A Cheyenne Voice – Dec 13th

Northern Cheyenne Ethnobotany Project: Identifying Current Plant Use Knowledge for Treating Chronic Disease among Citizens of the Northern Cheyenne Nation—by Joan Hantz

This project is being funded by Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). The National Institutes of Health awarded this grant to Montana State University – Bozeman in support of this project. Chief Dull Knife College has received a sub-award and is working collaboratively with MSU. This study is the ascertain the current state of plant use knowledge and practice as it relates to chronic disease among citizens of the Northern Cheyenne Nation; and, to identify and support initiatives that may renew Northern Cheyenne ethnobotanical customary practices. Approximately, 25 elders will be interviewed to gather traditional plant knowledge. Interviewing will begin in January of 2014. The goal is to conduct research on the identification of traditional plants and their current use by members of the Northern Cheyenne Nation who currently reside on the reservation. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Chief Dull Knife College hosted a lunch for elders in the community to inform them of the Ethnobotical project. The College is seeking potential Northern Cheyenne members that could possibly be interviewed to gather plant use knowledge. Anthony Whitedirt is the student intern for the Ethnobotan project. Anthony is compiling plant names, uses, photos and the Cheyenne name and creating a database with the information.

A Cheyenne Voice – Nov 29th

Tester pushes new bill to support Native American children

Senator’s legislation seeks to improve quality of life, reduce childhood poverty
(U.S. SENATE) – Montana’s only member of the Senate Indian Af-fairs Committee is backing new legislation to improve the quality of life for Native American children.
Senator Jon Tester is supporting a bipartisan bill that will create a na-tional Commission on Native American Children. The panel will recommend new ways to reduce childhood poverty and abuse in Indian Country while improving economic opportunities.
―It’s unacceptable that so many Native children find themselves without the opportunity to suc-ceed,‖ Tester said.
―Montana’s Native Americans have a proud history and tradition, and we need to find more ways to improve the quality of life for our future generations.‖
Tester’s bill, which was introduced by North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, will determine which current government initiatives are working well and recommend ways to better use resources, im-prove program coordination and develop stronger data to track pro-gress.
Currently, 37 percent of Native American children live in poverty, with only 50 percent of Native American children graduating from high school.
Tester, who visits each of Montana’s seven Indian reservations nearly every year, recently met with the Dean of Admissions from Little Big Horn College, Dr. David Small, to discuss the importance of improving education in Indian Country.
Tester’s bill, the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commis-sion on Native Children Act, is supported by the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Education Association and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

A Cheyenne Voice – Nov 15th

2013 Veterans Day Celebration—Northern Cheyenne

Hundreds of people showed up at the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Offices on Monday, November 11th to honor Northern Cheyenne Veterans. Lead organizer, Georgiane Kellum reported that the turnout was ―wonderful.‖ Activities included a traditional flag song; the display of flags, photos, medals etc. from individual Cheyenne veterans ( George Littlehead, George Kellum, Harry Littlebird, James King, Kenneth Beartusk, Joe Walksalong, the Highwalking family, Allen Rowland). ―Next year, we welcome more families to bring photos, flags and other items for display,‖ Ms. Kellum urged. A highlight of the activity was the National Anthem performed by tribal member Morgan King. An emotional and moving part of the event was the traditional reading of Northern Cheyenne Veteran names, starting with the warriors at the Battle of the Little Big Horn and moving forward to contemporary times. ―So many of our families have Veterans who have served in each war or conflict,‖ Kellum noted. Assisted by Tribal Vice- President Winfield Russell, a large group of community volunteers stepped forward to organize the event. Kellum specifically wanted to acknowledge and thank the following individuals (hoping not to forget anyone, if so, please forgive the omission.): Cleone Hiwalking, Rynalea Whiteman Pena, Renessa Russette; Neal and Diane Beartusk, Rae Peppers and family, Eloise Whitewolf, Letha Whitewolf, Jolene Spang, Florine Whiteman, Randal, Dallas and Jack Littlehead, Stacie Joiner and many others.

A Cheyenne Voice – Oct 4th

Government Shutdown—Already Affecting The Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Federal Agencies and Lame Deer Public Schools

The atmosphere in the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Chambers on October 2nd, 2013 was subdued. Acting Tribal President Winfield Russell met with Tribal Program Directors to discuss the effects of the Government ―Shut Down‖ on the Northern Cheyenne Tribe which relies heavily upon the Federal Government to provide services and pro-grams.
―The Tribal Administration and tribal Council have been meeting to prepare for a continued shutdown,‖ Russell advised the pro-gram directors. ―We don‘t know yet if the U.S. Government has answers, but if we have to take certain measures, we will. If the situation does not change by Friday (October 4th) stand by for possible furloughs.‖ Russell also issued a general memorandum establishing an immediate moratorium on all Travel and Training. ―Due to the lack of Federal appropriations and the unresolved funding legislation currently occurring in the U.S. Congress, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe is experiencing severe adverse impacts in the form of lack of Federal funds to continue certain Tribal program activities. The failure…has resulted in a bleak financial condition for the Tribal Government,‖ the memo advised.

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A Cheyenne Voice – September 20th

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester recently visited Lame Deer to meet with tribal leaders and discuss
their priorities. Tester’s visit was part of his August work around the state to meet with Montanans.
Tester met with members of the Northern Cheyenne Council. Tester and the members
discussed economic development opportunities, ways to increase access to affordable housing, and
how to improve health care.
“Growing Montana’s economy depends on making sure all of our communities have a chance to
succeed,” said Tester, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “I visit each tribe at least once
a year to hear directly from tribal leaders and community members about their priorities.”
During Tester’s visit to Lame Deer, he toured the new wing of the elementary school. He also
met with a group of community members who are concerned about violence on the reservation.
Tester recently hosted a listening session on economic development in Indian Country with Senate
Indian Affairs Committee Chair Maria Cantwell in Missoula. Representatives from all of Montana’s
tribes attended, including Northern Cheyenne Acting President Winfield Russell.
Upon returning to the Senate, Tester is working with his colleagues on the Indian Affairs Committee
to reauthorize the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA). The bill
addresses some of the concerns raised by the tribal council by streamlining the housing assistance process,
allowing tribes access to veterans’ housing assistance and encouraging the use of low-income
housing credits for project that serve Indian Country.

A Cheyenne Voice – Sept 6th

Llevando ―Cowboy  Fisher Vs. L. Jace Killsback For Tribal President

Former Tribal President and current Birney Tribal Council
member Llevando “Cowboy” Fisher, pulled off a “long shot” as a last
minute write in candidate during the Northern Cheyenne Primary
held on September 5th, 2013. With the second highest number of
votes (205) he advances to the General Election facing L. Jace Killsback,
(254), current Busby Council member.
Killsback was also a candidate for Tribal President in the
2012 fall election for losing by a substantial margin.
The votes were widely split among the field of the other nine
candidates on the ballot. John Robinson who was removed from office
by the Tribal Council also ran, but trailed in votes.
Fisher who is running on a the issue of reform and improvement
of Tribal programs, notably the Tribal Housing Authority, is
also pushing for accountability of the Tribal Council.
The general election will be held during the first week of October.

A Cheyenne Voice – Aug 23rd


The weekly “Soup Day” hosted by Chief Dull Knife College on August 15th needs to go down in contemporary Cheyenne history.  For the first time in recent memory, Northern Cheyenne language speakers hosted fifteen “cousins” from the Southern Cheyenne Tribe in Oklahoma for a traditional feast (drymeat soup, frybread, juneberry pudding and sweets) and a time of visiting.  The southern delegation came to Northern Cheyenne with a mission: “How can we preserve our language?  In Oklahoma, the spoken Cheyenne language is nearly lost.” Margaret Behan, a Southern Cheyenne who lives at Northern Cheyenne helped coordinate events for the visitors. Ida E. Hoffman, Chief of Staff for the Southern Cheyenne Tribe who coordinated the event, reportied that the Tribal government paid for the Elder Culture trip.  Hoffman and others are developing programs to re-teach the tribal language.

The journey included a stop at Bear Butte, a sacred site to both Tribes; the visit to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation; Crow Fair and other points of interest before the return to Oklahoma. During the luncheon and discussion, many familial ties were noted. Karen Littlecoyote, Southern Cheyenne explained that her brother Perry Little Coyote married into the Northern Cheyenne and lived most of his life in Montana. “I am very proud to be a Cheyenne,” she concluded. Dr. Richard Littlebear and Tribal President Winfield Russell addressed the group, first in the Cheyenne language and then translating to English. Littlebear explained the certification process for Cheyenne language instructors, requiring a rigorous reading and writing exam.

A Cheyenne Voice – August 9th


At the close of business on August 6th, the filing deadline for the Tribal President’s vacancy, nine candidates filed to run for the office of Tribal President. The candidates who will be on the ballot for the Primary election in September include: Stewart Gardner, George Elkshoulder, L. Jace Killsback, R.D. Bailey, Joe Fox, Jr, John Robinson, Georgianne Kellum, George Scalpcane and William Walksalong. The primary election will be held on September 5th.. The two top vote getters will then advance to the general election in October

A Cheyenne Voice – July 26th


The fifth annual Language Immersion Camp took place this week (July 22-26) at Crazy Head Springs. The annual event, sponsored and funded by Chief Dull Knife College provides the opportunity for youth ages 11-17 to engage in activities that promote the Cheyenne language and culture. “During this week, we talk the Cheyenne language, camp together in the old way, share meals, cultural activities and enjoy one another’s company. It’s a wonderful week that we all look forward to,” said VerDa King, organizer and CDKC Cheyenne language instructor.

The camp is provided at no charge to the youth supported by a variety of grants and charitable donations, generated by Dr. Richard Littlebear, Tribal College President. “I don’t know how he does it,” Verna said. “But, he manages to come up with the funding year-after-year.”

“The camp is an essential part of our language retention effort,” Dr. Littlebear remarked. “Engaging our young people in our language and culture is essential.” This year, forty students who are very interested in the Cheyenne language, culture and traditions attended: Kaylee Soldier Wolf; Donnita Scott; Kallie Scott; Shelby King; So’taee’e Tall Bull, Kenyon Russell, Trey A. Wolf Black; Alijah M. Wolf Black, Tamia Rose Two Moons, Cole Two Moons, Deira Elk Shoulder, Elias Elk Shoulder, Manipi Elk Shoulder, Angel Russell, Veronica James Suntaya Clubfoot, Alaina Cree Clubfoot, Kaya Rogers, Christian Middle Rider; Eryn Limberhand, Camron Spotted Elk, Spring Bearcomesout, Mickey J. Selage, Alisha Capitan, Tnaden Whistling Elk, Tanyen Whistling Elk, Isaaiah Capitan, Josiah Soldierwolf, Sheldon King, Summer Longsioux, Araya Beartusk, Ociola Bement, Tatyanna Pine, Tessa James, Jamie Woodenlegs, Cory Clubfott, Jr., and Trent Kaline