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Saturday, 16 September


Interior Announces $62 Million Construction Contract on Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project Native News Online

Published September 16, 2017

WASHINGTON  The Department of the Interior announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to increase the supply of clean drinking water to surrounding communities.

This contract is a big step toward completing the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is a top priority as it fits into the administrations commitment to improving infrastructure, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said. The project is critical to providing a much-needed, long-term, sustainable water supply for people on the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache reservations and the City of Gallup. It is also the cornerstone of our commitments under the Navajo Nation San Juan River Water Rights Settlement.

The contract was awarded to Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. of Roanoke, Texas. It covers Block 9-11, an integral component of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project. When completed, the entire project will consist of approximately 300 miles of pipeline, two water treatment plants, 19 pumping plants, and multiple water storage tanks.

Under the new contract, Reaches 9 through 11 of the San Juan Lateral portion of the project will include construction of approximately 28 miles of 48-inch and 42-inch diameter water transmission pipeline between the community of Naschitti, New Mexico to the Twin Lakes, New Mexico area. Work on this segment of the project is anticipated to begin in January 2018 with completion scheduled for March 2020.

Upon completion of the entire Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project in 2024, Block 9-11 will include turnouts to provide water to the communities of Naschitti, Buffalo Springs, Tohatchi, and Mexican Springs.

This contract on a critical infra...


Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Hoskin Visits Tuscumbia Landing, Discusses Historic Preservation Native News Online

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and daughter Jasmine tour Tuscumbia Landing with local officials.

Published September 16, 2017

TUSCUMBIA, ALABAMA   Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. led a Cherokee delegation to Tuscumbia, Alabama, last week to discuss local preservation efforts of a historic Trail of Tears site.

Tuscumbia Landing, located in northern Alabama along the Tennessee River, was the transfer point of some Cherokees on the Trail of Tears from a rail line to steam ships for further removal west.

The forced removal of Cherokees in the 1830s, known as the Trail of Tears, involved the migration of about 16,000 Cherokees from the Southeastern part of the United States to present-day Oklahoma. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokees removed died in stockades or on the trail due to starvation, disease, exposure or other circumstances.

Hoskin said his mission was to establish a government-to-government relationship with local cities and to reaffirm the Cherokee Nations role as a federally recognized tribe with which developers of the Landing must consult.

I had concerns going into our visit over the influence of so-called state tribes or other organizations posing as tribes on development of the site, said Hoskin.

Hoskin met with various local leaders during his visit, including Tuscumbia Mayor Kerry Underwood, Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford, representatives from the Trail of Tears Association and its Alabama chapter and representatives of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area.

At the conclusion of our visit it was clear that local leaders as well the Trail of Tears Association respect Cherokee Nations position on fraudulent tribes.  They not only understand our position, they made it clear that they very much want the input of the Cherokee Nation and other federally recognized tribes in local historic development, said Hoskin.

The Landing is owned by the city of Sheffield but is located near the city of Tuscumbia. The area is a former Sheffield city park that was closed for historical p...


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Reclaims Part of Ceded Lands Native News Online

Tawas Lake Photo: Jeffrey Smith

Published September 16, 2017

EAST TAWAS, MICHIGAN The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan has acquired 902 acres of land including just over one mile of lake frontage on Tawas Lake in East Tawas, Michigan. The acquisition was finalized on Friday, August 25, 2017 granting ownership of hundreds of acres of land back to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

This purchase is culturally significant as it reclaims lands that were once part of ceded and treaty territories.  Acquiring this land strengthens our connection to a lifeway that sustained our people for thousands of years. The ability to hunt, gather and honor our ancestral teachings strengthens that relationship we have to the land, our past and our future. In this process members today and for future generations will retain and maintain indigenous knowledge and rights.

This is an incredible opportunity for us to regain possession of a portion of our aboriginal lands. We will begin the work to re-establish our presence by developing cultural and traditional programming that will enhance our Tribal community and its people. This is an incredible opportunity for the Tribe to share its rich culture and traditional values while providing a place to reconnect with Mother Earth, Tribal Chief Frank Cloutier stated.

As direct descendants of those who have always been here it is our responsibility and right to stay connected to this land and its beautiful resources. Access to this land will open up many doors of learning at many levels from a practical to spiritual perspective.  It will help us connect the past to the present.  It will nudge us into action because the place will spark blood memories, if we listen to it, and take action.

Bonnie Ekdahl, Tribal Elder and former Director of The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways explains: The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan are the people who can step outside their doors onto the earth and say, My people have always been here. I walk where my ancestors walked 1000 years ago. We knew the forests, lakes and rivers, we knew where, when and how to gather the foods and medicines...


Run4Salmon Makes its Way to Sacramento Native News Online

Protestors want to bring attention of the value of water

Published September 15, 2017

SACRAMENTO  The Winnemem Wintu Tribe and allies from far away as Hawaii protested outside the Sacrmento Convention Center during the 2017 League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo on Thursday, September 14, 2017 as part of the Run4Salmon that is making its way through parts California.

Winnemem Wintu Tribe Chief Caleen Sisk

Among the allies was Holly Andrade Blair, council member, City of Lemoore, California.

We are being nickled and dimed with this filtration plant here, we need a new well here, things like that it adds up. They are like water barons,We have  five or six families that own the majority of the water rights in our area, they either own the land where the water aquafers are coming from and are pumping it out, says Blair.

What they do, they are not using it for there own self, they live miles and miles away, they just want to take the water and sell it elsewhere so what they are doing is take rge water out of our aguafere and they use the pipe that they own and move it down to Los Angeles area where they will sell it, continues Blair. It to the highest bidder but in the end that water is being drained from my area.

Do you think the mayors have had adequate input into the governers fix? asks Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk.

No. we have not. I do not think we have been at the table long enouvh. We need more local control, S...


SANTIAGO MALDONADO PRESENTE! Aboriginal News Group Newswire


Fuck Yeah Anarchist Posters - SANTIAGO MALDONADO PRESENTE! El 1 de Agosto del...

El 1 de Agosto del 2017 desaparece Santiago Maldonado. Lo ltimo que se supo de l, es que estaba apoyando al Pu Lof mapuche de Cushamen (que se encuentra resistiendo a los embates del Estado argentino y la ocupacin por parte del conocido Grupo Benetton)cuando lleg a reprimir violentamente Gendarmera Nacional, bajo el mando directo de la ministra de Seguridad de la Nacin del gobierno de Macri, Patricia Bullrich.

Tras estos hechos los gestos de denuncia y solidaridad no han tardado en aflorar. La desaparicin de Santiago no puede pasar desapercibida, es necesario sacar a la luz tanto el caso, como a los responsables y continuar la lucha por la recuperacin de los territorios usurpados por el Estado y el capital.

Sin duda alguna el ataque de las fuerzas represivas continuaran ejercindose, seguirn encarcelando, desapareciendo y asesinando a compaerxs en las diferentes trincheras que hoy manifiestan el descontento y la lucha contra los Estados. Para esto tenemos que tomar medidas, tenemos que proyectar la lucha que llevamos en nuestros territorios, tenemos que prepararnos, estar alistadxs, porque seguirn viniendo golpes. Tenemos que aprender a darlos de vuelta. Nada se puede esperar de la justicia.

Las necesarias marchas, los urgentes mtines, la imprescindible propagada no son la nica herramienta para que sientan nuestra rabia ni para concretizar nuestras ideas ni acabar con el Estado y su sistema de miserias. Porque la desaparicin de Santiago tiene responsables con nombres y apellidos. Tienen sus sucursales por todos lados. Hay que saber golpear.

On August 1, 2017 Santiago Maldonado disappears. The last thing he knew of him was that he was supporting Pu Lof Mapuche of Cushamen (who is resisting the attacks of the Argentine State and the occupation by the well-known Benetton Group) when he came to repress violently National Gendarmerie under the command direct of the Minister of Security of the Nation of the government of Macri, Patricia Bullrich.

After these events, the gestures of denunciation and solidarity were not long in coming. The disappearance of Santiago can not go unnoticed, it is necessary to bring to light both the case and those responsible and continue the struggle for the recovery of territories usurped by the state and capital.

Undoubtedly, the attacks of the repressive forces will continue to be carried out, they will continue to imprison, disappear and kill comrades in the different trenches that today show discontent and the fight against the States. For this we have to take action, we have to project the fight that we carry in our...


Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach Jew Haters ProPublica Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach Jew Haters ProPublica: There are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards, said Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook. In this case, weve removed the associated targeting fields in question. We know we have more work to do, so were also building new guardrails in our product and review processes to prevent other issues like this from happening in the future.

Facebooks advertising has become a focus of national attention since it disclosed last week that it had discovered $100,000 worth of ads placed during the 2016 presidential election season by inauthentic accounts that appeared to be affiliated with Russia.

Like many tech companies, Facebook has long taken a hands off approach to its advertising business. Unlike traditional media companies that select the audiences they offer advertisers, Facebook generates its ad categories automatically based both on what users explicitly share with Facebook and what they implicitly convey through their online activity.

Traditionally, tech companies have contended that its not their role to censor the Internet or to discourage legitimate political expression. In the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville by right-wing groups that included self-described Nazis, Facebook and other tech companies vowed to strengthen their monitoring of hate speech.


Clinton and Sanders Supporters Behind "Hoax" Charlottesville White Supremacists, Says Congressman Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Clinton and Sanders Supporters Behind "Hoax" Charlottesville White Supremacists, Says Congressman: [] Yet thats all bunk according to Rohrabacher, who pinned the events on a former Hillary and Bernie supporter who got Civil War re-enactors together to protect the statue of Lee, which would be removed under a proposal before Charlottesvilles City Council.

It was a setup for these dumb Civil War re-enactors, Rohrabacher said of the Charlottesville rally.

All this, he claims, was a ruse to box in President Donald Trump over the issue of racism in America. On the day of the rally and at a press conference at Trump Tower a couple of days later, the president said blame for the violence fell on both sides. His response hurt his approval ratings among Republicans who saw his statements as divisive.

Rohrabachers claims are disturbing, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said Thursday. The group works to elect Democrats to the House of Representatives.

Both Rohrabachers claims and the DCCCs response are the latest in a feud between the hard-right representative and Democrats who see him as a major Republican problem.

Embattled Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, now apparently a person of interest to the Senate Intelligence Committees Russia investigation, has no business chairing the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee that oversees Russia, said DCCC spokesman Tyler Law at the end of August.


Indigenous elders at national gathering warn of dire need to react to environmental disasters Warrior Publications

We want to practise our traditions but our medicines, the animals, the environment is affected, says elder


Rita and Tommy Monias travelled to the gathering from Cross Lake, Man. (Brandi Morin)

By Brandi Morin, CBC News, September 15, 2017

Some Indigenous elders who live traditional lifestyles that include hunting, fishing and trapping on lands and waters long utilized by their ancestors say they have noticed a rapid shift in the environment over the last several decades a shift some attribute to climate change.

Elders from Indigenous communities across Canada came together in Edmonton at the National Gathering of Elders this week to discuss contentious topics, one of them being the threat of climate change.

It affects people in so many different ways, not only physically and the earth, but spiritually, said elder Rita Monias, 64, who travelled to Edmonton from Cross Lake, Man., to attend the gathering.

For our people, it changes our way of life, our way of thi...


Gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates growing, latest statistics show Warrior Publications

prison cellsMinisters of justice and public safety say the government is not turning a blind eye to the issue

By Alison Crawford, CBC News, September 15, 2017

There are more Indigenous offenders in Canadas prisons and they serve more time before being released on parole than other prisoners, according to fresh statistics from the federal Department of Public Safety.

Indigenous people are also more likely to be held in a higher security institution, according to the Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview: 2016 Annual Report.

In federal penitentiaries, the Indigenous population has increased by 16.6 per cent over the past five years and almost 40 per cent since 2006. Indigenous men represent 25.2 per cent of all in-custody males, while Indigenous women represent 36.1 per cent of all females behind bars. According to Statistics Canada, five per cent of Canadians are Indigenous.

We cannot turn a blind eye to the gaps in our criminal justice system that ensnare our most vulnerable people, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement accompanying the statistics release.

And while 82.4 per cent of all Indigenous offenders served their complete sentence before being released, just 65.2 pe...


64th Annual American Indian Center Chicago Powwow Postponed until Spring Native News Online


Published September 15, 2017

CHICAGO The 64th Annual American Indian Center Powwow that was scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017, has been postponed.

Native News Online will provide information as it is updated for the reschuduled event.

Below is the official statement released on Friday, September 15, 2017:

The American Indian Center Leadership regrets to announce that the 64th Annual Powwow has been rescheduled to Spring 2018.  The Center just received word from the City of Chicago that we were unable to obtain the proper permits in time and due to this fact we must reschedule the event.  The Center would have incurred severe fines if the event would have proceeded as planned.

We recognize the hard work by staff, volunteers and community to make this event a success and thank you all so much.  We thank you all for your support, understanding and patience as we put this event on hold and commit to making our event a success come spring 2018.  More details will be available soon via our website so please continue checking in with the Center.

If you have additional questions or concerns please reach out to our Executive Director, Heather Miller. or 773.275.5871.

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Friday, 15 September


U.S. District Court Dismisses Environmentalist Lawsuit with NTEC as Intervener Native News Online

Navajo Transitional Energy Company

Published September 15, 2017

SHIPROCK, NEW MEXICO  Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC), owner of Navajo Mine, a coal mine on the Navajo Nation, applauds a September 11, 2017 court ruling that granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit was filed in April 2016.

The lawsuit, brought on by environmental groups such as Dine CARE and others, alleged that the U.S. Department of Interior and other federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedures Act when the agencies approved a twenty-five year lease extension, rights-of-ways, and mine expansion. The court concluded that the challenge by the environmental groups would have effectively circumvented the Navajo Nations goals to maintain a revenue source and jobs for the Navajo people.

Although NTEC wasnt listed as a defendant in the original suit, NTEC entered the lawsuit as an intervenor for a limited purpose of filing a motion to dismiss the case because its interest could not be adequately represented by the federal defendants or other parties in the lawsuit.

NTEC demonstrated that NTEC, as owner of Navajo Mine, is a required party in the lawsuit under Rule 19 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and that because NTEC is clothed with sovereign immunity, NTEC cannot be joined as a defendant therefore the case should be dismissed in equity and good conscience. The Court agreed with NTEC.

The courts ruling makes clear that NTECs sovereign immunity trumps plaintiffs attempts to circumvent governmental decisions made by the Navajo Nation.  NTEC can now continue with its business of providing the Navajo Nation with the economic resources it requires to move the Nation forward and develop alternative energy sources into the future, said Steve Gundersen, chairman of NTECs Management Committee.

The Court determined that NTEC is an arm of the Navajo Nation, for purposes of sovereign immunity and cannot be joined in the lawsuit therefore the present case cannot continue without Intervenor-Defendant NTEC.

The post U.S. District Court Dismisses Environmentalist Lawsuit wit...


Secretary Zinke Names John Tahsuda III the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Native News Online

John Tahsuda III

Published September 15, 2017

WASHINGTON  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that he has named John Tahsuda III, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, as DOIs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs (PDAS). The appointment was effective September 3, 2017. The PDAS serves as the first assistant and principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs in the development and interpretation of policies affecting Indian Affairs bureaus, offices and programs.

I want to welcome John Tahsuda to my Indian Affairs leadership team, said Secretary Zinke. John possesses extensive experience in federal Indian law and tribal government, and deeply understands and respects our government-to-government relationship with tribes. Hell be a strong leader for the Indian Affairs organization.

I appreciate Secretary Zinke for giving me this tremendous opportunity to bring greater prosperity to tribes and their communities, Tahsuda said. Im looking forward to working with tribal leaders on finding ways to make Indian Affairs programs more responsive to their needs.

Tahsuda joined the Department from Washington, D.C.-based Navigators Global, LLC, where he was a principal. Navigators Global is a company that specializes in and offers a wide range of political services to multiple industry sectors, including financial services, insurance, energy, health care, defense, emergency management, American Indian tribal affairs, and high tech/telecommunications.

He led the companys tribal affairs practice providing clients with advocacy and counsel services on a range of tribal affairs policy issues at state and federal levels, including gaming, tax incentives, tobacco sales, land-into-trust issues, health care, economic development, energy policy, federal recognition, and self-governance.

Before joining Navigators Global, Tahsuda had served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs since 2002, first as senior counsel and later as staff director, where he directed policy and legislative efforts relating to Indian tribes. He also was directly responsible for federal policy and legislation affecting gaming, federal recognition, self-governance, and...


Wisconsin Standout Basketball Player Bronson Koenig to be Honored as Courageous Advocate Native News Online

Koenig spends off time providing motivational speeches to Native youth, as he did in Bismarck, North Dakota on Sept. 7.

Published September 15, 2017

MADISON, WISCONSIN Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk), who was a standout basketball player at the University of Wisconsin and now a Milwaukee Buck, will by honored by Kids Forward with a Giraffe Award at Step Forward for Kids. He will be honored along with Doug Nelson, former president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and VAHSAid, a student driven-organization working to eliminate poverty in Dane County and Wisconsin.

Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig

iraffe Awards are given to individuals or organizations who have courageously advocated and worked to build a better future for Wisconsins children and families notably for children and families of color and those furthest from opportunity. In essence, they have stuck their neck out for children and families.

The awards will be presented at the organizations annual fundraising event, Step Forward for Kids: An Evening Celebrating Children and Families on September 28, 2017 at the Madison Childrens Museum. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at Additional information about each recipient follows.

Koenig has wowed fans on-and-off the basketball court. During his time as a Wisconsin Badger, Koenig helped lead the team to two Final Four appearances and two Big Ten Conference Championships. Equally impressive is Koenigs advocacy and commitment to helping improve the well-being of the Native American community. He has embraced being a role model for Native youth and has traveled throughout the country meeting and speaking with youth a...


Enbridge pipeline protesters lock down site in Wisconsin Warrior Publications

SUPERIOR, Wis. Five people were arrested during protests Thursday, Sept. 14, after blocking entrances at an Enbridge pipeline contractor in Superior.

It was the sixth lockdown protest in roughly three weeks by people identifying themselves as water protectors, and the first one inside the city limits.

The protesters against the Line 3 project locked themselves to their vehicles and attempted to block two gates outside the entrances to the Michels Corp. facility on Stinson Avenue. Authorities arrived en masse and, after hours of negotiation, ended up cutting throu...


Beyond Borders, Beyond DACA: A Forum on the Response to the Threat of Mass Deportation Native News Online

Published September 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES On Friday, September 15th, the highly respected east side community school, Anahuacalmecac will hostBeyond DACA, a community wide forum offering tools, resources, and healing to survive and thrive while pushing back against the countrys relentless anti-immigrant policy agenda.

Participants will have the opportunity to unpack assumptions and rethink the debate to act as an empowered community that differentiates fact from fiction. Beyond DACA aims to strengthen the school communitys capacity, confidence and ability to mobilize collective action in defense of the rights of indigenous people and immigrant communities.
This is the first of several opportunities presented by Semillas del Pueblo to promote parent leadership development through transformative education focused on mobilizing in defense of immigrant communities and indigenous peoples rights.
The panel of presenters brings combined expertise and leadership inlegal, policy, and grassroots organizing to dispel myths and misinformation about DACA. Guest panelists include the following:
1. National Legal Strategy: Irene Rivera, Education Justice Advocate. ACLU Southern California
2. Educational Leadership: Marcos Aguilar Executive Director, Semillas Sociedad Civil
3. Local Community Action & Resources: Mario Fuentes, Lead Organizer, LA Voice
4. Healing, Wellness & Caring: Angelica Herrera-Ramirez, School Psychologist, Anahuacalmecac
Friday, September 15, 20173:30 4:30pm
Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America
4736 Huntington Drive, S., Los Angeles, CA 90032
Participants include parents of Anahuacalmecac schoolS and members of the community at-large.
Saber es Poder. Knowledge is Power. Beyond DACA prepares students, and their parents to assume a leadership role as advocates armed with transformative knowledge, analysis, and collective power.

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Visits Radio Jolom Konob Cultural Survival

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Visits Radio Jolom Konob

Aug 14, 2017
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On August 2, 2017, one of Cultural Survivals partner radio stations, Radio Jolom Konob of Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, hosted the visit of Jesus Orozco, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, both from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. The Rapporteurs came to listen to the situation of Indigenous Peoples rights violations in the region.

Lorenzo Lopez, director of Radio Jolom Konob, expressed...


Chilean Communist Party Parliament Member Proposes Law to Remove Pinochet Monuments | News | teleSUR English Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Chilean Communist Party Parliament Member Proposes Law to Remove Pinochet Monuments | News | teleSUR English: The law would arrange for the removal of those monuments that exalt the figure of people who were part of the military dictatorship, and where appropriate, rename those spaces located in national assets that currently pay homage to said people.

Today there are still public spaces, including spaces belonging to the state... that bear the names of military dictatorship members, accomplices in the dictatorship, Cariola said according to the Chilean paper La Nacion

A military government led by Augusto Pinochet assumed power in Chile in 1973 following the U.S.-backed coup against the democratic socialist President Salvador Allende on September 11th. Cariola said that the coup was one of the most painful and difficult moments in the history of our country.

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