During a hastily-called Rose Garden event during which the sound system failed him, President Obama attempted today to communicate to the American public that his administration remains on top of the economic crisis.
The president’s primary messages were twofold: One that Republicans need to stop obstructing a initiative he proposed to cut taxes that will encourage small businesses to hire and expand, as well as a $30 billion small business lending initiative.
“Drop the blockade,” he said to Senate Republicans, whom he said were “holding this bill hostage,” damaging economic growth.
Second, the president said that his “economic team is hard at work in identifying additional measures that could make a difference in both promoting growth and hiring in the short term and increasing our economy's competitiveness in the long term.”
Those additional measures, which he said he would be addressing “in further detail in the days and weeks to come,” seemed largely to be proposals he and administration officials had talked about before, such as further cutting corporate taxes to encourage job growth, renewing for those who earn under $200,000 a year the Bush tax cuts set to expire at the end of the calendar year, and spending more on clean energy, infrastructure, and research and development.
The event in some ways could be seen as a metaphor for the administration’s flailing on the economy. Originally no remarks were scheduled, then on Sunday evening, the White House announced the president would make remarks in the Oval Office after his economic daily briefing.
Then on Monday that was upgraded to remarks by the president at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Rose Garden after his briefing, signifying a more formal event.
Then those remarks were pushed to 1 p.m.
Finally the president approached the lectern at 1:20 p.m.
Only five sentences into his remarks, the P.A. system fizzled.
“What we did know was that it took nearly a decade -- what we did -- how are we doing on sound, guys?” the president asked
“Is it still going to the press?” he asked, checking to make sure even if he couldn’t be heard clearly in the Rose Garden, broadcast networks were getting clean sound, which they were.
“OK,” the president said.
A plane flew nearby, drowning out his voice.
“What we did know was that it was going to take nearly a decade in order for -- can you guys still hear us?”
“OK,” he continued, “let me try this one more time.”
The president said the small business lending initiative would help business owners “get the credit they need and eliminate capital gains taxes on key investments so they have more incentive to invest right now. And it would accelerate $55 billion of tax relief to encourage American businesses, small and large, to expand their investments over the next 14 months. Unfortunately, this bill has been languishing in the Senate for months, held up by partisan minority that won't even allow it to go to a vote. That makes no sense.”
The president said the bill “is fully paid for. It will not add to the deficit. And there is no reason to block it besides pure partisan politics.”
“The small-business owners and the communities that rely on them, they don't have time for political games,” he said. “They shouldn't have to wait any longer…I know we're entering election season, but the people who sent us here expect us to work together to get things done and improve this economy.” Noting the “serious challenges” the nation faces, the president said policymakers need to “rise above the politics of the moment to summon an equal seriousness of purpose.”
A Senate Republican leadership aide said that when the Senate returns, the first legislative vote scheduled will deal with a Republican amendment to the small business bill. The Senate is not scheduled to return until September 13.
-Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller
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Listening Conferences for UN Report: No one was listening to Native Americans
By Brenda Norrell
Updated Aug. 24, 2010
It appears no one was listening at the US State Department’s Listening Conferences this year, when Native Americans offered testimony on human rights for a report to the United Nations.
The US Periodic Review on Human Rights released Monday, Aug. 23, shows the Obama Administration giving itself a glossy, positive review on the issue of Native Americans and human rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
However, the release of the final document proves Russell Means was accurate when he described the Listening Conferences as a “Smokescreen.”
“Once again, the occupation government of the United States of America has trotted out its dogs and ponies to provide a smokescreen and diversion from its continuing crimes against the indigenous peoples and nations of the Western Hemisphere,” Means said in March.
The US report to the UN fails to describe the ongoing environmental genocide, where corporations in collusion with the US government target Indian country with power plants, coal mines and oil and gas wells.
The United States does not address the uranium mining that now threatens water supplies of Navajos or Lakotas, nor of the proposed Desert Rock power plant that threatens the health of Navajos. There is no mention of the so-called Navajo Hopi land dispute that resulted in the relocation of 14,000 Navajos on Black Mesa. It was manufactured by attorneys, Congressmen and Peabody Coal to make way for Peabody Coal mining. The report does does not mention the Forgotten Navajos of the Bennett Freeze zone, where development was frozen by federal legislation.
The US report does not address the poisoned groundwater of the Tohono O'odham from mining, nor the conditions on South Dakota Indian lands. It does not address the violations of the rights of the Western Shoshone as gold mining targets sacred Mount Tenabo. There is no mention of how the use of recycled sewage water on sacred San Francisco Peaks will affect American Indian Nations.
There is no mention of the radioactive spills and radioactive tailings strewn across the Navajo Nation or the live Cold War bombs in the Badlands on Pine Ridge, S.D. There is no mention of the genocide of uranium mining, leaving behind a legacy of cancer and death, in Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. There was no mention of testimony to protect Zuni Pueblo sacred places.
The US Periodic Review fails to address the widespread abuses by the US Border Patrol of Indigenous Peoples traveling in their own territories, or the violations of NAGPRA and other federal laws during construction of the US/Mexico border wall. This included Boeing digging up the ancestors of the O'odham.
There is no mention of the physical abuse of Haudenosaunee and others on the northern border by border agents. The US fails to describe the racial profiling that has become acceptable for police and border agents in the US. There is no mention of the destruction of ceremonial items by border agents.
The US does not address the violations of fishing and hunting rights of Native Americans in violations of Treaties. There is no mention of the loss of water rights.
The report fails to describe the targeting of American Indians by police during traffic stops, the longer prison sentences issued by courts for American Indians or the ongoing hate crimes in Indian country bordertowns. The US fails to admit to the denials of American Indian religious freedom in US prisons.
While giving a sweeping rosy report of the United States in regards to Native Americans and human rights, the US says it is considering passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The US fails to point out that it is trailing all the other countries in the world in adoption of the Declaration.
The US is currently attempting a flim-flam approach to the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But Indigenous Peoples say that US laws of "Discovery" and "Conquest" can not supersede the UN Declaration.
Tonya Gonellaa Frichner, Onondaga, said the US House of Representatives submitted Resolution 1551.1H to Congress and referred it to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on July 22.
"The resolution expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should 'promote respect for and full implementation of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples consistent with US law.'
"As positive as this wording of the resolution may seem, the phrase 'consistent with US law' is highly problematic because US law with regard to American Indian nations and peoples is premised on unacceptable doctrines such as 'discovery,' 'conquest,' and 'plenary power,' and on a presumption of United States supremacy over Indigenous peoples," said Frichner, North American Regional Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
"The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an international human rights instrument that recognizes the individual, collective, and group rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right of self-determination, and the right of Indigenous Peoples to give or withhold their free, prior, and informed consent when it comes to the exploitation of their Indigenous lands, territories, and resources.
"It is incumbent upon the United States government to fully endorse and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a manner consistent with international standards of human rights, and in keeping with the recognition of the individual, group, and collective rights of Indigenous Peoples," she said.
Meanwhile, in the Periodic Review to the UN, while applauding freedom of expression in America, the US fails to point out that spying on private citizens is nearing the Cold War spying level. There is no mention of ongoing US war crimes.
The ACLU, in its response to the US Periodic Report, stressed the US abuse of the rights of prisoners and migrants.
Although Window Rock, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation was one site of the testimony at the Listening Conferences, there are no specifics of Navajo testimony in the final report.
Although written testimony was presented on behalf of Leonard Peltier, there is no mention of Peltier in the final report.
Means said, in his statement in March, “As we can see, many indigenous people have been duped to participate, yet again, in a lying and duplicitous process of the United States. The United States has absolutely no interest or intention of admitting to the world its human rights record that is neither justifiable nor defensible. In particular, the record of the United States with regard to historical, and ongoing, violations of over 370 treaties that were negotiated and signed with indigenous nations must be, but will not be, addressed by the United States.”
The ACLU listed the shortcomings of the report and made recommendations today, stressing the United States abuse of the rights of prisoners and migrants:
View the US Periodic Review to the UN Human Rights Council:
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IPPNW = International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Statement of the Pre-Congress
´Sacred Land, Poisoned Peoples´
to the 19th IPPNW World Congress
read by Rebecca Wingfield-Bear (Australia) and Charmaine
White Face (USA) to the Closing Plenary, August 29, 2010,
at the University of Basel, in Basel, Switzerland.
Indigenous Peoples and their representatives attending the
Pre-Congress ´Sacred Land, Poisoned Peoples´, at this critical
time of intensifying destruction to Mother Earth and human
health by nuclear resource development, have gathered and
shared stories of resistance to uranium mining across the globe.
From Canada and the USA to Niger, Mali, Namibia, Tanzania
and Malawi, from Russia, Germany, Australia, Brazil and India,
communities facing dramatic impacts from this toxic industry
have come together in unity.
Past, present and future generations of Indigenous Peoples are
disproportionately impacted by uranium mining, nuclear weapons
and the nuclear power industry. The nuclear fuel chain radio-
actively contaminates our peoples´health, land, air and waters,
and threatens our very existence and our future generations.
Uranium mining, nuclear energy development and international
agreements that foster the nuclear fuel chain violate our basic
human rights and fundamental natural laws of Mother Earth,
endangering our survival and spiritual well-being.
The dangerous health impacts of radioactive exposure begin with
uranium mining. We reaffirm the Declaration of the World Uranium
Hearing in Salzburg, Austria, in 1992, that uranium and its radio-
active decay products must remain in the ground.
We stand in solidarity with those working for an end to uranium
mining and processing, irresponsible radioactive waste management,
nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
We dedicate ourselves to a nuclear free future for all people.
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The event we’ve all been eagerly awaiting, the 58th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, is now less than a week away. This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, over 100,000 people from across the country will come to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, to celebrate! Dozens of activities are scheduled over three days including a parade through downtown Tahlequah on Saturday morning, a classic car show, live music, cultural games and competitions, softball tournaments, a powwow, food, refreshment and more. The Cherokee National Holiday is good, wholesome fun for the entire family and you can get all the details by visitinghttp://holiday.cherokee.org.
The theme of this year’s holiday is “Happy, Healthy People” and what a perfect opportunity that makes for you to begin living a more active and healthy lifestyle. Visithttp://cherokeechallenge.cherokee.org to see how you can participate in several different runs and other healthy competitions.
This year is also the 10th anniversary of the Cherokee National Youth Choir. Acting as ambassadors for the Cherokee Nation, the youth choir has traveled across the country while promoting Cherokee culture, music and the preservation of the Cherokee language. A new CD, entitled “Then & Now”, commemorates the growth of the choir over the past decade and is now available. Details are online athttp://choir.cherokee.org.
Wado! (Thank you)
Tahlequah, OK 74465
***Cherokee Nation News***
Sequoyah Schools Makes Adequate Yearly Progress Once Again: 8/27/2010 11:22:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation’s Sequoyah Schools recently received notification that they have once again made “adequate yearly progress” according to the benchmarks measured by the No Child Left Behind Act. All public schools and some private schools are evaluated annually to determine recognition. This is the fourth year in a row that Sequoyah has achieved this honor.
Jackie Eagle Named Jr. Miss Cherokee Ambassador: 8/27/2010 9:56:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation named the 2010-2011 Jr. Miss Cherokee Ambassador during the annual competition held in the conjunction with the 58th Cherokee National Holiday. Jackie Eagle of Gore was awarded first place by a panel of judges and for the next year will act as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe and will promote the government, language, history and traditions of the Cherokee people.
58th Cherokee National Holiday Downtown Events Expand: 8/26/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is rolling out the red carpet Sept. 3-5 to welcome visitors old and new to Tahlequah for the 58th Cherokee National Holiday. Although exciting activities will take place non-stop throughout the three days, festival goers may want to be especially sure they grab a spot downtown early on Saturday to be on hand for some of the biggest events. Returning visitors will find some new events to enjoy this year.
Cherokee Nation Honors Area Family of Veterans: 8/25/2010 2:21:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation recently honored four veterans at its August monthly tribal council meeting in Tahlequah. The four are all part of a close-knit eastern Oklahoma Cherokee family and represent multiple branches of the military.
Caney Valley Elementary Receives School Supply Contribution: 8/24/2010 9:27:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
As children returned to Caney Valley Elementary School for a new school year, the supplies closet was loaded with more items due to a contribution from employees of Cherokee Casino Ramona. In the weeks leading to the beginning of the new school year, casino employees collected then contributed more than $200 in supplies, including glue, scissors, paper and other items to be used throughout the school year.
**** Other Links of Interest ****
Games - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=culture&culture=games
Community Calendar - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=calendar
RSS Feed - http://rss.cherokee.org
Podcasts - http://podcasts.cherokee.org
E-Cards - http://ecards.cherokee.org
**** Cultural Tidbits ****
All efforts to have non-Indian intruders removed from the Cherokee Nation by the U.S., as required by treaty, were ignored.
from the Eagle Watch
August 30, 2010
Here's an important announcement from John Kane. To get more information, you can view his web site at:
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2010 20:00:23 EDT
Subject: 9-1-10 rally
FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: Rally at the Big Indian Smoke Shop and Thruway bridge on Route 438 in Cattaraugus, September 1, 2010 at 9:00AM.
I hope all is well.
I just wanted to share that we are seeking 24 tribes to participate in a Native American competition reality TV show, Dream Catchers- Search For The Ultimate Warrior.
We will be offering the winning tribe a solar and wind generation facility and tech school. Other prizes will be awarded throughout the competition as well.
Marc and I have been traveling across the US and Canada and have found a number of tribes interested. Corporate sponsors are also excited about the show.
Now only will it be a competition but we will also be presenting historical facts about the contributions that Native Americans have made to society.
If you know of any tribes that would like to participate please let me know. My email address is email@example.com
I can send you further details if you email me.
Priceless Record of Native American World on Brink of Change at
LONDON.- A series of fascinating and important 19th century portraits of
Native Americans by the pioneering German/American photographer, John Karl
Hillers are for sale in Bonhams
sale at Knightsbridge on 5 October 2010.
Hillers emigrated with his family to the USA from his native Hanover in 1852
when he was just nine years old. He fought on the Union side in the Civil
War and re-enlisted in the army once the conflict was over. On leaving the
service in 1870 he took a job as a teamster in Salt Lake City where he met
the man who was to change his life, the explorer and early anthropologist
John Wesley Powell. Hillers signed up as a boatman for Powell’s second
expedition down the Colorado River in 1871 but was soon helping out with the
By the time Powell led the first expedition by European Americans into the
Grand Canyon the following year Hillers had become the team’s chief
For the next 20 years he explored and photographed the American West
becoming especially well known for his sensitive and dignified images of
Native Americans. For several years he worked for the American Bureau of
Ethnology leaving an extensive and priceless record of a world on the brink
of irrevocable change.
The 15 images are individually priced and range from £200 –1,500.
NIEA Communications Director Job Annoucement
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NATIONAL INDIAN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
NIEA Job Description: Director of Communications
For Immediate Hire
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) seeks a full time, in house
Director of Communications to assist in creating and executing an
overarching communications plan to promote and expand the influence and
capacity of the organization to accomplish its mission and provide increased
awareness and service to its members, its constituents, its strategic
partners, its funders , its volunteers, to opinion and policy setters, and
to its Native American students, families, and communities. The Director of
Communications reports directly to the Executive Director and is an integral
part of the core staff of the NIEA. The activities of the Director of
Communications will touch all parts of the NIEA's programs and services.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Frequent travel is required.
The functions of the position, include, but are not limited to the
Establish and implement an overarching communications plan to promote and
expand the influence, capacity, and sustainability of the organization to
better accomplish its mission and to serve the education needs of American
Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students, their families, and
their communities. This communication plan contains discrete sub plans which
As part of the overarching communications plan establish and implement a
media relations plan which encompasses all aspects and services of the
organization. This plan requires fostering working relationships with
journalists, reporters, opinion and policy setters, and all print,
electronic, video, and other media.
As part of the overarching communications plan establish, develop, and
implement a plan to use social media to increase the influence of the
organization to provide increased awareness and service to its members, its
constituents, its strategic partners, its funders and potential funders, its
volunteers, opinion and policy setters, and Native American students,
families, and communities.
As part of the overarching communications plan establish, develop and
implement a plan to create consistent and uniform messages on behalf of the
organization to increase the influence of the organization and to promote
and expand the capacity of the organization to accomplish its mission and
provide increased awareness and service to its members, its constituents,
its strategic partners, its funders, its volunteers, to opinion and policy
setters, and to its Native American students, families, and communities.
As part of the overarching communication plan establish, develop, and
implement a communications plan to create and build future fund development
opportunities to increase the influence of the organization and to support
the accomplishment of its mission.
As part of the overarching communications plan establish, develop, and
implement a plan to provide training for volunteers and staff to be able to
implement the media relations and communications plan, to more effectively
use social media, to communicate a consistent organizational message, and to
increase potential fund development opportunities for the organization.
As part of the overarching communications plan assist in managing the
development, updating and effective use of the technical infrastructure and
website contained within the organization.
Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Master of Arts Degree in Communications or Public Relations or related
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Previous experience
working collaboratively as part of a communications/public relations/fund
development team for a non profit entity or a marketing firm for a for
Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and meet
Ability to proactively identify communications/public relations/fund
development/ media relations opportunities and to develop supporting
programs to take advantage of these opportunities;
Ability to communicate, manage and collaborate with individuals and entities
inside and outside the organization as relates to communications/fund
development/media relations/public relations;
Demonstrated ability to construct an overarching communications plan that
addresses media relations, the use of social media, the creation and use of
consistent and relevant messaging, the creation of fund development
opportunities, and the development of training opportunities for staff and
key volunteers to increase the influence and capacity of the NIEA to better
achieve its mission and provide increased service to its stakeholders.
A minimum of 3-5 years experience in establishing and implementing a media
relations plan, including identifying necessary media contacts, journalists,
reporters, opinion and policy shapers, and fostering and building long term
relationships with them, and in delivering information to them that is
reported and communicated to a broader audience through their contacts and
A minimum of 3-5 years experience in using social media and constructing
systems of social media connections to communicate an organizational
message, to increase awareness of a particular message, and in recruiting
individuals and organizations to participate. A minimum of 3-5 years of
experience using HTML and in programming to create and maintain a website to
support the use of social media.;
A minimum of 3-5 years experience in establishing, developing, implementing,
and delivering consistent and uniform messages on behalf of an organization
or campaign to achieve a defined goal and objective;
A minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with an organization in a
communications/fundraising/fund development/marketing capacity ( not for
profit organization experience preferred);
A minimum of 3-5 years experience establishing, developing, and providing
training for volunteers and staff to be able to implement a media relations
plan, to more effectively use social media, to communicate a consistent
organizational message, and to increase potential fund development
opportunities for an organization;
Possession of a driver's license in good standing.
Provide cover letter, resume, at least two writing samples, a portfolio of
work accomplished and at least two samples of the same, and the names and
addresses of three references, including land address, e mail address, and
phone of references provided.
Frequent travel is required as part of the job duties for this position.
E mail application information to NIEA Executive Director Colin Kippen
NATIONAL INDIAN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
NIEA Job Description: Research and Policy Associate for Campaign on High
For Immediate Hire
The National Indian Education Association is seeking resumes from highly
motivated individuals to work on a full time basis as a Research and Policy
Associate in Washington, D.C., that will assist in the development and
coordination of an organizational initiative focused on high school policy
The position has primary responsibility for assembling and reviewing
relevant qualitative and quantitative research and developing documents
(briefing papers, talking points, comments, articles, etc.) for NIEA that
help to clarify and advance NIEA's high school policy agenda. The Associate
will also attend policy related meetings, conferences, workshops, forums and
other presentations to inform NIEA research and for networking purposes and
will assist in developing and coordinating the NIEA activities of the
Campaign on High School Equity. The Associate works closely as part of a
team which includes the High School Campaign Director and the NIEA Executive
Director, to accomplish the work of the Campaign for High School Equity.
The position will manage the logistics of any events or meetings facilitated
by NIEA related to the project, including serving as a point of contact for
event consultants and the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE) coalition
partners. The Associate will also manage administrative functions including
providing support for the Web site and creating and maintaining data bases
necessary to support the work of the project as needed. The Associate will
also be responsible for filing necessary reports and updates in support of
the project as needed.
Minimum 1-3 years experience in public policy, government relations,
research or education desired.
Knowledge of and ability to use technology to build, maintain and use data
Knowledge of and commitment to national education issues, particularly
related to high school education and minority/native youth.
Familiarity and experience working and effectively communicating with Native
communities. An interest in and an understanding of Education issues
relating to Native Americans.
Experience in formulating policy and communicating those policies to varied
Excellent research skills, including the ability to review qualitative and
quantitative research, to access and apply research on high school equity
and education, to create connections between research and policy, and to
monitor and analyze legislative activity and news.
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
BA required; Master of Arts in Education or Public Policy field preferred.
NIEA is now accepting resumes and writing samples (3-5 pages) from qualified
applicants. Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
firstname.lastname@example.org Colin Kippen, Executive Director.
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