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Thursday, 19 April

11:51

2018 dates confirmed "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi everyone and sorry for not getting an update out to you all a bit sooner!!!

We have set the dates for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout and the bus will be leaving Fremantle on the 5th of August, returning on September 3rd.

You can register here
More info at www.walkingforcountry.com

For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

You can make a donation to the Bardi Bus at Bardi Bus needs some Loving

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"WHY OHA NEEDS THIS TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM - PART TWO"

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Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

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Wednesday, 18 April

06:39

04:24

Meet Our New National Director! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hello ANTaR friends!

It is an honour for me to have joined ANTaR,  a respected and important advocacy organisation for the rights of First Peoples, and I look forward to joining with you all to continuing fighting for the justice, rights and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

I come, most recently, from helping run the Close the Gap Campaign and also managing the secretariat support for the National Health Leadership Forum which sees the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations collaborate together.

At the Close the Gap Campaign, I saw first hand the value, dedication and commitment of ANTaR in helping to support the pursuit of justice and self-determination for Australias First Peoples. So it gives me a lot of pride to be given the opportunity to help continue to build the legacy of ANTaR into the future.

The reality is, organisations like ANTaR and the campaigns it supports such as Close the Gap, Change the Record and the Redfern Statement Alliance (amongst others) are still necessary to hold governments to account for their obligations to First Peoples.

Persistent gaps in life expectancy and health outcomes, world-beating (and shameful) rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration, and rates of child-removal that are greater now than at the time of the Bringing Them Home Report (LINK). We must do better to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family, friends, colleagues and fellow citizens to enjoy full, free and healthy lives in one of the richest nations on Earth.

We are entering another crucial period for advocacy and we need your help now more than ever. (LINK)

A Federal Election will be held within 12 months, the latest government process (LINK) to establish another Joint Select Committee in Parliament on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples we must make it clear to the next Federal Government that Constitutional Recognition can no longer be put off.

In Uluru last year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from across Australia made a direct and powerful statement on their aspirations for true recognition in Australias Constitution.
In calling for a Voice in the Consti...

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Meet Our New National Director "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Hello ANTaR friends!
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Tuesday, 17 April

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Monday, 16 April

00:44

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MUCH MORE THAN HULA ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Much More Than Hula - A Visit With Blaine Kia"

Busy doesnt even begin to describe the life of Blaine Kia. He isnt just a kumu hula, a hula instructor in Honolulu, but throughout all of Hawai`i and way beyond. Blaine has two thousand students spanning the world in Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand) Japan, California, Montana and Canada. And if that werent enough, hes also served as the cultural adviser for the TV hit series Hawai`i Five-0. How does he do it all? Dont miss our visit with Blaine as he reveals the one thing that drives him to accomplish so much every single day -
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Saturday, 14 April

23:41

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

REMEMBERING AUNTY DAWN WASSON

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Friday, 13 April

07:28

Research and Policy Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Department of Justice and Community Safety

03:01

SENIOR YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALISTS "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

NASCA National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy

01:54

Alexis Wright adds major prize to her stellar writing career "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

WAANYI writer Alexis Wright has won the Stella Prize for Tracker, her book about Eastern Arrernte man Tracker Tilmouth. I want to express my gratitude to my friend Tracker Tilmouth, a visionary leader in the Aboriginal world, she said. I thought very deeply about how to develop this book about him by using our own storytelling principle of consensus, to give everyone the opportunity to tell their part in the story. I was not even sure if it would work as the manuscript of stories grew, but I pushed on for the six years it took to create Tracker. I worked on this book because I felt that Australia needed to hear what Tracker had to say. It is important. It involves the future of Aboriginal people and our culture. All Australian writers and their readers should be grateful that the Stella Prize has created enormous opportunities for women writers.

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Equity Projects Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Murdoch University  Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre

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Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser - April 12, 2018

The TMT International Observatory board, which for months has been saying it would decide by April whether to build the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii, is meeting at its Pasadena headquarters this week with an announcement expected tomorrow.

Dont be surprised if the announcement is a postponement of the decision.

Newspapers in Spain and the Canary Islands home to TMTs backup site last month reported that members of the TMT governing board assured local officials that the decision about where to build the $1.4 billion observatory would be delayed until November....

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Thursday, 12 April

08:29

Senior Lawyers x 4 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Djirra Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service

08:27

Support Workers "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Djirra Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service

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Wednesday, 11 April

23:23

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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"WHY OHA NEEDS A TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM - PART ONE"

Is The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Drunk On Power & Corruption?

Is It Past Time For An OHA Intervention?

Apparently So, As Some Of You Have Made Great Suggestions On What To Do.

Watch This To See What Those Suggestions Are & How They Can Reform OHA.


Then Share This Video Today With Your Family & Everyone You Know.

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Tuesday, 10 April

23:41

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MAUNA KEA PROTECTORS WIN AGAIN

 

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WHO IS THUMBING THEIR NOSE AT THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS BOARD OF TRUSTEES?

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Monday, 09 April

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Monday, 04 September

06:32

Human Occupation of Northern Australia by 65,000 years ago "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Following is the Abstract of an article that appeared in Nature Vol 547 dated 20 July 2017 and titled "Human Occupation of Northern Australia by 65,000 years ago"

"The time of arrival of people in Australia is an unresolved question. It is relevant to debates about when modern humans first dispersed out of Africa and when their descendants incorporated genetic material from Neanderthals, Denisovans and possibly other hominins. Humans have also been implicated in the extinction of Australias megafauna. Here we report the results of new excavations conducted at Madjedbebe, a rock shelter in northern Australia. Artefacts in primary depositional context are concentrated in three dense bands, with the stratigraphic integrity of the deposit demonstrated by artefact refits and by optical dating and other analyses of the sediments. Human occupation began around 65,000 years ago, with a distinctive stone tool assemblage including grinding stones, ground ochres, reflective additives and ground-edge hatchet heads. This evidence sets a new minimum age for the arrival of humans in Australia, the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa, and the subsequent interactions of modern humans with Neanderthals and Denisovans."

The actual article is paywalled.

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Friday, 25 August

06:50

Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka Native Title Meeting "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


The claim area is roughly bounded by the South Australian / Queensland / New South Wales borders, Haddon Corner and Tibooburra in New South Wales. It extends roughly 100km east of the S.A. border.

The Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka apical ancestors:

(i)    Annie (born at Cordillo Downs), mother of Archie Guttie;
(ii)   Clara Nirrpinni, mother of Frank Booth and Alice Miller (nee Booth);
(iii)  Cora the mother of Bob Parker and Nellie Parker;
(iv)   The parents of Flash Ted Bikehandle and Flash Tommy;
(v)    Kimi (born at Innamincka) and his wife;
(vi)   Maramundu Jack The Ripper Parker;
(vii)  Caroline (born at Cordillo Downs) the mother of Mary Stafford (nee Moore), Jack Moore, Charlie Moore, female twins (Winifred and Freida) and Albert Moore;
(viii) Brothers Walter Harris(on) and Dick Harrison;
(ix)   The parents of Lilly (whose married name is Parker) and her sister Kathlene (whose married name is George);
(x)    Annie and her husband, who are the parents of Coongie Maggie (born at Coongie Lakes in South Australia);
(xi)   The parents of the sibling set Billy Parker, Jessy Parker, Peter Petekin Parker, and Paddy Parker;
(xii)  The parents of sibling set Merty George and Merty Johnny and Merty Mick;
(xiii) Larriken Mick.

Appeared in the Koori Mail dated August 23, 2017

03:32

Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners express rejection "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession

Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases bought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government, was dismissed. The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court.

In May 2015, Adrian Burragubba, on behalf of W&J Representative Council, sought to uphold the decision of the W&J people in October 2014 to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani, the second time since 2012.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government.

We are proud of our efforts to hold Adani and the Queensland Government to account through the Courts. The Courts are the place we have to pursue justice for our people and we will exhaust all legal avenues in pursuit of our right to self-determination and our right to give or withhold consent.

Todays decision hangs on the technical limits of judicial review of the issuing of leases for the Carmichael mine, and not the embodiment of our rights. We will redouble our commitment to uphold the original decisions of our people which are to oppose this mine of mass destruction.

We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adanis fake ILUA. We have three times voted No to Adanis grubby deal.

Despite the entirely valid rejection of an ILUA by the W&J claim group in October 2014, Adani persisted. First by seeking a ruling from the NNTT to ignore our native title rights. Adani has actively worked to split our group. The ugliest display by Adani was to bankroll a sham meeting that they hold up as authorising an ILUA.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says, Adan...

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Tuesday, 22 August

01:34

Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine. The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, Where theres mining there is no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth. We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

Adani is a company that has no money, is subject to investigations for multi-million dollar corruption and fraud in its own country, and doesnt have an economically viable project.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.

The Minister had no business issuing those mining leases. Granting the leases is proof that the...

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Friday, 18 August

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Wednesday, 16 August

06:57

Update from the road "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Its been nearly two weeks since we head out from Fremantle after an awesome event at the Fremantle Town Hall on the Thursday August 3rd.

The crew this year consists of people from all over Australia, Aotearoa/NZ, USA, Canada, Taiwan, Germany, Denmark. We travelled up with some of the Traditional Owners who had joined us at the event in Fremantle and picked up Mr Glen Cooke in Kalgoorlie as we stayed at Wongatha Bini.

We had a few days camping on the Yeelirrie road and explained what the proposal is from Toro Energy to mine uranium at this sacred site before we began our first day walking.

(the below is taken from a report put together by Mia Pepper available on the CCWA website. Download full report here)

(At the gates of Toro)

Toro Energy ASX: TOE
4 shallow open pits across two lake systems
Proposed consumption of 10.6 million litres of water per day
Proposed generation of 50 million tonnes of radioactive tailings

Its a very important place to the men, the men around the western desert. Its a dog dreaming and we follow the songline through that country. That country is important for all men.
Mr Glen Cooke Ngaanyatjarra elder.

The Wiluna uranium project is just 18km from the town of Wiluna and expands over two lake systems and over 100km. The project includes four uranium deposits Lake Way, Centipede, Millipede and Lake Maitland. The project would involve carting uranium ore from the...

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Sunday, 06 August

21:11

Dreaming Canada... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


Then 

Now that I've said I can't be arsed keeping this blog updated, awesome things keep happening.

So, last night we promenade along Broadway, at the Fringe Festival, is one is wont to do, and we pass by the sound check for Dreamwatchers so make a point of catching their show. Awesome, as we say.

Then the next day. on campus, I call in to the Gordon Oakes Aboriginal Student Centre and here's Dreamcatchers getting a tour. And one of the young women talks to Willa and tells her to live her dreams, and how the Creator has put in place the people and things she needs to achieve those dreams.

She gives the news that a group she is involved with, Indigenous Climate Action, have been won a prize - the Lush Award - for their work.

All of which is quite inspiring.


04:43

W&J submission to the Inquiry into NAIF "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 

W&J Submission to Senate Economics References Committee inquiry

into the governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

(NAIF)

28 July 2017

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) are the Indigenous Traditional Owners of a vast area of land in central-western Queensland. We are the first people and our country Wangan and Jagalingou country is in what is now called the Galilee Basin; and in the area designated as Northern Australia for the operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).

The W&J are directly impacted upon by the NAIF Boards pending decision on an application by the Adani Group, as we are Traditional Owners of the area in which the Carmichael mine and related mining infrastructure is proposed.

The W&J Senate Committee submission is here.

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Adanis much touted Indigenous Participation Plan talks in big headline numbers but would deliver the equivalent to Aboriginal people in the region of about $5,000 a person per year.

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Friday, 04 August

03:25

Anniversary of Ms Dhu's death "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Three years ago tomorrow, a 22 year old Aboriginal woman with her whole life ahead of her - Ms Dhu, died in a Western Australian Police lock up from a fatal infection stemming from a cracked rib arising from a family violence injury.

Ms Dhu had been locked up for unpaid fines for three days, and as the WA Coroner found, had been treated inhumanely by police. This tragic death was inhumane, avoidable and preventable.    

The laws and practices that contributed to Ms Dhus death are largely reflected in jurisdictions around Australia and contribute to more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men being fined and locked up for minor offences.

We ask you to help prevent more needless deaths, please write to State and Territory governments.

The impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of being put behind bars unnecessarily is devastating and was recognised more than 25 years ago by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommended that Aboriginal people be imprisoned as a last resort and that governments introduce an ongoing amnesty on the execution of long outstanding warrants for unpaid fines.

Had those recommendations been implemented, Ms Dhu would still be alive today.

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Thursday, 03 August

23:12

Maori unemployment UP... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Doesn't seem to be featuring in mainstream media coverage but Maori unemployment is UP in a climate of generally declining jobless. What the fuck?!

Source: http://stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/income-and-work/employment_and_unemployment/LabourMarketStatistics_HOTPJun17qtr/Related%20Links.aspx

NB: Our whanau has emigrated to Canada and I must confess to be somewhat disconnected from issues that once featured regularly on these pages which started as a an effort to catologue and collate miscellaneous data on the so-called Maori economy (which I remain highly dubious about).

I will shortly be setting up a new webpage to rationalise my various interweb contributions.

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End Incarceration for Unpaid Fines "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Monday, 31 July

11:18

Feminartsy Writing Residency 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Dear readers,

I've some exciting news! I was thrilled to have been recently selected for one of the 2017 Feminartsy Writing Residencies.

Over the next ten months I will be one of the writers producing an article a month. 

I'll post the links here.

My theme for the residency - the status of black women, specially Aboriginal women, in Australia.  I'll be writing about women I know, the lives I am familiar with, and where feminism of all kinds has gotten us.

I'll also be talking about activism - what works and where it has failed black women in particular, and the embedded violence within what continues to be referred to as the 'Aboriginal community' that needs to be exposed, for all our sakes.

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June 2017 

Unless you know me very well, I am unlikely t...

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Sunday, 30 July

22:02

New Federal Court of Australia Judgements "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Following are some new Federal Court of Australia Judgements from the Cape York area

(1) Woosup on behalf of the Ankamuthi People #1 v State of Queensland [2017] FCA 831  here .

      Apical ancestors listed are
      (a) Woobumu and Inmare;
      (b) Bullock (father of Mamoose Pitt, husband of Rosie/Lena Braidley);
      (c) Charlie Mamoose (father of Silas, Larry, Johnny and Harry Mamoose);
      (d) Charlie Seven River;
      (e) Toby Seven River (father of Jack Toby);
      (f) Asai Charlie;
      (g) Sam and Nellie (parents of George Stephen);
      (h) Mammus/Mamoos/Mark/Mamoose and his siblings Peter and Elizabeth;
      (i) Charlie Maganu (husband of Sarah McDonnell);
      (j) Polly (wife of Wautaba Charlie Ropeyarn).

(2) Woosup on behalf of the Ankamuthi People #2 v State of Queensland [2017] FCA 832 here

      Apical ancestors listed are
      (a) Woobumu and Inmare;
      (b) Bullock (father of Mamoose Pitt, husband of Rosie/Lena Braidley);
      (c) Charlie Mamoose (father of Silas, Larry, Johnny and Harry Mamoose);
      (d) Charlie Seven River;
      (e) Toby Seven River (father of Jack Toby);
      (f) Asai Charlie;
      (g) Sam and Nellie (parents of George Stephen);
      (h) Mammus/Mamoos/Mark/Mamoose and his siblings Peter and Elizabeth;
      (i) Charlie Maganu (husband of Sarah McDonnell);
      (j) Polly (wife of Wautaba Charlie Ropeyarn).

(3) Anderson on behalf of the Northern Cape York #3 Native Title Claim Group v
      State of Queensland [2017] FCA 830 here .

 
      Apical ance...

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Sunday, 08 April

23:20

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT HE DOES EVERY SUNDAY ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Super Sustainable Sundays - A Visit With Kaukaohu Wahilani"

A lot of people might be surprised if they heard Kaukaohu Wahilani chose to work in his taro patch on Sunday rather than watch the Superbowl. But once they heard his reasons for doing so, they would soon understand why. You see, Kaukaohu has a connection to the land like few other people weve ever met. Dont miss our amazing visit with Kaukaohu filmed on the beautiful west side of O`ahu as he describes why his deep connection to the land and the ancestors there inspired him to be who he is today -
Watch It Here


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Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

IS  THE US OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I WORKING?

Honolulu Civil Beat - April 5, 2018


Janet Masons head was spinning Tuesday.


The chair of the legislative committee for the League of Women Voters tracks and testifies on dozens of bills as they move through the Hawaii Legislature on topics like government transparency, campaign finance reform, all-mail voting and how lawmakers want to spend taxpayer money.


But in all her years at the Capitol, shes never seen so many dramatic changes made in bills with so little advance notice, especially this late in the legislative process. The current session, which ends May 3, is about to enter the period where House and Senate lawmakers negotiate the final versions of bills that have already passed both chambers.


Its crazy, Mason said.

Other good-government advocates such as Common Cause Executive Director Corie Tanida and...

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Saturday, 07 April

03:37

Circumnavigations #9: The Death of Magellan "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Below is an account of the death of Ferdinand Magellan, on the island of Mactan in 1521.

I've been reading different historians and their interpretation of the events and where they situate his death in the context of his personality and his behavior. At the conference that I was at in Madrid last month, there was quite a bit of myth-making around Magellan. Some of it is deserved, as he did guide a voyage that was into water unknown to Europeans. But the success of his mission has a tendency to lead historians to make generalizations of greatness.

Many historians take the flaws in Magellan's character and then argue that they were actually strengths because of the time that he lived in and because of the obstacles, both geographic and human that he faced. For example, Magellan's tactics in dealing with the concerns or the fears of his men, is argued to be a strength since he was dealing with medieval and pre-modern superstitions about the world that he refused to let ruin his mission. While we can give Magellan some credit, we shouldn't imagine him to be the spear of enlightenment, or like the Immanuel Kant of the sea.

This is a tic that historians have long struggled with and continue to contend with today. This notion that if something happened, then it was supposed to happen, and most factors involved, contributed to and must have aligned in a variety of ways to make it possible. This sounds very reasonable, but the problem though is that it can infuse a sense of destiny into history, that when it is written, that which contributed to an emergence and that which did not, are both tied together by a similar logic.

So even Magellan's flaws, some of which made his voyage more difficult and dangerous, become in a historian's review things that made him that much greater and that much more heroic, and then actually became things that helped in some indirect way, contribute to his success. At the conference in Valladolid last month, there was one presentation that looked into this argument, and it was a rare one. The scholar noted that in the period of Magellan, he wouldn't have been considered to be a "good" captain because of his lack of rapport with his sailors and his unwillingness to hear them or listen to them. The scholar noted that this was a key skill for captains since the men weren't paid that great and weren't in the military and national identities as we known them today didn't really exist. This meant that a good captain had to be a good listener, not a loud and brash tyrant of the sea. A good captain for the time worked with his men to ease their fears and take advantage of their knowledge, and also find a way to still respect them, even while dismissing various superstitions that they held about sea monsters. Magellan did not have these skills and that is why the first phase of his journey was filled with talk of mutiny and actually mutiny....

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Circumnavigations #8: The Sometimes Forgotten Captain "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

It is common to say that Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the globe, but this really isn't true. Magellan lead the expedition. He organized the five ships and crews that left Spain in 1519, and for the most dangerous parts of the journey, meaning the areas that were unknown to Europeans, Magellan was the commander. Magellan had traveled to the Moluccas previously and so he brought a great deal of experience and vision to the expedition. You could even argue that given the fact that Magellan had visited the Western edge of the Pacific years prior, his reaching the Philippines in 1521 would mean that he had traveled around the world, albeit in different pieces. 

But in terms of undertaking a full, continuous voyage around the world, Magellan wasn't the first. After crossing the Pacific, passing through (rather violently) the Marianas, he made his way to the Philippines. He was killed there after his hubris compelled him to get involved in a conflict between tribes. After Magellan falls in battle, several of his subordinates emerge to take command to try to finish the voyage. The one who emerges as being most consequential is Juan Sebastian Elcano, who is often times the forgotten captain of the voyage today. 

By the time the expedition reaches the Philippines, the crew was at the edge of European imagination and knowledge of the globe. The Orient was well known to the Occident. I say well known, not in the sense that the information was accurate, but rather trade and other types of exchange had existed for more than a millennia, So in some ways, the remainder of the trip isn't as historic, it traveled routes Europeans, especially the Portuguese were increasingly fami...

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HAS THE ILLEGAL US OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I WORKED?

Honolulu Civil Beat - April 3, 2018

A Hawaii judge ruled Tuesday that the state has failed to enforce a lease requiring the U.S. military to clean up debris on the Armys Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawai`i Island.

The ruling requires the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to make sure that the military is cleaning up the land, some of which is being used for live-fire training. Pohakuloa Training Area is made up of 100,000 acres, with about 80 percent owned by the military and the remaining 20 percent leased from the state.

Judge Gary Chang ruled in a case filed four years ago by the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation on behalf of two Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, Clarence Ching and Mary Maxine Kahaulelio.

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"Defendants have failed to preserve and protect the Subject Lands as required by their duties as a trustee of the public land trust. Defendants have failed to mlama `ina the Subject Lands under the Said Lease. These failures constitute a breach of Defendants trust duties that apply to the Subject Lands. This failure has harmed, impaired, diminished, or otherwise adversely affected Plaintiffs cultural interests in the Subject Lands."

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HOW THIS TRIBE GOT THEIR COASTAL CALIFORNIA LANDS RETURNED AFTER OVER 100 YEARS

YES! Magazine - April 2, 2018

The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians has called the coast along what is now Sonoma County, California, home for more than 12,500 years. There, the People from the Top of the Land occupied lands that stretched out about 30 miles along the coast near Fort Ross and about 30 miles inland.

Like many California tribes, the Kashia were violently removed from the best portions of their lands during the formation of the U.S. In 1915, the Kashia were allocated just 41.5 acres of land for their reservation. But in 2015100 years laterthe Kashia regained ownership of the heartland of its culture: 688 acres of land on the Pacific Coast.

Were a coastal people, says Kashia Chairman Reno Keoni Franklin. A number of our ceremonies are related to the ocean. In summer, the Kashia traditionally collected seaweed, abalone, mussels, and urchins from coastal villages. Winters were spent upland, where they hunted and gathered foods, medicinal plants, and basketry materials. The Kashia carefully managed their lands and coasts to ensure that life under their stewardship thrived.

European incursions changed the Kashias way of life. After California became a U.S. state in 1850, Indians were hunted down, massacred, enslaved, raped, and driven from their lands. In 1915, the U.S. government allocated 41.5 acres of nearly waterless land, of which only 12 acres were buildableand none was directly on the coastas the Kashias reservation had been.

The tribes access to their life-giving coast had been restricted. We had to ask permission to go to our gathering places, Franklin say...

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A lot of people might be surprised if they heard Kaukaohu Wahilani chose to work in his taro patch on Sunday rather than watch the Superbowl. But once they heard his reasons for doing so, they would soon understand why. You see, Kaukaohu has a connection to the land like few other people weve ever met. Dont miss our amazing visit with Kaukaohu filmed on the beautiful west side of O`ahu as he describes why his deep connection to the land and the ancestors there inspired him to be who he is today -
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If youre lucky enough to have found a very special place you call home, you sure as heck dont want it spoiled. Thats how Larry McElheny felt when he first surfed on Hawai`is North Shore some fifty years ago. And ever since, hes been involved with others who also live there and want to keep the country, well, country. Dont miss our visit with Larry filmed on one of O`ahus most pristine and gorgeous North Shore beaches as Larry tells why hes worked so hard over the years to keep development out and Hawai`is stunning beauty in -
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Premier Palaszczuk whitewashes our rights for Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

25th March 2018

While we were in the courtroom on 12 14 March, fighting the State of Queensland, Adani Mining, and Qld South Native Title Services (QSNTS), the Queensland Premier authorised an email that was sent to many of our supporters.

The Queensland Premiers response studiously avoided our key demands. That is:

  1. Acknowledge that Adani does not have our consent for the Carmichael mine and the destruction of our country
  2. Publicly rule out extinguishing our Native Title for Adani
  3. Remove the Governments signature from Adanis dodgy Land Use Agreement
  4. Stop spending public funds opposing us in the courts, and
  5. Meet with representatives from the W&J Traditional Owners Council

Instead, the Premier proclaimed the Government is...

06:22

NNTT Gamilaraay People Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/006 available here entered on the Register 20/11/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B - Area Description available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The Gamilaraay People are those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the native title claim group as Gamilaraay:

1.  Beeswing and his daughter Lucy Long
2.  Kitty, mother of Charles, Jack and Alice Dennison
3.  Kitty [Dunn]
4.  Mary Ann mother of William Arnold
5.  Mary Ann and Murray parents of George and Ada Murray
6.  Reuben Bartman
7.  George Bennett and Mary Moodie
8.  Charles Cubby and Lucy Ann
9.  Harry Denham
10. Maude Dixon/Hill
11. Billy Edwards
12. Jonathan Flick and Mary Ann
13. Charlie Hippi
14. Eliza Kirk
15. Walter/William Marley
16. James McGowan father of Aggie, Annie and Kate McGowan
17. Mary McGrady
18. Phoebe Munday
19. William Hilbert Saunders
20. Lennie Jane Smith/Rodwell
21. William Trapman/Troutman
22. Whalen Johnny
23. William (Billy) Wightman
24. Sarah Witon aka Witson/Wilson/Murphy
25. Eliza Weatherall

06:11

NNTT Wulli Wulli People #3 Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/011 available here entered on the Register 23/02/2018.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B - Area Description available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The claim group are persons:

1. who are recognised by other members of the claim group as being descended (which may include by adoption) from a deceased person who they recognise as having been a member of the Aboriginal landholding group for the application area depicted in ATTACHMENT C (an apical ancestor); and

2. who identifies himself or herself as being a descendant of an apical ancestor.
It is accepted that adoption may take place and where adoption has occurred it confers upon the adoptee the right to identify as a member of the claim group.

The following deceased persons are recognised as having been apical ancestors from whom claim group members are descended:

Tommy, father of Wonga Pope
Mergwin Blay
Amy, wife of John Bond
Ginalene, mother of Ernest Pope
Jessie Fuller
Billy and Selena, parents of Jacob
Tilly, mother of Harry Blucher
Grace, mother of Fanny Joyce
Thomas Clancy
Maria, mother of Isabella Hooper
The unnamed adoptive father of Maggie McLean
Jackanapes
Jack Hornet Senior, father of Jack Hornet
Rosie, the mother of John Barra
Jinnie, wife of George Logan
Alec Barney
Bessie Rawbelle

05:56

NNTT Gangalidda People (Konka) Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/012 available here entered on the Register 27/02/2018.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B - Area Description available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The native title claim group (hereafter the 'claim group') on whose behalf the application is made is the Gangalidda People.vThe Gangalidda People are all of the descendants of the following people:
Greg Thompson,
Sophie Thompson,
Ernest Thompson,
Walter Thompson,
Jimmy,
Dawudawu Jimmy (King),
Grant,
George Nark Mirrabaliyajari,
Bob Scoles Gunyarbadijarri,
Lirrgagujarri,
Bob Weber Milgalajarri,
Maggie (or Minnie),
Kitty,
Kitty Wulnanda,
Kitty Lirrgagujarri,
Dolly,
Old Nim,
Stumpy Paddy,
Mickey Charles,
Barny Guldangara,
Limilimilda,
Johnny Balawayinda,
Daisy Lirrgawanjinda,
Sandy,
Gunalumbu,
Ngarilgudu,
Malurgudu,
Myrna Malalairunanda,
Didmanja,
Sandy,
Garruwala
Charly (Gundirrirri/Ngarrguyumbu/Gulawi)
and, who identify and are identified by other Gangalidda People as belonging to the Gangalidda People according to Gangalidda traditional law and custom. "Descendants" for the purposes of this description includes those individuals who have been adopted by the Gangalidda People.

05:55

NNTT Gangalidda People (Pendine) Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/013 available here entered on the Register 16/03/2018.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B - Area Description available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The native title claim group (hereafter the 'claim group') on whose behalf the application is made is the Gangalidda People.vThe Gangalidda People are all of the descendants of the following people:
Greg Thompson,
Sophie Thompson,
Ernest Thompson,
Walter Thompson,
Jimmy,
Dawudawu Jimmy (King),
Grant,
George Nark Mirrabaliyajari,
Bob Scoles Gunyarbadijarri,
Lirrgagujarri,
Bob Weber Milgalajarri,
Maggie (or Minnie),
Kitty,
Kitty Wulnanda,
Kitty Lirrgagujarri,
Dolly,
Old Nim,
Stumpy Paddy,
Mickey Charles,
Barny Guldangara,
Limilimilda,
Johnny Balawayinda,
Daisy Lirrgawanjinda,
Sandy,
Gunalumbu,
Ngarilgudu,
Malurgudu,
Myrna Malalairunanda,
Didmanja,
Sandy,
Garruwala
Charly (Gundirrirri/Ngarrguyumbu/Gulawi)
and, who identify and are identified by other Gangalidda People as belonging to the Gangalidda People according to Gangalidda traditional law and custom. "Descendants" for the purposes of this description includes those individuals who have been adopted by the Gangalidda People.

01:24

NNTT Wakaman People #4 Native Title Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/014 available here entered on the Register 22/03/2018.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here
Attachment B - Area Description available here

 
This claim is interesting in the amount of detail provided in the Claim Group Description. Following is a list of the apical ancestors from the Register extract

The Wakaman People native title claim group is comprised of the descendants (including through adoption or raising up in accordance with traditional laws and customs) of the following apical ancestors:

a. Jimmy and Winnie, parents of Maude Byrne and grandparents of Jinnie Pearson, Joe Dosetta Jnr and Rita Hall;
b. Mick McTavish Snr, father of Jessie Chong and Fred Fulford, and grandfather of Daisy Thomas;
c. William and Emily Fulford, parents of Henry Fulford;
d. Spider and Kitty, parents of Maggie grandparents of Harold Jackson, Jubilee Jackson,
Phoebe Jackson and Maggie Fox;
e. Pluto Brumby, father of Jack Brumby, Mabel Kew and Maude Robin;
f. Jinnie Denford, mother of Alick Brown and May Ezzy aka May Brown;
g. Micky Atherton, father of Roley Cameron;
h. Billy Garbutt and Lucy aka Lizzie, parents of Margaret Maude and grandparents of
Albert Thomas, Louise Malthouse, Maude Ludwick and Agnes Henry;
i. Kandjuldi and Ngululinjeir, parents of Charlie Oak Park aka Charlie Leftbridge;
j. Bujulimba, mother of Phil Alpin Snr and grandmother of Phil Alpin Jnr;
k. Nellie, mother of Ruby Riley nee Alpin, Phil Alpin Jnr and Herbert Alpin aka Herbert Brown;
l. Harry Croydon, father of Jerry Croydon;
m. Darby and Dick, parents of Jessie Croydon and grandparents of Jerry Croydon;
n. Jaingkali aka Nellie Hackett aka Minnie Chillagoe and her parents Geramutami and Bomarana, parents of Frank Hudson, Minnie Sandy and Lucy;
o. Jenny and Billy, parents of Rosie Rosendale (wife of Louis Rosendale and William Maytown aka William Dolo);
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"SHAME ON YOU!" - AN OPEN LETTER TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS TRUSTEES

TO: OHA Chair Colette Machado
TO: All OHA Trustees

RE: Your Fiduciary Obligations to the Beneficiaries, all Beneficiaries, not just those with merit--inside dealing and special self-interest appeal

I want to first and foremost mahalo all of the Trustees that showed up for the Board of Trustees Meeting on March 22, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Most importantly, I want extend my deepest and sincerely aloha to the Trustees that voted to Terminate CEO Kamana`opono Crabbe's contract effective immediately.

At the same time, I want to express my disappointment to the Trustees that voted to keep CEO Kamana`opono Crabbe's contract active and alive. It's you that I believe are the complicit Trustees that supported the CEO with his self-interest dealings (non-competitive grants each over $25,000, CEO sponsorships for $25,000 or less--which some of you may or may not have directly or indirectly benefited, procurement contracts, etc.)

It's the complicit Trustees that know that if the CEO is terminated, the 170 employees of OHA that live paycheck to paycheck--paying mortgage, car payments, children's school tuition & fees, etc--and who cannot currently afford to be a part of the movement to bring Truth and Transparency to OHA-- would feel safe to speak about what they know and have seen at OHA.
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10:43

Jagera / Yagera People Native Title Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The claim area is roughly bounded by Toowoomba, Warwick and Brisbane.

The apical ancestors listed are

Roger Bell
Stanley Bell
William Hatton
Mary Hatton
Johnny Tarampa
Maggie, wife of Johnny Tarampa
Jane Collins

Appeared in the Courier Mail dated March 24, 2018

Details of Roger and Stanley Bell appear in the book Remembering the Forgotten - Deebing Creek by Bill Thorpe and published by Seaview Press in 2004.
Chapter 3 listing the Bells amongst others is here .

Tindale Cherbourg Sheets 10 and 50

Sheet 10 dated 29.11.1938 and 5.12.1938 lists the following people
Mary Hatton (Mary Morton)
William Turner
Mona Morton
Mr Mitchell
Stoker Currie
Derek Morton
Eric Morton

Sheet 50 dated 2.12.1938 and 5.12.1938 lists the following people
Sarah Smith
Diver Mitchell
Albert Mitchell
Mona Morton
Mary Hatton
Stoker Currie
Derek Morton

The Sheets list the relationships between these people.

Indexes to correspondence relating to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1894-1905
Deebing Creek.
This index has been compiled from Queensland State Archive Item ID 716219 Papers (Parts 1- 9), 1/1/1894 31/12/1905. Queensland State Archives.
 
17.12.1901. Memorandum from Superintendent Ivins to Home Secretary noting Trampa Johnny F/B died at the Home on 17.12.1901 from consumption, aged about 75 years. He was born at Trampa and belonged to the Yackara tribe. [Indexers note: Handwritten "Tarampa Johnny died on 17th inst." note different spelling of Trampa.]

10:41

Circumnavigations #7: Guma'Cervantes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

While in Valladolid, on a chilly afternoon, I walked through a house with cramped staircases and low hanging doorways. There were small beds in darkened corners. Aged chairs and paintings. Iron pots and kitchen implements. No doubt much of what was in there, had been placed for effect, but you could still feel the age. This house is known as Case de Cervantes, it was a home where the writer Miguel Cervantes stayed in the early 17th century. Today it is a small museum that features small bits of information about the writer's life. You will also find similar Case de Cervantes in other parts of Spain.

Miguel Cervantes is best known for his book Don Quixote, and called the greatest writer in the Spanish language and the first modern novelist. Historians of nationalism are always quick to remind us that the political history of a place doesn't have as much of a role in creating national identity as historians usually imply. Arts and culture, can play a much more profound role in being shared sources of enjoyment, things that all people who are on a common national journey, can refer to and draw their identity from.

While I was leaning against against the wall at Casa de Cervantes, taking in the place around me, my mind began to wander. Different languages were floating past me, English, Spanish, Chinese, German as different tourists walked through the halls. It dawned on me then that I hadn't really spoken Chamoru for several days. Even though I had typed it quite a bit, and I use it when I'm talking to myself, I hadn't spoken to anyone else in Chamoru for about a week. That made me wonder, had these walls ever heard the Chamoru language before? Had a Chamoru ever visited this museum? Or even more intriguing, had a Chamoru visited a house like this in the time of Cervantes? Had a Chamoru made it all the way to the center of the Occident during the 16th or 17th centuries?

In truth, most definitely.

At the time of Cervantes, Guam had been incorporated into the Spanish empire formally through the claim of Legaspi, but it had not yet been colonized. San Vitores and his mission to bring Christianity to the savages of the Ladrone Islands was still decades away. Magellan had stopped in Guam, and other ships that followed also made landfall in Guam, but none of them initiated prolonged contact or colonization. The Ladrones, which later became...

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Circumnavigations #6: The First Book Around the World "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

One of the presenters at the "Primus Circumdedisti Me: Claves de la Primera Globalizacion" conference focused primarily on the life of those who traveled with Magellan on his voyage. What were the things that they ate? How much did they get paid? What were the rules on these ships? What was the hierarchy like? Were captains the lords over these ships and the men like slaves? Or was there some democracy as we see on pirate ships?

Much of this presentation I was already familiar with from my own study and even from the numerous pirate based video games that I enjoy playing. But there was one part that I found particularly interesting, about how men passed the time on the voyages, or what they did for fun.

Trade voyages to the other side of the world, followed known routes, but still took months and years to complete, the level of ennui on these journeys must have been severe on small ships without may diversions, and a crew too poor and too cramped in to bring much with them. But for voyages such as that of Magellan, which lasted for 3 years, and was driven was exploration into what was unknown to Europeans, there would have been a great deal of anxiety, along with long stretches of boredom.

One of the aspects of this age which is least mentioned, but was very common, was sexual relations between the men on board the ships. I was able to find one reference to it during Magellan's trip. One ships' master was caught engaging in sexual relations with a cabin boy. During those days when men undertook dangerous voyages and were not necessarily part of any military or rigid structure of command, executing men was not common, as it would sour the morale. Magellan nonetheless had the master executed, which is noted as one of the many issues that later led to the mutiny against him.

I did also find one reference to women being hidden aboard a ship. After resting in Port St. Julian in what is today Argentina, prior to attempting to reach pass around the southern tip of South America, several sailors tried to sneak on board their ship women they had met. Unfortunately for those desperate men, they were found and dispatched.

In some depictions of sea journeys for the time, sailors play games such as chess, however this was unlikely as obtaining the board and pieces could be very expensive. Cards were a far more affordable option, although even that was sometime...

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WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS AT OHA?

Honolulu Civil Beat - March 21, 2018 - By Samuel Wilder King II

On March 8, and again on March 20, it was reported that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees are now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


This comes on the tail of the audit of OHA that showed extensive potential breaches of the Trustees fiduciary duties to spend OHAs funds properly for the benefit of the OHA beneficiaries (as previously discussed here and here). Ideally, CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe and all the Trustees, except Trustee Kelii Akina, would resign so that a new slate of trustees could be elected with a new CEO. 


At the very least, CEO Crabbe should be replaced, Trustee Colette Machado should resign as chairwoman, and Trustee Akina should be made the chairman by the end of the week.


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A SECRET DEAL MADE? - IS OHA TRUSTEE KELI`I AKINA THE ONLY SMART & HONEST ONE?

The time has come for OHA trustees to take a stand and demonstrate whether they are for truth and accountability in OHAs finances. The trustees must now act decisively and hold the CEO accountable for improper financial management that has come to light. - OHA Trustee Keli`i Akina

Sources say it increasingly appears the rest of the Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees made a deal yesterday.

These same sources say the trustees are merely going to "suspend" OHA CEO Kamana`o Crabbe so he has to stay out of the office but still gets full pay and benefits. The suspension will be for an indefinite time.

The "old guard" trustees see it as a win win - Kamana`o Crabbe gets money ($150,000) to hire an attorney to defend himself and he is not terminated so it does not impact his work record.


Word leaking out is that Lisa Victor will be the new OHA CEO.

An interim plan will be unveiled in a few months to hire another "interim" CEO. 


No action will be taken on any of the other executive staffers, who are complicit in financial wrongdoing. They will all remain on payroll.

The very trustees who claimed they wanted change are now saying we have to keep Kamana`o Crabbe because we do not have the votes to dismiss him! 


But their real reason and concern is votes they hope to get in this election year from those who have received all the trust funds that are being misappropriated by OHAs CEO and the Kana`iolowalu gang.

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Circumnavigations #5: Magellan's Gift "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

After attending a conference where everyone couldn't stop talking about Ferdinand Magellan for three days straight, I could not help but think about one of the more intimate ways that the explorer has been invoked within my family. Many Chamoru families will mention Magellan in the usual ways, as the source of civilization, Christianity or modernity, as the limit of Chamoru existence, where prior to Magellan there is primitivity and savagery. They may mention him generically as being the first colonizer or the beginning of the end for the Chamoru people, even though he did not directly colonize Guam, and such a process would begin more than 140 years later under the guidance of Ple' San Vitores. 

The interesting way that my family and in particular my grandfather Tun Jack Lujan, the late Chamoru Master Blacksmith would bring in Magellan's gifts, was through the metaphor of metal. Metal is always brought into play to provide meaning to the early years of European contact. It is the priceless commodity that Chamorus appear to be willing to give up everything in order to obtain. But what I really liked about it though, was that it wasn't so much about chaining Chamorus through dependency, but as you'll read below, more about empowering and recognizing their own strength. 

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In 1929, my grandfather Joaquin Flores Lujan was led by his father Mariano L.G. Lujan in the morning darkness behind their home in Anigua to where my great-grandfather had his blacksmith shop. Grandpa was familiar with the shop: people came everyday to trade with his father, and village boys sometimes helped man the bellows or took turns pounding metal. My great-grandfather led him into the shop with a torch, light dancing across piles of unfinished tools and coal, and told my grandfather, "Este i maghet na irensia-mu. (This is the legacy of your family.)  "You will carry it on."

My grandfather became a locally and internationally recognized Master of Chamoru Culture for his role in keeping alive the traditions of Chamoru blacksmithing. He passed away in March 2015...

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Circumnavigations #4: Re-Discovering Discovery Day "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Several years ago, Senator Tommy Morrison was pushing for the reinstatement of Discovery Day as a local, Government of Guam holiday. For those younger or more forgetful than myself, Discovery Day was a holiday created in 1971 to commemorate the "discovering" of Guam by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. It was celebrated until the early 2000s when it was removed as a local holiday. For those who aren't familiar with the festivities associated with Discovery Day, it was normally a time for the southern village of Umatac/Humatak to shine. A fair or carnival would be held in the village, with the highlight of the day being a re-enactment of the arrival of Magellan. 

If you have never been to a Discovery Day before I suggest you go just to witness the surreal nature of this reenactment where Chamoru huts are burnt and Chamoru are killed by a guy in Spanish armor who usually arrives in Umatac Bay via a motorboat. The village of Umatac in particular enjoyed this holiday as it brought the attention of the island to their particular corner. It also provided some economic opportunity for a part of the island that doesn't get much compared to other villages. 

In Morrison's efforts, he thankfully wasn't trying to revive Discovery Day directly. He was much more interested in rediscovering the holiday as a venue for the celebration of Chamoru culture, heritage and history. While Magellan will always be a part of Guam history, it is important when considering something such as this to recall his short, but memorable visit to Guam.


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Circumnavigations #3: March 6, 1521 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

In Magellan's trip across the Pacific, he passed by thousands of islands, the majority of which they did not see. They noticed a few, but they had no resources to offer and only made the voyagers more distressed. Guam and the Marianas were the first landfall they made after months at sea, where many became ill and more than a dozen died. The interactions between Chamorus and Magellan did not go well, and I'll write more about that later. Because of this contact, Magellan's voyage was able to obtain some supplies to help them eventually reach the Philippines less than two weeks later.

As a result, hundreds of years later, Guam still has a small, but secure place in the history of European imperialism and the stories of its mastering of the world. One historian refers to this moment as the first taint of civilization, and if you believe in notions of cultural purity than it is easy to understand or accept that thesis. But even from the general ways these moments of first contact are recounted, it is also easy to assume that while for one side there is a great evolving and awakening of something, for the other there will only be tragedy and losses ahead. But this is one of the ways that historiography, spills into popular memory and imagining. They often reinforce the notion that one side is destined for greatness, while the other is starting the decay that will usher it towards the dustbin of history.

That is why it can be so important to return to that moment again, to see how much of the marketing was real, or how much of what was said or believed was simply inferred or just assumed. Did the natives really believe the men with metal to be gods? Did the lowly natives really fall beneath the cross or sword, acknowledging their inherent power and symbolization of superiority? Could the narratives be trusted since only one side told their story?

I've pasted below the article on Magellan from Guampedia by Carlos Madrid. I like it, because it is straight-forward and to the point, but also because it includes certain elements about the explorer's visit that are usually omitted from popular re-tellings. What is important to remember about these moments is that your people were there, and they were not just victims of history or victims of a historian's pen. They were there and lived and breathed in the moment, and there is as much of a beginning for you and your people in that moment as an...

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Akaku Upstairs Presents: IGNITE A LIFE Training for Youth Leaders Across Hawaii & the World, 3/29/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Ignite A Life, a non-profit, dba Hawaii Leaders Core, has been opening doors for the youth of our island community, sponsoring attendance at various renowned youth leadership summits across the globe, including San Diego, United Kingdom and Australia. Co-founders of Ignite A Life are the mother-son team of Robin and Alex Muto. Alex is now 20 and leads the Hawaii Leaders Core. Robin is the CEO

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Wednesday, 21 March

22:54

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Tuesday, 20 March

22:42

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FBI INVESTIGATING OHA TRUSTEE DAN AHUNA SAYS ATTORNEY

































Hawai`i News Now - March 20, 2018

The state Attorney Generals office and the FBI are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of public corruption and misappropriation of taxpayer and state funds at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai`i News Now has learned.

Earlier this month, HNN reported that the FBI had joined the state investigators, who have broadened their probe into the embattled state agency.

HNN now has learned that the AGs office has sent OHA a letter on Feb. 26, asking for thousands of pages of documents, including records of contracts issued by OHA and its for-profit subsidiaries dating back to 2012.

Theyre also asking for nearly six years of OHA bank statements, records of credit card and check transactions, wire transfers and all information relating to OHAs outside investments.

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Circumnavigations #2: Sumugo' yu giya Seoul... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

My trip to Spain took me through South Korea, where I spent seven hours in the Incheon Airport in Seoul.

In the same way that Guam and Okinawa have been connected for years now because of US military plans, so too have Guam and South Korea become connected as well.

Guam has been a potential target for North Korea for many years now, as it is one of the most prominent US bases in the region.

But over the past year the danger to Guam has become far more pronounced, from both sides of the Pacific.

Late last year, North Korean rhetoric became more focused around Guam, far more than it ever had before.

The year before that, Donald Trump was elected President of the US, and his foreign policy approach hasn't been very ideologically based, but seems to be rooted in impulsive Twitter tirades.

Both of them combined mean that people on Guam have no idea what to think or even worry about next.

North Korea is portrayed as a tin pot regime, simply full of bluster one moment, and then the most serious threat to peace in the world today.

Trump gives off the same aura of insanity, albeit in a different way.

He exasperates Guam's already tenuous colonial status.

Where we on Guam don't know from one moment to the next if we are part of the US, and Trump, by being even more erratic than your average US leader, only makes us more cognizant of our lack of stable place in the world.

It doesn't help that when facing threats you don't want a "chaos president."

Don't want someone, for whom it seems, would gladly let your island be consumed in a sea of fire and fury in order to get over some poor golf scores or perhaps a badly cooked cheeseburger.

But one of the most frustrating aspects of the entire debacle is the lack of presence Guam has in the discussion and in the coverage.

I gave several dozen interviews with international and national media last year about the North Korean threat, and much of their focus was on how the people on the island were reacting or feeling.

But I and others, tried to push back on this idea, and assert that the real anxiety and worry comes not from the direct threat necessarily, but the fact that we have no place in the discussion or decisions about said threat. 

That they...

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Circumnavigations "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I will be in Spain this week for the conference "PRIMUS CIRCUMDEDISTI ME: Claves de la primera globalizacion." It is a historical congress being organized primarily by the Spanish Ministry of Defense that will discuss the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world by Ferdinand Magellan. I am attending the conference as the representative from Guam, where Magellan visited in March of 1521.

I will be writing about my trip and the congress under the title "Circumnavigations." Not only because of the trip of Magellan itself, but also because of the ways in which Guam and myself are navigating as well, working our way around history and around the global filled with independent nations.

Here is the description of the conference from its website. 

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Monday, 19 March

20:36

Kinentos Trentai Ocho "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

During the 2016 election, I followed the website FiveThirtyEight on a daily basis.

I found the commentary to be very enlightening, as it wasn't just their reporting about polls, but also their analysis on what makes a poll informative or effective.

The media in general often times picks polls that fit the narrative they are trying to promote, or they have their own internal hierarchy over what makes one poll useful and another less so.

But these critical information points are rarely discussed openly, even if more astute media viewers or consumers can make their own best guesses.

Although after Trump's victory in the election, I stopped consuming that type of poll-focused news.

But as the US mid-term election season is starting up again, and we've ahead a round of very interesting special elections, I've slowly been drawn back to the website.

This type of coverage, in the form of a group chat around the recent apparent Democratic-victory, is what makes it such entertaining, but also educational commentary.

The part with Nate Silver and his caps lock button possibly being on, has to be my favorite part.

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Mar. 15, 2018 at 5:56 AM

"What's the Right Way to Interpret the Pennsylvania Special Election?" 


Welcome to FiveThirtyEights weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): HEYO! When this chat publishes, well be about 36 hours removed from the special election in Pennsylvanias 18th Congressional District (apparently won by Democrat Conor Lamb). Thats been more than...

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Tuesday, 13 March

02:42

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Matthew Thayer, Photojournalist / Author Talks Story 3/22/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Matthew Thayer has been a photojournalist at the Maui News for 38 years and still going strong. Hes had his eye on daily life here on Maui including local sports, community activities and special events around the island. He has also reported on bell-weather events like the miracle landing of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 and the end

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Sunday, 11 March

22:55

Court hearing: W&J Traditional Owners fight Adani and Qld Govt "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Release
Three day Federal Court hearing commences
Critical case native title extinguishment essential to Adani

WHEN: Begins 10:15am Monday 12 March Wednesday 14 March
WHERE: Court No. 2, L7. Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane

Brisbane. A three day hearing in the Federal Court begins today, with Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners seeking a ruling invalidating Adanis highly contested Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) and the registration of the ILUA without their consent.

This case and its outcome is critical, as this is one of the final approvals Adani needs, with native title extinguishment being essential to its ability to build the mine, in addition to raising finance for the project. The basis of the court action is outlined below.

Adrian Burragubba, cultural leader and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council says, Both the Queensland and Federal governments have supported Adani against us, overriding our rights. And right now the Queensland Government has the power to extinguish our Native Title if they choose to, at any time.

The Queensland Government and Adani are relying on the ILUA to authorise extinguishment of our native title. The government does not have to go down this path. It should rule out ever extinguishing our native title for Adani.

The Premier should have the decency not to rely on Adanis sham agreement. We have voted four times against taking Adanis shut up money, and against the destruction of our lands and waters, and our cultural heritage.

This is no easy fight. Adani is a powerful, unscrupulous, multibillion dollar company which has trampled traditional communities and destroyed environments in its own country. They are pushing hard to extinguish our native title and to mask our profound opposition to their mine with the veneer of consent.

We are determined to expose the underhanded and divisive tactics used to secure Adanis sham agreement.

Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council says,...

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Friday, 09 March

19:58

ARC and Me "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Each March, UOG organizes an Annual Research Conference or ARC. This year is the 39th year there has been a conference such as this. I presented at this conference as an undergraduate student, a graduate student and now I present at it regularly as a professor. For this year's ARC, I am participating in a couple different panels and presentations, most of which are connected to Guam's decolonization or its current political status.

Here are the abstracts for two of the sessions to which I am most looking forward:

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A Decolonial Analysis of Guams Media Landscape
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Decolonization gi Fino' CHamoru "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"




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Decolonization gi Fino' CHamoru:
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Thursday, 08 March

06:25

Its time the Queensland Government stood up for our rights "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council

STATEMENT

Delivered at Speakers Corner, Qld Parliament House

Brisbane, Thursday 8th March 2018

 

Its time the Queensland Government stood up for our rights.

We are determined to prevent our land being taken without our consent and to protect our Country and sacred places from destruction.

We have never given consent to the Adani project or the surrender of our land rights. Our people have rejected a deal with Adani four times since 2012. We oppose the destruction of our Country.

And without the Queensland Governments support, and their willingness to override our rights and interests which they have done before Adani would be nowhere right now.

Our native title is now at risk of extinguishment by the State Government.

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Traditional Owners opposing Adani hold smoking ceremony at QLD Parl, call on Premier not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Release 8 March 2018

At a smoking ceremony outside Queensland Parliament today the Wangan & Jagalingou Family Council called on the Queensland government to rule out extinguishing W&J Native Title for Adani, the week before a crucial Wangan & Jagalingou Councils Federal Court case commences. High quality stills and vision can be made available.

Spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The Queensland Government has the power to extinguish our Native Title, but they dont have to go down this path. Premier Palaszczuk should rule out ever extinguishing our native title for Adani.

We are demanding a meeting with the Premier to explain why there is no consent from us for Adanis dirty land deal, why the Queensland Government should remove its support for the Adanis sham ILUA, stop opposing W&J Traditional Owners in the courts and not extinguish our native title.

Adanis destructive mine has no part in our future and would tear the heart out of our ancestral lands. Premier Palaszczuk must pledge to not extinguish our native title for a deal with Adani. [1] 

We are determined to prevent our land being taken without our consent and to protect our country and sacred places from destruction, for an empty promise of jobs and some trinkets.

We have never given consent to this mine or the surrender of our land rights and have voted to reject a deal with Adani four times since 2012. We will not rest until this destructive proposal is abandoned.

A clear majority of Queenslanders are with us and do not support the government pushing ahead with Adanis mine without the consent of Traditional Owners. [2]

Its time the Premier stopped dodging her Governments complicity in overturning our decisions and aiding and abetting Adani. Its time the Queensland Government stood up for our rights, Mr Burragubba concluded.

Media contact: Anthony Esposito, W&J Council advisor 0418 152 743.

[1]  http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/wj-make-demands-of-new-labor-govt-on-adani/

[2] http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WJ-Poll_24Octobe...

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Saturday, 03 March

03:20

Injunction lifted in favour of Adani, leaving native title at risk "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

W&J COUNCIL STATEMENT

  • Lifting of injunction
  • Adanis duplicity

After nearly two months of an interim injunction, and only a few weeks away from the trial brought by W&J applicants to argue the invalidity of the Adani ILUA, the court order that had restrained Adani from seeking, and the State of Queensland from acting on, the extinguishment of native title, was lifted on February 15. 

This leaves W&J peoples native title at great risk.

Adani has been pressing for months to get the extinguishment done and the Queensland Government had paved the way in readiness. It is now only a Cabinet decision away from happening.

The injunction decision was close run, with Justice Reeves indicating that it was the lack of an undertaking as to damages by W&J applicants that tipped the balance of convenience to Adani.

The injunction application decision therefore turned on whether Adani would be out of pocket from a delay. Adani said they would run the commercial risk of the $1.4b they had thrown into their increasingly stranded asset, but couldnt afford the risk of delay in undertaking $1m in design works that were already well behind schedule.

They promptly turned around after the decisi...

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Friday, 02 March

23:09

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Film Screening of Tibetan Illusion Destroyer in 3D with Filmmaker Tom Vendetti 3/8/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Join us for the screening of Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Tom Vendettis Tibetan Illusion Destroyer in 3D. Filmed in Tibet and Nepal over two years, the film documents an ancient Tibetan ceremony that creates awareness of the illusions that cause human suffering. The festival originated in Tibet and is still performed in an authentic colorful ceremony

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Friday, 23 February

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Akaku Upstairs Presents: Who Survived the Nuclear Bomb? The REAL story behind Hiroshima 3/1/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Melinda Clarke is an accidental activist who began marching to her own tune after the Three Mile Island incident in 1979. Having lived in Japan in 1964, she had a calling to move back. Not long after she arrived, Clarke took on a prophecy-fulfilling side project: She started interviewing survivors of the atomic blast in

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Thursday, 22 February

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Monday, 19 February

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Sunday, 18 February

15:54

Fina'kuentos Chamorro #6: Si Yu'os, Yu'os... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I have not written one of these posts in a while, although the collecting of Chamorro sayings continues. Fina'kuentos Chamorro is where I post different Chamorro sayings or phrases, they are important in providing us a sense of the Chamorro worldview, both in history and in a contemporary context, and give us a sense of the Chamorro particular flavor to life. Sometimes this flavor can be very familiar to other cultures, sometimes it can be very Catholic, sometimes is can appear to be very tied to the land and people here themselves.

This saying "Si Yu'os, Yu'os. I taotao, taotao ha'" can be both very simple, yet also encompass very deep thoughts. It translates simply to "God is God, man is man."

On the surface it is simply that men should not worry about things that are beyond their control, as those things lie in God's hands and he will determine what happens. It is a simplified serenity prayer.


I find this saying useful in terms of its critical potential in referring to those things that are supposed to be beyond our ability to affect or influence. To this end I have used this saying in my Pacific Daily News columns and even academic articles when trying to discuss Chamorro layers of epistemology.

For example, if you swap out "Yu'os" and "taotao" and replace them with nouns more familiar to political status discussions, you receive the division that animates much of Guam's decolonial deadlock, "Iya Amerika, Amerika, Guhan, Guhan ha'." The US is that which brings life, order, prosperity and possibility, Guam is just Guam, and that's it.

15:33

The Death of the Chamorro Language "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Ti siguro yu' hyi tumuge' este, lao interesnte. Guaha meggai na hestoria put i Chamorro gi Islas Sangkattan gi este na ti gof anakko' na tinige'. Hu sodda' este na tinige' ginen i gasetan Saipan, annai manespipiha yu' infotmasion put Fino' Chamorro gi halom i kottre gi Islas Sangkattan. Ti meggai na infotmasion humuyong, lao hu fakcha'i este. Ti hu tungo' i kilisyanu na fulnu ni' tumuge', lao ya-hu i milalk-a i hinasso-a siha. Frihon yan botlon.

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The Death of Chamorro Language
March 31, 1999
The Saipan Tribune

For many years, we were active participants in the death of our local vernacular. It started with the golden days in grammar school when speaking your language lands you some corporal punishment, a fine of five cents, scribbling several pages of I will not speak Chamorro; picking up trash outside the classroom after school, among others.

Well into high school, theres the student monitors or JPOs who were authorized to arrest students for speaking their native tongue. At Hopwood, we even had a student court where defendants are brought in to justify why they spoke Chamorro. More often than not, its a textbook case and we giggle when the sentence is issued.

But I noticed too that dependents of TTG stateside employees were never arrested for speaking the local language. Of course, English is their first language spoken both at school and at home. But the use of our local and new lingo is divided: we brave use of conversational English at school, scrap the whole bag as we leave campus in the afternoon, return the next day pretending were all real Amerrrrican kids bluffing other students with our Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot vocabulary.

There were graceful moments too as we struggled to learn the English Language. Our sixth grade teacher, Mr. Frank M. Sablan, once asked the class to name the fruit right next to our classroom window known in Chamorro as laguana. There was a moment of silence when a tiny hand in the corner was raised. Declared my classmate: Legueners! Man, did the class broke out in laughter. Our wonderful teacher finally volunteered that its called sour sop.

I remember another classmate who cont...

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Thursday, 15 February

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Wednesday, 14 February

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Tuesday, 13 February

22:53

Akaku Upstairs Presents: The Multifaceted Journey of Mom & Pops Small Business Journeys 2/22/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Maui Business Brainstormers and AKAK host The Multifaceted Journey of Mom-and-Pops presentation at Akak Upstairs! Please join us for this 2+ hour educational event focused on varied aspects of Mom-and-Pop businesses based here on Maui. We will be exploring the keys to achieving the dreams and goals of 3 small family, Mom & Pop businesses.

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Monday, 12 February

23:00

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Vince Mina, HFUU President Body & Soil, Having a Sense of Humas 2/15/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Vincent Mina and his wife Irene have owned and operated Kahanu Aina Greens (Breath of the Land Greens) since 1994. Today its considered the largest smallest farm in Hawaii producing on average 600 pounds of greens a week grown in a plant based compost on 2000 sq. ft. Vince will be discussing how his family

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05:58

Letter to the QLD Premier there should be no extinguishment of Native Title "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 

THERE SHOULD BE NO EXTINGUISHMENT OF NATIVE TITLE WITHOUT OUR CONSENT

 

On 22 December 2017 the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council wrote to

The QLD Premier,

The Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and

The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

 

The W&J Council received its most recent mandate at a meeting of the W&J claim group on 2 December 2017. The letter informed the Government that the W&J claim group opposes the Adani Mining Pty Ltd project because of the damage that it will cause to the culture, and the lands and waters, of the Wangan and Jagalingou People.

W&J council also oppose the registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani Mining Pty Ltd purported to be authorised by the Wangan and Jagalingou People in controversial circumstances (the Adani ILUA).

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01:05

Close the Gap Reset Urgently Required "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

In his 2005 landmark Social Justice Report, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma called for a generational campaign to address the appalling gap in health between First Peoples and other Australians, that sees a baby born to an Aboriginal mother twice as likely to die before the age of four, and elders lives cut short by more than 10 years compared to non-Indigenous Australians.

Were just two years off the halfway mark of the nationally agreed target of closing the health equality gap by 2030, yet the Federal Government is taking us backwards. Only three of seven targets is considered on track, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child mortality is slipping backwards.

Thats why we were in Canberra last week joining our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners in calling for a reset of the close the gap approach.
Close the Gap 10 Year Review Launch: Left, Tom Calma Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner speaking. Right, The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader listening with June Oscar Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and others.

We told the PM that he had effectively abandoned the closing the gap strateg...

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02:25

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Akaku Upstairs Presents: Body and SoilHaving a Sense of Humus with Vincent Mina 2/15/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Vincent Mina and his wife Irene have owned and operated Kahanu Aina Greens (Breath of the Land Greens) since 1994. Today its considered the largest smallest farm in Hawaii producing on average 600 pounds of greens a week grown in a plant based compost on 2000 sq. ft. Vince will be discussing how his family

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Akaku Upstairs Presents: Body and Soil"Having a Sense of Humus with Vincent Mina 2/15/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Vincent Mina and his wife Irene have owned and operated Kahanu Aina Greens (Breath of the Land Greens) since 1994. Today its considered the largest smallest farm in Hawaii producing on average 600 pounds of greens a week grown in a plant based compost on 2000 sq. ft. Vince will be discussing how his family

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Sunday, 04 February

20:03

Akaku Upstairs Presents: 100+ Women Who Care Maui Chelsea Hill, Founder 2/8/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

100+ Women Who Care Maui is one of over 550 groups in USA and Canada who gather four times a year for a one-hour meeting, to learn about local charities and non-profits. Every attendee donates a $100 check to a charity of which that the group selects at that meeting. This combined donation of $10,000 makes a real impact, without time-consuming fundraising events and planning. Chelsea Hill, Founder

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Friday, 02 February

08:58

Another side of Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Wife-eating and more: a most interesting collection of unexpected tidbits - too good not to share:

https://www.tripelli.com/blog/post/hawaii-islands-of-strangeness-and-charm-183/

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Monday, 29 January

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Friday, 26 January

05:10

A defining act of healing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Today ANTaR and many of its supporters will pause to reflect on the anniversary of the invasion that started the dispossession and oppression of Australias First People. We will join them in mourning what they have lost to the colonisation of their lands and honour their survival after years of fighting for justice, rights and respect.

Each year ANTaR works to educate and build awareness on the tragic legacy of January 26 and what it means for First People. We encourage the national conversation about our national holiday, knowing that these debates can bring Australia closer to reconciliation.

We believe Australians can rethink our national holiday and that if it helps relieve deeply held trauma and anxieties experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we should move it too.

Please sign the Sea of Hands Pledge and join us in building awareness.

Thinking of how to mark the day? Weve collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here. 

Many in our community may think the hurt and the scars held by First People can be overcome. How can we expect this when weve not experienced the ongoing disadvantage that has risen from the legacy of frontier wars, massacres and old racist government policies.

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01:02

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui Food Innovation Center NOW Serving Mauis Foodpreneurs 2/1/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

  The Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) is a unique, first in-state incubator fostering agribusiness and foodpreneurs x-celeration and education. Part of the University of Hawaii Maui College, located in Kahului, Maui, MFIC is helping build a stronger, economically diverse, and sustainable Maui by supporting the ever growing, value added food industry. Chris Speere, Program

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Thursday, 25 January

23:40

Crossing Arizona: the perils of colonial forces on Indigenous land... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Re-posting this map of reported bodies crossing into Arizona from Mexico, 1999-2009. Total over this decade: 1,755. [sparked by recent blog posting on The Standard



Mike Wilson narrates a powerful film, 'Crossing Arizona', on the undermining of Tohono O'odham sovereignty and the destruction of water stations which he and others tried to maintain. Mike's beef was with the Tohono O'odham Nation who he argues were complicit in these murderous acts.

See also http://bsnorrell.tripod.com/id61.html


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Monday, 22 January

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Saturday, 20 January

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Thursday, 18 January

22:33

Akaku Upstairs Presents: ExoLife Finder: A New Telescope To Find Life On Exoplanets 1/25/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The ExoLife Finder, also known as ELF, will be the worlds first and only telescope capable of imaging oceans, continents, and life on nearby exoplanets. Proposed to be built in the Atacama Desert, Chile, ELF is designed from the ground up and is a new way to build affordable large-scale telescopes for exoplanetary research. It

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Wednesday, 17 January

02:51

Rethinking our National Holiday "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Let's include First People:
We can find a better day
to celebrate national unity
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01:57

Lets work towards an inclusive Australia Day for all "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Momentum for changing the date of Australia Day from January 26 has made its way to Canberra this week. Just yesterday, the Greens committed to campaign on the issue both at a Federal and local government level.

ANTaR has been campaigning for changing the date for a number of years now, and heres why.

For anyone familiar with Australian history, the arrival of the British in Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788 did not set off a peaceful 200 years of coexistence based on agreement to hand over land, resources and the system of law/lore.

For the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, whose land it is that the British took that day, a foreign people had arrived and proceeded to steal their land in Sydney Cove. The colonists planted a flag, cut down trees, and took what space they needed to establish their camp.

Please help Australia come to terms with what January 26 represents to First People, please sign our Sea of Hands Pledge.


Thinking of how to mark the day? We've collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here.
Interested in volunteering with ANTaR on Survival Day at Yabun Festival in Sydney? Find out more here.

Not long after, there was armed conflict, commencing years of frontier conflict, massacres, forcibly stealing other First Nations land, moving them off it, stealing vital food resources, and smashing the way of life that had been lived for thousands of years in those places.

The uninvited British arrival and encampment in Sydney Cove January 26 1788, was both a staging post, and the start, of a long invasion of First Peoples land.

An invasion of a continent that was home to 250+ nations of Australias First Peoples, inter-connected by trade, sharing knowledge, cultural values and spirituality.

Pledge to think differently about January 26

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and many ot...

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Sunday, 14 January

04:24

Japanese Peace Boat arrives in Fremantle January 24th "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone..

Hopefully you have had a bit of a break and are ready for an exciting 2018..

We will be kicking off the year with the arrival of the Japanese Peace Boat in Fremantle..  This will be an amazing event and will bring together Traditional Owners, Hiroshima Survivors and Fukushima farmers, along with 100s of Japanese people.

Please spread the word and we hope to see you at the B sheds on Wednesday the 24th of January as we welcome the Peace Boat with a Whadjuk Noongar smoking ceremony, Welcome To Country, dancers, music and much much more!

PEACE BOAT 96th VOYAGE COMING TO FREMANTLE
Wednesday 24 Thursday 24 January 2018 | Fremantle Port | a massive 2 days of building a culture of peace around the world 

We are excited to announce that this January Fremantle Port, City of Fremantle, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Ban Uranium Mining Permanently (BUMP) and Mayors for Peace will host the Japanese Peace Boat on its 96th world voyage.  The Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The delegation on board this voyage will be atomic bomb survivors and farmers from Fukushima and joined by around 800 participants from around the world.  The ship, as a neutral space beyond borders, becomes a floating peace village, encouraging a sense of community and enabling direct dialogue between those on-board and in the ports they visit.  For more information : http://peaceboat.org/english/

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Saturday, 13 January

15:33

My job "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

My grandson has reached an age where he will ask his daddy to call me so he can get on, he wants to share some news.

Its either a question and a quick chat, or it's to tell me that he is disappointed.  I coo at him and talk about being happy about something that he can do or look forward to.

His latest disappointment he cant make films and put them on youtube.  Both parents said no.  A definite 'no' from both of them.  He knows there are rules about online spaces, and some rules are non-negotiable.

My grandson is under 10 years of age.  I havent posted a photo of him for years, and what made it into my social media feed was blurred or taken from the rear.

He only watches shows with permission and is only on-line when under supervision.  He is a sensitive child in some ways, robust in others. He has a great sense of humour and he is smart as a whip.  

He got the idea of filming his own shows. Documents he called them. I twigged, he meant documentaries.

Nothing makes me happier than filming him and I am a willing camera person for our growing collection of family memories.

His subject matter for his first foray into screen time are his prized possessions. He has a lot of toys and books and things. So many things that we decided last Christmas we would stop buying him so many things. Hes given off signs for a while that the opening part of new things was fun, the playing with the item afterwards, not so much. Toys littered the floor and crammed shelves.  We started to narrow it down to, what do you really love? and then we shop accordingly....

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Thursday, 11 January

22:53

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Encore Entrepreneurship Starting Your Own Business 1/18/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Courtney Dumlao & David Daly with MEO (Maui Economic Opportunity) This presentation is for anyone interested in starting a small business in 2018. Encore entrepreneurship is quickly becoming a popular business venture after retirement. A successful encore entrepreneur plans well and works diligently to realize their business ownership goals. As seasoned professionals, encore entrepreneurs bring

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08:05

Media Resolutions for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Shouldn't Defend Colonial Status Quoby Michael Lujan Bevacqua
January 5, 2018
Pacific Daily News

As we crawl out of the dumpster fire that was 2017 for much of the United States and its territories, we inch cautiously into 2018 and hope for the best. As someone who has been working over the past few years to elevate the community consciousness about decolonization, I am most interested in what the coming elections and federal cases will bring in terms of changing the islands political status.

What occupies my thought process is the role of the media in helping build that consciousness or impede it. The media institutions in any society dont just exist to report or investigate. These institutions also, often in less perceptible ways, promote values and norms, usually on behalf of elite segments of society.

In a colonial context, these roles gain a colonial dimension. Both institutions and individuals often will be compelled to defend and naturalize the colonial status quo. In both explicit and implicit ways, the media will promote notions of the greatness of the colonizer and propagate a fantasy of American political belonging that may not really exist.

We see this in the media landscape in Guam. Guam isn't a state, yet the media functions in such a way as if Guam is just like any other part of America. You can replace certain words in your average story and suddenly it'll be set in Arkansas or Kansas.

This does a disservice to those who consume that media, as it promotes a mis-recognition of reality. It encourages them not to recognize the truth of our relationship to the U.S., but proposes patriotism and pride as appropriate responses to living in a contemporary colony.

The media isn't alone. We see the same inconsistency from both Adelup and the Legislature. One day therell be a press release condemning U.S. colonialism, the next day a resolution promoting the fiction that we are just like...

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Monday, 08 January

14:28

Litraton Jupiter Siha "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

These pictures are from NASA's Juno spacecraft which has been orbiting the planet Jupiter for more than a year and a half. The images are stunning to say the least and make me wish I was painting again. The colors and the textures are so engrossing. When I finished sending out emails tonight I may actually break out some paints and canvas.




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Friday, 05 January

21:28

Rain check "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

So as you may have noticed, this blog is no longer a focus for me or my work. Instead I've started building a website in Indigenous Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), here

May drop some thoughts on this in the future.

Simon

16:17

Pintupi art "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


"Women's Dreaming" by Narrabri Nakamarra (image source)


















Some of the last people to emerge - or be forced - from the Australian Outback are the Pintupi - and some of them have gone back.

More artwork here and here.

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Thursday, 04 January

22:16

Akaku Upstairs Presents: The 15 Invaluable Principles of Personal Growth  with David Kahu Kapaku 1-11-18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The 15 Invaluable Principles of Personal Growth with David Kahu Kapaku He is a Certified speaker, mentor, coach and trainer with the John C. Maxwell Team. David Kahu Kapaku is a natural born leader here on Maui. He is currently the Pastor at Kahana Door of Faith and a Co-Organizer and facilitator of Maui Business Brainstormers, a small business

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Tuesday, 02 January

13:37

Comic Relief "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I was a country kid so I grew up on ABC. If you are of the same era, you know what I mean. Pretty much sun up and sun down screenings of shows imported from the UK.

Many of the shows from the 1970s and 1980s still stand up or maybe its nostalgia.  Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Yes Minister, To The Manor Born told me a lot about England but mostly they made me laugh.  They were comedies set in a far away place with little resemblance to home.  They didnt make me feel blacker or invisible.  I watched them because they were funny and sometimes they were funny even when they were sad.  They did something to my insides.  

I remember when it began to jar a little amongst cultural gatekeepers, the frissons of resentment that somehow we werent proud of local content. I cant think of any shows of comedic note that were produced in Australia around that time. Seriously. I cant.

Then and now Ive never watched a tv show because I thought I had to.  I dont think I am the only one.

The latest Dave Chappelle Netflix special to land on our screens is fresh air in a stuffy room. It is the very best of what a comedian should be.  I wont spoil it because of its many pleasures is to settle in and just let it envelop you. 

But yo, some may say, he has been doing this for a while. I know, but I am late to the David Chappelle party. I spent a lot of years where I just didnt have time to watch tv, not when there were so many books that I wanted to read.  And Richard Pryor was so good I could watch him repeatedly.

I get that something happened. Dave got pissed off and walked away.  He stayed away. And now twelve years later he is back. 
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Monday, 01 January

13:53

Romper Stomper, Season 1 - First Impressions "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Romper Stomper The Series, Season 1 on Stan

Midway impressions

The series makes Romper Stomper, The Movie look like a masterpiece.

I knew all about the controversy of the movie first and then the series, not because I was interested in a fresh round of outrage.  I was interested in where the story went after the movie ended.   Its hardly surprising that I have high thresholds for violence on screen.  I have lived in Australia all my life.

Blaming a tv show or a movie for that matter for the violence and hate that some will bear down on others is only part of the story.  It can contribute but its not in itself enough.  

Rancid masculinity is manifest in a myriad of ways, in places town and country, and in people rich and poor.  If the concern is that it is enhanced by violence and dehumanization pouring out of screen into peoples homes, then why dont we start with a campaign to eliminate porn?  Or Game of Thrones?  Or online games? Or sport?  Or persecuting the poor, and the list goes on?

How many people are motivated by porn in their mistreatment of women?  How many have gone on to worse crimes because of their unchecked violence towards women?  

A person would have to be very comfortable indeed to bypass all these legitimate concerns and channel their energy into condemning a tv show.

Do they fear being kicked in the guts, the balls, or the head ou...

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Sunday, 31 December

16:40

Why I Can't Take My Eyes Off Ezra Klein "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

In genera the website Vox is like a hundred breaths of fresh air each week. The videos that it puts out each week are enjoyable and informative, bumping up against critical political and cultural issues (ranging from borders, to hip hop, to even the infamous worst movie ever The Room). But on a regular basis, the voice that I appreciate the most is that of its co-founder and editor-at-large, Ezra Klein. His articles are well-written and often help bring together my diffuse and disparate thoughts about the new list of scandals from the Trump administration. They help articulate thoughts still fuming and forming in my mind, with a welcome clarity, at a time when it seems so difficult to be politically sane.

His most recent piece on Trump's impromptu interview with The New York Times at his golf club, helps bring together so many troublesome issues about the Trump administration, and connects them to the man at its core, where there is increasing evidence each day, that he may not be mentally stable. The piece is below. Si Yu'us Ma'se Ezra Klein para i tinige'-mu siha!


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Incoherent, Authoritarian, Uninformed
Donald Trump's New York Times Interview is a Scary Read
by Ezra Klein
December 29, 2017

The president of the United States is not well. That is an uncomfortable thing to say, but it is an even worse thing to ignore. 

Consider the interview Trump gave to the New York Times on Thursday. It begins with a string of falsehoods that make it difficult to tell whether the leader of the free world is lying or delusional. Remember, these are President Donald Trumps words, after being told a recording device is on:
Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. And even these committees that have been set up. If you look at whats going on and in fact, what its done is, its really angered the base and made the base stronger. My base is stronger than its ever been. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whol...

13:54

Feline good going into 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I dont mind how strange I seem when I answer the door. Its my place.

I didn't know the woman at the door in dove grey exercise gear and a worried expression. 'Do you have a cat?'

I knew and she could clearly see that there were three bowls of cat food, a pet box and a cosy cardboard box of cat bed proportions that contained a floofed-up Qantas blanket.

'No. I donthave a cat.'

Her story was a short one. Shed moved in to #3 earlier in the week and by late Friday afternoon was door knocking trying to locate the owner of a deceased cat she had driven past on the front steps of #2.

I live at #5. The end of the line with the largest most glorious expanse of concrete Ive ever had the pleasure of calling my front yard.  A fringe of tiers of manicured shrubbery reaching to the windows surrounds the property.

I explained I fed the occasional stray cat from the vacant lot over the fence.

It's true they did occasionaly go for a stroll along the fence but for most of the past year they have lived in tunnels in the hedge and one took the lead with snuggling in the cat bed on a chilly night. They sprawl under the car and occasionally one will hop up on my bedroom window and cast a morning light shadow in the shape of a round headed man with a crew cut.

The cat box had been a recent acquisition to take one of them to the vet for a mercifully short walk over the rainbow bridge.

My new neighbour described what she had found, the colour and size.  I had names for at least 5 regular cats, and then two more who made...

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Friday, 29 December

23:13

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Fire & Ice Diver, Photographer and Drone Pilot- Harry Donenfeld 1/4/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Our first salon of the year will be hair raising and fun! Harry Donenfeld will be sharing his underwater excursions with captivating video and beautiful still photos. Harry was the first diver known to dive an active lava flow (Big Island, Hawaii) in 2008, and alongside icebergs in Antarctica in 2009. Ominous crackling sounds heard throughout

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00:57

First Lady of the Revolution "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I followed the recent special election for Senate in Alabama, far closer than anyone on the other side of the ocean probably should. Given the past tumultuous year under Trump and looking ahead to 2018 and what might possibly be different, especially with mid-term elections on the horizon, this election, as so many have written about, representing an important event in terms of scrying what lies ahead. Things look very good for Democrats in the Congress, as Trump ends his first year with historically low approval ratings.

Amidst all the coverage of the Alabama, this one article struck out at me, and not for any Alabama related reason really. It is about a 99 year-old Alabama woman, who lived a very interesting life, especially in terms of her at one point being the First Lady of Costa Rica and being referred to as "The First Lady of the Revolution."

This sorts of article are common media frames. You take an older person, with unique experiences or with some symbolic relevance, and then you follow them through some contemporary political context. They generally resonate with me, because of my own experiences interviewing older Chamorros, who lived interesting lives, and seeing the changes over time from their perspective. Reading this piece, I couldn't help but think of my own grandparents, Joaquin and Elizabeth Lujan, and what they went through, politically, during their time on earth. I wish the local media did more to draw out those stories, especially when you think about how the oldest generation was not born as US citizens and only became US citizens via an act of Congress. And furthermore how residents of Guam have only able to vote for their own Governor since 1970.

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An Alabama Voter, 99 Years Old, Makes Her Way to the Polls and Hopes for a Democratic Win
Deborah Barfield Berry
USA Today
December 12, 2017


MONTGOMERY, Ala.  Henrietta Boggs-MacGuire grabbed her black purse Tuesday and carefully made her way to the car that would take her down Magnolia Curve to the polling site here where shes voted the last 28 or so years.
The 99-year-old who was once the First Lady of Costa Rica  was determined to get to her polling place at Huntingdon College early to cast her ballot for what she called an important election....

00:45

Adios Travis Coffman "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Travis Coffman, a notable figure in Marianas media over the past few decades passed away recently. He was best known for his role in talk radio in Guam at K57. And as such, he was someone that I would interact with quite frequently. I went on his show several times to be interviewed about various topics. He was always respectful to me in public, and I would sometimes see him at anime, manga and nerd conventions on the island. But for many Chamorro activists, they saw him as someone who could frequently be anti-Chamorro in his statements on the air. I definitely heard elements of that when he would be on the the radio, and I would sometimes get text messages or emails, telling me to listen to what Travis was saying today. When I say anti-Chamorro, what it usually boiled down to was being dismissing of Chamorro issues and Chamorro concerns, but not necessarily someone who would ever say that Chamorro culture sucks. But someone who would use his position to belittle activists fighting for certain issues or amplify the voices of some, such as Dave Davis, who are very anti-Chamorro in their rhetoric and actions.

This position though wasn't unique to Coffman. It is a very common one that is taken by media figures in Guam, even if they are Chamorro. It is tied to the larger role of media in a society and then how media is supposed to function in a colonial society. The role of the media isn't simply to report stories or investigate, it also has a function of promoting values and promoting ideals and norms. In a colonial situation, this often results in the media, both individually as members of it or institutionally, feeling compelled to defend the colonial status quo, to promote the greatness of the colonizer and promote an identity of unity with the colonizer, which may not really exist.

We see this in the media landscape in Guam today. Guam isn't a state of the United States, yet the media functions in such a way as if Guam is just like any other part of America. You can replace certain words in your average story, and suddenly it'll be in Arkansas or Kansas. This does a disservice to those who read and consume that media, as it promotes a misrecognition or a misreading of their reality. It encourages them not to recognize the truth of our relationship to the United States, but proposes patriotism and pride, as being appropriate responses to living in a cont...

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Thursday, 28 December

21:04

5,000 Days of Protest in Okinawa "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"



5,000 days of protest in northern Okinawa. In truth, the protests there go much further back, but 5,000 is a nice, big, profound number. It represents 5,000 days of continuous protest, of daily, symbolic and direct resistance to US militarism and militarization in the island.

I have been fortunate enough to visit the protest camps in Okinawa on several occasions since 2011. I have spoken to scholars, to activists, to students, to elders, to farmers, to fishermen and even to paddlers and scuba divers. It does make me wonder, at one point the level of militarization or of consciousness about militarization in Guam will come to a similar point. There have been outbursts, periods of direct action, protest, there has been a great deal of counter-hegemonic activity, trying to make it more possible for the community to engage in critical discussions about Guam's military presence or purpose. But nothing similar to what we see in Okinawa. Will the plans for a firing range at Litekyan bring out this type of resistance? During the recent round of public hearings some people proposed taking actions similar to those in Okinawa to block construction or training, but it remains to be seen if that passion will persist after some time passes.

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Okinawa sit-in protest against Futenma relocation hits 5,000 days
The Japan Times
December 27, 2007

A sit-in protest by citizens opposed to the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to the Henoko coastal area in Nago, reached its 5,000th day Tuesday.

On the same day, a protest rally was held in front of a gate of the U.S. militarys Camp Schwab, which straddles Nago and the village of Ginoza, bringing together 500 people, according to its organizer.

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, who took part in the rally, said that the citys mayoral election in February 2018 will be a must-win race.

My resolve not to allow the construction of a new base in the sea off or on the land of Henoko has not changed at all, said Inamine.

Yoko Akagi, 65, from the Okinawa village of Kunigami, said she hopes that the mayor will be re-elected and a new base will not be buil...

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Monday, 25 December

11:55

NTTU Saipan "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Since the start of the year I have been working on an article about militarization in the Marianas Islands. It is for a special edition of Micronesian Educator edited by Tiara Na'puti and Lisa Natividad. I'm excited at the prospect of writing it, but my schedule over the past year has been tough, in addition to family drama and other setbacks. I've been coming back and forth to it in my notebooks every month, but until now I haven't been able to really try to finish it. I spent Christmas Day typing up my scattered notes and drafts.

The article is an attempt to talk about militarization, military increases, military strategy in a Marianas wide context, and the ways it divides, unities, takes and stimulates. One of the most interesting sections is on the CIA training that took place in Saipan from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. The facility was known as the Naval Technical Training Unit or NTTU and it trained anti-communist operatives to destabilize and sabotage regimes that were communist or suspected of going communist.

Below are two articles about it and other covert-Cold War related activities in the Trust Territory from The Saipan Tribune.

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Cold War covert activities on Saipan, elsewhere in the region
by William H. Stewart
The Saipan Tribune
December 21, 2004
Part 1 of 2

I have been interested in the history of the Northern Marianas and especially a period in the 50s and early 60s for which very few specifics are known. This was the period on Saipan when the Central Intelligence Agency under the cover of the U.S. Navy operated a facility known as the Naval Tactical Training Unit or NTTU. Physical verification of their presence is still very much in evidence on Capitol Hill (then known as Army Hill) such as the administration building, service station, staff housing, bachelor officer quarters, snack-bar, barber shop, post office, a theaterauditorium and the recreational facility TopaTapi night club.

The entire Marpi area from what is now the vicinity of the Nikko Hotel northward and the Kagman Peninsula were among the areas on Saipan where access was restricted to only NTTU personnel and their trainees. At Kagman the organization operated its own airfield for transporting personnel to be trained. Portions of the landing strip can still be seen in the vicinity...

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Saturday, 23 December

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Friday, 22 December

03:20

Xmas Eve Party "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone..

Its the end of the year already and we are having an awesome party to celebrate what has been an epic year..

If you are in Fremantle come on down to Mojos on Xmas Eve for a massive end of year party

THE NUKE CRACKER

A PARTY TO KEEP WA URANIUM-FREE

Sunday 24 December| 3pm 10pm | Mojos North Fremantle | an epic line-up of Perths best local acts

This Christmas Eve come party at Mojos Bar production of The Nukecracker* A party to keep WA uranium-free.  Come and celebrate the massive year of hard work, courage and resistance from WAs Traditional Owners, anti-nuclear activists and supporters.

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YOUD BE CRACKERS TO MINE URANIUM

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT WA NUCLEAR FREE CAMPAIGN! 

Click here to purchase limited edition of the very beautiful Kalyu Print to support Martu campaign against Kintyre.
We also have 2018 Calendars, Hoodies and T.shirts that will...

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Wednesday, 20 December

02:07

Keating Speech the starting point for moving forward "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Sunday 10th December marked 25 years since the landmark Keating Redfern Speech. It was a speech that told the truth.

Coming from a Prime Minister, it was a truth that could not be unsaid, a truth that formed the foundation for moving forward together on the journey towards a reconciled nation. He said:

"Because, in truth, we cannot confidently say that we have succeeded as we would like to have succeeded if we have not managed to extend opportunity and care, dignity and hope to the indigenous people of Australia - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. 

It has been ANTaRs firm belief since we came together 20 years ago, that without an acknowledgement of the truth of our shared history, we could not develop a stronger relationship based on trust, understanding and empathy.

This is a message we need to share as we head towards Survival Day 2018. You can help by signing our Sea of Hands pledge.

As Patrick Dodson said in the forward to last years State of Reconciliation Report:

Disturbingly, the Report reveals the schism between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australias understanding and perspectives of how our nations history has shaped the contemporary circumstances of Indigenous communities, and their relationship with the Australian State. There is a discernible lack of appreciation by settler Australia about the grievances and sense of historical injustice that Indigenous people feel. This must be addressed for Australia to be reconciled.Pledge to think differently about January 26

An understanding of the truth of our history, will tell you that January 26 - the day the First Fleet invaded Gadigal land (in what is now known as Sydney Cove) - is not a day that includes Australias First Peoples in a national celebration.

It is asking First Peoples to celebrate the onset of invasion of the lands, and the history of dispossession that came with that invasion as so clearly ar...

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Monday, 18 December

22:00

W&J Traditional Owners win interim injunction in Federal Court "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Release

  • Court order against Qld Government preventing native title extinguishment
  • Injunction hearing set for 30 January 2018, trial in March

Brisbane, 19 December 2017.  Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) representatives, seeking to prevent the extinguishment of their native title by the Queensland Government for Adani, have ensured that there will be no surrender of lands until the court hears their injunction application in late January.

Justice Reeves of the Federal Court made an order yesterday against the Qld Government, preventing any surrender of native title until the W&J application is heard. He also set the W&J interlocutory application for a hearing on 30 January 2018.

This full hearing is set for trial in March in the matter of Delia Kemppi & Others v Adani Mining Pty Ltd & Others.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council Spokesperson, and one of the appellants, Adrian Burragubba said, The interim injunction offers some respite. It ensures that extinguishment of our native title cannot be snuck through over the holiday period.

Adani pressed hard and objected to the injunction. The Queensland Government sought to preserve its ability to advance swiftly on the Adani project, refusing to give an u...

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Friday, 15 December

08:22

NNTT Tennant Creek Pastoral Lease "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


National Native Title Tribunal File DC2017/003 available here entered on the Register 24/11/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment A - Map of Area available here
Schedule A - Native Title Claim Group Description available here

 
This claim is interesting in the amount of detail provided in the Claim Group Description. Searches of the CIFHS web site will produce a large amount of information about those mentioned in the Claim Group list plus further information on other descendants.

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Tuesday, 12 December

06:28

URGENT: The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish Wangan Jagalingou native title for Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 

Friends,

This is urgent!

The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish our Native Title rights.

Adani is trying to push through an illegitimate land use agreement and extinguish our native title. We have a Federal Court case to challenge it it March, and have filed for an injunction to prevent them moving to have our rights extinguished before then.

We asked the Government to promise that they wouldnt act to extinguish our native title until the Federal Court heard our case. And they just refused.

That means they could move to extinguish our native title rights at any time.

And with Minister Anthony Lynham back in his seat, we expect him and Adani to act before our hearing, and slam native title extinguishment through!

Our native title rights are hanging in the balance. This is a race against time.

PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION WITH US.

Write to or call Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dep...

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Friday, 08 December

23:18

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Revolution Green 10th Anniversary Movie Screening and Filmmakers Panel  12/14/17 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

We have a special final Salon planned for you for 2017. We are screening Revolution Green by Director Stephen Strout. It is a revealing documentary about the renewable fuel called biodiesel and its importance to the world economy. Revolution Green presents the story of Mauis own industry pioneers Bob and Kelly King, whose company  created the first retail biodiesel pump in America. Pacific Biodiesel, the company Bob

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08:13

NNTT registration of contested Adani land deal to be fought hard in Court by W&J "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Release


Brisbane, 8 December 2017. Traditional Owners of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Family Council say they are troubled by the decision of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) to register an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for Adani before a legal challenge to the ILUA scheduled for March 2018 can be heard in the Federal Court.

W&J representatives say they have never given consent or signed the ILUA and are not bound by it. The ILUA was rejected by W&J again at a claim group meeting only days ago.

Representatives of the native title claim group have filed an application in the Federal Court for an injunction against Adani and the Queensland Government, to restrain them should they attempt to use the registration of the ILUA to extinguish their native title, under its terms, before their challenge is resolved in the courts.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council Spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, We expected the Native Title Tribunal to tick the boxes and register Adanis sham land use agreement. It is still subject to a legal challenge in March 2018 and we will pursue this and seek to reverse any decisions that are made in the meantime.

Our lawyers are immediately writing to the state government and are urgently pursuing an injunction. Our legal team have prepared for the eventuality that the tribunal would place the ILUA on the register.

The tribunal knew th...

03:09

W&J make demands of new Labor Govt on Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Release

 

Traditional Owners fighting Adani make demands of new Labor Govt

New Queensland polling released showing support for mine delay

 

Brisbane, 8 December 2017. With the announcement of a new majority Qld Labor government, and with the National Native Title Tribunal set to decide today whether to register Adanis sham Indigenous Land Use Agreement, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council have presented a clear set of demands.

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council Spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, Our fight to protect our country and heritage will continue until Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk acknowledges that we are the people from that land, and Adani does not have the consent it requires from us for this destructive mine.

We call on the Palaszczuk Government to stand up for our rights and not the interests of Adani. We have written to our more than 100,000 supporters in the wider community this morning, asking them to press the Premier and Deputy Premier to demand that the returned Palaszczuk Government

  • acknowledge that Adani and the Queensland Government do not have the consent of W&J Traditional Owners for the Carmichael mine
  • remove Queenslands signature from Adanis contested Indigenous Land Use Agreement
  • rule out extinguishing Native Title to allow Adani to proceed, even if the ILUA is registered by...

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Wednesday, 06 December

06:53

Supreme Court Update and more "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone..

Sorry its been a while since the last update but with the Court case and participation in the No Nukes World Social Forum in Paris, France and the Cop23 meeting in Bonn, Germany it has been quite a busy time

The end of the year is now drawing near already and we are still waiting for a decision on the Supreme court case to stop the Yeelirrie uranium mine.

Hopefully in the new Year we will have a decision in favor of protecting Yeelirrie

This is an incredible undertaking by these three strong Tjiwarl women who are trying to protect important cultural heritage sites that are part of the Seven Sisters Dreaming songline.

Take a look at the video and make a donation here

For those of you in we are having an end to a massive year with a big party at Mojos

THE NUKECRACKER A PARTY TO KEEP WA URANIUM-FREE

Sunday 24 December| 4pm midnight | Mojos North Fremantle | an epic line-up of Perths best local acts

This Christmas Eve come party at Mojos Bar production of The Nukecracker* A party to keep WA uranium-free.  Come and celebrate the massive year of hard work, courage and resistance from WAs Traditional Owners, anti-nuclear activists and supporters.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1899035713458111/

The new year will be starting with a huge event as the Japanese Peace Boat arrives in Fremantle..

PEACE BOAT 96th VOYAGE COMING TO FREMANTLE 

Wednesday 24 Thursday 24 January 2018 | Fremantle Port | a massive 2 days of building a culture of peace around the world

We are excited to announce that this January Fremantle Port, City of Fremantle jointly with Mayors for Peace will host the Japanese Peace Boat on its 96th world voyage.  The Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The delegation on board this voyage will be atomic bomb survivors and farmers from Fukushima and joined by around 800 participants from around the world.  The ship, as a neutral space beyond borders, becomes a floating peace village, encouraging a sense of community and enabling direct d...

06:14

Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Support progressing Australias
First Nations peoples
right to a say in the decisions
that affect their lives.
Sign the Joint Statement
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Sunday, 03 December

00:55

W&J claimants again vote down Adani deal, seek injunction "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


~ Claim group reject ILUA for the fourth and final time

~ Injunction filed against Adani and Qld Govt


Brisbane, 3 December 2017.
For the fourth time since 2012, W&J Traditional Owners have voted unanimously at an authorisation meeting to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani, underlining their sustained opposition to the mine. Today the Traditional Owners also announced they have filed an injunction in the Federal Court against Adani and the Queensland Government, to restrain them should they attempt to extinguish their native title.

Linda Bobongie, the Coordinator for the W&J Applicant, one of the convenors of yesterdays authorisation meeting and Chairperson of the W&J Traditional Owners Council, said, The ILUA is a bad deal for our people. The W&J people strenuously object to the Carmichael Mine and deplore the degradation that the Adani Mining project will wreak on our culture, environment and ancestral lands.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, and one of the appellants, says, Adani is pushing to have their sham ILUA with our people registered before our Federal Court hearing against it in March next year. They want the Queensland Government to extinguish our native title while pretending to have our consent.

We have filed an injunction against Adani and the Queensland Government, seeking to restrain them should they attempt to extinguish our native title. There will be no surrender of our traditional lands and waters. Our people voted down the ILUA again yesterday and endorsed the legal challenges to prevent this destructive project.

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Monday, 27 November

21:00

Akaku Upstairs Workshop: How to Create a Killer Short Story with Wayne Moniz 12/7/17 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

We are honored to present this writers workshop with you. Wayne Moniz is a prized writer and playwright who has received the Cades Award for Literature which is Hawaiis most prestigious writing prize. His body of work includes: thirteen plays, several screenplays, short stories, poetry and lyrics. This workshop will focus on sharing the elements needed

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06:28

Free to be Kids "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Earlier today in Canberra we stood with peak Aboriginal organisations in front of Parliament House to launch the Change the Record: Free To Be Kids Action Plan.

We then took our message inside Parliament in a series of meetings with MPs.

Our message: The over-imprisonment and abuse of Aboriginal children is happening all over the country and urgently requires national leadership.

Thank you to 1700+ supporters who have already signed our petition after just one week to support today. Many of you have also chipped in to help get the Sea of Hands and our team to Canberra.

Weve taken the next step in launching the National Action Plan.

We must now make it impossible for the government to ignore our call for action on the national tragedy of over-imprisonment and abuse of Aboriginal youth. If you havent already, please take action now.

Antionette Braybrook Co-Chair Change the Record Campaign (Left), Andrew Meehan ANTaR National Director with Keenan Mundine (Right).

Just over a week ago the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory recommended a complete overhaul of the system that led to the appalling abuse of children in prison in...

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Saturday, 18 November

01:05

NNTT Danggan Balun (Five Rivers) People "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/007 available here entered on the Register 14/9/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the native title claim group as Danggan Balun (Five Rivers)

Sarah Warri/Warru Clarke
George Daramlee Drumley
Jack Slab/Slabb Snr (husband of Lizzie Waggil Slabb & father of Charlotte, Frank, John/Jack Jnr, Olive & Victor)
Kitty Blow (wife of Joseph Blow & mother of Frank Blow & Hughie Blow)
Jackey Jackey aka Bilin Bilin aka Bilin aka John 'Johnny' Logan
Kipper Tommy Andrews (father of Lizzie Malay (nee Tommie)
Julia Sandy (wife of Arthur Ford);
Billy Terribah/Didiba Andrews (father of Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Boyd (nee Andrews);
Mary Ann Mitchell (mother of Mary Ann Drumley (nee Sandy), Ida Bell (nee Sandy), Norman Sandy Snr & Lindsay "Billy" Sandy);
Unnamed mother of Matilda 'Mittie' Fogarty (nee Sandy) and Lizzie (mother of William 'Billy' Brown);
Alice Edwards (nee Coolwell) (mother of Jack Jnr, Florence, Minnie, Eva, Eileen, Maud, Catherine, Evelyn & Julia);
Coolum (husband of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) & father of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Unnamed mother of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) (wife of Coolum & mother of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Yarry (father of Frederick 'Fred' Yarrie/Yarry);
Joseph Coolwell (husband of Polly Allen/Dalton & father of Alfred, Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Polly Allen/Dalton (wife of Joseph Coolwell & mother of Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Elizabeth Wheeler/Tomes;
Jim Edwards Snr (husband of Topsy (of Ipswich) & father of Jimmy Edwards Jnr).
William Williams (Snr.)

 

01:01

NNTT Yuggera Ugarapul People "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/005 available here entered on the Register 4/8/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the Yuggera Ugarapul People as Yuggera Ugarapul:

Janie/Janey Billie/Billy (mother of Harry Thompson and Daisy Moreton (nee Thompson);
Billy Turner (father of Amy Turner);
Jackey Harvey (father of Emily Harvey the social mother of Robert Anderson Snr);
Thomas Duggandan/Anderson (social father of Robert Anderson Snr);
Topsy of Ipswich (mother of Jimmy Edwards Jnr);
Ted Myer/Meyers/Myers (father of Elsie Richards);
Molly Myers (nee Crow) (mother of Elsie Richards).

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Friday, 17 November

03:57

National action plan (Justice) "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Caption: 
Horrors of Don Dale must not be
repeated:
NT Royal Commission
must be acted on.
Please help: Sign the Petition
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Thursday, 16 November

14:00

NT Royal Commission Report Released "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory Report has been released following months of inquiring into the failings of the child protection and youth detention systems in the Northern Territory.

Few who saw the images could forget the trigger for the establishment of the Royal Commission on Four Corners - Aboriginal child Dylan Voller hooded and shackled to a chair in Don Dale Detention Centre in Darwin.

Please sign our petition to ensure this doesnt happen again.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples made clear the Australian Governments responsibilities in her report on Australia:

If Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are detained, they should be treated with respect and dignity.

Too many Aboriginal children across the country have not been afforded that treatment, respect and dignity.

The release of the Royal Commission report is a critical moment. It shines a light on the laws, policies and practices that are resulting in 97% of children in prison in the NT being Aboriginal. It proposes alternatives that must be taken up by government. Again, as the UN Special Rapporteur made clear:

The extraordinarily high rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including women and children, is a major human rights concern.

The Rapporteur also noted that the crisis rates of incarceration:

raises concerns over racial discrimination in the administration of justice.

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Friday, 10 November

03:32

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Kathy Collins UNPLUGGED 11/16/17 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Akaku Upstairs is proud to present: Kathy Collins is an actress, storyteller, comedian, radio & TV host, newspaper columnist, freelance writer, and proud Maui girl.  Her pidgin-speaking alter ego, Tita, performs throughout the state and the mainland, sharing Hawaiian legends, Pidgin Pride, and the Spirit of Aloha. In 2015, Collins was recognized as one of

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Friday, 03 November

00:20

Learn the Ins and Outs of the NEW iPhone with Rick Ortiz on Nov. 9, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Presenting the iPhone and iOS 11 with new features and tips for using the full potential of your iPhone! Its the most popular smart phone on the market today and first computer you can put in your pocket. iOS 11 has introduced many new features. We will spotlight what makes this more than a phone. We will

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Wednesday, 01 November

14:00

A breach of faith on constitutional reform "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Prime Minister and his government outright rejected the Referendum Council proposal for constitutional reform.

The decision was made without a single meeting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative bodies or other First Nations leaders following the delivery of the Referendum Council Report.

Frankly, it was an extraordinary show of bad faith from a Prime Minister who guaranteed to do things with, rather than do things to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

After years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in good faith, engaging around the country, and developing a considered proposal for constitution reform, the Prime Minister and his Government have walked away from that promise.

On the 27th of May this year, we heard a powerful and historic statement delivered to the nation through the Uluru Convention Statement from the Heart. It offered a way forward, a way to walk together based on a stronger foundation, yet government silence was palpable. The final Referendum Council Report was met with the same response until last week.

For years ANTaR has supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to lay the path towards a more reconciled nation. Weve seen progress in many areas, and in others, much remains to be done.

There is no question that this rejection is a major setback for First Peoples, and the whole nation, but it underscores the importance of standing in support of First Peopl...

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Thursday, 26 October

13:21

China rising "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Two recent articles looking at the bigger picture of China's growing world-power ambitions:

- Mark Almond, director of the Crisis Research Institute, Oxford, writing in the UK's Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5014375/Why-West-tremble-crowning-new-Mao.html

- and distinguished documentary film-maker and financial/political writer David Malone:

http://www.golemxiv.co.uk/2017/10/chinas-rise-americas-fall/

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Wednesday, 25 October

15:00

NT Royal Commission Report - Soon to be Released "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Were heading to Canberra, as we did 20 years ago this month, and we need your help.

There were two events that marked the start of ANTaR 20 years ago.

On 12th October 1997, 50 volunteers planted 50,000 hands in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags right out the front of our nations Parliament. On the 25th November we were back again, this time with 500 volunteers who planted 100,000 in the same place.

At the time they were the largest public art displays for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and reconciliation the nation had seen. Both were landmark events that started the Sea of Hands movement in support of First Peoples. ANTaR and our Sea of Hands movement has  been standing with First Peoples ever since.

Its time to take the hands back to Canberra, this time to stand for stopping the crisis of imprisoning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across the country.

On the 17th November the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory Report will be released following eight months of investigations.

The Commission, established after the harrowing report of Dylan Voller at Don Dale, will document widespread cases of abuse, over-imprisonment and breaches of human rights of children.

But during the eight months of the Royal Commission alone, there has been report after report of similar abuses in Queensland, Western Au...

01:45

Maori Ministerial portfolios... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Kelvin Davis Minister for Crown/Mori Relations
Minister of Corrections
Minister of Tourism
Associate Minister of Education (Mori Education)
Nanaia Mahuta - Minister for Mori Development
Minister of Local Government
Associate Minister for the Environment
Willie Jackson - Minister of Employment
Associate Minister for Mori Development
Peeni Henare - Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
Minister for Whnau Ora
Minister for Youth
Associate Minister for Social Development
Meka Whaitiri - Minister of Customs
Associate Minister of Agriculture
Associate Minister for Crown/Mori Relations
Associate Minister of Local Government
Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister for State Owned Enterprises
Minister for Racing
Ron Mark Minister of Defence
Minister for Veterans
Shane Jones Minister of Forestry
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Regional Economic Development
Associate Minister of Finance
Associate Minister of Transport
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Tuesday, 17 October

05:00

Traditional Owners do not support Rockhampton FIFO hub "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 

 5 October 2017

Mayor Strelow misrepresents Wangan and Jagalingou

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelows thanks to the the Wangan and Jagalingou people for our support is disingenuous and clearly misrepresents the position of the Traditional Owners of the proposed Carmichael mine area.

We do not support a FIFO (fly in fly out) hub that allows a mass of people who have no respect for our land to fly in and destroy our country and culture, and fly out again.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council dont know who Mayor Strelow is talking to, but its clearly not the W&J Applicant or the claim group or our families.

A majority of Wangan and Jagalingou families have consistently rejected Adanis sham ILUA  for the mine. Adani has no agreement with Traditional Owners and an ILUA has not been registered. The purported ILUA is subject to a Federal Court trial in March 2018.

Our court action in March will expose the underhanded way in which our position on the mine is misrepresented by Adani, and our supposed support was engineered.

We have provided evidence to the court of Adanis bad faith and we will pursue this constant misrepresentation of our people and our position on the mine until we can demonstrate once and for all we do not and never will s...

02:51

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui School Garden Network and Grow Some Good Oct. 26, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Executive Directors of Maui School Garden Network, Grow Some Good and the Dept. of Agricultures Farm to School Coordinator are coming to share the successes and challenges of our childrens health and well-being in our school food programs. Maui School Garden Networks mission is to move Maui Countys children toward developing a greater sense

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui School Garden Network and Grow Some Good Oct. 26, 2017 appeared first on Akaku.

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Saturday, 14 October

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Thursday, 12 October

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Today is 20 years since our first iconic Sea of Hands installation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Sea of Hands came on the back of a Citizens Statement on Native Title which was a petition circulated by ANTaR to mobilise non-Indigenous support for native title and reconciliation.

The installation involved hundreds of volunteers planting 50,000 hands planted in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags directly in front of the nations parliament. It was a powerful statement of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Occurring at a time when the Federal Government was moving to restrict Native Title rights and not genuinely supporting reconciliation, it was always about the broader community standing in solidarity with First Peoples.

The Sea of Hands was the birth of ANTaR, which 20 years later, still holds to that same approach of working with First Peoples for justice, rights and respect. 

Needed today more than ever

The work of ANTaR is more relevant than ever, with government approaches still failing to properly engage with and listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on addressing the issues impacting on their lives.

Weve seen incarceration rates increase from seven times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians to 13 times since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody more than 25 years ago, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can still expect to die on average 10 years earlier than other Australians, with one in three experiencing racial abuse in the last 6 months.

ANTaR is about working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to try...

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Tuesday, 10 October

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Sunday, 08 October

14:57

Homo Sapiens: Was the first wave out of Africa much earlier? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The New York Times has reported (July 4, 2017) research to suggest that homo sapiens evolved 300,000 years ago in Africa and left the continent around 30,000 years later - far earlier than had been thought previously.

400,000 years ago, Neanderthals developed separately in Africa and it had been supposed that there was some interbreeding with homo sapiens there around 100,000 years ago, as well as outside North Africa some 50,000 - 60,000 years ago.(2) But if modern humans had already started migrating long before, perhaps for the northern and eastern emigrants the interbreeding happened after the African exodus.

(1) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/04/science/neanderthals-dna-homo-sapiens-human-evolution.html
(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal

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Wednesday, 04 October

08:54

Walkatjurra Walkabout: Supreme Court Case and upcoming events "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone..

Its been pretty busy since the end of the walk and we had a great trip over to Adelaide for the 20th anniversary meeting of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance.

Check out the ANFA webpage

There is alot going on at the moment and we really need your help to fundraise for the Supreme Court case to stop the Yeelirrie uranium mine from going ahead.

Many of you on this list have been on the walk and know Aunty Lizzy, Aunty Shirly and Vicky who are going to the Supreme Court on the 16th of Novemebr to Stop the Yeelirrie uranium kine from going ahead.

It is really crucial at the moment that we raise the money to cover all the court costs. We have raised $16,000 dollars so far, but need another $34,000..  Please forward this to friends and family and lets raise this money in the next 5 weeks  If you want to do a fundraiser then let us know and we can help with any info and support that you need..

This is an incredible undertaking by these three strong Tjiwarl women who are trying to protect important cultural heritage sites that are part of the Seven Sisters Dreaming songline.

Take a look at the video below and make a donation here

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Sunday, 01 October

14:34

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Thursday, 28 September

16:00

AUSTRALIA: thwarted love "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Bill Harney on a love triangle in 1940s Arnhem Land:
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I have found that native tradition, with its prohibitions and fixed customs, really eliminates those things we know as sin and morals...

Some people tried to break down this code, but it always brought trouble in its wake. I well remember an aboriginal couple who were married 'Christian way in church'. The woman was not aware that the union was a fixed one - not as in the tribe, where the people can become divorced by mutual consent.

The marriage irked her so much that she decided to break it up and take to herself another man of the tribe. Her method was simple and ingenious.

She became the friend of another native man I knew and, unknown to him, used him as a means of arousing her husband to such a jealous madness that he crept upon the man, who he thought was his wife's lover, and killed him with a spear.

I found it all out too late, and even then I could not stop the self-satisfied smile on the real killer's face, as her husband went to jail whilst she returned to her true lover.
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"Life Among The Aborigines" by W. E. Harney, Robert Hale Limited (1957) - pp. 15, 31-32

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Wednesday, 27 September

20:13

Tonga now free of elephantiasis "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Like many places around the world, the Pacific islands have long been plagued with the mosquito-born disease lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. Now (as of end July 2017) the World Health Organization has declared Tonga free of it. The Marshall Islands were declared free a few months earlier, in March.

The disfiguring and sometimes fatal disease was noted by the late eighteenth century explorer James Cook in his travels in the South Seas, but it has a much longer history. It was known in Goa since at least the sixteenth century and thought to have been present in the Middle East thousands of years before.

Filariasis was present in Tahiti (French Polynesia) in 1954 when the writer H E Bates visited there (at the suggestion of the filmmaker David Lean). In the third volume of his autobiography ("The World In Ripeness", 1972), Bates tells (p. 136) how a fellow passenger in the plane that took him there was an American doctor carrying a box of giant mosquitoes that he hoped would eat the smaller local ones that are a vector for the disease. Sadly, it's still a risk there, but of the 22 Western Pacific countries and territories in the WHO's eradication programme (see p. 18 here), 4 (Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Niue and Vanuatu) have succeeded and the work goes on.

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Tuesday, 26 September

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Sunday, 24 September

10:10

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone  This is taken from the amazing Laurens own blog.  (Thanks Lauren)

http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

 

*This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning. I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

We sit, encircling a big, warm camp fire, enthralled by the entertaining Uncle Geoffrey Stokes, Wongatha elder as he tells us story after story from his vast deposit of life experiences. We gaze up to the starriest sky wed ever seen as he and Hannah and Zakquisha, Tjiwarl children from this land point out where the giant dark emu lies within the milky river above our heads and tell us the tragic dream time story of the seven sisters.  There are two different worlds in Australia explains Uncle Geoffrey, West and East (because really Australia is in the East) and this walk, this is where they collide.
I look over to Aunty Shirle...

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Friday, 22 September

14:27

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Akaku Upstairs Presents: Learn how the BLUE ZONES PROJECT will Transform Central Maui! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

  The central Maui communities of Kahului and Wailuku have been the chosen sites for the Blue Zones Project here on Maui. That means residents and business owners alike are focused on improving well-being for themselves and their neighbors. What is the Blue Zones Project? What began as a New York Times bestseller by National Geographic

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: Learn how the BLUE ZONES PROJECT will Transform Central Maui! appeared first on Akaku.

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Sunday, 17 September

10:49

Will there be war in the Pacific, again? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

One interpretation of North Korea's seemingly irrational belligerence is that Russia and China are behind it and the prize is control of the Pacific:

"To allow DPRK to get away with this provocation means we lose the Pacific and China will see this as a green light to run amok and seize whatever they want and intimidate the rest."

Read more here:

http://japan-forward.com/war-on-the-horizon-is-the-us-ready-to-meet-its-commitments/

The author, Michael Yon, has previously suggested that the renewed interest in abuse of women during the Japanese occupation of China in WWII is propaganda intended to mould public sentiment in advance of aggressive action by the Middle Kingdom:

https://japan-forward.com/the-hate-farm-china-is-planting-a-bitter-harvest/

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Friday, 15 September

01:29

The Redfern Statement "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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The Redfern Statement

Launched on 9 June 2016 during the federal election campaign the Redfern Statement comprehensively sets out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander expectations and priorities for engagement and progress by Australian Governments.

The Redfern Statement is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander blueprint to address the disadvantage and inequality still besetting their communities today. We know that the measures in it are far more likely to succeed than any top-down approach from a disengaged government.

The statement contains sections on: meaningful engagement, health, justice, preventing violence, early childhood and disability.

On the morning of 14 February 2017, Jackie Huggins Co-Chair of National Congress for Australias First Peoples handed Prime Minister Turnbull a Coolamon holding the Redfern Statement. In doing so, on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, she called for:

A new relationship that respects and harnesses [our] expertise, and recognises our right to be involved in decisions being made about us.

She appealed to the government to: Draw o...

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