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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, June 4, 2010

Autopsy: Gaza activists shot 30 times, five died of gunshot wounds to the head

Gaza activists executed by Israelis
(Reuters) - Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

Autopsy results showed the men were hit mostly with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range, the Guardian said, quoting Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine which carried out the autopsies on Friday.

DEMOCRACY NOW! As Obama Refuses to Condemn Flotilla Assault, Survivors Recount Shootings, Beatings Aboard Mavi Marmara
While the Obama administration has refused to condemn the Israeli flotilla raid outright, survivors of the assault continue to challenge Israeli military claims that soldiers acted in self-defense after rappelling onto the lead vessel, the Mavi Marmara. We speak to two passengers who were aboard the ship: Kevin Neish of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and Kevin Ovenden of Viva Palestina. [includes rush transcript]

Turkey Buries Flotilla's US Teen

Israeli soldiers shot US teen with video camera in the face four times and once in the chest on flotilla

Turkey Buries Flotilla's U.S. Teen

Wall Street Journal
KAYSERI, Turkey—Around 2,000 people shouted slogans and punched the air in this central Turkish town, traveling from its central mosque to its cemetery alongside the coffin of the U.S. teen whose body was returned this week from Israel.

Israel's brazen slaughter at sea

Israel's New Initiative: Barbarism and Piracy at Sea
by Stephen Lendman
June 2, 2010
Read full article:
On May 31, under cover of darkness, Israeli commandos conducted a premeditated act of state terrorism against civilian aid activists trying to deliver thousands of tons of essential to life aid to besieged Gazans.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, canceling scheduled military exercises with Israel and recalling his ambassador, Oguz Celikkol, said: "It is no longer possible to cover up or ignore Israel's lawlessness....This action, totally contrary to the principles of international law, is inhumane state terrorism. Nobody should think we will keep quiet in the face of this."

Sacred Places Convention for Indigenous Peoples

Saturday, June 12—Sunday, June 13, 2010
Puvungna, California State University Long Beach
RESERVE YOUR SPOT AT THE CONVENTION TODAY! Registration Deadline is Monday, June 7, 2010.
Indigenous sacred places are central to the ongoing spiritual, mental, and physical health of the people and the survival of Tribal Nations. The purpose of this two-day Convention is to empower Indigenous peoples and Indian Nations to collaborate effectively in our work. This Convention will enhance Native governance and cultural competency throughout Indian Country by building the capacity of present and future Indigenous leaders to protect sacred places and cultural resources.
Convention Goals:
· Promote information sharing among Indian Nations, grassroots Indigenous led organizations, Indigenous sacred places activists, and community organizers on strategies for successful sacred place protection;
· Build the capacity of Convention participants to protect their sacred sites; identify points of collaboration for local, state, and national legislative, policy, and community action to promote the protection of Indigenous sacred places;
· Increase the community organizing skills of Convention participants;
· Engage tribal youth on the issue of Indigenous sacred place protection; and,
· Develop a strategic plan for further statewide and national collaboration of Indigenous peoples on sacred place protection issues.
Workshop Topics:
· Best Practices for Indigenous Sacred Place Protection in California;
· Media Tools for the Protection of Sacred Places;
· Environmental Tools for the Protection of Sacred Places;
· Sacred Place Protection: Updates from Across the Nation;
· Sacred Place Protection in the International Arena; and,
· Coalition-Building & Community Organizing in Indigenous Communities.
Keynote Speakers & Panelists:
· Chief Caleen Sisk Franco, Winnemem Wintu Spiritual Leader
· Preston Arrowweed, Quechan Elder and Spiritual Leader
· Dave Singleton, Program Analyst, Native American Heritage Commission
· Greg Castro, Salinan, Archaeological Resources Committee, State Historic Resources Commission
· Desire Martinez, Tongva Archaeologist
· Rebecca Robles, Acjachemen, Co-Director, United Coalition to Protect Panhe
· Morning Star Gali, International Indian Treaty Council
· Alberta Nells, Navajo, Youth of the Peaks, and many more!
Please join us in our efforts to help build the capacity of Indigenous peoples to protect our sacred places and cultural resources. Email Angela at to register. Please include your name, contact information, tribal affiliation, and how many days you plan to attend.
Registrations must be received by Monday, June 7, 2010!

TODAY: Western Shoshone: Hearing on Yucca Mountain

Today: Webstreaming of license withdrawal hearing at Yucca Mountain
From: Ian Zabarte
The NRC ASLBP Construction Authorization Board will be holding Oral Arguments at the Las Vegas Hearing Facility on the the DOE Motion to Withdraw the License Application for Yucca Mountain. The proceeding of June 3 and 4, 2010 will be open to the public. There will also be web streamed for public viewing at the following links:
June 4:

NRC panel to begin Vegas hearings on nuclear dump
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nuclear Regulatory Commission legal panel is hearing arguments in Las Vegas about whether the federal Energy Department can withdraw its application to build a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada.