This Week in Native American News - February 10, 2017

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Feb 09, 2017 11:36 am

We Matter Program - When Attawapiskat called a state of emergency last April, many Canadians learned for the first time about the risk of suicide for indigenous youth. As the founders of what would eventually become known as We Matter, Kelvin and Tunchai shared a vision of preventing suicide in indigenous communities by empowering youth through messages of hope. Read more:

Feb 09, 2017 11:36 am

Preserve the Stories - Jolyana Begay-Kroupa still remembers waiting for the seasons to change so she could hear the winter stories her Navajo grandparents would tell. That’s why the preservation of 300 reels of tape, holding thousands of hours of Navajo oral history, is so important to people of the Navajo Nation. Read more:

Feb 09, 2017 11:36 am

Expunge Old Laws -- Sen. Mike Rounds is taking aim at outdated and "offensive" statutes imposed on Native Americans stretching back more than 100 years. "We took a look at these laws that are way outdated — we went and picked out some of the most absurd and asked that they be taken off the books." Read more: www.washingtonexa...

Feb 09, 2017 11:36 am

Opioid Addiction -- We shouldn't be asking why the addiction, but why the pain in the first place. For example, childhood trauma shapes the physiology of the developing brain in ways that induce a susceptibility to addiction. Hence the addiction-prone person finds relief in substances that would not entice others, even after repeated exposure to the same drugs. Read more:

Feb 09, 2017 11:36 am

New Memorial Planned - By 2021, the National Mall should have another military monument to add to their tour. But unlike the WWII or Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National Native American Veterans Memorial will pay tribute not to a specific conflict, but to the service of an entire ethnic group. Native Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in every major military conflict since the Revolutionary War. Read more:


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