The belief in white supremacy is a real thing that kills people every day. White supremacy is one notch goofier than vanilla racism, because to get there you have to believe both that there are races, and that “white” is one. (If “white” is a race, it should be capitalized, so I tip my hand when I write in lower-case or, in Cherokee, yonega, and still lower-case.) “Race” as a meaningful category of human beings and defining race by color are two notches up the crazy tree you have to climb before you even get near the topmost crazy that is both white and supreme. Race used to be a big part of the mainstream scientific narrative about how human existence was ordered. Physical anthropology in particular engaged in such arguments from the time the discipline stood apart from cultural anthropology. How many races are there? How did they come to be? Most important, if there are races, is there racial superiority?
The governor of Maine has rescinded a three year-old executive order that recognized the “special relationship” between the State of Maine and Indian tribes living there. The order created a consultation policy for tribal input before laws, rules and policies affecting them are passed.
Gov. Paul LePage’s new executive order on April 16, “An Order Respecting Joint Sovereignty and Interdependence,” of which ICTMN has obtained a copy, rescinds his August 2011 executive order, “Recognizing the Special Relationship Between the State of Maine and the Sovereign Native American Tribes Located Within the State of Maine.”
Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton is once again vying for the Native American vote.
On her campaign’s website, Native Americans in support of Clinton can join a "Native Americans for Hillary" group and sign up to host a "Native American meeting or house party." They can also "join a local Native American event," the website reads.
Following registration, an automated email is sent to supporters. The email reads: “With your help, we will show that the Native American community across the country is Ready for Hillary!”
Since she announced her candidacy more than a week ago, Clinton, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2008, has not publicly stated whether she’ll stump at any of the country’s 325 reservations while on the campaign trail.
In her 2003 autobiography, "Living History," Clinton claimed to have Native American heritage. She wrote that her maternal grandmother belonged to a family with “French Canadian, Scottish and Native American ancestry.”
Clinton isn’t the only presidential candidate who’s hoping to garner the Native American vote. A Twitter account in favor of the Republican candidate Senator Rand Paul was launched earlier this month with an avatar reading, “Native-American For Rand.”
The notion of a police officer pulling over a horse-drawn buggy and handing a ticket to the Amish driver for not displaying an orange emblem is ludicrous to some people.
Even worse is the image of arresting the Amish driver for not appearing in court on the matter. Is this what our society has come to, tapping members of a religious sect for money to fill municipal coffers?
Amish people have a long and distinguished presence in Northern New York and other parts of the country. That they’ve thrived in a technologically driven society while adhering to religious mandates shunning the trappings of such worldly goods is a testament to their resilience as a community.
MASSENA - Some families in the Massena Central School District have a significant balance on their children’s school lunch bills, according to the district’s director of Food Services.
Peter Bertrand gave an update to Board of Education members this week on his findings.
Mr. Bertrand said that as of April 17 the school’s food services account had a $17,826.75 deficit.
“This amount is due the fact that individual students, as well as families with multiple students, have not provided their student with money for their lunch. We, as a district, have allowed these students the ability to charge meals,” he read from a prepared statement. “Out of 2,800 plus students, 44 students - or 20 to 25 families - make up 73 percent, or $12,965.41 of this bill. Thirty-nine of these students are from the grades K through 6.”
CANTON — Seven people were hospitalized Saturday for alcohol- and drug-related incidents.
The hospitalizations, which involved four St. Lawrence University students, coincided with SLU’s Springfest, a student-organized and -funded concert held on an athletic field behind the college’s athletic complex.
Potsdam and Canton rescue squads took students to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Village police also provided security support for the concert, according to Police Chief Lori A. McDougal.
SLU Director of Media Relations Ryan P. Deuel said Monday that those hospitalized were not associated with the event.
POTSDAM - The Salmon River Central girls lacrosse team took over sole possession of the top spot in the NAC standings on Monday by surging to a 19-5 win on the road over previously undefeated Potsdam Central.
The teams entered the early-season contest with 3-0 league records but the Lady Shamrocks worked their way to a 7-3 halftime lead then answered the first Potsdam goal of the second half by reeling off eight straight goals en route to halting the Lady Sandstoners.
The Philadelphia Eagles brought in Tim Tebow for a workout in March but did not sign him. Now it appears they're ready to pull the trigger.
Fox's Jay Glazer is reporting that the team will bring Tebow back to town, this time with pen and contract ready.
The Eagles have been in mystery mode as far as their quarterbacks go. They have Sam Bradford (whom they acquired by trade a week before Tebow's first workout in Philly), old friend Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne currently on the roster but are reportedly prepared to add more at the position.
MASSENA - A 17-year-old Massena girl who had been last seen on April 8 turned herself in to state police on Friday.
Hanna Tatro was reported as a missing person or runaway by the St. Lawrence Family Court on April 3. She was located at her mother’s house on County Route 43 in the town of Massena on Friday and returned to the care of the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - FORT COVINGTON - Malone-based state police charged Truman R. Sqaure, 16, of Snye, Que., and three juvenile males, also from Snye, Que.,- ages 12, 11, and 10 - with a felony count of criminal mischief Sunday evening after responding to 163 Chapman Road in the town of Fort Covington for a report of vandalism.
Troopers said Mr. Square used a social media site to post a video of himself and three juveniles damaging property inside a barn at that location. The victim saw the video and immediately contacted state police. The damages included several broken windows, damages to a tractor, seed bags that were slashed and damages to a milk machine.
State police soon located and arrested Square and the three juveniles. Mr. Square was additionally charged with third-degree criminal mischief after troopers discovered during the investigation that he had he also allegedly damaged items inside the same barn on Friday.
Mr. Square was arraigned in the town of Fort Covington Court and released under the supervision of the Franklin County Probation Department. The three juveniles were issued Family Court appearance tickets directing them to appear at a later date and time.
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