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1. Cowboys and Indians Ride on DC, Protesting Keystone XL for Earth Day

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Thousands gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday February 17, 2013 to hold President Barack Obama to his promise to combat climate change.

2. Supreme Court Discrimination Against Native America Cannot Be Tolerated

3. 5 Studies That Prove Dan Snyder is Wrong About ‘Redskins’

4. Former Shinnecock Leaders Ask BIA to Reject New Council, Mediate Dispute

5. Keystone XL Decision Delayed Yet Again as State Department Invokes Nebraska Court Ruling

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The Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed because of a court ruling about its route through Nebraska.

6. Native Brothers Dominate NCAA Lacrosse Stats, and Albany Record Books

Brothers Lyle (left) and Miles (center) Thompson with cousin Ty Thompson on the cover of Inside Lacrosse magazine.

7. Carlisle Indian Industrial School Farmhouse to Be Preserved

This is the earliest known photograph of the farmhouse being considered for demolition. It was taken by John Leslie, a Native student.

8. Métis in Canada Demand Harper Meeting as Court Upholds Status Ruling

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Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council

9. The Indian From Rhode Island who Won the Boston Marathon — Twice

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
Ellison ‘Tarzan’ Brown running in the 1939 Boston Marathon. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

10. Counternarratives: Native American Artists In Our Own Words

11. Native American Indian Rock Art – Petroglyphs Pictograph

12. Don Burnstick’s The 5 Ways of native woman laughter

13. Half Breed Age

14. A street magician and native orchestra performs a show at a marketplace in Marrak…HD Stock Footage

15. NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLER AND THE CREATION – MACKINAC ISLAND – DENNIS M. MORRISON


1. Boston Marathon: Women’s Winners

McFadden Wins Boston Marathon Women’s Wheelchair Race

Jeptoo Wins 2014 Boston Marathon Women’s Race, Sets Record

2. Boston Marathon: Men’s Winners

Van Dyk wins 2014 Men’s Wheelchair Race

American Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon Men’s Race

3. Boston Marathon Winner Gives Gold Wreath to Arrendondo

4. Boston Marathon is run under tight security

5. Boston Marathon is run under tight security

6. Boston Marathon monitored through high-tech center

7. Crowds gather to cheer runners at Heartbreak Hill

8. Hoyts run final Boston Marathon as a team

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A year ago today I was planting in my garden While music from my iPhone played in the background.  I heard the ding of a news alert and grabbed my phone to see what it was.  My mouth hung open and tears ran down my face as I read alert that a bomb had gone off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. My heart began to race and my thoughts were frantic. I ran in the house to let my daughters know what had happened because I didn’t want them channel flipping and stumbling upon the news without me. They were frightened, but seemingly calm.  We were all worried about our friends who had gone into town with their mother who was visiting from France. We were scheduled to have dinner and a sleepover that evening. The girls went back to enjoying their moviethon while waiting for their friends to arrive.  I went back to gardening and listening to music hoping to hear from our friends sooner than later.  Approximately an hour later we heard from one of our friends who told me that they were in the Cambridge Side Galleria when they heard the blasting of the bombs, but didn’t know at the time what they were.  They told us that they tried to head home via the green line, but were told that all the trains had been shut down due to the bombing.  They became frantic and worried about how and when they would be able to get home. Our plans for the evening were of course canceled as they couldn’t guarantee when they would return and were all shaken up about what happened.  I let the girls know.  They were disappointed, but completely understood because they too were scared.

So it was sort of sad that everyone was supposed to be enjoying finishing the marathon and the fact that they are on April vacation.  Instead, people were helping those that were injured, trying to find a way home, wondering where the bombers were and whether or not anything else was going to happen. As the week progressed anxiety rose in everyone. Worried for the lives lost and the lives that were changed forever.  You didn’t have to be there to be affected by what happened.

Fear was all around us, we had to remain as calm as possible and be as strong as we could. We had to move on and deal with what had happened.  But first, the bombers had to be caught.  On April 19th in the wee hours of the morning Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev was mortally wounded by what may have been friendly fire.  His brother Dzhokhar Anzorovich “Jahar” Tsarnaev was wounded but escaped and a manhunt ensued.  Thankfully, later that evening, he was found unarmed and severely wounded hiding underneath a boat in Watertown, MA and was arrested. He is now awaiting his trial.

On April 30, 2013, I posted a story “Do you know who your neighbors are?”. A year later, Nadine Ascencao, who was the former girlfriend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has since moved out of her apartment here.  It was more like her roommates asked her to leave because they didn’t like the constant attention from the press.  She wasn’t there most of the time and her roommates grew tired of visits from news reporters. I’m certainly more than happy not to be dealing with it as well.  The Reporters frequented our house even more because they knew that Nadine and I were acquainted and therefore felt I had to know where she was and what she was doing, but of course I didn’t. In fact I didn’t know her well enough in that way.  I’m just a friendly outgoing neighbor who makes it a point to make sure that the female neighbors know that they always have a safe place if they need it.  As well as someone who is willing to help when and if they need it.

I’m happy to say now that a year has gone by things have calmed down.  The tragedy will never be forgotten, but I think we are all trying to get to know our neighbors a little bit more and hope that down the line nothing like this will ever happen again.

The focus is now purely on staying safe and honoring those that lost loved ones and those that were injured during the events of that day.  Business suffered too and hopefully, everyone is on the road to recovery and enjoying all the events given in their honor.

Boston remains strong. Hopefully, this years running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 will be the success that it deserves to be. Visit some of your local news stations to view their tributes and happenings.

Boston’s Channel 7 – Boston Remembers

Channel 5 – Boston Strong

 

 


Sports Illustrated cover honors Boston’s ‘resiliency’ 

BOSTON — Thousands of people, including bombing survivors and first responders, lined the Boston Marathon finish line Saturday morning for a historic cover shoot for Sports Illustrated.

“In last year’s cover, Boylston Street was filled with destruction and chaos,” said Sports Illustrated Creative Director Chris Hercik. “We wanted to highlight the resiliency of Boston.”

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Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the bombings, was among those who lined the finish line.

“We are strong, we bounce back no matter what,” Fucarile said.

Donna O’Connnell is a Boston resident who was planning to attend the photo shoot.

“I was here last year, I saw all the horror.  Just to show that we have strength and courage, we fear nothing, I’m coming back,” she said.

Boston firefighters and police officers were among those who gathered on Boylston Street.

“It’s all about the city of Boston and their comeback.  This photo is about them,” Hercik said.

Jerry Rufo, who will run his ninth consecutive Boston Marathon this year, also said he would attend.

“Not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the victims and their families and what happened. This incident brought the city together and this is just going to show how together we are and how strong we are,” he said.


Russia failed to tell FBI about Islamic jihad call, report says

WASHINGTON — The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before the attack that might have prompted more extensive scrutiny of him, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

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The information is contained in an inspector general’s review of how American intelligence and law enforcement agencies could have thwarted the bombing.

Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer,” the New York Times reported, and that Tsarnaev had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to Russia.

But after an initial investigation by F.B.I. agents in Boston, the Russians declined several bureau requests for additional information they had about him, the newspaper reported.

The report found that it was only after the bombing occurred last April that the Russians shared with the F.B.I. the additional intelligence, including information from a telephone conversation the Russian authorities had intercepted between Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad.


Concord department holds memorial for Charik

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CONCORD, Mass. — He’s been her partner since he was just a puppy and has worked with her on countless cases, but now Concord Police Officer Sylvia Toumayan is saying goodbye to her German shepherd, Charik.

Suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs — Charik, 8 ½, had to be euthanized, and a memorial service is being held for the dog Friday.

Through his years with the department, Toumayan said Charik has built up an extensive resume. He has assisted Toumayan and the department with cases involving house and car break-ins, narcotics and finding missing people. He’s also responded to many calls from surrounding towns requesting mutual aid.

Most recently, Charik and Toumayan assisted Boston police after the Red Sox won the World Series in October, as members of the Concord Police Department are part of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.

They also assisted in Boston after the Marathon bombings last April and in Watertown when suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended.

Toumayan, who was been with the department for 17 years, spoke to Wicked Local about her partner’s health earlier this year.

“It’s just really hard,” she said. “The hard part about it is there is nothing I can do.”

Toumayan thanked all the veterinarians who have taken care of Charik since he was young, including Wignall Animal Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn and a retired veterinarian dentist, Dr. Laura LeVan, from Concord.


Police will be tagging and bagging abandoned rides.

Bike photo via Brookline Police

If you lock your bike up along the Boston Marathon race route between April 17 to the 21, only to find that it’s no longer where you left it, don’t fret—it likely wasn’t stolen. Instead, it’s probably in the hands of the Brookline Police.

For the safety of Boston Marathon spectators, come Marathon Monday any bikes left unattended along the stretch of roadway where runners pass through, heading to Boylston Street, will be clipped from poles, racks, and other spots to allow more standing room. “It’s something we do every year,” said Brookline Police Lieutenant Philip Harrington. “Because so many pedestrians will be there, we look for the bikes—more so the ones locked up to the polls—so that people aren’t damaging them and they’re not in the way. It’s for the safety of pedestrians, and the safety of the bikes.”

The department sent out a very clear Tweet this week, accompanied by a photo of a bike locked up to a post designated for cyclists, saying “No, no, no!,” and detailing the “strict enforcement preventing locked [and] abandoned bikes on [the] marathon course.”

Harrington said the department has a very active bike enforcement program already, where officers receive complaints from residents about bikes with saggy, flat tires that look as though they were left to decay, or have been there for more than 72 hours, and tag them for removal. “People can take pictures of bikes and [submit them to Brookonline]. If it gets forwarded to us, officers put a green tag on it, go back 72 hours later, and if its green they do an incident report and remove it from the location. Then they keep the bike until an owner comes in to claim it,” said Harrington.

Other bikes that aren’t in tip-top shape often get red tags, instead of green, and are then scooped up by the town’s Department of Public Works and trashed.

They will be doing a similar process for the weekend prior to the marathon, but with a bit more force. Officers said online that the bike removal process will be targeting the East bound portion of the race route “to clear up the sidewalk for the safety of the spectators.” They said the same 72-hour rules apply, but no bike parking in that area will be allowed on April 21, the day of the race.

If you are planning on catching all of the action of the marathon from Newton, not far from the Brookline area, you’re safe, apparently. Newton Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker said the police won’t be clearing anything away, because frankly, there’s no place to lock a bike. “We don’t have what they have, they have more businesses along the route. We don’t have any places where people are locking up bikes,” he said.

As for Boston, there are plenty of places where bicycles can impede pedestrian and spectator access. Officers from the city said they will be making the call on locked up bicycles on a case-by-case basis, but they won’t be heading out days in advance like the Brookline Police. “If it is determined that the unattended bicycle poses a safety hazard, it will be removed by the Boston Police Department,” said Sgt. Mike McCarthy.


FBI debated release of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev photos at finish line

Suspect 2 is highlighted

BOSTON — FBI officials say they debated whether to release photos that led to the capture of a suspect in last year’s bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

Stephanie Douglas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Division, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday that releasing images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  was the right thing to do even though an MIT police officer was killed soon after.

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Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, killed officer Sean Collier while on the run.

Douglas says law enforcement “really had no choice” but to release the photos.

She says an argument against releasing the security camera images was that they could have provided an incentive for the still unidentified suspects to escape.

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