Issues And News From STSSA Friends
Fighting for the children
By Stephanie Woodard - July 20, 2010
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Native American children swept up in the Iowa child welfare system face perils ranging from loss of culture to death, according to Vicky Apala-Cuevas, Oglala Lakota, a member of the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs......
Four Directions Community Center:
613 Water Street
Sioux City, Iowa
Find them on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Four-Directions/134751669870975
Students take an Idyllwild summer class to learn Native American food preparation
By Gail Wesson - July 19, 2010
Some students came to learn more about Native American foods and others saw an opportunity to learn what they might be able to cook from the native plants growing in their backyards at a recent Native Plants for Food and Medicine class at Idyllwild Arts summer program......
Read more at: http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_eplants20.1dedb46.html
Idyllwild Arts Academy:http://www.idyllwildarts.org/
Idyllwild Summer Arts Program: Arts Camp for Children, Youth, Teens & Adults:http://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/summer.html
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/idyllwildarts?ref=ts
Native American Celebration Golf Tournament - www.nacip.com
"HELP NATIVE AMERICANS HELP THEMSELVES"
Benefit Golf Tournament to assist the Non-profit organization, Native American Celebration in the Park Powwow and to establish scholarship for Native American Business Students.
Join us at the Golf Tournament on Friday, stay another night and attend the NACIP Powwow at Liberty Park (www.nacip.com) all day Saturday. Also attend the Days of '47 parade and rodeo.
EACH PLAYER WILL RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO THE NACIP POWWOW ON JULY 24TH AT LIBERTY PARK
Native American Celebration Golf Tournament:
LOCATION: Thanksgiving Point Golf Course
3300 W Clubhouse Dr.
Lehi, Utah 84043
$75.00 per Golfer
DATE: July 23, 2010
• 4 person Scramble
• Custom Awards
• Celebrities: (Special Appearances)
1. MOVIE STAR: KIOWA GORDON (Embry Call of New Moon: Twilight)
2. MOVIE STAR: PATRICK D. SHINING ELK:http://www.reelinjun.com
3. Other Native American Celebrities
• Entertainment: Native American
• "Best of the Best"
• Fund Raiser to benefit Native American Entrepreneurs
• Native American Students Scholarship Fund
Info: Gary Schneiter, PGA, Pebblebrook Golf Links,
Ben Shorty. 435-619-1783
Cal Nez: 801-688-9297
REGISTER ONLINE: www.nacip.com
SUPPORTED BY: Steve Schneiter, PGA Tour PLayer
"Join and compete with the Best"
$75.00 per Golfer
Native American Celebration Golf Tournament on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=118578984822893
Since Friday, more than 35,000 of you have demanded that Tea Party leadership act after one of the movement's most prominent leaders, Mark Williams, attacked the NAACP with a racist blog post and several offensive statements.1,2Under pressure on Sunday, the National Tea Party Federation sent a Black spokesperson on TV to announce that it had cut ties with Williams, and his group, the Tea Party Express.3
It's a step in the right direction, but it's clearly not enough.The Tea Party leaders you'd actually recognize, people like Sarah Palin and Dick Armey, have stayed silent or denied that any racism exists in their ranks.4 And there's been no attempt to tackle the systemic problem of racism within the Party. It's time for leadership to speak up.
If the Tea Party is serious about not being a home for racism there are two things all its leaders and groups must do now:
Publicly make clear that Mark Williams and the bigotry he stands for aren't welcome in the Tea Party movement
Adopt a clear policy stating that racist and bigoted rhetoric and imagery will not be tolerated — by leaders, groups, or candidates — and will result in expulsion from Tea Party organizations
You can help us force the hand of Tea Party leaders by calling on them to come out of the shadows and speak up. They need to make a choice — get serious about confronting the racism in their movement, or show, with their inaction, that they welcome and rely on bigotry as a part of their movement.
Either way, we need you to make it happen. Please take a moment to add your voice now, and then ask your friends and family do the same:
While it's important to acknowledge that one group, the Tea Party Federation, met part of our demands on Sunday, the reality is that they did it in the most cynical way possible. When they dropped Williams, they refused to acknowledge the fact that Williams went unchallenged as a key leader after he called the President an "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug"5 — or after one of many other racist rants.6 They tried to downplay Williams' role in the movement and maintained that there was no pattern of racism or bigotry in their movement.
How it started
On Tuesday of last week, the NAACP passed a resolution calling on the Tea Party to denounce the racist elements within its ranks, a bold and important move.7 On Thursday, Mark Williams of the Tea Party Express (one of the movement's most prominent leaders) responded by publishing a blog post full of nasty racist stereotypes about Black people.8 On Friday, thousands of ColorOfChange members took action to back up the NAACP and demand that Tea Party leaders expel Williams, and what he represents, from their movement.9
On Sunday, the National Tea Party Federation (one of several national Tea Party groups) banished Williams and the Tea Party Express, but they refused to take responsibility for confronting this element of their movement, and have continued to attack the NAACP for raising the issue in the first place.10 Meanwhile, the Tea Party Express is defending Williams, refusing to remove him from their leadership, and attacking the Tea Party Federation as an illegitimate group that doesn't really represent the Tea Party.11
For the Tea Party movement to show that it's serious about confronting the racism within its ranks, prominent Tea Party leaders need to denounce Williams and the bigotry he represents, and they need to make themselves publicly accountable for purging racism from their movement.
It's time to give the Tea Party a choice — speak up and act, or make clear that the Tea Party is a home for racists and racism. You can help make that happen. Please add your voice and ask your friends and family to do the same:
Thanks and Peace,
-- James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Milton and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
July 20th, 2010
Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU — your energy and dollars. We take no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don't share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:
1. “Tea Party Leader Mocks NAACP ‘Coloreds’ In Online Screed,” Media Matters, 07-15-2010
2. “Tea Party Leaders: We’re Not Racist! The NAACP Is! (AUDIO),” TPMDC, 07-14-2010
3. “Tea Party leader says he’s done talking about race controversy,” CNN, 7-18-2010
4. “The Charge of Racism: It’s Time to Bury the Divisive Politics of the Past,” Sarah Palin, 7-13-2010
5.“‘Tea Party’ Leader Melts Down On CNN: Obama Is An ‘Indonesian Muslim Turned Welfare Thug,’” Huffington Post, 9-15-2009
6. “Tea Party Express’ Mark Williams: King Of ‘Accidental’ Racism”, TPM Muckraker, 7-19-2010
7. “NAACP Delegates Unanimously Pass Tea Party Resolution,” NAACP, 07-13-2010
8. See Reference 1
9. ColorOfChange.org email on Mark Williams, 7-16-2010
10. “Tea Party Objects to NAACP’s ‘Selective Racism’,” CBS News, 7-18-2010
11. “Tea party groups fire on each other,” Politico, 7-19-2010
Villages in India Show the U.S. Just How Dangerous Fluoride in Our Water Is
Posted by Dr. Mecola - July 20, 2010
(See site for 9min. 30 sec., video article link below)
Of the 200-odd villagers in the Indian town of Gaudiyan, around 135 have bone deformities. A private doctor who conducts social work in the area termed it as a case of skeletal fluorosis -- the result of excess fluoride content in drinking water.
In another part of India, also partly as a result of fluoride poisoning, children are losing their vision. They have been diagnosed with Lamellar Congenital cataract -- a condition in which the eye lenses are damaged.
According to The Times of India:
"...high fluoride content in water and Vitamin A deficiencies is ruining the lives of children of this taluk."
Other examples of such harm include the village of Sogival where the groundwater contains 4.84 ppm of fluoride and two-thirds of the people suffer from skeletal deformities. And in Bihar, the prevalence of physical deformity is yet another testament to excessive fluoride exposure.
For even more stories from India detailing the harm caused by fluoride, please see this link.
This is an important topic for a number of reasons and one of the most important is that it helps dispel the popular public health myth that fluoride in the water supply is normal and actually prevents dental caries.
Nothing could be further from the truth as fluoride is a toxin and a poison even when it occurs naturally in your water supply.
India is one of several countries known to have dangerously high levels of fluoride in their drinking water. This poison comes into contact with water supplies when rocks containing fluoride erode or volcanic activity spews fluoride-containing ash into the air, allowing the colorless, odorless substance to enter groundwater (of course in some areas, like the United States, fluoride is intentionally added to water supplies).
In areas where naturally occurring fluoride is high, serious health problems usually become apparent, and that is, unfortunately, what's happening now in India. But these events also have potential relevance to the US, as this summary on fluorosis in India explains.
As of 1999, 17 of India's 32 states and territories were known to have high concentrations of fluoride in water, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with concentrations as high as 48 mg/liter reported. For comparison, WHO has capped the upper limit of fluoride in drinking water at 1.5 mg/liter.
Sadly, for many people in India there is no access to safer water supplies or reverse osmosis filters that could remove the fluoride from the water, and now generations of children are growing up with serious health problems as a result.
Blindness and Skeletal Fluorosis
In one Indian village, a disturbing trend of eye diseases in children has emerged. Previously healthy children are suffering from vision deterioration, lens damage, retina deterioration and blindness that cannot be reversed.
Health centers in the area are now launching a study of 29,800 children to determine the cause of the eye disorders, with their initial theory being high fluoride content in water, coupled with vitamin A deficiencies and marrying of close relatives.
In another village of about 200 people, about 135 of them suffer from bone deformities that are also thought to be the result of excess fluoride in drinking water. While children in the area appear normal at birth, they begin developing bone problems as they get older.
Skeletal fluorosis, a crippling bone disease, is well-documented and strongly associated with drinking water that contains high levels of fluoride. The disease is known to be endemic in several parts of the world, including India, China and many parts of Africa.
A Cumulative Poison
In order to understand the long-term dangers of fluoride, it's important to realize that fluoride is a cumulative poison.
Ninety-eight percent of the fluoride you ingest in water is absorbed into your blood through your gastrointestinal tract. From there, it enters your body's cellular tissues. On average, about 50 percent of the fluoride you ingest each day gets excreted through your kidneys. The remainder accumulates in your teeth and bones, pineal gland, and other tissues, such as the aorta.
The amount deposited into your bones and teeth varies depending on your age. In children, more than 50 percent of an ingested dose of fluoride is deposited in bone, but in adults only about 10 percent is stored there.
As with teeth, fluoride is deposited in bone by the ionic exchange with hydroxyl-apatite. It does dissolve from bone over time, but at a slower rate than it is deposited, so if your intake remains constant or high, the level of fluoride in your bones increases linearly with age.
Further, if your kidneys are damaged, fluoride accumulation will increase, and with it, the likelihood of harm.
Basically, if you ingest more fluoride than your body is capable of eliminating, various stages of fluorosis may ensue. Symptoms of early skeletal fluorosis include:
Pains in your bones and joints
Burning, prickling, and tingling in your limbs
There are numerous other health problems associated with the accumulation of fluoride in your body as well, such as:
Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
Dental fluorosis (staining and pitting of teeth)
Lowered thyroid function
Lowered IQ, and dementia
Disrupted immune system
For the people in India and other developing countries who are exposed to dangerously high levels of naturally occurring fluoride, the solution lies in securing safer water supplies or filters to remove the poison.
For those of you in the United States, you should know, too, that this toxin is being intentionally added to your drinking water supplies.
Fluoridated Drinking Water Pawned Off as "Healthy"
Given the well-known health risks of naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water, you may be wondering why the practice of adding fluoride to your tap water began back in 1945 and endorsed by the US Public Health Service in 1950 before any significant health studies of either naturally or artificially fluoridated communities had been published.
Amazingly, the United States is only one of eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. (The other seven are: Australia, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.) Canada has a little over 40 percent of its population drinking fluoridated water and that percentage is falling as more and more communities are halting the practice.
Most likely, your dentist – along with countless government and public health officials -- has praised and promoted the use of fluoride, both in toothpaste and drinking water, as one of your must-do regimens to promote strong and healthy teeth.
Unfortunately, they've all bought into the public deception of fluoridation's so-called "safety and effectiveness" and have unwittingly participated in and perpetuated perhaps one of the grandest public health frauds and toxic cover-ups in U.S. history.
As you may know, the theory behind the introduction of fluoride in your water supply initially seems beneficial – to reduce the incidence of dental caries in children.
However, the health dangers of fluoride are so numerous, they far outweigh any potential benefit to your teeth. Dr. Paul Connett, known throughout the world as a leader in the movement against water fluoridation, said in our recent interview:
"First of all, water fluoridation is very bad medicine because once you put it in the water, you can't control the dose. You can't control who gets it. There is no oversight. You're allowing a community to do to everyone what a doctor can do to no one, i.e. force a patient to take a particular medication."
Fluoride Has No Benefits When Ingested
Today, even promoters of fluoridation concede that the major benefit, as far as fighting tooth decay is concerned, is topical; fluoride works from the outside of the tooth, not from inside of your body, so why swallow it?
There is practically no difference in tooth decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated countries, and no difference between states that have a high- or low percentage of their water fluoridated.
Yet in the United States, children are being exposed to concerning levels of fluoride daily. Dr. Connett says:
"We know that 32 percent of American children have been overexposed to fluoride because you have this telltale sign of dental fluorosis, which in its mildest form is little white specs. But when it gets more serious, it affects more of the surface of your teeth and it becomes colored; yellow, brown and orange mottling of the teeth."
Promoters of fluoridation scoff at these signs, saying that they're "just cosmetic."
But, since we already know that water fluoridation does NOT effectively reduce dental caries, this is an unnecessary cosmetic defect, and, worse yet, it is a worrisome indication that your body has been overexposed to fluoride.
If it's having a detrimental, visual effect on the surface of your teeth, you can be virtually guaranteed that it's also damaging something else inside your body, such as your bones, as is the case in India.
What to Do if You Want to Avoid Fluoridated Water
If you live in the United States and want to avoid drinking municipal tap water that is fluoridated, using a reverse osmosis system in your home will rid your water of fluoride. You are still going to get fluoride when you have meals and beverages downtown, at work, or at a friend's house.
Or if you have an organic garden, do you really want to put this poison on your fruits and vegetables?
Also, remember there are many who simply don't have the resources or the know-how to protect themselves and their young children from this pervasive toxin.
This is why The Fluoride Action Network is working hard to pressure the U.S. government to halt the support it gives to fluoridation and also help communities end this outdated, unnecessary and dangerous practice.
If you and your friends and neighbors want to help get fluoride out of your community's water supply please contact the Fluoride Action Network at email@example.com . Simply give them your name, state and email address and they will do their best to supply you with contacts in your area and provide you with other supporting material.
Promoters of fluoridation would like you to believe that there are no doctors, dentists, scientists or other professionals opposed to water fluoridation, but this is simply not true.
A statement calling for an end to fluoridation worldwide has been signed by over 3000 professionals.
We encourage all medical and science professionals to sign this statement.
Over a dozen of the professionals who have signed can be seen talking about this issue in the video "Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation" which is accessible online at www.FluorideAlert.org.
Dr. Connett has also co-authored a book with two other scientists dealing with the full scientific and ethical arguments against fluoridation that will be published in early October: The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep it There. (Chelsea Green publishers.) Advance orders can be placed on Amazon.com.
If you haven't already done so I would also encourage you to watch my recent video with Dr. Connett below on this topic where he expands on this information further and discusses some simple practical measures you can take.
If you want to speak with Dr. Connett in person simply email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and give him your phone number.
Express India June 23, 2010
Times of India June 20, 2010
Hard News September 2009
FluorideAlert.org May 25, 2010
FluorideAlert.org February 17, 2010
FluorideAlert.org February 17, 2010
Watch video at article link here:http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Environment/fluoride_2007100652.html
Visit Flouride Action Network to Take Action: http://www.fluoridealert.org/