Titla Running For Congress - Mayans Evicted - Nunavat Briefs - NAPT - Bellecourt Obit
Mary Kim Titla, an Apache, is running for Congress in northern Arizona and would become the first Native American woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress if she wins.
Titla, a Democrat, is running for the congressional seat vacated by Republican Rick Renzi, who resigned after becoming the target of a federal investigation into federal land deals bought by his former associate.
Knowing the Latino vote will factor heavily in the election, Titla named Randy Camacho, a two-time candidate for U.S. Congress and former vice chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, as her campaign manager.
Titla is a known face in Arizona . She was a TV journalist for almost 20 years for KPNX 12 News in Phoenix. "My name recognition will go a long way," Titla told Latino Perspectives magazine. "It is something that a candidate can only hope for when they announce that they are running for office. They (viewers) believed in me and trusted me as a journalist, and I believe they are ready to trust me as a candidate."
Canadian Mining Company Evicts Mayans From Own Community
Please check out this video, sent by Seventh Generation Fund’s sister, Mariana Xuncax, (Mariana Francisco email@example.com) of Maya Vision. It documents the eviction of Mayas from their community for a Canadian Company (Skye Resources) It also provides information at the end to contact the company directly.
Guatemalan military evicting Mayan villagers to make way for a Canadian nickel mining operation see video at:
Submitted by Ann VanWert
Inuit Need New National Language Center
"You need to preserve the old language and come up with new terminology to keep up."
By Jane George
Inuit need a nation-wide language and culture resource centre to preserve and promote Inuktitut throughout Canada, says Mary Simon, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
"It would be important for us as Inuit to have this kind of centre where you can work on the language, as in the Faroes," Simon said, following a meeting of the National Inuit Language Committtee in Ottawa.In the Faroe Islands, the Faroese Language Committee is an advisory institute, founded in 1985.
Kusugak Hopes Kivalliq Gets Plugged In
"Power line to Manitoba would cut cost of living even more than proposed highway,” Rankin mayor says
By Chris Windeyer
RANKIN INLET - A proposed road between the Kivalliq and Churchill would be good, but a connection to Manitoba's electrical grid would be better, says Rankin Inlet's mayor.
In an interview Tuesday, Lorne Kusugak said he's not against the proposed $1.2 billion road, backed by the Kivalliq Inuit Association, that would connect the three southernmost Kivalliq communities with Churchill, Manitoba and the rest of the Canadian highway system at Gillam.
But he said a hydro connection would do more to lower the cost of living in the region. "If I had a magic wand I would push for a power line to Nunavut," Kusugak said.
Like the rest of Nunavut, Kivalliq communities generate their electricity by burning diesel fuel. Kusugak said a power line could end the costly annual bulk shipments of diesel, and the environmental risks that come with them. Kusugak also suspects a power line would have a much lower environmental impact than a road.
The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board has expressed concern a road would disrupt caribou migration patterns."I would think a [power line] would be a heckuva lot more environmentally friendly," Kusugak said.The idea isn't new. Former Arviat MLA Kevin O'Brien lobbied for years to get a power connection for the Kivalliq, but without success. And Manitoba Hydro has shown interest in the project, since the Kivalliq would become a market for the utility's surplus electricity.
New Education Act Will Still Have Critics, Picco Admits
"DEAs will be displeased as revamped legislation doesn't download hiring"
By John Thompson
Ed Picco, Nunavut's education minister, admits he will have trouble pleasing everybody when he tables the proposed new Education Act in the legislature later this month.
For the past year he's heard complaints from the small bands of elected people who sit on district education authorities, which help oversee the administration of schools. They want more power, including the ability to hire and fire teachers. They also want more money to cover the cost of these administrative tasks.
Picco says he doesn't see much sense in the request. It would cost the government several million dollars each year to download these responsibilities to individual DEAs, he says, and he'd rather see that money spent in the classroom.
So he says he's included a compromise on the matter in the new Education Act. Picco calls it a "happy medium," but it probably won't give DEAs much satisfaction.The act includes a provision for Picco, the minister, to give additional powers to individual DEAs as he sees fit. But he adds that, as it stands, he doesn't see any reason why he'd let a DEA hire and fire teachers.
Native American Public Telecommunications
Way of the Warrior Coming to PBS November 1
The warrior has a special place in Native American communities. Those who protect are exalted throughout Indian Country. This one-hour documentary about the warrior ethic explores how Native communities have traditionally viewed their warriors and why, during the 20th century, Native men and women have signed up for military service at a rate three times higher than non-Indians.
Vernon Bellecourt Takes Flight To The Spirit World
From: Chris Spotted Eagle
Sat, 13 Oct 2007
Vernon Bellecourt (WaBun-Inini) passed over into the spirit world earlier today, October 13, 2007. Minneapolis, Minnesota surrounded by his friends and family.
Vernon Bellecourt (WaBun-Inini) Anishinabe/Ojibwe Nation 1931 - 2007
Vernon was a principal spokesman for the American Indian Movement and a leader in actions ranging from the 1972 occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington to the 1992 Redskin Superbowl demonstrations. He Co-founded and was the first Executive Director ofthe Denver AIM Chapter. His involvement at Wounded Knee in 1973 led to a Federal indictment.
He was a special representative of the International Indian Treaty Council and helped organize the firstTreaty Conference in 1974. He was jailed for throwing his blood on the Guatemalan Embassy to protest the killing of 100,000 Indians.
He was elected to a 4-year term in his White Earth tribal government and developed a model program for the spiritual education of Indian prisoners. Vernon was President of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports & Media and recipient of the City of Phoenix, Martin Luther King Human Rights Award 1993
Monday, October 15, 2007 - 5pm - Celebration of Vernon's Life
All Nations Indian Church
1515 E 23rd Street Minneapolis, MN 55404
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 -
Wake Circle of Life School, White Earth Reservation, MN
Wednesday Morning, October 17, 2007 -
BurialWhite Earth Reservation, MN
Vernon had no medical insurance plan and the Bellecourt family is collecting donations to help pay for medical and burial costs.
Donations and cards can be sent to:
3953 14th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
TO SUBMIT an ARTICLE, OPINION PIECE, COMMENTS to the Native Unity Digest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIVE UNITY - A place for Native American Peoples to solidify their tribes to make a positive impact on the cultural, social, economic and political fabric of American society and a place for non-Natives to better understand the ways of the American Indian.
NATIVE ISSUES BLOG
Professor Robert J. Miller
AIROS NATIVE NETWORK plays music, news and other great programs from Indian Country - www.airos.org
FOR NATIVE CELEBRITY NEWS - go to www.nativecelebs.com
Visit Vietnam Vet. LARRY MITCHELL at http://www.potawatomivet.com and click on his blog at the site.
NATIVE BIZ LEARNING CENTER - www.learn.nativebiz.com was developed for tribal education specialists serving tribal communities. Any tribal community can register at NO COST.
SUPPORTING NATIVE AMERICAN/FIRST PEOPLE - ARTISTS, FILM MAKERS, ENTERTAINERS, ETC. http://www.krystynmedia.blogspot.com.