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Wednesday, 25 October


Togolese protest government pawns of colonizers | Moorbey'z Blog Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Togolese protest government pawns of colonizers | Moorbey'z Blog: In Togo, opposition demonstrations against the government, restricted by Togolese officials, were carried out nevertheless beginning on Oct. 18. These actions, which have spread broadly across the West African state in recent months, have been a source of concern to the current government.

Fourteen opposition parties and coalitions are united in an effort to force the removal of the regime of Faure Gnassingbe, the president whose father took complete control of the country as a result of a military coup engineered by France during 1967. Togo has a population of 7.8 million people, with a tumultuous history of colonization by Germany, France and Britain.

Anti-government forces had begun mobilizing for marches when the minister of territorial administration, Payadowa Boukpessi, announced at a press conference in the capital of Lome that street demonstrations would not be allowed [on the scheduled days]. The spokesperson for the government emphasized that people would be allowed to gather at fixed spots instead of taking to the streets in marches.

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Tuesday, 24 October


Just Released Race for Results Report: American Indians Children Lag Behind Their White Counterparts Native News Online

Published October 24, 2017

BALTIMORE The Annie E. Casey Foundations 2017 Race for Results report shows that persistent challenges in opportunities for success and well-being after the recession hinder children of color and kids living in immigrant families, especially African-American, Latino and American Indian kids.

The Race for Results report, released today, underscores the formidable risks to healthy child development such as poverty, limited educational opportunities and family separation, in immigrant families and for children of color, exacerbated by policies that limit resources and restrict access. The report comes at a time when the nations lawmakers consider policy changes that will affect the 800,000 young people who have been granted a reprieve from fear of deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

According to the Race for Results report, American Indians lag behind their Asian and white counterparts:

  • Thirty-eight percent of American Indian children live in households with incomes of 200 percent above the federal poverty level, compared to 69 percent of white children and 69 percent of Asian children.
  • Just 18 percent of American Indian, compared to 68 percent of Asian and 48 percent of white young adults.
  • Among fourth-graders nationally, 22 percent of American Indian students scored at or above proficient in reading in 2015, compared to 53 percent of Asian and 46 percent of white students.
  • Among eighth-graders nationally, 19 percent of American Indian students scored at or above proficient in math in 2015, compared to 58 percent of Asian and 42 percent of white students.

The report reveals the reach of chronic poverty: children of immigrants account for 30 percent of all low-income kids in the United States, but represent less than one-fourth of the nations overall child population. 

The nations vitality and prosperity depend on the success of every child in this country, said...


Should Native Americans Use Tribal Lenders? Native News Online

Published October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON  If you need to get a loan in the USA, you have the option of using a traditional lender or a tribal lending service. Choosing the right one is important because it could form an essential part of growing your business or purchasing a new house or car. Since tribal lenders operate using sovereign immunity, they are not constrained by the same regulations as other loan companies. This increases flexibility, but may come with additional drawbacks. Here are some of the pros and cons of using tribal lenders.


During economic hardship, it can be hard for reservations isolated from urban areas to meet the needs of its citizens. Often tribal leaders lack the wealth needed to provide for their people, but online tribal lending can overcome this. By using a tribal lending service, Native Americans are able to inject cash into their local community in order to retain sovereignty.

Better Rates

If you are searching for the best auto loan rates or cheapest mortgage, then tribal lending could offer significant savings. By circumventing regulations, tribal loan lenders are able to avoid some of the overhead costs of red tape, passing these savings onto the customer.

Furthermore, the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) understands the needs of Native people. They do not offer traditional payday loans, which are seen as unethical and exploitative of low income earners. Instead, they offer short term installments. These help people who dont have access to banks or credit cards, offering an affordable and ethical solution.

Possible risks

There is evidence that non-tribal lenders are operating under sovereign immunity in order to ignore necessary regulations without being subject to prosecution. As a result, the loans you receive may lack transparency and legitimacy.



South Dakota State Capitol Flags at Half-Mast to Honor Rosebud Tribes Korean War Whose Remains were Returned after 66 Years Native News Online

Sgt. Phillip Iyotte

Published October 24, 2017 

PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA   South Dakota Goverono Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to honor the life of Army Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, whose remains have returned home after 66 years.

Philip served his country honorably, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. I hope his return home will bring some closure and healing to the wounds borne by his family over these many long years.

Sgt. Iyotte of White River, South Dakota, served in the 8th Army as a member of Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, during the Korean War. Iyottes battalion was one of the first sent into battle. The sergeant was first wounded in 1950, but returned to the front lines less than three weeks later.

While fighting in Operation Thunderbolt on Feb. 9, 1951, Iyotte was taken by Chinese forces and was later moved to a camp at Changsong. Fellow prisoners of war have said that though Iyotte was wounded while in captivity and could not walk, he sang the Lakota honor song for his fellow soldiers. Iyotte is believed to have passed away after seven months in captivity.

Gov. Daugaard has directed flags at the State Capitol to fly at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, the day of Sgt. Iyottes burial.

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Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council Ousts Tribal Chariman Native News Online

Former Tribal Chairman Wayne Keplin

Breaking News

Published October 24, 2017

BELCOURT, NORTH DAKOTA The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman Wayne Keplin, 67, was ousted by the tribes tribal council on Monday, October 23, 2017. With seven of nine tribal council members present, the tribal council voted unanimously to remove Keplin.


Keplin was removed in the midst of alleged misconduct. During Mondays meeting, the tribal council listened to evidence involving six charges of misconduct against Keplin.

We are deeply concerned with the evidence we have seen of Mr. Keplins misappropriation of tribal funds for his personal business, misuse of tribal funds for personal gain, abuse of the position of chairman for personal gain, manipulation of federal contract dollars and bribery, a tribal news release stated. We are aware that he is currently the subject of a federal investigation.

The removal of Keplin by the tribal council comes after several weeks of controversy at the tribe, including Keplins arrest last Monday, October 15, 2017 for allegedly assaulting a former tribal council member.



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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting & Legislative Hearing on Justice Issues Native News Online

Published October 23, 2017

WASHINGTON On Wednesday, October 25 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) will hold a business meeting to consider:

        S. 1223, the Klamath Tribe Judgement Fund Repeal Act.

The business meeting with be immediately followed by a committee legislative hearing to receive testimony on the following bills:

        S. 1870, the Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act of 2017;

        S. 1953, the Reauthorization of the Tribal and Law Order Act of 2010; and

        S. 1942, a bill to direct the Attorney General to review, revise and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians.


WHAT:          A committee business meeting, followed by a legislative hearing.

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and written witness testimony will be provided at




Will Catalonia Declare Independence After Spain Moves to Impose Direct Rule, Oust Catalan Leaders? | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Will Catalonia Declare Independence After Spain Moves to Impose Direct Rule, Oust Catalan Leaders? | Democracy Now!: Spain is plunged into a political crisis as the Spanish government moves to impose direct rule over Catalonia, following the regions independence referendum. On Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the move, stripping the northeastern region of its autonomy in an effort to crush Catalonias independence movement. Following an emergency Cabinet meeting on Saturday, Rajoy said he will invoke Article 155 of the Constitution, which has never been used in Spains modern democratic history. The speaker of the Catalan Parliament has called Spains move to seize political control of the region a de facto coup dtat. Puigdemont said that Catalonias Parliament will meet in the coming days, amid speculation he might unilaterally declare Catalan independence. For more, we speak with Dominic Thomas, professor at University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in European politics.


First Nations Assert Food Fishing Rights In Area of Fish Farm Restocking Warrior Publications

fish farm demandsMusgamagw Dzawadaenuxw Cleansing Our Waters, October 23, 2017
Press Release
First Nations Assert Food Fishing Rights In Area of Fish Farm Restocking Several food-fishing gillnet boats operated by Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw fishermen in Knight Inlet were approached on Friday evening by a salmon smolt restocking vessel, the Orca Chief, operated by the Norwegian-owned company Marine Harvest, on its way to restock the Port Elizabeth fish farm, owned by the same company.
After a brief radio exchange with the fishermen at 8:00 pm, the Orca Chief turned around, waited in a nearby passage, then returned to stock the farm around 1:00 am after the fishing was completed. Radio recording indicates that at 7:59 pm the fishermen made a call over the VHF marine emergency channel 16: Vessel coming into Port Elizabeth, do you see the fishing nets in front of you? The Orca Chief responded 7:59 pm: Yep. I take it this is a blockade then? The fishermen responded at 8:00 pm: Just trying to catch some food fish.
Kodi Nelson, Musgamagw Hereditary Leader and fisherman, issued the following statement: We are simply exercising our indigenous right to fish to feed our families through the winter. This year has seen historic low ret...


Totem pole raised on Lelu after LNG project falls Warrior Publications

Lelu Island totem pole 1More than 100 people came to the pole raising on Lelu Island after the end of Pacific NorthWest LNG

by Shannon Lough, The Northern View, October 21, 2017

In a stand of defiance against federal authorities, members of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe and supporters raised a totem pole on Lelu Island on Oct. 20 to signify their claim to the land.

The occupation of Lelu Island began in 2015 on the site where Petronas proposed to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and it has continued even after the company abandoned its Pacific NorthWest LNG project in July. People who either took part or supported the resistance movement came to witness the totem pole being raised on a mound overlooking where the sea meets the Skeena River.

Its a historic event. Its to signify who were are, where we come from, what we stand for and this is our territory. Were marking our territory, were occupying our land as we have years ago, said Ken Lawson, or Gwishawaal of wolf clan, a Gitwilgyoots house leader of one of nine allied tribes of the Lax Kwalaams....

Monday, 23 October


The 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Announces Festival Award Winners Native News Online

Published October 23, 2017

TORONTO On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at imagineNATIVEs Awards Presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the esteemed Sun Jury and Moon Jury considered film, video, audio, and digital media works from Canadian and international Indigenous artists to select winners in over a dozen categories with over $42,500 in cash prizes and in-kind services.

The recipient of the Best Dramatic Feature Award is Sweet Country by Warwick Thornton. Sweet Country will screen again at 9pm on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Award Winners Screening.

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival took place October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.
The 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Award Winners are:The Ellen Monague Award for Best Youth Work
RAE Directed by Kawennhere Devery Jacobs
$500 cash award presented by imagineNATIVEBest Audio Work
Elcrys by Michael Wilson
$500 cash award presented imagineNATIVE

Best Dramatic Feature
Sweet Country Directed by Warwick Thornton
$2,000 cash award presented by Bell Media

Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Talent
Morit Elena Morit Directed by Inga-Wiktoria Pve & Anders Sunna
$2,000 cash award presented by The CJ Foundation

Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Short Work
I Will Always Love You Kingen Directed by Amanda Kernell
$500 cash award presented by V-Tape

The Alanis Obomsawin Award for Best Documentary Work (Long-Form)
Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier Directed by Shane Belcourt & Lisa Jackson
$2,000 cash award presented by TVO

Best Documentary Short
Lelum Directed Asia Youngman
$1,000 cash award by CBC Docs

The Kent Monkman Award for Best Experimental Work
Three Thousand by Asinnajaq
$1,000 cash award presented by imagineNATIVE & Kent Monkman

Best Digital Media Work


Chemawa-Western Oregon Service Unit Completes Modernization Project Native News Online

Chemawa-Western Oregon Service Unit

Published October 23, 2017

SALEM, OREGON  The Indian Health Service (IHS) last Thursday announced the rededication ceremony of the Chemawa-Western Oregon Service Unit in Salem, Oregon. The newly remodeled service unit is designed to meet the needs of the more than 6,000 registered patients from throughout the northwest who use the facility.

IHS is pleased to announce the completion of the Chemawa-Western Oregon Service Units modernization project, said the IHS Acting Director, Rear Adm Michael Weahkee. The service unit demonstrates IHS commitment to American Indian and Alaska Natives by maintaining the highest standards of care to improve the health status of their patients.

The modernization construction began in early 2016. The project included approximately 12,000 square feet of existing space remodeled for primary care, eye care, behavioral health, and business offices. Approximately 2,000 square feet of new space was added for a patient wing and a wellness center. A new and expanded patient parking lot provides 40 new spaces that are close to the new main entrance.

The building was first constructed in 1979, and originally known as the Chemawa Indian Health Center. It was designed primarily as a student health center for the students of the Chemawa Indian School and also for the American Indian and Alaska Natives residing in the Salem area. Shortly after it was constructed, the facility was transferred from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the Indian Health Service. Today, the facility continues to provide health services to the students at the school as well as tribal members from more than 100 tribes.

We are excited that this day has come for the community, said Dean M. Seyler, area director, Portland Area Indian Health Service. Weve seen significant growth in the service population at Chemawa which made the modernization project necessary.

The Chemawa-Western Oregon Service Unit provides a wide-range of patient-centered outpatient medical and dental services including primary care, family planning, eye exams and prescriptions, and diabetes education and support. Services are available to all federally recognized American I...


Raising Money on the Road from NCAI to Alaska (Plus Corrections) #NativeVote18 Native News Online

Deb Haaland is a candidate for Congress in New Mexico. Diane Benson has run in four statewide races in Alaska, including a congressional seat.

Guest Commentary

Published October 23, 2017

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports

New Mexico congressional candidate Debra Haaland is criss-crossing Indian Country determined to get her name out there and to raise enough money to be competitive. She began in Milwaukee at the National Congress of American Indians annual convention and she ends the week in Anchorage at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

Politics is a tough business. Most Native American candidates cannot dip into their personal wealth to run for office (at least the Democrats). Its raising money five bucks at a time. A good haul is when someone writes a check with more than one zero. Yet its hard to understate how important that money hunt is to a campaign. Haaland, unlike most Native American Democrats, is running in a district with a lot of other Democrats. That means she has an excellent shot at capturing a seat in Congress the first Native American woman to do that but first she must win a crowded primary. Haaland is Laguna Pueblo.

A Thursday night fundraiser in Anchorage was typical. It was much more of an introduction than a call for hard cash. Thats important. It was great to hear stories. We need that in politics. But it will take money, too. If we really want to see more Native Americans in Congress, thousands of  five-plus dollar donations will make all the difference.

At that event one of the most touching moments was when Diane Benson, who ran for Congress in Alaska against Rep. Don Young, talked about why she ran. Her son had been injured in the milita...


Udall Amendments to Budget Resolution Would Protect Indian Country from Harmful GOP Budget Native News Online

Vice Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall D New Mexico

Published October 23, 2017

WASHINGTON  Last Thursday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that he has filed several amendments to the Senate Republicans fiscal year 2018 budget resolution to protect Native communities and programs that are vital to Indian Country. The deceptive Republican budget bill would slash billions of dollars from federal programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, in order to pay for tax cuts for billionaires. The amendments include: 
Addressing critical housing needs in Native communities: This amendment would make it clear that the budget should provide full funding under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act to all Native communities, including Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, for safe and affordable housing. Far too many Native communities struggle with severely overcrowded housing, affordable housing shortages, substandard living conditions, and significant barriers to economic opportunity. In January 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the results of a comprehensive national study confirming that American Indian and Alaska Native people in large Tribal areas were more than eight times as likely to live in housing that was overcrowded, and more than six times as likely to live in housing that did not have adequate plumbing facilities than the national average. For Native Hawaiian communities, HUD similarly reported that housing affordability challenges are more acute in Hawaii than in the United States overall, which contributes to the states disproportionate Native Hawaiian homeless population. This amendment would address these urgent needs for housing assistance.
Preventing new restrictions on the land into trust process: This amendment would prevent the administration from using federal resources to impose new, unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and more red tape on the land in...

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