A record number of Native American candidates are running for Congress this year. While almost two dozen men of indigenous origin have held seats in Congress, there has never been a female Native American elected to the House or Senate.

There is a good chance that will change this November. Deb Haaland of New Mexico is running for a House seat in that state. Political observers say her chances of prevailing are strong. She first must win the New Mexico June primary where she will face off with five contenders for the Democratic nomination.

If she is chosen by her party to run for New Mexico’s 1st District seat, Haaland will go into the race with a lot of advantages. First, all Democratic candidates across the nation are riding what appears to be a “Blue Wave” – a strong expectation that Democrats will trounce Republicans across the country because of the controversial presidency of Donald Trump.

Historically, the opposition party always does well in midterm elections, but this year the advantage for Democrats seems especially strong. The “Me Too” movement is also bolstering female candidates.

Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe located west of Albuquerque. Both her parents served in the military. That meant she attended 13 different public schools as her family relocated around the country following her parents’ military assignments.

Haaland earned a law degree from the University of New Mexico Law School. She served as Native American Caucus Chair for the Democratic Party of New Mexico from 2012 to 2013.

Near San Francisco City Hall, there is a group of statues that are part of what is known as the Pioneer Monument. These statues are intended to depict scenes from the early period of California history. There will now be one statue removed from the display.

“Early Days” is the name of the statue that will be removed. This statue depicts a Catholic priest and a Spanish cowboy standing over top of a Native American man who is in a seated position.

Those in the Native American community viewed the statue as depicting them as being inferior, and members of the general public agreed. Calls went out for the city to remove the statue from the Pioneer Monument.

On Monday, the San Francisco Arts Commission voted in a unanimous decision to remove “Early Days” from Pioneer Monument”. The issue of removing the statue had been brought to the commission before, but those who called for the statue’s removal believe that the movement to remove Confederate statues helped to motivate the commissioners to act at this time.

Members of the Native American community in San Francisco, and across the country, hailed the statue’s removal. There is no word on where the statue will be removed to.

This is not the first action in San Francisco that has been aimed at promoting Native American culture. In January of 2018, the city replaced the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize what happened to Native Americans when European settlers arrived in the area.

As part of the bicentennial celebrations in the state of Illinois, the Dickson Mounds Museum has created a display of information that highlights the way in which Native Americans in Illinois and the Midwest developed agriculture in the region. The history of Native Americans in that region is traced back 12,000 years.

From between 12,000 to 7,000 years ago, Native Americans in the central part of the United States were engaged in a hunter and gatherer type of culture. The first signs of a settled agricultural system begin about 7,000 years ago when there is some evidence of the planting of gourds and squashes by Native Americans.

The first signs of a settled agricultural practice among Native Americans occurred during the time of the Middle Woodland Period about 2,000 years ago. The people began to fashion tools out of bones and stones that they used to maintain garden plots. Crops grown included sunflowers, sumpweed and barley.

About 1,000 years ago, agriculture exploded among Native Americans of the woodland areas. Corn became the predominant crop grown by Native Americans in the region. It became the major part of the people’s diet.

The development of corn-based agriculture changed how many tribal groups were constructed. Artifacts, pottery and statues on display in the museum demonstrate that the people’s religion changed to a fertility based concept. People also started to live apart. One family or group would live on a plot where corn would be cultivated.
There was less communal living.

Artifacts and displays about Native American agriculture will be on display throughout the year.

To Christians, Easter is one of the most interesting holidays as it is an opportunity to celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ. As the most joyous moment in life, all are invited to attend services in different churches. One of these churches is the Mighty Fortress International Ministries. According to the program line up on that day, the church will be hosting a family-friendly service dubbed the resurrection Sunday service. Also accompanied by the title ‘He is Risen’ there will be other activities to keep Christians entertained.

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Some of the activities Mighty Fortress Church has put in place for its congregation include music by Bishop’s Choir and the Children’s Ministry. On the other hand, adults can indulge in refreshments as well as a short fellowship session after the worship in church. For parents with children between the ages of 3 and 12, you will be allowed to gather after the main service and participate in the colored eggs hunt event as well as the awarding of special prizes. Learn more about Mighty Fortress Church at mightyfortress.us.


Worshiping Environment

It is factual that Mighty Fortress Church has set a comfortable environment for worship. Apart from being sensitive and loving, the atmosphere is forgiving as well as accepting of other’s needs for a spiritual connection with God. Also, this atmosphere provides believers with a loveable platform to encounter the presence and mercies of God. It is going to be a life-changing experience that you would not want to miss.

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Moreover, all members will have the chance to embrace their cultural differences by sharing their worship experiences and accepting their diversities. Furthermore, members can indulge in a life-changing and comforting experience. Visit Yelp to write a review about Mighty Fortress Church.

Describing Mighty Fortress Church

At Mighty Fortress Church International, the management is dedicated to offering its members, in this case, Christians, a welcoming environment for worship. All too often, the church has worked hard to incorporate different worshipping platforms. These platforms aim at allowing members to become spiritually awake. For Mighty Fortress Church, this journey entails more than just worshipping sessions.

Consequently, the church has Bible study lessons. These lessons provide members with the opportunity to worship God in a different way that will not only open ways for spiritual nourishment but also for mentorship.

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Mighty Fortress Church is a proud trainer of leadership and its units. The church believes that the community rises higher when there is proper leadership training to mentor the next generation of leaders.

Read: https://www.riverviewbaptist.net/weekly-messages/2017/7/24/a-mighty-fortress

The city of San Francisco has decided to take down a statue that shows a Native American male in a submissive posture while sitting at the feet of a Spanish Cowboy and a Catholic Missionary. The controversy began a year ago after the deadly events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. The arts commission for the city decided this week to get rid of the statue.

The statue, known as “Early Days,” was erected in the 19th century and is located directly across the street from City Hall.

Critics of the statue have been vocal in their outrage and say that the statue is a racist and inaccurate depiction that promotes genocide.

Mariposa Villaluna, an organizer of the forces working to have the statue removed, explains that the statue is representative of more than just racism but is a celebration of “human subjugation.”

The ‘Early Days’ statue has been the source of protest before. The statue was actually moved to its present location in the 1990’s as activists championing the causes of Native Americans made calls for the city of San Francisco to leave behind the “early days.”

The latest efforts to remove ‘Early Days’ came as a result of the protests that turned deadly in Charlottesville overtaken down a statue of Confederate war hero Robert E. Lee. The tragedy in Charlottesville shined a brighter light on the nationwide conversation regarding monuments with racial implications.

The Comanche Nation has been considering substantial changes in the written constitution of their tribe. A recent referendum has proposed three amendments to the tribal constitution. The first would require that important decisions be considered by the tribe at large instead of the tribal council. The second amendment would impose restrictions on those who seek political office. The third amendment simply removes the phrase “Chief Executive” from the Chairman’s titles.

Amendment A is possibly the most controversial. Under its provisions, the tribal council would still have the power to make decisions affecting the entire tribe. However, those decisions would not become final until they were ratified by a majority vote of the entire 17,000 member tribe. Amendment B also contains some contentious provisions, as it closes the previously unregulated electoral eligibility process substantially. If Amendment B were to pass, then anyone who has a criminal record, fails to pass a drug test, or owes the tribe money will be ineligible to serve as a tribal official. This could have a remarkable chilling effect.

The vote is not being administered by the Comanche Nation, but rather by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. All members of the Comanche tribe are eligible to participate, but the deadline for them to request their voting packet has already passed. The ballot is meant to be returned to the BIA through the US Postal Service by the end of the day on March 20th, 2018. All votes received after this time will be considered ineligible.

Native Americans in San Francisco are applauding a decision to remove a statue from a location on Fulton Street. The statue is titled “Early Days” and depicts a reclining Native American figure. Standing over him in a dominant pose is Sir Francis Drake. Reaching down to the supplicant Native is Catholic priest and missionary Junipero Serra.

Members of California Indian tribes have long wanted to statue removed because they say it displays Native people in a condescending manner compared to European settlers.

The San Francisco’s Arts Commission’s decision to nix the monument is part of a wave of removals of monuments around the country that are deemed out of step with today’s political, social and cultural context. Statues of Confederate Civil War heroes, for example, have been scrapped in numerous locations across America.

One of the Art Commission members is Barbara Mumby, a Native American with tribal origins in both California and New York. She said removal of the statue was “a long time coming.” Getting rid of the statue is a “big deal,” she said.

The Historic Preservation Commission also signed off on the removal of Early Days, but asked that a plaque explaining the reason behind the removal be placed on the site.

The city of San Francisco has taken other steps recently to update and interpret historic events in the region, including voting to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Early Days piece was sculpted by Frank Happersberger, an American immigrant from Germany.

An elite cadre of “ultra-runners’ are teaming up with the Navajo Nation to send a strong message to Washington about preserving ancestral lands that have been sacred to Native Americans for thousands of years.

Utah’s Bears Ears National Park and the Grand Staircase monuments are under assault from oil and mining companies that want develop the pristine land for industrial purposes. The effort has the blessing of the Trump Administration, but local Natives groups hope to change that.

A number of extraordinary long-distance men are planning to run across a 250-mile expanse of the land in a single weekend. Filmmakers Andy Cochrane, Greg Balkin and Johnie Gall will also document the effort so there will be a lasting illustration of what is at stake — one of America’s most beautiful regions potentially sacrificed to drilling rigs and mining pits.

Some 17 runners are expected to make the 250-mile journey which features rugged landscapes and extreme physical challenges. Organizers of the event say that filming running men braving the panoramic canyon will create a powerful visual message.

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase hold an estimated 100,000 Native American cultural sites. Five tribes from the area came together to form the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. They lobbied to make the land a federally protected cultural landscape.

Bears Ears was established as a National Monument in 2016 by Barack Obama using a Presidential Proclamation. But Donald Trump is seeking to significantly shrink the area from protection, a move which has angered Native American groups.

Workers with the Florida Department of State have discovered the final resting place of six ancient Native Americans bodies submerged under the water of the Gulf of Mexico. The remains have been dated to about 5,000 B.C.

Archaeologists believe the bodies were buried in a peat bog thousands of years ago. Since then, ocean levels have risen to submerge the site located of Florida’s Manasota Key. It is believed that more bodies will be found at what was likely a significant ancient burial site.

The discovery came by accident when a diver was searching the underwater area for prehistoric shark teeth, a popular pastime in the area. But when the diver found what looked like a human jaw bone, he was certain that is was important. Scientists with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research confirmed the human origin of the jawbone and were surprised when carbon dating returned an age of 7,000 years.

Further forays into the Gulf waters found more – a broken forearm bone, skull fragments and a series of wooden stakes. The artifacts were well-preserved because peat moss greatly slows organic decay.

As to who these people actually were or which tribe they belonged to are answers that may never be known. The only certainty is that the remains are direct ancestors of today’s Native American population.

As such, the artifacts are being treated with sensitivity and respect. Native Americans get first say on what will happen to the items under terms spelled out in the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Tom Weaver, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead Indian Health Services formally withdrew his name from consideration following growing concern about his qualifications for office. Indian Health Services, a federal agency falling under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services, has been dogged by lack of funding as well as leadership. The department has had a vacancy at the top position since 2015.

Weaver had recently come under fire after news surfaced that he had falsified records on his application. While Weaver claimed he had once held a supervisory role at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that he had only held an entry-level position registering patients.

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A second discrepancy, also reported by the Wall Street Journal, uncovered that Weaver did not have any financial management experience after claiming to a Senate committee that he did. In response to the news, Senator Tom Udall a Democrat from New Mexico replied in a statement, “Now the Trump administration must honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and nominate and fully vet a director with the strongest possible leadership and fiduciary skills as well as experience running a large public health system… Indian Country deserves better”.

Indian Health Services provides healthcare to 2.2 million American and Alaskan Natives across 36 states. The under-funded agency, which provides medical service in some of the most rural communities in the country, has had to turn away patients due to lack of resources.