Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dine' Filmmaker Arlene Bowman: Dene Language Conference Connects and Inspires

Dene Language Conference held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories produced positive results for Arlene Bowman, Dine’ filmmaker

Dene language root in far north connects Tolowa Dee-ni' in California and Dine' and Apache in Southwest

Arlene Bowman
Article and photos by Arlene Bowman
Dine' (Navajo) filmmaker/photographer
Copyright Arlene Bowman, Censored News

YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Canada -- The Dene Language Conference, June 6--7, 2016, was co-organized by Alex Jaker and Gary Holton (Alaska Native Language Center) and Mary Rose Sundberg (Goyatıkǫ̀ Language Society), and hosted by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

My intention to attend the workshop conference was to find a Canadian Dene speaker who knew her language fluently and culture for an experimental documentary I want to make about the value of the Dene language in North America. That happened. I met Gina a Dene woman, Tsetta First Nation from Yellowknife. But when a person looks for such a contact it may not happen. At the same time I wanted to know more about the Dene language. I expressed to Jenny where I stayed at in Yellowknife, I was glad I came to the conference. I learned a lot. I never traveled as far north in Canada or anywhere else in the world as Yellowknife. All was new. I had viewed pictures and stories of Canada’s far north from TV news and ads, but I prefer to view with my own eyes and experience in person the country and people myself.
Northwest Territories is located between Nunavut to the east and Yukon to the west in Canada. Yellowknife is the capital of Northwest Territories located on the north side of Great Slave Lake. The Province is located north of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
If a person travels more north the land ends at Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Many islands are spread through out north of Canada. From the airline window, I viewed many many lakes all across the land for miles and miles. Trees were not tall as in B.C. No darkness. The light stopped at sunset and remained at sunset level, low lit all night as I slept. I wanted to videotape the aurora borealis, but to view it a person needs darkness. I could not video tape it. I was told the light changes back to darkness in mid-August. I never experienced light conditions as that where darkness never fell. I wondered do people stay up all night.

Yellowknife town looked composed about half or more than half of Indigenous people and half white and other people of color. Lots of Indigenous people. Reminded me of Holbrook, Arizona where a lot of Indigenous people reside from the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.
I met people on the streets just walking. They were curious and very friendly to me. Sometimes I was asked questions about where something was located at a store, as if the Dene person assumed I lived there. Inclusion. The people from that area physically looked like Dine’ from Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, Navajo Rez. They had high cheekbones and dark skin like mine.
Highlights of the Dene Language Conference were: John Janvier, Cold Lake First Nation and Sally Rice. John Janvier presented the separation story and told the story in his own language. As he narrated the story, he showed his paintings of the separation story. Sally Rice, University of Alberta, managed an archaeological site in U.S. The site found moccasins from Northern Dene.
The second highlight: Loren Me’-lash-ne Bommelyn of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation located in Northern California, Smith River described his Dene people and how they regained their language from extinction. I always heard about the Dene from California, but it seemed as if they did not really exist. Their status to learn the language was far more perilous than Dine’ in Arizona. He knew his language and history very well and described it fast since the conference time was short.
Other interesting parts, when the public expressed about the topic presentation, if she/he agreed or disagreed, Indigenous people expressed comments in their language. A group of people said some people expressed too much negativism about the language, for example why should Indigenous be told this and that about their language and culture by non-indigenous people. For me it meant, why should us Indigenous accept films and videos made by non-Indigenous filmmakers. These type of films and videos are films and videos created from Indigenous stories. An example is the 2015 Ridiculous Six produced by Netflix. Key positions in film and video production need to be Indigenous directed, written and produced by Indigenous people. However, at the Dene Language conference I was not offended. I liked hearing both sides.

When I heard the Dene people speak their language, some Dene language literally had the same nasal, high and low tones and throat sounds that the Dene language from Dine’ in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah have.
Gina, the Dene woman I met, said she visited the Navajo Reservation. She said she could see her people physically in the Dine’ faces. Some words in the Dene language were similar.
A man said, Inuit and Dene people use to have gatherings with each other long ago but not anymore. I thought to myself I wish they continued to have gatherings.
I noticed the tourist ads in Yellowknife about Dene people featured teepees. I asked my new Dene friend, if this was borrowed from the Plains culture. She said yes. I am aware that Indigenous people borrow cultural items from each other because they live close to each other.
Next year’s Dene language conference will be held in Arizona and will focus upon the Apache. This Indigenous people and area was very different than Vancouver BC. I liked the difference.  

Arlene Bowman, Dine' (Navajo), was born in Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation, and now lives in Vancouver BC. She grew up in Phoenix and received her MFA from the University of California Los Angeles. Bowman's film Navajo Talking Picture, filmed at her grandmother's hogan in Greasewood on the Navajo Nation, has shown in film festivals around the world. Her feature film Song Journey was broadcast on PBS. The Graffiti screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Her photographs have been featured in exhibits in BC and her travels have included a journey through South America and a recent trip to Brazil.

Happy to share with our readers this report and photos from my longtime friend. -- Brenda Norrell, publisher, Censored News

                                            Copyright Arlene Bowman, Censored News

In the Bittersweet Days of Summer Solstice

Clouds to the West, on the Road Home
Chuska and Tsaile Mountains
Photo by Brenda Norrell, Navajo Nation, Crystal, New Mexico

By Brenda Norrell
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The past few days have been bittersweet. We are sad to share with you the passing of Jim Boyd, Colville, who will be remembered for his kindness and his award-winning music.
From the south, we hear of the deaths of the teachers and their supporters shot by police as they took their last breaths for justice in Oaxaca.
We learned of the brutal US forces -- which included the US Border Patrol -- who trained Honduras military and the assassins who had Berta Caceres on their hit list.
From the north, we hear this news, that the publisher of Mohawk Nation News, Kahentinetha, Mohawk grandmother, was sitting in the dark, with her electricity cut off.
This comes with the uplifting news from Arlene Bowman, Dine', and her travel to the Dene Language Conference in Yellowknife. The news is that the language is alive -- from the far north, to the west coast of California, to the Southwest lands of Dine' (Navajo) and Apache.
And the struggle for justice, autonomy and dignity continues -- from the Zapatistas in Chiapas, to the Dine' resisters on Big Mountain, to the Dakota Access pipeline fighters at Sacred Stone camp in North Dakota, to the seed planters at the tarsands mine arrested in Utah, to the streets of St. Louis where Peabody Coal festers in the bowels.
Are the news rooms empty? Where are the journalists whose calling requires them to be present and out there covering the news. Are they on a permanent holiday in their easy chairs?

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Mohawk Publisher's Electricity Cut Off

Emergency Alert!
June 23, 2016

Kahentinetha, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, is sitting in the dark tonight. Her electricity has been cut off. Mohawk grandmother Kahentinetha has shared generously with readers and never asked for anything, even when border agents induced her heart attack.
Please do not send donations by way of PayPal to MNN. Paypal has seized MNN's donations ($150) and sent those to the Federal Reserve without explanation.
Update Saturday: Kahentinetha's grandchildren raised $500 for her, but she still needs to raise $500 more.
Please send donations in money orders by express mail.
Kahentinetha Horn, MNN, Box 991
Kahnawake Quebec Canada J0L 1B0
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NAMA Mourns the Loss of Jim Boyd

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient,
Multiple Award Winner, and
 Colville Tribal Chairman,
Jim Boyd Passes Away

New York, NY - It is with great sorrow and profound sadness that the Native American Music Awards (NAMA) shares the announcement from The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on the passing of multiple award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Jim Boyd. On Tuesday, June 21st, Jim Boyd reportedly died due to natural causes. He was 60 years old. 
"Jim Boyd was one of the most talented and genuine artists ever to grace our stage. He touched and influenced many by his sheer presence, modesty and versatile songwriting ability. A seven time award winner and a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, he was loved by all. We are grateful we were able to honor him and his music. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Shelly and family and to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He will be greatly missed." states NAMA Founder and President, Ellen Bello.

Berta Caceres was on hit list of brutal forces trained by United States

Berta Caceres was on the hit list of forces trained by the United States. The U.S. training of soldiers and assassins includes training by the US Border Patrol 

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Berta Caceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed, reports Nina Lakhani in The Guardian in Mexico City.

"Lists featuring the names and photographs of dozens of social and environmental activists were given to two elite units, with orders to eliminate each target, according to First Sergeant Rodrigo Cruz, 20.
Cruz’s unit commander, a 24-year-old lieutenant, deserted rather than comply with the order. Cruz – who asked to be identified by a pseudonym for fear of reprisal – followed suit, and fled to a neighbouring country. Several other members of the unit have disappeared and are feared dead. 'If I went home, they’d kill me. Ten of my former colleagues are missing. I’m 100% certain that Berta Cáceres was killed by the army,' Cruz told the Guardian. 
Read the article in The Guardian:

The US Congress authorized over US$100 million in 2016 Central America's for military, counternarcotics, and border enforcement assistance -- over $30 million more requested, reports WOLA, advocating for human rights in the Americas.

Among the special operations in Honduras trained and funded by the United States is this one, which claims to be reducing the flowing of migrant children to the US.

According to the national police, the team is primarily funded by the U.S. State Department and was trained by a U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit, known as BORTAC. The team's aim in this operation is to stop the flow not just of unaccompanied minors, but of children who head north illegally with only one parent, reports LA Times.

The horror of US trained forces in Central America is revealed in this report of the Kaibiles in Guatemala

  • Kaibiles: The United States has built a cozy relationship with the Kaibiles, Guatemala’s special operations force, and their training academy. According to a2013 U.S. Special Operations Command South news release, “The Kaibil School is considered one of the most prestigious, vigorous, arduous military courses in Central America... Their motto: ‘If I advance, follow me. If I stop, urge me on. If I retreat, kill me.’” In 2013, an American soldier graduated from the Kaibil School for the first time in 25 years. As WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson has explained, the Kaibiles have a historic reputation for brutal, violent training tactics, which in the past included “killing animals and then eating them raw and drinking their blood in order to demonstrate courage,” according to Guatemalan Commission for Historical Clarification report. The Kaibiles were one of the most notorious units for carrying out atrocities against the population during the country’s civil war.

WOLA reports on US funding and training in Honduras:

  • Naval Special Forces (Fuerzas Especiales Navales, FEN): This force is primarily concerned with counternarcotics operations. Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), a unit of about 500 U.S. military personnel based at the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, participates in operations with, and trains, the FEN. As it is the largest presence of U.S. troops in the region, JTF-Bravo supports operations throughout Central America. MARFORSOUTH is also currentlytraining members of the Honduran Naval Force (Fuerza Naval de Honduras, FNH) on “combating drug trafficking and urban operations.”
  • Special Response Team and Intelligence Troop (Tropa de Inteligencia y Grupos de Respuesta Especial de Seguridad, TIGRES): This SWAT-style militarized police unit, known as the “Tigers,” was created in 2014 as part of Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández’s crackdown to address the country’s high levels of violence. President Hernández has since made good on his pledge to deploy soldiers and militarized police units throughout the country’s most violent areas.
As a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report noted, “Over the past two years, U.S. Special Forces have built the elite SWAT unit, called the Tigres, from scratch.” Colombian counterparts have also helped to stand up and train this unit. As explained in the article, during operations Honduran agents are the ones who “kick in doors” and carry out arrests, while U.S. Special Forces monitor operations from apartments or similar nearby locations. The forces “marked assault routes on a satellite view of the slum and scanned photos from a circling police helicopter. They read WhatsApp text messages between the SWAT commander and his men.” Green Berets train the Tigres at an isolated base in the mountains, but the United States does not provide the force with weapons: only uniforms, boots, radios, navigational tools, and training ammunition. All of this information came from the WSJ investigation.
  • National Interagency Security Force (Fuerza Nacional de Seguridad Interinstitutional, FUSINA): Created by President Juan Orlando Hernández in February 2014, FUSINA is an inter-agency task force made up of members of the police, the military, the Attorney General’s Office, and intelligence agencies. It is led by the Honduran military and is tasked with fighting organized crime. According to a February 2016 Southern Command article, “The security force maintains a strong and constant presence in 115 communities with high levels of delinquency provoked by gangs. It carries out motorized and foot patrols to identify and capture members of such groups. Additionally, it has launched an education program in schools around the country with the purpose of training children and teens to resist getting involved with gangs.” The force also conducts operations along the Honduran-Guatemalan border.

In an August 2015 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 21 members of Congress expressed concern over the Honduran military’s involvement in public security and increasing U.S. military assistance to the country, specifically mentioning FUSINA. They wrote: “We are concerned about Honduran media reports that in mid-May of this year, a team of 300 U.S. military and civilian personnel, including Marines and the FBI, conducted ‘rapid response’ training with 500 FUSINA agents, using U.S. helicopters and planes, despite allegations regarding the agency’s repeated involvement in human-rights violations.” There is little other publicly available information about U.S. support for FUSINA.
  • Border security: Although some members of the Tigres are stationed along Honduras’ borders, they are not the main presence there. Rather, in these zones are members of an elite unit of Honduras’ National Police, which has been funded by the U.S. State Department and trained by U.S. Border Patrol, members of the Military Police of Public Order (Policía Militar del Orden Público,PMOP), a new military branch that the United States has said it does not support, and other units of the Honduran military that have been trained by U.S. units, including the Texas National Guard.
Nearly all other public information about U.S. support for El Salvador’s and Honduras’s border security discusses initiatives funded through the State Department and overseen by State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), as well as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Department of Homeland Security. Nearly all CBP and ICE assistance is funded by INL.
Some examples include:
  • CBP is working with INL “to place nine CBP Advisors throughout Central America to provide capacity building and technical assistance for border control officials to more effectively address migration issues in-country,” according to testimony from Ronald Vitiello, Acting Chief of U.S. Border Patrol.
  • “To promote investigative capacity-building and anti-smuggling efforts, DHS, with DOS funding, will increase the presence of the Transnational Criminal Investigative Units (TCIUs), which are sponsored by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Panama,” according a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. TCIUs are specialized, vetted units that work with national police forces, customs officers, immigration officers, and prosecutors. They were created to “to enhance transnational efforts against all forms of illicit trafficking with a particular focus on human smuggling.” There are currently nine TCIU units with more than 250 foreign law enforcement officers, according to a March 2016 testimony from Lev J. Kubiak, Assistant Director of International Operations for Homeland Security Investigations, an investigative arm within ICE in the DHS.
The Defense Department and CBP also support some TCIU investigations. Between 2012 and 2014, DHS spent $2.4 million of its own funding supporting units in the Northern Triangle. In 2014, TCIUs, which until then had only been present in Guatemala, were expanded to El Salvador and Honduras. Because Congress provided additional funding for TCIUs in 2015, ICE expanded units in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia, and reestablished an additional TCIU in Mexico.
  • “DHS also plans to expand a model of border-focused vetted units, such as the Special Tactics Operations Group or Grupo de Operaciones Especiales Tacticas (GOET) in Honduras, to El Salvador and Guatemala in partnership with CBP. Through those vetted units, DHS provides training and capacity building to foreign counterparts, empowering them to investigate, identify, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that are engaging in illicit activities in the host country,”according to the same GAO report.

Read more: List of US Forces -- including US Border Patrol -- conducting training of soldiers and assassins in Honduras and elsewhere in Central America:

Friday, June 24, 2016

Zapatistas 'The Hour of the Police 4 From the Cat-Dog’s spoiler notebook'

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The Hour of the Police 4 From the Cat-Dog’s spoiler notebook
June 2016
Enlace Zapatista
Here’s the doubt: what would be the most appropriate comparison for that sad and mediocre overseer who aspires to be a policeman?
Aurelio Donald Nuño Trump?
Aurelio Ramsay Nuño Bolton?
We think that given his thirst for blood and his cowardice, the latter fits him best.
And, just like in the television series “Game of Thrones,” where Ramsay Bolton is devoured by the dogs that he before used to attack others, the paid media that have used Nuño to slander, threaten, and attack the teachers in resistance and the communities and organizations in solidarity, will feed on him when he falls.
It could very well be said to him tomorrow:
“Your words will disappear.
Your house will disappear
Your name will disappear
All memory of you will disappear.”
To him and the entire system he serves.
Time will tell.

Mohawk Nation News 'Hydro's Big Sissors'


Mohawk Nation News 
French translation by Christine Prat
Please post & distribute.
MNN. June 23, 2016. I came home from South Dakota after visiting with relatives. My hydro was off because I owed $1,100. Hydro Quebec has raised the cost so high that many of us can’t pay it. It covers overcharged heat from last winter. I did my best, giving them $200 to $300 a month from my meagre pension. With no phone, as MagicJack needs the internet, or amenities, I had to leave and stay in akwesasne. My grandchildren stayed behind in the dark, unable to charge their cells by candlelight.
It comes from my flowing waters!
The power that comes from our flowing waters!
At 1.30 today June 23, a clerk at the Hydro Quebec office in Kahnawake, [450-632-2616], told us that she had called an old number that was disconnected 15 years ago and no one had answered. Being away I did not receive her notice. Apparently someone was sent to my house before the line was snipped. She sai, “I’m giving you a chance. Give us $500 by 3.00 pm today and the rest in a month or it stays off. We are closed til Monday or Tuesday and you’ll be cut off until then”. Friends from kanekota, kentekeh, and others called her in vain.
HYDRO: "No. No. Cut off power new genocide policy".
HYDRO: “No. No. Cutting off power is the new genocide policy”.
Martin Leborgne of the Mohawk council of Kahnawake was asked to help out but did not return calls. He stated, “It’s all been taken care of!” 450-632-7500.
This inhumanity is happening to everyone to extort money from us for heat that they should be providing freely. Our hydro is shut off because they overcharged us for the heat in the winter when they can’t legally turn it off. It is extortion when corporations prey on us for the necessities of life.huxley
The politicians have already created new laws that allow the corporation to force people back to work just be able to cover the necessities of life? It seems like they’re all in this together.
I just went to visit my relatives for a few days. When i came back a big knife was stuffed into my back: “Back stabber,hope grabber, greedy little fit haver. God, I feel for you fool. Shit lover, off brusher, jaded bitter joy crusher. Failure has made you so cruel. Rotten to the core. Rotten like a crack whore. Begging out the back door. Show us what you’re good for. Put it on the noise board. Come on, join the blood sport. Is it because you’re a fucking back stabber?”

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Targetted people US Border Patrol among those training soldiers and assassins
Sell Outs
Minister of Indian Affairs, Carolyn Bennett,
Hydro Quebec 1-800-290-2424
Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Phone: (450) 632-7500
Fax: (450) 638-5958
Info-Line: (450) 632-9595
Sally Jewell, Secretary, Interior Department, 1849 C St., NY Washington DC 20240Bill Clinton, 1271 Ave. of the Americas, 42nd Fl., NY 10020 212-348-8882.
Minister of National Defence,
US Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave NW Ste 7141, Washington +1 (202) 514-2000
All Media, Pope Benedictum XVI, St. Peter’s Sq., Vatican City, Rome Italy; Canadian Center for Foreign Policy Development, Forum on Africa);
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon, 1st ave. and 46th street
NY 10017 1 (212) 963 1234

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MNN, 23 juin 2016. Je suis rentrée chez moi du Dakota du Sud après avoir rendu visite à des parents. Mon énergie était coupée parce que je dois 1100 dollars. Hydro Québec a tellement augmenté les coûts que beaucoup d’entre nous ne peuvent pas payer. Ça comprend un excès de chauffage l’hiver dernier. J’ai fait ce que je pouvais, donné 200 à 300 dollars par mois de ma maigre retraite. Sans téléphone, vu que Magic Jack a besoin d’internet, ou d’infrastructures, j’ai dû partir et loger à Akwesasne. Mes petits-enfants sont restés dans le noir et sans pouvoir recharger leurs portables avec des bougies.

A 1h30 ce jour – le 23 juin, un employé du bureau de Kahnawake d’Hydro Québec, [450-632-2616], nous a dit qu’elle avait appelé un vieux numéro, supprimé il y a 15 ans, et que personne n’avait répondu. Etant absente, je n’ai pas reçu sa mise en demeure. Apparemment, quelqu’un a été envoyé chez moi avant que la ligne ne soit coupée. Elle m’a dit « Je vous donne une chance. Donnez nous 500 dollars avant 15h aujourd’hui et le reste dans un mois, ou ça restera coupé. Nous sommes fermés jusqu’à lundi ou mardi et ce sera coupé jusque là ». Des amis de Kanekota, Kentekeh et autres l’ont appelée en vain.


Martin Leborgne, du Conseil Mohawk de Kahnawake a été appelé à l’aide, mais n’a pas répondu aux appels téléphoniques. Il a déclaré « On s’occupe de tout ! » [450-632-7500].

Cette inhumanité s’impose à tous afin de nous extorquer de l’argent pour du chauffage qu’ils devraient nous donner gratuitement. Notre connexion est coupée parce qu’ils nous ont fait payer plus pour le chauffage en hiver, quand c’est interdit légalement de le couper. C’est de l’extorsion de la part d’entreprises prédatrices quand il s’agit de nécessités vitales.

Les politiciens ont déjà pondu de nouvelles lois qui autorisent les entreprises à forcer les gens à retourner au travail, juste pour pouvoir payer pour les besoins élémentaires et vitaux ? Ils semblent être tous ensemble dans cette affaire.

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Minister of Indian Affairs, Carolyn Bennett,

Hydro Quebec 1-800-290-2424

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
Phone: (450) 632-7500
Fax: (450) 638-5958
Info-Line: (450) 632-9595
Minister of National Defense,
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Sally Jewell, Secretary, Interior Department, 1849 C St., NY Washington DC 20240
Et à tous les medias, au Vatican, au Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies [+1 212 963 1234] …

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