INDNs List Supports Obama - Canadian Province Bans Uraniun Exploration - Another Take On Columbus Day - Something To Celebrate!
Kalyn Free, Oklahoma Choctaw and at-large member of the Democratic National Committee, today announced that she supports Illinois Senator Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination. As a DNC member, Free will serve as a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. Free is also founder and President of INDN's List, an organization dedicated to recruiting and training American Indian candidates.
This brings the total number of super delegates to endorse Barack Obama to 258. Senator Obama is 276 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination. Free said she was excited to see two qualified candidates emerge from the field of Democratic contenders.
"Today, I am casting my support for a new kind of leadership and a new possibility of what America can be. Barack Obama is a once-in-a-generation kind of leader and the best hope the American people have to rebuild the erosion our collective foundation has endured the last eight years. In 2008, we must elect a President who will restore our faith in the possibilities of each and every American, including the First Americans.
"As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, I am proud of what it means to be an American Indian. I am proud Barack Obama is committed to our unique issues and willing to tackle our toughest problems, from historical inequities and injustices to contemporary issues, like protection of our right to tribal self-determination, access to health care for our elders, and education for our children.
Despite the threats that have faced our culture and our people, hope has lifted Indian people through the most difficult times. Because we remain connected to our past, our culture and our communities, we never gave up that hope.
"American Indians need not just progressive ideas but new and visionary leadership that inspire us to build a better future for all Americans. No President alone can rebuild the American public after eight years of George Bush's disastrous policies and poisonous politics. I support Senator Obama because I believe the only way to rebuild America is to rebuild what makes us great - the hope and drive of the American people.
"Senator Obama is committed to bringing American Indians into the national discussion and into the political process as voters, organizers, and leaders. He will start a two-way dialogue with Tribes by coming to Indian Country to seek solutions for our unique issues and by bringing Indians into his administration.
"For centuries the First Americans have had politicians talk to them, not with them. That kind of politics-as-usual leadership hasn't worked for Indian Country, and it isn't working for America. Senator Obama will forge a new era for the First Americans by looking for answers in Indian Country, not from Washington lobbyists. "I am proud to stand in solidarity with another DNC Indian superdelegate Frank LaMere (Winnebago) in support of America's best hope for a better tomorrow, Senator Barack Obama."
Senator Obama said, "Kalyn is an effective and compassionate leader in the Native American community, and I'm proud to have her support. I admire the work she has done to build a grassroots movement, elect Native Americans to public office, and mobilize voters in tribal communities to become part of the political process.
"And as President, I will work with tribal leaders and Kalyn to ensure that they have a true partner in the White House. With Kalyn's support, we're going to bring about real change not just for the Native American community, but for all Americans."
NTN Article#: 9478
Canadian Province Bans Uranium Exploration
Submitted by WSDP
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - British Columbia shut the door on exploring for radioactive minerals on Thursday, saying companies cannot claim rights to them even if the discovery is by accident.
The western Canadian province does not have uranium mines, but several companies have been doing exploration work and the mineral can be found when looking for other resources. The country's only active uranium mines are in the Prairie province of Saskatchewan.
British Columbia said has revised its mining rules to prohibit companies from staking claims for uranium and thorium even when it is discovered as part of a broader project.
The province has already prohibited the building of nuclear power plants.
(Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)
Another Take On Columbus Day
By Kathy Narvaez, Helium
How can we as human beings continue to condone the celebration of a European bent on genocidal domination? When Columbus encountered the Taino peoples of the Caribbean his own papers report that the Taino were a kind, generous and handsome people. Yet he slaughtered, enslaved and treated them with utter contempt.
As children we are taught that Christopher Columbus was a heroic founder of the Americas. Who has the authority to write off the people who were here before he arrived? For that matter, what about the Norse, shipwrecked African slaves and Polynesians who most assuredly preceded him? Is it honorable to raise such a person on a pedestal?
Let us not forget just how contemptuous many American Indians feel regarding Columbus. I consider it an affront to basic humanity to offer up even one day of celebration to this murderous, greedy fanatic. To do so is to in fact 'celebrate' the devastation and enslavement of the indigenous Taino, and the theft of their land.
Much of what is written read and, taught in our public school system is rife with Eurocentric blather. Academic history books tell precious little of the whole truth. To shield our children from the entire truth is to ignore the depredations exacted upon the original people of the land he encountered. History does tend to repeat itself; especially when one is left ignorant.
Why is it that this country celebrates a man who decimated a people and purportedly 'founded' a land that was already inhabited by hundreds of thousands? Why is it that 'we' cannot find it within ourselves to correct this omission and teach our children the truth? Is it so that we can get a good deal on furniture, autos or other sundry items? Or is it to perpetuate the myth that Euro centrism is dead?
Perhaps instead of celebrating 'Columbus Day'; we could come together and embrace 'All Peoples Day'. Over 500 years later let us celebrate a day of sharing cultures and healing wounds that have never fully closed. I often wonder what this land would've been like had our predecessors behaved with humanity. A land of truly shared cultures could have been their legacy. We can't go back and erase the atrocities committed by Columbus and others after him. But we can move forward, learn from the past, and create a new tomorrow for those who will be here after us.
SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!
Submitted by WSDP
BLM Withdraws Proposed Energy Leases In Southern Colorado
The Associated Press -Article Last Updated: 05/02/2008
DENVER- Federal officials are withdrawing most of the proposed oil and gas leases up for sale in a May 8th auction.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday that it will defer offering leases on 144,000 acres out of the original 175,430 acres. The parcels withdrawn are in the Rio National Grande Forest in southern Colorado.
BLM officials say the parcels could be auctioned later. They'll go over the analysis of the sites with the Forest Service.
The decision comes on the heels of a request by Rep. John Salazar and his brother, Sen. Ken Salazar, to defer consideration of the leases. Rio Grande and Saguache (suh-WAHCH') counties and the towns of Del Norte and Crestone had raised concerns about the areas eyed for energy development.
Salazar Asks BLM To Withdraw Proposed Energy Leases!
Associated Press - May 2, 2008
DENVER (AP) - Rep. John Salazar and his brother, Sen. Ken Salazar, are asking federal officials to withdraw some of the oil and gas leases up for sale in a May 8 auction.
The Democrats wrote a letter Friday to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management after Rio Grande and Saguache (suh-WAHCH') counties and the towns of Del Norte and Crestone raised concerns.
About 140,000 acres of the 175,430 acres on the block are in the two counties. Local governments want time to review their oil and gas regulations because there hasn't been much development in the area.
Some of the land proposed for leasing is in parts of the Rio Grande National Forest classified as roadless under a 2001 road-building ban..
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