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Fatal care: Foster care tragedies cloaked in secrecy

Fatal care: Foster care tragedies cloaked in secrecy | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
The Alberta government has dramatically under-reported the number of child welfare deaths over the past decade, undermining public accountability and thwarting efforts at prevention and reform.
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An article that reveils the underside of foster care. However, it's important not to create generalizations of foster care that all foster children are abused and neglected in foster homes. Certainly there are bad foster homes, but there are also good fosters and foster families as well.

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Velvet Martin's comment, January 9, 2014 3:22 AM
Today, a press conference divulged that 145 children did not die... The tally of fatalities is actually 741 children! http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Child+welfare+death+review+dates/9364286/story.html

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Two men, a minivan and a dream: Rez Reporter and Jonny R are...

Two men, a minivan and a dream: Rez Reporter and Jonny R are... | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
BEMIDJI—Comedians Rob Fairbanks, aka the Rez Reporter, and Jon "Jonny R" Roberts decided one day in May they were going to be famous.

Fairbanks and Roberts have since collaborated with filmmakers to begin production of "Rez Comedy." If their Kickstarter project receives full funding, $20,00...
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Rachel Dolezal Outs Andrea Smith Again; Will Anybody Listen This Time?

Rachel Dolezal Outs Andrea Smith Again; Will Anybody Listen This Time? | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Wherever ethnic frauds get noticed, they are picking on the Cherokee Nation. Jamake Highwater was not a Cherokee. “The Venerable Dhani Ywahoo” AKA Diane Fisher claims to be a Cherokee chief. Ward Churchill embarrassed the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees by trading on an honorary document. Jimmie Durham has made a career of being Cherokee with no known ties to any Cherokee community, although he’s claimed to be Wolf Clan and to have been raised with Cherokee as a first language.

Elizabeth Warren, bless her heart, is like virtually every white person born in Oklahoma in believing she had an Indian ancestor and naturally she wound up claiming Cherokee. No reputable researcher has been able to verify her claim and she seems to have piped down about it, but there are still at least half a dozen very well known academics who claim to be Cherokee but have no apparent ties to any Cherokee community.
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Up here in Anishinaabe Aki, we call such women Stands With A Fist women. 

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Photos Show Native American Children Defending The Earth

Photos Show Native American Children Defending The Earth | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 13 ◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 13 The Warrior Project is a collection of images that portray indigenous children in a world where resources are becoming depleted, pollution is high and the earth is threatened. The children photographed are nurtured in a culture where the importance […]
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Native American Tattoo Designs for Men and Women 2

◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 18 ◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 18 In Native American culture, the dreamcatcher is a well known symbol. It is a tattoo design that became popular and has caught the attention of people from all walks of life. It makes a colorful, one of a kind […]
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Rick Nolan holds high-dollar fundraiser on the Iron Range as hundreds lose jobs | Iron Country Free Press

Rick Nolan holds high-dollar fundraiser on the Iron Range as hundreds lose jobs | Iron Country Free Press | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Holding an obscenely pricey fundraiser on the Iron Range while the local economy is tanking and workers are struggling to put food on the table is at a minimum distasteful, which is no doubt why the campaign is trying to fly this event under the radar.

And Nolan, who has repeatedly decried the role of money in politics, should indeed be ashamed.

The lack of transparency is troubling enough, but it makes the congressman even more beholden to special interests.
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Four Words for Andrea Smith: 'I’m Not an Indian'

Four Words for Andrea Smith: 'I’m Not an Indian' | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
For every scholarship she received as a Native person, for every honorarium she has received as an Indigenous speaker, for her book sales that a publisher sold as coming from a “Cherokee” author, those recognitions came at the expense of some student who wasn’t funded, some speaker who wasn’t invited, or some book by an Indigenous author that wasn’t bought.

She spent years cultivating relationships with other powerful women of color to ensure her insider status. And as I personally know, she pushed others out of her way by not only playing an insider, but also playing the gatekeeper. One only needs to visit this Tumblr page (http://andreasmithisnotcherokee.tumblr.com/) to see her strategic use of “we” when talking about Indigenous experiences and “them” when talking about colonizers. Andy and I both went to a graduate program, History of Consciousness, a place that excelled at theorizing the strategies of exactly such representations within social movements.
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Combinations of 'safe' chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests

Combinations of 'safe' chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“Many [chemicals] have the possibility, when they are combined, to cause the initiation of cancer,” said Hemad Yasaei, a cancer biologist at Brunel University in England, one of the authors of the report. “They could have a synergistic or enhanced effect.”
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Meet the Native American Rachel Dolezal

Meet the Native American Rachel Dolezal | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
In the column, Russell describes the damage Smith causes by allowing the University and the public to perceive her as Native American.

“If the University of Michigan wants a researcher and teacher, it would appear by objective criteria they have one. If they want a Cherokee, not,” he wrote. “Ethnic fraud is harmful to tribes and sometimes to individual real Indians if they are passed over for a fake in a job that really does call for a tribal person.”
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Department of the Interior Announces Final Federal Recognition Process to Acknowledge Indian Tribes

Initiative Reforms a Process Long Criticized as “Broken,” Increases Transparency in Important Review of Tribal Recognition Status
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CNN's most embarrassing flub ever? The ISIS dildo gay pride flag, explained.

The network reported that a London gay pride rally was waving an ISIS flag. Guess what was really on the banner?
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Somewhere, the god or goddess of dildos and butt plugs is laughing his/her ass off. 

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Minnesota days away from the strange new world of the marijuana business

Minnesota days away from the strange new world of the marijuana business | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
State's program beginning amid caution, confusion and hope
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Supreme Court rules states must allow same-sex marriage - CNNPolitics.com

Supreme Court  rules states must allow same-sex marriage - CNNPolitics.com | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
In a landmark opinion, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, handing gay rights advocates their biggest victory yet.
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Pope Francis: Indigenous Peoples 'Should Be the Principal Dialogue Partners' on Projects

Pope Francis: Indigenous Peoples 'Should Be the Principal Dialogue Partners' on Projects | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
He goes on to outline something that sounds very much like consultation and prior, informed consent.

“In this sense, it is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions,” His Holiness wrote. “They are not merely one minority among others, but should be the principal dialogue partners, especially when large projects affecting their land are proposed. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values. When they remain on their land, they themselves care for it best. Nevertheless, in various parts of the world, pressure is being put on them to abandon their homelands to make room for agricultural or mining projects which are undertaken without regard for the degradation of nature and culture.”
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20 Empowering Portraits That Prove Love Is Stronger Than Cancer

20 Empowering Portraits That Prove Love Is Stronger Than Cancer | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
“When one is faced with the cold, hard reality that you literally may die soon, it separates what is truly important in life and what is not.”
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Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 2: Cannabis does not cure cancer « Science-Based Medicine

About a month ago, I finally wrote the post I had been promising to write for months before about medical marijuana. At the time, I also promised that there...
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Native American Fathers Through The Years

Native American Fathers Through The Years | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 23 ◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 23 The family is at the heart of the Native American cultures. Fathers are the greatest untapped resource to help solve issues that many families and communities face. There is an immediate need to bring fathers back to their innate […]
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Native American Tattoo Designs for Men and Women

Native American Tattoo Designs for Men and Women | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 20 ◄ Previous Next ► Picture 1 of 20 In Native American culture, the dreamcatcher is a well known symbol. It is a tattoo design that became popular and has caught the attention of people from all walks of life. It makes a colorful, one of a kind […]
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Imagining Reconciliation: Bemidji Group Works Toward Common Ground

Imagining Reconciliation: Bemidji Group Works Toward Common Ground | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
A grassroots movement led by people in Bemidji, Minnesota and their neighbors on and off the reservation are working toward reconciliation.
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Mohawks fighting Marry Out, Move Out law at Human Rights Commission

A group of Kahnawake residents is filing a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over the territory's Marry-Out, Move-Out law.
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Rachel Dolezal and Andrea Smith: Integrity, Ethics, Accountability, Identity

Rachel Dolezal and Andrea Smith: Integrity, Ethics, Accountability, Identity | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Within a few days, a new tumblr page appeared: andreasmithisnotcherokee. With multiple Cherokee and other sources and primary and secondary documentation dating back to 1991, the page tracks a 24-year history of Smith misrepresenting herself as an enrolled Cherokee citizen, of being confronted on the validity of her claims and agreeing with the Cherokee Nation to no longer publicly identify as Cherokee, and of subsequently allowing others to misrepresent her as a Cherokee intellectual and activist.

Smith’s admissions to multiple Cherokee people in 1993, 2007, and 2008 that she has no lineal descent claims as a Cherokee is as striking as the fact, as noted on tumblr, that, “To date, no member of the Redbirth Smith family or any other Cherokee family has acknowledged Andrea Smith’s claims of descent/belonging.”
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The Andrea Smiths of the world don't have to be Cherokee. There are a few who claim other tribal heritage as well. We have a few of those in Anishinaabe Country. But the problem isn't just the Andrea Smiths of the world. It's those who defend them that are a problem. Especially those who say..."But she does such good work."

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10 Racist Advertisements Featuring Native Americans

10 Racist Advertisements Featuring Native Americans | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Ads for shoes, underwear and chewing gum that unnecessarily insult Indians. Hey, shoes, underwear and chewing gum—what did Indians ever do to you?
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Granted, these ads do feature stereotypic imagery and narrative. But most of these ads are from the 1930s, 40s, 50s. A couple from later years, but none are from current ads. As history, they provide a look at how Natives were perceived in ads. And certainly, they shaped, for many non-Natives, mindsets regarding Natives. 

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200 people riot in Pikangikum; police vehicles and headquarters damaged

200 people riot in Pikangikum; police vehicles and headquarters damaged | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
By tbnewswatch.com, June 29, 2015 PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION, Ont. – Three police vehicles and the remote reserve's police building were damaged during a violent protest following an officer's alterca...
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Wake up Minnesota, your babies are crying

Wake up Minnesota, your babies are crying | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
NRRI’s bioremediation has been promoted as the answer to the sulfate problem facing the mining industry, a problem that the taconite industry and our regulatory agencies have known about for decades and knowingly done nothing. Kicking the can down the road has finally boomeranged. Now the industry wants us to bail it out at the expense of Minnesota’s children. The mining industry’s “social license” to operate in Minnesota has expired.
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Is the photo of Inola Oklahoma Tornadoes real? Nope. Here's Why.

Is the photo of Inola Oklahoma Tornadoes real? Nope. Here's Why. | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Original Digital Art Post @ DeviantArt: For some reason, someone who didn't do their research, or a prankster perhaps, decided to post a digital artwork called "Cthulhu Rising" by artist DaShadeE f...
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I've seen this photo running on Facebook for several months. It's fooled a lot of people who think it is real. But obviously it's fake...like so many other things on FB. As it turns out, it's by an artist who took a real photo - the highway - and painted in the dark, foreboding shape. 

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Prescription drugs looted in Baltimore on the streets - CNNPolitics.com

Prescription drugs looted in Baltimore on the streets - CNNPolitics.com | Biidaajimowin Baakiiginigan | Scoop.it
Baltimore streets are flush with new product this summer from more than than 30 pharmacies and clinics looted in riots following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
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