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Seattle Indian Health Board Salutes Steps by City Council to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 11, 2019 - 12:03am

Councilmember Debora Juarez speaks about the resolution she introduced to the Seattle City Council.

Published September 11, 2019

Resolution could serve as model for cities across the nation

SEATTLE — Seattle Indian Health Board and other Native organizations today applauded Seattle City Council for passing a resolution that acknowledges the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) crisis in Seattle, “the disproportionally high rate of violence against women of indigenous communities,” and the City’s responsibility to “protect its most vulnerable populations.”

Resolution 31900 was introduced by Councilmember Debora Juarez, an enrolled Blackfeet tribal member, and passed 9-0 by Seattle City Council on Monday.

“The City of Seattle should be an example for the rest of the country in putting MMIWG policy in place,” said Esther Lucero, CEO of Seattle Indian Health Board. “We will continue to advocate for change at local, state, and federal levels. We will need more leaders like Councilmember Debora Juarez to work with us to ensure our communities are safe.”

The resolution calls on the Mayor of Seattle to drive community-led systemic reform that holds City departments accountable to engage with Seattle’s urban Indian community and build partnerships that promote stronger government-to-government relations with tribes.

The resolution also states the intention to improve the city’s data collection and reporting practices on crime and missing persons, deliver sustainable investments that address the MMIWG crisis, promote Indigenous and community-led approaches to end violence against Native women and girls, and encourage the Seattle Police Department to make efforts to improve relationships with Indigenous communities in consultation with Seattle Indian Health Board.

“The fight against the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis has deeply impacted me and other members of Indigenous communities,” said Councilmember Debora Juarez, Chair of the Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee.

“Due to the effective advocacy of thousands of Native women and girls calling for justice, our voices are finally being heard,” she added. “In taking action today, we are addressing a national crisis on a local level. We will now align the City’s considerable resources towards correcting a historical pattern of indifference and ineffectiveness. We are lucky to be joined in our local efforts by Seattle Indian Health Board and its research division, Urban Indian Health Institute, as they are national leaders in the fight against the MMIWG crisis. We must act decisively in face of such injustice.”

In 2018, Urban Indian Health Institute released Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls: A snapshot of data from 71 urban cities in the United Statesa report that revealed that Seattle had 45 combined missing and murder cases – the highest number of any city in the study. The state of Washington had 71 combined cases, second only to New Mexico, which had 78.

There are currently four pieces of federal legislation and nine bills in eight states that include policies to address various issues surrounding the MMIWG epidemic, including data tracking, policing, jurisdiction, and accountability, among others.

“For too long, we have ignored the devastating reality of missing and murdered Indigenous women here in the Puget Sound region and across our entire country,” said Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “My upcoming budget will support new investments for Seattle Police Department to combat this crisis.”

“To the families who have endured tragedy and heartbreak: We are standing with you and are inspired by your bravery,” she added. “I also thank my friend Councilmember Debora Juarez for her leadership on this issue and for calling for change to protect Indigenous women and their communities.”

To further invest in community-based policing, Mayor Durkan’s 2020 Proposed Budget will create a dedicated Native American community liaison in the Seattle Police Department to provide culturally responsive services to Indigenous communities navigating the criminal legal system. This position builds off of Councilmember Debora Juarez’s resolution to deliver on investments that address the MMIWG crisis.

Seattle Urban Native Nonprofit (SUNN) Collaborative, a coalition of 14 Native-led organizations, also praised Councilmember Juarez and the resolution.

“For centuries, our missing and murdered loved ones have been invisible to—and our communities ignored by—police and government agencies at all levels,” said the SUNN Collaborative in a statement.

“As a coalition of urban Indian-serving organizations who advocate for the health and success of Seattle’s urban Indian community, we seek partners who are willing to work with us to find solutions, as well as acknowledge our resilience and capacity to serve our community. Councilmember Debora Juarez has done all of these things, and because she looks like us, stands by us, and listens to us, her resolution outlines steps we must take to address MMIWG in Seattle. If this plan is fully envisioned through future legislation, Seattle will be the template that other cities across the country can look to.”

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Navajo Nation Recognizes Suicide Prevention Week

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signs proclamation to
recognize the week of Sept. 8-14, 2019 as “Navajo Nation Suicide Prevention Week.”

Published September 11, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation recognizes the week of Sept. 8-14, 2019 as “Navajo Nation Suicide Prevention Week” in accordance with a proclamation previously signed by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, 2019, and National Suicide Prevention Week.

“The Nez-Lizer Administration has identified behavioral and mental health as a top priority, and the declaration is a step forward in addressing suicide prevention. The Nez-Lizer Administration encourages employees and citizens to be involved, participate, and assist in raising suicide prevention awareness among our Navajo people,” said President Nez.

In support of the suicide prevention initiative, President Nez and Vice President Lizer signed an executive order in January, to continue supporting the “Building Communities of Hope” initiative to empower individuals, families, and communities and to restore hope, self-sufficiency, and determination through comprehensive suicide prevention strategies.

Building Communities of Hope was initiated in November 2015 when President Nez served as the Vice President of the Navajo Nation. The initiative provided services in 82 locations, which included schools, universities, and communities on and off the Navajo Nation.

According to Division of Behavioral and Mental Health Services, suicide is the 7th leading cause of death on the Navajo Nation, and American Indian communities experience higher rates of suicide compared to all other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.

“It’s a time to share resources and stories and remember those affected by suicide. As well as to promote awareness and focus efforts on directing treatment, healing, and hope to those who need it most,” said Vice President Lizer.

During the week, the Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral and Mental Health Services, in partnership with other divisions and departments, will be hosting awareness and education activities throughout the Navajo Nation to promote healthy coping skills, positive protective factors, and community resiliency.

The Office of the President and Vice President recognizes public awareness is key to preventing loss of life by suicide and remains committed to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

For more information regarding the Navajo Nation Suicide Prevention Week activities, contact the Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral and Mental Services at (928) 810 – 8534. If in an emergency contact the Navajo Nation Police Department at (928) 871 – 6112/6111. If in suicidal crisis or emotional distress call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800) 273 – 8522.

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Florence City – A Home to 1st Century Roman Empire

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Published September 11, 2019

Florence is the capital of Tuscany in Italy. This place is known for treasuring the 1st century Roman Empire remains and culture. It is surrounded by four rivers and countless hills. In the 14th Century, the city of Florence gained dominance in economy, commerce, and art.

Every year, this city is flooded with tourists to witness the renowned artworks of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, and Galileo. There are a number of things that you can do in this city. To name a few, take a walk across Ponte Vecchio, dine like a true Tuscan, discover a city like a local, sleep in style, and much more.

If you are new to travelling to Italy, then it is best that you try WithLocals. They offer a variety of tours like Day trip, walking tour, Gems tours, food tours etc.  You could visit their website to choose the best one to suit your needs and budget.

Why Florence?

Florence is the jewel of Italy blessed with abundance of timeless beauty as well as artistic treasures. If you are lucky to travel to Florence, then make sure that you opt for private tours. WithLocals is one of the popular companies that offer a variety of tours to suit your needs and make sure that you enjoy your vacation.

All those who do not consider themselves artistic, end up bewitched by the richness and historical paintings and sculptures on the display in this Renaissance city. By hiring a local guide, you’ll be able to learn more about the place’s history and culture in depth. Your guide can also offer day trips to locations outside the city limits.

Things to Know While Visiting Florence

Florence has several great areas to stay, while you are on your vacation. The taxis here are expensive and require phone booking, unlike other places. While you are in Florence make sure you eat Florentine cuisine. It is also suggested that you book your museum tickets in advance, and avoid standing in long queues and waste your time.

What to Do in Florence?

Besides, spending a day in the Uffizi Gallery, climbing Duomo, walking by the Ponte Vecchio, wandering in Boboli Garden, you could also include the following in your private tour itinerary:

Visit the baptistery

The Baptist John’s baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The baptistery that you see today was consecrated in 1059. The admission fee includes entry to the bell tower, cupola, the cathedral, and the Duomo museum.

Santa Croce

It is one of the largest Franciscan churches in Italy, and it holds the Dante and Michelangelo tombs. It is an interesting place to visit with your friends and family.

Piazzale Michelangelo

To have a stunning view of the entire city, you must visit the Piazzale Michelangelo. This trip will cost you nothing unlike paying for the Duomo steps.

Palazzo Pitti

It was built in 1457, and this palace contributes to the city’s cultural advancements. Palazzo Pitti hosts a huge collection of impressive paintings from the 17th and 16th centuries.

Sant’Ambrogio Market

It is not as famous as the Central Market, but at Sant’ Ambrogio, you can relish traditional dishes like finocchiona, lampredotto, pecorino and the local wines. You’ll also find some Tuscan local foods here. Any local guide would undoubtedly make sure that you visit the Sant’Ambrogio Market, especially if you are a foodie.

Stibbert Museum

It is one of the most unique and interesting museums in Florence. It is located in the outskirts of the town and is a personal collection of Frederick Stibbert. It hosts some fascinating items like remodelled army of knights on their horses, Napoleon’s cloak etc.

Biblioteca delle Oblate

This public library is quite popular among students, and at the same time it is also a significant cultural centre. Once you are done browsing through the library, you could sip on a hot cup of coffee on the rooftop terrace.

You could visit all these places and more with your family and friends when you visit Florence. It is a place that will keep you glued throughout your trip, as you explore the city closely.

In order to travel in and around the city like a local, hire a guide. What could go wrong when you have tour providers like WithLocals. Their local guides will help you experience the true essence of this place.

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Carmen Tageant Defeats Nooksack Police Chief Mike Ashby in Federal Court

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Carmean Tageant surrounded by supporters after federal court

Published September 11, 2019 

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart Rules Ashby Did Not Act Within Scope of His Employment during Claimed Police Assault

SEATTLE — Carmen Tageant has been recalled from public office, sexually harassed, cyber stalked, and physically assaulted by Nooksack political actors.  Tageant’s home has been burglarized twice, and Nooksack police looked away.  She has sought protection from tribal, federal, and state law enforcement, to no avail.  But last Thursday, the former Nooksack Tribal Councilwoman who has been relentlessly persecuted since speaking out against the Nooksack 306 disenrollment in 2016, scored a legal victory in a Seattle federal court against Nooksack Police Chief Mike Ashby, who she alleges assaulted her at the Tribe’s Election Office on January 5, 2018.

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart denied Ashby’s motion seeking to require the United States to defend him from a personal injury lawsuit that Tageant filed against him in Whatcom County Superior Court soon after the incident.

“I am gratified by the Judge’s decision,” said Tageant.  “I am grateful for anything that will help protect me or other Indian women or elders from violence or harassment by Nooksack cops.”

In her state court suit, Tageant claims that as she attempted to file papers to declare her candidacy for re-election to the Nooksack Tribal Council, Election Superintendent Katrice Rodriguez announced to her, “you’re too late.”  Then “Ashby forcefully grabbed both of [her] arms just above her elbows and violently pushed her back” out of the Election Office, which sits on fee lands beyond the Nooksack Indian Reservation.  Tageant “was stunned by Defendant Ashby’s action, telling him, ‘what are you doing? Don’t touch me.’”

In March 2018, Ashby tendered Tageant’s state court lawsuit to the U.S. Department of Justice for defense pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), given a federal “638” funding agreement between the Nooksack Tribe and United States that assures Nooksack officers federal legal protection under the FTCA for personal injuries they cause while working under that contract.

A year later, both the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Justice denied Ashby’s defense request.  U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Brian Moran determined that Ashby was not “acting within the scope of his employment” at the time of the incident because the “638 Contract was not intended to cover Chief Ashby’s off reservation enforcement activities.”  Ashby then sued to compel the United States to defend him, and the matter ended up before Judge Robart.

Agreeing with the federal government, Judge Robart ruled that because the alleged assault occurred on lands beyond the Nooksack Reservation, the Tribe’s 638 contract did not afford Ashby a federal legal defense because he acted beyond the scope of his employment.  Rejecting Ashby’s arguments that his job description and Nooksack law enforcement protocols somehow extended FTCA protection to his off-reservation activities, Judge Robart explained:

“It’s outside the reservation, it’s outside Indian Country, and saying that it’s in his job description or it’s standard operating procedure somehow loops it back to be under [the contract] is simply not factually or legally supportable.”

Judge Robart dismissed the matter of Ashby’s FTCA defense request with prejudice and remanded Tageant’s case back to Whatcom County Superior Court, where it will proceed towards trial.

In support of Tageant, another Nooksack woman, Deborah Alexander, stepped forward to explain to Judge Robart how on December 15, 2016, Ashby also put his hands on and assaulted her, without provocation.

Alexander recalled the day when she tried to visit the Nooksack Tribal Court, where purported Chief Judge Ray Dodge was attempting to evict her sister Gretty Rabang from her home of twenty-two years over a Christmas weekend.  Nooksack Police had erected a blockade along a strip of off-reservation railroad lands, “preventing anybody from even stepping foot on the driveway towards the Tribal Court,” she explained.  The Tribal Court has a policy of denying courthouse access to citizens it perceives as adverse to the Tribe.

As Alexander approached the blockade, she recalled calmly asking Nooksack police, “Do you know if they’re having my sister’s court over there?”  Ashby answered her and then beelined towards her, causing her to yell, “Don’t touch me,” she testified.  “Ashby then put both of his hands on the left side of my upper body, between my collarbone and breasts, and violently shoved me. . . . I became angry and hysterical.  I felt so violated.”

Alexander, who captured the incident on a video recording that she filed with the federal court, testified that she is “struck by the similarities between his assault of [Tageant] and his assault of me.”

Tageant has also offered the courts evidence of other Nooksack police misconduct, specifically that Ashby has doctored police reports regarding her complaints of cyber harassment, and shot guns as “target practice” immediately behind her home while her children were playing outside.  As recent as June 5, 2019, Ashby tailed Tageant and her children along a roadway for seven miles, striking fear in them of what “Mr. Ashby might do to us,” as she testified to Judge Robart.  Tageant captured her latest encounter with Ashby on Facebook.

“Ashby is a predator and my only protection from him is in the courts,” said Tageant.

Late this summer, Nooksack Elder George Adams was also brutalized by Nooksack police officers.  Adams, the last remaining speaker of the Nooksack language Lhéchelesem, has also been persecuted for being outspoken against Nooksack political disenrollment efforts, even though he, like Tageant, has not been subject to disenrollment.  He, too, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Ashby and three other Nooksack cops in Whatcom County Superior Court.

“I repeat: Nooksack is a violent police state,” said Gabriel S. Galanda, Tageant and Adams’ lawyer.  “Somebody in non-tribal government needs to do something before things get even worse.”

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Oklahoma Governor Selects American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma President & Executive Director for Minority Business Council

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Published September 11, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt has assembled the first-ever Governor’s Minority Business Council to help make Oklahoma a more inclusive and attractive business environment for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

Bailey Walker

“Part of becoming a Top Ten state is ensuring that our state welcomes and seeks input from every entrepreneur, innovator and business owner, regardless of ethnicity or background,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “The purpose of this council is to discuss how Oklahoma can play a role in helping every person have access to opportunities for growth and job creation in a modern economy and remove barriers that are unnecessarily holding back the best talent in our state.” The first of its kind in Oklahoma, the Governor’s Minority Business Council is currently comprised of over 20 minority business leaders from across the state.

President Bailey Walker, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) and Ayla Medrano, Executive Director, AICCO were selected to join the first-ever Minority Business Council of Oklahoma.

Walker, stated; “ This is true testament to the commitment of Oklahoma Governor Stitt to attract business and build Oklahoma’s minority presence of small businesses within our great state! What is good for minorities is good for Oklahoma, where we are emphasizing All Nations One Mission!”

Ayla Medrano

Medrano stated; “Governor Stitt’s Minority Business Council reflects the diversity of Oklahoma’s citizens with representation from the African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American communities. It is this inclusion and respect for our respective histories and cultures that will lend itself to broaden the scope of vision for economic growth in our state.”

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25th Anniversary Celebration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Honoring Our Native Women Survivors

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 10, 2019 - 11:14pm

Published September 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, tribal leaders from across Indian Country and Members of Congress will host “VAWA at 25: Honoring Our Native Women Survivors,” an event to recognize the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. The bi-partisan event will feature confirmed speakers Congresswoman Debra Haaland (D-NM) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), and will showcase a traditional shawl ceremony.

Since its enactment in 1995, each reauthorization of VAWA has included important reforms that have increased the safety of Native women across the United States. Scheduled for 12 p.m. at the House Triangle at the United States Capitol, the celebration will also serve to address the need to reauthorize VAWA and to take the next steps necessary to address the persistently high rates of violence experienced by Native women.

Attendees are encouraged to wear the color red to demonstrate solidarity with survivors and honor missing and murdered indigenous women.

 

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Learning to read at 86: Yukon elder and his tutor receive literacy award

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 5:30pm
Louie Smith Ted Ackerman and Premiere Sandy Silver

Kwanlin Dun First Nation Elder Louie Smith and his English tutor Ted Ackerman are this years recipients of the Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

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Texas Tribe Sues To Protect Alamo Native American Remains

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 10, 2019 - 4:57pm
A Texas tribe filed suit in federal court Tuesday accusing the state of Texas, the City of San Antonio and the nonprofit that runs the Alamo of excluding tribe members from advising on a restoration of the historic site that could impact a cemetery housing Native American remains.

Small group's 'political agenda' behind move to suspend NWAC president, board emails allege

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 4:14pm
Francyne Joe

The move to suspend the president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada during a hastily called meeting in June created tensions between board members and triggered allegations a small group was acting on its own to oust the organization’s leader.

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Mé​​​​​​​tis veterans receive apology, promise of compensation from federal minister

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 3:29pm
David Chartrand, Mr Goodon’s son John, Norman Goodon, Minister MacAulay

In a packed room at the Royal Canadian Legion in Regina on Tuesday, Minister of Veterans Affairs Laurence MacAuley acknowledged the long-held belief of Mé​​​​​​​tis advocates that their people were not treated fairly once returning back home from war.

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New federal Arctic policy includes focus on health, environment, infrastructure

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 3:27pm
Arctic Policy 20190910

The lengthy document, released by the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top.

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Gov't Sued Over Premature Baby's Death At IHS Hospital

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 10, 2019 - 2:53pm
The federal government was hit with a medical malpractice suit in New Mexico federal court Monday by the parents of a premature baby who claim “multiple acts of negligence” led to the baby’s death two years ago at Gallup Indian Medical Center.

New Alanis Obomsawin doc traces fight for equality in children's services inspired by Manitoba boy

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 2:44pm
Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

A film documenting the short life of a Cree child from Manitoba and the impact he has had on the lives of Indigenous children across the country through Jordan's Principle is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday. 

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Gambling Group Can't Get Involved In Tribes' Card Game Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 10, 2019 - 2:38pm
A California federal judge won't take another look at his refusal to let a non-tribal gambling trade group intervene in three tribes' suit over card games, ruling it can't get involved while the tribes appeal his order dismissing the case.

IHS Nabs Early Victory In Wash. Tribe's Contract Costs Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 10, 2019 - 1:59pm
A D.C. federal judge handed the Indian Health Service a win Monday in a suit by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, saying the agency doesn’t have to factor in Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance payments to calculate certain costs it owes under the tribe's health care contract.

Federal election campaign to officially kick off Wednesday

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 1:15pm
Party Leaders 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will officially kick off the federal election campaign with a visit to Rideau Hall at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Liberal sources have told CBC News.

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‘nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up’ is an emotional award-winning film

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 10, 2019 - 1:04pm

Colten Boushie documentary tells the story of his death and raises questions about Canadian justice

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Blood Quantum's Indigenous actors totally get the zombie apocalypse

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Blood Quantum

Telling original, Indigenous-focused stories in different genres, filmmaker Jeff Barnaby is helping to normalize the presence of Indigenous people in a variety of realms: horror, science fiction and the broader cultural world.

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No evidence uncovered in recent search for family missing for 30 years, say RCMP

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 10, 2019 - 12:37pm
Missing Jack family

Police say a three-day search on a property in northern B.C. turned up no evidence of Ronnie or Doreen Jack or their two sons Russell and Ryan, last seen in August 1989.  

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - September 10, 2019 - 12:29pm

Misty LaPlant and Tina Chamberlain are Montana’s specialists named to work on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous and women and girls. (Photo-Montana Department of Justice)

Montana hires specialists to help address missing and murdered Indigenous women Seattle approves resolution to address missing and murdered Indigenous women Seminole Tribe of Florida assists in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts for Bahamas https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/nnn091019.mp3

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