Native Santa Helps 40 Animals That Need Homes

“Nearly 50 animals are now staying in Calvin Red Owl III’s home. Calvin Red Owl III was advocating for animal welfare rights in a district meeting when he heard dogs barking, alerting him to the fire that broke out at the White Owl Sanctuary. He’s Oglala Lakota and the founder and operator of the first and only animal shelter on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.”  J.  Estus, ICT 

Kevin Red Owl, III, caring for a few of the nearly 40 animals he’s caring for in his home. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Red Owl)

Excerpt: Saving the sanctuary for Pine Ridge’s four-legged relatives, By Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today 

“He’s now caring for 49 animals in his three bedroom home, where he lives with his three sons. Red Owl III has an autoimmune disease and is only working with one volunteer to care for the animals, to limit his chances of contracting COVID-19.

Homeless animals on Pine Ridge

“Well, now what’s next for the shelter is we’re trying to find homes for all 47 animals that we have. And we are trying to rebuild as quickly as possible because the winter months are here and there’s lots of animals that need rehoming here on the reservation.”

For additional information about the White Owl Sanctuary click here.

 

The Indian Health Service continues to work closely with our tribal partners and state and local public health officials to coordinate a comprehensive public health response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat.” IHS – November 2020

In 1929 The First U.S. Vice President was Native!

Note: For those who gather with family this year, please remember to be safe. For more guidelines visit Celebrating Thanksgiving  CDC (Center for Disease Control)  

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“Charles Curtis, who served as Vice President from 1929 to 1933, grew up in part on Kanza land and spoke proudly of his Native American ancestry.”C. Hauser, The New York Times (11/10/20)

Vice President Charles Curtis meeting with chiefs of the Rosebud Reservation, who promised their support during a presidential election.Credit: Pacific & Atlantic Photos

Excerpt: Before Harris, This Vice President Broke a Racial Barrier, By Christine Hauser, The New York Times

Kamala Harris broke gender and racial barriers this year as the first woman [ of mixed race] to be elected vice president.

But historians and Native Americans are also revisiting the legacy of Charles Curtis, whose Kaw Nation ancestry gives him a claim as the first ‘person of color’ to serve as vice president, though the term’s current usage emerged decades later. Mr. Curtis, who served under President Herbert Hoover from 1929 to 1933, often referred to the novelty of his background while in public office, speaking of his rise ‘from Kaw tepee to Capitol’ as his Senate biography notes…His embrace of his heritage, however, also came with a legacy that some historians and advocates say undermined Native land rights…Mr. Hoover chose him as a running mate in 1928, possibly because of his popularity in the pastoral Midwest…He learned the language and excelled at horsemanship, according to the Senate. And he pursued his early education in Topeka, shuttling back and forth between the city and the reservation, said Crystal Douglas, who runs the Kanza Museum in Kaw City, Oklahoma…Many Native leaders thought a man who grew up with a tribe would look out for their interests.

But parts of his legacy, historians say, are overshadowed by his role as the original author of the Curtis Act of 1898,which orchestrated allotment of Native lands and curtailed tribal leadership…Ms. Douglas, the Kanza Museum director, said that Mr. Curtis “did some wonderful things” for his people, and introduced bills backing women’s voting rights and child labor laws..She said that Mr. Curtis’s personal papers show he was “disappointed” with how the Curtis Act ultimately harmed tribal identity…Then he faded into relative obscurity, until this year, as Ms. Harris’s selection on a major party ticket renewed interest in his stature as the highest-ranking person of Native descent in the federal government.”  Find out more about Charles Curtis at wikipedia

 

Black Hills Woman Painting By Maxine Noel- Canadian First Nations artist

FOR ALL THINGS WE GIVE ‘THANKS’ ~TALKING FEATHER ~

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden Attend War Memorial in Philadelphia

President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden, attend a service at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn’s Landing on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo:Alex Brandon)

Think of the Men and Women Who Gave up Their Tomorrows So We Could Enjoy Our Todays. Huffingtonpost

Joe Biden has won the Presidency AND Kamala Harris will be the nation’s first woman of color to hold the office of Vice President in the United States –  November 7, 2020

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was elected the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, promising to restore political normalcy and a spirit of national unity to confront raging health and economic crises, and making Donald J. Trump a one-term president after four years of tumult in the White House…In a brief statement, Mr. Biden called for healing and unity.

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” he said. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.” ~PRESIDENT Joseph R. Biden~

 

“The Power To Change The Country is in Your Hands”

“Ohio: One more day!” Mr. Biden said at a drive-in rally at an airport hangar in Cleveland.

Democratic Presidential Leader Joe Biden (November 2, 2020 -rally in Cleveland)

“Tomorrow we have an opportunity to put an end to a presidency that’s divided this nation. Tomorrow we can put an end to a presidency that has failed to protect this nation. And tomorrow we can put an end to a presidency that’s fanned the flames of hate all across this country.”

“My message is simple,” Mr. Biden said. “The power to change the country is in your hands.” ~Democratic Presidential Leader Joe Biden (November 2, 2020 -rally in Cleveland)

Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke at a get-out-the-vote rally in Philadelphia on Sunday. November 1, 2020-Credit- Erin Schaff: The New York Times

As the candidates converge on Pennsylvania, a new Monmouth poll finds Biden still ahead there. The New York Times-

Category: Culture, Military

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Osiyo,

“1987 was the first year of honoring victims, survivors and their families by celebrating Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men has been a victim of severe physical domestic violence. It touches each and every one of us, but it’s preventable. Domestic violence does not only occur in heterosexual couples. Gay and bisexual men [and women] experience abuse in intimate partner relationships at a rate of 2 in 5, which is comparable to the amount of domestic violence experienced by heterosexual women.” Arizona Coalition To End Domestic Violence

In recognition of October 2020 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are reposting this important information. Please note that the following new addition: MyMove has been added to the list.

Photo credit kingdomwood.com

Excerpt: Facts for Domestic/Gender Violence Awareness AZCADV

“Domestic violence is not physical violence alone. Domestic violence is any behavior the purpose of which is to gain power and control over a spouse, partner, girl/boyfriend or intimate family member. Abuse is a learned behavior; it is not caused by anger, mental problems, drugs or alcohol, or other common excuses.”

LGBTQ Domestic Violence

“Abusive partners in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) relationships use all the same tactics to gain power and control as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships — physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, isolation and more.”

Photo credit-vawnet.org

Photo credit-vawnet.org

 

Effects of Domestic/Gender Violence on Children

“In the research literature, children are often called “witnesses” to domestic violence. This term implies a passive role – but children living with conflict and abuse will actively interpret, predict, assess their roles in causing a “fight,” worry about the consequences, engage in problem solving, and/or take measures to protect themselves or siblings, both physically and emotionally.”

Photo credit-refuge.org

Photo credit-refuge.org

To Learn More About Domestic/Gender Violence Issues or For Help:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: The Hotline provides 24-hour support and crisis intervention to victims and survivors of DV through safety planning, advocacy, resources, and a supportive ear.

The Northwest Network: Founded by lesbian survivors of domestic violence, the NW Network works to end abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and to support and empower all survivors through education and advocacy.

VAWnet.orgSpecial Collection: Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ) Communities.

Resources by state on violence against women/menBelow is a list of resources for women who have experienced abuse. If you do not find your state in this list, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) for assistance in locating programs in your area. You can reach the NDVH at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or TDD 800-787-3224.

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA): National Indian Child Welfare Association  is the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and works on behalf of Indian children and families.

 Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence: The API Institute is a national resource center focused on gender-based violence (DV, sexual violence, and trafficking) in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It addresses these issues by increasing awareness, strengthening community strategies for prevention and intervention, and promoting research and policy.

MyMove (San Francisco, CA):  Domestic Violence During the Pandemic: Resources for Victims and Survivors

Our guide includes:

  • Recognizing Red Flags and Barriers in Abusive Relationships
  • Tips on Emergency Planning and Tech Safety for Victims Fleeing
  • Support Services for Housing, Immigration, and Financial Independence

 

Tracy Chapman’s song Behind the Wall:

“Last night I heard the screaming

Loud voices behind the wall

Another sleepless night for me

It won’t do no good to call

The police

Always come late

If they come at all…

And when they arrive

they say they can’t interfere

With domestic affairs…

Last night I heard the screaming

Then a silence that chilled my soul

Prayed that I was dreaming

When I saw the ambulance in the road…”

~Tracy Chapman~ Behind The Wall Lyrics

Category: Culture

Native Artist Did 100 Days of Makeup! Great Ideas for Halloween

“Winter is typically the off-season for makeup and special effects artist Ruby Ann Muro who is of Puerto Rican and Native descent. Then she came across a 100 Days of Makeup project that a former student had created for her Instagram account. Intrigued, Muro decided to create her own 100 Days way as a challenge herself and showcase her work.” C. Mautner — Pennlive.com

Mayan Ceremonial Mask- All Photos by Sean Simmers

Excerpt: Watch as local artist undergoes spectacular transformations. By Chris Mautner, Pennlive.com

“So for the past few months, every day, Muro has been posting a new identity of sorts on her Instagram and Flickr accounts. Some days she’s a gruesome tooth fairy or voodoo doll. She’s also been Wonder Woman, Freddie Krueger and a Party Leopard.

La Muerta Ruby loves designing Day of the Dead skulls

These elaborate transformations are second nature for Muro, who has served as a makeup consultant, costumer and even monster maker for various Halloween-themed attractions, including Field of Screams. and the annual Terror Behind the Walls attraction at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Clownin’ Around

I remember when I was around Day 30 I was like, ‘This is impossible. What did I get myself into?’ she said. Now that she’s past the halfway point, however, the project doesn’t seem that insurmountable

Princess to Goddess Yacihuatl Aztec Human Sacrifice.

How long a particular image takes Muro to complete depends. ‘I’ve had some looks that can take 30 minutes and some that took 10 hours from concept, research to completion,’ she said.

Geometric Face Paint

In addition to designing and applying the makeup, Muro also does all the finance hairstyling, wig work, costuming and prop making for the photos. Her, PennLive photographer Sean Simmers, shoots the final result.” ~‘Wado’ toLJVargas! (2015)

5 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!

STAY HEALTHY During Flu Season!

The Navajo Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Navajo citizens to get a flu vaccine this fall to protect yourself, your family, and your community and help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The flu vaccine can prevent influenza (flu) and is not a COVID-19 vaccine. Flu is a contagious disease that spreads around the country every year, usually between October …See More

Tribal Community Sub-Grants

“The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is committed to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) exercising their right to vote in all tribal, local, state, and federal elections through nonpartisan activities and education. To meet this commitment, we rely on our tribal nations, partner organizations, and tribal citizens to become actively engaged in the campaign. Community Mini Grants – NCAI is offering Community Mini Grants for projects in support of its Native Vote campaign for the 2020 election cycle. Please note: NCAI will consider funding projects/events in whole or part up to a maximum of $2,000 per tribal organization. For More information Visit:  Native Vote 2020 Community Grants Application

Also Visit: Navajo Department of Health for COVID-19 Updates

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Chickasaw Nation President Jefferson Keel Endorses Joe Biden!

‘Vice President Biden is a proven leader with exceptional grace and diplomacy’Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw Nation, ICT

Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw Nation, is the former president of the National Congress of American Indians. (File photo)

Excerpt: Electing Joe Biden stops Trump’s termination policies, By Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw Nation, ICT

“Indian Country is at a crossroads as deep divisions take shape within our country. Native people have borne the brunt of racism for hundreds of years and have seen Presidents attempt to eliminate tribal rights and our communities.

Additionally, the pandemic is impacting Natives at alarmingly high rates, highlighting disparities that have long existed in healthcare and other services.

I witnessed huge strides to foster tribal self-determination during the eight years of the Obama-Biden Administration, elevating tribal voices to unprecedented levels and prioritizing Native issues to heights we had never experienced (or even dreamed of) before… But the sad truth now is that many of the achievements and progress we made during the Obama-Biden Administration have been erased in the last four years… Tribes have been alienated and ignored…[Joe Biden] has shown through his decades of public service a respect and commitment to tribal sovereignty. He is a spiritual man who truly understands and respects the service of Native veterans, and will never disparage them in any way.”

5 key takeaways from Joe Biden’s town hall with ABC News, By Meg Cunningham and Quinn Scanlan, October 16, 2020 NYT   

Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden and moderator George Stephanopoulos participate in an ABC News town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Biden’s persistent message of concern for others, which he follows up with action, is a stark contrast to the actions of the current president.

“I’m less concerned about me than the people, the guys with the cameras, the people working in the, you know, the Secret Service guys you drive up with, all those people.”~Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden

“With less than three weeks until Nov. 3,…Already, more than 18 million voters have cast their ballots, and while that’s an unprecedented turnout this far out from Election Day, many more Americans have yet to officially make their voices heard.”

Tribal Community Sub-Grants

“The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is committed to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) exercising their right to vote in all tribal, local, state, and federal elections through nonpartisan activities and education. To meet this commitment, we rely on our tribal nations, partner organizations, and tribal citizens to become actively engaged in the campaign. Community Mini Grants – NCAI is offering Community Mini Grants for projects in support of its Native Vote campaign for the 2020 election cycle. Please note: NCAI will consider funding projects/events in whole or part up to a maximum of $2,000 per tribal organization. For More information Visit:  Native Vote 2020 Community Grants Application

*A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19  By Nathaniel Rakich and Julia Wolfe   NOTE:  “This page will be updated on a regular basis with the latest developments.” October 15, 2020

STAY HEALTHY During Flu Season!

The Navajo Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Navajo citizens to get a flu vaccine this fall to protect yourself, your family, and your community and help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The flu vaccine can prevent influenza (flu) and is not a COVID-19 vaccine. Flu is a contagious disease that spreads around the country every year, usually between October …See More

Also Visit: Navajo Department of Health for COVID-19 Updates