Sunday, November 23, 2014

CALIFORNIA NOW 'No Honor in Racism Rally'

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Dozens of grassroots indigenous groups are hosting a ‘No Honor in Racism Rally' opposing the use of Native identity and culture as a mascot and demand an end the use of a racial slur by the Washington NFL Team. A prayer gathering, march, and press conference will be held prior to Today’ game at the Levis Stadium. 


Times and Location:  Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
8:00am - Prayer Gathering @ Ulistac Natural Area; 4901 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara, CA.
9:30 am - Begin the march from Ulistac to Levi’s Stadium; 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, at the cross streets of Great America Pkwy and Tasman Ave; Santa Clara, CA.  
10:00am - Press Conference & Rally @ the above location.

Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports
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A large coalition of grassroots California Indigenous organizations and allies are holding a ‘No Honor In Racism Rally’ as part of the national movement demanding that the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell end the use of the racial epithet in the league.   

In addition to ‪#‎GameOverForRacism banners, signs, and speakers, planned activities at the rally also include honoring Native culture and traditions with Native-led singing, drumming, and dancing. The protest is part of a series of nationwide actions at NFL games to “Change the Name & Change the Mascot!”.  that have been held at the Washington team’s away games against the Cardinals, Cowboys, Vikings, and will occur at the Washington team’s home game on December 28th.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

LIVESTREAM AIM West Conference Day 2 2014


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AIM WEST: RACISM in SPORTS

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bill Means, Lakota, said there is no issue more important than racism. The racism of sports mascots continues the frontier mentality that led to the mass murder of Indian people.
In Wounded Knee, more than 300 men, women and children were killed. This is the kind of racism there is in sports mascots, Means said, remembering the Dakotas who were hanged in Minnesota.
It is the same mentality left over from Sand Creek when women and children were massacred.
"These are the roots of racism we face today," Means said as he introduced the panel on Racism in Sports at the AIM West Conference on Nov. 22, 2014.
Remembering Raymond Yellow Thunder, Means sang the AIM song. Means offered a tribute to Bob Humphry who just passed to the Spirit World and was at Wounded Knee.
On the Racism in Sports panel today is Kris Longoria, co-chair of Bay Area Coalition against Racism in Sports; Dr. Jesse Johnson, whose real name is Maka Blu Wakpa, Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes; Ms. Angel Heart, Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes; Clyde Bellecourt, cofounder of American Indian Movement.
Clyde Bellecourt, AIM cofounder, described how he was shot in the heart area at Wounded Knee and presumed to be dead, but his work was not finished. Listen to Clyde describe his dream and how it revealed that the Indian women and children must be in the forefront.
Jacqueline Keeler, writer and activist, Dineh and Yankton Dakota, of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, spoke as a mother on the real damage from racist images.
"Mascots obscure our reality," Keeler said. She added that Native youths are paying the price for non-Indians who use racist images as a form of entertainment.
Dahlton Brown, Stanford Student American Indian Organization, spoke on efforts at Stanford to halt racist images and racism in theater.
Spike Moss said America has divided and conquered in order to wage war on one another.
Moss encouraged everyone to teach others to be conscious, to be conscious of these divisions and wars orchestrated by the US government.
"Washington is a place full of lies," said Moss who spent his life in the Civil Rights Movement and supporting the American Indian Movement.
He said today libraries and public places in the US are named after the followers of Hitler.
"The madness we follow in this country is what was taught to us."
Moss said people "must get their minds right."
"Don't allow them to write our religion and culture."
"We've got to move from the madness. Most of our people are confused by America," Moss said of what is happening to people of color.
Bill Means said AIM and Minneapolis schools entered into a memorandum agreement to eliminate racism, and to implement the true history of American Indian people.
Means said it took five years of a coalition working with the school board to bring about change. He described how his grandson was counting in Lakota one day, then Dakota. 
Means told him, "That's music my grandson, that's music."
Raquel Arthur, Paiute, said media is telling people what to think, what to buy, and trying to give people a way to escape.
Raquel's father Webster Arthur, Nez Perce, described how the first Thanksgiving was a feast that followed the slaughter of Native People.
Webster Arthur also described the profiling and jailing of Native Americans. He pointed out how the young, rich and white are not profiled in this country.
"I'm proud of being Indian and I'm proud of all the Indians."
Jean Whitehorse, Dine', described what is happening on the Navajo Nation. Jean said her father was a Navajo Code Talker. She said it was a disgrace when Redskins caps were given to Navajo Code Talkers.
Jean recommended I is not for Indian, for appropriate reading for children as opposed to the biased and racist books often available in schools.
Wounded Knee on Sacred Places
Wounded Knee de Campo spoke on the protection and defense of sacred places, during the conclusion of the two day AIM West gathering.
Wounded Knee spoke of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline and the threat that remains when a new US Congress convenes. This pipeline is threatening the water sources of Native people.
Wounded Knee said it is time to protect the sacred, protect the water, and protect Glen Cove in California.
He said there is no ceremony to undo the damages of removing a sacred place.
A threat looms for the Columbia River, with the shipment of coal. What will happen to this river and the Lummi people who depend on this river for their fish, Wounded Knee asked.
"Whenever you travel to the Spirit World, and when you meet your ancestors, what will you tell your ancestors?" Wounded Knee asked.
"The truth must be told of what happened to our people," he said, remembering the pain, suffering and struggle.
Wounded Knee said Native people were put in boarding schools and denied the right to speak their own languages.
"Racism in this country will always exist."
Wounded Knee asked: What does a tomahawk chop mean to Indigenous Peoples?
He said it was a Frenchman that began this tomahawk chop.
Drumming, chanting and singing is the way of the Native people, he said.
"I am not a chief, I am a warrior." Wounded Knee said his job is to protect the women, children and men.
"I don't have fear. When I go in to the Sweatlodge, I ask for strength. I don't ask for money, you can't take it with you."
Wounded Knee, remembering the words of Spike Moss here earlier, said he knows of the runaway slaves who came to Native villages.
Wounded Knee said tomorrow, as they protest the racist mascot in Santa Clara, there may people along the way there to sabotage the efforts of Native protesters, or there could be  infiltrators. He said, "Just keep walking."
He said he learned a great deal on the Longest Walks across America.
"Remember tomorrow you will be in prayer for your ancestors."
"They scalped our people. They skinned our people."


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LIVESTREAM American Indian Movement live in San Francisco

American Indian Movement fights racist images, exposes US sterilization of Native women and theft of Indian water rights

By Brenda Norrell
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Photo Sweet Medicine all women's drum group at AIM West
SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Indian Movement's annual west coast conference began Friday with AIM cofounder Clyde Bellecourt and Bill Means, Lakota, describing how sports mascots are a continuation of the genocide in the United States.
The AIM West Conference is being broadcast live by Earthcycles and Censored News again today, Saturday, the second and final day of speakers.

US Congressmen Michael Honda issued a statement of support for Native people protesting racist sports mascots and the Washington team, see below.
Jean Whitehorse, Dine', described the abuse by the United States in her younger years, in boarding schools and relocation to an urban area. The final assault was when she was sterilized without her knowledge by Indian Health Service after returning home to the Navajo Nation. Jean, present at the Occupation of Alcatraz, was one of many Native American women sterilized by the US government.
William Underbaggage, Lakota, spoke on the fight against the tarsands and the Keystone XL pipeline which is threatening the Ogallala Aquifer and the Lakota region's water supply. William created the Indigenous Nations Network, as an alternative to the current Indian country national news, which relies on plagiarism, deception, fraud and profiteering.
Lori Riddle, O'odham from Gila River in Arizona, told how she grew up on a Superfund site, and the sicknesses that her family suffered because of it. Today, Lori is fighting Loop 202 to protect the O'odham's sacred mountain and fighting against fracking. She described how the corn has become mutated from GMOs.
Wesley Elliott, Tuscarora, Iroquois Confederacy, spoke on the need for real action to halt the ongoing genocide against Native people. Wesley urged more support for the Winnemem Wintu and acknowledged the Ohlone, the first people on this land where we are.
Raquel Arthur, Paiute from Nevada, spoke on tribal and federal corruption, now threatening Paiute water rights to Pyramid Lake. She also spoke on the need to halt the Bear hunt, explaining that the Bear is sacred to the Paiutes. Raquel's father Webster Arthur, Nez Perce, said for Native people there were never any borders. Webster described how Native ancestors welcomed people to this land, and were slaughtered by the whites they welcomed.
Native Americans will protest racist sports mascots and the Washington Redskins at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday.
The conference is free and open to the public at California College of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco.
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Sweet Medicine all women's drum at AIM West

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By Brenda Norrell


SAN FRANCISCO -- Clyde Bellecourt, Bill Means, Lori Riddle and William Underbaggage began the AIM West Conference today, speaking on racism and genocide in sports, the tarsands, and mining poisoning Indian communities.
William Underbaggage, Lakota, spoke on the fight against the tarsands and the Keystone XL threatening the Ogallala Aquifer and the Lakota region's water supply. William created the Indigenous Nations Network, as an alternative to the current national Indian country news, which relies on plagiarism, deception and profiteering.
Lori Riddle, O'odham from Gila River in Arizona, told how she grew up on a Superfund site, and the sicknesses that her family suffered because of it. Today, Lori is fighting Loop 202 to protect the O'odham's sacred mountain and fighting against fracking.
Wesley Elliott, Tuscarora, Iroquois Confederacy, spoke on the need for real action to halt the ongoing genocide against Native people. Wesley urged more support for the Winnemem Wintu and acknowledged the Ohlone, the first people on this land where we are.

Raquel Arthur, Paiute
Raquel Arthur, Paiute from Nevada, spoke on how the current tribal president waived the water rights to Pyramid Lake. She also spoke on the need to halt the Bear hunt, explaining that the Bear is sacred to thee Paiutes.

Webster Arthur is speaking on how Natives extended their all to the whites who came to this land, and they were gunned down. "You've got to be aware of your surroundings, you've got to be aware of these people. You're still going to help them out because you're Indian."
Webster Arthur, Nez Perce living on Pyramid Lake Paiute, is speaking on how Natives extended their all to the whites came to this land, and they were gunned down. "You've got to be aware of your surroundings, you've got to be aware of these people. You're still going to help them out because you're Indian."
Jean Whitehorse
Jean Whitehorse, Dineh from Navajo Nation, now speaking live on boarding schools and child education. "I still speak Navajo, that is what the government tried to wash out of our mouths." In boarding school, the goal of the school was to make Natives like whites. She said they were given a number in boarding school, and were not addressed by their name. She couldn't even speak to her brother. "There were no holidays. Our parents couldn't even visit us."
Then there was relocation to the cities. But the good part was she was in the right place at the right time, Bay Area in the time of Alcatraz occupation.
Jean described how she was a victim of the sterilization of Native American women. After being hospitalized for another reason, she said, "Two years later I found out that I was sterilized."
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Kris Longoria speaking on mascot protests at AIM West
"The government makes sure that no one knows about it."
Today, Jean works with young children and schools, showing people how to detect racism and bias in children's literature.
Henry Dominguez, cofounder of Black Berets, gave an inspirational talk on his days with the American Indian Movement and the struggles for justice. He said he was wearing the jacket that kept him warm on the Longest Walk.
Henry said he was on the Longest Walk in 1978 and 2008.
Kris Longoria spoke on the mascot coming up on Sunday at Santa Clara, Calif. She also spoke about her decades of fighting mascots and racism in images.
Read about the mascot protest in Santa Clara coming up on Sunday:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/11/aim-west-coast-conference-nov-21-22-2014.html
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Henry Dominguez at AIM West today

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Grand Chief Terrance Nelson: Indigenous, OPEC and Iran

By Grand Chief Chief Terrance Nelson
Southern Chiefs Organization
November 21st, 2014
Chief Fox
Re: Trip to Tehran
Thank you for your call this morning. Your frustration is mirrored by many First Nation leaders and organizations across the country. Attached you will find the resolution passed by the Southern Chiefs Organization this past week giving me permission of the Chiefs to begin contacting the Embassies in Ottawa and to communicate with the OPEC nations. My SCO office has all the email addresses of the embassies in Ottawa. It has been over two years since Dennis Pashe and I traveled to Tehran. At the time, we were former Chiefs, today I am the elected Grand Chief of SCO representing 33 First Nations in southern Manitoba.

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