Friday, October 9, 2015

Peltier named Grand Marshal of Albuquerque's Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration

Leonard Peltier named Grand Marshal of Albuquerque's Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration

By Peter Clark, Co-Director
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Censored News

ALBUQUERQUE -- The Red Nation has named Leonard Peltier to be Grand Marshal for the celebration on Monday, October 12—the very first celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The event will begin at First Street and Central Avenue at 5:00 p.m.
This week the Albuquerque City Council declared the celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day on the second Monday of October, a day nationally recognized as "Columbus Day".  The Red Nation sparked the campaign last February by leading an Abolish Columbus Day demonstration, in coalition with other community groups, at the steps of City Hall.  City Council President Rey Garduño—with guidance and input from The Red Nation and community organizations—wrote, sponsored, and proposed the initiative. Six councilors endorsed and three abstained.  Albuquerque joins cities—such as SeattleMinneapolisSt. PaulBerkeleyPortlandLawrence, and Santa Cruz—that have also declared similar celebrations.
"Columbus Day celebrates the death and disappearance of Native people, land and life," said Peter Clark, co-director of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) headquartered in Albuquerque.  "Indigenous Peoples' Day celebrates Indigenous resistance and resilience.  Leonard Peltier has dedicated his life to opposing racial violence, government and corporate plunder of sacred lands and water, and the continued violation of treaties and Indigenous rights.  Leonard and the ILPDC are very honored by The Red Nation's gesture.  We only wish Leonard could personally attend to enjoy the celebration."
Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in 1977 in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. The federal prosecutor has twice admitted that the government cannot prove Peltier's guilt. 
"Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against Leonard, hid proof of his innocence, presented false testimony, ignored court orders and lied to the jury. People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice," Clark said.
In 2003, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals found that "Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and in its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned.  The government withheld evidence.  It intimidated witnesses.  These facts are not disputed."
Imprisoned for nearly 40 years—currently at the federal prison in ColemanFlorida—Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International.
Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and others—including a judge who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release.
These and other supporters believe that, before leaving office, President Obama will correct this injustice and free Leonard Peltier by a grant of Executive Clemency.
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 24, Hillsboro, OR 97123
(505) 217-3612 

Mohawk Nation News 'Red-X and Otah Man'



Please post & distribute. Nia:wen.
MNN. 9 Oct. 2015. Like Red-X “o’tah Man” is from the fifth dimension. Denis Codere will be forever known as the “shit mayor” of Montreal. He wants to dump 8 billion litres of raw o’tah into our river.
Part of the land of the rotino'shonni:onwe.
Part of the land of the rotino’shonni:onwe.
Red-X was circling around tsionni’tiotake [known as Montreal]. He noticed his old friend, Stinky o’tah man, rising out of the shit at Turcot Yard. He had a lot of shit to tell Red-X. They talked about the history of the shit problem on Montreal Island. The kanion’ke:haka [Mohawks] dealt with it by working with mother earth, making holes, shitting in it, covering it and then moving for three generations to regenerate the earth. pretend
Red-X said, “Hey buddy, for thousands of years, on tsionni’tiotake, we had over 55 villages. We let the land lay fallow for three generations, for the lifetime of mother, children and grandchildren. When the babies returned they would be grandmothers and the land would be new”.
they came and came & brought their shit with them.
they came and came & brought their shit with them.
The invaders moved in disguised as settlers. They started shitting in all the holes everywhere, until there were no holes left. Then they made a big pipe so all the shit could be funneled into a huge outhouse. Now their shit hole is full and overflowing. They want to dump directly into our river, kaniatarwano:onwe.” The o’tah man said, “Now you see where it all leads”. It has become a stinking toxic mess. Their shit is being used as a weapon of war.
Today on Montreal Island all the holes are filled with shit. The Shit Mayor wants to shit directly into the river and avoid making any new holes. The oneh’kanos is the sacred blood of mother earth, never to be shit into. In nature all animals shit on the ground. Red-X and o’tah man reiterated, “Everybody in the world shits everyday. Some on a toilet, others in a hole. Everybody knows you do not shit in the rivers”. Only beside but not in.
stop the 'shit mayor'
stop the ‘shit mayor’
Everyone in Montreal has to have their own outhouses to take care of their own shit, instead of going all over the world and shitting in everybody else’s hole. Our river will not wash away their problem. It will go into the ocean and circulate throughout the entire globe. o’tah man noticed the crumbling infrastructure, artificial buildings, general filth and the total disregard for the natural world. He wondered if it was time for these people to leave so that our mother could heal.
Red-X could see o’tah man’s point. Being a wise fifth dimension medicine man, he sees millions of people sitting closely and shitting everyday. We don’t want them to mega oh ‘hon’nita’non’taks, Red-X thinks the new McGill University kanion’ke:haka [Mohawk] Board of Governors should direct all its students to work everyday only on how to turn human shit back into earth in three months.
Mohawk McGill to the rescue.
Mohawk McGill to the rescue.
As John Fogarty sings: “Well, take me back down where cool water flows. Let me remember things I love. Stoppin’ at the log where catfish bite. Walking along the river road at night. Barefoot girls dancing’ in the moonlight. I can hear the bullfrog callin’ me. Wonder if my rope’s still hangin’ to the tree. Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water. Shoo fly, dragon fly, get back to your mother. Pick up a flat rock, skip it across. Green river. [Green River].
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

VANCOUVER BC Dineh Arlene Bowman 'Pushing Boundaries' Picture Taker

(L) Navajo Talking Picture, Greasewood, Navajo Nation. (R) Arlene Bowman
Picture Taker -"Pushing Boundaries"

By Arlene Bowman, Dine' (Navajo)
Censored News
Oct. 2015

Arlene Bowman, photographer and filmmaker born on the Navajo Nation in Greasewood, Ariz., grew up in Phoenix. Arlene is known for her films, including Navajo Talking Picture and Song Journey, shown in international film festivals and on PBS. Arlene's photos are on exhibit in Vancouver BC, where she now lives.

Arlene Bowman, Dine’ known as Navajo, I, started taking still photographs since 14 when and where in 1963, Phoenix, Arizona, I first learned still photography from Natasha Kashmereck, a still photography teacher at Cortez High School.  Now primarily I am a filmmaker. At 22 in 1971 and afterwards in the U.S. and worldwide I became more active and constantly shot still photographs: of landscapes, friends, people I knew and did not know well, animals, parties, gatherings, landscapes, places I travelled to and lately still photographs and videos of Coho salmon at Hyland Creek in Surrey BC Canada.  I have taken many still photographs to document my life. Lulls sometimes happened.
I know the “old style” and digital style of still photography. At Cortez High I learned how to shoot black and white film, process and print black and white negatives into prints. I shot with a 2 1/4” Yashica camera.  I learned to process film, winding film onto a plastic in the dark then placed the plastic inside a 2 1/4” plastic canister.  Poured 1:3 Kodak Dk-76 into canister, 68 degrees Fahrenheit and agitated per minute, 11 minutes. Poured out Dk-76 liquid. Poured water into canister to rinse out Dk-76, 3-4 minutes. Poured regular fix into canister and agitated per minute, 10 minutes. 5 minutes - if selected rapid fix and agitated per minute.  After fix, poured hustler into canister to rinse fix from film, agitated per minute, 2 minutes.  Washed film in water, 12 minutes.  Dipped film in photo flow 30 seconds and hung up to dry.

NEWE Western Shoshone Cultural Days Oct 24 -- 25, 2015

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Video: Yaqui Water: The Right and the Resistance


By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez
Oct. 8, 2015 -- Censored News celebrates the release of our brothers, Vicam Yaqui Spokesmen Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez from prison. They were falsely imprisoned for one year in Sonora, Mexico. 
In an interview with Luna, La Jornado reports what happened to him in prison. Luna describes his work counseling others.
On leaving the prison, he said, “Right now, I urgently need to go to see the community, to involve myself in the work of defending our water, to bring myself up to date on the legal fight, to be with my family,”
Happy, with his two daughters in his arms and surrounded by Yaqui tribal authorities, Mario Luna passed through the prison for the last time on the afternoon of September 23. As he left, he emphasized, “strong, convinced that I should never have trod the floors of the jail, strengthened in my convictions, and bound always to the tribe´s fight against the Independence Aqueduct." Read article:
The video above explains the right of Yaqui in Sonora to 50 percent of Rio Yaqui, the Yaqui River, water now being stolen by the Independence Aqueduct for the City of Hermosillo. 
Vicam Yaqui maintained the long running highway barricade on the busy coastal route, a major trucking route, through their community to demand their water rights and to halt the theft of their water. 
Censored News was there, and was the only media from the United States present, during the first consultation on water rights at the International Water Forum in Vicam Yaqui Pueblo before the barricade began. 
The National Indigenous Congress and Zapatistas support Vicam Yaqui in their struggle.

Video by TeleSur
Published on May 19, 2015
In-depth reports and analysis from our extensive network of correspondents throughout the region on the most important developments in Latin America.
Since before the Spanish colonization, the Yaqui indigenous tribe has inhabited the arid part of northern Mexico in the state of Sonora near the Yaqui River. For centuries, the tribe has defended its territory, autonomy, self-determination and identity. The Yaquis are a nation with their own laws, internal rules, cultural identity, land and river. For centuries they have depended on the Yaqui River for survival. In 2010, however, the Sonora state government began construction on a 172 km megaproject known as the Independence Aqueduct to supply the city of Hermosillo and agro-industrial enterprises with water from the Yaqui River. The project openly violates a 1940 decree by former President Lazaro Cardenas, which guarantees that at least 50 % of the water belongs to the Yaquis. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the tribe, declaring the state’s environmental impact study void and ordering an injunction for the suspension of the aqueduct. Sonora state authorities, however, have ignored the ruling and last September arrested Yaqui spokesmen Mario Luna and Fernando Jimenez in what the tribe considers an attempt to intimidate them and dissuade them from resisting the aqueduct and fighting for their constitutional rights. teleSUR

National Lawyers Guild urges Clemency for Leonard Peltier


By International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Censored News
Peter Clark, Co-Director, International Leonard Peltier Defense
Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in coordination with the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) sent a letter urging President Obama to grant Executive Clemency to 71-year-old political prisoner and Native American activist, Leonard Peltier.
“Despite overwhelming evidence of FBI misconduct—including the coercion and intimidation of witnesses, the utilization of false testimonies, and the concealment of a ballistics test reflecting his innocence—Mr. Peltier has been denied a new trial and is long overdue for parole,” the letter states.
An innocent man, Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1977. Imprisoned for nearly 40 years—currently at the federal prison in ColemanFlorida—Peltier has been designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, 55 Members of Congress and others—including a judge who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release. Widely recognized for his humanitarian works and a six-time Nobel Prize nominee, Peltier also is an accomplished author and painter.
The NLG also advocated for Peltier's release during the Clinton Administration.
“It’s long past time for the healing to begin between Indigenous Nations and the U.S. government—with regard to the Peltier case, as well as other tragic incidents of the past,” said Peter Clark, Co-Director, ILPDC.
The Peltier case has been examined by renowned author Peter Matthiessen (“In the Spirit of Crazy Horse”) and by a documentary film produced and narrated by Robert Redford (“Incident at Oglala”).  Although the courts have acknowledged evidence of government misconduct—including the coercion of witnesses, the intentional use of false testimonies, and the concealment of ballistics evidence reflecting his innocence—Peltier remains in a maximum security prison.
The power to commute Peltier’s sentence of two life terms rests with President Obama.
“Mr. Peltier is 71 years old and in poor health.  This is the very time for renewed commitment and unity.  We’re very pleased that the National Lawyers Guild have taken this action on Mr. Peltier’s behalf and are actively involved in securing his freedom,” said the ILPDC.

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