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Heartbreaking Ritual: Annual MMIW Valentine’s Day Marches in Vancouver, Across Canada

Indian Country Today Staff

The impending, promised national inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada notwithstanding, the time of year has come to memorialize the nearly 1,200 whose cases are still mourned, solved or not.

The Women’s Memorial March will be held for the 26th time in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where attention was first drawn to the disappearances and cold cases by victims’ families and their advocates back in 1991, spurred by the murder of a woman whose name has been withheld out of respect for her family’s privacy.

Inquest report slams policing failures on Manitoba First Nation

Darren Bernhardt, CBC News

An inquest report into the death of a man in a northern Manitoba First Nation holding cell provides a damning list of failures and " very concerning" practices that need to be changed.

Brian McPherson, 44, died in the early morning hours of Aug. 27, 2011, while in custody at the Garden Hill band constable holding cells. Though his cause of death was found to be sudden heart failure, an inquest is mandatory when anyone dies in custody to determine what can be done to prevent similar deaths in the future.

According to the inquest report, released this week, the holding cell was in poor condition, far too small and overcrowded.

Tribe Seeks Community Input on Strategic Plan

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Akwesasne, NY — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe invites community members to participate in strategic planning sessions being held this month. Focus group meetings will be held from Thursday, Enniska/February 18th thru Tuesday, Enniska/February 23rd with various sectors of the community. Individuals are asked to attend and help identify strategic priorities for the next 3, 5 and 10 years.

“The Tribe would like to engage community members in the development of a strategic action plan that will assist the Tribe in improving the quality of life for all Akwesasro:non,” said Tribal Executive Director Tsiorasa Barreiro. He added, “We are seeking input from individuals on the draft content’s direction, goals and objectives, as well as its implementation.”

AKwesasne Man Arrested

Cornwall Community Policy Service

Cornwall, ON – Troy Lyons, 30 of Akwesasne was arrested on February 11th, 2016 on the strength of a warrant. It is alleged the man failed to appear for prints on January 13th, 2016 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On February 11th, 2016 the man was stopped at the port of entry and police were contacted. He was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant and held for a bail hearing.


Trump gets backing on 'end of Europe' warning


“France is not what it used to be, and neither is Paris,” Trump is quoted as saying.



Trump also bemoaned the existence of “no-go zones” avoided by police that have been created by mass Islamic immigration.

WND reported in January 2015 the French government listed 751 “Sensitive Urban Zones” the government does not fully control.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policy of welcoming Muslim migrants into Germany is a “tragic mistake,” Trump said, predicting disaster unless there is a change in policy.

“If you don’t treat the situation competently and firmly, yes, it’s the end of Europe,” Trump reportedly stated.

He also speculated that European nations could face “real revolutions” in response to the crisis.

TIME CHANGE - DC federal court to hold hearing on status of three NSA mass surveillance cases

Freedom Watch

The Honorable Richard J. Leon will hold a hearing to discuss the status of three ongoing cases against the NSA and the CIA from violating the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution through its various "programs" which have been spying on virtually all American citizens.

Previously, in the initial case (Klayman v. Obama, 13-cv-00851), Judge Leon, on two occasions, first on December 16, 2013, and then on November 9, 2015, preliminarily enjoined the NSA and President Obama from conducting mass telephonic metadata surveillance over the plaintiffs. These historic decisions, where the court found the mass surveillance "almost Orwellian" and thus unconstitutional, are precedential and affect hundreds of millions of American citizens.

American Indian and Consumer Groups Petition to Stop Dental Mercury on Reservations

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016  -- The International Indian Treaty Council and Consumers for Dental Choice filed a petition calling on the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (who runs the Indian Health Service) to end the use of amalgam – a dental filling that is 50% mercury – in Indian Health Service Clinics and on Tribal lands.

"Mercury from dental amalgam and other sources has a profound effect upon traditional Native lifestyles, which value fish as an integral part of tribal culture," says Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, International Indian Treaty Council.



CULVER CITY, CA (FEBRUARY 11, 2016) – Sony Pictures’ inspiring new film MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is launching a website today to let moviegoers share who their everyday miracles in life are.  Users can visit ShareYourMiracle.com to create a customized digital image of someone who is a miracle in their life, whether it is an encouraging family member, a loving spouse or partner, motivating teacher, best friend, etc. On the site, users can upload a photo, personalize it, and share it easily on their social channels or the website’s gallery. The trailer for MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN launched in November to record-shattering numbers, and to date has over 178 million views. 

Tulare community reacts to decision to drop Redskin mascot

and , Visalia Times-Delta

The Tulare Joint Union High School District announced it will drop the name “Redskin” as the mascot for Tulare Union, ending nearly 100 years of use.

District Superintendent Sarah Koligian said the board will approve a new name by the end of June. The school will implement the name on or before Jan. 1.

“We wanted to clarify with the community that we are staying on track with the name change,” Koligian said.

Whiteclay activists take concerns to liquor regulators, state leaders

KEVIN ABOUREZK / Lincoln Journal Star

Over the past 16 years, Nora Boesem and her husband, Randy, have taken in more than 150 foster children, nearly all of them from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and suffering from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

The Newell, South Dakota, couple has adopted or taken permanent custody of 12 of those children, including Donovan, who hung himself at the age of 15.

Speaking Tuesday, she said she blames his suffering on those who fed her son’s mother the alcohol that poisoned him while he was in the womb.


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