Bank
Account Holder: CRST 2010 Disaster, Account Number 103173

MAIL CHECK DONATIONS TO:
TO: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/2010 Disaster Account
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office
Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Fund
PO Box 590
2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

SHIP SUPPLIES TO:
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman’s Office
Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Supplies
PO Box 590
2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices)
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

CHEYNNNE RIVER SIOUX CONTACTS:
Robin Le Beau, Chairman’s Assistant c (610) 568-2101
Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman c (605) 365-6548
CRST Emergency Coordination Center

8/3/09 10:01 pm - oncameratalent - NBC launches “The Four Directions Talent Search” to discover new Native American performers

In a major effort to increase the presence of Native Americans on television, NBC and the Oneida Indian Nation have launched a nationwide talent search to find actors, comedians, models, and writers with the potential to be cast in and write for programs in development and on the air.


4/12/09 08:12 pm - neo_teotihuacan - PBS " We Shall Remain"

A 5 part series produced in part by American Experience of American Public Television (APT) is about to air starting this April 13th, 2009. The series is divided into 5 eras starting with:

"After the Mayflower" (April 13th 2009)
"Tecumseh's Vision" (April 20th 2009)
"Trail of Tears" (April 27th, 2009)
"Geronimo" (May 4th, 2009)
"Wounded Knee" (May 11th)

Check out the previews here, at the official site. There also appears to be some interesting behind the scenes stuff, and artistic materials. It appears to be further culmination of the newly focused collective academic interest regarding Native America over the past 15 years or so. It is an official Sundance Selection.

I'm sure, someone's posted about it earlier, but I thought I'd mention it. I plan on watching it, so maybe I'll post some reviews.

3/25/09 09:14 pm - callisto24 - Older Than America

OLDER THAN AMERICA | NEW YORK PREMIER AT NAFVF09
Please help to spread the word...that OLDER THAN AMERICA's New York Premiere is this Friday! We want to pack the house! Thanks!
link and pictures

crossposted from native_art
starring Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Georgina Lightning...Collapse )
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