Friday, December 28, 2007

Death of a warrior. Free Speech versus Multi-culti? etc.

Native 'residential school' activist found dead
"... the woman behind the landmark lawsuit for residential school survivors died Thursday in what police are calling a "suspicious death"...
Bernard was the native activist who spearheaded the class action lawsuit against the federal government.
The lawsuit sought compensation for loss of language and culture on behalf of nearly 80,000 residential school children who suffered physical and sexual abuse in residential schools from the 1870s to the 1970s..."

Ms. Bernard's family were quoted as aying that they believed that Ms. Bernard passed away from natural causes, but the local police are now investigating her death as a possible homicide. The lawsuit that she championed is estimated to be costing the Canadian government upwards of 5 Billion dollars (long delayed), in compensation for generations of institutionalised physical and sexual abuse by several religious denominations/orders in federally mandated concentration camps filled with kidnapped children, pledged to their cultural annhilation "residential schools".


An interesting article, in Maclean's magazine, about the ongoing demographic shift in Europe and other "western" countries. The author has been generating plenty of discussion for his analysis.
"if you want to launch a revolution, it's not very likely if you've only got seven revolutionaries. And they're all over 80. But, if you've got two million and seven revolutionaries and they're all under 30 you're in business.
For example, I wonder how many pontificators on the "Middle East peace process" ever run this number:
The median age in the Gaza Strip is 15.8 years.
Once you know that, all the rest is details...
the salient feature of Europe, Canada, Japan and Russia is that they're running out of babies. What's happening in the developed world is one of the fastest demographic evolutions in history"

A link to the author's blog.


Jsack Hokeah and the Art of the Kiowa Five through Jan. 20, at Jacobson House Native Art Center, University of Oklahoma at 609 Chautauqua.

An auctioneer and appraiser takes a look at a Robert Yellowhair piece. What's it Worth?"AuctionWally's Anitques Appraisals, eBay Tips, & Auction Articles Archive"

Two totem poles commissioned for Tulalip Tribes' new hotel.
"One pole, by Joe Gobin, is a gambling pole with Man and Bear throwing bones, one marked and one unmarked...
The second pole is a story pole-house post that portrays transformations between the natural and spirit worlds. The center of the pole features a fierce sea wolf, a mythical creature so large it devoured orca whales..."


A new resource from NativeWeb, Native Wiki.
One of the first sections that I browsed, was the writer's category, Storytellers: Native American Authors Online.


"Thunder in the Desert"
"The Third Peoples' World Fair and Pow Wow... will take place in Tucson, Arizona at the Rillito Raceway Park on December 28th, 2007 thru January 6, 2008."

Article at AZ Reporter

Random stuff:

Voices From Around The World
"Beginning in October 2007, individuals and communities from around the world are invited to record and submit their perceptions about the links between their culture and the natural world... To be considered for inclusion in the Voices from Around the World selected highlights presentation at the Symposium, please send your submission by Monday, February 11, 2008. "

No Xcuses None! A site dedicated to keeping 'Meth' off our reservations.

Indian Innocence Project.
"Through the Indian Innocence Project, law schools and students, lawyers, investigators and other volunteers provide pro-bono research and investigative assistance to 'native' individuals throughout the U.S. who have been arrested, tried, found guilty, and imprisoned for crimes the Project believes they did not commit. The project works in states with the country's highest native incarceration rates.

By identifying and remedying cases and causes of wrongful conviction, the Project engages in high impact, frontline advocacy in the courts of law and public opinion, and leads community-based responses to the mistakes made by our criminal justice system against native individuals.

We also assist exonerated inmates with their transition into the free world upon their release."

Based upon the success of The Innocence Project, apparently.

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