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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 10, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
I was raised with Eskimos, and Indians.

Some of you already know that I have a soft spot for native Americans.

The lady Louisville Cardinals came up short in their bid for a national basketball championship against UCONN.

But they didn't come up short in their selection of Shoni and Jude Schimmel for their school. The girls are Umitilla Indians from N.E. Oregon, and I am proud of them.

There are only 6-8 native Americans playing Div.I basketball in the USA right now.

Shoni is the older sister and the first to gain national attention.
Jude is a year behind her but was just given an Elite 89 Award. The girl is smart!
http://www.gocards.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/040713aah.html


Here's a cool video that was made before Jude really grew up, but it's a great one about Shoni and her mom.


Native Americans in America. What could be more natural? Discuss.


survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
Jeebus. No one even has an opinion.

That's how invisible Indians are in their own country.

Welcome to the conquered states of America!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 10, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
Very cool for those Girls! Ive known many talented Natives - in all aspects of life. Artists, brick layers, chemists ,baseball players , lawyers and cops. My ancient relatives were the FIRST "code talkers" in WW1..

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Thanks Ron. Welcome to blind America.

Some reservations face up to 80% unemployment.

25% in poverty.

14% no electricity.

12% sub-standard water quality.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Shoni on the right.
telemon01

Trad climber
Montana
Apr 10, 2013 - 03:10pm PT

Congrats to the two players.

Race relations in northwest Montana run the gamut from (mostly)integrated peaceful interactions with the Salish and Kootenai, to the need for police escorts when our high school sports teams leave the Blackfeet Nation after games in Browning.

No easy answers here...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 03:32pm PT
Thanks Telemon.

Let's go old school.

Credit: survival
Thunder Clan, Sac and Fox Tribe, born May 22, 1887 on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation, Prague, Oklahoma, died March 28, 1953 in Lomita, California.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 10, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
Leslie and I lived on Pine Ridge for one year, learned a lot about life. Our two best friends were Moses and Charlette Little Dog, center and right in this photo. Young Delbert No Neck on the left.

sullly

Trad climber
Apr 10, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
"I'm a Spokane...Ain't no salmon left in our river. Just a school bus and a few hundred basketballs. "
Sherman Alexie (Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven)
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Chiloe, beautiful post and pic.

Our family friend Johnny Frank, who worked with my Dad in Venetie, Alaska in the late 50's/ early 60's, was a respected elder and featured in Nat'l Geographic, in the early-mid 70's I think?


Edit: Sullly, wish I knew a little more about your post.
sullly

Trad climber
Apr 10, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
Survival, I am quoting the greatest living Native American author today. He writes amazing stories combining pop culture and being Native American. He's hilarious, writing about basketball quite a bit. Smoke Signals which he authored was written by Indians, about Indians, and filmed by Indians. He signed a book for me when I met him in Berkeley.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
I know "Smoke Signals!" I've seen it about 3 times, including watching it with my kids. Beautiful film.
It has a fair amount of basketball in it too.

I don't have any answers, except that we need to quit ignoring these people.

Credit: survival
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Billy Walkabout died March 7, 2007. He was the most decorated Native American soldier of the Vietnam War. Billy, a full blood Cherokee, was living in Connecticut and lost his last fight with Agent Orange complications. He was 57 yrs old. Billy, an Airborne Ranger of the 101st, received a Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest U.S. decoration for gallantry in combat, for his actions during one such incident in November 1968. “ [After] a long range reconnaissance patrol southwest of Hue… [Sergeant Walkabout’s team] radioed for immediate helicopter extraction. When the extraction helicopters arrived and the lead man begin moving toward the pick-up zone, he was seriously wounded by hostile automatic weapons fire. Sergeant Walkabout quickly rose to his feet and delivered steady suppressive fire on the attackers while other team members pulled the wounded man back to their ranks. Sergeant Walkabout then administrated first aid to the soldier in preparation for medical evacuation. As the man was being loaded onto the evacuation helicopter, enemy elements again attacked the team. Maneuvering under heavy fire, Sergeant positioned himself where the enemy were concentrating their assault and placed continuous rifle fire on the adversary. A command detonated mine ripped through friendly team, instantly killing three men and wounding all the others." Although stunned and wounded by the blast, Sergeant Walkabout rushed from man to man administering first aid, bandaging one soldier’s severe chest wound reviving another soldier by heart massage. He then coordinated gunship and tactical air strikes on the enemy’s positions. When evacuation helicopters arrived again, he worked single-handedly under fire to board his disabled comrades. Only when the casualties had been evacuated and friendly reinforcements had arrived, did he allow himself to be extracted.”
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 10, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
Survival, I am part Cherokee, and am passionate about the plight of the Native Americans.
80% unemployment on Pine Ridge, wtf
America is great? I don't think so


free Leonard Peltier
Ben Harland

Gym climber
Kenora, ON
Apr 10, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
I know "Smoke Signals!" I've seen it about 3 times

"Aw geez, you have seen it that many times, haven't you. Don't you even know how to be a real indian?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bctCV38FfU
Ben Harland

Gym climber
Kenora, ON
Apr 10, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
In 1901, a guy from a reserve in Southern Ontario called Bill Davis finished second in the Boston Marathon. He got a kid called Tom Longboat interested in running. Six years later, Tom Longboat won Boston.
Tom Longboat
Tom Longboat
Credit: Ben Harland
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Apr 10, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Native Americans are gifted athletes. Navajo Notah Begay is a distant relative of my son. Notah played golf at Standford with Tiger Woods, they were roomies. Notah had much success on the pro tour, won 4 million one year and even beat Tiger once. One of the few golfers on the pro tour to shoot a 59. He dropped out of sight, claiming injuries. He had a drinking problem, 2 DUIs acknowledged, I have heard there were more.

Good news is that he is still working on his game

http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/8315373/tiger-woods-notah-begay-lead-win-nb3-foundation-challenge

Alcohol remains one of the biggest problems on the rez. Closely followed by diabetes, from soda and junk food.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Apr 10, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
Great vid!

I loved this quote when I saw it a few days back:

"She's Brittney Griner, but I'm Shoni Schimmel, you know? So I just kept going at her," Schimmel said.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/01/3317037/baylors-loss-leaves-ncaa-womens.html
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Apr 10, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
Of my ancestry, I am most proud of my Ojibwa heritage, though all I know is that a fur trapper French Canadian met this Ojibwa lady, they married, had children who had children who had children and so on, until I became one in the line.

Most people in the US haven't any idea about reservation life nor what it is life for those born and raised on then who are living off now. We have been shaped by history and propaganda to see "early citizens of this country" as hard working immigrants from Europe, when of course the truth is that what is the continental US was actually fully populated when the first Europeans stepped to shore, and that many of those European arrivals were criminals placed here in the same way that Australia was a penal colony.

I wish those girls much success in their sport and in life. How to "help" the native peoples? Surely don't expect any municipal efforts - they fail miserably.

I think small efforts made by people who feel compelled is a positive thing. I recall reading this article in the "Red Bulletin" several months ago. IT is a story on how some pro skaters used native art iconography for skate decks and...well, they looked a little deeper and found a way to help some kids on the Pine Ridge reservation, by getting a skate park built.

Link: http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Article/Saving-lives-with-skateboarding-in-October-2012-Red-Bulletin-magazine-021243251745082
sullly

Trad climber
Apr 10, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
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