On Monday, May 1st, Circle of Life Home Care Anishinaabe was honored to take part in the 2017 Native American Day Parade. This was a very special year to participate (it was our 7th year walking in the parade), as this was the first year of the new float competition. The winner of the float competition will have their float featured on the front page of The Circle newspaper, located here in Minneapolis. Very exciting for all involved! That will be one tough decision, as we saw many wonderfully decorated floats-our favorite was a tipi that tied open and closed, a tough feat for a paper tipi! Although the day was overcast and raining, school children, parents, families, and elders alike gathered at Cedar Field in South Minneapolis. This park is very special to the community, as the annual Mother’s Day Pow-wow also takes place in Cedar Field, and the park is located across the street from Little Earth of United Tribes. Spirits were high as community members waited patiently for others to get organized. Speakers from various Native organizations spoke on how much this month of Native American recognition means to them and their mission. Participants were asked to carry a mirror facing upwards so the drone flying overhead could see them, and they would simulate a river flowing. This was part of the “Water is Life” vision being expanded upon by various supporters of the cause. Anishinaabe Academy was there and participated in the organizer’s mirror exercise, which was great as they brought a lot of youngsters with their group. The Elder’s seemed to love getting a chance to visit and small children chased each other around the park, excited by the festive mood.
The Gila River Indian Community is an Indian reservation in Arizona, lying adjacent to the south side of the city of Phoenix, within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area in Pinal and Maricopa counties. Gila River Indian Reservation was established in 1859, and the Gila River Indian Community formally established by Congress in 1939. The community is home for members of both the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and the Pee-Posh (Maricopa) tribes.
The reservation has a land area of approximately 584 square miles and according to 2000 Census population of 11,257. It is made up of seven districts along the Gila River and its largest communities are Sacaton, Komatke, Santan, and Blackwater. It has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world, around 50%. The community has been very helpful in type 2 diabetes research, participating in many studies of the disease.
It is a privilege and honor to be welcomed into the communities of the Gila River Indian Tribe to work or study among the people who have persevered, despite drastic and detrimental changes in their culture, tradition and diet. Today, issues of concerns include the changes in healthcare and budgets that are affected by the changes at our Governmental level of politics and administration.
Every month I sit in on the monthly meetings of “The Gila River Indian Community Elders Concerns Group” which was organized for the purpose of providing a forum in which Elders address issues of concerns regarding quality of life and quality of services. In addition, the organization supports and advocates on behalf of the Elders to resolve concerns and issues, preserve and share culture, traditions and wisdom.
As an advocate for the elderly and disabled, and representative of Soaring Eagles Home Care, I am given the opportunity to introduce the services we offer through Soaring Eagles Home Care and our commitment to “Honoring Those We Serve” among our native people.
The Navajo Nation (Naabeehó Bináhásdzo) is a semi-autonomous Native American territory covering 27,425 square miles, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern NewMexico in the United States. This is the largest land area retained by a U.S. tribe, with a total population of 173,667, making it the largest Indian reservation in the United States; it is nearly the size of the West Virginia state.
The Navajo Nation is, “a wealthy nation within a nation, and in a world of its own.” In early 1920s, oil was discovered on Navajo land which promoted the need for a more systematic form of government. In 1923, the Navajo Tribal Government was established to help meet the growing demands of American oil companies to lease Navajo land for exploration. The Navajo Government has evolved into the largest and most sophisticated form of American Indian government.
"Dinétah", "DinéBikéyah", "NaabeehóBikéyah", "NaabeehóBikéyah"are the terms used for the traditional homeland of the Navajo, it is situated in the area among the four sacred Navajo mountains of Dookʼoʼoosłííd (San Francisco Peaks), DibéNtsaa (Hesperus Mountain), Sisnaajiní (Blanca Peak), and Tsoodził (Mount Taylor)". In the mid-19th century, 9500 Navajo were forced from their lands by the US Army following defeat, and marched on the Long Walk to imprisonment(1863-1868) in Bosque Redondo at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. After they were allowed to return, they returned to this special place now called the "Navajo Indian Reservation" which was established according to the Treaty of 1868 with the United States.
In the face of extreme hardship, isolation, sickness and death, the Navajo emerged from Bosque Redondo proud and admired for their dignity, resilience, endurance, courage, and strength.