This Week in Native American News - July 15, 2016

This Week in Native News -July 15, 2016

This week, we are praying for the world. 

Sioux prayer for the world

Happy O'odham New Year!

Saguaro fruit about to be picked. Photo credit: Jacelle Ramon/Indian Country Today

Saguaro fruit about to be picked. Photo credit: Jacelle Ramon/Indian Country Today

Time to travel to Southern Arizona, sleep under a ramada, and pick some bahidaj. But don't forget your picking pole!

Confused? Read this.

And when you're done...

You can run to the grocery store to add some of these Native superfoods to your diet!

Pueblo Buys Back Piece of Ancestral Land

Pueblo of Santa Ana

The Pueblo of Santa Ana in New Mexico purchased the 100-square mile Alamo Ranch from former New Mexico Governor Bruce King. The purchase will nearly double to size of the pueblo's reservation, but there are no plans to develop the land.

(Pueblo of Santa Ana: The Tamaya Indian Reservation is located North-Central New Mexico, along the Rio Grande.)

"We hold close ties to this area," said Glenn Tenorio, a war chief for the pueblo who also works in its water resources department. "We are going to hold and keep the land as pristine as it is." Read the full story here.

Threat to Salmon Means Threat to Livelihood of Many

Photo credit: Conservation Biology News

Photo credit: Conservation Biology News

Alaska Natives, many of whom still live a subsistence lifestyle, have relied upon their summer salmon catches to sustain their families. However, in recent years the number of salmon, particularly chinooks, have fallen drastically, which puts a strain on those reliant on the river for their meals.

Almost everyone in Alaska has a story about salmon – the first time they caught one as a kid, the biggest king (Chinook) salmon they ever reeled in, or the smoked salmon dip recipe that they have perfected. Read the full story here.

Latest Report Show Native Americans with an Alarming Out-of-Wedlock Birthrate

In a recent study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it was reported that 65.8% of American Indian and Alaska Native births were to unmarried women, second only to non-Hispanic black women (70.4%), and up a 1/10 of a percent from last year. See all the 2015 birth stats here.

Just because it's interesting, and not something we hear often...

Greenlandic news broadcast

A channel in Greenland broadcasts news in Greenlandic, which is related to the Eskimo/Aleut language, similar to the language spoken by the Inuit of Northern Alaska and Canada. See the video here.