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Justice Or Else! By Ruth Hopkins

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Featured

On July 12th, 2015, Paul Castaway, a Lakota Sioux Native man, was shot four times by Denver police in front of 18 neighborhood children. As Paul bled out onto the pavement, officers rolled him over and handcuffed him. His final words were directed toward his killers: “What’s wrong with you guys?” Police justification for the use of deadly force against Castaway was that he threatened them with a knife. This statement was contradicted by video evidence as well as the testimony of several eye witnesses who said Paul held the knife to his own throat. You see, he was schizophrenic and battled addiction. Paul Castaway’s murder is eerily similar...

Citizens Demand Transparency and Protection of Diné Water Security

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Featured

Window Rock, Arizona– Friday August 14th, 2015 a group of inter-generational Diné Citizens concerned about the intention of John McCain’s visit to the Navajo Nation staged a peaceful protest. Utilizing the power of song and prayer, a small group staged a sit-in in the room where the congregation was supposed to take place. A second group took position outside of the museum to greet elected Navajo officials, requesting them to stand strong as leaders. “We were there to let our voice and presence be known that our water will never be given away and our rights, gifted to us by Diné Diyiin and Nihima Nahasdzaan, will not be taken...

Olympia WA Proclaims Second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OLYMPIA PROCLAIMS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY! OLYMPIA, WA. August 18, 2015: At a rally in Olympia’s Heritage Park on Monday, Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones announced that the City of Olympia has proclaimed the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The announcement was a welcome surprise to supporters of the holiday. “The future feels a little better today,” Lucas Saul, one of the organizers, said. Mr. Jones began by quoting a letter to the Olympian by Fred LaMotte: “What really matters? We imagine ourselves divided by race, religion, party, class, and tribe. But these divisions are mental constructs, not biological facts. If we are...

Off-Reservation Companies Disgrace Native Man’s Burial

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Featured, News

Fort Yates, ND (Standing Rock Indian Reservation) The Family of Arnold Walker (Deceased) entrusted the funeral service arrangements to DaWise-Perry Funeral Home in Mandan, ND. DaWise-Perry is a funeral contractor doing business on the Standing Rock Reservation. Nacole Walker (daughter of deceased) stated that upon their initial visit to DaWise-Perry the intake person and secretary had treated the family with respect. Later, the owner of DaWise-Perry came into a meeting with the family and asked them about the services relating to the funeral. The owner of DaWise-Perry informed the family that he wouldn’t be there because he was going on vacation. The owner of DaWise-Perry then stated to the...

Indian Child Welfare Act: A Historical and Legal Context Part 2 by Brit Reed

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Featured

On July 8, 2015, Indian Country Today Media Network reported that Phoenix, Arizona based based Goldwater Institute announced filing a lawsuit title A. D. v. Washburn that claims that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 quote, “discriminates against native children.” This, sadly, is one of many lawsuits filed that are directly attacking ICWA. This three part series aimed to create a greater understanding of ICWA for both natives and non-natives so that we might be better able to protect our children and strengthen the law were there is need for it to be strengthened. Part one of the series discussed how the U.S. government transitioned from a...

Chippewa Plan en mas Wild Rice Harvest To Support Clean Water Protection

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Featured

TREATY AUTHORITY RICE LAKE • LEECH LAKE MILLE I-ACS • SANDY LAKE • WHITE EARTH FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2015 CHIPPEWA PLAN EN MAS WILD RICE HARVEST AT CHIEF HOLE-IN-THEDAY LAKE TO SUPPORT LOCAL CLEAN WATER PROTECTION EVENTS Next week, 1855 Treaty Authority members will gather to traditionally harvest wild rice at Hole-in-the-day Lake in Nisswa on August 27. Tribal harvesters have announced an off-reservation harvest season throughout the 1855 ceded territory which reaches to North Dakota and Canada as well as Brainerd and the Iron Range. “Hole-in-the-day Lake was selected in part in remembrance of the Chippewa Chief Hole-inthe-day and Gull Lake reservation during the 2015 harvesting...

2ND CARICOM INTER-TRIBAL GAMES SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED ON PAKURI LOKONO-ARAWAK TERRITORY IN GUYANA

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Featured

A WORD FROM DAMON CORRIE – CREATOR OF THE CARICOM INTER-TRIBALGAMES: “I just wish to set the record straight as to my creation & involvement in these limited CARICOM Inter-Tribal Games 3 years ago in September 2012 to be precise (see poster attached), and I financially sponsor 90% of all associated costs of holding these games (including the return airfares to bring in Kalinago-Carib athletes from Dominica) – with the Village Council, friends and family donating the final 10%. Prior to 2012 and since 2007 I used to sponsor a series of sporting events annually for the Lokono-Arawak people of Pakuri (St. Cuthberts’) alone. Since I began to bring...

SOME UNSOLICITED RELATIONSHIP ADVICE – GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE & ROOM TO GROW AS INDIVIDUALS EVEN WITHIN YOUR OWN MARRIAGE by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Featured

SOME UNSOLICITED RELATIONSHIP ADVICE – GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE & ROOM TO GROW AS INDIVIDUALS EVEN WITHIN YOUR OWN MARRIAGE A BIG mistake MOST young people make as far as I can see, is to mistake SUFFOCATION with LOVE, if you love someone – let them go, if they love YOU – they will return to you ON THEIR OWN. You cannot ‘force ‘ someone to love you by becoming a tick on their ass all the damn time and never giving them some time alone without you hovering like a surveillance drone over their head 24/7, give them some SPACE to grown as individuals, in EVERY healthy relationship...

Saint Paul Minnesota Drops Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Featured

On August 12th, the Saint Paul City Council unanimously passed a resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The resolution, which “recognizes the occupation of Dakota homelands for the building of our City and knows indigenous nations have lived upon this land since time immemorial” states: “Declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Saint Paul; encouraging other institutions to recognize the Day; and reaffirming the City’s commitment to promote the well-being and growth of Saint Paul’s American Indian and Indigenous community.” The resolution also states: “that Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous...