Thursday, December 20, 2007

The blood price is paid... again and again

Ipper wash park is being returned to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, by the government of Ontario.

The following long excerpt comes from a CBC "Timeline" article. Please read the article, for full story.
"... The dispute goes back to 1942. It was wartime and the federal government expropriated land belonging to the Stony Point band under the War Measures Act in order to build a military camp - Camp Ipperwash. In the years following, the band tried to get the land back, claiming it contained a burial ground destroyed when the camp was built.

Shortly after the war ended, the Department of National Defense said it was willing to return most of the land as long as it could lease back what it still needed for the military base. The offer was later withdrawn... In 1993, Stony Point band members began moving back on to the land. The military withdrew in September 1995, when another group of Stony Point natives marched onto the base.

It was then that a group of about 30 protesters built barricades at nearby Ipperwash Provincial Park to underline their land claim and to protest the destruction of the burial ground. Dudley George was one of the group's leaders.

There's no agreement on what happened next. The Ontario Provincial Police moved in on the protesters to remove them from the park. The police say they had no choice but to draw their guns because the protesters were armed; the protesters say the opposite, that they were unarmed and that police - dressed in riot gear - used unnecessary force...

Dudley George did not survive the raid. He died on Sept. 6, 1995, after being shot by acting Sgt. Kenneth Deane of the OPP. In 1997, Deane was convicted of criminal negligence causing death after a court ruled he did not have a "reasonable belief" George was armed. Deane later resigned from the force...

In January 2004, CBC News obtained surveillance videotapes taken by police officers in September 1995, one of which contains racist remarks made by police officers the day before George's death.

Representatives of George's family say the attitude the officers had toward natives "makes it pretty easy to shoot an Indian."

Mexico Remembers 1997 Indian Massacre.
"It's been nearly a decade since pro-government villagers armed with guns and machetes slaughtered 45 men, women and children in the neighboring hamlet of Acteal _ a massacre that remains emblematic of Mexico's human rights failures..."

New coral-stitch earrings [Minus earwires. Pics click to enlarge]:

Wooden and glass (gunmetal, bronze transparent) beads.
Coral-stitch beadwork. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Wooden, dyed "fossil" limestone, shell knuckles, glass beads.
Lazy-stitch beadwork. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

Jasper, blue/green "opalite", glass beads.
Lazy-stitch beadwork. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.

I'm pretty sure that I have posted this piece, before, but the new camera takes a better macro picture. Lazy stitch on canvas.

Lazy-stitch beadwork. Broken Vulture Art. Bingorage Studio.


Lakota Freedom, delegation to Washington. Earlier today, a delegation of Lakota Sioux were scheduled to announce their withdrawal from the USA.
"... We have no choice but to take this historic action to protect our people and our way of life, and reclaim our freedom from the colonial systems of the United States Government. So we travel to Washington D.C. to withdraw from our treaties with the United States and announce full return of our sovereign status under Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, International and Natural Law..."

The second suspect in the murder of Anna Mae Aquash, in 1975, has been extradited from Canada to South Dakota.
"... Witnesses at Looking Cloud's trial said they heard him admit that Graham pulled the trigger that killed Pictou Aquash. Looking Cloud has since recanted that story, and Graham has always maintained his innocence..."


Norval Morrisseau notice, Art Gallery of Ontario.

A "call" for memorial proposals, for Iraqi civilians. The current aim is not to create the memorial in a given timespan, but to generate discussion and imagery around the idea.
"All submitted memorial proposals that meet the project guidelines will be featured on this site - accessible through the exhibition portal (visit the "call for proposals" for project guidelines). New project proposals will be uploaded as they are received. There is no "winner" of this call for proposals - the goal for this project is to create a growing database of memorial concepts that is free, open and accessible."

Facebook event listing Storytelling & Bannock-Making Bake-Off.
Saturday, January 12, 2008; 11:30am - 4:00pm. Native Canadian Cenre, 16 Spadina Road, N of Bloor, Toronto, ON.

Free photo contest at Picture.Com.

The Quill Box: Doctor learns from patient.


Podcast feed for Radio Intelligentaboriginal.

Main page for Radio Intelligentaboriginal, Inteligentaindigena Novajoservo

Science stuff:

Sandia National Laboratories offers new explanation for the Tunguska Event "probably caused by a small asteroid", and smaller than previously thought.
Following clip from the History Channel:

Sci-Fi author, Bill DeSmedt has written, recorded and released a free (donations cheerfully accepted) podcast version of his novel, Singularity, based on an alternative explanation for the Tunguska event. Namely, a collision with an ancient microscopic black hole! (And it's still down there!). Not very likely in the real world, but an awesome audiobook; check it out.

Wikipedia article, on the Tunguska event.


"Whales May Have Come From Deer-Like Animal".


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