Recently, United Nation representative Victoria Tauli-Corpuz made critical statements on how the United States government’s use of excessive force on Standing Rock activists reflects the country’s continued mistreatment of Native people. In her statement, Tauli-Corpuz claims that the government is robbing Native people of their entitlement to tribal lands based on the drive for acquisition of power.

 

Tauli-Corpuz gave this address at a press conference after being invited to speak by the Obama administration. Clashes between tribes and the U.S. government over the Dakota Access pipeline illustrate, in Tauli Corpuz’s opinion, the incredibly disjointed communication system the government has with tribal council leaders.

 

In a statement to Buzzfeed, chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights, Catherine Lhamon, expressed the idea that having to be called out by a UN Special Rapporteur on how it is handling communication with and treatment of Native people is an “international embarrassment” for the United States government.

 

Tauli-Corpuz has visited with a wide array of tribes in the west and southwest portions of the nation and has broached the subjected of the Dakota Access Pipeline with Major General Donald Jackson, Jr. and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven. She has also cited her immense concern over the Trump administration’s executive orders to speed up the process of building the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline but has hope that these decisions will be rescinded.

 

Unfortunately, on February 7, 2017 the U.S. Army reversed its decision to conduct an extensive environmental survey of the land before commencing construction. They received permission to start drilling that day, something Lhamon sees as extremely problematic. It appears that the Trump administration will continue, and possibly even deepen, the trend of the U.S. government failing to effectively communicate with and be sympathetic to the issues faced by Native American tribal communities.

 

According to a report in the Duluth News Tribune, the number of Native American students who are successfully graduating in Duluth, MN is rising. The article interviewed a young man from the Chippewa tribe who was accepted to a welding program in the local community college. He tells the newspaper that his diploma brings a sense of pride to him and his family.

 

Just last year, says the article, the rate of Native American graduation for the Duluth school district was at 71%, which was nearly 20% more than the Minnesota state average. Educators hope this will be a growing trend, since rates are so low nationally, reports US News and World Report.com. There is a special educational program in a Cloquet high school that was highlighted. One of the mentors, Shirley Miner, says that their program’s main goal is for natives to rebuild trust in the national educational system.

 

Their ancestors had to suffer a lot through the years in order to pave the way for future generations, she explains to her young students. When the country was first settled, there were many conflicts between white leaders and indigenous cultures. When these tribes were brutally conquered and forced onto reservations, their young people were forced into boarding schools that stripped them of their cultural identities, the article says. The distrust has been a generational feeling that has affected young Native Americans and their education.

 

When various people were interviewed for the article, they credited the positive changes to Native American school employees, special scholarships, and intercultural education in the schools. In the city of Cloquet, the board of education stays close with tribal groups, including the Anishinaabe and Fond du Lac. The community works together for the students’ success.

 

Teresa Angell, director of the city’s Native American Education program, told the newspaper that they are being even more proactive this year. She and her colleagues pay close attention to student grades and attendance. They stay in contact with students and their parents and identify problems. These issues are confronted in a positive manner, to keep students encouraged in their education, states the article.

 

Credit was also given to hardworking students who get their core development in elementary school. With more Native Americans graduating, more can attend college and work in the careers they want, the article says.

 

Native American students attending San Diego State University are seeking to change the school’s mascot and replace it with a culturally appropriate symbol. According to a report by Allyson Myers of student newspaper the Daily Aztec, the Native American Student Alliance hosted a discussion in February about the current mascot, an Aztec warrior, which they feel represents a painful period of California history.

 

The meeting was attended by approximately 40 students and faculty members who watched a presentation about the Spanish colonial period of San Diego, during which more than 100,000 Native Americans perished in a genocide carried out by the conquistadors. After the presentation, those in attendance were reminded of the 2005 policy implemented by the National Collegiate Athletic Association with regard to mascots used in college athletics and tournaments. In essence, universities are prohibited from choosing mascots that can be considered hostile or abusive in terms of ethnicity or national origin.

 

The Spanish Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first established in California. The students feel that the violence perpetrated against Native Americans by the Spanish missionaries is not something that should be honored or remembered with a college mascot. The Spanish colonial history of San Diego is already remembered by the architectural style of the campus.

 

Furthermore, the students explained that SDSU does not sit on Aztec land. The mascot is more suitable for Mexican universities because the Aztecs are not Native Americans. The SDSU campus was actually built on land that once belonged to the Kumeyaay people; this tribe has been in San Diego for more than 10,000 years.

 

Days after the meeting, the students presented an official statement to the university’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Outreach. At this time, no alternative mascots have been proposed.

 

Most Americans never really stop to think what exactly makes somebody a Native American. Most people believe you simply need to have a parent who is a Native American. This isn’t the case. At least, that is what some people are quickly learning in Washington State.

 

To find an example, you don’t have to look any further than Terry St. Germain. In 2012, he decided to enroll his five young children as members of the Nooksack. This is a federally recognized Native American tribe, and yes, you actually have to be registered with the tribe to count. Located in the northwest corner of Washington State, the Nooksack have about 2,000 members.

 

St. Germain became registered with the tribe as a teenager. He didn’t foresee any problems getting his own children registered. Unfortunately, Bob Kelly, the chairman of the Nooksack tribal council, denied the request. He said there were problems with the ancestors St. Germain claimed. St, Germain’s brother, Rudy, previously served as Kelly’s secretary. The application denial destroyed Rudy’s faith in Kelly, and the denial threatens to change everything for St. Germain and his family.

 

Bob Kelly sees himself as preserving the true identity of the Nooksack. He explains how being a Native American isn’t a game, and making sure members of the tribe truly belong is about protecting Native American culture. However, for those left out of the tribe, a host of federal benefits and rights are jeopardized. These Native Americans also have no place else to go for their heritage. The rejection shatters souls.

 

Imagine a panel that could determine if you were truly gay, Asian, or African-American. It would be chilling. This is what Native Americans sometimes face with their own cultural identity. It’s far time average Americans started paying attention to this struggle Native Americans face in their lives.

 

Eric Lefkofksy is an American entrepreneur who was born in 1969. Eric grew up in Michigan and attended Southfield-Lathrup High School. He graduated from the high school in 1987 and then went on to attend the University of Michigan. Eric Lefkofksy graduated with honors in 1991 and completed his higher education in 1993 at the University of Michigan Law School where he got his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

Lefkofsky has assisted in the creation of five startups which have a combined value of more than a billion dollars. Eric gets an idea, forms a company and then sells it to someone else to continue operating it. Due to this, Eric is commonly referred to as a ‘serial entrepreneur.’ An example of a company he created and then sold was Starbelly. This was an internet company which focused on promotional products. He and his friend, Bradley Keywell formed the company shortly after completing law school and later sold it after five years for a quarter of a million dollars. Creating, selling and buying of one enterprise after another led Lefkofksy to create Groupon. It was at Groupon that Lefkofsky made most of his wealth.

Eric recently formed a company known as Tempus. The main idea behind it was to help doctors and other professionals in the medical field to make data-driven and real-time decisions based on the analysis of a patient’s genetic code. The company was created to make it easier for medics and other health care professionals to develop better treatment procedures and plans for patients. The goal of Tempus is to be able to work with all types of cancers, however, at the moment it is working with people affected by lung, pancreatic and breast cancer.

Lefkofsky is also an author. He has co-authored a book known as Accelerated Disruption. The book explains some key concepts of startups that are faced by entrepreneurs. One of these is developing funds and stock strategy that will assist your company when it is in its developmental stages. Other issues are tackled in this book including making the right choice of industries to innovate and understanding and turning industrial pain into a competitive advantage. Eric explains in his book how a business might become disruptive and he also guides people on how to convert their ideas into reality.

Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth have influenced Chicago in a positive way through their charity trust known as the Lefkofsky Charity Foundation.

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Do the letters, UKV PLC Wines mean anything to you? It is a company located in the UK that sells wine. They are vintners as opposed to winemakers. A vintner sells wines, whereas a winemaker makes wines.

Why in the world, you wonder, would you want to go to the UK to invest in wines? You do not have to go to the UK to invest in wines. You can do it online or on the phone. What is so special about investing in wines, you may wonder. Figure it this way: if you invest in gold, you own a small portion of the total gold in the world.

If you buy a special wine, there is only so much of that particular wine available, and some of it will be consumed. That is what some people will buy this wine for. They will drink it. When they drink it, there is not that much more of that particular bottling left.

Ostensibly, the value goes up. That is because of the fact that right now, there is no longer as much of that variety. It is now more rare than it was before. It would appear to the average person that the wine can do nothing but go up in value.

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And it does. That is the reason for investing in wines as an investment, rather than to collect them and drink them.

UKV PLC Wines has been doing just that for years. Their knowledge base is enormous, and they know what kind of wines are worth the money, and are likely to go up in value. It depends on the weather and which Chateau produced the wine in question.

Do yourself a favor and investigate UKV PLC wines and see what they say about investing in wine. You will be glad you looked into it.

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Equities First Holdings-UK is the leading financial provider of stock-based loans in the world. For over 14 years, the company has provided high net worth individuals and businesses with this service. Over time, the company has proved that it has the ability develop high-end solutions. The leadership team of Equities First Holdings has played an imperative role of recruiting and encouraging employees to develop consumer-oriented services.

Borrowers seeking to access capital have greatly benefited from the company’s services. In addition, the corporation has helped individuals that are not eligible for different kinds of credit from traditional lending institutions. Traditional banks maybe the right lending channels for some individuals. However, the excessive bureaucracy involved in applying and getting a loan makes it expensive for many borrowers. Equities First Holdings offers liquidity in a simple way making it more convenient for business owners.They are also available on professional social website:https://www.linkedin.com/company/equities-first-holdings-llc

Equities First Holdings’ strategy of using equities as collateral has been of great benefit to many people. The simplicity and convenience of this approach has made many people to apply for a stock loan. An individual seeking for this type of loan must have a stock in a given company. If there is strong believe that the value of that stock will rise in the future, such shares are transferred to Equities First Holdings. Subsequently, the individual is issued with the loan considering that the shares are as used collateral. To this end, individuals in need of liquidity, but with considerable stocks can find premier solutions with Equities First Holdings.

Additionally, individuals and businesses that plan to expand their operations can benefit from Equities First Holdings services. The company has been of help to individuals seeking to do away with expensive debt and those that require cash for personal reasons. Equities First Holding services are flexible and consistent. The company continues to come up with innovative services that address the needs of the populace.

The consumer lending industry was one of the most impacted areas of the financial world following the economic collapse in the past decade. While getting a consumer loan without collateral is challenging, those that are willing to look beyond traditional lenders could still get the loan amount they need. One specialty finance company that provides affordable consumer loans today is Equities First.

Equities First is specialty lending and finance provider that has already given over $1 billion in loans across the globe. They currently have offices and lending authority in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The company specializes in providing stock-secured loans, which allows a consumer to liquidate their stock portfolio without actually selling the stock. In this loan structure, the lender will take a preferred lien on the stock portfolio. This then allows them to sell the stock to pay off the loan balance if the loan goes into default.

Since the lender has a very secure form of collateral they are able to offer a lower expense structure. Equities First is often able to provide loans that have interest rates in line with cash-secured loans, which helps to make them a very affordable and beneficial option for borrowers.

While it may not seem to make sense to pay interest on a stock-secured loan, there are many situations when taking out one of these loans would be a good idea. In general, if you believe that the stock is going to appreciate in value in the future, or you will receive dividend income, it would make financial sense to keep the stock and take out a loan instead. In a lot of situations, you would also benefit from a tax perspective if you were to wait to sell and avoid higher capital gains taxes.

 

Equities First Holding provides stock-based lending services for individuals, businesses, and investors. The company was founded in 2002 and has its headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since its inception, the firm has grown to become a global leader in offering alternative shareholder financing solutions. It provides margin loans and stock-based loans to individuals who cannot meet the tightened banks’ borrowing criteria, especially during harsh economic climates.During times of economic crises, banks and other lending institutions tighten their lending requirements as well as increasing interest rates. This has always been a strategy by most banks to limit the number of low-income individuals from accessing the loans. Since economic fluctuations are a common phenomenon in the current world, Equities First Holding has come up with a solution to help out individuals struggling at these difficult times.

Since it is undeniable that the country has not fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, using stocks to get money is the next frontier. Equities First Holding has been recognized as one of the firms helping many Americans during harsh economic conditions. The company gives first working capital to anybody willing to use their stocks as collateral. Use of assets as collateral is quickly gaining ground as one of the innovative ways of securing fast working capital, and, therefore, a reason to work with Equities First Holding. Over time the company has seen an increase in the number of people disengaging their stocks to get margin loans.

In stock-based loans, a non-recourse feature is used. This kind of a debt uses assets as collateral allowing the borrower to disengage with the lender. The lender can then liquidate the stocks to get fast working money. For the last couple of years, Equities First Holding has issued $ 2 billion-worth of stock-based loans in over 2000 transactions. The founder and president of equities First Holding welcome any borrower seeking first fast working capital and don’t qualify for bank loans.

The straight edge razor was originally designed for men to shave with. Throughout the years, the straight edge slowly developed into a hair cutting tool as well. The razor was first used on men to give a closer cut around the nap of the neck and behind the ears. Razor haircutting is different than a shear cut in the razor cut will soften or texture the hair. There is a softer smoother look with the layers or weight lines less defined.

Donald Scott NYC has designed hair cutting tools to give stylist the opportunity to design a more precision style haircut for men or women. These tools are based on the straight razor haircut. Donald Scott NYC offers the DS/X4 Razor. This razor is for cleaning and finishing hair styles. It is an ideal tool for detailed work. It is great to use at the nape of the neck or around the back of the ears or to shape eyebrows. The Carving Comb is a three in one tool. This is meant for fine to medium hair, wet or dry. It has two razors and a fine tooth cutting comb. This tool can be used alone or with shears. The stylist can create a new style or use it to give texture or movement to the hair. The Swivel Twist Razor is two cutting tools with an ergonomic handle. The stylist can easily switch from a texture carve to 100% carve. This tool is used for shorter shapes, texture cuts or men’s haircuts. Donald Scott NYC tools allow the stylist to set a new trend in hair cutting.