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A 'very good moment for Alberta': Trudeau cabinet applauds Trump's Keystone XL decision

A 'very good moment for Alberta': Trudeau cabinet applauds Trump's Keystone XL decision | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Liberal cabinet ministers assembled in Calgary for a retreat welcomed the U.S. president's decision on Keystone XL Tuesday, calling his executive order a boon for Canadian jobs and government coffers.
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We Asked a Medical Oncologist What We Need to Know...

We Asked a Medical Oncologist What We Need to Know... | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The first question many people encounter is a simple one: does herbal medicine like marijuana really work? As in, do they treat symptoms related to cancer and treatments, or do they treat cancer itself? Well, we know that marijuana can help cancer-related pain, nausea, and poor appetite. At this time, we do not have any strong data from research in human beings to suggest it can directly force cancer into submission or eradicate it from the body entirely.
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White House hints that Donald Trump will move forward with Dakota Access Pipeline

White House hints that Donald Trump will move forward with Dakota Access Pipeline | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump will overturn a permit denial that prohibited the construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), that was the focus of months of massive protests by Native American that garnered attention worldwide.
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On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying

On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The San Carlos Apache Reservation was sprayed with a chemical resembling Agent Orange in the 1960s.
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Who Decides Who Counts as Native American?

Who Decides Who Counts as Native American? | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Outside the lands legally known as “Indian Country,” “membership” and “enrollment” are such blandly bureaucratic words that it’s easy to lose sight of how much they matter there. To the 566 federally recognized tribal nations, the ability to determine who is and isn’t part of a tribe is an essential element of what makes tribes sovereign entities. To individuals, membership means citizenship and all the emotional ties and treaty rights that come with it. To be disenrolled is to lose that citizenship: to become stateless. It can also mean the loss of a broader identity, because recognition by a tribe is the most accepted way to prove you are Indian — not just Nooksack but Native American at all.
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Holy Rage: Lessons from Standing Rock

Holy Rage: Lessons from Standing Rock | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“I am here because of state violence on behalf of a corporation,” Matthew, a genial, lightly dressed man, said. He’d put nineteen hundred and ninety miles on his modest sedan driving from Florida with a group of veterans. Some said that they regarded maintaining a clean water supply as a homeland-security issue, and corporate greed as the enemy. Other veterans talked about the oath they had taken to defend their country from “enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Brandee Paisano, a cheerful, fit, and forthright Navy veteran from the Laguna Pueblo tribe, said that she was there to keep the oath she had taken on enlistment. “I signed up to be of service, foreign and domestic. As a Native woman, it’s even more important for me to be strong and support my people.” She was also there to uphold the Constitution, she said. Many of the veterans recited parts of the Constitution–the First Amendment was mentioned most often.
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Interior Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary Connor Celebrate Indian Water Rights Settlements - Indian Country Media Network

Interior Secretary Jewell, Deputy Secretary Connor Celebrate Indian Water Rights Settlements - Indian Country Media Network | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“With these four agreements, the Obama Administration has completed a dozen landmark Indian water rights settlements – more than any previous administration – that put an end to complex and litigious water rights controversies for 20 tribes in New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, California and Nevada,” Secretary Jewell said. “Today’s celebration marks not only these incredible accomplishments, but the start of a new journey working together to implement these hard-won settlements.
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Oil pressure builds in Great Lakes region as new pipelines stall out West

Oil pressure builds in Great Lakes region as new pipelines stall out West | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
As pipeline protests have raged out West for the last decade, ever-growing volumes of North American oil have been discreetly flowing through the far more populous Great Lakes region, under its forests, rivers, ponds, wetlands, cities and towns and even, in one extreme case, across the bottom of the Great Lakes themselves.

This is the story of what could be called the Great Lakes XXL — a swelling, invisible river of oil flowing through the world’s largest freshwater system at a time when other regions on the continent are rejecting the risk of new pipelines.
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Jimmy Carter, cancer-free, crusades against Guinea worm

Jimmy Carter, cancer-free, crusades against Guinea worm | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Former President Jimmy Carter says he is in good health, and still hopes "to survive the last case of Guinea worm."
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Although the focus of the article is Carter's crusade against the Guinea worm, the article opens with a side focus on his battle with cancer. Carter's cancer was brought into remission through conventional medicine - surgery and pembrolizumaba, new immunotherapy drug. This counters claims by marijuana advocates and alt-med websites that cannabis "cured" Carter's cancer. Cannabis played no role whatsoever in Carter's treatment.  
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The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
One can certainly object to Buzzfeed’s decision and, as the New York Times notes this morning, many journalists are doing so. It’s almost impossible to imagine a scenario where it’s justifiable for a news outlet to publish a totally anonymous, unverified, unvetted document filled with scurrilous and inflammatory allegations about which its own editor-in-chief says there “is serious reason to doubt the allegations,” on the ground that they want to leave it to the public to decide whether to believe it.

But even if one believes there is no such case where that is justified, yesterday’s circumstances presented the most compelling scenario possible for doing this. Once CNN strongly hinted at these allegations, it left it to the public imagination to conjure up the dirt Russia allegedly had to blackmail and control Trump. By publishing these accusations, BuzzFeed ended that speculation. More importantly, it allowed everyone to see how dubious this document is, one the CIA and CNN had elevated into some sort of grave national security threat.
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Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It? - Food and Environment Reporting Network

Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It? - Food and Environment Reporting Network | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Native hunters seek deer and rabbit, while elders collect sage leaves to throw over the fire in the sweat lodge, purifying the air and the thoughts of those inside. And when doctors fail to cure ailments, healers look to the sky for bird medicine in the prayerful flight of a red-tailed hawk or a golden eagle rising over flat-backed mesas.

Under the Bears Ears Monument designation, an inter-tribal coalition will partner with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to manage the area — which is slightly bigger than the state of Delaware – ensuring that tribes have access to food supplies and firewood. Such a partnership has never been attempted before in the 48 contiguous states.
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Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline Site in West Texas Consecrates New Indigenous-Led Resistance Camp

Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline Site in West Texas Consecrates New Indigenous-Led Resistance Camp | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
An Indigenous Water Protector and an Alpine resident were arrested Saturday after locking themselves to pipe-laying equipment at a Trans-Pecos pipeline work site near Marfa, Texas. The action is the first to be organized by a new Indigenous-led prayer and resistance camp set up in the Big Bend region to defend the pristine and ecologically sensitive land from the Energy Transfer Partner pipeline in solidarity with Standing Rock.
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Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'

Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock' | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The Two Rivers camp, protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline, is the latest sign that the Standing Rock movement is inspiring indigenous-led activism across the US
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Trump Pins Keystone, Dakota Pipeline Fate on Renegotiation

Trump Pins Keystone, Dakota Pipeline Fate on Renegotiation | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
White House spokesman Sean Spicer cast that possible renegotiation of the Dakota Access project as a way to address concerns by stakeholders, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which is concerned about Native-American cultural sites and the safety of its water supply.
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Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump

Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Saglutupiaġataq’s administration apparently began mobilizing to pursue the privatization of Indian lands as early as October 2016 with the formation of his 27 member Native American Affairs Coalition. The Coalition is chaired by “Cherokee” pretendian Rep. Markwayne Mullin. Like the termination policy of more than 60 years ago, the Coalition contends that impoverished tribes are saddled by federal regulations that stymie self-reliance and prosperity. Tribal lands should be privatized, it argues, so that American Indians can pursue development projects that lift them out of poverty.
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What happens after Standing Rock?

What happens after Standing Rock? | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Protesters from afar didn’t just take a stand in North Dakota — they brought the movement back home.
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Federal government vows action on mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows ‘once and for all’ | Toronto Star

Federal government vows action on mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows ‘once and for all’ | Toronto Star | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Despite a call from the provincial environment minister in 1984 to clean up the river, the government of the day decided to let it clean itself up naturally.

More than four decades on, dangerous and persistently high levels of mercury in the sediment and fish in the river system suggest there is an ongoing source. The river and lake near Grassy Narrows are home to the most mercury-contaminated fish in the province.

Physical symptoms of mercury poisoning include loss of muscle co-ordination and tunnel vision. Fetuses are particularly vulnerable to cognitive damage, according to recent research. A recent study done by Japanese experts concluded that 90 per cent of people tested in Grassy Narrows and nearby White Dog have a symptom of mercury poisoning.
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Larry Leventhal, attorney who championed American Indian rights, dies at 75

Larry Leventhal, attorney who championed American Indian rights, dies at 75 | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
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Protests escalate over Louisiana pipeline by company behind Dakota Access

Protests escalate over Louisiana pipeline by company behind Dakota Access | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), had seemed to turn its attention to Louisiana just one day after Native American protesters thwarted the company’s Dakota Access project last month.

A spokeswoman for ETP, Vicki Granado, said the Bayou Bridge pipeline extension was announced in June 2015. If approved, the project will run though 11 parishes and cross around 600 acres of wetlands and 700 bodies of water, including wells that reportedly provide drinking water for some 300,000 families.
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Meet Mike Peinovich, the Upper East Side’s Neo-Nazi Media Kingpin

Meet Mike Peinovich, the Upper East Side’s Neo-Nazi Media Kingpin | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Mike Peinovich (alias “Mike Enoch”) is the founder and leader of The Right Stuff (TRS), an online hub of podcasting and networking for “Alt Right” neo-Nazis. TRS prides itself in it’s “edgy” podcasts…
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Mercury-tainted soil found upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation | Toronto Star

Mercury-tainted soil found upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation | Toronto Star | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Star reporters and volunteers from Earthroots took soil samples from behind an old paper mill, 100 kilometres upstream from Grassy Narrows, which revealed significantly elevated levels of mercury.
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Dakota Access Pipeline Battle in Deep Freeze. But for How Long? - Indian Country Media Network

Dakota Access Pipeline Battle in Deep Freeze. But for How Long? - Indian Country Media Network | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and water protectors navigate camp life in a flood plain, bracing for new decisions on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
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Thirty years later, Blackfoot tribes see environmental win on sacred grounds

Thirty years later, Blackfoot tribes see environmental win on sacred grounds | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it

The undeveloped leases were issued in the 1980s in the Badger Two-Medicine area, the site of the creation story for Montana's Blackfeet Nation and the Blackfoot tribes of Canada. Tribal members had argued that the leases were sold improperly and without due consideration of the area's cultural significance.

Blackfeet Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes said his people were grateful for the cancellation.

"This area is like a church to our people," said Chairman Barnes. "We've lived for 30 years under the threat that it might be industrialized."

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Fake News: BuzzFeed Runs ‘Unverifiable’ Trump-Russia Claims

Fake News: BuzzFeed Runs ‘Unverifiable’ Trump-Russia Claims | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Astonishingly, though, Smith cast doubt on whether the story his site published was true.

"As we noted in our story, there is a serious reason to doubt the allegations," he wrote. "We have been chasing specific claims in this document for weeks, and will continue to."

Smith drew sharp rebukes from other reporters.

"Not how journalism works: Here's a thing that might or might not be true, without supporting evidence; decide for yourself if it's legit," tweeted Brad Heath, an investigative reporter for USA Today.
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Size Matters: Examining Obesity's Role in Cancer Outcomes

Size Matters: Examining Obesity's Role in Cancer Outcomes | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it

Excess weight can contribute to a variety of health issues, including heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. It can also increase one’s chances of developing certain types of cancers, including breast, endometrial, kidney, gallbladder, esophagus, pancreas, thyroid and colon, multiple studies show. In fact, the results of a 2003 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that the proportion of all deaths from cancer attributable to overweight and obesity in U.S. adults ages 50 or older may have been as high as 14 percent in men and 20 percent in women. Observed the authors, “Under the assumption that these relations are causal, the public health implications for the United States are profound: More than 90,000 deaths per year from cancer might be avoided if everyone in the adult population could maintain a body-mass index under 25.0 throughout life.” 

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