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Thursday, 12 April


Of Water Spirits and Men: Mermaids in Native American Mythology Native News Online

Published April 11, 2018


The sea is where life itself came from, according to scientists, and today most of our planet is filled with water. The importance of the oceans for humans and life on Earth is undisputable, so it is no wonder that since time immemorial people across the world have been telling tales of slender aquatic creatures that have human form and a fish tail instead of legs. In fact, mermaids are an integral part of Native American mythology and many legends are told of their encounters with humans.

The Ongoing Appeal of Mermaids

Magical female figures probably made their way into our imagination ever since we learned how to sail the seas or even just swim and they first appeared in cave paintings some 30,000 years ago, during the Stone Age. In ancient times, people in the Far East believed they were the wives of sea dragons and helped them communicate with humans, while the Greeks described them in the Odyssey, and the Australian aboriginals called them yawkyawks as a reference to their enthralling songs. In modern times, the most famous rendition of the mermaid myths is probably Disneys 1989 The Little Mermaid movie, featuring redhead Ariel, which also inspired the Under the Sea attraction in DisneyWorlds Magic Kingdom.

Beyond Ariel, mermaids continue to fascinate us today, most notably in books, games and films like 1984s Splash, starring Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. Merpeople make a crucial appearance in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, released in 2000, when Harry goes underwater as part of the Triwizard Tournament, while mermaids like Kokoro and Princess Shirahoshi frequently appear on acclaimed manga and anime series One Piece. Mermaids have also conquered the gaming world, from Martha in Nintendos 1993 The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening and Betway Casinos Mermaid Millions online slots game that features an aquatic theme as players hope to land the sunken treasure chest bonus symbol or the mermaid scatter symbol, all the way to the Primarina Pokmon that resembles a mermaid, the legendary creatures are everywhere in pop culture even on the iconic Starbucks logo, which first appeared in 1971.

Mermaids Interactions with Humans

In Native American myths, mermaids are the protagonists of often bittersweet tales that focus on their interactions with...


Brent Patterson: Kinder Morgan seeks criminal contempt charges against land and water defenders | The Council of Canadians Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Kinder Morgan seeks criminal contempt charges against land and water defenders | The Council of Canadians: A court appearance was held on Monday April 9 for about 25 people arrested on Burnaby Mountain, including May and Stewart.

Another hearing for another group of those arrested is reportedly set for June 6. Between March 17 to 24, more than 170 people were arrested by the RCMP for trying to stop Kinder Morgan from proceeding with tree cutting at the terminal.

Yesterday, Kinder Morgan asserted in court, "The respondents conduct satisfies not only the test for civil contempt, but also the test for criminal contempt in that they each engaged in a deliberate, public and flagrant violation of the injunction order. May and Stewarts contempt is exacerbated by the fact they are elected officials (and in Mays case a lawyer) and ought to serve as role models that uphold the rule of law.

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Wednesday, 11 April


2018 Americas Most Endangered Rivers Named Native News Online

Big Sunflower River [Mississippi] The Yazoo Pumps project would cost $300 million for construction and damage up to 200,000 acres of significant wetland.

Published April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON  American Rivers on Monday released its annual list of Americas Most Endangered Rivers, identifying ten rivers facing imminent threats this year. This years report spotlights threats posed by the Trump administration and its supporters in Congress to iconic rivers and clean water supplies, public health, and communities nationwide.

From draining critical wetlands on Mississippis Big Sunflower River to mining in Minnesotas Boundary Waters and the rivers of Alaskas Bristol Bay, to building a border wall on the Lower Rio Grande, Americas Most Endangered Rivers of 2018 illustrates the impacts that this administration and Congress could have on clean water and people for decades to come.

In our many years of issuing the Americas Most Endangered Rivers report, weve seldom seen a collection of threats this severe, or an administration so bent on undermining and reversing protections for clean water, rivers and public health, said Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers.

This is the kind of destruction that will be difficult and, in some cases, impossible to reverse. If the Trump administration and its supporters in Congress succeed in rolling back bedrock environmental protections and handing over our rivers to polluters, the health, well-being and natural heritage of our nations families and communities will be impoverished for generations to come. We cannot let that happen.

The following rivers on this years list will be directly impacted by decisions from the Trump administration and Congress:

  • Big Sunflower River (Mississippi), threatened by revival of the Army Corps of Engineers Yazoo Pumps project that would drain critical wetlands at enormous taxpayer expense.
  • Rivers of Bristol Bay (Alaska), threatened by the worlds biggest open pit mine that could devastate a $1.5 billion salmon fishery.
  • Boundary Waters (Minnesota), threatened by mining that would pollute pristine waters and harm a thriving recreatio...


Grand and Beautiful Native Basketry Exhibit Reflects Perelmans Generosity Native News Online

Lucy Wilcox (Tulare Lake Yokuts)
Bottleneck Basket, ca. 1920
Plant fiber, quail topknot feathers, woodpecker scalp feathers
Gift of Mel and Joan Perelman


Published April 11, 2018

Interwoven: A new exhibit of Native American baskets opens at Eiteljorg Museum on April 14

INDIANAPOLIS A new exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis showcases the work of some of the most admired Native American basketmakers while celebrating two of the museums most generous supporters: Mel and Joan Perelman.

The Perelmans recently gifted to the museum their collection of 147 baskets, cradles and bags spanning much of North America, with a focus on the Southwest and Far West regions. A selection will be featured in a special exhibit, Interwoven: Native American Basketry from the Mel and Joan Perelman Collection, that opens in the museums Paul Gallery on Saturday, April 14, and continues through Aug. 5.

The Eiteljorg Museum has benefitted profoundly from the generosity of Mel and Joan Perelman over the past two decades, Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said. Their exquisite judgment in collecting fine art of Native America and the West is reflected in this outstanding collection, representing many cultures, that the public will be fascinated to see. In light of the extraordinary quality of this basket collection, its appropriate that we share it with the public.

Unknown Tubatulabal Artist
Snake Basket, ca. 1905
Plant fiber, quails topknot feathers, wool
Gift of Mel and Joan Perelman

As art collectors who sought out fine art during their travels to the Southwest, the Perelmans developed a deep appreciation for the technical and...


US Guantanamoisation of Syrian prisons will lead to further violence and trauma | CAGE Aboriginal News Group Newswire

US Guantanamoisation of Syrian prisons will lead to further violence and trauma | CAGE: CAGE also demands answers as to what extent the British are involved in interrogations, and whether the UK government is also providing military support and funding to the Kurdish militia under the auspices of implementing democracy.

Attempting to steer and control militias and their detention programme in a deeply divided and sectarian Syria which is still reeling under the blows of Russian, Syrian, Iranian and coalition bombardment, demonstrates the USs inability to heed past lessons. Instead of traumatising the world again by investing in its failed prison programmes and outsourcing its dirty work, it would do better to take heed of repeating the same unintended consequences that have reaped only further violence.


PressTV-Could Trump end his presidency by firing Mueller? Aboriginal News Group Newswire

PressTV-Could Trump end his presidency by firing Mueller?: US President Donald Trump has the power to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the so-called Russia probe, the White House says as Republicans warn him not to do so.

He certainly believes that he has the power to do so, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday. "I know a number of individuals in the legal community, and including at the Department of Justice say he has the power to do so."

This is while Republicans in US Senate are taking measures to insulate Mueller from being dismissed.


Native American Youth Grasp Money, Budgeting During High School Financial Literacy Event Native News Online

Published April 11, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE  Miranda Lente is a wise spender and a saver. The 22-year-old has three bank accounts one for spending, another for expenses and the other for savings. Lente credits her grandmother, a retired auditor for Isleta Casino, who encouraged her to watch where every penny goes.

She was the shadow to make sure that I didnt do anything reckless and didnt do anything foolish, said Lente, an Isleta Pueblo tribal member.

Lente, however, is among a small pool of young people who received financial advice from their guardians. Only 27 percent of parents spoke with their children about money at least once a month, according to investment firm T. Rowe Prices annual Parents, Kids & Money survey. Parents who discuss finances with their children weekly are more likely to have kids who say they are smart about money, according to the firm.

One financial institution is hoping to help initiate that conversation with a shopping simulation game and discussions on budgeting and financial goals during the 3rd Annual Native American Youth Empowerment Summit on April 10 at the Isleta Resort & Casino.

The event, hosted by Isleta Pueblo and Tiwa Lending Services, a community development financial institution assisting Pueblo residents with home and personal loans, is held during Financial Literacy Month in April to help Native youth learn about money management.

These discussions with youth become more important as Native Americans in general lag behind whites and Asian Americans in financial knowledge, demonstrating lower levels of financial literacy and lower use of formal financial products, according to a 2017 joint study by First Nations Development Institute and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The research also suggests that Native Americans are less likely to learn about managing finances from parents and demonstrate lower levels of confidence in managing their money.

Young people in America in general are having more money problems. The fastest growing group of bankruptcy filers are 25 years or younger, according to...


Cherokee Nation Employees Receive Scholarship to Conference on Crimes Against Women Native News Online

Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Roach, left, and Behavioral Health Special Projects Officer Tonya Boone discuss the Conference on Crimes Against Women.

Published April 11, 2018

TAHLEQUAH The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health are working to improve the identification, investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, and a scholarship is providing both agencies with a unique training opportunity.

Community Resource Investigator Shawnna Roach and Behavioral Health Special Projects Officer Tonya Boone are attending the 13th annual Conference on Crimes Against Womenon April 16-19 in Dallas. The event features workshops, computer labs, case studies and nationally renowned experts such as John Douglas, an FBI special agent widely recognized as the top authority on criminal profiling. Douglas is the author of Mindhunter: Inside the FBIs Elite Serial Crime Unit, which was loosely adapted into the Netflix true crime drama Mindhunter.

This conference provides important training and will assist law enforcement at the Cherokee Nation in several ways, Roach said. It will give us more insight into sexual assault crimes and how we as a tribe can improve our statutes to assist with the prosecutorial and judicial aspects of an investigation.

The Conference on Crimes Against Women is presented by the Dallas Police Department and the Genesis Womens Shelter & Support. Classes promote strategies for improving public safety and supporting victims of crime across the nation.

Curriculum for the conference focuses exclusively on women and girls who come from all ethnicities, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, specifically addressing the indigent, citizens of tribal nations, minorities, the disabled and those who face other unique barriers to safety and self-sufficiency.

I have attended this training in the past, and it is one of the best trainings available, said Boone, who is also the project coordinator for Cherokee Nation Behavioral Healths Domest...


Announcing the Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship Native News Online

Published April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON  As part of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, the Center for Native American Youth is launching a new fellowship for Native youth ages 18-24. The Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship (Gen-I MBF) is a six-month intensive leadership development program that aims to strengthen the voice and role of Native American youth in broader social justice movements.

Over the course of six months, five Fellows will gather for two in-person convenings, two virtual convenings, and one Fresh Tracks training expedition. At the end of six months, Fellows will have a small Innovation Fund which they will jointly use on a project aimed at strengthening the voice of Native youth in social justice movements. The Fellowship will begin in June and end in December. Click here for more information.

All application materials are due at 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, April 30, 2018. CNAY will notify all applicants of their final application status by the second week of May 2018.

Applicants for the Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship are required to meet all the following criteria. Applicants must:

  • Self-identify as Indigenous;
  • Be between 18 and 24 years old by May 1, 2018;
  • Currently reside within the United States;
  • Have demonstrated civic engagement and advocacy for their community and/or Indian Country;
  • Be strong, talented leaders, but not necessarily well connected outside their community;
  • Be interested in advancing their advocacy and activism to broader social justice movements; and
  • Be able to participate in the full programming over six (6) months. The Fellowship is not a full-time commitment, but active and engaged participation during in-person and virtual convenings is required. Click here to see a general program timeline.



Oliver Holmes // Video emerges of cheering as Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian | World news | The Guardian Aboriginal News Group Newswire


Video emerges of cheering as Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian | World news | The Guardian: The grainy video comes after almost two weeks of daily protests by Palestinians on the Israel-Gaza border in which the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have fatally shot more than two dozen people and wounded hundreds more, according to Gazan health officials.


Action Alert: Free political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim in Attica for 45 years! - ANSWER Coalition Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Action Alert: Free political prisoner Jalil Muntaqim in Attica for 45 years! - ANSWER Coalition:

Jalil is up for parole in June (the exact date of the hearing is TBD), so now is the time to take action!
Please take a moment to sign the online petition below.
Free Jalil Muntaqim committees near Attica Correctional Facility in
Upstate New York will deliver copies of the petitions to those assisting
him in preparing for the parole hearing in June. (Jalil is incarcerated
under his legal name, Anthony Bottom.)
In addition to signing the petition below, you can write a
letter and send it to the following people who sit on the parole board
(reference Anthony Bottom #77A4283):

Ms. Tina Stanford, Chair
NYS Board of Parole
1220 Washington Avenue, Building #2
Albany, New York 12224


The Parole Preparation Project
c/o Law Office of Rankin & Taylor
11 Park Place, Suite 914
New York, NY 10007


Samanth Subramanian // Genetic study undermines Hindu nationalist theory - The National Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Genetic study undermines Hindu nationalist theory - The National: The paper, titled The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia, instead suggests that India was home to several mixed populations, and that pastoralists who moved to India from Central Asia are likely to have brought with them an Indo-European language closely related to Sanskrit.

The worlds Indo-European languages, thought to spring from a common ancestral tongue, include not only Sanskrit and Hindi but also English, French, Greek, Russian and dozens of other modern languages.

Published on Saturday, the paper summarises a decades worth of research and collaboration by 92 scientists and scholars around the world, including geneticists, archaeologists, linguists, molecular biologists and anthropologists. The research relied upon DNA samples from 612 human remains dating from 6,200 BC to 1 AD, as well as samples from 1,789 people across 246 ethnographic groups in Central and South Asia.


Tohono O'odham Nation Rejects National Guard Deployment to their Lands | Last Real Indians Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Tohono O'odham Nation Rejects National Guard Deployment to their Lands | Last Real Indians: The Tohono Oodham Nation traditional lands lay on both sides of the US and Mexico border. They have consistently fought against any attempts by the US government to build a wall across their lands and have resisted any efforts that would impede on their citizens right to freely travel throughout their traditional homelands.


PressTV-'Rohingya Muslim refugees traumatized' Aboriginal News Group Newswire

PressTV-'Rohingya Muslim refugees traumatized': Focus groups involving 300 people living in the densely populated "mega-camp" in Cox's Bazar District found that 38 percent of children and 74 percent of adults "felt sad always." Suicidal thoughts were reported by four percent of youth.

Olga Rebolledo, a mental health and psychosocial support coordinator with the IOM, said, "It's an alert that youth are neglected from services."

"They don't have any options here right now, no possibilities for jobs or education," Rebolledo said.

The IOM study also said "not being recognized as citizens" was psychologically destabilizing for 40 percent of refugees. "We can't do anything about that," said Rebolledo. "What we can do is show them that they have resources and a very strong sense of identity as a community."


#BotchedExecutions | #DeathPenalty Information Center Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Botched Executions | Death Penalty Information Center:
It is estimated that 3% of U.S. executions in the period from 1890 to 2010 were botched. In the 2014 book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, Austin Sarat, a professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College, describes the history of flawed executions in the U.S. during that period. Sarat reports that over those 120 years, 8,776 people were executed and 276 of those executions (3.15%) went wrong in some way. Lethal injection had the highest rate of botched executions. In his book, he defines a botched execution as follows:

"Botched executions occur when there is a breakdown in, or departure from, the 'protocol' for a particular method of execution. The protocol can be established by the norms, expectations, and advertised virtues of each method or by the governments officially adopted execution guidelines. Botched executions are 'those involving unanticipated problems or delays that caused, at least arguably, unnecessary agony for the prisoner or that reflect gross incompetence of the executioner.' Examples of such problems include, among other things, inmates catching fire while being electrocuted, being strangled during hangings (instead of having their necks broken), and being administered the wrong dosages of specific drugs for lethal injections."


Michelle Zacarias // Even on Equal Pay Day, some women less equal than others People's World Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Even on Equal Pay Day, some women less equal than others People's World: The gender pay gap is defined as the average difference between mens and womens aggregate hourly earnings. Despite the widely reported statistic that women make 80 cents to every mans dollar, however, research delving into the complexities of race and geographic location has found the pay gap for women of color to be even wider. According to a report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a national research-based grassroots organization, the pay gap is wider for African-American, Native American, and Latina women, as well as for mothers, all of whom have to work even longer into the year for their wages to catch up.


Maureen Clare Murphy // Shoot and cheer | The Electronic Intifada Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Shoot and cheer | The Electronic Intifada:

The undated video was reported on by Israels Channel 10 after it was shared on social media on Monday.

In the video, Palestinian demonstrators are apparently seen through a rifle scope or binoculars while Israeli soldiers discuss shooting a protester who is standing still near the Gaza-Israel boundary fence:

After the soldiers shoot, the targeted Palestinian falls to the ground and the soldiers begin to cheer and celebrate how they had recorded it on video. A group of protesters comes to the aid of their injured comrade.

Tuesday, 10 April


Committee to Hold Business Meeting & Oversight Hearing on the Presidents FY 2019 Budget Request for Indian Programs Native News Online

Published April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON On Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider:

        S. 1250, the Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017; and

        S. 2515, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act.

The business meeting will be immediately followed by a committee oversight hearing entitled The Presidents FY 2019 Budget Request for Indian Programs.


WHAT:          A committee business meeting, followed by an oversight hearing entitled The Presidents FY 2019 Budget Request for Indian Programs

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and written witness testimony will be provided here.


Mr. John Tahsuda, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

RADM Michael Weahkee, Acting Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland

The Honorable Aaron Payment, Vice President, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC

The Honorable Robert McGhee, Vice President, United South and Eastern Tribes, Nashville, Tennessee

The post...


UNITY Prepares for Record Crowd in San Diego Planning for the 2018 National UNITY Conference Underway Native News Online

Published April 10, 2018

SAN DIEGO  Preparation for the summers largest Native youth leadership gathering is in full swing. United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.s (UNITY) annual national conference is slated to be one of the most attended conferences since its inception more than 42 years ago. The annual conference will take place July 5-9, 2018 at the renovated Town & Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego, California.

Were ecstatic about the response and interest in UNITYs 2018 national conference, said UNITYs executive director, Mary Kim Titla. Being three months out from our largest gathering of the year, our host hotel is already 86% full and early registration has topped 700 with Native youth attending from throughout the country and Canada, putting us on pace to exceed more than 2,000 attendees and becoming our largest event ever, she added.

The one-of-a-kind five-day conference will feature and engage Native youth in purposeful training and activities designed to promote youth-led advocacy efforts by using methods that produce results respectful of tribal cultures. Attendees will have the opportunity for personal growth through motivational keynote speakers, a selection of more than 25 workshops, participation in peer-led fitness activities, and with access to more than 50 exhibitors and vendors. Participants will also experience the uniqueness of the National UNITY Conference through UNITY Wellness Warrior activities, UNITY Fire, UNITY Drum, UNITY Education and Career Expo, a cultural exchange night, talent night, and the annual UNITY Banquet & Awards Celebration and Dance.

Conference highlights will also include the induction of UNITYs 2018 25 Under 25 in Indian Country national award recognition, as well as the honoring of the annual Golda Cook Scholarship recipients, J.R. Cook Advisor of the Year, Youth Council of the Year, and Eddie Wadda Alumni of the Year...


Cheyenne River Youth Project Launches Waniyetu Wowpa (Winter Count) Performing Art Series Native News Online

Supaman performing live in 2016.

Published April 10, 2018

Family-friendly events will include Midnight Basketball, a handgame tournament, a youth wacipi, and a series of popular films and live performances in CRYPs public art park.

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA The Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced that it officially launched its Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Performing Art Series on Saturday, Apr. 7 and will host regularly scheduled events through the end of May. The family-friendly series, made possible with funding from NEA Art Works, will incorporate popular films, live performances, a youth wacipi and a handgame tournament in the nonprofit youth organizations public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park, as well as Midnight Basketball in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) gymnasium.

This past Saturday, 42 young people enjoyed the Jumanji reboot, as well as a DJ performance from Let it Bee and lively kickoff edition of spring Midnight Basketball, both of which ran until 1 a.m. Due to inclement weather, all events were held inside Cokata Wiconi.

According to Julie Garreau, CRYPs executive director, the Waniyetu Wowapi Performing Art Series helps fulfill a vision she and her staff first developed more than 10 years ago.

Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, open free to the public.

Our first years really focused on The Main, our youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds, she explained. In 2006, however, we were able to start providing teen programming and special community events at Cokata Wiconi; nine years after that, we unveiled the art park with our first RedCan invitational graffiti jam.



Wallet & Waistline: Why Meal Budgeting Matters Native News Online

Published April 10, 2018

When it comes to budgeting there are some costs that youll always have to deal with. No matter what, youll always have bills and youll always need to eat. Budgeting on food brings to mind cheap, processed, or filler-packed meals. But that doesnt need to be the case. Its possible to keep your grocery costs low while feeding yourself well. You just need to know how to do it.

Money & Meals

First, lets talk about some quick money saving tips: If you want to stick to a planned budget then make sure you dont go grocery shopping hungry. When youre shopping to save money, youre shopping for ingredients and items that can be used for a few meals. Shopping on an empty stomach can cause you to buy impulsively. That premade meal probably looks great despite its price when youre hungry but itll throw your budget all out of whack.

Being stressed or tired can have the same effect so try to plan for your shopping on a more relaxed day. Of course, this is easier said than done which brings us to our next tip.

Plan Ahead

Make a list and stick to it. Figure out what you need, figure out the cost then follow the plan. Not only will this save you money, itll also save you time and frustration. Dont make up your mind about what you want to eat when youre shopping. Do it beforehand, get it written down, and stick to the plan.

Now that youve gotten your list together, how do you save money on the actual items you need? For produce, it can be tough to get the cost down so you try changing how you eat. Certain things like seasonal fruits are expensive to buy when out of season due to shipping costs. Buying seasonal produce will keep your costs down and help you stick to your budget.

You can also try buying from a farmers market or smaller grocery store that has discounts on ugly produce. Often times, perfectly good produce is discarded because it doesnt look as pretty as the others. Some growers will sell these at a discount to grocery stores who sell it at a discount to you.

Go Brandless



Cherokee Nation Provides Mental Health First Aid Training Native News Online

Cherokee Nation Sam Hider Health Center Administrator Mike Fisher, Vinita Health Center Assistant Administrator Arrahwanna Leake and Vinita Health Center Dental Assistants Chyenne Livingston and Kaleah Davis work on a puzzle as part of a Mental Health First Aid course at the Vinita Health Center.

Published April 10, 2018

VINITA, OKLAHOMA Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health is using federal grants to train community law enforcement, youth workers and health officials to effectively handle mental illness.

Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Special Projects Officer Tonya Boone has been a certified instructor since August 2017 and has already led eight classes, including her most recent adult mental health first aid class at the Cherokee Nation Vinita Health Center.

I am honored to be part of the awareness movement of mental health issues, Boone said. I was certified in August of 2017 and have since certified around 150 individuals. The Cherokee Nation is also fortunate to have other instructors who are certified in a variety of the courses.

More than 20 people from Cherokee Nation Health Services and surrounding health care agencies were involved in the most recent training in Vinita. During the 8-hour course, participants memorized a 5-step action plan and were taught how to identify mental health risk factors, offer support and be effective communicators.

Only about 5,000 instructors nationwide are certified to teach mental health first aid, including six from the Cherokee Nation.

Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Clinic Administrator Joni Lyon said that for her team of certified instructors it is about more than training, it is about making a difference in the lives of those who may be suffering from a mental illness or substance abuse.

We are invested in providing education and information for our communities regarding mental health and substance abuse, Lyon said. Our department acknowledges that Cherokee Nation is not exempt from these types of issues and wants to ensure our communities are provided with appropriate information and education to assist persons seeking...


Israel Bombs Syrian Air Base; 60 Killed in Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Israel Bombs Syrian Air Base; 60 Killed in Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma | Democracy Now!: The Israeli bombing came after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attack on Saturday, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. He wrote, President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. He went on to warn there would be a Big priceto pay.

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