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    Tenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

    Preregistration now open for the Tenth Session, 16-27 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York. There is no special theme for the Tenth Session. The Permanent Forum has a biannual working method one policy year and one review year. 2011 will be a review year. Those who wish to attend the tenth session of the Permanent Forum must pre-register online by 1 May 2011.

    India backs tribe in mining ruling

    India backs tribe in mining ruling: India has rejected a plan by Vendata Resources to build a bauxite mine, after the company showed "shocking and "blatant disregard" for tribal people living in the area. The decision to scrap the proposed $2.7bn mining investment in eastern Orissa state has emerged as a test case in India, pitting industrial development against the interests of indigenous peoples and the environment. [Full article from Aljazeera, 24 August 2010. Related Huffington Post essay by Bianca Jagger.]

    Lancet review of health issues and problems

    The Lancet, one of the world's leading medical journals, has published a review of health issues and problems among Indigenous Peoples: Where are we now with Indigenous health?. "Imposed development and loss of land have had disastrous effects on the health of Indigenous people everywhere. Paradoxically, Indigenous people endure not only the ill health associated with poverty but also the chronic diseases that come with the lifestyle in industrialised countries - a situation that is directly attributable to loss of land and traditions and the resultant move to poor urban environments." The article is available free of charge after registration at the site.

    Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: Testimony

    Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, testified on 16 December 2009 before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights about "The Law of the Land: U.S. Implementation of Human Rights Treaties." Mr. Henderson said, "The United States has clearly not taken seriously its human rights obligations toward the Indigenous peoples of this country, the First Americans, in a clear contradiction of well-established human rights principles and despite repeated condemnations by international human rights bodies. We strongly believe that civil and human rights must be measured by a single yardstick both at home and abroad. On issues such as these, Congress must step in and make sure that our country is living up to the standards that we are trying to establish throughout the rest of the world."
    Full text of Mr. Henderson's statement: Senate site; LCCR site.
    A webcast of the hearing is available at the Senate site.

    Forced Labor in Bolivia and Paraguay

    The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues called for urgent action to stop forced labor in Bolivia and Paraguay. Permanent Forum Chairperson Victoria Tauli-Corpuz said, "During our visits to Bolivia and Paraguay we found that the forced labour of Guaraní and other indigenous peoples -- which has been long documented -- continues to exist." Press release, 31 August 2009.

    Peru Investigative Commission

    The government of Peruvian President Alan Garcia will "consider" recommendations by the United Nations to set up an investigative commission to find out who caused the June 5 clashes between policemen and Natives that killed at least 33 people. [article by Renzo Pipoli, Indian Country Today, 26 June 2009]

    Leonard Peltier has recently applied for a parole hearing

    Leonard Peltier has recently applied for a parole hearing. That hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 28, 2009. All supporters are encouraged to step up their efforts in support of parole for Leonard Peltier. Letters in support of Leonard's petition for parole are very important. These letters can be quite simple. Click here for a sample letter from Friends of Peltier. Letters must arrive at the U.S. Parole Commission no later than July 1. For more information, visit Friends of Peltier.

    Leonard Peltier has been transferred back to Lewisburg

    In response to public outcry, Leonard Peltier has been transferred back to Lewisburg Penitentiary from Canaan Penitentiary in Pennsylvania where he had been jumped and brutalized, held in solitary without proper food and medical attention and denied access to attorneys. A petition to assure Leonard's safety and his release is being prepared by "Hands Off Leonard Peltier - Free Him Now Campaign" The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LP-DOC) has launched a new, international public education/awareness and political action campaign on Leonard's behalf: AIM for Freedom.

    Podcast on Indigenous politics

    Podcast radio interview by J. Kehaulani Kauanui with Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan), the North American Representative of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, on "Indigenous Politics." Topics for discussion focus on the politics of indigenous self-determination under international law, the distinction between minorities and Indigenous peoples, and the decades-long struggle to draft and pass the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the opposition by New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States (the only four States that voted against it). [Original air-date: 10-30-07]

    Code Talkers Legislation

    Two bills now in the U.S. Congress would require issuance of medals to recognize the dedication and valor of Native American code talkers in World Wars I and II. The Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2007 was introduced in the House of Representatives: H. R. 4544 and the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008 was introduced in the Senate: S. 2681. Each bill already has several sponsors. Contact your representatives and senators to support this legislation.

    Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games

    Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games -- 3-10 August 2008 -- is a unique project designed to engage thousands of British Columbians in the celebration of Aboriginal culture during B.C.'s 150th anniversary. By encouraging Indigenous youth to participate in athletic competition, these Games have become a vehicle for promoting healthier lifestyles and strengthened relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of North America.

    Call for submissions

    Native Poets, Storytellers, Teachers, Farmers, Herders, Fishermen, Gatherers, Mid-wives, Craftspeople, Carvers, Wildcrafters, Artists, Musicians, Authors, Spiritual Leaders... Mothers, Fathers, Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Aunties and Uncles... And those who want to offer their knowledge and spirit to our children as they face the future are invited to submit materials for an Anthology of Native and Indigenous Voices to: submissions@terrahansen.com, or send by regular mail to: Terri Hansen, 2325 SE 66th Ave., Portland , OR 97215. Word is the preferred format. Please include your bio and full contact information. Your contact information will not be published.

    ArizonaNativeNet multimedia library

    ArizonaNativeNet announces the launch of a new searchable multimedia library of video, audio, and distance learning packages on topics related to indigenous governance, law and policy, language, culture, and health. Some of our most popular videos feature Vine Deloria, Jr., Carrie Dann, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dr. Joseph Kalt, and many more. We have over 100 items for you to download, all for free.
    ArizonaNativeNet is a virtual university outreach and distance learning telecommunications center devoted to the higher educational needs of Native Nations in Arizona, the United States and the world.

    Tonya Gonnella Frichner

    Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Snipe Clan, Onondaga Nation), Vice Chair of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development, and Founder and President of the American Indian Law Alliance, has been selected as the North American Representative of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

    Apology Legislation

    Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), a Republican candidate for president, and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), have introduced legislation in Congress apologizing to America's Native Peoples and African-Americans, respectively, writes John Bresnahan for The Politico.

    Indigenous studies

    The Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma is hosting an interdisciplinary meeting in Indigenous studies May 3-5, 2007 to share research and discuss the development of an academic association for our field. We invite submissions of individual papers or panels of papers on any topic in Indigenous studies. All persons working in the field are invited and encouraged to submit proposals.

    UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center

    UCLA Extension presents a series of online courses in cooperation with the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center. Federal Indian Law and Policy (Online) April 4 - June 6, Fee: $515. This course provides an overview of the history of federal Indian policy, from European contact to the present.

    Chief Illiniwek will no longer perform

    The University of Illinois today announced that Chief Illiniwek will no longer perform at athletic events on the Urbana-Champaign campus after this season's last men's home basketball game in Assembly Hall on February 21. The Chief Illiniwek tradition began in 1926 in conjunction with the University's marching band. Criticism of the tradition intensified in recent years....

    Survival International media campaign

    Survival International is campaigning to end the portrayal of tribal people in the press as 'primitive' and 'Stone Age'. It is supported by prominent journalists at the BBC and elsewhere. Members of the public who see an article using these terms can send an eye-catching campaign postcard to the editor concerned.

    Geronimo's Skull petition

    A Petition to Repatriate Geronimo's Skull, to be presented to the U.S. Congress, has been created by First Nations and Will Russell, and is hosted at PetitionOnline.com as a public service. Signatures may be added at that website.

    Continental Summit

    III Continental Summit of Indigenous Pueblos and Nations of Abya YalaThe III Continental Summit of Indigenous Pueblos and Nations of Abya Yala will be held from March 26-30, 2007 in Iximulew, Guatemala. It follows the II Indigenous Summit held in Quito, Ecuador in 2004.


    Scholarship Program

    The Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship Program, developed to express Syracuse (NY, USA) University's gratitude and appreciation for the historical, political and cultural legacies of the Haudenosaunee, financially assists qualified Native American students in each year of study toward their first bachelor's degree. Syracuse University News article (22 August 2006)

    Land Acquisition

    FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR LAND ACQUISITION FOR INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS: Cottonwood Foundation -- Applications are invited in June 2006 from indigenous peoples' organizations interested in becoming Cottonwood Partners, and specifically from those indigenous peoples' organizations interested in using funds to repurchase their land base in order to preserve their culture and their environment.

    Red Nation Web Television Channel

    Red Nation Web Television Channel, is slated to make its nationwide debut on May 1, 2006, says Joanelle Romero, founder and creative director of the new web channel. "Our aim is to make this year, 2006, the year the American Indian emerges on national web television...." This is the first American Indian web television channel promoting America Indian films, music videos, documentaries, pilots, drama series, music specials and commercials.

    Dead Dog Cafe

    Dead Dog Cafe is returning to the airwaves with 26 new episodes early in 2006. The show is now in production at the CBC Vancouver studios and will continue from Toronto. All the actors are First Nations and Tom King is the writer.

    American Indian Journalism Institute

    The Freedom Forum is accepting nominations for the sixth annual American Indian Journalism Institute (AIJI) - the nation's premier training program for Native American journalism students.

    Wilderness and Civilization Program

    The Wilderness and Civilization Program, University of Montana, has scholarship funds available: Native American and Montana students preferred.

    Tashunka Witko Brigade radio program

    Tashunka Witko Brigade radio program features an interview with the organizer of the Ceremonial Run for Indigenous Dignity in Baja California.
    Este programa de radio de la Brigada Tashunka Witko presenta una entrevista con uno de los coordinadores de la Carrera Ceremonial para la Dignidad Indigena.

    Darren Bonaparte (Akiatonharonkwen)

    Mohawk Darren Bonaparte (Akiatonharonkwen), a writer, historian, and artist from Akwesasne Territory in Ontario, visited the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship at Syracuse University College of Law on February 20 to discuss his book, Creation & Confederation, The Living History of the Iroquois.

    Native American Congressional Internship Program

    Morris K. Udall Foundation Invites Applications for Native American Congressional Internship Program. Deadline: January 31, 2006. The foundation expects to award 12 internships on the basis of merit to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who are college juniors or seniors, recent graduates from tribal or four-year colleges, or graduate or law students; and have demonstrated an interest in fields related to tribal public policy, such as tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American health, Native American justice, natural resource protection, and Native American economic development.

    Native Poets

    "MAKING ORAL HISTORY" - NATIVE SPOKEN WORD: Native Poets make new oral history weaving tales of love, history, racism, life, death, and place, bringing together talent from the Fond du Lac Reservation and Duluth, MN, area. Beaner's Central Coffee Shop is hosting the event Friday, January 20 at 7pm.

    International Conference

    The Second International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, 9-12 January, 2006.

    U.N. Working Group

    The fight for indigenous self-determination was marked by heated debates that opened the 11th session of the U.N. Working Group on the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The two-week session, held Dec. 5 - 16, brought indigenous delegations from throughout the world.

    Indigenous Peoples in the Information Society

    Indigenous Peoples in the Information Society: a special theme at the World Summit on the Information Society -- Tunisia, 16 to 18 November 2005. The UN agency that takes the lead in organizing the Summit is the International Telecommunication Union.
    Le Sommet mondial sur la société de l'information: à Tunis du 16 au 18 novembre 2005.
    La Cumbre Mundial sobre la Sociedad de la Información: Túnez, de 16 a 18 de noviembre de 2005.

    Connecticut Law Review

    The Connecticut Law Review presents The Fall 2005 Symposium, "Indian Law at a Crossroads," Friday, October 28, 2005, 8:30am - 4:30pm. University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut.

    California Indian Conference

    The California Indian Conference and Gathering, an annual event for the exchange of views and information among academics, educators, California Indians, students, tribal nations, native organizations and community members, occured at Humboldt State University (CA), October 7 - 9, 2005.

    International Indian Treaty Council 31st Anniversary

    The International Indian Treaty Council held its 31st Anniversary Treaty Conference August 3 - 7, 2005, at Hobbema Ermineskin Maskwaciys Cree Nation, hosted by the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, Alberta Canada. This year's conference theme was: "Our Treaties are Sacred; We must Protect them, as long as the grass grows and the river flows."

    Indigenous Rights Film Festival

    Indigenous Rights Film Festival II was presented June 16-19, American University, 4400 Massachussetts Ave NW, Washington DC, Ward theater. Indigenous Rights Watch and American University's WINS program presented screenings of three films that address contemporary human rights issues in Native America. Oil on Ice. Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action.

    Fourth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum

    The fourth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues took place from 16 to 27 May 2005 at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York. The theme of the fourth session of the Permanent Forum was: "Millennium Development Goals and indigenous peoples," with special emphasis on Goal 1: "Eradicate extreme poverty and Hunger" and Goal 2: "Achieve universal primary education."

    Wilderness Scholarship

    Jacques Manonian Memorial Wilderness Scholarship for students interested in wilderness studies. Native American and Montana students preferred. Eligible students must be accepted into the Wilderness & Civilization program for the 2005-2006 academic year. College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

    Manitoba-Ontario boreal forest

    Natural Resources Defense Council has joined with other environmental groups and indigenous communities in an urgent campaign to protect the Manitoba-Ontario boreal forest from further hydroelectric development. Many of Canada's indigenous "First Nations" communities depend on the boreal forest for their survival. They have already experienced the devastating impacts of hydropower development.

    First Nations Composer Initiative

    The Ford Foundation has recently granted funds to the American Composers Forum (ACF) to help institutionalize the field of American Indian music. Named the First Nations Composer Initiative (FNCI), this project will address the issues, needs and concerns of American Indian music artists, encouraging compositions and providing links to a broad range of compositional and performance opportunities. For more info on the project, contact Georgia Wettlin-Larsen, Administrative Assistant, First Nations Composer Initiative.

    Indigenous Tourism Rights

    Indigenous Tourism Rights International has started a new on-line conference for Indigenous Peoples who are concerned about tourism certification, are working on certification, or working to develop sustainable tourism in their communities: Taking Control Of The Ways Tourism Affects Our Lives.

    Derechos Indígenas de Turismo

    Derechos Indígenas de Turismo Internacional internet conferencia: Esta conferencia innovadora a través del internet es para los Pueblos Indígenas quienes tienen dudas sobre la certificación del turismo, quienes están trabajando acerca de los procesos de certificación, o quienes están desarrollando el turismo sostenible en sus comunidades -- Tomar control de la manera en que el turismo afecta a nuestras vidas.

    Haudenosaunee Conference

    The Haudenosaunee Conference, November 20, 2004, Grant Auditorium, E.I. White Hall College of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York. The speakers who presented at this Conference are generally young scholars and advocates who bring to the table a community understanding of the challenges that the Haudenosaunee face and who have achieved a level of educational success in the White Man's world. The question, ultimately, is whether this new corps of thinkers can move beyond their "ivory tower" platforms and use their talents and skills in a good way to help solve some of the big problems that confront our people or whether they have become hopelessly irrelevant to the Haudenosaunee future and even worse.

    National Indian Education Association

    National Indian Education Association 35th Annual Convention - "Weaving a Lifelong Journey with Tradition and Education" meeting was held October 28-31, 2004, Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona.

    United States Senate Joint Resolution

    United States Senate Joint Resolution 37 -- "A bill to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian Tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States" -- was introduced on May 6, 2004 and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

    Native Dispute Resolution Network

    The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution is pleased to announce the opening of the initial recruitment process for inclusion in the Native Dispute Resolution Network. We invite American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other dispute resolution practitioners to consider joining and participating in the Network.

    UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues

    Some 1,500 people from around the world, most of them indigenous, gathered at the United Nations in New York from 10 to 21 May for the third session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues. Secretary-General Kofi Annan opened the session, which focused on the special needs of indigenous women.

    "Landscapes of the Heart"

    Indigenous writers, scholars and students are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration in an expanded edition of the book "Landscapes of the Heart" -- one that will cross the boundaries of ecology, culture, environment, health, the social sciences and the humanities.

    Newly Discovered Planet Named For Inuit Goddess Sedna

    On 15 March 2004, astronomers from Caltech, Gemini Observatory, and Yale University announced the discovery of the coldest, most distant object known to orbit the sun. The team has proposed that the object be named in honor of Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea from whom all sea creatures were created.


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