Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Relocation Resisters: Navajo elders victims of domestic terrorism

By Black Mesa Indigenous Support
Censored News

Clarence and Mary Lou Blackrock of Cactus Valley are sitting up all night by the fire, unable to sleep for fear of their sheep being taken. This distress endangers the elders health. This family wanted these pictures shared so that the world can see the suffering at the hands of the federal government and Department of the Interior.
This is Domestic Terrorism.

Media Pimps: Hollywood isn't the only place where people sleep their way to the top

Hollywood isn't the only place where people sleep their way to the top

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

With the creation of the Internet, new forms of fraud and crime were created by reporters who never leave their homes. These armchair journalists have joined the world of other corporate criminals. They steal with impunity.

They steal from the good hearts who spend their last dimes to be present and cover the news. Those good-hearted grassroots people and activists have become authentic voices for human rights and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. As the Zapatistas say, these citizen journalists are the authentic voices for justice and dignity. Because they are good hearts, the media thieves prey on their work.

The plagiarizers, aggregators and posters dominate the news websites, especially in national Indian country news. These stay-at-home reporters, editors and publishers know how to turn the hard work of others into cash in their pockets, a paycheck for staying home.

First there are the plagiarizes. They copy and paste and steal photos from their armchairs at home, snagging potato chips and whatever else they can get their hands on. 

If you review Indian Country Today's articles over recent years, you will see copy and paste plagiarism, and the theft of copyrighted photos. Just ask the reporters if they were present to cover the news they have been writing about. The owner of the publication is extremely wealthy and can afford to send reporters out to actually cover the news. The reporters have a choice. They can continue as plagiarizers and deceivers, or not.

Next, there are the aggregators. From their easy chairs, these parasite journalists collect all the hard work from real reporters on the Internet. Then, they rewrite it. They think that this makes them look really smart. The photos are usually stolen and violate copyrights. Just look for the photo credit and ask the photographer if they were paid. 

Now that you know how you are being deceived, just re-read those long articles. You'll see it is just a conglomeration of info from the web by a stay at home reporter.

Finally, there are the 'posters.' In Indian country you can recognize the posters because they use others work or links and post those on a webpage with a lot of advertising. They make money from advertisers, usually without the reporters permission.

'Posters' don't actually do any journalism, or spend any money to make money. These websites post other peoples work, with or without credit or permission. 

In a rare case of this new collapsed Internet journalism, the owners of the Indian news website received a multi-million dollar spy contract this year. It is for domestic and international spying with an office at the US Pentagon.

So, that's the final category: The 'posers.' The posers position themselves to look like authentic journalists, and get a paycheck for doing so.

As for the subtitle here, about Hollywood, ask yourself why an editor or publisher would employ a reporter or editor who has been plagiarizing from their home for years, and in some cases, for decades.

The bottom line is this: If readers fail to recognize fraud and deception, there is no hope for authentic journalism. If that is the case, real reporters will continue to be unemployed and real news outlets will continue to go bankrupt.

Brenda Norrell is publisher of Censored News, now in its 9th year with no advertising or funding. Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She began at Navajo Times, and worked as a stringer for AP and USA Today, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. Then, after serving as a longtime staff news reporter for Indian Country Today in the Southwest, she was censored, then terminated. Her work has appeared across the US and the world, and in Outside magazine and other publications. Today she remains blacklisted by all the paying media.
Censored News

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Update on Big Mountain impoundments


October 28, 2014 by    
By Black Mesa Indigenous Support
Hopi Rangers arrested two individuals and impounded 120 sheep this morning at the homesite of Tom and Etta Begay in Red Willow Springs.  Heavily armed rangers guarded and blocked nearby dirt road entrances as well.
“The Hopi Rangers came for our homestead early this morning. They tried to arrest my Aunt Etta who is almost 70 years old and my dad Bahe. They had barricades set up at the top of the hill with two police units, when we tried to get around the barricade they chased us for two miles, trying to hit us with their trucks, and they drew their guns at us.  When we got to the house they brought four more units and tried to block us in by the north hogan. They grabbed us out of our vehicles.  A male officer was grabbing me around my waist. I told them they were violating our rights and violating our elders. They were trying to arrest Etta who didn’t even know what they were saying [she doesn’t speak English]. She wasn’t doing anything. They arrested my younger brother Lance and me. Because we were a threat to them for voicing our rights and defending our family. It took three officers to detain me and another three to detain my brother.   We didn’t  go down without a fight. We were let go after six hours of detainment. I told them they are threatening our family who is all alone and elderly and they come out with guns and threaten and scare them. Who would have defended our family if we didn’t come?  We didn’t come with guns and knives; we are not violent, we just came to protect our family.  Who knows what they would have done if we weren’t there. We said, we are not scared.  We are protecting our elders, if you are going to take us to jail for that, do it. They took 120 sheep from our homestead.”–Milayia Yoe, arrestee.
The U.S government has always used “scorched earth policies” against Indigenous people–attempts to cut them off from their food supplies, decimate economies, or destroy infrastructure–as a precursor to forced relocations including the Long Walk of the Dineh. Livestock impoundments come under this category. There is increased surveillance on the families and livestock of the so-called “HPL” including the use of drones.
“We are in a battleground, the endless battleground of the Partitioned Lands. This is the front of the line and when it comes your family there is no yes or no, you have to stand up for your family and your relatives. This is what I was taught. The past was never really forgotten of the way the U.S. Government treated my people. It is still going on, it is still alive. We will fight- not with violence or armor, but with the old ways.  This is a stand for people to know who we are and how we live as Dineh.”–Gerald Blackrock  10/23/14
“The U.S. government is using the Hopi Tribe. We are Native People, we don’t work like this.”–Beulah Blackrock 10/ 28/14
Caroline Tohannie, the elder who had her herd impounded last week, has a court date coming up where she will be facing trespassing charges for being at her homestead.
These impoundments are stressful for the entire community, particularly the elderly:
“Our life is connected to the life of the sheep.  We are alive and strong because of them, and being close to them, being with them everyday, keeps us strong. Especially now in our old age the sheep are important to us. If we are too far from our sheep, we can become frail. “ Clarence and Mary Lou Blackrock, Cactus Valley Elders10/25/14
“I disapprove of the impoundments. They really affect the elderly. Ever since I was a baby I was carried on a horse to herd sheep. I have herded all my life and I am in my eighties.  You have the livestock in your heart, and they want to take that away.”–Jack Woody, Black Mesa Elder 10/25/14
“They way that the rangers are treating the people goes against the Dineh way; it is very taboo to point a gun at somebody. They are traumatizing an already traumatized community. If overgrazing was actually the issue they could just educate people. But it’s not. This is uncalled for.”–Marie Gladue Big Mountain Resident 10/28/14
Calls to Action:
*Lawyers needed! If you are a lawyer or have connections to lawyers, residents are requesting legal assistance.
*Call protests at your local Department of Interior or Bureau of Indian Affairs offices, donate funds here,come to the land as a human rights observer (email for more information),
*“Call the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Hopi Rangers, and the Department of Interior. Ask they stop impounding sheep on the HPL. This is current day colonialism, our food sovereignty is being attacked and ask that they stop the unjust impoundments.”–Louise Benally
  • The BIA superintendent Wendel Honanie at (928-738-2228),
  • Hopi Chairman Herman G. Honanie,  Email:, Phone: (928) 734-3102
  • The Hopi Rangers Clayton Honyumptewa at (928-734-3601),
  • The Department of Interior at  (602-379-6600)
***Please forward this request far and wide by re-posting or sending this to ten people***

Sheep Dog Nation Rocks' Aggressive confiscation of Navajo sheep'

Sheep Dog Nation Rocks
Big Mountain: Aggressive Confiscation of Dineh Resisters' Herds
By NaBahe Katenay, Big Mountain Dineh
French translation by Christine Prat

South Dakota: TransCanada fails to block landowners and Natives from Keystone XL hearing

Update: TransCanada Fails to Block Bold Nebraska, Nebraska Landowners From South Dakota Keystone XL Hearing

By Bold Nebraska


UPDATE 10/28/14:

Despite TransCanada’s lawyers’ best efforts to try to block Bold Nebraska and Nebraska landowners from acting as intervenors in the new Keystone XL permit process, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission just voted unanimously to grant us all full party status!

Citizens and Tribal Nations Stand Up Against TransCanada’s Latest Attempts to Silence Opposition

Pierre, SD — In a move that surprises no one, TransCanada has filed paperwork to block citizens and tribal nations from Nebraska and South Dakota from participating in the formal process of getting their permit for Keystone XL re-certified. Over 40 Nebraskans and South Dakotans have applied for formal “party status” which gives citizens, groups and Tribal Nations the ability to participate in discovery and ask questions to witnesses during the hearing process.
On Tuesday, October 28, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide the next steps for the process and will allow individuals to contest TransCanada’s opposition to our formal participation in the hearing.

More Navajo Sheep Impoundments! Human Rights Observers Needed!

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The BIA directed Hopi Tribal Police have impounded another family's herd this morning. They blockaded the family's driveway, detained in police cars and then released two family members for trying to document, and shut two others in the house. When the Rangers came out of their vehicles they had their guns drawn on the two family members, both in their 20's, and then detained them as they stood in between the police and their elders. All family members who can speak English or document what is going on were removed from the impoundment action. The Hopi police were at the corral with only one female elder who doesn't speak English. They aren't allowing documentation or providing translation.
Human Rights Observers NEEDED IMMEDIATELY.
Bring video cameras. Continue calling the Department of Interior and the BIA. Families have a right to document what is going on for their own safety and the rangers need to provide translators and not separate families.
Stop the human rights violations. Stop the harassment. Stop the impoundments.
Call these Officials!
Hopi Chairman Herman G. Honanie
Phone: (928) 734-3102
Navajo-Hopi Land Commission Office: (928) 871-6441
Office of Range Management(928) 734-3702
BIA Superintendent Wendell Honanie
Phone: 928-738-2228
Hopi Tribal Council
Phone: 928.734.3134
Hopi Tribal Council via Neva Poneoma, legislative secretary
Phone: 928-734-3133
Director, Natural Resources Clayton Honyumptewa

Listen: Commitment Song Chief Terrance Nelson at Boarding School Tribunal

Commitment song by Grand Chief Terrance Nelson, of Southern Chiefs Organization, at Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Oct. 22 -- 24, 2014.