Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Treaty council slams mine at Pine Ridge by Brandon Ecoffey

Treaty council slams mine at Pine Ridge by Brandon Ecoffey

Treaty Council comes down hard on company* KYLE—In news first reported by freelance reporter Natalie Hand, the Tetunwan Oyate Treaty Council has come down hard on a company who had illegally mined for zeolite on the Pine Ridge Reservation. On June 12th, the Tetuwan Oyate Treaty Council convened a meeting at Pejuta Haka College Center to discuss the issue of zeolite mining on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by a Dickinson, North Dakota, based company called Dakota Land Trust. Last year the Dakota Land Trust had bypassed the Oglala Sioux Tribal legal and regulation process by originally obtaining a gravel mining permit from the State of South Dakota for a tract of land within the borders of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, however, instead of mining gravel the company began mining for zeolite illegally. Once tribal officials and citizens were made aware of the mine actions were taken to shut it down. This same company has recently reached out to the Wounded Knee district in an attempt to restart...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Featured, Press Release, Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS By: Colby Tootoosis   The Indigenous reality found within media is often constructed by outlets which contain strong colonial discourse and lack the Indigenous presence which is needed when speaking our truths. Yet, we see a resurgence of Indigenous actuality being concentrated through social media and a partnership with independent Indigenous media sources beginning to transpire. On August, 20th during Grand Entry at Manito-ahbee 2012, the Canadian flag was brought in upside-down in order to demonstrate overcoming the agenda of oppression which is often inflicted upon us as Indigenous peoples. I honour and respect our First Nations Veterans who have sacrificed their lives to defend our Treaties and Indigenous presence.  Many of whom have engaged in war for Canada globally and have faced opposition in regards to receiving compensation for their efforts, have been denied benefits, and have been racially discriminated against.  If it was not for their sacrifices, our future...

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Forgotten Tragedy of the Indigenous of Crimea (occupied by Ukraine)

The Forgotten Tragedy of the Indigenous of Crimea (occupied by Ukraine)

THE FORGOTTEN TRAGEDIES OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF CRIMEA I first met Nadir Bekirov last year at the Project Access 2012 Tribal Link Foundation training, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Nadir is a proud Crimean Tatar and indigenous academic from Ukraine – where he is that country’s leading expert and lobbyist on Indigenous Issues. He has a PhD in Philosophy, and participates with the United Nations on Human Rights advocacy and intellectual property issues. He is also currently the President of the International Public Organization Foundation for Research and Support of Indigenous People’s of Crimea, an organization committed to helping the indigenous peoples of Crimea and also open for the collaboration of all Indigenous Peoples of the Region of Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Transcaucasia. Nadir is a living library, in one hour listening to him share his knowledge – I learned more about the TRUE history of the former USSR by one who experienced it’s dark underside personally, and who can recount...

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Karamojong: Indigenous of Uganda at UN by Damon Corrie

The Karamojong: Indigenous of Uganda at UN by Damon Corrie

Caroline Kuno is a member of the Karamojong Tribal Nation of Uganda, and she came to New York for the 2013 Project Access Tribal Link training; held for the 12th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Caroline is a representative of the Women’s Environmental Conservation Project (WECOP), which formed in 2001 as a non-governmental indigenous women’s organisation – aimed at improving the plight of the indigenous People’s of Uganda through education on HIV, domestic violence, and sustainable living. Caroline’s role at WECOP focuses on conserving and promoting the practice of indigenous traditional knowledge, training on human rights, issues; and self-sustaining projects for her community. Unfortunately, Caroline’s people – the Karamojong – are the most marginalised tribe in Uganda; and even other indigenous tribes often look down upon them as being less ‘developed’. The National Illiteracy rate in Uganda is 33%, but 88% of Karamojong people are illiterate…and a full 90% live below the National Poverty line of a mere US$1 per day. The Karomojong...

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