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Go Red For Women searching for Native women impacted by heart disease

Ladies, we want your heart story!

This February, the NHLBI in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women, will proudly host the Red Dress Collection fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion week in NYC on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

As a part of this amazing evening of fun and fashion, there must be a focus on the greater issue — women and heart disease. Our community is a part of that story and we’re happy to share how this disease has impacted our women; your voice is important.

NHLBI and Go Red for Women invite you to share your story of survival for possible selection to be featured in a video that will air at the Red Dress Collection.

If you have been impacted by cardiovascular disease and would like to help empower and educate others with your story, please contact at your earliest opportunity for an application.


Part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) plans, conducts, and supports research related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. The Institute also administers national health education campaigns on women and heart disease, healthy weight for children, and other topics. NHLBI press releases and other materials are available online at


National Indian Health Board announces funding opportunity for tribes aiming to gain public health accreditation

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The National Indian Health Board and the CDC are pleased to announce a new funding initiative that will provide funds to Tribes to support activities and efforts towards achieving public health accreditation.

This funding program, titled the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiatives (Tribal ASI) will fund 5-10 tribes at amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 to work in one or more categories related to strengthening the Tribal Health Department and working towards accreditation as defined by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Funds may be used for (but not limited to): completing pre-requisites activities, compiling documentation aligning with standards and measures, engaging in quality improvement activities, and supporting accreditation application fees.

NIHB has created a short application that asks for details on how the funds will be used and a statement of commitment from the Tribe to work towards accreditation. The request for applications (RFA) is downloadable here. It can be downloaded, completed as a Word document, then turned into a PDF for submission.

Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. EST.

NIHB and CDC staff will host a conference call with all interested parties on December 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST(1-866-303-3137, passcode: 702869#) to answer questions about this RFA and application process.

Additional questions about this RFA or the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI) may be directed to Robert Foley,

NASW sponsors student programs for science journalism

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) will again sponsor several exciting programs for student journalists during the AAAS meeting.

All activities require students to be members of NASW by Feb. 1. Online registration for the AAAS Newsroom is now open.

Travel fellowships: NASW will fund travel fellowships for up to 10 undergraduate students to attend the meeting. Travel fellows will report on a session of their choice, and their work will be published on the NASW website.

Application deadline is Dec. 15. Apply now: (If that link takes you to a “Restricted content” page, you can log in or create a guest account from there.)

Internship Fair: NASW student members are invited to interview with editors from top magazines, research institutes, national labs and other science communication outlets during a speed-dating-style Internship Fair on Saturday, Feb. 14. Past recruiters include:Science, Nature, Science News, Scientific American, Chemical & Engineering News, Reuters Health and Fermilab, which also recruits for CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. All participants must report promptly at 1 p.m. Learn more about the Internship Fair here.

Mentoring program: NASW also will sponsor its popular mentoring program, pairing undergraduate and graduate students with senior journalists and public information officers interested in similar beats. Check back in early January 2015 for details about how to get a mentor or become a mentor.

NIHB to host seasonal suicide webinar Dec. 9

The National Indian Health Board will conduct a webinar titled Understanding and Preparing for Seasonal Suicide. The webinar will be presented by Robert Foley and Jackie Engebretson. Pre-registration is not required. More information, including the link and passcode for the webinar will be forthcoming.

DateTuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Time2 p.m. CST

Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change application accepted through Jan. 12

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is currently accepting applications and nominations for the Champions for Change (CFC) program.


CFC, designed to recognize and encourage positive Native youth-led efforts, has provided incredible opportunities for Native youth to grow as leaders both in their tribal or urban Indian communities, as well as at the national level.

The first two classes of Champions have participated in White House events, connected with their members of Congress, received fundraising and advocacy training from experts, and traveled across the country inspiring other Native youth. If you know of an awesome Native youth, nominate them using this form.

If you’re a Native youth making a positive impact in your community, start your application today!

FNDI launches Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarship Program

unnamedLONGMONT, Colo. (Oct. 20, 2014) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today launched the new “First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program” to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector in Native communities.

First Nations will award six $1,000 scholarships annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, horticulture, irrigation science, plant-based nutrition, and sustainable agriculture or food systems.

Complete information and a link to the online application can be found at  All applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in an appropriate field at any recognized college or university, including all tribal colleges and universities.
  • Be an enrolled member of a current or terminated federal or state tribe, and able to provide documentation.
  • Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to helping his or her Native community reclaim local food-system control.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application and provide other required information, including tribal documentation, college enrollment verification, unofficial transcripts, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and a short essay submission.

“Simply put, we believe that reclaiming control over Indian agriculture in general and local food systems in particular is critical to ensuring the long-lasting health and economic well-being of Native people and their communities, so that’s why we’re launching this program,” said First Nations President Michael E. Roberts. “Native food-system control has the potential to increase food production, improve health and nutrition, and eliminate food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities, while also promoting entrepreneurship, economic development and even cultural revitalization. We hope many more college graduates will gravitate toward this area as a career choice.”

About First Nations Development Institute

For 34 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities.  First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit

Program Contacts:
Kendall Tallmadge, First Nations Program Officer
(303) 774-7836 x216

Marsha Whiting, First Nations Senior Program Officer
(303) 774-7836 x208

Media Contact:
Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
(303) 774-7836 x213

PATHSTAR celebrates 12th annual Alcatraz Swim Week

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – For the second decade, American Indian health activists from South Dakota, Washington and California will trek to the Bay Area in pursuit of healthy lifestyle changes at the annual PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week (Oct.5-13).

The eight-day event is a culmination of PATHSTAR’s year-round program to educate about and encourage wholesome nutrition and a stay-active lifestyle between American Indian and Alaska Natives who have the highest rates of obesity and diabetes of any race or ethnicity in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association.

Participants engage in a busy week of fitness activities, healthy nutrition, and educational opportunities with an emphasis on authentic traditions and healing. PATHSTAR founder Dr. Nancy Iverson encourages a communal setting that includes gardening, shopping for whole foods, and preparing meals. Additional activities range from visiting urban community gardens, farmers markets, and Bay Area farms to meetings with lifestyle coaches, yoga and Pilates instructors and trainers from the South End Rowing Club. Special swim guides from the club work closely with each swimmer in preparation for and during the frigid swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco Bay Shore.

“This past week was life-changing and the swim itself was transcendental, “said 2013 Swim Week participant Nellenda Rublico (Cherokee). “Now, I must go out and teach what I’ve learned about nutrition and exercise, [and] be a catalyst for change in other people’s lives.”

Swim Week participants partner with PATHSTAR as year-long ambassadors for health through incorporating healthy changes into their own lives, developing community programs, and sharing their experiences and successes with family, friends, and their home communities. PATHSTAR alumni have gone on to establish public and school vegetable gardens, coach high school sporting events and work on anti-obesity initiatives, fitness and diabetes prevention programs throughout the United States.

The 12th annual swim takes place Oct. 13 at 10 a.m., from Alcatraz Island, finishing at the South End Rowing Club on the San Francisco Shore between 11 a.m.-12 p.m. A potluck meal to celebrate will follow.

PATHSTAR ( is committed to inspiring and revitalizing sustainable health and well­ being practices within Native American communities by providing support and advocacy in overcoming geo­ graphic, economic, and political obstacles regarding food availability, eating habits, methods of food preparation, and lifestyle choices. With an initial focus on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, PATHSTAR offers experiential learning opportunities for mentoring and role modeling that reinforce the benefits of meeting challenges and inspiring healthy change to Native communities throughout North America.


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601Van Ness Suite E 711 San Francisco,CA 94102

(415) 962-7654

Flying With Eagles announces national art competition

National art competition aims to raise awareness, combat suicide among Native youth – deadline Oct. 31

Douglassville, Penn. -  Flying With Eagles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing Native American youth as peer leaders to combat suicide and substance abuse, announced the launch of their first ever Native American Youth Art Competition.

The competition is open to all Native American youth and young adults age 21 and under.  The contestants are not required to be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

The first project is designing the featured artwork for a soon to be released line of sweatshirts, tee shirts, hats and other clothing items.  Applicants will be provided with an outline of the project and are to add their creativity and originality.  The contest closes Oct. 31, 2014.

The judges are the executive committee and past peer leaders.  It is anticipated the new clothing line will be available for the upcoming holiday season.

“I’m confident that the opportunity to have their name associated with a specific clothing line will be very exciting and offer on-going design opportunities.  I look forward to seeing their creativity,” said Blair Gilbert, Flying With Eagles executive director.

An application form, competition guidelines and awards information is available by sending an email to:

Contact: Blair Gilbert (215) 872-8300


Flying With Eagles was created by youth, for youth.  Native American youth develop peer leadership skills through a journey of awareness, discovery, preparation and challenge.  According to a study by the Indian Health Service, teen suicide among Native American youth is three times the national average and alcoholism for the same group is more than 600 times the national average.  Flying With Eagles through its youth peer leaders, addresses these issues at the community level.  Many of the youth have grown to become not only peer leaders in their communities but also presenters of the program.

Oklahoma included in states reporting enterovirus outbreak

Republished from the Muscogee Nation News

Jessica McBride/Editorial Assistant

MCNDH prepared to handle increase in patients

OKMULGEE, Okla. — Between the Ebola outbreak in western Africa and now an outbreak of enterovirus D68 in the U.S., some may think the zombie apocalypse must be next.

According to Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health Chief Nursing Officer Annette James, MCNDH is operating with a heightened awareness in response to the enterovirus outbreak and is trained and prepared to address the situation.

In a released statement from the Oklahoma State Department of Health Sept. 16, out of 24 specimens from Oklahoma submitted to the CDC labs for analysis, seven were positive for enterovirus.

However, medical providers are not required to report the number of cases, so the true number of cases in Oklahoma is unknown.

In the statement, State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley said that children less than 5-years-old and children with asthma are most at risk of being hospitalized from complications due to the virus.

“If a child develops a cold or a cough, parents and caregivers should just watch the child a little more closely to ensure the respiratory infection is running a normal course,” Bradley said. “If wheezing or asthma-like symptoms develop, medical care should be accessed immediately.”

James said that it is understandable that the virus is affecting mostly children.

“Most people as we grow older, we have been exposed to it and so we’ve built a resistance and so; it’s affecting primarily the young ones that have not been exposed to it before and especially people with asthma, because they already have a weakened respiratory system,” James said.

According to James, MCNDH has not yet seen a case of enterovirus in a patient.

James advised to keep children home if they have a fever or have a productive cough.

“Rule of thumb, if you’re sick; stay home,” James said.

The enterovirus is spread through respiratory secretions.

There is not a vaccine for enterovirus, however MCNDH recommends typical illness prevention measures including: washing hands frequently, covering coughs, not sharing utensils or products that will touch your face with others and frequently cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated.

MCNDH facilities are also equipped with masks, hand washing stations and antibacterial gel to prevent the spread of illness.

James said that masks are recommended at facilities and at home to protect individuals that may have a compromised immune system.

“We encourage them to use our masks and that just protects them because they evidently have a weakened immune system at that point in time and it protects the other patients that are there from being exposed to that too,” James said.

In regards to Ebola, James said it is public health emergency but does not believe it is cause for concern in this area.

“There has been no cases here… but our health centers are prepared. We stay on top of what’s the latest and greatest; what’s going on out there to make sure we are prepared if something comes up,” James said.

James said that MCNDH is prepared to assist patients whether they come in for flu, enterovirus or Ebola.

“I think the main thing that we want people to know, is that we do have the providers, the medical providers, the nurses, all the staff that would need to respond to these types of situations… we have all of these protocols in place to manage those types of things,” James said.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health Chief Nursing Officer Annette James stated that the department is prepared and trained to manage an enterovirus outbreak.


Native Trailblazers radio show announces fourth annual June Jamz award winners

Native Trailblazers Logo - ReflectionAfter countless votes from all over the world have been tabulated, the Native Trailblazers Radio Show is proud to announce their Fourth Annual JuneJamz Native Indie Showcase People’s Choice winners! June Jamz episode available in archives here – JuneJamz

In June, Native Trailblazers has a month long series of shows highlighting today’s Independent Native Artists from every genre to include Folk, Hip-Hop, Country and Electronic and Traditional and more. After the shows which aired in June, Native Trailblazers listeners had two months to vote for their top five favorites.

In addition to the Top5 – 16 year old Ukrainian flute artist Alissa Skorik received massive support to garner the “Native Spirit Award.”

The number one artist Dancing Elk, will receive airtime on a future segment of the show and promotional support.



Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) –


Shawn Joseph (Traditional, Native Flute)


Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) –


Nataanii Means (Hip-Hop) –

Spirit Cry (Native Influenced Rock) –


Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) –



Writtyn (Hip Hop) –





Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) –


Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) –


Keith Secola (Rock) –


Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) –


Honey (Hip Hop) –



Alissa Skorik (Native Influenced Flute) –

Since first airing in November 2009, Native Trailblazers celebrates hundreds of thousands of listeners and the show has been nominated in 2011 and 2013 for an Aboriginal’s People’s Choice Music Awards. Native Trailblazers is on BlogTalkRadio, an online radio site that receives millions of visitors daily.

For more information about the Native Trailblazer’s radio show which airs Fridays at 7 pm EST visit the website at

List of all Artists Selected for June Jamz  

Nataanii Means – (Hip-Hop) –

Johnny Rains – (Rock-R&B) –

Honey – (Hip-Hop) –

Gabriel Ayala – (Classical-Instrumental) –

Writtyn – (Hip-Hop) –

Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) –

Shawn Joseph (Traditional, Native Flute) –

Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) –

Spirit Cry (Native Influenced Rock) –

Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) –

Alissa Skorik (Native Influenced Flute) –

Ken Quiethawk (Spoken Word) –

Keith Secola (Rock) –

Digging Roots (Alternative Rock) –

Marc Merilainen / Nadjiwan – (Alternative Rock) –

Jiiniikwe – (Alternative Rock) –

Cody Blackbird (Native Flute) –

Layla (Alternative Rock) –

Clearwater – (Traditional)

Original Xit – (Native Influenced Rock) –

Asani Charles – (Spoken Word) –

Saving Damsels – (Native Soul Rock) –

Eugene Jacquescoley – (Alternative Country) –

Raven Chacon – (Experimental Navajo Folk) –

Brent Michael Davids – (Soundtracks) –

Brian Majore – (Spoken Word – Comedy) –


For Press Information:

ARTISTS WISHING TO SUBMIT FOR 2015 can submit their music of any genre along with the following information – winners receive sponsorship packets to include the indie bible, PR packets, official awards from the show and other assorted prizes.

  • SOCIAL MEDIA and WEB SITES (include links):

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