Archives For Memorials

1. Fracking: Are We Crying Wolf at the Wrong Wolf?

2. Oneida Nation, NCAI and UCC React to ‘Redskins’ FedEx Field Section Named After Segregationist

3. Marshall R. Gover: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Courtesy Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Marshall R. Gover, president of the Pawnee Business Council.

4. Scuffle Over Native Warbonnet Leads to Unreasonable Detainment at Giants Game

Courtesy Kimball Bighorse
A Giants fan wears a warbonnet backwards as he is confronted by April Negrette
about why the bonnet should not be worn on Native American Heritage Night at AT&T
Park in San Francisco on June 24, 2014

5. Video: Announcing EPA’s Climate Justice in Action Series

Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announces the advent of a new blog.

6. $154.8M Awarded to Cherokee Nation, 32 states & Puerto Rico for Job Training

7. Major Victory: Canadian Supreme Court Hands Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal Title

8. Russell Means Widow Files Lawsuit Claiming Negligence by His Doctors

9. Leonardo DiCaprio Film Seeks Native American Actors in Santa Fe

Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Leonardo DiCaprio seen onstage at 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival -
Cinema Vanguard Award ceremony on Thursday, Feb, 6, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

10. See Chris Wondolowski’s First Steps on the Field in Brazil at the FIFA World Cup

11. 5 Sioux Tribes Applied to Fund Their Own Foster Care Programs

Youtube: Bring the Lakota Children Home – Chase Iron Eyes

12. Former White Earth Chairman Darrell ‘Chip’ Wadena Walks On

Richard Sennott/Star Tribune
Darrell “Chip” Wadena, former White Earth tribal chairman, walked on June 24.

13. Remembering Michael Jackson and the Racial Mashup of ‘Black or White’

Sage Galesi poses with Michael Jackson in 1991, during a break from filming his ‘Black or White’ video.

14. AMERIND Risk Offers Tips for Hurricane Season and Preparedness


15. And the ESPY Goes to … Lyle Thompson? Onondaga Lacrosse Star Nominated!

Whispers in the Wind

I walk the streets

Blinded by all there is to see

Your spot beside me still empty

But I still hear your whispers in the wind

Your words warm my heart as I walk aimlessly into the night

I wonder what you are thinking

What part of the world you’ve been assigned to

How you are being treated by the strangers you have to protect

If you wonder if I’ll still be here when you are lucky enough to come home

I hear your whispers in the wind telling me that you love me

and you’ll soon be home to stay

The stars are shining brightly leading me on my way

To the place we call home

Where I wait for your safe return each and every day

I await the moment when your whispers in the wind

are replaced by your warm and tender voice

and the spot beside me is filled by you

Copyright 2014 Whispers in the Wind© – Felina Silver Robinson

This Poem is written in loving Memory of my deceased husband

Kris John Kangas who served briefly in the U.S. Army

May you live peacefully with the lord for an eternity


1. American Heritage Powwow Draws Diverse Crowd in Downtown San Diego

Diego James Robles
Monica Jacome, Kumeyaay, 18, plays with her brother Dakota during a break in the action, during the American Indian Heritage Pow Wow.

2. Toward a Future of Colonial Freedom

3. Vern Traversie and His Two and a Half Year Wait for Answers

Vern Traversie still waiting of answers

4. Images of Indigenous Pride From the ‘Proud2BIndigenous’ Trend 

5. 11 Places to Search for Native American Ancestors

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
This image from the Library of Congress shows two men seated at tables taking the Census at Standing Rock Agency in South Dakota. It was taken between 1880 and 1900.

6. Is Casey Kasem Being Hidden on an Indian Reservation in Washington?

AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File
Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

7. It’s All Over: Melting of Western Antarctic Ice Sheet Unstoppable, NASA Says

Just this one relatively small portion of the Antarctic ice sheet could raise sea levels by four feet if it melted, NASA scientists say. And it is, inexorably and unstoppably, melting, they have determined.

8. Tribe’s Marina Offers Docks to Cruising Yachters, Waterfront Homes to Seasonal Residents

Courtesy Mosquito Creek Marina
Spirit Trail Ocean Homes at Mosquito Creek

9. History Will Always Treat Well the Life of Billy Frank Jr

AP Photo

10. Pascua Yaqui Tribal Councilman Flores Receives Prestigious EDDE Award

11. Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Mourns Loss of Congressman James Oberstar

AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Steve Kuchera
Backed by supporters, Congressman Jim Oberstar talks about his election defeat in his offices at the Gerald Heaney Federal Building in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Oberstar passed away May 3, 2014.

12. NABI Partners With Basketball Hall of Fame

13. Super Dumb at UND: It’s Hard to Shake the Racism You’ve Enabled For So Long

Photos of students wearing ‘Siouxper Drunk’ t-shirts were posted to social media.

14. Is the Assembly of First Nations With Its National Chief Part of the Problem or Solution?

via The Tyee
Atleo and Harper: National chief’s resignation sparks questions about who speaks for First Nations across Canada.

15. Story Before Bedtime: The Invisible Warrior

16. Native american stories and legends 1 of 2

17. Native american stories and legends 2 of 2

18. ASMR Bedtime Story




1. The Fire That Was Billy Frank Jr.; Indian Country’s Greatest Defender

Richard Walker

2. The Road to Happiness Starts With Better Roads

3. Actress Shailene Woodley Eats Clay—And It’s Not That Weird

AP Image
Shailene Woodley is an avid hunter-gatherer and also extols the benefits of eating clay.

4. Billy Frank Jr. Has Gone Home Too Soon

AP Photo

5. Services Planned for Billy Frank Jr.

6. Youth to Take Outdoor Graffiti Art Classes Through CRYP
Students of Spray Finger, a.k.a. Peyton Scott Russell, in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, 2013.

7. Thunder Chef Cook-Off Pits Native Chefs, Raises Money

Courtesy Freddie Bitsoie
Ka’ainoa Ravey, Ahmed Obo, Freddie Bitsoie at the first Thunder Chef Native cook off competition

8. Native Chef Rich Francis Makes Final of ‘Top Chef Canada’
‘I try to keep things as pre-contact as possible,’ says Francis.

9. Oil Company Lauds Job Creation Upside to Pipeline Spills as First Nation Goes to Court

A pipeline leak that sent oil into an Alberta, Canada river in 2012.

10. Climate Disruptions Hitting More and More Tribal Nations

Associated Press
Kivalina, Alaska is one of several Native villages that are compromised by rising waters.

11. Meet the Masters: A Taste of Who’s Haute in Native Cuisine, Part 1

Native Foodways
Diné chef Bertina Cadman

12. Northern Arapaho Friends Bring MMA To Their Community

Courtesy Mike Yellowplume
Mike Yellowplume, 34, and Nick Brown, 35, own Built For Battle a company that trains MMA fighters

13.  Amid Furor, Auction House Stops Sale of Bloody Native Child’s Tunic

source: Waddington’s, via
Lot 22 – ‘Northern Plains Indian Child’s Tunic, early 19th century fringed and with beaded collar, showing signs of central bullet trauma.’

14. Vegan and Vegetarian diet and Native Americans

15. “Healthy Breakfasts Snack Ideas” “Breakfast Food Fried Bread Snacks” “Egg Dips Dishes”

16. COLORES | In Between The Lines: Native American Poetry | New Mexico PBS

17. “Bad Indians” by Ryan Red Corn

18. Shadow Over Sisterland John Trudell

Thanks to my daughter (Alicia Silver Mucha) for suggesting this great piece.

I love it.

1. Pumpkin Pie – Old Fashioned Recipe – Nikonya’s Kitchen

2. Gramma’s Bannock: The Aimless Cook

3. John Trudell: We are power

4. -John Trudell-”These Memories”-StarAncestors

5. 029 Capricorn Radio Nancy Red Star Star ‘Ancestors & Native American Traditions’ Jul 4/2013

6. Native American Traditions & Meaning of Burning Sage

7. New York State Lawmakers Announce Resolution Calling for Pro Sports Teams to Stop Using Racial Slurs

8. Obama’s Climate Change Report Lays Out Dire Scenario, Highlights Effects on Natives

White House
President Barack Obama has released his Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, which states unequivocally that climate change is already here, and will only get worse, while outlining adaptation solutions.

9. Lighthorse Police Explorers Honor Lost Lives at Battle of Horseshoe Bend

10. Billy Frank Jr., 1931-2014: ‘A Giant’ Will Be Missed

Richard Walker
Billy Frank Jr. speaks at the celebration of the beginning of dam removal on the Elwha River, September 2011.

11. Wife and Fan to the Rescue! Carey Price’s Lost Dogs Are Found

Associated Press
Carey Price is a goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens

12. ‘Philamplify’ to Burst the ‘Isolation Bubble’ in Grantmaking

13. 9 Tribal Nations Taking a Direct Hit From Climate Change

Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press
The dried-out bed of Lake Mendocino, California, in February 2014. The state is gripped in its worst drought in recorded history, and a new study has found that climate change is to blame.

14. Show Your Indigenousness During UNPFII and Proud to Be Indigenous

15. Northern Baja’s Indian Country

1. Parallels Drawn Between NBA’s Sterling and NFL’s Snyder on Racism

2. R-Word Lies: Don’t Confuse Free Speech With Hate Speech

3. Competitors Gear Up for the Jim Thorpe Games

Smithsonian/Cumberland County Historical Society
Jim Thorpe in his Carlisle Indian School track uniform, running in Stockholm at Olympic track practice.

4. New Report Aims to Help Navajo Nation Cope With Climate Change

Julie Nania, CU-Boulder
A butte on the southeastern portion of the Navajo Nation lands.

5. Video: Keystone XL Pipeline Protest in Washington DC – An Overview

6. Fresh, Young Blood: Get It While It’s Warm

Flickr Creative Commons/Lnk.Si

7. Tribal Rights Legend and Leader Billy Frank Jr. Walks On

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually tribal elder who was arrested dozens of times while trying to assert his native fishing rights during the 1960s and ‘70s, poses for a photo Monday, January 13, 2014, near Frank’s Landing on the Nisqually River in Nisqually, Washington.

8. Pro Sports Is Still Plenty Racist [Video]

9. NIGA Tradeshow to Cover Digital Forensics, Common Mistakes and Persistence to Success

10. Macabre Goblin Shark, Monster of the Deep, Surprises Shrimp Fisherman

Carl Moore
Captain Carl Moore, out on a shrimping expedition, snagged this goblin shark in his net as well.

11. Homemade Indian Tacos and Indian Frybread Recipe

12. Native American Cooking with Mike Display

13. Native American Jewelry | American Indian Jewelry

14. Native American Silver Jewelry

15. Native American Wedding Ceremony pt 1

16. Native American Wedding Ceremony pt 2

1. From the Shining City: Fools on the Hill

2. No, Ron Paul, Bundy Ranch Is Not Another Wounded Knee

AP Photo
A higher cause: Krissy Thornton, right, and Burgundy Hall protest Wednesday with others – they say the cows are a proxy for the freedoms of all Americans

3. Snyder Tells ‘Redskins’ Critics ‘We’re Not an Issue’

Associated Press
Dan Snyder

4. Navajo Council Fails to Implement Junk Food Tax, Eliminates Tax on Healthy Foods

Flickr Creative Commons/
Healthy foods will not be taxed on Navajo land.

5. Secretary Jewell Keynote Speaker at Washington State Tribal Summit

AP Photo

6. Convoluted U.S. ‘Logic’ About the Western Shoshone Nation and Its Territory

7. Native Death Rates Nearly 50 Percent Greater Than Those of Non-Hispanic Whites

Courtesy Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
A patient gets more information about a colonoscopy from his provider at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

8. Haskell University Battles Cutbacks With Billy Mills as Best Weapon
Billy Mills

9. Doris Pilkington Garimara, Aboriginal Author of ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence,’ Walks On

NICOLE EMANUEL via Sydney Morning Herald
Doris Pilkington Garimara, author of Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, who walked on at age 76 on April 10, 2014.

10. 12 Images of Earth Day in DC – Reject and Protect Against Keystone XL

11. Olbermann’s Three Worst People: Dan Snyder, Dan Snyder and Dan Snyder

12. Native American Jewelry Crafts for Kids : Arts & Crafts

13. Native American Silver Jewelry

14. Native American Music Video

15. Meditations: Native American Flute Album

1. How to Train the Cesspool of Government Corruption

2. Recent Police Shootings in Albuquerque Draw Federal Investigation

Russell Contreras/AP
Riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, following a 10-hour protest around the city following the recent police shootings of Albuquerque men.

3. The Buzz About Arizona’s Newest Casino Resort

Google maps
The new casino resort is slated for the intersection of Highway 69 and the Yavpe Connector near Prescott, Arizona.

4. The 10 Best Twitter Comments About FSU’s New Logo

Florida State University’s new logo

5. Congressional Gold Medal Recipient and Code Talker Edmond Harjo Walks On

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Edmond Harjo holds his Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 20, 2013. The ceremony honored code talkers and their service to the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I and World War II. Harjo walked on March 31.

6. Video: Mighty Mars Battles Jupiter and Sirius for April Night Sky Domination

Mars, Earth’s next-door neighbor, will be at opposition on April 8, putting it in a straight line with Earth and sun, and will come within 57 million miles of us on April 14.

Concord department holds memorial for Charik

Wicked Local/John Walker

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.

Firefighter Mike Kennedy remembered as Marine, Big Brother

BOSTON — Thousands of firefighters from across the country gathered in West Roxbury Thursday to honor one of two Boston firefighters killed in a nine-alarm brownstone blaze.

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Firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, and Lt. Ed Walsh, 43, of Engine 33 and Ladder 15, were killed in a nine-alarm fire that broke out March 26 at 298 Beacon St.

Images from funeral and wake | Watch report

Kennedy served in the Marines before becoming a firefighter. He leaves behind his parents, Paul Kennedy and Kathy Crosby-Bell, longtime girlfriend Sarah Wessmann and extended family, which includes Alex Beauzile, a young boy he mentored for seven years through the Big Brothers association.

Kennedy’s flag-draped casket was brought to Holy Name Church in West Roxbury atop Boston Engine 33. Hundreds of bagpipers led the procession through West Roxbury as thousands of firefighters from all over the country and the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder, in some places 20 deep, saluting.

“What kind of person was this guy? He was a prankster, someone said. He was a freewheeling spirit. He always wanted to be there to help someone do the right thing. He was someone who lived for others, always determined to put a smile on the faces of those around him,” the Rev. John Unni said. “One guy said he was ‘genuinely a man for others.’ He lived his life to better others.”

Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 President Rich Paris will each pay tribute to Kennedy. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will perform and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley will deliver the final commendation.

Kennedy’s wake was held Wednesday, hours after Walsh was laid to rest. Hundreds lined Centre Street in West Roxbury to pay their respects.

“We had two firemen killed last year, as well, so we do know what it’s like, and unfortunately we’ve been through it,” Philadelphia firefighter Steven Weiler said.

Colleagues, friends, family and strangers came to say goodbye and thank you.

“My brother died of a heart attack last September in Jamaica Plain, and they were there within five minutes working on him, trying to revive him. That’s what they do. They’re there when you need them,” resident Tim Gilmartin said.

The line waiting to get in the West Roxbury funeral home ran up and down Centre Street. In the crowd, Sgt. Gregory Caron, a Marine, who owes a lot to Kennedy and the American Infidels biker group he helped found.

“I got injured in Afghanistan in 2011. I lost both my legs. When the unit came back here stateside instead of having a welcome home party, the blue, including Mike Kennedy did a fundraiser for me,” Caron said.

Kennedy will be buried at the Boston Firefighters Memorial Lot in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain.

A fund has been set up in their memory. Donations can be made to:

Lt. Walsh/Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund
c/o Boston Firefighter’s Credit Union
60 Hallet St.
Boston, MA 02124

Donations can also be made online on the Boston Firefighters Credit Union website.


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