Monday, May 10, 2010
By Brenda Norrell
For at least the past 40 years, the torture and murder of American Indians by whites in Farmington, N.M., has been documented. Now, a mentally challenged Navajo man is again the victim of a hate crime by whites in this border town, branded with swastikas.
In South Dakota, the police brutality and hate crimes carried out by law enforcement have been documented for at least 40 years. It was the cry for justice here that led the American Indian Movement to make its stand on Pine Ridge and ultimately at Wounded Knee. Now, north of Rapid City, an Oglala Lakota youth, Christopher Capps, 22, has been shot and killed by a Pennington County Sheriff Deputy. Deputy Dave Olson shot Christopher repeatedly at close range in a field about three miles north of Rapid City.
In both cases, these are not isolated crimes. These are the pattern of the racism that is a cancer in these two border towns, a cancer made easy by the good ole boys of law enforcement, a cancer made easy by the people who look the other way and a cancer that thrives because of corrupt politicians who offer no more than empty rhetoric. It is a cancer safeguarded by the easily-silenced media in the United States, a nation that thrives on the denial of its own racism and brutality as it proclaims to be the human rights champion of the world.
It is Racism in America, nowhere more poignant than in Farmington, N.M., and Rapid City, S.D.
It is time for all people of conscience to stand up and say, “Enough is Enough!” It is time for all people to ensure that the hate crimes of whites in Farmington, New Mexico, will cease, and that the police brutality, racial profiling and murder by law enforcement in Rapid City and in every other town, field and backroad in South Dakota will be halted.
Hate Crime: Navajo branded with swastikas:
South Dakota Deputy murders Lakota youth reaching for cellphone
A march to protest the shooting death of Christopher J. Capps of Rapid City, an Oglala Lakota, has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, in Rapid City.
Capps was shot to death on May 2 by Pennington County Sheriff’s deputy Dave Olson in an open field behind Sunnyside Mobile Home Community, just north of Rapid City.
In addition, the march will protest the inadequate news coverage of the mainstream media in Rapid City, according to James Swan of Rapid City. Sponsored by the United Urban Warrior Society, the march will begin at Mother Butler Center and follow a route to the Rapid City Journal, then with turnaround back up 5th Avenue to the school district administration building before returning to Mother Butler Center.
The protest is expected to end with a community feed at 6 p.m. at Mother Butler Center, according to Swan, who said that in addition to protesters, the sponsor invites drum groups, honor guards and flag carriers.
Swan is encouraging donations of cash and food for the march and the feed.
Those planning to participate can contact Swan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at (605) 381-8612. Here is a mailing address for condolence's and donations for the feed:
James Swan, P.O. Box 14, Rapid City S.D. 57709-0014, or bring a dish, your friends and signs. We need some drum groups and Honor guards (Native). We want to invite some speakers as well. Call me if you have questions, message phone # 605-791-0746 my cell : 605-381-8612
Thanks each and everyone for your help.
James (Magaska) Swan
Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo, one of the chairs of the working group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the World Climate Conference in Bolivia, describes the work carried out by the Indigenous Peoples working group. Pino, board president of the Indigenous Environmental Network, details the environmental racism of uranium mining which left a trail of death and radioactivity in Acoma and Laguna Pueblos in northern New Mexico, and the nearby Navajo Nation. On May 7, 2010, following the Bolivia conference, Bolivia President Evo Morales, with Tom Goldtooth, Dakota/Navajo executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, urged the United Nations in New York to adopt the Peoples Agreement adopted in Bolivia. The Peoples Agreement was the culmination of 17 working groups. Video recorded live by Govinda at Earthcycles, http://www.earthcycles.net/ in Bolivia.
UN urged to adopt Peoples Agreement from Bolivia
Convinced that recent Government-led climate negotiations had ignored the perspective of the people most affected by global warming, Bolivian President Evo Morales told reporters today that the United Nations should adopt the outcomes of a “people’s summit” he had convened last month in the Andean city of Cochabamba as a more inclusive, people-centred framework for future talks to ensure equitable decision-making and respect for the rights of the planet.
“I’m talking about justice,” said President Morales, who was in New York accompanied by a group of social activists to present United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the outcomes of the first World People’s Congress on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held in Cochabamba 20-22 April.
Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Meena Raman, of the Third World Network, and Maude Barlow, of the Blue Planet Project, joined the President at the press conference. Read more ...
More from President Morales at the UN at Democracy Now:
Bolivian President Evo Morales: “For Bolivians and for indigenous peoples, the idea is to live well. And this term ‘living well’ is important, as opposed to ‘living better’—living well. Capitalism, to live better, pillages resources in an unbridled manner, exploits the children of Mother Earth, which are the human beings, destroys nature, squandering. It causes so much damage to humanity. Hence the debate is on the structural causes of global warming.”