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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ben Powless Photos: Wetuweten Nation Enbridge Protest





Photos by Ben Powless, Mohawk. Members of the Wetsuweten Nation, joined by First Nations activists and allies from across the Canada and US - including IEN, RAN, Ruckus, etc. join forces to protest against the expansion of the Enbridge pipeline through Indigenous territories in northern BC and the further expansion of the Tar Sands megaproject.
Unist’ot’en rally and set up camp to stop Enbridge and KSL pipelines
July 16, 2010
Unist’ot’en organize a large demonstration rally to notify governments and industry about their existing regulatory regime and of their responsibility to protect and restore their devastated environments

Smithers, BC: The ‘Unist’ot’en of the Wet’suwet’en Nation alongside their grassroots allies and supporters assembled in Smithers to organize a rally designed to assert their title and rights on their ancient lands. The rally was organized and led by the ‘Unist’ot’en leadership and had the demonstrators primarily target the Ministry of Forests offices and the Ministry of Environment office. The following is the list of demands that were delivered to the Ministry offices who issue permits and licences for industry and private interests.
Read statement:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/07/unistoten-rally-and-set-up-camp-to-stop.html
 

Rapid City Journal covers Urban Warrior Society street patrol

Native group brings extra eyes to city streets
By Andrea J. Cook
Rapid City Journal

"Our goal is to be present and be seen. We want people to get used to us," Swan said.
Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender supports Swan's plan to organize two-person teams of volunteers willing to take the time to walk through the park or attend Native and non-Native community events.
http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/article_11e3bc3e-9148-11df-b939-001cc4c03286.html

Unist’ot’en rally and set up camp to stop Enbridge and KSL pipelines

Unist’ot’en rally and set up camp to stop Enbridge and KSL pipelines
Media release
Photo copyright Ben Powless, Mohawk

July 16, 2010: Unist’ot’en organize a large demonstration rally to notify governments and industry about their existing regulatory regime and of their responsibility to protect and restore their devastated environments

SMITHERS, BC: The ‘Unist’ot’en of the Wet’suwet’en Nation alongside their grassroots allies and supporters assembled in Smithers to organize a rally designed to assert their title and rights on their ancient lands. The rally was organized and led by the ‘Unist’ot’en leadership and had the demonstrators primarily target the Ministry of Forests offices and the Ministry of Environment office. The following is the list of demands that were delivered to the Ministry offices who issue permits and licences for industry and private interests. Read more ...
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2010/07/unistoten-rally-and-set-up-camp-to-stop.html

Native American Leaders to Prime Minister: Allow Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team Entry

July 16, 2010
Contact: Thom Wallace, 202.903.3759
Communications Director, NCAI
National Congress of American Indians Calls on UK to Grant Entry for Game’s World Championships
By NCAI

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest tribal advocacy organization in the United States, has called on the government of the United Kingdom to allow for the entry of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, facilitating participation in the World Lacrosse Championships being held in Manchester, England (Read letter below).

“We strongly urge the United Kingdom to follow the actions of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and clear the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, representing the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, for international travel on their Haudenosaunee passports,” said NCAI’s President Jefferson Keel in the letter. “As you are aware, the game of lacrosse is indigenous to Native Americans. In the view of Native peoples, denying entry to the game’s historical and cultural emissaries is a troubling scenario.”

The letter addressed to Prime Minister Cameron comes shortly after U.S. Secretary Clinton granted a one-time travel waiver to the Iroquois Nationals team on Thursday. The British government followed by announcing that it would not grant entry to the team.

President Keel emphasized in the letter that the legitimate documentation questions have been addressed, as reflected by the U.S. State Department’s waiver for travel. While the Iroquois Nationals Team has already missed its first game in the World Championships, the team plans on arriving by Saturday to participate.

The letter to Britain’s leader concludes by stating that the National Congress of American Indians encourages the British government to preserve the sanctity and intent of international gamesmanship and tribal sovereignty.

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the United States. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights.

For More Information Visit: http://www.ncai.org/

N A T I O N A L C O N G R E S S O F A M E R I C A N I N D I A N S
July 16, 2010
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA, United Kingdom

Dear Prime Minister David Cameron:

I write on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest

and largest tribal government advocacy organization representing sovereign tribal nations

in the United States. We strongly urge the United Kingdom to follow the actions of U.S.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and clear the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team,

representing the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, for international travel on their

Haudenosaunee passports. The United Kingdom and its citizenship will benefit greatly

from welcoming these great athletes representing their respective Indian nations.

Our organization is comprised of elected and appointed leaders and citizens from

tribal sovereign nations that have extensive treaty and legal agreements with the United

States Government. Over the last week, we have been working with Obama

Administration officials, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland

Security, the congressional delegation from the State of New York, and Iroquois Nationals

team officials to resolve legitimate concerns regarding the international travel documents

of Haudenosaunee citizens. As a result, on Thursday, July 15, 2010, Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton provided a one-time waiver for the travel of this team to the

World Lacrosse Championships.

As you are aware, the game of lacrosse is indigenous to Native Americans. We

greatly respect that the United Kingdom is hosting an international lacrosse tournament.

However, in the view of Native peoples, denying entry to the game’s historical and

cultural emissaries is a troubling scenario. The legitimate documentation questions have

been addressed, as reflected by the U.S. State Department’s waiver for travel. We

encourage your government to preserve the sanctity and intent of international

gamesmanship and tribal sovereignty, and grant entry to the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse

team.

Respectfully,

Jefferson Keel, President

National Congress of American Indians

Lt. Governor, Chickasaw Nation

Iroquois Lacrosse Team: Winning without playing the game


By Brenda Norrell
Narcosphere

It is day five of Britain refusing to honor the Haudenosaunee passports of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team. Although the team forfeited by default Thursday's game at the world championship in England, the team still hopes to make it to Saturday's game.

However, the UK continues to refuse to recognize the Haudenosaunee passports of the team and grant the players visas.

Meanwhile, the Iroquois Nationals team members have become heroes, symbols of resolute sovereignty.

Barbara Low, Mi'kmaq Nation, said she is so grateful to the Iroquois National Lacrosse team, "for choosing principle over expediency."

"They have already won something that is far more valuable then a trophy. They are true role models, worthy of our utmost respect, and humble admiration. By standing ground, they are drawing the world's attention to the very real struggle of Indigenous Sovereignty," said Low, adding that she stands in solidarity with all other Indigenous Nations who seek to remove the mantle of Colonialism.

The issue of true sovereignty for Indian Nations comes as racism and xenophobia proliferates at the northern and southern borders of the US. The US is attempting to deny the rights of passage and mobility of Indigenous Peoples in their own territories. The US is attempting to annihilate American Indian sovereignty by requiring US passports for Indigenous Peoples, a regulation aimed at dismissing the identity of Indian people.

John Kane, Mohawk, said the Haudenosaunee passport issue exposes more than assimilation, it exposes genocide.

"I am glad we have an entity like the Iroquois Nationals to bring this issue out to the public, but international travel and simple border crossing issues are something our people deal with every day.

"The insistence by the US, Canada and now the UK that we must declare either US or Canadian citizenship to travel, in some instances within our own community, is not just assimilation but genocide."

Kane publishes the Native Pride blog and is an editor and writer for Making A Visible Impact Magazine.

As the Iroquois Lacrosse team waited in New York, neither the U.S. nor Britain acted in good faith. The US State Department's last minute, one-time waiver, was pitiful. Britain's last minute, turn-about refusal to honor the US waiver and the Haudenosaunee sovereign passport is inexcusable.

Iroquois Lacrosse Captatin Gewas Schinder said Thursday, "The UK is not letting us into the country. They told us last week that once the U.S. has cleared us they'll allow us in. Now they're going back on their word."

All the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team players wanted to do was to play lacrosse, the game invented by the Iroquois, and honor their identity.

The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team refused to play the game of the US and Britain.

The words "American Indian sovereignty" are often used in the media, but seldom are these words manifest with such power and conviction as by these young Haudenosaunee men.

Ady, the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team members are the winners.