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Saturday, 06 February

03:49

Giant Lake Disappears! Experts Blame Global Warming, Pollution Indian Country Headline News

Bolivia’s second largest lake, which had contained almost 1,200 square miles of water, has almost completely disappeare...

01:17

Eric Carle's HAVE YOU SEEN MY CAT American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

A reader sent me some photos of Eric Carle's Have You Seen My Cat? First published in 1973 by Little Simon, it looks like it may have first been published in German, in 1972. It is a Ready To Read book. It is also available as a board book. You can also get it in Dutch. Or Afrikaans.

Here's the synopsis:

In Eric Carle’s charming and popular story, Have You Seen My Cat?, a little boy worries about his missing cat and travels to different places in search of his pet. The boy encounters numerous feline counterparts as he searches, including lions, leopards, and tigers—but it isn’t until the last page that he finally finds his missing pet!

Is this kid a time traveler?! Or, is he going to Hollywood movie sets?! What I'm getting at is this: the illustrations depict people--who are not like the, shall we say American white boy--as exotic. This is just like we saw in 2015's much acclaimed Home, by Carson Ellis.  Remember that?! I wrote about them, and so did...

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Friday, 05 February

11:23

Contaminated Water Kills 37 Kids in Colombia, Community Sues | News | teleSUR English Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Contaminated Water Kills 37 Kids in Colombia, Community Sues | News | teleSUR English: Indigenous and Black communities in Colombia filed a lawsuit against the government Wednesday after 37 kids in the region died in less than a year from drinking water contaminated by mercury, a chemical used in a local mine.

The community, from Colombia’s coastal department of Choco, filed the suit with the Supreme Court.

Given the alarming number of deaths, the top court has since ordered a special inspection of the water quality of the local rivers and creeks.

This will include investigations into the Atrato and San Juan rivers, the closest water sources to the affected communities, which are mainly Indigenous and Afro-Colombian populations, some of the most vulnerable and stigmatized people in the country.

09:43

Video: Uranium Pollution in Sanders, Arizona Indian Country Headline News

EDITOR'S NOTE: While the U.S. frets about Flint, the lead-laden water in Michigan is eclipsed by contamination in parts of Indian country....

Ending All Native Homelessness Next Federal Target Indian Country Headline News

The multi-agency effort just announced by the federal government to alleviate Native American veteran homelessness may...

06:24

Haiti - News : Electoral Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7 Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Haiti - News : Electoral Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7: Denial of G8...
Contrary to rumors that suggest that the G8 had met the Head of the State and conclude an agreement it is not so. Samuel Madistin the G8 spokesman, as Eric Jean-Baptiste and Sauveur Pierre �tienne two G8 members, have all denied the rumor saying that it was misinformation and confirming that there has been, neither meeting nor any agreement with President Martelly and the G8.

06:19

‘Bring Me The Girl’: Why ‘The Revenant’ was Hard for My Friends and Me - ICTMN.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

‘Bring Me The Girl’: Why ‘The Revenant’ was Hard for My Friends and Me - ICTMN.com: Something about the violence rooted in reality was nearly unbearable for me.

There is something massively different in these kinds of scenes compared to the Hollywood disasters that have attempted this in the past, but failed miserably. For example I felt nothing for the lanky, blue, fairy-aliens of Avatar when they lost Home Tree. Why? Because it was ridiculous. Because comparing my ancestors, my history, my emotional and historical trauma to Ferngully is ridiculous. It’s like Hollywood wants to dress up our very real pain in a magical costume. It’s like the world can’t take it otherwise. The Revenant didn’t play any tricks, use any gimmicks. The pain was real. The history and the reality of it raw and unfiltered. But this isn’t why The Revenant was hard for me.

05:47

Ottawa used technicality to disqualify 1,000 residential-school claims - The Globe and Mail Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Ottawa used technicality to disqualify 1,000 residential-school claims - The Globe and Mail: “The government should reverse this unfair decision and agree to pay compensation to these people,” said Phil Fontaine, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who is himself a residential-school survivor and who launched the efforts to obtain redress.

Residential schools, which were varying combinations of boarding facilities and educational institutions, were established in the 1800s and run by churches. Ottawa made attendance compulsory for indigenous children in a massive program aimed at assimilation.

04:46

Seeking More Cold War with Cuba | Consortiumnews Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Seeking More Cold War with Cuba | Consortiumnews: Repeated references in the Post‘s piece to “unilateral concessions” made to Cuba reflects another unfortunately all-too-common tendency, which is to consider any hardship in a country with a regime we don’t like to be good in its own right, and thus any lessening of economy-damaging sanctions or embargoes as a loss for the United States.

Damaging someone else’s economy is of value only if helps to bring about some other desirable change in the other country’s policies or behavior, which the embargo of Cuba has manifestly failed to do. The embargo has hurt ordinary Cubans most of all, and that hurt is of no positive value to the United States. Neither has it done any good for U.S. credibility worldwide, given that it is the United States, not Cuba, that has been isolated politically on the issue.

03:17

Indians Killed in American Genocide Memorialized in Moscow? Indian Country Headline News

The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation recently announced a proposal to build a memorial commemorating the genocide of American Indians in front of the American Embassy in...

Thursday, 04 February

22:51

Paraguay's Indians see 14 million trees cut down in one month News from Survival International

Eroi was forced out of his forest in 1986. He was a shaman, but he stopped because the missionaries told him that shamanism was the work of the devil.
Eroi was forced out of his forest in 1986. He was a shaman, but he stopped because the missionaries told him that shamanism was the work of the devil.
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A new report has revealed that 14 million trees were cut down in just one month in the Paraguayan Chaco.

The Chaco is home to Paraguay’s most vulnerable tribe, the Ayoreo, and is the largest South American forest outside the Amazon. Scientists have called it one of the most biodiverse places on earth.

The report by Guyra, a Paraguayan environmental organization, shows that 28,000 hectares were cut down in October. The Chaco is currently facing the fastest rate of deforestation in the world.

Part of this land belongs to the Ayoreo, who have been forced out of their forest home by cattle ranchers. Cattle firms...

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