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United Shades of America
W. Kamau Bell: The United States has broken this fundamental promise over 300 times

by W. Kamau Bell, CNN - 13 AUG 2022

The story of the founding of the United States of America is about colonists from England and various European countries agreeing to put aside their differences to unite against the British. But nobody invited the Indigenous people of this land -- who already lived here and who already had their own agreements in place -- what they wanted or what they thought about these violent gentrifiers.

Nobody asked the Indigenous people, who already knew the land since time immemorial, how they thought this should best go down. Nope. The "founding fathers" just took the ideas they liked from Indigenous cultures, threw away what they didn't and slaughtered the Indigenous people in their way.
This Sunday's episode of "United Shades of America" is about the Indigenous people of this land and how many of them are tired of being told where and how they can be on their land. Simply put, they want their land back....
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Shahrzad Elghanayan; Dan Koeck / NBC News; Getty Images
The Cost of Green Energy: The nation’s biggest lithium mine may be going up on a site sacred to Native Americans
by Chloe Atkins and Christine Romo, NBC News  -  11 AUG 2022

Thacker Pass, a remote valley in the high desert of northern Nevada, will always be sacred for Gary McKinney of the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. He often visits to honor ancestors said to be killed here by U.S. soldiers in 1865.

“It’s been a gathering place for our people,” said McKinney, who lives on the Duck Valley Reservation, 100 miles to the east.

McKinney and others are now fighting a new battle over an open-pit mine planned for Thacker Pass, which sits atop a massive lode of lithium.

Driven by soaring demand for lithium, which is vital to electric car batteries and renewable energy, a company called Lithium Americas hopes to break ground this year on the biggest lithium mine in the U.S. The huge project on public land, approved by the Trump administration in its final days, has sparked an outcry and a lawsuit from some area Native American groups, environmental activists and a rancher. There are also questions about whether the federal government fulfilled its obligation to seek input from Native American groups before the project, and a difference of opinion within those groups over the site’s importance and the mine’s desirability. Opposition to the project among local Native Americans is not unanimous....

But environmentalists note that it would create hundreds of millions of cubic yards of rock waste, and that next to the pit would be an “acid plant” using sulfuric acid — 5,800 tons daily — to process lithium. According to an environmental impact statement from the federal Bureau of Land Management, the mine would be an open pit 2.3 miles long, a mile wide and almost 400 feet deep, covering an area slightly larger than New York’s Central Park.... (Click photo or headline to read more)
View of ANWR. Image-Steven Chase/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Gwich’in leaders denounce Senate Leadership for slamming the door on sacred lands in the Arctic Refuge
by Aileo Weinman | Alaska Wild, Alaska Native News  -  08 AUG 2022

Gwich’in leaders were deeply disappointed Sunday by the decision by the Senate to slam the door on protecting sacred lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of budget reconciliation–the very same process by which the destructive oil and gas mandate was tucked into the 2017 Tax Act. The failure to repeal the Arctic Refuge oil and gas program in the Inflation Reduction Act undermines its claims of meaningful climate action.

“In the Arctic, we’re experiencing a warming climate at four times the rate as the rest of the world, yet Congress has chosen to ignore the health of the Arctic and the Gwich’in way of life by failing to stop this destructive and failed oil and gas program,” said Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. “We will never stop fighting to protect these sacred lands, the Porcupine caribou, and our communities.”... (click photo or headline to read more)

Pope Francis delivers remarks as he meets Indigenous communities — including First Nations, Metis and Inuit — at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Catholic Church in Maskwacis, near Edmonton, Canada, on Monday. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)
The Pope's Apology in Canada Was Historic, but for Some Indigenous People, Not Enough
by Scott Neuman, NPR  --  25 JULY 2022

Years after a Canadian-government-funded commission issued findings detailing a history of physical and sexual abuse of Indigenous children in the country's Catholic-run residential schools, Pope Francis on Monday issued an apology on Canadian soil.

"I am sorry," the pope said, speaking in Maskwacis, Alberta, at the lands of four Cree nations.

"I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples," Francis said near the site of the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School, where ground-penetrating radar has been used to try to locate unmarked graves of students who died while attending the school.

Thousands of children died at the schools, but the true number may never be known

The residential schools forcibly separated Indigenous children from their parents as part of an effort to convert them to Christianity and assimilate them into the wider Canadian culture. In total, 150,000 children from Canada's First Nations tribes were placed in 139 schools run under government contract — most by the Catholic Church — over a 150-year period.

A 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report prompted by the harrowing tales of survivors concluded that "[children] were abused, physically and sexually, and they died in the schools in numbers that would not have been tolerated in any school system anywhere in the country."

The schools were designed "not to educate" the Indigenous children, "but primarily to break their link to their culture and identity," the report said. It concluded that the establishment and operation of the schools "can best be described as 'cultural genocide.'"

Officially, 4,120 children died while in the care of the schools, mostly from diseases such as tuberculosis that ran rampant, according to government statistics. But estimates range considerably higher. The commission, in its report, acknowledged that the true number "is not likely ever to be known in full."... (Click image or headline to read more)

Nearly 200 children buried at the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School. (Photo/Dan Gleiter, PennLive.com via AP)
Indian Country Must Push Back on Conservative Attempts to Whitewash Boarding School History
by Levi Rickert, Native News Online  --  24 JULY 2022

Opinion. About thirty years ago, I made a deal with myself to read at least one book a year written by a conservative right-winger so that I could try to understand the rationale behind their positions on race relations and governmental policy. As the years flew by and the United States became extremely polarized, I stopped reading conservative writings because I found many of their arguments lacked merit and were, quite often, mean-spirited and laced with paternalistic attitudes towards people of color.

So this past Monday when one of my business partners sent me a link to an article entitled “Stirring Up Hatred Against Indian Boarding Schools: The Interior Department joins the movement to rebrand education as cultural genocide,” I read with some hesitation. Published by The American Conservative, the article was written by one of the magazine’s senior editors, Helen Andrews.

Andrews takes issue with the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report that was released on May 11, 2022. She accuses the U.S. Department of the Interior of making a big deal out of nothing.

“This attempt to create a national scandal over Indian boarding schools is a thoroughly political scheme contrived by activists to stoke outrage regardless of the facts. No surprise there, because that is what the issue has always been, from the very beginning,” Andrews writes.

“The strange thing about the residential schools outrage is that for decades the issue simply did not exist,” she continues.

Andrews is dead wrong. Native Americans have known the boarding school issue existed for more than a century. In most tribal communities and Native families, people knew about the wreckage caused by Indian boarding schools, but simply did not speak openly about it. ...
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Playing Indian on Saturday in Lowell, Michigan. (Photo/Facebook)

Pretending to be Native Was Not Pretty in My Hometown
by Neely Bardwell, Native News Online -- 24 JULY 2022

Guest Opinion. Michigan is known for its top vacation spots with sandy beaches on the Great Lakes, but a small town 50 miles inland, in the state, near Grand Rapids, is making itself known for something a little different: racism.

Lowell, Michigan is a town of just over 4,000 people and was the setting of “The River Time Pageant” on Saturday. The ‘pageant’ is put on by the small town’s Historical Museum and the Alto Community Achievers Club. This ‘pageant’ is an attempt at a historical reenactment of the town’s local history. Unfortunately, with a side of racism.

Odawa people once lived on the land now called Lowell where they had interactions with the French fur traders Madame LaFramboise and Daniel Marsac. This watered-down history is what the ‘pageant’ sought to portray.

A friend sent me more than 400 photos of the reenactment. The intention was to provide a historically accurate portrayal, but to me, an Odawa woman, all I saw was a huge display of ignorance, racism, and cultural appropriation.

For the pageant, white people dressed in what they assume to be ‘authentic Native outfits.’ They took to the fairgrounds to run around and pretend to be Indian for a day. How fun it would be to be able to just ‘be Native’ for a single day.... (Click image or headline to read more)

Wild Rice (Photo/NPR)

Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Ojibwe Tribes File Suit Against EPA
by Darren Thompson, Native News Online  --  18 JULY 2022

MINNEAPOLIS—On July 14, the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), citing the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit argues that the EPA approved recommendations by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to lower water quality standards, after tribes in Minnesota and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe voiced against lowering the quality of water.... (Click on image or headline to read more)
The Mackinac Bridge over the Straits of Mackinac. (Photo/WikiCommons)
Michigan Public Service Commission Demands Enbridge Explain their Plan for Line 5
by Neely Bardwell, Native News Online  --  11JULY 2022

The Michigan Public Service Commission has requested data and information on the safety risks of Canadian energy giant Enbridge’s Line 5, noting their application to build a proposed replacement for the segment that runs under the Straits of Mackinac lacks in engineering and safety information, including on the risks of explosion. Enbridge has proposed encasing Line 5 in a tunnel beneath the Straits.

In 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer terminated the easement that permits the dual pipeline to cross the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge continues to use the pipeline, effectively trespassing, as they violate the termination notice.

Should Line 5 break or leak, it will threaten the drinking water of more than 40 million people.... (Click image or headline to read more)
The Court’s decision in Egbert v. Boule might have made the difference on whether damages would be charged in Jared Nally’s case. (Photo/Gary Rohman/FIRE)
How a Recent Supreme Court Decision Derailed a Native Student Journalist’s Free-Speech Lawsuit
by Andrew Kennard, Native News Online  --  15 JULY 2022

A June 8 Supreme Court decision involving First Amendment rights has trickled down to stymie a Native student newspaper editor’s lawsuit against the ousted president of Haskell Indian Nations University.

The ruling in Egbert v. Boule declined to allow for damages claims against federal officials for retaliation under the First Amendment, Katlyn Patton, a staff attorney for the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), told Native News Online.

“At this stage, Congress would need to act to create that remedy,” Patton said.

The case impacts issues of damage claims when a federal official violates someones rights....  (Click image or headline to read more)
Duane Hollow Horn Bear beside his great-grandfather, Chief Hollow Horn Bear, a prominent Lakota leader who fought for his people's treaty rights at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He later appeared on the first 14-cent stamp issued by the U.S. Post Office in 1922. Photo: Hollow Horn Bear. (Photo/Courtesy; Photo/Library of Congress)
How Indian Boarding Schools have Impacted Generations; Part One: Survivors
by Jenna Kunze, Native News Online  --  15 JULY 2022

This is the first in a three-part series following the intergenerational effects that the United States government’s century and a half practice of placing Indian children in boarding schools has had on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This story was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's 2021 Data Fellowship.

In the final week of May, the Saint Francis Indian School on the Rosebud Indian Reservation is buzzing with graduation spirit. Children already dressed for summer float a yellow balloon back and forth outside their classroom. Five- and six year-olds march the hallways in traditional ribbon skirts and paper crowns, and one girl wears pink butterfly wings... (Click image or headline to read more)
A book of early writings by former Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller are being released in a book on June 6, 2022 by Pulley Press. The poems were found in an old barn on Mankiller Flats in Oklahoma. Mankiller died in 2022. (Photo courtesy of Pulley Press)
The Lost Poems of Wilma Mankiller
The former Cherokee chief's early writings, found in a dusty barn in Oklahoma, offer insights into her rise to leadership

by Frances McCue, Special to Indian Country Today  --  30 MAY 2022

Editor’s note: Frances McCue is co-founder of Pulley Press, which will publish the recently discovered poems of the late Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Wilma Mankiller Foundation. This is the story of how the poems were found.

We were driving to Mankiller Flats in hopes of finding the lost poems of legendary Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller.

That’s how I ended up at the hottest time of the year — in the blistering 100 degrees of August 2021 — in the back cab of a Silverado pick-up truck, bumping through northeastern Oklahoma, not far from the Arkansas border. ...

Community organizer Charlie Soap, Mankiller’s widower, sat in the front seat, and our mutual friend, Greg Shaw, was driving. Charlie and Greg grew up near here, and had been friends for more than 30 years....
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Indigenous families seek justice for boarding school abuse. For decades, Native Americans have felt the lasting trauma of Indian boarding schools and fought to find healing. Efforts are underway to identify the true scope of the abuse.
Tribal Elders Testify Before Federal Officials on Painful Memories of Indian Boarding Schools
They shared their stories at Interior Sec. Deb Haaland's listening tour.

byDeena Zaru, ABC News  -  11JULY 2022

Native American tribal elders who attended Indian boarding schools as children shared their memories of physical and sexual abuse and emotional suffering with federal officials on Saturday, as the Biden administration confronts the U.S. government's role in a painful chapter of U.S. history.

"I still feel that pain," 84-year-old Donald Neconie said at the event, which took place at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma, according to the Associated Press.

Neconie said that Riverside, which opened in 1871, has changed today but said, "I will never, ever forgive this school for what they did to me."

More than 500 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children died over the course of 150 years in Indigenous boarding schools run by the American government and churches to force assimilation, according to a report released in May by the U.S. Interior Department.

Neconie, a former U.S. Marine and member of the Kiowa Tribe, recalled being beaten if he cried or spoke his native Kiowa language when he attended Riverside for more than a decade starting in the late 1940s.

"Every time I tried to talk Kiowa, they put lye in my mouth," he said, according to the AP. "It was 12 years of hell."

Brought Plenty, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, said she was forced to cut her hair at a school in South Dakota and was forced to whip other girls with wet towels as punishment.

"What they did to us makes you feel so inferior," she said at the event, according to the AP. "You never get past this. You never forget it."... (click the headline to read more and watch the video)

Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe), left, Judith LeBlanc (Caddo Nation of Oklahoma), center, and Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), right, spoke on the topic of activism at the 2022 National Unity Conference
Young People Called to Action at National Native Youth Conference
More than 1,600 attended the event in Minneapolis.

by Maya Rao, Star Tribune  -  11 JULY 2022

The young Navajo woman broke down in tears as she described how tribal members in the Southwest had unsuccessfully battled the building of a border wall on sacred ancestral sites.

"When you lose that fight, what do you do?" she asked, standing in an audience before a panel of Indigenous elders. "What do you do after all that?"

More than 1,600 people from across the country came to the Minneapolis Convention Center in recent days for a tribal youth conference, and they eagerly sought insight from activists they'd heard so much about growing up. The panel commiserated with their questioner....
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[Navajo] Veterans' Trust Fund Budget Decreases in Fiscal 2023
by Hannah John, Navajo Times - 11 JULY 2022

WINDOW ROCK -- During the Budget and Finance Committee's regular meeting on Tuesday, James Zweirlein, director of the Veterans Administration Department, gave an update on the veterans' trust fund budget for fiscal year 2023.

Zweirlein said the controller's office had not calculated allocations for the budget correctly....

"Started looking into this because individuals wanted the budget to be allocated following the 50-50 formula that the Navajo Nation utilizes," he said.

However, he said the formula does not apply to veterans' funds. Due to the continued digging by the individuals, Zweirlein said they found the OOC calculations were wrong, and it will result in a 60% decrease in the funding allocation for this year.

"We're going to go from $4.8 million to $2 million,"ť he said....
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Diné bull rider Keyshawn Whitehorse signed as a free agent with the Arizona Ridge Riders on Thursday. The inaugural PBR Team Series starts on July 25 and 26 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days. The series will have 12 events, finishing with the PBR Team Series Championship in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena
Nov. 4 to 6.
Whitehorse Signs with Arizona Ridge Riders
by Quentin Jodie, Navajo Times  -  08 JULY 2022

The Arizona Ridge Riders acquired Keyshawn Whitehorse on Thursday as a free agent for the inaugural PBR Team Series.

Whitehorse said he’s blessed to have signed with the Arizona team and he’s looking to make a strong impression.

“I’m just super ecstatic about it,” he said. “I’m pretty happy to be able to sign on with the Arizona Ridge Riders.

“Honestly,” he said, “it’s one of the few teams that I wanted to be on, so I have no problems signing with a great program like the Ridge Riders.”

The team series will have 11 events starting with the Cheyenne Frontiers Days July 25 and 26.....
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by Line 3 Legal Defense Project, Censored News  -  06 JULY 2022
Contact: Claire Glenn
Attorney-Fellow for the Line 3 Legal Defense Project

Three Indigenous Water Protectors have had their criminal cases dismissed in a major legal victory for Indigenous sovereignty and treaty-reserved rights.

Anishinaabe Water Protectors Nancy Beaulieu, Justin Keezer, and Todd Thompson were charged with criminal trespass for their presence at the Fire Light Camp, an eight-day ceremonial camp held at the Mississippi River in June 2021. The Fire Light Camp was located on territory ceded to the United States by treaty, where Enbridge Energy Corporation was building its Line 3 fossil fuel pipeline to cross the river near its headwaters.

Pipeline construction threatened sacred waters, including the Mississippi headwaters, as well as the concomitant ability to hunt, fish, gather, and engage in religious and cultural practices central to Anishinaabe people, and threatened the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirits as part of the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives. In the face of these threats, Indigenous Water Protectors and their invited guests lit a ceremonial fire, gathered in prayer, and camped on the matting that stretched over the Mississippi River so that Enbridge's pipeline could be built through it....
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North Dakota Capitol. (Photo by Richie Diesterheft, Creative Commons)
Judge Refuses to Dismiss Tribes' Lawsuit over Redistricting
One tribe argues that the map 'packs' tribal citizens into a single House district on its reservation while diluting their vote with non-Native voters in the non-reservation subdistrict

by James MacPherson, AP, Indian Country Today  -  11 JULY 2022

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota has denied the state’s request to throw out a lawsuit brought by two Native American tribes that allege the state’s new legislative map dilutes tribal members’ voting strength.

The lawsuit filed in February by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the Spirit Lake Tribe alleges that the state's Republican-led Legislature's new map violated the Voting Rights Act.

U.S. District Judge Peter Welte’s ruling Thursday dismissed the state’s argument that the tribes lacked the standing to sue.

Welte, who is based in Fargo, said the state’s argument was without merit and the tribes “do have standing to protect the voting rights of its members.”ť...
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TVA Repatriating Remains of 86 Ancestors to EBCI
by Scott Mckie B.P., Cherokee One Feather  -  29 JUN 2022

The ancestral remains of 86 individuals are being repatriated to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). They are from an archaeological dig in the northern part of Alabama in Lauderdale County.

“This is not the largest reburial that the THPO has completed, but it is quite a large number of ancestors amid a complex project,” said Miranda Panther, EBCI NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) officer. “I would say that this reburial has been one of the longest ongoing undertakings that we have participated in, as there have been numerous looting incidents throughout the years, delays in getting an inventory finalized, and unique protection considerations to be taken into account.”

Marianne Shuler, TVA senior specialist, archaeologist, and tribal liaison cultural compliance, said of the site, “1LU496 is a well-known significant archaeological site that contains over 9,000 years of occupation. The site was excavated by the University of Alabama in the late 1980s thru early 2000s and held multiple field schools to train archaeologists. This site became the focus of intense research into the earliest occupations of the Tennessee River Valley in north Alabama. The years of excavations that occurred at this site resulted in the removal of Native American ancestral remains and funerary objects.”ť... (click image or headline to read more)
Cherokee Nation citizen Dwight Birdwell, 74, is the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic service during the Vietnam War after President Joe Biden awarded him the military's highest recognition Tuesday, July 5 at the White House. (Anadisgoi photo)
Cherokee Nation Citizen Awarded Medal of Honor
by admin, Cherokee One Feather  -  06 JULY 2022

WASHINGTON — Cherokee Nation citizen Dwight Birdwell, 74, is the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic service during the Vietnam War after President Joe Biden awarded him the military’s highest recognition Tuesday, July 5 at the White House.

“Not every service member has received the full recognition they deserve,” President Biden said during the Medal of Honor ceremony. “Today, we are setting the record straight.”

Although more than 50 years have passed since the jungles of Vietnam, where Birdwell first proved his mettle, Biden said “the tide has not diminished” for his astonishing bravery, selflessness, and putting the lives of others ahead of his own, in which the nation owes its gratitude.

Specialist Five Birdwell was a soldier with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary, 25th Infantry Division. On Jan. 31, 1968, the enemy launched an attack in Saigon.

While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist 5 Birdwell’s tank commander was incapacitated and many of the unit’s vehicles were disabled or destroyed. Birdwell moved the tank commander to safety. Himself, wounded, he took command. He continued fighting until receiving enemy fire to his face and torso, and even when he ran out of ammunition, remained on the battlefield until reinforcement arrived. He then aided in evacuating the wounded.

“Mr. Birdwell is someone I deeply respect, not only for his service to our Tribal Nation, but also for his service to our country,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., who attended the White House Medal of Honor ceremony. “Honoring his heroic deeds and bestowing the Medal of Honor to him is the right thing to do for his valiant actions during the Vietnam War. He is a true Cherokee patriot who put his own life at risk without hesitation and expected no commendation.”ť... (click image or headline to read more)
Assistant Secretary of the Interior - Indian Affairs Bryan Newland and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland listen to testimony from Indian boarding schools survivors. (Photo/Levi Rickert for Native News Online)
Interior Leaders Hear Poignant Testimonies at the Beginning of the “Road to Healing” Tour at Oklahoma Indian Boarding School
by Levi Rickert, Native News Online  -  09 JULY 2022

ANADARKO, Okla. — In the packed Riverside Indian School gymnasium on Saturday, July 9, 2022, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community) began the Road to Healing Tour.

Haaland and Newland were joined by other Interior Department staff, numerous Oklahoma tribal officials, tribal community members, and several survivors of the Riverside Indian Boarding School.

Haaland said she wants to use her position as Secretary of the Interior for the good to address the intergenerational impacts caused by the Indian boarding schools.

“To do that, we need to tell our stories. Today is part of that journey. Oklahoma is our first stop on the road to healing, which will be a year-long tour across the country to provide indigenous survivors of the federal Indian boarding school system and their descendants….,” Haaland said....
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Onondaga Land Back (Photo/Sec. Deb Haaland Instagram)
One Thousand Acres Returned to Onondaga Nation
by Jenna Kunze, Native News Online - 30 JUN 2022

On Wednesday, June 29, 1,000 acres of ancestral homeland in the Tully Valley in Central New York was returned to the Onondaga Nation.

The land return–one of the largest transfers from a state to an Indigenous nation—was part of a 2018 Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement. The settlement is an agreement between the Dept. of the Interior’s trustees U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the landowner, Honeywell International Inc., to transfer the land title back to the tribe.

In 2005, the Onondaga Nation filed a federal lawsuit against the State of New York for taking 2.5 million acres of their homeland in violation of federal law and treaties between 1788 and 1822. The case was dismissed in 2010, and the Nation then brought the case to the International Court of Justice at the United Nations in 2014....
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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Native American Leaders Push for Boarding School Commission on Truth and Healing
by Susan Montoya Bryan, AP, Navajo-Hopi Observer - 05 JULY 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has a responsibility to Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages and Native Hawaiian communities to fully support and revitalize education, language and cultural practices that prior boarding school policies sought to destroy, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said June 22.

Haaland testified before a U.S. Senate committee that is considering legislation to establish a national commission on truth and healing to address intergenerational trauma stemming from the legacy of Native American boarding schools in the United States.

As the first and only Native American Cabinet secretary, Haaland’s voice cracked with emotion and her eyes welled as she addressed the committee.

Haaland, who is from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, said the forced assimilation that happened over a century and half through the boarding school initiative was both traumatic and violent. She noted she herself was a product of those policies as her grandparents were removed from their families and sent to boarding schools.

“Federal Indian boarding school policy is a part of America’s story that we must tell,” Haaland said. “While we cannot change that history, I believe that our nation will benefit from a full understanding of the truth of what took place and a focus on healing the wounds of the past.”...
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This June 20, 2017, photo provided by Chris Wonderly shows Hovenweep Castle at Hovenweep National Monument on the Colorado-Utah border. The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument stretching across the Utah-Colorado border that houses sacred tribal sites. Included in the Bureau of Land Management’s September oil and gas lease sale is about 47 square miles (122 square kilometers) of land north of Hovenweep National Monument, a group of prehistoric villages overlooking a canyon with connections to several indigenous tribes throughout the U.S. Southwest. (Chris Wonderly/National Park Service, via AP)
Supreme Court Widens State Power over Tribes. What Does It Mean for Utah?
by Curt Gresseth, KSL NewsRadio - 30 JUN 2022

SALT LAKE CITY — In a 5-t0-4 decision Wednesday, the US Supreme Court ruled that states can prosecute non-tribal suspects who commit crimes in Indian country against Native Americans. Dustin Janson, director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, joined KSL at Night host and attorney Greg Skordas to discuss the high court’s ruling and its implication for tribes in Utah.

Before the Supreme Court ruling, states had the authority to exercise jurisdiction over criminal activity that involved a non-Native perpetrator against a non-Native victim....
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Navajo Nation (Photo/Wanda Begay)
National Congress of American Indian Adapts Resolution Supporting the Rights of Nature
by Jenna Kunze, Native News Online - 30 JUN 2022

Earlier this month, the National Congress of American Indians adopted a resolution supporting the rights of nature at its mid-year conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest and largest group representing American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities.

The resolution, developed by Menīkānaehkem and the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, asserts that Indigenous Peoples “authority and ability…to protect the natural environment is essential to our inherent sovereignty and self-determination,” an ability at risk “from the many environmental crises that we face today,” and exacerbated by “environmental laws [that] treat nature and Mother Earth as a non-living entity existing for human use.”

Additionally, the resolution references tribal efforts already in effect to protect and enforce the rights of nature, including the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin’s resolution recognizing rights of the Menominee River; The White Earth Band of Ojibwe’s ‘Rights of Manoomin,’ (wild rice); The Yurok Tribe recognizing the rights of the Klamath River; and the Nez Perce recognized rights of the Snake River; and both The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Oneida Nation recognizing rights of nature laws and resolutions....
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Havasu Falls, one of five Havasupai waterfalls deep in Arizona’s Havasu Canyon, an offshoot of Grand Canyon National Park but on lands administered by the Havasupai Indian Tribe. Carol M. Highsmith/Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Havasupai Tribe: Pinion Plain Uranium Mine Threatens Our Existence
by Shondiin Silversmith, Arizona Mirror; Tucson Sentinel  -  28 JUN 2022

For decades, the Havasupai Tribe has voiced its opposition against the operation of Pinyon Plain Mine, a uranium mine located about 10 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

“As the Havasupai Tribe, we have stood strong continuing the protection of the natural resources in and around the Grand Canyon region,” Havasupai Vice-Chairman Edmond Tilousi said in a written statement.

The Havasupai Tribe and several conservation groups have opposed this mine for years and were even involved in a lengthy legal battle that sought to close the mine, but a federal judge ruled in the mine’s favor in 2020.

But that hasn’t stopped the Havasupai from trying to stop the mine. Its latest effort comes in the form of a letter of opposition to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), which recently issued an aquifer protection plan permit to the mine.

In announcing the permit, the state agency in April acknowledged the tribe’s opposition, but said that “careful consideration and comprehensive review of the extensive technical record for the mine” led it to approve the permit.

An Arizona Aquifer Protection Permit is required for any facility that discharges pollutants into the groundwater, according to the ADEQ website....
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CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT" -- Winston Churchill
"Somebody’s Daughter" – MMIW documentary supported by Congressman John Lewis
Days Before His Cancer Diagnosis, Rep. John Lewis Embraced the “Moral Obligation ” to Act on the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Crisis”
by Native News Online Staff, Native News Online  -  01 JAN 2020

WASHINGTON — “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something. Dr. King inspired us to do just that,” says Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), known as “the conscience of the US Congress.” Before his recent stage IV pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Congressman Lewis applied that moral code to the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis.

In late November, Congressman Lewis committed to introducing what has been described as “meaningful and comprehensive legislation” to address the MMIW tragedy based upon the recommendations of the Global Indigenous Council (GIC), Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA)....
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Somebody's Daughter Poster
Somebody’s Daughter to premiere at the Native American Presidential Forum in Las Vegas
Global Indigenous Council  -  01 JAN 2019

“Four Directions, along with Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Blackfeet Nation, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Global Indigenous Council to Present World Premiere of Somebody’s Daughter at the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum 2020.”

The world premiere of Somebody’s Daughter will be at the 2020 Native American Presidential Forum at the UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada on January 15. A documentary about the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) tragedy, Somebody’s Daughter has been endorsed by civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). On 12/29, Congressman Lewis announced that he is fighting stage IV pancreatic cancer. In late November, Congressman Lewis committed to advancing legislation to address the MMIW crisis and offered his full support to the documentary and ongoing efforts by the Global Indigenous Council, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council and Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association to raise national awareness and impact the tragedy.

“A very powerful and important film for the world to see – equal parts beauty and tragedy, it reveals the horrific truths that are sure to ignite change,” is how award-winning indigenous actress and director Georgina Lightning describes Somebody’s Daughter. Lightning’s comment not only honors the intent of Congressman Lewis, to “ignite change,” but reflects pre-release industry reaction to the documentary. Georgina Lightning was the first woman to receive the White House Project - Emerging Artist Award, and with Older Than America she became the first North American Indigenous Woman to direct a major feature film that, to date, has garnered 23 awards....
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National and local organizations, including the Phoenix Indian Center, are working to ensure a more accurate count for Native Americans in the 2020 census. (Photo by Deagan Urbatsch/Cronkite News)
Native American Leaders Determined to Prevent Repeat of Last Census Undercount
by Deagan Urbatsch, Cronkite News - 24 DEC 2019

PHOENIX – Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the 2020 census, the Census Bureau says.

But lack of trust is the biggest reason, said Patty Hibbeler, chief executive of the Phoenix Indian Center, which provides workforce and youth development, drug and alcohol prevention and language and culture revitalization.

“It comes from a very long and very negative history with the federal government,” she said.

In the 2010 census, 4.9% of American Indians living on reservations and Alaska Natives went uncounted – the highest of any group, according to an official Census Bureau audit. One in 7 Natives was left out of the equation the federal government uses to distribute more than $600 billion based on census data.

Native Americans, along with Latinos and African Americans, have been undercounted since the first census in 1790.

To halt this historical financial, political and societal disparity, an Arizona census outreach organization and leaders of local and national Native groups are mobilizing.

Hibbeler wants to avoid a potential undercount in the 2020 census, which officially launches in January, so more federal funds will go to schools, roads, hospitals and other needs of Native Americans in Arizona. The census, which is required by the Constitution every 10 years, also determines which states gain or lose seats in Congress....
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The public execution of 38 Dakota Indians by federal authorities in Mankato, Minn., on Dec. 26, 1862. Approximately 4,000 people came to witness the event. Copied from a sketch by W.H. Childs in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, January 24, 1863, page 285.  Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society
History We Don't Teach: Mankato Hangings an Uneasy Topic for MN Schools

by Solvejg Wastvedt, St. Paul, MPRNews  -  09 JUN 2017

It's a troubling piece of Minnesota's past: Thirty-eight Dakota men hanged from a Mankato gallows in December 1862. Their deaths scarred generations of native people and cemented Minnesota as home to the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

Despite that infamy, if you're a Minnesotan in your 30s or older, it's likely you were never taught about the hangings — or the prairie war between the United States and the Dakota that led to them. Minnesota didn't require students to study that tragic chapter in the state's history.

That past, and how it's taught, surfaced again recently with installation of "Scaffold," a Walker Art Center sculpture built in the shape of a gallows with a reference to the Mankato hangings. It led to an outcry from Dakota community members. While "Scaffold" has been torn down, the controversy has called into question how much Minnesotans know about what happened at Mankato.

"I think it's getting better than it used to be, but there's a long way to go," said Kate Beane, outreach and program manager for the Minnesota Historical Society.

Beane also teaches about Dakota culture and history at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She said every year she asks her students if they know about the U.S.-Dakota War.

"Seven years ago when I started teaching that class maybe one or two hands would be raised. Now I'm seeing more hands being raised," Beane said....
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Indigenous Artifacts Found in the Path of a B.C. Natural Gas Pipeline Could Be Destroyed — and Provincial Permits Allow for It
by Cherise Seucharan, Star Vancouver - 26 DEC 2019

VANCOUVER—Mike Ridsdale’s voice shook as he spoke about ancient artifacts that could be destroyed as construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline continues, through the traditional lands of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.

“Where our ancestors used to be laying, (they’ll be) shoved to the side and made into a pile of dirt,” Ridsdale said.

Under provincial heritage rules, companies can apply for permits that allow them to develop land, but that could also destroy heritage items.

And as the CGL pipeline moves forward — tracking a 670 km path from Dawson Creek to Kitimat — Ridsdale says his nation feels powerless to protect these historic items.

“We need legislative tools for First Nations to have a better say in what is happening on the ground,” said Ridsdale, environmental assessment co-ordinator at the Office of the Wet’suwet’en Nation near Smithers, B.C. “If not, then we are going to lose our culture.”....
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Report: Canadian Police Were Prepared to Use Lethal Force Against Indigenous Land Defenders
Democracy Now - 24 DEC 2019

In Canada, indigenous communities are condemning the Canadian government after it was revealed that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police prepared for the potential use of lethal force against indigenous land defenders resisting the construction of a natural gas pipeline on the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s ancestral land in British Columbia. The Guardian first revealed the documents in which commanders of Canada’s national police force argued “lethal overwatch is required” — a term for deploying snipers. The preparations came ahead of a police raid last January against a protest encampment where indigenous groups have been fighting the Coastal GasLink pipeline. In response to the revelations, the grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in Canada said, “This form of state violence is happening to indigenous peoples around the world. It is disheartening to know that, even in Canada, this same type of planned violence is still being considered against First Nations.”....
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The Dawes Act: How Congress Tried to Destroy Indian Reservations
by Stephen Pevar, OUPblog - 08 FEB 2012

How would you feel if the government confiscated your land, sold it to someone else, and tried to force you to change your way of life, all the while telling you it’s for your own good? That’s what Congress did to Indian tribes 125 years ago today, with devastating results, when it passed the Dawes Act.

During the 1800s, white settlers moved west by the tens of thousands, and the US cavalry went with them, battling Indian tribes along the way. One by one, tribes were forced to relinquish their homelands (on which they had lived for centuries) and relocate to reservations, often hundreds of miles away. By the late 1800s, some three hundred reservations had been created.

The purpose of the reservation system was, for the most part, to remove land from the Indians and to separate the Indians from the settlers. Reservations were usually created on lands not (yet) coveted by non-Indians. By the late 1800s, however, settlers were nearly everywhere, and Congress needed to develop a new strategy to prevent further bloodshed.

The government decided that instead of separating Indians from white society, Indians should be assimilated into white society. Assimilation of the Indians and the destruction of their reservations became the new federal goal....
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Executive Director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association Ryan Flynn addresses attendees at a luncheon, Dec. 12, 2019 in Carlsbad. Adrian Hedden \ Current-Argus
Protests Mount Against Bureau of Land Management's Latest Sale of Public Land to Oil and Gas
by Adrian Hedden, Carlsbad Current Argus - 24 DEC 2019

Tribal and environmentalist groups in New Mexico protested the Bureau of Land Management’s upcoming auction of public land leases slated for February 2020, calling it the latest in a string of sales to the oil and gas industry that failed to account for the impact on the environment and sacred lands.

The groups, led by the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians, claimed to represent more than 5 million members in their opposition to the sale and called on the federal government to cancel plans to lease about 15,000 acres of tribal and federal public lands in New Mexico before a full analysis of potential public health and cultural harm.

Opposition also pointed to a June lease sale that offered almost 40,000 acres for oil and gas development after receiving “thousands” of protests from Native American tribes and other advocates....
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Standing Rock: Gross Underestimates of DAPL Expansion Risks
by Dan West & Jennifer Sass, NRDC - 23 DEC 2019

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) since the historic protests that happened during its construction in 2016. Though President Obama halted construction in late 2016, President Trump lifted the hold as soon as he took office. The pipeline has now been operating for nearly 3 years, despite violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) through its environmental assessment and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) through the destruction of cultural resources during its construction.

As those violations continue to be investigated, the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) is now considering—and set to approve—a massive expansion in the volume of Bakken crude oil carried through the pipeline, despite opposition—both legal and scientific—from the Tribe. Serious safety concerns previously documented by the Tribe were based on the pipeline transporting approximately 500 thousand barrels per day of Bakken crude. Now, an expansion is proposed that would double that volume, to 1.1 million barrels per day (over 46 million gallons/day) moving at increased pressure and higher speed (about 15 feet per second), making an oil spill more likely, and a timely and effective response near-impossible....
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Another day,. another Keystone XL protest.   Photo: Getty
Why a Judge's Order to Let Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Begin Is Still a Win
by Yessenia Funes, GIZMODO - 23 DEC 2019

President Donald Trump is determined on ensuring the Keystone XL Pipeline becomes a reality, including trying to squash lawsuits against him and the project. A court ruled Friday, however, against his motion to dismiss an ongoing lawsuit that could stop the 1,184-mile-long crude oil pipeline.

And that’s pretty amazing.

The gigantic pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day between Alberta, Canada, and the Gulf Coast. Any spill may pose to water and land, and all the oil it could transport will worsen climate change. Former President Barack Obama rejected it in 2015 after protests grew heated. Environmentalists and landowners whose backyard this monstrosity would run through were pumped.

Unfortunately, the current president decided to revive Keystone XL within his first month in the White House through executive order. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris—the same one ruling here—reversed that in November 2018, but that didn’t stop Donald Trump who issued a new presidential permit in April.

Environmental groups such as the Indigenous Environmental Network, sued the administration arguing the new permit was illegal, but the president’s people filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit altogether. The courts denied that Friday, adding the whirlwind that’s surrounded the pipeline for a decade.

“[T]his is a complete win for the tribes on the motions to dismiss,” Native American Rights Fund attorney Natalie Landreth said in a statement. “We look forward to holding the Trump Administration and TransCanada accountable to the Tribes and the applicable laws that must be followed.”....

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. August 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)
Natural Gas And Oil Industry Stalwarts Fueling Biden Campaign
by Carmine Sabia, Citizen Truth - 20 DEC 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden is not going to make many environmentalists and progressive Democrats happy when they learn who is on his staff.

Shady Connections

Biden, 77, has a multitude of people tied to the oil and gas industry on his campaign staff, according to a new report by Real Sludge.

Heather Zichal, the climate advisor for the Biden campaign, used to be a board member at Cheniere Energy, a natural gas company. Andrew Goldman, a former adviser to Biden and a current fundraiser, is the co-founder of natural gas company Western LNG. And Unite the County, the SuperPac that is supporting him, has a former gas lobbyist on its board, Sludge said.

Biggest Connection

But the most dangerous connection to the gas and oil industry is Biden’s campaign co-chairman Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond. Richmond has been a steady vote in favor of the expansion of the production and exporting of natural gas and oil.

He voted in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline and “voted in favor of a bill from Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) that would undermine the environmental review process for natural gas pipelines by stating that all pipelines that transport 0.14 billion cubic feet per day or less should be immediately approved,” Sludge reported....
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Editor Quits Amid Evangelical Newspaper Civil War Over Trump
by Tom Sykes, The Daily Beast - 24 DEC 2019

An editor at The Christian Post has abruptly quit the publication after it aligned itself with Donald Trump as part of a spiraling evangelical Christian civil war. Another evangelical newspaper, Christianity Today, slammed the president as “immoral” and called for his removal from office last weekend, prompting a backlash and recriminations within the evangelical community....

Washington Post link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/12/23/christianity-today-called-trumps-impeachment-why-it-could-cost-magazine/....
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President Trump listens to Billy Graham's son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, during the memorial service for the elder Graham in the Capitol Rotunda in February 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalist Leaves Christian Post Amid Its Plans to Attack Christianity Today
by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post - 24 DEC 2019

The decision by Christianity Today to publish an editorial describing President Trump as “immoral” and calling for his removal drew immediate rebuke from the president himself, who called the outlet “a far left magazine.” The piece drew nearly 3 million unique visitors to the magazine’s website and became the talk of TV news shows over the weekend.

At the same time, the longtime centrist-right evangelical magazine saw a rush of canceled subscriptions — and an even greater wave of new subscribers, magazine President Timothy Dalrymple said. Both he and the author of the editorial, retiring editor in chief Mark Galli, could also face personal and professional consequences, according to interviews with several other conservative Christian leaders and writers who in the past have spoken out critically about Trump.

They described losing book sales, conference attendees, donors, church members and relationships.

Journalist Napp Nazworth, who has worked for the Christian Post website since 2011, said he quit his job Monday because the website was planning to publish a pro-Trump editorial that would slam Christianity Today. Nazworth, who sits on the editorial board as politics editor, said the website has sought to represent both sides and published both pro- and anti-Trump stories....
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Amy Lummer, left, and Jordyn Barry present a book about latkes to children at a Barnes & Noble in Tysons on Sunday during an event meant to share Hannukah traditions.
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Is Judaism an Ethnicity? A Race? A Nationality? Trump Signs an Order and Provokes an Identity Crisis
by Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post - 19 DEC 2019

“People keep coming into my office asking to talk about it,” Jewish educator Jordyn Barry said as she stood in a Barnes & Noble at Tysons Corner Center wearing a menorah on her sweater and a light-up Hanukkah hat.

They want to discuss a question that’s both new and as old as Abraham: What is Judaism anyway?

It’s a religion, yes — but then again, many who identify as Jews aren’t religious. It’s passed down from parents to children and bears recognizable genetic characteristics — but then again, Jews come in all colors and racial backgrounds.

Ethnicity? Nationality? Faith? Culture? Heritage? Even Jews don’t agree on just what Judaism is. And President Trump has thrown that eternal question into sharp relief by signing an executive order meant to strengthen protections against anti-Semitism on college campuses, where the debate over Israel and Palestinian rights has grown increasingly toxic in recent years.

Trump’s order, which he signed at a White House Hanukkah party last week, says anti-Semitism is punishable under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act — a clause that deals only with race, ethnicity and nationality, not discrimination on the basis of religion. The order says Jews can be considered to have been targeted on the basis of their nationality or race as Jews.

Jewish Americans, who are presumably the beneficiaries, are deeply torn about what it all means....

When hate crimes are on the rise, dark corners of the Internet are flooded with vitriol about Jews and both the president and members of Congress have been accused of trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes, the Trump administration’s attempt at protection is viewed with both suspicion and, in some corners, relief....
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Steven Anderson, the firebrand pastor of a Baptist church in Arizona, has preached online that “the Jews believe that it’s okay for them to steal from Gentiles.” 
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How Anti-Semitic Beliefs Have Taken Hold Among Some Evangelical Christians
While Trump calls most Jews disloyal, some American Christians are following pastors who blame Jews for a long list of the nation’s ills.

by Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post - 22AUG 2019

BENSALEM, Pa. — As she cleans up the counter where the teenagers at her church’s Vacation Bible School ate their cookies and yogurt, Luba Yanko complains about the state of the country. President Trump is trying to act on Christian values, she believes. But from what she reads online, it seems that a certain group keeps getting in the way.

Trump, she says, “is surrounded by a Zionist environment with completely different values from Christians. It’s kabbalist (sic). It’s Talmudic values. Not the word of God.”

In other words: It’s the Jews’ fault.

“Why do we have pro-abortion, pro-LGBTQ values, and we do not have more freedom to protect our faith? We are persecuted now,” Yanko says about evangelical Christians like herself. “[Jews] say, ‘We’ve got America. We control America.’ That’s what I know.”

It’s an anti-Semitic viewpoint shared by a number of evangelical Christians across the country. The relationship between Christians and Jews has been fraught for almost 2,000 years since the death of Jesus. Today, with a president who levels accusations about Jews and who encourages his fans to mistrust the mainstream media, a growing number of evangelicals are turning to the Internet for information and finding anti-Jewish beliefs there....
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President Trump appears before a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House on Tuesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Trump quotes conspiracy theorist claiming Israelis ‘love him like he is the second coming of God'
Trump calls Jews disloyal, and embraces 'king of Israel' name for himself

by John Wagner, The Washington Post - 21 AUG 2019

President Trump went on Twitter on Wednesday to quote a conservative radio host and known conspiracy theorist who praised him as “the greatest President for Jews” and claimed that Israelis “love him like he is the second coming of God.”

In his tweets, Trump thanked Wayne Allyn Root for “the very nice words.”

Root has promoted numerous conspiracy theories, including that former president Barack Obama was not born in the United States, that Democratic National Committee staff member Seth Rich was killed by any one of a number of prominent Democrats, that a mass shooting in Las Vegas was coordinated by Muslims and that the person responsible for the death of Heather Heyer at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was paid by a wealthy Democrat.

Root has also been leading an effort to persuade Jews to leave the Democratic Party and support Trump, whom he has previously called the first Jewish president in the same sense the Bill Clinton was sometimes called the first black president.

In his Wednesday morning tweets, Trump quoted Root saying, “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world . . . and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel.”

“They love him like he is the second coming of God,” Trump quoted Root as saying.

Jews do not believe in a second coming....
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Rep. Liz Cheney with House Republican leaders, Congressmen Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise
Rep. Cheney Accuses Tribes of “Destroying Our Western Way of Life” Over Sacred Grizzly Protections
by Staff Writer, Native News Online - 01 AUG 2019

RIVERTON, Wyo. — On a momentous day for Tribal Nations, Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), the House Republican Conference Chairwoman, stated that the successful litigation by tribes and environmentalists to return the grizzly bear in Greater Yellowstone to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “was not based on science or facts” but motivated by plaintiffs “intent on destroying our Western way of life.”

One of the largest tribal-plaintiff alliances in recent memory prevailed in the landmark case, Crow Tribe et al v. Zinke last September, when US District Judge Dana Christensen ruled in favor of the tribes and environmental groups after finding that the Trump Administration’s US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had failed to abide by the ESA and exceeded its authority in attempting to remove federal protections from the grizzly. Tuesday, USFWS officially returned federal protections to the grizzly....
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Trump Ordered Pentagon to Delay Ukraine Aid Less Than 2 Hours after Zelensky Phone Call: FOIA’d Emails
by News Corpse, Daily Kos - December 22, 2019

The fact that Donald Trump has now been impeached (despite what the loons on Fox News say), hasn’t slowed the discovery of new evidence of his guilt. This is one of the reasons that it’s so important to ensure a comprehensive consideration of the Articles of Impeachment when they get transmitted to the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows this, and so do the vast majority of Americans who favor a full and fair hearing, including witnesses and document production....
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Nikki Cooley, Dineh; Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona’s Most Passionate Defender of Wild Places
From her home base in Flagstaff, the Diné educator and former river guide is inspiring the community to protect the landscapes she cherishes most

Outside online  -  20 DEC 2019

Close your eyes and picture the state of Arizona. You’re likely envisioning the Grand Canyon, maybe some saguaro cacti, or a sun-drenched desertscape with craggy buttes. While none of that is wrong, it’s not the full picture, either. In addition to being home to incredible canyons and desert playgrounds, the northern part of Arizona boasts real-deal mountain towns and huge swaths of high-elevation ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and spruce forest.

Flagstaff, a hip high-desert outpost with tons of restaurants and microbreweries, is exactly that kind of place. The former cattle and lumber town sits at 7,000 feet and is surrounded by foothills, shaded by 12,000-foot peaks, and laced with hiking and mountain biking trails. There’s even a ski area, the Snowbowl, just above town. “This area is so unique,” says Nikki Cooley, a Diné educator, Flagstaff resident, and Arizona native. “There’s something for every physical ability to do,” says Cooley. “People are outside all the time, there’s incredible access to the mountains and trails.”...
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Dena Waloki hugs Brad Upton (R), descendant of the commander of the Wounded Knee massacre, on the Cheyenne River reservation in Bridger, South Dakota, 04 November 2019.
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Great-great-grandson of Wounded Knee Commander Asks for Forgiveness
by Brendan O'Brien, Stephanie Keith, REUTERS - 07 NOV 2019

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. (Reuters) - For the last 50 years, Bradley Upton has prayed for forgiveness as he has carried the burden of one of the most horrific events in U.S. history against Native Americans, one that was perpetrated by James Forsyth, his great-great-grandfather.

Forsyth commanded the 7th Cavalry during the Wounded Knee Massacre on Dec. 29, 1890, when U.S. troops killed more than 250 unarmed Oglala Lakota men, women and children, a piece of family history that has haunted the Colorado man since he was a teenager.

This week Upton, 67, finally got an opportunity to express his contrition and formally apologize for the atrocities carried out by Forsyth to the direct descendants of the victims at their home on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota...
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Tribes Win KXL Order in Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. Trump
by Native News Online Staff. Native News Online - 23 DEC 2019

BOUDLER, Colo. — The Native American Relief Fund announced on Friday, December 20, 2019, the organization and their clients, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community (the Tribes) received some great news from a Montana court. The federal court denied the United States federal government’s and the TransCanada’s (TC Energy) efforts to dismiss the Tribes’ case against the KXL Pipeline.

NARF Staff Attorney Natalie Landreth praised the decision, “The court’s decision means that ALL of the tribes’ claims on the current permits will proceed. The only claims dismissed are the ones that the Tribes conceded should be dismissed because they were based on an old permit. So this is a complete win for the tribes on the motions to dismiss. We look forward to holding the Trump Administration and TransCanada accountable to the Tribes and the applicable laws that must be followed.”

NARF Staff Attorney Matthew Campbell also reacted to the news, “Of course, the treaties were agreed to by the president of the United States and ratified by the Senate, so the treaties clearly apply. The court rightly found that today.”.... (click image or headline to read more)

Members of Tuk TV pose at the COP25 conference in Madrid, Spain. The group screened their documentary, Happening to Us, which shows the impacts climate change is having in their home community. (Submitted by Tuk TV)
'Their eyes opened up': Tuktoyaktuk Teens Screen Climate Change Doc at UN Conference
'I'm not afraid to say what I want to say anymore,' says teen following screening in Madrid

by Mackenzie Scott, CBC News - 21 DEC 2019

It was only a few months ago that a group of teens from Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., formed a collective — Tuk TV — and began filming a documentary: Happening to Us.

But what a few months it has been.

The teens recently returned from Cop25 — a United Nations climate change conference held in Madrid — having screened their documentary to attendees from around the world.

The film shows the impact climate change is having on the teens' hometown, where issues like coastal erosion are so dramatic the hamlet is preparing for relocation.

"They really showed concern," said Tuk TV's Carmen Kuptana. "Their eyes opened up when they saw what was happening to our land, and how young kids were really concerned about what was happening."

Four teen filmmakers from Tuktoyaktuk attended the conference. Next to 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, they were the youngest delegates in attendance — something Kuptana thought was "really cool."

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Concerns Over "Man Camps" Aired at Hearing
by Victoria Wicks, SDPB Radio  -  19 DEC 2019


If the Keystone XL pipeline is constructed, workers will stay in 10 camps as they move through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Pipeline opponents have shared concerns about the potential for workers to commit crimes, especially against women.

At a South Dakota Water Management Board hearing on Thursday, Dec. 19, a project supervisor explained how TC Energy contractors keep control over their employees.

The truth is, neither TC Energy contractors nor any other contractors keep control over their employees. There is an epidemic of rapes of women and young, underage girls in the communities surrounding the man camps. It is a known consequence of man camps when pipeline and refinery construction is underway. It is a legitimate cause for concern....
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Campaign to Purge Registered Voters from Rolls in Preparation for the 2020 Election

by Jonathan Brater, Kevin Morris, Myrna Perez, and Christopher Deluzio,
Brennan Center for Justice
- 17 DEC 2019

On April 19, 2016, thousands of eligible Brooklyn voters dutifully showed up to cast their ballots in the presidential primary, only to find their names missing from the voter lists. An investigation by the New York state attorney general found that New York City’s Board of Elections had improperly deleted more than 200,000 names from the voter rolls.

In June 2016, the Arkansas secretary of state provided a list to the state’s 75 county clerks suggesting that more than 7,700 names be removed from the rolls because of supposed felony convictions. That roster was highly inaccurate; it included people who had never been convicted of a felony, as well as persons with past convictions whose voting rights had been restored.

And in Virginia in 2013, nearly 39,000 voters were removed from the rolls when the state relied on a faulty database to delete voters who allegedly had moved out of the commonwealth. Error rates in some counties ran as high as 17 percent.

These voters were victims of purges — the sometimes-flawed process by which election officials attempt to remove ineligible names from voter registration lists. When done correctly, purges ensure the voter rolls are accurate and up-to-date. When done incorrectly, purges disenfranchise legitimate voters (often when it is too close to an election to rectify the mistake), causing confusion and delay at the polls.

Ahead of upcoming midterm elections, a new Brennan Center investigation has examined data for more than 6,600 jurisdictions that report purge rates to the Election Assistance Commission and calculated purge rates for 49 states.  

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President Trump has kept Republicans members of Congress in line throughout the impeachment process.Credit...Pete Marovich for The New York Times
Fear and Loyalty: How Donald Trump Took Over the Republican Party

The president demands complete fealty, and as the impeachment hearings showed, he has largely attained it. To cross him is to risk a future in G.O.P. politics.

by Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times - 21 DEC 2019

Just under four years after he began his takeover of a party to which he had little connection, Mr. Trump enters 2020 burdened with the ignominy of being the first sitting president to seek re-election after being impeached.

But he does so wearing a political coat of armor built on total loyalty from G.O.P. activists and their representatives in Congress. If he does not enjoy the broad admiration Republicans afforded Ronald Reagan, he is more feared by his party’s lawmakers than any occupant of the Oval Office since at least Lyndon Johnson.... (click image or headline to read more)

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, the Social Security Administration's main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Md. More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children rely on monthly Social Security benefits. That’s nearly one in five Americans. The trustees who oversee Social Security say the program has enough money to pay full benefits until 2034. But at that point, Social Security will collect only enough taxes to pay 79 percent of benefits. Unless Congress acts, millions of people on fixed incomes would get an automatic 21 percent cut in benefits. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (AP)
The Trump administration has just declared war on Social Security
by Alex Lawson, Salon  -  20 DEC 2019

An attack on any part of Social Security is an attack on the entire system and all current and future beneficiaries

American workers contribute to Social Security with every paycheck. When they do, they are earning comprehensive insurance protections. Social Security insures against the loss of wages due to old age, disability, or (for the surviving family of a worker) death. While Social Security is best known as a retirement program, disability and survivor’s benefits are equally essential.

An attack on any part of Social Security is an attack on the entire system and all current and future beneficiaries. The latest proposal from Donald Trump’s administration, which is designed to rip benefits away from hundreds of thousands of Americans with disabilities, amounts to a declaration of war on Social Security.... (click image or headline to read more)

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Trump Reportedly Said He Knew Ukraine Meddled in 2016 Election Because ‘Putin Told Me’
by Julia Arciga, The Daily Beast  -  20 DEC 2019

President Trump told a former senior White House official that he knew Ukraine was to blame for the 2016 U.S. election meddling because Russian President Vladimir Putin told him so, The Washington Post reports. The president reportedly embraced theories about Ukrainian interference early in his presidency, but he became more insistent after he met privately with Putin at the July 2017 G-20 summit. After meeting with Putin in Hamburg, Trump repeatedly said he believed that Putin didn’t interfere in the 2016 election—despite the conclusions of U.S. intelligence—and that Ukraine had sought to have Hillary Clinton in office. “Putin told me,” he reportedly told one official. Another former official said there was a “strong belief in the White House was that Putin told him” the information.... (click image or headline to read more)

Trump advisor Justin Clark, pictured here in September, told an audience of influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the GOP will go on offense in 2020 to monitor polls. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

After Admitting "It’s Always Been Republicans Suppressing Votes," Trump Advisor Says Party Will Get Even More Aggressive in 2020

Reporting on Friday shows a top advisor for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign caught on tape in November bragging of the Republican Party's history of voter suppression—and promising to go on the offensive in 2020.

by Eoin Higgins, staff writer; Common Dreams  -  21 DEC 2019

Reporting on Friday shows a top advisor for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign caught on tape in November bragging of the Republican Party's history of voter suppression—and promising to go on the offensive in 2020.

The revelation came from the Associated Press in a report Friday on comments by Trump re-election advisor Justin Clark at an event in Madison, Wisconsin.

"Traditionally it's always been Republicans suppressing votes in places," said Clark. "Let's start protecting our voters. We know where they are... Let's start playing offense a little bit. That's what you’re going to see in 2020."...
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President Donald Trump signs the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Dec. 20, 2019.Andrew Harnik/AP
Space Force Becomes the Newest US Military Service
after Trump Signs Defense Bill

by Luis Martinez, ABC News  -  20 DEC 2019

 The U.S. Space Force has become the nation's newest branch of the military as President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorized the creation of the new military service. Space Force went into operation almost immediately after the legislation was signed into law, but many questions still need to be decided as to how the new military service will function and who will serve in its ranks.

"For the first time since President Harry Truman created the Air Force over 70 years ago, we will create a brand new American military service," Trump said as he signed the defense budget at an event at Joint Base Andrews.

"With my signature today, you will witness the birth of the Space Force, and that will be now officially the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces," Trump said. "The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control the ultimate high ground." (click image or headline to read more)

Ariel Begay disappeared in 2017. Her case highlights the many hurdles families of missing indigenous people face.
by Sonner Kehrt, The Outline  -  10 SEP 2018

The first day that Jacqueline Whitman’s daughter didn’t come home, she wasn’t that worried. It was last summer, the Fourth of July. Twenty-six-year-old Ariel had headed out the day before with her boyfriend, who had picked her up at the three-bedroom house she shared with her mother, her grandfather, and five of her six siblings at the eastern edge of the Navajo reservation in Arizona. She called the next afternoon, telling Jacqueline she’d try to make it home for dinner. She didn’t, but she’d texted the family. (“You jerks,” it said. It was what she always affectionately called them.)

The second day that Ariel didn’t come home, she called her cousins, telling them she was in a town just off the reservation with some friends. But she didn’t call her sister Valya’s three-year-old son, which she usually did every day. On the third and fourth days that Ariel didn’t come home, she didn’t call anyone. And she wasn’t active on Facebook, which was highly unusual. She was always on Facebook. She didn’t respond to texts, and calls to her phone went straight to voicemail.

By the fifth day, Jacqueline was starting to panic. If Ariel didn’t come home that night, she decided, she was going to call the police. Valya made some posters with Ariel’s picture on them, but she didn’t put them up at first; she felt a little ridiculous. “She’s going to come home,” Valya kept thinking. “When Ariel comes home, she’s going to say, ‘Why did you do this? You’re silly.’”

But Ariel didn't come home.... (click image or headline to read more)

“Youth Grieve and Denounce Trump’s Election at UN Climate Talks COP22,” Takver
UN Report Finds Alarming Increase in Murders of Indigenous Environmental Activists  
Nonprofit Quarterly  -  04 SEP 2018

In 2017, NPQ reported that 2016 was the deadliest year for indigenous activists; in the end, 2017 surpassed even that. With large-scale projects promising heaping profits, the alarming trend of the murder, persecution, and criminalization of indigenous peoples continues to rise, as indicated in the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. NPQ readers are encouraged to read the full report, as Tauli-Corpuz explains the crisis and its root causes in detail.

According to the report, the basis for these attacks lies in “the intensified competition over natural resources led by private companies, at times with government complicity” which “has placed indigenous communities seeking to protect their traditional lands at the forefront as targets of persecution.” Tauli-Corpuz explains:

Instances of criminalization and violence arises, in most cases, when indigenous leaders and community members voice opposition to large projects relating to extractive industries, agribusiness, infrastructure, hydroelectric dams and logging. In other instances, indigenous peoples’ ways of life and subsistence are deemed illegal or incompatible with conservation policies, leading to the prohibition of indigenous traditional livelihoods and the arrest, detention, forced eviction and violations of other human rights of indigenous peoples.

Because of this, most of 2017’s attacks and transgressions took place in resource-rich countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and the Philippines. However, we also saw human rights violations unfold in our own backyard with the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Moreover, this is not a new phenomenon. NPQ has been reporting on these human rights violations since at least 2014, covering the murders of high-profile indigenous activists in both Peru and Honduras....
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Trump Can’t Stop Insulting Native Americans  
Jeet Heer, The New Republic  -  07 SEP 2018

On Friday, at a speech in Fargo, North Dakota, the president made a strange appeal to Native American voters. “Maybe they don’t know about what’s going on with respect to the world of Washington and politics, but I have to tell you, with African-American folks, I would say what do you have to lose?” he asked.

Trump has often made disrespectful comments about Native Americans. Testifying before congress in 1993, he challenged the casino license given to some reservations. “If you look, if you look at some of the reservations that you’ve approved, that you, sir, in your great wisdom have approved, I will tell you right now—they don’t look like Indians to me,” Trump said....
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Nisqually Tribal Council Member Hanford McCloud lights sacred fire to open up 17th Protecting Mother Earth conference. Rudi Tcruz
Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral to Fighting Climate Change  
by Jade Begay and Ayşe Gürsöz, EcoWatch  -  05 SEP 2018

Even as the Trump administration rolls back regulations meant to protect Americans from pollution, the EPA recently released a report that finds that people of color are much more likely to breathe toxic air than their white counterparts. The study's basic findings—that non-whites bear a higher burden in terms of pollution that leads to a range of poor health outcomes—is supported by other similar studies, and underpins the issue of environmental injustice that impacts many politically marginalized communities.

It's these communities that are hardest hit by the climate crisis––even though they are the least responsible for causing it. In addition, these communities, by design, are most imperiled by environmentally devastating extractive industries like coal mining, tar sands, fracked gas and more. Let's be clear: Climate change isn't just a scientific issue—it's an issue of racial inequity, economic inequity and cultural genocide.

Indigenous peoples around the world are quickly becoming the generation that can no longer swim in their own waters, fish in their rivers, hunt their traditional foods or pick their traditional medicines. The climate isn't just changing the landscape—it's hurting the culture, sovereignty, health, economies and lifeways of Indigenous peoples around the world. Yet despite the immense impacts climate change and fossil fuel industries have on Indigenous cultures and ways of life, Indigenous communities are tremendously resilient....
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Trump’s Message to Tribes: Let Them Eat Yellowcake
The president’s Bears Ears decision has toxic implications.
by Jacqueline Keeler, Mother Jones  -  17 DEC 2017

This story was originally published by High Country News, and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Uranium, it’s now part of Navajo DNA. With over 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation, people living near these mines are exposed daily to radiation exposure at a rate several times higher than normal background radiation. Last week, President Donald Trump announced he was summarily reducing the Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, thereby opening archaeologically rich sites to uranium mining. 

Over the past two months, at administrative chapter houses adjacent to Bears Ears, 98 percent of Navajos voted in support of the national monument designation. These voters are likely voting for more than the protection of sacred sites. Many are likely also there for a say in the future of the uranium mining that has plagued Navajo communities since World War II, when the development of the atom bomb created a demand for yellowcake.

From the 1940s to the 1980s, 30 million tons of uranium were extracted from mines on the Navajo Nation. Today, more than 500 abandoned uranium mines remain on the reservation, which stretches 27,000 square miles from the south rim of the Grand Canyon past Gallup, New Mexico, and north to the San Juan River in Utah, poisoning the water and carrying in the dust. Only one mine has been cleaned up. It is estimated that total cleanup will cost between $4 billion to $6 billion and could take a century to complete. A recent study by researchers from the University of New Mexico found 85 percent of Navajo homes had uranium contamination, and Navajos living near these mines have higher levels of uranium in their bones than 95 percent of the American population. Even infants have been found to have uranium in their urine.

In a penetrating series of articles on uranium mining’s legacy in the Navajo Nation, published by the Arizona Republic in 2014, Lillie Lane, the Navajo Nation’s Environmental Protection Agency outreach coordinator, told the newspaper the radiation has tainted their chromosomes. “I think we are still in the infant stages of seeing what the impacts are in the gene pool of the Navajo people,” she said.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Trump have tried not to portray the shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante as energy issues. In his announcement at the Utah Capitol steps in Salt Lake City, Trump did not mention “energy dominance,” a favorite phrase. Zinke told reporters prior to the announcement his review was “not about energy.”

Maybe that’s true. In fact, a gaffe the previous week, in which Trump used a ceremony honoring the Navajo Code Talkers for their service as a chance to take a political swipe at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., by again calling her “Pocahontas,” reminded Indian Country that this wasn’t all about energy.

Hiding behind the fig leaf of “local” concerns, Trump expressed outrage at how the monument is allegedly preventing rural families in San Juan County “from enjoying their outdoor activities.”

This turn of phrase inevitably brings to mind Ryan Bundy, son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy who led an armed standoff against the Bureau of Land Management, for which he and several of his sons are presently being tried on federal charges in Nevada. Ryan and his brother Ammon famously led a second armed takeover in 2016 of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and have also been active in Utah. Ryan led armed ATV riders in 2014 over ancient Puebloan villages in San Juan County during a protest organized by County Commissioner Phil Lyman in protest of the closure of an illegally created road through the ruins. In April, Zinke announced the opening of some of these sites (although not the trail Bundy protested) to motorized traffic, citing the right of people with disabilities to have access to them.

Lyman (who was convicted of a misdemeanor for his role in the ATV ride) was on stage with Trump last week for the announcement. Trump flattered Utah Republican leaders who flanked him onstage, including Gov. Gary Herbert, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Rob Bishop. All have been staunch opponents of Bears Ears, a groundbreaking monument proposed by five Indigenous nations: Navajo Nation, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute and Uintah and Ouray Ute.

So in that way, the monument isn’t about energy. But in another way it is, especially when it comes to uranium. During Zinke’s review of 27 national monuments, the Utah legislature submitted a 49-page comment claiming Bears Ears National Monument would destroy the state’s uranium industry.

On Friday, the Washington Post broke the story that Energy Fuels Resources, owners of the Daneros Uranium Mine and the White Mesa Uranium Mill, had lobbied the Interior Department to reduce the monument because it impeded their business interests in the area, effectively refuting Zinke and Trump’s claims energy interests did not play a role. In a May 2017 letter to the Interior, the company’s chief operating officer, Mark Chalmers, urged the monument be reduced because there are “many known uranium and vanadium deposits located within the newly created (Bears Ears National Monument) that could provide valuable energy and mineral resources in the future.”

The monument has many inactive uranium mines and unused mining leases that are not being used due to a poor market for uranium. But one mill, the White Mesa Uranium Mill, is still of concern....
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A Word About Brenda Norrell and Censored News
Al Swilling, SENAA International - 14 FEB 2015
   For those wondering why the vast majority of shared posts on SENAA International's Web site and Facebook page are from Brenda Norrell's Censored News, it's very simple—and very complex. For many years, Brenda Norrell was a major journalist for (forgive me, Brenda) Indian Country Today (ICT) until they censored Brenda's articles and terminated her without cause. After leaving Indian Country Today, Brenda created the appropriately named Censored News.
   While at ICT, Brenda was a voice for the Dineh (Navajo) people at Black Mesa, Arizona, where bed partners  Peabody  Coal  and  the  BIA  were trying to forcibly remove Dineh residents from their ancestral homes in order to strip mine the land of its coal. That greed took the form of a contrived, fictional "land dispute" between Dineh' and Hopi....
Censored News by Journalist & Publisher Brenda Norrell
Censored News - 12 FEB 2015
   Censored News was created in 2006 after staff reporter Brenda Norrell was censored repeatedly, then terminated by Indian Country Today. Now in its 9th year, with 3.7 million page views around the world, Censored News is published with no advertising, grants or sponsors.
   Today, Censored News maintains a boycott of Indian Country Today, whose reporters have relied on plagiarism of others' hard work for years, instead of being present to cover news stories. Now, with a collective of writers, Censored News focuses on Indigenous Peoples and human rights. www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

   Please Donate to and Support this important voice for Indigenous people and human rights. --Al Swilling, Founder, SENAA International
FIXED: Hyperlinks Won't Open in Outlook 2003 Installed on Windows 10
Error Message: "This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."
by Al Swilling, SENAA International  -  06 NOV 2017
    In Windows 10, You open an email in Outlook 2003. You click on a hyperlink in the email. The link does not open. Instead, you get the following error message:
"This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."
    You do a search for a solution, but none of the solutions work for you....

    The solution to this problem is a simple, two-step process, and involves modification of one, possibly two, registry key Default values....
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and What to Do About Them

SENAA International  -  16 FEB 2010
The computing public is becoming increasingly aware of the existence of Local Shared Objects (LSOs), also called "Flash cookies" or "Persistent Identification Elements" (PIEs), the dangers they pose, and the unethical ways that they are placed on our machines. LSOs are the busybodies of  the   Internet,   sticking  their  noses  in   your   personal business  at every opportunity  without  your  knowledge  or consent; and like most busybodies, they're being found out.
   With growing public awareness of LSOs comes a growing demand for effective, real time control of them. Most LSO management solutions offer management or deletion of LSOs after potentially malicious ones have had time to do their damage. Stand-alone LSO management utilities do not offer real time protection, either. This tutorial provides real-time management of LSOs....  (click image or headline to read more)





Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights and Other Amendments
SENAA International  -  28 JULY 2013

   Transcripts of the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights (1st 10 amendments), and other Constitutional Amendments for your perusal. A public service endeavor of SENAA International
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U.S. Declaration of Independence
SENAA International  -  28 JULY 2013

Transcript of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
A public service endeavor of SENAA International.


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