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Published September 21, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is looking forward to hosting the 5th Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival (AAIAF) on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, the first weekend of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The two-day festival at 2401 12th St NW is the only authentic, allNative American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta each year. It also kicks off a week-long celebration of Pueblo art and culture at the IPCC, including more than 40 traditional Native dances over the course of the Balloon Fiesta, October 7 through 15.
With its intensive application process and limit of 50 artists, AAIAF is a premier showcase for Indigenous artists creating both traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, rugs, and sculpture. The festivals format offers visitors from around the world an unparalleled opportunity to meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists in the heart of Albuquerque.
Pueblo hospitality is at the heart of everything we do here at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, so were thrilled for the opportunity to welcome visitors from near and far and provide an incredible cultural experience, says Museum Director Monique Fragua (Jemez Pueblo). From authentic Native art and jewelry and traditional dances held in our courtyard to our engaging museum exhibitswe have something for everyone.
Visitors to the IPCC during Balloon Fiesta will experience a full schedule of traditional Native dances in the mural-lined courtyard by a dozen different Pueblo dance groups, including the White Eagle Dance Group of Zuni Pueblo, the Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group of Acoma Pueblo, and the Oak Canyon Dancers of Jemez Pueblo. Native...
Published September 21, 2017
TULSA A world-renowned activist for Native American rights, LaDonna Harris will accept the third annual Oklahoma Changing World Prize on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Woody Guthrie Center in downtown Tulsa. The Oklahoma Changing World Prize is given annually by the Woody Guthrie Center, presented in 2017 by the Chickasaw Nation.
The Woody Guthrie Center is proud to recognize the work of LaDonna Harris with the Oklahoma Changing World Prize, said Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. As an advocate for equality, peace, and social justice, Ms. Harris follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie as a guiding force for positive change in our world.
Harris, a citizen of the Comanche Nation, is a human rights activist and civil rights leader. As president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, Harris has brought Native American issues to a national stage. She has been active in the environmental, world peace, and womens rights movements. Harris recently served as an Honorary Co-Chair for the Womens March on Washington in January.
Born in Cotton County, Okla., Harris was raised by her maternal grandparents. After helping to integrate the town of Lawton, Okla., Harris founded the first statewide Indian organizationOklahomans for Indian Opportunity. While married to U.S. Sen. Fred Harris (D-OK 1964-73), she became the first senators wife to testify before a congressional committee. Throughout her career, Harris served on many national boards, like the Girl Scouts, National Organization of Women, Independent Sector, and five U.S. Presidents appointed her to commissions, including U.S. Representative to UNESCO. She has influenced the struggle for social justice nationally and internationally, and her work changed the countrys perception of contemporary Native peoples, providing an influence on laws and lawmakers that still guides federal Indian policy.
Prison activist's death sparks uprising in women's prison of
Thebes, Greece: [taxikipali]
Tension is also evident in the central Athens prison of Koridallos
where 200 inmates are staging a protest in solidarity to the Theban
uprising. The Minister of Justice, Dendias, notorious for his
recent police-state legislations, has refused to allow the
Initiative for Prisoner's Rights to visit the rebel inmates, saying
he will not tolerate "left wing threats".
Katerina Goulioni's last letter to the Initiative for Prisoners' Rights published in the Communist Newspaper Epoxi is revealing of the activist's struggle with the prison authorities: "I hit the chief-screw because besides everything he had me locked in isolation in Koridallos Prison and I had to pee in a bottle". Besides her struggle against vaginal inspection which she has termed "informal rape", in letters past, Katerina has denounced the conditions of prison transfer, a process during which many inmates lose their life under suspicious conditions, the lack of facilities for prisoners with special mobility needs.
Published September 20, 2017
EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN The Michigan State University Native American Law Students Association invites the Indigenous community, law community, and allies to Paint the Rock to draw awareness to the issue of American Indian mascots. Michigan Senate Bill 487 would ban the use of Redsk*ns in schools. Currently, five schools in Michigan use Redsk*ns as their mascot.
The United Tribes of Michigan passed a resolution denouncing the use of the term.
Those interested in assisting are welcome Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Organizers say they are painting the rock for display on Michigan Indian Day, so they are need of volunteers to stand guard during the day to secure our spot and during the night until sunrise.
The rock serves as a billboard for MSU campus groups and events.
A photograph to display solidarity in the fight against the mascot is planned close to the end of the painting of The Rock.
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by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017
When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.
Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again....
Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote
| Reuters: The Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan party, which won more
than 7,000 votes at a weekend by-election, was born out of a
protest movement supporting Mumtaz Qadri, a bodyguard of the
governor of Punjab province who gunned down his boss in 2011 over
his call to reform strict blasphemy laws.
Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labaik waved photos of Qadri, who became an icon for Muslim hardliners after his execution last year, at campaign rallies in the eastern city of Lahore, where it won 6 percent of the vote in a contest for the seat vacated by ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pressure grows on Palestinian officials to end payments to
prisoners and families of 'martyrs' - World - CBC News: To
Israel, the stipends are "blood money," paid to people who have
attacked Israelis, meant to encourage the killing of Jews.
Palestinian officials are under increasing pressure, particularly from the United States, to end the transfers.
"I am extremely worried that they would stop these payments," said Umm Mohammad, Mohammad Abu Shahin's mother. "We need that payment, because my husband is sick."
They have no money to support their son's wife and two children, she added.
Remove Sen. Beyak from Conservative caucus over Indigenous
comments: AMC grand chief - Manitoba - CBC News: Her comments
represent "a colonial way of thinking," Dumas said.
"For the government of this day to allow room for Senator Beyak and her repeatedly uninformed comments in their Senate, personal opinion or not, is a reflection of their government's lack of commitment to reconciliation."
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson have called for Beyak to resign, and she has faced criticism from MPs and other senators, including some in her own party.
Catalonia's Right to Hold Referendum Naharnet: Catalonia's
pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont accused the Spanish
government of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" in the
region, with a series of measures to prevent what Madrid sees as an
illegal independence referendum taking place.
"FC Barcelona, in remaining faithful to its historic commitment to the defense of the nation, to democracy, to freedom of speech, and to self-determination, condemns any act that may impede the free exercise of these rights," Barca said in a statement.
"Therefore, FC Barcelona publicly expresses its support for all people, entities, and institutions that work to guarantee these rights.
"FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way."
ANF | HDP presents report on Women's Rights Violations in
Turkey: Despite the numerous commitments such as Istanbul
Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and
domestic violence made by Turkey in the last decades to promote and
protect womens rights; inequality and discrimination against women
have deepen even more especially in the recent years. Today, the
rights and achievements made in the field of womens rights are
under threat in Turkey. Especially after the coup attempt, the
declared state of emergency and the policies that nourish violence
have affected the life of the women negatively. The present report
provides an overview of key women rights concerns in Turkey.
Council of Europe member states should step up efforts to combat discrimination against women and moreover member states should condemn and combat backward steps that would undermine the principles of equality and non-discrimination.
Although human rights violations in Turkey are on the agenda of the Council of Europe, the problems women face in Turkey and the attacks on women's rights in recent years have not attracted enough attention of the Council.
Seattle Police Claim That De-escalation Policy Violates Rights
Rejected: [mintpressnews.com] Additionally, the officers put
forward no historical evidence that regulating how officers use
firearms has ever infringed upon their ability to defend
The officers that sued most likely object to the part of the policy, which instructs them to consider whether a subjects lack of compliance is a deliberate attempt to resist or an inability to comply based on a variety of factors, including the subjects possible medical conditions, mental impairment, developmental disability, drug interaction, and behavioral crisis. De-escalation tactics are encouraged to reduce the need for force.
De-escalation tactics are encouraged to reduce the need for force.
Indigenous peoples fight for land, history in Rhode Island and New
Mexico Workers World: Potumtuk is the spiritual center of the
Pokanoket Nation and was also the site where Po Metacom, leader of
a regional revolt against the colonizers in the 1670s, was
beheaded. English settlers then grabbed the land. In more recent
years, Brown Universitys Haffenreffer Museum has been located on
part of Potumtuk.
The Pokanoket and some of their allies marched on Sept. 5 outside Browns student convocation ceremony, marking the beginning of the school year. They did this to draw attention to their struggle and provide information to students. The Pokanoket and Brown University are currently in discussions, as the encampment continues. For more information, see tinyurl.com/yapnlfa7
Indian Government Moves to Deport Rohingya Refugees Amid Ethnic Cleansing | Democracy Now!: Indias government asked the countrys Supreme Court Monday to allow the deportation of more than 16,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees to Burma, where human rights groups say the government is waging an ethnic cleansing campaign. The threatened deportation came as Human Rights Watch distributed before-and-after satellite photos it says show the near total destruction of 214 Rohingya villages in Burma, with tens of thousands of homes burned to the ground. The photos echo the stories of the more than 410,000 Rohingya who have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Native Rock Musician Robby Romero Partners With PledgeMusic To Commemorate The Fort Laramie Treaty Of 1851 Between United States And Native Nations
#Honor1851Treaty Music Campaign Rallies Artists In Support Of Native Rights, Featuring KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, TAKAYIA BLANEY, GARY FARMER, DAKOTA ROMERO, ROBERT MIRABAL, RAYE ZARAGOZA, & MORE
New York, NY (September 17, 2017) Robby Romero, (Red Thunder) Native Rock music p...
Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples rights, is delighted to announce the twelve winning entries of its annual photo competition. The winning photograph is of a Samburu tribesman in Kenya by Timo Heiny, and appears on the cover of Survivals 2018 We, the People Calendar.
The winning entries give an insight into tribal peoples largely self-sufficient and extraordinarily diverse ways of life. The photographs feature tribal peoples from around the world - including many who Survival work with.
The eleven runners-up, whose pictures also appear in Survivals 2018 Calendar are:
Alice Kohler Arawet, Brazil,
Sabine Hammes Bayaka, Central African Republic
Renato Soares Kalapalo, Brazil
Mattia Passarini Kinnaura, India
Segundo Chuquipiondo Chota Ashaninka, Peru
Percy Ramrez Medina Quechua, Peru
Gabriel Uchida Uru Eu Wau Wau, Brazil
Phillippe Geslin Inuit, Greenland
Renato Soares Kayapo, Brazil
Geffroy Yannick Kham, Tibet
Giordano Cipriani Hamar, Ethiopia
Stephen Corry, Director of Survival said: Powerful images have always been at the heart of our fight for tribal peoples rights. We are delighted to have had so many strong entries this year, and hope that they will help energize people to get behind our mission.
Survival International was founded in 1969 following an article by Norman Lewis in the UKs Sunday Times Magazine about the genocide of...
Published September 20, 2017
Native American communities in San Juan County, Utah, feel shut out of the process they have worked in good faith with now that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has issued an insensitive report recommending reducing Bears Ears National Monument.
In his final report to President Trump, called the National Monuments review, he has silenced the voices of Native Americans in Utah and across the country by dismissing our deep ties to the Bears Ears landscape. Even though Americans emphatically support National Monuments, Secretary Zinke seems to unfairly discount the concerns of NGOs without a basis for doing so. Astoundingly, he ignored the 2.6 million American voices, 98 percent of whom commented in favor of protecting national monuments.
If Secretary Zinke had met with local stakeholders, he would have learned that Navajo and Ute residents (who are the county majority) have been greatly impacted by uranium and oil and gas pollution since the 1930s which is in part why we worked so hard to protect our traditional cultural uses and sacred sites. Even as he recommends exclusions, he does not comment on the future roles of the grazing, timber, fishing and mining industries. Furthermore, by eliminating protections for everything outside any new boundary, Secretary Zinke failed to explain how these important traditional cultural resources and uses can still be preserved.
In fact, five out of seven Utah Navajo Chapter Houses as well as Secretary Zinkes adopted Tribe in Montana, the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, all passed resolutions defending Bears Ears this past month. Among Native American residents living adjacent to Bears Ears, 97 percent of these Chapter members voted in favor of leaving Bears Ears alone, and not a single Tribe in the entire United States has stepped forward to ask the Secretary to shrink or eliminate Bears Ears National Monument. We now understand why this report, which is an insult to Tribes, was held so tightly by this administration.
Any and all recommendations by Secretary Zinke regarding Bears Ears National Monument are fundamentally flawed because the Secretary failed to take the time to meet with and listen to local...
12th annual event returns to Tulsa Oct. 14-15
TULSA The 12th annual Cherokee Art Market, featuring more than 150 elite Native American artists from across the nation, returns to Tulsa Oct. 14-15 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
The Cherokee Art Market is one of the largest Native American art shows in the state and one of the finest Native American art markets in the country.
More than 50 tribes are represented at the annual event that includes artwork available for purchase. Pieces include beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles.
As part of the two-day event, there will be cultural demonstrations open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Demonstrations include shell jewelry, screen printing, katsina dolls, sculptures, Native fashion, gourd art, painting, storytelling and music.
Artists are competing for their share of $75,000 in prize money awarded across 25 categories.
An opening reception will be held in the Sky Room on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. to welcome artists and award prize money. The public is welcome to attend the reception for $25 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Best of Show for the 11th annual Cherokee Art Market was awarded to Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, for her seal-skin basket Ingalik Charm Basket (Traditional).
Cherokee Art Market is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sequoyah Convention Center at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Admission is $5 per person. For more information about the Cherokee Art Market, visit www.cherokeeartmarket.com. Media sponsors include Native American Art Magazine and Tulsa People.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is located off Interstate 44 at exit 240. For more information, visit...
Published September 20, 2017
Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports
You have to wonder why the latest Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act did not get written with one senator in mind, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Yet the bill by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is more conservative than previous approaches. It has lots of wish-list boxes to tick, no money for Planned Parenthood, big tax cuts, and its spends way fewer federal dollars. The bill only needs 50 votes to pass but that must happen before the end of this month.
Medicaid would become a block grant program that states could design (and pay for). So it would likely disappear. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that federal funding for health care would be reduced by $299 billion in 2027 alone with cuts impacting all states. And heres a fun fact: Big states that expanded Medicaid would be hit harder. A lot harder.
Why 2027? Thats the year block grants disappear. Graham and Cassidy argue that only a temporary block grant would be allowed under the rules of debate. So no new thing. Congress would have to meet pay for standards to replace that after 2027; meaning there would be cuts in other federal programs equal to the new spending.
And, like other Republican plans, this one would add significantly to the ranks of the uninsured. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates 32 million would lose coverage. States could also end essential benefits, coverage of pre-existing conditions, and allow companies to ch...
New report shines spotlight on important wild lands that must be protected
Published September 20, 2017
BOZEMAN, MONTANA A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about both the Badger-Two Medicine and Paradise Valley, as well as other wild lands across the U.S. threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and gold.
Too Wild To Drill identifies 15 unique places found on public lands that are at high risk of drilling, mining and other developmentand the damage and destruction that inevitably follow. These lands provide Americans with important benefits such as clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, sacred sites, and jobs and other socioeconomic benefits.
Jack Gladstone, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe and founder of Blackfeet Headwaters Alliance explains that, the Blackfeet people have lived on this land for thousands upon thousands of years and the Badger-Two Medicine region is our refuge. It is one of the last geographical strongholds for our ancient culture. We will not stand by and watch the Badger-Two Medicine desecrated by oil and gas interests.
Energy development can damage landscapes, of...
Polish researcher attempts to read a unique writing from Easter
Island | News | Science & Scholarship in Poland: 25
artefacts with rongorongo inscriptions have been preserved to our
time. Rongorongo is a system of glyphs known only from Easter
Island - none of the other Polynesian peoples have invented
"There is a lot of evidence that Easter Island is one of the few places in the world where writing was invented independently of other recording systems. Why it was created in such an isolated location, remains a mystery" - told PAP Dr. Rafa Wieczorek from the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw.
Deciphering the glyphs is the more difficult that only a few people in the world are working on it, non of them "full time". For all involved it is a side project. "In order to move things forward, it is necessary to set up a research team that would focus on just that" - believes the researcher.
Dr. Wieczorek specialises in astrobiology, but many years ago he joined the international group, whose goal is to attempt to decipher rongorongo. The researcher admits that he devotes more and more time to this passion - he is also the author of several articles on rongorongo published in scientific journals.
Burma: Satellite Imagery Shows Mass Destruction | Human Rights
Watch: (New York) New analysis of satellite imagery from Burmas
Rakhine State shows the near total destruction of 214 villages,
Human Rights Watch said today. World leaders meeting at the United
Nations should urgently adopt a General Assembly resolution
condemning the Burmese militarys ethnic cleansing, while the UN
Security Council should impose targeted sanctions and an arms
The detailed satellite images, made possible due to a clearing of monsoon cloud on September 16, 2017, reveal destruction from burning much greater than previously known. They show the destruction of tens of thousands of homes across Maungdaw and Rathedaung Townships, part of the Burmese security forces campaign of ethnic cleansing that has forced over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
Strong earthquake kills dozens - BBC News: People were feared
trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings as rescue teams
rushed to the hardest-hit areas.
Earlier this month, a strong 8.1 magnitude tremor left at least 90 dead.
The epicentre of the quake was next to Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km (75 miles) from Mexico City, with a depth of 51km, the US Geological Survey said.
At least 54 people were killed in Morelos state alone, south of the capital. Four people are confirmed dead in Mexico City, with another eight in Mexico State and six reported killed in Puebla state.
The tremor happened as an earthquake drill was being held in Mexico City, on the 32nd anniversary of a quake that killed up to 10,000 people.
UN investigators gathering testimony on Rohingya rights violations
- World - CBC News: Marzuki Darusman said his UN team was still
trying to get Myanmar's permission to enter the country, but was
gathering evidence from refugees and medics in the border town of
Cox's Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Darusman's team started its work in August, the month that attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar triggered a military response that has forced more than 421,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh in the past month.
Published September 19, 2017
MEXICO CITY At least 44 people were killed as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake epicenter hit just over 3 miles east-northeast of Raboso, in the state of Puebla some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City.
We dont have an estimate yet from authorities of how many buildings but just photos and videos from people in the street show there are many buildings collapsed so far, reporter James Fredrick told NPR. The civil protection agency of Mexico City has confirmed that theyre beginning excavation work for people trapped inside collapsed buildings.
Tuesdays earthquake came less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the countrys south, and it occurred as Mexicans commemorated the anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed thousands.
The post At Least 44 Dead from Earthquake that Hit Central Mexico appeared first on Native News Online.
APTN National News, September 19, 2017
The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents.
The investigation is in the early stages said Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMPs Yorkton detachment.
We do have an investigation that is ongoing, said Laurent.
Laurent confirmed the investigation is based on complaints made from elders and the documents they provided.
Elders Frances Musqua, 70, and Seraphine Straightnose, 71, met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided him with over 150 pages of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected the bands co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the bands director of operations Chris Lafontaine.
Chalupiak and Lafontaine have refused to answer questions from APTN citing confidentiality but Chalupiak said the...
Published September 19, 2017
NAVAJO MOUNTAIN Navajo Interagency Hotshot crews are attending to a wildfire that is burning on the southwestern side of Navajo Mountain at the bottom of Horse Canyon.
The fire is reported to be lightning-caused and has burned 100 acres. The incident is inaccessible for vehicles. Ground resources must hike two hours to access it.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire and Aviation Management, Navajo Region has resources on scene suppressing the wildfire.
The fire is not contained. No structures are being threatened at this time.
All residents are encouraged to avoid the wildfire area due to hazardous terrain and fire spread.
Additional information will be provided as its made available.
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