Useful Web Sites
CELANEN: A Journal of Indigenous Governance was launched, this winter, by the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, at: http://web.uvic.ca/igov/research/journal/index.htm. CELANEN (pronounced CHEL-LANG-GEN) is a Saanich word for “our birthright, our ancestry, sovereignty” and sets the tone for this annual publication containing articles, poetry, and commentary. The first issue is dedicated to Art Tsaqwassupp Thompson (Ditidaht), who donated his artwork entitled “new beginnings” for use by the Indigenous Governance Program.
Native Research Network is now at: www.nativeresearchnetwork.org. Its vision statement is: “A leadership community of American Indian, Alaska Native, Kanaka Maoli, and Canadian Aboriginal persons promoting integrity and excellence in research”. Its mission is “To provide a pro-active network of American Indian, Alaska Native, Kanaka Maoli, and Canadian Aboriginal persons to promote and advocate for high quality research that is collaborative, supportive and builds capacity, and to promote an environment for research that operates on the principles of integrity, respect, trust, ethics, cooperation and open communication in multidisciplinary fields”. The Native Research Network (NRN) provides networking and mentoring opportunities, a forum to share research expertise, sponsorship of research events, assistance to communities and tribes, and enhanced research communication. The NRN places a special emphasis on ensuring that research with Indigenous people is conducted in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner. Its Member List serve: NRN@lists.apa.org.
The National Indian Housing Council offers a number of reports at: http://www.naihc.indian.com/.
The American Indian Studies Consortium is at: http://www.cic.uiuc.edu/programs/AmericanIndianStudiesConsortium/.
Some news sources that have been useful in putting the issues of Indigenous Policy together are:
Indian Country Today: http://www.indiancountry.com/index.cfm?key=15.
News from Indian Country: http://www.indiancountrynews.com/.
The Navajo Times: http://www.navajotimes.com/.
Pechanga Net: http://www.pechanga.net/NativeNews.html
Survival International: http://www.survival-international.org/.
Censored (in Indian Country): http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/.
ArizonaNativeNet is a virtual university outreach and distance learning telecommunications center devoted to the higher educational needs of Native Nations in Arizona, the United States and the world through the utilization of the worldwide web and the knowledge-based and technical resources and expertise of the University of Arizona, providing resources for Native Nations nation-building, at: www.arizonanativenet.com
The Forum for ‘friends of Peoples close to Nature‘ is a movement of groups and individuals, concerned with the survival of Tribal peoples and their culture, in particular hunter-gatherers: http://ipwp.org/how.html.
Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education), with lists of projects and publications, and reports of numerous indigenous meetings: http://www.tebtebba.org/.
The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development offers a number of reports and its “Honoring Indian Nations” at: http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/hpaied/res_main.htm.
The Seventh generation Fund online Media Center: www.7genfund.org
Native Earthworks Preservation, an organization committed to preserving American Indian sacred sites, is at: http://nativeearthworkspreservation.org/.
Indianz.Com has posted Version 2.0 of the Federal Recognition Database, an online version of the Acknowledgment Decision Compilation (ADC), a record of documents that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has on file for dozens of groups that have made it through the federal recognition process. The ADC contains over 750 MB of documents — up from over 600MB in version 1.2 — that were scanned in and cataloged by the agency’s Office of Federal Acknowledgment. The new version includes has additional documents and is easier to use. It is available at: http://www.indianz.com/adc20/adc20.html.
Tribal Link has an online blog at: http://triballinknewsonline.blogspot.com.
The National Indian Education Association: http://www.niea.org/.
Rainmakers Ozeania studies possibilities for restoring the natural environment and humanity’s rightful place in it, at: http://rainmakers-ozeania.com/0annexanchorc/about-rainmakers.html.
The Newberry Library received a grant in August, 2007, from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund “Indians of the Midwest and Contemporary Issues.” The McNickle Center will construct this multimedia website designed to marry the Library’s rich collections on Native American history with state-of-the art interactive web capabilities to reveal the cultural and historical roots of controversial issues involving Native Americans today. These include conflicts over gaming and casinos, fishing and hunting rights, the disposition of Indian artifacts and archeological sites, and the use of Indian images in the media. In addition to historical collections, the site will also feature interviews with contemporary Native Americans, interactive maps, links to tribal and other websites, and social networking. For more information contact Céline Swicegood, email@example.com.
The site www.pressdisplay.com has scanned and searchable versions of thousands of newspapers daily from around the world. These are not truncated “online versions”. You can view the actually pages of the paper published for that day. There are also 100’s of US papers included daily. The service also allows you to set search terms or search particular papers daily. The service will also translate papers into English.
The Northern California Indian Development Council has a web-based archive of traditional images and
sounds at: http://www.ncidc.org/.
Resource sites in the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): National Indian Child Welfare
Association: http://www.nicwa.org, offers include publications, a library, information packets, policy information and research. NICWA’s Publication Catalog is at: Http://www.nicwa.org/resources/catalog/index.asp’ Information Packets are at:
http://www.nicwa.org/resources/infopackets/index.asp. Online ICWA Courses are at: http://www.nicwa.org/services/icwa/index.asp. The Indian Child Welfare Act: An Examination of State Compliance, from the Casey Foundation is at: http://www.casey.org/Resources/Publications/NICWAComplianceInArizona.htm. Tribal Court
Clearinghouse ICWA Pages, with a brief review of ICWA and links to many valuable resources including Federal agencies and Native organizations. http://www.tribal-institute.org/lists/icwa.htm. Other resource sources are: the Indian Law Resource
Center: www.indianlaw.org, the National Indian Justice Center: www.nijc.indian.com. Other sites can be found through internet search engines such as Google.
Some research web sites for ICWA include: http://www.calindian.org/legalcenter_icwa.htm, http://www.narf.org/nill/resources/indianchildwelfare.htm, http://www.tribal-institute.org/lists/icwa.htm, http://www.nicwa.org/library/library.htm, http://www.nationalcasa.org/JudgesPage/Newsletter-4-04.htm, http://www.dlncoalition.org/dln_issues/2003_icwaresolution.htm, http://www.helpstartshere.org/Default.aspx?PageID=401, http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/articles.cfm?section_id=2&issue_id=2001-0, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?i104:I04296:i104HUGHES.html, http://nccrest.edreform.net/resource/13704, http://www.naicja.org,
American Indian Graduate Center: http://www.aigcs.org.
The Minneapolis American Indian Center’s Native Path To Wellness Project of the Golden Eagle Program has developed a publication, Intergenerational Activities from a Native American Perspective that has been accepted by Penn State for their Intergenerational Web site: http://intergenerational.cas.psu.edu/Global.html.
The Indigenous Nations and Peoples Law, Legal Scholarship Journal has recently been created on line by the Social Science Research Network, with sponsorship by the
Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship at Syracuse University College of Law. Subscription to the journal is free, by clicking on: http://hq.ssrn.com/.
The National Council Of Urban Indian Health is at: http://www.ncuih.org/.
A web site dedicated to tribal finance, www.tribalfinance.org.
Lessons In Tribal Sovereignty, at: http://sorrel.humboldt.edu/~go1/kellogg/intro.html, features Welcome to American Indian Issues: An Introductory and Curricular Guide for Educators. The contents were made possible by the American Indian Civics Project (AICP), a project initially funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Native American Higher Education Initiative, The primary goal of the AICP is to provide educators with the tools to educate secondary students – Indian and non-native alike – about the historical and contemporary political, economic, and social characteristics of sovereign tribal nations throughout the United States.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) has a blog as part of its Celilo Legacy project, serving as a clearinghouse for public discourse, information, events, activities, and memorials. The blog is accessible by going to www.critfc.org and clicking on the “Celilo Legacy blog” image, or by simply entering: www.critfc.org/celilo.
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho has Rezkast, a Web site of Native affairs and culture at: www.rezkast.com.
A listing of the different Alaska Native groups’ values and other traditional information is on the Alaska Native Knowledge website at: www.ankn.uaf.edu.
Red Nation Web Television: www.rednation.com.
A list of indigenous Language Conferences is kept at the Teaching Indigenous Languages web site at Northern Arizona University: http://www2.nau.edu/jar/Conf.html.
UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is at http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?pg=00206. For a detailed cautionary note about the usefulness of the UNESCO Atlas, see Peter K. Austin’s comments. He is the Marit Rausing chair in field linguistics and director of linguistics at SOAS in the UK: http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/elac/2009/02/unescos_atlas_of_the_worlds_la_1.ht
The Council of Elders, the governing authority of the Government Katalla-Chilkat Tlingit (provisional government): Kaliakh Nation (Region XVII) has initiated a web site in order to expose crimes against humanity committed upon the original inhabitants of Alaska, at: http://www.katalla-chilkat-tlingit.com/.
An interactive website, www.cherokee.org/allotment, focuses on the Allotment Era in Cherokee History during the period from 1887 to 1934, when Congress divided American Indian reservation lands into privately owned parcels that could be (and widely were) sold to non Indians, threatening tribal existence.
The Blue Lake Rancheria of California launched a web site, Fall 2007, featuring the nation’s history, philosophy, economic enterprise, community involvement, and other topics, with many-links. One purpose of the site is to make tribal operations transparent. It is at: www.bluelakerancheria-nsn.gov.
UN Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: www.un.org/indigenous, The newsletter Message Stick highlighting the activities of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and its Secretariat 05 is available at: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/news/quarterlynewsle_home1.htm.
Indigenous Rights Quarterly can be accessed at: http://www.aitpn.org/irq.htm.
NGO Society for Threatened Peoples International, in consultative status to the United Nations ECOSOC, and in participatory status with the Council of Europe, Indigenous Peoples Department, USA: http://www.gfbv.de.
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO): http://www.unpo.org/.
The World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and its Journal are online at: http://www.win-hec.org/. (See the Ongoing Activities Section for more on WINHEC). The WINHEC site includes links to other indigenous organizations and institutions.
A link on Latin American Indigenous Peoples: http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/LACEXT/0,,contentMDK:20505834~menuPK:258559~pagePK:146736~piPK:226340~theSitePK:258554,00.html
The Asian Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Network produces occasional papers and reports at: http://www.aitpn.org/Issues/II-08-07.htm.