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Wednesday, 02 March

14:13

President Buhari Throws Support Behind Palestine - NGLatest Aboriginal News Group Newswire

President Buhari Throws Support Behind Palestine - NGLatest: “I want to assure you that we will stand side by side with you, until our brothers and sisters in Palestine achieve their desired objectives,” he said.
“Our support for various Security Council resolutions restoring and respecting 1967 boundaries with Jerusalem as capital of Palestine is firm and unshaken.”

14:13

IRIN | Are indigenous Filipinos being murdered for anti-mine activism? Aboriginal News Group Newswire

IRIN | Are indigenous Filipinos being murdered for anti-mine activism?: The United Church of Christ in the Philippines said in a statement that Lumads, a collective term for the numerous indigenous peoples of Mindanao, continued to be harassed even after fleeing their villages. In December, the displaced community camping around the church received threats that their temporary dwellings would be burned down.

“The threats have been executed, and, once again, the Lumads have been harmed,” the church said.

The Lumads find themselves caught in the middle of a violent struggle between an array of armed groups. The Philippine Army is battling the New People’s Army, which has waged a Maoist guerrilla struggle since 1969. The government army has allegedly drawn on indigenous communities to form paramilitary groups, which are accused of some of the worst abuses.

12:42

Dear Scholastic: This Is A Test American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

I have a lot of thoughts in my head this morning, about yesterday's #StepUpScholastic chat on Twitter, and about the Step Up Scholastic campaign, but I am starting with this:

Stone Fox is in 10 bks/$10 box
Last year, Scholastic, working with WNDB, put together a flyer of books specific to diversity. In theory, terrific marketing! BUT.

When I saw the first page of the flyer, I wasn't happy at all to see Stone Fox on it. That book has stereotyping of Native peoples in it, and as such, is the opposite of what kids need if they're to 1) see mirrors of who they are, or 2) see accurate depictions of those who are unlike themselves. With that book on there, Scholastic and WNDB are marketing a problematic book. Stone Fox is in the 10 BOOKS FOR $10 box on bottom right of the flyer shown here.

Late yesterday, Scholastic announced an expansion of its partnership with We Need Diverse Books. They're going to do eight flyers this year. Will these flyers have Stone Fox? Will they have books by Native writers? When I looked inside last year's flyer, I saw two books by Joseph Bruchac, but that's not enough.

Last year's partnership, and this expansion of that partnership, are steps in the right direction but if Scholastic is seriously committed to diversity and providing children with...

10:30

Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett's MY HEART FILLS WITH HAPPINESS American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

I've read My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett, many times. I can't decide--and don't need to, really--which page is my favorite!

For now--for this moment--I just got off the phone with my daughter, Liz. She's not a little girl anymore. She's an adult, making plans for the the coming months as she finishes law school. She makes me so darn happy! When she was little, she liked "spinny skirts." We made several so she'd always have a clean one to wear to school. So, the cover of My Heart Fills With Happiness reminds me of those days with Liz, as she spun about in her spinny skirts.



Like I said, though, I just got off the phone with her, and as I think of her walking about in the many places she's going to be in May and June and July, I'm reminded of holding her hand as the two of us walked here, and there, oh those years ago! That memory, and this page, are so dear!



I love the page that shows a little girl dancing, her shawl gorgeously depicted as she moves. I love the page where the little boy holds a drumstick in his hand and sits at the drum. I love the page of the ki...

08:57

Women’s History Month Honors Suzan Shown Harjo, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper Indian Country Headline News

March 1 marks the first day of Women’s History Month, and this year finds two Native women among the 16 honorees designated for 2016....

07:15

The Brown Berets Occupy Catalina Island on August 1972 | Notes from Aztl�n Aboriginal News Group Newswire

The Brown Berets Occupy Catalina Island on August 1972 | Notes from Aztl�n: The Brown Berets stated that the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo does not specifically mention any of the nine Channel Islands off the coast of California and thus argued that M�xico never ceded any of the Channel Islands to the United States at the end of the U.S. War on M�xico in 1848.

Many Chicanas/os-Mexicanas/os claimed that the United States illegally seized and occupied Mexican/Indigenous land. Some legal experts were prepared to argue that M�xico could reclaim those lands back in international court.

The occupation ended on September 23, 1972 when the Avalon City Council threatened to enforce a camping ordinance and thus have the Brown Berets forcefully removed and arrested.

Through the “invasion” of Catalina Island, the Brown Berets brought attention to the problems confronting the Chicana/o-Mexicana/o community as a result of its colonized status within the United States.

07:06

Anaheim Police Release KKK Stabber | OC Weekly Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Anaheim Police Release KKK Stabber | OC Weekly: In the meantime, community and faith-based leaders are planning a peace walk at 6 p.m. today from Pearson Park to Anaheim City Hall to denounce the Klan's message of hate and violence. They vow to disallow Saturday's melee to define Anaheim or Orange County.

But the final tally from the Klan rally now stands at seven counter-demonstrators (including the youngster) being held, with one unidentified Mark Henry-looking brother still wanted in connection with the fight. Two of the stab victims remain hospitalized. All Klukkers, including the stabber, are scot-free at the moment.

06:04

Chilling Voicemail in Hedgepeth Murder Case Made Public Indian Country Headline News

Roland Hedgepeth has listened to a chilling voicemail more than 200 times....

Manning: Love and Rez Ball, State Titles, and Community Hope Indian Country Headline News

In many tribal communities throughout Indian country, basketball reigns supreme as the game of choice....

Major Navajo Nation Voting Rights Win Indian Country Headline News

A federal judge has ruled that the election districts for San Juan County, Utah’s school board and county commission ar...

05:49

Reds Beat Nazis in Liverpool Return Match | TAL FANZINE Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Reds Beat Nazis in Liverpool Return Match | TAL FANZINE: On the latest occasion the National Action and North West Infidels sad acts chose to rear their heads above the sewer parapet in Manchester on the 27th February 2016 (Saturday). They were to attend a demo called by an ultra-right Polish “hooligan” group (More on them later). However on the 26th February (Friday), less than 24 hours before the demo was due to take place in Manchester, they changed the venue to Liverpool. They thought that they had outsmarted anti-fascists by claiming that the change of location was intentional all along. Needless to say that was lies. With less than 24 hours to go and to rearrange things, we set about making plans to get to Liverpool. Despite Merseyside’s track record a couple of us were honestly cynical about being able to pull off a win given such short notice. Nonetheless we set off for Liverpool willing to throw our lot in with whatever was planned that day.

05:45

| Video | Kanhaiya tapes: Tests confirm 2 out of 7 videos doctored | India Videos | - India Today Aboriginal News Group Newswire

| Video | Kanhaiya tapes: Tests confirm 2 out of 7 videos doctored | India Videos | - India Today: India Today has managed to exclusively access the report of the forensics laboratory which examined the Kanhaiya Kumar 'sedition' videos. A total of seven videos had been sent by the Delhi government for forensics examination.

05:42

Brother of Former Colombian President Arrested on Charges of Running a Death Squad - Latino USA Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Brother of Former Colombian President Arrested on Charges of Running a Death Squad - Latino USA - The allegations are the latest in a line of scandals that have followed the conservative ex-president. Though he has long denied accusations of paramilitary ties, a public prosecutor called for an official investigation into his possible connection with a 1997 massacre carried out by right-wing paramilitaries. In 2012, his niece was extradited to the United States on drug charges linking her to the Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Santiago took a different route from his brother, opting to run the Uribe family cattle ranch in Antioquia state where his brother Álvaro became governor in 1995. Much of the accusations against Santiago come from retired police Major Juan Carlos Meneses, who is currently being investigated for crimes committed by the “12 Apostles” armed group. He alleges the group was run by Santiago, who he says paid the police officer monthly to overlook their operations. Meneses turned himself into authorities in 2014 after returning from a self-imposed exile in Venezuela, but Santiago’s defense team has accused Meneses of lying in court as part of a plot against him.

05:18

Far-right thugs Britain First protested outside a mosque today and came back embarrassed | Political Scrapbook Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Far-right thugs Britain First protested outside a mosque today and came back embarrassed | Political Scrapbook: The footage features Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, shown holding a cross and berating passerbys.

She even tells Muslims they are worshipping a false prophet and should switch to Christianity.

She later asks the police

Is it within your job description to come and mock a Christian who’s preaching in the street?

According to the Mosque she then said to the gathered bunch:

This is what’s going on in the world now people. In our country, even the police are against us. This is a Christian country but we’ve got our own police force turning on us, traitors to this country.

03:10

Native Mindfulness: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Indian Country Headline News

Donna LaChapelle, elder in residence for the Nokomis Endaad program at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, (M...

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Tuesday, 01 March

21:39

India: Tribe set to resume David & Goliath battle with mining corporation News from Survival International

The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
© Bikash Khemka/Survival

A tribe in eastern India are facing a new threat from mining on their ancestral land, despite having won a major “David & Goliath” legal battle in 2014.

The Dongria Kondh were originally threatened by international mining corporation Vedanta Resources, who tried to open a bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri hills, but were prevented by the Indian Supreme Court, which ruled that the Dongria should decide whether to allow the mine to go ahead.

The tribe unanimously rejected Vedanta’s plans to mine their hills during a historic referendum in which all twelve villages that were consulted voted against the mine.

Now, however, the Odisha state is trying to re-open the issue, petitioning for the right to hold another referendum for the Dongria to pave the way for a large-scale mining operation, this time by state-run Odisha Mining Corporation.

British-owned Vedanta opened a bauxite refinery close to the Dongria’s h...

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Thursday, 25 February

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...

Monday, 22 February

21:34

Oils spills in Peruvian Amazon devastate indigenous communities News from Survival International

Dozens of Peruvian tribes have seen their territories opened up to oil companies
Dozens of Peruvian tribes have seen their territories opened up to oil companies
© Johan Wildhagen/Survival

Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have suffered from two oil spills in two months.

The spills are all attributed to State oil company PetroPerú, which has failed to conduct routine maintenance on its pipelines. One spill released at least 2,000 barrels of oil, which spread into the local rivers, affecting indigenous communities that include the Achuar, Shapra, Wampis and Awajún.

The spills have destroyed the ecosystem, compromising the health, food and safety of local communities. Locals have lost their livelihoods and are no longer able to drink water from the rivers or fish for food.

Whilst the cleanup is the responsibility of PetroPerú, both the company and the government have been slow to react. Communities have resorted to trying to clean up the toxic oil themselves. Shocking images reveal that children, without protection, have been involved in this dangerous process.

This environmental disaster is just the latest in a long history of oil and gas leaks in the area. More than 70% of the Peruvian Amazon has been leased by the government to oil companies. Many of these leases are inhabited by indigenous people. These projects not only open up previously remote areas to outsiders, such as loggers and colonists,...

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