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University of Wisconsin point guard says Change the Mascot

Bronson Koenig is using his newfound national platform to speak out against mistreatment of Native Americans | BRIAN WARD in The Nation

University of Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig | AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

(March 16) – On January 11, 2015, Bronson Koenig, backup point guard for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, was thrust into a starting role for the NCAA basketball’s sixth-ranked team after senior point guard Traevon Jackson went down with a broken foot. “I’m obviously going to have to start being more vocal as a leader,” Koenig, a sophomore, said following the announcement. “One area of improvement I need to really start working on is my leadership and being more vocal, but I’m confident that I’ll step into that role.”  Continue reading

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Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team captures bronze medal at world championship

Ontario Regional Chief congratulates team

 Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse TeamTORONTO – Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy Congratulates the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team representing the Haudenosaunee Confederacy on their third place finish in the World Lacrosse Championship this past Saturday in Denver, Colorado. Continue reading

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Iroquois nationals return to world field lacrosse championships

Ron Cogan and Marty Ward join other members of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team | Frank Franklin II/AP

Ron Cogan and Marty Ward join other members of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team
| Frank Franklin II/AP

The team will don the distinctive purple uniforms of the Iroquois nationals at the world field lacrosse championships for the first time in eight years after they were unable to compete in 2010. The Iroquois team missed out on the last competition in Manchester when the British government barred their entry to the United Kingdom.

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Indigenous boy protests on pitch during World Cup opening ceremony

An indigenous Guarani boy held up a banner reading 'Demarcation Now!' at the World Cup's opening ceremony.

An indigenous Guarani boy held up a banner reading ‘Demarcation Now!’ at the World Cup’s opening ceremony | Luiz Pires/CGY

2014 FIFA World Cup(June 16) – One of the three Brazilian children who released white doves during the World Cup opening ceremony used the occasion to demand recognition of Indian land rights – but his protest was censored byFIFA.

Immediately after releasing a white dove, Jeguaká Mirim, an indigenous Guarani boy, held up a red banner reading ‘Demarcation Now!’ But his courageous protest was not broadcast, as the TV cameras swiftly cut away.

Jeguaká’s father, Guarani author Olívio Jekupe, said that the act “showed the world that we are not standing still… My son showed the world what we need the most: the demarcation of our lands.” Continue reading

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Listen to the sound of the bow and arrow

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Brazilian indigenous tribes WILL protest during the World Cup – alongside the Landless Peasant Movement and the Homeless Workers Movement.

Sonia Guajajara, the executive director of the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Association, says racism against them, until recently, was veiled, but now it’s out in the open.

The key issue nowadays is the suspension of land demarcation by the federal government, fearful of antagonizing dodgy politicians paid by the powerful agribusiness lobby.

Guajajara is implacable: for her President Dilma totally ignores their aspirations; “She thinks that we need to consume and have hot showers…But our way of life is different. Quality of life for us means the freedom to keep our territories free from the threat of invasion, so we can keep producing without destroying, as we’ve been doing for millennia.”

 

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Canadian journalist sues former Vancouver Games CEO for defamation

Laura Robinson (photo) has filed a defamation suit against John Furlong. Photo by Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Laura Robinson (photo) has filed a defamation suit against John Furlong. Photo by Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

Play the Game (Jan. 20): – Investigative journalist Laura Robinson has launched a defamation suit against John Furlong, former CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Games as the latest step in a 14-month long legal battle initiated by Furlong.

In a press statement, the Canadian journalist Laura Robinson explains the civil action launched against John Furlong: Continue reading

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The Vancouver Olympics and John Furlong’s sins of omission

Author, journalist and Olympian LAURA ROBINSON* takes us further into the discussions of the legacy of the Vancouver Games with a look behind the biography of John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee and into what information on the 2010 Winter Games and his personal background made it to the book and what did not. Continue reading

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