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Friday, 11 March

17:24

President and Michelle Obama Welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to White House Indian Country Headline News

Several hundred invited guests to the South White House lawn watched today as President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama welcomed the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and h...

15:05

Broken goverment promises leave four tribes waiting for better housing | OregonLive.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Broken goverment promises leave four tribes waiting for better housing | OregonLive.com: The Oregonian/OregonLive traveled to all 31 of the active fishing villages from Cascade Locks to just past Boardman on both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia River. Deplorable conditions can be found at nearly all of them. The sites that are considered the best for fishing are overcrowded, unsanitary and unsafe.

14:17

Who killed Berta C�ceres and what should the US do? | TheHill Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Who killed Berta C�ceres and what should the US do? | TheHill: We may never know the names of the people who pulled the trigger, killing C�ceres. As in the case of Reeb, a culture of impunity is to blame. For far too long, governmental institutions have failed to protect the rule of law, to defend the defenders of human rights, to investigate corruption and the abuse of power, and to prosecute those who plunder the country's wealth. Also culpable is the long tragic history of misguided U.S. policy that has pursued expediency above principle, and, when convenient, was seemingly always prepared to sacrifice democratic ideals for short-term accommodation. The result has been a confusing blend of mixed signals that have conveyed a message that the United States is an unreliable defender of democracy and human rights.

12:59

Personal Details of Thousands of Islamic State Recruits Revealed • Grasswire Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Personal Details of Thousands of Islamic State Recruits Revealed • Grasswire: Sky News says it holds more than 22,000 documents, described as a “gold mine” for intelligence services. The documents show Islamic State recruits’ addresses, phone numbers and family contacts, and list people from at least 51 countries.

The documents were handed to Sky News on a USB thumb drive during a meeting with a man who called himself Abu Hamed at a secret location in Turkey.

An alleged former member of the opposition Free Syrian Army, Hamed joined IS but later became disillusioned. He said that Islamic State has been taken over by soldiers from Iraq’s Baath party, once led by Saddam Hussein, Sky News reports.

12:45

Women’s History Month: Heitkamp and Tester Highlight #NativeHERoes Indian Country Headline News

Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) are recognizing Native women this month with a hash tag campaign that also features prominent indigenous fema...

Burns Paiute Make First Visit After Armed Takeover of Malheur Refuge Indian Country Headline News

On Monday, February 29, nearly two months after armed militants took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Bur...

12:36

Native People Respond to Rowling American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

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As fans of Harry Potter know, there are two distinct responses to her "History of Magic in North America" stories.

The first story, "Fourteenth Century - Seventeenth Century," was released on Monday, March 8, 2016. Fans were delighted to have more of her writing to read.

Native people--those who are fans of her books, and those of us who study or write about representations of Native peoples in popular culture and children's literature--had a different response.



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When I read the first story in Rowling's series, I'd been deeply immersed in a study of a handful of best selling children's books. This is in the popular Geronimo Stilton's The Wild, Wild West:

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11:43

KKK Leader Accused of Illegally Possessing Firearm After Prison Release | Southern Poverty Law Center Aboriginal News Group Newswire

KKK Leader Accused of Illegally Possessing Firearm After Prison Release | Southern Poverty Law Center: The exalted cyclops of the Ozark chapter of the Keystone Knights pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate housing rights, criminal interference with the right to fair housing and two counts of obstruction of justice for lying to federal investigators.

Immediately after his release from prison last year, while beginning three years of “supervised release,” Dinkle acquired and possessed a Taurus .32 caliber pistol, according to a federal indictment returned last week Alabama’s middle district.

11:10

School Of Theology Display Of Indian Skin Wrapped Book | PopularResistance.Org Aboriginal News Group Newswire

School Of Theology Display Of Indian Skin Wrapped Book | PopularResistance.Org: Jameson Jones and Vincent Harvier made plans for proper disposal. Jerry Campbell removed the book from the binding/skin. The book was rebound in a plain cover. The skin was taken at the appointed time to Dr. Jones’ office. That day Mr. Harvier and a “medicine man” [sic – that’s what he was, no quotation marks] arrived at the office. The skin was taken out of the envelope and placed in a velvet cloth and the cloth was folded over the skin. [the focus on details here has an aspect of posttraumatic stress disorder/obsession]. It was then taken away for proper burial.

…The book was in the collection because it was donated by a family significant in the development of the school in the 19th century. It remained as a curiosity [sic], just waiting for someone to find an appropriate way to end an inappropriate presence. It was a disturbing presence and we were grateful for the helpful and concerned response of Mr. Harvier.” (h/t Steve Fisher)

09:59

Thousands of black Aboriginal people protest Invasion Day and call for self-determination in Australia Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Thousands of black Aboriginal people protest Invasion Day and call for self-determination in Australia: -- [uhurunews.com] -- Britain was forced to look for new lands to colonize as it needed a means to unleash its exploding population to help forward its imperial efforts.

One means in which it would do this, is by establishing a penal colony in which Britain would criminalize its unwanted population and send them to work as laborers.

Despite owing its founding as a penal colony, white settlers celebrate this day because it marks the moment they were freed from the poverty and disease they faced in Europe, through the genocide and colonialism of the black Aboriginal people.

In contrast, the black Aboriginal people rightfully term the day Invasion Day, which would begin the genocide, rape, and occupation of their lands.

In Australia’s largest city, Sydney, thousands protested with speeches and chants denouncing the celebration of aboriginal occupation and also highlighting the oppression still experienced by the black Aboriginal population.

Protesters gathered to listen to speeches that detailed the mass killings, the forced labor and the forcible removal of black Aboriginal children to be “civilized” by white families and missionaries.

08:21

Indigenous children need a road to safety | The Standard Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Indigenous children need a road to safety | The Standard: We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are best served when they are supported to maintain their connection to family, community and culture. The experiences of the stolen generations demonstrate the devastation of severing these connections.

As such, efforts to improve the safety, welfare and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children hinge on enhancing the participation and self-determination of our families and communities. Our communities need to be empowered to lead the design and delivery of services. Evidence demonstrates that we are best placed to identify and implement solutions to the challenges facing our people.

07:57

Cree Nation sues over 48,000 square kms of northeastern Ont., seeks $495M damages - Aboriginal - CBC Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Cree Nation sues over 48,000 square kms of northeastern Ont., seeks $495M damages - Aboriginal - CBC: The suit also claims Ontario and Canada have been "unjustly enriched as a result of their breaches of the plaintiffs' aboriginal title and other aboriginal rights … and the plaintiffs have suffered."

The claims outlined in the suit have not been tested in court.

A spokesman for Ontario's ministry of the attorney general says lawyers are reviewing the claim, but Brendan Crawley adds it would be inappropriate to comment further as the matter is before the courts.

Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come calls the suit the latest chapter in the Cree Nation's struggle to ensure that its pre-existing rights over all of its traditional lands are properly respected.

"The imposition of the Ontario-Quebec boundary cut through our homeland of Eeyou Istchee," Coon Come said Monday in a release.

07:55

Burns Paiute Make First Visit After Armed Takeover of Malheur Refuge - ICTMN.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Burns Paiute Make First Visit After Armed Takeover of Malheur Refuge - ICTMN.com: The 178,000-acre refuge was once part of the Malheur Indian Reservation that was the homeland of Northern Paiute tribes like Wadatika, the name Burns Paiute people called themselves after small seeds they harvested along Malheur and Harney Lakes.

Kennedy said he couldn’t get into specific details as to how the federal authorities are going to proceed with cleanup. The painful process will proceed to remove a road the occupiers constructed, as well as three different trenches they dug where they dumped trash and human feces. The FBI had reported last month that one of these trenches was close to culturally-sensitive sites on the refuge. The tribe received a plan from the archaeologist for assessment of damage and loss of cultural artifacts and sites.

07:30

Masacre a la libertad y revictimización estatal contra campesinos en San José de Apartadó Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Masacre a la libertad y revictimización estatal contra campesinos en San José de Apartadó - [prensarural.org] - El pasado 12 de febrero del presente año, cerca de las 4:00 pm, mientras se disponían a hacer las compras de víveres para su familia, fueron detenidos de manera irregular en el casco poblado de San José de Apartadó los esposos Carlos Albeiro Montoya y Francis Tamayo por miembros del Batallón Voltígeros quienes carecen de funciones judiciales. Fueron llevados hacia la vereda Caracolí y desde allí verificaron supuestamente los antecedentes contra estas personas, dejaron en libertad a la Francis pero Carlos fue transportado directamente hacia Medellín donde fue reducido en lo que parece un intento de secuestro por parte del Estado, pues las autoridades en la Sijin, en las estaciones de policía, en el sótano de los juzgados del edificio de la justicia y en la Fiscalía de esta ciudad negaron tenerlo en su poder; esto generó una crisis emocional y de preocupación entre los familiares más cercanos que sólo querían ofrecerle lo básico en alimentación, aseo y un acompañamiento fraterno al que tenían derecho.

07:28

Hundreds attend Dorjee Tsering's cremation in Dharamshala - www.phayul.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Hundreds attend Dorjee Tsering's cremation in Dharamshala - www.phayul.com: The bereaved father spoke in pauses recounting the details of the incident and thanked all the people who helped and came forward to show solidarity towards his family during the difficult time. The TYC President Tenzin Jigme and Vice President Tamding Hrichoe spoke against the lack of support by international organizations like United Nations and international governments and also the lack of action by the Tibetans.

“But most of all, I am angry with myself and us Tibetans. We need to become a movement of action, not reaction. We all need to contribute to our cause in our own capacities so that the issue of Tibet can be resolved. And when we do that, we will do justice to the sacrifice of Dorjee Tsering, Kalsang Wangdue and all the Tibetans who gave their lives for our country. We want to send a clear message to the Chinese government that we will continue to fight for our country till our last breath,” said TYC President.

07:05

KING: Blame Trump for another rally assault on black person - NY Daily News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

KING: Blame Trump for another rally assault on black person - NY Daily News: Violence is becoming commonplace at Donald Trump events. What is also particularly clear is that white protesters at Trump events feel particularly emboldened to put their hands on African-American protesters.

03:34

Hispandering? Hillary and Bernie Fence Over Immigration Indian Country Headline News

Bernie Sanders must be as full of holes as a voodoo doll from the number of times pundits have stuck a fork in him, but...

Native Woman Shot Dead by Cop Was Pregnant, Family Learns After Her Burial Indian Country Headline News

Puyallup tribal member Jacqueline Salyers was pregnant when a Tacoma police officer shot her dead on January 28, an aut...

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Thursday, 10 March

21:32

Peru: Mercury poisoning “epidemic” sweeps tribe News from Survival International

A huge proportion of the Nahua tribe have been affected by the poisoning, which causes anemia and acute kidney problems
A huge proportion of the Nahua tribe have been affected by the poisoning, which causes anemia and acute kidney problems
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Up to 80% of a recently-contacted tribe in Peru have been poisoned with mercury, raising serious concerns for the future of the tribe. One child has already died displaying symptoms consistent with mercury poisoning.

The source of the Nahua tribe’s poisoning remains a mystery, but experts suspect Peru’s massive Camisea gas project, which opened up the tribe’s land in the 1980s, may be to blame. The project has recently been expanded further into the Nahua’s territory, prompting fierce opposition from the tribe.

Rampant illegal gold mining in the region is another potential source of the mercury poisoning.

The Nahua, who live inside a reserve for isolated Indians in south-east Peru, have also been suffering from acute respiratory infections and other health problems since they were contacted.

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Saturday, 15 August

15:50

Crowdfunding clean water for the source of Winnipeg’s water: Shoal Lake 40 First Nation mediaINDIGENA

Update on ambitious crowdfunder in support of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, a community whose water has quenched Winnipeg's thirst for the past century, but are unable to drink it themselves.

Monday, 20 September

15:55

Dog Ear Cafe Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation

2010 saw the release of Andrew Stojanovski’s Dog Ear Café. Described by critics to be a ‘true-life adventure story’, his book very candidly discusses how he, alongside Peggy Brown and Johnny Miller, founded the Mt Theo Program in 1994 to end the devastation caused by what has long been considered Australia’s worst drug issue.

Andrew’s personal recollections demonstrate the Mt Theo Program’s evolution from what began as a small, responsive grassroots project to the community’s fully functioning non-profit organisation that it is today.

The book delves into issues such as indigenous alcoholism, welfare dependency, racial economics and well-intended policies and programs with remarkable insight, offering an ideology, which prioritises the formation of relationships within traditional Warlpiri culture.  By delivering firsthand knowledge and accounts of his experiences, Andrew uses his wit and charm to explain how his relationship with the region and its people assisted in breaking down long-standing racial divides.

Following numerous book launches across the country, Dog Ear Café was met with enthusiasm by various community members and stakeholders alike. At its core, the book embarks not only to tell a truly inspirational story, but also to offer recognition and gratitude to all that have been involved in the Mt Theo journey over the years.

Dog Ear Café has featured regularly in the media since its release, with articles in publications such as The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and ABC Life Matters radio segment.

Andrew Stojanovski, better known to the Warlpiri people as Yakajirri, re...

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