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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, December 19, 2017


A Navajo Code Talker who used the Dine language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died.
Navajo Nation officials say Teddy Draper Sr. died Thursday at age 96 in the small city of Prescott.
Tribal officials say Draper lived in Arizona.
Draper and other Navajos followed in the footsteps of the original 29 who developed the code.
He was part of the 5th Marine Division, fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and received a Purple Heart as well as a Congressional Silver Medal.
Draper’s death came nine days after another Navajo Code Talker, George B. Willie Sr., died in Arizona at age 92.

Provincial police say a homeowner is in shock after a deer carcass was tied to a mailbox in Windham.
They say the deer’s head was removed and left in the driveway.
Police responded on Wednesday morning when the homeowners called to report the incident.
OPP spokesman Ed Sanchuk said the homeowners are shocked and upset after discovering the carcass on their property.
He said it was the first time he’d seen anything like this in his career.
The investigation is continuing and police are asking for anyone with information about the incident to contact Norfolk County OPP.

Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government’s plan.
The Oklahoma-based Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes says the federal agency didn’t inform the five tribes that it was releasing “potentially dangerous substances” on grounds where more than 100 children are buried. The council released a statement this past week opposing the tests.
The site outside of Newkirk was a federally run Indian boarding school. It operated from the late 1800s until 1980. The tribes consider the land to be sacred because of the cemetery.
The government insists the chemicals it wants to use are harmless. Some are found in sunscreens or laundry detergents. One, called DiPel, is a biological insecticide.

Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health.
The social media giant whose platform has become a daily addiction for hundreds of millions of people sheds light in a blog post Friday on what it says are two sides of the issue.
It notes research showing an increase in teen depression with technology use.
Facebook says according to studies in the Journal of Experimental Psychology — those who only read social media had a negative impact on their mood at the end of the day — while those who interacted with other people in posts and comments had an improved mood overall.
Facebook also pointed to its own research that shows improvements in well-being from interacting with close friends online.

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