Saturday, March 31, 2007

Just be there!

nurse took the tired, anxious man to the bedside.
"Your son is here," she said to the old man.
She had to repeat the words several times before
the patient's eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart
attack, he dimly saw the young man standing outside
the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The man
wrapped his fingers around the old man's limp ones,
squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the man could sit
beside the bed. All through the night the young man
sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the
old man's hand and offering him words of love and
strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the
man move away and rest awhile.

He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward,
the man was oblivious of her and of the night noises
of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank,
the laughter of the night staff members exchanging
greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words.
The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his
son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The young man
released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and
went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to
do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of
sympathy, but he interrupted her. "Who was that man?"
he asked. The nurse was startled, "He was your father,"
she answered. "No, he wasn't," the Marine replied.
"I never saw him before in my life."

"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to
him?"  "I knew right away there had been a mistake, but
I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't
here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell
whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he
needed me, I stayed."

Friday, March 23, 2007

identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States

Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Cans of pet food fill a cart at a Miami store after the March 17 recall of brands linked to kidney failure and death in animals. Rat poison was detected in the food.
Reed Saxon, AP
A Yorkshire terrier receives care Wednesday in Los Angeles after eating potentially tainted food. The products were wet foods packaged in cans and pouches.
Experts advise owners to call their veterinarian if a pet has eaten recalled food and shows symptoms of possible kidney failure. An animal could be in trouble if it:

· Stops eating
· Appears tired and lifeless
· Seems excessively thirsty
· Urinates much more than usual
· Vomits
· Has diarrhea
· Seems to have abdominal pain

Source: USA Today
Gerry Broome, AP
The maker of the products is Menu Foods. The poison was identified as aminopterin, which some nations use to kill rodents. In the U.S., it is used as a cancer drug.

After the announcement, the company that produced the food expanded its recall to include all 95 brands of the "cuts and gravy" style food, regardless of when they were produced. The company also said it would take responsibility for pet medical expenses incurred as a result of the food.

The substance in the food was identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said.

The federal government prohibits using aminopterin for killing rodents in the U.S. State officials would not speculate on how the poison got into the pet food, but said no criminal investigations had been launched.

The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of dog and cat food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. Some pets that ate the recalled brands suffered kidney failure

Aminopterin is no longer marketed as a cancer drug, but is still used in research, said Andre Rosowsky, a chemist with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Rosowsky speculated that the substance would not show up in pet food "unless somebody put it there."

Paul Henderson, chief executive of Ontario, Canada-based Menu Foods, said the company does not believe the food was tampered with because the recalled food came from two different plants, one in Kansas, one in New Jersey. Menu continues to produce food at the two plants.

"Any amount of this product is too much in food," Hooker said.

Aminopterin is highly toxic in high doses. It inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system. In dogs and cats, the amount of aminopterin found - 40 parts per million - can cause kidney failure, according to Bruce Akey, director of Cornell's diagnostic center.

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was posted online by Menu Foods. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information: (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.

New update I saw on my TV News that the China gluten was in our human foods? Ann

  • Contaminated Pet Food Causes Human Food Scare as Chinese Imports Ri... Contaminated Pet Food Causes Human Food Scare as Chinese Imports Rise ... "Frankly, I was not surprised to read about the wheat gluten poisoning incident," ...,+12:15+PM

  • - Colorado Springs - Pueblo - Human Concerns To Pet Food .... Wheat Gluten Is Found In BothPet Food And Human Food ... It may have been the ingredient contaminated with rat poison, when it was shipped from China. ...

  • FDA doubts that poisoned wheat gluten is in human food supply. I think China is the go-to guy for wheat gluten, because they invented it. ... The dog food debacle is a warning shot over the bow of the human food

    Sunday, March 11, 2007

    Native American Art Community Forum

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    Mar 9, 2007 9:42 PM
    Native American Art Forum
    A brand new feature of Native Art Network. Share stories. Ask or answer questions. Share your knowledge and expertise. Everyone is welcome!

    Native American Art Community Forum

    Saturday, March 10, 2007

    Osama Bin Laden hiding on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

    Osama Likes Frybread


    Osama Loves Frybread

    Director: Sydney Freeland
    Running Time: 10 min.
    Genre: Live Short

    In this hilarious short produced by the IAIA Summer Film and Television Workshop, two sheepherders discover Osama Bin Laden hiding on the Navajo Indian Reservation. As they stake out his remote hiding place, they stumble upon a conspiracy too scandalous to believe.


    Wednesday, March 7, 2007

    Learn More

    [graphic] Learn More

    Presidential Proclamation: National American Indian Heritage Month 2006

    American Indian History Month 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002
    For more information about American Indian properties listed in the National Register, please visit this past feature.

    Indian Health Service
    This website provides a calendar of events and further links, including a Brief History on the Creation of a National American Indian Heritage Month.

    Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
    Visit this website for more information on the 1992 U.S. Congress adoption of amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act (P.L. 102-575) that allow federally recognized Indian tribes to take on more formal responsibility for the preservation of significant historic properties on tribal lands.

    Tribal Preservation Program
    Learn more about the National Park Service (NP Tribal Preservation Program that assists Indian tribes in preserving their historic properties and cultural traditions.

    Online Museum Exhibits
    Discover American Indian artifacts from Chaco Canyon, Hubbell Trading Post and Bandelier National Monument in online exhibits of the NPS's Museum Management Program.

    Archeology Program
    The NPS Archeology Program encourages public interest in and stewardship of the sites contributing to our national heritage. See especially their features on The Earliest Americans, Ancient Architects of the Mississippi and Coso Rock Art.

    Applied Ethnography Program
    The NPS Applied Ethnography Program is concerned with living communities and the resources that are important to these groups. The program's role in the National Park Service includes providing information about groups who "assign significance to places closely linked with their own sense of purpose, existence as a community, and development as ethnically distinctive peoples."

    Library of Congress: Built in America (HABS/HAER/HAL
    The Historic American Buildings Survey (HAB, the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscape Survey (HAL collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States, including sites related to American Indian history and culture. Searches on keywords like "American Indian," or on a specific tribe like the Cherokee, will provide information on an array of associated sites. Most of the site records have publication-quality drawings, photographs and historical data.

    Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
    The National NAGPRA Program develops regulations and guidance for implementing NAGPRA, provides training, assists Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations and museums with the NAGPRA process, and manages a grants program.

    National Congress of American Indians
    The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative national Indian organization serving the needs of a broad membership of American Indian and Alaska Native governments.

    American Indian Heritage Foundation
    The American Indian Heritage Foundation builds bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.

    Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
    The newly opened Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian fosters, protects and promotes an understanding of Native American cultures by collaborating with indigenous peoples across the Western Hemisphere. Visit the American Indian Heritage Month calendar of events.

    Department of the Navy--Naval Historical Center
    American Indians have participated with distinction in United States military actions for more than 200 years. The Navy highlights their involvement online in: 20th Century Warriors: Native American Participation in the United States Military.

    American Indian Policy Center
    The American Indian Policy Center has put together a resources list that provides access to information about US tribal relations, enrollment, sovereignty, and treaties. It also provides access to more information from the Center.

    Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
    Native American Resources on the Internet provides a wealth of links to learn more about Native Americans on the internet.

    NativeWeb: Resources for Indigenous Cultures Around the World
    Developed by a group of historians, independent scholars, and activists, NativeWeb offers a gateway to more than 4,000 historical and contemporary resources relating to more than 250 separate nations.

    Pascua Cultural Plaza | Hydaburg Totem Park | Chilocco Indian Agricultural School
    Tumacácori National Historical Park | American Indian Feature Page | NR Home

    The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to promote awareness

    [graphic] National American Indian Heritage Month, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service [graphic] N P S arrowhead, a link to the N P S website

    [graphic] November 2004

    Tumacácori National Historical Park, this year's featured National Park
    Photo by Shannon Davis

    The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians and Alaska Natives during National American Indian Heritage Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing the intertribal cultures, the events and lifeways, the designs and achievements of American Indians and Alaska Natives. As part of the observance, this site showcases historic properties listed in the National Register, National Register publications, and National Park units. Join the National Register in paying powerful tribute to the spirit of American Indians and Alaska Natives, and their contributions to our history.

    [graphic] Featured Properties

    Pascua Cultural Plaza, one of this year's featured places
    Photo courtesy of Pascua Neighborhood Center

    Pascua Cultural Plaza
    Tucson, AZ

    A sacred ceremonial site for the Yoeme (Yaqui) people, where the community's traditions continue today.

    Hydaburg Totem Park
    Hydaburg, AK
    A park established by the federal government and local Native Alaskans to protect their works of art and culture.

    Chilocco Indian Agricultural School
    Newkirk, OK
    An off-reservation agricultural school for Native American Indian children from tribes across the country.

    [graphic] Publications

    [photo] Knife River: Early Village Life on the Plains, one of the featured lesson plans
    NPS photo courtesy of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
    Teaching with Historic Places
    This program offers a series of award-winning lesson plans that use places listed in the National Register to enliven the study of history, social studies, and geography. TwHP has seven ready-to-use lesson plans, available for free downloading, that examine different aspects of American Indian history. Titles include:

    American Indians were the first explorers and settlers of the American Southwest. Learn more about their distinctive cultures they established here.
    Photo by and courtesy of Shannon Davis

    National Register Travel Itineraries
    Travel to historic places that convey the rich cultural heritage of our American Indian population with inspiring stories of their perseverance across America.

    [graphic] History in the Parks
    Featured Park 2006: Tumacácori National Historical Park


    WHAT??RE: Recognize Native American Month In Sept.

    Blog: RE: Recognize Native American Month In Sept.  

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    Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007
    Subject: RE: Recognize Native American Month In Sept.
    We, the Undersigned, endorse the following petition:
    Recognize Native American Month In September
    Target: roger versch, Native American
    Roger Versch
    • Signatures: 251
    • Goal: 10,000
    • Deadline: Ongoing...
    I am starting this Petition to recognize Native American Month for the Month of September. I want to submit this to the congressmen and the senate to get this approved we must get as many signatures as possible. Send this to all your friends and Repost. Being The US was truely founded by the Native Americans Dont you think "WE" should be recognized!!!

    Please let's get this petition going. Note and vote, post and cross post if you believe in the cause. Thanks and HUGS!

    American Indian Heritage Month - AIHM
    The Creation of American Indian Heritage Month A brief history
    Source: U.S. Dept. of the Interior,
    Bureau of Indian Affairs - BIA
    Dr. Arthur C. Parker
    What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

    Early Proponents

    One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans" and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

    The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

    State Celebrations

    The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of N.Y. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

    Heritage Months

    In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994. The theme for 2004 is "Celebrating our Strengths." 

    E-News from Native American Public Telecommunications

    Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With A Three Course Feast For The Ear ... Coming soon to Public Television and ...