Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 31, 2007

Most censored in 2007: Silencing of traditional Indigenous People

By Brenda Norrell

The most censored issue of Indigenous Peoples by the media in 2007 was the “Silencing of traditional and grassroots’ voices by those in power,” according to readers voting on a poll at the Censored Blog. The elected councils in the United States and band councils in Canada attempted to silence Indian spiritual leaders and traditional people by way of silencing and distorting the news in 2007. Elected leaders also threatened and oppressed Indians speaking out in their own communities. Tailgating by tribal police, threats of harm and threats of membership removal increased for Indian activists, according to reports from across North America. “Nuclear, uranium and coal genocide on Indigenous lands,” was the second most censored issue. Read article:

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