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Wednesday, 22 November


Police Seek Help in Farmington Murder "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 22, 2017

CHINLE, ARIZONA -Farmington Police are seeking the publics help in solving the apparent murder of a Navajo woman whose body was found in Brook Haven Park on Nov. 5.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said there have been no significant leads since the body of Vanessa Tsosie, 29, of Red Valley, Arizona, was found lying in the park at 901 Glade Lane by a passerby at 7:06 a.m.

Allen said there were signs of foul play and the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area the night of Nov. 4 or the morning of Nov. 5 is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

Callers may remain anonymous.

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

The post Police Seek Help in Farmington Murder appeared first on Native News Online.


Does Artistic Merit Outweigh Outrage at Artists Crimes? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

One of Secondines paintings currently on display at the Haskell Library.

Published November 22, 2017

LAWRENCE, KANSAS  In light of the sexual harassment and issues going on in politics and, there is a small discussion on an artists work and their past crimes. Don Secondine, Jr., a noted Cherokee artist and Haskell Indian Junior College alum, has two paintings on display in the library at Tommaney Hall and others in storage. Unbeknownst to many, in 2009 Secondine was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to a July 14, 2009 article in the Lawrence Journal-World.

Secondine, remains a well-known painter who studied under Dr. Richard Dick West at Haskell in the 1970s. West, a World War II veteran, is best remembered for his mastery of Plains-style flat painting in which he began working under the tutelage of Acee Blue Eagle at Bacone University in Muskogee, Oklahoma in the 1930s. The influence of both Blue Eagle and West are readily apparent in many of Secondines works.

How do students and staff feel about having Secondines work on display? Does the nature of the artists crimes outweigh the artistic merits of his work?

Carrie Cornelius, acting director of the library stated that she had begun discussions with the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum to discuss options for replacing Secondines work with others from the collection. Cornelius as well as David Titterington, Haskell Art Instructor, indicated an interest in displaying work from current Haskell students in the library.

In the course of interviews conducted with Haskell students it does not appear as though many of the student body are aware of Secondines crimes, but the prevailing opinion is one of indifference with students remarking that even the disturbed can create
beautiful works of art.

For the time being, Secondines work remains on display in the library.

Editors Note: This article was first published in the Haskell Indian Nations Universitys Indian Leader. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


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Governor Baker Proclaims November Native American Heritage Month in Massachusetts "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Governor Baker Proclaims November Native American Heritage Month in Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2017
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For the first time in recent history, Governor Charles Baker proclaimed November Native American Heritage Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 



FCC Votes to Cut $25 Assistance "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Consumer, Rural And Native American Voices Speak Out Against FCC Chairs Plan To Effectively Destroy Lifeline Program For Poor (PRNewsfoto/Consumer Action)

Published November 22, 2017

WASHINGTON In yet another measure taken by the Trump administration to overturn an Obama administration action, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted a 3-2 split to rollback Lifeline, the technology service used to provide phone and Internet access to low-income family homes.

While some of the details of the cutbacks are still being developed, the FCC issued an order last week that will cut a $25 subsidy for American Indians living on tribal lands within the next 90 days. Some 500,000 American Indians on tribal lands subscribe to the internet using the Lifeline program.

Noting that wireless Lifeline in most tribal lands will end, Joe RedCloud, former chairman, Oglala Sioux Tribe Utility Commission, said: The importance of the Tribal Lifeline program for residents of Tribal lands, including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, cannot be overstated.   The FCC has long recognized the vital role of the Tribal Lifeline program in making telecommunications services affordable on Tribal lands.  But, in a proposal to be voted on by the Commissioners on November 16th, the FCC, without consultation with the Tribes, is going to essentially eliminate Lifeline service on many Tribal lands. This would be a travesty for Indian Country because it would turn back the clock to the days of the monopoly provision of Lifeline service where consumers had but one choice for affordable telephone service

The situation is even more dire on other reservations in South Dakota where there are no facilities-based wireless Lifeline providers on seven of the eight other reservations, which is typical of most Tribal lands throughout the United States.  Clearly, creating a significant disadvantage for wireless resellers from the Tribal Lifeline market will gr...


2017 Navajo Nation DNR Summit Promotes the Protection of Din Bikyah through Transparent Collaboration "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye delivers the closing remarks on Friday, Nov. 15 at the 2017 Division of Natural Resources Summit.

Published November 22, 2017

TWIN ARROWS, ARIZONA  On Nov. 15-17, the 2017 Division of Natural Resources Summit was held at Twin Arrows Navajo Resort & Casino to provide a platform for Navajo Citizens to learn about the divisions projects and areas of direct services and to promote collaboration between tribal, state and federal partners.

Its important to know that for hundreds and thousands of years our people have walked on these lands, President Russell Begaye said in his closing remarks. Din Bikyah rightfully belongs to the people and we have the responsibility of being the caretakers of its resources.

Vice President Jonathan Nez gave the keynote address. He encouraged attendees to use the summit as an opportunity to develop solutions to problems and share information to protect Din Bikyah.

Theres a lot of great opportunities with the summit to communicate and work together, Vice President Nez said. I appreciate all the work thats being done and ask all of you to be a part of that bigger movement thats happening on the Navajo Nation to be stewards of our land.

The Navajo Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is made up of 13 departments and is tasked with managing and protecting the culture and natural resources of the Nation. The many areas covered by DNR include agriculture, fish and wildlife, parks and recreation, mine reclamation, historic preservation and more.

Under the lead of Bidtah Becker, director of DNR, the division has revived its summits. With the exception of the first in the spring of 2016 and the second this week, the Navajo Nation has not had a DNR summit since 2010.

The summit has yet again seen tremendous attention and provided space for many to collaborate on improving the quality of life for Navajo people, Becker said. In all, our purpose here is to ensure that future generations will thrive onthe Navajo Nation.

A wide variety of topics were discussed during the breakout sessions, including but not limited to controlling predators, the trail system, natural resource concerns, conservation planning, the process for acquir...


USDA Provides Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 22, 2017

WASHINGTON More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is available with tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free.

Turkey and other meat and poultry may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter that can lead to serious foodborne illness, said acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. By properly handling and cooking your turkey, you can avoid these harmful pathogens and ensure your family has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving feast.

Begin by following these five steps:

Wash your hands, but not your turkey

Washing your hands before cooking is the simplest way to stop the spread of bacteria, while washing your turkey is the easiest way to spread bacteria all over your kitchen. According to the 2016 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Survey, 68 percent of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink, which is not recommended by the USDA. Research shows that washing meat or poultry can splash bacteria around your kitchen by up to 3 feet, contaminating countertops, towels and other food. Washing doesnt remove bacteria from the bird. Only cooking the turkey to the correct internal temperature will ensure all bacteria are killed.

The exception to this rule is brining. When rinsing brine off of a turkey, be sure to remove all other food or objects from the sink, layer the area with paper towels and use a slow stream of water to avoid splashing.

To stuff or not to stuff

For optimal food safety, do not stuff the turkey. Even if the turkey is cooked to the correct internal temperature, the stuffing inside may not have reached a temperature high enough to kill the bacteria. It is best to cook the stuffing in a separate dish.

Take the temperature of the bird

Although there are various ways to cook a turkey, the only way to avoid foodborne illness is to make sure it is cooked to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer. Take the birds temperature in three areas the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wi...


Top Civil Rights Organizations Urge Media Not to Use Washington NFL Teams R-word Name on Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The silliness of playing Indian NPR photo

Published November 22, 2017

WASHINGTON  A coalition of the countrys most prominent advocacy and civil rights organizations on Tuesday called on media organizations to refrain from using the offensive R-word name of the Washington NFL team during their Thanksgiving Day coverage. The Washington franchise will take on the New York Giants in a high-profile, nationally broadcast game on Thursday.

Endorsees of the just-released letter include: NAACP, National Urban League, Advancement Project, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Demos, PICO National Network, Race Forward, UnidosUS, National Congress of American Indians, Oneida Indian Nation and Change the Mascot.

Thanksgiving is often the only major American holiday that brings Native people and their history into the national conversation. Using the holiday to promote the Washington teams derogatory name will further marginalize Native Americans who have already experienced histories of oppression and violence, the letter states. Media organizations can do their jobs by reporting on the team, but also refrain from using the slur and denigrating Native people.

The letter goes on to highlight the substantial and tangible destruction caused by the use of the R-word. It points to social science research proving that such mascots and slurs lower self-esteem and mood among Native American youth, and also increase negative attitudes towards Native Americans among other races.

In light of all of the evidence of destruction caused by the R-words use, we are hopeful that you will pledge to honor this modest request, the letter continues. At a time when our political debate is...


Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Portia Larlee worked as a child protection worker for MCFD in 2015. She said she was so discouraged by the work she quit only one and a half years in. (Portia Larlee)

Social workers can only remove a child if they are in immediate danger

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017

A former child protection worker, once with the Ministry of Child and Family Development, says, in her experience, Indigenous children are largely being apprehended due to poverty, and their parents are being over policed when trying to reunite with them.

Portia Larlee started her role in communities in north central B.C. in 2015 and said she lasted a year and a half before she quit out of frustration. She said most of her clients were Indigenous.

It was mostly neglect related to poverty that would put parents at risk of state intervention,  she explained.



Indigenous activist demands transparency from Thunderchild First Nation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Harrison Thunderchild speaks with reporters outside the Court of Queens Bench after filing his court application. (Tyler Pidlubny/CBC)

Truth. Thats all Im looking for, is truth, says activist Harrison Thunderchild

By Joelle Seal, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017

An Indigenous activist has launched a court application demanding transparency from his own First Nation.

Harrison Thunderchild went to Reginas Court of Queens Bench Tuesday demanding that Thunderchild First Nation disclose chief and council compensation, as well as basic financial documents as required by the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

Truth. Thats all Im looking for, is truth. The process has gone on too long without the concepts of truth and transparency, and thats all Im after, said Thunderchild to reporters outside the courthouse Tuesday....

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Tuesday, 21 November


Liberals will back U.N. Indigenous rights bill - iPolitics "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Liberals will back U.N. Indigenous rights bill - iPolitics: The Liberals had previously opposed bill C-262, with the minister calling it unworkable in Canadian law. She said reforms to federal laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples would be based on existing legal interpretations of section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Section 35 is seen by many as the backbone of protection for contemporary Indigenous rights.

Sponsored by Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou MP Romeo Saganash, bill C-262, would make sure all Canadians laws are consistent with UNDRIP and require Ottawa to create an action plan to implement the declaration.


COFADEH denuncia plan que atenta contra la vida de Rafael Alegra y Gilda Silvestrucci | Revista El Derecho a Vivir en Paz "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

COFADEH denuncia plan que atenta contra la vida de Rafael Alegra y Gilda Silvestrucci | Revista El Derecho a Vivir en Paz - El Comit de Familiares de Detenidos y Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH) a travs de su coordinadora Berta Oliva, en conferencia de prensa el da de hoy, denunci que podra estarse preparando un plan que atenta contra la vida de Rafael Alegra y Gilda Silvestrucci.

El dirigente campesino, Coordinador de la Va Campesina Honduras, Pedro Rafael Alegra Moncada y la periodista y corresponsal de Telesur, Gilda Silvestrucci, fueron informados oficialmente que se estara preparando plan de ejecucin en contra de sus vidas.

El primero por tener una larga lucha a favor de los campesinos y campesinas, y del pueblo hondureo y la segunda por ser corresponsal de la Empresa Televisiva Telesur, de la Repblica Bolivariana de Venezuela.

Que, segn Otto Reich, uno de los ms vocales enemigos en Estados Unidos de todo lo que huela a izquierda en Amrica Latina, Telesur, llama al odio y a la confrontacin en Honduras.
The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) through its coordinator Berta Oliva, at a press conference today, denounced that a plan could be prepared that threatens the lives of Rafael Alegra and Gilda Silvestrucci.

The peasant leader, Coordinator of Va Campesina Honduras, Pedro Rafael Alegra Moncada and journalist and correspondent of Telesur, Gilda Silvestrucci, were officially informed that an execution plan against their lives was being prepared.

The first to have a long struggle in favor of the peasants and the Honduran people and the second to be correspondent of the Telesur Television Company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

That, according to Otto Reich, one of the most vocal enemies in the United States of everything that smells to the left in Latin America, Telesur, calls for hatred and confrontation in Honduras.


#Myanmar: #Rohingya trapped in dehumanizing #apartheid regime Amnesty International USA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Myanmar: Rohingya trapped in dehumanizing apartheid regime Amnesty International USA: The two-year investigation reveals how authorities severely restrict virtually all aspects of Rohingyas lives in Rakhine State and have confined them to what amounts to a ghetto-like existence where they struggle to access healthcare, education or in some areas even to leave their villages. The current situation meets every requirement of the legal definition of the crime against humanity of apartheid.

The Myanmar authorities are keeping Rohingya women, men and children segregated and cowed in a dehumanizing system of apartheid. Their rights are violated daily and the repression has only intensified in recent years, said Anna Neistat, Amnesty Internationals Senior Director for Research.

This system appears designed to make Rohingyas lives as hopeless and humiliating as possible. The security forces brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing in the past three months is just another extreme manifestation of this appalling attitude.

Although these rights violations may not be as visible as those that have hit the headlines in recent months, they are just as horrific. The root causes of the current crisis must be addressed to end the cycle of abuse and make it possible for Rohingya refugees to return to a situation where their rights and dignity are respected.


#Fascism in the UK | base "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fascism in the UK | base: [] The British far-right has experienced highs and lows over the past decade. While the British National Party (BNP) once seemed to be on the brink of breaking into mainstream politics, winning dozens of councillors and attracting nearly a million votes, electoral prospects for the far-right now appear to be in ruins and the prospect of them seizing power is remote.

The emergence of the now largely defunct English Defence League (EDL) opened up the streets to a new wave of far-right street activism, but bloody clashes with anti-fascists and brutal state repression seem to have put that genie back in the bottle for now.


Hundreds Expected to Gather on Alcatraz Island for Annual Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Thanksgiving sunrise with view of Golden Gate Bridge from Alcatraz Island

Published November 21, 2017

ALCATRAZ ISLAND  On Thursday morning, before sunrise, hundreds of American Indians and non-Native allies will gather on Alcatraz Island for The Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony.

Every year since 1975, American Indians have journeyed from the mainland to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay on Thanksgiving Day. Previously the day was called Un-Thanksgiving Day.

Hundreds of American Indians will participate in the Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Gathering

In modern times, Alcatraz Island has become a symbol to American Indians. It is a symbol of both struggle and hope. The affinity American Indians has with Alcatraz Island goes deep.

For years, the island was home to a federal penitentiary there. Called the Rock, the penitentiarys most famous inmate was notorious gangster Al Capone.

After the prison closed in 1963, American Indians began to petition the federal government to put it into Indian land.

From November 1969 to July 1971, a group of American Indians took over and occupied Alcatraz Island led by Mohawk, Richard Oakes; Grace Thorpe, Sac and Fox, who was the daughter of Olympic great, Jim Thorpe and Tuscarora medicine man, Mad Bear Anderson. The group was called the Alcatraz Red Power Movement and was also known as the Indians of All Tribes.

Throughout the occupation, numerous American Indians went to Alcatraz Island to participate in the occupation. Among them, several members of the American Indian Movement, including Dennis Banks, Russell Means, and Clyde Bellecourt, went there. Another iconic name among American Indian leaders who went there was Wilma Mankiller, who became the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.



North Country Broadband Lights Up Fiber In Massena Community "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

North Country Broadband Installer Technician Jacob Burk fusion splices distribution fiber inside an aerial enclosure for the companys 10 Gigabyte network in Massena, NY.

Published November 21, 2017

Mohawk Networks Subsidiary Expands 10 Gigabyte Network

AKWESASNE, NEW YORK   North Country Broadband Inc. (NCBB); a subsidiary of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribes broadband company Mohawk Networks, LLC; has activated a fiber to the home network in Massena, NY. Beginning in November 2017, fourteen miles of fiber optic cable now connects homes and businesses along the Grasse River, with expansion plans to serve the downtown area by the summer of 2018.

Allyson Doctor, Mohawk Networks Interim CEO, shared, While cable is fast, fiber is faster and more reliable. The Mohawk Networks installation team has been working with test customers in the area between Alcoa and the Grasse River Project site. Weve met with key leaders in the town of Massena, shared our expansion plans and were ready to begin serving customers. Our goal is to deliver speed and reliability to the North Country to meet the demands of our region.

Fiber optic internet sends data faster than basic cable; as it is delivered on a dedicated line that sends information via small, flexible strands of glass that transmit light.  This allows data to be sent faster over greater distances and enables more consistent speeds than cable, even during peak usage times. Fiber optic internet is considered more reliable because it is immune to many of the conditions that cable internet is susceptible to. Because fiber optic internet is made of glass, there is no electricity involved. This protects it against interference from nearby power lines or high voltage electrical equipment, making fiber optic networks less likely to experience outages during storms. North Country Broadband works with regional industry leader Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) to feed their fiber optic network.

Massena Rotary Club Past President, Nancy Smith-Weller and Sub-Committee Chair of the Massena Moving Forward (MMF) Coalitions Broadband Initiative expressed, North Country Broadband is delivering innova...


Statement from Chairman Harold Frazier Regarding the Public Service Commissions Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Fraizer

Published November 21, 2017

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission decided to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline coming through its state. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Fraizer released the following statement:

The Nebraska Public Service Commission has concluded their examination process and has unfortunately approved of the permit that would allow the Keystone XL pipeline run by TransCanada Corporation to begin construction. This pipeline will run approximately 1,179 miles from the Canadian border to its destination. When the pipeline crosses the Yellowstone River, it will snake through more than 500 miles of the Great Sioux Nation treaty territory and pass within feet of my reservation upstream on the Cheyenne River.

This decision will allow yet another treaty transgression once the construction begins to cross our treaty territory at the Yellowstone River in Montana. One pipeline has passed under the Missouri River on our eastern border and this pipeline is projected to pass under the Cheyenne River on our southern border. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will fight this Treaty violation with any means necessary. We have not asked for this danger to our way of life, yet today it is being forced upon us again.

As you sit at your tables this weekend to give thanks for what you have, remember that what you have has been taken at the expense of the people who have been robbed of that ability and a land that has no defense against what is being done. How many more years of taking will you celebrate before mother nature will no longer allow it? Do not forget that we are ruled by a law of nature that cannot be trumped by man-made laws. We may not survive the penalty for breaking the laws of nature.

I encourage anyone that understands this to accept the challenge and defend that which we all belong with a promise to protect mother nature. The time for action is now. There are many ways you can help. You can support organizations that are currently fighting to protect the land. You can organize you and your friends into new organizations to protect the land and work to turn back the damaging laws and decisions.

At this time, we are not asking for volunteers to come to the reservation. We need you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as my...


Water Protector, Sophia Wilansky, Undetered One Year after Standing Rock Police Brutality "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

One year ago, police using military tactics shot water cannons, rubber bullets and other munitions at Water Protectors at Standing Rock. Photo from Facebook LIVESTREAM

Published November 21, 2017

NEW YORK Sophia Wilansky was just 21 years old when she gathered with other Water Protectors on the Backwater bridge north of the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota. She had come to the Oceti Sakowin camp in solidarity with the indigenous led movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from destroying the Missouri River and exacerbating the human caused climate catastrophe affecting the entire planet. Hundreds of Water Protectors were subjected to cruel and illegal police violence including the use of water cannons in sub-zero temperatures, rubber bullets and other munitions, as well as copious amounts of tear gas, mace and other chemical weapons. In the early morning hours of November 21, 2016, police launched an exploding munition at Wilansky which tore off most of her arm and left her gravely injured. Fellow water protectors rushed her to emergency care and she was subsequently evacuated to a Minneapolis hospital in an attempt to save her arm from amputation.

Sophia Wilanskis arm was severely injured as result of police brutality at Standing Rock. Photo by Kevin Gilbert

While Wilanskys family gathered around her hospital bed, they were besieged by FBI agents who demanded Sophias clothing, medical records, cellphones, and even threatened her doctors with intimidation. The FBI also seized the metal fragment that was removed from her arm during surgery. To this date, the FBI has refused to disclose the composition of the fragment nor will they permit her attor...


Pokagon Band Opens Tribal Police Substation in South Bend "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Flags raised at Pokagon Substation Police in South Bend, Indiana

Published November 21, 2017

Establishes a place for public safety and cooperative law enforcement

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA  The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians officially opened its Tribal Police Substation in South Bend today. Located at 2906 Prairie Ave., the substation is 4,680 square feet of space for up to 12 law enforcement officers. The substation sits near the sovereign land of the tribal village and Four Winds South Bend on the citys southwest side.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Chairman John P. Warren addresses crowd at opening.

Tribal Police officers have been on duty on and around the Pokagon sovereign land since it was taken into trust in November 2016. The opening of the substation now provides a facility for officers to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once fully staffed, the substation will house one lieutenant, two sergeants, eight officers and a detective. The substation also provides space for St. Joseph County Sheriffs Deputies and South Bend Police Officers, with whom Tribal Police will work cooperatively to improve public safety.

The Tribal Police entered into a cross deputation agreement with St. Joseph County Police in 2015. The agreement, the first of its kind in the state of Indiana, helps cover jurisdictional gaps in law enforcement when there is tribal land near or within another jurisdiction like St. Joseph County. Wit...


Jorge Barrera // MMIWG inquiry staff's top priority is to protect commissioners from criticism: leaked email - CBC News | Indigenous "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

MMIWG inquiry staff's top priority is to protect commissioners from criticism: leaked email - CBC News | Indigenous: Debbie Reid sent the email on Oct. 12, a little over a week after she was named to the position. Reid made it clear she was brought in to create order within the inquiry and told staff, "I don't mince words."

The inquiry has lost at least 20 people since January to firings, layoffs and resignations. Since October, Reid's first two months on the job, the inquiry lost seven people to firings and resignations.

Three fired staffers recently went public with criticism of the inquiry, saying they faced a toxic, high-pressure work environment with long hours and little support. The inquiry currently lacks a human resources unit.


Tribal Leaders from USA and First Nation Chiefs from Canada: Ruling in Nebraska will not Pave the Way for Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Keystone XL oil pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Published November 20, 2017

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA  The Treaty Alliance of 150 Tribes in the US and First Nations in Canada, including the Nations all along the KXL route in Alberta, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma, said that todays decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission to approve the route of TransCanadas Keystone XL tar sands pipeline does not change a thing: people power will still stop this pipeline. The commission, which claimed it could not factor in spill considerations, made its decision mere days following a major tar sands oil spill on another TransCanada pipeline the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota right next to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe (Lake Traverse Reservation). The spill of at least some 210,000 gallons (800,000 liters) was already the third major spill since the Keystone 1 pipeline started operating in 2010, following previous spills of 21,000 (80,000 liters) and 16,800 gallons (63,600 liters).

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma has been on the receiving end of the pipelines are safe myth for generations and has suffered greatly from the environmental genocide enacted by the extractive industry. Now our point has been proven again by last weeks Keystone 1 mega-spill. The fight is now on. Keystone XL will never be allowed to cross Ponca territory. We stand in solidarity with our Northern Ponca relatives in this unified defense of Mother Earth. Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek on behalf of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

The Keystone XL pipeline would pump 830,000 barrels a day of heavy tar sands bitumen mixed with toxic diluents from Alberta to Nebraska then on to Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast for export abroad. The pipeline would run right next to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a member of the Treaty Alliance who is also still in Court fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. A National Academy of Science study proved that tar sands spills are much more damaging to the environment and difficult to clean.



#HumanRights Updates #India: #Dalit rights activist held without charge "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Human Rights Updates India: Dalit rights activist held without charge: Chandrasekhar Azad was arrested on 8 June 2017 for allegedly being involved in rioting, inciting violence and destroying public property, among other offences, following clashes between protesting Dalits and dominant caste groups. The unrest followed the killing of two Dalit men and the burning of at least 50 Dalit homes in Shabbirpur village, Saharanpur district, Uttar Pradesh, by men from a dominant caste in April and May 2017.

Chandrasekhar Azad remained in detention for over four months, before he and 14 other arrested Dalit activists were granted bail on 2 November by the Allahabad High Court. Newspaper reports quoted the court stating that the cases against Azad appeared to have been politically motivated. The next day, before he was released from custody, Chandrasekhar Azad was arrested again on the same grounds under the National Security Act (NSA), an administrative detention law.


APRESAN AGENTES POR MENTIR EN CRIMEN BERTA CCERES - Este lunes fueron capturados el investigador de polica Juan Carlos Cruz y el exoficial Migel Rosales, por haber presentado pruebas falsas en el caso del asesinato de la ambientalista y dirigente social, Berta Cceres.

Segn el Ministerio Pblico, ambos agentes haban dicho que el mvil del crimen responda a robo, pero, las investigaciones rpidamente descartaron la teora cuando se vincul a la empresa Desarrollos Energticos, al capturar a su gerente ambiental.
On Monday, the police investigator Juan Carlos Cruz and the ex-official Migel Rosales were captured for presenting false evidence in the case of the murder of the environmentalist and social leader, Berta Cceres.

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, both agents had said that the motive of the crime was a response to theft, but, the investigations quickly ruled out the theory when it was linked to the company Desarrollos Energticos, by capturing its environmental manager.

Monday, 20 November


Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington - LA Times "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian delegation in Washington - LA Times: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed the Palestinians that the decision was made following statements by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for war crimes.

The State Department told the Associated Press that Abbas statements violate a law under which action taken by the Palestinians against Israel at the ICC could lead to the closure of their mission.

This is a matter of U.S. law, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. We respect the decision and look forward to continuing to work with the U.S. to advance peace and security in the region."


President of Argentinas Mothers of Plaza de Mayo passes away World Granma - Official voice of the PCC "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

President of Argentinas Mothers of Plaza de Mayo passes away World Granma - Official voice of the PCC: The activist struggled to find the whereabouts of her daughter and grandchild after the young woman (who lived in Bajo Flores and was pregnant at the time) was disappeared during the countrys military dictatorship, from 1974-1983.
From 1976 up until her death, Marta and her spouse Jos Mara Vzquez had been searching for their daughter and grandchild, however to date, neither they nor those responsible for their kidnapping and disappearance, have been found.
In 1986 she was voted Leading Human Rights Figure by the Argentine government, and lent her voice to the struggle of mothers all over the world. Marta also participated in the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which declared enforced disappearance to be a crime against humanity.


Comment: The science is in salmon farms need to be out "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fish farm collapse 1

A fish farm in Washington State that was damaged and saw tens of thousands of farmed Atlantic Salmon escape, August 2017.

by John Volpe, Times Colonist, November 19, 2017

The salmon-farm debate has come full circle with the recent escape of nearly 200,000 potentially invasive farmed Atlantic salmon 33 kilometres from B.C. waters in Washington state.

Over the years, public outrages associated with this industry have unfolded like so many layers of a rotten onion: sea lice, viruses, organic pollution, 10 times the carcinogens in the flesh of farmed salmon versus wild, legal shooting of seal and sea lion pests, whales entangled in nets and anchor lines and the list goes on. This is all unfolding against a backdrop of vehement objections from First Nations.

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence of ecological and social destruction, decision-makers in Victoria and Ottawa have remained shamefully silent for decades. Is it any wonder First Nations feel the only way to make their voices heard is through direct action with member...

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