Taylor,

Three Affiliated Tribes

For College Fund scholarship recipient Taylor, a student at Grand Canyon University, combatting stereotypes and changing people’s perception of Native Americans is important to her mission of building connections among people. She straddles two worlds and embraces both, hoping to advance understanding and cooperation while also serving a desperate need in her community.

As a certified public accountant, Taylor will help her tribe improve their financial literacy. She’s already working in the real estate space as a mortgage loan officer and loves helping people in her community achieve their dream of home ownership. In doing so, she’s also helping to improve one of the lowest rates of home ownership among Americans.

Ultimately, Taylor wants to inspire other young people to reach for the stars. As a youth basketball coach, Taylor stresses the importance of discipline, the concept of “team,” and most importantly serves as a living, breathing example that there is a path to a better life through higher education.

Four-Vegetables-Mixed

Recipe

Four-Vegetables-Mixed

Student:
Taylor

Today, there are various traditional gardens across the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. When I was searching for a recipe that is both traditional and delicious, a friend of mine who works in the Tribal Education Department suggested a book titled Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians as Recounted by Buffalo Bird Woman by Gilbert L. Wilson. The book is filled with traditional Hidatsa gardening methods and recipes recounted by Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Native and expert gardener. As winter approaches, I thought it would be wise to suggest a winter dish called four-vegetables-mixed. The following recipe is an excerpt taken from Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians, Chapter III: Sunflowers.

To make this dish for a family of five, I did the following:

I put a clay pot with water on the fire.

I threw one double-handful of beans into the pot. I recommend sticking with this amount of beans, regardless of how many people you are cooking for.

When we dried squash in the fall we strung the slices upon strings of twisted grass, each seven Indian fathoms long. (An Indian fathom is the distance between a woman’s two hands outstretched on either side.) From one of these seven-fathom strings, I cut a piece as long as the distance from my elbow to the tip of my thumb; then I tied together the two ends of the severed piece, making a ring. Then I dropped it into the pot with the beans.

Once the squash slices were well-cooked I lifted them out of the pot by the grass string and placed them into a wooden bowl. With a horn spoon I chopped and mashed the cooked squash slices into a mass, which I then returned to the pot with the beans. I threw away the grass string.

Then I added four or five double-handfuls of mixed meal, of pounded parched sunflower seed and pounded parched corn. The whole thing boiled for a few minutes more and then it was ready for serving.

I have already mentioned how we parched sunflower seed. I used two or three double-handfuls of seed to a parching. I used two parchings of sunflower seed for one mess of four-vegetables-mixed. I also used two parchings of corn, but I put more corn into the pot at a parching than I did of sunflower seed.

Pounding the parched corn and sunflower seed reduced their bulk so that the four parchings— two of sunflower seed and two of corn—made four or five double-handfuls of the mixed meal.

Four-vegetables-mixed was freshly cooked; and the mixed corn-and-sunflower meal was also made each time. A little alkali salt might be added for seasoning, but even this was not usual. No other seasoning was used. Meat was not boiled with the mess, as the sunflower seed gave sufficient oil to furnish fat.

Four-vegetables-mixed was a winter food; and the squash used in its making was dried, sliced squash, never green, fresh squash. (Woman, 1917).

The Phantom Prince, My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall

Book

The Phantom Prince, My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall

Student:
Taylor

After watching a Netflix series in regard to a notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy, I was shocked but also intrigued. I wanted to read the book the series was based on. The Phantom Prince, My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall was published in 1981 and turned into a screenplay by Michael Werwie, which then became the Netflix series, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile, and Evil.” The book unveiled the chilling timeline Elizabeth Kendall endured throughout her relationship with Ted Bundy. The book was a horrifying read as I was reminded of the gruesome attacks these women faced, and the manipulation tactics he used on his own girlfriend.

I recommend this page-turner because the book is written from the perspective of a serial killer’s girlfriend that will keep you fascinated until the very end. The book was so spellbinding it led me to a movement that affects me directly. Missing and murdered women is an epidemic that women still very much face today. In fact, as a Native American woman, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, I am 10 times more likely to be murdered. This statistic alone is enough to send chills down my spine. This statistic led me to The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women. The CSVANW is a coalition that advocates for social change in our communities. They strive to bring awareness to the issues Native American women face in hopes of stopping the violence. As an indigenous woman, I urge everyone to spread the word of CSVANW to help break the cycles of violence in indigenous communities. No one should have to face the horrors Elizabeth Kendall or any of the victims of Mr. Bundy have faced. The CSVANW is a great starting point for creating change. To find more information or see how you can get involved visit their website at https://www.csvanw.org/what-we-do/.

Movie: Basketball, Water, and the Lost City of Elbowoods

Arts & Entertainment

Movie: Basketball, Water, and the Lost City of Elbowoods

Student:
Taylor

In the early 1940s, Elbowoods was a thriving town on the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara reservation. But it came to an abrupt halt when the Garrison Dam was constructed in 1953. The purpose of the dam was to prevent flooding, provide irrigation, and control water levels. Instead, it took a devastating toll on the people of Elbowoods when it flooded their town and forced them to relocate to higher ground. The water from the Garrison Dam continued to flood the flatlands and eventually the city of Elbowoods became what is now known as Lake Sakakawea. While the lake is now known for its beauty and recreational fun, for my people, it represents loss. Loss of a city, the best farming land in the world, and of a way of life.

The movie, Basketball, Water, and the Lost City of Elbowoods, which was produced by PBS and the three affiliated tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara), relives the excitement of a basketball team who made it to the North Dakota State Class “B” Championship that ended in controversy. It also covers the devastation of their hometown and the historical outcome of the lost city of Elbowoods.

JC Java Coffeehouse

Native Owned Business

JC Java Coffeehouse

Student:
Taylor

Every morning I wake up for work, get ready, and make sure I have my coffee. Coffee is my go-to morning drink providing me with the energy I need to get through the day. My favorite place to stop for coffee in the morning is at a local coffee shop called JC Java Coffeehouse—which is owned and managed by Three Affiliated Tribes Native, Joy Chapin. Joy has created a delightful environment with her coffeehouse. The setting of her shop is peaceful with relaxing music being played over the speakers. It is inspiring as you look around the shop and see various quotes perfectly positioned to set a positive tone for your day.

JC Java Coffeehouse handcrafts their espresso drinks and serves various delicious soups, salads, and paninis. They focus on customer satisfaction and treating people with kindness. If you are looking for a great way to start a brisk morning in New Town, ND, JC Java Coffeehouse on Main Street is it. You will be greeted with a ‘good morning’ at the door and leave with a positive quote placed on every drink cup to start your day right.

http://www.jcjavacoffeehouse.com/

Homelessness on Reservations

Social Issue

Homelessness on Reservations

When most people pass through the Fort Berthold Reservation during the evening hours, one thing stands out amongst the rest, oil flares. It is no secret that the Fort Berthold Reservation lies within the boundaries of the North Dakota oil boom nicknamed the Bakken. Oil flares burn bright and most nights they outshine people’s yard lights. In fact, if you were to conduct an oil flare to yard light ratio, oil flares would win 5-1. This is a direct result of a housing shortage in the communities located within the Reservation boundaries.

According to a study conducted by the Housing and Urban Development Office, “There were 58,000 families with children experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2017” (Sullivan, 2017). Although there are multiple reasons a family may be experiencing homelessness, there are multiple resources available for families to use. A great program that assists with housing needs is the Housing and Urban Development Office (HUD). HUD can assist with helping families become successful homeowners, renters, and even avoid foreclosure. HUD has continuously helped the Fort Berthold Reservation with eliminating some their housing needs but the demand for housing still exists. The need for housing does not only exist on the Fort Berthold Reservation but it is a nationwide crisis in Indian Country.

Another issue that arises is when Native Americans attempt to obtain lending for a home. Often times it is an intricate task due to the complexity of land ownership on reservations. Native American families often pass down to younger generations expanding the parcel owners to more than 10-20 landowners. If you are interested in helping resolve housing shortages in Indian Country call your congressional representative and express your concerns. Find your congressional representative’s contact via the link below:

Find your Congressional Representative

References
Sullivan, B. (2017). Homelessness Declines in Most Communities of the U.S. with Increases reported in High-Cost Areas. HUD No. 17-109, 1.

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