Indian Country Today video news report for April 11, 2019, with Vincent Schilling

Presidential task force for Native children embarks, hundreds march in MT for MMIW, new study on residential schools seeking participants and more

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Greetings and She:kon everyone, this is Vincent Schilling and I am the associate editor of Indian Country Today and your host for this week’s Video News Update. With this video update, Indian Country Today will bring you some of our top stories to hit the site.

So a Presidential Task Force created to protect Native American Children in the Indian Healthcare Service is taking its first steps to make change.

Read the article here: Presidential task force for protecting Native children in IHS takes first steps

The Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native Children — created in part as a response to a predatory pediatrician by the name of Stanley Patrick Weber, who was an IHS doctor and was convicted of the sexual assault of Native boys — held it’s first convened meeting “examining institutional and systemic problems that may have failed to prevent the predatory abuse of Native American children in the care of the Indian Health Service.” According to U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, who is Choctaw, “Protecting Native American children who enter the Indian Health Service system is a common sense mission... Over the next three months, the Task Force will travel to Blackfeet, Pine Ridge and other facilities across Indian Country to gain insight into IHS policies, practices, and culture. They will also speak with IHS employees and leaders within those Native American communities to gather facts and suggestions in order to gain a greater understanding and to make recommendations to the President."

Hundreds March in Montana in support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women

Read the article here: Montana marchers demand justice and safety for Indigenous women 

Several hundred marches wearing red walked the streets in Billings Montana on Friday, April 5th as a show of solidarity for Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls. During the march, which traveled from the Native American Achievement Center at Montana State University, Billings to downtown at the Yellowstone County Courthouse, marchers chanted such sentiments as No more stolen sisters, and Silent No more. Among the day's participants were several families of the victims. Including a tearful Paula Castro, Northern Cheyenne, told the crowd of four hundred about her missing 14-year-old daughter Henny Scott, who had been found deceased Dec. 28. While speaking at the event, Castro who talked about the pain of losing her daughter stated, “You’ll have to excuse me, my wound is fresh,” MMIW awareness is growing across the country as legislation is being introduced in several states addressing this crisis. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana has introduced a bill recognizing May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Canada's National Inquiry into MMIW will present its final report to federal, provincial, and territorial governments on June 3, 2019

Read the article here: Canada's National Inquiry into MMIW will present its final report to federal, provincial, and territorial governments on June 3, 2019 

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has just announced it will formally present its Final Report to the federal, provincial and territorial governments at a public closing ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec on June 3, 2019.

The final report will comprise testimonies from 1484 families and survivors and 83 knowledge-keepers, experts and officials who provided testimony at 24 hearings and statement gathering events in Canada in 2017 and 2018. Immediately following the closing ceremony, Commissioners will participate in a question-and-answer session to discuss the Final Report's findings.

California Indian Nations College opens, establishes degree program in partnership with local colleges

Read the article: California Indian Nations College opens, establishes degree program in partnership with local colleges

California Indian Nations College has announced its founding and a Spring 2019 enrollment now at more than 40 students. The college was established through a philanthropic $3 million gift from the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. The College is a nonprofit tribal college headquartered in Palm Desert, California. Its purpose and mission are to integrate Native American cultures, traditions, and languages in higher education. California Indian Nations College offers culturally-responsive academic curriculum rooted in Native American values and provides personalized support to advance Native and non-Native student success. For more information check out the story link below.

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, the First Nations Repatriation Institute, and the University of Minnesota announce the launch of a new study, Child Removal in Native Communities: An Anonymous Survey.

Read the article: Announcing the first comprehensive study on child removal in Native communities 

Between 1879 and the 1960s, tens of thousands of American Indian and Alaskan Native children were forced to attend boarding school against their parents’ and tribes’ wishes. The goal of these schools was to eliminate the “Indian problem” that the United States had to its westward expansion by removing all traces of tribal existence — language, culture, spiritual traditions, communal and family ties, etc. and replacing them with European Christian ideals of civilization, religion, and culture. Native people still feel the effects of this cultural removal today.

The agencies involved are aiming to learn and discover more about 1) The correlation between Indian boarding schools, adoption, and foster care in later generations, 2) The intergenerational impacts of child removal on behavioral, mental, and physical health, as well as parenting and child welfare, and 3) How American Indian and Alaskan Native people are healing from historical and intergenerational trauma related to child removal.

If you are a boarding school survivor, have boarding school history in your family, or have ever been adopted or placed in foster care, you can take the survey by following the story link below or by visiting boardingschoolhealing.org.

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Also, check out my #NativeNerd column posted every Friday.

Last Friday, I posted a review on one of my favorite movies I have seen in a long time, Shazam. Check out my review titled: #NativeNerd Movie Review: ‘Shazam’ is everything a superhero movie should be.

Read the article: #NativeNerd Movie Review: ‘Shazam’ is everything a superhero movie should be

Again, Thanks for watching this week’s ICT video news report. I am Vincent Schilling, associate editor of Indian Country Today. Follow me on Twitter at @VinceSchilling.

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