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Monday, February 20, 2017 – Native Americans and civil rights
Alaska Natives take time out in February to recognize activist Elizabeth Peratrovich. She was instrumental in boosting the state’s civil rights through the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. We’ll note Peratrovich’s contributions by getting a primer on what civil rights means for Native Americans and explore a workplace civil rights complaint.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 — Non-Native allies
Those offering their support for the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline represent dozens of tribes around the country. But there are also many non-Native people adding their voices to the cause. Their efforts can help amplify the message. But their methods can sometimes go against Native interests and cause friction. How can non-Native allies be most effective?
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 –Books of the Month: “Celebrate My Hopi Corn” and “Celebrate My Hopi Toys”
Native American and Alaska Native cultural advocates are consistently on the hunt for materials that help inspire Native youth. They know the value of resources that highlight a community’s culture and language. In this month’s literary spotlight there’s a lot to celebrate. Hopi author Anita Poleahla and Hopi illustrator Emmett Navakuku have filled the pages of two books with Hopi culture and language. “Celebrate My Hopi Corn” and “Celebrate My Hopi Toys” are aimed at the earliest readers.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 — Yawn … Sleep disorders take a toll
Sleeping problems contribute to more than yawning in the morning. The Centers for Disease Control links lack of sleep to depression, diabetes, and an increased likelihood of accidental injury. The CDC also finds more than a quarter of Americans don’t get enough sleep. One study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine suggests the lack of access to proper health care makes Indigenous people even more vulnerable to the detrimental effects of sleep disorders.
Friday, February 24, 2017 – February in the News
As the snow melts, things at Standing Rock continue to heat up. The remaining easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline is approved and the project’s backers expect construction to be completed shortly. Elsewhere, the FBI raided the Eastern Band of Cherokee Housing Authority, investigating possible fraud. And what does the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court mean for Native America? Join us for our news round-up
Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office. That designation could not come at a worse time because there already are already so many pressures to cut the budget. And that’s exactly the wrong way to serve Indian Country.
Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is back on schedule. But that does not mean the fight is over. In the months ahead there will be challenges to the oil pipeline in court, from investors, and by consumers.
Native American media has been quick to jump to the defense of journalist Jenni Monet. She was arrested near Standing Rock last week. But most of the press has been silent about her arrest (and the implications for the First Amendment).