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Q&A: A look at the proposal for US-Hawaiian relationship 30.9.2015 AP National
HONOLULU (AP) -- It will be up to the Native Hawaiian community to create its own government - if it chooses to do so, federal officials said as they outlined a proposal to establish a possible government-to-government relationship....
Q&A: A look at the proposal for US-Hawaiian relationship 30.9.2015 Yahoo: US National
HONOLULU (AP) — It will be up to the Native Hawaiian community to create its own government — if it chooses to do so, the U.S. Department of the Interior said Tuesday. The department outlined a proposal that would establish a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States and Native Hawaiians — if they want such a relationship.
John McCain Fought For Native Religious Freedom, Then Sold Sacred Oak Flat 28.9.2015 Politics on
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been the subject of intense criticism from Native activists and their supporters over the past year for his role in orchestrating the sale of Oak Flat, an Apache holy site located in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, to foreign mining conglomerates Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. In December 2014 , McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) added a rider onto the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, allowing the Oak Flat deal to slide through. Members of the San Carlos Apache Nation know Oak Flat as Chich’il Biłdagoteel, a site where they gather food and medicinal plants and host dances and healing ceremonies. The area was once part of the old San Carlos reservation and functioned as a prisoner-of-war camp for the Apache during their decades-long struggle against the United States and Mexico. Not far from Oak Flat is a place called " Apache Leap " where, in 1870, Apache warriors plunged over a cliff to their deaths rather than surrender to the United States cavalry. Today the ...
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Junipero Serra statue at Carmel Mission vandalized days after he was made a saint 28.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Days after Pope Francis elevated Father Junipero Serra to sainthood, vandals struck the Carmel Mission where the remains of the controversial missionary are buried, toppling statues and damaging grave sites.
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H2O in #elxn42: Your Guide to Water and the Federal Election 26.9.2015 - News for the rest of us

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'No Consent': First Nations Women Shut Down Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing 24.9.2015 Headlines
Sarah Lazare, staff writer

"This is Kanien’ke, this is Mohawk Land, and we are tired of occupation."

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Gaming commission will not guarantee a casino license in southeastern Mass. 24.9.2015 Boston Globe: Massachusetts
Gaming commission will not guarantee a casino license in southeastern Mass.
Has Massachusetts reached peak casino? 22.9.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Late last week, the Mashpee Wampanoags received the news the tribe had hoped to hear for years: it had been granted sovereignty over 320 acres of land, about 150 of which are in Taunton, where it hopes to build one of the first resort casinos in ...
Congressional bill aims to get NFL to change the name 'Redskins' 11.9.2015 Yahoo: Politics
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The District of Columbia's congresswoman on Thursday introduced a bill to strip the NFL of its federal antitrust protection as long as it allows Washington's football team to use the name "Redskins," a moniker some see as racist. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton said the National Football League and Washington's football team "should not be benefitting financially from federal antitrust exemptions while they continue to promote a disparaging moniker that has been found by legal authorities to be a racial slur." A federal judge in July upheld an earlier decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans" and is thus ineligible for federal trademark ...
Out with ‘Redskins’ — and everything else! 5.9.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, also is the time for The Post and other sensitivity auditors to get back on — if they will pardon the expression — the warpath against the name of the Washington Redskins. The niceness police at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have won court approval of their decision that the team’s name “may disparage” Native Americans. We have a new national passion for moral and historical hygiene, a determination to scrub away remembrances of unpleasant things, such as the name Oklahoma, which is a compound of two Choctaw words meaning “red” and “people.” Read full article ...
Drought Relief Bill Threatens to Drown Sacred Sites of a Northern California Tribe 26.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Winnemem Wintu men dance by a sacred fire on a morning of cultural dances from different indigenous communities. (Photo: Rucha Chitnis) Members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe in California are bracing for one of their biggest environmental justice struggles yet: opposing a $1.3 billion drought relief bill that would raise the height of the Shasta Dam, and drown their remaining sacred sites and villages. Winnemem Wintu men dance by a sacred fire on a morning of cultural dances from different indigenous communities. (Photo: Rucha Chitnis) Want to challenge injustice and make real change happen? That's Truthout's goal - support our work with a donation today! The McCloud River gurgles and gushes down the Cascade Range, gathering streams from the towering Mount Shasta, a mountain of mythic and sacred symbolism to many. The river pours down three waterfalls over basaltic lava flows, where Chinook salmon once heroically jumped up the falls to spawn and propagate. This August, members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe ...
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The Colonial Origins of Conservation: The Disturbing History Behind US National Parks 24.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The year 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the United States National Park Service. It's time to recognize that conservation dogmas were originally rooted in colonial conquest and inextricably bound up in the genocide committed against Native Americans.       Iconoclasm - questioning heroes and ideals, and even tearing them down - can be the most difficult thing. Many people root their attitudes and lives in narratives that they hold to be self-evidently true. So it's obvious that changing conservation isn't going to be an easy furrow to plow. However, change it must. Conservation's achievements don't alter the fact that it's rooted in two serious and related mistakes. The first is that it conserves "wildernesses," which are imagined to be shaped only by nature. The second is that it believes in a hierarchy, with superior, intelligent human beings at the top. Many conservationists still believe that they are uniquely endowed with the foresight and expertise to control and manage so-called ...
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'Devastating' looting hits Native American archaeological sites 16.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
State parks officials and Native American leaders are decrying what they say has been a devastating spate of vandalism and looting at historically and culturally significant sites in San Diego County's backcountry.
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Snoqualmie Tribe says city is building on sacred ground 13.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The city of Snoqualmie has started construction of a roundabout located near Snoqualmie Falls. The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe says that land is sacred.
The power of Indigenous peoples has never come from voting in federal elections 10.8.2015 - News for the rest of us
The power of Indigenous peoples has never come from voting in federal elections
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Kenyans Put Obama's Visit Under the Microscope 1.8.2015 Global Voices
Kenyans analyzed everything from the hug between Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru to Obama's call to respect gay rights.
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Aboriginal art in the Instagram age 25.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
The sacred tradition of Aboriginal art is finding new audiences through the very modern medium of social media.
Apaches Rally At Capitol, Vowing To Continue Fighting For Sacred Oak Flat 23.7.2015 Politics on
   WASHINGTON -- Apache protesters completed their cross-country journey from the San Carlos reservation in Arizona to Washington, D.C., with a Wednesday rally on the lawn of the Capitol building, protesting Congress’ sale of their sacred Oak Flat to foreign mining conglomerates. The area known as Oak Flat is part of Arizona's Tonto National Forest, and the Apache have used it for generations in young women’s coming-of-age ceremonies. In 1955,  President Dwight Eisenhower  removed it from consideration for mining activities in recognition of its natural and cultural value. But in December 2014, during the final days of the previous Congress, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) added a rider to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act that opened the land to mining conglomerates  Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. That change led to this week's protests in Washington. Wendsler Nosie Sr. and his granddaughter, 16-year-old Naelyn Pike, led the Apache Stronghold coalition with speeches, ...
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Apache Stronghold Caravan Calls to Protect Sacred Sites 20.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe are fighting to preserve sacred sites in Arizona after lawmakers slipped a clause into the National Defense Authorization Act that would allow copper mining in the area. The land in question includes parts of Tonto National Forest, including Oak Flat and Devil's Canyon, and could also impact nearby Apache Leap, an important historic site where a group of Apache who were being pursued by US cavalry plunged off a cliff to their deaths rather than be captured. Resolution Copper Mining, a subsidiary of British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto, has long sought ownership of the land. But the battle is not over. Earlier this month, a group called the Apache Stronghold began a caravan from Tucson, Arizona, to Washington, DC, to call for this land to once again be protected. On their way, they stopped in New York today and joined us in our studio. We speak with Wendsler Nosie Sr., Peridot District Council member and former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. He's the ...
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Judge: Redskins' trademark must be canceled; team to appeal 9.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For the first time in a legal battle that has stretched over 20 years, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native ...
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