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Tribal Christmas Dinner and Party

Kaw Nation packed the Johnny Ray McCauley gym in Newkirk on Dec. 9 for the tribal Christmas dinner and party. A crowd of 248 tribal members joined together for the holiday festivities. More than 100 children and around 25 adults won prizes in the drawing. Erin Kekahbah was in shock when she discovered that she won a 32-inch flat-screen television for the grand prize in the adult division. Jacque Hensley, the Native American liaison to Governor Mary Fallin, made time to join her fellow Kanza people in the celebration. Head Country Barbecue catered the dinner, serving ham and various other delights.

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Children Give their Wishes to Santa

At the Kaw Nation Christmas Dinner and Party, children lined up to tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Scores of kids sat on Santa’s lap and expressed various wishes, from an iPad to a dog. Every child received a stuffed reindeer before stepping up to the big man in the red suit.

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Diabetes Christmas Dinner

Two days after Kaw Nation filled the Johnny Ray McCauley gym for the tribal Christmas party, the Diabetes Program of the Kanza Health Clinic brought together people struggling with the disease to celebrate the upcoming holiday and share educational information on Tuesday. Nurse Cindy Wilson’s program gathered 48 people for the dinner.

The dinner included beef tenderloin, green beans, salad potatoes and cake.

Dentist Dr. Richard Jackson gave an address on diabetes and oral health. He opened with a story about a patient who was on dialysis due to complications resulting from a combination of dental problems and diabetes.
Dr. Jackson said that dental problems come as a result of gum tissue not receiving enough oxygen. Then, gums degenerate.
Diabetics suffer from dry mouth. Dr. Jackson explained that with dry mouth, teeth aren’t able to bathe in saliva like they should. This causes diabetes to get out of control.
To keep gum tissue healthy, Dr. Jackson said that diabetics need to brush, floss and use a water pick. The water pick is particularly helpful in removing food particles from between teeth.
“If you keep teeth healthy, you keep your gum tissue healthy,” he said.
Dr. Jackson encouraged people to always eat and take medications before going to dental appointments.
“Come to us as healthy as you can,” he said. “Take all your medication and eat before coming to the dentist.”
Dr. Jackson closed with an inspirational message for diabetics to strive towards normal health.
“If you take care of your blood sugar, you’re normal, you’re healthy,” he said. “Let your dentist help you. Let your physician help you.”

Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and Interior Sign Memorandum to Collaborate to Protect Indian Sacred Sites

Release No. 0354.12
USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623

Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and Interior Sign Memorandum to Collaborate to Protect Indian Sacred Sites

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Also Participates

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2012—Four cabinet-level departments joined the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation today in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve the protection of Indian sacred sites. The MOU also calls for improving tribal access to the sites. It was signed by cabinet secretaries from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy and Interior. It was also signed by the chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

“The President is insistent that these Sacred Sites be protected and preserved: treated with dignity and respect. That is also my commitment as Secretary of USDA,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I know my fellow Secretaries share in this commitment. We understand the importance of these sites and will do our best to make sure they are protected and respected.”

“American Indian service members are fighting to protect America on distant battlefields,” said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. “I’m pleased this new agreement will help protect Indian sacred sites here at home.”

“Protecting America’s air and water and our nation’s heritage is an important part of the Energy Department’s commitment to Tribal Nations across the country, particularly those that are neighbors to the Department’s National Laboratories, sites and facilities,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “I look forward to continuing this important work and collaborating with other federal agencies and Tribal Nations to protect Indian sacred sites throughout the United States.”

“We have a special, shared responsibility to respect and foster American Indian and Alaska Native cultural and religious heritage, and today’s agreement recognizes that important role,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Inter-agency cooperation fosters our nation-to-nation relationship with tribes, and that’s certainly true when it comes to identifying and avoiding impacts to the sites that tribes hold sacred.”

“Through collaboration and consultation, the signatory agencies will work to raise awareness about Indian sacred sites and the importance of maintaining their integrity. The tools to be developed under this MOU will help agencies meet their Section 106 responsibilities, “said Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, ACHP chairman. “The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is very pleased to be part of this historic initiative to address the protection and preservation of Indian sacred sites.”

The MOU will be in effect for five years and requires participating agencies to determine inter-agency measures to protect sacred sites. It also sets up a framework for consultation with tribes, creation of a training program for federal employees to provide educational opportunities concerning legal protections and limitations related to protection of the sites, creation ofa website that includes links to federal agency responsibilities regarding sacred sites and the establishment of management practices that could include collaborative stewardship of those sites.

The MOU calls for development of guidance for management and treatment of sacred sites including creation of sample tribal-agency agreements. It sets up a public outreach plan to maintain, protect and preserve the sites, and calls for identification of impediments to federal-level protection of the sites. Additionally, the MOU provides for outreach to non-federal partners, tribal capacity-building efforts and it establishes a working group to implement the terms of the agreement.

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