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Saturday, 16 January

01:35

A Community Self-Empowerment Model for Indian Country: Thunder Valley CDC, PART I Indian Country Headline News

“Our vision has to be as big as the challenges we are faced with.” –Nick Tilsen, Oglala Lakota- Executive Dire...

How did I Miss That? First Dog Saved; Mo. Bans Quid Pro Ho Indian Country Headline News

CNN reported that the Secret Service, based on a tip from their Minnesota field office, apprehended a North Dakota man with an array of firearms...

Friday, 15 January

09:14

Progress and Promise in Indian Country: NCAI’s 2016 State of Indian Nations Address Indian Country Headline News

National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, pre...

Cherokee Citizens Seek Donations for Flood-Ravaged Community Indian Country Headline News

The Chewey Community on the Cherokee Nation suffered greatly in December’s record-breaking floods, with many people losing everything they owned....

07:22

“The Revenant” Film as Reviewed By Apache Filmmaker Douglas Miles | Jerry Ashton | LinkedIn Aboriginal News Group Newswire

“The Revenant” Film as Reviewed By Apache Filmmaker Douglas Miles | Jerry Ashton | LinkedIn: The performers (Native and non/Native) were believable and both hauntingly familiar. Of course, Tom Hardy is the metaphor for the worst America has to offer and Leonardo’s Glass becomes the country looking for not only revenge and redirection but redemption for the sins of his own countrymen in the America WE NATIVES know. This very real subtext we tribal people have lived in now for centuries amidst cultural vultures and users.
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Nevertheless, for all this I give Leonardo DiCaprio our own #WhatTribeAward for being a truly standup guy by repping and pointing out and respecting the struggle of everyday Native People during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.

Not since Marlon Brando spoke on behalf of Native American mistreatment at the Academy Awards (turning down his Oscar for The Godfather) has this occurred.

07:08

AHRC. Urgent action-Three indigenous Papuans arbitrarily arrested, tortured and currently waiting for an uncertain justice | West Papua Action Network Aboriginal News Group Newswire

AHRC. Urgent action-Three indigenous Papuans arbitrarily arrested, tortured and currently waiting for an uncertain justice | West Papua Action Network: On 27 Augsut 2015, four police officers in plain clothes arbitrarily arrested three Papuan men named Elieser Awom (26), Yafeth Awom (18) dan SolemanYom (24) in Deplat, near the Base G Beach in Jayapura, Papua province. The arrest was not carried out in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure (KUHAP), because they had no arrest warrant or clear evidence of the involvement of the victims in a criminal offence.

At 11 am, Yafeth, Elieser and Soleman were walking from the mini market near BLK (Work Training Center) to their homes. On the way, a silver Toyota Avansa was seen parked nearby. As the three men were walking, four police officers approached them and forced them to enter their car. They did not produce an arrest warrant letter. One of the police officers wore the trousers of his police uniform (celana Dinas) and carried a gun while the other officers wore civilian clothing and carried a knife and a revolver.

05:34

Prison watchdog says more than a quarter of federal inmates are aboriginal people - Aboriginal - CBC Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Prison watchdog says more than a quarter of federal inmates are aboriginal people - Aboriginal - CBC: For aboriginal women, the numbers are even higher. According to the most recent statistics, more than 36 per cent of women in prison are of aboriginal decent.

Sapers said that three decades ago, 10 per cent of federal inmates were aboriginal people, but the number continues to grow each year.

"It's actually quite a dramatic increase," Sapers said. "It was identified year, after year, after year as a major concern, as a human rights concern."

05:18

Rise of 'casual racism' in New Zealand - National - NZ Herald News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Rise of 'casual racism' in New Zealand - National - NZ Herald News: Racism occurs every day in blatant and subtle forms, according to Australian academics Jacqueline Nelson from the University of Western Sydney and Jessica Walton, Research Fellow in Racism, Diversity and Intercultural Relations at Deakin University.

Everyday racism is often normalised and infused into daily life, they wrote last year on The Conversation.com.au, in an article charting the rapid rise of casual racism.

This is done through jokes and stereotypes about people's physical features, accents and cultural practices or through unconscious body gestures and expressions such as disapproving glances and exclusionary body language, they wrote.

In the US, casual racism has been a feature in Barack Obama's journey to becoming the country's first black president in 2009. Critics would refer to his "lazy" behaviour - better suited to a basketball court than the corridors of power.

05:09

Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh scheduled for execution today in Saudi Arabia – Mondoweiss Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh scheduled for execution today in Saudi Arabia – Mondoweiss: The reasons for Fayadh’s arrest and imprisonment are contested, emanating from a personal dispute with another artist which escalated into the larger accusation of apostasy and blasphemy, including by the Saudi religious police. In addition, his 2008 book of poems, Instructions Within, was cited as promulgating “atheism and destructive thoughts.”

Poets, artists, and intellectuals from the Arab world and throughout the world have been speaking out, writing articles, signing petitions, and calling for Fayadh’s acquittal. In February 2014, one hundred Arab intellectuals demanded his release from Saudi prison. The PEN American Center sent a letter to President Obama in December 2015 calling on him to press Saudi Arabia’s ruler, King Salman, to release Fayadh. Experts, however, do not expect the United States—which has close ties with Saudi Arabia—to exert any pressure on the kingdom to overturn Fayadh’s sentence.

04:34

Housing No. 1 Issue, Say Debora Juarez, Seattle City Council Members Indian Country Headline News

Debora Juarez, Blackfeet, took the oath of office as a new member of the Seattle City Council on January 4....

01:51

Progress Can Kill: HIV 'epidemic' strikes Venezuelan Indians News from Survival International

An HIV epidemic is decimating the Warao tribe in Venezuela.
An HIV epidemic is decimating the Warao tribe in Venezuela.
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Experts have revealed that an HIV “epidemic” is decimating the Warao tribe in Venezuela.

The news is a shocking illustration of the devastating consequences of loss of land and autonomy on tribal peoples, which are revealed in Survival’s new report, ‘Progress can kill’.

HIV was unknown to the Warao until relatively recently – the first cases were registered in 2007. A particularly aggressive strain of the virus is now present in dozens of Warao communities, and is spreading fast.

One study of eight communities found that 10% of the Warao had contracted the virus. This rate is 20 times that of national Venezuelan society, and double that of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rates among Warao babies are also alarmingly high.

“It is killing us, one by one,” a Warao man said.

Experts say HIV was brought to the tribe by illegal miners. In addition, many Warao have migrated to nearby towns to look for work after the pollution of their rivers by oil companies, and have be...

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