Thursday, June 21, 2018

Apache Stronghold -- Native American Issues Heard by Congressional Panel

Native American issues heard by Congressional Panel
The Poor People’s Campaign

Apache Messenger/ 6-20-2018
Republished with permission
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    A Congressional hearing led by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Elijah Cummings on June 12, 2018 to welcome the Poor Peoples Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival, to the Capital for a powerfully important conversation on poverty in America. Senator Warren began the hearing, “There’s something happening in America, the Poor and the marginalized, those suffering are taking to the streets in our Capitals across this Country to reclaim our Government and demand a Government for all the People, we are honored to have you here, to have the chance to hear your voices, and I’m glad to be joined by so many of my colleagues in Congress.”  
       Co- Chair Representative Cummings stated, “I want to thank you(Senator Warren)so much for organizing today’s event to sign a bright light on the poverty in America. Also I thank my colleagues for joining us from the Senate and the House, most of all I want to thank our families and all of you who are taking a moment out of your lives to be here today.”

Reverend Dr. Barber and individuals representing many different issues in America were on the Panel. Vanessa Nosie, Apache Stronghold member, who is on the Stronghold Caravan crossing the Country, was present to voice Native America concerns, “I am Vanessa Nosie, I am Chiricahua Apache (Speaking in Apache), I am enrolled as a San Carlos Apache.” She then spoke in English, “I’m from the Apache Stronghold which is protecting Oak Flat from Resolution Copper. Today I stand here, united with the Poor People’s Campaign and standing here with my brothers and sisters as we are trying to fight, but what we are all fighting for is Justice.”
“The Apache Stronghold has started a caravan that has started in Northern California and is going to be here on June 23 for the action here with the Poor Peoples Campaign. Before I tell you little bit about my own people, I want to tell you about the journey that we started, we started in Elem colony. Before you enter the reservation, Signs say, HAZARDOUS AREA- ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK by the lake at Clearlake, California.”  Vanessa spoke about the mercury mine that has been left open leaking heavy metal into the water and land, the contamination of the fish, and about the high rate of cancer in the Community. “We talk about healthcare, We talk about the environment, yet they’re allowing open mines to legally contaminate the water and land, the high rate of cancer and the healthcare bill that is going to continue to rise because of corporations and greed, the politicians that don’t want to listen.”
She continued, “The Apache Stronghold went to the Oakland, California, to Berkeley, and they met with the Ohlone people there. There are 425 shell mounds, sacred to the Ohlone, one of them was under a parking lot. They are trying to stop more construction of homes and shopping centers on the sacred sites that are their ancestral homelands that they have a direct connection to.  There is nothing in place to protect indigenous people there, the Ohlone and other tribes in California, they are hurting, because when they look at the holy sites they’re covered with asphalt and buildings.”
“The Apache Stronghold is at a place named Indian Alley tonight, in L.A.(Los Angeles), where American Indians were moved by the US government for relocation, a place where Natives came together. This space is a perfect example of systematic racism and poverty, they were ripped from their homelands, over 100 tribes living in LA, many homeless.” Vanessa spoke about the Caravan making its way across the country so that the message on June 23rd encompasses Americas true history.
“I stand here representing not only Apache people, all people, we need to talk about environmental impacts, talk about systemic racism and talk about militarism, right now the Stronghold is in Sells, Arizona where a border wall is built that is dividing the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui people on their indigenous lands.”
“I’m asking you to hear our cries, because what indigenous people are doing, what we are fighting for, the land, the water is for everybody. How are you going to be able to turn on your water Faucets? how are you going to be able to raise your children? how are you going to be able to walk outside and breathe clean air? People, we have been fighting colonization for over 500 years. Our fight still exists, we are still considered as prisoners of war.  I protect Oak Flat which has been given to a foreign mining company called Resolution Copper. How am I going to continue to take my children to pray? exist? Picked medicines and the food there? to bathe in the water? That is who I am as an Apache woman. How am I going to continue on my tradition in my culture? No matter if you’re rich or poor, if you have a home or not, there is no issue without water.”  Reverend Barber, added,”That is a form of racism because the policy that allows a multinational company to do it , it was done right here in this city.”

The issues brought forth with the Poor Peoples campaign covered communities across this Country, many focusing on governmental reforms, lack of clean water, healthcare, and suppression of workers.

“The Poor People’s campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival is an opportunity to educate America about its true history, and demand changes to outdated federal policies and create stronger laws that will protect the environment.” Apache Stronghold.


Apache Stronghold -- Native American Issues Heard by Congressional Panel

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Apache Stronghold -- Finding Love in Lexington, Kentucky

By Steve Pavey

Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey

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"Love is who you are. When you don't operate according to love, you are outside of being. You're not being real. When you love, you are acting according to your deepest being, your deepest truth." --Richard Rohr
The Stronghold Sacred Caravan stopped for rest and prayers in Lexington Kentucky, building extended family and spiritual strongholds on the way to DC to connect with the Poor People’s Campaign. This is the essential work if we want to see a Moral Revival -- to remember who we are ! Love is who we are ! The colonizers’ moral narrative is full of lies and deception influencing who we think we are -- trying to get us to think we are our jobs, we are what we produce and consume, we are what we accumulate or we are the power we gain. This is not who we are.

Wendsler Nosie Sr. shared a story with us this morning he learned from Rev. John Mendez -- about an Eagle that thinks it is a chicken and so acts like a chicken. It cannot fly. But when thrown over a cliff it remembers who it is and soars high.

The Stronghold Sacred Caravan is soaring as eagles and as Love. They are reminding those of us in the Poor People’s Campaign that the essential work is this spiritual work -- remembering who we are - before we jump to the policy and issues organizing work.

Chairman Frazier -- Stolen Children Expose Truth About U.S. Government

Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier, Eagle Butte, S.D.

By Cheyenne River Chairman Harold Frazier
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I often consider the Lakota Oyate as strong patriots and warriors that have taken up the cause of the United States of America. Despite the way we have been treated in our collective past. Our history together has been filled with death and destruction resulting in a devastated society that is doing its best to heal our wounds and look past our differences.
Recently, Americans have reacted with shock as they realize the actions their government has taken by breaking up families and incarcerating children by the hundreds. I am not shocked however. This country has witnessed this before.
When the Americans came to this continent they brought with them slaves that they separated from their families far away. They then took our children away from us under the pretense that we do not know what is best for them.
Today, many Americans are again justifying the barbaric practice of incarcerating children to further political and financial goals. At what point does the United States have to realize they are the bad guys?
The United States has woven a society of immigrants and Tribal nations under a beacon of hope. This is a dark time when our children will talk of the damage we have done to the fabric of that society.
The devastation done is nothing new to us, our people know the devastating effects that separation policies have on a generation of children that were removed from their families. Indian people are still recovering from the United States’ failed boarding schools in which religion was used as justification. It shows a lack of morality to brandish faith as a justification to dehumanize the most sacred of us to walk this earth, the children.
Families are the most important foundation of society. It is a law of nature that family members protect each other and nurture what is best of humanity, love. To break that sacred bond between family is crime that has been done to my people and would never wish on another.
It is obvious the American government has failed the people of the United States as it has failed the treaties it has made with the Great Sioux Nation. The voices of reason are speaking and I have faith in the American people, I hope they do not continue to let myself and the rest of the world down. I hope they do the right thing without trying everything else first.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Apache Stronghold Sacred Journey -- Oklahoma City and Cahokia Mounds

By Steve Pavey
Apache Stronghold Sacred Jounrey
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Traveling East with stops in Oklahoma City and the St. Louis’ Cohokia mounds - the Stronghold Sacred Caravan is encountering Sites and stories with heavy trauma. Native Indians were killed or pushed out of these lands as a part of US policy and practice. We must face this past because this system of settler colonialism rooted in racism and greed and militarism is our present. This understanding of the evil we face is what the Sacred Caravan is bringing to the Poor People’s Campaign. We must listen and follow the lead of our indigenous family. As the Sacred Caravan travels we are stopping to pray and to create a trail of Black stones for healing what this nation has desecrated.

“Settler colonialism, as an institution or system, requires violence or the threat of violence to attain its goals. People do not hand over their land, resources, children, and futures without a fight, and that fight is met with violence. In employing the force necessary to accomplish its expansionist goals, a colonizing regime institutionalizes violence.” - Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Reporter: 'Babies are in a cage on the border''

"There are babies sitting by themselves inside a cage with other babies."

Western Shoshone to Clark County, Nev. 'Land Expansion Would Violate Treaty, is Environmental Racism'

Ian Zabarte photo by Brent Holmes

Ian Zabarte, Principal Man, Western Shoshone Nation, delivers comments opposing land expansion to packed Clark County Commission Meeting today.

 "It is dangerous to rely upon BLM land status records of title on Shoshone treaty lands." -- Ian Zabarte