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Friday, 20 July


Four Years After Eric Garners Killing in Police Chokehold, His Family Still Seeks Accountability | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Four Years After Eric Garners Killing in Police Chokehold, His Family Still Seeks Accountability | Democracy Now!: Tuesday marked four years since Eric Garner was killed, when a white New York City police officer wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold, while Garner said I cant breathe 11 times. The incident was captured on a cellphone video and spurred mass protests. On Monday, NYPD announced it plans to move forward with long-delayed internal disciplinary proceedings against the officers involved, if the Department of Justice does not announce criminal charges by August 31. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied the fatal chokehold, continues to work for the New York Police Department on paid desk duty and has received multiple raises since Garners death. Garners mother Gwen Carr called for justice at a press conference this week and joins us in studio. Her forthcoming memoir is titled This Stops Today: Eric Garners Mother Seeks Justice After Losing Her Son.

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Thursday, 19 July


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Being Investigated by Departments Inspector Generals Office Native News Online

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Published July 19, 2018

WASHINGTON  POLITICO reported on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is being investigated by the Interior Departments inspector generals office, the departments internal watchdog. The investigation is looking into a real estate deal involving a foundation established by Zinke and developers including Halliburton Chairman David Lesar.

The investigation will determine whether Zinke violated conflict of interest laws duing his tenure while leading the Interior Deparment, which is one of the most important federal posts to American Indians and Alaska Natives because the Interior department houses Indian Affairs, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education.

On Tuesday, Ranking Member Ral M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and two other top Natural Resources Committee Democrats sent a letter to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General requesting an investigation into ZInke real estate dealings. The letter points to internal DOI emails and a Zinke official schedule, revealed through Freedom of Information Act requests, showing that Zinke met with Montana property developers in his secretarial office.

According to a June 19 Politico report, a property development group funded by Halliburton chairman David Lesar is planning a large commercial development in Whitefish, Montana  Zinkes home town that would substantially increase the value of property Zinke owns. In ad...


A Bear Totem Gift: Bears Ears Blessing Coming to Salt Lake City Native News Online

Published January 19, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY  Local tribal leaders in Salt Lake City, Utah will welcome representatives from the Lummi Nation at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake on Thursday, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. local time. The Lummi Nation will bring with them a 9-foot tall and 3-foot wide Bear Totem, which weighs over a ton.

While the totem is a gift to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, it also comes with healing properties and shows symbolic support for the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument. After Salt Lake City, the Bear Totem will continue its journey to Bears Ears for the 2018 Bears Ears Summer Gathering, July 20-22, at the Bears Ears Meadow.

The Lummi People believe that totems bring healing to those on its journey and blesses those who touch it. Those in attendance will be invited by the tribal leaders to touch the totem and offer their blessings. Following the blessing, representatives from Goshute, Shoshone, and Ute will address attendees about unity, healing, and ongoing protection of ancestral lands.

Attendance is expected to be over 75 people, lots of food, music, and special totem t-shirts will be shared. A community, potluck-style dinner will follow the blessing. The theme of the 2018 Summer Gathering at the Bears Ears meadow was determined by this act of kindness, beauty, and grace


The post A Bear Totem Gift: Bears Ears Blessing Coming to Salt Lake City appeared first on Native News Online.


Mashpee Reservation Reaffirmation Act Moves Forward Native News Online

Published July 19, 2018

Hearing on Reservation Reaffirmation Act slated for July 24th

MASHPEE, Mass.  Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell will be in the nations capital on Tuesday, July 24, to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources in support of bipartisan legislation to protect the historic tribes reservation lands.

The hearing for HR-5244, originally filed by U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-MA in the U.S. House of Representatives, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

We are extremely grateful to Congressman Keating, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, the bipartisan group of co-sponsors who have signed onto this legislation and the dozens of tribal nations across Indian Country who have come out in support of this bill, said Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell.

I am also grateful for the opportunity to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources where I intend to applaud Congress for moving in the right direction with the Mashpee Reservation Reaffirmation Act, and to highlight why it is imperative that Congress exercise its plenary authority to prevent the disestablishment of our reservation land as soon as possible, Cromwell said. Re-affirming our right to a reservation for our people is just and honorable, and will ensure that our Tribe is treated equally under the law as other federally recognized tribes.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell

The bill, first filed in March, now has 18 bipartisan co-sponsors, including six key Republican representatives. If passed, the legislation would re-affirm the status of the Tribes reservation, which ended the...


Hoopa Valley Tribe Plans Lawsuit To Protect Salmon On The Brink Of Extinction Native News Online

Published July 19, 2018

HOOPA, Calif.  The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) today announced that it will file a lawsuit within 60 days unless federal agencies reduce the numbers of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Klamath-Trinity origin Coho salmon being killed in the Pacific Ocean. Klamath River origin Coho salmon have been listed as a threatened species under the ESA since 1997.  Without analysis or formal ESA re-consultation, regulations of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) were changed this year to allow more Coho salmon to be injured or killed, although they are protected by the ESA. We will not stand by while the federal agencies kill our salmon, said Hoopa Tribal Chairman Ryan Jackson. Some of those fish would have returned to the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. The Bureau of Reclamation cannot kill young Coho salmon in our rivers nor can the PFMC use regulations which kill the returning adult Coho salmon in the Pacific Ocean, he said.

Hoopa Valley Tribe Chairman Ryan Jackson

In April 2018, the Tribe warned U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by letter that the PMFC was proposing to increase its allowances for killing and maiming Coho salmon which are incidentally encountered in ocean fisheries targeting Chinook salmon. Both species of salmon are present in the oceans Klamath Management Zone during the summer and the killing of Coho there is called an incidental take. However, Ross simply approved the PFMCs proposal without bothering to request more thorough analysis of the impact to Coho, a violation of the ESA. That analysis is required because the new method for estimating Coho impacts and the related regulations were not considered in the applicable 1999 Biological Opinion assessing impacts in PFMC-managed ocean fisheries.

Adverse impacts to the ESA-listed Coho that result f...


5 Awe-Inspiring Museums and Galleries to Visit When in Melbourne Native News Online

Melbourne, Australia

Published July 19, 2018

Known as the second biggest and most populated city in Australia, Melbourne is a must-visit travel destination in the whole world. With its enthralling arts scene, every visitor will surely be in awe. There are tons of awesome spots to check out here, especially for the art and culture lovers.

Melbourne is also called as the Cultural Capital of Australia. With its numerous museums and galleries, one can say that it deserves the title. So, here are a few of the top art buildings you can visit to understand deeper and explore more about Melbournes magic:

National Gallery of Victoria

Pay a visit to the oldest public art gallery in the Land Down Under. It is home to over 70,000 pieces of art in two locations. The Australian collection can be found at the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, which features the history of Australian art. One of its highlights is The Pioneer, a huge triptych format by Frederick McCubbin. On the other hand, the international collection is in St. Kilda Road building. This building is known for The Great Hall where you can lie on the floor and see its colorful stained glass ceiling.


Come by Scienceworks to enjoy first-hand science experiences. This interactive science and technology museum offers changing exhibits, demonstrations, and guided tours daily to all visitors. You can check out the Sportsworks exhibit and Planetarium for a more exciting activity. Not to mention, this museum is autism-friendly one with social maps and scripts showing high and low sensory spaces. It is going to be a fun-filled learning day at Scienceworks, for sure!

National Sports Museum

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia. This is why sports stadiums are one of the citys main tourist attractions. Take a trip down memory lane at the National Sports Museum and learn about the sporting history of the city. Once here, you can also see a lot of memorabilia that will make you remember the significant sporting moments that happened in Melbourne.

Immigration Museum

Head over Immigration Museum to see engaging and special exhibits of the people who call Melbourne their home. Situated in the Old Customs House, this museum tells the real stories of those who came to live permanently in the city. More so, you will get...


Kirby Parnell (Cherokee), AIGCS/Gates Millennium Scholars alumna, receives Fulbright to study in Denmark Native News Online

Kirby Parnell

Published July 19, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE  Kirby Parnell (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), an American Indian Graduate Center Scholar (AIGCS) alumna who was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Denmark in Biology research from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Parnell, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, graduated from Eckerd College in 2016 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of California Santa Cruz, will conduct research at the University of Southern Denmark as part of her project focused on harbor seal communication and reproductive behavior.

Parnell, who hails from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

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Court Case Can Move Forward for Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier and Son Native News Online

Leonard Pelitier (left) and his son, Chauncey Petier, who is  holding a painting that was removed from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries headquarters after ex-FBI agents complained. Photos from Twitter

Published July 18, 2018

TACOMA, Wash.  A federal judge in Tacoma, Washington on Monday ruled that case brought by political prisoner Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) and his son, Chauncey, can move to trial. The Peltiers claim their First Admendment rights were violated when Leonard Peltiers paintings were removed from a public exhibition were removed after former FBI agents complained to officials at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Peltier, who is a considered a political prisoner from people such as BIshop Desmond Tutu, American Indians and Amnesty International, was convicted of killing two FBI agents in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at Oglala, South Dakota. Notable legal experts, including former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark who says Peltier was not given a fair trial by the U.S. government.

Peltier is currently incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida.

Mondays ruling involves the removal of four paintings from a state building in Washington state. Peltier, who took up painting as a prisoner, had the four paintings on display at a public exhibition the Labor & Industries headquarters in Olympia, Washington during Native American Heritage Month in November 2015. The paintings after being on display for two weeks were removed after two ex-FBI agents complained to State of Washington officials.

After the paintings were removed the elder Peltier told his son his rights were violated. Chauncey Peltier told Native News Online that he began receiving calls from attorneys who said the Peltiers should file a lawsuit.

In Mondays federal district court ruling, U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton said that the Department of Labor & Industries failed to show a compelling government interest when it took down the four paintings.

Freedom of speech, though not absolute, is protected against censoship or punishment, unless shown likely to produce a clear and p...


Italy Rescues Migrants and Asks Other Countries to Host Them Aboriginal News Group Newswire

By Middle East Monitor // Italy Rescues Migrants and Asks Other Countries to Host Them: A ship operated by EU border agency Frontex and a vessel owned by Italys tax police picked up the migrants near the Italian island of Linosa and more than 100 nautical miles from Malta, which rejected pressure from Rome on Friday to rescue them.

Italys far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is leading a high-profile campaign to exclude humanitarian rescue ships from Italian ports and has said the migrants will not be allowed to land in Italy.

Eight of the migrants who needed medical assistance were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa for treatment, the source said.

The source, who asked not to be named, said Salvini had spoken with Conte on the telephone about how to resolve the situation.

The migrants could be distributed immediately among European countries, or Italy would contact Libya to send them back to where they came from, the source said.

A third option would be to leave the migrants on the ships temporarily while their asylum requests are considered, the source added.


G. Dunkel // Haitians shut down streets demanding jobs, rollback of prices Workers World Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Haitians shut down streets demanding jobs, rollback of prices Workers World - This attack on the living standards of the masses, they thought, would be ignored in the jubilation and joy over Brazils victory.

But Brazil lost. Within minutes the masses were in the streets, erecting and burning barricades of tires, car bodies, debris and garbage to block traffic of cars and motorcycles. Whole neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince Ptionville, Delmas, Lalue, Nazon, Champs-de-mars, Canap-vert were made inaccessible. Protesters also took to the streets in such cities as Cap Hatien, Petit Gove, Cayes, Jrmie, Jacmel and lArtibonite. In Petit Gove the courthouse was burned and the entryway to the tax office was set on fire.

In well-off neighborhoods of Port au Prince and Ptionville, luxury cars and apartment buildings were singled out, as well as offices and supermarkets constructed after the devastating 2010 earthquake with money that had been designated to rebuild the country. A particular target was the splendid and super-luxurious Royal Oasis Hotel in Ptionville, which got $2 million from Bill Clinton out of funds supposedly for reconstruction.


22nd Annual Storytelling and Indigenous Gathering Held at Indian Canyon Native News Online


22nd Annual Indian Canyon run

Published July 18, 2018

INDIAN CANYON, Calif.  Dozens participated last Saturday, July 14, 2018, for the 22nd Annual Storytelling and Indigenous Gathering at Indian Canyon, near Hollister, California. The gathering began with a prayer run from San Juan Bautista Mission to Indian Canyon.


The event is organized and hosted by Ann-Marie Sayers (Ohlone) and Kanyon Sayer-Roods (Ohlone). Their passion is to allow indigenous people to share their rich stories passed down from one generation to the next generation. They feel the preservation of the ancestral stories help keep their culture alive today and for future generations.

Kanyon Sayer-Roods told Native News Online:

miSmin Tuuhis kan Eakat, Kanyon Coyote Woman Sayers-Roods: The prayer run is an amazing prayer run that transpires in the morning and it happens for four consecutive years where a prayer staff and community runners run away from Mission San Juan Bautista into Indian Canyon where it is a safe haven and continues to be a safe haven and always has been a safe haven for the indeginous peoples.


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Wednesday, 18 July


Ojibwe Language and Culture Camp Scheduled July 24 -26 Native News Online

Youth Lacrosse, 2017 Camp


Published July 18, 2018

Open to Kids Ages 6-18
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will host an Ojibwe Language and Culture Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 24 to 26, 2018 from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. for the sixth consecutive year.
The three-day Gabeshiwin (camp) will feature canoeing and swimming, lacrosse, moccasin game, drum and dance, plant identification, crafts, birch bark making, leatherwork, traditional Anishinaabe teachings and more. The camps main location will be the Ponemah Round House in the back woods of Obaashiing. Transportation and meals are provided.  
This is a time that Red Lake children, families and community look forward to; it provides them an opportunity to immerse themselves in Ojibwemowin and the rich culture of the Anishinaabe. Great efforts are made to teach children the importance of kinship, language and culture; this helps to build confidence. Elders play a large role as teachers...


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on Three Bills Native News Online

Published July 18, 2018 

WASHINGTON On Wednesday, July 18 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing to receive testimony on the following bills:

        S. 2154, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Water Rights Settlement Agreement Act.

        S. 3060, A bill to repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands.

        S. 3168, A bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to make Reclamation Water Settlements Fund permanent.


WHAT:          A committee legislative hearing

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video will be provided here.


Mr. Alan Mikkelsen

Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

The Honorable Lester Randall

Chairman, Kickapoo Tribe, Horton, Kansas

The Honorable Harry Pickernell

Chairman, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Oakville, Washington

Mr. John Tubbs

Director, Montana Department of Natural Resources, Helena, Montana

The post...


Next Week in Albuquerque: The National Centers Native Edge Institute Native News Online

Published July 18, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.    There is still space available for The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Developments (The National Center) first Native Edge Institute (NEI), taking place in one week on July 24th at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Facilitated by GovContractPros, NEI will provide both growing and advanced government contractors training in federal and corporate small business programs, including how firms can leverage those programs to enter the supply chain of larger prime contractors. The NEI is supported through a generous donation from KeyBankFoundation and is being hosted in collaboration with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico.

Our first Native Edge Institute is just around the corner, and theres still time to register for what will be a great event, said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. NEI will combine the National Centers time-honored programming with outside expertise that will give attendees the leg up they need to be successful contractors, including important updates on new rules, regulations, and programs. I look forward to a very successful event and look forward to strong attendance from Indian Country.

All NEI New Mexico attendees who register and fill out a survey will also have a change to win registration, hotel, and airfare for the 2019 Reservation Economic Summit, taking place in Las Vegas, NV from March 25-28.

Session leaders and keynote speakers include:
Charles Charlie Smith; Director of the US Department of Energys Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). Mr. Smith serves as the lead advocate for enhancing the use of small businesses to meet the Agencys range of missions.
John Garcia, New Mexico District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Garcia is responsible for the statewide delivery of SBA programs and services to the 33 counties in New Mexico.
A. John Shoraka; Managing Director of GovContractPros. Prio...


4C Program Provides Cultural Foundation for Foster Youth Native News Online

Cherokee 4C works with the Spide Gallery, which displays Tracy Rabbits art.

Guest Commentary

Published July 17, 2018

A new program created by the Cherokee Nations Indian Child Welfare department is called 4C short for Cherokee Childrens Cultural Connection. Its designed for children ages 4 to 18 who are in tribal custody. The program incorporates Cherokee Nation culture, heritage and history for children who come into our care. The program has multiple tracks slow, medium and fast depending on how long ICW caseworkers think the case might take.

Since the program launched a little over a year ago, it has been a success in giving Cherokee children an educational and cultural foundation to build upon not only while they are in foster care, but throughout their lives. Since we started 4C, we have served about 60 children, and we have approximately 25 Cherokee youth at all times involved with 4C. Some are very familiar with Cherokee culture, while others know much less. It is our responsibility to care for, teach and mentor them all.

4C is one part of our continuing effort to assist children as they hopefully one day reunite with their Cherokee families. The 4C effort connects these young Cherokees to their culture, giving them a foundation for their journey in life as a Cherokee.

Chief Bill John Baker

We have an educational approach where basic Cherokee words are shared and Cherokee history is taught. In this cultural curriculum, children can complete games and lessons that teach them more about their Cherokee heritage. Cherokee stories are passed down that incorporate traditional games, textiles, or clay. Children love all of the hands-on activities and dont even realize t...


Indigenous activist arrested after Trans Mountain protest in B.C. - The Globe and Mail Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Indigenous activist arrested after Trans Mountain protest in B.C. - The Globe and Mail: Kanahus Manuel, a spokesperson for the activist group Tiny House Warriors, was arrested by the RCMP after allegedly defying an eviction order from the BC Parks service that was delivered on Thursday.

The groups members belong to the Secwepemc First Nation, which released a statement Saturday afternoon calling Manuels arrest a declaration of war.

In the release authored by the Secwepemc Womens Warrior Society, Manuel is referred to as a political prisoner of the white supremacist RCMP and Park Ranger goons of the Canadian state, whom they said are intent on forcing the Tiny House Warriors from lands the Secwepemc consider ancestral territories. The statement adds the territories were never surrendered to a Canadian government.


Global Antifa Prisoner List | NYC ANTIFA Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Global Antifa Prisoner List | NYC ANTIFA: NYC Antifa is keeping an updated Global List of Antifascist Prisoners in order to facilitate solidarity with antifa prisoners year round. We urge all people to not only write these comrades, but to also continue their work on the outside.

While we will do our best to keep up-to-date information on current and future antifascist prisoners on this list, we suggest that you confirm any address provided here with the support site listed for them, as prisoners often move around.

If you know of an update on a prisoners situation or there is an antifa prisoner who is missing, please e-mail us at with the details. Thank you.

No Pasaran!
Until all are free!

[Note: List was last updated July 2, 2018]


UN condemns 'indefinite separation' of refugee family Aboriginal News Group Newswire // UN condemns 'indefinite separation' of refugee family: Thileepan Gnaneswaran, 30, faces permanent separation from his wife and daughter after he was denied a temporary protection visa and issued on Friday with a removal notice by the Department of Home Affairs.

After being detained at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney, he was scheduled to be deported to Sri Lanka on Monday. The Tamil Refugee Council confirmed he had been deported.


Israel Tightens Blockade of Gaza, Passes Bill to Ban Critical Groups in Schools | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Israel Tightens Blockade of Gaza, Passes Bill to Ban Critical Groups in Schools | Democracy Now!: Israel has further tightened its blockade of the Gaza Strip, announcing Monday a suspension of all fuel and gas deliveries. This comes after Israel and Hamas brokered a ceasefire late Saturday, after the Israeli military launched the heaviest bombing assault on Gaza since the 2014 war, killing two children, and Hamas fired a series of rockets toward Israel, wounding four Israelis. Meanwhile, the Israeli Knesset has approved controversial legislation that would ban groups from entering schools if they are critical of the Israeli military.


Debbie--have you seen WILLA OF THE WOOD by Robert Beatty? American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

A reader wrote to ask if I've seen Robert Beatty's Willa of the Wood. Published on July 10, 2018 by Disney Hyperion, a sneak preview of the first chapters was made available three weeks ago (mid to late June).  Willa of the Wood is set in the Great Smoky Mountains, in 1900. The book's description at Amazon does not say anything at all about Cherokees.... 

Move without a sound. Steal without a trace.
To Willa, a young night-spirit, humans are the murderers of trees. She's been taught to despise them and steal from them. She's her clan's best thief, creeping into the log cabins of the day-folk under cover of darkness and taking what they won't miss. It's dangerous work, but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.
When Willa's curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day-folk world, she calls upon the old powers of her beloved grandmother, and the unbreakable bonds of her forest allies, to survive. Only then does she begin to discover the shocking truth: that not all of her human enemies are the same, and that the foundations of her own Faeran society are crumbling. What do you do when you realize that the society you were born and raised in is rife with evil? Do you raise your voice? Do you stand up against it?
As forces of unfathomable destruction attack her forest home, Willa must decide who she truly is--facing deadly force with warm compassion, sinister corruption with trusted alliance, and finding a home for her longing heart.

But take a...


Fourth Geneva Convention - Wikipedia Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Fourth Geneva Convention - Wikipedia: The Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, commonly referred to as the Fourth Geneva Convention and abbreviated as GCIV, is one of the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. It was adopted in August 1949. While the first three conventions dealt with combatants, the Fourth Geneva Convention was the first to deal with humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone. There are currently 196 countries party to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including this and the other three treaties.[1]

In 1993, the United Nations Security Council adopted a report from the Secretary-General and a Commission of Experts which concluded that the Geneva Conventions had passed into the body of customary international law, thus making them binding on non-signatories to the Conventions whenever they engage in armed conflicts.[2]


The Emperor Has No Clothes Native News Online

Trump and Putin at Mondays press conference in Helsinki, Finland


Published July 17, 2018

It doesnt really matter what political party you align yourself with. For most Americans the last week has been somewhat surreal. Our president publicly criticized Theresa May, the prime minister of the nation he was currently visiting. He labeled one of our closest allies and trading partners, the European Union, as a foe. And on Monday he publicly suggested that he believes the strong denials of Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Russias meddling in U.S. elections, over the broad consensus and conclusion of the entire U.S. Intelligence community. And then he faulted the previous administration, once again stated his own innocence regarding collusion and then complained about the fact that some people still question the legitimacy of his victory over Hillary Clinton. All of this, at a press conference on foreign soil and while standing only a few feet from the leader of the nation charged with ongoing efforts to disrupt our democratic elections. I would dare say, that at some point over the past week, nearly every American felt some sense of shame regarding the spectacle President Trump was making of our nation.

President Trump publicly aired our countrys dirty political laundry in a space, the international stage, that for centuries both parties have worked to exclusively, in fact nearly religiously,reserve for bipartisan demonstration of American exceptionalism. Our collective tendency is to try to counteract that narrative which President Trump put on display. And this is exactly what most Democrats and even many Republicans are doing. Vehemently arguing that Donald Trump is misrepresenting us, because we want to believe, we need to believe, that we are exceptional. Senator John McCain, as he so often does, stated this argument best when he said, speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we area republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad.



Native American Heritage Fund Announces Grants to Remove American Indian Imagery Native News Online

Julie Dye at protest in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan in November 2017 to have Fountain of Pioneers removed from city park. The offensive fountain was removed in early 2018. Facebook photo

Published July 17, 2018

NAHF Funds Projects in Belding, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo

FULTON, Mich.  At its July 13 meeting, the Native American Heritage Fund Board selected projects in three Michigan communities to be the funds first ever grant recipients.

The 2018 grants approved include:

  1. Belding Area Schools $334,690.60 to support the replacement of equipment, apparel and signage following the revision of the schools mascot from Redskins to Black Knights.
  2. City of Battle Creek $3,377.50 to assist with removal and replacement of a stained glass window medallion in City Hall.
  3. City of Kalamazoo $76,765 to assist with the removal of the Fountain of Pioneers and site improvements at Bronson Park.
The NAHF sought proposals for projects that included changing or revising curricula or improving program development, replacing or revising mascots or imagery that might be considered offensive to Native Americans, and replacing or revising government seals or images in public spaces. 

Six other applications are still under consideration by the NAHF Board for possible funding in 2018.

Michigans K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and local units of government were eligible for funding through the NAHF to defray the costs of projects that promote positive relationships and accurate information about the history and role of Michigans Indian tribes and Native Americans in the state.

The fund, which was approved in 2016 as part of the Second Amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between NHBP and the State of Michigan, allocates a portion of NHBPs state revenue sharing payments to the NAHF.The NAHF Board is composed of: Chairperson: Jamie Stuck (NHBP Tribal Council Chairperson); Vice Chairperson: Dorie Rios (NHBP Tribal Council Vice Chairperson); Secretary: Elizabeth Kinnart (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Citizen); Treasurer: Melissa Kiesewetter (Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights Tribal Liaison/Native American Specialist); Board Member: Kimberly Vargo (Grand Traverse Band of O...

Tuesday, 17 July


Debbie--have you seen 24 HOURS IN NOWHERE by Dusti Bowling? American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

A reader wrote to ask if I've seen 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling.

It is due out on Sept 4, 2018 from Sterling Children's Books. Here's the description (from Amazon):
Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowheres biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescuebut in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere isand they realize this adventure just may be their way out. Author Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus) returns to the desert to create a gripping story about friendship, hope, and finding the power we all have within ourselves.

The description doesn't say that Rossi is Tohono O'odham, but the reviews do. The reviewer at Kirkus, said this:
Although Gus is careful to point out that Rossi is Tohono Oodham, and later Rossi reveals some factoids about her heritage, his fascination with her dark ponytail and her general inscrutability reinforce stereotypesas does the obviousness of the setup.

On the Edelweiss site, I am able to see the first pages. The main character, Gus, is being held down by the bully, Bo and his sidekicks, Jacob and Matthew (p. 3-4):
"Let him go, Bo," a voice said from behind me. Not just any voi...

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