Debra Van Fleet, Antonio Gonzalez, Northeast Nebraska discussed on Native America Calling


This is national native news. I'm Antonio Gonzalez. A northeast Nebraska farming operation is starting the new year with an even bigger commitment to conservation and they're hoping other farms take note. Debra van fleet reports. Cover cropping in organic farming are already practiced by the Winnebago tribes Ho chunk farms, and through the USDA's natural resources conservation service equip program, they'll be adding more conservation practices this year. Farm senior manager Erin the point says they've enrolled all 3500 of their irrigated acres into a technology driven water conservation program known as the water smart initiative. There's lots of equipment that tool and form you on your groundwater levels, which alerts you want to arrogate at the optimal time using the least amount of water. And also if you over watering, that brings more of an issue when you start talking about leaching, of different pesticides and herbicides and getting things into our groundwater. The NRCS shares the upfront costs of water meters, soil moisture probes, weather stations, and inspecting irrigation pumps to be sure they're functioning properly. The point says their confident this will be a good long-term investment, both for water and soil health. The point explains they've also enrolled all their irrigated acres into another NRCS program to monitor their herbicide and pesticide use. It allows you to efficiently use a certain amount of chemical that you need to kill weeds without overdoing it because any excess that you spray could eventually end up in groundwater or causing other issues and other things. Ho Chiang farms is part of the Winnebago tribe's economic development corporation. It will plant nearly 7000 acres this year, 1000 will be cover crops in another thousand will have organically certified crops. The point says they hope their successes will encourage other farmers to take a look at what the NRCS offers. We personally might sit here and say, well, is our 3500 acres really making a difference? But if you start inspiring more people to do it, now you're starting to make some real change. And if there's somebody that's going to kind of set the trend and inspire people to maybe move in that direction, I think it should be us. I'm Debra van fleet. Filmmakers of imagining the Indian, the fight against Native American mascot, joined demonstrator Saturday at the Kansas City football team's playoff game to advocate for the team to change its name and end the appropriation of native culture, producer yancy Byrne says the experience showed him the importance of educating the public about the fight against Native American mascots. He says he witnessed people who came by the protest who may be open to dialog but says there was also a different side. There's a folks who maybe don't understand the issue, but are just not happy and are just willing to be awful and then further along on that spectrum of folks who just really have malice in their heart. And it's incredible that so many folks who I think the ones who have malice in their heart probably understand less than the ones who are just on the other side of the spectrum who just don't understand anything because there's no reason to have malice, especially towards the folks who are protesting. It was a peaceful nonviolent protest, all the protesters were not in honor of asking for is to think about the issue to change the name to stop the chop. And there's no reason that the folks that are encountering should bring violence towards them, and that's what they're doing. And it was incredible to see. The documentary examines the movement to end the use of Native American names logos and mascots and the world of sports and beyond. It was screened in Kansas city last week, the group not in our honor host demonstrations during the NFL season outside the Kansas City football team's home games. The Kansas City football team has stated the team is continuing dialog with the native community to identify ways to educate and raise awareness of Native Americans. Native American NASA astronaut Nicole Mann took part in the first spacewalk of 2023 on Friday alongside a Japanese astronaut. They spent more than 7 hours working outside the International Space Station. Man is the first Native American woman to go to space. I'm

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