Native American Alumni Board working to award first-ever scholarship

first_imgThe Native American Alumni Board is looking to award its first-ever scholarship in 2020 thanks to generous donations from alumni and others in the Notre Dame community.The scholarship fund is one of a few initiatives the board and the University have undertaken in order to foster a more inclusive environment for Native students and show reverence for Native culture.Theresa Tulsiak | The Observer The scholarship fund has raised $7,964.79, which is very close to the $10,000 needed to sustain the scholarship, said Anthony Holt, chair of the alumni board and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.“These specific scholarship funds require $10,000 of deposited money before the scholarship can be awarded — that can come through any number of donations,” Holt said. “The University puts the money into investment funds [so] as it comes in it’s gaining money.”Holt said the market value of the $7,964 is actually much higher, amounting to around $11,000.The Native American Alumni Board started working with the Office of Financial Aid in 2011. In 2012, the board officially learned the scholarship had been approved and that it could start taking donations in October 2012.“We already had a number of Native American alumni and others who had basically donated money,” he said.Charitable days of donation at the University, such as Notre Dame Day, also help to fundraise for the scholarship.“ND Day has been really helpful for us year after year,” Holt said. “It’s a great day of fundraising for us that we hope will maintain attention towards our alumni board and the work that’s been done.”Holt said the undergraduate work of architecture students in Navajo Nation has greatly impacted the amount of donations the scholarship has received. The projects gained even more visibility through the What Would You Fight For series, which aims to showcase the work and impact of community members.Deswood Etsitty, director of alumni relations for the board, was essential in realizing the partnership, which gave Notre Dame architecture students real-world experience while helping a school fund a new gymnasium.The Native American Alumni Board is overseen by the Notre Dame Alumni Diversity Council. The board began around 2005 and Holt said it is the youngest and smallest of the multicultural alumni boards.The board has been working closely with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure the scholarship will be sustainable in the future and will be awarded to students with the most need.“The financial aid office wants to ensure that the market value stays over $10,000 for the first couple of years until it can gain more market value,” Holt said. “Initially, the scholarships awarded will be small, in the $500 range, but this can help take care of books and smaller essential things. The office has a pool of applicable candidates, typically students who have financial need and are Native students.”Holt feels the scholarship is a way to acknowledge both the history of the Pokagon Potawatomi in the area and the Native students who attend the University.“We are on the Pokagon Potawatomi’s traditional land and it’s important to maintain the acknowledgement of that history,” he said. “This scholarship is an acknowledgement there are still Native students coming to Notre Dame and there are things the board and the University are doing to encourage students to come to Notre Dame. We do have Natives here in the student population and the alumni population and we do care about this community.”But cultural specialist and Pokagon tribe activist Jefferson Ballew IV said he feels the University is still doing little for the Pokagon Potawatomi. He spoke of the early days of the University, and the transference of land between Peter Pokagon, Leopold Pokagon’s grandson, and Fr. Stephen Badin.“Peter gave it all to Fr. Badin so [the Pokagons] wouldn’t have been forcibly removed from their homeland,” Ballew IV said.Ballew IV said the University offered the Pokagon Potawatomi food, clothing and education in exchange for the land, but Notre Dame was “supposed to be doing that work anyway.”“That kind of charitable work is nothing extraordinary,” he said. “Those are things that the Catholic Church already does — where is the above and beyond? The sacrifice? The atonement? None of that was given to us.”Holt believes there are many at Notre Dame who are working to make the University “a positive place for students.”“Folks out there within the Notre Dame community are improving relationships with the Native American community and [University President] Fr. [John] Jenkins has been a huge part of furthering this positive momentum and fostering necessary conversations,” Holt said.Tags: native, native american alumni board, Native Americans, Pokagon Potawatomi, scholarshiplast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Six Tennessee State Parks recognized for performance in environmental sustainability

first_imgAustralian man repeatedly punches great white shark to save his wife After weeks of sustained advocacy from the climbing community, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it has cancelled its plans to auction more than 85,000 acres of recreation-rich land around Moab, Utah for oil and gas leasing, the Access Fund announced. Some of Moab’s iconic climbing areas, such as Mineral Bottom Road, Hell Roaring Canyon, Spring Canyon and Lost World Butte, would have been impacted. The land was slated to go up for auction in September. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has recognized six of the 56 Tennessee State Parks with platinum level status for their performance in environmental sustainability in the state’s Go Green With Us program, the department said in a press release. The six parks achieving platinum status are Bicentennial Capitol Mall, Burgess Falls, Cumberland Trail, Cummins Falls, Johnsonville and Radnor Lake. Study shows using neck gaiter as a mask may be worse than not wearing one Looking for a way to fight outdoor pests like mosquitos and ticks without the use of synthetic repellents? Enter nootkatone, an oil found in cedar trees and grapefruits that was approved by the EPA last week to fight mosquitos, ticks, bedbugs and fleas. A man in Australia bravely fought a great white shark that attacked his wife. Mark Rapley and his wife Chantelle Doyle were surfing on Saturday when a great white shark attacked Doyle, biting her on her right calf and then her right thigh. The woman was able to jump back on her board, but Rapley paddled to her side and began punching the shark. Dr. Ben Beard, deputy director of the division of vector-borne diseases at the C.D.C. told The New York Times that nootkatone is not oily, lasts for hours and has a pleasant grapefruit-like scent. “If you drink Fresca or Squirt, you’ve drunk nootkatone,” he said.  “We’d like to thank all of the climbers around the country who responded to our call,” says Access Fund Executive Director, Chris Winter. “This is a big win for the climbing community and is proof that we’re a powerful force for protecting public lands.” So far this year, sightings of the insect have increased dramatically in Pennsylvania. The state Department of Agriculture received 33,015 reports through July 17, compared to 5,603 for the same period last year. A Penn State study found that the spotted lanternfly cost the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million, including $9 million in direct costs to growers and forest landowners. Registration is open for the Hendersonville Triathlon Athletes that don’t feel comfortable competing in an in-person environment can sign up to participate in the virtual event. Virtual participants can participate anytime starting August 11 through September 30. To learn more about the event or to register, visit  The pandemic has changed the way everyone operates, and outdoor mega-retailer REI is no exception. This summer, the company was supposed to move into their new eight-acre, state-of-the-art headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. But the pandemic forced the company to implement a remote work policy which CEO Eric Artz told employees has caused executives to rethink their strategy. “Our new experience of ‘headquarters’ will be very different than the one we imaged more than four years ago,” he said. With the new building up for sale, the company will now have smaller “headquarters” in multiple locations. “Our model for the future of the company is going to center on maximizing flexibility, allowing people to work the way they want,” chief customer office Ben Steele told SNEWS. “On that front, I think our employees can see the huge potential that we see.”  At current funding levels, it will take 50 years for the project to be complete, possibly longer. Organizers are seeking public comment on a draft of the Hellbender Regional Trail Plan. Comments will be accepted until August 21. To view the plan visit:  Once complete, the multi-purpose Hellbender Regional Trail will connect Western North Carolina’s Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Henderson and Transylvania counties. The biking and pedestrian trail with stitch together dozens of local greenways, with only a few newly build additions necessary, The Laurel of Asheville reports. center_img Photo: Morning Sunshine at Radnor Lake courtesy of Getty Images by Heather M Bell Officials warn public to watch for the crop-devastating spotted lanternfly Many hikers, runners, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts prefer to use a neck gaiter as a mask while out on the trails but a new study shows that using a neck gaiter as a mask may spread more respiratory droplets than wearing no mask at all. A study out of Duke University that looked at the effectiveness of different masks found that neck gaiters allowed 10% more airborne droplets than un unmasked control subject. The reason, researchers believe, is the polyester-spandex “neck fleece” appeared to split larger droplets into many smaller droplets. “Considering that smaller particles are airborne longer than large droplets,” researchers said, “the use of such a mask might be counterproductive.”  Climbers in Utah pressure BLM to cancel auction of more than 85,000 acres surrounding Moab “Our state parks have implemented responsible practices in sustainability, and we are proud of their record in this important effort,” said Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of TDEC. “We hope Tennesseans will recognize their achievements and follow the parks’ lead.”  Not all events are cancelled this year. Case in point: the Hendersonville Triathlon will take place on Sunday, September 20 at Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC. The event consists of a 400m pool swim, 12.5-mile bike and 5k run and is taking a number of preventative measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Organizers of the Hellbender Regional Trail Plan seek public comment Officials in multiple states, including Pennsylvania, are warning the public to keep an eye out for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species that can devastate agriculture. The spotted lanternfly feeds on more than 70 plant species, ABC News reports. REI puts its brand-new HQ campus up for sale just months after it is built Six Tennessee State Parks recognized for performance in environmental sustainability  After the attack, Rapley helped his wife to shore where emergency personnel were waiting. Doyle was airlifted to the hospital where she is in serious but stable condition. EPA approves naturally occurring nookatone to fight mosquitos and tickslast_img read more

Pass plan now to easily allow CUs to accept marijuana business: CUNA

first_imgCUNA is pushing Congress to protect credit unions when they do business with marijuana-related businesses and would like the Senate to attach that provision to the criminal justice overhaul bill now on the Senate floor.If the Senate fails to attach it to that fast-moving measure, CUNA asked Senate leaders to pass such legislation as quickly as possible.“Right now, the communities in which cannabis businesses operate and the credit unions and other financial institutions that are trying to serve these businesses face a number of risks – some of which are known, others which are unknown, but all which can be mitigated through legislation that provides a safe harbor to bank these businesses,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “If not through this legislation, we hope Congress will act on this matter as soon as possible.”The Senate on Monday invoked cloture on the criminal justice bill, which would revise several federal criminal sentencing laws. Supporters of the measure consider the bill to be a fragile compromise and want to fight off many amendments that have been filed. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week and send it to the House, where supporters hope to pass it and send it to President Trump. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Istanbul hopes to host new, ‘historic’ Champions League final

first_img‘Improve the image’ In the meantime, the TFF, seeking to convey a “business as usual” message, announced that the Turkish league would restart on June 12, despite opposition from players and coaches.For Turkey hosting the Champions League final is of economic and touristic importance, which goes beyond sport.While tourism — an essential dynamo of economic growth in Turkey — has been severely dented by the coronavirus crisis with the suspension of international flights, hosting such a prestigious sporting event would be a welcome boost.”Turkey has a PR problem in general so hosting major events successfully is pretty much always a boost for the country’s image and gives the opportunity to promote tourism in Istanbul and beyond,” said Sarigul.For Erden, of the group of Fenerbahce supporters Vamos Bien, the government wants to “use” the Champions League final to “improve its image” while “people are worried by the pandemic and the economic problems”.Bodan, of ultrAslan, believes that if the health situation deteriorates again, “the competition will have to be cancelled”.But in this case, “the 2021 final should be played in Istanbul”, he adds. “It is our right.” In the meantime, Turkish fans are eagerly waiting, hoping that the Istanbul final will be played.Atakan Bodan, a member of the ultrAslan, Istanbul giants Galatasaray’s main fan group, feels the suspension of the top football leagues has “robbed him of joy in his life”.”I’m holding out with the Bundesliga and a few matches in the Belarusian championship, [but] I want the Champions League to resume,” he said.”It would of course be a source of pride to host a new final in Istanbul,” Bodan said. “[Istanbul] is a city of football, we are passionate.” Topics :  ‘Ready’All football fans remember the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul and Liverpool’s stunning comeback and penalty shoot-out victory over AC Milan after trailing 3-0 by half-time. The final of the 2020 edition was set to be held on Saturday at the same venue, the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.Today, the uncertainty reigns not only over the date of a possible resumption of the Champions League, suspended during the last 16, but also on the rest of the competition as speculation abounds whether will it return as normal, if there will be no return legs, or even if a “Final four” tournament will be staged.”Whatever the scenario — final or mini-tournament — we are ready,” said the TFF, highlighting Turkey’s infrastructure and record against the pandemic.Ankara claims to have brought “under control” the fatal virus which, according to official figures, has caused about 4,500 deaths among some 160,000 confirmed cases in the country.In terms of infrastructure, Istanbul, a major tourist destination, has a large hotel fleet.And in addition to the Ataturk Stadium, the city can make available the home grounds of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, which hosted the UEFA Super Cup clinched by Liverpool against Chelsea last August.”I would not expect any problems in terms of the logistics … The main concern for me is whether fans would be able to come,” noted Emre Sarigul, co-founder of the specialized website Turkish Football.”It is difficult to talk with certainty about anything regarding football right now because of how quickly the health situation can deteriorate,” he said. Fifteen years after the “Miracle of Istanbul” that cemented Steven Gerrard’s status as a Liverpool legend, the Turkish metropolis was supposed to host its second Champions League final on Saturday. But that was before the coronavirus pandemic wreaked worldwide havoc.On March 23, UEFA suspended Champions League matches until further notice as Europe’s football competitions were hit hard by the virus.Although no date has been announced for the resumption of games, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) hopes the final will be played in August — the month when Istanbul is usually sunk into the hot and humid summer torpor.last_img read more