Monthly Archives: May 2021

Explore the River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are located on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. They have undertaken a large-scale watershed restoration project in an effort to benefit bull trout in the Jocko River drainage. An important component of this project is education and outreach, of which the centerpiece is a multimedia set of educational materials describing the ecology and importance of bull trout and its relationship with the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people. This integrated set includes the storybook Bull Trout’s Gift, the Field Journal, and this interactive DVD Explore The River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River.

This interactive DVD combines extensive text, video, multilayered maps indicating changes over time, interviews, animations, audio, and access to a large number of websites of relevance to the project. It integrates scientific information about bull trout, state-of-the-art restoration strategies and techniques, and extensive historical information about the importance of fish to the Tribes, with information from Tribal elders about the Tribes’ long-term relationship with bull trout. In all, the DVD contains more than sixty hours of material and is structured so it can reach multiple audiences, from children to adults.

  • Product Dimensions : 0.11 x 1.73 x 0.54 inches; 1.76 Ounces
  • Media Format : NTSC
  • Release date : April 1, 2011
  • Studio : Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
  • ASIN : 080323788X

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aay u sqélix͏ʷ – a history of bull trout and the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people by Thompson Smith

Cover image: Unidentified Salish-Pend d’Oreille people fishing at Flathead Lake, c. 1915.
Courtesy Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

aay u sqélix͏ʷ – a history of bull trout and the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people by Thompson Smith

written in conjunction with Explore the River:
Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River
an educational DVD project produced by the
Natural Resource Department
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

This essay was written in 2008-2010 as part of the interactive DVD/website, Explore the River: Bull Trout, Tribal People, and the Jocko River (Pablo, Montana: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, forthcoming 2011), an educational project of the Natural Resource Department, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, to be distributed by the University of Nebraska Press.

The author wishes to extend his thanks to the project director, Germaine White, and the author of the scientific segments and constructor/designer of the DVD, David Rockwell. Please
also see acknowledgments at the end of the essay. Any profits that may derive from future publication of this essay will be donated to the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


M̓a ɫu es šʔi ɫu cwičtn y̓e st̓úlix͏ʷ, q͏ʷamq͏ʷmt y̓e st̓úlix͏ʷ. X̣est y̓e st̓úlix͏ʷ.
In the beginning, when I saw this land, it was beautiful. This land was good.

Esyaʔ, esyaʔ u it cniɫc u es x͏ʷisti ɫu puti tas x͏ʷʔit ɫu suyapi.
Everything, all things were used from the land when there were not many white people.

K͏ʷem̓t esyaʔ ye qe sewɫk͏ʷ ye qe nsisy̓etk͏ʷ u x̣est es momoʔop. X̣est es en̓esi.
All our waters, our creeks were flowing along good. It was going good.

L šey̓ ye l sewɫk͏ʷ u ɫu x͏ʷʔit ɫu x͏ʷix͏ʷey̓uɫ — ɫu sw̓ew̓ɫ ɫu tʔe stem̓.
It is there in the water — that is where there were many animals — fish and other things.

K͏ʷem̓t šey̓ še nk̓͏ʷúlex͏ʷ qe sq͏ʷyúlex͏ʷ ɫiʔe l sewɫk͏ʷ….
And by that, we were wealthy from the water….

Mitch Smallsalmon, 1977

For thousands of years, the Salish and Pend d’Oreille people have inhabited a vast territory that includes the area now encompassed by western Montana. And for almost all of that immense span of time, they lived entirely as hunters, gatherers, and fishers. They practiced no agriculture at all — and yet for millennia, through all the historical change and dynamism of that vast period, it seems clear that these tribes generally sustained themselves well, and took good care of their homeland. How did they do this? What enabled their societies to live and thrive, and in the largest sense maintain a sustainable relationship with their homeland, for such a remarkably long period of time?

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Going Medieval On White Supremacists | 1A

The Middle Ages spanned roughly a thousand years – and encompassed all seven continents.

But when most Americans think about Medieval times (not the restaurant), our brains go straight to an all-white version of Medieval Europe that never really existed.

The myth is so pernicious, white supremacists have used it to draw people to their cause for more than a hundred years.

Last month, it was even alluded to in a memo calling on Republicans to form a caucus driven by “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

So, while we still hear a lot about the Vikings, the Celts, and the supposed “Anglo-Saxons,” what were those groups really like? And what does our misunderstanding of the Middle Ages mean for how we view our world today?


Matthew Gabriele

professor of Medieval Studies and chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. His upcoming book is called, “The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe”

Eleanor Janega

guest teacher in women’s history at the London School of Economics and Political Science; host of the series “Going Medieval;” author, “The Middle Ages: A Graphic History”

Cord Whitaker

associate professor of English at Wellesley College; author, “Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged From Medieval Race Thinking”

MIT X TAU Series: Africa’s Agricultural Reinvention – MIT Events

Sara Menker, an Entrepreneur and the CEO of Gro Intelligence.

Gro Intelligence was named by Time magazine as among the 100 most influential companies in 2021

She is a trustee of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and was elected one of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.

Menker was born and raised in Ethiopia. She studied Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She moved to the London School of Economics for her graduate studies, and eventually earned an Master of Business Administration at Columbia University.

Menker is a former commodities group Vice President at Morgan Stanley. During her time at Morgan Stanley, Menker became interested in farmland investments. She left her job in Wall Street to use her skills in data analytics for social good. She became concerned by threat of a global food crisis, and started to investigate how Africa could mitigate the Earth’s growing demands for food. In 2014 Menker established Gro Intelligence, a data-driven platform which connects food market around the world. Gro Intelligence includes information such as the cost of avocado exports from Mexico and popular coffee beans, and uses artificial intelligence to make predictions about trends in food prices. Gro Intelligence offer software that makes agricultural, weather and climate data easy to understand. The data is combined with satellite imagery and creates over 1,000 models a day. She has used Gro Intelligence to investigate the impact of natural disasters, including droughts, on food supply. The reports inform companies on what and where to sell products, as well as supporting policy makers and insurance companies.

In 2018 Menker was named the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecturer. She has presented at the Rockefeller Foundation, X and The New York Times.

Menker is a trustee of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. She was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014. She is also a member of The Aspen Institute African Leadership Initiative. Menker is involved with Cognition X, the artificial intelligence information platform.

Gro Intelligence – AI company improving decision-making in climate, food, and agriculture

Curated by Human Intelligence, Scaled by Artificial Intelligence

Gro invites the question, statement or problem and inspires the confidence that our platform has the honest answer.

Sara Menker

MIT X TAU Series

The Center for International Studies (CIS), home to the MIT Africa Program, has partnered with the newly launched TRUE Africa University (TAU) to host a webinar series focusing on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa. Thursdays at NOON ET, starting on March 4, 2021, TAU founder, MIT alumnus, and CIS research affiliate Claude Grunitzky, will interview the thinkers, shapers and doers who he sees as the inventors of the future of Africa. The MIT x TAU webinar series will be an opportunity for the MIT community and the world to engage with luminaries such as Taiye Selasi, the Ghanaian-Nigerian author; Jeffrey Sachs, the American economist; and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the Nigerian serial entrepreneur behind some of Africa’s most valuable startups.

A famous locust organization of the past – OCLALAV


Balliol Historic Collections: Slavery in the Age of Revolution – trailer

Balliol College, Oxford

Apr 13, 2021

An exhibition to be held at Balliol’s HIstoric Collections Centre, September 2021

The End of American Exceptionalism

New Economic Thinking – Oct 3, 2018

“We don’t look after each other at all,” says Jeffrey Sachs on America today Jeffrey Sachs sits down with Rob Johnson to discuss his new book, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Starr Forum: Racing to the Precipice: Global Climate, Political Climate

MIT Center for International Studies

Mar 24, 2017
Starr Forum lecture with Noam Chomsky on climate change and President Trump.

A transcript of the event is available at…

About Noam Chomsky:
Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

Recorded on March 23, 2017 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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