Poor Native American Nutrition Linked to Historic Trauma; Pipeline Updates

Minnesota Public Radio reported on the First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition and interviewed Ryan Bad Heart Bull (Oglala/Hunkpapa Lakota) the first Native American to graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Dietetic Internship program.

Ryan, enrolled at Pine Ridge, said:

I go back and I always feel like I have to have my guard up, unfortunately, because I walk and I see the young men, and they’re angry, they’re mad. And you can see the history of oppression, the history of pain, and the racism that we have faced, and alienation as well. I think if you’re dealing with issues like this, the last thing anyone cares about is what they’re eating.

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Pipeline Updates

Archambault Speaks to United Nations

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II spoke to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 20, seeking international support to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here is an NBC News account, and one from Freethoughts Blogs.

EPA Announces Initiatives to Advance Tribal Sovereignty

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this month announced an initiative to advance tribal sovereignty. According to a Sept. 26 media release:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an interagency agreement on tribal treaty rights and other initiatives designed to advance tribal sovereignty and self-determination. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced this and other initiatives to improve human health and the environment on Indian reservations in remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington.

Healing Minnesota Stories sent a couple of email inquiries to find out what, if any, impact this might have on pipeline decisions, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline. We are still trying to find the right person to talk to. We will report back when when we learn something new.

More Allies Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Archaeologists and museum staff have denounced the destruction of Standing Rock Sioux burial grounds by crews working on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Natural History Museum created a sign-on letter for archaeologists, anthropologists, historians or museum workers, and more than 1,200 people have signed. It got coverage in the New York Times.

(The Natural History Museum is a mobile and pop-up museum that champions bold action on climate change.)

The American Studies Association approved a statement of support for the Standing Rock Lakota Nation this month. It reads in part:

This statement is a call for ASA members, American studies departments and programs, and others to support the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and those who have joined them in the Sacred Stone Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and Oceti Sakowin Camp as they fight to stop further construction of the DAPL.

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