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HEILTSUK NATION ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR UNIST’OT’EN CAMP

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HEILTSUK NATION ISSUES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR UNIST’OT’EN CAMP

September 2, 2015 (Bella Bella, BC) Heiltsuk Nation uplifts the leadership at Unist’ot’en Camp for holding strong to defend their lands in the face of multiple pipeline proposals that lack consent of traditional owners. “We will advance farthest as Indigenous peoples when we not only speak of our rights and title, but also assert them” said Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt. “Our ancestors guarded our lands and waters in a sacred relationship of mutual dependence, and it is our responsibility to continue this relationship today.” “The immense pressures our people face from extractive industries weigh heavy on our way of life and sense of balance with our homelands,” said Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett. “We have a responsibility to stand tall in the face of these threats. Heiltsuk know this pressure well from our opposition to Enbridge Northern Gateway, and we uplift our relatives at the Unist’ot’en Camp for their strength and dignity in doing their important work.” Heiltsuk note that a long history of attempts to uproot Indigenous peoples from their sacred and unceded lands has consistently failed. Exchanges between Unist’ot’en leadership and the Heiltsuk community have reinforced the sentiment that Nations stand strongest when they stand together. “We have a higher law that is rooted in the authority of our hereditary chiefs and derived from our relationship to our lands and waters,” said Chief Humchitt. “When we exercise that law to protect our lands, we are doing so for future generations. This is our sacred trust.” For more information: Chief Marilyn Slett...

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Help Support the #Lakota57

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Help Support the #Lakota57

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to help support the #Lakota57.   The #Lakota57 are students from the American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation who were taken to Rapid City to a minor league hockey game earlier this year to celebrate their academic achievements. At the game the children were subjected to racial harassment including having beer poured on them.  Only one of the perpetrators faces criminal charges.  If found guilty, Trace O’Connell, would be convicted of disorderly conduct and fined $500 and avoiding hate crime charges, a jury, and jail time. Several efforts are currently underway to help support the #Lakota57 and their families. The Urban Native Era, who are a collective of youth striving to create a vision and a voice for the 7th generation of Native America, are currently taking per-orders for a “Protect the Lakota 57” t-shirt and print.   The Urban Native Era states “In support of the #Lakota57 and as a call to justice for the students impacted, Urban Native Era is excited to release our latest piece of artwork.” 100% of the profit will go to...

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Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar Orders Apache Stronghold Visitors Removed by Capitol Police, Threatens Grandmothers With Arrest

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Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar Orders Apache  Stronghold Visitors Removed by Capitol Police,  Threatens Grandmothers With Arrest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar Orders Apache Stronghold Visitors Removed by Capitol Police, Threatens Grandmothers with Arrest July 23. 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Yesterday afternoon, following the successful completion of Apache Stronghold (www.Apache-Stronghold.com) “Caravan to D.C.” And their “Save the Oak Flat Act Rally” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, some Apache Stronghold members – mostly grandmothers and young women – went to visit their Arizona representatives in Congress and talk with them about the Apaches national stand in defense of their sacred place known today as Oak Flat. Oak Flat was named earlier this year as one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Among those that the Apache Stronghold contingent visited was Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ, 4th Dist.). The purpose of their visit was to address a “Dear Colleague” letter that Rep. Paul Gosar recently sent out to fellow House members regarding the “Save Oak Flat Act” introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, with 17 bi partisan co-sponsors. In his letter, Rep. Gosar insulted the Apaches and called them “liars.” Mrs. Vonda Cassadore of Bylas, Arizona, requested that Rep. Gosar come out of his back office briefly so that Mrs. Cassadore could ask him some questions about his “Dear Colleague” letter. Rather than speak with Mrs. Cassadore and the other ladies and Apache Stronghold members with her, Rep. Gosar responded by hiding behind a locked door and calling the Capitol Police, threatening to have Mrs. Cassadore and her friends immediately arrested. Rep. Gosar had the police escort Mrs. Cassadore and her Apache Stronghold associates and friends entirely out of the Cannon Office Building. Mrs. Cassadore stated that, “we’ll remember this when Election Day comes around. Sacred land means more than money.” “Rep. Gosar has a record of intolerance and saying vicious things against Native Americans, but his behavior has now become stranger than ever,” said Apache Stronghold spokesperson Wendsler Nosie, Sr. “There is no excuse for his mistreatment of the Apache grandmothers and young ladies who came to his office. Cowering behind a locked door, refusing to come out, and then calling a squad of policemen to sweep those gentle ladies away is just terrible. Rep. Gosar should apologize for that, as well as for his strange and insulting ‘Dear Colleague’ letter.” CONTACT: Wendsler Nosie, Sr., Spokesperson, Apache Stronghold apache.stronghold@gmail.com __________________________ “Grijalva’s Save Oak Flat Bill Boosted by Historic Preservation Listing” http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/07/20/grijalvas-save-oak-flat-bill-boosted-historic-preservation-listing-161136 H.R. 2811 (“Save Oak Flat Act”) https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2811 Earlier, Gosar had called American Indians “wards of the federal government” in a roundtable discussion About the controversial Arizona land deal. See “Congressman’s Native American remark causes outcry,” Associated Press (December 10, 2014) http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/...

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Idle No More ~ Native Women Rising #sHellNo

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Idle No More ~ Native Women Rising #sHellNo

Press Statement For Immediate Release June 12, 2015 Contact: Sweetwater Nannauck (206) 245-5621 Idle No More ~ Native Women Rising #sHellNo SEATTLE, WA – On Sunday June 14, 2015 Idle No More Washington is organizing a nonviolent, Native-led, peaceful resistance to the Shell rig, ‘The Polar Pioneer’ that occupies the Port of Seattle Terminal #5. This is an open-invitation to all (Natives and non-Natives), a family-friendly event that features Native American, Alaska Natives, and People of Color life-givers (female) who are defenders for the people, land, environment, the Arctic and the Salish Sea. We are asking the media to be sure to interview Native and People of Color speakers and performers. The traditional canoes from the Swinomish Tribe, with skipper Eric Day, will leave the Don Armeni Boat Ramp, 1222 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, 98116 at 11 am (pre-interviews can take place from 10 – 11 am). At approximately 1 pm we will then board the ‘Solar Pioneer’ barge for contemporary and traditional musical performances. Opening Prayer, and traditional Welcome, songs and words will be shared. Our women speakers will offer their support of resistance, and encouragement for those taking a stand for us and our future generations. At about 3 pm we will march (on the sidewalk) to Seacrest Park, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, 98126 where will perform a Water Blessing Ceremony and closing prayers. There will be front-line Native American environmental ‘Protectors’ (not protesters) such as Sweetwater Nannauck (Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian) the Director of Idle No More Washington; Muckleshoot elder – Donna Starr; Native youth speaker – Ayanna Fuentes; Olivia One Feather – Last Real Indian’s Matt Remle and others will sing the AIM song; Jennifer Fuentes of the Buffalo Field Campaign and the Naakw Dancers (Medicine Dancers); Rosalinda Guillen Executive Director of Community to Community Development; Chiara Rose – the Girl on a Chain; Kshama Sawant – Seattle City Council; spokesperson from BAYAN; and the Pinay Choir. The Arctic and Salish Sea has sustained sacred life for millennium. Natives and non-natives are unified in seeking spiritual guidance to bring a peaceful resolution to protect the Arctic and Salish Sea.  We raise our hands (honor) the Coast Salish People on the sacred land and Salish Sea we will gather, the Muckleshoot Tribe, Duwamish Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe of whom we have asked permission to do this cultural and spiritual work. This is much bigger than Royal Dutch Shell to use the Port of Seattle Terminal #5 for their drilling rigs, and stopping the drilling in the Arctic. We must ask how can we can make a commitment in finding other sources of energy, revenue, and work that is not devastating to our traditional way of life, contribute to climate change, and rising sea levels. How can we seek other alternative energy sources beside the proposed coal and oil terminals, the transport of them through the State of Washington? It will take all of us working together to make this a world in which we can be proud of, and making a difference for our children. This event has sparked hope and inspired Natives in Alaska to organize their own event on the same day! I hope together we can do something that is befitting our ancestors love for this land, the Arctic, and Salish Sea! You are invited to...

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For Immediate Release: Tribes Oppose the PUC Sandpiper Ruling

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For Immediate Release:  Tribes Oppose the PUC Sandpiper Ruling

Honor the Earth For Immediate Release: Tribes Oppose the PUC Sandpiper Ruling “The Minnesota PUC’s decision to grant a certificate of need to the Enbridge corporation is a declaration of war against the Anishinaabeg people,a slap to tribal governments, and a threat to the water of Minnesota,” Winona LaDuke from Honor the Earth told the media. Honor the Earth and the Ojibwe community is disappointed in the PUC decision to grant the certificate of need to the Enbridge Corporation for a new energy corridor through the heart of our territory.” The Ojibwe tribes as represented by the Mille Lacs and White Earth bands and the Minnesota Chippewa tribe have expressed their concerns , and asked to be heard, and the Minnesota PUC has exercised sheer disdain for tribal governments and people. The Enbridge company and the PUC have stated that running this dangerous oil pipeline along a highway, and near urban areas poses a risk to society, but is willing to sacrifice our tribal people, lands and wild rice for a Canadian pipeline company. The tribal governments are just completing their hearing process to evaluate the proposed line, and asked the state of Minnesota to make a formal decision, pending the outcome of these reviews, and the PUC has stated it is not intending to respect tribal government processes. The oil itself is causing health problems at the beginning of the extreme extraction process ( benzene and radioactive exposures) and at the end of its deadly process, where the Marathon refinery ( 37 % owner of the pipeline) is exposing a primarily black community to deadly chemicals . “We have the tar sands refinery in our community and it is just horrific. We are sick community. I have had kidney failure. My neighbor died of dialysis. Neighbor next door on dialysis. Neighbor across the street has kidney failure. The chemicals in our pipelines and are in our water will be the same chemicals that come through your land and can break and contamination,” Emma Lockridge from Bloomfield community in Detroit testified at a tribal hearing.” At the need the day you will not be out hunting, gathering ,or fishing, your way of life will end.” Ms Lockridge told the tribal hearing. “…You do not want to become sick. We have cancer, we have auto immune illnesses, we have MS, we have sclerosis, we have chemicals that have come up into our homes where they had to buy up an entire street…” “…The Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe will continue to fight any and all actions that threaten our culture, our health, our natural resources and our ability to exercise our constitutionally protected gathering rights..” Chairwoman Melanie Benjamin stated in a press release following the PUC decision. The Sandpiper proposal is paired with Line 3 a Tar Sands Pipeline, which together represents over l.4 million barrels a day of oil crossing the North Country. Research indicates that l.4 million barrels a day means approximately 261 million metric tons of carbon a year, going from the burning of that oil. “ If we were to remove that carbon from the air, it would cost $600 per metric ton ( according to the American Physics Society), that’s the equivalent of $156 billion a year annually. Who is going to pay for that?...

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White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe hold public hearings on proposed Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Pipelines

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White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe hold public hearings on proposed Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Pipelines

For Immediate Release June 1st 2015 White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe hold public hearings on proposed Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 Pipelines This week, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will hold official tribal hearings on the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline corridor, which would cross through the wild rice areas used by the Anishinaabeg of this region. The White Earth hearing will be Thursday, June 4, at 5:00pm, at the Rice Lake Community Center (off Highway 4, Clearwater County). The Mille Lacs hearing will be on Friday, June 5, at 10:00am, at the East Lake Community Center (off Highway 65, south of McGregor). “The White Earth band had formally asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to hold a hearing on the reservation, and no hearing was held,” Joe Plummer, General Counsel for the White Earth reservation explained. “ We are holding our own evidentiary hearing to allow for the tribal members who will be most impacted by the proposed Enbridge pipeline corridor to be able to testify. State hearings fifty miles away from a community, in the dead of winter, and on short notice, did not constitute consultation.” Mille Lacs band Chairwoman Melanie Benjamin also expressed similar concerns: “ To date, government to government consultation required between state agencies and Indian Tribes in accordance with Governor Dayton’s Executive Order l3-l0 has not occurred on this matter, nor was there any mechanism for consultation in Administrative Law Judge Lipman’s hearing process.” Chairwoman Benjamin wrote in a May 27 letter to the PUC and Governor Dayton: “There has been no consultation with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (or any other tribal government) and the Minnesota PUC , nor has Enbridge consulted with the Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe….” . Among those experts who will testify is Emma Lockridge, resident of the neighborhood adjacent to the Marathon Oil Refinery in Detroit, Michigan. This refinery is the destination of some of the oil which would come through the proposed lines, and Marathon is a 37% owner of the proposed Sandpiper, as well as an “anchor shipper”. “I mean, it has always been bad, but not this bad,” The air is just unbearable. It’s like living inside a refinery,” Lockridge told a reporter. Lockridge was raised in the neighborhood of Boynton, in southwest Detroit’s 48217, an area commonly known as Michigan’s most polluted zip code. Smoke pouring out of the stacks at the Marathon refinery and fumes wafting overhead from neighboring salt, asphalt, and coal plants have long formed the backdrop of everyday life in 48217. Residents of this primarily African-American community have been mobilizing for a healthier environment for years. Lockridge joined this struggle about two years ago, when she began having difficulties breathing at night. This was about the same time that the adjacent Marathon refinery began processing dilbit from the Alberta Tar Sands. In late 2012, the Detroit Marathon refinery completed a $2.2 billion upgrade to its facilities in order to process an additional 28,000 barrels of dilbit per day. Lockridge will be testifying at both tribal hearings this week, along with additional witnesses from outside the community and numerous community members. The Enbridge energy corridor proposed would transect the watersheds of Rice Lake on the White Earth...

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2015 Warriors See No Color Memorial Event

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2015 Warriors See No Color Memorial Event

The Warriors See No Color Memorial Event recognizes the heroism of both Lyle Eagle Tail and Madison Wallace. On March 14th, 2013, 6 year old Garret Wallace fell in the icy waters at Falls Park here in Sioux Falls, SD. His sister, Madison Wallace jumped in to save him and Lyle Eagle Tail and his friends ran to help. Unfortunately both Lyle Eagle Tail and Madison Wallace perished that day. In 2014, a handful of Native American community members came together to ensure that what Lyle Eagle Tail and Madison Wallace did that day was not forgotten. It was also important to the organizers that those organizations and service men and women involved in the lengthy and dangerous recovery efforts in 2013 were recognized by the Native American Community here in Sioux Falls. The event was attended by hundreds of community members including veterans, city and tribal dignitaries as well as many first responders and service men and women. It is our hope that the memorial will become a yearly event. The 2015 Warriors See No Color Memorial will take place on March 28, 2015 at the MultiCultural Center in Sioux Falls from 5:30 to 7 pm. A candle light vigil will follow at Falls Park (near the Buffalo Statue) at 7:30 pm. The event organizers would also like to highlight that both Lyle Eagle Tail and Madison Wallace received the National Carnegie Hero Award this past fall. The award is given to those individuals who knowingly risk their own lives in an attempt to save the life of another person. An announcement of the awarding of this Carnegie Hero Medal will take place at the event as well. http://www.carnegiehero.org/about-the-fund/ We have also included as ongoing Warriors See No Color Memorial plans to include an Art Auction and raffle to help raise funds towards placing a Memorial Marker near the site at Falls Park. A fundraising account had been sent up for Warriors See No Color, web address: gofund.me/opj92g This is a community event and we invite community members to become involved! For more information please contact: Stephanie Bolman 605-626-1031/Stephanie.Bolman@gmail.com Jon Eagle 605-496-2723...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #ShutDownCanada

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #ShutDownCanada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #ShutDownCanada WHERE: Nationwide WHEN: Friday, February 13th 2015 Grassroots collectives are organizing nationwide for a day of action to #ShutDownCanada. Through the use of a diversity of tactics the goal is to significantly impact the Canadian economy for one whole day. What is the goal out of #ShutDownCanada? To remove the veil or illusion of the Conservative government’s “Action Plan” that is being touted as a strong economic stance for Canada in the global market. Economics being the key word and base of why there is such a blatant disregard for human rights and our environment. Bottom line is that the government is responsible for allowing multiple injustices including, but not limited to: • The refusal to have adequate and meaningful investigation for missing and murdered indigenous women exemplifies Canada’s systemic racism and permits it to continue. • The ever increasing expansion of tar sands extraction and how this “development” is destroying a people (Dene), their way of life and the entire ecosystem needed for their survival. Not to mention the multitude of rare cancers and diseases which are byproducts of tar sands destruction. • Pipeline construction which equals loss of jobs being exported topped with importing workers from other countries to take Canadian jobs (Action Plan) without the consent of First Nations. • Issuing grants and licenses for open pit mining even after the Tshilqot’in Supreme Court decision, and the Mt Polley tailings pond breach without any real concerted effort in clean up. • Fractured gas drilling and the serious intentional misleading of the truth of how this impacts our water supply. • Site C dam construction and why it is being constructed, not to mention who it is displacing and how they never had any consent from First Nations to move forward. • The destruction of wild salmon habitat, open net feedlots and fish farming with other countries in our waters destroying the seabed ecosystem and wild salmon stalks. • Unconstitutional agreements such as FIPA, not to mention now even more so privacy laws are being changed without your consent which goes in direct violation of your actual charter of rights and freedoms. While the issues are many and varied throughout different regions it’s all interconnected and it is this corrupt government that is responsible. The only way for the people to get the attention of this government is to target their pocket books. That is the reason to #ShutDownCanada. The system has failed us all miserably. There is no democracy and we the people have an obligation to demand justice for all. The current status quo in so called Canada serves only the elite few while the majority of Canadians are financial slaves to the system. Politicians do not represent the people, nor have they ever. Indigenous communities know this all too well and have been actively resisting subjugation since contact with the first colonizers who illegally imposed their jurisdiction through covert biological warfare and the ongoing genocide implemented with the residential school system. Link to list of #ShutDownCanada schedule actions The residential schools took the children from the land to disconnect people from their culture in order to take the land from the children. The genocide is ongoing, we still see the constant removal of indigenous children from their ancestral lineages and...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Law Firms Rally to Boycott Corporate Sponsors of the D.C. N.F.L. Team

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Law Firms Rally to Boycott Corporate Sponsors of the D.C. N.F.L. Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Law Firms Rally to Boycott Corporate Sponsors of the D.C. N.F.L. Team; the National Congress of American Indians Issues a Letter of Support For information contact: Ethel Branch (206) 344-8100 ethel.billie@gmail.com SEATTLE –The Seattle-based law firm of Kanji & Katzen PLLC has answered the call of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and has voted to boycott the D.C. N.F.L. team’s key corporate sponsors until the team’s name changes. This includes ceasing use of FedEx in the firm’s two offices, and closing the firm’s accounts at Bank of America. The firm specializes in litigation on behalf of Native Nations throughout Indian country in fields spanning treaty rights, sovereignty protection, taxation and regulation, land claims and land use, reservation boundaries, gaming and economic development, and environmental protection. The move by Kanji & Katzen, announced last Monday, prompted other law firms to join the boycott. By Friday, Kewenvoyouma Law, Skenandore Law, Galanda Broadman (also Seattle-based) and the Alaska office of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP had joined the boycott. The boycott is also under review by the partners of a number of other law firms nationwide. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest representative organization of Native Nations in the United States, issued a letter of support for the Seattle Human Rights Commission’s Resolution No. 15-01 calling for the boycott among City of Seattle residents and businesses, as well as by the City of Seattle itself. The Commission continues to urge the City, City businesses, and City residents to join the boycott and recently started a change.org petition for individuals to sign on to the boycott. Sign the “Boycott D.C. N.F.L. Team Sponsors until the Name is Changed” petition here https://www.change.org/p/dan-snyder-boycott-d-c-n-f-l-team-sponsors-until-the-name-is-changed. # #...

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Call to Action: Support the Oceti Sakowin Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Call to Action: Support the Oceti Sakowin Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

CALL TO ACTION! Tues, Jan 13th – 7pm CST. #NOKXL Vigil Across Turtle Island!! Share far and wide. Let our voices be heard!! #OcetiRising #RejectKXL This action is in solidarity with a large group of environmental orgs all performing actions across North America. List your vigil/rally here: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/reject-keystone-xl-now (we are making a map of all the actions happening that day) The Nebraska Supreme Court has validated the Keystone XL route in the state — and while they’ve given in to Big Oil, we need the President to stand tall. President Obama has said he will veto legislation to approve Keystone XL — now he needs to take the next step by rejecting the pipeline once and for all. Join us on Tuesday evening at rallies coast-to-coast to tell the President that it’s time to reject Keystone XL. Supporting organizations: 350.org CREDO Indigenous Environmental Network Oil Change International Rainforest Action Network The Sierra...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Response to Senator Murkowski’s Actions and Comments in Senate Meeting on KXL Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Response to Senator Murkowski’s Actions and Comments in Senate Meeting on KXL Bill

January 9, 2015 – The Indigenous Environmental Network is dismayed by the actions and comments made yesterday by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), in her first day as the new chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources’ Committee. The Senator spoke about her usage of a Tsimshian “gavel” at the conclusion of the meeting and after adjournment was overheard on the live stream stating, “It’s kind of evil looking, isn’t it?”, referring to the gavel. Although we cannot assume the full history and connection the Senator has with the cultural item, her remarks were inappropriate and disrespectful nonetheless. In the context of this meeting and the Senate discussions on the Keystone XL pipeline, we are curious why the only indigenous representation seen so far is a gavel used by Senator Murkowski. Given that the proposed Keystone XL route passes through Oceti Sakowin — Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux – territory in the Great Plains, and given that Senator Murkowski has been a longtime member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, we wonder why Native voices have not been included in these US Congressional discussions on the issue. These nations have not been properly consulted on the construction of this pipeline, as is required by US Federal Law, and South Dakota state law. We implore the United States Congress to recognize the treaty, water and land rights of Native peoples across North America. We challenge Senator Murkowski to hear what tribal nations have to say on the matter of this “transboundary” issue. And we ask the Senator to consult with Tsimshian people before she makes any more remarks on the “evilness” of Tsimshian art. We support the requests of First Nations Cree and Dene people of northern Alberta who vehemently demand to shut down the tar sands oil development. We support a just transition towards a greener, more sustainable economy in order to avoid future climate meltdowns. And we ask Senator Murkowski, and other US Congressional members, to join us in this movement to protect Mother Earth and say no to the Keystone XL pipeline. Alaska-based REDOIL Statement The following is a statement given by one of our network organizations in Alaska, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), an Alaskan Native grassroots network: “Senator Murkowski blatantly ignores the concerns of thousands of Indigenous peoples threatened by the passage of the pipeline as she promotes Senate approval for the project. Senator Murkowski claims to have great respect for Indigenous peoples but her actions continually support development projects and legislation that threaten tribal sovereignty and food security of Indigenous communities whether it is by pushing Keystone XL legislation or seeking development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore oil development in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Sen Murkowski promotes Indigenous homelands and marine ecosystems being plundered for the profits of big oil while our subsistence livelihoods would be destroyed as a sacrifice for short term economic gain with long term devastating consequences to the survival of our future generations.” – Faith Gemmill, Executive Director Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL) For media contact: Dallas Goldtooth, IEN KXL Campaign Organizer, 507-412-7609 (central time) Faith Gemmill, REDOIL Executive Director, (907) 750-0188 (Alaska time) See indigenousrising . Org for...

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Raising Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW

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Raising Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW

Dear Community Member, We are asking you to join Sing Our Rivers Red (SORR) events, aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender based violence in the United States and Canada. In February 2015, several events will strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice. The History There has been a movement in Canada raising consciousness and dialogue about the issue. Since 1980, over 1,181 Native women and girls in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered. For over 20 years, there have been marches and events each year throughout Canada on Valentine’s Day to bring awareness to this issue such as the Women’s Memorial March. Initiatives listed on #ItStartsWithUs, including the Stolen Sisters movement, Sisters in Spirit, Families of Sisters in Spirit, #ItEndsHere, the Walking With Our Sisters exhibit, creating a community-led database and map, such as the Highway of Tears, and using media via the #MMIW (murdered and missing Indigenous hashtag) have helped bring attention to this issue. Efforts supporting awareness and unity in the U.S. include the Missing Sisters Crowd Map started by The Save Wįyąbi Project in collaboration with Anonymous’ Operation ThunderBird. This Map currently shows over 350 MMIW in the United States. Ryan Red Corn of the 1491’s comedy troupe released a picture of a Native woman with her mouth covered to symbolize the silence, or lack of dialogue, about the issue. Additionally, groups are also taking up marches on Valentine’s Day and other actions around the States. The (Lack of) Numbers While there isn’t a comprehensive estimate, there are many factors that contribute to the disproportionated number of Indigenous women who are missing and murdered in the United States. Indigenous women have incurred devastating levels of violence in the US. “According to the US Department of Justice, nearly half of all Native American women have been raped, beaten, or stalked by an intimate partner; one in three will be raped in their lifetime; and on some reservations, women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average.” But many factors complicate the reporting and recording of these numbers, including fear, stigma, legal barriers, racism, sexism, amongst others. Additionally, there is perpetuation of Native women as sexual objects in the mainstream media. The Action We hope to support the efforts built in Canada in the week leading up to Feb 14th, as well as highlight the need for awareness and action to address colonial gender violence in the United States. We in no way intend or mean to draw any attention away from the events in Canada or the Women’s Memorial March and ceremony that is held on February 14th. Rather we are holding these events in solidarity with No More Silence, the Women’s Memorial March and many others who are taking action everyday in their own ways. The injustices against Indigenous women don’t stop at the border; they affect us all. It is important to hold these events in the U.S. to show our support and solidarity for Indigenous women across Turtle Island. Because we are not murdered and...

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Coalition of Grassroots Activists Take Action across South Dakota to Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Coalition of Grassroots Activists Take Action across South Dakota to Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline

Coalition of Grassroots Activists Take Action across South Dakota to Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline Rapid City Protest: January 6: Top of Main Street Square parking ramp, 7:45am MT Sioux Falls Protest: 10th and Minnesota, 2:00pm CT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 5, 2015 Contact: Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action Organizer: (605)939-0527 Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member: (605)964-3813 Alice Alexandrescu, Dakota Rural Action member: (716) 803-3081 Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network KXL Organizer: (507)412-7609 In lead-up to PUC and Congressional votes, coalition of grassroots activists take action across South Dakota to protest the Keystone XL pipeline Pierre, SD, – A grassroots coalition of landowners, native leaders, and allied supporters are taking action across South Dakota this week to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and raise awareness of the unified opposition to the project. These actions will precede the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 6 and an US Congress KXL bill vote expected to take place on Friday. This grassroots coalition is called NO KXL DAKOTA and is comprised of South Dakota ranchers, farmers, citizens of Lakota/Dakota nations, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Dakota Rural Action, and other South Dakotans. Many of these coalition members are among the 40 parties that have filed to intervene in Transcanada’s application for a Keystone XL South Dakota permit re-approval. The protests on Monday, January 5 will take place at the downtown parking ramp in Rapid City at 7:30am, and will start at 10th and Minnesota in Sioux Falls at 2:00pm. On January 6th, following the PUC meeting at 9:30am, there will be a multi-denomination #NOKXL Prayer Rally in the State Capitol building rotunda. “One of the great things about South Dakotans is that we pride ourselves on common sense, and resiliency,” says Vermillion resident Alice Alexandrescu. “Both of these traits are dishonored by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We are turning away from hydrocarbons, the oil tycoons are growing desperate and they are trying to make us feel desperate too. We’re smarter than that.” TransCanada filed for certification on September 15, 2014. On Tuesday, the PUC will hear a motion to dismiss the application outright, filed on behalf of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. “The movement to stop the Keystone pipeline is growing in South Dakota,” said Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member and activist. “We will continue in our efforts to build resistance to this project knowing that we will succeed.” Press coverage of No KXL Dakota protests: http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/protests-planned-in-sd-against-keystone-pipeline/?id=174061 http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/state/3646665-transcanadas-second-pipeline-faces-dismissal-challenge-its-state-permit...

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Family of Native American Police Shooting Victim Releases Statement

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Family of Native American Police Shooting Victim Releases Statement

Family of Allen Locke Releases Statement For Immediate Release: December 21, 2014 Contact: Christie Locke, Darrell Locke (Siblings) Rapid City, South Dakota (USA) – Dec. 21, 2014 In light of the recent tragic events that have transpired at Lakota Homes and that have claimed the life of our son, brother, father, partner, grandson, uncle and loved one, we feel it imperative to issue a public statement asking the Rapid City and Native community at-large to bear with us as we grieve our loss and make arrangements for our loved one. We genuinely appreciate the prayer vigils and ceremony circles that are being organized in Allen’s memory; this is a crucial time for our family as Allen is making his spirit journey. We feel the community’s hurt; we know you are angry, we know you are sad and we know everyone is on edge as a result of Allen’s violent death coming off the heals of his participation in the #NativeLivesMatter Anti-Police Brutality Rally and March a day before this horrific incident. There are many details that we will share in time but we are trying very hard to hold it together and to be strong and peaceful in order to send our loved one off and to give our children an appropriate holiday’s memory. We ask that everyone respect the families privacy at this time. There are critical issues currently pending including an autopsy, internal investigation, a meeting with the Mayor and Rapid City Police Chief and a prayer gathering outside the mayor’s office during that meeting at 10am MST, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Allen was many things to many people and he would want us to remain peaceful and prayerful during this most trying time for our family. Again, we sincerely appreciate all the love, feelings, prayers and energy that you are sending our way. This makes the difference and it is our hope that we can end this violence against our Native people here in Rapid City. Allen was a Sun Dancer and we want all prayer families, medicine men, spiritual leaders and sundancers to come and pray for our family and to keep Allen and his loved ones in your...

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#NotYourMascot #ChangeTheName #NoHonorInRacism Rally Against the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field

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#NotYourMascot #ChangeTheName #NoHonorInRacism Rally Against the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field

#NotYourMascot #ChangeTheName #NoHonorInRacism Rally Against the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field December 17, 2014 Washington, D.C.: A coalition of Native organizations announce a march and rally to protest against the Washington football team at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, on December 28, 2014. Several proponents of the anti-mascot movement, including the National Congress of American Indians, the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media, Oneida Nation’s Change the Mascot campaign, the American Indian Movement, and Not Your Mascots invite tribal nations, organizations, and allies to join in a demonstration against institutional racism. As the Washington team’s season comes to a dismal close, we call on Dan Snyder to claim a simple win: change the name. Washington’s ongoing use of a Native American slur and mascot promotes the dehumanization, marginalization, and stereotyping of Native peoples. The march will commence at 10am at FedEx Field, with a rally to follow. Ride shares, march route, etc. TBA. EVENT INFORMATION: https://www.facebook.com/events/761143153977803/ Photo courtesy of...

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Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer by Winona LaDuke

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Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer by Winona LaDuke

PRESS RELEASE Video: Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer Contact: winonaladuke@honorearth.org / info@honorearth.org Enbridge hasn’t gotten much attention to the personal ad they’ve taken out in local newspapers for their own Indian Whisperer, and they’re getting desperate with winter rolling in. They’ve extended their application deadline and reposted the advertised position for that special Indian to whisper sweet nothings to our communities about the benefits of oil. I wrote a blog about all this recently, that you can view here. So, because we are welcoming people, we decided to help them out by prospecting for them. They can consider it a Thanksgiving gift. Here’s the video: This video is a unique way of sharing the story about Enbridge’s increasingly desperate, dirty schemes to push its dirty oil agenda on grassroots organizations, Native and Aboriginal communities – there has been media coverage of big oil’s dirty tactics in the New York Times and CBC in the past week alone. Detail on Big oil’s plans to make the Great Lakes a tar sands “superhighway”. Honor the Earth has succeeded in organizing grassroots opposition to the proposed Sandpiper pipeline (which would move 375, 000 barrels per day of fracked Bakken oil across the wetlands of Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin) – resulting in a 1.5 year delay of Public Utilities Commission routing permit decision. Enbridge is now trying to challenge the opposition growing in Native communities of the North by hiring “Tribal Liaisons” to launch community organizing campaigns in favor of pipelines. In coordination with the White Earth Nation, Indigenous Environmental Network, the Center for Biological Diversity and many other individual and organizational plaintiffs Honor filed a lawsuit against the State Department and John Kerry for seeking to permit the Alberta Clipper Expansion “Switcheroo” (which would being 800, 000 barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Superior, Wisconsin) on November 12, 2014. Enbridge is desperately seeking a foothold in Native communities of the north, and is employing dirty tactics in an attempt to turn the tide. Please contact me for interviews and commentary regarding all of the above. Winona LaDuke Executive Director – Honor the Earth...

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‘Manidoo Giizisoons Celebration (Moon of the Little Spirit)’ with Sean Sherman aka the Sioux Chef & a Native Craft Fair

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‘Manidoo Giizisoons Celebration (Moon of the Little Spirit)’  with Sean Sherman aka the Sioux Chef & a Native Craft Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014 CONTACT: Alyssa Hoppe Phone: (612) 385-1557 ‘Manidoo Giizisoons Celebration (Moon of the Little Spirit)’ with Sean Sherman aka the Sioux Chef & a Native Craft Fair Duluth, Minnesota – Thursday, November 20th. Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, invites the northland to Clyde Iron Works on Sunday, December 21st for a Native craft fair and traditional Indigenous Benefit Dinner in honor of the Solstice and the sacred waters in our region. Joining LaDuke and Honor the Earth in hosting this benefit dinner is leadership from WaterLegacy, a Duluth based non-profit organization working to protect Minnesota’s waters and the communities who rely on them. The craft fair will be held from 11AM to 4PM with a social hour beginning at 5:30PM before dinner is served at 6:30PM. Tickets for the dinner are $45 per person, $80 per couple, or $300 for an 8 person table. All proceeds go to benefit the campaigns protecting clean water from sulfide mining & pipeline development in Minnesota This event features Chef Sean Sherman, aka the Sioux Chef, Oglala Lakota Sioux of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and a meal of “pre-contact” inspired Native American cuisine. Sherman has spent the past 25 years harvesting wisdom from his ancestors by studying the indigenous knowledge of wild foods prior to colonization. With that knowledge, Sherman prepares modern dishes utilizing wild and cultivated food of the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes. With his new restaurant and learning center opening this winter in the Twin Cities, we are grateful to have him join us as an honored chef. Throughout the night, guests will enjoy a succulent four course meal consisting of local ingredients from the resurgent indigenous foods movement, such as smoked duck, white corn mush, birch syrup, smoked northern and hominy cakes, cedar stewed turkey, puffed wild rice and more! In addition, Chef Sherman will share a presentation of the Slow Food Wild Rice Presidia and traditional foods of the northland. Be sure to join us earlier in the day for a Native craft fair in the Mezzanine of Clyde Iron. This holiday season support local Indigenous artisans. Keep it simple, keep it local. If you are a native artist in the area interested in participating in the fair please call (612) 385 – 1557. As northerners located directly on the path of pollution for the proposed copper-nickel mining and the North American oil transportation plan it is our responsibility to ensure ethical decisions are made to secure a healthy and prosperous future for the seventh generation. Honor the Earth, WaterLegacy, and the Sioux Chef welcomes any and all concerned people to Clyde Iron Works Sunday, December 21st for a daylong celebration of our ancestral past and future. For more information on the Moon of the Little Spirit Feast and to purchase tickets to the dinner, please visit...

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Lawsuit Targets Secretive Plan to Ramp up Tar Sands Oil Shipments in Alberta Clipper Pipeline

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Lawsuit Targets Secretive Plan to Ramp up Tar Sands Oil Shipments in Alberta Clipper Pipeline

For Immediate Release: Lawsuit Targets Secretive Plan to Ramp up Tar Sands Oil Shipments in Alberta Clipper Pipeline Contact: Gabby Brown, gabby@newpartners.com, 202-261-2382 November 12, 2014 MINNEAPOLIS, MN. – Conservation and tribal groups including the White Earth Nation filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. State Department’s secretive approval of a plan to allow Canadian oil giant Enbridge to nearly double the amount of tar sands oil in the Alberta Clipper pipeline. The approval this summer happened without public notice and without a legally required review that’s meant to protect air, water, wildlife, and public health, in spite of a previous State Department decision that any expansion of Alberta Clipper would require a federal permit. The pipeline transports tar sands oil from Alberta through Minnesota, with a terminus in Superior, Wisconsin. From the Canadian border, the pipeline runs 327 miles through North Dakota and Minnesota to Wisconsin, passing through three Native American reservations, as well as the Northern Divide, the Mississippi river, the Chippewa National Forest, and Leech Lake. The scheme to nearly double Alberta Clipper’s capacity would put the pipeline on par with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and significantly increase the amount of toxic, highly polluting tar sands crude being moved into the U.S. without any public oversight or accountability. It also represents a violation of U.S. environmental laws designed to protect the public from pollution of our air and water. “This lawsuit challenges the State Department’s illegal approval of Enbridge’s tar sands expansion plans,” Sierra Club Staff Attorney Doug Hayes told reporters on a press call this afternoon. “Rather than stick to its ongoing review process that the National Environmental Policy Act requires, the State Department green-lighted the expansion before the process is complete.” Today’s suit was filed in federal court in Minneapolis by a diverse coalition of groups including the White Earth Nation, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Honor the Earth, the National Wildlife Federation, the Minnesota Conservation Federation, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and MN350, being represented by the Vermont Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. The suit aims to force Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Department to reverse its approval and ensure that a full environmental review takes place before any expansion of Alberta Clipper occurs. “To establish the U.S. as a real international leader in tackling the climate crisis, the State Department must stop turning a blind eye to Big Oil schemes to bypass U.S. laws and nearly double the amount of corrosive, carbon-intensive tar sands crude it brings into our country,” said Sierra Club Deputy National Program Director Michael Bosse. “Enbridge has been allowed to play by their own rules for too long at the expense of our water, air, and climate, and the Sierra Club is taking legal action to stop this abuse.” “The only thing worse than dirty oil is dirty oil backed by dirty tricks. This is the fossil fuel equivalent of money laundering,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Obama administration should be ashamed of itself for letting Enbridge illegally pump more dirty tar sands oil into the United States.” “Honor the Earth represents Anishinaabeg people and the earth. We believe that nations should abide by their agreements, treaties, and laws. The Anishinaabeg continue to harvest...

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Racist NFL Team Name & Logo to be Met with Protest by Indigenous Peoples

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Racist NFL Team Name & Logo to be Met with Protest by Indigenous Peoples

News Release November 10, 2014 Contact: Kris Longoria 510­759­3911 urbanrezlife@gmail.com Tony Gonzales 415­577­1492 eltonyg@earthlink.net Racist NFL Team Name & Logo Met with Protest by Indigenous Peoples in Santa Clara Sunday, November 23, 2014 What: Grassroots Indigenous Organizations to Hold March and Rally for Respectful Representation of Indigenous Peoples. The protest and news conference will coincide with the controversial Washington NFL team’s game versus San Francisco 49ers. When: Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 8:00am ­ Prayer Gathering @ Ulistac Natural Area; 4901 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 9:30 am ­ March to Levi’s Stadium; 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 10:00am ­ Rally @ Levi’s Stadium; 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA Where: Ulistac Natural Area­­ Occupied Ohlone Territory* Who: Sponsored by American Indian Movement­West, Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, Indian People Organizing for Change, Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes, ANSWER COALITION,Idle No More Bay Area CA, and more TBA. A Northern California grassroots campaign is being launched by the Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports. A march and rally to end the use of the racial slur, name and mascot of the NFL team from Washington, D.C. comes to Santa Clara November 23rd at 10:00 AM, Levi’s Stadium. Grassroots community members & organizations will stand in solidarity to end the use of the racial slur as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. November 23rd at 10:00 AM, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The events will coincide with an NFL game at Levi’s Stadium where the controversial Washington team will play against the San Francisco 49ers. The campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to end the use of the racial epithet and its hurtful reminder to the Indigenous peoples of their ongoing mistreatment. The Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports is organizing its largest grassroots demonstration in the San Francisco Bay Area, a continuation of many years of protesting racism in sports. Kris Longoria, co­organizer states, “The Bay Area has a large Native American Community, a lot of history for our people standing up for our rights, started here in the bay area. We are committed to our culture and traditions, but using our people as mascots is unacceptable. Let’s end this legacy of racism in sports.” Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a sponsor of the demonstrations, has issued a call for support of Native Americans, human rights activists, and others who believe Native Americans deserve the right to determine how our culture and identity is represented in media and who are concerned for the future of Native American youth. The California protests are part of a series of nationwide actions at NFL games to “Change the Name & Change the Mascot!” that have been held at the Washington team’s away games against the Cardinals, Cowboys, Vikings, and will occur at the Washington team’s home game on December 28th. Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry member, was a coordinator of the kick­off rally against the Washington NFL team’s name at the October 12th Arizona Cardinals game. Deschine Parkhurst said, “Many grassroots groups and organizations seek to give voice to Native Americans who advocate for the Washington NFL team to change the team’s name. San Francisco is...

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Tulalip Tribes Calls for Healing & Unity

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Tulalip Tribes Calls for Healing & Unity

Tulalip Tribes statement on recovery from Marysville Pilchuck school shooting Tulalip Tribes Francesca Hillery, Public Affairs Officer Cell: (360) 913.2646 Email: fhillery@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov Press Releases October 29, 2014 As we grieve our losses and pray for the recovery of the injured, the Tulalip Tribes continue to work with our neighbors in the Marysville community in continued unity. The tragic event at Marysville Pilchuck is a test of the unity and partnership between the Tulalip and Marysville communities, which is essential especially for the education of our children. Schools in the Marysville School District have received threats. While some have been directed at Native children, we are concerned for the safety of all of the children. Many of our kids are fearful to return to school, and some parents are reluctant to send them. The Tulalip Tribes denounce the horrific actions of Jaylen Fryberg, who took the lives of two of his classmates and grievously injured three others. All of the young people he attacked were his friends, and two were his cousins. Parents and children alike are struggling to understand what caused him to act in such a manner. Even though we may never know why, there can be no justification for taking the lives of others. These were the acts of an individual, not a family, not a tribe. As our communities continue to come together to deal with this tragic event, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families of Zoe Galasso and Gia Soriano. We continue to pray for the recovery of Andrew Fryberg, Nate Hatch, and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and their families. It is our custom to come together in times of grief. The tribe holds up our people who are struggling through times of loss. We are supporting the family of Jaylen Fryberg in their time of loss, but that does not mean we condone his actions. We are grateful for the outpouring of support we are receiving from our neighbors, other tribes and organizations, and from around the world. Your thoughts and prayers have held us up in this difficult...

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Native American High School Club Denied Cultural Assembly

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Native American High School Club Denied Cultural Assembly

Press Release October 17th, 2014 Seattle, WA., On Oct 1st, 2014 Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors approved resolution N. 2014/15-10 designation of ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ in Seattle Public Schools to honor, celebrate, and promote visibility while recognizing contributions and achievements of Indigenous Peoples. In addition, City of Seattle Council and Mayor Ed Murray approved a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day every 2nd Monday of October. Ingraham Native/Latino club student leadership requested a school wide assembly to promote diversity, celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and to recognize Native Heritage Month and Latino Heritage Month and Native American Heritage month is November as traditionally marked by the President of the United States of America since 1990. However, Native American and Latino student Club members and allies at Ingraham High School are being oppressed by the school leadership through the denial of a voice or “freedom of speech”; denying active participation in school activities; and demoting Indigenous visibility at Ingraham High School, Seattle, WA. Ingraham H.S. has no formal policy or procedure for student club initiated school wide assembly requests. The denial for Native/Latino student club assembly is an absolute abomination and contradicts the verbiage used in the Seattle Public Schools resolution. Historically, and presently, our Native and Latino students experience immense discrimination, marginalization and alienation within the current SPS institutions, and this is underscored by the SPS Data which reflects some of the poorest graduation rates, low performance scores, and disproportionality in disciplinary action. A school wide assembly initiated by student leadership could have been a catalyst for improving cultural awareness, sensitivity and supporting diversity within the Ingraham community. Native/Latino Club students secured funding from ‘We R Native’ grant specifically for raising awareness and promoting Native visibility within the mainstream Ingraham learning community. Native/Latino Club intent is to engage the Ingraham community by educating staff and students about local and National leaders, artists, activist and providing a rare look into Native/Latino perspectives, experiences and contributions. Ingraham H.S. staff should be applauding Native/Latino students for initiating and attempting to bridge cultural learning opportunities, and could have supported students for their initiative, courage, leadership and progressive forward thinking in celebrating SPS designated Native/Latino Heritage Month and Indigenous Peoples Day. The omission of Indigenous history, culture, contemporary issues and perspective in SPS curriculum, instruction, school environment, and class room climate is a source of ongoing concern. Native Learners continue to experience inequity and systemic disadvantages due to institutionalized racism, lack of SPS culturally responsive, culturally appropriate services and programs, and continued barriers to resources and a lack of Native role models within schools. Historical-socio-cultural-economic factors continue to prevent Native students from achieving academic success. Furthermore, students at Ingraham H.S. have a right to celebrate, honor and share their heritage, perspectives, accomplishments, culture, history and contributions to American society. On October 27th, 2014 at noon we as a community have been invited by the Latino/Native Club students to gather together in solidarity to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, Latino/Native Heritage month and honor the past/present Indigenous leaders, and celebrated activists, and accomplished community members. Native /Latino Club students are inviting our communities to JOIN them in support of their efforts at making change happen to bring social justice and enlightenment to Ingraham H.S. Please join us on Monday October 27th, 2014 at 12noon Ingraham H.S....

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#NotYourMascot Minnesota to Rally Against the Washington “R*dskins”

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#NotYourMascot Minnesota to Rally Against the Washington “R*dskins”

Press Release Media Contact: Jason Elias (763)458-7289 For Immediate Release October 15, 2014 #NotYourMascot March/Rally to TCF Stadium: Minnesota Native Community and supporters join national campaign against Washington team Minneapolis, MN. #NotYourMascot has announced a march and rally to protest against the Washington “Redskins” at their scheduled game with the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Stadium on November 2. #NotYourMascot is a coalition of grassroots organizations including Idle No More – Twin Cities, AIM – Twin Cities, AIM Patrol of Minneapolis, United Urban Warrior Society, Idle No More – Wisconsin, Protect Our Manoomin, Twin Cities Save the Kids, Minnesota Two Spirit Society and several other organizations. The march and rally against the Washington team is a response to Dan Snyder’s refusal to change the team’s name and mascot. “Redskins” is an offensive racial slur and stereotype. The continued use of mascots and team names in sports has resulted in widespread racial, cultural, and spiritual stereotyping that promotes hatred and disrespect toward Native people. Opposition to the Washington team name includes numerous tribal organizations and tribal leaders, the National Congress of American Indians, the U.S. Congress, President Obama, civil rights and religious groups, and players and icons in the sports industry. In April 2014, U.N. Special Rapporteur James Anaya said: “I urge the team owners to consider that the term ‘redskin’ for many is inextricably linked to a history of suffering and dispossession, and that it is understood to be a pejorative and disparaging term that fails to respect and honour the historical and cultural legacy of the Native Americans in the US.” #NotYourMascot will start gathering at 9:30 a.m. on November 2 at American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin, Minneapolis, MN. The march will commence at 10:00 a.m. end with a rally at TCF Stadium. EVENT INFORMATION:...

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The Death of Columbus Day the Rise of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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The Death of Columbus Day the Rise of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“Columbus Day as a national, and international, phenomenon reflects a much larger dynamic that promotes myriad myths and historical lies that have been used through the ages to dehumanize Indians, justifying the theft of our lands, the attempted destruction of our nations and the genocide against our people.” ~Russell Means & Glenn Morris On October 6th, 2014 the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to rename the second Monday in October, “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” The vote came after months of intense lobbying by the greater Seattle urban Native community and area Tribes. The origins of the organizing efforts to abolish Columbus Day and rename it Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first documented back in 1977, when members of the International Indian Treaty Council, the American Indian Movement and other Indigenous activists from North, Central and South America presented the idea to the United Nations at the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas. Since then, various states and cities have passed resolutions to rename Columbus Day. Seattle became the second major city to pass an Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolutions this year following organizing efforts in Minneapolis. Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution was drafted by LRI’s Matt Remle and received broad support from area Tribes, the Seattle Native community and a diverse range of community organizations, non-profits, and human rights organizations. Additionally, on October 1st, the Seattle school board was successfully lobbied and passed a resolution to mark the second Monday in October as a day of observance for Indigenous Peoples’ and established the board’s commitment to the teaching of local tribal history, culture, treaty rights, governance and current affairs into the K-12 school system. The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution will be signed into law by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on October 13th at Seattle City Hall, followed by an evening of celebration at Seattle’s historic Day Break...

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Dennis Banks Calls for American Indian Movement National Meeting

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Dennis Banks Calls for American Indian Movement National Meeting

American Indian Movement National Meeting October 22 – October 25 2014 Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay, WI Dennis Banks, founding member of the American Indian Movement, has issued a call for the reinvigorating of AIM. Banks, who served as the National Field Director of AIM, calls for a National and International gathering of AIM families, chapters, support groups and individuals to be held in October in Green Bay, WI. All members past, present and future generations are encouraged to attend. The gathering seeks to address issues impacting Indian Country such as: 1. Keystone XL Pipeline 2. Non compliance of several states on ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) 3. Non compliance of several states on NAGPRA (Native American Grave Protection and Rehabilitation Act. Also to be covered: 1. Allow for the development of Youth and Elder groups to form under the National umbrella of AIM. 2. To create senior advisory groups of AIM to assist and guide new leadership. 3. That all AIM Members who are officials of AIM, be retired at the age of 60; they will be grandfathered into the advisory group. Boarding Schools- There will be a International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights sponsored by Blue Skies Foundation. For more information contact the National Field Office at 763 242-4242 or on-line at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/353140644845919/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular...

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For Immediate Release: Oct 6th Seattle City Council to Vote on “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” Resolution

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For Immediate Release: Oct 6th Seattle City Council to Vote on “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” Resolution

For Immediate Release: Seattle city council to vote on naming the second Monday in October to Indigenous Peoples’ Day DATE: Monday, October 6, 2014 Time: 11:00—2:00 pm; Place: Lower Terrace, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 Contact: Matt Remle (206) 639-3610 Or e-mail to mcremle@hotmail.com Members of Seattle’s Urban and Reservation Native Communities’ invite you to show your support at Seattle City Hall on Monday, October 6, 2014, when the City of Seattle Council will vote on a city resolution to name the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day.   The resolution was initiated by members the Native community and co-sponsored by Council-members Kshama Sawant and Bruce Harrell. Please join us for this historic vote through your support by bringing your peaceful songs, drums, supporting words and signs. Wear something indigenous! Prominent members of the Native American and Alaska Native community and other will speak to support abolishing Columbus Day and declare this day Indigenous Peoples’ Day and encourage Seattle Public Schools to teach the history of indigenous peoples to this region and the United States. “Columbus Day as a national, and international, phenomenon reflects a much larger dynamic that promotes myriad myths and historical lies that have been used through the ages to dehumanize Indians, justifying the theft of our lands, the attempted destruction of our nations and the genocide against our people.” ~Russell Means & Glenn Morris The purpose of this resolution is for the City of Seattle to: • Strongly support that Indigenous Peoples’ Day be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of Indigenous Peoples of our region; and, • Strongly encourage Seattle Public Schools to include the teaching of indigenous people’s history as recommended by 2005 Washington State House Bill 1495 sponsored by Rep. John McCoy; and, • Encourage other businesses, organizations, and public institutions to recognize Indigenous People’s Day. People can also support by: 1. Contacting the Seattle city council and letting them know: “I support Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle” council@seattle.gov 2. Signing & sharing the Seattle Human Rights Commissions petition: https://www.change.org/p/seattle-city-council-support-indigenous-peoples-day-in-seattle The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution is supported and/or endorsed by: 1) The Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians 2) Last Real Indians 3) The Seattle Human Rights Commission 4) Youth Undoing Institutional Racism 5) the Peoples’ Institute Northwest 6) The American Friends Service Committee: Community Justice Program 7) Huy 8) Native Action Network 9) The Northwest Indian Bar Association 10)The Swinomish Indian Tribe 11) The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe 12) Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe 13) Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission 14) United Indians of All Tribes Foundation 15) El Centro de la Raza 16) The Seattle School Board 17) Seattle Indian Health Board 18) Longhouse Media 19) Western Washington Native American Education Consortium 20) Urban Native Education Council 21) Puyallup Tribe 22) Squaxin Island Tribe 23) Clearwater Film 24) Latino Education & Training Institute 25) Seattle LGBT Commission 26) Amnesty International University Washington 27) InterChange Media Art Productions 28) University Unitarian Church 29) Social Workers Stand Up 30) SEIU 775 31) One America 32) Kanji & Katzen PLLC 33) Mujeres of the Northwest 34) Entre Hermanos 35) Sacred Water Canoe...

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Dam The Indians Anyway – Winnemem WAR DANCE at Shasta Dam

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Dam The Indians Anyway – Winnemem WAR DANCE at Shasta Dam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 9, 2014 Winnemem Wintu Tribe Media Contact: Charlotte Berta Cell: 916-207-2378 Email: char@ranchriver.com NOTE: PRESS CONFERENCE: 3 PM 9/10/14 AT SHASTA DAM SITE Redding, Calif. –The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a “War Dance” at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif., beginning September 11th through September 15th. The War Dance is in response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise the dam, which threatens to submerge many Winnemem sacred sites and village areas. The Winnemem lost much of their homelands and their salmon when the dam was first constructed. “Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River – sites we still use today,” says Caleen Sisk , Winnemem Chief and Spiritual Leader. “We can’t be Winnemem any place else but the McCloud River. The dam raise is a form of cultural genocide.” The Winnemem invoked the War Dance in 1887 against a fish hatchery on the McCloud River that threatened the salmon and the Winnemem way of life. . Again The Winnemem held a War Dance at the dam in 2004 to commit themselves to the protection of their land and their salmon. Now, the Winnemem face even more of their sacred sites and culture being submerged by the dam “We gave up a lot of our homeland for the sake of the California people, and got nothing in return. Now the government wants to take our sacred places, and again we get nothing in return. How is this fair, over and over again?” “This is not right Chief Sisk said. “This is too much to ask of a people.” On September 11, 2014 at a site near Shasta Dam, just before dusk, a sacred ceremonial fire will be lit, and the Winnemem War Dancers will fast for the full four days of the ceremony.. For the next 4 days, the fire, the drum, the songs and the dance will carry the prayers of the Winnemem people. The dance is being held under a permit issued by The Bureau of Reclamation. (BOR) The Tribe has held numerous meetings with the BOR to raise questions about the feasibility of the BOR’s plans, the impacts it will have on the tribe and their way of life, and the troubled history between the tribe and the BOR. Yet, BOR is going ahead with plans to raise the dam and will submit it’s final EIS/EIR to the Secretary of Interior in December, and anticipates the final project plan will be submitted to Congress for approval no later then March 2015. When Shasta Dam was first proposed, Congress passed a law (55 Stat 612) authorizing the federal government to take the lands and burial grounds that the Winnemem had for a thousand years. Promises were made to the Tribe in 55 Stat 612 that still have not been kept. The Tribe is asking that the BOR fulfill 55 Stat 612 to resolve these long standing debts as well as fully comply with NEPA, NHPA, and other laws that protect sacred and historic sites. The Tribe has consistently requested that the BOR, study alternatives to raising the dam such as better management practices for existing reservoirs and conservation options, as well as better...

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Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate

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Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate

Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate This event features activists Shelley A. Young, Kandi Mosset, Elle Maija Tailfeathers, and Ellen Gabriel who will discuss high-profile media campaigns by indigenous groups in Canada and the United States that protest the oil and fracking industries and the ongoing governmental violations of Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights. Sponsored by the School of Media Studies and co-organized in collaboration with Idle No More and Frack Action, a leading New York-based organization working for a statewide ban on fracking as a part of Climate Action Week at The New School. Participants will include: Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) Human rights activist from Kanehsatà:ke, Ellen has spent years fighting for Indigenous rights well-known to the public when she was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka” Crisis; to protect the Pines from the expansion of a 9 hole golf course in “Oka” and the removal of Kanien’kehá:ka ancestors from their burial ground. She is now a leading voice in fighting the Energy East and Line 9 tar sands pipelines. Kanehsatà:ke territory is right in the path of the proposed Enbridge #Line9 and Trans-Canada Energy East tar sands pipelines and Ellen has emerged as a key voice in the fight to stop tar sands expansion through organizing in solidarity with First Nations in Alberta and the 185 First Nations in the right of way of the controversial project. Shelley A. Young is a Mi’kmaq leader from Eskasoni First Nation who engaged in a high-profile hunger strike to push Indian Act leadership in Mi’kma’ki to stop negotiating the Treaties with the provincial and federal government by stepping away from tripartite/self-government agreements and to bring awareness that they have been doing so, for the past 10 years, without any consultation with our communities. Shelley has been heavily involved in Elsipogtog and been on the front lines of the anti-fracking fight since the beginning, organizing numerous campaigns, sitting on panels, and conducting workshops at nearly every major university in the East Cfoast, along with high schools, to bring water protection and Aboriginal Rights awareness. Shelley also raised over $20,000 to help the Elsipogtog warriors legal costs and protest camp site. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers is a Blood and Saami organizer and member of the Blood Indian Tribe in Southern Alberta, Canada. She was part of an Indigenous women-led action to stop two thirds of their lands from being leased to Murphy Oil for fracking, including the drilling of the deepest frack (2.1 km deep) in the history of the sector. She and four other women were arrested and detained for intimidation because of their peaceful non-violent action. Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer was born in North Dakota and grew up in an area known today as the Fort Berthold Reservation. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Natural Resource and Park Management. After working in the Park...

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For Immediate Release: Alaska Natives Win Landmark Voting Rights Lawsuit

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For Immediate Release: Alaska Natives Win Landmark Voting Rights Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 5, 2014 ANCHORAGE— In an historic victory for Alaska Native voters, a Federal Court in Anchorage found the State of Alaska violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to provide translations of voting materials to voters whose primary language is Gwich’in or Yup’ik in the Dillingham, Wade Hampton, and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Areas. United States District Court Judge Sharon Gleason issued the decision today after presiding over a two week trial in June and July. Judge Gleason found that the State fails to provide limited-English proficient Alaska Native voters with voting information substantially equivalent to what voters receive in English, in violation of Section 203. The State places much of the burden for translations on “outreach workers” from Native villages in the three regions. Judge Gleason determined that those workers are asked by the State to provide only limited translations, with no instructions to translate the Official Election Pamphlet the State sends out before each election. Judge Gleason noted that the State compounds these violations through its limited efforts to inform voters that language assistance is available. Furthermore, Judge Gleason found that the State fails to translate voting information into dialects of Yup’ik spoken in the Dillingham and Wade Hampton regions. Instead, the State only offers a single translation into the Central Yup’ik dialect that is not widely spoken and has “limited value” in villages outside the Bethel region. The State has been informed about the dialectical differences many times over the years, but has taken no action. Judge Gleason concluded that the State’s failure to account for other dialects of Yup’ik denies voters outside the Bethel area information they need to cast an informed ballot. Allan Hayton, representative of the Arctic Village Council said “Juk drin Diiginjik K’yaa geereekhyaa geenjit gaayii gwiriltsaii. Shoo tr’aadlit ts’a’ hai’ tr’oonyaa. Today we have won a victory for speaking our language. We are happy and thankful.” Togiak Traditional Council said “Quyana cakneq, caliilerpekun kaiyurluta, wankuta yuggtun naaqituulini. Cucuukicetaat nutaan assinruciiqut! Thank you very much for your work helping us, those of us who speak Yupik. Voting now, will be a lot better!” Natalie Landreth, counsel for the Plaintiffs, said that “this case boils down to one issue. English speakers receive a 100-page Official Election Pamphlet before every election and Yup’ik speaking voters have been receiving three things: the date of the election, the time of the election, and a notice that langauge assistance will be available at the poll. That’s it. That is a very clear violation of the law, and it has to change, now.” James Tucker, co-counsel for the Plaintiffs, stated, “This is a tremendous victory for Alaska Native voters. Nearly forty years after Alaska was first required to provide election information in Native languages, that promise remains unrealized. The Court’s decision marks an important step towards ensuring that all voters in Alaska have an equal opportunity to exercise their fundamental right to vote.” Richard de Bodo, co-counsel for the Plaintiffs, added, “For many years, Alaska Natives with limited English proficiency have been forced to participate in the electoral process with far less information about what they were voting for than their English-speaking counterparts. The Court has changed that today, and has recognized that the right to vote requires meaningful and equal access to information.” Last summer,...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOOKSACK 306 CHILDREN FURTHER PERSECUTED‏

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOOKSACK 306 CHILDREN FURTHER PERSECUTED‏

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EXCLUSIVE TO LAST REAL INDIANS SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 CONTACT: Michelle Roberts michelle.roberts3012@gmail.com NOOKSACK 306 CHILDREN FURTHER PERSECUTED BY BOB KELLY-LED TRIBAL COUNCIL FACTION Tribal Children in Head Start, K-8 and High School Denied School Supplies & Clothing Assistance Again; Grassroots Fundraising Campaign Started Deming, WA – Last month, the Nooksack Tribal Council Faction lead by Bob Kelly again voted to deny $250 back-to-school stipends to 70 Nooksack children who are proposed for disenrollment. Those children—who are part of the three families known as the Nooksack 306—range from three year olds attending Head Start, to teenagers in high school. On August 15, 2015, Councilwoman Carmen Tangeant, who voted against the maneuver along with Councilpersons Nadene Rapada and David Williams, issued an open letter, which states: “There are 70 school aged children ages 4-18 being left behind for a 2nd year in a row due to pending Nooksack Tribal disenrollment since February 2013. . . . These children are caught in the fight of the largest federally recognized tribal disenrollment in Washington history.” Also last month, the Kelly Faction excluded four graduating Nooksack 306 high school and college students from a traditional Pendleton blanket honoring ceremony, citing their proposed disenrollment. Renowned Nooksack artist Louie Gong, who produces his own Native blankets, has pledged to honor those young Nooksack adults instead of the Tribe. “It is beyond shameful for Bob Kelly to make our children, students and graduates pawns in his disenrollment game,” said Nooksack 306 spokesperson Michelle Roberts. “But we are teaching them to be stronger and more resilient individuals because of it all.” As for current Nooksack 306 Head Start, K-8 and High School students, Councilwoman Tangeant has started a grassroots campaign to raise $17,500 so that each of the youth can be gifted $250 for school supplies and clothing. She and other Nooksack 306 supporters have raised nearly $1,300, and even though school has now started for the children, donations are still being accepted at gofundme.com. The Nooksack 306 youth were also denied the monies last year, and their families were denied $250 Christmas support payments last December as well. Last summer, Tribal member Giovanni Coleman wrote the Nooksack Tribal Council: “I am 8 years old and I am sad because I have no supplies for my 1st day of school. I want you to know that it was wrong to do that to all of us kids.” Miana Rabang, a Nooksack teenager, also wrote to the Tribal Council: “I don’t understand why we couldn’t get school supplies for school because we are all still enrolled. About this whole disenrollment I feel so rejected.” The Kelly Faction never responded to the children’s written concerns, and has not held a public meeting of the Nooksack Tribe to face such criticisms, in nearly two years. Nooksack’s back-to-school and Christmas support monies are funded through Class II and III gaming revenues generated at the Tribe’s two casinos. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires that the Tribe pass, and the U.S. Department of the Interior approve, a revenue allocation plan for the per capita and non-discriminatory distribution of Nooksack gaming monies. The Nooksack Tribe has never passed a revenue allocation plan. The National Indian Gaming Commission is actively investigating the Kelly Faction’s prior illegal disseminations of gaming revenues and denials...

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For Immediate Release: Seattle City Council to Vote on Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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For Immediate Release: Seattle City Council to Vote on Changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

For Immediate Release CITY OF SEATTLE COUNCIL TO VOTE ON CHANGING COLUMBUS DAY TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY Time: 12:00 Noon-3:00 pm* Date: September 2nd, 2014 Place: Upper Terrace, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 *Seattle City Council meeting begins at 2:00 PM Contact: Matt Remle (206) 639-3610 e-mail mcremle@hotmail.com Members of Seattle’s Urban and Reservation Native Communities’ invite you to show your support at City Hall on September 2nd when the City of Seattle Council will vote on a city resolution initiated by members of the Native community and co-sponsored by Council-members Kshama Sawat and Bruce Harrell to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle. Please join us for this historic vote through your support by bringing your songs, drums, supporting words and signs. Wear something indigenous! Speakers will include: Senator Claudia Kauffman (Nez Perce), Shanoa Pinkham (Yakama) Miss Indian Nations 2011-12; Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota) Last Real Indians; and others to support abolishing Columbus Day and declare this day Indigenous Peoples’ Day and encourage Seattle Public Schools to teach the history of indigenous peoples to this region and the United States. “Columbus Day as a national, and international, phenomenon reflects a much larger dynamic that promotes myriad myths and historical lies that have been used through the ages to dehumanize Indians, justifying the theft of our lands, the attempted destruction of our nations and the genocide against our people.” – Russell Means and Glenn Morris The purpose of this resolution is for the City of Seattle to: • Strongly support that Indigenous Peoples’ Day be an opportunity to celebrate the thriving cultures and values of Indigenous Peoples’ of our region; and, • Strongly encourage Seattle Public Schools to include the teaching of indigenous peoples’ history as recommended by 2005 Washington State House Bill 1495 sponsored by Rep. John McCoy; and, • Encourage other businesses, organizations, and public institutions to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day; and, • Firmly commit to continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community. This City Resolution is supported and/or endorsed by: 1)The Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians; 2) Last Real Indians; 3) The Seattle Human Rights Commission; 4) Youth Undoing Institutional Racism; 5) the Peoples’ Institute Northwest; 6) The American Friends Service Committee Community Justice Program, 7) Huy; 8) Native Action Network; 9) The Northwest Indian Bar Association; 10) The Swinomish Indian Tribe; 11) The Tulalip Tribes; 12) The United Indians of All Tribes...

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For Immediate Release: Honor the Earth 8/28 Bemidji Press Conference ‏at Enbridge Energy

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For Immediate Release: Honor the Earth 8/28 Bemidji Press Conference ‏at Enbridge Energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3:00 PM Press Conference Thursday, August 28th @ Enbridge Energy Bemidji Area Office 1129 Industrial Park Dr SE, Bemidji, MN BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA – Wednesday, August 27th, Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth, successfully completes 200 mile horse ride against the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper fracking oil pipeline. Partnering with the leadership for the campaign is Shane Davis, Executive Director Fractivist.org, an oil and gas analyst from Colorado. LaDuke and her team will be holding a press conference this Thursday, August 28th, at 3PM CST at the Enbridge headquarters, 1129 Industrial Park Drive SE, Bemidji, MN 56601. The epic horseback journey traversed Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds, the mother lode for wild rice in Minnesota. The proposed pipeline would divide the traditional wild rice beds from East to West. Michael Dahl, Anishinaabe spiritual leader and rider explained, “This is the same path our ancestors walked. Now we are riding in those same footsteps. We are here to protect this land for future generations.” LaDuke says “Enbridge chose a bad path. The people of Minnesota love their water more than oil and they are standing up against the pipeline. A single leak in the pipeline could discharge 20,000 gallons of fracking oil per minute. This could lead to an environmental catastrophe.” Honor the Earth is gathering at the Bemidji headquarters of Enbridge to say no to any pipelines going through their lands. LaDuke will be onsite for questions and answers and invites all landowners that would be affected by the fracking oil pipeline, grassroots organizations, general public and all media outlets to attend. This event is to inform the communities, and affected landowners, about the organization’s recent and upcoming activity for the STOP the Sandpiper campaign. All communities, grassroots organizations, affected landowners, and Enbridge are invited to attend. Contact: Alyssa Hoppe (612) 385 – 1557 Miigwech (thank you)...

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For Immediate Release: Totem Pole Journey Blessing by Lummi Nation to Oppose Coal Exports

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For Immediate Release: Totem Pole Journey Blessing by Lummi Nation to Oppose Coal Exports

For generations, tribal peoples have witnessed the impact of faceless “persons” — corporations — on the land, water, air and human and environmental health. Though at times consulted, we have not been heard as a real voice in defending our traditional homeland territories. Instead, we have seen and experienced degradation of environmental integrity and destruction of healthy ecosystems. We suffered as our traditional foods and medicines were lost, and our people’s health plunged. The Lummi, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and all Coast Salish tribes, face devastating proposals that would bring coal by rail from Montana and Wyoming to the West Coast for export overseas. Indeed, the Cherry Point (in our language, Xwe’chi’eXen) proposal poses a tremendous ecological, cultural and socio-economic threat to Pacific Northwest tribes. Xwe’chi’eXen is a 3,500-year-old village site where many of our ancestors lived and made their final resting places. Today, 60 percent of Lummis have direct ancestral ties to this site. Around it, the Salish Sea supports a Lummi fishing fleet (450 vessels) that feeds and supports tribal families. Coal exports threaten all of this. We fear the desecration of Xwe’chi’eXen, the first archaeological site to be placed on the Washington State Register of Historic Places. We wonder how Salish Sea fisheries, already impacted by decades of pollution and global warming, will respond to the toxic runoff from the water used for coal piles stored on site. How will Bellingham’s recreational and commercial boaters navigate when more than 400 cape-sized ships, each 1,000 feet long, depart Cherry Point annually — each bearing 287,000 tons of coal? What will happen to the region’s air quality as coal trains bring dust and increase diesel pollution? And of course, any coal burned overseas will come home to our state as mercury pollution in our fish, adding to the perils of climate change. Already, coal export officials have shown breathtaking disrespect for our heritage. To save time and boost profits, Pacific International Terminals bulldozed what they knew to be a registered archaeological site and drained our wetlands without a permit. This proposal is not based on economic necessity. The inflated number of jobs promised is an old, old story; one filled with promises made, and broken. At the end of the day there would be far fewer jobs created and many sustainable jobs lost or compromised. The defeat of this madness is our aboriginal duty as the first Americans, but it also speaks to the collective interest of all citizens and — most importantly — as members of the human family who are part of, not masters over, creation. But this is a new day. To those who would sacrifice the way of life of all peoples of the Pacific Northwest, we say: Take notice. Enough is enough! This summer’s proposed changes to the site design are beside the point. Mitigation is not the issue. We will stop the development of the export terminal and put in its place a plan that honors our shared responsibility to the land and waters of Xwe’chi’eXen and all our relations. In August we make our journey from South Dakota to the Salish Sea and north to Alberta, Canada, stopping with many of the tribal and local communities whose lives unwillingly intersect with the paths of coal exports and tar sands....

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For Immediate Release: AIM-West & Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes to Launch Campaign Against “Redskins”

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For Immediate Release: AIM-West & Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes to Launch Campaign Against “Redskins”

For Immediate Release: AIM-West & Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes to Launch Campaign Against “Redskins” August 12, 2014 A Northern California campaign to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. will be re-launched November 23rd, 2014 outside the 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara from 10am-6pm. The campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to end the use of the racial epithet and its hurtful reminder of Indigenous peoples ongoing mistreatment. We also aim to develop institutionalized Indigenous oversight with the NFL to promote healing and restorative justice caused by our exploitation. The American Indian Movement-West, Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, and others are organizing its largest grassroots demonstration in the San Francisco Bay Area. Diversity is welcomed, so join our efforts and become a part of history! Endorsements, organizations, volunteers, carpools, & event attendees are needed. More details underway. The next event-planning meeting is at 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606, 6:30pm on Monday August 18th, 2014. Contact: Kris Longoria, urbanrezlife@gmail.com or Tony Gonzales, (415)...

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Idle No More ~ Protect the Sacred Washington!

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Idle No More ~ Protect the Sacred Washington!

Idle No More ~ Protect the Sacred Washington! Monday August 11, 2014 from 11 am – 1:30 pm In solidarity with Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea: With the possibility of coal terminals being built in Longview and on the great Lummi Nation’s sacred burial ground we face unfathomable risk to our health, land, water, and all of life in the Salish Sea. Thousands of coal trains, tar sands/oil trains and tankers would come through Washington State! The beach we will be at is a sacred gathering place of the Coast Salish people. We will stand in solidarity with all our brothers and sisters as we honor our ancestors, and recommit ourselves as stewards of this land for us and future generations. Please join us in prayer, song, and light lunch. Bring your drums, rattles, and water from your area for a Water Blessing, canoe landing, jam session, and a symbolic blocking of the trains. You are invited to join us in a paddle to the Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park, (at the waterfront) 2901 Western Ave, Seattle WA 98121. If you bring your canoe please meet at Alki Beach at the Don Armeni Boat Launch, 1222 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 between 9:00 – 9:30 am. The canoes will leave at 10 am for the Sculpture Park. Please contact Mike Evans if you need directions and information at (253) 350-7118. ************************************ MC: Paul Cheoketen Wagner Opening Prayer & Welcoming: Ken Workman – Duwamish Canoe landing and protocol: Ken Workman – Duwamish Blessing Song: The Blue Heron Heritage Canoe Family Speakers: Laverne Lane – Lummi Deborah Saluskin – Puyallup Carlo Voli – 350 Seattle Ross Gibbs – Native Youth Activist Bill Moyer – Backbone Campaign Freddy Lane – Lummi Linda Soriano -Lummi Randy Peters Sr. – Tsawwassen First Nation Water Blessing: Sweetwater Nannauck Procession to the train tracks for symbolic blockade, prayers, and songs Elder ending prayer – Parking: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/olympic-sculpture-park For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/330560173776613/ We stand in solidarity with the Coast Salish tribes, Idle No More Washington, Protect the Sacred, Backbone Campaign, and 350 Seattle. Sweetwater Nannauck (206) 245-5621...

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Honor the Earth’s “Love Water Not Oil” August Tour

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Honor the Earth’s “Love Water Not Oil” August Tour

A NORTHERN MINNESOTA TOUR TO STOP THE ENBRIDGE PIPELINES – Join us! www.facebook.com/events/332926590209932/?fref=ts From August to September, Native environmental organization, Honor the Earth, will sponsor an organizing and outreach tour in northern Minnesota, aimed at engaging communities and summer residents along one of many tar sands and fracked oil pipelines proposed to cross the North Country: the Enbridge proposed Sandpiper pipeline. Not only is this tour about preventing the threat of pipelines, but it is also an act of solidarity to stop the extraction of tar sands and Bakken oil at their sources. We are linking in with Indigenous struggles at ground zero and engaging with communities who work in the struggle together to have clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink and resilient communities to protect the sacred for the seventh generation. Please consider joining us for all or a portion of the tour. mii gwitch (Additional Tour Details Below Schedule) ——————————————————- AUGUST TOUR SCHEDULE (tentative): 13-l4th: Movie Screening Fri/Sat Concerts at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island, WI, 7 PM with Pura Fe, Frank Waln, & Allison Warden l6th: Mille Lacs Pow Wow Concert at Tycoons, Duluth, MN 7PM with Frank Waln, Pura Fe, & Allison Warden l7th: Mille Lacs Pow wow Concert at East Lake Community Center 7 PM with Frank Waln, Sonny Johnson l8th: Ceremony (AM, Location TBA), Launch of Horse Ride & A Morning Press Event at East Lake and then Ride to Aitken Concert & Community Potluck in Aitken 6PM with Pura Fe, Frank Waln, Sonny Johnson l9th: Horse Ride From Aitken to Brainerd Press Event, Potluck & Concert at Brainerd Arboretum 7 PM with Pura Fe, Frank Wahn, Annie Humphrey, Sonny Johnson 20th: Horse Ride From Gull Lake to Pine River Press Event & Potluck in Pine River 4PM (Location TBA) 2lst: Horse Ride From Pine River to Walker Concet at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN 7 PM with Frank Wahn BREAK FOR POW WOW 25th: Horse Ride From Walker to Park Rapids Press Event, Concert & Community Potluck (PK Location TBA) 7 PM special Guests Friends of the Headwaters with Annie Humphrey, Dana Lyons, Dustin Thomas, Sonny Johnson 28th: Closing Concert & Community Potluck at Bemidji’s Rail River Folk School 5PM with Dustin Thomas and Sonny Johnson **Tickets are not needed for most events, this excludes Tom’s & Duluth, if this is a problem for you please contact our coordinator Alyssa: hoppe.as@gmail.com, (612) 385 – 1557. —————————————————– Honor the Earth is in the midst of a major campaign to oppose the Enbridge expansions of the tar sands and fracked oil pipelines in northern Minnesota. We need your help for an August –September organizing campaign, including music, and organizing tours, workshops in the Northern Plains, media, signage and regulatory interventions. From August l4th to September 5th, Honor the Earth will sponsor an organizing and outreach tour in northern Minnesota, aimed at engaging our communities and summer residents in the Enbridge proposed Sandpiper pipeline, one of a set of tar sands and fracked oil pipelines crossing the North Country. Honor the Earth’s tour will include a traveling set of performers- primarily musicians and artists, joined with horse riders who will travel through Native and non-Native communities in the north to draw attention to the issues and engage citizens...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HONOR THE EARTH TO RALLY AND PRESS EVENT TO STOP THE SANDPIPER

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  HONOR THE EARTH TO RALLY AND PRESS EVENT TO STOP THE SANDPIPER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOR THE EARTH TO RALLY AND PRESS EVENT TO STOP THE SANDPIPER Honor the Earth along with a variety of environmental groups like Friends of the Headwaters (of the Mississippi) various lake associations, church groups and citizens will be holding a protest rally against the current Alternative Routes proposed for the Sandpiper oil pipeline across most of northern Minnesota’s wild rice lakes and rivers and aquifers. The Rally will start at 11:00 AM, 8/7/14, on the 7th Place entrance to the Metro Square Building in St Paul, Minnesota. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be hearing oral arguments and “due to the significant public interest in this matter, summary public comments will be heard following oral argument.” Ironically, the two additional routes selected by the PUC for consideration travel north of Clearbrook and back down around Grand Rapids, or dip south to near I-94 but still cut across the Headwaters of the Mississippi and both would still cross all 3 major watersheds of North America. “It seems like the PUC selected the only two more ridiculous alternative routes to make the present proposed route appear more rational” said Winona LaDuke. “The Sandpiper is only crossing Minnesota to bring jobs and oil to others, we shouldn’t have to continue surrendering our pristine environment, tourism and fishing for oil going to foreign markets.” Honor the Earth, along with other Alliance members, have initiated a petition drive for a moratorium on any new pipelines across northern Minnesota until two conditions are satisfied: 1) the oil spills in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Mayflower, Arkansas are actually cleaned-up, and 2) abandoned pipelines are made safe, forever, or removed to prevent leaks and spills like the Missouri river spill in July 2014. Petitions will be circulated and are available on line for people to bring completed petitions to the rally. Ironically, the two additional routes selected by the PUC for consideration travel north from Clearbrook and back down to Grand Rapids, or dip south to near I-94 but still cut across the Headwaters of the Mississippi and both would still cross all 3 major watersheds of North America. “It seems like the PUC selected the only two more ridiculous alternative routes to make the present proposed route appear more rational” said Winona LaDuke. “The Sandpiper is only crossing Minnesota to bring jobs and oil to others, we shouldn’t have to continue surrendering our pristine environment, tourism and fishing for oil going to foreign markets.” Honor the Earth will begin a horse “Ride for Mother Earth” from August 17 to August 29 along the Sandpiper route which will include a series “Love Water Not Oil” concerts in Brainerd, Pine River, Walker and Park Rapids the last full week of...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Six Nation’s Members Block Work on Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Six Nation’s Members Block Work on Enbridge’s Line 9 Pipeline

Individuals from Six Nations and their allies have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline. The work stoppage began around 10am this morning. Individuals involved asked workers to leave, asserting that the land is Haudenosaunee territory guaranteed under the Haldimand deed, and that Enbridge’s workers were present without consent or consultation. “Meaningful consultation isn’t just providing information and going ahead without discussion – it’s giving the opportunity to say no and having a willingness to accommodate.” says Missy Elliot. “Enbridge left a voice message on a machine with one person. That’s not meaningful – it’s not even consultation.” Emilie Corbeau, there in support of Six Nations points out. Those involved intend to host an action camp, filling the time with teach-ins about Six Nations history, indigenous solidarity and skill shares centering on direct action. The group states that they’ve tried the other processes available to them and here out of necessity. “We’ve tried pursuing avenues with the NEB, the township and the Grand River Conservation Authority. Our concerns were dismissed. What other choice do we have if we want to protect our land, water and children?” Missy Elliot of Six Nations asks. Under bill C-45 the section of the Grand River adjacent to the Enbridge work site and pipeline is no longer protected. Approximately half a million people rely on drinking water provided by the Grand River. “This isn’t just about line 9 – or Northern Gateway, Energy East or Keystone XL. This is about pipelines – all of them.” Daniell Boissineau, of Turtle Clan, asserts. “This is about the tarsands and how destructive they are to expand, extract and transport.” “This is a continental concern. It’s not just a Six Nations issue or an indigenous issue. We share the responsibility to protect our land and water as human beings.” Elliot...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Launch of Website for Community-led Database for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Launch of Website for Community-led Database for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Launch of Website for Community-led Database for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women on Anniversary of Bella Laboucan-Mclean’s Death FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 16, 2014 As Indigenous peoples, working for justice for #MMIW is a process that starts within our own communities. The launch of this website is one example of the resurgence of community documentation as justice. In April of 2013, No More Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network began what has become a long term vision for a community-led database documenting the violent deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women. It is our collective hope that the lives of Indigenous Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTTQQIA) will also be recognized as gender based violence also impacts these communities and is often invisibilized. The website is available for viewing at: www.ItStartsWithUs-MMIW.com FSIS, community partner on this initiative indicated that they “support a grassroots led community database because Indigenous people are first and foremost the experts in gathering data and information about missing and murdered Indigenous women”. The launch of this website is an outcome from many community conversations with impacted families and individuals affected by colonial gender based violence. 1 year later and still no justice…The purpose of the database is to our honour women and provide family members with a way to document their loved ones passing. As the one year anniversary of Bella Laboucan-Mclean’s death approaches the family has provided the first of many tribute pieces on the website, available to read at: www.ItStartsWithUs-MMIW.com/bella According to Melina Laboucan-Massimo, “Our family still does not have answers from the Toronto Police about Bella’s death which is still listed as suspicious. We appeal to anyone with information to come forward with answers. We urge the Toronto Police to investigate her death as if Bella were part of their own family and not just another police statistic. This new website and database gives families like ours the ability to not only document the lives of our loved ones but also commemorate and celebrate their lives and achievements.” As the search for answers persists, we continue to urge the Toronto Police Service to maintain their focus on the details surrounding Bella’s death as the family and larger community follow this case closely. We are honoured to have Bella’s story be the first tribute that is shared on the website as a way of recognizing her life and spirit. We also call attention to Sonya Cywink, murdered in London, ON who’s family and community are preparing a memorial on the 20th anniversary of her passing and are also holding out hope that one day they will uncover the mystery surrounding her murder. Krysta Williams of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and community partner, “We know there are many other stories, families and anniversaries, this is just the beginning. We continue to build capacity within our networks to respond and support.” For more information and background on #ItStartsWithUs please read “Supporting the Resurgence of Community-Based Responses to Violence” at: http://www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com/march142014.pdf No More Silence Media Contact: Audrey Huntley Phone:647-981-2918 Email: audreyhuntley@gmail.com Bella’s Family Media Contact: Melina Laboucan-Massimo Phone:780-504-5567 Email: miyowapan@gmail.com Native Youth Sexual Health Network Media Contact: Erin Konsmo, Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Unist’ot’en Clan Refuse All Pipeline Projects

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Unist’ot’en Clan Refuse All Pipeline Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18th, 2014 [Unist’ot’en Territory – near Smithers, BC] Amid threats of a raid and impending pipeline approvals, the Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation are prepared to continue to defend their territories against the incursion of government and industry. A soft blockade was erected in 2009, which remains today, to insure that pipeline projects which violate Wet’suwet’en Law would not trespass onto Wet’suwet’en territories to develop projects without their consent. Yesterday the Federal government approved the Northern Gateway Pipeline, but the Uni’stot’en Camp still remains in the path of the proposed pipe as well as several others. The Northern Gateway is intended to expand the Athabasca Tar Sands facilitating the export of bitumen to international markets via supertankers off the West Coast. The Uni’stot’en Clan is part of the hereditary chief system which has governed Wet’suwet’en lands since time immemorial and is not subject to the Indian Act or other impositions of colonial occupation. “Harper is illegal, Canada is illegal. The Provincial and Federal governments are illegal because they don’t have jurisdiction in our peoples territory. We have never signed any treaties, this land is unceded.” states Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Clan member and spokesperson for the camp. Huson references a Supreme Court ruling in the Delgamuukw vs. British Columbia case that clearly states the ownership of unceded territories remains with the Indigenous peoples and that Band Council Chiefs and Indian Act Agents have no authority over these lands. In fact, consultation and consent must be given by the traditional and hereditary governance systems. Huson explains, “They’ve tried to get our consent and our Chiefs have said no to these projects and no means no. Wet’suwet’en law applies to these [projects]. Developers can go ahead and try and put their projects through here but they will be considered trespassers and we’ll enforce Wet’suwet’en law against trespassers… We’re not afraid of the Harper government, we’re not afraid of anyone who is going to try and forcefully put their project through our territory when we’ve already said no.” Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island have been standing up against resource extraction projects which infringe on our collective sovereignty and attack our territories, our peoples and our nations. Continued pushes for pipeline project approvals, tar sands expansion and fracking by the Federal government will only result in increased mobilization by Indigenous peoples. “Our numbers are quite high across Canada, Indigenous people probably out-number settler people and you can guarantee that if there is an uprising in one community – especially with a bigger project that impacts the whole world through global warming – you’re going to have a lot of upset people across Canada, this impacts every body.” Temporary highway, rail and port blockades have been used to show support with other Indigenous communities across Turtle Island and Huson asserts that any attack on the Unist’ot’en will result in widespread, global support. “We had people make vows that they will shut down major highways to impact the Canadian economy if the Harper government is going to ignore Indigenous people.” Dini Ze Toghestiy, a Hereditary Chief for the Likhs’amisyu Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and member of the Unist’ot’en Camp asserts, “Supporters are repositioning themselves in surrounding towns to help build local support, and people in the cities are mobilized now....

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For Immediate Release: Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to RCMP Report on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

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For Immediate Release: Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to RCMP Report on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

“The RCMP Report on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women will go to every embassy in Ottawa” – Grand Chief Terrance Nelson For Immediate Release May 21, 2014 (Winnipeg) – The Southern Chiefs’ Organization has reviewed the RCMP Report released last Friday. The RCMP Report and other important concerns of the 33 First Nations of SCO must be brought to the international community. Grand Chief Terrance Nelson attended the RCMP press conference on May 16, 2014 and noted, “the RCMP point out that close to 90% of murder cases are solved and that this is not different from the solve rate of non-Aboriginal women victims. The Press Conference was a media spin to say that Indigenous women are not treated any differently than non natives. This is not what the Robert Pickton Inquiry and the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry revealed. This is not what the over-representation of Indigenous women among Canada’s murdered and missing women reveals.” Nelson added, “the women are real; not statistics to serve the RCMPs Public Relations strategy.” The RCMP Report confirms that 1,181 Aboriginal women have been murdered and missing in Canada in the last 33 years. The RCMP has no solutions on prevention. Canada has condemned other nations like Iran and Nigeria for their treatment of women, but this report shows Canada has its own crimes against women. Massive unemployment exists amongst First Nations, including 60 to 95% unemployment in the 33 SCO First Nations. More deaths will occur as extreme poverty ensures that First Nations don’t have the resources to address those concerns. Ron Wilson, ex-RCMP, Community Justice Development Coordinator for the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, suggested that all policing procedures and policies related to missing and murdered Indigenous women must become a ‘priority call’ and said, “When a call comes in related to a missing aboriginal person there should be an instant response, file and investigative follow-up.” In November 2013, the Province of British Columbia released a report revealing that only 3 of the 65 recommendations made in 2012 by the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry related to the Robert Pickton murders have been fully implemented. Pickton killed 49 women, many of them aboriginal women while police ignored evidence that could have prevented many of the murders. In Canada, recommendations made as a result of public inquiries are not legally binding on governments. Nelson concluded, “Regardless of whether or not a Public Inquiry is held, we want Canada to know that we hold them to account for the actions or inactions, of the past and today, and we will make the evidence known to other Nations across the world.” Contact Grand Chief Terrance Nelson at (204) 946-1869, (204) 223-7730 or via email at...

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For Immediate Release: World Slams California’s Offsets

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For Immediate Release: World Slams California’s Offsets

~PRESS RELEASE~ World Slams California’s Offsets Opposition Mounts as California Expands its Cap-and-Trade Market Regime to Include Methane Capture from Coal Mining and Rice Farming April 25, 2014 Contacts: Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 218-760-0442, ien@igc.org Mari Rose Taruc, Asian Pacific Environmental Network and AB32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee member, 510-258-1878, marirose@apen4ej.org Sacramento – Global civil society, Indigenous Peoples, environmental organizations and social movements from over 30 countries slammed the State of California’s plans to include methane offsets from coal mining and rice cultivation in its cap-and-trade program because they are false solutions to climate change that greenwash mining and use food for carbon trading. “The peoples of the world reject offsets and carbon traders, big polluting corporations like mining companies and oil giants Shell and Chevron, defend offsets,” notes Americans against Offsets. This resounding international outcry has already opposed other forms of offsets in California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) including offsets from urban trees, domestic and Canadian forests, and REDD (Reducing Emissions form Deforestation and Degradation) in countries such as Mexico, Brazil and other tropical forest countries. Furthermore, the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee of AB32 echoed this opposition to offsets when it submitted its final recommendations to the California Air Resource Board on April 11, 2014. “Offsets are a carbon trading scam to supposedly compensate greenhouse gas emissions and are used by polluters instead of reducing pollution at source”, says Tom BK Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, who has 16 years of experience participating in national and United Nations climate negotiations. The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is slated to adopt the Mine Methane Capture Protocol today at its board meeting in Sacramento. The Rice Cultivation Projects Compliance Offset Protocol is slated for adoption in September 2014.This follows CARB’s actions fast tracking the implementation of REDD, a highly controversial forest and plantation offset with uncertainties that beset offsets, including measurement, verification and environmental and human rights concerns. “The use of offsets, and the possible allowance of offsets from coal mines, is completely counterproductive to any real progress in reversing the root causes of climate change,” Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch stated in the public comment process of CARB in October 2013. “Offsets do not lead to real, additional, or permanent emissions reductions… Addressing climate change requires direct pollution reductions, as well as the use of sustainable and renewable energy sources.” California Assembly member Nancy Skinner, who serves on the committee on natural resources and public safety, wrote to CARB requesting it postpone indefinitely the adoption of the methane offsets protocol. According to Ms. Skinner, “The protocol, as written, will subsidize coal mining, likely for export… Mine Methane Capture [offsets] could actually increase carbon emissions…We cannot have a policy that directly incentivizes coal mining. The best way to reach our AB 32 goals is to keep coal in the ground.” Goldtooth agrees, “IEN just released a brief report, “Burn, Baby, Burn: California’s Methane Offsets”, that shows the MMC has extremely strong potential to become a major driver of national coal mining. The proposed offset protocol purports to be about the environmentally motivated capture and destruction of methane gas for offsets. However, it actually incentivizes and subsidizes the development of additional and potentially major coal mining and natural gas extraction operations,...

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For Immediate Release: First Nations, Tribal Leaders & Land Owners send message to Canada, stop tar sands at the source

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For Immediate Release: First Nations, Tribal Leaders & Land Owners send message to Canada, stop tar sands at the source

Press Statement April 23, 2014 First Nations, Tribal Leaders & Land Owners send message to Canada, stop tar sands at the source Washington DC – Northern Plains Tribal leaders and land owners representing the Cowboy and Indian Alliance joined in cross-border solidarity yesterday with their First Nations counterparts on the steps of the Canadian embassy. Their aim was to send a clear message to the Canadian and US governments to Honor the Treaties. Representatives of the Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Ponca, Ojibway, and Cree Nations stood alongside ranchers and farmers to hold up huge letters spelling out “Honor The Treaties” and blown-up images of Treaty 8, Treaty 6, and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, which cover Indigenous people’s lands affected by the controversial Canadian tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline. “It’s time for our people to start developing our own policies and enforcing our inherent Treaty rights. It is time for us to start defining what that relationship looks like for our visitors and remind our visitors that they came here and we are the ones, as Indigenous people, that gave them the permission to settle here on Turtle Island,” said Crystal Lameman, member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation. The Beaver Lake Cree Nation is currently engaged in a landmark constitutional Treaty rights challenge in the Supreme Court of Canada that has named tens of thousands of Treaty rights violations of Treaty 6 by the provincial government of Alberta, the federal government of Canada, and dozens of oil companies operating in the controversial Canadian tar sands. The Beaver Lake Cree Nation case represents a growing understanding that through Aboriginal Title and Inherent and Treaty Rights, the Native rights-based strategic framework is the strongest legally binding strategy to stop the expansion of the tar sands at the source, including all of the associated pipeline infrastructure coming out of Alberta to bring this land-locked resource to international markets. Oglala Sioux Nation President Brewer and Rosebud Sioux Nation Tribal President Scott were both present and reiterated their sovereign nations official position that their governments and peoples would not allow for this “Black Oily Serpent Pipeline” to cross sacred Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota lands. Faith Spotted Eagle of Protect the Sacred, a grassroots movement based out of Yankton Sioux Nation stated, “Half of the state of South Dakota was given by one of our grandfathers because these homeless people had come to our lands. We gave them homes and this is what we get in return. Enough is enough. This is our stand into the future that no more of these Treaties are going to be violated.” Oklahoma-based Ponca Nation member, actor, and American Indian Movement activist, Casey Camp-Hornik, who was in attendance with her sons, stated, “We are demanding that the United States government and the government of Canada understand that we have the right to air. We have the right to breathe. We have the right to eat food that is nutritious; the food has the right to grow. The four legs has a right to live, to breathe, and drink, and eat. The wings have a right to fly in clean air. The creepy crawlers have a right to live in balance. We have the right to stop climate change on behalf of all our relatives in all directions.”...

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For Immediate Release: Beaver Lake Cree Nation Honour the Treaties-Canadian Embassy Action

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For Immediate Release: Beaver Lake Cree Nation Honour the Treaties-Canadian Embassy Action

Media Advisory What: US and Canadian Tribal leaders uplift treaties as strongest force to stop the tar sands at the source When: 11:00 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Where: 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW on steps of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC Washington DC – Crystal Lameman, spokesperson of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, will be joined by US Tribal representatives at the steps of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. The Beaver Lake Cree Nation is currently engaged in a landmark constitutional treaty rights challenge in the Supreme Court of Canada that has named tens of thousands of treaty rights violation of Treaty 6 by the provincial government of Alberta, the federal government of Canada, and dozens of oil companies operating in the controversial Canadian tar sands. The Beaver Lake Cree Nation case represents a growing understanding that the Native rights-based strategic framework uplifting inherit and treaty rights is the strongest legal framework to stop both the expansion of the tar sands at the source and all of the associated pipeline infrastructure coming out of Alberta to bring this land-locked resource to international markets. Representatives of the Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, Ponca, Ojibway, and Cree Nations will raise up their collective message to the Canadian government that they have a fiduciary and legal obligation to the signatories of Treaty Six, Treaty 8, and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. *Interviews and Photo Opportunity Media Contacts Clayton Thomas-Muller Idle No More Cell: (404) 910-2706 Email: monsterredlight@gmail.com Anna Lee-Popham Idle No More Cell: (404) 916-3527 Email: annaleepopham@gmail.com...

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For Immediate Release: New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

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For Immediate Release: New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014 Contacts: Mark Westlund, Sierra Club 415-977-5719 – mark.westlund@sierraclub.org Tom BK Goldtooth, IEN Ex. Dir. (218) 751-4967 – ien@igc.org A new report released today by the Sierra Club and 13 other groups including the Indigenous Environmental Network, examines the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and concludes that there are significant threats to water, health and climate. The report, All Risk, No Reward: The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, comes in advance of a rally to stop the Alberta Clipper expansion that will take place before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission public hearing in St. Paul, MN on April 3. “The risks are too high, said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Any spill, leak or explosion could have a devastating effect to the rich biodiversity and cultural diversity of northern Minnesota. The human rights of Native people in northern Alberta, Canada where this crude oil comes from are already being violated. There can be no reward when it comes to dirty oil that ruins the quality of water, ecosystems and the life of people.” “This report confirms our worst fears about the proposed Alberta Clipper expansion,” said author Sarah Mine. “This tar sands expansion project is far too risky to communities in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who would be subjected to extreme environmental degradation, extreme carbon pollution, and tremendous threats to their land, water, and health.” Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This expansion project would almost double the pipeline’s current capacity and put it on par with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Expanding Alberta Clipper’s capacity would expose communities and tribes to tar sands’ full complement of disturbing climate, safety, and environmental implications; potentially devastate cultural and historical resources; give the landlocked tar sands industry access to ports and enormous new overseas markets; and enable the massive, environmentally devastating tar sands growth planned by the industry. Tar sands crude can be far more dangerous than conventional crude, especially in water, and the proposed expansion project could put the region’s clean water at risk. The tar sands dilbit sinks in water, where standard cleanup techniques do not work. The Alberta Clipper route crosses many bodies of water that are critical as drinking water sources and cultural and ecological sites. Enbridge Inc. has a disgraceful history of spills, including the worst onshore oil spill in U.S. history when a ruptured Enbridge pipeline poured 843,000 gallons of tar sands crude into Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River. ALL RISK, NO REWARD The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, endangering our water, health, and climate. Expanding the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline would put federal, state, and tribal lands and waters at risk of devastating oil spills, including the Great Lakes and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe ceded territories. Communities and Native Nations across the Great Lakes region and beyond are fighting this unnecessary and dangerous pipeline expansion, calling instead for clean, renewable energy solutions and a 100% clean energy future.The Alberta Clipper,...

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A.I.M. Founding Member calls for the Reinvigorating of the American Indian Movement

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A.I.M. Founding Member calls for the Reinvigorating of the American Indian Movement

Dennis Banks, founding member of the American Indian Movement, has issued a call for the reinvigorating of AIM. Banks, who served as the National Field Director of AIM, calls for a National and International gathering of AIM families, chapters, support groups and individuals to be held in October in Green Bay, WI. The gathering seeks to address issues impacting Indian Country such as: the Keystone XL Pipeline Non-compliance of several States on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Non-compliance of several States with the Native American Graves Protection and Rehabilitation Act (NAGPRA) Rejuvenate and reinvigorate the American Indian Movement For more information contact the National Field Office at 763 242-4242 (Click on Picture to...

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For Immediate Release: President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow

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For Immediate Release: President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow

For Immediate Release President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow “Mr. Peltier’s unjust incarceration remains a festering sore that impedes better race relations in America. Surely the time has come to promote healing and a spirit of trust and genuine goodwill toward the Indian peoples of America with an act that serves both compassion and justice.” — Coretta Scott King On February 17th 2014, President’s Day, we are calling on people from around the world will take to Twitter to call on President Obama to grant clemency for political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Use the hashtags #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow with President Obama’s twitter account @BarackObama to create a ground swell of support to bring justice to Leonard Peltier by calling on President Obama to grant clemency. Leonard Peltier (of the Anishinabe, Dakota and Lakota Nations) is a long time Native Activist and member of the American Indian Movement. In 1975 he was wrongly convicted for the 1975 shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly admitted that they did not and cannot prove Leonard Peltier’s guilt, and the appellate courts have cited numerous instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case. For more information on the President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow go to https://www.facebook.com/events/484801674962984/ For more information on Leonard Peltier go to http://www.leonardpeltier.info/ “Justice has been elusive for this man. If the matter continues without remedy and action, it will soon be too late for any justice at all. A tragedy of this magnitude cannot be allowed.” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu Contact: Matt Remle @wakiyan7 wakinyanLRI@hotmail.com Video from 18th Annual International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier- Tacoma, Washington by Rebecca Jane...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ODOT MEGALOAD PERMIT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CONSENT RIGHT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ODOT MEGALOAD PERMIT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CONSENT RIGHT

ODOT MEGALOAD PERMIT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CONSENT RIGHT On Tuesday, Peo Peo Mox Mox Headman of the Walla Walla Tribe Carl Sampson, and Mr. Peter Goodman representing ActOnClimate.net, filed in Marion County Circuit Court to require a court review of a third tarsands equipment Megaload permit issued Thursday February 6 by ODOT. The filing, a “Petition for Review of Agency Decision”, asserts that ODOT failed to meet its legal obligation to determine whether “the public interests will be served” before issuing the permit on Thursday February 6. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) issued the permit for Omega Morgan to haul a third tarsands equipment Megaload along Eastern Oregon scenic highways passing through Indigenous territories. ODOT previously denied a request for “party status” to members of the public, Goodman and Sampson. This denial and the lack of any process for public comment prevented public input before ODOT issued the permit. Oregon law requires ODOT to determine that public interests will be served before issuing a Megaload variance permit. Furthermore, as Treaty rights holders we expect to be asked foremost for consent, consistent with the intent of International Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (“FPIC”). ORS 182.843 also directs that a “state agency shall make a reasonable effort to cooperate with tribes in the development and implementation of programs of the state agency that affect tribes.” I, as a Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (“CTWS”) tribal member, who maintains a vested interest in the stewardship of our territories, foremost for our unborn Treaty “rights” holders, do not believe that ODOT has made a “reasonable effort” to cooperate with CTWS and primarily our membership regarding its decision to permit these oversize shipments through lands we own, manage and utilize for spiritual, sustenance, cultural and ecological restoration purposes. CTWS and our membership maintains crucial interests in our ceded/unceded lands and traditional use areas, and work to protect our First Foods, resources related to Treaty rights, and cultural resources throughout these areas. When Oregon state agencies take action that has the potential to impact any of these rights and resources, we as rights holders demand consent. The grassroots treaty beneficiaries and “unrecognized” descendants have not granted consent to the State of Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation, nor Omega Morgan in regards to “megaload” transportation through our territories. No elected delegate who participates in government to government negotiations, nor the people who are sitting as elected tribal representatives have the full sovereign authority to grant permission/give consent on behalf of the Peoples’ to any agency, company or corporation. Ultimate sovereignty is vested in the Peoples’, who received that sovereign authority in the form of laws given by the Creator and by the land itself. Our Peoples’ have delegated only limited authority to the tribal council and have reserved the rest of our national sovereignty to ourselves. Our people, as the custodians of our sovereignty, revere our homelands and declare that they shall be protected absolutely and forever. [CTWS Declaration of Sovereignty] Under current practices ODOT only considers comments from the permit applicant and not from the public, at large, whom it considers irrelevant parties. The position of Sampson and Goodman is that these Megaloads are not ordinary vehicles to be permitted on Oregon scenic highways using routine practices established for...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Lakota Lands

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Lakota Lands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Lakota Lands The following joint statement comes from: Honor the Earth, the Oglala Sioux Nation, Owe Aku, and Protect the Sacred. “The Oglala Lakota Nation has taken leadership by saying “NO” to the Keystone XL Pipeline. They have done what is right for the land, for their people, who, from grassroots organizers like Owe Aku and Protect the Sacred have called on their leaders to stand and protect their sacred lands. And they have: KXL will NOT cross their treaty territory, which extends past the reservation boundaries. Their horses are ready. So are ours. We stand with the Lakota Nation, we stand on the side of protecting sacred water, we stand for Indigenous land-based lifeways which will NOT be corrupted by a hazardous, toxic pipeline. WE ALL NEED TO STAND WITH THEM. On Friday, January 27th, the State Department issued its Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Obama said that he won’t approve the pipeline if it increases carbon emissions. The report was drafted in coordination with consultants who have worked for TransCanada — the company seeking to build the pipeline. Jack Gerard, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, was briefed by “sources within the administration” on the timing and content of the report before its release, and was pleased to say that it will not impact the environment. As Native Nations, we’re ready to protect our homelands from this pipeline, and we need to SHORE UP OUR SUPPORT of organizations like Owe Aku and Protect the Sacred, who are on the ground organizing in the Lakota Nation. We also need to put the pressure on Barack Obama to recognize that: 1) The Lakota Nation – a sovereign governmental body – has united its government and grassroots against the pipeline, and the United States needs to honor treaty rights by denying the pipeline. 2) There is direct conflict of interest in the report issued by the State Department — the process is broken, and a new report which reflects the true environmental impact is needed. 3) This pipeline will, in fact, increase carbon emissions and cause grave and irreversible environmental harm globally. This pipeline would cause direct environmental harm — and put the well-being of all who live in relationship with the Oglala Aquifer at risk. 4) In recognition of our responsibilities to protect Mother Earth, Native peoples will not allow this pipeline to come across our treaty areas. We will defend our lives, and our mother Earth, and we need Barack Obama to do the same. On Monday night, all across the country, people will be gathering to mark this moment together at protest vigils organized by 350.org, Oil Change International, and others, where the night will be alight with our resolve to keep fighting. We need to show the media, big oil and the President that we, as Indigenous Peoples (especially from the Great Sioux Nation), the entire state of Nebraska, and the tens of thousands of American citizens that have signed up to put their bodies on the line using non violent civil disobedience in every state in the lower 48 and Alaska, First Nations, and allies in Canada, are mobilized and unafraid. As Idle No More campaigner and friend Clayton Thomas-Muller said...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to Release of Hughes Inquiry; “Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Report”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to Release of Hughes Inquiry; “Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Report”

Winnipeg Sub-Office 105-1555 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 1B5 Phone: (204) 946-1869 Fax: (204) 946-1871 Toll Free: 1-866-876-9701 www.scoinc.mb.ca Head Office Long Plain First Nation Box 998 Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0P0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ________________________________________ Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to Release of Hughes Inquiry; “Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Report” WINNIPEG MB, JAN.31, 2014- Grand Chief Terrance Nelson of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) responds to the release of the Hughes Inquiry Report on the tragic murder of 5 year old Phoenix Sinclair. “The 1000 page Hughes Inquiry report will provide explicit evidence of Genocidal practises in Canada.” Child and Family Services in Manitoba hold captive 8,000 indigenous children taken from First Nations parents, forcefully transferring many children to other ethnic groups. The 1948 United Nations Genocide Act defined Genocide as (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious or bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group (e) Forcefully transferring children of the group to another group. Grand Chief stated, “Over twenty years ago, the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI) was concluded, it was one of the most expensive inquiries in the history of Manitoba. The late, Chief Oscar Lathlin speaking of the AJI stated “This is the biggest fear that we have of this Inquiry that nothing will be done once the Inquiry is over.” (AJI, Volume 1, page 640) The AJI Judges further commented that “Aboriginal people are tired of being studied and are concerned that reports on Aboriginal issues have a history of being placed on a shelf to gather dust.” (AJI, Volume 1, page 640).” CFS was an emotional issue at the recent SCO Grand Chief Election as women stood up to urge the Chiefs to be strong in the defense of vulnerable children. The 8,000 indigenous children in Manitoba who have been forced into CFS care have become a $421 million industry where other ethnic groups profit from the misery of First Nations. SCO Grand Chief Terrance Nelson and others will be available to meet media today at 2:00 p.m., SCO boardroom, 1555 St. James....

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples visits Leonard Peltier

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples visits Leonard Peltier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Alyssa Macy IITC Communications Specialist c: (414) 748-0220 e: communications@treatycouncil.org United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, makes historic visit to American Indian Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier San Francisco, Jan. 24, 2014: Today James Anaya, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, made a historic visit to American Indian political prisoner Leonard Peltier, Turtle Mountain Ojibway, in the United States (US) Federal Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. He was accompanied by Leonard “Lenny” Foster, member of the Board of Directors of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and representative of the National Native American Prisoners Rights Coalition. Leonard Peltier was convicted in 1977 for “aiding and abetting” in the deaths of two FBI agents during a fire fight on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975. Two other defendants were acquitted based on self-defense. Although the US courts as well as Amnesty International have acknowledged government misconduct, including forcing witnesses to lie and hiding ballistics evidence indicating his innocence, Mr. Peltier was denied a new trial on a legal technicality. The late Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, 55 Members of the US Congress, the National Congress of American Indians, Assembly of First Nations, the US Human Rights Network and many others — including a judge who sat as a member of the Court in two of Mr. Peltier’s appeals — have called for his release. Lenny Foster confirmed that “the visit today by Special Rapporteur James Anaya to Leonard Peltier in prison is very significant and historic for us and we thank him for working with IITC to make this possible. This will support efforts for Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier and promote reconciliation and justice in this case.” In April and May 2012, UN Special Rapporteur Anaya carried out an official visit to the US to examine the human rights situation of Indigenous Peoples in this country. After visiting and hearing testimony from Indigenous Nations, Peoples, organizations and communities around the US he issued a report “The situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America” [A/HRC/21/47/Add.1]. It was presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2012 and contained observations regarding the case of Leonard Peltier: “A more recent incident that continues to spark feelings of injustice among indigenous peoples around the United States is the well-known case of Leonard Peltier… After a trial that has been criticized by many as involving numerous due process problems, Mr. Peltier was sentenced to two life sentences for murder, and has been denied parole on various occasions. Pleas for presidential consideration of clemency by notable individuals and institutions have not borne fruit. This further depletes the already diminished faith in the criminal justice system felt by many indigenous peoples throughout the country.” Special Rapporteur Anaya’s recommendations to the US government included the following: “Other measures of reconciliation should include efforts to identify and heal particular sources of open wounds. And hence, for example, promised reparations should be provided to the descendants of the Sand Creek massacre, and new or renewed consideration should be given to clemency for Leonard Peltier.” For more information about the case of Leonard Peltier and the current campaign for Executive...

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