Week of February 15 on Native America Calling

Monday, February 15, 2016 – Best and worst presidents
As the nation ponders the election of the 45th president later this year, we take time on this President’s Day to consider the previous 44 office holders. Who are regarded as the best and worst U.S. presidents for Native America? Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but he also approved the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors in 1862. Many are calling for the removal of Andrew Jackson’s face of the twenty dollar bill because of Indian Removal. And Richard Nixon ushered in a new era of Native self-determination. What makes someone a good president?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – Living with an addict
When you love and care for someone struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, how do you deal with the fear, frustration and sadness that comes with it? People caught up in substance abuse often lie, steal, and struggle with repeated relapses. Is there a way to help a son, daughter, parent or friend who is an addict? And is there support for family and friends who are watching their loved one spiral out of control?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – Canada’s dark legacy with First Nations children
The Canadian government systematically discriminated against First Nations children by underfunding welfare services for years. That’s the landmark ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. What follows such a major revelation? What’s the solution? What parallels can be drawn between Canada and America regarding child welfare issues?

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – Know your party: Democrats
Super Tuesday is just around the corner, and the list of viable candidates for each political party continues to dwindle. On this show we begin a new series taking a deeper look at political affiliation in the U.S. Up first: the Democrats. Founded in 1792, the party was divided on slavery but is credited with pushing through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What does the Democratic Party represent today? What have Democrats accomplished for Native America?

Friday, February 19, 2016 – The emotional side of weight loss
For people who are overweight, shedding a lot of pounds is a healthy way to go. But it comes with its own burden many people don’t think about. Just mustering the drive to lose weight takes a lot of effort. Then it’s almost like becoming a different person. You look different in the mirror and people treat you differently. We’ll hear from individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight. They’ll discuss the physical benefits as well as the unexpected emotional side of their process of weight loss.

***

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.

KEMPER REPORT ON MENDOCINO COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RELEASED

MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

Ukiah, California… February 8, 2016
KEMPER REPORT ON MENDOCINO COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RELEASED
In August of 2015, the Executive Office contracted with Kemper Consulting Group to perform a review of Mendocino County’s mental health services, in particular the delivery of services by the Administrative Service Organizations, Redwood Quality Management Company and Ortner Management Group. In conducting this review, Kemper reviewed a wide range of written documents, fiscal and programmatic data, and conducted over 40 key informant interviews, including members of the Board of Supervisors, county staff, Behavioral Health Advisory Board members, justice system officials, representatives of both ASOs, and local service providers.
The Kemper Report includes a thorough assessment of the current issues surrounding delivery of Mendocino County’s mental health services and presents detailed recommendations based on the analysis. On Monday, February 8, 2016, the Board of Supervisor’s Health and Human Services Standing Committee will be discussing a request to hold a Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors related to the Kemper Report on February 16, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers. This meeting would include a public presentation of the report from Kemper Consulting Group and recommendations prepared by Kemper as well as an opportunity for the public to offer input on the report. The Board of Supervisors is expected to make a decision on calling a special meeting at its regular meeting on February 9, 2016.
The full Report can be found at www.co.mendocino.ca.us/administration
For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.

COUNTY APPOINTS INTERIM ANIMAL SHELTER MANAGER

MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

Ukiah, California… February 8, 2016
COUNTY APPOINTS INTERIM ANIMAL SHELTER MANAGER
On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Mary Jane Montana will assume the role of Interim Animal Shelter Manager at the County’s Animal Shelter in Ukiah. Ms. Montana, who has over 20 years of experience with government and non-profit organizations, and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) of Clear Lake. The SPCA closed its doors on January 31st due to the retirement of their volunteer veterinarian, and a dramatic drop in donations as donors have focused their charitable efforts towards those impacted by the Valley Fire. Ms. Montana has also served in multiple positions with the County of Lake, including Chief Building Official and then nine years as Planning Director.
Stacey Cryer, Health and Human Services Agency Director states, “Ms. Montana’s experience at the SPCA, as a leader in local government, and her personal love for animals will provide Mendocino County a stable and experienced presence at our Shelter, while we review our operations and look to the future. Our shelter has many staff and volunteers that are both dedicated and passionate, and selflessly give for our animals. I trust Ms. Montana will provide a fresh and energetic presence in the shelter and provide assistance to the County with refocusing on improvement of shelter operations, while the Board of Supervisors considers any long term changes.”
Ms. Montana notes that, “I am no stranger to the issues facing Mendocino County’s Animal Shelter and I understand that it is in need of a stabilizing presence over the next few months. I look forward to using my experience in caring for animals, both personally and through the SPCA, to strengthen the shelter in a way that all of us can be proud of.”
For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.