Native American Hero, Code Talker Ernest Yazhe Has Walked On

Our nation has lost a true hero, as Ernest Yazhe has passed away. He received full military honors at his funeral Tuesday at Utah Veterans Memorial Park. He died Jan. 12 of kidney failure at age 92. at the age of 92.

Born May 5, 1923, in Naschitti, New Mexico, on the Navajo reservation to Taneezahni Yazhi and Nannebah Belle Yazhi, he joined the U.S. Marines when he was 19 years old, and became one of the hundreds of Code Talkers who played a vital combat role by transmitting battlefield messages in an unbreakable Navajo-based radio code.

Yazhe was also a fifty year member of the IAM, which is where Council-FIRE began.

LDS Bishop Reid Brinton read a brief statement written by Yazhe’s daughter, Melissa Yahze.

“My father was a quiet man. He never liked to have attention drawn to him. In fact, my siblings and I talked and said he would not like having all this attention on him at this time. But he’s not here to get after us. Continue reading

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Council FIRE Shines at Puerto Rico Human Rights Conference

Fareed Michelen (CBTU), Hector Sanchez (LCLAA), Gabrielle Rogano (CLUW), Kevin Cummings (Council FIRE), Melanie Campbell (NCBCP), Gregory Cendana (APALA), Clayola Brown (APRI), Jerame Davis (Pride@Work)

Fareed Michelen (CBTU), Hector Sanchez (LCLAA), Gabrielle Rogano (CLUW), Kevin Cummings (Council FIRE), Melanie Campbell (NCBCP), Gregory Cendana (APALA), Clayola Brown (APRI), Jerame Davis (Pride@Work)

The IAMAW Human Rights conference was held October 8-11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The gathering included about 400 activists from across North America.  Every major Human Rights constituency from the house of Labor was represented by their leadership, and Council FIRE was proud to be included.  All of these organizations are devoted to the mission of education, healthcare, dignity and decent jobs for all people, regardless of race, religion, sex or anything else.  Every person is deserving of dignity and justice.

Kevin Cummings, President and Founder of the Council for First Inhabitants Rights and Equality (Council FIRE), presented to the general session and unveiled a video outlining the mission of Council FIRE.  Cummings also participated in a panel discussion with the dignitaries shown in the above picture.  “It was a great honor to be asked to share the stage with such passionate, caring and strong leaders, said Cummings, “I was humbled to be included, and extremely energized to feel the compassion and support that they openly showed for the issues of Native communities”.

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#IWillLive

Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
On the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) website

#IWillLive

The voices of Native youth were heard loud and clear this past year when the National UNITY Council passed the National Suicide Prevention Initiative resolution, later renamed the “I Will Live” Initiative. In an effort to further bring attention to the suicide epidemic among Native youth in Indian Country, UNITY Inc is sponsoring a Social Media Contest titled “I Will Live” with the winner receiving a Registration Scholarship to the 2016 National UNITY Conference. Simply post and share photos of life, family, friends, hobbies – anything you care about – to show your celebration of life. Post on any of UNITY’s social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and include the hashtag #IwillLive.

UNITY Inc is also promoting the 2nd Annual “Moment Of Silence” on September 10, 2015. On this day, UNITY encourages youth councils and others to plan a Moment of Silence remembering those who have passed on and offering prayers for those who suffer from depression or are considered high risk. In addition, UNITY has created a “I Will Live” page on its website, which includes resources for suicide prevention and events bringing awareness to events held during Suicide Prevention Week, September 7-13, 2015. CLICK HERE to view the UNITY “I WILL LIVE” page.

To learn more about warning signs please go to http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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Welcome to Our Land

Welcome to Our Land

It is odd to think that a city named after a Native Chief would be holding their sixtieth SeaFair festival, and had never invited natives to participate in a position of honor. Well, times have changed and the 2015 version featured a “Welcome to Our Lands” segment of Native tribes in full regalia, canoes, drummers and singers, and great spirit. The Native segment drew loud and boisterous cheers throughout the two-and-a-half mile trek.

Council FIRE was in full view as the lead vehicle displayed our banner and carried Erich Bourgault (C-FIRE Exec VP), Anna Holla, Andy James and Jay Hollingsworth. We were extremely proud and humbled to be part of the event.

Special thanks to Kim Camara for her tireless good work in making it happen.

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Implementing UNDRIP – Key Actions and Dates for Tribal Leaders

From the Indian Law Resource Center
published on-line March 19, 2015

Follow-up work on key commitments made by the United Nations to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is progressing quickly. In the World Conference Outcome Document, the General Assembly agreed to (1) address the idea of an implementing/monitoring body for the UN Declaration; (2) consider ways to enable the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in the UN; (3) address violence against indigenous women; and (4) respect sacred places.

The following information should be used as a roadmap/schedule for important events in the next several months.

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