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Cherokee on the iPhone!


Apple bringing Cherokee language support to iPhone and iPad

Apple's iOS devices currently support just 50 languages, out of thousands that are in use globally. Soon, that figure will creep up to 51. A fresh AP report notes that Cherokee Chief Chad Smith actually visited Apple and used students currently being schooled in immersion programs to "pull at the heartstrings" of Apple's brass, and eventually, Cupertino caved. The tribe has been working with Apple to develop Cherokee language software for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, the latter of which will purportedly become available at a later date. Naturally, this momentous occasion wouldn't have occurred without "years" of work, and while we're sure members of the Cherokee Nation are stoked to have the only American Indian language supported by Apple devices, this may actually serve to provide hope for others who speak less prominent tongues. All told, just 8,000 or so individuals still speak Cherokee, and most of those are aged 50 and up. But if Apple's willing to include support for that, who knows what else it'll become fluent in during the coming months.

*YALE UNIVERSITY, 2011-2012*

The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the
Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders invite
applications for the 2011 Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing
Fellowship in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The Roe Cloud
Fellowship is intended to develop American Indian Studies at Yale and by
extension throughout the academy by facilitating the completion of the
doctorate by scholars working on pressing issues related to the American
Indian experience. Scholars working on topics in Indigenous Studies that
relate to the study of North American Indians are also encouraged to apply.

The Henry Roe Cloud Fellowship honors the legacy of Henry Roe Cloud, a
member of the Winnebago Nation of Nebraska and graduate of Yale College,
1910.A tireless critic of federal Indian assimilation programs and a
proponent of increased educational opportunities for American Indians,
Roe Cloud transformed American Indian higher education through his
leadership of the Society of American Indians, his founding of the
American Indian Institute, and as co-author of "The Problem of Indian
Administration," commonly known as "The Meriam Report," an extensive
survey made at the request of Secretary of the Interior that detailed
the appalling failures of federal Indian policy in the early twentieth
century.This survey, presented to Congress in 1928, helped to set in
motion many of the subsequent reforms of the Indian New Deal.

The Fellowship will support a graduate scholar in any doctoral field for
the academic year, beginning August 1, 2011 and ending July 31,
2012.Graduate students working towards careers in higher education who
have completed all doctoral requirements but the dissertation are
invited to apply.The expectation is that the dissertation will be
completed during the fellowship year.The criteria for selection will be
based solely on an assessment of the quality of the candidate's work and
the project's overall significance for the study of American Indian
and/or Indigenous Studies.

The Roe Cloud Fellowship will provide support comparable to that for
Yale University graduate students, including an annual stipend of
$26,000, full access to Yale facilities and services, and health care
coverage.The fellow will have office space in the Lamar Center and
access to Yale's exceptional research libraries.The Beinecke Rare Book
and Manuscript Library, in addition to its premier collection of Western
Americana, also holds the papers of many important American Indian
writers, including Joseph Bruchac, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor,
and James Welch, as well as those of important policy makers such as
Felix Cohen and Richard Henry Pratt.Manuscripts and Archives at Sterling
Memorial Library holds the papers of John Collier and Henry Roe Cloud,
while the Lewis Walpole Library hosts the Yale Indian Papers Project,
which provides comprehensive primary sources written for, by, and about
New England Indians.

The Roe Cloud Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in
the activities of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers
and Borders, the Native American Cultural Center, and the Yale Group for
the Study of Native America (YGSNA), which was formed in late 2003 to
bring together the intellectual community at Yale working in the area of
Native American Studies.Yale student, staff, and faculty members are
also increasingly active in regional and national Indian Studies
networks. Additionally, the state and federally-recognized Indian
Nations of Connecticut maintain museums, archives, and research centers,
and host community events that draw regional, national, as well as
international visitors.

Each fellow will be mentored by a professor in Yale's Faculty of Arts
and Sciences.The fellow will be responsible for making a formal
presentation of the project near the conclusion of the academic year, an
event open to all interested members of the campus community.

Applications must include a c.v. the dissertation prospectus, a writing
sample of approximately 25 pages, a letter describing plans to complete
the dissertation during the fellowship period, as well as three letters
of recommendation, sent under separate cover, including one from the
candidate's dissertation advisor.The application deadline is March 4,
2011. For further information write to: RoeCloud.Fellowship@yale.edu

All materials must be sent to:

Henry Roe Cloud Fellowship Committee

Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders

Yale University

PO Box 208201

New Haven, CT 06520-8201

sundance fellowship

Native Lab Fellowship
Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program has created a Fellowship to provide direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native film artists working in the U.S. The Fellowship is a two-stage development opportunity for filmmakers with feature film scripts, documentary projects, and short film scripts. The first stage of development is an intensive 5-day workshop to be held May 23-27, 2011. During the workshop, Fellows receive intensive feedback on their projects from established screenwriters and directors.

Held at Sundance Film Festival, the second stage of the Fellowship advances the careers of the Fellows by providing networking opportunities with film professionals who advise them on the business of cinema.

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is now accepting submissions for the 2011 Native Lab Fellowship.

I am currently doing a practicum as a student-teacher at an Aboriginal school in Winnipeg, Canada. Ninety-seven percent of the students at the school are Aboriginal (and maybe I should say I'm Aboriginal too, lol). We've been doing a unit on Aboriginal Representations in the Media, and we got to watch Reel Injun last week, the students loved it and had tonnes of questions afterwards. We also watched Wab Kinew's Heroes in preparation for the students to write essays on who they think is a positive Indigenous role model. Tomorrow, my grade 12 language arts class is going to be working on their critical thinking skills by identifying stereotypes and comparing/contrasting the lyrical portrayals of Indigenous people in the songs Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden and Indian Outlaw by Tim Mcgraw. It has been a very powerful unit, that I wish was taught in more schools. As I continue developing my resources as a teacher, any input that anyone here has on any videos, songs, art, etc. that portrays Indigenous people would be appreciated.

Reel Injun

Check your local PBS listings and film festivals.

and my favorite scene:

NWSA link round up?

Hey guys!

I want to use Hathor (www.thehathorlegacy.com) to have a blog round up on indigenous feminism, in part to coincide with NWSA this year (that's the theme) and in part because I think it'd be really cool. I'm actually presenting on the anti-racist blogosphere and virtual feminisms, so what I'm hoping to do is actually set up the post, have it go live next Saturday, use it as a source during the presentation, and then have it up so people in the audience can get the URLs really easily for their own reading lists.

Any suggestions of who to link to?

(PS: I'm really nervous! Wish me luck??)
rchivist, Little Big Horn College Archives: Crow Indian Historical and Cultural Collections, Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Montana. Salary Range: $27,040-$34,599. Open until filled, first review of applications will begin after October 13. For a detailed job description and application materials, please go to http://lib.lbhc.cc.mt.us/libposition/Archivist_Position_Application_Packet_Sept_2010.pdf . For more information, contact Library Director Tim Bernardis at tim@lbhc.edu or 406.638.3113. For information about the Archives, visit the LBHC Archives web page at http://lib.lbhc.cc.mt.us/archives/ .

Tim Bernardis

Library Director

Little Big Horn College

Not the contact, just the messenger. :)

hark a vagrant comics

I love her work. I also wish Sequoyah really had smacked him.