Thursday, March 29, 2012

Grassroots Indigenous, the media and the university

Grassroots, the media and the university

By Brenda Norrell, publisher
Censored News

TUCSON -- Ofelia Rivas, founder of O'odham VOICE against the Wall, spoke at the Native Nations Water Rights Symposium, describing how she has boycotted the University of Arizona in Tucson for a decade, but came to the symposium to honor Debra White Plume, Lakota.
At Censored News, read what Rivas has to say about the grassroots reality of living on the border on O'odham land, and what this means. Censored News has authentic original coverage.
Rivas' testimony also appears in the Amnesty International border report released Wednesday.
Along with the university, the armchair news reporters, who receive a paycheck, yet never actually go out on a news story, are profiteers as well.
They use the stories of victims, but neither them nor their media outlets will spend a dime to actually go out and talk with the Indigenous people on the border.
Those reporters copy and paste, and plagiarize, and do their best to fool you, the reader, into believing that they were actually out there talking with the people. It is a scam. There's one reporter at Indian Country Today, who pretended to be covering the Southwest, who I haven't seen actually out on a news story in the past 30 years.
As Rivas describes, the University of Arizona in Tucson has been a leader in abuse of Indigenous Peoples.
This abuse includes being the leader in desecrating sacred Mount Graham with telescopes, designing classes that target people of color on the border, maintaining a worldwide cyber spy program on activists, and developing spyware and drones to violate the rights of O'odham and other Indigenous Peoples. The university is working in conjunction with Homeland Security and the US Border Patrol to target people of color and continue the longstanding genocide of Indigenous Peoples.
The news media, organizations and universities, promote inaction by distracting with non-news and rhetoric that leads nowhere; diluting the truth in an attempt to take away its power; censoring the grassroots voices; and with the promotion of frauds in positions of authority.
The drone creation at the University of Arizona was part of Advanced Ceramics, the company that was initially accepted, then rejected by the Pascua Yaqui. After being rejected by the Yaqui, the Tohono O'odham's San Xavier District's Development Authority became partners in Advanced Ceramics. A portion of the company was later sold to BAE.
Although initially Advanced Ceramics Research was wrapped in secrecy, it is now known that it was creating drones at the site, on Tohono O'odham land near the Tucson International Airport.
Traditional Tohono O'odham oppose the use of drones and targeted assassinations, stating it is a violation of the O'odham sacred way of life, the himdag.
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