August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Navajo Council approves hardship assistance, now goes before Navajo President

Office of the Speaker
Navajo Nation Council
September 29, 2020

Navajo Nation Council approves up to $1,500 in coronavirus hardship 

assistance for enrolled Navajo tribal members, up to $500 for children

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously Thursday, Sept. 24, to authorize $49,454,416 for coronavirus (Covid-19) hardship assistance to provide emergency financial support to enrolled Navajo tribal members living both on and off the Navajo Nation.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Statement on Debra White Plume's Health by Owe Aku International Justice Project

Statement from Owe Aku regarding our leader Debra White Plume

Many of you have inquired about the status of Debra White Plume’s health and we wanted to update you on her condition. Doctors discovered a mass on Debra’s lung along with a couple of masses in her abdomen. Because of the seriousness of this discovery, doctors decided to begin chemotherapy and radiation before the biopsy results were returned from the Mayo Clinic. Debra is comfortable and surrounded by her extended family and stated that the “anti-nausea meds are working real good.” Owe Aku and especially Ama’s Freedom School continues to operate and Debra is participating, as always, with her wisdom and guidance while our young leaders step up to fill the gap left by her illness We all continue to be encouraged by the prayers and warm thoughts coming in from around the world and are grateful to all of our supporters, friends, allies and especially tiyospaye.

For people that want to assist during this time donations and/or supplies can be sent to Debra’s temporary residence near the hospital in Rapid City.

Please email Owe Aku for Debra's street address in Rapid City: 

Some recommendations for donations are:
*Assistance with medical house rental. Rather than commute 200+miles roundtrip for weekly appointments and treatments, Debra has secured a rental home near the hospital in Rapid City SD.
*Rental House Utility Bills (electric, internet, cell phone)
*Gas for transport and for rotating caregivers
*Walmart, Target, or Safeway gift cards for a healthy, plant-based diet and household/personal necessities.
*Food delivery service to give caregivers a respite from meal prep: Grub Hub available in Rapid City.
For more information contact

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Censored News: Celebrating Red Warrior Debra White Plume

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Indigenous Women: Protect the Tongass National Forest in Alaska


Indigenous Women Respond to U.S. Forest Service Plans to Gut Protections on The Tongass National Forest in Alaska

By Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, California – With wildfires blazing in the Amazon Rainforest and across western states in the U.S.— and the climate crisis and environmental degradation ever escalating— efforts to repeal environmental protections continue to expand globally. Currently, the United States Forest Service (USFS) is intensifying plans to roll back long-standing protections against logging and road-building in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Today, the USFS announced a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and moved one step closer to exempting the Tongass, known as the nation’s “climate forest,” from the hard-fought for National Roadless Rule.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fed. Court Sets August Trial Date for Thunderhawk v. Morton County -- Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuit

Federal Court Sets August Trial Date for Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuit
Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, North Dakota
By Columbia Law School
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New York, September 25, 2020 — Judge Daniel M. Traynor (U.S. District Court for North Dakota) has set aside two weeks for trial starting August 16, 2021 for Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the five-month discriminatory closure of Highway 1806 at the height of the NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock.  The trial was set at a recent status conference before Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller (U.S. District Court for North Dakota), at which swift discovery deadlines were also imposed.
"We are pleased that this case is moving forward so expeditiously," lead attorney Noah Smith-Drelich said. "We appreciate the commitment that Judge Traynor and Judge Miller have shown to ensuring that the plaintiffs in this case have their day in court without further delay."