Northern Arapaho Newsletter Issue 007

Home From School Documentary Premiere

On June 20th, at Central Wyoming College, Caldera Productions and Wyoming Humanities will screen the "Home From School: The Children of Carlisle" documentary.

The documentary is about Native American Children who died at federal boarding schools after the U.S. Government took them from their tribe and homelands. It tells the story of the Northern Arapaho tribe's long battle to retrieve the remains of three boys who were buried at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania,

Northern Arapaho Chairman Jordan Dresser, who is an associate producer of the film, said, "This story was brought to us by the people who lived it – the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people whose ancestors experienced the harshest boarding schools. "It's their story, told in their voices, and they shared it because they wanted young people to learn from it and have a better future."

The June 20th screening will fulfill a pledge made by the producers to show the film first to residents of the Wind River Reservation.

"These pages are missing from American history books, despite or perhaps because it was a huge program of what some scholars have called 'cultural genocide," said Producer/Director Geoffrey O'Gara. "We're a relatively young country, and our history is very close and alive."

The film "Home From School" was awarded a Better Angels Lavine Fellowship, which is part of the Library of Congress Ken Burns/Lavine Prize for film.

The film is a co-production of Vision Maker Media, an entity of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Caldera Productions.

On June 20th, there will be a special screening event to honor those that made the film possible. The public screening will begin at 6:00 PM with doors opening at 5:30pm

A screening in Lander has been scheduled for Tuesday July 27th at The Grand Theater (sponsored by the LOR Foundation). Details will be announced shortly.

Writer and Director: Geoff O’Gara

Co-Producer: Sophie Barksdale

Associate Producer: Jordan Dresser

Edited by: Virginia Moore, Nathan Schucker, Kyle Nicholoff

Director of Photography: Nathan Schucker

For more information, go to www.homefromschoolfilm.com or for comments and media, inquiries contact rose@calderaproductions.com.

Home From School Trailer

Arapaho Phrase

"Fish" — nowo'uu

Click below to hear a fluent elder pronounce this week's phrase.

The audio is from the Arapaho Language App, which is made possible by our fluent elder speakers and Arapaho School district #38

Sky People to Honor College Graduates

The Sky People Higher Education Program (SPHE) will honor SPHE scholarship recipients from the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021.

The banquet will be held in the Blue Sky Room at the Wind River Casino on June 7th at 6:00 pm.

They plan to honor 13 graduates, who will be allowed to bring only two guests. SPHE will award each graduate with a certificate.

SPHE is currently accepting scholarship applications for the fall semester. The deadline is Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 at 4:45 pm.

Applications may be dropped off, emailed, or faxed.

If you have any questions please call the office at 307-332-5286.

Fax # 1-307-332-9104, Email: sphe2020@yahoo.com

Foundations For Nations Clothes and Food Pantry Summer Hours

Tuesdays — 11am-12pm

Thursdays— 4pm-5pm

Adress: 620 E Monroe Ave, Riverton Wy

Story Told By Jane Warren and Margaret G. Spoonhunter (Year Unkown)

"My Grandma said they had a square rawhide for a plate. After they used to eat, they would clean it. And when they used to travel, they used to take the gall and blow it up. That's what they used to put water in and they would take water along. They used to use a bone needle to sew their moccasins and everything was sewn together with sinew or buckskin. And when they needed to tie up stuff, they used to use a rawhide rope. I still have the buffalo rope they used to have. I have a small one and I have a big one my mother gave me. She made them just a short time ago, they're not old. When moving they'd roll up the hide that they used for bedding, I suppose they used to tie them. Also, a rawhide rope was used for packing wood. The woman folks used to pack wood on their backs. In Making moccasins, they used to cut them in the shape of a foot and they used to use rawhide for the soles. Then they used sinew to sew the buckskin and rawhide together. Then they used a sharp bone to sew them together. They made a flap on top. They used a sharp bone to cut the buckskin. They took a flat rock and just bent it down like that, or sometimes, just left it square. Now, they are beginning to shape them like shoes, since they got scissors."

Arapaho Language Summer Classes

The Arapaho Immersion Program (Great Plains location) will be hosting free immersion language classes. Anyone is welcome to come and learn.

Classes will be held at 9am to 12pm Monday through Friday. The address is 4 Great Plains Rd Arapaho, Wy 82510.

Classes are taught by Wayne C'Hair.

To contact the Immersion Program, call (307) 856-0409.

Arapaho Alphabet

B, C, E, H, I, K, N, O, S, 3, T, U, W, X, Y, '

The final apostrophe in the alphabet is called a "stop"

Bureau of Indian Affairs Public Notice

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting written comments for 30 days for the environmental assessment of a natural gas pipeline between Fort Washakie and Plunkett Rd.

See pdf below

Story Told by Brigette Trosper (Year Unkown)

"When I was a little girl, my grandfolks used to live around the White Hills area, just below the Seventeen Mile Crossing. I've seen the old building, it's a long log building with a dirt roof and floor. I remember seeing a garden and a dirt cellar there. My grandfather used to farm it, he'd just plow it with one horse. And when they seeded the grain, all the family had to get out and help seed by hand. And in the fall, they made their own ditches with crude tools. When they went and harvested their grain, they did it by scythe and they had to tie the grain with binder twine. Then they had to thresh it themselves, by stomping on it. Everything was done without machinery."

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