Friday, September 20, 2013

Indigenous News And Other Interesting Info

Indigenous News And Other Interesting Info







Osiyo --

We had a great picnic this weekend with our Plano and Dallas area
Cherokee citizens. Our next stop will be the Woodlands and Gonzales,
Texas this coming weekend. Cherokee Nation Community and Cultural
Outreach will see you there!

Cherokee Nation District 11 voters: Your candidates for the upcoming
October 12 Tribal Council Special Election are Dana Jim, Vinita,
Oklahoma; Alana Morris Daugherty, Vinita, Oklahoma; Victoria Mitchell
Vazquez, Welch, Oklahoma.

Wow. The Cherokee Nation is fewer than 500 fans away from reaching the
25,000 mark on our Facebook page
! Will you help us reach our next milestone by sharing our page and
suggesting it to your Facebook friends? Wado!

Have you heard yet that Cherokee Nation Healthcare is offering online
prescription refill services?

Click here <>
 to learn more about the program and register to take of advantage of
all it offers!

 All three Cherokee tribes meet for 2013 Tri-Council
 – 09/16/2013

Leaders from all three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes met at
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on Friday for the 2013 Tri-Council

Archived Cherokee letters translated for Yale University
 – 09/13/2013

Century-old journals, political messages and medicinal formulas
handwritten in Cherokee and archived at Yale University are being
translated for the first time.

Cherokee Nation launches new multimedia, online newsroom
 – 09/13/2013

Cherokee Nation has launched an online news site that makes
information about current events within the Cherokee Nation more
easily accessible to Cherokee citizens, the public and traditional
media outlets.

Cherokee Nation hosts free Swon Brothers, Charley Pride concert
 – 09/11/2013

Legendary Country artist Charley Pride and “The Voice” standouts,
the Swon Brothers, perform a free concert Sept. 18 at the Cherokee


Campaign for America's Future
Dear David,
This weekend, watch Robert Reich, former Labor secretary and friend of Campaign for America's Future, discuss with Bill Moyers his new film,Inequality for All.
He will be on "Moyers & Company" on your local public broadcasting station. (Check here for listings.) You will get a taste of what he presents in this very important and entertaining film that the Moyers & Company team says "aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality."
Then, beginning on September 27, plan to catch Inequality for All – and you should get others to see it. It will start showing in over 40 cities nationwide. (At the bottom of this email are the cities, theaters, and opening dates.)
It dramatizes the growing income gap in the United States and the implications for the health of the American economy. It leads to discussion about action to reverse inequality. And it is also a fun movie. It won the Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at Sundance.
Inequality for All is a great vehicle for organizing. Many progressive groups are hosting screenings before the theatrical debut. If you can’t find one, you can email Stephanie and see if you can host one yourself.
Please see this movie – and pass on this email. Inequality for Allcould help spark a movement for an economy that works for us all.

Roger Hickey
Co-director, Campaign for America's Future

You can see a clip of Robert Reich talking about the film with Bill Moyers here or view the trailer here.

Inequality for All - By Robert Reich

We're in the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression, and we can't seem to get out of it. Why? Because, exactly as in the 1920s, so much of the nation's income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn't have the purchasing power to keep the economy going.
I've spent most of my working life concerned about what's happening to American workers – their jobs, their wages, their hopes and fears. My father sold clothing to the wives of factory workers in the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. I watched as the factories began to close, and as those families struggled with a new economy. Households kept their living standards by sending those wives and mothers into paid work – a strategy that did the trick for a time. But when it no longer generated enough income, American families went deeper and deeper into debt – and that's been the vicious cycle most middle class Americans have been in ever since.
People are stressed. They're angry and frustrated, and the tide is only rising on that front. Their debt obligations are staggering, yet (if lucky enough to have a job), they're working harder and longer than ever before. People need to understand what's happening to them – because from their perspective, the picture looks pretty bleak.
Until we can take a step back and understand the big picture, we can't do anything to get ourselves out of this mess. Our democracy as we know it depends on it. I'm an educator. I love the classroom. But I also write books, appear on television and on the radio, and do everything else I can do to help people understand the economic truth. It's my life's work and it's more important than ever. One of the best ways to help people understand the challenges we face, is with a movie that can grab an audience and move them to action.
And this movie will do exactly that.

Cities, Theaters, and Opening Dates

September 27, 2013

Atlanta: Tara Atlanta
Austin: Arbor Cinema at Great Hills
Boston: Kendall Square Cinema & Cape Cinemas
Charlotte: Manor Theatre
Chicago: Landmark Century Centre Cinema 7 & Renaissance Place 5
Dallas: Angelika Film Center and Cafe
Indianapolis: Keystone Art 7
Los Angeles: Landmark
Minneapolis: Uptown Theater
New York: Lincoln Plaza & Angelika Film Center 6
Phoenix: Camelview 5 Theatre
Philadelphia: Ritz 5 Movies
Plano: Angelika Plano
Portland: Fox Tower 10
San Diego: Hillcrest Cinemas and La Jolla Village 4 Cinemas
San Francisco: Camera 7 Pruneyard
Seattle: Harvard Exit Theatre
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema 8 Bethesda Row Cinema &Angelika Film Center Mosaic 8

October 4, 2013

Ann Arbor: Michigan Theater
Cleveland: Ceder Lee 6
Denver: Mayan Theater
Nashville: Belcourt Theater
Sarasota: Burns Court
Santa Barbara & Irvine, CA: University Town Center 6 Cinemas &Plaza Del Oro
Sacramento: Tower Theatre
Baltimore, MD: Charles Theater 5

October 11, 2013

Atlanta: Downtown West Cinema 6
Buffalo/Albany: Cinemapolis 5
Charlottesville, VA: Downtown Mall 6
Hawaii: Kahala Theaters
Kansas City: Tivoli @ Manor Square
Providence: Avon Cinema
Santa Rosa: Summerfield 5
Waterville, ME: Railroad Square Cinema 3
Winston-Salem: Aperture Cinema

October 18, 2013

Dayton: The Neon Cinema

[eaglewatch] FYI: Strong Words from Terrance Nelson

From the Eagle Watch
September 19, 2013


Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:49:30 -0500
Subject: Dakota Tobacco Case

Economic Terrorism to be Legalized Again
As Canadian Press reports Tuesday, it is a battle between the good guys and "illegal" supposedly criminals, operating outside the laws of Canada and the Province of Manitoba. The reality is that the immigrants who have come into our lands legislated their own laws to           legalize their right to use economic terrorism against the sovereign indigenous nations in Canada and United States. The Canadian media label First Nation sovereignty as "illegal", the courts which are financed, mandated and follow the laws legislated by the immigrant governments cannot recognize the rightful assertions of the first sovereigns of these lands. The question asked by the Dakota, "how did you get our lands" and "show me a treaty or any documents where we agreed to live under your laws" will not be answered by the judge. The charges of contempt of court however will be dealt with. We can expect the Dakota to be harshly dealt with by the white court. The question will then be, how do the Dakota react to the jailing of their leadership?
First Nations defend illegal Manitoba smoke shop in provincial court
 By The Canadian Press September 17, 2013

BRANDON, Man. - Arriving on horseback — some wearing headdresses and carrying ceremonial staffs — members of a Manitoba First Nation appeared in court Tuesday to defend their right to operate an illegal smoke shop which sold half-price cigarettes.
The Dakota Chundee smoke shop south of Virden, Man., opened in 2011 and has been raided several times by police. It has since shut down, but the battle goes well beyond the sale of Mohawk tobacco from Quebec for $40 a carton.
The Dakota Chiefs in court in Brandon Manitoba are in danger of going to jail. Amongst the many charges they face is contempt of court. If Frank Brown and the Dakota leadership are thrown in jail, what will be the reaction of the Dakota people and other indigenous people in the Three Western Prairie Provinces.
Is it time meet economic terrorism with economic terrorism? The Dakota sit on the oil pipelines that send millions of barrels of oil every day to the United States. Six years ago, the National Day of Action set for June 29, 2007 wasn't taken seriously until the Chief of Birdtail Sioux First Nation joined in. The Canadian National Railway company stole land from the Birdtail Sioux in 1905 and built a rail line through the stolen land. It is still an unresolved issue today. 
Will the Dakota shut down that railway line if the Dakota leaders are jailed. Most of the Dakota Nations involved in the cigarettes have between 80 and 90% unemployment in their communities. There is more than enough anger to do blockades if the leaders are jailed. CN has picked up body parts on that railway line on Birdtail Sioux First Nation as youth, women and men committed suicide over the years by allowing the train to run over them.
Economic terrorism reversed
How would white people react to being stopped from doing business. The Judge in the Dakota court case may make his decision by Friday September 20, 2013. The reaction to the decision will be swift if it goes badly for the Dakota. Maybe it is time that the immigrant white people to know how it feels to deal with artificially imposed 60 to 95% unemployment.
Sixty million buffalo were killed in the 1800s to ensure that the Dakota could not feed their people. The United States Seventh Calvary slaughtered 300 men, women and children at Wounded Knee South Dakota in December 1890. From 1860 to 1890, hundreds of thousands of indigenous people were slaughtered or died from deliberately induced biological warfare as the United States expanded into Dakota territory. The Dakota in Canada lost all their lands in the United States, the Treaty of Fort Laramie never fulfilled. The real terrorists have never faced justice, economic terrorism in North America continues unabated. Whether it will be reversed or even recognized as a deliberate Genocide remains to be seen.
Terrance Nelson, Vice Chair American Indian Movement


From the Eagle Watch
September 18, 2013

Does anyone still doubt the corporate elitists are trying to kill us off!!!???!???
Their idea is to pressure us until we give in.  IT is the same DURESS that we were subjected to during treaty making.  Agreements made under DURESS are illegal.
DEPOPULATION is their plan, plain and simple.
What are you going to do about it???



Securing approval for nuclear waste site 
won’t be ‘quick or easy process’: First Nations

“If things go south in a hurry, where do our people go? 
We do not have the luxury of picking up and leaving.”

By: John Spears Business reporter, Published on Mon Sep 16 2013

KINCARDINE—First Nations communities near Ontario Power Generation’s proposed nuclear waste disposal facility won’t be rushed into supporting the project, a federal hearing has been told.

The company has pledged not to proceed with the massive underground storage facility “until the Saugeen Ojibway Nations (SON) community is supportive of the project.”

But SON leaders told the opening day of hearings into the facility that they’ll insist on what could be a lengthy process. About 150 people showed up Monday for the opening of the hearings.

“The DGR (deep geologic repository) is a forever project,” Chief Randall Kahgee of the SON told the panel.

“If things go south in a hurry, where do our people go? We do not have the luxury of picking up and leaving.”

The SON’s traditional territory includes the Bruce nuclear site. Its people live in two principal communities, one near Southampton, the other near Wiarton.

“Who we are as a people is deeply linked with our homeland,” Kahgee said.

OPG wants to entomb low and intermediate level radioactive waste from all its nuclear stations in storage chambers carved into a limestone formation 680 metres deep. It will be on the site of the Bruce nuclear power station, with the main access shaft 1.2 kilometres from the shore of the lake.

OPG has promised not to proceed “until the SON community is supportive of the project.”

Kahgee told the three-member panel that the SON was never consulted when the huge Bruce nuclear power station was constructed, or when OPG first began storing waste on the site.

He said SON is willing to work toward a solution to the waste storage issue, but the formal brief submitted with his presentation underlines that the process may not be speedy.

“The letter is only the first step on a long road,” the brief warns. “SON and OPG must now build on the commitment to work together on a new model for decision-making in SON territory,” it says, and it cautions: “This will not be a quick or easy process.”

“SON communities do not currently have confidence in OPG’s assessment of the potential impacts and risks of the DGR project.”

The waste would not include used fuel, which is considered “high level” waste. A separate process is under way to pick a site to bury used fuel, which is known as high level waste.

Low-level waste includes items such as clothing worn by workers in radioactive areas, and mops or rags used in areas where there are low levels of radiation. Intermediate-level waste, such as components from reactor cores, can be highly radioactive, requiring shielding in radiation-proof containers for tens of thousands of years.

Laurie Swami, vice president of OPG, noted that low and intermediate waste from all the company’s reactors is currently stored in surface facilities on the Bruce property.

She said surface storage is not a long-term approach, however. The company needs to find a permanent solution for the waste to avoid passing responsibility to future generations, she said.

OPG wants to build a “deep geologic repository” or DGR to hold the waste. The facility will cover about 40 hectares, encompassing 31 storage rooms, each 250 metres long. They’ll be able to handle 200,000 cubic metres of waste – the amount to be generated by the operation of OPG’s current fleet of reactors for their lifetimes.

But if more reactors are built, Swami said, “we are confident that safe expansion of the DGR is possible.”

Swami said that the environmental and health effects of the site are “essentially zero.”

“It is OPG’s conclusion that the DGR project is not likely to result in any significant adverse effects on the environment.” Swami said.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has also concluded that the project will not likely have any significant impact.
The hearings are scheduled to last four weeks.

The federal panel must approve OPG’s proposal before it can proceed. The panel has commissioned a critique of OPG’s application, which says its analysis is “not credible,” “not defensible,” and “not reliable.”


UNA News


Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:48 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


For the past two years, the Sierra Club has led the charge in fighting
toxic tar sands. This fall, a new and exciting chapter in that fight has
begun. On August 23, the Sierra Club filed suit to stop Enbridge's Flanagan
South tar sands pipeline. This pipeline would transport tar sands from Illinois
to Cushing, Oklahoma. The following week, on August 29, the Sierra Club
issued a research report showing that the Keystone XL pipeline would
significantly increase climate disruption and thus President Obama must not allow
it to proceed if he plans on keeping his promise to the American people.

We need your help to continue the progress the Sierra Club and our allies
have made this fall! Join the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club on
Saturday, September 21 in a lawful and peaceful protest against tar sands. Click
here to sign up!!

Sierra Club members from Arkansas will attend and describe their firsthand
experience with the Mayflower tar sands spill and how their community
still has not begun to recover from its effects.

The fight against tar sands is one of the top priorities for the Oklahoma
Chapter of the Sierra Club. Our state's water quality and very way of life
is at stake. We need you to join us to show the media, the President and
our opponents that even in Oklahoma, citizens are standing up to toxic tar

I hope you can join us on Saturday, September 21.

Yours in Solidarity,
David Ocamb
Oklahoma Chapter Director

_PS: September 21 is an off week for both OU and OSU football! So, join us
to fight toxic tar sands!_ ()

Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights & Indigenous Treaties
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From the Eagle Watch
September 17, 2013

View this link for details of an upcoming event in TORONTO
Descendants of Fire
Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Spread the Word!!  See you there!!!
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When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person. 
When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful. 
Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are." - Dave Kitchen

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