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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.


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


Association of American Indian Physicians Announcement

Press Release

April 15-18, 2010
University of Arizona - Tucson, Arizona

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

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?

Applications must be in the AAIP office by Monday, April 5th, 2010. For more information, go to

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

Subject: New Video - Americans Are People NOT Mascots--Why Clinton Schools Need to CHANGE!!
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 03:35:15 -0400

Native Americans Are People NOT Mascots--Why Clinton Schools Need to CHANGE!!
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:!/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.


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CREW files complaints against Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts and the Freedom Alliance
Yesterday, CREW - with the support of - 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


Native Remains Nationwide to be Returned
Marcie Lane
Committee Member
Protect Sacred Sites " Indigenous People,One Nation"
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From: Victoria
Date: 3/30/2010 1:18:59 PM
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

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
Kennewick Man Virtual Interpretive Center (Tri-City Herald)


Fwd: 2010 Student Artist Competition Winners Announced
Posted by: "" 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


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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:!/event.php?eid=302293311269&ref=nf


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.


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.

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