Respecting American Indian Civil Rights

Respecting American Indian Civil Rights

ICTMN Staff
7/21/11

The second annual Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Conference will be held at the University of Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colorado August 10 and 11.

“The conference promotes the training, education, and sharing of information between American Indians on and off-reservation with various federal, state, and local agencies, community organizations, educators, health care providers, and more,” states the event announcement.

Keynote speakers include John Echohawk, president and CEO of the Native American Rights Fund; John Walsh, U.S. attorney, District of Colorado; Troy Eid, chair, U.S. Committee on Indian Law and Order, and a former District of Colorado U.S. attorney; and Karen Artichoker, of the Indigenous Women’s Justice Institute.

Breakout session topics include:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Nondiscrimination in Employment and Employment Opportunities through Tribal Employment Rights Offices
  • Sexual Violence in the Lives of Native Women
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the American Indian Health Improvement Act
  • Civil Rights and Justice on Tribal Land
  • The Modern HIV Epidemic and its Challenges to Tribal Rights and Sovereignty
  • Culturally Aware Approaches to Address Harassment and Bullying

Registration is required, to do so visit Unco.edu.

For more information contact Solomon Little Owl at Solomon.littleowl@unco.edu or Evelyn McGregor at evelyn.mcgregor@fns.usda.gov.

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My daughter who is a enrolled member of my Tribe died in 2004 and she had a small infant at time of death. Her father went to the District Court In Oklahoma Judge Brian Upp and took custody of my granddaughter and I have not been able to see her or talk to her over the phone since she died over ll years ago. The house she was living in was in her name at time of death but her dad who was convicted of Banking Fraud in 1991 told the Judge she owned nothing and he took guardianship of my grandbaby and he is not Native at all. I went to the court after hiring 3 attorneys Kent B Myers and Don Nicholson of Crow And Levy and they took my money at the Bank One Tower. Then, the Judge would not even hear our Removal of Guardianship Hearing after Me and my husband drove 1200 miles for the hearing... It was totally unfair. I went to the Tribal Judge and he said it wasnt there jurisdiction but the funeral home cashed the check the tribe sent them for her burial... This is an abomination of my civil rights to see my grandchild and there is no justice.

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The Funeral home that was in charge of her burial was suppose to place her in a certain cemetery but, instead took her to another cemetary in a city she never lived in and buried her in the wrong place. The Vondel Smith Funeral Home in OKC then, sent me a death certificate with the Resthaven Cemetery where she should have been placed after death. However, it was a false death certificate and when I called Scott Smith they said they buried people in the wrong place all the time!!! She is still placed in the wrong cemetery and I would like to have her moved to the right place, in accordance to, native american burial rights laws.

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The death certificate said she died of an asthma attack however, she had just called me to tell me they (her step-monster and her dad) kicked her out of the house cause she had just got out of the hospital from an asthma attack and they wanted the house cleaned cause that they said the baby made the house smell like spit up milk... She was crying and I told her just to come live with me and bring the baby. Her dads live-in wife could not get pregnant cause he had a vasectomy cause he told me he did not want anymore kids and she was barren. Then, the next day her dad calls and said she was in a coma in the hospital from an asthma attack. She died two weeks later and never came out of the coma. Her roommate Danielle, told me she could not breath and tried to get into her house but her dad and stepmom had changed the locks on the door and she could not get to her breathing machine in the house. She collapsed in the yard and They called the EMS to come get her. But the Integris Medical Center would not take her since she had no insurance they told the driver to take her to a walk-in clinic. When they got to the walk-in clinic she was blue from no oxygen to her brain and they said she needed to be on a respirator. By the time they got her to Integris on 44th and Western in Ok she was already brain dead from what her Doctor Singh said... This is the BS Native Americans and all minorities die from!!!!!
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