Monthly Archives: January 2012

Suquamish Tribe recognizes same-sex marriages.

This Week From Indian Country writes in its Jan. 18, 2012 edition about the Suquamish Tribe's recent decision to recognize same-sex marriages.  The Suquamish is the first tribe in Washington state to do so. Heather Purser is a tribal citizen … Continue reading

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Zapatistas? – Alive and well

'Mexico Week In Review,' a service of the Committee of Indigenous Solidarity, reports that the Zapatistas are still resisting oppression. The Commitee published a special report: ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING THE WORLD – ZAPATISTAS: 18 YEARS OF REBELLION AND RESISTANCE … Continue reading

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Unbelievable?? – Tucson Arizona, "burning" books?!

Okay, okay, Tucson is only banning them, but how far away are we from the public burning of "disapproved" books.   If you haven't heard this yet, you aren't going to believe it. (Most of this information is from Censored News Tucson … Continue reading

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Will the UN stand by its commitment for Indigenous peoples' full participation?

I received this information in an email. (I have paraphrased the email report). On January 19, around 30 Indigenous peoples’ representatives and UN experts met in Copenhagen to brainstorm about how to secure the full participation of Indigenous peoples in planning and celebrating … Continue reading

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Opinion piece that Hanford is poisoning the Yakama people

In 2010, Robert Alvarez, an Institute for Policy Studies scholar, who served as senior policy adviser to the U.S. Energy Department from 1993 to 1999, wrote an article entitled "Poisoning the Yakama." He stated in part:  "In 2002, researchers with the Centers … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation Supreme Court reduces attorney sanction

In late 2010, the Navajo Nation’s Supreme Court lifted its permanent disbarment of the tribe’s former chief legislative counsel. The tribal Supreme Court disbarred Frank Seanez after asking him to justify why he was advising the Tribal Council to defy court … Continue reading

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Alaskan Natives suing to manage endangered sea otters

(I'm a little late with this news.) According to a 2010 report, six Native Alaskan villages say the federal government is denying them a voice in how sea otter are managed under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The citizens of these … Continue reading

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