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David & Steve Gordon are New Age music and chillout music recording duo, record producers and founders of the independent label Sequoia Records.[1][2] They have recorded more than 25 albums ranging from traditional new age music[clarification needed] and ambient meditative soundscapes to shamanic drumming with Native American flute, Celtic music and world music-influenced electronica.

The Gordons’ first album, Misty Forest Morning, was released in 1982, featuring mainly piano and acoustic guitars, with some synthesizer and sounds of nature they recorded in Sequoia National Forest, the location that was the inspiration for the name of their record label, Sequoia Records[2][3] Their second album Peaceful Evening and several more albums in a similar style followed soon after, then in 1985 they branched out into electronic spacemusic with Astral Journey and Celestial Suite.

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Vegas Cop Gets To Keep Job Despite Obama Gun Photo, Calling For ‘Race War’

    ByBRENDAN JAMESPublishedJANUARY 12, 2015, 2:57 PM EST 18682 Views
    A Las Vegas police detective was allowed to keep his job despite posting photos of him aiming a gun at an image of Barack Obama and calling for “race war,” the Las Vegas Sun reported on Monday.

    “Let’s just get this over! Race war, Civil, Revolution? Bring it! I’m about as fed up as a man (American, Christian, White, Heterosexual) can get!” Detective Bobby Kinch wrote on his Facebook page in 2013, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

    He also reportedly posted photos of himself pointing a gun at a commemorative plate of the President, which he received for his birthday as a gag gift.

    A former head of internal affairs contacted the Secret Service about the photo, the Sun reported. Federal agents reportedly prepared to detain Kinch and raid his house, but eventually decided he was not a legitimate threat.

    A year later, after an investigation and suspension, Kinch is back on the job.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/vegas-cop-threatens-obama-race-war-keeps-job?utm_content=buffere11ca&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  2. rikyrah says:

    CNN Breaking News ✔ @cnnbrk
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris to announce U.S. Senate bid. http://cnn.it/1ssAhS2 .

  3. rikyrah says:

    Quinn commutes sentences of 2 men with shaky murder convictions

    iN his final minutes in office Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn granted 43 clemency petitions, including two commutations that will lead to freedom for convicted murderers whose appeals had been stuck in the courts in spite of mounting evidence of their innocence.

    The outgoing governor also commuted the sentence of a man convicted of attempted murder following a shootout with Chicago police and granted pardons to one of former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s alleged torture victims as well as to a former Peoria County man who spent three decades in prison for a double murder before being paroled.

    ……………………………

    Quinn commuted the 40-year sentence of Howard Morgan, who was convicted of shooting at four Chicago police officers during an early morning traffic stop in 2005 in the Lawndale neighborhood. Morgan, who was a Chicago police officer before becoming a railroad cop, claimed he was the victim of overzealous officers. But police said Morgan fired at them first, and testimony indicated he fired 17 times, while he was hit more than two dozen times.

    Morgan’s trial attorney, Sam Adam Jr., has always maintained his client’s innocence but doubted he would ever receive clemency.

    “So many politicians wouldn’t have gone anywhere near it,” said Adam. “But instead of worrying about his political future or legacy, (Quinn) did what was right.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-tyrone-hood-clemency-20150112-story.html#page=1

    Howard Morgan was a ’cause celebre’ case for the Black community in Chicago. The CPD never thought he would live, so they trumped up the charges on him. His two trials were a phucking travesty. And folks wonder why the average Black person has little to no faith in law enforcement, when examples are everywhere why we shouldn’t have faith in them.

  4. rikyrah says:

    this is our new Governor. I hope all those ministers who shucked and jived for him can live with their conscience.

    …………..

    Mon Jan 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM PST

    Gov. Bruce Rauner, GOP

    by agnostic

    This afternoon, Illinois swore a̶t̶ in Gov. Bruce Rauner, the first GOPer since the early 2000s.

    I don’t envy him.

    Pensions, budget shortfalls, infrastructure, – these are a few of my favorite landmines. Illinois’ govt. pension funding is so poor, that it may approach 30% of the budget in the near future. Yet, little or nothing has been done to stop double dipping, a technique where a favored employee earns full benefits, retires, and the next day, is hired in a similar post, effectively doubling his/her pension down the road. Little has been done to eradicate fraud and some truly offensive examples of waste.

    Rauner made some news in his speech. He was fairly accurate with his descriptions of the roadblocks, potholes, and financial troubles the state faces.

    Most notably, he announced that all contracts signed since November 1, 2014, are now cancelled. (I hope he had some lawyers look at this). He also ordered every state agency to cease all discretionary spending, making payments only on essential projects. (I have no idea what constitutes discretionary spending, and hope he had some lawyers look at this, too.) He also is refusing all state benefits and salary for himself, stating that his billions will see him through these tough times.

    Anyway, while he is not a teabagger or a Scott Walker clone, it looks like he is taking some strong steps. We shall see whether any of them pan out.

    Given the dire state of our finances, I wish Rauner the best of luck. The state will sure need some. However, Illinois is doing better than Indiana (mainly because Indiana suffers from being filled with Indianians) and Wisconsin (which suffers from rampant, unbridled walkerism) in job growth, economic strength in the private sector, and private financial resources.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/12/1357275/-Gov-Bruce-Rauner-GOP#

  5. rikyrah says:

    Terrell Lewis @SgBz
    Follow
    Report: NYPD Commissioner Repeatedly Refused To Discipline Officers For Illegal Chokeholds – http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/01/12/3610437/nypd-chokehold-penalties-inconsistent/ … #p2 #tcot

  6. rikyrah says:

    Bob Cesca @bobcesca_go
    Follow
    Seriously, was there anything preventing Republican leaders from attending the march? Ask Christie and Paul Ryan. They were in Green Bay.
    1:16 PM – 12 Jan 2015

  7. Hey Chicas

    Jay is with me today. He had surgery last week. He had tubes put in his ears, tonsils and adenoids removed. He can’t go back to school until Wednesday. Just wanted to mention Jay was watching nickelodeon and said granny, I wanna show you something. It was a commercial with cartoons and this short clip of Native American music in the background. I was like whoa! Who knew Jay was paying attention? I play this song a lot. It’s one of my favorites.

    • rikyrah says:

      SG2,

      First, tell Jay that we are praying for his complete recovery and he better do what Granny says!!!

      Second, they listen to EVERYTHING…even when we think they don’t listen

    • Liza says:

      “Chant of the Sun”, that is beautiful. Sounds like they expect a quick recovery for Jay. I’m thinking, of course he knows your music. He’ll know it all of his life.

      • Jay made horrible sounds when he slept. It always made me so nervous. I could hardly stand it. He has to drink lots of water so his throat won’t get dry.

      • Jay was so proud to let me know he KNEW that music. You should have seen his face. LOL

      • Liza says:

        Jay sounds like a wonderful little companion.

      • Jay loves animals too. When he was a baby I went online and found a site with all the animal sounds and since then he loves them. His mom works for the post office and everyday he ask her what animals did she see. When he’s with me, he ask if we can watch the lions on Youtube. lol

      • Liza says:

        That’s funny that he asks his mom about animals. I’m sure that a good day for her is when she sees zero animals.

        • A dog once jumped up on his mom’s mail car and Jay thought it was so funny. Jay will cry if he misses a chance to see a deer jumping the fence. The kid loves animals. I don’t want them anywhere near my truck but they sure do jump pretty. It’s a beautiful sight.

    • Ametia says:

      Get well soon, Jay!

      icecream for jay

  8. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    UH HUH

    ………………..

    Tavis Smiley to Host Exclusive Joint Interview w/ the Only 2 African Americans in the U.S. Senate, Representing Opposing Parties

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Ac

    tJanuary 12, 2015 at 12:17PM

    Tavis Smiley” on PBS, returning for its 12th season today, Monday, January 12, will feature a 2-part, exclusive joint interview during its premiere week with the only two African Americans in the U.S. Senate – New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, and South Carolina Republican Tim Scott.

    Conducted at the studios of WHUT at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the conversation touches on a wide range of subjects. Among other topics, Senator Scott breaks down his four-part Opportunity Agenda — the SKILLS Act (the SEA Jobs Act, the CHOICE Act, and the LEAP Act). Senator Booker talks at length about our broken criminal justice system and the urgent need for reform. Both reflect on their similarities and differences and their genuine interest in understanding and collaborating with one another.

    Cory Booker and Tim Scott are the first African Americans since Reconstruction to serve simultaneously in the Senate. While they represent opposing political parties, Smiley said the joint interview is “an example of the kind of bipartisanship you don’t often see in Washington.”

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/tavis-smiley-to-host-exclusive-joint-interview-w-the-only-2-african-americans-in-the-us-senate-representing-opposing-parties-20150112

  9. rikyrah says:

    LDS from TOD does a testimony for Selma

    ……………….

    LDS
    January 12, 2015 at 5:15 am
    I AM SELMA……
    This is NOT about me. This IS about a movement!
    I saw the movie two days ago and I wanted to wait before I posted anything here so that I would not spoil anyone else view before they saw it.
    Movie critiques have a way of doing that.
    While watching the movie it was as if I was watching my whole life unfold right before my own eyes.

    As a young girl growing up in the days of Jim Crow, I marched, marched and marched some more at the young age of 17 years old.
    I cannot begin to tell you the urge that came over me when I knew that it was something that I had to do.
    No, not in Selma…..in Ga.(same difference).

    As a little girl I remember going to Woolworth’s with my mother and aunts and asking why we could not sit at the counter to have an I cream sundae. They would hurriedly walk pass and tell me and my sisters not to look. I remember the COLORED/WHITE water fountain signs. I also remember drinking from the WHITE fountain just because.
    I did not understand then my life could have been taken away or worse, my whole family could have been in danger.

    I remember my older sisters and brothers sneaking out the house to go and join the sit-ins in downtown Athens, Ga. My mother would have never given them consent to do anything so dangerously. But secretly my father was very proud and protective of his children. Jim Crow would never take that away from him. I remember Charlene Hunter and David Holmes being the first Blacks attending the University of Ga. and how we were so afraid for them. I remember we were asked to pray for them every Sunday in church.

    In the summer of my 17 years, you would think that the sit-ins and marching in the ’60’s,two Blacks attending UGA would have made everything peachy cream. Sadly, that did not happen.
    I still felt racism. I still knew there were some parts of that little quaint college town we were not safe to venture in and out of.
    My mother demanded that we go to the predominately white school when I was in middle school. I cried all summer long because meant that I would be separated from all the friends that I grew up with and things would even be different between us.

    The movement happened one hot summer night when there was a meeting called at a local Black church to help get Blacks to sign up to vote in rural counties. We were young and fearless. I was 17 and there was a strong unity of Black college kids attending UGA now(more than two). And they were playing recordings of Malcolm X, The Last Poets, H. Rap Brown, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis, many more in this little den they called, (fittingly so) “The Black House”.
    They were responsible for my attending my first Nina Simone concert at UGA among other noted singers that I had only heard of on the Black radio station coming from Nashville, Tenn. as a child late at night.

    So here I am caught up with all of this new found pride and awareness that no school or text book ever offered me.
    I remember S.C.L.C. attending those meetings and later N.A.A.C.P. came to organized and strategized how we were going to do this marching thing. I remember walking for hours in the hot sun marching and singing in rural places in Ga. I had never been before. Somehow I knew when we were in a strong KKK county because the mood of the march changed very quickly.

    I will never forget the hands of the first older man that I helped signed up to be able to vote for the first time in his town. We were always assigned with another older person because we were being trained. The older man was so nervous. His hands were shaking so much. But when he signed his name with an “X” he was so proud. So strong. So tall. It was an immediate visual transformation. There were many more gatherings, hot marches.

    The pivotal point in my life is when the Black students who were attending the predominately all white high school felt their needs were not being met. No history books about our ancestors being taught. It was evident this integration was not fully embraced. They made it clear we would not be included, we were not welcome ( unless you played sports and brought them to championships).
    Needless, to say “All hell broke lose.”
    The National Guards were called. We were children. Water hoses were sprayed upon us. Dogs were unleashed upon us. We were put in jail. I was more afraid what would haven to my family that night than what would happen to me.

    It has taken me my whole life to remember not to forgot. For years I could not watch movies that depicted those times because it all became so real and I would wake up not being able to sleep. If I had to chose my best scene, it would be the question Dr. MLK posed to the congregation. “Who Killed Jimmy Lee Jackson?” That is a question that we all need to answer even today.
    The movie is remarkable! I felt so proud to have had that boldness, fearlessness, fight for justice in my DNA. I did not know nor did I care that my life could have ended then. I wanted to make it better for others.

    When you are in a movement you become humble, unselfish, fearless, bold, caring, determine, resilient, kind, forgiving, hopeful.
    Finally, you just love. To be love and to give love.
    I Am Selma. But this is not about me…..

    http://theobamadiary.com/2015/01/12/early-bird-chat-448/#comment-1237120

  10. rikyrah says:

    Dems zero in on agenda for middle class
    01/12/15 12:35 PM
    By Steve Benen
    If Republicans and the Beltway establishment hoped that Democrats would take a sharp turn to the right in the wake of the 2014 midterms, much of Washington is no doubt disappointed right now.

    Kevin Drum noted last week, “One of the hot topics of conversation in progressive circles these days is the middle class. Democrats support plenty of programs that provide benefits to the poor (Medicaid, minimum wage, SNAP, etc.), but what about programs that benefit the middle class?”

    Dems arguably already have a pretty solid case to make, pointing to policies like the Affordable Care Act, but the party’s focus is apparently poised to zero in on the middle class with even more specificity this year. This includes, obviously, President Obama’s new proposal on free community-college tuition and talk of pushing for higher wages through overtime regulations.

    But as the Washington Post reported overnight, there’s another striking idea taking shape as part of the Democrats’ economic agenda.
    Senior Democrats, dissatisfied with the party’s tepid prescriptions for combating income inequality, are drafting an “action plan” that calls for a massive transfer of wealth from the super-rich and Wall Street traders to the heart of the middle class.

    The centerpiece of the proposal, set to be unveiled Monday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), is a “paycheck bonus credit” that would shave $2,000 a year off the tax bills of couples earning less than $200,000. Other provisions would nearly triple the tax credit for child care and reward people who save at least $500 a year.
    A new fee on financial transactions, coupled with few breaks for the top 1%, would deliver a $1.2 trillion “windfall,” which Van Hollen would invest directly in the middle class.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/dems-zero-agenda-middle-class

  11. rikyrah says:

    Senate GOP follows House’s lead on diversity
    01/12/15 11:20 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    Late last year, House Republicans announced their committee chairs for the 114th Congress, and when it comes to diversity, the GOP majority fell short: there are 21 House committees and 20 of them will be led by white men. The exception will be the House Administration Committee – responsible for overseeing the administrative tasks associated with the Capitol itself, including the cafeteria, office supplies, etc. – which will be led by a white woman.

    As Rachel noted on the show after the announcements were made, “This is your Republican Party in Washington in all its glory. It should be noted, this is the cross-section of America they’re offering to the American people now that they’ve taken power.”

    Senate Republicans didn’t announce their committee chairs until late last week, but I was curious to see if they’d fare any better on the diversity front.

    And in a way, they did. The Senate, like the House, has 21 committees, but instead of 20 white men and one white woman, the upper chamber’s committees will be led by 19 white men and two white women. They’ll join the Senate Republicans’ five-member leadership team, which is comprised entirely of white men.

    In fairness, one can argue that the deck was stacked against GOP leaders when making these decisions – committee chairmanships and leadership posts are often based on seniority, and given that the Senate Republican conference has been dominated by white men for quite a while, they’re necessarily the ones who are in a position to rise when powerful slots open up. Maybe it’ll be better in the future.

    Still, Newt Gingrich’s comments from two years ago come to mind.

    The former Speaker appeared on “The Tonight Show” shortly after the 2012 elections, and Jay Leno showed him a picture of the House Republicans’ committee chairs, dominated by white men. Gingrich conceded the point.
    The GOP’s all-white, all-male lineup of House committee chairs represents “a real problem for the Republican Party,” Newt Gingrich told Jay Leno on Thursday night.

    “The fact is, that picture is, by definition, not helpful,” Gingrich said, adding that he planned to spend the next few months studying where Republicans erred in this election cycle and “what we didn’t understand about how America’s evolving and changing.”
    The fact that the Senate lineup is so similar – 19 white men instead of 20 in the House – only helps reinforce the broader concern.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/senate-gop-follows-houses-lead-diversity

  12. rikyrah says:

    Romney 2016?
    01/12/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 01/12/15 08:04 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Mitt Romney, after two failed presidential bids, made it quite clear there wouldn’t be a third. As recently as September, the Republican conceded, “[M]y time has come and gone. I had that opportunity. I ran, I didn’t win. Now it’s time for someone else to pick up the baton.”

    The former one-term governor made similar comments over and over again. At one point last year, asked about a third attempt, Romney’s exact words were, “Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no. People are always gracious and say, ‘Oh, you should run again.’ I’m not running again.”

    But as those who followed the 2012 race closely may recall (ahem), the gap between what Romney says and what’s true is sometimes great. Kasie Hunt and Benjy Sarlin reported over the weekend:
    The 2012 Republican presidential nominee told a small group of donors in New York City on Friday that he’s looking at a third White House bid, said Spencer Zwick, who was Romney’s finance chairman in 2012 and who attended Friday’s event.

    “People ask if I really want to be president,” Romney said, according to a source in the room. “Yeah, I want to be president.”
    A source close to Romney told msnbc, “He’s more open to it, based on all the encouragement he’s received.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/romney-2016

    • Liza says:

      Well, I fully understand why the Democrats without PBO look beatable to Mittens and other GOP fossils. The Democrats were so stupid to not support their own president who has had a great deal of success, and they lost the House and the Senate. The GOP sees how weak they are and can fully exploit that in traditional smear campaigns. And the fossils who are thinking about throwing their hats in the ring will be running traditional campaigns even though it will be 2015-2016.

      I hope I’m wrong.

  13. Ametia says:

    Turned on tv before work this morning, and what do I hear? Why didn’t PBO go to France and march with Merkel and nem? WTF?

    • Ametia says:

      Zeddonymous @ZeddRebel
      · 26m 26 minutes ago
      2004: 11 million people march across Spain after terror attacks kill 191. Find a picture of Bush in those marches and you get a cookie.

    • Liza says:

      Typical MSM distraction issue that diverts attention from meaningful analysis and reporting.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Natalie Jackson @NatJackEsq

    Dear American Journalist: If #BokoHaram straps a bomb on a 10yr old CHILD & remotely detonated it SHE is a VICTIM; NOT a SUICIDE BOMBER!!

  15. rikyrah says:

    Barbara Arnwine @barbs73

    No one opposed awards to Lincoln movie 4 failing to show Black leaders Frederick Douglass & Harriet Tubman who met regularly w Pres. Lincoln

  16. rikyrah says:

    They are just too messy for words. The MILLIONS gotten from the auction isn’t enough for you? The things being fought over now need to be in the Smithsonian – period.

    ……………

    Martin Luther King’s children in court over Bible, Nobel Prize

    Los Angeles Times

    Matt Pearce

    An ugly family battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal Bible and his Nobel Peace Prize medal is nearing conclusion in an Atlanta courtroom.

    As “Selma” — the movie featuring the legendary civil rights leader’s life — earns rave reviews and Oscar buzz, King’s children have been locked in yet another legal battle with each other.

    King’s estate, controlled by sons Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, is suing daughter Bernice King to retrieve the Bible and the medal, which are in her possession, so the estate can potentially sell them to a private buyer.

    Both sides have filed motions for a summary judgment, and a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. If the judge does not rule for either side, or if the siblings do not reach a settlement, the case could go to trial in February.

    The siblings and their attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.

    At stake are two of King’s most prized possessions, according to Bernice King.

    The elder King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 after helping lead the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., and becoming a nationally recognized civil rights leader. A year later, while fighting for passage of the Voting Rights Act, King helped organize the march from Selma to Montgomery that is depicted in “Selma.”

    King’s Bible, tattered from wear, was used in the 2013 inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, who also signed the book. (Obama also used the Lincoln Bible, the one he used in his first inauguration in 2009.)

    A year later, in January 2014, the King estate’s board — of which Bernice King is a member — voted to order her to hand over both the Bible and the Nobel medal. When she did not, the estate sued her in Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/martin-luther-kings-children-in-court-over-bible-nobel-prize/ar-AA83D1H?ocid=HPCDHP

  17. rikyrah says:

    LAMH REVIEWS SELMA

    lamh

    So I finally saw Selma tonight. The theatre I was in was all people of color (although I do believe I saw one white young man with his girlfriend, who was Black). There was a lot of elderly men and women, who seemed of the correct age to have been living under Jim Crow South. Not as many young people as I would have wanted to see (I dragged my nephew to see it). compare that to when I saw Taken, the crowd was predom white, young and middle aged, with a sprinkling of people of color, most of which were young like my nephew.

    So back to the film. From the shock of the opening sequence (even knowing what was gonna happen), to the scenes on the actual Edmund Pettis bridge (god bless John Lewis) and the final scenes in Montgomery, the entire audience was riveted. Powerful doesn’t even begin to describe it. I saw it over 5 hours ago and the movie is still on my mind.

    I know we’ve talked a bit about the LBJ stuff here, and I don’t know if the audience I was with even knew about the controversy, but from the overheard conversations, the last thing on anyone’s mind was the portrayal of LBJ. At the end the majority of the people just stayed in their seats and there was essentially silence until people started leaving their seats.

    I don’t have time for a full fledged review, but I can say if you are a movie goers like myself or if you decide you’d only go see a film that was worth the price of admission, then RUN DON’T WALK to see Selma. it def more than a “Black” story or a “Southern” story, it’s truly an American story, and I’d like to think it def deserves as much of a diverse audience as it can get.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  19. Watch How The U.S. Stole Land From Native Americans

    http://www.fastcodesign.com/3040647/infographic-of-the-day/watch-how-the-us-stole-land-from-native-americans

    A new interactive map from the science and humanities magazine Aeon tells a vital story that Americans tend to conveniently forget: this land was not our land. Hit “play,” and you’ll see every cession of land from native peoples between 1784 and today. From the birth of our country to today, we seized 1.5 billion acres of native land.

    “As late as 1750—some 150 years after Britain established Jamestown and fully 250 years after Europeans first set foot in the continent—[Native Americans] constituted a majority of the population in North America, a fact not adequately reflected in textbooks,” Claudio Saunt writes in an accompanying article. “Even a century later, in 1850, they still retained formal possession of much of the western half of the continent.”

    With Saunt’s map, you can watch the shift occur. Each part is clickable, with information on the treaties that were used to negotiate cessions available via links in pop-up boxes. You can also search for a location or any Native American nation, such as Cherokee or Sioux, to see the land they once possessed. Color coding distinguishes between native lands (blue) and reservations (orange). The latter have dwindled significantly since their creation.

  20. White House: Native American education needs boost

    http://cjonline.com/news/2015-01-11/white-house-native-american-education-needs-boost

    Native American education and the well-being of Native American children are in “a state of emergency,” the White House said.

    In a report released last month, the White House warned poverty rates among Native American youth remain significantly higher than the national average — and educational outcomes significantly lower.

    “This crisis has grave consequences for Native nations, who need an educated citizenry to lead their governments, develop reservation economies, contribute to the social well-being of Native communities, and sustain Indian cultures,” the report said.

    Nationwide, 34 percent of American Indian or Alaska Native children live in poverty, compared to a national child poverty rate of 21 percent.

    “No, they’re not shocking to me,” Prairie Band Potawatomi chairperson Liana Onnen said of the statistics.

    Onnen attended the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference last month to discuss with Cabinet members and other officials issues of concern to Native American leaders.

    “I think if you’re a Native American today and you are engaged,” she said, “you know about these issues.”

    In terms of educational outcomes for Native Americans:

    ■ 13 percent have four-year college degrees or higher, compared to 29 percent of Americans.

    ■ Among fourth-graders, a 2011 federal testing sample found 22 percent of Native American children were proficient in math, compared to 40 percent of all fourth-graders.

    ■ Less than half of all Native American high-schoolers attend schools with adequate math and science offerings.

    ■ Native Americans are less likely than Hispanic, African-American or white students to earn college credit while in high school, or even to attend a high school that offers such options.

  21. Good morning, everyone!

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