Archives For Environmental Issues


1. Iktomi Speaks: The Crooked Tongue of Dan Snyder

2. Valbuena Named Chairwoman of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Courtesy San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Lynn “Nay” Valbuena was recently elected as chairwoman for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians on April 15.

3. Cowlitz Gymnast of Sacramento State Is First to Compete in NCAA Championship

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Kalliah McCartney, of the Cowlitz Tribe, competes on the beam

4. NTU New Media Major Steps into the Spotlight at AIHEC Film Festival

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NTU new media major Clinton Desiderio of Crownpoint, New Mexico poses with his Best Special Effects award and Director’s Award at the 33rd Annual AIHEC Spring Conference.

5. Photos of the Native Culture Center ‘God Hates’

6. The ‘Designer’ Foodie Trend of 2014

Insects au gratin by desigern Susana Soares: “Could eating insects be a potential solution to some of the world’s food problems?” The project looks for new ways of consuming insects and debates the nutritive and environmental aspects of insects as human food.

7. Cobell Settlement: Who Are the Real Winners?

8. Watch: Secretary Jewell Deliver Commencement Address at SIPI

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

9. ‘Scalped’ Comic Book Is Coming to TV; Native Actors Need Apply

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Dashiell ‘Dash’ Bad Horse as depicted by artist R.M Guera on the cover of the first issue of ‘Scalped’.

10. Climate Change Hits the Big Time on Prime Time

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A still from the NBC News special Ann Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes—Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?

11. USDA Offers Native American Rural Business Enterprise Grants

12. White House Honors Solar Energy Visionary Henry Red Cloud as Champion of Change

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In this October 11, 2010 photo, Henry Red Cloud is honored by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

13. CNN Contributor Explores the Best Places to Experience Native Culture

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Shiprock Gallery (above) is one of many top places to explore in Indian Country, Dana Joseph says.

14. Cherokee Nation Adds Millions to Housing, Career Programs

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
Left to right: Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis thanked A-Mo Health Center staff Candice Burkhart, Christie Ross, Tina Snell and Dr. Michael Underwood, as Principal Chief Bill John Baker recognized them and other staff at the Salina health center for their heroic efforts during a recent code blue.

15. On Remote Reserves, Locals Must Perform Life-Saving Emergency Response

Community-Based Emergency Care: An Open Report for Nishnawbe Aski Nation

16. Rare Trumpeter Swan as Target Practice: Two Men Sentenced on Flathead Reservation

Courtesy Salish Kootenai Wildlife Department
Trumpeter swans on the Flathead Reservation

17. 10 Hand-Painted Hats by Navajo Hatmaker Melissa Barnes


1. Redistricting in California Finally Puts Tribal Reps on School Board

2. Duane ‘Chili’ Yazzie’s Grassroots Campaign for the Navajo Presidency

Duane “Chili” Yazzie

3. ‘God Hates Native Culture’: Westboro Baptist to Picket Alaska Natives

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Shirley Phelps-Roper, left, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Topeka, Kan., holds a protest sign outside funeral services for Sgt. Daniel Sesker, Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Ogden, Iowa.

4. Who Says Polenta Is Italian?

Flickr Creative Commons/Sarah Bodri
A truly Native dish: savoury polenta with bean dip, guacamole, and cheese (and sour cream eventually).

5. President Jimmy Carter Joins Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urging Keystone XL Rejection

Politico via Natural Resources Defense Council
Portion of the full-page ad in Politico by 10 Nobel Peace Laureates, including former President Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

6. Singer, Activist, Digital Artist: Another Side of Buffy Sainte-Marie

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‘Self-Portrait,’ by Buffy Sainte-Marie. Ilfordchrome (Cibachrome) photograph. 33″ x 45.5.” Description from buffysainte-marie.com: ‘A photo was imported into my computer and I played with it. It is a headshot where I was wearing a lightweight veil; black hair, blackened background; and streaks of very interesting computer colors in some feathers.’ Source: buffysainte-marie.com

7. Golden Eagle and 13-Year-Old Huntress in Mongolia Move as One

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Ashol-Pan, age 13, is perhaps the only girl in the world training to hunt with golden eagles. She lives in western Mongolia, home of the Kazakhs, 400 of whom are falconers, according to BBC News.

8. And Stephen Colbert’s Replacement is… Sherman Alexie?

Whose show is it anyway? Alexie went toe-to-toe with the bombastic Colbert in 2008 and 2009.

9. Quinault Nation Reopens Lake to Limited Non-Tribal Use

Tom Harpel via Wikipedia
Quinault Lake lies within the bounds of the Quinault Indian Reservation and has been closed since last June due to habitat-degradation concerns.

10. Cheyenne River Youth Project Seeks Submissions for Volunteer-Inspired Cookbook

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1. EPA Publishes 19th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

2. Killing of environmental activists rises globally

3. Beijing says one third of its pollution comes from outside the city

4. Letter to Pope Francis calling for fossil fuel divestment

Environment and Pope Francis :  Saint Peter's square in the Vatican on rainy day

Multi-faith groups in Australia and North America urge the Pope to back a campaign to pull money out of the fossil fuel industry

• Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign

5. The first climate justice summit: a pie in the face for the global north

An alternative summit held during Cop 6 brought the idea of climate justice onto the global stage. How pivotal was this moment for how the climate change movement progressed?
Huaorani Indian children play with scarlet macaws in Yasuni National Park

6. U.S. minorities exposed to more toxic air, U finds

Cutting nitrogen dioxide levels for people of color could prevent thousands of deaths, Minnesota researchers said.

 


1. Open Crop Art Calls for Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Lou Dematteis/Spectral Q, via Bold Nebraska
The crop art image with HEARTLAND #NoKXL protests the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on a corn field outside of Neligh, Nebraska

2. Archaeological Claims to Kumeyaay Ancestral Remains

3. Mashpee Wampanoags Celebrate New Government/Community Center

Gale Courey Toensing
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently celebrated the opening of its new government and community center building.

4. Racist Game Justifies Murder of Mexicans and Indians

A screenshot from “Clash of the West Cowboys Shootout.”

5. iGaming Veteran Hired to Lead San Manuel Band’s Interactive Initiatives

6. A Letter to SWAIA Artists Regarding the Departure of John Torres-Nez

courtesy John Torres-Nez
The successful 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market will go down as the first, and last, under Torres-Nez’s stewardship.

7. Tax Day: 10 Things Native People Can’t Claim as Deductions

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Nope, no matter how much you spent detailing that beat-up ole rez mobile, you cannot deduct the cost.

8. Tribe Receives NAFOA ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for copy0M MicroGREEN Investment

MicroGREEN website
MicroGREEN created InCycle Cups to reduce the amount of waste that enters landfills.

9. Snyder’s Redsk*ns Hush Money and KTNN’s Questionable Behavior

10. Video: Man on the Street: Who Was Pocahontas? Pre-Wedding Thoughts

11. Did CNN Need to Apologize for This Racist Segment? 25,000 Said Yes

It is so very funny to mock the traditional dress of indigenous, colonized people, eh CNN?

12. Onondaga Nation Files Human Rights Violations against US

Courtesy Onondaga Nation
Onondaga Nation representatives were in Washington, D.C. today to file a petition against the United States with the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

13. Agrihoods: Emerging Self-Sustainable Communities

Farmer D Organics website
In addition to offering an agrihood, Farmer D Organics sells environmentally conscious farm and garden products, like raised bed kits for edible gardening and window boxes for urban gardeners.

14. Rock, Rattle & Drum: 5 Native Musical Instrumental Makers Beating Their Way to the Top

15. Schimmel Is the Highest Native American Drafted in W.N.B.A. History

Associated Press
Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel holds up an Atlanta Dream jersey with WNBA president Laurel J. Richie after she was selected 8th overall in the WNBA draft on, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn.

16. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Streamlines National Eagle Repository Rules

Tribes and the U.S. Government have been working for years on an eagle strategy that balances conservation with religious freedom, and another piece of this puzzle may be in place with the advent of new rules streamlining the procurement process.

1. Deforestation, drought push Amazon toward destruction by fire

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2. Federal Lawsuit Focuses Attention on Safety of Toxic Chemicals on Minn. Railroads

3. Southland air regulators seek to hold ports to pollution targets

Under proposed rule, if the L.A. and Long Beach ports fail to hit targets the air district would require them to propose additional pollution reduction measures.

4. Killing of Environmental Activists Rises Globally

5. The world’s cities are gobbling up land faster than they’re gaining people

6. Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger

Aerosols in atmosphere change weather in North America, says new study.

Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China.

 


1. A ‘ghost town’ created in the U.S., with a little help from Canadian oil wealth

A 'ghost town' created in the U.S., with a little help from Canadian oil wealth

2. Lost in an acid sea: A fish’s sense of smell

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3. A Wild Idea: Making Our Smartphones Last Longer

4. UN Climate Report Charts Ways to Halt Global Warming

Greenhouse gas emissions need sharp cuts by mid-century to dodge dangerous global warming.

Photo of the Temelin nuclear power plant near Temelin, Czech Republic.

5. A new DOE proposal would cement a big leap in lighting efficiency, but Congress is preventing even bigger savings

 


All of us and all of them too

The mouths we feed

are just not those

of our families,

our friends,

or neighbors,

It’s also

the trees,

the grass,

the ocean,

the earth

every animal

every insect

and the air we breath

Each part of is

connected to the rest

when one dies

it all dies

That includes us

It’s not just you

or me

it’s all of them too

Help make the world a better place

think about everything you do

and how it affects all of us

and all of them too.

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© copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson


Every day we hear about different animals that our now sharing our space because they are hungry or have lost their way.  This of course, is mostly our fault because we continue to take away their open space by building more and more commercial buildings, residential complexes and single or multi family homes.  Where are these poor animals supposed to go if we keep taking away their space.  How are we supposed to breath if we don’t have enough open space or greenery to help keep the air cleaner?

When your food supply diminishes what would you do?  Most animals will keep moving until they can find both food and shelter. These days that often means they will end up in a backyard that is lined with lots of grass and is bordered by trees, which means they may end up at your front or back door.  Be careful, when you are ready to leave for the day, you may have an unexpected visitor looking to share your food. Just yesterday Lake Mary, Fla. Resident Terri Frana was brutally attacked by a bear when going into her garage.  Read her story here:  Wildlife agency kills several bears after Florida woman mauled outside home.

Birds are having trouble finding places to nest, so much so, they will settle for utility lines to the point they are causing some problems.  NStar is Looking To Lure Ospreys From Cape Utility Poles.

It should be our goal to make sure that there is adequate space for all of us to live so that we are not compromising the homes of our animals and that they won’t be compromising our homes.

I’ve driven through Brookline, Allston, Brighton, and Boston, I see so many vacant buildings some of which have been empty for years and some for decades. Still yet, I also see dozens of new buildings erupting in spaces that were thought to be a part of the Emerald Necklace. Other locations are spots that never had a building, but hold no known significance, then there are locations where at least two buildings and sometimes more have been demolished so that a new structure could be built. We hope that the jobs that are created by building these commercial spaces and homes will feed and house families that are in need. But there is always a sacrifice for everything we gain. Now we have all sorts of animals everywhere looking for a new home and food to eat. Do you want to be there when they are mad that they don’t find food?  I know I don’t!

This is not just a problem on land, it’s also a problem on our beaches and in our oceans. Many Whales continue to be found all over.  On Wednesday 9 Killer Whales died as they were found washed up on the South Island, on the Coast of New Zealand.  Read the Story here: Nine Killer Whales Die In Rare Mass Beaching in New Zealand.  There is also a group of 100 right whales feeding off the coast on cape cod. There is a large concern for their safety of course with all the ships etc. that frequent the area.  It’s getting harder and harder to preserve the lives of endangered species as well as all human life forms.  This is the problem you face when there is more concern for the monetary value or outcome that all projects will bring in the end, without considering how much more will be lost once all is said and done.  Once we lose it, there may not be a way to get it back, especially if we are talking about endangered species.  Is the price we pay in the end truly worth the reward? Somehow, I don’t really think so. Just some food for thought about how we are now sharing our space with random animals.

© Copyright 2014 Felina Silver Robinson


1. Walk on Water, Walk for Water

2. Louisville Coach Talks About “Life After Shoni”

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Uinversity of Louisville Head Coach Jeff Waltz gives Shoni Schimmel some instructions

3. After Contact, Isolated Groups Recover—But at High Cost

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4. Video: Time-Lapse of Timeless Yellowstone Belies Impending-Explosion Rumors

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Yellowstone National Park, full of beautiful sights and sounds, is not going anywhere any time soon, scientists say.

5. Profile of a Healthy ‘Urban Rez’

Courtesy Intertribal Friendship House
Pow wow at Intertribal Friendship House

6. Redskins Sponsorship Taints Navajo Golf Event, Other Sponsors Outraged

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This uncredited photograph shows the sign-in desk at the KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament, with the Washington Redskins OAF banner clearly visible. The image was circulated on Twitter with the hashtags ‘NotYourMascot’ and ‘KTNNscandal.’

 


1. Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation (with video)

 Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores

2. We’ll be looking for TOMBSTONES: A Boeing engineer’s DEADLY warning about toxic cabin air

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3. CDC dropped plans for MCHM air ‘screening level’

4. Chinese economic growth at a cost: Pollution poisons lakes, rivers and skies

5. WEST EXPLOSION | ONE YEAR LATER

Official toll overlooks many injuries

Focused on ERs, the official injury survey missed harms such as hearing loss and depression. Some say the omissions could skew the debate over safety regulation.

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6. Poor waste management in UAE turns death trap for animals