August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, August 25, 2011

VIDEO: Russell Means thanks all his supporters


A thank you, and health update, from Russell Means, recorded Monday.

Albuquerque Forest Service Shuts Down, Frightened by Peaceful Peaks Protest

Norman Patrick Brown, Navajo, holds sign "President Obama supports destruction of sacred sites." Photo by Ethan Sing


Outta Your Backpack Media/Censored News

Outta Your Backpack Media/Censored News
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
ALBUQUERQUE -- The Protect the Peaks protest in Albuquerque at the US Forest Service office frightened the Forest Service so much that it shut down, roped off its corridors with police tape and placed police on the roof top.
Louise Benally, Navajo from Big Mountain, Arizona, however, said she was able to enter the building and deliver a letter calling for a halt to the destruction of sacred San Francisco Peaks.
Already, there is clearcutting of the old growth forest for the pipeline of sewage water for snowmaking at the Snowbowl ski resort.
El Grito news covered the protest. "The strength of our heart and our spirit is our prayers, the strength and heart of our prayers is our mountains, and the strength and heart of those mountains is our great spirit," Navajo grassroots organizer Norman Brown told the gathering. "That's how we are tied in to this land. That's how and why we've never given up."
Louise Benally, a Navajo traditional practitioner and resident of the San Francisco Peaks foothills, delivered a letter to the Forest Service, addressed to Corbin Newman, Regional Forester, stating that the federal government is passing judgment on the tribe's religious belief, and failing in its duty as "trustee" to protect "native religions, traditions, and culture that it is otherwise charged to protect."
Read more at El Grito:
Protests were held at Forest Service offices around the west today, including protests in Golden, Colorado, and Vallejo, California, calling for a halt to the destruction of San Francisco Peaks, sacred to 13 Native American Nations. Medicine men gather healing plants on the mountain and hold ceremonies there, where the Snowbowl plans to make snow from wastewater piped in.


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USDA Forest Service, Region 3                                                                       August 25, 2011

Appeal Deciding Officer: Harv Forsgren

333 Broadway SE

Albuquerque, NM 87102

To: Corbin Newman, Regional Forester



RE: Record of Decision:  Arizona Snowbowl Facilities Improvements and Forest Plan

       Amendment #21 by Nora Rasure, Forest Supervisor, February 18, 2005

This letter is presented to you in order to call on you to enact an immediate halt to the destruction and desecration of the Holy San Francisco Peaks, located in Northern Arizona, and to demand that the USDA revoke the Special Use Permit for Arizona Snowbowl for the greater public interest.


The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Arizona Snowbowl is currently under review by the USDA in its Draft Report on Sacred Sites. The EIS details the public outcry about the plan to use treated sewage effluent to make snow to "provide a consistent and reliable ski season" for Arizona Snowbowl. It further states that in an effort to build trust with local Native American tribes the USDA will try to reverse some of the damage caused by decisions that have directly contributed to the desecration of sites held sacred to Native American tribes.

However, at the outset of the 60 day public comment period for the Draft Report on Sacred Sites, Arizona Snowbowl had already began clear cutting 40 acres of rare alpine forest and laying a 15 mile pipeline to carry treated sewage water up the Mountain to manufacture snow. The people who hold this mountain sacred implore you as Regional Forester to step in and make the USDA aware that the very mountain your own report’s claim to protect as a show of trust is being devastated. This will destroy any hope of building trust with tribes in the future.


It should also be noted that the Forest Service has violated the MOA with multiple tribal governments, without any recourse by the Coconino National Forest Service. Your position as Regional Forester obligates you to help provide oversight and protections of tribal interests in this matter. The Final EIS is insufficient, faulty, racist, environmentally unsound, scientifically unsound, and is clearly completely biased towards allowing Snowbowl to expand and use effluent water for snowmaking.

As you can see by the national outcry of resistance to the construction of Snowbowl, the citizens of this country strongly object to the decision to approve the Proposed and Preferred Action. Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack needs to be urged to uphold the Environmentally Preferred Action and it is your job as manager of part of this nation’s forests to encourage him to do so.  We demand that you halt construction if at the very least until the Sacred Sites Report is released and taken into consideration.  The entire East side of the Peaks was lost in a fire and it is the Forest Service’s duty to step in and fulfill their responsibilities in protecting the remaining pure wilderness watersheds, which are so rare in Arizona.

The Forest Service decision to expand Snowbowl is a perfect example of what Executive Order (EO) 12898 was created to stop. EO 12898 is an attempt to stop racism within the Federal Government. To continue this desecration would only continue to perpetrate the racism that has been taking place against the indigenous peoples of this land for centuries. Your own EIS clearly states that this will disproportionately affect and has, since 1938, been disproportionately affecting many Native tribes. Remand this decision, as it violates EO 12898, FS policy regarding EO 12898, and EPA policy regarding EO 12898.

 The Forest Service is not delegated with the responsibility of passing judgment on, or measuring the validity of a tribe’s religious belief.  That is, however, exactly what the federal government has done here.  It has forsaken its obligation as “trustee” and effectively undermined the continued viability of native religions, traditions, and culture that it is otherwise charged to protect.  Neither the asserted “improved skiing experience,” nor the undisclosed economic benefit to Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership, can legitimately justify the devastating impact this project has on the tribes and on the individuals that hold the San Francisco Peaks sacred. 

The Forest Service is mandated with providing recreation, but it does not mandate recreation at the sake of sacred sites and fragile ecosystems. Artificially creating snow goes against this mandated recreation provision by completely ignoring the natural environment that exists within the SUP and has always existed within the SUP. There is no consistent snow on the Peaks as they are in high desert. In order to stay within Forest Service regulations, CNF should be providing recreation that fits the area the CNF is supposed to be managing—not artificially creating an environment that will benefit the owners of Snowbowl.

Mr. Newman, do your part to halt the construction at Snowbowl so that Mr.Vilsack has the option to remand this decision via the Report on Sacred Sites, primarily because it is unhealthy for all living things and will destroy the rarest ecosystem in Arizona. This decision is not only morally and ethically indefensible, the decision at issue: (1) was based on inaccurate and/or incomplete information; (2) is not supported by the record; and (3) was improper as a matter of law and currently has two lawsuits surrounding the project, one versus the US Forest Service and one against the City of Flagstaff.

Your prompt attention to this emergency situation is greatly appreciated.

Day 6 Portraits of Arrests: Tar Sands White House









Photos by Ben Powless, Mohawk. Arrested today, on Day 6 of the Tar Sands Protest at the White House. North Dakotans joined protesters to stop the fracking of their state.

NOW: 322 Arrests

Ottawa Tar Sands Action Announced

News — admin @ 5:57 pm
“There comes a time…”
There comes a time when you need to take a stand. When sending letters and signing petitions isn’t enough. When together we must say, “enough is enough — not on our watch.”
That time is now. We must act together for the health of our planet, our air, our water, our climate, and our children.
On September 26th we need you to come to Ottawa to join a historic action to oppose the tar sands. In a large peaceful protest, many will be risking arrest to tell the Harper government that we don’t support his reckless agenda; that we want to turn away from the toxic tar sands industry; and that we oppose the direction he’s taking this country.
In the U.S., people by the thousands are taking a stand. From Aug 20th to Sept. 3rd, thousands are pledging to risk arrest in daily acts of civil disobedience to convince President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring dirty tar sands oil to the U.S. On
September 26th, we will stand up to Prime Minister Harper to pressure him to stem the tar sands industry at its source.
Tar sands mining and other extreme forms of energy extraction like Arctic drilling, shale fracking, and nuclear power generation send us in the exact opposite direction that we, as a civilization, must go to ensure global survival. If we burn the tar sands, we blot our nation’s reputation; if we leave that carbon in the ground, we’ll do the world an enormous favour.
On September 26th we are asking you to come to Ottawa to participate in one of the largest acts of civil disobedience on the climate issue that Canada has ever seen.
Be a part of turning Canada away from the toxic tar sands industry. Help forge the future we all want to live in.
If you are interested and willing to take action email ottawaaction@gmail.com or go to www.ottawaaction.ca to sign-up today. It will be a powerful day, and more powerful if you’re a part of it.
Sincerely,
The Council of Canadians
Greenpeace Canada
Indigenous Environmental Network
This action has been endorsed by:
Maude Barlow – Chair, Council of Canadians
Shirley Douglas – Canadian television, film and stage actress and activist
George Poitras – Mikisew Cree Indigenous First Nation
James Hansen – Internationally renown Climate Scientist.
Graeme Gibson – author and Member of the Order of Canada.
John O’Connor – Medical Doctor
Clayton Ruby – Member of the Order of Canada and Criminal Lawyer
Judy Rebick – Journalist, political activist and feminist.
Naomi Klein – Author and Journalist
Tom Goldtooth – Director, Indigenous Environmental Network
Bill McKibben – Writer and Environmentalist
Gordon Laxer – Professor of Political Economy
Tony Clarke – Author and director of the Polaris Institute
Bruce Cox – Executive Director Greenpeace Canada
Toghestiy Wet’suwet’en – Wet’suwet’en Nation
Kai Nagata – Ex-CTV Bureau Chief and journalist
James Biggar – Executive Director LeadNow.ca
Joseph B. Uehlein – Labor organizer and environmentalist

Why now?
This summer, 11 veteran U.S. and Canadian scientists and environmentalists — Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, Danny Glover, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, George Poitras, David Suzuki, and Gus Speth — issued a continental call-out. The call was for people right across the U.S. to come to Washington D.C. and join in two weeks of non-violent civil disobedience actions to try to stop the massive tar sands Keystone XL pipeline. The response has been overwhelming
Knowing the horrific impacts a mega-pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to refineries in the U.S. gulf coast would pose to communities, waterways, ecosystems and the planet, people are signing up by the thousands. They are pledging to risk arrest to draw a line in the sand and say “no.” They’ll deliver that message by daily risking arrest until the project is stopped.
On September 26th, we have a chance to match their courage and do the same in Ottawa.
If you are interested and willing to take action email ottawaaction@gmail.com or go to www.ottawaaction.ca to sign-up today.
« Vient un temps où… >
Vient un temps où il devient nécessaire de prendre position. Où envoyer des lettres et signer des pétitions ne suffit plus. Où nous devons dire ensemble : «C’est assez! Ça ne passera pas avec nous!»
Ce moment est venu. Nous devons passer à l’action ensemble pour protéger la santé de notre planète, de notre air, de notre eau, de notre climat et de nos enfants
Le 26 septembre, nous avons besoin que vous veniez à Ottawa pour participer à un évènement historique contre les sables bitumineux. Dans le cadre d’une grande manifestation pacifique, certains vont risquer de se faire arrêter afin de dire au gouvernement Harper que nous n’appuyons pas son programme irresponsable, que nous voulons tourner le dos à l’industrie toxique des sables bitumineux et que nous nous opposons à l’orientation qu’il veut donner au pays.
Aux États-Unis, ils sont des milliers à prennent position. Du 20 août au 3 septembre, ils prendront le risque de se faire arrêter lors de gestes quotidiens de désobéissance civile pour convaincre le président Obama de rejeter le projet d’oléoduc Keystone XL visant à acheminer le pétrole sale issu des sables bitumineux vers les États-Unis. Le 26 septembre, nous défendrons notre cause face au premier ministre Harper et ferons pression sur lui pour qu’il ferme les robinets de l’industrie des sables bitumineux.
L’exploitation des sables bitumineux et les autres formes extrêmes d’extraction d’énergie telle que le forage dans l’Arctique, le gaz de schiste et la production d’énergie nucléaire nous amènent dans la direction opposée de celle où nous devons aller, en tant que civilisation, si nous voulons assurer la survie de la planète. En brûlant les sables bitumineux, nous entachons la réputation de notre pays. En laissant le carbone sous terre, nous rendons un service énorme à la planète.
Le 26 septembre, nous vous demandons de venir à Ottawa pour prendre part à l’une des plus grandes manifestations de désobéissance civile que le Canada n’ait jamais connue sur la question du climat.
Contribuez à détourner le pays de l’industrie toxique des sables bitumineux. Aidez à forger un avenir où nous voudrions tous vivre.
Si vous souhaitez passer à l’action, envoyez un courriel à ottawaaction@gmail.com ou inscrivez-vous dès aujourd’hui sur www.ottawaaction.ca. Cette journée sera un moment fort ; encore plus fort si vous en faites partie.
Sincèrement,
Le Conseil des Canadiens
Greenpeace Canada
Indigenous Environmental Network
Cet appel à l’action est appuyé par :
Maude Barlow – Présidente du Conseil des Canadiens
Shirley Douglas – Télévision canadienne, actrice de cinéma et de théâtre et activiste
George Poitras – Autochtone de la Première nation crie Mikisew
James Hansen – Scientifique du climat de renommée internationale
Graeme Gibson – Auteur et membre de l’Ordre du Canada
John O’Connor – Médecin en titre
Clayton Ruby – Membre de l’Ordre du Canada et avocat criminaliste
Judy Rebick – Journaliste, activiste politique et féministe
Naomi Klein – Auteure et journaliste
Tom Goldtooth – Directeur de l’Indigenous Environmental Network
Bill McKibben – Écrivain et écologiste
Gordon Laxer – Professeur d’économie politique
Tony Clarke – Auteur et directeur général de l’Institut Polaris
Bruce Cox – Directeur général de Greenpeace Canada
Joseph B. Uehlein – Organisateur syndical et écologiste
Pourquoi maintenant ?
Cet été, 11 scientifiques et écologistes expérimentés américains et canadiens — Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry, Tom Goldtooth, Danny Glover, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, George Poitras, David Suzuki et Gus Speth — ont lancé un appel à l’échelle du continent. Ils ont demandé à la population américaine de se rendre à Washington D.C. pour prendre part à deux semaines de manifestations de désobéissance civile non-violente pour faire obstacle au projet d’oléoduc Keystone XL. Cet oléoduc doit transporter des quantités massives de pétrole issu des sables bitumineux. La réponse des citoyens américains a dépassé toute espérance.
Étant conscients des impacts horribles qu’un grand oléoduc acheminant les sables bitumineux albertains vers les raffineries américaines sur la côte du golfe du Mexique aurait sur les communautés, les voies navigables, les écosystèmes et la planète, des milliers de gens se sont inscrits et s’inscrivent présentement à la manifestation. Ils s’engagent à prendre le risque de se faire arrêter pour tracer une ligne dans le sable et dire « non ». Ils feront passer ce message en prenant quotidiennement le risque de se faire arrêter jusqu’à ce que le projet soit mis aux oubliettes.
Le 26 septembre, nous aurons l’occasion de montrer le même courage en faisant la même chose à Ottawa.
Si vous êtes prêts à passer à l’action, envoyez un courriel à ottawaaction@gmail.com ou inscrivez-vous dès aujourd’hui sur www.ottawaaction.ca.

VIDEO Tantoo Cardinal Arrested Tar Sands White House Protest





Photos by Tar Sands Action. Cree actress Tantoo Cardinal arrested with Superman's Lois Lane, Margo Kidder, as Cardinal defended her homeland from the destruction of the Alberta tar sands excavation. The two weeks of protest are to halt the Keystone XL Pipeline planned from Canada to Texas. Meanwhile, Obama is on a 10-day vacation. There were 275 arrests as of Day 5, which was Wednesday.

Tar Sands Action Media Roundup: 8/25


News — admin @ 4:12 pm

Here’s some of the best coverage from the Tar Sands Action so far:

‘Pipeline protesters stage Day 3 of W.H. sit-in’ – Politico http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61837.html#ixzz1W4D5RzZZ




‘Over 160 Arrested in Ongoing Civil Disobedience Against Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline’ – Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2011/8/23/over_160_arrested_in_ongoing_civil

‘Pipeline foes arrested in D.C.’ – Omaha World-Herald http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110822/NEWS01/708239994/1003


‘Going to Jail for the Environment’ – Op-ed in Baltimore Sun by Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-08-22/news/bs-ed-tar-sands-20110822_1_wind-farms-tar-sands-pipeline

Click here for photos on our Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarsandsaction

Click here for videos on our YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/StopKeystoneXL


Protect the Peaks: Albuquerque Forest Service Protest






Albuquerque: Protect the Peaks protest of the US Forest Service. Photos by Protect the Peaks/Outta Your Backpack Media

Article update at:

Greetings folks,
I know you are very busy. But if you have time, unless you are already protesting the Forest Service, you are welcome to add your name to this letter (its from individuals, not an organization).
We will also be making this letter available for folks to sign online at
www.truesnow.org as well.
Please respond ASAP as we have someone ready to deliver it in DC.
Thanks!
- Klee

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. 
Washington, DC 20250

RE: Protect the San Francisco Peaks. Halt the Ecological Destruction and Desecration!

Dear Secretary Vilsack,
We, the undersigned, are deeply disappointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to allow Arizona Snowbowl to proceed with expansion and snowmaking with treated sewage effluent on the Holy San Francisco Peaks. This action is in blatant disregard for Indigenous People’s deeply held cultural & religious beliefs, community health, and the environmental integrity of the sensitive mountain ecosystem.
Snowbowl is a private, for profit, ski area using the San Francisco peaks under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. We maintain that the expansion of this resort and wastewater snowmaking is not in the public’s greatest interest.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) reveals:
  The ski area plan would "further contaminate the spiritual purity of the entire Peaks beyond the historic and existing levels." - Final Environmental Impact Statement Vol 1 Page 3-18
 "Snowmaking and expansion of facilities, especially the use of reclaimed water, would contaminate the natural resources needed to perform the required ceremonies that have been, and continue to be, the basis for the cultural identity for many of these tribes." - Final Environmental Impact Statement Vol 1 Page 3-18
 "The proposed action would represent the highest degree of potential disproportionate adverse impact to Native American cultures." - Final Environmental Impact Statement Vol 1 Page 3-370

The current Draft Report on Sacred Sites goes to great lengths to explain the public outcry about the plan to use treated sewage effluent to make snow to "provide a consistent and reliable ski season" for Arizona Snowbowl. It states that a good way to build trust with the tribes is to try to reverse some of the damage caused by poorly made decisions to desecrate sacred sites.
However, even as the 60 day public comment period began for the Draft Report on Sacred Sites, Arizona Snowbowl was busy clearcutting 40 acres of rare alpine forest and laying a pipeline to carry treated sewer water roughly 15 miles up the Mountain to make fake snow.
The very mountain your own reports seem to want to protect--as a show of trust--is being absolutely devastated by Arizona Snowbowl in an apparent effort to circumvent this same sacred sites report and pending lawsuits against the project. And in essence goes quite a way in destroying any hopes of trust in the future. How can the USDA engage in a process to fix sacred sites protection policies while the San Francisco Peaks, holy to 13 Indigenous Nations, are currently being desecrated?
We urge you to take the following steps to protect the San Francisco Peaks:
Immediately create a moratorium on all construction on the San Francisco Peaks until the Sacred Sites Report is finalized and you are able to read it and make some informed decisions.
Terminate Snowbowl’s Special Use Permit (SUP) and make it part of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area.
Above all please do not allow treated sewage effluent to be sprayed on the pinnacle of Arizona.

It should also be noted that the 2004 Memorandum of Agreement between the Forest Service and multiple tribal governments has been violated without any recourse by the Coconino National Forest.

We additionally urge you to uphold previous agreements with Tribes and maintain oversight and protections of tribal interests in this matter.
The FS decision to expand Snowbowl is a perfect example of what EO 12898 was created to stop. To continue this desecration would only continue what has been happening to the indigenous peoples of this land for centuries. EO 12898 is an attempt to stop Racism & Classism within the Federal Government. Your own EIS clearly states that this will disproportionately affect and has (since 1938) been disproportionately affecting many native tribes. Please remand this decision because it violates EO 12898, FS policy regarding EO 12898, and EPA policy regarding EO 12898.
Neither the asserted “improved skiing experience,” nor the undisclosed economic benefit to Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership, can legitimately justify the devastating impact this project has on the tribes and on the individuals that hold the San Francisco Peaks sacred.

By focusing narrowly on a purpose and need to improve Snowbowl’s financial viability, the FS simply uses the National Environmental Policy Act process to overcome any and all obstacles relative to that goal, including identified irreversible and irretrievable impacts to the environment and disproportionally adverse effects to Native Americans. The agency has stated its goals so narrowly that there are actually no environmentally benign alternatives that can accomplish them. Indeed, the only alternative considered that could meet these goals was the selected Alternative 2.
The Forest Service is mandated with providing recreation, but it does not say that you are supposed to fake it. Artificially creating snow goes against this mandated recreation provision by completely ignoring the natural environment that exists within the SUP and has always existed within the SUP. Of course there is not consistent snow here, we live in a high desert. In order to stay within FS regulations, CNF should be providing recreation that fits the area the CNF is supposed to be managing—not artificially creating an environment that will benefit the owners of Snowbowl.
Please immediately halt Snowbowl construction as it is unhealthy for all living things. This decision is not only morally and ethically indefensible, the decision at issue: (1) was based on inaccurate and/or incomplete information; (2) is not supported by the record; and (3) was improper as a matter of law and currently has two lawsuits surrounding the project. One vs the US Forest Service, and one against the City of Flagstaff.
We appreciate your prompt attention to this emergency situation.

Sincerely,

Protect Peaks: Letter to Regional Foresters

Letter to the Regional Foresters: Desecration of Holy San Francisco Peaks must stop now!.
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USDA Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Regional Office
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo CA 94592.
Thursday August 25, 2011

To Randy Moore, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester,
Desecration of Holy San Francisco Peaks must stop now!

Please find enclosed a copy of a letter being submitted to your colleague Corbin Newman,

 Southwest Regional Forester. We ask that you follow up with him on this issue as a matter

of urgency, and see that the Arizona Snowbowl development is immediately halted, so that

further desecration and environmental destruction is prevented.


The San Francisco Peaks, in Northern Arizona, are Holy to more than 13 Indigenous

Nations. They are a place of worship, where deities reside, offerings are made, herbs are

gathered, and many sacred ceremonies take place.

Today marks the third month since owners of Arizona Snowbowl, with the support of the

U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff City Council, began work on the planned expansion

of a private ski area. In 2005, the Southwestern Regional Forest Service permitted the

development despite widespread Tribal and public opposition. So far, this has enabled

them to lay over five miles of a 14.8 mile wastewater pipeline and clearcut over 40 acres of

rare alpine forest on the San Francisco Peaks, less than half of the project. The expansion

includes a controversial plan to use treated sewage water for snowmaking. We demand that

you end this desecration and ecocide.

The US Department of Agriculture, which includes the Forest Service, is currently engaging

in a consultation about sacred sites, a draft report can be found at, http://www.fs.fed.us/

spf/tribalrelations/sacredsites. As your constituents we would like to see you work for

change within the Forestry Service, that includes observing Article 12 of the United Nations

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which says ‘ Indigenous peoples have

the right to manifest, practise, develop and teach their spiritual and religious

traditions, customs and ceremonies; the right to maintain, protect, and have

access in privacy to their religious and cultural sites;’. The US Forest Service must

practice better land management, that includes respecting the rights of Indigenous Nations,

real and effective public and tribal consultation, and accountability when this does not

happen.

‘Caring for the land and serving people’ is the motto of the US Forest Service,

but the desecration of the Holy San Francisco Peaks does neither. We ask that

you forward the enclosed letter to Mr Newman and urge him to immediately stop the

desecration of this sacred mountain.

Sincerely,

Protect the Peaks Solidarity Working Group

John Kane, Mohawk, First Voices Indigenous Radio

LISTEN: John Kane, Mohawk, guest host today on First Voices Indigenous Radio

http://www.rezkast.com/music.php?music_id=223&title=_quot_First_Voices_Indigenous_Radio_8_25_11

On today's show, John Kane discusses the White House Tar Sands Protest and talks with guests.
John begins with a description how Tantoo Cardinal and Superman's Lois Lane, Margot Kidder, were arrested shortly before the earthquake in DC.
John describes how the Snowbowl ski resort in Flagstaff, Arizona, plans to make snow from recycled wastewater on the sacred mountain, and the protests that have followed.

PHOTO: Day 6 White House Tar Sands Protest Going Strong!

Day 6 White House Tar Sands Protest Going Strong! Photo by Joshua Kahn Russell. Thank you from Censored News! On Day 5, the total was 275 arrests to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to Texas, and the environmental disaster of the tar sands in Alberta, Canada.


Listen to Cherri Foytlin, a mother from the Gulf Coast, arrested on Day 5.

Update from Legal Support Team

Park Police: We don't want to arrest more than 10 people a day
Posted at Censored News

News — admin @ 10:01 am
On August 18th members of the legal team and action coordinators met with leadership of the Park Police to discuss the upcoming Tar Sands Action. At that meeting the Park Police leadership told us that they didn’t want to arrest more than 10 people per day.
We explained that while we provide support for the Tar Sands Action we don’t dictate to the people who participate, and that although we understand their position, they should prepare for between 40 – 100 people to risk arrest each day. We also explained that the target of the action is the Keystone Pipeline and not the Park Police.
On Day One the Park Police arrested 66 people for Failure to Obey, a traffic charge. In a deliberate move they held Day One arrestees until Monday (in DC, court is not in session on Sundays). The Park Police stated that their intention was to deter other people from participating in the action. After spending two nights in jail, Day One arrestees were ‘no papered’ which means that they didn’t pay a fine and no charges were brought against them.
On Day Two, the Park Police arrested 42 people, and everything changed. Realizing that they had failed to undermine the resolve of participants, the Park Police offered Day Two arrestees Post and Forfeit (see Legal Memo FAQ) and processed and released them within hours of their arrest.
From the second day on, the Park Police have speedily processed arrestees and offered them Post and Forfeit for a Failure to Obey charge. This is our expectation for the coming days of the action, but there are no guarantees for the future legal process.

No Tar Sands Caravan Meets Stop the Pipeline Tour in Nebraska

News — admin @ 9:18 am
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Members of the No Tar Sands Caravan and Stop The Pipeline Tour converse with locals and the media in Lincoln, NB.
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, August 25th, 2011 – With 2,300 miles and eight states traversed, the No Tar Sands Caravan arrived in St. Louis at midnight on its 4th day of travel headed for D.C. from California. The day featured a lively press conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, an engaging mini-action at a Kansas City gas station, and a 614-mile drive from Lincoln to St. Louis. After adding two cars in Lincoln, the caravan has swelled to four cars (two hybrid) and a dozen riders planning to arrive in Washington D.C. on Saturday with even more company.
Over fifty concerned citizens gathered for a press conference at Cultiva’s Café in Lincoln for a meeting of two caravans on their way through America to take action in Washington D.C. The event was organized by Bold Nebraska, a politically mixed grass roots organization who’ve had several members arrested at the White House on August 22nd participating in the Tar Sands Action. The meeting brought the Stop the Pipeline tour together with the No Tar Sands Caravan.
The Stop the Pipeline caravan is carrying five land owners galvanized in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline that, if approved by Obama, would cross their lands and threaten their crops, wells, and families. The Stop the Pipeline caravan is following the length of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline before heading into Washington on August 30 to stand in solidarity with everyone who has risked arrest in the two-week long act of civil disobedience.
Representatives from both caravans gathered in front of concerned citizens and the media. Ben Gotschall began the session. “I’m a rancher from the Sand Hills. This pipeline threatens my home and my family’s way of life. We hear TransCanada trying to simplify this into environmentalists versus oil or obstructionists versus jobs and it’s not that simple. What I’ve seen in travelling the country is that there are so many people opposed to this project for so many reasons that to me it’s obvious that this pipeline is not in the best interests of this country.”
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Members of the No Tar Sands Caravan and Stop The Pipeline Tour raise signs in front of the Stop The Pipeline bus.
Attending the meeting were local Nebraskans with similar concerns about their lands being destroyed by pipeline construction and the inevitable leaks and ruptures. Stop the Pipeline participant David Daniel shared stories of the intimidation of land owners faced to sign leases as well as the litany of questions about health and safety they’ve posed to TransCanada without an answer. “When the industry considers tar sands as a viable source of oil you know you’re in trouble,” he added to applause from all present.
I had a chance to speak for the No Tar Sands Caravan. Moved by the mix of tea party, republican, democrat, and progressive citizens represented in the room I said that “politics can divide us, but the Earth unites us.” I can report that this issue is uniting diverse citizens behind a new energy to defend our environment from the bottom up.
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About The No Tar Sands Caravan:

The No Tar Sands Caravan will arrive in D.C. on Friday, August 26th to join the Tar Sands Action Protests in front of the White House. They welcome anybody to jump on board during the final 2 days of their journey. Learn how you can participate at notarsandscaravan.org.
The No Tar Sands Caravan continues its 3,000 mile super low carbon footprint journey to cross the US carrying a message in opposition of the Keystone XL Pipeline and dirty Alberta Tar Sand Oil to the Tar Sands Action in Washington D.C. Along the route, the caravaners engage local citizens to gain a better understanding of differing views about the tar sands and pipeline. Follow the caravan on Twitter, Facebook, or NoTarSandsCaravan.org to live this unique experience firsthand.