|Photo by Sophie Adison/Long Walk 2 northern route|
|Photo by Marek/Long Walk Haskell, Kansas|
Long walkers mourn the passing of their good hearted friend Danny Wyatt, Washoe from Gardnerville, Nevada. Danny was battling leukemia. During the Long Walk 2 northern route, Danny made friends fast with his good heartedness and laughter. Danny celebrated his 27th birthday in August. Shown here with Long Walkers Edmund and Daniel, Miwok, on the left, Danny was a friend to everyone, who also made the walkers happy by making fry bread for them. Sincere condolescenses to his family and friends. Long Walker Marek in Poland took the photo of Danny in Haskell, Kansas, the second photo.
Top photo Danny Wyatt (seated lower right) by Sophie Adison. Sophie is our Navajo friend from Utah, whose 17-year-old daughter Kenzie was also a Long Walker on the 2 northern route. Thanks to all of you! Brenda, Censored News. Second and third photos by Marek Nowocien (Danny in grey sweatshirt, second from left) in Haskell, Kansas.
|Danny back center, at Kansas City Capitol. Photo by Marek|
Day 5: This is the true face of Keystone XL. This pictures says it all. This horrific scar is at the doorstep of our tree blockade and is slated to cut 110-feet wide for 1,700 miles through America s heartland. Millions of homes and trees are being plowed to make way for this toxic pipeline. Right now heavy machinery is a mere 60 feet from our nine brave blockaders in the trees. Follow it here: http://tarsandsblockade.org/
Terrance Nelson, former Roseau River chief in Manitoba, made allegations today of vote buying in an e-mail to the Prime Minister. Further, Nelson said a First Nation delegation leaves for Iran on Oct. 8 and will ask for the lives of three Canadians on death row. In his previous statement, Nelson said the delegation will also show photos of the massacre of Wounded Knee. Nelson s morning e-mail has brought a dramatic reaction already. Among the allegations, Nelson questioned if there was a payment of $25,000 for a chief to distance himself from Nelson. Updates from APTN on Oct. 1, 2012 Allegations bring threats to Terrance Nelson and others http://aptn.ca/pages/news/
————————————————————————————————————————– The following are morning and evening e-mails sent from Nelson to the press today, Sept. 28, 2012. By Terrance Nelson Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Dear Prime Minister An accusation has been made against the Harper Government of vote buying. Chief Nelson Houle of the Ebb and Flow First Nation in Manitoba delivered a public speech at the Treaty 1-11 Gathering in Brandon Manitoba in front a large audience in which he said that he was asked to attend a breakfast meeting at the Fairmount hotel on the morning of the Assembly of First Nations election. He stated in his speech that he met with two Ministers and two Aboriginal Affairs people. They were very concerned with the possibility of my being elected National Chief. Chief Houle\’s speech is on record. He stated, “I should have took the deal”. Chief Morris Shannacappo of Rolling River First Nation who was Grand Chief of Southern Chiefs Organization at the time of the AFN election in Toronto has accused Regional Director General Anna Fontaine of the Manitoba Regional Aboriginal Affairs of paying $25,000 to have him “distance” himself from me. He has made the accusation that he was told “Chief, the door will be open for you and your community”. These are very serious charges to be made in public by the Chiefs in question. Your government has always stated that accountablity and transparentcy are your goals. Was there a $250,000 contract paid by the Assembly of First Nations to the person who nominated Shawn Atleo for National Chief. This was a question put forward by Chief Wallace Fox of Onion Lake Saskatchewan. The Regional Chiefs from the Assembly of First Nations who I have asked to verify or deny the existence of that contract are telling me that they are not being given the information on various contracts by the AFN. Pam Palmater another candidate delivered a speech this week to Chiefs making an accusation that $20 million was committed by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs to various First Nations to influence the AFN election. These are public statements being made at various gatherings of Chiefs. For an RDG of the department of Aboriginal Affairs in Manitoba who is in charge of almost a billion dollars of federal funding to meet with Chiefs and try to infleunce the vote at the Assembly of First Nations is a very serious charge. Did Anna Fontaine make such statements and did she try to buy votes with Canadian federal funding? More importantly, was this a directive given by your government to Aboriginal Affairs? You and I differ greatly on the Iran/Israel issue. I support the right of Israel to exist but I don\’t support another war, this one against Iran. As I stated to the Chiefs in my speech at the July 2012 AFN election, I will travel to Iran whether I am elected National Chief or not. As a person who organized a First Nation trip to Iraq in 1998, I saw first hand the suffering of the Iraqi people. My You Tube video, A war on children, depicts what we saw in Iraq. I have condemned United Nations economic sanctions as genocide and I will continue to condemn economic sanctions as an evil. The fact that the United Nations found in a 1995 study that 567,000 Iraqi children had died in the first five years of economic sanctions is proof of evil. When half a million Iraqi children die, how can we condone economic sanctions as a milder form of war. Your government cutting funding to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, our Manitoba voice for First Nations will affect the way they work with your government. To cut 81% of their funding is an attempt to silence the Chiefs of Manitoba. I hope that I am not so egotiscal as to believe that your only reason is that AMC supported my bid for National Chief but we do need to get to the bottom of why these cuts are being made. A small First Nation delegation will leave to Geneva on October 8th and we will fly to Tehran on October 11 from Geneva. As we cannot get our visas in Ottawa anymore, we will get them in Geneva. I intend to ask for the lives of the three Canadians on death row in Iran. I have no illusions. I will ask, that is all I can do. A lot of the Chiefs seem scared of the trip to Iran but regardless if we are to break the 60 to 95% unemployment on First Nations in Canada, we must go beyond Ottawa. Whether OPEC nations are prepared to work with First Nations in Canada remains to be seen. It appears your government is closing doors on dialogue. I will not support a war on Iran. There are some of us in North America that do not see the need for another war. I attach a link that puts a different view forward. I don\’t always agree with everything that is being said but free speech is a right and it is a responsibility. http://blackagendareport.com/content/talking-peace-and-justice-ahmadinejad As I stated in my speech at the AFN election, Steven Harper is not the problem, we are the problem. By that statement, I meant that we cannot wait for someone to rescue us, we must do whatever we need to do to rescue ourselves. If Canada is unwilling to break the economic sanctions imposed upon First Nations in Canada then we will do it ourselves. As your Aboriginal Affairs people stated to Chief Nelson Houle, if Terry Nelson gets elected National Chief, industry will have to open up their wallet. The question that Chief Houle asked after that statement was made by an official in your government was, Why does Terry Nelson have to elected National Chief, why can\’t it happen anyway. ———————————————————————————- Dear Deputy Minister Hallman I recieved an email from RDG Anna Fontaine and will respond to both your email and the RDG\’s at the same time. I did not have third party hearsay evidence on this matter. The speech made by Chief Nelson Houle of Ebb and Flow First Nation was recorded at the Treaty 1-11 Gathering. He made the statement that he met with Ministers and Aboriginal Affairs officials. This is a matter of record. There was also hundreds of witnesses who can verify the text of his speech. If this does get to court or to a parliamentary inquiry, Chief Morris Shannacappo will be testifying under oath as to what he stated to me and a number of other people. This afternoon, Dean Fontaine, the husband of Anna Fontaine has admitted to a reporter that he phoned Gerald McIvor on why McIvor had sent out copies of my earlier email to press etc. I also recieved a very nasty message this evening from RDG Fontaine\’s in law. I have it on tape. I have no animosity towards Anna Fontaine. This is not personal. The issue is, did the RDG meet with Chiefs at the AFN election in Toronto. Did Ministers or Deputy Ministers meet with Chiefs at the Toronto AFN election for National Chief and did representatives and employees of Aboriginal Affairs mention their preference of who the Chiefs should vote for. Aboriginal Affairs administers over $10 billion each year for First Nations. Such influence over the Chiefs is real if Aboriginal Affairs people met with Chiefs to discuss who the Chiefs should vote for. A few years ago former RDG for Mantioba, Mary Blais was marched out of her office alongside two other Indian Affairs senior personel. She recieved a substantial settlement and apparently is under a gag order as part of her settlement. Why is there so much secrecy? Can Mary Blais and other Aboriginal Affairs staff testify in a parliamentary inquiry on this issue. The workings of the Regional Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Manitoba must be accountable and transparent. At least, the Conservative Government has always stated that Chiefs and Councils must be accountable and transparent, why not the government? Accusations are made every day against Chiefs and Council members, do the courts ever hear a defamation lawsuit, why is it defamation if I ask questions, did Aboriginal Affairs staff or Ministers, Deputy Ministers meet with Chiefs to discuss the AFN election. Did they influence how Chiefs should vote? Did Shawn Atleo or members of the AFN authorize a $250,000 contract to Ovide Mercredi as Chief Wallace Fox has questioned. Why can\’t this question be answered? Did Ovide Mercredi meet with Chiefs in northern Manitoba to lobby for Shawa Atleo? Was he paid to do this? These are simply questions. Anna Fontaine states clearly, “I have never ever promised anything for votes for anyone”. Okay RDG Fontaine denies any wrongdoing. Now, does she deny meeting with Chiefs in Toronto and did she at any time discuss the AFN election with Chiefs? What Ministers and Deputy Ministers met with Chiefs in Toronto and did they discuss with Chiefs, the AFN election? It seems to me that if you have $10 billion every year that the Chiefs and their communities need that it would not be hard to influence their vote, they would be listening to you if you mention who you like working with. It is not about Anna Fontaine and whether or not she is a good person, it is about the appearance and perhaps the reality of vote buying. Do you Ron Hallman as Senior Deputy Minister state for the record that none of your Aboriginal Affairs staff met with Chiefs in Toronto? Are you saying that no Minister or Deputy Minister met with Chiefs in Toronto? If you want to go to court on this, that\’s fine. I have not made an accusation against anyone, I am repeating what was stated by Chiefs and I am asking questions. If that is illegal, let us go to court and we can have AANDC staff and Ministers and Deputy Ministers testifying under oath. I have nothing to hide, do you? Terrance Nelson ————————————————————————————– Anna Fontaine has denied the allegations.
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MNN: MOHAWKS V. THE QUEEN. KANEKOTA.
By Brenda Norrell, publisher
The good news is that it is a thrill to look online and see all the good hearts that are still out there doing it. And not many of them are reporters. At least not anymore. They are the warriors. They are the grassroots warriors, standing in front of trucks, locking down to heavy machinery, and saying no to the destruction of their homes, communities and the Earth.
They are the ones that say No to being co-opted and being bought off. They are the ones who refuse to look the other way when there is fraud, when people are being deceived and cheated.
Censored News began in 2006 when reporter Brenda Norrell was censored, then terminated by Indian Country Today, after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Norrell is a former reporter for Navajo Times and served as a stringer for AP and USA Today during the 18 years she lived on the Navajo Nation. She has been a news reporter in Indian country for 30 years, covering the western US, and traveling with the Zapatistas in Mexico. The original Censored posted in 2006, with articles censored by Indian Country Today, is at http://bsnorrell.tripod.com/
yesterday two Texans, Shannon Bebe and Benjamin Franklin, were subjected to torture tactics at the hands of police under the active encouragement of TransCanada senior supervisors. Bebe and Franklin were exercising their constitutional rights to nonviolent protest when they locked themselves to Keystone XL construction machinery outside Winnsboro, Texas and delayed construction for most of the day. Police began using aggressive pain compliance tactics when a senior TransCanada supervisor named John arrived and actively encouraged it. Torture tactics included; sustained chokeholds, violent arm-twisting, pepper spray, and multiple uses of Tasers, all while blockaders where in handcuffs.
Immediately following TransCanada s consultation, law enforcement handcuffed the protesters free hands to the heavy machinery in stress positions and then subjected to repeated torture tactics by four police officers while TransCanada employees stood by and watched. With the news that their friends had been tortured with TransCanada s approval, the eight original tree sitters were bravely joined by another, expanding the tree blockade further as TransCanada s clear-cutting heavy machinery rapidly approaches. Construction is roughly 300 yards away from the tree blockade. All refuse to come down until TransCanada halts its dangerous pipeline project. Read more: http://tarsandsblockade.org/transcanada-torture/
|Two human rights lawyers assassinated in Honduras: take action! This past Sunday and Monday, two human rights lawyers, Antonio Trejo and Eduardo Diaz, were brutally murdered in Honduras, bringing to over 60 the number of victims caught in the struggle for life and land in the Bajo Aguan in Honduras. The debate over the production of food for families versus bio-fuels for corporations has reached a high note After the 2009 coup that was led by SOA graduates, massive privatization has become the order of the day for Honduras, with almost everything, from land to entire cities, on the docket for privatization. Lawyer Antonio Trejo had the valor to take a stand against this. He was defending the right of the MARCA peasant collective to the restoration of their lands in the Lower Aguan valley. These lands were seized 18 years earlier by Honduras wealthiest man: Miguel Facuss . Facusse s Dinant Corporation was using this land to produce African palms, a source of bio fuel . Trejo s efforts led to initial success, with a June court decision calling for the return the land to the campesinos, However, pressure from the private corporation led to an overthrow of the court order, as well as the arrest of Trejo and other campesinos protesting the reversal. Saturday night unknown assailants riddled Trejo\’s body and car with bullets as he left a wedding. On several occasions, Trejo denounced the threats he had received to the media and had publicly said that if he were killed, Facusse would be responsible. Trejo had also taken a stand on the controversial proposal by the Honduran government, in conjunction with a US company, MGK Group, to build three privately run cities with their own police, laws and tax systems. Just hours before his murder, Trejo had participated in a televised debate in which he accused congressional leaders of using the private city projects to raise campaign funds. Only hours after Trejo s assassination, another human rights lawyer, Eduardo Diaz Madariaga was killed in Choluteca, 84 miles (135 kilometers) south of the capital. Lawyers Antonio Trejo and Eduardo Diaz lost gave their lives to the struggle for dignity. If you have at least 3 minutes to spare or a 3 cents in your pocket, this is what you can do: – 3 minutes to spare? Contact your Member of Congress and demand an end to US military aid to Honduras . – 10 minutes to spare? Learn how Nicaragua found the courage to withdraw their troops from the SOA last month, while neighboring Honduras continues to pay the price for actions of SOA graduates, by reading the report from a recent SOA Watch delegation . – 3 days to spare? Go to Honduras as an election observer . The National Popular Resistance Front formed a political party, LIBRE, to compete in next years national elections, and primary elections for LIBRE and Honduras traditional parties will be held this November. Four LIBRE primary candidates have been killed to date and violence against FNRP activists and members is committed daily – 10 days to spare? Join Witness for Peace and the Friendship Office of the Americas to see the effects of militarization in Honduras and then take action at the SOA Watch vigil in Georgia. – No time, but some pocket change? Help sponsor SOA Watch\’ Human Rights Accompanier with the PROAH Accompaniment Program of Honduras Oligarchs beware: the Honduran people of struggle will continue to place our bet on the construction of a dignified life, until we achieve a new society and a new country that we will refound with equality, justice, peace and sovereignty – statement by COPIHN, September 25, 2012||“We are not birds who live in the air, we are not fish who live in the sea, we are campesinos who must live on the land”. – Unified Campesino Movement of Aguan (MUCA) – November 16-18, 2012: Converge on Fort Benning, Georgia! _________________ SOA Watch @SOAWatch SOAW YouTube|
BREAKING: Day 2 Two People Lock Themselves to Keystone XL Machinery to Defend Eight People in Tree Village
Day Two: Blockaders Stop All Work At Keystone XL Construction Site
___ Two Texas-born Tar Sands Blockaders have locked themselves to a critical piece of machinery for Keystone XL construction in order to protect a tree village occupied by eight people in the tar sands pipeline s path of devastation outside Winnsboro,Texas. The two landowner advocates and climate justice organizers are risking arrest to delay deforesting work along the Keystone XL pipeline s path, which threatens to destroy a magnificent tree village on property that TransCanada now claims ownership of through court action. The machinery involved, a backhoe, was being used to build a bridge across a gully in the massive path of destruction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. WIthout the bridge construction has effectively been halted for the day. Help spread this breaking story on Facebook and Twitter . Please see the latest updates at the bottom of this post TransCanada s heavy machinery has clear-cut its way within just over 300 yards of the 80-foot tall tree house village occupied by landowner advocates in the pathway of Keystone XL just outside Winnsboro, Texas. The eight people in trees have held strong despite the advancing roar of TransCanada s clear cutting machinery and are determined to hold their blockade as long as needed. This action is to protect the eight people sitting in trees, as their blockade enters its second day the longest halt to construction since Tar Sands Blockade, which organized the tree sit, began in August. Lake Dallas, Texas-born blockader Shannon Bebe, 26, has united with Houston-native and small business owner, Benjamin Franklin, 34, to support rural and neighboring communities who feel abused by TransCanada s extremely aggressive land grabs and threatened by their toxic pipeline s diluted bitumen slurry. Franklin, whose family traces its lineage to pre-independence Texas, relates, As someone who has a religious dedication to nonviolence, I have a duty to assist nonviolent tactics. This is a path to change that works. I had a childhood spent in the piney woods of Texas, and they contain a beauty that haunts me, still. Driving up here and then walking amongst the trees and their sitters reminded me of the beauty I experienced in childhood. That in and of itself is reason to be here defending it. He continues, The theft and destruction of people s homes, the contamination that s likely to occur once the pipeline is completed, and the release of the carbon bomb that is the Athabascan tar sands formation make the need for action now unignorable.
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. We have already successfully shut down Keystone XL construction for about two-and-a-half days in Livingston , Saltillo , and Winnsboro . Watch the high energy video from our recent actions and sign up to join us . The risk of inaction is far greater than the risk of taking action even risky action like this, suggests Ron Seifert, a Tar Sands Blockade spokesperson. We are committed to undertaking a campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience to stop construction of Keystone XL, and Tar Sands Blockade will continue to protect the Winnsboro tree village. It is a symbol of all the homes and families crudely threatened by this tar sands pipeline. Sometimes, one must simply stand one s ground in the face of eminent threats like those posed by this dangerous pipeline in order protect the health and safety of their families, loved ones, and that of their neighbors.