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Thursday, 26 October


Sweeping Neo Native Contemporary Arts Symposium Comes to UC Riverside "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Racial Profiling by Craig George, one of the artists featured in the Neo Native exhibition

Published October 26, 2017

The four-day event will bring together Native American artists and curators, historians, and scholars who specialize in Native American studies

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA An unprecedented four-day symposium hosted by the University of California, Riverside will spotlight Native American artists whose work explores aspects of the contemporary Native experience.

Held November 1-4, 2017, Neo Native: Toward New Mythologies further brings to life the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts 40-work exhibition of the same name, which opened in June at the Alta Loma-based gallery.

The exhibition, curated by Navajo painter Tony Abeyta, includes pieces from 11 contemporary artists with American In...


Santa Fe Students Produce Classical Compositions with Nationally Known Chickasaw Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate

Published October 26, 2017

To Be Performed Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:45am at the El Camino Real Academy

SANTA FE During the past week, five Santa Fe music students participated as apprentice composers in intensive workshops, culminating in the premier of five new classical compositions. The young students were coached by nationally known Chickasaw composer-in-residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate, as part of his IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Social Engagement Art Residency.

Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate has been praised and honored for his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism (Washington Post). Tate, born in Norman, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. In 2016, Tate was selected as one of five composer-orchestra pairs, to participate in Music Alive, a national three-year residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA. As Composer-in-Residence with South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO),

Students compositions will be performed by The UP Quartet (a professional string quartet comprised of musicians from the Santa Fe Symphony and Serenata of Santa Fe) at the El Camino Real Academy on Monday, October 30th at 11:45am. This event is free and open to the public.

El Camino Real Academy is located at 2500 S. Meadows Road in Santa Fe.  The performance will take place in the Commons Area.


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Indigenous leaders enraged as advisory board referendum is rejected by Malcolm Turnbull - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Indigenous leaders enraged as advisory board referendum is rejected by Malcolm Turnbull - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Malcolm Turnbull's statement on the issue was an "egregious" dog whistle, said Cape York leader Noel Pearson, who blamed Tony Abbott for pushing Mr Turnbull "further and further to the right".

In a statement, Mr Turnbull said "the Government does not believe such a radical change to our constitution's representative institutions has any realistic prospect of being supported by a majority of Australians in a majority of states".


Sun Payne // Human Settlements admits state is failing Cape Towns informal settlements | GroundUp "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

/Human Settlements admits state is failing Cape Towns informal settlements | GroundUp: South Africa currently has more than 2,700 informal settlements. We dont see much of a reduction in informal settlements, said Johan Wallis, the deputy director for informal settlements delivery framework in the department.

His report provided data from the 1996, 2001 and 2011 censuses, which showed that informal settlements increased in the Western Cape, North West and Northern Cape, while other provinces had seen a decrease in the number of informal settlements. Wallis did not offer an explanation for this but said the department is awaiting more recent data to track any changes.

He also indicated that Cabinet had requested more details on South Africas informal settlements more than a year ago, but nothing has been released. Committee Chairperson Nocawe Mafu confirmed that no results had been made available and she did not know if the research had been done.


Belize: Hearing at International Courts Demonstrates Belize's Noncompliance in Landmark Maya Land Rights Case "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Belize: Hearing at International Courts Demonstrates Belize's Noncompliance in Landmark Maya Land Rights Case

Oct 26, 2017
danielle Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:18
Photo: Screen grab of OHCHR video marking the 10-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, showing a Maya village in Toledo, Belize.

In a regional international court on Monday, October 23rd,...


Tom Tengely-Evans // Fury as Nazi MPs enter the German parliament "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fury as Nazi MPs enter the German parliament: [] Anette Schultner, formerly the leader of the Christians in the AfD group, resigned last week because of the fascists growing influence.

I believe there is no longer any chance of making the AfD a pragmatic, bourgeois-conservative peoples party, she told the Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Out of the regional AfD parties there is a maximum of a third where theres still a chance of putting up majorities against Hocke.

Many do not dare to position themselves against Hocke and his allies. Anyone who wants to become something in the AfD would not want to block them.

Cornelia Kerth is part of the Union of Victims of the Nazi Regime (VVN) organisation.

Out of the 94 MPs at least half are Nazis or have links to the Nazi scene like the Identitarian Movement, she explained. They will have around 400 people working for them [in parliament].

They will be mainly recruited from far right organisations and the AfD youth wing, which is to the right of the main organisation.

The process thats taking place within the AfD shows that its possible for Nazis to grow within right wing parties that they didnt initially dominate.

The AfD can be repelledbut it will take mass action and taking on the Islamophobia and racism thats fuelled its rise.


Brazil: Uncontacted people threatened by forest fire in Amazon "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fires are threatening the lives and lands of tribal people in the Amazon.

Forest fires are raging in an indigenous territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon, threatening to wipe out uncontacted members of the Aw tribe.

Neighboring Guajajara Indians are attempting to contain the blaze and demanding greater support from government.

Campaigners are concerned that the current wave of fires could wipe out the uncontacted Aw and are calling for urgent action.

The Aw are already under great pressure as illegal loggers are devastating their territory, which is an island of green amid a sea of deforestation.

Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples the planet. Tribes like the Aw are being wiped out by violence from outsiders, and by diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance. Unless their land is protected, they face catastrophe.

Among those fighting the fires are indigenous fire-fighters of the Environment Ministrys fire prevention scheme Prevfogo, and members of the Guajajara Guardians, who live in and frequently patrol the area in an attempt to crack down on illegal logging, and protect their uncontacted neighbors who are living on the run.

Indigenous firefighters in Arariboia Indigenous territory, Brazil.

Kaw Guajajara, one of their leaders, said: Our uncontacted relatives cant survive without their forest As long as we live we will fight for our forest and the uncontacted Indians.

The Guardians role in protecting their forest highlights the vital role tribal peoples play in conservation, ahead of the C...


Mississippi Residents Convicted for Illegally Searching & Removing American Indian Artifacts "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Pharr Mounds is the largest and most important archaeological site in northern Mississippi.

Published October 26, 2017

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI = Robert H. Norman, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, together with Luis Santiago, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and William Wynne Fuller, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Operations for the Mobile District, announced the sentenceing of six Mississippi residents for illegally searching and removing American Indian artifacts.

Matthew Glen Arnold, 33, of Booneville, Mississippi, Jackie Dale Arnold, 59, of Burnsville, Mississippi, Sandra Arnold, 62, of Burnsville, Mississippi, Tyler Wilemon, 22, of Booneville, Mississippi, Melinda Jean Arnold, 42, of Burnsville, Mississippi, and Robert Alan Aguirre, 29, of Corinth, Mississippi, were recently sentenced in the United States District Court for their roles in illegally searching for and removing American Indian artifacts from government land.

Matthew Arnold was sentenced on September 29, 2017, by United States District Judge Debra M. Brown of Greenville following a previous guilty plea to six felony counts of excavating and removing archeological resources located on designated historic public lands in violation of the Archeological Resources Protection Act.  The investigation and subsequent charges arose out of the removal of Native American artifacts from United States Army Corps of Engineers property along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  Matthew Arnold was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of twenty (20) months for each count of conviction, to be served concurrently, followed by one (1) year of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay $41,551.49 in restitution to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for damage to the subject property.

Jackie Arnold and Melinda Arnold were sentenced on October 13, 2017, Tyler Wilemon was sentenced on September 28, 2017, and Sandra Arnold was sentenced on September 7, 2017, by Judge Brown following a previous guilty plea by each to one felony count of excavating and removing archeological resources located on designated historic public lands in violation of...



Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution to Honor Native American Heritage Month "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), today led a bipartisan group of 21 senators in introducing a resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture and history of Native Americans and recognizes the many contributions Native Americans have made to our nation.

Native Americans have significantly shaped our nations history and identity from influencing Americas founding fathers in crafting the Constitution, to serving in our military at higher rates per capita than any other group, said Hoeven. National Native American Heritage Month celebrates these powerful contributions and reaffirms the longstanding government-to-government relationship that the United States shares with tribal nations. I am glad to join my Senate colleagues in honoring the storied histories, cultures and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Every chapter of American history is touched by the contributions of Tribes and Native American leaders from PoPay and the Pueblo Revolt to Red Cloud and the Fort Laramie Treaty to the World War II Code Talkers and beyond, said Udall. Tribes have truly shaped the American experience. Native American Heritage Month honors these immeasurable and defining contributions.  As we celebrate this month, we must recommit ourselves to improving Tribal consultation, strengthening our government-to-government relationship, and expanding opportunity in Indian Country.

In addition to the chairman and vice chairman, the resolution is cosponsored by 8 members of the SCIA, including Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), James Lankford (R-OK), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Al Franken (D-MN), and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Native American Heritage Month is about honoring the culture and history of our first people, said Heitkamp. Native Americans have influenced our country for centuries impacting the founding of our nation, serving in the military and as code talkers in World War II, and helping maintain vibrant and rich traditions...


Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Sets Record with USDA Management Evaluation Score "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Manager Leah Duncan and employee David HorseChief restock shelves at the Tahlequah Distribution Center.

Published October 26, 2017

TAHLEQUAH The Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program set a new record after receiving their first USDA Management Evaluation with no findings.

To be awarded a perfect score is already a big accomplishment for our team, but to be told that we made history, that was a huge credit to the program, said Jennifer Kirby, interim director of Cherokee Nation Family Assistance. The USDA Management Evaluation is an extensive process where they examine many aspects of the operational processes. It takes weeks to prepare for a visit of this nature.

During the process, records for fiscal year 2017 were examined by the USDA, reviewing more than 10 areas of management and daily operations.

I wanted to view this as a learning experience by identifying what areas we do well in and what areas we may need to improve in, said Food Distribution Manager Leah Duncan. To hear USDA announce that we had made history by receiving our first perfect score was absolutely overwhelming.

In fiscal year 2017, the tribes Food Distribution program served 62,173 households, from a total of seven distribution centers throughout the tribes 14-county jurisdiction, making it one of the largest food distribution programs in Indian Country.

There are a lot of components to administering food distribution programs in Indian Country, and its great to see such a nice running program within the Cherokee Nation, said USDA Senior Program Specialist Chris Hennelly.

Cherokee Nation Human Services operates the food distribution program to ensure citizens of federally recognized tribes who are income eligible and live within the tribes 14-county jurisdiction have access to healthy foods. The tribe maintains seven self-serve food stores that resemble public grocery stores in Tahlequah, Stilwell, Sallisaw, Salina, Jay, Collinsville and Nowata.

For more information on the Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program, call 800-865-4462.

The post...


Standing Rock Indian Reservation Monday Shooting Update "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Published October 25, 2017

STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Affairs released the following update concerning the shooting on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that happened on Monday night:

On Monday, October 23rd 2017 at approximately 7:52 p.m. the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) Standing Rock Agency received a report of shots being fired outside of Hagels Store in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

Responding law enforcement officers observed the suspect vehicle travelling west bound on North Dakota Highway 24 and conducted a felony traffic stop.
During the felony stop, one of the vehicle occupants advanced towards the law enforcement officers, refusing commands to show his hands and continued to reach into his pockets.
One BIA law enforcement officer discharged his firearm striking the subject.  The Standing Rock Emergency Medical Services were immediately summoned to the scene and transported the subject to the Fort Yates Indian Health Services (IHS) Hospital emergency room where he was pronounced dead.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was notified and is the lead agency investigating the officer involved shooting.

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Wednesday, 25 October


Indigenous Federations Enter into Negotiations with Peru as Protests Paralyze Oil Extraction "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Indigenous Federations Enter into Negotiations with Peru as Protests Paralyze Oil Extraction

Oct 25, 2017
danielle Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:38
Photo: Contaminated remains of lake Ushpayacu in Loreto, Peru.  Photo by FEDIQUEP.

Since mid September 2017, Indigenous communities in Northern Peru have maintained a peaceful blockade at 50 oil wells in Perus largest oil concession, paralyzing 12,000 barrels of oil production per day. The federations are calling for respect of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before a new license is authorized by the Peruvian...


UN expert calls for more protection for uncontacted tribes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet

The UNs top expert on indigenous peoples has highlighted the need for South American states to redouble efforts to protect the territories of uncontacted tribes.

Addressing a meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention in New York earlier this month, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said that pressure on uncontacted tribes land has caused a growing wave of contacts and interactions in the border regions between Peru and Brazil, some initiated by isolated indigenous peoples themselves as a result of the dire circumstances they live in due to incursions on their lands.

She stressed the urgent need to address the threats to their land. The reported killing last month of a group of around 10 uncontacted Indians by illegal goldminers in Brazils Amazon made headlines round the world highlighting how vulnerable these people are when governments fail to protect their lands.

Drawing attention to the importance of guidelines which uphold uncontacted tribes right to remain uncontacted as an expression of the right to self-determination, she said their situation should be part of the action plans and programmes of the highest-level political bodies of the United Nations and Organization of American States.

There are more than a hundred uncontacted tribes around the world. They are a vitally important part of humankinds diversity, but they face catastrophe unless their land is protected. Survival is doing everything it can to secure their land for them, and to let them live. Watch our new film.


The Autrys Annual American Indian Arts Marketplace Set for Nov. 11 & 12 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Published October 25, 2017

LOS ANGELES Celebrate contemporary and traditional Native art forms at the Autrys 27th annual American Indian Arts Marketplace. Discover one-of-a-kind artwork for sale from 200 artists representing more than 40 tribes during the largest Native arts fair in Southern California. The weekend also includes film, performances, poetry, informative demonstrations, family activities, and theatre.

The Marketplace offers something for everyone, with top artists from across the country selling sculptures, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, and mixed-media works and more. The Marshall McKay and Sharon Rogers-McKay Juried Competition will award 22 prizes in 11 categories, as well as a Best of Show prize and the Jackie Autry Purchase Award.

Activities include performances by Native dancers, musicians, and storytellers, plus artist demonstrations and hands-on crafts. Visitors can stay after the tents close on Saturday evening for a screening of Out of State (2017), a film by Ciara Lacy (Native Hawaiian) presented in partnership with Sundance Institute and UCLAs American Indian Studies Center. On Sunday, join the Native Voices Artists Ensemble for the Native Voices Seventh Annual Short Play Festival: Seven Generations.

Beyond the Marketplace tent, try light and fluffy fry bread from the acclaimed Aunties Fry Bread. The Autrys cafe, Crossroads West, will also be open, offering a full menu that honors...


Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Approves Continuation of Membership in InterTribal Buffalo Council "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Cherokee Nations bison

Published October 24, 2017

TAHLEQUAH Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors approved a resolution Monday allowing the tribe to continue its voting representation with the InterTribal Buffalo Council.

Cherokee Nations bison herd in Delaware County has grown to 93 since the tribe first received 50 from national parks in North Dakota and South Dakota in 2014 with help from the ITBC. Tribes can only receive surplus bison from national parks if they are member tribes of the ITBC.

The InterTribal Buffalo Council has been integral to the success of our bison herd and how we use it for cultural and historical lessons, said Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, co-chair of Cherokee Nations Executive and Finance Committee. Funding provided by ITBC also helps sustain the expanding herd on our 236-acre ranch in Kenwood.

Since Cherokee Nations membership with ITBC in 2014, the tribe has also received about $160,000 for fencing, corrals and other equipment.

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Navajo Nation Rejects Findings of U.S. Dept. of Justice in Police Shooting of Young Navajo Mother Last Year "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Loreal Tsingine was shot and killed by Winslow Police Office Austin Shipley.

Published October 25, 2017

WINDOW ROCK On April 6, 2017 the Navajo Nation requested an investigation by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Navajo Nation citizen, Loreal Tsingine.  Ms. Tsingine was shot and killed by a Winslow police officer after allegedly having shoplifted from a Winslow convenience store.  On October 17, 2017 the Navajo Nation received a reply from USDOJ declining to prosecute the Winslow Police Officer who shot and killed Ms. Tsingine.

The USDOJ concluded that there was insufficient evidence to disprove that the officers claim that he shot and killed Ms. Tsingine acted in self-defense. The Navajo Nation categorically rejects this conclusion.

Indian Killer Officer Austin Shipley cleared in shooting death of young Navajo mother.

The officer, Austin Shipley, who shot and killed Ms. Tsingine could have easily retreated from the scene. His vehicle was there to provide him with shelter until other officers could be called to the scene. The officer also made no attempt to employ a less than lethal means of force against Ms. Tsingine, such as pepper spray or Taser. He was also aware from his prior interactions with Ms. Tsingine that she may have been suffering from serious mental health issues.

The killing of Ms. Tsingine, while an injustice in itself, is part of a larger pattern of systemic violence against Native Americans by law enforcem...


Alaska U.S. Senators Say No to Trump to Rename Denali "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Denali means the high one or great one in the Athabascan language.

Published October 25, 2017

ANCHORAGE While speaking before the general assembly at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention this past weekend, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan disclosed President Donald Trump in March of this year inquired about his and Senator Lisa Murkowskis opinions on whether or not to change of Denali back to Mt. McKinley. The mountain was given the Denali name, a Native name, in 2015 by former President Barack Obama.

Taken from the indigenous Athabascan language. Denali is the name Alaska Natives prefer for the mountain.

Trump seemingly bent on reversing everything his predecessor did while in office thought he would throw in the reverting back to Mt. McKinley towards the end of the meeting. While campaigning for the presidency, Trump let it be known that he did not like the name change from Mt. McKinley to Denali.

The two senators were meeting with Trump in March to discuss several administration measures that limited developmentin the name of saving the environmentin Alaska.

According to Sullivan, Trump had a final issue on his mind towards the end of their meeting.  He looked at me and said, I heard that the big mountain in Alaska also had also its name was changed by executive action. Do you want us to reverse that?' Sullivan said.

Lisa Sen. Murkowski and I jumped over the desk, Sullivan said. We said no, no!
The Alaska Native people named that mountain over 10,000 years ago, Sullivan said. Denali, that was the name.
Alaska Native leaders were pleased when Obama renamed the mountain Denali.
I am totally against reversing because Denali is the original name, Mike Williams, Akiak tribal leader, told Native News Online on Tuesday afternoon.


The post Alaska U.S. Senators Say No to Trump to Rename Denali appeared first on...

Tuesday, 24 October


BIA Tribal Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting at Standing Rock on Monday Night "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Breaking News 
Published October 24, 2017


STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION A male was shot and killed on the Standing Rock Indian Reservatoin on Monday, October 23, 2017 night. by a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officer.

No other details are available at this time.

We had an officer involved shooting last night at Standing Rock. One male suspect was fatally wounded by a BIA Officer, Nedra Darling, spokesperson for U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Affairs commented via email Tuesday afternoon to Native News Online. The FBI is investigating, Darliing continued.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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