Four Native Leaders Receive Bush Fellowships, Including Sioux Chef Sean Sherman and New Native Theater Founder Rhiana Yazzie

The Bush Foundation just announced its 2018 Bush Fellows, and among them are: Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef’; Rhiana Yazzie (Navajo), film maker, playwright and founder of the New Native Theater; and Nick Tilsen and Erik Bringswhite of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Tilsen is working on increasing the financial well being of his community. Bringswhite wants to improve supports for Native children. The official announcements follow.

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Reflections on the Sacred and Recipes from the Sioux Chef

I have been reflecting on an article I read recently in the Washington Post headlined: Catholic nuns in Pa. build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property.

It’s a story about Sister Linda Fisher, 74, and her fellow nuns who are trying to stop a natural gas pipeline from crossing their rural Pennsylvania property.

“This just goes totally against everything we believe in — we believe in sustenance of all creation,” she said.

Their solution? Dedicate an outdoor chapel on the pipeline right of way. Continue reading

Weekend Reading and Upcoming Activities

Here are a few thought-provoking articles that have come through our Inbox. Two examine the backlash of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of the term “Off the Reservation” and why it is problematic. Another looks at the backlash from a white artist’s use of Native American imagery in an upcoming local gallery show. There also is an upcoming talk by Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef, part of a fundraiser for the Department of Indian Work’s food shelf, a program of Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul. Continue reading