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Save the Birds…AND the cats!

(Apologies for the mess of this post- the text and links did not post correctly by email and my WordPress app does not allow much cutting and pasting:-/ am leaving it up because the info is important but may have to make a new post to correct the problems.
The links below this list correspond to the titles in the list in order)

Fast Facts

Biology and Behavior of the Cat

Federal Laws that Protect Bird Species

Setting the Record Straight

The Human Threat

Climate Change Impacts on Bird Species

North American Birds Declining as Threats Mount





Save the Birds

Cats have lived outdoors as part of the natural landscape for more than 10,000 years. In recent years, some people have misguidedly blamed cats for declining bird populations, but it isn’t the relationship between cats and birds that has changed—it’s the relationship between humans and the environment. Condemning cats is nothing more than a dangerous distraction from the real threat—human impact.

America’s rapid population growth—and faster use of resources—has already had an astounding impact on wildlife habitats. Dozens of ecosystem types have already declined drastically as a direct result of humans. Most species who call these ecosystems home are not adaptable to the human landscapes left for them. Human threats like habitat destruction, wind turbines, and pesticide use are only some of the human pressures on bird populations, and they will only increase if we continue shifting the blame to cats.

It’s not cats vs. birds. It’s birds vs. humans and cats vs. shelters. To learn the truth about cats visit Common Sense For Cats.

Blaming cats won’t save the birds. If we want to change the statistics, we have to change our actions.

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Pow Wows. Com Newsletter February 12, 2014

Below are excerpts of articles that have been published on Powwows.com over the last couple of weeks that you may have missed!

Be sure to check our site often for new articles!

A Visit With Miss Native American USA – Sarah Ortegon

Thank you very much Dr. Dawn Karima, this has truly been an adventure and would love to share some of my thoughts with you. I was born in Denver, CO. Growing up my family would travel from Denver to the Wind River Reservation and drop us off at my Uncle and Aunties house during the summers in Fort Washakie, WY. My life started out in a large family, which eventually ended up with my parents having twelve children, six boys and six girls. My parents have been my backbone; my Mom Sharon Joy has been my inspiration through out my life. I am a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University. I received my Bachelor in Fine arts with a concentration in drawing in June of 2013. I was also able to study art history overseas in Italy in 2012 for a semester. Recently, I was blessed with becoming a part of Larry Yazzie’s Native Pride Dancers. I also continue to work while I hold my title. My passions include working out, jingle dress dancing, creating art and giving back to the community in any way that presents itself.

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What Are You Proud To Be?

As Native Americans, we call ourselves many things. What are you proud to be?

Watch the video from the National Congress of American Indians!

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New Kicks for Pow Wow Season

OBOnesSpider.jpg&h=400&w=570&q=100Before you hit the pow wow trail this year, you might be thinking of getting some new shoes. Should you go for comfort or style?

How about a little bit of both?

Check out the custom artwork on these shoes done by talented artist Orlando Begay.

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Interview with George Abeyta – Fancy Dancer and Educator

We are visiting with George J. Abeyta, a dynamic presence in Native Dance. Known for his energetic athleticism as a fancy dancer, Mr. Abeyta is also the Coordinator of Eastern Shoshone Days, one the USA’s most popular powwows. Thanks so much for joining us! Please tell us a little about yourself?

A) I have been a fancy feather dancer most of my life. I enjoy educating non-Natives about our culture and inspiring others through the dance that the Creator has blessed me with. The profession that I chose allows me to do this without too much conflict (summer vacations). I have been a teacher and a coach here at Fort Washakie School for 21 years (awarded BA in Elementary Ed, University of Wyoming ’91 and MA in Teaching, Grand Canyon University ’04).

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People’s Choice Award Winners

What was the Best Pow Wow of 2013?

Best MC?

Best dancer?

Best Northern Drum?

Your votes are in!

Find out the winners!

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The Great Spirit Made a Pow Wow Dancer

During the 2013 Super Bowl I saw a commercial made by Ram Trucks using a speech by Paul Harvey and still images of farmers. Seeing it gave me the desire to do something similar honoring Native Americans, specifically powwow dancers. I don’t dance but many of my family and relatives do. I just photograph them.

So I sent out a request via my Like page, Sings In The Timber Photography, asking if anyone had the ability to adapt Mr. Harvey’s original speech to fit the life of a powwow dancer. Writer Anne Thundercloud responded, I wrote the first phrase and Ms. Thundercloud wrote the rest. I then asked my friend Joseph Grady to record the voice-over, Mr. Grady is a local Montana actor who had a role in the film Winter In The Blood. Finally, I needed music so I turned to my friend Nate Ante and his Wisconsin drum group Tha Bucks. I’ve known many of Tha Bucks singers for years and the are like family to me.

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Miss Indian Nations XXI – Alexandria Alvarez

Q) Congratulations! You are truly a lovely Miss Indian Nations! Please tell us about yourself? What do you want us to know about you?

A) My name is Alexandria Brooke Alvarez, I am Miss Indian Nations XXI, I am 26 years-old, and I graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with an Associate in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies. I completed two internships in the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) with Social Security in the Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity, and then at the Environmental Protection Agency in the American Indian Environmental Office.

I currently work at the Sho-Ban News, our tribal newspaper, and was attending Idaho State University for the last two years, but this past fall I decided to take a year off so that I may put my whole heart into being Miss Indian Nations.

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Photos from Native American Cultural Day at Wickiup

This past summer Bob Uhl, who runs the Midwest PowWows blog, attended the Native American Cultural Day at the Wickiup Hill Learning Center in Iowa. He captured some great photos from the event. Let’s take a look at how his day went.

Linn County Conservation Commission & the Wickiup Learning Center held its 3rd annual Native American Cultural Day on Saturday August 24th at the Wickiup Learning Center, North of Cedar Rapids near Toddville, Iowa. Running an event & coordinating so things run smooth can sometimes be an arduous task, but director Gail Barels & a long list of volunteers & supporters did an excellent job at hosting the event.

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Man Who Gave Seahawks Drum, Honored With New Drum

When running back Marshawn Lynch asked Seahawks fan John Scott in the crowd for his Native American hand drum at the team’s Super Bowl victory parade last Wednesday, Scott hesitated at first, but then he gave it up.

“I was kind of concerned; he doesn’t know how sacred it is to the Native community, but then when I realized, hey, this is Marshawn Lynch, he just won us a Super Bowl. So I thought it was an even exchange — the drum for the Super Bowl,” Scott said.

Lynch beat on the drum during much of the parade.

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Native Treasures at Goodwill?

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A lot of famous paintings have been found amongst the racks of posters, dishes and old clothing at your local Goodwill. Have you ever seen any Native American items up for sale? Last year a Goodwill in Seattle found a beaded vest, which they quickly donated to a museum. Recent Goodwill online auctions have showcased beaded gloves and a breechcloth from the 1880s.

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Dancing for her People – Dr. Denise Walters

For many Powwow goers from many tribes, Dr. Denise Walters is a comforting, compassionate presence. Blessed with academic excellence and cultural interests, this Nottoway beauty shares her Traditional Dancing at numerous powwows and events. Dr. Denise Walters, Ph.D. discussed her heritage and her heart for Native lifeways with Powwows.com.

Q) You’re so dedicated to Native Causes and Powwows! I’m thrilled you could visit with us. You’re familiar to many powwow fans, but will you please introduce yourself to us?

A) My name is Denise Lowe Walters. I am a scientist with a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in pharmacy. I have been dancing for more than 20 years.

Q) What is your Native heritage? How do you incorporate your heritage into your life?

A) I am a member of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia. Our tribe values faith, hard work, and education. I have focused on education in my personal life, which has resulted in a very fulfilling career. My tribe focuses on understanding our heritage and sharing our traditions and history with both Native and non-Native people in the area. In recent years, my son and I have participated in a number of our tribe’s sharing activities.

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Omaha Tribe Invites Peyton Manning to Reservation

PhotAn open letter to Peyton Manning from the Omaha Tribe:

January 30, 2014

Mr. Manning,

Let us first congratulate you on a successful season and we wish you the best of luck at the Super Bowl. We wanted to take this time to thank you for your affinity with the word: “Omaha.” Recently, the City of Omaha officials worked all week to capitalize on the publicity generated by your audible call, “Omaha” which has been used numerous times during recent Bronco’s Football Games.

Several City of Omaha businesses have also teamed up to donate monetary contributions for every ”Omaha” call which was made to your PeyBack Foundation for at-risk youth. The Omaha Tribe applauds those businesses and your foundations efforts.

We recently read an article through the Associated Press with the following text: “I’ve had a lot of people ask me what ‘Omaha’ means,” Manning said. “It’s a run play, but it could be a pass play, or a playaction pass, depending on a couple of things. The wind, which way we’re going, the quarter and the jerseys we’re wearing. It varies from play to play.”

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Walking in Two Worlds – Russell Mean’s Son Releases CD

Many people all over the world remember and respect Russell Means for his tireless work for Native American rights and visibility. Now, his son Nataanii Means is forging a path that raises awareness of Native American issues and interests through his music. He sat down with me to share his feelings about his debut cd, entitled 2 Worlds.
Q) What’s new in your world right now?

A) With the release of my debut album 2 Worlds has come quite a few shows and new opportunities. I’m looking forward to a lot more of that has time comes. As of right now, just shooting music videos and doing shows.

Q) What do you want us to call the musical style that you use?

A) I don’t like categorizing my music to just “Native hip hop” or anything like that. I tell people its music with a message, human music that people will relate too and bring into my world of being Indigenous in the 21st century. Basically just Hip-hop.

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Time Lapse Video of Indian Alley

Check out this time lapse of artist Votan Ik creating his mural of Plenty Coups in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Indian Alley.

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The Making of Code Talker Medals

Twenty-five Native American leaders stood in a packed Emancipation Hall in Washington DCNovember 20, 2013 to accept Congressional Gold Medals on behalf of their tribe’s Code Talkers – men who worked in secret to help win World Wars One and Two. Check out this video from the United States Mint on how the medals were made.

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America The Beautiful Sung in Pueblo

Did you catch this commercial during the big game? Meet Christy and hear her sing “America the Beautiful” in Keres, one of the many languages in Coca-Cola’s 2014 Big Game ad.

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Frybread TV Series Coming Soon

Coming off the success of his film More Than Frybread, Holt Hamilton is hoping to recreate that magic in a TV/Web Series.

The pilot TV episode of “Frybread” is sixty-percent completed, and features several cast members from the movie More Than Frybread. The release of the pilot by Holt Hamilton Productions (HHP) could very well be the first TV series based on Native American sitcom. The original movie released in 2012 was screened in more than fifty reservations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The release of “Frybread” is scheduled for mid-March 2014.

The series takes off with the World Wide Frybread Association, founded in 2005, in peril with bankruptcy and litigation nipping at its heels. Donathan Littlehair (actor J.W. Washington), who is naturally thin on top, conjures up a means to save the organization with the aid of humorous and colorful characters from various Native American tribes.

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Truthout Daily Digest Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Coal Ash: The Dan River Spill and the Power Industry’s Toxic Legacy

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Duke Energy’s massive coal ash spill in North Carolina that filled the Dan River with toxic sludge is not the first disaster caused by the power industry’s legacy of waste. More than 1,000 ponds and landfills full of contaminated coal ash waste are kept next to rivers and streams across the country and remain largely unregulated by the federal government.

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Federal Prosecutions Fail To Bring Justice in New Orleans

Jordan Flaherty, Truthout: After years of struggle to bring New Orleans police violence to light and to justice, community members find that they can’t rely on the criminal justice system to police itself. But continued activism may result in positive change.

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Time to End the Cheney/Halliburton Loophole

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: If any industry in the country needs regulation, it’s the fracking industry. But, thanks in large part to Dick Cheney, it’s exempt from having to follow most important environmental laws on the books.

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America Has Forgotten That We Don’t Have Freedom if We Don’t Have Free Time

Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: The debate about voluntary work reduction points to some deeper philosophical questions about the nature of work and what kind of society we want to live in. To explore these, we need to get beyond the political spin of both parties.

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Meeting With the Enemy: Vietnam From a Vietnamese Perspective

Camillo Mac Bica, Truthout: A veteran of the Vietnam War meets a survivor of the American War in an intense exchange of experiences from opposite sides.

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What Is Climate Geoengineering? Word Games in the Ongoing Debates Over a Definition

Rachel Smolker, Truthout: The precise details of the definition of “geoengineering” are vitally important and, among other things, will determine what technologies and practices will be subject to intense scrutiny and potentially complex legal processes governing a global-scale climate tweak effort.

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Bill Bratton: NYPD Huckster?

Nick Malinowski, Truthout: When NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton spoke Monday at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Conference on Crime in America, he seemed to see his role as dampening controversy over the force’s tactics, not rooting out tactics that are criminal or ineffective. Lipstick on a pig?

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Better Way To Keep Track of Taxpayer Dollars

Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Brennan Center for Justice: Amid larger discussions of government spending surrounding the debt ceiling, farm bill and Murray-Ryan budget compromise, it’s easy to forget that Congress’ appropriation of funds for agencies and programs is only the beginning.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: West Virginia Is Dealing With Another Coal-Related Toxic Spill, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: West Virginia is dealing with another coal-related toxic spill; Florida Republicans blocked efforts to make voting easier for college students; Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is suspending that state’s death penalty; and more..

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

If Obama Orders the CIA To Kill a US Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination

Norman Solomon, Norman Solomon’s Blog: President Obama is now considering whether to order the Central Intelligence Agency to kill a US citizen in Pakistan. That’s big news this week. But hidden in plain sight is the fact that Amazon would be an accessory to the assassination.

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Food Fights, Corporate Trade Agreements and States’ Rights: Democracy or Corporatocracy?

Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association: Fearing that more and more counties will launch citizen ballot initiatives, Big Ag interests in at least a dozen states have passed so-called “Right-to-Farm” legislation designed to protect the interests of corporate agribusiness, over those of local citizens.

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Jim Hightower | The Mobsters of Wall Street

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Senate Clears Debt Ceiling Hike and Scales Back Military Retiree Pay Cut

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How Obama Officials Cried “Terrorism” To Cover Up a Paperwork Error

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Nuclear Submarines, Whales and Tourists Don’t Mix

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Bin Laden Death Images Subject to Purge, Emails Reveal

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Matt Taibbi | The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks’ Most Devious Scam Yet

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Anatomy of a Hunger Crisis

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The Oracle Report | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Gibbous Moon Phase: trust, digest, prepare, cleanse

Moon: Cancer/Leo

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

A fair wind blows in today to change things up in the best way. This is Gibbous Moon phase energy at its finest. Gibbous phase (and those born under the Gibbous phase) comes in an alchemizes. It takes the base level and takes it to a higher level. For us, this translates to really seeing things clearly, feeling stronger, and becoming decisive.

Recall that the prevailing energies for this month create resilience. We’ve been in a pounding of retrograde planets and two lunar months where we are continually processing emotions, thoughts, values, relationships – on and on and on. The blessing today is we move off from that roller coaster and begin to feel more sure of things. Gaining a foothold is good. Happy dances are welcome.


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The manuscript of survival – part 396

Thank Aisha!

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As you have perhaps already envisaged, this period will be one of intense goings-on on all levels. Some of it has already started to surface, but as the frequencies of these incoming energies continue to heighten, so too will all of the ensuing effects from them. You see, the buttons are already being pushed, and when we say buttons, we refer of course to whatever it is that you are carrying with you. And this time, we are referring to those buttons that activate so much of your innate qualities, those that have been dormant for such a long time, but who will start to be awakened one by one as these energies come in and start to nudge them into being.

Nudge is perhaps not the best word to use here, as the momentum of these energies is more than a little intense. In any way, they will serve…

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It’s Florida Week for the Animals: February 15-23, 2014!

Thank for sharing this and for posting again. I have missed you! Thank you also for highlighting the other nature blogs, living in a bed blogs like yours are a cherished window for me back into the world I miss:-)
I hope everyone will click thru on this one-not only this post but everything on Serenity Spell is worth seeing!

Serenity Spell

Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them wherever they require it.—St. Francis of Assisi

Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.—Dr. Albert Schweitzer

When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.—A.D. Williams

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.―Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sara My little Sara, AKA “Criminal,” stalking another…

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Crabby in Tortola~

Thank, as always, for sharing your beautiful images Cindy! That rainbow is exquisite! I finally understand what is wrong/missing about our beaches in Pinellas county (apologies to the tourist board!). The trees and houses have nearly all been supplanted by condominiums and tall hotels. It is so much more beautiful and comfortable looking with the vegetation and the actual houses.

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El Mundo Bueno

Thank you Laura. Just like the land of fey, constantly invisibly all around us, the potential futures that branch from each moment are separated only by a shimmering veil of thought. It seems to take a bit more practice-or perhaps just a bit more trust-than learning to steer a car to learn to tack and sail the shifting winds of thought and emotion.

Laura Bruno's Blog

In Starhawk’s novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, two vastly different worlds vie for control. In mundane terms: a utopian, earth-loving, community-oriented, individual honoring society that values freedom and the sacred fights for survival against corporate fascism, religious, financial, and soul oppression, hypocrisy, and the Police State — a culture’s unprocessed Shadow Side made manifest.

In magical realist terms:

“Doña Elena used to say that there was the Good Reality, El Mundo Bueno, literally the Good World, and the Bad Reality, El Mundo Malo, and they were always vying with each other. In the Good Reality you have a mild headache; in the Bad Reality you have a fatal brain disease. In the Good Reality, you catch hold of the rail as your foot slips; in the Bad Reality, you miss, slide down the stairs, and break your neck.

“We walk in the Good Reality as if we…

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