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Monday, March 19, 2012

Agenda Rights of Mother Earth Haskell April 2012

Rights of Mother Earth:
Restoring Indigenous Life Ways of
Responsibility and Respect
International Indigenous Conference APRIL 4 - 6, 2012
at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence Kansas
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A Sacred Fire will be on site
This is an Indigenous Gathering

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In April 2010, a historical moment occurred. More than 32,000 people, including Indigenous Peoples, social movements, small farmers and some world governmental leaders, converged in Cochabamba, Bolivia for the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Two outcomes of this conference were the Cochabamba Peoples Accord and the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth. The Accord and Declaration gave voice to peoples of the world experiencing the effects of climate chaos and its many accompanying issues, including depletion of freshwater and other natural resources and the problems of food security, poverty and environmental crises, along with the financial meltdown within the United States and globally.
During the Cochabamba world conference, President Evo Morales of Bolivia officially proposed that the United Nations adopt a declaration that recognizes that Nature or “Mother Earth” has certain inherent rights that we humans must respect and defend. The adoption by the United Nations and national and local governments of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth would expand the class of holders of legally rights and would initiate a global process of transformation.

Our prophecies and teachings tell us that life on Mother Earth is in danger and is coming to a time of great transformation. As Indigenous Peoples, we are accepting the responsibility designated by our prophecies to tell the world that we must live in peace with each other and the Earth to ensure harmony within Creation.

Our Indigenous lifeways are the original “green economies.” This is more than an abstract philosophy. Our Mother Earth is the source of life. Water is her lifeblood. The well-being of the natural environment predicts the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual longevity of our Peoples. Mother Earth’s health and that of our Indigenous Peoples are intrinsically intertwined. When our homelands are in a state of good health our Peoples are truly healthy. This inseparable relationship must be respected for the sake of our future generations and for the well-being of the Earth herself.
Alliances are being formed, globally of Indigenous and non-indigenous groups and individuals committed to creating a system of jurisprudence that sees and treats nature and Mother Earth as a fundamental, rights bearing entity. A paradigm, that is based on Indigenous thought and philosophy needs to be forwarded which grants equal rights to nature and which honors the interrelation in all life.

This is the greatest challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century. How do we re-orientate the dominant industrialized societies so that they pursue human well-being in a manner that contributes to the health of our Mother Earth instead of undermining it? In other words – how do we live in harmony with Nature?

A 3 day conference has been scheduled at Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas, April 4-6, 2012 with Indigenous Peoples together from the North and Global South to learn more and to have a discourse about this Rights of Mother Earth, Rights of Nature movement.

We invite humanity to come together to improve our collective human behavior so that we may develop a more sustainable world. We can preserve, protect, and fulfill our sacred duties to live with respect in this wonderful Creation. We have the power and responsibility for change.

Tom B.K. Goldtooth
Indigenous Environmental Network
Dr. Daniel Wildcat
Haskell Indian Nation University
Click here to print the conference agenda. (PDF)
All events occur in Haskell Auditorium unless otherwise noted
Wednesday, April 4
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Registration - Continental Breakfast
Foyer of Auditorium

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Opening Prayer / Song / Drum Group

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Welcome: Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Dean of Social Natural Sciences
Introduction: Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network
9:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
What is Wild Law and Rights of Nature: New Constructs of Self Determination - Ben Price, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ecuadorian Process Defending Indigenous Territories With Rights of Mother Earth: Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, Spiritual Indigenous Leader, Sarayaku, Ecuador
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Environmental Law, Federal Indian Law, Cultural Heritage, and Rights of Mother Earth: Dean Suagee, Native Attorney, Washington D.C.
11:25 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice - Cormac Cullinan, Environmental Attorney, S. Africa
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Foundations for Indigenous Thought Renee Gurneau
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Setting the Framework for Working Groups: Kandi Mossett, IEN Staff
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Stidham Union Building
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Working Groups Convene
Facilitators and Conference Attendees

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Reassemble Working Groups
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Report Back from Working Groups
4:30 p.m. - 5: 30 p.m.
Open Mic: Response from Conference Participants
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Stidham Union Building
8:00 p.m.
Film: The Big Fix - Uncovering the Truth About the BP Oil Spill
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Foyer of Auditorium

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Opening Prayer / Song / Drum Group - Introduction to the Day and Agenda Review: Tom BK Goldtooth
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Spiritual Introspective
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Continuation of Spiritual Dialogue
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Navajo Nation Policy - The Peace Keepers: Robert Yazzie, attorney and educator, Dine College
12:00p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Stidham Union Building
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Rights of Indigenous Nations, Its Peoples & Lands: Steven Newcomb, author

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) Speaker: To Be Announced
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Working Groups Convene
Facilitators and Conference Attendees
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open Mic: Reflection Dialogue

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cultural Banquet and Entertainment
Stidham Union Building
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Opening Prayer / Song / Drum Group
It’s Time For Indigenous Solutions: Dr. Daniel Wildcat
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Global Voices on Rights of Mother Earth: Marlon Santi, Sarayaku, Ecuador - MKalani Souza, Pacific Islands and Others
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
The Global Approach, Rio+20, and the United Nations: Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange - Robin Milam, Global Alliance for Rights of Nature - Karen Dallett, The Pachamama Alliance
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Perspectives From Our Youth & Students
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
What’s Next? Strategic Planning and Development for Rights of Mother Earth, Our Grassroots Organizations and Tribal Leadership: Ben Price, Tom BK Goldtooth, Shannon Biggs

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
A Call to Action: Tom BK Goldtooth

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reflection and Analysis
Closing Prayer / Song / Drum Group
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Stidham Union Building
7:30 p.m. - ?
Indigenous Hip-Hop Free-Will Donation Fundraiser
Featuring: Quese IMC followed by open mic with Haskell’s Amazing Student Talent
CONFERENCE DETAILS - Travel - Lodging - Inclusions
Conference Agenda and Schedule to Be Published Soon. This will be posted to our Facebook Page and Shared on Twitter with link back to this page.
Sponsoring Hotel: Holiday Inn, Lawrence, Kansas. Reservations at a discounted rate of $69.99 pnite+tax until March 27th - BOOK NOW! Mention the Conf (+1) (785) 749 - 8932
Book Travel: Traveler's Fare Inc. | Brainerd, MN 56401 | Call: (800) 450-3273
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Conference Registration Fee Includes:
Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: April 4, 5, 6, 2012
Banquet, Entertainment, Printed Materials and more
  • Elders and Youth: No charge

  • Community Indigenous Environmental Groups: $ 54.00 per person

  • College Faculty & Staff: $ 70.00 per person

  • Elected Tribal Officials, Federal, State and Local Governments: $110.00 per person

  • Professionals (Attorneys, Allied Organizations): $150.00 per person

  • University and College Students: No Charge to attend Plenary meetings and Breakout sessions - if meals are required cost is $54 per person
    See IEN website for PayPal:
    Send conference fee to:
    Indigenous Enivironmental Network
    PO Box 485
    Bemidji, MN 56619
    Or attendees can pay at on site at time of registration.

    For questions and Conference Attendance Reservations:


    Shereena Baker 1- 785 - 550 - 8592 or email:


    Karen Dallett 1- 415 - 561- 4522 extension 112 or email:

April Mondragon: Obama's Executive Order Nightmare

Pittsburgh march against gas fracking
Will Obama's executive order, granting the right to seize infrastructure, lead to uranium mining and more gas fracking, and more US control of water and food sources?

From April Mondragon
New Mexico
Censored News
Letter published with permission

Dear Brenda,
Some of my readers (of whom I regularly direct to your online CENSORED NEWS site) have questions and some very concerning perspectives about President Obama's Executive  Order of March 16th 2012. I am hoping that you and some of your very informed contributors can further educate those that live on the rest of the reservation that is called the United States of America
Canada and Mexico.

First I would like to say that one of my blog readers told me that I was a hate monger for questioning Obama (the best president we could possibly have at this time) and a conspiracy theorist, because the
Executive Order was a hoax. By all means, please, read the Order for yourself:

Because this order gives directives to implement the The Defense Production Act of 1950, as Amended (50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.) for Homeland Security purposes, in our opinion this will null and void any prior veto by Pres. Obama of the XL Pipeline. Also it will be used to further
Uranium Mining, Nuclear Energy, LANL, Coal Mining, Fracking and Gas Drilling for Homeland Security purposes because: "Sec. 306. Strategic and Critical Materials." states "The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of the Interior in consultation with the Secretary of Defense as the National Defense Stockpile Manager, are each delegated the authority of the President under section
303(a)(1)(B) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2093(a)(1)(B), to encourage the exploration, development, and mining of strategic and critical materials and other materials."

What this says to me is that the President has staged another robbery of resources  in an Executive Order for "national security" reasons, while striping the states, tax payers, or voters of any say in the matter. Even if the Pueblos have some form of "title" via the Spanish/Pope...  the continuation of the current energy and "resource" policies, that this Executive Order now puts directly within the authority of an already over bloated Military Industrial Complex is a direct and extreme threat to our water, land, agriculture and Way of Life.

This Executive order also states that Dept of Agriculture Secretary (a prior Monsanto CEO) and the  Dept of Defense Secretary have control over the following for national defense requirements : food, water, technology, and any other "resource" that they need for "national security purposes". Unknown to some, the middle ages has never ended.
Furthermore, I quote: "Sec. 201.  Priorities and Allocations Authorities.  (a)  The authority of the President conferred by section 101 of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2071, to require acceptance and priority performance of contracts or orders (other than contracts of employment) to promote the national defense over performance of any other contracts or orders, and to allocate materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense, is delegated to the following agency heads: "
" (1)  the Secretary of Agriculture" (former CEO of Monsanto) : "with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer; (2)  the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy; (3)  the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources; (4)  the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation; (5)  the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and (6)  the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.
Secretary of Defense over water resources? Is this every thing they could thing of ? Oh sorry, they forgot to add that if we did not go along with this that we may go to their "hell". And this is supposed to be "heaven"? Oh no, that comes after they destroy and pillage as much as possible right?
Please inform us if my brief overview, of only a few of the offenses in this executive order are incorrectly interpreted.

Sincerely, Washte
April Mondragon
Live Peace
P.S. I do the best I can each day, to share information that will educate and wake up others. I do not
get paid for what I share on my blog or channel. I do not get paid for the videos I produce. I do my best to give credit and get permissions. I have no apologies for being mixed blood, as my father was a political prisoner in WWII for his refusal to serve in the US military, because he would not serve a government that committed genocide on the First Nations and viewed the US Government as being corrupt. In addition to this the Irish have been resisting even longer than the First Nations. And most of all, I love my dad, and was honored to speak at his memorial directly to his being called a commie, fagot, mamas boy during WWII..."yeah he was a momma's boy" I said, "he loved our Mother Earth so much, he would not kill for a government that has raped, robbed and pillaged her, and his 50 years of photography was his testament of his love of her beauty".


Mohawk Nation News: Turn on the TV -- to see what those crazy white people are up to?

TURN ON THE TV – to see what those crazy white people are up to?

Mohawk Nation News

 MNN.  MAR. 19, 2012.  Our visitors are constantly depicting themselves as murdering and killing each other to set things as they want without compromise.  They plan and scheme the murders and atrocities. They say “Sorry” for what they’ve done to us while violating us until theythink they’ve got us. 

Shadows and voices are in their minds.  They fear opening up their perverse minds for others to see, while showing their hand anyway. 

They look for ghosts which are themselves. Their invented ideology is based on who they are and where they come from [from who knows where!]. 

They create their history and write ours to conform to their fables. What is their Achilles heel?  The truth.  That is why it’s burn, burn, burn.  Out of the ashes rewrite history.  Get rid of the evidence, quick! 

They walk alone because they are alone, to avoid being found out.   

They must fight and win against those who disagree with them, right or wrong.  Their brain is constructed so they cannot compromise or see the other’s view, but pretend to do so.   

They see us as different and want to hurt us. For our protection we’re usually not alone.  Mohawks always go with three to corroborate what we see or hear or give different insights.

Guilt over what they’ve done is in their minds. They know they violated our psyche, our being and our lives.  Many of their stories are based on sexual violations or stealing something or someone he or she thought was theirs. 

Our visitors who committed and benefited from the wrongs are suffering because the cover-up is based on half truths and lies, which they celebrate.

When we die, we return to our mother, the earth.

When our visitors die, they are consecrated to our ground and send their souls to heaven above where they came from. Their atrocities are not buried.  Ghosts remain forever.  A wrong goes on and on in their descendents.  Is that why they are not having children to pass their evil guilt onto?  It won’t be over until they go.  That’s why they’re going.

Ifit’s not on tv, they don’t believe it. Dire Straits said it in Money for Nothing:  “Now look at them yo-yos, that’s the way you do it.  You play the guitar on the MTV.  That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it.  Money for nothing and chicks for free.”    

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