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Discovering the Sacred Land Film Project
This Award winning documentary was nationally broadcast on the PBS series POV on August 14th, 2001 and seen by 3 million people. Ten years in the making, In the Light of Reverence juxtaposes reflections of Hopi, Wintu and Lakota elders on the spiritual meaning of place with views of non-Indians who have their own ideas about how best to use the land. The film captures the spiritual yearning and materialistic frenzy of our time. You may still view this film. See information at above link.

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Issues and Causes

ACLU: Press Release - 07-07-99
This press release reported that the ACLU and the Indian Law Resource Center had filed lawsuits to secure voting rights for Montana's Native Americans. And this in 1999!

NEW American Indian Sports Team Mascots
Extensive information regarding this issue, with examples and current articles as well as archives. In a survey by Indian Country Today, 81 percent of respondents indicated use of American Indian names, symbols and mascots are predominantly offensive and deeply disparaging to Native Americans.

On April 16, 1999, Amnesty International, who recognizes Leonard Peltier as a political prisoner, called for his immediate and unconditional release.

Assistance Asked
June 3, 2000: Chief Oliver Red Cloud, PINE RIDGE, South Dakota, and a group of elders asked assistance with plan to drive to Washington, DC to meet with President and Bruce Babbit. Please copy and share this email press release.

Beyond the Four Sacred Mountains
Effects of the Navajo - Hopi land dispute. Exploration of the importance of the Sacred Mountains, and exactly what it means to a Navajo to not live within these boundaries.

Black Mesa
A land besieged by coal mining interests, tribal politics, and US government stupidity and callousness. The Dineh have endured illegal and forceful relocations, livestock confiscations, interference with ceremonies, destruction of homes, capping of wells, prohibitions on repair of homes and new construction.

Black Mesa - Short History of Big Mountain
This page is intended to give a brief history of the Big Mountain, or Black Mesa area, Navajo-Hopi existence in this area, the murderous and genocidal practices of the BIA, and Peabody Coal, and of course - the U.S. Government. Links are provided for more extensive descriptions or histories

Black Mesa: Support for is needed!
May 27, 2003. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS YOU CAN OFFER SUPPORT to the People of Black Mesa who are struggling to save their land, water, way of life, and resisting forced relocation:

The Black Mesa Syndrome
Indian Lands, Black Gold: an excellent article on the background of Big Mountain/Black Mesa Native land, coal mining dispute. By Judith Nies

Breaching the "Buckskin Curtain"
"Thanks to growing wealth on some reservations, banks---including a handful owned by tribes---see untapped markets but face obstacles to banking in Indian Country." An excellent article on the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis site. (September 2000)

Eagle and Condor Honored at UN
May 14, 2003. The Sacred Staffs of the Confederacy of the Eagle and the Condor arrived at the United Nations headquarters this morning and were received by the traditional leadership of the Haudenausaunee Confederacy. See also Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Press Release PDF file.

Eklutna River rehabilitation
Native Village of Eklutna, Alaska, plans to remove junked cars and other trash and restore salmon runs to the Eklutna River.
Anchorage Daily News 5/29/2001

Elders for Leonard Peltier
This section gives concise background information on this case. Amnesty International and other human rights organizations worldwide support his freedom.  Leonard Peltier Parole Hearing was 7/01/02. This is plea from Harvey Arden about how to help Free Leonard (June 3 2002).

Grass Roots Oyate
The peaceful occupation of the Tribeís administrative office building (PINE RIDGE, SD) continues since January 2000. "We came into the Red Cloud Building "armed" only with a sacred cannupa and an eagle staff. We represent the "silent majority" of this nation (Lakota)."

Indian Casinos and Gaming
Is Gaming the 'New Buffalo'? - a fairly thorough article on this subject (with statistics) by Paula Giese, who has crossed over since it was last updated in January 1997. Some of the links may no longer work.

Indian Law Resource Center
The Center's "Program of Work" on issues is featured here. Each area has its own page: sovereignty, Alaska, environment, land rights, Central America, law reform.

Indigenous Declaration
The OAS (Organization of American States) Inter-American Commission on Human Rights proposed American Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous peoples document E/CN.4/1999/83
This is the 1999 report of the above Working Group. Although an important document, it is long dry reading.

International Indian Treaty Council (IITC)
First indigenous organization to be reorganized as a Non-Governmental Organization with Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council. Priorities: establish International Standards, address violations of rights.

Lakhota Culture Today
"Alarmed by the enormous growing evidence that Native culture is being consumed and altered by non-native people, Native Americanís are taking a stand." Origianlly posted on Native AIR, Wednesday, November 15, 1995, by Hal & Ron, Cheyenne River Sioux

Land Claim - Oneida Indian Nation
This is the "Questions & Answers Page" by the Oneida Nation regarding their "Land Claim"

Pipestone, Minnesota:
Sacred Land or Tourist Trap? The local Economic Development council are planning on making a Native American Theme/Amusement Park in Pipestone. They have not contacted the Dakota Community who have resided in Pipestone since 1927.   Please copy and send this Email.

Rights of Indigenous Peoples
This United Nations "Fact Sheet No.9", includes Programme of activities for the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995-2004).

The National Archaeological Database: NAGPRA
Reading through the titles of the documents available here is an education in itself. Be sure to check the date of each! Also, see article at link below.

The Roots of NAGPRA - Archaeology
Excellent interview about the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act signed by Pres. Bush in 1990, from Archaeology Guide. Ancestral burial grounds were legally "robbed" before 1990.

Seneca Nation Land Claim
June 21, 2002: Buffalo, New York-AP -- A federal judge has decided islands in the Niagara River near Buffalo, New York do not belong to the Seneca Indian Nation.

"Tribal Sovereignty"
This is by a Penobscot Nation (Maine) member who is the Tribal Staff Attorney for the Penobscot Nation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

United Nations: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
In English, or choose Français or Español, with links to UN documents, press releases, etc.


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