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Returning Children to School Following the Holiday Season

Some may recall the struggle of getting adjusted to the busy schedule of being a parent and returning your child back to school following the holiday season. I have completed a review that will allow both children and families to have a much more successful transition back into the workplace and classroom setting. Here are a few tips that will make the transition more smoother. 1. Ensure to keep a consistent bedtime schedule. While this may be difficult, it is important to stick as close as...

A New Year

As the new year approaches, many individuals are beginning to make resolutions. Rather it be for improved health, weight loss goals, or simply to become better at a specific task or career goal. As you make way for your new year’s resolution, we want to make certain that you are making goals achievable, specifically foe you. Here are a few resolutions that can help you get started on your journey toward success. 1. Make a resolution to remain physically healthy and active. This is not to say...

The Year of Prosperity

As we embark on the Holiday Season and the beginning of a new year, I invite you to focus on everything you have received and gave back to self and others. This reflection will allow you to be grateful, and prepare for a new and improved year ahead. Take some time to create a vision, some goals, or a task you wish to accomplish in the next year. Ensure that you set aside some time and might to accomplish each task in its own timing. Always remember to be blessed where you are, and where you...

Behavioral Health and the Holiday Season

The holiday season is filled with peace and happiness, and sharing time with friends and family. For many, this is a time where family and friends get together and reflect on the birth of Christ, while preparing for the new year. These events can cause those with behavioral health concerns to exacerbate. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) (2023), over 64% of individuals mental health concerns worsen. I have provided some tips on how to improve mental wellness during...

Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

The appropriate time to visit the dentist is of great importance during and after pregnancy. An expectant mother could potentially hurt their unborn baby by not having regular dental checkups during trimesters. The second trimester is of great importance to receive dental procedures such as, anesthetics and oral medications (Chlorhexidine). During this trimester, expectant mothers should avoid dangerous medications such as NSAIDs and various antibiotics. This is in part due to development of...

Where Every Feather Counts (reasonstobecheerful.world)

Robert Mesta, a member of Arizona’s Pascua Yaqui tribe, is the coordinator of the Liberty Wildlife Non-Eagle Feather Repository in Phoenix. Credit: Rebecca L. Rhoades To read more of Rebecca L. Rhoades' article, please click here. In a small room tucked away in the back of an Arizona-based wildlife rehabilitation center, Robert Mesta sits surrounded by displays of feathers of all sizes and colors, taxidermied birds and Native American implements crafted from feathers. A stack of papers rests...

Call to Action & Toolkit: Urge Congress to Support Trauma-Informed Legislation

It’s time to take action and make our voices heard to build healthy, resilient communities! The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) is organizing trauma-informed advocates, activists, and stakeholders to urge their U.S. Senators and Representatives to support two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would significantly help prevent, address, and mitigate the negative impacts of trauma through community-based/led initiatives.

Native American Voters Score Victory in U.S. District Court in Arizona (nativenewsonline.net)

U.S. District Court of Arizona (Photo/LinkedIn) To read more of the Native News Online Staff's article, please click here. On Thursday, September 14, 2023, U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton in Phoenix ruled in favor of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Gila River Indian Community and Native youth against a voter suppression law requiring proof of a physical address. Considering more than 40,000 homes on Indian reservations across Arizona do not have physical addresses, the decision is...

Authorities finding more fentanyl at San Diego’s U.S.-Mexico border than ever before (inewssource.org)

Cars approach the San Ysidro Port of Entry from Tijuana, May 18, 2023. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource) To read more of Sofía Mejías-Pascoe 's article, please click here. Authorities seized nearly 3,000 pounds of fentanyl in San Diego County between March and May, marking a 300% increase from the same time last year in an “unprecedented two-month fentanyl-enforcement surge” along the southwest border, officials announced last month. That means San Diego County, called an “epicenter” for fentanyl...

How Arizona squeezes tribes for water (hcn.org)

SHARON CHISCHILLY/HIGH COUNTRY NEWS AND PROPUBLICA To read more of Anna V. Smith, Mark Olalde, and Umar Farooq's article, please click here. The Navajo Nation has for years been locked in contentious negotiations with the state of Arizona over water. With the tribe’s claims not yet settled, the water sources it can access are limited. The hospital tried tapping an aquifer, but the water was too salty to use. If it could reach an agreement with the state, the tribe would have other options,...

48-Hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program- COHORT 1 & 2

New!! 48-HOUR HISTORICAL TRAUMA SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION in collaboration with THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL TRAUMA ASSOCIATION We are the only entity offering a comprehensive, 48-hour Historical Trauma Specialist Certification Program. The Program is broken into 6 levels and is built on a foundation of BIPOC cultures and neurobiology. It is taught from a multicultural perspective, injecting traditions and ideology from various cultures from around the world. In this inclusive study we rely...

US government tells Arizona to remove border containers (newsbreak.com)

Author; To read the Associated Press article, please click here. The federal government is demanding the state remove double-stacked shipping containers placed to fill gaps in the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying they are unauthorized and violate U.S. law. The Cocopah Indian Tribe in southwestern Arizona welcomed the call to take down the containers in the latest rift between the Biden administration and Republican-led border states over how to prevent illegal border crossings. The...

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