Indigenous International Environmental Gathering
14TH PROTECTING MOTHER EARTH CONFERENCE
July 6-9, 2006
Cass Lake, Minnesota USA
(Within the sovereign territories of the Leech Lake Anishinaabe Nation. To be held at the Leech Lake Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds.)
This is a traditional gathering with outdoor camping, with a Sacred Fire. Indigenous Peoples and supporters are invited.
TOPICS of Grave Importance:
Water of Life: Our waters are being privatized. Bring water sample from your community to be part of the Indigenous Women’s Water Ceremony by the Water Keepers.
Toxic Contamination and Health of all Life: Toxic and radiation exposures and toxic body burdens.
Energy Development that is Destroying Mother Earth: Oil, gas, coal, nuclear, geothermal and the need for solutions.
Climate Change and Global Warming: Prophesies are true and what do we do?
Native Youth Resistance Movement: Native youth activism and leadership.
There are many other workshop presentations on environmental and health issues, Indigenous rights, sacred sites and community-based sustainable development and alternative energy.
Incinerators in disguise: Plasma arc, gasifiers, etc. These dangerous toxic waste incinerators are bring proposed in First Nations and Tribal lands in Canada and the U.S.
Clean up of toxic contaminated sites.
Transboundary Water Transfer: Canada/US.
Zero Waste: Electronics, Green Buildings, Industrial/Residential Waste. Oil, Gas, Coal Bed Methane, LNG, Oil Refineries: Fossil Fuel Indigenous Resistance. Mineral Extraction: Mining to the Ends of the Earth.
Sacred sites: What works and what isn’t working.
Reports on the World Water Forum, the Indigenous Aquaculture Network – Eagle/Condor Exchange, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the 2005 North American Indigenous Mining Summit, the US EPA Office of Environmental Justice and its activities, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2005, the World Social Forum, and others.
Report of the upcoming Indigenous World Uranium Summit, Navajo Nation, Fall 2006.
Note: The Leech Lake Traditional Pow-Wow bringing Indigenous dancers from throughout North America will be held from July 1-3rd.
Bring your tents, tipi and be prepared for camping out. Showers available. Meals provided. Donations accepted, $5 per car minimum. Indigenous security on site.
All plenary and some workshops will be Web-Cast throughout the world. Live radio broadcast of some of the plenary presentations. Live interviews.
For more information: www.ienearth.org
Contact: Simone “Chinoodiniwke” Senogles at: + 1 218 751 4967 or email@example.com
HONORING OUR INDIGENOUS WOMEN ACTTIVISTS SPEAKING TOUR
Carrie Dann – Western Shoshone Nation
Louise Benally – Dine’ Nation, Big Mountain
Rosalee Little Thunder – Sicangu Lakota Nation
Their topics are human rights, environmental justice, multinational accountability, Nevada test site bombing, sovereignty, treaty rights and United Nations declarations.
6/11 – Portland, OR – St. Andrews – 806 N.E. Alberta – 7 PM
6/12 – Eugene, OR – Westmoreland Community Ctr. – 2065 W.16th Way – 7 PM
6/13 – Ashland OR – First Methodist Church – 175 N. Main St. – 7PM
6/15 - Arcata, CA - D St Neighborhood Ctr. 13th and D. St. – 7 PM
6/16 – Garberville, CA - Beginnings – 5 Cemetery Rd – 7 PM
6/17 – Mendocino, CA – Mendocino Recreation Ctr. – 110 Pine St. – 7:30 PM
6/18 – Laytonville, CA – The Fire Hall – 44200 Willis Ave, - 7 PM
6/19 – Oakland, CA – Humanist Hall - 390 27th St.- 7 PM
6/20 – San Francisco, CA – New College Theatre – 777 Valencia St. – 7 PM
For more information:
Western Shoshone Defense Project – http://wspd.org/
Big Mountain Indigenous Support – http://blackmesais.org/
Buffalo Field Campaign – http://buffalofieldcampaign.org/
United States Election Assistance Commission
Submitted by Alyssa Macy – Alyssa@ccp.org
EAC Announces – College Poll - Worker Grants
Application deadline is June 15th
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has begun takingapplications for grants to develop programs that recruit and train college students to serve as nonpartisan poll workers and poll assistants.
The awards are part of the Help America Vote College Program which was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). The program is part of an effort to encourage college student involvement and to assist state and local governments in the administration of elections.
"While significant progress has been made in election reform, a major challenge facing election officials is the ongoing need to recruit and retain poll workers"said EAC Chairman Paul DeGregorio. "We hope to engage America's college students in an effort to meet this critical need.
"EAC will award up to $250,000 in competitive grant monies over the course of the project. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education such as state universities, private colleges and community colleges, and non-profit organizations. The ceiling for individual awards is $20,000.
Applications are due no later than June 15, 2006 and must be submitted in hard copy by mail or hand delivery. For information on how to apply and to obtain application forms and instructions, please call 1-866-747-1471 or send an email to HAVACollegeProgram@eac.gov. For more information about EAC, go to www.eac.gov.
EAC is an independent bipartisan commission created by HAVA. It is charged with administering payments to states and developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, implementing election administration improvements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines and serving as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration.
The four EAC commissioners are Paul DeGregorio, chairman; Ray Martinez III, vice chairman; Donetta Davidson and Gracia Hillman .
INDNs List Endorses Two Washington State Candidates
Today we are proud to announce the endorsements of Dr. Don Barlow and Rep. John McCoy, candidates for Washington’s State House Districts 6 and 38, respectively.
Dr. Barlow is a member of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma who will bring to state government a real plan for the residents of Washington’s Sixth District and people across the state.
Rep. McCoy is a member of the Tulalip Tribe who is dedicated to improving the lives of working families.
A licensed mental health counselor and current president of the Spokane School Board, Dr. Barlow understands what children and families need to succeed. He will fully fund public education and restructure curricula so that students are given the tools they need to build a better Washington.
An Air Force veteran and a legislator since 2003, Rep. McCoy brings years of public service to communities and a proven record of working with business and citizens alike to accomplish the goal of building a better Washington.
“So often we as voters are offered candidates with values but not vision, priorities but not plans,” Kalyn Free commented of the candidates. “Don and John have such a robust vision for not only their constituents but all people across Washington.”
Each offers plans for improving education, plans for ensuring access to healthcare, plans for bolstering jobs and wages, and plans for meeting the exciting potential in Washington.
Both are currently running unopposed in the primary race.
Constituents can cast their votes for Dr. Barlow and Rep. McCoy in the September 19 primary. The general election will be held November 7.
To read more about Don Barlow and John McCoy, visit their profiles on our candidates’ page at www.indnslist.org/endorsedcandidates.
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