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Thursday, 22 March


Senegal closes dozens of schools linked to exiled Turkish cleric Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Senegal closes dozens of schools linked to exiled Turkish cleric: [] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal and Mali recently, meeting with heads of state and bringing along Turkish business leaders to increase investments in Africa. Erdogan pointedly thanked the countries for closing the Gulen-affiliated schools.

"Most of the countries that were exploited by the [Gulen] terror organisation were in Africa," Erdogan said at the beginning of the week-long trip. Schools in Gambia, Guinea, Somalia, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Gabon, Senegal and now Mali have been transferred to his government's Maarif Foundation, he said.

In Senegal, the Maarif Foundation opened three new schools.


Lisa Held // Floridas Farmworkers Take Their Fight to Park Avenue | Civil Eats Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Floridas Farmworkers Take Their Fight to Park Avenue | Civil Eats: [] Estabrook also noted that other labor groups as diverse as construction workers in Texas to garment workers in Bangladesh are using the program as a model for improving working conditions in other industries. Its a template that, when you adjust it, can be applied to almost any work situation.

While 14 major national retailers, fast food companies, and food service providers have signed on to the FFP, Wendys has resisted signing on, and instead shifted its purchasing of winter tomatoes to Mexico, citing higher quality as the impetus and also arguing that the premium demanded by the FFP would amount to them paying another companys employees.

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Wednesday, 21 March


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Host Hearing To Probe Trumps Budget Reductions to Indian Country Native News Online

Published March 21, 2018


WASHINGTON  On Wednesday, March 21, Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will join Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a business meeting to consider two bills, including Udall and Hoevens bipartisan S. 2515, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) for Indian Tribes Act. Following the business meeting, Udall will also join Hoeven in leading an oversight hearing on President Trumps fiscal year 2019 budget request for Indian programs.

This month, Udall and Hoeven introduced the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act, bipartisan legislation to improve the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) and promote Tribal self-governance.

During the oversight hearing, Udall will question administration officials on the presidents deep proposed cuts to Indian programs. Udall has said that the presidents budget once again shows this administrations disregard for the federal governments trust and treaty obligations to provide basic services to Native Americans.

Witnesses will include:

John Tahsuda, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, Acting Director, Indian Health Service

Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians

Lynn Malerba, Secretary, United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund

The committee will vote on the following bills:

S. 2515, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act

S. 1250, the Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WHAT: Udall to preside as vice chairman at Indian Affairs business meeting and oversight hearing

TIME: Approximately 12:30 p.m. MT / 2:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Watch live...


Native American Citizens, Community Groups Decry Treatment of Public Lands Native News Online

Published March 21, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY  On Tuesday afternoon, Native American community members and community groups gathered in front of the Bureau of Land Management State Office to demonstrate opposition to the Trump administrations handling of public lands decisions in Utah.

Oil and gas development, along with the legacy of uranium mining and milling, from the 1940s-1950s has been a curse for Native Americans in San Juan County. Cancer-related deaths associated with exposure to uranium and respiratory issues from exposure to fracking and flares in the Aneth oil fields are just some examples of how non-renewable energy development impacts the health of Native Americans in the county. It is obvious that the Trump Administration and the BLM are advancing the agenda of global corporations at the expense of Native people. As long-term steward of our public lands, they must listen to our voices as protectors and healers of Mother Earth by ending this type of natural resource exploitation. They should always consult with the sovereign Native American tribes on how to proceed, said Mark Maryboy, a board member for Utah Din Bikyah.

Included in the groups criticism was the administrations decision to lease parcels adjacent to Utahs Bears Ears, Hovenweep, and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments for oil and gas development. There is also sharp criticism of the agency for pushing forward on land use planning for Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante region while litigation is ongoing.

The landscapes, history, and ecosystems of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante are interconnected and extend far beyond the boundaries of any designation. These landscapes hold thousands of years of invaluable cultural heritage that have already endured decades of looting and grave robbing. The leasing of land for oil, gas, and hard rock mining near these sites represents the next step in erasing this history for financial gain. As a member of the outdoor industry I stand behind the tribes of the intertribal coalition in protecting these areas, said Len Necefer, Ph.D. Founder & CEO of Natives Outdoors.

With every oil and gas lease and uranium and hard rock mine, the Trump administrations motivations for rolling back protections and silencing the public voice in public la...


Minderjeet Kaur // Report: Muslims-only, Chinese-only show Malaysias growing racism | Free Malaysia Today Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Report: Muslims-only, Chinese-only show Malaysias growing racism | Free Malaysia Today: The Malaysian Racial Discrimination Report 2017, released today, said the government had reneged on its promises to promote national unity.

In fact, racism has become more pronounced and is being increasingly used as a tool to divide and rule.

It added that with the 14th general election (GE14) around the corner, politicians from both sides of the political divide had resorted to race-based politics to win support.

The 46-page report said the rise in racial and religious discrimination was not only worrying but also highlighted the inherent danger due to the overreach of bureaucratic Islamic institutions.

According to the report, 2017 saw an increase in incidence of racial discrimination.


Turning Indigenous Cooking Passion into a Business Enterprise Native News Online

Book Review

Published March 20, 2018

Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) took his passion for cooking indigenous foods and turned it into a business. Sherman, who has been  cooking for the past three decades, founded The Sioux Chef in 2014 in Minneapolis/St. Paul area as a caterer and food educator. The Sioux Chefs mission is to revitalize Native American cuisine. In the process of accomplishing the mission, The Sioux Chef seeks to re-identify North American cuisine and reclaim an important culinary culture long buried and often inaccessible.

Sherman grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota where he was treated to some Lakota favorite foods of chokeberries and prairie turnips. After his parents split, his mother moved him and his sister to Spearfish, South Dakota, where he started at 13-years-old in a short-order restaurant as a dishwasher and a prep cook. The next summer, he worked at a resort restaurant where he learned to cook on the grill. He discovered he loved to cook.

As with other chefs, Sherman found work at various restaurants and found himself burnt out. So, he decided to take off a year and moved to Mexico. In the village of San Pancho, he discovered how the Huicholes celebrated their culture related to art and traditional cooking.

I tasted how food weaves people together, connects families thorough generations, is a life force of identity and social structure, Sherman says. After seeing how the Huicholes held on to so much of their pre-European culture through artwork and food, I recognized that I wanted to know my own food heritage.

Upon returning the United States, Sherman has been on a journey of discovery of indigenous foods, not only from his tribe, but others in Indian Country. Sherman refers to this journey to understand the foundations of these food systems, which include the knowledge of Native American farming techniques, wild food usage and harvesting, land stewardship, salt- and sugar-making, hunting and fishing and food preservation. Part of this understanding includes knowing Native American migrational histories, elemental cooking techniques, and Native...


[WGAR-news] 'Participants in the remote CDP are contg to be hit with penalties at a much higher rate..' A NewReport by ANUresearcher LisaFowkes Aboriginal News Group Newswire


// Social security penalties applied to participants in the
Community Development Programme to September 2017

Lisa Fowkes, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU

'A new report by ANU researcher Lisa Fowkes has shown that
participants in the remote Community Development Program (CDP)
are continuing to be hit with penalties at a much higher rate
than people in mainstream employment services.

'Even though participants in the CDP program make up
less than 5% of of all of those who are subject to mutual obligation,
they receive more penalties than the other 95% of Australians combined.

'The vast majority of those being penalised - ninety percent (90%) - are Indigenous people.
The main reason for the extraordinary rate of penalties being applied is that
people in the CDP scheme have to do around twice as many hours of
Work for the Dole as other Australians.

'The hours are inflexible - so that people have to attend 5 hours each day, every day of the week.
They have to do appointments and job search on top of these hours.
And, as we know, access to health and other services in many remote communities is poor,
so many people who should have reduced hours for health reasons cant get them.

'Unfortunately the Government has refused to acknowledge the damage being done
to people by these harsh penalties in some of our country's poorest communities.'

Read Lisa Fowkes report, under the following topics/headings:

* Key Points,
* Background,
* Total financial penalties,
* Penalties applied for failing to attend Work for the Dole,
* Serious Penalties,
* Employment outcomes, &
* Declining caseload.



Indigenous protesters again block entrance to Pinery Provincial Park Warrior Publications


Maynard T. George is leader of the Indigenous family group claiming ownership of Pinery Provincial Park. (Submitted by Colin Graf)

Protester Maynard George says the action is connected to a First Nations claim to the land

CBC News, March 19, 2018

Indigenous protesters are again blocking the entrance to the Pinery Provincial Park, an action they say stems from a longstanding dispute over First Nations claims to the park on the shores of Lake Huron.

Maynard George of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation told CBC news that he and about four other protesters have pulled into the parks front entrance in a trailer, preventing visitors from entering the park.

He said Pinery staff told people using the park to leave. As of Monday evening, about 10 trailers have already left, said George.

Weve moved in, weve taken up our residency here, said George. And weve shut down the park permanently. Were in a position where we have to do something to resolve the claim.

George was involved in a similar action that ended in Novemb...


Secwepemc run for clean water, against Kinder Morgan pipeline Warrior Publications

Secwepemc runners antikm

Secwepemc youth run for clean water. Photo: CFJC Today

First Nations group hoping to bring more awareness to pipelines, environment

By Chad Klassen, CFJC Today, March 19, 2018

KAMLOOPS Its a run for clean water, a journey that began in Valemount on Saturday and wraps up in Kamloops on Tuesday.

The runners and walkers and support team are hoping to bring more awareness about environmental impacts happening within Secwepemc territory. 

Our prayer is for clean water and protection of the watershed, said organizer Miranda Dick. When were looking what does that look like? were talking about the deforestation, were talking about all of these larger corporations coming encroaching onto our territory.

The group is walking for the third day in a row and have now clocked over 300 kilometres. The biggest concern is pipelines and how they may imp...


Former Assistant Interior Secretary Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn Named Dean of University of Iowa College of Law Native News Online

Kevin Washburn,  Former Assistant Interior Secretary Indian Affairs

Published March 20, 2018

IOWA CITY, IOWA Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior Indian Afffairs Kevin Washburn, 50, has been named the N. William Hines dean of the University of Iowa College of Law. He will begin on June 15.

In August 2012, he was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in October 2012 and served until January 2016. In that role, he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Interior and President of the United States on matters involving tribal nations and served as the principal link between the federal government and the countrys then 567 tribal nations.

After left his federal position, Washburn served as dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law from July 2009 to October 2012. Washburn is an expert in Indian law, criminal law, and gambling law and has produced a prolific portfolio of books, book chapters, articles, and congressional testimony.

Kevin brings an exceptional set of skills and experience to the College of Law, says Sue Curry, UI interim executive vice president and provost, who announced the appointment. He has a strong vision for the colleges continued advancement and is well positioned to move the school forward by creating new and innovative opportunities to learn, teach, and serve.

Washburn was one of five finalists who interviewed on the UI campus in February. The search was led by a search committee co-chaired by Dan Clay, dean of the College of Education, and Ann Laquer Estin, Aliber Family Chair in Law at the College of Law.

Washburn, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma and his Juris Doctor from the Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Judge William C. Canby Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then joined the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

The Iowa Law faculty is terrific and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the entire Iowa Law community to prepare students to meet the increasingly serious challenges facing Iowa and the world, says Washburn.

Washburn began his academic career at the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002. He spent the academic year of 2007 to 2008 as the Oneida Nation Distinguished Visiting Professor of Indian Law at the Harvard Law School. From 2008 to 2009, he was the Rosenstiel Distinguished Professor of Law at the Univ...


Sign Petition to Keep Falsely Accused Brazilian Indigenous Leader out of Prison -NOW! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Will be delivered to:
Public Prosecutor's Office of the State of Acre and 1st Criminal Court of Cruzeiro do Sul


Stop Termination and Defend Our Lands and Waters Learn - Idle No More

Stop Termination!

On February 14, 2018 Prime Minister Trudeau gave a speech in Parliament announcing a new framework that would  legislate "Rights Recognition". The proposed framework  is a direct threat to Indigenous Peoples right to self-determination.  This proposed framework needs to be stopped.

Mohawk policy analyst Russell Diabo responds to the government's proposed  framework and discusses the termination tables: Video: Russell Diabo

These efforts are not new, but are a variation on rhetoric and policy that has been tried before in Canada and the United States. In the 1970s, Dr. Buffy Sainte-Marie also discussed termination, the erosion of Treaties and the direct connection to resource extraction.  Watch the video at the link below and listen for parallels in the language:  Video: Dr. Buffy St. Marie


Tuesday, 20 March


Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Opposes Legislation That Removes Sulfate Standard Native News Online

Published March 20, 2018

CASS LAKE, MINNESOTA On Monday, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Executive Director Robert Budreau Jr., issued the following letter to two Minnesota state lawmkers, Senator Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Representative Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin voicing the Tribes opposition to recently introduced bills which would remove protections against sulfates in wild rice waters.

Leech Lake wild rice.

The bills, identified as HF3280 and SF2983 in the letter, would remove the current 10 parts per million limit on sulfate discharges into wild rice waters.

The Band also strongly disagrees with the current listing of wild rice waters compiled by the State of Minnesota.

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Sirs:

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe that opposes HF3280 and SF 2983.  To repeal legislation that ensures and maintains a level of sulfate entering our waters is illegal as well as negligent.

As Anishinaabe people we have many traditions and cultural traits that we hold sacred, none more than Manoomin (wild rice). Ojibwe prophecy, which we hold as natural law, states that we were instructed by Creator to follow the Miigis (cowrie shell) west along the great lakes until we reached the place where the food grows on the water. Our ancestors were told that this sacred food will sustain and provide life for the Ojibwe to live here (in what is now known as Minnesota) forever!  For generations Anishinaabe people have kept these waters the Manoomin stronghold they are today and it was not through legislation or research but through respect.

The significance that Manoomin holds to Ojibwe people cannot be overstated.  When legislators ask if Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe was consulted on this legislation, tell them no.  In this regard, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe opposes HF3280 and SF2983. Before the State considers throwing out water quality regulations...


Bosque Redondo Tour Opens Doors for Discussion, Healing Native News Online

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez gazes at a life-size mural of U.S. soldiers displayed on the wall at the Bosque Redondo Memorial during a tour of the historic site on last Thursday.

Published March 20, 2018

FT. SUMNER, NEW MEXICO Vice President Jonathan Nez on Thursday stood on the patch of ground where, 150 years ago, Navajo leaders signed the document that ended their exile at Bosque Redondo and allowed them to return to their homeland.

Diminished in numbers and struggling with the effects of four years of internment at Fort Sumner, the million-acre military camp in modern-day eastern New Mexico, the Din began the long walk home. Of the 9,000 Navajo men, women and children forced to leave their homes and ways of life in the mid-1860s, roughly one-third did not return.

Elders called this chapter of Din history Hweldi, or simply suffering, and counseled the people not to look back. That instruction has guided generations of Din who have not visited the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner State Monument or embarked on personal journeys to understand the shared history of the Navajo people.

A lot of our people are hesitant to talk about this because there was pain and suffering, but theres a larger story here, a different perspective we need to think about, Vice President Nez said during a tour of Bosque Redondo with a small Navajo delegation on Thursday. As Navajos, we want to know who we are. We are struggling today with modern-day monsters, but what better way to instill hope than to tell the stories of our ancestors who almost got annihilated but who instead started a dialogue? Instead of giving up, they asked for a document, a treaty. They asked to go home.

Vice President Nezs visit to Bosque Redondoa first for himcame as the Navajo Nation prepares to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868. The three branch chiefs on Feb. 9 signed a proclamation declaring 2018 as the Year of Naaltsoos Sni (Year of the Treaty), and executive and legislative leaders on Feb. 20 traveled to Washington D.C., to view the original treaty at the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American Indian. The treaty will be displayed at the Navajo Nation Museum during...


Sixty Teens Attend Passion for Fashion at the Cheyenne River Youth Project Native News Online

Published March 20, 2018

Nonprofit youth organization expects to serve an additional 40-50 young women who were unable to attend the Mar. 10 event, bringing the total to more than 100.

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA The Cheyenne River Youth Project has announced that  60 young Lakota women attended its annual Passion for Fashion event on Saturday, Mar. 10. CRYP staff anticipate that another 40 to 50 teens will participate in the program prior to the 2018 prom at area high schools, bringing the total number of youth served to approximately 100.

Starting Monday, young women who were unable to attend Passion for Fashion can make appointments to visit the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center, where they can search for just the right dresses, shoes and accessories for this years prom. To schedule an appointment, call the CRYP office at (605) 964-8200.

Among the highlights of this years Passion for Fashion were the keynote speakers. Gina Still Smoking, a professional fashion designer from the Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe), talked with the young women about dealing with obstacles as they rise up to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Next to the podium was Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member Alli Moran, an Institute of American Indian Arts graduate who currently works as a program associate with Native Youth Leadership Alliance. She also recently started the Wakpa Waste Scholars Alliance.

Never forget who you are or where you come from, (and) always remember to build and uplift others, Moran advised. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

Alli reminded our teens that they do play a powerful role, carrying our Lakota people from the very beginning and holding families together, said Jerica Widow, CRYPs youth programs director. She talked about protecting their hearts,...


Rebranding Fascism and Refinancing Mortgages: Andrew Murphy Harkins, Portlands Nazi Banker Pacific Northwest Antifascist Workers Collective Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Rebranding Fascism and Refinancing Mortgages: Andrew Murphy Harkins, Portlands Nazi Banker Pacific Northwest Antifascist Workers Collective: This new generation of fascists devote considerable financial resources to promote rallies as prime recruiting grounds to attempt to increase their ranks by attempting to recruit moderate conservatives and run-of-the-mill Republican Party patriots who at least superficially share some of the same beliefs while at the same time often using dog-whistle phrases and imagery to signal their presence to other fascists.
One reason that this model continues to flourish is that conservatives continue to ignore or play down the presence of active neo-Nazis, fascists, and white supremacists in their midst; often citing free speech when it is pointed out, and thus tacitly enabling the hijacking of Conservative rallies for hate groups to recruit and organize within.


Coverup in Thai Army Killing of Teenage Activist | Human Rights Watch Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Coverup in Thai Army Killing of Teenage Activist | Human Rights Watch: The investigation into Chaiyaphums death has been hampered by shoddy police work. In April 2017, the army gave police a computer hard drive containing footage from security cameras at the checkpoint where soldiers arrested and shot Chaiyaphum. But Chaiyaphums family found during the inquest at Chiang Mai Provincial Court that the March 17 footage was missing. No one explained how the footage which the army had claimed proved the shooting was justified went missing. Police, prosecutors, and judges responsible for this case did not demand that the army hand over this critical evidence even after they knew it was missing.

Lt. Gen. Wichak Siribansop, the army commander for Thailands northern provinces, told the media on March 23, 2017, that he saw the footage and concluded that the soldiers were acting reasonably because Chaiyaphum escaped and was about to throw a hand grenade at them.

That was a right decision self-defense, Wichak said. He [the soldier] fired one shot at the arm but the bullet hit the boys vital organ ... If that was me, I would have opened fire in full automatic mode.


University of Liverpool // Agriculture initiated by indigenous peoples, not Fertile Crescent migration Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Agriculture initiated by indigenous peoples, not Fertile Crescent migration: [] Professor Douglas Baird and his team discovered the presence of carbonised seeds and phytoliths of wheat chaff at Boncuklu, along with agricultural weeds commonly found in early farming sites, suggesting the cultivation of crops did take place.

Additionally, nitrogen isotopes from sheep and goat bone collagen indicate very small scale experimentation with the herding of these animals.

Analysis of stone tools and ancient DNA suggests an indigenous population, rather than migrants from earlier agricultural communities within the Fertile Crescent.

Professor Baird said: "Confounding the expectations of some archaeologists that the migrant farmer brought farming to central Anatolia, our evidence shows that the site of Boncuklu was occupied by long present, local Anatolian communities who mostly hunted and gathered a wide range of wetland animals and plants, but adopted farming from areas to the south and east through exchange.

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