“Good News” in Koyukon Athabascan
Chantelle Brought to you by the Division of Behavioral Health and Tanana Chiefs Conference
Skyy Strutz, 1st,
Walker, Vol. 24 November 2007 No. 3 Anchorage
Anvik Keyera Strutz, K,
Anchorage Christian Smallwood,
Lauren Owens, 4th,
Deadline Theme: Christmas
Topic: National Drunk & Drugged Driving
December 7th Prevention
Verla Weter, 1st, Huslia
The Creation of
National American Indian & Alaska Native
A Brief History
Source: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
What began at the turn of the century as an
What b On December 14, 1915, Red Fox James pre-
effo to gain a day of recognition for the
effort sented the endorsements of 24 state govern-
signiﬁ cant contributions the First Americans ments to the White House. There is no record,
made to the establishment and growth of the however, of such a national day being pro-
United States has resulted in the month of claimed.
November being designated for that purpose. State Celebrations
The ﬁ rst American Indian Day to be celebrat-
Early Proponents ed in a state was declared on the second
One of the early proponents of an American Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of
Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca New York. Several states celebrate the fourth
Indian who was the Director of the Museum Friday in September. In Illinois, for example,
of Arts and Science in Rochester, New legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Pres-
York. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America ently, several states have designated Columbus
to set aside a day for the “First Americans,” Day as Native American Day, but it continues
and for three years the Scouts adopted to be a day we observe without any legal rec-
such a day. In 1915, at the annual Congress of ognition as a national holiday.
the American Indian Association meeting in Heritage Months
Lawrence, Kansas, a plan celebrating Ameri- In 1990 President George Bush approved
can Indian Day was formally approved. The a joint resolution designating November
Association directed its president, Rev. Sher- 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage
man Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the Month.” Similar proclamations have been is-
country to set aside a day of recognition. Rev. sued each year since 1994.
Coolidge issued a proclamation on September National American Indian and Alaska Native
28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the
of May as American Indian Day and contained intertribal cultures and to educate the public
the ﬁ rst formal appeal for recognition about the heritage, history, art, and traditions
of American Indians as citizens. of the American Indian and Alaska Native
T year before this Cultures There is no one Alaska Native culture.
proclamation was Alaska is home to many Native peoples. Alas-
issued, Red Fox James, ka’s indigenous people are divided into eleven
a Blackfeet Indian, rode distinct cultures with 20 different languages.
horseback from state to Alaska Natives make up about 16% of the
state, seeking approval
s state’s total population. They live in cities,
f a day to honor
for towns and villages separated by vast distance
American Indians. and unique geographical regions.
Aleut & Alutiiq
The area stretching from Prince William Sound Tlingit, Haida, Eyak and
west along the Gulf of Alaska to the Aleutian Is- Tsimshian (Indian)
lands is home to the Aleut and Alutiiq peoples. These four Indian groups of
The natural marine environment deﬁ nes subsis
n subsis- southeastern Alaska are
tence lifestyles and cultures that date back more considered to be a part of the
than 8,000 years ago. The Aleuts and the Alutiiq Paciﬁ c Northwest coast culture
differ in language and culture but a commonal- area. Each group speaks their own language and
ity was created from the ﬁ rst contact with the has their own clan systems.
Russians in the 18th century that is evident
today. Yup’ik & Cup’ik (Eskimo)
The Yup’ik & Cup’ik people, named after the
Athabascan (Indian) two main dialects of the Yup’ik language, live
Athabascan Indians live in interior Alaska and in southwestern Alaska from Bristol Bay along
have the largest land base of any other Alaska the Bering Sea coast to Norton Sound. The
Native group. The Athabascan is efﬁ cient hunt- availability of ﬁsh, game and plants determined
ers and ﬁ shers and the moose, caribou, salmon the location of seasonal camps and villages.
and the birch tree are the most important re- Yup’ik & Cup’ik are hunters of moose, caribou,
sources. These provide food, clothes and shelter. whale, walrus, seal and sea lions and harvest
salmon and other ﬁ sh from the Yukon, Kuskok-
Inupiaq & St. Lawrence Island Yupik wim and Nushagak rivers. Bird eggs, berries
and roots help sustain people throughout the
The Inupiaq & St. Lawrence Island Yupik live
in a region that stretches from the St. Lawrence
Island to the northern Canadian border and What do you know abour your
beyond. Their territory also includes most of the culture? Do you know about the
Brooks Range. tradions that are from your culture?
Thanksgiving is fun! trip too. We always get
Having a big Thanksgiving to choose a Native made
dinner soveiner to buy. Our trip to
And pumpkin pie
A A.F.N. is better than a trip
Next turkey to the Fair. We play with
Kicking pumpkin our cousins and see our
Seeing turkey makes me hungry older relatives. Dad sells his
Giving pumpkin pie to friends snowshoes and we watch
I like turkey hundreds of people. We try
Visiting friends and family to visit places around town.
I like gravy with mashed pota- My three year old brother liked seeing school
toes buses and the beaver in the river by the
Next chicken Carlson Center the best.
Gravy on chicken or dip it in gravy. Katrina Albert, 4th, Ruby
Daniel Blair, 2nd, Joy
This summer I went hunting for moose
Thanksgiving is good and we got three. For most of the sum-
Having fun with my family mer I played soccer. My family and I
And eating a big dinner went on vacation to Kenai for a soccer
Next we get table cloth, clean the mess up tournament.
Kids laugh and have fun Jake Davis, 6th, Badger
Singing Thanksgiving songs every year
Giving thins to friends and family The month of November
I love Thanksgiving, how about you? Having fun eating turkey
Very lots of things are good A day with my family
I think almost everyone like Thanksgiving No one is left out
No one is left out Kind words everywhere
Go have a great Thanksgiving Some pumpkin pie to eat
Hannah Mandell, 2nd, Joy Good ham with honey glaze
I love Thanksgiving day
Brothers play ball with me Very good day
Brothers pee outside, build forts Ice cream too sometimes
Get in trouble lots Not all the time
Brothers are Awesome Giving thanks for family and food
Albert, pre-school, Ruby Brooke Carter, 2nd, Joy
I am eight years old and this is my second This summer I went to my best
AFN meeting that I went to in Fairbanks. friend’s birthday party. We ate hot-
Our whole family goes. You can learn dogs. Hamburgers, chocolate chip
about Indian and Eskimo things and buy hand- cookies, chips of all sorts, and ate cake. After din-
made stuff. My sister ner we had a squirt gun fight. We had a piñata
and stuffed goodie bags with candy and little toys.
and I have lots of school
That night I got to spend the night at her house
homework to do during the with one other friend. We
week we are gone. We get had a pillow fight and put
to see distant family and on make up. The next morn-
someday I might have a craft ing my friends and her par-
table too. ents and I went to clean the
Birk Albert, 3rd, Ruby garage then I went home.
We had a blast.
I liked A.F.N. alot. You can Hannah Hampton, 6th,
get free stuff off of informa- Badger
tion tables. It is our twice a
year big grocery shopping I went fly fishing to be exact
it is it is different This summer I got a swimming release.
than regular fish- pool in my back yard! My friend You had
ing. We were catch- and I swam in it almost every- to use
ing grayling. I went day. I went to Mt Rainier and a single
hunting also. looked at its violent explosions. hook
Colin Stubsjoen, Jon Sponsel, 6th, Badger louver.
6th, Badger It was
I hung out with my dad. It was
fun I got a bigger dirt bike, it is a salmon
I went to my 1999 Yamaha 80! I wish I could season so af-
friend’s house live with my dad I have lots of ter we were
and we played fun there. I went swimming that done fishing for
video games. We is all I can remember. grayling we went home.
also played with David Best, 6th, Badger Sheldon Ihnes, 6th, Badger
my pets Sophie,
Salmon, and Kenai. I cut I went fishing and I
my finger almost to the played football and
bone and it is still sensi- that is it.
tive but I will make it. Christen Enoch, 6th,
Adam Bostic, 6th, Badger
I stayed the night at
This summer I went to my friends’ houses.
Oregon for a month I also cleaned my
and a half. The best part house and fixed it
about it was that I went up. I cut my arm. I
by myself and I got to received a new
see my grandpa. The puppy because my
works thing was that old dog died. We
I almost stepped on a burned her body
snake. I also went to and I watched and
Disneyland and I got cried. I played on the
to see all of my favorite computer and my
characters and I go t to cousin had a party at
ride a roller coaster for my house and some
the first time. The worst of his friends were
part was walking every where playing with me on the PS2. My
and the heat. This summer I rode my dirt bike sister was locked in the car this
Ally Sharrah, 6th, Badger and we went to Valdez. My summer and that is what I did.
family caught thirty two silver Nikki Mollens,
This summer I went fishing at salmon on a charter fishing trip. 6th, Badger
Birch Then we had to anchorage for
Lake. We my big sisters softball I went
went tournament. We had to sit and camping,
camping watch for twelve hours. Then my swimming,
dad and I went caribou hunting and fish-
er got for a week. ing this
a hook Adam Norton, 6th, Badger summer. I
stuck in camped in
his head. This summer my brother, dad a tent with
Kahlena and I went fishing for grayling. my brother
Mckel- We were catching them left and then my
lar, 6th, right but we could not keep mom and
Badger them because it was catch and dad. We
fished and caught five Why School Is
fish. We went Important?
swimming at the Chris Brenner, 6th,
Alaska club and I got
A North Pole
a new house. Why is school
Brittney Ward, 6th, important to mod-
Badger ern society today?
It’s so important,
This summer my grandma came to visit me. We because it can help you in the
went to Denali and it was fun. I went fishing with real world to get where you want to be. It gives
my dad. I also spent the night at my friend’s house. you the basic skills to get a degree and to get a
I went hiking and biking with my family. I played good job that you like. When kids I know say “I
outside with my dogs. I went hunting don’t need school I’m smart enough to
with my dad and his two friends Joe go and get a job anywhere I want” or “
and Don. That was pretty much it but it I’m so good at sports, if I applied to any
was fun! college I would get accepted to any
Michelle Holland, 6th, Badger college I wanted to.” I don’t believe that
y could get anywhere by how good
I moved to Alaska on July 6th and I you
y play a sport or how smart you are,
miss my daddy. I got a hamster for my in most cases.
birthday on August 13th and I saved I believe that going to school will help
a cute little kitten back in Spokane, me to one, be smarter and more capable
Washington. I want to go to my home to do things, two, be more prepared
in Spokane. I also met a new part of my family, my for what is ahead in life as an adult and a teen-
mom’s side. My mom grew up here along time ager, and three, be able to become whatever I
ago and she wanted me to have a good experi- put my mind to with the basic skills from school
ence in Alaska like she did. I love my papa so my and college to get a good job. What our parents
summer was depressing and great. tell us and teach us how we see and learn things,
Sara Pewitt, 6th, Badger for example you see a really hard math problem
what do you do? Do you sit there and
I went fishing with my friend at Birch pout saying you can’t do it, or do you
Lake and we did not catch any fish. I vis- raise your hand and ask for assistance,
ited with family that I love dearly. I went or do you think about what your par-
on a trip to clear sky with my uncle to ent, guardian, brother, sister, uncle, etc.
visit my grandpa. I went swimming in a said to you. What I do is I look at how I
creek that was cold. My great grandpa can make the problem look easier in my
died from cancer he was 87 years old head, also sometimes if I say it out loud I
and I cried at his funeral. But the rest of can understand what they are trying to
my summer was fun. teach me.
Kailyn Sumpter, 6th, Badger Our parents in
modern day so- ci-
This summer I went with a couple of my ety want us
friends to the movies and to stay in
bought games. We went school and get the knowl-
on bike rides and spent the edge that we need to
night. One of my friends have to succeed in life
went to the Caribbean ahead because it might be
islands. They moved there at that they don’t want you
the end of school last year. to get into drugs or do
I still talk to him over the things that wouldn’t make
internet. them very happy.
Chris Cooper, 6th, Badger Continued on last page.
News for Grown-Ups
Tips to Be More Involved
Although teens who are close to their parents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, ALL
teens are at risk when it comes to drugs. It’s important for parents to talk to their teens and build
open and trusting relationships. The more involved you are in your children’s lives, the more val-
ued they’ll feel, and the more likely they’ll be to respond to you.
Establish together time. Establish a regular weekly routine for doing something special
1 with your teen even if it’s just going out for ice cream. Even a few minutes of conversation while
you’re cleaning up after dinner or right before bedtime can help the family catch up and establish
the open communication that is essential to raising drug-free children.
Have family meetings. Held regularly at a mutually agreed upon time, family meetings
provide a forum for discussing triumphs, grievances, projects, questions about discipline, and any
2 topic of concern to a family member. Ground rules help. Everyone gets a chance to talk; one per-
son talks at a time without interruption; everyone listens, and only positive, constructive feedback
is allowed. To get resistant children to join in, combine the get-together with incentives such as
post-meeting pizza or assign them important roles such as recording secretary or rule enforcer.
3 Don’t be afraid to ask where your kids are going, who they’ll be with and what they’ll
be doing. Get to know your child’s friends and their parents so you’re familiar with their activities.
4 Try to be there after school. The danger zone for drug use is between 3 and 6 PM;
arrange flex time at work if you can. If your child will be with friends, make sure there is adult
supervision — not just an older sibling.
Eat meals together as often as you can. Meals are a great opportunity to talk
about the day’s events, to unwind, reinforce and bond. Studies show that kids whose families eat
together at least 5 times a week are less likely to be involved with drugs or alcohol.
Source: The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign’s Behavior Change Expert Panel
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My parents for instance care They’re gone,
very much about my brother But they’re still in his heart.
and I, and our grades, and It snows,
every thing that has to do It rains,
with us. That may not be the But it never changes.
same in your home, it might He doesn’t now his name.
be totally different, but no
matter how different it is it all He is looking and looking,
comes down to self respect
and respect to others. But he doesn’t find
So why do we go to anything.
school? It might be because your parents He lost something,
make you, it could be because you want But he doesn’t know what it is.
to, or some other reason. Even though you He feels as if he is a boy under a micro-
go to school you may not go there to learn, scope.
you may go there to mess around and be a As
A he walks,
dropout in high school. He feels as if walls surround him.
College graduates earn about twice as
much as high school graduates. From the He wakes up.
U.S census bureau a person with a bache- Or did he?
lor’s degree usually makes 57,220 dollars a He pushes on.
year. A person with a master makes about
71,530, and a person with I am thankful for my mom and my sister. I am
a high school diploma makes on average 35,725 thankful for my auntie and uncle.
dollars. A college education will help you develop Jewel Workman, 1st, Shageluk
skills for tolerance, reasoning, communication, and
reflection. These skills will help us resolve conflicts, I am thankful for my
or a crisis in your company, or the company you Sunshine. I’m also thankful
work with. I learned that school is one of the most for my family.
important “careers” I’ll have. Cecilia Turner,
So I hope that you understand how 3rd, Shageluk
important school is to our life and
I am thankful
our community that we live in. you
for my mom
could be a person higher up, or you
and dad. I am
could be a person that only makes
thankful for the
enough to get by. houses, the school
Lost Boy Gage Golilie, K,
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