IdleNoMore Wisconsin

#IdleNoMore Wisconsin Sovereign Nations! for Mashkiziibii (Medicine Water) PROTECT & SERVE MOTHER EARTH - CLEAN LAND+AIR+WATER = LIFE ... STOP THE MINES ...
MISSION The, "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water." The movement wants to "stop the government from passing more laws and legislation that will further erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all Indigenous people globally." - We are in Solidarity with Canada, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to Idle No More, Protect our Lands and Water.

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#IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN - A Peaceful Movement of Integrity and Honor with a concrete focus to protect our lands, water and the trust and agreement inclusions of sovereignty rights for a quality of life for our future generations. - "It's been said that "The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history" and the current mining bills before the Wisconsin state legislature would perpetuate a long, tragic, and shameful history of U.S. treaty violations with Indigenous Peoples. -- The 7th Generation has begun."

#IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN - Grateful for the support and dedication of the Overpass Light Brigade illuminating #IdleNoMore with beautiful messages bringing the community together as ONE FIRE.

Sisters and Brothers leading Idle No More Wisconsin is:
* Rachel Byington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
* Arvina Marin, Ho Chunk Nation Diana Miller, Menominee Nation
* Sarah LittlerRedfeather, decent of the Anishinaabe, MN Chippewa Band - White Earth
* Sanford LittleEagle, Ho Chunk Nation
* Chuck Davis, Sr.
* We are in FULL Solidarity and active with IdleNoMore Milwaukee.

* One Tribe One Nation One Fire Honoring Chief Theresa Spence, and the women who started the IdleNoMore Movement.

* VAWA Indigenous Women Issues Our congress refuses to sign the VAWA Law that has the protections and rights to prosecute non-natives who abuse our Women on Tribal Lands and more, this is important. Global awareness, to Stop the Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault, lack of support for justice departments from leaders of disappearing indigenous women, and children murdered and / or sold into human trafficking.

* NO MINE IN THE PENOKEE HILLS Bad River is under attack under Mining Special Interests in Legislature, the Treaties that Protects and Preserves our Cultural Environment, Lands and the Water, honor them.

* Stop the ma'iingan (Wolf) Hunt - Wolf Hunt Desecrates Anishinaabe Creation

* Colonialism changing to Cultural Awareness and Pride - Educate and collaborate to end stereotyping, and racism in our communities; creating a support system to create confidence and positive living in our communities.
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MiiGiiZii Release Bad River Rez 7 24 14

Published on Jul 24, 2014

What an amazing afternoon to witness the release of this 18 yr old male Bald Eagle. He was banded as a chick on the south shore of Lake Superior, near Cornucopia, WI. He chose to make the Bad River his home. He does have a mate out there somewhere. She was seen hanging around the area for some time after he was rescued. 

He was found by Bad River Tribal Members Kris and Noah Arbuckle. They turned him over to Ed Wiggins and Bad River’s Dept. of Natural Resources. He was transported to the Spooner Animal Hospital in Spooner, WI by BRDNR Warden Christina Dzwonkowski and Lacey Hill-Kastern. He was then taken to Wild Instincts of Rhinelander, WI. There he was nursed back to health by Handlers Tim and Cheryl Bonnie and Verna Bonnie. They bought him back to his homeland and released him.

Wild Instincts, was founded in 1996 by Mark and Sharon Larson. It is a 503(C) nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center. They rely solely on public donations. For your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation, call 715-362-WILD or find them @


Complicated history excludes Alaska Native women from Violence Against Women Act

Opponents of the reauthorization of a federal law passed last year say it has created a dangerous situation for Alaskan domestic violence victims and are urging lawmakers to support a repeal. 

Proponents of the original 1994 Violence Against Women Act say it was signed into law with the purpose of providing more protection for domestic violence victims and keeping victims safe by requiring that a victim’s protection order be recognized and enforced in all state, tribal and territorial jurisdictions in the U.S.

According to the White House, the VAWA has made a difference, saying that intimate partner violence declined by 67 percent from 1993 to 2010, more victims now report domestic violence, more arrests have been made and all states impose criminal sanctions for violating a civil protection order.

Last year the law was reauthorized, clarifying a court decision that ruled on a case involving civil jurisdiction for non–tribal members and amending the law to recognize tribal civil jurisdiction to issue and enforce protection orders “involving any person,” including non-Natives.

But almost all Alaska tribes were excluded from the amendment, with only the Metlakatla Indian community from Alaska included under the 2013 law. The rest of Alaska remains under the old law.

The change has created confusion, opponents say, particularly in cases when there is a 911 call about enforcing a protective order.

“The trooper is waiting, because he’s not sure who has jurisdiction,” said David Voluck, a tribal court judge for theCentral Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. “We need to get rid of those exceptions that create confusion.”

An ongoing debate

The reauthorization highlighted an ongoing debate about Native communities and tribal courts’ and governments’ jurisdiction, particularly in cases of policing and justice.

The reauthorization made sense, according to Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty, who noted that Alaska has always been treated differently because of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. In exchange for 40 million acres of land and about $1 billion, he said, tribes forfeited reservations and the notion of Indian country to form Native corporations.

He said the state needs to find better ways to collaborate with institutions in small communities to provide better protection and justice but disagrees with giving pockets of tribal authority throughout Alaska.

“We do have an issue with violence and domestic violence,” he said. “We have a challenge in providing safety.”

But Geraghty said he has never heard of a situation when a victim was in danger because of confusion over jurisdiction.

“There’s nothing in the act that expands or retracts the jurisdiction of tribal courts,” he said. “If tribal courts had jurisdiction before, they do now. Troopers are not lawyers. If they are faced with a situation, they are going to protect the public. These concerns are overblown.”

‘A cloud over Alaska’

Lloyd Miller, an attorney who works on Indian rights and tribal jurisdiction litigation, disagrees and said things did change with the 2013 reauthorization.

“What he’s saying is that an Alaska village only has the authority to issue a protective order if that man is a member of the tribe. They can’t if he’s from the neighboring tribe,” he said. “Why would we not want to have Alaska villages have all the tools to protect women from domestic violence?”

Voluck agreed. “Does it really matter if a woman is hit in a mall somewhere or the south corner of where the tribe lives?” he said.

Opponents of the Alaska exemption recently urged a task force convened by Attorney General Eric Holder to study the effects of violence on Native American children to support the repeal of Section 910 of the law.

“VAWA creates a cloud over Alaska, and the last thing women and children need is a delay in an emergency,” said Voluck. “A matter of minutes can mean life or death. It’s unequal protection under the law for a very vulnerable part of the population.”

Lack of law enforcement

Voluck was one of a number of experts who testified last month before the Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence about the special circumstances surrounding Alaska Native domestic violence, including geography, a lack of law enforcement and difficulty for victims to travel to safety.

Experts attested to a number of facts, including that Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times as likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other American women. About 140 villages have no state law enforcement. Eighty have absolutely no law enforcement. One-third of Alaska communities do not have road access.

It’s a serious issue for communities, said Valerie Davidson, a task force member who lives in Alaska. “Even if you only have 300 people, you still need law enforcement,” she said.

The debate continues, this time in Congress as the Senate Indian Affairs Committee works on legislation, which includes a provision repealing Section 910 of the 2013 reauthorization. Geraghty and the governor oppose a repeal, but the U.S. attorney general’s office has voiced its support.

Associate U.S. Attorney General Tony West attended the Alaska task force hearing and said arguments about the scope of authority of Alaska Native villages and tribes shouldn’t get in the way of protecting Native children from harm.

“If there are steps we can take that will help move the needle in the direction for victims, we need to do it,” he said. “When a tribal court issues an order, the state ought to enforce it. If not, the orders are worth nothing more than the paper they’re written on.”

More than just symbolic

Repealing the law won’t resolve the multilayered issues of jurisdiction, but it would be a step in the right direction, West added.

“It is more than just symbolic,” he said. “Repeal of Section 910 is an important step that can help protect Alaska Native victims of that violence and, significantly, the children who often witness it, and it can send a message that tribal authority and tribal sovereignty matters, that the civil protection orders tribal courts issue ought to be respected and enforced.”

The Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence will make a recommendation to Holder by late October.

“Alaska is frozen in time,” Voluck said. “Why in the world would you hold the worst state when it comes to domestic violence in the old law? Forty-nine other states have figured out how to work with their tribal courts. Let’s work together. People are getting hurt and dying. That’s why I’m upset.”


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About time.

" … I never expected to find a story like this in the documentary, titled “Honor Totem,” produced for the government access Seattle Channel and recently released on YouTube. As an Alaska Native who has also been homeless and incarcerated, I found it easy to seethe at the cops after the murder. But my outrage masked something else, something I had been hiding—something Deanna’s story brought out into the open...”

"I sit near the totem pole and my stomach starts to settle. My Aunt Judy passed away just two years before John’s murder. My political outrage about his assassination masked the guilt I felt about my aunt’s death. I feel just as guilty as Officer Birk, but until now I buried those feelings deep inside. John’s Honor Totem and the healing it represents help me face my guilt. I look at the master carver depicted in the middle of the pole. I shot you, John. It might as well have been me. I killed my Aunt Judy by abandoning her."

"The wind makes the trees behind John’s Honor Totem rustle. The master carver listens. Kids play on the lawn and a breeze kisses my cheek. Part of healing is forgiveness. Part of healing is remembrance. My stomach settles and I suddenly feel hungry. Thank you, John. May we always remember what you taught us about acceptance, forgiveness and the healing power of our traditions."




Albuquerque, NM, July 10, 2014 — Native American organizations and communities from across the country are calling on the Washington NFL team’s corporate sponsors to do what is right for America’s children, and cancel their sponsorship of the Washington football team, starting with Federal Express (Fed-Ex). This week, the Native Voice Network, a virtual community of Native American families and organizations, will launch a national public awareness campaign aimed at NFL sponsoring corporations, urging them to end their affiliation with a mascot and nickname that harms children.
The American Psychological Association (APA)* officially called for the immediate end to American Indian mascots based on research showing that mascots establish an unwelcome and often hostile learning environment for Native youth, and increases negative attitudes about Native youth by non-Native youth. But the hurt doesn’t stop there. The APA also found that mascots undermine the educational experience of non-Native students as well. “The findings are clear. Racist mascots hurt Native youth who can’t afford for corporate sponsors to sit on the sidelines in this debate,” says Jennifer Varenchik, a Native American working with youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,** suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth in the 15-24 age group—two and half times the national rate. “Our communities are dealing with this crisis founded in the low self-esteem of our children. When young people hear words like the “R-word” and see dehumanizing images about our culture, they are directly impacted and often internalize these negative stereotypes, having detrimental effects on their school work and life choices.”
“The bottom line is that no community-minded corporation should sponsor a mascot that hurts American youth. The mascot debate has been missing the point. The issue is not about who is offending or ‘honoring’ who. The Native Voice Network is making clear that harm is being inflicted on America’s youth –Native and non-Native alike. This can no longer be denied nor tolerated. We hope Federal Express and other NFL sponsors are listening,” comments Laura Harris, Executive Director of Americans for Indian Opportunity, the organizational host of the NVN.
The campaign will begin with a focus on the Washington team’s primary sponsor – Fed-Ex –though the network calls on all the NFL corporate sponsors to do what is right for American youth. “Sprint and Anheuser-Busch immediately pulled their sponsorships of the L.A. Clippers during the Donald Sterling debate, yet they continue to sponsor the Washington team name, adds Varenchik. “Their actions scream hypocrisy. You can’t pick and choose when to stand up against racism.”
The Native Voice Network (NVN) seeks to amplify the voice of Native American families, which has been largely absent until now, in the Washington Team name-change debate. The first of many calls to action, the campaign will be the launching issue for the NVN. The NVN plans to grow the network and continue with a multi-issue platform that impacts Native families and communities far into the future. The Native Voice Network is a collaborative network of Native American families and organizations that mobilize through Indigenous cultural values to inspire positive change in Native communities. The Native Voice Network was established in September of 2012, and is currently comprised of twenty-six (26) Native American organizations representing families and communities across the UnitedStates. For a complete list of NVN member organizations please go to

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In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining companies and their political allies.

Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's insight:

“There’s the upper watershed, the Penokee Mountains, where the proposed mine would be situated. Then there is the lower watershed, which is like the bottom of a bowl,” says Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. “That lower bowl is essentially our tribal nation.” The reservation is home to the Ramsar-designated Bad River and Kakagon sloughs that harbor 40 percent of Lake Superior’s wetlands and wild rice beds, which tribal members harvest using traditional methods. “We are in the crosshairs,” Wiggins says, “set to endure the bulk of the environmental impacts in terms of groundwater pollution, surface water degradation, and air pollution.” —

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MINNEAPOLIS — Inside the cavernous Base Camp facility at Fort Snelling, a long line of cancer survivors made a slow procession around the perimeter of the former cavalry drill hall where a century ago Army troops trained their horses. Their presence at a gathering of American Indians is solemn, supportive…

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'Drunktown's Finest' To Premiere At Sundance Institute's Native American Program

Posted: 07/09/2014 11:05 am EDT Updated: 07/09/2014 11:59 am EDT
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Drunktown’s Finest Trailer (Official) from Legend Group on Vimeo.

Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program will be taking place at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art from July 10 - July 21.

As part of the series, Native American and transgender director Sydney Freeland will premiere her film “Drunktown’s Finest.” The film invites audiences to follow three young Native Americans, including a “promiscuous transsexual,” as they strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program. According to a press release sent to The Huffington Post, “the Program has sustained a unique circle of support for indigenous film by scouting for and identifying artists, bringing them through lab and grant programs to get their projects made and shown, and taking the filmmakers and their work back to native lands to inspire new generations of storytellers.”

We caught up with Freeland to discuss “Drunktown’s Finest,” how she found transgender actress Carmen Moore to star in the film and more.

The Huffington Post: What inspired you to make the film?
Sydney Freeland: Growing up I never really felt like I saw the people and places I knew represented on film. Most films about Native Americans didn’t have characters I could relate to. On a really basic level I wanted to tell a story that was true to the people and experiences I knew.

What you hope audiences take away from “Drunktown’s Finest”?
My biggest hope is that audiences are able to relate to the characters in the film. I feel like Native Americans and transgender people tend to be misrepresented in film but hopefully people come away with a new perspective.

What was the most surprising thing you learned while making it?
We only had 15 days to shoot so we were constantly pressed for time. However, I was constantly impressed by what our actors (some of which had no experience) were able bring to the table despite the circumstances.

How did you go about casting the character of Flexia (the transgender, Native American actress) in your film?
Well, I’m transgender myself so it was very important for me that we had a transgender actress to play the role of Felixia. I came across a YouTube video of Carmen early in the writing process and managed to get in touch with her. She read the script and responded well, and even came out to the Sundance Institute Director’s Lab where we got to workshop some scenes from the film. It was during that time that I realized she was a great fit for this character. I feel like she brought a depth and authenticity to the role that very few people could have.

How has Sundance supported your creative journey?
Sundance Institute has been absolutely crucial in my growth as a filmmaker. The way the labs work (Native American and Indigenous, Screenwriters and Directors) is that they target your comfort zone as an artist and then push you to work outside of that. Before the labs my writing approach was very plot-driven and my directing approach was very shot-oriented. I left the labs with a writing approach that was more character driven and a directing approach that was more performance driven. I feel like the film is so much better because of this.

Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program takes place July 10 - 21 at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street in New York City. “Drunktown’s Finest” premieres on July 10. For more information, head here.

America’s child migrant crisis, explained in 2 minutes ~ 1491

Watch the video: http://NO.JAVASCRIPT#ooid=s4ZWpybjqzRE7szoVb2luOQVQrKsy3jC

Time-lapse of American seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887

Rodney writes, “Between 1776 and 1887, the U.S. seized over 1.5 billion acres, an eighth of the world, from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. This 1:27 video maps it year by year.”

This shows us that this country was built on illegals, and immigration. Is it fair to ask, is the big diabolical rage is because its white vs. brown acceptance, even though the current crisis is “indigenous” peoples refugee humanitarian issues of children? Do we need to remind folks the description of “indigenous” people?

But let’s talk about the Guatemala: Genocide, and why children are being sent to flee asking for protection and asslyum.  -

Now … who are the immigrants?

SAME Ancestors being brought here … 

Again, how did you become to be in the USA?

I care about these indigenous children, and mothers and families …  I have asked several Christians. “What would Jesus do with these children and families,” and we know the answer to that.

Who are the immigrants?

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission collected 1000s of statements from Indian Residential School survivors. The national journey wrapped-up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a concert headlining Buffy Sainte-Marie. Lisa Risom spoke with the internationally renowned artist about healing through music and art.

Residential Schools

Residential schools for Aboriginal people in Canada date back to the 1870s. Over 130 residential schools were located across the country, and the last school closed in 1996. These government-funded, church-run schools were set up to eliminate parental involvement in the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of Aboriginal children. 

During this era, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools often against their parents’ wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. While there is an estimated 80,000 former students living today, the ongoing impact of residential schools has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist. 

On June 11, 2008, the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Government of Canada, delivered a formal apology in the House of Commons to former students, their families, and communities for Canada’s role in the operation of the residential schools. (Source)

A proposed pipeline in the Lakes region could have catastrophic consequences.

Tell us what you think (in 140 characters or less) and Michael will share your comment on TV with Richard Smith of Friends of the Headwaters, next on msnbc!
Protesters ride against Sandpiper pipeline

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Burke Says If Elected, She’ll Try To Stop GTAC Mine

Democrat Vying To Unseat Incumbent Scott WalkerUPDATED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:08pmBy Mike SimonsonSHARE:Share on emailShare on printShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on google_plusone_shareMore Sharing Services28 ListenDownload 

While Gov.  Scott Walker is full speed ahead on the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Range of northern Wisconsin, his Democratic challenger Mary Burke wants to put on the brakes. 

Officials with Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) said the $1.5-billion project will create 600 jobs at what would be the largest open pit iron ore mine in North America. Although opponents dispute the numbers, Walker said that GTAC’s investment will become an economic engine in an area that has some of the highest unemployment numbers in Wisconsin.

Burke, however, said she is aware of Iron County’s double-digits jobless rates and Ashland County’s figures at 8.5 percent in May.  But, she said this mine, with newly-passed legislation backed by Walker, would threaten public health and destroy the environment. So, she will try to stop the GTAC mine.

“I will certainly look at every tool that I have and to make sure that we are protecting our natural resources.  Our air, our water are so important not only to the people who live in the community, but to the tourism industry as well,” said Burke.

The Democrat’s position has evolved since last year when she endorsed environmentally responsible mining.

Burke also said she thinks GTAC should pay impact fees to surrounding towns that incur costs because of the 4½-mile-long mine.

“They need to be fairer, particularly in the communities that they’re operating in and that those communities should see the benefits,” she said.

Bruke said an economic development fund should be started to create other jobs.

“We have to look at the assets and the opportunities across the northern part of the state and understand how we can have a more vibrant economy because I take very seriously the loss of jobs there,” she said.

Burke said she might tour the mine area and meet with tribal officials when she visits there during the Fourth of July weekend.  

Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's insight:

GTAC would threaten public health and destroy the environment. So, she will try to stop the GTAC mine. “I will certainly look at every tool that I have and to make sure that we are protecting our natural resources. Our air, our water are so important not only to the people who live in the community, but to the tourism industry as well,” said Burke. —

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