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Deer hunters should pay extra and buy lead-free ammo.

Deer hunters should pay extra and buy lead-free ammo.  Many eagles die a terrible slow death each year from lead ammo.  They are scavengers and eat the entrails from gutted deer.  They experience seizures and blindness.  Then slowly starve to death because they can’t fly or stand.  They are often hit by cars.  Last year the raptor center at the U of M had 100 plus lead-poisoned bald eagles admitted to the clinic.  Save our American icon!

Presidential Proclamation — National Native American Heritage Month, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011 1:38 PM

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

November 01, 2011

Presidential Proclamation — National Native American Heritage Month, 2011




From the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Everglades, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed immensely to our country’s heritage. During National Native American Heritage Month, we commemorate their enduring achievements and reaffirm the vital role American Indians and Alaska Natives play in enriching the character of our Nation.

Native Americans stand among America’s most distinguished authors, artists, scientists, and political leaders, and in their accomplishments, they have profoundly strengthened the legacy we will leave our children. So, too, have American Indians and Alaska Natives bravely fought to protect this legacy as members of our Armed Forces. As service members, they have shown exceptional valor and heroism on battlefields from the American Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan. Native Americans have demonstrated time and again their commitment to advancing our common goals, and we honor their resolve in the face of years of marginalization and broken promises. My Administration recognizes the painful chapters in our shared history, and we are fully committed to moving forward with American Indians and Alaska Natives to build a better future together.

To strengthen our economy and win the future for our children, my Administration is addressing problems that have burdened Native American communities for too long. We are working to bolster economic development, expand access to affordable health care, broaden post-secondary educational opportunities, and ensure public safety and tribal justice. In June, I signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council, to strengthen Federal engagement with tribal governments and promote economic prosperity in Indian Country and across rural America. This comes in conjunction with several settlements that will put more land into the hands of tribes and deliver long-awaited trust reform to Indian Country.

To bring jobs and sustainable growth to tribal nations, my Administration is connecting tribal economies to the broader economy through transportation infrastructure and high-speed Internet, as well as by focusing on clean energy development on tribal lands. First Lady Michelle Obama’s recently launched Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative will also redouble efforts to encourage healthy living for American Indians and Alaska Natives. These actions reflect my Administration’s ongoing commitment to progress for Native Americans, which was reaffirmed last year when we announced our support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through a comprehensive strategy where the Federal Government and tribal nations move forward as equal partners, we can bring real and lasting change to Indian Country.

This month, we celebrate the rich heritage and myriad contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and we rededicate ourselves to supporting tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and prosperity for all Native Americans. We will seek to strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship by ensuring tribal nations have a voice in shaping national policies impacting tribal communities. We will continue this dialogue at the White House Tribal Nations Conference held in Washington, D.C. next month. As we confront the challenges currently facing our tribal communities and work to ensure American Indians and Alaska Natives have meaningful opportunities to pursue their dreams, we are forging a brighter future for the First Americans and all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 25, 2011, as Native American Heritage Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.



The 8th Annual Gathering and Returning Adoptees Pow wow

Greetings friends and relatives,

It is that time of year again to celebrate the strength of our families.

The 8th Annual Gathering and Returning Adoptees Pow wow is a time to recognize our foster adoptive families who care for our Indian children in need of families. It is also a time to welcome our relatives back to the Circle with a song and ceremony.

Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals, birth relatives, foster parents, foster youth, adoptive parents and your children – this pow wow is for you…………come and celebrate and let us celebrate with you!

1. Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center. There we will meet and talk with other adoptees. We will meet at 11:00 a.m. – 2 hours before the 1:00 grand entry.

2. The ceremony for adoptees/fostered individuals and others who wish to be part of the ceremony, will be sometime in the afternoon session around 3:00.

3. The meeting room will be open again after the ceremony so we can process and talk about the ceremony or what ever else may be on your mind.

4. After all that you can go get your dance on at the pow wow.

5. Sometime after the evening grand entry there will be an honor song for all foster/adoptive parents, their children and families.

8th Annual
Gathering For Our Children & Returning Adoptees
Pow wow
November 5, 2011
(http://www.maicnet.org/ for directions to pow wow)
Emcee: Jerry Dearly
Arena Director: Windy Downwind
Host Drum: Oyate Teca
Co-host Drum: Healing Spirit
Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association – Oneida Chapter
1:00 p.m. Grand Entry
The Wablenica Song will be sung for those returning adoptees and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage.
5:30 p.m.  Feast
7:00 p.m. Grand Entry
Special Honor song and recognition of Foster Children and Foster and Adoptive Families
Vendors contact Jacque Wilson: 612-9401627
Free and open to the public
This pow wow is a celebration our community’s strengths. As we continue to gather and acknowledge the strengths of our families, we heal from the intergenerational trauma within our extended family systems. As our families and communities heal we are better able to adopt and foster our Native children.
Sponsored by:
Hennepin County, First Nations Repatriation Institute , Division of Indian Works, Indigenous Women’s Life Net, Hennepin County,
Sandra White Hawk, First Nations Orphan Association, 651-442-4872, sadoptee@yahoo.com
Tina Knafla, Hennepin Co. Children’s’ Mental Health, 612-348-9662, tina.knafla@co.hennepin.mn.us
Sandy White Hawk