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Sunday, 24 September

23:58

Not Recommended: SUSANNA MOODIE: ROUGHING IT IN THE BUSH, A GRAPHIC NOVEL by Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Today, AICL is launching a new feature. I'm calling it Reviewed On Twitter and it will have its own label. Sometimes, I tweet that I got a book. If I have something more to say as I look it over, I send a second tweet, and a third, and so on. I end up with something akin to a review, except that it is in a series of tweets. Too often, I never get a review written and posted. That means that anyone who reads AICL but doesn't follow me on Twitter, doesn't see what I said about the book. I don't know if this new feature is going to work out or not, but, we'll see.


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Not Recommended


On September 17, 2017, CBC News ran a news item by Angela Sterritt. In 'A punch in the gut': Mother slams B.C. high school exercise connecting Indigenous women to 'squaw', Steritt wrote about a worksheet from a guide for a graphic novel being taught in her daughter's classroom. The graphic novel is Susanna Moodie: Roughing it in the Bush. Below are my tweets, as I read through it. I started on September 21.

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22:35

Children, Newborns, Teens at the Doorstep: Tuba City Woman Serving as Foster Parent for 28 Years "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Times | Krista Allen
A girl shows her caretaker what she found while sifting through boxes of clothing on Sept. 9. Clothing, cribs, diapers, among other things, were provided by non-profit charities Giving Chances and Arizona Helping Hands. Both organizations are dedicated to helping homeless and foster children.

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.

Its like having children of your own, Martinez said in an interview. I stay home all the time for them because I dont want them running around out there on the streets and other things like that. The 50-year-old has fostered around 10,000 children since 1989, the year she graduated from high school. A woman had approached her about becoming a foster parent. The woman filled out an application for Martinez, and she became a foster mother of five the following day.

I didnt know what I was doing, Martinez remembers. I tried quitting but (child welfare) kept bringing kids. Martinez at one time fostered 10 children at once, in addition to her own three children, for an entire month.

There was a lot of grocery shopping and a lot of cooking, she said. I enjoyed them. Only the clothes on their backs

It has been 28 years since Martinez became a foster mother.

Today, she still gets children, newborns and teens alike, at her doorstep, sometimes late at night.

Some of them arrive with only the clothes on their backs, said Joe, who met Martinez four years ago, not knowing that she was a foster mother.

Editors Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

The post Children, Newborns, Teens at the Doorstep: Tuba City Woman Serving as Foster Parent for 28 Years appeared first on...

22:26

Seriously? States Complain to Senate about the Burden of Native Health Care "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Guest Commentary

Published September 24, 2017

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports

First: A fantasy. Wouldnt 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 dont know. Something like, I wont vote for any bill unless it fulfills the treaty obligations that the United States has promised Native people. It could happen, right?

Well the current Senate debate on health care has a twist on this pipe dream. States are complaining about the burden, thats right, the burden of Native American health care. So heres the deal now: When an eligible Native American gets services through the Indian Health system, the cost is a 100 percent federal obligation. But, if that person or family is on Medicaid they could also get care from any provider. In that case the state would have to pay its share of the cost as it does for any other citizen. 

As the Kaiser Family Foundation points out: Just as with other eligible individuals, AIANs who meet state eligibility standards are entitled to Medicaid coverage in the state in which they reside. AIANs may qualify for Medicaid regardless of whether they are a member of a federally-recognized Tribe, whether they live on or off a reservation, and whether they receive services (or are eligible to receive services) at an IHS- or Tribally-operated hospital or clinic. AIANs with Medicaid can access care through all providers who accept Medicaid for all Medicaid covered benefits. As such, they have access to a broader array of services and providers than those who rely solely on IHS services for care. Moreover, Medicaid has special eligibility rules and provides specific consumer protections to AIANs.

The Graham-Cassidy plan would change that by making this cost a 100 percent federal obligation. States would be off the hook.

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20:57

Not Recommended: I AM SACAGAWEA by Brad Meltzer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Today, AICL is launching a new feature. I'm calling it Reviewed On Twitter and it will have its own label. Sometimes, I tweet that I got a book. If I have something more to say as I look it over, I send a second tweet, and a third, and so on. I end up with something akin to a review, except that it is in a series of tweets. Too often, I never get a review written and posted. That means that anyone who reads AICL but doesn't follow me on Twitter, doesn't see what I said about the book. I don't know if this new feature is going to work out or not, but, we'll see.

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This morning (Sep 24, 2017), I started reading Brad Meltzer's I Am Sacagawea and sharing my thoughts, on Twitter, as I read. I am pasting the text of those tweets, here.

1. Another of my "WHY?" threads. This one is about a new picture book about Sacagawea.
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08:42

Tribal Elder Beating and Tasing by Police Unacceptable: Cause for Firing! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Tribal Elder beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Commentary

Published September 24, 2017

A week ago, late Saturday night, 64-year-old Yankton Sioux tribal elder Raymond Cournoyer, Sr. received word his mother was going to make her journey to the spirit world. As any concerned and loving son would do, he attempted to rush to her deathbed at the Good Samaritan Center in Wagner, South Dakota.

Sadly, he never made it to her side before she walked on.

Unfortunately, for this tribal elder, he was driving while American Indian, in Wagner. Apparently, too fast. Upon arrival at the Good Samaritan Center, he was approached by two police officers who had followed him into the parking lot of the nursing home. He tried to explain his sense of urgency to get to his mothers side. He proceeded to walk towards the entry to the nursing home to be with his mother. The officers told him to stop. He said told them: No.

The two officers involvedone a Wagner Police officer and the other a member of the South Dakota Highway Patrolapparently did not believe Cournoyers story. One of the officers proceeded to slam Cournoyer to the ground, while the other opened fire on him with a taser gun. He was immediately handcuffed.

Some 45 minutes went by as the officers detained the tribal elderall the while his mother passed away inside the nursing homeso the Wagner Police chief could arrive to figure how to charge Cournoyer.

Photographs of the tased tribal elder were posted by his daughter on social media. The disturbing photographs showed numerous places on Cournoyers body where he was injured by the taser gun and the excessive force of the officers.

As do other Americans who read about the national epidemic of police brutality, I often try to give the law enforcement officers the benefit. However, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to do so. I know American Indians, on a per capita basis, are more likely to die as the result of law enforcemen...

07:25

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian: For half a century now the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua, perpetrated by Indonesia, but the international community has turned a deaf ear to the appeals for help. We urge the Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.

We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination and to jointly with Indonesia put an end to all kinds of violence and find common ground with the nationals to facilitate putting together a process which will enable them to freely express their choice.

The Solomons leader, Manasseh Sogavare, said the UNs sustainable development goal motto of no one left behind would be synonymous to empty promises unless we in the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua.

06:03

Stomp Dance Kicks Off Chickasaw Annual Meeting & Festival "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Chickasaw Nation stomp dance troupe members, from left, Buddy Parchcorn, Cotie Poe and Jesse Lindsey sing and stomp dance at a recent demonstration. Everyone is welcome to join dancers Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival.

Published September 23, 2017

ADA, OKLAHOMA The Chickasaw Nation will host a community stomp dance Sept. 29 at Kullihoma to kick off the 57th Chickasaw Annual Meeting and 29th Festival. The celebration begins at 7 p.m.

Festivities will continue throughout the week at various locations throughout the Chickasaw Nation culminating with Gov. Bill Anoatubbys annual State of the Nation address. It will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Fletcher Auditorium on the Murray State College campus.

Visitors may also enjoy a social stickball game at Kullihoma Sept. 29. Stickball has been played by Native Americans for centuries and is the forerunner of lacrosse.

Stomp dances are open to the public and include traditional song and dance, food and fellowship amid the natural and historic beauty of Kullihoma.

Stomp dancing has deep roots in the Chickasaw culture.

LaDonna Brown, director of research and cultural interpretation for the Chickasaw Nation, explained dances were often connected with spiritual, ritual, ceremonial or social events, such as a spring harvest celebration or fall festival.

There are still different dances for various occasions. The Chickasaws remember dances for their spiritual nature, yet they have become predominantly social in modern times. No matter the type of dancing, it is always an opportunity to come together as a community and guest participation is welcome and encouraged.

Men sing stomp dance songs in a call-and-answer format, following a male song leader, who often sets the dance rhythm using a handheld turtle shell shaker.

Women enhance the rhythms with shakers worn on their legs. These shakers are often made of turtle shells or deer hooves. As traditional box turtles are endangered, women fill milk cans with river stone to mimic the rhythms produced by authentic turtle shell shakers.

Social dances often have animal-themed names, like the snake dance and the raccoon dance. Each social dance has a fun and unique technique.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, visitors are...

06:02

Remember the Removal Bike Ride 2018 Applications Now Available for Cherokee Citizens "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 24, 2017

TAHLEQUAH Cherokee Nation is accepting applications for the 2018 Remember the Removal Bike Ride, which follows the northern route of the Trail of Tears over a span of three weeks.

Cherokee Nation citizens ages 16-24 ride approximately 950 miles in June, crossing through seven states as a testament to their physical and mental endurance. Riders retrace the same path their ancestors were forced to walk more than 175 years ago.

Applications are online at www.cherokee.org/remembertheremovaland require an essay, three recommendation letters and more. The deadline is Oct. 31.

If you are a young Cherokee who hopes to learn more about our tribal history, I would encourage you to consider this program, which will test your perseverance and your endurance through the vast terrain along the route, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. Our Remember the Removal Bike Ride allows participants to remember our Cherokee ancestors and what they overcame. This will be a life-changing experience and one that will create lasting memories and rewarding, lifelong bonds among participants.

The Remember the Removal Bike Ride was created in 1984 as a youth leadership program and restarted in 2009. For seven straight years, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has joined the Cherokee Nation on the journey that begins in New Echota, Georgia.

All along this 950-mile journey, the Remember the Removal Bike Ride participants learn important life lessons while seeing firsthand where many historical events in Cherokee history took place, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. This program is also a leadership program, and riders from time to time will find themselves acting as Cherokee Nation ambassadors along their journey, sharing the story of our tribes removal to what is now Oklahoma. It is no doubt an un...

05:29

Getting in Shape the Efficient Way What to Do When Your Workout is Always Compromised "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 23, 2017

Losing extra pounds is a journey, and for most people that journey begins by agreeing that its time to follow a workout routine. However, its still a journey which means that theres a long way until the end of the road. There are a lot of folks that dont get to the finish line but not because they dont really want it. There are many little elements that put to together make the challenge of losing weight a lot tougher.  If you want to know how you can start working out and losing weight more efficiently, youve come to the right place. Heres what you should consider before your next workout:

Eat properly before and after

Exercise and dieting go hand in hand and you really cant hope for much from one without implementing the other into your lifestyle. With that said, a big mistake many gym goers make is the fact that they dont eat properly before a workout and after it. If you dont eat beforehand, you wont have the necessary energy to lift weights or get through an entire fitness sessions. If you dont eat properly after, you will lose the momentum that your body is going through and you wont allow it to burn the necessary nutrients to make you grow or lose weight best.

Get a gym buddy

You cant even begin to fathom just how important it is to have someone with you in the gym. Sure, if theres no one available, theres no tragedy in going alone, but if you have the opportunity of getting a gym buddy, take it. A gym buddy can be anyone that helps you in the gym, from close friends to a professional gym trainer or coach. They will keep you motivated and they will be your conscience when you will feel like giving up. It only takes a second for you to lose your focus and to compromise everything, so having someone to keep you up during that one second is crucial.

Feed your body what it needs

Your body needs food in order to sustain a workout but there are a bunch of other things that it needs, like vitamins or stress relief.  Going to an intense cardio workout followed by exhausting weight lifting is a no-go if you are on the verge of anxiety and have a calcium deficit. Take your vitamins and check out...

00:00

RCMP inks deal to return Louis Riel artifacts to Mtis people - Saskatchewan - CBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

RCMP inks deal to return Louis Riel artifacts to Mtis people - Saskatchewan - CBC News: The items at the Regina museum include a crucifix belonging to the executed Mtis leader, his poetry and a hunting knife.

The return of the artifacts is something University of Saskatchewan law student Jesse Donovan has been advocating for over the past year. In January, he circulated an online petition and spoke with federal officials about the artifacts.

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Saturday, 23 September

23:11

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier Throws Hat in Ring to be President of National Congress of American Indians "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published September 23, 2017

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold C. Frazier has decided to run for president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Frazier released a statement on Friday saying he accepted the Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Associations request to run for the presidency of NCAI.

Frazier says he has a desire bring strong leadership on the national level to an organization that has a great influence on Washington D.C.

The mission of NCAI is to protect treaty rights, protect our traditional ways, inform the government and public about our status as tribes and improve our quality of life. This is what I have been fighting for at the local and national level. I see this as an opportunity to strengthen the message of my Tribe and NCAI, stated Frazier.

NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organizations policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal citizens, individuals, and Native and non-Native organizations.

The NCAI election of officers will take place at the organizations annual convention in Milwaulkee, Wisconsin that will be held October 15 20, 2017.

The other candidate running for president of the nations largest and oldest American Indian organization is Fawn Sharp, who is president of the Quinault Indian Nation.

NCAI represents a diverse network of tribal nations, tribal citizens, and Native organizations. As a member-based representative Congress, NCAI is governed by voting members who determine NCAIs consensus positions expressed in resolutions, which are developed in committees and sub-committees and then voted on at national conventions. NCAI members al...

06:04

Ute Indian Tribe Secures Victory in Tenth Circuits Denial of Uintah County Officers Request for Rehearing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

County Sheriff Vance Norton shot and killed Ute tribal citizen

Published September 23, 2017

FT. DUCHESNE, UTAH Monday, September 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied state and local law enforcement officers petition to have the full Court reconsider a three-judge panels decision in Vance Norton, et al, v. Ute Indian Tribe. The denial allows the Tribes trespass suit against the state and local officers to proceed in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.

The Tribal Business Committee praised the ruling, saying the Tribe welcomes the Tenth Circuits vindication of the Tribes sovereign authority over tribal lands and the Tribal Courts jurisdiction over the trespass suit.

The County Officers request for a rehearing relates to the July 11, 2017 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in favor of the Ute Indian Tribe in the Norton case, to hold now-Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton accountable for allegedly trespassing onto the Ute Reservation and shooting Todd Murray, an unarmed Ute Indian, in the head from point blank range; and to hold Nortons associates accountable for allegedly trespassing onto the Reservation and destroying evidence and taking other actions to cover up Nortons shooting of Murray.

The Tenth Circuit decision provides a significant victory for the Ute Indian Tribe in strengthening the jurisdiction of the Ute Indian Tribal Court to hear and resolve claims involving non-members and affirming the civil regulatory authority of the Ute Indian Tribe to enforce its Tribal Trespass Ordinance, Ordinance 13-005, against non-members who come onto the Uintah and Ouray Reservation without lawful authorization from the Tribe.

At the same time, the Tribe is highly critical of Duchesne Countys decision to terminate the Countys misdemeanor prosecution agreement with Myton City.

The Tribe recently was provided a copy of the letter dated September 7, 2017, from Duchesne County to the Myton City Police Department,...

06:00

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised Record Amount of Scholarship Support $208,000 Committed for Student Success "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin and Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper,
along with the volunteers from the event. Photo by Eric Davis.

Published September 23, 2017

$208,000 Committed for Student Success

SANTA FE  IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), has announced that the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 16, 2017, raised a record $208,000 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 298 students, with the school awarding 564 scholarships this Fall.

The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers with a Thank You party on September 8, 2017. IAIA President, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), along with Judith Pepper, thanked students for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.

Artists who contributed works to the auctions at the Dinner included IAIA alumni Melissa Melero-Moose  (Northern Paiute) 09, Nonabah Sam (Navajo/Tesuque) 05 , Cara Romero  (Chemehuevi) 05, Dan Namingha (Hopi-Tewa) 65/96, Tedra Begay (Navajo) 07, Kevin Red Star (Crow) 65 , Phillip Haozous (Chiricahua Apache) 72, Penny Singer (Navajo) 96,  Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) 90, Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo) 78, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) 92; and other noted artists, such as, Ben Nighthorse CampbellJames Roybal, Arlo Namingha (Tewa/Hopi), Dale ChihulyUpton Ethelbah Jr. (Santa Clara Pueblo/White Mountain Apache), Kevin BoxPreston Singletary (Tlingit), Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw), Anth...

06:00

Sen. Udall: Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare Bill Disastrous for Indian Health Care "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Vice Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall D New Mexico

Published September 23, 2017

Calls for bipartisan approach to improve health care for Native Americans
 
WASHINGTON  On Friday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bills effects on health care in Indian Country:
 
 
This damaging bill would totally dismantle all of the advancements weve made to expand access to quality health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has provided a lifeline to Indian Country, filling persistent funding gaps at the Indian Health Service and enabling IHS facilities to provide essential services beyond the life and limb only level.  Underfunding at IHS has forced Native health care facilities to ration care and prior to the Affordable Care Act, people across Indian Country lived by the unofficial motto: Dont get sick after June. Now, thanks to the Medicaid expansion, many Native Americans finally have access to the services they need to keep themselves and their families healthy. But Graham-Cassidy would undo all that progress.  
 
Republicans...

01:57

Navajo Nation Police Officer Involved in Fatal Accident "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Kevin Hevel. Photo from Glendale Police Department

Breaking News 

Published September 22, 2017

GLENDALE, ARIZONA A Navajo Nation Police Officer has been taken into custody by the Glendale Police Department and booked on charges of manslaughter, felony endangerment, driving under the influence and failure to stay at the scene of an accident causing death.
 
At approximately 12:13 a.m., Glendale Police dispatched an attempt to locate a possible impaired driver who was driving a red SUV, striking curbs and traveling eastbound on West Glendale Avenue from North 75th Avenue.
 
An officer in the area reported that the driver of the red SUV sideswiped another SUV that was traveling in the same direction. Occupants of that vehicle were not injured.
 
The red SUV continued on and struck a bicyclist traveling westbound. The bicyclist identified as Peter Ranking, 50 years old, was pronounced deceased on scene. The red SUV continued on, running a red light and striking a fully marked patrol SUV. The officer sustained minor injuries.
 
The driver of the red SUV was detained by officers, transported to a local valley hospital for non life-threatening injuries and identified as Kevin Hevel, 30.
 
A DUI investigation was conducted and probable cause had been developed in arresting the male driver.
 
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Friday, 22 September

23:33

Explosive allegations surround latest Aboriginal death in custody | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Explosive allegations surround latest Aboriginal death in custody | Welcome To Country: A close friend of the young man has alleged that corrective officers in Tamworth jail bashed and then proceeded to hang the young Indigenous man in order to cover it up as suicide. The friend said the young man had suffered a significant amount of injuries that showed he was in a struggle. The friend went on to say that he also had blood and skin under his fingernails as well. The friend also alleged that there is 1 hour of video surveillance unaccounted for in the jail.

For anyone in the Tamworth/Armidale area, there are plans for a protest at the jail tomorrow. (Once again, details are still coming to light, so ask your mob for details if youre in the region).

23:14

MMIW Commissioner Michele Audette says no tensions exist with Chief Commissioner - APTN News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

MMIW Commissioner Michele Audette says no tensions exist with Chief Commissioner - APTN News: I dont know where you get that. If you can say to that person who is saying that, if there is more than one, I dont (have tensions with Buller), said Audette. I have so much respect for her and what I love (about) her is she lets me be who I am.

23:00

'Indian hospital' survivors want in on residential school agreement - Thunder Bay - CBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

'Indian hospital' survivors want in on residential school agreement - Thunder Bay - CBC News: At times the two institutions were nearly indistinguishable, according to researcher Edward Sadowski, who submitted the request for direction.

"Because of the shortages of beds at sanatoriums and hospital schools, residential schools received a subsidy of 15 cents per day per student for each student who had TB," Sadowski writes. "Some residential schools had TB case rates as high as 80 per cent, becoming de facto sanatoriums."

Historian Maureen Lux researches Indian hospitals and agrees the ties between the institutions were very close, with Indian Affairs paying for the teachers and the books, while the Department of National Health and Welfare paid for sanatoriums.

"For patients, very often they would come from the residential schools and spend time in the hospital and then be returned to the schools so there was a kind of seamlessness between institutions," Lux said.

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