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Thursday, 22 February


Aung Aung // Myanmar threats International Community using "Say your Prayers!" - "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Myanmar threats International Community using "Say your Prayers!" - Burmese Lawyers Association released a statement condemning the behavior of the extremists who used Say your Prayers as an insult to the whole judicial system and a threat not only to the reporters who followed the case, but to the lawyers and the judge. The lawyers urged the government to take action but government supports the ultranationalists ignoring their activities.

Majority knows that the ultranationalist monks Sitagu and Wirathu represent States policy, not Gautamas doctrines. Notorious monk, Sitagu, in his preach said Killing unnecessary people like U Ko Ni is not a sin. The criminal Wirathu warned international community in his lecture I will say Say your Prayers to those who insulted supporters of murderers of U Ko Ni, and those who blame monks. Raise your voice and let the World know Pray to your God for forgiveness before we kill you Hey !Eat well! in Burmese. Wirathu threatened Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar several times.


HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN | Mohawk Nation News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN | Mohawk Nation News - Our language was beaten out of us. Our language guides us te-tsi-kwa-ni-kon-ra. Colonial brain bashing was designed to prevent us from using our minds to describe complete details of our world, how to go about our lives and define ourselves. Our language shows us what is real, how creation works, how the moon, stars, sun and everything continue to exist that we are part of. Creation gave us mental tools oni-kon-ra to make decisions by using our reason to dissect ta-sha-to-reh-ton all matters that come to us. We make decisions from our mind and not from our gut. We dont take issues at face value, which create incomplete decisions. We learn from thousands of generations of onkwe-hon-weh minds, not from man-made words based on unproven fables. onkwe-honwe-onwe thinking is naturally scientific, using both parts of our brain. Our parents, families, clans and people seri-wa-kwen-ies guide us to learn.


Nightslantern Suppressed News // #Myanmar, February 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Gerald and Maas 2018 suppressed news February 17, 2018 Myanmar: it's increasingly evident Burma has tried to destroy the Rohingya as an ethnic and religious group in Myanmar: humanitarian and witnessing groups including the UN are barred access to areas of alleged crimes. The journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who reported on the massacre at Inn Din are under arrest facing long sentences. Facebook has denied Rohingya witnesses access to share their information. Mass graves, personal testimonies of victims, massive exodus of refugees attest to the crime in progress. Some insight into why the global community has not insisted the crime be stopped is suggested by U.S. treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi (previous), a Nobel Prize winner favoured with awards and praise by the U.S. government and liberal establishment. She refused to intercede or call for a stop to the military's actions against the Rohngya as people died or fled by the thousands. While Aung San Suu Kyi is acknowledged as a primary force behind the power in Myanmar, she doesn't hold government office and Canada has sanctioned instead a specific general, Maj. Gen. Maung Maung Soe, for crimes against the Rohingya. The recognition of a genocide in progress is suppressed which allows the region to maintain its economic standing and ability to honor heavy investment and pay its debts. Canada's envoy to the region, Bob Rae was unsure the Rohingya refugees would be allowed to return home. Several Canadian groups concerned with genocide which usually serve government policies, have helped organize a "Berlin Conference on the Myanmar Genocide," at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Feb. 26, 2018, to let the German and the European public know more about the genocide in Burma. The conference faces the increasing power of Europe's anti-Islamic fascism: murder of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar makes the treatment of Muslim refugees in Europe look more...civilized, overlooking the causes of the Muslim influx where refugees are usually seeking to survive NATO's military and economic policies in their countries of origin. European nationalism finds it politically useful to fault Muslims, Roma, Jews and Africans. The Europeans may also be reluctant to recognize ethnic cleansing or genocide against the Rohingya, given Europe's current difficulty in recognizing its own crimes against the Roma. In Myanmar Rohingya are accused of being a foreign people though many have lived there for generations; this has some parallel to European persecution of Roma people of Europe for over a thousand years. The conference will feature representatives of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and other luminaries o...


Oklahoma American Indian Chamber of Commerce Announces New Executive Director "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Annetta Abbott

Published February 22, 2018 

OKLAHOMA CITY  The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) announces the hiring of Annetta Abbott as the organizations Executive Director. This is a new position created to help advance and grow the Chamber into a nationally recognized organization and in order to facilitate the many AICCO programs.  

Annetta topped the field of excellent candidates who applied for the position, said Bailey Walker, AICCO State Board President.  She brings our organization very broad-based experience, along with the dedication and drive needed to make AICCO grow in numbers and influence. We are very pleased to have someone of this caliber as our Executive Director.

We believe Annetta is the right leader for AICCOs strategic goals. She has a passion for the organization and a vision for making it even better, said Dean Turner, State Board member.

Abbott is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has been serving as the State Board President. She has been involved with AICCO on the local and state levels for the past seven years.   She helped create the Gathering Business Summit four years ago which has grown into the Chambers largest annual event. Abbott also serves as the coordinator for the Leadership Native Oklahoma program which has more than doubled in growth in just three years. 

Abbotts immediate priorities will be to establish an efficient organization where members and non-members can get information to help grow Native-owned businesses in Oklahoma. She will coordinate and support programs of the various chapters, committees, including membership, marketing, newsletter, chapter events and others. In addition, she will work with the State Board and the five local chapter officers to facilitate the many activities necessary to establish and grow the organizations membership base and benefits. 

Her resume includes over 25 years of executive planning, administration, event coordination, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. She has served non-profits at all program, fundraising, executive and leade...



Billy Graham Called American Indian Tribes A Sleeping Giant "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 22, 2018

WINDOW ROCK   Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez expressed their condolences at the passing of Reverend Billy Graham, who passed away Wednesday morning in his home in Montreat, North Carolina. Reverend Graham was 99.

Billy Graham has been a voice of faith for many years, President Begaye said. He has regularly reached out to Indian tribes and Indian tribes have embraced him as a religious leader. Navajo Christian leaders will greatly miss him, but his voice and messages will live on forever.

Graham spoke about Christianity across the country and helped make the religion more accessible. For years, his sermons were broadcast on the radio and many Navajos tuned in.

My family and I are sad to hear of the loss of Billy Graham, Vice President Nez said. He was a strong voice of faith among Navajo Christians and his loss is felt here in our nation. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Graham was highly influential as a Christian leader. He had meetings with every United States President in the second half of the 20th century to today offering spiritual and political advice.

At a 1975 conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Graham said to Native American Christian leaders, You are a sleeping giant, the original American. You are now awakening. Just around the corner, you may become a spiritual superpower in this country that could change not only America but the world.

Vice President Nez said that he believes the Navajo Nation has awakened and is beginning to help take its place in helping the world with the Navajo Nation Christian Response Team serving as a prime example.

For years, outside missionaries came to tribal lands to teach the Gospel, Vice President Nez said. Now we are the missionaries preaching the Good News to others.

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Judge Orders Gov't Review of Keystone Pipeline Documents | Montana News | US News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Judge Orders Gov't Review of Keystone Pipeline Documents | Montana News | US News: The ruling came in a lawsuit from environmentalists seeking to stop the 1,179-mile pipeline from Canada's oil sands region to U.S. refineries.

The project has become a flashpoint in the debate over climate change. It was blocked by former President Barack Obama in 2015 before President Donald Trump revived it last year.


Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the scapegoating of working class youth of African background.

The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.


Katie Thorburn // 14 years on and still no justice: the TJ hickey protests "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

14 years on and still no justice: the TJ hickey protests: In the leadup to Wednesday the Hickey family and their supporters demanded the construction of a memorial for TJ at the site of his death. Their demands specified that the family get to determine the memorials design and location, and that the government conduct a parliamentary inquiry into police wrongdoing on that day. In what he descirbed as a victory for the campaign, but a big victory for Gail Hickey, Raul Bassi, one of the rallys organisers told Honi that the former demand was recently met. To our surprise, without any announcements, from Saturday to Tuesday [last week], the TJ Memorial was built.

A parliamentary inquiry has not been forthcoming, however. This ongoing inaction animated the protestors, who called for a broader end to Indigenous deaths at the hands of the police at a time when that hurt remains fresh. Last week, Patrick Fisher, an Aboriginal man, died after falling 13 stories from a balcony while police were attempting to apprehend him.


Meet the New Solidarity Structure International Anarchist Defence Fund Enough is Enough! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Meet the New Solidarity Structure International Anarchist Defence Fund Enough is Enough!: Worldwide the forces of repression are cracking down on anarchists. In
the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an
International Anarchist Defense Fund (A-Fund) and today its finally in

Our collective support structure provides support to anarchists around
the world who are persecuted or find themselves in a difficult life
situation because of their political ideas or activities.

We are very much different from other solidarity structures in the way
that we offer direct involvement into distribution of funds instead of
usual charity-style solidarity. The Anarchist Defence Fund incorporates
the model of solidarity introduced by the International Anti-Fascist
Defence Fund.


Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18 | Amnesty International "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18 | Amnesty International: Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is just as strong.

Amnesty Internationals report, The State of the Worlds Human Rights 2017/18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

While the findings remain shocking, it is the events such as those highlighted in the report that galvanised people across the world to stand up in the face of adversity and make their voices heard.


International pressure on Israeli settlements renews push for US anti-boycott laws "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

International pressure on Israeli settlements renews push for US anti-boycott laws: The Israel Anti-Boycott Act specifically targets UN Human Rights Council efforts to obtain information on US companies operating in the West Bank by amending the Export Administration Act to prevent any United States person from supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by any international governmental organization against Israel or request to impose any boycott by any international governmental organization against Israel. The UN actions have come in part because Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law.

The Export Administration Act, originally passed in response to the Arab League boycott of Israel, bars US companies from complying with internationally organized boycotts against countries friendly to the United States.


Oklahoma City Elects David Holt (Osage Nation) Mayor; Will Become OKCs First American Indian Mayor "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

David Holt will become mayor of Oklahoma City on April 10.

Published February 22, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY David Holt, 38, a tribal citizen of the Osage Nation, will be sworn in as the mayor of Oklahoma City on April 10, 2018. Holt won 78.18 percent of the vote on February 13 in a three-person primary election. Since he garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the primary election, Holt was declared the victor.

Holt will be the first American Indian to lead Oklahoma City, Oklahomas largest city.

Currently, Holt serves in the Oklahoma state senate and resign his senate seat prior to be sworn in as mayor. A married father of two , Holt is an attorney.

This is one of the most divisive times in American politics, but not here in Oklahoma City. Weve had remarkable unity and I think this campaign has taken it to another level, and I hope that that is preserved in the next four years or however long my service may last, Holt said during his victory speech.







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Trump Administration Pulls Robert Weaver Nomination to Head Indian Health Service "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Robert Weaver

Published February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON News broke on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Robert Weaver, 39, a tribal citizen of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, is no longer the Trump Administrations nominee to serve as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS).

While in Reno, Nevada, IHS current acting director Michael Weahkee told a group of tribal leaders attending an IHS advisory panel Weaver had withdrawn his name from consideration.

Mr. Weaver is no longer the Administrations nominee for director of the Indian Health Service, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said late Wednesday afternoon responded when asked by the media about Weahkees statement.

The position of IHS director needs confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Weaver was nominated by Donald Trump last October to head the agency. No hearings were ever set to act on Weavers nomination.
Now the Trump administration must honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and nominateand fully veta director with the strongest possible combination of leadership and fiduciary skills as well as experience running a large public health system, stated Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
IHS has been without a director since 2015. The agency serves two million American Indians and Alaska Natives.


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Shakopee Tribe Donates More Than $4 Million to Tribes and Charitable Causes Across the Country "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 22, 2018

PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA  The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today more than $4 million in donations to a local charitable organization and 16 tribes across the country.

The donations will support a variety of projects, including tribal housing repairs, a health clinic expansion, new emergency service equipment, and an early childhood education facility. Specific recipients include:

  • American Red Cross Twin Cities (MN) $75,000 matching grant for an emergency response vehicle
  • Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa (WI) $250,000 grant for its Head Start program facility, as well as an additional $250,000 pledged for the next fiscal year
  • Blackfeet Nation (MT) $200,000 for its Starlink Broadband project
  • Coquille Indian Tribe (OR) $50,000 grant for its health clinic expansion
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (OK) $50,000 grant for tribal scholarships to N2N University
  • Eastern Shoshone Tribe (WY) $400,000 grant for a banquet kitchen, sign, and training for casino employees
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (SD) $100,000 for servers and phone system upgrades
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe (WA) $250,000 matching grant to help purchase dental equipment
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe (WY) $200,000 grant for NATI Broadband services, pending a resolution
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD) $30,000 grant to fund vehicles for its Child Protection Services program
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (WI) $500,000 grant for marina dock repairs and casino upgrades
  • Santee Sioux Nation (NE) $500,000 grant for several community projects, including its Buffalo program, youth development, and renovations to Pow Wow grounds
  • Spirit Lake Nation (ND) $240,000 grant to fund community infrastructure improvements
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND) $250,000 grant to benefit the Kay Murphy Cancer Fund, tribal housing repairs, and casino operations consulting
  • ...


#Gaza women's TV channel blocked by Hamas - BBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Gaza women's TV channel blocked by Hamas - BBC News: Civil liberties groups have long criticised Hamas for what they say is a poor record on women's rights in Gaza.

The Palestinian independent Maan news agency said Hamas had on Sunday banned a launch party for the channel, after which it was meant to begin broadcasting.

The Hamas-run Ministry of Information said Taif TV did not have legal permission, despite being repeatedly informed of the need for relevant licences.

"The management of the channel was asked to settle their legal status, to obtain licences to start work and were notified of another licensed media organisation of the same name," the ministry said.


Anirban Bhattacharya // Bhanubhai's Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning Issue - The Wire "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Bhanubhai's Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning Issue - The Wire: He fought against the borders that casteism draws in the heart of our society in every village and every neighbourhood. Borders that segregate, that humiliate, that discriminate, that deny or determine access to land or resources. After committing an entire life to the struggle against such borders, he also dedicated his death to the same.

Bhanubhai, a retired revenue clerk and a member of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, was fighting for the rights of a landless Dalit farm labourer an old woman named Hemaben Vankar, living in Dudkha village in Sami tehsil in Patan district. For years he had been helping the Dalit villagers of Dudhka with the documentation process. He even visited the state capital regularly to press their legitimate demands.


Suicide Rates High Among Young American Indians | Time "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

By Alexandra Sifferlin September 30, 2015 // Suicide Rates High Among Young American Indians | Time: The significant rate of suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native youth is a major concern for tribal leaders, families, and youth themselves, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) said in a comment sent to TIME. Leaders have initiated efforts centered around resilience, trauma-informed care, healing, and the reduction of systemic violence to provide supports to Native youth and peoples. Leaders are also working on a Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda that would have a national overarching approach to address suicide and other behavioral health issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, key national behavioral health priorities, and actions for consideration by stakeholders that leverage existing resources at all levels.


Drink More Water, Less Sugary Drinks is the Message at NB3 Foundations Healthy Beverage Summit "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 21, 2018

Keynote speaker Dr. Marion Nestle talks about tackling big soda
ALBUQUERQUE  Today nearly 150 community members, educators, nutritionists, elders and youth gathered for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundations second annual Healthy Beverage Summit. Dialogue centered on making healthier choices by drinking more water and less sugary-sweetened beverages specifically for Native youth and tribal communities across the country.
The Healthy Beverage Summit is an empowering and inspiring event. Its a place where health and wellness advocates come together to share ideas, stories and tips on how to promote healthy drinking alternatives for Native youth, said NB3 Foundation President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann. We are also honored and fortunate to have Dr. Marion Nestle as this years keynote speaker. Her advocacy against soda giants and healthier foods and drinks in schools is certainly an inspiration for tribal communities.
Author of several books that explore issues like the effects of food production on dietary intake, food safety and access to food and nutrition, Dr. Nestles keynote speech addressed the health problems of Native Americans related to diet and why advocacy to prevent them can be so effective.


Office of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Will Be Closed on February 27 to March 2, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 21, 2018

ST. MICHAELS, NAVAJO NATION Office of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (Commission) will be closed from 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to 5:00 PM on March 2, 2018.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Commission, in partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will be hosting a Hate Crimes Training at the Flagstaff Police Department. The training is for police officers, investigators, prosecutors and attorneys. The Commission staff will be attending the training sessions.

On Friday, March 2, 2018, the Commission will be hold its regular meeting at Leupp Chapter at 10:00 AM. Regular meeting are open to the public.

The Commission will resume normal operating hours on Monday, March 5, 2018. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission at 928-871-7436.

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Tano: Extinct Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

An ancient tooth has proven Tano indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today.

Researchers made the discovery when they used the 1,000-year-old tooth to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The tooth was found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and belonged to a woman who lived at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the region.

The research is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Tano were one of the biggest indigenous groups in the Caribbean and were the first to bear the brunt of European colonization after the arrival of Columbus. As a result, many historians had believed the group was extinct.

The tooth-derived genome is the first concrete gene...


Norway House installs checkpoint to block drugs, liquor "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Norway House checkpoint 1

The 24-hour checkpoint is on Highway 73, the only road into Norway House. (Norway House Cree Nation/Facebook)

Visitors and community members must pull into 24-hour checkpoint staffed by security guards

CBC News, Feb 20, 2018

Anyone driving into Norway House Cree Nation now has to go through a border patrol-like checkpoint.

The dry community is taking the extra step to prevent alcohol and drugs from entering the reserve.

All visitors and community members must pull into the 24-hour checkpoint a building that resembles a registration gate at a national park where trained security guards will ask for a licence and registration.

We have a lot of issues with drugs and alcohol in our community and we have people driving in and out all hours, and this was one way for us to at least alleviate some of that, said Norway House Chief Ron Evans.

The community of about 5,000 pe...


A lesson from Syria: its crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A lesson from Syria: its crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last month published its investigation into the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, which killed almost 100 people on 4 April and injured around 200. After examining the competing theories and conducting wide-ranging interviews, laboratory tests and forensic analysis of videos and photos, it concluded that the atrocity was caused by a bomb filled with sarin, dropped by the government of Syria. There is nothing surprising about this. The Syrian government has a long history of chemical weapons use, and the OPCWs conclusions concur with a wealth of witness testimony. But a major propaganda effort has sought to discredit such testimony, and characterise the atrocity as a false-flag attack. This effort began with an article published on the website Al-Masdar news, run by the Syrian government loyalist Leith Abou Fadel. It suggested that either the attack had been staged by terrorist forces, or chemicals stored in a missile factory had inadvertently been released when the Syrian government bombed it.

Wednesday, 21 February


Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone // Home Office contractors cuffed detained migrants inside coach on fire | UK news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Home Office contractors cuffed detained migrants inside coach on fire | UK news | The Guardian: In interviews with the Guardian, the detainees said that just minutes before the vehicle exploded and as fumes filled the cabin, one of the guards started handing out handcuffs to his colleagues.

After the cuffing process, which took several minutes, staff working for the Capita-owned security firm Tascor took the detainees off the bus, they said. They were instructed to stand about 40ft away on the M25 as the vehicle exploded.

Home Office rules say that restraint during transit could amount to degrading or inhuman treatment, in breach of the European convention on human rights, unless risk is properly assessed and the use of restraints fully justified.


Turkey orders detention of 170 soldiers for links to coup plotters - The National "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Turkey orders detention of 170 soldiers for links to coup plotters - The National: Those targeted in the operation, which was centred in Istanbul and spread across 37 other provinces, included retired, suspended and serving soldiers, Anadolu said, adding 22 of them were detained on Tuesday morning.

The suspects are believed to have contacted imams of the network via payphones and landlines, the news agency said. The arrests are part of Turkey's far-reaching clampdown against the network of US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara holds responsible for the coup bid.


Arshad R. Zargar // #Rohingya refugee women and girls from #Myanmar face sexual violence in Bangladesh; artist Dibarah Mahboob tries to help - CBS News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Rohingya refugee women and girls from Myanmar face sexual violence in Bangladesh; artist Dibarah Mahboob tries to help - CBS News: There, the 28-year-old artist and activist spends the day hearing the displaced Rohingyas' stories of trauma and resilience, and helping the women and children in the camps deal with the lingering pain caused by the sexual violence they fled back home. And for many, the threat of sexual violence has followed them across the border.


Peter Dizikes // New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language: [] In the new paper, this convergence of sound and drawing is what the authors call a "cross-modality information transfer," a convergence of auditory information and visual art that, the authors write, "allowed early humans to enhance their ability to convey symbolic thinking." The combination of sounds and images is one of the things that characterizes human language today, along with its symbolic aspect and its ability to generate infinite new sentences.




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Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Govt Bombing in Eastern Ghouta | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Govt Bombing in Eastern Ghouta | Democracy Now!: The Syrian government is continuing its deadly barrage of airstrikes and artillery fire against the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital Damascus. Aid workers report at least 200 people have been killed over the last 48 hours. Many of the victims are women and children. On Tuesday, the charity UNICEF released a nearly blank statement on the killings, writing, No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones, followed by quotation marks and 10 blank lines. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert called Tuesday for an immediate ceasefire.


Navajo Leaders Honor the Significance of the Treaty of 1868 at National Museum of the American Indian "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez view the Treaty of 1868 at the National Museum of the American Indian on Tuesday.

Published February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON On Tuesday, as a part of the Nation-to-Nation Exhibition, the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) unveiled the original Treaty of 1868, which released the Navajo people from federal captivity, allowing them to return to their traditional homeland.

During the unveiling ceremony, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye talked about the treatys historic and contemporary significance to the Navajo people. The document formalized the tribe as a sovereign nation and solidified its relationship with the federal government.

The U.S. government doesnt sign treaties with states; it signs treaties with nations, President Begaye said. When the treaty was signed, the U.S. indicated and recognized that Navajo is a nation.

By honoring the treaty, the museum also is paying tribute to the Long Walk, the U.S. governments forced removal of an estimated 11,500 Navajo people and their 300-mile march to Ft. Sumner. Known as Hweldi in the Navajo language, the fort served as an internment camp while the Navajo were in exile.

Since time immemorial, the Navajo people have existed between the four sacred mountains that define their traditional boundaries: Tsisnaasjini (Mount Blanca) in the east, Tsoodzil (Mount Taylor) to the south, Dookooosliid (San Francisco Peaks) to the west, and Dib Nitsaa (Mount Hesperus) to the north. The Treaty of 1868 allowed them to return and reclaim their homelands.

Din bi keyah is powerful to the Navajo people and we always want to return there, President Begaye said. We can only wonder how our elders and medicine people felt when they learned an agreement was reached for their return home. Im sure there was a lot of joy, prayer and appreciation that our leaders had the fortitude to reach this agreement.

This 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868 has prompted dialogue among Navajo elders who want to reinforce the traditional perspective of what the Navajo people endured during and after their time at Hweldi.

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IHS launches National Accountability Dashboard for Quality "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 21, 2018


by Jonathan Merrell, RN, BSN, MBA, Acting Deputy Director for Quality Health Care
February 20, 2018

In October, the Indian Health Service announced a new tool to monitor and report information from across IHS. The National Accountability Dashboard for Quality will enable the Indian Health Service to report on key performance data in a succinct and easily viewed display to monitor and improve quality of care.

The Indian Health Service dashboard will monitor and report information on compliance with IHS policy requirements, accreditation standards, or regulations at hospitals and ambulatory health centers.  The tool also supports oversight and management and will allow IHS to make fact-based decisions to ensure quality and safety of care.

So what is a dashboard for a healthcare system exactly?  Well, like in a car or other moving vehicle, a dashboard provides information about how the vehicle is operating.  In this case, the IHS National Accountability Dashboard for Quality will show how IHS is functioning in key areas that enable better and safer care.  Each dashboard measure will represent an important process, standard or regulation that facilities must do well or comply with to focus our attention as a system on what we are doing well and where we need to improve.  The dashboard will also allow us to share with tribes, tribal and urban Indian organizations, and Congress how well we are meeting standards and requirements.

This tool is different than the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measures that report on patient outcomes. The dashboard focuses on whether we are meeting requirements of policy, standards or regulations.

IHS is intensely focused on quality and safety for all American Indians and Alaska Natives, demonstrated by the work on accomplishing the IHS...


BINGO HALL: New Play by Native Voices at the Autry "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

(Left to right) Kenny Ramos (Barona Band of Mission IndiansDiegueo Iipay/Kumeyaay*), Michaela Escarcega (Azteca*), and Kholan Studi (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma*).

Published February 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES  Dont miss the world premiere of Dillon Chittos new stage comedy, Bingo Hall! Edward Anaya makes all the calls in the pueblowell, he calls the numbers at the senior centers bimonthly bingo. But college acceptance letters kick-start an identity crisis: Who will Edward be if he leaves home and bingo behind? Like Ferris Bueller if he lived in a pueblo, Edward knows just what to say until romantic rejection, family antics, and community pressures leave him tongue-tied. Playwright Dillon Chitto brings the pueblo to the American theatre in this hilarious new play about tradition in a fast-changing world.


Opening Night
Friday, March 9, 8:00 p.m.
A reception with the cast and crew follows the Opening Night performance.

Conversation With the Playwright
Saturday, March 10
Following the 2:00 p.m. matinee, artistic director Randy Reinholz and playwright Dillon Chitto will discuss the impetus behind Bingo Hall and their processes for writing new plays.


Saturday, March 17, 7:00 p.m.
As a special treat, the Autry will host a round of bingo in the cafe before doors open for the 8:00 p.m. performance.


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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Condemns the Rochford Mining in Black Hills: Committing to Additional Action "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 20, 2018

GREEN GRASS, SOUTH DAKOTA -The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe passed two (2) resolutions on 8 February 2018 opposing gold mining operations in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mineral Mountain, LLC is a Canadian-based mineral extraction company preparing to drill hundreds of holes in the Black Hills in the search of gold.

 Its important that we protect and take care of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth as she has taken care of us. She has not only provided us a good life but all South Dakotans, commented Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier. South Dakota should wake up and see what is being done to our land. It must be a priority for all of us that live here in South Dakota to oppose all threats that would harm her. I am proud we are taking a stand and thinking about what our grandchildren will inherit from us. 

Resolution 17-2018-CR directly opposes the Canadian-based companys operations on the Black Hills. It begins by explaining the situation that has allowed the occupation of the Black Hills from Treaty to unconstitutional Acts by the U.S. Congress and how the land is managed by the Forest Service in violation of treaty agreements.

The resolution goes further to explain the proximity of the drilling to Pe Sla which is within a couple of miles of the proposed drilling and calls for government to government dialogue between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation. The resolution continues to remind the Federal government of its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Act while opposing the exclusions this activity enjoys at the expense of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth.

Resolution 17-2018-CR calls on the Federal government to provide funding for the Great Sioux Nation to employ professionals to investigate the environmental and archeological impact of the Rochford Mining Project while authorizing litigation regarding the operations.

Resolution 18-2018-CR alliterates the history of pollution and environmental disasters associated with mining operation in the Black Hills that still plague the Black Hills today. It calls upon congress to withdraw th...

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