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Wednesday, 21 February


Navajo Leaders Honor the Significance of the Treaty of 1868 at National Museum of the American Indian Native News Online

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez view the Treaty of 1868 at the National Museum of the American Indian on Tuesday.

Published February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON On Tuesday, as a part of the Nation-to-Nation Exhibition, the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) unveiled the original Treaty of 1868, which released the Navajo people from federal captivity, allowing them to return to their traditional homeland.

During the unveiling ceremony, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye talked about the treatys historic and contemporary significance to the Navajo people. The document formalized the tribe as a sovereign nation and solidified its relationship with the federal government.

The U.S. government doesnt sign treaties with states; it signs treaties with nations, President Begaye said. When the treaty was signed, the U.S. indicated and recognized that Navajo is a nation.

By honoring the treaty, the museum also is paying tribute to the Long Walk, the U.S. governments forced removal of an estimated 11,500 Navajo people and their 300-mile march to Ft. Sumner. Known as Hweldi in the Navajo language, the fort served as an internment camp while the Navajo were in exile.

Since time immemorial, the Navajo people have existed between the four sacred mountains that define their traditional boundaries: Tsisnaasjini (Mount Blanca) in the east, Tsoodzil (Mount Taylor) to the south, Dookooosliid (San Francisco Peaks) to the west, and Dib Nitsaa (Mount Hesperus) to the north. The Treaty of 1868 allowed them to return and reclaim their homelands.

Din bi keyah is powerful to the Navajo people and we always want to return there, President Begaye said. We can only wonder how our elders and medicine people felt when they learned an agreement was reached for their return home. Im sure there was a lot of joy, prayer and appreciation that our leaders had the fortitude to reach this agreement.

This 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868 has prompted dialogue among Navajo elders who want to reinforce the traditional perspective of what the Navajo people endured during and after their time at Hweldi.

We dont...


IHS launches National Accountability Dashboard for Quality Native News Online

Published February 21, 2018


by Jonathan Merrell, RN, BSN, MBA, Acting Deputy Director for Quality Health Care
February 20, 2018

In October, the Indian Health Service announced a new tool to monitor and report information from across IHS. The National Accountability Dashboard for Quality will enable the Indian Health Service to report on key performance data in a succinct and easily viewed display to monitor and improve quality of care.

The Indian Health Service dashboard will monitor and report information on compliance with IHS policy requirements, accreditation standards, or regulations at hospitals and ambulatory health centers.  The tool also supports oversight and management and will allow IHS to make fact-based decisions to ensure quality and safety of care.

So what is a dashboard for a healthcare system exactly?  Well, like in a car or other moving vehicle, a dashboard provides information about how the vehicle is operating.  In this case, the IHS National Accountability Dashboard for Quality will show how IHS is functioning in key areas that enable better and safer care.  Each dashboard measure will represent an important process, standard or regulation that facilities must do well or comply with to focus our attention as a system on what we are doing well and where we need to improve.  The dashboard will also allow us to share with tribes, tribal and urban Indian organizations, and Congress how well we are meeting standards and requirements.

This tool is different than the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measures that report on patient outcomes. The dashboard focuses on whether we are meeting requirements of policy, standards or regulations.

IHS is intensely focused on quality and safety for all American Indians and Alaska Natives, demonstrated by the work on accomplishing the IHS 2016-17 Quality Fra...


BINGO HALL: New Play by Native Voices at the Autry Native News Online

(Left to right) Kenny Ramos (Barona Band of Mission IndiansDiegueo Iipay/Kumeyaay*), Michaela Escarcega (Azteca*), and Kholan Studi (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma*).

Published February 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES  Dont miss the world premiere of Dillon Chittos new stage comedy, Bingo Hall! Edward Anaya makes all the calls in the pueblowell, he calls the numbers at the senior centers bimonthly bingo. But college acceptance letters kick-start an identity crisis: Who will Edward be if he leaves home and bingo behind? Like Ferris Bueller if he lived in a pueblo, Edward knows just what to say until romantic rejection, family antics, and community pressures leave him tongue-tied. Playwright Dillon Chitto brings the pueblo to the American theatre in this hilarious new play about tradition in a fast-changing world.


Opening Night
Friday, March 9, 8:00 p.m.
A reception with the cast and crew follows the Opening Night performance.

Conversation With the Playwright
Saturday, March 10
Following the 2:00 p.m. matinee, artistic director Randy Reinholz and playwright Dillon Chitto will discuss the impetus behind Bingo Hall and their processes for writing new plays.


Saturday, March 17, 7:00 p.m.
As a special treat, the Autry will host a round of bingo in the cafe before doors open for the 8:00 p.m. performance.


The post BINGO HALL: New Play by Native Voices at the Autry appeared first on Native News Online.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Condemns the Rochford Mining in Black Hills: Committing to Additional Action Native News Online

Published February 20, 2018

GREEN GRASS, SOUTH DAKOTA -The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe passed two (2) resolutions on 8 February 2018 opposing gold mining operations in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mineral Mountain, LLC is a Canadian-based mineral extraction company preparing to drill hundreds of holes in the Black Hills in the search of gold.

 Its important that we protect and take care of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth as she has taken care of us. She has not only provided us a good life but all South Dakotans, commented Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier. South Dakota should wake up and see what is being done to our land. It must be a priority for all of us that live here in South Dakota to oppose all threats that would harm her. I am proud we are taking a stand and thinking about what our grandchildren will inherit from us. 

Resolution 17-2018-CR directly opposes the Canadian-based companys operations on the Black Hills. It begins by explaining the situation that has allowed the occupation of the Black Hills from Treaty to unconstitutional Acts by the U.S. Congress and how the land is managed by the Forest Service in violation of treaty agreements.

The resolution goes further to explain the proximity of the drilling to Pe Sla which is within a couple of miles of the proposed drilling and calls for government to government dialogue between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation. The resolution continues to remind the Federal government of its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Act while opposing the exclusions this activity enjoys at the expense of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth.

Resolution 17-2018-CR calls on the Federal government to provide funding for the Great Sioux Nation to employ professionals to investigate the environmental and archeological impact of the Rochford Mining Project while authorizing litigation regarding the operations.

Resolution 18-2018-CR alliterates the history of pollution and environmental disasters associated with mining operation in the Black Hills that still plague the Black Hills today. It calls upon congress to withdraw th...


PRICE OF DEATH | Mohawk Nation News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

PRICE OF DEATH | Mohawk Nation News: When a person has gone on their path on this earth, we relatives, friends and associates restrain ourselves from idle talk, gossip and evil behavior. We comfort each other. We remember pleasant and amusing times that were spent together. If it is their wish, we bury the deceased before the sun rises the next morning. We come from the earth and it is our right to return to our mother.

Our departed spent their lives exploring the secrets they learned during their lives and which they leave behind for us. Now our minds are cheered up, our fires are rekindled in peace, we put our house in order and once again brightness and blue sky are visible. We are again in the sunshine. Those of us who are here continue. Peggy Lee sings about the magic of the Black Bird.


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Alumnus T.C. Cannons Works to Tour Native News Online

Indian Man, oil on canvas, ca. 1967,
42 3/8 x 42 3/8 inches

Published February 20, 2018

SANTA FE  IAIA recently loaned key works by seminal artist T.C. Cannon to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for their upcoming exhibition: T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America. Tommy Wayne (T.C.) Cannon grew up in a rural farming community in southeastern Oklahoma, raised by his Kiowa father and Caddo mother. Americas cultural revolution was ablaze when Cannon left home in 1964 to begin his journey as an artist at the newly minted experimental arts-based school in Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he began to address and rethink-on the stage of Western art history-the political narratives between Native Americans and the U.S. Government.

The Peabody Essex Museum presents an exhibition celebrating one of the most influential and inventive Native American artists of the 20th-century, T.C. Cannon (1946-1978, Caddo/Kiowa). T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America  on view at PEM from March 3, 2018 through June 10, 2018   explores the dynamic creative range and legacy of an artist whose life was cut short at age 31. Through nearly 90 works, including 30 major paintings, works on paper, poetry, and musical recordings, Cannons distinctive and affecting worldview shines through in this groundbreaking exhibition that is organized by PEM and will tour the country through 2019. After PEM the exhibition will head to the Gilcrease Museum,Tulsa, OK, from July 14 through October 7, 2018; then to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), New York, NY, from March 16 September 16, 2019.

This is the first major traveling exhibition of his work since 1990. Deeply personal yet undeniably political, Cannons artwork adeptly channels

his cultural heritage, experience as a Vietnam War veteran, and the turbulent social and political climate that defined 1960s and 70s America. Amid ongoing national and global conversations about ethnic identity, social justice, land rights and cultural appropriation, Ca...


Susan Bell, Corinne Smith // Cree leaders show public support for LGBTQ, 2-spirited community - North - CBC News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Cree leaders show public support for LGBTQ, 2-spirited community - North - CBC News: "I believe our inclusiveness and our diversity includes all our Eenouch/Eeyouch, whether they call themselves straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or two-spirited."

The Two-Spirited Community Support Conference was held in Montreal on February 16 and 17.

"Two-spirited" is used by some Indigenous people to describe someone who has both a masculine and a feminine spirit.

Bosum's message had never before been uttered publicly by a James Bay Cree grand chief, according to conference organizer Mathias (Maloose) Jolly, adding it's a message young Cree who might be questioning their sexuality desperately need to hear.


DEADLINE March 1st to apply for IEN Mining Mini-Grant-Helping Communities Impacted by Mining Aboriginal News Group Newswire

NOTE: All future deadlines will revert to the schedule provided below. The March 1st deadline has been provided for the delay in announcing for this round of application requests.

The IEN/WMAN Mining Mini-Grants Program offers financial grant assistance to communities threatened or adversely affected by mining in the U.S. and Canada.

This year, we will fund approximately 70 grantees at $3,000 each and 10 grantees at $5,000 each.  In order to receive funding at the $5,000 grant amount, we will ask you to provide additional information in Part 2 of the Program application below.

We recognize that mining activity often has detrimental impacts to all aspects of community and cultural well-being and IEN/WMAN encourages projects that strive to protect the environment, ecosystems, cultural resources, and community health from mining impacts.

Applications for the Program are accepted three times per year. The deadlines are:  June 1, October 1, and February 1. Applicants shall be notified of the funding decision within one month of the application deadline. Emergency assistance outside of these grant cycles is also available on a case by case basis (see details below).

If you have any questions about whether or not your project would qualify, please contact us to talk about it prior to the application deadline. Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967, and Mary Costello, WMAN Network Coordinator at (208) 610-4896. You can also email questions to  We are happy to talk with you.
Grant proposals and reports should be submitted to: We cannot guarantee your application will be considered if it is not submitted to this email address.



Indianz.Com > Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Indianz.Com > Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill: During the organization's winter session in Washington, D.C., this week, President Jefferson Keel described H.R.4864, also known as the No Haven for Dangerous Fugitives Act, as one of the "emerging challenges" on Capitol Hill. He called it an "unwarranted bill that disrespects the right and proven ability of tribal governments to exercise criminal jurisdiction on their own lands."

"If Congress is serious about strengthening public safety in and around Indian Country, it should build on tribal nations' successes," Keel said on Tuesday.

One of the ways to do that, Keel said, is to reauthorize the Tribal Law and Order Act. As NCAI was holding its session, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considered S.1953, a bill to extend the 2010 law, at a business meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Like H.R.4864, S.1953 is a Republican-led bill. The sponsor is Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), who serves as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and who spoke at NCAI's conference.


#Berlin March 3, 2018: Together against the Turkish attacks on #Afrin! Enough is Enough! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

#Berlin March 3, 2018: Together against the Turkish attacks on #Afrin! Enough is Enough!: Since January 20, 2018, the Turkish military is attacking the Afrin area in Rojava, northern Syria, along with Salafist or jihadist groups. Kurds of Muslim, Alevi and Ezidi faith make up the majority of Afrins population. In addition, it is home to Christian Assyrians and Syrian Arabs as well as occasionally Armenians. The city of Afrin with its surrounding villages in northwestern Syria has been able to maintain relative stability and peace since the beginning of the war, despite repeated attacks by the Nusra Front, the Islamic State (IS) or other Islamist groups, and the Turkish military. Even more, from 2015, Afrin has been safe haven for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people from Aleppo and the surrounding areas despite embargo and isolation. The Turkish army and allied Salafists or jihadists under the label of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) not only target refugees, but also cause new displacements currently.

The attacks by the Turkish military from the ground and from the air have so far [as of 6 February 2018] killed 148 civilians, including 17 children. The number of wounded is currently 365. A large proportion of these civilian casualties are Syrian internally displaced persons. Civilian residential areas are bombarded with artillery and bombed from the air, entire villages are razed to the ground and infrastructure is systematically destroyed, such as water treatment plants. Video footage documents war crimes such as torturing of YPJ fighter Barin Kobanes dead body and the torture and ill-treatment of captured Kurdish peoples defenders and displaced civilians.

Tuesday, 20 February


HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Speak at NAIHC 2018 Legislative Conference Native News Online

HUD Secretary Ben Carson

Published February 20, 2018

WASHINGTON Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. MD, Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been announced as the guest speaker at the National American Indian Housing Councils Annual Legislative Conference being held March 5-7, 2018 at the Washington Court Hotel. We are pleased and honored to have Dr. Carson speak to our members and other housing professionals gathering in DC next month, stated NAIHC Chairwoman Sami Jo Difuntorum. Carson was sworn in as the 17thHUD Secretary in March, 2017.
Secretary Carson said of the conference, I am looking forward to addressing the National American Indian Housing Council at this years Annual Legislative Conference. The counsel and cooperation of the NAIHC is a vital resource in HUDs mission to better serve families on tribal lands, and all Americans.
Reaching adequate funding levels for housing in Indian country has been one of our top priorities, added Mr. Walters. Currently, under the Indian Housing Block Grant Program, HUD funds Tribal housing programs under a formula grant which provides a range of affordable housing activities on Indian reservations and Indian areas. The block grant approach to housing for Native Americans was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). Another priority of NAIHC has been working with Congress to reauthorize NAHASDA, which has been expired since 2013.
Registration is still open for the Legislative Conference at NAIHCs Legislative Conference offers tribes, TDHEs and tribal housing authorities a chance to take part in the legislative process. Attendees have an opportunity to discuss with each other, and with their Congressional delegati...


#NATIVEVOTE18 Sharice Davids Offers a Ready-for-Congress Resume in Kansas Native News Online

Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, is running for Congress in Kansas. (Campaign photo) #NativeVote18

Guest Commentary

Published February 20, 2018

Another Native American woman is ready to make history. Sharice Davids is running for Congress in the 3rd district of Kansas.

Davids, 37, is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. She has a Ready-for-Congress resume. She is an attorney,  a Cornell Law School alumna, a White House fellow during the Barack Obama administration, the former deputy director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in Porcupine, South Dakota, and, this is something that could definitely help the Congress, she once founded a coffee company, Hoka Coffee in Pine Ridge.

She began her campaign on Feb. 15. In a tweet, Davids cited an urgency for Congress to act to stop gun violence, singling out the current member of Congress in that district, Rep. Kevin Yoder. We need more than condolences from legislators. We need swift legislation for commonsense gun safety reform. We cant allow lawmakers, like Rep. Yoder, who accept big money from the gun lobby to continue sacrificing our safety in exchange for campaign contributions.

The Kansas City Star noted that if elected she would be the first female Native American to serve in Congress and the first openly gay member of the Kansas delegation. Until it got pointed out to me it wasnt necessarily part of my thinking, but the gravity of it really hit me recently, Davids told the Star. Its amazing how long weve been in a country, but were still having firsts.



Counting Indian Country: 2020 Census Hearing Held Native News Online

Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published February 20, 2018

WASHINGTON  In 2010, the census undercounted the American Indian and Alaska Native population by an estimated five percent. Last Wednesday, tribal witnesses testified on the far-reaching impacts that inaccurate counts have had on tribal communities including underrepresentation in voting districts and equitable allocation of federal funding.

American Indians and Alaska Natives have historically been undercounted in the decennial census. This is largely due to the rural, remote geographies of many tribal communities, as well as other challenges that inhibit the Census Bureau from reaching an accurate count of Native Americans.

Census data is critical for our Nation, said Senator John Hoeven (R North Dakota), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Census results are used to draw district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislatures, and local governments. They determine the distribution of $600 billion in annual federal assistance to states, localities, and tribes. They also direct community decisions affecting schools, housing, transportation, and health care services. All of these functions are dependent on an accurate census. To ensure an accurate count in Indian Country, the Census Bureau must continue to engage in meaningful outreach with tribal communities and find innovative solutions.

Undercounting American Indian and Alaska Native people in the 2020 Census could lead to inefficient distribution of federal funding to tribes. Each tribe and tribal community has unique health, housing, education, and economic
development needs, testified Jefferson Keel, president of the National Congress of American Indians. Many programs serving tribes are funded based entirely or in part on census or census-derived data.

Valid and accurate census data is the bedrock of fair, proportionate representation in our democracy, Senator Tom Udall (D New Mexico) said. An inaccurate census risks underrepresentat...


Emanuel Stoakes // Myanmar government 'bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence' | Global development | The Guardian Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Myanmar government 'bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence' | Global development | The Guardian:

The claim follows investigations conducted by the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, which revealed evidence of other mass graves.

The Arakan Project, which uses on-the-ground networks to document abuses against the Rohingya community in western Rakhine state, Myanmar, provided the Guardian with a video of the grave site before its destruction. The footage shows half-buried tarpaulin bags in a forest clearing, with a decaying leg visibly protruding from one of the bags.

Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, said the bulldozing appears to be part of an effort to hide evidence of the grave permanently following the exposs that appeared in the press.

Two of the mass graves sites we know about have appeared in the media, but on Thursday one of the other mass grave sites was bulldozed. This means that evidence of the killings is being destroyed, she said.


San Juan Mayor Calls for End to Puerto Ricos Colonial Status Amid Slow Hurricane Maria Recovery | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

San Juan Mayor Calls for End to Puerto Ricos Colonial Status Amid Slow Hurricane Maria Recovery | Democracy Now!: Five months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, swaths of the island still have no electricity, while food and water supplies have been slow to arrive. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, known as FEMA, has been hit by a series of scandals, after it was revealed that only a fraction of the 30 million meals slated to be sent to the island after Hurricane Maria was actually delivered. FEMA approved a $156 million contract for a one-woman company to deliver the 30 million meals. But in the end, FEMA canceled the contract after she delivered only 50,000 meals, in what FEMA called a logistical nightmare. This came after FEMA gave more than $30 million in contracts to a newly created Florida company which failed to deliver a single tarp to Puerto Rico. For more, we speak with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yuln Cruz.


ANF | International Freedom Battalions statement on 3 fallen fighters Aboriginal News Group Newswire

ANF | International Freedom Battalions statement on 3 fallen fighters:


Full text of the statement is as follows:

The Afrin Resistance Marches to Victory with Internationalist Martyrs!

Spanish Samuel Prada Leon (Baran Galicia) and French Oliver Franois Jean Le Clainche (Kendal Breizh), and Dutch Sjoerd Heeger (Baran Sason), internationalist fighters who have participated in the defense of the Rojava revolution and who had been fighting in the Afrin fronts for a while have been immortalized in Afrin and Deir Ez Zor. Comrades Baran and Kendal were martyred on February 10 in Afrin as they resisted the invasion attacks of the AKP fascism. Comrade Baran Sason became immortal on February 12 in Deir Ez Zor, fighting ISIS fascism. With their internationalist awareness and hearts filled with hope, they fought against ISIS regression and against Erdoan and his gangs in Afrin just the same. They were the most beautiful response to the unifying character of internationalism, against international regressive ideologies that wanted to smother the resistance.

Our internationalist struggle has grown at all points in history with the labor and daring of comrades like Samuel, Oliver and Sjoerd. They followed on the footsteps of Ivana Hoffman, Reece Harding and Michael Isrel. They learned from the struggles of Halil Aksakal, Alper akas and Muzaffer Karademir. They fought to defend the revolution of the oppressed against the fascist colonialist invasion and went down in history with their dignity.

Internationalists Continue to Increase Hope in the Afrin Trenches!

In the wave of lies from We will take Afrin in 3 hours, to 3 days, to we cant give an exact date, our resistance has continued for 30 days. The people of Afrin increase their honorable resistance every day against the AKP fascism and Al Nusra/ISIS derivatives with their fearless and daring stance. The union of the Northern Syrian peoples in this resistance, and the fight of SDF, YPG, YPJ and internationalist fighters respond to the invasion attempt by the second largest army in NATO with this resistance of the age. As fighters of the International Freedom Battalion, we increase our will to fight shoulder to shoulder with the self-defense forces of the peoples in the region in the fight against ISIS in Afrin today. Internationalist fighters who have become immortal in Afrin and Deir Ez Zor will continue to be by our side in this struggle.

We the Internationalist Freedom Battalion fighters act today in Afrin with the same will that knows how to pay a price and how to demand a price in Stalingrad, Vietnam, Koban and in every inch of liberated land in Rojava and Northern Syria. We take our place on the battle fronts with this consciousness. There is a harsh and unequal war, we are fighting an e...


Press Release: Federal Government Appeals Historic Solitary Confinement Victory - BC Civil Liberties AssociationBC Civil Liberties Association Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Press Release: Federal Government Appeals Historic Solitary Confinement Victory - BC Civil Liberties AssociationBC Civil Liberties Association:


Posted on February 19, 2018

For Immediate Release

Vancouver On Friday, February 16, 2018, the Attorney General of Canada filed a notice of appeal in a bid to overturn last months historic judgment that ordered an end to indefinite solitary confinement in prisons across Canada. The decision, which struck down the federal governments administrative segregation regime as unconstitutional, was the result of a legal challenge brought by the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and John Howard Society of Canada (JHSC).

Josh Paterson, Executive Director of the BCCLA, stated: We find it shocking that our federal government has chosen to appeal this decision when the government came into office on a promise to put an end to indefinite solitary confinement. Instead, this appeal shows they intend to fight to save a system that breaks the law and makes our society less safe.

Paterson pointed out that after the court win, the BCCLA and the Canadian Civil LIberties Association wrote to the federal ministers of Justice and Public Safety urging them to end court battles. He stated: Having won in court, we extended a hand to the government to work together to fix this problem to no avail. Despite us reaching out, to-date, the federal government has given us no response other than filing this appeal.

The B.C. Supreme Court issued judgment in favour of the BCCLA and JHSC on January 17, 2018. The Court held that the laws governing administrative segregation are unconstitutional in that they permit prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement, fail to provide independent review of segregation placements and deprive inmates of the right to counsel at segregation review hearings. The regime violates prisoners Charter section 7 rights because it places prisoners at increased risk of self-harm and suicide and causes psychological and physical harm. The Court further held that the laws were unconstitutional because they discriminate against the mentally ill and disabled, and against Indigenous prisoners.

Catherine Latimer, Executive Director of John Howard Society of Canada, states: The problems with solitary confinement have been obvious for decades, with recommendations for reform coming from all quarters of society, including the Correctional Investigator of Canada and the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Now, the B.C. Supreme Court has recognized that the practice discriminated against Indigenous people and persons with mental illness. It is deeply unfortunate that, rather than accept that truth...


54 patients died waiting for Israel to let them out of Gaza | The Electronic Intifada Aboriginal News Group Newswire

54 patients died waiting for Israel to let them out of Gaza | The Electronic Intifada: One of them was Faten Ahmed, a 26-year-old with a rare form of cancer. She died in August while awaiting an Israeli permit to travel for chemotherapy and radiotherapy not available in Gaza.

She had previously missed eight hospital appointments after Israeli security approval was delayed or denied, according to the World Health Organization.

Ahmed was one of five women who died from cancer in that month alone waiting for Israeli permission that never came.

Overall, 46 of those who died last year waiting for permits were cancer patients.


The Historically Accurate Abraham Lincoln Native News Online

President Abraham Lincoln

Presidents Day Special

Published February 19, 2018

Ive always wondered why Black History month is commemorated in February. So this year I decided to look it up, and learned that one of the reasons is because February is the month which contains the birthdays of both Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.

Choosing February as Black History Month because of Frederick Douglass makes sense. He was a prominent American abolitionist, author and orator. Born a slave, Douglass escaped at age 20 and went on to become a world-renowned anti-slavery activist. (History)

But choosing to put Black History Month in February because of Abraham Lincoln? That makes no sense at all. At least not when you understand the historically accurate Abraham Lincoln. You see, there are two Abraham Lincolns. The historically accurate Abraham Lincoln and the mythological Abraham Lincoln. Most Americans know only the mythological Abraham Lincoln and are clueless as to his actual history, writings, speeches and military exploits as Commander in Chief of the Unites States armed forces.
The mythological Abraham Lincoln is held up by both Democrats and Republicans alike. He is a beacon of freedom and a champion of racial equality. In fact, in the spring of 2016, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI) referenced the legacy of Abraham Lincoln when he publicly rebuked GOP Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump for not distancing himself from the political endorsement of David Duke, a well-known KKK member. He said:

If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on peoples prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all...


The National Indian Education Association Releases Response to Trumps Proposed Cuts to Native Education Aboriginal News Group Newswire

The National Indian Education Association Releases Response to Trump's Proposed Cuts to Native Education | Last Real Indians-

The Impact of the Proposed Department of Education Budget on Native Students
The Department of Educations FY Budget includes cuts to k-12 and higher education programs that are critical to Native student success:

  • Level funding for Title VI at $164.9 million for the full program, including the non-formula grant and Native language grant programs.
  • Title I funding received a very slight increase for inflation at $15.4 billion.
  • Title II funding for teacher preparation and professional development was eliminated again in this years Department of Education Budget, cutting over $2.2 billion in funding that supports the countrys educators.
  • Over $1.2 billion in cuts to after school programs.

NIEA is also concerned about an Opportunity Grants school choice program of over $1 billion was proposed again this year, to expand existing private school choice programs. Tribal sovereignty and consultation are significant concerns with respect to school choice programs and existing schools.


Navajo Jails Face Shutdown, Tribe Comes to Rescue Native News Online

Published February 19, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  The Navajo Department of Corrections, simply put, is in dire straits.

Its not a question of whether Corrections lacks the willingness to help people whove been arrested, gone through the court system and are currently serving out their sentences.

Its money to operate its seven facilities and paying the personnel who run them that is on the verge of running out.

I only have enough money for one more payroll, said Corrections principal accountant, Juanita Begay, on Tuesday in Window Rock. Thats it. And BIA hasnt given us anymore money.

The 638 contract, which should have been renewed at the beginning of the year, came to a halt when BIA and tribal officials negotiating for a new contract disagreed on language in it.
Begay said the feds are referring to what has always been written into it.

BIA is holding the strings, Begay said. They dont want certain language in the new contract that has been there for years and years. They said they cant lobby on behalf of the Navajo Nation. They only receive only a certain amount and that has to be divvied up among the tribes across the U.S.

The language BIA said it wants changed is from Not delegating other federal agencies like the Indian Health Services to do training with Corrections staff, to That BIA/OJS is responsible for administering only the budget amounts allocated by the Congress and would not accept any requests for additional funds regardless that the need is much higher than what the Nation receives to provide detention services.

Corrections employs 188 personnel throughout the reservation, with 150 of those being officers that run and operate the jails.

According to the Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Managements website, the duties of a corrections officers include guarding prisoners and monitoring them during meal times.
Personnel has 11 positions currently open for the Tuba City Detention Center that pay an annual salary of $31,000.

To keep detention operations going, $3.9 million is needed, which helps pay the personnel. Out of that money, 41.1 percent, which comes out to $1.62 million, goes into an officers fringe benefits, Begay said.
It is also used to pay for an officers overtime and holiday pay.

This does not i...


Kahnawake man fights bureaucracy, takes fathers body home for burial Warrior Publications

Kahnawake stuart myiow

Stuart Myiow Jr. at the grave plot of his father, who was buried on Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018

CTV News, February 15, 2018

The death of an indigenous man in Kahnawake has caused some trouble for a family that wished to bury him as soon as possible.

Stuart Myiow Sr. died Tuesday morning at his home and was subsequently taken to Anna Laberge-Hospital in Chateauguay in order to be declared deceased.

But before his body entered the hospital, a problem cropped up: administrators said that once they accepted Myiows body, they were only allowed to release his body to an accredited funeral facility.

Stuart Myiow Jr. then tried to find a funeral home that would do that without performing a full funeral service but he was not able to do so.

Instead, Myiow ended up taking his fathers remains home himself, in his car, in order to hold a funeral before sunset.

So here we are in this day and age that a Mohawk cannot, because of bureaucracy, be buried in the way of our customs, said Myiow....


Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail Warrior Publications


Stephen Andrew MacKinnon

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Paul Henderson, Chilliwack Progress, Feb. 17, 2018

The man who stole millions of dollars from the Seabird Island First Nation was sentenced in provincial court in Chilliwack on Friday to four-and-a-half years in jail.

Stephen Andrew MacKinnon elicited no reaction in courtroom 201 as Judge Richard Browning handed down the term to the 48-year-old who embezzled approximately $2.3 million from the band while working in the finance department between 2005 and 2013.

MacKinnnon was originally charged with four counts: fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000, forgery, and using a forged document. He pleaded guilty to the first and fourth count last July.

The crimes started when he was hired by Seabird Island in July 2005 to overhaul and put in place digital networks for the 900-member First Nation. Over eight years he forged 321 invoices paid by him with his private credit card, money that was then reimbursed by the band.

The exact total of his scam, which was essentially simple but involved a prolonged course of deception, amounted to $2,345,471.68.

Mr. MacKinnon...


Mexicos Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain strongholds Warrior Publications

Zapatista lined up

Members of the Zapatista national liberation army (EZLN) in La Garrucha, Chiapas, stand in front of a mural showing the revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata. Photograph: Eduardo Verdugo/AP

The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions until now

by John Vidal, The Guardian, Feb 17, 2018

Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The Liberty has the most ingredients, the Democracy looks the best, but the Justice costs the most possibly because it comes with cheese.

The restaurant is one of many celebrating, or cashing in on, the Zapatist...


Sitting Bull College Launches Mobile App to Help Strengthen Campus Community Native News Online

Published February 20, 2018

FORT YATES, NORTH DAKOTA Sitting Bull College, the primary higher education institution on the Standing Rock Reservation, today announced the launch of a new mobile app to help students navigate and engage in campus life. Developed in partnership with OOHLALA Mobile, which works with more than 200 colleges and universities worldwide to improve student engagement and persistence, the app will help Sitting Bull students access academic information, communicate with peers and faculty, and receive real-time updates about events and campus activities.

Our number one goal at Sitting Bull is helping our students complete their degree which can be especially challenging for those who travel long distances, or balance work and family commitments in addition to their coursework, said Koreen Ressler, Vice President of Operations at Sitting Bull College. We know that the more engaged our students are, the more likely they are to persist in their studies. Thats why new tools like the Sitting Bull app have been so important in helping students stay connected with their peers and fostering a sense of community. After an extensive review process, we chose to partner with the team at OOHLALA Mobile due to their deep experience in higher education and data-driven approach to improving the student experience.

Research suggests that American Indians and Alaska Natives have the lowest retention rates of any racial or ethnic group in the first three years of college. To address this challenge, Sitting Bull College is tapping technology to better connect its students to campus life and student success services.

Over 200 colleges and universities have partnered with OOHLALA Mobile to launch campus mobile apps to help demystify the college experience for students and support retention. Recent research, conducted at Kentuckys Lindsey Wilson College, found that first-year students who used their campus app were 17% more likely to...

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