August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, November 28, 2022

Border Nation featured in Environmental Film Festival

Border Nation featured in the Environmental Film Festival

 Brenda Norrell

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'Border Nation' is featured in the powerful Environmental Film Festival in Washington. The film follows Ofelia Rivas from her home on the Tohono Oodham Nation to the United Nations, as she describes the abuse by the U.S. Border Patrol and the construction of spy towers in her community, built by Israel's Elbit Systems.
Ofelia is the longtime founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall, and spokesperson for traditional O'odham elders protecting the culture and sacred places.
Watch 'Border Nation' by Jason Jaacks, and other great Indigenous environmental films, free and online at

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Buffy Sainte-Marie -- Backroom Deals, Energy Companies and Hoover's Blacklist in Indian Country

Courtesy Buffy Sainte Marie

Good words from Buffy Sainte-Marie

By Brenda Norrell

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It is good to read more about how Buffy Sainte-Marie was blacklisted during the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon years, by J. Edgar Hoover, in LA Times. It's a  reminder of all those years ago, when backstage at Dine' College in Tsaile, Buffy told a handful of reporters about being blacklisted out of the music business.

My story, as a staff reporter for Indian Country Today, was censored by the newspaper for seven years. A portion was published just before the newspaper fired me in 2006, but not the part about uranium mining on Pine Ridge and the tribal administration of Dickie Wilson. (The censorship was after Lakota Tim Giago sold Indian Country Today to the owners in New York state.)

O'odham Voice Against the Wall Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy Drive

To benefit children in communities on southern O’odham lands for Children 2 to 15 years old. Only, gender-neutral toys, No weapons, No Barbie dolls.

All donations deadline: December 21, 2022, at Noon

Call message number: 520.308.9904


Also donate to O’odham Rights:

O’odham VOICE Against the WALL

P.O. Box 1835

Sells, Arizona 85634

Censored News reader and supporter Lloyd Vivola encourages others to join him and support the toy drive. Lloyd sent this letter to his friends.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Operation Chaos: Covert Operation Targeted AIM and International Supporters

Russell Means with U.S. negotiator Ken Frizzell of the Department of Justice and Oglala Lakota chief Tom Bad Cobb look on. (AP)

Censored News is republishing our report on Operation Chaos, the covert operation that was even more secretive than COINTELPRO. The secret surveillance targeted AIM and its international supporters. Wikileaks exposed some of the never seen information in the US government cables. 

Currently, a new film on Buffy Sainte Marie and news articles expose how Buffy was blacklisted in the US by Presidents Johnson and Nixon, at the direction of J. Edgar Hoover, because of her anti-war stance during the Vietnam war and song, 'Universal Soldier.'

In related documents, the Tohono O'odham Nation was the first Native government to become part of the federal government's Fusion Center. The Tohono O'odham government agreed to provide the U.S. government Fusion Center with surveillance. The Fusion Centers are comprised of multi-U.S. law enforcement agencies.

In 2016, the Fusion Center in North Dakota was the command center of the militarized attack on Standing Rock Water Protectors. Law enforcement was directed by TigerSwan mercenaries, according to a statement by Morton County Sheriff's office. Surveillance at Standing Rock included FBI informant Heath Harmon and other informants in camp, surveillance by air, and cell phone tampering.

Operation Chaos: Covert Operation Targeted AIM and International Supporters

Russell Means said Indian Nations are "living in the belly of the monster, and the monster is the United States"

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