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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, August 4

This week for Fiery Tuesday we take a look once more at the lives and struggles of Native Americans / American Indians throughout the United States and beyond. Join us in considering the findings of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Committee, the struggle of natives to protect their sacred land from mining companies, and how police forces have disproportionately targeted natives for violence. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Earlier this June the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Committee convened to assess the damage wrought by the Canadian government on the country's indigenous populations and how best to remedy it. One of the principle focuses of the T&RC was the residential school program, a colonial system run by Canada's churches which continued until the mid-1990s. The Wild Hunt considers their findings and what they mean for Canada's future.

In Phoenix, Arizona native groups, primarily Apaches, have gathered to protest the exploitation of Oak Flat by copper mining firms. The chief weapon in their arsenal? Denoting Oak Flat as a place of religious significance, thereby allowing natives to claim religious liberty for their side. You can read more about the battle to protect the Apaches' sacred land here, at Think Progress.

What is the "sharing economy?" And how is it different than our "regular" economy? The Nation takes a look at it and some of its leading examples, like Uber, as well as some of the model's hidden costs.

The poaching of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage and dismay throughout the world, with many calling out the illegal hunter who shot him as a criminal. But why has the death of a single lion (regardless of how tragic or beloved) caused so much outrage when similar (and worse) crimes occur every day? Medium argues it's because outrage on behalf of Cecil is "easy" and requires little responsibility on our part.

Speaking of crimes from around the globe, Nonprofit Quarterly takes a look at one kind that's fallen beneath most people's notice: the disproportionate violence of police officers against native people throughout the Americas. Insofar as the number of those killed relative to their share of the overall population, natives are actually even more highly targeted than African-Americans (who are killed more frequently but at a lower proportion). Is it time for Native Lives Matter?

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