Monday, January 16, 2017

Standing Rock Water Protectors on Drill Pad Jan. 16, 2017




Now! Water protector, in tan jacket, shot at close range by riot police. The water protector has only one leg.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Texas Water Protectors Lock Down On Heavy Machinery Halting Construction of Trans-Pecos Pipeline




Saturday January 14, 2016 Frankie Orona, Society of Native Nations
Lori Glover, Big Bend Defense Coalition
Two Texas Water Protectors Lock Down Onto Heavy Machinery Halting Construction of Trans-Pecos Pipeline For Several Hours
Concerns raised about off-duty Presidio County Sheriffs working private security for pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners
SHAFTER, TX - Two Texas Water Protectors were arrested today at a Energy Transfer Partners Trans-Pecos Pipeline construction site in Big Bend country near the Shafter ghost town. Approximately 20 Water Protectors participated at the construction site near the eastment site while work was halted and law enforcement arrived.
As several water protectors prayed, sang songs and chanted, Loretta Glover, Alpine resident and Big Bend Defense Coalition founder and Madelein Santibanez, with Society of Native Nations locked down to a sideboom, a yellow crawler like bulldozer with a derrick used to lower long sections of a 42-inch pipe into the ground and prevented work from continuing. Both women were charged with a misdemeanor in trespassing and were booked at a Marfa jail.
Energy Transfer Partners and CEO Kelcy Warren are behind the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota and the Trans Pecos and Comanche Trail Pipelines in West Texas. Operations for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline are still ongoing and not all pipelines have been buried underground.
"We will continue to fight against the oil & gas industry and their political and environmental terror directed against the rights of the people," said Glover in handcuffs as she was marched away from the site.
This is the third act of civil disobedience by water protectors in the past few weeks. Alpine resident, Mark Glover and Society of Native Nations member, Jakki Hagans were arrested on January 7th for locking themselves to pipeline equipment. The Presidio County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) coordinated the arrests and was assisted at the action by officers with the US Border Patrol. PCSD representatives informed several witnesses that many off-duty sheriffs are also working private pipeline security for Energy Transfer Partners.
"Water protectors of the world unite!" Yelled Santibanez from her lockdown position.
The Water Protectors have expressed multiple concerns with the construction of the Trans Pecos Pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners has repeatedly ignored community concerns over Native American Sacred Sites and proper consultation; protection of drinking water as well as the Rio Grande River; protection of critical habitat and a refusal to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement. The opponents are also opposed to the taking of private land by eminent domain.
Glover, a member of the Big Bend Defense Coalition, and Santibanez are both participating at the Two Rivers Camp, an encampment styled after the NO-DAPL brigade in North Dakota.
 Society of Native Nations(SNN)-is a Non-Profit 501(C)(3) Organization and was founded to fulfill the express mission of: Helping to protect, preserve the way of life, culture, spirituality, teachings and medicines of the Native indigenous people of North and South America.
 Drone footage of the action by Louis Candelas Moncivias  "Drone Footage 1/14/17 Action #NoTPPL US 67 South Presidio County

Friday, January 13, 2017

Warrior Arthur Manuel Takes Flight to Spirit World

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Official Statement from the Family of Arthur Manuel on His Passing
On Wednesday January 11, 2017 at 11:00 PM, Arthur Manuel, our beloved father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, warrior, and teacher passed away. Arthur was one of our most determined and outspoken Secwepemc leaders and activists—a pillar in the resistance, known globally for his tireless advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination. He passed on into the spirit world surrounded by many generations of his loving family.
Arthur was the son of Marceline Paul of the Ktuanaxa Nation and George Manuel of the Secwepemc Nation. George was a political leader and visionary who served as president of the National Indian Brotherhood and the World Council of Indigenous Peoples.
Arthur was born into the struggle and groomed to be a leader and defender of Indigenous rights and title. Coming up as a young leader in the 1970s, he served as president of the National Native Youth Association, leading the occupation of Indian Affairs. He attended Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) and Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Ontario).
He returned to his community and was elected Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band, Chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, and Chair of the Assembly of First Nations Delgamuukw Implementation Strategic Committee. He was a long-time co-chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and former co-chair of the Global caucus. He was active in the Defenders of the Land and Idle No More movement and as a board member of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. He was one of the main strategic thinkers of the decolonization movement in Canada. As the spokesman for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, he convinced the World Trade Organization to recognize that Indigenous peoples are subsidizing the BC lumber industry through the non-recognition of Aboriginal title. He was co-author, along with Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson, of the award-winning Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, with a foreword by his friend and fellow activist Naomi Klein.
He worked selflessly in defence of Indigenous territorial authority and he fiercely opposed any termination of Indigenous land rights. He rejected provincial and federal authority over unceded Indigenous land, and challenged the extinguishment of Indigenous title through the BC treaty process. He fought climate change, battling the imminent threat of pipelines across Secwepemc territory.
He was a world traveller who connected Indigenous nations across the globe to unite in a common vision and defend their rights. He was gifted a button blanket by the Nuxalk nation and has received countless honours for his work around the world.
Arthur was also a teacher and a mentor to many. He was a source of knowledge for youth and young leaders. Through his fierce love for his people, he shone a light on the path to justice for a new generation of activists.
He’s a residential school survivor, having attended the Kamloops (Kamloops BC), St Eugene’s (Cranbrook BC) and St. Mary’s (Mission BC) residential schools.
Arthur is survived by his life partner, Nicole Schabus, by his sisters Emaline, Martha, Doreen, and Ida, his brothers George, Richard, and Ara, and by his children, Kanahus, Mayuk, Ska7cis and Snutetkwe. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Vera, brother Bobby, beloved son Neskie and his grandchildren Napika Amak and Megenetkwe.
In his most recent article on Canada’s 150th celebration, published only a week before his death, Arthur insisted again that Canada was built entirely on the theft of Indigenous lands.
"Our Indian reserves are only .02% of Canada's land and yet Indigenous peoples are expected to survive on them. This has led to the systematic impoverishment of Indigenous people and the crippling oppression that indigenous peoples suffer under the current colonial system.
The .02 land based is used to keep us too poor and too weak to fight back. It is used to bribe and co-opt the Indigenous leadership into becoming neocolonial partners to treat the symptom of poverty on Indian reserves without addressing the root cause of the problem, which is the dispossession of all of the Indigenous territory by Canada and the provinces." – First Nations Strategic Bulletin, August-December 2016 Issue
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Wake: Friday, January 13th 5:00 PM and Saturday, January 14th, Adams Lake Indian Band Gymnasium, 6349 Chief Jules Drive, Chase, BC
Funeral Services: Sunday, January 15th 10:00 AM, Adams Lake Indian Band Gymnasium
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Media contact: Russell Diabo at 613-296-0110 or rdiabo@rogers.com
Donations to support Arthur’s service can be sent to jacksoncrick7@yahoo.ca
Condolences to the family and photos of Arthur can be sent to erfeltes@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cheyenne River Chairman Urges Obama to Grant Clemency for Leonard Peltier


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President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

Please grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier!

Leonard Peltier is a 71 year old elder who was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for aiding and abetting in the deaths of two FBI agents. Leonard has maintained his innocence expressing remorse for their loss of life and also including the Native American man Joeseph Stuntz. Leonard Peltier has fulfilled his federal sentencing guideline requirements (based on 1970s) and has done almost 6 life sentences plus 20 years good time.

Mr. Peltier is an accomplished artist and author and is renown for his humanitarian achievements including being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was also awarded the Human Rights Commission of Spain, an International Human Rights Prize and several other Prizes.

Leonard Peltier has several medical problems which include an Aoric Aneurysum and suffers from diabetes and its complications.

With the recent request of former United States Attorney, James H. Reynolds to release Leonard Peltier "in the best interest of Justice" and the numerous human Rights organizations including Amnesty International who also support clemency.

President Obama we urge you to immediately take action and unconditionally grant Executive Clemency to Mr. Peltier.

Chairman Harold Frazier, Chairman Cheyenne River Sioux Nation
Good Afternoon,
It is with great pleasure that I forward this letter signed by Chairman Harold Frazier to President Barack Obama regarding clemency for Leonard Peltier. This letter will be mailed today and sent through our contacts to the White House. Please feel free to include a copy of this letter as needed and forward through your channels as well. Thank you for all your hard work and support!

Remi Bald Eagle
Intergovernmental Affairs
remi.baldeagle@crst-nsn.gov
Office: (605) 964-4155 ext. 226
FAX: (605) 964-4151




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