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Thursday, 16 November

22:11

Maid abuse: 'How my boss threatened me with acid in Oman' - BBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Maid abuse: 'How my boss threatened me with acid in Oman' - BBC News: More than 50 women interviewed during the research said they had their passports confiscated by their employers and were made to work 15 to 21 hours a day - figures disputed by the Omani labour ministry.

Around two in five reported physical abuse and the same proportion said they were sexually harassed or assaulted.

The Tanzania government has not commented on the findings that allege the East Africa country's embassies did little to assist those who had sought their help.

Here are three of the women's accounts, which include experience of sexual abuse some may find disturbing:

21:47

Coming Soon: Black Snake Killaz "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Coming soon (see trailer below)!
https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/

WATCH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ ON NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017

Synopsis:
Black Snake Killaz is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This film explores actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and highlights actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events that unfolded in Standing Rock throughout 2016 and brings you the raw experience from many frontline actions to protect the water. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline is completed, the impact of the movement will be long-lasting. As fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the United States of America, the importance of the water protectors story grows.

Watch the trailer below until the online premiere!

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21:40

Crews cleaning up Keystone Pipeline leak in Marshall County "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Crews cleaning up Keystone Pipeline leak in Marshall County: Brian Walsh with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tells KSFY News they were alerted to the leak at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning by TransCanada.

The leak was in the Keystone Pipeline located in an agricultural area in Marshall County. There have been no reports of the oil entering any waterways or water systems at this time.

Walsh said 5,000 barrels of oil have leaked, and at 42 gallons a barrel, that totals 210,000 gallons of oil.

21:27

Lama Zaioor // A Black Death Plague Outbreak is Devastating Madagascar Affinity Magazine "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A Black Death Plague Outbreak is Devastating Madagascar Affinity Magazine: Officials have been going to extreme measures to contain the outbreak. Medical staff equipped with anti-bacterial chemicals are treating suspected plague victims. Dr Ashok Chopra, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas, urges immediate action as, If the treatment is not given in a very short period of time these people will end up dying.

This years outbreak is especially frightening because not only does it include the bubonic strain, which spreads from mosquito bites, but also the pneumonic strain, which is the most contagious, making it the deadliest, as it is passed on between people through coughing, sneezing and spitting.

The plague threatens to ravage the rest of Madagascar, as relatives of the victims refuse to part with the bodies. Police are having to seize the bodies to place them in a sealed bag and bury them in a common grave, which goes against Madagascan culture for burying the dead.

21:25

Response plan for missing Indigenous women and girls being developed in Fort St. John, B.C. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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People in Fort St. John march for Sisters in Spirit, a group for missing and murdered Indigenous women organized by Connie Greyeyes. (Fort St. John Sisters in Spirit/Facebook)

Plan comes after to Amnesty International report documenting problems in northeast B.C.

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Nov 15, 2017

The Fort St. John Womens Resource Society is developing a plan aimed at improving community response when Indigenous women and girls go missing in northeast B.C.

The plan is a direct response to a 2016 Amnesty International report documenting the risks Indigenous women and girls face in northeast B.C., and Fort St. John in particular.

Sylvia Lane, the Resource Societys poverty law advocate, said the vi...

20:18

Charlene Muhammad // Native Americans explain why "Thanksgiving"holiday is celebration of genocide "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Native Americans explain why "Thanksgiving"holiday is celebration of genocide: President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official U.S. holiday in 1863 but Ms. Munro said the holiday in reality has bloody roots. It was an official day was proclaimed in colonial times to give thanks that a militia had returned safely from massacring more than 700 Pequots, she said. Many of victims were elders, women and children, Ms. Munro said.

That is part of why every year, her organization holds a National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass., to honor Native ancestors and current struggles of Native people. This year marks the 42nd gathering.

Native Americans have the highest rate of suicide in the U.S. at 16.25 per 100,000 for 2002-2006 per the Centers for Disease Control, she noted. Millions upon millions of Native Americans have died in European-perpetrated genocide, just as Africans did. And the root of Americas wealth really is in the theft of indigenous land, the genocide of Native people, and the enslavement of Black men and women, Ms. Munro continued.

19:32

Bad River Tribe Condemns Wisconsin DOJ Statement About Tribal Teens Death & Excessive Police Force "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Jason Ike Pero, killed by Ashland County sheriffs deputy.

Published November 16, 2017

ODANAH, WISCONSIN The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Ojibwe (Bad River Tribe) is requesting the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice to open a criminal civil rights and civil police misconduct investigation into an incident of excessive force by the Ashland County Sheriffs Office, which resulted in the tragic death of 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero.

This call to open an investigation came yesterday, Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The announcement was made through an press release distributed by the tribe.

In addition, the Bad River Tribe is disputing the Wisconsin Department of Justice news release issued this past Saturday, November 11, 2017, relating to the tragedy, which happened shortly before noon on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

In the release published by Native News Online on Saturday eveining, Jason, a tribal citizen of the Bad River Tribe, is portrayed as being a troubled young man that acted in a violent manner towards the deputy.

The press release reads, in part:

On Saturday November 11, 2017, the Department of Justice Communications Office released a press release in regard to the preliminary findings for the death of Jason Pero. In their statement, the DOJ attempts to describe Jason as being a troubled young man that acted in a violent manner towards the deputy. The Bad River Tribal Council does not agree with this recent press release, nor the excessive use of force on a minor child.

This police brutality has to end, its an epidemic in our country and against all Native Americans, said Holly Gauthier, mother of Jason Pero. Now our family is counted among them. Many of these killings are unlawful and are not properly prosecuted. Our laws about prosecuting unlawful...

18:42

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15:59

Gathering of Nations Powwow/Miss Indian World Advance Ticket Pre-sale Begins November 22 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 16, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE Beginning Wednesday November 22, The Gathering of Nations limited is making advance tickets available for a very special pre-sale. Advance tickets for the powwow and the Miss Indian World Traditional Talent Presentation will become available on the Gathering of Nations web site, www.gatheringofnations.com. The 35th Annual Gathering of Nations events will take place Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Albuquerque N.M.  The Miss Indian World Talent Competition will take place, once again Thursday April 26, 2018 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, while the  powwow will take place Friday and Saturday (April 27 & 28)  on the new Powwow Grounds At Expo NM/Tingley Coliseum.

Considered the most prominent, popular and legendary Native American event in the North America, the Gathering of Nations Powwow will host tens of thousands of people and more than 750 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world.  The three-day festival will include more than 3,000 traditional American Indian singers and dancers competing for prizes, and more than 800

Native artisans, craftsmen and traders displaying and selling their work.  In addition, contemporary indigenous and other music groups will be performing a wide variety of musical genres on Stage 49.  The Native Food Court will offer guests a large variety of food choices ranging between southwestern-style cuisine and traditional American Indian fare.

As part of the Gathering of Nations, a young Native American Woman will again be crowned Miss Indian World and represent all native and indigenous people as a cultural goodwill ambassador to all cultures.

As one of the largest and most prestigious cultural pageants, Native American and indigenous women will represent and present their tribal and traditions.   The contestants will compete in the areas of tribal knowledge through interviews, essays, public speaking and traditional presentation, and dance.

Striving to be a positive cultural, spiritual and entertaining experience that is exhilarating for all who attend, the Gathering of Nations is excited to present new and different fe...

06:04

42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco at Brava Theater "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Standing for Justice 42nd Annual AIFF poster by noted painter Del Curfman, (IAIA graduate 2017).

Published November 16, 2017

 

Michael Smith, Founder/Director of American Indian Film Festival

SAN FRANCISCO  The 42nd Annual American Indian Film Festival began with an Opening Night on November 4 at a new venue, the Brava Theater Center in San Franciscos historic Mission District. Brava Theater Executive Director Stephanie Powers Cuellar welcomed all participants and attendees with warmth and graciousness, acknowledging the honor to host as a new venue for the film festival. Lorraine Laiwa, Kashia Pomo elder, who has served as an Indian Child Welfare Advocate, Case Manager, Family Services Worker, and Program Director, as well an an ICWA expert witness, offered a beautiful Opening Prayer on Awards Night, November 11, and invited her family and relatives to share cultural dances and songs.

Established in 1975, the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco is the oldest and most prominent media showcase in the world. Michael Smith, Founder/Director of the Film Institute and Festival describes this years media as a presentation to foster public truth and understanding of the social, economic, cultural, and life ways of contemporary Indian peoples. Despite a history of genocide and exploitation of our nations people and land base, we have persevered. We have maintained and rebuilt our nations infrastructure, spirit, culture, and language. This is our truth, we share it...

06:02

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has Donated Over $245 Million Since 1994 to Local Governments & Schools "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 16, 2017

MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN -The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has scheduled their semi-annual 2% distribution, funds derived from Class III gaming, at its properties Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort and Saganing Eagles Landing Casino. The Tribe will be distributing $2,143,641.25 in Isabella County ($1,471,055.33 for Government and $672,585.92 for Education) and another $791,835.56 in Arenac and Northern Bay County ($554,284.89 for Government and $237,550.67 for Education) for the fall 2017 cycle.

As with previous years, the Tribal Council receives numerous submissions, carefully reviewing each and every one. This distribution cycle saw a combined 342 individual requests submitted between the local governments and local schools.

Chief, Frank Cloutier explains, Since 1994 the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe has donated over $245 million dollars to local schools and governments in Isabella, Arenac and a portion of Northern Bay County. The continuous need is there and we are able to help alleviate many concerns and ensure that the wellbeing of all of our citizens remains a priority. He goes on to mention, This distribution cycle focused on program based requests that impact thousands, if not tens of thousands, in our local communities. These requests showcase the ability to maximize resources locally and the extended reach they provide throughout our counties.

The Isabella County distribution will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at  9:00 a.m. in the Seniors room of Tribal Operations located at 7070 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The Saganing distribution will take place at the Saganing Tribal Center located at 5447 Sturman Road, Standish, Michigan on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Please contact Erik Rodriguez, Interim Public Relations Director, at (989) 775-4076 or at erodriguez@sagchip.org.

The post...

06:02

Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering receives AIA Southwest Michigan 2017 Honor Award for Native Justice Center "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 16, 2017

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN  Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering (7GenAE), based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, received the 2017 Honor Award in the unbuilt category by the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their work on the Pokagon Band of Potawatomis Native Justice Center. The Honor Award is the highest award that the AIA bestows upon architectural work. The award was presented during an awards banquet on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Kalamazoo.

Seven Generations Architecture and Engineering is part of the Mno-Bmadsen Family of Companies the investment enterprise of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Seven Generations A+E provides extensive experience in Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design and Planning; and serves Federal, State, Municipal, Commercial and Tribal clients with a singular dedication to environmental stewardship. For more information: www.7GenAE.com .

An AIA juror described the design as, a clear concept, carried out with simple forms and appropriate material. He added, What struck me about this project was that the circular plan, with the program spaces around the central courtyard, showed a clarity of organization. The curved parking lot also supports the overall theme.

It has truly been an honor, said Jeremy Berg, managing director at 7GenAE, to work with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi on the project, and also to be recognized by the architectural profession for design excellence.

7GenAE was commissioned by the Pokagon Band to de...

01:34

Cherokee Nation Honors U.S. Army Veterans in November "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council member Buel Anglen, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Terry Rattlinggourd, and Tribal Council members Janees Taylor and Harley Buzzard.

Published November 15, 2017

TAHLEQUAH The Cherokee Nation honored four U.S. Army veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the Tribal Council meeting Monday.

Virgil England, 81, of Blue Springs, Missouri; Melvin McCoy, 76, of Sallisaw; Terry Rattlinggourd, 69, of Pryor; and Billie Tritthart, 69, of Miami, Oklahoma, were recognized by Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging their service and sacrifice to their country.

Sgt. England was born Dec. 27, 1935, and enlisted in the Army in July of 1955. England completed basic training in Colorado and volunteered for hazardous duty as an Army paratrooper and was later transferred to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He proudly served 20 months and made a total of 27 jumps with the Army paratroopers during his military career. England received an honorable discharge in 1958.

I would sincerely like to thank Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Crittenden for the development, promotion and sponsorship of this wonderful award, England said. I think I speak for the rest of my fellow veterans when I say that it is exceptional, and we really appreciate it.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council member Buel Anglen, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, veteran Billie Tritthart, and Tribal Council member Harley Buzzard.

Sgt. McCoy was born June 23, 1939. After graduating high school and receiving his welding certification, McCoy was drafted in the Army in December of 1963. A...

01:14

Navajo Nation Council Encourages Navajo Veterans to Submit Claims to Recover Income Taxes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Speaker LoRenzo Bates

Published November 15, 2017

WINDOW ROCK  The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the states of Arizona and New Mexico to recover income taxes that were unlawfully withheld on military wages for certain periods of time, in violation of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), which was passed by congress in 1940 to prohibit states from taxing the income of military service members.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) was joined this week by Wide Ruins Veterans Organization Commander Cassandra Morgan and Klagetoh Veterans Commander Samuel Joe, to help spread awareness to Navajo veterans and to encourage them to contact the states to determine if they may be eligible to recover income taxes.

Our Navajo warriors deserve our upmost respect and honor and that includes the benefits and services that should be afforded to them from the federal government.. Unfortunately, for a period of time many of our veterans unlawfully had their military wages taxed by certain states, stated Speaker Bates.

In Arizona, the U.S. Department of Defense began withholding taxes on active duty military income in late 2003 and this continued until the end of 2005. In July 2016, the state legislators established the Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund and set aside $2 million to refund veterans who were wrongfully taxed. Veterans have until the end of 2019 to file a claim through the Arizona Department of Revenue.

In 2008 the state of New Mexico also created a fund for the purpose of issuing settlement payments to Native American veterans who had their taxes withheld.

Speaker Bates also stated that there may be thousands of Navajo veterans that have yet to file claims with the states. The Navajo Nation Council began reaching out through the media to bring this to the publics attention to prevent the potential loss of tax income for our veterans.

We want our veterans to be well aware of this opportunity to...

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Wednesday, 15 November

22:25

Robert Benzie // Premier Kathleen Wynne says she never received Grassy Narrows mercury report | Toronto Star "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she never received Grassy Narrows mercury report | Toronto Star: Asked why it was left to the Star to reveal what had been known inside the provincial government for more than a year, Wynne did not mince words.

Were asking those questions. We are not sure exactly how that information hadnt made it to my desk, but were asking that question, she said.

It is always a concern if we dont have the information that we need to make good decisions. We have questions.

The Star recently reported that the government has had an explosive report in its possession for over a year. The report, which was commissioned by Domtar, the company that now owns the mill, says that in 1990 the environment ministry was told that mercury was visible in soil under a building on the mill site.

22:17

NO BORDER, NO NATION, STOP DEPORTATION! DEMO | de.indymedia.org "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

NO BORDER, NO NATION, STOP DEPORTATION! DEMO | de.indymedia.org
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Lasst uns viele sein und lasst uns laut sein: Stoppt alle Abschiebungen! Wir sind einige der vielen Menschen, die mit der Ablehnung ihres Asylantrags konfrontiert sind. Wir sind aus Pakistan und leben in Berlin. Viele unserer Freund*innen werden morgens von der Polizei aus ihren Betten geholt und gegen ihren Willen in Flugzeuge gezwungen. Wir stellen uns gegen ALLE Abschiebungen und wir protestieren gegen diese unmenschliche Behandlung!

We are a few of the many people that are faced with rejection of our asylum claim. We are from Pakistan, live in Berlin and many of our friends are being taken out of their beds by police in the morning and forced on planes against their will. We are making a stand against ALL deportations and protest against this inhumane treatment.
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KUNDGEBUNG - DONNERSTAG 16. November 16.00 Uhr
BAMF (Bundesamt fr Migration und Flchtlinge)
Bundesallee 44 (U-Bahn Berliner Strae)

In den letzten Monaten verstrkt der deutsche Staat zusehends seine Bemhungen, so viele Menschen wie mglich abzuschieben. In Berlin wurde von dem Versuch berichtet, Menschen abzuschieben, bevor diesen eine Ausreisepflicht kommuniziert wurde. Abschiebungen finden seit den Asylrechtsverschrfungen unangekndigt statt und die Polizei fhrt Abschiebungen zum Teil in Zivilkleidung durch. Neue Gesetze erlauben noch mehr staatliche Kontrolle und Gewalt. Jedes Mal, wenn eine*r von uns abgeschoben wird, leben viele in Furcht.

Pakistan und die EU haben ein Rckbernahmeabkommen unterzeichnet, welches der EU Zugang zu pakistanischen Datenbanken gewhrt, um Identitten zu besttigen und es so zu erleichtern, "unerwnschte Menschen" loszuwerden. In Pakistan werden wir am Flughafen von der Polizei gefangen genommen und knnen nach den pakistanischen Auswanderungsgesetzen bis zu 5 Jahre eingesperrt werden.

Deshalb werden wir auf die Strae gehen und laut und deutlich fordern:
- Einstellung des Rckbernahmeabkommens der EU mit Pakistan!
- Sehen Sie uns als Menschen und nicht als Angehrige einer Nation!
- Wir wollen bleiben und ein faires und gerechtes Verfahren haben!
- Stoppt die Legitimierung von Rassismus in Asylpraktiken und in den Unterknften!
- Stoppt alle Abschiebu...

22:02

Grassy Narrows chief says Justin Trudeau ignoring plea for help over mercury contamination - National | Globalnews.ca "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Grassy Narrows chief says Justin Trudeau ignoring plea for help over mercury contamination - National | Globalnews.ca: In a statement late Tuesday after the Ontario government tabled its fiscal update, Fobister applauded Kathleen Wynnes Liberals and urged her government to honour its promises by cleaning up once and for all the infamously polluted and remote site in northwestern Ontario, a 2.5-hour drive northwest of the city of Dryden.

20:34

Indigenous Environmental Network and Climate Justice Alliance to Launch Carbon Pricing Report at UN Climate Talks "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

While city, state, and national leaders gather at the UN Climate Talks to launch and implement platforms and agendas that promote carbon trading, carbon offsets, and REDD+, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance take a bold stance to reject and challenge these so-called innovative solutions by releasing the Carbon Pricing Report: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance.

20:27

COP23: Activists from Puerto Rico to Island Nations Demand Climate Reparations, End to Fossil Fuels "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Democracy Now Story: November 13, 2017   Watch Full Show   At the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Democracy Now! was there when thousands of people took to the streets Saturday for a march to demand an end to fossil fuel extraction, and some also called for climate reparations. Transcript This is a []

20:21

Joye Braun on the Wakpa Waste Camp and the Fight to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The water protectors camp, called the Wakpa Waste Camp, continues to stand in protection of water that threatens the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe including continuing to stand against the Dakota Access pipeline, and against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. If built, the Keystone XL pipeline would would carry Tar Sands crude from Alberta and come within less than 1-mile of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribes boundaries. Last Real Indians editor Matt Remle recently spoke with veteran water protector Joye Braun about the Wakpa Waste camp and fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. For those who are unaware of the water protectors camp at Cheyenne River tell us more about the camp.

07:25

Tribal Community Deserves Real Answers as to Why Officer was Trigger Happy in Death of Bad River Teen "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Commentary

Published November 15, 2017

Shortly before noon, one week ago, 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero, a tribal citizen of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, was shot and killed by Brock Mrdjenovich, an Ashland County sheriffs deputy, who has been an officer for about a year.

The incident became one more tragedy for an American Indian family. The incident became one more time an officer killed an American Indian.

The number of American Indians killed by police has more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Sadly, the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice reports on a per capita basis, American Indians are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial/ethnic group in the United States.

In the immediate days after the killing Peros family demanded answers from law enforcement about the death of their son and grandson.

Levi Rickert

On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Jusitce provided an updated the day the family was hosting ceremonies to bury their dead teen. Not surprsing, the report provided a very one-sided account about what happened on last Wednesday morning.

A portion of the report reads:

Pero approached Deputy Mrdjenovich with a large butcher knife and he refused numerous commands to drop the weapon. On two occasions, Pero lunged at the deputy while the deputy was attempting to retreat. Deputy Mrdjenovich fired his service weapon at Pero, striking him twice. Life-saving measures were initiated however, Pero was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. DCI has determined Jason Pero was the same person that called 911 reporting a man with a knife, giving his own physical description. Initial information indicates that Pero had been despondent over the few days leading up to the incident and evidence from a search warrant executed on Peros bedroom supports that information. 

Some eyewitnesses are reportedly disputing Pero had a knife. So...

06:13

Gavin Clarkson Out at Interior Department after Negative Report was Released "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Gavin Clarkson

Published November 15, 2017

WASHINGTON Just five months after being appointed deputy assistant for policy and economic development in the U.S. Department of Interiors Indian Affairs, Gavin Clarkson resigned on Monday.

Appointed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on June 11, 2017, Clarkson resigned after the Interior Departments inspector general issued an unfavorable report on a loan program he ran.

According to the Washington Post, before joining the Trump administration, Clarkson was a consultant for tribes that received loans under the program, including a controversial $22.5 million loan for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe that helped finance the purchase of a brokerage firm that eventually went broke. As a result, the Interior Department is now being sued over its refusal to guarantee the remaining $20 million balance on the loan.

I am excited to help tribal nations and tribal entrepreneurs create the conditions under which they can build, expand and sustain their economies, Clarkson said in a statement announcing his June appointment.

The post Gavin Clarkson Out at Interior Department after Negative Report was Released appeared first on Native News Online.

06:01

Cherokee National Historical Society Hosting Genealogy Workshop Nov. 18 at Cherokee Heritage Center "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 15, 2017

TAHLEQUAH  In recognition of Native American History Month, the Cherokee National Historical Society is hosting a genealogy workshop on Nov. 18 at the Ho-chee-nee Chapel on the grounds of the

Educational sessions feature information on early Cherokee history, missionaries and schools, Trail of Tears detachments, online resources and more.

The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a 45-minute break for participants to have lunch on their own.

The cost to attend is $40 for Cherokee National Historical Society members, $50 for pre-registered nonmembers or $60 for those who pay at the door.

Proceeds from the workshop will support the Cherokee Family Research Centers 2018 Ancestry Conference. Participants will receive a complimentary tote bag along with handouts for each session.

Registration is limited to 40 people on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve space or get more information, please call 1-918-456-6007, ext. 6162, or email gene-norris@cherokee.org or ashley-vann@cherokee.org.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.

The post Cherokee National Historical Society Hosting Genealogy Workshop Nov. 18 at Cherokee Heritage Center appeared first on Native News Online.

04:33

Protesters ordered off Midsummer Island fish farm "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

fish farm get out bannerby Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, Nov 14, 2017

First Nations protesters have been ordered to vacate their camp on a fish farm near Midsummer Island for 30 days while they prepare for a court date on Marine Harvests application for an injunction that would see them permanently removed from the site.

Protesters from the Musgamagw and Namgis First Nations have been occupying a shelter attached to the fish farm, southeast of Port McNeill, since early September, demanding that Marine Harvest shut down operations in their traditional territories.

At the direction of the Supreme Court of B.C., the protesters now have three days to remove their structures from the farm.

This (adjournment) gives our hereditary and elected leadership more time to get legal action and negotiations organized to remove these farms from our waters legally and permanently, said Musgamagw protester Molina Dawson.

The local First Nations have asked the B.C. government not to renew leases on farm sites in the Broughton Archipelago when they expire next June.

We would have preferred to stay on Midsummer, she said. Our concern now is that Marine Harvest will use this time to restock the f...

04:08

Oklahoma-Based FSB Architect and Engineering Firm Forms Native American Design Affiliate "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 14, 2017

Native American Architect Jason Holuby Named Principal of New Affiliate

OKLAHOMA CITY  Recognizing the growing opportunities for specialized architectural and engineering services with Native American tribes across the United States, FSBs president, Gary James, announced today the creation of an affiliate firm named New Fire Native Design Group.

Jason Holuby

One of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the southwest, FSBs design portfolio includes substantial projects for several Native American tribes including the Chickasaw, Choctaw and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.

The time is right to create a design group with a deep understanding and appreciation for Native American cultures and heritage to meet the unique architectural and engineering needs of this specialty market, James said. We are enjoying incredible success working with Native American tribes in Oklahoma. We appreciate the quality and quantity of the projects the past few years, including the Chickasaw Nation Cultural Center and Museum and Choctaw Nation Headquarters building.

The New Fire Native Design affiliate will be led by FSB architect Jason Holuby, a Native American who is a member of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation. Jason is an accomplished member of our leadership team who has worked tirelessly to build our vibrant Native American business. Passionate about his work with tribal leaders, Jasons own Native American heritage and his collaborative approach to projects focuses on designing and engineering facilities to meet the specific needs of the tribes as well as celebr...

04:00

Report Highlights Collaboration Between Tribal, State, & Federal Courts that Benefit Michigan Families "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 14, 2017

Chief Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado

MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN Michigan judicial leaders representing state, federal, and tribal courts today released a new report highlighting their cooperative efforts to better meet the needs of Native American children and families. The report, Michigans Judiciary Success Stories: How Tribal, State, and Federal Courts Are Collaborating to Benefit Michigan Families, was released at a meeting of the Michigan Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum.

Priorities for the Forum include addressing child welfare issues and ensuring that our respective court systems are meeting the needs of Native American children and families in a way that is culturally sensitive and appropriate.  In particular, the Forum is focused on making certain that courts are trained in the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (1978) and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (2012).

I am so pleased to be able to share this useful resource, which is really a celebration of what our courts have accomplished and what we continue to address together, said Justice Bridget M. McCormack, who serves as the Supreme Courts liaison on tribal issues. I encourage judges and courts across Michigantribal, state and federalto use this new report as a tool to educate our citizens on what th...

01:44

White House Event at UN Climate Talks Overshadowed by Indigenous, Black and, Latinx Water and Land Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Indigenous Peoples from across the world who represent both low income communities and communities impacted first and hardest by climate change, led a demonstration of song and prayer at the White House event to send a clear message: Keeping coal and nuclear in our energy mix is in complete contradiction to any meaningful climate action plan. The promotion of coal and nuclear power by the United States has serious global impacts and is not an acceptable solution to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Monday, 13 November

23:07

Rights of Nature Emerges as Strong Alternative to Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Framework "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

In a new report released in Bonn, Rights of Nature: Rights-Based Law for Systemic Change, the authors point to a fast-growing body of international law that seeks to change how decisions about the climate and ecosystem protection are made. Climate disruption is the direct result of human activities pushing beyond the limits of Natural Law, the editors note, Recognizing the Earth as a living system of which humans are a part, rather than as human property to be owned and destroyed is a fundamental shift from the climate capitalism embedded in the DNA of trade deals, environmental policies and treaties around the worldincluding the Paris Agreement.

20:39

Rights of Nature Emerges as Strong Alternative to Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Framework "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

In a new report released in Bonn, Rights of Nature: Rights-Based Law for Systemic Change, the authors point to a fast-growing body of international law that seeks to change how decisions about the climate and ecosystem protection are made. Climate disruption is the direct result of human activities pushing beyond the limits of Natural Law, the editors note, Recognizing the Earth as a living system of which humans are a part, rather than as human property to be owned and destroyed is a fundamental shift from the climate capitalism embedded in the DNA of trade deals, environmental policies and treaties around the worldincluding the Paris Agreement.

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Saturday, 11 November

20:57

In Response to Americas Pledge, Californians Ask Governor Brown: Still In for What? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

As California Governor Jerry Brown arrives to UN Climate Talks to Promote His Climate Agenda, Californians and Frontline Groups Put Pressure on the Governor to Take Bolder Climate Action to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Bonn, Germany Today, Californians and those on the frontlines of climate change disrupted Governor Jerry Brown at the []

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Friday, 20 October

21:41

Indigenous & Grassroots Organizations at COP23 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Bonn, Germany - In one week the It Takes Roots Delegation, a U.S. coalition, will journey to Bonn, Germany for the UNFCCC Climate Change Convention.* This past year the Trump administration has not only backed out of the Paris Agreement but has also made an oil executive secretary of state and has nominated a climate denier to be the head of NASA. These decisions are putting Indigenous and Black and Brown communities at severe risk of climate change impacts and extreme weather.

Sunday, 29 June

00:42

An Urban Aboriginal Fact of Life: MimiCree pt. 2 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The second installment in the re-published Indigenous language learning blog, 'MimiCree'

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