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What Does Sovereignty Mean to You? Patsy Whitefoot, Yakama Nation

In this video, Patsy Whitefoot describes her background in education. Whitefoot describes sovereignty by remembering how her parents and elders from Medicine Valley embodied sovereignty by enacting traditional daily practices and upholding values that are a part of Yakama culture. She expands this definition by highlighting the importance of being self-sufficient and building capacity to increase the Yakama Nation's ability to move forward in addressing their challenges on their own terms. Whitefoot expresses a preference for the term sovereignty as it describes inherent rights that existed prior to the colonization of North America. Whitefoot's primary concern regarding sovereignty is that various levels of United States government might not understand or respect the rights of the Northwest tribes impacted by the Treaty of 1855.

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North Half Allotment Map

Map of the North Half allotments with the names of the allottees.

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Root Gathering Bag

Round, twined, cylindrical cornhusk bag. Bird and animal designs. Black fabric used in starting base. Braid at top edge with warp fibers clipped on inside., height: 7"; Diameter: 4 3/4"

Tule Mat Weaving Demonstration Overview

In this overview, CarylDene Swan from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians demonstrates the basic steps of making a tule reed mat. These mats served a number of different functions including the construction of lodging, floor coverings, and for serving food. A longer demonstration is also available through the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal.