One by One, by Shelley Morningsong 

This song was written, performed and donated by Shelley Morningsong. Video produced and donated by Southwest Productions!

 

Sons of Halawa Screening

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Special FREE Film Screening next Sunday!
In case you missed One Nation Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature Film Audience Choice Award winner in April, join us for a special FREE screening of “Sons of Halawa” on Sunday July 24 at 12:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church located at 420 N. Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs.

“Sons of Halawa” is about Halawa Valley, one of the oldest inhabited locations in Hawaii. At the age of five, Pilipo Solatorio was chosen to be the carrier of Halawa’s ancient traditions. Now in his seventies, Pilipo is the last of his generation living in the isolated valley. He needs to find a successor to replace him as the carrier of Halawa’s cultural treasures before they are lost forever. Will Pilipo’s son, Greg, come home to take on the responsibility of carrying traditions forward, or will Pilipo’s two hanai (informally adopted) sons (Josh, a taro farmer, and Jason, a musician from New York) be left with the challenge? The struggles of modern life make it difficult for any one of these sons of Halawa to carry on a legacy that has been passed down for many generations. Only through true commitment and sacrifice will Halawa’s story and sacredness be kept alive.

Though the screening is free, donations to help benefit One Nation Walking Together are greatly appreciated.

 

One Nation Film Festival Submissions Are Now Open

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Colorado Springs Rodeo

Join One Nation Walking Together one week from today at the Colorado Springs Rodeo! The rodeo runs eight Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. There will be lots to do and see including the Pikes Peak Intertribal Dancers! Don’t miss out on the flute playing, singing songs, and dancing. Reserve your tickets at www.cosrodeo.com!!

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“If you knew the conditions…”

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Approximately 1.5 million Native Americans and Alaskan Natives live on designated reservations in the United States today. All but a few of these reservations are plagued with poverty, unemployment, homelessness, lack of medical care, and insufficient educational resources. Many experience historical trauma, discrimination and feelings of hopelessness. There is pervasive hunger. Some children’s only meals are those served while in school.

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Suicide

Suicide rates are more than double, and Native teens experience the highest rate of suicide of any population group in the United States via Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death—and 2.5 times the national rate—for American Indian/American Native youth in the 15-24 age group.

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Diabetes

Diabetes incidence is 177 percent higher, with the highest rate of type 2 diabetes of any specific population in the U.S. via Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.

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Graduation Rate

The national graduation rate for American Indian high school students was 49.3 percent for the 2003-2004 school year, compared with 76.2 percent for white students via Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.

High school dropout rates for American Indian American Native youth are double the national average via Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute.

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Life Expectancy

Recent reports state the average life expectancy on the Pine Ridge Reservation is 45 years old while others state that it is 48 years old for men and 52 years old for women. With either set of figures, this is the shortest life expectancy for any community in the Western Hemisphere outside Haiti, according to The Wall Street Journal via American Indian Humanitarian Foundation.

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