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Monday, 28 March

02:04

Indigenous Knowledge Fighting Drought in South Africa Indian Country Headline News

Indigenous knowledge and modern software have been brought together to mitigate the devastating drought in Southern Afr...

01:32

Debbie--have you seen JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK COUNTRY by Harmen Meyndertsz von den Bogaert and George O'Connor American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Debbie, have you seen...
A reader writes to ask me if I've read Journey Into Hawk Country. I haven't. Here's the synopsis from WorldCat:

It came out in 2006 and there's quite a lot written about it. Here's one well-sourced essay, written by Melissa L. Melon: Our Minds in the Gutters: Sexuality and Reader Responsibility in George O'Connor's Graphic Novel, Journey into Mohawk Country.

If I get the book, I'll be back.

Sunday, 27 March

22:49

Debbie--have you seen THE NIGHT TOURIST by Katherine Marsh American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

This "have you seen" post is, more or less, a note to myself to put Katherine Marsh's The Night Tourist on my list of books to read. Of late, I'm finding/learning about several books that are set in New York City and have Native content--in the form of ghosts or Indians-of-the-past.

The Night Tourist came to my attention as I read an article in the March 27 edition of The Washington Post. Written by Katherine Marsh (author of The Night Tourist), the photograph at the top of her article is what caught my eye. Here's a screen cap:



That soldier, with machine gun, standing in front of a book display is, of course, chilling. As my eyes moved to the books on the shelves, I realized the soldier is standing in front of a wall of Tintin books. The one on the top shelf, 3rd from the left, is Tintin in America. It is one of the much loved Tintin books have stereotypical, racist, derogatory content.

As I started looking into Tintin articles to link to in this post, I found an article in Salon: Tintin's racist history: Symbol of Brussels solidarity is uncomfortably divisive. In it is a link to an article in Vox: How...

13:40

Children of the Sixties Scoop tell their stories - Montreal - CBC News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Children of the Sixties Scoop tell their stories - Montreal - CBC News: For decades, thousands of aboriginal children were taken from their parents, often without their consent or even their knowledge, and grew up never knowing their own culture.

Between the 1960s and 1985, the federal government estimates that just over 11,000 children were removed from their families and adopted out — but the real number is estimated to be much higher.

12:31

NAJA Calls for Ethical, Informed ICWA Reporting - ICTMN.com Aboriginal News Group Newswire

NAJA Calls for Ethical, Informed ICWA Reporting - ICTMN.com - The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is disheartened by some of the mainstream reporting on the recent adoption case involving a Choctaw Nation child and a non-Native adoptive couple in Los Angeles County. While NAJA understands that the court-ordered custody change attempted by the California Department of Children and Family Services was emotionally charged, it is our steadfast belief that journalistic standards of reporting must prevail. Indeed, when reporting about issues with great emotional and human impact, honoring the ethical values of accuracy, fair sourcing and the proper provision of context should be the guiding principles that ensure good journalism. When reporting on this case specifically, NAJA urges all media to include essential background on this case and the Indian Child Welfare Act in order to provide the context necessary for their audience to fully understand this complex story.

07:26

John John : Secwepemc Elder ‘Wolverine’ Ignace, 84, died Tuesday surrounded by family on home territory - APTN National NewsAPTN National News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Secwepemc Elder ‘Wolverine’ Ignace, 84, died Tuesday surrounded by family on home territory - APTN: - [We heard about this via APNS editor John John] - Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
Secwepemc Elder William Jones “Wolverine” Ignace, who gained international recognition after the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff, died early Tuesday evening surrounded by family in his Adams Lake Indian Band home on Secwepemc territory.

He was 84, said his widow Flora Sampson.

Sampson said in an interview Wednesday that Jones, who is known as Wolverine, was suffering from cancer and had been seriously ill since December.

“He travelled the world and he comes back and now that he is gone I am thinking he went somewhere and he will be back,” said Sampson,74, in a telephone interview from the home she shared with Wolverine. “It hasn’t sunk in yet.”

During his last hours, Wolverine’s children and grandchildren gathered around his bed singing traditional songs to him, said Kanahus Manuel, who was there at the time of his death.

After Wolverine died, at about 5:30 p.m., those in the room sang the American Indian Movement song of resistance, said Manuel.

04:52

The worst jail in America - Business Insider Aboriginal News Group Newswire

The worst jail in America - Business Insider: On December 2, 2013, jail supervisors tried to give Martin an orange jumpsuit to change into before they moved him to a new cell, according to an affidavit filed in the criminal case against Sanchez. Martin refused to hand over the clothes he had been wearing, and stuck his hand out of his cell to prevent officers from locking him in.

From there things got violent. Sanchez subdued Martin with the help of other officers, pushing his face onto the jail floor outside the cell and jerking his arms up over his head, according to the affidavit. In the process, Sanchez and other officers allegedly delivered numerous blows to Martin and dislocated his right shoulder, causing massive internal bleeding and hemorrhaging. Martin had a punctured lung and broke several ribs. He bled to death early the next day.

Martin's death doesn't appear to be an isolated incident. The Oklahoma County Jail has long been plagued by violence between fellow inmates and abuse by officers on inmates.

04:20

Shape-Shifting Colonialism Learn - Idle No More

Overview Of Canada’s Termination Plan

Onkwehonwe Governance And Politics

Presented on March 24/16 by Russell Diablo, First Nations Policy Consultant

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01:47

Is Obama really helping Cuban dissidents? | World War 4 Report Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Is Obama really helping Cuban dissidents? | World War 4 Report:

But Obama is certainly an equivocal figure to press Cuba on greater
democracy. In his public appearance with President Raúl Castro, Obama
famously put his Cuban counterpart on the spot over political prisoners.
(The Hill,
March 21) There is an obvious irony to this when one of the outstanding
issues between the US and Havana is the Guantánamo naval base—where the
Pentagon continues to run its notorious detainment camp. The
US Treasury still sends Havana a check every year for $4,080 for use of
the base—a payment unchanged over the history of the lease that began in
1903 (when the island was under US military occupation) and made
open-ended in 1934. Since the 1959 revolution, the Cuban government has
refused to cash the checks, viewing the lease as illegitimate. (NPR, March 21; NPR, Feb. 25)


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