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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Art for Haiti--Artwork by Leonard Peltier

Art for Haiti ~ Artwork by Leonard Peltier

Type: Music/Arts - Exhibit

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010

Time: 1:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Tricksters Gallery 190 S Roselle Drive, Schaumburg Illinois

Mike Wilson: Tohono O'odham Nation surrendered its will to the Border Patrol

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In an interview with Phoenix New Times, Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham who puts out water for migrants, responds to Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris Jr.'s comments, issued by a pubic relations firm.


Wilson, who will be in Scottsdale Tuesday and Thursday for a Q & A session after a screening of the border documentary Crossing Arizona, took issue with Chairman Norris' statement, calling the statement an abrogation of the nation's moral responsibility to act.

"The nation has refused to acknowledge, even in its vocabulary, that human beings are dying on tribal lands," said Wilson if the Norris statement, which refers to "illegal immigration" and to "migrants" crossing, but not to the deaths. "It has repeatedly refused to accept any kind of moral responsibility for migrants dying in the desert."
On the issue of the districts acting independently, Wilson had this to say:
"We've heard this argument before...It's a legal fig leaf to hide behind that notion that it's up to the districts to determine their own policies. That's true to an extent, but the nation should not resort to legalism. This is a human rights issue."
In his statement, Norris also talks of the nation agreeing to the placement of "eight highly visible beacon towers" on the nation by Border Patrol, which a migrant could use to signal for help if needed. Wilson stated that the beacons are "not sufficient to prevent migrant deaths," and asserted that these beacons are not often used.
"I find it very hypocritical," replied Wilson, "for the Tohono O'odham Nation to say that tribal members cannot provide humanitarian aid, but that the Border Patrol can provide humanitarian aid in the form of these rescue beacons, because these beacons are there to prevent migrants from dying in the desert.
"I think that also clearly demonstrates that the Tohono O'Odham Nation has surrendered its will to the U.S. Border Patrol."
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DOE files to withdraw Yucca Mountain license

From Ian Zabarte:
UPDATE THURSDAY: I received the Department of Energy" Motion" yesterday afternoon. My organization has 10 days to respond. We have no objection to the motion to dismiss "with prejudice." After 25 years on the Yucca Mountain Project the end is very close. I am pleased to be on the service list of the filing. I have contacted the traditional Western Shoshone leadership and they too, are pleased. I will frame the motion and put it on my wall.

On to bigger and better things!
Mr. Ian Zabarte
Wednesday: Today the Department of Energy filed a motion in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety Licensing Board Panel Construction Authorization Board to withdraw the Yucca Mountain License Application “with prejudice." The parties, including the Native Community Action Council representing Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute stakeholders in the proceedings have 10 days to respond.
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First Voices Indigenous Radio March 4, 2010

First Voices Indigenous Radio, Thursday, March 4, 2010
Special guest: Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, imprisoned in Mexico for four days on false charges, while supporting the Zapatistas.
The Mapuche situation and the difference between what American and Chilean media colluding and painting an "earthquake prepared" country. The Mapuche speak about their treatment by the Chilean government which is much different especially in Concepcion, Chile and the region between Temulco and Santiago.
The Native Women's Association of Canada
There are 520 known cases of missing or murderd Aboriginal women and girls entered into the NWAC database. NWAC believes there are many more cases that have not yet been documented, especially for earlier decades. In Canada where the Indigenous population makes up less than 2% of the Canadian population, if compared to the rest of the population their death and disappearance rate would be equivalent to over 18,000 Canadian women and girls missing or murdered in the past thirty years.
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CRAZY HORSE (His Horse Is Enchanted) 1877 said this smoking a pipe with Sitting Bull 4 days before his assassination. "Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one."

Wilma Mankiller: I am prepared for this journey

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Charlie Soap regrets to announce his wife Wilma Mankiller has been diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. Mankiller is an author, lecturer and former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Mankiller has served 12 years in elective office at the Cherokee Nation, the first two as Deputy Principal Chief followed by 10 years as Principal Chief. She retired from public office in 1995. Among her many honors, Mankiller has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton. Soap requests that the public respect the family’s privacy during this time.

In a brief statement, Wilma Mankiller said:

“I decided to issue this statement because I want my family and friends to know that I am mentally and spiritually prepared for this journey; a journey that all human beings will take at one time or another. I learned a long time ago that I can’t control the challenges the Creator sends my way but I can control the way I think about them and deal with them. On balance, I have been blessed with an extraordinarily rich and wonderful life, filled with incredible experiences. And I am grateful to have a support team composed of loving family and friends. I will be spending my time with my family and close friends and engaging in activities I enjoy. It’s been my privilege to meet and be touched by thousands of people in my life and I regret not being able to deliver this message personally to so many of you. If anyone wants to send a message to me, it is best to email me at

Statement on Wilma Mankiller from Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation:

"Wilma is a mentor and friend. It’s hard to express how much she means to me personally and the Cherokee people as a Nation. I’ve got one story that helps sum up what kind of person she is. The week after she received the Presidential Medal of Honor she was back home on the front porch of her family’s church. It was Memorial Day and there were decorations at the cemetery and it struck me how she could be just as comfortable meeting with the President as she was with her own people, honoring her ancestors. It was an image of someone who was truly humble, and you don’t meet too many people like that.
She is a true patriot of the Cherokee Nation, and it’s my privilege to follow in her footsteps as Chief. Any successes we have had in the past ten years since I took office were built upon the foundation she and Ross Swimmer helped lay. In the coming days, we will do whatever we can to assist her and her family, while allowing them the dignity and privacy they deserve."
Cherokee Nation Press Statement, with Mankiller's Biography