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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Three Native Youths Ready to Walk Across America -- Again!

Three Native American Youths ready to walk across America -- again!

Starting point Monday, Feb. 14, 2011: Gresham, Oregon, Red Sunset Park, walk 9 am to noon; after lunch runners run till sundown.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
It is a great honor to share the news that these three Native American youths are ready to walk across America -- again! Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone from Nevada, Lisa Peake, Ojibwe/Pomo from Turtle Island, and Craig Luther, Navajo, from Utah.
Bad Bear is already in Portland, Oregon, getting ready for the Longest Walk 3 northern route for diabetes, along with coordinator Chris Francisco, Navajo from Shiprock, N.M.
Lisa Peake, shown as she was honored in DC for making it all the way across America on the Longest Walk 2 in 2008, is ready to walk across America again.
Craig Luther, Navajo, from Sanders, Arizona, joins his fellow walkers, along with Craig's father. Luther's family now lives in Richfield, Utah.
It was an honor to make the journey with these three Native American youth walkers on the Longest Walk 2 northern route. As cohost of the Longest Walk Talk Radio, along with Govinda from Earthcycles, we shared their stories.
Each of these walkers manifest beautiful qualities under very difficult conditions, walking and running in cold and rain, through times of little food and often sleeping on the ground in wet tents. They walked up to 16 miles a day across America in 2008.
Now, crossing America again, they face severe weather in Idaho, Montana and the Dakotas in the first months. The walk brings awareness to Indian country about diabetes, and the need for wholesome foods and exercise.
With few funds and supplies, the walkers on the northern route are ready to begin.
The Longest Walk northern route Honorarium Dinner is potluck style in Portland, on Sunday, February 13, from 6 pm - 9 pm, at 4737 NE Couch Street. The ceremony to begin the walk is in Gresham, Oregon, on Monday, February 14, at 8 am. It is at Red Sunset Park, 2403 NE Red Sunset Drive. More information is available from Chris Francisco at (503) 515-6239 or Christina 'qui-qui' at (360) 241-6562
Longest Walk Northern Route for Diabetes:
Coordinator: Chris Francisco

(503) 515-6239
Photo copyrights: Bad Bear Sampson by Quiqui of De La Luna Photography; Lisa Peake by Brenda Norrell; Craig Luther by Brita Brookes.

American Indian Airwaves: Freeing Peltier, Liberating Coca and Practicing Sovereignty

02/08/11, Tuesday, on American Indian Airwaves
“Declarations for Freeing Peltier, Liberating Coca, and Practicing Sovereignty”
Photo: Alex White Plume by Standing Silent Nation film

Listen to Tuesday's show in the archive
Feb. 8, 2011

On American Indian Airwaves , we spend the entire hour with Alex White Plume (Lakota Nation), President of Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) - and Ken Lebsock, International Justice Coordinator of Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) and in conjunction with the Black Hills Treaty Council join us for the first segment of today's show to discuss the call for the immediate release of long-time, Indigenous political prisoner, Leonard Peltier as well as how the Obama Administration did not go far on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (
On the second segment of today's show, Kathryn Ledebur, Andean Information Network (, joins us to discuss how Indigenous people from the Plurinational state of Bolivia are attempting to enforce and amend the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs in regards to the traditional Indigenous plant coca. The 1961 international convention states that after 25 years, the chewing of coca should be legalized. January 31st, 2011 marks the expiration date of the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs articles prohibiting the chewing of coca. Various countries throughout the world, including the United States, are opposed to Indigenous people chewing coca for cultural purposes.
American Indian Airwaves regularly broadcast every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 Los Angles,93.7 North San Diego FM 98.7 Santa Barbara, FM 99.5 China Lake, or and every Tuesday from 9pm to 10pm (ECT) on WCRS 98.3/102.1 Columbus, OH.
SPECIAL NOTICE: weekly shows can now be heard on the KPFK web site ( under "audio archives" located on the top of the KPFK webpage

TUCSON: UNIDOS Fight for Ethnic Studies

February 8, 2011
By Derechos Humanos
WHAT: Press Conference supporting Ethnic Studies and condemning HB 2281
WHO: UNIDOS (United Non-discriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies)
WHEN: Tuesday February 8, 2011; 5:45p.m. (Before TUSD Board Meeting)
WHERE: Tucson Unified School District Headquarters (1010 E. 10th St. Tucson, AZ).
In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2281 into law-the bill seeks to eliminate our Ethnic Studies program.
In April of 2010, a group of U.N. human rights experts declared their serious concerns over laws recently enacted by the state of Arizona, subjecting communities of color to discriminatory treatment:
"...such law [HB 2281] and attitude are at odds with the State's responsibility to respect the right of everyone to have access to his or her own cultural and linguistic heritage and to participate in cultural life. Everyone has the right to seek and develop cultural knowledge and to know and understand his or her own culture and that of others through education and information."
This is why UNIDOS -a new youth coalition of students from local high schools, alumni and community members-demand that TUSD Governing Board, the State Board of Education, and the state of Arizona must act in accordance to international human rights law. UNIDOS was created in response to HB 2281 and the growing attacks on our education. UNIDOS seeks to protect and expand Ethnic Studies and promote the values of diversity, justice and equity in our education.
Students and community members support Ethnic Studies because 97.5% of students that take the classes graduate high school and 70% will seek out education beyond the high school level based on 10 years of complied data by the Mexican American Studies Advisory Committee. If the state of Arizona moves forward with the plan to eliminate our program, the district and the State of Arizona will undoubtedly face the power of youth and community mobilization. As Alonso Palomino, 17, declares, "With our voice we plan to reach out to the world, with our actions we hope to create a positive change in our communities."
UNIDOS demands:
We want a meeting where TUSD Governing Board meets with students, alumni and parents!
Save our classes! Save our teachers!
Expand the success of the program to all districts!
The TUSD Governing Board, the State Board of Education and the State of Arizona must act in accordance to international human rights law!