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In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Association, GIC is implementing Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (#MMIW) initiatives to counter the endemic devastation being wrought on our communities by murders and assaults on Native women, children, and two-spirit people. We are currently engaged with lawmakers in the US Congress and Senate to deliver bi-partisan legislation to fight this onslaught against our lifegivers, youth and children.
Whether we carry the DNA of a tribe
or tribes from one or multiple hemispheres, among all the ties that bind in the universal knowledge of Earth and the original dreams is, at the center, a compact with
"Founded by a resolution of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, the Global Indigenous Council (GIC) has members from the Americas to Australasia. It has published a manifesto, provided testimony to the US Senate, contributed to the acclaimed documentary Remaking the Sacred Hoop, presented official declarations on behalf of 130 tribes to the State of Wyoming opposing its trophy hunt of the sacred grizzly bear, and has formulated a now operational ID card 'to provide primary tribal and sovereign status to tribes and those tribal people with no nation, state, territorial or provincial official identification of standing.'
As stated in founding GIC resolutions: 'Many tribes outside of North America do not have the legal standing afforded by treaties with colonial, nation-states. As a result, the sovereignty of those tribes is consistently threatened, and the rights of those tribal citizens are routinely undermined or ignored, due to a lack of documented legal status.'"
THE NATIONAL MMIW
CAMPAIGN HAS BEGUN.
"It is so important for tribal leaders
to bring these critical issues to
As Members of Congress committed to these issues, we need indigenous people
to be visible in Washington, DC to
help us do our part to repair the historic oppression of indigenous communities.
There is no justice, like there is no combating climate change, without addressing what has happened to indigenous communities."
With the Blackfeet Nation, the Global Indigenous Council recently held the first-ever MMIW Tribunal in the US. The statements of 2020 Presidential candidates and Members of Congress for the tribunal and the continued work of the GIC-RMTLC-GPTCA alliance to secure meaningful legislation to address the MMIW tragedy can be read in full here.
“All of the progress we’ve made on this issue is because of you. You’ve demanded attention. You’ve fought for changes to the law, and you continue to fight for the authority to ensure justice and fairness for everyone in your nations. I am grateful for and inspired by your courage, and I look forward to continuing work on this vitally important issue.”
Vice President Joe Biden, 2020 Presidential Candidate.
“To address this problem, I realize that I cannot do it alone. I will work with tribal leaders and collaborate with community partners. My administration will collaborate with community organizations, such as the Global Indigenous Council, to lift up the years of organizing and advocacy, and raise the profile of the issue . . . Only by elevating this issue and putting resources to address it can we truly secure the safety of indigenous women and girls. When I am elected, you will have a strong ally in this fight in the White House.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Presidential Candidate.
“I am honored to provide full support of the Global Indigenous Council on the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women crisis. It is my privilege to support your national billboard campaign. With your help we continue to raise awareness so we can end the silence of this crisis!”
Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM).
“I would like to thank those who have been incredible advocates for Montana’s missing and murdered indigenous women, including the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, the Global Indigenous Council, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the Blackfeet Nation. I appreciate the work you are doing to provide a safe space for survivors and victims’ families to share their experiences.”
Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT).
“There is a crisis amongst our tribal nations of missing and murdered indigenous women, and we will be forever haunted by our failure to act on their behalf. I thank the Global Indigenous Council for their efforts to bring attention and solutions to this issue, including the recent convening of the MMIW Tribunal. The United States government must act swiftly and decisively, in partnership with tribal nations, to ensure indigenous women live without fear of violence.”
Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), 2020 Presidential Candidate.
“Policy that affects Native American communities must be shaped -- from start to finish -- by tribal leaders who remain on the front lines of critical issues. That is why I stand by the tireless work done by the tribal alliance of the Global Indigenous Council, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association. The tribal alliance has boldly forged a path to positive legislative change on Capitol Hill, which crucially includes passing widely supported bipartisan amendments that make Savanna’s Act more effective.”
Tom Steyer, 2020 Presidential Candidate.
“Conversations like this one are critical if we want to bring an end to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It’s because of events like this, and the tireless work of folks all across Indian Country, that MMIW has taken its rightful place as a movement that cannot be ignored by those who would rather avoid confronting hard truths.”
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).
“As President, I will bring this crisis to light with the recognition it needs, and to allocate the resources to address it, study it, and to end it. I will work with the Global Indigenous Council, the Blackfeet Nation, the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, and any other groups needed to address the causes and underlying roots that drive this crisis. As President, I will work with the Department of Justice to make sure that we can provide the resources and fix the bureaucratic flaws that delay, muddy, or outright stop progress.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), 2020 Presidential Candidate.
“I’m working hard to lead this fight in the US Senate to raise awareness and find legislative solutions, like the bipartisan Savanna’s Act, that will address the issue head on. I continue to support additional amendments requested by Tribal leaders in Montana that will make Savanna’s Act even stronger.”
Senator Steve Daines (R-MT).
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To the White Earth people,
manoomin isn’t just a resource to be used — it’s an independent entity with the right “to exist, flourish, regenerate and evolve.” Tribes, and even some cities also are embracing the idea that Mother Nature has legal rights — setting the stage for court battles that could shake governments, businesses and the environmental movement.
TESTER CONSIDERS INTRODUCING STAND ALONE MMIW LEGISLATION BASED UPON GIC-RMTLC-GPTCA RECOMMENDATIONS - - THE REDUCE, RETURN AND RECOVER ACT
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ROMANI PERSECUTION CONTINUES IN PLAIN SIGHT
Roma gypsies warned over risk of deportation after Brexit without paperwork proving residency and Travellers fear they could face the same threats of deportation as Windrush Generation.
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. . . At the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition an estimated 100,000 grizzly bears roamed from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast. That was all Indian Country. Now there are fewer than 2,000 grizzly bears and our people live in Third World conditions on meager reservations in the poorest counties in the US. Does she really want to talk about ‘destroying’ a ‘way of life’?”
GIC LEADER CHIEF JUDY WILSON JOINS GRETA THUNBERG IN BC CLIMATE ACTION
“Young people are marching and protesting because they and their future have become collateral damage from continuing political support for the fossil fuel industry so the industry can carry on as business as usual. So now it is time to bring the fight to the Canadian courts.”
ON THE PONCA NATION
Mekasi Camp-Horinek, Founder of Earth Rights and Director of Field Operations for Global Indigenous Council, exposes the reality of Environmental Genocide and Environmental Racism on the Ponca Nation as the mainstream media looks the other way. “We all know that water is life. The years of fish-kills related to the fracking and injection wells amount to environmental genocide,” says Ponca elder Casey Camp-Horinek.
“It is going to take all of us humans because we’re speaking for those without voices, for the deer, the buffalo, the bear, those that fly. In our tribe we have a funeral a week now. We’re being fracked to death and it’s time to take a stand for our people and defend the earth."
BOLSANARO REPEATS CALL FOR AMAZON TO BE MINED AFTER KILLING OF OPPOSITION TRIBAL LEADER
The international community is speaking out against the killing of an indigenous tribal leader in Brazil's Amazon, even as the country's president says there no evidence of foul play.
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer rallying for Indigenous Rights on Capitol Hill with members of GIC leadership, including Mekasi Camp-Horinek and Arthur Redcloud
INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN CANADA FILE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT OVER FORCED STERILIZATION
In 2001, a 29-year-old Cree woman, nicknamed S.A.T. in legal documents, gave birth to her sixth child then was wheeled into an operating room to be sterilized. She says she desperately protested, but no one listened. To this day, she remembers “the smell of burning flesh” as her fallopian tubes were cauterized against her will in an irreversible birth control procedure.
Read about it here
Congressman Joe Kennedy III receives a
“Make Indigenous Natives Great Again” cap
BRAZIL'S TRUMP, PRESIDENT BOLSONARO, "DECLARES WAR" ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES:
Brazil has just elected as its president a far-right nationalist with authoritarian tendencies and fascist inclinations. The country’s 900,000-strong indigenous people are among the many minority groups Jair Bolsonaro has frequently targeted with vitriolic hostility.
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"THREE DECADES OF MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN
amounts to a 'Canadian genocide',
a leaked landmark Canadian government report has concluded."
Although the bald eagle has served as a symbol of American freedom and values for upwards of two centuries, it, along with its close relative the golden eagle, have held sacred religious and cultural significance for members of federally recognized Indian tribes since time immemorial.
Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council-FWS Eagle Feathers Petition-Public Comment.
Blackfoot Confederacy - FWS Eagle Feathers Petition.
US Indigenous News . . .
TRIBES OFFER STINGING REBUKE OF CONGRESSIONAL ATTEMPTS TO OVERTURN GRIZZLY VICTORY IN TESTIMONY TO US SENATE EPW COMMITTEE
Thirty-one tribal nations submitted testimony to the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) that denounced the majority GOP led-efforts to overturn Crow Tribe et al v. Zinke and gut the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Read about it here
Oct 18, 2018: THE UNION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA INDIAN CHIEFS (UBCIC) STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE 31 TRIBAL NATIONS that recently submitted a joint testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), on the future of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and particularly the survival of the sacred grizzly bear.
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TRIBAL NATIONS PREVAIL IN GRIZZLY FIGHT; PRESERVE SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS
After years of struggle to defend the grizzly bear and consequently tribal religious freedoms and treaty rights, tribal nations finally prevailed over the US Government on Monday evening (Sept 25, 2018) when Judge Dana Christensen ruled in favor of tribal and environmental plaintiffs in Crow Tribe et al v. Zinke.
Tribes Prevail in the Fight to Save Sacred Grizzlies
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SENATOR CORY BOOKER THANKING GIC FOR THE "IMPORTANT TESTIMONY FROM TRIBAL LEADERS" SUBMITTED TO THE SENTATE EPW COMMITTEE.
Senator Booker confirms that he "is opposed to any efforts to weaken the Endangered Species Act, including any attempts to interfere with the court decision in Crow Tribe et al v. Zinke." and has written a letter "in opposition to harmful ESA riders, which more than 30 of his Senate colleagues also signed"
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