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Thursday, 25 February

18:53

Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown, 17, Youngest White House Indian Education Advisor Ever Indian Country Headline News

When President Obama announced last Friday that several individuals would be appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE), few realized...

11:07

Living or Surviving on Native American Reservations - ICTMN.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Living or Surviving on Native American Reservations - ICTMN.com: Immediately it is possible to think of many reasons why tribal members are often focused on economic survival. The high unemployment rate on many reservations does not provide a stable economic base. Most reservation people either work at low paying jobs or receive some government assistance. Since a significant portion of tribal members are supported by government resources, they often have time, but few funds.

10:12

Tara Houska, Ojibwe, Named Native American Advisor to Bernie Sanders - ICTMN.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Tara Houska, Ojibwe, Named Native American Advisor to Bernie Sanders - ICTMN.com: In a Tweet on Tuesday, Sanders lamented that 47-percent of Native American kids live in poverty.

Houska told ICTMN she plans to thrust Native American voices and concerns to the forefront.

“I hope to elevate Native American issues at a high level,” she said. “Too much of America is unaware of the plights our communities face, and we are tired of hearing more of the same from politicians. I look forward to continued and expanded outreach in Indian country. Our voices and our votes matter.”

Houska attended the University of Minnesota with a triple major in Biology, Art History, and American Indian Studies. She holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

10:12

Trump Supporters Wear Ku Klux Klan Robes at Nevada Caucus Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Trump Supporters Wear Ku Klux Klan Robes at Nevada Caucus: [yahoo.com]

The
people in Klan clothing said they supported the New England Police
Benevolent Police Association — a group that endorsed Trump in December.
They were photographed by a number of attendees outside the
Cimarron-Memorial High School location in Las Vegas.
“KKK
in parking lot of Cimarron HS during Republican caucus. They keep
saying take our country back. I have never ever seen this in Las Vegas.
I’m speechless,” one eye witness wrote on Instagram.

10:02

Missing Native American Woman Murdered and SCALPED in Kentucky : Political Blind Spot Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Missing Native American Woman Murdered and SCALPED in Kentucky : Political Blind Spot: Forensic analysis shows that this was a recent murder, not something from generations past. The woman was tall, and Native American. Apart from that, she had no identification on her, and the investigative trail has run cold.

“She’s someone’s daughter, mother, sister, auntie,” Thomas Pearce emphasized. Pearce is the co-chair of the American Indian Movement of Indiana and Kentucky, and is of Ojibway ancestry.

“It was a hate crime,” said Guy Jones of Dayton, Ohio. Jones is Hunkpapa Lakota and the co-founder of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, in Dayton, Ohio.

“The person who did it is still out there,” Jones emphasized. He is urging the public to get involved and spread the word to help “shake loose” information that can be used to help the police finally solve this case.

“When we read about the case in a local newspaper in 2011,” Pearce recalls, “we were shocked. What happened to her was ferocious and gruesome. We were also surprised by where she was found—a place where few Native people live. We wondered if she died elsewhere and was taken there.”

09:19

University of Free State violence: ‘It was a matter of survival’ | Daily Maverick Aboriginal News Group Newswire

University of Free State violence: ‘It was a matter of survival’ | Daily Maverick: On Monday, she woke up as normal, attended class and then went to support the workers’ strike. Protesters were out for their third day since Thursday, complaining that the agreement reached with UFS last year against outsourcing has not been implemented. “What was different from the other days was they were locked out,” said Luthando, who, like other students, had been supporting the worker rallies for a few hours each day.

Employee issues at UFS have a history. Back in 2009, recently-appointed Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen decided to drop charges against students who urinated in food and fed it to cleaning staff. That was just one in a list of alleged racist incidences at the varsity.

09:11

AICL's Recommended/Not Recommended Reads in 2015 American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

This is a list of books I read in 2015, sorted into categories of Recommended (total of 14), and Not Recommended (46 in all). As you see, it is not a list of books that came out in 2015. Grand total: 60. There is one writer on the recommended list who is not Native (Daniel José Older) and one on the Not Recommended list who is Native (Tara White).

This is not a comprehensive list. There are books that I bought or received but wasn't able to read or finish writing up. One example is Ann Martin's Claudia and the First Thanksgiving. That's a book in the Babysitters Club series. It was one that will end up with a Recommended tag when I write it up. 

Recommended

09:02

Tara Houska, Ojibwe, Named Native American Advisor to Bernie Sanders Indian Country Headline News

On Tuesday, attorney and ICTMN contributing columnist Tara Houska was appointed as Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, according to officials....

05:30

Natives Struggle to Overcome Okla. Race Disparity | Al Jazeera America Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Natives Struggle to Overcome Okla. Race Disparity | Al Jazeera America: Today, 60 miles east in Custer County — named for the officer — the battles fought in the local Native American community are still fierce and deadly. Poverty, mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse are huge problems in Oklahoma, home to 39 federally recognized tribes.

“The alcoholism and drug addiction rates are staggering in the Native American population. It’s staggering,” said Rosemary Stephens, the editor and chief of The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribune, based at tribal headquarters in tiny Concho, west of Oklahoma City.

Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal lands are scattered throughout Custer County and elsewhere in western Oklahoma.

The killing of two Native Americans by law enforcement has fed racial tension in the majority-white law enforcement forces and minority Native population, she said.

“Custer County,” said Stephens, “is our Ferguson.”

04:52

Stop Police Terror Which Side Are You ON? | Facebook Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Stop Police Terror Which Side Are You ON? | Facebook: Wednesday, March 2, 3 to 6 pm
No Business as Usual as Long as Murdering Police Walk Free,
Protests will disrupt the evening rush hour, meet-up place downtown (to be announced)
Protests will disrupt the evening rush hour. This action will be announced publicly well in advance, it will be controversial. It is meant to draw the line to challenge people from all walks of life -- from the people most under the terror of the police, to people from the suburbs who feel this outrage is intolerable to take a stand: POLICE MURDER MUST STOP! WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? There is no neutral. We cannot allow the police to continue to murder with impunity and get away with it with the approval and complicity of the institutio...

04:50

Elderly Palestinian woman killed in possible settler hit-and-run Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Elderly Palestinian woman killed in possible settler hit-and-run: BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An elderly Palestinian woman was killed and her daughter wounded when they were hit by a car allegedly driven by an Israeli settler in the eastern West Bank district of Jericho Tuesday night, according to the Palestinian Authority's official news agency Wafa.

It was not initially clear whether the incident was an attack or accident, and Wafa's report that the car was driven by an Israeli settler could not initially be verified.

04:25

Mexico: Charges Against Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos Ruled Invalid 20 Years Later | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Mexico: Charges Against Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos Ruled Invalid 20 Years Later | Democracy Now!: In Mexico, a federal court has ruled criminal charges against Zapatista leader Subcomandante Marcos are no longer valid—more than two decades after they were first lodged. The Zapatistas launched an uprising on the day the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, January 1, 1994, declaring that NAFTA meant death to indigenous people. Subcomandante Marcos was charged with rebellion, terrorism and other crimes. But under Mexican law, such charges expire when half the possible prison term for the most serious charge has lapsed. The court said that renders Marcos’ charges invalid.

03:13

Surviving for the Love of Hope Indian Country Headline News

WARNING: This is part of a series of stories to be published over the next few weeks that contain potentially traum...

Living the Life: Limited Support for Adult Trafficking Survivors Indian Country Headline News

WARNING: This is part of a series of stories to be published over the next few weeks that contain potentially traum...

02:49

'First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon' – Survival responds to new documentary News from Survival International

Still from footage of a recently contacted Sapanawa man, featured in the documentary
Still from footage of a recently contacted Sapanawa man, featured in the documentary
© Channel Four/ Ronachan Films

A documentary broadcast in the UK yesterday, entitled “First contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon”, examined the situation of a group of formerly uncontacted Brazilian Indians known as the Sapanawa, who made contact in 2014.

As one of the group explained, they were fleeing from a series of massacres in which many members of their families had been killed. The perpetrators remain unidentified.

Illegal loggers and drug smugglers have operated with impunity in the region for decades, especially on the Peruvian side of the border. The authorities have consistently failed to protect the many indigenous peoples who live in this area from these invaders, and this is the principal reason why some of these once-uncontacted Indians are now coming into contact with outsiders.

Stephen Corry, Survival International’s Director, said today: "We’re glad that this programme has highlighted the violence and atrocities that are still being committed against uncontacted tribes, but much of the programme was pretty dismaying.

“To describe uncontacted tri...

Wednesday, 10 February

05:04

GE Trees and Indigenous Lands Indigenous Environmental Network

Presentation at the Campaign to Stop GE Trees Tele-Press Conference, February 9, 2016 – Click here to access all presentations and materials. Historically, U.S. Federal and State Governments, along with corporate/private interests, have targeted, lobbied, and used legislative processes to both coerce and convinced tribal officials to act against the best interests of their people […]

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