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Tribe's Callout for Akwesasne Military


Akwesashró:non who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States or Canadian Armed Forces: Contact Communications at (518) 358-2272.

The Vatican and Its Legacy of Domination

- Indian Country Today

Last month, Pope Francis greeted Indigenous Peoples’ representatives in Rome. At the time, Francis issued a statement that was widely viewed as him tacitly indicating his support for Standing Rock in the dispute regarding Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Although Pope Francis did not mention that specific controversy, he did say that the “right to prior and informed consent” should prevail “when planning economic activities which may interfere with indigenous cultures and their ancestral relationship to the Earth.”

Spring Moving Forward at Record Rate

Spring is arriving ever earlier in the northern hemisphere. One sedge species in Greenland is now springing to growth 26 days earlier than it did a decade ago. And in the wintry United States, spring arrived 22 days early this year in Washington DC, the national capital.

The evidence comes from those silent witnesses, the natural things that respond to climate signals. The relatively new science of phenology—the calendar record of first bud, first flower, first nesting behavior and first migrant arrivals—has over the last three decades repeatedly confirmed meteorological fears of global warming as a consequence of the combustion of fossil fuels.

Tribes Say VA Not Doing Enough for Homeless Indian Veterans

- Indian Country Today

Tribes have been complaining to their senators that one of two federal agencies supposed to be battling the issue of homeless Indian veterans together hasn’t been holding up its end.

The federal government ended a disparity between Public Housing Agencies and Indian Housing Agencies recently by making IHAs eligible for the first time to participate in the HUD-VASH program (the acronym stands for Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing). The idea was to have a joint federal agency program, with HUD providing housing vouchers and VA providing supportive services for Native vets.

Indigenous man wins human rights settlement after jail denied request to practise spirituality

Bridget Yard, CBC News

The Department of Justice and Public Safety and its jail in Shediac have apologized to a former Indigenous inmate who was denied access to traditional native spiritual services, such as smudging.

Anthony Peter-Paul was incarcerated for 16 months, first in Saint John, then at the brand new Southeast Regional Correctional Centre in Shediac for a break-and-enter in 2011.

'Up to society' to make reconciliation reality: Senator Murray Sinclair

CBC News

While Canadian society is beginning to move towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the federal government still has a long way to go. That's according to Senator Murray Sinclair, the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

For six years, the Commission documented the experiences of survivors of Canada's residential schools, the last of which closed in 1996 and where tens of thousands Indigenous children suffered physical and sexual abuse — and an estimated 6,000 died from starvation and disease.