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Though most of the ringleaders fled

the country, the RSO in Ghana reports

that as a result of this and other raids,

the export of fraudulent documents has

decreased by 70 percent in West Africa.

—Steven Alan Honley,

Contributing Editor

State Department

Facilitates World

Nomad Games


n September 2016, the World Nomad

Games were held in the Kyrgyz Repub-

lic. More than 62 countries competed in

unique events, including horse riding,

falconry and kok-boru—a game played on

horseback with a goat’s carcass.

The State Department sponsored several cultural ambassadors, includ


U.S. wrestlers and the first-ever U.S. kok-

boru team. The United States team ended

the games with four medals—two silver

and two bronze, according to the official

World Nomad Games website.

U.S Embassy Bishkek supported the

games with an American Corner show-

casing U.S. talent and providing informa-

tion about USAID programs in the Kyrgyz


The Regional Security Office at

Embassy Bishkek was also instrumental

in the success of the games, travelling

frequently to the event sites in the Issyk-

Kul Lake region of the Kyrgyz Republic

to check route safety and hotel security,

liaise with host nation police and govern-

ment officials and plan security for VIP

visitors from the United States.

A suicide car bomb attack in Bishkek

just days before the opening ceremony

made the security situation more com-

plex, but the good relationships that RSO

Bishkek had built with local law enforce-

ment officials enabled all parties to work

together to keep the games on track.

—Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor

Native Americans

in the Foreign Service


n recognition of Native American

Heritage Month, the Native American

Foreign Affairs Council held an event on

Nov. 14 at the State Department to bring

awareness to challenges Native Ameri-

cans face in fostering inclusion.

Featured speaker Jody Tallbear

addressed the topic of misrepresenta-

tion of Native American culture in mass

media. There are 562 federally recognized

Native American tribes in the United

States, with a population of 4.5 million

(1.5 percent of the total U.S. population).

A lively question and answer session

allowed Ms. Tallbear to elaborate on the

involvement of American Indians and

Native Alaskans in the Foreign Service.

Members of NAFAC report that the num-

ber of self-identified Native Americans/

Alaskans falls below 1 percent of the State

Department’s workforce.

Because the majority of issues faced

by Native Americans and Alaskans are

domestic, those who choose to apply for

federal jobs generally select positions in

the Tribal Offices, where they can best

help their communities.

Ms. Tallbear suggested that a lack

of self-reporting, as well as difficulty

in recruiting in Native Indian/Native

Alaskan communities is also to blame

for their low representation at the State


NAFACmembers discussed pos-

sible solutions to these issues, including

I am still here. I am real. I am still fighting for my children’s life.

We are not propaganda. We are real people. We are — we are

Aleppo’s people.

—Fatemah Alabed, mother of Bana, the 7-year-old tweeting from Aleppo,

speaking via skype to CNN on Dec. 11.

Contemporary Quote

Falconers compete with golden eagles in the hunting portion of the World Nomad Games.