August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

AIM in Solidarity with United Farm Workers: The March to Sacramento

KPFA Radio's Frank Sterling of AIM solidarity with United Farm Workers and the American Indian Movement, in solidarity on the Walk to Sacramento in support of AB 2183, farmworkers right to vote without harassment or intimidation. Photo courtesy Tony Gonzales, AIM West.

Farm workers on 24-day, 335-mile sacrificial march urging Newsom to sign farm worker voting rights bill

By United Farm Workers
August 1, 2022

DELANO, Calif.—With the fight to preserve voting rights against voter suppression underway nationwide, California farm workers are staging a sacrificial 24-day, 335-mile peregrinacion (pilgrimage or march) from Delano to Sacramento during the heat of summer to convince Governor Gavin Newsom to sign their bill giving farm workers protection from intimidation in elections to choose a union. Today, they must nearly always vote on grower property, amidst cynical voter suppression through abuse and intimidation by foremen, supervisors, and labor contractors.

Yakama and Umatilla Tribes Unite for Comprehensive Salmon Recovery

Yakama and Umatilla Tribes unite for comprehensive salmon recovery

Tribes call for inclusive solutions to saving Columbia Basin salmon


Andrea Tulee, Public Information Officer
Kaeleen McGuire, Public Relations Specialist

PRESCOTT, Washinton –– On Tuesday, Aug. 9, tribal leaders from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at Fishhook Park to advocate for working together to restore Columbia Basin salmon populations. The event highlighted the power of partnerships in finding comprehensive solutions to salmon recovery.

Leaders from Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) celebrated the role of salmon in Northwest Native cultures and recommended taking immediate action to ensure endangered salmon do not go extinct. The tribes also advocated for a comprehensive fish restoration strategy, which included considering breaching the four lower Snake River dams. They noted that tribes regularly work with non-Native communities to find collaborative solutions to challenges in the region—and they can do so again to keep these vital fish from disappearing forever.

Leaders honored the wykanish (salmon) and called for the protection of tribal treaty rights. Speakers also highlighted the need to ensure a robust future for agriculture without the dams on the lower Snake River.

“Salmon are sacred to us. Stand with our tribes. Save our salmon,” said Yakama Nation Councilmember Jeremy Takala. “Through collaboration and community we can protect our guaranteed treaty rights. As Salmon People, we will honor the wykanish by advocating for comprehensive solutions.”

During the event, Yakama Nation elder Carrie Schuster Nightwalker spoke of the history of Fishhook Park as a place for tribes to come together. Tribal leaders emphasized the vital connection between salmon and Pacific Northwest tribes.

“Our salmon are on the brink of extinction,” said Corinne Sams, CTUIR Board of Trustees member. “It is our obligation to ensure salmon are here for generations to come. The reality is, our salmon are deteriorating and for far too long our salmon and treaty rights have been threatened. This is unacceptable. Who are we without salmon?”

Monday, August 8, 2022

Sacred Lands are Sacrifice Zones in Biden's Climate Chaos

“Energy Sacrifice Zone” sign near Counselor, New Mexico, in the Greater Chaco region. Credit: Jimmy Cloutier/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

“We Can’t Frack Our Way to a Safe Climate” — Frontline Groups Slam Inflation Reduction Act 

As communities call for Biden to declare climate emergency, Greater Chaco Coalition and allies issue statements decrying oil and gas handouts that will only serve to perpetuate sacrifice zones and climate chaos

Contact: Mario Atencio, Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment,   

Julia Bernal, Pueblo Action Alliance

Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians

August 8, 2022

French translation for Censored News by Christine Prat

FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO — In tying clean energy, climate, and environmental justice investments to the perpetuation of the federal fossil fuels leasing program, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) guarantees continued sacrifice of more sacred landscapes like the Greater Chaco region and threatens to undo any climate action progress it makes.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Run4Salmon -- A Delectable Conclusion -- Photos by Dan Bacher

The Run4Salmon 2022 concluded with a ceremony and salmon cooked the traditional way under the guidance of Dania Colegrove, Hoopa Valley Tribe Member and Richard Myers, Yurok Tribe Beach, on Muir Beach on August 1. Salmon on their way back to the Central Valley rivers historically go to Muir Beach and other areas along the Marin County Coast to feed just before making their long journey up the rivers. Photo by Dan Bacher.

Run4Salmon, A Delectable Conclusion
 Photos by Dan Bacher

Elbit: Merchants of death and surveillance in Palestine and the Tohono O'odham Nation

Photos: Killed in the past 48 hours in Gaza: -Alaa Qaddoum, 5, Ahmad Alnairab, 11, Momen Alnairab, 5, Mohammed Hassouna, 14, Khalil Abu Hamads, 17, and Hazem Salem, 12. Surveillance tower on western Tohono O'odham Nation, photo copyright Ofelia Rivas. A vehicle of the U.S. Border Patrol. Agents can now view live video on their laptops on the Tohono O'odham Nation from Elbit's spy towers in traditional remote O'odham communities.

Elbit Systems: 48 Hours of Death and Stalking

Elbit: Merchants of death and surveillance in Palestine and the Tohono O'odham Nation

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News
August 7, 2022
French translation by Christine Prat

This is what Elbit Systems' weapons and surveillance did in the past 48 hours -- murdered six Palestinian children, including a five-year-old girl and two brothers, and terrified children during Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

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