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Making Knowledge Out Of Sound: The Enduring Legacy Of The American Indian Flute

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the website The Flute Portal . I want to share what has been shared with me over my career in a good way and try and touch the souls of young people that stories matter. As a cultural outreach & world flute artist I try and bring the universal language of music to the world. The true essence for me of the sound and the enduring legacy of the traditional American Indian Courting Love Flute with its haunting, yet plaintive, sounds is the long vocal-like phrases and the unique delicate pulse that transcends the sound and takes you to another world. That...
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17th Century Books About Indians

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the online forum Native American Netroots . During the seventeenth century Europeans wrote a number of books about American Indians which both created and perpetuated many of the common stereotypes and misconceptions about Indians. Some of these books were basically fantasies reflecting the author’s beliefs about European fantasies; some were works of propaganda intended to foster a belief in the inherent superiority of European ways; some were sympathetic and empathetic regarding Indians and were based on actual observations. Indian Origins: When the...
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My Mother's Story: Flora Sombrero Lind 1923 – 2010

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the online forum Native American Netroots . My mother passed away on June 25, 2010 at her home in Richfield, Utah. She was 86. My brother, sister and I were by her side when she breathed her last breath. This is the tribute I gave at her funeral: Another elder in our Navajo Nation has left us. It is significant for our tribe to lose those who are fluent in our language and remember the traditional and ancient way of Navajo living. My husband Jeff called my mom a National Treasure. All elders of all American Indian tribes are National Treasures. From L-R:...
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DNC Speaker Denise Juneau Leads Montana's Public Schools with an Emphasis on Indian Education for All

November 25, 2013
Editor's Note: Denise Juneau won re-election as head of Montana's public schools on November 6, 2012. This profile about her originally appeared in the online forum Native American Netroots . -Elisa Batista, MomsRising.org For six minutes between the speeches last week at the Democratic National Convention of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a far less known Democrat stood at the podium in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was Denise Juneau ( Hidatsa-Mandan ). One of 161 American Indian delegates at the convention, Juneau is...
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Sharing 'Three Kings' Sweet Bread With My Daughter's Class: Recipe and Video Included!

November 22, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- My daughter's first grade class is studying family traditions. Her teacher invited parents to share their stories, and most recently, it was my turn. I spoke to the kids about a tradition unique to Latin American, Spanish and Catholic families called "Three Kings Day" or el día de los tres reyes magos. Celebrated on January 6 of every year, it marks the time that the three kings in the New Testament, Baltazar, Gaspar, and Melchor, came bearing gifts of gold, incense and myrrh for baby Jesus. Every Spanish-speaking country, including Spain, celebrates it in its own way. In...
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Share Your Story: MomsRising Blog Carnival "Raising the Voices of Native American Families"

November 19, 2013
For many families across the United States, November is a time to reflect and show gratitude for all that we have. Thanksgiving is an annual celebration marked by family reunions, turkey dinners and football. However, for many Native Americans, whose ancestors lived in the United States long before European settlers, the holiday -- especially in its commercialized form -- can be a painful reminder of how their history has been trivialized, revised...or simply ignored. Yet, despite numerous economic and social challenges facing the community, the resilience of Native American people endures...
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California Chinese Forums Provide Straight Talk on Obamacare

November 14, 2013
Cross posted with permission from New American Media. New America Media , Question & Answer, Summer Chiang , Posted: Nov 03, 2013 Photo: Chinese Americans listened and asked questions at one of two Sing Tao Daily expert forums on the Affordable Care Act in California. The Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily newspaper drew more than 325 people to two free seminars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, on Oct. 26 and 27. Each session focused on what the options are for health coverage under the new federal reform law both for small businesses and as families or individuals. They were...
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Alive because of the Affordable Care Act

November 1, 2013
As a young, healthy man in my 20’s I just wasn’t worried about health insurance, but that changed unexpectedly, and I found myself in the position of wondering if I would have to choose between my home or my own health. As a musician, I've always felt lucky to have enough work to support myself while doing what I love. Working three jobs, I've earned good money, but none of my employers offered health insurance. But when I was diagnosed with HIV in 2007, I knew I wouldn’t get insurance because I now had a pre-existing condition. My employers tried to do everything they could for me, but even...
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When Government Is Too Small

October 23, 2013
Every American should have been in the streets when our elected officials labeled cancer care for children as "nonessential." On a damp Friday morning, 11 days into the government shutdown, a few dozen truckers took to the Capital Beltway to tell lawmakers they were angry. They were protesting big government. Yet opinion polls showed that Americans opposed the government shutdown and were hurting because of it. At that moment, according to polls, nearly one in three Americans already felt personally affected not by too much government, but by too little — by the sudden freeze in critical...
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LATISM '13 (Video and Pics Included!)

October 23, 2013
Photo below from left to right: me; Sylvia Aguilera, director of government relations for McDonald's Corporation; Jes Sofia Valle, CEO of the Bloggers of Health network; Ana Roca Castro, founder of LATISM, education tech developer and CEO of Plaza Familia ; and Laurita Tellado, the force behind the Holdin' Out for a Hero and Expresso con Leche communities. New York, NY -- As I mentioned in two previous blog posts here and here , I was gone three of four weekends in September for conferences. Last stop? The Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) annual conference at the Waldorf...
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