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Editor’s Note: Though the figures are not definite, currently there are an estimated 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. ICTMN Correspondent Lisa J. Ellwood’s investigation addresses official police and government narratives that Indigenous men are wholly or mostly responsible.
The data fueling continued assertions that Indigenous Canadian men and domestic violence are largely responsible for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) doesn’t add up.
U.S. Department of Education begins investigation into discrimination against Native students in Montana’s Wolf Point School District
After years of documented instances of anti-Native racism — including the use of racial slurs and harmful stereotypes by white administrators, faculty, and staff — in a school where 94 percent of Native students are below proficiency in reading, compared to 49 percent of white students, the U.S. Department of Education is starting an investigation into discrimination against Native students in Montana’s Wolf Point School District.
The Ramapough Lenape Nation and Powhatan Renape Nation had their state recognition reaffirmed March 18 by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. Both nations were officially recognized as Native American tribes by New Jersey beginning in 1980 according to two settlement agreements signed by the tribes and the Attorney General.
Less than a year ago, the nation’s oldest Native American university was slated for closure. Walking on the campus today makes this seem like a distant memory. Along with the sale of off-campus properties which has enabled the school to pay off debts, there is a renewed and increased Native presence at Bacone College.
Several Canadian editorial cartoonists came under heavy criticism last week for published works depicting violence against Indigenous politician Jody Wilson-Raybould, a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples. Wilson-Raybould is the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Every year the Associazione Ticinese Degli Insegnanti Distoria which translates as the Swiss Association of History Teachers, dedicates the European International Holocaust Remembrance Day or Day of Memory (as it is often referred to in Europe) to a different case of genocide. This year their focus is on Indigenous genocide in North America.
Monday morning Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced they would be enforcing the court order granting them the authority to remove Wet'suwet'en land defenders from Unist’ot’en Camp to allow TransCanada to build its proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline in the area. The RCMP followed through at approximately 2:51 p.m. local time when at least 10 police cars and a helicopter forcefully breached the camp’s peaceful checkpoint on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights will investigate claims that the Wolf Point School District discriminates against and mistreats Native students in violation of federal civil rights laws. Advocates filed a 46-page complaint on behalf of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in June 2017. Included were dozens of accounts by Native students describing harassment by school officials and documentation of different treatment compared to their White peers.
Racially and culturally insensitive and incompetent educators continue to be a problem for Native American students.
In the latest round of Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation vs New Jersey, the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division reversed a Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division decision to dismiss the tribe’s case, thereby giving the 3,000-member
Tribal Nation a green light to proceed in its civil rights lawsuit against New Jersey’s Attorney General John Hoffman, who told the federal government that the tribe was not considered a “recognized” tribal nation.
A controversy that drew national attention for its contentious litigation in federal and state courts and significance to tribes throughout the nation has finally concluded. On November 15th, The State of New Jersey settled a major civil rights lawsuit brought by the State’s largest Native American Tribe, The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, alleging racially discriminatory treatment of Native Americans by senior officials in former NJ Governor Chris Christie's administration.