August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Native Attorney Tara Houska 'People were shot in their faces, a young woman's head was split open.' Brutal arrests at Enbridge's Line 3 Minnesota

Watch interview in Democracy Now!

"People were shot in their faces. I saw a young woman's head get split open right in front of me." -- Native Attorney Tara Houska, after being shot with rubber bullets and jailed, speaking on Democracy Now! During the brutal arrests, Sheriffs deputies pushed Water Protectors faces down into the dirt. At least 20 Indigenous water protectors were arrested in Minnesota over the weekend during protests against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. "The level of brutality that was unleashed on us was very extreme," says lawyer Tara Houska @zhaabowekwe on Twitter.


Monday, August 2, 2021

Native Attorney Tara Houska Shot with Rubber Bullets and Jailed by Enbridge's Sheriffs' Deputies

Photo Tara Houska

By Brenda Norrell
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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- Native attorney Tara Houska was shot with rubber bullets and jailed by Sheriffs deputies, bought and paid for by Enbridge and its dirty crude oil.

Tara has just been released from jail after brutal attacks on Water Protectors near Red Lake in northern Minnesota. Water Protectors are defending the rivers from pipeline construction by the Canadian corporation Enbridge and its dangerous tar sands crude oil on Line 3.

Pennington County Sheriff's deputies based in Thief River Falls, with Sheriffs deputies from throughout the state of Minnesota, have targeted, abused and jailed Native Water Protectors -- grandmothers, women and youth -- during the past week.

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Brutal arrests, tear gas, rubber bullets used on Water Protectors at Stop Line 3

Giniw Collective video on Facebook at

Urgent call to action
Water Protectors fighting Line 3 need your help!

Water Protectors at Stop Line 3 were brutally arrested by Sheriffs' deputies using excessive force, tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper bullets. Water Protectors now jailed in northern Minnesota are being denied medications and being fed moldy food, Giniw Collective said.

By GINIW Collective
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French translation by Christine Prat at:

"People were shot in their faces. I saw a young woman's head get split open right in front of me." -- said Native Attorney Tara Houska, shot with rubber bullets and jailed, told Democracy Now of brutal arrests by Sheriffs deputies in northern Minnesota.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- Water Protectors fighting Line 3 are enduring increased repression and violence from the state and local police. For the first time in this campaign, police used pepper spray, mace, pepper and "less than lethal" bullets on unarmed Water Protectors just south of Thief River Falls on July 29 at Red Lake River crossing at the Red Lake Treaty Camp.
Twenty people were arrested and are being held in Pennington County Jail over the weekend including Tara Houska, other members of Giniw and Non-Native Accomplices.

This is a call to action! Come Join us on the Frontlines. We need warriors to the front! Enbridge is drilling under the rivers and using the local police to target people wanting to stop this immoral and unethical project. Call Pennington County Jail (218)681-6161.

After facing excessive force in the form of pepper spray, pepper bullets and aggressive arrests supporters are now learning that water protectors have been denied medications as well as proper food due to dietary restrictions and allergies. People have received moldy and inedible food. Certain Individuals are being held in solitary confinement. These tactics are being utilized to humiliate and punish Water Protectors for taking action.

Tweet @govtimwalz @ltgovflanagan and call Pennington County Jail (218)681-6161 and demand: Sample script: "I am calling today to demand that water protectors are treated humanely and fairly, that their dietary needs are respected and their medications be given properly."

Giniw Collective said on July 30:
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- Dozens of Water Protectors and Tribal Members Flow Into Line 3 Drilling Site Under Red Lake River met with “less-than-lethal” and chemical warfare yesterday, dozens of BIPOC water protectors and tribal members flowed into the drill pad on the Red River, where Enbridge is set to complete pullback against the will of Red Lake Nation. Half a dozen Indigenous and BIPOC water protectors scaled fences and others blockaded a gate into the site as allies helped hold space.

Water Protectors were maced, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, and pepper bullets.

The mass action comes as another spill was reported on the Mississippi River headwaters, where Enbridge has continued to drill despite a temporary halt buffer zone issued by White Earth Nation.

Last week, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, along with numerous representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, met with two Anishinaabe nations, tribal representatives, and land defenders to tour portions of Line 3 construction, wild rice beds, and spill sites. The Army Corps and the White House remain silent.

“If those who can stop Line 3 will not take action, we will,” said Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe land defender. “This is our land, our wild rice, our culture, our future we are defending.Human beings are literally destroying life with our addiction to the status quo of over-consumption. We have to be brave. We have to stand strong. We have to try. Actions, not words.”

“I’m standing in opposition of industrial development of my treaty territory by a foreign corporation,” said John Shimek, Red Lake Nation. “An estimated 20 percent of the freshwater supply left on the planet exists in my treaty territory, it’s my obligation to protect it for my children and all future generations.”

Twenty people were arrested and are currently being held in Pennington county till Monday.


On Thursday, July 29th, four Water protectors locked down to machinery at an Enbridge worksite near Clearwater River to stop the drilling and destruction of Mother Earth in Anishinaabe treaty territory.
Enbridge has been pumping thousands of gallons of water to flush the pipe and dewatering entire lakes and streams.

An activist and their mother locked down together in solidarity with their Indigenous kin in an act of love and bravery. Two other young people locked down to machinery to shut down the work site. One water protector locked down near an active water pump that was pumping hundreds of gallons of water and overflowing onto them, as workers laughed nearby with no regard for their safety. A deputy from the Red Lake Sheriff came over and did nothing to stop the pump.

Sheriffs from all over Minnesota arrived at the scene showing once again that the police response to water protectors is excessive force against the struggle to stop line 3.
"I’m here in solidarity with my Indigenous and Black and Brown relatives, I’m an accomplice and if you want to be an accomplice you have to be here doing this work. You got to lock down, you gotta be taking action.

"I’m here not only as an ally, but as an accomplice, because I’m putting my body on the line. I’m putting myself to the machine."

"And here on the other side I have my mother, she’s sixty-eight years old and she’s out here. She’s doing this work because she cares and she’s an accomplice too, so I urge you, if you’re listening to this, please get out here, we need you. We need accomplices."

"Hi I’m the mother of an accomplice which is on the other side of this device, and I just want to say to all the mothers out there, if your child is involved in activism with regard to line 3, it would be really great if you could be here too, and show your support for your offspring and become an accomplice and a water protector, its really important work and I invite you to join."

Seven water protectors are still being held in Polk County jail facing misdemeanor charges, being kept over the long weekend in another display of elevating punitive measures against water protectors.


Saturday, July 31, 2021

Sadistic Clearwater Sheriff Deputy's Brutal Arrest of Grandmother at Stop Line 3 'He's Breaking My Hand'

"You're hurting me!"

Sadistic Clearwater Sheriff Deputy's Brutal Arrest of Grandmother at Stop Line 3 'He's Breaking My Hand' 

Brenda Norrell
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Update: After her brutal arrest, she was strip-searched and processed in jail. She was then sent to the hospital emergency room and began a hunger strike. She has now been released from jail.

A grandmother was brutally arrested by Clearwater Sheriff Deputy Alexander 'Zander' Yocum, at Firelight Treaty Camp, at an Enbridge Line 3 pump station in northern Minnesota on July 29, 2021.

Deputy Yocum attempted to break her hand, as documented in the video below.

"What if I was your grandmother, what if I was your mother," the grandmother cried out.

"You're hurting me!"

"You are committing environmental genocide. This is an environmental emergency," she called out.

"He's breaking my hand!"

Seven Yaqui Disappeared Preparing for Traditional Fest in Bacum Pueblo, Sonora

Seven Yaqui Disappeared Preparing for Traditional Fest in Bacum

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BACUM, Sonora, Mexico -- A group of seven fellow Yaquis went to bring some cows to the traditional Feast of Bataconsica on July 14. The men have been missing since that day:  Martin Hurtado Flores, Braulio Perez Sol, Eladio Molina Zavala, Juan Justin Galaviz Cruz, Fabian Sombra Miranda, Leocadio Galaviz Cruce and Fabian Valencia Romero. They were last seen at Woiba'am ranch (Coyote) where an ancestor's grave is located.

Authorities in Loma de Bacum learned about the disappearance and gathered the community to take action, decided to wait for them that afternoon and didn't arrive. So the next morning they left the mountains to search for them in four vans with traditional authority surveillance and some volunteers. They only found the scattered baggage of three of them, a piola (rope) and a burnt cow.