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Oklahomans Turn "Oilfield Prayer Day" Into a Protest Against Big Oil 21.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
"Pipelines are genocide!" and "Keep the frack out of my water" were just a few of the signs held by protesters at a rally in Oklahoma City on this month. Standing outside the building that houses the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, protesters rallied for nearly two hours to demand that the public utilities commission ban fracking and limit the damage of the fossil fuel industry. The rally was set up to coincide with the one year anniversary of "Oilfield Prayer Day," a  state-sanctioned  event proclaimed by Gov. Mary Fallin in an effort to recognize, as she explained it, "the incredible economic, community and faith-based impact demonstrated across the state by oil and natural gas companies." Last year's celebration involved a prayer breakfast in Oklahoma City with more than 400 people in attendance, including Gov. Fallin, to support an industry suffering from low prices and mass layoffs. Indigenous people and other local residents at this month's gathering said they weren't protesting prayer itself, but ...
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Mylan Calls Allergan's Patent Sale to Tribe a 'Sham' 15.10.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Generic-drug company Mylan has fired back at rival Allergan’s attempt to shield its top-selling eye medication from competition by transferring the patents to an Indian tribe.
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On Indigenous Peoples Day, We Fight for Our Existence -- and Our Liberation 9.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A Water Protector looks on at burned tractors at the Standing Rock camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on October 12, 2016. (Photo: Irina Groushevaia ) Indigenous Peoples Day, in these deeply unsettled times, celebrates our voices, our presence, our bodies in the streets, our scholarship and our writings. This day becomes another occasion to refuse to be silent about sustained violence against Indigenous peoples. A Water Protector looks on at burned tractors at the Standing Rock camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on October 12, 2016. (Photo: Irina Groushevaia ) The only way Truthout can maintain a sanctuary for real, independent news is with your support. Make a tax-deductible donation today! It is as predictable as any other annual US holiday or commemoration: National mainstream media devote sound bites to Columbus Day and the meaning of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the "New World," while Columbus Day sales hit the stores. Meanwhile, op-eds and letters to the editor register Indigenous people's ...
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Reverse Patent Trolls Are Harming Drug Innovation---and Patients 9.10.2017 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Generic competition is good, but the law Congress passed in 2011 puts unfair burdens on innovators.
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Partnership Between Drug Giant And Native American Tribe May Affect Patent Challenges 20.9.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
A drug company and a native tribe in upstate New York have struck a deal to use the tribe's sovereign status to enhance the patent protection for the drug company's products.
Hotline service aims to help abused Native American women 18.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new hotline has launched in New Mexico meant to provide assistance to female Native American tribe members who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse. KRQE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2fePExZ ) 56 percent of Native American women are physically abused by an intimate partner. Native Americans make up 10 percent of New […]
Family marks 300 years in America, pays respects to Indians 17.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) — More than 100 descendants of Christian and Adelheide Hershey — nee Hirschi, from Switzerland via Germany — disembarked from two tour buses Friday morning and trudged through a cornfield near Manheim to visit a sacred site. They gathered at the graves of Michael and Mary, last surviving members of the Conestoga […]
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Decapitated and doused with red paint: Vandals target St. Junipero Serra statue at Santa Barbara mission 15.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Vandals decapitated statue of Saint Junipero Serra and poured red paint on it this week at the Old Mission Santa Barbara.
A legal spat between pharmaceutical companies defines what's wrong with our drug regulations 13.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Lawsuits in the pharmaceutical industry are as common as TV ads promoting wonder drugs, never mind the horrific side effects relegated to a breathless, fast-talking voice over at the end.

Typically, however, the plaintiffs in these lawsuits accuse the defendants of patent infringement. (The defendants...

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Fish guts, heritage tomatoes: Red Lake works to feed its own 12.9.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Most of the 5,000 people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation buy their food at the Bemidji Walmart, but that might not be the case for long. Tribal leaders are working toward independent "food sovereignty."
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Drug giant crafts patent deal with Indian tribe 9.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Allergan said it will transfer the rights to dry-eye drug Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, in a move designed to quash challenges filed at the U.S. patent office by rival drugmakers.
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Allergan Partners With Indian Tribe to Protect Drug Patents 9.9.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
To protect a top-selling drug from generic competition, Allergan PLC has sold the drug’s patents to an Indian tribe in upstate New York to block rivals from challenging the patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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L.A.'s Gift to Trump 1.9.2017 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The city council bans Columbus Day, echoing the Ku Klux Klan.
Dakota Access pipeline owner sues Greenpeace for 'criminal activity' 23.8.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Energy Transfer Partners alleges Greenpeace and other "eco-terrorist groups" tried to block its pipeline with "campaigns of misinformation." Greenpeace says the suit is a bid to "silence free speech."
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White Earth tribe holds high hopes for hemp 9.8.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The tribe's invested nearly $100,000 to grow a few acres of industrial hemp on the edge of the reservation. It's an experiment White Earth leaders believe could plant the seeds for future economic success.
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Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans 7.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

When Republicans made yet another unsuccessful attempt to take away healthcare from millions of Americans last month, Native Americans, specifically Alaska Natives, worked to ensure that Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against the plan, sealing its defeat.

They fought against the “skinny repeal” because...

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From Seed to Smoke, Uruguay Is Now First Nation to Oversee Pot Sales 20.7.2017 Wall St. Journal: World
Tiny South American country embarks on ambitious experiment to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana.
The Future of US Education Is Standing Rock 4.7.2017 Truthout.com
Faced with devastating debt, dangerous climate change and unprecedented inequality, the US should rethink its education system. Mainstream schools can look to the "Defenders of the Water School" in Standing Rock for inspiration: It engaged a curriculum centered in Indigenous knowledge and grounded not in a culture of extraction, dispossession and elimination but in the ethics of relationship and accountability to each other, as well as to future generations. The four main teachers at Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa, Defenders of the Water School: Jose Zhagnay, Blaze Starkey, Alayna Eagle Shield and Teresa Dzieglewicz. (Photo: Jeremy Garcia, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona) As a professor of education, an Indigenous scholar and member of the  NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective , I was ecstatic to learn that the Wallace Global Fund recently named the Standing Rock Sioux the inaugural recipient of the  Henry A. Wallace Award , a $250,000 prize that includes up to an additional $1 million to ...
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Algonquin elders hold Faith Is Peace walk to save sacred site Akikodjiwan 30.6.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Albert Dumont A special moment in my life took place last Friday June 23, when Algonquin elders took part in the Faith is Peace walk from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill. What made this walk so profoundly joyful and memorable for me is the fact that many of the region's faith leaders walked with us in support of our struggle for sacred Akikodjiwan (Chaudière and Albert Islands). Together we stood as one! Shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, Indigenous roots intertwined with settler roots, the walk became a moving, breathing statement to Canada. All present were in agreement: First Nations spirituality is a faith. And as a faith with its own unique foundation and creation story, the First Peoples' places of worship must be protected. Shielding them from abuse must be done with the same force and vigour Canadians would put into motion to protect a synagogue, a temple, a mosque, a church or any house of worship in a free world, if it came under attack by people who had no respect for it. Are we not ...
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Washington Redskins win trademark fight over the team’s name 30.6.2017 Washington Post
The Native American group fighting the NFL team over its trademark registrations ended a nearly-25-year legal fight in federal appeals court. In the aftermath of a June 19 Supreme Court ruling, the Justice Department also gave up its fight against the team.
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