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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Reno Gazette Journal promotes attackers in hate crime

Reno Gazette Journal joins the copycat reporters, copying
Censored News articles

By Brenda Norrell.
Censored News

The Reno Gazette Journal joined the copycat crew today, copying information from two articles in Censored News. If the journalists who are receiving paychecks were doing their jobs, they wouldn't have to sit in their easy chairs, and wait for the unpaid writers at Censored News to do it for them.

One article is about a Northern Paiute traditional gatherer being fined $800 by the Nevada Game and Fish.

The other article is disturbing, as the Reno Gazette Journal prints an extensive interview with the family of an accused attacker in a hate crime, without interviewing the victims.

The Reno Gazette's coverage reveals why racists continue to attack in the state of Nevada with impunity. In this case, the accused white attacker is the son of a retired police detective in Lyon County, Nevada.

Reno Sparks Indian Johnny Bonta was not only beaten and stabbed, but the attackers attempted to slit his throat, which is attempted murder. His son-in-law was also beaten in the attack by three men. Johnny Bonta, the victim, was jailed with a broken nose and cuts and bruises. He was denied medical treatment in jail. Police refused to take a statement from the family. Johnny Bonta was never charged and was only released from jail when tribal authorities intervened.

The Reno Gazette reporter takes the hit and run approach, saying the victims, the Bontas, could not be reached for comment by press time. This is unacceptable, reprehensible reporting in a hate crime.

Forbes did a far better story reporting the hate crime. However, if Forbes did not actually interview the family, then credit should be given to Censored News, or the subsequent copycat reporters who waited for Censored News to take all the risks, and then came out of hiding to collect their paychecks.

The hate crime took place on May 24. The Reno Gazette woke up from its snooze today on July 6, in time to do some damage control for the family of a retired white police officer.

Mainstream news reporters, don't think I'm doing your work for you so you can sit in your easy chairs and collect a paycheck off my efforts. That includes you, Indian Country Today, and your 'reporter' that I haven't seen out on a news story in the past 29 years.

And that includes you Reno Gazette Journal which copied two of my articles on Censored News on Wednesday. Then, you, the Journal promoted the attackers in a hate crime -- without interviewing the victims. Your journalism is a crime against humanity.

For all of you reporters who want to know what is in the Chinga La Migra downloads from Arizona police files, please feel free to stay up all night, every night, downloading torrents, zip drives and software updates so you can read, study and evaluate the massive data. Again, I'm not doing your work for free so that you can get a paycheck.

Forbes article:

Reno Gazette Journal favors alleged hate crime attackers:

Here's the original articles from Censored News:
Reno Sparks Indian beaten in hate crime (June 6):
Hate crime attackers talked about it on Facebook

Owe Aku International Justice Project: Lakotas celebrate the struggle

By Owe Aku International Justice Project
Published at Censored News

Owe Aku International Justice Project is celebrating its first anniversary of working for the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council in international advocacy on behalf of the Lakota Nation. Lakota leaders have been going to the United Nations since 1977 and have always been active participants in fighting for the inherent human rights of Indigenous peoples and the territories from which we originate. Owe Aku International Justice Project reflects the ongoing effort and unwavering commitment brought to our work by Lakota leaders, elders, and communities.

Over the last year we have made advances in approaching the world family of nations in bringing settler nations, including the United States, closer to justice, especially with respect to accountability for their innumerable violations of human rights and genocide against Native nations. With the support of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, we have stood proudly in denouncing all who would diminish our sovereignty or pretend that the rights of white, christian nations somehow have precedent over all other inhabitants of our verdant Mother Earth. We are committed to the preservation of a way of life, not just expediency within a western model of “justice.” When necessary, regardless of the foe, we will stand on the traditions brought to us through our ancestors and do battle on behalf of our people.

With less than $8,000 this year we have helped sponsor three treaty gatherings on our national territory, we have attended a regional meeting of the Organization of American States in Ottawa, we were a presence in the Permanent Forum in New York, we helped sponsor a film forum on Indigenous environmental issues and we challenged several federal government policies designed to again deceive American citizens about the continuing cultural, environmental and physical assault on Lakota and Native communities. We have crafted policies and positions that reflect our connection to our communities and environment and we have not wavered in challenging those that would compromise our approach.

“Oyate tokeca ob tokan wowicasa sni ogna woope wowapi iyopteyapi.”

“Those approving things without the people’s knowledge are not a red star and they stand with the people of a different way and they pass letters of law in a sneaky way.” (Alexander White Plume, NaCha.)

Never has it been more apparent that the very basis of Lakota society, the tiyospaye (clan, extended family, community), is the most crucial aspect of any society that hopes to live in peace and harmony with the environment. This message is every bit as important as international law and being the connection between the two will always be our main objective. To achieve this we hope to show more clearly how we at Owe Aku and Owe Aku International Justice Project are enhancing the strength of our own communities, creating more environmentally sound infrastructure on our territory and addressing the trauma brought to us by the colonizers with their genocidal policies, diseases and unbridled abuse of natural resources for the benefit of a few select members of their “cultures.” We at Owe Aku International Justice Project pledge that our work in international forums will always be only as vital as our connection to the tiyospaye and to our homeland; “Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.”

It has been a good year and we can be proud of our modest gains and steady march forward. Now, as our second year begins, we look forward to more work designed to positively enhance more of our people’s lives and to sending out those voices of strength to be heard for seven generations. This is a Lakota project from a Lakota vision, but it is a universal need.
Bring back the way.

Kent Lebsock, Coordinator
Owe Aku International Justice Project for Lakota Treaty Justice and Advocacy

Livestream: Greek Swedish Norwegian Flotilla Ship at Sea now

Broadcasting Live with Ustream

Gaza Freedom Flotilla II: The Juliano boat of Greek, Norwegian and Swedish activists was live, and went offline with boats approaching them. A member of Sweden's Parliament is said to be onboard. (Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 11 am Eastern Time)

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