Tuesday, July 27, 2010

First Peoples News

From: Barb@Munson.net
Subject: Osseo-Fairchild Decision of DPI
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:33:02 -0500

From Sister Barbara E. Munson

Race-based Nickname and Logo Decision Osseo-Fairchild‏
Osseo-Fairchild Decision of DPI‏

Here is the decision (pdf file attached)

Wisconsin Indian Education Association 'Indian'Mascot and Logo Taskforce

7-27-10 Press Release: Osseo-Fairchild Race-based ‘Indian’ Nickname and Logo Decision Announcement by the DPI

Contact: Barbara E. Munson (Oneida) Barb@Munson.net , (715) 693-6238

Here are the comments of The Taskforce Chairperson, Barbara E. Munson(Oneida):

This is a wonderful decision. The DPI got it exactly right. Thank you to all who have advocated for the elimination of race-based stereotypes from Wisconsin Public Schools throughout the years.

It is time to take this issue seriously. American Indian people have been aware of stereotype harm caused by the use of race-based ‘Indian’ nicknames, logos and mascots for many years before the development of a research base that proves its existence. The first case in Wisconsin was raised in 1991 by Dr. Carol Hand against the Milton School District. The Wisconsin Indian Education Association “Indian” Mascot and Logo Taskforce has been trying to educate school districts with harmful race-based logos, nicknames and mascots since its inception in 1997. Thirty Wisconsin school districts have changed these symbols over the years. All of the remaining 35 school districts have received repeated contact from our organization and other statewide advocacy groups and have been encouraged by four state superintendents to move toward eradicating this form of stereotyping from their school environment. This is serious business, depression is the third largest killer of teens and the teen suicide rate among Native populations is four times higher than the national average. The issue has been raised, a lengthy dialogue has occurred, and a law has been passed to prevent further harm to all our state’s children. There is no excuse for school districts to continue to be willfully ignorant about this issue.

Two pieces of research say it all. Dr. Stephanie Fryberg’s 2002 dissertation that proves discrimination and the paper published in the Spring issue of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology by Dr. Kim- Prieto titled “ Effect of Exposure to an American Indian Mascot on the Tendency to Stereotype a Different Minority Group.” Not only is this practice discrimination, it teaches students to generalize discrimination toward other groups of people.

It is time for the 35 school districts that are promulgating race-based stereotyping to change these symbols and educate themselves, their student bodies and their community members. Anything less is a disservice to their community and to the State of Wisconsin which is taking a national position of leadership on this important educational policy issue.


Teresa Anahuy
Tiospaye Winyan Maka Eco Dome Home project - Caravan leaving 3rd week in August & supply wish list‏
From Sister Shannon Francisrezchix@gmail.com
Hi, all,
Please post, forward and share with all! There will be a caravan leaving the third week of August to help build five eco dome homes near Wounded Knee. If you are interested in going to learn a new skill, contribute to community, and giving back to the earth, please email me. We will be going camping style, roughing it, connecting with the land. We will be also collecting building supplies and transporting those supplies to Mouse Creek.

We need your support. Come volunteer your time and energy to help five families! :)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Christinia
Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM
Subject: Wish List

Ms. Shannon Francis...thank you so much for your caring. Here is the list that is on the website. Hmmm..I am curious about "Jennifer". What is her last name?? Well, this is it for now. Be glad to see you the third week of August. Until than stay strong on your journey for the People and Wicosani. Christinia
windows 4'x4' or smaller (can be assorted variety of shapes)
light fixtures - junction boxes, electrical wiring and conduit
doors - 1 entry way, 5 room size or smaller
wheel barrels 4 or 5
asphalt emulsion - 1 - 25 gal or 5 - 5 gal buckets
roof coating (weather proofing) or elastomeric - 50 gal bucket (preferable)
water supply lines/ copper or pvc and fittings
visqueen - 6 - 10 or 12 millimeter or larger plastic
Shovels - round points -5; square points-3; sharp shooter - 2
heavy gloves for handling barbed wire - 3 pairs
metal mesh for screens for sifting earth
extension cords
assorted power tools (circular saw, large drill, assorted nails and screws 1/2" - 4")
old refrigerator for out-door kitchen
grease gun and grease
If you, and/or anyone you know can help to gather this wish list and than, somehow...miraculously drive it to Wounded Knee (and after all this) spend time and work along side us, I promise that your life will be enriched 100 fold in the years to come. Please e-mail or call Christinia at (970) 980-1629
(970) 980-1629 if you can be of service to this project. Pilamaye.

aka Shannon Francis

THE RED EARTH Said a tree to a man, "My roots are in the deep red earth, and I shall give you of my fruit." And the man said to the tree, "How alike we are. My roots are also deep in the red earth. And the red earth gives you power to bestow upon me of your fruit, and the red earth teaches me to receive from you with thanksgiving." by Kahlil Gibran from The Wanderer (1932

Teresa Anahuy
Oakland's American Indian child center might close at the end of the month
By Katy Murphy - July 26, 2010

.....Almost 40 years ago, a group of Native American mothers founded Hintil Kuu Ca, which means "The Indian children's place," to help their young children succeed in a strange, new urban environment. Many of them had recently moved to Oakland with their families from reservations and were caught between worlds. Some children were dropping out of elementary school, said Agnes Tso, who has taught at Hintil since 1981......

Hintil Kuu Ca
11850 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA

(501) 531-8400
(510) 879-0840
Principal John Santoro:john.santoro@ousd.k12.ca.us@ousd.k12.ca.us

Find out how You can help thru Oakland Unified School District, watch the video for contact info towards the end at:

Teresa Anahuy
2010 Indian Health Service National Behavioral Health Conference
July 27 - 29th in Sacaramento, California
A Shared Vision: Past, Present, and Future

The Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs join together this year to present the first joint 2010 IHS/BIA National Behavioral Health Conference. This event demonstrates the commitment and renewed energy of both agencies to work in partnership to actively address behavioral health disparities in Indian Country. This year's conference theme, A Shared Vision: Past, Present, and Future emphasizes the importance of leadership and collaboration toward improving the behavioral health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people. This focus on collaboration marks only the beginning of a much larger long-term vision, which will aim to bring the full weight of Tribal leadership, programs, and resources together for the advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native behavioral health.

This free event is the nation's premiere opportunity to assemble and hear from nationally recognized speakers, behavioral health and healthcare providers, Tribal Leaders, and healthcare officials committed to addressing emergent behavioral health topics in Indian Country.
The conference objectives are as follows:
Create an opportunity to collaborate, network, and share effective strategies on behavioral health issues prevalent in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Provide the most up-to-date information regarding best and promising practices on a variety of behavioral health topics.
Increase awareness and understanding of current and emerging behavioral health programs and initiatives.
Pursue professional development opportunities.

Who Should Attend
The event is targeted toward social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, traditional service providers, physicians, nurses, Tribal Leaders, behavioral health and health program administrators, community health representatives, and all other interested community members.

Certificate of Participation
Immediately following the conference, attendees will have an opportunity to go online and download a customized certificate of participation.

Special Needs
If you need to request ADA accommodations for the conference, please contact us atinfo@bhconference.com or 509-789-2675.

Grievance Policy
Grievances may be addressed by calling 509-789-2675 or emailing info@bhconference.com.


Teresa Anahuy
ANOTHER Oil Spill: 800,000 gallons in Kalamazoo River "Its Getting Hot In Here" Dispatches From The Youth Climate Movement - Learning from the Past, Designing for the Future
By Juliana Williams - July 27, 2010
That’s right, another oil spill. Monday, July 26th, over 800,000 gallons(25,000+ barrels) of oil from an Enbridge pipeline spilled into a creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River.
It appears that the spill was detected and shut off much faster than the Salt Lake City Oil Spill in June, but spewed nearly twice as much greasy scum as the Chinese Oil Spill just over a week ago. It pales in comparison to the disaster in the Gulf, but is more than enough contamination for Michigan.
Enbridge, I should mention, is proposing a new tar sands pipeline to bring Canadian tar to Asian refineries. Because we need more pipelines and tankers… Thankfully the Enbridge pipeline is facing massive opposition.
So that makes 4 major oil spills in 4 months. Let’s hope that we learn to break this pattern.
[Correction: I initially said the Enbridge tar sands pipeline would bring crude to American refineries. The pipeline is primarily intended to transport the crude oil to British Columbia, where it will be shipped to Asian markets.]
Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)
Tar Sands Threaten Canada’s Rainforests
Emergildo’s Story
Clinton’s Big Decision on Tar Sands
Geography of the World’s Largest Oil Spills


Revelations 11:18

Teresa Anahuy
Brazil Tribes Release Hostages (Dardanelos Hydroelectric Dam_
July 27, 2010

.....The protesting tribesmen are demanding compensation for what they describe as an attack on their sacred site and have threatened to set the construction site on fire if Brazilian officials failed to start negotiating with then in two days. Besides compensation, they are demanding more government finances for their health and education......

Indigenous people free Brazilian workers held hostage
July 27, 2010

....."They don't want money in their hands," Aquino said. "What they want is a sustainable program in the area that will recover the loss they have suffered in this archaeological site."
Aquino said the Indians, who took over the land early Sunday afternoon, had not provoked any violence...... http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/07/25/brazil.indians.hostages/#fbid=TgZQAt7gxJ7

Brazilian Hostages Freed After Dam Stand-Off with Tribes
By Rob Quinn - July 27, 2010

....."This construction has caused a great impact on the lives of our people. We are suffering because of this work." - Tribal leader Aldeci Arara.....


Teresa Anahuy
Protesters shut down BP stations in London
July 27, 2010

Environmental campaigners shut down between 30 and 50 BP petrol stations in London on Tuesday in a protest against deep-sea drilling, as the oil giant appointed a new chief executive, both sides said.

The Greenpeace demonstration in central London was timed to coincide with the announcement that Bob Dudley would replace Tony Hayward at the helm of BP, as the group posted record losses caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill...... http://www.nation.co.ke/News/world/Protesters%20shut%20down%20BP%20stations%20in%20London/-/1068/965518/-/o86xu9/-/
Greenpeace activists shut down BP gas stations all over London - Greenpeace USA Blog
By Lisa Vickers - July 27, 2010



Teresa Anahuy
Bianca Jagger takes message from Kondh tribal people to British mining giant Vedanta
27 Jul 2010
Source: ActionAid
Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author's alone.

Human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger will on Wednesday take a message from India’s threatened Kondh people direct to shareholders of British mining company Vedanta at their AGM.

Ms Jagger recently visited the endangered tribal community in the eastern India state of Orissa and will speak on their behalf against a proposal to open one of the world’s largest bauxite mines.
Bianca Jagger said: “Last year I stood side by side with Sitaram Kulisika from the Kondh people as he addressed Vedanta directors who had promised not to mine without consent. This year he cannot be here so I am delivering his message to all shareholders to honour this promise and save the Kondh’s livelihood and god.”

The Kondh’s future and a pristine eco-system are threatened with extinction by Vedanta’s plans for the massive open-pit mine. It will destroy a large part of Niyamgiri Mountain the Kondh’s ancestral homeland.

The 8,000-strong Kondh tribe regard Niyamgiri Mountain and its surrounding forest as sacred and home to their god, Niyam Raja. They are also totally dependent on the mountain for their crops, water and livelihoods, so are strongly opposed to the mine fearing it will destroy their way of life forever.

Bianca Jagger continued: “The Kondh people have been living in harmony with their mountain, forests and animals for generations. Vedanta has been there for less than 10 years. Who are they to decide what is best for the future of this ancient tribe? It is not too late to stop the extinction of this peoples’ way of life.”

Meredith Alexander, Head of Trade and Corporates at ActionAid said: “The threatened destruction of the Kondh’s homeland is a daily and terrifying reality. Today, shareholders have another chance to refuse to allow their money to be used in this way.

“Earlier this year prominent investors likeThe Church of England and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust divested because of serious concerns about the company. Other shareholders, including several UK county councils, should know they are investing in a mine that will destroy a community’s way of life forever.”



Teresa Anahuy
Dear Friends,

Did you see that report on ABC News: Nightline, World News Tonight, and Good Morning America about the more than 300 chimpanzees living terrible lives at the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana? Watch here on ABC's site:

Especially heartbreaking were the 26 elder chimps who were taken from the wild. Some of these chimps are more than 50 years old, and have lived their entire lives behind bars.

I just took action online to support H.R. 1326, a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to end the use of chimpanzees, our closest living animal relatives, in invasive research.

The Great Ape Protection Act, which was recently reintroduced, would phase out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research and retire the approximately 500 government owned chimpanzees to suitable, permanent sanctuary.

I hope you will join me in urging your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the Great Ape Protection Act. It only takes a minute, and will make an enormous difference for these animals. Thank you for all you do!

Teresa Anahuy

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