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Saturday, February 22, 2020

While the Apache march to save Oak Flat a new land appraisal reveals public loss of more than $111 billion

While the Apache march to save Oak Flat a new land appraisal reveals public loss of more than $111 billion.

Apache marching from San Carlos to Oak Flat, February 22, 2020.  Courtesy of Dwight Metzger.

By Robin Silver
Center for Biological Diversity
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A new appraisal by Josephs Appraisal Group of Phoenix reveals the lands due to be traded for Oak Flat are valued at $7.135 million, dramatically less than the $112 billion worth of the copper alone that foreign mining companies hope to remove from more than a mile below Oak Flat.  In other words, the value of the copper a mile below Oak Flat alone is worth approximately 15,700 times more than the land the foreign mining companies hope to trade for the area.

ALERT! Cayuga buildings leveled overnight in Seneca Falls, New York

(Above) by Greg Cotterill, FL News Radio

Anne Tahamont said on Twitter: "Clint Halftown, NYSP tore down the Cayuga longhouse at Seneca Falls. This is a big deal happening within our confederacy."

In the News:

Claiming it was enforcing tribal law, the Cayuga Nation Council under the direction of Clint Halftown had its newly created police department raid properties in Seneca Falls early Saturday morning that had been under control of a group that disputes Halftown's authority.

In the process, at least seven people were temporarily detained and one person is facing charges. In addition, the council overnight demolished several buildings in the area — including a convenience store, daycare center, schoolhouse and sugar shack. Since 2014, those properties had been under control of a group of nation members or supporters that have referred to themselves as the nation's traditional government.

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Fear, shock spread through Cayuga Nation in Seneca Falls as properties leveled along 89

Published: 02/22/2020 @ 08:41 am | Updated: 02/22/2020 @ 11:10 am

At least part of the Cayuga Nation community is in shock after several buildings along State Route 89 in Seneca Falls were leveled.

The equipment and wrecking operation began around 2 a.m., according to those who witnessed it unfold.

Local residents were as stunned by the move as members of the CIN, but some context was provided by Lizzy Miller, a member of the community.

“Clint Halftown and his twisted Caygua Nation police are back at it again,” she wrote. “This time it’s worse than ever before and they brought in the feds. Overnight they destroyed all our communities' commercial properties. The store, the daycare, the schoolhouse, the sugar shack and other properties.”

She shared her disbelief in the fact that all of the Nation’s buildings, which were a source of employment for many members of the Nation were destroyed.
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Friday, February 21, 2020

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Resolute as Trudeau Raids Rail Blockade

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TYENDINAGA: Mohawk leader Kanenhariyo and Wet'suwet'en Chief Woos Frank Alec showing the alliance between two nations at the Tyendinaga Press Conference on Feb 21st.
Photo Cred: ROZENN NICOLLE Radio Canada

TYENDINAGA: Joint Wet'suwet'en -Mohawk Press Conference, Feb 21.
Photo Cred: Real Peoples Media

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Remain Resolute Against RCMP Occupation of Yintah while Prime Minister Trudeau states "the injuctions must be obeyed and barricades must come down."

Note: This statement comes after Trudeau's announcement Friday afternoon that all rail blockades must come down now. A SWAT team was dispatched to the rail blockade at St. Lambert in south Montreal. Then, about 10 pm, rail blockaders said a line of police were approaching, and then, "It's all over for now." Rail blockades continue throughout Canada.  -- Censored News

Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]
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[Feb 21] Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs remain resolute in demanding the full retreat of RCMP from their traditional territory (Yintah) this hour, as the Prime Minister (PM) shifts towards enforcement.

Conceding to the concerns of industry, the PM stated in a press conference this afternoon that "we have reached the limit of what we can do 'unilaterally' as the Federal Government, and now it is up to indigenous leaders to find solutions to continue on the path of reconciliation."

Trudeau sends SWAT team to end Montreal rail blockade, says all blockades must come down

Live from CBC:

Mohawk rail blockade

On Twitter this hour, the St Lambert rail blockade said: A line of police are advancing on us, and then, "Its over for now, glad other people have lasted longer than we did." This comes after Trudeau announced that all rail blockades must come down now, on Friday afternoon. Immediately, a SWAT Team was dispatched to St Lambert rail blockade in south Montreal. Friday 11 pm

By Brenda Norrell
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The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs met with Mohawks at Tyendinaga and issued a statement earlier today.
Now, a SWAT Team has the St. Lambert Rail Blockade surrounded. Time: 4 pm Friday.
Prime Minister Trudeau said just now in a press conference: "The barricades must come down now."
Trudeau said the possibility of an Oka situation developing had been one reason for the delayed action in regards to the rail blockades.
At the rail blockades, Wet'suwet'en Solidarity said at 4 pm, "There is a line of 8 cops with batons down the tracks."
"Many cops in area, streets currently blocked."

CBC reports at 4 p.m. on Friday, "Longueuil police closed St-Georges Street, which crosses the train tracks near a rail blockade on Montreal's South Shore on Friday afternoon.
"Clad in black ski masks, several officers are standing in a semicircle near the makeshift encampment and media has been pushed back from the site. A mobile command post is also parked nearby, with about a dozen other police officers milling around it.

"The protesters have been told to leave the site by 5 p.m."
Trudeau press conference video:

In the news:
“The barricades must now come down. The injunctions must be obeyed, and the law must be upheld,” Trudeau said, adding later in French that it would be “lamentable” if police need to step in to clear the blockades.

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