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Occupy Oak Flat Refuses to Back Down in Protest Against Resolution Copper


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Phoenix New Times

by Miriam Wasser

"Leaders of Occupy Oak Flat say they won't give up until the U.S. government repeals the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe, leading a three-week protest at the Oak Flat Campground, vows to remain there until the federal government bends.

The controversial exchange gave Australian-British mining company Resolution Copper (a subsidiary of the largest mining company in the world, Rio Tinto) access to a vast underground copper reserve under Oak Flat. The deal trades 2,400 acres of previously federally protected land for 5,300 acres of company property. The land exchange was attached to the 2015 United States National Defense Authorization Act as a midnight rider after it failed to pass as a stand-alone bill multiple times during the last decade."

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Marley Shebala's Notebook

For those that are new and even regular readers of my website, Dine’ Resources & Information Center, I decided to change the name of my website to Marley Shebala’s Notebook. And I want to thank everyone that visits and reads my website! My name is Marley Shebala and I have been a journalist on the Navajo Reservation for about 28 years. My mother was a Navajo from Lake Valley, N.M., which is in the eastern part of the Navajo Reservation. My father was Zuni from the Pueblo of Zuni, N.M., which makes me Navajo and Zuni. My mom’s clan is Where The Waters Come Together and my father’s clan is Frog. And so I am Where The Waters Come Together and born for Frog.

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KUYI 88.1FM Hopi Radio

KUYI History

On December 20th, 2000 KUYI made its on-air debut after five years of hard work by Hopi volunteers and leaders. "Kuyi" (pronounced KUU-yi) is Hopi for "water". Water is life and as such KUYI is an integral part of life on the Hopi reservation.

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Gwich'in people must be heard in Arctic Refuge debate


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Alaska Dispatch News

By Julian Roberts

"We wanted Secretary Jewell to know that, despite the rhetoric, many here in Alaska welcomed President Barack Obama’s announcement that the federal government’s final Comprehensive Conservation Plan would recommend that Congress designate the coastal plain and other areas of the refuge as wilderness – the highest level of protection for public lands.

During the Kotzebue meeting, the Tanana Chiefs Conference, which represents 42 Interior Athabascan tribes, clearly addressed support for protection of the refuge. This was immediately echoed by the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government. The Alaska congressional delegation was on the same panel as Jewell, and heard our views. Yet, Sen. Lisa Murkowski later stated on public radio that all Alaska Natives in the room had been aligned against the wilderness recommendation for the refuge. Her statement blatantly disregarded the truth. How could our voices so easily be set aside in this discussion?"

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Protester shut down Carcross Tagish First Nation offices


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"A member of the Carcross Tagish First Nation shut down a council meeting over the weekend and prevented Chief Dan Cresswell and council from entering their offices Monday, protesting his government's lack of consultation with its members.

"Right now, all I see is they're deciding our future and we don't have a say," says Stanley Jim while sitting in front of the main administrative building where he built a wooden door jamb to bar the entrance."

Read the Full Story on CBC News North HERE

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remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change


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Story by Chris Mooney/Washington Post

"This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle. And for generations, the Iñupiat people of the region have hunted gigantic bowhead whales from camps atop the sea ice that stretches out from the town’s icy shores.

But in recent years, climate change has thinned the ice so much that it has become too dangerous to hunt the whales. Soon, the U.S. government says, it may be too dangerous to live here at all, with less sea ice to protect the barrier island from powerful waves that wash across the village."

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Northerners to debate uranium mine built on the tundra


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Story by Bob Weber/ The Canadian Press

"Huli Tagoona was just a girl the first time uranium miners proposed to develop a massive deposit of the radioactive metal near her home town of Baker Lake, Nunavut.

"I was about 11," she says. "I spent many an hour listening to (presentations), spending time at the hearings."

Now, at 37, she's about to relive her childhood as final hearings begin Monday before the Nunavut Impact Review Board on a second proposal to eventually build a mine on the tundra. As a spokeswoman for the anti-uranium group Makitagunarningit, her opinion on it hasn't changed.

French nuclear giant Areva is proposing to build one underground and four open-pit mines just west of Baker Lake, on the edge of the calving grounds of one of the North's great caribou herds and near the largest and most remote wildlife sanctuary on the continent."

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Tlicho injunction to delay launch of N.W.T. land and water superboard


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"The Tlicho Government has won an injunction to stop — at least temporarily — the federal government's plan to do away with the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board.

The immediate implications of the written ruling, handed down by the Northwest Territories Supreme Court late Friday afternoon, extend beyond the board for the Tlicho region, however, and will delay the federal government's plan to introduce a new superboard for regulating all activity in the Mackenzie Valley."

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Saskatoon girl educates peers about missing and murdered aboriginal women


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"While some preteens might be giving presentations about their favourite hobby or what they did on their summer vacation, Valyncia Sparvier has picked a much more serious topic.

This year, when the 11-year-old was asked what topic she'd like to cover for her Grade 6 public speaking assignment she said murdered and missing indigenous women."

Read the full CBC Saskatchewan Story HERE

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'Bear Clan Patrol' to return to Winnipeg streets


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"Volunteers from the city's indigenous community are resurrecting a group that once patrolled Winnipeg streets.

"The murder of Tina Fontaine this past summer was really the catalyst for this," said James Favel, chair of the Dufferin Residents Association and one of those reconstituting the Bear Clan Patrol.

In the early 1990s, the Bear Clan Patrol had more than 200 members, whose goal was to prevent crime and help vulnerable people. Volunteers would work from dusk to dawn in teams, walking, driving or cycling through inner-city neighbourhoods.

Members of the Bear Clan were involved in everything from preventing break-ins, stopping fights and getting intoxicated people get home safely, to keeping an eye on those in the sex trade."

Read the Full Story by Tim Fontaine from CBC News Manitoba HERE

Check out the Bear Clan Facebook Page HERE

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