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Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
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Maria Bird collaborates with AICF to raise funds for Cancer
American Indian Cancer Foundation (aicaf.org) is partnering with artist Maria Bird (Navajo/Hopi/Santa Clara Pueblo), of Mea B’flly Designs, to create the first limited edition Powwow For Hope benefit earring. The benefit earring, entitled Braver, launched for viewing at the National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas, NV  in March, and is now available for purchase online at the Mea B’fly Designs Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/MeaBfly). Profit from the limited edition earring supports American Indian Cancer Foundation efforts to increase cancer education, outreach, and supportive services for American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Expanded Violence Against Women Act to cover some Indian women
Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
Written by By Conrad Wilson Minnesota Public Radio News,
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Advocates for Indian women in Minnesota are hailing a decision by Congress to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.
For years, the law has supported domestic violence prevention programs aimed at curbing abuse and sexual assault. It also has funded shelters and training for law enforcement. But until now, the law didn’t cover many cases involving American Indian women.
The law signed by President Obama in March will make it possible for tribes to prosecute certain, common domestic abuse cases, said Sarah Deer, a former Justice Department Attorney turned William Mitchell law professor invited by the White House for the signing ceremony in Washington.

Wounded Knee Fortieth Anniversary Honored
Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
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wounded_knee_aim_flag.jpgPeople came from the Four Directions to gather at the historic village of Wounded Knee, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, on the forty year anniversary of Wounded Knee 1973. Wounded Knee veterans and many non Indian supporters arrived for three days of activities to honor those who participated in Wounded Knee in 1973, and to honor the 250 Indian people who were massacred in 1890 by the US Calvary and are buried in a mass grave at Wounded Knee.


River Water Walkers draw attention to pollution in Mississippi River
Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
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river_water_walkers_2.jpgA group of walkers led by Native women are carrying a copper pail of water from the headwaters of the Mississippi in Minnesota to where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. The walkers and supporters left Lake Itasca State Park on March 1 and are walking every day until they reach the Gulf near New Orleans around April 29.


Political Matters: Native Issues in the Halls of Government
Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
Written by by Mordecai Specktor,
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Meeting the activists
In late March I motored over to the Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC), from the far east of the Powderhorn neighborhood, for a reception and press conference with visiting guests at a symposium on environmental issues. I was told to show up around 7 p.m. for the event, which featured some Canadian activists with the Idle No More movement; however, the visitors had left about a half hour earlier. No problem, I can be flexible.

It ain’t easy being indian
Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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Quite by accident I was awake very early this past Palm Sunday. I flipped through my few TV channels and ended up watching a Christian Evangelist show hosted by Jack Van Impe. So this Van Impe guy was quoting – if one could call it that from a teleprompter –  many chapters and verse from the Bible, and he somehow kept a smirky, satisfied smile on his pale face, not even blinking when he described imminent Armageddon, hellfire, an angry God, blah blah blah, etc....
I was like, geez! Why was this man so pleased spouting end of times scripture, prophecies and doom for our world as we know it? Then it hit me, he assumes that by way of being saved by Jesus he would be one of the few people to survive the coming holocaust. Van Impe smiled through his ivory dentures while talking about the two Popes that had been prophesized, Francis being the 266th Pope, who will be the last one with that title.

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