Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 8, 2012

Censored News: Best of five years of publishing

Bolivian President Evo Morales; United Native
Americans at Occupy United Nations in San Francisco:
Bad Bear's photo of Peltier rally in Reno on Saturday.
Censored News passes its 1 million hits mark, with these incredible stories

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Censored News, now in its sixth year, has passed its 1 million hits mark. Today, we're sharing some of the best of the best, the most popular articles, with the most hits, over the past five years.

The all time top story at Censored News:

Wikileaks revealed US espionage of Indigenous Peoples
Best of the Best 2011 #1 Wikileaks revelations
"In the Censored News pick for the Best of the Best in 2011, Wikileaks claims first prize. Wikileaks exposed the US corporate schemes, espionage, promotion of mining and efforts globally to halt passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples."
Censored News exposed a coalition of five countries promoting mining in Peru, as Indigenous Peoples died defending their lands, as exposed in the US cables. Further, Censored News, with research by publisher Brenda Norrell, published the US cables exposing spying on the Mohawks, Mapuche, Bolivian President Evo Morales, Indigenous activists in South America, and more.

Number 2: Banning of Books signals revolution in Tucson
With a list of the books seized by Tucson schools, Censored News reporter Brenda Norrell and columnist, professor and banned book author Roberto Rodriguez, both in Tucson, provided breaking news on the banning of America's top Chicano and Native American authors by Tucson schools, after Mexican American Studies was forbidden in January. Even the lies of Tucson school officials to NPR couldn't halt the impact of this article and those that followed.

Number 3: Wikileaks: Canada's unauthorized wiretaps of Mohawks:
Before the release of the trove of US cables, this revelation was the first of many cables exposing illegal spying by the US and Canada on Mohawks:

Number Four: Locked Down: Protests halts destruction on sacred San Francisco Peaks
Thanks to the Save the Peaks youths, who sent photos as it happened, the lock down to heavy equipment by Navajos and other Native Americans, and their supporters, on sacred San Francisco Peaks, near Flagstaff, Ariz., was a hit with readers at Censored News in 2011. The lock down, and the protests that followed, were largely ignored by the local Arizona Daily Sun, which continued to promote the corporate development and destruction caused by Arizona Snowbowl. The Snowbowl plans to make snow from sewage water on the mountain, where Native medicine people hold ceremonies and gather healing plants for medicine. San Francisco Peaks is sacred to 13 area Indian Nations.

Number Five: Lakotas to Diane Sawyer: Let Lakotas tell their story
While some Native Americans said they appreciated Diane Sawyer's "Hidden America, Children of the Plains," others said it was pathetic and paternalistic. Readers of Censored News said Lakotas must tell their own stories, rather than allowing a corporation to spoon-feed a contrived program of sugar-coated sympathy that refuses to document US colonization.

This week's top story: Bad Bear's photos of Leonard Peltier rally in Reno, Nevada:
Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone, shares photos from Saturday's rally for justice for Leonard Peltier in Reno, Nevada. Bad Bear walked across America twice in his twenties, on the Longest Walk northern route in 2008 and with the Renegade Walkers for Diabetes in 2011. Thanks to Bad Bear for sharing three years of his cellphoneography with Censored News.

FEB 8, 2012: Today's top story:
Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues: Feb. 27-29, 2012, Las Vegas
Speakers at the Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues, Feb. 27--29, include Margene Bullcreek, Goshute, who helped halt a toxic dump on Goshute land in Utah and Ian Zabarte, Western Shoshone, who is fighting the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, while struggling to protect Western Shoshone lands from ongoing nuclear testing and desecration.

Also topping today's hot list at Censored News:
Anons hack white supremacist network:
AIM West urges support for Navajo Apache victim of hate crime:
Inequality between rich and poor highlighted by UN panel
US spies freak out over 1973 Wounded Knee photo, as they spy on Occupy Austin and Deep Green Resistance:
Video: Indigenous Resistance: Occupy the United Nations
The Launching: Chumash book is history and medicine
Brenda Norrell, a news reporter in Indian country for 30 years, created Censored News after she was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today, after serving as a longtime staff reporter. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she was a news reporter for Navajo Times and a correspondent for AP, USA Today and other media. Today she is blacklisted by all the mainstream media and publishes Censored News without advertisements.

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