Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Vermont has joined a handful of states in renaming Columbus Day to honour Native Americans.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill May 6 recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
A half-dozen states, including Vermont, and several cities have made the change.
The governors of Maine and New Mexico signed similar measures last month.
Native American tribes and others say celebrating Italian explorer Christopher Columbus ignores the effect that the European arrival in the Americas had on the native peoples.
They suffered violence, disease, enslavement, racism and exploitation at the hands of the settlers.
Vermont’s law states that “Vermont was founded and built upon lands whose original inhabitants were Abenaki people and honours them and their ancestors.”
An Inuit land-claim group is asking the federal government to permanently protect large sections of the Eastern Arctic from any industrial development.
The request is part of a huge effort to map out how and where oil, gas and mining should go ahead on land and water around Baffin Island and how they can co-exist with traditional Inuit life. It comes in the final year of a five-year moratorium on Arctic offshore energy development, which is to be reconsidered in 2020.
The Navajo Nation has announced that World War II-era Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Sr. has died.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says Begaye died Friday in Chinle, Arizona. He was 97.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
Begaye was among hundreds of Navajos who served in the Marine Corps, using a code based on their native language to outsmart the Japanese.
According to the Navajo Nation, Begaye served as a Code Talker from 1943 to 1945 and fought in the Battle of Tarawa and the Batter of Tinian. He spent a year in a naval hospital after being wounded.
Begaye later ran a general store in Chinle.
President Donald Trump honoured Begaye and two other Navajo Code Talkers at the White House in November 2017.
Ontario is proposing to eliminate an enhanced driver’s licence that allows people to enter the United States without a passport.
The option was introduced in 2009 but hasn’t had the anticipated interest.
British Columbia and Manitoba have enhanced driver’s licences, and Quebec used to, but phased out the program _ other provinces rejected the idea because it was too costly or there wasn’t enough public interest.
Ministry of Transportation spokesman Bob Nichols says about 60,000 people currently have the secure ID out of 10.2 million drivers in Ontario.
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