Thursday, November 17, 2011

NARF Recognizes Kunani Nihipali

At last month’s board meeting we also recognized Kunani Nihipali, our former Board of Directors Vice-Chairman and longtime supporter for his years of service to NARF and Native Hawaiian issues.

Mr. Nihipali is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and a longtime advocate for Native Hawaiians. He is the Vice President and Director of the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council (dba Ke Kia’i), which works to protect traditional and customary practices and build economic independence. He is also the Director of the Pacific Alliance Advisors (PA‘A) and a core group member of Aloha First, a Native Hawaiian initiative for peace and survival. In addition, Mr. Nihipali is also a director with the Pu’a Foundation.

Mr. Nihipali has also served as the Project Director and an instructor of E Hana Like (working together) programs for Kanaka children and adults through grants from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Mr. Nihipali rounds out his expertise with his awareness of farming, fishing, language, video technician work, grant writing, the arts (multi-media contemporary, traditional visual, and performing), restoration of cultural sites and rebuilding of contemporary burial and sacred sites for na iwi kupuna through the Ola Na Iwi Project.

Finally, Mr. Nihipali served as the Po’o (Head) of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna o Hawai’i Nei (Hui Malama), a group caring for the ancestors of ka pae ‘aina o Hawai’i through repatriation and reinterment. Hui Malama has conducted reburial ceremonies throughout the Hawaiian island archipelago, and based on cultural training and practice, legal standing, and national and international efforts, the group has repatriated over 5,700 iwi kupuna and moepu from thirty-one institutions in the United States, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and Scotland.

We will greatly miss Mr. Kihipali and his wife, Ipo. Thank you both for your support and dedication.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NARF Recognizes the Service of Delia M. Carlyle

At last month’s board meeting NARF recognized Delia M. Carlyle, our former Board Chairwoman and longtime supporter for her years of service to NARF and Native American issues.

Ms. Carlyle is currently a member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Council. During her years on the Council, she has served in the capacity of Chairwoman, Vice-Chairwoman, and Secretary. Ms. Carlyle also served as the Chairwoman of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and she is the first recipient of the Phyllis Bigpond Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Carlyle joined the staff at the Ak-Chin Community Center, currently known as the Service Center, in 1978 and was appointed its Director in 1994. Her professional and political service to the Community Center and the Community Council enable her to assist with creating and implementing programs in areas such as housing, health, transportation, social services, education and community development, all of which directly benefit her community.

Ms. Carlyle graduated from Maricopa High School in 1974, and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas and Central Arizona College. As a community and civic leader, Ms. Carlyle, has been recognized many times for her service and contributions. Despite her many accomplishments, Ms. Carlyle firmly believes her greatest achievements are her children and grandchildren.

Thank you, Ms. Carlyle, for your dedicated service to NARF.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

John Echohawk to Speak at CU

John Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund, will be coming to speak at Colorado Law, Wolf Law Building on the Boulder campus on Friday at 6 pm in the Wittemyer Court Room.

Mr. Echohawk, Pawnee, was the first graduate of the University of New Mexico's special program to train Indian lawyers, and was a founding member of the American Indian Law Students Association while in law school. John has been with NARF since its inception, having served continuously as Executive Director since 1977. He has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and has received numerous service awards and other recognition for his leadership in the Indian law field. John will be sharing his personal perspective on his experience in the field of native rights activism, for the purpose of inspiring aspiring professionals for the future.

What John means to the community, and what he has achieved in the field of Indian Law is hardly encompassed in his bio. This will be a special event, and welcome you, your friends, family, co-workers and everybody else to come!

For more information click HERE.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Staff Attorney Kim Gottschalk moderating a workshop on the UNDRIP

If you're at NCAI this week and interested in learning more about the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), NARF Staff Attorney Kim Gottschalk will be moderating the workshop, Moving UNDRIP to Action. The workshop will be an opportunity for tribal leaders, advocates, and representatives to learn about how to strategically use the UNDRIP at the local, regional, and national level to affect change.

Click this link for more information.

NARF, TEDNA, and CTUIR present briefing on the Native Class Act

Interested in learning more about Indian education efforts in Congress? NARF Staff Attorney Amy Bowers will present a briefing on the Native Class Act at NCAI this Wednesday, November 2 in Portland, OR. Amy will discuss how the Act increases tribal sovereignty and funding available to tribal governments for education purposes. Follow this link for more information.

Boulder Conversations with EXTRAORDINARY People

Native American Rights Fund's Executive Director John Echohawk will speak at the Boulder History Museum’s Conversations with Extraordinary People event. Please follow this link for ticket information.

John Echohawk has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and has received numerous service awards and other recognition for his leadership in the Indian law field.

Find more information HERE.