Comcast giving $1M in grants to Detroit Black, Indigenous and People of Color-owned small businesses

(WXYZ) — Comcast announced this week that the RISE Investment Fund will provide $1 million in grants to Black, Indigenous and People of Color-owned small businesses in Detroit. The City of Detroit was one of five cities selected to get the $1 million in grants. Beginning March 1 and running through March 14, eligible businesses in Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia can apply for a $10,000 grant at www.ComcastRISE.com. In all, there will be 100 grants given out in Detroit in May. Comcast launched the RISE initiative in October 2020…

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Grasshoppers and Roadblocks: Indigenous People Fight COVID-19 in Rural Mexico With Little Government Support

TOPICS:AnthropologyBehavioral ScienceCOVID-19Ohio State University By OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY FEBRUARY 12, 2021 A Zapotec woman making tamales using locally grown maiz, or corn. Credit: Jeffrey Cohen On the outskirts of some small Indigenous communities in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, a few volunteer guards keep watch along roads blocked by makeshift barricades of chains, stones, and wood. The invader they are trying to stop is COVID-19. For many of Mexico’s Indigenous people, poor and ignored by state and federal governments, the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is one that rests primarily with themselves, said…

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‘Wild Indian’ is much more than just an Indigenous film

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s new picture pushes Indigenous cinema into the realm of the thriller genre, but does it go far enough? Jason Asenap Feb. 12, 2021 LIKE TWEET EMAIL PRINT Michael Greyeyes as Makwa in ‘Wild Indian.’ Courtesy of Wild Indian The entertainment industry’s latest reckoning with inequality has made it slightly more willing to acknowledge the talents of Indigenous filmmakers and writers. Indigenous people have always made films for Indigenous audiences, but getting their work into the mainstream comes with the expectation they will translate their experiences for white audiences. In Wild Indian,…

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After medallion hunters damage Indigenous burial grounds on Wisconsin Point, radio station cancels contest

Midwest Communications has canceled its annual Winterfest Medallion Hunt after the disruption of burial grounds. Written By: Jimmy Lovrien | Feb 12th 2021 – 5pm. A sign marks the burial ground on Wisconsin Point. (Jed Carlson / 2020 file / Superior Telegram) People searching in a radio station’s medallion hunt disturbed an Indigenous burial ground in Superior, causing organizers to cancel the annual contest. In a Facebook post Friday afternoon, Mayor Jim Paine said the searchers had “disturbed” and caused “damage” to the burial area on Wisconsin Point. The site, which was added to the…

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The Use of the Terms “Negro” and “Black”

The Use of the Terms “Negro” and “Black” to Include Persons of Native American Ancestry in “Anglo” North America Jack D. Forbes In 1854 the California State Supreme Court sought to bar all nonCaucasians from equal citizenship and civil rights. The court stated: The word “Black” may include all Negroes, but the term “N egro” does not include all Black persons …. We are of the opinion that the words “White,” “Negro,” “Mulatto” and “Black person,” whenever they occur in our constitution … must be taken in their generic sense…

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International human rights organizations condemn the recent Panay Massacre

WRITTEN ON 15 JANUARY 2021. POSTED IN PHILIPPINES Deadly operations through coordinated police and military actions on Indigenous Peoples under Duterte’s regime in the Philippines must stop! We the undersigned organisations across the world condemn the apparently extrajudicial execution of 9 Indigenous leaders, and the illegal arrest of 17 additional leaders and members of Tumanduk nga Mangunguma nga Nagapangapin sa Duta kag Kabuhi (TUMANDUK). The massacre took place in various villages in Tapaz, Capiz and Calinog, Iloilo in Panay Island, through a coordinated police and military operation on 30th December. We the undersigned…

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Indigenous filmmaker wants fines, jail time for ‘pretendians’ who misrepresent their identity

Tamara Bell points to U.S. legislation with $250,000 fine or five-year prison term for false representation Tamara Bell, shown at a news conference on Monday, says the federal government must enact new rules to authenticate Indigenous identity.  (Mike Zimmer/CBC ) A Haida filmmaker is pushing for new legislation in Canada to penalize people who pretend to be Indigenous in order to access grants, awards and jobs intended for Indigenous people. Tamara Bell said she wants those who misrepresent their identity to face fines and even prison time. Bell’s move comes on the heels of Indigenous elders exposing filmmaker Michelle…

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Biden Signs Executive Orders Stopping The Keystone Pipeline On First Day

TORONTO (AP) — Construction on the long disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline halted Wednesday as incoming U.S. President Joe Biden revoked its permit on his first day in office. The 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer) pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. “The Permit is hereby revoked,” Biden’s executive order says. “Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.” Keystone XL…

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With historic picks, Biden puts environmental justice front and center

Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start Monday, December 28, 2020 By Calah Schlabach Cronkite News cronkitenews.azpbs.org WASHINGTON – The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception. Their hopes were reinforced last week when Biden nominated a Native woman, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to be secretary of Interior. If approved, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary. Reaction from Tohono…

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BIDEN-HARRIS PLAN FOR TRIBAL NATIONS

The United States of America was founded on the notion of equality for all. We’ve always strived to meet that ideal, but never fully lived up to it. Throughout our history, this promise has been denied to Native Americans who have lived on this land since time immemorial. And the pandemic highlighted this long history of inequity as it devastated tribal nations — Native Americans contracted the disease at 3.5 times the rate of white Americans, and in some states, they are dying at a rate five times their population share. Joe Biden and…

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