Drunk Indians (racism/media)

The CBS Show Mike & Molly made the "joke" that Arizona is full of Drunk Indians. Contact CBS Here: http://www.cbs.com/info/ user_services/ fb_global_form.php

The Navajo Nation is Livid after a joke aired on "Mike & Molly" ... calling Native Americans a bunch of drunks ... and now the group is demanding an apology from CBS.In case you missed it, Mike's mother on the show -- an Archie Bunker type -- says, "Arizona? Why would I move to Arizona? It's nothing but a furnace full of drunk Indians."The joke isn't sitting well in the Native American community. A rep for the Navajo Nation tells TMZ, » http://www.imdb.com/news/ni48231045/

My note to CBS: It is 2013 I cannot believe the show Mike and Molly was allowed or even considered making the joke that Arizona is full of drunk Indians. Would you say that Compton was full of House Negros or that West Virginia full of people committing incest. Wake up and join the 21st Century.


Someone elses letter to CBS:

"Thank you, CBS, for granting your viewers more time with their families by promoting a boycott of Mike & Molly due to the racist comment on your show. "Arizona is a furnace full of drunk Indians." Really? Who approved of such stereotypical, negative promotion of Native people? As we are right now fighting in the House of Representative for the Violence Against Women Act with the Native Provisions attached, CBS is promoting negative stereotypes of our people on national television? What does that say about how you view us as Indigenous people who welcomed, fed, clothed and helped your ancestors to survive on our continent where you enjoy great prosperity today due to us agreeing to give up millions of acres of land and resources. Does your network really think it's appropriate to treat us with disrespect through the promotion of negative stereotypes? Please issue an abject apology and support the VAWA with Native provisions immediately since the sexual objectification of our women is symptomatic of the violence we continue to suffer with 1 of every 3 Native women being raped or sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Shame on CBS! You can do so much better!"


Attention Friends, Colleagues and Community Partners,

I am privileged and honored to share with you the link to the recently released “OUR CULTURES ARE OUR SOURCE OF HEALTH” public service announcements shared with us by the CDC’s Native Diabetes Wellness Program.  The link below will take you to the PSA spots and the attached Media Advisory shares information about the content and inspirational messages shared in these PSA’s. 

The UIHS Traditional Resources Program as part of our “Food Is Good Medicine” project has been one of 18 tribal community programs working with the NDWP to prevent type 2 diabetes in Indian County by promoting and honoring our tribal histories, cultures, traditions and traditional foods as a pathway to health and wellness. 

Please feel free to share this e-mail and link to these PSA’s with any and all of your family, friends, and colleagues in an effort to get the word out that “Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health”.  Along with our partners at CDC NDWP, we hope these messages will provide opportunities to discuss health in meaningful ways, with the strength of culture at the heart of the discussion. 


Paula Allen (Karuk/Yurok)
Traditional Resources Specialist

Effective February 2, 2013 my email address will change to:  paula.allen@crihb.org

United Indian Health Services, Inc.
Potawot Health Village
1600 Weeot Way  Arcata, Ca  95521

Super Indian (media/arts)

Tonight on American Indian Airwaves, Arigon Starr. See forwarded message for more details. Thank you. 

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 • 8-9pm (pst).  American Indian Airwaves regularly broadcast every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm (pacific standard time) on KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angles, FM 98.7 in Santa Barbara, and by Internet with Real Media Player, Winamp, & Itunes at http://www.kpfk.org  Listen live, www.kpfk.org/listen-live.html

Tuesday, 02/24/13, on American Indian Airwaves
8pm to 9pm

      "Super Indian, For Indigenous Minds Only, and A Good Day to Die" 

Arigon Starr (Kickapoo/ Creek/Cherokee & Seneca Nations) ( http://www.arigonstarr.com/) joins us live in studio to discuss music and newly developed and produced all-Indigenous themed Super Indian Comic Series. Comic books have been popular in American culture for generations often portraying Indigenous peoples in stereotypical ways. Arigon Starr establishes narrative and visual sovereignty with her new Indigenous comic series. All this, plus more on today's show.

 American Indian Airwaves regularly broadcast every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angles, FM 98.7 in Santa Barbara, FM 99.5 China Lake, FM 93.7 North San Diego, WCRS FM 98.3/102.1 in Columbus, OH, and on the Internet @ www.kpfk.org

Smiling Indians (media)

From National Public Radio: http://tinyurl.com/496rvyu

 In the early 1900s, photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis sought to capture the Native American population on film.

Curtis photographed people from 80 different tribes, and his 2,000 sepia images depict his subjects in a serious manner — dignified and prideful.

But for Ryan Red Corn, a Native American who lives on a reservation in Oklahoma, those images Curtis produced don't provide a full picture of his culture.

"That was kind of the end of the era of when people were taking pictures of natives," he tells NPR's Melissa Block. "Even if you just Google 'Native American' or 'Indian,' you'll still come up with a ridiculous lopsided inventory of what's out there."

So Red Corn sought to create a new visual of his culture. The result is his video, Smiling Indians. The video is four minutes long, and its smiles range from a self-conscious grin to a full-on belly laugh. 

And Red Corn smiled so much while editing the video, he says his face hurt.

"The prevalence of humor in any country is just right here on the surface," Red Corn says. "All the Indians I know are smiling Indians."

New IHS Suicide Prevention PSA (media/Health)

New IHS Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement Narrated by Indian Youth

We all remain very concerned and troubled about the high number of suicides in Indian Country. The IHS recently completed 10 Suicide Prevention Listening Sessions throughout Indian Country with our partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Department of the Interior. Comprehensive information about resources for suicide prevention can be found on the Suicide Prevention site. We are releasing a new public service announcement about suicide prevention that is narrated by Jack Herne, who is a 15-year old enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. We thank Jack for his inspiring words and commitment to help other young Indian people.

To see video go to: http://www.ihs.gov/PublicAffairs/DirCorner/index.cfm?module=blog

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