AN OPEN LETTER OF SOLIDARITY AMONG INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Espacio Estatal en Defensa del Maíz Nativo de Oaxaca

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It is our right to conserve the territories, the cultures and the spirituality which have nourished the lives of the original peoples of the world.

In the face of the violent events taking place since September, 2016, in the territories of the Sioux Nation at Standing Rock, North Dakota, against the Hunkpapa Lakota Nation and other native peoples whose ancestors have long inhabited the banks and adjacent areas of the Missouri River in the United States of America, we, the undersigned, representatives of indigenous and campesino communities, non-governmental organizations, and independent academics of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, manifest our opposition to the systematic violation of indigenous human rights by the violent imposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which affects the territory, water, and culture of the Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP), a project of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, a private enterprise, has an estimated…

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Announcements of October 3rd

AIHFS

Fundraiser For Standing Rock Update
We are humbled and appreciative that the total amount raised at our September 23rd Fundraiser for the Standing Rock Sioux was $2,298.00 Thanks again for everyone that came out that night!

We’d also like to say a special thank you to the following AIHFS staff and community members that volunteered their time to make this happen.

-Staff-
Keith Dayson; Sarah Brant; Chantel Henry; Nickole Fox; Jamie Alvord; Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw; Karen Marshall; John Marcus; D’Arcy Hearn; Carmen Mendoza-King; Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson

-Community Members-
Kirk Schuyler; Dave Huizenga; Connie Pashenee; Jeremy Royer; Nancy Walker; Chloe Brown; Jeff Winchester; Emily Warren

The raffle winners from that night were as follows:
Angela Sedoskey won the baby Pendleton.
Lance Montour won the 50/50 drawing.
Marc Roland and his family won a painting and a quilt.

Last, but not least, we would like to give a special thanks to Jerry Cleland and…

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YA Instafreebie Promotion

Sarah K. L. Wilson

This is a fun one, folks! September 20-22 we are doing a TWENTY book giveaway via instafreebie. You’ll note some famous names like Andrea Pearson (her book was #7 on Amazon this week! I read it and it is fabulous) and D. S. Murphy. There are others that are less well known (like mine) but I’ve had to research them a bit to make the promotion and landing page and I can’t wait to read these. You can read a quick blurb on each one and see the genre on the landing page I made. Have fun and happy reading!!!

GET TWENTY FREE BOOKS HERE.

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Native Americans talk gender identity at a ‘two-spirit’ powwow

Fusion

San Francisco’s Cow Palace has hosted livestock expositions, Rolling Stones concerts, and a U.S. heavyweight championship.

But this Saturday, it was home to something really special: the nation’s only Native American powwow for “two-spirited” tribe members that’s open to the public.

Two-spirited people don’t all define themselves in the same way. Many say they embody both male and female characteristics, and that such a role was recognized and honored by their tribes before colonization. Others might identify as gay when they’re around outsiders.

At the Cow Palace, they came together seeking community, and to raise awareness of some of the issues that LGBT people face on reservations, like hate crimes and high rates of suicide.

The term “two-spirit” is a relatively modern term but the concept is not. And the concept of a more complicated gender system has become fairly common in the mainstream: Half of all Millennials believe that…

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Maslow’s hierarchy connected to Blackfoot beliefs

You always have a choice.

A Digital Native American

This slide shows basic differences between Western and First Nations perspectives, as presented by University of Alberta professor Cathy Blackstock at the 2014 conference of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. This slide shows basic differences between Western and First Nations perspectives, as presented by University of Alberta professor Cathy Blackstock at the 2014 conference of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

I first heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in an advertising course I took in college many years ago. I remember looking at the pyramid and its five layers – with basic needs at the bottom and “self-actualization” at the top – and thinking that self-actualization belonged in the foundation.

It turns out I was thinking like a Blackfoot.

At a conference last week of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, I learned that Abraham Maslow, one of the founders of humanistic psychology, borrowed generously from the Blackfoot people to refine his motivational theory on the hierarchy of needs.

Briefly, Maslow’s theory suggests that humans are motivated to fulfill first the most basic of needs, such as…

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Now You Can Make That Embarrassing Email You Sent Self-Destruct

TIME

Everyone’s fired off a hasty email that they desperately wish they could take back. A new Gmail tool will let you do that whenever you please.

Dmail is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that gives people more control of how long others can view their Gmail messages. When sending an email through Gmail, users can set a specific time when the message will self-destruct, ranging anywhere from an hour to a week. And even emails without a specific self-destruct timer can still be recalled by the sender at an time, making them unviewable to the recipient.

The product was developed by the people who made the social bookmarking service Delicious. Eventually the team wants to expand the application to let users set self-destructing timers on other types of documents, such as PDFs.

Google itself seems to understand the value of being able to take back an email as…

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