The Center for Biological
Upholds Protections for Polar Bear
federal judge this morning rejected attempts by the state of
Alaska, Safari Club International and others to strip
Endangered Species Act protection from the polar bear. U.S.
District Judge Emmet Sullivan shot down the groups' claim
that there wasn't enough evidence that global warming is
pushing polar bears toward extinction. In fact, scientists
have made it clear that, left unchecked, warming could melt
so much sea ice that two-thirds of the world's polar bears,
including all in Alaska, will probably be gone in 40 years.
Polar bears were listed as "threatened" under the Endangered
Species Act in 2008 after a petition and legal action led by
the Center for Biological Diversity. We returned to court
last year to seek additional protections with an
"endangered" designation and fight off efforts by Alaska and
others to throw out all protections for the bear. In his
ruling today, Sullivan left the polar bear listed as
"threatened" but made it clear its protection under the
Endangered Species Act is warranted and needed for the bear
to survive. Our separate challenge over a Bush
administration rule that exempted greenhouse gases from
being addressed because of polar bears is still pending.
EPA Challenged for Letting
Power Plant Pollute
Center for Biological Diversity and allies filed a challenge
this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's decision
to exempt a proposed power plant in California from
According to an EPA decision this spring, the
proposed Avenal Power Plant wouldn't be required to conform
to current pollution controls required by the Clean Air Act
that deal with nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and certain
greenhouse gases. We filed our challenge with judges on the
EPA's Environmental Appeals Board, which has final say over
the agency's permitting decisions. The plant is planned for
the San Joaquin Valley, which already has some of the most
polluted air in the country and can ill afford a new,
uncontrolled air polluter.
more in our
press release, learn about the
Clean Air Act.
Mining Linked to Birth Defects
coal mining has long been known to pollute Appalachian air
and waterways; it has annihilated more than 500 mountaintops
and polluted 2,000 miles of streams, releasing toxins like
mercury, lead and arsenic. Now new research shows this
pollution's startling human toll.
According to a study published last month in
Environmental Research, devastating birth defects --
from malformed hearts to club foot to spina bifida -- are
more likely to occur in Appalachian counties with
mountaintop removal than in other counties in the region. In
fact, rates for defects in Appalachian counties were about
235 per 100,000 live births versus 144 per 100,000 live
births in areas without mountaintop removal. Previous
studies have documented the coal industry's terrible
public-health impacts, like a higher rate of chronic heart,
lung and kidney disease in mining communities. Add these
human impacts to the environmental devastation of
mountaintop removal -- which irreversibly deforms natural
landmarks and obliterates habitat for rare species -- and
the next stop is obvious: End this destructive practice now.
Read more in the Lexington
Herald-Leader and get the latest on the Center's
end mountaintop-removal mining.
Help protect indigenous Ojibwe food source, Wild Rice
Help American Indian Students Obtain Higher Education
Protect the Red Bay Indian Mound Site
Protect Religious Freedom of Native
American Indian State Recognized Tribes
The Manataka American
Indian Council supports:
Alerts of the
Spies Strike Again: Exposing the Shocking Links
Between the Biotech Industry and the Organic Trade
After the success
"Organic Spies Find Lies," the organic
industry's most diligent muckrakers, the Organic
Spies, are at it again with a new documentary, this
time exposing the connection between Horizon, Dean
Foods, Land O' Lakes and Monsanto.
Watch the Video and Take Action
Dean Foods, the largest
dairy corporation in the U.S., owns Horizon, the
leading organic milk brand, as well as White Wave
Silk soy milk which switched from using organic
soybeans to so-called "natural" soybeans.
Most of the new GMO
alfalfa that will be grown in this country will be
used to feed dairy cows producing milk for Dean
Foods, who of course already force-feed their
factory farm bovines on genetically engineered corn
Monsanto and Forage
Genetics' alfalfa represents a major threat to the
integrity of organic milk, as GMO alfalfa will
inevitably contaminate organic alfalfa fields, but
of course Dean Foods/Horizon/White Wave didn't try
to stop GMO alfalfa. The same PR flak who lobbies
for Dean Foods lobbies for Horizon!
And it gets worse. Dean
Foods is the primary marketing agent for Land O'
Lakes, a giant dairy, seed, and biotech company
which owns Forage Genetics, the co-patent-holder,
along with Monsanto, of GMO alfalfa!
Land O' Lakes, is the
largest livestock feed seller in the U.S. With
almost all soy and corn being GMO, and 98% of soy
and 60% of corn being used as animal feed, that
makes Land O' Lakes the biggest pusher of Monsanto's
GMO crops. Land O' Lakes also sells Monsanto's GMO
seeds and Roundup herbicide.
As a dairy processor, Land
O' Lakes used to be a competitor of Dean Foods. They
went from competitors to partners with a licensing
agreement for Dean to process and distribute Land O'
Lakes dairy products. Now Land O' Lakes is a Dean
Foods brand, along with Horizon, Silk, and
International Delight. Dean Foods might as well sell
Association is calling for a boycott of Dean Foods
and all of its brands, including Horizon and Silk,
to protest GMO alfalfa and all of the other crimes
against human health, worker safety, animal rights
and the environment caused by Dean's factory farmed
"You can pray
for whatever you want, but it is always best to pray for others, not for
yourself." -- John Fire Lame Deer, Lakota
When you are selfish
and you pray, you are requesting things to flow only to you. When you are
selfless, you are praying for things to flow to others. The old ones say this is
the highest form of prayer. Praying this way is according to the Natural Laws.
today, let my thoughts be about others.
Women's Council News
Welcome Home Hattie Kaufmann
(Photo by Jack McNeel)
The headline for the Idaho Community Foundation’s 2nd Annual North Idaho Luncheon on June 14 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, read “Welcome Home.”
Hattie Kauffman, the national news correspondent for CBS’ “The Early Show,” based in Los Angeles, California, returned to her home state as the event’s featured speaker. The organization gathers funds from donors, grows the funds over time through investment and then grants the money for a variety of philanthropic projects statewide—a mission that Kauffman endorses.
Kauffman, the first and only American Indian to report for a national network, hails from the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. She spent the first three years of her life on the reservation, then Kauffman and her mother relocated to Seattle, Washington. She still considers Nez Perce her home, where she often returned to “visit grandparents and uncles and aunts,” she told Indian Country Today Media Network.
“I got Native American culture when I would go home in terms of the native foods like huckleberries, salmon, deer meat, that sort of thing—even learning how to gather that kind of food,” Kauffman told ICTMN. “That was a traditional thing my grandfather did. We all jumped in the pickup truck to go to the huckleberry grounds up high where the grizzlies haunt and we’d pick.”
Kauffman has been with CBS since 1989 and was on “Good Morning America” on ABC News from May 1987 to March 1990. Her television career dates back to 1981, when she began as a reporter for KING-TV in Seattle and transitioned to an anchor in 1983. During her tenure in Seattle, Kauffman earned four Emmy Awards for her work, according to her profile on CBSNews.com. Read More>>>
Medicine for the People
By Harvey Walks With Hawks
Cooking and Eating
With the official first day of spring
past and when you look around you see these little round
yellow flowers that some people hate; Oh Well they are
called dandelions. While everyone else is looking for a
place to spade or plow the garden I am looking for the
beautiful little blooms. Not feeling up to planting and
tending? Take the slacker route and start foraging.
Depending on where you live, the season’s first
dandelion greens may already be busting through the
ground, just waiting for you to pick ‘em. I like to use
the bloom early in the spring.
Fried Dandelion Blossom Recipe
I remember my Paw Paw pulling out his
pocketknife and carefully digging up dandelions in the
yard. Never mind the pretty yellow blossoms. Dandelions
were weeds, and they had to go — root and all.
Granddaddy would probably have a really good laugh if he
knew that I grub up some my dandelions, cook them and
Read More >>>
information is for educational purposes only and not to
be construed as medical advise. It is not
intended to diagnose, cure or is in any way suggestive
as far as medicinal advice.
Always consult your
physician or health care provider before using
alternative medicines or herbs.
The "Healthful" Drink that Can
Damage Your Health
By The Fluoride Action
Submitted by Manataka
Correspondent, Sheri Waya Burnett
According to the U.S. Surgeon
General, "there are profound and consequential disparities in the oral
health of our citizens..." that have resulted in a "silent epidemic" of
dental and oral diseases that disproportionately affects low-income and
Unfortunately, not only are
these groups afflicted with worse dental health, but are also suffering
more extensively from the public health measure carried out under the
guise of improving oral health: water fluoridation.
The Environmental Injustice of
One of the goals of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and particularly of its
administrator Lisa Jackson, is achieving Environmental Justice for all
Americans. According to the EPA (2011):
is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people
regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect
to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental
laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all
communities and persons across this Nation.
It will be achieved
when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from
environmental and health hazards and equal access to the
decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to
live, learn, and work."
Unfortunately, the agencies and
associations that continue to promote artificial water fluoridation -
including the EPA's Office of Water, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention's (CDC) Oral Health Division, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the American Dental Association
(ADA) - have completely ignored racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic
differences when stating that the level of fluoride used is "safe" for
all Americans to consume in drinking water - on a daily basis, and over
A number of groups are
particularly susceptible to fluoride's toxic effects.
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
Killing the Old West
Slaughter on the Western Range
This summer the
federal Bureau of Land Management, which
overseas most of the nation's federal lands,
intends to take approximately 10,000 more
horses from their legal, designated ranges
in Western states.
Beginning July 1st there will be roundups in
Nevada, Wyoming and Oregon and later in
This huge removal number is likely to
represent two-thirds of the remaining wild
horses living on public lands. We will have
almost nothing left of these herds by this
Many of these animals will die, along with a
piece of America.
BLM claims there are 36,000 wild horses on
public lands but those wild horse advocates
who have been out in the field compiling the
numbers removed and the numbers left after
round-ups realize, as usual, that BLM plays
fast and loose with such numbers. This is
something the agency has been criticized for
even by the Government Accounting Office,
state representatives and U.S. senators.
Sacred Sites Policies in Conflict?
Service has scheduled a meeting to hear Hopi Tribe
objections to wastewater-enabled snowmaking for a ski
resort on Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks at the same time
it has approved the start of construction on the
A former Hopi
Tribal chairman and the grassroots group of which he is
a part of hope an upcoming meeting on the San Francisco
Peaks (Nuvatuqui) will provide a voice for tribal
members who oppose the use of wastewater for the
snowmaking at a resort on mountains sacred to a number
of area tribes.
But at about
the same time the Forest Service planned the May 31
“listening session” with Hopi tribal members it also
authorized construction to begin on a pipeline to convey
the wastewater used to make the artificial snow.
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