The American Indian lived in North America long before the European settlers came to live. The Indians have learned how to live off the land. In the early years, they often settled their reservation along rivers and streams. This was to ensure the native Indian families had plenty of water to drink and bathe. They fished the streams and rivers, and taught their children how to take care of themselves.
European settlers wanted to make a home in America too. However, learning to live together proved to be difficult. The native Indian has many skills that are beneficial Read the rest of this entry »
Don’t let your next outdoor wedding or special event be a wash-out. Take the necessary steps to ensure that a flood won’t ruin the fun. If you are holding the event in an area away from your own home, you will need to visit the location soon after a heavy rain. This gives you the chance to discover ponds and puddles before you set up a canopy or tent in that area.
If the outdoor event is planned for a local park or playground, it’s not an option to bring in fill dirt to build up low-lying areas. These lands are owned and maintained by the local municipality, and they will not be receptive to your improvement plans. There are, however, temporary measures you can take to enhance and improve the foundation before staging an event. A word of caution is prudent here. Always ask permission before erecting or constructing anything on someone else’s property.
If you plan to set up chairs and tables, or declare an area a dance floor, you will need to make sure the ground is level and free of debris. If the ground is not too low, a simple tarp can be staked down as a temporary floor. This will keep the area dry and fairly clean. It will also be easy to disassemble at the end of your outdoor event. If the ground is soft or uneven, a simple wooden platform can be constructed using pallets covered with sheets of plywood. The entire structure can be covered with a tarp or canvas to hide imperfections and create a cleaner look.
If you decide to hold your outdoor event on your own property, you can be a bit more elaborate in your ground preparation prior to the big day. It may also be wise to call around for some flood insurance quotes, in the case that your preparations were not successful in preventing water damage.
A new study has found that 31.5 percent of Native American teenagers have substance abuse problems. The drug abuse rates for teenage Native Americans are higher than they are for White Americans, which is 23 percent and Black Americans, which is 5 percent. Native Americans most commonly abuse the drug marijuana. Many Native American communities are taking steps to combat this problem.
Many communities are implementing drug free zones as part of their event planning and celebrations for native peoples. Teenagers in these zones are encouraged to participate in programs that Read the rest of this entry »
Native Americans could benefit from planting and harvesting their own gardens. Reservation gardens are a great way for Native Americans to earn income and teach the youth how to work the land. The produce from the garden could be sold to residents of nearby towns and cities, as well as to produce markets and other reservations. By offering the produce in nearby towns and cities, Native Americans have the opportunity to display a positive image of their culture and could potentially spark interest and tourism Read the rest of this entry »
There are unique opportunities within Native American reservations to provide community support and education. Reservations are usually tight-knit groups that have common ancestry, culture and religion. Central community centers can provide outlets for recreation, education and medical resources.
Providing for successful community support in the reservation starts with the family. Drug and alcohol programs are a necessity for young people as well as the adults. It is also important to establish a wellness clinic that promotes safe sex methods and prevention of sexually transmitted disease. Good prenatal care can be quite an asset, too.Additional information can be found at http://skillsinfo.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/australia-study-successful-youth-transitions-born-in-australia-is-a-risk-factor/.
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There has been much debate over the Native American reservations and the debate will probably continue for many years to come. While the U.S. continues to thrive, even in light of the weak economy, Native American reservations have become some of the poorest places in the world. With a very high rate of suicide and alcohol addiction, it’s no wonder that so many politicians want to tighten up rules regarding drugs and alcohol on the reservation. It has become evident that while this is no simple issue, something Read the rest of this entry »
The health and history of the American Indian go largely hand in hand. Prior to European colonization, most Native Americans in North America lived in agricultural communities that subsisted primarily on the Three Sister crops of squash, maize, and beans. The diet was healthy, and though it was not paradise, the people lived their lives in a generally happy state without having to worry about smallpox, measles, malaria, alcoholism, or diabetes, though tuberculosis was present.
With the arrival of Read the rest of this entry »
Your journey to future success depends on your commitment to your goals. Creating a life plan can help you assess your current life and succeed in reaching your goals in the future. People that commit to a life plan often find greater success than those that have no blueprint for the way they live their lives. Create a life plan today to improve your future by following these tips.
Put Pen to Paper
The simple act of writing down your goals drastically increases your chances Read the rest of this entry »
Finding your place in the world and your community is not an easy task. The Internet has made a the definition of community much more obscue than what it was in the past. In the previous centuries, the word usually meant to a physibacl place. When someone was asked, he may be able to find the location of any given community, be it a town or a city on a map. This is no longer the case.
A person trying to seek out his purpose Read the rest of this entry »
When thinking of American history, we often first think of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the colonial times, or of the Revolutionary War. We may even stop to pause to think about Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, World War II or the Industrial Revolution. There are many things that make up American History, but it is important not to shy away from turning our attention to the people who were originally here before European settled here–to the people who kept this land fruitful and beautiful before Read the rest of this entry »