Tuesday

They can no longer be chained, they must not be tethered outside for more than three hours, and they must have protection from the elements.

In a city that sees far too many abused dogs, a new ordinance has been passed to provide much greater protection to Detroit dogs who are being neglected outside: they can no longer be chained, they must not be tethered outside for more than three hours, and they must have protection from the elements.

“This is a great move for the city of Detroit,” said Wendy Stroup, east side coordinator of C.H.A.I.N.E.D. told Fox 2. “Our city council and our new Detroit Animal Care and Control which is just doing amazing things, staffed with compassionate people.”

This organization has seen dozens of dogs starving, dehydrating, and succumbing to the heat and cold because they’ve been allowed to be left out on chains. These dogs also suffer from the effects of constantly being alone, and C.H.A.I.N.E.D. workers are hoping that the new legislation will decrease the number of neglect cases they see in the Detroit area.

“Without constant socialization and contact, they become bored, lonely and aggressive at times,” Stroup said. “Dogs on chains cannot flee. They are a mark for other dogs that stray and can attack them on a chain in a yard. Also humans, with bad intent.”

The new ordinance states that no dog owner shall: Continuously tether a dog for more than three hours per day.


Violators of the law will be fined up to $500, and may have their dog seized after the third offense. The Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society will try to help provide dog houses, fencing, swiveling cables, and no-tip food bowls to people in need.
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Monday

Russell Means (1939-2012), the American-Indian (Oglala Sioux) activist and actor (Chief Chingachgook in "The Last of the Mohicans") is of one of the country's most famous Native Americans.

In this unscripted monologue, delivered June 9, 1993 from a junk site in Gallup, New Mexico, Means (then 54) calls our attention to environmental injustices, telling us that even western science has verified that the earth is a living organism in space (as Dr. James Lovelock, and then Dr. Lynn Margulis, hypothesized in the 1970's about the planet's interacting systems, defining the Gaia Theory).

Means tells us, "Mother Earth is what its all about...She's a live being... She hurts, she feels, like you and I." The monologue was originally shown at the end of the play, "Wheels Over Indian Trails" based on his life.

Coming from a long oral tradition, Means felt information, especially that about the big environmental picture, shared by all life on earth, should be out there, free to be heard. He liked the Internet age for that reason.

Russell Means has lived a life like few others in this century – revered for his selfless accomplishments and remarkable bravery. He was born into a society and guided by a way of life that gently denies the self in order to promote the survival and betterment of family and community.

His culture is driven by tradition, which at once links the past to the present. The L.A. Times has called him the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. His indomitable sense of pride and leadership has become embedded in our national character.


The Universe, which controls all life, has a female and male balance that prevalent throughout our Sacred Grandmother, the Earth.This balance has to be acknowledged and become the determining factor in all of one’s decisions, be they spiritual, social, healthful, educational or economical.

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Saturday

Nicknamed the Siberian ‘Snow White’ because of her stunning pale hair and fair complexion, Nariyana lives in Yakutia, Siberia.

Out of her whole family, she is the only one with white hair and the first albino from both sides of the family. “She is the most unusual person I’ve met,” photographer Vadim Rufov said. But even though Nariyana has received multiple offers from modeling agencies, her mom doesn’t want her to pursue a modeling career just yet.

“We have already got many offers from modeling and advertising agencies but I don’t want her to work yet,” she said. “When she grows up, she’ll choose who she wants to be for herself.” Though it seems Nariyana already has a pretty good idea… “When I ask her now, she says she wants to be a model.” But for now on, even though the camera loves her, Nariyana is just a regular kid who likes dancing and drawing in her free time!

Yakut people are native population in eastern Siberian region who mainly live in Sakha/ Yakutia Autonomous Republic.

It is believed that Yakuts originated from Turkic people from south Siberia 800-1000 years ago. In the past, due to the threat of their enemies they fled from Central Asia to the north. Russians made first contact with Yakut people only in 17th century (Yakutsk fort was founded in 1632 by Russian Cossacks), but Russian settlers didn’t move to the area of Sakha/ Yakutia Republic until late 18th century.

Yakuts who are living in Siberian region have to survive extremely cold winters, where the temperature might drop down to -60°C (-76.0°F).

Photos Credit: Vadim Rufov

The northern Yakuts were largely hunters, fishermen and reindeer herders, while the southern Yakuts raised cattle and horses.









Sakha (Yakut) people

Friday

As high schools prepare for graduation ceremonies across Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill allowing Native American students to wear traditional regalia while marching to get their diplomas.

The bill signed Friday prohibits schools and government agencies from interfering with students who wish to wear eagle feathers, beads and other items of cultural significance.

In the past, some Native American students expressed disappointment and outrage after being told they couldn't wear beaded mortar boards at graduation.

Not all Montana schools banned the practice but it was left to school boards and campus officials to decide whether to allow Native American regalia.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jen Gross of Billings and supported by the Legislature's Native American caucus sought to bring uniformity to the rules.

"I'm very proud of where I came from and my name," she said. "As Native people, it's important we have an opportunity to represent ourselves with regalia. For many Native Americans, graduation from high school is huge because of so many challenges in life."

 Photo Latonia Andy

Tia Welzenbach, who graduates in May from Sidney High School in Montana, sought approval from her principal before classes last fall if she could bead her cap. The principal turned down her request. So her mother took it up with the superintendent, who then took it up with the school board. In the end, the school board decided to allow the senior to march with a beaded mortar board.

Principal Sue Anderson said it was the first such request she had ever gotten. Welzenbach and her mother were told that students weren't allowed to make changes to graduation attire.
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High school senior Kelly Charley is developing a solar heater for the thousands of homes in the Navajo Nation that don't have access to electricity.

Many people, including Kelly's grandparents, heat their homes with coal, which researchers believe may be a major cause of respiratory illnesses in the Nation.

Nearly half of the Navajo Nation lives below the federal poverty line. Years of mistreatment by the U.S. government, forced (and ineffective) integration and post-war uranium mining that lasted till the late 1980s marginalized and deteriorated the health of the population.

Today, those who live off the grid often rely on kerosene lanterns for indoor light.

The cost of kerosene consumes a large portion of household budgets, while the smoke — released directly into the indoor environment — contributes to a high incidence of respiratory problems, which are exacerbated by the extreme temperature shifts between day and night in the desert climate (as evening descends, homes are shuttered against the cold, preventing ventilation).

The Navajo Nation has an elected government that includes an executive office, a legislative house, and a judicial system, but the United States federal government continues to assert plenary power over all decisions. The executive system manages a large law enforcement and social services apparatus, health services, Diné College, and other local educational trusts.


The population continues to disproportionately struggle with health problems, unemployment, and the effects of past uranium mining accidents.


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