Native Hawaiians to protest ceded lands case

Native Hawaiians to protest ceded lands case

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The Ilio’ulaokalani Coalition, with the support of Kupu’aina, is organizing a massive rally in Hawai’i to oppose the alienation of 1.2 million acres of ‘ceded lands’ once held by the former Hawaiian Kingdom.

The rally is set to take place on January 17, just a few weeks before the U.S. Supreme court will decide on whether or not to uphold the Hawai’i Supreme Court’s January 2008 ruling, which barred the government from alienating the territory until the land claims of Native Hawaiians have been resolved.

“Many in the Native Hawaiian community saw the opinion [of the court] as a positive step or ho’oholo i mua towards reconciliation and as encouraging Native Hawaiians, the larger community, and those with differing perspectives to continue a dialogue not only on the use and disposition of ceded lands, but also on Native Hawaiian self-determination,” says Toni Auld Yardley from the Kanakamaoli Religious Institute.

The Court further recognized “that money reparations in lieu of the lands themselves would not be an adequate remedy because of the inextricable bond between the Native Hawaiian people and the ‘Aina [land],” continues Yardley.

“‘Aina is a living and vital part of the [n]ative Hawaiian cosmology, and is irreplaceable. The natural elements – land, air, water, ocean – are
interconnected and interdependent. To [n]ative Hawaiians, land is not a commodity; it is the foundation of their cultural and spiritual identity as Hawaiians. The ‘aina is part of their ‘ohana [family], and they care for it as they do for other members of their families. For them, the land and the natural environment is alive, respected, treasured, praised, and even worshiped.”

In April 2008 the State of Hawai’i appealed the Court decision, arguing that “the state holds and owns these lands for the benefit of all of the people of Hawaii” — a claim that does not sit with the Hawaiian people. The US Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal last October.

As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend the rally.

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Bush-Cheney Deserve Censure for Declaring War Against The Constitution

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Before Inauguration Day, the 111th Congress should pass a forward-looking resolution censuring President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for executive aggrandizements or abuses that have reduced Congress to vassalage and shredded the rule of law. The resolution should express a congressional intent to prevent repetitions by the President-elect Barack Obama or his successors. The objective is not Bush-Cheney bashing, but to restore a republican form of government in which “We the People” are sovereign, and the president is checked and publicly scrutinized by Congress and the courts. The Bush-Cheney duumvirate won an undeclared war against the Constitution. Most troublesome, they captured the power to initiate war from a spineless Congress. The Founding Fathers were unanimous in denying the president that constitutional authority. They knew that presidents would chronically deceive Congress and concoct excuses for war to control public information, benefit political friends through government contracts, quell dissent, assert emergency powers and enjoy the intoxicating thrill of, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

By wielding the threat of international terrorism, the Bush-Cheney team put the nation on a permanent war footing – the first time in history that war has been undertaken against a tactic. They maintained that the entire post-9/11 world is an active battlefield where United States military force may be used to kill suspected members of al Qaeda irrespective of international boundaries.

They claimed executive privilege and state secrets to conduct secret government – thereby circumventing political and legal accountability. This included directives to former White House officials Karl Rove and Harriet Miers to flout congressional subpoenas for testimony. They detained hundreds of people (including American citizens) as enemy combatants without accusation or trial. They authorized torture (waterboarding and extraordinary rendition), abductions, secret prisons and illegal surveillance of American citizens.

A call to young warriors, to all young people

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Young American Indians today suffer from many problems of the modern world. Alcohol and drug abuse, early pregnancies, gangs and psychological disorders are everywhere on the reservations. However, a lot of the development of these issues can be historically traced back to World War II or shortly before.

Rogers State to offer Cherokee language

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PRYOR, Okla. – Beginning in the spring semester, Rogers State University will offer Cherokee language courses on its Pryor campus.
Cherokee I will begin in January at the start of the spring 2009 semester and Cherokee II will be offered in the fall. The university plans to continue the course rotation each year. The Cherokee language courses are open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students. Students can take the course as part of the minor in Native American Studies or to fulfill a general education requirement.
“We are located in the Cherokee Nation, so it is only natural that we offer Cherokee language classes,” said Dr. Hugh Foley, associate professor and coordinator of Native American Studies at RSU. “This is part of our continued development of American Indian Studies at RSU.”

Ranchers oppose the moving of bison to reservations

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BILLINGS, Mont.  — Ranchers are voicing concern about plans to relocate some Yellowstone Park bison to Indian reservations in Montana and Wyoming.

The ranchers are worried about the animals’ history of carrying brucellosis, a disease that causes domestic cows to miscarry

“There isn’t anyone up here who wants it. It’s a cockamamie idea, and it’s an experimental deal,” said John Brenden, a Scobey rancher and legislator. “I don’t like anybody experimenting on us.”

Arizona attorney general rebuts Havasupai settlement, despite clients’ wishes

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PHOENIX – Members of the Havasupai Tribe had reason to be cautiously optimistic upon learning that regents of the Arizona State University system wanted to settle a long-running legal dispute with the tribe centered on what members believe was misuse of blood they long ago gave to researchers at Arizona State University. But now the tribe has discovered that Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, who represents university regents in the case, does not want to settle the litigation, despite his clients’ wishes to do so.

Tribes appeal decision in Arizona Snowbowl case

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FLAGSTAFF – American Indian tribes are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision that allows for snowmaking on an Arizona peak the tribes consider sacred.

The tribes met Monday’s deadline for an appeal in the Arizona Snowbowl case.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco cleared the way for the snowmaking last August after a years-long court battle