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Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because they often let their animals live with them.

Continue reading at: An Indigenous History of North America

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The deeper history behind the Association of American Railroads’ support of Dollar General in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The deeper issue, however, is whether tribal nation courts should have jurisdiction in civil tort and contract claims involving non-Indians on Indian lands. If the company is successful in overturning tribal civil jurisdiction, leading historians and legal experts say that the potential long-term impact could affect nearly every aspect of tribal life in America.

As Indian country awaits the outcome, Dollar General has laid bare a history of corporate greed, wholesale Native uprooting and empire building reaching back some 150 years—involving, of all things, the railroad industry.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/04/14/dollar-general-railroading-tribes-164143

The situation of lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, is fundamentally about human rights, a group of United Nations experts today said, urging the United States to protect the rights of children and others who are most at risk from pollution and toxic chemicals.

“No parent should have to endure the mental torment that will haunt parents in Flint, and no child should be denied the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” said the experts, whose expertise include hazardous wastes, health, water and sanitation, indigenous peoples, minorities, and racism.

Read on at: United Nations News Centre – UN human rights experts urge US to increase efforts to address water contamination


The top United Nations human rights official today urged United States authorities to proceed with great caution in their legal efforts to break the encryption on an iPhone linked to the investigation into the mass killings in San Bernardino, California, saying the case could have broader implications for digital security and human rights.

Read on at: United Nations News Centre – Authorities in Apple-FBI case ‘risk unlocking Pandora’s Box’ – UN human rights chief


Today’s blog post comes via Viva Woman, a Singapore beauty blog with a focus on natural skin care and holistic living. This post is specifically about beauty products, but some of the points apply to organic and other health foods, too. One additional point I’d add to the list of reasons to buy from specialty stores: support local economies.

Source: Why Buy Green Beauty Cosmetics From Specialty Stores


The American Association for the Advancement of Science discussed climate change and drought’s effects on Southwestern tribes.

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was at its lowest in 500 years during 2015, and that is bad news for tribes farther south of the mountain range that straddles California and Nevada.

Southwestern tribes were the focus of a recent symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington D.C., with climate change, drought and water-distribution inequities at the fore.

“American Indian tribal communities who reside near the terminus of the Truckee-Carson River system in northern Nevada are especially vulnerable to declining water supplies,” the AAAS said in a statement summing up the meeting, which was held in mid-February. “In a region with such a fragile water system, uncertainty about the future of traditional life ways, hunting, fishing, and farming looms large.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/02/29/tribes-and-researchers-study-climate-using-science-and-traditional-knowledge-163574

 

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