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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Censored News March 10, 2010

Secret talks emerge over San Francisco Peaks protection
As the Obama administration seeks an alternative for sewage water to make snow for tourists on sacred San Francisco Peaks, Arizona's Major Toxins Senators McCain and Kyl continue to fight against Indian Nations:
AIM West San Francisco
Agenda for AIM West meeting tonight at the San Francisco Baha'i Center, protecting sacred places and Indigenous rights:
Canada: Secrets of the dam: Aboriginal elders removed from court
Aboriginal elders removed from court on Hydro hearing
(MANITOBA) -- Dozens of First Nations elders were punted out of court this morning as lawyers haggled over flood documents Canada wants to keep secret.
CENSORED NEWS Headlines: Illegal use of Native youths photo hate crime;' Timbisha Shoshone Urge Obama Pass UN Rights Declaration; Federal Court Upholds Environmental Genocide Targets Navajos; Haiti Aid: US Respect Sovereignty Without Militarization; Human Rights Crisis Phoenix; Racism in America: Katrina to the Borderlands

Illegal use of Native youths photo hate crime

Illegal use of March Point photo is hate crime

Native leaders in U.S and Canada demand protections for Native youth, following "extraction service" advertisement

From Tracy Rector
Longhouse Media
SEATTLE -- Longhouse Media Executive Director Tracy Rector today condemned the illegal useof a copyrighted photo of three teenagers from the Swinomish, Grand Ronde, and Lummi Tribes in Washington that was used in a hate crime against First Nations and Native American youth.
“We are appalled by the use of our image for such hateful and demeaning purposes,” said Rector, responding to an advertisement that appeared on a Canadian online news site. “The photo of the three adolescent boys was taken from promotional material for our film March Point,an award-winning documentary,” said Rector.
“The film was made with three young filmmakers and tells the story of their coming of age struggles in a Native American community in the U.S. That this image would be used for such deviant ends is deeply hurtful to these young men andtheir families, and to the Native community as a whole.”
The advertisement headlined "Free Native Extraction Service" was placed on the The website is managed by Victoria-based company called BlackPress. They operate a network of websites (47 in total) under the brand.
Referring to Native youth, it began: "Have you ever had the experience of getting home to find those pesky little buggers hanging outside your home, in the back alley or on the corner???” It goes on to offer “free extraction services to relocate them to their habitat,” and continues with other offensive remarks.
“We condemn this as a hate crime, and will join with others to see the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said Rector. “This ad could intimidate and incite violence against indigenous youth in North America, and we are joining with Manitoba Chiefs to call for an end to hate crimes such as these. We must all stand together to protect our youth.”
Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community said, “We are saddened by the fact that some people still harbor extreme hatred toward Native people as this advertisement demonstrates. But we are also encouraged that many more people recognize this as a racist attack on a generation of Native American youth who for the most part are law-abiding citizens striving to overcome generations of poverty and oppression, and live productive lives. We hope that calmer heads prevail and that the individuals responsible for posting this ad are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
"While not an act of physical violence, it is one of intimidation and threat. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, "a hate crime is committed to intimidate, harm or terrify not only a person, but an entire group of people to which the victim belongs. The victims are targeted for who they are, not because of anything they have done. Hate crimes involve intimidation,harassment, physical force or threat of physical force against a person, a family or a property." Section 319(1): Public Incitement of Hatred, Criminal Code of Canada
Author and poet Sherman Alexie, a founding board member of Longhouse Media from the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Tribes also spoke out, saying, "As much as the world has changed for indigenous people in good ways, there are still many violent and hateful folks out there who seek to harm us, and we must condemn them in print and in action, and we must do this together."
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Timbisha Shoshone Urge Obama Pass UN Rights Declaration

Contacts: Shannon Rivers (480) 220-6766; Tupac Enrique Acosta (602) 466-8367

7th Annual Indigenous Peoples Day
Nahn-coh-Mahss O'otham
Community Forum in Affirmation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Thursday March 11, 2010, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Memorial Hall - Phoenix Steele Indian School Park - 300 E. Indian School Road
PHOENIX – Representatives of Nations, Pueblos, and organizations of Indigenous Peoples from Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada will join with the Native American Heritage Coalition at Indian School Park on Thursday March 11thto take collective action implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The event is the 7th Annual proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day - Nahn-coh-Mahss O'otham and is being hosted by the Nahuacalli Neigborhood Association, the Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras, the Seventh Generation Fund and the ASU School of Law Indian Legal Program.
MEMORIAL HALL, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road
The UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on September 13, 2007. The US government has yet to endorse the declaration, although the Obama administration has signaled through the state department that a new policy is being considered.
Taking up the message shared at the Native Nations Tribal Summit in Washington, DC last November by Mr. Joe Kennedy of the Timbisha Western Shoshone Nation, a national call to President Obama to take immediate action and endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be made public at the press conference.
Opening Prayer:
10:00am – 10:15am Welcome & Overview of agenda: Native American Heritage Coalition History of Indigenous Peoples Day, Presentation on United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Presented and Hosted by Shannon Rivers & Tupac Enrique Acosta
10:15am – 11:15 “Indigenous Rights and Mining”: Presented by Randall Gingrich; Mr. Gingrich is the co-founder of Tierra Nativa. Tierra Nativa is dedicated to biocultural conservation and community development in the Sierra Tarahumara region in Chihuahua Mexico. Randall will be discussing the impact on mining to the traditional O’oba Pueblo of Yepachi.
11:15am – 11:45 Press Conference
11:45 – 12:00 Aquinnah Wampanoag – “Cape Wind Development”, CWD on Nantucket Shoal, in Nantucket Sound, Mass.: Presented by Stephanie Duckworth; Ms. Duckworth is an author and founder of Wampum Books.
12:00 – 12:15 Presentation from the Sierra Club: updates on local and International events. Presented by Dan Millis, Grand Canyon Chapter
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 Treaty of Teotihucan Challenges and Responsibilities: “Defense of the Buffalo Nation”: attacks from parks services in Yellow Stone National Park. Presented by Rosalie Littlethunder; Ms. Littlethunder is Chairperson of Seven Generation Fund and a Lakota educator in South Dakota.
1:30 – 2:15 “Southern Indigenous Peoples Movements”: Presented by Luis Fernando Sarango; Mr. Sarango is Rector of the Amawtay Wasi Intercultural University of Indigenous Nationalities and Pueblos of Ecuador, in Quito.
An international educational institution, that works with other Indigenous Universities in Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Bolivia and Chile.
2:15 – 2:45 “Rights of Mobility and the Western Hemispheric Travel Initiative (WHTI)” WHTI’s impact on the Yaqui Peoples of Southern Arizona. Presented by Jose Matus; Director of Alianza Sin Fronteras (Alliance without Borders)
2:45 - 3:00 O’otham Scared Sites (Baboquivari) Presented by Earnest Moristo and Dennis Manuel
3:00 – 3:15 Update on Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier: Presented by Ms. Billie Fidlin; Ms. Fidlin is a former acting chair of LPDOF Committee and founder of Whisper n Thunder online magazine.
3:15 – 3:30 Native American Heritage Coalition: Presentation by Mr. Ben Chee
3:30 – 4:00 Open discussion, closing comments and questions
4:00pm Closing Prayer