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su_c01_noriega_03292_t620For those of you who know us, you know how very proud we are of Robert’s sister DeAnna (whom we lovingly call “Sissy”). Click on the photo to read a great article and discover for yourself just how amazing she is, and how each of us can make a difference!

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Every Person Matters

TO THE WORLD
YOU MAY BE ONE PERSON
BUT TO ONE PERSON

you are the world

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Today we met Angela Amico, an amazing teacher at Baker Elementary School in San Jose, California. She asks every one of her third grade students, upon arriving and leaving her classroom each day, to make eye contact and shake her hand. It gives her an opportunity to “check in” with each of them, and gives them a chance to make a personal connection with her.

This simple technique keeps her in touch with where the kids are at, and helps them to build their personal confidence, to stay focused and present. What a fantastic idea! Wouldn’t it be great if every classroom teacher did this?

Here’s what Angela had to say about our “Walking In Wisdom” student assembly: “I would really recommend this time spent with these wonderful guests, teaching us lessons about the Earth and ourselves.”

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The Way of Love

ghandi

“Throughout history, the way of love and truth has always won.” – Ghandi

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We love seeing other Native people sharing their gifts and talents with the world. A friend of ours shared this information with us. We haven’t met Radmilla yet, but we look forward to it and want to support the great work she’s doing.

Radmilla Cody is a prominent singer/ artist from the Navajo Nation. She is Dine’ (Navajo) on her mother’s side and African American on her father’s side. She grew up very traditional on the Navajo Reservation and speaks English & Navajo fluently. She was lucky enough to grow up with her Navajo grandmother, learning the Navajo language and culture. Radmilla is also a survivor of domestic violence and is an amazing spokesperson for biracial children and domestic violence prevention. Check out her website to read more about her biography and talents. Go to http://www.radmillacody.net/index.html

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Jake Swamp

Jake Swamp

Here’s a great photo of Jake Swamp of the Haudensaunee People.

We were in Morocco on a peace tour with the Native American International Cultural Exchange. It was an amazing experience, and we are so inspired by the work that Jake has done with the Tree of Peace Society. Here’s some info:

The Tree of Peace Society is a non-profit cultural and environmental organization founded in 1984 by Tekaronianeken, Jake Swamp, Wolf Clan sub-chief of the Kahniakehaka (People of the Flint), Mohawk Nation. For more than thirty years Chief Swamp has been a Mohawk sub-Chief and representative on the Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee , Iroquois Confederacy : Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora. He has presented the wide range of his experience in indigenous, environmental and social issues in talks and programs both locally and internationally.

Chief Swamp founded the Tree of Peace Society, a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization and the Tree of Peace Learning Center for Peace, Cultural and Environmental Studies, in an effort to address current topics in environmental and cultural education. The ‘Society’ builds cross-cultural understanding between Native and non-Native people, promotes environmental and social ethics, and works tirelessly to preserve the culture and languages of the Haudenosaunee.

Check out their website at http://www.treeofpeacesociety.info/

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