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14:44

Forest Service Nixes Massive Commercial Development at Grand Canyon’s Edge Indian Country Headline News

Nearly 200,000 comments, letters, petition signatures and other opposition to a controversial attempt to build a massive commercial development just a mile from the south entran...

11:16

Ms Dhu inquest: family walks out after being told death in custody 'regrettable' | Australia news | The Guardian Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Ms Dhu inquest: family walks out after being told death in custody 'regrettable' | Australia news | The Guardian: Almost three hours after the pair were checked into separate cells, Dhu, who had told police upon being processed that she had broken her ribs some weeks previously, and had later repeated that information to Sharples, began to complain of severe pain.

After asking her to rate her pain on a scale of one to 10 and getting a response of “10”, Sharples said she told her superviser, Sergeant Ronald Patchett, that Dhu had requested to go to hospital, which Patchett approved after assessing Dhu himself.

Then the junior police officer, who had only been out of the academy two years, decided to let Dhu wait with her until she could be taken to hospital.

“I went back down and she said, ‘Miss, I am in a lot of pain’, and I couldn’t justify leaving her in the cell, so I brought her up to the charge room and I saw with her,” Sharples told Philip Urquhart, the council assisting the coroner, on Monday.

10:11

Justice Department to Judges: Jailing People Who Can't Pay Fines is Unconstitutional | Colorlines Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Justice Department to Judges: Jailing People Who Can't Pay Fines is Unconstitutional | Colorlines: “The consequences of the criminalization of poverty are not only harmful—they are far-reaching,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “They not only affect an individual’s ability to support their family, but also contribute to an erosion of our faith in government. One of my top priorities as Attorney General is to help repair community trust where it has frayed, and a key part of that effort includes ensuring that our legal system serves every American faithfully and fairly, regardless of their economic status.”

10:00

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

Screen cap added 3/10/16
As fans of Harry Potter know, there are (at least) two distinct responses to J.K. Rowling's "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. I was appalled to read "also called redskins for their custom of smearing red earth over their entire bodies" in the popular Geronimo Stilton's The Wild, Wild West:

06:47

Into the Breach: Rapid City Police Chief Seeks to Heal Fractured Community Indian Country Headline News

“It’s very clear to me there is a tension in the air; an anger you can’t touch – yet, it’s there.”...

Home Rehab Plan Increases Assistance Limits for Natives Indian Country Headline News

The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn’t the first federal agency most people think of when they consider Native housing....

Drunk Town, USA: The Ditch Patrol Trying to Save Drunks in Gallup, New Mexico Indian Country Headline News

It’s past midnight on a cold February evening, and a woman staggers down the middle of the street, so intoxicated she c...

Ben Shelly Back in Politics, Running for NM District Indian Country Headline News

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has filed formal declarations in a New Mexico House of Representative race, w...

04:42

Ex-South African President Mbeki Still Has His ‘Bizarre’ Beliefs on HIV and AIDS � Global Voices Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Ex-South African President Mbeki Still Has His ‘Bizarre’ Beliefs on HIV and AIDS � Global Voices: Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has reignited AIDS denialism controversy after writing an article titled “A Brief Commentary on The Question of HIV and AIDS.“

While in office, Mbeki and his former Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, nicknamed “Dr. Beetroot,” were accused of denying that the HIV virus causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), despite conclusive scientific evidence on the matter. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang promoted the use of lemon, beetroot, garlic and olive oil to treat AIDS.

During his presidency from 1999 to 2008, Mbeki accused scientists who linked HIV to AIDS of racism. He argued that accepting Western conventional wisdom on AIDS would be absurd and illogical. He opposed the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), saying that they were “poisons” and products of greed by Western pharmaceutical companies.

03:48

Brazil Real is falling fast as commodities drop offsets protest ... - We Resist. Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Brazil Real is falling fast as commodities drop offsets protest ... - We Resist.: The real dropped 0.9 percent to 3.6186 at 9:37 a.m. in Sao Paulo. It earlier rose as much as 0.1 percent. One-week implied volatility rose 0.79 percentage point to 25.92 percent, the highest among major currencies. A Bloomberg index of 20 developing-nation currencies dropped for the first time in four sessions as raw materials declined. Commodities account for about one-third of Brazil’s exports.

03:47

| Video | BJP MLA beats up a horse in Uttarakhand | India Videos | - India Today Aboriginal News Group Newswire

| Video | BJP MLA beats up a horse in Uttarakhand | India Videos | - India Today: The BJP's high voltage protest against Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat took a violent turn when local MLA Ganesh Joshi attacked and beat up a police horse deployed to control the protest.

03:35

Could Someone Be Killed at a Trump Rally? St. Louis Activist Speaks Out on Friday Campaign Chaos | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Could Someone Be Killed at a Trump Rally? St. Louis Activist Speaks Out on Friday Campaign Chaos | Democracy Now!: In St. Louis, Missouri, another Trump rally made headlines Friday when 31 people were arrested. The cover of Saturday’s New York Daily News showed a bloodied African-American protester in St. Louis. The headline read: "Blood on Don’s Hands." We speak with Umar Lee, a freelance writer and community activist in St. Louis. His new piece for The Nation is called "Why the Trump Rally in St. Louis was So Different."

Please check back later for full transcript.

03:03

Nestl� Makes Another Damning Admission: Slave Labor in Brazil May Have Produced Coffee Products - Atlanta Black Star Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Nestl� Makes Another Damning Admission: Slave Labor in Brazil May Have Produced Coffee Products - Atlanta Black Star: After this new revelation, the company released the following statement:

“We do not tolerate violations of labor rights and have strongly maintained that forced labor has no place in our supply chain. Unfortunately, forced labor is an endemic problem in Brazil and no company sourcing coffee and other ingredients from the country can fully guarantee that it has completely removed forced labor practices or human rights abuses from its supply chain.”

Nearly one-third of the world’s coffee supply comes from Brazil, and many other companies also may have obtained beans from plantations that use slave labor. For the country to meet the large demand of coffee makers, plantation owners cut costs by providing poor and inhumane working conditions for their laborers.

DanWatch reports that laborers are severely indebted to their employers, have inhabitable living quarters and no protective equipment. These new details came from an investigation of Brazilian farms over several months, which prompted Nestl� to come forth.

Another food supplier released a statement that tried to spin the situation. Jacobs Douwe Egberts and Nestl� account for an estimated 39 percent of the world’s coffee products.

“We are committed to working with governments, non-governmental organizations, suppliers, farmer cooperatives and the entire coffee supply chain to improve the working conditions for coffee farmers throughout the world. We currently support 15 such program in nine countries, including Brazil,” said a Jacobs Douwe Egberts statement.

Nestl� first told DanWatch about t...

Monday, 14 March

21:47

Survival reports Italian corporation to OECD over dam disaster News from Survival International

Up to half a million people face starvation as a result of the dam Salini has constructed on the Omo river.
Up to half a million people face starvation as a result of the dam Salini has constructed on the Omo river.
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Survival International has reported Italian engineering giant Salini to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) over its construction of a controversial dam which is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia and Kenya.

The dam has cut off the Omo river’s regular flooding, which 100,000 people rely on to water their crops and livestock and a further 100,000 depend on indirectly. According to experts, this could also spell the end for Lake Turkana – the world’s largest desert lake – and disaster for the 300,000 tribespeople living along its shores.

Salini did not seek the consent of local people before building the dam, but claimed that an “artificial flood release” would compensate them for their losses. However, t...

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