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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Saturday

"We were assaulted today at the trump rally in Mesa, Az. We were standing on the side of the road, exercising free speech..." said Amanda Blackhorse, a Diné activist.

"Of course the assault happened in front of Mesa Police Department- a trump supporter bull dozed his way thru our crowd knocking over a woman and others. My property damaged in the process. The police watched and did nothing. The woman in the video above is only one of very many, I was able to get this on camera as we were marching. trump spoke in Mesa, in an airport hanger, miles from the city. This was the perfect spot for them, far from the larger crowds that would face him in the city streets. The line to the event was endless, men, women and children with red hats, harassing us, saying vile things, and even following us to our cars."  wrote Amanda Blackhorse on her twitter.

President Donald Trump supporters turned out in droves for his Mesa rally, while few protesters were spotted in the crowd of red.

Many in the Mesa crowd at the International Air Response hangar at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport wore "Make America Great Again" hats. Others were dressed in red, white and blue shirts. Signs saying "Drain the Swamp" and "Trump Pence" were plentiful.

Thousands of cellphones were raised taking photos and videos as Trump's helicopter arrived in Mesa at about 6:45 p.m. Women supporters blew him kisses, and the crowd chanted "USA" as he walked through the crowd.

Mr. Trump continued his attacks on Democrats, whom he called an "unhinged mob."

Photos: Screen of  Diné activist photo by Rebekah Miles and a Trump supporter (from Video)

"Vote for the jobs, not for the mobs," he said, adding that the Republican majority was "very fragile." He urged rally goers not to be "complacent." He also targeted some Democrats by name, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who recently released a DNA test proving that she has a Native American ancestor in response to attacks from Mr. Trump.


"We can no longer call her Pocahontas! I don't know what I'm going to do," Mr. Trump said of Warren, claiming the test showed that she had no "Indian blood."


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We were assaulted today at the trump rally in Mesa, Az. We were standing on the side of the road, exercising free speech... Of course the assault happened in front of Mesa Police Department- a trump supporter bull dozed his way thru our crowd knocking over a woman and others. My property damaged in the process. The police watched and did nothing. The woman in the video above is only one of very many, I was able to get this on camera as we were marching. trump spoke in Mesa, in an airport hanger, miles from the city. This was the perfect spot for them, far from the larger crowds that would face him in the city streets. The line to the event was endless, men, women and children with red hats, harassing us, saying vile things, and even following us to our cars. trump has made the fascist white supremacist stronger and bolder. This needs to stop. 🛑
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Stormy is wonderful with kids. He’s well socialized and likes dogs and cats. But when his family welcomed their fifth child, Stormy was handed over to a Brooklyn shelter.

“If look on his face doesn’t say it all – he misses his family terribly and he has no idea what happened to them! His Mom felt he should not be around the new baby even though he has always been gentle, playful and affectionate with the 4 children he lived with,” Julie Carer wrote on Facebook.

“He is also playful and affectionate with big and small dogs. He is also respectful around a cat he spent time with. Freshy [now named Stormy] even loves to be hugged and held! And, to think his life could end shortly is really just too heartbreaking,” she continued.

Being a Pit Bull, at a busy shelter, his odds of finding a new home were not great. In fact they were nearly impossible – he was scheduled to be euthanized within a few hours of coming to the attention of Eleventh Hour Rescue, who saw the post from a volunteer who described what it was like meeting Stormy (previously named Freshy) at the shelter:

“I always have to wash my hands after walking a dog, but with Freshy I had to rinse my whole arm! Freshy is so loving he practically gave my arms a bath, and when he wasn’t busy licking me, he’d lean in to my legs begging for back scratches.”

“Freshy is a handsome guy, who’s even caught the attention of staff members: upon seeing Freshy, staff came to the yard to visit with him and expressed his admiration for the big happy guy! He sure is hard not to love!”

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When Alana Guerrini, a volunteer and foster carer for Eleventh Hour Rescue, saw his profile her heart broke.

She knew Stormy was special, and raced to save his life, which she did with just minutes to spare.

“He was due to be put down at 5 o’clock, and it was 4:58 or 4:59 when we got the word that ‘We’ll let you take him, and he’s officially yours and off of death row,’” Guerrini said.


She and her son went to pick him up and take him home. From the moment Stormy stepped into her car, he showed how happy and loving he is. He climbed into her son’s lap and wouldn’t stop wagging his tail.

Now that he’s safe, Guerrini plans on finding him the perfect family.
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