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Tuesday, 21 November

19:54

Liberals will back U.N. Indigenous rights bill - iPolitics "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Liberals will back U.N. Indigenous rights bill - iPolitics: The Liberals had previously opposed bill C-262, with the minister calling it unworkable in Canadian law. She said reforms to federal laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples would be based on existing legal interpretations of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Section 35 is seen by many as the backbone of protection for contemporary Indigenous rights.

Sponsored by Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou MP Romeo Saganash, bill C-262, would make sure all Canadians laws are consistent with UNDRIP and require Ottawa to create an action plan to implement the declaration.

18:58

COFADEH denuncia plan que atenta contra la vida de Rafael Alegra y Gilda Silvestrucci | Revista El Derecho a Vivir en Paz "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

COFADEH denuncia plan que atenta contra la vida de Rafael Alegra y Gilda Silvestrucci | Revista El Derecho a Vivir en Paz - El Comit de Familiares de Detenidos y Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH) a travs de su coordinadora Berta Oliva, en conferencia de prensa el da de hoy, denunci que podra estarse preparando un plan que atenta contra la vida de Rafael Alegra y Gilda Silvestrucci.

El dirigente campesino, Coordinador de la Va Campesina Honduras, Pedro Rafael Alegra Moncada y la periodista y corresponsal de Telesur, Gilda Silvestrucci, fueron informados oficialmente que se estara preparando plan de ejecucin en contra de sus vidas.

El primero por tener una larga lucha a favor de los campesinos y campesinas, y del pueblo hondureo y la segunda por ser corresponsal de la Empresa Televisiva Telesur, de la Repblica Bolivariana de Venezuela.

Que, segn Otto Reich, uno de los ms vocales enemigos en Estados Unidos de todo lo que huela a izquierda en Amrica Latina, Telesur, llama al odio y a la confrontacin en Honduras.
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The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) through its coordinator Berta Oliva, at a press conference today, denounced that a plan could be prepared that threatens the lives of Rafael Alegra and Gilda Silvestrucci.

The peasant leader, Coordinator of Va Campesina Honduras, Pedro Rafael Alegra Moncada and journalist and correspondent of Telesur, Gilda Silvestrucci, were officially informed that an execution plan against their lives was being prepared.

The first to have a long struggle in favor of the peasants and the Honduran people and the second to be correspondent of the Telesur Television Company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

That, according to Otto Reich, one of the most vocal enemies in the United States of everything that smells to the left in Latin America, Telesur, calls for hatred and confrontation in Honduras.

18:53

#Myanmar: #Rohingya trapped in dehumanizing #apartheid regime Amnesty International USA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Myanmar: Rohingya trapped in dehumanizing apartheid regime Amnesty International USA: The two-year investigation reveals how authorities severely restrict virtually all aspects of Rohingyas lives in Rakhine State and have confined them to what amounts to a ghetto-like existence where they struggle to access healthcare, education or in some areas even to leave their villages. The current situation meets every requirement of the legal definition of the crime against humanity of apartheid.

The Myanmar authorities are keeping Rohingya women, men and children segregated and cowed in a dehumanizing system of apartheid. Their rights are violated daily and the repression has only intensified in recent years, said Anna Neistat, Amnesty Internationals Senior Director for Research.

This system appears designed to make Rohingyas lives as hopeless and humiliating as possible. The security forces brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing in the past three months is just another extreme manifestation of this appalling attitude.

Although these rights violations may not be as visible as those that have hit the headlines in recent months, they are just as horrific. The root causes of the current crisis must be addressed to end the cycle of abuse and make it possible for Rohingya refugees to return to a situation where their rights and dignity are respected.

18:42

#Fascism in the UK | base "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fascism in the UK | base: [basepublication.org] The British far-right has experienced highs and lows over the past decade. While the British National Party (BNP) once seemed to be on the brink of breaking into mainstream politics, winning dozens of councillors and attracting nearly a million votes, electoral prospects for the far-right now appear to be in ruins and the prospect of them seizing power is remote.

The emergence of the now largely defunct English Defence League (EDL) opened up the streets to a new wave of far-right street activism, but bloody clashes with anti-fascists and brutal state repression seem to have put that genie back in the bottle for now.

17:15

Hundreds Expected to Gather on Alcatraz Island for Annual Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Thanksgiving sunrise with view of Golden Gate Bridge from Alcatraz Island

Published November 21, 2017

ALCATRAZ ISLAND  On Thursday morning, before sunrise, hundreds of American Indians and non-Native allies will gather on Alcatraz Island for The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony.

Every year since 1975, American Indians have journeyed from the mainland to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay on Thanksgiving Day. Previously the day was called Un-Thanksgiving Day.

Hundreds of American Indians will participate in the Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Gathering

In modern times, Alcatraz Island has become a symbol to American Indians. It is a symbol of both struggle and hope. The affinity American Indians has with Alcatraz Island goes deep.

For years, the island was home to a federal penitentiary there. Called the Rock, the penitentiarys most famous inmate was notorious gangster Al Capone.

After the prison closed in 1963, American Indians began to petition the federal government to put it into Indian land.

From November 1969 to July 1971, a group of American Indians took over and occupied Alcatraz Island led by Mohawk, Richard Oakes; Grace Thorpe, Sac and Fox, who was the daughter of Olympic great, Jim Thorpe and Tuscarora medicine man, Mad Bear Anderson. The group was called the Alcatraz Red Power Movement and was also known as the Indians of All Tribes.

Throughout the occupation, numerous American Indians went to Alcatraz Island to participate in the occupation. Among them, several members of the American Indian Movement, including Dennis Banks, Russell Means, and Clyde Bellecourt, went there. Another iconic name among American Indian leaders who went there was Wilma Mankiller, who became the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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17:00

North Country Broadband Lights Up Fiber In Massena Community "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

North Country Broadband Installer Technician Jacob Burk fusion splices distribution fiber inside an aerial enclosure for the companys 10 Gigabyte network in Massena, NY.

Published November 21, 2017


Mohawk Networks Subsidiary Expands 10 Gigabyte Network

AKWESASNE, NEW YORK   North Country Broadband Inc. (NCBB); a subsidiary of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribes broadband company Mohawk Networks, LLC; has activated a fiber to the home network in Massena, NY. Beginning in November 2017, fourteen miles of fiber optic cable now connects homes and businesses along the Grasse River, with expansion plans to serve the downtown area by the summer of 2018.

Allyson Doctor, Mohawk Networks Interim CEO, shared, While cable is fast, fiber is faster and more reliable. The Mohawk Networks installation team has been working with test customers in the area between Alcoa and the Grasse River Project site. Weve met with key leaders in the town of Massena, shared our expansion plans and were ready to begin serving customers. Our goal is to deliver speed and reliability to the North Country to meet the demands of our region.

Fiber optic internet sends data faster than basic cable; as it is delivered on a dedicated line that sends information via small, flexible strands of glass that transmit light.  This allows data to be sent faster over greater distances and enables more consistent speeds than cable, even during peak usage times. Fiber optic internet is considered more reliable because it is immune to many of the conditions that cable internet is susceptible to. Because fiber optic internet is made of glass, there is no electricity involved. This protects it against interference from nearby power lines or high voltage electrical equipment, making fiber optic networks less likely to experience outages during storms. North Country Broadband works with regional industry leader Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) to feed their fiber optic network.

Massena Rotary Club Past President, Nancy Smith-Weller and Sub-Committee Chair of the Massena Moving Forward (MMF) Coalitions Broadband Initiative expressed, North Country Broadband is delivering innova...

06:03

Statement from Chairman Harold Frazier Regarding the Public Service Commissions Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Fraizer

Published November 21, 2017

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission decided to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline coming through its state. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Fraizer released the following statement:

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has concluded their examination process and has unfortunately approved of the permit that would allow the Keystone XL pipeline run by TransCanada Corporation to begin construction. This pipeline will run approximately 1,179 miles from the Canadian border to its destination. When the pipeline crosses the Yellowstone River, it will snake through more than 500 miles of the Great Sioux Nation treaty territory and pass within feet of my reservation upstream on the Cheyenne River.

This decision will allow yet another treaty transgression once the construction begins to cross our treaty territory at the Yellowstone River in Montana. One pipeline has passed under the Missouri River on our eastern border and this pipeline is projected to pass under the Cheyenne River on our southern border. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will fight this Treaty violation with any means necessary. We have not asked for this danger to our way of life, yet today it is being forced upon us again.

As you sit at your tables this weekend to give thanks for what you have, remember that what you have has been taken at the expense of the people who have been robbed of that ability and a land that has no defense against what is being done. How many more years of taking will you celebrate before mother nature will no longer allow it? Do not forget that we are ruled by a law of nature that cannot be trumped by man-made laws. We may not survive the penalty for breaking the laws of nature.

I encourage anyone that understands this to accept the challenge and defend that which we all belong with a promise to protect mother nature. The time for action is now. There are many ways you can help. You can support organizations that are currently fighting to protect the land. You can organize you and your friends into new organizations to protect the land and work to turn back the damaging laws and decisions.

At this time, we are not asking for volunteers to come to the reservation. We need you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as my...

06:02

Water Protector, Sophia Wilansky, Undetered One Year after Standing Rock Police Brutality "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

One year ago, police using military tactics shot water cannons, rubber bullets and other munitions at Water Protectors at Standing Rock. Photo from Facebook LIVESTREAM

Published November 21, 2017

NEW YORK Sophia Wilansky was just 21 years old when she gathered with other Water Protectors on the Backwater bridge north of the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota. She had come to the Oceti Sakowin camp in solidarity with the indigenous led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying the Missouri River and exacerbating the human caused climate catastrophe affecting the entire planet. Hundreds of Water Protectors were subjected to cruel and illegal police violence including the use of water cannons in sub-zero temperatures, rubber bullets and other munitions, as well as copious amounts of tear gas, mace and other chemical weapons. In the early morning hours of November 21, 2016, police launched an exploding munition at Wilansky which tore off most of her arm and left her gravely injured. Fellow water protectors rushed her to emergency care and she was subsequently evacuated to a Minneapolis hospital in an attempt to save her arm from amputation.

Sophia Wilanskis arm was severely injured as result of police brutality at Standing Rock. Photo by Kevin Gilbert

While Wilanskys family gathered around her hospital bed, they were besieged by FBI agents who demanded Sophias clothing, medical records, cellphones, and even threatened her doctors with intimidation. The FBI also seized the metal fragment that was removed from her arm during surgery. To this date, the FBI has refused to disclose the composition of the fragment nor will they permit her attor...

06:01

Pokagon Band Opens Tribal Police Substation in South Bend "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Flags raised at Pokagon Substation Police in South Bend, Indiana

Published November 21, 2017

Establishes a place for public safety and cooperative law enforcement

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA  The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians officially opened its Tribal Police Substation in South Bend today. Located at 2906 Prairie Ave., the substation is 4,680 square feet of space for up to 12 law enforcement officers. The substation sits near the sovereign land of the tribal village and Four Winds South Bend on the citys southwest side.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Chairman John P. Warren addresses crowd at opening.

Tribal Police officers have been on duty on and around the Pokagon sovereign land since it was taken into trust in November 2016. The opening of the substation now provides a facility for officers to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once fully staffed, the substation will house one lieutenant, two sergeants, eight officers and a detective. The substation also provides space for St. Joseph County Sheriffs Deputies and South Bend Police Officers, with whom Tribal Police will work cooperatively to improve public safety.

The Tribal Police entered into a cross deputation agreement with St. Joseph County Police in 2015. The agreement, the first of its kind in the state of Indiana, helps cover jurisdictional gaps in law enforcement when there is tribal land near or within another jurisdiction like St. Joseph County. Wit...

04:40

Jorge Barrera // MMIWG inquiry staff's top priority is to protect commissioners from criticism: leaked email - CBC News | Indigenous "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

MMIWG inquiry staff's top priority is to protect commissioners from criticism: leaked email - CBC News | Indigenous: Debbie Reid sent the email on Oct. 12, a little over a week after she was named to the position. Reid made it clear she was brought in to create order within the inquiry and told staff, "I don't mince words."

The inquiry has lost at least 20 people since January to firings, layoffs and resignations. Since October, Reid's first two months on the job, the inquiry lost seven people to firings and resignations.

Three fired staffers recently went public with criticism of the inquiry, saying they faced a toxic, high-pressure work environment with long hours and little support. The inquiry currently lacks a human resources unit.

01:13

Tribal Leaders from USA and First Nation Chiefs from Canada: Ruling in Nebraska will not Pave the Way for Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Keystone XL oil pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Published November 20, 2017

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA  The Treaty Alliance of 150 Tribes in the US and First Nations in Canada, including the Nations all along the KXL route in Alberta, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma, said that todays decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission to approve the route of TransCanadas Keystone XL tar sands pipeline does not change a thing: people power will still stop this pipeline. The commission, which claimed it could not factor in spill considerations, made its decision mere days following a major tar sands oil spill on another TransCanada pipeline the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota right next to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe (Lake Traverse Reservation). The spill of at least some 210,000 gallons (800,000 liters) was already the third major spill since the Keystone 1 pipeline started operating in 2010, following previous spills of 21,000 (80,000 liters) and 16,800 gallons (63,600 liters).

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma has been on the receiving end of the pipelines are safe myth for generations and has suffered greatly from the environmental genocide enacted by the extractive industry. Now our point has been proven again by last weeks Keystone 1 mega-spill. The fight is now on. Keystone XL will never be allowed to cross Ponca territory. We stand in solidarity with our Northern Ponca relatives in this unified defense of Mother Earth. Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek on behalf of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

The Keystone XL pipeline would pump 830,000 barrels a day of heavy tar sands bitumen mixed with toxic diluents from Alberta to Nebraska then on to Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast for export abroad. The pipeline would run right next to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a member of the Treaty Alliance who is also still in Court fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. A National Academy of Science study proved that tar sands spills are much more damaging to the environment and difficult to clean.

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00:59

#HumanRights Updates #India: #Dalit rights activist held without charge "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Human Rights Updates India: Dalit rights activist held without charge: Chandrasekhar Azad was arrested on 8 June 2017 for allegedly being involved in rioting, inciting violence and destroying public property, among other offences, following clashes between protesting Dalits and dominant caste groups. The unrest followed the killing of two Dalit men and the burning of at least 50 Dalit homes in Shabbirpur village, Saharanpur district, Uttar Pradesh, by men from a dominant caste in April and May 2017.

Chandrasekhar Azad remained in detention for over four months, before he and 14 other arrested Dalit activists were granted bail on 2 November by the Allahabad High Court. Newspaper reports quoted the court stating that the cases against Azad appeared to have been politically motivated. The next day, before he was released from custody, Chandrasekhar Azad was arrested again on the same grounds under the National Security Act (NSA), an administrative detention law.

00:55

Comment: The science is in salmon farms need to be out "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fish farm collapse 1

A fish farm in Washington State that was damaged and saw tens of thousands of farmed Atlantic Salmon escape, August 2017.

by John Volpe, Times Colonist, November 19, 2017

The salmon-farm debate has come full circle with the recent escape of nearly 200,000 potentially invasive farmed Atlantic salmon 33 kilometres from B.C. waters in Washington state.

Over the years, public outrages associated with this industry have unfolded like so many layers of a rotten onion: sea lice, viruses, organic pollution, 10 times the carcinogens in the flesh of farmed salmon versus wild, legal shooting of seal and sea lion pests, whales entangled in nets and anchor lines and the list goes on. This is all unfolding against a backdrop of vehement objections from First Nations.

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence of ecological and social destruction, decision-makers in Victoria and Ottawa have remained shamefully silent for decades. Is it any wonder First Nations feel the only way to make their voices heard is through direct action with member...

00:53

ellibertador.hn // APRESAN AGENTES POR MENTIR EN CRIMEN BERTA CCERES "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

APRESAN AGENTES POR MENTIR EN CRIMEN BERTA CCERES - Este lunes fueron capturados el investigador de polica Juan Carlos Cruz y el exoficial Migel Rosales, por haber presentado pruebas falsas en el caso del asesinato de la ambientalista y dirigente social, Berta Cceres.

Segn el Ministerio Pblico, ambos agentes haban dicho que el mvil del crimen responda a robo, pero, las investigaciones rpidamente descartaron la teora cuando se vincul a la empresa Desarrollos Energticos, al capturar a su gerente ambiental.
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On Monday, the police investigator Juan Carlos Cruz and the ex-official Migel Rosales were captured for presenting false evidence in the case of the murder of the environmentalist and social leader, Berta Cceres.

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, both agents had said that the motive of the crime was a response to theft, but, the investigations quickly ruled out the theory when it was linked to the company Desarrollos Energticos, by capturing its environmental manager.

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23:36

Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington - LA Times "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington - LA Times: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed the Palestinians that the decision was made following statements by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for war crimes.

The State Department told the Associated Press that Abbas statements violate a law under which action taken by the Palestinians against Israel at the ICC could lead to the closure of their mission.

This is a matter of U.S. law, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. We respect the decision and look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. to advance peace and security in the region."

23:19

President of Argentinas Mothers of Plaza de Mayo passes away World Granma - Official voice of the PCC "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

President of Argentinas Mothers of Plaza de Mayo passes away World Granma - Official voice of the PCC: The activist struggled to find the whereabouts of her daughter and grandchild after the young woman (who lived in Bajo Flores and was pregnant at the time) was disappeared during the countrys military dictatorship, from 1974-1983.
From 1976 up until her death, Marta and her spouse Jos Mara Vzquez had been searching for their daughter and grandchild, however to date, neither they nor those responsible for their kidnapping and disappearance, have been found.
In 1986 she was voted Leading Human Rights Figure by the Argentine government, and lent her voice to the struggle of mothers all over the world. Marta also participated in the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which declared enforced disappearance to be a crime against humanity.

18:29

Nebraska Public Service Commission Approves Keystone XL Oil Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Breaking News

Published November 20, 2017

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to approve the Keystone XL oil pipelines route through its state.

The Keystone XL pipeline will move an estimated 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Canada through various states to the Gulf of Mexico.

American Indian tribes and allies have been opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline since its inception.

Last week the original Keystone pipeline leaked over 210,000 gallons of oil onto farmland in South Dakota. According to Nebraska officials, Nebraska law barred regulators from considering spills or pipeline safety in its decision-making process.

This is an evolving story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

The post Nebraska Public Service Commission Approves Keystone XL Oil Pipeline appeared first on Native News Online.

18:27

As Zimbabwes Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup Is Not the Answer for Meaningful Reform | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

As Zimbabwes Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup Is Not the Answer for Meaningful Reform | Democracy Now!: In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe is refusing to resign as president amid a growing political crisis. Last week Mugabe was placed under house arrest after Zimbabwes military seized parliament, courts, government offices, and the main airport in the capital, Harare. The apparent coup came a week after President Mugabe ousted his Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, whos since been named by the military as interim president. Members of Zimbabwes ruling party are preparing to meet to discuss Mugabes impeachment, after the deadline for him to resign came and went this morning. On Sunday, Mugabe gave a televised address acknowledging the countrys problems, but did not mention stepping down. Zimbabwes ruling party, ZANU-PF, has expelled Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe from the party. Impeachment proceedings against Mugabe may now begin as soon as Tuesday. For more were joined by Glen Mpani, Mason fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a democracy and governance practitioner who has worked for the last 15 years in Africa. His recent op-ed in the New York Times is titled, For Zimbabwe, a Coup Isnt the Answer.

18:25

Maddison Connaughton // Aboriginal Communities Are Crowdfunding to Expose Police Brutality - VICE "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Aboriginal Communities Are Crowdfunding to Expose Police Brutality - VICE:

After Kalgoorlie, Newhouse says many people reached out to his organisation looking for a way to hold the police to account and expose the over-policing, harassment, and brutality Aboriginal frequently face in Australia.

What NCP came up with is Copwatch, a project to try and get Aboriginal communities filming and sharing their interactions with police out to the wider public. The not-for-profit is currently crowdfunding to send its lawyers into communities to educate Aboriginal people about their rights when it comes to the police.

Already, in less than a week, they've raised over $20,000.

"The police themselves admit that all the participants in a particular incident behave better when they know they are being filmed," Newhouse says. "Young people around Australia, and in particular Aboriginal youth, are being misled when they're told they have no right to film police or any other person in authority."

17:32

One house Many Nations sustainable village prototype at EDIT2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

We have now started the 22 week training in Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Ten community members are learning how to build and will be starting to build the sustainable village. It's a land - based curriculum that incorporates carpentry, indigenous knowledge, language and culture as well as design. Stay tuned for updates! 

17:19

Idle No More San Francisco Bay Take Action! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

On November 6th, The Bay Area group Idle No More worked with Issac Murdoch and members of the Onamon Collective, 350.org and Greenpeace  to paint a massive anti-DAPL message outside of Wells Fargo. This street painting drew in huge crowds sending the powerful message that water is life.

15:21

Trump on the Verge of Completing His Axis of Evil "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Crow Creek Sioux Chariman Brandon Sazue speaking at the U.S. Capitol

Published November 20, 2017

CALGARY, ALBERTA The Axis of Evil for us today is DAPL, the Keystone-XL Pipeline, and the delisting of the sacred grizzly bear, Chief Stanley Grier asserted at a historic tribal gathering in the Black Hills on July 4th. With Nebraskas Public Service Commission set to issue its decision today on whether or not to grant a permit for the highly controversial Keystone-XL Pipeline, Grier remains resolute.

I stand by those comments, the Chief of the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy confirmed. Oil is now pumping through DAPL beneath the Missouri. Secretary Zinke has delisted the grizzly from the Endangered Species Act so Wyoming, Montana and Idaho can open trophy hunts on the Great Bear that many tribes consider a grandparent, while simultaneously removing restrictions on land usage in Greater Yellowstone to enable extractive industry. Keystone-XL is the last of Trumps trifecta.

With our brothers and sisters from the Great Sioux Nation, from the Ponca Nations, and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, on May 17 we signed a declaration opposing K-XL and tar sands expansion. We did it on TransCanadas doorstep, in Calgary. With the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, representatives of over 80 tribal nations then met in the Black Hills on July 4 to reinforce that declaration through solidarity and ceremony. Last week, the latest TransCanada oil spill on traditional Great Sioux Nation lands provided yet another example of why we are raising our voices in defense of the sacred, explained Grier.

The existing Keystone Pipeline spewed 210,000-gallons of crude from a rupture near Amherst, South Dakota last week, approximately twenty-miles from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. Chairman Dave Flute advised that the tribe needed to know more about the causes and impact. Conversely, Nebraskas Public Service Commission is not seeking any answers, and confirmed that the spill will have no impact on its decision, which will be based upon information imparted at previous public hearings. TransCanada, Keystone and Keystone-XLs owner and operator, has spent $925,224 on l...

14:17

Nooksack Tribe Hoping for Renewal "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 20, 2017

EVERSON, WASHINGTON  At long last, Nooksack tribal members are casting their ballots in a special election for four Tribal Council seats.  The predominant feeling within Nooksack is hope that the Tribe can be renewed through the election.

Im excited about new people running for Council. This is our chance at change! said Nooksack Tribal member Mimi Jimmy, who is not associated with the current administration or Nooksack 306. Soon, we can finally move forward and start the healing and working together. Lets raise each other up!

After a November 4th Primary Election, in which ballots from 41 percent of eligible Nooksack voters were returned, Nooksacks are now voting by mail in the General Election that is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

The post Nooksack Tribe Hoping for Renewal appeared first on Native News Online.

06:02

What Matters? Tax Fight is about Seven Competing Values "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Guest Commentary

Published November 20, 2017

Why Indian Country Should Have a Voice in This Debate

There is no better way for any legislature be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress to telegraph whats most important to a society than through tax policy. How a government collects revenue says what constituent groups are seen to matter. And, conversely, what groups and issues are insignificant. And, that of course, is Indian Country.

As Adrian Sinclair wrote in Cronkite News: Indian Country once again does not have a seat at the table. Tribes arent treated the same as state and local governments across the board on a whole series of issues, John Dossett, general counsel for the National Congress of American Indians, said after the hearing. Tribes are either ignored or theyre an afterthought. He said there are many cases where state governments have more power than tribal governments, like the federal Adoption Tax Credit, which gives a credit to parents who adopt a child with special needs. But the credit only applies when a state court, not a tribal court, rules that a child has special needs.

So Indian Country is a perfect illustration for my larger point: A countrys tax policy shows what it values. The key to this idea is simple when a nation wants more of something, then taxes it less. And, other hand, if a nation wants less of something? Tax it more.

All interest on debt was deductible when the first income tax was created in 1894. Why? Because Americans did not like to borrow. It was almost immoral. As a writer for Harpers Weekly warned a man in debt must smile on those he hates, he must extend his hand where he would strike, he must speak pleasantly with a curse in his throat He wears dependence like a yoke.

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06:01

Public Hearing on Redistricting Conceptual Plans Bears Concerns on Racial Division in San Juan County, Utah "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 20, 2017

ST. MICHAELS, ARIZONA NAVAJO NATION  Since 2011, the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (Commission) has been working to secure the voting rights of Navajo Citizens in state and federal elections, in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. There are strong concerns with the state of Navajo voting rights in San Juan County Utah (County).  In the redistricting case of Navajo Nation vs. San Juan County, Judge Robert J. Shelby made the decision that the County Commission and School Board election districts are unconstitutional. The County was given the opportunity to draw new, lawful redistricting plans, according to the United States Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but the County chose to create maps that are based on racial quotas in both the School Board and County Commission plans.

With numerous attempts to resolve the unconstitutional redistricting plans created by the County, Judge Shelby appointed, Special Master Dr. Bernard Grofman, PhD, to develop constitutional redistricting maps for County Commission and school board. Dr. Grofman designed three conceptual County Commission maps and two conceptual School Board maps.

On November 16, 2017, Judge Shelby and Dr. Grofman conducted public hearings at Monticello, and Bluff, UT. The main goal for the public hearings was to gain insight from the public on the conceptual maps for redrawing County Commission and School Board districts. The public was invited to provide comments on the conceptual maps.

During the public hearing there was high opposition against Dr. Grofmans conceptual maps that followed the guidelines outlined in the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. constitution. During the public comment section remarks were made that questioned the integrity of Navajo citizens living in the County such as, but not limited to, Navajos dont know how to pay property taxes. Navajo voters are a protected class according the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The 1965 voting rights act was established to protect and enhance minority voting rights. This provides minority votes to be enhanced and not retrogress the voting power for minorities by cracking the voting strength, packing into single district said Leonard Gorman, Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission. Gorman further states We need to secure Native American voting strength in the County that aligns with th...

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Sunday, 19 November

23:46

Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex Indigenous Action Media "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex Indigenous Action Media: The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the issues they work to address. These nonprofit capitalists advance their careers off the struggles they ostensibly support. They often work in the guise of grassroots or community-based and are not necessarily tied to any organization.
They build organizational or individual capacity and power, establishing themselves comfortably among the top ranks in their hierarchy of oppression as they strive to become the ally champions of the most oppressed. While the exploitation of solidarity and support is nothing new, the commodification and exploitation of allyship is a growing trend in the activism industry.

23:33

Minister lobbied Brazilian government on behalf of BP and Shell - Unearthed "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Minister lobbied Brazilian government on behalf of BP and Shell - Unearthed: According to the document, Pedrosa then confirmed that his ministry is already lobbying its relevant counterparts within the Brazilian government.

Brazils government went on to make a proposal for up to $300bn in tax relief to companies that develop offshore oil and gas in the country.

Shell was awarded three oil blocks to pump oil from the region on October 27th, the same day the Brazilian government awarded rights to BP.

23:27

Ramzy Baroud // Israeli hands in the American fear industry - Al Arabiya English "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Israeli hands in the American fear industry - Al Arabiya English: Indeed, Israeli footprints are becoming more apparent in the US security apparatus. The harm in this goes beyond politics to infringing upon the rights of ordinary Americans.

US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The Bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its "2017 Lobbying Agenda" is set to punish any individual or company that boycotts Israel for its violation of Palestinian human rights.

Still, protests are largely muted. The mainstream US media is yet to take US lawmakers to task, as hundreds of those elected representatives have already endorsed the deplorable initiative.

The infiltration of the US government is not new. It is only becoming more emboldened due to the absence of enough critical voices that have the ability to create a semblance of balance or a serious debate on the issue.

For years, ordinary US citizens have been far-removed from the entire discussion on Israel and Palestine. The subject felt alien, marred by Hollywood propaganda, religious misconceptions and the lack of any understanding of history.

But in recent years, Israel has become an integral part of American life, even if most people do not spot the Israeli influence.

"In the aftermath of 9/11, Israel seized on its decades-long experience as an occupying force to brand itself as a world leader in counter-terrorism," reported Alice Speri in the Intercept.

23:15

Chef Sean Sherman Illuminates Chicago with His Book, The Sioux Chefs Indigenous Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sioux Chef Sean Sherman in Chicago

November is Native American Heritage Month

Published November 19, 2017

CHICAGO  On Monday, November 14th, Chef Sean Sherman, enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe and founder of the company The Sioux Chef, gave a presentation on his inspirational new book, The Sioux Chefs Indigenous Kitchen. The event was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago for Native American Heritage Month. Attendees learned about his culinary philosophy underscored by the challenges experienced growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

His discussion began with a brief history of indigenous U.S. relations with an ehistory.org interactive map entitled, The Invasion of America: How the U.S. Took over an 1/8th of the World. He described the dramatic changes in lifestyle that occurred due to devastating land loss during the treaty making era, the creation of federal Indian policies and the impact government sponsored boarding schools had on their attempts to assimilate native children into the mainstream Eurocentric society.

The book is a response to reclaiming food sovereignty by serving as a tool to be used on embracing the past and indigenizing the present. He explains how decolonizing ingredients found in everyday recipes transforms not only the nutritional content of a meal but connects you to the land that it was sourced from. Food and federal Indian policy have been inextricably woven together and an example of that is fry bread, originated nearly 150 years ago when the U.S. government forced our ancestors from the homelands they farmed, foraged, and hunted and the waters they fished. Displaced and moved to reservations, they lost control of their food and were made to rely on government-issued commodities-canned meat, white flour, sugar, and lard all lacking nutritive value. Controlling food is a means of controlling power.

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23:00

Carta de las mujeres del #CIG #CNI al Movimiento de Mujeres de #Kurdistan Komaln Jinn Kurdistan (KJK) Centro de Medios Libres Mxico "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Carta de las mujeres del #CIG #CNI al Movimiento de Mujeres de #Kurdistan Komaln Jinn Kurdistan (KJK) Centro de Medios Libres Mxico - Esta carta la hemos ledo en muchas de nuestras asambleas comunitarias, la hemos compartido con muchas compaeras y compaeros, y queremos decirles que saber de su digna lucha y de su solidaridad, nos ha permitido reflejarnos en ustedes y nos ha fortalecido. Estamos lejos en distancia, pero tan cerca en nuestros ideales y prcticas libertarias. Junto con ustedes, nosotras decimos que en esta guerra contra la humanidad, nosotras las mujeres de los pueblos originarios estamos alzando nuestra voz y nos organizamos y caminamos por la liberacin de nuestros pueblos y de nosotras las mujeres que somos la mitad de la comunidad humana.

Reconocemos, valoramos su lucha porque toda lucha de cualquier mujer en cualquier parte del mundo en cualquier tiempo de la historia que lucha, se rebela y propone construir nuevos caminos de vida ante este monstruo patriarcal capitalista que nos oprime, es una lucha digna que debe hermanarnos. Creemos firmemente recuperar la importancia de pararnos nosotras las mujeres desde nuestra comunidad, no para pelearnos, sino para organizarnos con nuestros hermanos y nuestros pueblos.

Este sistema capitalista patriarcal de muerte nos coloca a las mujeres en el peor lugar, el ms incmodo, el ms olvidado y ms reprimido y no es que solo nos hace dao a nosotras sino que tambin a nuestros hermanos; pero si la comunidad est mal, mas peor nos va a nosotras las mujeres.
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We have read this letter in many of our community assemblies, we have shared it with many compaeras and compaeros, and we want to tell you that knowing about your worthy struggle and solidarity has allowed us to reflect on you and has strengthened us. We are far in the distance, but so close in our libertarian ideals and practices. Together with you, we say that in this war against humanity, we women of the indigenous peoples are raising our voices and we organize ourselves and we walk for the liberation of our peoples and of us women who are half of the human community.

We recognize, we value their struggle because every struggle of any woman in any part of the world at any time in the history that struggles, rebels and proposes to build new paths of life before this capitalist patriarchal monster that oppresses us, it is a worthy struggle that should unite us . We firmly believe in the importance of stopping ourselves from our community, not to fight, but to organize ourselves with our brothers and our peoples.

This patriarchal capitalist system of death places us in the worst place, the most uncomfortable, the most forgotten and the most repressed and...

Friday, 17 November

16:25

The Paris Agreement Does Not Recognize Indigenous Rights "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

November 17, 2017, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) has come to an end. And while progress has been made on the UNFCCC traditional knowledge Platform for engagement of local communities and Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Peoples rights are not fully recognized in the final platform document of COP 23. The burden of implementation falls on local communities and indigenous peoples.

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