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OBSN Newsletter_Spring 2012_special edition


SPRING 2012 SPECIAL EDITION American Healthy Eating Project—Special Edition this area! Please don’t hesitate to try and grow a few heirloom vege-tables in your gar-den this year. HEALTHY NATIVE NORTH CAROLINAINS Occaneechi Village Tours The Tribe received grant funds from the American Indian Healthy Eating Pro-ject, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We are now partnering with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs, UNC American Indian Cen-ter, and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a new initiative called Healthy Native North Carolinians, funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. In We continue to host our popular educa-tional tours of our Tribal Property. Many public, private, and home-schooled children, their parents and teachers come to our facility in order to learn about Southeastern Ameri-can Indian culture before and after the United States was created. During the-se tours I am in-trigued how attendees often cringe when we dis-cuss traditional hunting, fishing, and trapping. On occa-sion, many attendees ask me “why do you kill animals?” Ironi-cally, no one passes on the opportunity to feel the 20 differ-ent animal hides at the end of the presenta-tion. This is the se-cond most popular activity, behind the bow and arrow demonstration. The-se tours are a great way to showcase our Tribe’s efforts to ed-ucate and share our culture with our neighbors while pro-moting our own efforts to return to healthy eating and healthy foods, and healthy food prepa-ration. Many of the crops that are demonstrated are still grown, harvest-ed, or collected by our community members that live in Returning to Healthy Eating & Healthy Food Occaneechi Village Tours by Sharn Jeffries Upcoming Events  Mebane Dogwood Festival—Downtown Mebane, NC—April 27th & 28th, 2012  Occaneechee State Park Native American Heritage Festival– Clarksville, VA May 14th, 2012—Saturday  Occaneechi “Celebrating 10 Years of Recognition” Pow Wow—June 9th, 2012—Satruday (see insert)  Tribal Council Meetings March 15th 2012—6:30pm April 9th 2012 6:30pm May 10th 2012 6:30pm June 14th 2012 6:30pm July 12th 2012 6:30pm Inside this issue: Message from Trib-al Chair 2 Tools for Healthy Tribes 3 Healthy Eating Workshop 4 Unity Conference Presention & Mes-sage from the First Lady 5 First Pow Wow of the Season 6 Announcements & 27th Annual OBSN Pow Wow 7 Revised Donation Form 8 OBSN Voice

Message From the Tribal Chair fruitful opportunities for our Tribe to grow and develop health, cultural, and econom-ic angles into our Tribal activi-ties and actions.” Recently, we have been approved for funding and look forward to hopefully beginning Healthy, Native North Carolin-ians this fall. At the 2012 Unity Conference Vice Chair, Sharn Jeffries pre-sented a report for the pro-gress of the OBSN’s healthy eating initiatives. Biwa, Tony Hayes OBSN Tribal Chairperson Last year at the Unity Confer-ence 2011, we shared our Tribe’s health initiatives dur-ing a collaboration building workshop. W.A. “Tony” Hayes, Tribal Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Indian Economic De-velopment Initiative shared our success with hosting our OBSN Health Circle and the importance of letting our Tribal brothers and sisters know we want to see them grow old and be healthy. Dur-ing the Unity Conference, we teamed up with six other NC Tribes and four Urban Indian Organizations to request sup-port from Kate B. Reynolds Foundation for a two-year capacity building workshop series focused on community change around healthy eating and active living. Tony “is ex-cited about our Tribe’s con-tinued path with community food projects and partner-ships.” He believes “these col-laborative endeavors are OBSN Voice This publication is produced by the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Tribal Council The newsletter features items of interest to enrolled Occaneechi-Saponi people and is distributed FREE of charge to these members. Tammy Hayes-Hill & Sharn Jeffries Newsletter Editors DEADLINE DATES: (Please note change) April 30 (May/Jun/Jul/Aug) Aug. 30 (Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec) SEND ALL ADDRESS CORRECTIONS TO: Occaneechi-Saponi Tribal Office P.O. Box 356 Mebane, NC 27302-0356 (336) 227-4594 Office Location: Tribal Grounds and Office -4902 Dailey Store Road – Burlington, NC 27217 Newsletter Email: Copyright © 2012 by the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation Tribal Council. Reproduction or use of contents in any manner without written permission of the Occaneechi-Saponi Tribal Council is prohibited. Bulk Mail Postage Paid at Mebane, North Carolina 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization ALL DONATIONS ACCEPTED American Healthy Eating Project—Special Edition Page 2

American Healthy Eating Project—Special Edition Page 3 Toollss fforr Healltthy Trriibess:: Tools for Healthy Tribes was created through a partnership between the American Indian Healthy Eating Project, Healthy Native North Carolinians, and the following American Indian Tribes in North Carolina: Coharie Tribe, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe. Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Meherrin Indian Tribe, Sappony, and Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. Please explore the website above, and the OBSN website and its links for ways you can help advance American Indian health! “The American Indian Healthy Eating Project has been blessed to build partnerships with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs, eight Tribes in North Carolina, and with all the Tribal leaders, liaisons, and advisors who have given so much of their time and thoughts to facilitate united approaches to advance American Indian health within their Tribes, across the state, and throughout Indian country.” Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD Our youth participated in a Native Youth Healthy Eating Art Contest and their work was part of the Tools for Healthy Tribes! The work of our art contest winner, Elijah Jeffries-Logan, is hanging in the NC Commission of Indian Affairs! Elijah shared his $50 Walmart gift card with his fellow contestants!

Date: January 14th, 2012 Time: 10:00am – 4:00 Location: NC Indian Commission Building Facilitators: Sheila Fleischhacker & Randi Byrd OBSN Attendees: Tammy Hayes-Hill & Vickie Jeffries The workshop started with prayer and a full itinerary of presenters. There were representatives from all of the 8 state recognized tribes in NC. As we went around the room to introduce ourselves we heard many stories of how health issues had affected these tribal members/leaders. Very moving, sad and significant accounts of sick loved ones or passed on loved ones. Also, many triumphant stories of weigh loss, exercise plans and healthy eating habits that tribes have implemented. The workshop focused on the plans for each tribe regarding their Healthy Eating Initiatives. Ideas that were shared ranged from walking trails, community gardens and accessible resources in the communities such a local farmers market. We had break out sessions to meet among ourselves and discuss our goals. As the day closed, we all left with a sense of accomplishment enlightened by the presentations and presenters who took this opportunity to spend the day with us. Please be on the watch for a cookbook that will focus on healthy eating, that is one of the OBSN’s healthy eating projects. Healthy Eating Workshop American Healthy Eating Project—Special Edition Page 4 Enjoy the photos from the workshop.

2012 Unity Conference Healthy Eating OBSN Presentation American Healthy Eating Project—Special Edition Page 5 The First Lady Michelle Obama has been working on developing a special initiative within her Let’s Move campaign called: Let’s Move in Indian Country. She is pushing Indian Tribes and Urban Indian Organizations to focus on: 1) Creating a Healthy Start on Life 2) Developing Healthy Schools 3) Increasing Physical Activity 4) Fostering Healthy, Comprehensive Food System Policies We presented our Tribal progress with the Healthy Native North Carolinians Grant at the Unity Conference on March 9., 2012, and our project was well received. We outlined the plans for this newsletter, and the upcoming soil preparation and planting of our Native Crops at the Tribal Property. We will plant old timey (heirloom) semlin squash, crookneck squash, gourds, gourd seed corn, shell beans, pumpkins, peppers, and tomatoes,; all of which were grown in this area long before European, African, or Asian contact. We will also plant Sorghum, and hopefully have enough to make some molasses. Student Volunteers from Wartburg College will be at our Tribal Grounds during the last full week of April to assist with rebuilding our Village Dwellings, and help with planting. I would like to personally thank Dr. Sheila Fleischhacker, the UNC American Indian Center Staff for their guidance, and the OBSN Tribal Members for their active participation.

We, Beverly Payne-Betts, Vickie Jeffries & Tammy Hayes-Hill made our way to the NC School of Math and Science to attend; Beverly and Vickie to dance in the first Pow Wow of the season. For many, this is part of their regular schedules of Pow Wow participation but for me it was an opportunity to hang out with my cousins and discuss plans for the 27th Annual Occaneechi Pow Wow this year. Little did I know this was another chapter on my identity journey of deepening my connection to being and really appreciating native American heritage. Such a complex culture but simplistic at the same time, meaning that in our modern world things are made to be so overly complicated, that a day of drumming, dancing, singing and most importantly coming together to remember and honor the past can allow us to ―reset‖. Familiar faces, very happy to get the hugs and smiles from the ones we know and very grateful to make new friends. Letita Mason, organizer of this year’s NCSMS Pow Wow was a very gracious host to us and for me, a new friend. Seeing my tribal members that we haven’t seen in a while was so uplifting as well. Josiah Johnson, 4 years old; son of Joe and Patricia Johnson has grown so much and is the quite the drummer as everyone can see on youtube at Josiah’s DSCN1483[1]. His mom can be found at most Pow Wows with beautiful, handmade crafts, her forte being dream catchers. Always so good to see our tribal elder and chief, John ―Blackfeather‖ and wife Lynette. They are a blessing to our tribe. Met the Morgan family made up of Apache, Navaho and Cherokee. Very proud grandmother of 4 little ones who were dancing with their Dad. Also, met a young male fancy dancer who was from the Order of the Arrow (boy scouts) Dustin Cocklereece . Amazing regalia and energy. During grand entry the thing that stood out to me most and maybe because we have new babies in the family, was the young ladies at the back of the line as they loudly jangled in their jingle dresses and danced with such skill. You see them floating up and down, toes pointed like ballerinas. I loved the sound and the grace. The most touching scene was seeing two of my tribal members enjoying themselves as they danced in the circle, as though time stood still for them. First Pow Wow of the Season—North Carolina School of Math & Science, Durham , NC By Tammy Hayes-Hill American Healthy Eating Project—Special Edition P a g e 6

Birth Announcements Zoe Arango born December 8th, 2012 to Ashley Jeffries Wells and Henry Arango of San Frisco CA. Olivia Jade Ford born February 28th, 2012 to Jessica Hayes and Otto Ford of Pem-broke NC Announcements—Births and Memorials Memorial Announcements Chester Ray Akins, “Bill,” son of the late Roy and Betty Jeffries Akins, departed his cherished and borrowed life on February 20, 2012 at 12:38 p.m. at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Bill’s funeral was held at Elon First Baptist Church. Calvin “Cal” Jones Jeffries, Lt. colonel U.S. Air Force (Ret.), passed away at his home on March 1, 2012 of natural causes at the age of 76. Cal’s funeral was held at Martin’s Chapel in Burlington, NC. Page 7 American Healthy Eating Project—Special Edition We have a lot to celebrate at our upcoming Spring Pow-Wow. The date has been set….June 9th, 2012—Saturday. It is a one day event and it is truly a communi-ty effort and labor of love. Our Pow Wow Committee has been working hard over the past months to get ideas together, plans drafted, volunteers lined up and most importantly fundraising proposals. We need help with this venture. Please give your time, your donations and your prayers for a successful outcome. Here are few things that will support our fundraising efforts:  Sponsorship Packets—Use these to ask for support from the businesses or in-dividuals you deal with or businesses that you know will donate to a non-profits.  The 27th Annual Pow– Wow program booklet. Purchase an ad and ask others that you know to purchase.  Raffle tickets—Purchase and sell these $1.00 tickets for a chance to win some great prizes.  Letter—You will be receiving a letter from the Tribe asking for donations. Please give!  Donate, Donate, Donate! Old fashioned cash, check, pay-pal...any way or any-thing you can donate will be appreciated and put to good use.  Lastly and importantly, NOTE FOR 2012 POW WOW. -Thank you, OBSN Pow Wow Committee—Vickie Jeffries, Pow Wow Chair—

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OBSN Newsletter_Spring 2012_special edition