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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

40th Anniversary of the Takeover of Mount Rushmore

Native Americans mark 40th anniversary of reclaiming Mount Rushmore
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL -- “Today is a lesson in history,” Robert Cook, former president of the National Indian Education Association, said Sunday at Mount Rushmore.
“It feels good that we had people who stood up and risked being arrested, losing their freedom at a place that represents freedom,” Cook said, recalling a group of Native American activists who protested and held a three-month-long occupation of the memorial 40 years ago, bringing national attention to Native issues. It wasn’t done on a whim, Cook said, but involved courage to stand up for their beliefs. (click link for more)

Forgotten People: Photos Peabody Coal destroying Black Mesa

Photos Peabody Coal destroying Navajoland, copyright: Forgotten People
Forgotten People: Navajos oppose renewal of Peabody Coal lease
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Forgotten People: Navajos oppose carbon sequestration on Black Mesa:

Indigenous Politics Radio: Is the Cobell settlement a scam?

Radio Program, WESU, Middletown, CT (88.1), USA
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Tuesday, September 7th, 4-5 PM EST
Join your host, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, for an episode that will examine the politics of a class-action lawsuit filed against the federal government in Cobell v. Salazar regarding the mismanagement of billions of dollars overseen by U.S. Interior for Indian trustees since 1887. The lead plaintiff in the case is Elouise P. Cobell - a member of the Blackfeet Nation from Browning, MT- who filed the case in 1996 due to the federal government's failure to properly manage Indian trust assets on behalf of all present and past individual Indian trust beneficiaries, including over 300,000 current Individual Indian Money (IIM) account holders. The named defendants are the U.S. Secretaries of the Interior and Treasury and the Assistant secretary-Indian Affairs. On Friday, July 22, 2010, the U.S. Senate rejected a $3.4 billion government settlement of the case that had been added to a much larger war-funding bill. On the show, we will hear from Angelique EagleWoman and Richard Monette who are critical of the settlement and its agenda, and view the Senate rejection as an opportunity to transform the terms of what would constitute a just resolution. Richard Monette is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and an Associate Professor of Law, and Faculty Advisor for the Great Lakes Indian Law Center, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 2000-2003, he served as Chairman for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and has also served as a Staff Attorney with US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Angelique EagleWoman (Wambdi A. WasteWin) is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota of the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota, and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law. She is currently on the governing council of the Northwest Indian Bar Association
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The show's producer and host, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Ph.D. is an associate professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008).