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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fort Berthold: Oil trucks killed seven children and youths

Fort Berthold: Oil trucks killed seven children and youths
Kandi Mossett
Photo by Loren White, Jr.
By Brenda Norrell
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HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY, Kansas – The trucks of the oil and gas industry are responsible for the deaths of seven children and youths, while the oil and gas drilling is destroying the land, water and air at Fort Berthold, land of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, in North Dakota. Still, Three Affiliated elected tribal politicians continue to push for more death and destruction.

Those oil and gas semi-trucks have resulted in the deaths of seven children and youths in the past the three years, including two children who were three and five years old.

Speaking at the Rights of Mother Earth Gathering, Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, said the energy companies are spending money on propaganda in North Dakota, and her people are dying.
Oil and gas trucks on Fort Berthold land, headed into
New Town, N.D. The dust and destruction makes it look like
a scene from a war movie. Photo Brenda Norrell.
“They have billions of dollars to run campaigns with their propaganda.”

Mossett said even though North Dakota is among the windiest states, the oil and gas industry continues to be the focus.

“It is all about oil. People are dying where I come from, literally being killed by semi-trucks.”

Mossett said seven youths have been killed in the past three years, and two of them were only three and five years old. (Listen to the video below.)

She pointed out that the US and tribal officials are now talking about expediting the process.

Mossett was referring to the push by tribal officials to Congressional committees to expedite the oil and gas industry that is destroying the land, poisoning the water and air and killing the people.
Kandi Mossett arrested at the White House in Sept.,
protesting the tarsands and Keystone pipelines.
Photo Shadia Fayne Wood/Tarsands Action.
US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced new initiatives in April to expedite the oil and gas industry, following a meeting with Chairman Tex Hall who has been pushing for more oil and gas drilling. Hall has also pushed to remove regulations for fracking.
The truth about the oil and gas expansion on tribal land in North Dakota, and the effect of tribal leaders pushing for more drilling, are among the most censored issues.

Mossett, cancer survivor, was among the hosts at last summer’s Protecting Mother Earth Gathering in her homeland. She joined Lakota for a hunger strike in solidarity with Bella Bella to protest of the pipelines and mega-trucks. She also recently traveled to Durban, South Africa, for the UN Climate Conference to tell of the devastation of the oil and gas industry in her homeland. In September, she was arrested at the White House, among the Indigenous Peoples protesting the tarsands and Keystone pipelines.

At the Haskell conference, April 4--6, Mossett, staff member of Indigenous Environmental Network, said IEN has four full time staff members. Describing how they appreciate support, she thanked Firefly for sending cookies, and cookies for diabetics.

“Food brings us together in a good way,” Mossett said, welcoming those gathered to the traditional Osage dinner at the Rights of Mother Earth Gathering.

Listen to Kandi Mossett on this video from the open mic session at the gathering:


Recorded by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Earthcycles.

For permission to republish article in full or photos: brendanorrell@gmail.com
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Rights of Mother Earth at HaskellKandi Mossett: Fort Berthold ND: Oil trucks killed seven children and youths
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/fort-berthold-oil-trucks-killed-seven.html
Ecuador Indigenous Marlon Santi at Haskell: Rights of Mother Earth gathering continues efforts of Bolivia President Evo Morales:
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/rights-of-mother-earth-haskell.html
Sundance Chief Rueben George, BC, at Haskell, grandson of Chief Dan George:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/people-of-water-bc-chief-rueben-george.html
Anishinaabe Renee Gurneau of Red Lake, Minn: Mother Earth, memory and being
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/anishinaabe-renee-gurneau-mother-earth.html
Supai Hopi Mona Polacca: Water, prayer and humility, one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/supai-hopi-mona-polacca-water-prayer.html
Haskell professor Dr. Daniel Wildcat of Rights of Mother Earth: Power and place
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/power-and-place-dr-wildcat-on-rights-of.html
Dine' Robert Yazzie: Roots of Dine' Law at Rights of Mother Earth
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/robert-yazzie-roots-of-dine-law-at.html
New at Censored News April 2012

April (23)



'People of the Water' BC Chief Rueben George at Rights of Mother Earth Gathering

Grandson of Chief Dan George: Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, People of the Water

By Brenda Norrell

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http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY, Kansas -- Rueben George, Sundance Chief and Member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in northern Vancouver, BC, spoke at the Rights of Mother Earth Gathering, April 4 -- 6. George, grandson of Chief Dan George, began with thanks to the stewards of this land and caretakers of this land.

George honored the caretakers of this land with a song of his grandfather Chief Dan George. His nature song is “Honor Mother Earth.” (Listen below.)

Rueben said his grandfather shared with him how to be a human being. His grandfather said, “We are the last of the human beings to follow this way of life.”

Tsleil-Waututh are the People of the Water.

He told how First Man came from wolf. First Man saw that others in creation had companions and wanted a companion. He swam to the bottom of the ocean and picked up sediment and placed this on the earth. The creator made this into woman. The Tsleil-Waututh people came from the waters and the earth.

“That is where we came from.”

Listening to the stories of other Native people at the Haskell gathering, George said, “Our stories are the same.” In 1930, 80 percent of Canadians went to residential schools. Of those, 50 percent died before they were 19 years old.

George said at the strongest point, there were 15,000 Tsleil-Waututh. Then, there were about two hundred years of the attempts to wipe out his people. The assimilation process followed, with these words: “Kill the savage and save the man.”

During the period of his childhood, Rueben George had nature and water. The children played in the water. They swam in the water and had ceremonies in the water. In the sweatlodges and longhouses, there is a connection with the water.

Describing his people relationship with water, he said it is as the ice melting into water, becoming the water. “We grew to have a loving relationship with that water.”

“That is who we are as human beings.”

George said Tsleil-Waututh men are instructed to first take care of their woman, then their children, family, community, and then themselves, while honoring their relationship with the Creator.

Serving as director of community development, he works with day care and youth programs. The people want to incorporate the values of humanity and a spiritual way of life into these programs. These values are love, honor, respect, dignity, pride, forgiveness, passion, compassion and understanding.

“All of those things make us a human being.”

“When we have those within ourselves, how can we ignore that connection with nature.”

George remembered Phil Lane Jr., who was at home praying for the gathering here. Speaking to those gathered, he said, “Wherever you go home to, I know you’ll be like a pebble in a pond and you will ripple out to the people.”

At home in British Columbia, George’s people in the area of Burrard Inlet are fighting the crude oil tankers coming from the tarsands in Alberta, Canada, and the clear cutting that is leading to the snow and glaciers that are melting.

"The most powerful thing that brought us through these times is prayer.”

Seventy percent of British Columbia citizens oppose oil tankers of the pipelines. He said if they were the owners of those oil pipelines and tankers, they would make decisions to make better choices.

The work that is underway is to maintain the spiritual connection with the land and water, and the ice melting into the water. “That’s who we are.”

He said this work of following the ways of the ancestors, is so all people can make better choices.

“It is not only for our children,” he said, “It is also for the people who are causing this destruction.” That includes the 1 percent who are making the money at the tarsands and with the clear cutting. Perhaps one day they will have that connection and not be clouded by the need for wealth and power, he said.

The greatest gift is the connection to this earth, the connection to one another, the gift to breathe clean air, the gift to drink clean water and the gift to walk upon this earth.

“Let’s go home to our territories and talk of this.”

George said for hundreds of years, the elders have told of the need to halt the destruction. Now, people are starting to line up behind Native people, with support and momentum.
“Let’s lead and let’s make something beautiful happen.”


Video recorded by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Earthcycles.

For permission to republish this article in full: brendanorrell@gmail.com
Feel free to share the link.
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Rights of Mother Earth at HaskellKandi Mossett: Fort Berthold ND: Oil trucks killed seven children and youthshttp://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/fort-berthold-oil-trucks-killed-seven.html
Ecuador Indigenous Marlon Santi at Haskell: Rights of Mother Earth gathering continues efforts of Bolivia President Evo Morales:http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/rights-of-mother-earth-haskell.html
Sundance Chief Rueben George, BC, at Haskell, grandson of Chief Dan George:http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/people-of-water-bc-chief-rueben-george.html
Anishinaabe Renee Gurneau of Red Lake, Minn: Mother Earth, memory and beinghttp://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/anishinaabe-renee-gurneau-mother-earth.html
Supai Hopi Mona Polacca: Water, prayer and humility, one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothershttp://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/supai-hopi-mona-polacca-water-prayer.html
Haskell professor Dr. Daniel Wildcat of Rights of Mother Earth: Power and placehttp://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/power-and-place-dr-wildcat-on-rights-of.html
Dine' Robert Yazzie: Roots of Dine' Law at Rights of Mother Earthhttp://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/robert-yazzie-roots-of-dine-law-at.html

The collapse of journalism magnified in Tuba City

The collapse of journalism magnified in Tuba City

Media Watch: When the Arizona senators came to steal Navajo and Hopi water rights, could the news coverage have been more pathetic?

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

The collapse of journalism in the Native American and mainstream media was never more glaring than when Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl came to Tuba City on the Navajo Nation on Thursday to steal Navajo and Hopi water rights to the Little Colorado River for non-Indians.

While the staff reporters were no shows, the armchair journalism was obvious: A couple of phone calls, a few stolen quotes and a borrowed or stolen photo are all standard for the parasite journalists who make their living from plagiarism and rewrites.


The only bright spot was the excellent coverage by the independent Indigenous youths at Outta Your Backpack Media in Flagstaff, who were live on the scene with breaking news and photos. Paper Rocket Productions also provided an excellent video. KNAU public radio in Flagstaff also got it right.

However, in the days that followed this important event, it was obvious that the Native American media, local press and the mainstream media have no interest in serious journalism, and could care less about Navajo and Hopi water rights for future generations.

As for the lack of staff writers covering this event, as usual Indian Country Today was a no show. It has been years since an ICT staff reporter was actually seen out covering a news story in Arizona. Where were the Navajo Times staff reporters and photographers? The stringer’s article posted at Navajo Times on Tuesday is too short to be considered serious journalism on this important issue. The Navajo Hopi Observer is close by, yet on Tuesday, five days later, there was no coverage.

As for the Arizona print media, all receive thumbs down for their failed, dismal and pathetic coverage. The Arizona Daily Sun, nearby in Flagstaff, as expected, continues its biased, anti-Indian coverage of Navajo and Hopi issues. The biased, pro-corporate articles in Arizona Daily Sun, and its failure to cover the protests against the Arizona Snowbowl, which made national headlines, resulted in the newspaper being selected as the most racist newspaper in 2011 by Censored News.

As for the Arizona Republic or the Arizona Daily Star, no one expected serious coverage. Arizona’s two largest newspapers deserve recognition for bolstering white supremacy in the Arizona government, the crimes of the border militia and the banning of books in Tucson public schools, by way of the two newspapers failed coverage.
The New York Times blog post on the water rights protest in Tuba City doesn’t deserve a mention. Yawn.

The bottom line is this: Arizona Sen. John McCain and their buddies in Arizona, in Congress and at Peabody Coal, found it fairly easy to dupe the public into believing in the so-called “Navajo Hopi land dispute.”

The real purpose was to clear more than 14,000 Navajos from their homeland to make way for Peabody Coal’s two coal mines on Black Mesa. The coal goes to power the Navajo Generating Station, near Page, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation.

While the electricity goes to non-Indians, most Navajos on Black Mesa live without electricity and haul their water. They also live with the air pollution, respiratory diseases, cancer and the draining of their underground aquifer.

Operated by the Salt River Project, the Navajo Generating Station is one of the nation’s dirtiest coal fired power plants and a major cause of greenhouse gases.

McCain, Kyl and their buddies thought the theft of water rights would be another slam dunk of Navajos and Hopis, especially since the Arizona senators are aided by corrupt Navajo and Arizona politicians, along with Navajos who were once on McCain’s paid staff, and an attorney hired by the Navajo Nation who is working against the Navajo peoples best interests.

McCain and his buddies want to steal Navajo and Hopi water rights to the Little Colorado River to keep the dirty power plants operating and to enable their friends to keep living their lavish lifestyles downriver in Phoenix and Tucson, with their golf courses in the desert and their pro-military corporations like Raytheon Missiles.

For all those staff reporters, photographers and broadcasters who were taking a long Easter vacation and ignoring this vital news story, below is the coverage from the unpaid Native American youths, and from public radio. It is the coverage you failed to obtain.

Arizona media, consider giving back your awards for your excellent coverage this year. The news coverage of the Tohono O’odham Nation, at the southern end of the state, has also been fraudulent. Reporters have failed to even go out and speak to Tohono O’odham traditional people, expose the rampant corruption by elected tribal officials, or the militarization and abuse by the US Border Patrol and Homeland Security.

It was a sad day for journalism when the Arizona senators came to Tuba City to steal Navajo and Hopi water rights. Call the media and ask them why they were not present, and if they were present, ask them why they failed in their ethical responsibility as journalists.

Indigenous Action Media/Outta Your Backpack Media:
From the frontlines of the water wars: Diné and Hopi water rights at risk, protesters gather on Navajo Nation
http://www.indigenousaction.org
or
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/navajos-and-hopis-protest-kyl-and.html

Video and article by Paper Rocket Productions:
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/04/video-upset-navajos-protest-mccain-kyl.html

KNAU: Senators Kyl and McCain meet angry protesters in Tuba City:
http://www.knau.org/post/senators-kyl-and-mccain-meet-angry-protesters-tuba-city

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