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Feb 11, 2018

Native Opinon Episode 115

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New Netflix series “Dirty Money” Check out episode 2 “Payday” Deals with the story of Scott Tucker who was recently imprisoned for creating a payday scheme and involving 3 tribes where he thought, as a non-native, would be protected by the tribe's sovereign immunity to mask his crimes.


Listener Lee provided a story about the first women to win the right to vote in the United Kingdom.

Excerpt from the article:

A century after women first won the right to vote in the UK, politicians, activists and social media users have paid tribute to the women who helped to force a change in the law.

The hashtag #100Years is trending worldwide, used more than 40,000 times on Twitter. Some social media users celebrated the contribution of women who campaigned for the right to vote. Others marked the occasion by highlighting work still to be done.

Who are people talking about?

The names of several prominent suffrage campaigners have been trending. BBC Radio 4 listeners voted Suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett as the ‘most influential’ woman of the past 100 years, but Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has been mentioned almost 3,000 times on Twitter in the past 24 hours. Suffragettes and Suffragists both campaigned for a change in the law which would grant women the right to vote but favored different methods.


Article 1
Title: A drying shame: With the Ogallala Aquifer in peril, the days of irrigation for western Kansas seem numbered!

The prairie wind buffeted Brant Peterson as he stood in a half-dead field of winter wheat. In front of him, a red-winged blackbird darted in and out of a rippling green sea of healthy wheat. Behind him, yellowed stalks rotted in the ground. The reason for the stark contrast was buried 600 feet under Peterson’s dusty boots: Only part of the field - the thriving part - had been irrigated by water pumped at that depth from the ancient Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest underground sources of water in the middle of the country.



A Tripple Threat To The Mid-West’s Ogallala Aquifer…

Article 2

Title: The national monuments slashed by Trump will officially be open to mining on Friday.
Sub-Title: Trump’s unprecedented attack on public lands is already benefiting extractive industry.
Author: JENNY ROWLAND, for “Think Progress”

**At 9 a.m. EST Friday, the extractive industry will gain drilling and mining access to previously protected American land, according to an order issued by President Donald Trump late last year. Trump took an unprecedented step for a U.S. president in December - signing a proclamation that dramatically reduced the size of two national monuments. Bears Ears National Monument was cut by more than 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was reduced by half. This resulted in the largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history. The move put tens of thousands of Native American sacred sites at risk, along with key wildlife habitat, and areas used for outdoor recreation.


Article 3
Title: Yes, Seriously: Nestle Executive Confirmed to Seat on Maine Board of Environmental Protection! Author: Collaboration of Articles…

As if Mainers needed evidence their state government prefers corporate interests over the will of the people, Governor Paul LePage horrified residents already infuriated over the company’s Poland Spring bottling operations by nominating none other than Nestlé Natural Resource Manager Mark Dubois - deemed “Nestlé Waters’ public face in Maine” by local media - for a spot on Maine’s Environmental Protection Board, which the Republican-held legislature subsequently confirmed on January 25. To be clear, a Nestlé corporate insider now holds a position on the Maine Environmental Protection Board - a position albeit superficially believed to require acting in protection of the environment - if not implicitly demanding action as a gatekeeper to prohibit corporate greed from running roughshod over delicate ecological systems.


Article 4

Title: White House to ask for 72 percent cut in renewable energy programs: report

President Trump’s administration is reportedly seeking a 72 percent cut to the budget of Department of Energy programs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post show the Trump administration will ask for $575.5 million in spending for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The office’s current spending level is set at $2.04 billion for the fiscal year. Last year, Trump sought $636.1 million in spending for the office, which Congress later rejected in support of higher numbers.


Article 5

Article submitted by Listener Bina:
Title: From the ‘Pocahontas Exception’ to a ‘Historical Wrong’: The Hidden Cost of Formal Recognition for American Indian Tribes
Author: By ARICA L. COLEMAN, for Time Online

For a Native American tribe, federal recognition comes with a host of benefits, including housing, health and, education funding. But the process of achieving that recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) can be difficult — particularly because the BIA requires tribes to demonstrate continuous existence as an Indian entity from colonial times to the present. That’s a standard that, as recent news shows, doesn’t match up with the reality of American history.

On Jan. 30, President Trump signed H.R. 984, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017, which granted federal recognition to six Virginia state-recognized Native American tribes via a special act of Congress rather than through the usual BIA process. The recognition means that members of the six tribes have achieved sovereign (albeit limited) status. Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner hailed the bill as having “righted a historical wrong.”