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D-Q University Students Face New Threats of Arrests

D-Q University Students Face New Threats of Arrests
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Southern Route reaches Navajo Nation

Photo Anna Frazier

Longest Walk upcoming Indian Uprising Radio

Chris Spotted Eagle's KFAI’s Indian Uprising for March 30, 2008 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT #259

* * * * Indian Uprising a one-hour radio Public & Cultural Affairs program relevant to Native Indigenous people, broadcast each Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CDT over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Producer and host is volunteer Chris Spotted Eagle. To receive or stop getting announcements, message Chris to For internet listening, visit, click Play under ON AIR NOW or for listening later via their archives, click PROGRAMS & SCHEDULE > Indian Uprising > STREAM. Programs are archived only for two weeks.

Longest Walk in Pueblo, Colorado

For Immediate Release
Aislyn Colgan
(831) 295-2555
Mano Cockrum
(720) 276-7452
Transcontinental Prayer Walk for Native American Rights and Environmental Protection Returns to Pueblo after 30 years
Colorado Governor Declares March 2008 "Longest Walk Month"
Community Events and "Pueblo Means 'the People'" March to Avondale scheduled

PUEBLO, CO- The Longest Walk 2 is a trans-continental spiritual walk for environmental protection and Native American rights. Participants are on a five- month journey on foot from San Francisco and will arrive in Washington, D.C. on July 11, 2008. The Northern Route of The Longest Walk 2 is following the original route of 1978 that resulted in historic changes for Native Americans.
On Friday, March 28th, 2008 at 6:45 pm Pueblo community members will join the walkers for a Sunset Ceremony at the Amphitheatre at the Colorado State University at Pueblo. Afterwards the group will gather in the University Library fo…

Newmont calls police when Longest Walk arrives

Minutes after Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter declared March as "Longest Walk Month," in Colorado, Newmont Mining Corp. security called the police on the prayer walkers in downtown Denver. Photo Brenda Norrell

Mohawk Nation News: Coreshell Group, manure over Sharbot Lake

By Kahentinetha Horn
Mohawk Nation News
Mar. 21, 2008. Coreshell is one of the mercenary private companies that Canada and its agencies use to settle any “domestic” problems or international issues with Indigenous nations and anyone else they may “need to deal with”. Why would a state be dealing through corporations? The bottom line is that the state has fiduciary duties. Corporations don’t! Their only duty is to their shareholders. These privately incorporated companies are the state’s way of doing an “end-run” around the governmental obligations they assumed by asserting sovereignty. This is how they are violating Indigenous sovereignty, land and resources.
In the middle of our investigation of a major crime taking place on Haudenosaunee Territory at Sharbot Lake, Coreshell almost pulled a fast one. They’re trying to cover their tracks by pulling most of their website off the inte…

First Nation Chiefs sentenced to prison

Chief Nelson joining Longest Walk southern route to expose Canada's genocide

Time for Action, not Talk

From Chief Terrance Nelson

Chief Terrance Nelson is taking the position that when Anishinabe people are sitting in jail for defending the resources of their lands from thieves, it is time for First Nations to take action. Today Rachel Ariss writes in the Globe and Mail "As of this week, Chief Donny Morris and five other band council members of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation sit in jail. They were sentenced on Monday to six months in prison by Mr. Justice Patrick Smith of the Ontario Superior Court in Thunder Bay."
Chief Nelson said "Now is not the time to talk about another National Day of Action, we must respond and respond immediately with clear intent to this act of aggression on the part of the immigrants." The Treaties signed with the immigrants were a framework of peaceful co-existence, we agreed to share our lands with the newcomers, we did not a…

Longest Walk crosses Monarch Pass

Terrifying crossing Monarch Pass in the Rockies. All the northern route vehicles made it over the pass! Photo onboard the Earthcycles bus/Brenda Norrell

Longest Walk: Denver Film and March

(Please double click to enlarge) Join the Longest Walk at the Four Winds Survival Project, 201 West 5th Avenue in Denver, to watch original footage and interviews from the Longest Walk 1978.
Colorado Capitol, Monday Morning: Longest Walk march, rally, press conference and then, march to Newmont Mining Corp., in solidarity with Western Shoshone opposing mining.

Longest Walk Denver, Saturday, March 22

(Double click on poster to enlarge) The Longest Walk 2 will be in Denver Saturday, March 22, at 7 pm. Meet and greet walkers, just around the corner from the Denver Powwow, at Michelle's Ballroom at Martha's Event Center, 4301 Brighton Blvd.
On Monday, a Longest Walk Proclamation will be presented in Denver. Afterwards, the Longest Walk will march to Newmont, in solidarity with Western Shoshone opposing gold mining on sacred Mount Tenabo on Western Shoshone lands.

The Big Cats, Jaguars vs Chertoff, in the sacred land of appeals

By Brenda Norrell

US/MEXICO BORDER -- Over three years time, Samia Carrillo-Percastegui lived alone for long stretches of time in the wilderness of the high mountains of Sonora, Mexico. It was because of a love she has known since childhood. The jaguars were calling her.
"I always thought of myself as studying jaguars," Samia said recently. She always told herself, "I'll be studying cats."
Samia did study the cats, the big cats, in a way that few young women could imagine. She went alone into the wild to collar those cats (Panthera onca) in order to learn more. She tracked the patterns of jaguars in hopes of helping scientists protect the largest mammal in North America and one of the most shy.
Working with the Northern Jaguar Project, Samia struggled to learn more about their eating habits, including the need to ensure foraging grounds for the deer and javelinas, two of the jaguars' food sources. "They are scavengers, th…

Mohawk Nation News: The Daisy Gang and Ambulance Chasers


By Kahentinetha Horn
Mohawk Nation News
Mar. 16, 2008. If there’s one thing the Supreme Court of Canada ever got right, it’s recognizing that our Indigenous point of view has to be taken into account. They found that the old colonial habit of running over our land, stealing and destroying everything in sight as if we did not exist has to stop. They didn’t go so far as to uphold our rights under international law to our own laws and sovereignty, to uphold our right to our consent to any use of our resources.
This has not been a blessing for us. We are now overrun by lawyers and ambulance chasers. These guys are looking for ways to ensure our demise.
The bureaucrats, politicians and corporations are trying to fill their ambulances with maimed, brainless, suffering Indigenous people if they can find them. Then they hire “scumbag shysters” to chase a…

Navajo visitors to Longest Walk

Special thanks to Rose and Reynold Thomas, from Kayenta, Arizona, for visiting the Longest Walk and the Earthcycles media bus on Monday. Reynold, Fallon Paiute, was an original walker in the 1978 walk. Rose, Navajo, said the couple has been following the Longest Walk 2 on the Censored News blog. Please listen to the interview (March 17 rosereynoldthomas):

US Military prepares assault on borders

Please listen to Margo Tamez' interview at Earthcyles, Longest Walk Talk Radio, for a report on how the following military task force is targeting and victimizing the people of the South Texas border (March 14 interview):

U.S. Military Headed For The Border To Protect Us Or What
Monday, 17 March 2008
U.S. Military Headed For The Border To Protect Us Or What?

By Michael Webster: Investigative Reporter:
As reported by this writer recently a special U.S. Military Task Force has been created to protect our southern border with Mexico . Members of this task force are reported to be preparing to secure our southern border with Mexico by responding with specially trained fast response U.S. Army task force military units. These forces are already in place according to eye witness, with the heart of the power being concentrated in El Paso and Southern New Mexico with a far reaching responsibility from East Texas to Southern California . They are being staged and immed…

Longest Walk, support for Ute sacred places

Ute People Welcome the 30th Anniversary of Historic Native American Rights March, The Longest Walk 2Longest Walk 2 Support the Ute Peoples' Right to protect their Sacred Sites and HomelandsBy Longest Walk Northern Route
MONTROSE, CO- On Sunday, March 16th, after traveling almost 1,000 miles on foot from San Francisco, CA, the Northern Route of the Longest Walk 2 will be hosted by the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, CO. On February 11, 2008 Longest Walk 2 participants embarked on a five-month journey from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to bring attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth and the effects of environmental destruction on Native American people as well as the need for the protection of Sacred Sites as a means for cultural survival.
Sunday evening at 5pm the Montrose community and Ute tribal members will join walkers arriving at DeMoret Park on Main and Townsend. Walkers and their supporters will pass through town on their way to a community potluck host…

Indigenous Nations Sovereignty: Uniting Turtle Island

To Walkers on the Longest Walk 2 and others across Indian County:
Below is a message from Tony P., Mohawk, Attorney, (201) 410-8253(cell) describing the Press Release, and the Declaration of Sovereignty, which is a Call for Unification of All Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Turtle Island (Mother Earth):

"A good wind is now blowing through our places. It comes directly from the Great Reality, Creator, Great Spirit, Wakan Tanka (or however else you call the All). You can see its effects everywhere you look. There are many awakening at this time as Prophesied in the beginning. Part of this awakening is the call to unification of all Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Turtle Island (our Mother the Earth). Approximately 200 Sovereign Indigenous Nations currently living under the colonizing power of Canada, US, Australia and New Zealand have agreed to sign the Declaration posted below on April 20, 2008 (first Full Moon of the Spring), with numbe…

Indian Uprising Radio: Leonard Peltier

KFAI’s Indian Uprising for March 16, 2008 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. DST #257 Leonard Peltier vs. FBI, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Case No. 07-1745MN, University of St. Thomas School of Law Frey Moot Courtroom, Minneapolis, March 11, 2008. Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. But his supporters, including some human rights groups, believe that he is innocent and that he was targeted because of his political activism. About 3,500 pages were turned over for Peltier's original trial in 1977. But his attorneys have discovered over the years that the actual number of documents the FBI has on Peltier is 142,579, said attorney Michael Kuzma. Peltier has tried for nearly seven years to use the federal Freedom of Information Act to get the tens of thousands of pages still being withheld. "I just think this thing stinks to high heaven," Kuzma said after the hearing. He told the court, "…

Protecting Native Sacred Places in southwestern Colorado

Last year Nick Standing Bear and Becky Donlan formed the Colorado non-profit organization, Native American Research and Preservation, Inc. This was the result of having done volunteer work for the past three years and seeing the need for more intensive efforts to save our Native American sites as well as to educate the public regarding the Resource Protection Laws. During the course of site monitoring, we have found many stone structures in South Park and the San Luis Valley. At the encouragement of Ken Frye (Cherokee/Choctaw archaeologist and board member) we developed a powerpoint presentation called Sacred Stones. In it, we stress what these sites mean from the Indian standpoint. We hope by this kind of education people will have a newfound respect for the sites. We gladly give this presentation free of charge to any interested group. No site locations are ever revealed. These sacred, spiritual sites are being vandalized and destroyed every day. More law enforcement through monitor…

Heart to heart, messages to the Longest Walk

Sunset tonight at the Longest Walk camp in Fruita, Colorado. Photo Brenda Norrell

Dear walkers, runners and all the Clan,
Thank You for having the blog. We're keeping our eyes on it daily. I start checking it in the evening to see what your day has been like. Keep up the faith and strength. We pray for you all each day. I catch myself day dreaming, visualizing your trek, what are they eating? and where are they sleeping?... You all have left imprints in our hearts. Take Care
Nita Bailey and Family Healers awaiting Healers and activists of Delta County Colorado are gathering medicinals and food and will see you face to face and heart to heart in Montrose on Tuesday, March 18th. Thank you, CJ, for hearing me, in Truth and Beauty. Gusti from Eckert From our Mohawk brother Sagoli- Hello, My heart is filled with joy that 2008 Longest Walk is happening again. I thought I would never see this again in my lifetime. I was there in 1978 in Washington, D.C., to see so many Brothers & Sisters, Ch…

Bahe from Big Mountain, remembering the Longest Walk 1978

Bahe, A Dineh from Big Mountain and Longest Walk 1978 Participant, Recalls

Bahe: March 12th, 2008, I wish I was out there with you again, my brothers and sisters. I try to think and pray that I am there with all of you in spirit.
March 1978: We left Green River, UT, and the red sandstone plateaus reminded me of Dineh country, northeastern Arizona. It was just decided that only a few Walkers & Runners were needed and so, I was one of those that volunteered to walk the rest of the day and into the evening. The rest of the walkers and crew would do set-up far ahead since this would be a long and lonesome stretch to Fruita, CO. It seemed like we have been hammered with wintery breeze and cold since we left Richfield. We walked into the night in relays, a Pipe Carrier and two Staff Carriers. Max Bear's Indian wagon, an old dark-brown dodge van, was behind the walkers that evening as the cold wind whipped against the cliffs next to the highway. We took turns until it was passed midni…

Louise Benally speaks out on Navajos' Long Walk on Earthcycles

By Brenda Norrell

GREEN RIVER, Utah -- Louise Benally of Big Mountain described the Navajos' Long Walk and the atrocities that followed, including the destruction of the land for coal mining on Black Mesa, during an interview with live and uncensored Longest Walk radio on Earthcycles.
Benally said her grandfathers returned to their homeland after the Long Walk in 1870s.
The Navajo Nation government was created to sign energy leases. "We have been victimized by that." In her home community, the "land swindle" was created by the politicians and corporations. The result was the relocation of more than 10,000 Navajos and destruction of sacred Mother Earth.
Listen to Louise Benally:

Louise Benally Uncensored

Earlier, the following comments by Louise Benally of Big Mountain, comparing the Long Walk and imprisonment in Bosque Redondo to the war in Iraq, were censored by a national Indian newspaper. Pressed to publish a correction to the published …

Longest Walk crossing Colorado state line

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Aislyn Colgan
(831) 295-2555
Ricardo Tapia
(510) 520-6096
Jimbo Simmons
(415) 568-0826Longest Walk 2– A SPIRITUAL WALK FOR SURVIVAL FROM ALCATRAZ to D.C. CROSSES COLORADO STATE LINE/ ARRIVES IN FRUITA MARCH 14thFRUITA, CO- On February 11, 2008 Longest Walk 2 participants embarked on a five month journey from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. The Longest Walk 2 is a grassroots effort on a national level to bring attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth and the effects of environmental destruction on Native American people; as well as the need for the protection and preservation of Sacred Sites as a means for cultural survival. It is a spiritual and historic walk and Native Americans and their allies from across the nation and worldwide walk behind the banner, “All Life is Sacred; Save Mother Earth”. Northern route walkers carry this mission with them as well: “Renewing the Spirit by Walking in the Footsteps of our Ancestors”, as they c…

Longest Walk Northern Arizona Events

Contact: Klee Benally, (928) 380-2629

Native American Rights Walk Across America Comes to Northern Arizona
Longest Walk 2 Prayer Gatherings, Panel Discussion, & Benefit Concert Planned

By Klee Benally

FLAGSTAFF, AZ -- During March 21st - 29th, more than 120 participants of the Longest Walk 2 will be walking through and resting in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Longest Walk 2 is a five-month journey on foot from San Francisco, CA to Washington, D.C. for the protection of Mother Earth & Native American rights. Flagstaff area groups have planned prayer gatherings, a panel discussion, and a benefit concert to support the Longest Walk 2. These events will help bring awareness and support to local issues.
"The Longest Walk 2 and its participants are calling attention to Sacred Sites - that is what has brought us to Arizona.” Said Dennis Banks, co-founder American Indian Movement and Longest Walk 2 organizer. “Native Peoples' cultural identity lies rooted in the Sacred S…

UN Committee responds to US racism toward Indian people

UN calls for the US to apply the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

GENEVA -- The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination voiced strong concerns regarding environmental racism and the environmental degradation of Indigenous areas of spiritual and cultural significance, without regard to whether they are on recognized reservation lands. CERD noted the negative impact of development activities such as nuclear testing, toxic and dangerous waste storage, mining and logging, according to the International Indian Treaty Council.

CERD recommended to the US that it consult with Indigenous representatives, "chosen in accordance with their own procedures – to ensure that activities carried out in areas of spiritual and cultural significance do not have a negative impact on the enjoyment of their rights under the Convention."

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples calls for the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peop…

US Senate Apology, what's up?

On the Longest Walk, Jimbo Simmons says the US apology is meant to "diffuse" the efforts:


(A) Findings- Congress finds that–
(1) the ancestors of today’s Native Peoples inhabited the land of the present-day United States since time immemorial and for thousands of years before the arrival of people of European descent;(2) for millennia, Native Peoples have honored, protected, and stewarded this land we cherish;(3) Native Peoples are spiritual people with a deep and abiding belief in the Creator, and for millennia Native Peoples have maintained a powerful spiritual connection to this land, as evidenced by their customs and legends;(4) the arrival of Europeans in North America opened a new chapter in the history of Native Peoples;(5) while establishment of permanent European settlements in North America did stir conflict with nearby India…

Salt Lake City welcomes Longest Walk 2

By Brenda Norrell

SALT LAKE -- The Longest Walk 2 received a warm welcome and turkey dinner at the Salt Lake In Walk In Center Friday night. Please come join the Longest Walk Powwow at 6:30. Listen live beginning at 10 am Pacific time and continuing through the evening with live powwow coverage:
Directions to Walk In Center: When approaching from I-15, follow 1300 South and exit. Go east on 1300 South, passed the Wal-Mart. The center is a few blocks down, just passed the tracks, on the left. You'll see the Longest Walk and earthcycles buses.

Walkers ready for powwow and Rockies

The Longest Walk Northern Route has made it through California and Nevada and is now in Utah. After a couple of very cold nights in Scipio, Utah, the walkers will be in Salina, Utah, tonight, Thursday night.
Please join us Saturday night for the Longest Walk Powwow at the Salt Lake Indian Walk In Center. Next week, the walkers continue through Utah before beginning the great climb into the Colorado Rockies reaching 14,000 feet!
Listen live each day, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Pacific time, to the Longest Walk Northern Route. We have a telephone connection now for interviews. We are inviting guests on the show to talk about the walk and local and national issues:
Longest Walk Powwow Salt Lake CityIndian Walk In Center
120 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City

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