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Extinction©

By Felina Silver Robinson

Copyright© 2014

My bones

My skin

My face

My head

My heart

My inner self

My outer self

My body

My Mind

It all belongs to me

It’s all a part of me

It all makes me whole

It all makes me empty

It all makes me happy

It all makes me sad

It all makes me think

It all helps me decide

My thoughts are mixed

My thoughts are uncertain

Sometimes they make me go back to the beginning

So I then can become certain

Certain of my beginning

Certain of my task

Certain of my foes

Certain of my allies

With all in place I’m ready, set, go…

Out into the world

With all that I have

All that I know

And all I intend to do

Look out world because I’ve begun

To turn to you and set you straight

The time has come to change this place

This place we call our home

Times are changing

Just like we do through the years

But now we must give this place

we call home a facelift

We must clean …

our air so we can breathe

We must clean ….

our water so we can drink

We must preserve …

what is good,

what is healthy

what is in danger

In danger of extinction

our birds

all of our food sources

our bodies

our selves

Give back to mother nature

All you have taken

Now she needs you as she has helped you

Help her before it becomes too late

We’re on a path

A path to extinction

Things can end faster than they began

Adam and Eve, Eve and Adam

No matter the name

No matter the forbidden fruit

Where there’s a beginning

There’s always and ending

We can only extend the time before our extinction

So make your choices

Choices control us

Choices change us

Choices lead us

Choices need us

Choices believe in us


City Streets©

Copyright 2016

By Felina Silver Robinson

I walk upon my city streets

Gasping for fresh air to breathe

It’s not easy if you didn’t know

With all the pollution that surrounds us

Too many cars and trucks

Followed by tons of smokers

Buildings and homes burning their chimney stacks

It’s a wonder that anything can survive out there

I walk upon my city streets

Wishing for more change

I’m grateful for the bicycle lanes

More so for what’s left of the greenspace

I wish for so much more though

I yearn somewhat for a simpler time

Where buildings didn’t fill the air

And take away the view

I walk upon my city streets

Where the ground now crumbles at my feet

All tattered and torn

From the weight of the world

And not being cared for

I can hear the earth’s cries

I walk upon my city streets

Gasping for fresh air to breathe

I close my eyes

And realize we brought this on ourselves

Now we must find a way to fix it all

Before it’s too late


Hint: It’s not the photos from Pluto, but those were a close runner-up

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Rising sea levels, earthquake threats and more reasons the world as we know it might be ending

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‘The Prophecy’: Photographer captures terrifying vision of future

Photographer Fabrice Monteiro has teamed up with costume designer Doulsy to create a photo series with a strong message. Capturing haunting pictures of the world's diminishing environmental state, the series, titled "The Prophecy," highlights global concerns from ocean waste to careless consumer culture.


1. Native Hip Hop Artists Abroad! Frank Waln and Nataanii Means in Paris

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Native hip hop artists Frank Waln and Nataanii Means in Paris – Also with dancers Lumhe Sampson and Samsoche Sampson and filmmakers Sydney Freeland and Steven Paul Judd

2. Native Recipes

3. How to Steal a Nation—Twice

4. Rare, Traditional Arts Making a Comeback at Tribal Colleges

Sherri LaChapelle Basket Strips College of Menominee Nation
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Sherri LaChapelle, an instructor in the Black Ash Basket Making Workshop at the College of Menominee Nation, demonstrates the hard work involved in creating strips for baskets.

5. Video: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Role in Defeat of Keystone XL

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The Keystone XL pipeline, known as the Black Snake among indigenous and grassroots activists, is no more.

6. End-Run on Native Rights—Will It Work?

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Tuned in: During a KILI radio program on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Beverly Pipe On Head and Cornell Conroy used Lakota and English to call on fellow tribal members to participate in the 2014 election.

7. Turning Over a Few New Leaves: Salads By Season—Focus on Northern Plains

Wild Rice Pumpkin Parsnip Toss
Photo by RoseMary Diaz
There are so many possibilities for fall ingredients. This wild rice, pumpkin and parsnip toss is just one option.

8. 30 Years of NIGA: Tribal Gaming’s Unique History and Purpose

Sharon House has practiced law since 1983 specializing in Indian law.
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Sharon House (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin) has practiced law since 1983 specializing in Indian law.

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1. South Dakota scientist says USDA censored pesticide research

USDA researcher files whistleblower complaint alleging retaliation.

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2. Popcorn without fluorinated chemicals

Retailer Coop Denmark introduces microwave oven popcorn containing no fluorinated substances in the food packaging, aims to phase out further chemicals of concern by 2017

3. ‘Toxic cocktail’ makes Delhi world’s most polluted city

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4. Storms, tornadoes lash Texas; death toll rises to 6

Rhonda Burnett walks her horses through flood waters while Lee Hays helps a neighbor's dog in Garfield, Texas, Saturday Oct. 31, 2015.  Another...

5. Exxon Mobil Accused of Misleading Public on Climate Change Risks

6. Drilling proposed in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine.

7. Indonesia’s Forest Fires Take Toll on Wildlife, Big and Small

8. Exclusive: Elevated CO2 Levels Directly Affect Human Cognition, New Harvard Study Shows

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9. Could Solar Energy Be California’s Next Cash Crop?

Strapped by drought, farmers are increasingly sowing solar panels rather than seeds.

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10. 2nd Strongest Storm in Arabian Sea History: Extraordinary Chapala Hits 155 mph