By Pte San Win Published with permission at Censored News Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 Mitakuyapi, After making that long and enduring sacred horse ride from the place where Chief Sitting Bull was lured and murdered on the border of South Dakota and North Dakota to Wounded Knee, South Dakota Chief Spotted Elk aka Chief Big Foot was murdered our sacred horse nation and sacred riders of the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Oglala nation all stood at the mass grave site today an prayed, sang, cried and remembered the TRUE HISTORY of OUR direct ancestors. It is okay to feel this today and every year on this day; DECEMBER 29, 1890. It is okay to embrace OUR truths and we shall do so until we are healed. We cannot heal in one generation or in two or three, maybe not even four. It will take at least seven (so the elders say) to completely heal from what happened to our CHIEF, our NACA, our headsman and his relatives on that cold day in December 1890. Today, December 29 the riders all circled around the memorial of the mass grave to which our ancestors were thrown into and buried on that cold day in 1890. Tears were overflowing from cante\’ (heart) as I witnessed and felt the spirit of our ancestors an today our young relatives and horse nation. I am thankful to be lakota… The riders all circled up this morning remembering our relatives who suffered and died by the hands of the US CALVARY on this cold December day in 1890. We remember GRANDPA SPOTTED ELK (Chief Big Foot) today. He was sick with pneumonia yet fled from up North because of what happened to Sitting Bull and his mitakuye. It is a hard day to remember the pain and the hurt that our ancestors endured YET it is good to suffer today knowing we are still ALIVE. (Crying) my heart is full of LOVE for our ancestors today. I am here and I am alive. Maybe that is why they suffered in the manner to which they did???? So that we will always remember who we are and always remain connected to the heart and the spirit of our ROOTS. I love you Grandpa Spotted Elk and I am sorry for what you endured by the hands of those seeking to annihilate our sacred race of people…. More photos and reflections by Pte San Win, thank you for sharing with Censored News: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/12/big-foot-riders-photos-by-pte-san-win.html
Photos by Pte San Win Published with permission at Censored News (Above) This photo was at the Cheyenne River by Bridger the first day the OGLALA\’s joined with Standing Rock and Cheyenne River relatives for the Big Foot Ride 2013. 12-23-13
|12-24-13 Bigfoot Rider Duran Thunder Hawk, Oglala Lakota|
|12-25-13 Bigfoot riders coming into Red Water, Pine Ridge Indian Nation|
| Big foot riders leaving Red Water, South Dakota – Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 12-27-13 for Red Owl Springs, SD – Pine Ridge Indian Nation
Riders at Wounded Knee on Dec. 28, 2013 By Pte San Win The riders are moving swiftly. I just love our sacred horse nation. They are so beautiful and powerful. Our babies are so strong and sacred for handling this cold cold wind. Just think relatives our young boys used to go out and do their first hunt on horse back by about 12 years old. Sometimes in the midst of winter.
Mitakuyapi tonight the riders are camped at Wounded Knee District School. We will be here having speakers and songs throughout the evening. Tomorrow we will be riding to Pine Ridge in remembrance of our relatives who were taken there and left to die at 3 Moccasin Park. We will be riding to Pine Ridge and meeting at Billy Mills Hall to eat. We have relatives who rode all the way from Standing Rock. They are beautiful and strong mitakuyapi.
Update Riders arrive at Wounded Knee http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/12/big-foot-riders-arrive-at-wounded-knee.html On December 29, 1890, the Seventh Cavalry massacred Miniconjou Lakota leader Big Foot and 150 of his people at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. In the days leading up to the massacre, Big Foot and his followers rode 300 miles, hoping to find refuge at Pine Ridge.
Carter Camp: R.I.P. 2013
By Ben Carnes, Choctaw
|Carter Camp painted as a warrior at Wounded Knee|
Remembering people of their words and actions has been my way of mourning, as a way to keep their spirit alive in our memories. His words above exemplified what it means to commit to being a true Warrior for the people. He lived this way of life as so many people can attest to. Those words take me back to when I began to understand what the American Indian Movement was about in the early 70\’s. It began as a civil rights organization in Minneapolis in 68, but through the influences of Henry Crow Dog, it soon evolved into a spiritual based movement as Crow Dog stated that in order for AIM to be successful, it had to have a spiritual foundation.
|Carter Camp on far right at Wounded Knee March 1973.|
|Carter Camp on far left. Photo Brenda Norrell|
Deb White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge gave the expedition a symbolic blanket of small pox. Another Lakota woman from Pine Ridge said she carries the DNA of the Lakota women who survived the slaughters that Lewis and Clark opened the door to. She said she is prepared to die for this cause.”I believe in armed struggle,” Wicopy Wakia Wi of Pine Ridge said. “The act of genocide stops here. We are tired of living poor. We are not afraid to die. I am willing to die.”She told them they would not proceed up the river.”You are not going on. I will organize every sister from here to Oregon to stop you.”
White Plume said many Indian people have become assimilated and colonized. “We pray for our own colonized people. We say they are in a prison in the white man\’s world.” White Plume said there was no point in the expedition coming here. “All you did was open up these old wounds.”
Carter Camp: Remembering Wounded Knee published with Carter\’s permission at Censored News in 2007 By Carter Camp 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 WK73 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 the system” but, because our struggle is one of survival, there are also times when a warrior must stand fast even at the risk of one\’s life. I believed that in 1973 when I was thirty and I believe it today in my sixties. But Wounded Knee 73 was really not about the fight to me, it was about the strong statement that our traditional way of living in this world is not about to disappear and our people are not a “vanishing race” as wasicu education would have you believe. As time has passed and I see so many of our young people taking part in a traditional way of living and believing I know our fight was worth it and those we lost for our movement died worthy deaths. Carter Camp 2007 .
Honoring Carter Camp at White Eagle, Oklahoma today, April 20, 2013. .
Photos Carter Camp at Wounded Knee 1973
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By Leonard Peltier Censored News Greetings my relatives, friends, and supporters:
Walkers on the five-month Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz arrived on Alcatraz Island on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, returning home the sacred staffs. The walk upheld Indigenous Sovereignty and began in Washington DC on July 15, 2013. Walkers followed the route of the original Longest Walk in 1978, from DC and Pennsylvania through the Midwest in Missouri and Kansas, and finally through the Rockies and into the West. Thank you from Censored News, and our readers, for sharing your walk, your stories, and your photos with us, and making the effort and sacrifice to make a difference. — Brenda Norrell, Censored News
Tribute to Hopi imprisoned at Alcatraz for refusing to allow their children to go to US schools and be colonized:
Indigenous and frontline activists join Human Chain around Paris on Nov. 29, 2015 Photos by Indigenous Environmental Network See more: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137923455@N03/sets/72157661694003571
DEMOCRACY NOW! “If You\’re Not at the Table, You\’re on the Menu”: Indigenous Activists Demand Role in Paris Climate Talks
Democracy Now interviews Indigenous Environmental Network in Paris Watch coverage: “If You\’re Not at the Table, You\’re on the Menu”: Indigenous Activists Demand Role in Paris Climate Talks. This quote comes from Kandi Mossett, Hidatsa, Mandan and Arikara from North Dakota. http://www.democracynow.org/2015/11/30/if_youre_not_at_the_table Interview with Tom Goldtooth and Dallas Goldtooth: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/11/30/indigenous_climate_activists_paris_police_state
Echauffour es place de la R publique : 172 interpellations (172 arrests)
Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, from North Dakota speaks out against fracking and for the children and future generations, in Paris as the climate summit readies to begin.
“We\’re done,” says Kandi. “It\’s COP21, how many more are you going to have?”
Check out our first video update from Paris, COP21!! With spokespeople from Cooperation Jackson and Indigenous…
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer Kandi was born in North Dakota and grew up in an area known today as the Fort Berthold Reservation. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Natural Resource and Park Management. After working in the Park Service for 3 years she went on to earn a Masters of Environmental Management Degree within UND s Earth Systems Science and Policy Program. She began working for the Indigenous Environmental Network as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge (TCCC) Organizer in February of 2007. Her work has expanded over the years to include work in the international arena in order to create more awareness about international decision-making and its effect at the local level. Her current major focus is on creating awareness about the true dangers of hydraulic fracturing while working to push for regulations and protections, particularly on Native lands.
Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ PORCUPINE, S.D. — The occupation of the elderly center at Porcupine remains underway. Duane Martin, Sr., of the Strongheart Warrior Society, who led the occupation remains in jail. Meanwhile, the Porcupine District Council passed a resolution for the removal of occupiers for Friday, April 1, 2011. In related news, the Oglala Sioux Tribe suspended council representative Deborah Rooks-Cook on Tuesday, for 20 days without pay, following allegations of elderly abuse. The alleged abuse by Rooks-Cook was one of the incidents that led up to the occupation of the elderly center. The council voted 10-7 to suspend Rooks-Cook following an impeachment complaint filed by Darlis Morrison-Crow. The Rapid City Journal reports that he council voted 10-7 to suspend Rooks-Cook following an impeachment complaint filed by Darlis Morrison-Crow. The complaint alleges that Rooks-Cook\’s behavior was verbally and physically abusive to Lakota elders outside of tribal headquarters, following an executive committee meeting on Jan. 25. Those voting against suspending Rooks-Cook were: Elaine Martinez, Toby Big Boy, Paul Little, Robin Tapio, Jim Meeks, Beverly Tuttle and Kevin Yellow Bird Steele. Today, the Lakota Oyate said that elders from the occupation will attend an Oglala Tribal Council session. The Lakota Oyate stated that Duane Martin is being imprisoned illegally on false charges. The Porcupine District Council, however, does not support the occupation of the elderly center. The resolution, calling for removal of the occupiers, states that on Friday, March 4, 2011 “a small group of elders and non residents illegally occupied the Porcupine Elderly meals center building, and in the process, disrupted much needed services to the majority of elders in the district.” The resolution makes allegations against those occupying the elderly center. The occupiers, however, continue to deny the allegations and have initiated investigations into unsanitary conditions, spoiled food and corruption at the elderly center. When the occupation began, the Strongheart Warrior Society said, “The elders and warrior societies are demanding the removal of all current center staff, the construction of a new, sanitary building, restoration of healthy meals, expansion of elderly meals to those homebound, and investigation into the graft and corruption in the program no matter where it leads. The occupation will continue until these demands are met.” Read more: Porcupine resolution seeks removal of occupiers on Friday: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2011/03/porcupine-resolution-seeks-removeal-of.html Rapid City Journal: Rooks-Cook\’s removal http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/article_f45521ee-5af0-11e0-9b2b-001cc4c002e0.html Statements from the Strongheart Warrior Society http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/03/lakota-occupation-tribal-officials-no.html . Also in the news today from South Dakota Indian country: Native Sun News: Radiation levels high on South Dakota Indian lands Read the article by Talli Nauman, and the results of water samples by Defenders of the Black Hills: “A U.S. Forest Service Draft Environmental Impact Statement showing 89 abandoned uranium mines in extreme northwest South Dakota alerted Defenders of the Black Hills to the potential for radioactive contamination of water supplies downstream, according to the report.” http://18.104.22.168/News/2011/000987.asp Related: South Dakota eases uranium mining laws: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/16/us-uranium-southdakota-idUSTRE72F0CX20110316
Monday, March 30, 2011 Photo: Northern Cheyenne youths with Long Walk 3 northern route in Lame Deer, Montana /Photo Chris Francisco LW3 Welcome to Cameroon! The 198th country to visit Censored News in the past six months. Along with the US and Canada, the majority of this week\’s readers were in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, Netherlands, Australia, Iran and Japan, according to the country counter. Most accessed articles today: *Arizona Border Agents, Weapons and Oil, by Brenda Norrell, Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/03/arizona-border-agents-weapons-and-oil.html *Rapid City March Long Walk 3 Photos, photos by Chris Francisco http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/03/rapid-city-march-long-walk-3-photos.html *Long Walk 3 South Dakota north and south enroute to Amarillo, Texas (This week the northern route is on Pine Ridge in South Dakota and the southern route, now in Amarillo, Texas, heads to Oklahoma.) http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/03/long-walk-3-south-dakota-north-and.html *Loving the crash and burn of mainstream media, by Brenda Norrell, Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/03/loving-crash-and-burn-of-us-mainstream.html *Arizona approves uranium mining permits in the Grand Canyon, Havasupai warned of upsetting the balance here which affects the climate of the world, by Brenda Norrell, Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/03/arizona-approves-uranium-mining-permits.html This week\’s top story: Hopi call for prayer to restore balance, statement from Hopi: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/03/hopi-call-for-prayer-to-restore-balance.html Top story for the past six months: Wikileaks: Canada\’s unauthorized wiretaps of Mohawks, by Brenda Norrell, Censored News http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/08/wikileaks-canadas-unauthorized-wiretaps.html
Mentoring Michelle Obama By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ First Lady Michelle Obama has selected women mentors for young girls in celebration of Women\’s History Month. While Native American novelist Louise Erdrich is on the list, the group is still top heavy with actresses and entertainers — which makes its own statement about US women and their heroes. There are also some troubling mentors selected by the First Lady, like Ambassador Nancy Brinker. Brinker boasts this credential: Former U.S. Chief of Protocol for President George W. Bush. Now, would anyone really want to admit this, or be recognized for it? If the First Lady wants to choose a mentor from the US military, instead of the Airforce selectee she chose, she could have selected Col. Ann Wright, who spoke out against the US invasion of Iraq, exposed US torture in Abu Ghraib, and was on a Gaza Free aid ship in the deadly flotilla. Since First Lady Obama is searching for activists to inspire heroism, here\’s a few women I would recommend: Ofelia Rivas, O\’odham; Louise Benally, Navajo relocation resister Big Mountain; Debra White Plume, Lakota fighting uranium mining and Kahentinetha Horn, Mohawk publ isher of Mohawk Nation News, a grandmother who suffered a heart attack in a border agent stresshold.
Sen. Grassley also questions a weapons smuggling operation that involved the mayor and chief of police in Columbus, New Mexico. Weapons sezied in Columbus have been linked to eight murders in Ciudad Juarez and Palomas. Palomas is across the border from Columbus, N.M.
The two were recently indicted as part of a gun trafficking operation involving the mayor of Columbus, New Mexico. Additionally, Grassley is asking about allegations that Customs and Border Protection stopped Jaime Avila, who was recently indicted as the straw purchaser of weapons found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry s murder. In both instances, Border Patrol agents allegedly found the gun runners to be in possession of multiple weapons, but let the suspects proceed for unknown reasons. On March 16, Sen. Grassley wrote, CBP officials allegedly stopped Jaime Avila near the border in the spring or summer of 2010. He allegedly had the two WASR-10 rifles in his possession that were later found at the scene of Agent Brian Terry s murder, along with over thirty additional weapons. US soldiers eager to smuggle cocaine in southern Arizona The exposure that the US allows weapons to cross the border into Mexico, follows sting operations exposing the role of US soldiers in drug running at the border. The FBI halted a sting operation, Operation Lively Green, in 2006, because so many US soldiers in the Army, Marines and Airforce, wanted to smuggle cocaine from the border at Nogales to Phoenix. The nearly 100 people arrested included high school military recruiters in Tucson, a Nogales police officer and a prison guard. A similar sting operation found US soldiers stationed in Oklahoma ready and willing to smuggle cocaine from the US/Mexico border. Arizona National Guard involved in Kazakhstan border security Back in Kazakhstan, the US continues its paternal and corporate role. US Ambassador Richard Hoagland wrote this cable in February of 2010 that is marked “secret.” “U.S. and Kazakhstani strategic interests are largely aligned on the development of Kazakhstan\’s vast energy resources. Both sides agree that U.S. and other Western companies must continue playing a lead role in Kazakhstan\’s energy exploration and production projects, and that diversification of transport routes will bolster Kazakhstan\’s sovereignty and enable it to capture the maximum benefits of its energy and wealth.” “Kazakhstan produced 88 million tons of oil in 2009 (approximately 1.5 million barrels per day), and is expected to become one of the world\’s top ten crude exporters soon after 2015. While the country also has significant gas reserves (1.5 trillion cubic meters is a low-end estimate), current gas exports are very limited for now, in part because gas is being reinjected to maximize crude output. U.S. companies (ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips) have significant ownership stakes in Kazakhstan\’s three major hydrocarbon projects, including Kashagan, the world,s largest oil field discovery since Alaska\’s North Slope,” the cable states. Arizona received $200,000 in funds for participation in the Kazakhstan border and security training partnership. “This included exchange visits in Arizona and Kazakhstan of firefighting and 911 operations,” the cable states. References: Center for Public Integrity: ATF allowed weapons allowed into Mexico: http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2976
Monday, March 28 : South Route Longest Walkers will spend the night in Hereford, Texas, and on Tuesday March 29, will precede on to the Kwahadi Museum in Amarillo, Texas where they will stay through Wednesday March 30.
Carl Bad Bear, Western Shoshone, on LW 3 northern route, Thurs. night: “A nice day, Yellowstone National Park, Montana.” After walking into Gardiner, Bad Bear said, “We prayed for the buffalo, while the runners made it five miles from Billings.” On Monday, March 21, Long Walker Lisa Peake, Ojibwe/Pomo, said, ” How about welcoming in our new walker/runners Mark Blue of Morton, Minn., who ran in the 2006 walk/run and 2maro T-Hawk of United Nationz productionz dot com (lol) from the land of Mohawk and Tonga islands. T-Hawk is a award winning native artist of west coast music awards and also an active member of DQ UNITY representive. YAY! more spiritual warriorz!”
Please support these seven who made it through the snows of Oregon and mountains of Montana with so little. Please especially send your support to the Native youths. It is really a walk for survival, sending a message to other Native youths of the indomitable human spirit. — Brenda Norrell, Censored News
Amnesty International to Morton Co. Sheriff: Halt dog attacks, armored vehicles, police assault weapons
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier Morton County Sheriff s Department 205 1st Avenue NW Mandan, ND 58554 28 September 2016 Dear Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier: Following the protests that took place at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site on 3 September, we are writing to ask you to investigate the use of force by private contractors, remove blockades and discontinue the use of riot gear by Morton County Sheriff s deputies when policing protests in order to facilitate the right to peaceful protests in accordance with international law and standards. On 3 September, protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction moved on to private property in response to the potential destruction of land that was earlier marked as containing burial grounds and sacred sites for the local Native American tribes. After protesters had crossed a temporary fence onto the land where construction was taking place, video shows members of a private security firm use dogs and what appears to be Oleoresin Capsicum spray (OC spray) against several of the protesters before the security team leaves the premises. While the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board is reviewing the use of dogs by private security personnel during the events on 3 September, it is the obligation of the Morton County Sheriff to review the actions taken by private security in both the use of dogs and OC Spray against individuals at this site. Even though individuals trespassed on to private property in order to stop the destruction of potential cultural sites, law enforcement, in its obligation to facilitate peaceful protest, has a duty to protect peaceful protesters and not use the unlawful acts of a few as a pretext to restrict or impede the exercise of fundamental rights of a majority. The Morton County Sheriff should review the unnecessary use of force by security personnel on this day. In relation to the actions that took place on this day, Amnesty International USA has written to Morton County State s Attorney, Allen Coppy, calling on his office to drop charges of criminal trespass against Democracy Now! Journalist Amy Goodman. Miss Goodman was acting in her role as a journalist/reporter when she crossed onto private property in order to report on the actions of the protesters, construction crew and private security firm. Her trespass on to this property was clearly related to, even essential to, effectively carrying out her role of covering the protest and making information about it available to the public. We are calling on your office to support that request to the Morton County State s Attorney s office. A copy of the letter has been attached. Lastly, we are calling on your office to refrain from outfitting officers in riot gear when policing of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests unless strictly necessary. On 13 September 2016, after making arrests of at least 20 individuals who were trespassing on private land in order to partake in non-violent direct action against the pipeline, images that were circulated from the protest site showed Morton County Sheriff s officers outfitted in riot gear despite the lack of violence by protesters. More recent images from ongoing protests at the construction site show officers outfitted in similar gear, equipped with assault rifles and using armored vehicles to police protests. The use of heavy-duty riot gear and military-grade weapons and equipment to police largely peaceful demonstrations intimidates protesters who are practicing their right to peaceful assembly and can actually lead to an escalation in violence. Equipping officers in a manner more appropriate for a battlefield may put them in the mindset that confrontation and conflict is inevitable rather than possible, escalating tensions between protesters and police. Any police presence at demonstrations needs to be proportionate to the situation. Police deployed in larger numbers than appear necessary or deployed wearing protective clothing or riot gear can be confrontational and intimidating. As seen in many countries, inappropriate or excessive police interventions can actually lead to violence and disorder rather than reducing tensions. The U.S. government is obligated under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of Indigenous people, including the rights to freedom of expression and assembly. It is the legitimate right of people to peacefully express their opinion. Public assemblies should not be considered as the enemy . The command hierarchy must convey a clear message to law enforcement officials that their task is to facilitate and not to restrict a peaceful public assembly. We look forward to your reply and would be happy to provide additional information as needed. Yours Sincerely, Margaret Huang Executive Director Amnesty International USA Note from Censored News: Thanks to Amnesty International for this statement. It is important that charges be dropped against Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, but it should have been pointed out that Cody Hall, Lakota media spokesman for Red Warrior Society, spent four days in jail on the same charge, criminal trespass, and Unicorn Riot livestreamers were arrested while livestreaming and jailed.
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LAS VEGAS: Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues 2016
Leonard Peltier\’s Statement on Standing Rock
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Lakota Greg Grey Cloud Free from Jail: Civil Rights Violated
Morton County violated civil rights of activist: A bogus warrant and a night in jail By Brenda Norrell Censored News MANDAN, North Dakota — Greg Grey Cloud, Lakota, is free after spending a night in Morton County Jail, when a misdemeanor warrant was suddenly changed to a warrant with no bond. The State of North Dakota and Morton County violated his civil rights. Greg was charged with criminal trespass for Sept. 3 (the day that the dogs attacked the water protectors.) The bogus warrant was not issued until Sept. 15. Greg said he was not present on Sept. 3. He turned himself in, in order to clear the matter up with the court. When he arrived, he was told there was no bond on this warrant and he was forced to spend the night in jail. The charge is a misdemeanor. Then, the Morton County Jail left Greg in a small, cold interview room until 4 a.m., after an interview with an attorney. Today, the charge was dropped against Greg, but with the threat by the court that it could be refiled. Greg spent the night in jail, where twenty-one water protectors were jailed, after being arrested on Wednesday by police who burst on the scene with shotguns and assault rifles loaded, and armored vehicles. Native American women, children and elderly, and allies, were in prayer for the water and protection of the burial places, at a work site of Dakota Access Pipeline. Although the media has misled the public into believing that DAPL halted worked on the pipeline, DAPL has instead continued work at an accelerated speed, ignoring an order of the court to halt. A court order from the DC Court of Appeals issued on September 16, 2016 states that DAPL is to stop all construction in a 20 mile buffer on both sides of the Missouri River. The State of North Dakota, and Morton County Sheriff\’s Office, have refused to enforce the federal court order to halt construction. Greg is an advocate for missing and murdered women. Please share your support with him.
Censored News 10th Anniversary! Celebrating the Collective
By Brenda Norrell Censored News We are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Censored News today, Sept. 29, 2016. What makes me happy is that we have, in the words of Martin Luther King, overcome. We have overcome the censorship and oppression, and the lies and manipulations, of the media, corporate monsters, and sinister politicians. We are still here. We are still publishing with no advertising, grants, or revenues. Today our readers have multiplied, and today we passed the 9 million mark in pageviews. Ten years ago, I was a staff writer for Indian Country Today, where I had worked for most of the years since 1995. On that day, after being censored repeatedly, I was terminated. The editor had warned me, in writing, that if I did not stop writing about grassroots Native people, that I would be fired. On that day, I was on my way to the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit in San Xavier, on Tohono O\’odham land. With no place to post my articles, Censored News was born. Indian Country Today editors censored some of the greatest and most powerful voices in Indian country. This happened after the newspaper was sold by Tim Giago, Lakota, to the Oneida Nation in New York in the late 1990s. Those powerful voices that were censored included Buffy Sainte Marie, Russell Means, Louise Benally, Bahe Katenay, Lenny Foster, and San Carlos Apaches, just to mention a few. An interview with Buffy Sainte Marie was censored for seven years, which detailed how President Lyndon Johnson blacklisted her out of the music industry in the U.S., because of her stance against the Vietnam War and her song, “Universal Solider.” When the article was published, Indian Country Today continued to censor the facts about uranium mining on Lakota land at Pine Ridge. When Louise Benally, Dineh of Big Mountain was censored, she spoke out against the invasion of Iraq as it began, comparing it to the horror and tragedy of the Long Walk of Dineh. She spoke out at a time when few would speak out against America\’s bogus wars and the lies behind those wars. (See Censored article below.) Bahe Katenay of Big Mountain was censored when he described how oil and gas drilling were desecrating Dinetah, the Dineh Place of Origin in the Four Corners region. Russell Means was censored often. Lenny Foster was censored when he described how Leonard Peltier\’s rights were denied in prison. San Carlos Apaches were censored when elders protested for their water rights. Being censored always leads to personal hardship, even devastation, as detailed in the lives of those who survived McCarthyism. Censorship can also open doors unimaginable. Both were the case for me. After being censored and terminated by Indian Country Today in 2006, the other newspapers I had worked for since 1982 also refused to hire me. With time on my hands, I was able to travel the West, and even to Mexico and Bolivia, to share censored voices, always scraping up just enough money to make it happen. During the past 10 years, thanks to Govinda at Earthcycles, Censored News was able to broadcast live and preserve audios of some of the great Native Americans of our time. We began our broadcast at the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit ten years ago. We broadcast for five months live on the Longest Walk northern route across America in 2008. Then, we were live at Western Shoshone, Acoma and Laguna Pueblos, Havasupai, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, and AIM West. We also broadcast from the Mother Earth Conference in Bolivia, and the Peltier Tribunal and Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In Sonora, Mexico, I was able to spend time with the Zapatistas when Marcos and the Comandantes came to Sonora, after traveling with the Zapatistas in Chiapas and elsewhere in Mexico through the years. It is, however, the collective that Censored News represents today that is its greatest honor, its greatest offering. Today Censored News is a gathering of the good hearts. It is a collective of the writers, photographers, translators and activists — who often pay out of their own pockets and share freely — so the world will know the truth. Today, Censored News belongs to all of them, and all of you, the good hearts who are resisting. Thank you for this opportunity to celebrate. — Brenda Norrell
|Dineh and Apache children in the prison of Bosque Redondo, Fort Sumner, N.M.|
About Censored News Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She began as a news reporter at the Navajo Times, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, living for years in a log cabin in the Chuska Mountains. During those years, she was a stringer for AP for five years, covering the Navajo Nation and federal courts, and USA Today for seven years, covering the Navajo Nation. As a staff writer for Indian Country Today, she covered the Southwest. After being censored and terminated by Indian Country Today, she created Censored News, now concluding its 10th year with more than 9 million pageviews. Donate to Censored News
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Doc Holladay Occupy and Beyond
We need more articles like this, Noa, those goddamned republican moonbats are going to POISON US ALL unless something gets done…I\’m going to post this in Beyond….
BILL TO LIMIT OIL SPILL REPORTING ADVANCES IN NORTH DAKOTA.
LIVE: Standing Rock – At least 71 people arrested (including Chase Iron Eyes) at a new treaty camp, The Last Child Camp, on a hill near the main camp and tipis … have been taken down (police allowed campers to disassemble their tipis according to Running Elk). Main camp is safe at this moment and warriors are in prayer and song.
Mohawk activist. 9/11 truth campaigner. War criminal protester. Attica State riot leader. Gustafsen Lake Standoff organizer. Splitting The Sky had a remarkable life. Tragically, that life was cut short last week after an unexplained incident near his home in Chase, British Columbia. Today on The Corbett Report we memorialize his life and reflect on the legacy he leaves behind. Documentation
|Corbett Report Interview 069 Splitting The Sky|
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Wonderful to see familiar faces, and the beautiful cinematography in the trailer of the upcoming film \’Revolution\’ being released on April 12, 2013. http://www.therevolutionmovie.com
About \’Revolution\’ Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he\’ll discover that it\’s not only sharks that are in grave danger — it\’s humanity itself. In an effort to uncover the truth and find the secret to saving the ecosystems we depend on for survival, Stewart embarks on a life-threatening adventure. From the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea and deforestation in Madagascar to the largest and most destructive environmental project in history in Alberta, Canada, he reveals that all of our actions are interconnected and that environmental degradation, species loss, ocean acidification, pollution and food/water scarcity are reducing the Earth\’s ability to house humans. How did this happen, and what will it take to change the course that humanity has set itself on? Travelling the globe to meet with the dedicated individuals and organizations working on a solution, Stewart finds encouragement and hope, pointing to the revolutions of the past and how we\’ve evolved and changed our course in times of necessity. If people were informed about what was really going on, they would fight for their future — and the future of other generations. From the evolution of our species to the revolution to save it, Stewart and his team take viewers on a groundbreaking mission into the greatest war ever waged. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution inspires audiences from across the globe to start a revolution and change the world forever.
COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE: DES AUTOCHTONES SE RASSEMBLENT POUR SAUVER HICKORY GROUND PENDANT LA CONFERENCE DE LA NIGA Indigenous Action Media See original article in English Also on Censored News 29 mars 2013 Traduction Christine Prat PHOENIX, Arizona Mardi 26 mars 2013, des d fenseurs des terres sacr es Autochtones venus de diverses r gions des Etats-Unis, entre autres des O odham, des Navajo et Havasupai et des Creeks Muscogee, ont manifest devant le b timent o se tenait la conf rence de la National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) pour la pr servation de Hickory Ground, Wetumpka, en Alabama. La Bande Poarch Creek a d terr environs 57 squelettes de Creek Muscogee du site c r moniel de Hickory Ground dans le cadre de son projet d expansion du casino, projet qui doit co ter 246 millions de dollars. Que dira le prochain promoteur non-Autochtone quand il verra des Autochtones profaner leurs propres terres sacr es a demand l activiste Navajo Klee Benally d Indigenous Action Media. La NIGA est l un des groupes de pression les plus importants et les plus puissants repr sentant les int r ts Autochtones, alors il est grand temps qu ils se mettent faire pression pour assurer une protection garantie nos sites sacr s a ajout Klee Benally. Les membres du Conseil Tribal de la Bande Poarch Eddie Tullis et Keith Martin taient pr sents au d but du rassemblement mais sont partis peu apr s le d but. Le cofondateur de l American Indian Movement Dennis Banks a d clar Sous cette terre il y a des ossements et tout prouve que c est un site tr s sacr . Banks a implor les promoteurs du projet : Je vous en prie, faites tout ce que vous pouvez faire pour nous soutenir, emp chez ce casino d tre construit. En d cembre dernier, la Nation (Creek) Muscogee a d pos une plainte au niveau f d ral contre toute activit de perturbation du sol Hickory Ground. La plainte affirme que les d funts d terr s de Hickory Ground sont les anc tres directs de la Nation (Creek) Muscogee et de la Ville Tribale de Hickory Ground. Les plaignants demandent la Cour d ordonner que les d pouilles et les objets fun raires soient nouveau inhum s l o ils ont t d terr s et que le site c r moniel soit rendu la nature. Des manifestants ont aussi voqu d autres sites sacr s menac s de destruction, entre autres les San Francisco Peaks et la Montagne du Sud en Arizona. Rex Tilousi est venu de la R serve Havasupai, au fond du Grand Canyon, pour participer au rassemblement. Ce qui est l int rieur de Notre M re la Terre, pas seulement la surface, mais en-dessous, les eaux, les sources qui nous donnent la vie, ce sont des choses que nous devons sauver et prot ger d clara t-il. Vid os (en anglais) : Klee Benally: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWE2HB4FPpQ Dennis Banks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LefwuYiX0zI Rex Tilousi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH5n9sNWgSU Vid o (mauvaise qualit ) de Klee Benally sous-titr e en fran ais: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN5Apb_yV1E
. Photo 1: Protest at Wells Fargo on March 28, 2013. Photo 2: Quanah Parker Brightman with his father Lehman Brightman, founder of United Native Americans, and victim of Wells Fargo fraud and home seizure. From Quanah Parker Brightman: Thank U Again for Helping Spread Awareness on Our Plight to Save My Father\’s Home from Being Stolen. It\’s Really Shameful that Contra Costa County, which has Violated Public Law 100-606 & Are the One Whom Claim to Be Conservator of My Father\’s Person & Estate Have Allowed My Father\’s Home to Become Foreclosed by Wells Fargo. Wish The County Would Have Protected My Father\’s Estate by Applying for the Veterans United Home Loans, HUD Sec 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program, or Keep Your Home California. Anyone of these Programs would have Allowed Us to Save My Father\’s Home. My Father Deserves Better treatment than He has Been Receiving at Kindred Walnut Creek, where the Contra Costa County has Chosen to Place Him, Instead of Protecting His Home and Allowing Him to Live Out His Final Day\’s at His Home Surrounded By His Family & Community Who Cherish Him. *Stop the Eviction of The Brightman\’s* When: April 4th 2013 Where Richmond Court 100 37th street Richmond Ca, 94805 Time:1:00pm On Thursday April 4th 2013 My Attorney Through Bay Area Legal Aide & I will be in Court to Inquire if the Judge will Grant us Our Motion for Summary Judgment to Dismiss the case to Evict Both Lehman L. Brightman & Quanah Parker Brightman from Our Hom e of Over 26 Years. And If The Judge Does Not Grant us Our Motion. We Will Be Taking this to Trial. Thank U to Everyone who has Offered Us Prayers & Support During these Trying Times. Please Join Tenants Occupy to Save Dr. Lehman Brightman\’s Home-Working Group at: https://www.facebook.com/
MNN. Mar. 25, 2013. The Great Law provides that, As a weapon against a crawling creature, I lay a stick with you so that you may thrust it away from the Council Fire . A crawling creature may be a disrespectful person seeking to disrupt the people and must be removed. [Wampum 4].
We Indigenous are called domestic dissidents who are disrupting the corporate government s image and economy. Infiltrators are sent in. It could be a vigilante operation to silence us, or to neutralize us by creating factionalism, attacking our reputations and causing confusion. Spies and agents pose as scholars, friends, supporters or helpers. The perfect intruder abandons you suddenly when their assignment is over. Their cover could be blown the longer they remain.
Infiltration is low intensity warfare, to mold public opinion, to sabotage us. Surveillance is gathering intel to expose, disrupt or discredit us. Infiltrators hang around for years studying and gathering info. Some offer services, like legal advice or romances. Some even have families in the community. Infiltrators get involved with one faction. Another infiltrates the opposing faction. They drive wedges between them. Targets are lured into compromising situations. Fear is created, like having them followed, strangers taking pictures and arranging attacks. Infiltrators organize drug, booze and sex parties to recruit youth. Intruder s cause suspicion. True activists are sometimes bad jacketed as being government agents. The courts criminalize us through perjured evidence, false arrests and imprisonment. We face threats, assaults and political assassinations. Provocateurs disrupt, create disagreements, make divisions, sabotage, squander resources, steal funds, seduce leaders, provoke jealousy and public embarrassment, lead targets into danger and push paranoia. Agents are loners, with a vague cover story that doesn t identify them. Some have many aliases. Some pretend to be Indigenous. Agents have no job but have a steady income. They will leave at a moment s notice and disappear. They dress to quickly change their image, like hairstyle, weight, clothes or car. Hired thugs, right wing vigilantes, private military and local police are front line foot soldiers. Agents are subsidized, armed, directed and protected by the military. False stories are planted. Bogus organizations are set up. Parents, employers, landlords or school officials can be coerced into causing trouble for the target. They act needy or feign a rare sickness or medical condition to get sympathy and leave suddenly. They act like a best friend, downplay themselves and quietly observe. Targets are taken to unfamiliar outside groups to compromise them. Check the authenticity of visitors. Keep friends and family close and your enemies closer , as the godfather said. Stay on movement goals. If the eyes say something different from the body, they are not genuine. it reminds us of the old Charlie Pride song: The snakes crawl at night . that s what they say. W hen the sun goes down, then the snakes will play . MNN Mohawk Nation News firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Direct Action : A sign-in policy; get Freedom of Information info; suspects at pickets and protests don t usually get arrested; educate the public by handing out a written position; lobby politicians; learn from victims of covert actions; class action suits [they usually back out]; court actions create disputes and splits; pro bono lawyers that take opposite sides. Investigate Informers : check background; check police academy grads list; they usually speak against cops; use phony names; they issue death threats we get blamed for. Privacy : Step out of the office to speak privately; watch for cars following, acquaintances suddenly becoming friendly; bogus discrediting about drug use or false relationships or activities about a true activist; throwing names around. Sweep your living space for electronics; don t say anything that you wouldn t say in court. Check out non-native groups that divert Indigenous issues such as residential school abuse, missing women, land claims, or sharing of our resources. Watch for outsiders that confuse, control and disorient. True Supporters : Don t scare or ostracize true supporters or push them to take risks. Debrief : Write down information, look for patterns, check strengths and weaknesses, assess allies and adversaries. Don t let agents inside your home to glean information about your prospects, lifestyle or floor plan. Counter Tactics : Government covert actions mislead the public, punish their own whistle blowers and interfere in anyway they can. Complain about illegal covert interference to human rights organizations. COINTELPRO is being used by US and Canada. Agents appear peaceful and friendly, but are there representing the military. As Roger Daltrey sang: We won t get fooled again We ll be fighting in the street, with our children at our feet. And the morals that they worship will be gone. And the men who spurred us on sit in judgement of all wrong. They decide and the shot gun sings the song.
MNN Mohawk Nation News email@example.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
They have to pay for their genocide and they know it. Sorry isn t good enough. Canada is spending our fund without our knowledge or consent. They use it as collateral for payment of the corporation s debts, to raise money on the stock exchange and to bolster the Canadian banking system. The Indigenous People will recover our Indian Trust Fund that was set up under Section 109 of the British North America in 1867. The same year the Corporation of Canada passed the illegal persons law that a person is anyone other than an Indian so they could become the trustees of our fund. All parties have been put on notice by registered mail sent to Prime Minister Harper by a Mohawk woman elder, demanding her share of the Indian Trust Fund. The trustee has defaulted. The entire fund shall be returned, along with any amount spent or loaned, plus all the interest. The Corporation of Canada will be dissolved to liquidate its debt to us that they cannot pay. We will foreclose on all the banks and shareholders of the Corporation of Canada who are guilty of selling our land and resources to accumulate this fund. Should there not be enough funds to cover the principle amount owed, the accrued interest and fees, all federal property throughout Canada will be seized by the Indigenous beneficiaries of the trust. To begin the process, we can convene a meeting of our People of our communities and notify Canada to return our fund. Should they not respond, we will begin the foreclosure procedures and seize all the assets of the corporation. All Canadians have benefited from the proceeds of our funds. To begin the reconciliation- repayment process, they will have to assist us. Should they wish to stay here, they must polish the chain, wipe the dust off of their own memories and start living according to the principles of the original Two Row Wampum agreement . Once a nation accepts the Peace they are obligated to spread it , to the world. As Robert Plant sang: Hang man , hang man. Upon your face a smile. Pray tell me that I m free to ride, ride for many a mile. Your brother brought me silver. You sister warmed my soul. But now I laugh and pull so hard, I see you swinging on the gallows pole. MNN Mohawk Nation News firstname.lastname@example.org 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
MNN. Mar. 28, 2013. On March 26, 2013, the MNN editor was invited to be the opening speaker at Champlain College in Sherbrooke Quebec. The topic was, A Native Perspective on Canada s Exploitation of Resources . Two Mohawks, as is our custom, accompanied the speaker. They sat at a table facing the crowd.
She did a traditional opening; explained the Seigneury of Sault Louis land,dispute which is returning vast areas to the Mohawk Nation; that Canada is not a state according to the Montevideo Convention of 1933; the genocide committed by the Jesuits, the storm troopers of the Catholic Church; the Great Peace of Montreal 1701 that created the official two row wampum relationship between the Indigenous and the visitors to Great Turtle Island; and Section 109 of the BNA Act 1867 that established the ever growing $50.3 trillion Indian Trust Fund. The presentation was legalistic and cautious. Cartoons were inserted in the power point presentation to help them understand the basics. They were carefully taken step by step through the legal maze of their settlement history here on our land and their legal position today.
The speaker received an ovation. Then the questions and comments began. Some in tears, said, What happens to us? I came here because I love the Indians. After listening to you, now I hate them and I hate you! I didn t do anything. My ancestors did. Why? Why are you telling us this? You have no feelings for us! I instructed them to study the Great Law of Peace to help them understand our position. The speaker, a 73-year old elder of the Mohawk Nation, tried to make light of the provocative jibes to calm them down. This made them madder. The discussion became more and more heated. Some students stomped out. Others heckled and smirked. The air became static with anger and threats. The speaker remarked, The truth hurts . Almost the entire student body jeered in astonishment. The three Mohawks could feel intense anger and were ready to deal with it. And they did.
For a moment the crowd calmed down. Then the insults started again. The speaker was accused of having no feelings . The speaker answered, Yes, the we have strong feelings about the genocide of 100 million people and the murder of half our children placed in your church run residential schools. No one has been charged or punished for this. More angry words flew. None addressed the legitimate issues. The sound arguments backed them into a corner. It was like they were standing on their hind legs and were ready to jump the Mohawks. Suddenly a teacher rose up. She reminded them that, We wanted to hear the Indigenous side. You have to listen even if she turns it inside out . The confrontation ended. They formed groups and began talking, some giving the Mohawks dirty looks.
A native speaker should take at least three people security when they go into a potential hostile situation. Because of the rampant spread of the Owistah disease throughout the settler population, an adverse side affect is, when they don t like the message, they might kill the messenger. As the Guess Who sang: Guns Guns Guns You be the Red King and I ll be the Yellow P awn . G uns, guns, guns! Eagle all gone and no more caribou. God speed mother nature. Never really wanted to say good-bye . MNN Mohawk Nation News email@example.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