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Schools that continue to use Indian imagery and references claim that their use stimulates interest in Native American culture and honors Native Americans. These institutions have simply failed to listen to the Native groups, religious leaders, and civil rights organizations that oppose these symbols. These Indian-based symbols and team names are not accurate representations of Native Americans.

Rios-Montt sentenced to 80 years for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

The trial of General José Efrain Ríos-Montt in Guatemala has ended and he has been found guilty! This trial was historic for being the first time in which a head of state was tried by the judicial system of his own country (not an international tribunal) for genocide. This process, which began in 1999, is a milestone for indigenous people everywhere and a victory for the Ixil Maya who suffered torture, disappearances, displacement and mass-murder during his brief but brutal reign of terror.

Trial of Rios Montt to Resume Tomorrow (April 30, 2013)!

The trial of Efrain Rios-Montt and Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 8.30am. The uncertainty of the trial seems to have been resolved, at least for now. I have included the email message sent to me as verification. This news has yet to hit the wire services. For more information on the trial, see the postings in the forum.
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Urgent: The Trial of Efrain Rios Montt & Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez: 04/20/2013

Judges in the landmark genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Rios-Montt asked the country's Constitutional Court to decide if the proceedings should continue, as a move to annul the case brought an international outcry that justice be served in the Central American country's long and bloody civil war. Efrain Rios Montt, 86, is accused of overseeing the deaths of 1,771 Mayan Indians during the military dictatorship he headed. Messages to the US State Department and Senator Brown’s office asking for support for the trial to continue to a conclusion and protection for the witnesses, the prosecutors and the judges are encouraged and needed.

EarthFest 2013

Come visit our booth at EarthFest 2013. EarthFest is the longest running Earth Day festival in the United States. Doors open at 10a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

For more information, including directions to EarthFest, visit the Earth Day Coalition website.

WHEN: 
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 8:00pm

Trial of dictator Rios-Montt - Message from SEPA (March 2013)

Friends,
For those of you who are interested in Guatemala and know of the work of SEPA, (Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment), there is a remarkable human rights trial that began this past Tuesday [March 19, 2013 -moderator]. SEPA is currently providing funding for an "accompanier" to be with endangered families of victims who are testifying.

4 APRIL 2013 - Opening Day Demonstration 2013

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

CLEVELAND, OHIO - Join the American Indian Movement, the American Indian community, and supporters in our on-going struggle in Cleveland for dignity as people, not mascots.

Organizers declare that the Cleveland “Indians” team name and logo are clearly racist, bigoted and shameful. We insist that, pursuant to the findings of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Cleveland baseball abolish their use.

AFN Statement of Unity: In Honour of our Peoples and Our Land, December 2012

The following statement was adopted unanimously by Chiefs in Assembly December 6, 2012.

We, the original peoples of Turtle Island hereby assert our sovereignty as Nations, entrusted to us by the Creator,

As First Nations peoples, we are guided by principles of peace, harmony and respect; we are also bestowed with the responsibility by the Creator to defend our territories, including traditional and Treaty lands,

We have maintained these principles despite the imposition of illegal government legislation and policies against our citizens,

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