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Seaway region eyed as Chinese tourist destination

W.T. ECKERT - Massena Daily Courier

MADRID — From the Thousand Islands of China to the Thousand Islands of New York, a mission to target Chinese tourists is in the works, according to St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Director Brooke E. Rouse.

On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Rouse traveled around the county with a small group of representatives of Epoch Media Group, an independent Chinese-American media group started in New York City in 2001, that will look to market the area as a destination location for Chinese tourists.

Breault’s alleged rape victims ‘paralyzed’ into decades of silence, ADA says in opening statements

W.T. ECKERT - Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — The rape trial of a Massena man opened in dramatic style Wednesday morning in St. Lawrence County court with a prosecutor shouting words that he said the man used to scare his victims into silence, one of them for 22 years.

“‘You won’t be loved if you tell anyone. They won’t believe you and you will lose them,’” Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm yelled as he approached the jury of 11 women and one man.

A century after deaths, Native American kids to return home

This photo taken June 13, 2018, shows the cemetery at the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pa. The U.S. Army Military Cemeteries group is disinterring four American Indian students who attended the Carlisle Indian School. They are among more than 180 children from 50 different tribes buried at the Carlisle Barracks. (Sean Simmers /The Patriot-News via AP)

The Associated Press

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) - The remains of four Native American children who died over 100 years ago at the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania were being disinterred Thursday so they can start the long journey home.

The U.S. Army started the process Thursday at the cemetery on the grounds of the Carlisle Barracks, which also houses the U.S. Army War College. The exhumations are expected to wrap up in early July.

The children being exhumed include 10-year-old Little Plume, of the Northern Arapaho; George Ell, also known as George Eli, of the Blackfeet Nation; Herbert Little Hawk, also known as Herbert J. Littlehawk and as Good Boy, of the Oglala Sioux; and Her Pipe Woman, also known as Dora Brave Bull, of the Standing Rock Sioux. The remains will be transferred to the children's descendants in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, who requested the exhumations.

San Francisco to reconsider removal of statue deemed racist

FILE - This March 2, 2018 file photo shows a statue that depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary in San Francisco. Activists urging the removal of the prominent 19th century statue will get another chance to make their case. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city's Board of Appeals voted Wednesday, June 13 to grant a rehearing on removing the "Early Days" statue near City Hall. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Activists urging the removal of a prominent 19th century statue in San Francisco depicting a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and a Catholic missionary will get another chance to make their case.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city's Board of Appeals voted Wednesday to grant a rehearing on removing the "Early Days" statue near City Hall.

The San Francisco Arts Commission and Historic Preservation Commission decided to put the statue in storage amid complaints it was racist and demeaned Natives.

Who were they? Archives help paint picture of American Indian students being disinterred

Steve Marroni - Penn Live

"In his stay with us of less than two years George Ell had endeared himself to all who knew him - ever faithful, kind and true.

"All was done for the dear boy as he lay on his bed of sickness that human agency could contrive but in spite of every effort and skill and patience, although at times there was a shadow of hope, the flow of lifeblood continued until he peaceably passed away."

The same publication that reported George Ell's death - "Indian Helper" - also stated that his friends paid for his tombstone out of love for the boy.

Lawsuit accuses Big Picture Loans of 'rent-a-tribe' scheme

Dena Aubin - Reuters

Online Michigan lender Big Picture Loans has been hit with a proposed class action accusing it of participating in a “rent-a-tribe” scheme, using tribal sovereign immunity to try to evade liability for charging illegally high interest rates.

Filed Monday in San Jose federal court, the lawsuit accuses Big Picture Loans of violating usury laws in California, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas and the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which bars the collection of unlawful debt. The loans are unlawful because their interest rates exceed state legal limits, according to the lawsuit, filed by borrowers from the four states.



Status Indians to disappear in 50 years unless First Nations move beyond Indian Act: Perry Bellegarde

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

There won't be any status Indians left in Canada within the next 50 years unless First Nations move beyond the Indian Act, according to incumbent Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

Bellegarde, who announced his campaign Monday to again lead the largest First Nations organization in the country, said First Nations need to take control of their citizenship laws to avoid this future.

"We have to assert our laws, our own jurisdiction and move beyond the Indian Act, that is the key for us as FN people," said Bellegarde.

Officer testifies Khill said he was a 'soldier' following training on the night Jon Styres died

Dan Taekema · CBC News

The officer who arrested Peter Khill testified Tuesday that the Hamilton man told him he was a "soldier" who was just following his training on the night he shot Jon Styres.

In its opening address, the Crown prosecutor told the jury it would be hearing how Khill woke up after hearing someone by his truck, loaded a 12 gauge shotgun with two shells, came outside and shot Styres twice from close range, once in the chest and once in the back.

Colten Boushie's mother shares support for Indigenous justice camp

CBC News

Debbie Baptiste said her visit to the activist camp set up across from the Saskatchewan Legislature in Regina was a long time coming.

Baptiste is Colten Boushie's mother. On Tuesday she said the people who have tended the Justice for our Stolen Children Camp are warriors. 

The tents, posters, fire and teepee went up in the wintertime in the wake of the Gerald Stanley and Raymond Cormier acquittals. The camp is meant to call attention to issues facing Indigenous families such as missing and murdered Indigenous women and children in the foster system.

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