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Shakopee Mdewakanton Tribe Donates 4 Million to Help Others

“The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) on Thursday announced a package of donations totaling more than $4 million for Native American causes in Minnesota and six other states. Examples of projects funded by the donations include broadband internet, community center renovations, college scholarships and water treatment facilities.” SWNews Media

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charlie Vig

Excerpt: Tribe donates $4 million to Native American causes–SWNews Media

“There are so many needs across Indian Country, and the SMSC’s financial support will go a long way toward improving the lives of many people, especially children and future generations,’ said SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig. The SMSC has donated approximately $350 million to organizations and causes in the past 25 years.

The SMSC announced the new multi-million package of donations less than one month after making a $200,000 gift to fund living allowances for AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers working to improve Native nutrition, as part of the SMSC’s $5 million Seeds of Native Health campaign. It was the first time in VISTA’s history in which a tribe provided funding to deploy VISTA members nationally. In an editorial lauding Seeds of Native Health, the Star Tribune called the tribe a ‘philanthropic force.’

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Tribes in Conflict over Killing Bald Eagles

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday dropped its legal challenge to an American Indian tribe killing bald eagles for religious purposes on its Wyoming reservation… The Northern Arapaho share the reservation with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, which opposes killing eagles.” B. Neary, ABCNews

Bald Eagles with baby. Photo The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bald Eagles with baby. Photo The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Excerpt: Fish and Wildlife drops legal challenge to Eagle killings  By Ben Neary, ABC News

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne previously ruled that the Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Northern Arapaho Tribe’s religious freedoms by denying permission to kill bald eagles — the national bird — on the Wind River Indian Reservation for its annual Sun Dance.

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Wyomingmedia

Johnson stated the First Amendment prohibited the federal government from burdening one American Indian tribe’s exercise of religious rights to benefit another tribe…The government keeps eagle feathers and body parts in a federal repository in Colorado that tribal members may seek to use in religious ceremonies.

Northern Arapaho Tribe members have said it’s unacceptable for them to use an eagle carcass from the federal repository for the Sun Dance. They have emphasized that tribal religious leaders strictly regulate and limit the killing.The Eastern Shoshone Tribe had filed a friend of the court brief in the federal appeals court supporting the Fish and Wildlife Service’s appeal of Johnson’s ruling.”

CLICK TO WATCH LIVE EAGLE CAM:  In 2014, a pair of mated Bald Eagles chose the most idyllic of nest sites within the United States’ National Capital (Washington, DC), nestled high in a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, which is operated by the United States  Department of Agriculture. © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG. We appreciate your cooperation!

Photo of the two baby eagles.

Photo of the two baby eagles.

 

Bald Eagle 3

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Native Actor Adam Beach Joins the SUICIDE SQUAD

“The third and latest Warner Bros. trailer of the highly anticipated DC universe movie Suicide Squad just hit YouTube, garnering nearly 5 million hits in less than 48 hours. Included in the entourage of super-villains gone heroic is Adam Beach’s character Slipknot, who plays a key role in the trailer.” V. Schilling, ICTMN

Native Actor Adam Beach as Slipknot

Native Actor Adam Beach as Slipknot

 

Excerpt: Adam Beach as Slipknot “Nails It” in Third Suicide Squad Trailer

“The assorted cast of ‘Worst Heroes Ever’ characters in the third trailer also include Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

Actor Jared Leto- The Joker

Actor Jared Leto- The Joker

Other members of the Suicide Squad include Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc – and yes, he is a crocodile), Cara Delevingne (Julie Moon / Enchantress) and Karen Fukuhara (Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana).

You Tube:  SUICIDE SQUAD Official Trailer #3 (2016) Superhero Movie HD

SUICIDE SQUAD: A secret government agency recruits imprisoned super-villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

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Director: David Ayer

Writers: David Ayer, John Ostrander (comic book)

Suicide Squad will be in theaters – IMAX and 3D – August 5th.

“It’s taken me some time, but I finally have them. The worst of the worst. I want to assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet, who I think can do some good.” ~Actress Viola Davis~ (as  Commander Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad)

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American Indian Society: Memorial Day

To honor Native American veterans and veterans everywhere this dedication of a Veterans Wall by the American Indian Society:

Photo Credit- Vincent Schilling

Photo Credit- Vincent Schilling

“We have contributed to the American dream with the hope that one day we will live in peace as brothers and sisters under one flag… This is not a time of mourning, but a time of celebration when we can come, joined as one people… Let us all remember who we are today and why we meet today and why we remember who we are and why we celebrate our heritage. Why we keep our tradition and our land is to pass it on to our children. We must hold onto our land and our traditions or we will be left to wander aimlessly in the land of our Fathers.” AIS

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

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