EDITED VERSION WBAI NEW YORK
DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIO - Awkesasne Mohawk www.hiawatha.syr.edu The Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge (HIIK) was established on February 19, 2011 (501.3.c is pending approval). The Institute is the fulfillment of a dream first envisioned by the Oneida leader Shenandoah 200 years ago: his wish was to provide a place of learning where the essence of Native knowledge would be shared with the world in a school of higher learning.
A group of contemporary scholars, educators and community leaders have renewed the vision. The group consisted of delegates from the member nations of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois) Confederacy, the oldest democratically based united nations organization on earth. He is the author of Iroquois On Fire: A Voice From the Mohawk Nation. Doug will be part of a panel in Harlem Sat. more info - Scientificsoulsessions.com
JEFF SPITZ www.groundswellfilms.org and www.navajoboy.com/webisodes - Washington DC - Jeff is screening the film Return of Navajo Boy at the Department of Energy's State of Environmental Justice Conference. As Japan struggles to contain radioactive contamination, Groundswell is reminding Americans that over a thousand abandoned Cold War-era uranium mines still contaminate the American Southwest. This month, the US Environmental Protection Agency began clean up at Skyline Mine, the site featured in the documentary.
CORRINA GOULD & WOUNDED KNEE DE OCAMPO www.protectglencove.org - Vellejo, Caifornia Glen Cove is a sacred gathering place and burial ground that has been utilized by numerous Native American tribes since at least 1,500 BC.
Archeologists working for the University of California first surveyed the Glen Cove site in 1907. Since that time, hundreds of intact skeletal remains and cremations have been documented, along with thousands of sacred objects, tools, and other artifacts.
Since 1988, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD) and the City of Vallejo have been pursuing the development of the Glen Cove site into a “fully featured” public park. GVRD’s current Master Plan calls for the installation of a parking lot, restroom facility, picnic tables, and construction of additional trails, including a paved trail. It also calls for re-grading of large areas of the site, which involves digging that will further disturb burials and sacred objects.