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Leadership & Cultural Lessons Learned through Remember the Removal Bike Ride

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

The 2019 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists arrived in Tahlequah Thursday after riding 950 miles across seven states to retrace the path of their ancestors on the Trail of Tears.

Guest Commentary

Published June 24, 2019

As a student of history, especially Cherokee history, there is no better education and leadership skills development than Cherokee Nation’s annual Remember the Removal Bike Ride. Every summer a team of young riders along with mentor riders and support staff from Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee team up and retrace our ancestors’ route from our homelands in the East to modern-day Oklahoma. We are so proud of these Cherokee men and women. They have accomplished something very personal and special and, at the same time, allowed all of us as Cherokee Nation citizens to once again reflect on our history.

The Trail of Tears is a very important part of Cherokee history. Participation in Remember the Removal enables the riders to better understand the trials and tribulations our people faced during their journey to Indian Territory. Riders began following the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears at the former capital of the Cherokee Nation in New Echota, Georgia, then made stops at museums, gravesites, national parks, churches and other historic locations along the way. With every mile traveled, they are more versed about the Cherokee experience and the true history of our people.

Before they left, I challenged each participant to share as much as they can with as many people as they can. Not only did they do that along the way, but I know they’ll take their experience and share it with others for the rest of their lives.

When the mind and body are stretched to their limit, spiritual and personal experiences can be profound and life changing. This journey offers cyclists a chance to share something sacred with our ancestors, and this group of riders is blessed to share all of those transformative moments together, as one amazing group. The participants returned with a greater understanding not just of the hardships our people endured more than 180 years ago, but also with a better grasp of the inner and collective strength it takes to survive as a tribe, and as an individual.

They have spurred each other to great heights across the seven states and the 950-mile trek. It is a hard journey, but they know the struggles they encountered are only a small taste of what Cherokees experienced and collectively overcame many years ago.

Chief Bill John Baker

When the inaugural bike ride took place in 1984, we set a precedent for tribes doing this kind of living classroom and experience-based learning. It was an outside-the-box concept, and now others have started similar endeavors. That is wonderful, because these experiences shape and mature a young person.

I know every rider had to dig deep and find reservoirs of strength, perseverance and fortitude. Their perspective of what our Cherokee ancestors encountered along the trail is forever changed. But their perspective is sharper and they are more empathetic to the sacrifices our ancestors were forced to make on their journey when more than one quarter of our tribal population perished from exposure, starvation and disease.

Our cyclists will carry the memories and bonding moments they had with fellow cyclists forever. This bond they have formed is like family, and through it, I see true Cherokee values.

The 2019 Cherokee Nation Remember the Removal riders are:

·        Brooke Bailey, 23, Lost City

·        Joshua Chavez, 24, Tahlequah

·        Marie Eubanks, 55, Rocky Mountain

·        Kayli Gonzales, 23, Welling

·        Shadow Hardbarger, 24, Marble City

·        Elizabeth Hummingbird, 21, Peavine

·        Ashley Hunnicutt, 25, Tahlequah

·        Destiny Matthews, 21, Watts

·        Sydnie Pierce, 23, Locust Grove

·        Steven Shade, 24, Briggs

·        Kevin Stretch, 58, Tahlequah

Bill John Baker is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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For National Indigenous Peoples Day, NFB Shared Second-year Progress on Its Indigenous Action Plan

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

(To Wake Up the Nakota Language by Louise BigEagle. Photo: © Taryn Snell/NFB)

Published June 24, 2019

NFB reaches Indigenous production spending commitment of 15% one year ahead of target; production underway or recently completed on 40 works by Indigenous creators from across Canada


For National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), the National Film Board of Canada(NFB) is marking the second anniversary of the launch of its Indigenous Action Planwith a slate of 40 Indigenous-led works in development, production or recent release—while delivering on a commitment to devote a minimum of 15% of its production spending on Indigenous works, one year ahead of schedule.

Announced on June 21, 2017, the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan is a response to theTRC’s calls to action and systemic inequities in Canada’s screen sector facing Indigenous creators. The plan was drafted in collaboration with an Indigenous advisory group and contains 33 commitments in four main areas:  organizational transformation, industry leadership, production and distribution.

The NFB’s progress on its Indigenous Action Plan also includes advances in community engagement, online accessibility, educational resources, and hiring, as well as adopting new industry protocols for working with Indigenous creators and content.

“Over the last two years, the NFB has worked diligently and consistently in implementing its Indigenous Action Plan,” said Jason Ryle, speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Advisory Group. “During this time, the NFB has demonstrated that a determined leadership within a large national institution can take decisive, timely, and practical actions that support Indigenous filmmakers, productions, and capacity—and lead to positive change. The Advisory Group is particularly pleased to see so many Indigenous-led projects in development and production and congratulates all those involved for the successes achieved to date, while we also look forward to what is to come.”

“This current and upcoming body of work by Indigenous filmmakers brings together talented artists from across Canada, who are bringing vital stories and perspectives to Canadian and international screens. Together, they are helping to define the future of Indigenous cinema, strengthening Indigenous communities, and changing how we understand each other and share this land,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB Chairperson. “At the NFB, we’re working hard to honour the commitments in our action plan, and I’m profoundly grateful to the Indigenous advisory group for continuing to work with us and guide us in this process.”

Production highlights include:

  • Tasha Hubbard’s award-winning feature doc nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Downstream Documentary Productions/NFB in association withCBC DOCS and APTN), following the aftermath of the shooting death of Colten Boushie. The first Indigenous film to open Hot Docs, it’s currently in theatres across Canada.
  • Michelle Latimer’s feature doc The Inconvenient Indian, an adaptation of Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, is currently winding up production. Co-produced by 90th Parallel and the NFB, with Jesse Wente as creative producer.
  • Kim O’Bomsawin’s Nin, Auass, an intimate feature doc portrait of the experience of early childhood in the communities of Pessamit, Manawan and Whapmagoostui, currently in production.
  • Alanis Obomsawin’s upcoming documentary Jordan’s Principle (working title), her 53rd film in a legendary NFB career.
  • Urban.Indigenous.Proud, a partnership between the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the NFB, exploring urban Indigenous culture and lived experiences within five Friendship Centre communities.
  • Angelina McLeod’s recently completed short doc series Freedom Road,about Shoal Lake 40, a First Nations community separated for 100 years from the mainland because of an aqueduct built to supply water to Winnipeg.
  • An all-Indigenous edition of the NFB’s animation mentorship program,Hothouse, in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, with emerging animators Meky OttawaKassia Ward and Chris Grantcurrently in production on a short film. This 12th season of Hothouse has also created mentorship opportunities for Indigenous associate producers Amanda Strong and Amanda Roy, who bring a wealth of Indigenous storytelling experience to the project.
  • Meneath, an augmented reality project by Terril Calder, which explores the seven deadly sins as defined in Christianity alongside the seven sacred teachings as defined by Native spirituality.
  • Multimedia installations from Indigenous artists: Caroline Monnet and Ludovic Boney’s Hydro, an installation at the Musée de Joliette from February 2 to May 5, 2019; and from now until July 13 at Victoria’s Open Space, Dominic Lafontaine and Jessie Short’s Neither One Nor the Other (Ni l’un, ni l’autre), developed during the second edition of Déranger, a creative lab for Inuit, Métis and First Nations multidisciplinary artists working in the French language.

The NFB was also one of several organizations to provide financial support to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival for the creation of On-Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories, released in March of 2019. The NFB is applying the principles outlined in the media production guide across its slate of productions—a process based on respect, reciprocity, humility, meaningful collaboration and consent.

Other year two highlights include:

  • The Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) Indigenous Cinema Tour of Indigenous-directed titles from the NFB’s collection has surpassed 1,300 screenings to date, in every province and territory. The tour is working with partners to bring Indigenous cinema and discussions to communities big and small across Canada. New titles for 2019 will include nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand UpFreedom Road, Jordan’s Principle and Christopher Auchter’s Now Is the Time.
  • Launched in early 2018, Indigenous Cinema is the NFB’s rich online collection of Indigenous-made films, now featuring more than 300 titles for free. To help mark National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019, new titles include award-winning films like Birth of a Family by Tasha Hubbard, Three Thousand by Asinnajaq and Holy Angels by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (starting June 17); along with the premiere of the five films fromUrban.Indigenous.Proud: Kristi Lane Sinclair’s Full Circle, Darlene Naponse’s Places to Gather and Learn, Clayton Windatt’s Some Stories…, Jamie Whitecrow’s The Old Game Lacrosse and Tracie Louttit’s Zaagi’idiwin(starting June 21).
  • A trusted source of quality educational content for schools across Canada, the NFB will soon be launching a new online educational experience that draws from the NFB collection, providing Indigenous perspectives on the history and culture of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and geared for students in grades 9 to 12.
  • Indigenous employees now represent 1.25% of all staff at the NFB. The NFB has committed to achieving 4% Indigenous representation across all sectors and levels of the NFB’s workforce—a minimum of 16 Indigenous team members—by 2025.

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FDLTCC & Minnesota Dept. of Human Services to Co-host Kinship Navigator Awareness Symposium

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Published June 24, 2019


Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Safety and Permanency Division are co-hosting a state-wide symposium for social services professionals with a focus on Kinship Navigator Community Awareness and understanding the Family First Prevention Services Act. The two-day symposium with be held in the Great Lakes Ballroom at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Duluth, Minnesota on July 15 & 16, 2019.

Building kinship navigator awareness creates better understanding of the needs relative caregivers have to support successful caregiving outside the formal child welfare system.

Common kinship navigator goals include enhancing stability, often defined as safety and permanency, and ensuring the well-being of children at risk of formal non-relative placement such as foster care settings. The Symposium aims to provide timely education and resources related to mental health, chemical dependency, reunification, outreach and support of kinship caregivers and the children they care for, advocacy, plus two workshops on community outreach and resource mapping.

Symposium session topics include Mental Health Needs of Children and Caregivers, Early Childhood Education services, Chemical Dependency services for Parents, Kinship Navigator Program development, Kinship Caregiver Community Outreach and Support, Reunification of Parents and Children, and legal resources for kinship caregivers.

The symposium presents a schedule of well-known subject experts who are recognized for their knowledge and experience, including Becky Lourey, former Minnesota state senator and Nemadji Research Corp. owner and founder; Carly Anderson, Minnesota Department of Human Services, social service kinship navigator; Don Jarvinen, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College faculty, Chemical Dependency and Human Services; Govinda Budrow, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Early Childhood faculty; Michele Perron, Ph.D., LADC, clinical supervisor at Lionrock Recovery, Petaluma, California; October Allen, nonprofit business owner and founder; and Sunshine Day, Minnesota Department of Human Services, legal kinship navigator.

Preregistration is required. For more information, please contact Stacey Johnson, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Continuing Education Department, at 218-879-0775 or visit the Continuing Education page on the college website at www.fdltcc.edu. Online registration is available.

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Tom Porter (Mohawk), a Nationally Recognized Figure in Indian Country Since the 1960s, Received Lifetime Achievement Award

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Tom Porter (Mohawk)

Published June 24, 2019

Sacred Fire Foundation presented Mr. Porter with 2019 Wisdom Fellowship Award on June 22, 2019 in New York City.

NEW YORK — Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas – “The One Who Wins”) Haudenosaunee Educator, Elder and Spiritual Leader, a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, received the Wisdom Fellowship Award for 2019 from the Sacred Fire Foundation (www.sacredfirefoundation.org).

The Wisdom Fellowship Award is presented annually to honor the work of an elder who has demonstrated lifelong achievement in bringing wisdom, leadership and learning to their people and community.

Mr. Porter was recognized for his lifelong service and commitment to his community, located in the ancestral Mohawk Valley of New York State.

He is a champion for the revitalization of native languages and traditions, devoting his life to implementing programs that facilitate the understanding of Indigenous culture.  He has been widely recognized and honored for his work.

Mr. Porter was accompanied by his wife Alice Joe Porter as well as many members from his immediate family.  Guests from as far away as Brazil attended to witness Mr. Porter’s award ceremony.

Sacred Fire Foundation Board of Trustees President Keiko Cronin said, “Tom Porter has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Mohawk nation and tradition will thrive for generations to come.  He is an inspiration to many and we are very excited to be presenting this year’s Wisdom Fellowship Award to someone so deeply deserving.”


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Sen. Sinema Applauds Community Development Grants for Arizona Tribal Communities

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Sen. Kryston Sinema

Published June 24, 2019

Senator has long supported Community Development Block Grants for Arizona communities 

WASHINGTON — Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to award nearly $8 million in Indian Community Development Block Grants to tribal communities across Arizona. The grant funding will support housing, infrastructure improvements and economic development projects while encouraging additional local investment.

The grants have been awarded to the Navajo Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the Tohono O’odham Tribe, the Tonto Apache Tribe, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

“The grants awarded today will allow Arizona’s tribal communities to invest in housing, infrastructure and education, helping to expand opportunities for tribal members,” said Sinema.

This year, Sinema requested at least $3.8 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program in the fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill. In 2018, Sinema also requested over $3 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program.

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'It's time,' says first Inuk woman to become honorary colonel at 5 Wing Goose Bay

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 1:31pm
HCol. Sarah Leo

Sarah Leo was named honorary colonel of the 444 Combat Support Squadron at 5 Wing Goose Bay.

Categories: CANADA

Cree language and culture keepers celebrate McGill graduation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 1:23pm
Cree students graduate from McGill

Nearly 60 students graduated, many of them with a teaching certificate in First Nations and Inuit Education, Language and Culture from McGill University’s Department of Education

Categories: CANADA

Becoming The Jerry Cans: From Legion cover band to ambassadors of Inuit culture

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 12:57pm
Jerry Cans and Rosanna

The Jerry Cans are now known for their eclectic sound that combines rock, folk, throat singing and singing in Inuktitut, but the group originally met at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, and started off playing cover songs.  

Categories: CANADA

'Treated like mines:' Feds mull stronger rules for Indigenous cultural property

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 11:42am
Kwakwaka'wakw house post replica

The federal government is considering how to legally enshrine Indigenous people's ownership of traditional culture — from songs to art to the use of medicinal plants.

Categories: CANADA

Edmonton couple excited to raise two-spirit awareness on Amazing Race Canada

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson

From worry to excitement, an Edmonton couple competing in Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada has gone through a flurry of emotions.

Categories: CANADA

Civilian Conservation Corps outreach to Native Youth: the Indian Youth Service Corps

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 23, 2019 - 9:57am

Senator Udall: 'This measure will help inspire a new generation of conservation leaders while improving our most treasured public spaces at the same time.'


Curtis St. Cyr leaves legacy of sovereignty: Food, music and a tribal flag

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 23, 2019 - 8:00am

Winnebago leader who always ‘served his people’


Five years after her daughter's death, Fort Good Hope mother wants community to heal

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 7:00am
Louisa Lafferty

Five years after the death of her daughter Charlotte — and two days after her killer lost his appeal, bringing years of court proceedings to an end — Louisa Lafferty says that she's looking towards the future.

Categories: CANADA

Indigenous photographer challenges the whiteness of travel photography

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Shawn Johnston

Shawn Johnston's 'Nations and Voices' project is on display at Cafe Pyrus in downtown Kitchener.

Categories: CANADA

Indspire Awards honour Cree doctor who serves her home community

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 23, 2019 - 4:00am
Dr. Marlyn Cook

Dr. Marlyn Cook is a Cree doctor who returned home to work with her community. She is a 2019 Indspire award winner in the health category and is being honoured for blending traditional healing and western science.

Categories: CANADA

Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Receives Recognition for Support of Nursing Certification

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 23, 2019 - 12:01am

Hospitals and institutions around the world support the CNOR program because certified nurses are confident in their skill and knowledgeable of the latest standards of practice and care.

Published June 23, 2019

ADA, Okla. — The Chickasaw Nation recently earned a coveted designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute that is awarded to facilities having at least 50 percent of their operating room nursing staffs CNOR certified.

Nurses who attain CNOR certification have been documented as consistently achieving exceptionally high standards of practice in providing care for their patients before, during and after surgery.

The honor is also based on the host medical facility providing continued programs that reward and recognize these nurses.

According to Ralania Tignor, senior manager of Surgical and Obstetrical Services at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, the award is highly sought by both medical facilities and staff.

“Through the efforts of my staff and their dedication to professionalism and desire to maintain the highest levels of patient safety in the operating room, this has been accomplished,” Tignor said.

“Personally, passing my CNOR certification is one of the highlights of my career.”

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative (operating room) nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, while providing the highest quality perioperative patient care.

Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development and is an objective, measurable way of honoring the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and registered nurse (RN) licensure.

“The CNOR Strong award recognizes health care facilities that have had at least 50 percent of their perioperative RNs successfully complete CNOR certification,” Tignor said.

“Our hospital has reached 79 percent, showing our strong commitment to excellence in perioperative patient care. Achieving CNOR certification is met via a process of validation through rigorous testing of the RN’s knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to perioperative nursing care. Obtaining this certification is a highly valued personal and professional achievement.’’

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. CNOR certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provide even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes.

Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to the Chickasaw Nation and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification reaffirms the Chickasaw Nation’s commitment to its core values.

“We are fortunate to have the support needed to encourage nurses to participate in this program,” Tignor said. “The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center provides each nurse the opportunity to attend a preparation course and testing, offsetting the initial costs associated with accreditation.”

About the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI)

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CSSM® credentials to more than 35,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and supports lifelong learning.

For more information about the Competency & Credentialing Institute, visit CC-Institute.org.

About the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health

The Chickasaw Nation Department of Health (CNDH), consisting of four locations within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation, attends to the health care needs of CDIB cardholders of Native American tribes in south-central Oklahoma and beyond. The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center is located in Ada, Oklahoma, with outlying clinics in Ardmore, Purcell and Tishomingo.

The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center is a 370,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art health care facility and features a 72-bed hospital, level three emergency department, ambulatory care facility, diabetes care center, dental clinic, diagnostic imaging center, women’s health center, administrative offices and tribal health programs, as well as a centrally located “town center” bridging the centers of patient care.

The mission of the CNDH is to provide an exceptional customer service experience that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. Its vision is to be the health care provider of choice. Chickasaw Nation Medical Center teams work daily to make the mission and vision a reality for patients.

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Is It Okay to Drink and Take Medication?

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Americans are increasingly taking multiple drugs. And depression is a potential side effect of many of them.

Published June 23, 2019

Alcohol is also known by its chemical name which is ethanol. It is a psychoactive substance which is an active ingredient in drinks like beer, distilled spired also known as hard liquor and wine. Alcohol has been known to have harmful interactions with many prescription medications, and also some OTC (over-the-counter) drugs, and also some herbal remedies.

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One should not take any form of medication if you have consumed alcohol. Alcohol dealings with medications may many cause problems such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Drowsiness
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Accidents
  • Loss of coordination

Mixing alcohol with any type of medications increases the risk of complications like:

  • Heart problems
  • Liverdamage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Depression
  • Impaired breathing

In many cases, alcohol interactions have decreased the efficiency of the medications or render them useless. And in some other cases, alcohol interactions make drugs harmful or even toxic to the body.

If alcohol is consumed in small amounts, it can also intensify the side effects of medication. These are drowsiness, light-headedness and sleepiness. This can interfere with the ability to operate any machinery or concentration or drive a vehicle and this can lead to some serious or fatal accidents. This is because alcohol interacts with most of the commonly used medications. It is very important to note the warning levels and also to ask your doctor or pharmacist. Most of the doctors will advise you not to use alcohol with any medicines – herbal or non-herbal.

People taking painkillers or sedative drugs such as diazepam or valium should avoid the consumption of alcohol. People using anti-depressants such as Prozac or fluoxetine should avoid alcohol altogether.

There are many anti-biotics which basically don’t mix with alcohol. Simple put, it will make you fall sick. But there are also many commonly recommended anti-biotics, which do not cause any problems while drinking as long as your consumption is below the recommended amount.

There are some people who take long-term medications. These kinds of people should not indulge in drinking as the alcohol can make some medicines to become less effective and also the conditions of the person can get worse. Many examples of long-term treatments include medicines for diabetes, epilepsy, or drugs such as warfarin to thin the blood.

Alcohol can improve your immune system is not proven. Drinking alcohol only causes your system to become numb and any the only positive effects are just psychological.

How alcohol can interfere with medication

Consuming alcohol has its effects. The first one is that alcohol acts as a depressant. This means that it affects the way your brain works. It numbs your senses and this is the reason your sense don’t work properly. There are some medicines also that affect the functioning of your brain. If you consume alcohol, then there will be an engagement. Alcohol will increase the sedative effects of causing you to sleep and cause dizziness. This also changes your brain and body in terms of they respond to the medicines. They make it less effective than the usual time. Drugs or medicines likes Valium or Diazepam or any other drug that makes you drowsy or make you sleepy, the alcohol in your body makes the time of reaction decrease and also gets your tired faster than the usual time.

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The second effect is that the way drugs gets absorbed by the body and then are broken down in your liver. If your alcohol consumption is more than the usual and you drink it in excessive amounts, then your liver produces more enzymes. This extra enzymes help in getting rid of the alcohol in your body faster. The same enzymes then break down the medication or medicines you have taken and then leave them with no effect at all. One of the prime examples is the medications for epilepsy.

Dangerous for Old aged people & Women

Alcohol is not only dangerous to young people but also of Women who take medications while drinking alcohol are particularly vulnerable for no other reason than their bodies contain less water when compared with men. This makes the blood & alcohol than men so their blood-alcohol content rise more quickly than that of men. This means that if medicines are mixed with alcohol, then they can more damage to a female’s internal organs.

Older people are more affected more than younger people when their medicines are mixed with alcohol. It can lead to serious injuries and lead to falls. Older people usually take more than one medications which makes them more vulnerable as the medicines don’t react well with alcohol.

In accumulation, as we all age, our body’s ability to break down alcohol mostly begins to slow down. If you are still not sure about which medicine can be combined with alcohol, you should at best avoid any kind of alcohol consumption. You should first consult with your doctor and ask him/her if it is safe to mix alcohol & medicine.

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Navajo Nation & Pueblo of Zuni Unite to Promote Health & Wellness

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Pueblo of Zuni Governor Val R. Panteah, Sr. at the signing for the “Running for Stronger and Healthier Navajo and Zuni Nation” proclamation in Zuni, N.M. on June 21, 2019.

Published June 23, 2019

ZUNI, N.M. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Pueblo of Zuni Gov. Val R. Panteah came together at the Zuni Veterans Memorial Park in Zuni, N.M. on Friday, as they signed the “Running for Stronger and Healthier Navajo and Zuni Nation” proclamation to promote health and wellness among the Navajo and Zuni people. The proclamation also highlights the upcoming “9th Annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo/Zuni Nation” that is scheduled to begin on July 8 through July 15. Participants in this year’s event will run through Navajo and Zuni communities.

The “9th Annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo and Zuni Nation” is coordinated by the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program in cooperation with the Zuni Healthy Lifestyles Program, which promotes healthy lifestyles, diabetes prevention, and serves to bring awareness to obesity, cancer, chronic diseases.

“The Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Zuni are committed to empowering our communities by promoting the benefits of active living and healthy eating to live better lives,” said President Nez. “Vice President Myron Lizer and I are proud to partner with the Pueblo of Zuni as we work together on this important initiative.

The proclamation states that all Navajo Nation Chapter affiliates and Pueblo of Zuni divisions and departments, health care facilities, school health, athletic programs, local communities and national organizations will combine efforts, strategic partners, and volunteers to coordinate a successful run across the Zuni Tribal lands and across the Navajo Nation.

This year’s run will officially begin at Ramah Chapter on July 8 and proceed westward to Pine Hill, Zuni Pueblo, Kamp Kiwanis, Chichiltah Chapter, Bread Springs Chapter, Red Rock Chapter, Manuelito Chapter, Tseyatoh Chapter, and then to Lupton Chapter, Houck Chapter, Pine Springs Community, and St. Michaels Chapter. On July 14, the participants will proceed to Window Rock where they will join horseback riders, bike riders, and others to commemorate the start of the 2019 Summer Council Session, which begins on July 15.

Gov. Panteah was joined by several Zuni Tribal Council and Zuni Healthy Lifestyles Programofficials during the signing ceremony, where each expressed their support for the initiative and for working together with the Navajo Nation.

President Nez also noted that the joint proclamation aligns with the Nez-Lizer Administration’s goal of working with other tribes to increase positive relationships and collaboration amongst tribal nations.

Vice President Myron Lizer also met with Gov. Panteah a few months ago and discussed possibilities of working together to create economic and community development opportunities in the Fort Wingate area, where both tribes have neighboring lands.

“We are much stronger and powerful when we work together and speak with a united voice,” said President Nez. “With the signing of this proclamation, we’re building a stronger foundation for the Pueblo of Zuni and the Navajo Nation to collaborate and work cooperatively for many years to come.”

For more information about the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program, please visit http://www.nnsdp.org/.

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Cherokee Nation to Host Traditional Native Games Competition in Ochelata

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Traditional Native Games qualifiers participate in the 2018 cornstalk shoot championship hosted at One Fire Field in Tahlequah.

Published June 23, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host its 14th annual Traditional Native Games competition Saturday, June 29, at the Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata.

Competitions include a cornstalk shoot, Cherokee marbles and horseshoes, which all start at 10 a.m., with the hatchet throw and blowgun starting at 11 a.m. and chunkey at 12 p.m. Registration is held 30 minutes before the start time of each game.

“The Traditional Native Games are a fantastic opportunity to experience our cultural games. The games are open to the public and are no cost to the competitor or spectator, so we invite all to come enjoy a fantastic day of competition and fellowship,” Traditional Games Director Bayly Wright said.

The top three finishers in each game at qualifying events receive a T-shirt and an invitation to compete in the Traditional Native Games Championship in August. The Cherokee Nation will host additional qualifying events in Locust Grove and Jay this summer.

For more information on game times and information, contact the individual game coordinators. Coordinators for the Traditional Native Games competitions:

  • Cornstalk shoot: Brian Jackson, 918-316-4243
  • Cherokee marbles: Pam Bakke, 918-207-6562
  • Chunkey: Tonya Wapskineh, 918-399-8474
  • Horseshoes: Lisa Cookson, 918-458-1339
  • Blow gun: Jason Kingfisher, 918-316-0030
  • Hatchet-throwing: Danny McCarter, 918-871-0085

For more information, contact Bayly Wright at 918-822-2427 or bayly-wright@cherokee.org.

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‘We’re All Related’: Treaty Days Festival Celebrates the Homecoming

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Traditional White Mountain Apache dancer Megan Begay with the Diamond Creek Crown Dancers performs at the Treaty Days festival in Shiprock.

Published June 23, 2019

SHIPROCK, N.M. — The Treaty Days Festival represents the “the return home,” says artist Candace Williams, whose painting with that title depicts the Long Walk home that began on June 18, 1868.

“The treaty day celebration is basically a reflection of strength, courage, and how we stand as a nation,” said Williams. “We can always look back on that, not to dwell on it, but to remember where we come from. It’s all about strength. Everybody has that inner strength.”

Held last weekend at the Healing Circle Wellness Center grounds, where Williams and other artists showcased their work, the festival was intended to celebrate the joy of that return.

From lectures to dances, art demonstrations, singing and poetry readings, participants shared the happiness of Navajos returning home in 1868, after an extended period of suffering and trauma.

Event Coordinator Anthony Lee said that the presenters delved in to what it would have felt like for the people that walked out of Ft. Sumner.

“We share the history of how our relatives felt and the joy of ‘We’re going home!” exclaimed Lee. “That’s what we celebrate.”

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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