Apache Woman, Victim of Sex Abuse, Gives Birth While in Phoenix Rehabilitation Center

As if the headline isn’t shocking enough, the fact that the San Carlos Apache woman has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade is even more appalling. Details of this shocking story are coming to light after the abrupt resignation of Hacienda Healthcare CEO, Bill Timmons.

The investigation of the abuse came after the victim gave birth to a boy on December 29, leading hospital staff to begin seeking answers. Hacienda officials are calling this, “deeply disturbing,” and are promising full cooperation authorities, even going a step further, requiring all male workers to submit to a DNA test.

Hacienda Healthcare promotes itself as, “specialized health care services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults.” Yet, the victim’s former caregiver is speaking out to Phoenix news station, ABC 15, to call for accountability in why so many staffers missed obvious signs of the pregnancy. Phoenix police are continuing to investigate this matter.

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Indigenous Peoples March on January 18 in D.C.

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Indigenous people from around the world are expected to convene in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 18 to support the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March. This grassroots effort hopes to bring a voice to the injustices occurring in tribal communities, including major issues such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The march also calls attention to the importance of preservation of sacred lands and water rights, and overall, is hoping to create visibility for first peoples around the globe. Alongside a curated schedule of speakers and performers, the Indigenous Peoples Movement is hosting a separate concert for a small fee.

If you are unable to journey to Washington, D.C. consider hosting a sister march! For more information and details regarding accommodations, parking, event schedule, and more, please visit www.indigenouspeoplesmovement.com.

Quechan Nation Officially Welcomes New Council

A few weeks ago, many were unsure this day would happen for the current council-elect, given that several petitions to contest the December 3rd Quechan tribal election made their way through council. However, none of these petitions would withstand the process. With not enough eligible voters present to continue the voting process necessary to uphold the contest, the Quechan Election Board dismissed the small crowd and the elected council members were officially slated to move toward taking their seats on council.

Fast-forward to inauguration day. The Quechan Nation held the official inauguration of its new tribal council on Monday, January 7. All but one newly-elected official were present to take the oath to serve the Nation and were welcomed with a full house. Mr. Jordan Joaquin takes the seat as President, while Mr. Virgil Smith holds the seat of Vice President. These two will hold their seat for four-year terms, while the five other council members will have their seat for two-year terms. These members are Mr. Aaron Brown, Mr. Charles Escalanti, Ms. Ina Hall, Mr. Jonathan Koteen, and Ms. Gloria McGee, respectively.

Kevin Hart, Wife Host 'Cowboy and Indians'-themed Birthday Party for Son

Social media users think the ‘Cowboy and Indians’-themed birthday party hosted by Kevin Hart and his wife, Eniko, is no laughing matter. The couple are seen in photos alongside a teepee cake and guests with “Native American” blankets at a party for their one-year old son. Culturally insensitive or are we too sensitive?

This day-in-age, you’d expect that Native Princess Halloween costumes and phrases such as, “let’s have a pow wow,” would be considered colloquial and inappropriate, given the movements for racial equity in our society. Unfortunately, even celebrities still need to be schooled. Do better next time, Mr. Hart.

Teepee cakes and cowboy hats, that is what Kevin Hart and wife, Eniko Parrish chose for their son’s first birthday party. Photo: US Weekly

Teepee cakes and cowboy hats, that is what Kevin Hart and wife, Eniko Parrish chose for their son’s first birthday party. Photo: US Weekly

U.S. Missionary killed for attempting to bring Christianity to isolated tribe

Missionary, John Allen Chau’s attempted encounters with an isolated and governmentally-protected tribe, ends in his untimely demise. Photo: Abc 7 Eyewitness News

Missionary, John Allen Chau’s attempted encounters with an isolated and governmentally-protected tribe, ends in his untimely demise. Photo: Abc 7 Eyewitness News

John Allen Chau assumed he should spread the gospel to an isolated tribe on North Sentinel Island - he would not live to tell his story. Is this modern-day colonialism and protection of an indigenous nation or an unjust murder?

John ventured out to the North Sentinel Island with intentions to teach the island’s tribal inhabitants the gospel of Jesus. He kept a journal and updated his entries with information about his encounters, even including an encounter with a tribal youth shooting arrows at him.

Friends of Mr. Chau state that he knew what he was doing was illegal but insisted on doing it anyway and also give indication that John was an adventurer and knew the tribe was known for aggressive encounters with unwelcome outsiders. So could this mean that he was seeking out this tribe because he knew the risk and was looking at it as an another adventure?

According to an ABC news affiliate report, John, “didn’t want to die,” but would still pursue his mission to bring Jesus to the island tribe. This “adventure” led to John’s untimely death and again brings forward the conversation of indigenous colonialism and the lack of knowledge and respect for indigenous spirituality and sovereignty.

The New MMIW Database

There are over 2,500 cases in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women database.

There are over 2,500 cases in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women database.

Indigenous doctoral student, Annita Lucchesi, was tired of relying on external sources to find data on our missing and murdered indigenous sisters so she decided to develop her own database. So, why is this important to you?

Many state and federal laws create unique issues in transferring information and jurisdiction of crimes committed on tribal lands. Does this justify not collecting information at all? Ms. Lucchesi discovered several inconsistencies as she scoured documents on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) cases so she decided to make it her business, and her doctoral dissertation, to collect and create a database of this information.

Visit www.mmiwdatabase.com for more information on the database.