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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 rabble.ca - 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 HuffingtonPost.com
   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 ...
Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration 8.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. The ruling by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board. Bruce ordered the federal Patent and Trademark Office to cancel […]
Judge orders cancellation of D.C. football team's trademark registration 8.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee emphasized that the organization is still free to use the name if it wishes. However, the team would just lose some legal protections that go along with federal registration of a trademark.
Federal Judge Upholds Cancellation Of 'Redskins' Trademarks 8.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Washington's professional football team has lost another fight over its name. A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the team cannot legally trademark its "Redskins" nickname, as The Washington Post first reported . The decision upholds a previous ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, which voted 2-1 last year to cancel the team's trademarks . The board ruled in June 2014 that the name was "disparaging to Native Americans" and thus violated federal laws that prohibit trademark protections for demeaning or offensive language. The franchise countered that decision by suing the plaintiffs in the original case, arguing in court filings that the Trademark Board's ruling violated the First Amendment's protections of free speech. The Justice Department intervened in the case to defend the constitutionality of the Lanham Act, the trademark law in question. "Today's ruling by the District Court resoundingly affirmed the Trademark Office’s decision that the team’s ...
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Federal judge orders cancellation of Redskins’ trademark registrations 8.7.2015 Washington Post
The Washington Redskins lost their biggest legal and public relations battle yet in the war over its mascot after a federal judge in Northern Virginia on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the NFL team’s federal trademark registrations, which have been opposed for decades by many Native Americans who feel the moniker disparages their race.Read full article ...
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Federal Court Rules Against Redskins In Legal Battle With Native Americans 8.7.2015 NPR News
The decision takes the team one step closer to losing its trademark protection over the name, which the judge agreed "may disparage" Native Americans.
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Gamblers' abuse claims test sovereignty of US tribal casinos 2.7.2015 AP Business
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) -- For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America's tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse....
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Gamblers’ abuse claims test sovereignty of US tribal casinos 1.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America’s tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse. Casino bosses everywhere have ways of making so-called “advantage players” feel unwelcome, regularly tossing and blacklisting them. But gamblers have […]
Gamblers' abuse claims test sovereignty of US tribal casinos 1.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America's tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse.
Swinomish leader Brian Cladoosby fights for salmon and sovereignty 21.6.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Swinomish chairman achieves national prominence while Indian casinos fuel wealth, influence.
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'Many Paddles, One Canoe': Allies Back First Nations as They Ready Tar Sands Pipeline Fight 16.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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