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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, January 22, 2021

Western Shoshone celebrating Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

By Native Community Action Council

January 22, 2021

LAS VEGAS -- The Native Community Action Council is celebrating the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entry into force by gathering in Las Vegas at the Federal Courthouse to hold banners affirming the entry into force of the treaty. 

The treaty was approved by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly on July 7, 2017 by a vote of 122 in favor, the Netherlands opposed, and Singapore abstaining. Five nuclear powers and four other countries known or believed to possess nuclear weapons — India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel — boycotted negotiations and the vote on the treaty, along with many of their allies.

The Shoshone people view the treaty as a positive step leading to relief from over 900 nuclear weapons tests above, and below ground that released radiation upon the homelands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians.

“We are all down-winders,” stated Ian Zabarte, Secretary of the Native Community Action Council. Mr. Zabarte has worked for decades to end full-scale nuclear weapons testing conducted in secret and investigate health consequences of radiation exposure on his people and land.

His goal is to end the need for nuclear weapons, mitigate the impacts upon the Shoshone people and land and prevent Yucca Mountain from being developed as a high-level nuclear waste repository.

The Native Community Action Council is a party to Yucca Mountain licensing with the only ownership contention. After spending $15 billion dollars the Department of Energy cannot prove ownership to Yucca Mountain even with the Bureau of Land Management Master Title Plats because the Treaty of Ruby Valley is controlling under the US Constitution, Article 6, Section 2, treaty supremacy clause.

Shoshone ownership is enduring.

“Our relationship to the land and pure water of the Great Basin is our identity,” said Mr. Zabarte.

Destructive nuclear weapons testing left vulnerabilities in the land destroying the delicate flora and fauna that allowed noxious and invasive plant species to take hold.

Mr. Zabarte was acquitted of rounding up Indian horses the US claims are “wild” under the definition of Congress in the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971.

“We acted out of necessity to protect our horses from the destruction of the range caused by nuclear weapons testing.”

The US Bureau of Land Management blames the Shoshone livestock for destroying the land.

Shoshone leaders were present at the Nevada National Security Site at 2:00 pm to hold banners and create awareness among test site workers that their work is illegal.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

President Biden halts Keystone XL Pipeline and Border Wall Construction

Photo by Laiken Jordahl

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

President Biden signed executive orders revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline permit, halting funding for the border wall, reviewing boundaries of Bears Ears, and issued a moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier in South Dakota immediately praised Biden for recognizing the danger the Keystone XL Pipeline poses to the land and people.

Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples letter to Biden

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

January 20, 2021

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. President, United States of America

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Biden,

We, Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples, welcome you, your family and your administration to your new responsibility as President of the United States of America. The tradition of welcoming newcomers started long before the formation of the United States; it began at first arrival of our relatives that came from across the ocean. This ceremonial act is to promote peaceful relations, to respect one another and to recognize each other as an integral part of Creation.

Bolivia's Evo Morales being treated for coronavirus

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Former President of Bolivia Evo Morales is being treated for moderate pneumonia in a clinic, after testing positive for coronavirus, local media reports.

From Los Olivos Clinic in Cochabamba yesterday,  Morales expressed in a tweet his appreciation for the solidarity, plants and medicines. Morales said Bolivians remain united in adversity.

Censored News sends hope for a speedy recovery. Those of us that you welcomed to your homeland, send the hope of a good recovery.

Evo Morales tweet Jan. 19, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

OAK FLAT -- Judge orders hearing, halts land transfer for 55 days

By Apache Stronghold 
Censored News
January 15, 2021

Dr. Wendsler Nosie, Sr., Apache Stronghold,
Michael V. Nixon,

French translation by Christine Prat


OAK FLAT, Ariz. - Apache Stronghold, on behalf of traditional Apache religious and cultural leaders, placed a lien on Oak Flat on Wednesday, January 13, with the Pinal County Recorder's Office.  The lien prevents the planned transfer of Oak Flat, or Chi'chil Bildagoteel, to a foreign mining company until the recently filed ongoing Apache Stronghold lawsuit is finalized.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Apache file temporary restraining order to halt Sacred Oak Flat land transfer for copper mining

Photo by Steve Pavey

January 14, 2021


Dr. Wendsler Nosie, Sr., Apache Stronghold,

Michael V. Nixon,

French translation by Christine Prat


FLORENCE, Ariz.— Apache Stronghold, on behalf of traditional Apache religious and cultural leaders, filed a lien on Oak Flat, or Chi'chil Bildagoteel, Wednesday with the Pinal County Recorder’s Office in Florence, Ariz., to stop the transfer of Oak Flat to British-Australian corporate mining giant Rio Tinto and its subsidiary, Resolution Copper.

The lien seeks to prevent the U.S. Forest Service from transferring the title for Oak Flat to Resolution Copper while the Apache Stronghold’s case is being heard in court.

Apache Stronghold filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix challenging the land transfer on the grounds that the giveaway and destruction of Oak Flat violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Apaches’ constitutional rights to religious freedom, due process, and petition and remedy, and is a breach of trust and fiduciary duties.