The White House

June 3, 2011

Washington – One week after the launch of Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC), and as part of the regular seasonal harvest, Mrs. Obama and American Indian children began the process of planting the “three sisters”– corn, beans and squash – in the White House kitchen garden. This traditional Native American planting technique grows crops in a mutually beneficial manner: the corn provides a structure for the beans to climb, eliminating the need for poles; the beans provide the soil with nitrogen that the other plants use; and the squash spreads along the ground, blocking the sunlight and preventing weeds.  The Cherokee White Eagle corn, Rattlesnake pole beans, and Seminole squash seeds used today come from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Argus Leader

By Steve Young     May 19, 2011

South Dakota regents meeting this week in Aberdeen will consider additions to higher education after months of budgetary subtractions.

Grand Forks Herald

By Chuck Haga    May 23, 2011

Internet site offers health advice, links and stories of hope
An Internet website offering a wide range of health news, information and links for American Indians has been upgraded to help in growing national campaigns against diabetes, suicide, substance abuse and other scourges in Indian Country.

Native American Times

By Thom Wallace     March 1, 2011

WASHINGTON –  The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has announced the recipients of the organization’s prestigious Indian Country Leadership Awards. Senator Daniel Akaka (D – HI) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and long time tribal leader and advocate Billy Frank Jr. will be honored Monday by the organization for outstanding contributions to Indian Country. Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation who passed away in 2010, will be recognized posthumously among the 2011 recipients. NCAI will honor her by naming the organization’s fellowship program in her honor.