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Floyd Hand: 'Spiritual vampires' desecrate sweatlodge way of life

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November 24, 2009

By Natalie Hand
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On November 2, 2009, Floyd Hand, Jr., (Oglala Lakota Sioux) Oglala Delegate to the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, along with Ivan H. Lewis (Pima/Maricopa/Yavapai), filed a lawsuit (Case No.: CV-09-8196-PCT-FJM) in the U.S. District Court in Arizona against James Arthur Ray and the Angel Valley Retreat Center.
In the petition, Hand and Lewis assert that Ray caused the desecration of the sacred Lakota ceremony, “Inikaga,” commonly referred to as sweat lodge, by causing the deaths of three participants. The suit contends that Angel Valley Retreat Center is culpable for allowing individuals like Ray to rent their property which offers a sweat lodge for paying participants. Furthermore, Ray and Angel Valley Retreat Center committed…

AIM West, more photos 2009

AIM West photos 2009 by Brenda Norrell.

AIM West Concert Photos

AIM West Concert, in honor of the 40 Year Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz. Double click images to enlarge. Photos by Brenda Norrell.


Friday night's AIM West Concert of Native sounds, piano, poetry and jazz, is now available in video archives: Bob Young Project, Dr. Loco and the Rockin' Jalapenos and Native youth musicians, from the AIM West 40 Year Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz: More info:

Return to Alcatraz: 40 Years of Resistance

Return to Alcatraz: 40 Years of Resistance

By Brenda Norrell
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ALCATRAZ -- With the sounds of the Miwok singers and the calling out of the names of the original occupiers of Alcatraz, American Indians ushered in a new era of resistance, remembering how the act of holding the rock became the bedrock of a new generation.

During the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony, commemorating the 40 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz, Clyde Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement, told thousands gathered to prepare to hold President Obama accountable.

Bellecourt said that last year everyone was excited when President Obama was elected. "I was happy too. I went to his inauguration. The whole world was excited."

"I told every one of you to be vigilant, to be watchful. We've heard promises before."

Bellecourt pointed out that President Obama has bailed out the car companies, bailed out Wall Street and bailed out the banks. The India…

Photo AIM West 2009

AIM West gathering on Wednesday. Friday night's concert includes Bob Young and Dr. Loco, at the Baha'i Center in San Francisco. Photo Brenda Norrell. (Double click on image to enlarge.)
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FRIDAY, November 27, 2009
11:00am - 2:00 pm Bay Street Mall Ohlone and Shellmound Way Emeryville, CA Annual Black Friday protest at Emeryville's Bay Street Mall. The Bay Street Mall was built on top of an ancient Ohlone burial site after years of protest actions by the local Native American community. The construction of the mall unearthed HUNDREDS of human remains, many of which were taken away to landfill in the name of consumerism. While the construction of the mall couldn't be stopped, we in the Bay Area Native American community ask the non-Native community to join us in protesting this obscene structure…

KPFA: Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony 2009

Sunrise Ceremony - November 26, 2009 at 6:00am

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Outta Your Backpack Media 'Thanks Taking'

Native youth production from Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Ohlone, for all of San Francisco to see

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News Ann Marie Sayers, Ohlone, gazes at the images on Cloit Tower. Photo Brenda Norrell.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The images of the Ohlone people on Coit Tower tonight were absolutely magical. High above San Francisco, on a hilltop above the bay, Ann Marie Sayers spoke of the Ohlone people as the images were shown on this high tower for the people of San Francisco to see. This was a creative act of excellence, when art becomes true art, reflecting the original energies, as Mark Toby once said.
Mary Jean Robertson broadcast live on KPOO tonight. Coit Towers shows films and images on the tower until dawn:
Celebrating the 40th year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz.
The Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony begins at dawn on Thursday morning, from Pier 33.
LISTEN LIVE: KPFA Online San Francisco: Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony
Thursday November 26th at 6:…

AIM West Watch Livestream Today

Earthcycles and Censored News welcome Native youth mentor Sage, livestreaming from AIM West. Sage and Govinda/Photo Brenda Norrell.

Chat is open at Livestream website. Program begins shortly after 10 a.m. Pacific time.
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AIM West livestream today Wed., Nov. 25, 2009

The American Indian Movement leaders are being broadcast live today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, from the AIM West 40 Year Reunion of the Occupation of Alcatraz in San Francisco. Join Bill Means, Clyde Bellecourt, Wadona Thunder Hawk, Yvonne Swan, Tony Gonzales, Mark Anquoe and more beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific time. The Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz begins at dawn on Thursday.
Watch livestream at: Photos: Wadona Thunder Hawk. Photo 2: Clyde Bellecourt at AIM West on Tuesday. Photo 3: Tomas Reyes and others at the feast. Photos Brenda Norrell.

LIVE from AIM West San Francisco

Join us again live Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Pacific for AIM West speakers online or at the Baha'i Center, 170 Valencia St., San Francisco. Listen to Bill Means, Clyde Bellecourt, Mark Maracle, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Yvonne Swan, Mark Anquoe, Tony Gonzales and more.
Watch tonight's program by clicking on "ON-DEMAND" (after the commercial, it is a free site) and then select show for Nov. 24.

Video: 'Invisible Indians'

US Censorship: Editors the blood is on your hands

What the United States does best is to deceive the masses with the media

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TUCSON -- During the past few weeks, there's been a wave of censorship and news distortion surrounding events in Tucson. In the first case, the O'odham Solidarity Project hosted the event, "Apartheid in America: Surviving Occupation in O'odham Lands."

There were several ways that this event was censored by editors and publishers. First of all, most didn't even send reporters. Then, there are reporters who wrote articles that were not published. Here is the primary way that editors censor a reporter's article. They say, "Get the other side of the story." In the case of the O'odham event, speakers spoke and there was no opposition. Their words deserve to be quoted.

Of course the bottom line was that most newspapers did not want to risk quoting the controversial Ward Churchill, the guest speaker. They were afraid…

AIM West this week

Nov. 23 -- 27, 2009
By Mark Anquoe
Photo: Mark Anquoe/by Brenda Norrell

Brothers and Sisters,
Lots of things happening this week in San Francisco. If you're interested in the American Indian Movement and want to be more involved, come to one of our meeting days (monday and wednesday). If you want to see and be seen, please join us for a public feast on Tuesday or the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday morning. And PLEASE join us at the Emeryville Shellmound Protest on Friday. Details below. See you there! --
MONDAY, November 23, 2009
10:00am - 5:30pm
Koret Auditorium, SF Main Public Library 100 Larkin St. San Francisco, CA Opening ceremonies for anniversary week events. Speakers include Bill Means, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Mike Flores and Mark Maracle. Also special screening of AIM-West film production "El Salvador: I Want My People To Live".
TUESDAY, November 24, 2009 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Bahai'i Center 170 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA Potluck feast, speakers, singers and tradit…

Kailey Wong's Photos: Alcatraz Occupation Reunion

Kailey Wong's photos of the 40th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation, with support for college students. Thank you for sharing these photos! 40th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz at UC Berkeley.
"A gathering of old and young warriors to commemorate the occupation of Alcatraz as Native American Land. Keynote speakers, Dr. LaNada War Jack and Dr. Lehman Brightman gave moving lectures. After lunch, we marched en mass to support the student occupation of Wheeler Hall as a protest to the Board of Regents raising the student tuition 32 percent." Read about student occupation: 'Wheeler Hall occupation ends peacefully'

40th Anniversay of Alcatraz Occupation Reunion

United Native Americans Co-Founders: Dr. LaNada War Jack, Lehman L. Brightman, Trudy Felix Brightman, Virginia Cottier, & daughter at the Official 40th Anniversary of the Take Over of Alcatraz. 11.20.09. Quanah Parker Brightman wrote, "The Cottier's & The Leach Family Were The ORIGINAL OCCUPANTS' of ALCATRAZ BACK IN 1964. RIP Belvia & Stella. SIOUX Indian Power!" Lehman Brightman wrote, "The Sun Rises Everyday For The People To Make Change Happen In This Life."
(Thanks to Quanah for sending this photo.)
Photo from Lehman Brightman.
Nov. 26, 2009 is The 40th National Day of Mourning World Wide.
Join us as we dedicate the 40th national day of mourning to our brother, Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Create true awareness of indigenous peoples and shatter the untrue image of the Pilgrims and the unjust system of racism, sexism, homophobia and war.
Potluck social to follow rally/march…

Dooda (NO) Desert Rock to UN: Human rights abuses by energy corporations

Attorney at Law

November 21,2009
Julian Burger
Indigenous & Minorities Unit Coordinator
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Geneva Office
Palais Wilson, Room 4-0811211 Geneva 10

Re:Elaboration of Guidelines on Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries

Dear Mr. Burger:
I take this opportunity to follow up on a recent informal communication to you to open discussionof this issue and to say how good it was to see you in Geneva in August.
I see a lot of movement on questions that are vital to Dooda Desert Rock ofthe Navajo Nation. TheUnited Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination took particular note of problems associated with mining in areas of spiritual and cultural significance to Native Americans in the United States and adverse effects of the exploitation of natural resources by transnational corporations in its consideration of periodic reports of the United State, with specific reference to discrim…

VIDEO: Ojibwa Grandmother recounts walk around Great Lakes

Ojibwa Grandmother recounts walk around the Great Lakes
A First Nations Grandmother, Josephine Mandamin,from Manitoulin Island,who walked around Great Lakes talks about importance of water.

Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering and 40th Anniversary Occupation Events

Friday, November 20, 11 am - 3 pm, A new Native American Mural Dedication and Unveiling, Cesar Chavez Student Center ~ West Plaza, SFSU, 1650 Holloway Ave.
The Mural depicts community activism, self determination, resistance and survivance of Native American peoples. 1:00 pm - City of SF Proclamation presented by Andrew Jolivette to Annie Oakes and Fawn Oakes
Friday, November 20th, Free of charge. 40th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz Program hosted by Richie Richards, Native American Education Specialist for the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley Hearst Museum patio, 103 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley.
The event will honor and commemorate the original efforts and intentions of the student-based occupation that took place in 1969; which was to protest the social conditions Native Americans were being subjected to in both urban areas and on reservations. Please RSVP by sending contact information to Richie Richards at *Healthy lunch will be pr…

O'odham: Surviving apartheid on the illegal border

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TUCSON – Tohono O’odham living on the border joined with activist Ward Churchill to speak out on “Apartheid in America, Surviving Occupation in O’odham Lands,” on Nov. 13. Ofelia Rivas and her brother Julian Rivas, O’odham living on the US/Mexico border, spoke of the impact and desecration of colonization and border militarization.
Ofelia Rivas said O’odham were never included in the dialogue determining the delineation of the US/Mexico border in the 1800s or the construction of the border wall.
“We were not at that table when they made that international border. We were not considered human,” she told the crowd of several hundred people.
Responding to questions from supporters seeking ways to help, Ofelia said, “Can you take that border down for us? Can you restore our way of life? Can you give the language back to our young people who have gone though the boarding school experience or those who went through relocation…

'Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School'

Indian boarding school documentary discusses education, assimilation into American culture
Article by Sherri Keaton November 17, Central Michigan Life
Photo: Carlisle Cemetery: The children who never came home/Photo by Brenda Norrell . (Michigan) Imagine someone being stripped of their culture, heritage and language and beaten for committing the “crime” of using their native tongue.
That is what happened to more than 100,000 American Indian children who attended roughly 500 boarding schools by force sometimes that focused on assimilating them into European culture.
Monday evening in the Bovee University Center Auditorium, “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School,” was shown to about 60 Central Michigan University students and several community members, who learned about these schools.
Director of Native American Programs Colleen Green said the most valuable part of this event was the background knowledge.
“This is especially helpful to have those voices be heard,” Green said. …

NAGPRA: The 'fox' is in control

Pawnee professor James Riding In, speaking in Michigan: (Photo James Riding In)
"NAGPRA is flawed," James Riding In, Pawnee professor, said. "It leaves the determination of cultural affiliation with museums and federal agencies. It's like leaving the chicken coop under the control of the fox." Read article:
In the news: Obama nominates pesticide head (Monsanto and Dow Chemical) as US trade chief:

Alcatraz Occupation

Click to watch three minute excerpt from "Alcatraz is Not an Island"

40th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz Program

Host: Richie Richards
Type: Education - Workshop
Network: Global
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Bancroft Hotel - across the street from Hearst Museum
Street: 2680 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 549-1000
City/Town: Berkeley, CA
Phone: 5106437649
Email: ....

DescriptionOn Friday, November 20th 2009, Richie Richards the Native American Education Specialist for the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley proudly hosts the 40th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz Program. The event will honor and commemorate the original efforts and intentions of the student-based occupation that took place in 1969; which was to protest the social conditions Native Americans were being subjected to in both urban areas and on reservations. Alcatraz provided a national forum for their voices to…

Photo: No to US torture coverup

Walking in vigil to Fort Huachuca Army Intelligence Center, Arizona, New Mexico and California residents, and others from the Southwest, protest US torture at Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib. Photo 2: Torture resisters on Fort Huachuca shortly before their arrests to expose US torture and drones carrying out "rogue assassinations." Photos Brenda Norrell. Listen to Mariah Klusmire tell why she crossed the line to the army base to expose torture on Censored Blogtalk Radio: Read article on Southwest Weekend to End Torture: Watch video of torture vigil and arrests on Nov. 15:

Photos: 'NO' to US Torture, Fort Huachuca

Torture protesters walk to the main gate of Fort Huachuca Army Intelligence Center, where five were arrested to bring attention to US torture, kidnappings and drones, unmanned aircraft described as carrying out "rogue assassinations." Photos copyright Brenda Norrell. Listen to Mariah Klusmire tell why she crossed the line to the army base to expose torture on Censored Blogtalk Radio:
Read article on Southwest Weekend to End Torture:
Watch video of torture vigil and arrests on Nov. 15:

MNN: Quebec Bridge Disaster at Kahnawake?

Mohawk Nation News Nov. 15, 2009. The Mercier Bridge is 1.4 kilometers long, spans the St. Lawrence River and Seaway between Montreal and Kahnawake on the south shore. It was built in 1932 beside the CPR Bridge which was built in 1885.

Mohawk Nation, Quebec and Canada contracted the Mohawks to strengthen the steel structure and replace the reinforced concrete bridge deck of three access ramps on Mohawk Territory. It is the largest bridge repair project in Canadian history. Canada is paying $57 million and Quebec $9 million. Over 1000 direct and indirect jobs are being created per year. Work started on April 25, 2008.

The Montreal Iron Workers Union Local 711 is trying to kick the Mohawks out because they don’t have the CCQ cards. Commission de la construction du Quebec cards are issued by the government which controls the union.

CCQ rules and regulations violate the Union’s interna…

'Barking Water' best film at American Indian Film Festival

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November 16, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO - The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) announces award show winners for the 34th annual American Indian Film Festival. The awards were presented at the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show on Saturday Nov. 14 at 6:00p.m at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

The American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show, has recognized excellence in American Indian cinematic achievement, making the annual awards show one of the most prominent Indian Country and Native Cinema showcases.

Outstanding performances varied across the talent venue, on awards night including: Grammy award–winner Joanne Shenandoah; recording artist Jana Mashonee; hoop dancers, The Sampson Boys; rock group The Plateros; violinist’s Swil Kanim and Laura Ortman; and singer Star Nayea.

Award Winners: Best Film- Barking Water, Dir…

Indigenous: UK bank funding Tar Sands

Indigenous Canadians deliver message to RBS and the Treasury: “Stop funding bloody oil!”

New research shows that publicly-owned RBS is the UK bank most heavily involved in financing the Tar Sands

By Indigenous Environmental Network
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Photo, filming and interview opportunities:
- Tuesday 17th November, 2.30 pm, RBS London Headquarters, 280 Bishopsgate
- contact Clayton Thomas-Muller, Indigenous Environmental Network 218 760 6632 218 760 6632 or in the UK Jess Worth, UK Tar Sands Network, 07946645726 or Adam Ramsay, People & Planet, 011 44 1865245678 or 011 44 7841578283

Three Indigenous Canadian women will visit the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) London headquarters tomorrow to demand that they stop financing one of the world’s most polluting projects – the Tar Sands. This highly destructive form of oil extraction is having a devastating effect on the health of Indigenous communities and fuelling global climate change. They will be joined outsid…