AB 544 Signed

This bill requires the California Commission On Teacher Credentialing, upon recommendation by a tribal government of a federally recognized Indian tribe in California, to issue an American Indian languages credential to a candidate who has demonstrated fluency in that tribal language, and met other requirements. The bill authorizes the holder of an American Indian languages credential to teach the American Indian language for which the credential was issued in California public schools in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and in adult education courses, and would make the holder of that credential eligible for a professional clear teaching credential upon completion of a specified period of time and application and consultation as specified. The bill encourages each federally recognized American Indian tribe to develop a written and oral assessment that should be successfully completed before an applicant is recommended for an American Indian languages credential.

Yupik Grant (Language)

UAF lands grant to help desigh Yupik language lessons

By Jeff Richardson
Originally published Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 12:00 a.m.

FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks has landed a $1.7 million federal
grant to help design Yupik-language lessons for schools in southwest Alaska.

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Natives & Digital Media (Technology)

Longhouse Media connects native communities through digital media

By Mary Pauline Diaz
Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Any film made outside of glitzy, glamorous Hollywood is already in for an uphill battle. So for a few teenagers growing up on a Native American reservation, getting any attention on their first video project should be even more preposterous.

The non-profit organization Longhouse Media, however, is amplifying a new voice in the industry, working with indigenous communities to use film as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation and social change.

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Human Rights Day (event)

Embrace diversity, end discrimination

Human Rights Day 2009 on 10 December will focus on non-discrimination. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will mark the occasion in South Africa.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights established 60 years ago that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. Yet today, the fight against discrimination remains a daily struggle for millions around the globe.

Everyone of us can make a difference. We encourage you to mark Human Rights Day 2009 by advocating non-discrimination, organizing activities, raising awareness and reaching out to your local communities on 10 December and throughout 2010.

Find out more from a special Human Rights Day webpage of the OHCHR website. We will provide you with statements of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General on Human Rights Day 2009 closer to December 10.

We count on your support and participation to make this year’s focus on non-discrimination a success.

For any queries, please write to 

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Native Youth Obesity On The Rise (health)

American Indians and Alaska Natives are the only race or ethnic groups with increasing rates between 2003 and 2008. Obesity prevalence among these children continued to rise about a half percentage point each year from 2003 to 2008.

In 2008, obesity prevalence was highest among American Indian or Alaska Native (21.2 percent) and Hispanic (18.5 percent) children, and lowest among white (12.6 percent), Asian or Pacific Islander (12.3 percent), and black (11.8 percent) children.

Complete info at:http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2009/r090723.htm

Indigenous Peoples' Day (event)

CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY!  12th Annual Papal Bulls Burning

(This year's event is dedicated to the life of Kanaka Maoli warrior James Naiokala Nakapa'ahu)

In solidarity with indigenous peoples around the world, please join
us for the annual Indigenous Peoples' Day, Papal Bulls Burning ceremony
in Honolulu on Monday, October 12, 5:00 pm, in front of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Honolulu, 1184 Bishop St. (at the top of Fort Street Mall).

Indigenous peoples and supporters elsewhere are encouraged to organize
a small ceremonial event and symbolically burn or tear-up copies of the
May 4, 1493 papal bull "Inter Caetera" in demonstration against "Columbus
Day," or "Discoverer's Day" as it's known as here in Hawai'i. The document
can be downloaded from our website at:  http://bullsburning.itgo.com/papbull.htm 

The Marine Life Protection Act (environment/soveriengty)

Please review the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) initiative under CA Public Resources Code, Sections 36602 and 36710.


There is concern that if the entire California coastline is made into a state marine reserve it may violate Tribal sovereign rights to gather traditional foods for subsistence.