Thousands of South American indians were infected with measles, killing hundreds, in order to for US scientists to study the effects on primitive societies of natural selection, according to a book out next month.
The astonishing story of genetic research on humans, which took 10 years to uncover, is likely to shake the world of anthropology to its core, according to Professor Terry Turner of Cornell University, who has read the proofs.
"In its scale, ramifications, and sheer criminality and corruption it is unparalleled in the history of anthropology," Prof Turner says in a warning letter to Louise Lamphere, the president of the American Anthropology Association (AAA).
The book accuses James Neel, the geneticist who headed a long-term project to study the Yanomami people of Venezuela in the mid-60s, of using a virulent measles vaccine to spark off an epidemic which killed hundreds and probably thousands.
Once the epidemic was under way, according to the book, the research team “refused to provide any medical assistance to the sick and dying Yanomami, on explicit order from Neel. He insisted to his colleagues that they were only there to observe and record the epidemic, and that they must stick strictly to their roles as scientists, not provide medical help”.
The book, Darkness in El Dorado by the investigative journalist Patrick Tierney, is due to be published on October 1. Prof Turner, whose letter was co-signed by fellow anthropologist Leslie Sponsel of the University of Hawaii, was trying to warn the AAA of the impending scandal so the profession could defend itself.
Although Neel died last February, many of his associates, some of them authors of classic anthropology texts, are still alive.

Canadian government pushing First Nations to give up land rights for oil and gas profits

The Harper government is trying to win support for its pipelines and resource agenda by pushing First Nations to sideline their aboriginal rights in exchange for business opportunities, documents reveal.

The news that Canada’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs is working to this end by collaborating with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is sparking strong criticism from grassroots Indigenous people.

Funded by the federal government, the Working Group on Natural Resource Development held private meetings in Toronto and Edmonton in the fall of 2014 that were attended by several invited Chiefs and representatives from Enbridge, Syncrude and other oil corporations, as well as mining companies and business lobby groups.

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Aboriginal women ask Stephen Harper: Am I next?

Am I next?

That’s the question aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a new online campaign to renew pressure on his government to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.

Coming on the heels of Harper’s "sociological phenomenon" blunder, the campaign is the brainchild of Holly Jarrett. She’s the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student at Saint Mary’s University who was murdered earlier this year. At the time of her death, Saunders was working on her thesis on murdered and missing aboriginal women.

"She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress Friday, a day after  launching the Am I Next campaign.

"We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth," said Jarrett, an Inuit from the Labrador coast who’s now based in Hamilton, Ont.

After organizing one of the largest petitions at calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Jarrett decided to launch the Am I Next campaign.

It’s inspired by the Inuktitut word ain, a term of endearment for someone you love in her native language.

Here are some of the faces of the viral campaign:


Rhymes for Young Ghouls, featuring Mohawk actress Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, is now streaming on Netflix!

From IMDB:

Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.

A homeless First Nations woman in Northern Ontario faces a $10,000 fine after attempting to build a cabin on land where she grew up.

This is awful. This homeless native woman with no options for housing on her home first nation is building where her old home used to be and the government is punishing her.

The Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne  has a twitter. You should all let her know how you feel about it. 


Protests from our First Nations people in the lead up to the G20 summit. 5 years after Kevin’s apology our First nations people are having their children taken away at alarming rates.  Indigenous child removal has risen 400% in the last 15 years and represent a third of out of home care despite making up only 4.6% of the population.

Winnipeg police asking for help to find missing girl

The Winnipeg Police Service is asking for the public’s help to find 15-year-old Pauline Heather Crane.

Crane was last seen in downtown Winnipeg on Feb. 27, 2015.

She is described as aboriginal, 5’2” (157.38 cm)  tall, 180 pounds (81 kg), medium build, long straight brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are concerned for the girl’s well-being.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.


SheNative is a socially driven handbag & accessories company dedicated to empowering Indigenous women, positively impacting the way they are represented in the media, and changing how they are perceived by the rest of the world.

Devon Fiddler, Founder & Chief Changemaker of SheNative is an Indigenous woman of the Waterhen Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She founded SheNative with a mission to inspire Native Women and girls to see themselves differently.

“I grew up a shy, timid Native girl, not having the best childhood experience with so much external negativity due to who I was, right down to the colour of my skin. I’ve since realized that I didn’t have to be who I was expected to be, and I could be whoever I wanted! So, I did it!”

Devon recognized a common problem based on her own personal experiences and those of her friends, family and other Native women around her. She recognized the need for change, and started looking for a way to help other woman and girls, to tell them that it’s okay to be amazing and pursue their passions. And so, SheNative was born. Devon recognized that changing the way Native women perceive themselves will start a chain reaction of empowerment, encouraging these women to provoke a positive change in public perceptions.

SheNative is currently at $9,700 (65% of their $15,000 goal) with 7 days left in the campaign. Jump on board now and help them make it!

Raising Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women #MMIW

We are asking you to join Sing Our Rivers Red (SORR) events, aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender based violence in the United States and Canada. In February 2015, several events will strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice.



Indigenous activists burnt the Australian flag today at G20. The Courier Mail reported it and unsurprisingly the hyperpatriotic racist bogans came out of the woodwork. Other than fact the welfare myth surrounding First nations  is patently untrue, you’d think for a moment they’d consider it from their perspective for just a second.

Since 1788 White Australia has established an illegal Australian government. Sovereignty has never been ceded nor has a treaty been signed. Since 1788 White Australia has committed genocide and massacres, it has and continues to rip First Nation children from their mothers, it has raped and tortured, it has suppressed culture and religion, it continues to incarcerate and imprison.

At what point would they feel allegiance to an entity that kills, belittles and exploits them ruthlessly?

At what point would they feel the need to honour those who died under the flag when our Government refuses to recognise and honour the thousands of First nation soldiers who died defending their homeland against white invaders.

and at what point would they see the apparent sacredness of the flag when White Australia has trampled and bulldozed sacred ceremonial grounds of our First Nation people.

Skwomesh language revitalized by First Nation youth through DIY immersion

A trio of 20-somethings is carving pot roast, in a typical-looking kitchen in a typical-looking apartment in North Vancouver.

But conversation here is unlike anywhere else in the world.

"a stl’i7 u kwi stak̲w?" asks Khelsilem, as he heaps potatoes on a plate for his sister, Jaymyn La Valle.

"en stl’i7 kwi stak̲w," replies Joshua Watts — pointing to a water glass.

Welcome to Language House: a do-it-yourself immersion experiment driven by youth determined to learn and revive Sk̲wx̱wú7mesh sníchim or in English — the Skwomesh language. (The 7 represents a glottal stop or a slight pause.)

The trio moved in together last autumn after the 25-year-old Khelsilem (his traditional Skwomesh name) put a call out to his fellow Squamish Nation members asking who would like to devote themselves to learning their ancestral tongue — by living with him in an immersion-like setting, instead of attending a weekly class.

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Native women speaking out against violence by Brandon Ecoffey

RAPID CITY — Some say that a picture can speak a thousand words: Some however, can do more than that.

A photo posted by First Nations woman, Sarah Rainville, on Twitter, along with hashtag #ImNotNext, has gone viral and is giving those who are fed up with the high rates of violent crime against indigenous women in Canada a far reaching platform to speak from.

Rainville, 25, a citizen of the Soto First Nation from Sakimay, SK, chose to take her own personal message to social media. The catalyst for Renville’s revelation to post the photo and create the hashtag came about in response to a different social media campaign that asked the question #AmINext. #AmINext was intended to create awareness about the high rates of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. However, Rainville, felt that a more powerful and empowering message was more appropriate.

“I would never go to Canada and ask if I am next. It is time we lift our people I am not going to be next. My people are not going to be next. And my children are not going to be next,” said Rainville. “I am not next I don’t want to be next,” said Rainville. “This was not from a victim’s standpoint or from a place of fear.”



Hundreds of people gather in a vigil to honour and remember Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall; both are first nations who were recently found deceased. Tina Fontaine was found in a bag in the river, murdered.

Media reports have come in saying that those marching have filled Portage and Main in Winnipeg.

We need to combat racism and prevent further violence and death to first nations people, but especially women. Canadians should not forget about this.

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