Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 1, 2012

Today's Censored News: From Texas blockade to the Arizona border

Lockdown and tree sitters blockade: TransCanada's Keystone pipeline seizing family farms, promoted by Obama

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
OCT. 1, 2012
Texas tree sitter surviving bad weather
Tarsands Blockade photo
The top story today is the Texas lockdown and the tree sitters attempting to halt the TransCanada Keystone pipeline that is now seizing family farms near Houston.
This is the same southern Keystone pipeline for carrying dirty tarsands oil from Alberta, Canada, that President Obama came to Oklahoma to promote.
It is Day 8 for the tree sitters, who have survived rainy weather and threats by sheriffs, while blockaders held off bulldozers in Winnsboro, Texas.

In South Dakota, the Owe Aku International Justice Project held a Protecting Sacred Water Teach In, as Lakotas struggle to protect their water from uranium mining and the threat of the Keystone XL pipeline which could poison the massive Ogallala Aquifer. Lakotas Debra White Plume and Richard Iron Cloud were among those who spoke at the teach in, watch videos at
On the Border

The corporate apartheid at the Arizona border and in Palestine is now more apparent, as the New Statesman reveals how the security company G4S is responsible for aiding Israel to illegally imprison Palestinians in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
G4S also has the contract to transport detained migrants at the Arizona border. Earlier Wackenhut, in an apparent effort to profiteer from misery, split into two companies, GEO private prisons and Wackenhut Transportation, which is owned by G4S and has the Arizona contract.
The Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems was also contracted by Boeing on the Arizona border for security systems in the billion dollar boondoggle involving spy towers and the border wall. Israel's Elbit also supplied drones earlier for the US/Mexico border to Homeland Security.

Meanwhile on Tohono O’odham land, the US Border Patrol plans a massive complex to house 32 agents, horses, dogs and helicopters. The plan was kept secret from the O’odham people until the draft Environmental Impact Statement was issued in Sept. O’odham say that their tribal government has been co-opted by the US government and will not protect them from the abuse of Border Patrol agents. This comes as the US is installing new spy towers on Tohono O'odham land, with another US spy tower now at 'The Gate' on Tohono O'odham land in southern Arizona.

Hundreds of Border Patrol agents have already been arrested for conspiracy and drug running, according to testimony before Congress. Other Border Patrol agents have been charged with assaults, rapes and murders in the deaths of migrants. This comes as the ATF’s Project Gunrunner has been supplying assault weapons to the cartels, since it began in 2005 in Laredo, Texas, according to a Department of Justice report. Project Gunrunner then expanded to the Arizona border. Earlier, US soldiers, high school military recruiters in Tucson, police and prison guards in southern Arizona  were so anxious to smuggle cocaine from Nogales, to Phoenix, that Operation Green Light was halted after nearly 100 arrests.

Protect the Peaks 

The struggle to protect San Francisco Peaks continues. French writer and photographer Christine Prat shares her work from her September stay in Arizona. Navajos, Havasupai, Hualapai and Hopi are among 13 area Native American Nations struggling to prevent the Arizona Snowbowl from using sewage water to make snow for tourist on the sacred mountain. Native medicine men perform ceremonies, and gather healing herbs, on the Peaks. Already the pipeline path has destroyed old growth pines.
(French language)
First Nation Delegation to Iran
In other news, First Nation Terrance Nelson alleges vote buying in Canada, as a First Nation delegation prepares to leave for Iran in October. Canada closed its Iranian Embassy shortly after Nelson made the announcement of the Native delegation, which said it will share photos of the Massacre of Wounded Knee. Nelson said the delegation will also ask for their lives to be spared of three Canadians imprisoned in Iran. More at

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