News and Events: MMIW March fundraiser, pipeline updates and more

In this blog:

  • Minneapolis MMIW March fund raiser Saturday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.
  • Pipeline updates: “A Giant Step Backwards” report and citizen pipeline monitors
  • Federal legislative updates: Indigenous languages preservation act renewed, Little Shell Tribe gets recognition
  • Indian Country Today blasts San Francisco, Kansas City championship game as the “Genocide Bowl”

Minneapolis MMIW March fund raiser Saturday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.

The annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Relatives (MMIW) March will be held again this year on Valentine’s Day. A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to support the March will be held this Saturday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m. at the MN350 offices, 4407 East Lake Street, Minneapolis.

The suggested donation is $20 but no one will be turned away. Here is a link to the Facebook Event Page. Please share with your networks.

Pipeline updates: “A Giant Step Backwards” report and citizen monitors

A coalition of organizations opposing Line 3, including MN 350 and Honor the Earth, released a report showing just how devastating Line 3 will be to climate damage.

Here just a couple of the staggering facts in the report, A Giant Step Backwards:

  • Expanding Line 3 would add more greenhouse gas to the atmosphere annually than Minnesota emitted in 2016.
  • Under the “One Minnesota Path to Clean Energy” plan proposed by Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, electric utilities would be required to zero out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But expanding Line 3 would vastly outweigh the impact of this achievement.

Click here for the report.

A bit late on this story, but last fall the website 100 Days in Appalachia published the article: The pipeline boom: As Pipeline Construction Booms, Citizens Take Inspections Into Their Own Hands.

On a recent hot, August weekend, about a dozen citizens spent three days along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Armed with cameras, smartphones and drones the volunteers traveled portions of the pipeline’s route under construction from Monroe to Doddridge counties. …

In total, the volunteers collected about 60 examples of what they deemed to be permit violations by the pipeline. Their efforts are part of a citizen monitoring program run by conservation group the West Virginia Rivers Coalition.

Comment: There are a growing number of citizen efforts to monitor pipeline construction, a sad commentary on the lack of state oversight. People are already monitoring the proposed route for Enbridge Line 3 in northern Minnesota, even before the project has cleared regulatory review and legal challenges. In the worst-case scenario that the project gets approved, citizen monitoring efforts will ramp up here, too.

Federal legislative updates: Indigenous languages preservation act renewed, Little Shell Tribe gets recognition

An email from the Friends Committee on National Legislation gave the following updates on positive legislation for Indian Country:

  • Language Preservation Act renewed: The Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act extended two federal Native language programs until 2024.  It provides federal funding for tribes to preserve their languages and ensure that they are passed on to future generations. The bill first became law in 2006 and expired in 2012. It’s named after Esther Martinez, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo linguist who worked to preserve and teach the Tewa language.
  • Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana wins federal recognition: The tribe has petitioned the federal government for recognition since the 1930s, but its struggles date back to more than 150 years ago. Little Shell now has the right to self governance, and will be eligible for certain federal benefits and protections.

Indian Country Today blasts San Francisco, Kansas City championship game as the “Genocide Bowl”

Check out a couple of recent stories from Indian Country Today on this year’s NFL Super Bowl and sports team’s Indian mascots.

The Genocide Bowl (or what most people call Super Bowl LIV) reports on how the Kansas City “Chiefs” name is a form of cultural appropriation while, the 49ers name refers to the Gold Rush that contributed to California’s genocide of indigenous peoples.

Another story, Clear data: Native people are ‘deeply insulted’ by NFL team name says:

A new academic study debunks previous surveys saying Native people support offensive mascot imagery, including the NFL’s Washington franchise.

Fifty-seven percent who identify as Native American surveyed took offense at the Washington team and 67 percent of those who frequently engage in tribal cultural practices said they were “deeply insulted by caricatures of Native American culture,” according to a University of California, Berkeley news release.

If you’ve never looked at Indian Country Today’s website, check it out. It’s a valuable resource for getting an Indigenous take on today’s news. It doesn’t charge for subscriptions, and tribal media (or any media, for that matter) can use its content for free. This blog frequently cites its articles. As you are moved, please consider supporting this important news outlet with a donation.

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