Thursday, August 29, 2013

Press Conference: Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on Abuse of Indigenous Rights

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Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights

Oneida, Wisconsin, Oct. 2 -- 4, 2013

Issues will include but are not limited to fishing rights, the sterilization of Indigenous women, extreme poverty, theft of tribes' natural resources, environmental issues and their impact on Indian reservations, the horrific rate of suicides among Native children, and the wrongful conviction of Leonard Peltier (specifically the events that led up to the June 26, 1975, incident at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the effects on survivors of this period).

 
Contact:  Dorothy Ninham, Wind Chases the Sun, N5679 Skylark Drive, De Pere, WI  54115; Phone: 920/869-2641; E-mail:  dorothyninham@yahoo.com


Press conference was held:  September 4, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the National AIM Interpretative Center, 1113 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 3210A Minneapolis, MN  55404

Press Conference speakers:  Dennis Banks, Bill Means, and Clyde Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council; and Dorothy Ninham, former Oneida Nation Judge and Director of event sponsor Wind Chases The Sun, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to Indigenous issues
"We have an oral tradition.  In this way, the stories about our 500 years of oppression have been passed down through the generations.  Now, we have the means to record that history and share it with the world.  The Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights will tell our stories with a focus on the last 40 years, " said Dorothy Ninham, founder and director of Wind Chases the Sun.  
Details regarding the Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights--an event scheduled for 2-4 October on the Oneida Nation Reservation in Oneida, Wisconsin--will be presented during a press conference to be held on September 4, 2013, in Minneapolis.
The purpose of the historic, public tribunal is to digitally document first-hand witness accounts of 40 years of malfeasance in Indian Country, and the continuing struggles of Indigenous Peoples.  Issues will include but are not limited to fishing rights, the sterilization of Indigenous women, extreme poverty, theft of tribes' natural resources, environmental issues and their impact on Indian reservations, the horrific rate of suicides among Native children, and the wrongful conviction of Leonard Peltier (specifically the events that led up to the June 26, 1975, incident at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the effects on survivors of this period).  
All Indigenous Peoples are invited to attend.  Tribes are encouraged to send a delegation of tribal elders to participate.

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