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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 039, June 2014


Ulali Project - Idle No More - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

"OFFICIAL video of the newly formed Ulali Project's song Idle No More. It was performed for the first time during their first appearance together at the Givens Performing Arts Center - UNC Pembroke for the 4th Annual Rive Perope Music & Culture Fest in April 2014."


A Strange and Historical Bad Land Claims Settlement for the Mohawks

by Doug George-Kanentiio on June 3, 2014
"The May 30 announcement by the St. Regis Tribal Council that it had reached a "settlement" with New York State is one of the strangest in Native land claims history.

"The settlement begins with a bold lie: that of the three Mohawk governing councils at Akwesasne, this most factionalized of Native communities, one-the New York State created St. Regis Tribal Council -has decided that it would unilaterally bring a "forever" end to all Mohawk claims against the US and the State without consultation, consensus or approval of the Mohawk Nation Council or the Canadian based Mohawk Council of Akwesasne...." Read the entire Article.


FPIC 101: An Introduction to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

"What is FPIC?

"The world's Indigenous territories are rich in natural resources. Governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations have historically used the lands of Indigenous Peoples for their own purposes and profit-drilling for oil, selling land for large farming plantations, or claiming areas for conservation purposes. These projects are too often undertaken without the consent of those who live on and are sustained by the land, resulting in physical, cultural, spiritual and environmental damage to the communities and the planet...." Read the entire article.


Grassy Narrows legal case against clearcut logging and respect for Treaty Right begins at the Supreme Court of Canada

"Today after 14 years of winding its way through the courts, the Supreme Court of Canada began hearing Grassy Narrows'

legal case (Keewatin v. MNR) for Treaty Rights and against industrial clearcut logging on their land. This case will have significant implications both locally and nationally.

"The Grassy Narrows First Nation (or Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation as it is traditionally called in Anishinaabek) and its community members have been involved in the longest running indigenous blockade in Cananda for over 10 years; but as has been discussed before, the history of injustice, colonialism, and contempt for the community is much longer...." Read entire article.


There Are 532 Superfund Sites in Indian Country!

Terri Hansen

"Of a total of 1,322 Superfund sites as of June 5, 2014, nearly 25 percent of them are in Indian country. Manufacturing, mining and extractive industries are responsible for our list of some of the most environmentally devastated places in Indian country, as specified under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the official name of the Superfund law enacted by Congress on December 11, 1980.

"Most of these sites are not cleaned up, though not all of the ones listed below are still active. Some sites are capped, sealing up toxics that persist in the environment...." Read the entire article.


Sasquatch Mask Returned To B.C. First Nation

"VANCOUVER - Hunting for an elusive sasquatch mask revered by a British Columbia First Nation has been a 16-year journey for James Leon, taking him through London, Boston, New York and Ottawa.

"In the end, all it took was a question to the lady sitting next to him at a Vancouver event that led him to his nation's Sasq'ets mask that vanished 75 years ago.

"Leon was at a repatriation event for another First Nations artifact held by the Vancouver Museum when he asked the lady sitting beside him if she knew of the ape-like mask partially covered in bear fur...." Read the entire article.


"Indigenous People and Environmental Justice: the Impact of Climate Change"

An interesting 2007 scholarly exploration of Indigenous Peoples rights in the face of global climate change.

The author, Rebecca Tsosie, received the highest faculty honor at Arizona State University, as a 2012 Regents' Professor. She is a professor of law and the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar at the university's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and is the former executive director of the Indian Legal Program.

"The international dialogue on climate change is currently focused on a strategy of adaptation to climate change that includes the projected removal of entire communities, if necessary. Such a strategy will prove genocidal for many groups of indigenous peoples." Download a PDF version of the article.


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