NAJA Alerts, Feb. 6th - AIROS Survey - P.M. Harper Asked To Disclose Children's Burial Sites - Judge Rules on Native Money, Re: Cobell Case
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Colville Editor's Resignation Gets NAJA's Attention
NORMAN, Okla. - The Native American Journalists Association is monitoring the actions which resulted with the resignation of editor of the Colville Tribes' newspaper Jan. 2.
Samuel F. Sampson resigned as the editor of the Tribal Tribune after learning the newspaper would be required to be previewed by the Colville's executive director.
"I found out [Dec. 30, 2007] that the Acting Executive Director has to approve everything prior to the Tribal Tribune being printed," he said in his resignation letter. "I am resigning as editor of the Tribal Tribune because I can't work on the conditions now being proposed.
"The Native American Journalists Association takes serious note of the actions transpiring on Colville.
"NAJA is deeply rooted in free press protection issues and concerns," said NAJA President Cristina Azocar. "The organization is on record stating that any form of control or censorship does any newspaper's readers an injustice."
The Tribal Tribune is published monthly and is distributed free to adult tribal members, but does take non-tribal subscriptions.
Azocar said that it is important that all newspapers strive to build integrity and be a viable source of news and information.
"It is especially important for tribal newspapers to be a fair and accurate source for tribal news and information because it becomes their own story, in their own words," she said.Sampson has indicated that he would be willing to return to the Tribal Tribune, but the Colville Business Council would need to rescind the newspaper's preview directive
."When I appeared before an Interview Board for the position of Tribal Tribune Editor, the Board assured me that the Colville Business Council would not interfere with my position as editor," he said.
There are just over 9,000 Colville tribal members who call the 1.4 million acre reservation located in north central Washington State home.
Azocar said NAJA hopes the Colville Business Council and tribal administrators can positively resolve the issue - protecting freedom of the press and show their people they can trust how their actions are reported.
Created in 1984, NAJA works to support free press throughout Native America.
9th Annual NAJC Conference Set For April
The ninth annual Native American Journalism Career Conference, the largest Native student journalism program of its kind in the country, will be held April 22-24, 2008, at Crazy Horse Memorial (http://www.crazyhorse.org/) in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The past eight conferences have attracted nearly 900 Native students from high schools and colleges in the upper Midwest and the western United States.
Experienced journalists - many of them Native American - mentor the students on the basic skills and practices of journalism, including writing and photography. South Dakota native Al Neuharth, founder of USA TODAY and the Freedom Forum, will be the opening speaker the evening of April 22 in the visitor center at Crazy Horse, where all activities are held.
Teachers and advisers who are interested in organizing student groups to attend the conference must register in advance. Contact Janine Harris, manager of the Al Neuharth Media Center, 605-677-5424 or email@example.com. The registration deadline is March 31, 2008.
Lodging, meals and conference participation are free to students and their teachers. Some travel assistance is available.
"This conference introduces and promotes journalism as a career path for Native youth who otherwise might not consider it," said Jack Marsh, Freedom Forum vice president and one of the conference founders.
"Natives are the most underrepresented group in America's newsrooms. Quality news organizations that value a diverse workforce are eager to hire Native journalists and improve the coverage of Indian Country, Native people and Native issues. When the diversity of a newsroom reflects the diversity of the community it serves, the news coverage is fairer and richer."
The conference is funded by the Freedom Forum and co-sponsored by the South Dakota Newspaper Association, the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, the Native American Journalists Association and the journalism programs at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota.
For more information, contact:Jack Marsh / Freedom Forum (605) 677-6315David Bordewyk / SDNA(605) 692-4300
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Canadian PM Asked To Disclose Burial Sites of Residential School Children
Submitted by Monica Davis
Ottawa: Monday, January 28th, 08
A Letter of Demand from aboriginal elders was delivered to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday, February 4 at 10:00 am at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), 80 Wellington street in Ottawa.
A press conference was held at the same time on the front steps of the PMO.
The Letter required that within thirty days, the Prime Minister publicly identify the fate and buried location of all the children who died in government-sponsored and church-run Indian Residential Schools across Canada.
A similar Letter of Demand was issued to the Queen of England last Wednesday, January 23, through Governor-General Michaelle Jean, who was handed the Letter by Carol Martin, an aboriginal elder in Vancouver. The same Letter will be delivered to the Pope at the Vatican shortly.
All three letters have been issued by The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD), a grassroots aboriginal coalition founded by Ojibway chief Louis Daniels of Winnipeg.
"As the chief fiduciary officers of the governments and churches responsible for the deaths of countless native children, these persons must be held personally accountable for their fate, and for returning their remains home" commented Rev. Kevin Annett, spokesperson of the FRD who will deliver the Letter of Demand to the Prime Minister.
"If these officers fail to reply or act, we will proceed with international legal action and active civil disobedience to bring about the justice still denied to these innocent victims."
For more information, contact Kevin Annett at 1-888-265-1007
or hiddenfromhistory.org ,
and see this website: http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org/
Judge Rules U.S. Government Mismanaged Native Money, Urges Settlement
Submitted by Kathy Guthrie, NCFL - Feb 1st, 08
Quaker Lobby Applauds Judge James Robertson’s Ruling In Indian Trust Lawsuit
A federal judge has ruled that the Interior Department has not adequately fulfilled its responsibility to Native Americans whose assets are controlled by the United States government. The Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers) commends Federal District Judge James Robertson for his decision in Cobell v. Kempthorne, the 12-year-old class action lawsuit over accounting due to individuals whose money the government has lost through mismanagement.
“A remedy must be found for the Department’s unrepaired, and irreparable, breach of its fiduciary duty over the last century,” Judge Robertson stated. He also called on Congress to adequately fund a settlement between the Interior Department and the plaintiffs.
Congress previously discussed a settlement offer of $8 billion as part of an Indian trust reform package in the fall of 2006, but that number fell far short of the $27.4 billion sought by the plaintiffs.
Wednesday’s ruling states that thousands of Indian landowners received neither adequate nor prompt accounting for profits from 11 million acres of their lands managed by the U.S. since 1887, when the U.S. government took control of these Native Americans’ property rights. Continued inaction has meant that many elderly Indians have died without receiving any money and that today’s Indian children could have to contend with a never-ending dispute.
“We urge Congress to provide full restitution to individual Indians who have been unjustly deprived of the revenue due to them from use of their land. This could bring hope to a people who feel that few promises have been honored,” stated Joe Volk, Executive Secretary of FCNL. FCNL has closely monitored the Cobell lawsuit and its moral implications about public responsibility to Native Americans.
Read more about the ruling at http://www.indianz.com/.
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