KCKCC’s Louis Center to commemorate U.N. Indigenous Peoples Day

by Kelly Rogge

One of democracy’s greatest gifts is the idea that citizens have the power to vote and bring about change. To showcase that idea, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Henry Louis Center for Global Transitional Justice plans to commemorate the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Day in September on the KCKCC main campus.

Ewa Unoke, a political science professor at KCKCC and director of the Henry Louis Center, said when the Charter of the United Nations was originally signed in San Francisco almost 70 years ago, colonized countries throughout the world won the legal right to self-determination. But in reality, he said, the first and original peoples or ethnic nations of Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America did not earn such rights of representation at the U.N.

The Indigenous Peoples Day event is from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 in Room 2325 at KCKCC, 7250 State Ave.

“If the artificially created countries have the right of membership to the United Nations, then the original ethnic nations ought to have the right of representation in an ethnic united nations,” Unoke said. “While the U.N. diplomats represent their national governments, the ethnic citizens of their countries are not represented.”

On Sept. 13, 2007, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the World. Unoke said for those involved with the Henry Louis Center, it’s time to end the economic, social and political exclusion of the original ethnic nations. He said the center’s Ethnic United Nations project is a radical, but forward-looking concept – mobilize interested citizens with human rights, restorative justice views to review and adopt a covenant on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples and to establish a global parliament or forum where common issues affecting the ethnic peoples are debated and action taken to ameliorate such problems.

“The idea is to invite indigenous peoples and human rights activists to represent their original ethnic nations and vote to convene an annual conference which will incrementally lead towards establishing an ethnic united nations,” Unoke said.

For more information or to make a reservation for the event, contact professor Ewa Unoke at 913-288-7119 or email at eunoke@kckcc.edu.

KCKCC volleyball team gains revenge with 3-0 win at Neosho

by Alan Hoskins
Kansas City Kansas Community College passed its opening Jayhawk Conference test in impressive fashion Wednesday, gaining a measure of revenge with a three-set sweep of Neosho County at Chanute.

The win was the fifth in a row for the No. 12 ranked Lady Blue Devils, who improved to 5-1 with their only loss to Parkland, the No. 1 ranked team in Division II.

“This was a big win for us, especially playing on the road,” said KCKCC coach Mary Bruno. “Neosho beat us last year and will be in contention for a first division finish in the conference.”

Sophomores Kailee Dudley and Blair Russell led KCKCC with 10 kills each while Jasdel Gonzalez added eight.

“We played well as a group, very balanced,” Bruno said. “We’re still in the beginning part of the season.”

The Blue Devils will hold the home opener this coming Wednesday when the team plays host to Hesston in a District N contest at 6:30 p.m.

KCKCC then goes back on the road for 11 matches including tournaments at Highland Sept. 5-6 and New Port Richey, Fla., Sept. 12-13. The Blue Devils return home Sept. 24 against No. 2 ranked Johnson County.

Kansas Supreme Court selects KCKCC for Oct. 29 docket

Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss
Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss

The Kansas Supreme Court announced today it has selected Kansas City Kansas Community College as the next destination in its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

The court will be in session from 9 a.m. to about noon Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Performing Arts Center on the Kansas City Kansas Community College campus at 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The court will hear oral arguments in two criminal cases and three civil cases.

Since 2011, the court has visited several communities where it convened in special session in public venues and invited the community to attend.

“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us — who we are and what we do — and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss. “We especially like visiting colleges and universities, because the students show great interest in learning about our state judicial system.”

Ahead of Oct. 29, Supreme Court staff will work with Kansas City Kansas Community College faculty and area high school teachers to identify classes of students who would like to attend the special session to hear oral arguments in person. Staff will share background information about the cases with the students so they will know the basic legal questions being argued before the court.

Students will make up the largest segment of the audience in the 360-seat Performing Arts Center, but there will be seats available for the public, too.

– Story from Kansas judicial branch