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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, 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
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

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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Nationwide Forest Service Protests for San Francisco Peaks Protection

We hope you can help organize a demo at the Regional Forest Service office in your area. Please let us know. We may have other supporters in your area and can connect you.

NATION-WIDE Protests Planned at Forest Service Headquarters to Halt Sacred Site Desecration on the San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks clearcutting 2011/Protect the Peaks

Press statement

Greetings friends,
This is a call to see if anyone can organize protests at any of the 10 regional Forest Service Headquarters, including the main office in DC!
Even a few people holding banners outside FS offices would greatly help us put necessary national pressure on the Forest Service regarding the Holy San Francisco Peaks crisis, i.e. current clear-cutting and pipe-line construction in conjunction with Snowbowl ski resort's expansion and plans to make snow with treated wastewater.
It is also important to note that some of the regional foresters have good working relationships with Indigenous Nations and so please consider this when organizing.

Folks in the Flagstaff area have been very busy as Im sure you've heard. ( If you haven't heard, check out truesnow.org and www.IndigenousAction.org) Not only have 26 arrests been made so far in response to out efforts to stop desecration and eco-cide of the Peaks, but harassment and bogus citations are given to Peaks campers by USFS agents on a daily basis.

The goals of the protests are to:
1. To call for an immediate halt to desecration of the Holy San Francisco Peaks.
2. Call for the USDA to revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for greater public interest.
3. Draw attention and elicit comments for the U.S. Forest Service draft report (http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites) outlining its policies and procedures for protecting Sacred Sites.
4. Demonstrate nationwide support for protection of the Peaks and all Sacred Places!

We can provide a template news release for media contacts in your area.
We can also provide banner templates and tips (or send banners depending on the need).
Below is a sample call out from the already planned Albuquerque, NM protest.

Please email me at indigenousaction@gmail.com or protectpeaks@gmail.com if you can help organize a demonstration.
Please forward to your contacts who maybe able to help as well.

For some background please visit: www.IndigenousAction.org and www.TrueSnow.org.

Here are the regions:

http://www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml
Southwestern Region - Albuquerque, NM (CONFIRMED!)
Northern Region - Missoula, Montana (FOLKS ORGANIZING NOW!)
Rocky Mountain Region - Golden, CO
Pacific Northwest Region - Portland, Oregon (FOLKS ORGANIZING NOW!)
Intermountain Region - Ogden, UT
Alaska Regional Office - Juneau, AK
Pacific Southwest Region - Vallejo, CA (FOLKS ORGANIZING NOW!)
Southern Region - Atlanta, GA
Eastern Region - Milwaukee, WI
US Forest Service HQ - Washington, D.C.

PROTECT SACRED SITES! DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS!
PROTECT THE PEAKS PROTEST

When: Thursday, Aug 25th - All day 9am to 5pm.

Where: Southwestern Regional Forester Office
333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM.
Why: Since May 25, 2011, the owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, have laid over five miles of a 14.8 mile wastewater pipeline and have clearcut over 40 acres of rare alpine forest on the Holy San Francisco Peaks in Northern, AZ.
The Peaks are Holy to more than 13 Indigenous Nations.
They are a place of worship, a place where deities reside, a place where offerings are made, where herbs are gathered, where emergence has occurred, and a location where other sacred religious practices take place .
The USDA, the agency in charge of the Forest Service, has been holding hearings on protection of sacred places due in part to the Peaks controversy.
Urge the Forest Service's Regional Forester and USDA to immediately halt all Snowbowl development on the San Francisco Peaks!

The Forest Service and USDA can stop this desecration and eco-cide!

More info: TrueSnow.org
TAKE ACTION:

1. Contact the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Urge the USDA to immediately halt all development on the San Francisco Peaks!
The USDA heads the Forest Service. Urge them to revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for greater public interest.

Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202-720-3631
2. Comment on USDA Draft Sacred Sites Report.

Public Comment Deadline: Oct. 4.

The draft report is available for review at
http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites

Public comments can be sent to:
U.S. Forest Service
Office of Tribal Relations
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop Code: 1160
Washington, DC 20250-1160
Comments also may be submitted by fax to (202) 205-1773 or e-mail to
sacredsitescomment@fs.fed.us.

3. Converge on the Mountain! Donate supplies!
Join an established base camp or start your own.
Supplies are also needed.
More info: www.truesnow.org

4. Donate funds for legal support for those arrested
Donate online at www.TrueSnow.org or www.IndigenousAction.org
You can also organize fundraiser support and awareness events.
Contact protectpeaks@gmail.com for more info.

5. Contact Flagstaff City Officials and urge them to RESPECT the environment, Indigenous culture, and protect public health by finding a way out of their contract to sell Snowbowl wastewater!
PHONE: (928) 779-7600
EMAIL: council@flagstaffaz.gov

6. Write letters to your local papers about the issue.
Spread the message on your social networks.