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Update – Ok, maybe nobody understands this post. READ THE “HERE” LINK! Barry is saying that 18% of all SBA loans between 2000-20008 went to the Alaska Indians(ANCs) and that THREE/QUARTERS OF ALL SBA LOANS in 2008, went there. I DON’T CARE that it went to ANC’s as such. After all, it fed their families, they found the loopholes and it produced jobs. I CARE about the way in which it was used – SECURITY!@!, a lot of it out of state and to non indian subcontractors!?! If all that SBA resource is being used to buy security it doesn’t get spent on OTHER business. In addition, I want to know if these contracts counted as defense money and how. don’t you? I want to know WHY the SBA was so accommodating! Don’t you?

In light of Jeremy Scahill’s recent media vomit, I thought it would be useful to link a recent post HERE, from Tom Barry, who runs the “Border Lines” blog on, primarily, border, immigration, trade illegal drugs and environmental degradation. I urge you to read it.

I wonder if Scahill’s angry statements, Prince’s upcoming Vanity Fair tantrum, and the uproar they are sure to cause, is a hopeful ( I know, pretend I didn’t say that.) sign, and are indicative of a new direction. Things can only get better after they are fluffed out in the sunlight. I don’t know if we fully understand yet, the depth to which we have sold ourselves to profit. Maybe we are beginning to.

I want to stress that Barry’s post primarily relates to border issues. As such, what has happened in Alaska may only be a very small piece of this mess. However, it sure does give a whole new meaning to whatever anyone thought about that state’s politics.

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WAPO is commemorating Veteran’s Day, with an article on Tammy Duckworth and the new generation at the VA.

Today’s Christian Science Monitor’s article discusses new attempts to help homeless vets. I have to say I don’t think there has been this much Federal activity in this direction since Governor Reagan. You may remember him. He’s the one that did so much in aid of the population’s growth in CA when he shut down thousands of hospital beds as a cost cutter.

President Obama was busy speechifying at Arlington, as he did yesterday in Fort Hood, Texas.

New Hampshire’s Peterboro, the company that has been making USAn made baskets since 1854, is offering a few patriotically themed baskets in celebration of Veterans Day. You know the ones; they make picnic, pie and bicycle baskets.

My hometown is having a parade in just a few minutes, and I’ve been searching for my display flag, the one my mother gave me, all day. I haven’t been able to find it since we packed a few things into storage.

Elsewhere around the Bay area, these VA events are happening.

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On Oct 30 Barack Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. (NNAHM)

Indigenous peoples in Alaska are giving informative lectures on various tribes and nations.

As well, in Alaska, the Juneau Empire is featuring daily, a different member of the Juneau native community.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is taking applications for their 2010 list of Endangered Native American Places.

The Library of Congress has put together an interview and web page on Keith M Little, Navajo code talker during WWII.

The National Park Service has nicely featured in their National Register of Historic Places, properties relating to “American Indian Heritage Month”.

Mills College, in Oakland, CA is commemorating the month with various activities. The next will be an evening of music and dinner on November 19th.

WaterturtleWeaver has a new 2010 ethnobotany calandar on sale, that looks scrumptious! The project was a cooperative effort including well known artist-ethnologist Deborah Small and photographer-weaver Rose Ramierz.

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In Alaska, as elsewhere in the West, the selection of the Secretary of Interior stirs far greater interest than amongst those who have lately inferred that it is a lesser cabinet position.  As you will see in this ARTICLE, the Department of Interior (DOI) controls half of Alaska’s land. Other states also have a high percentage of their land under the purview of this Department. (more…)

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Settle onto that blanket for the evening’s display. Each one is a beauty! If you, like Michelle Cottle, thought feminists were silent on the subject of “Sarah Barracuda”, you just weren’t reading the right ones!

Move On’s (And Others) Rumor Mongering – Updated

By Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy on September 9, 2008 at 7:50 AM 

[A few days ago, I printed an email that Move On sent out with a number of “dangerous” positions that Gov. Palin allegedly holds or actions in which she engaged. A number of them were flat out wrong. It is exactly this kind of “Swiftboating” we all decried when it happened to Kerry. (more…)

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