Located outside of Sante Fe New Mexico, The Institute of American Indian Arts has the first indigenous Master of Fine Arts program in the US. The program at IAIA is taught (mostly) by Natives, to Natives.

The goal of the IAIA program is to educate, to mentor and to launch a new style of Native literature by rejecting the conventional standards of white academic teaching. Many AIAI graduates move on to secure successful art careers. Teresa Marie Mailhot and Tommy Orange are the first graduates of The Institute of American Indian Arts who have returned to teach.

These Native American authors books were released within weeks of each other. Mailhot’s new memoir, Heart Berries was one of the most anticipated book releases of 2018. The book focuses on her life in the years between the foster care system and arriving at IAIA. Oranges book, There There tells the present-day story of twelve people gathered in Oakland for a powwow. Orange found himself in the middle of bidding war to publish his work that spanned several days.

Both authors were eager to finish and publish their works so they could return to teaching. At IAIA, students in he MFA program meet twice each year for intense eight-day sessions. This system makes it easier for those in the program to continue their education while raising families, working and living their lives. Successful artists returning to IAIA to share their knowledge and teach others seem to validate the success of the program.

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On January 18, 2018, the National Museum of the American Indian opened a new exhibit entitled “Americans” that will run until 2022. The exhibit explores how the images of Native Americans has played an important part in American’s visual culture.

Critics have called the exhibit, “Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success.”.

The debate over the appropriateness of Native American imagery spans the whole of America’s cultural landscape. Examples include Land-O-Lakes Butter, the Indian Chief motorcycle, and the he mascots of countless professional, high school, and college sports teams, including the Chiefs, Braves, Redskins, Warriors, and Blackhawks, among others.

The purpose of the exhibit is to examine how Native Americans have been become part of America’s visual culture while simultaneously suffering at the hands of Americans.

Native Americans have often been portrayed as cartoons, with little real understanding of what their culture actual entails. Warriors riding over the horizon in full headdress, a ridiculously cumbersome costume for anyone who expects actual fighting, is one apt example.

The exhibit wants its viewers to think about who Native Americans truly are, not just the stereotypical plains Indian, stoically posing for a photograph in full ceremonial garb, but the people who are still here, living their lives among their fellow Americans.

Side exhibits deal with specific examples from Native American history, including the Trail of Tears, Little Bighorn, and Pocahontas. The Thanksgiving holiday, and what children are taught about the place and role of Native Americans, is also touched on.

The U.S. Mint has issued a new $1 coin featuring the image of Native American Olympic hero Jim Thorpe. He was a member of the Sac and Fox (Meswaki) Nation tribes that were the original dwellers of what today is Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

Thorpe was the first Native American to win Olympic gold. He triumphed in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon at games conducted in Sweden that year. Thorpe went on to play professional football.

Thorpe was later stripped on his Olympic medals on a technicality. It was determined that he had played two years as a paid professional athlete before the 1912 events. Back then only amateurs qualified as Olympic competitors. However, his medals were officially restored in 1983 by the International Olympic Committee.

In the small Pennsylvania town of Jim Thorpe, the Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank saw a sudden influx of customers stream in to purchase the new Jim Thorpe coin after it’s release on Feb. 15. The small city was formerly known as Mauch Chunk before being renamed in honor of the great American and Native athlete.

The new $1 Jim Thorpe coin joins other dollar coins honoring Native Americans. The Sacagawea coin was issued in 2000, and a coin honoring the Navajo “Code Talkers” of World War II was issued in 2016. A coin celebrating the Kahnawake Mohawk and Akwesasne Mohawk Iron Workers was released by the U.S. Mint in 2015.

The Native American themed coins have proved extremely popular with collectors.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is undergoing a major shift in its display of Native American artwork. Native American pieces are currently lumped together with pieces from Africa and Oceania. Meanwhile, “American” art is kept separate. The American wing of the MET contains colonial art and more modern works of art by American master artists.

In the fall of 2018, Native American art will be moved and displayed with the colonial and other American art in the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is where it rightly belongs. Yes, it is indigenous art, but it is also American art.

The move was made after many patrons from abroad had complained that the indigenous art from America was grouped in an entirely separate section from the rest of American art. In most other countries, indigenous art is found together with the more modern art of a country. This way, people can see the evolution of indigenous art all the way to the classical and contemporary masterpieces that we have today.

Another good move for Native American culture and art is that a benefactor has donated a significant collection of Native American art to be displayed for the new exhibits in the American wing. This will further help highlight the incredible works of art and culture that the indigenous Native Americans have. It will also share their story.

My thoughts on this are the following. I believe this is the right move and that patrons to the museum will like it. It makes sense chronologically and helps tell the story not only of our country but the indigenous people and culture that was present here.

Highland Capital Management, is a billion-dollar investment manager. It was founded in 1993 by Mark Okada and Jim Dondero; it operates across a variety of asset classes within the alternative landscape that include separate accounts, mutual funds, and ETFs.

Highland Capital Management in Dallas, Texas, continues to support George W. Bush presidential center through a $10 million endowment gift, that will help the Bush centers of public programs. This Capital Management will become the Sponsor presenting for the series called Engage at the Center, presented by Highland Management that brings in leaders, authors, and newsmakers to the Center for discussions and lectures whole through the year. Read this article at Dallas News.

This collaborated announcement was called out today by CEO of Bush Presidential Center Kenneth Hersh, and Jim Dondero, president, and co-founder of Highland Capital. Hersh commented that as a supporter of the Center, Highland Capital management has immensely helped the center become what it is today, and now through their outstanding gift, Highland will make a particular investment shortly.

In total Highland Capital has contributed in over $5 million to the Center, and helped fund the Bush Center facilities back in 2013, making them founding benefactors. Dondero also pointed out by how impressed they are by the Center’s influence nationwide and by how it impacts the community.

Highland is very proud to sponsor such work and be part of the Center’s long-term vision. James Dondero will join the executive advisory council of Bush Center president and CEO Kenneth. Learn more about Highland Capital at Affiliate Dork.

On Monday the 5th February, Highland Capital has an event. The series is mixed with a unique two-part program, admission will be free of charge, but guests are required to register. The evening will begin with a dialogue with Christopher Scalia, the late Antonin Scalia’s son. The second part of the evening will have a panel of experts discussing media landscape, and James Madison’s thought about it.

The event will have Jeffery Rosen, President, and CEO of the National Constitution Center and Amy Mitchell present. The popular Engage Series has attracted crowds and has been on the pillar of the Center’s agenda in 2015. Previous programs have shown a wide range of leaders and newsmakers.

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On February 3, 2018, the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits association held the largest powwow ever to celebrate transgender Native Americans. Native Americans use the term “two-spirit” to describe transgender, gay, and lesbian peoples in their culture. Prior to American colonization, Native American peoples viewed gender and sexuality as part of a continuum and recognized that there were masculine and feminine traits in all individuals. The patriarchal society that resulted from colonization impacted the way Native Americans viewed two-spirits. Presently, there is a movement within Native American culture to recognize and support two-spirit people. This San Francisco powwow was part of that initiative.

Several two-spirits spoke at the powwow, including Sheldon Raymore of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. Raymore stated that two-spirits face oppression, violence, and stigma. Spider from the Tsalagihi Ayeli tribe said that in the past, two-spirits were considered to be healers, but in recent years, they were considered poison, and went into hiding. She encouraged two-spirit youth to just be themselves.

Ben Geboe, of the Yankton Sioux tribe stated that right now there are about 25,000 lawsuits against the United States government by Native tribes over land rights. Geboe said that Native people are constantly having to stand up, resist, and assert themselves. This powwow was part of a larger initiative of 562 Native American tribes in the US to preserve Native culture.

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren has received a lot of criticism for stating that she has a mixed heritage that includes links to Cherokee and Delaware Native Americans. President Donald Trump has often fueled the criticism by referring to her as “Pocahontas.” Senator Warren addressed this matter again on Wednesday, February 14, while speaking to the National Congress of American Indians. Instead of trying to prove her claims to the assembled leaders, she admitted that she has no official proof. She noted that the bigger issue is how Native Americans are treated in the United States, and promised to use every future criticism as an opportunity to bring attention to Native American struggles. Many of Warren’s critics blasted her failure to provide evidence and her decision to not demand that the tribal leaders recognize her claims.

U.S. citizens of primarily European descent often have difficulty tracing Native American lineage: Historically, those of European descent trying to prove their right to lay claim to land often used anecdotal stories about Native American ancestors. Many people, especially the poor, were also able to gain greater social status at certain points in history by stating that they had one or more Native American relatives. Cherokee heritage was one of the most common ones claimed by European settlers. One possible reason that Cherokee heritage came up so often might be because the Cherokee bloodlines became difficult to trace after the Trail of Tears Cherokee relocation.

That said, plenty of European descendants do have one or more Native American ancestors because several Native Americans tribes used intermarriage to build diplomatic ties. Over time, a lot of “whites” became ashamed of having “mixed” blood because of fear of harassment or mistreatment by peers and even the government. Senator Warren’s own story seems to suggest that her mother’s family refused to sign tribal rolls because they were avoiding registration and possibly dealing with shame and intermarriage prejudice.

Notwithstanding brief lodging, GSH makes bollards, monitor shacks and custom structures for customers including the United States Navy. Barbara Stokes moved on from Mercer University in 2001, which is where she learned about both Biomedical Engineering and Physics. During her time at Mercer University, Stokes learned more about Manufacturing and Management as well.

Barbara Stokes and her staff have demonstrated initiative in the face of the aftermath of natural disasters. Barbara Stokes arrived to GSH of Alabama following broad involvement with Pisces Corporation and Boeing. Stokes’s work experience includes government contracting and is pleased to take control of GSH in advocating and contributing to FEMA and the United States Government’s goal of helping people following natural disasters. Read more about Barbara Stokes at WDRB.com.

Barbara is not only the CEO at GSH of Alabama, but she also makes time to volunteer in the Huntsville community while raising her three children. Barbara Stokes is a characteristic pioneer, and is glad to be trusted by offices including FEMA and the US military. Notwithstanding brief lodging, GSH makes bollards, monitor shacks and custom structures for customers including the United States Navy.

Established in 2008, Green Structure Homes of Alabama, LLC is a Disaster Relief Contractor situated in Huntsville, Alabama. GSH of Alabama, LLC offers a total scope of answers for government and private segment clients, using restrictive cutting edge configuration, building, and assembling strategies. GSH conveys demonstrated administration to the business. Barbara Stokes, CEO, and Scott Stokes, COO, alongside senior administration have more than thirty years of consolidated involvement in Disaster Relief. Read more about Barbara Stokes at crunchbase.com.

“GSH is pleased to help FEMA’s main goal to give alleviation to every one of those influenced by Hurricane Harvey,” said Barbara J. Stirs, Chief Executive Officer. “We are focused on giving the absolute best in esteem and quality to our clients.” Chief Operations Officer Scott B. Feeds included, “GSH’s homes are best in class and incorporate creative and extraordinary security highlights planned and designed appropriate here in Huntsville. Each new home delivered comes standard with a programmed fire concealment framework.”

Whenever tropical storms, tornados and different catastrophes attack American people group, GSH is there to give brief sanctuaries to influenced groups. As the champs of a $28.5 million FEMA contract, GSH has really extended its activities and procured more laborers with a specific end goal to take care of demand for transitory lodging. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, rapidly spreading fires and different fiascos, there has been extraordinary interest for GSH’s items.

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Historians say that photographer Edward Curtis probably had more influence on the public perception of Native Americans that any other person. But the works of Curtis are highly controversial. Native groups today have mixed feeling about the legacy that a single white man cast upon an entire race of people.

Even though Edward Curtis died almost 70 years ago, his work will take center stage again as various institutions across the state of Washington plan to host an exhibition of his photographic art called “Beyond The Frame – To Be Native.” Curtis spent most of his career working in Washington.

While many are grateful to Curtis for the extraordinary effort he put into preserving the pre-European invasion image of Native American through thousands of photographs, his work has since been criticized for creating something of a false reality.

Curtis often altered his portraits to make them look more exotic. He took matters into his own hands by creating images that were more idealized than authentic. For example, Curtis encouraged his subjects to wear clothing and jewelry, such as nose rings, that were never a real part of the tribal people’s cultural look.

Backers of the project say that part of the reason the exhibition is being brought back is to give today’s Native Americans a chance to voice their opinions and educate the public about the true legacy of America’s first inhabitants.

The photographic exhibit was launched on Feb. 16, the birthday of Edward Curtis. He was born in 1868 and died in 1952.

Michael Hagele can easily be considered one of the top legal counsels for technology companies in a variety of industries. Working in biotechnology, aerospace, defense hospitality, the restaurant and internet industries, he has not only provided counsel, but has also actively been an investor and a business owner. Backing his experience is his two degrees, receiving both a BA from the University of Iowa and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

While Michael prides himself in staying productive and effective as an attorney, there are times he must take a break from all of the madness to clear his mind and generate new ideas. As an outdoors kind of guy, he can often be found taking bike rides and soaking up the scenery around him. Ultimately, this can be considered one of the down times he has that actually gives back to his clients, as he usually thinks of his best ideas while on these scenic rides. Follow Michael Hagele on Instagram for more updates.

On the other hand, Mr. Hagele thrives on productivity and optimized results, meaning its not all about downtime. Having pride in being trusted legal counsel, he is highly customer focused and often strategizes on ways to bring more value to his customers by providing service they can’t find just anywhere. Furthermore, as an investor, it is critical for him to spend time watching trends and patterns, while finding new technologies that will offer optimal efficiencies in his investments, in his business and with his clients.

Some of Michael Hagele’s key tools in his career are considered to be social media, plenty of physical activity, reflecting on his failures and being grateful for where he came from. For instance, Michael often reflects on that cold morning in Chicago where he made the decision to take control of his life and his education. To add, you may also find him working his body to keep his mind sharp or using social media to bring value.

No matter where you dig into Hagele’s life, it will be plain to see that he is not your everyday counsel.

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