Indian Country Today video news report for June 13, 2019 with Vincent Schilling

Vincent Schilling

VP Biden reverses stance on Hyde Amendment, MMIW report, Happy graduation and more

Greetings and She:kon everyone, this is Vincent Schilling and I am the associate editor of Indian Country Today.

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The national MMIW report’s use of the word genocide sparks an international debate

On June 3, Canada’s National Inquiry on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women released an extensive and long-awaited final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. At the official closing ceremony in Quebec on Monday, initiated a firestorm of international debate when Marion Buller, chief commissioner of the inquiry shared the commission’s findings in the report. Buller said the following:

The following day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he accepted the use of the word genocide in the findings, sparking international debate, and organizations including Amnesty International stated the possibility of investigating lawmakers and other agencies that could be held responsible for negligence, red the full story in the links below.

Attacking the root cause of the opioid crisis in Indian Country by suing big pharma

In a move demonstrating big pharma companies are one of the root causes of opioid problems plaguing Indian Country, more than 100 tribes are setting the stage to file lawsuits against the big prescription drug companies, which include pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors of opioids. There are now also about 2,000 plaintiffs who have filed cases.

At the top of the radar is the Muscogee Creek Nation who is filing against big pharma to include manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

Judge Dan Polster of Cleveland, Ohio, who is presiding over the case from his bench in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is describing the filing as the “largest and most complex civil litigation in U.S history.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden abandons support for federal funding restrictions for abortions after 43 years

Former VP Joe Biden has stopped support of The Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976 and affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1980, which prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment to the life of the mother. The Hyde Amendment directly affects Native women, since the vast majority of Native women receive health services from the Indian Health Service, a federally funded agency.

Biden, a Catholic who has been opposed to abortion in the past, stated that he would not impose his religious beliefs on the rest of society, and “Women’s rights and health care are under assault in a way that seeks to roll back every step of progress we’ve made over the last 50 years.”

Congratulations are in order for graduates in 2019, but two at the top of my list are to Hilary Tompkins, who received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters at Dartmouth and to 6-year-old Pituaq Okalik. She graduated from Kindergarten in Rankin Inlet. In a tweet by the CBC, she said she enjoyed her inspired of “because it makes me feel Inuk!” And one more additional graduation shout to my nephew Parker. Happy graduation my man. Happy graduation to all of the graduates out there in Indian Country. I am proud of all of you.

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Again, Thanks for watching this week’s ICT video news report. I am Vincent Schilling, associate editor of Indian Country Today. Follow me on Twitter at @VinceSchilling and Instagram at @VinceSchilling

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Vince are your earings native?