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Two Haskell Indian Nations University students recognized by American Indian College Fund


KANSAS – Two Haskell Indian Nations University students have been recognized by the American Indian College Fund for their outstanding scholarship and service to the Native Community at Haskell.

Senior Beverly Foley was honored at the American Indian Higher Education Student Conference as Haskell’s 2015 American Indian College Fund Student of the Year. She delivered the keynote speech to her fellow tribal college students detailing her personal challenges that she had to overcome.

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Federal Tribal Marijuana Memo Isn’t Just Blowing Smoke


WASHINGTON – In December 2014, the federal government announced it would not intervene against Native American Tribes that allow for regulated cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution of cannabis on tribal lands. Since that announcement, a number of tribes, including the Mohegan, Suquamish, and Seneca Nation tribes, have indicated at least some interest in tribal marijuana. My law firm is co-sponsoring the first national Tribal Marijuana Conference at the end of this month and representatives from more than thirty tribes will be in attendance.

Specifically, the Department of Justice has stated it will not focus its resources on prosecuting growing or selling marijuana on tribal lands, even when state law prohibits it. This holds true for both medical and recreational cannabis, though the DOJ will enforce federal marijuana laws on tribal lands if the tribe requests it do so. The DOJ tribal marijuana memo (actually dated late October 2014) can be found…

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Cultural Heritage and the Family Dinner Table

~I can really relate~


What is lost when families are not involved in selecting the dishes they cook? For one thing, it means that they are not sharing food drawn from their own store of recipes, their heritage, or even regional specialties. I was born to an Indian father and a Chinese mother, but spent my childhood around the world because of my father’s job in the airline industry. The only time I really felt connected to my culture was at dinner every night, eating rice with chicken curry, fried noodles, vegetables in soy sauce, or coconut chutney with dosa (a kind of Indian crepe). My husband, for his part, felt a link to his Jewish heritage when he was eating his grandmother’s matzo ball soup, brisket, or Saturday-morning bagels and lox. If the two of us don’t move past the meal kits, there is a distinct possibility that many of our family’s food…

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Quitting the Internet, Cold Turkey

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The advice offered to me by people when I explain I am going to live by myself in the woods for a week varies from the sensible (“Develop a routine”) to the frankly awful (“Take some weed!”).

But it is Michael Harris, the Canadian author who published a book in 2014 called The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection, who I pay most attention to.

Like me, Harris decided to try and face his fears. He gave up the internet and his phone for an entire month, though not, it must be said, human contact altogether. Nevertheless, “crushing loneliness,” is how he describes the initial effects of his experiment.

“You have to remember, people who design our online experiences have devoted enormous resources toward making them as addictive as possible,” Harris says. “Walking away from it makes you feel like shit, because…

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“Community” artist statement

Traci Martin Studios

“To perceive and to know a friend, therefore, is necessarily in a manner to perceive and in a manner to know oneself.” -Aristotle

“We were born to unite with our fellow man, and to join in community with the human race.”- Cicero

“Community” is a tribute to the relationships in my life and the story I am able to tell because of these individuals. The series is an ongoing work-in-progress, much like the ever-evolving relationships I portray. Each portrait is a concise and thoughtful narrative of my relationship with the subject, while the titles articulate the setting with a glimpse of detail and insight. When I plan each portrait, I think through characteristics, strengths, quirks, and what makes the person light up. I think about the impact they have had in my life and what I want to tell the world about them. I think about the journeys our relationships…

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November Cascades of Shooting Stars Bring End to Daylight Savings Time


Just as in October, November could be rife with fireballs, as the Northern and Southern Taurid meteor showers bracket one of the flashiest shooting star spectacles of the year, the Leonids.

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The Taurids tend to be faint anyway, and this time since the moon is bright during the first shower, the meteors that blaze to life in honor of our warriors around Veterans’ Day may not be all that visible.

“Taurid meteors tend to be slow-moving, but sometimes very bright,” saysEarthsky.org. “In 2014, a bright waning gibbous moon will bleach out all but the brighter meteors during the late evening and wee morning hours. But try watching before moonrise on the evening of November 11, and even after the moon rises, you still might catch some bright meteors in the wee morning hours of November 12.”

Before that, Earthsky.org notes, the Southern Taurids are due between midnight and dawn on November 5, and might even produce fireballs. However, that will mostly be visible below the equator, thus entertaining aboriginals in Australia and elsewhere.

Both Taurid showers are “long-lasting but modest,” Earthsky.org says, with the peak for the North Taurids being just seven meteors hourly at best.

November’s pièce de résistance, though, comes later in the month, with the Leonids, which have been known to dazzle and even intimidate with thousands of meteors per hour, or even per minute in a brilliant year. Comprised of debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle, the shower peaks late in the night of November 17-early 18.

Stay tuned for more on that in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, remember to set the clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. on November 2, or before bedtime on Saturday November 1. And just think—you’ll have an extra hour to gaze at the sky looking for that special wish-worthy shooting star.


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