CENSORED NEWS: January 2013

Mohawk Nation News \’The Grudge\’



THE GRUDGE MNN. Jan. 31, 2013. We remember that Canadians elected megalomaniac Stephen Harper as CEO of the Corporation of Canada. His two main goals for the shareholders are to get rid of the landowners, the Indigenous people, once and for all, and to steal our resources for good. Canada is a hot dictatorship. Harper can enact laws without consulting anyone. He can prorogue Parliament anytime to put the illusion of democracy on hold. He doesn t have to answer to anybody. Two years ago the people could have pulled the plug on him. They did nothing. Canadians, even though they may not like his genocide strategy, turn a blind eye. They are complicit in the genocide. When will they stop looking away while he puts Canada in all the wars of the black serpent, in Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Syria, and so on? Everybody will either end up dead or continue serving the male hierarchy as slaves. Residential Schools are their monuments to remind us of Canada s trail towards fascism and mass murder. 50% of our children were killed. Hitler studied and perfected this death camp system with a 100% death rate. Criminals need the Red Serpent, Atleo, here surrounded by White Serpent. The masses erase from their memory all the crimes committed against us to get what they have today. The thugs of the royal economic crime syndicates are setting up their machinery of global mass murder in Canada because they think Canadians will not resist, We need the jobs. We have to follow orders!

Criminals need the Red Serpent, Atleo, here surrounded by White Serpent.

Canada has a British Parliamentary system based on hierarchy. Canada is a Corporation with shareholders [bankers]. Directors [Senators] are appointed to oversee the officers. The officers [Members of Parliament] manage the day-to-day operation of the corporation to provide ever increasing dividends for the shareholders. The top officers are the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Finance Minister. The directors [the Senators] only report to the shareholders of the corporation [bankers]. None answer to the people, only to the bankers. Too many Heil Harpers is making you sick! The main duty of the officers of the corporation is to provide ever growing profits to the shareholders and to continue the illusion of freedom to the people. Harper often reminds the masses they have no rights, only privileges. Our Great Mother always reminds us to resist!

Jim, Too many Heil Harpers is making you sick!

Minister of Finance, Jim Austerity Measures Flaherty, is suddenly suffering from a mysterious disease that makes his face look fat. It could be the Owistah disease. As Blue Oyster Cult sang in Godzilla: History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of men, Godzilla, Godzilla, Godzilla, Godzilla . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7gFlSGXt_k MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1

Protest Destruction of Peaks! Stop Snowbowl! Idle No More!

Protest Destruction of the Peaks! Stop Snowbowl! Idle No More! Join us February 1-9, 2013 In Flagstaff, Arizona The multimillionaire owners of Arizona Snowbowl are preparing to celebrate “75 years” of ecological destruction and cultural genocide. We plan on being there to insure that we honor 500 years of resistance! We have NEVER been idle. In 1983, after decades of persistent community resistance, Snowbowl was allowed by a court ruling to develop a ski area on 777 acres of the Peaks. Snowbowl claims to be 75 years old, but the fact is they have only operated as a ski resort since the mid 80s. Their anniversary is premature, promoting a bluff that their existence is foundational to the beginning times of Flagstaff. For the past two years, Snowbowl excavators cut into our mother, making way for the ski slope extensions and the reclaimed wastewater infrastructure. Then and still, we can not ignore the overwhelming rumble of thousands of old-growth trees crashing into the torn earth. So we hiked at dawn and chained ourselves to stop their violent machines. We marched peacefully with hundreds of our friends and neighbors as the Flagstaff police attacked us without provocation (all charges were ultimately dismissed). We blockaded Snowbowl road and were subject to further state violence as jackhammers and metal saws cut inches from our limbs. Nearly 50 arrests marked our deep commitment to stop the colonial violence of the state and madness of greedy corporations. We have been compelled by the goal of protection for this sacred mountain, for protection of this rare alpine wilderness area, for protection of public health, for protection of the animals who make the Peaks their home, for protection of the endangered San Francisco Peaks Groundsel, and protection for all those who know their sacred links with these mountains. Snowbowl is now the first ski area in the world to make fake snow from 100% treated sewage. We have temporally lost this battle with attacks on us from the U.S. Forest Service and the so called U.S. “judicial system”, but we still can and will stop snowmaking. We invite everyone who finds the calling in their hearts to resist, oppose, & confront Snowbowl to join us in the spirit of Idle No More. “Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water.” – www.idlenomore.ca We respect diversity of tactics and encourage affinity based organizing. We also call for other actions/protests at any of the dates suggested below or at any other locations. Our action is our prayer. SCHEDULE OF PROTESTS: Fri. Feb 1st – March through Downtown. Meet/converge at 6:30pm at Wheeler Park. Mon. Feb 4 – Collins Pub & Monsoon Restaurant* – 9pm Tues. 5 – Altitudes Bar & Grill* – 9pm Wed. 6 – Hotel Weatherford/Charly\’s* 5:30pm (they\’ll be in Zane Grey) we\’ll go to the Lumberyard* at around 8pm Thurs. 7th – San Felipes* – 9pm Fri. 8th – High Country Conference Center* – (starting at 6pm) Sat. 9th – Flash Mob Round Dance Downtown at Heritage Square – 5pm (look/listen for the drums!) Check this site for more event info and their sponsors: http://www.arizonasnowbowl.com/celebrate/ *Look for banners, dress warm, and bring a camera if you can. When Mother Earth is Under Attack, What do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!

VIDEO International Treaty to Protect Sacred Lands Signing 2013

Published on Jan 31, 2013
Signing Ceremony – January 25, 2013 Ihanktonwan Homelands, Yankton Sioux Tribe, South Dakota International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects Supported by Yankton Sioux Tribe, The Black Hills Treaty Council, The Great Plains Tribal Chairman\’s Association, Yinka Dene Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, West Coast Environmental Law, Honor the Earth, Earth First, Tar Sands Blockade, Walking the Red Road, 350.org, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, National Resource Defense Council, Bold Nebraska, Public Citizen, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, United Religions Initiative North America, Forest Ethics, and Tanker Free BC. More information can be found at www.protectthesacred.org

TEXAS TARSANDS ACTION Blockader disrupts oil and gas pipeline conference

BREAKING: Blockader Disrupts Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference

UPDATE: 12:00 PM Ramsey has been arrested. Demonstrate your support and contribute to his bail here . PHOTO: Ramsey Sprague being detained by police. Ramsey took the opportunity to educate the officers on the dangers of tar sand exploitation. UPDATE: 11:00 AM 3 detained blockaders are now being released and escorted away UPDATE: 10:30 AM – 3 blockaders who are supporting Ramsey have been detained BREAKING 9:30 AM: Activist interrupts pipeline conference, releases photos of flawed welds on Keystone XL pipeline. Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, The Woodlands, TX 9 AM this morning, TransCanada executive Tom Hamilton s presentation of a Keystone XL case study at the Pipe Tech Americas 2013 conference was interrupted when a blockader chained himself to audio equipment and delivered a speech to the nearly 300 attendees. Hamilton, the Manager of Quality and Compliance for the Keystone Pipeline, was supposed to give a forty-minute talk about safety and regulations related to the southern portion of the KXL pipeline. Instead, Tar Sands Blockade organizer Ramsey Sprague gave an impassioned rebuttal highlighting TransCanada s poor safety record. For several minutes before security disassembled the audio equipment and took him away, Sprague described shoddy welding practices and dangerous corner-cutting throughout TransCanada s operations as exposed by whistleblowers like Evan Vokes, a metallurgic engineer who came forward in May 2012, leading to an investigation by Canada s National Energy Board. Sprague reminded attendees that TransCanada s first Keystone pipeline has already leaked over 30 times and that other industry leaders such as Enbridge are similarly negligent, with over 800 spills since 1999. He derided TransCanada for routing the KXL pipeline through ecologically sensitive areas and through communities like the one in Douglass, TX, where construction crews are actively laying pipe within sight of the Douglass public school. TransCanada s safety record is beyond deplorable, said Ramsey Sprague, Their wanton disregard for the health of our communities is demonstrated by their countless toxic tar sands spills. I m compelled to take action today and shed light on the dangerous material this multinational corporation is pumping through our homes. Sprague also described how activists who blockaded themselves inside the actual KXL pipe on December 3rd could see daylight through holes in welds connecting segments of pipe and how Tar Sands Blockade has the pictures to prove it. That mile-long section of the pipe was laid in the ground on the same day; no additional welding or inspection occurred after the photos were taken.

Mohawk Nation News \’Perfect Storm Coming\’


Captain Atleo, are you going down with your ship? PERFECT STORM COMING MNN. Jan. 31, 2013. The corporate chiefs have always been part of the white serpent s tail. Duct tape won t fix the big crack in the Harper-AFN unity ship. Captain Shawn Atleo of the S.S. Traitor, keeps trying to push the illusion that we are all united behind him. It s a big lie.

Captain Atleo, are you going down with your ship?

The corporate Indians are doing their own version of the Idle Nor More public round dance called the I m-not-with-him-anymore jig. They re trying to avoid their own filth as they dance privately to their master s tune. This maneuver is probably going on all over Canada. What-will-we-do committees are springing up everywhere. With the illegal Indian Act, AFN and band and tribal councils dissolved, Harper can t push through his agenda to steal everything and get rid of us for good. S.S. Traitor, you are going down! The chiefs took the money, said nothing, are being caught with their hands in the cookie jar and trying to illegally sign away our possession so they and their children personally benefit. Is there a lot of document shredding going on at Indian Affairs right now to falsify the truth? They want to say there are no Indians and therefore no Indian Trust Funds to complete the theft of our $3 trillion. The Indian accomplices think they re fooling us by saying, OMG. I didn t know. I never took nothin . Really, they re saying, I m one of them sell-outs. Sure, I m rich, have money in the bank, signed a few deals, my kids go to private school. I worked hard for it .

S.S. Traitor, you are going down!

The S.S. Traitor, like a ship on the high seas with a full wind and no rudder, will end up on the rocks. Like the Rolling Stones sang in Sweet Virginia : Come on, come on down, sweet Virginia. Come on, honey child. I beg of you. You got to scrape that shit right off your shoe . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62iCo7euuPg MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0

Listen Steve Melendez, American Indian Genocide Museum \’Treaty Rights\’

Steve on Treaty Rights. Kpft.org by Censored News

Listen to Steve Melendez, American Indian Genocide President, Pyramid Lake Paiute, speaking on Treaty Rights, on KPFT radio.
HOUSTON Canadian Consulate: Photos Tarsands Blockade www.tarsandsblockade.org
Jan. 28, 2013 In Texas, Blockaders joined with indigenous people representing Idle No More and the American Indian Genocide Museum for a rally at the Canadian Consulate in downtown Houston. Protesters flew signs and banners, sang songs, and played drums before trying to deliver a letter of their demands to the consulate.


WOMEN, STOP CAUSING DEATH & DESTRUCTION Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com

Please stop dropping bombs on us!
Please stop dropping bombs on us!

MNN: Jan. 29, 2013. More drone bases, more guns, more bombs, flying killer robots, more gas, more killing fields of women, men and kids, more hunger, malnutrition, starvation. We Indigenous women are the progenitors of the soil on behalf of the coming children. We are letting the war makers and profiteers hide in our territories, to steal our resources to make lethal weapons and to commit atrocities against everyone in the world. They and their accomplices live here in their high rises, dressed in fancy suits. Their highly paid band and tribal chiefs grovel at their feet crying, Give me that paper. I ll sign it! They are always ready to push Harper s fake laws to continue the bloodshed. Our work must be supported and protected. Our duty is to stop the war problem forever, to bring peace on earth. To those profiteering and manipulating the war economy, get off our land! Take your band and tribal council pets with you. The council of the great peace needs the balance of the male and female energies within the consensus process. It is the basis of the interactions between all our communities. The men help the people to follow the law of the land.

Council of Women.

Council of Women. The Corporation of Canada is making a last ditch try to steal everything. Then they plan to flee with our $3 trillion Indian Trust Funds. Mark Carnage Carney, former Governor of the Bank of Canada, is on his way to England hoping to drop it at the feet of his royal economists. Indigenous have reported him to INTERPOL for investigation of the biggest heist in banking history. The lawyers, bureaucrats and developers show up for the sale. The bosses from Ottawa draw up the papers. The chiefs sign them and walk away with envelopes stuffed with money. National, provincial organizations and Band and tribal councils have been set up for no other purpose than to help with the theft and genocide. Assembly of First Nations and the band council s job is to ignore our rightful requests for full consultation and consent. Municipal councils send a fax or email to the nearby band councils, who are not supposed to respond. Based on the non-response, contracts then proceed. If anyone doubts this corporate plan, ask your band council for their corporation number, corporate papers, minute book, shareholders list, business plan, chiefs and band bank accounts. Harper & his women. We are not victims. We are the proud natural people of Great Turtle Island. Round dances are wonderful. Soon we will dance for joy when the blood suckers leave. Band councils, stand aside as you have alienated yourselves, according to our law. Canada, dissolve your illegal corporation because you aren t going to steal any more of our resources nor our money. Mark Carney, drop that bag of Indian loot.

Harper & his women.

Harper, did you ever meet a real woman who didn t feel like slapping your face? As Helen Reddy sang: I am woman. Hear me roar. In numbers too big to ignore. And I know too much to go back and pretend cause I ve heard it all before. And I ve been down there on the floor, and no one s ever gonna keep me down again . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu4xpDuf84A MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0

University of Arizona, why the tap dance isn\’t enough

University of Arizona claims it will have a human rights conference while designing drones and partnering with Homeland Security and Raytheon Missiles By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com TUCSON — The University of Arizona claims it will have a human rights conference focused on Indigenous Peoples and extractive industries. This is the same university that has its students designing drones and partners with Raytheon Missiles, as the US uses drones for targeted assassinations. The university, under the guise of giving both sides of the story, collects large amounts of data from Indigenous Peoples and in the end, gives it to its corporate partners like Raytheon and Boeing, which built the border wall and spy towers on Tohono O\’odham land. Don\’t be fooled by the University of Arizona. It has a department of Homeland Security on campus, a class that teaches students how to target people of color for arrest on the US/Mexico border, and a global cyber spy program targeting people of Middle Eastern descent. If this is a real human rights conference on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and extractive industries on Feb. 1, where are the Navajo and Hopi frontline warriors, fighting Peabody Coal, Navajo Generating Station and its operator Salt River Project. Where are the water warriors who will reveal how the US and non-Indian attorneys employed by the Indian Nations in Arizona are stealing Indian water rights under the guise of Indian water rights settlements, for coal fired power plants, and urban dwellers who waste water. “Ouch,” they say. They don\’t plan to have anything real here, anything from their own backyard, anything protected and concealed by the university. The university uses the “buddy” system to map and discover where geothermal energy, and other mining resources are in Arizona and the rest of Indian country. Then, it shares the info with its corporate partners. It also uses Indigenous Peoples for profiteering from large grants. The university is good at this PR spin, but it is a tap dance. If you talk with university whistleblowers and students, you will discover what the university really does with all the data extracted from Indigenous Peoples. If the university wants to have a real human rights conference, why not begin by demanding that the university stop designing drones, remove Homeland Security and US Border Patrol agents from the campus, halt the money and information flowing back and forth between the university and Raytheon Missiles and others profiteering from the war machine. Many of the traditional and ceremonial O\’odham and Apache boycott the university. When it was necessary for them to attend the United Nations Rapporteur\’s session at the university in April, both Ofelia Rivas, O\’odham, and Wendsler Nosie, San Carlos Apache, stated in their testimony that they boycott the university because of what it has done, and continues to do, to Indigenous Peoples. Nosie was arrested by university police while praying on sacred Mount Graham. The university and the Pope took the lead in placing mammoth telescopes on sacred Mount Graham, despite years of protests and court battles to halt the construction. Today the university is in the business of designing drones, which spy on Indigenous along the border, and are used by the US for targeted assassinations, including the assassination of a 16-year-old US citizen in Yemen. If the university wants to have a real human rights conference, it could begin by examining the ATF\’s gunrunning operation to the drug cartels, Operation Wide Receiver, which was based in Tucson, after Project Gunrunner began during the Bush administration on the Texas border in 2005. If the university wants to have a real human rights conference, it could expose the US military soldiers and US Border Patrol agents arrested in southern Arizona for running drugs. The university could examine the US Border Patrol agents who have beaten and stalked Tohono O\’odham on the border, and those US Border Patrol agents who have raped migrants. A real human rights gathering would investigate those US Border Patrol agents who get away with murder, after killing migrants, and a Mexican teen in Mexico, for throwing rocks. It would also examine the white supremacy movement in southern Arizona, which law enforcement ignores. When it comes to extractive industries, there is plenty to examine in the university\’s own backyard. There is uranium mining in the Grand Canyon in the homeland of the Havasupai and Hualapai, coal mining on the Navajo Nation, radioactive tailings left from mining during the Cold War, on the Navajo Nation and in the Pueblos.There is copper mining in southern Arizona. There is the toxic poisoning by Asarco on Tohono O\’odham land. There is also that inconvenient truth about the University of Arizona and its corporate partners creating that drone factory, Advanced Ceramics, over by the Tucson International Airport on San Xavier Tohono O\’odham land. The university doesn\’t need to pull together mappers to steal info, anthropologists to carry out their dirty deeds, or invite those willing to sell their information. Native Americans in Arizona, and the rest of Indian country, say they don\’t need for the university to welcome geologists to steal more of their land and mineral information, or for the wannabes and academics to come together to steal more of their intellectual and cultural property rights. The university doesn\’t need to just invite speakers from a continent away, or academia to distract from the real issues, it could focus closer to home, just down the road, and in the building next door. A real human rights conference would begin by protesting this university. The university doesn\’t need Indian wannabes and frauds to distract from the issues. These departments need to post exactly who the corporate funders are of this conference, the amount received, and how it was spent. The UN Rapporteur\’s session in April was funded by the Ford Foundation. UN Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples James Anaya is a professor in one of the departments hosting this conference, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries. It should be a real human rights conference, it should be more than a tap dance. And, as Indigenous Peoples will tell you, any real Indigenous gathering begins with the original occupants of the land offering a welcome and blessing. Were the traditional and ceremonial O\’odham invited to offer the welcome and blessing? See: Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries across the Americas http://las.arizona.edu/content/human-rights-indigenous-peoples-and-extractive-industries-across-americas Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 30 years, beginning with the Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. After being censored and terminated by Indian Country Today, she began Censored News, now in its seventh year.

Argentina\’s Indigenous Support Navajos Battling Mining

Protest against multinational companies and lithium mining Jujuy.
By Mamani, Jorge Luis

Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com English/Espanol Good evening, I am writing from Jujuy Argentina, I am representing the Kolla People of Jujuy Province, natives throughout the Andean region of South America, and I heard about the resistance and struggle with respect to surface mining in its Territories.

I endorse their struggle because it is the biggest problem we have, the original people of Jujuy, especially for the Kolla People. I send lots of hugs, and a lot of strength so they can go out winners.
Love See: Navajos and Appalachians protest Peabody Coal in St. Louis, protesters attacked and arrested by police http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/01/navajos-and-appalachians-protest.html Desde el Pueblo Kolla, Fuerza Hermanos Navajos!
Buenas noches, les escribo desde jujuy argentina, estoy representando al Pueblo Kolla de la Provincia de Jujuy, somos originarios en toda la region andina de sur america, y me he enterado sobre la resistencia y lucha que tienen respecto a la extraccion a cielo abierto en sus Territorios.
Me Adhiero a su lucha porque es el problema mas grande que tenemos los pueblos originarios de Jujuy, especialmente en el Pueblo Kolla, les mando muchos abrazos, y mucha fuerza para que puedan salir vencedores.

First Nation Terrance Nelson \’Standing between the White Man and his money\’

By First Nation Terrance Nelson
Roseau River Ojibway
Censored News
Chief Arlen Dumas

January 29th 2013 Chief, today is a great day for your people. You may not know it but you have made more impact than all the protests across Canada and any opposition comments made in the House of Commons yesterday. Now you are standing between the White Man and his money. HudBay Mining is a public company raising money based on international investor confidence in Canada\’s reputation as a safe place to invest. With your actions yesterday you have impacted the rate at which companies in Canada can raise money on the international market. You are going to be under a lot of pressure. The Winnipeg Free Press put your actions on the net and this will have big impact. http://www.winnipegfreepress. com/breakingnews/Band- protesting-over-HudBay- Minerals-Lalor-mine– 188695981.html Your statement is absolutely brilliant.

In a prepared statement, Dumas said, “We totally reject HudBay s Environmental Act License Application submitted for the Lalor mine without our consent. As the rightful owner, only we have the authority to approve a license to extract our resources from our territories.” There are over 60 metals and minerals mined in Canada and all are within a First Nation\’s traditional territory. If all First Nations in Canada issued the same statement as you and if they carried out the action you did, the Americans would be calling Harper immediately. The United States business community provides 72% of all foreign investment in Canada. Canada is an economic suburb of New York City. Toronto is going to be calling AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and Shawn will be calling you if this affects the rate the investors demand from investments in Canada. HudBay does not only mine in Canada, it is a world wide mining company and is mining a lot in indigenous lands in South America. It has gotten in trouble in the past in several countries. What you did yesterday is important to all Canadian business that relies on investment confidence. Here is what the HudBay website has as it mission statement, Hudbay is committed to producing strong investor returns and creating better futures for communities and employees by finding, building and operating successful mines. When we blocked CN railway on January 16th near Portage La Prairie, they got an injunction and that court injunction gives us an opportunity to be heard in court as we fight the Title that CN claims to have in our Treaty territory. We don\’t expect to win in an immigrant court of law but we will leave on the court record our message to our children, our grandchildren and the future generations of our people. CN knows it, their title is the same category as the legal arguments made regarding Terra Nullius, the concept of “empty land”, the same type of legal argument as Manifest Destiny and Papal Bull. The immigrants to our lands have been conditioned to believe that they provide all the money that First Nations live on. They are sadly mistaken and Manitobans especially have no clue that the northern First Nations territory sends billions of dollars a year south to subsidize the lifestyle of every one of those people who make hateful comments in the media about “lazy Indians living on the good graces of the Canadian taxpayer”. Terra nullius ( pron.: / t r n l a . s / , plural terrae nullius ) is a Latin expression deriving from Roman law meaning “land belonging to no one”, [ which is used in international law to describe territory which has never been subject to the sovereignty of any state, or over which any prior sovereign has expressly or implicitly relinquished sovereignty. Sovereignty over territory which is terra nullius may be acquired through occupation, [ though in some cases doing so would violate an international law or treaty. Wikipedia Canada is an exporting nation and Parliament better wake up to the fact that the indigenous people are getting international attention. Canada\’s image as a safe place to invest is taking a beating. If your actions are carried out by all other First Nations in Canada, Business Canada is in serious trouble. Eighty-five percent of the natural resource base in Manitoba is in the north. The First Nations in the north send billions of dollars a year south but live in abject poverty. What you did yesterday sends a strong message to the ones that need to hear it, the rich people who invest in Canada, the one percent of Americans who make up the largest percentage of the foreign investment in Canada. What you did yesterday takes Idle No More beyond round dancing, protests in the streets and now that the Theresa Spence issue is out of the media, this is what this movement needed. As I said in the 2007 National Day of Action, Standing between the White Man and his money. We know we can stand there because the White Man gets his money from our lands and our natural resource wealth. The immigrants have forgotten who lives on whose good graces. You just gave them a small slap on the face that may awake them to that fact. I am attaching a letter I sent to Harper on the impact of Bill C45 on the Treaty. I am going after CN\’s title in court. If you need any position papers or treaty arguments that can help you in court, I will share my documents with you. I am also attaching Doug Bland\’s Ottawa Citizen article. Bland is over 70 years old and for years was the one who advised the Military leaders and RCMP. It is guys like Bland that understand that they need to tread softly when confronting First Nations, something the Judges and politicians may need to learn. I met with Doug Bland and read his Book. He writes in his article

In the Canadian/First Nations context, Canada s absolute economic dependence on natural resources (by some estimates equal to 30 per cent of the Canadian economy) and the inescapable vulnerability of the transportation infrastructure that moves these resources to the markets in Canada and the United States, gives the First Nations enormous new-found powers.
Chief, the $1.7 trillion GDP in Canada is dependent upon us. Immigrants make no payment for our resource wealth, the government has sucked the poor white people into believing that the First Nations are feeding off the taxpayer. They want to believe that but the government, industry and the Canadian Taxpayer Federation have known all along that they were lying to the people. This is why I am telling you, your actions have far greater consequences than we know today. They will come to you asking you to be “reasonable” I just love the Winnipeg Sun racist articles and editorials, it is making our people mad but it is actions like yours that make the difference. WE need our young people to document the racist comments made in the Canadian media, it will be a permanent marker on record. This is like Mississippi in the sixties, Canadians coming out with their racist attitudes. These beliefs and feelings were always there, now our people are waking up to the reality of what a lot of white Canada believes.

The Journey Nishiyuu Youth Trekkers Jan. 28, 2013

Today Jan 28, 2013, Chisasibi soon. Walked 168 kilometers. Photo SJ George.

Whapmagoostui youth trekkers entroute to Ottawa By Matthew Mukash Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Photo 2 The day they left Whapmagoostui! – Photo by Robbie Kawapit!

Jan. 28, 2013 at 8:54 Good morning to all! Our walkers are doing well and will be on the trail again today. It will still take them a few days to reach Chisasibi. They had to take the long way because the support team from Chisasibi has not yet reach them. Our walkers are located just east of Seal River, on the James Bay coast. Chief Stanley George who went to bring them some supplies yesterday spent the night with them and will be back today. He will give us a first hand update on the Walkers later on today or this evening. Thank you all for the tremendous support to the cause! Word is spreading worldwide about these seven Walkers and their mission, and its only been a just over a week since the launching of the Journey of Nishiiyuu. Kitchi-meegwetch!! Matthew Mukash

Mohawk Nation News \’War is a Racket\’


WAR IS A RACKET! MNN. Jan. 28, 2013. The cabal is meeting today in Ottawa. It is between the cooperative Corporate Indians and the economic royalists. Chief Crazy Horse said this just before he was assassinated: How many times must the white man break his word? How short are your memories that you can again accept their promises? Why is today s promises any different from those of yesterday?

One of our great Warriors.

One of our great Warriors. Pressure is on to steal our resources needed for war. The bankers are directing their CEO of the Corporation of Canada, Stephen Harper, to ramp up the extraction of war materials that the Indigenous people are living on. We never gave up any of it. The economic royalists are planning to split the blood money. The sub-corporations of Canada, known as band and tribal councils, are there to give the illusion of legality and to get a few crumbs for doing it. Mark Carnage Carney, former Governor of the Bank of Canada, is heading to England with our $3 trillion Indian Trust Fund in tow to give to the economic royalists [bankers].

One of many whistle blowers

One of many whistle blowers. Nothing is new under the sun. US Major General Smedley Butler, in his famous 1933 speech, clearly laid out that War Is a Racket . Major Butler, one of the most decorated generals of World War I, outlined how WW11 was planned. One year later, Butler gave secret testimony to the McCormack-Dickstin Committee [later the House Committee on Un-American Activities]. He told of a plot headed by a group of wealthy American businessmen [American Liberty League] to set up a fascist dictatorship in the US, complete with concentration camps for Jews and other undesirables.[ Full article: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/12/02/wall-streets-failed-1934-coup/ ] Butler was approached by Gerald T. MacGuire of Wall Street s Grayson M-P, Murphy and Co. An army of 500,000 would be assembled of unemployed WW1 veterans to march on Washington DC to bring down the government. The plutocrats wanted Butler to lead the coup, promising $3 million to start and $300 million later. Butler went along with the plot to learn their identities. None was ever called to testify or charged with treason. Almost all were founding members of the Council on Foreign Relations CFR. The League was headed up by DuPont and J.P. Morgan cartels. Supporters were Andrew Mellon, Sun Oil, Rockefeller, E.F Hutton, US Steel, General Motors, Chase, Standard Oil and Goodyear Tires. Money was funneled through Senator Prescott Bush through his Union Banking Corporation and Brown Brothers Harriman. To the plotters bragged about Bush s connections with Hitler. Germany had promised Bush they would provide weapons for the coup. Butler concluded war is the oldest, most profitable, most vicious racket. It is international in scope. Profits are reckoned in dollars and losses in lives. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the very many. In WWI a handful garnered all the profits. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the US. They admitted their blood games in their income taxes. Others falsified their tax returns. None shouldered a rifle, dug a trench, went hungry in a rat infested dugout, suffered sleepless, frightened nights, ducked shells, shrapnel, and machine gun bullets. None parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy or were wounded or killed in battle. The public paid for grave stones, mangled bodies, shattered minds, broken hearts and homes, economic instability, depression and all its attendant miseries, and back breaking taxation for generations. Now I see international war clouds gathering. Sides are being chosen. France and Russia are standing together. Italy and Austria are side by side. Poland and Germany are working together, forgetting their dispute over the Polish corridor. The assassination of King Alexander of Yugoslavia complicated matters. Italy was ready to jump in. France and Czechoslavakia waited. They all looked forward to war. Not the people, who fight, pay and die. Those who foment wars stay home to profit. 40 million men are armed. Statesmen and diplomats lie that war is not in the making. Hells, bells! These men are not being trained to be dancers! In italy, Premier Benito Mousselini said in international Conciliation , the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace publication: And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and development of humanity, believed neither in the possibility, nor the utility of perpetual peace war alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it. His well-trained army, fleet of planes and navy are ready for war. His stand at Hungary s in its dispute with Yugoslavia showed that. Also troops were quickly mobilized on the Austrian border after the assassination of Dollfuss. Other Europeans rattled their sabers for war. Herr Hitler rearmed Germany and constantly demanded more arms. France recently increased military service from a year to 18 months. Nations are camping in their arms. The mad dogs of Europe are on the loose. In the Orient, in 1904 when Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out our old friends, the Russians, and backed Japan. Our generous international bankers were financing Japan. Now we are being poisoned against Japan! What does the open door policy to China mean to us? Our trade with China is about $90 million a year. We have spent $600 million in the Philippines in 35 years. Our bankers, industrialists and speculators have private investments there of less than $200 million. To save the China trade and protect these private investments, we are being stirred up to hate Japan and go to war a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans and many more hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced men. Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up by a few munitions makers, bankers, ship builders, manufacturers, meat packers, speculators. Yes, war pays high dividends. But what does it profit the men who are killed, their mothers and sisters, their wives and sweethearts, their children? Except for the very few to whom war means huge profits. Until 1898 we didn t own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America. Our national debt was a little more than $1 million. Then we became internationally minded . We forgot George Washington s warning about entangling alliances . We went to war. We acquired outside territory. Our national debt jumped to over $25 million. We ran a little behind year after year. It would have been cheaper to stay out of foreign entanglements. The lesson is don t forget the failed 1934 coup attempt by the economic royalists on Wall Street, owned and run from the City of London. None were jailed. They have the same agenda today. We Indigenous can stop war by occupying the means of production to deny them the goods they need. Religion & war - historic partners!! Kay Kyser sang in her song, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition : Yes, the sky pilot said it, you gotta give him credit. For a son-of-a-gun of a gunner was he, shoutin praise the Lord, we re on a mighty mission. All aboard, we ain t a goin fishin . Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, and we ll all stay free . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJfJPxLntZU praise the lord

Religion & war historic partners!!

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Idle No More Global Day of Action Jan 28, 2013 Photos

Today on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada/APTN photo
Today on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada/APTN photo
Idle No More – Kautokeino in Samiland, Norway!

List of places of Global Day of Action https://www.facebook.com/notes/supporting-south-dakota-reservations-page/idle-no-more-events/524934314207941

Zapatistas Marcos Part 5 \’Them and Us\’

Them and Us Part 5: The Sixth by Subcomandante Marcos

THEM AND US V.- THE SIXTH ZAPATISTA NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY. MEXICO. January 2013. Espanol To: The compa eros adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle all over the world. From: The Zapatistas from Chiapas, Mexico. Compa eras, compa eros, and compa eroas: Compas in the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity: Everyone, greetings from the women, men, children, and elders of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, the smallest of your compa eros. We\’ve decided that our first word specially directed at our compa eros [who are adherents to] the Sixth should be made known in a space of struggle, such as the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity. But the words, feelings, and thoughts that are sketched here are also meant for those who are not here. And, above all, they\’re for them. We would like to thank the support that you have given to our communities, to our Zapatista support bases and to the prisoners who are adherent compass in Chiapas, throughout all this time. Your words of encouragement and your collective hand that connected with ours are guarded in our heart. We are sure that one of the points to be discussed in your meeting will be, or has already been, setting up a campaign to support the compa Kuy, to denounce the attack that he was subjected to, and to demand justice for him and for all of the others who were injured on that day, to demand unconditional freedom for all of the detained in Mexico City and Guadalajara during the protests against the imposition of Enrique Pe a Nieto as head of the federal executive branch. Not just that, but it is also important that this campaign contemplate fundraising to support compa Kuy with his hospital bills, and for the costs of his subsequent recuperation, which the Zapatistas hope will be soon. To support this fundraising campaign, we\’ve sent a small amount of cash. We ask you, even though it might be small, to add the money you\’re able to get together for our compa ero in the struggle. As soon as we can put together more money, we will send it to whomever you [the Network Against Repression] designate for this work. Hidden Text: Please click here to read the complete text: THEM AND US V – THE SIXTH. Hidden Text: Please click here to read the complete text: THEM AND US V – THE SIXTH. The Sixth is a Zapatista convocation. To convoke is not to unite. We aren\’t trying to unite under a leadership, neither Zapatista nor any other affiliation. We do not seek to co-opt, recruit, take anyone\’s place, feign, fake, cheat, direct, subordinate, use. The destination is the same, but the different, the heterogeneity, the autonomy of the ways of walking, are the Sixth\’s richness, they\’re it\’s strength. We offer and will offer respect, and we demand and will demand respect. One adheres to the Sixth without any other requisite other than the “no” that convokes us and the commitment to construct the necessary “yeses.” Hidden Text: Please click here to read the complete text: THEM AND US V – THE SIXTH. To end this missive (which, as is evident, has the disadvantage of not having a video or song that accompanies it and completes the written version), we want to send our best hugs (and we only have one) to the men, women, children, and elderly, groups organizations, movements, who however each one of you calls yourselves, who have never during all this time distanced us from your hearts, and resisted and supported as compa eras, compa eras, and compa eroas that we are. Compas: We are the Sixth. It\’s going to be very difficult. Our pains won\’t be lessened by opening ourselves up to those that hurt all over the world. The path will be the most torturous. We will fight. We will resist. We will struggle. Maybe we\’ll die. But one, ten, one hundred times, we\’ll always win always. For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army The Sixth-EZLN. Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Chiapas, Mexico, Planet Earth. January 2013. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Listen and watch the videos that accompany this text “Zapatista Cumbia” by the group “Sonido Psicotropical.” Part of the disc “Rola la lucha zapatista.” Move your tush to the cumbia rhythm! “Nadie mira” [No one looks] by the group “RABIA.” With Iker Moranchel, Guitar and vocals. Alejandro Franco, Drums and vocals. Manco, bass. Camera, Sara Heredia. Editing, Eduardo Vargas, Recorded and edited in Gekko Audiolab, Mexico City, July 2012. Also on the disc “Rola la lucha zapatista.” Rrrrrrrrrrrrrock! Translated from the original Spanish by Kristin Bricker. Part IV From the Pains Below http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/01/zapatistas-marcos-iv-the.html

International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects

Faith Spotted Eagle signing the Treaty.
R anchers and farmers pledged their mutual defense and support.
  1. INTERNATIONAL TREATY TO PROTECT THE SACRED FROM TAR SANDS PROJECTS The representatives from sovereign Indigenous Nations, tribes, and governments, participating in the Gathering to Protect the Sacred on January 23 25, 2013, on the 150 year anniversary of the Treaty Between the Pawnee and Yankton Sioux, have gathered on the Ihanktonwan homelands, and have resolved by our free, prior, and informed consent to enter into a treaty to be forever respected and protected. We agreed upon the following articles: ARTICLE I The undersigned Indigenous Peoples have inhabited and governed our respective territories according to our laws and traditions since time immemorial. ARTICLE II As sovereign nations, we have entered into bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements with other nations including the Treaty Between the Pawnee and Yankton Sioux, Mother Earth Accord, the Spiritual Leaders Declaration, the Agreement to Unite to use 16 Guiding Principles, and the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council Declaration, and all the inter-tribal treaties in the Western hemisphere, among others, which promise peace, friendship, and mutual opposition to tar sands projects and energy development that threaten the lands, the waters, the air, our sacred sites, and our ways of life, and acknowledge other Indigenous Peoples such as the Yinka Dene, the people of the Earth who have exercised their lawful authority to ban tar sands projects from their territories through Indigenous legal instruments such as the Save the Fraser Declaration and the Coastal First Nations Declaration. ARTICLE III We act with inherent, lawful, and sovereign authority over our lands, waters, and air, as recognized by Article 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which provides: States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources. ARTICLE IV We mutually agree that tar sands projects present unacceptable risks to the soil, the waters, the air, sacred sites, and our ways of life including: – The destruction of the homelands of the Cree, Dene, and M tis peoples in the tar sands region; – The threat of pipeline and tanker oil spills into major river systems, aquifers and water bodies such as the Salish Sea, the North Pacific coast, and the Ogallala Aquifer. – The negative cumulative health impacts of tar sands projects on Indigenous Communities. – The irreparable harm to irreplaceable cultural resources, burial grounds, sacred and historic places, natural resources, and environmental resources of the central plains region which is the aboriginal homelands of many Indigenous Indian Nations. – Greenhouse gas pollution that could lock the planet onto a path of catastrophic climate change. ARTICLE V We affirm that our laws define our solemn duty and responsibility to our ancestors, to ourselves, and to future generations, to protect the lands and waters of our homelands and we agree to mutually and collectively oppose tar sands projects which would impact our territories, including but not limited to the Keystone XL pipeline, the Enbridge Northern Gateway, or the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker projects. ARTICLE VI We agree to mutually and collectively, as sovereign nations, call upon the Canadian and United States governments to respect our decision to reject tar sands projects that impact our sacred sites and homelands; to call upon the Canadian and United States governments to immediately halt and deny approval for pending tar sands projects because they threaten the soil, water, air, sacred sites, and our ways of life; and, confirm that any such approval would violate our ancestral laws, rights and responsibilities. ARTICLE VII We agree to the mutual, collective, and lawful enforcement of our responsibilities to protect our lands, waters, and air by all means necessary, and if called on to do so, we will exercise our peace and friendship by lawfully defending one another s lands, waters, air, and sacred sites from the threat of tar sands projects, provided that each signatory Indigenous Nation reserves and does not cede their rights to act independently as the tribal governments see fit to protect their respective tribal interests, further provided that each signatory Indigenous Nation reserves its inherent sovereign right to take whatever governmental action and strategy that its governing body sees fit to best protect and advance tribal interests affected by the pipeline project consistent with the agreements made herein and subject to the laws and available resources of each respective nation. This Treaty of mutual defense and support is made on the occasion of the 150 year anniversary of the Treaty Between the Pawnee and Yankton Sioux concluded between the Pawnee Nation and the Ihanktonwan Oyate/Yankton Sioux Tribe on January 23rd, 1863, and the parties thereto hereby commemorate the signing of that historic treaty that has endured without violation for 150 years . This Treaty goes into effect once ratified by the governing bodies of the signatory nations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned authorized representatives, after having deposited their full powers found to be in due and proper form, sign this treaty on behalf of their respective governments, on the date appearing opposite their signatures.

Mohawk Nation News \’Enemy Undone\’


MNN: ENEMY UNDONE! Cul du sac! MNN. JAN. 26, 2013. We are subduing the enemy without physically fighting them. Now he is ours. The bridge is there, but they will not be able to escape. Their only retreat is to jail or death.

Bankers cul du sac!

Row, row, corporate Indians! Our enemy is irritated because of their own arrogance, which is their greatest weakness. The paradigm is shifting. Their slaves want to be free. The path of their subjects leads to the Great White Roots of Peace. They are already coming to us to open their own minds. Once their minds awake to the truth, no one can put them back to sleep. The peace will return to us and our Mother as our ancient teachings direct. This will be the end of the oligarchs here on Great Turtle Island. The pyramid will be taken apart from the inside. The bottom shall disassemble the top. The rest of the hierarchical system will collapse. It is against the laws of nature.

Row, faster, corporate Indians!

Canada Prime Minister Harper s main role is to ramp up resource extraction for their planet trashing plans. His corporate Indians [AFN, band councils] are all following the same business plan. The only time line that puppet Shawn Atleo is going to make is to get on the same boat as a galley slave with his masters and sail off to prison for the traitor that he is. Atleo wants to rejuvenate education [brainwashing] for the Indians, not himself. He knows the truth about the real brutal history of his corporate masters. His knowledge of the genocide and stolen trust fund will land him in a Nure m berg cell with his best friend, Herr Harper. He will say, I was just following orders! But the orders did not come from the women of his nation. This is high treason against his own people. All the other band councilors and the SS Indian Affairs system will be on the same big boat to Europe. Since we won t have prisons here, they will have to go home. They ll be witnessing from afar the rebirth of our Mother Land, Great Turtle Island, from their jail cells in the Fatherland [Europe]. Iceland is now the only free country on earth because the bankers are all in jail and they re printing their own money. The banks collapsed because all the deficits owed to them were proven to be frauds. Private companies like airlines or other businesses fail when they are mismanaged or proven to be fraudulent. So they did. Banks are high stakes companies, like casinos. They thought the house always wins. Ordinary people should not have to pump up the banks through their taxes. The financial sector was huge and gobbling up all the professionals. It is now the smallest, as it should be. When financial sectors failed, other businesses blossom. Bankers & accomplices: You can\'t hide. Atleo wants to cooperate with economic growth, more trade with western countries to build weapons that continue the never ending war on terror throughout the planet. This goes against the supreme law of Great Turtle Island. He must go.

Bankers & accomplices: You can t hide.

As Jimmie Rodgers wrote: Well, I Had a friend named Rambling Bob, who used to steal, gamble and rob. He thought he was the smartest guy in town, but I found out last Monday that Bob got locked up Sunday. They got him in the jailhouse way downtown . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZI54Y8qf70 Original: h ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSq8mnDH_1o MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0

Journey of Nishiyuu: Into the Harsh Wind

Journey of Nishiyuu walked 22km today in harsh wind but with determination.

Zapatistas Marcos IV \’The Pains from Below\’

IV.- The Pains From Below

January 2013.

How many times have the cops stopped us on the street for the crime of “having a suspicious face” or a mohawk, and then after a beating and extortion they let us go?
“Repression and Criminalizatoin,” Anarchist Black Cross-Mexico. January 2013
-And [what do you say] to the young people who see you as a hero and an example of a person who has been unjustly punished by a repressive system?
-That I\’m not a hero. That every one of the young people who hit the streets every day to organize and change this unjust society and this economic and political system are heroes. They organize, they defend themselves That they shouldn\’t be afraid, that fear is going to change sides–
Alfonso Fern ndez, detained in prison after N14 in the Spanish State, interviewed by Shangay Lily in Kaos en la Red. January 2013. [1]
“An enemy is needed to give the people hope. ( ) That said, the feeling of identity is based in the hatred of those who aren\’t the same. It is necessary to cultivate hate as a civil passion. The enemy is the people\’s friend. They need someone to hate so that they feel justified in their own misery. Always. Hatred is the true primordial passion.”
Umberto Eco. The Prague Cemetery.

Where and when did the violence start? Let\’s see. In front of a mirror, on any calendar, and in any geography Imagine that you are different from everyone else. Imagine that you are something very other. Imagine that you have a certain skin or hair color. Imagine that they look down on you and make fun of you, that they persecute you, that they jail you, that they kill you because of it, for being different. Imagine that since the day you were born, the system has repeatedly told you that you are something weird, abnormal, sick, that you should be sorry for who you are and, after blaming it on bad luck or divine justice, you should do everything you can to change this “factory defect.”

/ And of course, look, we have a product that easily works w-o-n-d-e-r-s with congenital defects. This way of thinking relieves rebelliousness and that annoying complaining about everything. This cream changes skin color. This hair dye gives you a fashionable shade. This course about “how to win friends and be popular on the internet” gives you everything you need to be a modern person. This treatment will give you your youth back. This DVD will show you how to act at the table, on the street, at work, in bed, during illegal muggings (robbers), during legal muggings (banks, government officials, elections, legally established businesses), at social gatherings what? Oh, they don\’t invite you to social gatherings? ok, it also tells you how to make it so they do invite you. In short, here you will know the secret of how to succeed in life. Leave Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber in the dust on Twitter with your number of followers! It includes a mask of your choosing. We have them all! Even a CSG [Carlos Salinas de Gortari] mask ok, ok, ok, that was a bad example, but we do have one for any need. So they won\’t look at you with disgust anymore! So they no longer call you a degenerate, indian, prole, black, region 4, zombie, zapatistaphile! /

Imagine that, in spite of all your efforts and good deeds, you can\’t seem to hide your skin or hair color. Now imagine that a campaign is launched to eliminate all of those who are like you. It\’s not that there\’s an event to kick it off, or a law that establishes it, but you realize that the whole system starts to work against you, and against people like you. The whole society turns into a machine whose goal is to annihilate you. First there\’s looks of disapproval, disgust, distain. Then there\’s the insults, attacks. Then there\’s detainees, deportees, prisoners. Then there\’s cadavers here and there, legal and illegal. Finally there\’s an actual campaign, the machine at full capacity, to disappear you and all of those who are like you. The identity of those who make up society is maintained through hatred towards you. Your crime? Being different. You still don\’t see it? Ok, imagine that you are (use masculine, feminine, or other pronouns, depending on the case). An indigenous person in a country dominated by foreigners. A flock of military helicopters is headed toward your lands. The press will say that the wind farm occupation impedes the reduction of pollution or that the jungle is being destroyed. “The eviction was necessary to reduce global warming,” says the Interior Minister. A black man in a nation dominated by whites. A WASP judge is going to sentence him. The jury found him guilty. Amongst the evidence presented by the prosecutor is an analysis of his skin color. A Jew in Nazi Germany. The Gestapo officer stares at him. The next day the official report will say that the human race has been purified. A Palestinian in present-day Palestine. The Israeli army\’s missile is aimed at the school, hospital, neighborhood, house. Tomorrow the media will say that they took out military targets. An immigrant on the other side of any border. The border patrol approaches. The next day there won\’t be anything about it in the news. A priest, nun, layperson who sided with the poor, in the middle of the Vatican\’s opulence. The Cardinal\’s sermon is against those who meddle in worldly affairs. A street vendor in an exclusive mall in an exclusive residential zone. A truck full of riot police parks. “We defend free trade,” the government delegate will declare. A woman by herself, day or night, on public transportation full of men. A small tick in the “gender violence” statistics. The cop will say: “it\’s that sometimes they provoke them.” A gay by himself, day or night, on public transportation full of machos. A small tick in the “homophobic violence” statistics. A sex worker on a strange street and someone else\’s corner a squad car pulls up. “The government is cracking down on white slavery,” the press will say. A punk, a Rastafarian, a rudeboy, a cholo, a metal head, on the street at night another squad card approaches. “We\’re putting a stop to antisocial behavior and vandalism,” says the elected official. A graffiti artist “tagging” the World Trade Center another squad car pulls up. “We\’ll do everything necessary in order to have a beautiful and attractive city for tourism,” says some official. A communist at a rightwing fascist party meeting. “We\’re against the totalitarianism that has done so much damage around the world,” says the party president. An anarchist in a communist party meeting. “We are against the petit bourgeois deviations that have done so much damage to the global revolution,” says the party\’s chairman. A segment from the “31 minutos” news broadcast on the CNN news ticker. Tulio Trivi o and Juan Carlos Bodoque look at each other, disturbed, but they don\’t say anything. [2] An alternative band trying to sell its CD at a concert starring Lady Gaga, Madonna, Justin Bieber, whoever comes after them. The cops approach. The fans scream like crazy. An artist performing traditional indigenous dances outside of the great cultural center where the (yes-gala-invitation-only-we\’re-sorry-ma\’am-you\’re-getting-in-the-way) Bolshoi ballet company is performing. Security proceeds to reestablish calm. An old man in a meeting chaired by Japanese finance minister Taro Aso (he studied at Stanford and just a little while ago asked that the elderly “hurry up and die already” because it\’s really expensive to keep them alive). Social spending is cut even further. An Anonymous criticizing a Microsoft-Apple shareholders meeting about copyrights. “A dangerous hacker behind bars,” the media will say. A young Mapuche who, in Chile, demands his ancestors\’ territory as he watches the olive-green offensive roll in with tanks and carabineers. The bullet that fatally wounds him in the back will not be punished. A youngster and/or student or unemployed worker at a military-police-civil guard-carabineer checkpoint. The last thing he heard? “Shoot!” An indigenous Nahua in the offices of a transnational mining company. Men in uniforms kidnap him. “We\’re investigating,” say respective governments. A dissident in front of a grey metal fence that\’s been erected, while on the other side the Mexican political class bites their tongues about yet another imposition. He\’s hit with a rubber bullet that causes him to lose an eye or break his skull. “It\’s called uniting for the good of the country. It\’s time to put the bickering behind us,” say the talking heads on the news. A peasant in front of an army of lawyers and police hearing that the land that he works, where his parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on were born and grew up, now belongs to a real estate company, and that you\’re depriving the poor businessmen of something that legally belongs to them. Jail. Someone who opposes the electoral fraud sees how 40 thieves and their boot-lickers are exonerated. The mockery: “We\’ve got to turn over a new leaf and look forward.” A man or woman approaches to see what all the ruckus is about and is suddenly surrounded by law enforcement. While they shove, beat, and kick her or him as they take her to the squad car, you manage to see that a well-known television channel\’s cameras are pointed somewhere else. An indigenous Zapatista in the bad government\’s (PRI-PAN-PRD-PT-MC) jail for years.[3] He reads in the newspaper: “Why did the EZLN reappear now that the PRI has returned to power? Very suspicious.”


Are you still with us? Now Do you feel with certainty that you\’re out of place? Do you feel the fear from being ignored, insulted, beaten, mocked, humiliated, raped, imprisoned, murdered just because of who you are? Do you feel the impotence of not being able to do anything to avoid it, to defend yourself, to be heard? Do you curse the moment that you went to that place, the day you were born, the hour you began to read this text? Several of the aforementioned examples have names, calendars, and geographies: Juan Francisco Kuykendall Leal. The compa “Kuy,” adherent to the Other Campaign, professor, thespian, director. Skull smashed open on December 1, 2012, by a shot from “law enforcement.” He planned to do a play about Enrique Pe a Nieto. Jos Uriel Sandoval D az. Young student at the Autonomous University of Mexico City and member of the Student Struggle Committee. He lost an eye in the repression on December 1, 2012, as a result of a “law enforcement” attack. He was planning to resist the imposition of Enrique Pe a Nieto. Celedonio Prudencio Monroy. Indigneous Nahua. Kidnapped on October 23, 2012 by “law enforcement.” He was planning to resist the plundering of Nahua lands by mining companies and loggers. Adri n Javier Gonz lez Villareal. Young student at the National Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon\’s Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department in Mexico, murdered in January 2013 by “law enforcement.” He was planning to graduate and become a successful professional. Cruz Morales Calder n and Juvencio Lascurain. Peasants taken prisoner in Veracruz, 2010-2011, by “law enforcement.” They were planning on resisting the plundering of their lands by real estate companies. Mat as Valent n Catrileo Quezada. Young indigenous Mapuche, murdered on January 3, 2008, in Chile, Latin America, by “law enforcement.” He was planning on resisting the plundering of Mapuche land by the government, estate owners, and transnational companies. Francisco S ntiz L pez, indigenous Zapatista, unjustly imprisoned by “law enforcement.” He was planning on resisting the government counterinsurgency campaign of [former Chiapas governor] Juan Sabines Guerrero and [former president] Felipe Calder n Hinojosa.


Now don\’t despair, we\’re almost done… Now imagine that you aren\’t afraid, or you are but you get it under control. Imagine that you go and, in front of the mirror, not only do you not hide anything or cover up your difference with makeup, and instead you emphasize it. Imagine that you turn your difference into a shield and weapon, you defend yourself, you find others like you, you organize, you resist, you struggle, and without even realizing it, you go from “I\’m different” to “we\’re different.” Imagine that you don\’t hide behind “maturity” and “good judgement,” behind “now is not the time,” “the conditions aren\’t right,” “we have to wait,” “it\’s useless,” “there\’s no way to fix it.” Imagine that you don\’t sell out, that you don\’t give up, that you don\’t give in. Can you imagine it? Ok, well even though neither we nor you know it yet, we\’re part of a “we” that\’s bigger and has yet to be built. (to be continued ) From any corner of any world. SupMarcos. Planet Earth. January 2013. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Listen and watch the video that accompanies this text: M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo . “Born Free” by M.I.A. (Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam). Video director: Romain Gavras (son of Costa Gavras). Photography: Andr Chemetoff. Produced by: Mourad Belkeddar. Executive Producer: Gaetan Rousseau / Paradoxal. This video was censored by YouTube due to its content. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8N-77YpUcOU “Burnin\’ an Lootin” by Bob Marley. Video is the beginning of “La Haine” (“The Hatred”), written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995. Subtitles in Spanish. Translated from the original Spanish by Kristin Bricker. Translator\’s Notes:

  1. N14: the November 14, 2012, general strike called by Spanish unions.
  2. 31 Minutos is a Chilean mock news program anchored by puppets. Trivi o and Boduque are puppets on the show.
  3. PRI = Institutional Revolution Party; PAN = rightwing National Action Party; PRD = center-left Democratic Revolution Party; PT = Workers\’ Party, a front for the PRI; MC = Movimiento Ciudadano, a PRD splinter party. Marcos mentions all of the major political parties, even the so-called leftist parties, because the Zapatistas oppose all of them. The PRD ruled Chiapas for years, and during that time the government and PRD party members attacked the Zapatistas (frequently physically) just as the other parties had done.

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CENSORED NEWS: Obama Approved Pipeline now Destroying Indian Burial Place in Texas

Obama Approved Pipeline now Destroying Indian Burial Place in Texas

Archeologist David Keller witnesses the destruction of ancient indian site Trap Springs in the Big Bend region of Texas. Photo by Jessica Lutz
Obama approved pipelines to Mexico by the same company that destroyed the burial place at Standing Rock. That company is now destroying an Indian burial place in Big Bend, Texas, and the black snake corporation — Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas — has stolen the names of \’Dakota,\’ and \’Comanche,\’ for its pipelines.
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
While the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline was escalating, President Obama approved two pipelines to cross the border into Mexico by the same owners, Energy Transfer Partners of Dallas. Now, this black snake pipeline company is ripping into an ancient Indian site in the conservation area of Big Bend in Texas.
“In May, the federal government quietly approved permits for two Texas pipelines the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines also owned by Energy Transfer Partners. This action and related moves will ensure that U.S. fracked gas will be flooding the energy grid in Mexico,” Desmogblog reports.
Just as it did in the north, with the the theft of the word \’Dakota,\’ for its black snake pipeline, in the south, this black snake corporation Energy Transfer Partners stole the name of \’Comanche\’ for its pipeline. The pipelines were dependent on presidential approval because they will cross the international border of the U.S. and Mexico. The Big Bend Conservation Alliance said, “Today was a sad day as we witnessed the destruction of part of an ancient Indian site along the eastern front of the Davis Mountains by Energy Transfer Partners the same company that destroyed the sacred burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux a few weeks ago. Giant mulching machines chewed through creosote bush and pulverized rock as it ground a pathway across the Trap Spring site for the bulldozers in the days to come.
“This is the first of three stages of construction the initial clearing. During this phase, brush clearing machines blazed a 125 foot swath through the southern third of the site, a massive tractor with a rotating drum armed with carbide teeth mulching everything in its path. On the backsweep, it scrapes the ground clean, leaving only powdery dust behind.
“Next will come the bulldozers, which will excavate a 125 foot wide trench two feet deep. Any subsurface features and artifacts will be destroyed.
“Last will come the deep trenching for the pipeline. This will obliterate any deeply, potentially VERY old materials.”
“Within a two-week span in May 2016, as the Sacred Stone Camp was getting off the ground as the center of protests, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( FERC ) issued presidential permits for the Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines. Together, the pipelines will take natural gas obtained from fracking in Texas\’ Permian Basin and ship it in different directions across the U.S.-Mexico border, with both starting at the Waha Oil Field,” Desmogblog reports.

http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/09/20/dakota-access-obama-mexico-fracked-gas-energy-transfer-partners .

Big Bend Conservation Alliance, “As we stood adjacent to the easement, this machine operator turned, and charged into an area known as a “temporary additional workspace,” which is a “bump out” on the main construction easement. This additional workspace overlaps a portion of the southern 1/3 of the Trap Springs archeological site. It was as if the equipment operator was hiking his leg on us.”
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CENSORED NEWS: August 2016

Northwest Delegation shares Totem Pole, prayer journey, at Standing Rock Camp


Photo Michelle Cook

The Native people of the Northwest, who survived persecutions, brought the Totem Pole to Standing Rock Camp, in a spirit of ceremony and giving back B y Brenda Norrell Censored News CANNON BALL, North Dakota — The Northwest Delegation to Standing Rock Camp spoke tonight on the unity and sacred ceremonies that has meant survival for the people. The evening talks and songs were broadcast live on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio. A member of the Lummi supporters who came and brought the Totem Pole explained that the Pole itself is just a material object. When people come together, and put their hands on the Totem Pole, there is its real meaning. He spoke on how Native people in the Northwest survived boarding schools and survived the persecutions of carrying out their sacred ceremonies, as late as the 1980s. Many went to jail for carrying out the ceremonies. Why did all these Indian Nations send representatives here? he asked of those camped to resist the construction here of the Dakota Access Pipeline. “You stood up and clearly said, \’NO!\'” “The United States can not keep giving out permission to do this type of damage,” he said. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples requires “free, prior and informed consent,” he said. He spoke of traveling to visit many Indigenous Nations. “We know what it means to suffer grief.” “The drum wakes us up.” It was Columbus who started the lie of the name \’Indios,\’ or Indians. This is why it is important to know one\’s traditional name, he said. “We are so proud that our tribe came down to put our flag with yours.” He said it is a dangerous game being on tribal councils, and dangerous dealing with corporations. Cherry Point coal port was halted because so many people came together to support the Lummi and their battle to halt it. Faith Spotted Eagle spoke of the support they have received, including that of fighting the Keystone XL pipeline. “The Spirit is still moving.” “In colonization, the greatest tool is isolation.” She spoke of her grandmother, an original signer of the 1858 Treaty, and how her grandmother came to her. “Think about the Treaty,” was the message. Faith Spotted Eagle said the people have come together to give back. “When you ask for prayers, you give back.” The Totem Pole was filled with prayers. She said they were coming together to give a monetary donation, along with the prayers. She pointed out that this pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, was part of a pipeline that was permitted in sections. “This pipeline is actually connected to TransCanada.” She said the attorneys need to investigate how this pipeline here, is connected to TransCanada, and how the permits were obtained. The evening continued with songs. Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is now live online. With the purchase of a new satellite, and more bandwidth, the radio station is broadcasting from camp. It was already live in camp at 87.9 FM. http://original.livestream.com/earthcycles t

Mohawk Nation News \’Neb Hits a Tree\’


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MNN. Aug. 31, 2016. National Energy Board, Energy East Pipeline Ltd and Transanada Pipeline Ltd. have hit the tree of peace. NEB tried to meet in Montreal in secret. The people crashed the meeting. It s been discontinued! The following Cease and Desist order is hereby declared by kahtihon tia:kwenio and has been served.
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At their so-called consultation meetings being fraudulently staged across the country, they will be very lonely when only they are at the corporate table. As Hank Williams sings: Did you ever see a robin weep when leaves begin to die. That means he s lost his will to live. And I m so lonesome I could cry .
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LET S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND : Energy East Pipeline Ltd. [EEPL] and Energy East Pipeline Ltd. [EEPL] ; 517 Tenth Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0A8 403-292-4800, 1-800-899-1265; National Energy Board , Marc-Andre Plouffe, Montreal Office, 505 De Maisonneuve Blvd., West, Suite 230, Montreal, Qu bec H3A 3C2 1-800-899-1265 ; Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre , City Hall, 275 Notre Dame St. E., Montreal QC H2Y 1C8, 514-872-3101 Fax 514-872-4059; Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime minister , Parliament of Canada Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A9, Band and tribal councils selling us out.

Lummi, Yakama and Salish arrive with Totem Pole in Standing Rock Camp

Photos copyright Michelle Cook, Dine\’ (Navajo)
Northwest Delegation, Navajo President, NCAI Chairman arrive at Standing Rock Camp
Photos by Michelle Cook
Article by Brenda Norrell
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CANNON BALL, North Dakota — The President of the National Congress of American Indians, Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish, arrived with a large delegation from the Northwest today. Cladoosby told the camp that NCAI just wrote letters to President Obama and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the struggle here to halt Dakota Access Pipeline from poisoning the water source, the Missouri River.
“I went to a roadblock today, a stupid roadblock, just to irritate us,” Cladoosby said. Cladoosby said it was good then to drive along the sacred river.
Yakama said they brought a semi of fresh food, watermelons and foods from the fields. “Food is our medicine.”
Today, the Seneca Nation, Sac and Fox from Oklahoma, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, were all present in camp.
Yakama Chairman JoDe Goudy s aid the pipeline is a black snake. This black snake\’s head is in Texas, but his heart is in DC and belongs to the Congressmen and politicians who make these decisions.
“President Obama where are you?”
Goudy reminded President Obama that Obama came here to Standing Rock, and held these children, and made promises to them, he said,
“You had their babies in their arms, where are you?”
Navajo President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez arrived at the Standing Rock Camp today, and greeted a large delegation from the Northwest who arrived with a Totem Pole.
President Begaye said like the struggle here, the Navajo Nation is fighting the Gold King uranium spill, and the transportation of uranium waste.
“That is what is killing our people,” Begaye said.
“We stand with you. We are proud of you.”
Praising the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Begaye said, “Thank you for standing up and saying, \’Enough is Enough!\'”
President Begaye said the people all the way through the country, from South Dakota and Illinois, all the way to Louisiana, should be here fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, that is threatening the water source of the Missouri River.
“They should be standing here also.”
“They should be saying, \’Way to go, you stand for us!\'” Begaye told the delegations gathered, which included Sac and Fox from Oklahoma, and Lummi, Yakama, Swinomish, Salish, Nisqually, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, and more from the Northwest.
President Begaye said the fight is not just Native, but it is for all people.
“This is the stand you guys are making, We support you.”
Begaye thanked the Dine\’ who have been there, camping and cooking, and supporting the camp.
“We stand up and fight for what we believe.”
Begaye said they will continue to fight with the people here.
“When we come together, we are strong.”
“We will make our stand when we have to make our stand.”
Begaye said this is being broadcast to other parts of the world.
Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez said, “Our Indigenous language is very important.”
Vice President Nez thanked the people here for “really standing up for what you believe.”
“No more. Enough is enough!” Nez said.
“We need to stand together, shoulder to shoulder.”
Nez said it is time to stand up to the U.S. government.
Nez thanked the young people here at Standing Rock Camp.
“They are leading us here today.”
“We are standing with you in solidarity.”
Nez closed with a \’thank you\’ in Dine\’.
Nisqually Chairman Farron McCloud said, “That world out there, lots of violence, but we are coming together as one. We believe in coming together.”
“This means a lot to the Native people. We are all together.”
“It is a great honor to be here in your beautiful sacred land.”
A Sac and Fox tribal official from Oklahoma said, “I\’m honored to see you fight the good fight.”
Flags have now been placed on flag poles at Standing Rock Camp.
Photo by Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez.
Also see i n the news:
KIMA TV: “Tribal leaders from all over Washington state joined the protest including the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Lummi Nation, Puyallup Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Hoh Tribe.” http://kimatv.com/news/local/yakama-nation-leaders-join-national-tribal-solidarity-at-pipeline-protest-in-n-dakota
KFYR TV: Half a dozen Native American tribes from across the nation gather with Standing Rock
Listen live, now unlimited viewers on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio

Navajo President arrives at Standing Rock Camp


Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine\’ (Navajo) and legal team member in camp.
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
CANNON BALL, North Dakota — Navajo President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez arrived at the Standing Rock Camp today, and greeted a large delegation from the Northwest who arrived with a Totem Pole.
President Begaye said like the struggle here, the Navajo Nation is fighting the Gold King uranium spill, and the transportation of uranium waste.
“That is what is killing our people,” Begaye said.
“We stand with you. We are proud of you.”
Praising the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Begaye said, “Thank you for standing up and saying, \’Enough is Enough!\'”
President Begaye said the people all the way through the country, from South Dakota and Illinois, all the way to Louisiana, should be here fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, that is threatening the water source of the Missouri River.
“They should be standing here also.”
“They should be saying, \’Way to go, you stand for us!\'” Begaye told the delegations gathered, which included Sac and Fox from Oklahoma, and Lummi, Yakama, Swinomish, Salish, Nisqually, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, and more from the Northwest.
President Begaye said the fight is not just Native, but it is for all people.
“This is the stand you guys are making, We support you.”
Begaye thanked the Dine\’ who have been there, camping and cooking, and supporting the camp.
“We stand up and fight for what we believe.”
Begaye said they will continue to fight with the people here.
“When we come together, we are strong.”
“We will make our stand when we have to make our stand.”
Begaye said this is being broadcast to other parts of the world.
Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez said, “Our Indigenous language is very important.”
Vice President Nez thanked the people here for “really standing up for what you believe.”
“No more. Enough is enough!” Nez said.
“We need to stand together, shoulder to shoulder.”
Nez said it is time to stand up to the U.S. government.
Nez thanked the young people here at Standing Rock Camp.
“They are leading us here today.”
“We are standing with you in solidarity.”
Nez closed with a \’thank you\’ in Dine\’.

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is Live!

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is Live

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http://original.livestream.com/earthcycles Breaking News: Northwest Delegation arrives, Navajo President and Vice President arrive. Seneca and Sac and Fox present. NCAI Chairman present. Listen live. Guests today included Leonya Cowboy and her daughter of Red Nation, speaking on murders and tortures of Natives in Albuquerque.

Live now on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio! Ricardo Cate, Kewa (Santo Domingo Pueblo) artist and teacher, is sharing with the children how to make banners to express themselves. earthcycles: List of items for the school: Art paper, paint, water color paper, cloth, acrylic paint, brushes. NOW LIVE ON TWO LINKS: gov and http:// original.livestream.com/ earthcycles
Tonia Jo Hall, “Auntie Beachress” of Mandan was the special guest on Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio this morning.
By Brenda Norrell
Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine\’
CANNON BALL, North Dakota — The grassroots live radio station, Standing Rock\’s Spirit Resistance Radio began broadcasting live on Monday morning, after a satellite was installed on Sunday. Thousands of Native Americans have gathered to protect the Missouri River from an underwater crude oil pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens their water supply.
The station was already live in camp at 87.9 FM.
Before the satellite was installed, Govinda Dalton of Earthcycles, producer, was driving the audios out of camp. The audios were then posted on Censored News, due to the lack of Internet service in camp.
A delegation of Apache and Dine (Navajo) youths were among those interviewed on Spirit Resistance Radio. Naelyn Pike, Apache, described how Arizona Sen. John McCain sold out the Apaches by giving Resolution Copper their sacred place of Oak Flat in Arizona. McCain put the land exchange in the defense spending bill to avoid public detection and outcry at the time.
Spirit Resistance Radio interviewed Lakota elders and youths, along with young entrepreneurs from Rosebud who are beekeepers selling their honey, and those whose lives are being transformed by being at the camp.
It is no longer a camp, it is a village, said Govinda Dalton, producer, who has been broadcasting Indigenous news and struggles as a volunteer for more than a decade on Earthcycles.
Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, and attorneys have been interviewed on Spirit Resistance Radio.
The issues range from the Rights of Nature, with roots in Bolivia and Ecuador, to a series recorded around the campfire at night. This includes Lakota elders speaking on healing the trauma of boarding schools with ceremonies.
Bringing sacred water to Bismarck on Monday,
in peace and friendship. Photo Michele Cook.

Tlingit water and medicine songs are included in the radio programs, which began with an interview with Waniya Locke, Lakota mother and teacher. Michelle Cook, Dine , on the legal team, describes her personal journey here.

Native American water defenders speak passionately on protecting the Missouri River for future generations.
Radio stations across the country are now requesting to rebroadcast the shows. The first was in Tampa, Florida.
Two Worlds Indigenous Radio, on WMNF community radio station in Tampa is broadcasting Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio. Mekasi Camp Horinek\’s interview, describing the first days of the blockade by Camp of the Sacred Stones, was the first.
Truckloads of hundreds of pounds of buffalo meat and and pallets of drinking water are now arriving at the camp, with trucks arriving from the Crow Nation, Cheyenne Arapaho Nation, and Cherokee Nation.
Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine\’: Radmilla Cook, Dine\’, cooks over an open fire in camp. Photo 2: Govinda Dalton, producer, with Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, with new satellite installed on Sunday. The station is now live.



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MNN. AUG. 30, 2016. We onkwe hon:weh, the natural people of great turtle island, are not part of the occupying CORPORATION. All Admiralty courts are artificial private Vatican courts for banks, corporations and are always about money. The corporation is a violent squatter that put their guns to us, killed us and stole everything. They started the same in Palestine in 1947. They try to put all of our issues into their own corporate matrix. white house indian
There is only one court that has jurisdiction over such an international matter, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, set up in 1899 in The Hague. It is a dispute resolution court. Every corporation has private shareholders, they can be held accountable for the crimes of their corporation in the Permanent Court of Arbitration. No trial about us or our land belongs in their corporate matrix. FB_IMG_1471552264063
This occupying corporation and their armies have to be put on trial in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
The pipeline is on our land. They need our permission. Consultation with their corporate band and tribal entities are fraud. Canada and US have no right to arbitrate anything with regard to us and our land. We are not part of their corporation. B0_2210783226431832471_n
We have international partners, such as Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, China, India, iran and other ancient allies who sponsored us when we went to the League of Nations in 1923. They remember us.
As Bob Seeger sings about the people at Standing Rock: Like a rock, standin arrow straight. Like a rock, chargin, from the gate. Like a rock, carryin the weight. Like a rock.
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LET S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND : Energy East Pipeline Ltd. [EEPL] andEnergy East Pipeline Ltd. [EEPL] ; 517 Tenth Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0A8; National Energy Board , Marc-Andre Plouffe, Montreal Office, 505 De Maisonneuve Blvd., West, Suite 230, Montreal, Qu bec H3A 3C2; Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre , City Hall, 275 Notre Dame St. E., Montreal QC H2Y 1C8, 514-872-3101 Fax 514-872-4059; Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime minister , Parliament of Canada Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A9 [email]; Carolyn Bennett, Minister Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 10 Wellington, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H4 [email]; Governor General, Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1 [email]; Queen Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace +44 303 123 7300; Band & Tribal Councils and sell-outs that are cooperating with pipeline companies; ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS OF HOUSTON http://energytransfer.com/contact_us.aspx
NYT taking a stand at standing rock.
transitory democracy

Standing Rock Water Defenders at Pipeline Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D.

Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine\’

Monday, August 28, 2016 Photos by Michelle Cook Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News BISMARK, North Dakota — Native American water defenders reminded the law firm Fredrikson — representing Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarck, N.D., — of the sacredness of water today. Earlier today, Native Americans at the camp at Cannon Ball held a water ceremony, and then took sacred water to the law firm. Outside the law firm, Michelle Cook said, “They locked the doors on us and refused to speak to us as to why they are representing a corporation that is violating human rights.” The law firm of Fredrikson and Byron states that it is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China.

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Inspiration and Tragedy: Censored in Indian country 2015

Inspiration and Tragedy: Censored in Indian country 2015 By Brenda Norrell Censored News Top photo: Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca
We begin this year in review, by looking at what inspired us in 2015, with a tribute to those who live on their homeland and fight the good fight everyday. We honor the Native American women, youths and young adults who inspired us this year.
Wioweya Najin Win, Lakota at home on Pine Ridge, writes, “In these days of winter fading away while springtime emerges slowly, all I can think about is the smell of the wild raspberries in their full ripeness, their red skin glowing from the sunbeams falling along the banks of Tongue River in the Shining Mountains.” Read more from Wioweya (Debra White Plume) and the struggle to defend the land from uranium mining and the tar sands pipeline: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/04/wioweya-najin-win-starlight-and-red.html
Photo courtesy Nihigaal Bee Iina walkers

The Nihigaal Bee Iina walkers inspired us with their walks to the Four Sacred Mountains and their voices. The Dine walkers spoke out against the oil and gas drilling, fracking and coal mining that is destroying the Navajo Nation and threatens future generations. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/04/nihigaal-bee-iina-walkers-greeted-at.html

A pache youth Naelyn Pike, 16, spoke out on the sacred ceremonial ground of Oak Flat, now targeted for a massive copper mine. Describing the United States long war of genocide targeting Apaches, Naelyn said, “The United States tried to strip our identity away.” She recalled how her ancestors fought for her survival.

“I still wear my camp dress. I still wear my moccasins. I am Apache. We are coming together. I am going to fight for what is right. If we don\’t keep fighting for who we are, we are nothing.
She said this struggle has shown her how strong her people are. “We are a family. We are going to fight and we are going to keep this place sacred.”
Photo Deborah Parker
The faces of Lummi youths arriving in Paris for the COP21 climate summit was among the most inspiring photos. Thanks to Deborah Parker for sharing the photos. Lummi youths joined Indigenous Peoples from around the earth. Watch this video of the Canoe 2 Paris flotilla during the Paris climate summit: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/12/beautiful-video-canoes-2-paris.html
Photo Ken Marchionno

As the year came to an end, it was the youth riders of the Future Generations Riders who inspired us, as they rode the trail between the site of the murder of Lakota Chief Big Foot, and the site of the Massacre of Wounded Knee. Thanks to Ken Marchionno and Future Generations Riders for sharing photos with Censored News. More at 300 Miles website http://300-miles.org/OT/index.html

The Truth Tellers
Steve Melendez, Pyramid Lake Paiute and President of the American Indian Genocide Museum, wrote one of our most viewed columns. Melendez writes: “Pope Francis is no Christian, enforce the treaties.”
Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez exposed the atrocities of California Missions, where Indian people were beaten and murdered. Valentin s talk was at the AIM West Conference: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/11/hidden-atrocities-californias-indian.html
Speakers at the AIM West Conference honored Darrell Standing Elk, while urging clemency for Leonard Peltier, and exposing atrocities of the US government:
This year, Censored News exposed the Israeli and US pact and the ongoing construction of spy towers on the Tohono O odham Nation. These surveillance towers now threaten traditional communities and burial sites. The District of Gu-Vo has said No. Read the exclusive at Censored News: h ttp://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/us-israeli-pact-targets-traditional.html
Mohawk Nation News continued to expose the truth this year, with historical background and warnings to those violating The Great Law. Read more at www.mohawknationnews.com The Tragedy: Tex Hall and Blood Oil
Former Tribal Chairman Tex Hall\’s business partner now admits the murder-for-hire of two of their business partners. The young KC Clarke\’s death remained a mystery until James Henriksen recently admitted the young man was bludgeoned to death in his truck shop.
Tex Hall, former chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara in North Dakota, rose to fame as a tribal chairman before destroying the land with fracking, oil and gas drilling. Hall then benefited personally from the oil and gas industry while chairman, with his own private businesses.
What followed was greed and murders in North Dakota and Washington State.
The Ugliest Story Yet from North Dakotas Oil Patch:
When Chairman Tex Hall attempted to distance himself from Henrikson and his crimes, this photo was leaked to Censored News. The photo shows Hall, Henriksen and their families vacationing together.
The Indian country media would not publish the complete story about Hall, his oil businesses and the murders. Hall was a charming favorite of the Indian country media. An expert public relations writer assured Hall\’s success.
Although the New York Times eventually covered the blood oil and murders surrounding Hall, the New York Times covered the story by stealing others hard work. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/12/new-york-times-copycat-journalism-tex.html
Now, apparently the murder of two of his business partners isn\’t preventing Tex Hall from creating a new business venture, this time with marijuana. http://www.wdaz.com/news/north-dakota/3757841-after-oil-ex-nd-indian-leader-tex-hall-forms-marijuana-firm
Don\’t expect to read the real story in any of the media. The national Indian country media doesn\’t have reporters that actually go out and cover the news. They rely on plagiarism and rewrites. The mainstream media might pass through Indian lands in North Dakota quickly, but the reporters don\’t stay long enough to get the story right.

Taking on the greenwashers in Paris

Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, from North Dakota, and her family and friends are among the victims of Blood Oil. In Paris at COP21 climate summit, Kandi confronted the greenwashers and profiteers. Back home, fracking, oil and gas drilling, and crime have turned her homeland into a scene from a warzone. The land, air and water are devastated and crime threatens the safety of women and children. Watch this video:
Solar profiteers target Southwest
Meanwhile, don\’t get too excited about the news of the solar power plant coming to the Navajo Nation. The secret deal involving the exploiter and profiteer the Salt River Project in this scheme has not been fully exposed. Salt River Project is the operator of the Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation, one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the world.
Salt River Project has entered into a scheme involving carbon credits, but isn\’t revealing the details. Carbon credits are just a means of allowing polluters to continue polluting.

Meanwhile, the mega solar project in the Mojave Desert, Ivanpah, desecrated Sacred Salt Trail. It was actually constructed by Israel\’s BrightSource. This was exposed after President Obama claimed the construction was proof of a rebounding US economy. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/mojave-desert-natives-expose-dark-side.html

Senate enabling corrupt tribal leaders to poison the people with fossil fuel extraction
As this year comes to an end, the US Senate wants to make it easier for corrupt tribal leaders to poison the people. The Senate recently passed a bill to expedite fossil fuel extraction on Indian land. Since the national Indian media has not had any reporters covering DC in years, there are no watchdogs. Read this article in the Desmog Blog, which reveals that Indian Country Today even supported this bill by publishing a column in support. http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/12/19/congress-expedite-fossil-fuel-extraction-indian-land-indigenous-rights-paris-climate-deal

Louise Benally photo by Christine Prat

Censored in Indian country

One of the most censored issues, everywhere from the COP21 climate summit to the Navajo Times, is the impact at home and globally of coal mines and the three coal fired power plants on the Navajo Nation. Thanks to Christine Prat for interview with Louise Benally at Big Mountain.
There were many more people and events that inspired us in 2015. We conclude this article with Casey Camp Horinek in Paris at COP21.
By Ayse Gursoz
Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca, was a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network\’s Indigenous Rising Delegation in Paris
Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca, presented this cradleboard to the people of Paris. The cradleboard represents the future generations.
“We come here with a present for Paris, we know what happened on November 13. We Indigenous people know how that feels to have someone kill the innocent ones. We offer this symbol in memory of lives lost, and we thank you for hosting us on this sacred day.”
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Mohawk Nation News: RED-X STATE OF THE UNION

Photos Future Generations Riders arrive in Wounded Knee

Thank you to Ken Marchionno and the Future Generations Riders for sharing your photos.
The ride began at the site where Chief Big Foot was killed and culminated at the site of the Massacre of Wounded Knee.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Casinos, crime, Indian country media, Israel

By Brenda Norrell Censored News copyright The exposure of the new owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals the ties between casino-owned media, crime and influence. It also reveals a connection with Israel. Further, the exposure reveals a connection to the Oneida Nation in New York, which is wealthy from casino revenues, and is the owner of Indian Country Today. The new owner of the Las Vegas newspaper is Sheldon Adelson, casino owner and Israeli newspaper owner. Follow the money: In a bizarre exposure, Adelson and the owners of Indian Country Today are linked by being the top donors to the ultra conservative Patriot Prosperity, as revealed by opensecrets.org Adelson\’s Drug Clinic, and his Sands Casino, were the top donors to Patriot Prosperity in 2012. The Oneida Nation was the top donor in 2014 to Patriot Prosperity. As previously revealed by Censored News, Israeli corporations have been gaining major US contracts in the Southwest. US Homeland Security gave the southern border surveillance contract to Israel\’s Elbit Systems, responsible for Apartheid security surrounding Palestine. Elbit is now constructing spy towers on the Arizona border and is targeting traditional Tohono O\’odham with new spy towers. The construction of the mega solar project Ivanpah in the Mojave Desert in the Southern California Desert, desecrating Sacred Salt Song Trail, was done by Israel\’s BrightSource.This was exposed after President Obama claimed the construction was proof of a rebounding US economy. The Las Vegas Review-Journal\’s new owner\’s identity was previously secret and now the editorial staff is fighting for its journalistic soul. Read the article in 972 Magazine, which includes a bizarre crime scenario: http://972mag.com/lessons-from-israel-for-sheldon-adelsons-new-journalists/115130/ The Indian country issues requiring unbiased coverage in Nevada include the theft of Pyramid Lake Paiute water rights; the threat of nuclear waste storage on Western Shoshone\’s Yucca Mountain; and the widespread contamination in Western Shoshone communities, and throughout Nevada, from the Nuclear Test Site. .

Yurok Tribe Bans Frankenfish and GMOs

Yurok Tribe adopts ordinance banning Frankenfish and GMOs
by Dan Bacher
Censored News
The Yurok Tribe, the largest Indian Tribe in California with over 6,000 members, has banned genetically engineered salmon and all Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs) on their reservation on the Klamath River in the state\’s northwest region.
The Yurok ban comes in the wake of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision on November 19 to approve genetically engineered salmon, dubbed “Frankenfish,” as being fit for human consumption, in spite of massive public opposition to the decision by fishermen, Tribes, environmental organizations and public interest organizations. ( https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/11/20/18780189.php )
On December 10, 2015, the Yurok Tribal Council unanimously voted to enact the Yurok Tribe Genetically Engineered Organism (“GEO”) Ordinance. The vote took place after several months of committee drafting and opportunity for public comment, according to a news release from the Tribe and Northern California Tribal Court Coalition (NCTCC).

Chasing McCain Away: Brazen Acts of Native Americans in 2015

Chasing McCain off Navajo Nation

The brazen acts that the cardboard Flim Flam man of new media didn\’t want you to know in 2015 By Brenda Norrell Censored News copyright French translation by Christine Prat http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3144

Apaches protesting Sen. McCain\’s copper mine on sacred Oak Flat

Censored News pick for the most brazen act of 2015: Navajos Chasing Arizona Sen. John McCain off the Navajo Nation. Fabulously called “Sneaky Snake McCain,” by San Carlos Apaches fighting McCain\’s new copper mine with McCain\’s best buddies at Resolution Copper, McCain\’s status as a bottom feeder is absolute. The fact that McCain is still on the US Senate Committee for Indian Affairs reveals that the Committee was set up to steal Indian land and water rights, and dupe everyone else into believing that the US system works. Meanwhile, US Homeland Security gave the southern border security contract to Israel\’s defense contractor Elbit Systems, manufacturer of drones and Apartheid systems surrounding Palestine. Now, Elbit is on the southern border of Arizona and pushing its new spy towers on Tohono O\’odham land in traditional O\’odham communities. The District of Gu-Vo has said, “No!” to these spy towers which target traditional O\’odham burial grounds. However, Tohono O\’odham human rights activists point out that the tribal government was long ago co-opted by the US government and is powerless to protect the Tohono O\’odham people from the onslaught of the oppression of the US government and its new partner Israel. The Bottom Line: Peabody Coal on Black Mesa

Louise Benally Photo Christine Prat

Louise Benally of Big Mountain, testifying before the Bureau of Land Management about coal mining in Farmington, N.M, said it best this year. Although the regional media has been bought and sold with Peabody Coal\’s dollars and the surrounding parasitic political influence, Louise Benally describes the 40-year-resistance to coal mining, relocation and McCain, in her testimony to the BLM: In my community of Black Mesa in 1974 there was a Congressional legislation known as Public Law 93531 that was passed to remove 10,000 Navajos, 300 Hopis to make way for Peabody coal company. As of today BLM is the major owner of Navajo Generating Station, and if we\’re going to talk about climate change justice for all, let\’s shut Navajo Generating Station down! Because it is allowed to continue to pollute and to kill people. This is ongoing as of today. I want that you as the people of the Department of the Interior do your activities and call the Hopi government to stop impounding people\’s animals. The sheep, the goats, the horses, the cattle is what we live off of. That\’s our food. That\’s our economy. That\’s all we have. We don\’t have electricity. We don\’t have running water. Yet the power that is pumped out of Black Mesa goes down to where John McCain is laid out in the sun with his shades on, and he needs to stop stealing our water. The Colorado River, he\’s after again, after we told him so many times no. The utility companies, they eat the earth up here, suck out her breath out, so they can get electricity and, you know, we are left with nothing. Period. Nothing. Except ourselves and what we have. But yet these coal companies are polluting our air, killing our environment, killing our people through actions of flawed policies. This needs to stop. We\’re sick and tired of your greed! Throughout the continent, the Arctic drilling needs to stop. The pipeline for the oils in the Midwest need to stop that\’s coming out of Alberta. You\’re sending all that to other countries. India and China needs to be taught how to convert to renewable energies that don\’t pollute. That\’s the only hope we have. Now, do your job. Make that change. US Border Patrol: An Occupying Army On the issues of the occupying Army of the US Border Patrol on Tohono O\’odham land, and what this means for sovereignty, Mike Wilson, Tohono O\’odham, and Mark Maracle, Mohawk Warrior, said it best.

Mike Wilson, Tohono O\’odham, described documenting the abuse by the US Border Patrol and an increase in violence toward O\’odham by border agents. Wilson described the US Border Patrol as an occupying army on the Tohono O\’odham Nation. “The Tohono O\’odham tribal government has completely surrendered to the US Homeland Security, Wilson said in the live broadcast of the AIM West Conference in November.
Wilson said people ask him why — if the Tohono O odham is sovereign — is the US Border Patrol on the Tohono O odham Nation. “In Indian country, we are not sovereign nations, we are not even sovereign people, Wilson said.
In response, Mohawk Warrior Mark Maracle said that Mohawks do not wait for anyone to tell them that they are sovereign. “You don\’t have sovereignty unless you assert sovereignty, Maracle told Censored News.
The United States and Mexico are not sovereign nations.
We tell them we are sovereign. We don t wait for them to tell us that we are sovereign. We tell them. If you want sovereignty, you have to make sacrifices.
Maracle said Mohawks have stood up against the state police, federal agents and all forms of government.
We keep reminding them that this land belongs to us, Maracle said.
Maracle said it is the same as dealing with bullies and cowards. They have to remember the power is in the people.
The worst enemies are our own people, the ones who are traitors. Traitors for the invaders.
Media in 2015: Cardboard Con Artists Flop in the Shade
The most censored issue in 2015 includes the media itself. A cardboard stand-up Flim Flam man now flounders where journalism once stood.
Here\’s how the system works. The national American Indian media and websites deceive their readers into believing that they actually have reporters out covering the news. It is a massive system of fraud, which uses plagiarism, re-writes and stay-at-home reporters who make phone calls to disguise the plagiarism.
With copy and paste, they plagiarize from the web without permission, and rewrite to avoid being present which would mean carrying out real journalism. They rewrite press releases and steal copyrighted photos and get paid to do it.
Funding to pay for real journalism is not the issue. Indian Country Today is owned by the wealthy Oneida Nation of New York. ICT terminated its real journalists, who actually went out and covered news stories, beginning in 2006, and replaced reporters with stay at home re-writers and plagiarizers. Indianz is owned by the wealthy Ho-Chunk Inc. of Nebraska. Ho-Chunk Inc. also received a contract from the US government for domestic and international spying, with an office at the Pentagon.
What is the real agenda of the national media? You decide.
Why did Navajo Times continue to rely on non-Indian reporters in 2015 for much of its coverage, when the majority of Native American journalists can not find jobs?
The point is control. Are publishers and editors in Indian country afraid that they can not control authentic Native American journalists? Perhaps publishers and editors are afraid that the real issues might be laid bare — including the fact that Sen. McCain\’s goal has been to rob Native people — while riding in their parades as a faux hero. Perhaps it is hard to keep real reporters quiet about the three coal-fired power plants on the Navajo Nation and the fact that they are leading dirty coal polluters in the world. Perhaps real reporters would point out the Raytheon Missile factory on the Navajo commercial farm, NAPI, and question if years of planting with Monsanto seeds on NAPI has resulted in the mutation of traditional local crops.
As for the national news in Indian country, it is clear now that the deep pockets of casino funding have not created a new age of authentic journalism. Casino funded national news has resulted in a new era of plagiarism, fraud and short cuts.
The Rest of the Story that the Media Concealed
Meanwhile, the media never told you the rest of the story. Former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald never took that multi-million dollar bribe from real estate broker Byron “Bud” Brown for the real estate flip sale of Big Boquillas ranch.
McDonald went to jail and prison for a decade. Brown later admitted in federal court that Brown put those millions in Brown\’s offshore bank account. Brown admitted in federal court that he had lied under oath, and received immunity from the US government to do it.
Brown\’s long stream of lies under oath came as the US government wanted to silence MacDonald in regards to Navajo water rights. MacDonald planned to press for the Winter\’s Doctrine water rights for Navajos in federal court, ensuring Navajos would have their rights to expansive water rights needed for future generations.
However, with the intervention of non-Indian attorneys, employed by the tribe, MacDonald went to prison, and the Winter\’s Doctrine water rights were lost.
The schemes for defrauding American Indian Nations of their water rights has now spread across the west. The schemes of the so-called water rights settlements are carried out by Congressmen and non-Indian attorneys employed by the tribes.
Sen. Gosar called cops on Apache grandmothers
Meanwhile, Apaches continue to fight the copper mine that Sen. McCain sneaked into the defense spending bill, which would desecrate Oak Flat ceremonial grounds by gouging out the earth for a massive copper mine for Resolution Copper.
When San Carlos Apache led a delegation to Washington to fight the bill, and defend sacred Oak Flat, Apache grandmothers went calling on Rep. Paul Gosar in his Congressional office in Washington.
Gosar called the cops on them.
Meanwhile, Apaches continue their resistance camp at Oak Flat. When it comes to defending Oak Flat, Apache youth Naelyn Pike, 16, granddaughter of Wendsler Nosie, rose to the forefront. Listen to her words on this video, at Oak Flat, by Christine Prat:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/sacred-oak-flat-apache-youth-naelyn.html The bottom line is the slow and toxic genocide in Indian country, carried out by the US government, corrupt tribal officials, Congressmen, non-Indian attorneys, and the big players in the red light district: The media who can be bought and sold.
Now you know the rest of the story.

Read more at Censored News Navajos Chase McCain off Navajo Nation http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/dine-protesters-chase-john-mccain-off.html Israel\’s Elbit targets Tohono O\’odham with spy towers http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/us-israeli-pact-targets-traditional.html Tohono O\’odham and Mohawk on US Border Patrol and Sovereignty http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/11/mohawk-and-tohono-oodham-sovereignty.html The Rest of the Story: Peter MacDonald: How lies under oath sent MacDonald to prison, and Navajo Winter\’s Doctrine water rights were lost, with letter from MacDonald to Censored News on water rights: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/11/us-theft-of-water-rights-and.html Gosar calls cops on Apache grandmothers http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/07/ariz-rep-gosar-calls-cops-on-apache.html Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 33 years. She began as a reporter for Navajo Times, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She was a stringer for AP and USA Today during those years, covering the Navajo Nation and federal courts. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the Southwest, she was censored, then terminated in 2006. Because of this, she created Censored News, with no advertising, grants or revenues, to expose what Indian Country Today was censoring. Since 2006, she has traveled with the Zapatistas through Mexico, and provided live coverage of events throughout the west, and the Mother Earth Conference in Bolivia, without pay. Censored News depends on readers to survive, please share our links! http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/12/chasing-mccain-away-brazen-acts-of.html For permission to repost this article, contact brendanorrell@gmail.com

New Lawsuit Challenges Approval of More Navajoland Coal Pollution at Four Corners

Lawsuit to Challenge Feds Approval of Decades More Coal Pollution at Four Corners

By Shiloh Hernandez, Western Environmental Law Center Colleen Cooley, Din C.A.R.E. Mike Eisenfeld, San Juan Citizens Alliance Rachel Conn, Amigos Bravos Taylor McKinnon, Center for Biological Diversity

Nellis Kennedy-Howard, Sierra Club
PHOENIX After years of refusal by U.S. government agencies to address coal pollution damage from the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine, Din (Navajo), regional and national conservation groups today took joint legal action to seek justice for impacts to communities, the climate and endangered species.
Today the groups filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies for approving the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine Energy Project in July. The approval prolongs the 52-year-old power plant and coal mine among the most notorious for coal contamination in the country through 2041 despite impacts from coal toxins to communities, the San Juan River Basin, its ecosystems and endangered species.
While the rest of the world is transitioning to alternative forms of energy, the Four Corners Power Plant continues to burn coal and will do so for the next 25 years, said Colleen Cooley with Din Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment. Prolonging coal not only condemns our health and the water, air, and land around us, it undermines our community s economic future because we are not investing and transitioning to clean energy. Even former owner of the Navajo Mine, BHP Billiton has exited many coal contracts across the globe because coal is no longer economically feasible.
Community and conservation groups have exposed gaping deficiencies in the U.S. government s impact study of Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine, including inadequate analysis of clean energy alternatives to prolonged operation of the coal plant and insufficient consideration of carbon pollution impacts, public health problems, threats to endangered species, water contamination from coal ash waste, and impacts to Navajo culture.
The U.S. government supposedly sees the importance of the transition to the clean energy economy nowadays, so it s really an affront to Four Corners area residents when the feds won t even provide honest evaluation of pollution or solar and wind alternatives at Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine, said Mike Eisenfeld with San Juan Citizens Alliance. All of us in the Southwest deserve at least an honest expert analysis.
Today s notice cites violations of the Endangered Species Act, and will be followed in 60 days by additional claims under the National Environmental Policy Act relating to pollution impacts on climate, people and local communities.
“Mercury is the top cause of water quality impairment in New Mexico lakes and reservoirs, said Rachel Conn, interim executive director for Amigos Bravos. Over 60,000 acres of New Mexican lakes and reservoirs are polluted with Mercury. It is unacceptable that in over half of the State\’s lakes and reservoirs, New Mexicans can no longer fish without worrying about poisoning their families.
Decades of deadly coal pollution in the San Juan Basin have poisoned people, the San Juan River and its endangered fish, said Taylor McKinnon with the Center for Biological Diversity. Our laws require the government to recover endangered species, but more coal pollution will push San Juan River fish toward extinction. The time for a just transition to clean, renewable energy is now.
Federal agencies must assure that coal operations follow the law. What agencies can t do is bend the law to accommodate coal operations, but that s just what they did here, said Western Environmental Law Center Attorney Shiloh Hernandez. What this really shows is the outdated and heavily polluting Navajo Mine and Four Corners Power Plant can t operate in compliance with the law. These facilities are obsolete and need to transition.
This toxic, outdated facility has been wreaking havoc on the health of people and ecosystems for far too long, said Nellis Kennedy-Howard, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club s Beyond Coal campaign. The Office of Surface Mining and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignored the obvious environmental impacts of this facility when they approved extending its life.
Groups party to today s notice include Din Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Amigos Bravos, Center for Biological Diversity, and Sierra Club. They are represented by attorneys Shiloh Hernandez, Matt Kenna, Kyle Tisdel and Laura King of the Western Environmental Law Center, John Barth, and Michael Saul of Center for Biological Diversity.
Download a copy of today s notice here .
For Immediate Release, December 21, 2015
Posted in Uncategorized

CENSORED NEWS: December 2014

The Face of Resistance: Censored News 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who contributed to Censored News!

Censored News 2014: Defending the Sacred and Exposing the Exploiters

Censored News Photos

Around the world, the struggle to defend Mother Earth and human rights, and expose the exploiters is maintained by the good hearts as a sacred trust

by Brenda Norrell Censored News The year of 2014 was a difficult one for many, and the struggles to defend the earth and defend human rights were fought with sacrifice around the world. The most viewed articles at Censored News include the oil corruption and murder probe of business associates of Chairman Tex Hall, of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara. Arizona Sen. John McCain\’s role in the theft of Apache sacred lands for copper mining in Arizona also topped the list. In France, the auction houses in Paris continued to sell sacred ceremonial items of Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo, Lakota and more Indigenous Peoples. The fight against the Keystone XL tarsands continued in the Plains, with new camps of resistance. On the border, Tohono O\’odham exposed the US spy cameras now monitoring traditional Indigenous Peoples and activists on the border. The border surveillance tower contract this year was given by US Homeland Security to the Israeli Apartheid contractor Elbit Systems, which maintains Apartheid security around Palestine. Censored News provided live coverage, with Govinda at Earthcycles providing the livestream, at both the Boarding School Tribunal on Oneida land in Wisconsin, and the gathering of the American Indian Movement, AIM West, in San Francisco. At the AIM West gathering there were powerful speakers on the attempts to steal Paiute water rights; the secret sterilization of Native American women by the US government; and the poisoning of Native foods with genetically modified seeds. Censored News and Earthcycles were the only media present to provide coverage. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/11/live-aim-west-fri-nov-21-2014.html Around the world, Indigenous Peoples continued to be murdered, raped and disappeared by mining and energy companies.The Rights of Nature Tribunals in Ecuador and Peru focused on some of the worst violators in the world. The Zapatistas maintained the struggle for autonomy and dignity, bringing this year to an end with the Global Festival of Rebellion and Resistance against Capitalism in communities in Mexico. In the US, journalism continued to bottom out. Plagiarism became the standard. Stay-at-home reporters, like those at Indian Country Today, continued to rewrite for profit the hard work of others, with a five minute phone call added to deceive readers into believing that the re-writers are actually reporters out covering news stories. These re-writers rely on stolen photos from the web. Just ask the \’reporters\’ if they were actually present on the news stories they pretend to be covering. Advertisers, casinos, politicians, and the private agendas of media owners, continued to control, censor and distort the news in Indian country. The owners of the news website indianz.com received a multi-million dollar contract from the US government for domestic and international spying. Censored News global readers continued to grow, with readers in the Ukraine, Russia, France, China, Germany, Poland, Indonesia, Turkey and the Netherlands topping the list in 2014. Censored News welcomes new readers in Argentina, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico. Most Viewed Articles The most viewed Censored News article in 2014 was on the resolution to suspend Tex Hall. A similar copycat article appeared in New York Times in December 2014. The Censored News series was in February and March 2014. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos and documents to Censored News. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/02/by-brenda-norrell-censored-news-new.html Censored News most viewed article in December was on the Paris auction selling Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo and Plains ceremonial items. Earlier, Klee Benally, Dineh, confronted the auctioneers carrying out cultural genocide in Paris: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/12/paris-auction-selling-hopi-acoma-laguna.html Bringing the year to a close, Censored News readers honored their Heroes in Resistance, with Lifetime Achievement Awards and more: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/12/censored-news-heroes-in-resistance.html Our most viewed photos this year were the photos of Robyn Jackson, Dineh, at Flood Wall Street in New York and Ken Marchionno\’s photos of the Ride to Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Thank you. Throughout 2014, the struggles focused on protecting Mother Earth, defending water rights, and fighting the exploiters who target Indigenous Peoples lands with the most polluting and deadly industries. The Boarding School Tribunal exposed the murder and torture inflicted on Native American children, with the demand to charge church officials and government officials in the US and Canada with criminal charges. Top Issues Theft of Indian water rights by non-Indian attorneys, Congressmen and corrupt tribal officials This is why we need more whistleblowers: Former Sec. Interior Ken Salazar resigned after this memo was leaked, exposing the scheme to steal Navajo water rights in Congress. It wasn\’t the Navajo government that halted the theft — it was the Dineh people. Non-Indian attorneys, Congressmen, and corrupt tribal officials have been in this game for a long time. The states and US are desperate for Indian water rights to keep unsustainable cities and dirty coal-fired power plants operating. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/11/leaked-documents-mainstream-media.html Many Native American tribes in Arizona have already signed the so-called “water rights settlements” presented by their non-Indian attorneys. Currently, Paiutes are fighting to save water rights to Pyramid Lake in Nevada. Here\’s one of the rights that states and the US fear the most: Water rights guaranteed under Winter\’s Doctrine. It ensures water rights for future generations on Indian lands and the water mongers want those rights waived. In Sonora, Mexico, the Yaqui Traditional Authority has maintained a water rights blockade on a major highway on their land as Mexico steals their water. Coal-fired pollution on Navajo Nation

With President Obama\’s announcement in China that the US will cut power plant emissions, the question remains: Will the Navajo Nation take action? The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is one of the top polluters in the world. Will the Navajo Times cover this issue? The power plant uses coal that Peabody Coal rips from Black Mesa in Arizona. Peabody Coal\’s genocidal scheme to remove Navajos from Black Mesa is the real motivation for the so-called Navajo Hopi Land Dispute. The dirty power plant provides electricity primarily to southern Arizona, and the cities of Phoenix and Tucson. Another dirty coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation is the Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico.

Indian country news infested with plagiarizers and profiteers National Indian country news is dominated by plagiarizers and profiteers. The victims — besides those who do the original work and pay the expenses themselves — are the readers. For years, Indian Country Today armchair reporters have been staying home and plagiarizing. When they don\’t want you to know who is doing the plagiarizing, they put as the byline at the top “ICTMN staff.” Further, the owners of indianz.com received a multi-million dollar contract from the US for domestic and international spying this year, with an office at the US Pentagon. What this means for readers is this: There aren\’t really reporters present on news stories and reporting the facts. Just ask those reporters if they have been present on the news stories they pretend to be covering. Read Censored News: “Media Pimps: Hollywood isn\’t the only place where people sleep their way to the top.” http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/media-pimps-hollywood-isnt-only-place.html Homeland Security gives US border security contract to Israeli firm, includes US spy towers on Tohono O\’odham land Homeland Security gave the border security contract this year to the Israeli defense corporation Elbit Systems, responsible for Apartheid security on the Palestine border. The contract includes the US spy towers on sovereign Tohono O\’odham land. See Censored News exclusive coverage of those spy towers on O\’odham land: Tohono O\’odham government approves 15th spy tower, more land for US Border Patrol: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/07/tohono-oodham-council-approves-15th-us.html Bill Gates profiteering from private prisons The power and money mongers are profiteering from the imprisonment of migrants, American Indians and other people of color in private prisons. The US system fills these prisons with the aid of the media hysteria about the border, and police officers targeting people of color. Both GEO and CCA are prison for profit vulture corporations. Bill Gates is among the top investors in GEO and G4S. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/04/seattle-natives-protest-and-support.html Truth about cartels and the murdered and disappeared While remembering the dead and 43 disappeared students in Guerrero, Mexico, remember that it was the US ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) who provided the cartels with assault weapons. Project Gunrunner began in Texas in 2005, according to US documents, and continued based in Tucson with Fast and Furious and Operation Wide Receiver. There was no outcry in the US when it was people in Mexico being killed, including innocent women and children. It was only when a US Border Patrol agent was killed with one of those weapons in Arizona that there was a public outcry. Indigenous Peoples in Mexico and along the border are victims of the heavily-armed cartels. The so-called drug war is just one more of the United States wars created with the aid of spin and fabricated news reports. Meanwhile, the US Border Patrol agents continue to be arrested for smuggling drugs, and continue to shoot through the border and kill citizens of Mexico. Boarding School Tribunal Reporters in Indian country were a no-show for coverage of the Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin in October. See the original series by Censored News, with videos by Govinda at Earthcycles. Yes, we were there. http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/day-3-boarding-school-tribunal-watch.html Thank you to our translators: Christine Prat for French translations, Alice Holemans at NAIS for Dutch translations, and welcome to Selina Berger now translating Censored News articles into German. Censored News, now in its 9th year, has no advertising, grants or sponsors. It was created by Brenda Norrell, a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, after being censored and terminated by ICT. She has been a reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She began as a news reporter with Navajo Times, while living on the Navajo Nation for 18 years. She served as a freelance reporter for AP and USA Today while living on Navajoland and wrote for regional newspapers and magazines.

Yankton Sioux seeks dismissal of Transcanada\’s KXL tarsands permit

Faith Spotted Eagle


Thomasina Realbird, Yankton Sioux
Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Treaty Chair Censored News
Wednesday, December 31, 2015
YANKTON SIOUX NATION — In a determined move, the Yankton Sioux Tribe will square off with Transcanada on January 6, 2014 in order to seek the dismissal of Transcanada s bid to certify the KXL pipeline to pass through South Dakota. The Tribe will present argument that so much has changed from the findings of fact and conclusions of law and fifty original conditions that were to be met by Transcanada, that it now appears to be a new pipeline. The other three tribes will present argument in support of Yankton s motion.

This past fall of 2014, forty one intervenors and four tribes filed interventions against the development of the KXL pipeline at hearings held by the SD Public Utility Commission which is facilitated by three commissioners of that body. In addition to Yankton, the other four tribes are Cheyenne River, Rosebud and Standing Rock. Other intervenors are non-profits, citizens and landowners from South Dakota and Nebraska. Many of the SD intervenors are part of the NOKXL Dakota which is a powerful coalition of tribes, landowners and non-profits including Dakota Rural Action, which was a intervenor when the SD Public Utility Commission certified the KXL pipeline in 2010. Bold Nebraska and other Nebraska landowners were also accepted as intervenors. The PUC accepted all interventions including Indigenous Environmental Network, the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, the Sierra Club, 350.org, the South Dakota Wildlife Federation, and the Rosebud Public Utility Commission. In a December 2014 PUC hearing, the tribes and other parties presented their objections primarily through pre-hearing motions but were not permitted to make arguments during the actual hearing. The PUC hearings appear not to allow oral arguments which is unusual for an administrative body engaged in adjudicatory rule-making. It remains to be seen whether that will change during the January 6th hearing. The January 6 th hearing will also be the date that parties submit initial discovery requests to other parties seeking information that is relevant to the proceeding. Following the January 6th date , an agreed upon calendar has been set for additional discovery deadlines throughout the next four months which will conclude with a final hearing the first week of May. The intervention process has brought together a power coalition of intervenors who are asserting their right to a due process as citizens of this country. The tribes are asserting their rights to protect treaty land, water and the human right to live safely in a land that they have inhabited for centuries. The land involves not only treaty lands but lands that are considered unceded and in an occupation status; and actual lands that are in title status with certain tribes such as Rosebud and Oglala. Yankton has been fighting KXL pipeline since 2008 and will continue to do so until KXL goes away. Following the January 6 th PUC hearing, the NOKXL Dakota coalition will host a Prayer Circle in the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate unity, solidarity, continued opposition and victory of unification which will not concede lands to a foreign entity or compromise the climate for generations to come. For questions contact: Thomasina Realbird (303) 673-9600 or Faith Spotted Eagle at (605) 481- 0416. ————————– Thank you Christine Prat for French translation!

Par La Tribu Sioux Yankton Thomasina Realbird, Sioux Yankton Faith Spotted Eagle, Pr sidente du Trait Ihanktonwan* Publi sur Censored News Mercredi 31 d cembre 2014 Traduction Christine Prat
NATION SIOUX YANKTON Dans une action men e avec d termination, la Tribu Sioux Yankton va croiser le fer avec Transcanada le 6 janvier, afin d essayer d obtenir le rejet de la demande de Transcanada de faire officialiser le passage de l ol oduc Keystone XL travers le Dakota du Sud. La Tribu avancera l argument selon lequel tant de choses ont chang dans la constatation des faits et les conclusions l gales ainsi que les cinquante conditions initiales devant tre remplies par Transcanada, que c en est devenu un nouvel ol oduc. Les trois autres tribus pr senteront des arguments soutenant la motion des Yankton. Durant l automne 2014, 41 intervenants et quatre tribus ont d pos des interventions contre le d veloppement de l ol oduc KXL durant des sessions de la Commission d Utilit Publique du Dakota du Sud anim es par trois membres de cette institution. En plus des Yankton, les quatre autres tribus sont celles de Cheyenne River, Rosebud et Standing Rock. Les autres intervenants sont des ONG, des citoyens et des propri taires de terres du Dakota du Sud et du Nebraska. Beaucoup d intervenants du Dakota du Sud sont membres de NOKXL Dakota [Pas de KXL Dakota] , qui constitue une puissante coalition de tribus, de propri taires de terres et d ONG, entre autres l Action Rurale du Dakota, qui est intervenu quand la Commission d Utilit Publique a certifi l ol oduc KXL en 2010. Bold Nebraska [Nebraska Sans Peur] et d autres propri taires de terres du Nebraska ont galement t accept s comme intervenants. La Commission d Utilit Publique a accept toutes les interventions, entre autres celles du R seau Environnemental Autochtone, du Conseil Intertribal sur la Politique Publique, du Sierra Club, de 350.org, de la F d ration pour la Vie Sauvage du Dakota du Sud, et de la Commission d Utilit Publique de Rosebud. Au cours de la session de d cembre 2014 de la Commission d Utilit Publique, les tribus et les autres parties ont pr sent leurs objections essentiellement par le biais de motions pr alables mais n ont pas t autoris es argumenter lors de la session proprement dite. Il s av re que les sessions de la Commission d Utilit Publique n autorisent pas les arguments oraux, ce qui est inhabituel pour une institution exer ant un pouvoir de r glementation juridictionnel. Il reste voir si cela va changer durant la session du 6 janvier. Lors de la session du 6 janvier, des parties pr senteront des faits d j d couverts pertinents pour la proc dure. Apr s la date du 6 janvier, un calendrier accept par tous a t fix pour d ventuelles d couvertes de faits au cours des quatre mois qui se concluront par une derni re session dans la premi re semaine de mai. Le processus d intervention a r uni une puissante coalition d intervenants qui d fendent leurs droits une vraie proc dure en tant que citoyens de ce pays. Les tribus affirment leurs droits de prot ger les terres des trait s, l eau et les droits humains de vivre en s curit sur une terre qu ils habitent depuis des si cles. La terre n inclut pas seulement les terres selon les trait s, mais aussi des terres qui n ont jamais t c d es et sont consid r es comme ayant le statut de territoire occup ; et des terres qui appartiennent en titres certaines tribus comme Rosebud et Oglala. Yankton a combattu l ol oduc KXL depuis 2008 et continuera jusqu ce que le KXL s en aille. Apr s la session du 6 janvier de la Commission d Utilit Publique, la coalition NOKXL Dakota h bergera un Cercle de Pri re dans la Rotonde du Capitole pour c l brer l unit , la solidarit , l opposition ininterrompue et la victoire de l unification qui ne c dera pas de terres une entit trang re et ne compromettra pas le climat pour les g n rations venir.
Si vous avez des questions, contactez : Thomasina Realbird (00 1) (303) 673 9600 ou Faith Spotted Eagle (00 1) (605) 481 0416
*Le 25 janvier 2013 les Nations Sioux ont sign un Trait International (c. .d. Inter nations Sioux, ouvert aux autres Nations voulant les rejoindre) pour Prot ger le Sacr des Projets de Sables Bitumineux.
L introduction : Les repr sentants de Nations, tribus et gouvernements Autochtones souverains, participant au Rassemblement pour Prot ger le Sacr des 23 au 25 janvier 2013, pour le 150 me anniversaire du Trait Entre les Pawnee et les Sioux Yankton, se sont rassembl s sur les terres Ihanktonwan et ont r solu par consentement libre, pr alable et inform de s engager par trait tre pour toujours respect s et prot g s. Voir le texte int gral du Trait , en anglais —————————————————
Thanks to Alice Holemans NAIS for Dutch translation!
Door Yankton Sioux Tribe
Thomasina Realbird, Yankton Sioux
Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktowan Treaty Chair
Vertaald door NAIS: www.denaisgazet.be
Foto: Faith Spotted Eagle
In een vastberaden zet wil de Yankton Sioux tribe op 6 januari 2014 afrekenen met Transcanada. De stam wil de vergunning van Transcanda om door zuid Dakota te trekken laten intrekken.
De stam zal met argumenten aantonen dat er zoveel veranderd is in feiten en besluiten in de wet en de vijftig oorspronkelijke voorwaarden die Transcanada moest vervullen – dat het nu lijkt alsof het een heel nieuwe pijpleiding betreft.
De drie andere stammen zullen een motie tot steun aan de Yankton s indienen.
In de herfst van 2014 hebben eenenveertig mensen en vier stammen interventies ingediend tegen de ontwikkeling van de KXL pijpleiding tijdens hoorzittingen die georganiseerd werden door de SD Public Utility Commission.
De vier stammen zijn Yankton, Cheyenne River, Rosebud en Standing Rock.
De anderen intervenors (*) zijn non-profits, burgers en landeigenaars van Zuid Dakota en Nebraska.
Velen Zuid-Dakota intervenors maken deel uit van de NOKXL Dakota, een machtige coalitie van stammen, landeigenaren en non-profits waaronder Dakota Rural Action, die ook tussengekomen was toen in 2010 de SD Public Utility Commission de KXL pijpleiding bevestigde.
Bold Nebraska en andere landeigenaars uit Nebraska werden ook aanvaard als intervenors .
De PUC aanvaardde alle interventies waaronder inbegrepen het IEN (Indigenous Enviromental Network,) de Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, de Sierra Club, 350 org., de South Dakota Wildlife federation, en de Rosebud Public Utility Commission.
In december 2010 dienden de stammen en andere partijen voornamelijk hun bezwaren in tijdens de voorbereidingen van de hoorzitting maar werden niet toegestaan om hun argumenten te verdedigen tijdens de eigenlijke hoorzitting.
De hoorzittingen van PUC staan geen mondelinge argumentvoering toe, wat toch hoogst ongewoon is voor een administratieve unit dat zich bezighoudt
met het afwegen van de wetten.
Het blijft nog af te wachten of er iets zal veranderen op de hoorzitting van 6 januari.
Op de dag van de hoorzitting op 6 januari zullen de partijen de verzoeken voor informatie van de aanvankelijke bevindingen aan de andere partijen overhandigen. Informatie dat relevant is voor het verdergaan van de procedure.
Het interventieproces heeft een krachtige coalitie van intervenors samengebracht die hun recht als burgers van dit land in het komende proces verdedigen.
De stammen verdedigen hun rechten om niet enkel treaty- land maar land dat nooit overgeven werd en nog steeds bezet is; en land dat rechtmatig hoort aan Rosebud en Oglala.
Yankton vecht reeds tegen KXL sinds 2008 en zal blijven vechten tot KXL weggaat.
Volgend op de PUC hoorzitting van 6 januari zal de NOKXL coalitie een Prayer Circle organiseren in de Capitol Rotunda. Zij zullen eendracht, solidariteit, voortdurend verzet dat geen grond zal overgeven aan een vreemde entiteit of het klimaat in gevaar zal brengen voor toekomstige generaties, te vieren.
(*) intervenors US law: zijn personen die geen partij zijn in een lopende rechtszaak maar die zichzelf partij maken door zich ofwel bij de aanklager te voegen of zich verenigen met de met de beklaagde in verzet tegen de beschuldigingen.

New York Times\’ Copycat Journalism: Tex Hall and Blood Oil

The top article above by The New York Times, published today, has a very similar title, and similar facts, to the Censored News article in February.

By Brenda Norrell Censored News The New York Times has finally covered Chairman Tex Hall and the corruption in the oil and gas industry on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota. The New York Times article today has almost the same title as Censored News original article published in February, as you can see above. Copy cat journalism is never flattering, especially when those who did the original work are not given credit, including those of us who are unpaid and do this as a labor of love. Meanwhile, the Censored News original article on the resolution to suspend Tex Hall was the most read article at Censored News in 2014. Thank you to everyone who provided documents and photos. Here\’s the original Censored News series published in February and March of this year. Censored News: Tex Hall: Blood OIl and the Murder Probe (Feb 2014) http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/02/tex-hall-blood-oil-and-murder-probe.html Censored News: Resolution prepared to suspend Tex Hall http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/02/by-brenda-norrell-censored-news-new.html Censored News: Independent investigator of Tex Hall is actually oil and gas lobbyist http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/03/independent-investigator-of-tex-hall-is.html ——————————————————————————————- Thanks to Alice Holemans at NAIS for the Dutch translation!

Door Brenda Norrell: www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Vertaald door NAIS: www.denaisgazet.be
Het artikel in The New York Times heeft dezelfde titel, en geeft gelijkaardige feiten zoals gepubliceerd in Censored News in februari
De New York Times heeft eindelijk de verslaggeving over Tex Hall en de corruptie in de olie en gas industrie in de Mandan, Hidatsa en Arikara Nation in Noord Dakota, gepubliceerd.
Het artikel in de New York Times article draagt bijna dezelfde titel als het oorspronkelijke bericht dat Censored News in februari gepubliceerd heeft.
Copycat journalistiek is nooit flatterend , vooral niet wanneer diegenen die het oorspronkelijke werk gedaan hebben geen erkenning kregen, waaronder ook zij die er niet voor worden betaald en dit doen met liefde en toewijding.
Ondertussen was het oorspronkelijke artikel in Censored News over de resolutie om Tex Hall te schorsen het meest gelezen artikel in Censored News in 2014.
Dank aan iedereen die de documenten en foto s bezorgden.
Hieronder is de oorspronkelijk serie gepubliceerd in Censored News in Februari en maart van dit jaar.
Censored News: Tex Hall: Blood OIl and the Murder Probe (Feb 2014)
Censored News: Resolution prepared to suspend Tex Hall
Censored News: Independent investigator of Tex Hall is actually oil and gas lobbyist

Mohawk Nation News \’ONGWE HON:WEH ORATION\’


Please post & distribute. Nia:wen.
MNN. Dec. 23, 2014. Britain and its colonies, US, Israel, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are partners in waging continual war against world peace. Colonization will end:
lineup revolution
1.WHEN public officials make oaths to local natural inhabitants of the land and not to a foreign autocrat.
2.WHEN genocide is punished to the fullest extent so that it never occurs again.
3.WHEN Canada, a military corporation with no constitution and no democracy, is ended. There will be no need for police, prisons or the Admiralty law apparatus. The natural law of the land, Kaianere ko:wa, will be implemented when every Council of women stands up in every community.
4.WHEN the Corporation of Canada is disbanded, its Ongwe hon:weh creditors will be reimbursed for everything taken since the invasion, including the return of all lands and funds such as the Indian Trust Funds.
5.WHEN all programs of terror to further the colonial imperial agenda end. Then only truth will prevail. Ongwe hon:weh will not be threatened with annihilation, kept under occupation or denied fundamental human rights. We will not be criminalize for defending ourselves, our lives, welfare and future.
6.WHEN the CROWN s propaganda program against the Ongwe hon:we ends. All Ongwe hon:weh issues will be fully and truthfully exposed in all forms of education.
7.WHEN Corporate INDIANS and illegal power will be disbanded. Corporate INDIANS who are part of the genocide agenda will be dealt with by their own people in their own communities. Should the INDIANS withdraw from their corporate identity and refuse to help the criminals of CANADA with the genocide program, they will become Ongwe hon:we and help with the Great Peace transition.
8.WHEN we are not victimized, threatened or starved into submission for defending ourselves as the sovereigns of Ono ware:geh.
Six Nations Chiefs explain Great Peace, 1871.

Six Nations Chiefs explain Great Peace, 1871. Do you hear us yet?
9.WHEN rogue states decolonize military occupation will end. The Great Peace will prevail.
10.WHEN the Ongwe hon:we are not threatened with termination, assimilation, privatization, de-communalization, paying taxes to the invaders and all illegal CROWN trusteeship to our land and resources is ended. Each person shall come to the truth in our own minds. The colonizers shall have a choice to follow the laws of the land or remain subjects of the Corporation of Canada and leave Ono ware:geh. Each shall have freedom, equality and a voice.
Hangman, Hangman, wait for a little while. I think I see my brother coming from many a mile. Brother, did you bring some silver? Brother, did you bring some gold? Brother, what did you bring to keep me from the gallows pole. Robert Plant sings for all Canadians when he asks, Brother, what do you have to keep me from the gallows pole? Ongwehonweh have the Great Peace that will keep you from the Hangman.
MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com or more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L thahoketoteh@hotmail.com for original Mohawk music visit thahoketoteh.ws
In The General idea of the Revolution 1851 Proudhon urged a society without authority. In What is Government? he wrote:
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.
———————————————————————- Censored News thanks Alice Holemans at NAIS for the Dutch translation

Door Mohawk Nation News: www.mohawknationnews.com
Bron: Censored News: www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Vertaald door NAIS: www.denaisgazet.be
Six Nations Chiefs verduidelijken de Grote Vrede, 1871 ” Hoort u ons nu?”
Groot Brittanni en zijn kolonies ,VS, Israel, Canada, Australia en Nieuw Zeeland, zijn partners die constant oorlog voeren tegen de wereldvrede.
De kolonisatie zal eindigen:
  1. Wanneer ambtenaren hun trouw zullen zweren aan de plaatselijke natuurlijke bewoners van het land in plaats van aan een buitenlandse autocraat.
  1. Wanneer genocide zo erg bestraft zal worden dat het nooit meer zal plaatshebben.
  1. Wanneer Canada, een militaire corporatie zonder grondwet en democratie zal ophouden te bestaan. Dan zal er geen behoefte zijn aan politie, gevangenissen of de Admiralty law apparatus. De natuurlijke wet van het land, Kaianere ko:wa, zal toegepast worden wanneer in iedere gemeenschap de Raad van Vrouwen zal opstaan.
  1. Wanneer de corporatie van Canada ontbonden wordt, zijn Ongwe hon:weh- schuldeisers vergoed zullen worden voor alles wat hen werd afgenomen sinds de invasie, en alle land en fondsen, zoals het Indian Trust Funds zal teruggegeven worden.
  1. Wanneer alle terreurprogramma s ter bevordering van de koloniale imperialistische agenda zullen stoppen, dan zal enkel de waarheid overheersen. Ongwe hon:weh zal niet verder bedreigd worden met vernietiging, bezet blijven , noch hun fundamentele mensenrechten ontzegd worden. Wij willen niet langer gecriminaliseerd worden omdat wij onszelf, onze levens, welvaart en toekomst verdedigen.
  1. Wanneer het propaganda programma van de Kroon tegen de Ongwe hon:weh zal eindigen, zullen alle Ongwe hon:weh kwesties volledig en waarheidsgetrouw kenbaar gemaakt worden in iedere onderwijsvorm.
  1. Wanneer corporate indianen en illegale macht ontbonden zullen worden. Met de Corporate indianen die meegewerkt hebben aan het genocide agenda zal afgerekend worden door hun eigen volk in hun eigen gemeenschappen. Indien de indianen hun corporate identiteit zullen intrekken en weigeren om de misdadigers van Canada te helpen met hun genocide programma, dan zullen zij terug Ongwe hon:wehworden en helpen met de transitie naar de Grote Vrede .
  1. Wanneer wij niet gedupeerd, bedreigd of uitgehongerd tot overgave zullen worden omdat we onszelf verdedigen als de soevereine Ongwe hon:weh
  1. Wanneer boevenstaten zullen dekoloniseren dan zullen de militaire bezettingen stoppen. De Grote Vrede zal dan zegevieren.
  1. Wanneer de Ongwe hon:weh niet bedreigd worden met uitroeiing, assimilatie, privatisering, ontbinding van de gemeenschappen, belastingen moeten betalen aan de indringers en de hele illegale Trustschap raad van de Kroon, dan zal iedereen terug kunnen denken naar eigen verstand. De kolonisten zullen voor de keuze gesteld worden, ofwel zullen ze volgens de wetten van het land leven ,ofwel blijven ze onderdanen van de Canadese Corporatie en dan zullen ze Ongwe hon:wehverlaten. Iedereen zal vrij, gelijk zijn en een stem hebben.
Hangman, Hangman, wait for a little while. I think I see my brother coming from many a mile. Brother, did you bring some silver? Brother, did you bring some gold? Brother, what did you bring to keep me from the gallows pole.
Robert Plant zingt voor alle Canadezen wanneer hij vraagt : Brother, what do you have to keep me from the gallows pole?
Ongwehonweh heeft de Grote Vrede die u zal redden van de beul.
In The General idea of the Revolution 1851 Proudhon urged a society without authority. In What is Government? he wrote:
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

The Ride to Wounded Knee

Photos by Ken Marchionno
Dec 28, 2014
300 Miles, The Oomaka Tokatakiya Future Generations Ride by Ken Marchionno and Students of the Future Generations Teen Photojournalism Project
Thank you for sharing with Censored News!

News Rot: The Black OP Media of 2014

The mainstream media in 2014: No more than a black Op

By Brenda Norrell
TUCSON, Arizona — No one spins wars better than CNN and no one kills with drones better than the White House. The paid media in the US marched to the tune of their handlers in 2014, continuing the rot and decay of US manufactured news. The news became no more than a black OP, a dark operation of the powers that be.
From the cardboard cutout anchors of CNN mimicking their handlers as caged parrots, to the plagiarism and rewrites of stay-at-home reporters for Indian Country Today, the news became, as my grandmother says, ready for the slop bucket.
The good news is that the alternative press blossomed beyond the fetid mess of the mainstream media in the US. Globally, the UK Guardian continued to lead the world in the news that the others tried to bury.
The New York Times was swimming for its life in the gush of real truth by Wikileaks, Anonymous and Snowden. The Times, out there somewhere, was carried downstream because it trembled, afraid to make a difference. As usual, the media in Washington DC, was dependable — if you depend on oil, gas, coal, politics, lobbyists and exploitation for your millions.
With so much spin, the Wall Street Journal spun into orbit and out of the picture, terrified of the truth about banks and suicided bankers. Was the Los Angeles Times still gasping for breath? It was hard to tell. They were all tip-toeing around US torture.
Most of the US media stayed home in 2014, plagiarizing and rewriting articles written by the few hard working reporters and activists who are still actually out there covering the news.
Plagiarism and deceit, with stolen photos from the Internet, is the new standard for online print journalism by paid reporters in the US. While many readers may be deceived with the new rot, reporters are not.
There was also the fad that BBC and NPR plunged into. Both featured interviews with whites in the US, after Ferguson protests, attempting to assure the world there is no racism in America. What is really sad, is the sterilized, censored, co-opted and manipulated view of the world belched up by the media in the US.
Well, you see, I ride the bus with the homeless of Tucson, Arizona, every morning. At the bus stop, a woman struggles with eight garbage bags of wet blankets. She says the tent she just got is real warm. But now all of her blankets are soaked from last night\’s rain. Her two sons, about ten and fifteen, run up from the storage unit down the road. “They said we can sleep there tonight if it is still raining,” the older ones says. The boys are looking forward to sleeping on the cold concrete floor of a storage unit and out of the rain tonight. “It\’s real big,” the young one says. Behind us, a young girl, about fifteen, is pregnant and alone. She is hiding in the bushes next to a strip club.
This is America. This is the America that the media doesn\’t want you to think about. Since most of the \’reporters\’ stay home and plagiarize or rewrite these days, they don\’t know about the homeless children who sleep on storage unit floors.
On the bus, another day, a man describes the half sandwich he was given the day before. “It tasted real good, but it doesn\’t do much for my family.”
Beyond the bus stop is the barrio, where laughter fills a yard. The balloons and streamers are going up for a child\’s birthday party. The smell of menudo and corn tortillas fill the air. It is the aroma of Mexico, just a long walk away, and the people here have brought their laughter and the aroma of home cooked food with them. The construction workers were up before four this morning, heading out for a long day\’s work. At the corner, the woman at the little store waves. An old man walking with a cane nods, as if to say, “It will be OK.”
I know this because I didn\’t stay home today. Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years, beginning as a staff reporter for Navajo Times. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she was a freelance reporter for AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was repeatedly censored, then terminated. She created Censored News to expose what is being censored. Now in its ninth year, Censored News features Indigenous and grassroots writers and has no advertising, sponsors or grants. www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
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CENSORED NEWS: September 2007

Mayans in Guatemala: No compromise, halt gold mining

By Brenda Norrell Sipakapa is not for sale, Mayan community turned down corporate mining cash TUCSON, Ariz. Gold and silver mining in the Mayan homelands in northern Guatemala, near the border with Chiapas, Mexico, is poisoning the water and explosives are destroying the homes in the rural farming community of Sipakapa, Guatemala. While the gold mine is there and operating, there is no solution. The only solution is to stop the mining, said Mario Tema, Mayan from Sipakapa, during an interview at the Western Mining Action Network Conference in Tucson on Sept. 29. Goldcorp (formerly Glamis Gold) is mining silver and gold at the open-pit Marlin Mine, between two Mayan communities, Sipakapa and San Miguel Ixtahuacan in the San Marcos highlands. Speaking through a translator, Tema said, There is a new mine in Guatemala. It is the first of its kind. It has created many problems in our community, especially social problems. The government is supporting the mine politically. It makes our organizing very difficult, because it means people are speaking out not just against the mine, but against the government. Tema said the mine has been in operation for two years and is causing impacts, both environmental and social impacts. We know there is acid mine drainage in the river. There are heavy metals in the river near one mine site. There are also social impacts from the explosives. People are living 500 meters from the explosives used at the mine and there are cracks in their houses. Now, their roofs are leaking. Seventy-two homes have been damaged. We re talking about 72 families, with an average of six people in each family. The mining company must take responsibility for helping them repair their homes. Tema points out there are 22 different Mayan languages in the region. The mine will not just harm the Sipakapense speaking Mayans in Sipakapa and Mam speaking Mayans in San Miguel, but will affect the entire western highlands region of Guatemala now targeted as a mining district. MineWatch Canada reports that promoters of the mining industry — the World Bank, Glamis Gold (now Goldcorp) and the governments of Guatemala, Canada and the United States — promoted the Marlin mine as a “development” project. In reality, however, the mine is simply a business that enriches an international corporation at the expense of the good development of communities. After the World Bank s $45 million loan to Glamis, the government of Guatemala began militarization and repression. On January 11, 2005, the government sent more 1,200 soldiers and 400 police agents to Los Encuentros, Solol , to protect the passage of a cylinder destined for the Marlin Mine. The State forces used tear gas and bullets against the Kaqchikel brothers and sisters who for weeks had been detaining the transportation of the cylinder in protest. Ra l Castro Bocel was murdered by State security forces and more than 20 were injured. The gold mining company brought in an Israeli security company, which killed one of the people. In San Miguel Ixtahuac n, on March 23, 2005, an employee of the private Israeli security company hired by Glamis Gold, the Golan Group, shot and killed Alvaro Benigno S nchez, leaving four children without their father. In Tucson, Tema said the people in his community of Sipakapa have responded with consultation and an overwhelming No vote to mining. People are also in conflict with their local authorities. The opposition has taken the form of organizing community consultation. Community members were asked to respond, Yes or No on the issue of mining. The people said No. But the mining companies try to divide the people. It is always generating more conflict in our community.” In Tema s community, there are 15,000 people and 92 percent are Mayans, with 8 percent of mixed ancestry. There is no commercial industry and people survive from family farms. Some have cows, but no more than six. In Tucson, Tema said the benefit of attending the Western Mining Action Network Conference came from sharing with other people impacted by mining and discovering how they are working to halt mining. He particularly learned a great deal from Western Shoshone Carrie Dann, leading the fight for Western Shoshone land rights as corporations seize Shoshone territory in Nevada for nuclear testing and gold mining. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, elections have been underway. Tema said candidates from the civic committee, born out of resistance to mining, did well in municipal elections. The newly elected officials take office January 15, 2008, for a period of four years. We have municipal support. We can make decisions and continue to resist this mining project. We can start to make laws and regulations to protect our territories, Tema said. We can engage in our strength in a legal and political way. We have public power in our hands. We have people power to work for the benefit of the people in the community. Although activist Rigoberta Menchu did not receive enough votes to remain in the race for President of Guatemala, her effort was celebrated. For any Indigenous person to stand up and run for president, it is important. We need to pay attention to it, Tema said. In the case of Rigoberta Menchu, it is an historic event. There has not been an Indigenous person running for president since the establishment of the national government in 1821. There has never been an Indigenous person running for President of Guatemala. Meanwhile, MiningWatch Canada reports that the Marlin silver-gold mine was discovered by Francisco Gold and developed by Glamis Gold, through its fully owned subsidiary Montana Exploradora de Guatemala. There has been serious and prolonged protest by Mayan villages in the San Miguel Ixtahuacan, which comprises 19 villages, and Sipacapa, which comprises 13 villages, in Guatemala s highlands department of San Marcos. Over the past two years, villages in San Miguel Ixtahuacan have been transformed into an open pit mine, which will eventually encompass five square kilometers. Eighty-five percent of the total expanse of the mine is in San Miguel Ixtahuacan and 15 percent is in Sipacapa. The municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacan has a population of 39,000, most of whom are Mam Maya farmers who depend on farming to survive. Before production at the mine began, there were numerous protests. In 2006, Goldcorp predecessor Glamis paid for workers from its Marlin Mine to participate in pro-mining demonstrations. Two years ago, when residents of Sipacapa heard about the mine, they organized a referendum (Consulta) using the International Labour Organization s Convention 169, which affirms the right of Indigenous communities to be consulted in good faith before industrial activity take place on their lands. The people of Sipacapa voted overwhelming against the mine. Montana Exploradora de Guatemala filed an unconstitutionality suit, as well as an appeal, against the Consulta in 2005. On May 8, 2007, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court ruled that the Consulta was unconstitutional. In early 2007, the company offered the municipality a gift, of $150,000 CDN. It was refused. –Goldcorp mining in Indigenous territories in the Americas Goldcorp has gold mining interests in Indigenous territories, including mines in Canada (Red Lake Complex in northwestern Ontario; Musslewhite in Ontario and Porcupine in northeastern Ontario.) Goldcorp mining interests include mines in Argentina (Bajo de la Alumbrera), Australia (Peak Gold Mine), Brazil (Amapari mine in the northern state of Anapa), Chile (La Coipa gold and silver mine) Guatemala (Marlin Mine and Cerro Blanco), Dominican Republic (Pueblo Viejo) and Honduras (San Martin Mine.) In Mexico, Goldcorp s interest include Los Filos/Bermejal and Nukay mines, both in the state of Guerrero, El Sauzal in Chihuahua in the northern state and Penasquito in Zacatecas. In the United States, Goldcorp has 66.7 percent interest in the Glamis Marigold Mining Company in Humboldt County, Nevada. Goldcorp owns Wharf open pit gold mine in the Bald Mountain mining district of South Dakota. The Imperial Project is a proposed open pit gold mining operation in the Imperial Valley in southern California. The Quechan Nation is battling Goldcorp/Glamis Gold over the proposed open pit cyanide leaching gold operation, which would violate their sacred Spirit Trail and a wilderness area. Photo: Mario Tema with Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone. Photo Brenda Norrell Please see first in series: “Peru s Indigenous Peoples arise in defense of Earth from mining” http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Empowered: Indigenous Peoples organize to halt mining in Americas

By Brenda Norrell

TUCSON, Ariz. — Indigenous Peoples from throughout the Americas fighting mining gathered to organize and support one another to halt the mining destroying their communities and the environment.
The first in the series of articles focuses on the delegation from Peru, fighting copper mining and the poisoning of water sources.
Coal, gold, silver, copper and uranium mining in Indigenous territories has reached the level of a global crisis. Nikos Pastos of Alaska\’s Big Village Network said climate change and melting ice, combined with oil drilling, result in unprecedented dangers for polar bears, walruses and whales.
On the Navajo Nation and near its borders, proposals for new uranium mines, coal mining and the Desert Rock Power Plant pose threats to land and air already heavy with toxins. Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo, said the sacred sites endangered by new proposed uranium mining include Mount Taylor in New Mexico, sacred to Pueblos, Navajos and other tribes in the region.
At the root of the problem, says Western Shoshone Carried Dann, are the IRA tribal governments who are acting in the best interest of energy companies, rather than the best interest of the people.
Louise Benally, Navajo from Big Mountains, Ariz., said the Earth is being “butchered” by mining and elected leaders at both the tribal and federal level are responsible and must be replaced.
In a story which repeats itself in every geographic region of the Americas, mining is rupturing communities and poisoning the environment, including the First Nations in Canada, Mayan in Guatemala and the Spokane Nation in Washington.
The series begins today.
Photos: Banquet at the Western Mining Action Network Conference in Tucson: Navajos Leona Morgan, Robert Tohe; Nikos Pastos and Manny Pino; Hunter Red Day and band. Photos Brenda Norrell

Hopi\’s \’Water is Life,\’ message carried by runners

“Hopi, Water is Life,” is the message on the shirts of both Hunter Red Day, Navajo/Dakota and Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo, attending the Western Mining Action Network Conference 2007 in Tucson today. During Hopi sacred runs, runners have carried the message of the sacred nature of water. Native people attending the mining action conference said the contamination of drinking water by uranium, coal, copper, gold and silver mining corporatons has created a global crisis for Indigenous Peoples. Photo Brenda Norrell

Peru\’s Indigenous Peoples arise in defense of Earth from mining

Andean Indigenous Peoples organize in defense of land, prepare for mobilization on \’Day of Genocide,\’ October 12 By Brenda Norrell TUCSON, Ariz. Indigenous Peoples from Peru say that while their country s leaders have endorsed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the international level, at home the federal government is preparing to forcibly claim Indigenous lands for mining. Indigenous Peoples are now struggling to protect their territories from a proposed law that would claim the right to appropriate Indigenous territories based on the Peruvian government s claim that it is a matter of national interest. Speaking out against mining, Quechua leader Miguel Palacin of Lima, Peru, said Andean Peoples from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina have organized to protect Indigenous territories in this region. Palacin is coordinator of the Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indigenas (Andean Federation of Indigenous Organizations.) This group is working to protect Indigenous rights, Palacin said, speaking through a translator during an interview at the Western Mining Action Network Conference 2007, held in Tucson on Sept. 28 29. Palacin said the concept of Indigenous territories does not only refer to the lands of Indigenous Peoples, but also to Indigenous\’ languages, cultures, values and clothing. Indigenous territories include the right to autonomy and self-governance based on Indigenous Peoples own legal systems and principles. This is a fundamental right, a right that is being offended by the politics of globalization, the invasion of transnational corporations and the contamination that is damaging the life and culture. Palacin said it is essential to grow in visibility and expose the mining, energy and hydroelectric corporations seizing Indigenous territories for profit. He said Indigenous territories are under attack by governments. The governments are campaigning against the social movement. This is particularly true in Colombia, where Indigenous Peoples are confronted by the federal government, FARC and the paramilitaries. In Colombia, there has been a lot of death and displacement. However, Palacin said there is also hope. In both Bolivia and Ecuador, new Constitutional reforms propose changes that respect Indigenous Peoples rights. Further, the Andean Federation of Indigenous Organizations is now proposing the establishment of Indigenous Diplomats, to meet with governments to explain their positions. These include opposition to Free Trade agreements and militarization. Further, concerns are arising because of new visa and passport requirements. In support of these struggles, Indigenous Peoples plan mobilizations throughout South America on the Day of Genocide, October 12, followed by a delegation to Europe on Oct. 13, he said. The Indigenous movement has power in the south. We want to be included in the transformation of our countries. Indigenous Peoples have the right to govern their countries,” Palacin said. Attorney Javier Aroca of Lima, Peru, said the government of Peru has criminalized the social movement to protect the land. Mining is very strong. The government really supports this industry because they view it as a means of receiving a lot of revenues. Whoever opposes mining is seen as a terrorist and anti-patriotic, Aroca said, during an interview in Tucson. At issue now are the mining companies who obtain their leases from leaders without consultation of the community, including copper mines. The biggest concern is water, Aroca said, pointing out that water from the mountain tops flows throughout the region. Where copper mine exploration is being carried out, there are natural protected reserves in the high mountain region. These mountain top areas are the source of water. Aroca said the Peruvian government supported the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to free, informed and prior consent and Indigenous Peoples\’ rights to their territories. But in practice, the Peruvian government is doing the opposite. Currently, opposition is mounting to oppose a law in the Peruvian Congress, which would allow Indigenous lands to be appropriated in the name of national interest, Aroca said. If this law is passed, it would trash eight years of work in support of Indigenous Peoples rights. The representatives from Peru joined Indigenous Peoples from throughout the Americas at the Western Mining Action Network conference, including Western Shoshone Carrie Dann; Navajo Louise Benally from Big Mountain, Ariz.; Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo and member of the International Indian Treaty Council; Tom Goldtooth, Navajo/Dakota director of the Indigenous Environmental Network; Twa-le Abrahamson of the Shawl Society Spokane Nation, Wash.; Flora Natomagan, Hatchet Lake Band of First Nations from Canada who served previously as chief; Dailan Long, Navajo from Dine\’ CARE, Wahleah Johns, Navajo from the Black Mesa Water Coalition and other Indigenous Peoples whose communities have been devastated by uranium mining, coal mining, power plants, copper mining and other natural resource extractions and contaminating energy development. Miguel Palacin, Quechua, is the first coordinator of the Andean Federation of Indigenous Organizations. He is originally from Vicco in the central Andes of Peru. Earlier, in 1999, he founded the National Federation of Peruvian Communities Affected by Mining, CONACAMI, an organization that defends the rights of communities affected by mining. Javier Aroca is an attorney specializing in Indigenous Peoples, rural communities and Native Rights law. He is currently the Regional Coordinator for Oxfam America s Extractive Industries Program at the South American Regional Office. Photo: Quechua leader Miguel Palacin in Tucson. Photo 2: Oxfam\’s Laura Inouye; translator Sofia Vergara; Javier Aroca, attorney from Lima, Peru; Quechua Miguel Palacin from Peru. Photos Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Mining focus of Indigenous gathered in Tucson

Indigenous from the Americas are gathered in Tucson to discuss the impacts of mining. Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone, is among those here to speak out about Indigenous territories and the destruction of nuclear testing and gold mining. Coal mining and copper mining are the focus of Navajos from Arizona and Indigenous from Peru. Watch for articles in Navajo Times and the U.N. OBSERVER & International Report next week.
–Brenda Norrell

US jet full of cocaine, used for Guantanamo, crashes in Mexico

Who owned drug plane that crashed in Mexico? By Jay Root and Kevin G. Hall McClatchy Newspapers September 27, 2007 MEXICO CITY U.S. authorities are assisting the Mexican government in the investigation of an American business jet that crashed in Cancun this week with four tons of cocaine on board, officials said Thursday. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/20060.html

Israeli firms providing most sensitive security in US

Why are Israeli firms providing the most sensitive security in the US? By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ ARIVACA, Ariz. — Censored Blog reported this summer that Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense contractor working on the Apartheid Wall in Palestine, was subcontracted by Boeing to provide security systems for the spy towers at the Arizona/Mexico border. Those nine spy towers located on Tohono O\’odham tribal land and around the towns of Arivaca and Sasabe, still aren\’t functioning. Now, Magal Security Systems, a private company which grew out of Israeli government security, is receiving contracts to secure nuclear power plants and other sensitive areas of the U.S. Also, Magal markets border security as among its specialties. On Sept. 19, Magal received a $1.5 million contract for U.S. security, but isn\’t revealing for what. Further, the buses waiting to deport migrants at the US/Mexico border are not owned by a US company either. Wackenhut Transportation, whose drivers deport migrants, is owned by G4S global security, traded on the stock exchanges in England and Denmark. With all the jargon in Washington about “securing the nation\’s borders” against foreigners, you would think those corporations carrying out border security and deportation would be US companies. Read from the news: Sept 19, 2007 NEW YORK – Magal Security Systems Ltd., an Israeli maker of computerized security systems, said Wednesday that its U.S.-based subsidiary received a $1.5 million order from an unidentified customer to upgrade existing equipment. “Anti-Terror, Inc.” MSN (2001 Newsweek) http://www.mafhoum.com/press2/71T41.htm While others experienced financial losses after 9/11, “Magal Security Systems, an Israeli company, saw its share price double that day. Best known for its \’smart\’ fences, the company was created in the 1960s in response to an Israel Defense Forces request for a method of securing the country s borders. Founded as a unit of Israel Aircraft Industries, it was spun off and now has a market cap of $70 million and 2001 revenues estimated at $40 million. Israel s borders with its Arab neighbors are secured with Magal fencing though not the West Bank, because of uncertainty about where to draw the borders. The company installed security systems at Buckingham Palace, is just completing work at Chicago s O Hare airport and has installed equipment at more than 400 U.S. correctional facilities. … They can track an interloper s movements, using such sensing systems as motion detectors, vibration detectors and microphonic cable disturbance. Magal also builds night-vision systems and offers fences that can secure waterways and sewer pipes.” http://www.mafhoum.com/press2/71T41.htm U.S. Nuclear Weapons Being Guarded by Israel “Magal\’s American outreach is expected to increase substantially, especially now that firm has set up a Washington, D.C. office which will promote its products to federal agencies and to the members of Congress who provide funding for federally-supervised security projects across the country at all levels: local, state and national. And with current U.S. Homeland Security Chief, Michael Chertoff, not only a strong supporter of Israel but also the son of a woman who has strong Israeli ties-even including service with El Al, the national airline of Israel-Magal, owned in party by Israeli Aircraft Industries-will be a clear-cut favorite in the eyes of the power brokers in official Washington who have the power to grant lucrative security contracts. At the moment, Magal has four U.S.-based subsidiaries: two in California, Stellar Security Products, Inc. and Perimeter Products Inc., as well as the New York-based Smart Interactive Systems, Inc., and the Virginia-based Dominion Wireless, Inc. All told, the Israeli company holds a 40% share in the worldwide market in perimeter intrusion detection systems and is working to expand its business in the protection of oil pipelines. Magal is also said to be quite interested in guarding water lines around the globe, particularly in the United States. In fact, Magal may have an inside shot at getting a monopoly in guarding America\’s water supplies. On July 19, the Bush administration\’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a “partnership” with the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructures to improve what they called “water supply system security in the United States and Israel.” Since Magal is so highly respected in Israel, it\’s an even bet that Magal will soon be guarding the U.S. water supply. ” http://kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2007/09/26/8910.shtml Magal Reports the Acquisition of a European Security Systems Integration Company Acquisition Expected to Contribute to Improved Revenues and Income September 05, 2007: 07:00 AM EST YAHUD, Israel, September 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Magal Security Systems, Ltd. (TASE: MAGS), today announced the acquisition of a European company involved in the installation and integration of security systems. The consideration consists of a cash payment of 6.8 million Euros and additional consideration that will be based on performance and will be payable over the next five years. The acquired company is active in geographic areas where Magal has limited activity. About Magal Security Systems, Ltd.: Magal Security Systems Ltd. is engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of computerized security systems, which automatically detect, locate and identify the nature of unauthorized intrusions. Magal also supplies video monitoring services through Smart Interactive Systems, Inc., a subsidiary in the U.S. The Company\’s products are currently used in more than 70 countries worldwide to protect national borders, airports, correctional facilities, nuclear power stations and other sensitive facilities from terrorism, theft and other threats. Magal trades under the symbol MAGS in the U.S. on the NASDAQ Global Market and in Israel on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/UKW02905092007-1.htm Censored Blog exclusive: Maps of the federal spy tower locations on Tohono O\’odham tribal land These maps are from the Boeing/US environmental impact statement for the Secure Border Initiative at the Arivaca library: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/censored-blog-exclusive-us-spy-tower.html

Mohawks: Haudenosaunee women are decision makers of land

Mohawk Nations News: Six Nations Spokespersons “Suckered” by Politicians & Lawyers The original Haudenosaunee Law is based on clear thinking and not on emotion or fear.The Six Nations Confederacy Royaner [chiefs] who follow the Handsome Lake religion are an emotional people. It s a Christian based revitalization movement of the early 1800s that was brought into the longhouse. Read article: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/mohawks-haudenosaunee-women-are.html

Evo Morales, Bolivian style outshines US puppet government

By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ NEW YORK — While visiting the United States, Bolivian President Evo Moral es distinguished himself by exposing the US Embassy in Bolivia for fueling opposition support and stating that sovereign nations do not have the military bases of other nations in their countries. So, Bolivia will be ridding itself of US military occupations and establishing the country of Bolivia with the principle of non-violence and non-participation in war. Further, Morales urged the United Nations to move its headquarters out of the United States, where he felt unwelcome. “I don\’t know how all of you managed to come here to the United States,” Morales told the General Assembly. “At least my delegation had a great deal of visa problems.”

College newspaper: \’Taser this … F— Bush\’

Truth telling is expensive FORT COLLINS , Colorado Rocky Mountain Collegian Editor J. David McSwane is under fire for publishing an editorial, “Taser this… F— Bush.” It was a costly article, with advertisers pulling $30,000 to $50,000 in ads. But, what the heck, you\’re only young once. One student referred to Texas Gov. George Bush\’s use of the expletive in a magazine interview. Kristopher Hite said, “I\’m here to tell you that the editor of a student newspaper should not be held to a higher standard than the president of the United States of America.” Applause followed by students who turned out to support McSwane. No Collegian editor has ever been fired in its 116-year history. … Read article … http://www.9news.com/news/top-article.aspx?storyid=78048 Censored Blog: “Taser me down or suffocate me later” http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/taser-me-down-or-suffocate-me-later.html

Western Shoshone Carrie Dann in Tucson

Indian Right Advocate\’s Talk Can be Heard by All, Thanks to UA Program UA News By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications UA News . Carrie Dann, one of the most prolific advocates of indigenous peoples rights, is coming to Tucson to speak about current environmental threats to Western Shoshone land and her ongoing legal actions before international human rights courts. Her discussion, slated for 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, will be broadcast live on the Web by a University of Arizona program. I will be talking about the land and the beliefs of the Western Shoshone people and how the two are connected, says Dann. America doesn t know the history the actual history of the indigenous peoples and their situation. Read more: http://uanews.org/node/16053 Listen to broadcast, Sept. 28, at 3:30 pm online: http://www.arizonanativenet.com/ Dann will be available for interviews after her presentation. To learn more about the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, visit http://www.law.arizona/edu/depts/iplp

\’Blackfire\’ pick at Rolling Stone

Congratulations to Blackfire, and not just for their music, but for sounding out the struggles of Indigenous Peoples, and besides they\’re just really good people.
Fricke\’s Picks at Rolling Stone Native American Punks Blackfire are a punk-rock family brothers Klee and Clayson Benally and their sister Jeneda, on guitar, drums and bass, respectively with a direct line to another. CJ Ramone produced their 1994 EP, and Joey Ramone s final recordings were his guest vocals on 2002 s One Nation Under. Blackfire are also Navajo Indians who connect their distortion-warrior originals to the traditional songs of their people on [Silence] Is a Weapon (Tacoho), produced by Ed Stasium (who did the same for the Ramones). One disc is pure Navajo, ceremonial vocal-and-drum music. The second disc is pure ire, CBGB-hardcore-matinee protest with jolts of ancient chorale. Of special note: Alien, written by Indian folk singer Peter LaFarge (as I m an Indian ) for his 1965 LP On the Warpath a title that describes the way Blackfire raise their voices, like a painted-desert X, for anyone with a righteous fight on their hands. http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/09/11/frickes-picks-blackfire-pearl-jam-and-eyvind-kang/

Today\’s new articles

A Meeting of Indigenous Peoples in Caracas By Brenda Norrell CounterPunch http://www.counterpunch.org/norrell09252007.html Katrina\’s Flood: Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing in New Orleans by Brenda Norrell U.N. OBSERVER & International Report http://www.unobserver.com/

Navajos urged to oppose uranium mining Thursday in Gallup, NM

Navajos are urged to oppose new uranium mining in Gallup, NM, on Thursday. The targeted area is the same where the devastating U.S. uranium mill spill took place in Church Rock, N.M. in 1979, contaminating Navajo water supplies. The Bush Administration has targeted numerous American Indian communities for new uranium mining, power plants and toxic dumping. . Read article: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/navajos-urged-to-oppose-uranium-mining.html Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. Beginning at 6 P.M: Best Western Inn and Suites, 3009 West Hwy 66, Gallup , NM. Phone (505) 722-2221.

Censored\’s Hall of Fame and Shame

By Brenda Norrell It is a great day not to be working on staff at a newspaper where I have to hype Nike or anyone else. Thanks to Klee Benally for his article on Nike\’s profiteering. A special thanks to Common Ground and filmmakers in New Orleans for their videos shown at the University of Arizona last night, resulting in the article, “Katrina\’s Flood: Apartheid and ethnic cleansing in New Orleans.” The Hall of Shame award today goes to National Public Radio, for their excrements promoting military service and their broadcast fueling religious prejudice and racism toward Muslims in prison. NPR\’s program promoted the official US notion that having religious books in prison will lead Muslims to convert innocent inmates into terrorists: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14728199

Katrina\’s Flood: Apartheid and ethnic cleansing in New Orleans

Why hasn\’t the U.S. Congress probed the Apartheid that followed Hurricane Katrina? The neutered Congress does not want to deal with the controversial issue of racism in America
By Brenda Norrell Human Rights Editor
U.N. OBERVER & International Report

TUCSON, Ariz. — There is a new film out about Apartheid and ethnic cleansing. No, it is not about South Africa, it is about the United States\’ Apartheid in New Orleans. You might not have heard of this film, unless you follow the underground railroad in America, that\’s truth-seekers censored by the mainstream media.

“Welcome to New Orleans,” is the story of Common Ground, the grassroots organization that rose up out of Katrina\’s flood waters to deliver aid to neighborhoods in Algiers and New Orleans in 2005.
In some ways, the 58-minute documentary is a simple story, revealing how Common Ground cofounder Malik Rahim and volunteers served their neighbors. But it is also the story of Apartheid and ethnic cleansing in America.
Rising above all of this, it is the story of hope. When Rahim issued the call across America for help, because white mercenaries were shooting blacks, it was white people, like Scott Crow of Texas, who responded to help create a grassroots clinic. Rahim says there is no amount of money that can repay those who responded during those first days after Katrina\’s flood waters swept through and devoured communities. This is what gives him hope.
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Benally: Nike Opportunism: Turning Native plight into profit?

By Klee Benally (Navajo, Indigenous Action) Nike has introduced what it is calling the “Air Native N7”, a shoe designed especially for us Natives. Not only is Nike proud in producing its first shoe for a “specific” ethnic group, the company is also hoping that this product will help cure diabetes! Before we all start praising this multinational corporation for its recognition and attempt to promote wellness for our Indigenous communities, we should critically question the meaning of this gesture, look beyond their slick marketing scheme, and take a look at Nike\’s business practices. Read more: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/nike-opportunism-turning-native-plight.html UPDATE, BACKFIRE: Nike uses Hurricane Katrina as PR tool http://media.www.lsureveille.com/media/storage/paper868/news/2007/09/28/Sports/Nike-Uses.Katrina.As.Pr.Tool-2999202.shtml

Denver: Resisting Columbus Oct. 6, 2007

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Mohawk \’membership,\’ genocide and the Great Law of Peace

WHAT DOES THE RULE OF LAW MEAN IN KAHNAWAKE? BAND COUNCIL ATTACKS COUNCIL OF ELDERS AS PART OF GENOCIDE PLAN Mohawk Nation News, Sept. 24, 2007 “Every community has a set of rules to conduct its affairs. One of these in Kahnawake is the Membership Law. Before the European invasion the Mohawk lived according to the Kaianereh kowa, Great Law of Peace. Many still do. ” Read more: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/mohawk-membership-genocide-and-great.html

Zapatistas under attack, suspend southern Mexico plans

Subcomandante Marcos: Zapatistas under attack in Chiapas by police and paramilitary, plans for central and southern Chiapas supended. Zapatistas will proceed with the Intercontinental Encuentro in Vicam Pueblo Oct. 11 — 14, 2007. Marcos said, “We will do what we have to do: resist. It does not matter if we have to do it alone. It wouldn t be the first time; before we became coffee-shop kitsch, alone indeed we were.” Read Marcos statement: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/zapatistas-under-attack-suspend-plans.html
Spanish: Enlace Zapatista, register for Intercontinental Encuentro with the EZLN: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/

American Indians in Venezuela build solidarity in struggle

American Indians in Venezuela create bonds of solidarity and encourage spiritual values for world governments

CARACAS, Venezuela American Indians from the north joined with Indigeno us from around the world in Venezuela to unite in the struggle for Indigenous rights and opposition to colonial oppression.
The delegations included members of the International Indian Treaty Council, American Indian Movement and tribal members from the Tohono O odham and Mohawk Nations in the United States and Canada.
Robert Free Galvan, Native activist from Seattle, said it was a rare opportunity to sit with Indigenous Venezuelan leaders as the country passed a new law recognizing Indigenous languages.
During international gatherings, both formal and informal, the delegations from the north urged their Venezuelan allies to vote Yes to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read article…

Prisoners argue constitutionality of US criminal code

Prisoners argue constitutionality of U.S. criminal code For dozens of prisoners, attorneys Barry Bachrach and James W. Parkman, III, filed a petition today with the United States Supreme Court that challenges Public Law 80-772 (including Title 18, or the U.S. Criminal Code). Tens of thousands of federal prisoners prosecuted since 1948 may be affected by the Supreme Court\’s response. “Public Law 80-772 is invalid,” Bachrach asserted. “This is a case where numerous procedural errors occurred. The law is clear; an act of Congress cannot become a law unless it follows each and every procedural step as defined in Article I of the U.S. Constitution.” Read More: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/prisoners-argue-constitutionality-of-us.html

Mohawk Nation News: Arrest of Six Nations Defenders

WHAT GIVES? CHIEFS, CLAN MOTHERS & DEVELOPER ORDER ARREST OF SIX NATIONS DEFENDERS FOR MIS CHIEF Mohawk Nation News Special Sept. 20, 2007. At 2:00 pm. Wednesday September 19th twenty defenders were attacked by the combined forces of over 200 Ontario Provincial Police, Hamilton City Police and the RCMP. The defenders were objecting to a non-native housing development on their land known as Stirling Street in the colonial town of Caledonia. They were attacked by the Riot Squad which wasbound and determined to create a riot. They were armedwith M-16s, tasers, shields, batons and twisty tie handcuffs . READ MORE: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/mohawk-nation-news-arrest-of-six.html

Finding Spirit, Living Compassion, Migrant Shrine at Southside

By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Finding Spirit, Living Compassion: A Memorial Shrine was dedicated at Southside Church today in Tucson, created from the shoes left behind on the migrant trails. Written in stone: The names of hundreds, out of the thousands who have died crossing the US/Mexico border, were printed on the stones at the base of the shrine. It was here, at Southside Church, that residents of Tucson gave sanctuary to thousands of people, most of them Indigenous Peoples, fleeing torture in Central and South America during the 1980s and 90s. During today\’s service, those who leave water in the desert for migrants dying of thirst, like Tohono O\’odham Mike Wilson, were referred to as “clouds” in the desert. Church members spoke of those who cross the desert in search of better lives, most seeking work to survive or attempting to join their family members. The stories shared included the most recent of the mothers who died in the desert. Her two young children led searchers to their mother\’s body near Bisbee. While it is rare to see a television news crew on a story like this on Sunday morning, especially in these times of censorship, Tucson\’s Channel 13 was there. Read about Valarie James and the Las Madres Project: http://www.lasmadresproject.org/

Zapatista bases fear violent evacuation by police

Zapatista Bases Fear a Violent Evacuation by Members of the UES and Police It is Being Reported that People from the Town of Nuevo Gracias a Dios are Buying High-Powered Weapons; The Town of 24 de Diciembre is Surrounded by Police and Paramilitary Apprentices By Hermann Bellinghausen La Jornada September 21, 2007 by way of Narco News Autonomous Municipality of San Pedro de Michoac n, Chiapas. September 17, 2007: If what the Union of Forest Landownders (UES, in its Spanish initials) has been saying in their coming and going from Cruz del Rosario and Nuevo Mom n to the settlement of Nuevo Gracias a Dios (recently built on lands that support bases of the EZLN from the town of 24 de Diciembre recently regained) is true, this coming October 8 they will start the evacuation of the Zapatista community, with support, they say, of the sector police, who has been camping on the opposite end of the Zapatista grounds. The Good Government Council (Junta de Buen Gobierno, JBG) of Hacia La Esperanza has documented that this group of people is buying high powered weapons. http://www.narconews.com/ Mexico used rape and torture in drug war; women and children were victims: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2007-09-21-mexico-army_N.htm

Updated: Censorship: Only the media knows

By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ No one knows better, or more clearly, than the U.S. media about the censorship that has taken place since the first bomb fell on Baghdad. At that moment, I happened to be driving passed the oil fields of Odessa in West Texas. I watched a flock of large buzzards, lined up in a row, each taking a singular turn to rip flesh from the carcass. Those of us who were censored and terminated in the years that followed the bombing of Iraq, were meant to be silenced about the War, torture, Rumsfeld profiteering from the sale of Tamiflu for bird flu, the role of Raytheon and all the other hidden agendas behind the profiteering. But we were never silenced. Read more: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/censorship-only-media-knows.html

Priests face prison to expose torture — A call to the media!

By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Two priests facing prison to expose torture, Fr. Louis Vitale and Fr. Steven Kelly, returned to federal court in Tucson on Friday. The U.S. is attempting to silence the priests and prevent them from exposing the role of the United States in torture, in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Hopefully, news reporters around the world will not let this happen: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/priests-face-prison-to-expose-torture.html

Attorney Peter Schey takes on Sanctuary case

Simi Valley, Calif., bills sanctuary church $39,000 for police services during protest Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law http://www.centerforhumanrights.org/ Read Attorney Peter Schey\’s letter to City Mayor, Attorney and Police Chief: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/attorney-peter-schey-takes-on-sanctuary.html

Jena, Louisiana Sept. 20, 2007

Jena, La. AP photo Alex Brandon

Scar tissue, just down the road in Louisiana

Sept. 20, 2007

As thousands gather in central Louisiana today in support of the Jena 6, I am reminded of the summer of 1971 and what took place just down the road from Jena, Louisiana. My friend Mary, with her bright-red hair in Natchitoches, was dating a good-looking black man. But this was central Louisiana and the Ku Klux Klan was still recording our names on their hit list of people to be killed. What we did were simple things, organizing food baskets for those without food and occasional race unity picnics. It seemed to us these were pretty small offenses to attract a place on the Ku Klux Klan hit list. But things grew worse, in the end, they chased Mary and her boyfriend out of town with rotten tomatoes and eggs. Mary, in her old convertible, fled to the sunshine state of Arizona. Would anyone have imagined then, that after 36 more years of civil rights struggles, that once again, buses would be rolling into central Louisiana today. Looking out on a world scale, it seems so odd that the U.S. is still claiming to be able to fix the world\’s problems, when the wound of racism in America festers beneath all this scar tissue. In America, it is always more about television and Hollywood, than about the cold facts and reality. –Brenda Norrell

Jena exposes viral racism and new era of hope

The news came on Democracy Now! radio today from Harlem. Buses loaded with supporters were preparing to go to Jena, Louisiana, to support the Jena 6. It has been nearly 40 years since similar buses of supporters headed to Louisiana and Mississippi. Who would have thought then, that there would be a need for those buses of support 40 years later. There was also good news from British rocker David Bowie who donated $10,000 to the legal defense fund of the Jena 6. Of course this trial is not just about white students claiming the domain beneath a schoolyard tree, or the nooses dangling there, or the fight. It is about oppression and racism, the kind that lives like a viral infection in the deep crevices of the United States, from the skinheads, Minutemen and Border Guardians in the West, to the Ku Klux Klan and racism that lives, festers and spreads like fungi in the Deep South, signaled by the waving of Confederate flags and the prejudices passed down through generations. It is the kind of viral infection that needs strong medicine to heal, strong universal love and understanding, to heal. It is the type of injustice that requires bold action by all people of goodwill to make things right again. But there is hope. Rallies are being held all over the nation. On Thursday, tens of thousands of people are expected to protest in Jena, Louisiana, the small town where I spent one summer of my childhood. It won\’t just be the South rising again, but it will be hope in America rising again.

Minutemen pepper spray migrant activist at sanctuary church

Minutemen Provoke, Pepper Spray, in Simi Valley by Marcus Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM SIMI VALLEY, California, Sunday, September 16, 2007: At 10 a.m., 40 pro-immigrant supporters and about 80 Minutemen and their supporters gathered on each side of the driveway leading to the parking lot of the United Church of Christ on Royal Avenue where Liliana took refuge from the Immigration Services. During the protest, a small group of three Minutemen came on the pro-immigrant side apparently to provoke. Pro-immigrant supporters complained to the Simi Valley PD, but to no avail. Despite the angry protests of immigrant supporters, the police didn t force the Minutemen to move, Half an hour later at 11: 12 a.m. a Minuteman pepper sprayed Naui Hutizilopochtli, an immigrant activist, so badly that he had to be taken to the hospital by paramedics. The protests went on until 1 p.m. without further incidents. More photos: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2007/09/207304.php

Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony Oct. 8, 2007

International Indian Treaty Council presents annual INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY DAY SUNRISE GATHERING in solidarity and celebration of the United Nations “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” on Monday, October 8, 2007, 5:00am, Pier 31 San Francisco Read more: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/alcatraz-sunrise-ceremony-oct-8-2007.html

Taser me down or suffocate me later

By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Taser me down, or suffocate me later — what does the tasering of a student have to do with the protested Desert Rock Power Plant on the Navajo Nation? Skull and Bones. Andrew M eyer, 21, was questioning John Kerry about his brotherhood with George Bush in the Skull and Bones society, when he was tasered, wrestled down by police and arrested Monday. In more than 1,000 articles online now, there are many spins. The bottom line is this student was asking the questions that the Bush Administration, Kerry and the corporate powers do not want asked about the 2004 election and the relationship of Bush and Kerry to their secret society at Yale University and the powers that rule the world. In the 2004 election, there were two Bonesmen: Bush and Kerry. This dark power is also on the Navajo Nation, in the form of Sithe Global, the corporate power behind the Desert Rock Power Plant. Sithe\’s primary owner is Blackstone. Blackstone\’s cofounder is Stephen Schwarzman, a member of Skull and Bones. Read more: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/taser-me-down-or-suffocate-me-later.html

Native Movement Alaska attracts youth leadership

The Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership, hosted by Native Movement Alaska, successfully completes the first of two week-long gatherings Anchorage, AK Twenty-eight young Alaska Native leaders (18-35 years old) from around the state of Alaska were selected and completed the first week-long gathering of the Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership (AIIL), held in Fairbanks. The goal of the AIIL is to support the personal and professional growth of young leaders while providing an opportunity to build a statewide network. The Institute was effective in building trust, common understanding, and mutual support among the community. According to Karlin Itchoak, AIIL participant and owner of Itchoak Tribal Services, (The) AIIL is amazing! What an important group of young and inspiring leaders. The group is well balanced, intuitive, intelligent, and rooted in the retaining and maintaining of Native cultures, and traditions all with a passion and commitment toward leadership. These young leaders are free-thinking visionaries with creative and unique ideas for problem-solving and consensus building. READ MORE: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/native-movement-alaska-attracts-youth.html or www.nativemovement.org/alaska/aiil.html

Winslow, Ariz., Native American Music Celebration Sept. 28 – 29, 207

Navajo and Hopi bands at the Native American Music Festival Sept. 28 – 29, 2007, east of Flagstaff. (Double click on poster to enlarge)

International Indian Treaty Council celebrates passage of UN Declaration

Honoring Treaties, IITC celebrates the passage and honors the long struggle, in the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of In digenous Peoples History is made for Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations! Treaty Rights, Land Rights and Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples are recognized internationally with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly on September 13th 2007. On September 13, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. One hundred forty-four states (“countries”) voted in support (Montenegro registered their vote after the fact). 4 voted against and 11 abstained. The United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand voted against the adoption, stating that in their view it “goes too far” in recognizing the rights of Indigenous Peoples. A burst of spontaneous applause from states, Indigenous Peoples and United Nations officials broke out when the final vote was posted on a huge electronic tally sheet at the front of the General Assembly hall. This vote is of special significance for the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), which was founded in 1974 with a mandate to bring Treaty rights and Treaty violations to the United Nations (UN). With the adoption of the Declaration, for the first time, the UN officially recognizes that the rights affirmed in Treaties are “matters of international concern, interest, responsibility and character” and that states are obligated to uphold and honor them. The vote marks a historic day for the world\’s Indigenous Peoples. This is the first time that Indigenous Peoples have been recognized as “Peoples” without qualification in an international instrument. The Declaration also recognizes Indigenous Peoples\’ inherent rights to self-determination, traditional lands, territories and natural resources, cultures and sacred sites, means of subsistence, languages, identities as well as their traditional life ways and concepts of development based on free, prior and informed consent, among others. READ MORE: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/iitc-statement-on-adoption-of.html Photo: Roberta Blackgoat of Cactus Valley, Ariz. on the Navajo Nation before her flight to the Spirit World/Photo Brenda Norrell Photo: IITC Board 2005

Australia: UN vote reveals \’racist, redneck nations\’ aligned with South Africa Apartheid

Australia\’s Aboriginal land grab wears sinister face Quote of the day Sam Watson, Indigenous activist from Australia: Globally, in the last 24 hours the United Nations has passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, with Australia, New Zealand and Canada amongst the racist, redneck nations that opposed the declaration. These countries will be judged by history to stand alongside the racist Apartheid regime of South Africa. ” Read more: http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/724/37590

Indigenous respond to adoption of Declaration of Rights

Indigenous world celebrates passage of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Statements of Indian leaders from around the world http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/indigenous-world-celebrates-passage-of.html US has gall to call Venezuela a dictatorship? http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/us-has-gall-to-call-venezuela.html Latin America Indigenous leaders take serious look: “The 12-page Declaration states that indigenous peoples have the right \’to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs.\’ It also says native peoples have the right to maintain their cultures and to not be displaced from their land, and urges states to indemnify them when their land or resources are used or damaged without their consent. Bolivian President Evo Morales, who is himself an Aymara Indian, said he was pleased with the approval of the Declaration, and added that \’These standards will help ensure that everyone has the same rights and that we will stop being marginalised.\'” Read story: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=39275 Canada\’s \’slap in the face\’ http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/canadas-slap-in-face.html Hawaii Star Bulletin: Dream Declaration won\’t help Indigenous issues Issues: Non-indigenous fear losing land and US failure to recognize true sovereignty and self-governance http://starbulletin.com/2007/09/16/editorial/editorial01.html Australia: UN vote reveals racist, redneck nations aligned with South Africa\’s Apartheid Australia\’s Aboriginal land grab wears sinister face http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/australia-un-vote-reveals-racist.html Maori: New Zealand considers Maori \’sub-human with sub-human \’ rights http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=124274 Maori Party ashamed of New Zealand government http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/dailynews/4206606a6554.html Indigenous in Guyana laud support http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl/article_general_news?id=56528851 Botswana: Government can no longer treat us like second-class citizens http://www.mmegi.bw/2007/September/Monday17/9.php Photo: An indigenous woman in Bolivia. Photo: Tom Weller/UNFPA

Navajo uranium miners: US human radiation experiments

Here\’s a scientific study showing that Navajos were secretly used as human uranium experiments by the US during the Cold war. A large number died. “Uranium miners were unwilling and unaware victims of human experimentation to evaluate the health effects of radiation.” NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy; Baywood Publishing Company; Issue: Volume 9, Number 2 / 1999; Pages: 163 – 178 Observational Studies as Human Experimentation: The Uranium Mining Experience in the Navajo Nation (1947-66) Rafael Moure-Eraso Abstract: This article evaluates how an observational epidemiologic study of federal agencies in uranium miners became an experiment of opportunity for radiation effects. Navajo miners and communities suffered environmental exposures caused by the practices of uranium mining and milling in the Navajo reservation during the 1947 to 1966 period. A historical review of the state-of-the-art knowledge of the health effects of uranium mining and milling during the years prior to 1947 was conducted. Contemporary prevention and remediation practices also were assessed. An appraisal of the summary of findings of a comprehensive evaluation of radiation human experimentation conducted by the U.S. federal government in 1995-96 (ACHRE) demonstrates that uranium miners, including Navajo miners, were the single group that was put more seriously at risk of harm from radiation exposures, with inadequate disclosure and often with fatal consequences. Uranium miners were unwilling and unaware victims of human experimentation to evaluate the health effects of radiation. The failure of the State and U.S. Governments to issue regulations or demand installation of known mine-dust exposure control measures caused widespread environmental damage in the Navajo Nation. PHOTO — BURNED BY THE ORE : Gilbert Badoni, Navajo, with photo of his family when he was young, all family members developed cancer after father worked in the uranium mines. After his father\’s death, Badoni became outspoken about uranium mining effects. “We were used as guinea pigs,” Badoni said. Badoni\’s home in Cudei, NM, near Shiprock on the Navajo Nation, still has radioactive rocks in his back yard. Photo Brenda Norrell

Indigenous: Struggle for rights is just beginning

Indigenous say United States offers little hope By Brenda Norrell Human Rights Editor U.N. OBSERVER & International Report Indigenous Peoples around the world are celebrating the United Nations\’ adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Still, Indigenous are outraged that four of the countries with the largest Indigenous populations voted against it: Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. While there is a loud outpouring of outrage coming from Canada, people in the United States have been quiet about the U.S. vote of \’No\’ to Indigenous rights. Why the lack of outrage in the US? Patricia from Canada writes that there is little hope in America. “There is a lack of outrage in the United States, however what happened was wh at was going to happen from day one. The US quit supporting or honouring any good-will gestures a long time ago. The people didn t expect it, therefore they are not disappointed it didn t happen. However, there is also a lack of avenues to express it; there is a lack of attention from the settler people, despite 40 years since \’Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee\’ or \’Touch the Earth\’ came out; there is a lack of a single voice speaking for The People there. There is little hope and less expectation of the indigenous having any avenue of respect, any sense of value among the majority of people and any recourse to anything the US has done or will do to them or anyone else. I believe that while merika\’ is willing to support a war such as that in Iraq, the people there can hope for very very little. And I believe they know it.” –Please scroll down for the latest from Canada and Venezuela, and the words of victory and celebration from Indigenous warriors from around the world who struggled for decades for passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. –Photo: Tohono O\’odham Angie Ramon, whose son Bennett Patricio, Jr., 18, was ran over and killed by the Border Patrol, in the crowd after the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony in Nov. 2006. The occupation of Alcatraz ignited a new era of Indian rights in the United States in 1969. Photo from Alcatraz in 1960s.

Canada\’s \’slap in the face\’

A Great Day for the World\’s Aboriginal Peoples, but a not so Special Day for the Government of Canada KAHNAWAKE, QC Sept. 13 /CNW Telbec — Today, in New York, at the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted. Among the 4 States which voted against the Declaration, is Canada. “After so many years of efforts, the AFNQL applauds the adoption of the Declaration. It is a very important inheritance that we just bequeathed to our Aboriginal youth”, stated the Chief of the AFNQL (Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador), Mr. Ghislain Picard. However, the attitude of the Canadian Government casts a shadow over this special day: “It\’s a slap in our face on the part of the Canadian Government. It is irresponsible for a government that lauds itself throughout the world as a protector of human rights to vote against the basic rights of certain members of its country. It is high time for Canada to do a self-examination which will lead the way to an in-depth analysis of its relation with the Aboriginal peoples”, stated Mr. Picard. The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the regional organization which represents the Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. For further information: Alain Garon, Information and Communication Officer, AFNQL, (418) 842-5020, Cell.: (418) 956-5720 Harper government insults Canada\’s native people at United Nations OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec “The government of Stephen Harper has insulted and shamed both Canada\’s native people, and non-native people at the United Nations yesterday in New York,” said Paul Moist national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Read more …(CUPE). http://www.cnw.ca/fr/releases/archive/September2007/14/c8990.html “UN vote \’stain\’ on Canada\’s image” Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/News/article/256516 Statements from Indian leaders/Censored Blog Indigenous world celebrates passage of UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

US has gall to call Venezuela a dictatorship?

Published: Saturday, September 15, 2007 Bylined to: Kenneth T. Tellis The United States of America has the gall to call Venezuela a dictatorship? VHeadline.com guest commentarist Kenneth T. Tellis writes:

http://www.vheadline.com/ A recent vote at the United Nations on aboriginal rights was approved by 143 to 4. The four countries being Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand, voted against the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Chief, Phil Fontaine, First Nations National Chief, called it a slap in the face for all indigenous peoples. Just compare the attitude of Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand towards aboriginal peoples in their own lands, and note the difference. Look at Venezuela, where strides have been made by aboriginal peoples, because of Hugo Chavez Frias programs to take them out of their poverty and let them also enjoy what the Venezuela has to offer all its citizens. Then go to Bolivia, Evo Morales the first indigenous president in its history has made sure that the indigenous peoples of Bolivia are given every opportunity to take part in the benefits of democracy and take part in government, rights that were denied them for centuries, by the Spanish and others. Just consider that since May 31, 1961, when the Republic of South Africa became a pariah, because of its apartheid laws that restricted the rights of its indigenous peoples. The country that was in the forefront to have sanctions placed on South Africa was Canada, which today has become part of a group of nations that want indigenous peoples to be treated in the same way that South Africa treated its indigenous peoples by its apartheid laws. There is clearly no difference in their thinking to those of the Afrikaners who brought in apartheid yesterday, is there? Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US, now want the indigenous peoples to be considered chattel. But just consider the statement made by Canadian Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl: that the declaration unfortunately was too broad and could be in conflict with existing Canadian statutes. Did Canada and the other countries ever consider that the Republic of South Africa also had statutes that might come in conflict with the removal of the apartheid laws? If so, then why not? Unless, as should be noted that the above nations part of the colonial hegemony of yesterday. Today, as odd as it might seem, both Bolivia and Venezuela have indigenous people as Heads of State. In the case of Venezuela the sifrinos were responsible for the indigenous peoples not having any rights. Yet in Canada, it is the Canadien/Canadienne who is similar to the sifrinos of Venezuela that do not want the indigenous peoples to have equal rights with themselves. Canada s Laws have created too many privileges for the Canadiens/Canadiennes by amending the Constitution yet is quite unwilling to do the same for its First Nations (indigenous peoples). If amending the Constitution for the Canadien did not come into conflict with Canada s existing laws, why should amending the Constitution to include changes for the Indigenous Peoples make any difference either? There is something here which is quite glaring. That the First Nations of Canada do not have their rights protected, while the Canadien minority does. It s all a question of discrimination being passed off as the law of the land, like apartheid. Now, we can see that it is Venezuela and Bolivia that are democracies, while Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand certainly are not. Then of course the United States has the gall to call Venezuela a dictatorship? Perhaps, that is the moot point … there is no contest here, to which nations constitute democracies, and which are lacking it altogether. Kenneth T. Tellis kenttellis@rogers.com http://www.vheadline.com/tellis
Message from the author: Brenda, Thank you for publishing my article from VHeadline in Venezuela. I think a lot of us have more in common than we dare to believe. All I can say, is, keep up the pressure and the good work, because time we tell if we will succeed in our struggle. Regards! Ken
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Indigenous world celebrates passage of UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

From around the world, Indigenous respond to the passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples International Indian Treaty Council celebrates passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples History is made for Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations! Treaty Rights, Land Rights and Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples are recognized internationally with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly on September 13th 2007. On September 13, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read more: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/international-indian-treaty-council.html Statements from Canadian Grand Chief Edward John: Grand Chief Edward John, Executive member of the First Nations Summit, Representative of the Assembly of First Nations on international issues, and Co-Coordinator of the North American Regional Indigenous Peoples Caucus: EdJohn@fns.bc.ca “What a tremendous day. It\’s all over now and we have in our hands a Declaration we helped construct and one on which we can proudly stand. Notwithstanding Canada\’s \’NO\’ vote they will have to be accountable against the Declaration\’s standards. It cannot pick and choose the human rights it wants. We should all be proud in our collective achievement. I was proud to be a part of our tremendous effort and achievement!” Grand Chief Edward John Les Malezer: Indigenous declaration framework for the future, tool for justice STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN, GLOBAL INDIGENOUS CAUCUS By Les Malezer The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations marks a momentous and historic occasion for both Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations.One quarter of a century ago the United Nations agreed that the situation of indigenous peoples around the world was so desperate and consistently exploited, that it warranted international attention. Within a few years of brief examination and assessment, the United Nations decided that a human rights standard on the rights of indigenous peoples was required. Simultaneously, the indigenous peoples of the world were uniting, because of our increasing capacity to communicate to each other, but also out of necessity to achieve an international voice. Together we found out that Indigenous Peoples around the world shared a common situation of loss of control of our lands, territories and resources and a history of colonisation.The Declaration, as a deposition, represents a meeting of authorities, i.e. the United Nations and the indigenous peoples.Today\’s adoption of the Declaration occurs because the United Nations and the Indigenous Peoples have found the common will to achieve this outcome. Read more … http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/les-malezer-indigneous-declaration.html Indigenous Peoples Caucus Regional Steering Committee Contact: Rainy Blue Cloud rbluecloud@ifg.org United Nations General assembly adopts the UNITED NATIONS Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples NEW YORK — Today, the United Nations General Assembly, the highest body of the United Nations system, in an historic session adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, after more than 20 years of intensive negotiations between nation-states and Indigenous Peoples. The vote won with an overwhelming majority in favour, 143 with only 4 negative votes cast (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa, Ukraine). Indigenous peoples from around the world, many of whom have worked tirelessly for the adoption of the Declaration since its inception, were present to witness its passage at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. As Les Malezer, Chair of the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus states: The Declaration does not represent solely the viewpoint of the United Nations, nor does it represent solely the viewpoint of the Indigenous Peoples. It is a Declaration which combines our views and interests and which sets the framework for the future. It is a tool for peace and justice, based upon mutual recognition and mutual respect. North American Regional Statement: UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FINALLY ADOPTED AFTER 25 YEARS! Indigenous Representatives from the North American Region share the following statement with the world community: We bring you respectful greetings from our Leaders, Elders, men, women and children of all the Indigenous Peoples of North America. It is a great day when Indigenous Peoples can be counted among all the other Peoples on Mother Earth. Today at the United Nations, States have finally recognized what we have always known We are Peoples, equal in all ways to all other Peoples, with inherent and inalienable rights to our survival, our way of life, lands and self-determination. We, Indigenous Peoples of this land, are part of Creation, in the homelands we inherited from our ancestors. We understand from our original teachings that we are meant to live in harmony with all Creation and with other Peoples, including with those who came to our homelands seeking a better life for themselves and their children. Our Nations entered into sacred Treaties with them. Sadly, these treaties have been violated time and time again. The tragic and brutal story of what happened to us, especially at the hands of the governments, is well known. But today, with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly, we see the opportunity for a new beginning, for another kind of relationship with States in North America and indeed throughout the world. We celebrate that the fundamental human rights which we have all worked so hard to uphold in this Declaration are still intact in the final text now adopted by the UN General Assembly. Read more … http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/north-america-indigenous-celebrate.html http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/africa-celebrates-passage-of-indigenous.html
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CENSORED NEWS: October 2010

Protest US Torture Training at Fort Huachuca Ariz. 2010

2010 Schedule for Southwest Witness Against Torture: Photo: Josh being carried away at Fort Huachuca main gate 2009/Photo Brenda Norrell Sat., Nov 13, Southside Presbyterian Church 10th Ave. @ 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 6 PM, Lasagna Dinner (salad, lasagna, bread, drinks) 7- 9 PM Ritual for Preparing and Holding Peace Within Southside Kiva Sun, Nov 14, Noon – 2 PM, Ft Huachuca, Main Gate, Sierra Vista, AZ Vigil of Peace and Demonstration Against Torture Extending Peace Outward using presence, silence, speaking, song Note: The program is shorter than in previous years. Please join us at the start time at the Main Gate to Ft. Huachuca. Allow time for travel, parking,etc. There will be no procession to the Fort. Please bring signs of peace with you. Volunteers needed: Br. David, 314-803-6735 needs volunteers for preparing, hosting, and cleaning up after the meal We may need more volunteers for reading at the Sat. ritual and Sun. vigil. If interested, (or with other questions) call Catherine 260-5254 or Br. David. Directions and parking info will follow soon – more info at http://southwestwitness.org

Tucson Hearing Puts Spotlight on Private Prisons in Arizona

Contact:Penny Pestle, (616) 340-2938, ppestle@cox.net Caroline Isaacs, (520) 256-4146, cisaacs@afsc.org Tucson Hearing Puts Spotlight on Private Prisons in Arizona Breaking News Highlights for-profit prison companies role in state legislation Photo: Mike Wilson, Tohono O\’odham who puts out water for migrants . TUCSON — Wednesday night in Tucson, an overflow crowd heard testimony from experts and the public about the risks and suspect practices of the private prison industry across Arizona, the nation and internationally. The Hearing was presided over by a panel of Conveners representing a bipartisan spectrum of county, city and state elected officials. Testimony was presented by a range of experts, including prison staff and administrators, attorneys, researchers, and even a real estate appraiser. Stephen Nathan, researcher and journalist, traveled all the way from London, England to lend his expertise on the practice of prison privatization worldwide. Members of the audience were also given the opportunity to present testimony to the panel, and included representatives of religious congregations, formerly incarcerated people, and an organization representing prisoners from Hawaii who are incarcerated in for-profit prisons in Arizona. Representatives of the private prison companies and the Arizona Department of Corrections, although invited, were noticeably absent at the event. This important hearing, designed to prompt dialogue among policy-makers and the public, raised important questions about the perceived cost savings of private prisons, the safety of their facilities, the lack of accountability to the public of for-profit corporations, and the larger ethical concerns associated with profiting from incarceration. From Mike Wilson of the Tohono O odham Nation to Joe Glen of the Maricopa & Pima Juvenile Corrections Associations, the theme was the same: Companies such as Corrections Corporation of America, Management Training Corporation, and the GEO group consistently focus on profit over safety and rehabilitation of those who are incarcerated in their facilities. Coming directly on the heels of the Tucson Hearing was a scathing report from National Public Radio exposing the influence that private prison corporations had in the development of Arizona s controversial immigration law, SB1070. Corrections Corporation of America, which holds contracts with the federal government to incarcerate immigrants, was a key player in creating a law that would increase the number of immigrants in detention, thus representing the potential for tremendous corporate profits. The report describes how a shadowy organization called ALEC provided opportunities for corporations to meet with state legislators to draft model legislation, which those legislators later took back to their states. What the NPR report does not reveal is that this practice dates back literally decades, and that ALEC was a driving force behind most of the tough on crime legislation passed by Arizona and other states in the 1990 s. These laws, such as truth in sentencing and mandatory minimums laws, sent state prison populations through the roof, and the resulting prison overcrowding crisis proved to be a golden opportunity for private prison operators in Arizona and elsewhere. Arizona state legislators have been linked to ALEC and for-profit prison corporations for years. A 2006 report by the Institute for Money in State Politics tracks campaign contributions from the private prison corporations to various Arizona state legislators who were ALEC members, and links them to five pieces of legislation during the same period that sought modify Arizona s sentencing laws, increase the number of private-prison beds in the state, and address overcrowding by requiring the Department of Corrections to transfer prisoners to private prisons. The Tucson Hearing was the first in a series of statewide hearings on the issue. The next will be held in Kingman, the site of the recent escapes from a privately-operated prison, on November 8th. #### For more information on the hearings, background information on private prison companies, and materials on the issue of prison privatization, go to: www.afsc.org/tucson . These materials, plus photos from Wednesday night s hearing are on our blog, Cell-Out Arizona at: http://tucsoncitizen.com/cell-out-arizona/2010/10/28/130-crowd-tucson-public-hearing-on-prison-privatization-in-arizona

Larry Kibby, Wiyot: \’The Big Kettle Theory\’

The Big Kettle Theory by Larry Kibby Wiyot Indian of California People who employ the art of taking the American Indian and dumping them all into a big kettle and stirring it up and then calling them all one nation is just really senseless. People and even our own Indian people do this, stating how we are all united under one creator, one culture and one belief, that ladies and gentlemen is just extremely wrong. Today, there are now 565 Federally Recognized Sovereign Nations, several hundred other Sovereign Nations that aren t Federally Recognized, so we are talking about some 800 to 900 Sovereign Nations throughout these United States. Once so very long ago, North American, Mexico and South America were lands that had a unique population of Indigenous People and I m talking about millions and millions of Indian People. What does that mean? Primarily it means that there were millions of different Nations of Indigenous People. Millions of different forms of Customs and Beliefs. Yes, some were related in some fashion, however, these great Sovereign Nations were genuine and unique in their own Way of Life. When people and governments decide to change history to suite their own needs, that present complications, complications that can create a severe portrayal of a people who may not be able to generate the truth and that truth is vital and essential for future generations. The United States Government commanded a policy to propagate disharmony within the tribes of the American Indian, a reckless policy that would severely distort the customs and beliefs in any manner that would aid and assist the Governments effort to control and maintain discipline over the American Indian. Another arrogant factor the Government developed was the endeavor to convert the Indian to Christianity and often the methods utilized were found to be severely Heartless, Barbarous, Heinous and Inhuman. The Chronicles of American History in fact wrongfully portrayed the American Indian in every expression, simply eradicating the Culture the best it could, with the strongest attempt to Remove the Indian from the Man and turn the Indian into a Civilized Being. The Indian was taught that the “Great Spirit” or “The Creator” would be generous to the Indian if he would concede to Christian Values and Principles, failing to do so would generate severe punishment in an Inhuman form. For the most part, the Government won in assimilating the Indian, that is obviously seen in this day and age as we come to realize that folks, Indian and Non-Indian, continue to do the Governments “Dirty Work.” Traitors, Defectors, Turncoats, Saboteurs, however you may label such people that continue to cause discord, mayhem and chaos for the Sovereign Nations throughout Indian Country, they don t care and a lot of these types of people get acknowledged, recognized, blessed and even praised for helping the Government “Desecrate the Customs and Beliefs of their very own people. The generations today do and say as they will and as for the times of yesterday, I m afraid those days are lost, shoved aside, ignored or in some cases made a mockery of. The cultural philosophy that was preserved by our ancestors within their hearts and established in our hearts has now been exploited and annihilated, the authenticity of our ancestors forever disgraced and dishonored. The hearts of tomorrow s generations has been perverted through these modern times and by sophisticated technology, seduced by greed, their intelligence polluted through false testimony and their weakness has become a disease that will spread to generations to come. Our Sovereign Nations never observed just one Sovereign Nation, Culture, Spirituality or Religious Belief. Nor did our people follow one Prophet, one Spiritual Leader or one Medicine person. For centuries, not just decades or years, but centuries, the ancestors of our generations endured the worlds worst acts of inhumanity, their survival under such deadly and hateful conditions was courageous, but their hearts were severely dampened by racism and oppression, yet they would somehow prevail. And like our ancestors, all our relations, such as the eagle, buffalo, wolf, deer, elk, raven, coyote, fox, cougar, magpie, beaver, antelope and so many others, would also face near extinction, senseless slaughters, an extermination policy to wipe out the harmony and unity, to destroy the way of life of the Indian and all his relations. So how does our generation and the younger generation repay our ancestors significant survival? And as I watch the severe rangeland fires, intense rainfalls, deadly tornadoes, critical hurricanes, fatal snowfalls, I somehow feel that our ancestors are expressing their discontent, that they are answering the question and I wonder if they will forgive us and our children. I have a deep sadness in my heart for the future generations, yet a small form of joy exist, knowing that I won t be here to observe the accomplished deterioration of the Sovereign Nations, the Ancient Custom and Belief s of our Sacred Ancestors. I fear, the final phase has begun, the closing of the door on the past, culture and beliefs of our people is near completion, the last chapter in a great and noble people, who were once full of pride, dignity and honor, will only be known in history books, novels and movies. Yes, we have lost the war, we have lost the land and now we are losing the last of the authentic customs and beliefs. In that, I sincerely, with the greatest amount of respect, apologize to my ancestors for not doing more, for not stepping up to make a stronger effort to preserve and protect their most Sacred Ancient Customs and Beliefs. The End The Big Kettle Theory Prose Article – Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Composed by: Larry Kibby – Wiyot Indian of California

AIM Film Fest Best Doc \’Hawaii, A Voice for Sovereignty\’

Best Documentary Award by AIM International Film Festival \’Hawaii, A Voice For Sovereignty\’ By AIM West
The long awaited efforts to bring the American Indian Movement (AIM) International Film Festival to San Francisco was finally held on Monday and Tuesday, October 11 -12, 2010. The film festival, the first hosted by AIM-WEST, an affiliate organization in the bay area, ended on a high five, or hang ten, whichever! It was also deemed an important educational alternative to the stories typically associated with Columbus Day and what it means to Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas during this period. The Best Documentary Award that was selected by the judges committee went to Hawaii, A Voice For Sovereignty . It was accepted by Ms. Catherine Bauknight, film maker and Director. The intensity projected in the documentary, made in 2009, What Happen to the Land Happens to the People is the first of its kind to feature the native Hawaiians journey to sustain their culture, spirituality, and connection to the land. This modern epic documentary, filmed over four years, contains rare interviews with Native Hawaiians in their homes, at sacred sites, in mountains and the rain forests. Along with the voices of the people of the land, Professor Haunani-Kay Trask, and other Hawaiian leaders, take us into rarely seen ancient lifestyles where spirituality, culture, and care for the land form a sacred bond between humankind and the natural world. They reveal their quest to secure their Hawaiian rights as the host culture, and their economic, social, and ecological future. By bridging their ancient knowledge with modern technologies such as wind, solar, and wave renewable energy and agricultural land systems they move towards their goal of sustainability. The award presented by Master of Ceremony, Mr. Bill Means, to Ms. Bauknight, is a cherished photo of AIM Minister of Culture, Floyd Red Crow Westerman (1988 Dances with Wolves), in his memory of promotion of cultural rights, and the quest for sovereignty, exemplify the legacy and spiritual movement of resistance, and the fight for self-determination found among Indigenous peoples throughout the globe. Also present with the award in photo (Neil Whitelaw, photographer) is Bill Jimbo Simmons, movie presenter, Aleck Cheney, producer, Antonio Gonzales, AIM-WEST Director, Venezuela Consulant Martin Sanchez, and Tomas Reyes, AIM-WEST Community Volunteer Coordinator. The AIM film committee wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event. We especially took advantage of the this year s occasion which coincides with the United Nation s theme of Indigenous Peoples and film making declared at the 2010 International Day of the World s Indigenous Peoples held in New York. We are optimistic this can become an annual film festival. We also wish to inform Indigenous and non-Indigenous film-makers alike, worldwide, about the great opportunity they have to educate the general public and non-governmental organizations by producing these themes and to showcase the wide spectrum of struggles on a myriad of issues they are going through on their lands. Many times these valuable films shot with perception and detail, are lost or have a difficult time in their countries exposing or revealing the burning challenges they wish to project, on a daily basis. This is their chance to reveal the truth in the search for justice. And finally, AIM-WEST wishes to extend a cordial salute in solidarity with the 35th Anniversary next month of the American Indian Film Festival held in SF, and its director, Mr. Michael Smith, with respect for their many hard years of commitment to quality films depicting American Indians in the film industry in both Canada and the United States. Your dedication in this endeavor over the years has paved the way, and provided the necessary means to fulfill a need by bringing together all the continents, where real Indigenous peoples can see for themselves how they continue to thrive and practice their traditional and cultural way of life. Thank you once again, ALL My Relations, Antonio Gonzales AIM-WEST Director www.aimwest.info

MNN: Long Ago Before Colonial Borders

MNN. October 10, 2010. During the French and Indian Wars in the 1750s, the invaders came up against the Mohawk Keepers of the Eastern Door who told them to go home. In order to occupy land the legal occupants had to be killed off. The colonists started a genocide campaign beginning with the Mohawks. As a story goes, once upon a time in present day New York State, a French troop came across a lone Mohawk Warrior standing on top of a cliff waving at them. The troop commander told three of his men, Go up and kill him . They climbed up. Behind the bushes a big fight broke out. The commander waited. They never returned. Eventually the Mohawk Warrior appeared on top of the mountain and waved to the troops below. Aghast, the commander ordered another 10 soldiers to, Kill him once and for all . They went up. Another noisy fight ensued. None returned. Once again, the Mohawk Warrior stood on top and waved to them with a big smile. Finally the commander ordered the rest of his troops to go up and Finish him off , to return and tell him what happened. Another huge fight took place with lots of yelling and screaming. This time one badly wounded man came down the hill. What happened? asked the commander. The soldier said, That Warrior wasn t alone. He had a Mohawk woman behind him! and then passed out. The Mohawk Warrior stood at the top of the cliff and waved at them to leave. Indigenous women continue to be the foundation of our communities. Presently 550 have disappeared without a trace. Canada refuses to investigate, callously calling us sexual objects and street workers . Our women are not protected by police, politicians and upper levels of society for a reason. Possibly these girls have too much information on the underbelly of the ruling class and their fascination with abusing children, particularly Indigenous. It seems the Canada Border Services Agents CBSA and law enforcement want to arrest and criminalize our men who protect our women and children. Border guards leer at Mohawk girls and our young men. Perverted Border guards are known to put their hands in the pants of the adolescent boys and grab their genitals. Cavity searches are going to become common to intimidate and psychologically subjugate people. A British military man once remarked: Mohawk men allow themselves to be dragged around by their women, but in no way did it emasculate them. In fact, they became great warriors. We were the canary in the mine. The behavior that the indigenous people have withstood for centuries is now going to become mainstream for everyone. Kahentinetha, MNN Mohawk Nation News Kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, to donate/legal fund and to sign up for MNN newsletters go to www.mohawknationnews.com Other articles in category Border . Store: Indigenous author Kahnawake books Mohawk Warriors Three Warriors Hand Book Rebuilding the Iroquois Confederacy. MNN Category: World Indian holocaust/genocide Great Turtle Island History New World Order – Akwesasne – Border – Central, South America – Colonialism – Constitution/Jurisdiction -Courts/Police -Kahnawake – Legal/lawyers – Tags: Mohawk Nation News – Turtle Island/North America – Indigenous sovereignty – Akwesasne – Kahnawake – Canada-US-Mexico border – Great Law – Two Row Wampum

VIDEO: Protect Sacred Land

Thank you to Ola Cassadore-Davis, Apache, and the Seventh Generation Fund!

Navajo Water Rights Talking Points

Talking Points on the proposed Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Agreement, Legislation 0422-10 Dated October 19, 2010 Photo: Navajo elder drinking contaminated water/Photo Forgotten People 1. The Navajo Nation Council should vote No on the proposed Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Agreement, Legislation 0422-10 until the Navajo Nation government installed in early 2011 can take up the settlement negotiations from an honest and fully informed perspective and a quantitative analysis is done of present and future needs for domestic use, large-scale agricultural projects and livestock. 2. There is not only no use of our Treaties in the 400 pages of the proposed Arizona Water Settlement, there is actually no mention whatsoever of either of our Treaties in the proposed settlement agreement. 3. The Navajo Nation is a federally recognized Indian Tribe, having two Treaties with the United States, dated 1849 and 1868 and is the only one of the 22 Arizona Indian Tribes that has a Treaty with the United States but the treaties are not mentioned in the Settlement. 4. The Settlement does not recognize the purposes of the Navajo Indian Reservation, as identified in the 1849 and 1868 Treaties as a “permanent home” specifically for agricultural purposes, with the 1849 Treaty referring to Navajos receiving “implements,” which means farm implements, and the 1868 Treaty referring to “cultivating the soil,” “seeds and agricultural implements,” “farming and mechanical pursuits,” and “sheep, goats, and cattle,” and also encouraging us to “settle permanently” on our Reservation. 5. No “permanent home” of a people can exist without productive agriculture, and the Navajo People have always been and generally continue to be an agricultural people, while also engaging in many other ways of making a living. 6. Indian Tribes with Treaties rely on those Treaties as the most important foundation of their Indian reserved water rights, which are sometimes referred to as \’\’Winters Rights.” 7. Indian reserved water rights are not lost by non-use, meaning tribes have ongoing rights to use water in the future that they have never used in the past as long as that water is appropriately quantified in the legal process and reasonably serves the purposes of the Reservation. 8. Productive agriculture requires large amounts of water, and agricultural tribes such as ours, with agricultural and permanent home purposes for our Nation, must have full and fair reserved water rights to support their agricultural and other uses, and not just rights limited to past and present uses. 9. In the 1960s and 1970s the Navajo Nation discussed claiming as Winters Rights as much as “two thirds of the annual flow of the Colorado River,” which amounts to about ten million acre feet. 10. In 1997, Stanley Pollack publicly announced to a water rights meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico that the Navajo Nation\’s basic surface water rights to the Colorado River System in the States of New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona must begin at no less than five million acre feet. 11. The proposed water settlement in its Part 4 even waives our past uses and prior rights to irrigation water in the Little Colorado River drainage, ownership rights that are likely worth $160,000,000 (at the low ownership value of $4,000 an acre foot) and which would otherwise be automatically reserved for us, and ignores values of waived rights and the compensation we should receive if we do not get the water and at our Winters Rights priority. 12. The provisions of the Settlement that address the Little Colorado River and groundwater have too many difficulties with their details for us to cover those provisions in this urgent resolution, but among those are a lack of specific information regarding construction of retentions structures with and without Hopi Tribal Consent, related capital improvement funds, a lack of quantification and specifics for large-scale agriculture, irrigation, livestock development and improvement of the range. 13. The carrot they are using to get support for the Settlement purports people will get piped water without appropriations earmarked in an economic climate with competing interests for funding needed. 14. Climate change is not considered. For the first time, federal estimates issued in August indicate that Lake Mead, the heart of the lower Colorado basin s water system has the lowest 11-year average in the 100-year-plus recorded history of flows on the basin. The reservoir is now less than 15 inches above the all-time low of 1,083.2 feet set in 1956. 15. Exercise hozho go caution and care when a proposed Settlement is being rushed for a vote with language as follows: The Settlement, Exhibit 14.1.1 states: Waiver and Release of Claims for Water rights, Injury to Water Rights and Injury to Water Quality, by the Navajo Nation on behalf of itself and its members and by the United States acting in its capacity as Trustee for the Navajo Nation and its members 2.0 WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS. 2.1 Except as provided in 3.0 hereof, the Navajo Nation, on behalf of itself and its Members, and the United States acting in its capacity as trustee for the Navajo Nation and its Members pursuant to the authorization set forth in Section of the Act, hereby waive and release any claims against the State, the Hopi Tribe, or any other person, entity, corporation or municipal corporation under Federal, State or other law for all: 2.1.1 Past, present and future claims for Water Rights for Navajo Lands arising from time immemorial. 16. The Settlement is a recipe for economic and political termination of our tribe. 17. Water is the most precious resource of all. Water is life. Please urge the NNC to vote against the proposed Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Agreement, Legislation 0422-10 until the Navajo Nation government installed in early 2011 can take up the settlement negotiations and a quantitative analysis is done of present and future needs for a growing nation to fulfill its purpose affirmed in our treaty rights.

Southern Border Indigenous Peoples Roundtable Symposium

Southern Border Indigenous Peoples Roundtable Symposium

Earthcycles and Censored News will broadcast live! Thursday, November 18, 10 am to 2 pm YWCA Frances McClelland Leadership Center 525 N. Bonita Ave Tucson, Arizona

Photo: San Xavier, remembering the migrants/Photo by Brenda Norrell

By Alianza Indigena sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance without Borders
For over a decade the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders has worked to be an international voice for traditional southern borderland indigenous peoples. The Indigenous Alliance promotes respect for indigenous rights, border rites of passage and recognition of our indigenous relative s cultural affiliation with Southern Border Indigenous Nations from California, Arizona and Texas. To ease border crossings for all indigenous peoples residing in Mexico to attend ceremonies, social events and visit family. Why a Roundtable Border Symposium? For more than two centuries indigenous peoples have inhabited the southern border long before the establishment of the U.S. and Mexico Nations. Indigenous peoples have been impacted by policies set in the far off capitals of these two nations, but have continued to maintained their cultures and social networks despite these bad government policies indigenous peoples continue to maintain their way of life and address their every day needs; We have continued to maintain our ancient indigenous cultures and social networks within our traditional homelands now divided by the U.S. Mexico international boundary. Since 1990, our Indigenous brothers and sisters have been faced with legislation and restrictive border enforcement policies, militarization/border wall, heavy migrant and undocumented traffic, environmental destruction of indigenous borderlands, ceremonial grounds, and sacred sites. We need to educate and inform the general community on border indigenous concerns affecting the southern border indigenous peoples Round Table Discussion: Recent Changes to U.S. Immigration & Border Policies could erode or affirm indigenous peoples rights to maintain their cultural connections across the U.S. Mexico border; Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative does not apply to Indigenous Mexican nationals who are culturally affiliated by blood relative, language, ceremonies and traditions Affects of Racism and negative political climate in Arizona on indigenous communities Potential Regulatory Solutions and Strategies to promote Southern Indigenous Rights and Justice.

Navajo Water Rights: Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Immediate Release: Contact: Elouise Brown, 505-947-6159 or 928-401-1777 THE HUMAN RIGHT OF THE NAVAJO PEOPLE TO FREE, PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT TO APPROVAL OF THE NORTHEASTERN ARIZONA WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT: Update: Read, download or print the resolution: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/10/navajo-water-rights-human-rights.html DOODA DESERT ROCK AND THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE SPEAK TO THE ISSUE The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission adopted Resolution No. NNHRCOCT-8-10 on October 1, 2010. It recommends that the Navajo Nation Council should refer the approval of the Northeastern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Agreement to the Navajo People in a referendum. The resolution is based on consideration of several important factors, and among them is the world standard for decisions by indigenous peoples on their resources made by free, prior, [and] informed consent (Resolution at Preamble No. 6). The right of free, prior and informed consent is a right that belongs to all indigenous peoples, including the Navajo People as a collective right to be exercised in the electoral process. The existence of the right as an international human right has been confirmed by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a report to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations that was accepted by the Council. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Progress report on the study of indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making, 34-42, No. A/HRC/15/35 (23 August 2010); Human Rights Council, Human rights and indigenous peoples, No. A/HRC/RES/15/7 (5 October 2010). The human rights principles are plain and clear: Free means done without undue influence or coercion and without regard to favoritism or promises and in an open and transparent way; Prior means done before the fact and without any binding obligation on the part of the Navajo People done by water negotiators, with side deals and promises that cannot be enforced or favors for approval by public officials; Informed means that those who make the decision, and it should be the Navajo People in a referendum vote, means that there is adequate, accurate information on the huge 400+ page document that Navajos or ordinary understanding, in their chapters and in the areas that will be affected by the agreement, know precisely what is being proposed and understand its implications and consequences as such impact their daily lives and futures; and Consent means a knowing act of freely making an informed decision about one s own future and that of community and of Mother Earth in a meaningful way, namely a referendum vote. ***

Hopi Chairman\’s Proposals Removes Religious Protections in Hopi Constitution

Press statement Freedom to Practice Religion Infringed by Constitutional Changes Proposed by Hopi Chairman Proposals Strip Religious Leaders Governmental and Religious Authorities Protected in Hopi Constitution SHUNGOPAVI VILLAGE, Hopi The right to practice religion is a fundamental right of freedom guaranteed by the Bill of Rights which is part of the U.S. Constitution. These rights according to Ronald Wadsworth, Director of the Hopi Traditional Office located on Shungopavi Village at the Hopi Reservation, are today threatened by Hopi Chairman Leroy Shingotewa. Hopi Nation Director Wadsworth said a recent call for the establishment of a revised Hopi Constitutional amounts to the destruction and removal of existing religious and traditional practices effectively creating an environment hostile to religion and thereby ultimately forcing traditional religious practices underground. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to practice the religion of their choice. The Hopi Constitution also protects Hopi Religious practices and traditional religious leader s practices; however, changes proposed by the Hopi Tribal Council Chairman to the Hopi Tribal Constitution reinvent the Hopi Constitution and remove the authorities and traditions of the Hopi people. Hopi Chairman Shingotewa s so-called reforms intentionally destroy Hopi religion and practices which are the things that make us Hopi. These are the customs and practices of the Hopi people from time immemorial. The Hopi people consider the right to practice our religion a fundamental human right and a fundamental Hopi right. It is an embarrassment and an insult to the Hopi people that a Hopi Chairman who does not practice the Hopi religion leads the charge to remove those protections from the Hopi Constitution said Ronald Wadsworth, Director of the Hopi Traditional Sovereign Nation Office located at Shungopavi Village on the Hopi Reservation. The Village of Shungopavi is a Traditional Village governed by a Kikmongwi since time immemorial and whose powers are inherent in the position of Kikmongwi through the traditional rite of succession. The Hopi Constitution although the creation of the white man s government provides an additional protection of those powers which have been repeatedly acknowledged by Secretaries of Interior on behalf of the United States Government. In recent years former Secretary of Interior Manuel Lujan acknowledged the sovereignty of the Kikmongwi but also suggested the submission of a Government Plan which would further substantiate the right of Shungopavi Village to act as a sovereign entity without the involvement of the Hopi Tribal Council said Hopi Nation Director Wadsworth. (See Albuquerque Journal report on meeting between Secretary Lujan and Shungopavi leaders.) The audacious and unconstitutional proposal of Hopi Council Chairman Shingotewa proposals eliminating the basic protections of the Hopi people s right to practice the religion of their choice are unconstitutional and violate the intent and specific language of the Hopi Constitution. Chairman Shingotewa and those members of the Hopi Tribal Council who voted to support the changes to the Hopi Constitution are in violation of their Oath of Office wherein they promise to uphold and protect the traditions, culture, history, and religion of the Hopi people. This is cause for immediate removal and sanction for their actions which willfully violate the Hopi Constitution. This is not only an infringement of the Hopi Constitution but in our opinion an infringement on the rights afforded all Americans in the U.S. Constitution. Hopi Chairman Leroy Shingotewa does not practice the Hopi Religion nor has he been forced to do so, however, his actions can only be construed as dictatorial and intended to subvert Hopi religion and practices leading to the destruction and obliteration of Hopi religion, custom, practices, culture, tradition, language and its history forever said Hopi Traditional Nation Director Wadsworth. Chairman Shingotewa s proposed amendments to the Hopi Constitution completely reorganize the current governmental system thereby placing the Hopi Tribal Council in a position of dictatorial and extreme power without a checks and balance system. Destroying Tradition and Religion leaves the Chairman and Tribal Council as the sole power at Hopi thereby making every individual subservient to the whims and dictates of the Tribal Council. There would be no accountability for expenditures or any other decision made by the Tribal Council. As it stands now the Tribal Council can oppose any decision of the tribal courts by merely convening itself into a Tribal Court and voting against the courts decision. Although, as it stands right now the Tribal Courts are funded by the Tribal Council and every Judge receives his salary through the courtesy of funds provided by the Tribal Council. The question of true Justice is at issue. Instead the system as devised is now a travesty of justice! said Director Wadsworth. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is well-aware of the actions of the Chairman and Tribal Council but choose to sit quietly by and claim gee, this is an internal matter and we can t get involved. That is nonsense! The Chairman and the Tribal Council are intentionally attempting to destroy Hopi religion and to install a government with exclusive powers and authorities. Of course, the BIA prefers a Tribal Council that will sign new coal leases without the input of the Hopi people. The BIA is responsible for the installation of the Tribal Council form of government for the purpose of easily acquiring permission to mine Indian lands said Director Wadsworth. The Hopi people have not yet digested the fact that elected leaders of the Hopi tribe would have the audacity and temerity to wipe out the Hopi people s religion. It is not often that religious rights are infringed upon by the decisions of the Hopi Tribal Council but today is a new day and unfortunately the actions of the Chairman require us to speak out on behalf of the protection of our religion and our religious leaders said Hopi Director Wadsworth. We call on the Secretary of Interior to immediately take action to protect the Hopi people and our Hopi Religion. We call on all people to step forward and call the Secretary of Interior, the Assistant Secretary of Interior in Washington, D.C., and call your Congressman and elected leaders and ask them to help the Hopi Leaders stop the Hopi Tribal Council. We need the support of the media and the outcry of religious organizations to help us stop this atrocity from taking place said Hopi Nation Director Ronald Wadsworth.
. For More Information Contact: Bertha Parker Bert9436@msn.com

Los Angeles American Indian Film Festival

LOS ANGELES American Indian Film Festival RED NATION CELEBRATION / ENTERTAINMENT 7th Annual Red Nation Film Festival The Authentic Voice of American Indian Indigenous Cinema Founded American Indian Heritage Month in the city/county of Los Angeles www.rednationfilmfestival.com October 28 November 9, 2010 Image: Artist: Monte Yellow Bird Sr.- Black Pinto Horse LOS ANGELES – Red Nation Celebration and its founder Joanelle Romero began a 5 year long initiative to have the city/county of Los Angeles recognize American Indian Heritage Month in which Los Angeles has the largest American Indian Urban population in the country, is the Entertainment capital of the world, and is the second largest city in the United States. In 2006, Red Nation s dream came true and American Indian Heritage Month was launch in the city/county of Los Angeles. Read more … http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/10/los-angeles-red-nation-film-festival.html

SAN FRANCISCO American Indian Film Festival

Updated Oct. 19, 2010

By American Indian Film Institute SAN FRANCISCO — The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI), proudly announces the 35th annual American Indian Film Festival, November 5-13, 2010. The American Indian Film Festival will premiere over 90 innovative feature films, shorts, public service, music videos and documentaries of USA American Indian and Canada First Nation communities. Founded in 1975, AIFF has established itself as the premiere Native film festival in North America. This year s selection continues to celebrate the Festival s tradition for excellence and diversity with powerful performances and new cinematic expression by cutting-edge media makers. Prominent Sponsors of the 2010 American Indian Film Festival;The Seminole Tribe of Florida (Title Sponsor); Yocha De-He Wintun Nation, CA; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, CA; Jackson Rancheria,CA; CBS Television, NY; and Grants for the Arts. Public screenings and events will be held for nine days, from Nov. 5-10 at the Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level; and conclude Nov. 11-13 at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. @ Bay Street. The film festival and awards show are the cornerstone of what we do provide an opportunity and national venue for emerging and established filmmakers, entertainers and performing artists to convene, renew their artistic spirit and share their gifts.” – Founder/ Director Michael Smith. Opening the Festival on Nov. 5, is feature film A Windigo Tale (93 min) starring Andrea Menard (The Velvet Devil) and Gary Farmer (Dead Man, Powwow Highway).Taking its inspiration from Ojibway spiritualism, A Windigo Tale is a chilling and redeeming drama, with its backdrop during the residential school era, where generations of Native children were forcibly removed from their families and assimilated into Euro-Canadian society. A Windigo Tale will be preceded by short film Windigo (11min) dir. by Kris Happyjack-McKenzie,based on the Indigenous creation myth. Also included will be music video The Road Forward (10 min) dir. by Marie Clements and documentary short Potlatch:To Give (10 min) dir. by Barbara Cranmer. Concluding the film portion of the Festival on Nov. 12, is feature film Of Mice and Men (74 min) dir. by Kyle Hudlin-Whelan a Native adaptation of John Steinbeck\’s classic novel, takes place in Winnipeg, where George (Stan Wood) and Lennie (John Cook) are displaced Aboriginal teenagers who decide to leave their remote Northern community to look for work. As their destiny unfolds tragically, they keep dreaming, not of their own farm, but of the home they left behind. This film was made entirely by an in-house student production at Argyle Alternative High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Actors Stan Wood and John Cook in attendance. Preceding will be documentary feature Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life (60 min) dir. Joan Prowse This one hour documentary chronicles Buffy Sainte-Marie s remarkable career as she rises to prominence in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene and blazes a groundbreaking path as an Aboriginal activist, digital artist and popular songwriter. Director Joan Prowse and Buffy Sainte-Marie in attendance. Other Noteworthy Film Selections: Nov. 6 Animation Program: AIFI presents a collection of over 13 films told using a mix of traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between. *The Legend of Secret Pass (75 min) dir. Steve Trenbirth A CG animated fantasy feature film that follows the incredible journey of an American Indian boy Manu, as he battles the forces of Darkness and defies all odds by embracing his destiny as keeper of the key to the Secret Pass.*Red Ochre (3min) dir. Jerry Evans a personal rendering of growing up MI\’kmaq in Newfoundland.*Dancer of the Grass (2min) dir. Melanie Jackson A stunning display of a stop motion animation that depicts the majesty of the hoop dance. Festival Fright Night Spotlight on Horror, Sci-fi and Thriller * A Flesh Offering (85min) dir. Jeremy Torrie A chilling story about four teenagers who are isolated at a remote cabin and are hunted by an unknown entity. Each of the friends is forced to face their own demons or one by one will fall victim. Director Jeremy Torrie in attendance. *The Cave (11min) dir. Helen Haig-Brown A hunter on horseback accidentally discovers a portal to the afterlife in this sci-fi version of a true Tsilhqot in story.*File Under Miscellaneous (7min) dir. Jeff Barnaby Set in a metropolitan hellscape, a spiritually exhausted and destitute Mi\’gMaq man has resolved to assimilate into the ruling culture by undergoing a gruesome procedure to rid him of his red skin. After Dark Special Spotlight Presentation * Late-night screening of director/writer Rodrick Pocowatchit s, The Dead Can t Dance (102 min). This zombie adventure follows three Native American men who discover they are somehow immune to a mysterious plague that is turning everyone else into zombies. Director Rodrick Pocowatchit in attendance. This screening is FREE with an Unwrapped New Toy or Money Donation. All proceeds from this screening will benefit AIFI s annual Holiday Toy Drive for families in-need. Nov.7: *Two Indians Talking (95 min) dir. Sara McIntyre A comedic drama about the conflicting opinions of two First Nations men as they prepare to set up a roadblock. *Reel Injun (54min) dir. Neil Diamond an insightful documentary that takes an entertaining look at the Hollywood Indian through a century of cinema. Nov. 8: *Behind the Door of a Secret Girl (100 min) dir. Janessa Starkey & Jack Kohler Sammy is a teenage cutter living with her meth addicted mother and her mother s drug dealer. Her best friend David (Winter Fox Frank) decides to help her escape from the dysfunctional life she\’s had to endure since her father died. Directors Janessa Starkey and Jack Kohler in attendance. Nov. 9: AIFI Retrospective Special Spotlight Presentation:AIFI 1979 Best Film and Official Selection Cannes Film Festival, 1979. *Spirit of the Wind (98 min) dir. Ralph Liddle Set in the rugged but beautiful Alaskan wilds, the film chronicles the true life story of George Attla, a famous Alaskan dog sled driver, who tries to overcome his own demons as a young man by seeking solace through dog- sled driving. Starring Pius Savage and Chief Dan George. Nov.10 Shorts Program: AIFI presents over 19 short stories that range from the highly comedic to the subtle and dark all through Native perspective. *Cousins (17min) dir. Sally Kewayosh A coming of age story about two young girls, their crush on one boy and the lessons of young love and friendship. Director Sally Kewayosh in attendance. *Savage (6min) dir. Lisa Jackson A residential school musical. *Ikwe (5min) dir. Caroline Monnet experimental film that weaves the narrative of one woman\’s (IKW\’) intimate thoughts with the teachings of her grandmother. For the evening program, documentary feature Hearing Radmilla (82min) dir. Angela Webb an in-depth portrait of Miss Navajo Nation, Radmilla Cody, from her early childhood to the scandal that shook the Navajo nation. Preceding will be award-winning short film Shimasani (15min) dir. Blackhorse Lowe Set in the 1920 s, the story follows Mary Jane s difficult decision to either stay at home on the reservation or leave to go to boarding school. Nov.11: *A Good Day to Die (92min) dir. Lynn Salt & David Mueller The film presents an intimate look at Dennis Banks\’ life beginning with his early experience in boarding schools, through his military service in Japan, his transformative experience in Stillwater State Prison and subsequent founding of the American Indian Movement that, through confrontational actions in Washington DC, Custer, South Dakota and Wounded Knee, changed the lives of Native Americans and all indigenous people forever. Introduced by Marshall McKay,Chairman, Yoche De He Wintun Nation(Executive-Producers). In attendance, directors Lynn Salt & David Mueller and activist Dennis Banks. Special Events: Nov.11 CBS Casting Workshop @ Radisson Fisherman Wharf CBS VP of Casting, Fern Orenstein, will conduct an intensive actors workshop that will focus on analyzing actors\’ headshots and offer specific critiques on the principles of acting and casting auditions. This program is free and open to the public. Must Register in Advance. Nov. 12 Tribal Touring Program Theatre 39@Pier39 (Beach St. and The Embarcadero)
The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is proud to celebrate its tenth year of youth film programs during this year s Festival. AIFI is able to engage hundreds of Native youth each year, where aspiring student filmmakers participate in a ten- day long film workshop supported by AIFI s tribal host partners. This year AIFI s Tribal Touring Program will showcase youth films from Yocha-De-He Wintun Nation, Brooks, CA; Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Rohnert Park, CA and Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia,WA. Nov. 13 American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show AIFI s American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show, honoring filmmakers and showcasing contemporary Native American talent, will be held on Saturday November 13, 2010 @ the Palace of Fine Arts beginning at 6:00pm. Guest awards host include actors Michael Horse, Andrea Menard and Michael Spears. Fourteen awards will be presented including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Documentary. The awards show will include a mix of live entertainment by established and emerging Native artists and performers. The line-up includes: Singer Andrea Menard, blues band The Plateros, singer Paula Bowers- Sanchez, Yaaw Tei Yi Tlingit dancers from Juneau,AK, singer Jeremy Good Feather, indie singer/songwriter Samantha Crain, and violinist Swil Kanim. A complete schedule is available on our website http://www.aifisf.com/ . All programs are open to the general public and will require tickets for admission. Advance Tickets available thru AIFI: 415-554-0525 Visa & Mastercard. On-site tickets available at the following theater venues (on day of show.) * Photos available upon request as well as interviews can be arranged. Cindy Benitez, Public Relations American Indian Film Festival 333 Valencia Street, Ste. 322 San Francisco, CA 94103 415.554.0525 (p) 415.554.0542(f) Aifipublicrelations@gmail.com http://www.aifisf.com/

O\’odham Ofelia Rivas speaks on Human Rights in Wisconsin

Tribal Elder Speaks about Human Rights

By McKenzie Badger
The Badger Herald Tuesday, October 12, 2010 6:15 p.m. Updated Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:09:12 a.m. A human rights activist detailed atrocities occurring right here in the United States to a University of Wisconsin audience Tuesday, from trucks running over teenagers to the exhumation of bodies. Ofelia Rivas is the Tribal Elder in the second largest reservation in the United States. About 20,000 citizens reside on the reservation she represents in the U.S. and 6,000 in Mexico, as their reservation crosses the border. Read article … http://badgerherald.com/news/2010/10/12/tribal_elder_talks_a.php
Also see:
Indigenous grassroots women\’s delegation seeks sponsors for Cancun Climate Summit
Ofelia Rivas, cochair of the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples at the Cochabamba Climate Summit in Bolivia, is among seeks sponsors for the summit Nov. 29 –Dec. 10, 2010:


Cochabamba Proposals will be brought to Cancun

Cochabamba Proposals Will be Brought to Cancun
Communique by the Plurinational State of Bolivia
Photo of Cochabamba Climate Summit by Michelle Cook, Navajo
(October 10, 2010 Tianjin, China) The proposals of the World People s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth have been maintained and expanded upon in the new negotiating text on climate change that emerged from the last round of negotiations in Tianjin, China. Throughout the process in Tianjin, attempts were made to substitute the negotiating text, which contains the positions of all countries, with a text that would be limited to recognizing the principal elements of consensus for Cancun. In some working groups, such as the one dealing with various approaches for mitigation actions, a proposal was presented which only contained the pro-market option. Following a long debate in which the right of all countries to have their proposals reflected in the negotiating text until a consensus is reached ultimately prevailed, a new text was agreed upon. That text now includes, among various options, the position of Cochabamba against the carbon market, and a passage asserting that the rights of nature must be recognized in mitigation actions. Likewise, in the shared vision group, a proposal to consider the impacts of war on greenhouse gas emissions was introduced. Support was garnered among many delegations for a critique of market mechanisms related to forests and the need for a more integral view of forests. In the last plenary, an intense debate took place due to the appearance of texts from facilitators of some groups that had not been previously discussed. It was made clear, though, that the entire negotiating text that emerged from Bonn, as well as the advances made in Tianjin, will continue to serve as the base for negotiations in Cancun. The negotiating text that will be taken up in Cancun includes, among other elements, the following proposals from Cochabamba: Reduce emissions by more than 50% for 2017. Rights of Mother Earth. Full respect for human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples and climate migrants. Formation of an International Climate Justice Tribunal. No new carbon markets. 6% of GDP in developed countries to finance climate change actions in developing countries. Lifting of barriers to intellectual property that facilitates technology transfer. No commodification of forests. In Tianjin, advances were made in the institutional framework regarding financing, technology transfer and adaptation. However, on the principal issue of emissions reductions under the Kyoto Protocol, no advances were made with regard to the offers made by developed countries supporting a temperature increase of 3 to 4 C. The situation ahead of Cancun is extremely worrying. There exists the very real danger that a text could be imposed at the last minute that was not negotiated and agreed upon by all parties. Similarly, there is the risk that the treatment of substantive themes such as emissions reductions and the maintenance of the Kyoto Protocol could be postponed until South Africa or beyond. There is also enormous pressure by developed countries to give the green light to new carbon market mechanisms, particularly in relation to forests. In this context, the only way to advance toward a satisfactory result is by strengthening the organization and mobilization of social movements, environmentalists, indigenous peoples, women, intellectuals, artists, youth and the people as a whole behind the banner of the People s Agreement of Cochabamba.
Also see:
Closing statement of ALBA countries at China Climate Summit:


VIDEO: Navajo Water Rights March

VIDEO: Roscoe Pond\’s \’Natives in Hollywood: How Far Have We Come?\’

The discussion is about Hollywood and the Native American. Filmmakers Sonny Skyhawk, Delanna Studi, Elena Finney, Tim Ramos, Victoria Regina, Mark Reed, Kathy Peltier, Marjorie Tanin, Cassie Melcher. It is still relevant in 2010. The Internet has changed everything though. Natives have found a voice on the Web and with Independent films.

Document: Proposed Navajo Water Rights Settlement (405 pages)

Photo Calvin Johnson, Navajo, published with permission at Censored News
Proposed Navajo Water Rights Settlement Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Photo: Calvin Johnson, Navajo Print or download the document: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/10/proposed-navajo-water-rights-settlement.html Message: Please check out the link for the NE Arizona Water Rights Settlement 405 pages. Exhibit 14.1.1: Waiver and Release of Claims for Water rights, Injury to Water Rights and Injury to Water Quality, by the Navajo Nation on behalf of itself and its members and by the United States acting in its capacity as Trustee for the Navajo Nation and its members (but not its members in their capacity as allottees). 2.0 WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS. 2.1 Except as provided in Paragraph 3.0 hereof, the Navajo Nation, on behalf of itself and its Members, and the United States acting in its capacity as trustee for the Navajo Nation and its Members pursuant to the authorization set forth in Section of the Act, hereby waive and release any claims against the State, the Hopi Tribe, or any other person, entity, corporation or municipal corporation under Federal, State or other law for all: 2.1.1 Past, present and future claims for Water Rights for Navajo Lands arising from time immemorial.

American Indian Movement International Film Festival 2010

American Indian Movement International Film Festival, October 11-12, 2010 Written by Arthur Jacobs Art design donated by artist Sal Garcia American Indian Movement International Film Festival October 11-12
San Francisco Bahai Center, 170 Valencia Street Doors open at 12 noon first movie begins at 12:30 pm Ticket donations at the door are $10 for one day and $15 for two days, nobody turned away for lack of cash, slide scale. Wheelchair accessible. All children under 10 years are free! Refreshments and popcorn available.
The Film Festival is to help prepare for the Annual AIM-WEST Conference November 22-27, in San Francisco. AIM-WEST proudly presents the American Indian Movement (AIM) International Film Festival, October 11-12, 2010 in San Francisco, CA. Films selected for this year s festival exemplify the legacy and spiritual movement of resistance, and the fight for self determination found among Indigenous peoples throughout the globe. Held each year on Indigenous People\’s Day, the Festival offers an important educational alternative to the stories typically associated with Columbus Day and what it means to Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas. The Festival also coincides with the United Nation\’s theme of Indigenous Peoples and film making declared at the 2010 International Day of the World s Indigenous Peoples held in New York. Read more about the festival, with schedule: http://aimwest.info/

Peabody Coal\’s records for Black Mesa sought in court

Lawsuit Seeks Release of Public Records for Peabody Coal Operations on Tribal Lands in Arizona By Center for Biological Diversity
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – October 5 – Native American and conservation groups sued the U.S. Department of the Interior s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) in federal court in Colorado on Thursday for withholding records relating to Peabody Energy s coal-mining operations on tribal lands in northeast Arizona. To date, the agency has refused to publicly release records relating to Peabody s coal-mining operations including a copy of a current, valid operating permit for Peabody s mining. The lawsuit was brought under the Freedom of Information Act. For decades, OSM has quietly issued permits to Peabody in a way that has thwarted meaningful public involvement and community understanding of Peabody s mine operations, said Nikke Alex, executive director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition. OSM s permitting actions have a direct and irreparable impact on our community. These records must be released to the public. Peabody, the largest coal-mine operator in the world, runs the 40,000-acre Kayenta Mine and adjacent 18,000-acre Black Mesa Mine on Navajo Nation and Hopi tribal lands in northeastern Arizona. On April 9, citizens submitted a FOIA request to OSM for records related to the agency s renewal of Peabody s Kayenta Mine operating permit. On June 4, OSM s office in Denver, Colorado ended the public comment period for Peabody s renewal permit without releasing the requested records (including a copy of Peabody s operating permit). Read more … http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/10/05-7 CONTACT: Center for Biological Diversity Brad Bartlett, Attorney, Energy Minerals Law Center, (970) 247-9334 Wahleah Johns, Black Mesa Water Coalition, (928) 213-5909 Andy Bessler, Sierra Club, (928) 774-6103 Taylor McKinnon, Center for Biological Diversity, (928) 310-6713

Native American Prisoner Advocate Lenny Foster Suffered a Stroke

Message from Marley Shebala
Greetings Everyone, Photo: Lenny Foster advocating for the spiritual rights of Native American inmates at AIM West in San Francisco. Photo Brenda Norrell.
. I just received a telephone call from Lenny Foster\’s brother Oree Foster. Lenny suffered a stroke Saturday morning at his home in Window Rock, Ariz/Navajo Nation. and was flown to St. Joseph\’s Hospital, Phoenix, late Saturday night. When he arrived at the hospital, he was taken into surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. He is recovering and listed in good condition. Doctors say he\’ll need two weeks of recovery and then he\’ll be sent to rehab for physical therapy. The surgery involved drilling a hole in his skull to alleviate pressure and allow blood flow and so they had to shave Lenny\’s head. He\’s under heavy sedation at the time but people can call the hospital to find out how he is doing. Doctors said Lenny is strong and that he might not need two weeks of recovery but he does not physical therapy for his left leg. Oree said that when Lenny was walking from his bedroom to the living room that his left leg just gave out and he feel to the floor. Lenny had to crawl to the phone, which took him 1.5 hours. Oree also said that Lenny had just returned from a trip to Anthony, N.M., prison. He was also scheduled to go to San Francisco and New York City. Oree said that Lenny\’s heavy schedule probably contributed to his stroke. He said that Lenny wants everyone to know what happened to him and to prayer for his recovery. Oree said rumors have already started that Lenny had a heart attack and passed away. Oree gave me his phone number but I forgot to ask him about sharing it. The news about Lenny scared me. He\’s in my prayers. Peace, Marley Brief Bio on Lenny: Lenny is the Director of the Navajo Nation Corrections Project and the Spiritual Advisor for 1,500 Indian inmates in 34 state and federal prisons in the Western U.S. He has co-authored legislation in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado that allows Native American spiritual and religious practice in prison and results in significant reductions in prison returns. He is a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council, a sun dancer and member of the Native American Church. He has been with the American Indian Movement since 1969 and has participated in actions including Alcatraz, Black Mesa, the Trail of Broken Treaties, Wounded Knee \’73, the Menominee Monastery Occupation, Shiprock Fairchild Occupation, the Longest Walk and the Big Mountain land struggle. He was a 1993 recipient of the City of Phoenix, Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Award. Religious Freedom for Indians in Prison Using the Spiritual Path to Avoid Being Institutionalized Sovereignty Self-Determination & Human Rights

Protect Dine\’ Hopi Water Rights

Click on image to enlarge Din -Hopi Water Rights!Forgotten People, Percy Deal (longtime Council delegate, Navajo County Supervisor andHardrock Chapter President), and concerned Din citizens are requesting Resources Committeeand the Water Rights Commission hold public meetings in Pinon and Tuba City on the Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Agreement, Legislation 0422-10. Call your Council delegates, Resources Committee, Water Rights Commission. Demand they table the Agreement until the new administration so they can study the issue and brings it as a referendum for the people to decide. The directly affected and concerned people must be givenan opportunity to address the Council at their Special Sessions. The Navajo Nation Council needsto inform the people of a date for the next Special Session.

Navajo Water Rights Settlement: Demand 90 Day Extension

Navajo Water Rights Settlement: Demand 90 Day Extension Message from Forgotten People, Navajo Nation forgottenpeoplecdc@gmail.com

Photo: March for Navajo Water Rights Sept. 29, 2010/Dine\’ Water Rights www.dinewaterrights.org
Protect Dine\’ water rights. Please sign and submit the attached Petition ASAP, contact your Council delegates and demand a 90-day extension by the Resources Committee of the NE AZ Indian Water Rights Agreement, Legislation 0422-10 beyond 10/13/10, the date set for execution of the settlement agreement to allow for greater public education and input. https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1nhBUMColJw773Hh6GEBwK6PXts14L6cUz8a2zzu6G_Q&hl=en&pli=1 #
Navajo Nation Special session 2010 voting results & MEMO frm Rex Lee Jim https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0Bw2-15QqDXkTNzA1OGEzNzktOGNkNi00ZWRmLWFlZGQtOGI3OGFhYmZmNjdi&hl=en

Mohawk Nation News Needs Help!

Horn V. Canada Border Service Agency Kahentinetha Horn Hospitalized
Dear MNN Readers, On June 14, 2008 two grandmothers supposedly beat up a squad of well-built muscular border guards and police officers. The impression being created is that these two women scared them and beat them to a pulp. In fact, Kahentinetha suffered a trauma-induced heart attack and has been in and out of hospital since. Two years later the Canada Border Services Agency CBSA has brought charges against her for assault and obstruction. A date for this important trial will soon be set. We want the truth to come out. It appears we are being used as examples of how those who oppose the fascist buildup of power at the Canada-US border will be treated. The government of Canada and their agents are using the money and power of the state to stop people from expressing their legal rights. We must stand together to protect ourselves against tyranny. Kahentinetha should not be alone. You are needed to get behind those who are standing up. For twenty years MNN has raised awareness of the political, economic and social issues of people who are oppressed everywhere in the world. In particular, MNN has defended everyone who want to cross the border freely and not be harassed or abused. MNN website has been hacked, crashed and interfered with, causing untold difficulties. We have never given up being a voice for freedom for the average person. MNN needs your donations for Kahentinetha\’s defense so we can properly defend ourselves from the might of the Canadian government. Please help me any way you can. It doesn\’t matter how much. Just let us know you are standing with us. Monetary support is needed as this will be a long term fight – a 70-year old grandmother is doing this on your behalf. Kahentinetha, MNN Mohawk Nation News Kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, to donate and to sign up for MNN newsletters go to www.mohawknationnews.com
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CENSORED NEWS: December 2016

Censored News Heroes 2016 — Water Protectors of Standing Rock Camp

Censored News Heroes 2016
Water Protectors of Standing Rock Camp

Red Warrior Camp
Frontline Water Defenders
SiouxZ Dezbah, shot in the eye with
a rubber bullet by militarized police only six feet away.
Photo by Yvonne Gougelet

Sophia Wilansky, a water protector in Standing Rock Camp from New York. Sophia\’s arm was shattered when militarized police shot her with a grenade .

Native American Youths
Native youth riders
Standing Rock Youth Runners to DC

Special thanks to everyone who dashed into battle for protection of the water, the Missouri River and Cannon Ball River, as the Dakota Access Pipeline, its hired mercenaries, and the militarized police led by Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, violated laws, civil rights and human rights to protect a private pipeline now threatening the water source of millions. Thank you to the cooks, photographers, videographers, medics, healers, attorneys, wood choppers, drivers, horseback riders; those who cleaned; those who sang; those who reported; those who shared; those who cared; those who prayed; those who gave generously; and those who asked for nothing in return. You are our heroes.

Censored News
Dec. 30, 2016

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is Live!

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is LIVE!

Listen between 11 am to 2 pm daily, depending on the sun. Solar powered radio station, Indigenous Rising Media, is broadcasting live from Oceti Sakowin Camp! Weathering the blizzards, bitter cold and snow, Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is live! Thanks to Govinda of Earthcycles will beginning again the broadcast, online and in camp at 87.9 FM, listen on your car radios in camp! E-mail: spiritresistanceradio@gmail.com Please send comments, insights and things to share!

Mohawk Nation News \’Plain Speak\’


Mohawk Nation News
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MNN. Dec. 27, 2016. A tyrant doesn t suddenly take power. The people hand it over, out of fear and a desire for safety. At Standing Rock the army is attacking and trying to kill us for our own safety ! FAKE NEWS IS PROPAGANDA!

Steps to fascism.
War is tyrannical power based on lies, to get the power they sought in the first place. False flag terrorism leads to setting up dictatorial empires.
The rulers create the crisis, ask for emergency powers, suspend civil liberties and do away with the true democratic process. Emergency powers outlive the emergency.
Civil disorder is anti-government terrorism and race wars, like white cops killing black people and state/corporate theft of resources or unexplained fears of certain races, other states and even outer space aliens. THREATENING PROTESTORS & PETITIONERS IS FASCISM!

Trump says in effect: I m a liar because I m a politician. So what!
The government that plans to seize power practices open in-your-face corruption.
The patriotic sounding leader conducts endless conflict. Artificial crises are generated from inside and outside for the government to respond to. Civilians are attacked. Internal critics are silenced.
Justice is almost non-existent. An oppressive police state is welcomed. Liberty is taken away little by little. Slavery is delivered unnoticed through thunderous applause.
The soldiers coming from the front become the jackboot oppressors. DECLARING A MINORITY AS AN INTERNAL ENEMY AND CALLING FOR MILITARIZED UNITY IS FASCISM! They murder their own people in civil disobedience scenarios. The state exonerates them from punishment. Concentration of power under one ruler is fascism.
Enemies worldwide are created. World war is called for. The same corporate interests for both sides create weapons and the rules of war. A super military is set up.
Only the persistent telling of the real and full truth can counter lies. The public must understand the emotional, psychological motives and financial interests of the corporation. They must know the facts about us.
State terrorism exploits the fears of the people. Temporary power with great promises are offered. Unlawful orders are passed for unlawful wars. Martial law order, security and efficiency are imposed. Former President Bush declared in effect, If you aren t with us, you re a terrorist?
The US and Canada are rogue states. The wars they serve are unlawful. The current standoff at Standing Rock is illegal.
The perpetrators must be arrested for terrorism and looting of our property and resources. The fraudulent tribal and band councils are the corporation s foot soldiers at the grassroots. Floyd Red Crow Westerman sang about the fraud, We are not your INDIAN anymore :
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LET S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND : Politicians, Corporatists, Band & Tribal Councils and sell-outs that are cooperating with pipeline companies;
ENERGY TRANSFER STRATEGIST: Michael (Cliff) Waters, Lead Analyst 77002 (713), 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
NORTH DAKOTA: Office of the Governor Jack Darymple: 701-328-2200; Morton County Sheriff s Department: 701-328-8118 & 701-667-3330; Allen Koppy Morton County Attorney 701.667.3350; N.D. National Guard: 701-333-2000; Army Corps of Engineers (202) 761-5903
U.S. Embassy Worldwide & Ottawa, 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8: (General): 613-688-5335, (Emergency): 613-238-5335, (Media): 613-688-5315 Fax: 613-688-3082, US Embassy of the United States, London UK, Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000, White House Washington 202-456-1111 or (202) 456-1414
ENERGY TRANSFER, 214.981.0700: Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President, 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400, San Antonio, Texas 78258 (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com Glenn Emery, Vice President (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
Call Bernie Sanders202-224-5142; Call Hillary Clinton 646-854-1432

With Thanks to Censored News 10 Million Readers of Standing Rock Water Protectors!

Standing Rock Water Protectors, Censored News 2016

By Brenda Norrell Censored News Today we begin our countdown into the New Year, with a look back, and thank you, to all of you who made Censored News a reality for the past decade. We did it together, with no advertising, grants, revenues or salaries! We begin our celebration with the news that Censored News jumped from 5 million page views this year, to 15 million! There were 10 million people reading about the water protectors of Standing Rock Camp on Censored News. Around the world — thanks to our translators and co-publishers Alice Holemans in Belgium, and Christine Prat in France, translating into Dutch and French — Censored News took the message of “Water is Life,” and “No Surrender” around the world. This would not have happened without the direct action of Red Warrior Camp, the Warriors who raced into battle in the Spirit of Crazy Horse, and it would not have happened without the prayers of tens of thousands of Water Protectors, Chiefs and Headsmen, and it would not have happened without the first call of LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard , and Joye Braun , Lakota, who shared the urgent call. It would not have happened without the Native youths, the youths who ran to Washington DC last summer, and the Crow Creek youth riders, who became an image of hope, the next generation for Horse Nation. A special thank you to our team who went to Standing Rock in August and September, Govinda Dalton of Earthcycles and Michelle Cook , Dine\’, who set up Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio. Michelle is also founding member of the legal collective. Thank you to Rob Wilson Photography and all the photographers; Atsa E\’sha Hoferer , Unicorn Riot and all the live streamers on the frontlines; and Tiokasin Ghosthorse , Brian M Frisina , Alvon Griffin and all the radio hosts around the world who shared the work of Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio! Thanks to each of you who worked behind the scenes to share the news and fine tune the radio audios for listeners around the world. Thank you for reading and supporting Censored News, now in its 11th year! Best to each of you in the coming year! Brenda Norrell, Censored News publisher

Standing Rock — DAPL Threatens Lives of Water Protectors in Prayer by Olivia Bias

Article and Photos by Olivia Bias Censored News
Olivia Bias reports on the militarized police and Dakota Access Pipeline security attack on water protectors on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016.
The report said there were 15-20 with shields, 6-8 armored vehicles, a bunch of vans, a sound cannon and water cannons that rolled out again, this time around Turtle Island sacred site and Heyoka Camp.
“Nothing has changed. We are still here protecting ourselves against imperialism and ecocide,” Olivia said.
“Earlier we went to the bridge and prayed, took a few pictures. Concrete barriers and razor wire are still up, vehicles were moved days ago, bridge inspection will take \’thirty days.\’ A gun was pulled on us by DAPL mercen aries.”
DAPL mercenaries “stated that if we touched the barbed wire we would be shot. People tried speaking to them reasonably. When I told them the pollution from these oil spills invades my womb and breast milk for the next seven thousand generations they walked back to their cars.”
“We will post video later. We went up on the bridge again later praying with the drum, got on our knees and prayed. Some people, unarmed as always, walked off into the field not far from the bridge and were shot with rubber bullets by cops.”
“Unfortunately 4 scouting from Sacred Stone were arrested, but this was unrelated to our group.”
“I didn\’t go on Turtle Island. Prayers have been laid there. I told the feds to get off the gravesites and sacred site.”
Video posted by Last Real Indians

Thank you to Olivia Bias for allowing us to share your words and photos.

Water Protectors Arrested, Shot At, During Prayer Dec. 27, 2016


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CANNON BALL RIVER, North Dakota — Water Protectors gathered for prayer, and climbed to the top of Turtle Island, yesterday, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. There were at least four arrests reported, with projectiles fired at water protectors by police.
Johnny Dangers reports as the struggle to protect the Missouri and Cannon Ball Rivers, and Treaty Land, continues. “Water Protectors peacefully gathered on the Barricaded Bridge. Humvees and many police vehicles waiting closely behind. Five, less than lethal rounds fired. Water Protectors have now left the bridge.
“Earlier today: Water Protectors are in a Prayer Circle at the top of Turtle Island and are at the Constantina wire with massive police mobilization close behind! Water Cannons drove out but turned around. Police armed with less than lethal weapons.

“2 pm today: Police Arrest and Violate the Religious Freedoms of 4 Peaceful Water Protectors Praying by the Mni Wiconi on a Peaceful Prayer Walk! Share Everywhere! Praying peacefully is a right all people have! Police mobilizing 5+ Humvees and massive presence!
“Confirmed Arrested are Tawasi, Liotta, Likely Justin in a Santa Suit and one Peaceful Warrior. Call the Jail at 701-667-3318 and demand they release Peaceful Protectors who were praying. Let us know what they say! Share to spread the word and help to get them released!”
More than 1,000 people have survived in the big camp, Oceti Sakowin, through the blizzards, with more at Sacred Stones Camp and other camps near Standing Rock Indian Nation.

Follow Johnny Dangers and Johnny K. Dangers for continued updates on the situation and more on defeating the Black Snake!
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On Tuesday, Dakota Access Pipeline mercenaries threatened to shoot water protectors. Others were arrested, including a Native youth dressed as Santa Claus, while police protecting the private pipeline fired rubber bullets at those in prayer, water protectors protecting the Missouri and Cannon Ball Rivers. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/12/standing-rock-dapl-threatens-lives-of.html

Dakota 38 Spiritual Ride — Photos by Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson

Photos Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson
Honor the Earth
Mankato, Minnesota, Dec. 26, 2016

Circled up and rode out. Final day of the # Dakota38 +2 A spiritual Ride out of Land of Memories into Mankato where the largest m ass US public execution happened in our dark history of settlers ordered by President Lincoln. This day marks a day of healing for our people. Never forgotten. # NoMoreDakotaExile Thank you for allowing Censored News to share your photos.

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio Live Dec. 27, 2016

Photo Liz McKenzie
Photo Kanahus Manuel

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is live again! Listen online, and at 87.9 FM in camp! Govinda is streaming live now, as kids are sledding. There\’s a horse and sleigh, and spirits are good at the big camp, where 1,000 people remain, regardless of the blizzards! Listen now! Resist! UPDATE: As soon as this grassroots radio station hit the airwaves, and we publicized it, BAM! it was knocked offline just now, Tuesday, Dec, 27, 2016, 3 pm Central time. Govinda said a helicopter was flying overhead, and then the online streaming station was knocked offline. We will continue to struggle against these dark forces that knock it offline. In August and September, Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio programs were rebroadcast from coast to coast, and around the world, carrying the message of the people, “Water is Life,” and “Dakota Access Pipeline,” from Standing Rock Camp!

American Indian Airwaves — Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin Lead NO! DAPL Action Los Angeles

Watch videos Part I and Part II: NO DAPL Action Los Angeles

More on this video — A virtual media blackout, again no surprise. Also, upon all of encroaching the Wells Fargo branch on 1600 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA, Wells Fargo officials closed their doors and prohibited anyone from entering or existing. Inside the Wells Fargo branch, however, was Gloria Arellanes, a Tongva elder and community activist. Wells Fargo officials falsely imprisoned her – prohibited her from leaving. Subsequently, she called 911 and when the Los Angeles Police arrived, they instructed Wells Fargo to release her. You see Gloria Arellanes exiting the Wells Fargo branch about 17 minutes into the Part 1 of the video. Gloria continues speaking in the first section of Part 2 of the videos. Best to you and take care, Larry

Thank you American Indian Airwaves for sharing with Censored News!
Listen to American Indian Airwaves on KPFK on Soundcloud
Jane Fonda, Tokota Iron Eyes (Standing Rock Sioux Nation), youth activist and daughter of Chase Iron Eyes; Delores Huerta, activist, and Frances Fisher, actress and activist. https://soundcloud.com/ burntswamp/aia_22dec2016 https://www.youtube.com/ playlist?list=PLda- nXxpMYzbpWFhmPmQy4u2gdJ11yZat https://www.youtube.com/ playlist?list=PLda- nXxpMYzahT5NuAC4YnGiZKRNDgvky
Thursday, 12/22/2016, on American Indian Airwaves, 7pm to 8pm (PCT)
The 12/21/2016 Defunding the DAPL Action at Kawee nga (Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA):
An exclusive interview with Jane Fonda, Tokota Iron Eyes, Delores Huerta, and Frances Fisher
Part 1: Jane Fonda, activist, Indigenous supporter, and actress of Grace and Frankie (2015-17) ( www.janefonda.com/ ); Tokota Iron Eyes (Standing Rock Sioux Nation), youth activist and daughter of Chase Iron Eyes; Delores Huerta, activist and organizer ( doloreshuerta.org ), and Frances Fisher, actress and activist( www.imdb.com/name/ nm0004920/ ), exclusively join us for the first segment of tonight s program for an in exclusive interview to discuss their participation, along with 600 to 800 people, in the December 21st, 2016 BANKEXIT Action with Jane Fonda that transpired in front of the Wells Fargo Branch at 1600 Vine St., Hollywood, CA and Chase Bank -which temporarily closed, their opposition to Energy Transfer Partner s Dakota Access Pipeline Project, Dakota Access everywhere, settler colonialism, civic engagement, temporary imprisonment, plus more.
The BankExit Action is part of a larger divestment movement to defund Energy Transfer Partner s Dakota Access Pipeline Project ( www.defunddapl.org ). Jane Fonda s BankExit action was accompanied by Indigenous activist, non-Indigenous supporters, and well-known activist and actresses such as Lily Tomlin ( www.imdb.com/name/nm0005499/ ) and Catherine Keener ( www.imdb.com/name/nm0001416/ ) to name just a few.
Part 2: Frances Fisher, actress and activist, and briefly, Lori Woodley, founder of All It Takes ( allittakes.org ) join us to discuss their participation in the December 21st, 2016 BANKEXIT Action with Jane Fonda that transpired in front of the Wells Fargo Branch at 1600 Vine St., Hollywood, CA and Chase Bank -which temporarily closed – and their opposition to Energy Transfer Partner s Dakota Access Pipeline Project. Frances recently returned from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and she shares her experiences and learning with listeners, as well as discusses settler colonialism, civic engagement and responsibilities, plus more.
American Indian Airwaves regularly broadcast every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angles, FM 98.7 in Santa Barbara, FM 99.5 China Lake, FM 93.7 North San Diego, WCRS FM 98.3/102.1 in Columbus, OH, and on the Internet @ www.kpfk.org .
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The 12/21/2016, Defunding the DAPL Action at Kawee nga (Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA) – Press Conference. As part of an international divestment movement to defund Energy Transfer Partner\’s Dakota Access Pipeline, over 600 to 800 hundred Mother Earth and Water Protectors showed up to support people closing their bank accounts at Wells Fargo, 1600 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA on December 21st, 2016. Wells Fargo is one of several financial institutions funding the Black Snake (Dakota Access Pipeline Project”). The Action was joined by Indigenous activist Gloria Arrellanes (Tongva Elder) and Tokota Iron Eyes (Standing Rock Sioux Nation and Youth Activist) and celebrity activist luminaries such as: Jane Fonda, Delores Huerta, Catherine Keener, Frances Fisher, Lily Tomlin, and more. For more information on defunding Energy Transfer Partner\’s Dakota Access Pipeline visit: http://www.defunddapl.org .

VIDEO above — Published on Dec 23, 2016 The 12/21/2016, Defunding the DAPL Action at Kawee nga (Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA) – Press Conference. As part of an international divestment movement to defund Energy Transfer Partner\’s Dakota Access Pipeline, over 600 to 800 hundred Mother Earth and Water Protectors showed up to support people closing their bank accounts at Wells Fargo, 1600 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA on December 21st, 2016. Wells Fargo is one of several financial institutions funding the Black Snake (Dakota Access Pipeline Project”). The Action was joined by Indigenous activist Gloria Arrellanes (Tongva Elder) and Tokota Iron Eyes (Standing Rock Sioux Nation and Youth Activist) and celebrity activist luminaries such as: Jane Fonda, Delores Huerta, Catherine Keener, Frances Fisher, Lily Tomlin, and more. For more information on defunding Energy Transfer Partner\’s Dakota Access Pipeline visit: http://www.defunddapl.org. To listen to an inclusive interview with Jane Fonda, Tokota Iron Eyes, Delores Huerta, and Frances Fisher on American Indian Airwaves visit: https://soundcloud.com/ burntswamp/aia_22dec2016 American Indian Airwaves is a weekly Indigenous public affairs radio program broadcasting on Thursdays from 7pm to 8pm on KPFK FM 90.7 Los Angeles (http://www.kpfk.org ). Category

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CENSORED NEWS: January 2010

Spooks and Apartheid Maker Team Up in Haiti

Spooks and Apartheid Contractors Team Up in Haiti Posted by Brenda Norrell – January 31, 2010 at 8:49 am Narcosphere Evergreen and Elbit are flying surveillance over Haiti orphanages By Brenda Norrell
Photo: Elbit drone
CIA contractor Evergreen International Aviation, Inc., and the Israeli border spy contractor Elbit Systems, have teamed up to fly surveillance drones over Haiti orphanages in the remote mountains of Haiti. As Danske Bank divested in Elbit investments because of Elbit\’s ethics violations, Evergreen publicly announced it has teamed up with Elbit for air surveillance of Haiti orphanages. Elbit, the Israeli defense contractor, built surveillance equipment on the Palestine border. Elbit was subcontracted by Boeing to construct spy technology on the Arizona border. Evergreen, with long standing ties to the CIA, is based in McMinnville, Oregon. In Haiti, Evergreen announced it has flown “missions to survey rural orphanages in Haiti employing Elbit Systems\’ Skylark I LE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The team flew missions from the mountains of Haiti at 5,200 feet in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince.” “Evergreen Unmanned Systems was supported by Elbit Systems of Israel, using its Skylark I LE System, to fly into these areas searching for signs of life. Evergreen Helicopters donated airlift support to position both teams into the region,” Evergreen said in a statement, calling it a “pioneering effort” between Evergreen and Elbit. The use of drones in Haiti follows the protest in November at Fort Huachuca Army Intelligence Center in Arizona. Human rights activists demanded a halt to US torture and the use of drones, unmanned aircraft, by the US military for rogue assassinations which are also killing civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. More: Danske divested of Elbit, because of surveillance provided at the wall between Israel and the West Bank, and Africa Israel investments: http://www.cphpost.dk/component/content/48048.html?task=view Evergreen press statement on teaming up with Elbit: http://www.evergreenaviation.com/p_releases/012810.html Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Detained in Oaxaca: Human Rights Violations

Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com OAXACA, Mexico — “On Thursday January 28, at around 9 p.m. Andrea Caraballo, Guadalupe Rodriguez Lopez, James Wells and Jennifer Lawhorne were eating ice cream in the zocalo of Oaxaca. At that time, one of us recognized the face of the governor of Oaxaca who was about nine feet away from us. As a friend of Brad Will, a U.S. journalist who was killed in Oaxaca in 2006, one of us took advantage of the governor\’s presence to ask him about the case of Mr. Will, which to this day remains unresolved. We didn\’t receive a response from the governor who continued walking and we continued strolling in the zocalo with our ice creams. Five minutes later, between six and eight police agents, some in official uniform and others dressed in plainclothes, surrounded us … Read article after their release from jail: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/01/detained-in-oaxaca-human-rights.html

LISTEN: Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman, First Voices Indigenous Radio

Chairman Joseph Bring Plenty\’s segment begins around 10:35ish. To access interview: www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org OR http://archive.wbai.org/ and scroll down to Jan.28th 10AM [EDT] Thursday, January 28, 2010first_voices_01_28_2010.MP3 Dahoud Andre and Miriam Neptune Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees – speak regarding the relief efforts being denied by the U.S militarization in Haiti. Joseph Brings Plenty- Cheyenne River (Lakota) Sioux Tribe- Chairman on the declared “disaster area” by the Governor Rounds of South Dakota – during the third of major ice and snowstorms that has devastated the CRSTs since early Dec. 2009. The noticeable effect of an “emergency” would be relief efforts by the Red Cross or Federal Emergency Management Agency, until this date 1-28-10 “FEMA has not shown up on Cheyenne River and what Red Cross aid there is for Natives on this reservation is sparse at best”. The National Guard is assisting with restoring power and water resources but with 10-21 days. Meanwhile, subzero temperatures, no water, no gasoline, no stores or businesses, no schools and no power keep services inadequate for most of the members on and near the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Reservations. For help and information, call the CRST Emergency Coordination Center at (605) 964-7711 (or -7712) — – Tiokasin GhosthorseOyate Tokaheya Wicakiye FIRST VOICES INDIGENOUS RADIO Thursdays 1Oam-11am www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org 212.209.2800 switchboard Broadcast Info WBAI NY 99.5 FM120 Wall Street, 10th Floor New York, NY 10005 Streaming: www.wbai.org Pacifica Radio Network WJFF 90.5 FM Jeffersonville, NYW233AH 94.5 FM Monticello, NY Streaming: www.wjffradio.org WPKN 89. 5 FM Bridgeport – New Haven, Conn. Streaming www.wpkn.org WPKM 88.7 FM Montauk, NY Westerly, Rhode Island New London, Conn. Streaming www.wpkn.org COMING SOON!KVNF 90.9 FM Paonia, Colorado www.kvnf.org 99.1 FM Grand Valley, Grand Junction88.7 FM Lake City98.3 FM Hotchkiss Crawford 88.9 FM Ridgway 90.1 FM Ouray KVMT 89.1 FM Uncompahgre Valley Montrose Delta KUNM 89.9 Albuquerque, Santa Fe KBOM 88.7 Socorro KRRT 90.9 Arroyo Seco – Taos KRRE 91.9 Las VegasKRAR 91.9 Espa olaK220EM 91.9 NageeziK216CT 90.5 Eagle NestK216CU 91.1 Cuba Please visit: www.Ghosthorse.biz www.myspace.com/ghosthorseksa SKYPE: Tiokasin CRAZY HORSE (His Horse Is Enchanted) 1877 said this smoking a pipe with Sitting Bull 4 days before his assassination. “Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one.”

Disaster Declared: Cheyenne River Sioux

DISASTER DECLARED ON THE CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX INDIAN RESERVATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA Photo: Juanita Oros/West River Eagle News/Fallen power poles at a community pow-wow ground after a storm hit Ziebach and Dewey counties in South Dakota. For Immediate Release: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Incident Command System For further information: Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman (605) 964-4155 Leo Fischer, Tri-County/Mni Waste Water System (605) 365-6940 Natalie Stites, Public Information Officer, Incident Command System (715) 896-0158, Natalie.stites@gmail.com January 28, 2010 Severe Ice Storms and Freezing Temperatures Have Knocked Down 3,000 Utility Poles Tribal Residents Have Been Without Electricity, Heat and Running Water for Six Days. EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. The Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared a State of Emergency in central South Dakota, an Indian reservation approximately the size of Connecticut with nearly 15,000 Tribal members. The Tribe is still awaiting Presidential disaster declaration. Days of ice storms and strong winds have downed over 3,000 utility poles across the reservation. Thousands of already impoverished tribal residents have been without electricity or heat for five days, with wind chill factors well below zero. Experts estimate it may be as long as a month before all areas have electricity restored. Making matters worse, said Tribal Chairman Joe Brings Plenty, the loss of electricity has also knocked out the Reservation s aging water system. We have no running water on the entire Reservation, it is also affecting of Reservation communities such as Faith, whose water is supplied from pipes running through the Reservation. The Tribe is working hard to bring families in, out of the cold and into shelters. The South Dakota National Guard, The State s Department of Public Safety as well as the Army Corps of Engineers have come to the reservation and supplied some emergency generators. The Tribe would especially like to thank Wal-Mart for providing emergency food and supplies, and the Navajo Nation for sending up a tribal utility crew to help with the downed electrical lines. However, much more assistance is still needed. No one facility can host a shelter large enough for all the Tribal residents; additional generators are needed to set up additional shelters. The Tribe s one and only grocery store has lost all of its perishables; additional food is needed. Also, dialysis patients have had to be evacuated to Rapid City. Donations Needed: MEDICAL NEEDS: Dialysis Patients/Glucose Strips/Financial Support for Hotels * The dialysis patients have all been evacuated three hours away to Rapid City, SD. They are staying in hotels for at least a week and half, probably longer. The Tribe is looking into reimbursement sources from CMS and IHS, but in the interim financial contributions are needed to help the families pay for their hotel expenses and food. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help with these expenses. You can contribute at any Wells Fargo or send to the Rapid City branch. http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_ec833f00-0a38-11df-a62b-001cc4c002e0.html CONTRIBUTIONS: Wells Fargo Cheyenne Dialysis Patients (c/o Dew Bad Warrior) Acct. #: 5815904338 1615 N 7th St. Rapid City, SD 55701 * Medical Items Need on the Reservation itself (shipping address below): * Glucose Strips * First Aid Kits * Children s Tylenol * Children s Cough Syrup NEEDED SUPPLIES: A big thank you to Wal-Mart for sending some initial food and supplies!! Additional items are needed, especially for the communities whose electricity is expected to be down for up to 30 days. Please forward to any companies that manufacture these items that may be of assistance. * CONTRIBUTIONS: Can be made directly to the Tribe s emergency fund listed below. * IN KIND: Or if you prefer to make in-kind donations: * Non-perishable food * Cots * Heat sources (heaters & fuel) * Camp stoves & fuel * Light sources: * Lithium 1, 2 and 3 batteries for law enforcement * Lamps/Batteries/Lamp Oil * Toiletries * Toilet paper * Paper products for the shelters * Pampers/formula * Hand/baby wipes/Hand sanitizer FINANCIAL DONATIONS: The Tribe has depleted its emergency budget with the two blizzards that already hit the reservation since December. It needs funds to help buy food and supplies for the community and volunteers, to pay for gas and overtime for the workers, to replace the motor at the water pump station that was destroyed, etc. Any financial donations are much appreciated. The Tribe is also trying to set up on-line donations but that may take some time. WIRE DONATIONS TO: Cheyenne River Sioux 2010 Disaster Account Direct to: United Bkrs Bloomington ABA # 091 001 322 Beneficiary Bank: Account Number 250 3373 State Bank of Eagle Butte Eagle Butte, SD 57625 Final Credit: Account Holder @ UBB Customers Bank Account Holder: CRST 2010 Disaster, Account Number 103173 MAIL CHECK DONATIONS TO: TO: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/2010 Disaster Account Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman s Office Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Fund PO Box 590 2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices) Eagle Butte, SD 57625 SHIP SUPPLIES TO: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman s Office Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Supplies PO Box 590 2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices) Eagle Butte, SD 57625 CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX CONTACTS: Robin Le Beau, Chairman s Assistant c (610) 568-2101 Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman c (605) 365-6548 CRST Emergency Coordination Center (605) 964-7711 (7712)

Cheyenne River Sioux waiting disaster declaration from Obama

CRST awaiting disaster declaration by president Obama

Rapid City Native American Culture Examiner Evelyn Broecher
Photo: Chairman Joseph Brings Plenty
The first Native Tribe to officially support Barack Obama for president is now waiting for him to declare the reservation a disaster. According to a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) press release, 3,000 utility poles were downed during recent severe storms. CRST Chairman, Joseph Brings Plenty, has declared a state of emergency. Thousands of CRST residents have been without water, heat, and electricity for six days as of this morning. Experts relate it may be as long as one month to restore power across the reservation. Wind-chill factors in central South Dakota have been subzero. Read article: http://www.examiner.com/x-34368-Rapid-City-Native-American-Culture-Examiner~y2010m1d27-CRST-awaiting-disaster-declaration-by-president-Obama

Cheyenne River Sioux Emergency Relief 2010

Cheyenne River Sioux Emergency Relief 2010

Robin Le Beau, Chairman s Assistant: (610) 568-2101 Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman: (605) 365-6548 CRST Emergency Coordination Center: (605) 964-7711 Steve Abott, Harvard University Native American Program, steven_abbott@harvard.edu Phone: 617/495-9058 January 28, 2010 Press statement
Photo Keloland TV CAMBRIDGE, S.D. Native American Caucus students at the Harvard Kennedy School are taking action in response to the inadequate national response to the crisis on Indian reservations in the Dakotas due to severe ice storms and freezing temperatures. Last weekend, a powerful snow and ice storm ripped through the region, felling power lines, and cutting off power and water to thousands of South Dakotans, many of them on the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Indian Reservations. When full power and water will be restored remains in question. The ice storms cut off electricity in an area about the size of Connecticut. With no electricity, no heat, no running water, and a wind chill below zero, a crisis is mounting. The Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared a state of emergency for his community and is calling for immediate assistance. The tribes are working hard to bring families in out of the cold into shelters. The South Dakota National Guard, the State s Department of Public Safety as well as the Army Corps of Engineers have come to the reservation and supplied some emergency generators. Help also is coming in the Red Cross and other tribes. But even with this assistance these tribes, among the poorest communities in the United States, are not able to meet the overwhelming needs of their communities. Outside the frozen plains of the Dakotas, this human crisis has received little attention. The Native American Caucus student organization at Harvard Kennedy School would be grateful to American citizens to give the spotlight to their fellow Native American citizens. They are in great need of your help and aid. The American People need to be aware of this emergency situation. To assist the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Tribes, contact Stacy LaCompte at Wakpa Sica Reconciliation Place at (605) 280-8588. MEDICAL NEEDS: Dialysis Patients/Glucose Strips/Financial Support for Hotels The dialysis patients have all been evacuated three hours away to Rapid City, SD. They are staying in hotels for at least a week and half, probably longer. Financial contributions are needed to help the families pay for their hotel expenses and food. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help with these expenses. You can contribute at any Wells Fargo or send to the Rapid City branch. http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_ec833f00-0a38-11df-a62b-001cc4c002e0.html CONTRIBUTIONS: Wells Fargo Cheyenne Dialysis Patients (c/o Dew Bad Warrior) Acct. #: 5815904338 1615 N 7th St. Rapid City, SD 55701 Medical Items Need on the Reservation itself (shipping address below): Glucose Strips First Aid Kits Children s Tylenol Children s Cough Syrup FINANCIAL DONATIONS: The Tribe has depleted its emergency budget with the two blizzards that already hit the reservation since December. It needs funds to help buy food and supplies for the community and volunteers, to pay for gas and overtime for the workers, to replace the motor at the water pump station that was destroyed, etc. WIRE DONATIONS TO: Cheyenne River Sioux 2010 Disaster Account Direct to: United Bkrs Bloomington ABA # 091 001 322 Beneficiary Bank: Account Number 250 3373 State Bank of Eagle Butte Eagle Butte, SD 57625 Final Credit: Account Holder @ UBB Customers Bank Account Holder: CRST 2010 Disaster, Account Number 103173 MAIL CHECK DONATIONS TO: TO: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/2010 Disaster Account Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman s Office Attn: Ice Storm Emergency Fund PO Box 590 2001 Main Street (Tribal Offices) Eagle Butte, SD 57625 CHEYNNNE RIVER SIOUX CONTACTS: Robin Le Beau, Chairman s Assistant: (610) 568-2101 Joe Brings Plenty, Tribal Chairman: (605) 365-6548 CRST Emergency Coordination Center: (605) 964-7711

CNN & US Relief: Censorship and Scams

While CNN censors the emergency in the Dakotas, the US funnels relief dollars to the US military with George W. Bush taking the lead http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2010/01/cnn-censors-dakotas-emergency-us-scams-dollars-relief Posted by Brenda Norrell – January 29, 2010 at 11:37 am Lakotas on Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Sioux Indian lands are suffering, while the United States focuses on Haiti. Today, Lakotas have organized a telephone campaign to demand CNN cover the emergency in the Dakotas, where people have been without power and water for up to six days. Many elderly and children are suffering without heat, water, medicine and food. Alex White Plume, Lakota on Pine Ridge, S.D., is taking water to Cheyenne River Sioux. “We are starting a group to haul water to the residents on the Eagle Butte rez. They have been without water and electricity for six days today. My brother Percy is collecting fuel money to haul water to the people from Bridger, S.D. We have it hard here, at least we have water. We have to help our relatives.” Meanwhile, 33 cents of each US dollar to Haiti is going to the US military. Bill Quigley, human rights attorney sleeping on the ground with everyone else in Haiti, reports that very little food and water is reaching Haiti communities. This comes as little surprise to those who noticed that Obama selected war criminal George W. Bush to cochair the Haiti relief with Bill Clinton. Instead of being held accountable for war crimes in violation of the Geneva Conventions, Bush is once again in a noble position, one which allows him to disappear US funds. US Relief Scam : AP/Haiti Relief: “Each American dollar roughly breaks down like this: 42 cents for disaster assistance, 33 cents for U.S. military aid , nine cents for food, nine cents to transport the food, five cents for paying Haitian survivors for recovery efforts, just less than one cent to the Haitian government, and about half a cent to the Dominican Republic. ” http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100127/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_haiti_us_aid Bill Quigley in Haiti: http://www.counterpunch.org/quigley01292010.html

CNN Censors Emergency in Dakotas

ONLINE ACTION FOR PINE RIDGE RESERVATION TODAY FROM AUTUMN TWOBULLS: Friends, Relative and supports of the Lakota Nations- Support us in this efforts to bring change. To all my Relations, friends and supporters: I have been told that your area news and the National news will not carry the story for my people unless and until CNN carries it. Each day someone has told me they have gone to CNN on Facebook, their website, or called into report our story, since the 12/20/09 State of Emergency was issued. I am asking that we all come together TODAY, Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 6pm Atlantic; 5pm Eastern time, 4pm Central, etc. pick up your phone and call the direct line to the CNN News Room at 404-827-2658. Someone needs to post here all phone numbers into CNN. We want to inundate CNN with the voices of people who care and you must be relentless in your call. At the same time we want you to handle an email campaign listed below. When you call, they will try to attempt to move your call to a computerized public info line. First – tell them what state you are calling from and your name. Then ask them, When are you going to be reporting on the situation of the American Indians of North and South Dakota? Second, do not let them try to forward you, let them know that you know that the National Guard and the Red Cross have been called into certain Reservations. Lastly, when you hang up, pick up the phone and call again. The people of this country needs to let CNN know that while you empathize with the situation in Haiti and we know that many of you have rightfully done as the children on Pine Ridge had been doing and collecting food and money to be sent, that you are wondering why money is leaving this country while the only reporting on the AP wires has been from within the states of North and South Dakota AP Presses. At the same time that those of you who can afford to call CNN are calling, to those of you who can multi-task or be online, please go now to cnn . com and click on the iReport button and register. If you are on or near one of the Reservations in South & North Dakota, please upload your pictures – but wait – lets all do this together for three full hours. Do not worry about your grammar, do not worry about your spelling, simply tell the truth of the situation from your heart. Wopila Tanka Autumn Two Bulls Lets Work Together!

Red Nation Film Festival Winners 2010

Congratulations to winners at the Red Nation Film Festival Photo: Best Documentary Short: In the Footsteps of Yellow Woman, Camille Manybeads Tso, 13, interviews familoy about Longest Walk Read article: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/01/red-nation-film-festival-winners-2010.html Best Film: The Twilight Saga NEW MOON, Director: Chris Weitz Best Director: The Ghost Riders, Director: V. Blackhawk Aamodt Best Actor: Chaske Spencer New Moon /The Twilight Saga Best Actress: Tinsel Korey New Moon /The Twilight Saga Best Documentary Feature: Crude, Director: Joe Berlinger Best Woman Documentary Feature: For The Next 7 Generation /The 13 Grandmothers, Director: Carole Hart Best Documentary Short: In The Footsteps of Yellow Woman, Director: Camille Manybeads Tso Best Editor: Red Nation Film Festival Short, Montano Rain Best Music Video: Michael Jackson, Black or White Red Nation Student Women Film Project Winners: Lumbini Park – Directed by Eve LaFountain (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) A Thousand Unsaid Words – Directed by Katrina Montoya (Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) The Hand Drum – Directed by Stephanie Painter (Shoshone/Washoe/Oneida) A NIGHT OF TRIBUTE AWARDS CEREMONY recipients were: “Red Nation Vision Award In Loving Memory to Michael Jackson Black or White Edward Albert Jr Indigenous Film Award Edward James Olmos, Actor Brando Award Joe Berlinger, director of Crude Lifetime Achievement Award Graham Greene, Actor Best Network Award CBS Corporation Television Heritage Media Award James Ramos, San Manuel Tribe Red Nation Theatre Playwright Award Richard Montoya, Culture Clash Red Nation Humanartian Award Leonard Peltier, Activist Red Nation Activists Award Atossa Soltani, Director of Amazon Watch Red Nation Community Award Christine Padilla, Community Volunteer Lakota Nation

Let Us Prey: A Tale of Two Clergymen

Let Us Prey: A Tale of Two Clergymen By Hidden from History http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org/ Reverend Russell Crossley raped women and even young girls for over thirty years before he was arrested. The truth is he was caught right away, in the mid 1960 s, when as a young clergyman in the United Church of Canada he was named as a rapist by one of the parishioners whom he had assaulted. Read article: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/01/let-us-prey-tale-of-two-clergymen.html

Venezuela forgives Haiti debt; CITGO ships 120 tons aid

By Alaska Inter-Tribal Council Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com ALASKA — This is a very heartwarming and compelling story, that we felt should be shared. The Citgo / Venezuela heating oil relief program has literally saved lives here in Alaska, and the generosity of the Venezuelan people has provided great social change. The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez announced on Monday, January 25, that the Venezuelan government will forgive any Venezuelan debts held by Haiti. During a meeting of the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the Venezuelan president said that in view of the tragedy suffered by the Caribbean nation, its debt will be not only be forgiven, but the Venezuelan oil supply to the country will continue. President Chavez Proposes ALBA countries to Create Humanitarian Fund for Haiti. Likewise, the Venezuelan head of state proposed the creation of a $100 million Humanitarian Fund to strengthen the aid offered by the ALBA countries to Haiti. President Chavez explained that the fund will be financed by the governments, peoples and companies that integrate the Latin American organization. As a complement to the Venezuelan Aid, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, and its charitable organization, the Sim n Bol var Foundation, havestarted the shipment to Port-Au-Prince of 120 tons of humanitarian aid, in coordination with the Embassies of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Haiti in the United States. This effort complements the contributions of the Venezuelan people through their government, led by President Hugo Ch vez, with the goal of alleviating the suffering of the thousands of people left homeless following the earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12. Read article at Censored News: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/01/venezuela-forgives-haiti-debt-citgo.html

Eagle Butte, SD: Without water and electricity for six days

Cheyenne River Sioux desperation ignored by most, but Lakotas from Pine Ridge are carrying them water From Alex White Plume, Lakota on Pine Ridge, S.D.: “We are starting a group to haul water to the residents on the Eagle Butte rez. They have been without water and electricity for six days today. My brother Percy is collecting fuel money to haul water to the people from Bridger, S.D. We have it hard here, at least we have water. We have to help our relatives.” Water Woes Worsen On Reservation Keloland News The worst of the storm is over the lights are turning on for more people across keloland. But for some on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation there\’s another problem, no water. It is pretty serious. We have quite a few families that are without water at this point. And quite a bit of families that are, homes that are without electricity also, tribal chairman Joseph Brings Plenty said. The power outage made water scarce on the reservation, but now the whole system is down. Eagle Butte has run out and so have other communities. Some could be without more than a week. It\’s already been days without water for Blaine Nordvold on his ranch south of Eagle Butte. It promises to be days more. Read more: http://www.keloland.com/News/NewsDetail6371.cfm?Id = Rapid City Journal: “The power outages and water shortages plaguing most of north central South Dakota made refugees out of 35 kidney dialysis patients from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and their caregivers, stranding them in Rapid City.” http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_ec833f00-0a38-11df-a62b-001cc4c002e0.html Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe out of water after storm Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Filed Under: Environment National http://www.indianz.com The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe declared a state of emergency after thousands went without water following a severe winter storm. The system that supplies water to 14,000 people failed when the power went out on the reservation. Generators that were brought in malfunctioned and water might not be restored until Friday. It is pretty serious. We have quite a few families that are without water at this point. And quite a bit of families that are, homes that are without electricity also, Chairman Joseph Brings Plenty told KELO-TV. The tribe has set up shelters across the reservation and imposed an 8pm curfew. Get the Story: http://www.indianz.com Families Relocating (KOTA 1/27) Water Woes Worsen On Reservation (KELO-TV 1/26) Thousands without water after storm (The Rapid City Journal 1/27)

Yucca Mountain: Native Americans Give Oral Testimony

Native Community Action Council P.O. Box 140, Baker, NV 89311 Contact: Ian Zabarte Telephone: (702) 423-2952 Press Release January 27, 2010 By Ian Zabarte, Western Shoshone Today, the Native Community Action Council (NCAC) will provide oral comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety Licensing Board Panel Construction Authorization Board on the ability of the Department of Energy to maintain the Licensing Support Network document collection. The NCAC is a party with standing to the proceedings in the Department of Energy License Application for a construction authorization to construct a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. We are here on behalf of the land and people of the Great Basin to ensure we are heard, said Margene Bullcreek, President of the NCAC. Ms. Bullcreek added, A Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository will leak impacting the land and people of the Great Basin sooner or later. That fact is lost in the technical legal arguing in the NRC hearing. The NCAC is composed of Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute people of the Great Basin that have suffered adverse effects from exposure to radiation in fallout from US nuclear weapons testing. The NCAC has conducted research into the health effects known to be plausible from exposure to radiation that is the basis for one of the contentions filed by the NCAC in the proceedings. Representing the NCAC in the proceedings, Ms. Rovianne Leigh of the law firm Alexander, Berkey, Williams, and Weathers, LLP, characterized the importance of the NCAC participation in the proceeding today. The Native Community Action Council is the only party to the proceedings that does not receive federal funding for its participation besides the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry representative. Ms. Leigh went further, There is no guarantee that the 80 million documents needed for the licensing proceedings can be maintained and ensure that the rights and interests of the NCAC are protected if the Department of Energy withdraws its Yucca Mountain License Application before the NRC. The matter should be dismissed with prejudice in that event. The proceedings continue today at the Las Vegas hearing facility of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety Licensing Board Panel Construction Authorization Board.

Softly stepping into prison, thank you

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Photo Fort Huachuca torture protest 2009/Photo Brenda Norrell It is bittersweet to hear that Fr. Louie Vitale is once again in prison. Now, at the age of 77, prison must be hard for him. I think of all these people who go to prison to expose and call for a halt to US torture. I remember Louie\’s gentleness and kindness at federal court in Tucson, as he faced prison in 2007, for stepping across the line at Fort Huachcua in Arizona, to bring attention to the US Army Intelligence Center\’s role in the torture at Abu Ghraib. That time he was sentenced to prison with Fr. Steve Kelly. Steve was in prison before that, for literally beating a \’weapon into a plowshare,\’ some sort of nuclear weapon. I found voluntary imprisonment very hard to understand. I asked Steve how he spent his time and how bad it was. Steve said he continues his resistance in prison, refusing to go along with the rules. So he is placed in solitary confinement. So, I asked, how does he get through it. “Oh, there\’s never enough time,” he said enthusiastically, explaining that he has so many letters to write and there\’s his reading, and prayers and all. I asked him if they gave him paper for letters, and he said he makes do with the margins of the letters he is sent. During that time, Col. Ann Wright was there as well, the brave woman whose military service did not prevent her from being a voice of truth. Her voice against US torture led to her being denied entrance into Canada. That year, 2006, I did not go with my friends to Fort Huachuca to face off with the military and to protest US torture. It sounded like pretty risky business when you don\’t have a quarter or a lawyer to call. But this November, I did join them. Govinda from Earthcycles and I provided video coverage on the web of the protest and the arrests. We stood a few steps away and watched those brave men and one young woman cross the line onto Fort Huachuca to bring attention to US torture. I was a few steps away from those arrested, but miles away from those who voluntarily spend time in prison, and solitary confinement, to expose US torture. So today, I offer a salute to Louie, Steve and all the others who peacefully walk across those lines and into prison to say \’No more torture and No more deceit.\’ The School of the Americas, where Louie\’s protest gained him his current prison sentence, is where the US has long trained military torturers for Central and South America. Indigenous Peoples were tortured, raped, mutilated, disappeared and murdered by these torturers trained by the US, as their lands were stolen, their crops burned and their children stolen. Some of those who fled those torturers were rescued by the underground railroad of the Sanctuary Movement in Tucson in the \’70s and \’80s. Fort Huachuca was where the School of Americas torture manual was produced, according to the US. So I write this now to let everyone know that hope is indeed still alive. There are still heroes out there, heroes who peacefully cross those lines, take the risks, and go to prison for the sake of humanity. Thank you to each of you. –Brenda Norrell . SOA Protesters Sentenced to Prison: http://www.unobserver.com Torture on Trial: Arrests for protesting torture training at Fort Huachuca: http://tortureontrial.org/ Earthcycles web videos: http://www.livestream.com/earthcycles.net UPDATE: Yesterday, January 26, Louie was transferred to the Crisp County Jail. His address, to write a note of support: Louis Vitale Crisp County Detention Cener 196 South Highway 300 Cordele, GA 31015 It\’s possible he might be transferred again, given his six month sentence. If your letter to him is returned, you can send it c/o The Nuclear Resister, PO Box 43383, Tucson, AZ 85733, and we will forward it to him. For more information about supporting prisoners of conscience Louie Vitale, Nancy Gwin and Ken Hayes by helping to close the SOA/WHINSEC, go to http://soaw.org/. (Nancy and Ken will go to prison at a later date, still to be determined.) Peace, Felice and Jack _____________________________________ the Nuclear Resister “a chronicle of hope” Jack & Felice Cohen-Joppa, editors P.O. Box 43383 Tucson AZ 85733

HEROES: Prison for protesting US torture

The Heroes of Humanity continue to be sentenced to prison during the Obama administration for protesting US torture

2010-01-26 (SOA/WHINSEC) Judge Finds SOA Watch Activists Guilty for Carrying Protest against the SOA/WHINSEC onto Fort Benning, Issues Arrest Warrant for Michael Walli for Refusing to Appear for the Trial.

On Monday, January 25, 2010, U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth sentenced three human rights advocates to six months in federal prison for carrying a protest against the School of the Americas onto the Fort Benning military base in Georgia. This school, re-named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, is a controversial U.S. Army training school for Latin American soldiers. Father Roy Bourgeois, a Roman Catholic priest and the founder of SOA Watch, the organization that works to close the School of the Americas said, “Judge Faircloth has sentenced our sister and brothers to 6 months in federal prison for speaking the truth about the SOA/WHINSEC. We are saddened by the court\’s continued blindness and hardness of heart, but we are stronger than ever in solidarity. These sentences are symbolic of our nation\’s misdirection, but they are also great steps forward for our resistance movement. It is truer today, than ever before, that although they jail the resisters they have not, and cannot, jail the resistance!” MORE http://www.soaw.org/pressrelease.php?id=147 Nancy Gwin, long-time activist from Syracuse, New York – sentenced to six months in prison Father Louie Vitale, veteran and priest from Oakland, CA – sentenced to six months in prison Ken Hayes, SOA Watch Council member from Austin, TX – sentenced to six months in prison Michael Walli, a member of the Catholic Worker movement from Washington, DC refused to appear for the trial in Georgia. Walli had told the court during his November arraignment that he would not pay any bail and that he would not voluntarily return for the trial. “I walk out and it\’s goodbye” Walli told Judge Mallon Faircloth. Michael Walli made good on his promise and on Monday, Judge Mallon Faircloth issued a warrant for Michael Walli\’s arrest.

Crow Creek Land is Not for Sale

Shame on the New York Times for Fueling Border Misery

Shame on the New York Times: The truth could have meant one less person would have been beaten, raped or murdered this year by US Border Patrol a gents By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com (Photo: Angie Ramon at the site of her son Bennett Patricio\’s death/Photo Brenda Norrell; Photo 2: US Border Patrol spy camera focused on O\’odham home; Photo 3: Migrant detention center called \’dog cage\’ by Indigenous on Tohono O\’odham land. Photo Ofelia Rivas.) SELLS, Ariz. — Shame on the New York Times for failing to tell the real story of the Tohono O\’odham border and the complicity between elected Tohono O\’doham officials, tribal police and US Border Patrol agents. The truth could have meant that one less person would have been beaten, raped or murdered this year by US Border Patrol agents. Today\’s article in the New York Times, “War Without Borders,” is the typical mainstream article on the Arizona border, which supports more militarization and abuse at the border. News reporter Erik Echholm offers a superficial view of the situation, focusing on drug trafficking, rather than revealing the real story. If the reporter had spent more time here, knew more Tohono O\’odham, and listened more to the Tohono O\’odham, instead of the profiteering politicians, the New York Times would have told a different story. Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O\’odham on the border, describes her encounter with the reporter and what he failed to include in the article. “He came to my home under the pretense of writing about the real border issue. He tried to twist my words. He asked me the same question in several different versions so I told him that exactly, any written word about the ongoing American drug war will only justify in bringing more military and Border Patrol to my lands. “The United States needs to stop their drug operations in South America, stop supplying arms to protect their drugs and stop using our lands for their passage way. Our people are sitting in prisons for drug smuggling charges as a result of American drug trafficking and their policies, which they hide behind. That is all I can say about the drug business. He didn\’t publish any of that. “I told him do not twist my words to justify your story. I said, \’Are you going to write about all the Border Patrol abuses on the O\’odham and that the American government waived all protective laws to justify all these violations?\’ I told him of the right of the O\’odham to remain sovereign. “I told him, \’The O\’odham are endangered by these policies including our language and entire culture. Do not write anything that will further endanger my people.\’ “It the same old business, nothing but that. And what does Ned (Charmain Ned Norris, Jr.) say, business as usual, justifying and verifying the loss of his authority to be a true leader for the people,” Rivas said in response. If you count the number of paragraphs written about drug trafficking in the New York Times article, then count the number of paragraphs quoting Ofelia Rivas concerning the human rights violations, you will discover that the reporter came in with a preconceived story to tell and did not listen. If the reporter had spent time getting to know the Tohono O\’odham and listened, he would have discovered that the Tohono O\’odham elected leaders, the chairman and district officials, have been coopted by the United States government and work together with federal agents to violate the rights of the Tohono O\’odham people. Since 9/11, a climate of fear has led the US Border Patrol and tribal police to ignore laws and basic human rights, and get away with it. It is not just harassment. O\’odham, including women traveling alone and the elderly, are terrorized and held at gunpoint by the US Border Patrol. O\’odham are beaten and killed by the US Border Patrol. Bennett Patricio, Jr., 18, Tohono O\’odham, was walking home when he was run over and killed by a US Border Patrol agent. His family believes that he walked upon Border Patrol agents involved in a drug transfer in the predawn hours in the desert and was murdered. Patricio\’s family has taken the case all the way to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (Nearby, the FBI had to shut down Operation Lively Green in Tucson because so many US soldiers, prison guards, military recruiters, etc., wanted to smuggle cocaine for cash, from Nogales, Ariz. to Phoenix.) In federal court, in Bennett Patricio, Jr.\’s case, as in the majority of cases filed against US Border Agents who have murdered people of color, injustice prevailed. The Border Agent was not held responsible. (The case files are in Arizona federal courts.) The Tohono O\’odham government is dependent on the US government for funding dollars and does not support the Tohono O\’odham people who are abused by the US Border Patrol. The testimonies at the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit of the Americas, held in San Xavier District on the Tohono O\’odham Nation in 2006 and 2007, compiled for the United Nations, is available. (Audios at www.earthcycles.net) The summits were organized by Mike Flores, Tohono O\’odham, to document the abuses of the US Border Patrol. This testimony reveals the long standing abuse by the US Border Patrol working in complicity with the Tohono O\’odham government, including the chairman, legislative council, district officials and tribal police. When members of the Mohawk Warrior Society visited the Tohono O\’odham border, and witnessed the federal spy towers and arrests of Indigenous Peoples during the border summits, they were outraged, disgusted and saddened. An outdoor migrant detention facility, called “a dog cage,” by Navajo Lenny Foster, was just one of the human rights violations. Today, the US government has spy towers on the Tohono O\’odham Nation and continues to arrest Indigenous Peoples. The Tohono O\’odham Nation made it a crime for O\’odham to offer water or aid to migrants, including Indigenous Peoples, even if they are dying. Still, many O\’odham do offer aid to their fellow human beings. “The US Border Patrol is an occupying army,” says Mike Wilson, Tohono O\’odham, who puts out water for migrants at water stations against the wishes of the Tohono O\’odham Nation. Wilson points out that non-O\’odham have failed to hold the Tohono O\’odham Nation, the elected politicians, responsible for crimes against humanity. Today\’s article in the New York Times only encourages the half-truths promoted by elected politicians and US federal agents. It fails to reveal the true story of the militarization of Tohono O\’odham lands and the suffering of the people. Perhaps if this reporter had searched for one body, the body of a Mayan mother walking with her children from Guatemala in scorching temperatures over 115 degrees, his life and his story might have been different. Perhaps if he had talked to the family of one young man from Mexico, who was murdered at close range by a US Border Patrol agent, the reporter\’s story would have been different. Perhaps if he had seen the grave of one tiny child in the Sonoran Desert, draped with Mayan beads, his life and his story would have been different. The New York Times article also fails to question the Tohono O\’odham\’s lucrative Desert Diamond Casino, packed with crowds. The Times fails to question where the millions of dollars are going from this casino. It only takes a look around on the Tohono O\’odham Nation to see that the millions are not going to the O\’odham people. The people are suffering and in desperate need of housing and jobs. If you talk to O\’odham, you will find that many need food and firewood, including women, children and the elderly. The New York Times article fails to describe the abuse by the US Border Patrol when O\’odham living along the border cross for family and ceremonial reasons. The situation on the Tohono O\’odham Nation is compounded by the fact that there is no freedom of the press here. In fact, news reporters who want to tell other than the politicians\’ side of the story are followed, detained and harassed by the US Border Patrol. (This was the case when I conducted radio interviews for BBC at the border and during other visits with news media.) In silence and secrecy, oppression and cruelty, these crimes against humanity flourish. If the New York Times reporter had spent more time listening to Ofelia Rivas and other O\’odham, he would have told a different story. But that requires listening, and time. It requires spending years in an area and getting to know the people and the land. It requires knowing and listening to the people, instead of rushing in for a few days or a week and simply quoting politicians and US federal agents. New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/25/us/25border.html

Olympics VOICES 2010: \’No One is Illegal!\’

Take Back our City! Join the “No One Is Illegal, Canada is Illegal” Contingent No One Is Illegal-Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories invites our allies and supporters to join the “No One Is Illegal, Canada is Illegal” contingent in the lively Take Back Our City festival and march on February 12, 2010. “Welcome” the 2010 Olympic Torch with Free Games, Free Speech, and Free Food! Friday Feb 12, 2010 @ 3 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery Find us near the banners! Bring your banners, placards, flags of resistance, drums, beats With the start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 12, we must unite to show our resistance to the environmental degradation and negative impacts to our communities that are a direct result of these Games. Organized by the 2010 Welcoming Committee, endorsed by No One Is Illegal and many of our allies, the Feb 12th protest will include our own games and entertainment and will bring to light the greed of the corporate Olympic circus. The “No One Is Illegal, Canada is Illegal” block stands against the ongoing colonization of this land, resists the racist and police state, opposes restrictive border controls and the exploitation of (im)migrant workers, denounces the imperialist occupations waged across the globe by the Canadian government and military, and combats the violence, poverty, and environmental devastation inflicted disproportionately on women and children by corporate profiteers and the capitalist system. We stand in solidarity with all those against the Olympics and those struggling for a liberated world. We stand for our dignity and self-determination, and rise in struggle against all injustice. Please join us. ~ raise the ground up ~ ignite resistance. http://noii-van.resist.ca/ http://2010welcoming.wordpress.com/

Women\’s Earth Alliance VIDEO: Louise Benally on Big Mountain

Music Downloads: Haiti and Lakota Relief

Helping the Orphans & Children of Haiti and Put The Heat On! for the Children & Families of Pine Ridge By Native American Music Association UPDATE Monday: “The contributions continue: Michael DeMaria, Michael Bucher and Jeff Ball have just donated their songs. Nadjiwan, NightShield and Saniya have just contributed music tracks too…Other artists interested in joining the effort to help can send an mp3 to Nammys@aol.com . . Through the kindness and generosity of NAMA Artist of the Year, Jan Michael Looking Wolf and Donald Blackfox, CEO of Spirit Wind Records and their artists, NAMA is now featuring a Music Download page where purchased music tracks will go to assist the Native American Music Association with their efforts. Their spirit of generosity and compassion is now shared among other leading music makers, nominees, and Native American Music Award winners who have also donated their gift of song and are now available for 99 cent downloads.All the featured artists below have graciously offered to donate their gift of music where all proceeds from these downloaded songs will benefit the Native American Music Association, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non profit organization and its 2010 programs. We would like to express our sincerest appreciation and thanks to these artists for their generosity, compassion and kindness. By purchasing and downloading the tracks below, you will be directly contributing to two of the Association\’s current programs; Helping the Orphans & Children of Haiti and Put The Heat On! for the Children & Families of Pine Ridge Reservation Artists interested in contributing and donating a song to Help Haiti or Put the Heat On! are welcome. Just send your MP3 to Nammys@aol.com MUSIC DOWNLOADS (go to link, then scroll down): http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/musicdownload.cfm

Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

New book out, shows the ML King, Jr. family\’s accusation is true: the United States government murdered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — An Act of State – The Execution of Martin Luther King Assassination of Martin Luther King 1/22/10 http://www.ratical.com/ratville/JFK/MLKactOstate.html ] The story of Martin Luther King\’s assassination, and the 1999 trial where the truth of this event was finally revealed in a court of law is now encapsulated in Dr. William F. Pepper\’s new book, released by Verso this month: An Act of State – The Execution of Martin Luther King. The dust jacket summarizes what many have intuitively known for more than thirty years: “William Pepper, attorney and friend of Dr. King and the King family, became convinced after years of investigation that not only was Ray not the shooter, but that King had been targeted as part of a larger conspiracy to stop the anti-war movement, and to prevent King from gaining momentum in his promising Poor People\’s Campaign. Ten years into his investigation, in 1988, Pepper agreed to represent Ray. While he was never able to successfully appeal the sentence before Ray\’s death, he was able to build an air-tight case against the real perpetrators. In 1999, Loyd Jowers and co-conspirators were brought to trial in a wrongful death civil action suit on behalf of the King family. Seventy witnesses set out the details of the conspiracy in a plot to murder King that involved J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the local Memphis police, and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis. The evidence was unimpeachable. The jury took an hour to find for the King family. But the silence following these shocking revelations was deafening. Like the pattern during all the investigations of the assassination throughout the years, no major media outlet would cover the story. It was effectively buried. “Until now, the details, evidence, and personalities of all these nefarious characters have gone unreported. In An Act of State, you finally have the truth before you — how the United States government effectively shut down one of the most galvanizing movements for social change by stopping its leader dead in his tracks.” ********************************************************************* WORLD VIEW NEWS SERVICE To subscribe to this group, send an email to: wvns-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Indigenous Peoples Assembly 2010 BC, Canada

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ASSEMBLY 2010 Friday, February 5 – Monday, February 8, 2010 Neskonlith, un-surrendered Secwepemc Nation (so-called Chase, British Columbia, Canada) Contact: nymcommunications@gmail.com Indigenous Peoples Only. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Weytk Xwexweytp. Greetings to the World. The Secwepemc Peoples and the Native Youth Movement are inviting Indigenous Peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere and the World to come and join with us at an Indigenous Peoples Assembly at Neskonlith, un-surrendered Secwepemc Territory from Friday, February 5th to Monday, February 8th, 2010. Considering that we, as Indigenous Peoples, have continued to resist the invasion and destruction of our Water and Territories for 518 years. That the last of our remaining Lands, Water and Territories are being plundered and raped and that it is our duty and responsibility to defend Life by any means. We understand that our common oppressor has used all tactics to try to exterminate our Indigenous Peoples and Ways and by doing this they are waging War on the Earth itself. All Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to come and share their history, stories and struggles of Resistance, so we may begin to know each other and build our alliance and unity of Resisting Red Nations. At the time of this Indigenous Peoples Assembly, so-called British Columbia and Canada will be in the global spotlight, with the 2010 Winter Olympic Games taking place just days away in the neighboring Indigenous Nations of un-surrendered Coast Salish and St at imc Territories. It will be an opportunity for Us, as Indigenous Peoples, to come together to send a clear and unified message and let our Struggles be known Worldwide. We also call on all Indigenous Peoples and Peoples of the World to attend the 2010 Convergence, the mobilization against the 2010 Winter Olympic Games from February 10-15, 2010 in Vancouver, un-surrendered Coast Salish Territories. All Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Nations are invited to demonstrate their clothing, songs, dances, and other traditional forms of expression, both at the Indigenous Peoples Assembly and the 2010 Convergence. We hope to see you all there. To get directions, discuss travel information and confirm attendance contact: nymcommunications@gmail.com To make a donation to the Indigenous Assembly contact: Secwepemc Nation Youth Network snyouthnetwork@hotmail.com To get more information about the 2010 Convergence contact: olympicresistance@riseup.net

Black Mesa Elders Need Help

Indigenous Resistance Communities of Big Mountain, Black Mesa struggle for Life, Land and Dignity January 18, 2010 By Black Mesa Indigenous Support Collective
Photo Black Mesa Indigenous Support BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Although there s been a recent victory against the reopening of the Black Mesa Complex, the Kayenta mine is still operating and elders on the front lines fighting the continued impacts of coal mining and forced relocation efforts are still requesting support. We are writing with a request for direct on-land support on behalf of families of traditional resistance communities of Black Mesa, AZ.. One of the Big Mountain elder matriarchs, Blanche Wilson, the mother of Mae Tso, who hosted the 2008 caravan, passed away yesterday. Please hold her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Mae and Samuel, two of Blanche s children, and elders themselves, are living alone at their homesite. They are in much need of support they will need to take four days away from basic necessities and work for the traditional funeral. Additionally Mae injured her back on Christmas day and has been in pain for the last three weeks and at a limited work capacity; Samuel has been working double what he normally does. There are supporters there now until Wednesday the 20th. The funeral will be after that so, as mentioned, they really need the help at this time. If you are available for any days from this Wednesday on, please let us know ASAP, so we can tell the family that the homesite and sheep will be covered. Please forward this to anyone you know who could possibly be available to support. Furthermore, after this year s Caravan/Fall Wood Run to Black Mesa, BMIS is receiving an unprecedented amount of direct requests for on-land support from elders we usually have about 2-3 per month and this month we have NINE requests, besides Mae and Samuel Tso. There are several sheepherders on-land right now, but nearly all of them are leaving by the end of the month. February is a difficult month for the elders to live out in the vast canyonlands of Black Mesa in such high altitude in the cold and snow without paved roads and supporters are much appreciated. One of the elders is undergoing knee surgery at the end of January and will be out of commission for several weeks. If you contact us we will give you details. It is extremely important that we try as hard as we can to have supporters up there to honor these requests and make sure that we continue our support beyond the caravan. If you have come on a caravan or spent time on the land before please consider reconnecting with the struggle and staying with a family requesting support. If you can t come out put the call out to your community and offer to talk to interested sheep herders about your experience before getting them in touch with us.
This is vital to remain connected to the struggle and to show our solidarity. Please consider coming out if at all possible. Let us know, and let anyone else who could possibly come out know. Forward this widely. Many Thanks, Black Mesa Indigenous Support Collective http://www.blackmesais.org/
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VIDEO: Ohlone Protecting Sacred Shellmounds

Earthcycles and Censored News: Grassroots Voices for the World

Welcome Vanuatu! The latest viewer from Vanuatu marks the 198th country to visit Censored News. Censored News and Earthcycles plan to broadcast live from Evo Morales\’ Alternative Climate Summit in April. Currently, there are no financial sponsors or advertisers for Censored news or Earthcycles. Both are totally reader and listener supported. The live broadcast from Bolivia is now seeking a sponsor to cover expenses, as each of the two roundtrip airfares are $900. Earthcycles plans to rent a house to establish a live broadcast center for the video and audio coverage, which will cost $600 for the month. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Govinda at Earthcycles govinda@earthcycles.net or Brenda at Censored News brendanorrell@gmail.com Earthcycles Live, now in archives: VIDEOS: Fall of 2009: Acoma Pueblo NM Uranium Summit, US Torture Protest Fort Huachuca, Ariz., O\’odham Solidarity Event Tucson and AIM West Reunion San Francisco: http://www.livestream.com/earthcycles Earthcycles web radio from the Acoma Pueblo Uranium Summit 2009, Western Shoshone Spring Gathering 2009; Longest Walk Talk Radio (five month live broadcast across America 2008,) Indigenous Border Summit 2007, Indigenous Environmental Network, UN Permanent Forum and more: http://www.earthcycles.net/ Censored News articles and photos: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Join us and be part of something that matters! . Earthcycles audios, mp3 files, may be downloaded and rebroadcast on any radio station in the world for news, in whole or part, at no charge. .

Archaeology Society Calls for Halt to Auction of Human Remains

UPDATE: Christie\’s auction house removes skull from auction By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ NEW YORK (January 21, 2010) — Christie\’s auction house in New York said a skull ballot box from the Skull and Bones Society has been withdrawn from an auction that began today. A spokesperson said the skull was removed due to a title dispute of ownership. The Society for American Archaeology joined the World Archaelogical Congress and called for a halt to a planned auction of human remains, which could violate the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The Society also refers to the theft of Geronimo\’s remains. (See letter below.) The sale began today, Jan. 21, and continues through Jan. 25. In a separate interview with San Carlos Apache Councilman Raleigh Thompson, Thompson said the Skull and Bones Society attempted to give back a skull to a delegation from San Carlos. The Apache delegation attempted to retrieve the skull, which they were told belonged to Geronimo. Thompson was at the meetings in New York in the 1980s with Skull and Bones\’ attorney and Jonathan Bush. Thompson said the skull that Skull and Bones attempted to give them was not that of Geronimo, but was that of a child. Skull and Bones attempted to silence the San Carlos delegation, comprised of San Carlos councilmen, the chairman and attorney. Geronimo had requested to be buried in the mountains of San Carlos in southern Arizona. (The interview was conducted by Brenda Norrell on Mount Graham during the Sacred Run.) A logbook of Skull and Bones, a Yale secret society comprised of the Bush presidents and others who seek world domination, revealed that it was Grandfather Prescott Bush who led the army soldiers that robbed Geronimo\’s grave at Fort Sill, Okla. WAC also requests that US law enforcement investigate this proposed sale. If these remains are found to be Native American, then WAC urges Christie s to comply with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and/or applicable state laws. Regardless of the origin of the remains, WAC urges Christie s to act in accordance with standards of human decency and withdraw these remains from the auction. The World Archaeological Congress bases its objection to this sale on the WAC Code of Ethics, which includes the Vermillion Accord on Human Remains and the Tamaki Makau-rau Accord on the Display of Human Remains and Sacred Objects. Dr. Smith noted that the first principle of the Vermillion Accord declares “Respect for the mortal remains of the dead shall be accorded to all, irrespective of origin, race, religion, nationality, custom and tradition.” She stated “The buying and selling of human remains can not be considered respectful treatment. And the transforming of human remains into a ballot box is poor taste, as well as unethical.”

Obama oil drilling in Alaska opposed

Alaskan Natives and environmental groups file federal lawsuit to halt Obama administration\’s approval of oil drilling in the Arctic Point Hope, environmental groups challenge Chukchi Sea drilling APPEAL: Natives fear oil company will be careless, harm sea life. By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press A North Slope village united Wednesday with some of the heaviest hitters in the environmental community to challenge a plan by Shell Oil to drill off Northwest Alaska this summer. REDOIL and the village are joined by The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society and Defenders of Wildlife, as well as several other environmental groups. The legal challenge to Shell\’s approved drilling plan for the Chukchi Sea was filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Groups recently filed a similar challenge to Shell\’s plan for exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska\’s northeast coastline.
“They have never demonstrated the ability to clean up oil in the Arctic Ocean,” said Robert Thompson, chairman of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (RED OIL), a Native group that with the village of Point Hope hopes to stop Shell. REDOIL and the village are joined by The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society and Defenders of Wildlife, as well as several other environmental groups. “Our culture is based on hunting and we see major species disappearing right before our eyes,” he said. “What would the potential pollution do to the whales?” Oceana, one of the groups requesting the review, said Shell proposes to bring icebreakers, a drill rig and other support vessels and aircraft to the Chukchi, an area already challenged by the impacts of climate change and the loss of sea ice. “We all know … that the polar cap is melting. No scientist in the world challenges that,” said Jim Ayers, vice president of Oceana. “What is the potential impact of a spill in these sensitive areas?” http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/1101960.html

Bill Quigley: Ten things the US can and should do for Haiti

Bill Quigley: Ten Things the U.S. Can and Should Do For Haiti http://www.democracynow.org One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems. Two. Do not allow US military in Haiti to point their guns at Haitians. Hungry Haitians are not the enemy. Decisions have already been made which will militarize the humanitarian relief but do not allow the victims to be cast as criminals. Do not demonize the people. Three. Give Haiti grants as help, not loans. Haiti does not need any more debt. Make sure that the relief given helps Haiti rebuild its public sector so the country can provide its own citizens with basic public services. Four. Prioritize humanitarian aid to help women, children and the elderly. They are always moved to the back of the line. If they are moved to the back of the line, start at the back. Five. President Obama can enact Temporary Protected Status for Haitians with the stroke of a pen. Do it. The US has already done it for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and Somalia. President Obama should do it on Martin Luther King Day. Six. Respect Human Rights from Day One. The UN has enacted Guiding Principles for Internally Displaced People. Make them required reading for every official and non-governmental person and organization. Non governmental organizations like charities and international aid groups are extremely powerful in Haiti they too must respect the human dignity and human rights of all people. Seven. Apologize to the Haitian people everywhere for Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh. Eight. Release all Haitians in US jails who are not accused of any crimes. Thirty thousand people are facing deportations. No one will be deported to Haiti for years to come. Release them on Martin Luther King day. Nine. Require that all the non-governmental organizations which raise money in the US be transparent about what they raise, where the money goes, and insist that they be legally accountable to the people of Haiti. Ten. Treat all Haitians as we ourselves would want to be treated.

San Francisco: No Olympics on Stolen Land!

From Mark Anquoe, Kiowa, AIM-West Brothers and Sisters, Indigenous Activists from Canada are on a West Coast speaking tour to raise awareness of the Native struggle against the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. They\’ve been fighting the good fight north of the border for quite some time. Now is your chance to hear about the struggle from those at the front lines and get involved. Wed Jan 20: SAN FRANCISCO at 7 p.m. Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (at Mission Street BART). Hosted by the Institute for Anarchist Studies Suggested donation: $5-10 sliding scale, to support tour (no one will be turned away for lack of funds) Why Oppose the 2010 Olympic Games As part of a provincial and west coast speaking tour, join us in a series of events to learn more about the Olympic industry and its impacts, why opposition to the Games is growing, and how you can participate in and support the resistance. We will also hear about plans for a global Feb 10-15 anti-colonial and anti-capitalist convergence against the Games. No Olympics on Stolen Native Land! in struggle, Mark Anquoe AIM-West http://www.aimwest.info/ http://www.no2010.com/ http://olympicresistance.net/

Drug Companies Profiteering on Swine Flu Hoax

Pharmaceutical companies organized a campaign of panic Officials profiteered, including CDC head from swine flu hoax, Rumsfeld from bird flu hoax H1N1 swine flu hoax falls apart at the seams by Mike Adams Editor of NaturalNews.com http://www.naturalnews.com/027984_swine_flu_vaccines.html The great swine flu hoax of 2009 is now falling apart at the seams as one country after another unloads hundreds of millions of doses of unused swine flu vaccines. No informed person wants the injection anymore, and the entire fear-based campaign to promote the vaccines has now been exposed as outright quackery and propaganda. Even doctors are now calling the pandemic a complete hoax. As reported on FoxNews, Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, a leading health authority in Europe, says that drug companies “organized a \’campaign of panic\’ to put pressure on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic. He believes it is \’one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,\’ and he has called for an inquiry.” H1N1 swine flu was never dangerous, and it never should have been escalated to a level-six pandemic in the first place. It was all a big marketing scam whose purpose was to simply sell vaccines. And it worked! Big Pharma made out with billions of dollars in profits for a useless vaccine that\’s now being dumped by the truck load. These vaccines were, of course, paid for with taxpayer dollars, making the Great Swine Flu Hoax of 2009 nothing more than an elaborate financial scam whose goal was to transfer wealth from the People to the shareholders of Big Pharma. In just the fourth quarter of 2009, GlaxoSmithKline shipped $1.4 billion worth of vaccines. A bailout for Big Pharma Wall Street hucksters have nothing on Big Pharma, the CDC and the WHO, all of which conspired to mislead the public and generate irrational fear in order to make money selling people vaccine shots they never needed in the first place. Actually, getting the vaccine may harm your health. Outspoken Dr. Wodarg even says that the full extent of the damage from the insufficiently-tested vaccines may not be known for years. “The vaccine developed by Novartis was produced in a bioreactor from cancerous cells, a technique that had never been used until now,” he says. Cancelling vaccine orders The Swine Flu hoax has fizzled out, and countries like Greece, France and the UK have cancelled orders for vaccines that they now realize won\’t be needed. But even the fizzling of this hoax doesn\’t mean it was a failure from the point of view of Big Pharma. The swine flu hoax was a huge success not only for drug company profits, but also for certain influential individuals including Dr Julie Gerberding, former head of the CDC who has now accepted a high-paying job as the president of Merck\’s global vaccine operations . One minute you\’re running the CDC, warning the country about a pandemic while urging everybody to get vaccinated, and the next minute you\’re running the for-profit vaccine division of the world\’s largest drug company. Amazing how that works, huh? Read full article: http://www.naturalnews.com/027984_swine_flu_vaccines.html . Indian Country Today and the bird flu and swine flu hoaxes By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Censored News is published by news reporter Brenda Norrell, censored and terminated by Indian Country Today, where she served as a longterm staff reporter. One of Norrell\’s final articles in 2006 was on how Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld\’s profiteering from the sale of Tamiflu during the bird flu hoax . Indian Country Today editors distorted the content of the article by deleting the information on Rumsfeld\’s profiteering and changed the article so it appeared as an advertisement for Tamiflu. It was published with Norrell\’s name on it, over her objections. Rumsfeld profiteered from the royalties from Tamiflu sales as states in the US, including California, stockpiled Tamiflu. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation in New York, which owns Indian Country Today, is promoting the swine flu hoax. The uncensored bird flu article 2006: http://bsnorrell.tripod.com/id73.html

Center for Biological Diversity gives Obama \’C\’ for first year

Contact: Noah Greenwald, (503) 484-7495 Center for Biological Diversity Report Card Gives Obama Administration a C on Endangered Species, Climate, Energy, Public Lands and Oceans During First Year in Office WASHINGTON DC The Center for Biological Diversity today gave the Obama administration a grade of C for its handling of endangered species, climate, energy, public lands and oceans during its first year in office. While the Obama administration has not shown the ideological opposition to environmental protection of the previous administration and has taken a number of positive steps, the administration has fallen far short of delivering the promised change in overall environmental policies. Among the positives are issuing a finding under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare and reinstating protection for millions of acres of roadless lands, while negatives include reducing protections for wolves and other endangered species and pursuing offshore oil development in polar bear habitat off Alaska. The Obama administration has begun to steer the ship in the right direction, said Noah Greenwald, endangered species program director for the Center for Biological Diversity. But has failed to provide the strong leadership to get us on the course we need to be to address the pressing problems of species extinction and global warming. On endangered species, the Center gave the administration a solid C, as for every positive action there seemed to be a negative action of equal scope. For example, the Obama administration rescinded regulations passed in the final days of the Bush administration that would have gutted enforcement of key provisions of the Endangered Species Act, but retained a rule weakening protection for the polar bear. The Obama administration also moved forward with a Bush initiative to remove protections for the gray wolf, and has only listed two new species as endangered, which is the fewest protected in the first year of any administration since the Reagan administration. The Obama administration has not prioritized protection of the nation s endangered species, meriting their grade of a C, said Greenwald. After the dark days of the Bush administration, wholesale reform of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service s endangered species program was needed and this has simply not occurred. On climate and energy, the Center gave the administration a C-. The administration has taken some very important positive steps, including issuing a seminal finding under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, which sets the stage for greenhouse reductions under several of the Clean Air Act s successful pollution reduction programs. The administration also included millions of dollars of tax credits and subsidies for improving energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the stimulus bill. However, the administration failed to advance the greenhouse emissions reduction targets that scientists believe are necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming either in the legislation being considered by Congress or at the international climate talks in Copenhagen last December. The administration has also continued to grant permits and leases for fossil fuel exploration and extraction, including mountain top removal in Appalachia, off-shore oil drilling off of Alaska, and expansion of coal mining in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. We need bold, swift action to avert the climate crisis, said Greenwald. To date, the Obama administration has not delivered the leadership we need. The administration has done somewhat better on management of the nation s public lands, where it received a B+ based on reinstatement of a Clinton era rule protecting millions of acres of roadless lands and withdrawal of the Bush era Western Oregon Plan Revision ( WOPR ), which would have allowed logging of tens of thousands of acres of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. At the same time the administration allowed logging of roadless areas in Alaska to proceed. On oceans, the administration received a B- based on its acknowledgment that ocean acidification is a serious threat and initiation of a process for determining how to address the problem. However, the administration has also allowed oil drilling off Alaska and has weakened protection for endangered sea turtles from long-line fisheries near Hawaii. The administration has taken positive steps to address a number of severe environmental problems, said Greenwald. We hope in the next few years, however, that the administration will lead us towards the real change for which the American public voted.

Roberto Rodriguez: Saving Haiti; Saving Humanity

Saving Haiti; Saving Humanity By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez Haiti is changing the way we look at life and the way we look at each other as human beings. All but the insane and the bigoted amongst us understand that the people of Haiti are our fellow human beings. The mere thought of borders is a seeming anachronism. Who amongst us is questioning the collective responsibility of humanity towards our neighbors in need? At this time, with 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless, compassion abounds; what it means to be human and the meaning of humanity is on full display as we all are struggling to do our part. Yet people are beginning to ask the obvious questions: Why is it taking so long to bring in the emergency supplies, the nurses the doctors and the food and the water? Where are the ships? Where are the airdrops? Unfortunately, other questions are creeping in: Why can the military easily get in, but not those bringing in the medicines and the antibiotics? These questions are being asked as despair turns into chaos and the human instinct for survival is also clearly on display on our nightly news. The desperate search for sustenance is described as out-of-control rioting. And we are not supposed to ask questions; simply contribute. As a society, we are trained by governments and media not to see the bigger picture, yet it is becoming difficult not to see a bigger picture emerge. These questions were swirling and bothersome, especially during this past weekend as the world celebrated Martin Luther King s birthday. They were also swirling as 20,000 people descended upon Phoenix this weekend to protest the racial profiling policies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. All these events seemed unrelated, yet they were clearly connected. The crisis in Haiti is actually a crisis of humanity; it is becoming obvious that assisting humanity and destroying humanity are two radically different ideas. They are two ideas that seemingly have been fused over the past decade. Since Sept. 11, 2001, as a society, we have been goaded into believing that militaries are instruments of justice and that the U.S. has the inherent and God-given right to go to war with anyone it pleases. During this past decade, former president George W. Bush, publicly championed this bifurcated You re either with us or against us society. To be able to maintain that clear demarcation, bigger militaries were needed as was the need to protect our borders. Sadly, the current president, while more intelligent and a clearer speaker, has one-upped his predecessor, championing the notion that war is also an instrument of peace. Wrong! War is the embodiment of evil. It destroys, it dehumanizes, it takes innocent lives, it depletes the world s resources, it contaminates and it empties nations coffers. As Martin Luther King often noted, whenever money is spent on war, it is money not being spent on fighting poverty or on remedying the ills and injustices of society. And as this particular tragedy edges toward permanent crisis, where will the money to rebuild Haiti come from? Why can t the world marshal its resources to faster assist Haiti because the United States and its partners are still in the midst of two senseless wars? Lest we kid ourselves, wars are hyper-expensive. Our bloated military is virtually useless in times of humanitarian emergencies for obvious reasons; they are overstretched and are trained to kill and destroy, not to save and build. They are not an emergency humanitarian response team, though it would be great if they were. Even after Katrina, one would have thought that the nation or world would be prepared for future crises. That ships were not fully equipped, staffed and fueled means we in fact learned nothing from Katrina. The only thing we have learned is that leaders of both parties are willing to fight an extremely costly permanent worldwide war. There is no money for such an endeavor, yet the frenzied military buildup continues, constantly searching out new enemies and theaters of war. Its justification also continues; demonization and dehumanization; those we are fighting are less than us. This is the same justification that Sheriff Arpaio and his supporters use. It permits the building of bigger walls. It permits the militarization of our borders and also permits human beings struggling to survive to be categorized as illegal aliens. It permits racial profiling and police to act as hunter battalions. After Haiti, how can we as a humanity continue to view the instinct to survive as a crime? Illegal aliens, indeed! Rodriguez, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, can be reached at: XColumn@gmail.com
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Louisiana Hurricanes, Poetic Relief

By Brenda Norrell TUCSON, Ariz. — Sometimes, even for news reporters, life can be poetic. Last September, I returned to the hurricane-wrecked Louisiana Gulf Coast of my childhood. As a teenager, I joined my father as he rebuilt homes wrecked by other hurricanes. Now, these hurricanes had new names, Katrina and Rita, but the stories were familiar, mixed with memories of oyster poorboys in New Orleans and the sound of never-ending rain. The Gulf Coast tribes, Biloxi-Chitimacha and Pointe au Chien, gave me a hero\’s welcome, wonderful laughter and stories, as if somehow they knew. I was even able to spend the night in a bunkhouse on a fisherman\’s pier, with the waves causing the bunkhouse to sway all night, like years coming and going. In Raceland, I saw the filled warehouse and the outpouring of donations from all over the country to the Houma Indians, who the Red Cross had forgotten. Those articles, written during the trip along the coast, were the last articles I would write for the Indian newspaper where I worked for most of the years since it was created in 1994. Still, my life had gone full circle. My only regret was that I was fired (after complaining of censorship) before I could write about the wonderful Coushatta Indian Museum. There, too, I was given a wonderful welcome and spent the day learning of the Coushatta, who survived, alongside their Cajun neighbors, in a state where racism is the persistent stalker. But in this rich land of Indian, Cajun and Creole, there is the music, the food and the laughter. There\’s alligator on the menu and Cajun music, real Cajun music, on the radio. So, if you\’re in southwest Louisiana, please visit the Coushatta Indian Museum. There\’s a rich history of basketry, clanship and survival in the heart of these deep Louisiana woods. (The tribe also has a great campground, lots of hotels and a beautiful golf course at the casino.) Here\’s the latest news from my good friends at Montegut on the Gulf Coast: Local Indian tribal elders get keys to their new homes

By RAYMOND LEGENDRE NYT Regional Newspapers

MONTEGUT Jim Shelly stood ready to hand the key to a new house to a Pointe-aux-Chenes couple, when he realized he had made a mistake. I must have gave the keys to the house to Deme (Naquin) on the island, said Shelly, a field consultant for the Mennonite Disaster Services, referring to an Isle de Jean Charles man, who a half hour earlier had unknowingly gotten two keys one to his new house and the other to Andrew and Leonise Dardar. Deme owns two houses right now, Shelly joked. Deme might rent one out, replied Randy Verdun, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Tribes Coalition. The two houses were built as part of the Mennonite Disaster Services Pointe-aux-Chenes Project, which provided the labor for new houses for tribal elders in the lower bayou Indian communities. The Louisiana Coastal Tribes Coalition, along with the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha and the Pointe-aux-Chenes Indian Tribe, also contributed to the project. Both featured the same wood exterior and three-bedroom interior and were designed, with cables, beams and concrete foundations to withstand 155-mph winds and flooding up to 14 feet. When Naquin drove his golf cart across the rickety wooden bridge near his home Saturday, he declared his independence freedom from anxieties caused by hurricane season and the unwanted presence of ants and roaches. The 80-year-old, who has lived on Island Road in Isle de Jean Charles for 58 years, crossed the bridge, then crossed the street to his new three-bedroom house. There, his seven children celebrated with crawfish, cake and beer. This means a lot, Naquin said. I can t thank the people enough. I didn t expect this much. Naquin, who rarely walks and often gets around in either a wheelchair or a golf cart due to a foot condition, said his new place, which features an elevator to accommodate him, would allow him to remain independent. After Hurricane Rita, he stayed with family members for three months, before returning to his home on Island Road. I m in nobody s way here and I can do what I want, the retired fisherman said. Naquin and his wife, Wilma, were married 60 years, before she died in 2003. The man s daughter-in-law, Sheena Naquin, said she was excited to see his new house, and described him as easy going and a person who would give the shirt off his back. Deme s son, Donnie Naquin, also expressed satisfaction that his dad had gotten a new, more flood resistant house after what he endured in the wake of Rita, which left four feet of standing water in his house. With what he s been through, I couldn t be more happy for him, the son said. He struggled to make ends meet. I just pray to God to give him enough time to enjoy it. Nearby in Pointe-aux-Chenes, Andrew and Leonise Dardar celebrated in a more subdued fashion, with only a small group of family members present. Andrew Dardar, 81, spoke of the day s meaning in Cajun French, then his 19-year-old grandson, Lanny Dardar, Jr., who lives with the couple, translated. It means a lot, the grandson said, relaying his grandfather s words. We didn t have much. I can t put it into words how happy we are. Randy Verdun, chairman of the year-old Lousiana Coastal Tribes Coalition, attempted to put his elation for the Dardar family into words. If it weren t for the Mennonites, we would be standing on dirt, Verdun said. We would be looking up at the sky. We wouldn t be standing on this foundation.

Mohawk Nation News: Replace \’Butcher Shop\’ with The Great Law

Photo: Support for Mohawk Warriros, sign posted along the Trans Canada Highway 401 by the “Unconquered” Mohawks of Tyendinagha. WHEN INDIAN AFFAIRS IS NO MORE THE DISMANTLING OF AN ILLEGAL ORGANIZATION Mohawk Nation News April 29, 2007 Back in 1969 the Liberal government of Canada under Pierre Trudeau decided to do away with Indian Affairs. They weren t going to do away with the Tower of Terror . They were going to do away with us by pretending to remove their obligations, budget and protections. They wanted to push us out onto the streets of Canada to die out. Killing off a criminal organization like Indian Affairs is inevitable. We have to take it apart piece by piece. We have to do it ourselves every step of the way. The Indian Act was the “weapon of mass destruction” [WMD] meant to kill us off. How are we going to kill off Indian Affairs? By enforcing the Great Law of Peace and the Two Row Wampum. Indian Affairs is currently the subject of an avalanche of criticisms and various lawsuits. The murders of our kids in residential schools, the police brutality, military attacks against us and the constant lies and deceptions by politicians has to stop. Their sudden dismantling Indian Affairs may be a ploy to remove the defendants in actions for liability for all the cruelty and larceny they\’ve committed against us. They say, remove Indian affairs, the Indian Act and to hell with them! We can see right through them. They want to change our status as Indigenous people into Canadians so they can get out of their liability. It won t work, Canada ! We are not and never will agree to be Canadians. So far, our relations with our colonial visitors has been one of breach rather than honor. They tell us the Indian Act is the only vehicle for delivering Canada s obligations to us. Based on what we ve been getting so far, this is an empty vehicle and it s time to junk it. We ve always been struck by Indian Affairs similarity to organized crime organizations like the Mafia , except it s disorganized . The head Don is the prime minister . He has cohorts and henchmen called provinces , ministers , corporations , judges and armed forces that are given authority over certain territories. The cohorts go out and enforce their rules. The government legitimizes its criminal activities with picturesque language that no one understands. Originally the Mafia came in and lent money to immigrants to set them up. If somebody couldn t pay them back, the enforcers would demonstrate their unseen power over life and death. The government s cohorts set up this Mafia style system over us. They stole everything we have to make it look like we can t function without them. Indian Affairs cohorts must also take something akin to blood oaths to Queen Elizabeth and have to keep secrets until they die. This Indian Affairs Mafia will control us unless that control is taken from them. Like the original Mafia, the only way to become a full patch member is to be from a certain ethnic background. The band councils strive to become full patch members so they can exercise the rule of terror over us to keep us in line. No matter what, they ll never be accepted as full members of the white Mafia. The government encourages them to try anyway. Indian Affairs was originally supposed to carry out nation-to-nation relations with us and to negotiate with us on land use. Greed lead the colonizers to goose step their mandate. Indian Affairs was set up to carry out the final solution of the Indian problem . Parliament gave itself extraordinary powers beyond its authority under the British North America Act 1867 to carry out the genocide of our people. It s time to close down the butcher shop and go back to the beginning. The real relationship is between us as landowners and them as squatters . We want our tenants to live up to the leases they made with us, to obey the laws and keep their promises. We want full accountability and a total forensic audit of Indian Affairs and its entire gangsta\’ apparatus. Once the Indian Act and Indian Affairs are removed, then Indigenous sovereignty, rights to self-determination and stewardship of all of our territories will be dealt with on a proper landlord-tenant nation-to-nation basis. Canada , stop falsely claiming our land. Start planning how you are going to carry out our instructions and authority over every square inch of our land. You have to stay in your ship and not pull our canoe as the Two Row Wampum agreement provides. Canada, stop aiding and abetting corporate squatters who are gobbling up our assets, polluting our land and destroying the inheritance of our coming generations. No more encroachment! Enough of our land and environment have been seriously damaged. It s on the verge of becoming unlivable, not just for Indigenous people, but also for the colonial visitors who don t seem to care about their own future generations or anyone else s. The abuse of us, our lands and possessions is the biggest scandal in history. Bringing down Indian affairs means freedom and self-determination for us. Why do we think this is going to happen? Well, so far huge amounts of profit have gone towards the colonial machines that defraud and oppress us because of our complaints everywhere. A lot of lawyers and consultants have been getting big career boosts and piles of money out of inquiries and investigations into the criminal acts committed against us by the colonial government of Canada without resolving them. Indian Affairs, we hope you ve shut down your War Room in the Tower of Power run by the military! Stop funding racists like Gary McHale and the skinheads, KKK, Brown Shirts and rioters he s organizing to attack us. Department of Defense, stop financing the demonizing of us in your military manual as domestic insurgents so that you can find an excuse to round up our leaders and young people. We know you want to put us in Guantanamo Bay prisons without charging us, for indefinite periods of time because you have labeled us as terrorists . Hey, colonial crooks, let s not get stuck on details. Let s go back to square one when you landed here with nothing. No, we re not afraid to get rid of Indian affairs. They think they ll shut us up by threatening to cut off all services and benefits. They can t. They have an ongoing debt to us supported by all the human rights covenants Canada has signed and supports internationally. We have to sit down and start talking about the terms under which you intruders can remain here. You know we never gave up the land. We never will. We can t. Europeans are Europeans, no matter what. The British are British. The French are French. And the immigrants are immigrants. For over a century colonial states have been dumping their rejects and social problems on our land. These displaced people tried to kill us off. We cannot tolerate the presence of this insane grasping culture which continues to commit genocide on us and our land. These starving and disease ridden ragamuffins killed most of us off, stole our land and possessions and continue to try to stomp us out. Do we have to keep on being kind to them? We think we ve given enough. We will look at the new situation pragmatically. We have to carry out our original instructions. The land has to be taken care off. The damage committed to us has to be repaired. The heritage of our future generations has to be restored. The visitors have to return Turtle Island back into the beautiful paradise they found when they arrived. Kahentinetha Horn MNN Mohawk Nation News Kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For update, workshops, speakers, to sign up, go to http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ Please sign the Women Title Holder petition. Coming soon online books on Mohawk issues. INDIGENOUS PEOPLE MAKING SENSE OF 911 CONFUSION Mohawk Nation News April 30, 2007 Since the 911 hit on the Twin Towers of New York City, where are the Indigenous people of Turtle Island fitting into the political and economic shift that is taking place worldwide? We have the resources that everybody wants. Could 911 be a deliberate strategy to destroy Turtle Island as a sanctuary or safe haven not only for people but for money? Just prior to 911 the Euro currency was going to be launched within days. It raises suspicion as to who did 911. Issuing the Euro could have devalued the U.S. dollar while raising the value of the Euro currency. Someone once said that to move your agenda ahead, you have to create a crisis. After 911, the financial capital of the world was shifted from New York City to London . London was already set up to take over banking on the wings of this power shift. Regardless of how 911 happened, that was the result. The internet constantly shows the destruction of the Twin Towers and other attacks of that day. Investors have become nervous to invest in New York City . Money will move and not take chances. Other players want to cash in on the fall of New York City such as existing megatropolises like Tokyo , Shanghai and London . The oil sheiks have since quickly converted a desert into a modern mega city. What kind of power structure is being planned in Dubai ? Haliburton, for one, is moving its operations there. It s only 5 to 6 years of consolidation. If it is Dubai and companies start going there, U.S. interests will have to follow. Other interests are looking for ways to cash in. Dubai and other metropolises are getting ready to handle this shift. The U.S. is trying to bring the focus back by using our resources as one of the enticements. The U.S. has blacklisted Canada as a partner, which they want merely as a resource hinterland under their control. The U.S. is already entrenched in Canadian policing, military, governments, the intelligence community, communications, and whatever it takes to control the country. It s got Canada lock, stock and barrel! Toronto and Hamilton as the Golden Horse Shoe were once a worldwide economic center. They have been downgraded. Toronto is yesterday s newspaper. The powers that think they are want to set up a new center that will be more attractive to investors and people with money. That is probably why they toyed with the idea of moving the stock exchange to Calgary . Toronto has to be destroyed so that any financial windfall that comes this way will fall on New York City . Nonetheless Canada is a natural ally to the U.S. Without Canada s resources the U.S. can t move ahead. We see the usefulness of the U.S. building up the triangle of Montreal-Cornwall-Ottawa which is closer to New York City . The U.S. does not finance anything. Buying a company is not the same as coming in and building one. They just come in, take over and buy up companies like Bell to gain control over Canada s telecommunications. So the U.S. gains control over all communications with access to all private and financial records of the citizens of Canada . Soon it will be worthless to have all our conversations recorded. We might even be released from bondage and regain our freedom. This is what we\’re hoping for. It is an Americanism to give Indigenous People the right to demonstrate peacefully. Canadians are not seeing this. They want to shut us up. The U.S. actually wants us to win this war against Canada because it is against the Canadian government, which they have infiltrated. Should we get everything we can while we can? We want control of Turtle Island . The U.S. want Turtle Island . If they side with us to defeat Canada , no doubt they may turn on us. The U.S. ambassador recently said at an Indigenous conference in British Columbia that they are keeping a close eye on all the activities of the Indigenous People of Canada . You can be sure they are not doing it for our benefit. The U.S. has to shift money back to Turtle Island to get our natural resources off us. They don t want the big money to buy up oil shares, energy and communications in other parts of the world. This will turn Turtle Island into a third world. We, the indigenous people, have the land and resources, which is what the fight is over. There are also a lot of resources in the China-Soviet Union interior which have not been exploited. A lot of money is going there. All of these activities will decide where the next power base will be. Our land base and resources are being used as trinkets to invest over here. While they re busy signing away our natural resources, they hope the chips will fall back on New York City . Don t think for a moment they have any interest in enriching the owners of the land and resources, us. People shouldn t forget that US dominance is primarily post World War II. It might be time to shift it somewhere else. Shouldn t the license to oppress be spread around instead of just focusing on us here? We ve had enough of their plutocracy [rule of the wealthy for the benefit of the wealthy]. If hierarchy has to exist, it s time for someone else to take their turn at being oppressed. The Akwesasne Mohawks are a fly in the ointment. The Mohawks here are well set up and in somebody s way. Make no mistake. No one will give up Akwesasne. The U.S. know they will never win against us. Indigenous from everywhere will show up and help us defend it. So the U.S. would prefer to work with us. This is something we have to be very careful of. The colonial band council puppet system will go the way of the do-do bird. We are presently getting back all our people. This is what frightens Canada and its minions. We need to start laying down the laws right now. The U.S. wants a beachhead they can control. We aren t going to allow that. They know it. The Canadian politicians have already been bought out and are under U.S. control. But we are not. We have to watch when they start to develop and implement infrastructures to support their interests. They will box us in and horde those infrastructures. As soon as they consolidate their power back in New York City , that infrastructure will be abandoned. We need to be cautious where infrastructures go and who owns them. The push will be on. They will make it look like the second coming. We know already that the Indigenous People will not be benefiting. The drive will not come from within our communities. Canadians are asleep at the switch. Someone else is driving their train for them. They have been hypnotized into complacently accepting everything that is happening. Another thought is that if the U.S. ever gets the idea that it was the Europeans who knocked down the Twin Towers , are we looking at retaliation against them? Will the U.S. do the same to some European infrastructures? If the U.S. is cornered financially or in any other way, if they have the ability to attack, will they do so? That doesn t exclude London , Paris and other big cities. We don t know what s coming. We have come a long way and we have not fired a single shot. We ve just been firing our bulletins. Kahentinetha Horn MNN Mohawk Nation News http://us.f520.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=Kahentientha2@yahoo.com & http://us.f520.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=katgenies20@yahoo.com For updates, workshops, speakers, to sign up, go to http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ Please sign the Women Title Holders petition Coming soon online books on Mohawk issues

The News Scam: Silencing Genocide

U.S. migrant detention center on Tohono O\’odham tribal land. Photo Ofelia Rivas. Below: Navajo and Apache children imprisoned at Bosque Redondo. Photo New Mexico State Monuments. The News Scam: Silencing Genocide By Brenda Norrell TUCSON, Ariz. — A decade ago, journalists in Indian country wrote about the failure of the mainstream media to cover Indian issues fairly. In those days, reporters for Indian publications were seldom censored. However, today, there is censorship and a new agenda by corporate media, even in Indian country. The new agenda in Indian news involves censoring the voices of grassroots people and promoting the agenda of the newspaper owners. This includes using the newspaper as a lobbying tool and protecting politicians who might “grease the wheels” of legislation in Washington. Don\’t take my word for it. Look through the current online editions of Indian newspapers and see who is covering the FBI probe of Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi, who cochairs the Congressional Native American Caucus. Then, look and see who has covered Renzi\’s copper mine deal, opposed by Yavapais and Apaches. Next, check out the earlier censored article of the Apache protest of Renzi in 2004 (see Censored blog link) which involved Renzi\’s attempts to dilute environmental laws. You can also read how Renzi pushed for the Raytheon Missile factory on the Navajo farm, Navajo Agricultural Products Industries near Farmington, N.M., where Navajos grow commercial crops of potatoes and corn, alongside the production of missile parts. The Raytheon/Navajo farm article was censored in 2006. Further, read on the web about Renzi and his father\’s backgrounds in U.S. intelligence and protests of Fort Huachuca, where two priests were arrested in 2006 for their peaceful protest of U.S. torture. (Search for news articles under http://www.google.com/ ) Few Indian publications carried news coverage of Chiquita Brands International when it recently admitted that it paid paramilitaries who murdered human rights activists, union workers and farmers in Colombia. As of today, few Indian newspapers have covered the Pueblos protest of the installation of the statue of Onate in El Paso. The Conquistador, known as “The Butcher” to Pueblos, cut off the feet of their ancestors, while carrying out genocidial terror. Now, in the state of New Mexico, Onate is being honored with a statue. (Although the El Paso Times covered the protest, the article was not available online in the days after the protest.) One of the most profound revelations in the news recently was the exposure of Canada\’s draft counterinsurgency military manual. The manual named Mohawks with international terrorists and recommended ambushses and assassinations. Few Indian publications covered the story in the U.S. So far, only one online Indian publication (Pechanga Net) has carried the news of the Zapatistas return to the U.S.-Mexico border and the announcement of the Intercontinental Indigenous Conference. There were no news reporters from American Indian publications present at the news conference on April 22, in Sonora south of the Arizona border, to interview Subcomandante Marcos and the Comandantes from Chiapas. One of the most censored topics in the news media in America is any issue involving Leonard Peltier. This became obvious with the lack of national news coverage of the recent theater production “My Life is My Sundance.” Here is another example of censorship. Louise Benally, Navajo, is resisting forced relocation on Navajo lands at Big Mountain, Ariz., where Peabody Coal attorneys orchestrated the so-called Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute. Louise compared the Long Walk and imprisonment at Bosque Redondo, N.M., in the 1860s to the war in Iraq and the U.S. treatment of women and children in Iraq. The article was censored. Louise\’s ancestors were among those who witnessed the rapes, murders and starvation of Navajos on the Long Walk and during imprisonment at Fort Sumner. Silencing the word, “Genocide,” is now U.S. policy, according to Ambassador John Evans who used the word “Genocide,” in reference to Armenians and his career collapsed. Unfortunately, the word “Genocide” has also been censored in American Indian media. For the U.S., it is easier to pretend to be the world\’s champion of human rights than to acknowledge the facts: The colonized United States was created by immigrants who kidnapped and tortured blacks from Africa and forced them into slavery, while carrying out systematic genocide of Indigenous Peoples. In some cases, entire tribes were murdered. There is also manipulation of the facts. Few news reporters have exposed the real agenda behind the current border-immigration hysteria. As with Iraq, the agenda involves funds for friends of the Bush administration: Halliburton\’s contract for migrant prisons; war contractors multi-million dollar contracts for security and surveillance systems and Homeland Security\’s control of sovereign Indian tribal lands along the border. There were even funds for migrant detention centers on Tohono O\’odham tribal land, with one detention center already operating and another planned. In this area, migrants, including many Indigenous Peoples from Mexico and Central America, die in need of a drink of water. In this area, it is a crime according to U.S. and Tohono O\’odham tribal law, to give a dieing migrant, with their blood flowing from their body, a ride to the hospital. It is a crime, even if the dieing person is a fellow Indigenous person. With the Internet, and blogs like this one, publishing news has become very easy. But the truth is increasingly hard to come by. Unless reporters show up in person and interview regular people, other than politicians, corporations and advertising sponsors, the news becomes a sham and a game. No one knows all of the truth, journalists must depend on the people to tell us the truth. Here\’s one of the big secrets in America: Corporations lie. They pay press officers large sums of money to make sure they get away with those lies most of the time. To counter this, American Indian activists are now going directly to the stockholders to expose the human rights abuses. They have targeted some of the worst offenders globally: Peabody Coal and Newmont and Barrick gold mining corporations. Further, newspaper editors operate on the assumption that readers are not on to their scams. They distract readers by printing the news that is “safe to print,” covering issues that sound good, but lack revelations about real threats to survival, which leave in their aftermath real consequences and controversy. Further, editors assume if the largest media outlets censor the truth, they can control knowledge and ultimately control the future. So, many of us write our blogs and send out the news to listserves, hoping that maybe a little of the truth will still sneak out. –Brenda Norrell Related articles: Greg Palast: “The U.S. Media have lost the Will to Dig Deep” http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042807G.shtml Congratulations to Kathy Helms, news reporter on the Navajo Nation, for her AP award: http://www.gallupindependent.com/2007/april/043007is_indpndtprzs.html Return to homepage: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Black Delegation Finds Human Rights Abuses at Border

Black delegation finds human rights abuses on U.S.-Mexican border Tucson, Ariz. — A 14-member delegation of African Americans investigated human rights abuses of immigrants, Mexican Americans and indigenous communities on the U.S.-Mexican border in fact-finding tour April 26-29 in the Tucson border region. Delegates from six states and 10 cities took part in The Braving Borders Building Bridges: A Journey for Human Rights tour of sponsored by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) in partnership with Coalicion de Derechos Humanos and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The tour began with members observing trials of migrants charged with illegal entry into the United States at federal court building in Tucson. From there delegates heard reports from Pima County Medical Examiners Office on increased migrants deaths during passage through the desert. The group then traveled to the border towns of Douglass, Ariz, and Agua Prieta and Altar in Sonora, Mexico, to hear testimonies of local people impacted by the increased border crossing and militarization of the border. The tour ended with visits with Pascua Yaqui leaders and a Tohono O\’odham activist, representing Native American communities also impacted by the militarization of the border. “The increasing numbers of those who have died is a direct result of U.S. policy funneling migrants to cross through the desert,” said the Rev. Phillip Lawson, interim pastor of Jones United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Calif., and member of the delegation. Migrants typically crossed into the United States through urban areas till 1994 when the U.S. adopted the “Prevention Through Deterrence” policy sealing off of urban-area borders and forcing migrants to risk life by crossing through desert and mountain areas. “The image that does not leave my head is of 12 men in orange suits and women in pink, handcuffed and with shackles on their legs,” Mr. Lawson said. “They were prosecuted by a D.A., guarded by six deputies and judged by a magistrate, each saying simply, \’Presente.\’ Their only crime was risking their lives in search of a better life.”The delegation heard first-hand accounts of racial profiling and abuses including: Harassment of Mexican-Americans drivers by border patrol agents Douglass; Mexican-American homes broken into by border patrol agents searching without warrants for undocumented persons; Physical abuse of migrants caught crossing in the desert; and Harassment of Native Americans traveling to and from religious ceremonies in Mexico.”We came to investigate human rights abuses, and we found significant evidence that there are widespread violations caused by the U.S. militarization of the border and immigration control,” said Gerald Lenoir, coordinator of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. “These policies are racist attacks on the most vulnerable members of society: immigrants of color.”Leaders of Coalicion de Derechos Humanos concurred.”The increase in the militarization of the border and cities like Chicago and Oakland as well as the expansion of private prison construction called for by the STRIVE bill will fuel even more human rights violations,” said Isabel Garcia, co-chair of the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos. STRIVE is a border enforcement bill currently pending in Congress opposed by the three tour sponsors. “The criminalization of Latinos and immigrants matches what has been done to African Americans historically. Already 60 percent of the people in federal prisons are Black and Latino.” The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights launched a national community dialog ueto expose the militarization of border and immigration control, explained network spokesperson Arnoldo Garcia. “The BAJI border tour is a major contribution to the dialogue breaking the silence on the thousands of migrants who have died as a result of these policies,” Mr. Garcia said. “By coming to the border the BAJI tour represents an unprecedented coalition to stop the deaths and joins our demands for justice.” BAJI will share its findings in reports in several cities and to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Migrants. –30–

EPA fines Gila River Hazardous Waste Facility

Gila River tribal members protested Romic hazardous waste facility in March. Romic has now been fined by the US EPA for hazardous chemical releases.

Gila River Tired of Being Dumped On

Statement of Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment (GRACE) during the March Protest: “A toxic waste treatment facility called Romic Southwest sits in the Gila River Indian Community next to Chandler. The U.S. EPA refuses to fine this company despite serious and repeat violations and the people who live and work in the community have little means to do anything about it. That is why dozens of people came out to demand the toxic waste facility be shut down. People lined both sides of the street near the facility holding signs and banners. Speeches were made as the crowd rallied in an open lot, listening to the stories of ill-health, similar struggles that others are facing around the country, and encouragement. A walk to the location where the police had blocked off the road to the Romic facility was made twice during that day. ROMIC – Who are they? Romic Southwest hazardous waste facility at the Gila River Indian Community: Bringing Hazardous Wastes from Around the World to Gila River! Let\’s Stop This Toxic Threat To Our Health, Environment & Culture! Did You Know? Romic Environmental Technologies Corporation operates a commercial hazardous waste treatment facility at Lone Butte Industrial Park on the Gila River Indian Community, and they are authorized to store and treat hundreds of highly dangerous toxic chemicals and toxic metals. Romic accepts hazardous waste shipped from around the world! Romic wants to expand the amount of hazardous waste they store on site by about 50%! Romic wants to add 15 new tanks to store additional hazardous waste. This plant has existed since 1975 and has a terrible history of violations including: o hazardous waste leaks o hazardous waste barrels stored in flooded areas o missing inspection and monitoring reports o missing hazardous waste labels o incomplete inspection logs o open containers of hazardous waste According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspection reports, the dangerous practices have continued at the facility for decades. U.S. EPA refuses to fine this company despite serious and repeat violations. U.S. EPA never told the community the truth about this hazardous waste company, its problems or risks, or the proposed big expansion. EPA has allowed this company to operate for decades without full permits or any environmental impact report. In December 2002 Romic applied to U.S. EPA for a permit to expand and continue operating, but the EPA has failed to hold a public hearing where tribal members could voice concerns.” — Lori (Thomas-Luna) Riddle Co-Founder of GRACE, (Gila River Alliance for a Clean Environment.) contaminatedinaz@… check out this site: http://www.geocities.com/contaminatedinaz/


Hopi File Class Action Suit Over Black Mesa Mining

Photo: Sacred Lands Film Project http://www.sacredland.org/endangered_sites_pages/black_mesa.html Contact: Vernon Masayesva 928/734-9255 Black Mesa Trust Supports Traditional Hopis Suing Office of Surface Mining Class action lawsuit alleges violations of religious freedom KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz., April 27, 2007 Black Mesa Trust is offering its support to Hopi tribal members on whose behalf a lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Interior Department\’s Office of Surface Mining.The class action lawsuit alleges that OSM violated traditional Hopis\’ religious freedom when the office scheduled the comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the Black Mesa Project during January and February, a period during which Hopi religion requires that people attend primarily to their religious obligations to the exclusion of public matters. “I had to find someone to take over my responsibilities so I could go to the hearing,” said Jerry Honawa, a Hopi religious practitioner and a named plaintiff in the lawsuit. “And then it was not even a hearing,” he continued. Honawa referred to the hearings on the draft environmental impact statement held by OSM on Hopi and Navajo and in surrounding towns during the comment period. Honawa is particularly disturbed by OSM\’s selection of Alternative A, which allows unlimited use of N-aquifer water for the Black Mesa mining operation if a proposed project to bring water from the C-aquifer south of Interstate 40 to the mine falls through. And he is upset not only by OSM\’s refusal to respond to his concerns at the hearings, but to the size and complexity of the document on which he was trying to comment. “It is 758 pages,” he said. “I don\’t think anyone on the Hopi Tribal Council has read the entire document. They are just going along with whatever OSM says.” The lawsuit alleges that OSM violated both the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the provisions of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act by knowingly and deliberately scheduling the comment period in the middle of the Hopi religious calendar. “There is no exceptionally compelling state interest in requiring traditional Hopis to choose between honoring their religious beliefs and practice and grappling with reading, analyzing, understanding, and being forced to comment on a massive, complex, 758-page draft environmental impact statement on the Black Mesa Project during the religious portion of the Hopi calendar,” reads the papers filed with the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona on April 16.The length and complexity of the document are also issues for Black Mesa Trust Executive Director Vernon Masayesva. “The draft EIS is not written in language that lay people can understand,” he said, “and that is in direct violation of the principles of the National Environmental Protection Act. Not only was the comment period scheduled at an inappropriate time, but OSM insisted that our comments be \’concise\’ and refer to specific sections of the EIS. But their document does not meet the \’concise; standard, and by not writing it in comprehensible language, OSM made it impossible for us to comply with their requirements.” The lawsuit also alleges that OSM\’s actions violated the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. Under Article IX of that treaty, by which Mexico ceded to the United States the traditional lands of the Hopi people, “the United States of America agreed that the people residing in the territory acquired under that Treaty would be accorded the rights of citizens of the United States, including the right to be \’secured in the free exercise of their religion without restriction,\'” reads the lawsuit. Black Mesa Trust is a non-profit grassroots organization founded to protect the N-aquifer on Black Mesa for future generations of Hopis and Navajos. For more than three decades, Peabody Western Coal, the world\’s largest coal mining company, used water from the aquifer, the sole source of drinking water on Hopi, to slurry coal from the Black Mesa Mine to the Mohave Generating Station in Nevada. Mohave shut down at the end of 2005 because its owners failed to comply with a consent decree ordering them to install pollution control equipment. The plant remains closed and majority owner Southern California Edison has said that it has given up its attempts to reopen the facility. Nevertheless, OSM has continued with the EIS process, possibly to make the power plant more attractive to potential buyers. Without the pollution control equipment, the 1580 MW coal-fired power plant is the dirtiest in the West. — Tanya Lee(603) 377-0267 (cell)(617) 491-6106 (tel)7270 Slayton Ranch RoadFlagstaff, AZ 860042 Chester StreetCambridge, MA 02140

Shoshone Receive 10,000 Signatures to Stop Barrick Gold

Great news from the Western Shoshone:
In the first 24 hours, the petition to stop Barrick Gold\’s destruction on sacred Shoshone land has received 10,000 signatures. Western Shoshone say: Keep the signatures coming. They will deliver the petition to the Barrick shareholders in Toronto. Sign the petition: http://act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/barrick?rk=2p%5fVX971s5BuE Top photo: GOLD MINING CORES OUT MOUNTAINS: Newmont gold mining on Western Shoshone land/Project Underground
(R) Western Shoshone Larson Bill video documents gold mining operations on Mount Tenabo near Elko, Nevada. Photo Brenda Norrell. (L)Western Shoshone and friends on Mount Tenabo. Photo Brenda Norrell.
News from Ghana: “Newmont Under Pressure”
Around the world, gold mining targets Indigenous lands and cores out mountains for small amounts of gold: Strike at mine in Peru and talk of Barrick\’s purchase of Newmont:

Tohono O\’odham Funny Lady Teresa Choyguha

Comedy night with Tohono O\’Odham funny woman, Teresa Choyguha on Friday, May 11, 2007 at the Lehi Community Building, Stapley and Oak on the Salt River Indian Community, Phoenix.

Most Censored 2007

Most Censored and Under-Reported News of Indigenous Peoples 2007 –Leonard Peltier Theater, “My Life is My Sundance” –Canada\’s Counterinsurgency Draft Manual Names Mohawks as Terrorists, Calls for Ambushes and Assassinations –Marcos and Zapatistas Return to Border, Plan Intercontinental Summit –El Paso Celebrates Onate, The Butcher of Pueblos, With Statue –Arizona Congressman Renzi, FBI Probe and Links to Military Intelligence and Navajo, Apache and Yavapai Lands and Business Deals –Houston Councilman Still on Air After Insulting American Indians –Navajos\’ Sanostee Chapter Opposes Desert Rock Power Plant by Resolution –Tohono O\’odham Tribal Officials Knew of Mexico\’s Plans for Hazardous Dump in Ceremonial Communtiy of Quitovac Near Border, but Never Told O\’odham in Sonora …………. Scroll down for articles and more censored news ……………………… . THANKS FOR THE UNCENSORED NEWS: . Special thanks to Victor Rocha at Pechanga Net for links to the stories on the Censored blog covering the Zapatistas in Sonora and to staff at Indianz.com for sharing the story on Racist Radio Talk in Houston. http://www.pechanga.net (Native News category) http://www.indianz.com Special thanks to Chris Spotted Eagle at KFAI in Minneapolis for sharing Censored News on the web and on air at “Indian Uprising,” a one-half hour Public & Cultural Affairs Indigenous People broadcast each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. www.kfai.org Listen: “Programs & Schedule” or by program Archives. Many thanks to Mohawk Nation News for sharing news: Kahentinetha Horn – MNN Mohawk Nation News E-mail: kahentientha2@yahoo.com Website: http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ A special thanks to the publishers of Narco News and the U.N. OBSERVER & International Report at the Hague for continuing to publish uncensored news: http://www.narconews.com/ http://www.unobserver.com/ Many thanks to IRC Americas and Counterpunch for publishing uncensored articles on the Indigenous Border Summit and Indigenous World Uranium Summit: http://americas.irc-online.org/ http://www.counterpunch.org/ .

Zapatistas Announce Intercontinental Summit

Zapatistas select Yaqui to host Intercontinental Summit By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ RANCHO EL PENASCO, Sonora, Mexico Indigenous Peoples from Mexico and the United States met with Subcomandante Marcos and Zapatista Comandantes to establish the Indigenous Intercontinental Conference for 2007. The Intercontinental gathering will be held in the Yaqui community of Vicam in Rio Yaqui, Sonora, on the northwest coast, Oct. 11 14, 2007. Comandante David, Mayan from Chiapas, welcomed the world s Indigenous Peoples to the intercontinental gathering. At this moment, we want to let the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, Canada, the United States, Central America, South America and the whole world know what we are planning, Comandante David said in an interview here, speaking in Spanish. The object of this meeting is to meet one another and to come to know one another s pains and sufferings. It is to share our experiences, because each tribe is different. Juan Chavez, Purepecha elder from Michoacan, said the conference would expose the treatment of Indigenous Peoples, organize resistance in defense of Mother Earth and ask the question, What are we, as Indigenous Peoples, struggling for? The answers will come in the gathering as we talk with one mind and one heart. Our brothers and sisters will be together, speaking to one another with one heart, Chavez said in an interview. The declaration for the Indigenous Intercontinental Conference, signed April 22, states that it has been 515 years since the invasion of ancient Indigenous territories and the onslaught of the war of conquest, spoils and capitalist exploitation. Now, there is a new war of neoliberal extermination, which continues the destruction of Indigenous communities. Despite the long history of domination, Indigenous resistance has kept Indigenous communities alive and fighting for survival. The Indigenous struggle was uplifted by the emergence of the EZLN, Zapatista Army of National Liberation, in the year of 1994. The national governments of the Americas have always sought to divide Indigenous communities through the establishment of borders, reservations and legislation to fragment and neutralize Native efforts of autonomy. However, with unity and knowledge, the struggle for liberation will be strengthened. This struggle must be known to the world, so that all people who are honest in the fight for democracy and freedom will become companions in the struggle, the declaration states. Marcos, speaking of the need to arise in defense of Mother Earth, told Indigenous gathered here of his recent trip to support the fishing rights of the Cucapa and Kiliwa Peoples in Baja California, Mexico. Marcos spoke of the assault on Indigenous Peoples in the Americas by corporations and governments. Holding an eagle feather given to him by the Kiliwa, Marcos said the eagle, like the Kiliwa, are at risk of becoming extinct. Marcos held private meetings with Indigenous to organize the intercontinental conference and listen to concerns of Indigenous Peoples from different regions of Mexico and the United States. Sharing concerns over environmental damage, hazardous dumps and the loss of languages, lands, traditions and culture were O odham from Sonora, Yaqui from Rio Yaqui, Sonora, Mayo from Sinoloa and Raramuri from Chihuahua in Mexico. Coming from the United States were O odham, O otham, Navajo, Apache and Hopi. At the heart of this gathering was the outdoor kitchen with two roaring fires, where Yaqui, O odham and Mayo women prepared Sonoran tortillas and huge pots of soups, beef and beans. O otham from Salt River in Arizona brought buffalo meat. Zapatista youths from Tucson, Ariz., brought chocolate cakes and others brought watermelons, papayas and pineapples. The American Indian Movement provided security at the planning session, with AIM security guards around the clock at the entrance gate. Closer to the highway, there were up to a dozen vehicles of local and federal Mexican police and undercover officers. Although Mexican police attempted to intimidate Indigenous Peoples by questioning them when they arrived, AIM security demanded the police halt the intimidation, which they did. While traveling in northwest Mexico, undercover police continuously followed Marcos and the Comandantes. Marcos first came to Rancho el Penasco, south of Magdalena, in October of 2006, for the listening session with O odham during the Other Campaign. Marcos and 10 Comandantes returned on April 8 enroute to the Cucapa Peace Camp to uphold fishing rights. Marcos and members of the Zapatista delegation returned for the Intercontinental summit planning session here April 21 22. With its flock of sheep and historical memorabilia, the biodiversity ranch, with a hotel/hostel and campground, has been made available to the Zapatistas by the owner. En Espanol, Narco News: http://www.narconews.com/Issue45/articulo2637.html Reporter s Notebook, the Zapatista Highway http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Free language translation online: http://www.freetranslation.com/

Reporter\’s Notebook, The Zapatista Highway

Zapatistas in Sonora. Photo Brenda Norrell

Reporter\’s Notebook, The Zapatista Highway
By Brenda Norrell
April 23, 2007
RANCHO EL PENASCO, SONORA, Mexico — The last thing you want to happen when you are returning from a Zapatista meeting with Subcomandante Marcos in Mexico, is for the van to die on the Mexican side of the border, and to have to push it back into the United States.
But that is what happened on our way back. With a great deal of laughter, Jose and Gregorio, joined by some good-hearted volunteers, pushed the van through U.S. immigration and we coasted into Nogales, Ariz.
It was the unexpected end to a wonderful weekend of the unexpected. It began in Tucson, Ariz., with the arrival of American Indian Movement security, O\’otham from Salt River Pima and Gila River, Hopi-Zia Pueblo and Tohono O\’odham. With the car packed with buffalo meat from Salt River Pima, we headed down, stopping in Sonora to buy watermelons.
At the Rancho Penasco biodiversity ranch south of Magdalena, there was a larger than usual buildup of undercover Mexican police, intelligence officers driving white and grey compact cars, at the entrance gate.
Arriving from the north and south were Indigenous from many tribes for the consultation with Subcomandante Marcos and Comandantes, to plan for the Indigenous Intercontinental Conference.
Cautious, I decided to spend the first night in a nearby hotel, so I could be in touch with the international press if there were problems with the Mexican police building up at the gate. As a news reporter staying alone at a hotel in Mexico, the worst thing that can happen is to look behind you in the hotel lobby and see a dozen cars of undercover Mexican police ready to check in at the same hotel. But that is what happened. I took an Extra Strength Tylenol and went to sleep on the mattress, which was actually a slab of granite.
Then, Saturday morning, something magical happened. Indigenous arrived from all over Arizona and northern and southern Mexico. Over the fire making tortillas, working 16 hours a day, were Yaqui women from Potam Pueblo, along with Tohono O\’odham, Mayo and their friends from Sonora and Arizona. They cut buffalo meat, scrambled eggs, cut papayas and of course made large pots of coffee, washed enormous amounts of dishes and laughed.
At the gate, AIM security checked the identification of everyone who entered and halted the undercover Mexican police along the highway from intimidating people arriving.
Raramuri came from north central Mexico, Purepecha from Michoacan, Yaqui from Rio Yaqui Pueblos, Mayo from Sinoloa, O\’odham from Sonora and Mayans from Chiapas. They were joined by San Carlos Apache, Navajo, Hopi, Salt River Pima, Gila River Pima and Tohono O\’odham from Arizona.
From this gathering came a powerful force of love and joy. Crossing the border, the old van blew steam like a tired dragon as it limped back.
There was no surrender.
–Brenda Norrell
(Spanish) Declaration for the Indigenous Intercontinental Conference to be held in Vicam Pueblo in October, 2007:
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Censorship of Indigenous Issues Increases

Censorship of Indigenous Issues Increases Brenda Norrell Human Rights Editor U.N. OBSERVER & International Report http://www.unobserver.com/layout5.php?id=3397&blz=2 Senecas Vote to Take Back NYS Thruway Land http://www.wivb.com/Global/story.asp?s=6390296 For Immediate Release Seneca Nation Takes On State of New York (API) Spring, 515 a.c. (after columbus; a.k.a. April 19, 2007 ) http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/253942694 Unlike most federally recognized Indian tribes throughout the United States , the Seneca nation never acknowledged, accepted and in fact rejected the illegal 1934 Indian Reorganization (IRA) Act. The Seneca and other Six Nations Confederacy Nations and peoples claim the illegal act violates their Treaties (protected by Article VI of the United States Constitution which states Treaties made with Indian Nations shall be the supreme law of the land, with the judges in every state bound thereby ). The Seneca and Six Nations also expose Article 1, Section 2, Part 3 of the Constitution which prevents any Indian from paying taxes a fact even most Americans fail to realize. The Seneca believe the illegal 1934 act was an attempt to remove the female balance and representation they have always had within their nation governing and to place their nation and peoples under the authority of the president of the United States against their will. The Seneca also reject the illegal 1924 Indian Citizenship Act which violates the Constitution, Seneca/u.s. Treaties, and attempts to make Seneca s into americans as a means by u.s.government officials to steal and exploit Seneca resources and homelands. The recently adopted 1988 Genocide Convention Proclamation Act by congress would also make violation of Seneca Treaties a violation of the crime of genocide punishable by life in prison and a one million dollar fine, should a government or state official be charged and found guilty of the charges. The unilateral act of congress in 1934 was an attempt to deny nationhood rights and prevents all Indigenous Red Indian Nations from the United Nations and international recognition by the community of world s nations. We demand the United States and their state of New York cease and desist from genocidal actions (forced taxation, illegal 1924 and 1934 acts against Seneca Nationhood, occupation of Indigenous lands, etc.) against the Seneca Nation and begin to once and for all honor each and every Treaty they made with the Seneca, thereby abiding by their own Constitution and laws. We also demand the Seneca be recognized as an Indigenous Red Nation of Peoples and be allowed representation in the United Nations (UN) in New York City so that world peace can begin and the corrupt UN can be taken out of u.s. and corporation control and placed with the nations of the world its supposed intention. Scott C. Barta www.1851Treaty.com 7 GENERATIONS, Native Perspectives On Caring For The Earth “Sustaining Communities that Care for the Earth” A lecture by Dr. Joseph Suina, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of New Mexico and the former Governor of Cochiti Pueblo, NM.Saturday, April 21st, 7:00 p.m. University of Arizona Campus, CESL Auditorium (Center for English As A Second Language)1100 E James E. Rogers Way,Adjacent to and NE of AZ State MuseumFree and Open to the Public, sponsored by:Amerind FoundationTucson Audubon SocietySky Island AllianceUniversity of Arizona Department of AnthropologyFor more information please contact the Amerind Foundation at 520.586.3666 or amerind@amerind.org Honor the Earth Concert with Indigo Girls in Flagstaff Calls for Safe Energy on Native Lands On Tuesday night, May 22nd, the Grammy Award winning folk-rock duo, Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers), will take the stage at the Pine Mountain Amphitheater in Flag staff for a special night of music with a message. The concert, entitled Honor the Earth, is a benefit designed to lend support to the Just Transition Coalition and their work to herald in a new, safe energy economy, one based on th