Native American Traditions

Native Youth Protest 2010 Olympics

January 31, 2008

Author: Sam Bick

Source: The McGill Daily

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With the 2010 Vancouver Olympics rapidly approaching, indigenous groups in Canada are protesting that the events – to be held on unceded Salish, St’at’imc, and Squamish territory – will wreak environmental and social destruction.

Activists Kanahus Pelkey and Dustin Johnson have embarked on a three-week speaking tour across the East Coast and Great Lakes entitled “No Olympics on Stolen Land” to illuminate the threat...

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Barack Obama Says He Supports the Akaka Bill

January 28, 2008

Source: Indian Country Today

Wire Service: AP

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HONOLULU (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would sign the Akaka Bill recognizing Native Hawaiians if elected president.

The Illinois senator said in a statement released Jan. 22 he supports federal recognition for Native Hawaiians because they are an important part of the local culture. The bill would fulfill the promise of ''liberty, justice and freedom'' for Native...

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Native Leaders Fill Six Democratic Convention Posts

January 28, 2008

Author: Jerry Reynolds

Source: Indian Country Today

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DENVER - The standing committees of the Democratic national convention include six American Indians after January elections, an unprecedented number that national party chairman Howard Dean said reflects the strength-in-diversity of Democrats and their convention.

The convention, to be held in Denver in August, will nominate the Democratic candidate for president. Three committees to the...

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Apaches Rise to Defend Homelands from Homeland Security

January 10, 2008

Author: Brenda Norrell

Source: Immigration Daily/International Relations Center

http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,0317-norrell.shtm

Apache land owners on the Rio Grande told Homeland Security to halt the seizure of their lands for the U.S.-Mexico border wall on Jan. 7, 2008. It was the same day that a 30-day notice from Homeland Security expired with the threat of land seizures by eminent domain to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Homeland...

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Jesuits Settle Indian Sex Abuse Suit

January 3, 2008

Author: JOHN K. WILEY

Source: The Associated Press

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An order of Roman Catholic priests announced a $5 million settlement Thursday with 16 people who said they were sexually abused while attending a boarding school on an American Indian reservation.

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuit Order of priests, will pay $4.8 million in cash to the abuse victims and raise another $200,000 for the...

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Uranium Cuts a Tragic Path Through the Navajo Nation

January 2, 2008

Author: Amy Levek

Source: The Watch

http://www.telluridewatch.com/articles/2008/01/02/news/doc47769e602698d188576771.txt

Three coyotes run through the sagebrush, stopping briefly to check us out. Head of the Uranium Education Project at Diné College Perry Charley and I are out in the windswept canyons of the Navajo Reservation, looking at the legacy of uranium mining and its sad and tragic intertwining with Navajo...

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Zimbabwe: Zim Traditional Healers Take Their Trade to UK

December 17, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: allAfrica.com

http://allafrica.com/stories/200712170549.html

A number of Zimbabwean traditional healers have set up base in the United Kingdom and have reported brisk business.

In Bexleyheath, South East London, Sekuru Mutero (49), has set up his office and confirms that more and more Zimbabweans living in London are turning to him in search of good fortune. I visited him at his two-bedroom rented house last week to...

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New Travel Rules Leave Native Americans in Limbo

December 16, 2007

Author: Tim Gaynor

Source: The Vancouver Sun

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=6bd56183-0614-480c-9c4c-8f673ac410b4

The U.S. border inspector at this lonely desert crossing with Mexico fingers the tribal enrollment card decorated with a wooden staff and eagle feathers, and glances at the holder's photograph.

Tohono O'odham elder...

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Tribes Protest Federal Plans for Sacred Peaks

December 11, 2007

Author: Molly R. Okeon

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_7697222

PASADENA - Protesting the use of treated sewage water to make snow in an area they hold sacred, Native American activists marched through the city with environmental leaders to a hearing at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

In colorful garb and playing traditional music, the Native Americans walked from All Saints Episcopal Church to...

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Lakota Land Victory

November 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UN Observer

http://www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=4058&blz=1

As explained in the following article, Owe Aku, a grass roots Lakota organization, just utilized the principle of free, prior and informed consent as set forth in the recently passed United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Plaintiffs, including Owe Aku and the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, argued that a...

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Vote not Taken on Land Exchange

November 7, 2007

Author: Ted Lake

Source: Silver Belt

http://www.silverbelt.com/articles/2007/11/07/apache_moccasin/apache01.txt

If Congress passes this bill, it will allow the owners of Resolution Copper to "desecrate the aboriginal homeland of the Apache People.

"Oak Flat and Apache Leap are Sacred and Holy places (for the Apaches), so too is the nearby area known as Devils Canyon.

"On behalf of the Apache Tribe and other...

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Harvard Connecting to its Indian Soul

October 21, 2007

Author: Colin Nickerson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/10/21/harvard_connecting_to_its_indian_soul/

CAMBRIDGE - Serious pay dirt came at 23 inches when a trio of sweaty undergrads working one of 15 deepening holes in Harvard Yard last week unearthed two tiny pieces of printing press type, pegged at nearly 3 1/2 centuries old.

"One minute you're just digging so...

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Court to Reconsider Sacred Mountain Row

October 17, 2007

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1733263620071017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday that it would reconsider its decision that barred an Arizona ski resort from using treated sewage to make snow on a mountain sacred to several Native American tribes.

The long-running case has pitted economic and leisure interests against the beliefs of American Indian tribes, with both sides winning at...

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