August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, August 15, 2022

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs in Vancouver -- Protest of Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

"When you drink that water, it is in your body, it is in your DNA."
"We will protect what we have."

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust

August 15, 2022

Gidimt'en Checkpoint on Facebook

Come stand in solidarity with Wet'suwt'en hereditary chiefs as their Nation to Nation tour passes through Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Speakers will provide updates from the Yintah and from the tour. Bring your drums. #WETSUWETENSTRONG

Today in Vancouver: Wet'suwet'en block street downtown to protest Coastal Gaslink pipeline in northern B.C.

Wet'suwet'en Block Traffic in Vancouver in Protest of Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

A large rally planned in Vancouver to protest the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. blocked traffic Monday morning.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs were joined by supporters for a rally outside Vancouver City Hall. The group then planned to march downtown before noon. At about 11:45 a.m., Vancouver police confirmed a demonstration had all northbound lanes of the Cambie Street Bridge closed.

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Wet'suwet'en protest of Coastal Gaslink pipeline today blocks traffic in downtown Vancouver. Watch video coverage at Gidimt'en Checkpoint on Facebook:


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Iwi leader up against New Zealand's biggest climate polluters in Supreme Court

Iwi Mike Smith

Iwi Mike Smith faced off with 30 attorneys in today's hearing.
                                                     Photo courtesy Mike Smith.

Iwi leader up against NZ’s biggest climate polluters in Supreme Court

Press statement
Monday 15 August 2022
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Iwi leader Mike Smith is facing off against some of New Zealand’s biggest climate polluters today in the Supreme Court.

Smith is suing fossil fuel and dairy companies, including Genesis Energy, Fonterra, and Z Energy for public nuisance and negligence for their contributions to climate change. Over the next three days, the Supreme Court will decide whether the polluter companies may be breaching important duties to New Zealanders and ought to face a full trial.

Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu), who is co-chair of the climate directorate for the Iwi Chairs Forum, says that it is now or never to hold climate polluters to account.

“We are running out of time to curb the climate crisis. The Government has failed us on climate change, and it won’t act in time because every effort is undermined by lobbying from climate polluting interests. My hope is that the Courts can play their vital role and help stop the biggest wrong of all times.

The Struggle for Survival -- Energy, Genocide and the Targeting of Leonard Peltier

Creator Nabahe Kadenehe, Alliance for Survival. Courtesy Bard College 'Observer'

The Struggle for Survival -- Energy, Genocide and the Targeting of Leonard Peltier

Brenda Norrell
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The Four Corners Energy Map of 1980 was published in the Bard College newsletter, "Observer." The article details genocide in Indian country, the energy war in Indian country, and the targeting of Leonard Peltier.

The genocide of Native people by the United States government was carried out by murder, removal of children to boarding schools and foster homes, exploitation of energy resources, sterilization of women, and forced relocation. The cultural genocide was also carried out by missionaries and churches.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Is Montreal Ashamed of Mount Royal Cross?'


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MNN. Aug 13, 2022. Here are two articles on “Mohawk Mothers” who asked for the removal of the Mount Royal Cross, translated from French. First, from Quebec reactionary  Mathieu Bock-Coté, followed by a response published on Aug. 11, 2022, in The Metro Journal By Philippe Blouin, PhD. candidate McGill, and Guillaume G. Poirier,  doctorate candidate, U. of Ottawa. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Tribute to Allen Cooper: Radio man battling for the people

Photo by Barbara and Peter Clark. Allen at Standing Rock, with Don Cuny of Oglala.
They were both at Wounded Knee.

A KUNM Volunteer and an Activist of a Thousand Battles

Allen Fairfax Cooper

August 10, 1938-August 7, 2022

By Kent Paterson

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Brash, outspoken, committed and passionate. Just a few of the words that describe Allen Cooper. The former KUNM volunteer passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022, a few days shy of his 84th birthday. A sailor, political activist, VW mechanic, educator, laborer, private investigator, and radio-cablevision host, Cooper wore many hats in his long and storied life. Yet he was always fighting the powers-that-be and struggling alongside oppressed, marginalized and subjugated peoples and communities from New Mexico to Mississippi to Central America and other reaches of the globe-sometimes at the risk of his own life.

KUNM was an essential part of Cooper's life. As a young Navy veteran and UNM student back in the early 1960s, "Coop," as his friends frequently called him, first became familiar with KNMD, a small, student-run radio station that had just opened in the basement of the UNM Student Union Building and was heard only on campus. In 1966 the station got a transmitter, was granted an FCC license, and began broadcasting with the new call letters KUNM.

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