Here's To A Happy, Healthy New Year! DOE's Plan To Turn Earthquake Prone Mt. Into Nuclear Waste Depository!
Posted: December 28, 2007
by: Editors Report / Indian Country Today
For most of us, ringing in a New Year means making resolutions to become better individuals in one small way or another. Every Day One, we become a nation of quitters. We resolve to quit smoking, stop swearing, cut out the sugar and try again to become frybread-free. These are hard habits to break. Our vices become like dear friends to us, lending comfort in difficult times and stressful situations. Soon, around Day Seven, we forget our lofty goals and settle back into the familiar.
This year can be different, and we issue a challenge to individuals, families and nations in Indian country: resolve to get your body and spirit in better shape, and let us know how you are accomplishing it. Sharing a vision for a healthy Indian community, whether tribal or national, is the greatest of aspirations and is one of the most important common goals we will ever encourage.
Decades ago, even the simplest acts were considered revolutionary: giving our children Indian names, nursing them at the breast and celebrating the milestone of their first Native words. The collective effort to help raise strong and healthy children was an investment in our struggle to preserve Indian sovereignty.
Many of our best leaders today were raised in this fashion and know the significance of a good early start that includes homegrown food and teachings. It is vitally important to reaffirm the values that help shape strong families and to renew the simple practices that have been overlooked or forgotten in our rapidly changing world.
Where does the creation of a strong and healthy people begin? Many Indian people, especially those keen to the cycles of nature, believe it begins in a mother's body. They believe, and abundant research confirms, that the education and care of expectant parents can have a significant effect on a child.
From prenatal development to the diet of both mother and child, we must continue to battle the health disparities that exist for Native people. There are many factors beyond our control, but consciousness, prayer and a healthy diet are always within reach.
Eating right and moving - ''Native-style,'' as a popular fitness campaign encourages - can curb the devastating effects of diabetes and obesity on our families and communities. The wisdom and leadership of our elders is being lost to early death and disease-related depression. The typical American diet, laden with sugar and addictive preservatives, is a major contributor to this great loss.
Getting healthy in Indian country has recently become a movement of cultural pride, with individuals sharing traditional foods and recipes and nations participating in physical endeavors to spread messages of wellness. Educating one's self and others about the physiological and emotional benefits of eating well and exercising can help keep this momentum going.
Native people are finding creative ways to raise awareness in their communities about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, junk food and sedentary lifestyles. We consider them role models, and will continue to profile their efforts in Indian Country Today. This year, for this particular challenge (which has as much to do with protecting Indian sovereignty as any other effort) we'd like to hear from our readers what kinds of community projects are helping them lead healthier lives.
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With today's tribal resources and the increasing sophistication of Native traditional practices, we're optimistic that many good stories will come from many great people this year. For the strength of our families, communities and future generations, let's get healthy.
Yucca Mountain Action Alert - Deadline Approaching!
YUCCA MOUNTAIN, SACRED TO THE SHOSHONE & MAJOR FAULT ZONE, IN IMMINENT DANGER!
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY MOVES PLANS FORWARD TO TURN YUCCA MOUNTAIN INTO NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2008.
Public hearings have not been well attended, statements mostly in favor of the plan to put all of the nuclear waste in the country in this one sacred place. Activists were told that if we do not go on record with a statement, we will have no legal recourse later on. Local papers & media spin have recently stated that opposition to the nuke dump had dropped off since the passing of Corbin Harney. The nuclear reps are confident to the point of acting like it's a done deal. LETS PROVE THEM WRONG! MAKE YOUR COMMENT NOW & TAKE ACTION!!
Yucca Mountain is sacred to the Shoshone as an herb gathering site, for rituals, and as a part of their stories. Yucca Mountain is known in Shoshone language as Snake Mountain. Indeed it looks like a snake. It is said that the snake was headed north when it froze where it is. Further more it is said that it will move again and "flip around".
Geologists say that there are thirteen different fault lines running through it.
Citizens can make an oral statement at the scheduled public hearings or fill out a form and mail it in to EIS Office U.S. Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Mgmt, 1551 Hillshire dr. Las Vegas, NV, 89195-7308 or by e-mail at EIS_Office@ymp.gov.
HERE ARE TALKING POINTS: http://www.h-o-m-e.org/Yucca/index.htm
"The eyes of the elders are on us. The fate of the unborn is rolling toward the cliff, the voice of Corbin Harney is ringing in my ears, "It's on your shoulders now...". Info from Bear Dyken. email@example.com.
YUCCA MOUNTAIN FACT SHEET, TALKING POINTS, & MORE INFO: Healing Ourselves & Mother Earth http://www.h-o-m-e.org/
The DOE released two Draft Supplemental Environmen-tal Impact Statements related to repository changes and rail transportation of high-level waste in Nevada.
Inyo County CA- Excellent Draft Impacts Assessment Report Comments due by 1/18/08
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