Monday

This is such a simple video, but it will seriously warm your heart! In the video, we see a young man jump out of his vehicle to save a dolphin in need without any hesitation whatsoever.

The incredible moment took place at Indian Pass Campground in Port Saint Joe, Florida, which was recently ravaged by Hurricane Michael. When Justin Squire and Renee Burns went to survey the area, they saw the dolphin on the beach and immediately sprung into action.

The inspiring moment shows such compassion for another living being and is a reminder to us all that we are in this together. We share this Earth and all deserve the same compassion and respect. As soon as Justin dragged the dolphin back to the water, the animal swam off with Renee reassuring her friend that he made it out to sea. Apparently, even their Husky was excited about the whole rescue, as he dug into the sand as if to say, “we did it!”

A huge thanks to Justin and Renee for saving a life and inspiring all of us.

It is important to note that you should always consult a professional wildlife rescuer if you come across an animal in need.

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the United States in terms of pressure, behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and Hurricane Camille of 1969. It was also the strongest storm in terms of maximum sustained wind speed to strike the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. In addition, it was the strongest storm on record in the Florida Panhandle, and was the fourth-strongest landfalling hurricane in the contiguous United States, in terms of wind speed.


The thirteenth named storm, seventh hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Michael originated from a broad low-pressure area that formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea on October 2. The disturbance became a tropical depression on October 7, after nearly a week of slow development. By the next day, Michael had intensified into a hurricane near the western tip of Cuba, as it moved northward.
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New Mexico's Deb Haaland is among the large number of minority and marginalized candidates in upcoming US midterm elections

The upcoming US midterm elections will feature a large number of female first-time candidates, including Deb Haaland, who is seeking to become the first female Native American ever elected to the US Congress.

Haaland's supporters say that she will bring a unique voice to Congress if she wins the election.

Native Americans are running for office in greater numbers around the country, with over 100 Native candidates competing for various offices this election cycle.

Deb Haaland has known a lot of firsts in her rise through New Mexico’s Democratic Party ranks. In 2014, she was the first Native American woman from a major party to run for statewide office here when she sought to be lieutenant governor. After that bid failed, she became the first Native American woman in the country to lead a state political party. On Nov. 6, barring a shocking upset, the 57-year-old member of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, could become the first Native American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

It’s a destination that just a few years ago, Haaland would never have imagined reaching. And even now, sitting in her campaign office in the city’s Nob Hill neighborhood, the Sandia Mountain range looming in the distance, she is struck by the unlikely path she took to get here.


“Yeah, that seems like kind of a big deal,” Haaland said, with a disarming laugh. “It’s kind of hard for me sometimes to wrap my head around the fact that it’s me that we’re all talking about and not someone else.”

Both of Haaland’s parents were in the military, so she moved often as a child, attending 13 schools in 12 years. But no matter where they went, Haaland said, her Native American mother and grandparents worked to keep tribal traditions alive for her and her three siblings.

Her grandfather would record traditional songs on to a reel-to-reel tape and the family would gather around and listen to them. She spent summers in the tiny town of Mesita on the Laguna Pueblo, about 45 miles west of Albuquerque, climbing the mesas and swimming in the lake. Haaland’s father, a Marine who was the grandson of Norwegian immigrants and earned a Silver Star in Vietnam, encouraged the history lessons and his children’s embrace of their Native American heritage.


Speaking at a powwow in a downtown city park last month, Haaland told the crowd she can trace her family’s local roots to the 12th century and referred to herself as a 35th generation New Mexican. And then she reminded them that Native Americans weren’t allowed to vote in New Mexico until 1948.

“I’m ready to fight at a moment’s notice,” she said. “Native Americans are the most underrepresented folks in our system. If we have a vote, we have a voice.”

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Sunday

A white Australian Shepherd mix puppy was caught on camera going crazy at the smell of her owner coming home from work.

Opal, is a double Merle and as a result of bad breeding was born completely blind and deaf.

She was videoed standing in her owner's garden, in Spokane, Washington, patiently waiting for him to come home from work.

The loyal dog clearly has a sensitive nose as almost without warning the dog starts jumping up and down in the garden.

Moments later, Opal's owner, Forrest Bray, appears and reaches out to give his best friend a hug and a good pat.

Despite being deaf and blind, the dog's other senses were able to tell her just when her master was coming home.


'Opal has been in our family for only three months and already waits for her dad to get home everyday around the same time,' said owner Christine Bray to JukinMedia.


'She started waiting out front for him to get home a couple of weeks ago. She will wait for an hour sometimes. Very sweet.' Christine wrote in an email.


'But it is when she smells him that she really goes crazy. She ignores all passing cars or the neighbor's cars, she knows his somehow. She is such a happy and loving dog as she runs up the gate to greet him.'

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Native American tribes in the United States will come together to discuss the outstanding matters and ways to address them at the 75th Anniversary Annual Convention & Marketplace that begins on Sunday and runs through October 26 in the US state of Colorado.

The subjects that will be highlighted at the six-day event, organized by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), will vary from Medicaid, making the native vote count, ending violence against women, to climate action efforts across tribal nations, Native homeownership, and preventing substance abuse.

"Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future" is a rediscovery of NCAI's history, the lessons learned from our journey, and how tribal nations and communities can apply those lessons to shape the future for seven generations to come," the NCAI said. "Tribal leaders and other representatives from across the country will come together to celebrate tribal sovereignty and self-governance as well as decades of tireless work by our elders, advocates, allies, and friends."

Tribal leaders and other NCAI members will be have a chance to discuss their ideas and concerns during the plenary sessions, roundtables and meetings. In addition, the convention will feature the 75th Anniversary Gala, the unveiling of its coffee table book commemorating NCAI's difference-making legacy, the Cultural Night Powwow, and special feature presentations throughout the week.

The event's speakers will include tribal leaders, federal and state government officials, partners, and industry leaders. They are NCAI President Jefferson Keel, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Mayor Michael Hancock, Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency William "Brock" Long, as well as Director of Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian Kevin Gover.

The conference will kick off on Sunday with the discussions on administrative and legislative initiatives impacting Tribal temporary assistance for needy families nationally, addiction in the communities, as well as travel visas, treaty rights.

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The issues planned for discussions on Monday include fee to trust issues, permitting and environmental review issues, and other matters involving tribal land, international, border crossing; tribal government identification cards; known traveler programs and air travel, active shooters, and cyber security, among other issues.

The third day of the conference will feature discussions on current tribal economic development efforts, preparing for disasters, current water issues, as well as cultural protection, protection of traditional knowledge, and climate change.


During the rest of the convention, the conference's participants will discuss issues concerning, Medicaid, developing tribal economies, and tribal court systems among various others.

The US federal government recognizes 567 Indian nations in 33 states, including 229 in Alaska. Native American tribes are further recognized by their respective state governments, according to the NCAI.

Established in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest and largest non-profit organization representing US native tribes and the interests of tribal governments and communities
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While animal advocates are working to raise awareness about how harmful keeping slow lorises as pets is and working to save those they can, they’re now celebrating one of the most unique cases yet – the rescue of the first known albino slow loris in the world.

This slow loris had been taken from the wild and kept as a pet in Sumatra before being rescued this August by authorities. Since then, he has been getting the care he needs at the Natural Resources Conservation Centre in Bandar Lampung.

After completing the rehabilitation process, his rescuers believe he’s ready to begin his journey back to the wild and have started the process by bringing him back to his natural habitat in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.

According to International Animal Rescue (IAR), which took part in the release, the area was chosen because it has plenty of food and its status as a conservation area will ensure protection from human activities.

While the journey home has begun, this slow loris won’t be entirely on his own for a few more weeks. First he will spend some time getting adjusted in a habituation area before being fully set free, and he’ll also be radio collared and monitored to ensure he’s thriving on his own after he is released.

Hopefully he will. The illegal wildlife trade is now threatening all species of slow loris throughout their range, which isn’t just harming individuals, it’s taking a toll on the environment.


“Although this albino slow loris is extremely rare, it is still entitled to live freely in its natural habitat like other wildlife. The reintroduction of slow lorises into the wild can also provide benefits and carry out ecological functions in their natural habitat by controlling insects and pollinating plants,” said Teguh Ismail, Head of Lampung Region III Conservation Section BKSDA Bengkulu.

As IAR has previously pointed out, these shy, nocturnal animals are easily stressed and endure a number of heartbreaking abuses as a result of the pet trade. After being torn from their homes, some lorises in captivity are fed inappropriate diets, and others have their teeth crudely clipped or broken off without anesthesia to make them defenseless, which often leads to infection and death, and also makes them ineligible for release even if they are rescued.


“This is the first known albino loris in the world and therefore extremely rare. If it wasn’t for the incredible work of the authorities to combat illegal wildlife trade, this loris could easily have died in the hands of wildlife traffickers. Thankfully, we are able to give this animal another chance to live and thrive in the wild where it belongs,” said Karmele Llano Sanchez, Program Director of IAR Indonesia.

IAR is currently working to rescue, rehabilitate and release as many slow lorises as they can, in addition to educating people about why slow lorises shouldn’t be kept as pets in an effort to stop the trade and keep them safe in the wild where they belong.
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