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Runners Arrive on Hopiland Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Photos by Western Shoshone Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson, as runners arrived on Hopi Nation

Censored News  -  20 JAN 2020

On Monday morning, Jan. 20, 2020 runners passed First Mesa. MMIP Sunrise Prayer Run, Flagstaff to Window Rock on the Navajo and Hopi Nations.....
  
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For Hopi veteran Clifford Balenquah, the issue comes down to a lack of communication between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Native American veterans it serves. (Photo by Madeline Ackley/Cronkite News)
  
Native American Veterans Still Struggling to Get Health Care
by Madeline Ackley, Cronkite News, Navajo-Hopi Observer  -  28 JAN 2020

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. — Vanissa Barnes-Saucedo was 21 when military recruiters stopped her in a shopping mall, waving enlistment papers in front of her. Although she says she wasn’t entirely sure what she was getting herself into, she signed the papers anyway.

For the next six years, Barnes-Saucedo was stationed around the world: Virginia, Colorado, South Korea, Kuwait and Iraq. However, by the time she was honorably discharged in 2014, she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.

When she returned home to northeastern Arizona, Barnes-Saucedo had difficulty navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs — the government agency in charge of veterans’ health care. She’s Hopi, born and raised on her tribe’s ancestral lands. The nearest full-service VA center, in Flagstaff, is a two hour drive; the VA campus in Phoenix is a four hour trip.

“It was very hard to get into,” Barnes-Saucedo said of the VA system. “Since I was freshly out of the military, I still had a hard time getting into a clinic down in the Phoenix VA.”....
  
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer and U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) at Chaco. (Office of the President and Vice President)
  
Navajo Lawmakers Opt for Smaller Buffer Around National Park
by Felicia Fonseca and Susan Montoya Bryan, AP,
Navajo-Hopi Observer
  -  28 JAN 2020

CHACO, N.M. —Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site.

Navajo Nation delegates voted Jan. 23 to support a buffer only half the size of the one outlined in federal legislation pending in Congress. They cited concerns from Navajo landowners who fear their mineral rights would be landlocked and the money they earn through lease payments and royalties compromised if future development is prohibited across a wider swath of land surrounding the national park....
  
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(Susan Montoya Bryan | AP file photo) This April, 2006, file photo shows the Four Corners Power Plant in Waterflow, N.M., near the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico. The closure of the coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038
  
Navajo Look to Arizona Utilities to Make up for Coal Losses
by Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune  -  28 JAN 2020

Flagstaff, Ariz. • As the coal industry nears its end on the Navajo Nation, the tribe is looking to Arizona utilities that shared in the power generated on the reservation to help make up for the financial losses and environmental impacts.

Navajo leaders have requested nearly $62 million in an ongoing rate case for Tucson Electric Power to establish a fund to support renewable energy projects. The tribe also wants a commitment from utilities to buy the power and support for water infrastructure....
  
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Riotboosting in KXL - Joye Braun Video
by Joye Braun, Facebook  -  28 JAN 2020

Joye Braun talks about the riotboosting bills rewritten but still unconstitutional according to Joye. She has seen the language in these bills. It's not surprising seeing this come from Nome. "Professional protestors" is defined as anyone who came from outside of the state to stand in solidarity. It sounds like the same corrupt rhetoric that comes from this current corrupt administration, accusing others of actions you're guilty of. She's bringing back 189 and 190. Chase Bank the biggest funder of these tar sands, Balkan pipelines Back to the legislature tomorrow. Please listen, and share.....
  
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Riotboosting in KXL - Waniya Locke
by Waniya Locke, Facebook  -  28 JAN 2020

Waniya Locke talks about the riotboosting bills rewritten but still unconstitutional according to Waniya. She has seen the language in these bills. It's not surprising seeing this come from Nome. "Professional protestors" is defined as anyone who came from outside of the state to stand in solidarity. It sounds like the same corrupt rhetoric that comes from this current corrupt administration, accusing others of actions you're guilty of. She's bringing back 189 and 190. Chase Bank is the biggest funder of these tar sands, Balkan pipelines. Back to the legislature tomorrow. Please listen, and share....
  
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Margaret Bitsue displays a flier that features her son who she reported missing more that two years ago. Bitsue has seen or heard from Brandon Sandoval, the youngest of her four chilodren, in more than two years. "I spend most of my days looking down the road expecting him to come up," Bitsue says. (Felicia Fonseca)
  
Movement to Highlight Missing Native Women Expands to Males
by Felicia Fonseca, AP, Arizona Daily Sun - 28 JAN 2020

TUBA CITY — Margaret Bitsue's days are filled with prayer: that her son has a clear mind and that he remembers home, a traditional Navajo hogan at the end of a dirt road where a faded yellow ribbon hanging from the cedar trees points to her agony.

Bitsue hasn't seen or heard from Brandon Lee Sandoval, the youngest of her four children, in more than two years. Wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and work boots, he left the home in northeastern Arizona before sunrise Sept. 3, 2017, saying he was going to see friends in Phoenix and would be back.

“I spend most of my days looking down the road expecting him to come up,” Bitsue says.

The woman's words are soft but capture a room at a government center on the Navajo Nation where people are gathered to talk not about women and girls who have gone missing or been killed, but men and boys. It's part of a growing effort to expand a movement focused on Native American women, who face some of the nation's highest rates of homicide, sexual violence and domestic abuse....
  
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The federal court said uncontested evidence showed a large number of minority voters relied on others to collect and deliver their early mail ballots. (Photo: Joanna Allhands/The Republic)
  
Federal Court Says Arizona 'Ballot Harvesting' Law Discriminates Against Minority Voters
by Andrew Oxford, Arizona Republic  -  27 JAN 2020

Arizona violated the Voting Rights Act by barring voters from delivering the early ballots of neighbors, friends and others to polling places, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The policy against so-called "ballot harvesting" disproportionately affects American Indian, Hispanic and African American voters, a majority of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

Republicans who control the Legislature enacted the policy with the intent of suppressing turnout among voters from minority groups, the court decided....
  
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DOI Is Speeding Harm to Lands Before Election Day
As a Trump reelection looks less certain, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is accelerating work for oil and gas industries

by Wes Siler, Outside Online  -  28 JAN 2020

Last week, an analysis published by public lands advocacy group The Center for Western Priorities, revealed 74 policy changes and 120 alterations to Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections that the Department of the Interior intends to take before the November elections. All of the actions benefit the oil, gas, or agriculture industries. Some of the benefactors include former lobbying clients of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

It can be hard to comprehend the ways in which the Trump administration’s corruption impacts your daily life. If Jared Kushner accepts tens of millions of dollars from secret foreign investors while conducting foreign policy without Congressional oversight, does it really trickle down to your bottom line? But that’s different at the Department of the Interior. There, former lobbyists for, and employees of the industries it regulates, are actively trying to destroy the world we live in....
  
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Miles of pipe for the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. Sue Ogrocki, AP 2012
  
What's Next for the Keystone XL Pipeline in South Dakota
by Sue Ogrocki, AP, MPR News  -  28 JAN 2020

Plans for construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline inched forward last week with several approvals at both the federal and state levels, but opponents in South Dakota say they haven’t given up on preventing, or at least slowing, the pipeline’s construction.

Plans for the $8 billion project have been over a decade in the works. TC Energy, the Canadian company building the pipeline, plans to begin construction in South Dakota in August, according to a court filing in Montana that also spells out planned work in that state and Nebraska. The company plans to move equipment to construction sites starting in February and prep worker accommodation sites in March....
  
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How to Understand Environmental Justice, for All Living Beings
Now This  -  25 JAN 2020

Indigenous peoples have been on the front lines of environmental racism for decades' — This Indigenous rights lawyer and activist explains why all Americans should care about environmental justice and Indigenous issues

In partnership with Emerson Collective....
  
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Little Shell Cultural Committee Chair Mike LaFountain addresses the crowd during the celebration at the Holiday Inn Saturday evening in Great Falls.  Tom Bauer, Missoulian
  
‘We Are Building a Country Now': Little Shell Celebrates Federal Recognition
by Patrick Reilly, Missoulian  -  25 JAN 2020

GREAT FALLS — For decades, members of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe called the day they would get federal recognition “the day that never comes.”

Not anymore.

“The day that never comes finally got here,” said Clancy Sivertsen, vice chairman of the Little Shell Tribal Council. On Dec. 20, 2019, the Little Shell gained federal recognition, with the promise of land for a reservation and access to the same status and federal benefits that the other 573 federally recognized American Indian tribes enjoy. On Saturday, it was time to celebrate....
  
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Pipelines in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Feb. 16, 2017. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News
  
Goldman Sachs to Native Alaskans: Drop Dead

The bank claims to value ‘stakeholder engagement’ but dropped Arctic drilling without consulting us
by Harry Brower, Jr.' Wall Street Journal  -  24 JAN 2020

Utqiagvik, Alaska — As the mayor of Alaska’s North Slope Borough, I represent about 10,000 people in an area larger than most states. Beneath our lands are some of the largest oil and gas reserves in the world, including Prudhoe Bay and the coastal plain of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Since the 19th century, when our Inupiat ancestors made initial contact with the West, we have worked to maintain a balance between the modern world and our rich cultural inheritance. Largely because of the oil and gas under our lands, which are developed using the highest environmental standards, we have come far. My biggest fear is that we will be set back in our quest—this time by those who claim to care about us but are using my lands and my people as symbols for a larger political goal.

Last month, Goldman Sachs announced it will no longer fund oil and gas development in the Arctic region. The announcement came as a shock to me and my constituents, particularly because the New York-based investment bank claims “stakeholder engagement” and “consultation” with indigenous peoples are core business principles. No one will be more affected by Goldman Sachs’s decision than the people of Alaska’s North Slope, yet we learned about it in the media....
  

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RCMP Deny Wet'suwet'en Access to Legal Observers
by Carl Williams, APTN News  -  17 JAN 2020

In this video, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tells Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) co-Director Carl Williams that he is banned from re-entering Unist’ot’en Camp, after he conducted three legal observer trainings at the request of the camp. According to police, any lawyers not barred in “British Columbia,” and anyone who doesn’t have snow chains on their tires and two-way radios will not be allowed to pass roadblocks. This is a clear effort to target, harass, and intimidate international human rights and legal workers and observers, and to strip Wet’suwet’en people of their rights to human rights legal support in their effort to protect their land from pipelines that could carry tar sands oil to the Pacific Coast. Part of the ongoing legacy of settler colonialism, these efforts by RCMP to police who can and cannot enter Wet’suwet’en land is a flagrant violation of their sovereignty and their right to control their own land. We ask you to support Unist’ot’en Camp efforts, in particular, their legal support fundraising efforts.
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Girjas members after the Swedish Supreme Court announced the ruling. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
  
How a Sami Vllage Won a Historic Court Battle Against Sweden
by Emma Löfgren and Elias Liljeström, The Local  -  23 JAN 2020

UPDATED: A Sami village has won a court battle with the Swedish state over hunting and fishing rights on its territory – a groundbreaking ruling for Sweden's indigenous people, which could force the country to change its laws.

First things first, what's a Sami village?

It is not a village in the most common sense, but rather an administrative community linked to a larger geographical area, in which the Sami members have the right to herd reindeer – and in some areas the right to hunt and fish – regulated by the Swedish Reindeer Husbandry Act.

Not all Samis are members of a village, but only Samis can become members and own reindeer.

There are in total 51 Sami villages in Sweden and the Girjas area stretches roughly from the area between Kiruna and Gällivare in the far north and west to the Norwegian border, around 5,500 square kilometres....
  
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The court case was a landmark ruling for Sami rights. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
  
Sweden's indigenous Groups Report Death Threats after Landmark Court Win
by Elias Liljeström, The Local  -  30 JAN 2020

After winning a historic battle over hunting and fishing rights in the Swedish Supreme Court, members of Sweden's indigenous Sami community have reported receiving several threats of violence both online and in person.

Several police reports have so far been filed regarding threats and hate towards members of the plaintiff in the landmark case, Girjas Sami village, and members of a neighbouring village, Baste.

"There's a lot of hatred and an aggressive mood," the chief of the police investigation, Emma Lindberg, told The Local.

"If you come here with your reindeers we will shoot them, I've already shot seven. And if I come upon you alone in the forest I'll shoot you too!" a man reportedly told Lars-Ola Jannok, the head of Baste Sami village, while he was releasing his reindeers outside of Gällivare municipality on Monday morning.

"I got very frightened, we're often alone in the forest," Jannok told Swedish news agency TT.

The threats started coming in after Girjas Sami village won a ten-year court battle that granted them the exclusive right to determine who could hunt and fish in their area. This right had been revoked by the Swedish state in 1993 in a contested land reform....
  

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A bill would give Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute youths a voice in policymaking through the Colorado Youth Advisory Council.
Getty Images/iStockphoto
  
Proposed Bill Would Give Native Youths a Voice in Legislature

Youth Advisory Council would expand to ude tribal members

by Shannon Mullane, Pine River Valley reporter, The Durango Herald  -  12 JAN 2020

Native American youths might receive more representation in the state government through legislation introduced Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hugh McKean, a Republican, would give Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute youths a voice in policymaking through the Colorado Youth Advisory Council. The council membership includes youths from around the state, but this bill would specifically designate membership for Native American students....
  

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Kimberly Loring Heavy Runner holds a photo of her sister, Ashley, who went missing on the Blackfeet Reservation in 2017. (Photo: David Goldman, AP)
  
New Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Documentary Premieres Today
by Nora Mabie, Great Falls Tribune  -  15 JAN 2020

“Somebody’s Daughter,” a documentary on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic, premieres Wednesday in Las Vegas at the Four Directions and Nevada Tribal Nations Native American Presidential Forum.

The all-Indigenous production presented by Alter-Native Media addresses racism, colonialism and genocide, while focusing on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) victims from the Blackfeet Nation and Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes in Montana. "Somebody's Daughter" was directed by RAIN, the team that created "Not in Our Name," a short film about tribal opposition to hunting Yellowstone grizzly bears.

The film also explores MMIW-related legislation, including Hanna’s Act and Savanna’s Act, features clips of 2020 presidential candidates as well as members of the Montana delegation, includes interviews with tribal chairs and council members and exposes drug cartels and gangs for their possible roles in human trafficking and MMIW cases....
  

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Illustration by Dwayne Harris | Flathead Beacon
  
Remembering the Marias Massacre

For the Blackfeet, the importance of observing the tragic slaughter of American Indians by U.S. troops has not diminished with the passage of 150 years

byTristan Scott, Flathead Beacon  -  15 JAN 2020

For more than two decades, John Murray always knew where he’d be on the morning of Jan. 23, pressing himself against a wind-swept foothill or a snow-marbled bluff overlooking the Marias River, contemplating a history he’d rather forget — or, at least, one he’d rather not have to remember.

Some years he’d posthole alone through waist-deep snowdrifts to visit the historic site; other years, Murray brought company, retelling the story of the Marias Massacre as the day dawned blue and bright over the river, which at sunrise on Jan. 23, 1870, literally ran red with the blood of his ancestors....

This month, the Blackfeet will observe the 150th anniversary of the Marias Massacre, alternately known as the Baker Massacre and the Bear River Massacre, in which an estimated 200 Piegan (Blackfeet) Indians were killed in what one company commander, Lt. Gus Doane, described as “the greatest slaughter of Indians ever made by U.S. troops.”....
  

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(Courtesy Matt Ballard.)
  
Scores Join Rally To Save Shinnecock Ancestral Burial Grounds

More than 100 turned out Tuesday to save the Shinnecock Nation's ancestral burial grounds from desecration in the Hamptons.

by Lisa Finn, Patch Staff, Patch  -  14 JAN 2020

SOUTHAMPTON, NY — A crowd of more than 100 stood in solidarity Tuesday with members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation engaged in an ongoing rally to save their ancestral burial grounds from development in the Hamptons.

According to Tela Troge, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, about 100 supporters arrived on Tuesday from sister tribes and also from various groups the Shinnecocks have been networking with; the Mashantucket Peqouts sent a bus of their tribal members and tribal leaders from Connecticut, she said....
  

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Clinton Bird Hat holds the eagle staff while leading the runners up the final hill to the cemetery in Busby during the Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.
MIKE CLARK, Billings Gazette
  
'They wanted to Come Home': 90 Northern Cheyenne Kids Honor History in Run from Nebraska to Busby
by Mari Hall, Billings Gazette  -  14 JAN 2020

For Paula Castro-Stops, this year’s Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run was a way for her to heal.

Volunteering her time for the run allowed her to reflect on the December 2018 disappearance and death of her 14-year-old daughter, Henny Scott.

Henny ran in the event about three times before she disappeared.

“It’s helped with healing,” Castro-Stops said on Tuesday, the last day of the run.

The spiritual run is a way for youth to remember the few Northern Cheyenne who survived the Jan. 9, 1879, breakout from Fort Robinson, Nebraska, by completing the journey their ancestors weren't able to. It was the night when more than 130 starving members of Northern Cheyenne chief Dull Knife’s band escaped confinement in a barrack at Fort Robinson.

More than 90 kids, ranging from elementary school-aged to high-schoolers, participated in the 24th annual Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run starting in Nebraska on Thursday and concluding in Busby on Tuesday....
  
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A truck passes a sign against the NEXUS pipeline on the property of Kathy Cikotte, in Berlin Heights, Ohio, on July 16, 2015.  Tony Dejak / Associated Press
  
Ohio Activists Rallying Against Bill To Criminalize Pipeline Protests

by Tanisha Thomas, WOSU Public Media  -  14 JAN 2020

An advocacy group is opposing an Ohio bill that would restrict protests at sites that are considered "critical infrastructure facilities,” including oil and gas pipelines.

Organize Ohio hosted a meeting in Cleveland on Monday to discuss opposition to SB 33, which was passed by the Ohio Senate in May 2019.

The measure would criminalize protests occurring at places such as pipelines or utility poles. Backers say they aim to protect the facilities from serious harm.

But Jacie Jones of Organize Ohio believes the bill would have a "chilling effect" on free speech. She says that’s happened in other states where similar laws have passed, such as Louisiana and Texas....
  

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Southern California oil field US Bureau of Land Management
  
Lawsuit Filed Over Plans to Frack the Golden State
by Ann Alexander, NRDC  -  14 JAN 2020

For literally about the hundredth time, we’re suing the Trump Administration over its attacks on the environment. This time around, we’re defending California—which as a Californian I’m proud to say is Trump’s least favorite state—against the Administration’s plans to frack it....
  

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Lizzy Hawley, center, and her sister Ella Hawley, right, live in Kivalina, Alaska. An estimated one in three Native people live in what the Census Bureau considers ‘hard-to-count’ areas. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  
‘We are still here’: Native Americans fight to be counted in US census
by Rebecca Nagle, The Guardian  -  15 JAN 2020

The decennial count ‘impacts everything’ from federal funding to political representation for the tribes

It was the largest rollback of federal lands protections in US history.

When President Donald Trump signed a 2017 executive order that reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante national monuments by nearly 2m acres, he said the move was supported in the state of Utah and by the local county where the monuments were located.

On the ground, however, that opposition didn’t add up.

San Juan county, Utah, is majority Native American and includes parts of the Navajo Nation’s and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s reservations – both tribes officially support the protection of Bears Ears. Through gerrymandering, the majority Native county maintained a majority white county commission, where Native views were outnumbered – until last year....
  

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An Indigenous-led march in Vancouver in support of the Wet'suwet'en opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline last year.Postmedia
  
UN Racism Committee Calls for Halt to Trans Mountain, Coastal GasLink Pipelines and Site C Dam over Treatment of First Nations
Disturbed by law enforcement’s ‘forced removal, disproportionate use of force, harassment and intimidation’ against Indigenous peoples

by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, Financial Post  -  07 JAN 2020

VANCOUVER — A United Nations committee working to end racism is urging Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major resource projects until it obtains approval from affected First Nations.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which monitors a convention to end racial discrimination signed by countries including Canada, is calling for a suspension of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Site C dam and Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The committee, made up of 18 experts, says in a written directive last month that it is concerned by the approval and construction of the three projects without the free, prior and informed consent of impacted Indigenous groups....
  

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Trump Tweets wrongly predicting that Obama would do exactly what Trump himself ended up doing
  
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Image Source: Rafal Kowalczyk/Facebook
  
This Cow Who Broke Out of Her Farm to Join a Wild Bison Herd Is Our Hero
by Michelle Neff, One Green Planet  -  03 JAN 2020

We love a good animal escape story! In 2018, we shared the wonderful update on Freddie the cow, who escaped a New York slaughterhouse in January of 2016. He now lives at Skylands Animal Sanctuary in Wantage, New Jersey, where he is showered with adoration. There was also the amazing story of the six cows who escaped a slaughterhouse in St. Louis and have since found a forever home at The Gentle Barn Missouri. Point being, we are suckers for happy endings for animals!

That’s why when we came across the story of a cow in Poland who escaped a farm, and the fate of a slaughterhouse, and has since been spotted roaming with a herd of bison, we couldn’t help but cheer her on!

Rafal Kowalczyk, Director of the Mammal Research Institute at the Polish Academy of Sciences, managed to get a photo of the cow with her new tribe in the fields of the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland!....
  
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The ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis in southern Iran in 2014.Credit...Behrouz Mehri/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
  
Pentagon Rules Out Striking Iranian Cultural Sites, Contradicting Trump
The defense secretary acknowledged that “the laws of armed conflict” prohibited attacking antiquities and said the military had no plans to do so, even though the president declared them targets.

by Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, New York Times  -  06 JAN 2020

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper sought to douse an international outcry on Monday by ruling out military attacks on cultural sites in Iran if the conflict with Tehran escalates further, despite President Trump’s threat to destroy some of the country’s treasured icons.

Mr. Esper acknowledged that striking cultural sites with no military value would be a war crime, putting him at odds with the president, who insisted such places would be legitimate targets. Mr. Trump’s threats generated condemnation at home and abroad while deeply discomfiting American military leaders who have made a career of upholding the laws of war.

“We will follow the laws of armed conflict,” Mr. Esper said at a news briefing at the Pentagon when asked if cultural sites would be targeted as the president had suggested over the weekend. When a reporter asked if that meant “no” because the laws of war prohibit targeting cultural sites, Mr. Esper agreed. “That’s the laws of armed conflict.”....
  

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Selena Not Afraid – Photo by: Big Horn County Sheriff
  
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Family Seeks Assistance to Find Crow 16-Year-Old Teen Who Went Missing on New Year’s Day
by Levi Rickert, Native News Online  -  06 Jan 2020

HARDIN, Mont. — The family of Selena Not Afraid, a 16-year-old teen female and tribal citizen of the Crow Tribe of Indians, who went missing on January 1, 2020 is seeking assistance from the public to locate her.

Law enforcement say Selena walked away from a broken down vehicle from a rest area between Hardin and Billings, Montana.
According to local press reports, the family believes that Not Afraid may have moved from the area and says the search also includes South Dakota and Wyoming.

Authorities say Selena was last seen wearing a black coat, grey sweater, blue jeans, and gray ankle boots. She is 5’9″, 133 pounds, and has a scar near her mouth. She also has a tattoo of a cross on her middle finger.

If you have any information on her whereabouts — please call the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office at 406-665-9780 or dial 9-1-1.....
  

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The site of an explosion of the Energy Transfer Partners Revolution Pipeline, Center Township, Beaver County. Reid R. Frazier/StateImpact Pennsylvania
  
PA Levies Record $30M Fine Against Pipeline Company
by Reid Frazier, WSKG, NPR  -  06 JAN 2020

STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced an agreement Friday that includes a record fine against the company responsible for a 2018 natural gas pipeline explosion in Beaver County.

The settlement also lifts a nearly year-long permit freeze on the company’s other pipeline projects, including the cross-state Mariner East pipelines.

As part of the settlement, the DEP assessed a $30.6 million fine against ETC Northeast Pipeline, a subsidiary of the pipeline company Energy Transfer, the largest ever issued by the regulator. DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a statement the fine’s size was in part due to the company’s failure to comply with an order the agency issued one month after the blast.

“ETC’s lack of oversight during construction of the Revolution Pipeline and their failure to comply with DEP’s October 2018 compliance order demanded serious accountability. Their inaction led directly to this unprecedented civil penalty,” McDonnell said....
  
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FILE PHOTO: A general view of the damage done to the Flinders Chase National Park after bushfires swept through on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia, January 7, 2020. AAP Image/David Mariuz/via REUTERS
  
Australia's Leaders Unmoved on Climate Action after Devastating Bushfires
by Sonali Paul, REUTERS  -  07 JAN 2020

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s government is sticking firmly to a position that there is no direct link between climate change and the country’s devastating bushfires, despite public anger, the anguish of victims and warnings from scientists.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, say Australia does not need to cut carbon emissions more aggressively to limit global warming, even after a three-year drought and unprecedented bushfires.

Instead they say Australia, which contributes 1.3% of the world’s carbon emissions but is the second-largest emitter per capita behind the United States, should be rewarded for beating its emissions reduction targets for 2020....
  
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Lindsey Graham wants to change Senate rules over impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to formally transmit the charges to Senate, a step that is necessary before the upper chamber can commence with a trial.Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
  
Trump calls for speedy end to impeachment amid escalating tensions with Iran

The president's tweets come amid escalating tensions with Iran.

by Jordyn Phelps, ABC News - 06 JAN 2020

On his first morning back in Washington following a 16-day holiday at his Florida resort, President Donald Trump called for a speedy end to the impeachment saga in a series of tweets Monday morning.

“Get this done,” the president wrote on Twitter:

Donald J. Trump: "The Impeachment Hoax, just a continuation of the Witch Hunt which started even before I won the Election, must end quickly. Read the Transcripts, see the Ukranian President's strong statement, NO PRESSURE - get this done. It is a con game by the Dems to help with the Election!"

The House passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump last month, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to formally transmit the charges to Senate, a step that is necessary before the upper chamber can commence with a trial. Pelosi has withheld the articles as a bargaining chip to assist Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in negotiations over the rules of the pending trial Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell....
  

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All Eyes on Wet’suwet’en: International Call for Week of Solidarity!
Unist'ot'en  -  05 JAN 2020

TUES JAN 7, 2020 (anniversary of RCMP-CGL raid) until SUN JAN 12, 2020
We call for solidarity actions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities who uphold Indigenous sovereignty and recognize the urgency of stopping resource extraction projects that threaten the lives of future generations....
  
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A Border Patrol officer sits inside his car as he guards the U.S.-Mexico border fence, in Nogales, Arizona, on February 9, 2019. Experts fear the construction of the barrier will wipe out endangered and protected species in Arizona. Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images
  
Eight Species at Risk of Extinction in Arizona Due to Trump's Border Wall Construction
by Khaleda Rahman, Newsweek  -  29 DEC 2019

Eight endangered or threatened species could be wiped out in Arizona due to the massive amounts of groundwater being extracted to construct President Donald Trump's border wall, a report has revealed.

The desert springs and streams around the San Bernardino national wildlife refuge in south-eastern Arizona provide the only habitat in the U.S. for the endangered Río Yaqui fish, according to The Guardian.

Drought and record high temperatures have already depleted water reserves in the area and experts fear the building of the 30 foot high border wall has done further damage....
  
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Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo and Rep. Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk)
  
Historic Day: Two American Indian Women Become Members of Congress
by Levi Rickert, Currents, Native News Online  -  03 JAN 2020

BREAKING NEWS

WASHINGTON — In a history making moment, two American Indian women were sworn-in today, January 3, 2019, as members of Congress. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), from the 1st Congressional District in New Mexico and Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk), from the 3rd Congressional District in Kansas, became the first two American Indian women ever to become members of Congress....
  
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives for her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Pelosi has not set the number of managers she will assign to President Donald Trump's impeachment trial and has not said when she will send the articles over to the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty
  
Nancy Pelosi to Force Republicans' Hands with War Powers Vote to Limit Actions on Iran
by Ramsey Touchberry, Newsweek  -  06 JAN 2020

The House of Representatives will vote on a War Powers resolution "to limit the President's military actions regarding Iran," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday.

The move to curtail President Donald Trump's ability to act unliterally is designed to force Republicans in the Senate to address the heightened tension with the Middle Eastern nation.

"Last week, the Trump Administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials," Pelosi wrote in a letter announcing the legislation to her colleagues Sunday night. "This action endangered our service members, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran... we are concerned that the Administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress's war powers granted to it by the Constitution."....
  
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House Foreign Affairs Panel Fires Back at Trump in Tweet: 'You're not a dictator'
by John Bowden, The Hill  -  01/05/20

The House Foreign Affairs Committee slammed President Trump on Sunday after Trump appeared to write that his tweets served as sufficient notification to Congress in the event of a potential military strike against Iran.

The Democratic-led panel, in a tweet mirroring the language Trump himself used in his message, warned the president that he was not a "dictator" and that Congress has the power to authorize acts of war.

"This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator," the committee tweeted....
  
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Iran's top intelligence and security commander was killed in a American drone strike on the orders of President Trump, as tensions escalated between the U.S and Iran and its proxy forces in the region.
  
Trump Says Tweet Serves As ‘Notification’ to Congress That U.S. May 'Quickly & Fully Strike Back’ Against Iran
by: Shawn Snow and Leo Shane III, Military Times  -  05 JAN 2020

President Donald Trump has upped the ante with his social media war against Tehran by threatening Iran that the U.S. military will “quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner,” if the country attacks Americans.

Trump also noted his Sunday tweet served as a “notification” to Congress and that “such legal notice is not required."

Trump’s assertion on Twitter Sunday that he can use social media to inform Congress of future military actions against Iran is likely to cause further tensions between lawmakers and the White House in coming days, including potential legal actions.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee fired back a tweet telling Trump to read the 1973 War Powers Act — which was intended to serve as a check on the president’s power to commit forces to an armed conflict.

“This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator," the House Foreign Affairs Committee tweeted Sunday....
  
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NLG Strongly Condemns Illegal Targeted Assassinations by U.S. & Increased Repression of Iranian Nationals at U.S. Borders
by National Lawyers Guild  -  06 JAN 2020

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest progressive bar association in the United States, strongly condemns recent illegal U.S. actions in Iraq, including the killing of Iranian and Iraqi nationals and threats of military attacks on Iran as clear violations of both U.S. and international law. We call on our members and all people of conscience to mobilize in opposition to war with Iran, and we call on Congress to block access to funding for any military action against Iran, to lift sanctions against Iran, and to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The U.S. Legal Community Must Act to Defend Iranians and other Middle Eastern Communities from Targeted Harassment and Repression by the U.S.

The NLG is alarmed by the reports of the detention and questioning of dozens of Iranian nationals and U.S. nationals of Iranian descent at U.S. borders by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials. Assisted by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), those detained reported that their passports were confiscated and they were questioned about their political views and allegiances....
  
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Logo, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
  
PRESS RELEASE

Pelosi Statement on Airstrike in Iraq Against High-Level Iranian Military Officials
by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House - 02 JAN 2020

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration conducted a deadly airstrike targeting Iranians and Iraqis at the Baghdad International Airport:

“American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests. But we cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions. Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence. America – and the world – cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return.

“The Administration has conducted tonight’s strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran. Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.

“The full Congress must be immediately briefed on this serious situation and on the next steps under consideration by the Administration, including the significant escalation of the deployment of additional troops to the region.”....
  

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"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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Times photo – Althea John
  
The Tumultuous Teens: A Decade of Upheaval
by Cindy Yurth, Navajo Times - 01 JAN 2019

DURANGO, Colo. -- The teen years are noted for being stormy, and the 2010s on the Navajo Nation were no exception.

The top stories between 2010 and 2019 alternated between politics and the environment, with major developments on both fronts.

As 2010 entered with America’s first Black president in office, the Navajo Nation seemed poised to get its first female president in the person of New Mexico State Sen. Lynda Lovejoy.

Lovejoy did not prevail over former vice president Ben Shelly, but she became the first woman to survive the primary election, and by last year’s tribal presidential election, several women felt empowered enough to throw their hats in the ring, including one transgender candidate.

While several medicine people had gone on record opposing Lovejoy’s candidacy because of traditional prophesy, most of those voices were silent in 2018, possibly because none of the women made it past the primary....
  
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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, third from left, speaks at an event marking the federal government's formal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on 20 December at the state capitol in Helena. Congress passed a measure recognizing the tribe after a decades-long struggle by its leaders. MONTANA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE VIA AP
  
Native Tribe Recognized by US Government After Long Fight
by ASSOCIATED PRESS, Cherokee Phoenix  -  28 DEC 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – An American Indian tribe whose citizens were scattered after being denied a homeland more than a century ago has been formally recognized by the U.S. government.

Recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians was included in a defense spending bill signed into law on Dec. 20 by President Donald Trump. That ends a campaign for recognition as a sovereign nation that tribal leaders trace back to the 1860s. That’s when Chief Little Shell and his band in North Dakota refused to sign what they considered an unfair treaty. They ended up landless, and most eventually settled in Montana, often living on other tribes’ reservations or in poor areas of the state’s urban centers.

Members of Montana’s congressional delegation had sought the provision that was inserted into the defense bill. The Department of Interior had repeatedly delayed or denied the tribe’s petitions for recognition over the course of decades, putting a spotlight on what many lawmakers and tribal officials said were flaws in the recognition process....
  
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My longtime teacher, Dennis Jones, knocking wild rice in a canoe [Photo courtesy of Tara Houska]
  
A Voice from the Forest in the Corporate Boardroom
Only when indigenous people are heard by those financing climate disaster can we stop the destruction, together

by Tara Houska, Aljazeera - 01 JAN 2020

"This way of life is not primitive, it is not uncivilized," I gestured to the image on the screen just above my head. It showed my longtime teacher, Dennis Jones, knocking manoomin (wild rice), the grain sacred to Anishinaabe people, into a canoe.

I snapped that photo of us harvesting wild rice years back, before a new pipeline called Line 3 threatened to carry a million barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta through some of the richest wild rice beds in the world, in Anishinaabe territory.

"It is life in balance, life that doesn't depend on the unspoken, unseen suffering of others for profit," I said.

A few of the corporate bankers sitting across the table from me shifted in their seats, one raised an eyebrow.

These were the representatives of financiers deeply invested in the expansion and continuing entrenchment of the fossil fuel industry....
  
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The Navajo Generating Station shut down in November 2019. It will take three to five years to clean up the site
  
Life After Coal: Moving On From The Navajo Generating Station
by Jordan Elder, Cronkite News, Fronteras  -  02 JAN 2020

The Salt River Project announced it would close the Navajo Generating Station two years ago. That started a domino effect on the Navajo Nation. In November, the Kayenta Mine and the coal fired power plant closed, and hundreds of jobs were lost. Now new sources of energy are beginning to sprout in Kayenta.

Louise Hudgins lives past where the power lines end

“Look at this paradise all the way down there,” Hudgins said. “Nobody lives in here.”

Hudgins lugs her axe out to the woodpile behind her home.

Hudgins is so far off the grid, surrounded by towering red rock walls, that she doesn’t have running water. But she does have access to something that many Navajo Nation residents are still waiting for — electricity.....
  
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Jane Fonda 'Fire Drill Friday' for climate change
Actress and activist Jane Fonda addressed a crowd of supporters on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol about the importance of climate change, part of her "Fire Drill Friday" initiative. (Nov. 29) AP
  
Jane Fonda: Save Alaska's Tongass National Forest from Loggers in Climate Change Fight

The Trump administration has proposed removing logging protections from the Alaskan rainforest. But now is the time to plant trees, not cut them down.

by Jane Fonda, Opinion Contributor, USA Today  -  31 DEC 2019

I’ve been in Washington, D.C., for the last three months doing weekly actions called Fire Drill Fridays — because what 97% of active climate scientists are saying scares me, and I feel the need to do more.

According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report issued in October 2018, if we don’t make great strides toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years, the magnitude of the changes we’re already seeing will accelerate and may become irreversible.

We have the technology to transition away from fossil fuels, and this can’t happen soon enough. At the same time, we need to take proactive measures to reduce the concentration of carbon emissions already in the atmosphere....
  

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Thousands Flee as Wildfire Hits Australian Town, Turns Skies Red
by Julia Arciga, Reporter, The Daily Beast  -  31 DEC 2019

Wildfires racing towards an Australian seaside town caused the skies to turn red and left thousands of residents and tourists trapped on the town's boat ramp, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. The danger started on Sunday, when a fire near the Wingan River spread quickly towards the seaside town of Mallacoota. The fire ended up on Mallacoota's west and northwest, which reportedly caused skies to turn pitch black, then red. “It's starting to get embers coming out of the sky, the wind is coming directly at us from the west," resident Mark Tregellas told ABC. According to The New Zealand Herald, Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said there was no evacuation order in place for Mallacoota, leaving about 4,000 people trapped near the water. Crisp said the fire's location made it unsafe for people to leave. This comes as 16 fires are reportedly burning at an emergency level across Australia. According to The Guardian, the entire East Gippsland region is under an emergency alert....
  
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The Nova Scotia Community College has established smudging rooms in each of its 13 campuses across the province. [DARTMOUTH NS, DECEMBER 2019] (Nic Meloney/CBC)
  
Nova Scotia Community College Embraces Cultural Practice of Smudging
College has established smudging rooms at all of its campuses

CBC News
  -  30 DEC 2019

Nova Scotia Community College has opened smudging rooms at each of the college's 13 campuses across the province.

Jude Gerrard, Mi'kmaq and Indigenous advisor at Nova Scotia Community College and a member of Millbrook First Nation, N.S., helped facilitate the opening.

Previously, smudging was only done outdoors at campuses, and required 24 hours notice.

"The question I always ask is, when you're celebrating birthdays, are you blowing candles out? Because you're producing just as much smoke from the cake that you are from a smudge bowl," said Gerrard.

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Sacheen Littlefeather, second from right in the front row, listens to ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers. They then headed to the dock to begin restoring messages painted by occupiers on a former barracks building. In 1973 Littlefeather represented Marlon Brando at the Oscars to decline his Best Actor award.
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ASSOCIATED PRESS
  
Here’s How Native Americans Fare Today, 129 Years After Wounded Knee
by Erik Sherman, Contributor, Forbes  -  30 DEC 2019

Sunday marked the 129th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre during which U.S. Army soldiers killed hundreds of Lakotas, almost half of whom were women and children.

It was an episode beyond shame piled upon a history of racism, genocide, imposed misery, and unchecked greed.

The ugly and inhuman attitudes were on open display everywhere. Even L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz book series, regularly spewed venom and argued for the "total annihilation" of all Native peoples. "Having wronged them for centuries, we had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up with by one more wrong and wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the earth."

Such sentiments haven't been seen in a daily newspaper for a long time (although with the current atmosphere in the country, you might wonder). Congress officially apologized for the killings in the 1980s and there's been a recent push by some in Congress to rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers involved in the massacre.

All that, though, is more like a temporary aberration. As a society, we've more frequently buried the whole question of Native Americans. There's a lot of needed discussion about long-term oppression and ongoing prejudice and mistreatment of many other groups. But I've found that when talking about income inequality, police shootings, and other topics, many people tend to ignore the peoples who were here first....
  
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Prince William’s Earthshot Prize to tackle the climate crisis was hailed the ‘most prestigious environment prize in history’ by David Attenborough. Photograph: Reuters
  
Prince William Unveils 'Earthshot Prize' to Tackle Climate Crisis
Move is hailed by Sir David Attenborough as ‘the most prestigious environment prize in history’

The Guardian  -  31 DEC 2019

Prince William has announced what was described as “the most prestigious environment prize in history” to encourage new solutions to tackling the climate crisis.

The “Earthshot prize” will be awarded to five people every year over the next decade, the Prince said on Tuesday, and aims to provide at least 50 answers to some of the greatest problems facing the planet by 2030.

They include promoting new ways of addressing issues such as energy, nature and biodiversity, the oceans, air pollution and fresh water.

The prize, inspired by US president John F Kennedy’s ambitious “Moonshot” lunar programme and backed by Sir David Attenborough, promises “a significant financial award”, a statement said.

The Duke of Cambridge, a grandson of the Queen and second in line to the throne, said the Earth was “at a tipping point” and faced a “stark choice”....
  
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Kelly Fraser, Juno-nominated Inuk singer has died at 26.  Photo: www.kellyfrasermusic.com
  
Kelly Fraser, Juno-nominated Inuk Singer Has Died at 26
by Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today  -  30 DEC 2019

Fraser worked to raise awareness about Native residential schools and gained acclaim for her Inuit language cover of Rihanna’s song ‘Diamonds

Kelly Fraser collaborated with her friend Martha Kyak in 2013 to translate Rihannas Diamond into their Inuit language Inuktitut. The song went viral posting hundreds of thousands of views.

Six years later, and while she had been working on her third musical album, Kelly Fraser has died at the age of 26....

Editor's Note: This is just one tragic and sad example of the damage that racism can do. A young life full of promise and potential ended tragically at her own hands because the pressure and ridicule became too great for her to bear. Our hearts and condolences go out to her family and friends. -- Al Swilling, SENAA International....
  

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, First Lady Phefelia Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Second Lady Dottie Lizer, Council Delegate Herman Daniels, Council Delegate Wilson Stewart, Jr., and others during the signing of CD-53-19 at the Office of the President and Vice President in Window Rock, Ariz. on Dec. 28, 2019
  
Navajo Nation Set to Acquire Rights to 500 Megawatts of Transmission Lines
by Native News Online Staff, Native News Online  -  29 Dec 2019

WINDOW ROCK — On Saturday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were joined by Council Delegates Herman Daniels, Jr. and Wilson Stewart, Jr., both members of the Resources and Development Committee, at the Office of the President and Vice President in Window Rock, Ariz. as they approved $1.9 million to secure the rights to 500 megawatts along the Navajo Generating Station transmission lines that will allow the Nation to earn revenue from the use or marketing of transmission of electrical power.

The rights to the transmission lines were part of the extension lease negotiated between the Navajo Nation and the owners of the Navajo Generating Station in 2017, which also included the terms of decommissioning and remediation of the power plant.

President Nez said the acquisition of the 500 megawatts places the Navajo Nation in the driver seat to determine its own energy future in accordance with the Nez-Lizer Administration’s Háyoołkááł Proclamation, which was issued in April and states that the Nation will pursue and prioritize renewable energy development for the long-term benefit of the Navajo people....
  
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Ella Fernandes, Fern Renville, Roger Fernandes and Barbara Lawrence
Photo Credit: KUOW Photo/Sonya Harris
  
Tradition Is the Key to Progress for These Native Storytellers
by Sonya Harris, KUOW, NPR - 27 DEC 2019

Cultural and familial traditions are as numerous as they are diverse. Sometimes, the longer the practice of a tradition, questions about its relevance begin to emerge.

In an age of technology and speedy progress, traditions can even be seen as a roadblock towards change and societal growth.

But according to the speakers of this talk, traditional storytelling is a key asset to forward, progressive thinking.

In this episode, Native artists from around the Pacific Northwest not only share tales of folklore, but their thoughts on how storytelling is another "information tool" for the modern world. They also inform a Seattle audience on how traditional stories are truly relevant when promoting practical wisdom, community building tactics and future progress....
  
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Jane Fonda just turned 82, and is still the activist. Once a fighter, always a fighter -- for a worthy cause.
  
Why Jane Fonda Is Fiercely Fighting Climate Change
CBC News: The National on Facebook

The National spends the day with Jane Fonda as she takes her climate fight to the streets of Washington for Fire Drill Friday.
  
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Jane Fonda's climate fight at 82 - On Twitter
  
Jane Fonda In Jail for Climate Action Just Five Days Before Her 82nd Birthday Once a Fighter, Always a Fighter -- For a Worthy Cause
Twitter, CBC News  -  17 DEC 2019
  
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Ashley, right, trying to wake up her sister Dani in the motel room where their family is living in Gallup, N.M. Dani had previously been missing for two years, one of many Native American women to disappear in what activists call a long-ignored crisis.
  
In Indian Country, a Crisis of Missing Women. and a New One When They’re Found

The federal government is trying to catch up with a crisis of missing Native American women. But no one is addressing the problems that arise when they’re found.

by Jack Healy, Photographs by Adriana Zehbrauskas, New York Times - 25 DEC 2019

GALLUP, N.M. — Prudence Jones had spent two years handing out “Missing” fliers and searching homeless camps and underpasses for her 28-year-old daughter when she got the call she had been praying for: Dani had been found. She was in a New Mexico jail, but she was alive.

It seemed like a happy ending to the story of one of thousands of Native American women and girls who are reported missing every year in what Indigenous activists call a long-ignored crisis. Strangers following Dani’s case on social media cheered the news this past July: “Wonderful!” “Thank you God!” “Finally, some good news.”

But as Ms. Jones visited Dani in jail, saw the fresh scars on her body and tried to comprehend the physical and spiritual toll of two years on the streets, her family, which is Navajo, started to grapple with a painful and lonely epilogue to its missing-persons saga.

“There’s nothing for what comes after,” said Ms. Jones, 48, who has five daughters. “How do you heal? How do you put your family back together? The one thing I’ve found is there’s no support.”

Indigenous activists say that generations of killings and disappearances have been disregarded by law enforcement and lost in bureaucratic gaps concerning which local or federal agencies should investigate.

There is not even a reliable count of how many Native women go missing or are killed each year. Researchers have found that women are often misclassified as Hispanic or Asian or other racial categories on missing-persons forms and that thousands have been left off a federal missing-persons database....
  

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Yurok Tribe Chairman Joseph L. James stands with redwood logs.
  
Yurok Tribe and Six Rivers National Forest Repurpose 3 Redwood Logs into Canoes
by Brian Beneventi, KRCR News - 24 DEC 2019

KLAMATH, Calif. — The Yurok Tribe and Six Rivers National Forest announced the development of a historic partnership Monday, according to a press release from the Yurok Tribe.

The Tribe's Watershed Restoration Department removed three downed old growth redwood logs last month from the Redwood Experimental Forest in Klamath.

The project was possible due to the combined efforts of the Yurok Tribe and Six Rivers National Forest so the logs could be used for cultural purposes.

The three logs removed will be carved by the Tribe into ten traditional dugout canoes to be used in the Redwood Yurok Canoe Tours, a Yurok Country attraction that will open spring of 2020....
  

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Pennsylvania Prosecutors Investigate Pipeline
David Green, Host, NPR  -  25 DEC 20

Across the country, new gas pipelines have met political opposition, protests and lawsuits. In Pennsylvania, one major project has also sparked criminal investigations, including by the FBI. Susan Phillips of member station WHYY has more.

SUSAN PHILLIPS, BYLINE: From the get-go, opponents cried foul over three parallel pipelines, collectively called Mariner East. They alleged politics played a hand in rushing through permits on a project they predicted would cause environmental damage. And soon after construction began in early 2017, accidents piled up - damaged streams and wetlands, polluted drinking water wells and then large sinkholes in suburban Philadelphia, including in T.J. Allen's backyard.

TJ ALLEN: But look at that. Do you think that's safe?

PHILLIPS: The construction of one line exposed another pipeline full of highly flammable natural gas liquids.

ALLEN: I could've been blown up. I mean, it's crazy, man.

PHILLIPS: Opposition grew. Safety became a rallying cry. The pipelines run close to schools, hospitals and neighborhoods. A year ago, a local district attorney and the state's attorney general took the unusual step of launching a criminal investigation into the pipelines' builder, Energy Transfer. That's the same company that built the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Chester County DA Tom Hogan says he was frustrated that state regulatory oversight wasn't forcing Energy Transfer to clean up its act.

TOM HOGAN: Ten, 12 million dollars in fines are pocket change, as far as they're concerned. It's not going to do anything to stop them because this is a process that is going to net them billions of dollars.

PHILLIPS: Hogan says one potential criminal charge is risking a catastrophe. A spokeswoman for Energy Transfer says the company did not break any laws. But in February, CEO Kelcy Warren admitted on an earnings call with investors that the company had made mistakes.

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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
  
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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.”....
  

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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.
(Julie Zauzmer/The Washington Post)
  
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.” 
(AFP/Getty Images) (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
  
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....
  

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.
REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
  
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.”....
   

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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."

Kuptana said she really liked showing their culture, and what is at stake for them with climate change....
   

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

AUDIO FILE

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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BRENNAN REPORT: VOTER PURGE
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.  

We found that between 2014 and 2016, states removed almost 16 million voters from the rolls, and every state in the country can and should do more to protect voters from improper purges....
  

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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....
   

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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....
  

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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....
   

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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."
   

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Ariel Begay disappeared in 2017. Her case highlights the many hurdles families of missing indigenous people face.
   
ARIEL, 26, MISSING
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....
   

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“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....
  

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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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
  
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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
    THE PROBLEM:
    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:
    The solution to this problem is a simple, two-step process, and involves modification of one, possibly two, registry key Default values....
  
TUTORIAL
LSO MANAGEMENT: What They Are
and What to Do About Them

SENAA International  -  16 FEB 2010
   Introduction
  
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....
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Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights and Other Amendments
SENAA International  -  28 JULY 2013

   IF YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, LEARN THEM! READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS!   
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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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