Remembering Wounded Knee \’73

Remembering Wounded Knee \’73 by Carter Camp Ponca Nation AIM Ah-ho My Relations, Each year with the changing of the season I post this remembrance of Wounded Knee 73. I wrote it a few years ago when some of our brave people had walked to Yellowstone to stop the slaughter of our Buffalo relations. When I did I was surprised at the response from people who were too young to remember WK\’73 and I was pleased that some old WK vets wrote to me afterwards. So each year on this date I post the short story again and invite you-all to send it around or use as you will. As you do I ask you to remember that our reasons for going to Wounded Knee still exist and that means the need for struggle and resistance also still exist. Our land and sacred sites are threatened as never before even our sacred Mother herself is faced with unnatural warming caused by extreme greed. In some areas of conflict between our people and those we signed treaties with, it is best to negotiate or “work within

Indigenous Fight Logging, Nuclear Industry, Colonization and Oppression

Underreported Struggles #35, February 2010 Full story w/ links: http://intercontinentalcry.org/underreported-struggles-35-february-2010 In this month\’s Underreported Struggles: Indigenous People in Ecuador Call for a “Permanent Mobilzation ; 5,000 Dongria Kondh protest against Vedanta Resources; Bangladesh army opens fire on Indigenous Jumma; Okanagan Band launches protective blockade against logging. Feb 28 – Indigenous People in Ecuador Call for “Permanent Mobilization – Indigenous representatives and leaders have issued a call for a “permanent mobilization to protest the Ecuadorian government\’s development policies and press demands for a pluri-national state. Lasting for more than eight weeks, a similar mobilization occurred last year in Peru. Feb 26 – Colombia: indigenous communities targeted in war, again – Indigenous peoples are again caught in the middle as the Colombian army launches a major offensive against the FARC guerillas in the southern Andean depar

Remembering the Migrants: Tucson Peace Fair 2010

By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ MORE PHOTOS: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/02/photos-tucson-peace-fair-2010.html TUCSON — In the half moon circle of booths before the stage, children\’s faces were painted and Guatemalan tapestries were on display. There was the call for peace, and the paintings of torture in China. Veterans for Peace, Amnesty, the ACLU, Derechos Humanos, Borderlinks, No More Deaths, KXCI Radio and so many others were there at the Tucson Peace Fair today. The Tucson Refuge Sewing and Crafts Circle offered handmade bags made by African women who are now refugees here. Others called for the protection of the Santa Rita Mountains from copper mining. On one table, there were tiny mementos, precious items left behind by migrants in the Sonoran Desert. There were fragments of a child\’s clothing, bits of toys and beads, now made into art, so they will not be forgotten. On quilt patches there are the memories and the names of those

Andy Warhol\’s Tucson

Article and photos by Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ It was unexpected, but there it was. Andy Warhol photographs, even his cowboy boots, three rooms of them, with Go-Go Sixties dancers. And out back, Sonoran hot dogs and a mechanical bull. All you had to do was lean back on a hay bale and drink it all in, beneath the stars, with one of the ropers. Out back, the hot dogs had grilled onions, raw onions, jalapenos, bacon and some other stuff that I\’ve forgotten. Inside, the world of art was unglued, all unhinged, Andy Warhol was there, jumping in between the chasms of time, leaping back and forth, enjoying it all one more time. Bob Broder, who once shot for Arizona Republic and other ole news rags (like the ones that I sometimes wrote for) was standing there, in front of the photos of Andy Warhol. There was a surreal quality to it all, Broder standing there in front of a wall of photos that he shot of Warhol in Tucson, with a Navajo blanket and cowboy h

Black Mesa Indigenous Support: Regional Coordinators

BMIS Regional Coordinator Proposal By Black Mesa Indigenous Support Photo: Black Mesa Support Caravan Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) is seeking year-round regional coordinators! We are looking for excited, committed people to join us in support of the traditional resistance communities at Big Mountain/Black Mesa. We are seeking individuals and groups from all over the country and encourage people who are new to organizing projects to join us, as well as supporters who have long-term involvement in the struggle. Please pass along this email to people in your community who might be interested, and get in touch with us if you have any questions at: blackmesais@gmail.com BMIS strives to have our organizing grounded in the needs and input from people on the land at Big Mountain Black Mesa, which necessitates lots of communication, translation, and trips to the land. In addition, we serve as a bridge between outside supporters and the resistance community. We envision a regional coordinato

Facing the KKK: Migrant Youth Walkers

Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ Brave students are walking from Miami to Washington, D.C. to demand our nation s leaders fix our failed immigration system. They have just entered the Deep South and have encountered extreme anti-immigrant sentiment including the Ku Klux Klan. Now more than ever they need our support so they know they re not alone. http://trail2010.org/action/?ref_by=2517-1401 Along the “Trail of Dreams, their 1,500 mile walk, they will call on our nation s leaders to ensure that young people like themselves, and all immigrants, have the chance to realize their potential and fully participate in society. These students are taking a courageous stand on behalf of millions of others who suffer under our failed immigration system. Please stand with them as they walk through hostile territory and take their message to Washington. http://trail2010.org/action/?ref_by=2517-1401

O\’odham Ofelia Rivas Imprisoned in Mexico

O\’odham Ofelia Rivas imprisoned for four days in southern Chiapas while supporting Zapatistas By Brenda Norrell Human Rights Editor UN OBSERVER & International Report http://www.unobserver.com/ Photo: Tapachula prison in Chiapas near Guatemalan border. TUCSON — O\’odham human rights activist Ofelia Rivas was imprisoned in southern Chiapas for four days and crossed safely onto O\’odham lands Wednesday night. “There are inhumane border policies all across the world. My personal experience at home dealing with the Border Patrol helped me deal with confinement in the prison cell,” Rivas said after crossing the border to her home. Rivas was imprisoned in the Tapachula Immigration Prison in southern Chiapas near the Guatemalan border on false charges of crossing the border of Guatemala without documents. Rivas, however, had not crossed into Guatemala. “Throughout our travel, by plane and bus, federal authorities reviewed my documents and allowed me to pass without probl

Coal Plant Fails in Penn., Navajos Hope Desert Rock is Next

COAL PLANT FAILS IN PENNSYLVANIA COAL COUNTRY Health Risks and Controversy Remain At Sites on Navajo Nation And Nevada Press statement KARTHAUS, Penn. An international energy developer financed by Wall Street equity firm The Blackstone Group has abandoned plans for a proposed 300-megawatt waste-coal power plant in rural Pennsylvania. Sithe Global, which is also behind the proposed Toquop coal plant in Nevada and the Desert Rock plant on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, announced Tuesday it was canceling its proposed $600 million River Hill plant near Karthaus, Penn. due to financing difficulties. Progress on Sithe s other two coal projects has also stalled as a result of permitting and financing difficulties and intense opposition from local communities who say the potential harm to their air, water and health far outweighs any economic benefits from the plants. We have suspected for a long time that the River Hill project was very tenuous at best, said Randy Francisco, of the Sier

Indigenous Peoples: Pollution and Diabetes

Bitter Sweet or Toxic? Indigenous people, diabetes and the burden of pollution Contamination of First Nations, Mohawk and O\’odham lands linked to diabetes By John Schertow The Dominion Excerpts: WINNIPEG Diabetes is now widely regarded as the 21st century epidemic. With some 284 million people currently diagnosed with the disease, it s certainly no exaggeration least of all for Indigenous people. … There is growing evidence that diabetes is closely linked with our environment. More than a dozen studies have been published that show a connection between Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); carcinogenic hydrocarbons known as Dioxins; and the violently deadly synthetic pesticide, DDT and higher rates of the disease. O\’odham and Diabetes The Tohono O odham Nation s experience bears a close resemblance to Grassy Narrows: the world s highest rate of diabetes can be found in the southwest Arizona nation. According to Tribal health officials , nea

Call Congress Thursday: No Loans for Nuclear Reactors

NATIONAL CALL-CONGRESS DAY IS TOMORROW THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 TELL CONGRESS: NO MORE LOANS FOR NUCLEAR REACTORS February 24, 2010 Dear Friends: A quick reminder that tomorrow, Thursday, February 25, is the National Call-Congress Day to stop the Obama Administration\’s proposed $54 Billion loan program for new nuclear reactor construction–otherwise known as a giant taxpayer giveaway to wealthy nuclear corporations. You can reach every member of Congress through the Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121. We ask that your call your House Representative and both of your Senators, if at all possible. Our asks are these: *we want them to publicly oppose the President\’s request for a tripling of the Department of Energy loan “guarantee” program to $54 Billion. *we want them to vote against this program in committee if possible and on the floor if it comes to the floor. We are supplementing the Call-Congress Day with your letters. *If you haven\’t written to your Representative yet

St. Regis Mohawks Receiving CITGO Heating Fuel

Citgo will once again donate heating fuel to tribal residents By LORI SHULL TIMES STAFF FEBRUARY 24, 2010 http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20100224/NEWS05/302249986 HOGANSBURG Though spring fever is setting in, heating help is still on the way to the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. For the third year in a row, the tribe will receive funds from Venezuelan government-owned Citgo. Qualified applicants will receive approximately 100 gallons of free home heating fuel to help get them through the winter, according to the tribe.Other than the five boroughs of New York City, the tribe is the only community in the state to receive help, according to Citgo officials.”It\’s for tribes in the north for whom heating becomes a survival issue,” said David T. Staddon, director of public information for the tribe. “We are the northernmost tribe in the state.”

Canadian Denison Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon

Canadian-based Denison Mines is mining uranium at the north rim of the Grand Canyon, continuing its disregard for Native Americans By Brenda Norrell Narcosphere Photo: Native American children at Red Butte, at the Havasupai Gathering to Halt Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon in July. Photo Brenda Norrell. Denison Mines is now mining uranium at the north rim of the Grand Canyon, threatening the water supply and health of the region. President Obama\’s new focus on nuclear energy, with funding for nuclear power plants, is creating a new demand for uranium. Obama\’s new nuclear focus comes as a slap in the face to Native people who supported him and are now fighting new uranium mining on their lands. Exploitative corporations targeting Native people, including Denison Mines, are continuing their disregard for the health and wellbeing of Native people and future generations. In the Southwest, Native people have long been the victims of uranium mining and were the victims of Cold War ura

Uranium Mining Begins at Grand Canyon

Uranium Mining Begins at Grand Canyon Thousands of Claims Threaten Public Health and Sacred Lands By Klee Benally Indigenous Action Media ( http://www.indigenousaction.org/ ) Photo (R): Havasupai gathered near Red Butte at the south rim of the Grand Canyon in July to oppose Denison Mines new uranium mining. Photo Brenda Norrell. GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — In defiance of legal challenges and a U.S. Government moratorium, Canadian company Denison Mines has started mining uranium on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. According to the Arizona Daily Sun the mine has been operating since December 2009. Denison plans on extracting 335 tons of uranium per day out of the “Arizona 1 Mine”, which is set to operate four days per week. The hazardous ore will be hauled by truck more than 300 miles through towns and communities to the company\’s White Mesa mill located near Blanding, Utah. After being pressured by environmental groups, U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar initially called for a tw

Indigenous Radio: Vermont\’s proposed apology for sterilization of Native women

INDIGENOUS POLITICS: FROM NATIVE NEW ENGLAND AND BEYOND Radio Program on WESU, Middletown, CT Tuesdays 4-5 PM EST Listen Online While the Show Airs: www.wesufm.org On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, join your host, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, for an episode of “Indigenous Politics” that will focus on a proposal being considered by the Vermont legislature to apologize for its 1931 Sterilization Act, which was part of a eugenics campaign that targeted persons of French Canadian and Abenaki ancestry, as well as other non-Anglos and individuals deemed mentally disabled. Our guests on the program include Nancy Gallagher, author of Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State, and Judy Dow (Abenaki) who sits on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. ~~~ This show is syndicated on select Pacifica-affiliate stations: WPKN in Bridgeport, CT and Montauk, NY; WNJR, in Washington, PA, WETX-LP, “The independent Voice of Appalachia,” which broadcasts t

Okanagan Indian Band Blockades Logging

Okanagan Indian Band s fight for watershed providing an alternate image of B.C. Chief Fabian Alexis, band member Dan Wilson, and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip have set up a blockade at Browns Creek near Vernon. By Kathy Michaels Kelowna.com http://www.kelowna.com/2010/02/23/okanagan-indian-bands-fight-for-watershed-providing-an-alternate-image-of-b-c/ Only a day has passed since the Okanagan Indian Band blockaded Tolko s entrance to the Browns Creek watershed and it s already become fodder for international news coverage. A German film crew was at the blockade near Vernon yesterday morning, said Chief Fabian Alexis, from the roadside check-point set up in front of the band s public works office on Westside Road. And with hoardes of Olympic media close at hand, it s suspected more will follow to chronicle the breakdown of negotiations that in some form have taken the better part of the decade. Concerns over Brown s Creek are long-standing. Since 2003 the band has been before the courts dealing

OLYMPICS: Coast Salish blockade bridge where ancestors were desecrated

Blockade Golden Ears Bridge Anti-2010 Olympics Convergence, Coast Salish Territories, (Vancouver, B.C.) Video: http://www.youtube.com/salmonsovereignty Contact: salmonsovereignty@hotmail.com As part of the Anti-Olympics Convergence in Vancouver B.C., members of Coast Salish Katzie First Nation and supporters blocked the Golden Ears Bridge. The Bridge spans the Frazer River between Pitt Meadows and Langley, and is adjacent to Katzie 1 and Katzie 2 Reserves. It is about a half hour drive outside of Vancouver. The bridge opened on June 16, 2009. It is owned by Translink, who say, It will have major long-term impacts on the region, improving travel times and promoting economic activity. It is clearly disregarding the negative impacts on Indigenous people. Construction of the bridge desecrated a 3,000 year old burial ground. Its massive pilings in the river disrupt currents, and the ability of local Katzie fishers to fish. Situated at the mouth of the Frazer River, the bridge effects already th

Bolivia\’s People Summit to challenge rich nations on climate

Bolivia: People s Summit to challenge rich nations on climate Raul Connolly Green Left 20 February 2010 http://www.greenleft.org.au/2010/827/42566 Bolivia s foreign minister David Choquehuanca said on February 8 that Bolivia is very concerned about the inadequacy of the greenhouse gas reduction commitments made by developed countries in the Copenhagen Accord at the United Nations climate summit in December, http://www.pwccc.wordpress.com/ said. Speaking alongside representatives from campesino (peasant) and indigenous organisations, Choquehuanca said: The commitments, of the developed states, related to greenhouse gas emission reductions will result in more than three degrees increase in temperature above pre-industrial levels. Some experts even say that the temperature could rise as high as four degrees above pre-industrial levels. The situation is serious. An increase of temperature of more than one degree above pre-industrial levels would result in the disappearance of our glaciers i
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