Dooda Desert Rock: Fighting the good fight

July 31, 2008 Contact: Elouise Brown, Dooda Desert Rock Committee President505-947-6159 thebrownmachine@hotmail.com (Photo: Polar bears are the victims of the Navajo Nation and other US power plants which emit black carbons, resulting in the melting Arctic ice and destruction of homelands for polar bears, walrus and seals.) THE FEDERAL PERMIT IS ONLY ONE PHASE OF THE DEBATE Yesterday s AP article and a recent Daily Times piece assume that today is the deadline for an EPA decision. That is not what the June 11, 2008 notice in the Federal Register says. The paragraph that starts at the bottom of the left column on the second page makes it clear that the Agency will not make a decision on whether or not to withdraw consent to the consent decree until notice is published, comments are received from the public, and the EPA or the Justice Department made a decision on whether the public comments show that consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of

Mohawk Nation News: Canada under Mohawk Microscope

CANADA FIRST DEFENCE STRATEGY UNDER MOHAWK MICROSCOPE by Iako ha kowa and MNN Staff Mohawk Nation News July 16, 2008. Canada s military build-up is meant to try to attack people of color world wide, steal our resources and eliminate our population. There is a big recruitment campaign for Indigenous youth going on. They want 20% of the armed forces to be native. That way it will look like we approve their actions. No money to heal or educate or pay the debt to Indigenous people. But plenty of money to kill!The U.S. inspired “Canada First Defence Strategy” (CFDS) is basically a capitalist economic plan. No thought has been given to sustainable development. The “Strategy” is an aggressive profit-driven scheme designed to benefit career soldiers and industry. It was posted online on June 19 2008 with color photos of Generalissimo” Stephen Harper and Peter Fancies-himself-to-be-Idi Amin MacKay. US military sites like DefenseIndustryDaily expresses skept

Inside the Checkpoints: Border Walls, Texas Shame

Inside the Checkpoints July 30, 2008 Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr. Photos at: http://picasaweb.google.com/Border.Ambassadors/BorderWallTXFirstWallFirstProtest Border Walls Texas Shame A congressionally backed dictator has begun to violate Texas soil. Shame on the dictator! Shame on the Congress! Shame on Texas! Shame on all of us! How is it possible that a hurricane can come into the Rio Grande Valley providing a Wake Up Call to the region, the State of Texas and the Federal Government and all the above do nothing to wake the hell up? After nearly two years of public protest and outcry, border wall construction on the levies in Granjeno, south of Mission, Texas, quietly got under way a couple of weeks ago. And, during hurricane season at that. An alarmingly quiet local media. There was no outrage on the part of any of our elected officials. With the exception of the Texas Border Coalition, there are still no organized attempts on the part of elected officials, from county Commissioners to Congre

Genocide in South Texas: Homeland Security and George Bush perpetrators

Flooding in South Texas: Lipan Apache and poor of Rio Grande suffer while Homeland Security and George Bush do what they do best: Genocide From: Margo Tamez To: E-mail: DHSOIGHOTLINE@dhs.gov Fax: (202) 254-4292 Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528 Attn: Office of Inspector General, Hotline Office of the Inspector General False Damage Claims: 1 (800) 323-8603 July 30, 2008 Dear Inspector General: At this time I am submitting a testimony from my community members, the lineal descendent Lebaiye\’ T\’nde\’ (Lipan Apache) people who are the aboriginal land title holders to territories of South Texas, the Rio Grande River and into northern Mexico. Currently, my family members reside in numerous counties of South Texas which have been horribly and negatively impacted by the ongoing flooding and infrastructural calamities in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and other affected counties. Reports from my mother, Dr. Eloisa Garcia Tamez (Lipan Apache) and other community members, as well as

US Dept Justice asked to investigate Sheriff Arpaio for willful \’civil rights violations\’

By Brenda Norrell PHOENIX — Recently, on an Amtrak ride across America, an elderly man bragged about purchasing a pair of panties signed by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. First, I thought he was joking. Then I just wanted to throw up. This same sheriff, glorified as a romantic hero and cowboy-style sheriff, is actually a criminal. This is the ultimate in what the U.S. fantasy-news media produces; making heroes of villains, bullies and racists. Attorney Michael C. Manning, on behalf of his clients, asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Sheriff Arpaio for abuse, cruelty, willful civil rights violations and other crimes. Here is an excerpt: ” …in 2001, MCSO guards in the same jail killed another young man in the same Restraint Chair. This time it was a 125lb retarded man who lived with his Mom and Dad. We took that case on and tried it before a jury. The jury unanimously awarded our clients $9,000,009. Eight MCSO jailers were found liable for taking this man\’s li

Homeland Security\’s \’Vulturism\’ in Flooded South Texas

Homeland Security repeats New Orleans crimes against humanity in South Texas Contact: Margo Tamez, (509) 595-4445 Dear friends, I am writing on behalf of Margo Tamez, who called me from the road today and asked me to relay this important message to you. Her mother Eloisa Garcia Tamez told me on the phone today that FEMA is not providing aid to poor people in the flood who are without food and who are in need of medicine. Eloisa Tamez emphasized the issue of disparity, as she witnessed escorts for the movement of big business materials, while people are suffering. And on this same day, DHS commenced construction of the border wall in Hidalgo County, where the same people who are dealing with the wall and militarization of their neighborhoods have had to leave their homes during the flood. Margo Tamez says, DHS is performing vulturism upon the communities in their most dire moment of catastrophe. Today in Hidalgo County DHS started on the wall. They must be more humanitarian! DHS must stop

Censored News, readers respond

Thanks to all of you for your comments. Since the article on censorship and hush words was published in the UN OBSERVER & International Report , CounterPunch and the Narcosphere , the comments are pouring in. The following comments are published with permission: Support from Italy: Opposing Canadian border guards attack on Mohawk grandmothers and publishers This letter expresses support from Italy, through the italian Blog “Nativi Americani.it”, after the violent and unjustified attack of June 14, 2008 by the guards directed by Canada Border Security Agency against grandmothers Mohawk, Kahentinetha Horn and Katenies (alias Janet Davis).The colonial border crosses the center of the Mohawk territory, this people is not American or Canadian, but are “Kanion\’ke”, this Native People have always crossed freely this land, The treaties and international law confirm that right.The complaint to the United Nations sent to \’Office of High Commission for Human Rights an

Cops in Canada: Mob attacks on Shawn Brant and the Mohawks

OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino uses mob tactics on Shawn Brant and the Mohawks Mohawk Nation News July 20, 2008. The death penalty has been abolished in Canada. Julian Fantino has been trying to do an end run around this. Last June 29th 2007 Fantino pronounced an extra judicial death sentence on Mohawk Shawn Brant of Tyendinaga. He has used the police forces to threaten Indigenous people. He is trying to provoke us to commit violent acts in self-defense to give him the excuse he wants to kill us. According to the CBC News [7/19/08 7:00PM] the OPP Commissioner should be investigated for the comments he made under oath at the preliminary inquiry. Peter Rosenthal, who represents Mohawk demonstrator Shawn Brant, said on Saturday July 19th that he is calling for the government to investigate Commissioner Fantino s comments to Brant on the phone during the aboriginal day of action. Newly released court documents show the OPP were just minutes away from moving in to forcibly remove Indi

Mohawk Nation News: \’Beware of Cops in Sheep\’s Clothing\’

INDIGENOUS AND SUPPORTERS, BEWARE OF COPS IN SHEEP\’S CLOTHING Mohawk Nation News July 20, 2008. Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino s fascist actions against Indigenous people are not new. His illegal dirty tricks to trap Mohawks and Shawn Brant in particular may have been developed and practiced in cop training school. It s an old pattern. Cops are basically well-paid thugs. Looking at the police training videos, we see police being trained to instigate violence. Way back in the Winnipeg Workers Strike in 1917 the police were found to be responsible for the violence. In relations with the Ongwehonwe, it is once again armed state forces, police or military that have caused violence and deaths time and time again. Remember the Mohawk Oka Crisis in Kanehsatake in 1990, Gustafsen Lake in B.C. in 1995, the killing of Dudley George at Ipperwash, and all of the recent confrontations at Six Nations and Tyendinaga! The violence on all occasions was started by the

Russell Means: Lakotah Grand Juries investigate injustice in South Dakota

In South Dakota, Custer still lives, He sends people to the county jail. –Brenda Norrell Russell Means: Lakotah grand jury to investigate corruption and injustice in South Dakota Pechanga Net, Native News : The Fives: Land of Lakotah not the first to look for a split from the U.S. (SOUTH DAKOTA) — Talk of secession can be serious business, just ask Russell Means. The recent development with the proclaimed Republic of Lakotah seeking further separation from the Union seems like an unusual step to address some real problems. in Native News > Government & Politics From Google Breaking News … Russell Means: Lakotah grand jury will not indict Rapid City Journal, SD – Jul 28, 2008… in South Dakota will spend several months gathering evidence of alleged abuses against the Lakota people, according to organizer Russell Means. … Republic of Lakotah investigating tribal corruption Rapid City Journal all 2 news articles Russell Means, Secessionist Lew Rockwell, CA – Jul 6, 2008According to t

Honoring those who walked

In July, Long Walkers were honored in Washington D.C. Here, walkers on the Longest Walk Northern Route were honored at the Buffalo Nation Powwow in Penn. The three women in this photo were honored in Washington for making it all the way from Alcatraz to Washinton D.C. on the Longest Walk Northern Route: Lisa Peaks, Anishinabe/Pomo; Sage, Ponca from Oklahoma and Willow Dixon of Portland, Oregon. Photo copyright Brenda Norrell.

Dooda\’s Front Lines Music Fest August 2 and 3, 2008

Photo: Elouise Brown and Dennis Banks on the Longest Walk in Greenbelt, Maryland. Photo Brenda Norrell Greetings Dooda Desert Rock Supporters, Please join us for a special fund raiser happening August 2nd & 3rd, at the Dooda Desert Rock campsite at Chaco Rio, NM. On August 1st, we welcome you to join us at the DDR camp to help us prepare for the Front Lines Tour Music & Art Festival. We will be cooking and doing final set-up activities. This is a time to spend in prayer and celebration as we kick off the festivities. On August 2nd, DDR will host the FRONT LINES TOUR MUSIC & ART Festival 2008 to celebrate our theme: NO TO COAL BURNING POWER PLANTS, YES TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, and to entertain our guests, ReadNex Poetry Squad, as they visit our camp. DDR welcomes ReadNex Poetry Squad to New Mexico. We are honored to be a part of this tradition, as we support our brothers and sisters who have committed themselves to a cross-country tour for environmental protection and Native A

Censorsed in the USA: Hush words

By Brenda Norrell Censored News ON THE ROAD — I didn\’t see it coming. After 25 years of writing American Indian news, I didn\’t really expect to be blackballed and censored out of the business. But, then again, any journalist writing serious news in the United States should expect to be censored. There are some hot topics that get U.S. journalists fired, including investigating the war in Iraq. U.S. Presidents realize the power of words and song to move the masses. It was Buffe Sainte Marie\’s “Universal Soldier,” during the Vietnam War that led to her being blackballed and censored out of the music business in the U.S. In Indian country news, there are also hush words, words to be used sparingly, if at all. For editors, those words include two names “Russell Means” and “Leonard Peltier.” Also, in Indian country, reporters know it is unlikely that editors will publish any serious criticism of the war in Iraq or the Bush administration. Reporters a

Longest Walk honors

By Brenda Norrell Alcatraz to D.C. — The Longest Walk Northern Route walkers were honored in D.C. who began the walk in Alcatraz and finished in D.C. Dennis Banks presented badges to Lisa Peake, Anishinabe/Pomo, who walked and served as security all the way across the United States; Sage from Oklahoma, who walked and launched a singing career; Luv the Mezenger, who walked, ran and served as security. Luv, a hip hop artist from Los Angeles, and Willie Lonewolf, Navajo Ute, crossed the Sierra Nevadas on snowshoes when the snow drifts of seven feet became too deep for walking. Unprovoked, Luv was also attacked by Columbus, Ohio, police. The police pointed a taser at walker coordinator Michael Lane, Menominee, before throwing Luv to the concrete. Also honored in D.C., but not shown in photo, were Harry Pruyne from Penn., Aislyn Cognan from Calif., Yukio from Japan and Willow Dixon from Oregon. Thanks to all of you who cooked, served as security, brought food, donated cash, said prayers,

Protecting Mato Paha: Corporation linked to mercenaries

Protecting Mato Paha, Bear Butte: Strong arm corporation linked to mercenaries By A. Gay Kingman Executive Director Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Association The GPTCA passed this attached resolution to Protect Mato Paha (Bear Butte) on July 10, 2008. Help is needed to protect our Sacred Sites and Mato Paha! Mato Paha is a State Park not Federal and the development and encroachment to the Sacred Site is increasing. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Northern Cheyenne have land at the base of Mato Paha, but there is still land not owned by American Indian Tribes and the price of the land has increased tremendously so our Tribes cannot afford to purchase what should be our Land in the first place according to our Treaties. The Sturgis Rally is starting up in Aug. for two weeks. While many Bikers are respectful, the bars create problems. Drunkenness, lewdness and other disrespectful actions will be happening in the bars which are developing closer and closer to Mato Paha. The County has granted alco

Peace and Dignity Journeys Central Arizona routes

Peace & Dignity Journeys 2008 Central Arizona Route Photo: Peace and Dignity runners, including grandmothers, in Pennsylvania with Long Walkers Northern Route at the Buffalo Nation Powwow. Photo Brenda Norrell Here\’s the routes for Central Arizona. Another route ran from Wheatfields on the Navajo Nation south through Apache lands. A route in New Mexico was scheduled to arrive in Las Cruces today, Saturday, July 26, after running in from Albuquerque. Main Route Contact: Liza Hita Date Start End Mileage 7/26 (Sat.) Ft. Mojave Nation (Needles,CA) Chimehuevi Nation (Lake Havasu, AZ) 67 miles 7/27 (Sun.) Chimehuevi Parker/C.R.I.T. 35 7/28 (M) Parker Salome 60 7/29 (T) Salome Akimel O Odham Nation (Gila River Piipash Village, D7) 90 7/30 (W) Piipash Village Sacaton (Gila River, D3) 47 7/31 (Th) Sacaton Tohono O Odham Nation (Santa Rosa) 60 Altares de Izkalotlan Tributary Route Contact: Tupac Enrique-Acosta Date Start End Mileage 7/26 (Sat.) Salomen Wickenberg 55 7/27 (Sun.) Wickenberg Azteca Nat

Navajo Peacemaker: Walking in Beauty in Iran

Walking In Beauty As A Framework for International Peacemaking In Iran Navajo Peacemaker Michelle Cook, 23, reflects on her journey to Iran By Michelle Cook cookmichelle7@gmail.com International politics and decisions impact Navajo people and Indian country in very real ways. If the U.S attacks Iran it will have consequences for the numerous Navajo and other indigenous peoples who are currently serving in the armed forces. Leaders, advocates, and youth of Indian Nations have the responsibility to ask questions to protect indigenous service men and women from fighting wars or engaging in military conflict that can be prevented or is unnecessary. Few Americans are aware that in 1953 the U.S through the C.I.A orchestrated an overthrow of the popularly elected Iranian government and installed in its place a puppet government. This was primarily a response to the Iranian decolonization efforts to manage and benefit from their oil, which had previously been under direct control by American and

Longest Walk concludes in DC

Email lw2dcmedia@gmail.com Aislyn Colgan (831) 295-2555 Morning Star Gali (510) 827-6719 Eight Thousand Mile Walk for Native American Rights, Environmental Protection, and to Stop Global Warming Culminates in Mass convergence and two day celebration After 5 Months, \’The Longest Walk 2\’ Converges in Washington D.C., Manifesto For Change Demands “Immediate Responsible Action” By Morning Star Gali Photo by Brenda Norrell WASHINGTON, DC An 8,200 mile Native American prayer walk for Indigenous People\’s rights that began five months ago on Alcatraz Island, arrived in Washington D.C. on Friday July 11th. Over 800 walkers from across Indian country as well as international allies survived many challenges such as extreme weather conditions such as forceful winds, rain, snow, and even a tornado in their journey to raise awareness about sacred sites protection, cultural survival, youth empowerment and Native American rights. The successful journey traversed 24 states and 35 re
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