August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, July 31, 2021

On the Red Road Lummi Totem Pole Arrives in DC

Mackinaw City, Michigan Stop Line 5: Photos above and below by Red Road to DC.

Sec. Haaland welcomes totem pole commemorating sacred sites

Tribes urged Biden administration to take immediate action on sacred site protection

By Red Road to DC
Censored News

WASHINGTON – Tribal leaders and Native American grassroots activists today delivered a totem pole honoring sacred Indigenous sites to Washington, DC, to the Biden administration. In an event on the National Mall, the totem pole was welcomed by Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland; President Biden's Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, Brenda Mallory; and PaaWee Rivera (Pojoaque Pueblo), Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of Tribal Affairs at the White House.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Indigenous Defenders: Zapatistas, O'odham and Dine' in Delegation to Paris

Indigenous struggles and alternatives in defense of the land and against extractivism

National School of Architecture of Nantes.


As part of the Summer University of Social Movements taking place in Nantes from August 24 to 28, a highlight on indigenous struggles will take place on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 5 pm.

On this occasion, the event will welcome:

A delegation from Mexico composed of Zapatistas, members of the National Indigenous Congress, the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land and Water of the State of Morelos, etc.

Michelle Cook, decolonial feminist, well-known lawyer and indigenous Diné / Navajo environmental activist (USA) is a representative of WECAN -- Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

Ophelia Rivas, indigenous O'odham activist (Arizona - USA) is the founder of O'odham VOICE Against the WALL, which fights against the construction of the wall between the United States and Mexico.

Ludovic Pierre, member of the Native Youth of Guyana (JAG); François Kare, Kanak independentist, member of the Movement of Young Kanak in France (MJKF); Wara Rayen, Mapuche from Chile, coordinator of the Mapuche Suiza Network
Aurélie Journée-Duez (anthropologist, EHESS-LAS, president of CSIA-Nitassinan, member of the IPAM Network and Intercoll) will moderate the event.

The first part of this event will be an overview of Indigenous and popular resistance in different territories in struggle in the Americas and beyond. Then, through questions arising from decolonial, feminist and territorial approaches to environmental struggles, the speakers will interact on the alliances between Indigenous struggles and other social movements.

This event is organized by the Committee of Solidarity with the Indians of the Americas (CSIA-Nitassinan), the Danielle Mitterrand Foundation and the IPAM network. These organizations promote the protection and defense of Indigenous rights.

UE2021 - Luttes et alternatives autochtones en défense de la terre et contre l’extractivismeÉcole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Nantes
by CSIA-Nitassinan, Fondation Danielle Mitterrand and 4 others

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École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Nantes


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Dans le cadre de l’Université d'Été des mouvements sociaux se déroulant à Nantes du 24 au 28 août, un temps fort sur les luttes autochtones aura lieu le mercredi 25 août 2021 à 17h.
À cette occasion, l’événement accueillera :
une délégation venue du Mexique (composée de Zapatistes, de membres du Congrès National Indigène, du Front des peuples en défense de la Terre et de l’Eau de l’Etat du Morelos, etc) ;
Michelle Cook, féministe décoloniale, célèbre avocate et militante environnementale autochtone Diné / Navajo (États-Unis) est une représentante de WECAN - Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network ; Ophelia Rivas, militante autochtone O’odham (Arizona - États-Unis) est la fondatrice de O’odham VOICE Against the WALL, qui lutte contre la construction du mur entre les États-Unis et le Mexique ; Ludovic Pierre, membre de la Jeunesse Autochtone de Guyane (JAG); François Kare, indépendantiste kanak membre du Mouvement des Jeunes Kanak en France (MJKF) ; Wara Rayen, Mapuche du Chili, coordinatrice du Réseau Mapuche Suiza
La modération sera assurée par Aurélie Journée-Duez (anthropologue, EHESS-LAS, présidente du CSIA-Nitassinan, membre du Réseau IPAM et de Intercoll)
Ce temps fort permettra dans un premier temps de faire un état des lieux des résistances autochtones et populaires dans différents territoires en lutte dans les Amériques et au-delà. Par la suite, à travers des questions issues d’approche décoloniale, féministe et territoriale des luttes écologistes, les intervenant.e.s interagiront sur les alliances entre les luttes autochtones et les autres mouvements sociaux.
Cet événement est organisé par le Comité de solidarité avec les Indiens des Amériques (CSIA-Nitassinan), la Fondation Danielle Mitterrand et le réseau IPAM. Ces organisations promeuvent la protection et la défense des droits autochtones.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Yaqui Assassinated Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo: Tomas' Words Translated Now, Nine Years Later

Yaqui Assassinated Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo: Tomas' Words Translated Now, Nine Years Later

Text in EnglishDisappeared Yaqui Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo: Video 2012

Special thanks to Anayansa Garza for this translation and honoring our friend Tomas Rojo. After Tomas went missing from Vicam Pueblo on May 27, I found this video interview that I did with him at the Vicam Rights Forum in Sonora in 2012. Thanks to Anayansa, it is now translated, 9 years later. Tomas was murdered in a horrible way, with a blow to his skull, and a hammer found near his shallow grave near Vicam. But, as our friend Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, said, "They could not kill his spirit." Here are Tomas' words as he sat centered, at peace, speaking of the water and his people. -- Brenda

Article and video copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News
Transcribed and translated by Anayanse Garza

My name is Tomás Rojo Valencia. I am a member of the traditional authority of the Basarian peoples. We have a lifetime of struggle, but specifically in the water issue, we have been fighting for three years.

Previously, we have actively participated in the problems that affect our people. As we said a moment ago, in the last 500 years of the Yaqui tribe, like the majority of indigenous peoples, the main element that has always weighed on the conscience of our people and each one of its men, women, children and elders is the struggle for the land and the water.

We will not rest until we connect our objectives and achieve this task that rests in the memory of our elders. The only thing that we do is to give continuity, under conditions not as severe, for what they fought for.

They fought in the mountains among the stones, among the thorns, among the bush, among the wild animals that were their friends.

And today we continue to fight under other conditions, first using the knowledge of our ancestors and what we have learned in the schools and with the instruments that the development of our own societies gives us, which are the laws, the right and the normative practices of our peoples and the international laws.

And with the pencil and paper, to give continuity to this struggle, to be able to recover what has been ours, what has been recognized and what has been taken from us.  That which is the land and the water.

And for this it is also very important to fight in parallel for better material living conditions for the Yaqui families.

That the living conditions they have be so that they can live as dignified people.

That they be given the opportunity that they deserve, the generations that are currently at play right now, the children that are at play, under the children at play that later will be the struggle for our people at play.

For them, what we do, what we can minimally do, is to want to vindicate ourselves with our right, being congruent with our history and the glorious past of our ancestors.

Vicam Pueblo Water Rights Forum 2012 Photo Brenda Norrell

Article translated and video transcribed by Anayanse Garza in Espanol below.

By Brenda Norrell
Translation by Anayanse Garza
Censored News
June 19, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'Criminally Insane McGill University'


Mohawk Nation News
July 26, 2021

MNN. July 26, 2021. There are allegations from a survivor, Ann Diamond, of unmarked graves behind the Allan Memorial Hospital of McGill University, on the south slope of Mount Royal. “These unmarked graves are a big secret. There has been no physical proof that kids are buried there, but some would have been native kids in Dr. Ewen Cameron’s experiments between 1953 and 1964. Between 17 and 25 children are buried there”. The higher learning schools with the intellectual geniuses were brought in to help design the premeditated genocide horror. One aspect was to ensure that protesters are silenced. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Police Mob Swarms Lone Water Protector at a Convenience Store, Brutalize Others Coming to his Aid

Video by Camp Migizi today at Thief River Falls, Minn. Screen captures by Censored News.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- A mob of Pennington County cops swarmed a lone Water Protector at a convenience store today in Thief River Falls. He had just been released from jail for protecting the water.

When other Water Protectors rushed to his aid, they were brutalized by Sheriff's deputies and police. Police refused to give any reason for the attack on the lone Water Protector. Arrests were made, one person can be seen being dragged away in photo 2 from the video. The Red Lake tribal member who was mobbed by police initially was released because there were no charges. Two others who rushed to his aid remain in custody.

Red Lake Treaty Camp said:

"Two people were rearrested near the court house yesterday right after their release. They (police) tried to swarm and handcuff a Red Lake youth outside of a bathroom in town. When we came out they had 15 officers waiting to arrest him.

One, who is like a camp mother, whom we all come to love, was hugging his arm and refused to let go, the other kept constantly asking why they were arresting the Red Lake youth and they arrested him too.

This is violence against our people, this is violence against our community. One thing it showed us though, is that our community is strong and we all care about each other. They are teaching us that we can love and care for each other regardless of our background, regardless of our skin color.

In moments like this we are all one.

We only want to ensure the survival of our water.

What do we do when the water is under attack?"

Camp Migizi described the assault by police as it happened:

Today, July 26th at around 3 pm, Pennington County cops brutalized water protectors who were peacefully welcoming 20 friends out of jail in Thief River Falls. These were the same cops who brutalized and arrested indigenous people on Friday morning as they held ceremony.

As a Red Lake Nation Tribal Member was exiting a gas station where he had used the bathroom, more than 10 cops detained him without warning. When his comrades outside the jail saw what was happening, they ran over to ask what basis the cops had to detain him. Without answering, the cops quickly formed a line and took out their batons.

They beat multiple water protectors, throwing one into the brick wall of the gas station. Two were tackled and arrested, again with no legal justification. The cops had to release the initial detainee only 15 minutes later, since they had no basis for detaining him. The two arrestees are still in jail.

Pennington County PD has repeatedly displayed their racism and their brutality. More than anything, they've displayed their willingness to ignore the law, treaty rights, and basic morality in their effort to suppress water protectors and defend the multinational corporation that gives them their paychecks. Now more than ever, Red Lake Treaty Camp needs your support.

Police mob. Excessive force. Today at Thief River Falls, Minn.