General News on 6/5/14
Today, we mourn the passing of Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez. Nez, 93, died June 4 of kidney failure. He was the last of the “Original 29” code talkers, who developed the code using the Navajo language during World War II that the Japanese were never able to break.
General News on 6/4/14
Indigenous peoples in the United States have the highest incarceration rate of any racial or ethic group, and in several states they are illegally being denied their religious rights, according to a report to the U.N. Human Rights Committee last fall jointly submitted by numerous Native American organizations.
General News on 6/2/14
Members of the Cowboy Indian Alliance came together to plant corn in protest against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
General News, Basic Needs, Seasonal Programs, Food on 5/28/14
Last summer, our Summer Youth Feeding Program served a total of 5,047 meals to children that would otherwise have gone hungry during the hot summer months. This year, our goal is to serve 205 meals a day from June 2nd - August 15th - if funds allow.
General News on 5/27/14
President Barack Obama is reportedly planning a trip to Indian Country this June.
General News on 5/23/14
On May 21, Harry Reid, and 48 other U.S. Senators, wrote to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell stating, “It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.” A 50th Senator wrote his own letter also asking for a name change.
General News on 5/22/14
Music festivals have become notorious for cultural appropriation, especially of Native American culture and traditions. Now one festival –Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival in central California – is speaking out against the racist trends that have become all too prevalent.
General News, Gardens, Food on 5/22/14
Menominee seniors in Keshena, Wisconsin—where Running Strong staff just visited—will soon be able to grow their own food in their yards thanks to a new grant.
General News on 5/21/14
Beneficiaries of the $3.4 billion Indian Trust Settlement are still waiting for the funds the federal government owes them.
General News, Schools & Youth Center, Basic Needs, Seasonal Programs, Food on 5/16/14
Thanks in part to their "Smart Sack" program, the Menominee Indian School District became the 1st school on an Indian Reservation in the Midwest to win a Silver in the USDA US Healthier School Challenge for meeting rigorous standards for school meals, physical activity, and nutrition education. They are really becoming a national model and we’re so happy to see a Native school as an active member of the national conversation!