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Friday, 19 January

22:24

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

HAWAIIANS REMEMBER A DAY OF INFAMY


Huffington Post - January 17, 2018 - By Leon Kaulahao Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands

Leon Siu is a 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

On Wednesday, January 17, Hawaiians will be remembering a day of infamy.


Note: This article was written and submitted to HuffPost prior to this past Saturdays mass text alert of a nuclear missile approaching Hawai`i. Though it was a false alarm, the confusion and panic that ensued showed that Hawai`i is still highly susceptible to a sneak attack by Americas enemies. Government and military officials apparently had no idea what they were doing.

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Thursday, 18 January

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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

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: ExoLife Finder: A New Telescope To Find Life On Exoplanets 1/25/18 appeared first on Akaku.

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Chief Executive Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation

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

FREE HAWAI`I TV
THE FREE HAWAI`I BROADCASTING NETWORK

 

"STILL ALIVE AT 125"

Who Or What Could Still Exist After 125 Years?

Probably Only Something Very Strong With A Lot Of Integrity, Right?

Would You Believe Its All Around You Every Single Day?

Watch This To Discover What It Is & Why After 125 Years The Secret Is Finally Getting Out.


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


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Wednesday, 17 January

23:25

Mundine knocks out Browne, now looking for a bout with Horn "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

JANUARY 18: An ageless and dangerous Anthony Mundine wants any bout against Jeff Horn to be above the super welterweight limit. Mundine last night kept alive the possibility of a fight against World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion Horn with a vicious second-round knockout of former featherweight world title contender Tommy Browne in Sydney. Browne tagged Mundine with some good shots but the 42-year old veteran produced his most impressive KO in recent years, finishing a flurry of blows with a devastating left. Mundine won the vacant WBO Oriental title at middleweight, two divisions above the one Horn campaigns in. While he has fought at super welterweight before, Mundine ruled out dropping down to that division. On Wednesday Horns trainer and manager Glenn Rushton didnt rule out fighting Mundine but stressed his charges focus was on a mooted April mandatory defence against unbeaten American superstar Terence Crawford.

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

HAWAIIAN KINGDOM STILL EXISTS 125 YEARS AFTER ILLEGAL OVERTHROW


























I Live In The Hawaiian Kingdom Assert Hawaiian Kingdom Nationals

The Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals will be out in force today at Onipa`a Kakou, the all-day event observing the one hundred twenty-fifth year of the illegal seizure of the Hawaiian Kingdom government.

Like countless who live in Hawai`i, event organizers and participants today intend to show the world that despite the illegal US overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government one hundred twenty-five years ago, the Hawaiian Kingdom itself still exists.

Wheres the Hawaiian Kingdom? Youre looking at it, states Hawaiian Kingdom Foreign Minister Leon Kaulahao Siu.

Hawai`i is my mainland. We will mark this important date as are many others by calling upon the US to de-occupy our nation - the Hawaiian Kingdom.

We want to let everyone know that while our Queens government was illegally overthrown, and therefore has been in hiatus for one hundred twenty-five years, the Hawaiian Kingdom itself continues to exist uninterrupted because its citizens, Hawaiian Kingdom Nationals are still here.

Minister Siu continued, As we look to the future, our country, the sovereign, independent Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is awakening, coming alive again and everyone who calls Hawai`i home is welcome to be a part of it.

Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals members and supporters will be holding Free Hawai`i and Hawaiian Independence banners and signs at events at `Iolani Palace as well as

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Mundine wants crack at champion Horn "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

JANUARY 17: Anthony Mundine wants one more year in boxing and a crack at World Boxing Organisation (WBO) welterweight champion Horn before calling it quits. Mundine, who has won major titles in three weight divisions since switching from rugby league in 2000, tonight will be looking for his first win since November 2014, after losing successive fights for the first time in his career. Speaking ahead of his clash with Tommy Browne at the Star in Sydney, the 42-year-old says he is in the best shape since his first fight with arch-rival Danny Green in 2006.

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

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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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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Pangula Mannamurna Aboriginal Corporation

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Tuesday, 16 January

23:29

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

TOMORROW - HAWAIIAN NATIONALS LOOK TO THE FUTURE AT ONIPA`A KAKOU

Their Goal - Rebuilding The Hawaiian Kingdom
 


































The Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals will be out in full force at Onipa`a, the all-day event observing the one hundred twenty-fifth year of the illegal seizure of the Hawaiian Kingdom government held on Wednesday, January 17th.

We will mark this important date  as will many others by calling upon the US to de-occupy the Hawaiian Kingdom, states Hawaiian Kingdom Foreign Minister Leon Kaulahao Siu.

But we will also utilize this wonderful opportunity to focus everyones attention toward the future; to fire up the movement to Free Hawai`i and help people realize that our country, the sovereign, independent Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is awakening, coming alive again and that everyone, native Hawaiian or not, is welcome to be a key part of it.

Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals members and supporters will be holding Free Hawai`i and Hawaiian Independence banners and signs at events at `Iolani Palace as well as the Hawai`i State Capitol that day as well as educating others about a Free Hawai`i.

While many Hawaiian Nationals are those who are living, modern day descendants of citizens of the Hawaiian Kingdom prior to the illegal overthrow in 1893, a Hawaiian National is an...

05:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

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Monday, 15 January

23:11

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

125th ANNIVERSARY OF HAWAIIAN KINGDOM GOVERNMENT OVERTHROW

Peace March Event From Mauna Ala To `Iolani Palace



























Onipa`a, an all day event observing the one hundred twenty-fifth year of the illegal seizure of the Hawaiian Kingdom government will be held Wednesday, January 17th.

Starting at sunrise and continuing throughout the day Hawaiian Kingdom Nationals and their supporters will mark this important date by calling upon the US to de-occupy the Hawaiian Kingdom.

On January 16 in 1893, without provocation or warning, the United States landed fully armed marines in Honolulu, giving military support to a handful of American businessmen who, on the next day, January 17, unseated Queen Lili`uokalani and seized control of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

In order to avoid bloodshed, Lili`uokalani tempo...

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Senior Advisor "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Australian Building and Construction Commission

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Sunday, 14 January

23:50

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

CHECKING TOOLS OUT IS WHATS ITS ABOUT ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Honolulu Tool Library - A Visit With Elia Bruno"

Theres actually a place where you can check out tools instead of books? we asked when we first heard about the Honolulu Tool Library. Naturally we had to see it for ourselves and thats how we met HNL Tool Library founder and director Elia Bruno. He showed us the library and explained its based on a simple and yet powerful concept - why buy when you can borrow? Join us in our amazing visit with Elia at the HNL Tool Library and you too will see why the more we share, the more we have - Watch It Here

MONDAY,...

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

YOUR VOICE COUNTS - YOU WON!
















This last Tuesday, we asked you to contact the Office Of Hawaiian Affairs trustees and demand that they vote to SUPPORT HR.3744, which if passed, would strip the Executive branch of the US federal government of its powers to recognize Indian tribes without the approval of the US congress.

Your vo...

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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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Friday, 12 January

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Company Secretary "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Engineers without Borders Australia

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Bundjalung mural unveiled by artists in Peace Park, Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Jan 12: Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts, Gilbert Laurie and Lewis Walker have unveiled their new mural in Nimbin, northern NSW. The artwork, in Peace Park, tells Bundjalung creation stories and displays important symbols and totems. Laurie said they started painting the mural in October. It tells the story of our country, he said. How we connect with country and how it was made.

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Positions Vacant "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Batchelor Institute, Northern Territory

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Thursday, 11 January

23:39

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

REMEMBERING THE ILLEGAL OVERTHROW



























Honolulu Star-Advertiser - January 8, 2018 - By Timothy Hurley

In January 1993 the 100th anniversary of the overthrow of Hawaiis last monarch was observed in a multiday series of events that culminated in a solemn march of about 10,000 people to Iolani Palace for a day of speeches, music and remembrance.

Twenty-five years later a new group of organizers is planning a similar event with a march and observance ceremony expected to draw thousands to Iolani Palace and to the Capitol courtyard next door.

Its a coincidence that the anniversary falls on the same date Wednesday, Jan. 17 as the opening day of the 2018 state Legislature, but organizers of Onipaa Kakou are hoping the occasion will send a loud message to lawmakers as they launch their session.

Truth and unity, said Walter Ritte, the veteran sovereignty activist from Molokai and one of the events chief organizers. We want to tell the Legislature the truth about the history of the overthrow and the illegal annexation and to tell them about the unity of the Hawaiian people.
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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

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: Encore Entrepreneurship Starting Your Own Business 1/18/18 appeared first on Akaku.

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

FREE HAWAI`I TV
THE FREE HAWAI`I BROADCASTING NETWORK

 

"WILL YOU STAND FOR THIS?"

How Long Are You Willing To Put Up With It?

How Long Before You Say Enough Is Enough.

How Long Before You Realize You Need To Take A Stand?

Watch This To See Who Was Forced To Stand Down & Why You Should Stand Up.


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


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Sunday, 25 June

12:52

Sunday at #StandUp2017 Messages of support "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Messages of Support 

Video Message from NRL player Joe Williams

 

Video Message from Black Comedys Elaine Crombie

 

Video Message from Black Comedys Steven Oliver

 

Message from Nova Peris

Indigenous former athlete and politician Nova Peris sent this message via Dylan Voller to be read to the conference: We as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people need to stand together in solidarity. The Northern Territory Intervention was seen by many, particularly those living on community, as an act of war declared by the Australian government on Aboriginal people.

We do no need constitutional recognition in an English founding document, we have never been lost. Eddie Mabo took on the High Court for ten years to prove our inherited responsibilities of over 50,000 years and to disregard the lie of a Terra Nullius.

The Northern Territory Intervention was partly about a land grab under the guise of other things that demonized us all as a race of First Nations people. We, as Aboriginal people are much more powerful that what the powers that be want us to believe.

We are sovereign people, our power is beyond measure, we need to understand this and use it to our advantage. As Vincent Lingiari once said, power and privilege cannot move the people who know where they stand, stand in the law. As sovereign people we need to start wielding and asserting our constitutional 116A power of religious and spiritual freedom, which we have sustained for over 50,000 years.


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Thursday, 22 June

10:26

Four Uranium Mines approved in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone

Yesterday we heard the disgraceful news of a serious broken promise by WA Labor to allow the four uranium projects in WA to proceed Yeelirrie, Wiluna, Mulga Rock and Kintyre.  This terrible decision is a betrayal of the many people, communities, Traditional Owners, trade unions, churches, and environment groups who placed their faith in Labor to keep WA uranium free.

KEEP WA URANIUM FREE SNAP ACTION
Join us next Thursday 29 June at 8am Parliament House, Perth
Facebook event site  PLEASE INVITE & SHARE:
We have kept the uranium in the ground for this long and we will continue to stand in solidarity with Traditional Owners and communities to keep Western Australia nuclear free.  Join us next Thursday 29 June at 8am Parliament House, Perth for an KEEP WA URANIUM FREE SNAP ACTION.

The McGowan Government may think it is OK to let some of the worst decisions in the states history stand, but communities, environment groups, workers and Traditional Owners certainly wont be backing down in our fight to prevent this bad decision turning into a series of toxic and polluting uranium mines.

Keep the pressure on the Labor Government to stop uranium mining. Its up to us to stop four uranium mine projects that currently threaten special desert environments and cultural heritage sites. SO LETS KEEP ACTIVE NOT RADIOACTIVE!

CAN YOU GIVE AN HOUR OR TWO
This Friday could you come in to CCWA at West Perth and help make phone calls to let people know about the action at Parliament next Thursday..
If you can come in please call K.A 0401 909 332

This is a real defining moment so please continue to ring, email, text your Local Labor member and let them know how you feel.  All contacts can be found here.

Keep sending your selfie to WA Labor!!  Instructions here: http://www.ccwa.org.au/nuclearfreewa

If you havent seen the video from Janice Scott Spinifex woman and her message to Labor ...

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Wednesday, 21 June

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Tuesday, 20 June

18:02

NZ Productivity (via 'Croaking Cassandra')... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


A while ago, I listed Michael Reddell's blog 'Croaking Cassandra' as a good one to follow for critique's of New Zealand's macro economic performance. His has had a few posts on productivity - the measure of wealth produced per unit of effort (normally GDP/hour). The latest presents this graph:



And recall how often we compare our economic indicators to Oz?


GDP phw NZ vs Aus June 17


In layman's terms we are poorer as a nation. The relevance of this to the Maori economy - always pitched as a way to grow the NZ economic pie - is that there is no extra paua's or pipi's for social programmes.

Hard rain's gonna fall.


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Thursday, 15 June

15:29

Call out information about the Stand Up 2017 event 10 years too long "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

10 years of intervention 10 years too long.
Stand Up Conference happening this weekend at the Pioneer Shed in Alice Springs MBANTUA stay tuned and come along. programme available here.

Elaine Peckham and Doreen Carroll invite people to the upcoming Intervention meeting Standing Up Standing  Strong, from June 23 26 2017. see home page for programme.

 

Barb talks about the upcoming 10 years too long Intervention meeting June 23 -26:

https://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/barb-audio.mp3

 

                        

PROGRAMME: STANDUP2017:  23 26 JUNE 2017

FRIDAY night 23rd June

Panel of people directly affected

SATURDAY 24th June

9-10: smoking/ welcome

10-11: panel: community councils, housing

11-1 workshops

a. community governance how do we bring back control? Ngarla Kunoth-Monks (Alekerre First Nation Cultural Trust, Utopia)

b.housing what do we need and how do we get it? -Barb Shaw and Matthew Ryan (NT Aboriginal Housing)

1-2 lunch

2-3 panel: Income Management, Education

3-5 workshops

a. income management how do we want to manage our money? Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens)

b. education bringing back culture TBC

SUNDAY 25th June

9-10 panel: jobs/ justice

10-12 workshops

a. jobs how do we protect our rights? -Celeste Liddle (NTEU) (blog: Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist)

b. prisons too many in jail how do we work towards justice? -Dylan Voller, Vickie Roach

12-1 lunch

1-2 panel: Stolen generations/ Treaty

2-4 workshops

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Wednesday, 14 June

16:12

Native Title law now tainted by Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE
14 June 2017

Traditional Owners slam passage of Native Title amendments

Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed coal mine have expressed profound disappointment at the passage of Attorney General Brandis amendments to the Native Title Act, stressing that while Mabos legacy has been diminished they will continue to fight for their rights.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, Adanis problems with the Wangan and Jagalingou people are not solved this week. The trial to decide the fate of Adanis supposed deal with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners is scheduled for the Federal Court in March 2018.

Our people are the last line of legal defence against this mine and its corrosive impact on our rights, and the destruction of country that would occur.

Senator Brandis has been disingenuous in prosecuting his argument for these changes to native title laws, while the hands of native title bureaucrats and the mining lobby are all over the outcome.

This swift overturning of a Federal Court decision, without adequate consultation with Indigenous people, was a significant move, not a mere technical consideration as the Turnbull Government has tried to make out.

It is appalling and false for George Brandis to pretend that by holding a workshop with the CEOs of the native title service bodies,...

08:32

Keep Western Australia nuclear free "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone

The Walkatjurra Walkabout for this year is now full  If you still want to come you will have to arrange your own transport out  Or register here to go on our waiting list and if a spare spot comes up we will let you know.

As we wait patiently for the Labor Party to make their decision on uranium mining in Western Australia lots of people are sending messages and selfies to the labor party encouraging them to make the right decision and implement a ban on uranium mining.

Join Janice and individuals across WA and send your own photo message to the new Government!

Janices call to action could not be clearer: Lets stand strong against uranium mining. This thing can only be stopped if we all come together and stand strong against it. 

A lot of people put a lot of hope in WA Labor and their position against uranium mining before the recent election Traditional Owners, unionists, pastoralists, scientists, workers, and communities all strongly supported the policy to keep WAs uranium in the ground.

Janice Scott is a powerful voices for the Spinifex people who are fighting to protect their country from uranium mining. The Spinifex people settled in WA at Cundeelee station in the 1950s as refugees from the Maralinga British Atomic weapons test in SA. They have lived and practiced law and culture in the area around Mulga Rock since then. They know the stories for that country and have used those areas for generations. Janice and her family and other Spinifex people love that country like it is their own, they have looked after it and are worried that the nuclear cycle threatens their home again.

 

We look forward to seeing a lot of you out on the Walkatjurra Walkabout this year

 

 


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Tuesday, 13 June

05:17

Native Title Bill fails us: Traditional Owners say Adani fight continues "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE 13 June 2017

Native Title Bill fails us: Traditional Owners say Adani fight continues

Canberra, Australia. Traditional Owners fighting the Adani mine say passage of the Native Title Bill through the Senate today will be a further erosion of Mabos legacy, with Aboriginal law and custom and the property rights of Traditional Owners being trumped by the interests of miners and the native title bureaucracy.

Adani does not have the consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people for its mine. The W&J claim group have three times rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani since December 2012.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says Adanis problems with the Wangan and Jagalingou people will not be solved this week. We maintain our resistance and Adani will still have to contend with us. Adani is going nowhere fast they dont have money to fund their mine of mass destruction and they dont have our consent.

The trial to decide the fate of Adanis supposed deal with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners is scheduled for the Federal Court in March 2018, as confirmed by one of Australias leading native title lawyers Tony McAvoy SC. This will proceed no matter what happens to these native title changes.  

We have asked Labor to reconsider its position and for the Cross Benchers not to vote for the bill.

Nothing has changed since the Bill was last rejected in the Senate in May, with no deeper or broader consultation with Indigenous communities around the country.

It is clear from recent polling that Aboriginal people have not been informed about these changes or consented to them. The majority do not support the passage of the bill, Mr Burragubba said.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Ms Murrawah Johnson, says The Bill abandons a principled commitment by the Parliament to Indigenous peoples rights. The major parties have jumped to the beat of the mining lobby and their backers in the native title services sector.

Settling native title amendments has become synonymous with looking after Adanis interests, not about good law-making for Indigenous people.

Adani want the major parties to enable them to take away our rights to say no, to mount legal challenges and resist their destruction of our lands and wate...

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Tuesday, 09 January

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ALERT! - TELL OHA YOU SUPPORT HR.3744















EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY

HR 3744 - The Tribal Recognition Act -


If passed in the US Congress, HR 3744 would remove both the Executive Branch and by extension the US Department of Interiors authority to recognize and therefore create a Native Hawaiian Tribe.


HR 3744, if passed, would require AN ACT OF THE ENTIRE US CONGRESS for any acknowledgement of a tribe should Robin Danner of the SCHHA and Michelle Kauhane of the CNHA attempt a government-to-government relationship with the US.


The administration of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is recommending to the OHA trustees they vote to officially OPPOSE HR 3744.


HR 3744 will be on the agenda as "115th Congress Legislative Positioning Matrix 1" at tomorrows OHA BAE Committee meeting at 1 PM at OHA headquarters....

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ONIPA`A KAKOU - 
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Open Letter to the Hawaiian Community -

On January 17, 2018, we are embarking on a most ambitious venture - unity.

Unity does not mean that we need to all be of one mind. We will never achieve that, let us recognize that now. Yet, let us say that we believe we agree in our aloha for our culture and our history. Let us agree in the need for a better future for our children. Let us agree that our homeland needs to be protected.

Let us start with all the things we do agree upon; our differences can wait until tomorrow.

On December 20, 2017, I was asked by Uncle Walter Ritte, who I have worked with for many years, to assist in the coordination of the activities taking place in commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

The purpose of coordinating activities was 1) to ensure the safety of all participants, 2) encourage the various groups planning activities for the day were wor...

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Thursday, 08 June

09:31

Traditional Owners fighting Adani mine query Labors support for Native Title Bill "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE
8 June 2017

Responding to reports that Labor has come to an agreement with the Turnbull government which will see passage of the contentious Native Title Bill in the Senate next week, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis mine are calling on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to outline what consultation has occurred with Indigenous people which makes his party satisfied the Bill should now become law.

Shadow Minister Assisting for Resources, Mr Tim Hammond, is reported to have told a Perth resources conference today there was now a settled position with the Government and that the Opposition envisaged the bill would be passed next week.

Senior spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says Labor made a bunch of noise about the failure of the Attorney General to conduct proper grassroots consultation with Aboriginal people on these important changes to native title laws.

People deserve to hear from Labor what, if anything, has changed since mid May when it refused to vote for Adanis Native Title Bill because consultation had been so shabby and amendments were all over the shop.

Until Labor has been provided with evidence by the Turnbull government of appropriate consultation, and the Senate has seen the Bill as proposed, it should refuse to back it, Mr Burragubba said.

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Shannan's Story "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

My family has been fighting for the rights of the First Peoples for decades. My Uncle Paddy who last year became a Senator for WA in the Australian Parliament, and my Dad who was the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, have taught me to always stand up for what you believe in. Im proud to have grown up with that, and am trying to contribute my bit to creating a better future for our mob.

Thats why I joined the ANTaR board 3 years ago. It reminds me that we have many good people standing with us in our struggle for justice, rights and respect. I share and want to contribute to realising ANTaRs vision of a better country, and better outcomes for our people.

Since its formation, our mob has had ANTaR standing with us every step of the way, in struggle after struggle: Native Title, Reconciliation, Closing the Gap, Changing the incarceration record, Deaths in Custody, the Apology, the Bridge Walks, community closures in Western Australia, fighting racism, and many more issues. Theyve done so respectfully, often working in the background and supporting our voice. But theyre there.

Justice, rights and respect for our mob is difficult, long term work, requiring sustained effort over years. And it needs the goodwill of people like you, to continue to stand with the movement, taking action when called upon, and supporting our work financially when you can.

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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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"Honolulu Tool Library - A Visit With Elia Bruno"

Theres actually a place where you can check out tools instead of books? we asked when we first heard about the Honolulu Tool Library. Naturally we had to see it for ourselves and thats how we met HNL Tool Library founder and director Elia Bruno. He showed us the library and explained its based on a simple and yet powerful concept - why buy when you can borrow? Join us in our amazing visit with Elia at the HNL Tool Library and you too will see why the more we share, the more we have - Watch It Here
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Friday, 05 January

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ONIPA`A PEACE MARCH - JANUARY 17TH


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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

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"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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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

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: The 15 Invaluable Principles of Personal Growth  with David Kahu Kapaku 1-11-18 appeared first on Akaku.

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FREE HAWAI`I TV
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"WHAT HAPPENS TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY?"

When Was The Darkest Day In Hawai`is History?

Do You Know What Happened On That Day?

Why Will It Be Publicly Observed Two Weeks From Today?

Watch This As We Explain What It Is & Why People Will Be Gathering To Remember The Past & Find The Way Forward.


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


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2017 - A BANNER YEAR & MUCH PROGRESS

 

 



















The 174th anniversaries of the national holidays L Hoihoi E and L Kokoa were widely and more intently celebrated throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The events reminded us of the sovereign and equal status attained by the Hawaiian Kingdom among the great powers of the earth.

The celebrations of the life of Queen Lili`uokalani her 179th birthday in September and the 100th year since her passing in November both served to emphasize her grace, wisdom and courage, making all the more heinous, the hewa committed against her and the people of her Kingdom. The wrongful taking is coming more into focus to a broader audience and with it, better understanding of the need to Free Hawai`i.

The K`e intensified with actions against the TMT project on Mauna Kea and the solar telescope on Haleakal; with high profile questions over land titles (particularly on Kaua`i with issues involving Zuckerberg, Wainiha, Coco Palms); with uncovering judicial abuse of Hawaiian nationals (such as the wrongful detention of Robert Warren Jr.); and so forth.

And social media was ablaze with alerts, calls to action, information and discussions, getting people more maa to our condition and more committed to making things pono.

Meanwhile, significant progress was made in arenas not so visible such as in international legal and diplomatic venues.

2018 Will Be Even Better! A Year Of Breakthroughs

 
January 17 is the 125th anniversary...

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Tuesday, 02 January

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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

22:18

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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

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HONOLULU TOOL LIBRARY ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Honolulu Tool Library - A Visit With Elia Bruno"

Theres actually a place where you can check out tools instead of books? we asked when we first heard about the Honolulu Tool Library. Naturally we had to see it for ourselves and thats how we met HNL Tool Library founder and director Elia Bruno. He showed us the library and explained its based on a simple and yet powerful concept - why buy when you can borrow? Join us in our amazing visit with Elia at the HNL Tool Library and you too will see why the more we share, the more we have - Watch It Here

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16:44

Resolution 294-34 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"




Tinestigu put Resolusion 294-34
November 22, 2017
Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Buenas yan Hfa Adai, mansendot yan mansendores guini gi este na gefpgo na hani, piot hgu Senadot San Nicolas. I nan-hu si Michael Lujan Bevacqua. Profesot yu gi Programan Inestudion Chamorro gi Unibetsedat Guhan yan gehilo yu para i inetnon kumunidt Independent Guhan. Lao guini pgo gi menan-miyu ti hu kuentusisiyi ayu siha. Tumestitigu yu guini pgo komo un Chamorro yan taotao Guhan.

Hu agrdesi i oppotunidt para bai hu fatachong guini pgo ya bai hu sangni hamyo ni didide ginen i hinasso-ku put este na resolusion yan i meggai asunto ni pinapacha.  

Put resolusion 294-34, ti hu sapopotte gui. Ya para bai hu naklru i pusision-hu put este na asunto gi este kuatro na punto:
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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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HAS THE ILLEGAL US OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I WORKED?



Like many incidents in courtrooms where a situation erupts suddenly into a physical struggle, an interruption at Fridays session of the trial to decide whether Native Hawaiians who have occupied the Coco Palms Resort property in Wailua should be thrown off the land arose suddenly.

During the morning session, in which the legendary Coco Palms performer Larry Rivers was being asked a seemingly endless series of questions completely unrelated to the case, the courtroom audience grew restless.

First, Punohu Kekaualua, of Wailua, made a remark out loud questioning the judges authority, for which he was ejected and his cell phone confiscated. His mother, 70-year-old Debra Kekaualua, of Anahola, came to his verbal defense and she, too, was ejected.

A half hour or so later, when court reconvened after a recess, Punohu Kekaualua got into an argument with a court bailiff about whether he had been thrown out of court for the entire days session. Court personnel checked with Judge Michael Soong, who told them both Kekaualuas were banished all day.

But Debra Kekaualua had different ideas. She spoke up, objecting loudly to her son being thrown out of court. Bailiff Lee Jeal decided he had heard and seen enough. He ordered all spectators to leave the courtroom. But before people could reach the doorway, he walked into the back corner of the very last bench, where Debra Kekaualua was sitting.

As she continued her verbal protest, Jeal picked her up and, as she struggled, carried her a few feet and then appeared to drop her back onto the bench. Things got really ugly after that.
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Friday, 29 December

23:47

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AN ALOHA WAY OF LIFE























John Butch Kekahu - Founder Of The Koani Foundation

By Joan Conrow - 2003 

Not long ago, I heard a man talking on the radio about his frequent visits to Kaua`i. It seems he comes often, seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, and each visit fully infuses him with the aloha spirit. But within three weeks of returning to California, the loving feelings vanish, requiring him to return to the islands for a fresh dose of aloha.

His comments got me thinking about aloha, a word that evokes immediate association with the Hawaiian Islands, while conjuring up idyllic images about love as it might be experienced in a tropical paradise.

Throughout my years of living in Hawai`i, Ive heard the word used a lot, often in a shallow context. But it was John Butch Ka`apuiki Kekahu III, who helped me understand that aloha isnt merely a word or a concept, but a way of life.

Butch and I met more than a decade ago in Anahola, a rural community with mountain peaks striking enough to warrant a scenic lookout and a large population of native Hawaiians. Most of them, like Butch, ende...

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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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Kantyi Gui' "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

It has been two weeks of non-stop Chamorro Christmas songs in my classes, all in preparation for tonight's Puengen Minagof Nochebuena at UOG. One of the toughest songs we've been tackling is "Annai i Nio" also known as "Kantyi gui'." In honor of December being the season not just for Christmas but also Star Wars, I always tease my students using the equivalent of dumb Chamorro Star Wars dad jokes. After struggling through the difficult tune for the verses, whenever the students come in strong for the chorus and sing loudly "Kantyi gui'!" I respond, "Maolek! The Kantyi is strong with this one." As a back up, in case they aren't cringing to death already, I might throw in "ti este na Kantyi ta espipiha" or "This is not the kantyi we are looking for."

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Annai i Nio minida as Maria

(When Mary clothed the infant)

Ya nina sson gi hilo ngsan

(and made Him lie on the straw)

Kinantye gue man mames na knta

(She sang Him sweet songs)

Para u mffong gue gi maigo-a.

(to make Him sleep soundly.)


Kantye gue sa kumekekasao

(Sing to Him, because He is about to cry)

Kantye gue para u nina maigo.

(Sing to Him, so that He can be put to sleep.)

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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....

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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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HAWAI`I NEWS NOW - STATE BLOCKS CNN STORY ABOUT WAI`ANAE HOUSELESS

Hawaii News Now - December 22, 2017

The leader of Waianae's largest homeless village was hoping a film production crew working on a show for CNN would help tell their story to the world  until the crew's application for a one-day filming permit was denied by the state.

"They were going to bring more awareness to see if we can get more help out there, like sponsors and what not," said Twinkle Borge, the leader of Puuhonua O Waianae.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources objected to the film crew giving the Waianae homeless camp national publicity, saying the following in a statement:

"Bringing attention to this area on a national level has the possibility of suggesting that the State is okay with the current human occupation on this property, and while we continue to be in discussions with various parties about this property and its future use, at the moment we are not interested in the possibility of people living there being inaccurately or inappropriately portrayed to a national television audience."
Borge feels the censorship is part of an effort to force the camp to close.

"I was kind of angry when they told me they got denied," Borge said. "We have been here this long and all of a sudden it's a problem and you want to take it from us? Shame on you."

The state also claimed that the 16-person film crew would have had an impact on opae'ula, a protected species of tiny red shrimp which live...

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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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Wednesday, 27 December

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Tuesday, 26 December

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SANTA BRINGS GIFTS TO WAI`ANAE HOUSELESS

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - December 26, 2017

A single act of kindness was all that was needed to lift the spirits of hundreds of homeless keiki and their families on the Wai`anae Coast who were visited on Christmas by a Hawaiian Santa bearing gifts, toiletries and other basic necessities.

Valoha Giving Movement, a nonprofit that collected 4,000 donated toys this season, provided gifts to families including 36 people living at Cedar Farms in Wai`anae, a drug-free safe zone for people who are down on their luck, most of whom live in tents on a dirt road on the property for $25 per month per adult. The group shares a single portable toilet and makeshift portable shower that they put up and take down every day.

Im happy, said 12-year-old Cedar Farms resident Ronsen Moniz, whose bounty included a scooter, shoes and backpack from donors. In return, he used a gift card he received as a present to buy his mother, Jojo Thornton, a necklace and pendant for Christmas.

That is the hope for Valoha, the nonprofit started two years ago by Christina Bush after losing her job, going into depression and then finding an opportunity to spread aloha to those in need.

The group has since grown to 9,000 volunteers, many of whom helped deliver gifts this holiday season.

Besides Wai`anae, Valoha distributed gifts to Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Kalihi and Barbers Point.

Ive never seen so many needy kids in my life, said volunteer Michael Ferreira. All year long theyve lost hope. This gives them hope. It teaches them, too, how to give so that when they get older they learn to give back.

Cedar Farms resident Stacia Martin says the help is much appreciated, especially during this time of year.

Majority of us work. Were trying with whatever job we have. Most of the time our job is not enough to cover rentals out there nowadays because its so high, she said. 


Honestly, when they do come its the time that we actually need em. Were short on money already. Even though we live in tents, we still get bills we got to pay. It makes our day happier knowing that someone out there cares for us and actually recognizes that we are up here, too.

Thornton, 39, who has eight children ranging in age from 12 to 25, has been living at the farm for m...

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Monday, 25 December

22:34

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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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03:52

A Year of Great Columns "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


For all of the damage that Donald Trump can do, he definitely helps bring about exciting renewals and rediscoveries as well. Much has been made of the competition between major newspapers for "scoops," but I would also like to mention how Trump's behavior and his regular, often mindless assaults on the norms of governance, provide great fodder for columnists and editorial boards as well. I've pasted below an editorial from the editorial board for USA Today. I never thought I would ever save an editorial from that newspaper, but with Trump's behavior, even they ended up making an articulate and impassioned case against his behavior.

One of the downsides to a year of Trumpsanity, is that the news is constantly happening and evolving, whether through strategy, stupidity or insanity, and there just isn't enough time or energy to write about it or comment on it. That is one thing I've found about this blog for instance, is that I would frequently find myself glued to cable news or hypnotized by my social media feed, it would be hard to carve out time between my visits to the Special Counsel Oracle to write up my thoughts.

Let's hope I can find more time for that in the coming year. But in the meantime, here are some columns I enjoyed from the past year of Trumpcraziness.

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The Hijacked American Presidency
by Charles Blow
July 3, 2017
New York Times

Every now and then we are going to have to do this: Step back from the daily onslaughts of insanity emanating from Donald Trumps parasitic presidency and remind ourselves of the obscenity of it all, registering its magnitude in its full, devastating truth.

There is something insidious and corrosive about trying to evaluate the severity of every offense, trying to give each an individual grade on the scale of absurdity. Trump himself is the offense. Everything that springs from him, every person who supports him, every staffer who shields him, every legislator who defends him, is an offense. Every partisan who uses him against all he or she has ever claimed to champion to advance a...

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Sunday, 24 December

22:55

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PRISON PROBLEMS ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Prisons In Paradise - A Visit With Kat Brady"

With Hawai`i being famous for aloha, is there aloha inside Hawai`is prison system? Should people who are doing time for a crime really deserve any aloha at all? We asked Kat Brady, co-ordinator of the Community Alliance on Prisons that and many other questions about what its like to be a prisoner in Hawai`i. Join us in our fascinating visit with Kat as she explains the real reasons why so many Hawaiians end up incarcerated and shows us solutions that could safely and significantly reduce Hawai`is prison population - Watch It Here
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Saturday, 23 December

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Friday, 22 December

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SIGN THE PALAU PLEDGE - 
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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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Thursday, 21 December

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WATCH THIS PALAU PLEDGE VIDEO


Palau Is The Worlds First Nation To Only Issue Entry Visas To Tourists Who Sign An Eco-Pledge.

See Why The Children Of Palau Have Written A Pledge Every Visitor To Their Home Must Take.

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Wednesday, 20 December

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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...

03:56

Ayuda i Maain-ta "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"



Independent Guhan organizes Ayuda i Maain-ta, an event to celebrate our elders and assist them in their war claims applications

For Immediate Release, November 30, 2017
Each December 8th, Guam commemorates the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Guam that dragged the island into World War II. Earlier this year, after more than seven decades, the US Congress has passed a law providing reparations for Chamorro survivors of the Japanese occupation. While this law is problematic in many ways, it still represents a chance for our manmko to receive some compensation for what they suffered and help give closure to this violent period of Guams history.

This December 8th, Independent Guhan is organizing Ayuda i Maain-ta an event designed to assist our elders in the completion of their compensation application and a ce...

03:50

Adventures of Akli'e' Book Launch "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


Local children's book launches tomorrow
by Andrew Roberto
The Guam Daily Post
December 15, 2017

Local author and activist Michael Lujan Bevacqua, through his publishing group The Guam Bus, hopes his latest project can get young and old readers alike to think more profoundly about Guam's culture.

Titled "The Adventures of Akli'e'," the new bilingual project is one book made up of two stories: In the first story, the titular character spends a day with his great-grandfather, a master blacksmith, and imagines what it would be like to use the tools his great-grandfather forges every day. In the second story, the young Akli'e' listens to his great-grandmother's tales of CHamoru history and legend, bringing the stories to life in his imagination.

Bevacqua said he took inspiration for the tales from his own life. The main character is named after his son, and his own grandfather is master blacksmith Joaquin Flores Lujan. Bevacqua said, growing up, he often spent time listening to the stories of his grandmother. The book project came about as a way to invigorate the way CHamorus approach their culture.

"When me and my brothers were young, there was one CHamoru children's book in the house," Bevacqua said. "There wasn't much to really look at and think, 'Man, so this is where I come from, these are my roots.' There's nothing to look at and think, 'Man this is kind of exciting, the culture that I come from is cool.'"

Bevacqua and his brother Jack Bevacqua, an illustrator, hope that "The Adventures of Akli'e'" changes that.

"The goal is to give them something which connects enough to the world around us in a creative, sometimes funny way, but also gets them to think about certain things," the author said.

The "certain things" Bevacqua mentioned include problematic areas of CHamoru identity, as well as Guam's relationship with the United States.

'Difficult and complicated things'

"A children's book doesn't have to avoid difficult and complicated things," Michael Bevacqua said, adding that this isn't going to be a politically centered story. "You want to make it critical, but you don't want to make it so critical that people say that this is an activist book."

Instead, the author hopes the book opens up a space for children and parents to start having conversations about what happens on Guam every day.

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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...

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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.
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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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Thursday, 30 November

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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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Sunday, 19 November

04:33

Adventures in Chamorro #4 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

On Facebook I have a regular informal series titled "Adventures in Chamorro." It ranges from stories of speaking Chamorro with my kids, protests, decolonization activism and also teaching Chamorro at UOG. I have not been on a hike in quite a while and so here are two stories dealing with hiking and my students at UOG.

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Adventures in Chamorro #234: For my Chamorro language classes I often have them write up some simple love poetry. I normally begin those assignments by talking about most elderly Chamorros refer to as traditional Chamorro courtship rituals. As Spanish Catholic influence made it very difficult for young unmarried men and women to interact with each other romantically, so much of the courtship happened in secret or through intermediaries known as "chule'guagua'" or "basket carriers." It was a time of early-morning meetings down by the riverbank, sneaking away to the blindspots behind churches or nights filled with young men, prowling around homes hoping to get the attention of their beloveds sleeping within. Sometimes these stories ended with the families approving the union, sometimes they did not. Students usually remark how different things are today, although one or two makes a connection with the "drama" in relationships today, joking that we still find Chamorro men lurking around homes, although usually for ekgo' related reasons. Here is one of my favorite poems by a student writing in that theme.

Gaige hao gi fion-a pgo
Humhanao mona gi kareran-miyu
Lao gagaige ha hao gi halom i korason-hu
Hu guaiya hao
Lao mabokbok i ante-ku
Annai un yute yu
Gagaige ha hao gi halom i hinasso-ku
Yan gaige yu pgo gi hiyong i gima-mu

Adventures in Chamorro #207: I recently took my Chamorro classes on a hike to Pgat. For those who couldn't make it, they could be excused if they wrote, in Chamorro, a poem or a reflection paper on the beauty or the importance of the location. Here is an example of a poem which was started by a CM101 student, and then when I shared with with a CM102 student, he added in some extra, humorous details.

Hu hungok na gof bonito i sengsong Pgat.
Ti sia humnao yu para Pgat samachochocho yu.
Bula anti...

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Saturday, 18 November

17:24

On Assignment "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

When I am writing or working, I like to have MSNBC playing in the background. Although definitely not on weekends, as I don't find their barrage of prison reality TV shows very appealing. On weekends I watch clips on Youtube and recently they started a new show with longtime foreign affairs and war correspondent Richard Engel called On Assignment with Richard Engel. 

I've enjoyed the first few pieces released on Youtube on his show. They've both been critical of Trump and talked about the international dimensions to his business connections. This is one of the things that makes Trump different from previous Presidents, even those who were also wealthy, his international business empire that he is absolutely using the powers and privileges of the off to enrich and enhance. Here's a few of the clips from On Assignment:

 

17:12

17:08

ChaNoWriMo 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

This November I am once again participating in ChaNoWriMo or as its known elsewhere as NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month or Chamorro Novel Writing Month. This means that this blog sadly will not be receiving much attention. During this month, the challenge is to write 50,000 words of your novel.

For me, I am continuing my long-standing story titled "The Legend of the Chamurai." I first started it in 2011 and I've been writing parts of it every November since then.

The story so far has spanned over 500 years and a host of characters. It has spanned from the world of the dead, to Okinawa and Taiwan, to the Caroline Islands and to the northern islands of the Marianas. At present, I am writing sections of a great challenge that involves a unique or mysterious task on each of the Marianas Islands. Three champions sailing up the island chain, fighting monsters or finding artifacts on each island. Very fun, getting to use different aspects of the islands to come up with interesting tasks or labors.

Despensa yu' ta'lo.

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

18:44

Oh Catalonia! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

It is common in Guam to feel very alone in terms of decolonization.

History books and political commentators tend to argue that the age of decolonization is over.

It happened in the 1960s or 1970s, and that those who remain colonized missed the boat.

They missed the decolonial sakman and are therefore stuck, in whatever political status they have.

It is an intriguing way of justifying the status quo.

A way of arguing that the current world order or framework isn't simply something that has happened.

But rather the end.

Teleological or evolutionary, but ultimately that an apex is reached and there can't be any further reconfiguration of power or reality. 

In the 1980s this notion was called "The End of History" after Francis Fukuyama.

It wasn't real or true, but it felt authentic, in the same way each epoch achieves a certain character or feeling of self-realization.

We have seen History continue marching on.

And those who still have claims from the most recent periods of mass human exploitation are still fighting for them, even if they might not seem to have the greatest chances at finding some sort of real justice.

But as the Catalonian drive for independence shows us, there are still many places that don't want to accept the maps drawn around them and with their sovereignty or destiny subsumed within the interests and power of another.

On Guam, it is imperative that we keep track of what is happening in Catalonia.

Whether they are successful or not this time around, they help the cause of decolonization in Guam.

They help draw attention to the grievances of those who are tired of the global order decided against them, and want the lines or labels shifted in small, but significant ways to accommodate their dreams as well.

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Catalan Parliament Declares Independence From Spain
by Sam Edwards and Julien Toyer
Reuters
10/27/17

BARCELONA/MADRID, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The Madrid government sacked Catalonias president and dismissed its parliament on Friday, hours after the r...

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...

05:30

Adios Ojibwa Warrior "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

One of my first introductions to Native American Studies was the book Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and the Rise of the American Indian Movement. I was at that point in graduate school in San Diego, and learning a great deal about different ethnic movements around the United States, and while much of the readings focused on the larger groups in the United States, such as African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans, I was grateful that each course had books or readings that situated Native American struggles and experiences as well. I knew the basic, general history of how Native Americans went from being a diverse array of tribes and peoples, to losing almost all their sovereignty and land to colonial settlers across North America and also Latin American depending on how you want to define the terms. But by reading this book and others by scholars and Native American activists I began to understand more of the structural and historical connections. In Banks' book he talked about cultural and linguistic repression, dispossession and land alienation, difficult experiences with military service, all of which should seem very familiar to Chamorros.

Dennis Banks passed away this week. Below is his obituary from the New York Times. 

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Dennis Banks, American Indian Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 80
by Robert McFadden
October 30, 2017
The New York Times

Dennis J. Banks, the militant Chippewa who founded the American Indian Movement in 1968 and led often-violent insurrections to protest the treatment of Native Americans and the nations history of injustices against its indigenous peoples, died on Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was 80.

His daughter Tashina Banks Rama said the cause was complications of pneumonia following successful open-heart surgery a week ago at the clinic. Mr. Banks lived on the...

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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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Monday, 23 October

19:01

Adventures in Chamorro #3 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Through my Facebook page and this blog,  I often share what I refer to as Adventures in Chamorro. Gof takhilo i lenguahi-ta gi linala-hu. Much of my work is dedicated to the revitalization of the Chamorro language and for my two children, Sumhi and Aklie, from the days they were born I have only spoken to them in Chamorro. As such, in both work and the home, my life is filed with lots of interesting and hysterical Chamorro language moments. These are what I refer to as our Adventures in Chamorro, named for the adventure we take every day trying to talk about the world around us in the Chamorro language. Every couple of months, I would also share some of them in my Guam Daily Post columns. Here are some that I shared in my column published on August 17, 2016.



Adventures in Chamorro #266: The other day Isa (i nobia-hu), the kids and I were walking along the beach and looking up at the moon. It was a crescent moon, which many people translate to "sinahi" today. I prefer the word "chatgualafon" for crescent moon (and several other meanings), but the increasing prominence of sinahi has to do with the renewed use of the symbol in jewelry made from hima (giant clam shell). While gazing up at the crescent moon each of us mused in Chamorro, what it reminded us of. For Isa the moon was "un chinalek," or a smiling mouth. For Sumhi she saw "un ap'ka na galaide'," or a white canoe. For me, it reminded me of "un gasgas na papkes," or a clean fingernail. For Akli'e', the moon reminded him of "un mansna" or "un aga,'" an apple or a banana. We all laughed at him as I said, "Siempre lang hao lahi-hu." (My boy you are definitely hungry)



Adventures in Chamorro #263: We've been playing the horror-action game Resident Evil 6 at the house for the past few weeks. Sumhi and Akli'e' are scared to death of the game, which focuses on fighting and surviving against hordes of zombies. But both enjoy watching me play and struggle, screeching and yelling obscenities in Chamorro. Here's one of our exchanges, during one level when I had reached my fear limit and didn't want to continue on with the level.

Akli'e': Ayugue zombie! Paki gui'! (Theres a zombie! Shoot him!)

Miget: he', mungga yu'. (No, I dont w...

17:07

Takae Village Residents Visit Guam to Share Their Story of Struggle "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Okinawa Activists on Guam to Share Struggles and Support Communitys Request to Halt Construction of Marines Range at Northwest Field 

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE (October 23,2017 Hagta)  A community collective comprised of members of Independent Guhan, Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, the Guhan Coalition for Peace and Justice, Fuetsan Famalaoan and the University of Guams Women and Gender Studies Program are collaborating to host a week-long visit with a group of grassroots activists from Okinawa called No Helipad Takae Resident Society.  


The No Helipad Takae Resident Society is committed to protecting their village, which is the location of the Yanbaru Rainforest, the main source for fresh drinking water in Okinawa and home to thousands of endemic species, many of which are listed as critical or endangered.  In 1957, the U.S. military began using the Northern Training Area in the Yanbaru rainforest as a jungle warfare-training site for U.S. troops.  For two generations, local villagers have struggled with the challenges of living near a sprawling military installation, including the discovery of massive amounts of abandoned ordnance, exposure to Agent Orange, sound pollution, and heavy military traffic.  

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16:45

History within the Chamorro Context "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Rlene Santos Steffy published the article below during the summer as part of her iTintaotao Marianas feature series in The Guam Daily Post. I was honored to be included amongst so many other older and more esteemed activist and scholars. I conducted several long interviews with Rlene, some focusing on history and others on political status. I was surprised by her chosen route for this article, focusing on my learning the Chamorro language and my relationship to my grandparents. I was surprised, but not disappointed. The quote that she used at the start of the article is very much what I continue to feel about my Chamorro identity. Namely that if not for my grandparents, I wouldn't have much of a Chamorro identity and probably wouldn't speak Chamorro or care as much about the fate of the Chamorro people.

Reading this article made me sen mahlang for my grandparents. I miss them every day, everytime I use the Chamorro language. Kada fumino' Chamorro nina'siente yu' triniste put i tinaiguen-iha. Lao bei hu sungon ha' i piniti, sa' guaguaha meggai para bai hu cho'gue. Ma irensiyi yu' ni' este na guinaiya para i tinaotao-ta.

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Michael Lujan Bevacqua: History within the CHamoru context
by Rlene Santos Steffy
The Guam Daily Post
June 5, 2017

"Any sort of CHamoru feelings of consciousness or identity that I have, it comes from my grandparents." - Michael Lujan Bevacqua

Editor's note: This the 12th in Rlene Steffy's iTinaotao Marianas feature.

He wears a mustache and a full beard, his long, curly hair pulled back into a bun or ponytail most of the time. He dresses in a T-shirt, shorts and Birkenstock sandals all the time, and that includes to work. In fact, that's what attracted him to be a professor at the University of Guam modeled after a former professor who dressed that way to teach his class. Michael? That's right, he's the activist who talks about nothing except decolonization and independence for Guam  Michael Lujan Bevacqua.
However, there is something that he also speaks to and that's history in the sense that it brings light on how souls lived and how you can appreciate the past through speaking CHamoru.

"Any sort of CHa...

16:20

UN Report Back "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Independent Guhan to host United Nations Report Back Event, Provide Updates on Recent Historic Trip

For Immediate Release, October 23, 2017 Independent Guhan is hosting a Report Back on October 26 from 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. at the University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration Room 131. At the forum, a group of delegates, who recently traveled to the United Nations in New York, will provide updates on their testimonies and meetings concerning Guams decolonization.

Independent Guhan organized a group of twelve members and volunteers, who petitioned the UN Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee) at their annual meeting to discuss the situation in Guam. This trip was especially historic, because the Commission on Decolonization also sent a strong delegation Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Vice Speaker Therese Terlaje, Senator Telena Nelson and Dr. LisaLinda Natividad all testified before the 4th Committee. Senator Fernando Esteves attended the 4th Committee meeting and joined both Commission and Independent Guhan members in several days of meetings with ambassadors and representatives from a dozen independent nations and other non self-governing territories.

Independent Guhan organized presentations about Guam at several universities in the area including Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University and Barnard College, where both members of Independent Guhan and the Commission on Decolonization were able to talk with diverse groups of students and professors about Guams quest for decolonization.

Both IG and Commission members will share their experiences in New York at the Report Back. A short video documenting the trip will also be shown and a complimentary compilation of the testimonies delivered at the UN will be disseminated at the event. Independent Guhans involvement in this trip to the UN trip was made possible through generous donatio...

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Sunday, 22 October

19:59

My Testimony Before the UN Fourth Committee "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


Testimony to the Fourth Committee of the United Nations
From Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Ph.D.
Co-Chairperson, Independence for Guam Task Force
October 3, 2017

Buenas yan hfa adai todus hamyo koloa si Magataotao Rafael Ramirez Carreo i gehilo para i kumuiten MinaKutro, gi este na gefpgo na hani. Magof hu na gaige yu guini pgo para bai hu kuentusi hamyo yan kuentusiyi i taotao Guhan put i halacha na sinisedi gi islan-mmi. (Hello to all of you on this beautiful day. I am grateful to be here now so that I can speak to you, in particular H.E. Rafael Ramire...

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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

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Monday, 16 October

22:36

Storytelling as a Marketing Tool with Shaggy Jenkins 10/19/17 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Since cavemen painted on walls, storytelling has been one of the most unifying elements of mankind central to human existence and taking place in every known culture in the world. Its how we learn, instill morals and values, and connect with one another which makes it a powerful psychological tool when it comes to your

The post Storytelling as a Marketing Tool with Shaggy Jenkins 10/19/17 appeared first on Akaku.

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Saturday, 14 October

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Thursday, 12 October

10:28

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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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Wednesday, 11 October

19:49

Statues Along the Slippery Slope "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Department of the Interior is the closest thing the US has to an explicitly colonial office. It is an office that overseas Native American tribes, the insular territories and also has obligations to deal with the freely associated states in Micronesia. It is for this reason probably the most interesting and exceptional place within the entirety of the US federal government. But this mandate is its least important function and one that matters very little in terms of general US interests or imagining. Overall its role in terms of managing national parks and providing oversight to resource extraction is far more visible. It is for this reason that in the general debate that is taking place within the US over Confederate monuments and attempts to whitewash and minimize racist and immoral parts of America's past, the Department of Interior enters the debate, not in terms of the Confederacy itself, but the way that certain heroes of American history, also participated in projects of Native American genocide. The Secretary of the Interior under Trump weighed in on the issue saying that taking down Confederate monuments on behalf of African Americans and their sense of justice, would then lead to Native Americans undertaking similar attempts. What the Secretary doesn't seem to understand, be aware of, or care about, is that Native Americans have been doing that for decades.

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Trump's Interior Head: If We Take Down Confederate Statues, American Indians Will Complain Next
by Chris D'Angelo and Dana Liebelson
Huffington Post
10/10/17

WASHINGTON Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that if Confederate monuments are taken down, theres no telling how far America might go Native Americans could call for the removal of statues commemorating leaders who orchestrated violence against their ancestors. 
Where do you start and where do you stop? Zinke asked in an ...

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Tuesday, 10 October

23:01

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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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Friday, 06 October

19:31

Getting Old Aint for Everyone Reverend Bodhi Be 10/12/17 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Bodhi Be is the Executive Director of Doorway Into Light, a 501c3 non-profit organization on Maui. He is a funeral director, end-of-life and bereavement counselor, hospice volunteer, teacher and trainer of death midwifery and a ceremonial guide. He also hosts Death Tracks on KAKU 88.5FM Tuesdays at 3:00pm. Bodhi will be discussing the challenges, issues

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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"

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/Elephanti.jpg

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

21:21

21:07

Akaku Upstairs Presents: A Screening of the Award Winning Movie Get A Job! Directed by Brian Kohne "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Our Salon Series continuesThursday, October 5, 2017 from 6pm 8pm Come join us for the award winning movie screening of Get A Job! Its a comedy directed by Brian Kohne filmed on Maui in 2011. It captures the heart and spirit of life on the island while setting a retro feel of slapstick comedy

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: A Screening of the Award Winning Movie Get A Job! Directed by Brian Kohne appeared first on Akaku.

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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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Tuesday, 19 September

02:06

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Google Drive 101: How the Cloud Can Work for You! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Please join us for our 2nd Workshop at Akaku Upstairs! September 28, 2017 from 6pm 8pm   This workshop is designed as an overview of the POWER of the Cloud using Google Drive. Most small business owners use this platform to apply the wealth of opportunities it provides. All you need is a Gmail

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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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Tuesday, 12 September

09:52

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Tuesday, 05 September

10:11

A Great Walk this year with lots of support to Stop the Yeelirrie Uranium Mine "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi everyone and sorry for not many updates coming from the walk this year, but its been really busy and exciting and we will post some more updates over the next week..
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Massive thanks to Aunty Lizzy, Aunty Shirley and Vicky who led the Walkatjurra Walkabout through Country this year. The three of them are local Traditional Owners and are the ones participating in the Supreme court action launched together with the CCWA and the EDO to stop the Yeelirrie mine from going ahead.

There is a lot of support for this action against the previous Governments decision to approve Yeelirrie and now with the Court date set for the 14th of November we really need your help to get the funds together..

Please donate to the crowdfunding for court case

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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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Wednesday, 30 August

03:18

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Secrets to Living Past 100 with The BLUE ZONES PROJECT "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He has discovered the six places in the world dubbed Blue Zones where people live the longest, and are healthiest. The central Maui communities of Kahului and Wailuku have been chosen sites for the Blue Zones Project. This project offers

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: Secrets to Living Past 100 with The BLUE ZONES PROJECT appeared first on Akaku.

03:04

Akaku Upstairs Workshop: Facebook Profile Privacy and Tips for Best Use with Danielle Miller "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Danielle Miller is Mauis marketing coach and founder of Miller Media Management. Akaku Upstairs is  proud to have her host our first Salon Series Workshop. Danielle specializes in marketing businesses, products, and services on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Many businesses on Maui and on the Mainland have used her services to build profiles and pages,

The post Akaku Upstairs Workshop: Facebook Profile Privacy and Tips for Best Use with Danielle Miller appeared first on Akaku.

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Tuesday, 29 August

01:49

Teri Freitas Gorman Presents the Life and Times of Medical Marijuana on Maui "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

  In 2000, Hawaii became one of the first states to legalize the medical use of cannabis, but patients either had to grow their own or rely on the black market for relief. How do dispensaries fit into integrative health options for patients with qualifying conditions? Teri Freitas Gorman, Director of Community Relations and Patient

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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

13:04

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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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Tuesday, 08 August

05:10

Akak Upstairs is on Summer BreakSee YOU in September! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

During the month of August we will take some time off to restructure our Akak Upstairs Thursday Salon Series. Since February 22, 2017 we have completed 22 media salons. Our guests hosts have included Producers, Writers, Directors, Storytellers, mainly those with Media expertise. We will continue our Media salons while adding hands-on Workshops that will

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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.

11:35

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 

Writing our truths privilege and identity 

as an Aboriginal woman

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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Friday, 28 July

01:58

Barefoot Boy in the Mango Tree: A Memoir of Maui and Me by Award-Winning Author Wayne Moniz "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Wayne Moniz grew up on Maui before Hawaii was a state; before jet aircraft and posh resorts at Ka`anapali and Wailea turned the island into an international tourist destination. Back then the island was rural, quiet and, for a kid, loads of fun. This memoir is hardly about vanity, instead, its my trip down memory

The post Barefoot Boy in the Mango Tree: A Memoir of Maui and Me by Award-Winning Author Wayne Moniz appeared first on Akaku.

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Wednesday, 26 July

09:35

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Tuesday, 25 July

12:51

The System is Broken "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Its been 12 months today since the ABCs Four Corners program shocked the nation when it shone light on the horrific abuse of children at the NTs Don Dale youth detention centre.

Few people would forget the sickening image of a young Aboriginal child Dylan Voller hooded and shackled to a chair at Don Dale.

Thousands of our supporters took action over a 24 hour period which helped force the federal government to establish the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

The interim report of the Royal Commission uncovered further cases of abuse in the NT, but as we said when the Royal Commission was announced, the locking up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids - at 24 times the rate of other Australian children - is a national shame requiring a national response.

In the last 12 months weve seen and heard distressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse in Cleveland Detention centre in Queensland, Barwon prison in Victoria, Bimberi detention centre in the ACT and Reiby detention centre in NSW.

And these are only the cases that make it into the public arena.

This is a natio...

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Saturday, 22 July

07:00

Could humanoids have been in Australia before Europe? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

New archaeological research in Madjedbebe in northern Australia's Arnhem Land suggests it's possible humans could have reached there 20,000 years before they came to Europe:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/reimagining-history-human-migration-65000-year-old-find

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Friday, 21 July

09:39

Fremantle Town Hall Event "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Thursday 3rd August at the Fremantle Town Hall from 6pm.
Entry is by donation and we are urging all to come down, be inspired and motivated to see how we are going to win the west from mining uranium!

The night will include the official WA premiere screening of Fremantle film maker, Reza Nezamdousts Walking For Country  a 20 minute documentary of the 2015 Walkatjurra Walkabout, which has been doing the international film festival circuit for the past year and screens this month at both the No Nuke Film Festival in Taiwan and Melbourne Documentary Festival.
Facebook event: Please share and invite all your friends

Highlighting the rich vein of music talent running through the Goldfields, Marcus McGuire will be performing his original music all the way from Kalgoorlie.  Director of the Conservation Cou...

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Thursday, 20 July

01:54

Barefoot Boy in the Mango Tree: A Memoir of Maui and Me by Award-Winning Author Wayne Moniz "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Wayne Moniz grew up on Maui before Hawaii was a state; before jet aircraft and posh resorts at Ka`anapali and Wailea turned the island into an international tourist destination. Back then the island was rural, quiet and, for a kid, loads of fun. This memoir is hardly about vanity, instead, its my trip down memory

The post Barefoot Boy in the Mango Tree: A Memoir of Maui and Me by Award-Winning Author Wayne Moniz appeared first on Akaku.

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Tuesday, 18 July

11:56

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Monday, 17 July

12:49

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Thursday, 13 July

23:02

Sharing Mauis Beaches with Sea Turtles & Other Wildlife with Hannah Bernard "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 Akaku Upstairs Presents: Thursday, July 20th from 6pm 8pm Hannah Bernard, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF), and her team will present the film, Red Turtle Rising. The film was produced by Jay April and Lou Di Liberto for The Honu Project and was the winner of the 1999 Hawaii International Film

The post Sharing Mauis Beaches with Sea Turtles & Other Wildlife with Hannah Bernard appeared first on Akaku.

23:00

Sharing Mauis Beaches with Sea Turtles & Other Wildlife with Hannah Bernard "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

 Akaku Upstairs Presents: Hannah Bernard, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF), and her team will present the film, Red Turtle Rising. The film was produced by Jay April and Lou Di Liberto for The Honu Project and was the winner of the 1999 Hawaii International Film Festival. This amazing documentary weaves together

The post Sharing Mauis Beaches with Sea Turtles & Other Wildlife with Hannah Bernard appeared first on Akaku.

07:05

Google Custom Site Search Discontinued "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Google will be turning its Google Custom Site Search off for this site on July 13, 2017. It has already been disconnected from most of the sites that have used it.  The current software will automatically default to Google's free Custom Search Engine product, which sadly comes with unwanted advertisements.

I have had a quick look at a replacement but the costs seem exorbitant so I will just have to see how the Google's free replacement goes. Google Site Search  required a block of code to be placed in each web page. I assume other search software providers require the same. As I have about 1000 pages this is a daunting task.

I would be grateful for any comments or suggestions anyone has.

05:31

How we win the West "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Walking for Country Film will be showing tomorrow (Friday 14th) in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Documentary film festival at the Nova, Lygon st, Carlton. Get along and check it out!!!

Thursday 3rd August at the Fremantle Town Hall from 6pm.
Entry is by donation and we are urging all to come down, be inspired and motivated to see how we are going to win the west from mining uranium!  The night will include the official WA premiere screening of Fremantle film maker, Reza Nezamdousts Walking For Country  a 20 minute documentary of the 2015 Walkatjurra Walkabout, which has been doing the international film festival circuit for the past year and screens this month at both the No Nuke Film Festival in Taiwan and Melbourne Documentary Festival.

Highlighting the rich vein of music talent running through the Goldfields, Marcus McGuire will be performing his original music all the way from Kalgoorlie.  Director of the Conservation Council of WA,  Piers Verstegen will officially launch the Supreme Court Action to stop Yeelirrie uranium mine project...

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Tuesday, 11 July

01:17

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Friday, 07 July

13:45

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Thursday, 06 July

03:12

Racial justice meets the child welfare system "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Originally posted on The Spinoff Parents November last year, re-posting here to support the Human Rights Commission taking their open letter to parliament today (event page). You may have heard the Crown have had a series of bad reports for their child welfare work. Really bad reports. So bad that the Crown has set up a new ministry and is proposing changes to the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act. What they really need to do is give up and admit this isnt their thing. The Crown has been horrible at child welfare. The Crown has taken children from families for almost arbitrary reasons, like skipping school or being poorthat in itself is an inexcusable act of violence. It has taken those children from safe homes and put them in dangerous situations where many have been abused and neglected. Can you imagine how you would feel if this was your kid? How angry, devastated and useless you might feel, what that would do to a whnau? Mori have been especially targeted, both in who the Crown has taken and who is most likely to be abused. Two Crown reports last year showed the extent of the Crowns responsibility for the abuse of children. The Crown has blamed CYF, which is kind of like when my kid blames her foot for pushing the cat. According to the Crown, its all CYFs fault: we need a new model, the law needs simplifying. The changes that the Crown has announced are a signal that there will be no real changeit will be the same stuff with a different name. Many reports have identified the problem, but the Crown doesnt get it. The problem is not the name of the ministry or that the law was too complex. The problem is that the Crown is colonising, controlling and authoritarian. That strategy has failed, it is time for a different strategylike sharing the responsibility with the communities that are most affected. A Crown report in the 1980s identified that institutional racism was shutting Mori out of child welfare decisions, while at the same time Mori children are the majority in the child welfare system. For decades, Mori have argued that the best solution for our children is to give the responsibility to Mori. The Crown seems allergic to the idea of sharing power. Like so many patriarchs, the only way it knows to respond to criticism is to tighten control. But surely we all want the same thing: an actual solution. A solution means solving this mess, so we wont have endless reports on how useless and abusive our child welfare system is, so children are protected and stay out of the system, so they dont carry that trauma through their lives, so we are moving toward...

01:09

Naomi Klein praises W&J leaders Activist of the Year award "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Julien Burnside QC presents Ngara Institutes Inaugural Activist of the Year Award

Naomi Klein praises Adrian Burragubba and Murrawah Johnson for W&J fight against Adani

1 July 2017

NAOMI KLEIN, award-winning journalist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, and No Logo, sent this generous testimonial to the Ngara Institute for its Inaugural Activist of the Year award:

I am thrilled to learn that Murrawah Johnson and Adrian Burragubba will be joint winners of the Australian Activist of the Year Award. Murrawah and Adrian are on the front line of holding back one of the largest proposed coalmines in the world. They are also shining a light on the urgent need for a justice-based transition to the next economy in the face of overlapping crises of climate change, racial injustice and economic inequality.

The Wangan & Jagalingou traditional owners are fighting not just for their culture and country, but for a liveable planet for all of us. I bow my head to their leadership, wisdom and tenacity and congratulate them warmly on this richly deserved award. May this recognition serve to invite more people to support their struggle and see this reckless coalmine shelved once and for all.

THE NGARA INSTITUTE Inaugural Activist of the Year Award, presented by Julien Burnside QC to Adrian Burragubba and Murrawah Johnson said:...

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Tuesday, 04 July

11:08

07:01

Legal action launched today to Stop Yeelirrie uranium mine proposal "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone

The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) and members of the Tjiwarl Native Title group, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office WA (EDO), have commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia for a review of the decision by the former Minister for Environment, Albert Jacob to approve the Yeelirrie Uranium Project in the last days of the Barnett Government.
More info here

TONIGHT
FILM, INFO & STRATEGY NIGHT

Tuesday 4 July
5pm CCWA Lotteries House 

Every welcome to come and see the Walking for Country Film (20mins) see trailer here. Afterwards we will share information on the current situation and then talk about how we can all help with upcoming actions and events.
More information call...

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Monday, 03 July

15:49

Aboriginal Peoples of the Northern Territory Response to the Northern Territory Intervention. Melbourne, 29th June 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Aboriginal Peoples of the Northern Territory Response to the Northern Territory Intervention

Melbourne
29th June 2017
In solidarity with the Mparntwe-Alice Springs Stand Up 2017 statement and the Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation statement on the impacts of the Northern Territory Intervention:
We, Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory, wish to place on record our sadness and disappointment about the Tenth Anniversary of the Northern Territory Intervention.
We share our lived understanding that the Intervention was ill-considered, outrageously expensive to the Australian people and has achieved nothing for [our peoples]. We have seen less services, less funding and less true engagement and consultation than ever before.
We affirm that the racist and patronizing attitudes that drove the Intervention continue undiminished. Both Liberal and Labor parties have continued the ideology of the intervention.
We insist on government recognising the distinctive identities of our peoples and cultures in framing a creative policy and practice together.
We are determined to find a new way forward. It is time for the Government to give us the power to determine our lives. It is time for the Government to admit that the Intervention has failed to improve the lives of First Nation peoples.
In solidarity with the Mparntwe-Alice Springs Stand Up 2017 Statement we call for:
Repeal of racist Intervention and Stronger Futures laws.
Reinstatement of community governance
Return support of homelands
Return of community control over housing and community living areas.
Bilingual education
Healing spaces not prisons
Genuine community job programs. No CDP
Stop compulsory income management
Discontinue Stolen Generations
Sovereign treaty
CALLS from our gathering of Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory
29 June 2017
1. We, Aboriginal peoples of the Northern Territory, call for an apology to the men of the Northern Territory and their families and communities.
We demand an apology from the five Prime Ministers responsible and their key ministerial strategists,
Prime Ministers: John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott and
Malcolm Turnbull.
Ministers- for Families, (Housing), Community Services and Indigenous Affairs:
Mal Brough and Jenny Macklin....

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