Panther Meadows, on Mt. Shasta is the sacred genesis place of the Winnemem Wintu people.  The US Forest Service has ignored numerous requests by our tribe and the Pit River tribe to close the meadow, due to its fragile ecology.  We have led the efforts at restoration to bring the meadow back from years of overuse and ignorant treatment, but it has been an uphill battle.  This weekend, with the possibility of many Rainbow people, who have been partying nearby, converging on the mountain, we decided to protect our sacred site.  Here is one of many of the clueless, disrespectful people we have encountered.
Argentina indigenous chieftain leads fight to reclaim ancestral land
Félix Díaz is attempting to change that narrative, by making visible the displaced indigenous minority and reaffirming their rights – and their claims to lost territory. Photograph: Alamy
By Uki Goñi

Félix Díaz stands before a line of colourful plastic tents on one of the broad strips of land running down the centre of the Avenida 9 de Julio – one of the busiest thoroughfares in the Argentinian capital.

“We have many gods,” he says. “The god of nature, the god of water, the god of air, but we no longer have the land we shared with them. They’ve taken our gods and now they’re taking what little is left of our land.”

Díaz, the chieftain of the Qom indigenous tribe, is leading the fight for the return of his people’s ancestral lands in the distant northern province of Formosa. Together with representatives of the Pilagá, Wichi and Nivaclé indigenous communities, the Qom activists have for the past five months camped out in central Buenos Aires to demand the return of their traditional territories. 

But his words are drowned out by the thunderous din of traffic – and his message has been actively ignored by government officials.

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South Dakota State Penitentiary Relents, Accommodates Prisoner Pow Wows

In March, in tandem with Chase Iron Eyes and Last Real Indians, we reported that: “At some point in late 2014, the Penitentiary decided that prison ceremonies that have historically accommodated as many as 200 people, primarily the Native inmates’ loved ones, should be trimmed back to only 80 people.”

We are pleased to have learned that the South Dakota Penitentiary has reversed its illegal course and will now allow the pow wows to be conducted at full capacity–meaning with as many as 200 Native inmates and their loved ones from the outside. We thank those that stood with our imprisoned relatives during this challenging time, and we wish them all the best as they carry out their summer pow wow ceremonies.


Strident progress has been made over the last month in the official recognition of government responsibility in the cultural genocide of the indigenous people of Canada and Maine.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published their investigative findings and summary of their final report on June 3rd stating, “For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the Treaties; and, through a process of assimilation, cause Aboriginal peoples to cease to exist as distinct legal, social, cultural, religious, and racial entities in Canada. The establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as ‘cultural genocide.'”

The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission has come to similar conclusions, however they take their findings, published on June 14, one step further in stating, "Testimony and research that reveal ICWA’s slow integration into the child-welfare system, the state’s earlier reluctance to embrace kinship care, discrimination against Wabanaki people, the impact of historical trauma and reactions against tribal self-determination suggest, however, that cultural genocide is ongoing.”

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Fighting the falsification of history of the United States

The role of indigenous peoples and the challenges they face in the United States will always be a topic of conversation. Preservation and development of culture, traditions, language and customs of indigenous peoples of America must not take second place.
However, the Indians faced with many challenges. We have almost nothing we can learn about the lives of the indigenous peoples of the continent from the history books. One gets the feeling as if they never existed.
It is necessary to take care of the survival of cultures, traditions, customs, language, the Indians could pass it on to future generations.
If the truth remains unsaid, the history may repeat itself.

Today is all about the turquoise. Some vintage, some newer, just wanna see that blue. 💙 I’ve always wore my rings facing me. Since I was a child, no matter if others told me me they are suppose to face out. I think whichever way you like is the best way. There is no right way. I just always thought they were for me so I made them face me. My Nicodemus and Dregon rings are the only ones that face out because they are watching and looking for what I do not see. #RingsOfTheDay #rotd #pileThemOn #allTheRings #yourWayIsTheRightWay #epj #turquoise #kachina #skyPeople #serpent #snakeEyes #knuckleToKnuckle #ILikeBigRingsAndICannotLie #midiRing #PinkieRing #thumbRing #vintage #native #EvilPawnJewelry #love #evilpawn #earth #jewelry #EarthMedicine #Kokopelli #adornYourselfInMetal

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When most Lakota children wake up to for their 18th birthdays, it is more of dreaded date than a celebration. This is the time when those in foster care will exit the state system and be sent into the world with very little preparation or tools to be successful. By age 20, over 60% are homeless, in prison, or dead. Many Lakota foster children have also been prescribed a cocktail of psychiatric medication to “control” them, unfortunately, this leads to much more severe problems later in life. It becomes a struggle to get off of these drugs and make sense of their fractured world without family or community for support.

Sadly, this problem is not new. Lakota children have been taken from their families for more than 130 years. It began in the 1880s under a U.S. Government policy of forced assimilation: children as young as five years old were removed from their homes, shipped to boarding schools, and instructed in the ways of white culture with the official motto: “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” Today, a generation of children is once again losing its connection to its culture through state-sanctioned kidnapping under the auspices of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. Every year South Dakota blatantly violates the Indian Child Welfare Act by removing over 740 Native children from their families and community and putting into non-Native foster care.


Bill Introduced to Repeal Giving Apache Lands to Foreign Mining Corporation

What this unpopular corporate giveaway was doing in the national security bill is anyone’s guess, and we shouldn’t wait any longer to repeal it. Congress shouldn’t be in the business of helping big corporations at others’ expense, and it certainly shouldn’t break faith with Native American communities.” ~Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Last week, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill to repeal a provision in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R.3979, that would give Apache lands to a foreign mining corporation.

Tucked inside the NDAA was a provision, Section 3003, that would transfer 2,400 acres of Apache ancestral and ceremonial lands, located in the Tonto National Forest, to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto an Australian-English mining company.

H.R.2811, the Save Oak Flat Act, was introduced on July 17th would repeal Section 3003.  H.R. 2811 is sponsored by Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Arizona).

Passage of the NDAA and Section 3003 has drawn fierce opposition from the San Carlos Apache tribe and other Apache tribes, who, along with supporters, have held mass demonstrations including many occupying Oak Flat.  Oak Flat is traditional ceremonial grounds for the Apache.

Since time immemorial people have gone there. That’s part of our ancestral homeland. We’ve had dancers in that area forever – sunrise dancers – and coming-of-age ceremonies for our young girls that become women. They’ll seal that off. They’ll seal us off from the acorn grounds, and the medicinal plants in the area, and our prayer areas.”  ~Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe

Soon-to-be lawyer wins right to wear regalia when she is called to the bar
Christina Gray will set a strong precedent when she is called to the bar this week. The law student will wear her First Nation's regalia when she attends the ceremony.

Christina Gray will set a strong precedent when she is called to the bar this week.

In a sea of black barristers’ robes at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, Gray, a proud member of the Lax Kw'alaams Tsimshian, will be wearing her woollen black and red Tsimshian button blanket and her cedar hat. On her back there will be a hand-sewn killer whale, representing her clan.

The regalia represents her Tsimshian culture, laws, ways of being and history, said Gray.

Gray will be the first in Ontario to wear First Nations regalia instead of the traditional barristers’ robes when called to the bar on Tuesday.

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