Day: August 6, 2014

info on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

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Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

12-23 May 2014
General Assembly Hall
(North Lawn Building)

United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: 
“Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46”
Click here for live and recorded webcasts

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A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway

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NPR story


June 28, 2014
“In a small shed in Tenancingo, Mexico, partly open to the sky, about a half-dozen men stand behind huge wooden looms. They pedal side-by-side, their churning feet making a beautiful harmony as they craft handmade rebozos.Rebozos, long rectangular shawls that came into style in Mexico in the 16th century, and thehuipil, a woven and embroidered blouse or dress of pre-Columbian origin, are the main elements of Mexican traditional dress.Today rebozos and huipiles bridge the past and future of Mexican garments. They’re being reinterpreted by designers like Carla Fernández, who takes these handmade textiles and manipulates them into something contemporary.”


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free online course: Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine

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The University of New Mexico is offering a free course through Coursera, taught by Dr. Eliseo (Cheo) Torres


This online course will provide information on the history, traditions, rituals, herbs and remedies and video demonstrations of Curanderismo, a folk healing tradition of the Southwestern United States, Latin America and Mexico. The course will discuss the effectiveness of traditional medicine in order to meet the needs of many people, especially the uninsured.

Self-Determination and Self-Defense in Cherán, Michoacán

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Self-Determination and Self-Defense in Cherán, Michoacán








On December 11, 2012, the US Justice Department announced that banking giant HSBC was immune from prosecution despite overwhelming evidence that they consistently failed to implement controls against money-laundering. Assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer said: “Had the US authorities decided to press criminal charges, HSBC would almost certainly have lost its banking license in the US, the future of the institution would have been under threat and the entire banking system would have been destabilized.”

The entire banking system would have been destabilized?”

orignal article here




About the website:




began as a bilingual website aimed at spreading awareness about, and solidarity with, social movements in Oaxaca, Mexico. The site was launched to support the 2005 documentary film El Enemigo Común (The Common Enemy) which is an exposé of repression and resistance in Oaxaca. The film documents paramilitary activity against indigenous communities from 2002 through 2005 and provides historical context for the expansion of capitalism and empire in Oaxaca.

call for participants: The Native Nations Institute

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The Native Nations Institute would like to help tribes to strengthen ties with off-reservation citizens, whether they have moved away from the their nation’s land base, or never lived on tribal lands in the first place. Are you a citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native village, aged 18-29, who is living outside the boundaries of his or her Native nation?  We invite you to take a short survey about your experiences and add your perspective to the conversation.

The purpose of the project is to answer two questions: 1.  Are there meaningful ways for Native young people to participate in the community as citizens, even while living “off-reservation”? 2. How can tribes facilitate enduring connections and engagement with their young adult, off-reservation populations?

For more information, please contact Jennifer Schultz ( or Stephanie Carroll Rainie (

To take the survey, please CLICK HERE.

Jennifer Lee Schultz, PhD

Senior Researcher, Native Nations Institute

Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

University of Arizona

803 E. First Street

Tucson, AZ 85719


Cell: 520-333-9214

Critical Ethnic Studies: BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, AND SANCTIONS (BDS) against Israel

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“Critical Ethnic Studies Association endorses the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and honors the call of Palestinian civil society with the passage of a Resolution on the Academic Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions.

We recognize that conditions of colonialism and apartheid in Israel/Palestine are not separate from our intellectual and political work inside and outside the academic industrial complex, and that the call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is a call to organizations like ours.
Please continue reading for the text of our resolution and the history of CESA’s work and engagement around BDS.

Conference: Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting, Indigenous focus

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The Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group (IPSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is sponsoring sessions at the 77th Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting. It will be held in Tucson, Arizona from September 24-27.

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NAISA 2015: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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Welcome Reception Hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian

JUNE 4-6, 2015

The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for:

Individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings.


Detailed instructions for submitting proposals will be available on by

September 1, 2014.

DEADLINE for proposal submission: NOVEMBER 3, 2014

(Please note that this deadline is earlier than in past years.)