Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Happy April Fools Everyone

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Black Mesa/ EPA extends coal mine water commenting

EPA extends coal mine water commenting


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Updated: Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010, 9:29 AM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010, 9:29 AM MDT


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The period to comment on a water discharge permit for a controversial coal mining operation in northern Arizona has been extended.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving the public 30 additional days, or until April 30, to provide comment on the proposed permit for Peabody Energy's Black Mesa mine complex.


The EPA withdrew the permit late last year after an appeal by environmentalists, who contended the discharge of heavy metals and pollutants threatens water sources for nearby tribal communities.


The EPA says the proposed permit will help ensure that water quality standards are met. The agency says the permit also would include new requirements for reclaimed mine areas, and plans to control sediment and seepage from stormwater treatment ponds.


(The mine complex is located on Navajo and Hopi lands about 20 miles southwest of Kayenta, Ariz.)


Copyright Associated Press, Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Date: 3-31-10
To: Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue,N.W. (2410T) Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202.566.2391 Fax:202.566.2549 Email: webcomments.oig@epa.gov


From: Sharon L. Kitchen (founder) Save the Sacred Sites
P.O. Box 324
Townsend, Ga. 31331


Re: Public Notice#: AZ-10-W-001A (open until 4/30/10) Peabody Western Coal Co., Black Mesa Complex, P.O. Box 650 , Kayenta, AZ 86004
Contact: John Tinger,415.972.3518/ Tinger.John@EPA.gov
To whom it may concern,
I write this letter today with great concerns over this permit to Peabody Western Coal. In fact all of Peabody Coals activity, no matter what state they operate in. Especially if they are on Native lands.
I understand that the EPA withdrew this permit last year after an appeal by environmentalists who were concerned over the discharge of heavy metals and pollutants threatening water sources for nearby tribal communities. I also understand that the EPA says the proposed permit will help ensure that water quality standards are met. Also the "new" permit would have new requirements for reclaimed mine area and plans to control sediment and seepage from storm water treatment ponds. All this sounds great, but Peabody does not have a wonderful record.
The Black Mesa/ Kayenta mine has operated since the early 1970's and is located on approximately 65,000 acres of land leased within the boundaries of the Hopi and Navajo Nations. This permit would allow storm water to be dumped into all type of waters. This water is life giving. It brings life to plants, animals and humans. Water from mines are contaminated and bring death. No matter how good the intentions are how great the plan, there is always human accidents. They cause harm. Requirements sound good, but put into hands like the type of Peabody Coal, they will not be followed. Peabody Coal has a horrible track record, when it comes to Native Peoples and their health.
I know that the history of "using" /"taking" lands of Native Peoples is something that Peabody Coal is very good at. It is on file that the Mormon Church's head deacon and lawyer in the 1970's worked very hard at such practices. It was finally drafted into a bill by Sen. John McCain in 1997. After it was quietly signed into law, the Dine’ were forcefully removed and put on a "toxic-radio-active" dump called the Rio Puerco. In 2000 they took their films of their "survival" to the U.N. where they showed the World leaders and told them of their fight to survive. The leaders were horrified at what they saw. The words, Human Rights Abuse come to mind.
The Native Peoples have suffered enough. They need their lands unspoiled. They need to be in charge of "their" lands.
I and my husband have many Native people in our family. Many live out West. Many live all over the US. We are very concerned for the well being of all Native Peoples. Please do NOT allow this horrible coal company any more rights to destroy!!!!! !
Thank you for your time,
Sharon L. Kitchen

Issues & News 04/01/2010

Issues & News 04/01/2010


Tories ignoring Inuit, Liberal conference told


Posted By: Anthony Jay Henhawk Jr.
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
MONTREAL—Inuit people are less involved in federal government decisions today than they were before the federal Conservatives came to power, according to Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a leading voice for the Arctic in Canada and in international circles.

"There was a time where there was a lot more access," Watt-Cloutier told the Liberal 'thinkers' conference in Montreal Saturday.

A cabinet committee on aboriginal peoples was disbanded in 2006, as well as the office of the Arctic ambassador, Watt-Cloutier reminded the largely Liberal audience.

Watt-Cloutier, a Nobel-Prize nominee, singled out almost a half-dozen former Liberal cabinet ministers for praise in her description of the way previous governments worked with Inuit people on Arctic issues such as climate change.

The Conservatives did name Leona Aglukkaq to the Health Minister's job in 2008, making her the first Inuit woman to hold a senior cabinet post in Canada. It has also made clear that Canada?s North is one of its policy priorities in repeated Throne Speeches.

But Watt-Cloutier said she was surprised earlier this year, at a G-8 ministers' meeting in Iqaluit, to learn how little Canadian government officials appeared to understand about the North.

"There were Canadian government officials who came up, who knew just very little about Canada's North," she said. "If the government of Canada is to use Arctic circumstances in its foreign policies in its foreign policies, it must really understand what is going on in the Arctic—to make that extra effort."

Watt-Cloutier, a former international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, said she was also disappointed that so many of the participants in that meeting avoided an event in which seal meat was served.


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FW: News from Association of American Indian Physicians
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Association of American Indian Physicians Announcement


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PRE-ADMISSION WORKSHOP
April 15-18, 2010
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, April 5th, 2010

Applications must be FAXED to the AAIP Office.
Attn: AAIP Student Programs
Fax: (405) 946-7651.


Association of American Indian Physicians Announces the Spring 2010
PRE-ADMISSION WORKSHOP








Workshop will focus upon the skills necessary for successful application and admittance to medical school or other health profession schools!!






The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), Careers in Health for Native Students Program and the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Indians into Medicine (INMED) Program of the University of Arizona, College of Medicine will conduct a Pre-Admission Workshop (PAW) on April 15 - 18, 2010. Scholarships available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) undergraduate and graduate students interested in the health field. Scholarship will cover airfare, lodging and meals.

Notice: Scholarships awarded on a one-time basis.

Topics include the following:


Selecting a Professional School

Admissions Test (MCAT)

Personal Statement

AMCAS Application

Financial Aid/Scholarship Resources

Interview Process

Mock Interviews

AI/AN Physician and Medical Student Panel Presentations


Application Requirements:


AAIP Student Primary Data Sheet Scholarship Application

Recent College and/or University Transcript

One Letter of Recommendation from a professor or academic advisor.

Copy of your Certificate of Indian Blood or Tribal Identification Card

Recent photograph for identification and publication purposes

One page personal statement: Why are you seeking a career in the health professions? How the workshop will benefit?


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Fwd: New Video-Why Clinton Schools Need to CHANGE their Mascot!!
Posted by: "Rosepetl5@aol.com" Rosepetl5@aol.com rosepetl5
Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:52 am (PDT)




From: nimkiikwew@msn.com
To: nimkiikwew@msn.com
Subject: New Video - Americans Are People NOT Mascots--Why Clinton Schools Need to CHANGE!!
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 03:35:15 -0400

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BG4_a700j4


Native Americans Are People NOT Mascots--Why Clinton Schools Need to CHANGE!!
www.youtube.com
Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media is a grassroots project founded by Native Americans that is working to end discriminatory Native American references in the use of mascots and logos where ever they are found. ...


Also seen on website - Against the use of "redskins" as mascots:
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=26733936343



and WWW.MCARSM.COM - Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media


This is our first video ever made and due to deadlines, we only had one day. Please give us our input. Did you Like or dislike the video? Was the point put across clearly enough ? Suggestions ?

Megweth for watching the first Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media Video.

linda

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CREW files complaints against Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts and the Freedom Alliance
Yesterday, CREW - with the support of VoteVets.org - filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against conservative FOX News host Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts and Lt. Col. Oliver North's charity, Freedom Alliance.

Hannity and North claim 100 percent of Freedom Concert proceeds are donated to Freedom Alliance's scholarship fund for the children of killed and wounded veterans, but CREW has found that is not the case.

In reality, Premiere Marketing organizes and promotes the concerts and then gives an unknown portion of the proceeds from concert ticket sales to Freedom Alliance's scholarship fund. It just so happens that Premiere Marketing is run by Duane Ward, a long-time associate of North's, who also runs the Premiere Speakers Bureau, which represents both Hannity and North in setting up their highly paid speaking engagements. Pretty cozy.

Sean Hannity and Lt. Col. Oliver North are being deceptive about how much money they are raising for the children of our country's honored veterans. CREW will fight to make sure the IRS and FTC hold these organizations accountable, but we need your help:click here to donate to CREW today.

The Freedom Alliance is also violating its status as a charitable organization by blatantly engaging in political activities. The Alliance holds a yearly "Freedom Cruise," and judging by the cruise's special guest-list - which has included RNC Chairman Michael Steele and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich - every registered Republican in the country should be clamoring to get on board.

The organization has also rented out its mailing list to a Republican-linked communications firm and has ties to Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) anti-immigrant and pro-conservative candidate political action committee.

If the Freedom Alliance wants the tax benefits of being charitable organization, then it needs to stay out of partisan politics.

Click here to help CREW hold unethical organizations accountable for their actions.

Donate to CREW today.

Click here to learn more about CREW's FTC and IRS complaints.

Thanks for all that you do,

The CREW team


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Native Remains Nationwide to be Returned
Marcie Lane
Committee Member
Protect Sacred Sites " Indigenous People,One Nation"
www.protectsacredsites.org
863-425-5478
-------Original Message-------

From: Victoria
Date: 3/30/2010 1:18:59 PM
To: Proud-To-Be-Native-American@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Proud-To-Be-Native-American] Native Remains Nationwide to be Returned


Native Remains Nationwide to be Returned from Museums to Tribes

March 29, 2010

http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/Native_Remains_Nationwide_to_be_Returned_from_Museums_to_Tribes_100329


Kennewick Man




The Department of the Interior has decided to turn over to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiians the human remains and artifacts currently in possession of museums and natural history collections. Taking effect May 14, the decision includes remains that cannot be traced to a particular tribe or organization. These remains will be given to tribes that had a proven presence on the land from which the remains were taken.


Interior Department officials also announced they are streamlining the process by which it returns remains and artifacts. Previously, the Secretary of the Interior relied on a special review committee to decide how to process requests from tribes. That committee has now been eliminated.

The changes are part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, which requires all museums and federal agencies to identify Indian cultural items in their collections. As of last year, the remains of almost 40,000 people have been registered.

In response to the Interior Department rule changes, the University of Michigan said it will return the remains of nearly 1,400 Indians, some of them more than 3,000 years old, to various tribes.

It is still unclear what will become of Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton that was found on the Columbia River in Washington State in 1996. The remains were the subject of a lawsuit, settled in by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004, that denied local tribes ownership because it could not be proven that Kennewick Man belonged to a tribe.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky

Native Remains Will Be Repatriated (Courthouse News Service)
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations--Disposition of Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains; Final Rule(Department of the Interior)
National NAGPRA (National Park Service)
University of Michigan Begins Process of Returning Native American Remains to Tribes (by Juliana Keeping, Ann Arbor.com)
Kennewick Man Virtual Interpretive Center (Tri-City Herald)


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Fwd: 2010 Student Artist Competition Winners Announced
Posted by: "Rosepetl5@aol.com" Rosepetl5@aol.com rosepetl5
Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:23 pm (PDT)





Sent: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 9:13 pm
Subject: 2010 Student Artist Competition Winners Announced

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education is pleased to announce that the winners of the 2010 Native American Student Artist Competition are now available on O’ai’ee’s Activity Center. The competition, which celebrates the value and success of education in Indian communities, was open to all American Indian and Alaska Native students in Grades Pre-K through 12.

By hosting the annual competition, the Office of Indian Education hopes to inspire students to explore the connections between their education and native culture through art and writing. Entries were to relate to the 2010 theme Bringing Honor Through Education and reflect the promise and importance of pursuing an education for native youth.

Submissions were judged in six different grade levels. Prizes were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the art and writing categories, and a certificate of participation was sent to each student. A total of 817 students from 33 states submitted works in a variety of media.
For additional information, please visit http://kids.indianeducation.org/sac.


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Registration Open for Online Cherokee Language Courses
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Aim Santa BarbaraMarch 30, 2010 at 10:35am
Subject: Send Nazis Home Crying! 4/17/10 Los Angeles, CA
The National Socialist Movement ( supposedly celebrating Hitler’s birthday) will be holding their national meeting and rally in Los Angeles and it is up to us to spoil their party. All people are invited to attend and are encouraged to build a counter protest the NSM.

April 17th 2010
1:30- 4:30
South Lawn of LA CITY HALL

Join AIMSB and many other groups in solidarity to stand against them and give a a clear message they are not wanted or liked here

brings signs , video cameras , cameras , and water-
Do not bring any children-

RSVP HERE:
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1374861765179#!/event.php?eid=302293311269&ref=nf


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Vatican must act against ingrained culture of abuse

Posted By: Anthony Jay Henhawk Jr.
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
My mother is as devout a Catholic as one is ever likely to encounter — fish on Fridays, mass on Sundays. But she hasn't darkened the door of a church in years — not because she can't through illness, but because she won't through stubbornness.

Her belief in the church was irrevocably damaged a decade ago when her local parish priest was found dead of an apparent heart attack. Sad, indeed. But he went to meet his maker buck naked in a gay bath house — not the most blessed pose for the dearly departed.

Bless him, Father, for he hath sinned. And he wasn't alone.

Over the past two decades, the Roman Catholic Church around the world has been shaken by allegations of sexual abuse against minors, physical abuse against those it was supposed to educate, and elaborate attempts to cover up those dirty and shameful deeds.

Response

Last week, Pope Benedict XVI took the unusual step of issuing a public letter to all Irish bishops, telling them that those in senior positions had erred, and that anyone involved in such deeds should face justice. While the letter was talking specifically about the situation in Ireland, it was issued generally as guidance to church authorities around the world to ensure that acts of abuse by figures in authority would not be tolerated.

In Canada, the US and Australia and across Europe, Catholic religious orders such as the Christian Brothers, the Oblate Fathers and the Sisters of Mercy have been at the centre of horrific tales of sexual abuse of minors. In residential schools in Canada, for example, young indigenous people were physically beaten for speaking their native tongues, while their minders satisfied their physical needs on their innocent charges. In the US, priests carried out near systemic abuses on some victims, with substance abuse and suicides following in the wake of those who endured the Fathers' sins.

And in Ireland, it is estimated that one-in-four children who passed through the school system suffered abuse of one kind or another.

Sadly, it took many decades of hurt, torment, tears and fears for the full extent of abuse at the hands of Catholic authorities to come out.

Indeed, the current Pope, while a Vatican administrator responsible for discipline, ordered all bishops around the world to report all cases of abuse to his office. But the abuse was to be kept secret and out of the hands of judicial authorities at all costs and under threat of excommunication.

For years, reports of abuse were not taken seriously or were simply covered up by Catholic authorities. When reports of abuse were acted upon, there was no judicial action taken against the perpetrators — they were simply transferred to a new parish where they were free to engage again and again in their acts of self-gratification.

Given that the Catholic Church was a cornerstone of social, political, educational and sporting life, to make a claim of abuse meant being an outcast. It was simply unfathomable that a man of the cloth — a person sworn to a pious life and installed on a pedestal of influence — could be guilty of abusing children.

For those who were abused, the demons remained, drowned by alcohol, numbed by violence and always ready to re-emerge and destroy what little good life brought.

Growing up in Ireland, I was beaten and strapped by those who were supposed to educate me. One priest took sadistic joy in striking us with the metal leg of a chair; another by pulling our hair; another by tugging us around the classroom by the ear, then slapping us with full force across the face.

No excuse

These were not men of God nor faith, religion nor learning — they were sick sadistic bullies who lacked the training and professionalism of true teachers. I wish I knew then what I know now. And I wish I met some of those same men now, so help me God!

In that same parish where my mother used to go to church was a retirement home for Christian Brothers to live out their final years. When they died, they were buried in a neat cemetery with identical headstones in the grounds of the home — ever so much like the military burial grounds dotted around Europe.

You'd meet the elderly Brothers bent over, hobbling along by the sea wall, taking the salt air. I can't but wonder now how many of those frail figures were demons to those in their care.

Under those cold granite gravemarkers they may rest in peace. But there are generations of the tormented who cannot forget and who will not forgive what was done to them.

Until such a time as the Vatican deals with that, in deeds and not in words alone, this sick scandal will remain.

Aim Santa Barbara Subject: The UNTOLD story! Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation vs American Indian Health & Services

Aim Santa BarbaraMarch 29, 2010 at 3:40pm
Subject: The UNTOLD story! Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation vs American Indian Health & Services
Join Ms. Roberta Weighill she talks with Mr. Michael Cordero, Plaintiff in a lawsuit against American Indian Health & Services, after he and four other board members were wrongfully and forcibly removed from the Board of Directors over 4 years ago. Also joining the discussion is Eric Woosley, attorney for the Plaintiffs-“The argument was being made that the Coastal Band was not Indian Enough!” “….the ramifications went far beyond the case of these four individuals- it affected the entire Native American Community,”

Justice prevailed with the Judge ruling in favor of the Plaintiffs- however, the Defendants have filed an appeal


Show in 3 parts

http://www.facebook.com/l/407c7;www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMbwZJKIHdY

http://www.facebook.com/l/407c7;www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9pX57w8g0U

http://www.facebook.com/l/407c7;www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jpPUXyCzp4

Sarah Palin on Discovery Channel?

Sarah Palin on Discovery Channel? http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=98128197&blogId=531998355

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sacred Places Convention for Indigenous Peoples

Sacred Places Convention for Indigenous Peoples

When: June 12—13, 2010

WHO: The United Coalition to Protect Panhe is honored to invite you to a two-day planning and capacity building Sacred Places Convention for Indigenous Peoples.

WHAT: Sacred Places Convention for Indigenous Peoples

WHEN: Saturday, June 12—Sunday, June 13, 2010

WHERE: Puvungna, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

Indigenous sacred places are central to the ongoing cultural, spiritual, mental, and physical health of the people and the cultural survival of Tribal Nations. The purpose of this two-day Convention is to empower Indigenous peoples and Indian Nations to collaborate effectively in our work to protect Indigenous sacred places and cultural resources in California and throughout the nation.

Goals:
• Promote information sharing among Indian Nations, grassroots Indigenous led organizations, Indigenous sacred places activists, and community organizers on strategies for successful sacred place protection.
• Build the capacity of Convention participants to protect their sacred sites.

• Identify points of collaboration for local, state, and national legislative, policy,and community action to promote the protection of Indigenous sacred places.

• Increase the community organizing skills of Convention participants.

• Engage tribal youth on the issue of Indigenous sacred place protection.

• Develop a strategic plan for further statewide and national collaboration of Indigenous peoples on sacred place protection issues.

CONTACT: For more information on the event and opportunities for Co-sponsorship, please contact Angela Mooney D'Arcy, Co-director, United Coalition to Protect Panhe at angela.ucpp@ ... or310.678.1747.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Issues & News 03/29/2010 Part 1 & 2

Issues & News 03/29/2010
Part 1 http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=98128197&blogId=531873280
Part 2 http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=98128197&blogId=531873387

Crazy talk

Crazy talk
"We need to defeat these bastards. We need to wipe them out." Not my words. Rush Limbaugh's words.

Democrats extend health care to 32 million people, and how do Republicans react? Their eyes get all crazy-like. They throw fits. They vow repeal. And they will track down every Democratic member of Congress like bloodhounds on the chase.

Look, we didn't fight all these years for health care reform to see it dismantled by a radio blowhard, a bunch of regressive Republicans and an angry mob of right wingers. But their rhetoric will only grow more dangerous and threaten President Obama's accomplishments and future agenda. So when that FEC deadline comes Wednesday at midnight, we as Democrats need to show our post-healthcare strength.

Click here to donate $25, $50 or more to the DSCC. The DSCC needs to raise $117,260 in the next five days to target each and every lying liar, provide voters with the truth and defend President Obama.

On the Senate floor, Judd Gregg compared health care reform to not only a "huge asteroid," but a huge asteroid that will "land on our children's heads." Rep. John Boehner ranted at the top of his lungs until his face turned beet red. Glenn Beck cried. And "tyranny" and "socialism" are hot new topics on Twitter. I've gotta ask: What is WRONG with these people?

I haven't heard such claptrap from the Republicans since they said President Clinton's economic plan would be "a one-way ticket to a recession." They were wrong about Clintonomics, which balanced the budget while creating 23 million new jobs and lifting millions out of poverty. And they're just as wrong about Obamacare, which at its heart just means a family doctor for every family.

And if you think it couldn't possibly get any worse, just wait. The lies will only get more airplay now that corporations can spend unlimited money for candidates. Special interests are already spending more than $800,000 per day to kill President Obama's agenda. This number will only grow.

It might be laughable - if it weren't so dangerous. This election will determine the future of everything we've accomplished. Do we stand with President Obama and his progressive vision? Or do we let crazy conservatives destroy everything?

Here's the only acceptable answer: We fight.

Click here to donate $25, $50 or more to the DSCC. The DSCC needs to raise $117,260 in the next five days to target each and every lying liar, provide voters with the truth and defend President Obama.
http://www.democratsenators.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=km5EX5HHpm5KmpgVWRfDamopp1zvOmBT

Republicans want to drag this country kicking and screaming into the 19th century. It's up to you and me to make sure it doesn't happen.

Sincerely,

Paul Begala

Aim Santa Barbara/ Canon City CO incarcerated Brothers in need of donations for ceremony

Aim Santa Barbara/ Canon City CO incarcerated Brothers in need of donations for

ceremony



Aim Santa BarbaraMarch 29, 2010 at 10:58am



Subject: Canon City CO incarcerated Brothers in need of donations for ceremony
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/note.php?note_
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From Native Inmates Leading Branch


The brothers at Arrowhead Correctional Facility, Canon City, (Colorado Dept of Corrections) are in need of some help to obtain wood for their Inipi ceremony.

No wood = No ceremony



(please also donate sage, cedar, and sweetgrass)

Anyone who would like to donate a small amount (Every little helps) can contact either of the following brothers:


Eutiquio Luna # 116537
Arrowhead Correctional Facility



Box 300
Canon City, CO 81215

or

Daniel Morales # 126528
Arrowhead Correctional Facility
CMC-ACC-B
Box 300
Canon City, CO 81215

They will let you know the best way to do this, or if you or a group that you know would like to donate a wood cord, please contact the following for details on how to go about this:




Warden: Rae Timme (Acting)
Associate Warden(s): s. Frances Massingill
CMC - ACC
P.O. Box 300
CaƱon City, 81215

Telephone: (719)269-5601
Fax: (719)269-5650

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Monday on Just Peace: Hank Alberelli and his new book about the CIA

Monday on Just Peace: Hank Alberelli and his new book about the CIA
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On Monday, March 29 we will continue our discussion with Hank Alberelli, Jr. and provide the opportunity for call-ins and questions of the author. The phone number to the station is 404 523 8989. We will also be offering his book as a premium for a donation to the station.

Alberelli is the author of the recent and sensational book about the CIA entitled “A Terrible Mistake: The Murder Of Frank Olson And The CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments”. It will soon be made into a screenplay.

Below is a brief biography of Alberelli as well as a description of his book and some of what it reveals. Because of the CIA experiments in France in the 1950’s, revealed by Alberelli, the French are now asking hard questions about the CIA and its undercover activities.

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H.P. Albarelli Jr.

H.P. Albarelli Jr. is an investigative reporter and writer who lives in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. Other articles he has written about Frank Olson's death, as well as about the post-9/11 anthrax investigation, biological warfare, and other subjects, appear on the World Net Daily web site. Other writings by Albarelli may be found in WITNESS, a literary journal, and Tampa's alternative newspaper, The Weekly Planet. A graduate of Antioch Law School, Albarelli has worked as a researcher, scriptwriter, and technical consultant on several television documentaries including A&E's recent Investigative Report on Frank Olson produced by London's Principal Films. In 1977-80, Albarelli worked in the White House under the Carter Administration and then later served on the Senior Policy Staff for the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. Albarelli is a former board member of the London-based Transnational Information Centre and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. His novel THE HEAP was published in 2005. Albarelli's book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder Of Frank Olson And The CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments, was published in 2010

BReaking News: The revelations in this book is causing a major international crisis between France and the US as the French are just learning what happenede when the CIA aersoled LSD over Pont St Esprit causing many deaths, suicides and people committed to insane asylums.


CIA Gone Wild
H. P. Albarelli’s True Thriller: A Terrible Mistake - The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments.
Taking on the CIA is not for the faint of heart. It takes toughness, tenacity, and an undisputed moral compass. It’s those core values that compelled Hank Albarelli Jr. to spend ten years uncovering the dark truths in his formidable expose: A Terrible Mistake - The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments.

This book reveals a rogue government agency whose defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth policies carried out at any cost. It brings to light of day important new information from the 1950's heyday of Olson's work, delving into military and CIA Cold War experimentation, information which Olson’s death was intended to bury. Unwitting citizens were the subjects of mind-control experiments which lead to the development of techniques still employed today at Black Sites around the world. Among the details revealed are efforts to weaponize LSD for battlefield use and unconscionable tests on innocent civilians, including children.

Albarelli takes the mystery out of the darkest corners in CIA’s history – and he relates the story with character, with conviction, and with the blinders off. This is a riveting read, his text, defiantly disturbing, his writing style passionately grounded in reality; the whole, mesmerizingly capable of big, smacking, rhetorical home runs.

The scenes in his book are filled with characters deep into intrigue, their identity always in flux, like floating human jello. And yet these people, some, we discover, still in power, have the ability to tear somebody in two like they were a slice of bread. The conclusions of his detective work fit together like sword and scabbard. The book reads like fiction, yet we are reminded over and over again that we are dealing with long-denied truths.

The hard dirty facts of the CIA’s history come alive as you turn the pages. You’re riveted as he explores 1950's Military and CIA Cold War Scientific and Medical experimentation in the fields of Mind Control, Psychological Operations, Interrogation, Torture, Psycho-Weaponry, Chemical and Biological Assassination .

Albarelli has racked years of rough mileage researching this book, his track record cratered with deliberate potholes created by the Manhattan district attorney's office, which was also investigating the case, was nothing less than an exercise in squaring off with subterfuge.

Albarelli gives his readers so much juicy information, a veritable tsunami of exposed secrets and incrementing evidence. He details a myriad of CIA drug experiments and exposes a large number of previously anonymous physicians and business officials who contracted with the agency. The experiments resulted in the deaths of a number of people, permanently destroying the minds of others and sending many more seeking medical help.

The human faces of evil come alive. We become acquainted with some of the Agency’s creepiest characters including: Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, head of the notorious MKULTRA program, whose mind control techniques included extensive use of LSD; the evil psychiatrist Dr. Harold Abramson; various Corsican mafia kingpins; and the ultimate spy, Pierre Lafitte who was not only ignominiously descended from the famous pirate captain, Jean Lafitte, he was also a paid CIA assassin, who just happened to be working as a bellman at the Statler Hotel the night Olson plunged to his death on a November night in 1953.

Frank Olson’s short descent from respected biochemist to an obituary footnote didn’t take long. But, there are no statute-of-limitations on murder.

What did Dr. Olson, a CIA scientist himself, do to deserve such a violent demise? After having been previously dosed with LSD, Olson crashed through a closed and shaded 10th story window of the Hotel Statler on 7th Ave in Manhattan. It was called a suicide. In the 1970’s Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld succeeded in blocking his family's request for a new investigation into his death. Later, the Bush administration pushed for the legalization of some of the very torture techniques they had so successfully protected in the 1970's.

Whose secrets were being protected?

Hank Albarelli's chiller of a thriller "A Terrible Mistake, the Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments", a 900+ page volume based on over 100,000 pages of documents and interviews show how Frank Olson was actually murdered.

Why? The CIA was hell-bent on perfecting mind control techniques, including the creation of a “truth drug,” for use in interrogation of captured enemy operatives and to root out “the enemies within”.

Beginning in the 1940s Project BLUEBIRD began. These experiments were used on American citizens held captive in mental hospitals, without informed consent. The CIA also birthed synthetic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, used in Project MKULTRA using human beings as guinea pigs with LSD and hypnosis.

A TERRIBLE MISTAKE reads like a roadmap to the drug culture of the 1960s and beyond. This investigation of unprecedented depth, including numerous first hand interviews, links yesteryear’s electric KoolAid with today’s “shock doctrine.”

In 1995, when Albarelli began to seriously investigate the strange death of Dr. Olson, 42, little did he suspect his investigations would span over 10 years and take him down the rabbit hole of history into the CIA’s deep involvement with drugs. Encountering fierce opposition from varied and surprising forces, he persisted, learning for himself the harsh lessons one gains in the pursuit of truth.

The seemingly unrelated mysteries of Dr. Olson's strange "suicide" in New York City in 1953 and the bizarre hallucinogenic outbreak in a small French village in August 1951 have independently provoked and perplexed serious investigators as related in countless accounts on the Internet and televised news features and documentaries for decades. While Olson’s death has long been suspect, little was offered in the way of real evidence, which now smacks of a classic government cover up which for years went undetected in the innocence of pre Vietnam 1950's America. Now, Olson's death can be definitively ruled a murder and the French outbreak explained as a sloppy military maneuver which resulted in the callous disregard of hundreds of innocent unwitting lives, some of whom took their own lives as an escape from the horror, others were doomed to a subsequent lifetime of insanity.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/1/24/818682/-A-Terrible-Mistake:-


The shocks never stop.
In late 1953 a high-ranking official of the Sandoz Chemical Company meeting with a CIA official made a startling revelation, that the 1951 so-called ergot outbreak in the French town of Pont St. Esprit was actually the result of a planned and secret biochemical experiment which resulted in the deaths of five people and also caused 300 people to seek medical care or to be placed in insane asylums for treatment. At the outset of Albarelli’s investigation, the outbreak was but a minor footnote in the bizarre history of LSD, but over time, fueled by the receipt of several never-before viewed CIA and White House documents it became amply apparent that the two events were inextricably connected.

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The cursed bread of Pont-Saint-Esprit 50 years ago has turned out to have been a CIA mind control experiment.

It happened in 1951, a quiet little village in France become struck with a sudden wave of hallucinations and insanity. It had been believed for some time that the incident was caused by accidental bread poisoning but an investigative journalist now believes that it had actually been an intentional experiment conducted by the CIA during the cold war.

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Today in the French News, was the startling announcement that the French Government is demanding explanations from the United States for a mysterious outbreak of mass insanity in the South Eastern Village of Pont-Saint-Esprit that occurred almost 60 years ago. 500 hundred people were affected and there were 5 deaths. The implications could have long range effects on Franco-American relations.

Motives behind Olson’s killing reveal the identities of the men who committed the act. Ties, hitherto unknown link Lee Harvey Oswald establishing for instance that young Oswald was seen by some of these same CIA mind control doctors in New York City, where so much of this experimentation took place, when he was only 13 years old and the murder of JFK, as well as to the infamous French Connection drug case.

The dynamics of state-sponsored assassination, the alliance in the 1950s and 1960s between the CIA and organized crime in America become startlingly clear.

The Artichoke Project, MK/ULTRA, MK/NAOMI, MK/DECOY and QK/HILLTOP are no longer dusty, frightening symbols of the past. Many of these Cold War programs served as the basis and templates for those controversial rendition and interrogation techniques employed by the Army and CIA today. Albarelli includes 42 pages of photographs and supporting documents from the files of The Agency for those in doubt.

This information has eluded two congressional hearings in the 1970's and, another requested investigation by Olson's family, was also blocked in 1975 by Cheney and Rumsfield. Once you start reading. A Terrible Mistake, it becomes painfully clear why such determined attempts were made to keep this information from the public.

Can the truth change this perception? If the truth can heal, then this book is a prescription for accountability. Make no mistake; this book will sear reader’s souls. It is a must-read for anyone who believes that following our constitution must be mandatory for the pursuit of good government and our democracy is not for sale for the highest bidder or the too-clever-for-words machinations of the CIA.

The story has done a full revolution around the planet! From France to UK, then from Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Russia to Australia and Brazil...What's next?

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/cia-used-lsd-to-make-french-lose-the-loaf-2095194.html
Publisher: TrineDay November 2009 $34.94 USD $38.95 Canada

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Universal Health Care

Universal Health Care

Why in the world that the words universal health care would upset anyone is beyond me. Oh there are rumors spread by Fox and on CNN and by Republicans opposed to health care for everyone that would make a bad fiction novel. There were no death panels. There was not any cutting off of grandpa and grandma’s social security. There was no communist plot to take over health care. There was no health care invented by President Obama to take government control of our health care.
Republican and Democratic presidents have said that we needed it.

The truth is the idea of giving all people health care, since we are way down on the list for people dying needlessly and way up on the list for cost according to the World health organization (I know they call the W.H.O. names for publishing the statistics that are accurate.) Now I have seen articles decrying the hostile take over (of duly elected members of the congress and senate) and how it’s being shoved down our throats. And I am grateful for the debate. At least the people writing with some rational mind are not threatening senators and congressmen and women, breaking windows out, call them faggot and n-words like the Tea Party goers are. Or maybe they are better controlled Tea Partiers.

The name Tea Party, brings to my mind the Boston Tea Party where British subjects rebelled against there government (who illegally invaded and took Native American’s lands by force) and then they dressed up like native peoples to commit acts of vandalism in protest. Then came their violent revolution where a lot of people died including Native American people. Why did they dress up like native peoples? To put the blame for their evil acts on Native peoples like they have been falsely attributing violent acts to Native peoples while they perpetuated violent acts against them. And so now we have those who want to violently overthrow a duly elected government because they don’t agree with its policies on health care. That’s a little over the top don’t you think? Let’s take a look at the benefits of what got voted in this time.

Besides Indian health Care finally getting some real funding and improvements, we see the following will happen immediately.

Let's start with how health insurance reform will expand and strengthen coverage:
• This year, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. Once the new health insurance exchanges begin in the coming years, pre-existing condition discrimination will become a thing of the past for everyone.
• This year, health care plans will allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance policy up until their 26th birthday.
• This year, insurance companies will be banned from dropping people from coverage when they get sick, and they will be banned from implementing lifetime caps on coverage. This year, restrictive annual limits on coverage will be banned for certain plans. Under health insurance reform, Americans will be ensured access to the care they need.
• This year, adults who are uninsured because of pre-existing conditions will have access to affordable insurance through a temporary subsidized high-risk pool.
• In the next fiscal year, the bill increases funding for community health centers, so they can treat nearly double the number of patients over the next five years.
• This year, we'll also establish an independent commission to advise on how best to build the health care workforce and increase the number of nurses, doctors and other professionals to meet our country's needs. Going forward, we will provide $1.5 billion in funding to support the next generation of doctors, nurses and other primary care practitioners -- on top of a $500 million investment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Health insurance reform will also curb some of the worst insurance industry practices and strengthen consumer protections:
• This year, this bill creates a new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers in new private plans have access to an effective process to appeal decisions made by their insurer.
• This year, discrimination based on salary will be outlawed. New group health plans will be prohibited from establishing any eligibility rules for health care coverage that discriminate in favor of higher-wage employees.
• Beginning this fiscal year, this bill provides funding to states to help establish offices of health insurance consumer assistance in order to help individuals in the process of filing complaints or appeals against insurance companies.
• Starting January 1, 2011, insurers in the individual and small group market will be required to spend 80 percent of their premium dollars on medical services. Insurers in the large group market will be required to spend 85 percent of their premium dollars on medical services. Any insurers who don't meet those thresholds will be required to provide rebates to their policyholders.
• Starting in 2011, this bill helps states require insurance companies to submit justification for requested premium increases. Any company with excessive or unjustified premium increases may not be able to participate in the new health insurance exchanges.
Reform immediately begins to lower health care costs for American families and small businesses:
• This year, small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.
• This year, new private plans will be required to provide free preventive care: no co-payments and no deductibles for preventive services. And beginning January 1, 2011, Medicare will do the same.
• This year, this bill will provide help for early retirees by creating a temporary re-insurance program to help offset the costs of expensive premiums for employers and retirees age 55-64.
• This year, this bill starts to close the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' by providing a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the gap in prescription drug coverage. And beginning in 2011, the bill institutes a 50% discount on prescription drugs in the 'donut hole.'

You know the way that this president has stood up to the crazies outside and inside congress and has tried to help Native peoples lives improve, we might just thank him instead of throwing so much hate around because this plan will help Republicans to have better health care also. I’m kinda tired of hate. How ‘bout you?

Dave Kitchen
Townsend, Ga.

The Father and Mother

The Creator/ God was Mother and Father to all living things. Therefore, we must respect all life that came forth from the Creator/ God. The women are the mothers of all peoples. From them all life is brought forth. Therefore, all women must be treated with respect and reverence for their sacred position as life bearers among their people. If not for women's place in the Creation, life would not be brought forth from the Creator/ God. This is Sacred/ Holy. When men and women come together and have children, they are performing a sacred act that reminds us that, though none of us is equal to the Creator/ God, when we come together we show through our love for one an other that we are truly the children of our Father/ Mother The Creator/ God. -Dave


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Friday, March 26, 2010

Only God Can Fire Pope Benedict After Scandals

Only God Can Fire Pope Benedict After Scandals




Irish Singer Sinead O'Connor and Journalist Christopher Hitchens Call for Investigation



By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES






March 26, 2010









"Father Beck on the Latest Sex Scandals"
"As a priest, it's like seeing my home and family disintegrate before my eyes."



Click Here to Watch

http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/father-beck-latest-sex-scandals-10205740?&clipId=10205740&playlistId=10205740&cid=siteplayer

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/pope-benedict-fired-
growing-sex-abuse-cover-ups/story?id=10200682&nwlt
r=blotter_featureMore

Note: This is what happens when people distort a spiritual way for political and power hungry reasons.
Dave
STSSA

As outrage mounted over the latest Catholic Church sex scandal, writer Christopher Hitchenscalled for the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI, and singer Sinead O'Connor said the pope should face a criminal investigation.


Protesters rallied outside the Vatican, angry that an office under his command had stopped the prosecution in 1996 ofWisconsin priest Lawrence Murphy, who admitted molesting 200 boys at a school for the deaf where he worked for 20 years.

The secret church trial was halted after Murphy made a personal appeal to the future pope asking for mercy.

The Murphy case emerged as Catholic anger was already building over growing sex scandals in Ireland and in the pope's native Germany where his level of trust has fallen to 24 percent, according to a recent Stern magazine poll.

The Vatican continued to be rocked almost daily about new revelations. The New York Timesreported today that the pope when he was archbishop of Munich was included on a memo about a priest he had sent to therapy for pedophilia was returning to pastoral work. The priest was later convicted of molesting boys.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Reskins Poll Turns Out to be phoney

Reskins Poll Turns Out to be phoney

Dave this is a scam for the other side we have discovered:0( We all need to e-mail into this station and complain look at the stat's below was the last I seen and this has went out to thousand's of Native's:0( We have been took by this radio station, Jet didn't know this she forwarded what someone sent to her. Let's complain now Brother! Please send this around as well, we all need to let this radio station know they are not getting away with this!

Blessing's

Tiger

Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:
Yes 32%
No 68%





-------Original Message-------

From: Save The Sacred Sites Alliance
Date: 3/25/2010 9:10:03 PM
Subject: Issues & News 03/25/2010

Please vote to ban offensive mascot use
Posted by: "JET" jtillma@columbus.rr.com woundeddove98
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:08 pm (PDT)





Please take 5 seconds or less (literally) and VOTE YES on the first link
listed below ... The poll applys to ALL schools ALL over the country that
use the Reds**** name. The poll reads:
Is it offensive for schools to use Native American names, such as 'Redskins'
for a mascot? VOTE YES.



Is it offensive for Michigan schools to use Native American Mascots
?http://www.wtol. Com/Global/ story.asp? S=12156710# WNPoll93962


Just found this out on WTOL, they are taking a vote on the Redskin Issue.
We only have [12]% for change and 93% to keep the racist name REDSKINs.... .
...please vote. This is coming from WTOL in Toledo , Ohio.

WTOL has not fairly viewed this issue. They showed a one sided article with
video interviewing Superintendent David Pray and aired it twice now. They
claim they tried to contact protesters and left a message but noone returned
their phone calls. This is false noone, I repeat Noone, who was protesting
in Clinton received any such call.
The interview that was taken with the Geiger sisters is no where to be found


Lewanee County school district defends Redskins mascot
http://www.wtol. Com/Global/ story.asp? S=12156891&Call=Email&Format=HTML

This article is ran twice same article but under a other title "Michigan
school district defends Redskin Mascot:
http://www.wtol. Com/Global/ story.asp?



Yahoo sells Redskins Clinton
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A2xhbmRpbmc- ?rd=1&p=Redskins%20Clinto
n&view=g&affiliate=rw&AID=10473284&PID=2118118&SID=ys12k22470- 41182


Target sells Clinton Redskins Items
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Here is Kylista and Elspeth Geiger statement that never showed up on WTOL
and the other station that was suppose to meet with them never showed up.
they waitted along with Jim
Farrar and Gary Markowski for two hours, no phone call from them and no show







Over the past 7 years the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports &
Media has tried to talk to the school board of Clinton MI schools concerning
the use of a Native American Spiritual Leader as there mascot.

The group has been denied there right to speak at board meetings and have
been told that no one is affined by the mascot.



IT IS RACEIST AND EXTREAMLY OFFESIVE TO ALL NATIVE AMERICANS!



Below gives a brief overview of what will be talked about at a Press
Conference this afternoon 4PM at Curtis Park Saline MI. (off US 12)

To confirm or ask for more information please call Kylista Geiger at
734-223-1756





It is a common misconception that using “redskin” is honoring indigenous
people and that is not the case. The existence of this mascot for a school
system goes beyond being derogatory; it allows students in the school to
feel desensitized to symbols of shame and humiliation towards American
Indians. It produces derogatory images that are de-humanizing to entire
nations of peoples within this country. The “redskin” as a mascot is
celebrating the marginalization of American Indians and promoting the belief
that they are not real people, but characters for our amusement.

While we are graduates of Clinton schools, and four generations of our
family before that were, we also recognize that racism does not follow
county lines. Everyone that comes in contact with the Clinton school system
feels the affects of this mascot. It teaches the students stereotyping and
allows for the continuation of racism and misconceptions within the
community.

Since this has begun we have been verbally abused, received hate mail, had
rocks and garbage thrown at us and our family members have been attacked; we
have been called outsiders and shunned. This is part of the reason why we
did not bring up the issue when we were students in Clinton schools. Our
family has always felt strongly that Clinton cannot continue using this
mascot and logo, but as students we did not feel that we were in a position
to make change and feared the retaliation that we knew would be inevitable.

The Michigan Coalition against Racism in Sports and Media has been all over
the state addressing mascots like the one in Clinton. This is not an
isolated event and schools across the state and the nation are making
changes to remove native mascots. While this is the first time the Michigan
Coalition has been in Clinton, the matter of changing the mascot has been
introduced to Clinton’s school board in the past by other community members.
The vocal majority of Clinton has made it clear that they do not intend for
the mascot to be offensive; but despite their intent, that does not change
the history this word represents and how it made us feel as students. When
it comes to issues involving race, you cannot use the majority decision.

For the past 17 months our civil rights have been violated. Our right to
discuss this issue on the Clinton school board agenda has been continually
denied and we have been silenced on an issue that is so important. We are
being forced to speak only when they do not have to listen and put ourselves
in an environment that has already proved hostile. Our only outlet is
through peaceful demonstrations before school board meetings. Every school
that plays Clinton and every person that drives by their sign is being
exposed to the racism, stereotyping and bigotry that the “redskins” mascot
produces.

Issues & News 03/25/2010

Please share this with eveyone you know, newspapers, TV stations, radio and
tribal newspapers and councils. Also any organization or association that
supports the change of Native American Masots, Logos and Nicknames etc.



CHI MEGWETCH

Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media

Issues & News 30/25/2010 Parts 1, 2, 3

Issues & News 03/25.2010 Part 1
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Issues & News 03/25.2010 Part 2
http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=98128197&blogId=531645071


Issues & News 03/25.2010 Part 3
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Native Women

Thank you women for being our hearts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNQAk58D9Vw

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cheney Indicted for Violating the Constitution and he cannot leave the Country, or he'll be arrested for War Crimes

Cheney Indicted for Violating the Constitution and he cannot leave the Country, or he'll be arrested for War Crimes
Modoc Land Recovery Project Newsletter - March 21, 2010
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Issues & News 03/24/2010

Issues & News 03/24/2010
Part 1 http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=98128197&blogId=531533665

Part 2 http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=98128197&blogId=531533733

Cherokee Phoenix Weekly

Cherokee Phoenix Weekly
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Obama Signs Historic Health Care Bill Into Law

Obama Signs Historic Health Care Bill Into Law
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

What Happens Next/ Health Care

What Happens Next/ Health Care


Good afternoon,

Since the House of Representatives voted to pass health reform legislation on Sunday night, the legislative process and its political impact have been the focus of all the newspapers and cable TV pundits.

Outside of DC, however, many Americans are trying to cut through the chatter and get to the substance of reform with a simple question: "What does health insurance reform actually mean for me?" To help, we've put together some of the key benefits from health insurance reform.


Let's start with how health insurance reform will expand and strengthen coverage:


This year, children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance coverage. Once the new health insurance exchanges begin in the coming years, pre-existing condition discrimination will become a thing of the past for everyone.


This year, health care plans will allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance policy up until their 26th birthday.

This year, insurance companies will be banned from dropping people from coverage when they get sick, and they will be banned from implementing lifetime caps on coverage. This year, restrictive annual limits on coverage will be banned for certain plans. Under health insurance reform, Americans will be ensured access to the care they need.


This year, adults who are uninsured because of pre-existing conditions will have access to affordable insurance through a temporary subsidized high-risk pool.

In the next fiscal year, the bill increases funding for community health centers, so they can treat nearly double the number of patients over the next five years.

This year, we'll also establish an independent commission to advise on how best to build the health care workforce and increase the number of nurses, doctors and other professionals to meet our country's needs. Going forward, we will provide $1.5 billion in funding to support the next generation of doctors, nurses and other primary care practitioners -- on top of a $500 million investment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.



Health insurance reform will also curb some of the worst insurance industry practices and strengthen consumer protections:


This year, this bill creates a new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers in new private plans have access to an effective process to appeal decisions made by their insurer.

This year, discrimination based on salary will be outlawed. New group health plans will be prohibited from establishing any eligibility rules for health care coverage that discriminate in favor of higher-wage employees.


Beginning this fiscal year, this bill provides funding to states to help establish offices of health insurance consumer assistance in order to help individuals in the process of filing complaints or appeals against insurance companies.


Starting January 1, 2011, insurers in the individual and small group market will be required to spend 80 percent of their premium dollars on medical services. Insurers in the large group market will be required to spend 85 percent of their premium dollars on medical services. Any insurers who don't meet those thresholds will be required to provide rebates to their policyholders.


Starting in 2011, this bill helps states require insurance companies to submit justification for requested premium increases. Any company with excessive or unjustified premium increases may not be able to participate in the new health insurance exchanges.



Reform immediately begins to lower health care costs for American families and small businesses:


This year, small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.

This year, new private plans will be required to provide free preventive care: no co-payments and no deductibles for preventive services. And beginning January 1, 2011, Medicare will do the same.

This year, this bill will provide help for early retirees by creating a temporary re-insurance program to help offset the costs of expensive premiums for employers and retirees age 55-64.

This year, this bill starts to close the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' by providing a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the gap in prescription drug coverage. And beginning in 2011, the bill institutes a 50% discount on prescription drugs in the 'donut hole.'



Thank you,

Nancy-Ann DeParle
Director, White House Office of Health Reform

Racism and hate at Tea Parties is getting worse

GOP hate




Racism and hate at Tea Parties is getting worse, and it has to stop.



Tell GOP leadership to stop condoning it now:


Dear Dave,
It's time to hold the Republican Party accountable.

You've probably heard about Tea Party members shouting "Nigger!" at Black Congressmen during a protest in Washington, D.C. last weekend. One of the protesters spat on Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver, while another called openly gay Representative Barney Frank a "faggot" as the laughing crowd imitated his lisp.1

But Saturday was just the most recent example of the intolerance and hate coming from right-wing extremists this past year. At times it's been instigated by Republican leaders. When not, it's usually condoned and seen as part of a strategy to score politically. Either way, it's completely unacceptable and has to stop.

It's time to confront Republican leadership and force them to take responsibility for the atmosphere they've helped create. Join us in drawing a line in the sand, and ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://colorofchange.org/hate/?id=1984-521448

We're calling on RNC Chair Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to publicly do two simple things:

Unequivocally condemn bigotry and hate among their supporters, and make clear that those who embrace it have no place in their party.

Make clear that they will not tolerate fear-mongering and coded appeals to racism from officials in the Republican party, at any level.
Republican leaders publicly denounced Sunday's ugly scene, but they failed to acknowledge that this is only the latest incident in a pattern of violent rhetoric, racially charged imagery, and paranoid conspiracy theories at Tea Party rallies.2 Many Tea Partiers aren't simply about dissent -- they use fear and hatred to assault the very legitimacy of our elected leaders. It's the worst America has to offer.

Despite this, Republican leaders court the Tea Party movement while methodically supporting, exacerbating and exploiting their fear and anger for cynical political ends.3 This is nothing less than a betrayal of American values, and it's up to us to force the Republicans to stop aiding and abetting this enterprise:

http://colorofchange.org/hate/?id=1984-521448

The Tea Party movement has been marked by racially inflammatory and violent outbursts since its inception a year ago. GOP leaders are trying to pass off this weekend's assaults on Congressmen Lewis, Cleaver, Clyburn and Frank as isolated incidents. But when so-called "isolated incidents" crop up again and again, a pattern starts to emerge. The examples are numerous.

At rallies held to protest tax day last year, Tea Partiers carried signs that announced "Obama's Plan: White Slavery," "The American Taxpayers are the Jews for Obama's Oven," and "Guns Tomorrow!"4 The Republican National Committee had endorsed the rallies, and RNC Chairman Michael Steele encouraged Tea Partiers to send a "virtual tea bag" to President Obama and Democratic Congressional leadership.5 After reports of the fear-mongering signs surfaced, Steele did nothing to distance his party from the lunatic fringe. He has even gone so far as to say that if he didn't have his current position, he'd be "out there with the tea partiers."6 Some Republican governors even planned a "Tea Party 2.0" for the following month in an effort to build on the rallies' momentum.7

The Tea Party's venomous rhetoric picked up steam over the summer, when angry mobs flooded town hall meetings legislators had organized as sites for rational, civil debate on health care reform. After one meeting in Atlanta, a swastika was painted on the office of Congressman David Scott (D-GA), who had also received a flier addressed to "nigga David Scott." 8 Some protesters showed up at town hall meetings carrying guns, including at least one man who was armed at an event where the President was speaking.9 Again, Republicans responded to these tactics with silence, doing nothing to denounce them.

Similarly, there was no public outcry from Republican leadership when Mark Williams, a leader of the Tea Party movement, was exposed for having described the President as "an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief" on his blog.10 Instead, members of the GOP continued to show up to and endorse Tea Party rallies. And as recently as Sunday -- the day that the historic health care bill passed the House -- Republican members of the House riled up the same Tea Party crowd that had earlier harassed their fellow members with hate and bigotry.

Our country deserves better than this. No matter what party one supports, we should all take strong action to support civil, honest, and respectful public debate. Can you take a moment to call on Michael Steele, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell to denounce the racist rhetoric and fear-mongering that have been ongoing, significant characteristics of the Tea Party movement, and tell those who embrace these divisive and un-American beiefs that they have no place in their party, as members or leaders? And when you do, please ask your family and friends to do the same:

http://colorofchange.org/hate/?id=1984-521448

Thanks and Peace,

-- James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Milton and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
March 23rd, 2010

1. "Tea Party Protests: 'Ni**er,' 'Fa**ot' Shouted At Members Of Congress," Huffington Post, 3-20-2010
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/127?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=7

2. "10 Most Offensive Tea Party Signs And Extensive Photo Coverage From Tax Day Protests," Huffington Post, 4-16-09
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/128?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=9

3. "Memo Reveals GOP Plan to Exploit Fear of Obama," AOL News, 3-4-2010
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/137?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=11

4. See Reference 2

5. "Tax Day Tea Parties Officially Endorsed By Republican Party," Huffington Post, 5-15-2009
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/138?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=13

6. "Steele: I'd join the tea parties," Politico, 1-15-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/136?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=15

7. "GOP govs plan Tea Party sequel," Politico, 5-12-2009
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/131?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=17

8. "Rep. David Scott's (D-Ga) office spray-painted with Swastika," Daily Kos, 8-11-2009
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/132?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=19

9. "Armed and Dangerous?" Talking Points Memo, 8-11-2009
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/133?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=21

10. "Tea party leader calls Obama a welfare thug," The Loop, 9-15-09
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/134?akid=1397.146829.-0vINM&t=23



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Monday, March 22, 2010

The Great Thing About the Health Care Law That Has Passed? It Will Save Republican Lives, Too

The Great Thing About the Health Care Law That Has Passed? It Will Save Republican Lives, Too (An Open Letter to Republicans from Michael Moore)

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

To My Fellow Citizens, the Republicans:

Thanks to last night's vote, that child of yours who has had asthma since birth will now be covered after suffering for her first nine years as an American child with a pre-existing condition.

Thanks to last night's vote, that 23-year-old of yours who will be hit one day by a drunk driver and spend six months recovering in the hospital will now not go bankrupt because you will be able to keep him on your insurance policy.

Thanks to last night's vote, after your cancer returns for the third time -- racking up another $200,000 in costs to keep you alive -- your insurance company will have to commit a criminal act if they even think of dropping you from their rolls.

Yes, my Republican friends, even though you have opposed this health care bill, we've made sure it is going to cover you, too, in your time of need. I know you're upset right now. I know you probably think that if you did get wiped out by an illness, or thrown out of your home because of a medical bankruptcy, that you would somehow pull yourself up by your bootstraps and survive. I know that's a comforting story to tell yourself, and if John Wayne were still alive I'm sure he could make that into a movie for you.

But the reality is that these health insurance companies have only one mission: To take as much money from you as they can -- and then work like demons to deny you whatever coverage and help they can should you get sick.

So, when you find yourself suddenly broadsided by a life-threatening illness someday, perhaps you'll thank those pinko-socialist, Canadian-loving Democrats and independents for what they did Sunday evening.

If it's any consolation, the thieves who run the health insurance companies will still get to deny coverage to adults with pre-existing conditions for the next four years. They'll also get to cap an individual's annual health care reimbursements for the next four years. And if they break the pre-existing ban that was passed last night, they'll only be fined $100 a day! And, the best part? The law will require all citizens who aren't poor or old to write a check to a private insurance company. It's truly a banner day for these corporations.

So don't feel too bad. We're a long way from universal health care. Over 15 million Americans will still be uncovered -- and that means about 15,000 will still lose their lives each year because they won't be able to afford to see a doctor or get an operation. But another 30,000 will live. I hope that's ok with you.

If you don't mind, we're now going to get busy trying to improve upon this bill so that all Americans are covered and so the grubby health insurance companies will be put out of business -- because when it comes to helping the sick, no one should ever be allowed to ask the question, "How much money can we save by making this poor bastard suffer?"

Please, my Republican friends, if you can, take a quiet moment away from your AM radio and cable news network this morning and be happy for your country. We're doing better. And we're doing it for you, too.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. I'll have more to say on this tonight, live on CNN, at 9pm ET. I'll be talking with Larry King about the health care bill and where we go from here, considering we still don't have universal health care.

P.P.S. In case you missed these photos in yesterday's NY Times Sunday Magazine... That's the results of seven years of madness. The Iraq War began its 8th year this weekend. How can we remove more of those responsible for this tragedy in November?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tea Party protesters shout 'nigger' and spit on lawmaker

Tea Party protesters shout 'nigger' and spit on lawmaker
http://www.examiner.com/x-15870-Populist-Examiner~y2010m3d21-Tea-Party-protesters-shout-nigger-and-spit-on-lawmaker
{{Wonderful people. Aren't they?
Dave}}
Angry activists who had gathered outside the Capitol to protest health care reform Saturday yelled "nigger" at a few members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis from Georgia.

Protesters also spat on at least one black lawmaker, and the most high-profile openly gay lawmaker, Rep Barney Frank, was apparently called a "faggot." Rep Emanuel Cleaver said he was spat upon while walking toward the Capitol. Police arrested the assailant, but Cleaver decided not to press charges.

A statement from his office read: "This is not the first time the Congressman has been called the 'n' word and certainly not the worst assault he has endured in his years fighting for equal rights for all Americans."

Democratic leaders expressed shock at the behavior and said it was time for Republicans to publicly condemn the behavior and distance themselves from the protesters. "I heard people saying things today I've not heard since March 15th, 1960, when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus," House Majority Whip James Clyburn said.

After following the "tea party" movement since its inception, one liberal blogger writes that she's "having a hard time tonight trying to believe almost uniformly white tea partiers are anything other than a racist, right-wing reaction to the election of an African American president who brings with him feminists and gays."

RNC chief Michael Steele and the organizer of theTea Party Express movement have condemned the behavior, calling it "isolated."

Hannah On TV Tomorrow Morning

Hannah On TV Tomorrow Morning
Sharon's friend
Later,
Dave


WTOC 11, Morning Show with Jody Chapin. This will be a very brief (5 minutes max) clip during which I will talk about HB 788, the overpopulation crisis and rescue efforts in general, and a plug for the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia’s efforts. Abigayle Groover of Collins, GA, has also been invited and I presume she will talk about the tremendous number of unwanted animals dumped in Tattnall County and the burden it places on solo rescuers like herself.

The show airs at 10:00 AM and I think it is channel 7 in the Glynn-McIntosh County area.

The Leadership of the McIntosh County, Georgia Democratic Party Mistook the word Important for Impotent which is what they are.

The Leadership of the McIntosh County, Georgia Democratic Party Mistook the word Important for Impotent which is what they are.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia Against Health care But Has Not read Bill

Representative Jack Kingston of Georgia Against Health care But Has Not read Bill
Thanks to Jeana of Team Rural
Dave
Subject: Kingston is doing robocalls
Please call.


As posted on FB:

Charles Hill Just a minute ago got a 'robocall' cued as a townhall meeting from Kingston about healthcare bill, he LIED he is scaring seniors about cuts in medicare, lie, it's medicare advantage, I call his office immediately was told I should read the bill, I said I did, asked if he had. They hung up.
JACK KINGSTON IS A LIAR!!! i JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE AGAIN WITH HIS OFFICE THE LADY WHO ANSWERED THE PHONE ADMITTED THAT HE HAS NOT EVEN READ THE BILL!!!

EVERYONE CALL KINGSTON TELL HIM TO READ THE BILL AND TO STOP LYING, HIS STAFF ADMITTED A MOMENT AGO THAT HE HAS NOT EVEN READ IT. (202) 225-5831

This is a call for help From Charles, Will Team Rural folks please call Jack and tell him about it.

Jeana

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shutterbug

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From: Carolyn Dwyer, LeahyForVermont.com
Date: Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 2:43 PM
Subject: Shutterbug
To: sharon kitchen <



Dear sharon,


Senator Leahy snaps a unique shot at a bill signing by President Clinton.
http://ga3.org/ct/v74MThn12L3_/NYT_Lens
View Senator Leahy's photos on the New York Times' "Lens" blog.
http://ga3.org/ct/v74MThn12L3_/NYT_Lens
If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting Senator Patrick Leahy, there's a good chance a photo was snapped to document the occasion -- and there's a good chance you saw him behind the camera.

In his spare time (and sometimes while he's on the job), Senator Leahy is an avid photographer. His 35 years in the Senate have given him a front-row pass to history in the making -- from the fall of the Soviet Union to the inauguration of President Obama -- experiences he has captured and shared through his camera lens. His photos have even found their way onto the pages of newspapers and magazines like Time and U.S. News & World Report.

Now the New York Times has taken notice of the Senate's premier shutterbug, Patrick Leahy, publishing several of his most memorable photos to its "Lens" blog.

Check out some of Senator Leahy's most memorable photos and read about his penchant for photography on the New York Times' "Lens" blog.
http://ga3.org/ct/v74MThn12L3_/NYT_Lens
If you like what you see, please forward this e-mail to others who may be interested! And thanks for all you do to ensure that, as one former White House photographer said, "Mr. Leahy [holds] on to his day job."

Sincerely,

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Campaign Manager
Leahy for Vermont



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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dept. rules against native rights, says Eagle Rock isn’t sacred

Dept. rules against native rights, says Eagle Rock isn’t sacred
http://intercontinentalcry.org/dept-rules-against-native-rights-says-eagle-rock-isnt-sacred/
Posted by Ahni on January 21, 2010 at 10:04am6 comments1,610 views

Photo copyright and courtesy keweenawnow.blogspot.com. Reprinted with permission.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, hasshamelessly and underhandedly given its final approval for Kennecott’s proposed Eagle Mine project, a nickel and copper sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains.

In issuing the approval, the MDEQ overstepped the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s treaty rights, and dismissed a 2009 ruling by Administrative Law Judge Richard Patterson, who found that Eagle Rock is a place of spiritual importance to Keweenaw Bay Community and should be protected.

Judge Patterson, in his ruling, stated that both Kennecott and the MDEQ “did not properly address the impact on the sacred rock outcrop known as Eagle Rock” and suggested that they move the mine’s entry point somewhere “away from the rock”.

The MDEQ unilaterally decided that the judge’s ruling was unnecessary “…because it pertained to Eagle Rock as a place of worship. They believe that a place of worship must be a building and therefore negates comments that were not in favor of the mining company,” explains the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, who works along side the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and others opposed to the mine.

However, the MDEQ did much more than dismiss the ruling and deny the sacredness of Eagle Rock. First, it handed the matter down to a Senior Policy Advisor, who made the decision on his own and just two days before the MDEQ was formally dissolved.

Cynthia Pryor, Campaign Director for the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, comments:

“What just happened here? The DEQ, as party to a State of Michigan Administrative Contested Case process, just unilaterally bypassed both the legal process and Administrative Law Judge Patterson in making a sweeping declaration and finding of law. This sweeping “judgment” was made not by Judge Patterson, not by past DEQ Director Stephen Chester, not by the interim DEQ Director Jim Sygo, but by a Senior Policy Advisor within the DEQ. This was done as a final DEQ action on the matter – on the day before the DEQ was to be dissolved and the new DNRE Director was to take office.

“How blatant can this be? This is the dramatic action of a DEQ that hopes as a last ditch effort to resolve the Kennecott issue and allow this mine on the Yellow Dog Plains – before their authority is superseded by a new agency. Delegation of DEQ Director ‘final decision’ on the matter, was given to Senior Policy Advisor Frank J. Ruswick, Jr. two weeks ago. There was no known correspondence from Judge Patterson to the DEQ, Kennecott or the petitioners during this time frame. But out of the blue, a day before DEQ dissolution, this DEQ policy advisor made a judgment, ruling and order granting Kennecott both a Part 632 mining permit and a ground water discharge permit AND vacating a remand order made by then Director Stephen Chester concerning Eagle Rock as a “place of worship”. A policy advisor of the DEQ became a Judge and a DEQ Director and has so ruled – and we must accept that?

This is an egregious act that now will absolutely require appeal to a higher court and should require an appeal to the new DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries and the Governor of this state. We should not sit by and accept such action as the accepted mode of “lawfulness” in this state.

For more information, please visit: http://savethewildup.org,http://lakesuperiorminingnews.net, http://yellowdogwatershed.org

What You Can Do
To lodge a complaint against the MDEQ’s shameful move, contact Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm:

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909

PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 – Constituent Services
FAX:(517) 335-6863
EMAIL: http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-21995-65331–,00.html

Issues & News 03/17/2010

Issues & News 03/17/2010
At the Movies: "La Mission" - March 6 & 8th at NMAI New York

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian presents

At the Movies: "La Mission"
Tues. April 6 & Thurs. April 8, 6pm
NMAI George Gustav Heye Center, Auditorium

San Francisco’s Mission District is the setting for a powerful exploration of a neighborhood in transition and the people who call it home. Che (Benjamin Bratt), an ex-con who has turned his life around, lives according to a machismo code of honor. A single parent, he is devoted to his teenage son, Jesse, his lifelong friends, and his passion for lowrider cars. When Che discovers Jesse is gay, his first reaction is violent and rejecting. With his world now undone, can he make the hard climb toward understanding?

April 6: Discussion with Peter Bratt and Benjamin Bratt follows the screening.
Invited: Erika Alexander and Jeremy Ray Valdez.

April 8 Invited: Peter Bratt.

Reservations are required for the April 6 screening and recommended for April 8. Please email fvc@si.edu or callhttp://www.facebook.com/l/d523f;212.514.3737. Please note that we do not accept reservations via Facebook.

This program is presented in cooperation with Cinema Tropical.
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Please fwd to all of your Native students and faculty...

Red Ink is very excited about our 20th anniversary issue coming out in
May. I
wonder if you wouldn't mind forwarding to all Natives, young and old, no
matter
what age or year of academic study. We want to hear from Natives
everywhere on
their perspective of the next 10-20 years. For more information please
take a
look at our website www.redinkmagazine.com and click on the
"Submissions" Tab.
Thanks again for your
help.

Theme: The focus of the issue is RENEWAL...what it means to tribal
communities
on and off the Rez, and what the future holds when it comes to:
struggles,
leaders, health, business, tribal governments and courts, nation
building,
fashion and art, language, environment, education, family, and most
importantly
successes. The topic is not limited to these subjects; rather these are
just a
few of the subjects that we will face and if you think of others please
send
them in.
We've gone through eras of Indigenousness, Determination, Resiliency,
and
Survivalism, and we want to pose the question to Natives everywhere!!!..
What's
next and what?s the next step???? Allow our voices to determine what
path we
will travel down, on terms that we decide. Let?s not allow others to
determine how our people will thrive in the next 10 to 20 years..

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Ottawa urged to end Indian band councils' post-secondary funding

A new think tank wants Indian band councils stripped of their power to give out post-secondary education grants. Instead, it says, Ottawa should create accounts for each Indian child at birth that would be used later for tuition and living expenses.

The proposal from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute arrives as the Conservative government prepares to unveil a new plan to finance native and Inuit post-secondary education.

For the authors, anything would be better than the status quo.

"The current system is rife with nepotism, corruption, favouritism," according to Calvin Helin, a first-nation entrepreneur and co-author of the report. Chiefs and councils decide who deserves funding and much of the money doesn't get spent on students at all.

"Education is far too important to be politicized in this way," Mr. Helin maintains.

But the idea of cutting funding to the councils has not gone down well with the Assembly of First Nations, which represents Canada's status Indians.

"We see nothing in [the report] that will help increase student access, retention or graduation rates, which must be the goal of any post-secondary program," Karyn Publiese, the AFN's communications director, said in an e-mail.

Among Indians 25 to 64 years of age, 38 per cent have failed to complete high school. For non-aboriginals, the figure is 15 per cent. Only three per cent of registered Indians have a university degree, compared to 18 per cent for the general population.

Registered Indians who finish high school, whether they live on or off reserve, are eligible for grants to attend a vocational school, college or university. Ottawa spends $314-million annually on those grants. But no one has a clue about how much actually benefits students. Ottawa simply gives the money to band councils, who disburse it as they see fit. Any money left over goes into the general budget.

The authors of the report consider this outrageous. "Surplus funds from a national program intended to cover Indian students' post-secondary education should be spent on the students," they assert, "not on band council travel expenses or staff childcare arrangements."

And if you are one of the 70 per cent of Indians who live off reserve, Mr. Helin added in an interview, "you would probably not receive a dime. Nobody knows you and there is no political payoff to financing your education."

The report proposes that the federal government deposit $4,000 in an aboriginal post-secondary savings account for each Indian at birth. Further deposits would follow as the students progress through school, giving them each $25,000 plus interest accrued to use for post-secondary education. The government would send funds for tuition directly to the school, while providing a stipend for living expenses. This would cost no more than the $314-million being spent now. If the student's do not go to post-secondary education, the money would go back into government revenues.

The proposal must confront the dismal legacy of federal involvement in Indian education, which included the infamous residential schools and other abuses. That is why bands now directly control education funding, and one reason they won't easily surrender that control.

Indian and Northern Affairs, in a statement, said it "welcomes" the report, and would include it with other input the department has been gathering over the past two years as it prepares to announce a new plan for Indian and Inuit post-secondary education funding.

For the AFN, the best approach would be for Indian and Northern Affairs to work with natives to design programs together, and to increase funding for those programs, on the grounds that post-secondary grants have not been keeping up with rising tuition.

Beyond the moral imperative of breaking the poverty cycle among Indians on reserves is the practical consideration of the shortages that will emerge in the Canadian labour force as the Boomers start to retire.

"The aboriginal population is the greatest source of underutilized workers" in the country, Mr. Helin observes.

"If Canada wishes to retain its current level of prosperity and its current level of wealth, we absolutely have to get the aboriginal population involved in the work force."

The question is whether continuing to let local chiefs decide who gets to go to college will get the job done.

Posted By: Anthony Jay Henhawk Jr.
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights

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EAGLE FEATHER CASE FOUR YEARS LATER
Dear Friends:

The long awaited date is near. We will be appearing at the Federal Court on March 23,2010 at 4:00 PM Texas time. We have been waiting for almost three years for this case. So I am writing to ask you to please pray as we confront the United States government over the taking of forty-two of our Eagle feathers and the violation of our Religious Rights as American Indians.

If you are anywhere near the McAllen Texas area, you are welcome to come and support our efforts to change laws. We are not suing for money, we are suing for the right to be who God the Creator made us to be, Indian people. We are suing for the right to use sacred objects such as Eagle Feathers in our pow wows and ceremonies. We are suing to change laws that clearly violate our rights as American Indians. Laws that say it is illegal to advertise our gatherings. Laws that say it is illegal to have the exchange of money in our celebrations. That would make honoring a person in the circle against the law. These are laws that give our federal government officers the right to come into our ceremonies, services and pow wows because the moment we advertise and the moment we exchange even a dollar, according to our federal laws, our event ceases to be sacred and the Government thus has the right to come and do as they please.

Remember, these are the people who said, "Just because your parents were Indians does not make you an Indian." I guess someone needs to take the officers of the Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife back to basic 101 classes to learn that like reproduces like.

So please keep us in prayer on March 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM Texas time as we go before the court and make right that which was wrong.

God bless,

Robert Soto, Member and Vice Chairman of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas