Woman with cancer walking to medicine man in Colorado

Woman with cancer walking to medicine man in ColoradoTam Smith leads her sister, Tawny Shepherd, west on Illinois 164 Tuesday morning. The women left Burlington, Michigan July 7th and will end their journey in Burlington, Colorado in October. Tawny Shepherd has stage four cancer and hopes to meet with a medicine man in Burlington who has promised a cure. The women average 20 miles a day with their rickshaws, each loaded with 150 pounds of gear.>>>

Indian medicine bags now allowed in Ashland jail

Indian medicine bags now allowed in Ashland jailThe Ashland County Jail has a new policy about using medicine bags in jail. Brittany Berrens reports that this may be the first Wisconsin county to have rules on this culturally sensitive issue.

Medicine bags usually contain sage and tobacco and are sometimes worn by Native Americans for prayer. Inmates at the Ashland County jail were normally allowed to wear these pouches, that is, until suspicion that the pouches were used to hide tattoo making supplies arose. >>>

Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo Country

Uranium Contamination Haunts Navajo CountryIt was one year ago that the environmental scientist showed up at Fred Slowman’s door, deep in the heart of Navajo country, and warned that it was unsafe for him to stay there The Slowman home, the same one-level cinderblock structure his family had lived in for nearly a half-century, was contaminated with potentially dangerous levels of uranium from the days of the cold war, when hundreds of uranium mines dotted the vast tribal land known as the Navajo Nation.>>>

As Trees Fall in the Amazon, Fears That Tribes Won’t Be Heard

As Trees Fall in the Amazon, Fears That Tribes Won’t Be HeardAs the naked, painted young men of the Kamayurá tribe prepare for the ritualized war games of a festival, their haunting fireside chant ends with a blowing “whoosh, whoosh” sound, a symbolic attempt to eliminate the scent of fish so they will not be detected by enemies. For centuries, fish from jungle lakes and rivers have been a staple of the Kamayurá diet, the tribe’s primary source of protein.
But fish smells are not a problem for the warriors anymore. Deforestation and, some scientists contend, global climate change are making the Amazon region drier and hotter,>>>

The Doctor Is Within

The Doctor Is Within“Dream — nothing!” is one of the many things I’ve heard the 14th Dalai Lama say to large audiences that seem to startle the unprepared. Just before I began an onstage conversation with him at New York Town’s Hall this spring, he told me, “If I had magical powers, I’d never need an operation!” and broke into guffaws as he thought of the three-hour gallbladder operation he’d been through last October, weeks after being in hospital for another ailment. For a Buddhist, after all, our power lies nowhere but ourselves.