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21:25

Navajo Nation Celebrates Navajo Code Talkers Day Native News Online

Navajo Code Talker John Kinsel stands next to an oil portrait based on a photograph by Kenji Kawano. The Office of the President and Vice President provided these portraits as gifts for the surviving Navajo Code Talkers.

Published August 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Leaders and citizens of the Navajo Nation, and of the United States, recognize on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, as Navajo Code Talkers Day in honor of the contribution and sacrifice of the warriors who developed an unbreakable code to bring an end to World War II.

The freedom we enjoy is connected to the Navajo Code Talkers, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. On the front lines of some of historys bloodiest battles, these men were using our language to protect American soldiers. Our language is powerful. It is strong and sacred.

In a hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad, President Begaye continued. In five hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad.

The Navajo language, Din bizaad, was used to secure military communication lines to advance marines forward on the battlefields of the Pacific Theatre.

At a time when the reliability of Native American soldiers was called into question, an original group of 29 Navajo Code Talkers transmitted information about tactics, troop movements, orders and other battlefield messages using telephones and radios. Their work was so successful that more than 400 Navajos were called upon to serve as code talkers by the end of WWII.

We honor our code talkers and the language that was spoken to win the war, Vice President Jonathan Nez said. I look at it as God looking upon us as a blessed nation. We are a blessed nation, ladies and gentlemen. Lets always remember that. And it all started 150 years ago when our ancestors came back as a people to our homeland.

President Begaye and Vice President Nez were joined by some of the remaining Navajo Code Talkers and their family members. Families of the late code talkers were also in attendance, along with delegates of the Navajo Nation Council and many more.

Every year, the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) provides gifts for surviving Navajo Code Talkers. This year, President Begaye presented them with custom oil portraits of themselves, based on pho...

21:19

Indigenous Environmental Defender killed as logging mafia targets tribe News from Survival International

The Guardians of the Amazon recently destroyed a logging truck they discovered in their territory.
Guardians of the Amazon

Warning: some people may find the details and image below disturbing

A leader of an Amazon tribe acclaimed for its environmental defenders has been killed, the latest in a series of deaths among the tribe.

The body of Jorginho Guajajara was found near a river in the Brazilian state of Maranho. He was a leader of the Guajajara people, acclaimed internationally for their work as the Guardians of the Amazon in the most threatened region in the entire Amazon.

Franciel Guajajara, one of the Guardians of the Amazon, explains their work.

It is not yet clear who killed him, but a powerful logging mafia has repeatedly targeted the tribe for its work protecting both its rainforest home, and the uncontacted members of a neighboring tribe, the Aw, who also live there, and face catastrophe unless their land is protected.

Jorginho Guajajaras body was found near a river in the eastern Brazilian Amazon.

Confronted with official inaction, the tribe formed an environmental protection team named the Guardians of the Amazon to expel the loggers. Some estimates suggest up to 80 members of the tribe have been killed since 2000.

The murder of Jorginho Guajajara is further indication of the increasing volatility in this area. In May this year, a team from Ibama (Brazils environmental protection agency) and environmental military police were dispatched to the Guajajaras Arariboia reserve, a rare move from the authoriti...

14:02

What is Cultural Abuse? Native News Online

Guest Commentary

Published August 15, 2018

Intimate partner violence, in all forms, is destructive at its heart. Most people can identify the more common forms of abuse, which include physical, emotional, sexual and financial. One of the lesser known forms, cultural or spiritual abuse, is one of the most devastating, yet it is rarely spoken of.

For Native peoples, spirituality is often the core of who we are and our way of life. Our culture and spirituality are intertwined and provide the foundation of our lives how we live, our family roles and how we interact with others, the meaning we find in our lives, and our sense of wellbeing. To have our spirit attacked is as personal as an attack can get.

Spiritual abuse can be used to control how a person interacts with the world. Some of these types of abusive behaviors can include when your partner:

  • Prevents you from participating in spiritual or cultural traditions
  • Forces you to participate in practices (not your own)
  • Misstates or misuses spiritual practices against you
  • Practices bad medicine against you

For our tribal communities, spiritual or cultural abuse can look like this:

  • Telling you that youre not Native enough, or if your partner is non-Native, that youre too Indian
  • Uses hurtful stereotypes to put you down (Indians are drunks, lazy, etc.)
  • Prevents you from participating in ceremonies, pow wows and feasts
  • Uses tribal membership against you (My tribe wont let you)
  • Tells you that youre not allowed to drum, dance, sing, fast or otherwise participate in traditions because of your gender

Each of these behaviors can deeply wound and often isolates you from your community. If your partner is behaving this way toward you, you may feel removed from your family and support system. You may be embarrassed, not know where to turn or who to ask for help.

In some cases, you may even feel that the abuse is the direct result of your culture that you are being abused because you are Indigenous. This form of abuse is a directly related to the root causes of violence in our communities: colonization and genocide.

If your partner or loved one is demonstrating any of these behaviors or any type of abuse against you, please know that you have the i...

14:01

NGS Railroad & Heavy Equipment Department wins SRP Presidents Trophy Native News Online

Published August 15, 2018

PAGE, Ariz.   After 44 years of hauling millions of tons of coal per year to the Navajo Generating Station, the NGS Railroad & Heavy Equipment Dept. was presented the Salt River Projects 2018 Presidents Trophy for the most hours worked without an accident for the second time.

Accepting the award from SRP President David Rousseau on behalf of Railroad Manager Harold Watkins and the entire department was O&M Supervisor 3 Raymond John.

Ive been working out here for 13 years now, John said. To win this trophy truly means we are finishing strong. Here at NGS, the Railroad Department puts the most mileage on these vehicles. So not getting into any incident with the vehicles this past year was awesome. Its great to see our department get this award.

Rousseau thanked the dozens of department members who attended the PERA Club award luncheon. He said the award has been presented since 1949.

Thank you to every one of you guys for the mindset that you have, he told them. Safety is your number one mindset and I appreciate you guys out there doing what you do.

Joining them at the luncheon to commemorate the achievement was ,  Coggins, Senior Director of Power Generation Bill Alkema and Employee Safety Services Manager Nancy Blevins.

The NGS Railroad and Heavy Equipment group has demonstrated that they are among the elite at SRP for safety performance, said NGS Plant Manager Joe Frazier. What an honor it is that our very own NGS Railroad and Heavy Equipment team has earned the FY18 Presidents Trophy for their safety performance. This team worked every day during FY18 without a single incident.  Everybody went home the same way they came to work!  That is our goal, ZERO accidents.

NGS as a whole is doing extremely well applying SRPs S.A.F.E. core values as its staff works efficiently, said SRPs Associate General Manager & Chief Power Executive John Coggins.

The NGS Railroad and Heavy Equipment team really exemplifies SRPs core values in safety, earnin...

14:00

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Supports the Expansion of the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program Native News Online

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed a proclamation Monday declaring Aug. 13, 2018, as National Fighting Peacocks Day in honor of the softball team from Delaware County that won the unified softball gold medal at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

Published August 15, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a resolution Monday supporting the expansion of the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program to include a total of nine counties in Arkansas and Texas.

The Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program is a federal home mortgage program designed to increase lending to Native American communities that are traditionally underserved by financial institutions. The program facilitates homeownership and an increase in access to capital in Native communities.

An expansion of the Section 184 home loan program into areas of Arkansas and Texas would be life-changing for many Cherokee families, said At-Large Tribal Councilor Wanda Hatfield, of Midwest City. Im proud the Tribal Council is voicing its support for expansion of this program.

The resolution supports the expansion of the federal loan program in Benton, Washington, Crawford and Sebastian counties in Arkansas where nearly 8,000 Cherokee Nation citizens reside, along with Grayson, Fannin, Lamar, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas where nearly 3,000 Cherokee citizens live.

Since 2014, Cherokee Nation has helped more than 460 families in receiving Section 184 loans through the tribes Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Tribal Council also approved a resolution authorizing the release of funds held in escrow by the U.S. government. Royalty income from tracts of land along the Arkansas Riverbed near the Arkansas state border belonging to the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation have accrued for several years.

I commend the efforts of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority and Inter-Tribal Council in working to help secure these funds for the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation, said Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan, of Hulbert. This is money the tribe can invest and grow for future projects that benefit the Cherokee people.

Of the estimated $1.6 million funds in escrow, the Cherokee Nation will receive ab...

14:00

Aug. 20-23: Pequot Museum Hosts First Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit Native News Online

Photo credit; Intertribal Agriculture Council

Published August 15, 2018

Representatives from 40 Tribes, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and Food Sovereignty Experts
Meet to Improve and Expand Native American Food Independence 

MASHANTUCKET, Conn.  The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center announced today it will host the inaugural Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit from Aug. 20-23, 2018. This groundbreaking event is produced in conjunction with theMashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Narragansett Indian Tribe, Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative, Intertribal Agriculture Council and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Led by tribal, U.S. government and food sovereignty thought leaders, attendees of the three-day summit will visit indigenous food landscapes from forest to farm to ocean. On- and offsite sessions will cover vital topics such as forming tribal farm enterprises, cultivating seed banks, managing aquaponics and fish hatcheries, utilizing wild medicinals, improving tribal lands through conservation partnerships and more.

This event is for anyone who values Native food sovereignty, said Cliff Sebastian IV, Pequot Museum marketing director and Mashantucket Pequot tribal member. Whether you grow, gather, cook or sell indigenous foods, or you work in forest, waterway, air, soil or plant conservation, this summit will introduce you to leaders whose invaluable expertise will inform, inspire and foster growth among our Native food ways.

Tickets are available online at...

14:00

AmeriCorps VISTA Native Food Sovereignty Fellows Applications Open Now Native News Online

Published August 15, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.   The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), with generous support by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health campaign, announce the availability of AmeriCorps VISTA Native Food Sovereignty Fellow positions at Tribal communities throughout the United States.

VISTA is an important and vital community and public service program operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This unique partnership between VISTA, the SMSC, and IFAI allows for coordination of these placements and the creation of a cohort of Native Food Sovereignty Fellows. Fellows will work in Native American communities to contribute to and assist in efforts focused on food sovereignty, food systems, nutritional education, and the development of tribal economies that build opportunities in food and agriculture.

Were currently seeking to place VISTA members at:

  • Blackfeet Nation (Browning, MT)
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community (Morton, MN)
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (LaConner, WA)

VISTA positions are paid positions providing a living allowance, educational benefits upon successful completion of the assignment, a child care benefit (if applicable) and other supporting benefits. Native Food Sovereignty Fellows will work closely with the IFAI and receive ongoing training and assistance from to augment their local work.

The application period is now open. All those interested can apply directly through the AmeriCorps VISTA website, which explains the application process.

Space is limited, and we are looking to fill positions quickly  Apply now!

If you have any questions, please email Janie Hipp at jhipp@uark.edu, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, or VISTA Coordinator Bryan Pollard at bpollard@uark.edu.

The...

12:49

Zacatecas: ejidatarios logran anular asamblea que pretenda imponer la presa Milpillas - Otros Mundos Chiapas Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Zacatecas: ejidatarios logran anular asamblea que pretenda imponer la presa Milpillas - Otros Mundos Chiapas - Bajo un ambiente pleno de intimidacin, tal como lo expresaron algunos ejidatarios y pobladores del Potrero, Jimnez del Tel, Zacatecas, el 03 de agosto de 2018, a las 12:00 del da, se llev a cabo la asamblea en segunda convocatoria para someter a consideracin la autorizacin para celebrar el convenio de ocupacin previa con el gobierno del estado de Zacatecas, de 126 hectreas de terrenos de uso comn para la construccin de camino de acceso, acueducto y rea de inundacin, por la edificacin de la presa Milpillas, as como el permiso para que una empresa contratista realice el trmite de cambio de uso de suelo por el motivo del convenio ante la Secretara de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), el cual se encuentra anulado por violaciones a los derechos agrarios y falta de informacin de fondo sobre el proyecto.

10:18

(2) The Lobby P1: Young Friends of Israel Al Jazeera Investigations - YouTube Aboriginal News Group Newswire

(2) The Lobby P1: Young Friends of Israel Al Jazeera Investigations - YouTube: CORRECTION: At timecode 25:16 of this programme, the phrase "range of shareholders" appears with respect to We Believe in Israel and who it works with. The correct wording is "range of stakeholders."

In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported by the Israel Embassy.

07:00

August 14 National Navajo Code Talkers Day Native News Online

Published August 14, 2018

Editors Note: This article by Mark Charles was originally published on Native News Online last year on August 14, 2016. 

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA -August 14 is National Navajo Code Talkerss Day and it is good that, as a nation, we remember and honor these hundreds of courageous men for their service to our country. On the Navajo Reservation, in Window Rock AZ, there is a statue erected in their honor with a plaque commemorating their service. I would like to share with you the words of this plaque and the names of each of the Code Talkers, but first I would like to give you some of the broader historical context that these men literally came out of.

Boarding Schools:

Indian Boarding Schools were the brainchild of an army Captain and Indian fighter named Richard Henry Pratt. The first school was namedCarlisle Indian Industrial Schooland was opened in a deserted military base in Carlisle Pennsylvania in 1869.

A great general has said that the only good Indian is a dead one. In a sense, I agree with the sentiment, but only in this: that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.

Captain Richard Henry Pratt

In 1893 mandatory Indian Education became law and Chester Nez, one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, was educated in an Indian Boarding School in Fort Defiance AZ. Here are some of his words describing his boarding school experience as a child.

Snow fell softly outside the dormitory windows. Loud whispering came from two beds away. Navajo. Id been caught speaking Navajo three days before. The Pima matron brushed my teeth with brown fels-Naptha soap. I still couldnt taste food, only the acrid, bitter taste of lye soap. Teachers at the school were encouraged to be strict and the smaller children were frequently targeted by slaps or kicks. But the lingering taste of the soap was worse than either of those punishments.

The knowledge of constant danger sat lodged in the pit of my stomach like a rock. I tried by best to answer questions correctly, but never knew when a matron would strike. They watched, their dark cold eyes waiting for us to make a mistake, to do something wrong.

I was always afraid.

Chester Nez (from his book Code Talker)

...

04:20

Land reform irreversible: ED - Zimbabwe Situation Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Land reform irreversible: ED - Zimbabwe Situation: HARARE President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said the country will not return land seized from former white commercial farmers almost two decades ago.

It is now behind us, it is irreversible, Mnangagwa said in a speech to mark Heroes Day commemorations at the National Heroes Acre in central Zimbabwe, broadcast on television.

He said the land reform programme was one of the fruits of the liberation struggle and since it is now behind us, it is irreversible. He said the task ahead is to fully utilise the land to increase agricultural production.

03:18

OHCHR | Migration nightmare for an indigenous woman in Mexico Aboriginal News Group Newswire

OHCHR | Migration nightmare for an indigenous woman in Mexico // OHCHR | Migration nightmare for an indigenous woman in Mexico - Santizo, an indigenous Chuj woman from Guatemala, left her hometown in August 2014 in the hope of reaching the United States. A migrant smuggler, also known as a coyote or pollero, had already laid out a plan for her:she wouldcross the Mexican border with Guatemala and get to the northern Mexican city of Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas, near the United States border.

Along the way, Santizo, who could not communicate with others in her group because she did not speak Spanish, could not tell where she was. The coyote reassured her by saying they were close to entering the United States.

Every year, thousands of migrants from Central America cross the length of Mexicos territory to flee from violence, disappearances, executions, torture, poverty and gang-forced recruitment. Many of them are asylum seekers and migrants in transit trying to reach the United States in search of better life opportunities.

01:29

Press Release: New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Press Release: New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison | Moorbey'z Blog //

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8.13.18

Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, tc.iwoc@gmail.com

Contact: Joanna Nuez 702-588-9882

New Prisoner Audio Confirms Humanitarian Crisis at Stillwater Prison:

Prisoners and Families Demand An End to the Lockdown

The lockdown at Stillwater Prison is now in its 27th day. As families and prisoners demand an end to the lockdown the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee is releasing audio from inside Stillwater prison to showcase the urgency of the lockdowns immediate end and to expose the lies being spread by the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC). The audio, shared by Stillwater inmate Tony, last name removed due to concerns for retaliation, was received on August 11th.

This audio interview along with other independent reports from prisoners in Stillwater document human rights violations, the power of the medias i...

Tuesday, 14 August

14:03

Keepseagle Settlement Makes Final Payments, Closing Out Landmark Racial Discrimination Case Against Feds Native News Online

Quapaw beef. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published August 14, 2018

$38 million to benefit non-profit organizations serving Native American farmers and ranchers, and $266 million to fund The Native American Agriculture Fund Largest Native American Philanthropic Institution

WASHINGTON In light of the Supreme Courts March 26, 2018 decision declining to hear an appeal over the disposition of $380 million in unclaimed cy pres funds from the historic 2011 settlement of Keepseagle v. Vilsack, a decades long battle to resolve claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against Native American farmers and ranchers, has come to a close.  Following distribution of approximately $238 million on successful claims in 2012, supplemental payments to prevailing claimants totaling about $76 million have now been issued.  In addition, $38 million in immediate cy pres awards is being paid out to non-profit organizations serving Native American farmers and ranchers, which were approved following a rigorous grant-making process, and $266 million will go to the Native American Agriculture Fund, a Trust created as part of the modified settlement empowered to fund programs through non-profit organizations over the next 20 years.

The modification to the settlement agreement struck a sound balance between distributing some of the funds to those who had been successful claimants before and other funds to serve the broader Indian farming and ranching community, stated Joseph M. Sellers, Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs and Chair of the Civil Rights and Employment practice group at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.  In many ways, the creation of the Native American Agriculture Fund trust could turn out to be one of the most lasting legacies of this case because it will create the largest non-profit institution to serve Native Americans in the history of this country.  We look forward to seeing the Native American Agriculture Fund move forward to bring benefits to Indian farmers and ranchers beyond what litigation alone has provided.

Plaintiffs fil...

14:03

Billy Mills: Empowerment through Running Native News Online

Billy Mills awarding Wings Program Coordinator Alicia Littlebear after the Billy Mills 10K Gold Run at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in 2015.

Guest Commentary

Published August 14, 2018 

When I first began to train for the Olympics, I visualized winning daily and did so much that I could actually see it. Using this method to win the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Olympics forever changed me.

For anyone who runs long distance, well, for all runners, transformation can be seen immediately. But for most, transformation happens over time. Not only are physical benefits seen, but mental, emotional and some would say spiritual changes occur when pushing your body to move beyond what you think you can do.

This transformation is explored in the new film, 3100: Run & Become. The documentary tells the stories of ultra runners, those who run more than the customary marathon distance, 26.2 miles, in various cultures. The main character is a Finnish paper boy trying to beat his best time in the Self-Transcendence 3100, a 3,100-mile, 52-day run around a half-mile loop in New York City. The film also features a Buddhist Monk on a 1,000-day prayer circuit, African Bushmen fighting to retain traditional hunting methods, and Din ultra runner Shaun Martin.

In the film, Martin retraces the steps his father took as a small boy when he ran away from boarding school back to his familys homestead over 100 miles away. This revelatory journey helps Shaun understand where the resilience of his family first took form. It was through running that his father asked for guidance and strength from the Holy People to contend with an institutionalized system attempting to suppress Navajo culture.

...

14:01

Winners Announced for 23rd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show Native News Online

Martha Berrys The Orange Monsters Masquerade Ball.

Published August 14, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.  The Cherokee National Historical Society announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show at an awards reception Friday night.

Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry was awarded the grand prize for her beaded bandolier bag titled The Orange Monsters Masquerade Ball.

Berry has been recognized at the show many times throughout the years and this is her third time being honored with the Grand Prize.

I am beyond humbled to receive this honor, said Cherokee National Treasure Martha Berry. While this piece was a little out of my comfort zone at first, it enabled me to address my concerns about the current political climate and its impact on Native people and the country as a whole. It also demonstrates the importance of utilizing ancient iconography in contemporary work to ensure that Native art remains timely, relevant and impactful.

The premier Cherokee art show runs through Sept. 22 and features 92 pieces by 60 artists, divided into two divisions: traditional and contemporary.

The traditional division is defined as arts originating before European contact and consists of three categories: basketry, pottery and traditional arts.

The contemporary division is defined as arts arising among the Cherokee after European contact and consists of seven categories: paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry, beadwork, jewelry and textiles.

This show has become a staple to the Cherokee National Holiday and a wonderful way for us to showcase the incredible talent of Cherokee artists, said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. There are so many wonderful things going on during our homecoming celebration but this is one event you truly cant miss. These artists are what keeps our culture thriving and it is through their work that we continue to share our history, culture and traditions with the world.

Artists competed for a share of more than $10,000 in prize money, sponsored by Cherokee Nation Businesses.

First-place winners in each category are as follows:

Traditional Arts: Phyllis Jimmeye, Natural Grass Bag
Traditional Basketry: Mike Dart, Giggin Basket
Contemporary Pottery: Troy Jackso...

14:00

NB3 Foundation Seeks Tech-Savvy Native Youth for Mobile APP Competition Focusing on Health, Nutrition Native News Online

Published August 14, 2018

 

Cash prizes for winners and opportunity to work with coding specialists.
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. -The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, with a generous grant from the Comcast Foundation and in partnership with Cultivating Coders, is accepting applications for a national competition for Native youth to design a mobile APP focusing on improving the health and nutri...

14:00

Navajo Code Talker Announcement Native News Online

Published August 14, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  The Navajo Nation Office of the President & Vice President (OPVP) is pleased to announce that the Navajo Code Talker Day Celebration will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

This years event will kick off in Window Rock, Arizona, with a parade starting at 9 a.m. (MDT) from the Navajo Nation Fairgrounds to the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park.

The main event will follow the parade at 10 a.m. It will include the laying of the wreath ceremony, 21-gun salute, guest speakers, vendor booths and more. There will be a catered luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

From 1 to 6 p.m., there will be a Gourd Dance at the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park. Mr. Erny Zah will be the master of ceremonies. The Navajo Nation Museum will host a film screening of Navajo Code Talkers: Journey of Remembrance at 3 p.m. The documentary was taped on locations in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Saipan, Guam and Tinian.

There will also be a Navajo Code Talker Day 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk on August 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Navajo Nation Museum.

For more information, please contact Ms. Yvonne Kee-Billison at (928) 871-7132 or yvonnekeebillison@navajo-nsn.gov or Ms. Charity Sam at (928) 810-8505 or cksam@navajo-nsn.gov.

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13:18

Saubhadra Chatterjee // Somnath Chatterjee, the emotional Communist who went by his heart | india news | Hindustan Times Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Somnath Chatterjee, the emotional Communist who went by his heart | india news | Hindustan Times: Chatterjee died in a hospital in Kolkata on Monday. He was 89.

Chatterjee followed his fathers footsteps to become a leading lawyer in the Calcutta High Court. His father was a staunch Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha member, but Chatterjee, inspired by late Jyoti Basu, joined its arch rival, Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI-M.

As a lawyer, Chatterjee helped many party comrades to fight and win legal cases--without a fee. His oratory, benevolence and sensibilities topped with popularity among the Bengal leadership quickly earned him a Lok Sabha ticket and a membership in the partys coveted clubthe Central Committee.

02:27

$1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor? | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

$1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor? | Democracy Now!: California relies on thousands of prisoners, including many women, to battle the wildfires burning statewide. Prisoner firefighters gain training and earn time off of their sentences for good behavior, typically two days off for each day served. But critics of the program say the state is exploiting prisoners eagerness to earn time for early release. While salaried firefighters earn an annual mean wage of $74,000 plus benefits, inmates earn just $2 per day with an additional $1 per hour when fighting an active fire. According to some estimates, California avoids spending about $80-$100 million a year by using prison labor to fight its biggest environmental problem.

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