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Cumberland House grows own produce on road to self-sufficiency

By Jessica Valois and Daeran Gall

The old model of 'feeding the world' is being replaced by giving people the resources to feed themselves.

The first settlement in Western Canada is now home to a blossoming river delta market garden.

Valerie Deschambeault, Mayor of Cumberland House, saw a need in her village of roughly 2,000 Aboriginal, Cree and Metis people, and knew growing self-reliant would leave a legacy for future generations.

"We want to work towards the long-term goal of creating a good, healthy food source and a medicinal herb concept for Aboriginal communities," she says.

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Boys don't cry - Is it time we start talking about our murdered and missing indigenous men?

By Jeremy Warren - The StarPhoenix

Grace Lafond-Barr believes healing starts in the home, so she moved her family to Muskeg Lake Cree Nation from Saskatoon two years ago to escape the city where murder took away her two brothers and a son.

She hopes the distance between the city and her grandkids will mean a quieter life without the spectre of violence and vice following them as they grow into young men. Lafond-Barr has seen enough of that: in 2002, her 36-year-old brother was stabbed to death; in 2011, a 15-year-old boy shot and killed her 28-year-old son; her 35-year-old halfbrother was fatally stabbed in front of their elderly father in November 2014. "It's a heartache I don't wish on anyone at all. In a lot of ways, we've failed our children because we're not the parents we're supposed to be," Lafond-Barr said in a recent interview at her home on the reserve north of Blaine Lake.

"We just keep on forgetting how to heal - quit the drugs, quit the gangs. Sometimes I feel powerless because every day you're reminded of a girl missing or a guy missing."

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Chief of Blackfeet Nation Seeks President’s Support in Ending Oil Leases on Sacred Lands

By ICTMN Staff - Indian Country Today

Oil leases in the United States are seen as a way to break the need to rely on other countries, however for others, like Chief Earl Old Person they are seen as a way to breaking the back of the world.

The Blackfeet Nation member wrote a letter to President Barack Obama in March seeking his support in ending oil leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Rocky Mountains. The Badger-Two Medicine is 165,588 acres of significant cultural and spiritual importance to the Blackfeet Nation. The mostly roadless area is surrounded by the Blackfeet Reservation, Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Rocky Mountain Front. For the Blackfeet, the area is known as the “Backbone of the World.”

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1,000-mile walk takes Navajo on 'Journey For Existence'

by Aljazeera

An oil pipeline approved for development across the US state of New Mexico has prompted members of the Navajo Nation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of "The Long Walk". Activists began marching against the 130-mile long Piñon Pipeline in January to demonstrate how their tribal lands have been "desecrated by resource extraction". Called the "Journey For Existence", this 1,000-mile walk aims to galvanize Navajo communities throughout the US.

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‘We’re Going to Be Out of Water’: Navajo Nation Dying of Thirst

by Laura Paskus

For centuries, the Diné people have raised their families and livestock on the high desert lands of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. They have survived even the most difficult of conditions. But as drought has dragged on, more or less for two decades—and the climate continues to warm—some are saying the tribal government needs to better protect its water resources and undertake more long-term planning.

“When you’re living in the desert, you don’t expect it to get even worse,” said Russell Begaye, a Navajo Nation Tribal Council Delegate from Shiprock, NM. He pointed out that reservoir levels are dropping, farming plots are becoming sandier, and the rain- and snowfall have declined.

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Apache tribe occupies sacred land to be destroyed by mine, refusing to leave

by msnbc

Oak Flat—once part of an Apache reservation—is considered sacred space by the local tribe but it was awarded to a mining company through a defense bill in 2014 and will be completely destroyed. Now the tribe has occupied the land and refuses to leave, claiming their freedom of religion is being infringed upon.

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Marchers demand justice for Gallup’s Natives

by Shondiin Silversmith - Navajo Times

Dozens of people marched along Highway 66 in Gallup for the Native people who lost their lives in the city.

At least 60 people marched down Route 66 through Gallup on April 4 holding up black and yellow signs with bold letters stating, “Stop Racist Violence Against Natives.”

Printed underneath were the names of Native people who lost their lives due to unnatural causes in the City of Gallup since 2013.

“We hold the City of Gallup responsible for these deaths and for its continued negligence and active discrimination against Native people living in Gallup — especially the poor and homeless,” stated a press release.

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Lumbee Tribe remains in long quest to gain federal recognition


The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is once again looking to Congress to pass a federal recognition bill.

The tribe's first documented request for recognition dates to 1885. After decades of lobbying, leaders and members thought they secured federal status with the passage of the Lumbee Act in 1956.

The tribe quickly discovered otherwise. The law recognized the Lumbees as "Indians" but denied them any benefits that would come with federal recognition.

“There are a lot of us who work in Indian affairs, and we are perceived by the rest of Indian country as basically second-class Indians because we're not federally recognized,” attorney Locklear, a prominent attorney who was the first Native woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, told UNC News Bureau.

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Fort Good Hope questions value of fracking regulations meeting

By CBC News

"Shameful," and "a practical joke" were some of the words used to describe a community consultation in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., on proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing Monday night.

About 50 people came out to meet a representative for the territorial government who was in town to present the proposed regulations but many at the meeting felt it was put together too quickly and poorly organized.

With no decision makers in attendance — no MLAs or ministers — many felt the government wasn't taking the consultations seriously.

"We don't want to shoot the messenger," said Joe Grandjambe, addressing director of petroleum resources Menzie McEachern.

"Bring the message back to your politicians. We want to have a good discussion. We're not altogether against development."

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Lucy Lawless, Naomi Klein join fight against Nunavut seismic testing

By CBC News

Opponents of seismic testing off the coast of Nunavut, including community groups in Clyde River, have a fierce new fighter in their corner: Xena the Warrior Princess.

The former star of the syndicated TV series, Lucy Lawless, has joined activist and author Naomi Klein and 43 organizations, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace, in signing a solidarity statement prepared by the Clyde River Solidarity Network.

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