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[comments-gtlds] I support Position Paper E


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Date: Sat, 18 Dec 1999 17:43:05 -0500
From: Eric Brunner <brunner@world.std.com>
Subject: Status (17/12/99) of the campaign for an Indigenous TLD

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Subject: Status (17/12/99) of the campaign for an Indigenous TLD
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 1999 17:43:05 -0500
From: Eric Brunner <brunner>

Oki everyone,

There are 143 of you who have provided a favorable comment on Position
Paper E as of today Friday Dec 17, 1999. The comment period closes on
January 10, so I urge you all to get your family, friends, co-workers,
your Clan, Tribe or Band members, your email correspondents (lists &
newsgroups, "buddy lists", chat roomies, etc.), your dance partners,
your chorus and drum members, your class mates, even your pets (those
with email) to add to this number. As a petitioning body, having between
150 and 200 we're bigger than any ICANN has encountered, but hitting a
thousand would be a milestone in ICANN's history, it would shake the sky.

Every few days I'm going to be putting something which I hope each of
you will be able to use in your mailboxes. I'm starting with Lorraine
Brooks' comment. She reminded me of just how powerful this idea is.

Please forward this as widely as you can. Put it in your Christmas
cards. Send it (or the more formal "Call" you received earlier) to your
lists. This all depends upon you and your abilities to get out the vote.

The short form is:

        To: comments-gtlds@dnso.org
        Subject: I support Position Paper E

Kitakitamatsinopowaw, (I'll see you all again, in Siksika/Blackfeet)
Eric Brunner
Principal Author, Position Paper E

Miss Brooks' comment follows.


I am a library technician employed by the Union of British Columbia
Indian Chiefs in their Vancouver, BC, Canada office.  My duties include
providing reference and research assistance for the nations of BC, as
well as to students of the Institute of Indigenous Government, a
post-secondary college dedicated to decolonization of 'all' minds, as
well as teaching students the skills needed for community and someday
national self-government.

For myself, as an information seeker and provider, having DNS for
Indigenous peoples of North America would make research simpler.  All I
would have to do is go to sites with the Indigenous peoples DNS. I could
ignore the false-lead .coms and .orgs.

Also, I would know that when I point a student to an "Indigenous DNS"
site I am assured they are going to find genuine, approved, factual
information. It is going to be information which has not been
misappropriated, e.g. oral stories, songs, spiritual teachings or
ceremonies recounted without permission, or which should not be public
knowledge at all. Views and opinions, working models, position papers,
case studies, statistics, etc. etc. etc. on the legal, economic,
political, social, cultural issues and concerns of Indigenous peoples
will be from the people involved. I would know I and my students are
getting real firsthand facts from the people who are experiencing and
formulating the knowledge before offering it online.

And yes, having a primary Indigenous server puts the Indigenous
peoples/nations where they belong--independant and sovereign not
subordinate to the Colonizer.

An Indigneous peoples DNS is a necessity if the world is to hear the
"genuine voices" of the Indigenous peoples of North America (and

         Lorraine Brooks
Ooriginal message received: Tribal College Librarians listserv -
University of Montana)

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