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Nataanii Means opens up about the trauma and aftermath of #NoDAPL, and his upcoming album ‘Growth’
“I went home to Pine Ridge and started doing my ceremonies for PTSD cleaning off and wiping off. And that helped a lot, but I was getting panic attacks constantly. I felt moments of doom, like, I’m going to die or have a heart attack, my chest would tighten up and something was wrong like I couldn’t take a full breath,” he said. “There was one time where I had this from a flight in Minneapolis all the way to Iceland. It was horrible.”
ICT’s Vincent Schilling has the story here.
Veteran journalist Charlie LeDuff, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa, tells a personal story about a high school shooting. He writes in the blog, Deadline Detroit:
“The text message arrived Tuesday afternoon and the world stopped.
MASS SHOOTING AT OAKLAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
My daughter is a student at an Oakland County high school. I thought it was an emergency alert from school administrators. I went numb. My baby is the one thing that matters to me. I wept.”
LeDuff said that some students knew from social media about the dangers that day. “Sensing danger, many kids stayed home Tuesday instead of going to school, if online accounts are to be believed. One teenager told a local television station that the alleged gunman was one of those kids who gets bullied,” he wrote.
A headline in our inbox caught our eye: A survey found out that Washington, DC is the state that has the least obedient dogs scoring -7.42 percent. The study by One Vet ranked the US states that have the most obedient dogs. (And it cited DC as one of the states with the lowest pay for veterinarians according to the study released by Veterinarians.org._
Here’s the thing. The ONLY way that stat will hold up is to not include tribal communities. In case the esteemed doctors haven’t heard, our rez dogs are legendary. (We grew up thinking dogs walked themselves …)
Trunks out there is a Save the Rez Dogs organization, too. “Save Rez Dogs is an Indigenous based grassroots initiative & a call to action for communities to gather resources and develop their own dog management plans,” according to the web site. “Founder Leah Arcand from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, started the hashtag “#saverezdogs” while teaching a lands based program called Miyo Pimatsowin in Thunderchild First Nation in 2016. When she’s not teaching, she does consulting and presentations for various audiences on the crisis of Indigenous Animal Welfare and Building Community Readiness. Save Rez Dogs is a volunteer, social profit, 100 percent crowd-funded sourced group.”
Happy Palindrome Day (at least one of them). Today’s date is a numerical palindrome, it can be read forwards or backwards as 1202021. This year is special. According to the Farmers' Almanac, 2021 will have a total of 22 palindrome dates, which are dates that read the same forwards and backward in four, five, and six-digit formats.
And if you are really into this … today is also an ambigram because the date can be written in front of a mirror and it’s still good to go.
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HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut collected about $1.7 million during its first partial month of legalized online gambling and sports wagering, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday.
The figures represent the state's share of revenues collected Oct. 12-31.
Roughly $1.2 million came from the state's portion of online casino gambling revenues generated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, while approximately $513,000 came from sports betting revenues generated by the tribes and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.
The money will be deposited into the state's general fund.
Under the state's new legalized system, Connecticut collects 13.75 percent of gross gambling revenue from sports wagering, and 18 percent from online casino gambling until 2026, when the rate increases to 20 percent. The state does not receive any payments on sports wagers placed at the southeastern Connecticut casinos owned by the two tribes, which currently have opened temporary sports book facilities.
The nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis has projected that Connecticut could receive a total of nearly $30 million in revenue from sports betting and online casino gambling in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Lamont said the state is "off to a great start." His spokesman Max Reiss said the administration expects revenues will grow as more people understand how the new marketplace works. — The Associated Press
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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakama Nation officials said this week they will allow a rural school district in central Washington to continue the use of the Wahluke Warrior image while a plan for respectful usage is developed.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Wahluke School District in Mattawa has until January 2023 to develop a memorandum of understanding with the Yakama Nation to ensure the use of the image remains respectful, according to a Yakama Nation news release.
"The Yakama Nation Tribal Council is pleased to support Wahluke School District and our Wanapum relatives to continue the positive relationship developed honoring the Warrior image that honors the land, water, and people of the land," Yakama Tribal Council Chairman Delano Saluskin said.
State legislation passed in April barred the use of Native American names, symbols or imagery as school mascots, logos or team names, unless a school located on or near Native lands consults and receives permission from the tribe.
The Wahluke Warrior represents the strong relationship between the district and the Wanapum Indians of Priest Rapids, Yakima Nation leaders said. The Wanapum are part of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.
Over the last six months, a group of Wahluke School District staff worked with the Wanapum to discuss the future of the Wahluke Warrior, according to a news release from the school district.
In November, the Wanapum met with the Yakama Nation Tribal Council to share the district's proposal and before the school district presented to the Yakama Nation Tribal Council and the Yakama Nation General Council.
The presentation showcased the relationship that began generations ago between the district and Wanapum, officials said. The presentation also highlighted how Native American culture and heritage are intertwined into students' daily lives.
The district proposed the idea of a warrior image to the Wanapum in the 1980s. Frank Buck, a Wanapum leader, guided the district through the development of the image, which is not related to fighting or violence, tribe officials said.
School district officials said out of respect the district will refer to the Warrior as the Warrior Image and no longer will use the logo or mascot.
The Wahluke School District is "honored for this opportunity and is committed to educating our students, staff, and community on our shared historical facts, partnership and make certain we continue honoring the Warrior image," the news release said. — The Associated Press
From social media:
- Indigenous Bowl is back: More than 60 Native prep athletes are in Minneapolis this week to compete at the home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
- Salt River Pima member becomes bikini professional bodybuilder: Her fitness coach turned out to be a bikini prep coach on the bodybuilding circuit.
- Navajo police chief leaves for same job in hometown: The Navajo police department gets an average 232,000 calls per year.
- EPA outlines $7.4B for water infrastructure headed to tribes, states: The EPA says it is urging governors, mayors and other local administrators to prioritize sending money to historically underserved communities that have long faced challenges in accessing clean water.
- Joe Biden sets out oil, gas leading reform: The report completes a review ordered in January by the president.
- Celebrate Native American voices with these 5 excellent books from Native authors
- Why Native American activists have ramped up protest outside Chiefs games
- A forthcoming Native-American owned coffee shop hopes to make it easier to support Indigenous communities
- Alberta Indigenous representatives prepare to meet the Pope this month in the Vatican
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