August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, January 23, 2022

US Drops Charges Against Indigenous Water Protectors Who Occupied BIA

US Attorney Drops Charges Against Indigenous Water Protectors and Allies Who Occupied Bureau of Indian Affairs

US Attorney Drops Charges Against Indigenous Water Protectors and Allies Who Occupied Bureau of Indian Affairs Demanding Indigenous Rights Be Upheld

By Last Real Indians

Washington, D.C. -- The United States Attorney’s office has decided to not charge 33 Indigenous water protectors and their allies who were arrested while peacefully occupying the Bureau of Indian Affairs lobby in the US Department of Affairs building on October 14th, 2021. This was the first time since the 1972’s Trail of Broken Treaties that Indigenous leaders occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Indigenous leaders were met with extreme violence from the police leaving one Indigenous woman with a broken hand, others were hit with batons, two people were tazed and an Indigenous media reporter was assaulted with an officer kneeling on his neck and had his equipment damaged by the police during the attack on peaceful water protectors.

Read the article at Last Real Indians

The following is a statement from Indigenous Leaders who occupied the DOI and their allies:

Our fight is far from over, we will continue to rise for our youth, for the land, and for the water.
We will not back down until our natural balance is restored and our relationship to the sacred knowledge of Mother Earth and all who depend on her is honored. From the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota to oil and gas drilling in Alaska, Indigenous peoples and our allies will continue to stand on the frontlines of the fight against fossil fuels. Major pipeline projects and other forms of oil and gas extraction not only threaten the land and water in Native communities, but are often in direct violation of treaty rights or violate laws around Free, Prior and Informed Consent. Fossil fuel construction has also been linked to sex trafficking and an increase in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Politicians do not take care of us. Presidents will break their promises but Mother Earth has always given us what we need to thrive. Those who ignore climate change and the destruction and loss it creates in our communities, will be held accountable. We protect the sacred. Another world is possible, expect us.

Good Hearts Deliver as COVID-19 Surges in Indian Country -- January 2022

Lakota volunteers cook and deliver delicious meals and supplies as COVID-19 surges in January of 2022. Photo "Taco bake and salad for our relatives who are suffering," by Jean Roach, Lakota, Meals for Relatives, Rapid City, South Dakota, Community Response.

As COVID-19 surges on the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Council focuses on new mining on a sacred mountain

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
January 23, 2022

The good hearts in Indian country are delivering homemade meals in Rapid City, and food and water to Dine', as COVID-19 surges in Indian country. While tribal governments delay the distribution of federal virus relief funds received eight months ago in May, Lakota and Dine' volunteers are raising their own funds and delivering to those in need.

There were 500 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation in a single day on Friday, and one death. Then, on Saturday, there were 330 new cases and four deaths on the Navajo Nation.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk Mothers Day 1 in Federal Court'


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MNN. Jan. 14, 2022. Day 1, Federal Court of Canada. The prothonotary/judge, the lawyers for McGill, Montreal City, Quebec Government and Stantec Construction listed the court’s protocol demands for the whole two hours on Zoom. The kahnistensera Mohawk Mothers wanted to discuss the “substance”, which is the investigation of the unmarked graves of the children behind McGill University. The judge and the rest wanted the kahnistensera to each have a lawyer who knows the court rules. Even appointing one on their behalf. Those who represent themselves delay the justice system and the state wins by twisting around its rules. They want to avoid the kanienkehaka culture. They allotted two days for the women to answer their procedural questions. In the end, to get them out of their court system, they suggested outside mediation so there would be no resolution.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

AIM Cofounder Clyde Bellecourt Passes to Spirit World: In His Own Words: Remembering the Legacy


In His Own Words

AIM Cofounder Clyde Bellecourt, 85, Passed to Spirit World in Minneapolis on Tuesday. We share the legacy and birth of the American Indian Movement, from Clyde's words from his talk in 2008, published at Censored News.

Kahentinetha Horn, Mohawk Nation News, said today, "We are sad to hear of the passing of Clyde Bellecourt, one of our great mentors in the red power movement. Clyde was always there. He stayed with us for a long time so he could pass along all that he knew. He demonstrated the will to keep going with our knowledge from our ancestors onto our descendants, whom he loved. We remember him as a great kind strong man."

Gentle Rage: Clyde Bellecourt remembers the birth of the American Indian Movement

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
August 15, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- Clyde Bellecourt spoke of the birth of the American Indian Movement forty years ago, remembering his mother’s own legacy and also the time of the end for the priests who were controlling the Sundance, during the 40th Anniversary, “AIM For Freedom,” photo exhibit sponsored by AIM-West.

During the culminating night of the exhibit at SomArts, July 30, 2008, Bellecourt shared his own journey and the birth of the American Indian Movement. He said his spirit name is Nee-gon-we-way-we-dun, “Thunder Before the Storm.”

Born May 8, 1936, to Anishinabe parents, it was his parents legacy that shaped his course in life. In boarding school, Bellecourt’s mother was punished severely for speaking her own language. Every time she was caught speaking her Native language, she had to scrub the floors with a toothbrush.

Cooking for Relatives: Lakota Candi Brings Plenty Remembers her Father

Cooking for Relatives: Lakota Candi Brings Plenty Remembers her Father 

By Candi Brings Plenty
Censored News
January 11, 2022

Tonight I cooked for the Meals for Relatives COVID-19 Rapid City Community Response in honor of my Até Mato (Papa Bear), today is his birthday. We took a break from community cooking when the numbers went down, the Wotakuye Mutual Aid Society provided aid packages in the meantime. But as we all know, our Covid numbers sky rocketed and today is South Dakota’s highest Covid cases since the beginning of this pandemic.

I cooked and drove tonight, my delivery person wasn’t able to drive because they got exposed today and had to quarantine. My kiddos were out of town, but Carson James 
helped me out…I drove and he delivered the food to each door. We listened to country music, my dads playlist I made for him when he was in the hospital before making his journey. Each meal had a mini pecan pie, his favorite.