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Sunday, 28 February


Debbie--have you seen... TRU & NELLE by G. Neri? American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

A reader asked me about G. Neri's Tru & Nelle. Here's the synopsis:

Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when Tru is seven and Nelle is six. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detectives even more. It’s their pursuit of a case of drugstore theft that lands the daring duo in real trouble. Humor and heartache intermingle in this lively look at two budding writers in the 1930s South.
With Harper Lee's death and the publication last year of Go Set A Watchman, this book is timely and could do quite well. My quick look inside in the "look inside" feature at Amazon tells me there's a character in it named Indian Joe.

If I get it, and read it, I'll be back. If you got it, and read it, let me know!


Comments: Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee Local 14 Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Comments: This evening two student activists were arrested at St Cloud State University while protesting outside of a Division I hockey game at Herb Brooks Arena. Students were protesting student debt and tuition costs at the University. While in front of the stadium, 2 students got arrested by the police. These arrests happened WITHOUT any dispersal warning from either the campus security or the police. They are being held for 8 hours by the police downtown St. Cloud.


Gravel pits a threat to our waters, help! | �pihtawikosis�n Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Gravel pits a threat to our waters, help! | �pihtawikosis�n: I am from manitow-s�hakihkan, Lac Ste. Anne in Alberta. I grew up between three very important lakes: Lac Ste. Anne, Wabamun Lake, and Lake Isle. These lakes are interconnected by creeks and streams, and their health have been in steady decline for many years. Development, train derailments, pollutants, and over-fishing have taken their toll. We have a lot of work ahead of us to bring these waters back to life.

A threat we are currently facing is gravel pits. Open pit mining of gravel is expanding at a furious rate in Alberta, despite heavy opposition. Compared to strip mining bitumin, gravel probably does not seem like such a dirty product. Nonetheless, these operations increasingly disturb and pollute our land and waters and all the plants and animals that rely on them.


2016 Suppressed News: February 24, 2016 Aboriginal News Group Newswire

2016 Suppressed News


Yemen     Canada     Vatican City     Zimbabwe

      Yemen: (previous).
On Feb. 16th, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,
Adama Dieng, expressly warned of the cost in lives and the losses of
human and humanitarian rights engulfing the people of Yemen. In a joint
statement with Jennifer Welsh, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility
to Protect, the Special Advisers warned of the violence overflowing
into Saudi Arabia and other neighbouring countries. Neither the
responsibility for the conflict nor the issue of genocide is directly
mentioned in the warning. Genocide Warning for the national group.     Partial
sources online: "Statement by Adama Dieng, special Adviser on the
Prevention of Genocide and Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser on the
Responsibility to Protect, on the situation in Yemen," Press release,
Feb. 16, 2016, United Nations, apprec. INoGS.


I CARE - - #Portugal wants more #refugees to help revive dwindling population Aboriginal News Group Newswire

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: - Lacking manpower -
But the country will be picky in the migrants it welcomes, as it attempts to boost its workforce with students and skilled labourers. It plans to receive 2,000 university students, 800 vocational students, and 2,500 to 3,000 refugees qualified in the agriculture and forestry fields. "These are the sectors that lack manpower and are being forced to recruit workers in Vietnam and Thailand," the government said. "They are the jobs that the Portuguese do not take," said Tito Morais, adding that it is a myth that refugees come to Portugal to steal jobs. The anti-refugee movement has remained small and marginal in Portugal, with anti-refugee rallies attracting only small crowds. "The Portuguese are used to emigrating and know what it's like to look for a better life elsewhere," a refugee council official said.


I CARE - - #Croatian Minister’s ‘Pro-Nazi’ Video Sparks Anger Aboriginal News Group Newswire

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: He insisted that the NDH’s defeat in 1945 by the Yugoslav Partisans backed by the Soviet Red Army was the country’s biggest national tragedy because “not everyone enjoyed the fruits of this victory” – a reference to the defeated supporters of the NDH regime. “What I said [in 2012] is along the lines of my previous statements... the only true victory recognised by the whole Croatian nation was achieved in the Homeland War [the term used for Croatia’s war of independence in the 1990s]. The modern Croatian state rests on this victory,” he said. Hasanbegovic is a member of strongest party in the new government, the centre-right Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, but critics say he should already have been dismissed after the first scandal caused by his apparent NDH sympathies.


Debbie--have you seen... RED MOON RISING by K. A. Holt American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Woah. Some books are so.... out there, that I have a hard time wrapping my head around them. K. A. Holt's Red Moon Rising is one of those books. Here's the synopsis:

Space-farmer Rae Darling is kidnapped and trained to become a warrior against her own people in this adventurous middle grade space western.
Rae Darling and her family are colonists on a moon so obscure it doesn’t merit a name. Life is hard, water is scarce, and the farm work she does is grueling. But Rae and her sister Temple are faced with an added complication—being girls is a serious liability in their strict society. Even worse, the Cheese—the colonists’ name for the native people on the moon—sometimes kidnap girls from the human colony. And when Rae’s impetuous actions disrupt the fragile peace, the Cheese come for her and Temple.
Though Rae and Temple are captives in the Cheese society, they are shocked to discover a community full of kindness and acceptance. Where the human colonists subjugated women, the Cheese train the girls to become fierce warriors. Over time, Temple forgets her past and becomes one of the Cheese, but Rae continues to wonder where her loyalties truly lie. When her training is up, will she really be able to raid her former colony? Can she kidnap other girls, even if she might be recruiting them to a better life?


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