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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Navajo Commercial Farm Using Genetically Modified Seeds, Despite Global Protests

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

While Indigenous Peoples protest Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds around the world, the Navajo Nation’s commercial farm, Navajo Agricultural Products Industries, continues to use these seeds for commercial crops.

Haitian farmers are now burning donated Monsanto seeds. In India, thousands of farmers committed suicide after switching from traditional seeds to genetically modified seeds. In Chiapas, Mayan farmers have refused to use the seeds which damaged heritage seed stock. Cross pollination from genetically modified seeds can endanger crops from ancient seed stock in the region.

Navajos have long planted century-old corn using traditional dry farming. Navajos relied on the stars to know when to plant and sometimes planted in spirals, according to Navajo elders in Rock Point, Arizona.

In the book Navajo Farming, are the words sang while planting in Canyon de Chelly, from the song, "In the Field of the Home God."

"The holy blue corn seed I am planting. In one night it will grow and be healthy. In one night it grows tall, in the garden of the Home God." The planting song tells of hearing the whisper of the corn stalks coming up and the moisture that comes from the dark clouds.

"With dew of the mist, it is beautiful. With white corn it is beautiful." The song journey joins the beans and squash and then ties them together with the strings of lightning and rainbow. Navajo elder Tabaahi Ts'osi, George Blue-eyes, medicine man and storyteller, shared his knowledge of the magic and mystery of dry farming with a planting stick.

However today the Navajo commercial farm boasts on its website that it plants genetic hybrid corn seed purchased from “Pioneer Seed Company, Syngenta Inc., and Monsanto companies." The commercial farm, NAPI, is located on the Navajo Nation near Farmington, N.M., and grows commercial food crops, including corn for potato chips, along with potatoes, wheat and other crops.

Around the world, Monsanto and genetically modified seeds have meant death for Indigenous Peoples and their crops.

In Bolivia, Navajos joined Bolivian President Evo Morales and Indigenous Peoples from around the world calling for a halt to the use of genetically modified seeds. At the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in April, the final Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

“We call on States not to promote commercial monoculture practices, nor to introduce or promote genetically-modified and exotic crops, because according to our people’s wisdom, these species aggravate the degradation of jungles, forests and soils, contributing to the increase in global warming. Likewise, megaprojects under the search for alternative energy sources that affect Indigenous Peoples’ lands, territories, and natural habitats should not be implemented, including nuclear, bio-engineering, hydroelectric, wind-power and others.”

The working group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia was co-chaired by two Indigenous Peoples from the Southwest, Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, and Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo.

In Chiapas, heritage seed-stocks of Indigenous corn are being infected by genetically-engineered corn imported by multinational companies from the United States under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to Schools for Chiapas.

In Haiti, farmers are now committed to burning Monsanto’s seeds. Monsanto planned to donate 60,000 sacks of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti -- some treated with highly toxic pesticides. Jean-Baptiste, spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay, called the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti "a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds and on what is left of our environment in Haiti."

In India, thousands of farmers committed suicide after switching from traditional to genetically-modified seeds. They borrowed money on the promise of better crops. When the crops failed, there was no way out.

In Bolivia, Indigenous Peoples shared traditional wisdom on how genetically modified crops aggravate the degradation of jungles, forests and soils and contribute to the increase in global warming.

While Indigenous Peoples were among 35,000 in Bolivia concerned about global warming, the Navajo Nation continued its negotiations with Peabody Coal to continue coal mining on Black Mesa. Roberta Blackgoat, who spent her life resisting forced relocation because of Peabody's coal mining, said coal mining "rips out the liver of Mother Earth."

The Navajo Nation has two coal-fired power plants in the area of the Navajo commercial farm near Farmington, N.M., and another at Page, Ariz., which contribute to global warming. In fact, coal-fired power plants in the US are among the primary causes of the destruction of the Arctic and the melting ice homeland of polar bears, walrus, seals and other wildlife.

The area of northwest New Mexico has been known as a "US Sacrifice Area," since the 1970s. It is the Navajo people who have been sacrificed, by way of the US government working in collusion with corporations and the elected Navajo Nation government.

While NAPI continues to use genetically modified seeds on its commercial farm, NAPI also has a Raytheon Missile manufacturing plant located on the commercial farm where the crops are grown, a fact many would like kept secret.

The fact that the Raytheon Missile factory is located on the Navajo farm was censored by Indian Country Today in 2006. At that time, Cuba was expressing interest in purchasing food products from NAPI and Indian Country Today editors demanded that no research be done on Raytheon's missile plant at the farm or any possible pollutants discharged from Raytheon.

Indian Country Today staff reporter Brenda Norrell was terminated after being told by editors not to research Raytheon Missiles on NAPI and other issues. Censored News is now published as a result of Brenda Norrell's termination by Indian Country Today. Censored News, which has no sponsors or advertising, focuses on the censored issues of Indigenous Peoples and global human rights.

Also see: Comparison between Bolivia's Peoples Agreement and Copenhagen Accord:

Mohawk Nation News 'Manifest Destiny to Manifest Insanity'


Mohawk Nation News

MNN. June 14, 2010. Arizona’s image is taking a well-deserved beating over its racial profiling and Indigenous history censoring laws. A dozen other states and Washington want to copy it. Obama sees migration as a law enforcement and military matter. MNN digests Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez great article, “Manifest Destiny to Manifest Insanity” []:

Politicians and hate-radio are fueling fear of ‘Mexicans” and “immigrants”, who are Indigenous. The American myth of a pristine, God-given home, reserved for English-speaking White Anglo Saxon Protestants, amid the re-“browning” of Great Turtle Island must be pursued.

The goals are white racial political and cultural dominance over [brown] peoples, on top of lies about the conquest. The recent deaths of some 5,000 ‘Mexicans’ and ‘Central American” Indigenous peoples in the desert, and the killings of 2 “Mexicans” are overlooked.

Racial browning reverses Western colonial Civilization. [The white race invaded us to “squat” and “suck” – to occupy our land and to suck our resources].

Rodolfo Acuña’s ‘Occupied America’ and Paulo Freire’s ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ have been banned under Law HB 2281 signed in April by Gov. Jan Brewer. She also signed SB 1070 the racial profiling law in May 2010.

State Superintendent, Tom Horne, is pushing the ignorant Eurocentric “Americanization” agenda. Arizona students can only be taught "Greco-Roman" misinformation. Indigenous Mesoamerican or Maize knowledge of the Western Hemisphere is forbidden because it’s “subversive” and “Un-American”.

Horne’s rhetoric claims Raza Studies preaches hate, results in segregation, promotes anti-Americanism and the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.

Acuña sees Arizona losing its grip on the reality that Great Turtle Island was not a wild, savage and empty continent. The invaders did not conquer and civilize “the Indians.” The foundation of this nation is genocide, land theft, slavery and dehumanization.

Ethnic Studies upsets the carefully crafted myth of the US as the land of freedom and democracy or Paradise on Earth. This fantasy permits U.S. citizens to view permanent war as a God-given birthright.

Raza Studies critics try to dehumanize the Ongwehonwe Mexicans and Chicanos as immigrants, as mongrels undeserving of human rights. It’s de-Indigenization and dehumanization. Those who can’t be deported are tolerated if we assimilate, accept their myths and submit to ethnic cleansing and subservience.

Manifest Destiny disease has developed into full-blown Manifest Insanity.

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Residential School Survivors Protest 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission'

Aboriginal people protest at Canadian government's first "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" forum in Winnipeg, demand real inquiry into Indian residential schools

Winnipeg: June 16, 2010

By Hidden from History

Chief Peter Yellow Quill of the Anishinabe nation has been burned off his land and assaulted for challenging Canada's colonial Indian Act: and yesterday, he stood with other residential school survivors in resistance to the so-called "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" (TRC) that opened in Winnipeg, Canada.

"This was organized murder and child rape! And we won't be able to even name the names of those responsible at this farce!" declared Peter to the crowd of protestors and reporters.

"We have been too nice to these people! When they gave us their 'apology' they were just giving themselves a defacto immunity for their crimes!"

More than thirty police confronted Peter and other natives as they rallied outside the TRC forum in downtown Winnipeg, and waved placards reading "All the children need a proper burial!" and "Stop the TRC whitewash!".

The rally was sponsored by The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD), which has led high profile demonstrations and church occupations across Canada since 2007, calling for the prosecution of the churches that ran residential schools.

Chantelle Devillier, another residential school victim, told reporters that she was raped and tortured repeatedly from the age of nine in a Catholic Indian school, and wants criminal charges laid.

"So what's the point of me just telling my story? We need prison terms for the men who did it to me!".

The rally was called in response to the restrictions and censorship imposed on survivors who try sharing their story at the TRC forum, and the need for a real inquiry with the power to lay criminal charges against the guilty churches.

Chief Yellowquill told reporters,

"We just learned that you have to go to a 'training session' at the TRC forum before you can even tell your story, so the feds get to vet and censor what you say. This whole thing is one huge obstruction of justice, and the world needs to know this!"

The protestors plan to picket the TRC every day and call upon all survivors to boycott its proceedings. They and the FRD are also planning followup protests at Winnipeg locations over the coming weeks, culminating in a public meeting to initiate an independent residential school inquiry, on Monday June 28 at 7:00 pm at the University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage avenue, in Theatre A, fourth floor of Manitoba Hall.

FRD founder Kevin Annett will be one of the featured speakers.
For more information contact the FRD through this email.
Issued by the FRD National Committee and its parent body, The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State.