Showing posts from November, 2008

Listen to Keith Secola and Charlie Hill at AIM-West Reunion

By Brenda Norrell

SAN FRANCISCO -- Listen to Keith Secola and Charlie Hill, with the best sounds and the best comedy in Indian country, at the AIM-West 40-year reunion. Listen to "Comedy Indian Style," and Keith Secola on Earthcycles:
Earthcycles broadcast the reunion live in San Francisco, which included Bill Means, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Clyde Bellecourt, Pat Bellanger, Lehman Brightman, Lenny Foster, Mike Flores, 'Berkeley Beyond Borders,' and others. Listen to the speakers and Earthcycles interviews from the three day conference in San Francisco:
Listen to KPFA on Alcatraz Island during Thursday's sunrise gathering:
Photo Brenda Norrell

Paul Owns the Sabre: Carrying the torch with art

By Brenda Norrell
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Paintings by Paul Owns the Sabre, Lakota from Cheyenne River, S.D., went on display Sunday at the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland, Calif. Owns the Sabre spoke on the cultural genocide underway in the United States and the horror of boarding schools for Indian people. Owns the Sabre said he will hold a special giveaway and give all his paintings away, as they were not done for money. He encouraged Indian youths to learn their songs and their language, and to do their art. The reception included a meal of buffalo stew and fry bread and songs by the All Nation Singers. Among the guests were Long Walkers Harry, Aisyln, Tomas and Brenda, who accompanied Owns the Sabre on the Longest Walk northern route across America in 2008. In a tribute to Owns the Sabre, it was pointed out that he had undertaken a lifetime of walks and runs across America. The show of paintings continues through Dec. 13. Photo Brenda Norrell

Shoshone Grandmothers to Barrick Gold: 'This is Treaty Land!'

Article and photo by Lisa Wolf
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Photo: Shoshone Bernice Lalo protesting on Mount Tenabo/Photo Lisa Wolf

CRESCENT VALLEY -- Western Shoshone protested Barrick Gold and demanded a halt to the destruction, as Barrick rips up the pine trees on sacred Mount Tenabo by the roots.
Writer Lisa Wolf conveys the comments of Shoshone to the perpetrators of genocide on this sacred mountain. As Barrick's global assault on Indigenous territories continues, the Shoshone have filed a court action to halt the desecration now underway on Mount Tenabo.
The Western Shoshone grandmothers told the Barrick employee, “This is our treaty land. It was a treaty made with the federal government. It was not made with a foreign nation. And it is a foreign mining company that has come into our country and is destroying our mountain, our land, our food, our medicine and they have no respect.”
Shoshone Elder Bernice Lalo said, “I came here because from our beliefs that we pr…

Solidarity: AIM-West Reunion week wraps up

. The AIM-West 40-year reunion concluded Friday night with a concert in San Francisco. Photo Brenda Norrell. (Double click to enlarge.) Listen to three days of audios, including speakers, interviews and the sounds of Keith Secola and Charlie Hill:

Video: AIM-West Reunion wraps up with Dr. Loco and Rockin' Jalapenos

At the AIM-West Reunion, Dr. Loco and the Rockin' Jalapenos were a rockin' finale to a great week of events in San Francisco. The Bob Young Project also performed for the incredible concert. Brief video by Brenda Norrell. (Click arrow to watch.)

Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold on Mount Tenabo photos

Western Shoshone protest Barrick Gold's destruction on sacred Mount Tenabo on Wednesday. Shoshone call for help to establish an encampment. Article by Brenda Norrell Photos by Lisa Wolf
CRESCENT VALLEY, Newe Sogobi (Nevada) -- While most Americans enjoyed Thanksgiving this week, Western Shoshone protested the devastation on their sacred Mount Tenabo, as Barrick Gold ripped out pine trees by the roots on this ceremonial mountain for gold mining.
As Barrick Gold continues its practice of genocide, targeting Indigenous Peoples territories around the world, Barrick is destroying Mount Tenabo for one of the United States largest open pit gold mines. The Cortez Hills Expansion Project is at the flank of the mountain where Shoshone carry out sweatlodges and other ceremonies. (See protest photos at )
Shoshone called for help and an immediate encampment to protect sacred Mount Tenabo.
Earlier this week, several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenou…

Black Friday protest of Emeryville Shellmound desecration

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO -- Morning Star Gali said Shellmound Walkers will protest the Emeryville shopping center built on Ohlone graves on Friday, Nov. 28. Friday is known as "Black Friday," the largest shopping day of the year.

"People are shopping on the graves of our ancestors," Gali said, as Native Americans departed from the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday.

Shellmound Walkers will leave the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland Friday morning and walk to Emeryville, across from San Francisco. The protest will be at Shellmound Drive and Ohlone Way in Emeryville. The mock Shellmound there is "very disrepectful," she said

Gali said the walkers message to shoppers on Black Friday is, "Don't shop on our graves. Don't continue to desecrate these burial sites."

Listen to today's brief interviews, conducted after the Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering
Morning Star, audio one, Shellmound history


Long Walkers at Intertribal Friendship House

By Brenda Norrell
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Long Walkers from the northern route 2008 at the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland on Thursday, after the Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering: Paul, Tomas, Sage, Shaleen and Aislyn. The five month walk began in February of 2008 at Alcatraz and concluded in Washington D.C. in July 2008. Some of the Long Walkers are now on the Shellmound Walk, which will protest the desecration of the Ohlone Shellmounds. A shopping center in Emeryville was constructed on Ohlone graves. The protest on Friday comes as the Shellmound Walkers conclude a two week walk. Photos Brenda Norrell

Mohawk Nation News: Is this Palestine or soon-to-be-Ongwehonwe communities



No v. 25, 2008. It’s called “warehousing of surplus humanity." All humans are equal. No one can decide that we are surplus. The object is to remove the target people from existence. This is real, folks!

First, the territory of the targets is occupied. Their communities, work, education, finances and colonial apparatus are controlled by the outside forces. The agenda is carried out by the bureaucrats and military. They are trained in oppression using non-lethal weaponry to stay within the bounds of the UN human rights conventions.

A fascist state needs an uneducated non-resisting people. To achieve this, lots of interference in every day life, schooling and economy are priorities. The youth are specially interfered with. Places of work, schools or commerce are not set up within the communities forcing them to work or attend school or shop outside.

The target group is usually i…

Western Shoshone Devastation and Destruction on Mount Tenabo

Contact: Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother, (775) 468-0230

Western Shoshone Grandmothers Day of Resistance –
Devastation and Destruction Witnessed
By Western Shoshone Defense Project

(November 27, 2008, Crescent Valley, Newe Sogobi (Nevada). Western Shoshone grandmothers and other Western Shoshone supporters gathered in solidarity yesterday to oppose the clear cutting of pinion trees at the spiritual Mount Tebano where Barrick Gold Company is planning one of the country’s largest open pit gold mines known as the Cortez Hills Expansion Project at the flank of the Mountain. Earlier this week, several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenous and environmental organizations have filed a restraining order in the federal District Court in Reno, NV, against the construction of the proposed mine site.

Unable to wait for the hearing that is scheduled for early next week and the mine’s continual slaughter of the pinion forest, the Western Shoshone grandmothers and supporters travel…

Western Shoshone call for immediate encampment

By Brenda Norrell
MOUNT TENABO, WESTERN SHOSHONE TERRITORY --Western Shoshone are calling for immediate support and an encampment to protect the trees being ripped out by the roots for gold mining by Barrick Gold on sacred Mount Tenabo. Western Shoshone protested the destruction today and halted the damage for three hours. "They are piling up the trees like dead bodies," one of the Shoshone said. Western Shoshone Bill Larson urged supporters to come immediately and bring water, food, warm clothing, blankets and firewood for an encampment. For support and media interviews: Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother, 775-468-0230 Dan Randolph, Great Basin Resource Watch, 775-722-4056 Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, Western Shoshone Defense Project, 775-744-2565 or Photo: The late Corbin Harney. Western Shoshone statement: Western Shoshone grandmothers resistance

AIM West Reunion: Mohawk Mark Maracle audio

Click on filename "Mark Maracle Wed AIM" to listen to audio. Audio Brenda Norrell

Lehman Brightman at AIM West Reunion

Lehman Brightman at AIM West Reunion. Click arrow to watch. Brief video by Brenda Norrell. Listen live at Earthcycles:

Live from the AIM West Reunion in San Francisco

At the AIM West Reunion, Lenny Foster, Dine', and Agnes Faye Williams, Seneca, on Earthcycles radio. Listen to archives from the AIM West 40 year reunion.
Listen to archives, click on "AIM Treaty Council Shellmound Walkers"

Welcome to AIM West's Unthanksgiving

At the AIM West Reunion Unthanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the San Francisco Baha''i Center. Charlie Hill, Keith Secola, Bill Means, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Clyde Bellecourt, Pat Bellanger, Mike Flores, Lenny Foster and more. Live on and 104.1 FM local San Francisco. Photo Long Walker Pegge cooks the turkey. Brenda Norrell

Shoshone Grandmothers Plan Resistance Day on Proposed Mine Site

Carrie Dann, Western Shoshone grandmother, 775-468-0230
Dan Randolph, Great Basin Resource Watch, 775-722-4056
Julie Cavanaugh-Bill, Western Shoshone Defense Project, 775-744-2565 or
Restraining Order Requested – Shoshone Grandmothers Plan Resistance Day on Proposed Mine Site Photo: The late Mary Dann with sister Carrie Dann/WSDP From Shoshone Grandmothers

CRESCENT VALLEY, Newe Sogobi ( Nevada). As the holidays approach and the world watches President-elect Obama and the bailouts; back in Nevada, home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, it’s business as usual. Late yesterday, attorneys for several Western Shoshone tribes and non-profit indigenous and environmental organizations filed a request in the federal District Court in Reno, NV seeking a restraining order against the construction of one of the country’s largest open pit gold mines on the flank of spiritual Mt. Tenabo. The mine company has already begun demolition of the pinyon forest with heavy machine…

Protesting US torture in Fort Huachuca

Protesting US torture training at Fort Huachuca Army Intelligence Center in Arizona, in November 2008. Photo credit and more information:

Drum song at the AIM West Reunion

TOP PHOTO: At the AIM West 40 year reunion, youths from DQ University sang the AIM song on Monday. Listen live at and in San Francisco on 104.1 FM this week. The singers included Shaleen and Ed, both Long Walkers on the northern route in 2008. Bottom Photo: DQ activist with Tony Gonzales and Mike Flores listening to drum song. Photos Brenda Norrell

Open Letter from Leonard Peltier to Barack Obama

Open Letter From Leonard Peltier to Barack Obama

From Leonard Peltier
I have watched with keen interest and renewed hope as your campaign has
mobilized millions of Americans behind your message of changing a
political system that serves a small economic elite at the expense of the
peoples of the United States and the world. Your election as president of
the United States, where slaves and Indians were long considered less than
human under the law, will undoubtedly constitute a historic moment in race
relations in the United States.

Yet symbolism alone will not bring about change. Our young people, black
and Native alike, suffer from police brutality and racial profiling,
underfunded schools, and discrimination in employment and housing. I
sincerely hope your campaign will inspire some hope among our youth to
struggle for a better future. I am, however, concerned that your recent
statement on the Sean Bell verdict, in which the New York police officers
who fired 50 shots at a young man on the eve of …

AIM West 40 Year Reunion underway in San Francisco

Bill Means, cofounder of the International Indian Treaty Council, live today on Earthcycles web radio, and 104.1 FM in San Francisco. Listen live at
Photo Brenda Norrell

Earthcycles live from San Francisco

By Brenda Norrell

SAN FRANCISCO -- Earthcycles will broadcast live from the AIM-West 40 year reunion this week, beginning 10:30 am on Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. Producer Govinda Dalton and cohost Brenda Norrell will broadcast at and on local 104.1 FM in San Francisco.
American Indian Movement members gather all day on Monday at the San Francisco main library, with Bill Means and Madonna Thunder Hawk. AIM-West continues on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Baha'i Center, with an Unthanksgiving Feast on Wednesday. Everyone is welcome.
The Alcatraz Island Sunrise Ceremony, hosted by the International Indian Treaty Council, will be at first light on Alcatraz Island Thursday morning. On Friday evening, AIM-West hosts a fundraiser concert.
Meanwhile, the Shellmound walkers and Peace Walkers are on a two week walk in the Bay area. The Shellmound walkers will be at the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland on Thursday at 10 am.

Barriere Lake Algonquins: Taking Back the Airwaves

Collectif de Solidarité Lac Barrière
Barriere Lake Solidarity presents: Taking Back the Airwaves
For many years Barriere Lake has experienced the loss of their land, language and culture. In 1961 they were squeezed onto a 59-acre reserve, in the 1970s they were forced to attend Residential School and since 1993 they have been fighting to have agreements with Quebec and Canada that promise the co-management of their traditional territory honoured.
It's time Barriere Lake took something back…
Join Barriere Lake Solidarity in helping Barriere Lake TAKE BACK THE AIRWAVES.
Where: Independent Media Centre, 2035 St. Laurent
When: November 29th, 7pm (Film Screening) & 9pm (Dance Party)
FILM: A Little Bit of So Much Truth ************** DANCE: DJ Aaron Maiden & DJ Medja
Cost: $5-10 sliding scale or DONATE AM/FM RADIO
* Barriere Lake Radio t-shirts, drinks and snacks available
Barriere Lake Algonquins, with support from the…

Leonard Peltier Day of Justice, Fargo, ND, Nov. 28, 2008

'DAY OF JUSTICE' scheduled for Friday, November 28th at the Fargo Federal Courthouse.

On Friday November 28th, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee will hold a demonstration called “Day of Justice” at the Fargo Federal Courthouse 110 Quentin N Burdick, 655 First Avenue North, Fargo North Dakota.

The “Day of Justice” will increase awareness about the case of Leonard Peltier and the fact that he has been imprisoned for 33 years. Not only was he convicted based on coerced statements, and false evidence Peltier has spent more time in prison for aiding and abetting than any reasonable person can justify. The “Day of Justice” is a call to action for concerned citizens to question why Peltier is serving two life sentences and has been imprisoned for more than half of his life.

The “Day of Justice” is about how laws designed for everyone are not equally applied. The US Bureau of Prisons is not following the law in regard to releasing Leonard Peltier on parole. Legally Peltier sh…

COINTELPRO: They Got Shut Down for Standing Up

COINTELPRO: They Got Shut Down for Standing Up

by Karima Amin
Sent in by Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

From the late 1950's into the 1970's, the F.B.I. conducted a series of actions in a counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) designed to disrupt, discredit, and destroy certain individuals and groups in this country. The Communist Party, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.), the Black Panther Party, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C.), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.), the Black Liberation Army (B. L. A.), the Socialist Workers Party, La Raza Unida ("the Unified Race"), MOVE, the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) and others were among the targets. Dedicated activists who fought for justice were arrested for their political beliefs, tried in criminal courts, and incarcerated with exorbitant and punitive sentences. These political prisoners were effectively shut down for standi…

ALERT: Barrick Gold ready to carve up Western Shoshone sacred mountain

Thanksgiving the “Cortez” Way - U.S. Ignores Western Shoshone Objections – Barrick Gold Readies Itself to Carve up Mount Tenabo Spiritual Area

By Timbisha Shoshone, Western Shoshone and Great Basin Resource Watch

Photo by Erin Hetherington/Oxfam

November 20, 2008
RENO and CRESCENT VALLEY, Nev. -- Last week, after years of determined opposition from Western Shoshone, the U.S. Department of Interior, through its Bureau of Land Management (BLM), approved one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States on the flank of Mount Tenabo – an area well-known for its spiritual and cultural importance to the Western Shoshone.

The area is home to local Shoshone creation stories, spirit life, medicinal, food and ceremonial plants and items and continues to be used to this day by Shoshone for spiritual and cultural practices. Over the years, tens of thousands of individuals and organizations from across the United States and around the world…

Appeals Court: Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan Illegal

Shell Oil’s Arctic Offshore Drilling Plan Illegal says 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

By REDOIL Censored News photo
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) illegally approved plans by Shell Offshore Inc. to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Alaska according to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The court previously blocked activity under Shell’s exploration plan while it considered arguments that the plan presented substantial risks to polar bears, endangered whales, and subsistence-hunting communities.

Today’s order sends Shell’s drilling plan back to MMS to meet legal obligations to fully analyze and disclose impacts from drilling on the rapidly changing Arctic environment.

A coalition of Alaska Native organizations and conservation groups sued to halt drilling because large-scale industrial activities threaten endangered bowhead whales, polar bears and othe…

Mohawk Nation News: Secret Military Exercises Report

[In-depth Report]

Photo 1: Fort Bliss, Texas. Photo 2 map: Northcom map removed from web shortly after being posted by the Pentagon.

Mohawk Nation News
Nov. 19, 2008. If Canada is such a peace loving country, why is it saber rattling and playing war games like "Vigilant Shield 09"? Huge military exercises are taking place on Turtle Island this month. These are being run by "NorthCom" and "NORAD" [North American AeroDefence Command]. NorthCom works with "Canada Command" and coordinates civil incidents through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS. This has nothing to do with Afghanistan. It has to do with "civil" control, not democracy. The Canadian part is called "Determined Dragon, Trillium Response". [What bunch of jerks made this one up? Sounds like some kind of teenage fantasy video? These guys are scary!]

In the U.S. during a "disaster or…