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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Haskell students walk to save wetlands: Trail of Broken Promises

Haskell students walking to Washington DC to save wetlands

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Trail of Broken Promises began on May 13 to save the Wakarusa Wetlands. Haskell Indian Nations University students and advocates for cultural rights began a two-month journey to Washington, DC, to save the Wakarusa Wetlands. Lawrence’s only remaining indigenous wetland prairie is now under threat of becoming the South Lawrence Trafficway in Kansas.

The Trail of Broken Promises is primarily an on-foot trek through fifty towns from Kansas to Washington, DC. Walkers plan to arrive in Washington on July 9.
On their journey, the Trail of Broken Promises addresses the difficulty of preserving sacred places within Indian Country.
"Prompted by the proposed highway construction through the wetland behind Haskell campus, the students travel on the Potawatomi Trail of Death route in reverse, stopping by each marker to honor the sacred place and show appreciation to communities maintaining markers of remembrance," walkers said in a statement.
They also carry a piece of draft legislation which has been approved by the National Congress of American Indians that would amend the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978, “to provide a right of action for protection of Native American Sacred Places,”such as the Wakarusa Wetlands.

The wetlands adjoin the Haskell Indian Nations University, and have been used for ceremony, prayer, and education since Haskell’s founding as a boarding school in 1884.
“Fighting to save the Wakarusa Wetlands extends beyond our campus,” Pepion states.
“Our journey recognizes all Native Americans and all sacred places left vulnerable to developers’ agendas.”
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US Human Rights Activists: US participated in Moskito Massacre Honduras May 2012

U.S. Human rights activists document US participation in massacre of Moskito people

"Following the massacre at least one helicopter landed and at least ten, tall, light-skinned English speakers with limited Spanish proficiency wearing military type uniforms exited the helicopters to collect cocaine from a boat near the massacre site."

Tegucigalpa, Honduras
May 27, 2012                             
By Karen Spring and Annie Bird
Posted at Censored News

On May 22 and 23 a delegation of human rights activists from the United States organized by Rights Action and Alliance for Global Justice visited the community of Ahuás in the Moskitia region of Honduras. The delegation witnessed an atmosphere of terror being generated amongst dire poverty in an area where the indigenous people are now losing control of natural resources which are key to the development of their economy.
The group inquired into the May 11, 2012 massacre of indigenous Miskito people by gunfire from U.S. State Department - titled helicopters that the US government confirms carried U.S. DEA agents and security contractors. The boat and its passengers had almost completed an eight hour trip to Ahuas from the town of Barra Patuca. Four were killed, including two pregnant women, a 14-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man, while at least four more were seriously injured.
Following the massacre at least one helicopter landed and at least ten, tall, light-skinned English speakers with limited Spanish proficiency wearing military type uniforms exited the helicopters to collect cocaine from a boat near the massacre site. They aimed guns at, threatened to kill, and handcuffed residents of the town who had come to assist the wounded. Victims lay on the banks of the river and in the damaged boat until after helicopters departed. In this way security forces delayed emergency medical assistance two to three hours.
Neither U.S. nor Honduran authorities have interviewed the eye witnesses or secured evidence at the crime scene, indicating that no serious investigation has been conducted into the massacre. Even without conducting a serious investigation U.S. and Honduran officials have accused the victims, the population in general and local authorities of participating in drug trafficking.
Since the massacre Ahuas has been occupied by several dozen Honduran troops, and it is reported that U.S. military presence in the vicinity of Ahuas is increasing. U.S. government authorities recognize that counterinsurgency tactics are being used while they identify the indigenous communities as drug traffickers. Indigenous communities in Central America have once again become the focus of U.S. counterinsurgency actions.
Many people the group spoke with noted that militarization and violence generated by the U.S. drug war is focused where there are significant natural resources, Ahuas is known to hold significant petroleum deposits and Texas-based Honduras Tejas Oil and Gas Company, a joint venture with concessions in the Moskitia, estimates there are six to eight billion barrels of oil reserves in the Moskitia.
The delegation is calling for a serious and credible investigation including a Congressional hearing that identifies criminal responsibility in the massacre, the withdrawal of U.S. security forces from Honduras, and suspension of U.S. military assistance to Central America.
Read report on initial findings of human rights delegation:

Australian Aboriginal speaks out for Wikileaks Julian Assange

Wikileaks exposed attacks on Indigenous Peoples
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
May 31, 2012 Breaking news, check back for updates

In Melbourne, Australia, Aboriginal elder Robbie Thorpe, Krautungalung of the Gunnai Nation, rallied in support of Wikileaks Julian Assange, who continues to battle for his freedom. Wikileaks has exposed how the US and Canada targeted Indigenous Peoples.
Thorpe, longtime activist for aboriginal land rights and human rights, referred to Assange as "my brother."
"I'm prepared to go to jail for Julian, we need to rise up! Get up!"
"Assange is exposing the truth. Secrecy is a weapon of mass destruction in Australia," Thorpe said in Melbourne on May 31, during one of the global rallies in support of Assange.
The US diplomatic cables exposed by Wikileaks revealed how US ambassadors spied on Indigenous Peoples and promoted mining in their homelands. The mining is resulting in widespread assaults, homelessness, poisoning of the land, water and air, and deaths during Indigenous village protests.

Indigenous battle Newmont Mining
Today in Peru, Indigenous battle Newmont Mining, which mines copper and gold in Peru. Newmont has also targeted Western Shoshone lands in Nevada and northern Canada for mining. Newmont currently has 14 open pit gold mines and four undergound gold mines in Nevada.
In Australia, Newmont currently has massive gold mines in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Aboriginal people are fighting widespread attacks by mining companies, including uranium mining that poisons water sources.
Wikileaks exposed five country anti-Indian mining coalition
The Wikileaks cables exposed the fact that the United States was part of a five country coalition to promote mining and fight against Indigenous activists in Peru. In Peru, a core group of diplomats from U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Switzerland and South Africa formed an alliance with mining companies to promote and protect mining interests globally, according to the cables.
Below are the top six ways that the United States and Canada worked against Indigenous Peoples, as revealed by Wikileaks and researched by Censored News. The US and Canada engaged in espionage, while violating Indigenous autonomy, self determination and dignity.
Anonymous exposed Mexico manipulating climate facts to promote coal mining
Following the release of the Wikileaks cables, Anonymous hacked the e-mails of Mexico’s mining industry Camimex. Those e-mails revealed that the government of Mexico is manipulating climate change facts in order to protect coal mining and other dirty industries from taxation.
In the Camimex member e-mails, First Majestic Silver Mining of Canada is exposed in the state of Durango, Mexico. The company targeted the sacred lands of the Wixarika, Huicholes, with silver mining. The Wixarika's sacred place is where Wixarika pray for all mankind to keep the world in order and balance. Read more:
Wikileaks cables, research by Censored News
The top six ways that the US and Canada worked against the rights of Indigenous Peoples:

1. The United States worked behind the scenes to fight the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In Ecuador, the US established a program to dissuade Ecuador from supporting the Declaration. In Iceland, the US Embassy said Iceland's support was an "impediment" to US/Iceland relations at the UN. In Canada, the US said the US and Canada agreed the Declaration was headed for a "train wreck."
2. The United States targeted and tracked Indigenous Peoples, community activists and leaders, especially in Chile, Peru and Ecuador. A cable reveals the US Embassy in Lima, Peru, identified Indigenous activists and tracked the involvement of Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Bolivia Ambassador Pablo Solon, prominent Mapuche and Quechua activists and community leaders. President Chavez and President Morales were consistently watched, and their actions analyzed. Indigenous activists opposing the dirty Tar Sands were spied on, and other Indigenous activists in Vancouver, prior to the Olympics.
3. The United States was part of a five country coalition to promote mining and fight against Indigenous activists in Peru. A core group of diplomats from U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Switzerland and South Africa formed an alliance with mining companies to promote and protect mining interests globally. In other illegal corporate profiteering, Peru’s government secretly admitted that 70-90 percent of its mahogany exports were illegally felled, according to a US embassy cable revealed by Wikileaks. Lowe's and Home Depot sell the lumber.

4. Canada spied on Mohawks using illegal wiretaps. Before Wikileaks hit the headlines, it exposed in 2010 that Canada used unauthorized wiretaps on Mohawks.
Wikileaks: "During the preliminary inquiry to Shawn Brant's trial, it came out that the Ontario Provincial Police, headed by Commissioner Julian Fantino, had been using wiretaps on more than a dozen different Mohawks without a judge's authorization, an action almost unheard of recent history in Canada."
4. The United States and Canada tracked Mohawks. In one of the largest collections of cables released so far that targeted Native people and named names, the US Embassies in Montreal and Toronto detailed Mohawk activities at the border and in their communities.
5. The arrogant and insulting tone of the US Embassies and disrespect for Indigenous leaders is pervasive in US diplomatic cables. The US Embassy in Guatemala stated that President of Guatemala, Álvaro Colom, called Rigoberta Menchu a "fabrication" of an anthropologist and made other accusations. Menchu responded on a local radio station that Colom was a "liar."
6. The collection of DNA and other data, makes it clear that US Ambassadors are spies abroad. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton states that the Intelligence Community relies on biographical information from US diplomats. In cables to Africa and Paraguay, Clinton asked US Embassy personnel to collect address books, e-mail passwords, fingerprints, iris scans and DNA.
“The intelligence community relies on State reporting officers for much of the biographical information collected worldwide," Clinton said in a cable on April 16, 2009. Clinton said the biographical data should be sent to the INR (Bureau of Intelligence and Research) for dissemination to the Intelligence Community.
Meanwhile, the US was part of a five country team that supported mining as Indigenous Peoples were dying to protect their homeland.
The arrogance of the US and its cheerleading for corporate copper mining in Peru is obvious in two cables just released from Wikileaks. The diplomatic cables reveal the US promoting multi-national corporations, while targeting Indigenous activists and their supporters.
The cables reveal that a core group of diplomats formed an alliance with mining companies to promote and protect mining interests globally. The diplomats were from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Switzerland and South Africa.
The US spied on the Mohawks in Canada, as revealed in these diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. Canadian border guards admitted that they feared the Mohawks:
Wikileaks exposed the fact that not only were Indigenous Peoples spied on globally by the US State Department, but those who supported them were also spied on. Actor and activist Danny Glover was the focus of at least five US diplomatic cables.

Video of Robbie Thorpe at Dec 2010 support for Julian Assange.

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