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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bicycling for peace across America: former Congresswoman and former Black Panther

Bike4Peace press statement
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SOUTHERN UTAH -- She spent twelve years in the US Congress and a week in an Israeli jail. Now she's spending two months on a bicycle trip across North America. Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party's 2008 nominee for President, is riding with Bike4Peace 2010 to demonstrate the bicycle as a solution to Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and Economic Malaise.

Malik Rahim, the 62-year-old former Black Panther and Veteran for Peace, who helped to create Common Ground Relief in response to the post-Katrina disasters in New Orleans, is also riding his bicycle to demonstrate his commitment to a way of life that respects our common need for a healthy environment.

Cynthia and Malik plan to meet with other cyclists from all parts to celebrate World Car-Free Day in Washington, DC, on Wed-22-Sept. They will rally on their bicycles in front of the US Capitol at 10:00 AM. While rides from several parts of the country have been planned for this convergence, many cyclists are expected to arrive by train and bus with their bicycles to join this celebration.

Bike4Peace 2010 began at The House of Common Sense in Oakland, CA, on Sat-24-July and has already involved some seventy bicyclists. Some have ridden across their town, some across their state, and others are committed to crossing the continent. The ride builds upon Bike4Peace experiences from previous years since it began in 2005. Riders have ranged in age from 18-mo--old twins Grace and Willow Darr-Hipp, who rode 4500 miles in a bicycle trailer to Ethyl MacDonald, an 84-yr-old woman who cycled across the continental divide in Montana.

Bike4Peace cyclists stress that local hosts are as vital a part of Bike4Peace as the bikers. "When a community comes together for a potluck to share with the bike riders," says organizer Vernon Huffman, "it builds our hope for national recovery through responsible choices. We've been excited to see how many communities are building sustainable alternatives to corporate disasters."

Donations can be made through PayPal at and will be used to defray the costs of travel for those cycling across the continent. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

As of this writing in the first week of August, Ms. McKinney is crossing southern Utah, while Mr. Rahim is in Georgia and planning to visit each state capitol on his ride to DC. As they look forward to their great convergence, they are also excited to meet and share with people in every small town through which they pass. More information is at and

Navajo Environmental Activist Earl Tulley Announces Candidacy for Navajo Vice President

Navajo environmental activist Earl Tulley announces candidacy for vice president with Navajo Presidential hopeful Lynda LovejoyBy Brenda Norrell
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Longtime Navajo environmental activist Earl Tulley announced Monday that he will run for vice president with Navajo Nation Presidential hopeful Lynda Lovejoy, the top vote getter in the Navajo primary election.

"I believe that the Lovejoy-Tulley ticket would like to awaken and bring to life the phrase 'Walk in Beauty,'" Tulley said during an interview at a Window Rock restaurant Monday afternooon.

While some Navajo say a woman should not serve as the leader of the Navajo Nation, Tulley sees it differently. "Leadership is not relative to gender, but the capacity to lead, that is what I see Lynda Lovejoy possess."

Tulley pointed out that 17,000 Navajo voters endorsed Lovejoy's role to be the president of the Navajo Nation in the primary.

Tulley, from Blue Gap, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation, served previously as the chairman of the board for Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, N.M., and as a Navajo Housing Authority community developer, providing affordable housing to Navajo families.

Tulley was the vice president of Dine' Citizens Against Ruining our Environment for 22 years. Dine' CARE has fought to protect the Navajo forests from the clear cut logging of old growth pines and to protect the environment from the destruction of coal mines and power plants.

"I believe everyone is looking for sustainable development that will not impair the resources and health of the Navajo people, but that would give quality economic life for all."

When asked about this decision to run in the Navajo election, Tulley said one has to be prepared to serve when one is called to serve, whether it is to gather a load of firewood or to serve as vice president.

(This article may be republished only in full with full credits to Brenda Norrell/Censored News.)

Armed Chilean Forces Set to Annihilate Hundreds of Unarmed Indigenous Rapanui

Armed Chilean forces set to annihilate 100s of unarmed indigenous Rapanui people

Update Wednesday: Chilean special forces sent to Easter Island; 500 Indigenous Peoples reclaiming land reported safe on Tuesday, read breaking news article:

Contact: August 9, 2010
Santi Hitorangi (845) 596-5403
Susana Hito (845) 371-2100

Pacific Islanders non-violently take back Easter Island
At 12 noon today Chile’s armed forces set to annihilate 100s of unarmed indigenous Rapanui people
At 12 noon today armed Chilean forces (navy marines) and intelligence officers (dando vueltas) are set to crush 100s of unarmed Pacific island natives of Rapanui, aka Easter Island, who are staging a non-violent retaking of their ancestral land through occupation.

Since last week hundreds of unarmed islanders had moved into government buildings, the museum and the privately-owned Hanga Roa hotel.

The Rapanui families have filed for protective orders to be issued (a constitutional action or recurso de amparo preventivo). Yet, today the Chilean forces are on the verge of attack without the world knowing of the Rapanui’s plight.

The Hanga Roa Hotel, which during the Pinochet dictatorship was sold to private multinational investors. The Hito family is now occupying the Hanga Roa Hotel their ancestral legacy. Santi Hitorangi, a member of the Hito family, who is currently living in upstate New York says:

“The Rapanui people were left no choice but to take action. I have been unable to return to my country because when I started to construct traditional agricultural structures “manavai” on my land, a warrant for my arrest was issued, for “criminal trespass” on my own land.

For the past two years I have been fighting the Hotel’s relentless persecution to detain, charge and jail me. After my family retook the Hanga Roa Hotel, a condition of negotiation, is that all criminal charges against me dismissed.”

The root of the current revolution is based in the Chilean’s continued occupation and systematic abuse of the Rapanui people, in violation of the United Nations laws on political decolonization and today also the International Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, to which Chile became a signatory in 2007. Chile’s actions also violate Chile’s own Indigenous Laws, which make it illegal for non-Rapanui people to own land on the island. The Chilean government has continued to condone abuses relating to health, usurpation of lands, and endangerment of the fragile environment and eco-system of the island by unrestricted immigration of foreigners and Chilean nationals.

In August 2009, the Rapanui people took over the international Mataveri Hanga Roa airport for three days, at which time the Chilean government agreed to start giving control over immigration through a constitutional amendment. To date the Chilean government has not fulfilled its agreement and the fragile ecosystem of the island is endangered. Chile has only delayed political decisions which are needed, such as the intervention of the Committee on Decolonization of the United Nations, return of usurped state owned lands, and restrictions on immigration.

For nearly 2000 years the Rapanui civilization flourished in isolation the middle of the Pacific Ocean, The Rapanui developed a written language and performed engineering feats considered impossible. The Rapanui are not an ancient, extinct people, but today the are very much alive and vibrant.

Yet most of the world does not even know the Rapanui people exist, and believe Easter Island to be a deserted, mysterious island with the monolithic rock statutes, known as the Moai, seen in advertisments and movies such as, “Night at the Museum”. In the mid 1990’s UNESCO declared Rapanui a “patrimony to humanity”, a human heritage site.

In 1888 when the Chilean navy claimed Rapanui only 110 Rapanui remained, today the resilient Rapanui number nearly 5,000 despite abuses and attempted genocide.
The alleged “treaty” between the Rapanui and Chile was written in both Spanish and transliterated Rapanui, only 110 Rapanui remained. Each side of document has completely different meaning and intent. The Rapanui side establishes a relationship of FRIENDSHIP between Rapanui and Chile, whereas the Chilean side states that the Rapanui CEDED all their rights in the island.

It is unthinkable for the Rapanui people could ever hand over their island to a foreign power, since they had no where else to go, being 3,800 miles from their closest neighbor.

Today the Rapanui people have reclaimed their land rights to their ancestral home. Piru Huke, a woman leader whose family has taken over the governor’s residence, states that, “Rapanui is inextricably the land, the language and the people. None of which can be separated or sold. This togetherness confirm the unbreakable link between the Rapanui people and their land.”

Donations for a legal defense funds of Rapanui may be made, to Te Pito Productions, a not-for-profit corporation. An auction of Rapanui petroglyph rubbings will be announced shortly. For more information please inquire, or