Mexico Urges Spain, Pope, to Apologize for Abuses of Colonization, and Other News

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wrote Spain’s King Felipe VI and Pope Francis seeking apologies for them for the abuses of colonialism and conquest, news outlets are reporting.

However, there are differing spins. The Guardian headline said “Mexico demands Spain apologize …” The Washington Post headline said “Mexico’s President Wants Spain to Apologize,” but cautions that the request threatens “a diplomatic row.” The Reuters offers the tepid headline: “Mexico president wants no beef with Spain, hints at other apology requests.”

The Guardian article provides the following context.

“I have sent a letter to the king of Spain and another to the pope calling for a full account of the abuses and urging them to apologize to the indigenous peoples (of Mexico) for the violations of what we now call their human rights,” Lopez Obrador, 65, said in the video, which he posted to his social media accounts.

“There were massacres and oppression. The so-called conquest was waged with the sword and the cross. They built their churches on top of the (indigenous) temples,” he said.

“The time has come to reconcile. But let us ask forgiveness first.”

Click on the links above for details.

Red Lake, Mille Lacs Band Flags to Fly in Hennepin and Dakota County District Courts

Tribal flags from the Red Lake Nation and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will be installed in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Courtroom at the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center. ICWA is a federal law enacted in 1978 to rectify the removal of Indian children from their homes, often done without regard to their native heritage.

Red Lake and Mille Lacs flags also will be installed at the main entrance of the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.

The flags will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, March 28, at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, from noon to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Representatives from the Red Lake Nation and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe will present their tribal flags, according to a news release from the courts. Accepting the flags will be Judge David Piper, presiding judge of Hennepin County Juvenile Court, Judge Charlene Hatcher, assistant presiding judge of Hennepin County Family Court, Judge Kathryn Messerich, chief judge of the First Judicial District, Judge Jamie Cork, Dakota County District Court.

Hennepin County American Indian Community Relations specialist Terri Yellowhammer has been approaching tribes on behalf of the Fourth Judicial District with the request to acknowledge tribal nation sovereignty for the American Indian families served through the court system. Tribal flags from the White Earth Nation and Leech Band of Ojibwe were installed in Hennepin County District Court Juvenile Court in November, the news release said.

One More PUC Vote on Line 3

If you heard the MPR story: State regulators issue final approval for Line 3 oil pipeline project, it’s a nothing burger.

This is one in a series of procedural votes at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that needed to happen so Line 3 opponents can sue to stop the pipeline in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.(It’s one of those obtuse legal things where the PUC has to formally reject a “Motion to Reconsider” before opponents are allowed to sue.

Bottom line: While it’s one more disappointment in a long string of disappointments from the PUC, it was expected. On to the courts!

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