Fifteen-year-old Chumash receives death threats in California town

Fifteen-year-old Chumash receives death threats in California town Backlash to opposing mascots exposes racism in coastal California town By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com CARPINTERIA, Calif. A 15-year-old Chumash youth received death threats because he urged his high school to eliminate sports mascots which are degrading and mock Native Americans and their culture. After those deaths were reported to police in this small coastal town, 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, police took no action and said the death threats were not credible. Mark Anquoe, Kiowa from Oklahoma and member of the American Indian Movement, said it is inexcusable for police not to take death threats of a student seriously. Speaking on Red Town Radio, Anquoe said it is surprising with the number of shootings in schools in the United States, such as Colombine, that this death threat was not taken seriously. You would think a death threat made to a student would be investigated and disciplina

Obama: Stop the Peabody Mine Expansion on Black Mesa

By Bahe Katenay Ladies and Gentlemen, the Old, the Young, the Coming Generation, and Relatives: As we speak, there exist a state of fear and anxiety in a traditional community at Big Mountain in the heart of Black Mesa. And as we speak, the federally deputized officers of the BIA Hopi Agency Police and Rangers are patrolling this region where a few traditional elders continue to live and also resist federal mandates to relocate. I want to bring your attention to one particular situation that is an example of the wide-spread acts of injustice, human rights violation, religious intolerance, and threats of property destruction. Dineh resister and elder, Pauline Whitesinger, has stood her ground since 1977 when the BIA tried to build a range unit fence within the lands partitioned to the neighboring tribe, the (modern and progressive) Hopis. Pauline still believes in the old ways by upholding aboriginal rights and treaty rights and because of BIA-Hopi restriction on new contruction and h

Indigenous Alliance without Borders Statement on Southern Border Indigenous Peoples Issues

Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras P.O. Box 826 Tucson, Arizona www.indigenasinfronteras.org Contact: Jose R. Matus, Project Director, Tel: 520 979-2125, jrmatus@aol.com Photo: Alianza 2008/by Brenda Norrell Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras Statement on Southern Border Indigenous Peoples Issues TUCSON — The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras (Indigenous Alliance Without Borders) located in Tucson, brought together individual members of the Tohono O\’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, White Mountain and Lipan Apache, along with indigenous organizations from Tucson and Phoenix at a regional consultation and strategy meeting on Southern Border Indigenous Peoples issues. At this gathering, on Feb. 14, an indigenous led transnational initiative focusing on issues of the US-Mexico border region was launched, and strategic plans made to proactively promote recognition and respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras will spearhead the devel

Turn the tide in Phoenix: March against hate

Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine Calls on Fans to Turn the Tide Against Hate, Join March in Phoenix, Arizona . Famous Lead Singer to Join Thousands to Denounce Sheriff Joe Arpaio\’s Out of Control Intimidation and Humiliation Who: National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Puente Arizona, and Zach de la Rocha What: March to Stop the Systematic Persecution of Migrants and Latinos in AZ. Where: March Start Location for Feb 28th: 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012 When: March to Stop the Hate in Phoenix to be held 9:00 am on February 28. “Recently the nation witnessed the ritual humiliation of migrants in a spectacle evocative of some of the most horrific episodes of human history,” explains Pablo Alvarado, Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “People across the country are outraged at the shameful violations of human rights perpetrated by the Maricopa County Sheriffs and they are being moved to action.” In the last month Sheriff Jo

Indigenous Peoples Day Phoenix, Saturday, March 14, 2009

Nahn-coh-Mahss O\’otham Indigenous Peoples Day COMMUNITY CELEBRATION In AFFIRMATION of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Adopted by the UN General Assembly September 13, 2007 Saturday March 14th, 2009 Steele Indian School Park 10:00 AM 8:00 PM Native American Heritage Coalition Gathering of the Visions Jean Chaudhuri Memorial Memorial Hall 3rd Street and Indian School Road 12:00 PM 3:30 PM Continental Confederation of the Eagle and the Condor Contacts: Tupac Enrique Acosta: (602) 466-8367 Benjamin Chee (602) 930-6791 Shannon Rivers (480) 220-6766 Email: chantlaca@tonatierra.org Links: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/declaration.html http://www.cumbrecontinentalindigena.org Indigenous Peoples Day Saturday March 14th Draft Agenda of Activities Sunrise Ceremony at Smoadoag Doag 8:00 – 9:30 Xinachtli (Seed) Educational – Cultural Sharing at South Mountain Ecology Center 10:00 Spiritual Run from Smoadoag Doag to Indian School Park 12:00 Arrrival at Indian School Park, Re

Bea De O\’Campo passes to the Spirit World

Bea De O\’Campo passes to Spirit World Bea was the sister of our friend, Wounded Knee on the Longest Walk Memorial Services for Bea De O\’Campo will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 @ 2:00 @ 1525 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo, CA. Directions: Take 80 East and take the first turn off after the Carquinez Bridge which is Sonoma Blvd. Go down until it crosses York Street, across from the Harley Davidson Store and the Armory where the memorial will be held is located there. Elizabeth “Bia” DeOcampo Sept. 8, 1944 – Feb. 19, 2009 Elizabeth “Bia” DeOcampo, Native American activist and community leader, made her journey to the Spirit World on February 19, 2009, after a long illness at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Fairfield, California, and was one of eight children. Bia graduated from UC Berkeley with two bachelor\’s degrees in Native American studies and social welfare. She went on to receive a master\’s degree in social work from San Francisco State U

Censorship and the heroes of our generation

Along with the loss of their jobs, many people who provide information for Censored News have been hungry, homeless, sick, arrested, jailed and beaten over the past two years. Article and photo by Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/ In today\’s column, Roberto Rodriquez describes the blatant racism by Lou Dobbs on CNN. In a slightly more subtle form of manipulation and control, Indian Country Today has a large ad for CIA Clandestine Services — CIA spies — on its website today. The ad has been revolving there for months. This means that ICT is funded by the CIA. When I was a staff reporter for Indian Country Today, the managing editor in 2005 demanded that I not write about “grassroots people or the genocide of American Indians.” I continued to do so and was terminated in 2006. But, before I was terminated, my articles were censored and the wording changed, over my objections. The non-Indian staff members responsible continued at the newspaper over

Rodriguez: \’Face of the New American Bigot, Part II\’

Face of the New American Bigot, Part II By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez In writing about CNN s Lou Dobbs and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently readers rightly asked about why CNN continues to carry an obsessed bigot in its daily lineup? The question is the same for other media outlets that have for years carried Dobbs and others whose careers seemed to be based on an obsession with immigration (illegal or otherwise), the border and the Spanish language. Unquestionably, it is an unhealthy obsession, one in which during difficult times leads to un upsurge in hate crimes, discrimination, harassment and scapegoating. In this case, the scapegoats are Mexicans primarily, but also Central and South Americans. Many of those targeted are in fact either legally here or U.S. born citizens. This is not news to CNN. Virtually every media outlet, every media watch dog group and every human rights organization has noted Dobbs s obsession. The Southern Poverty Law Center the premier human righ

Indigenous Alliance without Borders: March to challenge Sheriff Arpaio

Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras Statement of Support For the National Human Rights March To Challenge Sheriff Joe Arpaio Saturday, February 28th Phoenix, Arizona By Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras Photo by Brenda Norrell/Arpaio protest in Tucson 2008 The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras joins and stands strongly in support of all the people and organizers of the National Human Rights March to challenge the Human Rights abuses of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. We believe that the militarization and border enforcement policies that have been inflicted upon the territories of our eight Nations of Indigenous Peoples divided by the US-Mexico border have helped nurture virulent racist nativism in America, and politicians have used immigration as a wedge issue that has degraded respect for the civil and human rights of us all. The actions of Sheriff Arpaio extend the militarization of the border to the entirety of the metropolis of Maricopa County, where the Sheriff\’s Posse acts as an ”

Amnesty: US-made white phosphorus weapons found in Gaza

US/ISRAELI WAR CRIMES IN GAZA: Our research team recently found evidence of U.S.-made weapons in Gaza, including the misuse of white phosphorus munitions. Urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to immediately call for an investigation into Israel s use of U.S. arms in Gaza. Investigate potential war crimes in Gaza By Amnesty International A new report released just hours ago reveals that U.S.-made white phosphorus artillery shells among other U.S. weapons were found throughout Gaza. When white phosphorus munitions are used in densely-populated civilian areas as Israel has, it violates international humanitarian law s prohibition on indiscriminate attacks and amounts to a war crime. In light of this new finding, we are urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to immediately call for: an investigation into Israel s use of U.S. arms in Gaza a suspension of U.S. military aid to Israel and to urge the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on all parties in the conflict Samia Salman Al-Manay&#

Listen, Jose Matus, Yaqui: On the Border

Censored News Blog Talk Radio By Brenda Norrell http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Yaqui ceremonial leader Jose Matus, director of the Indigenous Alliance without Borders, talks about the Indigenous rights of mobility and Yaqui villages in Sonora, Mexico. Matus said Indigenous on the border are concerned that conditions under President Obama remain “status quo” with the Bush regime. As requested by Yaqui elders to maintain ceremonies, for 30 years Matus has brought Yaqui ceremonial leaders across the border for temporary visits to conduct annual ceremonies. Homeland Security continues to harass Indigenous Peoples at the border. The Indigenous Alliance without Borders supports Indigenous Peoples struggling to maintain their traditional ceremonies and mobility in ancestral territories, including the Lipan Apache, facing the seizure of their land by Homeland Security for the US/Mexico border wall. Matus also talks about humanitarian efforts in Yaqui villages in Sonora, Mexico, includi

Leonard Peltier remembers Bob Robideau

Greetings my relatives! By Leonard Peltier It is with a real deep sense of loss that I write this. The loss of my brother in the struggle for Indigenous rights who was also my blood cousin and also a defendant in the Oglala shoot-out trials. I am speaking of Robert Robideau, who we called Bob most of the time. Bob was a tireless campaigner for my freedom and Indigenous rights all over the world. I can t express enough how greatly his leaving this level of existence will be missed. Bob and I grew up together. We were involved in the 70 s American Indian Movement together. We were shot at together. We were on the run together and over the 33 years of my imprisonment, Bob was a person I could count on for a lot of reasons. We laughed together, quarreled with one another, praised one another and had strong disagreements at times. Bob was the one person I could truly count on to tell me the straight of it, whether I liked it or not. I didn t talk to Bob in person that often, as of late, but j

Wounded Knee Commemoration to honor Robideau

From International Peltier Forum . Longest Walk photo, Morning Star Gali, Colo/08 Photos by Jofreal Elliot, Longest Walk click here Photos by Cornelia Vandenberg 1993 click here . Robert Robideau passed away at his home in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, February 17, 2009. He was a member of the Turtle Mountain and White Earth Ojibwa tribes. Robideau was a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) since 1973. Darrell (Dino) Butler, and Robert Robideau were acquitted in the deaths of two FBI agents in 1976 on grounds of self defense. The charges arose after a shootout with the FBI on Pine Ridge reservation in June of 1975 that left two FBI agents and an Indian man dead. This period known as the reign of terror, in which 60 AIM members were killed and hundreds more assaulted in a government sponsored action to destroy AIM. These killings and assaults came in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee takeover by AIM in 1973. The third defendant, Leonard Peltier was sentenced to two consecutive life se

UN testimony: Canada discriminates against Aboriginal rights

UN CERD Submission Canada Racial Discriminates Against Aboriginal Proprietary Rights Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) http://www.wman-info.org/thenetwork/profiles/inet/ (Geneva, Switzerland, February 19, 2009) Bertha Williams and Arthur Manuel were given opportunity to address the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, (CERD) Working Group on Early Warning and Urgent Action, on a written submission they made to CERD. Bertha Williams is from the Tsawwassen Peoples and resident of the Tsawwassen Indian Reserve near Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Arthur Manuel is Secwepemc and spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET). Mr. Manuel is from the Neskonlith Indian Reserve in south central British Columbia near Kamloops, Canada. Mr. Arthur Manuel stated “the document submitted to the UN CERD points out that Canada racially discriminates against Indigenous Peoples proprietary rights, by systemically not recogniz

Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change

The Inuit Circumpolar Council is hosting April 20-24, 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska a Global Summit on Climate Change that will bring together indigenous delegates and observers.The purpose of the summit is to enable Indigenous peoples from all regions of the globe to exchange their knowledge and experience in adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to develop key messages and recommendations to be articulated to the world at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009. Info: http://www.indigenoussummit.com/servlet/content/home.html Earthcycles, north to Alaska Earthcycles producer Govinda Dalton, and cohost Brenda Norrell of Censored News, hope to travel to Alaska to broadcast the climate summit. We hope to take two Native youth interns to train in radio broadcasting, audio production and online news coverage. If you are able to help as a financial sponsor, please contact brendanorrell@gmail.com Listen to th

Early photos, Bob Robideau, by Cornelia Vandenberg

Special thanks to Cornelia Vandenberg for sharing her early photos of Bob Robideau in 1993 with Censored News. Cornelia said the first photo was taken at the Roxy in Los Angeles. The second photo was taken at the Orange County Powwow in California, which she visited for the magazine that she published at the time. “I shared a booth with Bob and his brother Richard.” Sincere condolences from Cornelia Vandenberg and Brenda Norrell/Censored News, to Bob Robideau\’s family and friends. Bob, 62, passed away at his home in Barcelona, Spain, where he was a painter. Along with his lifetime of activism, Bob joined the Longest Walk 2 northern route in Colorado in 2008, photos at: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2009/02/in-memory-of-bob-robideau.html

MNN: Global Nuclear Genocide of Indigenous — government liquidation srategy?

Global Nuclear Genocide of Indigenous government liquidation strategy? It won\’t work! Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com/ Feb. 19, 2009. A sickening picture is shaping up. The evidence continues to mount like a smelly compost heap, except it has no organic value and it s a serious threat to the generations to come. Who doesn t know that radiation is deadly? Government and the nuclear industry keep lying to us! They deny the grisly effects such as cancer, birth defects and many environmental illnesses caused by radioactive toxins in our air, land and water. The nuclear industry seized on the peak oil and global warming crisis which they created and turned it to their advantage. They call nuclear a green , clean , renewable resource because they can reuse the deadly waste to make nuclear weapons. They lump it under with wind and solar. The theme of the Canadian Nuclear Association CNA convention and trade show from February 25 to 27 at the Westin in Ottawa is
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