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August, 2012: The Dog Days are here!

 

This is a month to celebrate worldwide diversity, especially indigenous cultures. Find out more at:

www.un.org/depts/dhl/indigenousday
International Day 2012 
The 18th commemoration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples will be held on Thursday, 9 of August 2012 at the UN Headquarters in New York

The goal of the First International Decade was to strengthen international cooperation for solving problems faced by indigenous people in such areas as human rights, the environment, development, education and health.
The Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People began in 2005.
It is also National Immunization Awareness Month.  Do you know that some childhood illnesses are resurging either due to immigrants from countries without public immunization full capacity or those of us who have neglected to get booster shots?  Yes, you still need an adult version of pertussis and diptheria immunizations!  Whooping cough is on the rise among the youngest and places them in grave danger, as well as anyone immunocompromised.  Log onto www.cdc.gov/vaccines for more information or ask your primary care provider for assistance.

In Lakota Sioux language, it’s clear ‘mitakuye oyasin!’ -  ALL ARE RELATED – meaning all minerals, plants, animals, humans, the spirit, the four winds of change and growth – are connected as family.  True human beings are of one tribe!  Let us care for one another in that spirit this month and always.