CENSORED NEWS: August 2011

Zapatistas: Letter from Marcos August 2011

By Subcomandante Marcos

Photo by Brenda Norrell

Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com August 2011 I. The Local Mirror. The year 2011, Chiapas, Mexico, the World. And in this calendar and this geography, we continue attentive around here to what happens, what is said and, above all, to what is silenced. We continue in resistance in our lands. The attacks against us continue from across the political spectrum. We are an example that it is possible for all the political parties to have a common goal. Sponsored by federal, state and municipal governments, all political parties attack us. Prior to each attack or after it, there is a meeting between government officials and “social” or party leaders. Little is said, just enough to agree on a price and the method of payment. Those who criticize our Zapatista position that “all politicians are alike” should take a trip around Chiapas. Although it is certain that they will say this is something strictly local, that this does not happen at the national level. But the political class in Chiapas repeats, with local variations, the same ridiculous routines of pre-election times. Read more … http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2011/08/zapatistas-letter-from-marcos-august.html

Tar Sands White House: Portraits of Arrests Aug 31, 2011

Photos 1 — 8 by Shadia Fayne Wood/Tar Sands Action. Last three photos, 9–12, by Josh Lopez/Tar Sands Action. On Wed., Aug. 31, 2011, there were 111 people arrested, including a delegation from Appalachia. The total arrests are now 706 people. Stop the dirty Alberta tar sands and the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline headed through the heart of America, and the Ogallala aquifer. See portraits of all today\’s heroes at the Tar Sands Photostream. Thanks to all the photographers who make this possible each day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarsandsaction/

Canadian Embassy DC Protest: Stop lobbying for tar sands

Clayton Thomas Muller/Photo Credit: Milan Ilnyckyj


Adam Thomas and Melina Laboucan Massimo, Canadian Embassy in Washington Photo credit: Milan Ilnyckyj www.flickr.com/photos/sindark/

Canadian groups to Ambassador Doer: Stop lobbying for Keystone XL pipeline Press statement Published at Censored News

Canadian Embassy DC: Stop lobbying for Tar Sands

August 31, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) The Council of Canadians, the Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace Canada presented a letter addressed to Ambassador Gary Doer at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. today demanding an end to lobbying in favour of the Keystone XL pipeline. Ambassador Doer has publicly recognized he is actively lobbying for Keystone XL, says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, who will be present to help deliver the letter. To pitch the tar sands as the answer to American energy security ignores the destruction of the tar sands and turns away from the sustainable energy future Canada and the U.S. need. In May 2011, Alberta saw one of the largest pipeline bursts in the province s history when 28,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the local ecosystem near Peace River. In the past year, TransCanada s first Keystone pipeline has spilled crude oil at least 12 times and contaminated water, air and soil in nearby communities. The spills resulted in catastrophic effects on wildlife and the quality of life of nearby farmers, landowners and Indigenous communities. First Nations delegates with the Indigenous Environmental Network will also be present outside the Canadian Embassy. They have come to Washington to share their testimonies of the damaging social and health effects the tar sands are having on their communities. With the onslaught of tar sands exploitation, we are seeing more people developing serious respiratory illnesses. People of all ages are developing types of cancer that we have never seen in our area, as we have seen the tar sands industry expand, said Gitz Crazyboy of Fort McMurray, in the heart of the Alberta tar sands. Crazyboy continues, What we see is alarming we are witnessing the complete destruction of the boreal forest as tar sands operations expand. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S. The controversial 2,736 kilometre project threatens to pollute freshwater supplies in America s agricultural heartland and spike air pollution in the Gulf Coast. The pipeline would cross Indian-US treaty territories, water aquifers, rivers, grasslands, cultural sites and ecological sensitive areas. Tar sands operations and its associated infrastructure projects are consistently violating constitutionally recognized treaty rights in both Canada and the United States. Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada who is from Alberta said, The Keystone pipeline is an act of aggression to the plants, wildlife and people who live in its path. We are proud to add our voice to the hundreds of brave activists who have peacefully opposed this destructive project over the past several days. Two weeks of protests in Washington, DC will end on September 3rd before transitioning to Ottawa for a one-day event endorsed by the Council of Canadians, Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace Canada on September 26th. People across Canada have been invited to participate by signing on to the civil disobedience protest at ottawaaction.ca. For more information, please contact: Clayton Thomas-Muller, Tar Sands Campaigner, IEN, cell: 613.297.7515 Andrea Harden, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, Council of Canadians, cell: 613.218.5800 Melina Laboucan-Massimo Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada, cell: 347.471.6424 Peter McHugh, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada, cell: 647.801.2567

CENSORED: Media abysmal in August 2011

Arrested today at the White House tar sands protest, 111 people, adding to 595 already arrested. Photo Josh Lopez.

Censored news articles on Indigenous Peoples and human rights, August 2011 By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com There\’s been an explosion of news during August, but if you\’re relying on the mainstream media, or a few online news sources, you\’re probably unaware of it. At the White House, Indigenous Peoples are being arrested to halt the tar sands and its proposed pipeline, which would cut through Indian country and the enormous Ogalalla aquifer in the heartland. The Alberta tar sands are already destroying First Nations homelands. The news censored by some online media includes the arrest of Cree actress Tantoo Cardinal. On Friday, the day before the conclusion of two weeks of arrests, Indigenous Peoples join the sit in at the Indigenous Day of Action at the White House. CENSORED NEWS: Daily portraits of arrests at the White House: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Protests were held at US Forest Service offices in Albuquerque, Vallejo, Calif., and Golden, Colo., to halt the destruction of sacred San Francisco Peaks, by the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort, in northern Arizona. In Albuquerque, the frightened Forest Service shut its doors, taped off the corridor with police tape and posted police on the roof. Later during the daylong protest, Louise Benally, Navajo from Big Mountain, Ariz., delivered a letter to the Forest Service inside. CENSORED NEWS: Albuquerque Forest Service Shuts Down, Frightened by Peaceful Peaks Protest http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/08/albuquerque-forest-service-shuts-down.html Whistleblowers, the hacked Arizona police files, and Wikileaks have exposed the ATF\’s Project Gunrunner and “Fast and Furious,” which provided Mexico\’s drug cartels with thousands of assault weapons to carry out mass murder and the executions of two US federal agents. The top ATF official and the US Attorney in Arizona announced they were leaving their posts yesterday, Tuesday. NARCOSPHERE: Project Gunrunner explodes: Lies from Arizona http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/08/project-gunrunner-explodes-lies-from.html Wikileaks also exposes the cables of the US Embassy at the Vatican, exposing the rape of nuns by priests; the downplaying of the sexual abuse of minors by the Pope; the Vatican\’s support for the war in Iraq; and the labeling of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez as a “dangerous” leftist. The US diplomatic cables are accentuated by the fact that the Vatican did not want its agenda known. NARCONEWS: Wikileaks: Pope and the heart of darkness: http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2011/08/wikileaks-pope-and-heart-darkness With the release of thousands of new Wikileaks cables, there\’s a new series on Native Americans, with a focus on the media, at Censored News. While the US was censoring the voices of Native Americans opposed to the war in Iraq, and censoring global criticisms of the United States human rights record, the facts were being documented and published around the world. CENSORED NEWS: China scolded US for treatment of Native Americans http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-wikileaks-un-china-scolded-us.html CENSORED NEWS: New Wikileaks: Exiles of Native Americans and Palestinians http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-wikileaks-forced-exiles-of-native.html CENSORED NEWS: Wikileaks: Torture in Iraq invokes atrocities against Native Americans http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/08/wikileaks-torture-in-iraq-invokes.html MORE: Listen to First Nations and Native American Interviews, on Tar Sands White House, on Native America Calling http://www.nativeamericacalling.com Breaking news: Wikileaks cable reveals US summary execution of family of Iraq: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/08/29/cables-reveal-2006-summary-execution-of-civilian-family-in-iraq/

Project Gunrunner explodes: Lies from Arizona

Project Gunrunner explodes: Lies from Arizona UPDATE WIKILEAKS CABLE: US says Project Gunrunner weapons of most interest are not in the hands of drug cartels — but in the hands of Mexico\’s military and Attorney General\’s Office

August 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm Narcosphere By Brenda Norrell The head of ATF and the US Attorney for Arizona are suddenly leaving their jobs as Project Gunrunner continues to explode. Meanwhile, Arizona police files hacked by Lulzsec, along with the new releases of US diplomatic cables from Mexico by Wikileaks, are posing more disturbing questions about Project Gunrunner. On the Arizona border, residents long knew that the only way that drug cartels in Mexico would have a steady supply of AK-47s and other assault weapons, was for the United States to supply those. Project Gunrunner, and then Fast and Furious, were supposedly ATF sting operations to track weapons used by drug cartels in Mexico. Thousands of weapons were purchased by “straw” buyers in the US, then allowed to “walk” across the border into Mexico, walk into the hands of drug cartels. Although it has been assumed that the drug cartels posed the greatest threat with the high-powered US weapons flowing into Mexico, a US diplomatic cable states otherwise. In a disturbing revelation in a US diplomatic cable from the US Consulate in Monterrey, the US discusses Project Gunrunner with Coahuila officials in 2009. The US and Coahuila officials agree that the weapons of greatest interest are held by the Mexican military and the federal PGR. The PGR is Mexico\’s Attorney General Office, an institution belonging to the Federal executive branch that is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. ( US ( Our Coahuila interlocutors raised several specific issues on which they sought USG cooperation and assistance. First, they requested greater action to stem the flow of arms from the U.S. into Coahuila. In response, ATF briefed on its ongoing programs and initiatives, including Project GunRunner and E-trace. The state offered to make available for inspection the seized weapons that it held in its inventory, although both sides recognized that the arms of most interest to ATF would be held by either the military or federal PGR,” states the cable dated June 26, 2009. Arizona police files, hacked by Lulzsec in June, expose facts about Project Gunrunner and raise new questions. An e-mail from a Flagstaff police officer about Project Gunrunner is dated March 17, 2008 three and one-half years ago — long before Arizona officials admit knowledge of the operation. The e-mail had a booklet attached, ATF Southwest Border Strategy Project Gunrunner Weapons of Choice,” with the date stated as revised in Feb. 2008. The e-mail and booklet were sent to a long list of army and navy personnel, as well as to the Department of Homeland Security. It is unknown at this time, the role played the US Army, Navy and Homeland Security in Project Gunrunner in Mexico in 2008, or when the operation really began in Arizona. The booklet not only was being circulated here in Arizona in early 2008, but it is called the revised version, so it had already been around for a while. Newly released US diplomatic cables by Wikileaks expose another disturbing fact. The diplomatic cables state that the United States e-trace program for seized weapons was extremely ineffective in Mexico because of the inability of the US to recover weapons involved in crimes in Mexico. In fact, the e-trace program was too ineffective in recent years for any US agency to rely on it to trace weapons in Mexico, therefore rendering Project Gunrunner worthless for tracking crimes and criminals. The Wikileaks cables refer to the fact that Mexico s law enforcement and military are riddled with corruption, complicating the search and seizure of weapons. Further, the United States e-trace program was riddled with technical search problems for Mexico\’s numerous agencies that did not trust one another, according to the US diplomatic cables from the Ambassador in Mexico. The Wikileaks cables refer only to a few weapons that the US was able to track. These records reveal that weapons from the US sales to militaries of Mexico and El Salvador were used to commit crimes in Mexico. Although it is not widely known, Project Gunrunner began as a pilot project in Laredo, Texas, in 2005 and was expanded as a national initiative in 2006, as stated in Wikipedia. The Texas border, and the region south of Texas in Mexico, is where the largest number of violent deaths have occurred, with mass graves, and the repeated executions of local mayors. Today, CBS News reported that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Kenneth Melson is being moved out of the top job at the bureau. The U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke has submitted his resignation to President Obama, effective immediately. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20099228-10391695.html Project Gunrunner weapons, according to the Justice Dept., have been tied to at least 12 violent crimes in the United States, and an unknown number of violent crimes in Mexico. Two federal agents were killed with those weapons, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry near Nogales, Ariz., and ICE agent Jaime Zapata, in northern Mexico.

Excerpts from “Project Gunrunner: Weapons of Choice,” a brochure circulated by Arizona police and military in 2008.
Arizona and Sonora, Mexico

Tar Sands White House: Portraits of Arrests with Daryl Hannah

NOW 595 arrests!
Photos one through six by Ben Powless, Mohawk. Photo 7 by Josh Lopez/Tar Sands Action.
Portraits of arrests at the White House today, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. Actress Daryl Hannah was the first to be arrested today to halt the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tomorrow is the Canadian Day of Action, Friday is the Indigenous Day of Action.
View photos of all today\’s heroes, and all of the heroes!

New Wikileaks cables: The Pope and the heart of darkness

Wikileaks exposes Vatican\’s hidden agenda

By Brenda Norrell Narcosphere US diplomatic cables from the Vatican Embassy expose the rape of nuns by priests and the Pope\’s downplaying of the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Another cable released by Wikileaks exposes the Vatican\’s secret support for the war in Iraq. Further, the Catholic Church\’s labeling of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a “dangerous” leftist is revealed in a cable from the Vatican Embassy. The force of the Wikileaks cables are accentuated by the fact that the Catholic Church stressed the need for secrecy, fearing a backlash if the truth of its agenda became known. The Wikileaks cables exposing the Pope\’s stance on the sexual abuse by priests was revealed in the Namibian news forum: http://namibian.me/forum/topics/wikileaks-looking-into-the-heart-the-vatican On the use of force in Iraq, a diplomatic cable from the US Embassy at the Vatican states the Vatican\’s support of the use of force in Iraq is critical to gaining global support for the war in Iraq. The Ambassador also stresses the need to keep it a secret, revealing that the Vatican expects a backlash if the truth is known. The cable is dated Sept. 28, 2001: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2001/09/01VATICAN5095.html#par3 “THE VATICAN IS FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT ANY REGIME WHICH REPLACES THE CURRENT ONE WILL NOT BE AS SUPPORTIVE OF THE LARGE IRAQI CATHOLIC POPULATION. IN ADDITION, EVEN IF POSSIBLE MILITARY ACTION IS DIRECTED ONLY AGAINST AFGHANISTAN, THE VATICAN IS GREATLY CONCERNED WITH A BACKLASH AGAINST CATHOLICS (AND OTHER CHRISTIANS) LIVING IN EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES, AND LEBANON.” A separate cable concerning President Chavez is from the US Embassy at the Vatican and is dated Dec. 23, 2005. This summary begins the cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2005/12/05VATICAN562.html#par1 The Ambassador shared ref (a) points on Venezuela\’s nefarious influence in the region with Holy See internal affairs chief (Vatican number three) Archbishop Leonardo Sandri December 17. Some points were news to Sandri, but he was not surprised and said he shared U.S. concerns about Chavez and other leftist leaders in Latin America. An interlocutor from the Vatican MFA as well told the Ambassador that he and his superiors were wary of connections among these leaders. Neither prelate thought the Vatican would become more aggressive in speaking out against these figures, both because of recent history and the potential for a backlash against the Church.

TAR SANDS Actress Daryl Hannah first arrested at White House

Actress Daryl Hannah was the first to be arrested today, Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the White House to halt the tar sands and its dirty pipeline. Hannah was among 73 arrested. Photo 1: Indigenous Nations Network, William Underbaggage. Photo 2: Tar Sands Action at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Listen live today, Native Americans and First Nations prepare for arrests:

LISTEN LIVE Native America Calling Tar Sands Protest

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 The Tar Sands Protest: Listen at 1 pm Eastern, noon Central, 11 am Mountain, 10 am Pacific: http://www.nativeamericacalling.com Protestors outside the White House are being arrested for their civil disobedience. They are protesting the Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline. President Obama will decide later this year on the permit for the massive pipeline that could send 900,000 barrels a day of the world s dirtiest oil from Canada to refineries in the U.S. The pipeline would pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Protestors say the pipeline will threaten fresh drinking water. Will the President sign the permit? Guests include environmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller (Cree). Also: In Canada on Sept. 26: Plans underway for mass arrests at Parliament: Environmental activists are planning to get arrested during a show of civil disobedience on Parliament Hill on Sept. 26 but don t know yet how they can remain peaceful and still get incarcerated. http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/local/article/955661–activists-seek-key-to-get-cuffed

Here\’s a second map, the one that has been removed from the TransCanada website. (Recovered by using the cache version online and a screen shot by Censored News.)

(Above) Oklahoma Tar Sands Pipeline map from TransCanada .

Tar Sands: Top scientists arrested at White House

Top scientists arrested/Photo by Josh Lopez/Tar Sands Action

By Tar Sands Action http://www.tarsandsaction.org WASHINGTON, DC America s top climate scientist and a large group of religious leaders were arrested at the White House this morning with 140 other Americans to push President Obama to deny the permit for a massive new oil pipeline. (1) If Obama chooses the dirty needle it will confirm that the President was just green-washing all along, like the other well-oiled coal-fired politicians, with no real intention of solving the addiction, said NASA s Dr. James Hansen, who was arrested at the White House this morning. President Obama must decide whether or not to grant a presidential permit for a Canadian company, TransCanada, to begin construction of the Keystone XL, a 1,700 mile pipeline from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Earlier this summer, Dr. Hansen and twenty other leading scientists sent a letter to the White House urging the President to prevent the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, writing: If the pipeline is to be built, you as president have to declare that it is in the national interest. As scientists, speaking for ourselves and not for any of our institutions, we can say categorically that it s not only not in the national interest, it s also not in the planet s best interest. (2) Best-selling evangelical author Jim Wallis, who recently served on President Obama s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, sent a message of support to the protesters. American Christians are demanding a new direction in America s energy future one that marks our turn away from oil and fossil fuels and toward cleaner and renewable energy sources, wrote Wallis. Developing the tar sands in Canada and building the Keystone XL pipeline through six states in the American Midwest is the wrong direction for our country and derails progress of building a responsible energy infrastructure. Climate change hurts the poor first, said Rose Berger, a Roman Catholic and editor at Sojourners magazine who led a large delegation of religious leaders participating in the protest and was arrested this morning. The tar sands development and the permitting the Keystone XL pipeline will worsen climate change and should be stopped. We must turn up the heat in a sustained effort against the scourge of climate change, which harms not just our land and water but people here and now, our human future and all earthly creation, said Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist congregation in Bethesda, MD. The executive directors of Greenpeace and 350.org , as well as the President of CREDO Mobile, also took part in today s sit-in. So far, the ongoing White House protest that began on Saturday, Aug 21st has led to the arrest of over 500 Americans. The protest will continue until September 3rd with large crowds expected each day. Photos at tarsandsaction.org ### CONTACT: Daniel Kessler, 510-501-1779, daniel@ran.org ; Jamie Henn, 415-601-9337, jamie@tarsandsaction.org Notes: 1. To date 521 people have been arrested protesting the White House. 2. http://www.tarsandsaction.org/scientists-keystone-xl-obama/

Photos: Day 10 Tar Sands White House

BREAKING NEWS: 143 ready to be arrested, biggest crowd by far yet!

Big crowd ready to be arrested at the White House. Halt the Tar Sands Pipeline. Already 381 people arrested. Hello President Obama! (Are you back from your 10 day vacation?) The Indigenous Environmental Network joins the sit in on Friday to halt the destruction of the Cree homelands in Alberta and the proposed pipeline that would endanger more Indian lands and water sources in Canada and the US. Photographers say crowd today to huge to get a photo of everyone! Photo credit: Tar Sands Action.

Indigenous Day of Action: Tar Sands White House: Sept 2, 2011

Photo copyright Stop the Tar Sands/Keepers of the Athabasca

Native American and Canadian First Nations To Take Part In Largest Act of Civil Disobedience to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline By Indigenous Environmental Network Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Photo copyright Stop the Tar Sands/Harvey Scanie leads a group of walkers during the 13 km Healing Walk past Syncrude and the tailings ponds north Fort McMurray on Saturday, August 14 2010. Photo by Keepers of the Athabasca. WASHINGTON DC — The Indigenous Environmental Network is a national environmental justice and indigenous rights organization taking part in the largest act of civil disobedience in decades taking place at the White House in Washington DC from August 20 to September 3, 2011. Indigenous will join the protests on Wednesday at the Canadian Day of Action at the White House and Friday for the Indigenous Day of Action.

A group of walkers take part in the 13 km Healing Walk past Syncrude and the tailings ponds north of Fort McMurray on Saturday, August 14 2010. Photo copyright by Keepers of the Athabasca/Stop the Tar Sands

The purpose of these actions is to send a direct message to President Obama to deny approval of the 1,702 mile Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would be transporting pollution from the tar sands (also known as oilsands) of Canada to the United States by carrying 900,000 barrels per day of thick, corrosive, toxic, synthetic crude oil for refining in Texas and the Gulf States. If approved, the Keystone XL would lock the US into a dependency of energy intensive, hard-to-extract dirty oil and create a massive expansion of the world s dirtiest and most environmentally destructive form of oil development currently taking place in northern Alberta Canada. These operations are already producing 1.5 million barrels per day and having horrendous environmental justice and human rights impacts on the way of life and health of the local Native communities of Cree, Dene and M tis. The proposed pipeline threatens to pollute freshwater supplies in America s agricultural heartland and grasslands with increased emissions in already-polluted communities of the Gulf Coast. The Keystone XL would cross Indian Country; States of Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas encompassing Indian-US treaty territories crossing water aquifers and rivers, grasslands, cultural sites and ecological sensitive areas. Leaks and spills are common occurrences from such pipelines that could result in disproportionate impact to Native Nations and thousands of tribal members. A spill from the Keystone XL poses an even greater threat, given that the pipeline would run directly through the Ogallala aquifer, which supplies one-third of our nation s ground water used for irrigation, and drinking water to 2 million citizens. The Indigenous Environmental Network is bringing tribal governmental and grassroots leaders from US and Canada, directly impacted by the proposed pipeline and the tar sands oil operations, to say NO KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE to President Obama. This Indigenous Day of Action on September 2, 2011, at the gates of the White House will express the solidarity of Native Nations, standing with concerned citizens, workers, farmers, ranchers, unions, youth and a coalition of environmental groups from across the continent, in peaceful protest to protect Mother Earth and demand Obama respect the treaty rights and survival of Native Nations of the US and Canada. Nature is speaking, but Obama is not listening. The Keystone XL pipeline is a 1,700 mile fuse of the world s largest carbon bomb. The Canadian tar sands, the proposed Keystone XL and all the other current and proposed pipelines are weapons of mass destruction leading the path to triggering the final overheating of Mother Earth , says Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. President Obama made promises to Native Nations and here is an opportunity for him to honor those promises and be a man of conscious by standing up to corporate power and say NO to the Keystone XL pipeline. A barrel of tar sands oil emits up to three times as much climate-disrupting gas as conventional oil. Building Keystone XL would be the greenhouse gas equivalent of adding roughly 6.5 million passenger vehicles to the road, or constructing 12 new coal-fired power plants. IEN is putting out a national call for ACTION and Solidarity on September 2nd. Even if your homes won t be crossed by this pipeline, we are raising the consciousness of America to reevaluate its relationship to Mother Earth that would be ruined by the intensity of environmental devastation and of greenhouse gases created by the enormous tar sands oil infrastructure crossing North America. It s like a giant spider web crossing our Turtle Island , added Goldtooth. National Native organizations such as the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest Native organization representing Native Nations are calling for a moratorium and better management practices on expanded tar sands development and opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. NCAI requests the U.S. government to take aggressive measures to work towards sustainable energy solutions that include clean alternative energy and improving energy efficiency. The IEN delegation will arrive in DC on August 30th and be participating in the August 31st Canadian Day of Action and staying until the Indigenous Day of Action on September 2nd. For more information, please contact: Marty Cobenais IEN Pipeline Campaigner cell: (218) 760 0284 email: martyc@ienearth.org Clayton Thomas-Muller IEN Tar Sands Campaigner cell: (613) 297 7515 email: ienoil@igc.org Tom Goldtooth IEN Executive Director cell: (218) 760 0442 email: ien@igc.org Kandi Mosset IEN Tribal Campus Climate Campaigner cell: (701) 214 1389 email: iencampusclimate@igc.org Or visit www.ienearth.org/tarsands.html or www.tarsandsaction.org TAR SANDS ACTION Monday, Aug 29: People of Faith & Dr. James Hansen On Monday, ministers and rabbis will join other faith leaders to speak out agains the Keystone XL pipeline and call on President Obama to act as a steward for the Earth. Spokespeople will include some of the leading faith voices on environmental protection. NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen, perhaps the world s top climatologist, will also take part in the action. Tuesday, Aug 30: Sit-in Continues Wednesday, Aug 31: Appalachia Residents Resource extraction has taken its toll on the people of Appalachia, where mountain-top removal coal mining has devastated over a million acres of land. Residents from Appalachia will come take part in the sit-in and connect the destruction of Appalachia with the destruction taking place in Alberta due to the tar sands. Thursday, Sep 1: Landowner Tour Arrives in DC / Fracktivists / Canadian Spokespeople Beginning on August 20, landowners from along the pipeline route will be leading a tour across America to raise awareness about the dangers of the Keystone XL pipeline. For more information on the tour click here. On Aug 30, the tour will arrive in DC and act as lead spokespeople for the sit-in. The tour participants will be joined by a large delegation of anti-fracking activists led by Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND). Friday, Sep 2: Indigenous Leaders Indigenous peoples have born the brunt of resource extraction for generations and are on the front-lines of the tar sands expansion across Alberta. Indigenous elders from Canada and the US will act as the lead spokespeople for the sit-in on August 1st. Saturday, Sep 3: Final Day On the final day of the sit-in, over a thousand people are expected to join a rally at Lafayette Square Park to take part in a massive public art piece that will create an enduring image to commemorate the two-week sit-in and inspire future protests to stop the Keystone XL and other fossil-fuel projects.

New Wikileaks: UN: China scolded US treatment of Native Americans

US human rights abuses exposed by world leaders at the UN, previously censored, are revealed in new Wikileaks cable
Hunting migrants on Arizona border

By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com A new Wikileaks cable provides the scope of US human rights abuses in testimony by world leaders before the United Nations in 2007. Much of the information was censored by the US media at the time. World leaders described the human rights abuses of the United States, including secret torture centers, targeted assassinations, “people hunting” on the Mexican border and the use of biological weapons in Vietnam. China described the racism and xenophobia on the rise in the United States and the US violations of the rights of Native Americans and ethnic groups. “China said the United States had turned a blind eye to China\’s progress in human rights, but had failed to examine its own human rights record, citing the September 16 Blackwater security incident in Iraq. He stated that the United States has increased its monitoring and control of the Internet and suppressed anti-war expression and gatherings. He alleged that racism and xenophobia are on the rise in the United States, as are violations of the human rights of Native Americans and ethnic groups. He called on the United States to remember its own \’bad and sad\’ human rights record,” according to the US diplomatic cable. The cable released yesterday, Friday, is from Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, Permanent Representative to the UN. The cable is dated Nov. 15, 2007, seven months after Dr. Khalilzad began his UN position.

Dr. Khalilzad was previously an Ambassador in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served the Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld trio.

Dr. Khalilzad was the US Ambassador to Iraq from 2005 to 2007, after serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, 2003 to 2005. Dr. Khalilzad headed the Bush-Cheney transition team for the Department of Defense and has been a Counselor to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, according to the US State Dept. In a related cable released on Friday, Guatemala demands justice after migrants in southern Arizona were attacked and killed by masked gunmen. More recently, the hacked files of the Arizona police made public the fact that off-duty US Marines, and white supremacist groups, are stalking migrants with assault weapons on the Arizona border. Here\’s the US atrocities, in the United States\’ own words from world leaders at the United Nations: Diplomatic Cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2007/11/07USUNNEWYORK1019.html 1. (U) Speaking Oct. 31 in the annual debate on promotion and protection of human rights in the UN General Assembly\’s Third Committee, Ambassador Khalilzad emphasized the value the United States places on human rights, described the important role these rights play in building societies, cited examples of progress in human rights (Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Morocco and Lebanon) and addressed situations of human rights violations (Zimbabwe, Cuba, North Korea, Burma, Belarus, Iran and Syria). He noted U.S. concern for the situation of human rights in Russia and China. (Full text of Ambassador Khalilzad\’s statement is available at www.usunnewyork.usmission.gov press releases/20071031 278.html). 2. (U) Several delegations responded to the U.S. statement. Iran\’s representative regretted that the Third Committee is frequently misused to name and blame, which he said divides the group into two blocs, the claimants vs. the defendants. He noted that no country has a perfect record and pointed to Guantanamo, secret detention centers, mistreatment of migrants in the United States, Europe, and Canada, and the inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people, which, he alleged, is supported by Europe and the United States. 3. (U) The Cuban delegate boasted of Cuba\’s successes in the area of human rights and said the same countries that criticize Cuba commit numerous violations of human rights, singling out the United States for what she said was torture of prisoners by U.S. soldiers in Guantanamo and Iraq, sexual abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib, police violence, the death penalty for minors, election fraud, “people-hunting” on the Mexican border, and violations of civil and political rights of American citizens, including wiretapping and banning travel to Cuba. 4. (U) North Korea\’s delegate said the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan were the cause of “more than a million” deaths and an increase in sectarian violence. He called for “non-selectivity” in addressing human rights, stating that issues such as the unlawful acts of Israel in the Occupied Territories and the CIA\’s alleged overseas secret prisons are ignored, while developing countries are SIPDIS the target of accusations. “The United States is the number one invader and killer of other nations” said the North Korean, and “must clean its untidy house inside and out.” 5. (U) Syria\’s delegate said the “American sermon” was an attempt to divide the Third Committee into good vs. bad. He argued that the vote against the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba in this year\’s General Assembly showed the isolation of the American position when it comes to human rights. He said U.S. human rights violations include the Guantanamo prison, secret extrajudicial executions, targeted killings, use of SIPDIS biological weapons in Vietnam, racial discrimination, and even movies that promote violence around the world. 6. (U) China said the United States had turned a blind eye to China\’s progress in human rights, but had failed to examine its own human rights record, citing the September 16 Blackwater security incident in Iraq. He stated that the United States has increased its monitoring and control of the Internet and suppressed anti-war expression and gatherings. He alleged that racism and xenophobia are on the rise in the United States, as are violations of the human rights of Native Americans and ethnic groups. He called on the United States to remember its own “bad and sad” human rights record. Khalilzad In a related cable just released, the Guatemalan Foreign Minister urges an investigation and prosecution after migrants, including Guatemalans, were attacked by masked gunmen and one Guatemalan was killed in 2007. The New York Times reported the attack on migrants: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/09/us/09immig.html Also recently, the hacked files of the Arizona police revealed that off-duty US Marines, and white supremacist groups, continue to stalk migrants with assault weapons in southern Arizona. Censored News: Hacked data reveals US Marines as contract assassins on Arizona border, hunting for migrants: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/06/hacked-data-reveals-us-marines-contract.html Wikileaks US diplomatic cable: US Embassy of Guatemala: Feb 14, 2007 SUBJECT: GUATEMALAN FM ROSENTHAL WRITES THE AMBASSADOR ABOUT FATAL ATTACK ON IMMIGRANTS IN ARIZONA http://www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07GUATEMALA305&q=tohono 1. Summary: Guatemalan Foreign Minister Rosenthal wrote the Ambassador urging the prompt investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the February 8 armed attack on a group of undocumented immigrants in a desert area near Tucson, Arizona. One Guatemalan was killed, while another Guatemalan was injured during the early morning attack. End summary. 2. Background: On February 8, a group of more than 20 undocumented aliens, including an undetermined number of Guatemalans, was attacked by masked armed gunmen in a desert area about 20 miles northwest of Tucson, Arizona. Three persons, including Guatemalan Rudi Raxaleu, were killed. Another Guatemalan, Sebastiana Quixtan, who was injured during the attack, is reportedly in stable condition and recuperating in a hospital in Tucson. Guatemalan media are portraying this incident as confirmation that there is open season on immigrants. Conservative, pro-business daily “Siglo XXI” ran a banner headline on page one screaming “They fear xenophobia.” 3. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Marta Altolaguirre told local press of her suspicion that the killers belong to a criminal group that extorts Guatemalans seeking to illegally immigrate to the U.S. and that organized crime is using new methods to profit from alien smuggling. 4. Embassy\’s informal translation of the letter: BEGIN TEXT Mr. Ambassador: I present my compliments and have the honor to refer to the incident that occurred in the city of Tucson, Arizona in the early morning hours of February 8, which resulted in the death by firearm of Mr. Rudi Otoniel Raxaleu Castro, and injury to Ms. Sebastiana Quixtan Gomez, both Guatemalan citizens. We understand that the incident occurred when two pick-up trucks were traveling to Phoenix through the area of the Tohono O\’dham Reservation. The first vehicle was intercepted by masked armed gunmen and forced off the road into the desert. U.S. authorities have located a minor, Olinda Arsenia Mateo Gomez, and Celvin Ernesto Boj, to whom U.S. immigration authorities have offered visas to remain in the U.S. The whereabouts of the other immigrants are unknown. The Guatemalan Government condemns this attack and requests your intervention so that the described facts can be investigated by the proper authorities and that those responsible for the armed aggression can be brought to justice in accordance with the law. I take this opportunity to renew the assurances of my highest consideration. Gert Rosenthal Koenigsberger Minister of Foreign Affairs cc: Ambassador Guillermo Castillo Embassy of Guatemala in the U.S. END TEXT Derham . Read more at Censored News: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

New Wikileaks: Forced Exiles of Native Americans and Palestinians

While the US media censored the truth, the world was watching By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The release of thousands of Wikileaks cables includes the comparison of how the colonial United States government forcibly drove Native Americans from their homes, while Israel forcibly expels Palestinians from their homes. The new Wikileaks cables reveal that while the US media was censoring the truth, the world was watching. In a diplomatic cable from the US Embassy in Kuwait released Friday, dated June 21, 2004, the US Embassy in Kuwait provides this quote from the media: 3. “Journey Of Tears” Mohammed Musaed Al-Saleh wrote in independent Al-Qabas (6/19): “The way the United States was founded is identical to the way the Zionist entity was founded. In America, Native Americans were forcibly driven away from their homes. Israel in 2004 is doing the same thing by forcibly expelling Palestinians from the West Bank, east of Jerusalem and Gaza. According to author Muneer Al-Akesh, America\’s idea of exchanging a nation and a culture with another, through forcible evacuation and unjustified explanations, is in fact Israel\’s historical raison d\’etre. While Sharon is in Palestine, Bush is in Iraq. There is no difference.” http://wikileaks.org/cable/2004/06/04KUWAIT1934.html It is the second cable released in the past few days where US Embassies refer to media quotes about the atrocities committed by the US government and the exile of Native Americans. A second Wikileaks cable revives an article censored by Indian Country Today. While the newspaper censored an article stating that the war in Iraq is a continuation of the atrocities inflicted on American Indians — the truth was already known around the world in Turkey. The US Embassy in Turkey quoted Omer Ozturkmen in 2004, in the Wikileaks cable: “The Iraqi people were expecting to watch Saddam\’s trial on TV while the president of the US focused on his re-election bid. Now, the torture photos from Iraq have recalled for the American people the long forgotten atrocities faced by American Indians.” It is an important fact that Turkey knew this truth at the beginning of the Iraq war, because in the United States, this fact was being censored. Louise Benally of Big Mountain, Ariz., longtime Navajo resister of relocation, was among the most vocal from the beginning opposing the war in Iraq. When Benally compared the war in Iraq to the forced exile and imprisonment of Navajos on the Long Walk by the US Calvary, the newspaper Indian Country Today, where I served as a staff writer, censored Benally\’s comments in 2005. Pressed to publish a correction, the newspaper refused . Here are the censored comments: Navajos at Big Mountain resisting forced relocation view the 19th Century prison camp of Bosque Redondo and the war in Iraq as a continuum of U.S. government sponsored terror. Louise Benally of Big Mountain remembered her great-grandfather and other Navajos driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing the murder, rape and starvation of their family and friends. I think these poor children had gone through so much, but, yet they had the will to go on and live their lives. If it weren t for that, we wouldn t be here today. It makes me feel very sad and I apply this to the situation in Iraq. I wonder how the Native Americans in the combat zone feel about killing innocent lives. Looking at the faces of the Navajo and Apache children in the Bosque Redondo photo, Benally said, I think the children in the picture look concerned and maybe confused. It makes me think of what the children in Iraq must be going through right now. The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil ways of lying and cheating, Benally said. We know now that not only were Benally\’s comments censored at the time, but Native Americans and other peace activists were being stalked and spied on by law enforcement throughout the United States. The spy files of the Denver Police Department, made public, revealed that activists at Big Mountain were among those on the police watch list. Meanwhile, in Turkey, the truth was known that when American Indians viewed torture photos in Iraq, they recalled the atrocities inflicted on Native Americans. A US diplomatic cable in Turkey, dated May 21, 2004, states: “The US is in Trouble in Iraq” Omer Ozturkmen observed in the conservative Turkiye (5/21): “The fact is, US diplomacy was mistaken in planning for the post-war scenario in Iraq. The US could never imagine the kinds of problems they were going to face there. The Iraqi people were expecting to watch Saddam\’s trial on TV while the president of the US focused on his re-election bid. Now, the torture photos from Iraq have recalled for the American people the long forgotten atrocities faced by American Indians. Let us see how the president will explain the loss of American lives in Iraq during his campaign. When put next to the torture the Iraqi people have suffered at the hands of the coalition, Saddam\’s Halapja massacre looks mild by comparison. Those obscene photos are already being circulated among international terrorist groups to recruit fighters against the United States. The Bush Administration, which at one time put sacks over the heads of allied troops, now buries its own head to hide its shame. The US is paying the price for excluding Turkey in its policies in Eurasia. It looks that that price will continue to be paid.” Reference id: 04ANKARA2881 Origin: Embassy Ankara Time: Fri, 21 May 2004 16:38 UTC Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Finally, here are more of Benally\’s comments from 2005:

Suffering and strength at Bosque Redondo
By Brenda Norrell
BIG MOUNTAIN, Ariz. – Viewing a photo of Navajo children at Bosque Redondo for the first time, Louise Benally wondered which ones were her great-grandparents who endured the Long Walk to Fort Sumner, N.M. and suffered in the prison camp for four years. \’\’On my mother\’s side they went: and my great-grandfather was just 5 years old. He had seen a lot of hard times, where parents and other relatives were killed,\’\’ Benally said. \’\’My grandma passed on three years ago – she was 116 years old. When she left, she would tell us that they did some healing ceremonies which were called \’Without Songs.\’ She would sometimes have me perform this one: \’The Blacken Way.\’\’\’ She remembered her great-grandfather and other Navajos who were driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing murders, rapes and starvation. One-third of the 9,000 Navajo and Mescalero Apache who suffered at the prison camp from 1863 – \’68 succumbed to pneumonia, dysentery, starvation and exposure. She also said that some Navajos who eluded capture secretly helped others. \’\’On my father\’s side of the family, they didn\’t go on this march. But, as supporters from the outside, they brought food in the night and other health supplies.\’\’ Benally is among the Navajos who are resisting forced relocation from her home on Big Mountain. The Navajo descendants of Long Walk survivors at Big Mountain gained strength and fortitude from their ancestors for their 30-year struggle to remain on the land as protectors, she noted. Benally pointed out that the so-called \’\’Navajo and Hopi land dispute\’\’ resulted from legal maneuvers, documented by Colorado professor Charles Wilkinson, to remove Navajos from the land to make way for the expansion of coal mining on Black Mesa.

PHOTO White House Tar Sands Gathering Before the Storm

Tar Sands White House: Gathering before the storm, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. As Hurricane Irene hits the east coast, rain begins to fall in DC. Tar Sands Action rallying at the White House today as Hurricane Irene approaches. Due to the state of emergency, there will be a rally, but no sit in with the risk of arrests today. Photo by Tar Sands Action mobile upload.

Wikileaks: Torture in Iraq invokes atrocities against American Indians

Wikileaks reveals that the truth, censored by Indian Country Today, was already known as a fact around the world in Turkey

Navajo and Apache children imprisoned at Fort Sumner, Bosque Redondo, N.M.

By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com BIG MOUNTAIN, Ariz. — A newly released Wikileaks cable reveals that when Indian Country Today attempted to censor the fact that the war in Iraq was a continuation of the atrocities inflicted on American Indians, the truth was already known around the world in Turkey. The US Embassy in Turkey quoted Omer Ozturkmen in 2004, in the Wikileaks cable: “The Iraqi people were expecting to watch Saddam\’s trial on TV while the president of the US focused on his re-election bid. Now, the torture photos from Iraq have recalled for the American people the long forgotten atrocities faced by American Indians.” It is an important fact that Turkey knew this truth at the beginning of the Iraq war, because in the United States, this fact was being censored. Louise Benally of Big Mountain, Ariz., longtime Navajo resister of relocation, was among the most vocal from the beginning opposing the war in Iraq. When Benally compared the war in Iraq to the forced exile and imprisonment of Navajos on the Long Walk by the US Calvary, the newspaper Indian Country Today, where I served as a staff writer, censored Benally\’s comments in 2005. Pressed to publish a correction, the newspaper refused . Here are the censored comments: Navajos at Big Mountain resisting forced relocation view the 19th Century prison camp of Bosque Redondo and the war in Iraq as a continuum of U.S. government sponsored terror. Louise Benally of Big Mountain remembered her great-grandfather and other Navajos driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing the murder, rape and starvation of their family and friends. I think these poor children had gone through so much, but, yet they had the will to go on and live their lives. If it weren t for that, we wouldn t be here today. It makes me feel very sad and I apply this to the situation in Iraq. I wonder how the Native Americans in the combat zone feel about killing innocent lives. Looking at the faces of the Navajo and Apache children in the Bosque Redondo photo, Benally said, I think the children in the picture look concerned and maybe confused. It makes me think of what the children in Iraq must be going through right now. The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil ways of lying and cheating, Benally said. We know now that not only were Benally\’s comments censored at the time, but Native Americans and other peace activists were being stalked and spied on by law enforcement throughout the United States. The spy files of the Denver Police Department, made public, revealed that activists at Big Mountain were among those on the police watch list. Meanwhile, in Turkey, the truth was known that when American Indians viewed torture photos in Iraq, they recalled the atrocities inflicted on Native Americans. A US diplomatic cable in Turkey, dated May 21, 2004, states: “The US is in Trouble in Iraq” Omer Ozturkmen observed in the conservative Turkiye (5/21): “The fact is, US diplomacy was mistaken in planning for the post-war scenario in Iraq. The US could never imagine the kinds of problems they were going to face there. The Iraqi people were expecting to watch Saddam\’s trial on TV while the president of the US focused on his re-election bid. Now, the torture photos from Iraq have recalled for the American people the long forgotten atrocities faced by American Indians. Let us see how the president will explain the loss of American lives in Iraq during his campaign. When put next to the torture the Iraqi people have suffered at the hands of the coalition, Saddam\’s Halapja massacre looks mild by comparison. Those obscene photos are already being circulated among international terrorist groups to recruit fighters against the United States. The Bush Administration, which at one time put sacks over the heads of allied troops, now buries its own head to hide its shame. The US is paying the price for excluding Turkey in its policies in Eurasia. It looks that that price will continue to be paid.” Reference id: 04ANKARA2881 Origin: Embassy Ankara Time: Fri, 21 May 2004 16:38 UTC Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Finally, here are more of Benally\’s comments from 2005:

Suffering and strength at Bosque Redondo
By Brenda Norrell
BIG MOUNTAIN, Ariz. – Viewing a photo of Navajo children at Bosque Redondo for the first time, Louise Benally wondered which ones were her great-grandparents who endured the Long Walk to Fort Sumner, N.M. and suffered in the prison camp for four years. \’\’On my mother\’s side they went: and my great-grandfather was just 5 years old. He had seen a lot of hard times, where parents and other relatives were killed,\’\’ Benally said. \’\’My grandma passed on three years ago – she was 116 years old. When she left, she would tell us that they did some healing ceremonies which were called \’Without Songs.\’ She would sometimes have me perform this one: \’The Blacken Way.\’\’\’ She remembered her great-grandfather and other Navajos who were driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing murders, rapes and starvation. One-third of the 9,000 Navajo and Mescalero Apache who suffered at the prison camp from 1863 – \’68 succumbed to pneumonia, dysentery, starvation and exposure. She also said that some Navajos who eluded capture secretly helped others. \’\’On my father\’s side of the family, they didn\’t go on this march. But, as supporters from the outside, they brought food in the night and other health supplies.\’\’ Benally is among the Navajos who are resisting forced relocation from her home on Big Mountain. The Navajo descendants of Long Walk survivors at Big Mountain gained strength and fortitude from their ancestors for their 30-year struggle to remain on the land as protectors, she noted. Benally pointed out that the so-called \’\’Navajo and Hopi land dispute\’\’ resulted from legal maneuvers, documented by Colorado professor Charles Wilkinson, to remove Navajos from the land to make way for the expansion of coal mining on Black Mesa.

Day 7 Tar Sands White House Portraits of Arrests

Day 7: Tar Sands White House Arrests Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Photo Credit: Milan Ilnyckyj photos 1, 2 and 3. Photos 4 and 5 by Josh Lopez.

Weather Update for 8/27 and 8/28

Here is an update on our plans for the coming weekend as a result of Hurricane Irene: Saturday s demonstration is planned to continue, but anyone concerned about travel arrangements or other issues related to the storm is encouraged to reschedule their plans to join us in the coming week, which we expect to be even bigger and stronger than the one past.We will discuss as a group our plans for tomorrow during this evening s training session, which will continue as planned, based on the latest weather updates. Sunday s demonstration will be cancelled, in the interests of safety, and out of respect for everyone dealing with the immediate effects of this monster storm. Sunday s training for Monday s action is still planned to happen at Mt. Vernon Church at 5pm, barring major power outages or other disruptions. It does not escape our attention that storms of this size and character will be the new normal on a warmer planet. We are more committed than ever to continuing our campaign to stop Keystone XL and the tar sands development, and we will be back in action Monday.

VIDEO: Russell Means thanks all his supporters

A thank you, and health update, from Russell Means, recorded Monday.

Albuquerque Forest Service Shuts Down, Frightened by Peaceful Peaks Protest

Norman Patrick Brown, Navajo, holds sign “President Obama supports destruction of sacred sites.” Photo by Ethan Sing
Outta Your Backpack Media/Censored News
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By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

ALBUQUERQUE — The Protect the Peaks protest in Albuquerque at the US Forest Service office frightened the Forest Service so much that it shut down, roped off its corridors with police tape and placed police on the roof top.

Louise Benally, Navajo from Big Mountain, Arizona, however, said she was able to enter the building and deliver a letter calling for a halt to the destruction of sacred San Francisco Peaks.
Already, there is clearcutting of the old growth forest for the pipeline of sewage water for snowmaking at the Snowbowl ski resort.
El Grito news covered the protest. “The strength of our heart and our spirit is our prayers, the strength and heart of our prayers is our mountains, and the strength and heart of those mountains is our great spirit,” Navajo grassroots organizer Norman Brown told the gathering. “That\’s how we are tied in to this land. That\’s how and why we\’ve never given up.” Louise Benally, a Navajo traditional practitioner and resident of the San Francisco Peaks foothills, delivered a letter to the Forest Service, addressed to Corbin Newman, Regional Forester, stating that the federal government is passing judgment on the tribe\’s religious belief, and failing in its duty as “trustee” to protect “native religions, traditions, and culture that it is otherwise charged to protect.”
Read more at El Grito:

Protests were held at Forest Service offices around the west today, including protests in Golden, Colorado, and Vallejo, California, calling for a halt to the destruction of San Francisco Peaks, sacred to 13 Native American Nations. Medicine men gather healing plants on the mountain and hold ceremonies there, where the Snowbowl plans to make snow from wastewater piped in.


USDA Forest Service, Region 3 August 25, 2011
Appeal Deciding Officer: Harv Forsgren
333 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

To: Corbin Newman, Regional Forester

RE: Record of Decision: Arizona Snowbowl Facilities Improvements and Forest Plan
Amendment #21 by Nora Rasure, Forest Supervisor, February 18, 2005

This letter is presented to you in order to call on you to enact an immediate halt to the destruction and desecration of the Holy San Francisco Peaks, located in Northern Arizona, and to demand that the USDA revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for the greater public interest. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Arizona Snowbowl is currently under review by the USDA in its Draft Report on Sacred Sites. The EIS details the public outcry about the plan to use treated sewage effluent to make snow to “provide a consistent and reliable ski season” for Arizona Snowbowl. It further states that in an effort to build trust with local Native American tribes the USDA will try to reverse some of the damage caused by decisions that have directly contributed to the desecration of sites held sacred to Native American tribes.

However, at the outset of the 60 day public comment period for the Draft Report on Sacred Sites, Arizona Snowbowl had already began clear cutting 40 acres of rare alpine forest and laying a 15 mile pipeline to carry treated sewage water up the Mountain to manufacture snow. The people who hold this mountain sacred implore you as Regional Forester to step in and make the USDA aware that the very mountain your own report s claim to protect as a show of trust is being devastated. This will destroy any hope of building trust with tribes in the future. It should also be noted that the Forest Service has violated the MOA with multiple tribal governments, without any recourse by the Coconino National Forest Service. Your position as Regional Forester obligates you to help provide oversight and protections of tribal interests in this matter. The Final EIS is insufficient, faulty, racist, environmentally unsound, scientifically unsound, and is clearly completely biased towards allowing Snowbowl to expand and use effluent water for snowmaking.

As you can see by the national outcry of resistance to the construction of Snowbowl, the citizens of this country strongly object to the decision to approve the Proposed and Preferred Action. Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack needs to be urged to uphold the Environmentally Preferred Action and it is your job as manager of part of this nation s forests to encourage him to do so. We demand that you halt construction if at the very least until the Sacred Sites Report is released and taken into consideration. The entire East side of the Peaks was lost in a fire and it is the Forest Service s duty to step in and fulfill their responsibilities in protecting the remaining pure wilderness watersheds, which are so rare in Arizona.

The Forest Service decision to expand Snowbowl is a perfect example of what Executive Order (EO) 12898 was created to stop. EO 12898 is an attempt to stop racism within the Federal Government. To continue this desecration would only continue to perpetrate the racism that has been taking place against the indigenous peoples of this land for centuries. Your own EIS clearly states that this will disproportionately affect and has, since 1938, been disproportionately affecting many Native tribes. Remand this decision, as it violates EO 12898, FS policy regarding EO 12898, and EPA policy regarding EO 12898.

The Forest Service is not delegated with the responsibility of passing judgment on, or measuring the validity of a tribe s religious belief. That is, however, exactly what the federal government has done here. It has forsaken its obligation as trustee and effectively undermined the continued viability of native religions, traditions, and culture that it is otherwise charged to protect. Neither the asserted improved skiing experience, nor the undisclosed economic benefit to Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership, can legitimately justify the devastating impact this project has on the tribes and on the individuals that hold the San Francisco Peaks sacred.

The Forest Service is mandated with providing recreation, but it does not mandate recreation at the sake of sacred sites and fragile ecosystems. Artificially creating snow goes against this mandated recreation provision by completely ignoring the natural environment that exists within the SUP and has always existed within the SUP. There is no consistent snow on the Peaks as they are in high desert. In order to stay within Forest Service regulations, CNF should be providing recreation that fits the area the CNF is supposed to be managing not artificially creating an environment that will benefit the owners of Snowbowl.

Mr. Newman, do your part to halt the construction at Snowbowl so that Mr.Vilsack has the option to remand this decision via the Report on Sacred Sites, primarily because it is unhealthy for all living things and will destroy the rarest ecosystem in Arizona. This decision is not only morally and ethically indefensible, the decision at issue: (1) was based on inaccurate and/or incomplete information; (2) is not supported by the record; and (3) was improper as a matter of law and currently has two lawsuits surrounding the project, one versus the US Forest Service and one against the City of Flagstaff.

Your prompt attention to this emergency situation is greatly appreciated.

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CENSORED NEWS: October 2016

Sacramento Area Activists Hold Protest in Solidarity with Standing Rock

Liliana Mendoza (Maya) stands in front of federal building in Sacramento at a protest in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. Photo Copyright by Francisco Dominguez. Sacramento Area Activists Hold Protest in Solidarity with Standing Rock by Dan Bacher

Censored News The Sacramento Area Friends and Relatives of the Lakota Nation sponsored a peaceful and indigenous faith-based event protest from 3 pm to 5 pm at the federal building at 501 I Street in Sacramento in support of the Standing Rock Sioux. Fifteen people attended the event to call attention to and support the Standing Rocky Sioux Tribe of North Dakota and all Native American and non-Native American allies who have been assaulted in their struggle to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The protesters held colorful signs proclaiming, Protect Our Water, End Environmental Racism, No DAPL, Stand With Standing Rock, Native Rights Matter, and Love Water! Not Oil! No DAPL! A number of people in vehicles passing by the event honked their horns in support of the protest.

M dicos atacados por la polic a de Estados Unidos mientras daban primeros auxilios a civiles en Dakota del Norte.

Violent police attack on Standing Rock water protectors Oct. 27, 2016 .


Photo copyright Sara LaFleur-Vetter
M dicos atacados por la polic a de Estados Unidos mientras daban primeros auxilios a civiles en Dakota del Norte.
Morton county sheriff and the violent gang of police targeted and arrested medics while they were treating patients.
Brenda Norrell, Censored News
Villanueva, S., Traducci n
Cannon Ball, Dakota del Norte, Estados Unidos- Uno de los m dicos en la reservaci n Standing Rock describi como la polic a atacaba selectivamente a los m dicos y los arrestaba violentamente mientras ellos daban los primeros auxilios a pacientes durante un ataque violento de la polic a contra los protectores del agua el jueves 27 de octubre de 2016 en un campamento dentro de las tierras protegidas por un tratado entre los ind genas y el gobierno federal. Esta rea est en el paso de la construcci n del oleoducto Dakota Access.
El personal m dico vio que las armas de la polic a ten an silenciadores.
Si est n aqu de manera pac fica, porque tienen silenciadores en sus armas? Mientras los m dicos batallaban por dar los primeros auxilios a los heridos y las v ctimas de los ataques de los polic as, ellos mismo se volvieron v ctimas de ataques violentos y fueron arrestados tambi n. Los veh culos en los que estaban ten an el s mbolo de la cruz roja, Ellos sab an que eramos m dicos, Ellos me rociaron con gas pimienta de la cabeza a los pies, Me apuntaron con rifles en la espalda mientras daba tratamiento de emergencia a los pacientes.
Video publicado el 27 de octubre de 2016
Actualizacion: La polic a est atacando a los m dicos. Dos m dicos fueron arrestados y 200 civiles fueron arrestados.
Los m dicos estaban al frente tratando de mover sus carros fuera del camino de los polic as que estaban avanzando. Dos m dicos estaban sentados en su camioneta. La polic a se les acerco y los golpeo con sus macanas, dej ndolos tirados en el piso. Los protectores del agua (manifestantes ind genas contra la petrolera) lograron levantarlos antes de que la polic a se los llevara. Mientras tanto, la polic a rodeo a un carro claramente identificado con un logotipo de la Cruz Roja y con personal m dico identificado como tal. La polic a se llev a todo el personal m dico incluido el conductor (otro m dico) mientras el carro a n estaba en movimiento. Otro m dico estaba frente al carro y casi fue arrollado por el carro que quedo en movimiento cuando la polic a se llev al conductor del veh culo repentinamente. Este fue sin duda un riesgo muy grande causado por la polic a. Ambos m dicos fueron arrestados. Estamos pidiendo m s ayuda aqu . Las cosas se han salido de control y la violencia ha incrementado. Necesitamos que nos apoyen y necesitamos ayuda financiera porque hemos perdido nuestro equipo medico en el desalojo de hoy , -dijo un m dico. Posteriormente tambi n afirmaron lo siguiente:
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Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress — ConSciences for Humanity in Dec/Jan

Calendar for the 5th Congress of the CNI and the Gathering \’Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity\’ ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION MEXICO October 26, 2016. To the invited and attending Scientists of the Gathering Zapatistas and ConSciences for Humanity :

To the compa eras, compa eros, compa eroas of the National and International Sixth:
Brothers and sisters: We send you greetings. We write to inform you of the following: First: Per instructions from the National Indigenous Congress, which at the moment is consulting with the originary peoples, barrios, tribes, and nations throughout Mexico on the proposal made during the first phase of the Fifth Congress, we inform you that the permanent assembly of the CNI will be reinstated December 29, 2016, at CIDECI-UNITIERRA in San Crist bal de las Casas, Chiapas. There the CNI will hold roundtable sessions on December 30 and 31 of this year. During these sessions, or before then if the CNI so chooses, the results of the consultation will be made known. On January 1, 2017, the plenary assembly will take place in Oventik, Chiapas, Mexico, and any agreements necessary will be made there.

Mohawk Nation News \’Bomb Trains\’


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MNN. OCT. 31, 2016. Many people around the world are to be commended for their great effort to do to the best of their ability, knowledge to adhere to what they understand is our responsibility. kaia nere:kowa, the great peace, is the act of acknowledgement, respect and taking responsibility. treeofpeace
Everybody has to stand up and do something. The earth is our floor. The sky is our ceiling. We are the walls. Our friends and allies must also stand up. We all are connected and have a responsibility to each other, to our environment and future generations that are coming.
We stand with everyone who is taking action to protect and preserve what is tionhekwon, [that which sustains our existence, water, earth, land and all that is upon it, to keep us alive]. We all have to keep them in their purest form for all lives and the future generations. The four legged, wing ones, crawling creatures, and the rest of creation as per our original instructions when people first arrive on earth. We agreed to survive and co-exist with all creation as brothers and sisters on our mother. Nature is waiting for us all to wake up and remember our original instructions.
The Lakota at Standing Rock and their friends and allies are gathered and united to try to stop the destroyers of life, whose only concern is lining their pockets at any cost. They themselves do not dirty their own hands. They send politicians, military, courts, police and mercenaries to do their dirty work. It is time for the enforcers to stop abusing the gifts of nature, to begin to use their brain to distinguish the difference between right and wrong. 42e2a19afd51be2d2e65b4e5cf696697
The future of all the generations to come is at stake. Chief Seattle said, Only when the last tree has died, when the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money . Don t wait til then because it will be too late.
Demon train.

Demon train.
The link has been identified between the CP train that runs through Kahnawake and the origins of the Bakken crude that comes from North and South Dakota. 85% of the black metal serpent that slithers across the land carrying this poison is a train bomb . Billions of gallons are being moved on these rails which go though many residential areas. A disaster could take out many families, like the explosion in Lac Megantic in July 2013, that levelled the town and killed so many people.
This video describes the bomb trains that are going through our communities.
This bomb does not have to happen. Together we can stop this man-made environmental disaster and deaths. The Kahnawake Mohawks, their friends and allies, have set up a solidarity camp for Standing Rock at the southern foot of the Mercier Bridge that spans the St. Lawrence River to Montreal. Friends and allies welcome.
Join us at southern foot of Mercier Bridge to Montreal.
Johnny Cash sings about the bomb train: Cause he was going down a grade making 90 miles-an-hour when his whistle broke into a scream. He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle, scalded to death by the steam. [Wreck of the Old 97].
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Standing Rock — Brutalized by police and jailed in \’dog kennels\’

An injured water protector is carried to safety during the brutal police attack on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016
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By Brenda Norrell Censored News English and Espanol Dear friends,

My heart has been on the ground.
Please share these articles about the horrific attack on water protectors on Thursday at the new Treaty Camp which was established on the path of Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Standing Rock water protectors were beaten with batons, pepper sprayed, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, hit with sound grenades and tasers.
They were jailed in “dog kennels” and marked with numbers, as was done in concentration camps, at Morton County jail. More than 100 were arrested, even elderly in ceremony, and sent to jails throughout North Dakota, making them difficult to find.
The medics were targeted, pepper sprayed and arrested:
The young Lakota horseback riders went to bring the buffalo to help the people, as the police were beating them. The police shot the teens, Lakota horseback riders, with rubber bullets, and their horses. One young man was shot four times. One horse did not survive:
The same day, a member of DAPL security charged into camp, attempted to kill the people by running over them. He was armed with an assault rifle. The warriors chased him to disarm him. He was arrested by the BIA. His DAPL employee documents were in the truck.
Videos and photos of Thursday\’s attack by police as it happened:
Sacred Stones Camp report on attack:
Before that two cases of torture:
One person in lockdown was hooded. A woman in jail was forced to remain naked.
Hooded in lockdown, cold water poured over those handcuffed:
Strip searched and forced to remain naked in jail cell:
In the aftermath
On Saturday night, a grassfire raged throughout much of the night near the Standing Rock Camps. It was eventually put out and everyone was reported safe Sunday morning.
Tonight, a Hero\’s Welcome: Water Protectors Return from Fargo Jail:
Video by Andrew Ironshell
The Grandmas are Free, video by Kanahus Manuel
Brenda Norrel, Censored News
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Por favor, compartan estos art culos sobre el horrible ataque contra los protectores de agua el jueves pasado. Fueron golpeados, rociados con gas pimienta, les tiraron con balas de goma, los golpearon con ca ones de sonido y los atacaron con pistolas el ctricas.
Fueron encarcelados en “perreras” y marcados en los brazos con n meros, como se hizo en los Campos de concentraci n. M s de 100 fueron detenidos y trasladados a c rceles a lo largo de Dakota del Norte, haciendo muy dif cil que sus familiares los encuentren. Varios ancianos que participaban en la ceremonia fueron detenidos y encarcelados.
Los m dicos fueron atacados tambi n, los rociaron con gas pimienta y fueron detenidos.
Los j venes Lakota jinetes fueron a traer a los b falos para ayudarlos, cuando la polic a estaba golpeando a la gente. La polic a les dispar con balas de goma, y a sus caballos tambi n. Un caballo no sobrevivi .
Un oficial de seguridad privada de la petrolera DAPL se infiltro al campamento haci ndose pasar por un ind gena e intent matar a la gente con un carro. Los guerreros lo desarmaron a pesar de que llevaba un rifle de asalto. Fue detenido por la BIA.
Videos y fotos del jueves
Sacred Stones informe Camp el ataque:
Antes de todo lo anterior, dos casos de tortura:
Una persona fue encapuchada. Mientras tanto, una mujer en la c rcel fue obligada a permanecer desnuda.
Encapuchado por la polic a y la polic a los torturo ech ndoles agua fr a a los que estaban esposados.
Al desnudo, obligada a permanecer desnuda en la celda de la c rcel:
Police Brutalize Water Protectors on Thursday
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Hero\’s Welcome: Water Protectors Return from Fargo Jail


Standing Rock water protectors return to camp after being brutalized by police and jailed in Fargo, North Dakota
Video by Andrew Ironshell
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Chief Arvol Looking Horse to Obama — Own your words, stop the pipeline

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

STANDING ROCK: Police from 5 States Escalate Violence, Shoot Horses to Clear Treaty Camp

Photo by Sara Lafeur-Vetter

Police from 5 States Escalate Violence, Shoot Horses to Clear 1851 Treaty Camp By Camp of the Sacred Stones Censored News French translation by Christine Prat at: http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3733 CANNONBALL, North Dakota — Over 300 police officers in riot gear, 8 ATVs, 5 armored vehicles, 2 helicopters, and numerous military-grade humvees showed up north of the newly formed frontline camp just east of Highway 1806. The 1851 Treaty Camp was set up this past Sunday directly in the path of the pipeline, on land recently purchased by DAPL. Today this camp, a reclamation of unceded Dakota territory affirmed as part of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1851, was violently cleared. Both blockades established this past weekend to enable that occupation were also cleared.

Standing Rock Camp Live: Labor Union Workers Arrive to Support — Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016

Labor for Standing Rock arrives in Camp
Article by Brenda Norrell
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CANNON BALL, North Dakota — Labor Union workers — nurses, public defenders, pipeline workers, and teachers — arrived at Standing Rock Camp to support the water protectors and bring a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction.
Marty Goodman, retired transit worker, from Manhattan in New York, said transit workers identify very strongly with the struggle.
“We\’re fighting pipelines in New York City.”
Union workers came from Cheyenne, Wyoming; Casper, Wyoming; Kansas City, Missouri; Madison, Wisconsin; Lafayette, Colorado, and elsewhere came to defend the water.
They said, “Water is Life!”
A registered nurse from Lafayette, Colorado, said the leader for the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka, had spoken out in support of DAPL — but union workers did not have a voice in Trumka\’s decision to promote DAPL.
In Colorado, they are fighting fracking and fighting for the water, he said.
“If workers can put that pipe in the ground, then they can take that pipe right back out and put it on the truck and ship it out of there.”
A public defender, with Labor for Palestine, and Labor for Standing Rock, spoke on the vicious attack here by police on unarmed peaceful water protectors.
He said what is happening here reminds him of the Civil Rights struggle, Wounded Knee, Palestine, Ferguson and other struggles.
Most of all, he said, it reminds him of Palestine.
Listen to the video below:

Labor for Palestine, Labor for Standing Rock arrives!

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Saurday noon. Photo by Marshall.

By Brenda Norrell Censored News Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 — Breaking News: DAPL workers are laying razor wire on the Sacred Sites they bulldoze in the hills east of Highway 1806 as they near the Missouri River with Polic e Armored vehicle cover! Share! Confirmed with my own eyes. DAPL will have the pipeline complete up to the river in 5-7 days if nothing changes! Calling all Water Protectors! — Johnny D. We must defeat the Dakota Access Pipeline! Saturday about 1:30 pm — Live reports now that water protectors will be going in for their teepees. US Border Patrol, which constantly abuses Indigenous on the border, is now there with highway patrol. Morton Co. Sheriff says he will be there when people retrieve their teepees. .

Police Barricade Main Camp Standing Rock Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Video below: “Eighty six cultural sites and burial sites now being desecrated.” Dakota Access Pipeline construction underway on Friday night, after military and police brutalized Native American water defenders and supporters on Thursday. There were 105 arrests yesterday. Update Friday night on video. Military police roadblock. Sniper on the hill. Dakota Access Pipeline working rapidly desecrating sacred sites and burial places.

Below, listen: Live in front of CNN building in Los Angeles Friday night

Anonymous Urges Water Protectors to Join Million Mask March Nov. 5, 2016

Mohawk Nation News \’The Tatanka Answer the Call\’



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MNN. Oct. 28, 2016. The call is out to all species. Because the people are following the original instructions to survive and co-exist with nature on mother earth, the buffalo, who still follow their original instruction, arrived at Standing Rock. wounded-knee-1890
WATCH THE BUFFALO STAMPEDING TO THE RESCUE! https://www.facebook.com/walt.pourier/posts/10210161842184469
When the corporations do not follow the original instructions, they do not belong here on this earth. 50% of all wild species on earth are now extinct since 1970. Heavy machinery to dig holes on our mother to dig up her innards and put a filthy pipe in her. It looks like they are digging a big hole for those who resist.
\'I collect a different type of oil painting.\'
Lakota Archambault speaks to the UN in their Chamber in Geneva. UN Human Rights Council asked to act on genocide At International World Court. We call on the United Nations to have their prosecutor stop this act of genocide in the international world court.
All pipelines are acts of genocide. US Army slaughtered 65 million buffalo. That is why the buffalo came. They were the first victims when General William Sherman murdered 65 million to starve out the Lakota. They went against nature. They always have. They are doing it again. That is what the United States of America is. The USA is a genocidal entity and the world is watching.
Armed with the great peace.

Armed with the great peace.
Ted Nugent had it right back in the 1970s: The Indian and Buffalo existed hand in hand. The indian needed food, skins for a roof, but he only took what he needed. Millions of buffalo were the proof. But then came the white dog with his thick and empty head. He couldn t see past the billfold, he wanted all the buffalo dead. It was sad Then I looked above the canyon wall. Some strong eyes did I see. I think it s something coming around to save our asses. I think they re going to save you and me. It was the leader of the land, the Great White Buffalo. He got the battered herd and lead them across the land. With the Great Buffalo, they re going to make a final stand. Look out. Here he comes. He s doing alright, making everything right. [Great White Buffalo]
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Steve Melendez \’Liberty and Justice for All except Indians\’

Photo: Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes hands the first constitution issued under the Indian Reorganization Act to delegates of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation (Montana) 1935 Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographic Division.
Liberty and Justice for All except Indians
By Steve Melendez, Pyramid Lake Paiute
President, American Indian Genocide Museum
I once had a conversation with my brother about how it seemed like every time the Indians try to go into court against the government, they lose. I mentioned that I had read a book by Bob Woodward called The Brethren where he said, Rehnquist had nothing but contempt for Indian cases Never to let an opportunity pass, Rehnquist turned an opinion that was in favor of the Indians into an opinion that indicated that in most cases they would lose. It wiped away decades of Douglas s opinions . Justice William H. Rehnquist would later become Chief Justice Rehnquist of the Supreme Court.
It makes you wonder if there is a culture in America that seems to condone racial discrimination against Indians. Surprisingly, this culture of injustice is in fact written into the law! Black s Law Dictionary gives the definition , Discovery—International law: As the foundation for a claim of national ownership or sovereignty, discovery is the finding of a country, continent, or island previously unknown, or previously known only to its uncivilized inhabitants.
Everyone can see how ridiculous and unjust such a mindset can be. On September 24, 1992, Chippewa, Adam Nordwall, stepped off a plane in Rome, and took possession of Italy by right of discovery. What right had Columbus to discover America when it was already inhabited for thousands of years? he asked.
This Doctrine of Discovery says that when he stuck his flag in the ground, the white man owns everything. If you want to know why the Indians will always lose in the American courts, it is because when it is done to the Indians, it is not called fraud or theft, it is called the Doctrine of Discovery. In order to see how intricate and fine-tuned it has become, you have to know history.
In the 1870s the government seized the Black Hills because gold had been discovered. It is almost like the movie, Avatar was based on this infamous time in American history. The government seized it in violation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868. At the time, President Grant stood before a joint session of Congress and said, The discovery of gold in the Black Hills, a portion of the Sioux reservation… Then he suggested that age-old formula for instigating war– starvation. He went on to say, The Secretary of Interior suggests that the supplies now appropriated for the sustenance of that people, being no longer obligatory under the treaty of 1868, but simply a gratuity, may be issued or withheld at his discretion.
Because the Indians were not citizens until 1924, the Sioux had been trying all that time to bring their treaty rights before an American court. In 1920 the Sioux brought their suit to the Court of Claims. The Court of Claims kicked the can down the road for nineteen years and finally dismissed it in 1942. While the Court of Claims was using its delay tactics on the Sioux, Sec. of the Interior Harold Ickes was trying to figure out a way to circumvent the treaty. His solution is found in The Final Report of the Indian Claims Commission. In 1934 and early 1935, the proponents of an Indian court submitted two more bills to establish an Indian Claims Court. Both bills were ignored Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes argued against them and directed the Senators attention to a bill recently introduced in the House to create an Indian Claims Commission instead of a court, which he considered preferable. With the introduction, in March 1935, of H.R. 6655, an act to create an Indian Claims Commission, the legislative movement to expedite Indian Claims shifted irreversibly from the consideration of a judicial to a commission format. Both Congress and the Secretary of Interior now felt that a commission rather than an adversary proceeding could better cut through the red tape
The diabolical nature of what Harold Ickes had in store for the Indians is found in the words, a commission rather than an adversary proceeding . He said, The proposed commission to be composed of three commissioners appointed by the President What Harold Ickes did was put together the perfect apparatus to implement the Doctrine of Discovery(the white man owns everything). The key word here being, claim . The legal definition of claim is various types of liens that can be charged against someone else s title. When the Sioux refiled in the Indian Claims Commission in 1950, the Indians were in effect recognizing the government s title. Since there was no other recourse, the Sioux have never had their day in a court of law.
The Indians can never win because The Secretary of Interior, Harold Ickes rigged the system way back in 1935. When it came to saying one thing and meaning the opposite, the language of the Indian Claims Commission was almost Satanic in its hypocrisy. He said, The bill does not itself provide for the adjudication of any Indian claim. He also suggested they strike out the words, accorded prima facie weight which meant it would not be looking for any obviously true facts. This meant that the Commissioners could overlook facts like the Indians had been living there for thousands of years or that they had a treaty. For the Indians, the ICC carried no weight but the opinion of the three cowboys was quite a different story. When in 1946, the Indian Claims Commission Act was passed, it included the words, When the report of the Commission determining any claimant to be entitled to recover has been filed with Congress, such report shall have the effect of a final judgment of the Court of Claims payment of any claim shall be a full discharge of the United States of all claims and demands touching any of the matters involved in the controversy.
The Western Shoshone who, after all these years are still trying to get their Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863 honored, took their grievances to the United Nations where the U.S. officials admitted that the United States was relying on the Doctrine of Discovery.
On August 6, 2001 the U.S. officials were asked:
Q: What is the United States position on its 1863 treaty with the Shoshone tribe? Is the United States discriminating in the protection of property rights with respect to the tribe, including seizing the tribe\’s lands and allowing the land to be used for dumping radioactive material?
A: As is the case with the Shoshone, many Native American tribal land claims are based on aboriginal title that creates enforceable property rights in tribes against third parties or states. The doctrine of aboriginal title is a judicially created doctrine rooted in colonial concepts of property ownership that arose from conflicting claims between the European colonists and Native Americans over land which was lightly populated due to the migratory nature of some tribal lifestyles. The claims were first addressed in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Johnson v. McIntosh, 21 U.S. (8 Wheat.) 543, 574 (1823), which held that as a result of European discovery, the Native Americans had a right to occupancy and possession, but that tribal rights to complete sovereignty were necessarily diminished by the principle that discovery gave exclusive title to those who made it. As a result, the tribes\’ ability to sell or convey the property was subject to the approval of the sovereign.
When you realize that the Indian Claims commission was based on the colonial Doctrine of Discovery and you consider all its whirling, spinning, shimmering parts, you can t help but marvel at the sheer demonic genius . Its almost as though the Department of Interior was run by the Anti-Christ.
We can thank Carrie Dann and her struggle which like the Lakota involves a treaty for pulling the veil off the shady dealings and treachery of the United States government toward native people. Right-thinking people will honor her and learn from her. If the late Elouise Cobell had learned from Carrie Dann, she would have known what was coming. She sued the government for over a century of withheld royalty payments. The government did its song and dance delay tactics for thirteen years. For thirteen years they used the defense of Sovereign Immunity (the king can do no wrong and hence cannot be sued) while they quietly got the Congress to change the requirements of a class action lawsuit . They quietly got congress to appropriate a monetary settlement which amounted to pennies on the million. Then, with one lightning quick stroke, the government waived its sovereign immunity, put money on the table and with its Congressional gavel seemed to say, Bam, there it is! Bam, there it is! Elouise got two million, some got $500 and most got zip.
Now, a group of people who have learned from Carrie Dann are the First Nations of Canada. When the Canadian government passed Omnibus Bill C-45, which broke all the treaties, not only did the natives do their idle-no-more-flash-mob- round-dances, they took their grievances directly to the United Nations. Their argument there is, we have a treaty which is an international contract and if a contract is broken, under the rule of law, the property reverts back to the original owner. From Carrie Dann, more and more people are learning that treaties can only be lost in a legal system based on colonial law.
Steve Melendez

Honor Dr. Lehman Brightman on his 86th Birthday

Honor Dr. Lehman Brightman on his 86th Birthday By Quanah Parker Brightman Censored News We are Proud to Announce that we will be Celebrating Dr. Lehman Brightman\’s 86th Birthday this Coming April 28, 2016 from 3pm – 5pm . We ask for Anyone Interested in Sending Him a Warm Birthday Gift and or Birthday Card Celebrating Dr. Brightman\’s 86 Years here on Mother Earth to Please Do so By Sending them Directly to Dr. Brightman\’s Current Residence : Kindred Walnut Creek 1224 Rossmoor Pkwy Room 701 Walnut Creek, CA Dr. Brightman\’s Birthday Party Will be from 3PM-5PM at Doughnut Time 10740 San Pablo Ave El Cerrito, CA 94530 We ask Everyone to Please Pray for Continued Healing & For Strength Strength for Lee during Our Interfaith Prayer Vigil. The Entire U.N.A. Family Would Like to Personally Say Thank You To All Our Family & Friends Praying For a Full Recovery For Our Father. If You Have Any Questions Feel Free to Contact Us at (510)672-7187 Lila Pilamayaye To Everyone for Praying for The Great Lehman L. Brightman Quanah Parker Brightman Executive Director of United Native Americans qbrightman75@hotmail.com http://unitednativeamericans. weebly.com/



In Loving Memory: Long Walk 2 Northern Route Walkers by Bad Bear

In Honor of Longest Walkers of Long Walk 2 Northern Route in 2008 who passed to Spirit World.
By Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone.
In Memory
Miguel Gomez, 31, Yaqui
Tomas Reyes, California
Danny Wyatt, Washoe
Willie Lonewolf, Navajo Ute

Long Walker Mucaw Jefferson, Quechan, was on the Longest Walk 2 southern route and passed to the Spirit World after returning home. Photo by Calvin Johnson, Navajo.


PiiPaash Protecting Sacred Water World Water Day

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Piipaash Uumish of Maricopa Colony, AZ
On Thursday, March 24, 2016 the Piipaash District 7 Community held a special meeting in accordance with the Gila River Tribal Council\’s request to have P-MIP (Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project) present on the proposed Westside Laterals (Pipelines). District 7 Community members used the opportunity to vote in opposition to the Westside Laterals (P-MIP pipelines) and the Reclaimed/Effluent/ blended (sewer) water.
The project proposes to trade treated sewer/effluent water from Chandler and Mesa municipalities for our Central Arizona Project water at a 5:4 ratio. It then intends to pipe the “reclaimed” water back into our Community (mixing some with more CAP water creating “blended” water) and apply it on tribal and allotted lands for agricultural and other purposes.
The Piipaash Community, as of September 19, 2015, voted to keep the Westside pipelines and all reclaimed/effluent/ blended water from entering into our territory citing serious health risks including pathogens and other pharmaceutical contaminants often found in reclaimed/effluent water.
At the March 24th meeting , the community decided and voted to submit the District 7 Community\’s Resolution as an original Resolution re-stating the Community\’s decision to reject the Westside pipelines and all reclaimed/effluent water from the District 7 lands.
The Piipaash citizens are concerned about the affects of the reclaimed water on the environment, specifically the foods, wildlife and vegetation, cultural and spiritual sites, and the overall impact of the reclaimed sewer water on our underground waters and natural recharge.
We are requesting the Tribal Council and all concerned committees and departments within the Gila River Indian Community, (Legislative Standing Committee, Natural Resources Standing Committee, Governor, Lt. Governor, Department of Environmental Quality, Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project, Akin Gump et al) and all entities involving Water on or off our traditional territories, to acknowledge the Piipaash Indigenous Nation\’s resolution to keep Reclaimed/Effluent water off our lands and out of our waters.
We request everyone to urge the Gila River Indian Community\’s Tribal Council to reconsider their use of Reclaimed/Effluent Sewer water for farming and agricultural use; and to support this community\’s movement for safe, clean, drinkable water.
Piipaash Indigenous Nation for more information conatact Owe Aku International Justice Project oweakuinternational@me.com or 720-469-1178
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Standing Rock Spirit Camp to Block Dakota Access Pipeline

NOW! Spirit Camp going up to Block Dakota Access Pipeline! March 29th, 2016 Spirit Camp Press Contact: Media contact personnel, Dakota Kidder, rsrtgrassroots@gmail.com , 701-329-9311. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Tribal Historic Preservation Office Section 106, LaDonna Bravebull Allard, 701-854-8645. Dutch translation by Alice Holemans NAIS, Censored News http://www.denaisgazet.be/nieuws/dakota-standing-rock-spirit-camp-zullen-dakota-acces-pijpleiding-stoppen French translation by Christine Prat/Censored News http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3318 Tribal Citizens Rise Up Against Bakken Oil Pipeline Horse Ride and Spiritual Camp To Be Held Along Proposed Route of Dakota Access Pipeline Cannonball, North Dakota – On April 1st, 2016, tribal citizens of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota citizens, under the group name “Chante tin\’sa kinanzi Po” will have a Horse Ride to celebrate the founding of a Spirit Camp that will be erected along the proposed route of the bakken oil pipeline, Dakota Access. This camp will be called I ya Wak a api Oth , translated as Sacred Rock, the original name of the Cannonball area. The Spirit Camp is dedicated to stopping and raising awareness of the Dakota Access pipeline, the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river. Chante tin\’sa kinanzi Po is a grassroots group with the following mission statement: “They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.” – Chief Sitting Bull. His way of life is our way of life–standing in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline is our duty. Group: Chante tin\’sa kinanzi Po translates as People, Stand with a Strong Heart! Spirit Camp Name: I ya Wak a api Oth translates as Sacred Rock Camp Both are in the Lakota language. Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), owned by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., is proposed to transport 450,000 barrels per day of Bakken crude oil from the lands of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The threats this pipeline poses to the environment, human health and human rights are strikingly similar to those posed by the Keystone XL. Because the DAPL will cross over the Ogallala Aquifer (one of the largest aquifers in the world) and under the Missouri River twice (the longest river in the United States), the possible contamination of these water sources makes the Dakota Access pipeline a national threat. The construction of Dakota Access will threaten everything from farming and drinking water to entire ecosystems, wildlife and food sources surrounding the Missouri. The nesting of bald eagles and piping plovers as well as the quality of wild rice and medicinal plants like sweet grass are just a few of the species at stake here. We ask that everyone stands with us against this threat to our health, our culture, and our sovereignty. We ask that everyone who lives on or near the Missouri River and its tributaries, everyone who farms or ranches in the local area, and everyone who cares about clean air and clean drinking water stand with us against the Dakota Access Pipeline! QUOTES: Waniya Locke (Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Anishinaabe) Standing Rock Descendent states: “We do not need oil to live, but we do need water, and water is a human right and not a privilege.” Virgil Taken Alive, Standing Rock Member states: “Of the many atrocities we as Native Americans have faced and overcame, this is one which will affect not only us but all of mankind. Earth is our mother. We have to protect her.”. Joye Braun, community organizer on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation states: “The dangers imposed by the greed of big oil on the people who live along the Missouri river is astounding. When this proposed pipeline breaks, as the vast majority of pipelines do, over half of the drinking water in South Dakota will be affected. How can rubber-stamping this project be good for the people, agriculture, and livestock? It must be stopped. The people of the four bands of Cheyenne River stand with our sister nation in this fight as we are calling on all the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires to do so with our allies, both native and non native in opposing this pipeline.” Paula Antonie, Chair of Shielding the People, Rosebud Sioux tribal citizen, states: “The DAPL poses a threat to our people, cultural and historically significant areas. We will stand with our Hunkpapa relatives in defending against any major environmental, public health and safety hazards within our treaty territory.” Dallas Goldtooth, Keep It in the Ground Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network states: “This bakken pipeline is no different than the Keystone XL pipeline. It threatens the sacred waters of the Missouri, it threatens the very sensitive waters of the Oglalla aquifer, itt is using eminent domain to diminish the rights of farmers and ranchers, and it is attempting to lock our country into more fossil fuel dependency when we are seeing a just transition towards renewable energy. We must keep this oil in the ground for the benefit of all future generations.”

ASU Hosts Clyde Bellecourt, American Indian Movement!

Dear Professor/Student/Community Leader,
ASU Project Humanities invites you and your students to join us for a lecture by Clyde Bellecourt, founder and Director of the American Indian movement.
Clyde Bellecourt was a major figure in the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 and played a founding role in an ongoing Indian School System, Legal Rights Center, and the International Indian Treaty Council. He will deliver a keynote address focusing on issues as Native identity, Indigenous rights, and the history and future of the American Indian Movement as it relates to our Humanity 101 principles: respect, integrity, empathy, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, and self-reflection. This is during American Indian Week at ASU, a student-led, staff supported university-wide celebration. Project Humanities will lead this effort with anticipated support from partners such as the School of Social Transformation, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, American Indian Policy Institute, Center for Indian Education, etc.
Project Humanities invites all to this free opportunity on Wednesday, April 20 th , from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Arizona Ballroom at the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus at Arizona State University.
Attached is the flyer for the event. For more information, please visit the Project Humanities website at humanities.asu.edu or call our office at 480-727-7030 . We look forward to seeing you and your students/organization at this event!
Thank you,
The Project Humanities Team
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 873003
250 East Lemon St.
Discovery Hall, Suite 112
Tempe, AZ 85287-3003

Photo of the Day: Occupying Oak Flat

Photo by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache Censored News On March 17, Shane Norte and Kooper Indigenize Curley throw their Oak Flat signs below Da\’Wus\’ii\’Teel (Apache Leap) as they continue to occupy Chi\’Chil\’Bulilda\’Giteel (Oak Flat) for over a year in Arizona.

Photos Memorial Land Defenders Caceres, Garcia, Wolverine, 43 Students

Photos by Sharon Kravitz
\’Say Their Names\’
Published with permission at Censored News
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Photos Western Shoshone on Sacred Peace Walk to Nevada Test Site

Photos by Carl \’Bad Bear\’ Sampson, Western Shoshone

Photos by Carl \’Bad Bear\’ Sampson, Western Shoshone Sacred Peace Walk to Nevada Test Site Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News Walking in prayer, the Sacred Peace Walk began at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas and continued through traditional Western Shoshone homelands to the Nuclear Test site. “The Nuclear Test Site is on Western Shoshone land, under the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley,” said Western Shoshone Buck Sampson, whose son Carl walked on the 60-mile annual walk this week. “This is what I learned back in the \’80s, Sundancing. Every step is a prayer, and every prayer is to the Creator, Sundancing in the old ways,” Buck said. The Sacred Peace Walk concluded with a sunrise ceremony and prayers by Western Shoshone Spiritual Advisor Johnny Bobb. “Johnny Bobb is the leader for the Indian walkers,” Buck Sampson said. Buck said Johnny Bobb is responsible for issuing permits to non-Indians who cross the boundary into Western Shoshone territory of Yucca Mountain. Johnny Bobb serves as Chief of the Western Shoshone National Council. Sacred Peace Walker Carl \’Bad Bear\’ Sampson has walked on the Native American Longest Walks 2, 3 and 4 across America and documented the walks as a photojournalist for Censored News. “Walking on these walks is praying. Prayer is knowledge and knowledge is power,” Carl said. Atomic Testing and the United States Disregard for Human Life The US Nuclear Test Site is a harbinger of horror which resulted in global atrocities and mass destruction for mankind. Further, Western Shoshone, US military, and Southwest residents were exposed, unprotected, to radiation and fallout. Above ground nuclear testing began here in the early 1950s. The mushroom clouds became a symbol of the widespread disease and death that resulted. Those images were a symbol of the United States disregard for all life, including the Western Shoshones, whose land, water and air were poisoned with radiation. Sacred Peace Walkers walked in prayer to sacred Yucca Mountain, where the Nuclear Test Site is located. Yucca Mountain was targeted earlier for a US nuclear waste dump. The Sacred Peace Walk offered prayers of healing and prayers for the unity of mankind. Western Shoshone Carl \’Bad Bear\’ Sampson, shown in the photo with the buffalo above on the Sacred Peace Walk, has provided Censored News with photos of the Longest Walks 2, 3 and 4 as he walked across America. Thank you! Photos copyright Carl Sampson, Censored News

Chahta Shadow Warriors Message to Daughter of Berta Caceres, COPINH

Bertha Zuniga, Neddie Katsitsiaiohne, Leadhorse Choctaw, USUBA Delegation of COPINH. Delegation of Chahta Shadow Warriors. Warrior Society Message to Bertha Zuniga and COPINH, on New Year\’s Day, March 19. Bertha Zuniga is the daughter of Berta Caceres assassinated in Honduras as she battled mega hydro dams and corporate destruction of the land, water and air. Photos and videos by Neddie Katsitsiaiohne and Leadhorse Choctaw, published with permission at Censored News. (Please wait for video to load below.) Thank you.

Bertha Zuniga neddie katsitsiaiohne leadhorse usuba delegation of COPINH. Delegation of chahta shadow warriors. Warrior society message to Bertha and COPINH. New year\’s day march 19. Posted by Neddie Katsitsiaionhne on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

O\’odham Human Rights Group Brings Distinguished Speakers to Tucson

Acoma Pueblo Poet, Professor and Author Simon Ortiz
is the speaker on March 26, 2016
Ofelia Rivas photo by Brenda Norrell
By O\’odham VOICE Against the WALL
Censored News French translation by Christine Prat at: http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3254
Date: February 27 to March 26, 2016
TUCSON — O\’odham VOICE Against the WALL announces a benefit bringing emerging and established poets, writers and scholars to Tucson at Cat Mountain Lodge, one of TripAdvisor\’s top ten Tucson bed and breakfasts, from February 27 to March 26.
Simon J. Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo, and Laura Tohe, 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation, headline the Distinguished Speakers 2016 series. Other speakers include poet Ruben Cu:k Ba\’ak and scholars Dr. Julian Kunnie from the University of Arizona and John Zerzan.
Ofelia Rivas, founder of O\’odham VOICE Against the WALL, will also be speaking at all events. O\’odham VOICE Against the WALL provides solidarity to the O\’odham of Southwestern Arizona and Northern Sonora in efforts to maintain traditional culture and ancestral land in areas currently under illegal occupation by the United States and Mexico. Since 2003 it has advocated against a militarized border and for the rights guaranteed by inherent and domestic and international law, and documented abuses against the indigenous peoples on O\’odham land.
Simon J. Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo, speaking on March 26, is one of the key figures in the second wave of what has been called the Native American Renaissance. He is one of the most respected and widely read Native American poets. The author and editor of 25 books, Ortiz is currently Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies at Arizona State University.
The work of Laura Tohe, speaking March 19, has been published in the journals Ploughshares, New Letters, Red Ink, World Literature Today, and many others. She is an English professor at Arizona State University and her most recent publication is Code Talker Stories (2012), an oral history of the Navajo Code Talkers.
Ruben Cu:k Ba\’ak, Tohono O\’odham, speaking March 12, is a poet and prose writer and a recent ASU graduate in economics pertaining to the Tohono O\’odham homeland.
Dr. Julian Kunnie, speaking March 5, is a professor of Religious, Latin American, Middle Eastern and North African studies at the University of Arizona He is the author of numerous articles in various internationally recognized journals and books. His most recent book is The Cost of Globalization: Dangers to the Earth and Its People (2015.)
John Zerzan, speaking Feb. 27, has been active in the anti-authoritarian movement from the \’60s on and has articulated a critique of technology and civilization that illuminates their regressive quality. His most recent book is Why Hope? The Stand Against Civilization (2015.)
The Ramada at Cat Mountain Lodge is at 3030 Donald Avenue, north of Ajo Road and Western Way off the west side of Kinney Road.
A donation of $20 – $40 is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All events begin at 6:30 pm, with featured speakers at 8 p.m.
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CENSORED NEWS: Water Protector Hit with Concussion Grenade in Surgery to Save Shattered Arm

Water Protector Hit with Concussion Grenade in Surgery to Save Shattered Arm

On the frontline Sunday night, Nov. 20, 2016 Thank you to water protectors and photographer Rob Wilson, copyright.
Prepared by Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camps
Contact: Michael Knudsen, Medic Coordinator and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, ethno-botanist Linda Black Elk, PhD medichealercouncil@gmail.com
On November 21st as a direct result of the violent police response at Standing Rock towards unarmed people opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 21 year old woman from New York City, Sophia Wilansky, was severely injured when a concussion grenade thrown by police hit her left arm and exploded. Sophia was heading to bring water to the unarmed people who were being attacked for several hours by Morton County Sheriff forces. The Morton County Sheriff s Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff s Department claimed the unarmed people created. These statements are refuted by Sophia s testimony, by several eye-witnesses who watched police intentionally throw concussion grenades at unarmed people, by the lack of charring of flesh at the wound site and by the grenade pieces that have been removed from her arm in surgery and will be saved for legal proceedings.
Sophia was safely taken out of North Dakota for emergent surgery and is currently in stable condition. Below is her statement as conveyed by her father, lawyer Wayne Wilansky.
At around 4:30am after the police hit the bridge with water cannons and rubber bullets and pepper spray they lobbed a number of concussion grenades which are not supposed to be thrown at people directly at protesters or protectors as they want to be called. A grenade exploded right as it hit Sophia in the left forearm taking most of the undersurface of her left arm with it. Both her radial and ulnar artery were completely destroyed. Her radius was shattered and a large piece of it is missing. Her medial nerve is missing a large section as well. All of the muscle and soft tissue between her elbow and wrist were blown away. The police did not do this by accident – it was an intentional act of throwing it directly at her. Additionally police were shooting people in face and groin intending to do the most possible damage. Sophia will have surgery again tomorrow as bit by bit they try to rebuild a somewhat functioning arm and hand. The first surgery took a vein from her leg which they have implanted in her arm to take the place of the missing arteries. She will need multiple surgeries to try to gain some functional use of the arm and hand. She will be, every day for the foreseeable future, fearful of losing her arm and hand. There are no words to describe the pain of watching my daughter cry and say she was sorry for the pain she caused me and my wife. I died a thousand deaths today and will continue to do so for quite some time. I am left without the right words to describe the anguish of watching her look at her now alien arm and hand.
A fund set up by friends and verified to help with Sophia s recovery is set up here:
The Standing Rock Medic Healer Council deplores the ongoing use of violence by the state of North Dakota to address the concerns of the thousands of people peacefully assembled at Standing Rock to insist on the right to clean healthy drinking water.
Water is Life, Mni Wiconi
Linda Black Elk, PhD, Ethnobotanist, Sitting Bull College
Michael Knudsen, MPH candidate, Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council
Noah Morris, EMT
Amelia Massucco, RN
John Andrews, RN
Kristina Golden, EMT, herbalist
Sebastian Rodriguez, RN
Rosemary Fister, RN, MNPHN, DNP Candidate
Rupa Marya, MD, DoNoHarm Coalition, University of California San Francisco
David Kingfisher, MD, JD, Wichita State University
Jesse Lopez, MD, Heartland Surgical Care
Kalama O Ka Aina Niheu, MD, Aha Aloha Aina
Howard Ehrman, MD, MPH, University of Illinois – Chicago
Geeta Maker-Clark, MD, University of Chicago
Elizabeth Friedman, MD
Vanessa Bolin, ALS Paramedic
Contact: Michael Knudsen, Medic Coordinator and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ethno-botanist Linda Black Elk, PhD medichealercouncil@gmail.com

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CENSORED NEWS: December 2008

Native radio journalists call for Bush war crimes tribunal

Native radio journalists urged a war crimes tribunal for Bush and immediate withdrawal from Iraq By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ LOS ANGELES — On American Indian Airwaves, Native American radio hosts Kehaulani Kauanui, Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian, and James Brown, Elm Pomo Nation, called for a tribunal to hold President Bush responsible for war crimes, during a panel discussion by distinguished Indigenous journalists and scholars. I think we need to pursue trying George Bush and company for war crimes related to this illegal and unlawful occupation in Iraq, Kauanui said. We need to have a war crimes tribunal and bring all these people in, Brown added. Both Kauanui and Brown called on President elect Obama to initiate immediate withdrawal from Iraq upon entering office. During the panel on KPFK Radio Los Angeles/Santa Barbara today, Suzan Harjo joined James Brown, producer of Tribal Voices Radio on KPFZ, and Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota Nation. Ghosthorse serves as host of First Voices Indigenous Radio, at WBAI in New York. Kehaulani Kauanui, an associate professor and producer of “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond,” on WESU, in Middletown, Conn., completed the panel. Today\’s show demonstrated Indigenous programming and shared the history, girth and diversity on Pacifica since the 1960s, according to American Indian Airwaves cohosts Marcus Lopez (Chumash Nation) and Larry Smith (Lumbee Nation.) James Brown, Pomo, spoke about Rattlesnake Island and the incompetence of the BIA. Our so-called protectors can not be trusted with the land, Brown said. The BIA sold off Pomo land for mercury mining in the 1940s, leaving the tribe with only 50 acres of land, located 100 miles north of San Francisco. “We have all our Creation stories here. We were basically fishing villages,” he said. Brown said Pomo is a matriarchal society, which resulted in the strength of the culture which has lasted so long. Earlier, Pomo fought Boise Cascade and prevented Rattlesnake Island from being subdivided for condominiums. Now, a wealthy businessman, John Nady, is attempting to build a mansion on their sacred mound and burial grounds at Rattlesnake Island. “We may end up occupying this island to help preserve it this coming summer,” Brown said. Harzo praised President elect Obama for promising to protect Native American sacred places. Harzo said Native Americans have no way of protecting their churches, or sacred places because of the lack of legislation. Harjo, now president of the Morning Star Institute, said she was a WBAI broadcaster for “Seeing Red” in the 60s and 70s. We have hundreds and hundreds of sacred places being desecrated as we speak, Harjo said. Native American radio hosts described the desecration of sacred places, including San Francisco Peaks, and how US courts have closed the door to Native Americans protecting their sacred places. Kauanui pointed out that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing sewage to be turned into snow so the rich can ski on San Francisco Peaks. However, countries in South America have made strides in Indigenous rights. Harjo said the Bush administration has not honored federal laws regarding the protection of endangered species or of Native peoples\’ human remains. Harjo said this sent a signal that it was “open season” on Native remains. Brown said Obama\’s appointment to head the Interior, Ken Salazar, is a disappointment. Describing Salazar as a “cowboy,” Brown said a Native American should have been appointed to head the Interior. “Let\’s light a fire under Obama,” Brown said. Brown said he supported the Green Party and Cynthia McKinney, who has a better understanding of Native Americans. Brown also pointed out that universities, including UC Berkeley, are violating the Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act. Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota Nation, said he is watching to see what Obama will do once in office. Ghosthorse said there is a mystical feeling that something is going to change, but he wants to wait and see. Ghosthorse said Native Americans must dictate their own sovereignty and not allow the seizure of their lands for energy development. We have to see past the system that depleted us of our spiritual values, Ghosthorse said, adding that countries in South America are now stating the rights of nature within their laws. He said the treaties have not been honored in the United States. Further, the United States and New Zealand still have not signed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Kauanui urged the Obama administration to honor the petition from the Lipan Apache women to halt construction on the US/Mexico border wall and stop the forced removal of Indigenous individuals and communities. Kauanui said Obama should take a stand on the state sponsored terrorism and attacks on Palestine and the issue of colonialism. She said there must be careful watch to make sure the US does not start aggravating in Iran. Kauanui said US universities can lose all federal funding if they do not comply with NAGPRA laws. But the problem is the Bush administration has not gone after the violators. Obama needs to turn this around, she said. She urged Obama to oppose the Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act, also known as the Akaka bill, which does not ensure Native Hawaiian rights. After the show, she explained that the problem with the bill is that it is being sold as federal recognition and therefore packaged as a solution for Native Hawaiians. But it actually states that any future Native Hawaiian governing entity would be subject to both state civil and criminal law. “We Native Hawaiians have sovereignty claims that the US government already recognizes and exceed US federal policy regarding tribal nations. This bill is about setting up a \’reorganized\’ Hawaiian government that would settle un-adjudicated land claims to 1.8 million acres, the same lands recognized in the Apology Resolution,” she explained. Kauanui said Obama must honor the apology resolution of 1993, US Public Law 103-150, which states “the indigenous Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, either through their monarchy or through a plebiscite or referendum.” She said the Akaka Bill undermines this resolution. On the radio show, Ghosthorse said there must be withdrawal from Iraq and soldiers must have a way to come home, without bringing the violence with them. Instead of honoring the killing, they have to reinstate their relationship with the Creator,” Ghosthorse said. Harjo said there are cleansing ceremonies for soldiers returning home. Ghosthorse said Pacifica radio and pirate radio stations have helped counter the mainstream media and more needs to be accomplished to reveal the truth from Israel and Palestine. Ghosthorse has served as host of “First Voices Indigenous Radio,”at WBAI in New York since 2002, after beginning with KAOS in Olympia, Washington in 1992. “Other Indigenous radio stations in South America have formed a broadcasting relationship with First Voices Indigenous Radio largely due to their participation at the United Nations\’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,” Ghosthorse said. Today\’s show will be available later in archives at: http://www.kpfk.org/

Cynthia McKinney\’s account of attack on Free Gaza ship

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was the Green Party candidate for President in 2008. Ms. McKinney traveled aboard the boat Dignity , which tried to bring doctors and medical supplies to Gaza, as a humanitarian response to the recent bombing of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli government.The Dignity is a project of www.freegaza.org. Ms. McKinney writes: December 30, 2008: Oh What a Day! By Cynthia McKinney I m so glad that my father told me to buy a special notebook and to write everything down because that s exactly what I did. When we left from Cyprus, one reporter asked me are you afraid? And I had to respond that Malcolm X wasn t afraid; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn t afraid. But little did I know that just a few hours later, I would be recollecting my life and mentally preparing myself for death. When we left Cyprus, the Mediterranean was beautiful. I remember the time when it might have been beautiful to look at, but it was also filthy. The Europeans have taken great strides to clean it up and yesterday, it was beautiful. And the way the sunlight hit the sea, I remember thinking to myself that s why they call it azure. It was the most beautiful blue. But sometimes it was rough, and we got behind on our schedule. We stayed on course, however, despite the roughness of the water and due to our exquisite captain. There were no other ships or boats around us and night descended upon us all rather quickly. It was the darkest black and suddenly, out of nowhere, came searchlights disturbing our peace. The searchlights stayed with us for about half an hour or so. We knew they were Israeli ships. Who else would they be? They were fast, and they would come close and then drop back. And then, they d come close again. And then, all of a sudden there was complete blackness once again and all seemed right. The cat and mouse game went on for at least one half hour. What were they doing? And why? Calm again. Black sky, black sea. Peace. And then, at that very moment, when all seemed right, out of nowhere we were rammed and rammed again and rammed again the last one throwing me off the couch, sending all our food up in the air; and all the plastic bags and tubs evidence of sea sicknesses among the crew and passengers flew all over the cabin and all over us. We d been rammed by the Israelis. How did we know? Because they called us on the phone afterwards to tell us that we were engaging in subversive, terroristic activity. And if that if we didn t turn around right then and return to Larnaca, Cyprus, we would be fired upon. We quickly grabbed our lifevests and put them on. Then the captain announced that the boat was taking on water. We might have to evacuate. One of my mates told me to prepare to die. And I reflected that I have lived a good and full life. I have tasted freedom and know what it is. I was right with myself and my decision to join the Free Gaza movement.I remembered my father s parting words, You all will be sitting ducks. Just like the U.S.S. Liberty. We were engaged in peaceful activity, a harmless pleasure boat, carrying a load of hospital supplies for the people of Gaza, who, too are sitting ducks, currently being bombarded in aerial assault by the Israeli military. It s been a long day for us. The captain was outstanding. Throughout it all, he remained stoic and calm, effective in every way. I didn t know how to put my life jacket on. One of the passengers kindly assisted me. Another of the passengers pointed out that the Israeli motors for those huge, fast boats was U.S. made a gift to them from the U.S. And now they were using those motors to damage a pleasure boat outfitted with three tons of hospital supplies, one pediatrician, and two surgeons. I have called for President-elect Obama to say something. The Palestinian people in the Gaza strip are seeing the worst violence in 60 years, it is being reported. To date, President-elect Obama has remained silent. The Israelis are using weapons supplied to them by the U.S. government. Strict enforcement of U.S. law would require the cessation of all weapons transfers to Israel. Adherence to international law would require the same. As we are about to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. s birthday, let us remember that he said: 1. The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, and 2. Our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter. I implore the President-elect to not send Congress a budget that contains more weapons for Israel. We have so much more to offer. And I implore the Congress to vote no on any budget and appropriation bills that provide more weapons transfers, period. Israel is able to carry out these intense military maneuvers because taxpayers in the U.S. give their hard-earned money to our Representatives in Congress and our Congress chooses to spend that money in this way. Let s stop it and stop it now. There s been too much blood shed. And while we still walk among the living, let us not remain silent about the things that matter. We really can promote peace and have it if we demand it of our leaders.

Censored Readers: Worst Company in the World is US

The United States was voted the Worst Company in the World, followed by Monsanto, Peabody Energy Corp. and Barrick Gold By Brenda Norrell Censored News PHOTOS: Barrick Gold Pascua-Lama mine protest in Chile/ Indymedia Monsanto protest/Organic Consumers Association Hopi and Navajo protest of Peabody Coal/Mano Cockrum Western Shoshone protest of Barrick Gold on Mount Tenabo/Lisa Wolf Navajos Dooda Desert Rock protest/ Dooda Desert Rock Photo of Arizona border wall with deer halted/Daniel Patterson http://www.bsnorrell.blogspo t.com/ Censored News readers selected the United States as the Worst Company in the World, in a reader poll that ended today. Readers, primarily Indigenous Peoples, voted Monsanto as the second Worst Company in the World. Peabody Energy Corp., recently granted a life-of-mine permit to expand coal mining on Navajo and Hopi lands, was voted the third Worst Company in the World. Barrick Gold Corp., which began the destruction of the Western Shoshone s Mount Tenabo region during Thanksgiving, was voted the fourth Worst Company in the World. Blackwater Worldwide, responsible for murders and brutality worldwide, was voted the fifth Worst Company in the World. GEO Group, Inc., formerly Wackenhut, profiteering from the misery of migrants and people of color in prisons, was voted the sixth Worst Company in the World. Cameco uranium mining and Sithe Global/Navajo Nation, tied for the seventh Worst Company in the World. Israel s Elbit Systems and Raytheon tied for eighth place. Boeing, constructing the US/Mexico Apartheid Border Wall, followed in ninth place. Newmont Mining was voted the 10th Worst Company in the World by the readers of Censored News blog, which focuses on the censored news of Indigenous Peoples and international human rights. The United States emerged in truth as one of the worst violators of international human rights during the Bush regime, with torture, kidnappings and secret renditions in violation of the Geneva Conventions. The bogus war in Iraq resulted in the widespread murder and displacement of Iraqi people. Corporations seized the freefall of US democracy, with mercenaries, private prison profiteers and war manufacturers reveling in their profits. During the Bush regime, the United States ceased to be viewed as a democracy by many US citizens, who now view the United States as a company comprised of select individuals seeking corporate gain and control. It was not just the US corporations that benefited. In the corporate get-rich schemes to construct the US/Mexico border wall, the contractor Boeing subcontracted Israel s Apartheid border wall builder, Elbit Systems, for the multi-million dollar dysfunctional debacle of the US border spy towers. While xenophobia and racism toward migrants ruled in US television ne ws, Wackenhut, owned by G4S in England and Denmark, seized the opportunity to profiteer from a Homeland Security contract for the transportation of migrants from the US/Mexico border. Monsanto, in second place, continued to threaten the future of humanity with genetically altered seeds. Depleting the world of a rich diversity of seeds and crops, Monsanto continues to destroy sustainable systems of food production around the world. Monsanto was the primary supplier of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Even Prince Charles exposed Monsanto recently, revealing that thousands of farmers have committed suicide in India because of Monsanto s promise of riches. Those promises only resulted in failed crops and a flood of debt in India s Suicide Belt after switching to genetically modified seeds. Navajos and Hopis united and protested a life of the mine permit for Peabody coal mining on Black Mesa. However, the US Office of Surface Mining approved the permit in December, continuing the US genocide on Black Mesa, where more than 14,000 Navajos have already been relocated to make way for coal mining. The so-called Navajo Hopi land dispute was orchestrated by Peabody Coal. The Navajo Nation Council\’s 88 members receive their salaries and travel expenses primarily from energy leases, while many Navajos live without running water and electricity. Klee Benally, Navajo, said the US permit was a blatant act of US genocide. Calvin Johnson, Navajo, said, Our local leaders, including the president of the Navajo Nation, continue to pursue this senseless plan to give Peabody a life of mine permit and continue using pristine water for coal operations without the impacted resident s decision, which continues to be ignored. When will our leaders stand up and fight for us? Vernon Masayesva, Hopi, said the US permit, “The decision was announced during the Hopi Soyalung ceremonies throughout our villages. Soyalung is when Hopis plant their prayers for the coming year. It is a time the priests carry out sacred rituals to renew the earth, and pray for peace and harmony throughout the world. It is similar to the Jewish Chunaka observance, of bringing light to darkness.This is the ancient ritual the Office of Surface Mining has rudely interrupted. It is a blatant action sanctioning Peabody to exploit our natural resources for the benefit of its wealthy owners, officers and stockholders.” Barrick Gold, responsible for the deaths of Indigenous Peoples around the world, began its onslaught on the sacred lands of the Western Shoshone at Mount Tenabo during the Thanksgiving holidays. Before leaving office, President Bush Sr. made it possible for Barrick to lease lands for gold mining in Nevada. Once out of office, Bush Sr. went to work for Barrick as a senior consultant. In Australia, DR Congo, Ghana, Tanzania and New Guinea, Indigenous Peoples are fighting Barrick s destruction in solidarity with the Western Shoshone. They are fighting the coring out of mountains for minute particles of gold and the poisoning of water with cyanide leaching. Carrie Dann and other Western Shoshone grandmothers said the United States is trespassing on Western Shoshone treaty land, destroying mountains, trees, food and medicine, while leaving dirty polluted water ponds for birds and animals. Why doesn t the mining company go dig up the Vatican or the Mormon Tabernacle instead of Western Shoshone lands, I m sure they will find gold there, said Mary McCloud, Western Shoshone grandmother, mourning the bulldozing of the pines near the ceremonial grounds on Mount Tenabo in November. Near the Porgera mine in New Guinea, Jethro Tulin of the Akali Tange Association, told Barrick Gold, Your security guards have been shooting and killing our people and raping, even gang-raping, our women with impunity for years now.” Another Canadian gold mining corporation, Goldcorp Inc., is destroying communities in Guatemala. Antonio Morales, Maya Mam, Guatemalan indigenous leader was assassinated on August 7, 2008, as he returned to his home in Colotenango, Guatemala. Morales was a national leader in three of Guatemala\’s most important Indigenous organizations which have actively opposed large scale mining projects, including Montana Exploring, a subsidiary of Goldcorp. GEO Group, formerly Wackenhut, and other private prisons continued to profiteer from the orchestrated hysteria against migrants and people of color at the southern border, gaining lucrative US and state prison and detention contracts from California to Texas. GEO was recently named in charges filed in Texas, in an attempt to prosecute Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for private prison profiteering, resulting in the death of at least one inmate. A second private prison profiteer, Corrections Corp of America, imprisons and abuses migrant women and children at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas. Cameco is the Canadian company which purchased the mysterious shipment of 500 tons of yellowcake uranium from Iraq, transported by the US to Montreal in July of 2008. Cameco continues to push for uranium mining on Lakota lands, resulting in the poorest of the poor struggling to fight the world s largest uranium mining company in court in Nebraska. In Australia, Aboriginals at Alice Springs continued their protests of Cameco, while research studies in Port Hope, Canada, show the people are being poisoned by Cameco s uranium mining. The result of testing conducted on a small group of residents of Port Hope has found contamination by uranium of military or industrial origin. Four of nine people tested had unusual types of uranium in their bodies, including one who carried measurable quantities of depleted uranium, which is used to make armour-piercing weapons, and another who had uranium at levels about three times higher than average concentrations of the element, according to the Globe and Mail. Sithe Global, in a relationship with the Navajo Nation elected government, is pushing to build a coal fired power plant, Desert Rock, on Navajo lands in New Mexico. Grassroots Navajos at Dooda Desert Rock continue to fight the power plant, which would be the third power plant in the area, where the air, land and water are already poisoned by unreclaimed uranium tailings from the Cold War and widespread oil and gas wells. Sithe Global s financier is Blackstone Group, cofounded by Steve Schwarzman of the Bush elite Skull and Bones secret society based at Yale University. Israel s Elbit Systems, a producer of Apartheid spy and border wall systems in Israel, continued to gain US contracts, including Boeing s subcontract for the border wall. Raytheon Missiles continued to be protested in Tucson for its weapons production and contamination. Raytheon has a manufacturing plant on the Navajo Nation s commercial farm of Navajo Agricultural Products Industries, where potatoes, corn and other crops are produced with Monsanto s genetically-modified seeds. Boeing continued to build the US/Mexico border wall, as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff waived all federal laws to build the border wall, including the laws designed to protect endangered species and the graves of Native Americans. On the Tohono O odham Nation, Boeing dug up the graves of the Tohono O odham ancestors in 2007. In Ar izona, border wall construction endangered the jaguar, Sonoran pronghorn and other species in violation of all federal laws. Further, Indigenous Peoples traveling in their own territories on the border are harassed, threatened and treated as criminals by the US Border Patrol. Tohono O odham human rights activists continued to be targeted as they defined their homeland as an occupied militarized zone. The poorest of the poor in America used their last dollars in 2008 to fight the United States construction of the US/Mexico border wall and seizure of their lands, including the Lipan Apache in Texas who are in court to protect their lands from seizure by Homeland Security for the border wall. At the northern border, the United States pushed for more militarization of the region. Kahentinetha Horn, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, is among the authors published in Censored News. Kahentinetha was beaten by Canadian border guards on June 14, 2008 and suffered a heart attack as border police tightened a stresshold. Mohawk Nation News editor Katenies was also beaten and jailed. Kahentinetha is recovering and the two Mohawk grandmothers have filed suit. In recent articles, the Mohawk Nation News exposed the fact that carbon market scams seek the seizure of Indigenous Peoples forests for corporate profiteering and the fact that Canadian officers are being trained in Israel, where the border has become a militarized war zone. The carbon credit scam, profiteering for the World Bank and private corporations, is one of the most censored stories worldwide. Throughout the United States, the poorest of the poor fought for justice during the Bush regime, often resulting in arrest or imprisonment. While the US and multi-national corporations received millions, billions and trillions in bailouts, widespread unemployment and hunger increased in the US. While the US spy factory vaporized rights guaranteed by the US Constitution, the US media gave up the fight. While the corporate seizures of lands was dismal during the Bush regime, Indigenous elders spoke of a time of cleansing and regeneration. “We will outlive their ways. Our ways will outlive America\’s ways. It is because we regard the earth as sacred,” said Floyd Red Crow Westerman said before his passing to the Spirit World. In the Censored News poll, one-half of those voting chose the United States as the Worst Company in the World (50 percent.) The other percentages of total votes were: Monsanto (30 percent) Peabody Coal (26 percent) Barrick Gold (20 percent) Blackwater (17 percent) GEO (15 percent) Cameco and Sithe Global/Navajo Nation tied (14 percent) Raytheon and Israel s Elbit Systems tied (12 percent) Boeing (11 percent) and Newmont Mining Corp (9 percent.) More corporations and politicians were responsible for the deaths of Indigenous Peoples and destruction of Indigenous lands and communities worldwide than could be published in one article. Read more articles at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Free Gaza Ship rammed

Israeli vessel hits Gaza-bound boat Onboard is Al-Jazeera reporter Sami al-Haj, former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay; Hon. Cynthia McKinney (former U.S. Congresswoman, 9/11 Truth activist) and three doctors Tuesday, December 30, 2008 19:17 Mecca time, 16:17 GMT News Middle East Video of damage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7805075.stm Israeli Gunboats Came out of the Darkness and Rammed us Three Times Date : 12-30-2008 For more information, please contact: (Gaza) Ewa Jasiewicz, +972 598 700 497 / freelance@mailworks.org (Cyprus) Lubna Masarwa +357 99 081 767 / lubnna@gmail.com (Lebanon) Caoimhe Butterley +961 70 875 727 / sahara78@hotmail.co.uk http://www.freegaza.org/ By Free Gaza LEBANON (December 30) — Today the Free Gaza ship “Dignity” carefully made its way to safe harbor in Tyre, Lebanon\’s southern-most port city, after receiving serious structural damage when Israeli warships rammed its bow and the port side. Waiting to greet the passengers and crew were thousands of Lebanese who came out to show their solidarity with this attempt to deliver volunteer doctors and desperately needed medical supplies to war-ravaged Gaza. The Lebanese government has pledged to provide a forensic analysis of what happened in the dark morning, when Israel rammed the civilian ship in international waters, and put the people on board in danger of losing their lives. The Dignity, on a mission of mercy to besieged Gaza, was attacked by the Israeli Navy at approximately 6am (UST) in international waters, roughly 90 miles off the coast of Gaza. Several Israeli warships surrounded the small, human rights boat, firing live ammunition around it, then intentionally ramming it three times. According to ship\’s captain Denis Healy, the Israeli attack came, “”without any warning, or any provocation.” Caoimhe Butterly, an organizer with the Free Gaza Movement, stated that, “The gunboats gave us no warning. They came up out of the darkness firing flares and flashing huge flood lights into our faces. We were so shocked that at first we didn\’t react. We knew we were well within international waters and supposedly safe from attack. They rammed us three times, hitting the side of the boat hard. We began taking on water and, for a few minutes, we all feared for our lives. After they rammed us, they started screaming at us as we were frantically getting the life boats ready and putting on our life jackets. They kept yelling that if we didn\’t turn back they would shoot us.” Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate, was traveling to Gaza aboard the Dignity in order to assess the impact of Israel\’s military onslaught against the civilian population of the Gaza Strip. According to McKinney, “Israeli patrol boats…tracked us for about 30 minutes … and then all of a sudden they rammed us approximately three times, twice in the front and once in the side … the Israelis indicated that [they felt] we were involved in terrorist activities.” The Dignity departed from Larnaca Port in Cyprus at 7pm (UST) on Monday 29 December with a cargo of over 3 tons of desperately needed medical supplies donated to Gaza by the people of Cyprus. Three surgeons were also aboard, traveling to Gaza to volunteer in overwhelmed hospitals and clinics. The ship was searched by Cypriot Port authorities prior to departure, and its passenger list was made public. Israel\’s deplorable attack on the unarmed Dignity is a violation of both international maritime law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which states that “the high seas should be reserved for peaceful purposes.” Delivering doctors and urgently needed medical supplies to civilians is a just such a “peaceful purpose.” Deliberately ramming a mercy ship and endangering its passengers is an act of terrorism. CALL the Israeli Government and demand that it immediately STOP attacking the civilian population of Gaza and STOP using violence to prevent human rights and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people. Mark Regev in the Prime Minister\’s office at: +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264 Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at: +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148 mediasar@mod.gov.il Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at: + 972 5 781 86248 The Free Gaza Movement, a human rights group, sent two boats to Gaza in August 2008. These were the first international boats to land in the port in 41 years. Since August, four more voyages were successful, taking Parliamentarians, human rights workers, and other dignitaries to witness the effects of Israel\’s draconian policies on the civilians of Gaza. http://www.freegaza.org/ Atlanta Journal Constitution article http://www.ajc.com/gwinnett/content/metro/dekalb/stories/2008/12/29/cynthia_mckinney_gaza.html News from Al-Jazeera A small boat, damaged as it tried to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, has arrived in the Lebanese port of Tyre. The Dignity started taking on water after it was hit by an Israeli naval vessel as it approached the Israeli coast with its cargo of medical aid. The Free Gaza Movement, which organised the attempt to reach the territory , said their boat was “rammed” and shots were fired when at least four Israeli vessels confronted them in international waters. Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel\’s foreign ministry, denied there had been any shooting but said that the ships had made “physical contact”. He said that the crew of the Dignity had failed to respond to Israeli naval radio contact. \’Rammed\’ Elize Ernshire, one of the activists onboard the boat, told Al Jazeera by telephone that the boat was rammed twice from the front and then once from the side. “It has destroyed the front of the boat and the roof … and has left the cabin, the wheelhouse quite destroyed,” she said. ” … we were threatened directly by the Israeli navy that if we continued on our course towards Gaza they would attack us again.” Mark Regev, an Israeli government spokesman, said that the incident was nothing more than a “propoganda stunt”. “Israel would never have done anything against international law, that is inconceivable,” he told Al Jazeera. “These people just want a headline, they don\’t really want to help the people of Gaza, if they wanted to help the people of Gaza they would be asking Hamas why they initiated the violence.” Several small boats have arrived in the Gaza Strip carrying international activists and medical aid since August in defiance of the Israeli siege. Ernshire said that the incident would not stop the movement trying again to take aid to the impoverished territory. “The majority of passenger here are determined, once we reach Lebanon, to keep continuing to organise such boats as these, to reach the people of Gaza,” she said. Gaza\’s health system is struggling to cope with the casualties from four consecutive days of aerial bombardment by Israeli warplanes and helicopter gunships. Shortages Hospitals were already facing shortages of medicines and other medical products due to the Israeli siege imposed after the Hamas government seized full control of the territory in 2007. As well as more than three tonnes of aid, the Dignity was carrying three doctors to help treat the more than 1,600 wounded in recent days. Avital Leibovitz, an Israeli military spokeswoman, said that humanitarian aid was being allowed into the Gaza Strip and the medical supplies on the boat would not have made much impact on the humanitarian situation. “Lets not talk about a blockade because it does not exist, the humanitarian corridor is active, alive and working,” she told Al Jazeera. “There are a numerous number of trucks enetring Gaza with food and medicine according to the requests of the aid organisations.” Three Al Jazeera journalists were among the 15 people onboard the boat. “Al Jazeera holds Israel responsible for the safety of the Al Jazeera journalists and everyone on board the Dignity,” Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera network said in a statement. “Al Jazeera\’s presence on the boat is to cover the expedition for news and journalistic purposes. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well being of our journalists.”

\’Protecting Rattlesnake Island\’ and Indigenous Roundtable Discussion

Update: Native radio journalists urge Bush war crime tribunal http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2008/12/native-radio-journalists-call-for-bush.htmlSPECIAL Weekly shows can now be heard on the KPFK web site ( http://www.kpfk.org ) under “audio archives” located on the left. Scroll down and click on American Indian Airwaves.

Dakota 38 horseback ride to Mankato photos

Dakota 38 plus 2 Ride photos from South Dakota to Mankato. Photos by Dave Murray. Thank you! http://www.dakota382008.com/
By Dakota 38 Riders MANKATO, Minn. — Twenty-eight years before the Massacre at Wounded Knee, and 14 years before the Legendary Battle at Little Bighorn, was Minnesota s Dakota Sioux Uprising of 1862.
It began on August 17, 1862 and ended with the largest mass execution ever recorded in U.S. History.
By order of Abraham Lincoln, 38 Dakota men were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota on December 26, 1862.
Unbeknownst to the masses, the very next day two more Dakota men were also executed. Four months later, in April of 1863 Congress enacted a law providing for the removal of all Dakota people from Minnesota. Three hundred families were held in a concentration camp at Fort Snelling then most of the Dakota Community was moved by river boats to a desolate prairie at Crow Creek, South Dakota.
The convicted prisoners of the war who were not executed, were then moved from Ft. Snelling, Minnesota to Camp McClellan, near Davenport, Iowa. It wasn t until three years later, President Andrew Johnson ordered a release of the 177 surviving prisoners.
In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a descendent of the Dakota People who were displaced after 1863, courageously stepped forward and acknowledged his dream with the people. Miller dreamt of a series of horseback rides that would bring, not just the Dakota people together, but all whose hearts are affected by this tragic history.
Jim s vision is for horseback riders from all Dakota tribes to ride in December over 330 miles from Lower Brule Sioux Reservation to the site of the mass hanging in Mankato, Minnesota. This is to commemorate the men, women, and children who were forced to march across the cold winter prairies either to the mass hanging in Mankato or to the large concentration camp at Fort Snelling, Minnesota (present day St. Paul.) The ride coincides with the anniversary of the hangings on December 26, 1862.
Four years are required to address this vision, as of 2008, the first three years have been completed. In the past three years, the riders left from the Lower Sioux Indian Community, near Morton, Minnesota and rode down to Mankato, Minnesota.
Because this is the last year and the completion of Miller s vision, the riders began their new starting point from Lower Brule, SD to Mankato.
His overall vision is to raise awareness about how this historical grief has impacted us from the mass hanging to the surrounding events. In the end, the final outcome of his vision is to bring reconciliation among all people of the region so that we may move forward and live in a good way. Miller is a Vietnam Veteran, an enrolled member of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and a
leader in traditional spiritual practices.

Honoring Floyd Westerman and the Miwok Youths

Listen to Censored Blog Talk Radio Honoring the land, honoring the youths http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Brenda-Norrell Article and photos by Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Censored Blog Talk Radio offers a tribute to Floyd Red Crow Westerman, sharing his songs and words. The show is also a tribute to the Miwok youth singers, with a special message on the Longest Walk for respect for Mother Earth from the Six Nations on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol. Westerman speaks on the Spirit World and what is happening to Mother Earth. “America is dying from within, because they forgot the instructions of how to live on earth,” Westerman said. He said without the understanding of the spritiual reality of living on earth, “It is likely you will not make it.” “We are here on earth only a few winters, then we go to the Spirit World.” Westerman describes how the United States is creating monstrous conglomerates to facilitate energy for America, polluting sacred water and sacred mountains to do it. America is destroying itself, but Native people will live on. “We will outlive their ways. Our ways will outlive America\’s ways. It is because we regard the earth as sacred,” Westerman says in the series of recordings. “Our Mother is a sacred entity.” Westerman said it is important to educate people that the people coming across the border are Indian people. Speaking on broken treaties, Westerman said, “The United States of America is an occupation of Indian land.” With warnings for America and its spiritual state, he said, “You shouldn\’t let the dollar control what you are doing.” “America, you won\’t be here long.” Westerman said great changes are coming and when one looks at evolution, one knows, “It is time.” Censored News also honors the Native American youths on the Longest Walk, with traditional songs and conversations with the Miwok youths from Shingle Springs, California, Daniel, Junior and Vinny, with Everett, Washo. The Miwok youths sing with clapper sticks made from elderberry branches. On the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol at Harrisburg, Mohawk and Tuscarora welcome the Longest Walk to the east with songs and prayers. Jerry McDonald, Mohawk, speaks of respecting and honoring Mother Earth and of universal peace. Longest Walk Carl Bad Bear Sampson also speaks at the gathering, where the Pennsylvania governor\’s representative heralds the Long Walk for honoring the earth and protecting sacred sites. Longest Walk recordings by Earthcycles on the Longest Walk. Listen to Floyd Westerman and Miwok youths at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Brenda-Norrell November radio show, including AIM West and Alcatraz programs: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Brenda-Norrell/page/1 Photos: Floyd Westerman with the International Indian Treaty Council at the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit of the Americas in San Xavier, Arizona, on the Tohono O\’odham Nation in 2006. Photo Brenda Norrell. Photo 2: Daniel and Junior on the Longest Walk in Eureka, Nevada, after singing Miwok songs for Western Shoshone Carrie Dann in the spring of 2008. Photo Brenda Norrell Photo 3: Vinny, Miwok walker and runner, at the Indigenous Environmental Network\’s annual Honoring Mother Earth Conference, held this year on Western Shoshone land in Southfork, Nevada, in July 2008. Photo Brenda Norrell.

Zapatistas Digna Rabia video

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Express outrage: Peabody coal mining on Black Mesa

Interior Approves Permit for Coal Mining on Hopi Lands Black Mesa Trust Calls for Telephone, Letter Campaign By Vernon Masayesva KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz., Dec. 29 — As expected, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSM), the sole regulatory agency overseeing mining on Black Mesa, has made a formal decision approving Peabody Western Coal\’s application for a life-of-mine permit that would combine mining operations at Black Mesa Mine and Kayenta Mine. The decision was announced during the Hopi Soyalung ceremonies throughout our villages. Soyalung is when Hopis plant their prayers for the coming year. It is a time the priests carry out sacred rituals to renew the earth, and pray for peace and harmony throughout the world. It is similar to the Jewish Chunaka observance, of bringing light to darkness. This is the ancient ritual OSM has rudely interrupted. It is a blatant action sanctioning Peabody to exploit our natural resources for the benefit of its wealthy owners, officers and stockholders. Black Mesa Trust appeals to people all over the world to express their outrage by writing or calling: Dirk Kempthorne Secretary of Interior US Department of Interior 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 Phone: 202/208-3100 Al Klein Western Regional Director Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement P. O. Box 46667 Denver, CO 80201-6667 Phone: 303/293-5001 aklein@osmre.gov Brent Wahlquist, Director Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 1951 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20240 Phone: 202/208-2719 Dennis Winterringer, Director Western Region, Southwest Branch Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement P. O. Box 46667 Denver, CO 80201-6667 Phone: 303/293-5030 E-mail dwinteringer@osmre.gov.

US protests of Israeli Massacre in Gaza

Radhika Sainath, NLG Free Gaza Committee, radhika.sainath@gmail.com, 917-669-6903 The National Lawyers Guild Condemns Israeli Massacre of over 300 Gazans, Calls for Ceasefire and Urges Participation in Protests New York. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns Israel\’s massive bombardment of the Gaza Strip which has left over 300 dead and 1,400 wounded, with the tolls mounting. The Israeli Air Force dropped more than 100 bombs in dozens of locations throughout the Gaza Strip as children left school on Saturday. The dead include men, women and children in school uniforms. “International law forbids the targeting of civilians,” said Radhika Sainath, a civil rights attorney and member of the Free Gaza Committee of the NLG. “Israel must comply with laws of war and the Fourth Geneva Convention.” Today\’s massacre marks an escalation of Israel\’s two-year blockade of the Strip which has deprived 1.5 million Palestinians of necessary food, medicine, fuel and other necessities. In November 2008, the United Nations stated that it had run out of food to feed over 750,000 needy Gazans. Israel claims that the attack is in response to Palestinian rocket fire, which caused no recent Israeli deaths and few injuries. However, Israel\’s “rolling bombardment” and impending ground invasion is grossly disproportionate in light of the minimal damage caused by Palestinian rockets. The law of war prohibits collective punishment and the targeting of a civilian population disproportionate to military necessity. Israel has flouted both these prohibitions, that follow its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and its sealing of Gaza, subjecting Gazans to near starvation, said Marjorie Cohn, NLG president and a professor of international law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The Human Rights and Security Assistance Act mandates that the United States cease all military aid to Israel, which has engaged in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. Israeli military spokesman Avi Benayahu stated that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza was “only just the beginning,” showing utter contempt for international norms and the lives of innocent Palestinians. The Guild calls on the entire international community, and the United States in particular, to demand an end to Israel\’s blockade of the Occupied Territories and its murderous assault on the Palestinian people. We urge everyone to join in the demonstrations planned across the country in opposition to this latest attack on the rule of law by Israel and we call on both sides to immediately reinstate the cease fire. Founded in 1937 as an alternative to the American Bar Association, which did not admit people of color, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state. SCHEDULE OF PROTESTS: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2008/12/us-protest-schedule-of-israeli-massacre.html

Happy holidays from Sonoma County

Happy holidays from Sonoma County, California, In the world of growing vegetables and preparing good, clean and delicious food, maybe no one does it better than the good folks of Sonoma County. I won\’t attempt to offer any recipes, because I gave up serious cooking after shaving up my fingers for my Navajo Times cooking page, and serving up a raw turkey or two out of my woodstove in the Chuska Mountains in New Mexico. So here\’s an online blog with a great pumpkin pie recipe from nearby Marin County. Happy holidays, Brenda http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/spicekissed-pumpkin-pie-recipe.html Photo: Christmas dinner by Brenda Norrell

Censored Blog Radio: Kahentinetha, Carnes and Bahe

Listen now: Kahentinetha Horn, Mohawk, Ben Carnes, Choctaw and Bahe Katenay, Navajo Article and photos by Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ On Censored Blog Talk Radio today, Mohawk Nation News publisher Kahentinetha Horn speaks on the crimes of arrests of Indigenous Peoples at the southern border. Ben Carnes, Choctaw, tells of his own life, and the life and death of Standing Deer in relation to Leonard Peltier. Bahe Katenay of Big Mountain shares the truth of Navajo relocation and the destruction of sacred Navajo lands. Kahentinetha, and MNN editor Katenies, were beaten by Canadian border guards in June, after this int erview. Kahentinetha suffered a heart attack in a police stresshold and is now recovering. Both women, Mohawk grandmothers, have filed suit. In the radio interview, Kahentinetha describes how Mohawks were on the Tohono O\’odham Nation on the US/Mexico border, during the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit of the Americas. Kahentinetha said Mohawks were shocked to see the Tohono O\’odham Nation government officials working in complicity with Homeland Security to arrest Indigenous Peoples. She also describes how Mohawks stood in solidarity with Indigenous women and children and attempted to halt the Border Patrol from arresting them, near where the border wall was under construction on Tohono O\’odham Nation lands. Ben Carnes, Choctaw, speaks on his life. Carnes speaks on Standing Deer\’s life and death in relation to Leonard Peltier. In prison, Standing Deer was asked to be a government informant and “neutralize” Peltier. However, Carnes said after meeting Peltier in prison, Standing Deer realized what Peltier was doing for his people, maintaining the culture. Carnes said Standing Deer told Peltier about the “assassination plot.” Standing Deer told Peltier that he had planned to kill Peltier to get his own freedom. Peltier said, “Thank you for telling me my brother.” Standing Deer said, “It was at that point I came back to my people.” Standing Deer was murdered, stabbed to death, in Houston after his release from prison. Carnes said, “My first thought was the government had fulfilled its promise of killing Standing Deer if he ever revealed the plot.” On the radio show, Bahe Katenay of Big Mountain talks of Navajo relocation, truth and resistance on Black Mesa. Katenay was a walker on the Longest Walk 1978 and joined the Longest Walk 2008 in Colorado. Katenay describes the role of Peabody Coal and the media in the so-called Navajo Hopi land dispute. He explains that the Navajo tribal government is basically a board of directors and does not represent the Navajo people. Bahe tells how Navajos have suffered because of relocation. Navajos were relocated from Black Mesa to New Lands, Ariz., downstream on the Rio Puerco, the land contaminated by the Church Rock, NM, nuclear spill. On Black Mesa, coal mining and the depletion of the water continues. “The land is still being torn up. “A lot of our sacred springs are gone.” The relocation of Navajos , orchestrated by Arizona Congressmen and Peabody Coal thirty years ago, has generations of victims. Bahe said the young people have been separated from the elders. But, he said, “We are still there. “Thirty-five elders have stood to disrupt America\’s progress there,” Bahe said. Bahe said Dinetah is where the Holy People emerged, in what is known as northwest New Mexico. Ancient Navajo songs originated there. Today, the area is desecrated by the oil and gas drilling of corporations, with the Navajo Nation planning a new power plant, Desert Rock, in the region. Bahe remembers the early Navajo protests of the desecration in Burhman, NM, in 1980. Bahe tells how the Navajo warriors who challenged this destruction were all dead shortly after the protests. This fact has been censored. Bahe said the Navajo Nation government just attempts to “show its good face” and play politics when it voices opposition now to uranium mining. He said the Navajo Nation government has not cleaned up the unreclaimed uranium mining tailings in many areas, including those contaminating Navajo land and water at Cameron, Ariz. There are 50 radioactive areas and the Navajo people have to haul their water. The interviews were recorded in southern Colorado on the Longest Walk 2 northern route by Earthcycles in March of 2008. Listen at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Brenda-Norrell Photo 1: A delegation of Mohawks and representatives of Derechos Humanos at the border south of Sells, Arizona, during the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit of the Americas. Photo Brenda Norrell Photo 2: Ben Carnes with Earthcycles radio producer Govinda Dalton on the Longest Walk in the Rockies, speaking on this interview, March 2008. Photo Brenda Norrell Photo 3: Bahe Katenay on the Longest Walk2 northern route in Pueblo, Colorado, March 2008. Photo Brenda Norrell Return to Censored News Hompage for more articles … http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Petros: Christmas in the Holy Lands

A Massacre in Palestine – Responses and Developments http://www.cyprusindymedia.org/massacre-in-gaza.html Christmas in the Holy Lands By Petros Evdokas Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com All of the global Empire\’s lies, violence and hypocrisy can not hide the plain truth: the native people of the Holy Lands are being exterminated. Through carefully calculated enforced starvation; by selective assassination; by indiscriminate air-bombing and artillery strikes; torture; denial of basic medical necessities; killing the people by any means available. We live in a world that is so bizarre and twisted with venomous atrocity that our own realities are incomprehensible. One photo published by Ha\’aretz newspaper yesterday tells it all: A thin and starving Santa walking on the edge of a mine field waving a Peace sign is attacked by the military in a swirling cloud of tear gas: http://wa-be2.www.haaretz.com/hasite/images/iht_daily/D261208/santa2.jpg Realities inside the world\’s largest prison, where a million and a half children, elders, women and men are locked up by the occupation army through a land, air and sea blockade that\’s aimed to break and destroy them collectively: ” \’Our bakery is out of bread for days now and what we have will only last for another 24 hours. In fact, we stopped our work yesterday as we ran out of flour. Now, we use animal feed which will finish in a matter of hours.\’ … If you visit my house you won\’t find power, while my neighbor is out of gas. Another neighbor seeks potable water as power outages have left him without for four days. A third neighbor desperately looks for milk for his child but does so in vain. Another friend who lives on the corner needs medicine that can\’t currently be found in Gaza…” “Hunger before the storm” http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10053.shtml Sameh A. Habeeb writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine, 25 December 2008 ” \’Father, we want to eat, we don\’t have bread,\’ my eldest daughter complained….” “No bread in Gaza” http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10054.shtml Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Live from Palestine, 25 December 2008 Jesus in the 21st century is a Palestinian infant denied milk and medicine. The Holy Child is a Navajo boy, an Iraqi girl, an Afghani 90 year old Grandma wrapped in the flames of napalm bombs dropped on her village by the Empire\’s Crusaders to cleanse the land of its native flesh and make the world safe for shopping. Petros Evdokas from the Belly of the Beast petros@cyprus-org.net http://petros-evdokas.cyprus-org.net/Another-sort-of-Introduction.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Blog Radio: Walking the talk, Miwok, Washo and Shoshone

Listen now: Longest Walk in Miwok, Washo and Shoshone country Article and photo by Brenda Norrell Christmas Special: Listen to walkers on the Longest Walk northern route in the west, beginning with the Miwok at Shingle Springs, Calif. Walkers speaking include Marie Littlemoon, Willie Lonewolf, Antonio Ruiz and Weldon Austin, with Rockstar Ray. Chet Stevens, Western Shoshone and David Smith, Yomba Shoshone, describe the nuclear testing, radiation and gold mining on Shoshone treaty lands in Nevada. Western Shoshone Corbin Harney is remembered. Janice Gardipe, Paiute Shoshone, shares a Shoshone song of a little bird leaving its nest. Washo gathered near Cave Rock, speak on prayer and honoring Mother Earth. One Washo great grandmother said earlier she questioned, “Where are the warriors?” Then, she said, “I see from you warriors that we are alive. “I am so happy to be here.” Near Cave Rock, Calvin Magpie, Cheyenne Arapaho, offers a song. From South Dakota, at the site of the hogfarm protest, Yankton Dakota offer a drum song. “Starwalker” and “Universal Soldier” by Buffy Sainte Marie. “Going Back,” by Floyd Westerman. Listener level: Everyone, 90 minutes http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Censored News Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Brenda-Norrell Photo: Longest Walk northern route in South Lake Tahoe in Feb. 2008. Second from left: Calvin Magpie; next Willie Lonewolf and Stella Magpie. Photo Brenda Norrell .

Colombia: Voice from the heart of the world

Heart of the World, UM N K N (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia) We, the Wintukwa Peoples of Um n k n along with our other brothers of the Wiwa, Napeybu (Kogi) and Kankwamu who guard Um n k n , Heart of the World, demarcated under the Understanding of the Law of Origin or Linea Negra (Black Line) by Serankwa the Creator; we deliver now the clamor of Um n k n , the thundering demand of the Mountain: We address you as our younger brothers, representing different nations who gathered in Poznan, Poland under the framework of the UN Climate Conference to negotiate climate issues. While you the younger brothers continue speaking and making decisions without recognizing the Rights of the Original Peoples and without a harmonious agreement with we the Elder Brothers who are the caretakers and translators of the knowledge of the Mother Earth of Um n k n and in defense of her, the Creator Serankwa continues and will continue to bring due to you brothers until the debt of destruction of the constitution of the Mother Earth is canceled. Law that legislates the universe, whose constitution is made of harmony and balance by which Serankwa traverses on the ray of the sun, drawing close and piercing the sky from above to say no more marketing of the Mother Earth much less of the Sky because as the Grandmother Sea charges invoking a second tsunami or Mother Earth itself may call upon Brother Storm to bring global disaster, and so it is Brothers, representatives of different nations, especially the government of Colombia who must respect the Mandate of Serankwa because we the Tayrona Peoples are prepared to educate in the schools and with the University of Mother Earth as Emissaries of Um n k n that we are, we are ready to cooperate to halt the abyss that you the Younger Brothers are creating through economic and scientific development that is recklessly speeding the end of the world. We are concerned about the path of destruction being invented by the scientific orientation and so we ask of the present governments: If the second tsunami or third hole appears in the sky, do your scientific advisers have the knowledge to avert this catastrophe? We believe that your knowledge is that of an infant to respond in this regard, or is it that you understand fully one hundred percent the secrets of the land? Do you control the winds? Do you know the power of the waters? Please respond clearly and effectively to these questions, or if it is you can only present a hypotheses, then please listen, as we are not beings who over speak, much less when the subject is the caretaking of our universe. Be respectful of what you do not know and what you cannot dominate with your rational formulations. Such is the VOICE of the MAMAS of UM N K N . Asdrubal Torres

Indigenous rights in a world context

Agenda item Analysis of the world context of the recognition of Indigenous rights

December 2008

(Photo: Longest Walk northern route at vigil for Leonard Peltier and Native prisoners in Lewisburg, Penn.) Indigenous peoples face a wide range of urgent human rights issues in all regions of the world, including in the Americas. They continue to suffer serious violations, if not atrocities, that sorely need to be addressed. We, in the Indigenous Peoples Caucus, hear of some of the issues both at the Organization of American States (OAS) and at the United Nations. However, the violations that are described to us in Caucus meetings reflect only a minute fraction of the suffering that is occurring in different parts of the globe. Most Indigenous voices are never heard. Global support for UN Declaration In light of this urgent situation, it is important to consider the world context of the recognition of Indigenous rights. A resounding achievement has been the historic adoption of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As a result, there is a strong feeling of hope among Indigenous peoples from the various regions of the globe. In the Indigenous context, the Declaration is the most comprehensive, universal human rights instrument in the world. It establishes a principled framework for addressing a wide range of human rights issues internationally and within States. On 13 September 2007, the UN Declaration was overwhelmingly adopted by the General Assembly. Only four States voted against it Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. No Latin American State, including those in the Caribbean, opposed the adoption of the Declaration. Two weeks later, the Human Rights Council extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people. This mandate now includes the promotion of the Declaration in carrying out the Special Rapporteur s work. Throughout the world, there is widespread support for the Declaration. The UN Secretary-General has urged that the Declaration must be a living instrument . The High Commissioner for Human Rights has repeatedly expressed her support for this universal instrument. The African Group of States has indicated its support for implementation of the Declaration. The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights has highlighted that the Declaration will strengthen the international human rights system and will support the vital work that the Commission is undertaking for the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples rights in Africa. Similarly, the European Union has emphasized its support. It is important to note here the role of the Latin American States in realizing the adoption of the Declaration. In particular, the role of Mexico, Peru and Guatemala is acknowledged and deeply appreciated. They took the lead in reaching agreement with the African Group of States and others. There are 31 UN specialized agencies in the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues that have expressed their favourable response to the Declaration. They are in the process of examining how each of them might implement the Declaration within their respective mandates. These specialized agencies represent a very diverse group that includes, among others: the International Labour Organization, World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, UN Development Programme, World Intellectual Property Organization and UN Environment Programme. In particular, UNICEF is supporting the translation of the Declaration into 15 indigenous languages. It is also involved in the preparation of child-friendly translated versions. This is consistent with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (art. 29), which calls for the education of children to be directed to the development of respect for human rights . In its May 2008 report, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues decided that it would use the Declaration as a legal framework for all its work and the Permanent Forum covers a wide range of subject areas. In October 2008, at its inaugural meeting in Geneva, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples indicated that it has an important role in promoting the rights affirmed in the Declaration, and in mainstreaming them into the Human Rights Council\’s overall efforts to promote and protect all human rights . Human rights education and other initiatives In regard to human rights education, Indigenous peoples and human rights organizations have arranged the publishing of 100,000 pocket-sized copies of the English version of the Declaration. Similarly, 10,000 copies of the French version have been made available. These copies are being distributed in different regions of the world. Mexico and Bolivia have prepared Spanish versions of this human rights instrument. The United Nations has also published small booklets of the Declaration in all of the UN official languages. Further, symposiums and workshops are being organized in Canada and other parts of the world to further the implementation of the UN Declaration.

This positive momentum globally is highly relevant to the regional context in the Americas. At the previous OAS Special Session for Reflection in November 2007, it was determined that the UN Declaration would be used as the baseline for negotiations and a minimum standard for the draft American Declaration. As both the Chair of this current Special Session and the Indigenous Peoples Caucus have emphasized, the draft American Declaration as a regional instrument must complement the universal UN Declaration and not undermine it. Despite all of these positive initiatives to implement the UN Declaration, we must bring to your attention recent regressive actions especially since two of the States concerned are also OAS member States. Yesterday, at the world meeting on climate change in Poland, the States of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States refused to include any references either to the term rights in referring to Indigenous peoples[5] or to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. [6] Indigenous peoples suffer some of the worst impacts as a result of climate change and yet these States continue to act in this substandard manner. Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing humanity and merits a principled response. In regard to the UN Declaration, it is worth noting that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is already making reference to this human rights instrument. The same is true in a recent judgment in Belize by the Chief Justice of its Supreme Court. To date, Bolivia is the only State that has implemented the whole text of the Declaration through its incorporation in domestic legislation. It is important to remember that, without the collaborative actions of supportive States, we would not have realized the adoption of the UN Declaration. As repeatedly reflected in our Caucus meetings, Indigenous representatives are determined to work closely with OAS States in order to achieve a strong and effective American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. [1] Adaptado de la presentaci n oral. [2] Posterior a la presentaci n oral en la Sesi n Especial de la OEA, se obtuvo informaci n que estos mismos cuatro Estados utilizaron la frase pueblo ind gena en vez de pueblos ind genas con la s el cual es un lenguaje aceptado internacionalmente. Ver Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Directora Ejecutiva de TEBTEBBA y Presidenta del Foro Permanente sobre las Cuestiones Ind genas), Bolet n de Prensa D a Internacional sobre los Derechos Humanos 2008: Un D a Triste para los Pueblos Ind genas . Polonia, 10 de Diciembre del 2008. [3] Ver Documento (FCCC/SBSTA/2008/L.23), el cual es la versi n final del Borrador de Conlusiones del Item. 5 de la Agenda reducci n de emisiones por deforestaci n y degradaci n de los bosques (REDD). Acciones para estimular la acci n, de la 29va Sesi n del SBSTA ( rgano Subsidiario para Asesor a Cient fica y Tecnol gica). [4] Adapted from oral presentation. [5] Subsequent to this presentation at the OAS Special Session, it was learned that these same four States used the phrase indigenous people instead of indigenous peoples with an s which is the internationally accepted language. See Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Executive Director, TEBTEBBA and Chair, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues), International Human Rights Day 2008: A Sad Day for Indigenous Peoples , Press Statement, Poland, 10 December 2008. [6] See Document (FCCC/SBSTA/2008/L.23), which is the final version of the Draft Conclusions on Agenda Item 5: Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries: approaches to stimulate action, of the 29th Session of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

Censored News holiday gift, best free software

ree and really cheap: Software and equipment for virus protection and online audio production By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot/ This holiday season, I\’m sending all Censored News readers a special gift, a list of the best free software on the web. After crossing America on the Longest Walk and the Earthcycles radio bus headed home, I began to search out free software for audios. Before getting started with the free audio software, I want to recommend AVG free anti-virus software. It can save you a great deal of money each year and is recommended by PC magazine. If you\’re not always online, you will need to make sure you regularly update it, as there are constantly new attacks and new protections released. Free AVG download: http://www.download.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Edition/3000-2239_4-10320142.html All the software tips here are for beginners, PC users. To edit audio, I\’ve been using the free Audacity and it is great for beginners. I use it just to pick out clips and sections of long recordings. It is also a top recommendation of PC magazine. Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ One of the great finds, thanks to radio host Robin Carneen at NAMAPAHH radio, was the free Blog Talk Radio . It takes a little practice for beginners, but the switchboard if fairly easy. You will need a talk show host and to upload your own original recordings, but it is a great free source to broadcast a radio show . (The host telephone number to call in to do the show is not an 800 number. There\’s no 800 number for callin guests either, so regular phone charges apply.) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ At Earthc ycles radio, produced by Govinda Dalton, we use tiny digital voice recorders for interviews, purchased at Radio Shack (Olympus brand for about $85.) The sound quality is excellent and we never ran out of space. Sony also makes a superb digital voice recorder (about $100 at Target) which produces mp3 files. It is good to get the type voice recorder that plugs right into your computer\’s USB port to transfer the files. You also have to save each audio file individually on most computers. The sound quality of these tiny recorders is superior to more expensive radio equipment that we tried out during our lengthy broadcasts in 2008. If you are using a recorder that produces a wav format, you can use Free Rip free software, to transform the heavy wav to the lighter mp3 (necessary to upload large files at Blog Talk Radio.) http://www.freerip.com/download.php Now for online calls , there\’s Skype . I downloaded this many times and removed it before I actually started using it. It was a real lifesaver this week and allowed me to record the Lipan Apache \’No Border Wall\’ press conference for $1.80. Skype is free for computer to computer calls, but there is a small charge when your computer dials a regular phone (2 cents a minute or unlimited US for $2.95 a month.) Skype is another recommendation of PC magazine. http://www.skype.com/ ww.skype.com/ For recording the press conference, I used the 30-day free trial of Callburner, which works great and produces the much needed mp3. http://www.callburner.com/ Callburner is pricey to purchase, so now I\’m now searching for a high quality free recorder for phone interviews. Any suggestions? When I first started out, I needed a place just to ” park” huge audio files , so I went to the free Driveway . I discovered it makes widgets also, so those same recordings can play on the web by placing the code on a website. Widgets are just a bunch of code you can stick in the html box of your blog. (It is best to use mp3s for the Firefox brower\’s playback.) http://www.driveway.com/ If you receive pdf files for your website, and you can\’t post those, there\’s free software to switch those to jpegs at Soft Interface : http://www.softinterface.com/Convert-Image-To-PDF/Convert-Tiff-To-PDF.htm If you are new to computers, it is best to have a friend explain downloads and the danger of viruses, because not all free downloads are safe for your computer. You can open the door to viruses if you are not aware of the dangers. Also, if you are new to computers, have a friend show you how to clean your computer, by using the delete option under tools (Tools/Internet) to remove cookies and temporary files. If you\’re a new user, have a friend show you how to run the virus scanner to remove viruses, cookies and spyware. If your computer is running slow, also run the ” defragmenter ” on your computer which puts everything back in place. You can usually find it by searching your own computer for “defragmenter.” Finally, if you want to buy a digital camera for about $150, but don\’t know where to begin, the Canon digital cameras in this price range score high on all consumer reports. (I use the Canon A570, but the Canons in the 900 and 1000 series are said to be even better.) Here\’s more great cameras recomended at CNET: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camera-reviews/?filter=100021_10061970_&tag=centerColumnArea1.0 If you take a large number of digital photos, high quality rechargeable batteries will save you hundreds of dollars each year. To prevent hassles, get a one hour charger and a couple of sets of batteries (about $20 to $30 at discount stores.) I found the Kodak rechargeable excellent, but couldn\’t find those this time, so now I\’m trying out Duracell rechargeables. After Christmas the big computer chains usually run sales. I bought a great laptop computer, a Compaq Presario, the one I smashed after the Longest Walk, for $399 last December. So check the sales in the local newspaper. Here\’s five cheap laptops recomended by PC World:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/154358/top_5_netbooks.html For all the best free software recommended by PC magazine, go to : http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2260070,00.asp mag.com/article2/0,2817,2260070,00.asp Finally, if you have tips about free or really cheap software or equipment, please e-mail me, brendanorrell@gmail.com Happy holidays! Brenda http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ PHOTO TOP: November 1940. Tehama County, California. John Frost and his daughter listening to the radio in their home. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

Hopi Chairman Ben Nuvamsa Resigns

Hopi Chairman who fought against Peabody expansion, and for true sovereignty, resigns By Bill Havens,
Public Information Officer, Office of the Chairman
Photo: Chairman Ben Nuvamsa in a Hopi and Navajo delegaton at Peabody protest in Denver/Photo Mano Cockrum
Kykotsmovi, Arizona December 22, 2008 Chairman Benjamin H. Nuvamsa Submits Resignation. After nearly two years of turmoil, conflict, in-fighting, and dysfunctional tribal government, the elected Chairman of the Hopi Tribe, Benjamin H. Nuvamsa, following a regular session of the Hopi Tribal Council, submitted his resignation to be effective December 31, 2008. Stunned tribal members were in tears. In the memorandum announcing his resignation, Chairman Nuvamsa cited among the reasons the affect the turmoil of the last two years has had on every member of the Tribe and the impact it has had on his family. He also expressed concern that it has affected the very meaning of what Hopi stands for. Collectively the Hopi people have just entered Soyal Muya, a time for a new beginning and the rejuvenation of life, in the annual Hopi ceremonial cycle. Let us look at this decision as a new beginning, said Chairman Nuvamsa, and an opportunity where we can all begin a reconciliation process a healing process and work together for a new and healthy year and a brighter future. Continued Chairman Nuvamsa, It was necessary to take this step for the sake of the people to hopefully end the vicious series of events that have been consuming the Tribe and interfering in the work we are supposed to be doing for the people. They, Todd Honyaoma, Sr., Ivan Sidney and their supporters, would have never stopped until the end of my term. Their entire agenda has revolved around blocking everything I have tried to accomplish and, ultimately, getting me out of office. Our government has been broken for nearly two years, said Chairman Nuvamsa. We have been prohibited from making any positive progress with regard to economic development or government reform and we are losing the fight to protect our natural resources. We have not been allowed to do anything for our people for two years. We have not been allowed to work on important issues like the Black Mesa Project Environmental Impact Study, water rights, land issues, increasing revenue, and important social and health issues. Over the last two years we have seen a systematic dismantling of our government, said Chairman Nuvamsa. They have destroyed the Hopi Court system by suspending the Appellate Court Justices to protect themselves from rulings unfavorable to their agenda. They have defied the Hopi Constitution and have interfered in the peoples right to have their votes count, and they have transferred the authorities of the Chairman over to the Office of the Vice Chairman. In spite of their obstructionist tactics, said Nuvamsa, we have made some accomplishments. We were able to secure funding for an elderly facility and helped with the funding for Moencopi Development Corporation s projects. We were also able to restructure our investments so we were making money instead of losing it. We also stood up for the preservation of the Hopi and Tewa people s right to control the exploitation of our natural resources, said Chairman Nuvamsa. By fighting against the Office of Surface Mining s last minute efforts to push through the Peabody life-of-mine permit before the end of the Bush administration, even though it appears on the surface that we lost, we fought for the sovereignty of the Hopi Nation and for the principle of the right of all sovereign Indian nations to control their own resources and to determine how and when they are sold. We will continue this fight even after we leave office. Chairman Nuvamsa continued, Since my election in the special election that followed the removal of Chairman Ivan Sidney after his widely publicized intoxication incident in Winslow, I have been the target of a small majority of the Tribal Council who have been determined to make my removal the only item on their agenda. Most recently I have been accused of disrespecting our traditional leaders. Nothing can be farther from the truth. In fact, continued Nuvamsa, the real disrespect for our traditional religious leaders comes from dragging them into the political arena. Our religious practitioners walk a thin line. It is said they walk on a razor s edge and they must maintain their focus on their religious duties or they will fall. Bringing them into the political battles is a serious distraction from their spiritual responsibilities that threatens the balance and harmony they are responsible for maintaining for the good of all mankind. The spearhead of the attacks on Chairman Nuvamsa has been Todd Honyaoma, Sr., the Vice Chairman that publicly stepped down from office in February 2008 but has since refused to vacate his office. Faced with rulings by the Hopi Appellate Court that those opposed to Chairman Nuvamsa s leadership didn t like, Honyaoma recently suspended the entire panel of Appellate Court Justices. Honyaoma recently promised the people that he would resign, also effective December 31, 2008. Said Chairman Nuvamsa in his resignation memorandum, I now challenge Todd Honyaoma, Sr., to do the honorable thing and honor his word and promise he made to the people on two separate occasions to step down on December 31, 2008 To the members of the tribal council and other key officials of the tribe, I also challenge you to look within yourselves and ask yourselves why you sit on the tribal council and why you work for the Hopi Tribe. As leaders, we must honor our word to our people and be accountable because it is the people we serve. We are their servants. We will see if he keeps his promise, said Chairman Nuvamsa about Honyaoma s promise to resign. Without an appellate court, said Nuvamsa, there is no justice. There is no right to appeal. Corruption goes unquestioned. What results is a dictatorship. Chairman Nuvamsa has also been under almost constant attack from the current acting Chief Prosecutor, Jeffrey Porturica, who has been maliciously issuing arrest warrants, seemingly as fast as he can prepare them, based on questionable charges in an apparent attempt to harass Chairman Nuvamsa and to keep him from presiding over Tribal Council meetings. Porturica assumed the position of acting Chief Prosecutor when the real Chief Prosecutor, Dorma Sahneyah, was fired from her position allegedly for sharing confidential information with the press. Porturica does not have a law degree. Sahneyah, a licensed attorney, had prepared a simple statement for the press in a high-profile case that Sahneyah says did not reveal any privileged or confidential information. It is common practice for prosecutors offices to prepare such statements when they anticipate a high volume of calls from the press on a particular case. If Honyaoma follows through on his promise to resign, there will be no Chairman and no Vice Chairman. Though the Hopi Constitution mandates an election when vacancies occur in these offices, the same individuals that have been targeting Chairman Nuvamsa for removal are preparing to place the Tribe s Secretary, Mary Felter, in the top position. Felter is very unpopular among many Hopi and Tewa people and is seen by many as a behind-the-scenes manipulative force with aspirations for power. More recently emerging forces in the efforts to remove Chairman Nuvamsa are First Mesa Representative Dale Sinquah and Ivan Sidney, the former Chairman who s removal prompted the special election that put Chairman Nuvamsa into office. Sidney was hired by Honyaoma a few months ago as his top staff member. It appears that their main goal is to get rid of me. The result has been a collapse of our government, the destruction of our court system and, thus, the violation of our citizens civil rights, and the tearing apart of our community and families. By taking myself out of the equation, said Nuvamsa, I m hoping that we can begin the long healing process and the stabilization of our government. Concluded Chairman Nuvamsa, I pray that the people will understand that this appears to be the only way to stop the pain and tears that our people have been experiencing for the last two years. I want to thank you, the people, for your faith in me. Now I must have faith in you to take back your government and rebuild it as a government that truly works for you, the Hopi and Tewa people, a truly representative form of government.
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As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico | DeSmogBlog

As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK d Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico

Left, Mexico\'s President Enrique Pe a Nieto and right, U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council

Wall Won\’t Block Pipelines

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CENSORED NEWS: August 2015

MINNEAPOLIS \’Women of Wellbriety\’ nDigiFest Festival

Brenda Manuelito, Dine\’, and Carmella Rodriguez of Laguna, N.M. created nDigiDreams for sharing stories in a digital format. Storytelling becomes an act of healing, reconnecting and restoring. About nDigiDreams:

Our stories are rooted in the earth and lie within our hearts. Our stories tell about our interrelationship with all that surrounds us our four directions, elements, seasons, generations, and Holy Beings.
Our stories describe the events, beliefs, and values that make us who we are and bring meaning and clarity to ourselves, our families, our communities, and our cultures.
Threads from all our stories bind us together as Bil ashdl five-fingered people and can help us remember our shared histories, explain our present circumstances, and imagine our futures. Together, by making and sharing our stories with each other, we can heal our communities one story at a time.

nDigiDreams performs media production and conducts community-based digital storytelling training workshops. We believe our diverse cultures, identities, histories and stories hold enormous strength and beauty and we seek to train and empower indigenous individuals and communities with new media tools to realize optimal health and wellness. Read more about nDigiDreams: http://www.ndigidreams.com/ Censored News congratulations Brenda Manuelito and Carmella Rodriguez, creators of nDigi Dreams, who both recently completed their PhDs at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Congratulations!

John Frazier\’s Photos Black Hills Unity Concert

Keith Secola, Pura Fe, Jennifer Elizabeth Kreisberg and Cody Thomas Blackbird. Photo copyright John Frazier
Pura Fe and photographer John Frazier
Dawn Littlethunder and Shawn Lynn Littlethunder/copyright John Frazier


Cody Blackbird Band Photo copyright John Frazier
Thank you John Frazier for allowing Censored News to share your great photos of the Black Hills Unity Concert.
Photos copyright John Frazier

Live at Black Hills Unity Concert

. John Frazier\’s photos at Censored News, thank you! http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/john-fraziers-photos-black-hills-unity.html

Govinda of Earthcycles is live at the Unity Concert in the Black Hills. The Crow Voices mobile radio station of Center Pole is broadcasting Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28 — 30, 2015. Listen to shows live and restreaming of performers beginning on Friday night. Three days of performers, including Frank Valn, Ulali and Keith Secola. Rally for the protection of the land, water and air. Free admission. Listen:

A Family s 20 Year Quest for Truth, Justice and the Border Dream

. FNS Feature A Family s 20 Year Quest for Truth, Justice and the Border Dream By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur

Paula Flores Bonilla, Ciudad Juarez mother, community leader and human rights defender Photo Credit: Marisela Ortega

Paula Flores Bonilla, Ciudad Juarez mother, community leader and human rights defender Photo Credit: Marisela Ortega
At the center of Paula Flores Bonilla s tidy living room hangs a picture of daughter Maria Sagrario Gonzalez Flores. Taken in front of the border factory in Ciudad Juarez where Sagrario worked, the photo portrays a young woman with the look of someone who was headed for big things in life. Dressed in smart attire and showing a dignified beauty, Sagrario projects a serious and stately presence, almost as if she were a border ambassador.
Snapped by one of the photographers who roamed the export-oriented manufacturing plants, or maquiladoras, offering to take pictures of female workers, the photo was shot shortly before 17-year-old Sagrario was abducted and murdered back in April 1998.
Inevitably moved to tears when she talks about Sagrario, Flores described her daughter as friendly with many people, but possessing a quiet personality and a preference for socializing within the family or among the girls in the church choir in which she performed. Besides chorus, Sagrario liked to play guitar and teach Sunday school to kids, her mother recalled.
A member of a financially struggling but hardworking family, Sagrario began working in the maquiladora industry at age 16. To celebrate the teen s quinceanera, or 15th birthday party, the family bought Sagrario a small cake and adorned her with an older sister s ceremonial dress because of the lack of money.
She was happy with it, in spite of the fact that it wasn t bought for her, Flores said.
In interviews with Frontera NorteSur, Flores and two of her other daughters, Guillermina and Juana, remembered Sagrario, spoke about efforts to preserve her memory and curb similar violence, and traced back their lives in a tough Mexico-U.S. border city.
In so many ways the story of the Gonzalez Flores family is the story of Juarez.
Originally inhabitants of Durango state, the hopeful newcomers arrived in Juarez searching for a better life in 1995. Once on the border, the Gonzalez Flores clan joined hundreds of thousands of other internal migrants who had gravitated to the border city in a bid to escape economic deprivation and get ahead in life.
Bursting at the seams after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the foreign-owned maquiladoras clamored for workers. Though the wages were low, work was plentiful.
Son Chuy planned to attend a university while Sagrario dreamed of studying computing, Flores said. The close-night family found a plot of land on a wind-swept strip of land on the northwestern edge of Juarez called Lomas de Poleo. Situated at the tri-state junction of Chihuahua, New Mexico and Texas, the neighborhood overlooks Sunland Park, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.
Together with her father Jesus and sister Juana, Sagrario found employment in a maquiladora at the Bermudez Industrial Park. Their hands joined hundreds of thousands of others in cranking out products for the voracious consumer society just across the Rio Grande that nibbles the highway winding up to Lomas de Poleo.
Despite family members busy schedules, Flores insisted that they all sit down together to eat every day.
Digging into her belongings, Flores pulled out Sagrario s old employee identification card. For the CAPCON company, Sagrario was Employee #11168. On the back side of the card, a message defined CAPCON s commercial mission: to deliver products and services free of defects, on time, all the time.
Sagrario and Juana, who was only a year older than her sister, were especially close. Almost two decades later, Juana recalled Sagrario as a generous sweet tooth who always had gum to share.
If she had a piece of gun, she d give me half of it. Based on her recollections, Juana calculated that she and her sister earned about $50 each every week making electrical capacitors for refrigerators and air conditioning systems.
The two sisters worked the same swing shift but were separated after the company decided to move all the employees under the age of 18 like Sagrario to the day shift, according to Juana. Shortly thereafter, in April 1998, Sagrario disappeared after leaving work one day.
Flores, who was accustomed to meeting her daughter at the bus stop down the street after returning home from CAPCON, became alarmed when Sagrario was more than ten minutes late that fateful spring day. To get home to Lomas de Poleo, Sagrario had to take a bus to downtown Juarez and then transfer to the Number 10 service for the final and lengthy excursion home. Both routes passed through sketchy zones.
Almost three weeks after she vanished, Sagrario s body was discovered in the rural Juarez Valley, an area far from the opposite side of the city where she lived. In subsequent years, many other murdered women with signs of sexual violence would be recovered from the Juarez Valley, a hotbed of organized crime and a zone of militarization opposite the border from the Texas.
Sagrario was a simple person with very beautiful feelings, her older sister Guillermina said. It s not right that so much harm should have been done to her. This shouldn t have happened, and it shouldn t continue happening.
Sagrario s violent death would not go forgotten. Flores and family banded together with Irma Perez, Bertha Marquez and other relatives of victims of feminicide, to form Voces sin Eco ( Voices without Echo).
A pioneering relatives activist group that was active from 1998 to 2001, the scrappy organization demanded justice, pressured for better public safety and raised hell with state authorities over the growing toll of unsolved, violent crimes against women and the impunity that accompanied them.
As part of its justice campaign, Voces sin Eco introduced the black crosses on pink backgrounds that have since become icons of the international anti-feminicide movement and continue to cover utility posts and other public surfaces in Juarez to this day. Flores credits Guillermina, who served as the spokesperson for Voces sin Eco, for the pink cross idea.
Periodically, whenever the paint on the crosses fade, Flores and other Juarez activists take to the streets brush in hand to touch up the symbols that honor their loved ones and cry out for an end to gender violence.
The story of Sagrario and Voces sin Eco was depicted in Senorita Extraviada ( Missing Young Woman ), Lourdes Portillo s landmark 2001 documentary about the Juarez feminicides.
In 2015 the iconic pink and black crosses still stand in Juarez. This cross is painted on a pole for the 060 Emergency line. Coincidentally, a bus from the Number 10 line that passes by Sagrario\'s house was parked nearby. Photo Credit: Bob Chessey

In 2015 the iconic pink and black crosses still stand in Juarez. This cross is painted on a pole for the 060 Emergency line. Coincidentally, a bus from the Number 10 line that passes by Sagrario s house was parked nearby. Photo Credit: Bob Chessey
In the aftermath of Sagrario s disappearance and murder a fire of activism gripped Flores, forging a grassroots community leader who also got involved in improving the quality of life in her neighborhood. The mother of seven children (six girls and a boy) served two terms as neighborhood association president, helping bring electricity in 2002 and 2003 to Lomas de Poleo, a settlement that developed along the classic lines of similar colonias in Mexico, Latin America and the U.S. Southwest, where low-income people with dreams of a patrimony settle undeveloped lands and then struggle for basic services.
A resident of the lower portion of Lomas de Poleo, Flores supported neighbors in the upper section of the desert settlement who were locked in an explosive land dispute with members of the Zaragoza family, one of the most powerful in Juarez and Mexico.
By the middle of the last decade, violence rippled through upper Lomas de Poleo, with residents buildings burned or bulldozed and homeowners and their guests beaten and harassed. Two people were killed. Residents pinned the violence on security guards for the Zaragozas, whom they charged were drawn from gangs and criminal elements. Flores called upper Lomas de Poleo at the time a concentration camp. She added, We saw how the authorities allowed this to go on.
Flores fondly remembered one protest when she was arrested, put in different police campers to confuse the protesters and nearly rescued by her comrades. This was a bitter but beautiful experience, she said. I saw how the people responded by running after us.
Her twinkling eyes bursting with a young and contagious energy, Flores conveys a genuine warmth that touches many people the world over. Fetching her archives, Flores retrieved a photo of herself with Salma Hayek.
For Flores, however, the justice movement is not a one-way street of outsiders coming to Juarez to express sympathy and lend a hand to victims mothers like herself.
She s hit the road in Mexico and abroad to support others demanding justice in their own lands. Flores was struck by the parallels to Juarez she encountered on trips to New Mexico and Canada, where she met family members of some of the hundreds of indigenous women who have disappeared or been murdered in recent years.
They are humble, poor girls and live on reservations, Flores said. They have families that can t struggle. (Relatives) complained about the same negligence and lack of justice.
Four hours up the old Camino Real from her own home, Flores met women with missing or murdered relatives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She compared the 2009 West Mesa case, in which the remains of 11 murdered girls and young women of color, who were also from working-class backgrounds, were recovered from a clandestine burial ground on the outskirts of the city, to similar finds in Juarez.
It s the same thing. I saw many similarities to the Juarez cases, Flores said. (Victims) were found in empty lots and (police) hauled out (earth moving) machines and erased evidence just like here. The Juarez activist added, I asked (relatives) what can we do to make known the voices of the 11 murdered women. We can do something in Juarez.
Back at home, Flores doggedly pursued Sagrario s suspected killers, forcing the authorities to arrest and finally convict in 2007 one man, Jose Luis Hernandez, for the crime, while still pressing officials to go after additional suspects. Hernandez, she said, set up Sagrario for a gang of drug smugglers and human traffickers in return for a payment of $500.
The day I shut up I will turn into an accomplice, Flores said. Sagrario is dead but as long as I speak out, she is alive.
Dr. Patricia Ravelo Blancas, professor of sociology and gender violence researcher for the Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City, produced a 2010 documentary about Flores entitled La Carta. We ve learned a lot from her, Ravelo told FNS. She s been a first class investigator.
Paula Flores and her family have delivered important lessons, Ravelo said. It s a story that has taught us a lot, and to not stop struggling for social justice, she added.
The face of Maria Sagrario Gonzalez Flores gazes out into downtown Juarez in 2015. Photo Credit: Marisela Ortega

The face of Maria Sagrario Gonzalez Flores gazes out into downtown Juarez in 2015. Photo Credit: Marisela Ortega
A lot has changed and a lot hasn t in Lomas de Poleo and Juarez 20 years after the Gonzalez Flores family found a new place to call home. In 2015 modest homes of cement, block and wood homes have running water, electricity and sewage hook-ups; commercial chains such as S-Mart and Oxxo are opening up for business.
Down the street from the Flores homestead, the neighborhood kindergarten is now called Maria Sagrario Gonzalez Flores Kindergarten.
Yet Lomas de Poleo remains an underdeveloped place, bearing more than a passing resemblance to a poor Mexican country town, with rutted thoroughfares that spawn pools after the summer rains and unpaved roads that kick up dust and impair air quality in a tri-state region. Five years ago Flores shut down a small family store after suffering a half-dozen robberies.
Once again, the maquiladoras beckon thousands of new workers. And once again, the wages are rock bottom.
Now a mother of two children, Guillermina is disturbed by ongoing acts of violence in Juarez. It s sad that 15 years later girls keep disappearing and getting killed in Juarez, she sighed. (Authorities) don t want to stop the problem, or nobody can stop it and it just continues.
Nowadays, a statute-like pink cross is plopped in front of Paula Flores home. Since April 2015, a mural of Sagrario covers the front of the abode. Painted by Juarez muralist Maclovio and friends, the art work is among dozens of similar projects dedicated to victims of gender violence springing up across Juarez.
This is a memory of my sister, Guillermina said. It s important for us as a family and as a society.
Splashed with contrasting scenery, the mural alludes to the Gonzalez Flores family s migration from their pine-rich, mountainous homeland of Durango to the high and hot desert of Juarez. Indeed, Sagrario missed the cool days of Durango, her mother said.
They detained your flight but your memory echoes, read words written on Sagrario s mural from the Juarez poet Armine Arjona.
Behind the mural, two parakeets chirp from a small cage on the house s patio. Flores explained she has kept such birds ever since Sagrario had a pair of them. Two big and beautiful parakeets figure prominently in the mural.
Strangely, one of the pet birds died the day Sagrario disappeared. The second one, Luis, suddenly flew away to never came back on the very same day Sagrario s remains were found in the Juarez Valley, according to Flores.
(Sagrario) hasn t gone. She is here, the mother said. She s on the mural, in the Maria Sagrario kindergarten, in the community, and on the pink crosses.
-Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur \’In Search of the Great New Mexico Chile Pepper\’

The border\’s great Frontera NorteSur has lost its funding. This article by Kent Paterson, one of its current swan songs, shows the wealth of knowledge of seasoned reporters, and the great loss for us all when they are left without funding. — Censored News August 27, 2015 FNS Feature In Search of the Great New Mexico Chile Pepper By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur It was one of those splendid cruises up Highway 26 and around the Mesilla Valley south of Las Cruces, New Mexico. A hot summer day and Mexican radio 106.7 FM from Ciudad Juarez was jumping with classic rock and ska-Panteon Rococo, Lynyrd Skynyrd and CCR s Green River. The music crackled and the acequias flowed in a lazy sweet rhythm as the car glided by tall rows of corn, clipped clumps of hay, sleek horses, dark pecan forests and sprouting bundles of cotton, in and around Anthony, Berino, La Mesa, San Miguel, San Pablo, and Mesilla. But something was missing, something was very odd that summer day of 2015. Not a single field of chile was readily observed. Decades ago, when this reporter began covering the Paso del Norte borderland, this patch of Dona Ana County was Chile Country. Hundreds of acres of the hot stuff stretched far and wide under the New Mexican sun, filling buckets lugged by seasonal and immigrant workers that soothed the palates of consumers in the Land of Enchantment and far beyond.

Alaska\’s Big Village: ShellNo Alaska Obama demo


Save the Arctic Aug. 28, 2015
Friday, August 28
ShellNo Alaska Demonstration
Alaska\’s Big Village Network
Where: Anchorage, Alaska
Town Square Park- corner of 6 th and E Street
When: 5:45pm 8/28/15
As Anchorage prepares for the visit of Obama, Alaska\’s Big Village Network is holding a public demonstration to demand that the United States President Obama to “Save the Arctic” from offshore Arctic drilling operations currently underway by Shell Oil.
The public demonstration is one of many planned in Anchorage to build local and international awareness of the fragile Arctic Ocean that provides for a global nursery on the planet. The Arctic is a vital and critical food security source for Arctic indigenous peoples inhabiting the entire Arctic Region. The Arctic is an international migratory pathway for many animals, birds, fish, and marine mammals.
Salmon is the backbone our subsistence economy,” says Ole Lake, Yupik advisor for Alaska\’s Big Village Network. “The high probability of an oil spill in the Chukchi Sea drilling operation by Shell Oil directly affects our salmon habitat. The salmon feed of the rich biological ecosystems under the sea ice in the Arctic. All Alaskan Native peoples are impacted and threatened by offshore drilling in the Arctic.”
Shellno Alaska has three demands of President Obama: 1. Cessation of exploratory drilling in the Arctic; 2. Protection of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights and Alaska\’s communities; 3. A rapid and just transition to renewable energy; 4. Binding agreements at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference that are on par with what science has shown is necessary for a livable future.
Carl Wassilie of Shellno Alaska says: “We have to represent the voices of those who can\’t speak, including future generations and the animals. Arctic drilling is a violation of the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Obama and Shell are bypassing many laws designed to protect our coast and our communities. Obama needs to start listening to the peoples of the Arctic who oppose Arctic drilling.”

First Voices: Three Dynamic Native Women Speak with Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Three dynamic Native women speak, on the importance of language, abuse by US Border Patrol, and how uranium mining is poisoning water supplies in Lakota territory and the west By Brenda Norrell Censored News English with Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, host of First Voices Indigenous Radio , interviewed three dynamic Native American women on his show Thursday, broadcast nationally on WBAI New York. Violet Catches, Lakota, shares her life journey of teaching Lakota language. Ofelia Rivas, O\’odham, describes the trauma for O\’odham living in the militarized borderzone with the brutality of US Border Patrol agents who interfere with ceremonies. Charmaine White Face, Lakota, describes how the Crow Butte uranium mine is poisoning the water supply in Pine Ridge, and abandoned uranium mines have contaminated water supplies in Lakota territory and throughout the west. Violet Catches , Cheyenne River Lakota, describes her life journey of teaching Lakota language to students beginning at the Pierre Indian Learning Center, South Dakota, and continuing until today on Cheyenne River. She describes similarities in Lakota with Ho-Chunk, Winnebego and Omaha. Violet shares how she teaches Lakota language on Cheyenne River, and how some of the early childhood language has been lost. She also explains how some words can not be translated across languages. Violet teaches at the Takini School on Cheyenne River. She said \’Takini\’ refers to the survivors of the massacres, and the word was also used in earlier times. “Some survivors came back from Wounded Knee,” she said of the survivors who returned to Cheyenne River from Wounded Knee as young boys.

Ofelia Rivas with Yaquis in Sonora, Mexico. Photo Brenda Norrell

Ofelia Rivas , O\’odham lives on traditional O\’odham land, on the so-called Arizona border. Tiokasin describes how Ofelia exposes the abuses by US Border Patrol agents and how O\’odham ancestors graves were unearthed during construction of the border wall. Ofelia has been abused and held at gunpoint by agents. Ofelia recently spoke at the “Native Americans Bearing Witness Retreat,” in the Black Hills. Ofelia said, “People are not aware that we are living in a militarized zone.” Since 911, the abuse of O\’odham by US agents has intensified. Ofelia describes how O\’odham have the responsibility to care for the land with ceremonies and offerings. Today, however, the O\’odham people live in a condition of fear. Border Patrol agents interrupt O\’odham ceremonies, and interfere with all living things, including the plants and animals. When O\’odham walk outside their homes in their homeland, they are asked for their papers by US Border Patrol agenst. O\’odham who are simply living their lives are questioned and considered to be criminals by Border Patrol agents. Speaking of the way of life and ceremonies, Ofelia said the people have a responsibility to keep things in balance. She says it is the nature of the people to be generous. Recently, Border Patrol agents showed their disrespect and their lack of sensitivity to O\’odham culture when they placed deer antlers on a Border Patrol trailer and drove it around O\’odham land. Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents are also collecting items that are sacred. “It doesn\’t matter to them,” Ofelia said. “They think they can do what they want on O\’odham land.” In closing, Ofelia said, “We are still here, we are alive, and we are thriving.” More: O\’odham Solidarity Project http://www.solidarity-project.org/ Charmaine White Face , coordinator of Defenders of Black Hills, describes the current hearing on the Crow Butte uranium mine in Crawford, Nebraska. Charmaine White Face, s pokesperson for the Sioux Nation Treaty Council established in 1894, said there are five deep wells which provide water for Lakotas living in Pine Ridge. “There is contamination of uranium,” and other radioactive contaminants. Leakage from the Crow Butte uranium mine is considered to be the cause. “It could definitely be polluting the water that the people of Pine Ridge drink.” Besides the Crow Butte uranium mine, there are abandoned open pit uranium mines contaminating Lakota water supplies. “They have never been cleaned up.” There are 272 abandoned radioactive uranium mines in South Dakota, polluting the air with the radioactive dust and the water with radioactive runoff. “Companies just walked away and left these big holes in the earth that are still emitting radiation,” she said. This silent contamination is ignored, or unknown, by most, as uranium mining companies push for more mining. “It doesn\’t just affect us here,” she said. All the rivers in Lakota territory have uranium contamination and empty into the Missouri River, she said. Ten million people are effected by this radiation contamination in the west. “They are all breathing in this radioactive dust.” Tiokasin adds how the radioactive contaminated water is sprayed on the foods in the bread basket, contaminating the country\’s food supply. More: www.defendblackhills.org www.cleanupthemines.org Listen to this show: Scroll down the WBAI archives for First Voices Indigenous Radio, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 http://wbai.org/server-archive.html#archives THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015: First Voices Radio Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse talks with Violet Catches, Lakota Language Teacher, Takini School, Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota; Ofelia Rivas, Elder and Activist from the Tohono O\’odham Nation, Founder of O\’odham Voice Against the Wall; and Charmaine White Face, Coordinator of Defenders of the Black Hills, an all volunteer environmental organization, and the traditionally appointed Spokesperson for the Sioux Nation Treaty Council established in 1894. WBAI NYC 99.5 FM. Streaming live everywhere at WBAI.ORG (9-10 am EDT / 8-9 am CDT / 7-8 am MDT / 6-7 am PDT and 3-4 am Hawai i Standard Time. After the show airs live, listen to the archived version and/or download at (1) http://www.firstvoicesindigenousradio/program_archives or (2) http://wbai.org/server-archive.html#archives Scroll down to First Voices Indigenous Radio August 27, 2015.

* First Voices: drie dynamische vrouwen spreken met Tiokasin Ghosthorse
Vertaling: NAIS ( with permission from Brenda Norrell): www.denaisgazet.be
Drie dynamische vrouwen spreken over de belangrijkheid van taal, mishandeling door VS grenspatrouilles, en hoe uraniummijnen hun water voorraden vergiftigen in Lakota territorium en het westen
Tioksin Ghosthorse , Lakota, presentator van First Voices Indigenous Radio , interviewde in zijn show op donderdag ll. drie dynamische Native Amerikaanse vrouwen. De show werd nationaal uitgezonden op WBAI New York.
Violet Catches, Lakota , sprak over haar levenswerk, het aanleren van de taal van de Lakota.
Ofelia Rivas, O odham , beschrijft het trauma van de O odham die leven in het gemilitariseerde gebied met de brutaliteiten door de VS grenspolitie die hun ceremonies verhinderen.
Charmaine White Face, Lakota , beschrijft hoe de Crowe Butte uranium
miin de watervoorraad in Pine Ridge vergiftigt , en hoe verlaten uranium mijnen watervoorraden in Lakota territorium en doorheen het westen besmetten.
Violet Catches, Cheyenne River Lakota , beschrijft haar levenswerk van onderwijzen van de Lakota taal aan studenten van het Pierre Indian Learning Center, Zuid Dakota, een werk dat tot op vandaag nog verder gaat aan de Cheyenne River. Zij beschrijft de overeenkomsten met Ho-Chunk, Winnebego en Omaha.
Violet praat ook over hoe haar taal, die zij in haar kindertijd nog gekend heeft nu verloren is gegaan.
Zij legt ook uit dat sommige woorden onmogelijk te vertalen zijn in andere talen.
Violet geeft les aan de Takini School aan de Cheyenne Rivier. Zij zegt dat Takini verwijst naar de overlevenden van de bloedbaden, en dat woord werd ook in vroegere tijden gebruikt.
Sommigen overlevenden kwamen terug van Wounded Knee . Sommige overlevenden keerden als jonge knapen terug naar de Cheyenne rivier.
Ofelia Rivas, O odham leeft op traditioneel O odham land, aan de zogenaamde Arizona grens.
Tiokasin beschrijft hoe Ofelia de mishandelingen door de grenspolitie naar buiten bracht en hoe de graven van de O odham voorouders werden omgewoeld tijdens de bouw van de grensmuur.
Ofelia werd onder vuur gehouden en mishandeld door de agenten.
Ofelia heeft recentelijk nog het woord gevoerd op de Native American Bearing Witness Retreat, in de Black Hills.
Ofelia zei: mensen zijn zich niet bewust dat wij in een gemilitariseerde zone leven.
Sinds 9/11 is het misbruik door VS agenten nog intensiever geworden.
Ofelia beschrijft hoe O odham de verantwoordelijkheid dragen om voor het land te zorgen met ceremonies en offers.
Vandaag echter leven de O odham met angst.
Agenten van de grenspolitie onderbreken O odham ceremonies, en bemoeien zich met alle levende dingen, ook met planten en dieren.
Wanneer de O odham buiten de deur komen in hun thuisland, wordt hen door de agenten bevolen om hun papieren te laten zien.
O odham die gewoon maar hun leven willen leven worden als criminelen beschouwd en ondervraagt door de agenten van de grenspolitie.
Over de manier van leven en ceremonies zei Ofelia dat de mensen de verantwoordelijkheid hebben om de dingen in evenwicht te houden. Het ligt in de natuur van de mensen om edelmoedig te zijn.
Onlangs hebben de agenten van de grenspolitie nog maar eens hun minachting en gebrek aan respect voor de O odham- cultuur getoond, toen ze een hertengewei op hun trailer hadden gebonden en ermee rond reden in O odham land.
Ondertussen hebben agenten ook sacrale voorwerpen verzameld.
Het kan hen niet schelen, zei Ofelia. Zij denken dat ze op O odham land kunnen doen wat ze willen.
Als besluit zei Ofelia: Wij zijn nog steeds hier, wij leven nog en we gedijen hier nog steeds.
Meer over O odham Solidariteitsproject:
Charmaine White Face , co rdinator van Defenders of Black Hills, beschrijft de hoorzitting over de Crow Butte uranium mijn die momenteel plaatsheeft in Crawford, Nebraska.
Charmaine White Face, woordvoerder voor de Sioux Nation Treaty Council, opgericht in 1894, zei dat er vijf diepe waterputten zijn die de Lakota s van Pine Ridge voorzien van water.
Er is besmetting van uranium – en andere radioactieve besmettingen.
Lekken van de Crow Butte uranium mijn worden verondersteld de oorzaak te zijn.
Het kan zeker en vast het water, dat de mensen van Pine Ridge drinken vervuild hebben.
Behalve de Crow Butte uranum mijn, zijn er verlaten open put mijnen die het water van de Lakota s vervuild.
Die werden nooit opgekuist.
Er zijn 272 verlaten radioactieve mijnen in zuid Dakota, die de lucht vervuilen met radioactief stof en het water met radioactief gootwater.
De bedrijven gingen gewoon weg en lieten deze grote gaten in de aarde achter, gaten die nog steeds straling uitgeven. , zei ze.
Deze stille besmetting wordt duidelijk genegeerd, of niet geweten waar de uranium mijnbedrijven nog steeds staan te dringen voor nog meer mijnvergunningen..
En het gaat niet alleen om ons , zei ze. Al de rivieren in de Lakota territorium zijn vervuild door uranium en komen uit in de Missouri rivier.
Tien miljoen mensen worden in het westen getroffen door deze radioactieve besmetting.
Iedereen ademt deze radioactieve stof in.
Tiokasin voegde hieraan toe dat voedsel besproeid wordt met besmet water.

Dine\’ Anna Rondon \’Federal Coal Leasing Program is a Joke in 2015\’

Federal Coal Leasing Program is a Joke in 2015
By Anna Rondon, Dine\’
Censored News
Ya at eeh, Greetings
My name is Anna Rondon, I am of the Towering House People, Kinya annii and Nakai Dine. I am writing to express my opinion on your Federal Coal Leasing Program as well as your due diligence in protecting the United States people is grossly negligent in meeting your own mission statement.
The DOI protects and manages the Nation s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors the Nation s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.
My children s generation and the many generations to follow us have a direct duty to protect our ways of life. I come from a family of warriors who fought in World War II and Viet Nam. Today, I fight for my Dine lands and others tribes around the world. To defend what little we have left. There we 60 comments and all but 3 support the proposed changes in this fouled leasing program that robs the tax payers.
We know the federal government dictates to our Navajo Nation corporate government, Speaker Lorenzo Bates and his cronies only listen to coal companies and does not even consult with our own Dine people. He runs off to Crow Country and tells Senate Committee that the environmental laws on coal are not fair. This is violates Dine Fundamental Laws Title 1 and the Navajo Civil Rights Act. We have lost equal protection and due process, we carry the burden of health impacts, our people are being sacrificed and the silence will be broken and told around the world how Navajo Nation is a front for Peabody, NGS, SRP and APS. All energy thugs and are worst that street gangsters in collaboration with McCain and other GOP who have shady connections with mining companies.
Change is here and our youth know and will expose you all.
Anna Rondon, Chichiltah

POB 5058 Gallup NM

Black Hills Unity Concert Aug. 28 — 30, 2015


Govinda of Earthcycles is at the concert and will broadcast on the
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Aug. 28 — 30, 2015 UNITY CONCERT GOERS: Dear Relatives, There are some elements of the concert we all want you to know: 1. There is ample camping space. 2. It will be nice and warm this year, so you will not get cold at night if you are camping. 3. Pack clothes for warm weather as the high will be 92 degrees on Sunday and Saturday. 4. We will have a water station available so no need to bring bottled water. Stay hydrated for better health. 5. There will be a central tipi reserved only for prayer. Someone will be praying in there 24/7 to facilitate the whole concert. You are welcome to take a shift in there if you want. Please honor this central place by honoring the way that lakota elders are running it. 6. Please plan on mainly feeding yourself. There will be a couple food vendors there to supplement what you bring. 7. Bring an umbrella and a lawn chair if you can. 8. The opening ceremony will start around 3:30 PM on Friday. It will be a time to pray for a good few days that will help and heal all our relations. 9. There will be discussions in the tipis from 9am-12:30pm on Sunday and Saturday, and music will start at 2pm. 10. On Sunday we are having the closing ceremony around 6PM and we are hoping to have everyone break camp and leave the premises at that point. 11. For those visiting from elsewhere, we are so, so happy you are coming. Thank you for standing in solidarity for what is right and what is beautiful. Please honor the home of the Lakota, by honoring the culture and customs of the Lakota. This means many things, but part of it is to dress conservatively and to be humble. Aside from that, it is things you already know: be kind to each other, bring your prayers, and take the time to listen and observe how people do things in the home you are visiting. The seven Lakota principles are: Wacante Oganake: Be generous Wowaunsila: Have Compassion Wowauonihan: Give Respect and Honor Wowacintanka: Have Patience and Tolerance Wowahwala: Be Humble Woohitike: Be Guided By Your Principles, Disciplined, Brave and Courageous Woksape: Cultivate Understanding and Wisdom 12. This is a drug and alcohol free event with a zero-tolerance policy. Thank you for understanding. smile emoticon 13. Directions to the site are as follows: from rapid city go north on I-90W for about 13 miles. Take Exit 46 onto Elk Creek Road. Go 1.6 miles and take a left at the SECOND entrance to Elk Creek Resort. From there signs will direct you to registration. (GPS doesn\’t always take you far enough down the road. 12. MOST OF ALL WE ARE INCREDIBLY EXCITED TO SEE YOU ALL AND WE HOPE YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD TIME HERE WITH US IN HE SAPA!!!!

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Longest Walk Northern Route at Pennsylvania Capitol

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By Brenda Norrell
HARRISBURG, PA — The Longest Walk Northern Route held a rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania capitol today in Harrisburg. Walkers sang traditional songs and spoke on the purpose of the walk, with special songs and prayers offered by Jerry McDonald, Mohawk, and Art Greene, Tuscarora, and the Longest Walk Northern Route singers. Gov. Edward Rendell\’s Special Assistant Lance Simmens read the governor\’s proclamation. (Please double click to enlarge.) Photos by Brenda Norrell
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Longest Walk, prayer walk for Native prisoners in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

(Photo: Longest Walk Northern Route carries the prayer to the US Penitentiary in Lewisburg, where Leonard Peltier is imprisoned, remembering all Native prisoners. Walkers are shown across from the 24-hour prayer vigil. Please double click to enlarge. Photo Brenda Norrell) By Brenda Norrell LEWISBURG, Penn. — The Longest Walk Northern Route carried the prayer walk to the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Saturday, June 28, 2008. Walkers remembered Leonard Peltier, and Native prisoners everywhere, during the walk and 24-hour prayer vigil, held on a grassy mound at a busy intersection on the route to the prison. Although walkers had hoped that some walkers would be able to visit Peltier and other prisoners, prison officials said the prisoner visit request forms were not submitted. Still, walkers held their prayer walk and vigil, praying for Native prisoners and other inmates, offering special prayers for the victims of injustice and oppression. Walkers carried their prayer to the gates of the prison. Earthcycles\’ Longest Walk Talk Radio broadcast live from the vigil site, with interviews with walkers. The walk, which left Alcatraz Island in California on Feb. 11, offered prayers and ceremonial songs for Native prisoners, praying for family members and friends during the walk and vigil. The walkers were camped at McCall\’s Dam State Park for two nights. On the first night, the walkers\’ support truck carrying the food, sleeping bags and tents ran out of gas on the way here from south central Pennsylvania. Many of the walkers, numbering about 50, slept on the damp ground with no sleeping bag or tents. There was no food for dinner and breakfast was a few cans of Vienna Sausage, a can of fruit cocktail and a package of tofu hot dogs scrounged from support vehicles. The next morning, Jerry Thunder Cloud McDonald, St. Regis Mohawk, and his wife Jeannie McDonald, Taino, rounded up donations from local stores. (If you would like to donate to the northern route for emergency gas and food, please give donations directly to the on site accountant, Sharon Heta, as this is the only way to ensure funds will reach the northern route walkers. To send funds, Sharon Heta: 650-417-4389.) At McCall\’s Dam, walkers enjoyed a flowing creek and warm fires, with Navajo stew and fry bread on Saturday night, thanks to the family of walker Craig Luther, Navajo, who arrived from Richfield, Utah. The state parks of Pennsylvania are free for the walkers, following support and a proclamation from Gov. Edward Rendell. The parks have all been beautiful, in the lush woods with lakes for swimming. A couple of bears have even wandered by. On the Longest Walk Northern Route, Brenda Norrell Message from Leonard Peltier June 26, 2008 Greetings my relatives, I say relatives because you are all my family. I am honored, greatly honored today that you would listen to my words and come together in this way so that our future generations will not forget what happened here in this land. You can\’t imagine how much I miss walking on the bare earth. Or brushing against a tree branch or hearing birds in the morning or seeing an antelope or deer cross my path. I have been here in federal prison for 32 years; if you could imagine being in your own home stuck in one room for one year without leaving it, multiply that by 32 and you might have some idea of how imprisonment plays on your feelings. I really get tired sometimes living here in this cell, this prison. Yet at times I feel really good because for some reason I know that there are those out there who have prayed for me in some way. And it helps me because there are moments when a peaceful feeling will wash over me in my solitude. I try to keep up with world events like the war in Iraq, where those people are going through the same thing our Indian people went through and over the same things. The US wants their resources and they have divided those people against each other. Those children over there and families for generations will still feel the effects of that onslaught of destruction. When I look at our own people s situation I see a people who have not recovered from the destruction put upon them in the past. Today, the greater society of America doesn\’t want to accept us for who we are because we will always stand as a reminder of the immoral wrongs that they do and have done all over the world, all in the name of technology and progress. Our people have told them from the very beginning about the consequences of mistreatment of individuals and mistreatment of Mother Earth. There are history books that quote our chief headmen and medicine people cautioning them about there destruction of the earth and nature. We know the first concentration camps America ever had held Indian prisoners. The first biological warfare was used on our people with poisonous blankets. The first atomic bomb dropped was dropped on Indian land in Nevada. Today there are abandoned uranium quarries in Navajo country that cause genetic defects on a lot of their people. When you look into the past, America has used us Indians as their social experiment. They tried to destroy us with boarding schools, relocation, and even the first slavery practice was with American people. However Indian people would fight or commit suicide than to become slaves, and so they imported Africans. Forgive me if I am repeating things you already know, but I just wanted to bring these things up because these are the reasons behind the Wounded Knee takeover in 73 happened and the shootout at Oglala happened. Our people were not just taking a stand against this government for themselves; they in essence represented Indian people all across the Americas. Our resistance wasn\’t to kill anyone; our resistance was to remain alive while we let the world know what had been and what was being done to us, the Indigenous people. I know for a fact from communication all around the world, that we Indian people inspired many other indigenous people to stand up and defend themselves because of our actions. I have gotten letters from all over the world where people said if the native Americans can stand up to people like that being in the belly of the beast, surely we can do likewise in some way. I recognize that my being here isn\’t all about me; my continued imprisonment in essence serves as a warning to others willing to stand up for their people. The US has violated their own constitution they violated the treaties we had with them, they violated all kinds of moralities to bring about my conviction. The average non Indian American either doesn\’t know or couldn\’t care less. As long as they can keep their high standard of living our struggles mean nothing to them. Most recently other nations have raised the issues of America s mistreatment of the people in the concentration camp in Guantanamo; issues of lack of a fair trial, issues of physical, mental abuse and of sanctioned torture of prisoners. I want to also mention that our people were the first to be tortured by this government and we were the first to be victims of scalping by the Europeans. The colonizers were paying for our men, woman and children s scalps. I may sound angry in what I am saying, but all this goes back to why we are here today. We must not forget what has happened in the past but we must also find a way to heal from those things that have happened and be stronger in the future. We need to heal our families; we need to heal our family s structures so that what happened to our people in the past can\’t happen to us again. For several generations our children were shipped off to boarding schools which destroyed their understanding of family and family responsibilities, and you think of the statistics today facing this, they don\’t have to kill us anymore with guns, our children and adults both are killing themselves. Again, like I said before we have not healed from the destruction that was put upon us, I know each one of us can be better than what we are, it takes effort, it takes getting back to our ceremonies, it takes getting back to our respect for one another, the earth, the Creator and our respect for our brothers and sisters vision. It takes men being men and being strong fathers and uncles and grandfathers and brothers, not just as a matter of birth but as a matter of responsible behavior. It also takes our women to stand as the strong mothers they were meant to be and the sisters, grandmothers and aunties. We need to repair ourselves and not wait for some grant from the government to tell us or guide us in our recovery. We need to take that responsibility ourselves and mend the sacred hoop. Again I want to say as I have said many times in the past, though my body is locked into this cell, my heart and soul is with you today. In closing I would like to acknowledge the great loss of my brother Floyd Westerman, a tireless advocate for Indigenous rights I m sure that he as well as many others, who like him devoted their time and energies to better the conditions our people face, are here with us today in spirit. We have no guarantees of the time of our own passing but until that time or my time I will miss them greatly as I miss you my family. Be kind to one another, and remember my words; for I have spoken to you from my heart of hearts. And you will always be in my prayers. In the spirit of Crazy Horse and every Indian man or person that stood for their people, Doksha Leonard Peltier # 89637-132 USP Lewisburg US Penitentiary P.O. Box 1000 Lewisburg, PA 17837-1000

Longest Walk, Prayer Walk for Leonard Peltier

The Longest Walk Northern Route walked to the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Penn., to offer prayers for Leonard Peltier and all American Indian prisoners today. The Longest Walk 24-hour prayer vigil continues at Hwy 15 and Wm Penn St. through tonight, Saturday, June 28, 2008. Listen live or to recorded audios at: http://www.earthcycles.net/ Photo Brenda Norrell

Mohawk Nation News: The Devil\’s Strategy, Abu Ghraib to Akwesasne

THE DEVIL S STRATEGY – FROM ABU GHRAIB TO AKWESASNE by Iako ha:kowa of Sharbot Lake Haudenosaunee Territory Mohawk Nation News June 21, 2008. The leather gloved goons who beat two Mohawk grandmothers at Cornwall Border Crossing in Akwesasne on Saturday, June 14 looked like “special agents” trained in the macabre arts of psychological warfare and state brutality. They didn t appear to be rogue officers. They were dressed in fully equipped black fascist uniforms with Kevlar Vests. Their actions were not random. These operatives were functioning at all times under the direction of an officer who was talking to someone who was on a cell phone. He directed the attack to try to humiliate, demoralize and kill anyone who would speak out against mistreatment. These state agents can attack Indigenous grandmothers practically on their own doorsteps. Katenies was minutes away from home when four gloved agents dragged her out of the car, handcuffed her and smashed her face into the pavement. Many horrified witnesses, including children, watched in shocked disbelief. The CBSA (Canadian Border Security Agency) goons used a strategy known as PRC (population and resource control) methods devised by the U.S. Their out-of-control behavior was well rehearsed and contrived to confuse, destroy and terminate. Low level psychological warfare is interspersed with doses of high tech violence on target groups like the Mohawks first because they think we re helpless. Later, it will be the homeless, welfare, pensioners and then leached out to the general population. The attack on Kahentinetha and Katenies was like an out-of-control feeding frenzy of sharks. It s known as swarming . They knew what they were doing, from the numbers of heavy-set porkies who attacked the two dignified Mohawk grandmothers, to the constant loud, bellowing verbal abuse to the blatant public display of brutality. Video cameras filmed the entire sequence, like the U.S. military and mercenary records of prisoner abuse taken at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Bagram in Afghanistan. The PRC manual describes some of the carefully developed tactics of the fascists. [See wikileaks). The mainstream media is in collusion with the fascists by their silence. So far they have not informed the public about the outrageous criminal attack on these two women. There is nothing on the public record about the alleged incident according to the Cornwall Standard Freeholder about this June 14th attack. If they destroyed the evidence, witnesses know more about what happened than the officers that were there. The Canadian Border Security Agency CBSA has no record of this attack on June 14th. On Saturday, June 21, the Ontario Provincial Police OPP Corporate Communications Commander, Angie Howe, denied they had anything to do with the attack, saying the communiqu posted last week accusing OPP of involvement, “creates difficulties for the OPP in maintaining positive relationships with Ontario\’s First Nations communities.” Especially those phony Algonquins that have been created by the government.The U.S. Department of Defense “Foreign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces” manual describes 3 types of insurgency. The third category “Traditional Insurgency” describes Indigenous resistance: as Onkwehoneh people who have been engaged in centuries old resistance and struggle to regain full sovereignty and territory are being treated as insurgents by swarms of colonial invaders. The colonial government spins the Indigenous Peoples as dangerous criminals . 911 is the excuse for the constant harassment and surveillance of border crossings in Mohawk communities. Page 72 of the manual gives them the right to suspend habeas corpus. They can kidnap and disappear us without notice or right, never to be seen again. Canadian Secret Services can try to force a confession, no matter how bizarre. “PRC measures can also include curfews, blackouts, travel restrictions, and restricted residential areas such as protected villages or resettlement areas”, like Indigenous communities, refugee camps, detention centers, prisons and FEMA Camps that can hold millions of people. They maintain “Registration and pass systems and control of resources and critical supplies such as weapons, food, and fuel.” We are given no recourse. When our people defend our land, the military police use: “Checkpoints, searches, roadblocks; surveillance, censorship, and press control; and restriction of activity that applies to selected groups [like Indigenous people, labor unions, political groups and the like).” To set us up, we are being classed us as members of organized crime and fake charges are filed against us to create a lot of assumptions. As soon as one resists or questions, a profile is created consisting of their background, make of car, family and associations. Each file is flagged red , green or yellow [are elder women pink ?] according to level of priority. If one adheres to the tenets of the Great Law of Peace, they are automatically classed as high risk or extreme . Restrictions, searches, surveillance and censorship are being toned up. The US military has provided trainers and advisors for these tactics at their School of the Americas in Fort Benning Georgia, where death squads are trained. Cyberspace is a major battlefield. Emails and web sites are under attack. Propaganda is being distributed to the masses to create confusion and bickering and generally misinformation. We are being categorized as those who have conscious awareness, those who are partly awake and those who are the sheep . Last Saturday evening, while Kahentinetha lay in a Cornwall hospital and Katenies was somewhere being held incommunicado, phony Algonquin Robert ,”There s-nothing-Indian-about-him” Lovelace was being honored at a Bruce Cockburn benefit concert in Kingston. Being feted by colonial agencies leads us to suspect that Lovelace is an operative for the state. Lovelace is the poster-boy for the fraudulent Algonquin land claim to Haudenosaunee Territory south of the Ottawa River. MNN has been exposing this Canada-Ontario-corporate fraud. Frontenac Ventures says they have a right to drill for uranium at the Robertsville Mine. It looks like they made a deal with the fake Indians that were created by the government. Equipment and police surveillance has been stepped up. Cathie Who-came-out-of-nowhere Duchene claims to be a Mohawk descendant of Francis Sharbot for whom Sharbot Lake is named. One day before the attack on Kahentinetha and Katenies, Cathie issued a press release throwing her full support behind the OPP, Chief Randy Cota and the renegade Ardoch Algonquins and Robert Lovelace. They are lined up with Harold Perry, Doreen Davis, Larry McDermott, the Bradours and those settlers who blindly support uranium mining and the military buildup on Haudenosaunee Territory. Cathy stays a stone s throw from the OPP Sharbot Lake cop shop. Another deadly Special Forces strategy is infiltration of communities. Agents gather information about individual activities and disseminate demoralizing and false information to cause suspicion and bickering. This method was developed to a finite level by Josef Goebbels, the Propaganda Minister for Adolph Hitler. Since the COINTELPROgram of the 70\’s in the U.S. against AIM, Black Panthers and anti war activists, many people have become aware of DISINFORMATION campaigns that can destroy people. In the program infiltrators are put up next to the cop shop as if they are in witness protection .They know how to get turncoats to train the military and police to work against their own people, including band chiefs who get paid by Indian Affairs. The Sharbot Lake pseudo community and pseudo protest against uranium mining were set up to gain credibility within the community they are infiltrating. This is the doppelganger or look-alike strategy.Today as soon as we are arrested we are being handed over to the RCMP, CSIS, SQ, CBSA, OPP and the new Provincial Organized Crime Enforcement Team POCET, which was set up June 25th. We are flagged beforehand because they are working jointly. We are being treated as criminals without any rights, assumed to be guilty by association [with them]. Each claims jurisdiction, but none have it legally. They say they are going after organized crime and to help combat drug and gun smuggling from the U.S. at Ontario s borders. They are all swinging their night sticks claiming to have a bigger asp than the others. To us, the integrated enforcement teams [cops, correctional services, parole officers, social services, informants, courts and the myriad of controls] are a fine example of organized crime as they readily breach peoples rights, freedoms and lives. The Indian Act little helpers are illegally ordered by Canada to sign on the dotted line to hand over Haudenosaunee jurisdiction to colonial agencies. The operatives try to control the agenda, like Phil Fontaine having a Day of Protest while working hand in glove with the cops. They try to create anger and outrage all across Onowaregeh. The government-military-industrial-academic-media machinery was hoping to provoke us so they can kill us once and for all? Is that their plan? They attack the women to make the men angry and take risks. Fortunately our men are disciplined according to the philosophy of the Great Law of Peace. We will prevail. A supporter commented on the THIRD assassination attempt since 1990 on Kahentinetha Horn, “You know, she has the luck of the Irish!”Fighting this border issue will cost money. MNN has none. Canada can dip into the pockets of 30 million people and all indigenous resources. We need counsel that will not be intimidated by this display of power. The establishment is apparently hiring top law firms to fight the Mohawks. Your financial help is needed. If you could send donations to the MNN legal defense fund, it would be greatly appreciated: MNN, Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0. Iakoha\’ko:waSharbot Lake, Haudenosaunee Territory Iakoha\’ko:wa is a Mohawk grandmother and writer living at Sharbot Lake in Haudenosaunee Territory. Her articles appear on MNN. She is a free person and does not claim to be spokesperson for anyone. These reports must ultimately stand on their own merit. CONTACTAngie Howe at < OPPCorporateCommunications@ontario.ca >Phil Fontaine is a partner in CBSA\’s Sustainable Development Strategy 2007-9 See Apprendix 4 for list of external stakeholders; Chris Kealey, Canada Customs Excise, Immigration Taxation Board, CBSA Media Relations 613-991-5197; Alain Joliceour, President CBSA 613-952-3200, 613-957-0612; General inquiries CBSA-ASFC@canada.gc.ca ; National Aboriginal Initiative, Canadian Human Rights Commission 204-983-2189, 1-866772-4880 info.com@chrc-ccdp.ca ; Canada Customs Port of Entry, Cornwall Island Ontario; Gaetan Cousineau, Quebec Human Rights, presidence@cdpdj.gc.ca ; Akwesasne Mohawk police 613-575-2250 ex 2400; Mohawk Security Louis Mitchell 613-932-5183, 613-575-2340; Lance Markel, District Dir. CBSA 613-930-3234, 613-991-1214; Nurse Rachet at Cornwall Community Hospital 613-938-4240; http://www.,chrc-ccdp.ca/ ; Brent Lefebvre Investigator for CBSA; Susan St. Clair, Canadian Human Rights Commission, 344 Slater, Ottawa 613-995-1151, 1-888-214-1090, 613-943-5188; National spokesperson CBSA 613-957-6500; Quebec Media Relations CBSA 514-350-6130; Handling arrest Scott Patterson; Chief MCA Nona Benedict 613-575-2250 nbenedict@akwesasne.ca ; Minister Stockwell Day, House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6 613-995-1702 day.s@parl.gc.ca 250-770-4480, days1@parl.gc.ca ; Dave MacKenzie, Parliamentary Secretary, Public Safety, 613-995-4432;Mackenzie.d@parl.gc.ca; Melissa Leclair Communications Pub. Safety 613-991-2863; OFFICERS: 17012; 16320; 16511; 16121; 16275; PLEASE SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS TO: QUEENIE ELIZABETH II, Buckingham Palace, LONDN UK; Governor General MICHAELLE “Haitian-Against-the-Nation” JEAN, Rideau Hall, OTTAWA, ONTARIO info@gg.ca ; Canada Prime Minister STEPHEN; HARPER, House of Commons, OTTAWA, ONTARIO harper.s@parl.gc.ca ; Ontario; Premier DALTON McGUINTY, Queen\’s Park, TORONTO, ONTARIO; mcguinty.D@parl.gc.ca ; United Nations unat@un.org ; Indian Affairs Minister; Strahl.c@parl.gc.ca ; Brantford Mayor Michael Hancock 519-759-3330; nborowicz@brantford.ca ; Ontario Attorney General 416-326-2220 or 1-800-518-7901; Minister Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant % Lars.Eedy@ontario.ca ; Neil Smitheman, Brantford ambulance chaser n.smitheman@fasken.com 416-868-3441; Aaron Detlor adetlor@sympatico.ca ; Bev Jacobs bjacobs@nwac.hq.org ; Julian Fantino OPP Commissioner julian.fantino@jus.gov.on.ca ; s”Paul Leblanc of “Indian” Affairs” < leblanc.p@ainc-inac.gc.ca >, Sylvia McKenzie Justice Canada sylvia.mackenzie@sppcc-psepc.gc.ca >, Emanuel Chabot Public Affairs 7 Emergency Preparedness < emmanuel.chabot@psepc-sppcc.gc.ca >, Louis-Alexandre Guay mailto:%22Justice%20Canada%20lguay%22@justice.gc.ca >, Gilles Rochon Aboriginal Policing < gilles.rochon@psepc.gc.ca >, “Chuck Strahl Minister of “Indian” Affairs” < strahc@parl.gc.ca > See http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ SOURCES AND NOTESUS SPECIAL FORCES Counter-Insurgency Manual https://secure.wikileaks.org/wiki/US_Special_Forces_counter-nsurgency_manual_FM_31-20-3 > http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2008/06/cbsa-attack.html Background articles and interviews are linked at: http://nooneisillegal-montreal.blogspot.com/2008/06/katenies-cbsa-ackground.html http://www.ccamu.ca/ http://www.newsweb.ca/

Uncensored: World power broker Bilderberg

Bilderberg Attendee List http://tekgnosis.typepad.com/tekgnosis/2008/06/bildeberg-atten.html Chantilly, Virginia, USA 5-8 June 2008 CURRENT LIST OF PARTICIPANTS Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda Lee Rogers June 9, 2008 http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article17046 Fresh off of the 2008 Bilderberg Meeting, it looks as if New York Federal Reserve president Timothy Geithner is set to push a new agenda in the world of central banking that was likely decided upon at Bilderberg. http://www.infowars.com/?p=2615

Akwesasne Guards at the Border of Insanity

AKWESASNE GUARDS AT THE BORDER OF INSANITY: The colonists have crossed a line into indecency: by Karakwine of Kanehsatake of Haudenosaunee Territory MNN. June 24, 2008. It looks like the military-industrial-governmental cartel is no longer restricting itself to using words, subterfuge and intimidation in their war on Indigenous people of Turtle Island . They are now attempting to eliminate those who stand in their way. Every person who wants freedom should be wary. Beware of the coming attacks on our people. Dear loyal readers of MNN. As you already know, MNN suffered a blow on Saturday June 14th. To briefly recap. Kahentinetha Horn and Katenies were brutally attacked and beaten at the Cornwall – New York border that runs through the middle of the Akwesasne Mohawk community. As a result, kahentinetha suffered damage to her heart and is resting quietly. Katenies is in seclusion with her family recuperating from a vicious beating. We thank you in advance for your continued readership and patience during this time. We at MNN will continue to report lies, thefts, deceptions and brutality directed against our people and expose the colonists as only we know how. We see even more clearly that Prime Minister Harper speaks peace on one hand and metes out violence with the other. This attack on Kahentinetha and Katenies exposes the hypocrisy of Harper s heinous apology to the Indigenous people last week over the Canadian policy of genocide. Our ancestors were right. He speaks with a forked tongue . That Drug Store Indian Phil Fontaine was standing next to his master, the Prime Minister, skinning and grinning for all he was worth. Hey, Phil, was your soul stolen for good at Camp Auchweitz Indian Residential School ? Haven t you got your humanity back? The goons hired by Canada Border Customs are high on muscle and testosterone, low on brains and selected for their sadistic nature. The Canadian Corp. Gov. is hell bent on spilling Mohawk blood. Our young people are being harassed daily at this border crossing. Their parents are running around from one jail to another frantically looking for them. This tactic is meant to demoralize our youth and future generations. The brutal and disrespecpectful conduct at the border is consistent with the recent heightening of OPP threats and the calling in of the Canadian army on Indigenous people. All Canada is stepping up military recruiting. There appears to be a consensus among these violence-based organizations to use indigenous people for target practice. Julian Little Il Duce Fantino recently burst into the Six Nations Onondaga longhouse to exercise what he thinks is his imaginary right of dictatorship over us. Kahentinetha was warned by several people that she should not set foot in their Ontario . She made a mistake that it was safe for her to go there. These creeps appear to have stepped out of the pages of the Mussolini fascist era to become Harper s obedient Doberman. Psychological tests have demonstrated that a disconnect tends to take over when you stick a uniform on someone s back. It brings out a killer instinct. It is dangerous. If they are asked to guard an outhouse, they would do this with all the seriousness befitting a royal body guard. As long as they have their uniform on, the more elaborate, they are ready to take liberties. They think they can get away with anything. Only taking orders! Don t be surprised to hear lies and disinformation directed against MNN. We must be vigilant against the new normal fascism. MNN is going to try to address this new paradigm. Our voice will roar back. We will, we will, resist! Guaranteed! Fighting this border issue will cost money. MNN has none. The Canadian state can dip into the pockets of 30 million people and all indigenous resources. It s an unbalanced fight. We need your help to get counsel that will not be intimidated by this display of power. The establishment is apparently hiring the top law firms in the country to fight the Mohawks. Your financial help is needed. Karakwine If you could send donations to the MNN legal defense fund, it would be greatly appreciated: MNN, Box 991 , Kahnawake [ Quebec , Canada ] J0L 1B0. Phil Fontaine is a partner in CBSA s Sustainable Development Strategy 2007-9 See Apprendix 4 for list of external stakeholders; Chris Kealey, Canada Customs Excise, Immigration Taxation Board, CBSA Media Relations 613-991-5197; Alain Joliceour, President CBSA 613-952-3200, 613-957-0612; General inquiries CBSA-ASFC@canada.gc.ca ; National Aboriginal Initiative, Canadian Human Rights Commission 204-983-2189, 1-866772-4880 info.com@chrc-ccdp.ca ; Canada Customs Port of Entry, Cornwall Island Ontario; Gaetan Cousineau, Quebec Human Rights, presidence@cdpdj.gc.ca ; Akwesasne Mohawk police 613-575-2250 ex 2400; Mohawk Security Louis Mitchell 613-932-5183, 613-575-2340; Lance Markel, District Dir. 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Listen to weekend powwwow, Longest Walk Talk Radio

Good morning from Cowan\’s Gap State Park, Pennsylvania The Longest Walk Northern Route is out on the highway today. Walkers are camped in the remote woods of Cowan\’s Gap State Park. On Saturday, there will be a prayer vigil for Leonard Peltier, followed by a visit to Carlisle Indian School on July 1. The Longest Walk Talk Radio will not be broadcasting live this week, until Saturday. We are compiling information for a final summary. We have 450 tapes for you to listen to, since we left Alcatraz, including the weekend powwow. We were live on the web and 87.9 FM, Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, June 20 –22. Earthcycles and Censored News are both broke, after providing coverage of the Longest Walk Northern Route as a joint volunteer effort for the past 4 and one-half months. Please consider donating to the PayPal\’s on our websites. We hope to provide coverage through the conclusion of the walk. Earthcycles Radio: http://www.earthcycles.net/ Censored News: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ BUFFALO NATION POWWOW LISTEN: Bloodline from Gallup, NM: 2008-06-22_bloodlineandpanopscot.mp3 Music of Language or Language of Music Uni-verse 39:3336.22 Mb Luv the Mezenger: 2008-06-22_lovethemezenger.mp3 Pennsylvania Governor\’s proclamation: 2008-06-21_govenorsproclamationgrandentry.mp3 48:06b More audios: 2008-06-21_alookatpa_govenor.mp3 2008-06-21_longestwalkintro.mp3 16:13b 2008-06-21_conflictresolution.mp3 30:517.03 Mb More at: http://www.earthcycles.net/ Censored News Homepage: www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Canadian Attack on Mohawk Nation News at Border

CANADIAN ATTACK ON MNN AT CORNWALL BORDER CROSSING Elder Abuse? Yes! Anti-Indigenous violence? Yes! Anti Free Speech? Yes! ATTEMPTED MURDER??? Maybe. A consistent pattern of violence? Definitely. Exclusive to MNN by Ieriwa on:ni [ Her thoughts become the way ] This report has been written in consultation with family members and with direct witnesses to the events described. The rumours circulating on the internet are true. MNN has been forced to suspend its reporting and investigative work because of a vicious and unprovoked attack on some of its principal writers, investigators and managers. MNN s website was also attacked and was reportedly down for three days. MNN WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO WANTS THE TRUTH. On June 14, 2008 Sakowaiaks and Kahentinetha went to Akwesasne to pick up Katenies. Canadian border control officers brutally attacked Katenies and Kahentinetha, two Mohawk grandmothers. Both are part of the MNN network and known for their outspoken criticism of U.S. , Canadian and international power cartels. The Canadian-U.S. border runs through the middle of Akwesasne. There are said to be 3 outstanding warrants against Katenies, one from September 2004, another dated December 18th 2006 and a third dated November 4, 2006 that was kept under wraps until January 18th, 2007. This mess began when Katenies was accused of running the border . At the time, she thought she had been waved through. Her daughter heard her name on the scanner. Katenies returned to the border a few minutes later to see what was up. She was arrested and charged. When the case got to court, Katenies had already filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds the court did not have jurisdiction and violated the Two Row Wampum Agreement that founds international relations with the Haudenosaunee. Katenies is a staunch defender of Mohawk rights. The Canada-U.S. border continuously places her family in danger. Her daughter Teiohontateh lives a few minutes away on the portion claimed by Ontario . Katenies lives on the portion claimed by Quebec . They have to pass through the part claimed by the U.S. to visit each other. One day in November 2005, Teiohontateh appears to have become a pawn in the Canadian border guards campaign to carry guns. The U.S. guards already carry guns. She was still in pajamas, returning home from driving her daughter to school when she was pulled over for a random vehicle search . Though she was obviously of child-bearing age she was forced to pass under x-ray machines. Because of this she had to abort the child she was carrying. She filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. To date nothing has been done. The Supreme Court of Canada has always dodged the question Katenies asked: How can Canada claim jurisdiction over the Onkwehonwe? Canada knows that it was founded in violation of international law. One party to a treaty cannot make laws for the other. One people cannot absorb another without their free and informed consent. None of the Onkwehonwe agreed to become part of Canada or the United States . None of the laws of these colonies can be legally applied to the Onowaregeh of Turtle Island . Katenies states, I do not understand the nature and cause of their actions. It seems that Canadians do not want to admit that their state was founded on lies and deceit. Their ancestors bought stolen goods when they immigrated. They were the pawns of mercenaries and greedy crooks. They still are, but they don t want to face it. They are not ready to sit down and settle these problems on a peaceful nation-to-nation basis with Indigenous people. They prefer to attack people like Katenies and her daughter individually. Things seem to have gotten worse since the Supreme Court of Canada refused to recognize the integrity of the Mohawk Nation in Mitchell v. MNR.[2001] Two weeks before she was to appear in court, Katenies filed a motion asking the court to prove how it got authority and stating that if they refused to answer in 30 days she would take it as an admission that it had no jurisdiction. She tried to make sure that she followed procedures correctly. She recalls that that when she went to court on September 18th 2004, a judge told her that if she didn t believe the court had jurisdiction she did not have to come back. He said it was her choice. After that, things were quiet for about a year. That s when her daughter was attacked. While she was handling her daughter s problems she was arrested again. She filed another motion questioning the court s jurisdiction. Her motion was ignored and they tried to go straight to trial. When she tried to read the questions she raised into the record, they interrupted her with a lot of noise and closed the court down. Katenies left. Then they issued another warrant. Katenies was sent a letter asking her to turn herself in so she could spend several months in jail. She responded by filing a motion to dismiss. She continued to live her life normally, crossing the border frequently without interference. On June 14th Katenies, Kahentinetha and Sakowaiaks went through the border and were told to wait under the canopy. They sat there peacefully for an hour surrounded by guards. Some Mohawk elders showed up to watch. Several other vehicles were searched and released. Only Indigenous people were stopped. Eventually a platoon of guards marched towards the car, all wearing leather gloves. Something was up. A chief later told them that the gloves were for protection from blood. It was a sign they planned an attack. Katenies was dragged violently from the car by a gang of hefty young men. They knocked her down, pinned her to the ground, and forced their knees into her back. They handcuffed her and smashed and rubbed her face into the pavement. Sakowaiaks still remembers the sound of flesh hitting the pavement. The violence against her did not stop with the cuts and bruises administered at the time of her arrest. She was imprisoned and held incommunicado. They would not let her mother see her or talk to her. She had heard her daughter was injured. She asked several times and was refused. Katenies asked to see her mother. The guards said she didn t ask for her. She was strip searched in a very vulgar and indecent way. There were no warrants or charges out for Kahentinetha. Her ID had already been taken. Neither hers nor Katenies have been returned. Also missing are documents that were in the trunk and the shoes taken from her feet. It was only after the assault on Katenies began that Kahentinetha was ordered to get out of the car. She saw with her own eyes what they were planning to do to her. Kahntinetha had been beaten by police in the past. This was the third serious attempt on her life. She has been told that she was targeted by the Canadian army during the 1990 Mohawk Oka Crisis. In 1995, on her way to the grocery store, she was pulled over by the Quebec Police [Constables Dube and Ouellette]. She was beaten so bad she was hospitalized. The court later found the cops guilty. They appealed and were found guilty again. On June 14th she was afraid her life would be in danger again if she got out of the car. She was right. She was handcuffed and imprisoned. Once in the cell, the attack continued. Some of the officers deliberately tighten the handcuffs several times. This cut the circulation to her hands. They ignored her cries as pain shot up her arms. Flashes of light went off in her head and sharp pains shot into her chest. They yelled racial taunts and threats at her and kept ordering her to bend down. A man stood behind her and had his hands on her pants. What for? Frank Horn, a Cornwall lawyer, and his son Kanatase, happened to be waiting at the border. [613-935-8882] They wouldn t let him see Kahentinetha until they took off the cuffs and gave her a chair to sit on. When he saw her, he immediately insisted on calling an ambulance. The Akwesasne Police looked so shocked that they stood there frozen in stunned silence. The medical record confirms that despite excellent physical condition Kahentinetha had a trauma induced heart attack. Her recovery will take several months. Part of her heart was killed. Her health will never be the same. Both women are now recuperating in the company of their children and grandchildren. Legal action is planned. WHAT IS CANADA UP TO? WHERE ARE THE HONEST OFFICIALS IN THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT? There are several reasons to be alarmed by this outrageous violence. The Canadian state seems to think it is O.K. to continue to abuse Indigenous people so long as it apologizes later! This attack took place just a couple of days after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper s apology for the abuses that took place at the residential schools. These were designed to commit genocide and to eradicate all Indigenous cultures. There has been a lot of discussion in Canada recently about both elder abuse and the excessive use of police force. These two grandmothers were assaulted by a troop of muscular young men wearing Canadian government uniforms, directed by an officer on a cell phone. The procedure appears to have been planned. It came close to achieving the same results as the much maligned tasers. Neither of these women is associated with any kind of criminal activity. They appear to have been targeted for their opinions. This is part of an established pattern of colonial behavior. In the mid 1800 s when British settlers were colonizing British Columbia , Governor Douglas instructed ships to fire their canon outside Indigenous villages to scare them and stop their protests against invasion and resource theft. (See Cole Harris, Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia UBC Press, 2002.p.22) The people of Akwesasne have always objected to the imposition of foreign boundaries through their community. The Mohawks never agreed to join either Canada or the United States . Their ancestors have occupied the same territory since time immemorial. That particular community has been there since the 1740 s or 1750 s long before anyone dreamed there would be a Canada or a United States Katenies and Kahentinetha are not the only people who have been harassed. There are problems with both U.S. and Canadian officials. Young people especially have been targeted. Babies and very young children are often left outside or unattended in cars for long periods of time. People have been sent on wild goose chases trying to find family members imprisoned because of border problems. Katenies was taken to Ottawa and her mother was not permitted to see her or speak to her until she appeared in court two days later. Apparently hundreds of complaints have been filed but harassment continues. The corporate media failed to report this attack. This suggests that violence against Indigenous elders is not news. It s still open season on Indians , just like it was when the Spaniards stumbled ashore in 1492. Just like it was when Benjamin Franklin reported on the unprovoked massacre of the last survivors in New England . Just like it was at Wounded Knee . Jut like it was in the residential schools. Just like it was at Oka-Kanehsatake, Just like it was when Betty Osbourne walked along the road near The Pas. Just like it was when over 500 more women went missing. Just like it was when the Saskatoon police nabbed native youth on the street and took them to die of exposure on their Starlight tours . Just like it was when the Mayor of Brantford was told he could call in the Canadian army to intimidate people at Six Nations who object to illegal development on their land. The beating of elders by border guards is part of an established pattern of bullying. People objected to the Nazis. Why don t they object to this? Why are these customs officers targeting women? According to international law, all differences MUST be solved by PEACEFUL DISCUSSION. EVERYONE IS EQUAL. EVERYONE HAS A VOICE. These principles are all part of the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee People. The League of Nations was founded on the same principles. So was the United Nations. Most people are alarmed by the current rise in corporate, military and government corruption and violence. Fascism has hijacked Canada , the U.S. and the U.N. The diversion of tax payer s money to fund armies and weapons has to stop. We must all defend all our rights, including the right to PHYSICAL INTEGRITY, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION and the right of all nations not to be absorbed by large states without the FREE AND INFORMED CONSENT of the majority of the population. BEWARE all readers! Especially if you are Indigenous. Especially if you are Mohawk. Who s next? Canada s spin-doctors are already working overtime to defame Indigenous people and all honest people who want a free and peaceful world. They are doing this to scare Canadians. They re doing this to scare us all. They want to trick us into believing that their violence against Mohawk elders is justified. Akwesasne is a small community. The people have to cross the border many times a day. The badge numbers of the men who committed the assaults are known. Canadian government officials will probably try to blame what they are doing on these low-ranking foot-soldiers. Whoever was hiding behind the cell phone will probably get off scott free even though Kahntinetha heard him say Take her out . The attacks on Katenies and Kahentinetha, the continuous attacks on Indigenous youths and elders will not stop the fight to defend Indigenous rights.WAKE UP EVERYONE! This state-sanctioned violence has to stop!!! Those who sit silently and allow bullying to continue are part of the problem. This is not the kind of world any of us want to leave to our children and grandchildren. Ieriwa on:ni ieriwaonni@livemail.com Posted by MNN Mohawk Nation News

Bloodline with Longest Walk at Pennsylvania powwow

Bloodline, from Gallup, N.M., performs Saturday night at the Buffalo Nation Powwow in Farmington, Penn., where the Longest Walkers and Peace and Dignity runners were honored. Photo Brenda Norrell

Longest Walk Entry Pennsylvania Powwow

Longest Walkers from the Northern Route, joined by walkers from the southern route and members of the Peace and Dignity Journey, enroute from New York to Panama, at the Buffalo Nation Powwow in Farmington, Penn. Photo Brenda Norrell (Please double click to enlarge. All photos on the Censored Blog are copyrighted by the photographer.)

Pennsylvania Governor\’s deputy director greets Longest Walkers at powwow

Louis Boykins, Jr., deputy director of the Pennyslvania Governor\’s Southwest Regional Office, is the special guest today on Earthcycles\’ Longest Walk Talk Radio. Gov. Edward Rendell requested Boykins to represent him at the Buffalo Nation Powwow, where the Longest Walk is being honored. Gov. Rendell also sent a representative to the West Virginia/Pennsylvania border to greet the walkers when they arrived in the state nine days ago. Earthcycles is broadcasting live from the Buffalo Nation Powwow in Farmington, Penn. Photo Brenda Norrell

Peace and Dignity Runners visit Longest Walk Northern Route

Peace and Dignity runners visit Longest Walk Northern Route at Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania this week. Grandmothers from the Peace and Dignity run are running 10 miles a day. Longest Walk supporter, Art, assisting with Pennsylvania coordination, is third from the left. Photo Long Walker Chris Jones/Euchee of Oklahoma.

On the Northern Route, photo by Lisa Peake

On the Longest Walk Northern Route, Colten looks at a frog. Photo by Lisa Peake, Pomo/Anishinabe Long Walker from Minneapolis.

Long Walkers, a sweet stay at Raccoon Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

Photo by Brenda Norrell The Longest Walk Northern Route visited Meadowcroft this week, while camped near Pittsburgh, where traces of man exist from 16,000 years ago. Pennsylvania residents, the governor and police extended a warm welcome and assisted the walkers in every way since walkers arrived in the state eight days ago. A special thanks to all of you who brought out food, offered supplies and shared your friendship with us here. Walkers leave beautiful Raccoon Creek State Park today and head east. Walkers will be at a powwow near Farmington, Penn., this weekend. On June 28th, the northern route will hold a prayer vigil for Leonard Peltier, before heading to the DC area on July 8. On July 11, the northern and southern routes walk into Washington. (Please double click on photo to enlarge.) Listen to the 400 archives since we left Alcatraz on Feb. 11 at: http://www.earthcycles.net/

Update: Mohawks Kahentinetha and Katenies beaten by gang of border officers

Updated: Telephone interview with Katenies By Brenda Norrell Human Rights Editor U.N. OBSERVER & International Report at the Hague http://www.unobserver.com/

Photo: Kahentinetha Horn displays her Haudenosaunee passport at the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas II in November in Arizona. Photo Brenda Norrell
AKWESASNE — Mohawk grandmothers Kahentinetha Horn and Katenies were in custody at the US/Canadian border on Saturday, June 14, 2008, when the two women were handcuffed and beaten by gangs of officers and border patrol agents. Eight officers beat Kahentinetha, 68, and five officers beat Katenies. Kahentinetha, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, suffered a heart attack and is in a Canadian hospital. Katenies was released from jail Monday evening and is in seclusion. Katenies, in a telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon, described the police attack on the women at the border. Katenies said the women were returning to Canada from a visit in the US, when they were stopped at the border. After the women showed their Haudenosaunee identification, they were told the IDs were not sufficient and they were detained. Katenies was told she had an earlier warrant. She had refused to recognize the authority of the Canadian government over her. In the earlier case she had stopped at a border check and was granted permission to pass, but border agents later claimed she was not cleared to pass. When she refused to recognize the authority of the Canadian government over her, a warrant resulted. On Saturday, when Katenies refused to get out of the car, five huge Canadian officers and border agents jumped on her, dragged her out and threw her to the concrete, grinding her chin into the concrete. “I went down so fast, they had knees in my back and kidneys. They were like a football team on me and they acted like they had no boundaries.” “They told me if I didn\’t cooperate, they would break my arms.” As officers attacked Katenies, Kahentinetha was on her cell phone calling family members and authorities for help. When Kahentinetha refused to hang up, eight officers attacked her. Katenies was placed in a cell and could hear the officers bring in Kahentinetha. Katenies could hear Kahentinetha yelling for them to loosen the handcuffs. By the screams of pain, Katenies said it sounded like the police were continuing to tighten the handcuffs as Kahentinetha cried out. Kahentinetha was handcuffed in a stress hold. The handcuffs cut off Kahentinetha\’s circulation and she suffered a heart attack. A family member arrived at the same time and was able to get an ambulance immediately for Kahentinetha and she was transported to a hospital. Katenies was transported to jail in Cornwall, where she remained from Saturday until Monday evening. Katenies said the two women were not charged, but were told they would be charged later. Kahentinetha remains in the hospital, with family present, and her condition is not known. A member of the Mohawk Warrior Society said, “They did this because we have the greatest weapon, the truth, and what Kahentinetha writes is the truth. They are terrified of the truth. What they are trying to do is provoke the Mohawks.” He said ultimately what they want is to provoke the Mohawks into a confrontation so the Mohawks who are resisting will be shot and killed. He said the plan was to assassinate Kahentinetha. Kahentinetha\’s most recent article: Canada confesses to murder and rape of Indian people CANADA CONFESSES TO PART OF ITS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY THERE HAS FINALLY BEEN AN OFFICIAL APOLOGY FOR MURDER , RAPE By Kahentinetha Horn Mohawk Nation News, June 11, 2008 .SODOMY, PEDOPHILIA, GERM WARFARE, STERILIZATION, MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS AND WHO KNOWS MAYBE EVEN NECROPHILIA OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN IN ORDER TO STEAL OUR LAND AND RESOURCES. This is a start. Now we have to deal with the bigger issues, sovereignty and resources. Our people were kidnapped and held hostage for three to four generations. Genocide is taking children away and killing them. It was only a small part of a bigger story of gangsterism and greed. Don t be fooled! That evil program is still in full swing. Canada has no intention to stop. www.mohawknationnews.com/

Columbus City Council investigates police attack on Long Walkers

COLUMBUS CITY COUNCIL June 9, 2009 Dear Director Brown, I am writing today in response to complaints that have been sent to me regarding the conduct of the Columbus Police Department in recent days. In order for me to develop a fair and accurate view of the situation, I am requesting that your department prepare a written response on both issues by Tuesday June 10, 2008 at 10am. Regarding the Longest Walk Organization and their Spiritual Walk that entered Columbus on Monday June 2, 2008, here is the incident summary that I received from one of my constituents: On Monday, June 2, as this peaceful group walked in the parking lane and on the sidewalk on the west side of Columbus on Main Street, 8 police cars zoomed up, 1 blocking their way. A police officer came up to a van that follows the walkers and reached into the window, grabbed and yanked the steering wheel. He yelled at the young woman who was driving a carload of young children and threatened, Your children would be taken away and given to Children s Services! As the children began to cry, their mothers who were walking came to see what was wrong and to comfort them. A walker charged with security came up and was grabbed, kneed, thrown to the ground and handcuffed. A police officer pointed a taser gun at the head of a walker who was also an attorney as he spoke to the police. A grandmother spoke softly to an officer asking what the concern was trying to calm a situation that was becoming increasingly frightening. She pointed out We are like your mothers, your sisters, your children . Ultimately the walkers were allowed to continue, but were badly shaken by this unprovoked and frightening experience. I would like to have these specific questions answered regarding this incident: 1. If the police officers confronted this group of peaceful activists in the first place as alleged, why? 2. If the officer grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle and yanked it from the young driver as alleged, why? 3. If, as alleged, the officer threatened to send the children to Children s Services, why? 4. If, as alleged, the police officers assaulted the individual charged with security, why? 5. Please provide the names, ranks, and discipline files of all officers involved in this incident. 6. Please provide the written documentation of the incident that the officers provided to their leadership. There are many disturbing aspects to this situation, but I am certain that your department is capable of providing an accurate assessment of the incident, and I look forward to your timely response. Regarding the killing of the man from Louisiana on Friday June 6, 2008 in the Mt. Vernon area, numerous citizens have approached members of Council detailing a failure by the officers involved to use restraint. Please provide the following: 1. The written documentation of the incident from the officers that filed the report. 2. The names, rank, and discipline file of all officers involved in the incident. MICHAEL C. MENTEL, PRESIDENT KEVIN L. BOYCE, PRESIDENT PRO TEM HEARCEL F. CRAIG ANDREW GINTHER MARYELLEN O SHAUGHNESSY CHARLETA B. TAVARES PRISCILLA R. TYSON City Hall 90 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215-9015 614/645-7380 Fax 614/645-6164 columbuscitycouncil.org CITY CLERK Andrea Blevins, CMC DEPUTYCITY CLERK Darla Character-Johnson Page 2 June 9, 2008 Page 2 Please be advised that there are residents of the community who are outraged about these incidents as well as others. Some are planning to march on City Hall as early as today to voice their opposition of the treatment of these residents and/or visitors. I am concerned that both of these situations occurred at the beginning of the summer season, and as we move forward, it is imperative that we continue working together to keep our city safe. I look forward to your expeditious response to this inquiry, and the conversation surrounding it at our scheduled meeting on Tuesday June 10 at 12pm. Thank you. Sincerely, Charleta B. Tavares Chair-Health, Housing, and Human Services and Workforce Development Committees Columbus City Council

Kahentinetha Horn attacked at border

Kahentinetha Horn, beaten at border by officers and hospitalized after heart attack; Katenies beaten and jailed By Brenda Norrell Human Rights Editor U.N. OBSERVER & International Report at the Hague http://www.unobserver.com/ Update: Telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon with Katenies, beaten by Canadian police and border agents. Kahentinetha remains in the hospital, condition unknown, after suffering a heart attack in custody AKWESASNE — Mohawk grandmothers Kahentinetha Horn and Katenies were in custody at the US/Canadian border, when the two women were handcuffed and beaten by gangs of officers and border patrol agents on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Eight officers beat Kahentinetha, 68 years old, and five officers beat Katenies. Kahentinetha, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, suffered a heart attack and is in a Canadian hospital. Katenies has been released from a Canadian jail and is in seclusion. Katenies, in a telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon, described the police attack on the women at the border. Katenies said the women were returning to Canada from a visit in the US, when they were stopped at the border. After the women showed their Haudenosaunee identification, they were told the IDs were not sufficient and they were detained. Katenies was told she had an earlier warrant. She had refused to recognize the authority of the Canadian government over her. In the earlier case she had stopped at a border check and was granted permission to pass, but border agents later claimed she was not cleared to pass. When she refused to recognize the authority of the Canadian government over her, a warrant resulted. On Saturday, when Katenies refused to get out of the car, five huge Canadian officers and border agents jumped on her, dragged her out and threw her to the concrete, grinding her chin into the concrete. “I went down so fast, they had knees in my back and kidneys. They were like a football team on me and they acted like they had no boundaries.” “They told me if I didn\’t cooperate, they would break my arms.”As officers attacked Katenies, Kahentinetha was on her cell phone calling family members and authorities for help. When Kahentinetha refused to hang up, eight officers attacked her. Katenies was placed in a cell and could hear the officers bring in Kahentinetha. Katenies could hear Kahentinetha yelling for them to loosen the handcuffs. By the screams of pain, Katenies said it sounded like the police were continuing to tighten the handcuffs as Kahentinetha cried out. Kahentinetha was handcuffed in a stress hold. The handcuffs cut off Kahentinetha\’s circulation and she suffered a heart attack. A family member arrived at the same time and was able to get an ambulance immediately for Kahentinetha and she was transported to a hospital. Katenies was transported to jail in Cornwall, where she remained from Saturday until Monday evening. Katenies said the women were not charged, but were told they would be charged at a later date. Kahentinetha remains in the hospital, with family present, and her condition is unknown. A member of the Mohawk Warrior Society said, “They did this because we have the greatest weapon, the truth, and what Kahentinetha writes is the truth. They are terrified of the truth. What they are trying to do is provoke the Mohawks.” He said ultimately what they want is to provoke the Mohawks into a confrontation so the Mohawks who are resisting will be shot and killed. He said the Canadian government\’s plan was to assassinate Kahentinetha. Monday By Brenda Norrell Kahentinetha Horn, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, was beaten by special forces at the US/Canadian border and suffered a heart attack. Kahentinetha is currently hospitalized in Canada. Katenies, who was accompanying her, was taken to prison at an undisclosed location. Please read the following message, which has been confirmed as true, and contact the leaders of Canada and demand both women be released and justice served to the perpetrators. Kahentinetha\’s articles on sovereignty, mining on Indigenous lands, corruption and border rights have made her a priority target of the Canadian government for assassination. While on the Arizona border in November, at the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas II, she challenged the Tohono O\’odham Nation\’s incarceration of Indigenous migrants in the outdoor “cage,” construction of the border vehicle barrier through the ceremonial route and the digging up of O\’odham ancestors for the border wall by the contractor Boeing. As the borders were increasingly militarized by Homeland Security and Canadian corporations increasingly seized Indigenous Peoples lands for mining, Kahentinetha and Katenies, were targeted with death threats. Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:42 pm Post subject: Kahentinetha Horn, Katenies attacked at the border! ONE ELDER SAVED BY A HEART ATTACK – ANOTHER ELDER MISSING IN ACTION: MOHAWK GRANDMOTHERS ATTACKED AT CANADA-US BORDER CROSSING ON UNCEDED HAUDENOSAUNEE LAND Monday, June 16, 2008Mohawk Elder and Grandmother, Kahentinetha Horn suffered a heart attack, Saturday, June 14, 2008 during a vicious, unprovoked assault by OPP and border agents at Cornwall, in Akwesasne community. She had been beaten and handcuffed when she collapsed. Earlier when she was pulled over, Kahentinetha immediately contacted her brother, a lawyer, on her cellphone. The entire incident was being filmed as her brother rushed to the scene just in time to call an ambulance for her.Meanwhile, Elder and Grandmother Katenies of Akwesasne was beaten and taken prisoner to an as yet undisclosed location. We are very concerned about her safety. We demand to know of her whereabouts and that she be> released immediately. A few months ago, Julian Fantino put out the word, warning Kahentinetha not to set foot in Ontario or else. She is the publisher of MNN and regular internet reports that are very critical of police and government actions toward Indigenous people. Her articles often clearly state the legalities/realities of the situation that Canada is a corporation plundering unceded Turtle Island. The land and resources belong to the Ongwehoneh people. Canada\’s huge debt to us will bankrupt them forever.The other day, while Stephen Harper was making a public apology to Indigenous for the crimes of the residential schools, he was also preparing to send the army in at 6 nations. Brantford city mayor has requested it, stating his city police cannot handle another “Mohawk uprising”, in other words, peaceful protests against housing development where non resident, non Natives attack the protesters while the police watch. The Ontario Conservatives call for military intervention every day. On Saturday, border agents were pulling over every Native person. Kahentinetha and Katenies were traveling in Akwesasne in the course of their regular activities and were caught up in the dragnet. Did Fantino set up a trap for the two outspoken, Mohawk grandmothers? We suspect that Kahentinetha would have been killed at a secret location had she not had a heart attack and been taken to hospital. Immediately following this incident, many Mohawks and supporters started to gather at Akwesasne. Kahentinetha and Katenies\’ attackers want them to accept being Canadian or else they will kill them and anyone else who resists colonization. This low level warfare is playing out on the “border” between Canada and the US, an imaginary line drawn right through the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and through Haudenosaunee territory which is a vast area on BOTH sides of the Great Lakes. This Great Lakes area is also a proposed center for the NWO. Many military plans are underway including nuclear submarines in the Great Lakes and JTF2, Aerospace Warfare Center and NATO FOB (Forward Operating> Base) at a new base being built at Trenton, near Tyendinaga Mohawk community. Tyendinaga was attacked by OPP/SWAT in April when Mohawks protested housing development there. If Canadians are so damned sorry about the abuse of Native people, why is this still happening? Why do people remain silent when Mohawk elders and grandmothers are attacked like this? We are under constant surveillance> and threats and attacks while our land continues to be plundered and pillaged. Was this a failed assassination attempt ordered by Julian> Fantino, commissioner of OPP and head of the biggest gang in the area? We must demand answers and get answers. This attempted genocide must cease. We will never give up.>> Call or write to politicians, media, action lists including international. Get the word out now!!! K….. will be speaking with Kevin Annett on live radio today at 4:30 pmMontreal time.Iakoha\’ko:wa Sharbot Lake, Haudenosaunee Territory PLEASE SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS TO: QUEENIE ELIZABETH II, Buckingham Palace,>> LONDON UK; Governor General MICHAELLE “Haitian-Against-the-Nation” JEAN, 1>> Rideau Hall, OTTAWA, ONTARIO info@gg.ca ; Canada Prime Minister STEPHEN>> HARPER, House of Commons, OTTAWA, ONTARIO harper.s@parl.gc.ca ; Ontario Premier DALTON McGUINTY, Queen\’s Park, TORONTO, ONTARIO mcguinty.D@parl.gc.ca ; United Nations unat@un.org ; Indian Affairs Minister Strahl.c@parl.gc.ca ; Brantford Mayor Michael Hancock 519-759-3330 nborowicz@brantford.ca ; Ontario Attorney General 416-326-2220 or 1-800-518-7901; Minister Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant % Lars.Eedy@ontario.ca , Neil Smitheman, Brantford ambulance chaser n.smitheman@fasken.com 416-868-3441; Aaron Detlor adetlor@sympatico.ca ; Bev Jacobs bjacobs@nwac.hq.org ; Julian Fantino OPP Commissioner julian.fantino@jus.gov.on.ca ; s “Paul Leblanc of “Indian” Affairs” , Sylvia McKenzie Justice Canada , Emanuel Chabot Public Affairs 7 Emergency Preparedness, Louis-Alesandre Guay “Justice Canada lguay”@justice.gc.ca, Gilles Rochon Aboriginal Policing> , “Chuck Strahl Minister of “Indian” Affairs” See http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ Update re Kahentinetha Horn – Mohawk Grandmothers Attacked at Canada-US Border Crossing June 16, 2008 1pmKahentinetha Horn has been transferred to an Ottawa hospital while the whereabouts of Katenies remain unknown. Outrage is growing in Indian country. Who will be next in the roundups? There is no doubt that this incident \’an attempt to take a human life\’, of Kahentinetha Horn – makes the false apology given by the Harper government to Native peoples for past tortures and maltreatment completely null and void. Token drugstore Indians like Phil Fontaine paraded around on TV to receive this apology are all on government payrolls. They represent and speak for no one but the government. It shows the hypocrisy insidiously embedded in the Harper government.This incident was not carried out by regular border patrol personnel. It was carried out by a team of professionals who are installed at this particular border crossing for the sole purpose of apprehending Miss Horn and doing away with her permanently. Behaviours and actions like this only come about when ordered and sanctioned by the highest levels of Harper\’s government and CSIS. This attempt on Miss Horn\’s life failed this time, but we are confident that Harper, CSIS and Fantino will continue in their efforts to silence Ms Horn forever. This attempt is just a variation of extraordinary rendition where one is whisked away to an undisclosed location, tortured and later found dead in a ditch somewhere.Karakwine will be speaking with Kevin Annett on live radio today at 4:30 pm Montreal time. Stop the Genocide. Speak out while you still can!!!Iakoha\’ko:waSharbot Lake, Haudenosaunee TerritoryPLEASE SEND YOUR OBJECTIONS TO: QUEENIE ELIZABETH II, Buckingham Palace,LONDON UK; Governor General MICHAELLE “Haitian-Against-the-Nation” JEAN, 1Rideau Hall, OTTAWA, ONTARIO info@gg.ca ; Canada Prime Minister STEPHENHARPER, House of Commons, OTTAWA, ONTARIO harper.s@parl.gc.ca ; OntarioPremier DALTON McGUINTY, Queen\’s Park, TORONTO, ONTARIO mcguinty.D@parl.gc.ca ; United Nations unat@un.org ; Indian Affairs Minister Strahl.c@parl.gc.ca ; Brantford Mayor Michael Hancock 519-759-3330 nborowicz@brantford.ca ; Ontario Attorney General 416-326-2220 or 1-800-518-7901;Minister Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant % Lars.Eedy@ontario.ca ;Neil Smitheman, Brantford ambulance chaser n.smitheman@fasken.com 416-868-3441;Aaron Detlor adetlor@sympatico.ca ; Bev Jacobs bjacobs@nwac.hq.org ; Julian FantinoOPP Commissioner julian.fantino@jus.gov.on.ca ; s”Paul Leblanc of “Indian” Affairs” , Sylvia McKenzie Justice Canada , Emanuel Chabot Public Affairs 7 Emergency Preparedness , Louis-Alesandre Guay <“Justice Canada lguay”@justice.gc.ca>, Gilles Rochon Aboriginal Policing , “Chuck Strahl Minister of “Indian” Affairs” See http://www.mohawknationnews.com/

Nick Standing Bear takes flight to Spirit World

Longest Walk host in Salida, Colorado, Nick Standing Bear takes flight to Spirit World This is to let you know that Nick Standing Bear, Lakota, Vietnam Vet and former POW, partner of Becky Donlan and your host in Salida, Colorado (Monarch Pass), took his life last Thursday. He was found at the Sacred Bear Circle, an ancient site east of Salida and we will scatter his ashes there on Tuesday. Sing prayers for your brother. In solidarity, Aho, Winter Ross Crestone, Colorado 6/14/08 From: Mano Cockrum Out of everyone I looked forward to meeting who helped in Colorado, Nick and Becky were the two I looked forward to meeting the most. They had been trying to educate the people of their region about sacred sites and to get harsher punishments for those destroying them, and a perspective to law enforcement to understand the extremity of the situation. They had a powerpoint developed and I had hoped to bring their message to D.C., but still have no financial resources to even visit anyone from Colorado who helped or the Walk in D.C. Please take some time to offer a prayer for him and his partner Becky. Nick “Bear” reached out to me from their entire region willing to get support and hospitality for the walkers, facing obstacles such as the locals often racist views and resistance to helping native people, and coming up with tons of donations, spending several hundred of his own for food and advertising to get support, and he and Becky offering their time, energy and homes up to walkers. The visit took a toll, as it will on a community the walkers visit, but Becky and Nick had to bear the weight of it alone, not having an entire community to support them, the closest support being far south in Crestone. I am very sad that I will never meet him, having spent much time talking to him and knowing he was a true warrior for the people. I can only hope his work lives on and gains the support he needed for it while alive. Ahee\’hee, Mano- Mano Cockrum Indigenous Youth Sovereignty Project http://www.iysp.org/ Longest Walk Talk Radio\’s interview with Becky Donlan in Salida, Colorado 2008-03-27_salida.mp3 39:2013.5 Mb

Thank you from the Longest Walk Northern Route

June 16, 2008 Good morning from the Longest Walk Northern Route, The Longest Walk Northern Route of the Longest Walk 2 is deeply grateful for each of the emergency cash donations for gas and food, so the walkers could move camp from Cambridge, Ohio, to Raccoon Creek State Park, Penn: Carina Gustaffasson of Swedan; police officer in Cambridge, Ohio; Matt Cordes; cash contribution for children on the Longest Walk; Sam Tullio and Darlene on behalf of the Red Hawk Society in Pennsylvania; Wilfred Hill of Oregon; Sophie Addison of Utah; Lukas Angus of Oregon; Community Futures Collective and Sheri Flying Hawke; motorcyclists on Hwy 60 south to Pittsburgh; Kerry Davis, Matt Besenger and Todd Clifton. If you gave a cash donation for the northern route in the past 10 days and do not see your name, please contact: Sharon Heta (Maori), accountant for the Longest Walk Northern Route, cell: 650-417-4389.

Censored Blog reader: Ohio can forget my tourist dollars

Hau, Columbus, Ohio cops attack nDns. Hmm… George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 June 25, 1876) was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. Custer was born in New Rumley, Ohio. Ohio doesn\’t have a great history w.r.t. nDns, does it? If they are still pissed that their stupid YellowHair tried to challenge a major encampment with a handful of conscripts, they need to get over it! We didn\’t kill Custer as much as his own greed for the Democratic Party nomination in St. Louis drove him into a reckless pursuit of power, deluded that he could kill nDns with impunity and they wouldn\’t fight back. Nobody but Custer and his men died at that time. If Custer wouldn\’t have disobeyed his direct orders, nobody would have died that day. He probably would have been the nominee in St. Louis, and beat U.S. Grant in the general election. As President, Custer would have largely ignored the nDns, just like the other Presidents of the subsequent era. Another count of intolerance for Ohio. They can forget my tourist dollars. NewtNewtLove.com

Listen, Columbus Ohio mayor\’s office expresses regret over police attack

The latest from Longest Walk Talk Radio By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Listen to new interviews and Native songs on http://www.earthcycles.net/ , Longest Walk Talk Radio. Columbus Ohio mayor\’s office expresses deep regret over police attack on Longest Walk; Peace and Dignity runners are on their way to meet the Longest Walk; Mike Wilson, Tohono O\’odham, speaks on people dying on Tohono O\’odham land for “want of a drink of water,” and Long Walker youths, Danny, Washo, and Craig, Navajo, share songs. Download Audio File Play Audio Inline Length/Size 2008-06-13_changenamecolumbus.mp3 one hour 3 min Change the Name of Columbus ,Ohio h58.08 Mb 2009-06-13_mindset.mp3 one hour 5 min Traditional Knowledge What is Lost h59.8 Mb 2008-06-13_peaceanddignity.mp3 Peace and Dignity Runners meet Longest Walkers 12:2311.34 Mb 2009-06-13_mikewilson.mp3 Mike Wilson, Border Wars, Humanitarian Aid, Human Rights 27:2625.12 Mb 2008-06-13_longesttalk.mp3 18:4417.16 Mb 2009-06-13_dannyandcraig.mp3 16:2114.97 Mb

Columbus Ohio Mayor expresses regret over police attack on Long Walkers

By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is expressing regret over the Columbus police attack on Long Walkers. Barry Landeros-Thomas from Columbus shares with Longest Walk Talk Radio the news from Mayor Coleman.
Gayle Gray, the mayor\’s community relations coordinator, expressed deep remorse for the attack on the Longest Walk by Columbus Police. The mayor\’s office said the mayor wants to make amends to the Longest Walkers. Listen to the interview with Landeros-Thomas, as he joins Long Walkers, Luv the Mezenger and Marie Littlemoon, both victims of police brutality in Columbus, Ohio.
The video taken by Littlemoon shows the police attack on Luv after police pointed a taser between the eyes of Michael Lane, Menominee. Listen on Earthcycles:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2008/06/listen-to-columbus-ohiio-mayors-office.html Video of Columbus Police Attack on Longest Walk Longest Walk Northern Route: Video of Columbus Ohio police throwing Luv the Mezenger to the ground and tackling him. This video by Long Walker Marie Littlemoon begins just after a taser was pointed between the eyes of Michael Lane, an attorney. The video shows Columbus Ohio police tackling Luv the Mezenger to the ground, where Luv sustained cuts and bruises. In the video during the police attack, you can hear the children crying and Yukio, Japanese Long Walker, drumming for peace: http://youtube.com/watch?v=tJBETfYXzNc&feature=related Part II http://youtube.com/watch?v=xp-ds1hHFrI
Photo: Luv the Mezenger, Long Walker and peacemaker, in a wristlock by Columbus Ohio police. Photo Marie Littlemoon.

Walking through Pittsburgh in the rain, Longest Walk Northern Route

Good morning from Raccoon Creek State Park, The walkers are out in the rain this morning, walking and running through the Pittsburgh area. Thanks to all of you who brought fresh fruit and bottled water for the walkers. We had great interviews on the Longest Walk Talk Radio yesterday, including Jennie Luna with the Peace and Dignity Journey, which is headed our way from New York. Those runners will meet up with the Longest Walkers on June 18 in the Pittsburgh area. We\’re all off to Farmington, Penn., for the powwow on June 20 — 22. We also spoke with Mike Wilson, Tohono O\’odham, who puts out water for migrants. Mike says, “No one should die for want of a drink of water.” Meanwhile, for those who want to support the walkers, there\’s a need for fresh food, milk, eggs and meat, and tents. We\’ll be at Raccoon Creek State Park for five more nights. Earthcycles: www.earthcycles.net/ If you have concerns and input for the manifesto, please e-mail us with your comments and statements: brendanorrell@gmail.com/ earthcycles@gmail.com/ On the northern route of the Longest Walk, Brenda Norrell

Canada confesses to murder and rape of Indian people

CANADA CONFESSES TO PART OF ITS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY THERE HAS FINALLY BEEN AN OFFICIAL APOLOGY FOR MURDER , RAPE By Kahentinetha Horn Mohawk Nation News June 11, 2008 .SODOMY, PEDOPHILIA, GERM WARFARE, STERILIZATION, MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS AND WHO KNOWS MAYBE EVEN NECROPHILIA OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN IN ORDER TO STEAL OUR LAND AND RESOURCES. This is a start. Now we have to deal with the bigger issues, sovereignty and resources. Our people were kidnapped and held hostage for three to four generations. Genocide is taking children away and killing them. It was only a small part of a bigger story of gangsterism and greed. Don t be fooled! That evil program is still in full swing. Canada has no intention to stop. They continueto drive us off our land, to criminalize us, incarcerate us and to refuse to return control of our land and resources to us. We don t like being lied to. Saying sorry doesn t cut it. Canada practically admitted to murder and theft in the first degree. While Prime Minister Harper was reciting his apology in the House of Commons, a permanent injunction was being granted to the city of Brantford to stop us from going onto our own lands to stop illegal development and to bring in the army if necessary. What forked-tongued two-faced hypocrisy! Anywhere else in the world when a people are threatened with military force, it is a declaration of war . Every Canadian benefited from these crimes against humanity. They came her from Europe with empty hands. Stephen Harper said, We are planning to move on . This means that the perpetrators of these heinous crime have to be prosecuted in the international courts. More important, Canada is bound to the original relationship as visitors to our land who made promises to live peacefully under the Two Row Wampum Agreement. We are the land and resources owners and they have to negotiate with us to extend their stay. Our future is tied to the Kaianereh ko:wa, the law of Onowaregeh, Turtle Island. We cannot bury the hatchet ! Planned murders of our children by the church and state cannot be pardoned anywhere. Canada broke international law to which they are bound. At this moment illegal deals are being made by the government and its puppet band councils to deceive the people. Fraud and corruption is used to privatize under NAFTA every unsurrendered river and stream in British Columbia to send our water to California. Is this desperation because Canada and the U.S. or someone is trying to keep the colonial scam going? Canada absolved the churches of responsibilities. The program to murder school children and to put them in unmarked graves was not random. All the churches , Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and United, stepped up to the plate to do dirty deeds for the state. It was part of the pogram to remove us completely to claim Onowaregeh, Turtle Island. What kind of special education does it take to forget that it s wrong to kill kids? Harper admitted they did not know our culture, our traditions and did not respect our basic human rights. They still don t. Now that they have clearly admitted to being busted , shouldn t the genocide stop? The colonizers must respect our sovereignty, identity and culture. To start, they must stop all uranium and diamond mining, clear cutting and contamination of our environment. Stop trying to put us away in jails and holding cells to punish us for protecting the environment. Every single piece of Turtle Island, our resources and possessions must be returned to us so we can regnerate the natural beauty and health of Turtle Island. Nothing is going to change if they can help it. To stop racism and lies the true history has to be taught in every school. Our education and language programs have to be improved. Clean water and decent homes have to be provided to all of us. All the elements that work together to demoralize our young people and incite them to commit suicides have to be stopped. Canada is going to put up a monument as a symbol of this apology. Take down those hideous monuments to the true murderers of our people like Champlain, Humphrey Gilbert, Laverendrye, DeDenonville, Amherst and other scoundrels. Towns are still named after these mass murderers. Get rid of that depiction of the tied up Indian in bondage on the Clock Tower of the Parliament Buildings. We cannot rebuild our nations on monuments or empty words. Real reconciliation means restoring the traditional homelands and resources of the various Indigenous people who have been dispossessed. Anything less is a farce. Canada stage managed this performance. It was sickening to see colonial lap dog Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations accept Harper s apology on our behalf. It was a pre-written script probably by government spinners. We were never asked if we wanted him to accept this apology or to even accept it. The supporting remarks were made by the heads of colonially funded puppy dog organizations that jump to their master s commands. The money being offered to some of the victims is our own money. Any profit from our lands held in trust is blood money . We want an economy. Stop depriving us and forcing us out of our communities. Release all our trust funds immediately. Everything that was kicked back to the Vatican must be returned to us. These churches that committed these atrocities have investments from our lands worth billions and have declared stock portfolios well over $100 million. Release these to us. Give us our funds that the Canadian government holds as trust funds , namely the Indian Fund , the Consolidated Revenue Fund and the Contingent Liability Fund . All levels of government should stop issuing illegal permits for exploitation of our lands and resources. Stop using our land and resources as collateral to borrow on international money markets. The Queen and all the other carpet baggers who head the corporate criminal organizations that murder, rape and pillage us and our possessions should now be prosecuted in the international court for their crimes. Our parents were threatened with imprisonment if they did not release their children to the control of the church and state. How long does it take to forget what our children saw other children being murdered and even being forced to help bury them. They were deliberately given contagious diseases from which many died. There was out-and-out murder of over 50,000 at the hands of teachers, priests, nuns and staff. Our children were used in experiments by German doctors in the 1930 s and then disposed of. The children were threatened to never tell anyone about it. It was the I Apologize Show, with Phil in a war bonnet, with smudging, all players with their scripts in hand and an audience seated strategically around. Someone on cue even yelled from the House of Commons gallery, Way to go, Phil. You are our leader . This government sanctioned desperado is not our leader! The sanitized plot did not include murder, torture, sterilization, kids witnessing killings and medical experiments on them. You, the abusers, are in dire need of healing. In Australia the prime minister apologized to the Aborigines and they now live under a form of martial law ! What will happen now when the army is brought in on us as happened in 1990? Kahentinetha HornMNN Mohawk Nation News See Category: CANADA
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Mohawk Nation News \’Circle the Wagons”

Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com rule of law MNN. Apr 30, 2013 . Federal Court of Canada was asked: Does Canada have a constitution? Are Sections 109 and 132 still part of the British North America Act 1867? If so, our rights to our lands, resources, funds and our sovereignty supersede that of Canada. [Thahoketoteh of Kanekota v. the Queen, T2007-13, Apr. 8, 2013]. Judge Snider refused to answer this simple question, in 4 pages of nonsense. She ordered Thahoketoteh pay $500 for the tele-conference trial, which cost $0. The corporate court system is set up to encircle, subvert and overthrow anyone going against the Corporation of Canada. Kanekota was a direct confrontation in their own arena, by their own rule of law, which they did not follow. They sit in judgment as one of the parties in the dispute, violat es international law against genocide. Canada could only deny us our basic human rights. Canada has a constitution which the courts do not have to follow because it was not ratified by the people. At the signing of the 1948 UN Declaration on Human Rights, Canada and US signed. A clause was added exempting US and Canada from the International Criminal Court. They could never be tried for any human rights violations. They can only be tried domestically. Accordingly, they are waging war everywhere in the world.


Their blatant disregard for the questions indicates their uncertain future. With their accomplices, the UN, IMF, World Bank, BIS and other Rothschild owned banks, they are fighting the advancing consciousness of the people who live with the land. CIRCLE We are a free people with free minds. Their fake system needs our resources and our labor. They are trying to break us up into moderate and militant blocks to fight or negotiate with one side or the other. The world balance is shifting. Rather than encircling us, they are being encircled. To start WWIII they need to steal our resources, funds and labor. Many supported our case to help promote our constitution of peace. Judge Snider s fatally flawed decision opened the eyes of all, that going into their theater of the absurd is a waste of time. Thahoketoteh felt that the energy of putting his mind into the case was anti-spiritual. They will never rule against the corporation. Nor allow a third party adjudicator to make it a fair hearing. We are living in a military dictatorship with no rule of law. Our true constitution for thousands of year is the law of this land. We will not appeal this case. The white roots of peace have been exposed for all on Great Turtle Island to follow to its roots. As Jimi points out in his classic If 6 was 9 , I don t mind. If all the hippies cut off their hair, I don t care. Cause i got my own world to live through, and I ain t gonna copy you. MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com Thahoketoteh@hotmail.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

Photos: Occupation of Alcatraz Exhibit opens on the Rock!


\’We are still here!\’ Photos and video by Tony Gonzales, AIM West Censored News Photo 1: Eloy Martinez, veteran of the occupation of Alcatraz Island November 1969 until June 1971, speaking Sunday, April 28, 2013, on the occasion of the National Park Service providing a secure site on the Rock to exhibit artifacts during the occupation and that we are still here! And here to stay! Video: Honor Songs Photo 2: Pomo dancers opening the occasion on Alcatraz Island, The Rock, where an exhibit depicting the Indian movement that occupied the ROCK for 19 months.will be among the display. AIM-WEST Read more: The multi-media exhibit titled We Are Still Here was put together by native artists and activists, California State University East Bay, San Francisco State University students and faculty, including members of the Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations, SKINS. http://wozniakderek.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/3/

San Francisco: Indigenous Arts Coalition Tonantzin Jams

TONANTZIN JAMS INDIGENOUS ARTS COALITION SUNDAY MAY 5 11-5pm Tenderloin National Forest 509 Ellis Street, San Francisco Traditional and contemporary indigenous art, activists and rockers: Speakers: Wichapiluta Candelaria (Ohlone) Anthony Sul (Ohlone) Douglas Duncan (Pomo) Clayton Duncan (Pomo) L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Acjachemen) POBREs/Po\’ Poets Project – Poets in Poverty Using the word, to heal,educate and relate Danza: Calpulli Coalitcue (Danza Mexica) Artists: Sarah Rosalena Brady (Laguna Pueblo and Huichol) Rye Purvis (Din ) Hartman Deetz (Mashpee W pan ak) Erlin Geffrard (Haitian) Oree Originol (Mexica) Margarita Herrera Neri (Mexica) Mario Ayala Music: Maidu Independant Theater (Maidu langauge rock band out of Roseville, CA) Sweatlodge Daniel Rodriguez (Otomi H h u Rockero)

Native Youth Filmmaking Workshop! Outta Your Backpack Media

Outta Your Backpack Media
Greetings, OYBM will be hosting a Free Filmmaking Workshop at our Media Center located at 1700 N. 2nd St. East Flagstaff, AZ.
Come and join us to learn hands on script writing, camera operating, video editing, and media justice!
The workshop is FREE & open to Indigenous youth ages 12-25. Participants must be able to attend every day. Limited to 30 Participants, so register soon!
Fri., May 3th 4:00PM- 7:00PM Pre-production
Sat., May 4th 12:00PM-7:00PM Production
Sun., May 5th 1:00PM- 6:00PM Post-production

PUBLIC FILM SCREENING! 6:30 p.m. (So tell your friends & family!)

If you have any questions email: oybm@oybm.org

Mohawk Nation News \’Shadow Government\’



shadow govt MNN. Apr. 29, 2013 . The conquest of our resources by a few who impose misery, oppression and indignity is ending. The Council of Chief Executives CCCE describes itself as a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization of CEOs of Canada s largest corporations. They are the shadow government devoted to theft and genocide! It controls many trillions in stolen Indigenous assets. Formerly called the Business Council on National Issues BCNI, its membership is a Who s Who of Canadian business and politics. Have a look. They are accountable only to the shareholders that own the Corporation of Canada. Current CCCE President John Manley was named Time Canada s Newsmaker of the Year in 2001 for crafting cross-border anti-terrorism strategies with the first U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Other members are part of the war machine: Air Canada, Bombardier, CN, Deloitte, Encana, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, KPMG, Royal Bank of Canada, and many other firms at the heart of the Canadian economy on stolen Indigenous land. Canada is a plutocracy run on bribes and corruption. Paul and Andre Desmarais, co-CEOs of Power Corporation , are called Canada s Rockefellers for their enormous wealth, influence, and political power. They shape, influence and dictate Canadian foreign and domestic policy.

Doctor, lawyer, corporate Indian chief, they all get bribed!

Doctor, lawyer, corporate Indian chief, all politicians get bribed!

BCNI drafted the 1986 Competition Act : BCNI approached Andre Ouellette, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, with an offer he didn t refuse. BCNI CEO Thomas D Aquino had, previously decided that Canada needed a new competition act. D Aquino spent $1 million to hire a team of 25 lawyers who by 1985, had produced a 236-page master plan. Incredibly, it became Canada s new Competition Act, virtually word for word. There were no provisions for class-action lawsuits. Criminal conspiracy was unprosecutable. Criminals were sent to civil courts to be processed. From 2003 to 2006 the Council launched the secret Security and Prosperity Partnership, [North American Union NAU] between US, Canada and Mexico. The North American Competitiveness Council , representing the 50 largest North American corporations and including many of the Canadian Council s members, shaped SPP talks.

North American Union, one big corporate business deal.

North American Union, one big corporate business deal. The SPP eventually folded. The Council still wants to create a continental security perimeter and free trade zone to enhance their banking and business interests. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives controls national policy in the interest of the few, and drafts legislation favorable to them. These secret provisional corporate governments are being revealed for being the shadow government. As we read this now, the shackles are starting to fall. The corporations are going down, as Leonard Cohen sang: They sentenced me to 20 years of boredom, for trying to change the system from within. I m coming now, I m coming to reward them. First we take Manhattan , then we take Berlin. http://www.corbettreport.com/power-behind-the-throne-the-canadian-council-of-chief-executives/ MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com Thahoketoteh@hotmail.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.

Coalition confronts Peabody Coal at shareholders meeting


Coalition Indicts Peabody with Habitual Exploitation at Annual Shareholders\’ Meeting Groups from Wyoming, Black Mesa, St. Louis and Colorado Join Together to Confront World\’s Largest Coal Company

By Arielle Klagsbrun

Posted at Censored News GILLETTE, WY– Peabody Energy shareholders affiliated with Powder River Basin Resource Council, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), CO-FORCE (Coloradans for Fair Rates and Clean Energy), and Forgotten People from Black Mesa/Big Mountain in Arizona converged in Gillette, Wyoming, on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Peabody\’s Annual General Meeting. Peabody has always held its meeting near its headquarters in St. Louis, but moved it this year to avoid public scrutiny. After the meeting, an activist affiliated with MORE [was arrested] dropping a banner saying, “Peabody Attacks: Pensions, Din Lands, Climate.” Shareholders asked targeted questions to CEO Greg Boyce and the Peabody Board of Directors regarding its current business model which consistently externalizes its costs to coal mine neighbors, workers, and the environment. Peabody\’s creation of now-bankrupt Patriot Coal to unload its pension and healthcare obligations to retired miners is a recent example of how Peabody disregards its own workers. Shareholders stood with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in Gillette in demanding that Peabody pay its retired miners what they were promised, while thousands more rallied in St. Louis. Just as Peabody is threatening the livelihoods of UMWA retirees, Peabody was also confronted today by two residents of the Black Mesa/Big Mountain area in Arizona. For decades, Peabody has been involved in the forced relocation of tens of thousands of Din and Hopi on Black Mesa. In January, residents of Black Mesa attempted to meet with CEO Greg Boyce in St. Louis. He refused, and twelve people were arrested attempting to deliver a letter from Black Mesa residents to Peabody.

Climate activists being arrested at shareholders meeting

“This winter, we travelled to Peabody\’s headquarters in St. Louis to bring them a message from the people of Black Mesa, whom Peabody is displacing from their ancestral lands to expand their strip mines. Instead of holding a dialogue, Boyce hid behind security and hired police; now we have come to Gillette so that we can express our concerns face-to-face,” said Don Yellowman, of Forgotten People on Black Mesa/Big Mountain in Arizona. Shareholders also drew attention to Peabody\’s attempts to cheat American taxpayers by leasing artificially cheap coal from the Bureau of Land Management. This practice is now under unprecedented investigation by the Government Accountability Office, the Department of the Interior, and Congress, and it could pose a large risk to the financial viability of Peabody\’s mining efforts in the Powder River Basin. Today, over 135,000 petitions were delivered to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell calling for a moratorium on new coal leasing in the Powder River Basin. The petitions follow an April 15 letter to Secretary Jewell signed by the leaders of 21 environmental, public health, consumer rights and community organizations calling for a moratorium and comprehensive review of the federal coal leasing program. “Peabody\’s chickens have come home to roost,” stated LJ Turner, a Wyoming rancher who lives near Peabody\’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine. “For too long, Peabody has ignored the true cost of its coal mines in the Powder River Basin, but now Congress and others are starting to pay attention to the impacts of mining on people, our air and land, and the climate.” Shareholders\’ concerns are underlined by a recent subpoena of Peabody by the Securities and Exchange Commission, related to the building and development of the Prairie State Energy Campus in Marissa, IL. Peabody, once the full developer of the project, sold of 95% of the plant to hundreds of towns and cities across the Midwest who are now paying for the plant\’s extreme cost overruns in their monthly bills. —

Mohawk Nation News \’Asset Stripping\’


mnnlogo1 MNN. Apr. 28. 2013. Canada will be raiding bank accounts to take people s money. Just like the way the Corporation of Canada passed a statute making itself the trustee of our ever growing $70.5 trillion Indian Trust Fund. The wealth of Canadians, all created by genocide and theft of our natural resources, will be plundered by the shareholders of the Corporation of Canada, the bankers. It s in the new budget, Economic Action Path 2013 .

Yaqui in Sonora invite President Obama for government to government consultation

Yaqui in Sonora invite President Obama for government to government consultation

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News Breaking News Exclusive www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com POTAM PUEBLO, Sonora, Mexico — Yaqui in Sonora, Mexico, have invited President Obama to meet with Yaquis in a government to government meeting in the Yaqui village of Potam, during Obama s visit to Mexico on May 2 — 3. Urging Obama not to fail in his promises to the people, Yaqui said the meeting will focus on the Yaqui struggle to maintain their water and land rights, identity and sovereignty. You have stated that you respect every nation, tribe and village that seeks peace and happiness, Yaqui said in the official invitation from the eight Yaqui communities. We dare to believe that your administration will not protect white collar criminals who endanger the American family and the national security of the United States, said the formal invitation to meet with Yaqui communities in their traditional homeland in southern Sonora, south of the Arizona border. While pointing to the corruption in Mexico, Yaqui said they are seeking support to maintain their way of life, which includes traditional farming, ranching and fishing. Yaqui said vital topics for the meeting are the breach of the Peace Treaty of 1940, corruption in the Arizona/Sonora Commission and the government of Mexico s attempts to carry out a coup d etat against our indigenous sovereignty. The official invitation to meet with Yaquis is signed by Mario Leyva Kajeeme and dated April 26, 2013. A copy was sent to Censored News. On November 20 — 21, Yaquis in Vicam hosted the International Forum for the Defense of Water, following Mexico s plans to seize water from Rio Yaqui for the city of Hermosillo. The official invitation to Obama for the May meeting said, “We hope you will not ignore our invitation. We wish that the hope and change that you have promised will someday directly benefit our true Yaqui families in Sonora and Arizona.”

Anonymous: OpGuantanamo Demand Obama shut it down

    Good day my friends.
    Close to half of the population at Guantanamo Bay are now hunger striking. It is time to stand in solidarity with them by demanding the Obama Administration to live up to it\’s promises to shut the center down. Please take just a minute to sign a petition, send an email, and post a tweet.
    Some relevant facts:
    There are 166 detainees currently housed in Guantanamo Bay.
    86 have been approved for release.
    30 Yemenis are being “conditionally detained” because of an “unstable” homeland.
    46 are being detained indefinitely without trial.
    Some have been waiting more than 11 years for their release.

Mohawk Nation News \’Canada\’s Snow Job\’


MNN. Apr. 27, 2013. James Anaya, the special UN rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, says the Harper government until recently refused his request to investigate the human rights situation of Indigenous peoples . He was refused official entry into Canada. The violations were so serious that he was ready to meet through unofficial channels. He was finally given a permit, with conditions? feudalism Canada s national human rights commission is getting flooded with complaints from Indigenous about the discrimination and misconduct of their corporate Indian band councils for selling out our resources to Harper s multinational banking buddies. Harper is telling us to go to the very agents we are complaining about. Harper s job is to shut us up and speed up the rape of our resources.

Mohawk Nation News \’Mass Murder in Canada\’

Six Nations death camp established in 1870 to exterminate Mohawks. MNN. Apr. 26, 2013. In 1870 a school was set up in the Six Nations community targeting Mohawk children from all Mohawk communities. They were incarcerated and exterminated. Forensic evidence substantiates that the Crown of England, Vatican, Canadian government and churches carried out the killings of 50,000 Indigenous children across Canada. 40% of the students were murdered.

Six Nations death camp established in 1870 to exterminate Mohawks.

Recently found in secret graves were bones, bits of school uniforms, arms, skeletons of children as young as 3 years of age and other material. They were covered with several feet of dirt, plants and trees.

Children 3 years old were annihilated.

3 year old children were annihilated.

Which criminal acts is Canada guilty of in relation to the murder of Indigenous children at government residential school death camps? A serial killer kills 3 or more persons over a period of time for psychological gratification. Often a sexual element is involved. Other motives include anger, thrill, financial gain and attention getting. Victims may have something in common, occupation, race, appearance, sex or age. Killings could go on over a long period of time. Mass murder is killing a large number of people at the same time over a short period of time, in a single location. A number of victims are killed by an individual or an organization. Some of the perpetrators die by suicide or are killed in shoot outs or go unfounded.

Church & state genocide planners.

Church & state genocide planners.

In genocide mass murder is the intention of government agents to exterminate a large number of people, such as unarmed protesters, innocent people in cities, random or planned executions of civilians or children. Governments annihilating entire groups of people can be both genocide or crimes against humanity. Such crimes have no charges nor convictions. In 1948 the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide Article 2 provides that genocide is deliberate and systematic murder in whole or in part of an ethnic, racial or national group; killing members of a group; causing serious bodily harm; deliberately inflicting death; preventing births; transferring children to another group; destroying political and social institutions, culture, language, national feelings, religion and economy; or destroying their personal security, health, dignity and lives. Canada signed this convention and is guilty of most of these crimes. The National Criminal Court was established in 2002 to try states that signed the treaty such as Canada. The UN determined it cannot interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign nations. Genocide can only end when these powers no longer have a stake in the region where genocide is being carried out. Canada is not sovereign. It is a corporation without land.

UN helps Canada cover up murders.

UN helps Canada cover up murders.

The surviving students are now telling us what they know. Attached is the report of the International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State ITCCS of the crimes carried out at the Mush Hole death camp at Six Nations. The genocide program in Canada is firmly in place and still on track. Duncan Campbell Scott, the colonial superintendent of Indian Affairs, plotted the final solution of the Indian problem in the Indian Advancement Act of 1924. The international community has no choice but to follow international law and charge Canada with the crime of genocide, and put a stop worldwide. Canada s existence is built upon lies and will fail a s Jimi sang: Just like castle s made of sand fall into the sea, eventually. Castles made of sand ITCCS website

we will never forget the horror of the murders our children.

The horror, the horror!

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 WHERE EAGLES DARE TO SOAR available from MNN.

Music Video: Papago Warrior, Waila at O\’odham Solidarity Project\’s Spring Gathering

Also Watch Papago Warrior, Video II, at the Spring Gathering: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqOhEtqvCAA
Tohono O\’odham children and youth video taping Papago Warrior.

PAPAGO WARRIOR! Censored News During the O\’odham Solidarity Project\’s Spring Gathering 2013, O\’odham children and youth video taped the award-winning Waila band, Papago Warrior. Papago Warrior, featured at the Native American Music Awards and winner of Mul-Chu-Tha Battle of the Bands, donated three hours of music for the spring gathering on the border. VIDEO I: Voices from the Border Spring Gathering: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/oodham-solidarity-project-voices-on.html VIDEO II: Voices from the Border http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/video-ii-voices-from-border-oodham.html PHOTOS Spring Gathering http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/photos-oodham-solidarity-project-spring.html Please consider making a donation to the O\’odham Solidarity Project at their website: http://www.solidarity-project.org/

VIDEO II Voices from the Border: O\’odham Solidarity Project

Published on Apr 25, 2013 VIDEO II Voices from the Border During the O\’odham Solidarity Project Spring Gathering at the border in 2013, supporters shared their feelings about the real story of the militarization of Tohono O\’odham land by the US, and the continual abuse of O\’odham by US Border Patrol agents. Video II, interview on the western portion of Tohono O\’odham land in Arizona. VIDEO I: Voices from the Border Spring Gathering: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/oodham-solidarity-project-voices-on.html PHOTOS Spring Gathering http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/photos-oodham-solidarity-project-spring.html WAILA Papago Warrior videos Spring Gathering http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/music-video-papago-warrior-waila-at.html O\’odham Solidarity Project website http://www.solidarity-project.org/ Video by Censored News www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Mount Taylor faces \’permanent and severe\’ adverse cultural impacts

mt taylor 017 (1) Mt. Taylor Faces Permanent and Severe Adverse Cultural Impacts

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Reveals Forest Service Plan to Deviate from Existing Laws

By Klee Benally @eelk

GALLUP, NM The Cibola National Forest Service (CNFS) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a mine proposed on Mt. Taylor that will violate the existing Forest Management Plan. Instead of upholding their current standards regard to historic and cultural properties, CNFS is planning to deviate from them to allow desecration of Mt. Taylor with a Project-Specific Forest Plan Amendment. Read article at Indigenous Action Media: http://www.indigenousaction.org/mt-taylor-faces-permanent-and-severe-adverse-cultural-impacts/ French translation: http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=1692

TARSANDS RED RIVER SHOWDOWN: Protester encases arm in concrete!

BREAKING: Lula, OK Thursday, April 25, 7– A protester with the group Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance has stopped construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by locking his arm into a concrete capsule buried directly in the pipeline s proposed path. Fitzgerald Scott, 42, is the first African American to risk arrest while physically blockading TransCanada s dangerous tar sands pipeline, and the second person to take action this week. On Monday a 61 year old man locked himself to a piece of construction equipment effectively shutting down another Oklahoma pipeline construction site. This week of action, called the Red River Showdown, is intended to protect the Red River, which marks the border between Oklahoma and Texas and is a major tributary of the Mississippi. BREAKING NEWS UPDATES: http://gptarsandsresistance.org/6th-action/

Photos O\’odham Solidarity Project Spring Gathering 2013




. O\’odham Solidarity Project Spring Gathering 2013 The award-winning Waila band Papago Warrior, featured at the Native American Music Awards and winner of Mul-Chu-Tha Battle of the Bands, donated three hours of music for the spring gathering on the border. O\’odham youths, up and coming photographers and videographers, documented the band. More: VIDEO INTERVIEW with supporter, after learning of the militarization of the border, and constant abuse of O\’odham by US Border Patrol agents: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/oodham-solidarity-project-voices-on.html VIDEO II : Voices from the Border http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/video-ii-voices-from-border-oodham.html PHOTOS Spring Gathering http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/photos-oodham-solidarity-project-spring.html WAILA Papago Warrior videos Spring Gathering http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/music-video-papago-warrior-waila-at.html O\’odham Solidarity Project website, please consider making a donation! http://www.solidarity-project.org/

Mohawk Nation News \’Brown Face, White System\’


MNN. Apr. 25, 2013. Beware Injun Conferences where we have to listen to Indian Act or Federal Indian Law sell-outs spout the glories of colonialism. They are the Finder s Fee Indians . The speakers are mostly band or tribal councilors, or those who are trained to conduct treason against our people. Serious issues are ignored. No comparison is made with true traditional law based on our inherent tie to the land. The speeches bore us to tears. Most leave empty-handed and empty-headed! These smoke and mirrors performances are meant to waste our time. In the evening we are entertained at an open bar. The next morning we don t remember a thing. finders fee Should you miss the Indian conference circuit for ten years or more, don t worry. The next one will be exactly the same. The speakers never tell us how they are lining their own pockets by stealing our money or the government directly deposits it into their off-shore accounts. Their job is to make it look like we are in favor of land claims settlements and mega development. They get a casino or poker palace, owned and operated by white people as tax havens, in the name of native sovereignty. We have to survive for another 500 years , they tell us.


Chief: I signed so you would get this .

There s no heckling because we listen and wait our turn. No opening is provided in the agenda. Speaker called Finder Fee says, Blah, blah, blah! Relations with federal, state, provincial and local governments have never been better [to steal everything from us]. He s really saying, We re looking for other brain dead people to work with . Syracuse University and University of Victoria are giving fully paid scholarships to train sell-outs in their governance programs. Councilor 140-Acres greets us with a fake heavy Indian accent. When he gets riled up, he sounds just like a regular New Yorker. I can go to Albany, Washington or Ottawa and mill around with those [crooked] politicians ! Councillor Where s-My-Finder s-Fee extols, That s how important we are . casino Speaker Who-Never-Got-a-Finder s-Fee wants to send the government to the traditional council to sign away our rights! As if! Another Who-Lost-His-Finder s-Fee talked about how the government system dealt with his case to stop garbage dumps contaminating the water and environment. The court refused to hear it. For $35 the attendees get a T-shirt with a clenched FU fist on the back and a box lunch. Those who had fallen asleep were awakened in time to see an award being given to the Master of Ceremonies by his mother. People, some of us are getting tired of having our intelligence insulted. As Frank Zappa reminds us of the corporation trap: Flies all green and buzzing in his dungeon of despair. Prisoners grumble and piss their clothes and scratch their matted hair. A tiny light from a window hole a hundred yards away is all they ever get to know about the regular life in the day; and it stinks so bad the stones been choking and dripping greenish drops. In the room where the giant fire puffer works and the torture never stops. In the room where the giant puffer works and the torture never stops. the torture never stops . sleeping audience 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

O\’odham Solidarity Project: Voices on the Border

O\’odham Solidarity Project: Voices on the Border A supporter of the O\’odham Solidarity Project shares her feelings and insights after spending time with Tohono O\’odham in their ancestral homeland. She describes the reality of the system in the United States and what it means here. She reacts to learning of the militarization of O\’odham homelands, the constant abuse of O\’odham by US Border Patrol agents, and the ongoing power structure in the United States, which are among the most censored issues by the media. The interview is on the western portion of Tohono O\’odham land, near the so-called US/Mexico border in Arizona. VIDEO II : Voices from the Border http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/video-ii-voices-from-border-oodham.html PHOTOS Spring Gathering http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/photos-oodham-solidarity-project-spring.html WAILA Papago Warrior videos Spring Gathering http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/music-video-papago-warrior-waila-at.html O\’odham Solidarity Project website, please consider making a donation! http://www.solidarity-project.org/ Censored News video production www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Din Hada As d : A Peaceful Revolution against the Internal Enemies

Navajo child protests at Salt River Project in Tempe, Ariz.
Din Hada As d
Navajo Vigilant Ones
A Navajo People s Public Interest Organization
We need a Peaceful People s Revolution against the internal enemies

NGS: It s All About Water (Today s Blue Gold ) and Disloyal Insiders

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is not Navajo, but uses our coal, water, land, and
nearly 400 miles of rights-of-way (basically free for 40 years) to make its owners gross annual
revenues of roughly $1.5 billion. The two biggest owners are the U.S. Interior Department
(our supposed trustee) and Arizona s Salt River Project (SRP).
NGS owners have swindled us out of hundreds of millions in value over 40 plus years

Gila River Huhugam Heritage Center: Keep it sacred April 27, 2013

Mohawk Nation News \’UN Chicanery\’


mnnlogo1 MNN. Apr. 24, 2013. Canada is not a constitutional democracy. They follow their corporate by-laws, not the rule of law. Like every corporation their duty is to provide ever-growing dividends to the shareholders. In the case of Thahoketoteh of Kanekota, the Federal Court of Canada refused to answer the constitutional question about Section 109 of the BNA Act 1867 and the Constitution Act 1982. Now the Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear the Athabaska Chipewyan appeal of the Jack Pine Mine expansion project on their land.

Tinariwen, from the Sahara Desert, in Tucson


Censored News Music Video (above) Saharan Desert band Tinariwen in Tucson, in concert with Dine\’ band Sihasin (Hope) with the incredible sounds of healing and a borderless world. From the Sahara to the Sonoran Desert. ALSO Censored News Video: Sihasin sings AIM song, in concert with Tinariwen, at Hotel Congress, April 23, 2013. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/video-sihasin-in-concert-tucson-aim-song.html Tinariwen tour schedule: http://www.tinariwen.com/ Sihasin tour schedule: http://sihasin.com/ Videos by Brenda Norrell, Censored News

VIDEO Sihasin in concert Tucson: AIM song

Sihasin http://sihasin.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORPQ853bz2Q Censored News music video! Dine\’ band Sihasin welcomes Saharan desert band Tinariwen to the Sonoran Desert, and home to Tohono O\’odham and Yaqui, live at the Hotel Congress in Tucson on April 23, 2013. Jeneda and Clayson Benally\’s new band is on tour and will be at the Gathering of Nations this weekend. Jeneda and Clayson spoke for hope and unity during the incredible concert, and joined Tinariwen in music which does not recognize borders, inspiring with their profound message of healing, hope and renewal.

Tinariwen from Saharan Desert performed in concert with Dine\’ Sihasin in Tucson at Hotel Congress Watch Tinariwen live in Tucson: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/tinariwen-from-sahara-desert-in-tucson.html Upcoming: Dine\’ band Sihasin Tour Schedule

Thursday, April 25, 2013 Juan Tabo Library @ Albuquerque, NM @ noon
North Valley Library @ Albuquerque, NM @ 4pm
Friday, April 26, 2013 Gathering of Nations Albuquerque, NM
@ The Pit @ 11:15am
@ Stage 49 @ 4pm
Saturday, April 27 Gathering of Nations Albuquerque, NM
@ Stage 49 @ 1:45 pm
June13-16, 2013 Steel Bridge Songfest @ Sturgeon Bay, WI
July 18-21 Grassroots Festival @ Trumansburg, NY
August 3-4 Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show @ Flagstaff, AZ
2012 Concerts
Friday, November 23rd, 2012 in Oakland, CA @ American Steele Studios @ 3pm Free show!

Dine\’ at Hardrock Chapter \’Sustainable Lifeways\’ May 4, 2013

A Victory for Transparency: US \’School of Assassins\’ must reveal graduates and instructors

A Victory for Transparency! Exciting news! By School of Americas Watch After persistent effort, SOA Watch has won its lawsuit against the Pentagon for its refusal to disclose the names of graduates and instructors of WHINSEC (formerly known as the SOA). Yesterday, Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of California\’s Northern District Court, ruled that the Pentagon and SOA/WHINSEC had no grounds for secrecy when it comes to who is being trained at the multi-million dollar facility.
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