Posted by on Feb 6, 2016 in Featured

40th Anniversary Statement by Leonard Peltier

40th Anniversary Statement by Leonard Peltier

February 6, 2016 Greetings friends, supporters and all Native Peoples. What can I say that I have not said before? I guess I can start by saying see you later to all of those who have passed in the last year. We Natives don’t like to mention their names. We believe that if we speak their names it disrupts their journey. They may loose their way and their spirits wander forever. If too many call out to them, they will try to come back. But their spirits know we are thinking about them, so all I will say is safe journey and I hope to see you soon. On February 6th, I will have been imprisoned for 40 years! I’m 71 years old and still in a maximum security penitentiary. At my age, I’m not sure I have much time left. I have earned about 4-5 years good time that no one seems to want to recognize. It doesn’t count, I guess? And when I was indicted the average...

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Featured

Bigoted Nationalism Opens Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA’s) New Year

Bigoted Nationalism Opens Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA’s) New Year

For the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), 2016 has begun where 2015 left off – promoting bigotry toward indigenous people and attacks on tribal rights, conspiracy mongering and Islamophobia, and continuing the group’s development as the Indian “expert” for a broader far right movement. Longtime CERA leader Elaine Willman, who relocated from Wisconsin to Ronan, Montana in 2015, rang in the group’s new year with several opinion pieces in mainstream and far right publications. On January 11, 2016, Willman’s first article was posted on the far right News With Views website. Willman joins the more than 100 News With Views “contributing writers” whose works are sponsored by the Merlin, Oregon-based Walter Publishing. Willman is joined in this status by such far right luminaries as militia advocate and white supremacist fellow traveler Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America; Oath Keepers’ hero and militia proponent Edwin Vierra Jr.; Agenda 21 conspiracy “theorists” Michael Shaw and Tom DeWeese; rabid Islamophobe Devvy Kidd (“Islam is a national security threat, not a religion”);...

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Featured

Language Circles Series: Native Youth Learn Traditional Languages

Language Circles Series: Native Youth Learn Traditional Languages

Clear Sky Native Youth Council Program Tribal Language Circles – Language Circles is a project designed to provide tribal language instruction to our Seattle Clear Sky Native Youth Council participants. Our Language Circles Series is an extension of last year’s preliminary effort to bring in professional Native linguists for purpose of teaching basic tribal language skills. Last year Language Circle project was very popular drawing in 20-45 participants each evening. Our Language Circle Series is now a year-long project serving a diverse population of our Intertribal urban Native youth in Seattle, WA. This year we revised our approach to expand both our reach and depth of cultural education for youth participants, we are offering 3 languages; Lakota, Lushootseed and Tlingit language. Our language series for each specified language is 6-8 weeks. Each series integrates culture, history, and traditional knowledge, for a holistic, immersive experience. Our youth recently completed a 6 week Lakota Language series with Language Warrior Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota). Mr. Remle’s style of instruction was thoroughly engaging...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in Featured

Northwest U.S. Tribes Fight Proposed Canada Oil Pipeline That Threatens Salish Sea

Northwest U.S. Tribes Fight Proposed Canada Oil Pipeline That Threatens Salish Sea

Burnaby, British Columbia — An alliance of Northwest U.S. Treaty tribes, represented by Earthjustice, presented final arguments today against a proposed new tar sands pipeline in Canada. The TransMountain Pipeline Project, proposed by Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan, calls for tripling the amount of oil shipped from tar sands fields in Alberta from its present level of approximately 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day to the British Columbia coast. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Tulalip Tribes, Suquamish Tribe and Lummi Nation joined Canadian First Nations, conservationists, the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and the Province of British Columbia in a historic effort to reject the pipeline proposal and protect the Salish Sea. The Northwest tribes are opposing the project as intervenors before Canada’s National Energy Board, the government body responsible for making a recommendation to the Canadian federal government on the future of the pipeline proposal. Today’s arguments before Canada’s National Energy Board represent a critical and final call to safeguard the Salish Sea from increased...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Featured

North Dakota Approves Massive Oil Pipeline: Poses Threat to Historic Cultural and Burial Sites

North Dakota Approves Massive Oil Pipeline: Poses Threat to Historic Cultural and Burial Sites

North Dakota regulators approved the siting permit for a massive crude oil pipeline. The multibillion dollar pipeline that would transport thousands of barrels of Bakken crude is now one step closure to construction. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,168-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline, backed by Texas based Energy Transfer Partners. If built the pipeline would begin in western North Dakota near Stanley and would end near Patoka, Ill. The Dakota Access Pipeline would transport as much as 450,000 barrels of oil per day with a future capacity of 570,000 barrels per day. Its proposed route would also cross the Cannon Ball River on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and over the Missouri River, posing a serious threat to water sources in the area. Iowa is the only state left to approve its permit for construction Last year an oil pipeline burst in North Dakota spilling over 3-million gallons of toxic waste into the Missouri River. It was the largest known spill in North Dakota state history. Members of the...

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