Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Colorado Senator Suzanne Williams Involved In Car Accident

Many American Indian students have received college scholarships thanks to Senator Williams, who sponsored the bill creating the American Indian Scholars license plate. Heartfelt prayers go out to all involved in this tragic accident.
Hat Tip, AK48.

Statement From Colo. State Sen. Involved In Deadly Crash
Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Producer

POSTED: 10:20 am MST December 28, 2010
UPDATED: 3:16 pm MST December 28, 2010
Statement From Colo. State Sen. Involved In Deadly Crash
The Colorado state senator involved in a deadly crash in Texas issued a statement Tuesday.

"I cannot express the horror, sadness and grief I feel for an accident that will change forever the lives of a young family," said Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora. "It is a burden I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

Williams was driving a 2010 Honda CRV north on U.S. Highway 385 southwest of Channing, Texas, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when her car crossed the center lane and collided with a southbound 2003 GMC Yukon driven by Eric James Gomez of Amarillo, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Brianna Gomez, 30, was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Yukon. She was flown to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, where an emergency Cesarean section was performed. Gomez was pronounced dead after her baby boy was delivered. The infant was in critical condition Monday evening.

Williams, of Aurora, was wearing a seat belt and was treated and released on Monday. Her son, Todd Edward Williams, 41, of Denver, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, the Highway Patrol said. He was listed in serious condition at an Amarillo hospital.

Two grandchildren, Tristan Williams, 3, of Denver and Tyler Williams, 7, of Denver were also not wearing seat belts and were ejected in the crash. Tristan was treated and later released from the hospital. Tyler was in satisfactory condition Tuesday.

Williams’ husband, Ed, said he drove from Denver to Texas on Sunday to be with her.

"She’s doing all right, but our son isn’t," he told the Aurora Sentinel. "Our grandkids are out of the hospital now."

Sen. Williams serves as vice chair of the transportation committee.

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Pimpin' Columbus For A Bloody Eclipse

Hat Tip AK 48:

You'd think we could have a simple lunar eclipse without reference to this murdering, thieving rapist - but oh, no - the these ignorant hacks just gotta pimp some bullshit story about Columbus.

www.Globalnews.ca/story.html?id=4009255
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Lunar eclipses have long been associated with superstitions and signs of ill omen, especially in battle.

The defeat of the Persian king Darius III by Alexander the Great in the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC was foretold by soothsayers when the Moon turned blood-red a few days earlier.

And an eclipse is credited with saving the life of Christopher Columbus and his crew when they were stranded without supplies on the coast of Jamaica.

According to legend, Columbus, looking at an astronomical almanac compiled by a German mathematician, realised that a total eclipse of the Moon would occur on February 29, 1504.

He called the native leaders and warned them if they did not help, he would make the Moon disappear the following night.

The warning, of course, came true, prompting the terrified people to beg Columbus to restore the Moon -- which he did, in return for as much food as his men needed. He and the crew were rescued on June 29, 1504.

The last total lunar eclipse took place on February 21 2008. Next year, says Espenak, will see two: on June 15 and December 10.

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon swings between the Earth and the Sun.
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Read it on Global News: Lunar eclipse makes memorable solstice

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Justice For Annie Mae

Hat Tip, AK48.

Violence against women is not traditional.

Assembly of First Nations : AFN Welcomes Annie Mae Pictou Aquash Verdict: Continues Call to End Violence Against Indigenous Women

OTTAWA, Dec. 13 - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Regional Chief for Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Rick Simon today expressed hope for the many families of the almost 600 unresolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada following the December 10 verdict in the murder of Mi'kmaq woman Annie Mae Pictou Aquash.


"On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, it is my hope that this verdict will help bring a sense of closure, peace and justice to the family and friends of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash," said AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. "Thirty-five years is far too long to have justice served and many unanswered questions remain. It is essential that we all work together to end violence against Indigenous women. The AFN has stood with First Nation and women's organizations and called specifically on the federal government to work with us on a national action plan to address the root causes of why so many Indigenous women remain unsafe."

Last Friday, the 7th Circuit Court in Rapid City, South Dakota, found John Graham guilty of felony murder in the 1975 slaying of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash. Pictou Aquash was from Indian Brook, Nova Scotia. She was prominent in the American Indian Movement and participated in the 71-day occupation of the South Dakota reservation town of Wounded Knee two years before her death. She was found murdered at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1976.

"Annie Mae will be remembered here in Canada, the United States and around the world for her important role in bringing further attention to the need to end violence against Indigenous women. She was the first to be named in the Sisters in Spirit campaign which has been influential in supporting community-based initiatives to keep Indigenous women safe," said AFN Regional Chief for Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Rick Simon said. "To the families and friends of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across the country, this is a message of hope and inspiration. It is my hope that the strength of Annie Mae and now her family and friends will provide support to the far too many families also seeking justice."

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada.


For further information:

Jenna Young, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer at 613-241-6789, ext 401, 613-314-8157 or jyoung[at]afn.ca

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382, 613 292-0857 or agaron[at]afn.ca

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Border Agent Shot Dead In Arizona

That's just awful, awful, awful - that they've "caught" four suspects.


Border agent shot dead in Arizona, four arrested

Reuters

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot dead by assailants close to the Mexico border in southern Arizona and four suspects have been arrested, authorities said on Wednesday.

Agent Brian A. Terry was shot dead while on patrol near the border city of Nogales on Tuesday night, Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman Mario Escalante said.

"We have four subjects in custody and we are continuing the search for more subjects," Escalante told Reuters.

Arizona straddles a furiously trafficked corridor for human and drug smugglers from Mexico.

Escalante said the FBI was leading the investigation into the shooting and would provide further details during the day.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor, editing by Peter Bohan)