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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Native American Women honored for Healing and Earth Defense

Native American women to be honored as Climate Heroes in Washington

Sarah James at the UN Climate Summit
in Cancun 2010
Photo Brenda Norrell

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
WASHINGTON -- Native American women are among those being honored on Sunday, and recognized for their healing and defense of the Earth.

They are among the 100 notable climate heroes to be honored at the inaugural Atlas Awards at a ceremony October 7 on the National Mall. They will be honored for their leadership in influencing Americans towards more caring and sustainable lives that could ultimately stabilize Earth's climate.
The American Indian awardees include four Native American women, who provided the healing ceremony that concluded IMAC’s Interfaith service, EarthWeek 2012 at President Lincoln’s New York Ave Presbyterian Church at 1313 New York Ave NW, Washington DC:
Sarah James – is native of the Gwich’in Tribe from Arctic Village, Alaska. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental prize in 2002 for her work protecting caribou calving and nursery grounds in the Arctic National Refuge (ANWR), from oil and gas drilling.
Earth Week 2012
Della Adams - is a leader of the Onandaga Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, in upstate NY/Canada, on the St Lawrence River. She works closely with tribal medicine people and prescribes ceremonial remedies.
Katsi Cook - assisted in the design of the EarthWeek2012 healing ceremony in DC, as a member of the Mohawk Nation, in upstate NY. She is midwife and director of the First Environment Collaborative for reproductive health, and educator on environmental justice issues, lecturing at Cornell University and other similar institutions.
Louise McDonald (Tewakierakwa) - is a clan Mother from the Mohawk Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, in upstate NY/Canada, along the St Lawrence River. She works to preserve indigenous language and culture through conducting earth-based rituals for youth and women on the reservation. Her teachings returns one to an earth-based experience so it can inform a higher level of consciousness to know and practice that 'less is more' by taking only what we need and vigilantly guarding the sacred balance.
Buffy Sainte Marie and Joanne Shenandoah are among the Native Americans honored in the Anniversary awards.
From the press statement
The summer of 2012 appears headed to be the hottest in recorded U.S. history. Arctic sea ice shrank this year to the lowest levels since record-keeping began. Meanwhile Rio+20 failed to deliver meaningful agreement on a global response to a warming climate. Yet climate activist and strategist, Priscilla Rich, founder of Transition Express Campaign (, finds hope for humanity in the efforts of dozens of leaders taking meaningful action, helping to put the world on a sustainable path.
She founded the Atlas Awards to thank these leaders, who are making a real difference to ensure planet Earth is livable for all life forms. She explains, “I have been inspired to find so many people doing exemplary work in response to climate change. It’s important to thank them, and to inspire more people to get involved. We need everyone engaged, not just the professionals.”
The Atlas Awards ceremony will feature a keynote address from climate strategist Boyd Cohen, co-author of Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age ofClimate Change. The faith community will also play a major role in the ceremony, including remarks by Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network. “The national faith community is stepping up, to remind us we have a moral imperative to resolve climate change,” explains Rich.
Priscilla is collaborating on the Atlas Awards ceremony, with award-winning filmmaker Dave Gardner (, whose non-profit film and “Think Small” campaign encourage people to scale back and restore sustainable balance in their lives. Rich and Gardner struggled to limit the awards to 100. They are quick to point out that many others deserve recognition. “This is only year one,” they both agree.
The Atlas Awards ceremony is being kept intentionally humble and low-key. According to Gardner the ceremony will have a small carbon footprint. He and Rich know the awardees will appreciate the simplicity of this event. “There will be no generators and no air-conditioning. The entire event will be run on a few small batteries,” explains Gardner.
Awardees have expressed excitement about the opportunity to speak about their passion in a casual, public setting. The event will be outdoors, in a most iconic setting, next to the Washington Monument, and near the newly reopened reflecting pool on the Mall. Rich and Gardner feel this is a very fitting location “for heroes who are forging a sane future for us all.”
Atlas Awards Ceremony
October 7, 2012
12:00 Noon – Gathering
12:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, concluding with a Native American Healing Ceremony (total length: approximately 2 hours),
Sylvan Amphitheatre, just south of the Washington Monument, near the NW corner of 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW, 3 blocks west of the Smithsonian Metro, at 12 St. on the Blue/Orange Lines. In the event of rain, we will be on the covered stage.
Public Welcome: please bring a picnic lunch and cushion for seating comfort.

Native American Heroes honored in the Anniversary Awards
CATEGORY TWO: the Anniversary awards
1912 - Jay Silverheels is an icon for all of us, representing Native Americans who choose to assimilate into contemporary society, from a culture that reveres the natural world, blending into one that is challenged by its own disregard for the natural world. We honor him and his Native American peers today, because we need to build a stronger partnership together, learning from one another. Jay was born in this year on the Six Nations/Mohawk Reserve, in Ontario Canada. Before his death in 1980 he was most well-known for his portrayal of Tonto, faithful companion to the Lone Ranger, in the long-running TV series, by that name. He also played movie roles with Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart and Maureen O’Hara and other well-known actors. His adopted screen name was the nickname given him as a young man when he played lacrosse, excelling in the sport.
1942 – President Franklin Roosevelt prepared for World War 2, by closing down all US auto plants for three years, starting that year, turning those plants into a manufacturing operation for war supplies. This event is often held up as an example of how the US can unite again, to accomplish what might seem impossible: replacing a carbon-intensive economy with an efficient, low carbon one, emphasizing conservation and renewable energy.
1962 - the year that The Beatles began their remarkable musical careers as a group, bringing us many inspiring songs with nature themes, that we still love today as classics: Here Comes the Sun, Good Day Sunshine, Across the Universe, Rain, Strawberry Fields Forever.
Thank you, JohnLennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, for your lasting inspiration, that keeps bringing us together, helping us imagine living in a more peaceful, loving world. Now, is our time, to make that a reality.
Also the year that Rachel Carson's courageous book, Silent Spring, was published.
1972 – was the year that President Nixon returned 21,000 acres to the Yakima Native Americans in WA state, from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He referred to this time period as the ‘environmental decade’ when he created the EPA, signing laws including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Marine Mammal Protection Acts – and later the Endangered Species Act.
During that time, Congressman Pete McCloskey was writing those laws, and was a co-founder of the original Earth Day, in 1970.
Donella and Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers and William Behrens III, co-authored the prescient book, The Limits to Growth, that was published this year, and which continues to get updated every ten years. Donella founded the Donella Meadows Institute, in Norwich VT, 'to bring...closer harmony with the realities of a finite planet.'
1982 – Buffy Saint-Marie wins an Academy Award for her composition of the song, Up Where We Belong, for the film, An Officer and a Gentleman. She later created her own CD with the same title, in 1996. Buffy was born on the Piapot Cree Indian Reserve in Saskatchewan Canada. She was orphaned and later adopted by relatives, growing up in the Wakefield suburb of Boston. She is held in high regard as educator, activist and founder of the Cradleboard Teaching Project, offering curriculum that is based on better understanding Native Americans.
1992 – the year that co-founder of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Henry Kendall, issued the letter titled, World Scientists Warning to Humanity, on human beings and the natural world being on a collision course, with signatures of 1,700 leading world scientists from 70 countries, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences.
This same year, Sherman Alexie receives the National Endowment Award for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, for his prolific work as a poet, his career continuing since then as a novelist and in film. Sherman was born in the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Spokane WA.
2002 – the year that Grammy award winner Joanne Shenandoah released her CD, titled Peace and Power: the best of Joanne Shenandoah. Her lineage goes back to a forebearer John Shenandoah, who was a compatriot of George Washington, who played a key role in rallying Iroquois to support the rebels during the American Revolution. She is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, which is part of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. She has won over 40 music awards, receiving an honorary doctorate in music from Syracuse University, where she is a boardmember of the new Hiawatha Institute of Indigenous Knowledge, established in 2011.
2007 – that year marks the introduction of a new kind of book, a collection of contemporary issues of modern Native people: American Indian Nations: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. It is edited by George Horse Capture, Duane Champagne and Chandler Jackson. George is from the A’aninin Gros Ventre Tribe of Montana and has served as curator of the Plains Indian Museum in Cody, WY; Duane is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribe, of Michigan, and is professor of sociology at UCLA, and Chandler is director of the John Reed Library at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
This same year was published Peter Matthiessen's book that he edited, Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists and Activists celebrate the life and writing of Rachel Carson. He has made it clear that Rachel Carson is still with us today, as we face our challenged future.
Meryl Streep sold her Green Guide to National Geographic this same year, which was published the following year, after extensive research was done on it. It is subtitled, The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely.
This same year 12 year old Alec Loorz co-founded Kids vs Global Warming, in Ventura CA. He has since been trained with Al Gore’s Climate Project, after giving over 30 global warming presentations. He is on many advisory committees, including Inconvenient Youth, Youth Sustaining the Earth, the Future We Want, and the United Steelworkers Union. His co-founder is his mom, Victoria Loorz.
Sungevity, now offering solar leasing, was founded by Danny Kennedy, Andrew Birch and Alec Guettel, this same year, an excellent business example of affordable solar, that is moving across the US with incentive programs. The Sierra Club recently partnered with Sungevity, to provide these incentive programs. The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, is one of the country's leading voices in the fight to move the US off dirty, outdated coal. This campaign received in2011, the generous donation of 50 ML dollars from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, of New York City, to support the campaign's mission.

Protest Columbus Day in Pueblo, Colorado 2012



This year in Pueblo, the birthplace of C-Day

Columbus Day Celebration Protest

Monday, October 8, 2012 (Official C-Day)


 9am, Monday, October 8th, 2012 • Rally at 10am, Columbus

Statue, across from Rawlings Public Library, 100 Abriendo Avenue,

Pueblo, CO, 81004. Bring banners, signs and your anti-racism messages.

Where Meet at Henkle Park, Pueblo, CO, on Abriendo Avenue, between

Ramona and Penn Streets at 9am. March to Columbus statue for rally at

10 am, in front of Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Avenue, Pueblo.

Directions from Denversouth on I-25, through Pueblo to Exit 87B (Abriendo Ave.)

follow the curve to the right, and stay on Abriendo approximately four blocks.

The celebration of Columbus Day in the U.S. began in Colorado. In Colorado, the celebration

began in Pueblo in 1905. Annually, there is an honoring of Columbus at the Columbus statue

in downtown Pueblo, across from the new public library (100 Abriendo Ave.). We believe

that libraries should be a source for education, for cultural competency, and for historical

accuracy. Colorado AIM will join our relatives in Pueblo this year, to stand against the

racism of Columbus Day, to set the historical record straight about the so-called Doctrine of

Discovery and the racist legacy of Columbus & Columbus Day, and to be living proof that

indigenous peoples are not “discovered,” “conquered,” or disappearing from our homeland.

American Indian Movement of Colorado Transform Columbus Day Alliance

Christine Prat Photos Navajo Fair

Christine Prat of France shares photos from the Navajo Nation Fair this year and previous years. Thank you Christine for sharing your photos, and translating articles at Censored News into French!
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Coffee, Culture and Recovery in Ciudad Juarez

October 6, 2012

Ciudad Juarez News

Coffee, Culture and Recovery in Ciudad Juarez

By Kent Paterson
Frontera NorteSur: U.S.-Mexico border news
Center for Latin American and Border Studies
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Posted at Censored News

As Ciudad Juarez lurches ahead in an uncertain recovery from years of extreme violence and economic decline, signs of renewed night life are stirring in the northern Mexican border city. Especially in the Pronaf and Gomez Morin zones, new bars and clubs, known as antros in Mexican lingo, are open for business. And across the street from the Rio Grande Mall near the Pronaf area, a different option now exists for people interested in more than just bouts of mindless drinking and dancing.

Open since August, Bumps Café Trilce proposes to be a center for creative connection, cultural revival and collective healing in a city traumatized by multiple crises. Housed in a former billiard joint, the new establishment is refurnished with comfy couches, several tables, a long liquor bar and decent space for artistic exhibitions and performances. A message on the wall behind the bar proclaims, “Life is Too Short for a Bad Coffee.” Fine cheeses, cold cuts and sandwiches round out the menu.

In its first weeks of existence Bumps Café Trilce has hosted a rock band, an evening of Latin American New Song, movie nights and a reading of women’s literary works as part of the “100,000 Poets for Change” global event.

“We’re open to what people want to do,” said Beatriz Lozoya, one of the four café partners. In an interview with FNS, Lozoya said an important goal of the business is to provide a central space for Ciudad Juarez’s numerous but scattered artists, writers, musicians and performance artists. Virtually missed by the international and even national press that’s focused on the guts and gore of the so-called drug war, a creative boom of sorts has ironically surged in the city during the bad times, according to Lozoya.

“In the last few years, there has been artistic production by youth, collectives and people not so young, who are worried about the situation of violence the city is undergoing,” Lozoya said. But the new cultural wave, she said, often stays walled up within the confines of far-flung neighborhoods where creators are isolated not only due to the lack of appropriate public venues and mobility restrictions imposed by the violence, but also by limited public transportation to and from the outlying quarters of the sprawling city.

A psychologist by profession, Lozoya has first-hand knowledge of the emotional wounds inflicted on her neighbors. The damage to young people, she stressed, has been particularly profound. The youth, Lozoya said, distrust adults and lack of hope, prompting many to view the future with a bleak lens. “They live for the moment, and with this outlook they make their decisions,” she added.

On hand to read for Bumps Café Trilce’s edition of “100,000 Poets for Change,” Elizabeth Flores agreed that the long-term damage to Ciudad Juarez’s soul and psyche has been deep, though the full dimensions of the emotional damage are still unknown. Flores, who serves as director of the local Catholic Church’s social justice ministry, told FNS that the thousands of orphans and countless children who grew up seeing people executed in the streets are now a significant part of the city’s future.

And full recovery from the violent upheaval, she ventured, is problematic for young people who might have been employed by gangs as killers or body dumpers but now could be looking for alternatives to the criminal lifestyle. “People don’t leave this work like any other to get a job in a factory or an office,” Flores said. “It’s like: ‘I killed or counted bodies and now I am going to go to work in an office?’”

Flores contended that art and culture can be important remedies in the city’s recovery. “This is a way we can express ourselves if we cannot say it,” she continued. “We don’t have other spaces or trust. We don’t have the possibility of doing it with family, because there are families and communities, groups, where the issue isn’t discussed. They’ve been affected so much, that they say it is better for us not to talk about violence.”

For Flores, retaining a historical frame of reference as well as a cultural identity is critical for the collective sense of community. But Flores said Ciudad Juarez’s popular culture is challenged by the power of money and market forces that could wind up erasing the city’s history, further stripping the population of its memory and identify while keeping it subjugated in a colonial state. On one front, Flores and many other residents are supporting a movement to save downtown Ciudad Juarez’s Café Central from the bulldozers.

A decades-old eatery and hangout for Juarenses of all stripes, Café Central sits in the path of the downtown revitalization project that is demolishing old buildings and businesses to make way for a convention center, an expanded public plaza and new commercial outlets. Flores said the locals have not seen a master plan for the project or been given the chance to discuss the government’s plans in a public forum. Asked if Ciudad Juarez’s crisis did nothing to change old ways of governing that preceded the sharp escalation of violence in 2008, Flores responded that the question was the answer.

Documenting Ciudad Juarez’s history and culture is the mission of a magazine that is distributed at Bumps Café Trilce. Founded three years ago, Paso del Rio Grande del Norte is a high quality, eclectic publication that showcases poetry, fiction, essays, plays and art work. “It’s an independent project, and the intention is to publish the works of the creative artists of Juarez,” said Margarita Salazar, the magazine’s director.

Until now, Salazar said many local writers have not had outlets for their works. “One reason they aren’t known is they have nowhere to publish,” she said. Published quarterly, Paso del Rio Grande del Norte’s current issue contains poems, short stories, an essay by Xose Manuel Blanco Gil on Valle-Inclan, a play by Virignia Ordonez Hernandez entitled “El Grito,” and the ashen, ghostly faces of hometown artist Cecilia “La Catrina” Briones.

An innovative section of the magazine devoted to “microfiction” features short stories the length of paragraphs. A piece by Haydee S.M. called “Charly” depicts a downtown character who could be among thousands in a dualistic city where public personae and private life are frequently like night and day. Salazar said the magazine has limited circulation in the U.S., but should be available at public libraries in El Paso, in addition to the community college and University of Texas branch in the neighboring city. She said the upcoming issue will be devoted to themes specific to Ciudad Juarez.

Whether for artistic events, music, a good read or just plain conversation over coffee, Bumps Café Trilce is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 5 pm to midnight, or perhaps later depending on the crowd, co-owner Lozoya said. A Facebook page with the address and phone number of the new venue can be found at:

-Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur: on-line, U.S.-Mexico border news
Center for Latin American and Border Studies
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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MNN: Federal Court Judge Aalto guilty of treason for breaking Royal Proclamation


MNN. Oct. 5, 2012

On October 1, 2012 we went to Federal Court in Toronto to remind Canada of the law and the lawbreaking that is going on in Kanekota. Kanekota is a British Protectorate. Trespassers must stop breaking the law.
On October 5, 2012 Judge Aalto confirmed that their Royal Proclamation supercedes all Admiralty Statutes, statutory law and rules. Then he told us they have no jurisdiction or will to respect it. He clearly violated his oath to their Queen, making him guilty of high treason. The penalty is death, which we did not ask for. The last thing Thahoketoteh of Kanekota told Judge Aalto was, “You be careful of your decision. If you break a royal proclamation, you will be guilty of high treason”. Now he is. [Thahoketoteh of Kanekota v The Queen T-1396-12.]

The Royal Proclamation confirms the Guswentha/Two Row Agreement, the supreme law of Onowaregeh/Great Turtle Island. The 1701 agreements with the French and English are the only laws that give the newcomers the right to live on our land. They broke these and now illegally reside here. According to the Royal Proclamation 1784 their subjects must respect the Guswentha in all matters.
The Federal Court agreed that in 1784 Captain General Frederick Haldimand signed on behalf of the king a proclamation to protect Mohawks from white encroachment forever. Canada can no longer pretend ignorance of the laws. The Federal Court put on the public record that Canada openly admits its criminality and refuses to follow the law.
Judge Aalto erroneously proclaimed that the Federal Court overrules a Royal Proclamation. [He should be kicked out of law and put in jail]. This is all gobblety-gook to sidestep the lawbreaking and gives more time for corporate destruction of Kanekota. He also ruled that “as this court has no jurisdiction to deal with these issues, leave to amend is also denied.” Meaning he decided that we could never appeal his wrong decision. He showed that the Federal Court is nothing more than a kangeroo court.

We do not accept this law breaking. Under Wampum 44 of the Kaianerekowa/Great Law, the Women Title Holders have the duty to notify all settlers that as their proclamation supercedes all their rules and statutes, all their settlements, developments and permits violate the proclamation and the Guswentha.
Judge Aalto did not dispute any of our arguments, that:
1-The Nanfan Treaty is the Guswentha agreement with Great Britain.
2-The Haldimand Proclamation is their order that there shall never be any encroachment by their people on our land.
3-The Indian Lands Act 1924 is illegal as it was never taken to the Indigenous people, passed in any legislature nor brought to the Queen. It was a side deal of the Minister of Indian Affairs of the Colony of Canada and the Minister of Mines of Ontario. All Ontario settlers rely on this illegal statute for their title.
4-The seizure of Canadian Hydro Developers windmills built in Kanekota without our consent belongs to the Mohawk Nation. Canada broke its laws on “Aboriginal consultation” at the Ontario Municipal Board OMB hearings regarding these illegal eyesores. The Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments must be notified of this ruling.
5–The Outdoor Education Center by the Etobicoke Board of Education was stolen. Now they are trying to illegally re-sell it.
6-Enbridge Gas has illegally built a pipeline through Kanekota.
7-Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty has illegally built a multi-million dollar estate on Kanekota.
The Shareholders of the foreign Corporation of Canada have set up the Admiralty court system, to keep what has been stolen from us. The courts make and manipulate its rules to make profits for the shareholders. For them the Royal Proclamation exists but they don’t have to follow it if they don’t want to.
Dekanawida, the Peacemaker, showed us the path. He knew that we had the mind to figure out the solutions. Change for peace starts in each person’s mind.
Contact:; MNN Mohawk Nation News For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0

Seneca Hawk Elder Edna Gordon: Words for non Columbus Day

Grandma Edna Gordon, Seneca Hawk Elder, 90 years old
Seneca Hawk Elder Edna Gordon
We, the People of a
Divided Nation

Columbus did not

discover America,

The Indians

Discovered Columbus.

Columbus went to India,

so, they called us Indians.

We Are: "O quay O Weh"

[The Real People}

In this Rapid, Changing Era,

For Peace, We Need to

Rediscover America, If, We

are to Survive, For the

Future Generations.

The most Important

Need today,

is to Discover

the Inner Self,

"The Landscape of the

Mind and the Soul",

to Walk In Unity,

Equality, and Spirituality

on the

"Pathway Of Peace"

               Seneca Hawk Elder - Edna Gordon

Thank you Grandma Gordon for sharing with Censored News


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