Saturday, January 26, 2008

big freeze

Artsy pic; Broken Vulture Art

Artsy pic; Broken Vulture Art
Former students being revictimized.
"We were told that the payment process would be conducted with respect and dignity, but for many, it has resulted in frustration and humiliation..."

Eyak language dies with its last speaker.
"The last traditional speaker of the Eyak language died yesterday, making the language extinct."

Eyak, Wikipedia article.

Native village of Eyak, homepage.
"The Native Village of Eyak Traditional Council is a tribal government that promotes self-determination to Native Village of Eyak tribal members. Under the guidance of the Council, tribal offices provide health and social services, economic development, natural resource/environmental education, jobs, and job training to the Native Village of Eyak."

It looks like the Jay Treaty may be coming under fire with new US border restrictions.
Canadian Indian wonders why U.S. yanking back welcome mat.
"Two months ago on his way to church in nearby Point Roberts — a U.S. enclave accessible by land only through Canada, and where he owns property — Roberts was stopped and questioned. U.S. Customs and Border officers seized the special treaty-related green card he holds and ordered him to appear this Friday before an immigration judge...

Rights by blood
If you are a Canadian with at least 50 percent aboriginal blood, you have the right to:
• Cross the U.S./Canadian border freely.
• Live and work in the United States and be eligible for public benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income.
• Register for college or a university in the United States as a domestic rather than foreign student.

You do not have to:
• Obtain a work permit to hold a job in the United States.
• Register for the military.

The U.S. government cannot:
• Keep you out of the United States or deport you.

Source: American Indian Law Alliance"

A Good Time to Remember Standing Bear
"The trial of Standing Bear lasted two days. Shortly after it ended, the chief offered this impassioned plea to the court in an effort to prove he was a human being and entitled to the same right to freedom as every human being:

"That hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man. The same God made us both."

About two weeks later, federal Judge Elmer Dundy ruled that "an Indian (is) a person within the meaning of the law," entitled to the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens."


"Punchclock Printing is calling all artists on Turtle Island and beyond to submit art to our upcoming show Shawn Brant Is No Criminal. The show will take place from MAY 16th to 18th (YES YES- THE DATES HAVE BEEN CHANGED) at Whippersnapper Gallery, and will be host to a LIVE music show . It will feature art by indigenous, and anti-colonial artists all over. Money from the door will go to Shawn's Legal Fund- Money from the Art sales will go to Shawn or the Artist."

'Day of Action'; CBC story.

Support site.

Whenua, Fenua, Enua, Vanua; Revolutionary Anti Colonialism & Anti Capitalism in the Pacific.


Drew Hayden Taylor's new play, The Berlin Blues is being staged at Thunder Bay's Magnus Theatre until February 9, 2008.
"The play features six characters and takes place in Otter Lake and the plot revolves around the arrival of a large German company on a small Canadian reserve with hopes of building a huge theme park, called Ojibway World. Taylor says he didn't write the play to send a message to the audience, he just hopes it gets everyone laughing."

2008 Festival of Native Film & Culture, at Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. March 5 - 9, 2008, Palm Springs, California.
"The Seventh Annual Festival of Native Film & Culture (formerly known as the Native American Film Festival & Cultural Weekend) is currently accepting submissions. All feature length and short film Native American and indigenous work produced after January 1, 2007 is eligible for consideration."


Yay! Native Podcast! Indigenous Politics:
Podcast archive.


Longhouse Media founder to receive university's Horace Mann Award.
"Through Longhouse Media, she is helping to train a new generation of storytellers in filmmaking and new media. The program operates youth filmmaking programs at Muckleshoot and Swinomish. The program was a recipient of the 2007 Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards and participants' films have been shown in film festivals in Seattle and New York City."

Explore Mirador
"Mirador is the largest and oldest Preclassic Mayan site located in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Peten, Guatemala. This area is home to earliest and largest Preclassic Maya sites in Mesoamerica. There are many ancient cities and sites in the area including El Mirador, Nakbe, Xulnal, Wakna and Tintal."

China trouble.

Wanna visit a Chinese zoo? probably not, after reading this article.
"East of Badaling lies the equally horrific Qingdao zoo. Here, visitors can take part in China's latest craze — tortoise baiting..."

No reincarnations without approval.
"The rules are apparently aimed at empowering China to name the next Dalai Lama when the 14th and current Dalai Lama dies... In 1995, the Dalai Lama and China's Communist authorities chose rival reincarnations of the 10th Panchen Lama, who died in 1989. The Panchen Lama is the second-highest figure in Tibet's spiritual hierarchy.
The boy anointed by the Dalai Lama, then aged six, swiftly disappeared from public view, prompting international rights groups to call him the "world's youngest political prisoner."


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