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TC Energy Shuts Down Keystone 1 Pipeline After Major Leak

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 1, 2019 - 12:00am

Keystone Pipeline

Published November 1, 2019

EDINBURG, N.D. — TC Energy (Formerly TransCanada) announced their Keystone 1 pipeline has been shut down after a half-mile leak was found just north of Edinburg, North Dakota. This leak comes the day after water protectors disrupted a hearing about the Keystone XL pipeline in Billings, Montana.

This is not the first time TC Energy’s Keystone 1 pipeline has sprung a major leak. 2018 the same pipeline spilled 407,400 gallons of toxic dirty tar sands oil into farmland in South Dakota.

Indigenous communities and landowners have been outspoken opponents of the dirty tar sands Keystone XL extension project because of the disastrous effects on the environment and yesterday’s leak merely vindicates their concerns.

“The Keystone I pipeline had 12 spills in it’s first year which is more than any other pipeline in U.S. history and in the ultimate twist of irony, probably at the same time I was telling a reporter at the one and only public hearing in Billings on the KXL that it wasn’t a matter of if but when there was going to be a spill, it happened again,” said Kandi Mossett-White, Indigenous Environmental Network Native Energy and Climate Campaign Director. “This is the reason we are pushing for a Just Transition away from the fossil fuel industry.”

TC Energy doesn’t know how much oil has leaked into the farmlands that surround the pipeline but estimate a strip of over 1500 feet of contained soil shows a significant spill.

“This is the third leak in three years on the Keystone 1 pipeline and the second we know that has reached water. It’s been reported that this latest spill has reached wetland area threatening birds and wildlife in the area. This is exactly the kind of spill we are worried about when it comes to Keystone XL being built. It has never been if’ a pipeline breaks but rather when. TC Energy has known for years that their pipe is compromised but has done little to rectify the situation. Coming back from the one and only public hearing by the US State Department regarding KXL where it seemed more like an industry showcase rather than public comment hearing.  Tribes were not formally greeted nor was nation to nation consultation implemented. The hearing was designed to hinder negative comments for this zombie pipeline being set hundreds of miles from impacted communities and tribal nations. “Joye Braun, Indigenous Environmental Network Frontline Community Organizer, said. “However, we stand firm in opposing this project as the latest spill is further evidence of just how dangerous pipelines are.”


C Energy Shuts Down Keystone 1 Pipeline After Major Leak FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 31, 2019
Contact: Jennifer K. Falcon, jennifer@ienearth.org, 209-814-9670 October 31, 2019 

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Top 4 Fashion Trends to Follow in the Coming Year

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 1, 2019 - 12:00am

Published November 1, 2019

Fashion is a word that depicts a valuable meaning to many of us. By being fashionable you supposedly need not to wear expensive clothes but you need to carry your clothes well in order to glam up your look. Not many of them can carry every dress they choose to wear or every fashion trend that they follow. But there are some fashion trends that can help you out with your fashionista label pretty well, without having to spend much on them.

Here are a few picks for your next new years’ party or a date night. Read on


Boiler suits– they are a kind of jumpsuits with long sleeves that are in fashion trends these days. They are available in many varieties and styles and you should choose the right pick for yourself to rock the look. The cut and colour of the boiler suits play a very important role in your entire styling statement and thus, you must choose those specifically. If you want to stand out in the crowd then this is surely one of the best fashion trends to follow.

Animal instincts– earlier people used to wear theme-based attires on Halloween parties like the dinosaur costume, the spooky costumes, teddy bear costumes, etc. Now people are wearing different types of animal instincts on normal days as well and they are actually pulling it off really well. You can try a leopard print or a zebra print dress that would surely make a statement.

Puff shoulders– puff shoulders might be a very common kind of styling in this era but when done the right way it can add a sparkle to your entire costume and help you high glam quotient. It’s not necessary that you only have to wear a shirt for donning a puff shoulder, you can use this type of design in other kinds of dresses and attires as well. You can even make a puff shoulder in your traditional attires that would surely make you stand out in the crowd.

Patchwork– not all can carry it well, but if you can then you should be proud of yourself. The patchwork seems to be a modern version of the rugged look that millennials are picking up today. The colour and designs of the clothes that are in the market show what creativity it has within itself. You must definitely try out patchwork fashion the next time you become confused as to what to wear for a date out.

To conclude

Sometimes people follow fashion trends so much that they become confused as to what to wear and what to buy for donning a fashionable look. But they forget that it is not that you only have to follow the fashion trends to look good, you can wear anything that makes you feel comfortable. But still, if you want to follow the trends then the given few fashion ideas can surely be of immense help!

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Be the Anthony to my James

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 31, 2019 - 11:48pm

The Two-Spirit couple have been married for two years


Mi'kmaw conservation group builds artificial reefs to give sea life a new home

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 31, 2019 - 9:10pm
Christian Francis

This weekend, dozens of hollow concrete blocks that resemble a coral reef will be placed at the bottom of the Northumberland Strait off Nova Scotia to create habitat for struggling sea life.

Categories: CANADA

Opioid MDL Attys Poised To Debate Next Bellwether Trials

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 31, 2019 - 7:30pm
Attorneys in the opioid multidistrict litigation are gearing up for a closed-door debate next week over future bellwether trials, a showdown that will closely follow settlements that canceled the MDL's first trial.

Native American Heritage month begins Friday

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 31, 2019 - 7:18pm

During the month of November, Indian Country Today will be featuring contemporary Native Americans - Watch for the #Nativein2019 hashtag


Ex-Trump aide confirms Biden probe sought, says not illegal (even if quid pro quo)

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 31, 2019 - 6:57pm

Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican, said testimony Thursday is 'very compelling' and it contradicts previous testimony


Dakota Access Pipeline Review Was Flawed, Tribes Say

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 31, 2019 - 6:43pm
The Army Corps of Engineers' environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline falls short even after the court ordered the Corps to reconsider parts of its original analysis, three Native American tribes told a D.C. federal court.

States Ask 5th Circ. To Rethink Indian Child Welfare Act Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 31, 2019 - 6:17pm
Texas, Louisiana and Indiana, along with a group of adoptive parents, pressed the Fifth Circuit to revisit its ruling that the Indian Child Welfare Act is constitutional, saying Thursday the decision is out of step with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock: 'Good. Your turn Facebook'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 31, 2019 - 6:09pm

The pressure is now on Facebook to ban political ads, too


'We want to keep the oil. Forty-five million dollars a month? Keep the oil'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 31, 2019 - 6:00pm

US role in Syria grows more complex after President Trump's claim to oil


Sask. Court of Appeal upholds adult sentence for La Loche shooter

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 31, 2019 - 5:41pm
La Loche memorial

Saskatchewan's highest court has upheld the adult sentence for the man who murdered four people and wounded seven others when he was 17-years-old in the northern village of La Loche.

Categories: CANADA

'This is something we have to do': Montreal Lake Cree Nation opens crystal meth detox facility

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 31, 2019 - 3:49pm
Montreal Lake Cree Nation meth detox facility

The Montreal Lake Cree Nation opened a crystal meth detox facility on Monday to address an addiction crisis in the north central Sask. community.

Categories: CANADA

MMIWG families in Saskatchewan to hold first-of-its-kind conference

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 31, 2019 - 3:44pm
Danielle Ewenin launches MMIWG conference in Regina

Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are hosting a three-day conference in Regina, the first of its kind.

Categories: CANADA

A Just Transition

THE INDIAN LEADER - October 31, 2019 - 3:32pm

On October 22nd 23rd, and 24th 2019, Haskell Indian Nations University hosted the Indigenous Just Transition Assembly organized by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN). Over 100 Indigenous leaders and organizers from around the country met to discuss the importance of making a Just Transition from an unfair, capitalistic, and carbon-based economy to one that is ecologically sustainable, equitable, and just. There are many goals and principles being strived for. The following exemplifies some of the main issues being discussed.

  • Indigenous-based green economy
  • Native energy justice and democracy
  • Clean energy and energy efficiency
  • Green, affordable, and energy efficient homes
  • Community-based health care and healing centers
  • Sustainable community-based planning
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Meaningful work and localized community-building jobs

IEN is a grassroots organization that was established in the 1990’s by Indigenous people and other individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues. Since then, there have been annual meetings across the continent. The framework and policies brought forth are meant to be implemented for all communities but is especially tailored for Native communities. As a group of people who have been severely oppressed by a profit-driven, growth-dependent and industrial society; we are responsible for acknowledging the need for a local, tribal, national and global shared-vision towards a new economy based on living in balance with the natural systems of Mother Earth.

Tom Goldtooth, coming from the Dine Nation of Arizona and also Bdewakaƞtoƞwaƞ Dakota of Minnesota, is the executive director of IEN. Along with many others, he was paramount in establishing the IEN in 1996 and organizing the assembly at HINU this year. He was able to answer some questions and provide some words of wisdom.

How long have you been with IEN?

I was recruited by environmental youth and elder organizers in 1991, the year after the grassroots idea of environmental justice was formed. Winona LaDuke was one of them that came to talk to me. There was a leadership summit in Washington D.C. [and] they invited me to where many people were working to make a network of Indigenous people for environmental justice. I was working as a director of Environmental Protection for an Anishinaabe tribe at the time. At first, I refused to go the conference because the work is with the people and I did not want to work at the international level. [Winona] convinced me and I am really glad she did because I met a lot of really good [grassroot organizers]. So, in 1996, we finally hired our first staff for IEN and that was me.

How well do you think this assembly went for the Just Transition aspect?

I am really impressed with the assembly. I am mindful and respectful of the diversity within Indian Country. It’s like the tree of life where every leaf is unique. So doing anything on the scale that we envision is tricky. There are many questions involved. This was actually the first gathering where we were able to invite a cross-representation of different people. I feel really good: people are ready to engage and make movements to make a change for the future; to see what the plan is for our Indigenous communities. I am especially grateful to see the younger generation articulating the importance of, not only the work we are doing now, but also the teachings handed down by our elders.

What are some plans for the Indigenous Environmental Network?

As IEN, we are definitely going to keep listening and building the network. On a community level, we want to develop a community based and driven training toolkit on Just Transition principles, so tribes can be self-sufficient. This calls upon decolonization. For academic spaces, we want to make a curriculum for tribal colleges and see that students are more involved and educated about the importance of Just Transition.

Was this meant to be a nationwide movement or community-based?

I think the concept of how the “spokes and wheels” is put together should happen organically. This will happen with continual assemblies and conferences like what has happened here. Historically we have not been able to have our own voice because of colonization. Many policies have imposed their governance over us without any consultation. Now we are trying to go back to the tradition of how our tribal leadership used to operate; one aspect to that is instead of individuality thinking, we need to think as a community. The internalized oppression we experience can sometimes cause us to be our own worst enemies. So starting with healing ourselves then reaching out to the community is the idea. Eventually other people from other communities will follow suit. This has already been happening. But the work is not over.

Do you have any advice for younger generations?

The biggest thing is reaching out to others and having an open dialogue on what needs to happen. That would include reaching out to other students and seeing what they are thinking about and even reaching out to school leaders like Dr. Dan Wildcat. It would be tremendous to encourage a student working group on an Indigenous-based Just Transition. Me and IEN members are willing to come back [to HINU] and help in any way we can. As stated before, there were many different people from diverse backgrounds who were able to participate in this assembly. Siqaniq Maupin, from the Inupaiq tribe, came all the way from Fairbanks, Alaska. She was able to answer some questions about the event.

When it comes to social change, what are some things you are most passionate about?

One of the biggest things is seeing more equitable living in Indigenous communities. Since I was young, I struggled in poverty. When you grow up in that kind of environment, there is this ripple effect that is transferred to mental health and other aspects of living. When I hear about how my ancestors lived, where they didn’t have to worry about murder, abuse or struggling paycheck to paycheck; that’s what I’m most excited about that my kids or grandkids can live that reality.

How was your time at Haskell Indian Nations University?

It was really good. I actually almost applied here when I was younger but ended up not going for it. So coming to this campus and being at a different time in my life really reminds me of where I am and where I have come from. It is also really inspiring to see this campus, once used to dismantle our culture, now being used to empower it.

How was the experience of Indigenous Just Transition Assembly for you?

The experience has been really great. I was excited to be on a tribal campus because most of the conferences I attend are held at a bigger conference or a hotel. Here I was able to be with students and the Indigenous people of this land. So, I think just having it in a place where it’s more equitable and grassroots makes a difference in the atmosphere. Also seeing a lot of people who have made a difference in Indigenous rights with the youth and elders, was more impartial than I have seen in other Just Transition circles.

Are there any other organizations that you are also a part of?

Yes, there are many (laughs). I am a committee organizer with Native Movement, which is a grassroots nonprofit that helps uplift marginalized and Indigenous voices in Alaska. There are many others I am a part of but that is the main one.

What are the next steps for you when it comes to the principles of Just Transition?

I have been really inspired to do more with the community I am currently in. Also trying to support more of the organizing that is already happening there. For instance, I am considered an urban Native. So instead of trying to become the perception of what “Native” is supposed to be, I would like to reach out to others who feel just like me and finding a collective voice. My next step is to start doing more grassroots organization in my community even if that’s not in a traditional sense.

Based upon your experience, is there any advice for Indigenous youth who would like to be a part of grassroots organizations?

For me, when growing up I have always felt things were wrong almost every day of my life. Seeing the injustices I would see happen… I realized we all have the power to do something about it. Whether you live on your traditional land or not, are Indigenous or not, a person of color or not; you have strength. There is strength in your voice and words. You can do what other people who are being uplifted on social media platforms are doing. There are people all around the world doing this work. Even though they may not be shown in the light, they are making a significant difference. So, don’t think it’s unattainable to be where [leaders and organizers] are.

On the last two days of the assembly, the It Takes Roots (ITR) organizers held the spotlight to speak about their concerns on what it will take to achieve a Just Transition. [The] ITR movement is a collaboration between various grassroots organizations from around the country. These include the IEN, Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ). From the IEN website, ITR is described as: “…a multiracial, multicultural, multi-generational alliance of networks and alliances representing over 200 organizations and affiliates in American Indian traditional and tribal Native lands in U.S., grassroots organizations from all 50 states, First Nations in Canada, and front line community groups in the provinces, and territories which are led by women, gender nonconforming people, and peoples of color, which is the outcome of years of organizing and relationship building that addresses our diversity and unique cultures.”

The collaboration started with the organizing for the People’s Climate March in 2014 and still continues. Last year, It Takes Roots participated in IEN’s Protecting Mother Earth Conference in Nisqually, WA. It is very important to see collaborations like this to continue pushing for Just Transition Principles.

These past few years have seen many pushes by grassroots organizations like IEN, CJA, and GGJ against the systemic principles imposed upon us. The assembly that was held at HINU is one step toward transitioning to the Indigenous principles we have set for ourselves. Even though it will take much more work within respective communities, the continued discussion on our corresponding goals will make all the difference. There are many networks and organizers who are more than willing to help in the struggle to restore our indigenous lifeways of responsibility, duty, and respect to the Mother Earth. As we begin to lift each other up and make sure everyone is on the same page, things will begin to fall into place. If there is one thing to take from this assembly, it is that you are more than able to do your part in providing to your community. There are countless people working every day to make sure our people thrive for many generations to come.


Renaissance Racism

THE INDIAN LEADER - October 31, 2019 - 3:10pm

On October 14th, the Haskell and Lawrence communities celebrated “Indigenous People’s Day”, meanwhile, “Discovery Day” was being celebrated by knights, medieval folk, faeries, Norsemen, pirates and more at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Derived from the Discovery Doctrine, “Discovery Day” celebrates Christian colonization and the sublimation of nonChristian communities around the world.

Since the Renaissance Festival romanticizes the Middle Ages for entertainment, it dismisses the trauma endured by cultures and communities affected by colonialism; many groups like the Native Americans still see the effects today. The majority of Native communities were forced to relocate because of colonization, and the “Discovery Day” celebration took place on the seized lands of the Wazhazhe [Osage], Kaw [Kansa], and the Očeti Šakówiŋ [Sioux] because of it (native-land.ca). The festival also appropriated many symbols of Native American culture. “New Age” shops were selling two-foot dream catchers wrapped in bright blue and purple terrycloth yarn with flowers, feathers, and gems in the webbing; apothecaries monetized the practices of smudging, selling kits of white sage alongside abalone shells. One fantasy costumer in a dark cloak had a magic staff with a dream catcher hanging off the end tying Native American spirituality to magic.

Other groups were also subject to the racism of the festival. Many colonized cultures were represented at the fair as a sort of “silk road.” Festivalgoers could find Japanese umbrellas, throw “ninja stars”, smoke hookah, and ride camels. The most prominent displays of appropriation were among the Roma, who were pejoratively referred to as gypsies in many shops. These shops sold “Gypsy Coin Belts” that were worn by many women out of context for belly dancing; they were typically worn over short shorts or part of a woman’s pirate costume. The Roma have been and continue to be an oppressed group that suffered during the Renaissance; they have been victims of genocide, and continue to be persecuted today.

The Renaissance was the era of colonialism. The combination of the effects of colonialism and a romanticized history today destroys visibility of indigenous people and culture. Context and identity is being taken away, and is on display at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

For those interested in writing the festival to advocate for the change of “Discovery Day” please contact: office@kcrenfest.com


November Events

THE INDIAN LEADER - October 31, 2019 - 3:05pm

Haskell October Student Activities on Campus and around Lawrence

9am-4:30pm Ard/D Innovation Collaborative Exhibition Opening Chalamers Hall, Third floor, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd.
7pm-10pm Open Mic Night with Megan Luttrell Kaw Valley Public House, 444 Locus St.

7pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Tabor College Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex

7pm-8:30pm Buffalo Soldiers of the 1890s Watkins Museum of Natural History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
11:30am-1pm Collections Close up KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
11pm-12pm Blalock Movie Night Haskell Indian Nations University, Blalock Hall

6pm-9pm Fall Food and Drink Festival The Eldridge Hotel 701 Mass st.
7pm Environmental Awareness Haskell Indian Nations University Campus, Roe Cloud Hall

11:30am Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Dordt University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
7pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Kansas Wesleyan University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
7:30pm-9:30pm David Hogg: Putting the USA over the NRA; what we must do Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Dr.

8am Cross Country Championship Conference Haskell Indian Nations University Cross Country Course, 155 Indian Ave.
10am Mindful Crafting with Artist Liza Mackinnon, registration email: jmickel@lplks.org Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
11am Frozen 2: Lunch with Elsa $20, 60 max people The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.
1pm Frozen 2: Meet and Greet with Elsa $8 cash only The Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.
2pm-3pm Free State Brewing Company Production Tour Free, register at https://shop. freestatebrewing/tour contact number: (913)547-1060 1923 Moodie Road
2pm-4pm Holiday Nature Arts and Crafts Prairie Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.
4pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Central Methodist University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
4pm-6pm Under 25 Open Mic Night S&S Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St.

8am Billy Mills 10k Haskell Indian Nations University Cross Country Course. 155 Indian Ave. Registration www.adastrarunning. com $50 after Oct 31st

Veterans Day
6am-12pm Mercury Transit Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
9am-4pm Hang12, Traditions Reconstructed- Kris Kuksi Edward Jones, 888 New Hampshire St. Suite C
7pm-8:30pm Keynote: Luc Malik Bensimon KU Memorial Union, the Parlors(third floor)
7pm-10pm Open Mic Night with Megan Luttrell Kaw Valley Public House, 444 Locus St.
7pm-12am Inside Art Talk: Stephen Johnson Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

1pm-2:30pm connecting Through Poetry and Prose Watson Library, Third Floor Haricombe Gallery, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd.
5:30pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Kansas Wesleyan University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex

8am- 5pm GIS Day Kansas University Campus, Kansas Union Fourth floor

3pm-5pm KU Anschutz and Watson Library Tours, meet at Haskell Library at 2:45pm Haskell Indian Nations University, Tommaney Hall
4pm Awards and Scholarship Ceremony Haskell Indian Nations University, Auditorium
5pm-8pm Drop in and Draw: Sketching Skulls KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.

7pm-8:30pm Blalock Bingo Night Haskell Indian Nations University, Blalock Hall

Handweavers Workshop, contact Jared Nally jared.nally@haskell.edu
10am-12pm Pop Up Science! Cell Biology KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
2pm-3pm Foundling, 100 portraits by Megan Rye of children adopted from overseas Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
4pm-6pm Under 25 Open Mic Night S&S Artisan Pub and Coffeehouse, 2228 Iowa St.
5pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Oklahoma City University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
5:30pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. Langston University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
6pm-10pm ARTRageous Art Gala 2019, submit or donate pieces contact Tyler Jones, Tylerj@youthtrustproject.org Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.

Handweavers Workshop Continued, contact Jared Nally jared.nally@haskell.edu
12pm Holiday Stop and Shop Craft Fair 1330 Kasold Dr.
3pm-4:30pm Voices in the Wind Writing Workshop with Carmen Moreno Lawrence Public Library. 707 Vermont St.
7pm-9pm Sunrise Project; Music, Poetry, and Performance feat: Carmen Moreno, Alex Kimball Williams, and Amado Espinoza 1501 Learnard Ave Ste. E

5:30pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs MidAmerica Nazarene University Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex
7pm-9pm Blalock Study Night Haskell Indian Nations University, Blalock Hall
7pm-10pm Open Mic Night with Megan Luttrell Kaw Valley Public House, 444 Locus St.

7pm Haskell Men’s Basketball Vs. College of the Ozarks Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex

6:30pm-7:30pm Ask the Experts: Digital Photography Panel Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
7:30pm-12am Science on Tap: Petroglyphs of Kansas Smokey Hills Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St.

THURSDAY, November 21st
3pm-5pm KU Anschutz and Watson Library Tours, meet at Haskell Library at 2:45pm Haskell Indian Nations University, Tommaney Hall

10am-12pm Free Family Art Experience: Pixel Paint By Numbers Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

1pm- 4pm KU Carnival of Chemistry 1567 Irving Hill Road

7:30pm-9:30pm An Evening with writer, actor, director, and science advocate: Alan Alda. Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.

7pm-10pm Throwback Thanksgiving: live DJ 90s-2000s 826 Pennsylvania St.

Thanksgiving day
8am RunLawrence Thanksgiving 5K Register at, www.runlawrence.org/ TDay5k.html $20 before Nov. 21st , $28 after November 21st

4pm Haskell Women’s Basketball vs Hastings College Haskell Indian Nations University, Coffin Complex


Quebec Cree launch $1M internship fund to bring graduates home

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 31, 2019 - 2:53pm
Cree students graduate from McGill

Quebec Cree launch a $1 million internship fund as part of capacity building work to help youth develop to their full potential and benefit from an estimated 10,000 jobs available in public and private sector in Eeyou Istchee.

Categories: CANADA

K-State Indigenous Peoples Day

THE INDIAN LEADER - October 31, 2019 - 2:36pm

On October 14th, Kansas State University’s held its Indigenous People’s Day conference, “Asserting Sovereignty: Innovations and Battlegrounds.” K-State brought in two guest speakers, Sarah Deer, J.D. who presented “Sovereignty of the Soul,” and Susan Faircloth, Ph.D. who presented “Education as an Impediment or Imperative of Sovereignty?”

In “Sovereignty of the Soul,” Sarah Deer holds the federal government responsible for infringing on the sovereignty of tribal nations and the subsequent price Native women pay through the highest violence rates in America. Deer said that 84% of women experience violence and 97% of those crimes are committed by non-natives.

The Major Crimes Act of 1885 limited tribal authority to prosecute criminal cases, leaving many cases unprosecuted by the federal government. Deer said that 51.6% of Native women are sexually assaulted, a continuation of the use of rape as an instrument of war on Native Americans. Colonists claimed women’s bodies as property just as they claimed the land. But Native people have rights to individual sovereignty or the “Inherent power of a person to control and respond to one’s own internal and external relationships.”

Deer challenged her audience to protect their people fighting for sovereign rights. There are historic records that document that Native Americans had laws addressing rape and that instances were extremely low. Advocates, like Deer, fight to restore the sovereign right to uphold tribal laws. Progress on this front has slowly been made through new federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act of 2013. Deer’s message was clear. Until tribal sovereignty is recognized and Native women safe, there is still have much to fight for.

Susan Faircloth addresses educational sovereignty issues in her speech, “Education as an Impediment or Imperative of Sovereignty?” She believes that it is both. Historically education has been used against Native Americans. Boarding schools were created to re-educate Native American youth. The forced acculturation aimed to remove Native American identity. Without a Native Identity, how can Native Americans exercise sovereignty? Faircloth said that schools today still impede Native Sovereignty by teaching Native Students a statemandated curriculum that often excludes or inaccurately portrays Native American history.

However, education is a tool that can be used in different ways. Reclaiming education taught by Natives for Natives is imperative. Reservation schools can provide Native lead curriculums, and efforts can be made to connect culture and education. For example, Faircloth mentions Native-led math programs centered on salmon. She also provides examples of her efforts as a mother to exercise sovereignty for the education of her child. Many educators don’t see the effects of colonialism and how the curriculum is problematic for Native Americans. Re-education of revisionist history is imperative for Faircloth. By encouraging schools to hire specialists in cultural sensitivity and awareness, she believes this is doable.

Sarah Deer and Susan Faircloth only represented part of K-State’s Indigenous People’s Day conference. Momentum carried on throughout the afternoon with the theme of “Asserting Sovereignty.” These included film screening, breakout panels, and “Settler Colonial Realism: Historical Considerations for Contemporary Educational Sovereignty” by Meridith McCoy, Ph.D., and more.


Haskell Remembers

THE INDIAN LEADER - October 31, 2019 - 2:30pm

“To be born American Indian today is to have survived a holocaust of a very particular kind, one whose evidence is everywhere, all the time.”

-Dina Gilio-Whitaker

On Wednesday Oct.4th, over 40 students marched down Massachusetts Street, The students were joined with staff and local tribal people, all carrying and representing 40 or more Tribal Nation Flags. Each representing their cause; marching in honor of Indigenous Peoples day, representing MMIW Movement, AIM, holding No More Stolen Sisters Signs, red handprints across their faces, and all were wearing orange ribbons pinned to their shoulders and chest. For those who may not be familiar with the importance of orange ribbons carried with the slogan of ‘Haskell Remembers’ or Orange Shirts Day, here is some insight.

The incorporation of the orange ribbons began during Haskell Homecoming Week, which took place after the original Orange Shirt Day on September 30th and before Indigenous Peoples Day on October 14th. Thanks to donations of orange ribbons and supplies, a small group of students made approximately 200 ribbon pins. The Orange Shirt Day began with our First Nations relatives;

“…The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th …It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind. A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected. Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.” (Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters)

As American Indians and First Nations people we have all been affected by boarding schools and/ or residential schools, Our greatgrandparents, grandparents, and parents. We all live with lasting effects. But we now have the selfawareness, knowledge, and tools to heal ourselves, our families, and our communities.

It is important for Haskell to recognize the pillars that our University is built upon as well as celebrate what we have become. Former United States Indian Industrial Training School, Haskell Institute, and current Haskell Indian Nations University; our constant reminders are everywhere all the time, on the southeast side of campus there is a cemetery where children lay at rest. At the cultural center there is a pair of child-size handcuffs on display. Haskell does have a dark history, but also a continuing journey and legacy. In honor of our ancestors who had no choice in coming to school, we recognize that times are different now. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity at higher education. There are many alumni and students who are proud to be a Haskell Indian as they should. As Haskell students and alumni, it is our responsibility to honor the memory of the children who were sent to the original Haskell Institute, the children who survived, and the children who never returned home.




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