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red rock water #1

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I was interested in learning about  the water in my town Red Rock, Oklahoma. The only information that I came across online however;  was about water filtration systems. I am taking that as an indicator that the water in Red Rock is not suitable for the residents to drink. From personal experience I would also say the water isn’t suitable enough for drinking and questionable when bathing in it, because of the effects it can have on your skin, during certain times or allergic reactions for people with skin conditions.

“The process of water purification can remove several contaminants from homes. this list includes sand, parasites, calcium, fungi, algae, magnesium, lead, copper, and chromium. Purification can affect the waters smell, taste, and appearance which in turn makes the water safer and more effective for drinking, cooking, laundry, and bathing.” (untitedwatersystems,com/providers-redrock-ok.html)

 

I thought water that came through our tap systems at home had already filtered out most of these things. There would be some occasions where the water would contain contaminants that you could actually see and smell. My family has always bought water from the stores home for cooking and drinking.

the LAKE

the LAKE

When doing some research I also came across a site that had information about sooner lake. which is located approx 5-10 miles south of Red Rock, OK. where I grew up. At a smaller age we would swim and fish in the lake. The more recent times are different nobody ever swims in the lake, and when people do go out on a boat its for recreation. The local people do still fish in the lake but, there is mercury contaminants in the lake so they throw the fish back, its harmful to your body to eat the fish. Here are some numbers that i came across on the website.

2010 releases

222544.60099209 pounds of chemicals from OG&E

  • Mercury compounds 178.1 pounds = air/ water
  • Lead compounds  199.5 pounds = air
  • Barium compounds  7019 pounds  = air/water
  • Hydrochloric acid   26000 pounds  = air

2005 releases

293798.10121718 pounds of chemical from OG&E

  • Mercury compounds   219.4 pounds  = air/land
  • Lead compounds  458.7 pounds  = air/ land
  • Copper compounds  842 pounds = air/ land
  • Vanadium compounds 1173 = air/ land
  • Barium compound  19360 pounds  = air/ land/ water
  • Hydrochloric acid  32000 pounds  = air
  • Sulfuric acid  36000pounds = air
  • Hydrogen fluoride  200000 pounds  = air

Polluters were found using the Toxic Release Inventory Program. The goal of the Toxics Release Inventory program is to provide communities with information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities and to support informed decision making at all levels by industry, government, non-governmental organizations, and the public.” (Environmental hazards,  http://www.homefacts.com/environmentalhazards/Oklahoma/Noble-County/Red-Rock.html)

It seems the environmental damage over the past 7 years has damaged much more than just the air, the water and land have also suffered from the toxic waste of the power plant. Its common for things like this to effect the ground water and possibly the towns water sources as well.

Hungry students win campaign for more robust lunches

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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.”

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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

-http://www.kansastravel.org/kansaswaterfalls.htm

 

 

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

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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 (http://cdnorigin.travelok.com/article_page/the-standing-bear-powwow-a-gathering-of-tribes-a-celebration-of-culture)

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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.

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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.

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“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.

http://standingbearpark.com/

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TravelOK.com Video

TravelOK.com Video.

 

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

Thanksgiving day Meal

This year my son and I were unable to go home and eat with oour families. So instead we hung out in Lawrence KS with some of our friends. This was our first thanksgiving not with our family which was different because the food we usually prepare is not like the food we ate on Nov. 22, 2012. Thanksgiving meal is one of the best cooked meals all year, people are focused on the foosd during this holiday more than others. The food that my family usually prepares is the traditional Turkey and gravy, along with potatoes baked and mashed. We prepare many veggies and side dishes but the best part is all the desert. We usually have different pies like pumpkin and cherry and serve fruits and berries.

     This year we had different food, my friends are from the Oneida nation and we had wild rice, veggies and bread. They also had the traditional turkey and gravy but the side dishes were things that my son and I are not used to having. The desert was also good homemade pies, and to drink we had lemonade. I thought the food seemed healthy and it definately tasted great, I’m glad we were able to try something new.

   On my facebook feed i came across this image and it really got my attention. The idea of banning the holiday because Indians didnt get the same actions of kindness when they were unselfish and helpful to pilgrims and other europeans. 

 

 I also found this image and thought it was interesting because this is what you think of when someone brings up the first thanksgiving. In my opinion it was nothing like this but for the most part this is the typical american image of thanksgiving.

Climate Change impacts on Tribes #7

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    Tribes experienced climate change in the mid- to late 1800’s. Many were relocated into areas that they had to adapt to. The tribes had no knowledge of the area that was to become their new home. The tribes were self-sufficient and lived sustainable lives in their Indigenous Culture. The Tribes never went hungry, or sick. There were many ways to harvest food, hunt game and natural remedies for medicinal purposes. The population was also decreased by a substantial amount. That affected the entire Identity and culture of Tribal people.

Today the Tribal Nations have established communities and they are not completely sustainable but have been making efforts. The American economy today has food prices increasing and climate change is affecting the way tribes buy, sell, and grow food is changing. The tribe I am from has begun to grow some garden foods, for the most part the food we eat is bought from the manufactures. The food that we feed our children and our elders is food purchased from groceries stores. We no longer hunt game,fish in the waters, or harvest foods like we once did.

climate change impact on Food

Climate Change Impacts on Food

 

                The climate change here in Lawrence Kansas has caused impacts on local farms. There has been a major drought especially over the spring and summer seasons it has hurt the economy. I have noticed that many garden projects have been expanded or created to produce healthy affordable food for communities. That is one way climate change has impacted my view on food, I have really noticed and become interested in all the gardening projects, from the most recent to the earliest gardens.

                The Haskell garden has grown and gained much attention. I hope to see it become more developed and sustainable for students to model their own gardens at Home. The composting project will help the size increase because it can provide large amounts of fertile soil and the collection of compost is increasing. Students are really interested in the project and involved in the actions of composting and recycling. This will improve the entire campus in recycling and reducing garbage from the amounts of food composted.

   Climate change has been like a wake-up call to all our habits. Our eating habits especially if we can garden in our communities and produce enough food to sustain our families. This is a great alternative to buying manufactured and processed food from the store. If not just money, gardening can benefit in other ways also.

    The generation now, our children have been studied and are living shorter life spans because of the modern food choices in our diets. Fast-food or unhealthy processed food seems to be accessed more easily by families. In reality gardening gives you the most convenience and the healthiest choices for your family.

Talk about smart use of space—these young gardeners use their small urban backyard to grow vegetables and raise hens for eggs, saving a lot on grocery bills and ensuring daily access to healthy food.

Food for Money #6

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    In Native American communities the people support and encourage fellow tribal members, one way the people support each other is by fundraising. The fundraisers are for events or individuals who need sponsorship or help with expenses. The fundraisers in my community mostly deal with food, or traditional dancing.

      People in Native communities need help with expenses so they raise money for something like a sport, or athletic event is an example. Many clubs, organizations and groups; student and non-student also do fundraisers in the Native Community. The most famous fundraiser that I notice is an Indian Taco Sale. The sales are profitable because the money is needed and greatly appreciated. There are other foods as well such as meat pies, breakfast burritos, Indian Dogs ( hot dogs in fry bread) and just plain fry bread, not so much healthy but definitely tasty ! Which is why these foods make a profit, people will always need food and so there will always be a market for these fundraisers in our Native communities.