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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, February 7, 2011

Blackfire: Navajo Band for Mother Earth

Blackfire: Navajo Punk Rock Moshing for Mother Earth

By Take Part

(Excerpt) We had the privilege of getting to know and to highlight Blackfire, which is a Navajo (DinĂ©) tradition-influenced, high-energy, politically driven musical group composed of three siblings: two brothers and a sister. Their style comprises traditional Native American, Punk-Rock and “Alter-Native” with strong sociopolitical messages about government oppression, relocation of indigenous people, genocide, domestic violence, and human rights.

Blackfire decided to take up arms with music to spread awareness about their community's need for justice, respect and drastic change. Corporate-run media, a/k/a “mainstream media,” doesn't like to tell these types of stories, which potentially could effect an advertiser’s bottom-line or go against the status quo.

As you will see in the webisode, Blackfire are incredibly active and engaged citizens who taught us so much about our personal relationship to nature, respect for mankind, and how our ancestors deeply cared about what generations following them inherited.

What will the state of our planet be when our grandchildren inherit it?

Vi Waln: Settlement in Indian trust fund case benefits just a handful

By Vi Waln
Excerpt: "I believe the only people who will greatly benefit from this settlement, according to the notice I received, are the handful of plaintiffs who originally filed and their attorneys. The attorneys stand to walk away with anywhere from $99.9 to $223 million dollars. The notice also states “incentive awards and expense reimbursements” would be made to Elouise Pepion Cobell ($2 million dollars), James Louis LaRose ($200,000), Thomas Maulson ($150,000) and Penny Cleghorn ($150,000)."
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Vi Waln is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Her columns were awarded first place in the South Dakota Newspaper Association 2010 contest. She is Editor of the Lakota Country Times and can be reached through email at

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