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Navajo Code Talker Bill Toledo passed on Thursday morning in Grants at the age of 92.

 Toledo was born on March 28, 1924 in Torreon, NM on the eastern Navajo reservation. He attended Albuquerque Indian School, but quit to join the military in 1942. He ended up graduating after his enlistment. Toledo served in the Pacific corridor during World War II and spent three years as a Code Talker in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Toledo's daughter, Sharon Webb, said her father never disclosed he was a Code Talker in the war until she and her mother, Louise Jose, of Laguna Pueblo, discovered his honorary discharge papers in 1972, which noted he was a Code Talker. When Toledo returned from work that day, Webb says her father was surprised they had found out, but he told them of his missions for the first time.

Webb shared several stories her father told her before his death with KOB Thursday. She said one time, he said he was running from a sniper while delivering a message and was later teased by his fellow soldiers that he should have played football because of the way he dodged the bullets.

In another instance, he was captured by his fellow Marines, who thought he was a Japanese soldier. But when fellow soldiers asked a commander if he should be shot, the commander told them he was a U.S. Marine. Toledo was assigned a bodyguard from that point on.


He was honored with several medals for his service, according to his daughter. After his service, Toledo attended vocational school at Haskell Indian School and left with a vocation in auto mechanics.

Webb said her father was active in the Navajo Code Talker Association and that he traveled across the world to talk about the Code Talkers. Toledo had three children, one of whom (Webb) he leaves behind. He is also survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Webb said Toledo's grandchildren sang the Marine Corps Hymn for him on his deathbed Wednesday night, just as they had when they were younger. It was their goodbye. Funeral services for Toledo will be held at French Mortuary on Lomas near Eubank. The visitation is Monday and is open to the public.

Toledo will be buried at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe on Tuesday.
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VIDEO Navajo Code Talker Bill Toledo singing the Marine Corps Hymn

Thursday

“People are becoming aware and understand what I’m fighting for: the land, water and life, not only my own, but the population in general.

The noted indigenous activist from Peru, Maxima Acuña de Chaupe, was one of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize winners for her battles to protect her land from a multinational mining company that has sent private security and police to harass and assault her and her family.

Acuna de Chaupe was selected for the 2016 prize for “years of principled resistance to the Colorado-based gold-seeking conglomerate Newmont Mining Company.”

“During my struggle I felt very sad, like I was alone, but now I know I am not alone,” Acuña de Chaupe said at a gathering on April 16 before the awards ceremony.

“People are becoming aware and understand what I’m fighting for: the land, water and life, not only my own, but the population in general.”

Acuña de Chaupe has been struggling for five years against the efforts by owners of the Yanacocha Mine, co-owned by the Newmont Mining Corporation of Colorado, to evict her or have her fined and arrested for not leaving her land.


The conflicts with the mine owners began in 2011 and continued well into 2015 despite winning a legal battle in late 2014 initiated by the Newmont Company. The company had charged Acuña de Chaupe with illegally squatting on the land and a provincial court agreed in August of 2014, sentencing her to a 2-year suspended prison term and a fine of $2,000.

Four months later, with the help of the NGO GRUFIDES and other activists, Acuña de Chaupe was found not guilty on all charges and the order of eviction was removed. Even with this development however, the activist and her family was subjected to further violent assault –where she, her daughters and husband were severely beaten – and destruction of her property and crops by Newmont security forces and Peruvian police.


Acuña de Chaupe has also filed official complaints against the company and national police. The Inter American Commission on Human Rights had already issued an order of precautionary measures to the Peruvian government to take steps to protect the life of the activist in 2014 after Amnesty International and activists from around the world advocated for her safety and rights to stay on her land.


The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, as well as for combating destructive development projects often at great personal risk.

Along with international recognition and greater visibility Goldman award winners receive copy75,000 to continue their grassroot advocacy efforts.
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One hippopotamus saw the perfect opportunity for freedom and decided the risk was well worth it.

 On Wednesday, traffic on the roads and sidewalks of Palos de la Frontera, a town in southern Spain, came to a grinding halt when the hippo managed to escape from the circus show where he'd been held, according to La Razón, a local news outlet.

Photos and videos show the hippo looking lost as he wandered around, with a crowd watching his every move from afar.

It's unknown how the hippo managed to escape in the first place, but, sadly, his trot to freedom didn't last long — reportedly, authorities and circus workers wrangled the hippo and returned him to his enclosure at the circus.

In light of recent news concerning Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' last elephant show, this hippo's escape is just another example of an animal who'd rather not be in the circus.


Hippos, like any other animal, thrive best in their natural habits — where they have plenty of water in which to roll around and from which to drink, and the African sun over their heads to warm themselves. They're also very social animals who usually live in groups made up of anywhere between 10 to 200 individuals.
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This Malaysian busker was about to call it day, as not many people gathered around to hear him sing.

Just as he started to sing for fun, the cutest little audience showed up… A group of four 3 month old kittens came to show their support!

“Suddenly, the kittens (3 months old) come and sit in front of him, he continued, it’s like [they] know his feeling and give him support,” the owner of the video wrote online. “The kittens be his audience till the end and he thanked the kittens for watching his performance.” The best part? At one point, the kittens started to bob their fuzzy little heads along with the beat! (Source)

Music seems a more fundamentally human art form than most. It's home to our most intimate emotions and has such a strong effect on our brain chemistry that it's addictive. But it isn't just humans that love music. The science of music's effect on animals and even plants reveals something startling: It's not just an art form — it's essentially a force of nature.

Due in no small part to the frustration of being woken up by an early-rising bird, most of us write off all animal noise as merely irritating. Animals, on the other hand, are empathetic when they listen to cross-species music, and react with emotions and behavior eerily similar to our own. At dog kennels, researchers found that classical music reduced anxiety in the dogs, helping them sleep more and bark less.


Many pet owners leave their home radios playing all day for the listening pleasure of their dogs and cats. Station choices vary. "We have a very human tendency to project onto our pets and assume that they will like what we like," said Charles Snowdon, an authority on the musical preferences of animals. "People assume that if they like Mozart, their dog will like Mozart. If they like rock music, they say their dog prefers rock." -

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Wednesday

Raymond the wild raven has obviously picked up some interesting sounds and he definitely seems to be enjoying being an entertainer with them!

Old man says " This Raven has been friendly with me for the past three years, he will take food out of my hand and occasionally will dig a hole in the dirt of the flower box and bury it. It is the 23rd of April and the Crow's which is a migratory bird has arrived in Yellowknife and Raymond is not happy about that situation........

The raven also has a prominent role in the mythologies of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, including the Tsimishians, Haidas, Heiltsuks, Tlingits, Kwakwaka'wakw, Coast Salish, Koyukons, and Inuit. The raven in these indigenous peoples' mythology is the Creator of the world, but it is also considered a trickster god.

For instance, in Tlingit culture, there are two different raven characters which can be identified, although they are not always clearly differentiated. One is the creator raven, responsible for bringing the world into being and who is sometimes considered to be the individual who brought light to the darkness. The other is the childish raven, always selfish, sly, conniving, and hungry.


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