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Wednesday, 15 August


Land reform irreversible: ED - Zimbabwe Situation Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Land reform irreversible: ED - Zimbabwe Situation: HARARE President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said the country will not return land seized from former white commercial farmers almost two decades ago.

It is now behind us, it is irreversible, Mnangagwa said in a speech to mark Heroes Day commemorations at the National Heroes Acre in central Zimbabwe, broadcast on television.

He said the land reform programme was one of the fruits of the liberation struggle and since it is now behind us, it is irreversible. He said the task ahead is to fully utilise the land to increase agricultural production.


OHCHR | Migration nightmare for an indigenous woman in Mexico Aboriginal News Group Newswire

OHCHR | Migration nightmare for an indigenous woman in Mexico // OHCHR | Migration nightmare for an indigenous woman in Mexico - Santizo, an indigenous Chuj woman from Guatemala, left her hometown in August 2014 in the hope of reaching the United States. A migrant smuggler, also known as a coyote or pollero, had already laid out a plan for her:she wouldcross the Mexican border with Guatemala and get to the northern Mexican city of Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas, near the United States border.

Along the way, Santizo, who could not communicate with others in her group because she did not speak Spanish, could not tell where she was. The coyote reassured her by saying they were close to entering the United States.

Every year, thousands of migrants from Central America cross the length of Mexicos territory to flee from violence, disappearances, executions, torture, poverty and gang-forced recruitment. Many of them are asylum seekers and migrants in transit trying to reach the United States in search of better life opportunities.


Press Release: New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Press Release: New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison | Moorbey'z Blog //


Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee,

Contact: Joanna Nuez 702-588-9882

New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison:

Prisoners and Families Demand An End to the Lockdown

The lockdown at Stillwater Prison is now in its 27th day. As families and prisoners demand an end to the lockdown the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee is releasing audio from inside Stillwater prison to showcase the urgency of the lockdowns immediate end and to expose the lies being spread by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC). The audio, shared by Stillwater inmate Tony, last name removed due to concerns for retaliation, was received on August 11th.

This audio interview along with other independent reports from prisoners in Stillwater document human rights violations, the power of the medias i...

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Tuesday, 14 August


Keepseagle Settlement Makes Final Payments, Closing Out Landmark Racial Discrimination Case Against Feds Native News Online

Quapaw beef. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published August 14, 2018

$38 million to benefit non-profit organizations serving Native American farmers and ranchers, and $266 million to fund The Native American Agriculture Fund Largest Native American Philanthropic Institution

WASHINGTON In light of the Supreme Courts March 26, 2018 decision declining to hear an appeal over the disposition of $380 million in unclaimed cy pres funds from the historic 2011 settlement of Keepseagle v. Vilsack, a decades long battle to resolve claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against Native American farmers and ranchers, has come to a close.  Following distribution of approximately $238 million on successful claims in 2012, supplemental payments to prevailing claimants totaling about $76 million have now been issued.  In addition, $38 million in immediate cy pres awards is being paid out to non-profit organizations serving Native American farmers and ranchers, which were approved following a rigorous grant-making process, and $266 million will go to the Native American Agriculture Fund, a Trust created as part of the modified settlement empowered to fund programs through non-profit organizations over the next 20 years.

The modification to the settlement agreement struck a sound balance between distributing some of the funds to those who had been successful claimants before and other funds to serve the broader Indian farming and ranching community, stated Joseph M. Sellers, Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs and Chair of the Civil Rights and Employment practice group at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.  In many ways, the creation of the Native American Agriculture Fund trust could turn out to be one of the most lasting legacies of this case because it will create the largest non-profit institution to serve Native Americans in the history of this country.  We look forward to seeing the Native American Agriculture Fund move forward to bring benefits to Indian farmers and ranchers beyond what litigation alone has provided.

Plaintiffs fil...


Billy Mills: Empowerment through Running Native News Online

Billy Mills awarding Wings Program Coordinator Alicia Littlebear after the Billy Mills 10K Gold Run at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in 2015.

Guest Commentary

Published August 14, 2018 

When I first began to train for the Olympics, I visualized winning daily and did so much that I could actually see it. Using this method to win the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Olympics forever changed me.

For anyone who runs long distance, well, for all runners, transformation can be seen immediately. But for most, transformation happens over time. Not only are physical benefits seen, but mental, emotional and some would say spiritual changes occur when pushing your body to move beyond what you think you can do.

This transformation is explored in the new film, 3100: Run & Become. The documentary tells the stories of ultra runners, those who run more than the customary marathon distance, 26.2 miles, in various cultures. The main character is a Finnish paper boy trying to beat his best time in the Self-Transcendence 3100, a 3,100-mile, 52-day run around a half-mile loop in New York City. The film also features a Buddhist Monk on a 1,000-day prayer circuit, African Bushmen fighting to retain traditional hunting methods, and Din ultra runner Shaun Martin.

In the film, Martin retraces the steps his father took as a small boy when he ran away from boarding school back to his familys homestead over 100 miles away. This revelatory journey helps Shaun understand where the resilience of his family first took form. It was through running that his father asked for guidance and strength from the Holy People to contend with an institutionalized system attempting to suppress Navajo culture.



Winners Announced for 23rd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show Native News Online

Martha Berrys The Orange Monsters Masquerade Ball.

Published August 14, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.  The Cherokee National Historical Society announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show at an awards reception Friday night.

Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry was awarded the grand prize for her beaded bandolier bag titled The Orange Monsters Masquerade Ball.

Berry has been recognized at the show many times throughout the years and this is her third time being honored with the Grand Prize.

I am beyond humbled to receive this honor, said Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry. While this piece was a little out of my comfort zone at first, it enabled me to address my concerns about the current political climate and its impact on Native people and the country as a whole. It also demonstrates the importance of utilizing ancient iconography in contemporary work to ensure that Native art remains timely, relevant and impactful.

The premier Cherokee art show runs through Sept. 22 and features 92 pieces by 60 artists, divided into two divisions: traditional and contemporary.

The traditional division is defined as arts originating before European contact and consists of three categories: basketry, pottery and traditional arts.

The contemporary division is defined as arts arising among the Cherokee after European contact and consists of seven categories: paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry, beadwork, jewelry and textiles.

This show has become a staple to the Cherokee National Holiday and a wonderful way for us to showcase the incredible talent of Cherokee artists, said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. There are so many wonderful things going on during our homecoming celebration but this is one event you truly cant miss. These artists are what keeps our culture thriving and it is through their work that we continue to share our history, culture and traditions with the world.

Artists competed for a share of more than $10,000 in prize money, sponsored by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

First-place winners in each category are as follows:

Traditional Arts: Phyllis Jimmeye, Natural Grass Bag
Traditional Basketry: Mike Dart, Giggin Basket
Contemporary Pottery: Troy Jackso...


NB3 Foundation Seeks Tech-Savvy Native Youth for Mobile APP Competition Focusing on Health, Nutrition Native News Online

Published August 14, 2018


Cash prizes for winners and opportunity to work with coding specialists.
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. -The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, with a generous grant from the Comcast Foundation and in partnership with Cultivating Coders, is accepting applications for a national competition for Native youth to design a mobile APP focusing on improving the health and nutri...


Navajo Code Talker Announcement Native News Online

Published August 14, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  The Navajo Nation Office of the President & Vice President (OPVP) is pleased to announce that the Navajo Code Talker Day Celebration will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

This years event will kick off in Window Rock, Arizona, with a parade starting at 9 a.m. (MDT) from the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds to the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park.

The main event will follow the parade at 10 a.m. It will include the laying of the wreath ceremony, 21-gun salute, guest speakers, vendor booths and more. There will be a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

From 1 to 6 p.m., there will be a Gourd Dance at the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park. Mr. Erny Zah will be the master of ceremonies. The Navajo Nation Museum will host a film screening of Navajo Code Talkers: Journey of Remembrance at 3 p.m. The documentary was taped on locations in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Saipan, Guam and Tinian.

There will also be a Navajo Code Talker Day 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk on August 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Navajo Nation Museum.

For more information, please contact Ms. Yvonne Kee-Billison at (928) 871-7132 or or Ms. Charity Sam at (928) 810-8505 or

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Saubhadra Chatterjee // Somnath Chatterjee, the emotional Communist who went by his heart | india news | Hindustan Times Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Somnath Chatterjee, the emotional Communist who went by his heart | india news | Hindustan Times: Chatterjee died in a hospital in Kolkata on Monday. He was 89.

Chatterjee followed his fathers footsteps to become a leading lawyer in the Calcutta High Court. His father was a staunch Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha member, but Chatterjee, inspired by late Jyoti Basu, joined its arch rival, Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI-M.

As a lawyer, Chatterjee helped many party comrades to fight and win legal cases--without a fee. His oratory, benevolence and sensibilities topped with popularity among the Bengal leadership quickly earned him a Lok Sabha ticket and a membership in the partys coveted clubthe Central Committee.


$1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor? | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

$1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor? | Democracy Now!: California relies on thousands of prisoners, including many women, to battle the wildfires burning statewide. Prisoner firefighters gain training and earn time off of their sentences for good behavior, typically two days off for each day served. But critics of the program say the state is exploiting prisoners eagerness to earn time for early release. While salaried firefighters earn an annual mean wage of $74,000 plus benefits, inmates earn just $2 per day with an additional $1 per hour when fighting an active fire. According to some estimates, California avoids spending about $80-$100 million a year by using prison labor to fight its biggest environmental problem.

Monday, 13 August


InTerra Nutraceuticals Therapeutic Joint & Muscle Lotion Brings Relief through All-Natural Ingredients Native News Online

Published August 13, 2018

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.  InTerra means of the Earth. For centuries, American Indians have known Mother Earth provides natural ingredients. So, when the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians purchased Cerise Nutraceuticals and sought to rebrand its nutraceutical products, the company was aptly renamed InTerra Nutraceuticals because the company only uses natural ingredients in its products. InTerra Nutraceuticals is committed to make all-natural, scientifically proven health and wellness products that deliver a variety of benefits for people who want to enjoy active lifestyles.

One of InTerra Nutraceuticals best-selling products is its Therapeutic Joint & Muscle Lotion.

The popularity of this lotion comes becomes because the Therapeutic Joint & Muscle Lotions active all-natural ingredients. Scented with a slight eucalyptus aroma, some of the treatment benefits of the Therapeutic Joint & Muscle Lotion come from its special formulation that includes emu/kalaya oil high in Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids that provide 50 percent more anti-inflammatory properties and 100 percent natural tart cherry concentrate packed with antioxidants.

In recent years, there has been recognition of positive health benefits from tart red cherries because they are rich in natural painkillers and powerful antioxidants.

Human beings feel pain in their bodies for a variety of reasons. Muscle soreness or pain can occur for overexertion at the gym. Individuals afflicted with arthritis experience joint pain. Severe illness, such as cancer, bring on acute pain.

From the slightest pain to the most severe, human beings desire relief. InTerras Therapeutic Joint & Muscle Lotion has proven to be effective in easing pain and safe to use.

Cancer Patients

Recently, InTerra Nutraceuticals received the following testimonial from a regular customer whose husband suffers from pancreatic cancer:

My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December of 2017 and began chemo treatments in March of this year. Shortly after the treatments b...


Heritage, History and Hospitality in Abundance at 66th Cherokee National Holiday Native News Online

Dancers enter the arena at the Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds during the Grand Entry of the 65th Cherokee National Holiday Intertribal Powwow.

Guest Commentary

Published August 13, 2018

 Each Labor Day weekend, the Cherokee Nation capital city of Tahlequah bustles with more than 100,000 visitors, and in 2018 we plan to have the biggest and best Cherokee National Holiday ever. This will be our 66th annual homecoming celebration, and, as always, it has something of interest for everyone, from history to modern art to traditional Cherokee games.

The Cherokee National Holiday commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839 as well as the Act of Union signed on Sept. 6, 1839. The new Constitution and Act re-established the tribes government in Indian Territory after the forced removal from our original homelands in the Southeast. This festival is a celebration of both who we are as a people and our sovereign rights as a tribal government.

Seeing a record-breaking crowd this year will be especially significant because the theme of the holiday homecoming is Family: A Bridge to the Future, a Link to the Past. That idea is one that resonates with all of us. Within our Cherokee communities, one of the deepest-held traditions is respect for the importance of family and the bonds and responsibilities that come with traditional Cherokee values surrounding those relationships.

These values are passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee people and remain as important today as they have ever been. It is the reason Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and I work so hard. It is critical that we continue developing the kinds of programs and services that make Cherokee families stronger and healthier. The strength of our families has been the key to our success for generations and will continue to be the foundation for all future achievements at the Cherokee Nation.

Graphic designer Dan Mink, a Cherokee National Treasure, highlights the family theme in this years comm...


San Manuel Casino Amps Up Executive Team Following Expansion Groundbreaking Native News Online

Ground breaking

Published August 13, 2018

Casino looks to transform brand and continue growth with COO appointment and CMO hire

HIGHLAND, Calif. San Manuel Casino today announced the appointment of Peter Arceo to Chief Operating Officer and the hire of Rikki Tanenbaum as Chief Marketing Officer. Elevating Arceo from his former role as CMO to that of COO, combined with Tanenbaums proven track record of leading senior marketing teams in the casino and hospitality spaces, will progress San Manuel Casinos growth trajectory to become the top Southern California entertainment destination. The appointment and leadership addition follows the casinos most recent announcement that it broke ground on plans to add its first onsite luxury hotel, a world-class entertainment venue, as well as an array of state-of-the-art amenities including new dining experiences, retail and event spaces and more.

Peter Arceo

From the moment Peter joined our team, he has been a key part of our executive team and a critical part of our success, said San Manuel Casino General Manager, Loren Gill. Rikkis history of making magic happen made her addition to the San Manuel Casino team a no-brainer. We have no doubt that both Rikkis experience combined with the growth Peter has stimulated for the casino will lead further success as we usher in a new era and continue this thrilling adventure.

Arceo joined San Manuel Casino as Chief Marketing Officer in August 2015. Among other accomplis...


Cocopah Police Department Gets Stop The Bleed Kits Native News Online

Cocopah Emergency Manager Mike Fila (right) demonstrates Stop The Bleed techniques on training equipment with the help of Cocopah Tribal Police Chief Joe Jenkins (left).

Published August 13, 2018

SOMERTON, Ariz.    As part of national awareness and call-to-action campaign to empower bystanders to help in a bleeding emergency, the Cocopah Tribal Police Department received 17 Stop the Bleed kits. The kits were made possible through a federal grant through the Centers for Disease Control.
Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. according to the Department of Homeland Security website.

The post Cocopah Police Department Gets Stop The Bleed Kits appeared first on Native News Online.


American Indian PTAC Success Story: Jamison Environmental LLC Native News Online

Published August 13, 2018

Gina Jamison and her husband Eugene are Native Americans living on the Round Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California. For over 25 years they have owned and operated a recycling and environmental cleanup business from their home.

Their company, Jamison Environmental LLC, is a small economically disadvantaged Native American woman owned business. They have been a certified participant in the SBA 8(a) SDB program for the past five years, though have not procured a government contract during that time.

To improve the companys chances of obtaining a contract which would enable it to remain in the SBA 8(a) program, the Jamisons began to seek help from the National Centers American Indian PTAC and the American Indian Chamber Education Fund PTAC. They received assistance from their program managers to determine the companys suitability for contracting, secure necessary certifications such as SDB and HUBzone, research procurement histories, use government contracting databases, identify bid opportunities, and market the business.

These efforts resulted in the company being contacted in November 2017 by AshBritt Environmental, a world-wide disaster response company based in Florida. AshBritt was a Prime Contractor for FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers working to clean up debris resulting from the Northern California wildfires last October. They were looking for historically disadvantaged businesses in the local area as part of their SBE Program, and asked if Jamison Environmental would like to subcontract with them to clean up burned residential sites in Santa Rosa.

Jamison Environmental was excited to provide an important service to the residents of Sonoma County who were affected by the wildfires. The company employed a crew of Native Americans from the Jamisons Reservation, who earned a wage while expanding their work skills.

Jamison Environmental is now confident it will be able to obtain more government contracts in the future thanks to the work with AshBritt, which was enabled by their participati...


Soaring Eagles: Indigenous teens introduced to policing careers Warrior Publications

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Participants in the Soaring Eagle after their graduation ceremony on Aug. 10, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo: David Bloom / Postmedia


In Addition to Santa Fe Charges, Redwolf Pope Now Faces 2 Charges of Rape in Seattle Native News Online

Redwolf Pope

Published August 12, 2018

SEATTLE  Already in Santa Fe, New Mexico jail, Redwolf Pope, a man who for years has claimed to American Indian, is now facing two counts of rape in Seattle, Washington. The King County Prosecutors Office confirms Pope will be arraigned in a King County court on August 23, 2018.

Pope, who also represented himself as an attorney-though has not passed the bar exam in the states of Washington or New Mexico, the two states he lived in prior to his arrest. Pope maintained two apartments: One in Santa Fe and one in Seattles Capitol Hill location.

Pope is currently jailed in Santa Fe being detained on a $500,000 bond. He was arrested last month in Phoenix being charged in Santa Fe with criminal sexual penetration in the 3rd degree, criminal sexual contact, aggravated battery, and false imprisonment.

The case against him involves both his apartments in Santa Fe, New Mexico and on Boylston Avenue in Seattles Capitol Hill neighborhood.


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Navajo Nation President Helps Hopi Partitioned Lands Residents Welcome Solar Power Units Native News Online

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, left, and Dory Peters, president of Big Navajo Energy, survey the new solar power unit installed at a home on the Hopi Partitioned Lands on Thursday.

Published August 12, 2018

WHIPPOORWILL, Ariz.How do you bring power to Navajo families living on Hopi Partitioned Land?

One home at a time, Dory Peters, president of Big Navajo Energy, told President Russell Begaye on Thursday.

President Begaye was touring the first four homes to receive power on Hopi Partition Land under a $253,044 contract he signed with Big Navajo Energy on Aug. 7 to deliver solar power units to 44 homes impacted by the Navajo-Hopi land dispute. Big Navajo Energy, a 100-percent Navajo-owned company partnered with Humless, a manufacturer of solar generator systems, to install 1,500- to 15,000-watt solar power systems to homes that are off the grid on the eastern side of Hopi Partitioned Land.

Dory Peters, president of Big Navajo Energy, demonstrates how a solar power management system works from the inside of a home Thursday.

Some of our people have been waiting for 30 or 60 years for power, said Peters, who is Navajo. Some of them have been waiting their whole lives for the power to come on. Well just focus on one home at a time.

Thursdays tour marked the successful installation of solar power units in four homes. Residents gathered with Big Navajo Energy and Humless representatives and celebrated by turning on their lights for the first time.

Its humbling to meet these residents and see how the...

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