According to Section 9.12 of the Akwesasne Election Law, I, Leona Benedict/Chief Electoral Officer declare that a General Election will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Tsi Snaihne: Snye Recreation Center
Kawehno:ke: Tri District Elders Lodge
Kana:takon: St. Regis Recreation Center
Advance polls will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 and Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by appointment only. The number to call for an appointment is 613-551-1622 or 613-575-2250 Ext. 2406.
Hard Rock Casino Meadowlands — a partnership between the Florida-based gaming company and the Meadowlands Racetrack — is the name of a proposed new casino that will be unveiled next week, track operator Jeff Gural said Tuesday.
The announcement will come about a month before a deadline for state election officials to approve a question for the November ballot on ending Atlantic City’s casino monopoly in New Jersey. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney said last July that he would seek to place such a referendum in on the November 2015 ballot because the deadline to add it to the November 2014 ballot had just passed.
FBIs (Full Blooded Indians) get weary of hearing about the vicissitudes facing mixed-blood Indians, for understandable reasons. FBIs bear the brunt of anti-Indian racism. “Race,” having no freestanding reality, is most often conflated with color, and so racial stigma follows color. Then there’s the history of colonists searching for Indians to sell out tribal interests. Who hangs around the fort but mixed-blood political shape shifters? You get this weird social reality in some places (hello, Oklahoma!) where representing as “part Indian” is cool but representing as Indian is at least poor judgment and at most evidence of a character flaw, an attempt to take advantage of helpless white people by stealing a ride on the mythical Indian gravy train.
Like most tribal governments in America, the Cherokee Nation has a longstanding history of serving the military at a higher rate than the general U.S. population. More than 12,000 American Indians served in World War I.
That was about 25 percent of the male Indian population at that time. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, an estimated 44,000 Indian men and women served in World War II, when the total tribal population nationwide was less than 350,000.
This was despite unfriendly government policies toward Native Americans at that time. In fact, Indian people did not even become U.S. citizens until 1924, but yet so many of our people stood to fight for freedom.
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona), who was born and raised in Indian Country, announced her campaign for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Kirkpatrick was born on the Fort Apache Reservation, home to the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Her father owned a general store and her mother was a teacher at an Indian school there -- both are featured in her announcement video. "I love this state -- I've lived my whole life here," Kirkpatrick said in the video.
Political observers believe Kirkpatrick, who represents a district where Native Americans make up 22.6 percent of the population, poses a credible challenge to Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona). Both have favorable records on Indian issues, although McCain's is much longer thanks to his 28 years on Capitol Hill. But McCain's stature has suffered in recent years. During his last stint as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, he focused almost exclusively on Indian gaming and the Jack Abramoff scandal, an agenda that was not entirely appreciated in Indian Country.
Surely everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears — an ordeal imposed upon thousands of Cherokees who, after fighting and winning a judgment in the Supreme Court against their removal from the Eastern Seaboard, were nonetheless dispossessed of their tribal lands and marched to Indian Territory in the early 1830s. The scale of the removal was staggering. Not only the Cherokee but also the Muskogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and many of their African American slaves were removed in one of the largest and most brutal acts of aggression ever committed by the United States.
Native pranksters the 1491s have fought the myth that American Indians are humorless with their "Smiling Indians" video. They've exposed the racist nature of sports mascots by confronting Utah Utes fans. With their "Represent" series they've spotlighted Native college students who are holding on to their culture while attending some of Turtle Island's most prestigious schools. And on Valentine's Day, they taught us to say "I love you" in about 70 Native languages.
Although attention to human trafficking has grown in the last few years, trafficking is not a modern crime. Trafficking has existed in Native communities for centuries, since the earliest point of contact with Europeans. According to journal accounts, Christopher Columbus engaged in the exploitation of indigenous people from the moment he encountered them, including providing indigenous women and girls for his crew and tolerating rape and other atrocities. This behavior set the tone for the exploitation and abuse of Native women at the hands of non-Native men that continues into the 21st century.
In a momentous week, several major educational institutions across the nation took strong actions to eliminate the R-word racial slur from their schools.
The Oregon Board of Education voted unanimously against an amendment to allow Native American mascots, requiring schools to choose new names by 2017. In Wisconsin, the Madison School Board unanimously approved an amendment banning Native American logos from the student dress code. And Oklahoma City’s Capitol Hill High School announced its selection of the Red Wolves as the school’s new mascot after ending its use of the offensive R-word.
With summer rapidly approaching, boating season is in full swing in the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to remind all boaters of their reporting obligations under the Customs Act when travelling between Canada and the United States.
All persons entering Canada must report their arrival to the CBSA. This is as true for someone driving across the border as it is for someone boating to Canada. When entering Canadian waters, the master of the vessel must report their arrival to the CBSA without delay.
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