Outrage-Inducing News Stories

 Branding Suspects Plead Guilty
from The Daily Times, Farmington NM, by Elizabeth Piazza Aug. 19, 2011

ALBUQUERQUE — Two of the three men who branded a swastika on the arm of an American Indian with mental disabilities pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

Paul Beebe, 28, and Jesse Sanford, 26, wearing orange jumpsuits and shackled at the feet and hands, appeared in court to plead guilty to an April 29, 2010, incident in which they fashioned a wire coat hanger into the shape of a swastika and branded the arm of Vincent Kee, 22.

An apparently confident and sometimes smirking Beebe stood before federal magistrate judge Daniel Schneider as Schneider discussed the terms of the plea agreement.

When asked by the judge if he branded the swastika on Kee's arm, Beebe said, "Absolutely."

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 Native American Ex-NBC Employee Suing for Harrassment
from the New York Post By JAMIE SCHRAM and LACHLAN CARTWRIGHT Aug 5,2011

A Native American NBC studio technician was tormented about his ethnicity by cruel colleagues, who strung up an Indian doll on a noose and called it his "long-lost daughter," he claims in a lawsuit.
Faruq "Peter" Wells -- who worked on the "Today" show, "Dr. Oz" and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" -- endured the abuse after returning from a vacation and eventually quit his job when NBC's Human Resources Department told him to ignore the problem, the court papers charge.
The worst indignity came when one co-worker pelted him with the doll and barked, "Here's your long-lost daughter!" the papers say.

 Native Mother Attacked and Beaten, Skinheads Suspected
from Indian Country Today by Valerie Taliman July 21, 2011

CLOVIS, Calif. – On June 14th, also known as Flag Day, Patty Dawson dropped her Apache uncle off at the Fresno train station after a family visit, and headed for home around 2:30 p.m.

What happened next she will never forget.

Dawson, who is Navajo and San Carlos Apache, said she was at a stop sign in the small town of Clovis when a car behind her bumped into her lightly. She glanced in the rearview mirror and saw three people in the car, and decided to keep going.

As she continued down the two-lane highway, the car behind her sped up alongside her and tried to force her off the road. Dawson said she tried to evade them, but the car then tried passing her on the right dirt shoulder of the road, forcing her into the oncoming traffic lane.

Fearful of their intentions, Dawson headed for the next business she saw, an Arco station with people in the parking lot where she thought she’d be safe.

Before she could get out of her car, she was attacked by one of three people, who she described as “skinheads,” that had followed her into the parking lot.  Continue Reading >>


Ridiculously Maddening Quote of the Day: Rush Limbaugh Blames Natives for Tobacco Related Deaths

Dec 6, 2010 by Adrienne K. at www.nativeappropriations.blogspot.com
[Rush Limbaugh] begins by talking about the "un-Thanksgiving" and "Day of Mourning" that Native activist groups celebrate rather than "traditional, American" Thanksgiving, and that they "claim" it is their response to the democide (a new vocabulary word for me! it means any person or people killed by the government, including genocide) of Native peoples in the Americas. Then he goes on to this:

"Let's check the scoreboard. How many Native Americans were killed by the arrival of the white man through disease and war...how many people have died since the white man arrived due to lung cancer, thanks to the Indian custom of smoking? Who are the real killers here?…Where are our reparations? I'm just saying."   CONTINUE READING >

County in Wyoming Attempts to Disenfranchise Native Voters

Nov 15, 2010 by Star Tribune Editorial Board

U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson didn't rule on the case until last April, but when he did there no mistaking his findings. "The long history of discrimination against Indians in the United States, Wyoming and Fremont County is undeniable," the judge wrote. "The court rejects any attempt to characterize this discrimination as being politically, rather than racially, motivated." Read the full story here>

Rape on the reservation: Criminal convictions tough to come by in Indian Country

Nov 2, 2010 by Lynn Taylor Rick

A Kyle woman believes her family’s story perfectly illustrates what happens to rape victims on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Native American woman alleges that her daughter and granddaughter, one age 16 and the other 17, were raped by an adult man one year ago. When they reported the crime, each girl was examined at the Pine Ridge Hospital. The woman assumed tribal police would collect evidence at the scene of the alleged crime. Instead, she said tribal police allowed the scene to be cleaned.

Due to lack of evidence, federal investigators in Pine Ridge declined to bring the case to federal court, she said. “What type of evidence do they need?” she said. “Do they need a bloody dead body?”

Sex Trafficking at Home

Oct. 14, 2010 by Mary Annette Pember
The subject of sex trafficking usually brings to mind countries in Asia and elsewhere, far away from rural America. Recent media reports and studies by women’s groups, however, find that sex traffickers are targeting American Indian and Native Canadian women and girls, often from reservations and reserves. In many rural areas, American Indian and Native Canadian women and girls comprise the face of prostitution.

Fraternity at Harvard Hosts "Conquistabros and Navajos" Party Columbus Day Weekend

Oct. 12, 2010 by David H.A. Leboeuf
The Sigma Chi fraternity at Harvard University raised controversy by hosting a "Brave New World" themed party over Columbus Day weekend.  Other students report that the theme was called "Conquistabros and Navajos".  Native American students at the University held a candle light vigil on Columbus Day to raise awareness.

U.S. Infected Guatemalans for STD Tests

Oct. 2nd, 2010 by Rob Stein

The United States revealed on Friday that the government conducted medical experiments in the 1940s in which doctors infected soldiers, prisoners and mental patients in Guatemala with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases.

 Feds Lied in Tribal Rape Case

Sept. 15, 2010 by Catherine A. Traywick

A special report published yesterday by The Arizona Republic reveals how federal authorities lied to the public about catching a serial rapist on the Fort Apache reservation in Arizona—and sheds light on how the justice system is failing victims of violent crime on Indian reservations across the country.

 Seattle police slay Native woodcarver and an outraged community is asking, why?
By Terri Hansen, Today correspondent

SEATTLE – The police shooting of a talented, aging Native totem carver has sparked anger and outrage in Seattle’s Native community, and beyond.

John T. Williams, long time Seattle resident and a Ditidaht member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Canada’s Vancouver Island, was shot four times and killed Aug. 30 by police officer Ian D. Birk, a two-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department.