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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Floyd Westerman and Buffy Sainte-Marie

Floyd Westerman and Buffy Sainte-Marie, breaking silence

Photos by Hopi photographer Larry Gus

By Brenda Norrell

Special thanks to Hopi photographer Larry Gus for sharing his photo of Floyd Westerman and Buffy Sainte-Marie for a limited time.

Westerman spoke on the genocide of American Indians during the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas 2006, in San Xavier on Tohono O'odham land.
Westerman spoke out against the media censorship of the voices of grassroots people and the issue of genocide of American Indians. Westerman also showed his film of the genocide of American Indians, focused on the genocide by missions and gold miners in the state of California. It also describes the militia who collected bounties paid by the state and federal governments for Indian scalps and Indian heads. It further documents how small pox blankets were given to Indians in California during the ongoing era of genocide.
Buffy Sainte-Marie was blackballed and forced out of the United States music industry by President Lyndon Johnson. Read the article that was censored for seven years, an interview with the Cree icon during a peformance on the Navajo Nation:

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