Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Sunday, September 11, 2011
By Mike Bruised Head
Member, Kainai Lethbridge Environmental Watch (KLEW)
Revised statement: Sunday September 11, 2011
It is a sad day when women are jailed then charged for protecting “Mother Earth”. On Friday September 9, 2011 three Blood Indian Women who are all members of the Blood Tribe were arrested and handcuffed for peacefully protesting at a hydraulic fracturing (fracking) exploration site on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta.
The three women and the supporters were not informed of what the chargers were on until the early morning of Saturday September 10, 2011 at 7 a.m. Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weasel Head on behalf of chief and council directed the charges levied on the women. They were charged with Trespassing and Intimidation under the Canadian Criminal Code Section 423, subsection 1. (g). The intimidation stems from the women protesting in a peaceful manner standing on tribal land protesting against Murphy Oil Company vehicles. The three women supposedly were confronting a huge semi truck with a driver twice the size of them. The other aspect of the charge directs that the women are not to be close to the drill site.
In a Canadian Press Release on Sunday September 11, 2011 it quoted “Blood Tribe Police Chief Lee Boyd says negotiations are underway between the band council and Murphy Oil so that protests at the site can occur legally”.
This is a sad time in Blood Tribe or “Kainai” history. The chief has awoken a sleeping giant that will not go back to sleep. The three courages and honorable women will be tried at the Cardston, Alberta courthouse on Monday September 19, 2011.
Censored News celebrates its fifth year, and would like to hear from you!
By Brenda Norrell
Photo: Keith Secola and Floyd Westernman 2006/Photo by Brenda Norrell
Censored News is celebrating its fifth year of publishing. It is a grand journey that has featured the news that is censored in other media. It began in 2006 when I was first censored, then terminated, as a longtime staff reporter at Indian Country Today. Censored News was created to expose what the other media is censoring in Indian country, and in global human rights news.
Along the way, Censored News became a full-time, unpaid, labor of love. Censored News has no advertising, so I'm looking for suggestions from you, readers and well-wishers, for ideas about the direction that Censored News should take.
While most of you say, "Thanks for keeping us informed," some say, "Your website is really depressing."
So, the question goes out to all of you: How does Censored News keep going, and what direction should it take? What would you like to see more of?
The travel expenses to cover stories for Censored News are immense. Recently, I cleaned houses to pay my own way to provide coverage of the Protecting Mother Earth Gathering in North Dakota. Again, a labor of love, but out of fairness, there must be some way to fund Censored News.
Even though this is the unpaid job of a volunteer, people become very demanding about having their news published. Other times, it is discouraging to see those in salaried positions simply plagiarizing the news here and elsewhere, and refusing to send their own staff out on news stories to actually cover the news.
So, drop me a note with your ideas. And thanks as always for reading and submitting your news and photos to Censored News!
Finally, here's one of the first photos ever published in the Censored Blog, which was the forerunner of Censored News, at the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit in 2006 on Tohono O'odham land in San Xavier, Arizona.
Brenda Norrell, publisher of Censored News, has been a news reporter in Indian country for 29 years. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and served as a news reporter for Navajo Times, Lakota Times, and many other local and regional newspapers in the Southwest. She is currently out there, somewhere.