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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, September 9, 2011

PHOTOS: Blood Nation women blockade fracking

Photo by Arnell Tailfeathers

Photo by Arnell Tailfeathers
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Photo by Arnell Tailfeathers

Photo by Arnell Tailfeathers

Photo by Arnell Tailfeathers


Three Blood Nation women were arrested Friday night during the fracking blockade in southern Alberta. From Maija Tailfeathers: "Just got arrested. In the back of the cop car with Lois Frank. Texting with handcuffs. 3 Blood Tribe women."  Photos by Arnell Tailfeathers/Censored News.


Blood Nation Women Arrested in Fracking Blockade
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

UPDATE: Statement from Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, posted at:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/09/elle-maija-tailfeathers-blood-nation.html

Three Blood Nation women were arrested, Friday night, Sept. 9, while blockading oil and gas fracking on Blood Nation land in southern Alberta, near the Montana border.
Maija Tailfeathers said in a text message, "Just got arrested. In the back of the cop car with Lois Frank. Texting with handcuffs. 3 Blood Tribe women."
Blood Nation women stood in front of an oil tanker and brought it to a halt.
The three Blood Nation women arrested were Lois Frank, Jill Crop Earred Wolf, and Elle-Maija Tailfeathers.
Maija Tailfeathers said Saturday, "We were charged with trespassing and intimidation.  As our Rocognizanze Engagement states: We 'wrongfully and without lawful authority for the purpose of compelling Murphy Oil and Gas to abstain from doing anything that they had a lawful right to do, blocked and obstructed a highway, contrary to section 423 (1) (G) of the criminal code.'"
"It actually wasn't a highway, just a side road on the reserve that lead to the well. The charges were up to Chief and Council to lay as we were arrested by tribal police. So we were held for roughly 3-4 hours before charges were formally laid," Tailfeathers told Censored News.
"Our release was conditional, such that we must 'keep the peace and be of good behaviour' as well as stay clear of any of the oil & gas sites on the reserve.  The police officer stated that if we did go near a well, it would be a $1500 fine," she said.
 Before their arrest, the women released a statement.
“Early tonight, numerous women from the Blood Nation have courageously parked in front of Murphy Oil's fracking development site vowing not to move until plans of fracking for oil and gas are stopped,” the women said in a statement.
“The women are part of the Kainai Earth Watch and have been active advocates to stop the fracking due to the major threat to human health, wildlife and livestock and the irreversible damage to the land and water on the Blood Reserve and surrounding areas. They feel this is the only choice left to them to stop the operations as plans for construction begin tomorrow.”
In late 2010, Kainaiwa Resources Inc. (KRI) quietly signed off on a deal with the Calgary-based junior mining company Bowood Energy and the U.S. company Murphy Oil. In exchange for the $50 Million, Bowood Energy and Murphy Oil gained a five-year lease to roughly 129, 280 acres, almost half of the Blood's reserve, for oil and gas exploration.
“Since that time local residents of the Blood Nation and surrounding communities have come together to oppose the projects. Members of the Kainai Earth Watch have partnered with numerous community groups, including the Lethbridge Council of Canadians, to host numerous educational workshops, organize petitions, and meet with government officials. Despite their efforts, nothing has been effective in actually preventing the fracking from going ahead,” Kainai Earth Watch said.
Plans of construction on four new fracking sites begin on Saturday. The women have vowed not to leave until they are confident the fracking won't go ahead.
A Utah corporation formed by non-Indians who exploited oil and gas reserves of the Southern Ute in Colorado, and Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian in Utah, is pushing the fracking on the Blood Reserve. The company is investing large sums of money to destroy the land and environment in Canada.
Kainai Energy was formed in partnership with Native American Resource Partners LLC (NARP), a Utah-based investment firm owned by non-Indians who use the name "Native American," because they focus on exploiting Native American lands. NARP has satellite offices in Calgary and Saskatoon. NARP provided Kainai Energy with $100-million capital for oil and gas fracking and to destroy the land and environment.
The action of the Blood Nation women follows two weeks of sit-ins and 1,252 arrests at the White House in Washington D.C., to stop the tarsands mining, also located in Alberta, and the planned Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas.
Meanwhile, on the website Protect Blood Land Canada http://protectbloodland.ca the health dangers of fracking are listed, as well as the fact that Blood Nation members were not consulted about the fracking deal.
“The first issue is the toxic nature of the drilling and its capacity to do irreversible damage to the land and water on the Blood Reserve and surrounding areas. Furthermore, fracking poses a major threat to human health, wildlife and livestock.
“The second issue at hand is the nature of the deal between KRI, Murphy Oil, and Bowood Energy. We believe this to be highly problematic for a number of reasons: Blood Tribe members were NOT consulted during the negotiations of this deal even though the drilling will occur on Blood Tribe land.
“KRI and the Blood Tribe Chief and Council neglected to maintain any degree of transparency during and after the negotiations. Ultimately, leaving a large population of tribal members completely unaware of the situation until after the deal was made.
“Above all else, the health and well-being of Blood Tribe members and all future generations will be compromised due to the rash and reckless decision by KRI and Blood Tribe Chief and Council to sign this deal with Murphy Oil and Bowood Energy.”
Contact: For more information:
Lois Frank 403-795-7945 Mike Bruisedhead 403-737-2194


Statement and video: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/09/blood-women-arrested-at-alberta.html

Blood Women arrested at Alberta fracking blockade





Alert! Three Blood Tribe Women were arrested tonight, Friday night. Text message from Maija Tailfeathers: "Just got arrested. In the back of the cop car with Lois Frank. Texting with handcuffs. 3 Blood Tribe women."
Message 2:
Alert!! There have been arrests made by both Tribal and RCMP against protesters Maija Tailfeathers and Lois Frank." 
VIDEO PART I
http://youtu.be/OM2D2PDKORI

Media Alert - Indigenous women blockade Murphy Oil fracking site
Press statement
September 09, 2011
Early tonight, numerous women from the Blood Nation have courageously parked in front of Murphy Oil's fracking development site vowing not to move until plans of fracking for oil and gas are stopped. The women are part of the Kainai Earth Watch and have been active advocates to stop the fracking due to the major threat to human health, wildlife and livestock and the irreversible damage to the land and water on the Blood Reserve and surrounding areas. They feel this is the only choice left to them to stop the operations as plans for construction begin tomorrow.
In late 2010, Kainaiwa Resources Inc. (KRI) quietly signed off on a deal with the Calgary-based junior mining company Bowood Energy and the U.S. company Murphy Oil. In exchange for the $50 Million, Bowood Energy and Murphy Oil gained a five-year lease to roughly 129, 280 acres, almost half of the Blood's reserve, for oil and gas exploration.
Since that time local residents of the Blood Nation and surrounding communities have come together to oppose the projects. Members of the KaiNai Earth Watch have partnered with numerous community groups, including the Lethbridge Council of Canadians, to host numerous educational workshops, organize petitions, and meet with government officials. Despite their efforts, nothing has been effective in actually preventing the fracking from going ahead.
Plans of construction on four new fracking sites begin tomorrow. The women have vowed not to leave until they are confident the fracking won't go ahead.
Show some solidarity!
If you are interested in helping to support this action please contact:
Lois Frank 403-795-7945
Mike Bruisedhead 403-737-2194

UPDATE: A Utah corporation formed by non-Indians who exploited Southern Ute land in Colorado, and Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian land in Utah, is pushing the fracking on the Blood Reserve. It is investing large sums of money to destroy the land and environment in Canada. Kainai Energy was formed in partnership with Native American Resource Partners LLC (NARP), a Utah-based investment firm owned by non-Indians who use the name "Native American." These non-Indians call the corporation "Native American" because they focus on exploiting Native American lands. NARP has satellite offices in Calgary and Saskatoon. NARP provided Kainai Energy with a $100-million capital to destroy the land and environment. --Censored News

Protect Blood Land Canada
http://protectbloodland.ca
The first issue is the toxic nature of the drilling and its capacity to do irreversible damage to the land and water on the Blood Reserve and surrounding areas. Furthermore, fracking poses a major threat to human health, wildlife and livestock.
The second issue at hand is the nature of the deal between KRI, Murphy Oil, and Bowood Energy. We believe this to be highly problematic for a number of reasons:
  • Blood Tribe members were NOT consulted during the negotiations of this deal even though the drilling will occur on Blood Tribe land.
  • KRI and the Blood Tribe Chief and Council neglected to maintain any degree of transparency during and after the negotiations. Ultimately, leaving a large population of tribe members completely unaware of the situation until after the deal was made.
  • Above all else, the health and well-being of Blood Tribe members and all future generations will be compromised due to the rash and reckless decision by KRI and Blood Tribe Chief and Council to sign this deal with Murphy Oil and Bowood Energy

Blood Nation: Strong-hearted Women urged to join Fracking Blockade




URGENT ALERT! Murphy Oil faced with Indigenous women's blockade on fracking site

Forwarded to Climate Connections by Indigenous Environmental Network

Early last night, numerous women from the Blood Nation (Alberta, Canada) courageously parked in front of Murphy Oil’s fracking development site vowing not to move until plans of fracking for oil and gas are stopped. The women are part of the Kainai Earth Watch and have been active advocates to stop the fracking due to the major threat to human health, wildlife and livestock and the irreversible damage to the land and water on the Blood Reserve and surrounding areas. They feel this is the only choice left to them to stop the operations as plans for construction begin tomorrow.
In late 2010, Kainaiwa Resources Inc. (KRI) quietly signed off on a deal with the Calgary-based junior mining company Bowood Energy and the U.S. company Murphy Oil. In exchange for the $50 Million, Bowood Energy and Murphy Oil gained a five-year lease to roughly 129, 280 acres, almost half of the Blood’s reserve, for oil and gas exploration.
Since that time local residents of the Blood Nation and surrounding communities have come together to oppose the projects. Members of the KaiNai Earth Watch have partnered with numerous community groups, including the Lethbridge Council of Canadians, to host numerous educational workshops, organize petitions, and meet with government officials. Despite their efforts, nothing has been effective in actually preventing the fracking from going ahead.
Plans of construction on 4 new fracking sites begin TODAY. The women have vowed not to leave until they are confident the fracking won’t go ahead.
Show some Solidarity! **If you are interested in helping to support this action please contact:
Lois Frank 403-795-7945
Mike Bruisedhead 403-737-2194

Maps and more at the Indigenous Environmental Network:
http://www.ienearth.org/news/blood-tribe-members-call-for-moratorium-on-hydro-fracking.html

For a good backgrounder on the plans for fracking and the concerns with the impacts check out:
http://climate-connections.org/2011/03/14/blood-tribe-members-call-for-moratorium-on-hydro-fracking/

Peru: New Indigenous Law as Wikileaks Exposes US Spying and Paranoia

Peru passes new indigenous law, as an unredacted cable released by Wikileaks reveals US spying and US paranoia in Peru

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photo by Sofia Jarrin: Miguel Palacin Quispe, Coordinador, CAO, on left.

Peru's new indigenous law will ensure "free, prior and informed consent," as stated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The law was signed this week by Peru's president as Wikileaks published unredacted versions of US diplomatic cables. Those cables reveal the US spying on Indigenous activists in Peru and that the US feared Indigenous Peoples reclaiming their lands and halting mining.

The cables reveal the US paranoia over the popularity of Bolivian President Evo Morales in the Andes. The unredacted cables include spying on Peru's Andean leader Miguel Palacin, who joined with American Indian and First Nations activists at the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

Wikileaks cables hold special meaning this week as Peru enacts its new indigenous law, bringing to reality what the US Embassy in Peru feared most two years ago, and what Palacin worked hard to achieve. The cable below is dated June 26, 2009, and was written by James Nealon. Nealon served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Peru, 2007-2010, before transferring to the US Embassy in Ottawa on August 14, 2010.

Peru's new president, Ollanta Humala, signed into law a measure this week requiring that indigenous groups are consulted prior to any mining, logging, or oil and gas projects on their land, Mongabay News reported.

"What we want to do with this law is have the voice of indigenous people be heard, and have them treated like citizens, not little children who are not consulted about anything," President Humala said.

The indigenous organization, AIDESEP, applauded the new legislation prior. However, it stated that it was only a first step. "We mustn’t fall into false triumphalism. It is now up to the government to form a national indigenous organization [...] that will uphold strict compliance with this new law," the group said in a statement.

In the Wikileaks cables, the US revealed its furor over the popularity of Bolivian President Evo Morales, and the momentum Morales and indigenous activists were gaining in Peru, in a US diplomatic cable from Peru, titled, "Morales is our President."

It is a telling cable of US spying and paranoia over the role of Indigenous Peoples protecting their lands from mining and colonialism.

The US Embassy describes the Indigenous Peoples defending their lands in Peru as "anti-system radicals." The US Embassy is especially concerned over protests which urged stopping a "planned hydroelectric project, repealing a new water law and ending concessions relating to mining and other extractive industries."

The US Embassy's summary states, "Its economic success of recent years notwithstanding, Peru remains fertile terrain for anti-system radicals, with persistent endemic poverty and social inequality, the absence of the state from large swaths of national territory, and clumsy, sometimes jarring public action when the state does intervene. But if these kinds of structural factors have played a role in recent protests (refs), so has a radical anti-system political project that is seeking to take political advantage of them to undermine Peru's progress, weaken the government and lay the groundwork for a more systematic assault on the pro-growth model. Public and private statements by the diverse and not necessarily unified leaders of the anti-system movement paint a compelling portrait of their real aims, which can be summarized in the words of one Peruvian indigenous leader that "Evo Morales is our President." Foreign participation in this anti-system movement, including from Bolivia, is real but maybe not as central as some analysts maintain."

The cable continues, "Public and private statements by the diverse and not necessarily unified leaders of the anti-system movement -- who are many, of different stripes and often local in their immediate focus -- paint a compelling picture of their real aims. Miguel Palacin, who leads a pan-Andean indigenous group based in Lima, is one of the movement's leading figures, organizing parallel anti-summits (during the Peru-based EU-LAC and APEC events of 2008) and painstakingly building links to bring the disorderly diversity of the anti-system opposition under one banner. Tellingly, Palacin's office displays Bolivian flags and a presidential portrait of Evo Morales. Palacin recently told us he sees Bolivia as a model for Peru, and that indigenous people consider Morales "our president." Palacin said his organization was working to repeal the remaining contentious legislative decrees (refs) and to press for the overhaul of Garcia's cabinet. In the longer term, Palacin said his group aimed to procure property titles for all indigenous land (hinting that once this had occurred there would be no land left for private development), and ultimately to write a new constitution incorporating language from the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."

Previously released cables from Bolivia and Peru have just been released in the unredacted form, with names of sources.

Read US Embassy cable from Peru: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/06/09LIMA924.html


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