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Thursday, 14 December

19:00

After Culture Jamming the Washington Football Team, Native Advocates Explain Their Reasons Behind Wednesdays Online Action, Tell Dan  Snyder to Change the Name Already Native News Online

Published December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON  After decades of team owner Dan Snyder refusing to change the name of the Washington football team, Native advocates took to the internet to do it for him. On Wednesday, social media exploded with an updated logo and mascot for DCs football team: The WASHINGTON REDHAWKS. The activists behind the online action, Rising Hearts, are hosting an in-person press conference in DC this Thursday December 14th at 2PM at the George Preston Marshall Monument in front of RFK Stadium. Supporters can join also join a rally at FedEx Field this Sunday.

In the first three hours of the #GoRedhawks campaign, social media exploded the with the hoax, with The Washington Times and USA Today calling it out. Native leader Peggy Flannagan shared on twitter, Yall the Washington Football team has not changed their name Keep that brief moment of joy you had upon reading the news to keep fighting against their racist mascot.

We created this action to show the NFL and the Washington Football franchise how easy, popular and powerful changingthe name could be, says Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee Nation), one of the organizers of the stunt. What were asking for changes only four letters. Just four letters! Certainly the harm that the mascot does to Native Americans outweighs the very, very minor changes the franchise would need to make.

Since 1970, Native Peoples and our allies have eliminated over two-thirds of these racial identifiers in American sports, says renowned Native advocate Suzan Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee). We collectively have eliminated over 2,000 of these so-called Native names, logos, symbols, images, mascots and behaviors from the U.S. sport landscape. We cant rest until all of them are consigned to museums and history books, where they belong.

We acknowledge the generations of Native people and communities who have come before us in fighting this mascot, states Sebastian Medina-Tayac (Piscataway), whose ancestral lands the stadium currently stands on. We hope this brief moment inspires our country to imagine a world without racist mascots.

We are sorry for the disappointment and confusion many will feel learning that Snyder has not changed the name yet. The purpose of this action is to show that the need for a new mascot is real and immediate....

18:44

Funeral Services Held for Navajo Code Talker George B. Willie Native News Online

Code Talker George B. Willie

Published December 14, 2017

LEUPP, ARIZONA  A funeral service was held for Navajo Code Talker George B. Willie on Dec. 13 at the Presbyterian Church in Leupp, Ariz. After the service, Mr. Willie was escorted by the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders to be buried at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Park at Camp Navajo in Bellemont, Ariz.

The Navajo Nation is grateful for George B. Willie and for his family, Vice President Jonathan Nez said. With the dawn of the coming year, the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of 1868 is fast approaching. Our Code Talkers honored that agreement to help protect the United States and we continue to carry on their legacy to this day.

The Navajo language was used during World War II to help military forces communicate with one another without intelligence being captured by enemy forces. While the Axis powers had skilled cryptanalysts, the Navajo Code was never broken.

Vice President Nez said the history of language is part of the reason for why it must be passed down to our younger generations.

Mr. Willie served from 1943 to 1946 and was part of the 2nd Marine Division. Following the war, he and the other code talkers were sworn to secrecy in case the Navajo language would ever be needed again.

Due to the classified status of the Navajo Code Talkers, Mr. Willie did not discuss his for years. According to his daughter, Annabelle Smallcanyon, he eventually opened up about being a Code Talker but remained a bit guarded about what he told.

He kept to himself but after going

The post Funeral Services Held for Navajo Code Talker George B. Willie appeared first on Native News Online.

16:04

Navajo Technical Universitys Fall Commencement Features New Milestones Native News Online

Published December 14, 2017

CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO  On Friday, December 8, 2017, Navajo Technical University held its 38th fall commencement ceremony at its main campus to award 162 certificates, associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees. Both the institution and its students reached significant milestones for the 2017 academic year, highlighted by the conferring of the first certificates in Navajo Tribal Court Transcription and a special recognition of four graduates of the Early Childhood Multicultural Education program who earned their state teaching certification.

Former Navajo Nation Chief Justice Allen Sloan was the commencement speaker and expressed his best wishes to the students in a speech entirely in the Navajo Language. He told the students of how there were many sacrifices made in the past and that we must continue to move forward into the future with the best intentions for the Navajo people.

As you sat at the light studying, there may have been many times you felt like giving up, but you didnt. Life learning does not end, it continues. It becomes your medicine bundle, said Sloan, who announced his retirement as Chief Justice earlier this year. Stand before us because we as leaders seek those who are educated to take over our positions.

16:03

Notah Begay III Foundation Releases State Health Report on Social Determinants of Health Native News Online

Published December 14, 2017

Report is titled: What Shapes the Health of Native American Children in New Mexico?
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, NEW MEXICO  The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation released a report that focuses on the range of factors that affect health of New Mexicos Native American children and families. The report,What Shapes the Health of Native American Children in New Mexico?, looks at the social determinants of health that contribute to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The purpose of this report is to take a deep dive review of the health factors that affect Native childrens health and wellbeing specific to communities in New Mexico, said NB3 Foundation Presi...

16:02

Navajo Nation Suing Wells Fargo for Predatory Lending Practices against Its Citizens Native News Online

Photo courtesy of Navajo Times

Published December 14, 2017

WINDOW ROCK The Navajo Nation is filing a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank for engaging in predatory and unlawful practices that targeted and harmed the Navajo people. The Nation has directed its counsel, Hueston Hennigan, to seek restitution, damages and civil penalties based on Wells Fargos violations of federal, state, and tribal law.

Wells Fargos exploitation of its customers has been well documented, said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. But even so, Wells Fargos actions toward the Navajo people have been of a uniquely outrageous nature.

Attorney General Ethel Branch said, Wells Fargo must be held accountable for its unfair and unlawful practices directed toward the Navajo people. Among their other despicable acts, the bank specifically targeted our most vulnerable population our elders.

As the Navajo Nations complaint alleges, Wells Fargo employees at branches on the Navajo Nation routinely misled customers into opening unnecessary accounts and obtained debit and credit cards without customers consent. Among the populations targeted by Wells Fargo, Navajo elders were purposely confused and deceived into purchasing products to help employees meet banking quotas. Wells Fargo went so far as to attend local Navajo community events, like flea markets and basketball games, in an attempt to sign Navajo people up for unnecessary accounts en masseall to meet Wells Fargos sales targets. These practices were particularly harmful because Wells Fargo has such a strong presence on the Navajo Nation.

Wells Fargo deceived the Navajo people and lied to the Navajo government causing substantial suffering to those who trusted the bank, and subverting the governments ability to represent the legitimate interests of the Tribe, said attorney John Hueston.

The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Distric...

16:00

AIANTA Announces International Tourism Training Program: Go International Native News Online

The AIANTA delegation meets with a Chinese buyer during IPW 2015

Published December 14, 2017

Two-Day Course in Albuquerque to Feature Material for All Sectors of Tourism Industry

ALBUQUERQUE  The nations leader in American Indian tourism, AIANTA, is bringing the second annual two-day international tourism training program, Go International, back to Albuquerque, New Mexico January 22-23, 2018.

As a part of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Associations (AIANTAs) established international outreach program, Go International is designed to introduce the international tourism market to tribes and businesses looking to create an intentional marketing approach for their tourism program or product.

The national tourism organization encourages businesses and individuals in all sectors of the tourism industry to attend the training program, which will include curriculum relevant to those with new programs or with established products and tours. This years training will include hands-on workshops and speakers from local, state and national level tourism organizations.

Go International will provide tailored, focused training on the international tourism market by experts in the field and will focus on topics including:

         International Tourism Market Overview from the National Travel and Tourism Office

         Review of AIANTAs International Program and Opportunities

         How to Tradeshow: Overview of Major Shows Formats

         New Media & Marketing

         Featured Tours and Marketing Opportunities on NativeAmerica.travel

         Legal Seminar: How to Prepare to Work Internationally

         Developing Your Tourism Product/Itinerary Building

         Hands-On Itinerary Building Workshop

         Working with Tourism Trade Partners: Local, State and National

...

15:04

Gender violence in Guatemala: 'A woman's struggle is everyone's struggle' | Al Jazeera English Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Gender violence in Guatemala: 'A woman's struggle is everyone's struggle' | Al Jazeera English: n addition to the physical, psychological and economic violence experienced by many Guatemalan women, indigenous women also face significantly higher rates of poverty, illiteracy and racial discrimination. Between 50 and 90 percent of indigenous women in rural areas cannot read or write and one in three have no access to healthcare or family planning services.

History has played a significant role.

Repressed for centuries following the Spanish conquest, indigenous people accounted for more than 80 percent of the 200,000 people killed during the Guatemalan Civil War. Between 1960 and 1996 more than 100,000 women were victims of mass rape with many indigenous women forced into sexual slavery by the military.

The legacy of that violence lives on. Successive governments have done little to deliver justice or economic power to these women, and impunity has helped to normalise sexual violence. According to UN Women, the rate of impunity for femicide remains at around 98 percent.

Wednesday, 13 December

22:41

Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Julian Lennon and Sir Mark Rylance join boycott of Indias tiger reserves News from Survival International

This Jenu Keruba man was shot by forest guards. Tribes like the Jenu Keruba face routine harassment, and illegal eviction from their ancestral home.
Survival

A host of famous faces have joined Survival Internationals call for a global boycott of Indias tiger reserves, in protest at the ban on the recognition of tribal peoples rights in the reserves.

They include actor and activist Gillian Anderson OBE, actor Dominic West, Oscar-winner Sir Mark Rylance, and musician and photographer Julian Lennon. Celebrated Indian author and environmentalist Amitav Ghosh also expressed his support for tribal forest rights.

Indias Forest Rights Act guarantees tribal peoples the right to live on and protect their ancestral land. But the countrys National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has issued an illegal order to ban the recognition of forest rights in tiger reserves across the country.

After petitioning the Indian government on this urgent issue and receiving no reply, Survival is calling for a global tourist boycott of tiger reserves until the order is withdrawn.

Actor, activist and Survival ambassador Gillian Anderson OBE has joined the boycott of Indias tiger reserves.
Gage Skidmore/ Wikimedia

Many tribal peoples face illegal eviction from their land, despite the fact that there is very little evidence connecting their largely sustainable ways of life to the decline in tiger numbers. Forest authorities routinely harass and coerce tribal people into agreeing to leave their forest homes, and do not inform them they ha...

17:14

American Indians Farm Coalition to Host Webinar to Promote American Indian Food Sovereignty Native News Online

Native youth learing about American Indian food sovereignty at meeting on Monday in Las Vegas. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert.

Published December 13, 2017

LAS VEGAS Attendees of the Intertribal Agriculture Councils 2017 Membership Meeting held at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas were asked to support the organizations efforts to promote the interests of American Indian food producers.

Revised and enacted every five years by the U.S. Congress, the Farm Bill addresses policy and funding for everything from nutrition programs and food production to natural resource conservation, forestry, and rural development.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) seeks to educate Congress as to why it is important for American Indians to improve food access, nutrition, and tribal food sovereignty.

Recently, IAC joined forces with Seeds of Native Health, National Congress of American Indians, University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food & Agriculture Institute and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, to form the Native Farm Bill Coalition to advocate for American Indian interests in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition encourage all tribes, Native organizations, and non-Native allied groups which support the dietary health, agricultural, conservation, food sovereignty, and economic development interests of Americans to join.

See more at; www.NativeFarmBillCoalition.org

Interested parties are encouraged to participate in the Native Farm Bill Coalition webinar set for next Monday, December 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. EST.

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16:46

Lamenting the Lost Hope of Advent Native News Online


Commentary

Published December 13, 2017

Advent is the season of hope, the season of waiting for the coming of Christ. As Christians we believe that our hope is found in Christ, and that the church, the body of Christ, is Gods chosen instrument of revelation.

But how do you offer hope when the Church itself is the oppressor?  When the Church has committed countless violations in the name of Jesus?

About 18 months ago I had the honor of visiting an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) elder and dear friend. He was a Vietnam Veteran, an accomplished writer, and a boarding school survivor. Boarding schools were a forced assimilation tactic employed by the US Government and American Churches in their ongoing efforts to kill the Indian to save the man. My friend had been diagnosed with cancer and had only a few months to live. He and his wife decided that his limited days would be spent cherishing every moment and relationship. After a long journey, I arrived at his house to spend a few hours with him. In his weakened state he did not have the energy for prolonged visits, and most of our time was spent sitting on his porch, with me listening to his stories.

Mark Charles

Over our years of friendship, I heard a trickle of his stories, but that afternoon the dam broke, and his stories came flooding out. And they were gut wrenching. Stories about how he converted to Christianity in the boarding school, not because he liked Jesus but because he learned that students who said, the prayer were given bigger portions at dinner. Stories about how the school used cigarettes to manipulate the behavior of the young native students. Stories about the suicide attempts of family members, the strict punishments by the boarding school administrators, and, worst of all, the sex education he received, in the form of statutory rape, from one of his teachers at this church-run boarding school....

16:02

Navajo Nation Gets Amber Alert Native News Online

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is joined by NDEM Director Harland Cleveland, Vice President Jonathan Nez, Chief of Police Phillip Francisco and DPS Director Jesse Delmar.

Published December 13, 2017

WINDOW ROCK   On Tuesday, Navajo Nation Russell Begaye signed a contract to purchase a mass notification software to implement an emergency alert system for road closures, weather notifications, hazardous waste spills, wildland fires and AMBER Alerts.

We always pray that we will never have another abduction, but we need this in place so that the whole Nation can be alert and help make sure that a child is recovered safely and quickly, President Russell Begaye said. I appreciate the work of everyone that made this possible. This is will make life safer here on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation had previously negotiated the use of New Mexico, Arizona and Utahs AMBER Alert system. However, the extra steps to run through all three states delayed notifications.

We appreciate the assistance the Navajo Nation received to issue alerts, but with this purchase, the Navajo Nation will have the ability to issue our own notifications immediately, Vice President Jonathan Nez said. We are proud to be the first tribe to have our own alert system now in place for the safety of our people.

Once installed, the emergency alert system will officially be under the Navajo Division of Public Safety (NDPS) and managed by the Navajo Department of Emergency Management (NDEM). NDEM expects to have the software deployed for use by the end of the year.

Were very interested in improving the efficiency of services to the Navajo people, Jesse Delmar, director of DPS said. Were glad to be a part of this and what were so proud of is never before has an independent tribe had this system to themselves.

With the mass notification software, the department is able to issue alerts for a variety of emergencies not only for AMBER Alerts, which was the only emergency alert situation covered in the agreement between the tribe and states.

In May 2016, President Russell Begaye gave the directive for the Navajo Nation to secure an AMBER Alert system. Before the end of the year, the Nava...

16:02

Book Charts Unlikely Friendship Between Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull Native News Online

Published December 13, 2017

In Blood Brothers, UC Riversides Deanne Stillman explores the complicated relationship between two icons of American mythology

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA One was a revered horseman who rode for the Pony Express and served in the Civil War; the other, a Lakota Sioux chief and holy man whose role in the Battle of the Little Bighorn made him an American legend.

The unlikely alliance that developed between two icons of Western mythology, Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull, is at the heart of a new work of narrative nonfiction by the University of California, Riversides Deanne Stillman.

Stillman, a member of the core faculty at UCRs Palm Desert Low-Residency M.F.A. program, spent eight years crisscrossing the Great Plains to conduct the research and develop the manuscript that would eventually become...

16:01

Cherokee Nation Citizen Joins Tulsas Resilient Advisors on Racial Equity Native News Online

Deborah Fritts

Published December 13, 2017

TULSA, OKLAHOMA Deborah Fritts, a Cherokee Nation Businesses employee, recently joined Tulsas Resilient Advisors on Racial Equity.

Tulsa became part of the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities program in 2015. As part of the program, the advisory committee works to develop a strategy addressing the physical, social and economic challenges facing Tulsa.

I am incredibly honored and humbled to be asked to serve in this capacity, said Fritts. The spirit of Tulsa is built on resiliency, and it is a trait shared by the Cherokee people. However, there is always more work to be done, and we must all do our part to stay engaged in our communities and informed on the issues impacting our fellow residents. Im thankful for the opportunity to serve on this committee and look forward to the positive impact we can have on our city.

Fritts has worked at CNB for 13 years and currently manages the Cherokee Art Market. The annual event is one of the largest Native American art shows in the state and one of the finest Native American art markets in the country.

To learn more about Tulsas Resilience Challenge, please visit www.CityofTulsa.org. Additional information about the 100 Resilient Cities program is available at...

15:54

Reaction: World Bank Steals Show at One Planet Summit by Phasing Out Upstream Oil and Gas Finance Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Alex Doukas, December 12, 2017 Reaction: World Bank to End Finance for Upstream Oil & GasOil Change International FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2017 CONTACT: Alex Doukas, alex [at] priceofoil.org, +1 202 817 0357 David Turnbull, david [at] priceofoil.org, +1 202 316 3499 At One Planet Summit, the World Bank steals the show by phasing out upstream oil and gas finance Oil Change International statement PARIS, FRANCE At the One Planet Summit in Paris, France, the World Bank announced, among other positive steps, that they will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019. In response to the announcement, Oil Change International released the following statements: Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International, said, It is hard to overstate the significance of this historic announcement by the World Bank. Environmental, human rights, and development campaigners have been amplifying the voices of frontline communities for decades in calling for an end to World Bank financing of upstream oil and gas projects. Today the World Bank has raised the bar for climate leadership by recognizing the simple yet inconvenient truth that achieving the Paris Agreements climate goals requires an end to the expansion of the fossil fuel industry. We congratulate the World Bank, and we look forward to working with them and other partners towards a managed decline of fossil fuel production, and a just, equitable transition to a global clean energy economy. It is time for all of the institutions, countries, investors and individuals who are still in the Paris Agreement to stop funding fossils once and for all. Alex Doukas, Stop Funding Fossils Program Director at Oil Change International, said, This commitment from the World Bank demonstrates true climate leadership. This sends a clear signal to the world that the fossil fuel era is ending, and that government money can no longer be used to prop up oil, gas, and coal production. Given what we know about the climate crisis, ending fossil fuel finance is simply the rational and moral thing to do. Other finance institutions must now follow the World Banks lead and move to stop funding fossils. It is important to note that midstream and downstream oil and gas finance are also major contributors to climate change, and must be addressed to remain within the climate limits established by the Paris Agreement. Notes: Despite their climate commitments, many governments and institutions in attendance continue to finance fossil fuels. Public finance institutions controlled by G20 governments, along with multilateral development banks, provided $71.8 billion per year on average in public finance for fossil fuels, and only $18.7 billion on average for clean energy between 2013-2015. The World Bank Group...

15:52

UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians // J. B. Gerald Aboriginal News Group Newswire

http://www.nightslantern.ca/ga7dec2017.htm UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians by J. B. Gerald On December 6 the U.S. President declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and announced the U.S. intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. It's also widely known that Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem isn't recognized by the international community or international law. The U.S. ally Great Britain announced it will maintain its embassy in Tel Aviv. Canada's prime minister announced Canada is keeping its embassy in Tel Aviv, however in its UN General Assembly votes December 7th Canada's maintained an obtuseness to Palestinian suffering, siding with with the U.S. and Israel. Since the United Nations Security Council has mandated that no unilateral changes can be made to the status of Jerusalem, the Security Council responded to the U.S. declaration by calling an emergency session December 8th. The U.S. and Israel's position was not favoured; other countries consider the declaration makes a peace process between Israel and Palestine impossible. All this is not suppressed news though it can be interpreted as prolonging a genocide warning for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. What is unreported by NATO media is that following President Trump's announcement the UN's General Assembly on December 7th passed nine draft resolutions assuring some protection to the lives and rights of Palestinians, and with such large majorities in favour of Palestine that the world's nations have indicated an overwhelming opposition to the U.S. president's decision. The UN General Assembly may be the closest humankind is able to offer as the voice of humanity. Attempting to be more specific I'll try to order a very confusing press release from "UN Meeting Coverage and Press Releases," where on December 7th among the 38 resolutions and two decisions made by the General Assembly concerning decolonization, these dealt directly with Israel-Palestine. 1. Assistance to Palestine refugees, was adopted, 162 for and 1 (Israel) against, with 12 abstaining. This resolution expresses extreme concern for Palestinian refugees under occupation and the urgent need for reconstruction of Gaza. 2. Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, was adopted, 158 in favour, 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States) with 10 abstentions. This draft resolution reaffirms the right of displaced persons to go back to their homes and former residences. 3. Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, was adopted, 162 for to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States) and 7 abstentions. The resolution's focus on funding was accompanied...

14:58

Democrat Doug Jones Wins Senate Seat; Defeats Accused Pedophile and Man who Longs for Slavery Native News Online

Senator-elect Doug Jones (D Alabama)

Breaking News

Published December 12, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA In a Senate race plagued by a weak GOP candidate, Democrat Doug Jones was elected the next U.S. senator from Alabama. Senator-elect defeated Roy Moore, who face sexual abuse allegations that involved him allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl decades ago.

Last week, in a September 2017 Los Angeles Times article  Moore refers to American Indians and Asian Americans as reds and yellows. In the same article, Moore said the felt the last time America was great was during slavery.

The victory is a stunning victory for Democrats because Alabama has voted Republican for its Senate seats for the past two decades. Exit polls showed Trump has lost his hold on his base in the state.

The special election was needed because U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions resigned his senate seat to become the attorney general.

Senator-elect Jones will be sworn in during the first week of January 2018.

 

 

The post Democrat Doug Jones Wins Senate Seat; Defeats Accused Pedophile and Man who Longs for Slavery appeared first on Native News Online.

08:21

An Activist Stands Accused of Firing a Gun at Standing Rock. It Belonged to Her Lover an FBI Informant. Warrior Publications

DAPL red fawn bwby Will Parrish, The Intercept, December 11, 2017

As law enforcement officers advanced in a U-shaped sweep line down North Dakota Highway 1806 last October, pushing back Dakota Access opponents from a camp in the pipelines path, two sheriffs deputies broke formation to tackle a 37-year-old Oglala Sioux woman named Red Fawn Fallis. As Fallis struggled under the weight of her arresting officers, who were attempting to put her in handcuffs, three gunshots allegedly went off alongside her. According to the arrest affidavit, deputies lunged toward her left hand and wrested a gun away from her.

Well before that moment, Fallis had been caught in a sprawling intelligence operation that sought to disrupt and discredit opponents of the pipeline. The Intercept has learned that the legal owner of the gun Fallis is alleged to have fired was a paid FBI informant named Heath Harmon, a 46-year-old member of the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota. For at least two months, Harmon took part in the daily life of DAPL resistance camps and gained access to movement participants, even becoming Falliss romantic partner several weeks prior to the alleged shooting on October 27, 2016.

In an interview with agents from the Bureau of Alcoh...

08:06

A reconciliation fail: B.C. First Nations promise court action over NDPs approval of Site C Warrior Publications

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There are thousands of people that are bitterly disappointed, says leader of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Dec 12, 2017

Moments after B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his government would allow construction of the Site C dam to move forward, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations promised to go to court to stop the project, while others criticized the NDP for breaking campaign promises to respect the rights of Indigenous people.

This sets the tone for the next four years with this government, said West Moberly Chief Roland Willson.

Willson and Prophet River First Nation chief Lynette Tzakoza said their legal counsel would be filing a court injunction to stop construction of Site C, on the grounds that it violates the 1899 Treaty No. 8 agreement.

A similar...

08:01

At Six Nations deer hunt, aboriginal rights become a target Warrior Publications

Six Nations hunt hunter

Chester Gibson, of the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority, and co-leader of the Six Nations of the Grand River hunt in Short Hills Provincial Park, speaks to visitors on Dec. 5. PHOTOS BY Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

by Dakshana Bascaramurty, Globe and Mail, Dec 11, 2017

For much of Chester Gibsons adult life, deer hunting outside the boundaries of the Six Nations Reserve was carried out stealthily. Hed be in a car going 30 kilometres per hour and dive out of the passenger seat clutching his crossbow, roll in a ditch and then disappear into the woods. When Mr. Gibson, who is Mohawk, was ready to be picked up, hed plant a stick at the side of the road to alert his driver. Then hed lug the deer carcass into the back of the truck as quickly as possible, jump in and take off. If caught, he could be prosecuted.

But this fall, when Mr. Gibson, 51, arrived in...

05:58

Intertribal Agriculture Council 2017 Membership Meeting underway in Las Vegas Native News Online

Opening ceremony of the Intertribal Agriculture Council 2017 Membership Meeting. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert.

Published December 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS Over 55 percent of the food eaten globally originated on Turtle Island or the American continents. Today, American Indians and Alaska Natives still are doing their part to feed the world. Some 600 of Native food producers from across Indian Country kicked off the Intertribal Agriculture Council 2017 Membership Meeting at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. They Intertribal Agriculture Councils conference will be in session through Thursday.

600 Native food producers from Indian Country are in attendance.

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