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Thursday, October 11, 2012

American Indian Movement Film Fest San Francisco Oct. 12, 2012

American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

By Tony Gonzales
AIM West
Posted at Censored News
Thank you for your support. I wanted to mention to you and friends, with the gracious contribution from Ms. Penny Opal Plant and her partner Michael Horse, have kindly donated a beautiful blanket toward the award of Life-Time Achievement, to be given to Mr. Fred Short, during the AIM international Film Festival at the BRAVA Theater Center, 2781 24th St. starting at 11:45 am! Mr. Bill Means, M.C. and Victoria Gemmill, film presenter, will be on hand to give the award.
And by the way, many of us are gathering at 9 am at Dolores Park in San Francisco, and start walking at 10 am down 24th Street toward the BRAVA Theater! This is done in solidarity with Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas who on this historic day commemorate our survival and step forward into the future.
I hope the word gets around and folks are able to be there!
See the list of film screenings, attached!
Thanks again,
Tony Gonzales
AIM-WEST Hosts 3rd Annual American Indian Movement International Film Festival October 12, 2012

New York Times handcuffed at Texas Tarsands Blockade by TransCanada security

Police Paid by TransCanada Detain New York Times Journalists on Private Property
By Tarsands Blockade
WINNSBORO, TEXAS – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012 – Two journalists working for the New York Times were handcuffed, detained and then turned away from private property by local law enforcement employed as private security guards for multinational pipeline corporation TransCanada. The journalists reporting on the first tree blockade in Texas history, now in its third week of sustained resistance to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, were grabbed by police, physically restrained, and prevented from approaching the blockade site or making contact with protesters. These repressive actions took place on private property, indicating that TransCanada is employing a private police force to actively patrol beyond the boundaries of the Keystone XL easement without landowner permission.
A Times spokesperson released a statement saying, “While reporting a story on how protestors in East Texas are trying to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being built, [a Times reporter] and a Times photographer were detained yesterday by local police and a TransCanada security guard; they were told for trespassing. They identified themselves as media and were released but told they needed to leave the private property where they had positioned themselves (with the permission of the landowner). They complied.”
Minutes after the first two journalists were handcuffed, police barred another group of journalists from approaching even within sixty feet of the Keystone XL easement, an arbitrary designation with no legal precedent.
Yesterday’s events came only one day after the arrests of another two journalists, Lorenzo Serna and Elizabeth Arce, who one week ago had climbed to the top of the blockade’s timber scaffolding to interview several courageous protesters. Although the two journalists were allowed to climb the wall without harassment, police waiting on the ground threatened Serna and Arce with arrest as soon as they attempted to climb back down. Despite clearly displayed press credentials, the two were arrested upon descent ultimately to have their charges dropped only after spending a night in Wood County jail.
These events mark the latest in a series in which journalists and the Constitutional ideal of a free press suffer the same disrespect and abuse that TransCanada has shown to families along the Keystone XL pipeline route for years. Reports have included open threats of arrest on private property, the confiscation of cameras and video equipment, and arrests of by-standers on public right of ways. All the while, questions linger regarding the legality of policing the Keystone XL pipeline easement in this way.
Arthur Judge, a Wood County deputy sheriff, admitted to Texas landowner Susan Scott that TransCanada was paying the police by the hour to work private security details. “He was patrolling the easement on my farm and he informed me that his mandate was to arrest anyone at anytime that sets foot on the easement,” attests Ms. Scott. “The officer also demanded that I show ID or he would arrest me, all this while I was standing on my own private property in the middle of the woods. TransCanada is ordering police to arrest me just for trying to take a walk across my own farm.”
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
“What TransCanada is doing is illegal,” contends Tar Sands Blockade spokesperson Ron Seifert. “TransCanada does not own the property; they have no rights over the property other than permission to install a pipeline. So long as a landowner is not interfering with their ability to use the land for the purpose of installing and maintaining a pipeline, that landowner still has the ability to do whatever they want on the land. TransCanada is paying the police to violate civil liberties and constitutionally protected land rights.”

First Nation Terrance Nelson: Purpose of our trip to Iran

Terrance Nelson, Roseau River Ojibwe, shares the purpose of the trip to Iran
Terrance Nelson
By Terrance Nelson
October 11, 2012
Censored News
We are on our way to Tehran. One of the main purposes for me of the trip to Iran is to engage the Iranian government in helping First Nations in Canada to access OPEC nations and business people in the pursuit of justice for oil producing First Nations in Canada. The current court case in the Hague by four Nigerian villagers taking Royal Dutch Shell into international court for environmental damages is significant for any American and Canadian oil companies who have polluted First Nations in Canada. This is especially true of the Oil Sands in Alberta. As the following news story states:
THE HAGUE: Four Nigerian villagers took Royal Dutch Shell to court on Thursday in a landmark pollution case that campaigners said could open the door to more compensation claims against international companies.

The fishermen and farmers, together with the Friends of the Earth campaign group, accuse the oil major of polluting land and waterways around their homes in the Niger Delta region of Africa's top energy producer.
I am on contract with the Lubicon Lake First Nation as of August 2012. The story of the Lubicon Lake First Nation told in their own voice can be seen at it's website
If Royal Dutch Shell can be taken to international court, so can the American and Canadian oil companies that have illegally taken oil from the Oil Sands of Canada. Lubicon Lake Nation are the only indigenous people who have not signed treaty with the immigrants. The Alberta and Canadian federal government has consistently obstructed justice for the Lubicon Lake Nation. Other First Nations in the Treaty 8 territory have consistently tried to get Canada to settle with Lubicon Lake Nation for decades.
One of my objectives is to ask for OPEC help for the Lubicon Lake Nation. A study of the number of barrels of oil taken illegally from the Treaty 8 territory from the beginning x the compound interest is the number I want to identify to help Lubicon Lake Nation apply to OPEC for help in pursuing American and Canadian oil companies in international arenas. One of the study objectives would be to identify the companies who have illegally taken oil from the Lubicons. Filing an international action against those companies will affect the companies finances.
I am well aware that Iran cannot do business with First Nations in Canada due to the economic sanctions but that does not mean they cannot take First Nation issues to the OPEC nations that are not under sanctions. Can OPEC nations do things internationally for the Oil Sands First Nations that the Lubicon themselves cannot?
Canada could have settled with Lubicon Lake Nation long ago for a lot less than this going to cost now. I want Lubicon Lake Nation to be in a position to file against the American and Canadian oil companies once the number of barrels of oil illegally taken from their Treaty 8 territory is properly identified.
Lubicon Lake Nation is an owner of the Oil Sands of Treaty 8. They live in extreme poverty yet they own trillions of dollars of oil, gold and timber in their territory. IF I can get OPEC help for the Lubicon Lake Nation, this trip will be successful.
I would hope that the American and Canadian oil companies put pressure on the Canadian government to settle this issue domestically. The Lubicons have signalled that they have been willing to settle but the Federal and Alberta governments have not only ignored them, they have consistently obstructed the Lubicons from getting justice.
Remember that Canada sends 2.5 million barrels of oil a day to the United States and has done so for years. They have done so illegally because the indigenous people of Lubicon Lake Nation have never granted the immigrants permission to take their oil or other resources. Canada has never paid the indigenous people for the oil. Even when oil was $147 a barrel in 2008, Canada didn't offer the indigenous people even a dime per barrel in payment. Americans have paid for the oil, they paid the Canadians but Canada has not paid, they just steal the oil.
Terrance Nelson
In 1975, former Chief Walter Whitehead attempted to file a caveat with the Alberta Lands Registration Office to protect the Lubicon Lake Nation traditional territory. After this, Alberta amended the Land Titles Act retroactive to 1975 and precluded the Lubicon filing legislatively. Dawn J. Hill
Written by Admin. Posted in OUR STORY
The Lubicon Lake Nation has been engaged in a struggle with the governments of Canada and Alberta for a number of decades. During this time, we have seen attempts to take our land, attempts to undermine our authority and ongoing efforts aimed at dismantling our Nation.
Through all of this, the message we have sent is elemental and clear: we are the First Peoples in our Traditional Territory. We protect our land and territory in accordance with our customs, laws and traditions. We govern in our territory in accordance with our customs, laws and traditions. We remain sovereign. We remain self-determining.
It is important that people know that we are not defined by what we fight; we are defined by where we come from, who we are and how we live. In order to be able to fight we have consistently and constantly understood, lived in accordance with and enforced our laws. These are not easily understood, not easily ascertained and not easily interpreted if you do not live where we live and as we live as Lubicon peoples.
In order to survive, thrive, as Indigenous peoples we remain committed to those laws, customs and traditions. This is especially important now as we face a new era of administrative, political and legal machinations aimed at our peoples.
Our sovereignty is fully in tact. We continue to self-determine. We are strong, able, and determined as a Nation. We are still standing

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