(Native American) Immigration Law Enforcement

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you really need to take a minute and check it out. It’s so well made and shows the other perspective on the “illegal” undocumented immigrants issue.

If you’re originally from Europe, let me see YOUR papers. You’re being deported for coming here illegally! I know we may not be able to catch all of you, but we can certainly kick most of you out! (And enough with the breeding!)

-NativeJournalist

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Families USA Health Action 2010 Conference Update!

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WASHINGTON, DC – Thus far, the Families USA Health Action 2010 conference has been overwhelming…in a great way! I am a little drained, but so very inspired and excited to do my part in the health reform movement. Below are some noteworthy quotes from speakers at this weekend’s conference:

“We need reform because the current system is fundamentally flawed.” – Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health & Human Services

“Stop letting perfect be the enemy of ‘very good’…our system currently rewards volume over value…insurance companies should be responsible to its policy holders, not its stock holders! Beat back lies and misinformation and make health care reform happen now!” – Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)

“Women pay 48% more for health care coverage”…Why this issue matters if you think it doesn’t: If you have health care coverage today, you might not have health care coverage tomorrow! – Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

“People who talk about family values, don’t value families!…Keep it broad; health care is just one part of the human rights movement!…When we think ‘all’ or ‘nothing,’ we usually get nothing.”- Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP <- This man is AMAZING!!!

Upcoming weekend events: "American Indian Health Policy: Where We've Been and Where We're Going" with Jennifer Cooper, National Indian Health Board; Michael Mahsetky, Indian Health Service; Cara Thunder, American Indian Community House as presenters and Donald Warne, Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board as the moderator. I'm really looking forward to this workshop! I will be sure to let you know all about it!!

…That's all for now. More to come!

-NativeJournalist

Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC – Last night President Barack Obama spoke to Congress and the nation during the annual State of the Union Address. Check out the video below if you missed any of it or want to hear it again. Topics covered were: the economy, including the stimulus bill and jobs; the environment, including the energy and climate bill; education, including tax credits and pell grants; health care, including Michelle Obama’s plan to end childhood obesity and the health care bills; defense, including national security and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; and, discrimination, including equal pay laws. As usual, Obama supporters were enamored by his eloquence and inspiring and encouraging words. Unfortunately, not all members of congress were as excited about what the president had to say. There were many members of Congress who stayed in their seats while the rest of the house gave Obama a standing ovation.

I had the privilege of watching the address while in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill at the Hyatt Regency hotel with the Health Action 2010 conference.

More to come…

-NativeJournalist

Photoshoot with Adam Bouska – NOH8 Campaign

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Post Adam Bouska NOH8 photo shoot - NativeJournalist

Hey, ya’ll! Well, today was an eventful day! Today I had the honor of being photographed by an amazing photographer and political activist, Adam Bouska, for his NOH8 campaign in his studio in North Hollywood. I kinda brought a Native touch to the studio with my favorite beaded earrings…I wanted to represent! 🙂 I was so excited at the chance to participate in such an awesome artistic movement! What I appreciate most about the NOH8 campaign is that while not everyone is the phone banking, canvasing, or donation-asking type, everyone can get involved in some way to make a difference. Adam uses his amaaaazing photography (and editing) abilities to bring together people from all walks of life who believe in equality and make a statement. By posing for Adam with my NOH8 temporary tattoo on my face, I was taking a stand (as small as it may seem) and yelling, “I support equal rights for ALL people!” So, thank you Adam for giving me the opportunity to model for you and THANK YOU to Grace Chun for doing such an awesome job on my makeup! (Definitely contact her if you want a talented artist for a future project of any kind! She’s a wonder woman with a brush!)