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Several weeks ago I received a call from Vision Maker Media. The name alone was appealing, but then I learned it would be during Indian Market in Santa Fe. Would I want to join them? Hmmm…. Santa Fe during Indian Market, an event displaying fantastic Native ingenuity and creativity in art, film and music; a meeting to talk about how film can be used in education to inspire reflection and action among students. Hard decision…. Not. I wouldn’t miss it.

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Recently, I read a health article about 9 smart ways to keep your relationship healthy at any age. The following are a few of the recommendations that the website (Health.com) gave that stuck out to me.

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Award-winning singer/songwriter Bill Miller (Mohican) will be performing at the Newmark Theatre in Portland, Oregon, tomorrow, July 16. The concert kicks-off at 7 p.m.

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The article “Diabetes is a Killer” was recently covered by NativeNewsNetwork.com. The article discusses how walkers of the Longest Walk 3 entered Washington, D.C. on Friday morning. The walkers formed a circle in front of the White House and held a water blessing ceremony—to represent the unity of people everywhere. Following the White House, the walkers made a brief stop at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of the American Indian and the National Mall.

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As a woman who found great strength from her participation in the Girl Scouts, I wanted to share this initiative with others who want to see more woman grow up and fill leadership roles in media and society as a whole.

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Martin Busch, the founder of the South Dakota Public Broadcasting system, died April 14 at the age of 89 at his home in Atchison, Kan. Busch was instrumental in the establishment of Vision Maker Media 35 years ago. Busch served as executive director for SDPB from 1960 to 1984. He was first appointed director of KUSD-AM in 1960, and in 1961 oversaw the establishment of KUSD-TV, the first educational television station in the state and flagship station of SDPB.

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Congratulations to Gary Robinson (Choctaw/Cherokee) for his film "Tribal Journeys of the Pacific Northwest" for being selected to screen at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 16- 27, 2011 in New York.

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A Year in Mooring is the latest film from Native director (and Vision Maker Media board member) Chris Eyre.  The film had its world premiere at the recent South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, with both the director, and star/producer Josh Lucas in attendance. It is the first feature by Eyre to deal with non-Native themes, though it is as meditative and inscrutable as anything put out by him thus far.

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Sitting in the cafe of The Magnolia hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado, this morning, a slice of gratitude shined on me. I was chewing on my strawberry cream cheese bagel—completely off my diet—reading a poem. It dawned on me that I am where I was intended to be and I could trace my footsteps back to a pink flyer I saw on the San Juan College campus in Farmington, New Mexico.

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The Board of Directors at Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced today that Patricia Boero, Executive Director since 2007, has decided to resign, effective March 8, 2011.  In her resignation letter, Ms. Boero stated she has enjoyed working at LPB and is proud of their accomplishments.

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A federal judge has approved the $3.4 billion Cobell v. Salazar settlement, sparking a nationwide search for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans whose names have been lost by the government. Two weeks after President Obama signed the settlement, U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan granted it preliminary approval this week. The settlement of the 15-year-old suit brought by lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell provides compensation to nearly 600,000 Natives for the government's mismanagement of their trust fund assets.

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President Barack Obama announced Thursday at the White House Tribal Nations Conference that his administration will support the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The announcement removes the United States as the only remaining developed country that had not yet embraced the declaration, which recognizes and protects the world’s 370 million indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination and protection of their lands and resources, among other rights.

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