Jodi Rave: NARF delivers message with hip-hop
"A bold illustration shows the Lakota Chief Sitting Bull looking stoic in braids, suit and tie, ready for a briefcase battle in the fight for tribal sovereignty. The lettering in this Ryan Red Corn piece reads: “The Indian Wars Never Ended.”

The Internet version of this Native American Rights Fund public service announcement leads the viewer to a video in which a team of modern-day Native rights lawyers join forces with (pause) hip-hop artists. If this seems an unlikely alliance, well, the pairing actually works.

NARF, the country's oldest legal advocacy organization for Native issues, has been unfolding its first-ever public service announcements - whether they have a shelf life is yet to be seen - where the nonprofit group shares the stage with hip hop.

Virginia Cross, a tribal councilwoman for the Muckleshoot Tribe in Washington, saw the spring launch of NARF's public service announcement while attending this year's National Indian Gaming Association's annual trade show.

Cross viewed “The Indian Wars Never Ended” PSA in Phoenix. She watched and remembered the day when the Muckleshoot Tribe owned a single acre of land in 1971.

“We didn't even own a tribal building,” Cross said. The tribe needed to fight one of the most powerful energy companies in the Puget Sound area, but had no money to wage a lawsuit that would protect its treaty-related fishing and water rights."

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Jodi Rave: Native legal advocates continue fight with new beat (The Missoulian 5/6)

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