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Navajo Nation COVID-19 Cases Reach 5,661; Death Toll at 259

June 3, 2020 - 11:49pm

Navajo citizens lining up for COVID-19 testing at Monument Valley on Navajo Nation. Courtesy photo

Published June 3, 2020

 2,029 COVID-19 recoveries, 128 new cases, and seven more deaths are reported

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 128 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation and seven more deaths. The total number of deaths has reached 259 as of Wednesday. Preliminary reports from 10 health care facilities indicate that approximately 2,029 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,661.

Navajo Nation cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 1,458
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 546
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 301
  • Gallup Service Unit: 949
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 855
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 936
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 471
  • Winslow Service Unit: 114

*31 residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit

On Wednesday, President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed an executive order to extend the closure of Navajo Nation government offices and entities to July 5, 2020. They also announced that another Public Health Emergency Order will be issued to extend the duration of the daily curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and to pause the 57-hour weekend lockdowns for the Navajo Nation.

 “As we reflected on the COVID-19 data and the recommendations from health care professionals, we have decided to pause the 57-hour weekend lockdowns on the Navajo Nation; however, the seven-day curfews are still active and enforced. The end of the 57-hour lockdown does not mean that we let our guards down because the virus is still within our communities. We must continue to comply with all public health orders to slow and stop the coronavirus spread. This is not the time to ignore and forget all the preventative measures we have been practicing, such as washing your hands, staying six feet away from others, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and wearing your face masks,” President Nez said.

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To Donate to the Navajo Nation

The official webpage for donations to the Navajo Nation, which has further details on how to support  the Nation’s Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) efforts is:  http://www.nndoh.org/donate.html.

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For More Information

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

For up to date information on impact the coronavirus pandemic is having in the United States and around the world go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/?fbclid=IwAR1vxfcHfMBnmTFm6hBICQcdbV5aRnMimeP3hVYHdlxJtFWdKF80VV8iHgE

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, Native News Online encourages you to go to Indian Health Service’s COVID-19 webpage and review CDC’s COVID-19

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Participants at Idaho Revival Gathering Near Fort Hall Reservation Test Positive for COVID-19

June 3, 2020 - 4:12pm

A revival at an Idaho Falls Church near the Fort Hall Reservation is being linked to new cases COVID-19. (Photo: Potter’s House Website Media Section)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A religious revival at an Idaho Falls Church may have put some tribal citizens on the Fort Hall Reservation at risk for COVID-19.  

At least 30 people who attended the revival, which took place at the Potter’s House Christian Center during the May 17-23 timeframe, tested positive or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. All of the people who have tested positive so far live off of the Fort Hall Reservation in either Idaho Falls or Pocatello, according to a post on the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe’s Facebook page. 

Still, the tribe is urging caution for its members.  

Dr. Lori Snidow of the Indian Health Service wrote in the Facebook post: “If you attended that gathering or you are in close contact with someone who did, please call the Fort Hall IHS COVID-19 hotline at 208-238-5494 or the Shoshone-Bannock Community Health Center at 208-478-3987 for possible testing.”

Religious gatherings in Idaho were allowed to resume beginning May 1 under Gov. Brad Little’s plan to reopen the state. 

Eastern Idaho has seen a spike in cases over the past week, according to a report in the East Idaho News. As of Tuesday, there were 167 confirmed or probably cases in Eastern Idaho, according to local health department statistics cited in the story.

 

 

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Michigan’s Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Opens Its Tribal Casinos Before State’s Stay-at-Home Order Lifted

June 3, 2020 - 3:09pm

Plexiglass was installed at interactive areas of the Soaring Eagle and Resort.

Published May 30, 2020

PLEASANT, Mich. — After voluntarily closing its three tribal casinos on March 16 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council decided to reopen its facilities for business last Friday to VIP guests only.

At the tribe’s flagship tribal gaming casino, the Soaring Eagle and Resort, an 8 a.m. reopening was done without the normal fanfare afforded a casino. It was done with a prayer and smudge ceremony. A couple tribal council members and a few words by Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Chief Timothy J. Davis.

“We reopened with hopeful optimism without celebration because everything that is going on in the world right now,” Mike Bean, Chief Executive Officer, Saginaw Chippewa Gaming Enterprises told Native News Online. “Our number one concern is getting back up and running in a safe and healthy fashion for our team members and guests. The tribe depends on the revenue for its tribal programs.”

“The feedback we have received so far is people feel good about seeing people with masks on because they feel safer,” Bean said mid-afternoon on Friday.

Health and safety was echoed by Chief Davis.

“Tribal casinos in Michigan have over 30 years of experience in a fast-paced, evolving environment. Just as they have adapted to the changing gaming landscape, they’ve undergone meticulous care in devising new procedures in order to ensure healthy and safe practices,” Davis said.

To ensure social distancing, every other slot machine is turned off.

The other tribal gaming casinos owned and operated by the tribe, Soaring Eagle Slot Palace in Mount Pleasant and Saganing Eagles Landing Casino and Hotel in Saganing also had soft reopenings for invited guests only. 

Because the tribal casinos were closed for about two and half months, casino officials decided to conduct a soft opening in order to work through any difficult situations that might occur.

On Monday, the facilities opened to the general public before the stay-at-home was lifted by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Exercising the tribe’s sovereignty, tribal officials decided to open its gaming facilities.

“We have spent a great amount of the time we were closed talking to other casinos around the country to discuss how we reopen in a responsible manner,” Bean said. “We learned what we could. So we put in certain protocols in place to reopen.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, “Play Safe” signs are reminders of safe practices throughout the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort.

Among those protocols were everyone, including casino team members and guests, must wear masks. Since everyone has to wear masks, there is no smoking allowed inside the casino. And everyone upon entering the casino must have their temperatures taken by infrared cameras. No one is allowed to enter the casino with a temperature of 100 degrees F or higher.

Plexiglass partitions have been installed at appropriate interactive areas, such as the cage, players club, and the front desk of the hotel.

To help promote social distancing, every other slot machine has been turned off. In restaurants, seating has been reduced to ensure proper social distancing.

 “Not all of our amenities are open, such as the buffet area, which obviously is a high-touch area. Also, the parking valet, coat check, spas are closed,” Bean said. 

Other amenities not now in operation include shuttle service, the pool and the fitness center.

Bean says the casino operations will be monitored closely to see what works with the new protocols in place with the intention of keeping it safe and healthy for team members and guests.

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Indian Affairs Announces $3 Million Living Languages Grants Funding Opportunity

June 3, 2020 - 2:59pm

Ojibwa Anthony Roy keeping Native lanuage alive in Chicago

Published June 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is seeking tribal applicants for a $3 million grant program that aims to preserve and revitalize Native languages. 

The Living Languages Grant Program (LLGP) program will fund between 15 and 60 grants in amounts from $25,000-$200,000 to federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native entities to document, preserve and revitalize Native languages and build active speaker capacity.

“Native languages are a vibrant aspect to the cultural heritage of the United States,” Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara MacLean Sweeney said. “The Living Languages Grant Program will offer competitive funding to programs that promote, preserve and protect Native languages. Indian Affairs is proud to support American Indian and Alaska Native cultures through this new grant program.”

This solicitation for LLGP funding and details on how to apply can be found in the Federal Register and at Grants.Gov.

The Living Language Grant Program is a competitive, discretionary program. To qualify for funding, applicants must submit a proposal and a supporting tribal resolution to IEED no later than August 24, 2020.

Applications will be evaluated on the following:

  • Their completeness, organization and reasonableness of identified costs;
  • How the activity sought for funding would document, preserve or revitalize a Native language;
  • The extent to which the Native language addressed by the proposal is jeopardized or nearing extinction and the degree to which the proposal would revitalize the language by arresting or minimizing intergenerational disruption; and
  • The number of students or percentage of tribal members who would be directly and indirectly benefited by the proposal.

While only tribes can apply for LLGP grants, grantees may retain tribal organizations or for-profit and non-profit community groups to perform a grant’s scope of work. Bureau of Indian Education-administered schools and BIE-funded schools or programs targeting students enrolled in those schools are not eligible for LLGP funding.

All LLGP applicants must use the standard Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 and the Project Narrative Attachment Form.  These forms can be found at www.grants.gov.

IEED is administering this program through its Division of Economic Development (DED).  

Visit the Indian Affairs website for more information about IEED’s programs and services.

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Factors to Consider Before You Start A Business

June 3, 2020 - 1:52pm

Starting a business is not a decision you can take lightly, especially if you are venturing in business for the first time. Having your own business has plenty of benefits, including being your own boss and not having a nagging boss around. 

While starting a business is a significant decision, it can also be quite overwhelming. However, following the right steps and with a lot of determination, you can make your business successful. Here are some of the factors you should consider before you start your own business.

1. The nature of business you want to venture in

Before you start your business, you must clearly define what kind of business you want to do, what kind of services do you want to offer or what kind of products do you want to sell? If you are looking to sell products, there are three main types of businesses you should be aware of. This includes manufacturing, merchandising, and service. 

Manufacturing involves combining raw materials, labor, and use of equipment, then turning them into a product that can be sold to consumers. Examples include cars, gadgets, and clothing manufacturers.  Merchandising involves buying and selling goods. Examples include grocery stores, retail outlets, department stores, etc. For services, you can either sell expertise or time. Some of the services you can offer include event organizing, IT, marketing, etc.

2. Your target customers

One of the factors that can make your business grow is the customers because they are the ones who will buy your goods or services. You need to do thorough research to know if there is a market for your products or services. You should start by finding out who your potential customers are and how you will be able to satisfy their needs. Know that there is technology such as POS system for retailers you can implement to help you go through your customers’ profiles.

3. Location

Your business location can make it succeed or fail. When searching for a location, identify only the best locations where you can easily sell your products or services. It’s advisable to put your business near or around your target customers. That way, they will easily access your products and services, and this will significantly boost your sales. 

4. Capital

Now that you have figured out what business you want to do, and where you want to do it, your next step is to look for capital. Capital is the amount of money you need to start a business and operate it. It can either be cash or non-cash. For you to know the amount of capital you need, you must note down all the possible expenditure you need to start and operate the business. The expenses include lease payments, renovations, assets to purchase, and operating expenses.

5. Marketing

Marketing is a crucial aspect of any business. Your business has low chances of survival if you don’t invest in effective marketing strategies. Consumers will only know about your business through marketing. With the advancement in technology, there are plenty of ways you can market your business. You can use social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., to market your business.  You can also do email marketing. If your budget allows it, you can work with a reputable marketing company to help you market your business.

I hope you learned something from this post. Best of luck in your new business venture.

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Q&A: Adrian Sutherland looks back on Midnight Shine

June 3, 2020 - 1:46pm

Adrian Sutherland re-issues his debut album June 30. The new edition features remastered tracks. (photo by David McDonald)

For the past decade, Adrian Sutherland (Attawapiskat First Nation) has kept busy looking forward, steadily releasing new music that echoes what life is like on the coast of James Bay in southeastern Canada.  

Along with his band, Midnight Shine, he’s dropped three impressive records, but now he’s looking back to his sonic roots: the 2013 self-titled debut album.

The record will be reissued and available June 30, along with extras and a fresh, revamped sound. Each track has been remastered and features a new accompanying lyric video. At the end of the month, Sutherland will also perform live acoustic versions (one track a week) from his home in Attawapiskat.

“My music is about who I am and where I come from,” Sutherland said. “I’ve always wanted to share about my life through music, and my first album has many songs worth revisiting, especially in the context of today’s uncertain world. With everything going on around us, this seems like a good time to get back to the basics of a more simple life, and some of the universal themes reflected in my early music.” 

Looking back at the tracklist, the LP kicks off with “James Bay,” an homage to Sutherland’s remote home region in Northern Ontario, while “Mooshum” honors the memory of his grandfather. From there, “Indian In Disguise” makes a powerful statement about losing one’s identity and “Save My Life” reveals the darkness that comes with addiction – a struggle that Sutherland (now sober 20 years) has known firsthand.

“Everybody has a story to share, and I think it’s important for First Nations people to shed positive light on our culture and values,” he said. “That’s what I hope to do with my music.” 

The album indeed digs deep into his backstory and tells listeners about his life, but Native News Online decided to catch up with Sutherland, the founder, front man and lead vocalist/guitarist of Midnight Shine, to see if we could find out a bit more. Here’s what he had to say. 

What are you up to these days, now that you’re unable to perform live concerts?  

I’ve been mostly staying home in Attawapiskat, or near home. I spent lots of time in the bush, preparing for this year’s spring goose hunt with my family. I hear you when you say no one has been able to perform live concerts, other than online stuff. It’s a weird time for sure, but not so much for me, especially during the spring months where I’m usually taking a break from music to pursue cultural activities. I’m only just now beginning to shift gears back into music and, so far, I’ve gotten some new ideas and have been preparing our first album for re-release. That will be happening soon. 

How has it been prepping the upcoming re-issue of your debut album?
It’s been pretty special to revisit this album. These are some of the songs that mean the most to me, and that I’m most proud to share. The fans who have been with us from the beginning, they already know and love Midnight Shine’s early songs and we’re sure they’ll enjoy the remastered versions – they sound amazing! For new fans, releasing these songs again will bring new attention to the music that laid the early groundwork for the band.

Looking back, how would you describe growing up in Attawapiskat to someone who’s never been there before?

It was an interesting upbringing, also very tough growing up here. We never had access to things like clean water, adequate housing, and  we have a lot of social problems. The flip side is that there is a whole culture to learn about and huge landscapes to explore.

How is Attawapiskat inspiring your music today? Also, what challenges are Attawapiskat still facing at the moment?

There have been a lot of negative experiences and I’ve used music to find a way through some of those things. But also, the positive side of life here has helped me write music. My songs have mostly been about resilience, love, family, culture and the land. Some of the major issues we are facing here today are poor governance, water, housing, drug addictions and suicide. 

I hear there’s a family connection behind your song “Sister Love,” is that true? 

My sister Iris wrote a poem, I asked her if I could use it for a song and then it became the basis for “Sister Love.” It’s about certain memories and emotions from when life was a lot less complicated, and how sometimes we wish we could be back in those better times.

What songwriter/band has been the most influential on you, but also, what is your own songwriting process?

I’d have to say Gord Downie, especially the legacy work. His departure left me wanting to do something more. As for myself, I usually get lyric ideas or set the mood with some chords strummed on the guitar or played on piano. Like most songwriters, I get my initial ideas down and then begin to build around the ideas.

I hear you spent time working as an E.M.T, what led you in that direction? Have you had any other jobs throughout the years?

I spent 10 years as an E.M.T and got to meet some real special people over the years. While I was working outside one day in the summer, I heard what sounded like a gunshot not too far away and soon screaming rang through the air. As I quickly went to investigate, it turns out a young girl was shot in the face close blank with a shotgun by accident. I had some experience working in a hospital and applied my training. I believe she might have died if I was not present. It was a very intense experience and when it was all over I was covered in her blood. The hospital said if I hadn’t done what I did that she may not have made it. The paramedic supervisor at the time asked if I was interested in becoming a paramedic, so I thought about it for a while and said “yes.” I’ve also spent some time in mining and business development. Now, I own a small business with my wife and, of course, I’m in the music business. 

Aside from music, what are you up to on an average day, and what do you have coming up in the future?

I like being on the land, spending time with my family, playing hockey, land-based teaching and fitness. Beyond that, there is a lot on the horizon with my first solo project. It’s also coming up to Midnight Shine’s 10-year anniversary in 2021, so we’re hoping to have a big year next year. I look forward to getting more music out to our fans and to the rest of the world.

Listen on to Adrian Sutherland and Midnight Shine on YouTube:

Leather Skin

I Need Angels

Politician Man

Heart of Gold (cover)

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The Increasing Demand For Diesel Generators

June 3, 2020 - 10:43am

Diesel generators are excellent for a range of power applications and in recent years the demand for diesel generators has increased enormously. Diesel generators are such a useful piece of equipment for so many businesses and in so many households. Generators can provide backup power, allow people to run tools and appliances away from main power sources, power outside events and businesses, and provide reliable power for families and individuals to have a great camping trip with a few little home luxuries. This article will explain the various benefits of diesel generators and their many applications. 

1. Diesel Generators are a Better Choice than Petrol Generators

One major consideration that people have to make when buying a generator is to decide between a diesel generator and a petrol generator. The folks at Ablesales told us that whilst both types of fuel provide the same power capabilities, diesel generators have many advantages over petrol generators. First of all, even though diesel fuel is more expensive than petrol, diesel generators use far less fuel and so they can be up to 30% cheaper to run. Furthermore, diesel generators are far more reliable than petrol generators and have much simpler engines and so they need significantly less maintenance and repairs. Diesel fuel is also a natural lubricant so it helps to maintain the engine as it is running. 

2. Diesel Generators Provide Backup Power for our Homes

Diesel generators are a great addition for any household as they can guarantee backup power in a blackout or emergency. Especially in areas where there are frequent blackouts or where there are many hurricanes or tropical storms, a diesel generator will help to ensure that you can keep your family safe and sound. Even in power outages that don’t last very long, it is important to be able to keep your food and water fresh, to be able to cook for your family, and to keep your house warm or cool. In really serious emergency situations, people can be cut off from help or the ability to get other food or supplies for an extended period of time and so it is really important to have a reliable generator in your home. For home use, a standby generator is the best option because they have far greater power capabilities and can be hooked up to a permanent fuel supply.

3. Diesel Generators are Necessary for Many Commercial Applications

Reliable generators are very important for a huge number of businesses and commercial applications and diesel generators are widely acknowledged to be the most reliable generators. Hospitals need backup generators to make sure that they can keep their patients safe in blackouts or power cuts. Hospitals require a huge amount of power to run various hospital equipment like life support machines and medicine refrigerators and even a temporary lull in the power supply can cause a catastrophic problem for hospitals. Hospitals require huge standby generators, but other businesses need more modest diesel backup generators. Restaurants that are on the beach often have inconsistent power supplies and so a reliable backup generator is so important for them to be able to light the restaurant and to cook food for their customers. Construction firms need generators to power their electric tools on construction sites and in situations where there is no available mains power source. For construction company needs, a standby generator is not suitable because they have to be permanently installed and so they need to choose a portable diesel generator. Portable generators come in many sizes with various power capabilities and are extremely versatile and robust. In order to choose the right portable generator, construction companies must choose a generator with enough capacity to power all of the power tools that they need to operate.

4. Families can Use Portable Generators when Camping

Portable generators are great not only for businesses but are also great for families too. Families who enjoy camping or doing a lot of outside activities can take their portable generator with them and use it to power outdoor grills, lighting, RV air conditioners, and other electrical appliances. Diesel generators are the best portable generators because they are far more resilient than petrol generators. A noisy generator can ruin a relaxing camping trip so the best generators for families who love to camp are the ones that are cooled by liquid or air as these are the quietest models available.

5. Diesel Generators are Vital for Events Companies and Venues

There are so many reasons why events companies and venues need a generator in order to operate their business. More and more people are having parties and ceremonies outside and so a reliable portable generator is necessary for powering all of the things that are needed at an outside party. Whether it is an outdoor birthday party, wedding ceremony, or a community celebration, a portable generator is needed for powering DJ equipment, for operating outside grills and hotplates, and for lighting dance floors and gazebos. A portable generator is vital even for event venues where there is an accessible main power source because in a blackout or even a temporary power outage, a backup generator must be employed quickly or an event can be ruined. The success of events companies and venues is based on their reputation and dissatisfied guests due to a loss of power that can destroy a reputation forever. As with families who are using a generator for camping, the best generators for event purposes are air or liquid-cooled as they are quieter and won’t bother the guests.

 

There are so many uses for generators that can provide both primary and backup power. There are generators that run on a range of fuels, but diesel fuel is one of the safest, more reliable, and cost-effective fuels that you can use. If you are thinking about getting a generator for use at home or in your business, do some careful research and you will be able to find a great diesel generator no matter what your power requirements are. There are so many models available so make sure that you calculate your specific needs before you make a decision.

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American Indian Congressional Candidates Win Primaries in Idaho, New Mexico

June 3, 2020 - 9:36am

Published June 3, 2020

American Indian congressional candidates in Idaho and New Mexico earned primary victories on Tuesday, paving a path for increased numbers of tribal citizens in the House and Senate this fall.    

In Idaho, Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat in Idaho on Tuesday night. A tribal citizen of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, Jordan was one of two candidates seeking the chance to challenge incumbent Sen. Jim Risch, a Boise Republican, who is seeking his third six-year term. 

Jordan crushed her challenger Jim Vandermaas by winning 85.98% of the votes. The former gubernatorial candidate hopes to become the first Native American woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Democrat in 46 years to hold an Idaho Senate seat.  

Rudy Soto, Democratic candidate for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District. (Courtesy photo).

Jordan’s win wasn’t the only one for a tribal citizen in Idaho last night. Nampa native Rudy Soto, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the son of a Mexican immigrant, defeated Staniela Nikolova, a University of Idaho law student, in the Democractic primary for the 1st Congressional District.  He’ll now square off against one-term incumbent Russ Fulcher, a Rebublican, in the 1st Congressional District general election in November.  

A veteran of the Army National Guard, Soto is a former congressional staffer and legislative director of NIGA.  He previously worked in child welfare services and suicide prevention.    

In New Mexico, former state Rep. Yvette Herrell, a citizen of Cherokee Nation, won the GOP nomination in the southern 2nd Congressional District.  Herrell beat a former lobbyist, Claire Chase of Roswell, in a race that turned personal and nasty.  Herrell accused Chase of being unfaithful to her first husband while he was deployed, a charge that both Chase and her ex-husband refuted. 

Yvette Herrell, Republican nominee for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. (courtesy photo)

With the primary win, Herrell will face off against Democrat incumbent Xochitl Torres Small, an attorney, in a rematch of the 2018 election.  Torres Small won that election by a slim margin after Herrell initially claimed the victory.    

Incumbent Congresswoman Deb Haaland, a member of Laguna Pueblo, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary for the House seat in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District.   

She canceled an election party to take part in an event supporting protesters of the death of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement officers has sparked nationwide uproar and protests.   

Haaland will take on Republican challenger Michelle Garcia Holmes, a former police detective, in the general election this fall.  The district, which includes Albuquerque, hasn’t elected a Republican since 2009.  

Two other Native American candidates, Gavin Clarkson (Choctaw) and Eliza Martinez (Navajo), lost Republican primary bids to represent New Mexico.  

Another Native American candidate, Karen Bedonie, a citizen of Navajo Nation, is trailing in the Republican primary for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. 

 

 

 

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Coeur d’Alene Tribal Member Paulette Jordan Wins US Senate Democratic Nomination in Idaho

June 3, 2020 - 8:35am

Paulette Jordan giving her acceptance speech on Tuesday night. Photo from Facebook livestream.

Published June 3, 2020

BOISE, Idaho — Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat in Idaho on Tuesday night. Jordan is a tribal citizen of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, where she has previously served on the tribal council.

“Leadership matters,” Jordan said during her acceptance speech on Tuesday night. “The Democratic Party, for the first time, is looking at Idaho to take this seat. So, let’s show them, Idaho. Boise is one of the fastest-growing cities in America and will demand new, innovative leadership.”

Jordan was one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Sen. Jim Risch, a Boise Republican, who is seeking his third six-year term. He ran unopposed in the GOP primary. Risch currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Jordan crushed her challenger Jim Vandermaas by winning 85.98% of the votes. The Associated Press called the race in favor of Jordan. Results as of 10:35 p.m. showed her with 58,867 votes (85.98%) to Vandermaas’ 9,596 votes (14.02%).

Jordan was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor of Idaho in 2018 and lost to Republican Gov. Brad Little. During that race, she resigned her seat as a state representative during her second term..

Jordan currently serves as secretary on the Board of Directors of the National Indian Gaming Association.

Idaho has not elected a Democrat in 46 years to the U.S. Senate since Sen. Frank Church won a fourth term in 1974.

 

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COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 250 on Navajo Nation; More Than 16 States

June 3, 2020 - 12:57am

Published June 3, 2020

54 new cases of COVID-19, four more deaths and 1,960 recoveries reported

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The death toll from COVID-19 has reach 252, which surpasses the total deaths of 16 states across the country. One Tuesday night, the Navajo Nation reported its daily COVID-19 related numbers.  The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation and four more deaths.

Preliminary reports from nine health care facilities indicate that approximately 1,960 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,533.

Navajo Nation cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 1,423
  •  Crownpoint Service Unit: 535
  •  Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 295
  • Gallup Service Unit: 925
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 850
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 907
  •  Tuba City Service Unit: 464
  • Winslow Service Unit: 103

*31 residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit

“The Navajo Nation health care facilities continue to test our citizens at a greater rate per capita than any state in the country. We are capturing the data for recoveries, and it gives us hope to keep fighting for our families and communities by staying home, staying six feet away from others, washing our hands, and cleaning and disinfecting our homes and items that we bring home from the store. We must practice all preventive measures to minimize COVID-19 exposure,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Tuesday night.

President Nez added that Public Health Emergency Order 2020-007 is still active, requiring all individuals on the Navajo Nation to wear protective masks in public to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. 

On Tuesday, the Nez-Lizer Administration delivered food, water, clothing, protective masks, and more essential items to approximately 722 Navajo families in the communities of Ganado, Many Farms, Rough Rock, Round Rock, and Tsaile/Wheatfields.

For more information, including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19.  To contact the primary Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

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To Donate to the Navajo Nation

The official webpage for donations to the Navajo Nation, which has further details on how to support  the Nation’s Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) efforts is:  http://www.nndoh.org/donate.html.

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For More Information

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

For up to date information on impact the coronavirus pandemic is having in the United States and around the world go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/?fbclid=IwAR1vxfcHfMBnmTFm6hBICQcdbV5aRnMimeP3hVYHdlxJtFWdKF80VV8iHgE

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Best Kratom for anxiety and depression

June 2, 2020 - 4:17pm

Mental health illnesses are quite prevalent in the world. For instance, millions of people suffer from anxiety and depression worldwide. About 300 million people experience one or more of the symptoms of anxiety or depression around the globe. In the US alone, more than 40 million adult citizens have to cope with either of the two, one way or another. Unfortunately, due to the high number of cases and poor diagnosis, only half of the victims are treated in the US.

Over a couple of years, Kratom has been growing in popularity across the world and particularly in the US. This plant is associated with several beneficial effects. As America grapples with finding a solution to the world’s primary cause of disability, many of her citizens have turned to Kratom. Thanks to Mitragyna speciosa, many have seen better days. Kratom is not a medicine as per se, but it has been found quite useful in stimulating the body to prevent anxious and depressive feelings.

Common symptoms of anxiety and depression

Whether you are experiencing anxiety or depression, you may have to bear symptoms that are common in both. Unfortunately, many people do not know they could be suffering from anxiety and depression because they don’t know the symptoms. The following are the most common symptoms of anxiety or depression. However, with the best Kratom for anxiety and depression, you can alleviate the symptoms and lead a better life.

  • Persistent fatigue

Getting tired from a day’s work is normal. However, if you are feeling tired most of the time, this could be because of anxiety or depression.

  • Reduced mental focus and decision making

Anxiety and depression are associated with a lack of concentration and poor decision making. This could happen when you are worried and afraid that bad things may happen if you make certain decisions.

  • Mood swings

People who are suffering from anxiety and depression become easily irritated. If you experience mood swings most of the time, it could be the result of anxiety or depression.

  • Changes in certain habits

If you are experiencing anxiety or depression, you may realize some changes in your habits. For instance, you may experience sleepless nights or sleep too much. Loss of appetite may also occur, and that is why depressed people lose weight.

How Kratom works for anxiety and depression

When people hear that Kratom alleviates anxiety and depression, they always ask the question, how? Well, one thing is a fact, and that is, millions of Americans are now aware of the benefits of Kratom in managing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It may not be termed as medicine as of now, but its impact on people’s lives cannot be underestimated. But how does Kratom work for anxiety and depression? Just look at the following facts about Kratom and find out.

  • Kratom increases body energy

For centuries since its discovery in Southeast Asia, Kratom has been used to stave off fatigue. The people of ancient Southeast Asia used to chew fresh Kratom leaves or brew them into tea to stay energized when working in the scorching sun. Today research has discovered very active compounds in the plant known as alkaloids. These chemical compounds stimulate the brain, causing an increase in body energy. Anxiety and depression are associated with persistent fatigue. Therefore, if you are experiencing such symptoms, Kratom could offer a remedy as it energizes your body and keeps you as busy as you would love to be.

  • Kratom improves mental functioning

Another way Kratom works for anxiety and depression is by enhancing mental functioning. If you are suffering from anxiety and depression, you may find it hard to concentrate or make informed decisions. There is an altered state of the mind that it becomes hard to focus on one thing. However, Kratom could help you alleviate these symptoms. It is believed that alkaloids in Kratom trigger the brain, causing increased alertness and mental stability. This enables you to focus on your daily activities and make informed decisions hence lowering your anxiety or depressive feelings.

  • Kratom enhances mood

Anxiety and depression are associated with mood swings. Do you get easily irritated or experience mood swings most of the time? It could be you are suffering from anxiety or depression. Fortunately, there is no reason to panic as Kratom is capable of balancing your mood and effectively controlling your emotions. If you can have a way with your emotions and mood swings, you can easily keep anxiety and depression away from your life.

  • Kratom improves the sleeping pattern

One of the most common symptoms of anxiety and depression is lack of sleep. The brain is so overcrowded with thoughts, worries, and fears that sleeping becomes a problem. Luckily, Kratom is capable of inducing sleep. Studies have shown that Mitragynine, the principal alkaloid in Kratom stimulates the brain’s opioid receptors, causing mild sedation. This way, Kratom could help you alleviate sleeplessness associated with anxiety and depression.

Best Kratom for anxiety and depression

While Kratom could help people cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression, not all strains are suitable. For this purpose, the best Kratom for anxiety and depression has been selected for you. If you are experiencing any of the discussed symptoms, then you can consider one of these Kratom types.

  • Red-veined Kratom strains

Red veins are the most potent Kratom strains. An analysis of their alkaloid profile shows the highest levels compared to other strains. For this reason, they are among the best Kratom for anxiety and depression. These strains are associated with an increase in body energy, mood boost, and mental functionality improvement. Some of the red-veined Kratom strains highly popular for alleviating anxiety and depression include the red Borneo, red Thai, and red dragon Kratom strains.

  • The white-veined Kratom

White-veined strains produce moderate effects in the body and thus popular for anxiety and depression. Whites are particularly useful in stabilizing mood and increasing self-confidence. When your anxiety or depression seems too bad, you can choose a white vein to help cope with the situation. The white Malay and white Maeng Da are instrumental due to their comparatively higher concentration of alkaloids. White veins are readily available in most vendors; hence you can grab an order and watch over the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • The green-veined Kratom

Green-veined Kratom is not particularly among the best Kratom for anxiety and depression. However, a few of them have proved very useful for either of the mental health issues. For instance, the green Maeng Da and the green Hulu are in high demand among the victims of anxiety and depression. The ability of the two strains to reduce stress and depression is due to their effect on sleep and overall mental wellbeing. People suffering from anxiety and depression experience sleeplessness and hence turn to either green Maeng Da or green Hulu with positive results.

  • Yellow Kratom

Yellow Vietnam Kratom has standard red, white or green veins on the leaves. However, the final product of processing has a yellow hue hence the name yellow Vietnam. This is a unique strain and has shown outstanding results in preventing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Due to the high concentration of alkaloids, this strain is capable of increasing body energy and promoting the sleeping pattern. Since anxiety and depression cause fatigue and lack of sleep, yellow Vietnam can be beneficial in energizing the body cells and ensuring a good night’s sleep. This gradually reduces the long term effects of anxiety and depression, making life better.

  • Gold Kratom

Gold Kratom is sometimes misleading as people tend to think that the veins have a golden color. On the contrary, the golden color is on the products obtained from processing some red vein Kratom strains. The golden hue is attributed to a high concentration of alkaloids. Gold Kali, Gold Bali, and Gold Thai are the most popular gold Kratom strains and among the best Kratom for anxiety and depression. Like most red strains, they are capable of increasing body energy, stabilizing the mood, and improving mental focus and concentration. This way, they help deal with the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Whenever you feel tired or experience mood swings, you can always consider the benefits of gold Kratom and improve your life considerably.

Bottom line

As the rate of anxiety and depression continue to rise, Kratom has also spread across the globe. The most important thing is that this plant offers help to millions of people who suffer from anxiety and depression. The effect it has on the body discourages the onset of symptoms of the two highly prevalent mental health problems. Today, Kratom has become one of the most popular natural plant products in the US and even though it has not been approved as a medicinal substance, it has undoubtedly made millions of lives better. Anxiety and depression are serious health issues that could lead to other health problems or even death, but the good news is that Kratom can help.

 

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How a Good Credit Score Can Make Your Financial Life Easier

June 2, 2020 - 4:15pm

Maintaining a good credit score opens several opportunities that all share the same goal; making your financial life easier.

While you can live with a poor credit, doing so can be tough and costly. That is why, creditors insist that their clients keep an excellent credit history before they offer products or services on credit.

Establishing a strong credit is not only meant to help you get a credit card or reasonable loan rates. There are more financial benefits that you can take advantage of, including: 

 

1. Eligible for Credit Card Perks

 

A high credit score can make you eligible for excellent credit card deals, like low interest rates, rewards, and cashbacks. In addition to helping you save money, these benefits will motivate you to use your credit card, which in turn, will raise your credit if you keep paying off the balance.

 

2. More Likely to Get Credit Card and Loan Approval

 

Borrowers with negative credit often chose not to apply for a new credit card or loan because they have been denied before. 

A good credit doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have your approval the moment you applied. Lenders will still have to go over some factors, such as your income and debt, to determine whether they are working with a client who can pay his or her debts on time.

Still, maintaining a healthy credit record can raise your chances of getting the approval you seek. In other words, there is no need for you to think twice about applying for a new line of credit.

 

3. You Might be Able to Get that Dream Apartment

 

Just like a lender, a landlord will want to know your financial reliability and reviewing your credit score is one way to confirm that. Checking your credit history will provide him or her a better idea on your ability to make timely payments.

Nearly all landlords require potential tenants to have a credit score of around 600 or higher to approve their application.

If you were able to access rentals despite a poor credit, it may still not meet your preferences and you might be charged a higher security deposit, or your landlord will request a co-signer on the lease. 

 

4. Get a Hold of Lower Car Insurance Rates 

 

If you hope to receive reasonable premiums from auto insurance firms, you need to make sure that your credit score is in great condition. 

Some car insurers take credit histories into account when determining monthly premiums. While an auto insurance company cannot turn you down based on credit alone, a poor credit score can weaken your shot at getting a hold of premiums at low rates.

 

5. Avoid Paying Deposits on Utilities

 

Utility providers, like cell phone, cable, internet, and electric companies examine the credit of their customers to confirm whether they will receive payments on time.

You will only be required to pay the deposit, which sometimes can cost $100 to $200 if your credit is unable to make the cut. This, however, could be troublesome when you’re moving to a new home.

Even if relocation is not in your mind, unexpected events like natural disasters could change your plans in an instant. That’s why, you must maintain a good credit score to avoid paying security deposits associated with establishing or relocating a utility service.

 

6. Better Chances of Landing a Job

 

Believe it or not, some employers would want to know about the status of your credit as part of their hiring process, although they will need your permission beforehand.

If they found out that you have a history of going bankrupt or making late payments, they may hesitate to offer you the job; they worry that these financial issues might keep you from devoting all your attention and effort on the job when necessary.

Conclusion 

As you can see, credit scores have a huge influence on our lives. Being financially responsible allows you to access the benefits that a good credit score offers.

If you have just started building your credit, you need to make sure that you are establishing it on a healthy foundation. Paying your credit card debt on time is a good starting point, which could lead you to great financial opportunities.

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Michigan’s Gun Lake Tribe Issues $7.9 Million in Spring Revenue Sharing Payments with State and Local Governments

June 2, 2020 - 12:17pm

Michigan’s Gun Lake Casino, which reopens on June 8, issued more than $7.9 million to state and local governments.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As it prepares to reopen the doors next week on its shuttered Gun Lake Casino, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawtomi Indians announced that it shared more than $7.9 million of spring revenue sharing payments with state and local governments.  

The tribe, commonly referred to as the Gun Lake Tribe, said it distributed $4.4 million to the State of Michigan and $2.2 million to the local revenue sharing board. GLIMI, a tribally owned non-gaming economic development agency, received $1.3 million.  The revenue sharing payments are from electronic gaming revenues collected by the casino between Oct. 1, 2019 and March 30, 2020.  

“This is the most important revenue sharing distribution we have ever made because it comes at a time when all units of government are dealing with terrible financial impacts due to the global pandemic,” said Bob Peters, chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe.  

The next revenue sharing distribution for the April to October period will suffer a dramatic loss due to the casino closure and limited operations upon reopening, according to Peters. 

The casino voluntarily shut down on March 16 as the COVID-19 pandemic began to sweep through Michigan.  

Gun Lake Casino plans to reopen to the public on June 8, 2020.  The tribe said the casino will offer limited slot machines and table games to adhere to social distancing and other safety plans. The casino’s buffet restaurant and other non-gaming amenities will remain closed until further notice.  

The Gun Lake Tribe has shared more than $95 million with the State of Michigan, which directs the payments to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  The MEDC uses the funds to make grants to businesses that invest in Michigan and create jobs. 

The Tribe’s state revenue-sharing payments are dependent on the continued preservation of exclusive gaming rights within its competitive market area, as defined by the tribal-state gaming compact, which also includes statewide expansion of certain lottery games.  The market area includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, as well as the entire counties of Kent, Kalamazoo and Ingham, among others.

Since 1994, Native American tribes operating casinos in Michigan have paid more than $497 million in revenue sharing payments to local units of government and revenue sharing boards, according to the state of Michigan.  

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Two American Indian Congresswomen Stand in Solidarity with African American Community Following Killing of George Floyd

June 2, 2020 - 8:19am

Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo and Rep. Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk)

Published June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON —  On Monday, the first two Native American women to serve in Congress, Congresswomen Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Deb Haaland (NM-01), released the following statement in solidarity with the African American community:

“We share in the heartbreak and pain felt by millions across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd, as well as the countless other Black Americans who have died at the hands of brutality and injustice in this country. We mourn for the lives lost, for the families grieving, and for every person who has been affected by the systemic, pervasive injustices across the United States.

“The pain our country feels is rooted in generations of institutional racism. We recognize that the anger in our communities is a sincere and justifiable reaction to the long-standing failure to reform those institutions–especially our criminal justice system. Even amid a global pandemic that is disproportionality impacting people of color, the circumstances are too much for many to bear silently or alone.

“It is inspiring to see people come together to stand up for each other and demand justice. At the same time, a very small minority are compounding this pain by resorting to further violence and destruction. As President Obama said today, ‘If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.’

“Though we will never know the experience of being Black in America, we know that Indian Country stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters—committed to fighting for justice and channeling our frustration into meaningful action and change. Together we can build a more equitable and just society—one that lives up to the ideals we expect of our nation.”

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Tulalip Reservation was on Lockdown after Looting & Vandalism

June 2, 2020 - 8:15am

Quil Ceda Village was on lockdown on Sunday night. Courtesy photo.

Published June 2, 2020

TULALIP INDIAN RESERVATION — The Tulalip Indian Reservation in the state of Washington went on lockdown on Sunday night after the reservation was hit with looting and vandalism.

Tribal officials said the looting and vandalism came under the pretense of a Black Lives Matter protest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death by excessive police force in Minneapolis.

Approximately 40 people showed up in Tulalip, Wash. in an attempt to loot and  vandalize businesses within the tribe’s Quil Ceda Village, which includes a Walmart, Cabela’s and a Home Depot. Several suspects were arrested for criminal trespass. Once police began to arrest suspected looters, others fled, according to a press release distributed Monday by the tribe. 

Tulalip citizens, community members, and law enforcement mobilized to meet the potential threat and closed down the parameters of Quil Ceda Village, along with the Tulalip Resort Casino and the Quil Ceda Creek Casino.

Tribal officials said property damage, rioting, and looting will not be tolerated; those who are responsible will be apprehended and booked into jail.

“Our community came together, and as we always do, shared wisdom, unity, and teachings. We stood in defense of our lands, along with our local law enforcement. The people who came to Tulalip last night were not here to change the system. This was an attempt to loot and only target the innocent. I do not understand why anyone would want to target Tulalip, a sovereign nation that has suffered generations of historical trauma,” Tulalip Chairwoman Teri Gobin said.

“We stand with George Floyd’s family and the families of every person who has been a victim of racial inequity and violence. Our people have lived through oppression; we know this pain. My heart breaks for anyone who has lost a loved one due to racial violence. His death did not need to happen, someone should have stopped it, and they should be held accountable. We raise our voice and drums in solidarity with you,” Gobin continued.

In addition to the Tulalip Tribal Police, the Snohomish County Sherriff’s and their SWAT team, Washington State Patrol, Everett Police Department, Stanwood Police Department, and Marysville Police Department assisted in Sunday’s lockdown.

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Navajo Nation Adds 131 New COVID-19 Cases; Death Toll Stands at 248

June 2, 2020 - 12:45am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez meeting with medical staff.

1,920 recoveries reported

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation. The total number of deaths has reached 248 as of Monday. Preliminary reports from nine health care facilities indicate that approximately 1,920 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,479.

Navajo Nation cases by Service Unit:

  •  Chinle Service Unit: 1,415
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 534
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 292
  • Gallup Service Unit: 922
  •  Kayenta Service Unit: 828
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 894
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 460
  • Winslow Service Unit: 103

*31 residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit

“The number of cases and recoveries illustrates that we are still fighting the battle against COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. Today is also Navajo Nation Treaty Day, which recognizes and honors the strength and resiliency of our ancestors and past leaders.  We have to remind ourselves that we can overcome this hardship by working and praying together. We ask our citizens to continue to practice safety measures, such as washing our hands, wearing our face masks, maintaining a distance of six feet from others, and obeying all public health orders. Please take care of one another,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Monday evening.

For more information, including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the primary Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

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To Donate to the Navajo Nation

The official webpage for donations to the Navajo Nation, which has further details on how to support  the Nation’s Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) efforts is:  http://www.nndoh.org/donate.html.

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For More Information

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

For up to date information on impact the coronavirus pandemic is having in the United States and around the world go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/?fbclid=IwAR1vxfcHfMBnmTFm6hBICQcdbV5aRnMimeP3hVYHdlxJtFWdKF80VV8iHgE

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The Kwek Society helps Native women, but needs your vote

June 1, 2020 - 12:20pm

Kwek Society distribution, March 2020 (courtesy photo)

ARLINGTON, Virg. — The Kwek Society (Kwe’k means “women” in Potawatomi) wakes up every morning with the same mission: supplying Native women with products they desperately need. 

The nonprofit, which formed in 2018, provides tampons, pads and other menstrual supplies to Native American communities across the country who lack access to these expensive products. The organization also provides educational materials and raises awareness about period poverty in Native American communities. 

Now, the organization is asking others for a little help, as it’s a finalist for a $50,000 grant via Give A Brand. All are welcome to vote once a day through June 11, at this link. It takes under 30 seconds to vote. 

Kwek photo in Shiprock distributing period supplies. (courtesy photo)

Among the five finalists, The Kwek Society is the only competitor that exclusively addresses Native communities.

If The Kwek Society wins the vote, the prize money will be spent on branding services from a New York City creative agency called ThinkSo, according to Kwek founder Eva Marie Carney (Citizen Potawatomi Nation). Carney said she hopes to get ample voting support this week from those in Indian Country who back the group’s honorable cause.

“Winning the Give A Brand campaign would get The Kwek Society professional help with its online presence and marketing efforts – expanding its reach to more Native students and communities,” Carney said. “With your voting help each and every day through June 11, The Kwek Society can reach more Native American students and communities needing period supplies — ensuring dignity.”

As for the organization’s long term, Carney said she has plans for exponential growth, with the goal of eradicating period poverty in Native American communities. She said she also plans to draw on Think So’s expertise to fulfill her dream of developing and posting “culturally-appropriate menstruation and puberty materials and traditional teachings” on the kweksociety.org site.

“We need your help to do more for our relatives who can’t afford menstrual care supplies” Carney said.  

Carney said she started The Kwek Society from her home in Arlington, Va. two years ago to get menstrual hygiene supplies to Native students who otherwise might miss days of school each month when they were on their periods. The group initially focused on rural reservation schools, recognizing the long distances to stores to buy supplies, the lack of reliable transportation for many families, the socioeconomics of many families and the limited finances of these schools. 

Today, the nonprofit has partnerships with nearly 40 schools and organizations (many rural, some in cities) that distribute materials provided by The Kwek Society. 

The Kwek Society distributing masks amidst COVID-19 pandemic. (courtesy photo)

The growing list of partners are nationwide, including spots in Maine, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming and Ontario, Canada, as well. 

Of course, COVID-19 has complicated its mission, but not halted it. 

While schools shuttered due to covid19, The Kwek Society switched gears and began providing products to schools and organizations making food distributions to their communities. Pads and tampons are now offered to students and their families, along with bags of food and jugs of water.  

Since the onset of the pandemic, Carney said she has also solicited donations of masks sewn by the nonprofit’s supporters for distribution within hard-hit Navajo Nation communities for elders and community workers.

“In the last three months, March through May, The Kwek Society has sent 15,500 pads, 8500 tampons and 500 masks, and helped facilitate donations of another 6,000 masks, through the group Protect Native Elders and Days for Girls International

In addition to operating The Kwek Society, Carney works as a human rights lawyer and holds elected office as a legislator for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She said she represents the Nation’s citizens who live in the 13 mid-Atlantic and southern states and the District of Columbia. Carney earned her BA at the University of San Francisco and her Juris Doctor  from Stanford Law School. 

To learn more, visit kweksociety.org.

 

 

 

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How to Manage Your Stress Effectively

June 1, 2020 - 10:31am

Let’s face it; few of us enjoy dealing with stress. However, it will always be a part of our lives – whether in the workplace, school or home. And while it’s relatively normal to feel emotionally or mentally pressured at times, excessive stress can be harmful to our health. It doesn’t just negatively affect our mood; it can affect our cardiovascular and immune systems.

Worse still, chronic stress that remains untreated can also lead to a variety of different conditions, ranging from anxiety and insomnia to high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Some research has even shown that stress is a contributing factor to several types of illnesses that include, but isn’t necessarily limited to, depression, obesity and heart disease.

The good news is that by developing positive habits and making healthy changes to your lifestyle, you can limit the negative emotions brought about by stress to a manageable level. Here are a few ways to manage your stress effectively.

  1. Distance yourself from your stressors

As challenging as it might be to get away from your responsibilities at work or going through your unpaid bills, it’s crucial to create some distance between yourself and your stress generators from time to time. If you step away from the situation, you’ll give yourself time to think. You may even be able to see the problem from a new angle too, and in so doing create solutions for these issues quicker as a result.

  1. Regular exercise is key 

You can ask any health professional, and you’ll get the same answer every time: exercise benefits the mind as much as it does the body. As such, it makes sense to regularly exercise each day. Half-an-hour of brisk walking or a quick jog might not seem like much, but it can generate an immediate effect on lowering your stress levels and keeping you much more relaxed as a result.

  1. Buy health products

It’s not surprising that health products like essential oils and supplements continue to remain popular with many consumers. After all, many of these products are not only beneficial to our physical health but our mental wellbeing too. And if you’re looking for immediate relief to your stressors, they’re worth considering. 

However, keep in mind that with all health products, research is crucial. So before you spend your money, you should learn more about the item. The more you learn about CBD oil, essential oils and herbal, the better it will be for safe use and protection of your overall wellbeing. In this way, you avoid the risk of buying a product that is unable to fulfill its intended purpose.

  1. Take a moment to meditate

Meditation can be beneficial to stress relief in two ways. For starters, mediating can help us clear our minds of any problems or issues that may be plaguing it. And, in turn, serves as a healthy distraction for our stressors. Secondly, it allows us to exercise breathing techniques. And by breathing in deeply, we can help calm our bodies from feeling the undesirable effects that stress brings.

Stress management may not be as easy as some might think. But it isn’t difficult either. And with the methods mentioned above, you’ll be able to keep your stress levels low and allow your mind and body to stay relaxed.

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In Search of America’s Soul

June 1, 2020 - 8:57am

Candi Wesaw and Heather Wilcox (Pokagon Potawatomi Nation) are sisters who attended a Black Lives Matter in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan to show their support. Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert

OPINION

No one expected that in 2020, America would face such a difficult year. 

With the events and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, life as we knew it had irrevocably changed. But over the last few weeks, we saw glimmers of hope as death and infection rates slowed and businesses began to reopen.

And then things took a turn for the worse.        

As Americans tried to cope with COVID-19 and record unemployment, we witnessed the tragic death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, who died at the hands of police brutality. The video of Floyd’s violent death was exceptionally difficult to watch. As the week unfolded, peaceful protests in Floyd’s honor turned dramatically violent. Riots ensued in cities across America with the burning of police vehicles and buildings. The rioters continued their damage by breaking windows and looting businesses.

As American Indians, we know the violence in America did not begin with George Floyd’s death on a Minneapolis street. 

We know that this country was conceived in violence. 

We remember massacres of our people at Wounded Knee, Skull Valley, and Sand Creek, among many others, that left thousands of American Indians dead. As a means to further eliminate American Indians from our land, we remember the bounties placed on the lives of our ancestors in many states. We remember that in 1856, California passed a scalp bounty that paid a quarter for each American Indian man, woman or child. By 1860, the bounty price was increased to $5 per scalp. 

With those atrocities, American Indians find it difficult to buy into the fabricated and constructed version of history that is taught to us in public schools about God and country—or even the purported greatness of America. Even now, I cringe when I hear a Christian minister mention God and country in the same breath because it is difficult to fathom that so-called Christians were able to kill so many Indians in cold blood.

An argument can be made that America has never found its soul.

On Friday evening, a drum was called to the front lines on Minneapolis’ southside as protesters clash with the National Guard and the Minnesota State Patrol. Native News Online photo by Darren Thompson in Minneapolis.

It is easy for us to understand why Black Lives Matter advocates highlight the disproportionate killings of African Americans by law enforcement, because American Indians have endured, on a per capita basis, the same terrible treatment by law enforcement.

So, it is easy for American Indians to march and protest at Black Lives Matter rallies, as some did in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday evening. 

Two Pokagon Potawatomi sisters attended the protest because as one told me, “we can relate, being Native.” Her sister nodded her head and said, “me too.” 

Levi Rickert

Up in Minneapolis, a city that has a vibrant urban American Indian community, dozens have been showing up at the rallies to show their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. On Friday evening, an American Indian drum group was asked to bring their drum down front for a song to show their solidarity with African Americans in the fight against injustice.

Beyond the rallies against senseless police killings, America needs to examine itself closely as a nation and get past the denial of its disgraceful treatment of people of color and others. It must examine the very nature of its capitalist society that through greed and profit have left so many Americans left behind and angry.

Of course, being angry is no justification to break into a building to loot and steal. Anger is a human emotion that we all have, but no one, regardless of skin color, has the right to steal from one another or destroy a business’ property.

With the recent riots, blame has been cast from both sides. Some say the rioters are being paid to go into cities to cause mayhem and destruction. Some blame the radical left; others blame the far right. The problem is that simply casting blame without any follow-through only perpetuates the problem without bringing forth any plausible solutions.

We will continue to hear rhetoric from politicians casting blame on the radical left or the alt-right that is filled with distortions. These distortions turn into serious distractions as evidenced this past week, when the shock of losing over 100,000 Americans to COVID-19 soon became forgotten as the media switched to George Floyd’s killing and its subsequent violent aftermath. 

On Saturday, Civil Rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), offered this advice:

“To the rioters here in Atlanta and across the country: I see you, and I hear you.  I know your pain, your rage, your sense of despair and hopelessness.  Justice has, indeed, been denied for far too long.  Rioting, looting, and burning is not the way.  Organize.  Demonstrate.  Sit-in.  Stand-up.  Vote.  Be constructive, not destructive.  History has proven time and again that non-violent, peaceful protest is the way to achieve the justice and equality that we all deserve.” 

As this country remains divided and angry, it is beyond time for America to not only find its soul, but for true leaders to emerge who can lead with cool heads and who have the best interest of all Americans in their minds and hearts.

Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the publisher and editor of Native News Online.

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Nebraska Study Shows 73.3 Percent of Missing Native Americans are Boys 17 Years Old and Younger

June 1, 2020 - 8:44am

The Nebraska state legislature passed a bill to examine missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the state.

Published June 1, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. — In a study released late last month from the Nebraska State Patrol and other organizations reveal the majority of Native Americans missing in Nebraska are boys age 17 or younger.

The study, called LB154 Report: Prevalence of Missing Native American Women and Children in Nebraska; Barriers to Reporting and Investigating; and Opportunities for Partnerships, reports that nearly three quarters (73.3%) of the Native American missing persons are boys (age 17 years old or younger).

Named LB154 for a Nebraska legislative bill that commissioned the Nebraska State Patrol to study the high rates of missing American Indian women and children in the state. Through the 42-page  LB154 Report, it was reported that Nebraska’s missing person rate on March 31, 2020 was 25.7 per 100,000 persons. 

A majority of Nebraska’s missing persons are White (66.9%) compared to Black (19.7%), Native American (4.6%), or Asian or Pacific Islander (0.8%); 8.0% of the entries for missing persons list the race as “unknown.” 

In comparison, 88.3% of Nebraska’s population is White, 5.1% is Black, 1.5% is Native American, and 2.8% is Asian or Pacific Islander, according to the U.S. Census.  A disproportionate number of Nebraska’s reported missing persons are Black (3.9 times their population) or Native American (3.1 times their population).

More missing Native American persons are minors and Native American missing persons cases are open (unsolved) longer when compared to Nebraska’s total missing persons, the report notes.  

Requests by both Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs (NCIA) at community listening sessions as well as research by the NCIA project coordinator did not uncover any unreported cases of Native American missing persons. 

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