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NHNA to host Twitter chat Oct. 30

In recognition of breast cancer awareness month during October, the Native Health News Alliance will host a Twitter chat Thursday, Oct. 30 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. CDT.

The first #NHNAchat will focus on the challenges and experiences with covering breast cancer in Indian Country.

To join the chat, simply log on to your Twitter account and use #NHNAchat to share your experiences.

 

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 www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/scholarship.  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 www.firstnations.org.

Program Contacts:
Kendall Tallmadge, First Nations Program Officer
ktallmadge@firstnations.org
(303) 774-7836 x216

Marsha Whiting, First Nations Senior Program Officer
mwhiting@firstnations.org
(303) 774-7836 x208

Media Contact:
Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
rblauvelt@firstnations.org
(303) 774-7836 x213

Office of Infrastructure Protection to host climate webinar Nov. 14

Infrastructure Protection Climate Adaptation & Critical Infrastructure National Webinar

The Office of Infrastructure Protection will host a national webinar entitled “Sea Level Rise and its Cascading Effects” on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. EST. This joint partnership webinar will feature speakers from NOAA and the USACE.  Pre-registration is not required.

DateFriday, Nov. 14, 2014

Time1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST

Webinar: https://share.dhs.gov/sea_level_rising_nov13/ 

Shared from the National Indian Health Board

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 (http://www.pathstar.org) 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.

 

PATHSTAR 501(c) 3

601Van Ness Suite E 711 San Francisco,CA 94102

(415) 962-7654 info@pathstar.org

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:  ArtCompetition@FlyingWithEagles.com

Contact: Blair Gilbert (215) 872-8300

ABOUT FLYING WITH EAGLES

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.  www.FlyingWithEagles.org

NAJA and Gaylord College present a screening of ‘Shadows of Liberty’ Oct. 16

Norman, Okla. — The ‘Shadows of Liberty‘ Coast to Coast Screening & Media Reform Action Tour will come to the University of Oklahoma Thursday, Oct. 16 beginning at 7 p.m., in the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium, Gaylord Hall Room 1140 (395 W. Lindsey, Norman, OK 73019).

The documentary film Shadows of Liberty reveals the truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.

In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics including DANNY GLOVER, JULIAN ASSANGE, DAN RATHER, AMY GOODMAN, DAVID SIMON, NORMON SOLOMON, BOB BEAR, ROBERTA BASKIN, JOHN MACARTHUR, DANIEL ELLSBERG and KRISTINA BORJESSON give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.

‘Shadows Of Liberty’ is dedicated to the journalists and information freedom fighters, the heroes of our time, who dedicate their lives to our right to freedom of information – the central pillar of a free society. ‘Shadows of Liberty’ provides a platform for voices that have been silenced and in doing so, attempts to inspire change and accountability. This film champions the idea of an independent media where truth and integrity are the norm, not the exception.

There will be a highly engaging panel discussion with Osage News editor Shannon Shaw-Duty and a representative from the OU Gaylord College following the film.

Tickets are available online or at the door. A suggested donation of $5 or more is appreciated. Visit the Facebook event page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/705863322828592/.

Filmmaker and film contributors are available for interviews between now and the screening. For more information and to review a film screener, call Debra at 720-917-4900 or email Debra@docfactory.org.

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.

“TOP 5” JUNE JAMZ WINNERS:

FIRST PLACE

Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) – www.jango.com/music/Dancing+Elk

SECOND PLACE

Shawn Joseph (Traditional, Native Flute) www.reverbnation.com/creatorsflutewarrior

THIRD PLACE

Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) – www.cdbaby.com/cd/medicinetail3

FOURTH PLACE (TIE)

Nataanii Means (Hip-Hop) – https://soundcloud.com/nataanii-means

Spirit Cry (Native Influenced Rock) – www.reverbnation.com/spiritcry

FIFTH PLACE

Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) – https://www.reverbnation.com/jennifervance

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Writtyn (Hip Hop) – http://www.writtynmusic.com

 

OVERALL “FAN FAVORITE” ARTISTS:

All SONGS CAN BE LISTENED TO ON WWW.NATIVETRAILBLAZERS.COM

FIRST PLACE

Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) – www.jango.com/music/Dancing+Elk

SECOND PLACE

Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) – www.cdbaby.com/cd/medicinetail3

THIRD PLACE

Keith Secola (Rock) – www.secola.com

FOURTH PLACE (TIE)

Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) – https://www.reverbnation.com/jennifervance

FIFTH PLACE

Honey (Hip Hop) – www.reverbnation.com/VoiceOfHoney

 

NATIVE SPIRIT AWARD

Alissa Skorik (Native Influenced Flute) – http://www.writtynmusic.com

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 www.NativeTrailblazers.com

List of all Artists Selected for June Jamz  

Nataanii Means – (Hip-Hop) – https://soundcloud.com/nataanii-means

Johnny Rains – (Rock-R&B) – http://ChevyDoDa.Blog.ca

Honey – (Hip-Hop) – http://www.VoiceofHoney.com

Gabriel Ayala – (Classical-Instrumental) – http://www.AyalaGuitarist.com

Writtyn – (Hip-Hop) – http://www.WrittynMusic.com

Dancing Elk (Rock-Folk-Fusion) – www.jango.com/music/Dancing+Elk

Shawn Joseph (Traditional, Native Flute) – www.reverbnation.com/creatorsflutewarrior

Medicine Tail (Traditional Drum Group) – www.cdbaby.com/cd/medicinetail3

Spirit Cry (Native Influenced Rock) – www.reverbnation.com/spiritcry

Jennifer Vance (Folk-Rock) – https://www.reverbnation.com/jennifervance

Alissa Skorik (Native Influenced Flute) – http://www.writtynmusic.com

Ken Quiethawk (Spoken Word) – www.NativeStorytellers.com

Keith Secola (Rock) – www.secola.com

Digging Roots (Alternative Rock) – www.DiggingRoots.com

Marc Merilainen / Nadjiwan – (Alternative Rock) – www.music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Nadjiwan

Jiiniikwe – (Alternative Rock) –  www.reverbnation.com/jiiniikwe

Cody Blackbird (Native Flute) – www.reverbnation.com/codyblackbird1

Layla (Alternative Rock) – www.soundcloud.com/layla-halfmoon

Clearwater – (Traditional) www.clearwaterdrum.com

Original Xit – (Native Influenced Rock) – www.xitoriginal.com

Asani Charles – (Spoken Word) – www.reverbnation.com/asanicharles

Saving Damsels – (Native Soul Rock) – www.savingdamsels.com

Eugene Jacquescoley – (Alternative Country) – http://www.reverbnation.com/jacquescoley

Raven Chacon – (Experimental Navajo Folk) – www.ravenchacon.bandcamp.com

Brent Michael Davids – (Soundtracks) – www.brentmichaeldavids.com

Brian Majore – (Spoken Word – Comedy) – www.thebloodysavage.com

 

For Press Information: NativeTrailblazers@gmail.com www.NativeTrailblazers.com

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

  • ARTIST OR BAND NAME / SONG(S) NAME / ALBUM NAME AND DESCRIPTION / MUSIC WEBSITE
  • SOCIAL MEDIA and WEB SITES (include links): spiderwebsinthesky.com
  • BIO TO INCLUDE TRIBAL AFFILIATION

The Native Trailblazers radio program airs live every Friday night at 7pm est at www.blogtalkradio.com/NativeTrailblazers

Check out the shows each Friday in June at http://blogtalkradio.com/NativeTrailblazers

Follow the show and the hosts on Twitter

Delores Schilling http://twitter.com/DelSchilling
Vincent Schilling http://twitter.com/VinceSchilling
Native Trailblazers http://twitter.com/NativeTrailblaz

For Immediate Release: Last Week to Vote for your Favorite Indie Native Artists – JuneJamz Native Indie Artist Awards Show Friday Sep 5th!

#JuneJamz Indie Showcase on Native Trailblazers Radio Show

Over thirty Native Indie Artists seeking Airplay submitted to The 2014 Native Trailblazers Radio Show’s Native Indie Showcase #JuneJamz!

Those interested in hearing the songs and voting can now visit www.NativeTrailblazers.com and help their favorite artists win prizes and sponsorship packages, such as the ultimate edition of the Indie Bible with thousands of venue listings, gift cards and promotions and PR for your music and career.

ICTMN Contributor, Author, Public Speaker and Native Trailblazers Radio Host Vincent Schilling held the Fourth Annual June Jamz Native Indie Showcase on Blog Talk Radio for the month of June 2014. After two months allotted for voting,

We will be announcing the winners on the Sep 5th show at 7pm est.

Schilling has hosted Native Trailblazers since 2009, which has since attracted well over a quarter of a million of listeners. The show has also been twice nominated for an Aboriginal’s People’s Choice Music Award.

The Native Trailblazers Radio program was also recently selected as one of BlogTalkRadio’s featured shows and was listed as one of the top 300 shows out of the thousands of shows on Blogtalkradio.

“I have been so excited to invite Native and Indigenous artists to participate in June Jamz,” says Schilling. “Folk, Rock, Country, Reggae, Hip Hop, Electronic and Traditional — any genre at all was welcome, even spoken word.”

“We accepted songs from all over the world where Indigenous people reside and create music,” he said, noting submissions to June Jamz from previous years have come from all over the United States and even into Canada and New Zealand.

“After June Jamz, we have asked our listeners to vote on their favorite artists and the top five will win promo packets and prizes. The number-one artist will earn their own show and promotional support,” he said.

“This is going to be another amazing group of musical by Indigenous Indie artists who may or may not have gotten airplay so soon.” said Schilling.

The Deadline to vote for June Jamz is September 4th,  Interested voters can listen to songs and vote via the Native Trailblazers website at www.NativeTrailblazers.com.

The Native Trailblazers radio program airs live every Friday night at 7pm est at www.blogtalkradio.com/NativeTrailblazers

Check out the shows each Friday in June at http://blogtalkradio.com/NativeTrailblazers

Follow the show and the hosts on Twitter

Delores Schilling http://twitter.com/DelSchilling
Vincent Schilling http://twitter.com/VinceSchilling
Native Trailblazers http://twitter.com/NativeTrailblaz

NIHB applauds legislation introduced to provide Medicare-like rates for all care purchased by IHS

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From National Indian Health Board

News Release

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2014) — Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, introduced H.R. 4843, the “Native Contract and Rate Expenditure (CARE) Act.”

The bill would extend the Medicare-Like rate cap on payments made by Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) (formerly Contract Health Services) programs at the Indian Health Service (IHS) and tribal levels to all Medicare participating providers and suppliers. The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) worked closely with McCollum and Cole’s offices to assist in the development of this legislation and is very pleased to see the bill introduced.  The introduction of this legislation is an essential first step in allowing IHS and tribal health facilities spend precious PRC resources most effectively and efficiently.

NIHB Chairperson Cathy Abramson said, “We are very excited to see this important legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. This small technical change will ensure that our purchased/referred care dollars are going further, freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars for this critical program. If this legislation is enacted, our loved ones may finally be able to stop saying, ‘Don’t get sick after June 1.’ ”

In 2003, Congress sought to make PRC program dollars go further by amending the Medicare law to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a cap on the rate PRC programs must pay hospitals for the services they provide to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) referred under the PRC program. That rate was established as the “Medicare Like Rate.”

However, hospital services represent only a fraction of the services provided through the PRC system.  The proposed legislation would mean that IHS and tribes are reimbursing all physicians in the same cost effective way as other federal health programs including the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Read the full legislation here.

About the NIHB

Founded in 1972, NIHB is a 501(c) 3 not for profit, charitable organization providing health care advocacy services, facilitating tribal budget consultation and providing timely information, and other services to all tribal governments.

NIHB also conducts research, provides policy analysis, program assessment and development, national and regional meeting planning, training, technical assistance, program and project management.  NIHB presents the tribal perspective while monitoring, reporting on and responding to federal legislation and regulations.  It also serves as conduit to open opportunities for the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native health care with other national and international organizations, foundations corporations and others in its quest to build support for, and advance, Indian health care issues.