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Jukasa News Update Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Mexico apologizes to jailed indigenous women
Mexico’s attorney general formally apologized Tuesday to three indigenous women who were jailed for years on kidnapping charges that were later dismissed.
Attorney General Raul Cervantes apologized after Mexican courts ordered the office to say it was sorry and make reparations for the women’s imprisonment.
The Otomi women were arrested in 2006 during an anti-piracy raid at a traditional open-air market staged after six federal investigators said they were held against their will by angry vendors. The three women were initially convicted and sentenced to 21 years for kidnapping.

Indigenous female Polaris prize winners collaborate on new track
Indigenous artists Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaaq announced they’ve paired up to collaborate on a new track that had its online debut yesterday.
Sainte-Marie wrote the song about Alaskan dog sled racer George Attla which she performs with Tagaaq.
Both of the female indigenous artists are Polaris prize winners. Marie took the 2015 award while Tagaaq won the title in 2014.
You can see the video and song, You Got To Run (Spirit of the Wind) out now on YouTube.

Trial for murder of indigenous teen headed straight to trial
Raymond Cormier, the man charged with second degree murder of 15 year old Tina Fontaine is going directly to trial.
A date has not yet been set for the trial but Manitoba court workers confirmed there will be a direct indictment in the case.
Tina’s remains were pulled wrapped in a trash bag from the Red River in Winnipeg in August 2014.
The teens death set out a national outcry for an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Inquest into death of indigenous artist Moses Beaver
An inquest has been announced into the death of an indigenous artist who was being held in custody at a Thunder Bay jail.
Beaver’s sister, Mary Wabasse, also tragically died this week in a crash in Thunder Bay as she was travelling to be with family members gathered to mourn her brother’s passing.
Moses Beaver was found unresponsive in his jail cell and pronounced dead at a regional hospital on February 13th.
The province’s supervising coroner says an inquest in the case is mandatory under the Coroners Act considering the circumstances surrounding the artists passing.

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