Showing posts from August, 2010

Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham, responds to threat of poisoned water

Poisoned water threat comes as more migrants die of dehydration on Tohono O'odham land

By Brenda Norrell
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Photo: Mike Wilson with humanitarian water tanks on Tohono O'odham Nation. Photo by Brenda Norrell.

ARIZONA -- Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham who puts out water for migrants on Tohono O'odham land as humanitarian aid, responded to an e-mail threat of poisoned water.

The anonymous e-mail said, "F you. I hope some real Americans will step up and put poison in the water. I hope you are the first to drink."

The e-mail threat, on Aug. 29, was sent in response to the article, "Tohono O'odham Nation surrendered its will to the Border Patrol."

Wilson said, "I'm not surprised by the threat, it is certainly expected and no one is immune. Humane Borders has received these threats for the last ten years, including the writing …

Michigan Asserts Sovereignty Rights in Canoe Crossing

Michigan Asserts Sovereignty Rights in Canoe Crossing Article and photos by Brita Brookes©
Censored News August 27, 2010
The local aboriginal community from both the United States metro Detroit area and local Windsor, Ontario area gathered at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park on Friday, August 27, 2010. With the sun shining and warm summer temperatures, the group gathered to launch the first ever USA-Canada Canoe Border Crossing as a peaceful demonstration of the rights stated and found in the Jay Treaty.

Local American Indian Movement of Michigan organizers Bryan Halfday and Helen Wolfe held the event as a way to increase public awareness about aboriginal treaty rights, create local community support and to educate people about inherent and ancestral rights. The event was planned as a part of a three day weekend of events all related to the Honoring Our Traditions Pow Wow which was held in Lincoln Park, Michigan’s Council Point Park also organized by the local …

O'odham to National Guard: 'We do not want you on our lands'

O'odham to National Guard: 'We do not want you on our lands'
By Ofelia Rivas©, O'odham
Photo 1: National Guardsmen on Tohono O'odham land, south of Sells, Arizona, in 2007 aiding in the construction of the vehicle barrier at the US/Mexico border/Photo copyright Brenda Norrell. Photo 2: Ofelia Rivas on the border/Copyright Jason Jaacks
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Ofelia Rivas, traditional O'odham living on the border, released a statement to the National Guard, who are to arrive on the US/Mexico border in Arizona on Monday.

To the United States National Guard arriving in O'odham Lands,

We are not compliant people, we are people with great dignity and confidence. We are a people of endurance and have a long survival history. We are people that have lived here for thousands of years. We have our own language, we have our own culture and traditions.

You are coming to my land, you may find me walking on my land, sitting on my land and just going abou…

Eyes on Border Patrol's new abuser recruits

Eyes on Border Patrol's new abuser recruits

By Brenda Norrell©
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Photo: On the border by Brenda Norrell©
Border residents are on guard, ready to spot and video tape the invading Border Patrol and National Guardsmen arriving on the Arizona border to terrorize border residents.

The Border Patrol and new National Guardsmen will begin their stints of racial profiling and abusing people of color here on Monday.

There is nothing funny about it.

However, when they take a break from abusing people, it is always interesting to document their behavior.

During a day of Border Patrol watching in the middle of summer, in the region of Sasabe, I documented that every Border Patrol agent was either eating snacks at the Three Points store; eating snacks in the desert they had just purchased at the Three Points store inside their air-conditioned vehicles, or chatting on their cell phones in their air-conditioned vehicles.

There wasn't a migrant in sight.

So, …

Brita Brookes Photos: Jay Treaty Crossing

Photos copyright by Brita Brookes. Thank you!
Read about Jay Treaty Crossing at Detroit Free Press:

New Times: Tucson Police Turn Mom and Dad over to Border Patrol as Kids Cry

VIDEO: Tucson police turn dad and mom over to Border Patrol as kids cry.Read more at New Times:

Oily Gaga: Doin' the dirty oil dance against Tar Sands

Outside the historic Royal Bank of Scotland branch at St Andrews Square in Edinburgh, Scotland, Climate Campers perform "Oily Gaga" in protest over RBS's dirty investments in TarSands projects. Indigenous Peoples in Canada are fighting the destruction of their homelands by the disease-producing TarSands. Read more:Indigenous Environmental Network's Shutdown the Tar Sands Campaign:

Arvol Looking Horse speaks on White Buffalo Prophecy

Chief Arvol Looking Horse speaks on the White Buffalo Prophecy, of the time of change that mankind is now experiencing. The appearance of the white buffalo is a blessing and a warning on climate change and other changes. Chief Looking Horse calls for a spiritual unity and respect for the way of life.Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. The leader of the Lakota Dakota Nakota Oyate, the great Sioux nation, is a man with a vision.
A Great Urgency: To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders

My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are…

Schwarzenegger's slick oil 'marine life protection' deal at Shelter Cove

Arnold’s MLPA Officials to Hold Public Meeting in Shelter Cove

Article and photo by Dan Bacher© Censored News
SHELTER COVE, Calif. -- Faced with massive opposition by Indian Tribes, fishermen and environmentalists, officials from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fast-track Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative will hold a “public information session” about the effort to create so-called Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along California’s northern coastline.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, Aug. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Shelter Cove Fire Station Meeting Hall, 9126 Shelter Cove Road in Shelter Cove, California.

“Adopted into California state law in 1999, the MLPA requires all existing state marine protected areas to be reevaluated, and a statewide system to be created to protect marine life, habitat and ecosystems,” according to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). “The MLPA Initiative is currently in the planning s…

Kawaiisu Indians: Developer does not own remains of families

Kawaiisu protecting burial grounds from developer in California
News release
As California develops its Open Space, Native American Sacred Sites are being destroyed. The State’s environmental law, CEQA, is cited in a Federal Court case brought by a Tribe to protect their Ancestors burial grounds. The Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon objects to a phrase in a Kern County EIR, where it states that the corporate developer “owns the remains” of their families.
This case also seeks to resolve a problem long cited by California Tribes, the proper designation of Most Likely Descendants, Consultants and Monitors, by the California Native American Heritage Commission. Tejon Mountain Village (TMV) is a 26 thousand acre resort development
on land owned by the Tejon Ranch Corporation, a publicly traded entity. The project proposes three hotels, 750 resort lodging units, 3400 homes and 160,000 sq. ft. of commercial development. The acreage falls within the Indian Country of the Kawaiisu people and has over 50 d…

Quit kicking Wikileaks

By Brenda Norrell
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While the US is kicking and screaming about Wikileaks posting data, no one pays attention to the documents already posted by the US Army itself, including the Special Operations manual that describes the extensive support to guerrillas (terrorists) by US military special operations to carry out violence. Among the US goals is to destabilize governments and keep wars going.

Wikileaks exposed the fact that the US has been paying the Taliban and resistance forces.

Already online, posted by the US Army itself, is: "A Leader's Handbook to Unconventional Warfare." It describes in detail how the US military supports guerrilla movements (terrorists):

Among the legal and moral questions this raises: Where did the weapons and ammunition come from that were recently used to murder volunteer doctors in Afghanistan?

How many US, British and …

Murdered Migrants near the Border: Incovenient Truth for the US

By Brenda Norrell Narcosphere
Photo: California border by Brenda Norrell.

The 72 people murdered at a ranch in Tamaulipas State, about 100 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, were migrants. A survivor from Ecuador, shot in the neck, said those murdered were migrants from Ecuador, Brazil, Honduras and El Salvador. The bodies of 58 men and 14 women were found in a one room.

Most migrants are Indigenous Peoples from Central and South America. They have nothing and are walking north through Mexico trying to survive. They are often kidnapped and help for ransom. Those who have no way of paying the kidnappers are shot, one by one, or tortured in front of the others. They are asked to give a phone number of a person in the US that can pay the ransom, if they have no one, they are killed. This is revealed in the new documentary "The Invisibles," which just premiered in Tuc…

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Taala Hooghan Infoshop A benefit open mike for Taala Hooghan!
Join us Sunday, August 29th at 6:30PM
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Grassroots Indigenous Delegation seeks sponsors to Cancun Climate Summit

Grassroots Indigenous Delegate seeks sponsor to Cancun Climate Summit
By Brenda Norrell Censored News Bolivia Declarations at: Ofelia Rivas, founder of the O'odham Voice Against the Wall, served as cochair of the important Working Group on Indigenous Peoples at the Bolivia Climate Summit in Cochabamba in April. Ofelia lives on Tohono O'odham land near the US/Mexico border and is a constant voice of human rights as a traditional, ceremonial O'odham. She is one of two women receiving the 2010 Borderlinks Women on the Border Award and advocates for the right of Indigenous Peoples to travel in their own territories without harassment. She is a supporter of the Zapatistas and the struggle for autonomy and dignity in Mexico. (Photo Ofelia Rivas, center, at Bolivia Climate Summit by Ben Powless, Mohawk.) Censored news publisher Brenda Norrell, also seeks a sponsor, in order to provide indep…

US releases watered-down, generic report to UN on human rights

Native American testimony at 'Listening Conferences,' ignored in final report of US Periodic Review to UN

By Brenda Norrell
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Photo: Church Rock NM uranium spill, poisoning Navajoland and the region since 1979.

The United States has sent its report card for itself on human rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The US Periodic Review on Human Rights released Monday shows the Obama Administration giving itself a glossy, positive review on the issue of Native Americans and human rights.
However, it appears that no one was actually listening at the US State Department's Listening Conferences, held to gather testimony for the report from Native Americans.
In the US sanitized report, the US report fails to describe the ongoing environmental genocide, where corporations in collusion with the US government target Indian country with power plants, coal mines, oil and gas wells and experimental technology.
The United States does no…

Longest Walk 2011, Reversing Diabetes

Longest Walk Northern Route 2011, Reversing DiabetesLatest map and route for northern route:

The Longest Walk northern route 2011 organizer is Chris Francisco, Navajo from Shiprock, N.M., living in Portland.

Mohawk artist Tracy Thomas designed the Longest Walk, Reversing Diabetes 2011 poster and the Longest Walk 2008 poster. Thank you!"I'm Tracy Thomas, a fullblood Mohawk from the Onondaga Nation in upstate N.Y. I was born with 2 partial fingers to my left hand and none on my right hand, but I see my art, as gift from the Creator. To be the messenger for the Creator, through my art, and to share my creations of art.

This is why I asked to do the 'Longest Walk 3' poster, because we have diabetes in my family and I changed my diet recently, so I hoped I don't get it. Hopefully this walk, will get the message across to our sisters and brothers from the 4 directions, its time to change, get healthy.

So my poster has a message, to return t…

Mailbox: Censored News

Mailbox: Censored News
Photo: Bolivian President Evo Morales enjoys a traditional feast, after playing soccer in the mountains of Bolivia, during the climate summit in April. Photo Brenda Norrell.

Dear readers,

Many readers write to ask about blogging. Here's a few things to consider if you're thinking about it. To keep a blog up to date, you need Internet access, and to post photos and videos you need high speed Internet access.

If you live in a remote area, this means a great deal of expense just getting to the Internet (besides all that expensive coffee.)

The Blogger is free, but if you do original reporting as I do at Censored News, the travel expenses can be thousands of dollars each year, which you'll likely be paying for yourself.

Unfortunately, even though Censored News has about 1,000 readers each day, people seldom donate to Censored News. (The donations each year don't even cover the cost of basic cell phone service.)

I've publ…

Santa Fe: Native Cinema Showcase, Aug. 19--22, 2010

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Center for Contemporary Arts Southwestern Association for Indian Arts present The Tenth Annual
Native Cinema Showcase, August 19-22, 2010

(Photos: Top: Fillm 'Samson and Delilah' Photo 2 art: Film shorts. Photo 3: Reel Injun director Neil Diamond with singer Robbie Robertson; Photo 4: Reel Injun: Russell Means at Wounded Knee. Photo 5: CBQM)
Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail
Cathedral Park, Indian Market, downtown Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM, 505-982-1338,
Visit our YouTube page: Festival Info
Festival passes : $50/$40 NMAI and CCA members, includes priority admission to all screenings and events; Tickets to Cinematheque screenings: $9.50 general admission, $8.50 students/
seniors, $8 NMAI, CCA, SWAIA members
All screenings and programs at the Cinema at Cathedral Park are free.
Passholders are seated first and all others on a first-come, first-served basis.
Further i…