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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Native America Calling: Navajo photos from a year on the road

Censored News
Photo by Don James, 'One Nation, One Year
If you missed this year's excellent photo show, "Through Navajo Lens," featuring photos from outstanding Dine' photographers at the Navajo Nation Museum, you can still take a photo journey through the lives and land of Navajos.
This journey is by way of the book of photos of Navajo Don James.
Listen to Native America Calling:
Thursday, August 5, 2010– One Nation, One Year of Photos:
In order to help break the stereotype of the “mystical Indian”, one photographer set out on a journey to spend 365 days to find the true spirit of what it means to be Navajo in this day and age. With only 100 bucks in his weekly budget, he took to the place where his people call home – Din├Ętah. What discoveries did he and his camera come across? How can this type of tribal introspection create understanding and perhaps even change? Why is it important to capture images of our modern tribal communities? Our guest is Don James (Navajo), photographer for the book “One Nation, One Year.” --Native America Calling

Dine' Photographers: Through Navajo Lens
Photo 'Main and Terminal' by Navajo photographer and filmmaker Arlene Bowman, now living in Vancouver

As for that great show, "Through Navajo Lens," at the Navajo Nation Museum, where the book 'One Nation, One Year,' is available, the quality of this show curated by Kenji Kawano makes it perfect for any museum in the world.
Here's what I wrote, when I saw it on its last day of the exhibit, a couple weeks ago:
The best thing that can be said about art is that is surprises. The photo exhibit at the Navajo Nation Museum does surprise, in a good way. With a wide range of color and light, this is what one always hopes a photo show will be. A photo show is even better when the names of old friends are listed as the photographers, and familiar faces grace the photos, like Navajo photographer Arlene Bowman and a portrait of Jones Benally.
A couple of my personal favorites are exact opposites, a very sophisticated looking photo of waterfalls shimmering off of mesas, and an almost blurry photo of a Navajo kitchen table and chairs. But if one were looking for excellence, it would be hard to choose just one, or just ten, or just 20. All are excellent and capture the broadest styles from traditional to a sort of science fiction.
Thanks to Kenji Kawano, Paul Notanabah and all the others who prepared this show. --Brenda Norrell, Censored News

August 2010: A month of empowerment, a time of thunder

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photo: Rain clouds in the Chuska Mountains by Brenda Norrell
August 2010 is a month of empowerment, from the Bike4Peace ride across America with Cynthia McKinney, to the Think Outside the Bomb disarmament encampment now at Chimayo, N.M.
On Friday, August 6, Hopi and Navajo gather in Hotevilla on Hopiland to discuss the latest corporate attack on the earth beneath our feet. The Hopi Tribal Council approved a controversial plan to store toxic CO2 in the earth from coal-fired power plants, without consultation with the community.
In Washington State, activists from the past decades of struggle -- from the Occupation of Alcatraz to the Stronghold at Wounded Knee -- will gather at the Northwest Gathering of Frontline Movements, August 8 – 9, 2010, at Franks Landing, Olympia, Wash.
In Tucson, Acoma Pueblo Poet Simon Ortiz joins a panel of Indigenous Peoples for World Indigenous Peoples Day on August 9.
On Mount Rushmore, the 40th Anniversary of the Takeover of Mount Rushmore will be held on August 29.
In memorial, Censored News sends sincere condolences to the family of Anna Oakes, wife of Richard Oakes, and recognition of lives well lived with vision.
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Chimayo, NM: Think Outside the Bomb summer encampment

CHIMAYO, NM—This week, young people from across the country are arrived at the Disarmament Summer Encampment to spend an exciting 10 days organizing for a nuclear-free world. Think Outside the Bomb (TOTB)—the nation’s largest youth-led network working for nuclear abolition—is hosting about 150 youth who have joined together to oppose the far reaching nuclear-industrial-complex.
Think Outside the Bomb is a cross-cultural alliance of youth working together to reignite hope from below and build a grassroots, consensus-based, nonviolent direct action movement. In partnership with the Tribal Environmental Watch Alliance, TEWA Women United, the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, Products of Atzlan youth group, and the Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum, we are committed to collective liberation, a sustainable future, and an end to the cycle of nuclear violence.
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Also watch video: Tewa Women United at US Social Forum in Detroit
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US violating NAGPRA laws

GAO Report on Federal Agencies' Non-Compliance With NAGPRA, Recommendations for the Obama Administration Among Topics at Tribal Historic Preservation Officers Meeting

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly two decades after the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed federal auditors say the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and other key federal agencies that all have significant collections of Native American remains and cultural objects have not fully complied with NAGPRA. The results of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, "Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: After Almost 20 Years, Key Federal Agencies Still Have Not Fully Complied with the Act," will be discussed at the 12th annual meeting of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers or NATHPO hosted by the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin Aug. 9-13 in Green Bay, Wis. After decades of desecration or sending Native American human remains to museums or anthropology labs for study, Congress enacted NAGPRA in 1990 to protect indigenous human remains and cultural objects. The law also requires federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to return Native American human remains and cultural items to their respective families and tribal homelands. The agencies and museums are required to take inventory and notify tribes about their collections and work in collaboration with tribes in determining a cultural link to the remains or objects. But some federal agencies have not identified or reported all the remains or cultural items in their possession, according to the GAO report.
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Services for Anna Oakes, wife of Richard Oakes

Dear Friends and Relations of Anna Oakes,

The Funeral Notice below was published in the Sonoma County Press Democrat today, except there was an error with the donation info. I just want to share more detail about the sequence of services which will take place beginning Saturday, August 7, and ending Monday August 9. Again, please share with or forward to other friends and relations of the Oakes Family.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7: The Wake. Sat. 6:00 PM thru Sun 9:00 AM (all evening,15 hours), Fulton Pentacostal Church of God, 3380 Fulton Road, Fulton, California.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8: Funeral Services. 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home & Crematory, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95402, (707)525-3730, email:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8: Gathering. 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (or longer). Sonoma County Indian Health Project, 144 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA. (Food/Refreshments will be available.)
MONDAY, AUGUST 9: Burial. 1:00 PM. Sebastopol Memorial Lawn, 7951 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, CA.
If you wish, donations for funeral expenses can be sent to Anna Oakes Memorial Fund, c/o Redwood Credit Union, 8945 Brooks Road South, Windsor, CA 95492. Make checks payable to Yvonne A. Oakes. Or if you wish to wire money the Routing Number is 321177586 and the Account Number is 352373. If you are also a member of a Credit Union you can transfer money. Go to or call toll free 888-287-9475.

Also, if you wish to send flowers, please send by Saturday, to Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home & Crematory, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95402, (707)525-3730, email: