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Saturday, 27 January


AP: Honduras National Police Chief Personally Helped $20M Cocaine Delivery in 2013 | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

AP: Honduras National Police Chief Personally Helped $20M Cocaine Delivery in 2013 | Democracy Now! - In news on Honduras, an explosive new investigation by the Associated Press says Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernndezs new National Police chief personally helped facilitate a massive cocaine delivery to a drug cartel boss in 2013. The report says Jos David Aguilar Morn was serving as the chief of intelligence for the National Police when a police officer busted other officers escorting a tanker truck filled with more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine. Aguilar then reportedly personally ordered the corrupt officers to be freed and the drugs delivered. The U.S. street value of the cocaine shipment was over $20 million.


Turkeys Erdogan threatens to expand Syria border offensive | News | DW | 26.01.2018 Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Turkeys Erdogan threatens to expand Syria border offensive | News | DW | 26.01.2018: Jeopardizing Syrian peace efforts: Turkey's Afrin offensive has raised concerns not only in Washington, but also in Germany and the EU, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini saying this week that the operation could "undermine seriously the resumption of [UN-backed] talks in Geneva, which is what we believe could really bring sustainable peace and security for Syria."

Why is Turkey carrying out the offensive: Ankara says it is rooting out Kurdish "terrorists" along its border with Syria with the assault, which started on January 20.


Gujarat model of hate is evident everywhere: Economist Interview Pranab Bardhan // Devadeep Purohit Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Gujarat model of hate is evident everywhere: Economist: [] In general, the increased incidents of hate crimes and social violence and the atmosphere of fear and intimidation for the minorities and the dissenters have caused serious damage to our social and political fabric. This, to me, is much more serious than any harm their bad policies may be causing to the economy.

The so-called Gujarat model of economic growth has so far not worked in large parts of the country, but the Gujarat model of hate and intolerance is very much in evidence everywhere. This is fostered by the Sangh parivar and its associates, aided and abetted by a conniving police and bureaucracy and encouraged by the selective silence of the Prime Minister.

It is selective silence interspersed with some 'wink-wink' platitudes. He will talk about Dalits and Muslims and things like ' sabka saath' and all that, but his party members know how to interpret his selective silence. In election rallies, in times of desperation, he is not averse to spewing some form of communal poison, as he did in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

The government has failed to provide basic security for minorities and the minimum rule of law in this respect. The whole world now knows this and I am going to quote some global rankings. The government and the Prime Minister seem to be preoccupied with the World Bank's ease of doing business index. They do not seem to be aware that there are a lot of problems with this World Bank ranking, in which in any case India now ranks 100 instead of 130. Still quite bad.


How America used then left the peaceful Syrian community of Rojava to the disposal of Erdoans increasingly authoritarian domain. Aboriginal News Group Newswire

How America used then left the peaceful Syrian community of Rojava to the disposal of Erdoans increasingly authoritarian domain.: [] 23 civilians were killed over the weekend of the 20th to the 22nd of January, including six young children. The Turkish Foreign Minister, however, has rebuked this civilian death toll which has been corroborated by every single independent watchdog who oversee the civil war, instead discrediting it as nonsense propaganda and baseless lies of the YPG.


International Group of Experts Report on Assassination of Berta Cceres Aboriginal News Group Newswire

International Group of Experts Report on Assassination of Berta Cceres: The relatives of Berta Cceres and COPINH made this request before the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the United Nations
and many other national and international actors. Nevertheless, they were disregarded
by the Honduran State.

In light of this inaction, the family and COPINH together with the Wide
Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ), the Center for Justice and International
Law (CEJIL) and other national and international organizations, insisted on an
investigation by a group of independent experts. As a result, in November 2016,
the International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) was created and its members
are Dan Saxon, Roxanna Altholz, Miguel ngel Urbina, Jorge Molano and
Liliana Uribe-Tirado.


Trump: Citizenship for DREAMers in Exchange for Wall, Anti-Immigrant Crackdown | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Trump: Citizenship for DREAMers in Exchange for Wall, Anti-Immigrant Crackdown | Democracy Now!: In response to the plan, the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted, Today the White House released a hateful proposal that would slash legal immigration to levels not seen since the racial quotas of the 1920s, eliminate legal channels for African immigrants, and spend $25 BIL for a wasteful border wall plus increase in Border Patrol and ICE agents. Many immigration activists and Democrats have vowed to oppose the plan, with Illinois Democratic Congressmember Luis Gutirrez tweeting, It would be far cheaper to erect a 50-foot concrete statue of a middle finger and point it towards Latin America. Both a wall and the statue would be equally offensive and equally ineffective and both would express Trumps deeply held suspicion of Latinos.


Armed Group Attacks Caravan of Indigenous Presidential Candidate in Michoacn, Mexico Cultural Survival

Armed Group Attacks Caravan of Indigenous Presidential Candidate in Michoacn, Mexico

Jan 26, 2018
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Friday, 26 January


MDEQ Denies Putting Up Disrespectful No Costumes Sign: School Officials Mum Native News Online

Posted on school building where American Indians were expected to attending public hearing in opposition to state application. Photo by Desomd Berry

Published January 26, 2018

STEPHENSON, MICHIGAN It was a Michigan Department of the Environmental Quality (MDEQ) public hearing on whether or not to approve an application for the Back Forty Mine. Opposition from the Menominee Tribe and other American Indians has been widely known by non-Indians in this small Michigan town, near the border of Wisconsin.

In anticipation of American Indians attendance at the public hearing on Tuesday, January 23, someone posted a sign on the Stephenson High School glass door that read: No signs or costumes allowed in the building.

On Thursday morning, MDEQ denied posting the sign and even suggested the Stephenson High School staff posted the disrespectful sign on the door that greeted dozens of American Indians who attended the four-hour long hearing.

Here is an email sent by a MDEQ to Native News Online

It has been brought to our attention that a sign was posted at the Back Forty Public hearing that does not represent the spirit of the gathering, nor did it provide a space where all people felt respected. Please be advised that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality DID NOT post the signage in question. This sign was brought to law enforcement attention, it was addressed with the responsible party, and it was removed. We have seen that some misinformation has been spreading on social media that the DEQ intentionally posted this sign and message to be disrespectful to the Indigenous Peoples that were expected to attend the meeting. The DEQ works to provide a safe and respectful place for all to share their views and we expressly apologize that this situation happened at the building where we were holding a public hearing. If you have any further questions, please contact Stephenson High School regarding this matter.

Calls to the school by Native News Online went unreturned on Thursday. 


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Three Native Athletes Provide Frank Talk to Haskell Indian University Students Native News Online


Kim Miller, RISE Vice President Leadership and Education Programs; Nicco Montano UFC womens flyweight champion, Navajo Nation; Temryss Lane, former professional soccer player/Pac 12 Network personality, Lummi Nation; and Damen Bell-Holter, former professional basketball player, Haida Tribe of Alaska.

Published January 26, 2018

LAWRENCE, KANSAS  Race, the #MeToo movement and speaking out were a few of the topics discussed at a sports panel held at Haskell Indian Nations University with three professional Native athletes.

Damen Bell-Holter, former professional basketball player (Haida Tribe of Alaska); Temryss Lane, former professional soccer player/Pac 12 Network personality (Lummi Nation); and Nicco Montano, UFC womens flyweight champion (Navajo Nation) were the guests and all first-time visitors to the tribal college.
Haskell students were impressed after the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) discussion of how sports can play a role in improving and solving issues facing the Native American community.
I thought the RISE panel was very inspiring.  They all spoke from the heart and I really enjoyed their view as Natives.  I especially liked Damen Bell-Holter and his passion for encouraging youth.  I found that commendable, Haskell student Joseph Singh commented.
Bell-Holter emphasized being vocal on issues: Staying true to who you are and staying true to your identity; knowing where you come from that is where we find our power. You have the capability and confidence to speak out.
Temyrss Lane says she wanted to connect with the students in letting them know they go through hardships as well.
We were able to speak about race, in a safe space with other Natives and addressed things we have endured and hopefully inspire and let others know they are not alone in those experiences. I think a lot of times our youth feel isolated.
Nicco Montano also addressed speaking out. She mentioned an event in Minneapolis she attended.


Cyberbulling Legislation Approved during 2018 Winter Session Native News Online

Dan Moquin, Honorable Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Yvonne Kee-Billison and Chief Phillip Francisco.

Published January 26, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Legislation initiated and supported by the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) was unanimously approved today by a vote of 14-0 amending Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Criminal Code to update the harassment, stalking and manslaughter statutes to include the usage of electronic devices.

With the approval of the Cyberbullying Legislation, the Navajo Nation is adding another layer of protection over our children against any online cyberbullies or predators, President Begaye said. Through our Building Communities of Hope initiative, our administration learned that cyberbullying impacts our youth in a critical way. We needed this legislation to further our protections.

Vice President Jonathan Nez said that the efforts to bring this legislation forth not only bring awareness to this issue but continue the commitment to provide a safe environment for our children.

Some of our youth suffer from the effects of bullying and what we really want is to teach all our children to show respect for one another and to show respect for yourself, Vice President Nez said. Thats what this year is about. the 150th year of the Treaty of 1868. Our ancestors got here by working with one another and building each other up. Not by tearing each other down. Thats kinship and we need to keep that in the forefront of who we are.

OPVP has initiated meetings to address cyberbullying on the Navajo Nation since early 2017. OPVP Executive Staff Assistant Yvonne Kee-Billison, who was integral in pushing this legislation, said that repeated instances of cyberbullying on the Nation have raised concerns about its impacts in contributing to youth suicide.

As parents and family members through K, we are to treat each other with respect and dignity as many of us were instructed as children with our Din teaching and culture, Kee-Billison said. The updates to the statutes strengthen the nations ability to hold offenders accountable and to deter future offenders.

President Begaye said the...


Stephanie Hammitt Named Interim President of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Native News Online

Stephanie Hammit

Published January 26, 2018

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA  The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named Stephanie Hammitt to serve as interim president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC). The appointment becomes effective July 1, 2018 following the retirement of the current president Larry Anderson.

We cannot ask for a better interim leader for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, said interim chancellor Devinder Malhotra. She has tremendous support from both internal and external stakeholders, and is in an outstanding position to build upon the colleges partnership with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and enhance the joint identity of the college as both a tribal and community college.

Hammitt has served Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for approximately 27 years and is currently the vice president of Finance and Administration. From 1990-1996 and 2008-2016, she was the Chief Financial Officer at FDLTCC; in the interim, she served on the Tribal Colleges Board of Directors, including many as board chair. From 1996 to 2008, she worked for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa as internal auditor and later was the Bands comptroller for nearly seven years.  She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

The search for a permanent president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will begin in the fall of 2018.

The post Stephanie Hammitt Named Interim President of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College appeared first on Native News Online.


National Native American Veterans Memorial Finalists Announced Native News Online

Published January 25, 2018

WASHINGTON The Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian has announced the five finalists for the design of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. They are:

  • James Dinh
  • Daniel SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca) and Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole)
  • Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne /Arapaho)
  • Stefanie Rocknak
  • Leroy Transfield (Mori: Ngai Tahu/Ngati Toa)

The design competition is a juried, two-stage process. Stage I was an international open call to submit design concepts. A blue-ribbon jury of Native and non-Native American artists, designers and scholars selected the design concepts from Stage I to advance to Stage IIthe finalist designers.

The museum received 413 registrations from five continents, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. We are exceedingly happy that we received such a wide response to the competition, said Donald J. Stastny, FAIA,FAICP, FCIP, the competition manager. The jury examined each of the 120 completed submittals, and each received a rigorous evaluation resulting in the five design concepts that have been selected for Stage II.

James Dinh is a public artist and landscape architect who founded studiodinh in Los Angeles to explore notions of history, place and ecology within the context of public space. Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca) is a writer, producer and artist and is the former chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole) is a sculptor and artist who has served three terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is currently serving in the Oklahoma State Senate. Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne /Arapaho) a multi-media artist and leading forensic artist, retired as the police forensic artist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Stefanie Rocknak is a sculptor and professor of philosophy in upstate New York who focuses on figurative wood sculptures. Leroy Transfield (Mori: Ngai Tahu/Ngati Toa) is a sculptor originally from New Zealand; he studied in Hawaii and founded his own studio in Orem, Utah, where he currently resides.

On Feb. 7, the museum will introduce the Stage II finalists at Meet Your Designers, a public event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Rasmuson Theater on the first floor of the museum. Each designer will have 15 minutes to introduce themselves, explain why they entered the competition and share their initial concept-design drawings. The event will be webcast at

The finalists will have until May 1 to evolve and refine t...


Imperative Entertainment Executives Tour the Osage Nation for Killers of the Flower Moon Film Native News Online

Published January 25, 2018

OSAGE NATION  Two executives from Imperative Entertainment, the production company that purchased the rights of David Granns best seller Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Indian Murders and the Birth of the FBI, are touring the Osage Nation January 25-26.

We appreciate the opportunity to meet with Chief Standing Bear and other members of the Osage Nation, who have generously offered their time and resources on this project. Were looking forward to bringing this amazing story to the big screen, according to a prepared statement from Imperative Entertainment producers.

Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear and his two ambassadors for the film project, Chad Renfro and Addie Roanhorse, took Imperative executives Jillian Apfelbaum and John Atwood to the Whitehair Memorial outside of Hominy, the Grayhorse Indian Village, and to Fairfax, where most of the murders take place in the book on Jan. 25. Renfro is an Interior Designer and business owner who is also a board member for the Osage Nation Foundation and Roanhorse is the senior graphic design artist for the Office of the Chiefs, an artist and business owner.

Apfelbaum is Head of Film for the Santa Monica-based Imperative Entertainment and is a producer for film, television and live entertainment and is currently working on recently acquired Faster, Neal Bascombs upcoming novel about French Jewish race car driver Rene Dreyfus, as well asTangerine, Circling the SunThe Fifth Season and Sand, according to Atwood is the CFO/COO at Imperative, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The Whitehair Memorial is the former estate of Lilly Burkhart and is the home to the Louis Burns Collection (Osage Historian). The estate is now managed by the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Grayhorse Indian Village is also discussed at length in Granns book, as many Osages still lived in the area. Standing Bear said they were also taking the executives to meet with Drs. Joe and Carol Conner in Fairfax to visit historical sites and buildings, specifically the locations discussed in the book.

Interviews will also take place with Osage elders Mary Jo Webb and Trial Court Chief Judg...


Peru passes law approving Amazonian death roads News from Survival International

Tomas was contacted between 2001 to 2003 and now lives in the Amazon region where one of the deadliest roads has been proposed.
David Hill/Survival

Peru has approved a law that could devastate several uncontacted Amazon tribes.

The law declares in the national interest the construction of roads in the remote Ucayali region that borders Peru and Brazil.

The area lies inside the Uncontacted Frontier, home of the highest concentration of uncontacted tribes on Earth.

Several illegal roads that cut through uncontacted Indians lands have already been opened up. Thousands of illegal gold miners operate in the region, and have polluted dozens of rivers with mercury.

Uncontacted tribes face catastrophe unless their land is protected. They have the right to their land under Peruvian and international law.

Road building in the Amazon almost always leads to a devastating influx of settlers, loggers and ranchers.

Pope Francis, speaking from the region just days before the road law was passed, said: Never before has there been a greater threat to indigenous peoples lands.

We must break with the historical paradigm that sees the Amazon as an inexhaustible resource for other countries, without taking into account its inhabitants.

Survival is calling on the Peruvian government to scrap road building plans inside the Uncontacted Frontier.

Thursday, 25 January


American Indians Greeted with No Signs or Costumes Allowed Sign at Public Hearing Native News Online

Posted on Stephenson High School door where American Indians were expected to attend a public hearing in opposition to state application. Photo by Desmond Berry

Updated : Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EST

Published January 25, 2018

STEPHENSON, MICHIGAN Apparently, people in Stephenson, Michigan think American Indians wear costumes to public hearings.

Hundreds American Indians attending the four-hour public hearing hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, were greeted with a computer generated sign posted on the door of the Stephenson High School that read No signs or costumes allowed in the building.

A spokesperson for MDEQ on Thursday morning says: the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) DID NOT post the sign.

The hearing was set to take public comments on an submitted application by Aquila Resources, which is proposing the development of a polymetallic zinc, copper and gold mine in Lake Township, Michigan. The proposed mine is called the Back Forty Mine.

Aquila applied for a Wetlands, Lakes and Streams permit in January 2017 and has been working with the DEQ to provide additional details on the proposed project.

The application is opposed by the Menominee Tribe. Earlier this week, the tribe filed a filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Tribe asserts that the agencies have failed to take primary responsibility for a wetland permit that is key to the future of the controversial Back Forty Mine proposal.

At Tuesdays public hearing, several American Indians, including Gary Besaw, chairman of the Menominee Tribe, expressed their opposition to the Back Fort...


Tribal & Conservation Groups Sue to Block Repeal of Federal Fracking Regulations Native News Online

Fracking brings light, noise and other pollution to public lands in Garfield County, Colorado. Were fighting to preserve a rule that would protect Bureau of Land Management turf and tribal lands from fracking chemicals.

Published January 25, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO A coalition of environmental and tribal groups sued Wednesday to block the Trump Administrations repeal of a 2015 rule designed to protect water, wildlife, and public health from the harmful effects of hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands.

The Bureau of Land Managements repeal of the rule eliminates federal protections intended to safeguard more than 700 million acres of public and tribal lands. The 2015 regulation required companies to disclose the chemicals they used in fracking operations, set standards for well construction, limited the use of waste pits to store fracking wastes, and required common-sense best management practices to protect both surface and ground water from contamination.

The rule, which was targeted by court challenges from the oil and gas industry and its allies, never took effect. After taking office, the Trump Administration rescinded the rule in December 2017. The BLM, which manages oil and gas development on more than 700 million acres of public and tribal lands and minerals, is now operating under regulations developed in the 1980s, well before modern fracking techniques became commonplace. In rescinding the Hydraulic Fracturing Rule, the BLM also eliminated even some of the minimal safeguards that had been part of its 1980s-era regulations.

BLM developed the 2015 regulation through an extensive five-year review process. The agency concluded in 2015 that its 1980s-era regulations were inadequate to protect against the environmental and public health risks posed by fracking. The 2015 rule drew on industry best practices to modernize standards a...


Navajo President on Human Trafficking: It does happen here on the Navajo Nation Native News Online

The Office of the President and Vice President, in conjunction with the Navajo Nation Council, proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Pictured, from left, are Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates, Vice President Jonathan Nez, President Russell Begaye, Delegate Nathaniel Brown and Delegate Amber Crotty.

Published January 25, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Before the commencement of the 2018 Winter Council Session on Monday, Jan.22, President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a proclamation recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

We think human trafficking only happens in places like Asia, places like Russiabut it does happen in the United States. It does happen here on the Navajo Nation, President Begaye said.

We have predators that prey on our children and they know what to look for and who to look for. People are going after our children and we need to make sure that we bring this awareness to our schools, chapters and executive departments.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an estimated one out of six endangered runaways are likely child sex trafficking victims, and between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year.

One component of human trafficking is missing persons and we also want to bring awareness to this issue and find our missing relatives, Vice President Nez said. Folks out there are suffering. As advocates, we want to bring healing to our people whove lost their loved ones.

The Office of the President and Vice President has met with the non-profit organization Navajo Nation Missing Persons (NNMP) and believes this group and the human trafficking crimes are connected. Therefore, the office meets with NNMP every month to discuss solutions.

NNMP is staffed by volunteers who work to bring awareness for the endangered and missing Navajo children, women and men by distributing flyers, searching for missing individuals in surrounding border towns and organizing events throughout communi...


Australia: Colonial statues vandalized on eve of Australia Day Warrior Publications

A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.

The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying No Pride.

The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England.

Victoria Police took photographs of the defaced statue and dusted beer bottles found nearby for fingerprints in St Kilda this morning.

Another statue, Burke and Wills, has been splattered with green paint and the word stolen written across the plaque.

It is Melbournes oldest piece of public art and was made by sculptor Charles Summers.

The statue honours explorers Robert OHara Burke and Williams John Wills who...


Cherokee Nation Donates $15,000 to Murrow Indian Childrens Home in Muskogee Native News Online

Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden; Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins, of Fort Gibson; Murrow Indian Childrens Home Board of Directors President Chris Martin; Executive Director Betty Martin; Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker; and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Published January 24, 2018

TAHLEQUAH  The Cherokee Nation on Monday donated $15,000 to the Murrow Indian Childrens Home in Muskogee as part of the tribes annual contribution to the nonprofit organization.

The Murrow Indian Childrens Home provides a safe, nurturing environment to Native American children who are in state or tribal custody.

This annual contribution to the Murrow Indian Childrens Home helps provide a stable environment for children who are in need, including Cherokee youth, said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. These children are our future, and they deserve our attention and our care. Im proud the Cherokee Nation continues to support such a worthy endeavor.

In recent years, the tribes annual contribution to the childrens home has been used to help with funding for a new activity center and other operational costs. The tribe also donated a surplus van to the organization in 2016 to help staff safely transport children who stay at the home.

The Murrow Indian Childrens Home ensures Native children who are facing difficulties in their lives have a safe place to call home, said Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins, of Fort Gibson. The care they receive at this home is essential to their well-being, and its wonderful that the Cherokee Nation is a partner in this effort.

At any one time, nearly 40 children may be living at the home where they are provided with clothing and other necessities.

This Cherokee Nation donation helps us continue to provide care for the children who come to stay at our home, said Betty Martin, executive director of the Murrow Indian Childrens Home. We count on this Cherokee Nation donation and appreciate it very much....


Sherent Mishitashin Harris of The Narragansett Indian Tribe Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Native News Online

Sherent Mishitashin Harris

Published January 24,  2018

WASHINGTON Sherent Mishitashin Harris, a graduating senior at The Metropolitan Regional Career & Technical Center (Paul W. Crowley Campus in Newport, Rhode Island), has been named a Career and Technical Education candidate as part of the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The Career and Technical Education candidates were nominated by their Chief State School Officers
based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nations most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that years senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in Americas youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the 161 Scholars in May. Of these, up to 20 will be selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities. Sherent is the child of Thawn Sherent & Eleanor Dove Harris, both of the Narragansett Tribe.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, parents and students can call the Presidential Scholars Office at 507.931.8345...


San Francisco Says Goodbye to Columbus Day Native News Online

View of San Francisco skyline from Indigenous Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island.

Published January 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, San Francisco supervisors replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The 10-to-1 vote was done so to honor American Indians and condemn past atrocities their ancestors suffered.

San Francisco joins several other major cities that have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in recent years, such as Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Yesterdays vote met resistance from the Italian community who say Christopher Columbus should be honored as a means to celebrate their heritage.

Many American Indians have long resisted the observance of a day to honor Christopher Columbus, who is credited with discovering the Americas in American history.

The American Indian Movement has long sought to eliminate the observance of Columbus Day. Here is language from a press released distributed by the American Indian Movement in October 2000:

Columbus was the beginning of the American holocaust, ethnic cleansing characterized by murder, torture, raping, pillaging, robbery, slavery, kidnapping, and forced removals of Indian people from their homelands.

Some states do not observe Columbus Day, including Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and South Dakota. The day has been a federal holiday since 1937.

The post San Francisco Says Goodbye to Columbus Day appeared first on Native News Online.

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