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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, May 21, 2012

Justice for Lakota Vern Traversie news coverage


Justice for Vern Traversie/Twitter photo Mesha Camp

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Above: KELOLAND News coverge of todays' Rally and March for Justice for Vern Traversie
A statement from a Cheyenne River Sioux elder on the violation of his patient rights:
Vern Traversie, a 69-year-old, legally blind elder of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, was a patient in the Rapid City Regional Hospital from Aug. 28 to Sept. 10, 2011. Admitted for open-heart surgery, he suffered unexplained scarring and was treated in additional ways that violated his patient and civil rights.
Independently of Mr. Traversie, today many people are marching in Rapid City, S.D., to raise awareness of his situation. Mr. Traversie has given the following statement to be released to the news media.
"My patient rights and my civil rights were violated by Rapid City Memorial Hospital. I am scarred for life, but I seek justice. I don't want any other Native American to be treated like I was by the medical professionals who I trusted to take care of me when I was vulnerable.
I am thankful that so many Native Americans and other people from all over the world have reached out to me to say that they support me. I am humbled by their compassion. I ask that all who say my name and fight for me do so in a good way, and in peace. Out of all of this, I hope that Indians will receive greater medical care in Rapid City and everywhere else in America.
Since last summer when this happened, neither the police nor the FBI have contacted me, but I hope they will reach out to me to hear my story for themselves. I deserve a criminal investigation. This week my lawyers asked federal, state and local officials to investigate whether a hate crime was committed upon me while I was a patient at Rapid City Memorial Hospital.
I call on the United States and the State of South Dakota to help me because I am scared for my safety, and I ask for protection."
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A statement of support from President Rodney Bordeaux of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe
"It is with grave concern that I add my voice to those calling for an investigation into the violation of Cheyenne River Tribal Elder Vern Traversie's patient rights and civil rights while he was a patient at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in August and September 2011.
While I am not in a position to confirm that Mr. Traversie's scars were caused by intentional carving or burning of his flesh, the video circulated on YouTube certainly indicates that there is scar in the form of KKK on his abdomen. Surely, this video and media reports should trigger an investigation by the FBI or local police.
Regardless of whether his scars are the result of a deliberate hate crime, Mr. Traversie has suffered anguish and pain that he should never have had to bear as either an honored Cheyenne River elder or as an American citizen.
You need to know that today American Indians in Rapid City routinely face prejudicial treatment that violates their human rights, most notably in the largest hospital in the State of South Dakota. Yet, as Mr. Traversie has said, it is time for peace and justice to prevail."

Democracy Now! Veterans return war medals at NATO

"No NATO, No War": U.S. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Return War Medals at NATO Summit


By Democracy Now!

Scott Olsen, who was shot in the head by police at Occupy Oakland, was among them:
SCOTT OLSEN: My name is Scott Olsen. I have with me today—today I have with me my Global War on Terror Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, National Defense Medal and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. These medals, once upon a time, made me feel good about what I was doing. They made me feel like I was doing the right thing. And I came back to reality, and I don’t want these anymore.
Read more: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/no_nato_no_war_us_veterans
21, 2012Whole Show

Scott Olsen, U.S. Vet Who Nearly Lost Life at Occupy Protest, Brings Antiwar Message to NATO Summit

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Read text: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/scott_olsen_us_vet_who_nearly

U.S. Army Vets Join with Afghans for Peace to Lead Antiwar March at Chicago NATO Summit



Read text: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/21/us_army_vets_join_with_afghans

Indigenous activists set to crack Shell annual meeting


Activists Set to Crack Shell Annual Meeting

Indigenous Delegation to confront Shell at AGM in The Hague
Get the Shell Out/IEN photo
Posted at Censored News
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French translation:
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May 21, 2012/The Hague – A delegation of Indigenous community leaders and representatives is travelling from North America to The Hague attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the oil company Shell tomorrow (22 May). They are attending to protest Shell’s environmental devastation and repeated human rights violations in their communities.
The community representatives include:
  • Eriel Deranger – Community spokesperson for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, in Alberta, Canada - an Indigenous community residing downstream from tar sands operations and who are currently suing Shell for violating past agreements
  • Ron Plain, from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, in Ontario, Canada - which has been called ‘the most polluted place in North America’ by the National Geographic Society, and the ‘the most contaminated airshed in Canada’ by the World Health Organization due to its proximity to ‘Chemical Valley’ where Shell’s and other tar sands operators’ refineries are causing serious health and reproductive impacts
  • Robert Thompson, Chairman of REDOIL and an Inupiat from Kaktovik, a village on the edge of the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, where Shell plans to drill offshore in Arctic waters this summer
They are accompanied by representatives of the Indigenous Environmental Network and the UK Tar Sands Network.
The group will be present at the Shell AGM, where there are protests and actions planned from 9.30am, outside the Circustheater. They will then be entering the AGM with proxy shares to confront Shell’s Board of Directors and present a newly-released report.
The report, Risking Ruin: Shell’s dangerous developments in the Tar Sands, Arctic and Nigeriaprofiles Indigenous communities impacted by Shell’s operations in Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands, Aamjiwnaang First Nation’s territory in Ontario, Alaska’s Arctic Ocean and Africa’s Niger Delta. It argues that the impacts of Shell’s destructive activities outweigh the benefits and expose the company to both reputational damage and political risk, including litigation.
Click here to read the report.
At Shell’s Annual General Meeting in The Hague, Netherlands, on 22nd May, the delegation will confront the Chairman and Board over the massive human and ecological rights violations and economic devastation that the company’s operations have brought to local communities. There will also be a simultaneous creative protest by UK activist groups, including UK Tar Sands Network and London Rising Tide, at Shell’s satellite AGM in the Barbican Centre on May 22nd.
Eriel Deranger, community member and spokesperson for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), Alberta – an Indigenous community residing downstream from tar sands operations and who are currently suing Shell for violating past agreements [4], said, “Tar sands extraction projects on our traditional lands are being approved at a pace that is both irresponsible and irreparably destructive. People in the community of Fort Chipewyan
 are genuinely afraid. Our food and water sources are contaminated, resulting in a fear of eating traditional foods and eroding the continuation of our cultural and subsistence lifestyles. Yet Shell plans to aggressively expand its activities, doubling production. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is calling on Shell to meet its past agreements and halt expansion until our broader concerns about the cumulative impacts of tar sands operations are addressed.”
Ron Plain, from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Ontario – which has been called ‘the most polluted place in North America’ by the National Geographic Society, and the ‘the most contaminated airshed in Canada’ by the World Health Organization due to its proximity to ‘Chemical Valley’ where Shell’s and other tar sands operators’ refineries are causing serious health and reproductive impacts – said:
“Aamjiwnaang is the first community in the world to experience birth ratios of 2 girls to 1 boy due to endocrine disruption from the pollution. This is the first step towards extinction. Shell have admitted that their current facility, which is located at the fenceline of Aamjiwnaang, ‘could not meet today’s environmental regulations or standards.’ But Shell’s proposal for a new facility within Aamjiwnaang territory was recently denied by Canada for a whole host of environmental, social and other reasons. The corporate response to that set-back was to build onto the antiquated facility the equipment needed to process more tar sands bitumen.”
Robert Thompson, Chairman of REDOIL and an Inupiat from Kaktovik, a village on the edge of the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, where Shell plans to drill offshore in Arctic waters this summer, said:
“Shell plans to drill in the Arctic this summer without the proven technology or infrastructure to deal with inevitable spills. They have not demonstrated the ability to clean up spills within or from under the ice or during storms. Our culture depends on a clean ocean, and we have subsisted in this region for 12,000 years. We oppose Shell’s plans that have the potential to destroy the culture of our people and will further push the planet into irreversible climate change.”
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For interviews please contact: Suzanne Dhaliwal, UK Tar Sands Network: +44-7807-095-669
For North America: Clayton Thomas-Muller, IEN Tar Sands Campaign, ienoil@igc.org, +1-613-297-7515

VIDEO: Cheyenne Dr. Henrietta Mann on Climate Change



Dr. Henrietta Mann (Southern Cheyenne) Keynote Speech: Echoes of the Earth - Climate Change
Chris Peters President and CEO of the Seventh Generation Fund gives a brief introduction to the "Echoes of the Earth in Times of Climate Change" Conference, which is followed by a keynote Speech by Dr. Henrietta Mann (Southern Cheyenne). April 13, 2012

Indigenous Peoples new report: Shell Risking Ruin

Photo Ben Powless, Mohawk
Censored News

LONDON -- Shell plans to expand its dirty energy destruction in the Arctic and Canada tarsands, after leaving behind a trail of oil spills and destruction in Nigeria.
The Indigenous Environmental Network in partnership with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation launched an Indigenous-led campaign against Shell and its harmful projects. on Friday A delegation of four Indigenous peoples from North America participated in the public launch of a report (below) profiling the British-Dutch company’s increasing involvement in the world’s dirtiest and riskiest energy projects.
Robert Thompson, Chairman of REDOIL -- Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands -- is an Inupiat from Kaktovik, a village on the edge of the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, where Shell plans to drill offshore in Arctic waters this summer.
“Shell plans to drill in the Arctic this summer without the proven technology or infrastructure to deal with inevitable spills. They have not demonstrated the ability to clean up spills within or from under the ice or during storms. Our culture depends on a clean ocean, and we have subsisted in this region for 12,000 years. We oppose Shell’s plans that have the potential to destroy the culture of our people and will further push the planet into irreversible climate change.”

Scroll down the document below: Shell Risking Ruin:
Shell Risking Ruin