ICCH15 Conference Highlight

iknowmine staff - Monday, August 06, 2012
Coolest thing at the #ICCH15 conference in Fairbanks. She’s a gorgeous non-releasable eagle. (Taken with Instagram at University Of Alaska Fairbanks)

Coolest thing at the #ICCH15 conference in Fairbanks. She’s a gorgeous non-releasable eagle. (Taken with Instagram at University Of Alaska Fairbanks)

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NorthEast Two Spirit Society Presents in Fairbanks

iknowmine staff - Saturday, July 21, 2012
Harlan Pruden, leader of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society presenting. #native #lgbt #twospirit (Taken with Instagram)

Harlan Pruden, leader of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society presenting. #native #lgbt #twospirit (Taken with Instagram)

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Indigenous People Present on Transgender Indigenous Issues

iknowmine staff - Saturday, July 21, 2012
Awesome Indigenous ladies presenting on transgender Indigenous issues and how to honor our native Trans sisters and brothers. (Taken with Instagram)

Awesome Indigenous ladies presenting on transgender Indigenous issues and how to honor our native Trans sisters and brothers. (Taken with Instagram)

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IKM Listens to Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS

iknowmine staff - Saturday, July 21, 2012
The International #Indigenous Working Group on #HIV and #AIDS @aids2012 (Taken with Instagram)

The International #Indigenous Working Group on #HIV and #AIDS @aids2012 (Taken with Instagram)

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IKM Holds Alaska Native Teen Video Shoot!

iknowmine staff - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Setting up for our Alaska Native teen video shoot! (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

Setting up for our Alaska Native teen video shoot! (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

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IKM Teen Video Shoot

iknowmine staff - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The teens all waiting for the shoot to start. (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

The teens all waiting for the shoot to start. (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

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Community Partnerships: Noatak, AK

iknowmine staff - Saturday, July 07, 2012
Noatak, Alaska. Population 514.

Noatak, Alaska is one of the villages we work with on a close basis here at iknowmine.org. We know some pretty awesome youth leaders and community leaders from that village. They traveled by boat to an airport to fly into Anchorage for our Community Advisory board meeting. It took over 10 hours of travel to get here. By airmiles, Noatak is a little over 600 miles from Anchorage. In comparison, Seattle, WA to San Francisco in how the raven flies, is 680 miles; and you’re crossing three states there!

For a more complete profile of Noatak, please visit its page on the regional Native corporation that serves Noatak, NANA.

Also, if you didn’t know, up here we pronounce it Noah (like the name) - tack (like tackle).

-Taija

therealpinkiepie:

I was clicking around on Wikipedia and accidentally clicked that when I meant to click this picture:

But…. yeah. That name. Just saying.

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Music by Indigenous Youth

iknowmine staff - Friday, July 06, 2012

Check out this awesome music created by Indigenous teens in Portland, OR at a Native Youth Conference. If you didn’t know, wernative is our sister organization to the south. It’s a good day to be Indigenous!

Taija

wernative:

This original music CD was created in 4 days in June 2012 by Native youth living across the USA and adult mentors to prepare them as musical peer educators in their communities and schools. Their songs and stories are devoted to: native Pride, Health Promotion, Suicide, Alcohol and Addiction Prevention. Music academy program support and funding was provided by THRIVE, a project at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, hots of the health Promotion Conference. Music mentors academy staff include: Todd Denny, Program Director, J. Ross Parrelli, and our talented audio engineer Brad kaminski, Kevin “Yamio” Winkle and Spiro Spanos.

Contact project THRIVE at the NPAIHB at: 503.228.4185 or Todd Denny, Music Mentor Academies at: 360.866.7140

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Spotlight: Elsie Boudeau with ANTHC's Domestic Violence Prevention Intiative

iknowmine staff - Friday, July 06, 2012
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“ Elsie, my hero by lauritadianita on Flickr.
Elsie, my hero - The beautiful and incredible and awe-inspiring Elsie Boudeau, one of the trainers in the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative project. (This project is why we went to...

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Elsie, my hero by lauritadianita on Flickr.

Elsie, my hero - The beautiful and incredible and awe-inspiring Elsie Boudeau, one of the trainers in the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative project. (This project is why we went to Barrow, to train local folks in how to improve the local response to violence and support victims). If you don’t know who Elsie is, you ought to. She is a hero of ending child sexual abuse, ending domestic violence and sexual violence, helping people heal and find justice, and doing it in a culturally-affirming way. She is a Yup’ik Alaska Native social worker-survivor-sister.

Check out: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-silence/ to learn about her work and an important, sad piece of Alaska’s history.
© Laura Norton-Cruz

Here at iknowmine.org we love the work that Elsie does and hear about her all the time when we travel to the villages. I love seeing our leaders highlighted here on tumblr and on pbs.

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Inuit Throat Singing

iknowmine staff - Friday, July 06, 2012

We try to highlight our different Indigenous cultures here in Alaska and other locations in the circumpolar region. Here’s a really cool examples of our own art.

Taija

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Inuit Throat Singing by Janet and Sarah.

Two talented women trying their skill together for the first time.  Among Inuit women throat singing is a type of vocal game.  Lasting this long without making a mistake/laughing is quite a challenge!

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