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Hungry students win campaign for more robust lunches


Editor’s note: The Empowered Patient is a regular feature from CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen that helps put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to health care.

In a battle over healthier school lunches that pitted the Obama administration against school children, chalk up a point for the kids.

Students have been complaining that some of their favorite foods were taken off the plate because of the Obama administration’s efforts to make school lunches healthier.

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tribes and water #11

when looking up tribal issues concerning water i found an article where the tribal representatives from the Squaxin Tribe, decide to ” sit out” and not take part in an advisory hearing to decide what policies should be in place when considering water rights, fishing rights, consumption of both the fish and water quality.

-As part of setting new limits on water pollution based in part on how much fish people eat, state government is convening meetings of interested parties. But the state’s Indian tribes are refusing to participate.

Discouraged by lack of progress, and asserting their rights as sovereign nations, tribes are trying to bypass the state’s process.

“We want action, not further discussion,” Andy Whitener of the Squaxin Island Tribe wrote to Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant in a letter turning down an invitation to join a group providing advice.

it seems normal that the tribe would no longer want to sit in and discuss issues with state and government officials who have the ability to change the way the policies are run, giving tribes the full sovereignty they deserve and are promised in treaties. there has been a long time frame in our history where the view of Indian tribes was not seen as an interest in the perspective of the state and federal governments. it seems like there is a lose-lose situation. if the tribes sit in and have their ideas heard they may not even be considered so they lose there, or they do have an influence on policies the big energy companies will find a way to expand their power using money to take away resources from the tribes. the big money making industries have the most authority even though they are not entitled those rights, the tribal nations are entitled more rights through sovereignty but lack the support from state and government officials. the tribes lose there as well. this tribe in particular is located on a small island, so to them water is the most valuable resource it controls their entire culture and way of life.

-Tribes say current state water-quality rules that call for making sure people are safe eating 6.5 grams of fish a day are woefully inadequate. The people who run industrial plants and municipal water-treatment facilities don’t disagree – but they do worry the rules that result might be so onerous they will have to spend huge amounts of money on upgrades that still don’t meet the standards.

-“The way the tribes are feeling is, they just invested years of effort for nothing. So what’s going to change to start again now? Nothing. So they’re trying to reset it,” said Wilshusen, who said tribes are still looking for ways to work with industry, but separately. “Why would we sit back around again and talk about it with the same people? It’s unlikely there’s going to be any change in point of view.”!OpenElement&FieldElemFormat=jpg

water #10

i chose to write about water falls. they are some of the most beautiful nature made creations, even though some are man made. they supply the rivers ad oceans with runoff and melting snow, some are even made up of all natural fresh spring water. today there are so many contaminates in the earth from peoples yards, pesticides, and energy companies that dump into rivers the waterfalls are not as pure as they once were. the interesting thing i discovered about one waterfall is that is only has effect in certain months of the year. the other time it is either too dry or other reason that the waterfall does not flow.

Elsmore, Kansas – Bourbon Lake Falls:

This waterfall in the spillway at Bourbon State Fishing Lake is usually active from April through June.

After heavy rain, it is nothing short of spectacular. The 30′ falls was visible through the trees from the gravel road a quarter mile away.

 If you park on the road, it is only about a hundred yards to the falls. The best time to visit is April until early June.

Elsmore, Kansas - Bourbon Lake Falls




its would be interesting if there was a way to find out if this waterfall had ever been continuously running or was it always a season fall. also what affected the change and will there be signs of it restoring or is it slowly deteriorating?

community Art #9


Six American Indian tribes – the Kaw, Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca and Tonkawa – gather each year to celebrate their tribal heritage.

– The Standing Bear Powwow: a Gathering of Tribes, a Celebration of Culture (


The standing bear pow-wow is held near the Standing Bear Monument in Ponca City Oklahoma. the monument is our Tribal form of community art. the monument is  dedicated to chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Nation. He is known for his ability to stand up for not only his own rights but for the rights of all Indian people alike. He went to trial and won the case that determined Indian people were humans and equal or the same as other nationalities.


The concept of  “ART”,  is a great way to explain the uniqueness of Native American Culture. Each different  tribal nation has differences represented through songs and dance. in the way we wear our clothes to the materials we use to make regalia. Native art is in every aspect of cultural gathering and traditions. We use art to tell stories and teach our ways to the future generations and restore our knowledge in our culture.


“Watching these six tribes work together on a project is incredibly inspiring and there is an amazing amount of non-native support for the powwow in the Ponca City area. From volunteers to corporate partners, there’s just a tremendous outpouring of support from the non-native community. That’s very gratifying to the tribes and ultimately supports what we’re all about, which is educating.”

– The Standing Bear Powwow: a Gathering of Tribes, a Celebration of Culture

The form of Art is used to educate the community about the tribes history and encourage the learning for future events.

A colorful 60-foot diameter circular viewing court is located at the feet of Standing Bear and contains large sandstone boulders around its parameter affixed with the official brass seals of the six area tribes, Osage, Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria Kaw, Tonkawa and Ponca. The names of eight clans of the Ponca Tribe are inlaid in the floor of the plaza in earth tone colors of terra cotta red, pine green and various shades of browns. A center pool reflects the sky and at its center the eternal flame of “grandfather fire” burns on a large round sandstone pedestal.

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video about standing bear monument and our tribal communities in the northern Oklahoma Indian Territory