Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
August 26, 2000 - Issue 17


Call for Papers

The 15th annual California Indian Conference will be held at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California on October 14-15, 2000. The California Indian Conference is an annual gathering for the exchange of views and information among academics, American Indians, students, and other community members. Any topic reflecting humanistic, scientific, social, literary, or historical concern with alifornia Indian people and their heritage is welcome. Past topics have included literatures, and stories.

Anyone interested in giving a paper or making a presentation should send an abstract of 150 words to Dr. LaMay at the address below by
September 1, 2000. Abstracts received after this date will be considered only if space is available on the program. Please be sure to include an address, e-mail address, and phone number and state if you are available both days. Inquiries are welcome as well.

We are pleased to announce that selected papers may be considered for later publication in several journals. You may wan to keep this in mind as you conceptualize your presentations.

Admission to the conference will be $30.00 for all persons attending. Special conference airfare, rental car, hotel rates and other benefits available.

Click here for conference travel information (Special discounts on air fare, hotels, and rental cars) Click here for conference travel information (Special discounts on air fare, hotels, and rental cars)

Abstracts should be submitted to California Indian Conference, Registration or Abstract, Dr. LaMay ( E-mail) , 909-941-2162 (message), Department of English, 5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91737-2783). Selected papers will be published by Studies in American Indian Literatures (S.A.I.L), News from Native California, Tribal College, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal.
Click on News for the latest on the conference as well as the links listed below.

Abstracts Conference Committee Pre-Registration Form Conference Poster: Check out our home page at:

"Truth and Lies,"
A new exhibit of multicultural artists, will open
Friday, August 11th at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA.
Each artist exposes the truths about-and-behind lies which have been perpetuated for generations.

Featured Native American Artists are:

George Longfish (Seneca/Tuscarora) - mixed media on canvas; large scale
Sandy Osawa (Spokane) - "On & Off the Rez" documentary profiling Charlie Hill
Rabbett Strickland (Ojibwe) - oils on canvas; large scale
David Yohn - multimedia/video installation
Diane Way - computer rendered photography and art, and projected images

Please join us in support of this exciting and courageous exhibit:

Reception Tuesday, August 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Exhibit run: August 11 - October 15, 2000

Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA
(408) 247-3754

Museum hours: Tuesday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Minnesota Indian Mental Health Conference 2000
"Walking in Harmony Towards Wellness"

Mark your calendars and reserve your room for the upcoming State Indian Mental Health Conference being held at the

Fortune Bay Resort and Casino
September 6, 7, & 8, 2000

Speakers include:
Don Coyhis, Dr. Raymond Sampson, Debra Westenberger, Dr.Sandra Parson, Cecelia Firethunder

Other Events include:
Break out sessions, cookout, lake cruises, mini powwow, Talking Circles

To register for rooms please call Fortune Bay Resort and Casino at 1 800 555-1714

or Super 8 in Ely, Mn. 1 800-800-8000
Or Holiday Inn in Ely 1 800-365-5070

For more information contact Frank Connor at 218 757-0111

Northern Plains Regional Indian Diabetes Conference
Healthy Paths to Native Lifestyles

August 29 & 30, 2000
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Prior Lake, Minnesota

Registration is FREE
Advance registration required.

For Native American Living with Diabetes

Joint Event sponsorship courtesy of:
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe and the
Association on American Indian Affairs

For more information:
SMSC Health Department 952-496-6150

The University of Nevada, Reno is presenting a two and a half day course,
“Consulting with Native American Groups,”
September 12-14, 2000 in Seattle, Washington.
Space is limited Register today!

Course Description:
Federal law and rules mandate various levels of consultation with affected or potentially affected parties when significant heritage resources are threatened by either federal or state projects. The course is for both tribal and non-tribal groups with whom governmental officials must consult. Tribal sovereignty, laws, internal procedures and traditional concerns may conflict with non-Indian expectations. Learn how to create a constructive consultation environment and how to facilitate effective cross-cultural communication.
Instructors: Joe Watkins and Leonard Forsman

Date: September 12-14, 2000
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Tue. & Wed., 8:30 am to noon on Thurs.

Course Fee: $495, includes instruction, materials & refreshments

Location: Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport

Questions and registration:

For course location, registration and information contact Crystal Metzenheim at:

University of Nevada, Reno
College of Extended Studies
Continuing and Distance Education/048
Heritage Resources Management Program
Reno, NV 89557

Ph (775) 784-4046 or toll free (800) 233-8928

The National Intertribal Tax Organization
presents the 2000 Intertribal Tax Conference

The National Intertribal Tax Organization presents the 2000 Intertribal Tax Conference October 18-20, 2000 at the Double Tree Hotel at Warren Place in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Early registration cost is $250 per person or $225 for groups of 3 or more registering at the same time recieved by October 6, 2000.

General session will include topics such as Tribal Taxation and Sovereignty, Recent Legislative Developements, Economic Impact of State and Tribal Tax Agreements also, Vehicle Registration and Privilege-Gas Tax. The schedule will also include breakout sessions on Gaming, Utilities and Right of Way Taxes, Setting up Tax Codes and Auditing and Compliance.

Make your reservations now by calling (918) 495-1000. Mention the NITO when making reservations to recieve the special discounted rate.

For questions please call Mary or Crystal at (918) 287-4166 or by Email at or



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