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'I lied to everyone about Christine': Overby admits to killing Wood during trial testimony

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 2:51pm
Brett Overby

Brett Overby has testified Christine Wood came at him with a knife in the basement of his Burrows Avenue home in August 2016. Asked whether he had lied to police, his family and his ex-girlfriend about Wood's death, he replied "yes."

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CBC team wins human rights reporting award for Beyond 94 project

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 2:51pm
Kelly Malone, Steph Brown and Lenard Monkman

A team from CBC was honoured for its Beyond 94 project, tracking progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action, at the Canadian Association of Journalism awards held this past weekend in Winnipeg.

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Jasmine Neosh of College of Menominee Nation Named TCJ Student Blogger

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - May 6, 2019 - 1:41pm

JASMINE NEOSHTribal College Journal has announced that Jasmine Neosh of College of Menominee Nation (CMN) will serve as the next blogger at TCJStudent.org.

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Exec Can't Shield Atty Docs In Tribe-Linked Usury Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 1:30pm
A Virginia federal judge has ordered the founder of a company connected to a tribe-linked online lender to turn over counsel documents to consumers accusing the lender of issuing loans with unreasonably high interest rates, ruling the founder had waived attorney-client privilege.

Senator Lillian Dyck to receive lifetime achievement award

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 12:29pm

Senator Lillian Dyck will be presented with a lifetime achievement award for her work in medicine and politics at the YWCA Women of Distinction banquet in Saskatoon on May 14.

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Tlicho man chosen as soloist for world premiere of 'The River of Light' opera

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 12:26pm
Mason Mantla at Vancouver Opera

The River of Light — an oratorial combining narration and music which showcases Tlicho language and stories — had its world premiere in Vancouver Friday night.

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James Bay community works to get handle on large, free-roaming dog population

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 12:23pm
Husky northern dog

The James Bay community of Waswanipi in northern Quebec says it is determined to finally get a handle on a free-roaming — and at times aggressive — dog population.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - May 6, 2019 - 12:18pm

Posters for a march in Montana to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo-Native American Achievement Center at Montana State University Billings, Facebook)

Events raise awareness on national day for missing and murdered Indigenous women Navajo Nation to study air quality near former uranium mine site with EPA grant Agencies assess damage in South Dakota for federal relief after storms and flooding https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050619.mp3

The post Monday, May 6, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.


Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget

INDIANZ.COM - May 6, 2019 - 12:14pm
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, and her new boss, Secretary David Bernhardt, are on Capitol Hill to talk about the Trump administration's budget.

Unfolding disaster: Millions of species face extinction

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 6, 2019 - 12:04pm

Current global response is insufficient; transformative change is required to restore and protect life


The Conversation: Maps serve as powerful tool for Indigenous communities

INDIANZ.COM - May 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
Our project, MappingBack, envisions mapping as a weapon and tactic to resist extractive industries on Indigenous lands.

YES! Magazine: Canoe journey offers first hand look at climate change

INDIANZ.COM - May 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
A voyage around the world offered a new generation of Hawaiians lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.

Cronkite News: Unique school bus serves as inspiration for Navajo students

INDIANZ.COM - May 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
For 26 years, Freddie Yazzie has driven school buses for a quiet community on the Navajo Nation.

Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers divided along party lines with climate change bill

INDIANZ.COM - May 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
The Climate Action Now Act would require the U.S. to meet the obligations of a global climate change accord.

Latest Update: Eva Bartlett in Edmonton

RADICAL CITIZEN MEDIA - May 6, 2019 - 11:33am

International Issues & Media Activism: Eva Bartlett in Edmonton (May 4, 2019 – videos only)


An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 10:12am
In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

NCAI’s former director continues career by leading Indian housing program


Jacqueline Pata takes her DC experience back to Alaska


Nuclear Power In The Age Of Decommissioning

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. nuclear power plant operators are increasingly seeking to transfer responsibility for decommissioning to new specialist entities — and early examples suggest that regulatory authorities will allow and support these transfers, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

UN Chief’s Reprehensible Bankrolling of Violence in Burundi


Thousands of people fleeing fear of violence in Burundi have arrived in Mahama Refugee Camp, Rwanda. Credit: UNHCR/Kate Holt

By Paula Donovan
NEW YORK, May 6 2019 (IPS)

Last week the Washington Post published a scathing critique by the executive director of Human Rights Watch, titled “Why the U.N. Chief’s Silence on Human Rights is Deeply Troubling.” Kenneth Roth argued that Secretary-General António Guterres “is becoming defined by his silence on human rights—even as serious rights abuses proliferate.”

That must have made things difficult for the UN spokespeople who form a human shield around António Guterres. It’s impossible to explain away the litany of recent atrocities—by Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, Syria, Congo, Myanmar, Trump—that have provoked neither comment nor condemnation from the Secretary-General.

Mr. Roth, who knows a great deal about the power of words, is absolutely right. Silence can be strategic, but sometimes it’s just spineless. Or worse: Sometimes silence means consent. Take the case of Burundi.

One is loath to believe that Mr. Guterres’ wordlessness on Burundi could possibly signal an endorsement of President Pierre Nkurunziza and the horrendous crimes he’s suspected of orchestrating against his political opponents.

But with no rationale coming from the Secretary-General to explain why he’s in business with an autocratic regime while it’s being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, we can only rely on documented facts. They speak for themselves.

The UN pays Burundi for the use of its soldiers as UN peacekeepers—some US $13 million annually, or almost a quarter of the poverty-stricken country’s entire defense budget—and currently deploys 740 of them to its mission known as MINUSCA to “protect” the war-racked Central African Republic (CAR).

The Security Council has authorized the Secretary-General to send military peacekeepers home “when there is credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.” It’s left to the Secretary-General to decide how much sexual violence is too much.

Burundians account for one-fifth of all the UN peacekeeping soldiers since 2015 who have been formally accused by CAR women and children of rape and other sexual “misconduct,” although fewer than seven percent of MINUSCA’s current complement of 11,158 peacekeeping soldiers are contributed by Burundi.

Burundi’s behavior in CAR should surprise no one. Back at home, the Burundian army’s chain of command looks something like this: President Nkurunziza is under divine orders—heard only by him—to rule for life, and his army is under instruction to eliminate Burundian citizens who dare to challenge that order.

When the president announced four years ago that he would seek a third term, voters demonstrated in the streets, and the massacres began. Since 2016, bone-chilling official reports from independent UN investigators and commissioners have described rape, sexual torture, dismemberment, and mass murder carried out by government soldiers, police, and militia.

Experts believe that the gruesome campaign is ongoing. Keeping an army loyal enough to sustain brutal levels of rape and murder against its own people, year after year, is costly. On whom can Nkurunziza depend for steady income? The answer: Secretary-General Guterres.

Even compared with the world’s most notorious campaigns of state terror and mayhem, Burundi stands out. International Criminal Court investigations are rare, but alleged past and ongoing attacks by the Nkurunziza government against its own citizens have been grotesque enough to warrant one, based on credible evidence of the worst of all offenses: crimes against humanity.

If there is any reasonable explanation for allowing Burundi to keep contributing peacekeepers, Nkurunziza’s victims deserve to hear it from the UN Secretary-General.

Why is he bankrolling their oppressor? And the women and children of CAR deserve to hear why, when their government asked the international community for peacekeepers, Mr. Guterres sent them an army notorious for raping and murdering instead.

Nkurunziza has no problem making his views heard. He angrily withdrew his country from the International Criminal Court when it announced the probe into alleged crimes against humanity (though by international law, the withdrawal was not enough to stop the ICC’s investigation.)

He had already forced the UN to withdraw its expert investigators and commissioners. And most recently, he expelled the UN human rights office from the country.

The withdrawals, expulsions, and denunciations have gone in just one direction. António Guterres has maintained his silence, punctured only by the sound of a pen scratching on a checkbook: Pay to the order of Pierre Nkurunziza, US $13 million. The world is owed an explanation.

The post UN Chief’s Reprehensible Bankrolling of Violence in Burundi appeared first on Inter Press Service.


Paula Donovan is Co-Director, AIDS-Free World and its Code Blue Campaign

The post UN Chief’s Reprehensible Bankrolling of Violence in Burundi appeared first on Inter Press Service.

Paulatuk school improves attendance rate by 25% this year

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 7:30am

Angik School in Paulatuk, N.W.T., has always struggled with improving its attendance rate — at one point, the school had the lowest attendance rate in the Beaufort Delta region.

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