Tuesday

The Magnificent Seven is an upcoming American western action film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk.

A remake of the 1960 western film of the same name, which in turn was a remake of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai, the film stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Peter Sarsgaard and Haley Bennett.

The film will have its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2016. It will also serve as the closing night film at the Venice Film Festival on September 9. The film was initially set to be released on January 13, 2017. However, in August 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment moved the film up for a release on September 23, 2016

It’s a big deal because Martin is not only enrolled in a Tribe (not always guaranteed when Hollywood casts Natives), but also immersed in Native community and culture. Martin joins Tatanka Means, Jeremiah Bitsui, Misty Upham (Rest in Peace) and Adam Beach as Native actors who have had major roles in big budget, mainstream filmwork in the past couple of years.

Martin Sensmeier as Red Harvest, a Comanche warrior.

Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier), a character not in the original film. He is the Native American equivalent of the Avengers' Hawkeye -- an insanely-good bow and arrow expert. If the test screening reactions Fuqua witnessed were any indication, expect Red Harvest to emerge as a fan-favorite.





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These quick-thinking holidaymakers saved a pod of beached whales by swimming alongside them back out to sea.

The dramatic scenes took place on the Las Coloradas beach in the south of Lanzarote, one of the popular Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa.

Footage filmed by diver Natasha Maksymenko from the local Rubicon Diving Centre show the group of about ten short-finned pilot whales being washed up.

Maksymenko described the experience on social media saying: 'At the beginning people were too scared to go in the water, but later when they saw we were in the water they were encouraged and we saved them all.

'Personally, I am proud to have had the opportunity to do this and very emotional to have saved a baby pilot whale with my own hands, I will never forget the look on its face.'


Together, the people wade into the water and splash the small whales with water to keep them wet all the while trying to urge them to swim away from the shore
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Monday

A tribal leader Wednesday said he contacted the White House and met with North Dakota's senators in an effort to halt construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline that crosses the Missouri River near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II, in a teleconference with reporters, stressed that the he and the tribe are working to ensure peace among those protesting the Dakota Access pipeline.

"There is no place for threats, violence or criminal activity," Archambault said.

North Dakota transportation officials, meanwhile, closed a several-mile stretch of Highway 1806 on Wednesday because of the protest along the road.

The 1,172-mile pipeline planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is passing through the Dakotas and Iowa on its way to Illinois. Construction crews with armed private security guards arrived last week just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers, where native Americans have been staging a protest for months at a "spirit camp."

Archambault and more than two dozen others have been arrested in the past week for interfering with construction of the project.


On Monday, developers of the project sued in federal court to stop protesters — including Archambault — from interfering with the project, alleging the safety of workers and law enforcement is at risk.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland granted the developer's motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday.

Archambault said he met Wednesday with North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp to "express concerns" about the pipeline.


The tribe sued federal regulators late last month for approving the pipeline. The tribe argues the pipeline would disturb sacred sites and affect drinking water for the thousands of residents on the reservation and the millions who rely on it downstream.

Archambault told reporters he also has urged President Barack Obama to step in. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2014 to get a firsthand look at the impoverished living conditions on the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

Photo: Byron Buffalo

Archambault said he asked nothing of the president then but is doing so now.

"I believe both he and Michelle Obama were touched," Archambault said. "So now if there's any way he can intervene and move this pipeline off our treaty lands, I'm asking him."

The White House did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
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Meet Martin Studer, the world's best postman. On his route, he encounters Pippa, a dog who must bring her family mail every single day. Is there a best postman award that exists?

 Aside from being downright adorable, Pippa is also a very smart and helpful dog. She takes her task of collecting the daily mail delivery VERY seriously, and her mailman Mark Studer thinks it’s just the cutest thing. But, what about the days when there is no mail for her humans?

Sometimes, there just isn’t any mail for Mark to deliver to Pippa’s family. He knows just how excited she gets to do her daily chore for the family, and he just felt like he couldn’t disappoint his friend.

 However, what could he do? He couldn’t just give her someone else’s mail, so he decided that he would just make his own.

It’s not always an easy task. Sometimes Mark has to improvise a bit, but he always comes up with something for her to take in to her family. This way Pippa is never disappointed, and he gets to see her happy, smiling face each day.

"Sometimes, Pippa comes out for the daily delivery but there's no mail for her to collect. So i have to improvise" Martin Studer wrote in a Facebook post.
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Sunday

A baby squirrel was saved by a family and formed a special friendship with their dog Millie.

Abbey Harrison wrote:

“We left the squirrel outside for about a day and when we went back he was still there. His mother never found him, or his mother was dead. We then took it upon our elves to take care of this little squirrel until he is ready to be released.

"So far he has lasted just over a week under our care. He has evolved from not having his eyes open to a bounding squirrel full of energy.”

“He is very fun to watch and enjoys playing with my dog and of course, eating. Neither my dog, nor the squirrel has been hurt during their play. He is not meant to be kept as a pet, and will be released as soon as possible. Please enjoy this little video of the squirrel and my dog.”

Millie and Squirrel look like they love playing with each other!


Mrs. Harrison is planning to release the little squirrel in the wild when he’ll be bigger and stronger, because squirrels shouldn’t be kept as pets. But in the meantime, she’s taking great care of him, and the friendship he shares with Millie is truly amazing.




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