Monthly Archives: July 2016

For Immediate Release Quinault Joins Suit Re: Genetically Engineered Salmon

TAHOLAH, WA (7/15/16)— For Immediate Release

Quinault Joins Suit Re: Genetically Engineered Salmon

Quinault Indian Nation joined 11 other plaintiffs in filing a suit in US District Court against the US Food and Drug Administration for approving genetically modified salmon, an unnatural animal created by AquaBounty from the genetic material of three fish, Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon and ocean eel pout. This is the first genetically engineered animal ever approved for sale as food anywhere in the world.
“This is clearly a case of FDA violating its mandate and purpose,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Nation and of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians as well as Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians. “It is FDA’s job to assure that the food and drugs people consume in this country are safe for people and the environment. The agency does not have the expertise to make this decision, and it apparently has little knowledge about the environmental impacts of these new genetically engineered animals.”
The FDA approved the GE salmon under its New-Deal-Era authority of the 1930’s to regulate “animal drugs” such as veterinary medicines.“That does not qualify them to sanction entirely new man-made animals as food,” said President Sharp.Genetically engineered salmon that escape containment can harm endangered wild salmon populations by interbreeding or outcompeting for food. Under FDA’s approval, the GE salmon will undertake a journey halfway around the globe to reach a US dinner plate. The company plans to produce the salmon eggs in a lab in Prince of Edward Island, Canada, transport the eggs to Panama to be raised and processed, and then transport the filets to the US for sale. AquaBounty has repeatedly said it intends to grow its GE salmon in the US and other locations around the world, but FDA’s approval only considered the current plans for these far-flung facilities in Canada and Panama, leaving the risk of escape and contamination of US and other salmon runs unstudied. “Although there are obvious risks to our salmon, the Food and Drug Administration surged forward with its approval. The agency didn’t consider treaty rights. It didn’t even involve federal wildlife agencies. It simply did not consider how these man-created animals, engineered to grow twice as big as natural salmon, will affect the fish provided to us by our Creator.
All they heard was very flimsy assurance from AquaBounty that their ‘Frankenfish’ would not escape—something that has been disproved many times,” said President Sharp.In the past decade, GE crops have repeatedly escaped confinement, despite industry and U.S. government assurances that they would not. These escapes have cost U.S. farmers literally billions of dollars in lost markets and sales, to GE-contamination sensitive domestic and export markets. Escape and contamination risks are even greater here, with a highly migratory fish that could threaten some of the last remaining wild salmon on the planet, said President Sharp.Joining Quinault Nation as plaintiffs in the suit are the Institute for Fisheries Resources, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Golden Gate Salmon Association, Kennebec Reborn, Friends of Merry Meeting Bay, Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity, Ecology Action Centre, Friends of the Earth, Food and Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety.
The groups are represented by the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice. Also named as defendents are Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Hear about the Paddle to Nisqually with Willie Frank III, on “Make No Bones About It.” at 5 pm, July 17th, 2016

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Willie Frank III, Nisqually Citizen,   7th Tribal Council Member and the youngest son of Billy Frank Jr. share about the Paddle to Nisqually this Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 5pm.

 

Scatter Their Own on “Make No Bones About It.” July 17th, 2016 at 4pm.

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Scatter Their Own on “Make No Bones About It.” July 17th, 2016 at 4pm. Tune in and experience these beautiful people! I am super excited to have a visit with our relatives.
 
A little bit about Scatter Their Own
Scatter Their Own out of South Dakota’s Oglala Nation share heartfelt music with the world. .” Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford nurture and shares their thoughtful songs . The sounds of their music will rock your senses and sooth your soul. We invite you to join our conversation with this alter-Native duo. Scatter Their Own is our May Music Maker and we’ll also give away cd copies of the new album.
(Photo Credit: Scatter Their Own)

Help support the healing of our dear sister, Joanne Shenandoah

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July – 2016

Sekon, Greetings and Peace,

Last summer I found my immune system was severely compromised. I had been exposed to deadly bacteria called CDIFF, which spread throughout my abdomen and affected my entire renal system, which damaged my liver and caused near blindness. I was on life support for 10 days in NY and since February 2016 I have been cared for by the Mayo Clinic in Florida and relatives and loved ones as their schedule would allow. I have battled this condition and endured physical demands I could never have imagined! I have survived because of your prayers and support.

This illness has also taken a great toll on my financial situation in every way. With extensive expenses, travel, food, lodging, car rental, over the counter medications and such has necessitated a serious appeal for financial support. Kindly consider sharing this message to those of you who may know or someone who may be able to help. Every contribution is TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Checks or money orders can be mailed to: Joanne Shenandoah, Box 450, Oneida, NY 13421, or Americu Credit Union, 280 Genesee Street, Oneida, NY 13421.

I could not be where I am now without your individual kindness and generosity. I am asking for you to share far and wide because additional support is needed as we approach the actual transplant. I have every intention of carrying on with my music once I am healed, and in fact have already begun some projects both book form and music as well.

Blessings to you all as we continue on our mission to heal our lovely planet by initiating environmental, spiritual, and physical changes for ourselves while securing happiness and peace for those yet unborn.

As we journey through life we are met with many challenges. Know that my love and joy continues to spread across the planet and I am eternally grateful for the blessings of this life and the wonders which lay beyond. Looking forward to sharing some new songs of hope for you soon.

My plan is to put together a Skype course for those who are interested in learning more about the music profession. An announcement will be made on my website soon. http://www.joanneshenandoah.com

To all of you I extend my appreciation and love. I carry your hopes and prayers in my heart and soul.

In respect to all living beings,

Joanne Shenandoah

Sarah Skywind and Juan R Leõn on “Make No Bones About It.” July 10th, 2016 at 4pm

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Sarah Skywind is founder, owner of Skywind Art. And owner of NHONOROF art line.Art.Jewelry/beaded art.Sarah also is the owner of Hummingbird Visual Design. Sarah will  partner with Your Business Consultant. She partners with many Business as an Consult on economic development and business consulting, she specializing and focusing tribal economic growth while encompassing the traditional ways of our client’s communities.  Sarah is the founder of F.A.C.T. First Americans Coalition for Truth. Founder of A.R.R.O.W. Awareness of the Relations and Responsibilities for Our World. Sarah is an Art agent for Leonard Peltier working with Chauncey Peltier.

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Bassist/Chapman Stickist/Native American Flutist Juan R Leõn was born in Sonora,Mexico. He us of Yaqui, Tarahumara and Chicano deacent. He is bassist for the instrumental prog trio Jupiter Groove and has recorded three albums of solo material. Juan draws from a diverse library of influences and various techniques.His instrumentals weave melodies and harmonies into a rich tapestry of ambient,fusion,post prog and new age.All of his solo Stick®,bass and soundscape pieces are recorded in one take with no overdubs. He also experiments with field recording s which he calls Emotional Response Sound Experiments, or E.R.S.E. These unique ambient sound compositions are at once haunting and musical.

Learn more about Sarah and Juan this July 10th at 4 pm on “Make No Bones About It.” listen live at http://www.kaosradio.org