Wednesday, November 17, 2010

STSSA Friends & Family Indigenous Issues 11/17/2010

from the Eagle Watch #88

French owned Areva has its operatives up in Nunavut trying to bedazzle and baffle the Inuit with coffee, donuts and door prizes.  Areva tells them everything we know about nuclear is wrong and outdated.  Meanwhile, in New Mexico, the Navahoe are still waiting for compensation over the Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill 31 years ago.  And in Niger, Areva employees kidnapped in September are still missing.  People there know just how badly Areva treats people in the here and now with its uranium mining operations.

If you have contacts in the north, they really need to get the facts.


Areva answers questions

Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, November 10, 2010
RANKIN INLET/KIVALLIQ - Areva Resources Canada began its most recent Kivalliq tour of open houses to answer questions about its Kiggavik uranium project near Baker Lake this past week.

Areva vice-president of safety, health environment and quality Dale Huffman dipslays a cup that was once made with radioactive material for the simple reason it was yellow during an open house in Rankin Inlet in November of 2010. - Darrell Greer/NNSL photo

The tour began in Baker and continued on to Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet and Repulse Bay.

After concluding in Repulse today, it will head to Coral Harbour, Whale Cove and Arviat.

A steady stream of people moved in and out of the community hall in Rankin to view a number of presentations and displays, as well as ask questions of a number of Areva personnel present for the event.

Areva vice-president of safety, health, environment and quality Dale Huffman said misconceptions still exist about radiation.

Huffman said people often talk about the uranium past, not the uranium present. He said radioactivity is, generally, something people don't understand.

"We've been trying to bring more information, tools and props to show people what radiation looks like," said Huffman.

"People fear radiation because they can't see it and don't understand how it works. We have instruments that can measure radiation and when you can measure something, you can manage it. That's something the uranium industry has become very good at over the years."

Huffman said many opinions on radioactivity and environmental issues have been formed based on practices of the 1920s to the 1950s.

He said the industry has learned from its past and is substantially better now.

"Radiation protection is actually quite a success story in terms of where it's come from and where's it at now. There were very high exposures to radon gas in the past, but that's all changed now.

"Our standards and measurement techniques are vastly improved. In modern uranium mines, there are no observable lung cancers above what would be seen in the general population and that's quite a success."

Huffman said if the Kiggavik project goes ahead, waste will be put into a tailings pit, and Areva will have to demonstrate over the long term that there will be no effects from that material.

He said the tailings are a manufactured product, not just waste.

"The waste is mixed with a collection of waste produced from the mill circuits that actually dilute the material.

"Yes, we are putting our waste back into a hole and covering it with dirt, but we have to make that material stable and, to get approval for the project, we have to demonstrate in advance that it will be safe to the environment.

"We also have to have a decommissioning plan in place on how to close the place down, and mitigative measures are generally in place to test the assumptions and science we advocate during the environmental assessment. So, as we go through time, things get increasingly certain."

Rankin Inlet economic development officer Damian MacInnis said the meetings were informative.

He said the material and information on display at the event showed people the Kiggavik project is not all about negative impacts.

"There would be a lot of areas positively impacted if this project goes ahead," said MacInnis.

"We hear a lot from groups in the south trying to push the negative side of uranium mining, but it's been proven to me there's a lot more positive than negative.

"I've listened to both sides and unless someone shows me something I'm not aware of, I'm fully in support of the project going ahead."

Luis Manza is the director of lands for the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA).

Manza said the Rankin meetings went well and he's impressed by the measures Areva takes to get information out to Inuit beneficiaries.

He said Areva is doing more than expected in giving everyone a chance to consult and have their concerns heard.

"Areva has been very consistent in getting information out, and it will be meeting with the KIA to address the labour force, so it was a very positive event," said Manza.

"This is a very strong company with deep pockets, and when it says it's going to do something, from what I've seen, it follows through.

"When a beneficiary had a question, they made sure they understood exactly what was being asked before responding to it.

"And they brought radiation technologists to show people, in a very clinical way, how radiation works and is monitored at a mine site, and how the decommissioning of a mine and its waste material has been carefully developed from an engineering point of view."
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November 5th, 2010 - From Baker Lake to Rankin Inlet
author: AREVA-admin
The Kiggavik Project team has spent the last week in the Kivalliq region conducting open houses. So far, we have been to Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet to meet with local people. The intent of the open houses are to provide information on the Kiggavik Project, answer questions, and importantly, gather feedback from the public. This feedback is very important to us and we will use the information in our Environmental Impact Statement.

Never been to an open house and not sure what to expect?

Our open house is a "come and go" format.  We have posters setup around a gym with nearly ten staff on hand, a Saskatchewan Elder, and a translator who will all help guide you through the project.  Our staff includes technical experts on project design, radiation, environment, and wildlife.  We are all here to answer your questions and provide you with more information on the project.  Many of these conversations occur over  coffee and snacks that are provided.

When we have a good crowd of people, we do an overview presentation and explain AREVA's commitments to the environment, safety, wildlife, and society.  After each presentation we draw for door prizes!

Radiation Education is Popular

In our past consultations, we have been asked to talk more about radiation.  We listened, and this tour, we brought along some of our radiation experts, Kristine and Dale.

They do an interesting and effective demonstration on radiation.  We took a video of the demonstration and will post it sometime soon.  We are also showing a new video on radiation, which you can view here.

Come and talk!

We have more open houses planned in the next week.  We are flying to Chesterfield Inlet today.  Click here for the full schedule.  If you can't make it, please take the time to ask questions here on the blog. We just launched a new survey to get your feedback on a number of important factors.  Click here to fill out the survey.
Newest turn in shooting: Carver's knife found shut
Seattle, Washington State - .....The knife's condition, combined with evidence that Williams was shot in the side, played a role in a preliminary determination by the Police Department's Firearms Review Board and Chief John Diaz that the shooting was not justified, said one law-enforcement source......
Source: Knife Was Found Closed After Seattle Police Fatally Shot Woodcarver
By Deborah Horne - Nov. 09, 2010
The knife held by Native American woodcarver John T. Williams was closed when it was found following his fatal shooting at the hands of Seattle police (officer Ian Birk), last summer, a police source has told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News......
Rethinking Columbus: Expanded Second Edition! The Next 500 Years
By Bill Bigelow & Bob Peterson

Why rethink Christopher Columbus?

Students at Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon, commemorated the 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the Americas by launching a school-wide "discovery." They invaded other classrooms, stole teachers' purses, and claimed them as theirs. Adapting a lesson described in the first edition of Rethinking Columbus (p. 17 in this edition), students emptied a purse in front of a teacher and her class, then remarked on its contents: "This sure is good gum, think I'll have a piece ... or two; you all know this is my purse, 'cause this is just my shade of lipstick." Kids in the assaulted classrooms figured out what was going on only when the invaders compared their "discovery" to Columbus's "discovery." The high-school students, with advance permission from other teachers, led discussions and described Columbus's policies toward the Taíno Indians on Hispaniola. They concluded by offering black armbands to students as a way to demonstrate solidarity with Native Americans' 500 years of resistance.
Just two years before, in October of 1990, theChicago Tribune had promised that the Columbus Quincentenary would be the "most stupendous international celebration in the history of notable celebrations." The Portland students' "Discovery Day" is not what the Tribune had in mind.
Prompted by widespread Native American activism leading up to the Quincentenary, educators throughout the Americas re-evaluated the social and ecological consequences of the Europeans' arrival in 1492. Teacher unions, community groups, social justice organizations, universities, and school districts initiated workshops and teach-ins. New curricula, videos and children's books appeared. In 1991, Rethinking Schools published the first edition of Rethinking Columbus, which subsequently went through seven printings and sold 225,000 copies. We were pleased to be a part of a movement to question a myth that dismissed the very humanity of entire peoples. We believe this critical work by so many has made a profound impact in schools.
But we have a long way to go. Too many children's books, textbooks, and curricula continue to tout the traditional Columbus myth. For many youngsters, the "discovery of America" is their first curricular exposure to the encounter between two cultures and to the encounter between two races.
The "Columbus-as-Discoverer" myth teaches children whose voices to listen for as they go out into the world - and whose to ignore. Pick up a typical children's book on Columbus: See Chris; see Chris talk; see Chris grow up, have ideas, have feelings; see Chris plant the flag... In these volumes, native peoples of the Caribbean, the "discovered," are portrayed without thoughts or feelings. And thus children begin a scholastic voyage that encourages them to disregard the perspectives, the lives, of people of color. Both the words and images of the Columbus myth implicitly tell children that it is acceptable for one group of heavily-armed, white people from a "civilized" country to claim and control the lands of distant non-white others.
During the Quincentenary, a more "balanced" approach to European/Native American conflict also emerged. According to a Library of Congress-produced curriculum that exemplified this seemingly neutral inquiry, "The story of the Americas, more than any other area of the world, is the story of peoples and cultures coming together," resulting in"a cultural mixture." This newer framework suggested that world history since 1492 has been a series of trades and trade-offs. "They" gave "us" the potato, corn, and a great deal of gold. "We" gave "them" the horse, sugar, and, regrettably, germs. This process planted "seeds of change," in the words of the Smithsonian Institution. While offering important insights, this approach failed to address questions of the origins of racism, economic exploitation, and resistance.
In this new edition of Rethinking Columbus, we try to offer an alternative narrative. Our goal is not to idealize native people, demonize Europeans, or present a depressing litany of victimization. We hope to encourage a deeper understanding of the European invasion's consequences, to honor the rich legacy of resistance to the injustices it created, to convey some appreciation for the diverse indigenous cultures of the hemisphere, and to reflect on what this all means for us today.
We have tried to provide a forum for native people to tell some of their side of the encounter - through interviews, poetry, analysis, and stories. The point is not to present "two sides," but to tell parts of the story that have been mostly neglected.
It would be nice to think that the biases in the curriculum disappear after Columbus. But the Columbus myth is only the beginning of a winners' history that profoundly neglects the lives and perspectives of many "others": people of color, women, working-class people, the poor.

Columbus's Legacy

Columbus is dead but his legacy is not. In 1492, Columbus predicted, "Considering the beauty of the land, it could not be but that there was gain to be got." From the poisonous chemical dumps and mining projects that threaten groundwater, to oil spills on the coastal shorelines to the massive clearcutting of old-growth forests, Columbus's exploitative spirit lives on.
Likewise, the slave system Columbus introduced to this hemisphere was ultimately overthrown, but not the calculus that weighs human lives in terms of private profit - of the "gain to be got."
We've featured essays and interviews that underscore contemporary resistance to the spirit of Columbus. We believe that children need to know that while injustice persists, so does the struggle for humanity and the environment.
In a very real sense, most of us are living on stolen land. However, this knowledge must not be used to make white children feel guilty. There is nothing students can do to change history. And they should not feel responsible for what others did before they were born. However, we hope the materials inRethinking Columbus will help you teach that people of all backgrounds do have a responsibility to learn from history. We can choose whether to reverse the legacy of injustice or continue it. This is one reason that we've made special efforts in this edition to highlight people who have chosen to stand for justice.
We hope that these materials will also help students to discover new ways of understanding relationships between society and nature. Even the very words used by different cultures to describe the natural world are suggestive: compare the West's "environment" - something which surrounds us - to native peoples' "Mother Earth" - she who gives us life. Native views of the earth challenge students to locate new worlds of ecological hope.
Through critiquing traditional history and imagining alternatives, students can begin to discover the excitement that comes from asserting oneself morally and intellectually - refusing to be passive consumers of official stories. This is as true for 4th graders as it is for juniors in high school. Students can continue to renew and deepen this personal awakening as they seek out other curricular silences and sources of knowledge.
As the scholar Edward Said noted, "Nations are narratives." For too many, this country has been a narrative that started with the myth of Columbus. It's time to hear other voices. We offer this second edition of Rethinking Columbus as our contribution to a many-sided and ongoing discussion about the future.
Rethinking Columbus is divided into eleven main sections. Click on the section heading to jump directly to that section below. Links lead to the full text of selected articles.
Click here to go back to the Rethinking Columbus home page, or here to view the .pdf version of the RC Table of Contents.
Elementary School Issues
Rethinking Thanksgiving
The Trial (The People vs Columbus, et al.)
The Taínos
Secondary School Issues
Contemporary Struggles
Environmental Issues
Final Words


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 Housmans Book Lecture, London
Management Research Associates
Daytona Beach, Florida      Vancouver, B.C.
For Immediate Release
Housmans of London Announces
Book Lecture by Defrocked Canadian Minister
London, November 12, 2010 –  Housmans, the major independent bookstore in King's
Cross, London, has announced a lecture, film and book signing by Reverend Kevin
Annett, author of “Unrepentant: Disrobing The Emperor,” published in the UK by
John Hunt Publishing (O-books imprint). The event will take place early in the
new year, tentatively set for February 23, following the book's January release.
Reverend Annett, fired and defrocked by the United Church of Canada 15 years
ago, has waged a singlehanded campaign for justice for indigenous people
following his revelations of what he terms “the Canadian genocide” perpetrated
by the three major church organizations in 141 “residential schools,” with the
complicity of the Canadian government  for 140 years. A similar history of abuse
and atrocity has been experienced in the United States.
Annett's activity has been instrumental although unacknowledged  in a tepid
Canadian government “apology” to the victims and survivors of the “schools.” He
has issued summonses, on behalf of the International Tribunal Into the Crimes of
Church and State (ITCCS) convening in London in 2011, addressed to Queen
Elizabeth and Pope Joseph Ratzinger. Last April he performed an exorcism rite in
St. Peter's Square, which was followed 12 hours later by a tornado – almost
unprecedented in that time and place –  which devastated central Rome and the
Reverend Annett, a radio talk show host and unpaid skid row minister, has
written and produced the film, “Unrepentant," which won “Best Director” at the
New York Independent Film Festival in 2006, followed by the award in the
following year of “Best Foreign Film” at the Los Angeles Independent Film
Festival, and in 2009 by “Best Feature Film” award at the Canadian Native Film
Festival in Edmonton.
Although he has lectured at universities from McGill to Berkeley and from the
University of Chicago to Boston College, and to humanist, native and community
groups in North America, he has met with far greater public and media
recognition and acceptance during his four European film and lecture tours in 16
cities in eight countries. His film has been translated into Italian, French and
German, in the latter case having been broadcast to millions of Central European
viewers, as well as on the BBC.
In North America by comparison, his work has been met with monumental media
indifference. While recent church abuse worldwide has attracted modest media
attention, an interviewer from “60-Minutes” explains the difference: “Whenever
we run any program involving Indians, our viewership falls to near-zero.” The
Irish child victims, by contrast, have white faces.
On September 27 he delivered a lecture to the Philosophical Society at
University College of Cork, one of the oldest and largest academic societies in
Europe. In the ensuing debate, where he supported the affirmative, resolving
“that the Pope is not immune from arrest or fallibility,” Reverend Annett was
declared the winner by the 500 Society members attending. His opponent was the
Papal Nuncio of Ireland.
Rarely in history has a single man stood alone against such formidable
adversaries, solely because of his insistence on the truth and justice for the
powerless. “Disrobing The Emperor” is the story of one man's fight for truth,
but in a broader sense, it points hopefully toward a better world for all
nations and their indigenous people.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE "TAKE ACTION" button then on the "PARTICIPATE" button it will take you directly to a site where you only have to type in your name and email address only and a form letter - - that you can modify -- will be sent directly to KROGER's CEO and Customer Service Division.  PLEASE TAKE ACTION! It will only take a minute of your time!
 Giumarra calls workers "Stupid Indians"

"Stupid Indians" ... "Indians are of no use" ...
"Indians don't understand anything or how to do anything" 
These are the kind of insults, from supervisors, made to indigenous workers at Giumarra Vineyards. And you can imagine the treatment that goes along with this attitude. Please read the below alert and then take action.
In January we reported that a young woman, 17 years old, was harassed sexually by a co-worker at Giumarra. She complained to the company about the unwanted sexual advances, and the company did something.
When she and fellow workers complained, they were fired.

These workers are all members of indigenous groups from Mexico. In a lawsuit filed by the former Giumarra employees who are Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, they claim they were the targets of abuse, insults, and discrimination by Giumarra supervisors just because they are indigenous. 

The Kroger grocery chain is one of Giumarra's biggest customers. Giumarra may not care what you think, but Kroger's will. Kroger has the power to get Giumarra to clean up its act. Tell Kroger's that you, as a customer, will not accept this treatment of the workers who tend and pick the produce that we eat. Tell them to use their power to promote the social responsibility they say they believe in.

Indigenous farm workers are doubly vulnerable. Anti-immigrant sentiment leads to serious discrimination. And they face additional cultural and linguistic barriers because they are indigenous peoples.
Take a stand for indigenous rights. Tell Kroger to do the right thing.

 * The Krogers grocery chain includes Ralphs, Food for Less, Fred Meyer, QFC, Frys, Baker's, City Market, Dillions, Foods Co, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC Stores, King Soopers, Owen's Market, Scotts Food & Pharmacy, Smiths Food & Drug, Smith's Marketplace, Turkey Hill, and more.
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Feel free to erase my information and add your own...Dear Mayor Smith,

I am writing this letter concerning the impeding destruction of a sacred Native American site for the proposed Sports Complex. I am writing this letter on behalf of the Strong Heart Preservation Movement in Jacksonville, Alabama. I am the Co-director of this group and our work involves educating the public on the important of cultural preservation. My husband and I are both teachers who realize the importance of the human-nature connection. This connection defines us as human beings as well as identifies our interconnectedness to all life. Our prehistoric ancestors honored our connection to nature and all life, which is exemplified through sacred sites such as located in Oxford, Alabama. Modernity and economic development threaten this connection and convolutes our identities as human beings. It is up to all of us to act as a social and moral conscience to protect these sacred sites so that we preserve our identities as human beings. We learn from the past so that the present and future are better. We must think of our children and their children’s children. We have to set the positive examples now so that these sacred sites are more than a picture in a book, but very real and intact. These sacred sites are important to all of us, of all cultures and ethnicities, because they do signify our identities as human beings and define our cultures as well as exemplify and honor our spiritual essence. We can do it, and we will do anything possible to ensure that this sacred site is not further destroyed. The past must be preserved so that, in the future, our children are not lost and suffering. I thank you for your time.

Cora Dunaway
Co-Director Strong Heart Preservation Movement
League of Indian Nations of North America Counselor
City of Oxford and Core of Engineers Contact Info....Here is a list of Contacts concerning the site in Oxford, Alabama. Thanks for all your support!

Leon Smith, Mayor
City of Oxford, Alabama
Attention: Mayor Lean Smith
145 Hamric Drive East, P.O. Box 3383
Oxford, Alabama 36203;
2. Phil Gardner, Councilman Place 1
Home Phone: 256-831-9518
City of Oxford, Alabama
145 Hamric Drive East, P.O. Box 3383
Oxford, Alabama 36203
3. June Land Reaves, Councilwoman Place 2
Home Phone: 835-0714
City of Oxford, Alabama
145 Hamric Drive East, P.O. Box 3383
Oxford, Alabama 36203
4. Mitch Key, Councilman Place 3
Home Phone: 831-8968 
City of Oxford, Alabama
145 Hamric Drive East, P.O. Box 3383
Oxford, Alabama 36203
5. Chris Spurlin, Councilman Place 4
Council President
Home Phone: 835-1323 
City of Oxford, Alabama
145 Hamric Drive East, P.O. Box 3383
Oxford, Alabama 36203
6. Steven Waits, Councilman Place 5
Home Phone: 831-8105 
City of Oxford, Alabama
145 Hamric Drive East, P.O. Box 3383
Oxford, Alabama 36203
7. Mr. Patrick Robbins
Department of the Army
Mobile District, Corps of Engineers
Attention: CESAM-DX
Post Office Box 2288
Mobile, Alabama 36628-0001
(251) 690-2512 subject line: Concerning Sports Complex in Oxford, Alabama
NIEA Director of Policy - Job OpeningPosted by: "Christina Rose" NIEA Job Opening - Director of Policy

Immediately Available - Open Until Filled

The National Indian Education Association is seeking resumes from highly motivated individuals to work on a full time basis as the Director of Policy who will lead NIEA’s educational policy efforts and manage an education grant presently held by the organization.

Position Summary
The Director of Policy position will be responsible for managing a NIEA grant and ensuring the goals of this grant are being met. The position will also focus on furthering NIEA’s mission through effective educational research and national policy advancement. The position supervises a Policy and Research Associate and interns recruited to support the policy team’s efforts. The position reports directly to the Executive Director.

A key role of this position is to create connections between research and policy, to monitor and analyze existing research trends, and to suggest and develop future research needed to improve educational outcomes for Native children. 

Essential functions of the position include: manage the daily operations of a NIEA grant and NIEA’s high school policy agenda; collaborate with taskforce members, educational leaders, federal, state and local educational partners, tribal leaders, and other partners to advance the grant and NIEA’s broader policy and educational mission; develop briefing papers, talking points and policy materials and work with other staff to communicate this information to appropriate audiences; attend, advocate and provide training on NIEA’s educational policies at meetings, conferences, workshops, and forums; assist in developing NIEA’s research agenda and building a strategic plan to accomplish it; supervise the Policy and Research Associate and assist in achieving the goals of the grant and the educational and policy goals of the agency; work closely with NIEA Executive Director and other members of the NIEA team to advance NIEA’s educational and policy objectives; build strategic relat! ionships with researchers, legislative staffers, federal, state and tribal educators to achieve the policy goals of the organization. 


Master’s degree required, Ph.D. in education or related field preferred. Emphasis on Native education policy issues preferred.

Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in public policy, government relations, research, and Indian and/or Native education desired.

Knowledge, commitment, and at least 7-10 years experience in Native education across the p-20 spectrum, including experience addressing high school issues and driving and implementing education reform, especially for Native children.

Familiarity and experience preparing policy instruments and communicating with policymakers and other strategic partners to improve the education of Native children.

Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

Creative problem solving and organizational skills.

Ability and proven track record of successfully working as a part of a team.

Ability and proven track record of designing assessment and measurement tools to measure the impact of policy changes adopted and implemented.

Ability to create and maintain relationships with strategic partners and to build and monitor a database of research policy issues.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and should have significant experience with contact database management. Website writing and HTML experience is a plus. 


Lower end of salary range is $65,000 per year, upper end of salary range is dependent upon qualifications, experience, and budget. Competitive benefits provided.

Contact Information

NIEA will be accepting resumes and writing samples (3-5 pages) from qualified applicants. Please complete the attached application (see below) and send with cover letter, resume, writing samples and the names of three references who are familiar with your ability to accomplish the requirements of the present position or fax them to 202-544-7290, attn: Nancy Dewire.

Click here for the Director of Policy employment application. 
Celebrating Veterans; Tax Assistance and the New College Resources CenterCherokeeLink Newsletter
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The Cherokee Nation honored our country’s veterans and celebrated the pending construction of a new veterans center at the tribal complex south of Tahlequah, OK. last Wednesday. The Cherokee Nation is asking for your help in the search for Cherokee "code talkers". Read the details here:

To see photographs of the Veterans Day ceremony, view the slide show in the "Check It Out" section of

Cherokee Nation volunteers will once again be donating their time and expertise to file federal and state income tax returns for those earning less than $50,000 annually and living within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county jurisdiction. To learn more, read the entire story here:

The newly-redesigned Cherokee Nation College Resources Center is open in the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex near Tahlequah, offering assistance to qualified college-bound students in many different areas ranging from scholarships to college and university information in general. You can learn more here:


Wado! (Thank you)
Cherokee Nation
P.O.Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465
918 453-5000

***Cherokee Nation News***
Newly Approved Trust Land Slated for Economic Development: 11/10/2010 7:57:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation is pleased to report that the Department of the Interior announced today that the Cherokee Nation is “eligible to conduct gaming activities on newly acquired trust lands.”  This land is located at the intersection of Highway 62 and Highway 82 south of Tahlequah.  Below are comments from Principal Chief Smith and CNB Chief Executive Officer David Stewart.

Cherokee Nation Marshal Service Loses Beloved K-9 Officer: 11/10/2010 9:37:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service lost a devoted K-9 officer recently. Ringo, a Belgian Shepherd, was a nine year veteran of the service. He was humanely euthanized last week following a ruptured tumor.

Cherokee Nation Announces Holiday Closures: 11/9/2010 4:39:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation is announcing scheduled closures at tribal offices during the upcoming holiday season.

Cherokee Nation Fills Medical Director Slot at Health Center: 11/8/2010 9:18:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation has announced the new medical director for its Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw. Dr. James David Busby of Alma, Ark., will serve as medical director for the health center, which provides more than 70,000 patient visits each year. Busby is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and is a board-certified physician who has practiced both family and emergency medicine.

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The holocaust of the forced Cherokee Removals were not just a product of the Ross and Treaty Party factions.  There were at least half a dozen political factions within the old Cherokee Nation, and most were guided by outside interests.
AIM International Conference in San Francisco Nov 22-26, 2010Contact: Antonio Gonzales
AIM-WEST hosts 42nd Anniversary of American Indian Movement 
AIM-WEST will be host to the American Indian Movement (AIM) International Conference, celebrating its 42nd anniversary in San Francisco, November 22-26, 2010. 

The conference is being held at San Francisco City College, 1125 Valencia Street, Mission Campus (and 22nd St. near 24th St. BART station).

The theme for this year’s annual gathering of AIMsters is “Climate Change Affects All Our Relations”. The conference will focus on Land, Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Indigenous peoples. Last year at the annual conference Mr. Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of national AIM, proclaimed an international conference be held in an effort to re-energize communities, strengthening chapters and affiliates, and for unity and coordination of strategies including the release of Leonard Peltier, held in prison 34 years today. 

This year’s annual conference is an opportunity for friends of AIM to join in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and Pacific region, to share related issues of concern for Mother Earth and All our Relations, develop strategic plans, alliances and networking together. Among the highlights, or focus of the conference addressed include 
Climate Change, 
Green Economy Conversion for Sustainable Futures, 
Food Sovereignty and Security, 
Impact due to Mining and Mineral Extraction, 
Sacred Sites and Religious Freedom, 
Health and Obesity and Diabetes, 
Institutional Racism, 
Youth Gang Prevention and Cultural Healing, 
Political Prisoners and Leonard Peltier, 
BIA and Federal Tribal Disenrollment,
Treaties and Agreements, 
and the 
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

The program begins at 12 noon until 6pm at the Bahai Center, 170 Valencia St. in San Francisco with ceremony and blessing, dance performances, special guests, and national AIM speaker Clyde Bellecourt. 

The week’s schedule of activities will be posted on website; 

The AIM conference is webcast daily on;
Canada accepts indigenous rights document
OTTAWA, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Canada has endorsed a U.N. declaration on the human rights of indigenous peoples, reversing its earlier opposition. 

The non-binding U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognizes rights including self-determination, language, equality and land. 

Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States voted against the declaration when it was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007. Australia and New Zealand have since reversed course, and the Americans now say they will review their stance. 

Canada had expressed concerns about provisions on land and natural resources, saying they were overly broad and could reopen previously settled land claims, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. 

In March, the government said it wanted to "take steps to endorse this inspirational document in a manner fully consistent with Canada's constitution and laws." 

But on Friday, the government released a statement saying: "After careful and thoughtful consideration, Canada has concluded that it is better to endorse the UNDRIP while explaining its concerns, rather than simply rejecting the overall document." 

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo praised the announcement.

Posted By: TjMaxx Henhawk

To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights

 THE REAL STORY OF THANKSGIVINGby Susan Bates Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast.  And that did happen - once. The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to  England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped.  By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language.  He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags. But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest.  But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.  In 1637 near present day  Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside.  Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared "A Day Of Thanksgiving" because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered. Cheered by their "victory", the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered.  Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.   Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now  Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of "thanksgiving" to celebrate victory over the heathen savages.  During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls.  Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts -- where it remained on display for 24 years.   The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War -- on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota. This story doesn't have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast.  But we need to learn our true history so it won't ever be repeated.  Next  Thanksgiving, when you gather with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, think about those people who only wanted to live their lives and raise their families.  They, also took time out to say "thank you" to Creator for all their blessings. Our Thanks to Hill & Holler Column by Susan Bates

From the Eagle Watch #92

Here's one of those legalistic kind of articles that reveals some pretty devious manoevres.  That is why we seriously doubt that the Canadian courts are a venue for resolving Indigenous issues.  The Crown which never had any honour in the first place will do whatever it takes to slip out of its responsibilities.  Look how they address the matter of "duty to consult"!

Canada: Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council: Administrative Tribunals have Jurisdiction to Assess Adequacy of Crown Consultation
04 November 2010
Article by Shawn M. Munro  and E. Bruce Mellett
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The Supreme Court of Canada released its unanimous decision in Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 2010 SCC 43 providing guidance in three areas related to the issue of consultation with First Nation, and the role of regulatory tribunals in assessing the adequacy of such consultation.

First, the Court provides some clarification on the circumstances when the duty to consult will be triggered. Second, the decision addresses the role of statutory tribunals in the assessment of consultation. Finally, the Court rules that in this specific case, the circumstances were such that the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) was not unreasonable in determining that the approval of the Purchase Agreement did not give rise to a potential adverse impact on First Nation's interests such as to trigger the duty to consult.

In 2006, Alcan announced plans to modernize and expand its smelter at Kitimat, B.C., which was powered via a large water diversion project. The Modernization Project depended on the successful conclusion of a power sale agreement with British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority. In 2007, B.C. Hydro entered in an Energy Purchase Agreement (EPA) under which it would buy Alcan's surplus electricity. Under s. 71 of the Utilities Commission Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 473, the EPA required the approval of the BCUC, a quasi-judicial tribunal with the power to decide questions of law. The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council intervened on the issue of consultation. The Tribal Council had asserted its interest in the subject water and related resources in an action for Aboriginal title and in the treaty process. On reconsideration, the BCUC found that the EPA would not affect the volume, timing or source of water flows, nor the volumes released. It dismissed the motion for reconsideration and subsequently approved the EPA. Having granted leave to appeal, the British Columbia Court of Appeal allowed the Tribal Council's appeal.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the BCUC had an obligation, arising from the honour of the Crown, to determine whether the duty to consult had been discharged in the context of accepting the EPA. It held that the BCUC had this obligation based on its jurisdiction to decide questions of law, which it presumed extended to questions of constitutional law. The Court of Appeal also referred to the public interest component of the BCUC's jurisdiction, questioning how a contract alleged to be in breach of a constitutional duty could be in the public interest. As such, this was an additional basis upon which to find that the existence and extent of a Crown duty to consult should form part of the public interest inquiry.

Refining the Duty to Consult
The Supreme Court decision reiterates the three criteria which give rise to a duty to consult. First, there must be Crown knowledge, actual or constructive, of a potential Aboriginal claim or right. Second, there must be contemplated Crown conduct. Third, that conduct must give rise to the potential that it may adversely affect an Aboriginal claim or right. On this latter point, the Court explained that a claimant must show a causal relationship between the proposed government conduct or decision, and the potential for adverse impacts on pending Aboriginal claims or rights. It commented that past wrongs, including previous or continuing breaches of the duty to consult, do not suffice to create this relationship, nor do what the Court described as "mere speculative impacts".

The Court went on to comment that adverse impacts extend to any effect that may prejudice a pending Aboriginal claim or right. This may include "high level management decisions or structural changes to the resource's management [which] may also adversely affect Aboriginal claims or rights even if these decisions have no immediate impact on the lands and resources". For example, a contract that transfers power over a resource from the Crown to a private party "may remove or reduce the Crown's power to ensure that the resource is developed in a way that respects Aboriginal interests in accordance with the honour of the Crown".

The decision suggests, therefore, that proposed government conduct or decision, which impacts the Crown's ability to ensure that a resource is developed in a way respectful of Aboriginal interests and in accordance with the honour of the Crown, will give rise to a potential consultation obligation.

In arriving at this explanation, however, the Court rejected a broader approach suggested by respondents on the case, whereby a government decision, however inconsequential, suffices to create a duty to consult because it is part of a larger project. Referring to its previous decision in Haida Nation, the Court concluded "it confines the duty to consult to adverse impacts flowing from the specific Crown proposal at issue – not to larger adverse impacts of the project of which it is a part. The subject of the consultation is the impact on the claimed rights of the current decision under consideration".

Thus, an order compelling consultation will only be appropriate where the proposed Crown conduct, either immediately or prospectively, may adversely impact established or claimed rights. Speculative impacts, or a decision which does not reduce or remove the power of the Crown to ensure that a resource is developed in accordance with the honour of the Crown, will likely not suffice to trigger the duty to consult.

Role of Tribunals
On the issue of the place of government tribunals in consultation, the Supreme Court noted that in this case, the BCUC was not engaged in consultation, but was rather reviewing whether the Crown had discharged its duty to consult. The Court found that the legislature may choose to delegate the Crown's duty to consult to a tribunal. It was argued before the Court that every tribunal with the jurisdiction to consider questions of law has a constitutional duty to consider whether adequate consultation has taken place, and if not, to fulfill that duty itself. The Supreme Court rejected this argument, affirming that a tribunal has only those powers which are expressly or impliedly conferred on it by statute, and for a tribunal to enter into consultations with a First Nation, such express or implied statutory authority must exist. The matter of the options available to a tribunal in the event that it found inadequate consultation for a project otherwise in the public interest was not fully at issue, and the Court did not provide specific direction on this point. The decision does suggest that if the statutory powers of the tribunal do not give rise to effective remedial powers, parties will need to pursue consultation issues in the courts.

With respect to the much-awaited determination regarding the role of tribunals in assessing the duty to consult, the Supreme Court found that the BCUC's power to decide questions of law implied the power to decide constitutional issues properly before it. The Supreme Court found that the BCUC was empowered to assess the adequacy of consultation, notwithstanding that B.C. legislation expressly provided that the BCUC does not have jurisdiction over "constitutional questions", defined as questions challenging the validity or applicability of a law or being a claim for a constitutional remedy under s. 24 of the Charter or s. 52 of the Constitution Act, 1982. In the specific case, the power to consider the adequacy of consultation appears to derive at least in part from the public interest component of the decision being made.

The Supreme Court's determination raises interesting questions in relation to regulatory tribunals in Alberta. Under the Designation of Constitutional Decision Makers Regulation, the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Energy Resources Conservation Board, among others, are authorized to consider "all questions of constitutional law". The Supreme Court's decision confirms that such tribunals are empowered to rule on the adequacy of aboriginal consultation by the Crown, where such issues properly arise in applications before those tribunals.

While the impact of the Rio Tinto decision will take time to fully assess, there are arguably three clear points which emerge from the ruling.

First, not every government decision or conduct which touches a resource project will necessarily trigger the duty to consult. Speculative impacts, or decisions which do not impair the Crown's ability to ensure development in accordance with the honour of the Crown, may not attract the duty.

Second, tribunals authorized to determine questions of law have the power to assess consultation where the issue is properly before it, absent a statutory provision to the contrary. A public interest component to the decision in question may be sufficient to empower the tribunal to entertain such issues.

Third, if the tribunal does not have effective powers to remedy a consultation breach, or the issue is effectively divided among a number of bodies, a claimant may need to resort to the courts to address consultation issues.

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Case comment - Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
Miller Thomson LLP Sarah Hansen and Chantelle Rajotte Canada

November 3 2010
 .On Thursday, October 28, 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, overturning the British Columbia Court of Appeal and confirming the decision of the British Columbia Utilities Commission (the “Commission”) approving the 2007 Energy Purchase Agreement entered into by Alcan and BC Hydro (the “2007 EPA”).

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Esoteric no more

 Why is this symbol on the American dollar bill? Where does it originate and what does it mean? In the Secret Covenant of the Bloodline, they state “The truth will be hidden in their face, so close they will not be able to focus on it until its too late.”  This symbol originates in Germany and was the original  corporate logo of the Bavarian Illuminati, started by Adam Weishaupt  as the private coven for Nathan Rothschild. The Latin annuit coeptus means “our venture is a success” and novus ordo seclorum means new world order. On the bottom of the pyramid is the date 1776, the year they took over worldwide freemasonry by adding the 33rd degree. The light represents Lucifer, their true god. For a modern example check Canadian Bernjamin Fulford’s story
In 1917 the Rothschilds had the Balfour declaration drawn up which stated they would bring America into World War 1 if England guaranteed to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Two weeks later America entered the war on the British side and two weeks after that, the first boat load of Jewish immigrants landed on the shores of Palestine. They continued arriving until 1947 creating the Jewish problem in Palestine which Rothschild used to enact the Royal Proclamation on the British generals. Dr. John L. Coleman’s book “Diplomacy by Deception” has a chapter devoted to this incident called “Israel in focus”
It appears that the Rothschild banking dynasty definitely runs America and as they state in their secret covenant “so grand will the illusion of freedom be, they will not even know they are our slaves.” The international banks were first started by the Knights Templar during the crusades in the middle ages, a great book on this is “Second Messiah” by masonic authors Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas.
Jacques de Molay was the last grand master of the Knights Templar and he was set up by King Phillip 1v of France and they were officially disbanded on Friday the 13th of October 1307.  They owned the largest fleet in Europe and excavated in King Solomons temple for 200 years, so they had the means and esoteric knowledge to take their fleet to “Merica, the star in the west from where we come” as was stated in the Sumerian teachings. The Templars arrived on the shores of America 100 years before Columbus as evidenced at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, the other place they set up shop in the early 1400s. There is corn and aloe vera carved into the stone 80 years before Columbus arrived here, proof positive they were here. At Rosslyn chapel, the Scottish rite of Freemasonry traces its origins.
When the Peacemaker left this world he told us “there would come a time when the Onkwehonwe would be befriended by a white serpent. At first it would be good for both, but seven generations after contact he would have the people squeezed so tight against his chest they could hardly breathe, when a red serpent would come and the white serpent would momentarily drop the Onkwehonwe and they would crawl to the hilly country like babies, to heal” He told us they would have a horrible war and would then be in a lull until a black serpent comes and takes over where the red and white serpents left off. To me it looks like the white serpent is freemasonry(Allies), the red serpent is the Bavarian Illuminati(Axis) while the black serpent is the New World Order. He said the black serpent would be making war with every nation on earth at the same time until a bright light, many times brighter than the sun would come from the east and the black serpent would never again be seen by the people. Dekanawida told of the return of the peace and a golden age we will witness, Peace on Earth.
The key to the peace lies in the consensus process and when the women of the world take their rightful place governing the children and the land they bring them into (the community) we will have everlasting peace. It is a great time to be alive.
Unity, Strength, Peace,
thahoketoteh of Kanekota
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The proposed Pebble Mine may be the worst corporate assault on America’s natural heritage that no one’s ever heard of. 

I need your help to change that -- and fast. 

Please watch NRDC’s new, two-minute video about this approaching disaster.

Global mining giants -- including the Anglo American corporation, Mitsubishi and Rio Tinto -- would gouge one of the world’s largest open-pit mines out of Alaska’s incomparable Bristol Bay wilderness. 

My friends at NRDC call it the worst project they’ve ever seen -- and they’ve seen hundreds of them. That’s because this colossal mine would be built at the very headwaters of our planet’s greatest wild salmon river systems: the Kvichak and the Nushagak.

Tens of millions of salmon course through this unspoiled Eden, feeding not just an abundance of bears, whales, seals and eagles but also the Alaskan Native communities that have thrived here for thousands of years. 

Nothing like this place exists anywhere else on Earth. It is a remnant of American wilderness as it used to be, the kind of mythic landscape that Norman MacLean had in mind when he famously wrote: 

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” 

And it is right here -- in the heart of this American Eden -- that foreign mining giants want to excavate their 2,000-foot-deep Pebble Mine. This monstrosity will spew some 10 billion tons of mining waste, laced with toxic chemicals,that must be held back forever by massive earthen dams up to 50 stories tall -- all in an active earthquake zone. 

The Pebble Mine is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. If it pollutes the Kvichak and the Nushagak River systems, it will take down not only the world’s greatest sockeye salmon fishery but the awe-inspiring ecosystem that depends on it. 

America has sacrificed too many rivers and wildlands to the mining industry, which has consistently left them despoiled and unrecognizable -- before sticking us with the astronomical cleanup costs. 

There is still time to save Bristol Bay from a similar fate. 

After you watch our new video, tell the mining giants you won’t let them plunder and destroy one of America’s greatest natural treasures in order to line their own pockets. 

Please join with me and NRDC -- and thousands of Alaskan Natives, fishermen and conservationists -- in fighting the Pebble Mine and saving this remnant of our disappearing natural heritage. 

Robert Redford
Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council

P.S. After you watch the video and take action, you’ll have an opportunity to forward my message to other environmentally concerned people. Please take a few seconds to spread the word. I am convinced we can stop the Pebble Mine by alerting one million Americans to what’s at stake. Building this kind of outcry needs to happen one person at a time, starting with you. Thank you for doing your part!
Rockin' the Rez- ROCKED! and this is just the begining-
Rocking the Rez~

Many special thanks to everyone that came out to Rocking the Rez or mailed in donations! It was a fabulous day of great music, and good weather!

We are happy to announce that the funds raised during the 1st “Rockin’ The Rez" totaled $2,640.00 and it was sent out Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 to Lakota Plain Propane.

The "Rockin' The Rez" account at Lakota Plain Propane, was set up by Thunderwolf (;, However, If you send a check to the Chumash museum, it will be forwarded to Lakota Plains Propane. If you wish to send it directly to the propane Company, just ask them them to place it in the “Rockin” The Rez” account. All accounts at the Lakota Plains Propane are under account names, not account numbers

Those who wish to send a donation can write a check or money order made out to Lakota Plains Propane and send it to:

Lakota Plains Propane
Highway 407
Pine Ridge, SD. 57770


We would like to take a moment to thank : Gray Wolf, the members of GrayWolf’s blues band, The Patrick Outlaw Trio, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, The Joe Corso Band, Cody Blackbird, Bill Neal, DJ Milton Carillo and our host - comedian, Sardia Marley, AIM Santa Barbara who took their time out to help with security and first aid, , a BIG thanks Anne Begay and Kathy Peltier who fed all the volunteers with FANTASTIC chili beans and frybread, Tim Keenan, photographer and all the volunteers that took time to participate and lend a hand, and Finally, last but not least all the vendors that were there.

A special shout out to all the musicians in El-Vuh, who came by to show support, make a donation and enjoyed the music with the rest of us. 

Thank you all again and we’ll see you for “Rockin’ The Rez” 2011.

Arline, how are you observing Native American Heritage Day?
The Friday after Thanksgiving has been designated as Native American Heritage Day in honor of the achievements and contributions of Native Americans, the descendants of the aboriginal, indigenous, native people who were the first inhabitants of and who governed the lands that now constitute the United States.
The Founding Fathers based the provisions of the United States Constitutionon the unique system of democracy of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, which divided powers among the branches of government and provided for a system of checks and balances.
Congress encourages the people of the United States, as well as Federal, State, and local governments, and interested groups and organizations to honor Native Americans, with activities relating to—
appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to observe Native American Heritage Day;
the historical status of Native American tribal governments as well as the present day status of Native Americans;
the cultures, traditions, and languages of Native Americans; and
the rich Native American cultural legacy that all Americans enjoy today.
Send a family member or friend an E-Card in support of Native American Heritage Month and the Thanksgiving holiday!
Make a donation in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
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