School Wanted to Send Seven-Year-Old Seneca Student Home because of His Mohawk-style Haircut

jakobe-sandenPublished September 20, 2015

SANTA CLARA, UTAH— Even though Jakobe Sanden is only seven-years-old, the second-grader takes pride in his Seneca heritage. At seven, he decided he wanted to get a Mohawk-style haircut last weekend. His parents did not have a problem with it, but the school officials at Arrowhead Elementary School, in Santa Clara, Utah, that operates with the motto, “we pledge to do our best, be our best and better those around us,” sure did.

After he arrived for his studies last Monday, September 14, 2015, the Jakobe’s mother received a phone call from Sarah Harrah, principal at Arrowhead Elementary telling her to pick Jakobe up so he could get rid of the Mohawk because it is not allowed at the school.

Gary Sanden, Jackobe’s father, contacted the school to inform the principal he had no intention of getting rid of the Mohawk his son was sporting. Ms. Harrah referred Sanden to the Washington County School District’s administration offices.

Sanden was informed he had to get a letter from an American Indian tribe stating that it is a Native tradition to wear a Mohawk-style haircut. In the meantime, Jakobe had to remain in the school office so he would not “disrupt” his classroom.

The Mohawk was “possibly in violation of the school district student grooming policy” and “the student’s parents were notified of the possible violation,” stated Washington County School District’s Rex Wilkey, assistant superintendent for primary education.

Sanden reached out to his tribe, the Seneca Nation of Indians based in New York, to provide the documentation that American Indians, in fact, wear Mohawk-style haircuts.

“It is common for Seneca boys to wear a Mohawk because after years of discrimination and oppression, they are proud to share who they are,” stated William Canella, Seneca Nation Tribal Councilor, in a letter to the school district.

The letter arrived within three hours of Jakobe being sent to the office.

“It is ironic that a school named Arrowhead was so naïve about our heritage,” Canella told Native News Online. “Our boys have worn Mohawks as because it is a sign of being a warrior. This has been true generations.”

The letter proved to be sufficient for the school district. Jakobe was allowed to keep his stylish Mohawk and remain in enrolled in the school with the motto to “be our best.”

“It is about being true to who you are. I appreciate the Seneca Nation coming to my son’s defense, ” commented Gary Sanden to Native News Online on Sunday evening. “It is time for us to show our youth to take pride in who they are.”

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Professor says U.S.-Mexico wall is ‘nonsense’

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By Jim Patterson



Calling the proposal for an immense wall between Mexico and the United States nonsense, the author of a new book suggests a better option would be to open the border between the two countries.

“The people who are standing with the loudspeakers screaming in our ears come and go and we’re used to them,” says Robert F. Barsky, professor of French, English, and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University, who wrote the book Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law: The Flight and the Plight of People Deemed Illegal (Routledge).

“It’s part of our political culture. The reasoned careful discussions are unfortunately few and far between.”

Barsky uses insights gained from a decade interviewing lawyers, interpreters, public defenders, police officers, jail guards, and migrants themselves to break down the issues that influence people to fear undocumented immigrants because of their supposed effect on crime and the economy.

Barsky discussed the idea of open borders with university writer Jim Patterson.


No. People are attached to their countries. Their families are there. Their language is there. Their lives are there. It isn’t that much fun to come from Guatemala or Mexico and live in the states. You don’t make much money and you’re not treated well, probably because of racism. You do it out of necessity or adventurism.”


There’s never been any evidence that suggests that immigrants are the source of more domestic crime than the domestic population. The reality is that crossing the border is very risky and your chances of being caught are relatively high. If you have a criminal background, you’re running enormous risks.

Opening borders (would) actually make them easier to police. That’s because people would enter the country legally, rather than with the help of smugglers or human traffickers. We are seeing the effects of human trafficking in Europe, and they are tragic.


It’s immigration laws that keep undocumented immigrants living in the shadows and cause safety risks. What are the chances (undocumented immigrants) will call the police if they see something happening? The police are potentially their enemy. The grocer down the street is potentially their enemy. Everybody is potentially their enemy. Is that the society we want to live in?


Who could have possibly imagined that just 75 years after World War II there would be free movement, and people in France would legally work in Germany and people in Germany would legally work in France?

Millions of people would go across the Mexican border regularly if they could, and then go back to their home country. We never address the fact that a lot of people want to be here temporarily and then they can’t get out. They run as much risk returning home as they do coming over in the first place.


Large corporations don’t want to have their trucks sitting there endlessly at the borders. They don’t want their employees to suddenly disappear because they happened to be driving a car with a busted taillight. A mobile workforce is part of free trade.


What kind of a country do we want to live in? Open borders mean no ripping apart of families, so children can stay with their parents. It means children can be educated in the host country legally. It means social services. It means bringing people out of the shadows.


Source: Vanderbilt University

18 Tribes Receive HUD Funds to Address Mold Issues

HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Nick Tilsen, director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporatioin on Pine Ridge visit last fall.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Nick Tilsen, director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporatioin on Pine Ridge visit last fall.

Published September 21, 2015    

WASHINGTON – Eighteen tribal communities in 13 states were awarded on Monday, September 21, 2015, $12,4 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to remove and prevent dangerous mold in more than 1,000 homes. This is the largest amount to date awarded by HUD for this purpose.

The grants are being made available through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program, which addresses a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities.

These grants will support mold remediation in housing owned or operated by tribes, tribally designated housing entities, or tribal organizations, with priority given to units with the most evidence of mold. (See chart below for list of winners.)

“Every family in America deserves a safe and healthy place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro.“These mold remediation grants demonstrate HUD’s commitment to partnering with Native American communities to improve tribal housing and create healthy communities where families can thrive.”

All the grantees will address moisture issues by using construction materials and techniques known to resist mold, and ensuring that staff or contractors use safe practices for identifying and remediating mold.   They will also educate residents on ways to prevent mold from reoccurring in the future.

For example, the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana will address mold problems in 16 homes with wooden construction, by building and sealing new concrete foundations in the homes, installing exterior drain systems and installing sump pumps.  The White Earth Housing Authority in Minnesota will use its grant to repair 21 homes that were originally constructed without proper ventilation. It will also work with Indian Health Services and the tribe’s own Natural Resources Department to prevent future mold problems. And the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe in Alaska will use its grant to assess and remediate mold in 20 units with priority given to elders, households with children, and tribal members with asthma.  Many of the homes in this region were not designed for the damp, southeast Alaska climate but were prefabricated out of state.

The grant funding was first made available in Fiscal Year 2014 through a set-aside to remediate and prevent mold in housing units owned or operated by tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities.  Last year, nine tribes received grants to remove unhealthy levels of mold, including the Havasupai Tribe in Arizona where mold is a common problem partly because of frequent flooding in low-lying areas of the Grand Canyon.

Established in 1977, HUD’s ICDBG program assists Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs.  Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos,) Alaska Native villages, and eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding. A second more general round of ICDBG funding will be announced later this year.

HUD administers six programs that are specifically targeted to American Indian, Alaska Native, or native Hawaiian individuals and families, and federally recognized tribal governments.  In Fiscal Year 2015 HUD received approximately$732 million to fund programs to support housing and development initiatives in American Indian, Alaska Native, and native Hawaiian communities.  Through innovative programming, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments have created sustainable and community-driven solutions to their housing and community development challenges.

The winners of grants to address mold today are:


State Recipient City Amount
Alaska Cook Inlet Tribal Council Anchorage $ 800,000
Craig Tribal Association Craig $553,150
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Yakutat $300,000
Arizona Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association Sells $800,000
Pascua Yaqui Tribe Tucson $800,000
California Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe Benton $800,000
Maine Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians Presque Isle $605,000
Michigan Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Baraga $800,000
Minnesota White Earth Reservation Housing Authority White Earth $600,000
Montana Blackfeet Housing Authority Browning $800,000
New Mexico Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority Ohkay Owingeh $798,787
San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority San Felipe Pueblo $397,378
North Dakota Spirit Lake Housing Corporation Fort Totten $800,000
Oklahoma Tonkawa Tribe Tonkawa $658,858
South Dakota Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing Authority Pine Ridge $800,000
Yankton Sioux Tribal Housing Authority Wagner $800,000
Washington Colville Indian Housing Authority Nespelem $486,827
Wisconsin Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Hayward $800,000
TOTAL: $12,400,000


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Hungary empowers military to act against refugees | News | DW.COM | 21.09.2015

The measures come into effect a week after illegal border crossing was made a crime punishable by up to five years in jail, and as populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned that Europe was being “overrun” in the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Source: Hungary empowers military to act against refugees | News | DW.COM | 21.09.2015

After WWII hundreds of thousands of refugees were taken in with grace and mercy – including many from shameless Hungary now pimping the right-wing fear mongers.

Big Price Increase for Tuberculosis Drug Is Rescinded – The New York Times

Cycloserine was acquired last month by Rodelis Therapeutics, which promptly raised the price to $10,800 for 30 capsules, from $500.But the company agreed to return the drug to its former owner, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Purdue University, the organization said on Monday.“We discovered literally on Thursday the strategy that had been undertaken” by Rodelis, said Dan Hasler, the president of the Purdue Research Foundation, which has oversight of the manufacturing operation. “We said this was not what we had intended.”By Saturday, he said, Rodelis had agreed to give back the drug. Rodelis confirmed this in a brief statement on its website.The foundation now will charge $1,050 for 30 capsules, twice what it charged before, but far less than Rodelis was charging. Mr. Hasler said the new price was needed to stem losses.Cycloserine is used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a serious form of the disease that does not respond to the usual drugs. There are only about 90 new cases a year in the United States, Mr. Hasler said, and about half those patients get treated with cycloserine.

Source: Big Price Increase for Tuberculosis Drug Is Rescinded – The New York Times