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Monday, 28 August


Video: Occupation of fish farm by Kwakwakawakw "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

August 25, 2017 Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw Hereditary Leadership visited Ernest Alfred at his occupation camp on Marine Harvest owned salmon farm on Swanson Island B.C. after his first night.


Were Horrified By Our Twitter Actions Charitable Humans "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Were Horrified By Our Twitter Actions Charitable Humans -

There are no words to express the distaste and hateful words that our Social Media Coordinator unleashed on what was supposed to represent Charitable Humans, an organization that has engaged in global humanitarianism activities in war-torn and severely impoverished nations since 2005. The purpose of our charity was, and so remains, to make the world a better place by focusing on a larger mandate of cultivating a global citizenship initiative along with an online platform for active engagement, and a platform to help people and nonprofit organizations like ours further the reach and impact of good deeds.
We dont condone the denouncement or imperilment of any human, individual or group, no matter what atrocities they might guilty of; ultimately because that serves no useful purpose and is rather an impairment to progressive change. Our views extend equally toward those that do good and evil in the world, for both have much to teach us about the state of humanity. Were not for a moment implying that the targets in which the Tweets offensive content are either good, bad, or otherwise because we dont believe those words are more than labels based upon an individuals perception of an other.
We take full responsibility for this outrageous lack of leadership, for which there is no excuse, though there is an explanation wed like to put forward in the interest of transparency. We are not a large organization, and weve invested much time and sacrifice trying to undertake an endeavor that is much greater than we have the resources or team members to focus on at the capacity needed.
While continuing in our humanitarian programs, were also working to develop further the massive program that we envision shortly coming to fruition. Our website has much work that needs doing, and were not at the stage where any postings or social media activity, beyond future announcements, are warranted. Since that hasnt been our focus, we havent paid any consideration whatsoever to our social media channels, else greater concern and action would have halted this level of conduct much earlier. We failed in this oversight and sincerely apologize.
We have closed down the social media accounts, though there will be other content distribution channels that were exploring could exist, and as that is underway, we will take similar action as we become more aware of the situation.
Half the team is out of the country at this time, so please bear with us as we fumble through this unexpected terrain in a field we have little experience in, which is more visible to the world and ourselves at this time for reasons that are clear to all. We hope that people reserve judgment of our organization as a whole until our project can stand on its own merits once its...


In Kenya's Baringo county, police raid, burn and murder | Kenya | Al Jazeera "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

In Kenya's Baringo county, police raid, burn and murder | Kenya | Al Jazeera: [Jacob Kushner // Anthony Langat] Chemolingot, Kenya - One May afternoon along a dirt road in a remote swath of Kenya's Baringo County lay the remains of an elderly man. Wild animals had eaten his flesh, torn off some of his limbs, and dragged his body - now mostly bones. A purple shawl and a yellow football jersey clung to the skeleton.

Witnesses say nine days earlier, several truckloads of police officers raided their village, burning their huts and stealing their goats. Officers then threw rocks at the elderly man who had tried to escape. They loaded him onto a truck, dumped him by the side of the road and shot him.

Reporting by Al Jazeera corroborates witnesses' accounts that on May 9, Kenyan police murdered 80-year-old Ekurio Mugeluk and left his body to the wild.


Ugly Precursor to Auschwitz: Hitler Said to Have Been Inspired by US Indian Reservation System "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Left, Nazis stand before a mass grave of victims of the Jewish Holocaust; right: U.S. soldiers pose for a picture near a mass grave of dead Lakotas following the Wounded Knee Massacre of December 29, 1890.

Hitler admired the US system, while the greatest nation wont recognize its past

It was 72 years ago that the imprisoned and starved and viciously battered victims of Hitler and his Nazi thugs were liberated by Soviet troops.

Hitler the coward, whod later commit suicide rather than face the music was incontrovertibly one...


Germany: Confronting the colonial roots of racism "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

German colonialism Herero

Surviving Herero after their escape through the Omaheke desert in German South-West Africa (modern day Namibia), 1907 [Sam Cohen Library/Colonial Picture Archive, University Library of Frankfurt] By Gouri Sharma

The Nazis didnt fall out of the sky, there is a deeper racist, xenophobic mindset in German history.

By Gouri Sharma, Al Jazeera, August 16, 2017

Berlin, Germany Mnyaka Sururu Mboro walks through Wedding, a district in the northwest of Berlin, with an expression of disdain. It makes my stomach turn every time I go down these streets, he says.

He is in the African Quarter, so-called because the streets have been named in commemoration of Germanys imperial leaders and conquests from the end of the 19th century....


Cherokee Nation Dedicates Washington County Bridge "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cherokee Nation and Washington County officials joined area citizens to dedicate the Matoaka Bridge 84 project in Washington County.

Published August 28, 2017

OCHELATA, OKLAHOMA Cherokee Nation and Washington County officials dedicated the new Matoaka Bridge 84 project in Washington County recently.

Repairs to the former single-lane bridge built in 1941 totaled more than $725,000. More than $700,000 of the repair cost was covered by the tribe, with a remaining $25,000 covered by Washington County.

Projects like bridge 84 in Matoaka are opportunities for Cherokee Nation to work with local and state entities for the greater good, said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. Thanks to funds from our Tribal Transportation Bridge Program and the work of our dedicated employees, we are able to not only improve the road, but provide a level of safety and efficiency that both Cherokees and non-Cherokees in this area can benefit from.

The new bridge is 83 feet long and 15 feet wide and includes elements like new parapet walls and a new guardrail, which meet the most up-to-date safety regulations.

The contributions that Cherokee Nation continually makes across this area, from the casino that employs hundreds to the beautiful 28,000-square-foot health center that our citizens use every day, I cant say enough good things, said Washington County District 3 Commissioner Mike Dunlap. This bridge is important to our citizens and their safety, and I am eternally grateful to Cherokee Nation for making this a priority.

The project also included 1,037 feet of new roadway and stream bank stabilization.

This bridge is a critical part of so many lives here in Washington County, and Im proud to say that, with these improvements, it should be around for years to come, said Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Dick Lay. Partnerships like this one with Commissioner Dunlap are important and a big part of the positive work that we do in my district day in and day out.

In fiscal year 2016, the Cherokee Nation improved more than 53 miles of roadway and five bridges at a cost of $23.6 million.

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This is the Pacific: Atlantic Salmon Not Wanted Here "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Aboard the fishing vessel Marathon, Nicholas Cooke (left) and Nathan Cultee unload 16 farm-raised Atlantic salmon into a container on Tuesday in Bellingham, Washington.
Megan Farmer NPR

Published August 28, 2017

TAHOLAH, WASHINGTON  The Quinault Indian Nation supports Governor Jay Inslees ban on new net pens until investigated and the establishment of an incident command team of state agencies in the wake of the disastrous escape of thousands of

However, the Tribe is making two demands:

  • The focus of the effort must include the ocean and rivers that connect with the ocean, as well as Puget Sound;
  • As co-managers of the salmon resource, affected tribal governments must be factored into and fully considered in any related decision making.

The problem is not excluded to Puget Sound alone. It is a problem for ocean fishing Tribes as well, said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp. And its not a new problem. More than a decade ago, Atlantic salmon were found in the Black River and Scatter Creek, both remote tributaries to our Chehalis River, and they have been found in the ocean as well, she said.

Thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped into Puget Sound from Canada-based Cooke Aquacultures salmon farm off Cypress Island Saturday. The damaged net pens there held about 305,000 of the non-native fish.

We have been objecting to the open water farming of Atlantic salmon for years. The disaster near Cypress Island seems to have finally generated a strong response from the state. Were glad about that. But we want the state and the public to know its a serious problem here, too, said President Sharp.

She concurred with all the specific objections to Atlantic salmon that have been voiced by Puget Sound Tribes over the past two days. These objections include concerns about the spread of disease and sea lice, feeding on salmon fry and smolts, competition for fish food and habitat and the environmental impacts of the salmon, even while in the net pens.

We live on the Pacific Ocean, not the Atlantic....


Taboo of Black Eyed Peas & Magnificent Sevens Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL Wins MTV Video Music Award "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Representing tribal nations on at MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday evening.

Published August 28, 2017

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA On Sunday night, for the first time, American Indian artists won his years MTV Video Music Awards in the newly-added Best Fight Against the System category. The music video Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL was recorded by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and Magnificent Seven Native American artists from different tribes, including Zack Doc Battiest, Spencer Battiest, Emcee One, Drezus, PJ Vegas, SupaMan, Natalia Aka My Verse. The song serves as a statement of support to those who have embraced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).Native American actor Martin Sensmeier and pipeline activist Shailene Woodley also make appearances in the nominated music video.

Taboo, who has Shoshone Tribe heritage, and other Native American artists including those from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, banded together to create the song, which is meant to serve as both a tool to promote awareness, as well as an anthem for the indigenous people across the country who have united in the effort against the DAPL. The video features real footage from the water protectors on the front lines at Standing Rock, and looks to rally people from across the country and draw together the Native communities of North America in an unprecedented way.

The purpose of this video was to shine the light on this very important cause pairing that with recognition from MTV is incredible, said Spencer Battiest, Hard Rock Records alumnus, member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and one of the Magnificent Seven. This song is the only one nominated without a record label, which I think is very powerful and special and were proud to be doing our part to raise awareness for native issues.

The addition of the Best Fight Against the System category was added to the 201...


Congress Needs More Time to Finish Spending Bills; Shutdown Ahead? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference in Oregon Wednesday said most people dont want a government shutdown, ourselves included. (Photo via YouTube)

Guest Commentary

Published August 28, 2017

The September Mess has started early. Congress will return to Washington next week facing some really tricky issues ranging from an increase in the debt limit to spending money so that the federal government can operate. President Donald J. Trump in Phoenix raised the stakes, saying he would favor a shutdown of the government unless Congress includes funding for the border wall.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, at an event in Oregon, said I dont think a government shutdown is necessary, and I dont think most people want to see a government shutdown, ourselves included. Funding for a border wall has already passed the House and is now waiting on the Senate.

But thats where this mess gets tricky. It would take 60 votes to move that spending legislation forward (which is why the president keeps tweeting that the filibuster should go away) and the votes are not there. Democrats in both the House and Senate reaffirmed their opposition to the wall.

And there is another problem. Ryan said the Congress doesnt have enough time to finish this years budget by Sept. 30 (the deadline for spending) and so its likely there will be another Continuing Resolution that funds the government through the end of 2017.

The fact is though, given the time of year it is and the rest of the appropriations we have to do, were going to need more time to complete our appropriations process, particularly in the Senate. So thats something that I think we all recognize and understand, that were going to have to have some more time to complete our appropriations process, Ryan said.



Navajo Nation President Begaye Consults with FCC to Close Digital Divide "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye (right) and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (left)

Published August 27, 2017

TWIN ARROWS, ARIZONA On August 22, President Russell Begaye and tribal leaders consulted with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on how to close the digital divide between those with access to modern information and communication technologies and those without.

The Navajo has vast regions without fast and reliable wireless coverage, President Begaye said. We are on the wrong side of the digital divide. This needs to be addressed in a way that maintains the integrity of our Nation.

Increasingly access to wireless coverage is necessary to be successful in the world, especially for our young people, said Vice President Jonathan Nez. I want to thank the FCC for coming to the Navajo Nation and hope we can work together to bring these services to our people.

In order to develop wireless infrastructure, coverage maps are required to determine areas with subpar coverage and to plan for the construction of new cell towers. However, the president is concerned that cell phone carriers, such as Verizon and AT&T, create maps that do not take into account the diversity of the local terrain thereby overstating their coverage.

The geography of the Navajo Nation is unique and includes desert flatlands, mountains, mesas, arroyos, canyons, and valleys, said President Begaye. The harsh topography must be considered to determine the accuracy of coverage data.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the digital divide is one of the biggest issues facing the commission and responded to these concerns with information about the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process in which tribes can contest data provided by the cell phone carriers.

President Begaye criticized the challenge process because many underserved areas, including the Navajo Nation, do not have the technical or personnel capabilities to conduct the tests required by the commission to challenge carrier data.

If the commission assists the Navajo Nation with the challenge process it will take an important step to accurately assess coverage. The accuracy of coverage...


Exploring Red Power in the 1960s Discussion to be Held on Wednesday in SF "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 27, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO The California Historical Society is hosting a panel discussion that will examnine the rise of Red Power in the 1960s.

When we think about the 1960s in California, certain images come to mind of hippies with flowers in their hair, the Grateful Dead, anti-war protests, or racial justice organizations like the Black Panthers, Diggers, or Brown Berets. Coinciding with these historical events was the Indians of All Tribes takeover of Alcatraz Island in November of 1969. The Alcatraz occupation triggered a national movement as American Indian peoples united to fight for land reclamation, environmental protection, human rights, cultural preservation, and ultimately sovereignty under the banner of Red Power. This event attempts to bring together key veterans from the Alcatraz takeover and scholars to discuss the larger Red Power movement of the 1960s.

Partcipants include:

Kent Blansett, Assistant Professor of History at University of Nebraska at Omaha and a descendant of five Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi His latest book is entitled A Journey to Freedom: The Life of Richard Oakes, 1942-1972 which will be published by Yale University Press in Fall 2018. Once published, this will be the first biography of Akwesasne Mohawk activist Richard Oakes, who played a major role in the famed 1969 Alcatraz Takeover by the organization Indians of All Tribes. Oakes was also instrumental in the Pit River, Clear Lake, and Fort Lawton takeovers before his assassination sparked the Trail of Broken Treaties march on Washington. Blansett has collected research material from over twenty University and Tribal libraries from New York to California as well as conducted numerous interviews with key veteran activists. He is also the author of a recent essay entitled San Francisco, Red Power, and the Emergence of an Indian City, which appeared in the anthology City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the American West.


Sunday, 27 August


Recommended! C IS FOR CHICKASAW by Wiley Barnes and Aaron Long "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

C is for Chickasaw by Wiley Barnes (Chickasaw) and Aaron Long (Choctaw), published in 2014 by White Dog Press (Chickasaw Press), is definitely an alphabet book that every library in the country should get!

Here's the cover:

And here's the description:
C is for Chickasaw walks children through the letters of the alphabet, sharing elements of Chickasaw history, language, and culture along the way. Writing with multiple age groups in mind, Wiley Barnes has skillfully crafted rhyming verse that will capture and engage a younger child s imagination, while also including in-depth explanations of each object or concept that will resonate with older children. The colorful illustrations by Aaron Long reflect elements of Southeastern Native American art and serve to familiarize children with aspects of this distinctive artistic style. A supplementary section with questions and activities provides a springboard for further discussion and learning.

The figures on the cover are on the C page, but so are these (below) ... which just makes me want to jump up off my couch and do a fist pump! I love books that have illustrations that place Native people in the present day! This one is perfect because the three people are clearly in modern dress, giving readers a strong corrective to the all-too-frequent Native peoples in the past imagery that most books have in them.

The man on the left is holding a Bible. Though many Native peoples practice their own religions, some practice Christianity, or some combination of both. It is great to have that reflected in this illustration. And the book the woman is holding is...


Police Escort Fallen Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Times | Krista Allen
Navajo Nation Police officers from at least three districts escort the body of fallen Kayenta Police Officer Nelson L. Martin. The officers made a stop at the Kayenta Public Safety Complex en route to a funeral home in Shiprock.

Published August 27, 2017

KAYENTA, ARIZONA  Navajo Nation Police officers on Thursday afternoon escorted the body of fallen Kayenta Police Officer Nelson L. Martin from Flagstaff to Shiprock.

Martin, 35, was killed in a vehicle accident on Monday night in Gray Mountain, Arizona. He was a passenger in a pickup truck that crashed into a semi.

The truck was driven by Rosales Yazzie who was badly injured and was transported to a hospital where he is recovering. Yazzie was intoxicated at the time, and could be facing vehicular manslaughter charges. He is not a police officer.

Martin was was hired in 2002 as a senior police officer for Kayenta Police District. He was promoted in 2007.

Martin was originally from Tsbiindzisgaii, Utah.

Martins funeral took place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August  26, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tsbiindzisgaii.

Editors Note: This article was first published by the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Indigenous International Repatriation Conference Set for Sept. 25 26 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 27, 2017

ALBUQUREQUE The Indigenous International Repatriation Conference: Journey Home: Empowering Indigenous Communities in International Repatriation will take place this year at the Isleta Resort Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 25-26, 2017. We welcome participants to come together to learn, share and discuss the very important cultural and human rights issue of Indigenous International Repatriation.

Who Should Attend?

We welcome Tribal Elders, Indigenous Traditionalists and Spiritual Leaders, Indigenous Repatriation Representatives, Native Nations, Indigenous Peoples, Federal Agencies, Government Representatives, Tribal Members, Museum Professionals and Representatives and other interested participants, and look forward to having you participate in the conference!

Deadline for Room Reservations

The deadline for discounted room reservations at Isleta Resort and Casino is approaching. Our conference rate is available until September 13, 2017. Click here to book your room now.

Conference Sessions

Conference topics highlighting the theme Journey Home: Empowering Indigenous Communities in International Repatriation include the following:

  • History of Repatriation Movement and the Future
  • Traditional Tribal Perspectives on International Repatriation
  • Community and Museum: Guidelines for Collaboration
  • Dynamics of the Tribe and Museum Relationship Gaining Insight
  • Case studies in Indigenous International Repatriation Lessons Learned
  • Blueprint for Action Dialogue...


Fake Jewelry Threatens Native American Household Income "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published August 27. 2017

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA The Indian Arts and Crafts Act was created to stop people from copying Native American designs and police online sales of fake jewelry as well. This act was made with the intent to criminalize the buying and selling of fake Native American art or jewelry when it is not. However, there seems to be more and more people trying to get away with it than ever before., an online seller of Native-made art and jewelry is trying to spread awareness of this epidemic and urges people to search for respected sellers for their Native jewelry needs. The spokesman of the company, Steven Onida, gave a few words about this recent influx of fake Native American jewelry flooding the markets:

Its no surprise that people are trying to sell fake Native art. The rise in Native culture since 2016 alone is enough to get into the market. As a company that partners and meets with Native artists, Im truly horrified and I hope that people take a stand wherever they come across people trying to make a quick buck off of fakes. We are mainly seeing this happen in small areas, dominantly in Santa Fe, but to a lesser degree, its happening across the country. The effect its having on the Native community is truly devastating.

Onida and the team at take great pride in the work they do and the artists they represent. They want to offer people advice when they go out to shop for Native pieces so they can learn to better identify legitimate retailers.

The first thing people should ask for is what tribe made the piece. Those that actually sell Native art and jewelry should know the tribe, artists, and be able to tell people a bit about the piece as well.

The next thing that people should look for, advises Onida, is the materials used to make the piece.

Typically, Native jewelry features both turquoise and real sterling silver; both materials are often faked when people try to sell them. Doing some at-home research can go a long way to help people learn how to identify fake Native American jewelry.

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White Supremists Rallies Shut Down in San Francisco: American Indians Host Anti-Racism Prayer Rally "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

In the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, some of the prayer rally pose for photograph.

Published August 26, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO The right-wing white supremist rallies planned for San Francisco this weekend never happened. Citing problems with obtaining permits from San Fransicso officials, the Patroit Freedom rally was canceled on Friday night. Another rally planned for Saturday was also canceled.

Several counter rallies involving thousands of people were held instead, including one in Crissy Field, conducted by a group of American Indians, primarily from the San Francisco Bay Area. Joining the San Francisco Native group was Chase Iron Eyes (Standing Rock Sioux) from Last Real Indians. Iron Eyes was there to pay his respects to the Ohlone lands and participated in the prayer service with fellow organizer Isabella Zizi. She was assisted by Brytnee Miller in our peaceful prayer walk and gathering.

These are times like this that we face hate with prayer and love, Iron Eyes told the crowd of a couple dozen.

Brytnee Miller, Chase Iron Eyes & Isabella Zizi.

During four hours of encouraging words and songs, the group networked about numerous causes of the Indigenous People.

I was very happy to see more young adults getting involved with rallies, walks, and marches. I express this a lot when I travel, said Lydia West (Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma), who lives in Alpine, California and who attended the prayer.

On Friday night, the United Urban Warrior Society-California Chapter issued a statement denouncing racism.

We reject racism, we reject white supremacy, we re...

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