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Park Service construction damaged Native American burial sites in Iowa, elsewhere 24.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Imagine being able to drive an all-terrain vehicle right up next to a sacred earthen Native American burial mound. At Effigy Mounds National Monument, you can.
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Navajo high court orders officials to postpone tribe's presidential election, reprint ballots 23.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo high court orders officials to postpone tribe's presidential election, reprint ballots.
Will the FCC try to tackle ‘Redskins’? 16.10.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust and it prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington ...
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First National Mall Memorial Honoring Disabled Vets Opens In D.C. 5.10.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opens on Sunday, Oct. 5. It is the first monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. dedicated to severely wounded veterans of all the nation's wars.
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On National Day of Maize in Mexico, Protecting the Sacred Plant 2.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Adelita San Vicente Tello speaking at local celebration of Mexico's first National Holiday of Native and Creole Seeds. (Photo: Adelita San Vicente Tello)Here we have an opportunity, which is that most corn is still produced by campesinos/as [small farmers]. They still use native seeds, and they use rainwater for sowing – even though they do it in soil that is very degraded and thus produces little. We consider this small-holder production to be an opportunity, because genetic reserves are stored in the native seeds. Traditional knowledge lies within them. This is really where the alternative lies for the food production model, especially when faced with the problem of climate change. I work with an organization called Seeds of Life, which has an office in Mexico City but works throughout the country in Veracruz, Puebla, Jalisco, and Morelos. One thing we do is support the farmers in preserving their seeds by creating corn reserves. We call them reserves so as not to call them “banks”, the capitalist ...
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Maharashtra polls: Congress releases manifesto, promises Rs 500 cr drought fund 2.10.2014 CNN-IBN: India
The Congress on Thursday released its manifesto for the Maharashtra assembly polls, promising increased income limit for beneficiaries of a health scheme from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh, besides police stations for women as well as elimination of manual scavenging in the state.
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Why the Big Tribal 'Payout' Is Only a Start 1.10.2014 Politics on
The complex legal history of the federal government's connection to Native American tribes was on display in separate events last week, neither shining a positive light on this continuum of American history, but both sowing the seeds for a more positive future. The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with the exhibition Nation to Nation and a gala to celebrate the milestone. The exhibit explores treaties that were made between tribes and the United States, a powerful reminder of the long, complicated and painful relationship. The federal government has a second relationship with tribes and Native Americans. The U.S. government also is a trustee to tribes, overseeing assets such as land and the general well-being of tribes. Last week, the government paid the largest settlement to a single Native American tribe in history: $554 million for mismanaging trust assets on behalf of the Navajo Nation. Many other tribes (mine, too) have settled ...
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Tribe: No FedEx 'til team changes name 25.9.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A Native American chief has asked all tribal employees to refrain from using FedEx until the Washington Redskins changes its team name.
U.S. To Pay Navajo Tribe $554 Million In Landmark Settlement 25.9.2014 Green on
By Steve Gorman Sept 24 (Reuters) - The Obama administration has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle longstanding claims by America's largest Indian tribe that its funds and natural resources were mishandled for decades by the U.S. government. The accord, resolving claims that date back as far as 50 years and marking the biggest U.S. legal settlement with a single tribe, will be formally signed at a ceremony on Friday in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the sprawling Navajo reservation. The deal stems from litigation accusing the government of mismanaging Navajo trust accounts and resources on more than 14 million acres (5.7 million hectares) of land held in trust for the tribe and leased for such purposes as farming, energy development, logging and mining. In return for $554 million, the Navajo agreed to dismiss its lawsuit and forego further litigation over previous U.S. management of Navajo funds and resources held in trust by the federal government. The ...
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Native Americans who challenged Redskins name seek dismissal of team's federal lawsuit 23.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Native Americans seek dismissal of Redskins lawsuit against them in trademark case 23.9.2014 Washington Post

The Native Americans fighting the Washington Redskins over trademark protections filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Monday, asking the court to toss the team’s lawsuit against them.

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Peninsula tribe cleans up graffiti on sacred rock 19.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
CHIMACUM, Wash. — A team from the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe recently cleaned up a sacred rock that had been tagged with a pink-and-white “I (heart) Miranda” graffiti.
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Peninsula tribe cleans up graffiti on sacred rock 19.9.2014 AP Washington
CHIMACUM, Wash. (AP) -- A team from the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe recently cleaned up a sacred rock that had been tagged with a pink-and-white "I (heart) Miranda" graffiti....
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Winnemem Wintu War Dancers: Shasta Dam a "Weapon of Mass Destruction" 17.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Minnesota Law Professor Wins $625K ‘Genius Grant’ 17.9.2014 WCCO: National
TeacherA Minnesota lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse is among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." Sarah Deer is a professor at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
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Native Americans ramp up pressure on NFL over Redskins name 17.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories

A poster for the "Change the Mascot" campaign is seen prior to a press conference by the Oneida Indian Nation leaders in Washington, DC, September 16, 2014Washington (AFP) - The beleaguered National Football League (NFL) came under renewed pressure Tuesday from Native Americans to force the Washington Redskins to change its name.

High stakes for tribal casinos in court fight over labor rights 15.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Amanda Becker MOUNT PLEASANT Mich. (Reuters) - After the Saginaw Chippewa fired a housekeeper at the Soaring Eagle casino in 2010, the Michigan tribe found itself at the center of a national legal battle over the reach of U.S. labor law and the sovereign rights of Native American tribes. The housekeeper, Susan Lewis, was fired for soliciting union support among workers at the casino in central Michigan. She challenged her dismissal before the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, which ordered the casino to reinstate Lewis. ...
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Whale huddle braces for clash over Japanese hunting 15.9.2014 World
Nations square off in Slovenia this week over the fate of hundreds of whales in the crosshairs of Japanese and Greenland hunters accused of sidestepping a commercial killing ban. The stage is set for fiery debate among International Whaling Commission (IWC) members, touching on issues of national sovereignty, aboriginal rights and the conservation of Earth's bounty. Trigger issues are Tokyo's plans to relaunch its Antarctic whale hunt despite a ruling of the UN's highest court, and a bid for Greenland's subsistence whaling quota to be enlarged. "We are dealing with some contentious issues and the positions of the countries at the meeting remain far apart," Ryan Wulff, deputy United States commissioner to the IWC, told ...
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A Gathering of the Tribes, Unity in the Black Hills 11.9.2014 Green on
From the Cowboy Indian Alliance (CIA) to Neil Young touring with a message to Honor the Treaties  we have witnessed an unprecedented wave of indigenous activism. With good reason, First Nations Peoples are building alliances with environmentalists, celebrities, and artists in solidarity with people everywhere to protect sacred land from exploitation by industry. Inspired by the Idle No More Movement and traditional teachings,  The International Treaty to Protect the Sacred  signed January 25, 2013 between the Pawnee Nation, the Ponca Nation, the Ihanktonwan Dakota and the Oglala Lakota planted the seeds for the flowering of tribal solidarity. Unify  supported the call from Chief Arvol Lookinghorse on World Peace and Prayer Day to honor sacred sites (#reclaimthesacred) and thousands of people in countries around the world joined in synchronized prayer and ceremony for the June 21 Solstice Celebration. Why you might ask? Because native issues are all of our issues. Their ancient love, reverence, and ...
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US Slammed For Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination 5.9.2014

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, responsible for monitoring members' compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, has published a scathing denunciation of US failures to honor its treaty commitments.


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