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Wednesday, 02 January

14:01

Holiday Tale Part II "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

We are tended to by delivery men, gardeners and garbage removers. Online transactions strip our lives of friction points.  Occasionally the order is wrong. I dont care enough to complain. I already have everything that I need.

These places are for our convenience, our digital lives are lightening fast.

Somewhere in all that perfection, a blot appeared.

A friend of an acquaintance of someone I had no time for had posted a message of bereavement for someone who had died years ago.

We have the choice of forgiving or letting time erode the imprint of old scars. I hadnt known the person had died.  Our time together had been unpleasant.

I slid in an out of screens and one thing was clear.

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Tuesday, 01 January

14:20

Holiday tale Part ! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

We pay a lot of money not to hear each other here.

It's rare to see each other. I know a three legged cat lives opposite me. It got out a few times but I can see theyve blocked the gap under their gate. Its a cat containment area. Cats are not permitted outside anywhere in the suburb. 

For a treat, I opened all the internal doors in my thickly insulated and carpeted home so my cat could investigate all the extra rooms and every mysterious cupboard. It appreciated the gesture, I could tell.

For their holiday, my neighbours have set their tv up in their courtyard. Canned laughter, the noise is horrendous.  Either they are embracing nature as part of their new year resolution, or at least one of them is dead.

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Monday, 31 December

17:49

Random Political Status Thoughts on the Edge of a New Year "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

In less than a week, a new Governor will take power in Guam, as will a new non-voting Guam delegate and a number of new senators will be sworn in for the island's legislature. I have certain hopes for the new crop of leaders. There is great potential for them to learn lessons from the past, especially on the topic of decolonization. In recent years, the small, but significant maturation of the community on the topic, is part of the fact that for decades it has been circulating in conversations and political agendas. For a long time, rhetoric around decolonization wasn't worth much to voters, and wasn't really worth it. That is why for decades it was rare for politicians to share what their personal preference would be for Guam in terms of political status. It wasn't that they didn't have opinions or thoughts on it, but it was either something politically risky or simply taibli. 

For the past few years, I've been interviewing Guam politicians from the previous generation. I have asked them directly what status they would prefer for Guam's future, among free association, independence and statehood. When they give me their preference, I then ask them if that is also what they believed in when they were serving the island in office. Usually they say yes. But if their preference involved greater autonomy or greater independence, meaning either free association or independence, they would argue it wasn't the right time to talk about it. That the community was different then, weren't ready for a real discussion on it, and that if you talked about Guam having greater control or even hinted at more independence, people would think you were being anti-American or unpatriotic.

Things have changed somewhat since then. Different efforts have sought to change the island's status, but minor successes. There were votes in the 1980s, failed constitutional efforts in the 1970s, failed plebiscites in the early 2000s, and mixed efforts at public education in recent years. For 15 years there was a fairly strong push for Commonwealth, which involved two Congressional hearings and years of negotiations with federal agencies. It ultimately ended however in failure in 1997.

Even if many people may not have a strong sense of the particulars in those movements, it doesn't mean that it didn't have an impact. Much of what w...

11:39

Artist in review 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Under construction....

Setting the scene





Tourmaline

Zone One










Melbourne review




Venus in Fur





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05:00

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

A SAFE REFUGE ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"A Place Of Transition - A Visit With Tom McDonald"

Many of us as we go through life find were sometimes at a place where we just need a little help. Thats what Kahumana Community Farm located in Wai`anae does. As  we quickly saw in our visit and tour with Executive Director Tom McDonald, Kahumana is a healthy and inclusive farm-based community helping O`ahus homeless families, people with disabilities and youth become productive on their own once again. Join us in our visit to Kahumana and like us, youll see why this is a very special place indeed  - Watch It Here...

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Sunday, 30 December

13:02

Adanis attack on Aboriginal leader morally reprehensible "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA STATEMENT
Sunday 30 December 2018

Traditional Owners support leader, Adrian Burragubba

Adanis bankruptcy petition is corporate bullying, abuse of process

W&J call on Qld Government to investigate Adanis sham dealings

Adani are out to punish the Traditional Owner leading the fight against their Carmichael Mine and the opening up of the Galilee Basin. In a show of abject moral failure and corporate bullying, Adani has instituted bankruptcy proceedings against W&J leader and spokesperson Adrian Burragubba, simply for retribution, said W&J Traditional Owners Family Council chairperson Linda Bobongie.

Our people will stand with Mr Burragubba at this trying time. He is a courageous leader who has put our people, country and cultural heritage before his own and his families personal needs. He speaks for many of the rightful Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou Country and we will not be frightened by Adanis latest abuse of power.

We have enormous support for our Federal Cour...

02:17

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

KE AUPUNI UPDATE - 2018 PROGRESS IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS





















By Leon Siu -  Hawaiian National

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawai`i, the Hawaiian Kingdom.  

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono.

Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

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Saturday, 29 December

01:14

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

JOHN BUTCH KA`APUIKI KEKAHU III

Koani Foundation Founder 

Butch was a valiant warrior for his people. He was a hero to the many whose lives he touched.

Being Kanaka Maoli piha, full blooded native Hawaiian, he helped lead the struggle for a Free Hawai`i on Kaua`i as well as throughout the islands.

Butch responded to the call of Queen Lili`uokalani, Hawai`is last reigning monarch over a century ago, when she called for Hawai`i Nationals to continue the quest for the recovery of the Hawaiian Kingdom, illegally taken over by the US in 1898.

Born in Hanapepe, Kaua`i in 1944 and raised by his parents, Rebecca Mikala Koani Kekahu and John Kekahu II, he spent part of his life in the Los Angeles area working as a musician and entertainer.

In 1971, after life-changing conversations with his uncles, Charles and Nathaniel Koani, Butch retur...

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Friday, 28 December

14:43

Still are worriers "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hasn't heard of this survey or database but Maori t.v. are posting this, a survey of 800 Maori. Interesting for the emphasis on old-fashioned class issues...

1. Mounting debt and financial insecurity (26%)
2. Housing affordability, homelessness (21%)
3. State of rivers and lakes / concern for the land (19%)
4. The number of Maori children in State Care (16%)
5. The number of Maori in prison (9%) & (equal) The rising suicide rate and the mental health system (9%)


Link here https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/top-five-concerns-among-maori-2018

01:34

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

US NOT EAGER TO PUSH FED WRECK FOR HAWAIIANS 





















Hawai`i Free Press - By Andrew Walden - December 22, 2018

US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the only member of Hawaiis delegation to say that Congress should establish such federal recognition, though she didnt respond to a question about whether she would be putting forward a bill.

For generations, the Native Hawaiian community has fought for recognition equal to other native peoples across America, the first people of the lands that became our great nation, said Gabbard in a statement. Congress should establish federal recognition for Native Hawaiians so we can further enhance opportunity and access to education, job opportunities and health services, prioritize the Hawaiian language, and more.

Other members of the delegation were more circumspect, stressing that at this juncture any decision about forming an independent government is best left up to Native Hawaiians. The issue of establishing a government- to-government relationship between the U.S. and Native Hawaiians, similar to those established with American Indian tribes, has long been divisive among Native Hawaiians, with some advocating for total independence from the U.S.

The debate came to a resting point of sorts when the U.S. Department of Interi...

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Thursday, 27 December

02:09

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

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

 

"THE LATEST BAD JOKE FOR HAWAIIANS"

US Federal Recognition Is Dead, Right?

Would You Believe There Are People Trying To Revive It?

Do They Actually Stand A Chance Of Succeeding?

Watch This For The Answer & Why You Should Be Vigilant.


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

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Tuesday, 25 December

22:06

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

FREE HAWAI`I IN MANNHEIM, GERMANY

 

02:11

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Monday, 24 December

00:47

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

A PLACE OF TRANSITION ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"A Place Of Transition - A Visit With Tom McDonald"

Many of us as we go through life find were sometimes at a place where we just need a little help. Thats what Kahumana Community Farm located in Wai`anae does. As  we quickly saw in our visit and tour with Executive Director Tom McDonald, Kahumana is a healthy and inclusive farm-based community helping O`ahus homeless families, people with disabilities and youth become productive on their own once again. Join us in our visit to Kahumana and like us, youll see why this is a very special place indeed -
Watch It Here


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Saturday, 22 December

18:36

Latte Stone Significance "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The latte has become a key symbol in expressions of contemporary Chamoru identity and a key means by which they have come to establish a meaningful connection to their ancient ancestors. 

Following centuries of colonization, Chamorus had their connection to their ancestors was severely disrupted and felt little intimacy with regards to their ancestors prior to Spanish colonization. They had come to accept that they and much of their culture and beliefs were primitive or savage. 

The study of the latte and its promotion as a historical artifact in the 20thcentury helped create the everyday possibilities for Chamorus to form new positive connections to their ancestors. The latte is no longer a discarded remnant from a primitive past, but an icon of ethnic identity, empowerment and sacredness. 

As the Chamoru people have undergone significant cultural shifts over the past four centuries, primarily due to colonization, the latte has become a quiet but important symbol of the fortitude and resiliency of a people. As the latte have endured natural and human disasters in the jungles of Guam, so too have the Chamoru people endured much. While some have been toppled, the stones nevertheless remain.  

The latte i...

01:12

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

KE AUPUNI UPDATE - DECEMBER 2018

























By Leon Siu -  Hawaiian National

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawai`i, the Hawaiian Kingdom.  

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono.

Aloha Kalikimaka!

The Quick Facts Series
 

THE SITUATION OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS -
 

QUICK FACTS #5
 

What Do We Expect To Accomplish?


The objective of the Free Hawaii movement is to reinstate the Hawai...

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Thursday, 19 April

11:51

2018 dates confirmed "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please share this on your social media and le...

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Wednesday, 18 April

04:24

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

Hello ANTaR friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04:19

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

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Meet Our New National Director
Hello ANTaR friends!
It is an honour for me to have
joined ANTaR, a respected and
important advocacy organisation!
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Tuesday, 17 April

07:13

HandsUp NRW Promo "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Caption: 
Book the Sea of Hands
to visit your school
or community for
National Reconciliation Week
or NAIDOC week 2018
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Sunday, 25 March

08:08

Premier Palaszczuk whitewashes our rights for Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

25th March 2018

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

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

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

Instead, the Premier proclaimed the Government is...

06:22

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

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

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

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

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

06:11

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

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

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

The claim group are persons:

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

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

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

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

05:56

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

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

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

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

05:55

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

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

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

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

01:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 24 March

10:43

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

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

The apical ancestors listed are

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

Appeared in the Courier Mail dated March 24, 2018

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

Tindale Cherbourg Sheets 10 and 50

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

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

The Sheets list the relationships between these people.

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

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Thursday, 22 March

01:32

Akaku Upstairs Presents: IGNITE A LIFE https://vimeo.com/267729418 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: IGNITE A LIFE https://vimeo.com/267729418 appeared first on Akaku.

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Tuesday, 13 March

02:42

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

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

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: Matthew Thayer, Photojournalist / Author Talks Story 3/22/18 appeared first on Akaku.

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Sunday, 11 March

22:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, 08 March

06:25

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

Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council

STATEMENT

Delivered at Speakers Corner, Qld Parliament House

Brisbane, Thursday 8th March 2018

 

Its time the Queensland Government stood up for our rights.

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

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

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

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

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05:06

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

Media Release 8 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 03 March

03:20

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

W&J COUNCIL STATEMENT

  • Lifting of injunction
  • Adanis duplicity

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

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

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

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

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

They promptly turned around after the decisi...

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Friday, 21 December

13:12

Adanis Christmas pantomime hides a more sinister tale "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday 21 December 2018

Adanis insistence that its mine is commencing is turning into a Christmas pantomime that masks the full brunt of the corporate conglomerates destructive and divisive influence, say Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead council spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, We know first hand that Adani cant be trusted and will cover their activities with clever PR. But we dont buy it and we continue to defend our lands and waters from destruction and prevent them building their mine.

Mine construction thwarted

Adani do not have several key approvals critical to them making any real progress on building the mine. In addition, the W&J Traditional Owners Federal Court full-bench appeal will now most likely be heard in May 2019, with a decision some time after that. Indications are that the Queensland Government will not extinguish native title at the Carmichael site before then, preventing Adani from building its critical mine infrastructure.

Mr Burragubba said: On Tuesday, an application in the Federal Court by Adani to throw out our legal challenge against the mine, unless we paid $160,000 within two weeks, was not accepted by Justice Robertson.

We beat back Adani and their high-pr...

01:40

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

SHOW YOUR ALOHA FOR MAUNA KEA 
TOMORROW

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Friday, 23 February

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Monday, 12 February

05:58

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

 

THERE SHOULD BE NO EXTINGUISHMENT OF NATIVE TITLE WITHOUT OUR CONSENT

 

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

The QLD Premier,

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

The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

 

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

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

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01:05

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 10 February

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Friday, 02 February

08:58

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

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

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

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Friday, 26 January

05:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, 25 January

23:40

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

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



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

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


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Wednesday, 17 January

02:51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Pledge to think differently about January 26

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

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Sunday, 14 January

04:24

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

Hi Everyone..

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, 13 January

15:33

My job "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 05 January

21:28

Rain check "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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

May drop some thoughts on this in the future.

Simon

16:17

Pintupi art "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


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


















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

More artwork here and here.

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Thursday, 20 December

08:20

Ancient Nuclear Genomes Enable Repatriation of Indigenous Human Remains article "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

An interesting article (available here)

Ancient Nuclear Genomes Enable Repatriation of Indigenous Human Remains
(Joanne L. Wright, Sally Wasef, Tim H. Heupink, Michael C. Westaway, Simon Rasmussen,
Colin Pardoe, Gudju Gudju Fourmile, Michael Young, Trish Johnson, Joan Slade,
Roy Kennedy, Patsy Winch, Mary Pappin Sr, Tapij Wales, William Badger Bates,
Sharnie Hamilton, Neville Whyman, Sheila van Holst Pellekaan, Peter J. McAllister,
Paul S.C. Taon, Darren Curnoe, Ruiqiang Li, Craig Millar, Sankar Subramanian,
Eske Willerslev, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Martin Sikora, David M. Lambert)
Science Advances  19 Dec 2018:
Vol. 4, no. 12, eaau5064
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau5064

Abstract
"After European colonization, the ancestral remains of Indigenous people were often collected for scientific research or display in museum collections. For many decades, Indigenous people, including Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians, have fought for their return. However, many of these remains have no recorded provenance, making their repatriation very difficult or impossible. To determine whether DNA-based methods could resolve this important problem, we sequenced 10 nuclear genomes and 27 mitogenomes from ancient pre-European Aboriginal Australians (up to 1540 years before the present) of known provenance and compared them to 100 high-coverage contemporary Aboriginal Australian genomes, also of known provenance. We report substantial ancient population structure showing strong genetic affinities between ancient and contemporary Aboriginal Australian individuals from the same geographic location. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility of successfully identifying the origins of unprovenanced ancestral remains using genomic methods."

02:46

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

FREE HAWAI`I TV
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They Say One Thing In Public But In Private Do Another.

They Want You To Think They Support It While Theyre Really Trying To Kill It.

Meanwhile Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Beneficiaries Wait & Wait & Wait.

Watch This To Discover What It Is & How You Can Help Today.
 


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

01:16

Senior Child Protection Practitioner CPP5.1 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria State Government Health and Human Services

01:13

Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM) "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria State Government Health and Human Services

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Tuesday, 02 January

13:37

Comic Relief "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:53

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

Romper Stomper The Series, Season 1 on Stan

Midway impressions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, 31 December

13:54

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

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

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

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

'No. I donthave a cat.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 22 December

03:20

Xmas Eve Party "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi Everyone..

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

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

THE NUKE CRACKER

A PARTY TO KEEP WA URANIUM-FREE

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

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

nukecracker_poster

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.
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Wednesday, 20 December

02:07

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PROTECTING HAWAI`IS FOOD CHAIN ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Saving Hawai`is Limu - A Visit With Wally Ito"

Weve all heard about the good old days when Hawai`is reefs and shorelines were full of fish. To find out why fish have disappeared, we spent the day with Wally Ito who quickly showed us one very big reason - no more limu. According to Wally, because limu or seaweed is at the bottom of the food chain, to replenish the fish, replenish the fishs food - limu. Join us in our fascinating shoreline visit with Wally as he shows us how regrowing Hawai`is limu is one big and important answer to keep Hawai`is fragile food chain alive -
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Saturday 15 December 2018

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false, disrespectful and underhanded, say Traditional Owners

Adanis announcement that Woongal Environmental Services has been given a contract to monitor environmental outcomes on Wangan and Jagalingou country has drawn condemnation from the W&J Council as false, and typical of the disrespectful and underhanded way in which Adani treats Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The claim that Woongul is a Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is false. No decision of the native title party has ever been made to certify this company. This announcement is in breach of the terms of Adanis own purported ILUA.

A Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is a reference to a business accredited in accordance with the process set out in the Adani ILUA. Mr Burragubba says this process has never been followed.

We will seek legal advice on blocking this contract. We are tired of other people misrepresenting us and benefiting at our expense. Adanis announcement is an insult. Other people have been given authority over our country and our environment, while many W&J Traditonal Owners and families have been deliberately excluded from any input into cultural heritage protection and environmental management.

We know Adani must give the appearance of starting work, and they like to hide behind supposed Aboriginal employmen...

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Young Progressives Demanding Action - December 6, 2018 

On December 5, 2018, a coalition of students, faculty members and community supporters held a press conference outside Hawaii Hall, the Manoa Campus administrative building, to demand the school end all current and future contracts with the Thirty Meter Telescope corporation, and oppose new proposed rules governing who can and cannot access the sacred mountainrules aimed at restricting the ability of protectors to physically block development of the massive telescope, but which would also have lasting negative impacts on cultural practitioners ability to exercise their constitutionally protected rights to engage in customary practices on the summit.

The board members of the Young Progressives Demanding Action voted overwhelmingly in November of 2018 to support the student and faculty-led coalition of protectors in their efforts to hold UH accountable to its purported mission as a Hawaiian Place of Learning by divesting from this project. The board authorized the creation of a letter of support addressed to the Board of Regents and President Lassner, which will be included in the packet of documents the protectors deliver to the administration along with their demands. Below is the...

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On December 14, 2018, just before Christmas, the Trump FCC is sneaking in a reply comment period on a proposed rulemaking (MB Docket No. 05-311) that will strangle the speech of millions of Americans, give cable companies a windfall of public dollars, take away local control, and end nearly fifty years of fully local community

The post Trump FCC Rulemaking will KILL off Public Community TV as we know it! You can Help! appeared first on Akaku.

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SAVING HAWAI`IS MARINE LIFE ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Saving Hawai`is Limu - A Visit With Wally Ito"

Weve all heard about the good old days when Hawai`is reefs and shorelines were full of fish. To find out why fish have disappeared, we spent the day with Wally Ito who quickly showed us one very big reason - no more limu. According to Wally, because limu or seaweed is at the bottom of the food chain, to replenish the fish, replenish the fishs food - limu. Join us in our fascinating shoreline visit with Wally as he shows us how regrowing Hawai`is limu is one big and important answer to keep Hawai`is fragile food chain alive -
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Tingha Cemetery Burials and the AUS-KOORI Mailing List "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Back in November 2003 I added the following entry to correspondence referring to Tingha burials on the AUS-KOORI mailing list

"Tingha Cemetery Burials by Paul Mackett
Burials at the Tingha Cemetery, New South Wales are listed at the following site

http://guyra.local-e.nsw.gov.au/community/13/1037158961_23481.html
 
Some or all of the following are recorded for each burial Section, Row, Lot, Surname, Christian Name, Age,  Burial Number, Date of Death. The date range is approximately
1886 to 1999.

 
There are 1537 burials recorded as follows

Section , My interpretation , Graves
 
Ang/SA , Anglican/Salvation Army , 340
Old Ang, Old Anglican , 155
Cath , Catholic , 108
Old Cath , Old Catholic , 70
Uniting , Uniting  , 47
New Gen , New General , 227
O Abor , Old Aboriginal , 171
N Abor ,  New Aboriginal , 90
Unsect ,  , 328
No Section ,  , 1


The document can be downloaded from the above site as a Word document."

As this URL no longer exists you can access the document here .

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Saturday, 08 December

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KE AUPUNI UPDATE - DECEMBER 2018

By Leon Siu -  Hawaiian National

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawai`i, the Hawaiian Kingdom.  

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono.

The Bolomet Effect...
Routh Bolomet's fight to save her land has not only exposed rampant corruption in the "real estate" industry in collusion with the "State of Hawaii" courts, but it's raised issues of international law. The memorandum issued by UN Independent Expert, Dr. Alfred deZayas confirmed what we have been saying for years: that the United States' presumption of sovereignty over the Hawaiian Islands is unlawful, and that Hawaii is, as Dr. deZayas put it, under a "strange form of occupation."

Dr. deZayas' memorandum  has precipitated several actions, like Councilwoman Jen Ruggles' query to the Hawaii County Council whether her service on the council constitutes a war crime for which she could be held criminally liable. The answer from the Hawaii County corporate counsel (attorney) was in essence, "just ignore it like we usually do"! This is not only inadequate, it is terribly irresponsible legal advice. Incredibly he's admitting that the county's standing policy is to just ignore international law!

Not only is Ms Ruggles' question still unanswered, the same question has now been asked by the Waianae Neig...

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In Fact, No One Has Ever Seen Inside.

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Watch This To Discover What It Is & What Might Be Revealed.


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JUSTICE FOR MAUNA KEA
























By Anne Keala Kelly - Indian Country Today - Dec 3, 2018


Five weeks ago, the Hawaii State Supreme Court voted to validate permits for construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Plaintiffs requested reconsideration of the decision, but were turned down by the court last Thursday. A nine year-long legal challenge appears to be over.

Hawaiians are, understandably, disappointed. And more than ever, we are questioning the efficacy of asking a system premised on stealing justice from us to give some of that justice back. How do we contend with the fact that we are conditioned to submit to settler-colonial laws while simultaneously attempting to protect sacred spaces when these matters are diametrically opposed? These arent easy things to mull. Neither is what to do about the courts ruling. Because as the Indigenous People who hold that mauna sacred, no matter what that system says or does to us, we cannot allow them to put shovels in the ground.

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Saturday, 01 December

06:32

Kabi Kabi Native Title Authorisation Meeting "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners Native Title Authorisation Meeting

The claim area is roughly bounded by Childers, Kilkivan, Nanango, Caboolture, Noosa Heads and Maryborough.

The Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners are those people:
(a) Who are descendants of the following apical ancestors:
1  Maggie Cadenti/Cadente/Cantidi: Maggie
2  George Parson
3  Albert Williams
4  Ngimburum
5  Kaloma-kuta/Galmaguda/Haloma-kuta/Kal-ma-kuta
6  Mother of Albert Smith and Peter Graham
7  Willie Kina
8  Susan Andy
9  Jacky Ball (or Baul)
10 Maggie Cain/Caine
11 James Crow/Crowe
12 Maggie Palmer
13 Emma Dunne
14 William/Billy Glenbar
15 Annie Laurie
16 May Burnett
17 Tuppernywoe / King Tommy of Noosa
18 Dundalli
19 Cob
20 Sarah Di:naba Moreton
21 Marian/Mary Ann Thompson
22 Dil:l
23 Edward Ross
24 Menvil Wanmuarn/Jackie Delaney
(b) Who identify as and are recognised as members of the Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners in accordance with the system of laws and customs.

The purpose of Authorisation Meeting #1 is to consider authorising the following amendments to the claim group description:

a. that the following apical ancestors no longer be included in the claim group description:
1 Menvil Wanmuarn/Jackie Delaney
2 Edward Ross
3 Dil:l
4 Cob
v. Mother of Albert Smith and Peter Graham
b. That the following proposed apical ancestor be added to the claim group description
1 Towcha.

If authorised, the newly described claim group for the Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners application will be as follows:

The Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners are those people:
(a) Who are descendants of the following apical ancestors:
1.  Maggie Cadenti/Cadente/Cantidi: Maggie
2.  George Parson
3.  Albert Williams
4.  Ngimburum
5.  Kaloma-kuta/Galmaguda/Haloma-kuta/Kal-ma-kuta
6.  Willie Kina
7.  Susan Andy
8.  Jacky Ball (or Baul)
9.  Maggie Cain/Caine
10. James Crow/Crowe
11. Maggie Palmer
12. Emma Dunne
13. William/Billy Glenbar
14. Annie Laurie
15. May Burnett
16. Tuppernywoe / King Tommy of Noosa
17. Dundalli
18. Sarah Di:naba Moreton
19. Marian/Mary Ann Thompson
20. Towcha
(b) Who identify as and are recognised as members of the Kabi Kabi First Nation Traditional Owners in accordance with the system of laws and customs.

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23:37

They dont have our consent, they cant build their mine, say Traditional Owners "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday 29 November 2018

Adanis announcement they are ready to go must be reality tested

Brisbane, Australia: Galilee Basin Traditional Owners say todays announcement by Adani Mining that it has decided to fund its massively scaled down Carmichael project must be reality tested. They say the Queensland Government has not extinguished their native title, which is crucial to the mine proceeding.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, Even if Adanis announcement proves to be true, they do not have the final approvals or the financial close needed for the mine to proceed. They are also under investigation for environmental breaches on our country.

It is a measure of Adanis failure that they cant obtain finance for the project they touted to our people. We rejected it when they first came to us and we reject it now, because Adani offers nothing of worth to our people and will destroy our country forever.

We demand a guarantee from the Queensland Government they wont now extinguish our native title for Adani. Queensland Labor has said they recognise that the registration of the Adani ILUA is contested and they acknowledge and respect our right to have our complaints considered and determined by a court.

We have an appeal before the full bench of the Federal Court. To act before this concludes would be to deny our rights and open the way for a grave injustice. Without our consent, the mine is not ready to proceed.

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Adios Governor Ota "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Last June, Masahide Ota, former Governor of Okinawa passed away. He had been governor of the islands in 1995, when long-time resentment and culture of protest against the US military bases achieved a much greater and more widespread character after the rape of a 12 year old girl by three US servicemen. His was a powerful voice for peace and demilitarization in Okinawa. During a trip in October of 2015 Edward A. Alvarez and I (with the help of the intrepid interpreter Shinako Oyakawa) got to visit him at his Naha office one afternoon. When he learned that we were from Guam, he mentioned several Chamorros that he had met over the years and inquired about them. He told us a number of stories from his life, including as experience after being drafted into the Japanese army during the war. He shared others about the struggles to survive for average Okinawans, after the destruction of their island and displacement in order to build new US military bases. I have long written that Okinawa and Guam/The Marianas have very similar histories of colonization, militarization and also resistance. This meeting was more profound evidence of those connections. I am grateful that I got to spend that time with and hear his stories.

Below is the column I wrote for him honoring his life and legacy for the Pacific Daily News. 

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Tuesday, 27 November

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Storyboard 18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

ISSUE 18: Sustainable Islands
While sustainability is often associated in the mainstream with the practice of going green, for island communities, it means much more. Sustainability includes a multi-tiered system of people, resources, legends, heirlooms, land, traditions, and practices. In this 18th issue of Storyboard, writers and artists are invited to draw inspiration from all elements of what sustainability means to islands and island peoples. Possible topics to explore include, but are not limited to:
Traditions Land Ownership Land Development Ocean Practices Fishing Planting Money/Currency Health Religion Resources Recycling Reusing Materialism  Legends Stories Degradation Consumption Balance Inheritance Ancestral Connections  Traditional Healing
Storyboard: A Journal of Pacific Imagery is accepting submissions of previously unpublished work from the original writer or artist for Issue 18 until Monday, December 10, 2018. The journals mission is to foster literary activity in Guam and the broader Pacific. Storyboard publishes quality poetry, fiction, and non-fiction written in English or any other Pacific language (with translations into English), as well as visual art. We welcome submissions from published and unpublished writers and artists in or from around the region, or writing/art about the region. We particularly encourage writers and artists from Micronesia.
Submission Guidelines
Poetry: Submit up to five poems, a maximum of 10 pages in Microsoft Word format documents. Prose: Submit up to th...

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Monday, 26 November

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Cape Bedford Mission Thesis "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

An interesting Thesis on the Cape Bedford Mission:

Close, K. L. (2009). Invisible labourers: Cape Bedford (Hopevale) Mission and the 'paradox' of Aboriginal labour in the Second World War. Masters Coursework thesis, Arts - School of Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne. Available here.

The first paragraph of the Abstract states
"This thesis examines the role of labour in the history of the Cape Bedford Aboriginal
community, from its establishment in 1886 to 1950. It focuses on period around the
Second World War when the community was evacuated south to the government reserve
at Woorabinda. This communitys history offers a lens through which to view the
application of Queenslands protectionist and wartime legislations. The Cape Bedford
communitys absorption into the Manpower Directorate during the Second World War,
after they were removed to Woorabinda, was among the most extreme examples of
government control over Indigenous labour. This study is the first work to clearly outline
the extent of collaboration between the Queensland state government and Aboriginal
settlements with the Manpower Directorate."

The Table of Contents follows
Introduction 7-23.
Chapter One: Land and Labour at Cape Bedford Mission: 1886 until the Second World War 24-45.
Chapter Two: The Missions Evacuation to Woorabinda 46-63.
Chapter Three: From Wars End until the Return to Cape Bedford in 1950 64-78.
Conclusion 79-82.
Bibliography 83-95.

See here under Queensland / Settlements and Missions for names of people and involved and some further details.

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Sunday, 25 November

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Lessons in Tinatse and Typhoon Etiquette "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

When talking about legends many people become focused on what is true and what isn't true? What is authentic and what really happened? What can be determine from the story that is real and what isn't? These types of discussions may have some importance within a historical context, when trying to understand it from the perspective of aligning stories with a particular history or historical context. For example there are ways that you can look at the story of the Iliad from a historical perspective. There are ways you could try to draw out historical truths from it, and even if some of the details may not be real, you can nonetheless see larger societal dynamics at work in the poem.

This is something to keep in mind when we look at Guam or Chamoru legends. Is that there are some ways to examine, analyze or understand them from a historical perspective, but this misses the larger point of their purpose. Legends serve a social or a culture purpose. They aren't meant to be picture perfect, literal representations of anything. This is why when you hear legends or myths, the first instinct isn't to decry all the ways that they can't be real or true. If this was the case, can you imagine during a performance of The Iliad thousands of years ago, how often people would stand up and shout, wait! That can't be true, there's no way Achilles could actually do that!?

Legends are about something more human than strict documentation and that is why they change over time. That is why as cultures and values change, as memories fade and are adapted, the legends of a society change. You can analyze and track these changes to help understand how societies evolve and grow or forget, but it is the nature of this form of storytelling and social transmission.

One of the issues that people often times overlook is how multi-layered or multi-faceted a simple legend can be. Even if it is just a simple paragraph or reduced to a minute or two of narrative, the complexity persists and can be drawn out in the ways in which an individual storyteller will focus on one thing differently than another. We can see this in one of the most famous Guam legends today that of the the Women Who Saved Guam from the Giant Fish. The storyteller can focus the telling on the geographic aspects, or why Guam's land mass is a certain shape. They can also focus on the gender dynamics, between the male and female actors. It ca...

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Saturday, 24 November

07:32

Gaige yu' giya Okinawa ta'lo "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Gaige yu' giya Okinawa p'go na simana.

Para bei fama'nu'i gi kolehio yan konfirensia guini. I fina'nu'i siha put decolonization yan nina'la'la' lengguhen natihu siha.

Para bei faninterview taotao Chamoru ni' manmastastation guini giya Okinawa put i sinienten-iha nu i taotao guini. Put hemplo, kao hinasson-iha na mamparehu i estao i taotao Okinawa yan i Chamoru? Guaha meggai parehu put i halacha na hestoria-ta siha, lao kao ma rippara este? Pat osino gi lini'e'-iha kao manentrangheru?

Bai hu bisita lokkue' i kampon protest taiguihi gi este na litrtu. Este giya Henoko, nai i militt Ameriknu ma keke ekstende i sagan-iha guihi, lao i taotao ti yan-iha este, ko'lo'lo'a put taimanu na u ma destrosa i ginefpgon lugt.

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Thursday, 22 November

11:15

VICNET and www.cifhs.com "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


The following image is the first page of the VICNET site in 2004 :-


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Wednesday, 21 November

23:08

Maui Kids AYME High! Mahalo to our youth program partners! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Maui youth work development program receives support Mahalo to our youth program partners! Kahului, Hawaii: Akaku Maui Community Media was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation to help support the youth work development program, Maui Youth Now, and a $5,000 donation from the Andrew S. Coburn Charitable Fund to support the Akaku

The post Maui Kids AYME High! Mahalo to our youth program partners! appeared first on Akaku.

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Tuesday, 20 November

10:40

NNTT Waanyi People #2 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2018/004 available here entered on the Register 9/11/2018.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B2 - Areas Excluded from the Claim area here
Attachment C - Map showing Boundaries of the Area Covered by the Application here
Attachment B1 - External Boundaries of the Claim Area here

A person is a Waanyi person if and only if:
1. the other Waanyi people recognise that he or she is descended (which may include by adoption) from a person who they recognise as having been Waanyi; and

2. the person identifies himself or herself as a Waanyi person. It is accepted that adoption may take place and that where adoption has occurred it confers upon the adoptee the right to identify as being a Waanyi person.

The following deceased persons are recognised as having been Waanyi people from whom living Waanyi people may be descended:

1. King George (Gundawarinya), Mary Starr (Namura), Marrandu
2. Johnny Rockland (Guyanda)
3. Wuragaga (including his sons Toby Daly and Charlie Walden)
4. Wirduga (including her sons King Pedro and Fred Mangala), Yurumburinya, Gudurju, Jagijagi (including her children Left-hand Dick, King Darby, Violet Darby), Lagayi, and Brenda Munara (including her children Duncan Hogan, Julie Darby, Dan Darby, Clara Darby, Frank Hogan, Arthur Peterson)
5. Jack Riversleigh (including his children Doris Aplin and Vera Johnny, Annie King and Elaine Cairns)
6. Diana (Dina) Jackson
7. Fred Mangala (including his children Jimmy Doolan, Tommy Doolan, Oscar Gregory and Queenie Bell) and King Pedro (including his children Dinny, Jock and Cubby Pedro)
8. Janggali (including his son Yarribija's children: Duncan Hogan, Julie Darby, Dan Dar...

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Tuesday, 13 November

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Monday, 12 November

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Friday, 09 November

05:03

The 17th November marks 10 years since the former Barnett Government lifted the ban on uranium mining in WA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi everyone

The 17th November marks 10 years since the former Barnett Government lifted the ban on uranium mining in WA.   We are so delighted to say that there are still no uranium mines operating in WA.

You have been a big part of the campaign to keep WA nuclear free and today we can celebrate that there is still no operating uranium mines in WA. It is a massive thanks to you that WA remains clean from uranium mining and is still nuclear free.  We hope you can join us to acknowledge this great effort!

Please join us to celebrate on Saturday 17 November from 5.30pm at the Perth Waldorf School with jazz by Pete Jeavons Trio, food, drinks, and yellowcake (that is safe!) and pay tribute to the communities who stand strong, to the CCWA campaign and to the stunning country that remains nuclear free.  All welcome but please for catering purposes RSVP here. Or call 0401 909 332, or via email ka.garlick@ccwa.org.au    More information here.

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Thursday, 08 November

21:30

Borneo cave art redated from 10k years ago to 40k: now world's oldest? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

"A group of cave paintings in East Kalimantan, in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, depicting a group of local cattle, has been dated to at least 40,000 years ago by researchers who believe the paintings are the oldest figurative art in the world. The limestone caves ancient images include painted outlines of human hands, a human figure, and what appear to be renderings of wild cattle, including an animal similar to the banteng, a large bovine mammal still found in the region."

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-worlds-oldest-figurative-art-discovered-caves-borneo

Original article in Nature:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0679-9.epdf?referrer_access_token=imx2MRpXd-FdfjkfAHtZc9RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0M0jjIe4uuvYR-SGD4FhS_f73hI8aK38xmP-Lp16R5XlsFpzBVgrrgtPtus3QpzEJg2_TfpnR6VWkbjp69TdqOUcsq3wJn8zNRJOwjx_XkU83YWewRN4WXRHa-JNHRrVmr2ckx00AuKFZ8dDZEDGqXFYcYkjfTOqgDgMTIrVmiiwoS3YJJpYEdSu5zMpHLwnaChK-4OjmKW7o4Bj0ZJZ7_Z19pITOHcsWJIPKFKMmmlhw%3D%3D&tracking_referrer=qz.com

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Sunday, 04 November

21:59

Traditional Owners mount Korea tour to block Adani finance "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Media Release 5 November 2018

BREAKING: Korea Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea and KDB Infrastructure Asset Management rule out finance ahead of visit

Brisbane, Australia: With Adani claiming to be close to securing finance, and media reporting the miner is holding talks with Korean finance companies interested in buying a stake in their port, leading Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners are today travelling to Korea to urge investment banks there to shun the Adani coal project, pointing to the final violation of their rights that will occur if the mine proceeds. Three investment banks have ruled out finance in response to W&Js tour (ABC today). 

The heavyweight Korean lender Korea Development Bank (KDB) ruled out involvement last Wednesday, writing they have no intent to provide finance, as has the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) and KDB Infrastructure Asset Management, following meeting requests from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council. Documentation here. Meetings with the The National Pension Service, Mirae Asset Daewoo and NH-Amundi have been requested and W&J will visit their offices to conduct media events. In 2015 a visit by W&J to Europe, the UK and United States saw major institutions, including UKs largest investment bank Standard Chartered, publicly back away from financing the mine. Further background below.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, Whoever assists Adani financially at this crucial time will become complicit in a grave breach of our rights, and the destruction of our lands and waters and sacred places. They are also exposing themselves to financial risk because success...

13:37

Hle' Para Agupa' "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Back in September, I spent an afternoon with Hle Para Agupa, a Chamoru cultural group based in the Washington D.C. area. It was an enriching and energizing afternoon. The fafanague of the group Teresita Guevara Smith organized a gathering of young and old, and I gave a presentation about Chamoru language and culture, and even a short language lesson. 

Wherever I go, in Guam, the CNMi or even the diaspora, I am always encouraged to see Chamorus wanting to learn more about who they are as a people and want to do more to keep culture and language alive. After all, for a group that numbers perhaps only 200,000 in the world, we always have to ask ourselves, anggen ti hita, pues hyi? When it comes to preservation and revitalization of our heritage, if we wont do it, who else will?

This is an issue that Chamorus have to confront sooner rather than later, especially in light of the fact that more Chamorus now live outside of the Marianas. The realities of cultural maintenance change dramatically whether you are talking about Guam or the CNMI, versus the diaspora, which exists in small pockets in various spots around the US. 

Migration to the US actually began during the Spanish era of Guams history, with Chamorus leaving as whalers and eventually more than a thousand of them settling in HawaiI and both East and West coasts. Since World War II, most migration began initially through military service, with Chamoru communities appearing around Navy or Army bases. 

In a few places these communities formed a...

12:05

Peaceful Demonstration over Magua' "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"



Groups Organize Demonstration Against Disturbance of Cultural Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 31, 2018  Hagta)Amid a complex election season and Typhoon Yutu relief efforts, our residents have also been challenged with news of the recent disturbance of the ancient village of Magua at the site for the new Marine Base in South Finegayan. Local news sources, both radio and print, have reported that the U.S. Navy may have breached negotiations to mitigate the site. As the buildup progresses, it is clear that cultural preservation is not a priority for the Department of Defense.  

Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian (PLSR) and Independent Guhan call on the leaders of our island to rise up and take immediate action against this disturbance and to ensure that further harm will not take place. 

PLSR and Independent Guhan invite our community to gather for a peaceful public demonstration this Saturday, November 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the gate to the Naval Communications Station (NCTAMS) base, which is the entrance to the South Finegayan site. 

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03:33

Wakka Wakka #3 and #4 Native Title Meeting "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Claim area roughly includes Mundubbera, Gayndah, Murgon, Goomeri, Cherbourg, Kingaroy, Nanango and Yarraman.

Apical ancestors are listed as
Jenny and David Carlo (parents of Princess Carlo)
Minnie Bly (mother of Thomas Simpson), Ethel and Bill Button
Maggie Hart (mother of Crabbie Chapman and Henry Hart)
Mother of Willie Boy Pickering
King Billy and Maria of Boondooma (parents of Tommy Dodd of Taabinga)
Maggie West
Kitty of Boonara
MiMi
Kitty (mother of Jack Bulong)
John Bond
Kitty (mother of Jenny Lind), Jenny Lind and Mick Buck
Boubijan Cobbo
Stockman Bligh and Aggie Bligh
Tommy (aka Boondoon) and Maggie (parents of Willie Bone), Billy McKenzie (father of Chlorine McKenzie), Chlorine McKenzie
Kate/Katie/Kitty Law
Emily of Degilbo, mother of Annie.

The purpose of Authorisation Meeting #1 is to:
1. CONSIDER anthropological materials and legal advice relating to an individual described as Taabinga Harry and his descendants;
2. CONSIDER legal advice regarding the format of the claim group descriptions for the Native Title Claims;
3. Subject to #1 and/or #2 above, AUTHORISE the amendment of the claim group description for the Native Title Claims to:
a) include the descendants of Taabinga Harry; and/or
b) reformat the list of apical ancestors so that each Wakka Wakka apical ancestor is listed individually and in alphabetical order by first name.
If the proposed amendments to the current claim group descriptions for the Native Title Claims are authorised, then the amended description of the Wakka Wakka People for each of the Native Title Claims will be:

The Wakka Wakka People are those people who identify as Wakka Wakka People and are descended from the following ancestors:
Aggie Bligh;
Billy McKenzie (Father of Chlorine McKenzie);
Boubijan Cobbo;
David Carlo;
Emily of Degilbo (Mother of Annie);
Jenny Carlo;
John Bond;
Kate/Katie/Kitty Law;
King Billy of Boondooma;
Kitty (Mother of Jack Bulong);
Kitty (Mother of Jenny Lind);
Kitty of Boonara;
Maggie (Mother of Willie Bone);
Maggie Hart;
Maggie West;
Maria (Mother of Tommy Dodd of Taabinga and Alick Little);
Mick Buck;
MiMi;
Minnie Bly;
Mother of Willie Boy Pickering;
Stockman Bligh;
Taabinga Harry;
Tommy (aka Boondoon).

Appeared in the Koori Mail of October 31, 2018

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Saturday, 03 November

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Friday, 02 November

22:52

LIVE General Election and Block Party on AKAKU TV Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 6pm-11pm Youre Invited!! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Akak Maui Community Media will present LIVE coverage of the 2018 General Election on giant outdoor screens at Akaku Center where hundreds of people gather every election night to watch the results as they come in. Once again, the public is invited to come down throughout the evening, meet the candidates in person and join

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Monday, 22 October

08:04

IG GA October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Independent Guhan will honor the late Ron Teehan and Discuss Managing Natural Resources in their October General Assembly

For Immediate Release, October 15, 2018 
Independent Guhan (IG) invites the public to attend its October General Assembly (GA) on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Pavilion of the Chamorro Village in Hagta. These assemblies are part of IGs efforts to educate the community on the need for Guhans decolonization and the potential benefits through achieving independence. This months GA will focus on how Guam might better manage its natural resources as an independent country.   

At eachGA, Independent Guhan honors a magataotao: a notable figure that has helped guide the island and the Chamoru people on their quest for self-determination. For October, IG will be honoring the late Ron Franquez Teehan, a long-time advocate for the rights of the Chamoru people who passed away earlier this year.   

1982 Ron joined Robert Underwood and the late Ron Rivera to become the first Chamorus to formally testify before the Fourth Committee of the United Nations on the political status of Guam. As a member of the group OPR-R (Organization of the Rights for Indigenous People) he worked to give Chamorus greater ability to define themselves locally and internationally and helped developed solidarity with other countries and decolonization movements. Ron also spent decades working on the issues of land rights and war reparations for the Chamoru people, working closely with the Guam Landowners Association and the Chamorro Land Trust. Independent Guhan is proud to honor the legacy of Ron Teehan for its October GA. 
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07:57

Guam is Not a Game "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

For decades Guam has been used to being a joke. Generations of comedians have used it, such as Johnny Carson, David Lettermen and even Conan O'Brien. Robert Underwood has invoked the comedy specter of Rodney Dangerfield in order to explain Guam's situation, saying it is an island that gets no respect!

The mere mention of Guam in this way stems from the fact that it is a signifier that floats around, it is always out there, especially for those in the US, but there often isn't any actual knowledge attached to it. That means that you can deploy it in ridiculous ways, a familiar, but empty signifier that can create laughter as the listener confronts that awkward gap between their knowledge and whatever might lie beyond the horizon of their understanding. That's why when you would say something random like "I'm headed to Guam!" it would elicit laughter, because of the way the audience would slip on the banana peel shaped gap between their knowledge and reality, and end up in the middle, awkwardly looking around lost.

One of the most interesting examples of this comes from The Late Show With David Letterman, when they had their segment "Getting to Know Guam."

David Letterman: Have you never been to Guam?
Paul Shafer: No.
David Letterman: I know nothing about Guam. I know that the residents of the island are referred to as Guamanians, that's all I know.
Paul Shafer: I see. They're not Guamaniacs?
David Letterman: Perhaps. So tonight, here is a segment called "Getting to Know Guam."
[Segment begins showing random images of Guam scenery]
Narrator: Guam is locatied in, uh, in; it's considered part of the United States, because uh, uh, this has been getting to know Guam."

We can argue that these jokes means nothing. They are just willful or unintentional misrepresentations of reality. The jokes may not have any malice behind them and they certainly aren't part of some larger structure of power. But that isn't ever really true. We can argue over how much speech matters, how much a joke, a racial slur, a problematic representation impacts the world, but the reason why people fight over it, is because there is undeniably some connection there. The relationship between social scorn and repressive violence can often be very close. The more acceptable it is for someone to be an object of collective derision, the more acceptable it probably is that they be oppressed or he...

07:15

I Mismo Na'n-mu "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

One passage that has long stayed with me in terms of understanding ethics is from one of Slavoj Zizek's books, where he mentions the Egyptians being swallowed up by the Red Sea as they trail the escaping Israelites. According to Jewish tradition he writes, when the Israelites celebrate the death of their long-time enemies, God chastises them. He tells them, how dare they celebrate that which he created. Who are they to celebrate the destruction of something that comes from God. Even if they were opposed in the drama of life on earth, they come from the same source and they have right to celebrate something which is equal to them in its origin. This type of repositioning is the basis for many types of ethical engagement. The idea that there is always some deeper level, some deeper intersection of humanity that we can and should appeal to in order to create something that is more just and more moral. But we can become so comfortable in our identities, so stuck in them, that it can be very difficult to cast them aside or even check to see how they fit on us. Some philosophers have said that it is the first gesture of human self-consciousness to define oneself against another, and the process of establishing a relationship with the other, there is always a tension, a pressure to not simply define against, across from another, but to define yourself against, above of the other. This leads to violence and the arguments in favor of violence, that naturalize and justify it, but it also can lead us back to the idea of the self and the other sharing something, that will radically redefine the hierarchy and the oppositional identities that they currently wear.  


At the conference that I'm attending in South Korea this weekend, one of the organizers read the poem below by Thich Nhat Hanh, a famous monk and peace activist from Vietnam. He writes...

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Sunday, 21 October

11:24

In the Land of Lobbyists "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Guam will elect a new non-voting delegate this year and there will also be a change in Adelup, where a new Governor will take over. This means there could be a significant shift in terms of federal-territorial relations for Guam. I don't mean much will change from the federal side, but from Guam, this moment could mean the development of a new approach or utilizing new tools for engaging the federal government on Guam issues. Depending on how you look at the past decade or so there has been some accommodation and some antagonism. From Congresswoman Bordallo, there was quite a meeting of minds over military buildup issues and the US Department of Defense, but that came at the cost of her representing the interests of the people of Guam. Bordallo was well-liked by many of her colleagues and well liked by the US military, but in my opinion, had long become detached from changing attitudes on Guam. When the protests and organizing around Prutehi Litekyan emerged last year, Bordallo was nowhere to be found. She had instead undertaken steps to make the buildup easier, rather than seek to get ahead of the growing criticism.

From the perceptive of Governor Calvo, he has distinguished himself through several lawsuits against the federal government and also a willingness to speak out against US colonialism, including at the United Nations. We should divide these acts into two basic types, while some are more direct, as in they deal with legal challenges, the others are largely symbolic. They don't engage directly with the US, but appeal to the world of meanings around the US and in many ways don't ever reach the US. For instance, Calvo's claim that in response to the feds choking off the supply of foreign workers for local businesses, he was now AGAINST the buildup, was intriguing. In a small sense it was radical, as the governor of Guam, Calvo doesn't have a great deal of power, but he does have the ability to slow the buildup to interfere with it in order to make clear his new position of being AGAINST it.

But to his discredit, Calvo didn't take any concrete actions to manifest in policy or governmental position, his being against the buildup. It was a rhetorical point meant to make clear his displeasure and unlike Bordallo, try to tame some anti-buildup or anti-use of Litekyan sentiment. But it wasn't likely meant to be more than that.

But in the legal realm, Calvo truly shined in...

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Saturday, 20 October

06:02

Akaku Upstairs: Mlamalama Maui Project: Share Your heART for the Central Valley of Maui with Lehua Simon 11/1/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Lehua Simon, local Maui resident and creative artist, will tell the story of the Mlamalama Maui project, a two-year initiative to illuminate agricultural solutions following the close of the sugar factory on Maui. For many generations, the central valley has grown for us and contributed to the lives we live today. It is our common

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Friday, 12 October

04:54

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Bill Nye Tells the Truth about Climate Change, Evolution and a Science-Based Worldview Oct. 25, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Bill Nye is a man on a mission to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show Bill Nye the Science Guy is now advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access as well as plenty of

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Sunday, 07 October

20:23

The Speakers "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

My latest film collaboration "The Speakers" with Kenneth Gofigan Kuper and Edgar Flores will be screened twice at #GIFF this year. Biba GIFF 2018!

 It is the perfect film for those looking for a never-ending parade of silly and stupid jokes in the Chamoru language, with a profound message about language revitalization somehow mixed in. 

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19:35

Veterans for Decolonization "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I have been traveling for the past few weeks and struggling while conducting research and giving a variety of presentations, to also finish up a couple of articles. One of them is based on the research I did for the Guam Humanities Council a few years ago for their exhibit Sindlu: Chamorro Journey Stories in the US Military. It was an exciting and interesting project on a variety of levels. I got to share some interesting stories that I've come across in my archival and oral history research, some of which haven't really ever been publicized before. I also got to tackle some issues in terms of understanding or unpacking contemporary Chamoru identity. The veteran subjectivity is so pervasive and somewhat hegemonic in Chamoru culture today, that it ends up taking a great deal of space, even for those who aren't veterans themselves. How many people when talking about issues of decolonization and demilitarization feel a inner need to curb their potential voice, their potential statements, because of a feeling of not wanting to upset or challenge not just the US military itself, but also those related or connect to them who serve in it?

This is part of Guam's reality as a heavily militarized space. Where the web of militarized connections extend out to even those who aren't directly connected to the US military presence, but nonetheless make them feel like the bases or the military is necessary for their existence, necessary for their to be order or property on the island. In colonial situations, there is often a generalized sort of discourse of this nature, that focuses on the civility of the colonizer in terms of providing that foundation for stability and eventual progress. In Guam however much of that discourse is dominated by the explicit military presence. Rather than people arguing that we need the US because we wouldn't be modern or we wouldn't be civilized if they weren't here, they argue that if the military wasn't here, we wouldn't be here. We would be speaking Japanese or we would have been wiped out by Japanese brutality in World War II. It is an interesting phenomena to say the least.

But the pervasiveness of any discourse ultimately means that its own dissolution nonetheless lurks around the edges. As with any powerful discourse, it's potency also bears potential seeds of...

04:39

Living Peace "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The image is from Suicide Cliff in Tinian, where a collection of memorials for those who died in World War II can be found. 

The text below is the English translation of a poem written by Rinko Sagara, a 14 year old student from Urasoe in Okinawa. She recited it earlier this year at an event meant to remember the victims of the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. It's title is "Ikiru." 

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I am living.
Standing on the earth transmitting the mantle's heat,
My body embraced by a pleasant, humid wind,
With the scent of grass in my nostrils,
My ears tuned to the distant sound of the surf.
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Saturday, 06 October

05:29

NNTT Jinka Jervois Pastoral Leases "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File DC2018/002 available here entered on the Register 7/9/2018.

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.

02:44

NNTT Rainbow Valley "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File DC2018/004 available here entered on the Register 2/10/2018.

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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Friday, 05 October

04:20

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Finding Your Voice Through Art with Maui Sculptor, Tim Garcia Oct. 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Tim Garcia is a Maui sculptor who transforms stone, wood and metal into incredible works of art. He has been working in marble, local wood, and bronze at his Upcountry studio since 1999. Led by his love of Eastern aesthetics, he never tires of searching for the beauty to be found in his quiet, simple

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Monday, 01 October

22:19

AKAK MAUI COMMUNITY MEDIA PRESENTS: 5th MAUI WALK OF HEROES CELEBRATION, October 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

AKAKU MAUI COMMUNITY MEDIA PRESENTS   The most outstanding Block Party of the year!  5th MAUI WALK OF HEROES CELEBRATION SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2018   2:30 PM 5:30 PM LIVE at AKAKU CENTER  333 DAIRY ROAD IN KAHULUI  FREE ADMISSION! Featuring: Hands and Feet in Cement Ceremony Honoring Special Guests: GLADYS BAISA, JEANNIE SKOG, AND UNCLE

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Saturday, 29 September

06:49

The Colonial Whisperer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

When I was writing my dissertation more than 10 years ago, one question that I constantly had, was what is the "Department of Interior" in the United States, especially in relation to the territories. The easy answer is that it is the office to oversees them. It is the office that oversees the natural resource, the parks, the relations with Native Americans, but also the way the US connects to its insular areas and colonies. We can refer to the Department of the Interior as the make-shift colonial office, a colonial office in denial that it is a colonial office.

The office manages resources and helps to remind those of us who live in the territories that we are a resource, that our lands, our lives are more explicitly than any other place within the US and its empire, thought of as a commodity. The fact that our strongest link to the federal bureaucracy is the DOI is key in understanding our relationship to the US. We may have a variety of fantasies about what we are to the US, those fantasies may be to help deal with the existential colonial dread, but many of them are built on wishing into existence a relationship that doesn't really exist.

What I've often written about previously is that the DOI could be considered the office of American exceptions, because it is the link to not just colonies, but also Native American tribes. The excesses within the nation that point to it being more than a benevolent Republic, but rather an empire or ravenous nation-state that destroyed others to claim its existence and continues to exploit others in contrast to its stated ideals. In recent years this sort of naming seems to fit even more because the Office of Insular Affairs within the DOI doesn't only deal with tribes and territories, it also deals with semi-sovereign or sovereign government, such as those around Guam in Micronesia. When I visited this office last year, it was remarkable to see their conference room, which featured flags from territories and freely associated countries.

The office exists therefore to deal with the parts of the nation that it can't easily account for. The parts that don't fit into left or right, Republican or Democratic antagonisms. These are things which exist on the edge off the nation or outside of it, and do so in such a way that they create the borders of the nation, while the nation stil...

00:07

September GA 2018 - Carlos Taitano "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Citizenship Questions and Honoring the Late Speaker Carlos Taitano are the focus for Independent Guhans September General Assembly

For Immediate Release, September 17, 2018 
Independent Guhan (IG) invites the public to attend our September General Assembly (GA) on Thursday, September 27th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Pavilion of the Chamorro Village in Hagta. These assemblies are part of IGs efforts to educate the community on the need for Guhans decolonization and the potentials for our independence. This months GA will focus on what form citizenship might take in an independent Guhan. 

At eachGA, Independent Guhan honors a magataotao: a notable figure that has helped guide the island and the Chamoru people on their quest for self-determination. For September, IG will be honoring the late Carlos Pangelinan Taitano, who was a World War II veteran, Speaker forI Liheslaturan Guhanand an instrumental figure in helping get the Organic Act passed for Guhan.  

Taitano was born into a time when Chamorus had no political rights and onto an island where the US Navy ruled without the consent or input of the people. Along with other leaders from his generation, he was determined to get political rights and protections for Chamorus and lobbied for the passage of an Organic Act which created the Government of Guam and also limited US citizenship. Despite these political gains, Taitano always argued that The Organic Act alone was not enough and that real self-determination and sovereignty for the Chamoru people should be the goal. Independent Guhan is proud to honor the legacy of the late Speaker Taitano in our September GA. 
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Tuesday, 25 September

04:26

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Recharging You 5 Proven Techniques to Achieve Your Goals with Motivational Speaker, LaTasha Baldwin 10/11/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Recharging You Five Proven Techniques to Achieve Your Goals will take the audience on a journey into exploring the goal-setting process. This mini-workshop will explore five proven techniques that can be used to achieve your goals. LaTasha Baldwin is a Motivational Speaker, as well as the owner and lead designer of Little Details, LLC,

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Tuesday, 18 September

22:09

Mahalang Yu' Ta'lo "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hu dingu i isl-ku gi ma'pos na simna ya mtto yu' para Washington D.C.

Achokka' ti gof pmam i tinaigue-ku, esta gof mahalang yu' nu i tano'-hu.

Ya este na minahalang, ti put i minanengheng guini gi sanlagu.


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Saturday, 15 September

04:42

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE
15 September 2018

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal

Call on Qld Government to never extinguish their native title

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners opposing Adanis Carmichael Mine have this week served notice of a Federal Court full bench appeal. (See ABC today: Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says). The Traditional Owners strongly reject last months decision of a single Judge of the Federal Court and will seek to have the decision reversed and the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) thrown out.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a Traditional Owner of W&J country, and W&J Council spokesperson says: We will not abide a ruling that says its legal to have our ancient laws and culture, and our enduring rights in our lands and waters, merely voted away by a group of people who do not have the traditional authority to surrender our native title.

In a new development, the Queensland Government has confirmed that it will only act to take W&J native title for the Adani project when it has the financial capacity to complete it. This follows a resolution of the Queensland ALP state conference in early September 201...

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Friday, 14 September

03:20

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui Huliau Foundation: How Film Can Be A Tool For Social Change 10/4/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Maui Huliau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to promote environmental literacy and leadership among Mauis youth. Their largest program is the Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club. Over the past 8 years, hundreds of students from 16 schools on Maui have created more than 60 short environmental films from documentaries to music videos.

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui Huliau Foundation: How Film Can Be A Tool For Social Change 10/4/18 appeared first on Akaku.

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Thursday, 13 September

01:04

Traditional Owners disturbed by illegal action by Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE
13 September 2018

Traditional Owners disturbed by allegations of illegal works by Adani

Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation

Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.

We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.

We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and wi...

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Tuesday, 11 September

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Sunday, 09 September

06:23

Native Title Authorisation Meeting Widi People "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


The Native Title Claim Group is described as those Widi People (Widi language People of the Nebo Estate) who are the biological or adopted descendants of the following people:

1.  Jean White, mother of Albert Butterworth;
2.  Mr Clark (of Sutter Station) & Jinny (of Stockton Station) whose know children are Charlie Clark and Dick Clark
3.  Jinny (of Stockton Station) whose know child (with Mr Watson) is Charlie Watson;
4.  Siblings Tommy Emmerson/Iffley and Arthur Emmerson;
5.  Roger (of Nebo district), whose know child is Emily Rogers;
6.  Ned Thorney, whose know child is Sarah Mate Mate nee Throney/Sauney;
7.  Sophie (of Nebo), whose known children are Jack Skeen, William Skeen and Norman Skeen;
8.  Dick (of Nebo), whose known child is Sam Murray;
9.  Billy (Nebo) & Molly (of Oxford Downs Station), whose known children are Jessie and Billy Sullivan;
10. Harry Monsell Snr ( of Lake Elphinstone) whose known children are Lily Sullivan, Flora Doyle and Harry Monsell Jnr;
11. King (of Fort Copper) & Meg (of Fort Copper), whose known children are Johnny, Mick, Mitchell Dalton, Paddy, Emma and Annie;
12. Ida (from Mackay), whose known child is Rene Hess;
13. Maggie, whose known children are Norman Brown Snr, George Duke' Barker and Ina Darwin.

Appeared in the Courier Mail of September 8, 2018

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Thursday, 06 September

06:26

Join us at Projections at Parliament "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Walkatjurra Walkabout has finished with a storm (literally)! An awesome walk into Leonora with lots of support to keep WA nuclear free.  A successful public meeting the following day having CCWA Director Piers Verstegen come into Leonora to support the community and in particular the three Tjiwarl native title holders, Shirley, Lizzy and Vicky on the court challenge that included a visit to the proposed radioactive waste dump.  You can see photos and read about their adventures here.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Projections at Parliament event on the 11th September to send a clear and important message to the WA Government to ban uranium mining permanently.

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04:17

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Monday, 03 September

14:27

Inafa'maolek and Civility Discourse "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

In my Chamorro Studies class last week we were discussing the concept of inafa'maolek, which has become canonized as a central value of Chamoru culture as of late. The term fa'maolek has long been in use, it even occurs in the Garrido Manuscript from 18th century Guam. Inafa'maolek most likely was used as well, but not necessarily as a primal or central concept for defining Chamoru identity or culture. That comes about much more recently, primarily through the work of Robert Underwood when he uses the terms in the 1970s, while trying to define what the Chamoru cosmology of the 19th century was, and what of it had persisted up until the 20th century. 

Inafa'maolek has many meanings, all of them however focus around expressing community through interdependence or through cooperation. It is about working together to sustain a society. It is about humans sustaining nature, sustaining their families and so on. It is a collective concept that is focused on building sustainable, positive and nurturing relationships. It is about helping and preserving. It is an important concept, but it shouldn't be considered the end all of Chamoru possibility. 

There are certain things that inafa'maolek excels at. There are certain things it does very well, but we also should perceive certain limits to it. Inafa'maolek is great at focusing on collective problems that face a community, at maintaining relations within a family. It is something that is best when the power relations are not rigidly or oppressively stratified. It is something beautiful amongst equals, but when power dynamics become skewed, inafa'maolek can lead to problems. It can end up prohibiting agency, precluding change, preventing things from adapting or changing because of a sense of needing to work together or suppress particular voices or ideas in the name of maintaining a sense of harmony. 

Inafa'maolek is something beautiful after a typhoon hits the island. It is something beautiful to see in action at a family function or as families tackle a collective problem. It is something wonderful to teach people in terms of their relationship to the environment. 

But what wisdom do the great tomes of inafa'maolek provide when tackling income inequal...

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Sunday, 02 September

15:32

August 2018 GA - Does Size Matter? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


Independent Guhan's August Meeting will honor the late Ricky Bordallo and tackle the question Does Size Matter? in terms of island development

For Immediate Release, August 20, 2018 
Independent Guhan (IG) invites the public to attend our August General Assembly (GA) on Thursday, August 30th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Pavilion of the Chamorro Village in Hagta. The event will focus on how Guhan can be successful and prosperous as an independent country, and that being a small island does not truly hold us back.

At each GA, Independent Guhan honors a magataotao: a notable figure that has helped guide the island and the Chamoru people on their quest for self-determination. This month, IG will be honoring the legacy of the late governor of Guhan, Ricardo Ricky Bordallo. Bordallo served in ILiheslaturan Guhan seven times and was elected twice as Guhans governor. He was a strong believer in Guhan, that its people were capable of great things, and that our status as a small island in the Pacific was not a limitation. 

In this spirit, he onc...

15:27

Delegated Authority "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The recent primary election on Guam had very few surprises. Lou and Josh were the favorites to win the Democratic primary. They did win, although it has been a surprise thus far how slim the margin was. Despite the huge gap in spending between the Lou and Josh and Frank and Alicia camps, Lou and Josh won by less than 300 votes.


The closeness of the race was not the biggest upset however, that prize goes to Senator Mike San Nicolas' win over incumbent Madeleine Bordallo in the primary for Democratic candidate for the non-voting position in the US Congress. Bordallo has served in the position for 16 years and has long been a fixture in Democratic politics on island. While San Nicolas has his own loyal base of followers and voters, many felt that the tension he has sometimes created within the party, in particular with his fellow senators and party leaders, would hurt his chances at unseating Bordallo. The race was close, but ultimately San Nicolas prevailed.

San Nicolas will face off against former Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks in November. It'll be interesting to see who will win. Hyi pau fanggna gi este na karera? 

Dr. Vivian Dames' dissertation has a chapter on the non-voting delegate position, focusing on the first three Chamoru men to hold it, Tony Won Pat, Ben Blaz and Robert Underwood. It is a fascinating read, because part of the way she makes her argument is to give each of these men a label or a nickname to help us understand their role or their place. What they accomplished or how they were perceived. For example Won Pat was in many ways a deal maker. Through his relationships with powerful congressional leaders he was able to get Guam included in many pieces of legislation. He was small in stature and minute in terms of apparent political power, but through his relationships with other congresspeople, he was able to accomplish a great deal for Guam.

Blaz was the general, since his military service defined him in so many ways, including with his attitude and approach to others. Getting an accurate portrait of Congressman Blaz has always been difficult as I've gone about my research since for many people who worked with him or around him, his personality was difficult to negotiate. When I interviewed people who worked in his office while in DC, they all praised him in certain ways, but were also guarded in assessing him as well, perhaps because of ways they may have clashed with him or felt his ego made him less effective.

Despite any of this, Blaz did use his background as a military officer in order to further build relationships, especially with other congressmen who had served in the military. Despite his minute political status, Blaz brought an air of dignity to the office.

Dames refers to Underwood as the storyteller or the teacher. Underwood ent...

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Saturday, 01 September

00:20

Akaku Upstairs Presents: The Multi-Dimensional Human: Weird Science & Self-Healing with Debra Greene, PhD 9/27/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Debra Greene, PhD is a mind-body medicine specialist and frequently quoted expert in the fields of energy medicine and energy psychology.  She combines the best of ancient wisdom with modern science in her private practice, writings, lectures, and nationwide media appearances. Her plan is to show us where human energy comes from, and how we

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Friday, 31 August

23:08

Akaku Upstairs presents: Environment, Mind and Mood How Our Surroundings Influence Our Inner World Dr. Adam Coles 9/20/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Dr. Adam Coles will lead a lively discussion on how in todays world we process thousands of reference points from our environment, shining a light on how that might affect our mind and mood. His talk will begin with the biology of how the environment is perceived, followed by how all of this information is

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Thursday, 30 August

03:20

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Hemp Revolution with Steve Rose from Maui Hemp Institute 9/13/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Steve Rose is the Chief Hempster of the Maui Hemp Institute for Research & Development (MHIRD) is dedicated to maximizing the potential for hemp production on Maui. Is it possible that hemp could replace sugar cane as a primary crop? The institutes view iswith more than 30 microclimates on Maui and three growing seasons, research

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Monday, 20 August

04:13

An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout. 

The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days.

This week, a group of 55 people gathered at the gates Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley and Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in the 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up and the connection they have to this land. As we walk, they show us the bush tucker, the plants used for medicine, and the plants used for other purposes. We listen, we learn, and together we enjoy the beauty of this land.

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Saturday, 18 August

08:36

W&J leaders call on Qld Govt not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE

18 August 2018

 

Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani

~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab

~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title

~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title

~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent

~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform

 

In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA,  Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the na...

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Friday, 17 August

01:27

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment

17 August 2018

Critical judgment in W&J Traditional Owners fight for their land rights against Adani

WHAT: Justice Reeves of the Federal Court delivers his decision in the case in which Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners have challenged the legitimacy of a meeting funded by Adani to authorise an ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the certification of that purported ILUA by Queensland South Native Title Services, and the subsequent registration of the Adani ILUA by the National Native Title Tribunal. Further background to the case below.

WHEN: 4.15pm, Friday 17 August 2018.   

WHERE: Federal Court, Court No. 2, Level 7, Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the five W&J applicants, and the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, is available for comment before and after the decision.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says: No matter what happens today, we are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. No matter who wins, we expect an appeal.

It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws.

We know its the Queensland Governments choice. Enough is enough. We have called on the UN for international scrutiny of whats happening here. The Government must bring itself into the modern era on our human rights and leave us to protect our country and chart a better future than coal mining.

Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owner Council advisor 0418 152 743

W&J website: http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/

W&J facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WanganandJagalingou/fBackground to the case

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Wednesday, 15 August

15:12

Water from the Stone of CNMI Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Next month I'll be back in Washington D.C. to resume my research about federal territorial relations that I began last year. Much of my focus last year was on Guam and its commonwealth movement, but as I conducted interviews and sifted through files, I also found more and more references to the commonwealth of the CNMI as well and found its evolution and devolution to be even more fascinating. Even just the contrast of reading about what has taken place there for the past few decades in federal documents versus local government is striking. Take for example when a number of sovereignty provisions that had been negotiated through the commonwealth were lost about ten years ago. This process was referred to the in CNMI as a "federalization," akin to a takeover by the federal government. Within the federal government however it was referred to as as normalizing of a relationship, whereby those provisions were considered to be only temporary and would eventually be done away with once the CNMI had experienced some economic development. It is so intriguing to see one side argue that something was never set in stone, but always fluid like water, while the other states it was set in stone and either we lost the stone or someone grabbed it and smashed most of it.

I look forward to returning to this research. It has put me back in the mood for reading about the garment industry that the CNMI once boasted. Here is an article from 2005 in the Saipan Tribune that I came across recently.

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The rise and fall of the garment industry in the CNMI
by Jesus D. Camacho
Saipan Tribune
May 17, 2005
https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/a360ee58-1dfb-11e4-aedf-250bc8c9958e/

According to the Tan Holdings Corp. website, Dr. Tan Siu Lin and his family brought THC to Guam in the early 70s and embarked on a variety of businesses: shipping, real estate, amusement, and movie distribution. Approximately six years after THC began conducting business in the Marianas, the Northern Marianas Islands became a bona fide Commonwealth in 1978.

Approximately five years after the CNMI came into existence, the Tan Siu Lin family made the decision to move the corporate headquarters from Guam to the CNMI in 1983. Subsequent to relocating to the Commonwealth, THC began to grow and become an extremely diversified and multifaceted corporation handling the gamut in t...

14:55

Iya Hagta "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Infotmasion put i siudat (mismo songsong, lao i maga'songsong para i Islan Guhan) gi Fino' Chamoru. Hu tuge' este para un curriculum project dos aos ttte. Ya-hu bei na'huyong guini lokkue', sa' hu Tango' na guaha estudiante pat otro e'eyak ni' sesso manmambisisita guini gi este na blog, ya ma kekealigao este na klasen tiningo'.

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Put iya Hagta

Guhan i ms dngkolo na isla gi islas Marianas. Hagta i kapitt na siudat. Gaige meggai na ofisinan gobietno giya Hagta. Gaige lokkue i gima i Gobietno yan i
Lihelaturan Guhan.

I Plsa de Espaa mahtsa desdi i tiempon Espaot; manggaige guihi i kosas yan estorian i manmasusedi gi duranten i tiempon Espaot. Gaige i Plsa gi fion i gimayuos Dulce de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.  Dngkolo este na gumayuos ya ma silelebra i gipot Santa Marian Kamalen gi diha ocho gi Disembre guini. Dngkolo este na silebrasion giya Guahan. I hinenggen Katoliko gi tiempon Espaot  ha gof tulaika i hinengge yan kottura gi entre i Chamorro siha. Mas di kuattro sientos aos i Espaot ha okupa i Islas Marianas. Meggai na tradision yan kustombre gi Chamorro pgo ginen este na hestoria.  
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14:20

United Natives Against Bureaucratic Miasma "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I first traveled to the United Nations to testify in 2007. I testified along with two other Marie Auyong and Rima Miles before the Fourth Committee on the situation in Guam. We came in the wake of a larger delegation the year before which featured Victoria Leon Guerrero, Julian Aguon, Sabina Perez, Fanai Castro, Tiffany Lacsado and Kerri Ann Borja. That trip represented a big moment in sort of post-nation Chamoru/Angel Santos activism in Guam and the diaspora. The trip first came from a conference in San Diego that I along with a few others had organized in April 2006 about decolonization and Chamoru issues. It was, as far as any of us could tell, the first of its kind in the diaspora. The gathering of so many critical and conscious Chamorus in one place led to a great number of things, one of which was a period of new engagement around the United Nations.

Chamorus had been traveling on and off to the UN since 1982. There were high points, usually when the Government of Guam wanted to try to shame the US about something or draw more attention to something the US was ignoring, but for the most part, only one or two people, or no one would travel to the UN to testify. That trip in 2006 wasn't organized by anyone with government of Guam connections, but rather activists either raised in the diaspora or just in the states for school, who wanted to draw attention to the military buildup that had been announced back home.

2006 was a high point, as the group met with countries and UN officials, who were all eager to see some activity in Guam again around decolonization. The first year I attended was simply a placeholder, a reminder that even if we hadn't returned with the same intensity, we were still there and did not want to be dismissed or forgotten. I hadn't even planned on testifying, but was asked at the last minute and ended up flying out with just a day or two notice.

Another larger group returned in 2008, but even in my short time within the UN infrastructure I was struck by a number of things. Once the luster and grandness of the place wore off, you were left with a hollowness, especially coming from a colony. As I wrote in my dissertation, the UN gift shop was a particularly depressing spectacle, as flags from nearly every UN member were there, but none for the colonies.

As much as testifying there before the Fourth Com...

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Friday, 10 August

13:33

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Tuesday, 07 August

22:24

LIVE PRIMARY ELECTION AND BLOCK PARTY ON AKAKU TV Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 6pm-11pm "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Akak Maui Community Media will present LIVE coverage of the 2018 Primary Election on giant outdoor screens at Akaku Center where hundreds of people gather every election night to watch the results as they come in. Once again the public is invited to come down throughout the evening, meet the candidates in person and join

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Sunday, 05 August

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Saturday, 04 August

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Friday, 03 August

06:59

Muriata on behalf of the Girramay People #2 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Muriata on behalf of the Girramay People #2 v State of Queensland [2018] FCA 1120 is available here .

The native title holders are the Girramay People. The Girramay People are the descendants of one or more of the following people:
(a)    Charles Williams;
(b)    Bella Williams (Yurbil);
(c)    Rosie Williams (Djarrmay) (aka Rosie Runaway);
(d)    Clara Williams (aka Clara Boogal);
(e)    Clarke Kennedy (Blencoe);
(f)    Jimmy Beeron (Yalbiri);
(g)    Jimmy Bugal (Nganygarru);
(h)    Jimmy Henry (Manidjunayi);
(i)    Jimmy Wallaby (Billycan) and his wife Maggie (Ridjar);
(j)    Walter Cardwell (aka Simpson) (aka Blackman) (Djubarriny);
(k)    Tommy Dickman (Dubulmanu) (aka Tommy Digman);
(l)    Louisa Balli, the wife of Tommy Dickman (Dubulamanu) aka Tommy Digman;
(m)    One Arm Jack (Manguburur);
(n)    Cissy (Ganabulan);
(o)    Claire (mother of Lily Murray nee Wade);
(p)    Billy and his wife Jenny (including Charlie Clark Kennedy);
(q)    Polly Wyle(s);
(r)    Tommy Djingadjinga (Budalayiny);
(s)    Charlie Nolan (lbirri);
(t)    Charlie Nolans mothers sister Ngawu (Marnie);
(u)    Jimmy Jacobs (Rindin);
(v)    Toby McAvoy;
(w)    Johnny Dallachy;
(x)    Billy Murray (Walguy aka Walguyi) and Nellie Murray (Mudjunin);
(y)    Frank McLean (aka Frank Barry) (Gandigurrungu) and his wife Nellie; or
(z)    Mailman.

06:28

W&J Council takes land rights fight to U.N. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE

3 August 2018

Traditional Owners take land rights fight to U.N. to head off threat of native title extinguishment for Adani

Authorised representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba and Murrawah Johnson, have submitted a request to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) for urgent action under the early warning and urgent action procedure.

The request to the CERD is in relation to Australias violations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, for the Committees consideration during its upcoming 96th session in Geneva. The complaint raises six violations of Australias international obligations under the Convention. (Link to the CERD submission)

The complaint was also sent to the Queensland Premier and Ministers in the Queensland Government, as well as the Foreign Affairs Minister and Federal Attorney General.

Adrian Burragubba, Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council spokesperson and cultural leader said, We are seeking the United Nations help to stop the destruction of our ancestral homelands, waters, and sacred sites by Adanis massive Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project.

The threatened extinguishment of our native title rights by the Queensland Government compels us to act. We...

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Friday, 27 July

03:12

Akaku Upstairs is Back! Teenwise Creating Mindful Teens for Positive Results with Celeste M. Gonsalves 9/6/18 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Celeste M. Gonsalves is the author of Teen Wise and Teen Wise WORKBOOKS and founder of Parent Chat 4 to 9. She assists parents and friends how to navigate through the tough teen years. She will share insights on how to build a trusting relationship with your son, daughter or family member. Teen Wise books

The post Akaku Upstairs is Back! Teenwise Creating Mindful Teens for Positive Results with Celeste M. Gonsalves 9/6/18 appeared first on Akaku.

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Sunday, 22 July

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Saturday, 14 July

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Wednesday, 11 July

04:54

The Path of resistance Public Event "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Path of resistance

First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou
Traditional Owners fight for their future

 

PUBLIC EVENT

6:30 Pm to 8:00 PM, 16th JULY 2018

State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, Level 2,

Stanley Place, South Brisbane 

 

This public event is hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium, as part of an international symposium.

The four-day symposium bringing together national and international Indigenous rights thinkers and activists is being held at the University of Queenslands Global Change Institute.

This important evening event at the State Library will be hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australias first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and will feature

~ Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson

~ Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson

with special guests

~ Dr. Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.

~ Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

~ Lisa Wade, Council Member, Naydiniaa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)

~ Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

Hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples resistance to mining and resource projects that would destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests will speak of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adanis Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland.

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders will affirm the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right...

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Friday, 06 July

08:59

Uranium: WA under threat "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The WA anti nukes crew have collaborated to make an animation video about the four proposed uranium mines in WA. It will launch at SOS this week and then there will be an online launch August 4th. To prepare for the online launch weve set up a thunderclap so on the 4th of August there will be an automatic post to your social media page if you support.

All you need to do is follow this link and click support with facebook or support with twitter

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/70766-uranium-wa-under-threat

This video shows the threat to vulnerable species and unique ecosystems at each of the four proposed uranium mines in West Australia. We want to get this video out to as many people as possible as a way of growing the campaign to keep WA nuclear free. We also want people to become familiar with the species that are at risk at each of the sites some on the brink of extinction.

There are no operating uranium mines in WA but there are four proposals we have the power to stop these areas from becoming toxic mines. There are many ways to get involved in the campaign and sharing this video is the first important step to bringing these places into your heart. Find out more ways to get involved at www.wanfa.org.au/action

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Thursday, 05 July

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Monday, 02 July

16:17

Na'l'la': Songs of Freedom Vol. 2 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Imagine a Decolonized Future for Guhan at Independent Guhans Nalla: Songs of Freedom Vol. 2 Concert on July 4th.

For Immediate Release, June 20, 2018 Each July 4ththe island commemorates the independence day of the United States, despite the fact that Guhan remains its colony. On that day last year Independent Guhan organized the concert Nalla: Songs of Freedom, which was attended by more than 600 people. Independent Guhan is proud to announce Volume 2 in their concert series, to take place on July 4th from 3-6 pm in the front field at Adelup. This event is free and open to the public.

Independent Guhan is an organization that is committed to educating the island community about the importance of Guhans decolonization and the possibilities should it become an independent country. The organization has spent the past two years organizing General Assemblies, village meetings, teach-ins, petition drives, coffee shop conversations and podcasts. The Nalla concert series represents another strategy for educating the people of Guhan about their political future, through the use of art, poetry and music.

A dozen young artists and bands will be performing under the theme of Music, Poetry, Knowledge and Freedom. Confirmed performers include Ben Lamlam San Nicolas, Maseha Hfa, Andrew Gumataotao, Trey Cunningham, JDinnaWAVE, Primitiva Mua and others. Each performance will connect to the overall theme of freedom, liberation and the working to create a better, and more independent future for Guhan. In addition to the live performances, there will be informational booths, providing educational materials from various community groups.
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03:43

#MeToo: take note from a black Aboriginal woman "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Consider this.

  • How many opinion pieces of childhood trauma will excuse the author from years of trolling?
  • Just how pale would your skin have to be to be invited to excise black skin stories to make your coat of many colours?
  • How much self-appointed leadership would you need to serve to legitimize abuse and assault?
  • How many years of government funding validates bullying and exploitation?
  • How many tweets would you need to punch out to redeem yourself from polluting our world?


The lack of #MeToo stories within black Australia doesnt mean these wrongs dont exist.  A person of foresight would know one of the strongest deterrents of bad behavior has become the ticking time bomb of exposure and public shaming. 

The reluctance and the fear around not speaking up will inevitably collapse.  Its not a case of if, its a case of when will it happen. 

It got us this far, the rule of silence that protected the twisted ruin that hid in the shadows, and these days lurks on social media and nests in the remains of community myths.

It is the man who slinks around social media taking...

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Sunday, 01 July

18:29

Dark Times "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Dark Times

by Siv Parker


You can not be involved in any grass roots campaign without knowing about child sexual assault in Aboriginal communities.  You cant be a feminist without knowing about physical, mental and financial abuse of Aboriginal women. 

You cant call yourself an Aboriginal leader if you havent faced these issues head on.

You cant be a suicide prevention advocate without considering the link between abuse and violence to the high rates of suicide in adults of all ages and children under ten years old.

You cant be a black politician without being aware what runs deep in your community.  

You cant be a perpetrator without people in your own community your own family being aware of your behaviour.

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Thursday, 28 June

23:06

07:04

Constitutional Recognition "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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It is shocking to me that in 2014 we are still a country that has ties to our racist past, of the darker periods in our nations history, such as the White Australia Policy that had at its core the destruction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and culture.  Australia no longer stands for these attitudes. By recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and removing discrimination, we are sending a powerful message about the way we wish to see ourselves as a nation, as Australians.

We are saying that we truly believe in equality, in a fair go and in non-discrimination for all Australians. We are saying that we truly respect and honour the 60,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history that is currently missing from our nations founding document.Mick Gooda, Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture 2014

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Monday, 25 June

09:18

Project Update: Get Pog back in the water to Sail 4 Justice "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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Dont turn ur back on the old country, our land and sea are calling us

The people and the land are suffering.

These colonial governments have no jurisdiction, they got no right to be locking people up, torturing and killing them, our mob, our brothers and sisters in West Papua or the mobs fleeing war, coming here just looking for safety. Its our land we should be allowed to welcome them and look after country, protect it from mining companies logging and waste dumps.

Im talking toall you mob here and across the Pacific

Dont turn ur back on the land and people. Time for this next generation to stand up, come together and sail 4 justice Uncle Kevin Buzzacott Arabunna Elder

Yay! Big thanks, you mob rock! We made past the 5k mark! We super proud to have such a concious and generous crew around us!

We will work hard to make this happen with as much swet and caleses as it takes to #sail4justice

You can follow our boat fixing progress on:

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Saturday, 23 June

06:38

IG June 2018 June GA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


Independent Guhan will honor the legacy of Richard Flores Taitano and discuss reforming local government in June GA

Independent Guhan (IG) invites the public to attend their June General Assembly (GA) on Thursday, June 28, from 6:00 7:30 p.m. at the Main Pavilion of the Chamorro Village in Hagta. The educational focus for the evening will be on how Guhans government can be radically reformed in an effort to provide more checks and balances and participation for the islands residents.

Media coverage and social media chatter provide regular reminders of Government of Guam corruption and malfeasance. Many feel that the levels of corruption are so high that they provide an obstacle to ever achieving independence. In this months GA, Independent Guhan will discuss ways that the government of a decolonized Guhan could be reformed to reduce corruption and also provide more means by which people can participate in the functioning of their democracy. Models from other Pacific Island nations and indigenous groups in the Americas will be discussed as providing possibilities that would enable the government in an independent Guhan to be more closely aligned with Chamoru cultural values.

At each GA, Independent Guhan honors a maga...

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Friday, 15 June

09:24

Wakka Wakka People #3 and #4 ILUA Meeting "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The ILUA area roughly includes Mundubbera, Gayndah, Murgon, Goomeri, Cherbourg, Kingaroy, Nanango and Yarraman.

Apical ancestors are listed as

Jenny and David Carlo (parents of Princess Carlo)
Minnie Bly (mother of Thomas Simpson), Ethel and Bill Button
Maggie Hart (mother of Crabbie Chapman and Henry Hart)
Mother of Willie Boy Pickering
Maggie West
Emily of Degilbo, mother of Annie.
King Billy and Maria of Boondooma (parents of Tommy Dodd of Taabinga)
Kitty (mother of Jack Bulong)
MiMi
Kitty of Boonara
John Bond
Stockman Bligh and Aggie Bligh
Tommy (aka Boondoon) and Maggie (parents of Willie Bone), Billy McKenzie (father of Chlorine McKenzie), Chlorine McKenzie
Kitty (mother of Jenny Lind), Jenny Lind and Mick Buck
Kate/Katie/Kitty Law
Boubijan Cobbo

Appeared in the Koori Mail of June 13, 2018

09:23

Barkandji People Proposed IULA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Barkandji People Proposed ILUA

Proposed ILUA area roughly centred on Menindee and includes Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Ivanhoe and Mildura.

The apical ancestors are listed as follows
Manfred Mary / Mary Johnson / Mary Brodie
Manfred Tommy
Louisa Brown
Cuthero Jack Brown
Susan Webster also known as Annie Webster
Bill Webster
Harry Whyman
Kate Whyman
Louisa McLean
Alec McLean
Nganya
Sarah Cabbage
Harry Mitchell
Daniel McGregor
Lucy Benson
Jack Doctor Benson
Crancey
Jack Tyler
Taylor Matjulum Gibson
Tottie Gibson
Kutyi
Cate Newton / Maggie Tyler
Albert Bates
Fanny Bates
Yancannia Kitty
Judy Quayle
Nancy Watts
Topsie Crowe
Alec Bridge
Olive Barton
Margaret Payne
Kitty Knight
Jacky Knight
Matilda Murray
Paddy Black
Hero Black
Tall Boy Keegan
Kitty Keegan
Fanny Buugali Williams

Appeared in the Koori Mail of June 13, 2018

Some items of interest are

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage of the Menindee Lakes Area
Part 1 Aboriginal Ties to the Land
Sarah Martin 2001

Corner Talk - An Annales Influernced Narrative from the Corner Country of NSW
Sarah Martin 2004

Humpy, House and Tin Shed
Aboriginal Settlement History on the Darling River
Paul Memmott, Published I B Fell Research Centre, University of Sydney, 1991

Menindee Mission Station 1933 1949 and Carowra Tank Aboriginal School
Beverley and Don Elphick 2000

The Tin Camp - A Study of Contemporary Aboriginal Architecture in North Western NSW
Stephanie Diana Smith
Master of Architecture Thesis, University of Queensland, 1996

Mutawintji
Aboriginal Cultural Association with Mutawintji National Park
Dr Jeremy Beckett, Dr Luise Hercus, Dr Sarah Martin
edited by Claire Colyer 2008

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Thursday, 24 May

13:08

High noon in the Galilee "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Wangan and Jagalingou law and order

By Adrian Burragubba

Published as the Prologue to The Coal Truth: The fight to stop Adani, defeat the big polluters and reclaim our democracy, by David Ritter. June 2018

I AM A WANGAN AND JAGALINGOU PERSON. I learnt the ways of my people from my father and my older brothers. I was taught that the sacred beliefs of my culture are based on where the song lines run through our country. The song lines connect me to my peoples country and to the trees, plants, shrubs, medicines that we know are on country, waterholes, creeks, rivers and animals all have a special religious place in our land and culture and are connected to it.

Our spirits and the spirits of our ancestors travel above, through and under the ground of our country. They dwell there indefinitely. Harming the environment, the country, the landscape, the ecosystems, the dependent species, harms my sacred beliefs and spiritual connections.

I, along with other Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners, through our Traditional Owners Family Council, have sustained a strategy to resist the push by Adani Mining and the Queensland government to open up the Galilee Basin our traditional lands with the largest proposed coal mine in the history of Australia, and one of the largest in the world.

At the heart of our struggle is the demand for respect for us as first peoples, for our country and our rights, all long missing in relations between our people and the Settler Society.

The confrontation over the Galilee is the distillation of our peoples struggle with the land grabbing and colonisation that has continued since day one of the British assertion of sovereignty over our lands and peoples an assertion that we never ceded to and one that proceeds every day, still without our consent.

Wangan and Jagalingou are the Traditional Owners of most of the area of the Galilee Basin, including the proposed Carmichael mine site. For untold thousands of years, we have been custodians of this land and it is our responsibility to protect our land, water, people, history and totems. Our Yuree, our law, is the bee, or Kub-bah in our traditional language.

Our sacred connection starts at our place of birth. There, the child is given a representative animal, bird or reptile totem, either a social totem or a dreaming totem. They are forbidden to eat such creatures or their eggs.

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Friday, 18 May

04:00

Akaku Upstairs on Hiatus until September 6, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

During our hiatus we will be planning for the Thursday Salon Series schedule for July, August and September. We will be back in action on September 6th at  a new time 6:00-7:30pm. If you know a person, organization or entity who needs a place to share incredible resources and opportunities with the Maui Community, please

The post Akaku Upstairs on Hiatus until September 6, 2018 appeared first on Akaku.

02:49

Akaku Mobile Youth Journalism (YBEAM) Announces the Summer Session Dates for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Akaku Mobile Youth Journalism (YBEAM) Announces the Summer Session Dates for 2018 June 5th July 7th Two Sessions 12 openings Kahului, Hawaii: Akak is Mauis only non-profit TV Station providing mobile video training for Maui Nui youth. Youth Broadband Education Awareness Mentoring (YBEAM) offers youth 12 18 years the opportunity to become

The post Akaku Mobile Youth Journalism (YBEAM) Announces the Summer Session Dates for 2018 appeared first on Akaku.

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Thursday, 17 May

20:45

iMovie Training with Rick Ortiz of the MacPro Wednesdays in May 16, 23 and 30, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Kahului, Hawaii: Join Rick Ortiz, from the macpro, as he teaches hands-on iMovie training at Akaku! He is going to help you learn the skills to edit your stories with this free application! Get notes on navigation, importing, editing and personal project completion.Three day class series: Day 1: The App: iMovie Navigation Day 2: Importing Content into iMovie

The post iMovie Training with Rick Ortiz of the MacPro Wednesdays in May 16, 23 and 30, 2018 appeared first on Akaku.

00:48

Akak Upstairs is on a BreakSee you in July! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

During our hiatus we will be planning for the Thursday Salon Series schedule for July, August and September. We will be back in action on July 12th with a new time 6:00-7:30pm. If you know a person, organization or entity who needs a place to share incredible resources and opportunities with the Maui Community, please

The post Akak Upstairs is on a BreakSee you in July! appeared first on Akaku.

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Tuesday, 15 May

05:03

2018 Walk registrations filling fast "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi everyone.

We have had a massive response for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout.

Spots are filling up fast and if you are keen to come you should register as soon as possible to secure you place on the walk.

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

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

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

Click here make a donation to the Bardi Bus

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Monday, 07 May

01:13

NNTT Wakaman #5 Native Title Claim "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2018/001 available here entered on the Register 2/5/2018.

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


The Wakaman People native title claim group is comprised of the descendants (including through adoption or raising up in accordance with traditional laws and customs) of the following apical ancestors:
a. Jimmy and Winnie, parents of Maude Byrne and grandparents of Jinnie Pearson, 
    Joe Dosetta Jnr  and Rita Hall;
b. Mick McTavish Snr, father of Jessie Chong and Fred Fulford,
    and grandfather of Daisy Thomas;
c. William and Emily Fulford, parents of Henry Fulford;
d. Spider and Kitty, parents of Maggie grandparents of Harold Jackson, Jubilee Jackson,
    Phoebe Jackson and Maggie Fox;
e. Pluto Brumby, father of Jack Brumby, Mabel Kew and Maude Robin;
f. Jinnie Denford, mother of Alick Brown and May Ezzy aka May Brown;
g. Micky Atherton, father of Roley Cameron;
h. Billy Garbutt and Lucy aka Lizzie, parents of Margaret Maude and
    grandparents of Albert Thomas, Louise Malthouse, Maude Ludwick and Agnes Henry;
i. Kandjuldi and Ngululinjeir, parents of Charlie Oak Park aka Charlie Leftbridge
j. Bujulimba, mother of Phil Alpin Snr and grandmother of Phil Alpin Jnr;
k. Nellie, mother of Ruby Riley nee Alpin, Phil Alpin Jnr and Herbert Alpin aka Herbert Brown;
l. Harry Croydon, father of Jerry Croydon;
m. Darby and Dick, parents of Jessie Croydon and grandparents of Jerry Croydon;
n. Jaingkali aka Nellie Hackett aka Minnie Chillagoe and her partners Geramutami and
    Bomarana,  parents of Frank Hudson, Minnie Sandy and Lucy;
o. Jenny and Billy, parents of Rosie Rosendale (wife of Louis Rosendale and
    William Maytown aka William Dolo);
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Sunday, 06 May

14:27

Donate to get Pog back in the water to Sail 4 Justice "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Pog Mo Hon is the notorious flag ship from the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua, earlier this year she was pirated into the mangroves in dead boat bay where she was found in quite a state of dis repair. She has since been rescued and is up on the dry in Darwin.

We are currently working hard to get her back in the water and ready for her next adventure for social and environmental justice in the Pacific!

But..

We need to put in a new engine, replace timber and rigging, re do electrics and fibre glassing. Its big job and we are making progress but with out your support we are struggling to afford the repairs and parts she needs.

Be part of this mission, donate what u can, nothing is too small xx big love and fine adventures

Donate via Chuffed.org

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Saturday, 05 May

11:21

11:16

China extending its influence in Australia and the West "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

British website The Conservative Woman reviews a new book by Canberra academic Clive Hamilton: "Silent Invasion: China's influence in Australia."

Apparently, last year Chinese parties nearly defenestrated an Australian MP in a key Sidney constituency, which could have wiped out the wafer-thin Parliamentary majority of the current Liberal government.

Elsewhere, Chinese individuals abroad may still be kept under close surveillance:

"Stalking of expat dissidents is facilitated by digital technology. Activity on Facebook (a website blocked in China) is monitored, but it doesnt stop there. Western governments have shown unbelievable lack of caution in giving contracts to Chinese firms for sensitive work such as surveillance systems. Advanced internet-linked CCTV cameras with face-tracking capacity in use on the London Underground and Gatwick Airport are supplied by Hangzhou Hikvision, a company under Chinese state control. Potentially the data may be sent to Chinese servers, allowing agents to track people wherever they go, recording them visiting church or holding a copy of Epoch Times."

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Friday, 04 May

12:43

Wa Canoe Travelling with a Message "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Wa Canoe Travelling with a Message : The 1st of May 2018 the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Supporters and Free West Papua supporters came in solidarity with Wa Canoe and did a full lap around the Parliament House to remind the Australian government of the Papuan bloods on their hands through their foreign policies in early 60s that have continued to terrorised the livelihood and suppressed the aspirations of the Papuans right to self-determination.

#FullFreedom #Merdeka #WaCanoe4WestPapua

The 1st of May is known as the Day of Terror which commemorates the day that the illegal Indonesian occupation of West Papua began in 1963. The occupation continues to this day and the right to self-determination of the West Papuan people continues to be violated. The Australian Government is complicit in this through funding and training the Indonesian police and military including Detachment 88.

To raise awareness about the ongoing human rights violations in West Papua and to draw attention to this slow motion genocide on our door step. The West Papuan community, Aboriginal Tent Embassy and their supporters  launched the Wa Canoe for Freedom at The Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. The canoe travels with a message to be delivered to the Australian and Indonesian Governments. Join us as we journey to Parliament in Canberra.

Built by Lober Wainggai and decorated by Amos Wainggai, the canoe is a replica of the one that arrived on Australian shores in 2006 carrying 43 West Papuan refugees, five of whom have travelled to Canberra with the canoe. The Wa Canoe represents the West Papuan peoples cry for help to regain independence from Indonesian occupation, and represents the struggle and hardships of West Papuan people.

I am one of the 43 that came here by canoe in 2006. I came here to seek justice for my people. Please help us. Amos Wainggai

We call on:

the Australian Government to stop supporting the Indonesian security forces....

11:20

Prehistoric Hobbits in Luzon "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Archaeological remains of a butchered rhino suggest that midget humanoid ancestors came to the Philippines far earlier than we thought:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/04/butchered-rhino-suggests-humans-were-in-the-philippines-700000-years-ago



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Thursday, 03 May

08:27

MAP: Historic expansion of Austronesian speakers "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

As China vies with the USA for control of the Pacific*, Japan Forward offers this map of the spread of Austronesian languages:


* "In 2008 Admiral Keating of the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) gave a warning that Chinas Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) is interested in dividing the Pacific Ocean between China and the U.S.":

http://japan-forward.com/8th-pacific-islands-leaders-meeting-what-should-be-on-the-agenda/

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