November 25, Look thru Independent Lens for Young Lakota on PBS.

Heads up, documentary film, Young Lakota to air on Independent Lens on November 25, 2013.

I am wondering how in-depth this documentary will delve into the ongoing issues facing young Lakota –especially young Lakota women. From the trailer it appears to address at some level the sexual violence endured by many Indigenous women. I’ve provided links to two very important documents created by Amnesty International. Depending on your awareness of the issues they may or may not prove to be very disturbing reading.  I think they’re required reading for anyone entering into a serious discussion of violence, abortion, and sexual issues concerning Indigenous women–and all others as well.

I discovered this  information about the film via a post by Matthew L. M. Fletcher on Turtle Talk  http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/young-lakota-documentary-to-premiere-on-pbs-independent-lens-nov-25/

As I could not get the video on the link via TT to work properly I ventured to the tubes of you for an alternative which is posted here. I’ve included the links cited on Turtle Talk as well.

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Young Lakota 

IndependentLens

Three young people living in the Pine Ridge Reservation try to forge a better future. When the first female President of Oglala Lakota defies a South Dakota law criminalizing abortion by vowing to build a women’s clinic in their sovereign territory, the three young tribe members are faced with difficult choices

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Young Lakota website http://younglakota.tumblr.com/

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Racialicious :  http://www.racialicious.com/2013/11/19/young-lakota-premieres-nov-25-on-independent-lens/

10 .m. EST, Monday, Nov. 25, on PBS’s Independent Lens. The film chronicles Tribal President Cecelia Fire Thunder’s challenge to a proposed abortion ban in South Dakota, and the political awakening she inspires in Sunny Clifford, a young Lakota woman living on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Young Lakota was an Official Selection at the Big Sky Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival, and won Best Documentary at Cine Las Americas and the Smithsonian Showcase.
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Maze of Injustice:  The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA.  (Note: Depending on your PC the PDF file may load fast or slow, but it will load–or so we hope.) This is not reading for the faint of heart.  Report by Amnesty International.
http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/MazeOfInjustice.pdf
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Stolen Sisters, Canada, A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada (Also not reading for the faint of heart.)
http://www.amnesty.ca/sites/default/files/amr200032004enstolensisters.pdf
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Shale Gas Company (SWN) Loses Bid for Injunction to Halt N.B. Protests

Are the brakes on SWN? Green light for protests? Let’s hope so. What’s on Justice George Rideout’s agenda? Hmm. Time will tell.

 

Turtle Talk

Just a few hours ago, “[a] request by SWN Resources Canada to extend a court injunction that prevents anyone from impeding its exploration activities in New Brunswick has been denied by a judge.  Justice George Rideout issued a ruling Monday afternoon after hearing arguments in the Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday. Rideout did not state his reason in court, but said he would issue a written decision.”  Click here for the story from CBC news.

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L.A. Review of Books on Thomas King’s “The Inconvenient Indian”

The Los Angles book review of King’s book is well worth taking the time to read. Thanks to Turtle Talk’s Matthew L. M. Fletcher for posting the links to it and Legal History Books.

Turtle Talk

Here. H/T LHB.

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Posters You Too Can Download, Print and Paste Where You Please. Oh yeah, they’re free.

*Come on, you know you WANT to!  Go for it!

*Download, print and post these beauties everywhere!

*Pick one, pick all–cover some space any place.

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Thanks to Turtle Talk’s Matthew Fletcher for the link to the page for Honor the Treaties poster download–

http://www.honorthetreaties.org/download/index.html

Small, Medium and Large sizes are available.

Link to Turtle Talk, Indigenous Law and Policy Center Blog  Michigan State University College of Law

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/shepard-fairey-honor-the-treaties-posters/

An example of posting of Shepard Fairey’s ‘The Black HIlls ARE Not For Sale” as shared on Facebook page for “Honor the Treaties.” View more images on Facebook.

*photo credit unknown at this time–somewhere in Jasksonville, FL.

Use the power of art to educate, transform and liberate.

Chevron Receives Gulity Verdict!

Finally some accountability for BIG OIL for knowingly dumping toxic waste into the waterways of Ecuador!  For more about this historic judgement visit Amazon Watch at:

 http://amazonwatch.org/news/2011/0214-statement-on-ecuador-court-ruling-against-chevron

18 years of denial, media spin, and underhanded dealings even when the proof of contamination was out in the open for anyone willing to look to see.  What does it take to get corporations to behave properly? Will 9 Billion dollars put a dent in their profits? Does the guilty verdict  send a clear message to stop being amoral, greedy and indifferent to the environment and the people who fight to protect it?

More legal information at Turtle Talk

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/ecuadorean-judge-orders-chevron-to-pay-9b-in-damages-for-polluting-lands-of-indigenous-peoples/

Also, there’s news coverage on Democracy Now! which reports that Chevron refuses to pay and calls the verdict “unenforceable.”  

www.democracynow.org 

So where does BIG BUSINESS get off with REFUSING to pay for their deliberate wrongdoing? Are they above the law? Apparently the people who run Chevron believe they are. Yes, let’s not forget that oil companies are run by people–not robots.

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