Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Indigenous News 12/142011

Indigenous News 12/142011 Aim Southern Cal One good man or one good woman can change the world, can push back the evil, and their work can be a beacon for millions, for billions. Are you that man or woman? If so, may the Great Spirit bless you. If not, why not? We must each of us be that person. That will transform the world overnight. That would be a miracle, yes, but a miracle within our power, our healing power. ~ Leonard Peltier- The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights will depart from Alcatraz Island on December 18, 2011- FREE AN INNOCENT MAN- http://youtu.be/4ib8Exvd250 Sampson Wolfe & Free Leonard Peltier (part 1 of 3) www.youtube.com@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Aim Southern Cal ‎~ Leonard Peltier- The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights will depart from Alcatraz Island on December 18, 2011- FREE AN INNOCENT MAN- http://youtu.be/b3SfAc4mbDQ Sampson Wolfe & Free Leonard (part 2 pf 3) www.youtube.com @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Aim Southern Cal One good man or one good woman can change the world, can push back the evil, and their work can be a beacon for millions, for billions. Are you that man or woman? If so, may the Great Spirit bless you. If not, why not? We must each of us be that person. That will transform the world overnight. That would be a miracle, yes, but a miracle within our power, our healing power. ~ Leonard Peltier- The Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights will depart from Alcatraz Island on December 18, 2011- FREE AN INNOCENT MAN- http://youtu.be/LPuX73zryz8 Sampson Wolfe & Free Leonard Peltier (part 3 of 3) www.youtube.com@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Bernardo Gallegos “We’re tribeless.” ....Ms. Dondero and her clan have joined thousands of Indians in California who have been kicked out of their tribes in recent years for the crime of not being of the proper bloodline. California Indian Tribes Eject Thousands of Members www.nytimes.com@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@M.s. Johnna posted in Tsalagi United. M.s. Johnna 12:31pm Dec 13 ~~~~Cherokee Childern in need of Homes ~~~~Keep these children in their culture and lifestyle.~~~~ ~~~~918-458-6900 is number to call. ~~~~They can answer all your questions http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Article/Index/5762#.TuZ1NR4I4EY.facebook CN ICW looking for homes for childrenwww.cherokeephoenix.org@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Attawapiskat chief threatens to sue federal government Support the cause. Be counted: I Read This CTV News has learned that Ottawa could face a lawsuit over its decision to put the finances of the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation under third-party management.Chief Theresa Spence is threatening to sue the federal government over the issue.Spence is also calling for Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan to step down from his job.Duncan drew fire from Spence, after he claimed Sunday that band leaders were ready to work with the government appointee who is tasked with handling the day-to-day finances of the reserve.But Spence said she never agreed to third-party management in Attawapiskat and she has since called for Duncan's resignation.Attawapiskat recently declared a state of emergency due to a housing crisis that has left people living in tents and trailers at the onset of winter.The Red Cross has entered the community to help keep people fed, warm and properly clothed, but the housing crisis continues.Ottawa intends to send 22 modular homes to Attawapiskat, but they cannot be delivered until a winter road into the community is established.With files from The Canadian Presshttp://links.causes.com/s/cly603@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@CherokeeLink Newsletter ************************** OsiyoCherokee Nation Art Show - Featuring works by the students of Steve Mashburn – metalsmithand Jane Osti - pottery. Monday, December 19 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Arts Center,212 S. Water Street, Tahlequah, OK. (entrance is behind the building) Wado! (Thank you) Cherokee Nation P.O.Box 948 Tahlequah, OK 74465918 456-0671communications@cherokee.org------------------------------------------------------------************************** ***Cherokee Nation News***** **************************Cherokee National Youth Choir holding auditions Jan. 3:12/9/2011 8:06:53 AM© Cherokee NationCalling all Cherokee youth! The Cherokee National Youth Choir is holding auditions for the 2012 choir on Tuesday, Jan. 3 in Tahlequah at the Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held in the tribal council chambers.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32848/Press_Article.aspxCherokee Nation Walks to Prevent Diabetes:12/8/2011 8:36:18 AM© Cherokee NationThe Cherokee Nation celebrated the end of American Diabetes Month on Wednesday, Nov. 30 with a 30 minute walk at the tribe’s main complex in Tahlequah. More than 100 people walked to support diabetes prevention and for friends and family diagnosed with the dangerous disease.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32847/Press_Article.aspxRobotics Teams to Take Over Sequoyah Gym:12/7/2011 1:20:34 PM© Cherokee NationMore than 60 middle school and high school robotics teams from across three states are set to converge Saturday on "The Place Where They Play". Sixty-two teams from Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri will compete in a series of challenges using robots designed and built by the students.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32846/Press_Article.aspxKeepseagle v. USDA Claims Filing Assistance Available at Cherokee Nation:12/7/2011 8:19:34 AM© Cherokee NationThe Cherokee Nation is inviting Native American farmers to Tahlequah on Dec. 19–21 to receive free assistance with claims filing for the Keepseagle v. USDA settlement, in which some Native American farmers were allegedly discriminated against while seeking farm loans. http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32845/Press_Article.aspxBaker Nominates Five to CNB Board:12/7/2011 8:14:53 AM© Cherokee NationPrincipal Chief Bill John Baker has submitted five nominees for the Cherokee Nation Businesses Board of Directors. Deacon Turner, Jerry Holderby, Gary Cooper, Ricky Doherty and Sam Hart will be voted on by the Tribal Council’s Rules Committee on Dec. 13.http://www.cherokee.org/PressRoom/32844/Press_Article.aspx-----------------------------------------------------------********************************* **** Other Links of Interest *********** ********************************* Games - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=culture&culture=games Community Calendar - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=calendar RSS Feed - http://rss.cherokee.org Podcasts - http://podcasts.cherokee.org E-Cards - http://ecards.cherokee.org@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Bernardo Gallegos Each year millions of devotees, mainly indigenous, visit the el Cerro de Tepeyac, considered by many as the most holy of religious sites in the Americas. To many, la Virgen de Guadalupe is considered the patron saint of Native American peoples. To others she is known as the Goddess of the Americas. Yet others believe her to be the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus in a brown skinned body. The visits I described place me in the company of those participating in one of the oldest and most widely performed Native American rituals in North America. El Cerro de Tepeyac has been the destination of devout pilgrims since long before the arrival of the Europeans into Mexico. The site has for time immemorial been associated with an all-powerful female spirit. Before Our Lady of Guadalupe, it was Tonántzin, considered by the Mexica ‘Aztecs’ to be their mother as well as the mother of all of the Gods and Goddesses. From: “Dancing the Comanches” The Santo Niño, La Virgen (of Guadalupe) and the Genizaro Indians of New Mexico" By Bernardo Gallegos@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Indian tribe turns to tradition to fight diabetes Posted By Shirley in NDN Cooking and Home Making Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:53 am (PST) Indian tribe turns to tradition to fight diabetes Arizona's Tohono Nation hopes indigenous foods can help stop skyrocketing disease rate12/8/11_http://www.msnbc.http://www.http://wwhttp://wwwhttp://ww_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43257536/ns/health-diabetes/) <_http://www.msnbc.http://www.http://wwhttp://wwwhttp://ww_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43257536/ns/health-diabetes/) >The Tohono Indian Nation in south central Arizona is turning to oldtribal ways to solve a modern health problem.Over the past several decades, Type 2 diabetes has exploded on theTohono O'odham reservation, striking half of the adults livingthere. That's compared to an 8.3 percent rate among adults in theU.S. overall, according to government estimates."The biggest health<_http://www.msnbc.http://www.http://wwhttp://wwwhttp://wwh_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43257536/ns/health-diabetes/#) > crisis hereon the Nation is diabetes," Jennie Becenti, manager of HealthyO'odham People Promotion, told NBC's Robert Bazell. "We havethe highest rate in the nation."The diabetes rate among the Tohono O'odham tribe has skyrocketed alongwith with changes in their diet, Becenti and others suspect. Instead ofa traditional menu of tepary beans, cholla buds, prickly pear cactus,saguaro fruit, squash and corn -- all native to the southwestern U.S. --Tohonos now tend to eat a typical American diet: processed and junkfoods laden with carbohydrates, salt and fat.While that kind of eating has led to bulging waistlines on manyAmericans, its impact seems to be magnified in a people who forgenerations lived on a parched land that had to be worked with vigor tojust to produce a sparse harvest.Becenti and others hope that by stirring interest in the indigenous dietthat once powered the Tohono Nation, they might be able to beat this newmetabolic enemy."I think as a tribal community, if we start to re-educate ourselvesabout the nutritional<_http://www.msnbc.http://www.http://wwhttp://wwwhttp://wwh_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43257536/ns/health-diabetes/#) > value ofthose foods that are natural and that grow naturally around here, thenwe're going to make much greater headway in addressing diabetes andheart issues that are so prevalent with our people today," said NedNorris, chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation<_http://www.tonationhttp://ww_ (http://www.tonation-nsn.gov/) > .Thrifty metabolismThere is research to suggest that the Tohonos might be on the righttrack.Studies looking at another Indian Nation, the Pimas, have compared thehealth and lifestyles<_http://www.msnbc.http://www.http://wwhttp://wwwhttp://wwh_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43257536/ns/health-diabetes/#) > of tribalmembers living in Arizona to those dwelling in Mexico.Indian Nation looks to the past for healthier future<_http://dailynightlyhttp://dailhttp://daihttp://dailhttp://dailynhttp://dcs-indian-nation-cs-indian-nationcs-indian-natcs-indian_ (http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/09/9327074-back-to-basics-indian-nation-fights-diabetes-with-healthy-tradition) >The hope is that by comparing people with roughly the same geneticmake-up but greatly differing lifestyles, researchers will be able tofigure out why the Pimas in Mexico suffer from fewer health problems,especially obesity, than those residing in the U.S.Researchers suspect that the Pimas, like other desert-dwelling Indiansmay have developed genes that make their systems more "thrifty"when it comes to metabolizing food. A 2010 study in the Pimasunderscored the impact of lifestyle on people with a thrifty metabolism.The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &Metabolism, found that Pimas living in the U.S. were more than six timesas likely to develop insulin resistance as those living in Mexico. Andthat was true even after the researchers accounted for obesity, age andsex.The researchers concluded that lifestyle differences were probably toblame for the higher incidence in Pimas dwelling in the U.S.'These foods have meaning'That's something Terrol Dew Johnson can understand. He foundedTohono O'odham Community Action<_http://www.tocaonlihttp://www.http://www.http://wwhttp_ (http://www.tocaonline.org/www.tocaonline.org/Home.html) > , (_http://www.tocaonlihttp://www.http://www.http://wwhttp_ (http://www.tocaonline.org/www.tocaonline.org/Home.html) <_http://www.tocaonlihttp://www.http://www.http://wwhttp_ (http://www.tocaonline.org/www.tocaonline.org/Home.html) > ) a groupdedicated to bringing back the tribe's traditions. "These foodshave meaning," Johnson told Bazell. "These foods are medicine toour bodies. These foods will keep us healthy<_http://www.msnbc.http://www.http://wwhttp://wwwhttp://wwh_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43257536/ns/health-diabetes/#) > ."Perhaps just as important are the lifestyle changes that have led tomore sedentary habits among the Tohono Nation. "We've gotten tothe point where we don't have to work hard to get our food," hesaid. "In my parents' and even in my grand parents' time,they had to work literally every day and night to actually get food toeat. They were moving. They were exercising. Nowadays you can just driveup to a window and get food, medicine, anything."Even with scientific evidence in hand, those pushing for a change willstill have obstacles to overcome – the biggest of which may be thatmany on the reservation seem to have lost a taste for the traditionalfoods."I'm 55 and in my whole lifetime, have not eaten muchtraditional food," Norris told NBC. "And so, when I start eatingit, I haven't really acquired a taste for it. It's not theregular pinto beans that you buy off the shelf or the baloney you buy inthe grocery store. It's going to take some time for people tore-acquire a taste for those traditional foods."Story: Diabetes shame plus denial a risky combo <_http://www.msnbc.http://www.http://wwhttp://wwwhttp://wwhttp://www.http:e-plus-denial-e-plus-denia_ (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45137643/ns/health-diabetes/t/diabetes-shame-plus-denial-risky-combo/) >One way to change people's tastes is to put a new spin on the oldfoods. That's what's happening at the Desert Rain Café inSells, Ariz., where chefs have found ways to make the traditional foodsmore interesting and appealingAnother way to combat the problem is to teach young people about thetraditions that go with the foods, said Michael Enis, food and fitnesscoordinator for Tohono O'odham Community Action. Enis is in chargeof a program that brings traditional foods into the local school once aweek.That approach has worked for Zade Arnold, a teen who has started a farmof his own."I like working with traditional farming foods and culture,"Arnold said. "You get to touch the same seeds that people got totouch thousands of years ago. We get to work with the same prayers andsongs that people got to do hundreds and thousands of years ago."@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@-- "When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person. When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful. Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are." - Dave Kitchen

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