Thursday, October 31, 2013

Longest Walk 4 Grand Junction Halloween

New! Censored News original articles Oct. 31, 2013

Censored News articles, photos, videos Oct. 31, 2013

Mi’kmaq Warriors denied all rights in jail, one beaten
Dine’ and Hopi to Peabody Coal ‘Halt theft of burial places
Videos and photos by Indigenous Action Media: Protest of Peabody Coal theft of burial places on Black Mesa, videos of Dine’ and Hopi, Bahe, Vernon Masayesva and Norman Benally.
Oglala Vice President Poor Bear visits Peltier in prison, urges NCAI advocacy
Mohawk John Kane ‘Two Row Time’ shiny objects of voting, military service and courts.
Photos Long Walk 4 take a hike in beautiful Grand Junction Colorado with Emilio and Bad Bear:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/bad-bears-photos-long-walk-4-beautiful.html

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mi'kmaq Warriors denied all rights in jail, two beaten




Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/mikmaq-warriors-denied-all-rights-in.html
Updated Oct. 31, 2013

Nineteen-year-old David Mazerolle of the Mi'kmaq Warrior Society describes how Mi'kmaqs were denied all their rights in jail and placed in solitary confinement after police brutally attacked the anti-oil and gas drilling camp in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick.

A second Mi'kmaq Warrior, Mi'kmaq Warrior Chief Jason Augustine, said he was repeatedly kicked in the head by police while down and diagnosed with a concussion.

“I was kicked in the head three times when I was taken down,” Augustine told APTN. “I wasn’t resisting arrest, I had my hands behind my back, and this one RCMP started bashing my head in.”

David Mazerolle describes the treatment in the Moncton jail in this video. "I was one of the six that got left in there."

"They left us in there with no blanket, no bed."

"After we got split up and put in solitary confinement, my buddy Aaron, as he was being transferred, got beat up while he was in handcuffs."

"They said we could talk to our lawyers, but none of us got to talk to our lawyers."

"We were just constantly in that hole."

The Mi'kmaq Warriors were denied toilet paper and toothpaste, and access to the phone and attorneys.
RCMP and snipers in Oct. 17 raid on Mi'kmaq camp.

David appealed for help for the four Warriors who remain in jail. "They are not allowed to call out."

"Help the Warriors that are still in there because they are not being treated right."

The Canadian police, RCMP, and heavily armed snipers with attack dogs stormed the peaceful anti-fracking camp at Elsipogtog on Oct. 17, 2013. Mi'kmaq women and elderly were abused and pepper-sprayed. At least two Mi'kmaqs were shot with rubber bullets. Fourteen people were arrested.

Mi'kmaq were defending their land from Southwestern Energy of Houston, which has targeted their land for fracking. Southwestern Energy has already been sued in Pennsylvania and Arkansas for fracking and poisoning the drinking water with carcinogens which caused cancer.

Update from APTN: Second Mi'kmaq Warrior beaten after arrest: “I was kicked in the head three times when I was taken down,” said Augustine. “I wasn’t resisting arrest, I had my hands behind my back, and this one RCMP started bashing my head in.”
http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/31/mikmaq-warrior-society-members-say-beaten-roughed-arrests/

Support jailed Warriors at Moncton Courthouse, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at 9 am

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, Moncton Courthouse
TO THE MI'KMAQ PEOPLE AND SETTLERS LIVING ON THE LAND
LET US JOIN TOGETHER IN UNITY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR OUR PROTECTORS. 

Update: Video of press conference Nov. 1, 2013 outside Moncton Courthouse:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/11/mikmak-warriors-press-conference-nov-1.html

In the news:
APTN: Anonymous located audio of racist cop attacking Mi'kmaq in anti-fracking camp, officer who uttered slur under internal review: http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2013/10/31/rcmp-investigating-officer-uttered-slur-raid-elsipogtog-anti-fracking-camp/

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Hopi and Dine' to Peabody Coal 'Halt theft of burial places'

Hopi and Dine' tell Peabody Coal that the era of misery and exploitation ends now
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photo by Indigenous Action Media
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- When Peabody Coal seized the land at Black Mesa for the dirty coal industry -- with the aid of corrupt attorneys, Arizona Congressmen, tribal politicians and the media -- Peabody Coal robbed the burial places and looted the cultural items of Dine' and Hopi. 
The coal mining and the power plant that brought destruction and disease for Navajos and Hopi, delivered electricity to non-Indians in the Southwest. Today, Hopi and Dine' told Peabody, the state of Arizona, and the US government, that this cycle of misery and exploitation ends now.
Vernon Masayesva, Hopi of Black Mesa Trust, told a Cultural Review session today, “The grassroots people now are awake. They know the regulations. They know the laws.”
“We are no longer going to be silent,” said Masayesva, promising that the questions of grassroots people would guarantee that the process of completing an environmental impact statement for Peabody Coal on Black Mesa would be delayed.
The first Cultural Review meeting for the Kayenta Mine Navajo Generating Station Permit by the Arizona Bureau of Reclamation was held today, Oct. 30, 2013.  It is the first in a series of meetings for regulation and protection of sacred sites in the mining areas leased by Peabody Energy.
Bahe Katenay, Dine’ of Big Mountain, said scientists attempted to have a secret meeting today without notifying grassroots and traditional Dine’ or Hopi.
“The threat is the elimination and erasing of our history, all of that is being withheld from us.”

“We are going to have a broken link if that happens.”

Bahe said archaeologists are hiding historical information from the Dine’ people. “They still consider us savages and barbaric people. These attitudes are institutionalized.”
Norman Benally asked the Critical Review session what would happen if the people of the US had their cemeteries bulldozed. Among those present at the review were the Bureau of Reclamation and Peabody Coal representatives.
Bahe pointed out that Peabody Energy withheld and restricted documentation that pointed to the relocation of more than one million Indigenous items taken from Black Mesa. The Black Mesa Archaeology Project, which includes 1.3 million so-called "artifacts," currently is being held in cardboard boxes at two American universities.
Photos and videos by Klee Benally and Indigenous Action Media in Flagstaff: 
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/photos-peabody-coals-theft-from-black.html
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Videos and photos: Peabody Coal's theft from Black Mesa burial sites



Hopi Vernon Masayesva speaking at Cultural Review.



TODAY! (Above) VIDEO Bahe of Big Mountain speaks about the attempt of Peabody Coal and the Bureau of Reclamation to have a secret meeting. Bahe speaks of the need for the traditional way of living and sustainable living.
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Today (above) Norman Benally speaking.





Peabody Coal representatives


Videos and photos by Klee Benally, Dine', Indigenous Action Media, in Flagstaff, Arizona

Hopi and Dine' grassroots attending today's session to oppose Peabody Coal's theft of remains and cultural items on Black Mesa

When Peabody Coal seized the land at Black Mesa for the dirty coal industry -- with the aid of corrupt attorneys, Arizona Congressmen, tribal politicians and the media -- Peabody Coal robbed the burial places and looted the cultural items of Dine' and Hopi. The coal mining and the power plant that brought destruction and disease was to provide electricity for non-Indians in the Southwest. Today, Hopi and Dine' told Peabody Coal, the state of Arizona, and the US government, that this cycle of misery and exploitation ends now.

By Indigenous Action Media
Censored News 
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/photos-peabody-coals-theft-from-black.html
French translation, by Chritine Prat
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=2012

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The first Cultural Review meeting for the Kayenta Mine Navajo Generating Station Permit by the Arizona Bureau of Reclamation was held today, Oct. 30, 2013.  It is the first of meetings to develop critical structure for regulation and implementation of the protection of sacred sites in the mining and expansion areas leased by Peabody Energy.
Peabody Coal and the Bureau of Reclamation made it clear they did not want input from traditional Dine' and Hopi.
At the end of the session today, Bahe of Big Mountain said there was much more to be said. Bahe said he raised his hand and was ignored. If he had been allowed to speak, this is a portion of what he was prepared to say.
"Archaeology must include the participation of the last remaining traditionally, minded indigenous consultants in excavation programs and projects.
"Archaeology needs to have a self realization that they have instituted a narrowed minded application of science that is outdated. For example, to only use a standard that indigenous ancestry in the Americas began at 10,000 years ago and that, all other indigenous interpretations about their past are merely myths.
"Remaining intact archaeological sites that are in the path of proposed strip coal mining must remain undisturbed and all parties including the utility companies need to have proper over-sight reviews. All Black Mesa Archaeology Project materials need not be sold and be immediately turned over to the proper tribal entities and that, Peabody Coal Company must begin funding programs that can allow tribes to process their own histories and to make them available for future learning."
Bahe was organizer of the protest. He said earlier, "With more community interest and support, Peabody can be stopped from desecrating more of the endless network of ancient dwelling sites. The less involvement by communities, the more Peabody and their archaeologist (Black Mesa Archeology Project) will steal and profit, because cultural and human rights of the antiquities aren't being enforced."
"The remaining intact sites and other withheld properties, which all total in the thousands, are being downsized into Lots. The resources are sold at basement values and with price fixing scams, while bragging about this mining operation as if it is some great blessing to the Tribal economies."
The protest is intended to highlight the absence and removal of any public process attached to the regulatory and legal protection of intact and removed ancient sites that are being found curated in collections.
Concern has been growing due to recent revelations that Peabody Energy withheld and restricted documentation and research that pointed to the relocation of millions of Indigenous remains, artifacts, and sacred objects called the "Black Mesa Archaeology Project" (BMAP).  
More than one million remains and items of cultural significance are currently being held in cardboard boxes at universities.
"BMAP's transfer was initiated before the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was created and when many of today’s tribal leaders were children," according to Brian Dunfee of Peabody Energy.  It wasn’t until after the permit was issued that confirmation of the "collection" was formally announced at the true locations and facilities.
NAGPRA was established in 1990 and requires, "federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to return Native American 'cultural items' to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations."
To date, there has not been an inventory conducted of the BMAP "artifacts" that complies with current laws regarding protection of Indian "artifacts.”
BMAP includes 1.3 million "artifacts" currently held at two American universities.
According to Jon Czaplicki, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Reclamation, the Cultural Review and Update Meeting CRUM extends its range from December 22, 2019 only and does not address the excavations and disruption of intact sites by Peabody in prior years.  No one seems to answer where these artifacts and funerary properties would be held after that time, and if they would be separated from their sister and brother collections or the intact sites endangered in the Kayenta Mine lease with Navajo Generating Station.
Participants of the rally are also calling for leadership, solidarity and participation led by Traditional Indigenous Peoples to discuss the impact that the exclusions by Peabody Energy has on true restoration and repatriation.

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www.indigenousaction.org


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Mohawk John Kane 'Two Row Time'

Two Row Time

By John Kane, Mohawk
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/mohawk-john-kane-two-row-time.html


Much has been made of the Two Row Wampum lately. The “Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign” and the launch of the “Two Row Times” are just two examples of the recent attention being given to it. Yet there seems to be something fundamentally missing from a meaningful conversation on the subject even as attention has spread.

Let’s be clear. The Two Row isn’t just about a ship and a canoe. It is about the paths of creation. This is important enough to repeat — the two rows symbolized in the Kaswentha are paths. They are not roads, highways, canals, pipelines, power lines, lines on a map, or a charted course on a body of water. A path yields to nature whether it is laid down by the feet of millions of our ancestors, a pair of chipmunks, or mighty glaciers. It widens, it narrows, it adjusts with time, and it provides the guidance for us in times of trouble or conflict.

The message of the Kaswentha is respect, rights and responsibility. Respect of the paths for all of creation is what we remind ourselves of every time we say the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen — those words before all else. We respect not only those paths and our relationships to them but also the rights and responsibilities of those who travel those paths.

Our path, too, needs respect. Respecting that path shows not only respect to those who came before us but also a commitment to those who will follow us.

But this is the tough part. While we are quick to claim the rights we hold, we are not so prepared to uphold the responsibilities that come with them. And if we jump off our path or if one of those shiny objects from their vessel catches our eye, do we accept the responsibility for that pursuit?

We need to take a hard look at three specific examples of these shiny objects and how each one has affected us. Many seem to be oblivious to how far off our path they have strayed; yet, we all have been impacted.

Voting is one of those shiny objects dangled in front of us and promoted on both sides of the imaginary line. Voting in non-Native elections is so clear an act of the assimilated that it is amazing to me it is even tolerated among our people; yet, in many places “tribal government” is so complicit that they actually assist in “Get out the Vote” campaigns for the non-Native elections. In my opinion, voting is a cop-out if not a sellout. It is simply passing the buck for responsibility by giving your authority to someone else. By empowering an elected official you diminish your own rights and responsibilities.

Enlisting in the U.S. and Canadian armed forces is another shiny object, an act of indoctrination that began even while those same forces were barely done killing our own Onkweh Onweh brothers and sisters. Here’s an example. We ignored the attack and invasion of Hawaii when it was the U.S. doing the invading but rushed to sign up when the Japanese did the same.

Finally, we must avoid their courts. Now I realize that far too often we find ourselves as hostile participants in their judicial system and beyond our assertion of their lack of jurisdiction and our sovereignty, we do what we must to get out of it. But when we willingly enter their courts we wittingly or unwittingly give them authority over our lands, our environment and ourselves.

Land claims are prime examples of this. We do not have "Land Claims." It is they who have illegitimately claimed our land. Filing a claim for our own land is oxymoronic. And filing it in their courts is just plain moronic. The Onondaga Nation should agree with this, especially since their final attempt at even being heard in the U.S. court was dismissed a few weeks ago.

Their courts are not remedies for our conflicts with them. I would not give our authority to a court anywhere in the world. Conflicts between peoples are only "legal" issues only if there is an overarching set of laws that both sides acknowledge — and no such law exists. Otherwise the issues are political and require diplomacy; not litigation. One cannot just file papers to launch a diplomatic effort. The line must be drawn in the sand not by a "legal action" but with a real action.

So occupy your land, block an environmental crime, and stop an unlawful development! Win the battle in the court of public opinion if possible. Raise the cost of their actions. And find support for a cause to bolster a call for diplomacy.

Voting in their elections, enlisting in their armed forces and voluntarily submitting to their courts are not actions of a people who have survived the longest and most complicit act of genocide the world has ever known. These are acts of submission by its victims. It is important to remember that they have NO lawful act of subjugation over us. Those that continue to oppress us would love to suggest that these voluntary acts are evidence of the success of their "final solution" but we know better.

We must remain vigilant in many more areas to stay true to our path. We need to renew our commitment to the Kaswentha. And while our path must continue to yield to Nature we must fulfill our first and most solemn compact — the one with Creation.


John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk, national commentator on Native American issues, hosts “Let’s Talk Native with John Kane,” ESPN-AM 1520 in Buffalo, Sundays, 9 --11 p.m. Kane is a frequent guest on WGRZ-TV’, NBC/Buffalo, “2 Sides” and “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter” in Albany. John’s “Native Pride” blog can be found at www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com . Kane also has a very active "Let's Talk Native with John Kane" group page on Facebook.

Thank you from Censored News to John Kane, and Two Row Times, which first published this article

Tom Poor Bear urges NCAI advocacy for Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier with Oglala Vice President Tom Poor Bear during a recent visit.
Photo courtesy Oglala Commemoration, published with permission at Censored News.
Poor Bear urges NCAI to help bring Peltier home


By Brenda Norrell

http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/tom-poor-bear-urges-ncai-advocacy-for.html

Oglala Sioux Vice President Thomas Poor Bear urged the National Congress of American Indians to strengthen its advocacy for imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier and bring him home. Poor Bear’s letter to NCAI comes after a visit to Peltier in Coleman prison in central Florida.

“It is no secret to anyone who has followed Leonard’s almost 40-year ordeal that this is truly his last chance at Freedom. If President Obama leaves office without granting clemency to Leonard, he will almost certainly die in prison,” Poor Bear told NCAI, the largest organization of Native American Nations in the US.

Poor Bear said it was the first time that he has seen Peltier in 40 years. Although he did not know what to expect, Poor Bear said Peltier was smiling and happy to see him. 

Poor Bear pointed out that the US prison system has violated its own rules by keeping Peltier at a distance of more than 500 miles from his family. Currently, Peltier is 2,000 miles away from family members and in poor health, with diabetes and other health problems.

Poor Bear said Peltier spoke little of his own health problems and instead spoke of ways to give hope to Native young people in order to stop the suicides and hopelessness. “I was touched by that. It was clear that he has never stopped thinking about trying to make things better for our people,” Poor Bear said.

Together, Peltier and Poor Bear remembered the early fishing rights struggle at Franks Landing and other places in Indian country where American Indians stood up for their rights, including Fort Lawton and Wisconsin.

Poor Bear said he prays that Peltier will be able to come home again to the Dakotas and Black Hills, where he can live out his days in peace.

“He stood up for us at a very dark time in our history and we cannot, and will not, turn our backs on him now,” Poor Bear said.





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Also see Censored News original coverage of the Peltier Tribunal in Green Bay, Wis., in October 2013

Peltier Tribunal conclusion: Judges Findings
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/peltier-tribunal-judges-findings.html
Day 3 Peltier Tribunal: Findings and Testimony, Manny Pino uranium mining genocide
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/peltier-tribunal-live-day-3.html
Day 2: Peltier Tribunal Lenny Foster and Dorothy Ninham, Visits to Peltier in prison, Native prisoner rights
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/live-day-2-peltier-tribunal-thursday.html
Day 1: Peltier Tribunal Reign of Terror on Pine Ridge, Peltier calls Tribunal
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/peltier-tribunal-live-oct-2-4-2013.html
Dakota written testimony by Chris Mato Nunpa, Dakota historian and professor
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/dakota-genocide-chris-mato-nun
pa.html

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Bad Bear's Photos Long Walk 4 Beautiful Grand Junction Colorado







Michael Lane on News 5 Grand Junction Wednesday.
Photos by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone long walker, thanks for sharing with Censored News! Long walkers Emilio and Bad Bear take a hike around Serpents Trail near Grand Junction, Colorado.

By Censored News
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/bad-bears-photos-long-walk-4-beautiful.html

(Oct. 31, 2013) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Walkers on the Longest Walk 4 are in need of sleeping bags.
"As we enter into colder weather, and long stretches of road, we are in need of warm sleeping bags. There are new sleeping bags available at Walmart for $40. We are hoping that someone might sponsor the purchase of some as they are rated down to 10 degrees. Thank you in advance," the walkers said.
"For sponsors not close to the route, Sponsors can consider ordering the sleeping bags online and have choose "ship to store" for the walkers to be able to pick them up at the next store on their route."
The walkers are in the Grand Junction Colorado area headed toward Green River, Utah. Call the Long Walk4 at 202-436-6576 on their cell.
While in Grand Junction, the Longest Walk appeared on Channel 5 news, watch: :http://www.krextv.com/news/around-the-region/Longest-Walk-4-Passes-Through-Grand-Junction-229987221.html
The Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz is walking to uphold Native American Sovereignty. The walkers departed from Washington DC on July 15, 2013, and will arrive on Alcatraz Island on Dec. 21, with a ceremony on Dec. 22, 2013. The walkers are currently in Grand Junction, Colorado, and are headed to Green River, Utah, and then Nevada. Share the love by offering a place to stay, hot meal, or supplies for winter camping. More at Return to Alcatraz:
www.returntoalcatraz.com

The walkers are in Grand Junction Colorado area, walking on Hwy 50, headed toward Green River, Utah. The route is: November 1 --12, 2013 - Grand Junction to Delta, Utah, 311 miles.



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Arvol Looking Horse statement 'White Buffalo Day' Nov 2, 2013


Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, statement for National Bison Day aka White Buffalo Day event for November 2, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

International Uranium Film Festival coming to Navajo Nation


In Dine' (Navajo) and English Nov. 28, 2013 Albuquerque
International Uranium Film Festival coming to Southwest: 
Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Window Rock


By International Uranium Film Festival

Film 'The Return of Navajo Boy Epilogue'
The International Uranium Film Festival is the world’s only traveling festival devoted to the entire Nuclear Fuel Chain, from uranium mining to nuclear power plants and the use of uranium bullets, from Hiroshima to Fukushima and Fallujah. Now the International Uranium Film Festival is coming to the birthplace of the nuclear age.


Rio de Janeiro / Albuquerque, NM – On November 27 and 28, 2013, the International Uranium Film Festival will make its premiere screening in the United States, starting in the Southwest with Albuquerque, New Mexico highlighting over 40 films from 15 countries which explore not only this radioactive element called “uranium”, but nuclear practices as well. These are documentary films, experimental and animated films, new comedies, fiction and science fiction films.


Protest: Stop further desecration of burial sites on Black Mesa


Protest Planned to Stop Further Desecration of Burial Sites on Black Mesa




By Bahe' Katenaii 
haastinhweyaanii@yahoo.com
Censored News

Black Mesa Ancestral Remains stored in cardboard boxes at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Photo by Peabody Energy

UPDATE (Tues. Oct 29 5PM):
It would appear that the Bureau of Reclamation is feeling the pressure (note: this meeting was initially open then unexpectedly closed, now open to the public again):
The location for this meeting has moved to the Branigar-Chase Auditorium at Museum of Northern Arizona. The meeting will not be held at the Colton House. MNA’s BC Auditorium is located in the Exhibit Building of MNA.
The public is now invited to come inside and observe the meeting. The Bureau of Reclamation has stated that it will hold a public comment period at the end of the meeting where those in the audience can voice their concerns.

What: Rally Against the Theft of Antiquity, Stop Peabody’s Restraint on Black Mesa Navajo History.


When: October 30, 2013 - 11am -- 2:30 pm


Where: Museum of Northern Arizona's Colton House, Flagstaff, Arizona
3101 N Fort Valley Rd  Flagstaff, Arizona 86001

Why: Millions of Indigenous remains, artifacts, and sacred objects have been desecrated by Peabody Energy's coal mining at Black Mesa, Arizona. All these are being withheld in vaults at closely associated universities.  Peabody's recent expansion plan threatens to further desecrate hundreds more ancient sites.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. --  Concerned DinĂ©  (Navajos) and other indigenous rights supporters will be holding a protest to expose Peabody's deliberate process of confiscating Indigenous History.   

The first Cultural Review meeting for the Kayenta Mine Navajo Generating Station Permit which has been scheduled at the Museum of Northern Arizona on October 30, 2013 by the Arizona Bureau of Reclamation.  This is the first of a series of meetings scheduled to develop the critical structure for regulation and implementation of the protection of sacred sites in the mining and expansion areas leased by Peabody Energy.

"With more community interest & support, Peabody can be stopped from desecrating more of the endless network of ancient dwelling sites. The less involvement by communities, the more Peabody and their archaeologist (Black Mesa Archeology Project) will steal and profit, because cultural and human rights of the antiquities aren't being enforced," states Bahe' a Black Mesa resident and organizer of the protest.

"The remaining intact sites and other withheld properties, which all total in the thousands, are being downsized into Lots. The resources are sold at basement values and with price fixing scams, while bragging about this mining operation as if it is some great blessing to the Tribal economies."

The protest is intended to highlight the absence and removal of any public process attached to the regulatory and legal protection of intact and removed ancient sites that are being found curated in collections.

Concern has been growing due to recent revelations that Peabody Energy withheld and restricted documentation and research that pointed to the relocation of millions of Indigenous remains, artifacts, and sacred objects called the "Black Mesa Archeology Project" (BMAP).  

More than one million remains and items of cultural significance are currently being held in cardboard boxes at universities.

"BMAP's transfer was initiated before the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was created and when many of today’s tribal leaders were children," according to Brian Dunfee of Peabody Energy.  It wasn’t until after the permit was issued that confirmation of the "collection" was formally announced at the true locations and facilities.

NAGPRA was established in 1990 and requires, "federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding to return Native American 'cultural items' to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations."

To date, there has not been an inventory conducted of the BMAP "artifacts" that complies with current laws regarding protection of Indian "artifacts.”

BMAP includes 1.3 million "artifacts" currently held at two American universities.

According to Jon Czaplicki, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Reclamation, the Cultural Review and Update Meeting CRUM extends its range from December 22, 2019 only and does not address the excavations and disruption of intact sites by Peabody in prior years.  No one seems to answer where these artifacts and funerary properties would be held after that time, and if they would be separated from their sister and brother collections or the intact sites endangered in the Kayenta Mine lease with Navajo Generating Station.

Participants of the rally are also calling for leadership, solidarity and participation led by Traditional Indigenous Peoples to discuss the impact that the exclusions by Peabody Energy has on true restoration and repatriation.


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