News: MN gets federal office for MMIW cold cases; ski resort changes name derogatory to Native women, and more

In this blog:

  • Feds to open seven cold case units to investigate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, including one in Minnesota
  • California ski resort says it will changes its name, which was derogatory to Native women
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe declares state of emergency in response to suicides
  • RNC passes resolution backing Columbus Day
  • From the files of “Really crazy things federal law enforcement does”

Feds to open seven cold case units to investigate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, including one in Minnesota

Photo by Laurie Shaull.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services announced it was “opening seven Operation Lady Justice Task Force cold case offices across the country to concentrate on the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women,” Indian Country Today reported.

The first office to open was in Bloomington, Minn. Just recently, another opened in Alaska.

Cases for investigators will be pulled the FBI’s National Crime Information Center. In late July … the database indicated there were more than 1,500 unsolved cases of missing or murdered Indigenous women.

California ski resort says it will change its name, which was derogatory to Native women

“California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word is a derogatory term for Native American women,” resort officials announced Aug. 25, according to a story in Indian Country Today. A new name hasn’t been chosen.

Washoe Tribal Chairman Serrell Smokey and Tribal Vice Chairman Rueben Vasquez appreciated the decision.

“The Washoe People have lived in the area for thousands of years. We have great reverence for our ancestors, history and lands. We are very pleased with this decision. Today is a day that many have worked towards for decades,” they said. “The Washoe Tribal Council recognizes the significance of the name change and on behalf of the Washoe people expresses its great appreciation for this positive step forward.”

Washington Post story here.

Oglala Sioux Tribe declares state of emergency in response to suicides

“Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner declared a state of emergency on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota after a recent increase in suicides, according to a story in Indian Country Today

The tribe is reporting nine suicides and 177 suicide attempts in 2020, according to a five-page declaration posted on Monday on the tribe’s Facebook page. Four of the deaths have come in the last two weeks. The victims were between the ages of 14 and 32.

Pedestal on the Minnesota Capitol Mall where a Columbus statue once stood. Protesters toppled it.

RNC passes resolution backing Columbus Day

The Republican National Convention passed a resolution “that seeks to preserve Columbus Day as a national holiday,” according to a story in Indian Country Today.

The story also notes that Navajo leaders split time between the Democratic National Convention, where Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez spoke, and the Republican National Convention, where Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer spoke.

“’There’s no secret we are a split ticket,’ Lizer said during a Navajo town hall Tuesday with President Jonathan Nez, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. “’We are working both sides, and we are well represented in Washington.’”

From the files of “Really crazy things federal law enforcement does”

This news item is a little off topic, but I felt compelled to share it.

In 2019, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and representatives of the energy industry staged an exercise to game plan for eco-terrorist attacks against Iowa wind farms, according to a story in The Intercept.

Go ahead, rub your blurry eyes. It was even confusing to federal officials involved.

The exercise was not conducted due to any imminent threat — a carefully noted fact included in the December 2019 and March 2020 reports. “Neither FBI Omaha nor the Iowa DOI/FC has intelligence suggesting environmental extremists intend to attack wind farms in Iowa,” both reports repeatedly state.

Why then, did they conduct such an exercise?

Because the energy industry wanted it. The exercise came “at the request of an USBUS private energy sector partner, following 14 environmental extremist attacks against transportation infrastructure in Iowa that services the energy sector, particularly oil pipelines,” said one of the documents about the exercise.

To be more concise: This exercise made no sense at all. Past attacks against pipelines are no predictor of future attacks against wind farms.

Rhe story connects the dots.

The red hat exercise was the product of a national network of public-private law enforcement and security partnerships forged in the wake of 9/11. The Iowa fusion center is one of 79 intelligence hubs like it, designed to enhance coordination between federal and local police as well as select private sector players. Given their close collaboration with corporate partners, the centers serve as a vector for transmitting industry interests to law enforcement.

You could also file this one under “corporate capture.”

One thought on “News: MN gets federal office for MMIW cold cases; ski resort changes name derogatory to Native women, and more

  1. Instead of chasing fake “environmental extremists” running around with bolt-cutters, they should be focusing on the more likely threat to the energy grid: international threats to the computer systems that power coal, gas, wind, solar, and water energy distribution for metropolitan areas. But sure, chase a boogeyman they made up themselves…

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