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Mayans in Guatemala: No compromise, halt gold mining

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By Brenda Norrell

Sipakapa is not for sale, Mayan community turned down corporate mining cash

TUCSON, Ariz. – Gold and silver mining in the Mayan homelands in northern Guatemala, near the border with Chiapas, Mexico, is poisoning the water and explosives are destroying the homes in the rural farming community of Sipakapa, Guatemala.

“While the gold mine is there and operating, there is no solution. The only solution is to stop the mining,” said Mario Tema, Mayan from Sipakapa, during an interview at the Western Mining Action Network Conference in Tucson on Sept. 29.

Goldcorp (formerly Glamis Gold) is mining silver and gold at the open-pit Marlin Mine, between two Mayan communities, Sipakapa and San Miguel Ixtahuacan in the San Marcos highlands.

Speaking through a translator, Tema said, “There is a new mine in Guatemala. It is the first of its kind. It has created many problems in our community, especially social problems.
“The government is supporting the mine politically. It makes our org…

Empowered: Indigenous Peoples organize to halt mining in Americas

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By Brenda Norrell
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Indigenous Peoples from throughout the Americas fighting mining gathered to organize and support one another to halt the mining destroying their communities and the environment.
The first in the series of articles focuses on the delegation from Peru, fighting copper mining and the poisoning of water sources.
Coal, gold, silver, copper and uranium mining in Indigenous territories has reached the level of a global crisis. Nikos Pastos of Alaska's Big Village Network said climate change and melting ice, combined with oil drilling, result in unprecedented dangers for polar bears, walruses and whales.
On the Navajo Nation and near its borders, proposals for new uranium mines, coal mining and the Desert Rock Power Plant pose threats to land and air already heavy with toxins. Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo, said the sacred sites endangered by new proposed uranium mining include Mount Taylor in New Mexico, sacred to Pueblos, Navaj…

Hopi's 'Water is Life,' message carried by runners

"Hopi, Water is Life," is the message on the shirts of both Hunter Red Day, Navajo/Dakota and Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo, attending the Western Mining Action Network Conference 2007 in Tucson today. During Hopi sacred runs, runners have carried the message of the sacred nature of water. Native people attending the mining action conference said the contamination of drinking water by uranium, coal, copper, gold and silver mining corporatons has created a global crisis for Indigenous Peoples. Photo Brenda Norrell

Peru's Indigenous Peoples arise in defense of Earth from mining

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Andean Indigenous Peoples organize in defense of land, prepare for mobilization on 'Day of Genocide,' October 12

By Brenda Norrell

TUCSON, Ariz. – Indigenous Peoples from Peru say that while their country’s leaders have endorsed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the international level, at home the federal government is preparing to forcibly claim Indigenous lands for mining.

Indigenous Peoples are now struggling to protect their territories from a proposed law that would claim the right to appropriate Indigenous territories based on the Peruvian government’s claim that it is a matter of “national interest.”

Speaking out against mining, Quechua leader Miguel Palacin of Lima, Peru, said Andean Peoples from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina have organized to protect Indigenous territories in this region. Palacin is coordinator of the Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indigenas (Andean Federation of Indigenous Organizations.)

“This group is…

Mining focus of Indigenous gathered in Tucson

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Indigenous from the Americas are gathered in Tucson to discuss the impacts of mining. Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone, is among those here to speak out about Indigenous territories and the destruction of nuclear testing and gold mining. Coal mining and copper mining are the focus of Navajos from Arizona and Indigenous from Peru. Watch for articles in Navajo Times and the U.N. OBSERVER & International Report next week. --Brenda Norrell

US jet full of cocaine, used for Guantanamo, crashes in Mexico

Who owned drug plane that crashed in Mexico?
By Jay Root and Kevin G. Hall McClatchy Newspapers
September 27, 2007
MEXICO CITY — U.S. authorities are assisting the Mexican government in the investigation of an American business jet that crashed in Cancun this week with four tons of cocaine on board, officials said Thursday. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/20060.html

Israeli firms providing most sensitive security in US

Why are Israeli firms providing the most sensitive security in the US?

By Brenda Norrell
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

ARIVACA, Ariz. -- Censored Blog reported this summer that Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense contractor working on the Apartheid Wall in Palestine, was subcontracted by Boeing to provide security systems for the spy towers at the Arizona/Mexico border. Those nine spy towers located on Tohono O'odham tribal land and around the towns of Arivaca and Sasabe, still aren't functioning.
Now, Magal Security Systems, a private company which grew out of Israeli government security, is receiving contracts to secure nuclear power plants and other sensitive areas of the U.S. Also, Magal markets border security as among its specialties.
On Sept. 19, Magal received a $1.5 million contract for U.S. security, but isn't revealing for what.
Further, the buses waiting to deport migrants at the US/Mexico border are not owned by a US company either. Wackenhut Transportation, whos…

Mohawks: Haudenosaunee women are decision makers of land

Mohawk Nations News:
Six Nations Spokespersons "Suckered" by Politicians & Lawyers
The original Haudenosaunee Law is based on clear thinking and not on emotion or fear.The Six Nations Confederacy Royaner [chiefs] who follow the Handsome Lake religion are an emotional people. It’s a Christian based revitalization movement of the early 1800s that was brought into the longhouse.
Read article:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/mohawks-haudenosaunee-women-are.html

Evo Morales, Bolivian style outshines US puppet government

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By Brenda Norrell
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

NEW YORK -- While visiting the United States, Bolivian President Evo Morales distinguished himself by exposing the US Embassy in Bolivia for fueling opposition support and stating that sovereign nations do not have the military bases of other nations in their countries.
So, Bolivia will be ridding itself of US military occupations and establishing the country of Bolivia with the principle of non-violence and non-participation in war.
Further, Morales urged the United Nations to move its headquarters out of the United States, where he felt unwelcome.
"I don't know how all of you managed to come here to the United States," Morales told the General Assembly. "At least my delegation had a great deal of visa problems."
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/evo-morales-bolivian-style-outshines-us.html

College newspaper: 'Taser this ... F--- Bush'

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Truth telling is expensive

FORT COLLINS , Colorado – Rocky Mountain Collegian Editor J. David McSwane is under fire for publishing an editorial, "Taser this... F--- Bush."
It was a costly article, with advertisers pulling $30,000 to $50,000 in ads.
But, what the heck, you're only young once.
One student referred to Texas Gov. George Bush's use of the expletive in a magazine interview. Kristopher Hite said, "I'm here to tell you that the editor of a student newspaper should not be held to a higher standard than the president of the United States of America." Applause followed by students who turned out to support McSwane.
No Collegian editor has ever been fired in its 116-year history.
... Read article ...
http://www.9news.com/news/top-article.aspx?storyid=78048

Censored Blog: "Taser me down or suffocate me later"
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/taser-me-down-or-suffocate-me-later.html

Western Shoshone Carrie Dann in Tucson

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Indian Right Advocate's Talk Can be Heard by All, Thanks to UA Program
UA News

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications UA News
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Carrie Dann, one of the most prolific advocates of indigenous peoples rights, is coming to Tucson to speak about current environmental threats to Western Shoshone land and her ongoing legal actions before international human rights courts.
Her discussion, slated for 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, will be broadcast live on the Web by a University of Arizona program.
“I will be talking about the land and the beliefs of the Western Shoshone people and how the two are connected,” says Dann. “America doesn’t know the history – the actual history of the indigenous peoples and their situation.” Read more:
http://uanews.org/node/16053
Listen to broadcast, Sept. 28, at 3:30 pm online:
http://www.arizonanativenet.com/
Dann will be available for interviews after her presentation.
To learn more about the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, visit http://www.la…

'Blackfire' pick at Rolling Stone

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Congratulations to Blackfire, and not just for their music, but for sounding out the struggles of Indigenous Peoples, and besides they're just really good people.
Fricke's Picks at Rolling Stone

Native American Punks Blackfire are a punk-rock family — brothers Klee and Clayson Benally and their sister Jeneda, on guitar, drums and bass, respectively — with a direct line to another. CJ Ramone produced their 1994 EP, and Joey Ramone’s final recordings were his guest vocals on 2002’s One Nation Under. Blackfire are also Navajo Indians who connect their distortion-warrior originals to the traditional songs of their people on [Silence] Is a Weapon (Tacoho), produced by Ed Stasium (who did the same for the Ramones). One disc is pure Navajo, ceremonial vocal-and-drum music. The second disc is pure ire, CBGB-hardcore-matinee protest with jolts of ancient chorale. Of special note: “Alien,” written by Indian folk singer Peter LaFarge (as “I’m an Indian”) for his 1965 LP On the Warpath — a …

Today's new articles

A Meeting of Indigenous Peoples in Caracas
By Brenda Norrell
CounterPunch
http://www.counterpunch.org/norrell09252007.html

Katrina's Flood: Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing in New Orleans
by Brenda Norrell
U.N. OBSERVER & International Report
http://www.unobserver.com/

Navajos urged to oppose uranium mining Thursday in Gallup, NM

Navajos are urged to oppose new uranium mining in Gallup, NM, on Thursday. The targeted area is the same where the devastating U.S. uranium mill spill took place in Church Rock, N.M. in 1979, contaminating Navajo water supplies. The Bush Administration has targeted numerous American Indian communities for new uranium mining, power plants and toxic dumping.
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Read article:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/navajos-urged-to-oppose-uranium-mining.html
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. Beginning at 6 P.M: Best Western Inn and Suites, 3009 West Hwy 66, Gallup , NM. Phone (505) 722-2221.

Censored's Hall of Fame and Shame

By Brenda Norrell

It is a great day not to be working on staff at a newspaper where I have to hype Nike or anyone else. Thanks to Klee Benally for his article on Nike's profiteering. A special thanks to Common Ground and filmmakers in New Orleans for their videos shown at the University of Arizona last night, resulting in the article, "Katrina's Flood: Apartheid and ethnic cleansing in New Orleans."
The Hall of Shame award today goes to National Public Radio, for their excrements promoting military service and their broadcast fueling religious prejudice and racism toward Muslims in prison.
NPR's program promoted the official US notion that having religious books in prison will lead Muslims to convert innocent inmates into terrorists:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14728199

Katrina's Flood: Apartheid and ethnic cleansing in New Orleans

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Why hasn't the U.S. Congress probed the Apartheid that followed Hurricane Katrina? The neutered Congress does not want to deal with the controversial issue of racism in America
By Brenda Norrell
Human Rights Editor U.N. OBERVER & International Report http://www.unobserver.com/
TUCSON, Ariz. -- There is a new film out about Apartheid and ethnic cleansing. No, it is not about South Africa, it is about the United States' Apartheid in New Orleans. You might not have heard of this film, unless you follow the underground railroad in America, that's truth-seekers censored by the mainstream media. "Welcome to New Orleans," is the story of Common Ground, the grassroots organization that rose up out of Katrina's flood waters to deliver aid to neighborhoods in Algiers and New Orleans in 2005. In some ways, the 58-minute documentary is a simple story, revealing how Common Ground cofounder Malik Rahim and volunteers served their neighbors. But it is also the story of Aparth…

Benally: Nike Opportunism: Turning Native plight into profit?

By Klee Benally (Navajo, Indigenous Action)

Nike has introduced what it is calling the "Air Native N7", a shoe designed especially for us Natives. Not only is Nike proud in producing its first shoe for a "specific" ethnic group, the company is also hoping that this product will help cure diabetes! Before we all start praising this multinational corporation for its recognition and attempt to promote wellness for our Indigenous communities, we should critically question the meaning of this gesture, look beyond their slick marketing scheme, and take a look at Nike's business practices.

Read more:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/nike-opportunism-turning-native-plight.html

UPDATE, BACKFIRE: Nike uses Hurricane Katrina as PR tool

http://media.www.lsureveille.com/media/storage/paper868/news/2007/09/28/Sports/Nike-Uses.Katrina.As.Pr.Tool-2999202.shtml

Denver: Resisting Columbus Oct. 6, 2007

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Mohawk 'membership,' genocide and the Great Law of Peace

WHAT DOES THE “RULE OF LAW” MEAN IN KAHNAWAKE? BAND COUNCIL ATTACKS “COUNCIL OF ELDERS” AS PART OF GENOCIDE PLAN
Mohawk Nation News, Sept. 24, 2007 "Every community has a set of rules to conduct its affairs. One of these in Kahnawake is the Membership Law. Before the European invasion the Mohawk lived according to the Kaianereh’kowa, Great Law of Peace. Many still do. " Read more:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/mohawk-membership-genocide-and-great.html

Zapatistas under attack, suspend southern Mexico plans

Subcomandante Marcos: Zapatistas under attack in Chiapas by police and paramilitary, plans for central and southern Chiapas supended. Zapatistas will proceed with the Intercontinental Encuentro in Vicam Pueblo Oct. 11 -- 14, 2007. Marcos said, "We will do what we have to do: resist. It does not matter if we have to do it alone. It wouldn’t be the first time; before we became coffee-shop kitsch, alone indeed we were." Read Marcos statement:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/zapatistas-under-attack-suspend-plans.html Spanish: Enlace Zapatista, register for Intercontinental Encuentro with the EZLN: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/

American Indians in Venezuela build solidarity in struggle

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American Indians in Venezuela create bonds of solidarity and encourage spiritual values for world governments

By Brenda Norrell http://www.narconews.com/
CARACAS, Venezuela – American Indians from the north joined with Indigenous from around the world in Venezuela to unite in the struggle for Indigenous rights and opposition to colonial oppression. The delegations included members of the International Indian Treaty Council, American Indian Movement and tribal members from the Tohono O’odham and Mohawk Nations in the United States and Canada. Robert Free Galvan, Native activist from Seattle, said it was a rare opportunity to sit with Indigenous Venezuelan leaders as the country passed a new law recognizing Indigenous languages. During international gatherings, both formal and informal, the delegations from the north urged their Venezuelan allies to vote “Yes” to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read article... http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/americ…

Prisoners argue constitutionality of US criminal code

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Prisoners argue constitutionality of U.S. criminal code

For dozens of prisoners, attorneys Barry Bachrach and James W. Parkman, III, filed a petition today with the United States Supreme Court that challenges Public Law 80-772 (including Title 18, or the U.S. Criminal Code). Tens of thousands of federal prisoners prosecuted since 1948 may be affected by the Supreme Court's response. "Public Law 80-772 is invalid," Bachrach asserted. "This is a case where numerous procedural errors occurred. The law is clear; an act of Congress cannot become a law unless it follows each and every procedural step as defined in Article I of the U.S. Constitution."
Read More:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/prisoners-argue-constitutionality-of-us.html

Mohawk Nation News: Arrest of Six Nations Defenders

WHAT GIVES? CHIEFS, CLAN MOTHERS & DEVELOPER ORDER ARREST OF SIX NATIONS DEFENDERS FOR “MIS’CHIEF”
Mohawk Nation News Special

Sept. 20, 2007. At 2:00 pm. Wednesday September 19th twenty defenders were attacked by the combined forces of over 200 Ontario Provincial Police, Hamilton City Police and the RCMP. The defenders were objecting
to a non-native housing development on their land known as ”Stirling Street” in the colonial town of Caledonia.
They were attacked by the “Riot Squad” which wasbound and determined to create a riot. They were armedwith M-16s, tasers, shields, batons and “twisty tie handcuffs”.
READ MORE:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/mohawk-nation-news-arrest-of-six.html

Finding Spirit, Living Compassion, Migrant Shrine at Southside

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Finding Spirit, Living Compassion: A Memorial Shrine was dedicated at Southside Church today in Tucson, created from the shoes left behind on the migrant trails.
Written in stone: The names of hundreds, out of the thousands who have died crossing the US/Mexico border, were printed on the stones at the base of the shrine.
It was here, at Southside Church, that residents of Tucson gave sanctuary to thousands of people, most of them Indigenous Peoples, fleeing torture in Central and South America during the 1980s and 90s.
During today's service, those who leave water in the desert for migrants dying of thirst, like Tohono O'odham Mike Wilson, were referred to as "clouds" in the desert. Church members spoke of those who cross the desert in search of better lives, most seeking work to survive or attempting to join their family members. The stories shared included the most recent of the mothers who died in the des…

Zapatista bases fear violent evacuation by police

Zapatista Bases Fear a Violent Evacuation by Members of the UES and Police

It is Being Reported that People from the Town of Nuevo Gracias a Dios are Buying High-Powered Weapons; The Town of 24 de Diciembre is Surrounded by Police and Paramilitary Apprentices

By Hermann Bellinghausen
La Jornada
September 21, 2007
by way of Narco News
Autonomous Municipality of San Pedro de Michoacán, Chiapas. September 17, 2007: If what the Union of Forest Landownders (UES, in its Spanish initials) has been saying in their coming and going from Cruz del Rosario and Nuevo Momón to the settlement of Nuevo Gracias a Dios (recently built on lands that support bases of the EZLN from the town of 24 de Diciembre recently regained) is true, this coming October 8 they will start the evacuation of the Zapatista community, with support, they say, of the sector police, who has been camping on the opposite end of the Zapatista grounds.
The Good Government Council (Junta de Buen Gobierno, JBG) of Hacia La Esperanza has do…

Updated: Censorship: Only the media knows

By Brenda Norrell
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

No one knows better, or more clearly, than the U.S. media about the censorship that has taken place since the first bomb fell on Baghdad. At that moment, I happened to be driving passed the oil fields of Odessa in West Texas. I watched a flock of large buzzards, lined up in a row, each taking a singular turn to rip flesh from the carcass. Those of us who were censored and terminated in the years that followed the bombing of Iraq, were meant to be silenced about the War, torture, Rumsfeld profiteering from the sale of Tamiflu for bird flu, the role of Raytheon and all the other hidden agendas behind the profiteering. But we were never silenced.
Read more:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/censorship-only-media-knows.html

Priests face prison to expose torture -- A call to the media!

By Brenda Norrell
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Two priests facing prison to expose torture, Fr. Louis Vitale and Fr. Steven Kelly, returned to federal court in Tucson on Friday. The U.S. is attempting to silence the priests and prevent them from exposing the role of the United States in torture, in violation of the Geneva Conventions. Hopefully, news reporters around the world will not let this happen:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/priests-face-prison-to-expose-torture.html

Attorney Peter Schey takes on Sanctuary case

Simi Valley, Calif., bills sanctuary church $39,000 for police services during protest

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
http://www.centerforhumanrights.org/
Read Attorney Peter Schey's letter to City Mayor, Attorney and Police Chief:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/attorney-peter-schey-takes-on-sanctuary.html

Longest Walk 2 Benefit Concert

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Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering, Oct. 8, 2007

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Jena, Louisiana Sept. 20, 2007

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Jena, La. AP photo Alex Brandon

Scar tissue, just down the road in Louisiana

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Sept. 20, 2007
As thousands gather in central Louisiana today in support of the Jena 6, I am reminded of the summer of 1971 and what took place just down the road from Jena, Louisiana.
My friend Mary, with her bright-red hair in Natchitoches, was dating a good-looking black man. But this was central Louisiana and the Ku Klux Klan was still recording our names on their hit list of people to be killed. What we did were simple things, organizing food baskets for those without food and occasional race unity picnics. It seemed to us these were pretty small offenses to attract a place on the Ku Klux Klan hit list. But things grew worse, in the end, they chased Mary and her boyfriend out of town with rotten tomatoes and eggs. Mary, in her old convertible, fled to the sunshine state of Arizona. Would anyone have imagined then, that after 36 more years of civil rights struggles, that once again, buses would be rolling into central Louisiana today. Looking out on a world scale, it seems so odd t…

Jena exposes viral racism and new era of hope

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The news came on Democracy Now! radio today from Harlem. Buses loaded with supporters were preparing to go to Jena, Louisiana, to support the Jena 6. It has been nearly 40 years since similar buses of supporters headed to Louisiana and Mississippi. Who would have thought then, that there would be a need for those buses of support 40 years later.
There was also good news from British rocker David Bowie who donated $10,000 to the legal defense fund of the Jena 6.
Of course this trial is not just about white students claiming the domain beneath a schoolyard tree, or the nooses dangling there, or the fight. It is about oppression and racism, the kind that lives like a viral infection in the deep crevices of the United States, from the skinheads, Minutemen and Border Guardians in the West, to the Ku Klux Klan and racism that lives, festers and spreads like fungi in the Deep South, signaled by the waving of Confederate flags and the prejudices passed down through generations.
It is the kind of…

Minutemen pepper spray migrant activist at sanctuary church

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Minutemen Provoke, Pepper Spray, in Simi Valley
by Marcus
Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2007 at 11:45 AM

SIMI VALLEY, California, Sunday, September 16, 2007: At 10 a.m., 40 pro-immigrant supporters and about 80 Minutemen and their supporters gathered on each side of the driveway leading to the parking lot of the United Church of Christ on Royal Avenue where Liliana took refuge from the Immigration Services. During the protest, a small group of three Minutemen came on the pro-immigrant side apparently to provoke. Pro-immigrant supporters complained to the Simi Valley PD, but to no avail. Despite the angry protests of immigrant supporters, the police didn’t force the Minutemen to move, Half an hour later at 11: 12 a.m. a Minuteman pepper sprayed Naui Hutizilopochtli, an immigrant activist, so badly that he had to be taken to the hospital by paramedics. The protests went on until 1 p.m. without further incidents.
More photos:
http://la.indymedia.org/news/2007/09/207304.php

Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony Oct. 8, 2007

International Indian Treaty Council presents annual INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY DAY SUNRISE GATHERING in solidarity and celebration of the United Nations "Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," on Monday, October 8, 2007, 5:00am, Pier 31 San Francisco
Read more: http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/alcatraz-sunrise-ceremony-oct-8-2007.html

Taser me down or suffocate me later

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By Brenda Norrell
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Taser me down, or suffocate me later -- what does the tasering of a student have to do with the protested Desert Rock Power Plant on the Navajo Nation? Skull and Bones.

Andrew Meyer, 21, was questioning John Kerry about his brotherhood with George Bush in the Skull and Bones society, when he was tasered, wrestled down by police and arrested Monday. In more than 1,000 articles online now, there are many spins. The bottom line is this student was asking the questions that the Bush Administration, Kerry and the corporate powers do not want asked about the 2004 election and the relationship of Bush and Kerry to their secret society at Yale University and the powers that rule the world. In the 2004 election, there were two Bonesmen: Bush and Kerry. This dark power is also on the Navajo Nation, in the form of Sithe Global, the corporate power behind the Desert Rock Power Plant. Sithe's primary owner is Blackstone. Blackstone's cofoun…

Native Movement Alaska attracts youth leadership

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The Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership, hosted by Native Movement Alaska, successfully completes the first of two week-long gatherings

Anchorage, AK – Twenty-eight young Alaska Native leaders (18-35 years old) from around the state of Alaska were selected and completed the first week-long gathering of the Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership (AIIL), held in Fairbanks. The goal of the AIIL is to support the personal and professional growth of young leaders while providing an opportunity to build a statewide network. The Institute was effective in building trust, common understanding, and mutual support among the community.
According to Karlin Itchoak, AIIL participant and owner of Itchoak Tribal Services,“(The) AIIL is amazing! What an important group of young and inspiring leaders. The group is well balanced, intuitive, intelligent, and rooted in the retaining and maintaining of Native cultures, and traditions all with a passion and commitment toward leadership. These youn…

Winslow, Ariz., Native American Music Celebration Sept. 28 - 29, 207

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Navajo and Hopi bands at the Native American Music Festival Sept. 28 - 29, 2007, east of Flagstaff. (Double click on poster to enlarge)

International Indian Treaty Council celebrates passage of UN Declaration

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Honoring Treaties, IITC celebrates the passage and honors the long struggle, in the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

History is made for Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations!

Treaty Rights, Land Rights and Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples are recognized internationally with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly on September 13th 2007. On September 13, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

One hundred forty-four states ("countries") voted in support (Montenegro registered their vote after the fact). 4 voted against and 11 abstained. The United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand voted against the adoption, stating that in their view it "goes too far" in recognizing the rights of Indigenous Peoples. A burst of spontaneous applause from states, Indigenous Peoples and United Nations officials broke out wh…

Australia: UN vote reveals 'racist, redneck nations' aligned with South Africa Apartheid

Australia's Aboriginal land grab wears sinister face

Quote of the day

Sam Watson, Indigenous activist from Australia:

“Globally, in the last 24 hours the United Nations has passed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, with Australia, New Zealand and Canada amongst the racist, redneck nations that opposed the declaration. These countries will be judged by history to stand alongside the racist Apartheid regime of South Africa. "
Read more:
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/724/37590

Indigenous respond to adoption of Declaration of Rights

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Indigenous world celebrates passage of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statements of Indian leaders from around the world
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/indigenous-world-celebrates-passage-of.html

US has gall to call Venezuela a dictatorship?
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/us-has-gall-to-call-venezuela.html

Latin America Indigenous leaders take serious look:

"The 12-page Declaration states that indigenous peoples have the right 'to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs.' It also says native peoples have the right to maintain their cultures and to not be displaced from their land, and urges states to indemnify them when their land or resources are used or damaged without their consent.
Bolivian President Evo Morales, who is himself an Aymara Indian, said he was pleased with the approval of the Declaration, and added that 'These standards will help ensure that everyone has the same rights and that w…

Navajo uranium miners: US human radiation experiments

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Here's a scientific study showing that Navajos were secretly used as human uranium experiments by the US during the Cold war. A large number died.

"Uranium miners were unwilling and unaware victims of human experimentation to evaluate the health effects of radiation."

NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy; Baywood Publishing Company; Issue: Volume 9, Number 2 / 1999; Pages: 163 - 178

Observational Studies as Human Experimentation: The Uranium Mining Experience in the Navajo Nation (1947-66)
Rafael Moure-Eraso

Abstract:
This article evaluates how an observational epidemiologic study of federal agencies in uranium miners became an experiment of opportunity for radiation effects. Navajo miners and communities suffered environmental exposures caused by the practices of uranium mining and milling in the Navajo reservation during the 1947 to 1966 period. A historical review of the state-of-the-art knowledge of the health effects of uranium mining a…

Indigenous: Struggle for rights is just beginning

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Indigenous say United States offers little hope
By Brenda Norrell
Human Rights Editor
U.N. OBSERVER & International Report

Indigenous Peoples around the world are celebrating the United Nations' adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Still, Indigenous are outraged that four of the countries with the largest Indigenous populations voted against it: Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand.
While there is a loud outpouring of outrage coming from Canada, people in the United States have been quiet about the U.S. vote of 'No' to Indigenous rights.
Why the lack of outrage in the US?
Patricia from Canada writes that there is little hope in America.
"There is a lack of outrage in the United States, however what happened was what was going to happen from day one. The US quit supporting or honouring any good-will gestures a long time ago. The people didn’t expect it, therefore they are not disappointed it didn’t happen.
However, there is also a lac…

Canada's 'slap in the face'

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A Great Day for the World's Aboriginal Peoples, but a not so Special Day for the Government of Canada
KAHNAWAKE, QC

Sept. 13 /CNW Telbec -- Today, in New York, at the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted. Among the 4 States which voted against the Declaration, is Canada.
"After so many years of efforts, the AFNQL applauds the adoption of the Declaration. It is a very important inheritance that we just bequeathed to our Aboriginal youth", stated the Chief of the AFNQL (Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador), Mr. Ghislain Picard.
However, the attitude of the Canadian Government casts a shadow over this special day: "It's a slap in our face on the part of the Canadian Government. It is irresponsible for a government that lauds itself throughout the world as a protector of human rights to vote against the basic rights of certain members of its country. It is high time for Canada to do …

US has gall to call Venezuela a dictatorship?

Published: Saturday, September 15, 2007
Bylined to: Kenneth T. Tellis

The United States of America has the gall to call Venezuela a dictatorship?

VHeadline.com guest commentarist Kenneth T. Tellis writes: http://www.vheadline.com/

A recent vote at the United Nations on aboriginal rights was approved by 143 to 4. The four countries being Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand, voted against the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Chief, Phil Fontaine, First Nations National Chief, called it a slap in the face for all indigenous peoples.
Just compare the attitude of Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand towards aboriginal peoples in their own lands, and note the difference.
Look at Venezuela, where strides have been made by aboriginal peoples, because of Hugo Chavez Frias’ programs to take them out of their poverty and let them also enjoy what the Venezuela has to offer all its citizens.
Then go to Bolivia, Evo Morales the first indigenou…

Indigenous Peoples, a new dawn

Tauli-Corpuz: Indigenous Declaration is living document for the futureMESSAGE OF VICTORIA TAULI-CORPUZ, CHAIRPERSON OF THE UN PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES, ON THE OCCASION OF THE ADOPTION BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLESThrough the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations marks a major victory in its long history towards developing and establishing international human rights standards. It marks a major victory for Indigenous Peoples who actively took part in crafting this Declaration. The 13th of September 2007 will be remembered as an international human rights day for the Indigenous Peoples of the world, a day that the United Nations and its Member States, together with Indigenous Peoples, reconciled with past painful histories and decided to march into the future on the path of human rights. Read more ..http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2007/09/tauli-crpuz-indigenous-declaration-is.html

Indigenous world celebrates passage of UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

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From around the world, Indigenous respond to the passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

International Indian Treaty Council celebrates passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
History is made for Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations!

Treaty Rights, Land Rights and Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples are recognized internationally with the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly on September 13th 2007. On September 13, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2007/09/international-indian-treaty-council.html

Statements from Canadian Grand Chief Edward John:

Grand Chief Edward John, Executive member of the First Nations Summit, Representative of the Assembly of First Nations on international issues, and Co-Coordinator of the North American Regional Indigenous Peoples Caucus: EdJohn@fns.bc.c…