The Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community in the Upper Peninsula led the push to allow its elders to teach the Potawatomi language in schools.
The bill signed into law allows experts in a Native American language to teach without teacher certification. That means kids can get credits in Native American languages to fulfill the state's language credit requirement.
Here's a list of news stories concerning child welfare issues throughout the country:
Child Welfare in the News
OR: Foster care program for children with disabilities to see funding cuts
NewsWatch 12 September 28, 2010
It is part of the latest round of budget cuts within the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the cuts, foster parents that take in children under the DDS program will see a six-percent cut in their service payment.
OH: Supreme Court: Sellersburg couple can keep son for now
Evening News and Tribune September 28, 2010
NEW ALBANY — The Ohio Supreme Court granted an emergency stay Tuesday night that will allow a Sellersburg couple to at least temporarily keep the nearly 3-year-old son they have raised since birth.
US: Recession rips at US marriages, expands income gap
Associated Press September 27, 2010
The economic "indicators say we're in recovery, but the impact on families and children will linger on for years," he said.
UT: Navajo Nation can't fight adoption of tribal kids
Salt Lake Tribune September 28, 2010
The Utah Supreme Court dismissed an appeal Tuesday in which the Navajo Nation sought to undo the adoption of two Navajo siblings by a non-American-Indian family.
OK: Lawmaker holds study on privatizing child welfare
News On 6 September 28, 2010
State Rep. Ron Peters conducted an interim study on the issue Tuesday before the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services. . . Peters says he's looking at efforts in Kansas and Florida to privatize all child welfare case management services.
AR: AG files brief defending adoption ban
KATV September 28, 2010
The attorney general's office says that fostering or adopting a child is not a constitutionally protected right and that the state Supreme Court should overturn a lower court's ruling that struck down Arkansas' ban on unmarried couples serving as foster or adoptive parents.
CA: AB 12: Good for Indian foster children
Indian Country Today September 28, 2010
California’s legislature recently passed AB 12, a bill that if signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would – among other things – allow the state to draw down federal funding and provide financial assistance to relative caregivers. For our Indian children this could mean living with qualifying family members instead of being placed into foster care with strangers.
DC: Judge sanctions District in child welfare case
Washington Post September 28, 2010
Last year, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) selected a new Child and Family Services Agency director, Roque Gerald, without consulting with the plaintiffs in the case as the judge, Thomas F. Hogan, had ordered.
see also: www.childrensrights.org/..news-events/press/condemning-..dc-leaders-inaction-federal-..judge-orders-immediate-..funding-for-teens-aging-out-..of-dc-foster-care/
IN: DCS cases up; neglect and abuse hotline getting record calls
FOX 59 Indianapolis September 28, 2010
A new study shows Indiana ranks sixth among all states for the number of children removed from at risk homes. James Payne, director of Indiana's Department of Child Services, isn't convinced the numbers are reflective of any specific spike in abuse problems in the state.
US: Congress puts off Bachmann, Franken bills to reform foster care
Minnpost.com September 28, 2010
Foster care advocates are pushing to restart stalled legislation that aims to make it easier for foster children to remain in their current schools as they move from home to home.
MO: Missouri taps Kansas official to lead Children's Division
News-Leader.com September 28, 2010
The Missouri Department of Social Services says Candace Shively began work Monday as the new director of its Children's Division.
MI: State program aimed at preventing child abuse
The Oakland Press September 28, 2010
DETROIT (AP) — Five suburban Detroit nonprofit agencies will share $6 million as part of a pilot program aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect.
I believe I may have already sent this info regarding the Treasured Landscapes Initiative, there are several pdf files attached.
When the meeting was held last November, the original initiative from the Obama Admin was proposed for sacred lands, in which 20 locations were going to be eligible. I was asked to submit a position paper for Bear Butte, which I did (see attached). Then out of nowhere, the initiative completely changed to what it is now.
Take a look at the files to see if this initiative may qualify for any issues you, your organizations or Tribes maybe working on.
Deadline is November 11th.
In peace & solidarity,
Vigil for 600 murdered or missing native woman across Canada
A long line formed in front of the microphone as women slowly stepped to the front and read the names.
The names were read to the sound of a gentle heartbeat of a drum that pounded softly in the background.
It was a powerful statement on the tragedy that befalls too many aboriginal women and girls across the country. The names read out were among the 600 aboriginal women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing since 1979, according to the Native Women’s Association of Canada.
The vigil held in Hamilton to honour those women and ensure they are not forgotten was one of many held across Canada yesterday.
Click here to see video of the local event.
“We are here to remember the sisters that were stolen from us and who are still missing,” Linda Ense told the crowd. Ense is executive director of the Native Women’s Centre, where the event was held.
“It keeps happening over and over again. Many are below the age of 30. That is still children.”
Ense and other speakers stood beside a small tree and plaque that were part of a ceremony five years ago, the first year the vigil was held to honour the missing and murdered women.
In a later interview, Ense said aboriginal women are eight times more at risk of being victims of violence than non-aboriginal women.
“This is an international issue and a national issue and a local issue,” Ense told the crowd.
“When I talk about local, I’m talking about the community. We all have responsibilities.”
Ense has felt the heartache herself of knowing someone who was murdered. Three years ago, a woman was murdered on the Six Nations reserve where Ense lives.
“The saddest thing for me to have to do is go back to my own community where it happened. Never did we think that would ever happen.”
Hamilton police Chief Glenn De Caire told the crowd the police are working in partnership with the aboriginal women’s community.
“At times the canoe in which we both share common interest may verge on the precipice of being overturned and yet we will work together, despite the rough waters,” said De Caire.
In a similar Sisters in Spirit vigil across town, members from Hamilton police, OPP, RCMP, Amnesty International and aboriginal communities gathered at the Mountain station and reflected on the murdered and missing women. The Sisters in Spirit initiative found no charges have been laid in 40 per cent of cases, the crowd was told.
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NATIONAL NAGPRA PROGRAM
SAVE THE DATE
Registration is now open!
Please join the National NAGPRA Program, The George Washington University's Department of Museum Studies and Department of Anthropology, and several other partners for a two-day symposium to recognize the 20th anniversary of the passage of NAGPRA. A preliminary agenda and registration information, as well as lodging information (including a list of hotels costing under $100 night), can be found on the National NAGPRA Program website. The symposium is free but will be limited to 250-260 participants due to space limitations. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to register early.
Title: NAGPRA at 20: Conversations about the Past, Present, and Future of NAGPRA
Date: November 15-16, 2010
Hosted by the George Washington University in partnership with NPS, NMAI, and others
Location: Jack Morton Auditorium
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Registration forms and other logistical information can be found at:
If you are unable to attend NAGPRA at 20, and have a question or comment for the presenters, please send your question or comment to NAGPRAat20@gmail.com by November 1, 2010. Questions will be compiled for presenters to address in their statements.
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation
Review Committee Meeting
43rd Meeting of the NAGPRA Review Committee
November 17-19, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sidney Yates Auditorium
1849 C Street, NW
Open to all. Registration is not required. Further information is available at:http://www.nps.gov/nagpra/
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
The National NAGPRA Program cordially invites you to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 20th Anniversary Celebration. The Celebration is free and open to the public. A reception will follow a film and presentations.
Stewart Lee Udall Interior Building
Sidney Yates Auditorium
1849 C Street, NW
November 16, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For further information, contact Katherine Carlton, Program Assistant, at (202) 354-2208 or at Katherine_carlton@partner...nps.gov
The Native American Consultation Database (NACD) was recently updated with information from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Leaders Directory. The NACD is updated periodically with contact information received from Indian tribes, Alaskan Native villages and corporations, and Native Hawaiian organizations, and from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. To access the NACD, and for instructions on updating your information, please see the National NAGPRA Online Databases page at:http://www.nps.gov/history/..nagpra/ONLINEDB/INDEX.HTM
Date: October 28, 2-4:30 pm EDT
International Repatriations: Points of Return for Native American Ancestors and Cultural Items Situated Outside of the United States
To register for webinars, please see the Training page on the National NAGPRA Program website at: http://www.nps.gov/..history/nagpra/TRAINING/INDEX...htm
The FY2011 Grants cycle is underway. Grant guidelines, applications, and the FY2011 schedule will be coming to the National NAGPRA Grants page soon:http://www.nps.gov/..nagpra/GRANTS/INDEX.HTM
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Native American Rights Fund Celebrates 40 Years of Defending Native Rights
On October 29, 2010, the Native American Rights Fund will hold its 40th Anniversary Celebration hosted by the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. This unique gathering will include NARF's 40 Years of Indian Law Forum and NARF's 40th Anniversary Dinner. NARF is honored to celebrate four decades of standing firm for justice.
Click here for registration ..
We look forward to seeing you at this historic gathering in Oklahoma in October.
The end of Cal Nagpra?
A law requiring California institutions to return Native American cultural artefacts has been effectively quashed by lack of funding and new legislation
A second year of traveling among my far-flung Aboriginal family is nearing an end and I send along my thanks for the many kindnesses shown to me in my travels. Your warm welcomes, kind words and traditional hospitality made these journeys easier and I will never forget what I have seen and what I have heard. I share your pains.
Next, allow me to share a few words with politicians who are at the root of genocidal acts. Shame on each one of you! And to the small cadre of “trading post Indians” with snouts in the white mans’ troughs, you should not better and are equally to blame for what is happening. May the Creator show you the good path and may your ancestors forgive you!
These two years of travel served two purposes. A secondary purpose was to educate me first hand to the immense difficulties that our people endure here in Canada. Little wonder that today, Canada was refused a seat on the United Nations Security Council. And, I shall not permit each of you politicians (no matter which party) to pass of blame for Canada’s rejection onto “the other political party”. Quite frankly, things are terrible under the current Conservative government. However, the careless cruelties and neglect inflicted by Liberal governments led by Chretien and Martin were no better. Each is only capable of finger pointing, lame excuses and willful blindness to the problems of Aboriginal people in Canada. Collectively, you are all contemptible and disgusting.
I point also to the new Liberal leader, Michael Ignatieff who is aloof and insensitive to what goes on. Mr. Ignatieff cannot escape by saying that he was not aware. It is much like a resident of Munich in 1940 saying he did not know what was the cargo of those freight cars headed to various death camps. Ignatieff, we have taken extra time with you and reached out numerous times to no avail. Instead, for two consecutive at the time of National Aboriginal Day (June 21) you have only seen fit to mouth hollow, empty words about how your party “respects” the United Nations Convention on Indigenous People. The words fall empty and far short of any hard commitment to make Canada’s acceptance of the UN Convention a priority for any government led by you.
No, Mr. Harper and Mr. Ignatieff, your hollow words mean nothing and cannot be trusted. We have patiently held out the hand of friendship to Mr. Ignatieff and his Liberals. We did this on the belief that he (Ignatieff) was new to the job and needed to be patiently educated. And, two years later, the gamesmanship on behalf of Ignatieff’s cadre of lackeys attempts to spin its way into office and hopes for Aboriginal votes to help them.
Look, Mr. Ignatieff at the position of the New Democratic Party which has already stated that: “Implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “ and that it will: “Establishing new procedures for land claims that respect Aboriginal title and that are independent, efficient, just and equitable”
No, the purpose of two years of tours and meetings from coast to coast and even into the lower Arctic was not singularly to learn how terrible education and health care is under the calous direction on Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC). The underlying purpose of my tours was to build a consensus among our diverse family to vote together as a bloc for whichever party will help solve these problems. How many more cancer victims shall I visit? How many more families mourning a teen suicide must I see? Why are you so blind?
In a singular area such as health care the answers as to why the national health care system is falling apart before our eyes. And one thing is apparent. When health care becomes terrible for the general population, the effect in Aboriginal populations becomes even more catistrophic. A visit to the emergency room of any hospital in any major urban centre provides ample evidence as to the cause of the failure of Canada’s health care system and, even worse care for Aboriginal people. There, in each of the emergency rooms are hundreds of aged Chinese, Siehk and Carribean new comers lined up for free health care for matters often as trivial as a head cold or a hang nail.
Toronto’s Pearson Airport is the stepping off point for numerous thosands more each day as we watch elderly South Asians, Carribeans and those from the Far East congregating like swarms of mosquitos prepared to suck the very life blood out of Canada’s health care system. The worst victims, down stream (as we all know) are native people suffering from cancer, diabetis and numerous other life threatening diseases.
Yes, Canada we know your health care system is broken BUT it was not broken by Aboriginal people. You “Canada” decided to make health care truly “universal” by offering it as the primary enticement for immigration. Where once, only ten short years ago, immigrants were required to be healthy before entering and immigrants were required to speak one of the two official languages (French or English) before being accepted and given a visa, things have changed a lot. Neither of those things matter any more and the operative word has become “family unification”. When once, a person from a non-English or non-French speaking homeland was required to learn English before coming here. We now provided tax funded English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) courses free of charge to anyone wishing to enter Canada and avail themselves of our health care. The inequity of all of that is that Aboriginal schools have little or no funding and our Aboriginal people are without helath care. Thanks Canada!
Two years ago, when we began our tour, the chances of getting political concensus from our diverse Aboriginal communities seemed impossible. Today, we sense unity and are well aware that when a political party is chosen, we can make enormous political differences in the final outcome. That choice is to be made very soon.
Here in Ontario, we are also close to a Provencial election that is scheduled in November 2011. I frankly can not see ANY Aboriginal person supporting Dalton McGuinty and his Liberals. The recent Far North Act, the stalled Algonquin land claim and the uranium mine at Sharbot Lake are ample evidence as to how Mr. McGuinty feels about our people. Similarly, I doubt that any of us are prepared to put the memory of our beloved brother Dudley George aside and vote for a Conservative government run by one of former premier Harris’ key caucus members, Tim Hudak. It is equally troubling that Hudak’s wife (Hutton) sat in the room with Harris on the very day that the order was given by Harris to the OPP.
So there is where we are. A big decision is about to be made Federally. Although the choice is much more obvious here in Ontario.
Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan and First Nations leaders, who converged on the village to take a first hand look at the damage, said a helicopter trip up the Kingcome River Valley was startling.
"Right at the glacier is an obvious unravelling of the slopes," said Duncan, who announced financial help adding up to $770,000 and said a key part of the recovery plan will be a full hydrological assessment of the valley.
"I was expecting to see a significant event. What I wasn't expecting was to follow mud all the way to the headwaters and major, significant issues at the head of the glacier," said Duncan, adding that there will be no quick fix.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said the situation up the valley means the community will remain vulnerable.
"It has been severely impacted by decades of clearcut logging and, at the head of the glacier, I saw a torrent of mud and debris," he said.
Increased monitoring will be necessary once residents return to the village and one of the priorities will be ensuring the helicopter pad is usable at all times, Duncan said.
Helicopters provided the only way out for about 120 residents when water quickly rose up to four metres in parts of the village.
Wayne Goodridge, a pilot for West Coast Helicopters, the first to fly in amid the flooding, said water was rising so fast it was uncertain whether the helipad behind the school would remain usable.
"It was up to almost the top of the helipad — almost 15 feet. If it had gone on any longer we would have been plucking them off the rooftops," he said.
Apart from a handful of members of the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation who stayed when the water rose, most are now evacuated to Alert Bay, where residents are staying with friends and relatives.
In Kingcome Inlet, porches and steps have been knocked off homes, which are built on stilts to withstand regular, smaller floods. Mud fills crawl spaces and propane tanks lie at drunken angles.
Even though many electric meters were underwater, power has stayed on and Tuesday, as assessors and electrician pored over wiring and looked at other safety issues, Duncan said repair work could start on many of the homes. "The sooner we can get people back in the community the better we will be.
Band council chairman Joe Willie said that although people are anxious to get home, he is not yet sure it is safe.
Willie said he is pleased with support being offered by the federal government, but the immediate offer of $100,000 for assessments and social services help and $20,000 per house is not likely to go far. "We are an isolated place and it costs a lot of money just to get materials in," he said. "Only one barge has agreed to come up the river. The rest wouldn't risk coming up the river."
Although the river level has dropped, debris has collected in different areas, creating hazards for boats. The small boats travelling the muddy river take passengers to an open area of Broughton Archipelago to get on a larger vessel.
The federal government is investigating building a road into the area and about $900,000 has been spent on engineering costs, Duncan said.
Others would like to see logging companies, which have taken so much out of the area, help pay for some of the flood costs. Dave Darwin, who looks after Kingcome Inlet's power, said the valley bottom was first stripped of all its old growth trees and then logging companies clearcut beside the main river and the tributaries. The river can no longer meander as it used to, he said.
"Maybe we can get some environmental group to finance a lawsuit," he said.
Chief Bob Chamberlin, Musgamagw-Tswataineuk Tribal Council chairman, said the provincial government has some responsibility because it oversees forestry. "The provincial government has enjoyed unlimited revenue from this place with no return to the First Nation that holds title. I think that would be an interesting conversation," he said.
However, the immediate concern has to be those driven from their homes, Chamberlin said. "It has been 17 days now and every day we wait it's going to get worse," he said. "There are 30 children displaced from their homes and their community and we need to make proper plans."
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