NAPT Announcements - Arctic Briefs - Farmers Call For Audits
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY -
Executive DirectorNational Audio Theatre FestivalsThe National Audio Theatre Festivals, a membership organization dedicated to the promotion of the art of audio theatre, for radio, recorded media and the Internet, seeks to hire a part-time Executive Director starting Dec. 1, 2007.
The Executive Director is responsible for the administrative and creative leadership of NATF and for the management of events. Can work from home anywhere in USA. A full job description is posted at: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=pt9c9dcab.0.xh9kgtbab.8fvnpcbab.7046&ts=S0272&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.natf.org%2F.
The position carries a monthly stipend of $800-1,000, depending on experience. Applicants must send a PDF containing a letter stating why they think they are suited for the job, a resume and the names of two individuals who are willing to recommend them to: email@example.com.
If you prefer to mail in your documents, address documents to Charles Potter, P.O. Box 203, Malden, NY 12453. Filing deadline: Sept. 15, 2007. We encourage qualified female, GLBT, disabled, international and minority classified individuals to apply for all positions. No phone calls, please.
Winner Of The NAPT iPOD Shuffle
"OMG! I'm so excited about the IPod!"
Rosiland Hooper of Carson City, NV. Hooper, a member of the Yerington Paiute Tribe in Nevada, is the winner of the NAPT iPod shuffle.
Thanks to the 369 people who filled out the NAPT web survey. Your input will be very helpful in our website redesign, which is led by Joseph Brown Thunder (Ho-chunk/Lakota Oglala) and Ryan Redcorn (Osage) and Jason Fong at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=pt9c9dcab.0.4bpn8dcab.8fvnpcbab.7046&ts=S0272&p=http%3A%2F%2Fnativeres.com%2F
The Creek Runs Red
"It gets in your blood," says a resident of Picher, Oklahoma about his sense of hometown pride. His words, however, take on a powerful irony in this documentary about the toxic legacy of Picher's lead mining industry.
Since their town was declared a Superfund site in 1981, Picher's residents have been forced to choose between preserving their image of the American dream and preserving their health. The Creek Runs Red carries us into the heart of this sharply divided community to reveal with extraordinary intimacy and insight the full human tragedy of environmental catastrophe.
Co-produced and directed by Julianna Brannum (Comanche), Bradley Peesley, and James Payne.
New Teachers Greet Nunavik Students
Submitted by Ann VanWert
On Monday, Aug. 20, schools re-opened throughout Nunavik - and students saw many unfamiliar faces, as nearly half of the region's teachers are fresh hires from the South.
Thirty-five new French and 30 new English teachers started work last week, although the Kativik School Board still needs two more English teachers, one for Puvirnituq and another for Kangiqsujuaq.
All community schools have principals, said KSB spokesperson Debbie Astroff.
Many post-secondary students have also returned to their studies, Astroff said. These include 22 English college-level students - 19 at John Abbott College in Ste-Anne de Bellevue, three out-of-province, and 21 French college-level students at the CEGEP Marie-Victorin in Montreal.
Twenty Nunavimmiut are attending university, 15 in the Montreal area, while seven students are enrolled in technical and vocational programs.
Meanwhile, students in Puvirnituq can look forward to a new school next August. Last year, Quebec gave the KSB $7,868,445 for a new elementary school in the community, which is now under construction.
Since Iguarsivik School was built in 1992, the school population has grown from 375 to 500 students.
"Because the language of instruction in kindergarten, grades one, two and three is Inuktitut, the new primary school will mean that our youngest students will be immersed in an Inuktitut learning environment," Astroff said.
The new school will serve about 150 students. It includes 12 classrooms and seven special-purpose rooms, including a library and a space reserved for physical education.
Lights, Action, Thunderstorms!
Submitted by Ann VanWert
by JANE GEORGE – August 24, 2007Nunatsiaq News
Arctic Climate Change May Bring More Weather Pyrotechnics -
This past July, Nunavummiut experienced a full range of summer weather extremes from floods and lightning strikes to cool temperatures and record-breaking highs.
On July 17, people in Arviat were treated to a scary show of forked lightning, which wildlife officers say struck and killed some caribou about 10 kilometres from the community.
Most meteorologists say thunderstorms and lightning have been rare in Arctic regions because the warm, moist conditions needed by thunderstorms are lacking.
An unidentified Arviat resident caught the lightning in a photo that was widely circulated around Nunavut. But Arctic thunderstorms aren't unheard of. Early European explorers in the early 1800s noted thunderstorms on the northern coasts of Canada, Alaska and Siberia.
There may be a lot more thunder and lightning events in Nunavut now than meteorologists know about, said Environment Canada weather meteorologist Yvonne Bilan-Wallace.As the climate warms, lightning may also become a more common phenomenon in Arctic regions than it once was.
"The problem is that there is a lot of year to year variability, so it will be hard to detect in the shorter term," Bilan-Wallace said.
July also brought storms, which dumped torrential rains on Nunavut. On July 20 and 21, Kugluktuk saw more than 178 millimetres (seven inches) of rain, which caused severe erosion in the community.
According to Environment Canada, both of these rainfalls were one-in-100-year events.
Farmers Call For Audits Of Local Farm Service Administration Offices
Submitted by M. Davis
HARRY YOUNG 270-275-4590 (African American)
MELISSA & JERRY SEAVER 812-820-8082 (Cherokee)
The resignation of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gives the Bush Administration the opportunity to revisit the injustices which have been done to middle class American farmers by the US Department of Justice, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Farm Services Administration.
Many farmers have lost their farms due to what farm activists across the nation call a misinterpretation of the Shared Appreciation Agreement, whereby, in exchange for restructuring a farm loan during financial difficulties, the farmer agrees that the USDA takes 75% of the value of the appreciated value of the farm WHEN the farm is sold.
USDA has historically (mis)interpreted the law to mean this: instead of the farm being sold in the future, and the agency receiving the lion’s share of the appreciated value at the time of the sale, the agency forecloses and instead puts the farm up for auction and sells the land at its discretion, thereby putting the family farmer off his land and out of business. This violates the spirit and intent of the law.
In addition to misinterpreting the law, the agency has been accused of misplacing, misdirecting and not crediting farm loan payments, resulting in erroneous auctions of farms across the nation.
This injustice has driven tens of thousands of black, Native American and white farmers off their land and out of business.
Farmers around the nation continue to call for formal investigation into the policies, procedures and practices of local Farm Service Administration offices, which have arbitrarily, and often illegally foreclosed on farm properties. In addition, farm activists want an investigation into the possible conflict of interest of Farm Service Administration employees who receive BONUSES FOR FORECLOSING ON FARMERS, the very farmers whose loans they arranged.
We believe that for the farm service agent to concurrently serve as loan officer, foreclosure agent and bonus recipient smacks of criminal conflict of interest. Too many farmers have lost land in these bogus sales and this practice must end.
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