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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Institute of Indigenous Peoples Condemns Assassinations of Yaqui Water Defenders


Institute of Indigenous Peoples Condemns Assassination of Yaqui Leader in Mexico

June 22, 2021 - 2:57 PMJune 22, 2021 - 2:57 PM

Mexico City, Jun 22 (EFE) .- The National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) condemned on Tuesday the murder of  Yaqui activist Tomás Rojo Valencia and warned of the resurgence of violence against this group in recent weeks.

Red Lake Treaty Camp: Police bring in attack dogs. Water Protector tackled, bloodied during arrest.

Breaking News June 22, 2021

Minnesota law enforcement: Bullies for the Canadian oil company Enbridge

At Red Lake Treaty Camp, Minnesota, police brought in an attack dog this morning, the way they did at Standing Rock. Police tackled and bloodied one Water Protector and arrested him.

Yaqui Water Protector Tomas Rojo Identified in Shallow Grave: Third Assassination

Yaqui Water Protector Tomas Rojo Identified in Shallow Grave: Third Assassination

The assassination of Yaqui Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo was confirmed on Monday. It was the third assassination of Yaqui Water Rights Defenders.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Sadly, our friend Yaqui Water Protector Tomas Rojo was identified today as the one found in a shallow grave near Vicam Pueblo, Sonora. Tomas was identified by DNA and fingerprints.

Tomas is the third Yaqui Water Protector to be assassinated since May. Agustin Valdez was assassinated in May. Luis Urbano was murdered by gunshots on the street in Obregon in June.

Vicam Pueblo hosted Water Rights Forums that were covered by Censored News.

For years, Yaqui maintained highway blockades on a major highway through their land, which stalled semis, in protest of the theft of Yaqui River water for an aqueduct for the City of Hermosillo.

Tomas was a spokesman during the Water Forums and blockade.

Agustin served as head of security during the water rights highway blockades.

Luis, who is featured in a new film defending Yaqui water rights, accompanied the Traditional Authority of Vicam.

Tomas, an agricultural engineer, spoke on Yaqui water rights in a video interview with Censored News in 2012.

The Traditional Authority of Vicam hosted international gatherings of the Zapatistas, upholding Indigenous rights.

Vicam Pueblo is located on Yoeme (Yaqui) ancestral land in the state of Sonora, near the Pacific Coast of Mexico, about a six hour drive southwest of Tucson.

(Above) Yaqui Water Protectors Agustin Valdez, Luis Urbano and Tomas Rojo.

AP: Mexican police identify corpse of Indigenous activist

June 21, 2021 11:46 p.m.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora said Monday tests have confirmed that a badly decayed corpse is that of an Indigenous rights leader who disappeared almost four weeks ago.

The office said DNA tests and fingerprints were used to identify Tomás Rojo Valencia, a leader of the Yaqui indigenous community. His body was found last week near the Yaqui town of Vicam, Sonora.

Rojo Valencia disappeared May 27 following tensions over Yaqui roadblocks protesting gas ducts, water pipelines and railway lines that have been run across their territory without consulting them or giving them much benefit. Rojo Valencia served as the Yaquis’ spokesman during past conflicts over land and water rights.

The confirmation came on the same day a 25-year-old Yaqui woman was reported missing after she left her home in Vicam to go to work, but never arrived. She was last seen June 17.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made it his special project to bring justice to the Yaquis, who he has described as Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group.

In February, the conflict over the highway blockades came to a head with the death of an Indigenous man killed when a trucker plowed through a Yaqui roadblock, hitting a member of the group.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Three Water Protectors Arrested at Ceremonial Prayer Lodge: Stop Enbridge Line 3


By Honor the Earth 

Censored News

June 21, 2021

PALISADE, Minnesota -- On Monday morning, law enforcement officials arrested three water protectors at a ceremonial prayer lodge protected under treaty law and federal order at the Mississippi river crossing of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline route near Palisade, Minnesota.  Law enforcement officials are seen in a live-stream threatening more arrests as they lead workers through the protected area. 

AIM West KPFA Radio: Percy Casper Survivor of Kamloops Residential School

"My heart is tattooed forever."

Percy Casper, Shuswap Nation, was incarcerated before he was five years old. Percy describes the holocaust and genocide of 10 years in Kamloops Residential School, where 215 Native children were found buried in a mass grave. Percy said it was a labor camp and children were abused at night. The children who never made it home come to him in his dreams. Listen to Percy's interview with Tony Gonzales, AIM West, on KPFA Radio. -- Censored News

Duane Chili Yazzie 'The World Does Not Hear'

The World Does Not Hear

By Duane Chili Yazzie, Dine'
Shiprock, Navajo Nation
Censored News

Before the pandemic, the world was in trouble. The climate crisis was choking life out of the planet, the racial dynamic between White people and people of color was bad.

Now, as the world struggles to get past the pandemic, these troubles have become more critical and dangerous. The climate crisis seems overwhelming, and across America, the fervor of White supremacy is metastasizing.