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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 053, October 2015

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Article Index

"An Indigenous Peoples' Declaration for Action"
Indigenous 'Olympics' gets underway
The Great Quake and the Great Drowning
UN footing the bill for AFN
Putting the World Back Together
First Light a 13 minute documentary
Indigenous Peoples of Yaigojé Apaporis
Coal's Dark Alliance Defames Lummi Nation

  

The American Indian Institute, in collaboration with Pull Together Now and with the help of numerous volunteers, assisted an intercontinental delegation of Indigenous spiritual leaders to actively participate in the proceedings of the Parliament of the World's Religions October 15-19 in Salt Lake City. Nearly 10,000 delegates from all parts of the world were there. Among many accomplishements our delegations helped achieve is "An Indigenous Peoples' Declaration for Action"

To read the declaration Click Here.

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Indigenous 'Olympics' gets underway in remote Brazilian city

PALMAS, Brazil (AP) - What's billed as the first "indigenous Olympics" kicked off Thursday with a raucous cultural mash-up that saw grimacing Maori warriors, gong-bearing Filipinos and feather-crowned tribespeople from Brazil preside over a traditional fire-lighting ceremony. Read the entire article.

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The Great Quake
and the Great Drowning

Mega-quakes have periodically rocked North America's Pacific
Northwest. Indigenous people told terrifying stories about the devastation
but refused to leave.

by Ann Finkbeiner
Published September 14, 2015
Read the entire article.

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UN footing the bill for AFN to attend climate gathering in Paris

Brandi Morin
APTN National News
"The United Nations is paying for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to attend one of the most anticipated environmental conferences in history.

"Through the UN Development Programme, National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN NWT Regional Chief Bill Erasmus are confirmed to attend the COP 21 gathering in Paris. Read the entire article.

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Putting the World Back Together

Mike Myers | 10/28/15

"There are a couple of interesting stories that have emerged that will have some impacts for Indigenous nations and peoples. The first is about the process taking place in Hawaii to re-establish a government for the Indigenous Hawaiians. As reported in Aljazeera America there are some folks who have gone to court to challenge the process. Two are non-Hawaiians, two are Hawaiians who say their names have been put on a roll without their permission and two other Hawaiians who don't agree with a phrase in a declaration on the process that states: 'affirm the un-relinquished sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people, and my intent to participate in the process of self-determination.'" Read the entire article.

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First Light

First Light is a 13-minute film independently documenting the work of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the first such task force in US history to investigate issues important to Native Americans. Click Here to watch the video.

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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF YAIGOJÉ APAPORIS VICTORIOUS AS COURT OUSTS CANADIAN MINING COMPANY

"After five years of legal contests and uncertainty, the Colombian Constitutional Court has confirmed that Yaigojé Apaporis, an indigenous resguardo (a legally recognized, collectively owned territory), also has legitimate status as a national park.

"The decision is cause for celebration for Indigenous Peoples who call the region home. But it is less welcome news for Canadian multinational mining corporation Cosigo Resources, the company contesting the area's national park status. The court's ruling immediately and indefinitely suspends all mining activities in the park, including Cosigo's license to mine gold from one of Yaigojé's most sacred areas.

"In the broader context of Colombia's push to expand mining activities in the name of development, the court's decision is seen as a significant precedent...." Read the entire article.

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COAL'S DARK ALLIANCE DEFAMES LUMMI NATION: NATIVE AMERICAN TREATY RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK

by Sandy Robson

Brad Owens speaking at the June 22, 2015 NWJA-sponsored event, "Rebuilding the Middle Class: Working Families and Wages in Northwest Washington and the State," in Bellingham, WA.

"On her September 12, 2015 program, Whatcom Tea Party board member and host for the weekly 'Saturday Morning Live' (SML) talk radio show on KGMI, Kris Halterman, interviewed Northwest Jobs Alliance (NWJA) President Brad Owens. Halterman's program afforded Owens a platform to promote the same idea that NWJA previously purported in its August 20, 2015 letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). That idea advanced by NWJA in the letter, is that there is 'an apparent motive behind the Lummi Nation's opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project (and completion of the EIS process) not connected with treaty rights.' [italicized emphasis theirs]..." Read the entire article.

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