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Friday, 23 February


Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18 | Amnesty International Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18 | Amnesty International: Over the past year, leaders have pushed hate, fought against rights, ignored crimes against humanity, and blithely let inequality and suffering spin out of control. This provoked mass protests, showing that while our challenges may never be greater, the will to fight back is just as strong.

Amnesty Internationals report, The State of the Worlds Human Rights 2017/18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

While the findings remain shocking, it is the events such as those highlighted in the report that galvanised people across the world to stand up in the face of adversity and make their voices heard.


International pressure on Israeli settlements renews push for US anti-boycott laws Aboriginal News Group Newswire

International pressure on Israeli settlements renews push for US anti-boycott laws: The Israel Anti-Boycott Act specifically targets UN Human Rights Council efforts to obtain information on US companies operating in the West Bank by amending the Export Administration Act to prevent any United States person from supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by any international governmental organization against Israel or request to impose any boycott by any international governmental organization against Israel. The UN actions have come in part because Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law.

The Export Administration Act, originally passed in response to the Arab League boycott of Israel, bars US companies from complying with internationally organized boycotts against countries friendly to the United States.

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Thursday, 22 February


Oklahoma City Elects David Holt (Osage Nation) Mayor; Will Become OKCs First American Indian Mayor Native News Online

David Holt will become mayor of Oklahoma City on April 10.

Published February 22, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY David Holt, 38, a tribal citizen of the Osage Nation, will be sworn in as the mayor of Oklahoma City on April 10, 2018. Holt won 78.18 percent of the vote on February 13 in a three-person primary election. Since he garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the primary election, Holt was declared the victor.

Holt will be the first American Indian to lead Oklahoma City, Oklahomas largest city.

Currently, Holt serves in the Oklahoma state senate and resign his senate seat prior to be sworn in as mayor. A married father of two , Holt is an attorney.

This is one of the most divisive times in American politics, but not here in Oklahoma City. Weve had remarkable unity and I think this campaign has taken it to another level, and I hope that that is preserved in the next four years or however long my service may last, Holt said during his victory speech.







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Trump Administration Pulls Robert Weaver Nomination to Head Indian Health Service Native News Online

Robert Weaver

Published February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON News broke on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Robert Weaver, 39, a tribal citizen of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, is no longer the Trump Administrations nominee to serve as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS).

While in Reno, Nevada, IHS current acting director Michael Weahkee told a group of tribal leaders attending an IHS advisory panel Weaver had withdrawn his name from consideration.

Mr. Weaver is no longer the Administrations nominee for director of the Indian Health Service, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services said late Wednesday afternoon responded when asked by the media about Weahkees statement.

The position of IHS director needs confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Weaver was nominated by Donald Trump last October to head the agency. No hearings were ever set to act on Weavers nomination.
Now the Trump administration must honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and nominateand fully veta director with the strongest possible combination of leadership and fiduciary skills as well as experience running a large public health system, stated Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
IHS has been without a director since 2015. The agency serves two million American Indians and Alaska Natives.


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Shakopee Tribe Donates More Than $4 Million to Tribes and Charitable Causes Across the Country Native News Online

Published February 22, 2018

PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA  The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today more than $4 million in donations to a local charitable organization and 16 tribes across the country.

The donations will support a variety of projects, including tribal housing repairs, a health clinic expansion, new emergency service equipment, and an early childhood education facility. Specific recipients include:

  • American Red Cross Twin Cities (MN) $75,000 matching grant for an emergency response vehicle
  • Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa (WI) $250,000 grant for its Head Start program facility, as well as an additional $250,000 pledged for the next fiscal year
  • Blackfeet Nation (MT) $200,000 for its Starlink Broadband project
  • Coquille Indian Tribe (OR) $50,000 grant for its health clinic expansion
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (OK) $50,000 grant for tribal scholarships to N2N University
  • Eastern Shoshone Tribe (WY) $400,000 grant for a banquet kitchen, sign, and training for casino employees
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (SD) $100,000 for servers and phone system upgrades
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe (WA) $250,000 matching grant to help purchase dental equipment
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe (WY) $200,000 grant for NATI Broadband services, pending a resolution
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe (SD) $30,000 grant to fund vehicles for its Child Protection Services program
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (WI) $500,000 grant for marina dock repairs and casino upgrades
  • Santee Sioux Nation (NE) $500,000 grant for several community projects, including its Buffalo program, youth development, and renovations to Pow Wow grounds
  • Spirit Lake Nation (ND) $240,000 grant to fund community infrastructure improvements
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND) $250,000 grant to benefit the Kay Murphy Cancer Fund, tribal housing repairs, and casino operations consulting
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (ND) $250,000 for fire equipment, wood stoves, handicap ramps, and ambulance and dialysis expansion
  • Upper Sioux Communit...


#Gaza women's TV channel blocked by Hamas - BBC News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Gaza women's TV channel blocked by Hamas - BBC News: Civil liberties groups have long criticised Hamas for what they say is a poor record on women's rights in Gaza.

The Palestinian independent Maan news agency said Hamas had on Sunday banned a launch party for the channel, after which it was meant to begin broadcasting.

The Hamas-run Ministry of Information said Taif TV did not have legal permission, despite being repeatedly informed of the need for relevant licences.

"The management of the channel was asked to settle their legal status, to obtain licences to start work and were notified of another licensed media organisation of the same name," the ministry said.


Anirban Bhattacharya // Bhanubhai's Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning Issue - The Wire Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Bhanubhai's Charred Body Is Proof That Casteism Remains a Burning Issue - The Wire: He fought against the borders that casteism draws in the heart of our society in every village and every neighbourhood. Borders that segregate, that humiliate, that discriminate, that deny or determine access to land or resources. After committing an entire life to the struggle against such borders, he also dedicated his death to the same.

Bhanubhai, a retired revenue clerk and a member of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, was fighting for the rights of a landless Dalit farm labourer an old woman named Hemaben Vankar, living in Dudkha village in Sami tehsil in Patan district. For years he had been helping the Dalit villagers of Dudhka with the documentation process. He even visited the state capital regularly to press their legitimate demands.


Suicide Rates High Among Young American Indians | Time Aboriginal News Group Newswire

By Alexandra Sifferlin September 30, 2015 // Suicide Rates High Among Young American Indians | Time: The significant rate of suicide by American Indian and Alaska Native youth is a major concern for tribal leaders, families, and youth themselves, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) said in a comment sent to TIME. Leaders have initiated efforts centered around resilience, trauma-informed care, healing, and the reduction of systemic violence to provide supports to Native youth and peoples. Leaders are also working on a Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda that would have a national overarching approach to address suicide and other behavioral health issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, key national behavioral health priorities, and actions for consideration by stakeholders that leverage existing resources at all levels.


Drink More Water, Less Sugary Drinks is the Message at NB3 Foundations Healthy Beverage Summit Native News Online

Published February 21, 2018

Keynote speaker Dr. Marion Nestle talks about tackling big soda
ALBUQUERQUE  Today nearly 150 community members, educators, nutritionists, elders and youth gathered for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundations second annual Healthy Beverage Summit. Dialogue centered on making healthier choices by drinking more water and less sugary-sweetened beverages specifically for Native youth and tribal communities across the country.
The Healthy Beverage Summit is an empowering and inspiring event. Its a place where health and wellness advocates come together to share ideas, stories and tips on how to promote healthy drinking alternatives for Native youth, said NB3 Foundation President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann. We are also honored and fortunate to have Dr. Marion Nestle as this years keynote speaker. Her advocacy against soda giants and healthier foods and drinks in schools is certainly an inspiration for tribal communities.
Author of several books that explore issues like the effects of food production on dietary intake, food safety and access to food and nutrition, Dr. Nestles keynote speech addressed the health problems of Native Americans related to diet and why advocacy to prevent them can be so effective.


Office of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission Will Be Closed on February 27 to March 2, 2018 Native News Online

Published February 21, 2018

ST. MICHAELS, NAVAJO NATION Office of Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (Commission) will be closed from 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to 5:00 PM on March 2, 2018.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Commission, in partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will be hosting a Hate Crimes Training at the Flagstaff Police Department. The training is for police officers, investigators, prosecutors and attorneys. The Commission staff will be attending the training sessions.

On Friday, March 2, 2018, the Commission will be hold its regular meeting at Leupp Chapter at 10:00 AM. Regular meeting are open to the public.

The Commission will resume normal operating hours on Monday, March 5, 2018. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission at 928-871-7436.

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Tano: Extinct Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals Warrior Publications

An ancient tooth has proven Tano indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today.

Researchers made the discovery when they used the 1,000-year-old tooth to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The tooth was found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and belonged to a woman who lived at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the region.

The research is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Tano were one of the biggest indigenous groups in the Caribbean and were the first to bear the brunt of European colonization after the arrival of Columbus. As a result, many historians had believed the group was extinct.

The tooth-derived genome is the first concrete gene...


Norway House installs checkpoint to block drugs, liquor Warrior Publications

Norway House checkpoint 1

The 24-hour checkpoint is on Highway 73, the only road into Norway House. (Norway House Cree Nation/Facebook)

Visitors and community members must pull into 24-hour checkpoint staffed by security guards

CBC News, Feb 20, 2018

Anyone driving into Norway House Cree Nation now has to go through a border patrol-like checkpoint.

The dry community is taking the extra step to prevent alcohol and drugs from entering the reserve.

All visitors and community members must pull into the 24-hour checkpoint a building that resembles a registration gate at a national park where trained security guards will ask for a licence and registration.

We have a lot of issues with drugs and alcohol in our community and we have people driving in and out all hours, and this was one way for us to at least alleviate some of that, said Norway House Chief Ron Evans.

The community of about 5,000 pe...


A lesson from Syria: its crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot Aboriginal News Group Newswire

A lesson from Syria: its crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) last month published its investigation into the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, which killed almost 100 people on 4 April and injured around 200. After examining the competing theories and conducting wide-ranging interviews, laboratory tests and forensic analysis of videos and photos, it concluded that the atrocity was caused by a bomb filled with sarin, dropped by the government of Syria. There is nothing surprising about this. The Syrian government has a long history of chemical weapons use, and the OPCWs conclusions concur with a wealth of witness testimony. But a major propaganda effort has sought to discredit such testimony, and characterise the atrocity as a false-flag attack. This effort began with an article published on the website Al-Masdar news, run by the Syrian government loyalist Leith Abou Fadel. It suggested that either the attack had been staged by terrorist forces, or chemicals stored in a missile factory had inadvertently been released when the Syrian government bombed it.


Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone // Home Office contractors cuffed detained migrants inside coach on fire | UK news | The Guardian Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Home Office contractors cuffed detained migrants inside coach on fire | UK news | The Guardian: In interviews with the Guardian, the detainees said that just minutes before the vehicle exploded and as fumes filled the cabin, one of the guards started handing out handcuffs to his colleagues.

After the cuffing process, which took several minutes, staff working for the Capita-owned security firm Tascor took the detainees off the bus, they said. They were instructed to stand about 40ft away on the M25 as the vehicle exploded.

Home Office rules say that restraint during transit could amount to degrading or inhuman treatment, in breach of the European convention on human rights, unless risk is properly assessed and the use of restraints fully justified.


Turkey orders detention of 170 soldiers for links to coup plotters - The National Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Turkey orders detention of 170 soldiers for links to coup plotters - The National: Those targeted in the operation, which was centred in Istanbul and spread across 37 other provinces, included retired, suspended and serving soldiers, Anadolu said, adding 22 of them were detained on Tuesday morning.

The suspects are believed to have contacted imams of the network via payphones and landlines, the news agency said. The arrests are part of Turkey's far-reaching clampdown against the network of US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara holds responsible for the coup bid.


Arshad R. Zargar // #Rohingya refugee women and girls from #Myanmar face sexual violence in Bangladesh; artist Dibarah Mahboob tries to help - CBS News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Rohingya refugee women and girls from Myanmar face sexual violence in Bangladesh; artist Dibarah Mahboob tries to help - CBS News: There, the 28-year-old artist and activist spends the day hearing the displaced Rohingyas' stories of trauma and resilience, and helping the women and children in the camps deal with the lingering pain caused by the sexual violence they fled back home. And for many, the threat of sexual violence has followed them across the border.


Peter Dizikes // New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language Aboriginal News Group Newswire

New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language: [] In the new paper, this convergence of sound and drawing is what the authors call a "cross-modality information transfer," a convergence of auditory information and visual art that, the authors write, "allowed early humans to enhance their ability to convey symbolic thinking." The combination of sounds and images is one of the things that characterizes human language today, along with its symbolic aspect and its ability to generate infinite new sentences.




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Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Govt Bombing in Eastern Ghouta | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Govt Bombing in Eastern Ghouta | Democracy Now!: The Syrian government is continuing its deadly barrage of airstrikes and artillery fire against the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital Damascus. Aid workers report at least 200 people have been killed over the last 48 hours. Many of the victims are women and children. On Tuesday, the charity UNICEF released a nearly blank statement on the killings, writing, No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones, followed by quotation marks and 10 blank lines. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert called Tuesday for an immediate ceasefire.

Wednesday, 21 February


Navajo Leaders Honor the Significance of the Treaty of 1868 at National Museum of the American Indian Native News Online

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez view the Treaty of 1868 at the National Museum of the American Indian on Tuesday.

Published February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON On Tuesday, as a part of the Nation-to-Nation Exhibition, the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) unveiled the original Treaty of 1868, which released the Navajo people from federal captivity, allowing them to return to their traditional homeland.

During the unveiling ceremony, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye talked about the treatys historic and contemporary significance to the Navajo people. The document formalized the tribe as a sovereign nation and solidified its relationship with the federal government.

The U.S. government doesnt sign treaties with states; it signs treaties with nations, President Begaye said. When the treaty was signed, the U.S. indicated and recognized that Navajo is a nation.

By honoring the treaty, the museum also is paying tribute to the Long Walk, the U.S. governments forced removal of an estimated 11,500 Navajo people and their 300-mile march to Ft. Sumner. Known as Hweldi in the Navajo language, the fort served as an internment camp while the Navajo were in exile.

Since time immemorial, the Navajo people have existed between the four sacred mountains that define their traditional boundaries: Tsisnaasjini (Mount Blanca) in the east, Tsoodzil (Mount Taylor) to the south, Dookooosliid (San Francisco Peaks) to the west, and Dib Nitsaa (Mount Hesperus) to the north. The Treaty of 1868 allowed them to return and reclaim their homelands.

Din bi keyah is powerful to the Navajo people and we always want to return there, President Begaye said. We can only wonder how our elders and medicine people felt when they learned an agreement was reached for their return home. Im sure there was a lot of joy, prayer and appreciation that our leaders had the fortitude to reach this agreement.

This 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868 has prompted dialogue among Navajo elders who want to reinforce the traditional perspective of what the Navajo people endured during and after their time at Hweldi.

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IHS launches National Accountability Dashboard for Quality Native News Online

Published February 21, 2018


by Jonathan Merrell, RN, BSN, MBA, Acting Deputy Director for Quality Health Care
February 20, 2018

In October, the Indian Health Service announced a new tool to monitor and report information from across IHS. The National Accountability Dashboard for Quality will enable the Indian Health Service to report on key performance data in a succinct and easily viewed display to monitor and improve quality of care.

The Indian Health Service dashboard will monitor and report information on compliance with IHS policy requirements, accreditation standards, or regulations at hospitals and ambulatory health centers.  The tool also supports oversight and management and will allow IHS to make fact-based decisions to ensure quality and safety of care.

So what is a dashboard for a healthcare system exactly?  Well, like in a car or other moving vehicle, a dashboard provides information about how the vehicle is operating.  In this case, the IHS National Accountability Dashboard for Quality will show how IHS is functioning in key areas that enable better and safer care.  Each dashboard measure will represent an important process, standard or regulation that facilities must do well or comply with to focus our attention as a system on what we are doing well and where we need to improve.  The dashboard will also allow us to share with tribes, tribal and urban Indian organizations, and Congress how well we are meeting standards and requirements.

This tool is different than the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measures that report on patient outcomes. The dashboard focuses on whether we are meeting requirements of policy, standards or regulations.

IHS is intensely focused on quality and safety for all American Indians and Alaska Natives, demonstrated by the work on accomplishing the IHS 2016-17 Quality Fra...


BINGO HALL: New Play by Native Voices at the Autry Native News Online

(Left to right) Kenny Ramos (Barona Band of Mission IndiansDiegueo Iipay/Kumeyaay*), Michaela Escarcega (Azteca*), and Kholan Studi (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma*).

Published February 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES  Dont miss the world premiere of Dillon Chittos new stage comedy, Bingo Hall! Edward Anaya makes all the calls in the pueblowell, he calls the numbers at the senior centers bimonthly bingo. But college acceptance letters kick-start an identity crisis: Who will Edward be if he leaves home and bingo behind? Like Ferris Bueller if he lived in a pueblo, Edward knows just what to say until romantic rejection, family antics, and community pressures leave him tongue-tied. Playwright Dillon Chitto brings the pueblo to the American theatre in this hilarious new play about tradition in a fast-changing world.


Opening Night
Friday, March 9, 8:00 p.m.
A reception with the cast and crew follows the Opening Night performance.

Conversation With the Playwright
Saturday, March 10
Following the 2:00 p.m. matinee, artistic director Randy Reinholz and playwright Dillon Chitto will discuss the impetus behind Bingo Hall and their processes for writing new plays.


Saturday, March 17, 7:00 p.m.
As a special treat, the Autry will host a round of bingo in the cafe before doors open for the 8:00 p.m. performance.


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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Condemns the Rochford Mining in Black Hills: Committing to Additional Action Native News Online

Published February 20, 2018

GREEN GRASS, SOUTH DAKOTA -The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe passed two (2) resolutions on 8 February 2018 opposing gold mining operations in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mineral Mountain, LLC is a Canadian-based mineral extraction company preparing to drill hundreds of holes in the Black Hills in the search of gold.

 Its important that we protect and take care of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth as she has taken care of us. She has not only provided us a good life but all South Dakotans, commented Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier. South Dakota should wake up and see what is being done to our land. It must be a priority for all of us that live here in South Dakota to oppose all threats that would harm her. I am proud we are taking a stand and thinking about what our grandchildren will inherit from us. 

Resolution 17-2018-CR directly opposes the Canadian-based companys operations on the Black Hills. It begins by explaining the situation that has allowed the occupation of the Black Hills from Treaty to unconstitutional Acts by the U.S. Congress and how the land is managed by the Forest Service in violation of treaty agreements.

The resolution goes further to explain the proximity of the drilling to Pe Sla which is within a couple of miles of the proposed drilling and calls for government to government dialogue between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation. The resolution continues to remind the Federal government of its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Act while opposing the exclusions this activity enjoys at the expense of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth.

Resolution 17-2018-CR calls on the Federal government to provide funding for the Great Sioux Nation to employ professionals to investigate the environmental and archeological impact of the Rochford Mining Project while authorizing litigation regarding the operations.

Resolution 18-2018-CR alliterates the history of pollution and environmental disasters associated with mining operation in the Black Hills that still plague the Black Hills today. It calls upon congress to withdraw th...


PRICE OF DEATH | Mohawk Nation News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

PRICE OF DEATH | Mohawk Nation News: When a person has gone on their path on this earth, we relatives, friends and associates restrain ourselves from idle talk, gossip and evil behavior. We comfort each other. We remember pleasant and amusing times that were spent together. If it is their wish, we bury the deceased before the sun rises the next morning. We come from the earth and it is our right to return to our mother.

Our departed spent their lives exploring the secrets they learned during their lives and which they leave behind for us. Now our minds are cheered up, our fires are rekindled in peace, we put our house in order and once again brightness and blue sky are visible. We are again in the sunshine. Those of us who are here continue. Peggy Lee sings about the magic of the Black Bird.


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Alumnus T.C. Cannons Works to Tour Native News Online

Indian Man, oil on canvas, ca. 1967,
42 3/8 x 42 3/8 inches

Published February 20, 2018

SANTA FE  IAIA recently loaned key works by seminal artist T.C. Cannon to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for their upcoming exhibition: T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America. Tommy Wayne (T.C.) Cannon grew up in a rural farming community in southeastern Oklahoma, raised by his Kiowa father and Caddo mother. Americas cultural revolution was ablaze when Cannon left home in 1964 to begin his journey as an artist at the newly minted experimental arts-based school in Santa Fe, the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he began to address and rethink-on the stage of Western art history-the political narratives between Native Americans and the U.S. Government.

The Peabody Essex Museum presents an exhibition celebrating one of the most influential and inventive Native American artists of the 20th-century, T.C. Cannon (1946-1978, Caddo/Kiowa). T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America  on view at PEM from March 3, 2018 through June 10, 2018   explores the dynamic creative range and legacy of an artist whose life was cut short at age 31. Through nearly 90 works, including 30 major paintings, works on paper, poetry, and musical recordings, Cannons distinctive and affecting worldview shines through in this groundbreaking exhibition that is organized by PEM and will tour the country through 2019. After PEM the exhibition will head to the Gilcrease Museum,Tulsa, OK, from July 14 through October 7, 2018; then to the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), New York, NY, from March 16 September 16, 2019.

This is the first major traveling exhibition of his work since 1990. Deeply personal yet undeniably political, Cannons artwork adeptly channels

his cultural heritage, experience as a Vietnam War veteran, and the turbulent social and political climate that defined 1960s and 70s America. Amid ongoing national and global conversations about ethnic identity, social justice, land rights and cultural appropriation, Ca...


Susan Bell, Corinne Smith // Cree leaders show public support for LGBTQ, 2-spirited community - North - CBC News Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Cree leaders show public support for LGBTQ, 2-spirited community - North - CBC News: "I believe our inclusiveness and our diversity includes all our Eenouch/Eeyouch, whether they call themselves straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or two-spirited."

The Two-Spirited Community Support Conference was held in Montreal on February 16 and 17.

"Two-spirited" is used by some Indigenous people to describe someone who has both a masculine and a feminine spirit.

Bosum's message had never before been uttered publicly by a James Bay Cree grand chief, according to conference organizer Mathias (Maloose) Jolly, adding it's a message young Cree who might be questioning their sexuality desperately need to hear.


DEADLINE March 1st to apply for IEN Mining Mini-Grant-Helping Communities Impacted by Mining Aboriginal News Group Newswire

NOTE: All future deadlines will revert to the schedule provided below. The March 1st deadline has been provided for the delay in announcing for this round of application requests.

The IEN/WMAN Mining Mini-Grants Program offers financial grant assistance to communities threatened or adversely affected by mining in the U.S. and Canada.

This year, we will fund approximately 70 grantees at $3,000 each and 10 grantees at $5,000 each.  In order to receive funding at the $5,000 grant amount, we will ask you to provide additional information in Part 2 of the Program application below.

We recognize that mining activity often has detrimental impacts to all aspects of community and cultural well-being and IEN/WMAN encourages projects that strive to protect the environment, ecosystems, cultural resources, and community health from mining impacts.

Applications for the Program are accepted three times per year. The deadlines are:  June 1, October 1, and February 1. Applicants shall be notified of the funding decision within one month of the application deadline. Emergency assistance outside of these grant cycles is also available on a case by case basis (see details below).

If you have any questions about whether or not your project would qualify, please contact us to talk about it prior to the application deadline. Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967, and Mary Costello, WMAN Network Coordinator at (208) 610-4896. You can also email questions to  We are happy to talk with you.
Grant proposals and reports should be submitted to: We cannot guarantee your application will be considered if it is not submitted to this email address.



Indianz.Com > Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Indianz.Com > Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill: During the organization's winter session in Washington, D.C., this week, President Jefferson Keel described H.R.4864, also known as the No Haven for Dangerous Fugitives Act, as one of the "emerging challenges" on Capitol Hill. He called it an "unwarranted bill that disrespects the right and proven ability of tribal governments to exercise criminal jurisdiction on their own lands."

"If Congress is serious about strengthening public safety in and around Indian Country, it should build on tribal nations' successes," Keel said on Tuesday.

One of the ways to do that, Keel said, is to reauthorize the Tribal Law and Order Act. As NCAI was holding its session, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considered S.1953, a bill to extend the 2010 law, at a business meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Like H.R.4864, S.1953 is a Republican-led bill. The sponsor is Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), who serves as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and who spoke at NCAI's conference.


#Berlin March 3, 2018: Together against the Turkish attacks on #Afrin! Enough is Enough! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

#Berlin March 3, 2018: Together against the Turkish attacks on #Afrin! Enough is Enough!: Since January 20, 2018, the Turkish military is attacking the Afrin area in Rojava, northern Syria, along with Salafist or jihadist groups. Kurds of Muslim, Alevi and Ezidi faith make up the majority of Afrins population. In addition, it is home to Christian Assyrians and Syrian Arabs as well as occasionally Armenians. The city of Afrin with its surrounding villages in northwestern Syria has been able to maintain relative stability and peace since the beginning of the war, despite repeated attacks by the Nusra Front, the Islamic State (IS) or other Islamist groups, and the Turkish military. Even more, from 2015, Afrin has been safe haven for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people from Aleppo and the surrounding areas despite embargo and isolation. The Turkish army and allied Salafists or jihadists under the label of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) not only target refugees, but also cause new displacements currently.

The attacks by the Turkish military from the ground and from the air have so far [as of 6 February 2018] killed 148 civilians, including 17 children. The number of wounded is currently 365. A large proportion of these civilian casualties are Syrian internally displaced persons. Civilian residential areas are bombarded with artillery and bombed from the air, entire villages are razed to the ground and infrastructure is systematically destroyed, such as water treatment plants. Video footage documents war crimes such as torturing of YPJ fighter Barin Kobanes dead body and the torture and ill-treatment of captured Kurdish peoples defenders and displaced civilians.

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