Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NARF co-sponsors Niwot Native American Film Festival showing of A Tattoo On My Heart

On Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm, NARF will co-sponsor the Niwot Native American Film Festival showing of A Tattoo On My Heart.  This documentary reveals the dramatic and emotional story of the men and women who struggled for survival inside the bunkers and ravines at Wounded Knee.

The Siege of Wounded Knee 1973 forever changed the lives of Indian people who took part and captured the imaginations of those who watched this gripping story unfold on television and in newspapers across America. It was the culmination of an awakening that had begun with the formation of the American Indian Movement, the takeover of Alcatraz Island, and the occupation of BIA headquarters in Washington D.C. Nowhere was that awakening more profound, nor reaction by the government greater than around the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Racism and violence against Indians, corruption, and repression of traditional people on the reservations had left many Indians desperate. After the brutal deaths of two Indian men, traditional leaders called upon AIM. Fearing a takeover of tribal headquarters, federal law enforcement, armed with modern weapons and armored personnel carriers moved to protect the tribal government. On February 27, 1973 traditional and AIM leaders chose another location to make a stand--the site of the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee.

Sponsors:  Native American Producers Alliance (NAPA), Ni-wot Prairie Productions (NPP), Elysian Fields Auction Company, Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and WHIZZBang Studios
For information, please contact: Elizabeth Darling at: DarlinginNiwot@aol.com or 303-931-3084.  Native American Producers Alliance and Ni-wot Prairie Productions are 501(c)(3) organizations.

Located at Elysian Fields Auctions 6924 79th Street, Niwot, Colorado  (Look for flags along 79th Street in Niwot near intersection of Niwot Rd. & 79th St. in Niwot.) Screenings are FREE with a suggested donation. Ava Hamilton of Native American Producers Alliance & Film Festival Curator / Director will introduce the documentaries and films.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Billy “War Soldier” Soza walks on

Billy "War Soldier" Soza It is with great sadness the Native American Rights Fund reports the passing of the artist, American Indian Movement warrior, and longtime NARF friend and supporter, Billy “War Soldier” Soza (Cahuilla/Apache) on January 18, 2014.  Mr. Soza was a longtime friend of NARF’s staff as well as a generous supporter of NARF’s work on behalf of Indian people, and he would always attend and donate art.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NCAI, NARF, And AFN Honor MLK, Jr. By Continuing To Fight For Full Voting Rights For All Native People

WASHINGTON, DC – As the nation honors the life and works of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) know there is still a great deal of work to be done to ensure that no American is prevented from exercising the right to vote.  Too many states and local governments are willing to place barriers between citizens and the ballot box.  Too many people stand by while their fellow Americans are denied basic rights.

Native peoples were among the very last to achieve universal suffrage and continue to experience unequal treatment under the law and overtly discriminatory policies that prevent full access to the ballot box. It is only through working together that all underrepresented people will have the same rights others take for granted.

NCAI, NARF, and AFN are encouraged by the bipartisan legislation introduced to replace the voting rights protections stripped from the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. Every step towards ending every kind of restriction to voting is a step in the right direction.  We look forward to working with Congress to strengthen the bill and ensure robust protections for American Indian and Alaska Native voters.

Without the leadership of Dr. King alongside many native leaders and those from other communities during the Civil Rights Movement, the United States would not be the nation of opportunity and freedom that it is today. NCAI, NARF, and AFN are dedicated to continuing the fight for the voting rights of all American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pamunkey Receives Preliminary Recognition

The Native American Rights Fund is proud to have represented the Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia in their decades-long struggle for federal recognition as a tribe.  The Pamunkey Indian Tribe has a long and storied history as a sovereign nation recognized by foreign governments, dating to their first treaty with the British under King George in 1646.  The U.S. Department of the Interior now agrees,  with their Proposed Finding to Acknowledge published on January 17, 2014.  NARF extends our congratulations to Chief Kevin Brown and all members of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe.  Thanks and congratulations also go to our co-counsel, the law firm of Tilden McCoy & Dilweg LLP.  Read the full text of the tribe's press release HERE.

NARF signs on to letter encouraging President Obama to embrace a carbon-reducing clean energy strategy rather than an all of the above energy strategy

Last week NARF, along with over a dozen other organizations, signed on to a letter to President Obama encouraging him to embrace a carbon-reducing clean energy strategy rather than an all of the above energy strategy. 

“With record-high atmospheric carbon concentrations and the rising threat of extreme heat, drought, wildfires and super storms, America’s energy policies must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, not simply reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” says the letter. 

Native Americans and other indigenous peoples have a long tradition of living sustainably with the natural world by understanding the importance of preserving natural resources and respecting the interdependence of all living things.  Yet because of climate change, Native Americans are experiencing disproportionate negative impacts on their cultures, health and food systems.  In response, NARF is committed to environmental sustainability through its mission, work and organizational values.  

To read the full text of the letter, click here.  And, to learn more about the ways in which NARF has instituted sustainable office practices that reduce our negative impact on our climate and environment, click here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NARF Staff Attorneys Richard Guest and Joel Williams honored by Native American Bar Association of D.C.

Earlier this month NARF Staff Attorneys Richard Guest and Joel Williams were honored by the Native American Bar Association of D.C. for their work in Indian country.  Joel was honored as “member of the year” for his work building the organization's internal capacity.  And, Richard was honored for “Significant Achievement” for his work on the Tribal Supreme Court Project and specifically Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.  To learn more about the Tribal Supreme Court Project, click here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

NARF Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton interviewed about NARF’s boarding school work on American Indian Living

This week NARF Staff Attorney Brett Lee Shelton and National Native American Boarding School Coalition President Denise LaJimodiere were interviewed on the radio show American Indian Living.  Both discussed  NARF’s boarding school work and the National Native American Boarding School Coalition’s important work.

American Indian Living can be heard on over a hundred stations throughout the country as well as on internet live streams hosted by LifeTalk Radio and Native Voice One.  Native Voice One airs each weekly show ten times per week.

To listen to the story, click here.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

NARF website featured in new article entitled Social Justice in Action: 101 Key Websites & Organizations

NARF’s website was recently featured in an article, Social Justice in Action: 101 Key Websites & Organizations, published by an organization focused on social work and social justice issues.  To read the article, follow this link.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

NARF Staff Attorney Kim Gottschalk to speak at Federal Recognition Conference

Later this week NARF Staff Attorney Kim Gottschalk will speak at the Arizona State University conference Who Decides You’re Real? Fixing the Federal Recognition Process.  Kim will speak on two panels, one on Experiences with the Federal Recognition Process and one on Reforming the Federal Acknowledgement Process.  To learn more about the conference, click here.  To review the conference agenda, click here.