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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Native Sun: Marchers Protest Shooting Death of Oglala Man

This story was written by Estella Claymore and is copyright Native Sun News.

RAPID CITY—“No Justice, No Peace”. “Unity and Justice go hand in hand”.

These phrases were among those shouted by protesters as they marched down Haines Avenue on June 1 during a protest against what the American Indian community says was the “unnecessary” slaying of Christopher Capps by a Pennington County Sheriff’s Department deputy in early May.

Capps, 22, a college-bound Oglala Lakota man, was shot near his Sunnyside Mobile Home Community just north of Rapid City. Nearly 100 protesters joined the march that started at Mother Butler Center and ended at the intersection of Omaha and Fifth Street.

Protesters from several South Dakota tribes, as well as those from as far away as Montana, joined the march that was heavily patrolled by sheriff’s deputies in unmarked vehicles, many seeking to arrest participants based on what was said to be outstanding warrants – a situation that was blamed for suppressing the number of protesters.

Meanwhile, officers from the Rapid City Police Department escorted the marchers.

“Remember Christopher,” one of the many protester signs said.

“Overkill: 5 Shots,” said another. Capps, 22, was shot five times by Deputy Dave Olson on May 2.

“Another injustice against Native Americans in Rapid City,” said James Swan, one of Rapid City’s American Indian community leaders and an American Indian Movement member.

“No is not an answer no more, enough is enough,” said Swan, who helped organize the protest march.

Protesters ended their march on the north side of the Rapid City administration building in an attempt to draw some attention from Mayor Alan Hanks, who was said to be “in meetings all day.” Hanks’ secretary, Trudy Severson, said he would not be speaking to the protestors.

After the march, protesters were scheduled to regroup at Mother Butler Center for a feed and speakers, including Capps’ parents, Jerry and Jaylene Capps.

Related Stories at :
Native Sun: Deputy reached for gun, not taser, in shooting (5/27)
Native Sun: Police shooting of Oglala man ruled as 'justified' (5/19)
Native Sun: Oglala Sioux family sends son to the spirit world (5/13)
Native Sun News: Deputy shoots and kills Lakota man, 22 (5/6)

O'odham and O'otham protest Arizona's racist laws

Indigenous Peoples, including Tohono O'odham and O'otham from Gila River and Salt River, were among those protesting Arizona's racist legislation on Saturday. Photo copyright Holly Metz.

Border Patrol Occupiers Call for Direct Action and Support

Border Patrol HQ Occupiers Call for Direct Action Support
Press statement
Scuckson (Occupied Territories of Tucson, AZ) -- On June 1, 2010 at 8:30AM (MST) the 6 peaceful resisters who locked down and occupied the Border Patrol Headquarters in Tucson, AZ on May 21, plead not guilty to charges of Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Trespassing at Tucson City Court. At this point no trial date has been set, and additional court proceedings are anticipated at the end of June and the beginning of July.

More than a dozen peaceful resisters, six of whom used devices to lock-down, occupied the Border Patrol Headquarters to demand that the Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Obama Administration end border militarization. The occupation lasted more than 4 hours while 70 supporters were outside protesting border militarization in solidarity with the six people locking down.

We reaffirm our opposition to border militarization and racist laws such as SB1070. We are committed to direct forms of action that uphold human dignity and respect. Terrorizing and destroying Indigenous communities, as well as the criminalizing of migrant communities, through racist legislation such as SB1070, must end.

In the past 10 days, since the peaceful act of resistance, the Obama administration has chosen to further military aggression against Indigenous & migrant communities by adding $500 million for "enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities" and mobilizing 1,200 National Guard Troops to the US and Mexico border. Even still, Arizona Senator John McCain threatens to double the number of troops in the borderlands.

We are making a non-exclusive call for affinity to those who stand in solidarity with us and others who take direct action against border militarization and the criminalization of our people.

These are some ways you can support those who continue to choose to take more direct forms of action against state violence in our communities:
- Hold Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security accountable to its attack on indigenous/migrant communities.
- Donate funds for legal defensive and offensive work
- Show solidarity at court proceedings
- Jail support
- Provide legal support/observing
- Media support
- Spread the message!

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