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I've warned that impeachment talk is dangerous, but the time has come: Laurence Tribe

I've warned that impeachment talk is dangerous, but the time has come: Laurence TribeThe consequential decision to impeach should not be made lightly. But Mueller's damning report is an invitation that Congress shouldn't refuse.



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Police face-off with tribe in missionary killing

Police face-off with tribe in missionary killingIndian officers had a nervous long-distance face-off with the tribe who killed an American missionary, in their latest bid to locate his body on a remote island, police said Sunday. The police team, who took a boat just off Indian-owned North Sentinel island on Saturday, spotted men from the Sentinelese tribe on the beach where John Allen Chau was last seen, the region’s police chief Dependra Pathak told AFP. Using binoculars, officers — in a police boat about 400 metres from the shore — saw the men armed with bows and arrows, the weapons reportedly used by the isolated tribe to kill Chau as he shouted Christian phrases at them.



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US missionary's body could be lost in battle to preserve isolated tribe

US missionary's body could be lost in battle to preserve isolated tribeThe body of American missionary-adventurer John Allen Chau may never be recovered from the lost island where he fell in a volley of arrows fired by a reclusive tribe whose existence is threatened by the modern world, say experts. The menace to the Sentinelese from Chau’s one-man invasion is such that tribal rights specialists say no murder charges will ever be laid and Chau’s body will have to stay hidden to protect what is probably the world’s last pre-neolithic tribe. Indian authorities — who do not dare enforce their rule over North Sentinel island — have not even tried to send police ashore to question the tribe who have been greeting outsiders with hostility for centuries.



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American killed by remote tribe believed god was helping him reach island

American killed by remote tribe believed god was helping him reach islandThe young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. "God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy," John Allen Chau wrote before he was killed last week on North Sentinel Island. Indian ships monitor the waters around the island, trying to ensure outsiders do not go near the Sentinelese, who have repeatedly made clear they want to be left alone. When a young boy tried to hit him with an arrow on his first day on the island, Chau swam back to the fishing boat he had arranged to wait for him offshore. The arrow, he wrote, hit a Bible he was carrying. "Why did a little kid have to shoot me today?" he wrote in his notes, which he left with the fishermen before swimming back the next morning. "His high-pitched voice still lingers in my head." Police say Chau knew that the Sentinelese resisted all contact by outsiders, firing arrows and spears at passing helicopters and killing fishermen who drift onto their shore. His notes, which were reported Thursday in Indian newspapers and confirmed by police, make clear he knew he might be killed. "I DON’T WANT TO DIE," wrote Chau, who appeared to want to bring Christianity to the islanders. "Would it be wiser to leave and let someone else to continue. No I don’t think so." Indian authorities have been trying to figure out a way to recover Chau’s body after he was killed last week by islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach. A rare photo showing a member of the Sentinelese tribe Credit: AFP A team of police and officials from the forest department, tribal welfare department and coast guard on Friday launched a second boat expedition to the island to identify where Chau died. The officials took two of the seven people arrested for helping Chau get close to the island in an effort to determine his route and circumstances of his death, according to a statement issued by police for the Andaman and Nicobar islands, where North Sentinel is located. Chau paid fishermen last week to take him near North Sentinel, using a kayak to paddle to shore and bringing gifts including a football and fish. "Since the Sentinelese tribespeople are protected by law to preserve their way of life, due precautions were taken by the team to ensure that these particularly vulnerable tribal groups are not disturbed and distressed during this exercise," the statement said. The team returned later Friday. The police and the coast guard had carried out an aerial survey of Northern Sentinel Island earlier in the week. A team of police and forest department officials also used a coast guard boat to visit the island Wednesday. Officials typically don’t travel to the North Sentinel area, where people live as their ancestors did thousands of years ago. The only contacts, occasional "gift giving" visits in which bananas and coconuts were passed by small teams of officials and scholars who remained in the surf, were years ago. Police are consulting anthropologists, tribal welfare experts and scholars to figure out a way to recover the body, said Dependera Pathak, director-general of police on the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands Credit:  Gautam Singh/AP Scholars know almost nothing about the island, from how many people live there to what language they speak. The Andamans once had other similar groups, long-ago migrants from Africa and Southeast Asia who settled in the island chain, but their numbers have dwindled dramatically over the past century as a result of disease, intermarriage and migration. Chau estimated the island had about 250 inhabitants, with at least 10 people living in each hut. "The tribe’s language has a lot of high pitched sounds like ba, pa la and as," he wrote. It’s not clear what happened to Chau when he swam back to the island the next morning. But on the morning of the following day, the fishermen watched from the boat as tribesmen dragged Chau’s body along the beach and buried his remains. North Sentinel Island locator Five fishermen, a friend of Chau’s and a local tourist guide have been arrested for helping Chau, police say. In an Instagram post, his family said it was mourning him as a "beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us." The family also said it forgave his killers. Authorities say Chau arrived in the area on Oct. 16 and stayed on another island while he prepared to travel to North Sentinel. It was not his first time in the region: he had visited the Andaman islands in 2015 and 2016. With help from the friend, Chau paid fishermen $ 325 to take him there, Pathak said. After the fishermen realized Chau had been killed, they left for Port Blair, the capital of the island chain, where they broke the news to Chau’s friend, who notified his family, Pathak said. Chau, whose friends described him as a fervent Christian, attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that he had lived in southwestern Washington state and went to Vancouver Christian High School.  



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'God, I Don't Want to Die.' Journal Reveals the Final Days of an American Missionary Killed By An Isolated Tribe

'God, I Don't Want to Die.' Journal Reveals the Final Days of an American Missionary Killed By An Isolated TribeThe visit may have exposed the tribe to deadly diseases



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American Missionary John Chau Wrote ‘God, I Don’t Want To Die’ Before Being Killed By Remote Tribe

American Missionary John Chau Wrote ‘God, I Don’t Want To Die’ Before Being Killed By Remote TribeAs the Washington Post reported, Chau had decided to make a trip to North Sentinel Island with the hope of converting the roughly 50 to 150 people living there to Christianity. The report noted that Chau had been writing about the trip, showing that he was well aware of the dangers of contacting them.



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India struggles to recover American killed by tribe

India struggles to recover American killed by tribeIndian authorities said Thursday that it may take “some days” to recover the body of an American killed in a hail of arrows shot by a tribe untouched by modern civilisation. John Allen Chau, 27, was attacked as he set foot last week on the remote North Sentinel Island, one of the Indian Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal that is off limits to visitors, according to police. Dependra Pathak, the head of the region’s police, told AFP that authorities sent a helicopter to the area and then a ship to identify where the incident took place.



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This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The Pilgrims

This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The PilgrimsAbout 400 years ago, a man named Tisquantum was kidnapped by an English



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Authorities Struggle To Retrieve Body Of American Missionary Killed By Isolated Tribe

Authorities Struggle To Retrieve Body Of American Missionary Killed By Isolated TribeOfficials in India are contemplating how to obtain the body of an American tourist who was killed by a tribe of North Sentinel islanders, ABC News is reporting. As previously reported in the Inquisitr, missionary John Allen Chau traveled to a forbidden area last week in hopes of converting an isolated tribe to Christianity. The Sentinelese tribe has rejected modern society for thousands of years, and laws have been put in place over time forbidding outsiders from intruding on their lifestyle. …



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US tourist killed by reclusive tribe on illegal visit to isolated Indian island

US tourist killed by reclusive tribe on illegal visit to isolated Indian islandAn American tourist has been killed by a remote Indian tribe after he illegally ventured onto their island home. John Allen Chau, 27, was met with a volley of arrows as he set foot on North Sentinel Island, part of the Andaman Islands deep in the Indian Ocean.  Police sources told local media that Mr Chau was a missionary and travelled to the island to convert the Sentinelese tribe to Christianity. But police officer Dependra Pathak disputed this, telling local website News Minute the American "was on a misplaced adventure in (a) prohibited area to meet uncontacted persons".  Mr Pathak said authorities are still consulting with tribal welfare experts to determine how best to retrieve Mr Chau's body. The case has cast a rare spotlight on the Sentinelese tribe, one of the last in the world thought to be untouched by modern civilisation. Mr Chau was killed on November 16 when he paid local fishermen to transport him to the island, according to a police source.  "He was attacked by arrows but he continued walking. The fishermen saw the tribals tying a rope around his neck and dragging his body," the source said. "They were scared and fled but returned next morning to find his body on the seashore." North Sentinel Island locator Indian media reported that the fishermen told a preacher in Port Blair, the main town of the Andamans, about the incident who then contacted Mr Chau's family in America. The US consulate in the southern Indian city of Chennai confirmed that it was aware of the incident and said it was working closely with local authorities.  According to official sources, Mr Chau had a tourist visa to enter the Andaman Islands, where access to some restricted zones is given, and had made several trips to other Andaman islands before offering money to fishermen to take him to North Sentinel.  Mr Chaud is thought to have paid fishermen to take him to the island Outsiders are banned from going within three miles of their home to protect their way of life and to safeguard them from 21st century diseases.  One police source said: "He tried to reach Sentinel island on November 14 but could not make it. Two days later he went well prepared. He left the dinghy midway and took a canoe by himself to the island". The Andamans are also home to the 400-strong Jarawa tribe who activists say are threatened by contact from outsiders. But tourists have previously bribed local officials in a bid to be able to spend time with them. Tribes such as the Sentinelese, believed to be only 150 in number, shun all contact with the outside world and have a record of hostility to anyone who tries to get close. In 2006, two Indian fishermen who moored their boat to sleep were killed when the vessel broke loose and drifted onto North Sentinel and their bodies never recovered.  A 1900 image of a Jarawa tribesman from India's Andaman Islands Credit: UniversalImagesGroup/Getty The island was hit by the devastating 2004 tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean but not much is known about the impact it had on the reclusive inhabitants. After the tsunami one member of the tribe was photographed attempting to fire an arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter. Indian authorities make periodic checks on the tribe from boats anchored at a safe distance from the shore. Survival International, a group protecting tribal people's rights, said that the "tragedy" of the American's death "should never have been allowed to happen". "The Indian authorities should have been enforcing the protection of the Sentinelese and their island for the safety of both the tribe and outsiders," it said. Since the Indian authorities keep away from the island, the legal repercussions of Mr Chau's killing are unclear.  However police in the island chain in the Bay of Bengal have launched a murder investigation. Deepak Yadav, a senior police officer, said a case has been registered against "unknown tribesmen" and that six fishermen and one other person were arrested in connection with the death.



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