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My Poem of the Day

(11/23/14)

There Are Possums Among Us©

There are possums among us but they don’t mean to stun us

They’re just hungry like me and you

But they’re big and they’re scary

They’re menacing too

They’ll stare you down

They’ll break you down

They’ll make you frown

You know there’s no winning when they start their grinning

They’re laughing at you because you don’t know what to do

But they sure do

And they surely won’t let you forget it

So set those traps

In order to catch them

So that they can be taught a lesson

They’ll be taken home

Where they will be free to roam

And hopefully leave us alone

Boy I’ll sure be glad when they’re no more possums among us

Copyright 2014

There Are Possums Among Us©

By Felina Silver Robinson

This poem was inspired when my 21-year-old told me he had gone to take out some trash

and there was a possum staring up at him almost daring him while begging him not to put his trash on top of him

Startled by this he opted not to continue and let me know that he left the trash in front of the barrels


My Poem of the Day

(11/22/14)

Turkeys at bhs-2

Picture by Felina Silver Robinson “Turkey’s on the Prowl©”

When Turkey’s Attack (in Brookline)©

Here they come walking down your street

They’re not too happy so it’s not a good time to meet

Don’t get in their space or they may peck you in your face

They’re on a mission

To end their malnutrition

They must quickly find something ultra delicious

They’re going door-to-door to see what they’ve missed

They’re eyeing your gardens

They’re eyeing your trash cans

But if they don’t find anything worth eating

Listen for your doorbell

Because they might come a ringing

Just remember

Manners are missing from these Turkey’s

So don’t be expecting anything good from their visit

Be ready to call your local animal control

Because once you open your door

The only way they’re going is once they’ve been tranquilized

Be ready to hose down your house

Because boy do they leave a horrendous smell

This is what you’ll get when those darn turkey’s attack

This is what we get for taking all their land

And adding more buildings instead

They’re missing all their reservations

Where they were able to walk about

Without hesitation

And food was plentiful

And with no need

for menacing local neighborhoods

There’s still time to fix this

Before these Turkey’s do some fixing of their own

Copyright 2014

When Turkey’s Attack (in Brookline)©

By Felina Silver Robinson


1. Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act: Landmark Legislation or Hollow Victory?

2. Arizona’s Indian Gaming Phenomenon

Lee Allen
Valerie Spicer, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, told EXPO attendees: “This has been a banner year for Indian gaming in Arizona.”

3. Stealing Children: A Look at Indigenous Child Removal Policies

Margaret Jacobs A Generation Removed
Craig Chandler/University Communications/University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Margaret Jacobs, professor of history and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has just published a second volume based on her research.

4. What a Scene! Glamour and Talent at the 2014 AIFF Awards

5. Young Dancer at 2014 Indian Festival in Stone Mountain

6. Navajo Presidential Election Not Until 2015 Now

Demonstration of a Native being Nativer than you (see item no. 2 on list).

7. San Manuel Joins Morongo, Card Clubs and Amaya in Push for Online Poker

Associated Press

8. The Black Snake Hears a Song: Declaring War on the Keystone Pipeline

9. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Revitalization Is Good Medicine

10. Popular Indian Mortgage Program Now Costs More

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1. Sky Woman, Turtle Island, and the Great Celestial Tree Get a Movie (It’s About Time!)

Source: facebook.com/IroquoisCreationFilm
An image of Sky Woman riding the back of the turtle that becomes Turtle Island in the Iroquois Creation Story. Source: facebook.com/IroquoisCreationFilm

2. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Creates Conservation District With USDA

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that cements the formation of a natural resource conservation district.

3. Washington State Official Joins Northwest Tribes in Urging Oil Train Regulation

Associated Press
This derailment and explosion of a train carrying Bakken crude in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada in July 2013, killed 47 people. Northwest tribes and the State of Washington say, ‘No thanks.’

4. Turning Stone Resort Casino Unveils ‘Next Big Thing’ in Retail Luxury and Entertainment

5. Hey, Matt Lauer! Help the Little Wound School Buy a Wrestling Mat

6. History: Remembering Impact of Alcatraz Occupation on 45-Year Anniversary

Alcatraz Occupation Playing Ball
AP Photo
American Indians play ball games outside the prison wall on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco during their occupation of the island in this November 26, 1969 photo. The sign reading “INDIANS WELCOME,” is one of the few physical reminders that 45 years ago a group of American Indians clung to the barren, bony slopes of Alcatraz for 19 months, winning the attention of the world and igniting a passion for civil rights.

7. ICTMN Exclusive: Interior’s Mike Connor Discusses Tribal Land Buy-Back Program

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor pictured with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

8.  Oregon Man’s Design Selected to Honor Code Talkers on copy Coin

Tom Rogers
Tom Rogers designed the 2016 copy Native American coin.

9. You Won’t Believe How Many Rubik’s Cubes This Guy Solved While Running a Marathon

Image source: facebook.com/PhillipEspinoza
Espinoza fell short of his personal goal, but crushed the old world record. Source: facebook.com/PhillipEspinoza

10. Sioux Mother to Return to Court in Latest Fight for Her Abused Sons

Courtesy Audre’y Eby
Audre’y Eby’s sons going to a doctors appointment with their friend, Manape LaMere, on Winnebago Reservation, November 27, 2013.

11. Toward Disestablishing the Doctrine of Christian Domination


1. Seriously Funny: Comedy Duo James & Ernie Have a Message for Native Youth

Image source: Facebook.com
Ernest Tsosie III, left, and James Junes combine comedy and youth activism. Image source: Facebook.com

2. Watch This Squirrel Snatch a Camera and High-Tail It Up a Tree, Filming

David Freiheit/YouTube
This is what it looks like to be preyed upon by a squirrel. Nightmares not included.

3. Morongo Tribe Donates 10,000 Turkeys for Thanksgiving to Those in Need

Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Volunteers help distribute turkeys as part of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians annual Thanksgiving Outreach Program

4. From Dirt Roads to Fiber Optics: FireKeepers Hits the Jackpot

firekeeperscasino.com
FireKeepers Casino Hotel

5. Native American Heritage Month: 13 Books for Children From StarWalk Kids Media

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The organization KidsWalk Media has compiled a list of books great to share with children during Native American Heritage Month.

6. Internet-Breaker Kim Kardashian Gets Glam on Aboriginal Land (With Permission)

Source: papermag.com
Kim Kardashian in a photo from an instantly-famous shoot she did for Paper magazine. Source: papermag.com

7. Listen Now: Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit Starts Today

Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit
2014.IndigenousWisdomSummit.com
The Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit is a free online series, and it starts today.

8. Lyle Thompson Named 2014 Person of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine

Archive photo
Lyle Thompson was named Person of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine on November 17, 2014.

9. We Need Diverse Books: Join Twitter Chat With Children’s Literature Expert Debbie Reese on November 18

We Need Diverse Books
The website that aims to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature narratives will host Debbie Reese, publisher of the website American Indians in Children’s Literature, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday November 19.

10. The Ghosts of Colonial Bolivia

Wikimedia

11. Urban Native Education Alliance Gets Grant for Circle Of Strength Program

Native Warriors Basketball Program
Sarah Sense-Wilson/Native Warriors Basketball Program/Facebook
UNEA’s Native Warriors basketball program will be the catalyst for improving health, self-esteem and educational achievement of urban Native youth.

12. Welcome, Oglala Lakota County! The Story Behind the Story

Sarah Eagle Heart
South Dakota state representative Kevin Killer, Oglala Lakota, holds the new bumper sticker designed by Jesse Short Bull to announce the renaming of the county that overlaps much of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. On November 4, voters decided in favor of a ballot measure Killer was instrumental in putting on the ballot. The jurisdiction will now be called Oglala Lakota County, named for the people who live there.

13. Federal Government Must Protect Native Children From Violence


1. Environmental Advocates Deride House Passage of Keystone XL Legislation

REUTERS/LANE HICKENBOTTOM
A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Nebraska March 10, 2014.

2. Obama Administration Strikes Deal With China, Pledges $3 Billion to International Climate Fund

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Coal plant emissions are just one source of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that are contributing to global warming and climate change.

3. Battling Diabetes on Reservations: Bridging the Gap and Getting Healthy

Battling Diabetes
Alliance for Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the toughest health challenges facing American Indian communities.

4. KC Chiefs Celebrate Native Heritage Month With Help From Hall of Famer

Kansas City Chiefs
Priest Holmes is inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame during the team’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

5. Kansas City Chiefs Partner With Local Tribes; Redskins Still Defiant

Associated Press

6. Surfing as Sovereignty: How Native Hawaiians Resisted Colonialism

Courtesy eddieaikaufoundation.org
Eddie Aikau is credited with having defused a potentially explosive situation at a time when tensions were high on the islands.

7. Bighorn Hunt on Colville Reservation Revives Ancient Cultural Tradition

Courtesy Colville Confederated Tribes
Jordan Leskinen with the bighorn ram he shot for his grandmother.

8. Photo: A Protest Unites Thousands Against a Slur

9. Changes on Lummi Nation Council

10. BIA’s Funding Maze Hampers Tribal Self- Governance

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11. Don’t Listen to Predators

12. Native American Heritage Month

13. National Congress of American Indians

14. Smithsonian American Indian Heritage Month


1. Native Lights Shine at NMAI 20th-Anniversary Gala in the ‘Glittering World’ of New York City

Courtesy National Museum of the American Indian
Raymond, Colina and Lee Yazzie with fashion and textile designer Patricia Michaels (center) and Glittering World exhibit curator Lois Dubin (right) at the 20th anniversary gala of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York City.

2. Fit for the Glitterati: 13 Masterpieces by the Yazzie Family of Navajo Jewelers

3. She’s a Rebel! Inez Jasper Can’t Wait for Today’s ‘Rebel Music’ Premiere (4 PM ET)

Source: rebelmusic.com
Mike ‘Witko’ Cliff, Frank Waln, Inez Jasper and Nataanii Means in the studio for ‘Rebel Music.’ Source: rebelmusic.com

4. What Is a ‘Scent Globe’?

MediaCentre.HeathrowAirport.com
A passenger sniffs the ‘Scent Globe’ before departing. It was installed in the Heathrow Airport until November 5, 2014.

5. Racism On Ice: An Aboriginal Father Shares What Made His Son Cry

Associated Press
Young kids playing hockey.

6. Mask That Inspired Seahawks Logo Going on Display

KCTS 9
The Seattle Seahawks logo is inspired by a Kwakwaka’wakw artist’s mask which will be on display at the Burke Museum in Seattle on November 22.

7. Indigenous Suicide Rate in Brazil Is Six Times Higher Than National Average

8. Chehalis, Skokomish Honored for Historic Preservation and Infrastructure Improvements

Johnson Meninick Yakama Nation
State of Washington Department of Ecology
Yakama Nation Elder Johnson Meninick talks about the importance of water to lives and the land, October 29, 2013. Meninick manages the Yakama Nation’s Cultural Heritage Department and is in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame.

9. Homecoming: Prayers Welcome 139 Yellowstone Bison to Fort Peck

AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File
In this April 24, 2012 file photo, a herd of bison roam on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont. Almost a decade after they were first captured from Yellowstone National Park, a group of wild bison that has spent years in limbo after government officials could find no place to relocate the animals were due to be shipped from a ranch near Bozeman Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 for placement on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

10. Kevin P. Brown: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Chairman Kevin P. Brown, Mohegan Tribe, standing beside a bronze statue of his great-grandfather, Chief Matagha (Burrill Fielding). Mohegan Reservation, Uncasville, Connecticut, 2013.

11. Tribe Opens Fry Bread Restaurant in Central Oklahoma

“People already know what a fry bread taco is, but they don’t know the [Citizen Potawatomi Nation] way of making a fry bread taco.”

12. Thanksgiving vs. the National Day of Mourning