THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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,
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 officialWorld 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
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
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
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—Fatemah Alabed, mother of Bana, the 7-year-old tweeting from Aleppo,
speaking via skype to CNN on Dec. 11.
Falconers compete with golden eagles in the hunting portion of the World Nomad Games.