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Published February 17, 2018
As re-entered the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, the Breaking News red-and-white banner caught my eye on the large-screened television. There were images of students running and law enforcement taking position outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Someone hotel lobby crowd remarked, Another school shooting.
Later in the afternoon noon I received updates via emails that said there were 17 killed and 15 another injured. Of the dead were 14 students and three were on staff as coaches or teachers.
The weapon used was an AR-15 assault weapon.
Far too often the common denominator in mass killings in the United States is the assault weapon.
It is time for Americans to ask the question what does allowing citizens to own assault weapons have to do with the Second Admendment that allows for citizens the right to bear arms? Citizens cannot own nuclear weapons. Why should they be able to own assault weapons?
The argument goes that guns dont kill people, people do. Assault weapons allow a person to kill many people in a matter of seconds. Why does any average U.S. citizen have to kill a dozen people in a matter of seconds?
As an American Indian, I know America was built on violence. America was conceived in bloodshed. As an American Indian, I remember that some 300 American Indian men, women and children killed at Wounded Knee, as I remember those killed at the high school in Parkland. As an American Indain, I remember that some 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho were killed at Sand Creek, Colorado, as I pray for the families of those who lost loved ones in Parkland....
Published February 17, 2018
SUPAI, ARIZONA Responding to President Donald Trumps overtures to open up uranium mining on tribal lands, the Navajo Nation and Havasupai Tribe (People of the Blue Green Water) are expressing their opposition.
Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez joined Arizona State Rep. Eric Descheenie and six other runners on a run to the village of Supai on February 14 to collect handwritten letters from the students of Havasupai Elementary School.
The letters are addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump in response to speculation that he plans to lift a 20-year ban on uranium mining in the greater Grand Canyon region, which was established by the Obama administration in 2012.
We came to support the efforts of Representative Eric Descheenie and the Havasupai tribe to elevate the voice of the Havasupai youth. Vice President Jonathan Nez said. Their voice needs to be heard, especially on issues that impact their health and way of life.
Uranium has killed fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers across the Navajo Nation. It has contaminated the water supply in numerous areas poisoning plants, animals and people. For this reason, mining and transportation of uranium are banned on Din Bikyah, said Vice President Nez.
At an assembly held at the school Rep. Descheenie said, We are going to make sure your words are received and read by the president of the United States so when he makes decisions that impact your lives he does so with you in mind. You have a powerful voice and it must be heard!
Rep. Eric Descheenie and Havasupai Chairwoman Carletta Tilousi are scheduled to hand-deliver the letters to the White House today at 9:00 p.m.
The youth at Havasupai Elementary School are neither despondent about their future nor are they ignorant about uranium and the effects mining could have on their community. When a group of fifth-grade students was asked what they wrote about, the first thing mentioned was...
by APTN National News, Feb 16, 2018
TORONTO The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesnt understand why her son died.
In a statement from the remote community of Fort Albany, Ont., Micheline Knapaysweet said the family needs answers about the death of her son, Joey Knapaysweet.
What did he do that was so bad that he had to be shot and killed? Micheline Knapaysweet said. I am so heartbroken, with so many questions unanswered.
Police in Timmins, Ont., shot 21-year-old Joey Knapaysweet on Feb. 3, in an as-yet unexplained incident that raised racial tensions in the city and sparked anger from the Indigenous community.
The provinces police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is looking into the incident and has said officers responded mid-morning to a health-c...
Published February 17, 2018
MESA, ARIZONA The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) sends its deepest condolences to Lummi Nation and the entire Kinley family after the death of long-serving National Center Board Member Larry G. Kinley. Kinley lost his battle with lung cancer on February 13th. A member of the Board since 1988, Kinley worked tirelessly to promote the values and goals of The National Center, the Lummi Nation, and all of Indian Country.
In his 30-year tenure with The National Center, Larry brought wisdom and vision to our Board of Directors, and helped bring our organization into the 21st Century, National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman said. He was a leader not only through his work at the National Center but also with the Lummi people and throughout Washington state. He will be missed by all who worked with him and had the honor of knowing him.
Larry began his life of service in the United States Army. After his service, he joined the Lummi Indian Business Council, where he served as Chairman from 1974-1975 and 1981-1989. He was instrumental in not only advancing the largest tribal fishing fleet, but also in expanding the Northwest Indian College (NWIC), the Lummi School District, Fishermans Cove, the Silver Reef Hotel Casino & Spa, the new Tribal Government administration building, several mini-marts, and a processing plant. Larry was instrumental in developing the Centennial Accord, which provided a bridge between the tribes and brought Tribal Leaders to the table with the Governor of Washington State and their agencies.
Larrys dedication to bringing economic opportunity to the Lummi Nation was unsurpassed, National Center President and CEO Chris James said. He brought that same passion to his work at the National Center, and many tribes and Native entrepreneurs benefited from his expertise. Although he may be gone now, I know the National Center will carry Larrys legacy through our mission of providing economic opportunity to Indian Country.
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Published February 17, 2018
Budgets are statements: This is what we care about. Its money that reveals priorities. The we could be, and ought to be, the country. Or the we could be a presidential administration thats not really equipped to govern. So there will be lots of stories this year, like last year, about the Trumps administrations desire to cut federal Indian programs, wipe out public broadcasting, end student loan forgiveness, wreck Medicaid and Medicare, food stamps, housing programs, and generally just about every federal program that serves poor people.
As Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters: This is a messaging document.
And what a message: Rich people face tough times so they deserved a huge tax cut. Poor people are poor because of their own failures. And more money is needed for a wall thats not needed, for the largest military in the world, and the Republicans no longer believe that deficits matter.
But Mulvaney has a different version. Here is what he says are the messages.
Number one, you dont have to spend all of this money, Congress. But if you do, here is how we would prefer to see you spend it, he said. And the other message is that we do not have to have trillion-dollar deficits forever.
Ok. So the action is in Congress. Even Republicans on Capitol Hill know that this budget cannot be. Its chaos as numbers.
Perhaps the best line of nonsense was written a line written by the budget director to House Speaker Paul Ryan saying domestic spending at the levels Congress has already approved would add too much to the federal deficit. Thats funny.
Published February 17, 2018
MATTAWAN, MICHIGAN Rosette, LLP, a majority American Indian-owned national law firm, specializing in the practice of federal Indian law, is pleased to announce that Associate Attorney Tanya Gibbs, a descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, has been elected to our partnership.
Since joining Rosette in 2013, Gibbs has focused her practice on
non-gaming economic development by representing tribally-owned
companies that further the economic diversification and
self-determination of their respective tribes. Her representation
spans a variety of industries ranging from traditional brick and
mortar environments to e-commerce. Gibbss professionalism and
business acumen has played an integral part in our clients success
in the areas of economic development and diversification. Her
specialty practice areas include
mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and assisting her clients to achieve their investment goals.
In addition to her role/responsibilities with the firm, Gibbs
serves in a leadership capacity on the Council of the American
Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, currently as
Section Chairperson, and on the Board of Directors of Odawa
Economic Development Management, Inc., a tribally chartered corporation of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and non-profit boards in her community. Gibbs was recently nominated as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journals 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan for her commitment to her community and Indian Country as a whole.
Gibbsearned her J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2013 and a Bachelor of Art from Michigan State University in 2010.
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Revolutionary struggles cannot achieve collective liberation for all people without addressing patriarchy, nor can womens freedom be disentangled from racial, economic, & social justice. -Victoria Law
The Zapatista women will host the First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle in Chiapas, Mexico from March 7-11, 2018. A delegation of women from all walks of life, racial, social-economic, and cultural backgrounds strongly feel that we could learn much from our Zapatista sisters. Their indigenous perspectives and willingness to decolonize and reshape the political landscape into something that works for all people speaks to us as we look at the challenges we face in the US and Canada.
Here is an updated notice that the women of the Zapatista Movement put out- https://chiapas-support.org/2018/01/28/advances-in-the-zapatista-womens-struggle/
The desire to go to this gathering and to form this delegation came after much discussion regarding womens liberation and women voices after the January 20th, 2018 Cincinnati Womens March. The national theme and platform for Womens Marches across the United States was Hear Our Vote. Many of us were disappointed wi...
Published February 16, 2018
SEATTLE The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) awarded four urban Indian organizations $10,000 grants each to develop programs, trainings, and services for diabetes prevention and management within urban Indian communities.
Because each tribal culture has different traditions and each region of the country has different resources, we cant approach health in urban Indian communities in a one size fits all manner, said Abigail Echo-Hawk, UIHI Director. We need to be providing funding that will allow Native organizations to tackle health issues in ways that address the unique needs of the people they serve.
The four organizations that were awarded grants include the American Indian Health & Services in Santa Barbara, Calif.; Fresno American Indian Health Project in Fresno, Calif.; Native Health in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland, Ore.
Each grantee will be creating diabetes prevention and management programs or activities in culturally-responsive ways that serve the unique needs of their urban Indian communities. Some of the programs and activities will include promoting exercise through traditional games, lessons on indigenous foods and preparation, and intergenerational learning opportunities between youth and elders.
We are grateful to have resources to start reclaiming traditional knowledge in our communities, said Doug Flaker, Program Development Director of the American Indian Health & Services. As long as urban Indian organizations continue to work together, we will be able to make an impact on the health disparities in our communities.
The grants were awarded under the Building Resiliency and Action to Nurture Community Health (BRANCH) Community Grants Program, an initiative of UIHI. BRANCH is a five-year initiative to strengthen the urban Indian public health infrastructure by building public health capacity, improving preventative care, and addressing health disparities in urban Indian communities nationwide.
UIHI will continue to distribute annual grants to urban Indian organizations around the country. Each years gr...
Guerrero/National: Government Sloth Continues 40 Months after the Disappearance of the 43 from Ayotzinapa | SIPAZ Blog: The objective of the meeting was to have a dialogue with the new Secretary of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, so that he could resume the commitments that his predecessor, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, had maintained. The committee of fathers and mothers of the 43 condemned the sloth of the Secretary of the Interior with the victims of forced disappearance. Its zero commitment to human rights and justice, and they demanded the pending dialogue as soon as possible.
Published February 16, 2018
FORT HALL INDIAN RESERVATION The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Public Affairs office received notification last night from Paulette Jordans campaign manager Jennifer Martinez on the possibility of rescheduling her visit to Fort Hall that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center.
Jordan ( Coeur DAlene) is seeking the Democratic partys nomination for governor of Idaho.
As of today, the February 20th community event is cancelled and the new date will be Wednesday, February 28th from 11:00-1:00PM, no location has yet been confirmed.
Jennifer Martinez provided the following statement, Due to last minute scheduling conflicts, democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan is postponing her February 20th trip to Fort Hall, and will instead be visiting on February 28th. We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause. We thank the Tribes and everyone for your patience and working with us on this matter.
RandyL Teton from the Public Affairs office is coordinating a cultural welcome on the 28th; if you would like to participate please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any further questions related to Paulettes campaign can be directed to Jennifer Martinez at email@example.com
The post Paulette Jordan Reschedules Visit to Fort Hall to February 28th appeared first on Native News Online....
Pro-Kurdish HDP deputy Yldrm to be stripped of parliamentary status
for insulting Erdoan Stockholm Center for Freedom: Yldrm, the
HDPs Deputy Group Chair at the Turkish Parliament, had called
Erdoan the palaces shoddy emperor during a September 2015 speech he
gave in protest of the Turkish government forces human rights
violations at urban centers in clashes with PKK militants.
Two years later, a court in the Kurdish city of Mu trying the deputy handed down the prison sentence for 14 months, depriving him from certain political, civic, custodial rights, including his right to be elected to Parliament, to get appointed to any state, provincial, municipal or neighborhood position. Yldrm also could not exercise his right to join a political party, charitable organization, NGO, syndicate, or corporation according to the 53rd article of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).
In the trial of Gerald Stanley, an all-white jury runs from justice
mediaINDIGENA: There is a video from outside the courthouse in
Battleford, Saskatchewan last night. It shows a screen which is
split in four and displaying the courtroom, the jury box, the
judge, and the accused in the Gerald Stanley case.
As the verdict is announced, there are gasps and shouts; Colten Boushies mother cries out. Bailiffs grab Gerald Stanley and run out of the frame, and to a waiting truck under heavy RCMP protection.
In the jury box, a dark-haired woman in a short dress, and long hooded sweater jumps up as Stanley passes, and runs off camera herselfgetting away from the family and the assembled Indians in the courtroom.
I would like to think that she ran because she was ashamed of what she had just done. But the likelier answer is that she ran for the same reason that she and her fellow members of the all-white jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of killing 22-year-old Colten Boushie. They were afraid of Indians, especially angry Indians.
DR Congo troops killed 'in Virunga park' by Rwandan army - BBC
News: "Congolese encroached on our base and attacked us. Our
soldiers had to defend themselves," he said.
Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, across the border with Rwanda, remains deeply unstable.
Aid agencies are warning about violence in the north-eastern Ituri province, where the United Nations children's agency, Unicef, says more than 46,000 children are on the run.
The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga has seen burnt and abandoned villages in the province where people from the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups have been fighting for control of land.
State of emergency declared in Ethiopia amid political unrest |
World news | The Guardian: Mulatu Gemechu, deputy secretary of
the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, said Ethiopia needed a
completely new political system after years of unrest. Ethiopians
now need a government that respects their rights, not one that
keeps beating and killing them, he said.
Rights advocates have frequently criticised Ethiopias government for mass arrests and long jail terms handed to political opponents and journalists. But more than 6,000 political prisoners have been freed since January as the government has struggled to quell discontent.
New Peoples Army condemns Dutertes misogynist statements | Fight
Back!: According to Jaime Ka Diego Padilla, spokesperson of MGC
NPA ST, His series of statements against women even before his
statement regarding our female red fighters are irresponsible
sexist remarks unbecoming of a leader.
Duterte previously stated that he will allow his soldiers to repeatedly rape women during the implementation of martial law in Mindanao.
Comrade Kathryn, a female red fighter of the MGC-NP ST, also condemned his statement, He is a deranged president who is ignorant of womens role in the society, further proving his incompetence in office.
Gorilla Radio blog: Is the NDP Ready to Face It's Foreign Policy
Contradictions?: After taking an all-expense paid trip to the
American Israel Public Affairs Committees conference in Washington
and participating in a Jewish National Fund event in Israel 14
months ago, the NDPs foreign critic has begun challenging Canadas
contribution to Palestinian dispossession.
Hlne Laverdire has repeatedly criticized the Trudeau governments silence on Donald Trumps decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. In response she tweeted,
Which countries recognise Palestine? | indy100: On 2 November
1917, the then Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued a
declaration which has been a central document in the
Palestinian-Israeli statehood conflict.
It contained a letter to Lord Rothschild, who was then advocating a Jewish homeland in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire.
Ruth Hopkins / Feb 15, 2018 12:41PM EST //
Activists Marched for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women | Teen
Vogue: There is an epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous
women and girls in Canada and the United States. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the
third-leading cause of death among native women between 10 and 24
years of age. A 2016 study funded by the National Institute of
Justice reported that four out of five American Indian women have
experienced violence in their lifetimes and that they are 10 times
more likely to be murdered than other U.S. citizens.
Sunny Red Bear is a Lakota writer, activist, and advocate for sexual abuse prevention from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who was previously involved in several Denver #MMIW marches and coordinated the Remember the Hearts of Our Women #MMIW March this year in Rapid City, along with her friend Cante Heart, who is also Lakota. The area is not without its own #MMIW cases; 21-year-old Larissa Lonehill disappeared from Rapid City on October 2, 2016. She is still missing.
Salvador: libre aprs 11 ans de prison pour une fausse couche |
Amrique latine - La femme de 34 ans a quitt dans la matine la
prison pour femmes d'Ilopango, l'est de la capitale San Salvador,
et a t reue par des acclamations et des accolades de sa famille,
dont ses parents et son fils de 14 ans, ainsi que des membres
d'associations ayant lutt pour sa libration.
Elle est libre, Teodora est libre, heureuse de retrouver sa libert aprs tout ce calvaire. Elle a dj revu sa famille et rentre chez elle, a dclar l'AFP Jorge Menjivar, porte-parole d'une association plaidant pour la dpnalisation de l'avortement thrapeutique venue l'accueillir sa sortie de prison.
Dans un communiqu, l'association rappelle que la jeune femme a t emprisonne 11 ans pour un crime qu'elle n'a pas commis et souligne que le Tribunal suprme a estim que dans ce dossier il existe des raisons de justice, d'quit et de caractre juridique qui justifient de lui faire bnficier de la commutation de sa peine.
Environmental Defender Guadalupe Campanur Tapia Murdered in Mexico
Cultural Survival condemns the murder of the Purpecha environmental activist Guadalupe Campanur Tapia, whose b...
Aggressione a tre ragazze dai fascisti difensori delle donne Non
una di meno - Oggi, durante il presidio, un ragazzo e tre
ragazze si sono ritrovate nei pressi della manifestazione; dopo
aver letto lo striscione Stupri, furti e violenze. Basta degrado
allEsquilino e rifiutato i volantini offerti insistentemente dai
militanti di Cp, ne hanno contestato la presenza e sono state
aggredite. Le ragazze hanno provato a rispondere che liniziativa
era strumentale ad alimentare la propaganda razzista e xenofoba
contro i migranti. La risposta da parte dei difensori delle nostre
donne sono stati calci, spintoni e sputi in faccia. Il tutto sotto
locchio impassibile delle forze dellordine che non sono
intervenute. Anche sentendo chiaramente un militante di Cp dire che
avrebbe estratto la lama, non c stata reazione. Solo in un secondo
momento le hanno allontanate con la forza, spintonandole, dicendo
che dovevano andarsene perch stavano provocando i manifestanti
Today, during the garrison, a boy and three girls met near the event; after reading the banner "Stupri, theft and violence. Enough degradation to the Esquiline "and refused the leaflets offered insistently by the CP militants, have challenged their presence and were attacked. The girls tried to answer that the initiative was instrumental in feeding racist and xenophobic propaganda against migrants. The response from the "defenders of our women" was kicking, shoving and spitting in the face. All under the impassive eye of the police who have not intervened. Even clearly hearing a Cp militant say that he would extract "the blade", there was no reaction. Only later did they forcibly remove them, jostling them, saying they had to leave because they were provoking authorized demonstrators.
Israel: Attack Against the Tel Aviv Immigration Office in
Solidarity with African Asylum Seekers Facing Deportation |
Insurrection News: On January 28th, 2018, the office of the Tel
Aviv Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) was
vandalized in protest against the expulsion of African
A number of severed doll heads covered with red paint were found outside the Tel Aviv PIBA office. Among the doll heads and the red paint were typed notes stating their blood is in your hands. this is just the beginning.
Ex-President Zumas alleged collaborator flees South Africa Punch
Newspapers: The three Gupta brothers, accused by the
public-anti-graft watchdog of using their friendship with Zuma to
influence policy and amass wealth, have denied any wrongdoing, as
Ajay Gupta was declared a fugitive from justice by South Africas chief prosecutor earlier this week.
South African police launched a search for Ajay Gupta on Thursday after he failed to report to law enforcement officials investigating alleged high-level influence-peddling in Zumas government involving the Gupta brothers.
Offensive, erhebliche Verluste - RLS: [rosalux.de] Die Zahlen
der eingesetzten Truppen variieren je nach Quelle zwischen
6.400 Soldaten der Trkischen Streitkrfte und etwa 10.000
Kmpfer*innen der Freien Syrien Armee (FSA). Anders als ihr Name
nahelegt, ist die FSA ein Konglomerat verschiedener islamistischer und
dschihadistischer Milizen, die direkt von Ankara bezahlt werden. Seitens
der Trkei wurden neben Infanteristen, schwere Waffensysteme, wie
Artillerie und Panzer sowie Flugzeuge und Kampfhubschrauber eingesetzt.
Theoretisch kann bei einem Einsatz von Drohnenaufklrung jeder Punkt
Afrins unter przises Artilleriefeuer genommen werden. Die Zahl der
kurdischen Verteidiger*innen ist schwierig zu bestimmen, drfte jedoch
hher als die vielfach angegebenen 8.000-10.000 Kmpfer*innen liegen,
weil die Mobilisierung fr den Verteidigungskrieg noch anluft.
Depending on the source, the numbers of deployed troops vary between 6,400 Turkish Armed Forces soldiers and about 10,000 Free Syria Army (FSA) fighters. Other than its name suggests, the FSA is a conglomerate of various Islamist and jihadist militias paid directly by Ankara. In addition to infantrymen, heavy weapons systems such as artillery and tanks as well as airplanes and combat helicopters were used by Turkey. Theoretically, using drone intelligence, every point of Afrin can be taken under precise artillery fire. The number of Kurdish defenders is difficult to determine, but is likely to be higher than the 8,000-10,000 fighters stated many times, as the mobilization for the defensive war is still on.
Limited military capabilities of Turkey
El Regreso de las Tierras al Pueblo Maya Chorti
Por Avexnim Cojti
El Pueblo Maya Chorti cubre un vasto territorio en el Oriente de Guatemala principalmente en los municipios de Camotn, Jocotn, San Juan Ermita, Olopa, Quezaltepeque en el departamento de Chiquimula y La Unin, en el departamento de Zacapa, se extiende a los hermanos pases de El Salvador y Honduras. Segn estadsticas nacionales, la mayora de Chorti vive en Guatemala. Los Chorti son descendientes de sus ancestros Copan Kalel del Reino del Paya...
Dalit activist attempts self-immolation in Gujarat:
[theweek.in] He is reported to have sustained nearly 80 per cent
burns. Meanwhile, the police managed to prevent Hemaben Vankar,
believed to be a distant relative of Vankar, from attempting
Angered by the incident, Rashtriya Jan Adhikar Manch, led by independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, has called for Patan bandh on Friday and demanded suspension of Patan Collector and the police head.
The state government has ordered an inquiry.
What has angered the dalits is the fact that Hemaben, whose land is under contention, had written a letter to the Patan Collector on February 7 threatening to attempt self-immolation.
Hemaben in the letter said that she was not getting a response for regularizing the land falling in survey number 1022. She said she is a resident of Dudhka village of Sami Taluka of Patan District.
Hemaben alleged that she was not getting a proper response as she was a dalit. She claimed that she has been demanding to regularise land since 2015 and had paid dues of Rs 22, 236.
How herdsmen killed two civil defence officers in Benue | TODAY.NG: The corp, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Corps, ASCI, Adakole John Peter, a copy made available to newsmen in Makurdi said, the officers were killed last Sunday during an exchange of gunfire with Fulani herdsmen that came to attack the village.
Published February 18, 2018
Published February 16, 2018
TAHLEQUAH Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin is being honored as one of nine Northeastern State University 2018 Centurions.
Centurions are individuals whose leadership and commitment, in the course of helping others, have made a significant impact during NSUs history. Honors are given to university alumni, faculty, staff, students or any member of the NSU community,past or present, who impacted the NSU community or the public at large.
Hoskin graduated from NSU in 1982 with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences and earned his Masters in Education in 1998. Along with his service to the Cherokee Nation as Chief of Staff, Hoskin served 12 years on the Tribal Council, between 1995 and 2007, and is now serving his sixth term as an Oklahoma State Representative for District 6.
Like so many Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma, my experience at NSU helped define my personal life, as well as my professional career as an educator and administrator. I am profoundly honored to be recognized as a Centurion by my alma mater, an institution where I earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees, Hoskin said. One of the most important lessons I learned at NSU is the value of public education. As a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and as a former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor, I have endeavored to make life-changing educational opportunities more accessible. I am proud of NSU, whose rich history is tied directly to the education of Cherokee Nation citizens, and hope its mission continues to flourish.
Hoskin is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former member of Ironworkers Union Local 584, and he spent nearly two decades working in public education as a high school teacher and school administrator for Locust Grove Public Schools.
As Chief of Staff, Hoskin oversees Cherokee Nations Education Services Department and is an advocate for the tribes continued support of NSU. He is a member of the leadership team that contributed funding to restoration and enhancement efforts for NSUs historic Seminary Hall.
Chuck Hoskins selfless devotion to serving others is a model that few of us can match, NSU President Dr....
Published February 16, 2018
Having no agenda awakes your innate knowledge. Tap into each other. Innate or indigenous knowledge will lead to balance and harmony. We are doing as our ancestors did. The people were asked, and then all came together and pooled their wisdom. -Gichi-Maiingan (Big Wolf) ROAD TO PONEMAH: The Teachings of Larry Stillday
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION The regularly scheduled Elders Ojibwemowin Advisory Committee meeting for the month of February, tried something different for their February 12, 2018, meeting. Instead of the usual meeting, there was a storytelling at the Culture Room at the high school. The groups meetings are held monthly on the second Monday from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.
The group was asked by Elizabeth Strong of Children and Family Services to hold the storytelling session as part of a new group known as Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decisions), a youth group focused on empowering Native youth to become peer educators and advocates for making healthy decisions.
As a result, nearly 50 people of all ages came together to share knowledge, good memories and laughs. Its definitely always a blessing to get elders and children together, noted Nate Taylor of the Ojibwemowin Immersion School.
Elders and others shared personal stories rather than teachings or cultural and spiritual stories in respect for the recent passing of several Red Lake Elders.
Elizabeth Pug Kingbird told about her pet deer when she was a child and even had photos. She does not eat deer meat because of it; Frances Miller spoke about her father making her bunny socks as a child. Nate Taylor told a story of Migizi looking for a mate, and two eagles who lived with chickens and connected the stories to how he discovered his Red Lake roots while living in Kansas.
Susan Ninham, Carol Barrett, and Devery Fairbanks also offered short stories all with a message and a smile. Harvey Jordan told a story in Ojibwemowin.
Storytelling plays an integral role to Indigenous cultures around the world to maintain, regain and pass on tradition, culture, language and history. The stories and legends...
Published February 16, 2018
WASHINGTON Senator Elizabeth Warren (D Massachusetts) addressed the Naitonal Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Winter Session on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. It was Warrens first speech to the NCAI.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, based in Mashpee, Massachusetts, released the following statement after Sen. Warrens speech:
Statement from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell
We welcome Senator Warrens remarks and value her support and involvement, especially at this critical time as our tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag, works to secure our reservation lands now and for future generations. We especially appreciate her remarks about how this government owes its native citizens a fighting chance to build stronger communities and a brighter future starting with a more prosperous economic future on tribal lands. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Senator Warren on these efforts.
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