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Friday, 17 August


Davids Campaign Responds to Dishonest Attacks from Kevin Yoders Out-of-State llies "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sharice Davids speaking to supporters. Photo by Rhonda LeValdo


Published August 17, 2018

Calls out Yoder for extreme partisan voting record, being in the pocket of special interests

SHAWNEE, Kan. Sharice Davids campaign released the following statement in response to a dishonest ad Kevin Yoders out of state allies launched.

Kevin Yoder is in the pocket of special interests, so its not surprising that an out-of-state super PAC is launching dishonest attacks to keep him in Washington. Kevin Yoder cant hide from his record of voting with President Trump 92 percent of the time, or taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from insurance companies and voting to raise health care costs on Kansans. The truth is Sharice Davids will work with either party to lower health care costs and protect those with pre-existing conditions while standing up to special interests who stand in her way, said a spokesperson for the Davids campaign.


Kansas City Star Editorial Board Calls Out Congressman for False Attack on Sharice Davids

Sharice Davids Wins Democratic Nomination in Kansas 3rd Congressional District


The post Davids Campaign Responds to Dishonest Att...


FAA Finds City of Pocatello Discriminated Against the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Lease Agreements "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Mayor Brian Blad

Published August 17, 2018

FORT HALL, Idaho  On June 8, 2016, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribes issued an official Press Release informing the public of a federal investigation on the City of Pocatello (City) for violating federal funding provisions related to the Citys lease language at the Pocatello Regional Airport (Airport).  On August 3, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the results of the investigation of discrimination by the City against the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes).  The Citys contract states anyone renting land from the City at the airport shall not enter into any written agreement with the Tribes without the Citys approval.  Further, the agreement provides if the Citys tenant receives communications from the Tribes, the tenant must immediately provide the City with a copy of any written correspondence or material received from the Tribes.

The FAA investigation concluded the [lease] provision violates civil right laws by discriminating against the Tribes on the basis of race and national origin. Further, the FAA stated the City must take corrective action within 30 days to modify or remove the discriminatory language from all their current and future contractual agreements. The City received more than $3 million in federal funds for the airport.

Pocatellos Mayor Brian Blad informed the FAA it routinely includes that discriminatory language in Lease Agreements. Instead of taking responsibility for the discriminatory language and correcting the problem in consultation with the Tribes, Mayor Blad informed the media its ludicrous to think that we are discriminating against them [the Tribes] in my opinion. . . .  (KPVI News Report May 2, 2016). The City paid a national law firm to represent it in the investigation.  The City argued it was proper to discriminate against the Tribes and if the Tribes arguments were accepted, then it would follow that the countries of Iran or Sudan could sue for discrimination.

The Tribes are not sure why the Citys attorneys used a comparison of predominantly Islamic nations to an Amer...


Cherokee Nation Releases New Book, Hosts Signings during Cherokee National Holiday "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 17, 2018

Book signings to take place on Sept. 1 in Tahlequah

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.  The Cherokee National Holiday is around the corner and with it comes the official release of the new book Cherokee Nation: A History of Survival, Self Determination and Identity.

This is the first book of its kind to have the full support of the Cherokee Nation, said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. Our Cherokee values have enabled us to withstand every dark chapter and celebrate every positive milestone throughout time, and we are stronger today than ever before. That history is an important part of who we are as Cherokee people, and this book provides an unprecedented opportunity to share our story.

The book takes readers through the challenges and opportunities that have shaped the largest tribal nation in the U.S. From ancient traditions and self-governance to survival and a return to self-determination, the Cherokee Nations strong sense of identity is undeniable.

Spanning more than four centuries, the narrative emphasizes individual leadership, the struggle for internal unity, and the fight against the forces that attempted to destroy the sovereignty of the Cherokee Nation.

As part of the book release celebration, the tribe will host two book signings during its annual homecoming celebration on Saturday, Sept. 1.

1:00 p.m. to 3: 00 p.m.
Cherokee Nation Gift Shop
17725 S. Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Descendants of Nancy Ward meeting
Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex
17675 S. Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Cherokee Nation published the book, which was coauthored by Dr. Bob Blackburn, Dr. Neil Morton and the late Dr. Duane King.

Blackburn has served as the executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999. He was instrumental in planning and building the Oklahoma History Center and played a critical role in Cherokee Nations reacquisition of Sequoyahs Cabin in 2016. The well-known historian has authored nearly 20 books on the states history and continues to preserve and share Oklahomas rich history.

Morton is a longtime Adair county...


Seventh Annual Miss Native American USA Scholarship Pageant is Set for Aug. 24th "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Photo credit: Jeremy Dennis

Published August 17, 2018

TEMPE, Ariz.   The Miss Native American USA Organization proudly announces their 7th Annual MNAUSA Scholarship Pageant on Friday, August 24, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. The national pageant is returning to the Tempe Center for the Arts this year, after taking up Mesa Community College last year as their host location. The pageant is in its seventh year, featuring the best of the Native Communities featuring the likes of Indigenous women from the Navajo, Northern Cheyenne, Cherokee, Apache, Zuni, and the Shinnecock Nations. MNAUSA is an organization where our titleholders spread their messages/platform on a national level, addressing real topics from Indian Country.

Themed Empowering Our Nations, this years host is former Miss Indian World 2016-17, Honorable Danielle TaSheena Finn. Judge Finn, Wichapi Sakowin WinLakota for the Seventh Star Woman, is from Porcupine/Bismarck, North Dakota. Judge Finn is Hunkpapa Lakota, Inhanktowan Dakota, Assiniboine, and Mtis and is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Judge Finn obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree with high pro bono distinction from Arizona State Universitys Sandra Day OConnor College of Law. She also received a Certificate in Global Arbitration and Practices while studying at the Queen Mary School of Law in London, England.

Autumn Rose Williams is the current Miss Native American USA 2017-2018. She was born and raised on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation located on Long Island, New York. MNAUSA Williams platform is Indigenous Womens Empowerment focuses on identity, connection to our culture, ability to balance tribal societal values with American societal values, and how we encourage each other. During her times as Miss Native American USA, Williams has been the Keynote speaker for the Long Island Womens Diversity Summit in New York, and The Native Project Wellness Camp in Washington State. She has also traveled to Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, D.C, and Bermuda to spread her message and share her culture as a Shinnecock Woman. Williams graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications, concentration public relations and minor in business. She currently works as the Marketing & Communication Assistant at Peconic Land Trust and helps w...


Native Vote Action Week is September 24 29 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Published August 17, 2018

WASHINGTON  Native Vote week is set for September 24 29, 2018.

The reasons to vote far outnumber any reason not go to the polls. The fact that elected officials make decisions that impact the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives is perhaps the most important reason to vote. Before you can vote, you must register to vote. With the general election coming up on November 6, 2018, there is still time to vote. Check with your secretary of state in your state to find out the process.

Native Vote works hard to get American Indians and Alaska Natives to vote in every election. Please watch the video to see the importance of voting.

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Thirty-year Osage Employee Honored for Osage Elder Care Contributions "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 17, 2018

PAWHUSKA, Okla.   Roberta Sue Slinkard (Osage), a familiar face in the Osage Nation employee workforce and elder community, was recently honored for her work and dedication for elder nutrition efforts on the Osage Nation Reservation for Osage Nation Elder NutritionThe National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) awarded Slinkard the n4a Excellence in Leadership Award on July 29, 2018 in Chicago, IL, at the n4a Annual Conference and Trade Show. The n4a primary mission is, to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

The leadership award Slinkard received is awarded to Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), Title VI directors and their affiliates (staff, boards or advisory councils), who have demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities at the local, state or national level in advancing the mission of the Older Americans Actand preparing communities for our nations rapidly aging population, according to the n4a website. Winners are nominated and then selected by a panel of their peers. Slinkard received a nomination for the award from the Oklahoma Indian Council on Aging, an affiliate of the National Indian Council on Aging.

I was awarded the Leadership Award for my years of working with the Osage Nation Title VI Programfor my years of service to the Osage Elders.  I have worked at the local, county, and state level to improve the lives of our elders [and, for] being a member of the Oklahoma Indian Council on Aging, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), said Slinkard about being selected for the award. Slinkard, the Elder Nutrition Director, has been working for Osage Nation Title VI to support elder nutrition for all Native Americans in the Osage service area for 31 years.  She added, humbly, I was very honored by this award.

Slinkard said n4a provides a valuable partnership for elder nutrition leaders and programs. The n4a and our Title VI program work together to advocate for...


Two Navajo Firefighters Injured in the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Rattlesnake Creek fire has burned

Published August 16, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  The Navajo Nation announced on Thursday, two Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew members were injured on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, while conducting fire suppression activities on the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, burning near Pollock, Idaho, in the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest.

The firefighters were removed from the fire line and transported to a hospital in McCall, Idaho. One firefighter was released to go home while the other was taken to a burn facility in Salt Lake City for additional care.

The Rattlesnake Creek fire, located on the west side of highway 95 near Pollock on the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Payette National Forests, was reported at 12:02 p.m. on July 23, 2018. The fire is actively burning in timber and grass. To date, it has destroyed about 4.000 acres. The fire has burnedd acres to the west along with some movement to the north and south along Highway 95.

The bravery of our Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew impacts communities far beyond the Navajo Nation. In this instance, the hotshot crew was fighting a fire in Idaho when two members were injured, Navajo Nation  President Russell Begaye said. Our prayers go out to both firefighters. To the firefighter who sustained burn injuries, we pray for a speedy recovery.

The Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew is based out of Fort Defiance. It is an experienced hand crew trained to work in rugged terrain. Crew members preparation and planning, along with having qualified Incident Management Team medical personnel on scene, resulted in a well implemented extraction.

President Begaye extends his gratitude to the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew for its exemplary service in times of fire emergency.

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Thursday, 16 August


5 arrested as Burnaby pipeline protest camp dismantled "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


An excavator on site dismantles a structure at Camp Cloud in Burnaby, B.C. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Deadline for camp structures and shelters to be removed was Sunday


Federal Court Rules State Dept. Must Conduct Full Environmental Review of Keystone XL in Nebraska "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 16, 2018

GREAT FALLS, Mont. A federal judge today sided with environmental, landowner and Tribal plaintiffs in their challenge to the Trump administrations approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The State Department had attempted to fast-track its environmental review of the pipelines new route in Nebraska, and today U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that this sham review process was not legally sufficient.

Todays ruling mandates that the State Department go back and conduct a more robust supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Mainline Alternative route, which was approved by the Nebraska Public Service Commission in November 2017.

Protesters rally against the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Photo Courtesy: Martine Zee

If built, Keystone XL would carry up to 35 million gallons a day of Canadian tar sands one of the worlds dirtiest energy sources across critical water sources and wildlife habitat to Gulf Coast refineries.

The decision clouds the future for a pipeline that investors are already seriously questioning the need for. TransCanada has not yet announced a Final Investment Decision on whether to move forward and build Keystone XL should it receive all the necessary permits.

Plaintiffs Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club filed the lawsuit in March 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

Judge Morris indicated that he would issue an order addressing the plaintiffs remaini...


Letter to Editor: North Dakota Natve Women Oppose Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Brett Kavanaugh

Letter to Editor:

Judge Kavanaughs views on voting rights and racial justice in America are extremely troubling- in light of the fact that right now Native voters in North Dakota are fighting for their voting rights in Brakebill v. Jaeger, which is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As Native women leaders of North Dakota who understand fully the decisions we make today will not only affect us, but seven generations ahead of us, we urge Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven to closely examine Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaughs record regarding Native peoples. We believe that as both a lawyer and as a judge, Judge Kavanaugh has failed consistently to acknowledge the sovereignty, natural resources, and unique history and heritage of Native People.

His actions and writings reveal a lack of understanding about the rights of Native People. Additionally, it is unlikely he will support access to affordable health care through the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or advocate for the health care rights of women.

In 2012, Judge Kavanaugh ruled against the Obama Justice Departments challenge to a South Carolina voter ID law that claimed significant racial disparities in the laws photo ID requirement [South Carolina v. United States, 898 F.Supp.2d 30 (D.C. Cir. 2012)]. In writing the opinion for the three-judge panel, Kavanaugh refused to acknowledge the importance of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which provides the review process for new voting laws and without which the South Carolina law would have been even more restrictive.

We agree with the concerns expressed by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) over Judge Kavanaughs tribal sovereignty views, particularly as they relate to voting rights and health care.

Voting rights are first-generation rights along with freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial, and freedom of religion. Yet American Indian and Alaska Native voters continue to encounter language barriers, enormous distances to polling places, arbitrary changes in voter identification laws, purged voter rolls, and intimidation and animosity in reservation border towns that disenfranchise Native voters. Equal access to voting is not only a matter of fairness, but it is a fundamental civil right afforded to all citizens, including American Indians and Alaska Natives.
NCAI Executiv...



Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports & Media Buys Ad Space on I-94 Billboard "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Michigan billboard along I-94 with real definition of the R-word

Published August 16, 2018

PAW PAW, Mich.  For the past two years, the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports & Media has worked to have the Paw Paw school board to retire the R-word as the name of the districts sports teams.

Now, prior to the kickoff of this years high school football season, the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports & Media has posted an educational public service announcement on a billboard on the north side of I-94, one-half mile west of the Paw Paw (M-40) exit in southwestern Michigan.

Visible from the eastbound lanes, this visual gives the dictionary definition of the word redskin.

Further, the word redsk*n is a colonial term referencing the bloody skins and scalps of American Indian people hunted for bounty. Paw Paw High School uses this derogatory term for their team(s) name.

Most American Indians view the R-word as derogatory term as the N-word is African Americans.

Native American themed sports names, stereotypical images, mascotry and the behaviors they incite have been proven detrimental to the mental and emotional health of Native youth, and are NOT a form of honor.


Paw Paw Mascot School Meeting Had Jerry Springer Show Flair to It

Racism, Segregation & Ignorance: The Paw Paw Redsk*ns Mascot Debate

Paw Paw Schools Keep Racist R-word by 4 -3 Board of Education Vote


The post Mi...


Southwest Native American Youth Running Nonprofit Celebrates 30 years "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 16, 2018

Wings of America teaches lessons, provides support beyond runnning

SANTA FE, N.M.   Valencia Tilden remembers her first trip out of state to run in USA Track and Fields (USATF) Cross Country Championships. Tilden, (Din) who ran for Gallup High School and was a top runner in New Mexico, had never run in a national meet before, yet alone against the top high school runners in the country.

Worried, Tilden sat in the hallway after a Wings of America meeting the day before the race. Tilden, who was running for Wings, was then approached by someone who saw her concern and encouraged her to do her best. Little did she know the man was All-American collegiate runner Phillip Castillo (Acoma Pueblo), who ran for Adams State University.

He continues to be a source of encouragement and continues to speak positive words into my life kind of like a coach or a big brother, said Tilden, now 40, reflecting on her participation in organization that uses running initiatives to empower Native youth. Wings provided a little family, an awareness and knowledge of what we could achieve outside our communities, which for most of us was outside our small reservations.

Its these kind of relationships that Wings of Americacontinues to foster, providing participants with skills beyond running and role models who encourage Native youth to do and be their best. The nonprofit celebrates three decades of programming for Native youth this year.

Since its inception, Wings has stressed to participants that they are part of a beautiful tradition, a lineage of world-class distance runners. So rather than running way from addiction, abuse, violence or poverty, theyve been running toward the promise that if they...


Landowners with Fractional Interests at the Rosebud Indian Reservation Receive More Than $36 Million in Land Buy-Back Program Offers "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 16, 2018


Utah Tribal Leaders Ask BLM to Halt Planning for Bears Ears "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Utah Tribal Leaders Association meet in Salt Lake City

Published August 16, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY  Elected officials from the Utah Tribal Leaders Association have passed a resolution asking the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to halt its planning process for two units of the Bears Ears National Monument that were reduced in 2017 by President Trump.

The Utah Tribal Leaders Association called on the BLM and Forest Service to halt planning due to the fact that the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) is currently in litigation. Additionally, because the planning process has been expedited, Tribes have asked for more time and deeper engagement of Tribes and the public in the federal planning process for the Indian Creek and Shash Jaa units of BENM. This resolution from the tribes precedes the scheduled Aug. 17 Draft Environmental Impact Statementand its 90-day comment period, which has been announced by the BLM.

I am glad all the Utah Tribal Leaders are on board with this resolution, which opposes the expedited and illegal planning process for the Indian Creek and Shash Jaa Units of Bears Ears National Monument. This resolution shows how tribes in Utah stand in solidarity with each other in protecting our ancestral territories, particularly when it comes to public lands and the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument back to its original 1.35-million-acre size, said Davis Filfred, who chairs the Utah Tribal Leaders Association and also serves as the Din representative on the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.

There are eight tribes in Utah, all of which make up the Utah Tribal Leaders Association including the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.

Most importantly, this call for action from the tribes seeks for the federal agencies to halt this planning...


Court Rules Trump Administration Must Conduct Further Review for Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Honorable Brian Morris, United States District Judge for the District of Montana in Great Falls, issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the lead Plaintiffs in the litigation to stop the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA). Judge Morriss 13-page Order finds that the Trump Administration has a duty under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the KXL Pipelines revised route, the Mainline Alternative through Nebraska. Judge Morris granted the Plaintiffs request for the further environmental review and rejected every argument raised by the Trump Administration and the pipelines promoter, TransCanada, to excuse the Department of States failure to conduct this additional review previously. Importantly, the Court stated that it will rule on the Plaintiffs other arguments challenging the State Departments approval of the KXL Pipeline before TransCanadas proposed construction in the spring of 2019.


Paulette Jordan Gains on GOP Opponent in Idaho Gubernatorial Race Trails by 8 Percent "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Paulette Jordan at RES talks about her bid to be first American Indian governor. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert.#NativeVote18

Published August 16, 2018

BOISE, Idaho  Paulette Jordan (Coeur dAlene), the Idaho Democratic partys gubernatorial candidate, is gaining on her GOP opponent. According to a news release distributed this week from Clarity Campaign Labs, Jordan trails current Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little eight percent. A previous poll done during July showed Little leading by 10 percent.

This is significant because Idaho is a highly Republican state. According the press release, Medicaid expansion is popular in Idaho and since .Jordan supports Medicaid expansion, the issue seems to be helping her close the gap in a state with 51.5 percent registered Republicans and only 11.5 percent Democrats.

The poll conducted last week of 826 likely Idaho voters showed 45 percent support for Medicaid expansion. Only 19 percent of those surveyed opposed Medicaid expansion with36 percent undecided on the issue.

CLICK to donate to the Paulette Jordan for Governor campaign.

Jordan gets the support of some 64 percent of those who support Medicaid expansion.

Paulette Jordan being interviewed by Idaho televison station. PHoto courtesy of Nicole Willis

According the news release, Jordan has 41 percent su...

Wednesday, 15 August


For the love of Mothers: A Personal Story of Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu | - Breaking News, Nigeria, Africa, Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

For the love of Mothers: A Personal Story of Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu | - Breaking News, Nigeria, Africa, Worldwide: (NAN) The three top causes of problems and thus hospital admission for newborns in Nigeria are prematurity, infections and asphyxia. I have two biological daughters and both are part of the newborn morbidity statistics in Nigeria.

My elder daughter was delivered normally by Dr. Yinka Gbajumo at term, but on day 2 she became jaundiced and we were whisked off to Lagos University Teaching Hospital. My second was slightly preterm at 32 weeks; she was, and still is the stronger of my two daughters. We didnt move hospitals in her case, but we did stay longer than normal to allow her grow a bit more; thats where her own story ended.


Palestinian-American congressional candidate called out over pledge to cut military aid to discriminatory Israel - Israel News - "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Palestinian-American congressional candidate called out over pledge to cut military aid to discriminatory Israel - Israel News - U.S. aid should be leveraged, she said, It should be leveraged to promote that value [of justice]. If you are going to be a country that discriminates against someone solely based on their faith, solely based on their skin color [as] there are Israelis [who] because they are darker skinned... are not being treated equally. To me, that doesnt fit the values of our country.

So I will be using my position as a member of Congress to say no country - not one - should be able to get aid from us, the American people, who talk about justice and equality and stopping discrimination when they promote that kind of injustice.


Sen. Udall Requests Kavanaugh Records on American Indian Issues "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis via PBS

Published August 15, 2018

Seeks all records pertaining to Kavanaughs involvement with Native American issues during tenure as Staff Secretary and White House Counsel

WASHINGTON  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, formally requested all records pertaining to Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaughs involvement with American Indian issues during his tenure as White House Staff Secretary and as White House Counsel.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Udall asked Grassley to turn over all records under his control pertaining to Kavanaughs work on Indian Affairs issues. Udall also asked that Grassley request all records from the National Archives regarding Kavanaughs time as Staff Secretary and White House Counsel related to Native American matters.

Vice Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall D New Mexico

Decisions made by the Supreme Court have a significant impact on nearly all aspects of the everyday lives of Native Americans, Udall wrote. In the past few years alone, the Supreme Court has ruled on cases that further defined the contours of the United States government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes, including: the extent to which an Indian Tribes treaty with the United States protects its s...


Aidan Wondracz // Final stones laid at Aboriginal portion of cemetery | Moree Champion "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Final stones laid at Aboriginal portion of cemetery | Moree Champion: Between 1940 and 1968, deceased Aboriginal people in the Moree community were buried without adequate markings. Many identities were lost in the passage of time and numerous floods.

In 1983 on my return to Moree I visited this Aboriginal section in the cemetery and was appalled at its neglected state, with graves being washed away in an area that resembled a paddock, Aunty Noeline said.


Navajo Nation Celebrates Navajo Code Talkers Day "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Code Talker John Kinsel stands next to an oil portrait based on a photograph by Kenji Kawano. The Office of the President and Vice President provided these portraits as gifts for the surviving Navajo Code Talkers.

Published August 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Leaders and citizens of the Navajo Nation, and of the United States, recognize on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, as Navajo Code Talkers Day in honor of the contribution and sacrifice of the warriors who developed an unbreakable code to bring an end to World War II.

The freedom we enjoy is connected to the Navajo Code Talkers, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. On the front lines of some of historys bloodiest battles, these men were using our language to protect American soldiers. Our language is powerful. It is strong and sacred.

In a hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad, President Begaye continued. In five hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad.

The Navajo language, Din bizaad, was used to secure military communication lines to advance marines forward on the battlefields of the Pacific Theatre.

At a time when the reliability of Native American soldiers was called into question, an original group of 29 Navajo Code Talkers transmitted information about tactics, troop movements, orders and other battlefield messages using telephones and radios. Their work was so successful that more than 400 Navajos were called upon to serve as code talkers by the end of WWII.

We honor our code talkers and the language that was spoken to win the war, Vice President Jonathan Nez said. I look at it as God looking upon us as a blessed nation. We are a blessed nation, ladies and gentlemen. Lets always remember that. And it all started 150 years ago when our ancestors came back as a people to our homeland.

President Begaye and Vice President Nez were joined by some of the remaining Navajo Code Talkers and their family members. Families of the late code talkers were also in attendance, along with delegates of the Navajo Nation Council and many more.

Every year, the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) provides gifts for surviving Navajo Code Talkers. This year, President Begaye presented them with custom oil portraits of themselves, based on pho...


Indigenous Environmental Defender killed as logging mafia targets tribe "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Guardians of the Amazon recently destroyed a logging truck they discovered in their territory.
Guardians of the Amazon

Warning: some people may find the details and image below disturbing

A leader of an Amazon tribe acclaimed for its environmental defenders has been killed, the latest in a series of deaths among the tribe.

The body of Jorginho Guajajara was found near a river in the Brazilian state of Maranho. He was a leader of the Guajajara people, acclaimed internationally for their work as the Guardians of the Amazon in the most threatened region in the entire Amazon.

Franciel Guajajara, one of the Guardians of the Amazon, explains their work.

It is not yet clear who killed him, but a powerful logging mafia has repeatedly targeted the tribe for its work protecting both its rainforest home, and the uncontacted members of a neighboring tribe, the Aw, who also live there, and face catastrophe unless their land is protected.

Jorginho Guajajaras body was found near a river in the eastern Brazilian Amazon.

Confronted with official inaction, the tribe formed an environmental protection team named the Guardians of the Amazon to expel the loggers. Some estimates suggest up to 80 members of the tribe have been killed since 2000.

The murder of Jorginho Guajajara is further indication of the increasing volatility in this area. In May this year, a team from Ibama (Brazils environmental protection agency) and...

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