1. Reclaiming Sacred Beings

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    One man’s fascinating quest to decolonize indigenous peoples of North America and restore their cultures. Terry Cross  is the founder & Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He is a member of the Seneca Nation with four decades of child welfare experience, including 10 years of direct children & family work, and 15 years of the faculty of Portland State University School of Social Work Terry has authored several curriculum and related child welfare material.  He has also received awards and accolades such as the PSU Civic Engagement Award, Eco-Trust Indigenous Leadership Award and the Robert F. Kennedy...
  2. No Reservations

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    New Indian organizations combat stereotypes and foster leadership in innovative ways—from building a skate park to aid in suicide prevention to partnering with college sports teams named for tribes.  Darius Smith has a varied and rich career in educational & cultural affairs; Native People’s Initiative-Habitat for Humanity Int’l, Alma Curriculum & Teacher Training-Denver Public Schools, American Indian Liaison-City & County of Denver and current positions: City of Denver Anti-Discrimination Office Director and Adjunct Ethnic Studies-University of Colorado. Food For Thought & Conversation The silence that has shrouded suicide in Indian country is being pierced by growing alarm at the sheer numbers...
  3. A Healing Wind of Change

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    From jingle dancing to treaty enforcement and tribal economic development, one Ogalala woman brings it all together to build a mighty vortex of Indian power, commerce and community.  Shadana Dickerson Sultan is Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce and was the recipient of the 2014 Denver Mayor’s Diversity Award.  She has worked at NBC Universal and Telemundo Denver.  She is fluent in Spanish and has studied French and Japanese.  She is currently pursuing Arabic and Islamic Studies. Food For Thought & Conversation The healing wind of jingle dancing had an amazing effect on Shadana’s flesh eating disease....
  4. Hello, Neighbor

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    How 75,000 people around the globe are using social media to get to know their neighbors and pool their resources. Need a ride? Got a surplus of zucchini? Want to trade pet-sitting services? It’s all right there in your neighborhood. Rebecca Rockefeller is the co-founder of the Buy Nothing Project. Sheis a writer, farmer, citizen scientist & educator and has owned several businesses over the years.  After studying at Seattle Academy of Arts &Science she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy & Social Change at Evergreen State College. Food For Thought & Conversation If you have participated in a Buy...
  5. Beyond Gentrification

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    Gentrification has become a dirty word to people displaced by the rising prices that come with it. A Portland neighborhood leader seeks to reverse that trend and bring opportunities and amenities to communities facing the invasion of affluent immigrants. Jeff Gerwing serves on the Cully Eco-District Advisory Board in Portland OR and is an Associate Professor at Portland State University of Environmental Science & Management. He helped develop Interdisciplinary courses in Sustainability to assist students contextualize social and environmental issues. He spent 14 years as an Associate Researcher for Brazil’s Amazon where he studied the impacts of logging on forest ecosystems...
  6. The Miracle of Quixote Village

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    A group of churches and nomads discover together the true meaning—and power—of sanctuary. Jill Severn is a board member of Panza, a nonprofit organization that was instrumental in the establishment of a model micro-community of tiny houses for the homeless in Olympia Washington. She is a writer and communication consultant.  A former journalist, she specialized in international affairs and foreign policy. She served as director of the Seattle World Affairs Council,  where she created a professional education program in international affairs for K-12 teachers. She served as a senior policy analyst on education issues in the Washington State House of Representatives, was...
  7. Yes! Magazine

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    Do you believe the world is going to hell in a hand basket or that incredible people are doing amazing things to help us all transcend the damage caused by greed and ignorance? Your answer may be determined by where you get your news. Fran Korten is the Publisher of Yes Magazine & Executive Director of the Positive Futures Network working to build the momentum in the US for actions, policies, and a public consciousness based on the values of justice, sustainability, and compassion.  She received her PH.D from Stanford in Social Psychology. She has 20 years’ experience as a program...
  8. Real American Food You’ve Never Tasted

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    Think you know American food? Think again. This American Indian eatery serves food so unfamiliar you have to see it before you order it. Ben Jacobs is a Native American entrepreneur and co-owner of Tocabe, an American Indian Eatery, in Denver, CO. Additional video on Tocabe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68s-1KLE2hY       Food for Thought & Conversation What is your knowledge and/or experience of eating Native American foods?  Ben shares his ideas on successful entrepreneurship including sharing your dream, no matter how big, with others you meet as one does not know who will be similarly inspired by your dream to help or even to give...
  9. Time Well Spent

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    Time, not money, is the currency at the Hour Exchange. And everyone’s time is equally valuable.   Stephen Beckett is participant in Hour Exchange Portland.  He is co-founder and lead programmer for hOurworld Cooperative. He graduated with honors from the University of New England’s Physical Therapy degree program and has been practicing a mix of mainstream and eclectic manual therapies for over 18 years. He also studied at the Maine College of Art and his paintings can be viewed at www.maineartstudio.com  Food for Thought & Conversation For fun, if your group were a community unto itself, what skills, talents, knowledge or service...
  10. Communal Living

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    Communal living with all its benefits using a new model for decision-making that trumps consensus. Heather Carver is a resident at Columbia Eco-Village in Portland, OR. After years of trying to figure out how to save the world, she is focusing on trying to live in a way that’s a smaller part of the problem. Food For Thought & Conversation Are you aware of co-housing or communal living places in your community? Heather describes co-housing as having one’s own private residence with an emphasis on shared spaces, shared resources, knowing the neighbors and doing things together. Please share your own experiences...

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