Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 19, 2011

Seeds and Oil: Media complicit in crimes against humanity

Farmers burn genetically modified crops in India.
Media complicit in crimes against humanity

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The media is pimping for the oil and gas industry in Montana and North Dakota and covering up the Navajo commercial farm's use of genetically-modified Monsanto seeds.

The media is complicit in crimes against humanity.

The Navajo Nation's commercial farm, Navajo Agricultural Products Industries near Farmington, N.M., is still using Monsanto seeds and even promoting these seeds on its website. It is the same farm that has a Raytheon Missiles factory on its farmland, a story censored by Indian Country Today. The corn grown at NAPI is used in commercial products such as potato chips. 

All over the world Indigenous Peoples have banned and burned Monsanto seeds, but the Navajo farm still promotes these seeds. On its website, NAPI says, "We purchase our seed from Pioneer Seed Company, Syngenta Inc., and Monsanto, companies producing the best quality genetic hybrid corn seed on the market today."

However, Indigenous Peoples around the world know that the Monsanto seeds will destroy their traditional crops in the region through cross-pollination and destroy the health of people eating foods made from these genetically-modified seeds.

Mayans in Chiapas and Guatemala have taken a strong stance against Monsanto's genetically-modified seeds. Mayan ceremonial leaders are urging Indigenous Peoples to use, and save, their traditional seeds because of what the future holds for humanity.

From India to Hungary and Haiti, farmers are building bonfires and burning Monsanto seeds. As for Raytheon Missiles on the Navajo farm land, the Navajo Nation Council has continued to promote Raytheon Missiles on the farm. This information was censored by Indian Country Today, while I was a staff writer there. In fact, the ICT executive editor told me not to even research the topic.

The media is also now cheerleading for the deadly oil and gas industry.

Recent articles in Indian Country Today and the Billings Gazette have actually promoted the destruction of the land, air and water by the massive oil and gas drilling that is underway in the region.

Blackfeet writer Destini Vaile exposed the oil spill at Cut Bank River on the Blackfeet Nation. Then, Montana newspapers rushed to downplay the oil spill and promote the oil and gas companies.

Following the recent Protecting Mother Earth Gathering in North Dakota, Indian Country Today published an article countering the information by Native Americans gathered there. The Gathering was held on the lands of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes and Fort Berthold.

Rather than defending the protection of Mother Earth, Indian Country Today engaged in the publicity campaign of the tribal chairman, Tex Hall, who is pushing for more oil and gas drilling.

"We can't drink the oil," said Kandi Mossett. Mossett said her friend, 23 years old, was killed by one of the oil and gas trucks now clogging and destroying the highways.

Mossett urged everyone to call the BIA in Fort Berthold and protest the finding of "no significant impact" from the oil and gas drilling. The 300 oil and gas wells have already turned the daily lives of the people into a nightmare, with transit oil and gas workers wrecking the environment and the local economy.

There are 3,000 oil and gas wells planned for the next three years on the lands of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations. As their elders stated at the Gathering of the Indigenous Environmental Network, the greed for money is destroying the land and the people.


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