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Domestic Disturbances: One Family’s Struggle with Police Brutality By Cindy Gomez-Schempp

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Featured

Isabel Escobedo and her family have been through a lot. She has survived abusive relationships, and the suicide of her sister, but those are not the traumas that have led to Isabel’s uncontrolled anxiety, depression, and fear of being killed. Isabel Escobedo lives in fear of the police. It all started in the summer of 2014 when, according to her, the police brutally arrested and beat her 15 year old daughter because, they claimed, they smelled marijuana emanating from an open vehicle from which she was recovering a phone. The police dispatched 13 officers to arrest one 15 year old Afro-Mexican girl weighing around 115 lbs. They denied any...

Trump Foreign Policy Advisor Tied to Montana Anti-Tribal Efforts

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Featured

Trump Advisor Joseph Schmitz Promotes Anti-Indian and Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Calls for End to the Vote for People Receiving Public Assistance. A top foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump is part of a Western Montana campaign against the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Joseph E. Schmitz’s involvement in a failed lawsuit attempting to block tribal management of a dam located on the Flathead Reservation (home to the Tribes) also demonstrates how anti-Muslim bigotry increasingly accompanies attacks on tribal communities. Schmitz was named by Trump as one of five foreign policy advisors in mid-March. In September 2015, Joseph E. Schmitz joined Lawrence Kogan as co-counsel in Keenan et al v....

Experts of our own Cultures by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Featured

The recent death of Joe Medicine Crow brought to mind an incident that displayed his wry sense of humor. In about 1962, during our time in Billings, the Billings Archaeological Society sponsored a symposium on buffalo jumps, the process by which Native Americans stampeded bison over cliffs, killed and butchered them. Joe Medicine Crow was the last speaker on the daylong program of talks by many academic archaeologists and historians. He prefaced his final talk by saying something to the effect of “I have enjoyed listening to this distinguished group of experts explain their various theories of how buffalo jumps worked. Now, I would just like to tell you...

NESTLE WATER BATTLE CONTINUES- Tribal members speak out at City Council meeting by Kayla Godowa-Tufti

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Featured

NESTLE WATER BATTLE CONTINUES : Tribal members speak out at City Council meeting Monday April 11th a meeting took place at the Cascade Locks Town Hall and members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon arrived on short notice in traditional longhouse dress to fiercely defend the waters of our home, the Columbia River. The Cascade Locks city council voted against a resolution [6-1] that would have prevented Nestle International Waters from having rights to Oxbow Springs, the headwaters of Herman Creek. The Cascade Locks city council officially endorsed Nestle to open a water bottling facility in the Locks. Ballot Measure 14-55 is an initiative to ban...

Idle No More ~ Indigenous People Standing Against Disenrollment

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Featured

For Immediate Release April 17, 2016 Contact: The Nooksack 306 Spokeswoman: Michelle Roberts (360) 296-6931 Director of idle No More Washington: Sweetwater Nannauck (206) 245-5621 SEATTLE, WA – On Monday April 18, 2016 there will be a rally at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101 starting at 12 noon followed by a march to The Norton Building, 801 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. The Norton Building is where Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak, and Somerville office is, they are the attorneys who are representing the Nooksack Tribal Chairman Bob Kelly. The Kelly faction is the ones leading this effort of disenrollment of 306 Nooksack tribal members. Although tribal disenrollment...

Excessive Force Claim: 13 officers dispatched to arrest one 15 year old Mexican Girl*

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Featured, News

On July 25 a 15 year old Fargo girl says she was the victim of excessive force perpetrated by the Fargo, ND police department while she was  charging a cell phone in a family member’s car in front of her older sister’s residence. The 15 year old says that she was approached by two Fargo Police officers who accused her of smoking marijuana and claimed they could smell cannabis. She says she told the officers that she was not smoking marijuana but retrieving her sister’s phone and charger from the car when the officers dragged her from the car and handcuffed her causing excruciating pain to her arms and...

WA State Recognizes Right of Native American Students to Wear Eagle Feathers at Graduation Ceremonies

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Featured

On Jan. 29, 2016, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn issued a letter to all state superintendents calling on schools to “ensure educational equity and to foster inclusive educational activities for all students and communities” and to specifically call on schools to allow for Native American students to wear Eagle feathers during graduation ceremonies. The letter states that, ““[T]he eagle feather is a symbol of such high honor in the tribal community…it should not be viewed as a violation of the graduation ceremony dress codes.” It further states, “Federally recognized tribes in Washington state operate as sovereign nations. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is...

CALL TO ACTION: Army Corp of Engineers to Hold Public Meetings on the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Featured, Press Release

CALL TO ACTION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12. 2016 Iyan Wakanya Gagnapi Oti: Camp of the Sacred Stones Cannonball, ND– We the land and water protectors at the Iyan Wakanya Gagnapi Oti, or Camp of the Sacred Stones who are standing in defense of Sacred Water in opposition of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, have learned that the Army Corp of Engineers has heeded the call of the First Nations and will have public meetings on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. We are calling on all who stand in opposition to this proposed Dakota Access pipeline, which directly threatens the water of Native communities and all surrounding communities on...

Adding Insult to Injury: The Death of John Torres By Cindy Gomez­ Schempp

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Featured

With the killing of Indigenous/Latino people at the hands of police and vigilantes at record highs in this country, the media is full of stories like this one. This widow and her family have been interviewed many times, but so far, they say the media has largely left out their side of the story as the victims in this case. Four painful months have now passed since December 25th, the fateful day when John Torres, a Mexican­ American man was ‘jumped’ by a group of white males in Crookston, MN outside Captain Crook’s Bar. John was there with family to celebrate Christmas, but he was later attacked outside the...