Children, Newborns, Teens at the Doorstep: Tuba City Woman Serving as Foster Parent for 28 Years

TUBA CITY – Years ago, Vallis Martinez returned home to the Navajo Nation and wanted someone to cook for. Now she does a lot of cooking for her husband, Ronald Joe, and seven children. When the children leave her small three-bedroom house in Tuba City, it gets quiet. “It’s like having children of your own,” Martinez […]

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Seriously? States Complain to Senate about the Burden of Native Health Care

Guest Commentary Published September 24, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports First: A fantasy. Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people? I don’t know. Something like, “I won’t vote for any bill unless it fulfills the […]

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Shooter kills one, wounds 7 at Tennessee church

A gunman opened fire at a church in Antioch, Tennessee, on Sunday, killing one person and wounding six others, according to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. An eighth victim was “pistol whipped,” police said.

“This is a mass casualty situation,” the Nashville Fire Department said in a tweet. “All of the wounded have been transported to area hospitals. The majority are older adults.”

The shooting occurred at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a neighborhood in Davidson County governed by Nashville.

The MNPD said it received the first call of multiple shots fired at 11:15 a.m. CT.

The gunman arrived at the church’s parking lot as a prayer service was letting out, said Don Aaron, spokesman for the police department.

The gunman, described by police as a man in his mid-20s, shot and killed a woman who was walking to her car before entering the church, Aaron said.

He then fired “multiple rounds” at people in the building, Aaron said. Six people were wounded by gunfire and another was pistol whipped, he added.

One parishioner who witnessed the shooting inside the church “ran up and confronted” the gunman, Aaron said. During a struggle, the gunman mistakenly shot himself, Aaron said.

The suspect is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center under police guard. “It is our belief that the gunman’s condition is not life-threatening,” Aaron said.

All of the victims have been taken to area hospitals, he added.

Police said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Agents from the FBI’s Memphis field office are on the scene providing assistance to local law enforcement, an FBI spokesperson told CNN.

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Pro-Trump media goes on offense for president in NFL controversy

President Trump’s supporters in the media came out in full force this weekend, supporting the President after he called for the firing of NFL players who have chosen to raise awareness of racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

“Don’t give me this crap that you want to support reform and stand up against social injustice,” snarled Judge Jeanine Pirro on her Fox News show Saturday evening. “Shame on you. Shame on all of you. And shame on you too, Roger Goodell, for not showing you love this country as much as the president does.”

That sentiment was shared widely in the pro-Trump media universe, where Trump was portrayed as a patriot taking the battle to wealthy athletes who were characterized as behaving in an un-American manner by refusing to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“What is it about the modern day @TheDemocrats party where they kneel during anthem, torch US flags and cheer cop killers?” asked Jim Hoft, the publisher of the far-right Gateway Pundit, a blog trafficked by millions of people each month.

Pro-Trump media personalities also sought to suggest the decreased ratings for NFL games were tied to protests on the field. Ratings for NFL games are down, but not to the extent suggested by Trump and his allies.

Sean Hannity, perhaps Trump’s most loyal supporter on cable news, did not call for a boycott, but tweeted on Saturday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared to be lecturing Trump and his fans, warning, “If @NFL and players choose to continue to make political statements (their right) I predict fans who disagree will flee (their right also).”

A column by Daniel Flynn published on the far-right website Breitbart echoed that point.

“If you want to see ‘divisive’ and a ‘lack of respect,’ turn on an NFL game and watch men making millions refuse to stand up for two minutes during the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’ Or, maybe, you opt not to do this,” the Breitbart column said. “Increasingly, that ranks as the popular choice.”

In other corners of the web, Trump’s supporters seemed to contend it was hypocritical for the NFL to allow players to express themselves on the field for one cause, but not another.

On “The Donald” subreddit, a forum where die-hard Trump supporters gather and from which narratives in the pro-Trump media universe are often birthed, a top post noted that the NFL did not permit the Dallas Cowboys to wear decals on their helmets supporting the Dallas police. The decals had aimed to pay tribute to the officers who lost their lives after a 2016 downtown shooting.

Trump’s supporters in media also got creative when trying to discredit the President’s critics. In a bizarre “Fox & Friends Weekend” segment, host Pete Hegseth read the statement from the Golden State Warriors announcing the team would not be accepting the customary invite to the White House for winning the NBA championship and said, “I mean, equality, diversity, and inclusion. It reads like a left-wing rap sheet.”

Newt Gingrich, who was being interviewed for the Fox News segment, added, “First of all, didn’t they just win a championship? What is equal about winning a championship?”

Hegseth then asked, “Are there women in the NBA? What about the WNBA? That’s not equal.”

Trump and his allies are perhaps willing to engage in the debate over NFL protests because the position they have taken is popular with the base. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in 2016 found that White Americans, who make up a large part of Trump’s base, largely disapprove of national anthem protests.

On Sunday, in response to the President’s inflammatory remarks, the protests on the field amplified. Many players took a knee ahead of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Pittsburgh Steelers were also remained in their locker room during the national anthem.

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