Indigenous Issues: United States Mint releases designs for Native American $1 Coin

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Indigenous Issues: United States Mint releases designs for Native American $1 Coin

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 — Today, Native American Heritage Day, the United States Mint is releasing the designs for the new 2009 Native American $1 Coin. Public Law 110-82 directs the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue the new $1 coin to recognize Native Americans for their contributions to the history and development of our Nation. The new coin, slated to be released into circulation in January 2009, will circulate along with the United States Mint’s Presidential $1 Coins.

“We are proud to produce the Native American $1 Coin,” said United States Mint Director Ed Moy. “When Americans use this coin, we hope they reflect on the tremendous contributions Native Americans have made, and continue to make, to our Nation.”

Like the Presidential $1 Coins, the Native American $1 Coins will be minted in the distinctive gold-colored alloy. The coin’s obverse (heads side) will feature the Golden Dollar’s striking image of Sacagawea — the young Shoshone woman who accompanied Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their historic expedition — by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions on the obverse are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. The year, mint mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM are incused on the coin’s edge.

The reverse (tails side) of the Native American $1 Coin will bear a new design each year. The featured design for 2009, by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Norman E. Nemeth, is based on an agricultural theme, a significant part of Native American culture. This design depicts a Native American woman planting seeds in a field of corn, beans and squash, representing the Three Sisters method of planting. Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1.

Throughout the Presidential $1 Coin Program, the Native American $1 Coins will be issued in chronological order, to the greatest extent possible, of the events or persons featured. The Secretary of the Treasury approves the designs after consulting with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the Congressional Native American Caucus of the House of Representatives, the National Congress of American Indians, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and the Commission of Fine Arts.

The total quantity of Presidential $1 Coins and Native American $1 Coins minted and issued into circulation by the United States Mint will be sufficient to meet the Nation’s needs. As required by law, at least 20 percent of all $1 coins minted and issued in any year will be Native American $1 Coins.

To view and download digital images of the 2009 Native American $1 Coin, go to: http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=Photo

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Canada Post Blocks Health Canada Advisory to Indigenous Community

Canada Post Blocks Health Canada Advisory to Indigenous Community

A Canada Post employee has refused to allow the distribution of a Health Canada advisory that warns of serious health concerns regarding the “Build All” open pit asphalt plant located near the Mohawk Territory of Tyendinaga.

According to a recent press release, Health Canada issued the advisory to the Chief and Council of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) in early November, “After receiving complaints from residents and workers in the area of breathing difficulties, nose bleeds, nausea, burning eyes and throats.”

“When MBQ failed to respond to Health Canada’s concerns or notify the community, [on the morning of November 26] a local resident attempted to circulate a copy of the Health Canada advisory through the Shannonville office of Canada Post,” states the press release.

“A Canada Post employee told him that they would not circulate the advisory, as the Post Office had been visited by the Tyendinaga Police Service and advised… that circulating the flyer would be too controversial.”

One side of the flyer held a reprint of the letter that Health Canada sent to the MBQ, which states in part, “There are a few concerns with the operation of this asphalt plant, firstly open burning exposing residents on and off reserve to smoke from the asphalt plant processes and activities. Secondly, the emissions generated from asphalt processing and other activities involving burning can have a serious impact on human and environmental health.”

The letter goes on to strongly recommended a halt of operations at the plant until the site can be properly assessed, “to ensure the health of local residents and the surrounding environment.”

As noted in the Toronto Star, “The other side of the flyer describes the chemical makeup of [the] plume emitted from asphalt plants in general”.

“It also links the plant – owned by Build All Contractors – to the Tyendinaga chief of police. Company owner Tom Maracle and Chief Ron Maracle are brothers,” continues the article. And therein lies the controversy…

Nepotism. It’s something that happens all too often among people in positions of authority, and in this case, something that can contribute to people losing their health–even their lives.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Canada Post Blocks Health Canada Advisory to First Nations Community

(Wednesday, November 26, 2008) On Nov. 5th 2008, Health Canada issued an advisory to the Chief and Council of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, regarding an open pit asphalt plant located near the western boundary of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

The plant is operated by the Build-All Construction company. Highlighting concerns that emissions generated from asphalt processing and other burning activities can have a serious impact on human and environmental health both on and off reserve, Health Canada strongly recommended that these activities cease pending a full assessment of the site.

When MBQ failed to respond to Health Canada’s concerns or notify the community, a local resident attempted to circulate a copy of the Health Canada advisory through the Shannonville office of Canada Post this morning.

A Canada Post employee told him that they would not circulate the advisory as the Post Office had been visited by the Tyendinaga Police Service and advised by the police that circulating the flyer would be too controversial.

It should not matter that the Build-All asphalt plant is operated by the brother of Tyendinaga’s Chief of Police. People have a right to be informed about companies and activities that could have adverse effects on their health and the environment.

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Background Information:

TYENDINAGA: HEALTH CANADA ISSUES ENVIRONMENTAL ALERT:

Letter to Tyendinaga Mohawk Band Council “strongly recommends” immediate closure of asphalt processing plant as “imperative to the health of residents.”

In a letter dated November 5, 2008, addressed to the Chief and Council of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Health Canada has issued a scathing report outlining the impacts of open air burning practices at the Build All asphalt plant located on old Highway 2.

After receiving complaints from residents and workers in the area of breathing difficulties, nose bleeds, nausea, burning eyes and throats, Health Canada has called on Chief and Council to stop the operations “to ensure the health of local residents and the surrounding environment.”

The letter goes on to state, ” There are a few concerns with the operation of this asphalt plant, firstly open burning exposing residents on and off reserve to smoke from the asphalt plant processes and activities. Secondly, the emissions generated from asphalt processing and other activities involving burning can have a serious impact on human and environmental health.”

Plume emitted from hot mix asphalt plants generally contain steam, fine particulate generated by crushing rock used in the asphalt, metals, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and smaller organic compounds such as phenol, benzene and toluene. The PAHs and other organic compounds can condense on the particulate and travel significant distances.

Repeated exposure to these materials can be associated with short and long-term health effects, including several types of cancer.

When asked what the police could do regarding Build All operations, Chief of Police Ron Maracle publicly stated, “This is my brother’s business and I certainly wont let you shut him down.”

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1st Native American Day Honors Indians

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time, federal legislation has set aside the day after Thanksgiving — for this year only— to honor the contributions American Indians have made to the United States.

Frank Suniga, a descendant of Mescalero Apache Indians who lives in Oregon, said he and others began pushing in 2001 for a national day that recognizes tribal heritage.

Suniga, 79, proposed his idea to a cultural committee that is part of the Portland-based Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. The organization took on the cause of a commemorative day, as did the National Congress of American Indians and other groups.

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Hopi Tangle Over Tribal Leadership

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KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. (AP) — When traditional clowns enter Hopi village plazas as part of Kachina ceremonial dances, they often ridicule and chastise the audience, behaving in a way that serves as an example of what not to do.

That’s how Hopi tribal member Tommy Canyon views the actions of tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa and Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr., who have been clashing for much of the time Nuvamsa has been in office. Nuvamsa was sworn into his post in March 2007.

The tangle has led to a suspended appellate court, raised allegations of fraud and disrespect for traditional Native American leaders and concerns over whether the northern Arizona Indian tribe can settle the matter without the intervention of the federal government.

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Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold on Mount Tenabo photos

This was originally posted by Brenda Norell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold on Mount Tenabo photos

Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold’s destruction on sacred Mount Tenabo on Wednesday. Shoshone call for help to establish an encampment.
By Brenda Norrell
CRESCENT VALLEY, Newe Sogobi (Nevada) — While most Americans enjoyed Thanksgiving this week, Western Shoshone protested the devastation on their sacred Mount Tenabo, as Barrick Gold ripped out pine trees by the roots on this ceremonial mountain for gold mining.
As Barrick Gold continues its practice of genocide, targeting Indigenous Peoples territories around the world, Barrick is destroying Mount Tenabo for one of the United States largest open pit gold mines. The Cortez Hills Expansion Project is at the flank of the mountain where Shoshone carry out sweatlodges and other ceremonies. (See protest photos at http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com )
Shoshone called for help and an immediate encampment to protect sacred Mount Tenabo.
Earlier this week, several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenous and environmental organizations filed a restraining order in the federal District Court in Reno against the construction of the proposed mine site.Unable to wait for the hearing that is scheduled for early next week and the mine’s continual slaughter of the pinion forest, the Western Shoshone grandmothers and supporters traveled to the site demanding Barrick to stop cutting the trees.
“As heavy machinery used to tear out the pinion trees came to halt upon the arrival of the Shoshones, Barrick Gold employees ignored the Shoshone’s demand that they cease the clear cutting. They witnessed piles of pinion and other trees strewn across the landscape and unfenced polluted ponds,” Western Shoshone said in a joint statement.
“Today we went to a war zone, a war zone against the trees by the Barrick Gold Company. If people can eat or drink gold to sustain life, maybe we can call it a sacrifice of the life of trees, trees that gives us pine nuts and other medicinal uses,” stated Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother and executive director of the Western Shoshone Defense Project.The Western Shoshone had lived in the area of Mount Tenabo since the beginning of time.
Today it is the homelands to local Shoshones and continues to be the home to Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal foods and plants as well as a site for spiritual and ceremonial practices. Mount Tenabo is in the heart of Western Shoshone territory and is part of the ancestral lands that has been identified and recognized as Western Shoshone territory through the ratification of the Treaty of Ruby Valley between the Western Shoshone and the United States.
“The mining company and the Bureau of Land Management are trespassing on the Western Shoshone treaty land and are destroying our mountains, trees, food, medicine and leaving dirty polluted water ponds that are wide open making it unsafe to the birds and animals. Why doesn’t the mining company go dig up the Vatican or the Mormon Tabernacle instead of Western Shoshone lands, I’m sure they will find gold there, because this is what you are doing to our mountains and trees,” said Mary McCloud, Western Shoshone grandmother.
Earlier this year, Barrick attorneys halted release of a book exposing the global genocide and atrocities of Barrick Gold. The book launch for Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique, edited by Alain Denault and the Collectif Ressources d’Afrique out of Montréal, was halted when the authors and publishers (Édition Écosociété) received letters from a law firm representing Barrick Gold, according to the Dominion in Canada.
Barrick has also sued The Guardian and The Observer over published articles about the Bulyanhulu massacre in Tanzania.
The book exposes Barrick’s advantageous mining contracts, partnerships with arms dealers and mercenaries in the Great Lakes region, miners buried alive in Tanzania, an “involuntary genocide” by poisoning in Mali, brutal expropriations in Ghana, using people from the Ivory Coast for pharmaceutical testing, devastating hydroelectric projects in Senegal and the savage privatization of the railway system in West Africa.
For more information, or to help, Western Shoshone: Western Shoshone Defense Project
So-Ho-Bi (South Fork) office: 775-744-2565 (fax and phone) Main office:P.O. Box 211308Crescent Valley, NV 89821
Newe Sogobi775-468-0230775-468-0237 (fax)

Read statement:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2008/11/western-shoshone-devastation-and.html

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Black Friday protest of Emeryville Shellmound desecration

This was originally posted by Brenda Norell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Black Friday protest of Emeryville Shellmound desecration

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO — Morning Star Gali said Shellmound Walkers will protest the Emeryville shopping center built on Ohlone graves on Friday, Nov. 28. Friday is known as “Black Friday,” the largest shopping day of the year.

“People are shopping on the graves of our ancestors,” Gali said, as Native Americans departed from the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday.

Shellmound Walkers will leave the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland Friday morning and walk to Emeryville, across from San Francisco. The protest will be at Shellmound Drive and Ohlone Way in Emeryville. The mock Shellmound there is “very disrepectful,” she said

Gali said the walkers message to shoppers on Black Friday is, “Don’t shop on our graves. Don’t continue to desecrate these burial sites.”

Listen to today’s brief interviews, conducted after the Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering
Morning Star, audio one, Shellmound history

http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2008/11/listen-morning-start-shellmound-walkers.html

Morning Star, audio two, Shellmound protest in Emeryville
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2008/11/audio-morning-star-shellmound-protest.html
Photo Brenda Norrell

Nuclear train plan for Alice: One train, 1km long, every day

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TRAINLOADS of radioactive material up to 1km long would pass through Alice Springs every day by 2016, under a plan put before the town council on Monday.

The proposed expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia could result in the ore being ferried north by rail.
Greens have slammed the proposal, citing major concerns including possible derailments, radioactive dust escaping from”closed wagons” and long-term social and environmental effects.

http://www.centralianadvocate.com.au/article/2008/11/28/3329_news.html

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