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Friday, 23 February


Proposed LNG work camp south of Houston, BC "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Coastal-GasLink mapApproximately 800 workers would be using the camp if Coastal GasLink pipeline built.

Interior News, Feb. 19, 2018

TransCanadas Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline is preparing to set up a work camp near Houston that would accommodate approximately 800 workers to support pipeline construction needs.

The Huckleberry Camp would be located approximately 28 kilometres south of Houston.

According to Jacquelynn Benson, a spokesperson for Coastal GasLink, the Huckleberry Camp will reflect construction workforce standards, including separate quarters for men and women, telecommunications, games rooms, laundry facilities and exercise facilities.

Some additional services will require workers to travel into Houston occasionally but many of the amenities can be found on site, including camp catering and medical services, she said. We are still finalizing all details for the water and waste management process, but those will comply with all regulatory requirements.

Coastal GasLink will set out clear rules and guidelines that will be enforced by camp management and by employers.

Benson s...


Trump Touts Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline Approvals as Accomplishments at CPAC "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Trump touts his anti-climate agenda the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland., on Friday.

Published February 23, 2018

They basically wanted to take our wealth away.

WASHINGTON  Speaking before his crowd of backers today outside of Washington at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, President Donald Trump spent seven minutes touting his deregulatory accomplishments since assuming the presidency on January 20, 2017.

He took credit for ending the war on energy and getting out of the Paris climate treatment. Both measures have been positive effects on property owners and workers, according to Trump.

He mentioned the approvals of two pipelines that have been long opposed by majority of American Indians: the Dakota Access pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline. In his remarks, Trump admits the pipelines were about wealth.

Trump said:

And remember this: Virtually, as soon as I got into office, we approved the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline, which would never have been approved.  (Applause.)  And we announced our withdrawal from the totally disastrous, job-killing, wealth-knocking-out you know, it knocked out our wealth, or it would have.  They basically wanted to take our wealth away.

The Standing Rock resistance, where Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) became the rallying cry, became the largest gathering of American Indian tribes in over a century. The tribes came to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.

The post Trump Touts Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline Approvals as Accomplishments at CPAC appeared first on Native News Online.


#Mexico: Armed Group Sets Bus on Fire, Threatens #Zapatista #Indigenous Agrarian Movement - It's Going Down "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Mexico: Armed Group Sets Bus on Fire, Threatens Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement - It's Going Down
To the media
To national and international public opinion
To social and human rights organizations
To the indigenous peoples of Mexico and the world

Rebellious people walk towards freedom;
submissive people march towards slavery.

Last Friday, armed and masked individuals traveling in a black Ford Lobo extended cab pickup truck burned a bus belonging to the AU line that was rented by our organization, near the community of Alcomunga in the Sierra Negra of Ajalpan.

The AU drivers were returning from dropping off our compaeros in the municipality of Tlacotepec de Daz after participating in mobilizations and protests in Mexico City against the Ministry of Energy (SENER), demanding the definitive cancellation of the Coyolapa Atzala Hydroelectric Project, a property that Autln Mining is seeking to build in the lower part of the mountain.

The attackers blocked the road outside the community mentioned above. The drivers were handcuffed and violently removed and threatened. Later they sprayed gasoline and set the bus on fire, indicating that it was a warning for us.

We denounce Cirilo Trujillo Lezama, mayor of Tlacotepec de Daz, as the material author of this criminal act of intimidation. Gunmen at his and his brother Marcels command pointed their weapons at the drivers and set fire to the bus. Behind these acts of violence and intimidation one will find, of course, Autln Mining.

This is not the first time that Trujillo Lezama turned to violence as his modus operandi. On November 24, 2016, two armed gunmen contracted by him and his brother attacked Radio Tleyole, The Voices of the Corn, an independent and community station that belongs to our movement. This attack left announcer Gerardo Rivera Juarez wounded by a 9mm bullet, a crime that remains unpunished.

The same thing has happened with Fermn Gonzlez Len, the mayor of Zoquitlan. He, his family and relatives have repeatedly resorted to threats and physical attacks against us, publicly and in assemblies held in Coyolapa, Zoquitlan and Poztitla, among other communities opposed to the megaprojects.

These mayors belong to Senator Miguel Barbosa Huertas political group, who is MORENAs likely candidate for governor of Puebla and their main mentor. They act as the mining companys armed wing, which, in addition to the Coyolapa Atzala Hydroelectric Project, has plans for two other hydroelectric dams in the Sierra Negra.

On February 4, taking advantage of Lpez Obradors visit to the town of Zoquitlan, we...


Turkey Slams Dutch Armenian Genocide Vote "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Turkey Slams Dutch Armenian Genocide Vote: // // In comments made to reporters in Ankara on Friday, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said the move was "null and void" and that Turkey expected Dutch officials to be "more careful" about the issue.

His comments were coupled with a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement that described the 142 to three majority vote as "baseless".

The Turkish response questioned the right of Dutch officials to define the events as genocide, pointing to the Netherland's alleged role in allowing the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosniak Muslims by Serbian paramilitaries.

In June 2017, a Dutch court confirmed a ruling that held the country's UN peacekeepers "partially responsible" for the Srebrenica killings.

"The baseless decisions of the House of Representatives of a country who was a bystander to the Srebrenica genocide, an undying pain in the middle of Europe, have no place either in history or in justice," the Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said.

"Thus, they are neither legally binding nor have any validity," it added.


Water Protectors to Paint Mural in Protest of Wells Fargo "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

As Wells Fargo Continues to Fund Oil and Gas Pipelines Indigenous, Environmental, and Climate Justice Groups Urge the Bank to Divest from Pipeline Companies In December, 2017, Wells Fargo announced a $50 million grant to Native Americans for renewable energy & clean water programs, cultural awareness and language preservation projects, among other things. At around the same time, Wells Fargo agreed to extend two credit facilities totaling $1.5 billion for Canadian oil corporation, TransCanada, to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Many Native American communities have been directly impacted by fossil fuel development, extraction, and transportation.


Palestinian Beaten to Death In Custody by 20 Israeli Troops | News | teleSUR English "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Palestinian Beaten to Death In Custody by 20 Israeli Troops | News | teleSUR English: In the footage posted on social media and carried by Israeli news sites, the troops could be seen kicking and striking a man shortly after shooting him, identified by Palestinian officials as Yassin Omar Serda, after detaining him in the town of Jericho.

The Palestinian Information Ministry said about 20 soldiers had administered a "heavy beating" to Serda, especially on his stomach and back. "The Information Ministry views (his) martyrdom ... shortly after his arrest a cold-blooded execution," it said.


Somalia: Detained Children Face Abuse | Human Rights Watch "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Somalia: Detained Children Face Abuse | Human Rights Watch: The 85-page report, Its Like We Are Always in a Prison: Abuses Against Boys Accused of National Security Offenses in Somalia, details due process violations and other abuses since 2015 against boys in government custody for suspected Al-Shabab-related offenses. Somalias federal government has promised to promptly hand over captured children to the United Nations child protection agency (UNICEF) for rehabilitation. But the response of Somalias national and regional authorities has been inconsistent and at times violated international human rights law. The governments capture of 36 children from Al-Shabab on January 18, 2018 required a week of negotiations involving the UN and child protection advocates to work out procedures for dealing with them.


Burma: Scores of Rohingya Villages Bulldozed | Human Rights Watch "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Burma: Scores of Rohingya Villages Bulldozed | Human Rights Watch: (Rangoon) New satellite imagery reveals the Burmese government has been bulldozing scores of depopulated Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. The United Nations Security Council, the UN and its agencies, and Burmas donors should demand the Burmese government immediately halt the demolition of Rohingya villages, which should be treated as crime scenes that should be preserved until the UN Fact-Finding Mission is given access to the area to carry out investigations.


Comanche Nation Encouraged to Register to Vote in BIA Secretarial Election "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 23, 2018 

Bureau of Indian Affairs conducting Secretarial Election through March 21st

LAWTON, OKLAHOMA  The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is conducting a Secretarial Election by absentee ballot only regarding three amendments to the constitution of the Comanche Nation.  Eligible voters must register for this election by March 2nd and return their ballots to the BIA by March 20th.  The ballots will be counted on March 21st.

Amendment A: 

This amendment clarifies the Powers Clause and emphasizes the Comanche Tribal Council is the supreme governing body of the Comanche Nation. The Tribal council consists of all duly enrolled members of the Comanche Nation who are eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Adding the Powers Clause is to make sure each eligible voting member has a voice.

This amendment reinforces the requirement that all meetings require a legal quorum which shall consist of one hundred and fifty (150) Tribal Council members and that all business up for discussion will be approved by secret ballot then taken to Election.

Amendment B: 

This is an effort to expand the qualifications of the tribes leadership by enhancing the requirement of candidates to run for office. It will ensure the Nation is protected by having leaders who do not have a criminal record or owe the tribe money, that there is no improper addition or removal from tribal rolls and theyd be ineligible for candidacy if they fail a drug test.

Amendment C: 

The sole intent of this amendment change is to remove the Chief Executive status from the Chairmans duties. It confirms the Chairman exercises the authorities and powers as delegated to his office by the Constitution and the Comanche Tribal Council.

Comanche Tribal Chairman William Nelson

Comanche Tribal Chairman William Nelson stated, For 50 years, the Constitution of the Comanche Nation has been interpr...


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Members File Lawsuit to Challenge Exploratory Gold Mining Permit in Black Hills of South Dakota "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Chairman Harold Frazier

Published February 23, 2018

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA   On February 20, 2018, three members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit in Pennington County Circuit Court in Rapid City, South Dakota, to challenge a decision by the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment to transfer of an exploratory gold mining permit from a Canadian company to its South Dakota affiliate. The company, Mineral Mountain Resources of Vancouver, British Columbia, filed for the permit to explore for gold in an area of the Black Hills on private mining claims, known as the Standby Project, southeast of Rochford, South Dakot

The Sioux Nation, including the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, consider the Black Hills sacred. The tribal members who filed suit have asserted an interest in protecting the land, natural resources, and water in the Black Hills. They are concerned the proposed gold exploration project will pollute the land, natural resources, and water in the Black Hills.

We must utilize all resources and angles to protect our sacred Black Hills. We, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, stand with our Tribal Members and all others who stand to protect our sacred lands, Harold Frazier, Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, said.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe knows firsthand the harms gold mines can cause. The Tribe sued another mining company, the Homestaking Mining Company, in for cleanup and damages in the late 1990s. The Homestake Mine polluted Whitewood Creek, the Belle Fourche River, the Cheyenne River, and the Missouri River through cyanide leach gold mining in the Black Hills near Lead, South Dakota. The United States and the State of South Dakota also sued the Homestake Mining Company. The Homestake Mine is now closed.

The gold exploration project proposed by Mineral Mountain Resources will draw up 1.8 million gallons of water for drilling from Rapid Creek, which feeds Pactola Lake, the largest reservoir in the Black Hills and Rapid Citys primary source of drinking water.

Mineral Mountain Resources, Ltd. has a history of gold mining in the Black Hills. In 2013, while drilling near Keystone...


Update from the Field: Yellowstones Buffalo Trap is Open for Slaughter "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A bull trapped and struggling in the squeeze chute, being violated, by Yellowstone park biologists inside the Stephens Creek trap. BFC photo by Stephany Seay.

Published February 23, 2018

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK  As of this writing, at least 96 of the countrys last wild buffalo our national mammal are imprisoned in the Gardiner Basin, within Yellowstone National Parks Stephens Creek buffalo trap. These buffalo are facing a sentence of death by slaughter or domestication by quarantine, which, contrary to popular belief, also sends buffalo to the slaughter house. People often ask how long does a buffalo live, usually the first response is, that depends on if they migrate into Gardiner or West Yellowstone, or not.

In a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon, Yellowstone did not fail to point out that American Indian tribes would be shipping the buffalo to slaughter. Aiming to shift the blame away from themselves, while it is true that a few tribes have slaughter contracts with Yellowstone, the park is fully responsible for their own actions. It is Yellowstone who is bending over backwards to serve Montana cattle interests by capturing wild buffalo, operating the trap, forcing buffalo through invasive procedures as they are run through the terrifying squeeze chute, separating mothers from children, causing trauma and injury, and loading these sacred beings onto trailers destined for slaughter.



Raymond Cormier found not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Tina Fontaine.

The Crown had argued that Cormier convicted himself with his own admissions on secret police recordings. But the defence said numerous forensic holes in the prosecutions case had left reasonable doubt.

WINNIPEGA not-guilty verdict Thursday for a man who had been accused of killing a 15-year-old First Nations girl he met on the streets prompted immediate reaction from Indigenous leaders who criticized the safety nets that were supposed to keep her safe.

A jury acquitted Raymond Cormier, 56, of the second-degree murder of Tina Fontaine after 11 hours of deliberation.

Tinas body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down with rocks, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg eight days after she was reported missing in August 2014. Cormier was charged more than a year later.

The girls death prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The syst...


You didnt win: Singer Susan Aglukark publicly names her abuser at MMIWG hearings "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


You didnt win. Not now, not ever, Susan Aglukark said as she named her abuser when she testified on Thursday at the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. (CBC)

Celebrated Inuk singer says person who assaulted her has hurt many others in Rankin Inlet

By Randi Beers, CBC News, Feb 22, 2018

Susan Aglukark ended the Rankin Inlet hearing for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women by addressing the man she says sexually abused her when she was eight years old.

Norman Ford, she said on Thursday afternoon.

You didnt win. Not now, not ever. Now the community knows what you have done. This room could be filled by your victims alone.

Her testimony in Nunavut, in the final day of the hearings, was the first time the celebrated Inuk singer had revisited the abuse she suffered since she testified in court against the man.

The assault happened in the 1980s, about five years before the young teenager would eventually be asked to testify.

Aglukark said he lived across the street from her...

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Thursday, 22 February


Aung Aung // Myanmar threats International Community using "Say your Prayers!" - "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Myanmar threats International Community using "Say your Prayers!" - Burmese Lawyers Association released a statement condemning the behavior of the extremists who used Say your Prayers as an insult to the whole judicial system and a threat not only to the reporters who followed the case, but to the lawyers and the judge. The lawyers urged the government to take action but government supports the ultranationalists ignoring their activities.

Majority knows that the ultranationalist monks Sitagu and Wirathu represent States policy, not Gautamas doctrines. Notorious monk, Sitagu, in his preach said Killing unnecessary people like U Ko Ni is not a sin. The criminal Wirathu warned international community in his lecture I will say Say your Prayers to those who insulted supporters of murderers of U Ko Ni, and those who blame monks. Raise your voice and let the World know Pray to your God for forgiveness before we kill you Hey !Eat well! in Burmese. Wirathu threatened Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar several times.


HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN | Mohawk Nation News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN | Mohawk Nation News - Our language was beaten out of us. Our language guides us te-tsi-kwa-ni-kon-ra. Colonial brain bashing was designed to prevent us from using our minds to describe complete details of our world, how to go about our lives and define ourselves. Our language shows us what is real, how creation works, how the moon, stars, sun and everything continue to exist that we are part of. Creation gave us mental tools oni-kon-ra to make decisions by using our reason to dissect ta-sha-to-reh-ton all matters that come to us. We make decisions from our mind and not from our gut. We dont take issues at face value, which create incomplete decisions. We learn from thousands of generations of onkwe-hon-weh minds, not from man-made words based on unproven fables. onkwe-honwe-onwe thinking is naturally scientific, using both parts of our brain. Our parents, families, clans and people seri-wa-kwen-ies guide us to learn.


Nightslantern Suppressed News // #Myanmar, February 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Gerald and Maas 2018 suppressed news February 17, 2018 Myanmar: it's increasingly evident Burma has tried to destroy the Rohingya as an ethnic and religious group in Myanmar: humanitarian and witnessing groups including the UN are barred access to areas of alleged crimes. The journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who reported on the massacre at Inn Din are under arrest facing long sentences. Facebook has denied Rohingya witnesses access to share their information. Mass graves, personal testimonies of victims, massive exodus of refugees attest to the crime in progress. Some insight into why the global community has not insisted the crime be stopped is suggested by U.S. treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi (previous), a Nobel Prize winner favoured with awards and praise by the U.S. government and liberal establishment. She refused to intercede or call for a stop to the military's actions against the Rohngya as people died or fled by the thousands. While Aung San Suu Kyi is acknowledged as a primary force behind the power in Myanmar, she doesn't hold government office and Canada has sanctioned instead a specific general, Maj. Gen. Maung Maung Soe, for crimes against the Rohingya. The recognition of a genocide in progress is suppressed which allows the region to maintain its economic standing and ability to honor heavy investment and pay its debts. Canada's envoy to the region, Bob Rae was unsure the Rohingya refugees would be allowed to return home. Several Canadian groups concerned with genocide which usually serve government policies, have helped organize a "Berlin Conference on the Myanmar Genocide," at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Feb. 26, 2018, to let the German and the European public know more about the genocide in Burma. The conference faces the increasing power of Europe's anti-Islamic fascism: murder of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar makes the treatment of Muslim refugees in Europe look more...civilized, overlooking the causes of the Muslim influx where refugees are usually seeking to survive NATO's military and economic policies in their countries of origin. European nationalism finds it politically useful to fault Muslims, Roma, Jews and Africans. The Europeans may also be reluctant to recognize ethnic cleansing or genocide against the Rohingya, given Europe's current difficulty in recognizing its own crimes against the Roma. In Myanmar Rohingya are accused of being a foreign people though many have lived there for generations; this has some parallel to European persecution of Roma people of Europe for over a thousand years. The conference will feature representatives of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and other luminaries o...


Oklahoma American Indian Chamber of Commerce Announces New Executive Director "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Annetta Abbott

Published February 22, 2018 

OKLAHOMA CITY  The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) announces the hiring of Annetta Abbott as the organizations Executive Director. This is a new position created to help advance and grow the Chamber into a nationally recognized organization and in order to facilitate the many AICCO programs.  

Annetta topped the field of excellent candidates who applied for the position, said Bailey Walker, AICCO State Board President.  She brings our organization very broad-based experience, along with the dedication and drive needed to make AICCO grow in numbers and influence. We are very pleased to have someone of this caliber as our Executive Director.

We believe Annetta is the right leader for AICCOs strategic goals. She has a passion for the organization and a vision for making it even better, said Dean Turner, State Board member.

Abbott is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has been serving as the State Board President. She has been involved with AICCO on the local and state levels for the past seven years.   She helped create the Gathering Business Summit four years ago which has grown into the Chambers largest annual event. Abbott also serves as the coordinator for the Leadership Native Oklahoma program which has more than doubled in growth in just three years. 

Abbotts immediate priorities will be to establish an efficient organization where members and non-members can get information to help grow Native-owned businesses in Oklahoma. She will coordinate and support programs of the various chapters, committees, including membership, marketing, newsletter, chapter events and others. In addition, she will work with the State Board and the five local chapter officers to facilitate the many activities necessary to establish and grow the organizations membership base and benefits. 

Her resume includes over 25 years of executive planning, administration, event coordination, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. She has served non-profits at all program, fundraising, executive and leade...



Billy Graham Called American Indian Tribes A Sleeping Giant "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 22, 2018

WINDOW ROCK   Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez expressed their condolences at the passing of Reverend Billy Graham, who passed away Wednesday morning in his home in Montreat, North Carolina. Reverend Graham was 99.

Billy Graham has been a voice of faith for many years, President Begaye said. He has regularly reached out to Indian tribes and Indian tribes have embraced him as a religious leader. Navajo Christian leaders will greatly miss him, but his voice and messages will live on forever.

Graham spoke about Christianity across the country and helped make the religion more accessible. For years, his sermons were broadcast on the radio and many Navajos tuned in.

My family and I are sad to hear of the loss of Billy Graham, Vice President Nez said. He was a strong voice of faith among Navajo Christians and his loss is felt here in our nation. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Graham was highly influential as a Christian leader. He had meetings with every United States President in the second half of the 20th century to today offering spiritual and political advice.

At a 1975 conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Graham said to Native American Christian leaders, You are a sleeping giant, the original American. You are now awakening. Just around the corner, you may become a spiritual superpower in this country that could change not only America but the world.

Vice President Nez said that he believes the Navajo Nation has awakened and is beginning to help take its place in helping the world with the Navajo Nation Christian Response Team serving as a prime example.

For years, outside missionaries came to tribal lands to teach the Gospel, Vice President Nez said. Now we are the missionaries preaching the Good News to others.

The post Billy Graham Called American Indian Tribes A Sleeping Giant appeared first on Native News Online.


Judge Orders Gov't Review of Keystone Pipeline Documents | Montana News | US News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Judge Orders Gov't Review of Keystone Pipeline Documents | Montana News | US News: The ruling came in a lawsuit from environmentalists seeking to stop the 1,179-mile pipeline from Canada's oil sands region to U.S. refineries.

The project has become a flashpoint in the debate over climate change. It was blocked by former President Barack Obama in 2015 before President Donald Trump revived it last year.


Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Australian pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally - World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the scapegoating of working class youth of African background.

The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.


Katie Thorburn // 14 years on and still no justice: the TJ hickey protests "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

14 years on and still no justice: the TJ hickey protests: In the leadup to Wednesday the Hickey family and their supporters demanded the construction of a memorial for TJ at the site of his death. Their demands specified that the family get to determine the memorials design and location, and that the government conduct a parliamentary inquiry into police wrongdoing on that day. In what he descirbed as a victory for the campaign, but a big victory for Gail Hickey, Raul Bassi, one of the rallys organisers told Honi that the former demand was recently met. To our surprise, without any announcements, from Saturday to Tuesday [last week], the TJ Memorial was built.

A parliamentary inquiry has not been forthcoming, however. This ongoing inaction animated the protestors, who called for a broader end to Indigenous deaths at the hands of the police at a time when that hurt remains fresh. Last week, Patrick Fisher, an Aboriginal man, died after falling 13 stories from a balcony while police were attempting to apprehend him.


Meet the New Solidarity Structure International Anarchist Defence Fund Enough is Enough! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Meet the New Solidarity Structure International Anarchist Defence Fund Enough is Enough!: Worldwide the forces of repression are cracking down on anarchists. In
the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an
International Anarchist Defense Fund (A-Fund) and today its finally in

Our collective support structure provides support to anarchists around
the world who are persecuted or find themselves in a difficult life
situation because of their political ideas or activities.

We are very much different from other solidarity structures in the way
that we offer direct involvement into distribution of funds instead of
usual charity-style solidarity. The Anarchist Defence Fund incorporates
the model of solidarity introduced by the International Anti-Fascist
Defence Fund.


Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18 | Amnesty International "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18 | Amnesty International: Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is just as strong.

Amnesty Internationals report, The State of the Worlds Human Rights 2017/18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

While the findings remain shocking, it is the events such as those highlighted in the report that galvanised people across the world to stand up in the face of adversity and make their voices heard.


International pressure on Israeli settlements renews push for US anti-boycott laws "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

International pressure on Israeli settlements renews push for US anti-boycott laws: The Israel Anti-Boycott Act specifically targets UN Human Rights Council efforts to obtain information on US companies operating in the West Bank by amending the Export Administration Act to prevent any United States person from supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by any international governmental organization against Israel or request to impose any boycott by any international governmental organization against Israel. The UN actions have come in part because Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law.

The Export Administration Act, originally passed in response to the Arab League boycott of Israel, bars US companies from complying with internationally organized boycotts against countries friendly to the United States.


Oklahoma City Elects David Holt (Osage Nation) Mayor; Will Become OKCs First American Indian Mayor "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

David Holt will become mayor of Oklahoma City on April 10.

Published February 22, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY David Holt, 38, a tribal citizen of the Osage Nation, will be sworn in as the mayor of Oklahoma City on April 10, 2018. Holt won 78.18 percent of the vote on February 13 in a three-person primary election. Since he garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the primary election, Holt was declared the victor.

Holt will be the first American Indian to lead Oklahoma City, Oklahomas largest city.

Currently, Holt serves in the Oklahoma state senate and resign his senate seat prior to be sworn in as mayor. A married father of two , Holt is an attorney.

This is one of the most divisive times in American politics, but not here in Oklahoma City. Weve had remarkable unity and I think this campaign has taken it to another level, and I hope that that is preserved in the next four years or however long my service may last, Holt said during his victory speech.







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Trump Administration Pulls Robert Weaver Nomination to Head Indian Health Service "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Robert Weaver

Published February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON News broke on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Robert Weaver, 39, a tribal citizen of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, is no longer the Trump Administrations nominee to serve as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS).

While in Reno, Nevada, IHS current acting director Michael Weahkee told a group of tribal leaders attending an IHS advisory panel Weaver had withdrawn his name from consideration.

Mr. Weaver is no longer the Administrations nominee for director of the Indian Health Service, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said late Wednesday afternoon responded when asked by the media about Weahkees statement.

The position of IHS director needs confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Weaver was nominated by Donald Trump last October to head the agency. No hearings were ever set to act on Weavers nomination.
Now the Trump administration must honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and nominateand fully veta director with the strongest possible combination of leadership and fiduciary skills as well as experience running a large public health system, stated Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
IHS has been without a director since 2015. The agency serves two million American Indians and Alaska Natives.


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Shakopee Tribe Donates More Than $4 Million to Tribes and Charitable Causes Across the Country "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 22, 2018

PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA  The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today more than $4 million in donations to a local charitable organization and 16 tribes across the country.

The donations will support a variety of projects, including tribal housing repairs, a health clinic expansion, new emergency service equipment, and an early childhood education facility. Specific recipients include:

  • American Red Cross Twin Cities (MN) $75,000 matching grant for an emergency response vehicle
  • Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa (WI) $250,000 grant for its Head Start program facility, as well as an additional $250,000 pledged for the next fiscal year
  • Blackfeet Nation (MT) $200,000 for its Starlink Broadband project
  • Coquille Indian Tribe (OR) $50,000 grant for its health clinic expansion
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (OK) $50,000 grant for tribal scholarships to N2N University
  • Eastern Shoshone Tribe (WY) $400,000 grant for a banquet kitchen, sign, and training for casino employees
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (SD) $100,000 for servers and phone system upgrades
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe (WA) $250,000 matching grant to help purchase dental equipment
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe (WY) $200,000 grant for NATI Broadband services, pending a resolution
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD) $30,000 grant to fund vehicles for its Child Protection Services program
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (WI) $500,000 grant for marina dock repairs and casino upgrades
  • Santee Sioux Nation (NE) $500,000 grant for several community projects, including its Buffalo program, youth development, and renovations to Pow Wow grounds
  • Spirit Lake Nation (ND) $240,000 grant to fund community infrastructure improvements
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND) $250,000 grant to benefit the Kay Murphy Cancer Fund, tribal housing repairs, and casino operations consulting
  • ...


#Gaza women's TV channel blocked by Hamas - BBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Gaza women's TV channel blocked by Hamas - BBC News: Civil liberties groups have long criticised Hamas for what they say is a poor record on women's rights in Gaza.

The Palestinian independent Maan news agency said Hamas had on Sunday banned a launch party for the channel, after which it was meant to begin broadcasting.

The Hamas-run Ministry of Information said Taif TV did not have legal permission, despite being repeatedly informed of the need for relevant licences.

"The management of the channel was asked to settle their legal status, to obtain licences to start work and were notified of another licensed media organisation of the same name," the ministry said.


Anirban Bhattacharya // Bhanubhai's Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning Issue - The Wire "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Bhanubhai's Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning Issue - The Wire: He fought against the borders that casteism draws in the heart of our society in every village and every neighbourhood. Borders that segregate, that humiliate, that discriminate, that deny or determine access to land or resources. After committing an entire life to the struggle against such borders, he also dedicated his death to the same.

Bhanubhai, a retired revenue clerk and a member of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, was fighting for the rights of a landless Dalit farm labourer an old woman named Hemaben Vankar, living in Dudkha village in Sami tehsil in Patan district. For years he had been helping the Dalit villagers of Dudhka with the documentation process. He even visited the state capital regularly to press their legitimate demands.


Suicide Rates High Among Young American Indians | Time "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

By Alexandra Sifferlin September 30, 2015 // Suicide Rates High Among Young American Indians | Time: The significant rate of suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native youth is a major concern for tribal leaders, families, and youth themselves, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) said in a comment sent to TIME. Leaders have initiated efforts centered around resilience, trauma-informed care, healing, and the reduction of systemic violence to provide supports to Native youth and peoples. Leaders are also working on a Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda that would have a national overarching approach to address suicide and other behavioral health issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, key national behavioral health priorities, and actions for consideration by stakeholders that leverage existing resources at all levels.


Drink More Water, Less Sugary Drinks is the Message at NB3 Foundations Healthy Beverage Summit "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 21, 2018

Keynote speaker Dr. Marion Nestle talks about tackling big soda
ALBUQUERQUE  Today nearly 150 community members, educators, nutritionists, elders and youth gathered for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundations second annual Healthy Beverage Summit. Dialogue centered on making healthier choices by drinking more water and less sugary-sweetened beverages specifically for Native youth and tribal communities across the country.
The Healthy Beverage Summit is an empowering and inspiring event. Its a place where health and wellness advocates come together to share ideas, stories and tips on how to promote healthy drinking alternatives for Native youth, said NB3 Foundation President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann. We are also honored and fortunate to have Dr. Marion Nestle as this years keynote speaker. Her advocacy against soda giants and healthier foods and drinks in schools is certainly an inspiration for tribal communities.
Author of several books that explore issues like the effects of food production on dietary intake, food safety and access to food and nutrition, Dr. Nestles keynote speech addressed the health problems of Native Americans related to diet and why advocacy to prevent them can be so effective.


Office of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Will Be Closed on February 27 to March 2, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published February 21, 2018

ST. MICHAELS, NAVAJO NATION Office of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (Commission) will be closed from 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to 5:00 PM on March 2, 2018.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Commission, in partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will be hosting a Hate Crimes Training at the Flagstaff Police Department. The training is for police officers, investigators, prosecutors and attorneys. The Commission staff will be attending the training sessions.

On Friday, March 2, 2018, the Commission will be hold its regular meeting at Leupp Chapter at 10:00 AM. Regular meeting are open to the public.

The Commission will resume normal operating hours on Monday, March 5, 2018. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission at 928-871-7436.

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Tano: Extinct Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

An ancient tooth has proven Tano indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today.

Researchers made the discovery when they used the 1,000-year-old tooth to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The tooth was found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and belonged to a woman who lived at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the region.

The research is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Tano were one of the biggest indigenous groups in the Caribbean and were the first to bear the brunt of European colonization after the arrival of Columbus. As a result, many historians had believed the group was extinct.

The tooth-derived genome is the first concrete gene...


Norway House installs checkpoint to block drugs, liquor "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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The 24-hour checkpoint is on Highway 73, the only road into Norway House. (Norway House Cree Nation/Facebook)

Visitors and community members must pull into 24-hour checkpoint staffed by security guards

CBC News, Feb 20, 2018

Anyone driving into Norway House Cree Nation now has to go through a border patrol-like checkpoint.

The dry community is taking the extra step to prevent alcohol and drugs from entering the reserve.

All visitors and community members must pull into the 24-hour checkpoint a building that resembles a registration gate at a national park where trained security guards will ask for a licence and registration.

We have a lot of issues with drugs and alcohol in our community and we have people driving in and out all hours, and this was one way for us to at least alleviate some of that, said Norway House Chief Ron Evans.

The community of about 5,000 pe...


A lesson from Syria: its crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A lesson from Syria: its crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last month published its investigation into the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, which killed almost 100 people on 4 April and injured around 200. After examining the competing theories and conducting wide-ranging interviews, laboratory tests and forensic analysis of videos and photos, it concluded that the atrocity was caused by a bomb filled with sarin, dropped by the government of Syria. There is nothing surprising about this. The Syrian government has a long history of chemical weapons use, and the OPCWs conclusions concur with a wealth of witness testimony. But a major propaganda effort has sought to discredit such testimony, and characterise the atrocity as a false-flag attack. This effort began with an article published on the website Al-Masdar news, run by the Syrian government loyalist Leith Abou Fadel. It suggested that either the attack had been staged by terrorist forces, or chemicals stored in a missile factory had inadvertently been released when the Syrian government bombed it.

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Friday, 16 February


How to Listen "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Welcome to MEDIA INDIGENA, a weekly Indigenous current affairs podcast hosted by Rick Harp. Hear the latest episode below, or catch our earlier shows. Subscribe here. PLAY EPISODE 103:

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Sunday, 11 February


In the trial of Gerald Stanley, an all-white jury runs from justice "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Robert Jago on what we should take away from the acquittal of the man who shot and killed Colten Boushie

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Sunday, 19 February


Kent Monkmans Shame and Prejudice: A [Love] Story of Resilience "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Spanning 300 years of colonialism across a range of time periods and themes, this exhibition is a love letter to the resilience of Indigenous people.

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Saturday, 11 February


Why its misleading to label Indigenous languages as lost or dying "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The sorry state of many Indigenous languages is no accident. Far from being 'lost,' our mother tongues have been under constant attack.

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Monday, 02 January


Their Country, Our Land: Why Indigenous peoples have a problem with #Canada150 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Virtually from the start, Canada has defined Indigenous peoples' very existence as the "Indian Problem." But for us, it's been "The Canadian Problem" we've had to contend with.

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Sunday, 11 December


The Story of How Winnipeg Gets Its Water is a Case Study in Colonialism "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The story of the Winnipeg Aqueduct might seem of little consequence or interest to anyone except those curious about a particular time and place. It actually represents a case study in colonialism, where the local and the global are one and the same.

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Saturday, 27 August


Sixties Scoop Survivors Take Canada to Court: Ep 25 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The 'Sixties Scoop' removed thousands of Aboriginal kids; now, an Ontario court has heard the latest phase of a class action suit seeking compensation for adoptees' loss of "Aboriginal customs, traditions and practices." We spoke with a Scoop survivor. CLICK TO PLAY:

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Friday, 29 July


Food Insecurity in Canadas North: Ep 21 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

In Canada's north, food access and affordability are major issues. We speak to the mayor of Nunavut's capital city to discuss her territory's challenges with food insecurity and the federal 'Nutrition North' subsidy program. CLICK TO PLAY:

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Tuesday, 19 July


An Index of Indigenous Podcasts "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A list of other Indigenous programs sharing this sphere of podcasting [updated as of July 2017].

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Friday, 15 July


Aboriginal Anxiety About The Police: Ep 19 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Well-known Indigenous broadcaster Jesse Wente shares his personal and political perspective on police treatment of Aboriginal people. CLICK TO PLAY:

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Wednesday, 09 March


W(h)ither MEDIA INDIGENA? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A hard look at the past and present of MEDIA INDIGENA inspires its founding editor to stake out a bold new future.

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Saturday, 15 August


Crowdfunding clean water for the source of Winnipegs water: Shoal Lake 40 First Nation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Update on ambitious crowdfunder in support of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, a community whose water has quenched Winnipeg's thirst for the past century, but are unable to drink it themselves.

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Monday, 27 April


Survivors Rowe: Powerful documentary captures sexual abuse of First Nation men "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Doc tells story of three First Nation men thought to be among 500 children molested by priest over two decades.

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Saturday, 07 March

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Sunday, 25 January


Most First Nations See Right Through Canadas Transparency Act "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Canada's imposed 'Transparency' Act for First Nations obscures as much as it supposedly reveals, writes Rick Harp.

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Wednesday, 17 December


Aboriginal artist makes amazing one-time offer to our Kickstarter backers, and times almost up! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

As our Kickstarter draws ever closer to the finish line, you'll want to hear the once-in-a-lifetime offer artist Aaron Paquette has made to inspire your pledge.

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Monday, 08 December


How you can help Indigenous literature reach a huge new audience "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

You love Aboriginal literature. He's an award-winning Anishinaabe author. Invest in MEDIA INDIGENA's crowdfunding campaign to transform Waubgeshig Rice's debut stories into an audiobook.

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Saturday, 29 November


Will Canada Reads break its own barrier and finally recognize native womens writings? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Canada Reads has never featured a book written by a native woman in its top 5 finalists. Sarah Hunt says it's high time this changed.

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Sunday, 23 November


A Kickstarta for MEDIA INDIGENA! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Help us enrich the world of audiobooks with more Aboriginal content by backing our crowdfunding campaign to convert 'Midnight Sweatlodge' into spoken words

Friday, 14 November


PODCAST: One-on-One with Clearing The Plains Author James Daschuk "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Released in Spring 2013, "Clearing the Plains" has garnered University of Regina historian James Daschuk both attention and awards.

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