August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Pueblo of Zuni Letter to President Biden July 1, 2021

Val R. Panteah Sr.
P. 0. Box 339
Carleton R. Bowekaty Zuni, New Mexico 87327
01 July 2021

Mr. President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

The Pueblo of Zuni thanks the Biden and Harris Administration and the Office of Management and Budget (0MB) for the opportunity to provide productive, and hopefully long-lasting, input on material changes that are necessary to meaningfully and effectively advance equity and support by the government for underserved communities. We particularly seek to provide comments that address how opportunities in select governmental policies, regulations, and guidance can affirmatively and equitably be applied and programmatically operationalized to both address and provide solutions to some of the most intensive underlying causes of systemic inequities in American society for the A:shiwi, the Zuni people. 

Zapatistas Delegation Celebrated in Streets of Merida, Spain: 'La Lucha Sigue!'

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Zapatistas Delegation Celebrated in Streets of Merida, Spain, 'La Lucha Sigue!'

By Brenda Norrell
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MERIDA, Spain -- With the shouts of "La Lucha Sigue!" -- The Struggle Continues -- and the sounds of marching drums, the Zapatistas delegation was welcomed in Merida, Spain on Wednesday evening. From the train station, then marching in a grand parade through the streets, supporters carried banners and gave an extraordinary welcome to the Zapatistas who arrived in Vigo, Spain, after crossing the Atlantic on the sailing ship, "The Mountain."

CBC: '182 unmarked graves discovered near residential school in B.C.'s Interior, First Nation says'

St. Eugene's Mission School in Cranbrook, B.C., was operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s. The building has since been converted into a resort and casino, with an adjacent golf course. (St. Eugene Mission Resort/The Associated Press)

182 unmarked graves discovered near residential school in B.C.'s Interior, First Nation says

Warning: This story contains distressing details.

Ground-penetrating radar was used to conduct a search near St. Eugene's Mission School, says Lower Kootenay Band

Alex Migdal. CBC News · Posted: Jun 30, 2021 10:07 AM PT | Last Updated: 24 minutes ago

A First Nation in B.C.'s South Interior says 182 unmarked grave sites have been discovered near the location of a former residential school.

The community of ʔaq'am, one of four bands in the Ktunaxa Nation and located near the city of Cranbrook, B.C., used ground-penetrating radar to search a site close to the former St. Eugene's Mission School, the Lower Kootenay Band announced Wednesday.

First Voices Radio: Ofelia Rivas, Founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall

First Voices Radio
Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, Cheyenne River Lakota Nation

Ofelia Rivas, the founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall, shares the struggle for rights and survival on the so-called border. "We do have people on both sides of the border," Ofelia said, describing the dire situation for O'odham who live on the south side of the border. She said all the plants and animals are being affected by the waiver of federal environmental protection laws. Ofelia said the location of graves of the First Nation children at residential schools has impacted everyone. She also spoke of the Yoeme (Yaqui) who were assassinated in Sonora, Mexico, in May and June, who spoke out for water rights, and served the Vicam Traditional Elders.

'Dawes Act, Allotments and Shareholders -- Who Owns the Land?' by American Indian Genocide Museum


Kiowa Delegation to Washington, D.C.,in October 1902, by Gill. Seated, left to right: Lone Wolf and Kiowa Bill. Standing, left to right: Little Bow, brother of Big Bow, and Asah-quo or Daniel Boone, first son of Luther Sahmaunt. Courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, Negative No. 1434-a

'Dawes Act, Allotments and Shareholders -- Who Owns the Land?' by American Indian Genocide Museum

By Steve Melendez, Paiute, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
President, American Indian Genocide Museum
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President Theodore Roosevelt said this concerning The Dawes Act of 1887, which was also known as the Indian Allotment Act, “(allotment) was a mighty pulverizing engine to break up the tribal mass."  The Dawes Act gave a 160-acre allotment of land to each Indian head of the household and what remained of the reservations was sold to white settlers. By 1934, when the allotment policy ended, 60 percent of the Indian land base had been transferred to whites as “surplus."  This included 27,000,000 acres in individual allotment sales.

The sentiments of Teddy Roosevelt rise up like a beast from the sea of land hunger throughout  American history.

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