KWSO News Oct. 4, 2018

Warm Springs Tribal Council member Bridget McConville will be the keynote speaker and Yakama General Council executive Chairman Davis Washines will also address the audience in an event in Hood River October 8th in the city’s fourth annual observance of Indigenous People’s Day. The official proclamation of the day includes an event at 5pm at Overlook Memorial Park, the Hood River News reports. The first annual Indigenous People’s Day event in Hood River was organized in 2015. In 2016, the City of Hood River proclaimed the traditional Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day, and has continued to do so each year.  Each year, the number of cities and tribes that officially proclaim the second Monday in October day as Indigenous People’s Day continues to grow.

Native American actor Adam Beach will be in Warm Springs next week at the WSK8 Open House, which is on Wednesday October 10 from 5:30-6:30 in the community room. He will be showing some student films from his institute. Also – there will be BendFilm Festival showings at the Madras Performing Arts Center.  Transportation will be provided from Warm Springs to the PAC on Friday 10/12 and there will be a couple runs on Saturday 10/13.  Free admission bracelets will be given out on the bus and KWSO will also have bracelets available for anyone interested next Thursday and Friday.  Be listening for details about the bus and film schedule.

A high-ranking attorney at the National Congress of American Indians, under fire for alleged sexual harassment of fellow employees, has lost his job. Jacqueline Pata, NCAI’s executive director, confirmed the decision to Indianz.Com on Wednesday. She said John Dossett is no longer employed as senior counsel at the nation’s largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy organization after working there for more than 20 years. The announcement came after Dossett — using his NCAI email account — sent a lengthy statement to numerous tribal leaders and advocates in the afternoon. Through nearly eight pages, he defended his work for the organization and denied the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by former colleagues. According to Pata, NCAI didn’t know Dossett was going to send out the statement.

National Native American Hall of Fame will host its Inaugural Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Twelve Native Americans will be honored in the first class of inductees. They are: Olympians Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) and Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota); prima ballerina Maria Tallchief; writers Vine Deloria Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux) and N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa); artist Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache); advocates LaDonna Harris (Comanche Nation) and Eloise Cobell (Blackfeet); educator Lionel Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota); astronaut John Herrington (Chickasaw); fallen soldier Lori Piestewa (Hopi) and Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee Nation).