Comment is free Aboriginal Australians are part of the country's present not just its past

    Comment is free  Aboriginal Australians are part of the countryAustralia celebrates Australia Day today, marking 224 years since the declaration of British sovereignty and the arrival of the first fleet of convict ships. Australia remains the only Commonwealth country not to have a treaty with its original owners, and although a treaty may have made little difference to the lives of aboriginal Australians, the celebration of Australia Day on unceded land makes many non-aboriginal Australians, myself included, feel highly uncomfortable.

Cherokee heritage runs deep in Knowlton's ancestry

Cherokee heritage runs deep in KnowltonManila's Jeff Knowlton, musician, writer, artist and craftsman, enjoys preserving history and legend through his music, paintings, stories and poems.
He has long been a researcher of Native American history with a special emphasis on the Cherokee tribe. He is even learning the Cherokee language and sharing it with other interested people through weekly lessons on Facebook. Knowlton enjoys sharing the "Cherokee Corner."

Northern aboriginal leaders attend Crown meeting

Northern aboriginal leaders attend Crown meetingMore than 400 chiefs from all over Canada gathered in Ottawa Tuesday to hear presentations from the Prime Minister, the Governor General and the Assembly of First Nations National Chief.

The meeting was an effort to improve relations between First Nations and the Crown.

Joy, bitterness over upcoming canonization of first aboriginal saint, Kateri Tekakwitha

Joy, bitterness over upcoming canonization of first aboriginal saint, Kateri TekakwithaFONDA, New York Gazing down a frozen New York field, the statue of a Mohawk girl about to become the first North American aboriginal saint exudes calm. Yet the real Kateri Tekakwitha had a brutal existence and ghosts from her dramatic life still haunt these hills.

Australia on verge of historic decision to recognise Aborigines as first people of continent

Australia on verge of historic decision to recognise Aborigines as first people of continentProposals presented on Thursday would ask Australians to approve a clause recognising that Aborigine and Pacific islanders were the first occupants of the land mass. A second clause prohibiting racial discrimination would override measures that allow the authorities to intervene on the grounds of races.