On International Day, UN chief spotlights indigenous peoples’ resilience in face of COVID-19 pandemic

Indigenous communities in Malaysia have long been the guardians of the natural environment in the southeast Asian country. 9 August 2020 Human Rights Inclusion and participation of the world’s 476 million indigenous peoples must be ensured in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the road ahead towards recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored. Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Mr. Guterres drew attention to the “devastating” impact of the pandemic on indigenous peoples around the world. “Throughout history, indigenous peoples have been decimated by diseases brought from elsewhere, to which they had no immunity,” said the Secretary-General.…

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The return of Evo Morales in Bolivia

In Andean culture, time falls under cycles and is represented as a circle or wheel locked in perpetual motion. The conception of space, associated with agricultural and pastoral activities, is interpreted in similar terms. On November 11, the former president Evo Morales, closed a cycle as he stepped foot on Chimoré International Airport, returning from his exile. Surrounded by half a million people, the first indigenous president in Bolivian history arrived to the same place from where he had departed exactly one year earlier. On November 9th, after Luis Arce…

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Native American Bank Issues Millions of Dollars in Small Business Loans, More to Come

News Source: by Carmen Davis, Executive Editor | Apr 23, 2020 | Banking / Finance, Featured, Happening Now, News | Denver-based Native American Bank, N.A. has supported applications for nearly $16 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding to alleviate the COVID-19 health and economic crisis in Indian Country, bank officials announced this week. Dozens of Native American and Alaska Native businesses and nonprofits have secured crucial survival funding in the first round of funds allocated to the program, which provided $349 billion in support through the CARES Act passed by Congress in March. Native American Bank,…

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Digital Innovation: Native American Bank Introduces Mobile App & More Tech-Forward Solutions

News Source: by Carmen Davis, Executive Editor | Oct 9, 2020 | Banking / Finance, Happening Now, Infrastructure, Innovation, News As President and CEO Thomas Ogaard has emphasized to us, Native American Bank is committed to being forward-thinking in Indian Country, as well as in the banking industry at large. “I see technological innovation as being a key component to what we do,” Ogaard previously told Native Business. “…We intend to keep up with the technology and be relevant in our space — not only in Indian Country but in the banking environment overall.” READ MORE: Growth Spurt: Native American…

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Chief Burgers: Tribes Need to Support Original Concepts

Thomas Begay (Navajo, Hopi) and his wife Kendra Begay (Navajo, Hopi) saved $15,000 to purchase an old FedEx truck to house Chief Burgers, their gourmet burger and picadilly business on wheels, based in Window Rock, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation reservation.​ Thomas Begay (Navajo, Hopi) graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 2016 with degrees in management and marketing. Immediately after graduation, he struggled to land a job—so he looked to entrepreneurship. He took his detailed, 80-page business plan for a food truck business and began scouring for funding…

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Haaland Is Biden’s Pick for Interior Secretary

Haaland (D-New Mexico) is an enrolled citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Haaland can remain in her House seat until her confirmation as Secretary of the Interior by the U.S. Senate is complete. In its 171-year-old history, the U.S. Department of the Interior has never had a Native American at its helm. That’s about to change — if Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) is confirmed as Secretary of the Interior. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Haaland to head the cabinet-level department, according to…

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Revolutionizing my Syllabus: The Process

Revolutionizing my Syllabus: The Process Professor Chanelle Wilson shares her own syllabus revision and decolonization process ENTRY 3: FINDING YOUR PEOPLE Many have heard the phrase “find your people.” This is often offered as a suggestion in a new employment, residential, or social environment, where a person will need support and community. Finding your people, for many, is the lifeline to happiness and thriving. As human beings, we are social creatures, and all new journeys that we undertake will be more enjoyable with like-minded individuals. With that in mind, I…

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Decolonizing Education

By Reneeka Massey-Jones PC: https://decolonizingmedia.tumblr.com/ Let’s start off with the definition of decolonizing education. Decolonization is “the dismantling of colonial systems that were established during the period of time when a nation maintains dominion over dependent territories.” I know you are thinking… wait what? Territories? Dominions? What does that have to do with our education system? Well, the key takeaway is the dismantling of colonial systems. Our education system wasn’t integrated until the 1970s. How can a system that separated people of color and white people, that was created and maintained by white people, be…

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