The final submissions in a case over treatment for a young First Nations girl with leukemia will be heard today in Brantford, Ont. An expert in family law says the judge’s decision in this case will be precedent setting.
When they were colleagues on the set of August: Osage County, actresses Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis became fast friends. Now, one of them is dead under mysterious circumstances, and the other is demanding answers.
On Thursday evening, after the news had broken that Upham’s body had been found near the White River in Washington, Lewis posted a photo of herself and her friend to Instagram, with the following comment:
Misty Upham survived many things that many don’t early on in life. She fought for the voiceless feircely. She understood suffering and the deepest pain. She had a presence everyone saw and felt. It is this presence that will continue. Out of the dark space in which her light got dimmed. I will remember her as tuff. Wise. Funny. Spiritual. And hopeful. This is another great reminder to call and check on someone when you think to. Not when its too late. RIPMistyUpham
Lewis continued her thoughts on Twitter:
Violence against indigenous women is a long-running epidemic in North America. The statistics are devastating: Amnesty International reports that Native American and Alaskan Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than their non-indigenous peers.
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The Pawnee Nation has been awarded a Grant for Chronic Disease Prevention in Pawnee County
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