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Friday, November 9, 2012

Indigenous Alliance without Borders: Youth Border Action Festival and Teach-In

Saturday, November 17th 10am to 8pm
John Valenzuela Youth Center 1550 S. 6th Ave. South Tucson, AZ


Jose Matus





TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders will be holding it’s first annual Youth Gathering in commemoration and celebration of November Native American Heritage Month. The purpose is to bring together youth and elders to share, unite and learn, to identify the different indigenous peoples, neighbors and territories, and to share information on history, culture, music traditional/contemporary and come together as one.

This community event is to bring together youth from the Tohono O'Odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Akilmel O'Odham Tribe, Chicanos and elders from each respective indigenous communities to share, to teach and promote respect for being indigenous, for our indigenous ways, beliefs and traditions. This event will empower and motivate youth to stand up for our Indigenous rights and human rights.

Festival to include: Poetry Slam, Storytelling, Contemporary Music, Live Graffiti Display

Performances by: Shinning Soul (Phoenix New Times Best Anti-SB 1070 Hip-Hop Group - 2012 for song “Papers”), DJ Alias with Progreso, The MEZ , TOP NAX and Poet Raul Alcaraz

Teach – In workshop topics to include: Indigenous History, Culture, Traditions, Rites of Passage, Indigenous Rights, Immigrant Right, Arizona State SB1070 and HB 2281- Radio as a Tool for Community Social Change, and Border Injustice.

Presenters to include: MECha, UNIDOS, Hiaki High School, TYLO, elders and traditional teachers from the Tohono O’Odham Nation, Chicano Community, Dulce Juarez Immigrants’ Rights Project Coordinator of ACLU of Arizona, Mary Rojas, Maestra Cobb; Brenda Robertson, Akimel O’odham; Tony Collins, Salt River Indian Community, Simon Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo; Rosemary Tona-Aguirre, Pascua Yaqui; Joseph Joaquin, Tohono O’odham; Raquel Rubio Goldsmith, Mexican American, and Francisco Flores.

If you would like more information, please contact Jose Matus at 520-979-2125 or email at

Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country's Social Woes

Published on Friday, November 9, 2012 by Common Dreams

Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country's Social Woes

Chavez slams "superelite" that exploits US

- Common Dreams staff

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Thursday urged newly re-elected President Obama to "stop invading" other countries and "think about his own country" which suffers from social and economic problems.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking about Obama's reelection. Chavez made the comments during a cabinet council meeting broadcast on the state channel, VTV.
"President Obama has been reelected. Hopefully he and his government reflect, first about their country, which, unfortunately, has plenty of economic and social problems," said Chavez.
"It is a divided country... [It has] poverty that grows every day, misery and an elite, a superelite, that exploits the country and society, and even poisons it, tricks it and manipulates it through a media war," he added.
Because of this, Chavez urged Obama to "dedicate himself to governing his own country and stop invading and destabilizing countries."
In October Chavez won his third re-election and vowed to pursue more socialism.
More from Reuters
President Hugo Chavez to President Obama: "He should reflect first on his own nation, which has a lot of economic and social problems. It's a divided, socially fractured country with a super-elite exploiting the people."

Commentary by Terrance Nelson 'Nits make lice'

Nits Make Lice
By Terrance Nelson, Roseau River Ojibway 
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they send out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and killed.

(In a public speech made in Denver not long before this massacre, Colonel Chivington advocated the killing and scalping of all Indians, even infants. "Nits make lice!" he declared.)
Robert Bent, who was riding unwillingly with Colonel Chivington, said that when they came in sight of the camp "I saw the American flag waving and heard Battle Kettle tell the Indians to stand around the flag, and there they huddled-men, women, and children. This was when we were within fifty yards of the Indians. I also saw a white flag raised. These flags were in so conspicuous a position that they must have been seen. When the troops fired, the Indians ran, some of the men into their lodges, probably to get their arms... I think there six hundred Indians in all. I think there were thirty-five braves and some old men, about sixty in all....the rest of the men were away from camp hunting....After the firing the warriors put the squaws and children together, and surrounded them to protect them. I saw five squaws under a bank for shelter. When the troops came up to them they ran out and showed their persons to let the soldiers know they were squaws and begged for mercy, but the soldiers shot them all. I saw one squaw lying on the bank whose leg had been broken by a shell; a soldier came up to her with a drawn saber; she raised her arm to protect herself, when he struck, breaking her arm; she rolled over and raised her other arm, when he struck, breaking it, and then left her without killing her. There seemed to be indiscriminate slaughter of men, women and children. There were some thirty or forty squaws collected in a hole for protection; they send out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and killed. All the squaws offered no resistance. Every one I saw dead was scalped. I saw one squaw cut open with an unborn child, as I thought, lying by her side. Captain Soule afterwards told me that such was the fact. I saw the body of White Antelope with the privates cut off, and I heard a soldier say he was going to make a tobacco pouch out of them. I saw one squaw whose privates had been cut out....I saw a little girl about five years of age who had been hid in the sand; two soldiers discovered her, drew their pistols and shot her, and then pulled her out of the sand by the arm. I saw quite a number of infants in arms killed with their mother." 24"
--Pages 89 and 90 of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown describing the Sand Creek Massacre
By Terrance Nelson
I have heard so often from western media and North American people that the past is the past, that we (white people today) are not responsible for the past, that the "Indians" should forget about the past and live in the present. I wonder how the Jews would feel if they were told to live in the present and forget about the past. If we forget about the past, we will never learn from the mistakes and we will allow the same horrors to be done to other people today and into the future.
I was in Iraq in 1998 with a television camera crew. Seven indigenous people from Canada documenting the Economic Sanctions and the effect upon the people. Today, we in the west continue on with our justification for imposing Economic Sanctions, this time upon the Iranian people and our future killing of Iranian people, men, women and children. Some of the Iranian people are like Black Kettle, who believe that they only have to make Americans see that the Iranians are no threat to America, the reality is that standing by the American flag will not help.
Read Dee Brown's book if you want to know the future for children of other countries, there is no question given the mindset of the Crusaders that, we will kill their children.
Nazanin Afshin-Jam the so called human rights champion who is the Iranian Canadian wife of Defence Minister Peter McKay talks of the deaths of children in Iran and routinely condemns Iran about human rights violations against women in Iran. Has Nazanin Afshin-Jam ever condemned the United States for what happened to 567,000 children in Iraq. Our video, A Waron Children is on You Tube.
It is not easy to fight for people who are really oppressed. The people in Iraq and Iran are dehumanized and demonized in the Jewish media and those that want to be in with the right people will never condemn the human rights violations in Canada or the United States. Nazanin Afshin-Jam's family was part of the Shah's regime. She is not on the ground in Iran fighting for the rights of women, she is safe in Canada, with money, power and privilege.
Iran does not need the Crusaders from the west to tell them how to live, they need to left alone. There is only one purpose for economic sanctions against Iran, the glut of oil money paid by the west to OPEC nations must be de-valued. China and Japan hold over 2 trillion dollars of American debt but it is OPEC that is the target. In 1990 prior to the Iraq war, the Iraqi Dinar was worth three and half American dollars. Eight years later, the economic sanctions had de-valued the Iraqi Dinar. When we got there it took 1,450 Iraqi Dinars to buy one American Dollar. The 1,450 Iraqi Dinars that bought one American dollar in 1998 would have been worth 5,075 American dollars in 1990.
Seventy percent of the University students in Iran are women. If changes are needed in Iran, it must be Iranian people that make those changes, not an outside force. What you talking about John has nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction or nuclear weapons, that is simply the pretext, the media ensuring that Americans are kept in fear, fear is what allows the military budgets to be passed in the United States without Americans daring to question if such budgets are really needed.
Iran has recieved oil money from the west, those American dollars that have been converted to Iranian currency and investment into Iranian economy must now be de-valued so as not to pose a threat to the wealthy people who control the American economy.
John, I know nothing about the person your email refers to, this Dr. Rafil Dhafir who has been sentenced to a long prison term. I do know that, we as indigenous peoples in North America have been the target of many such campaigns. Leonard Pelletier is in his 37th year in prison. He will never be allowed to be free. Anyone who resists the Crusader must be eliminated.
Whether we allow our children to be killed is our decision. In Canada there is 30,000 Indigenous children in care, they are in the Canadian Child Care system, taken from their homes with extreme violence if necessary. (Type in Ty and Connie Jacobs in the internet.) We as indigenous people are employed in this Genocide and many of our people serve and protect that genocide.
Taking children from one group to another group is a definition of Genocide in the UN 1948 Genocide Act. Whether Iranians allow themselves to be killed and to see their children suffer the same fate of the Iraqi children remains to be seen.
Terrance Nelson
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November 7, 2012
In 1999, I travelled to Iraq with Denis Halliday who had resigned as assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations rather than enforce a punitive UN embargo on Iraq. Devised and policed by the United States and Britain, the extreme suffering caused by these "sanctions" included, according to Unicef, the deaths of half a million Iraqi infants under the age of five.
Ten years later, in New York, I met the senior British official responsible for the imposition of sanctions. He is Carne Ross, once known in the UN as "Mr.Iraq". I read to him a statement he made to a parliamentary select committee in 2007 : "The weight of evidence clearly indicates that sanctions caused massive human suffering among ordinary Iraqis, particularly children. We, the US and UK governments, were the primary engineers and offenders of sanctions and were well aware of this evidence at the time but we largely ignored it or blamed it on the Saddam government. [We] effectively denied the entire population a means to live."
I said, "That's a shocking admission."
"Yes, I agree," he replied, "I feel very ashamed about it... Before I went to New York, I went to the Foreign Office expecting a briefing on the vast piles of weapons that we still thought Iraq possessed, and the desk officer sort of looked at me slightly sheepishly and said, 'Well actually, we don't think there is anything in Iraq.' "
That was 1997, more than five years before George W. Bush and Tony Blair invaded Iraq for reasons they knew were fabricated. The bloodshed they caused, according to recent studies, is greater than that of the Rwanda genocide.
On 26 February 2003, one month before the invasion, Dr. Rafil Dhafir, a prominent cancer specialist in Syracuse, New York, was arrested by federal agents and interrogated about the charity he had founded, Help the Needy. Dr. Dhafir was one of many Americans, Muslims and non-Muslims, who for 13 years had raised money for food and medicines for sick and starving Iraqis who were the victims of sanctions. He had asked US officials if this humanitarian aid was legal and was assured it was -- until the early morning he was hauled out of his car by federal agents as he left for his surgery. His front door was smashed down and his wife had guns pointed at her head. Today, he is serving 22 years in prison.
On the day of the arrest, Bush's attorney-general, John Ashcroft, announced that "funders of terrorism" had been caught. The "terrorist" was a man who had devoted himself to caring for others, including cancer sufferers in his own New York community. More than $2 million was raised for his surety and several people pledged their homes; yet he was refused bail six times.
Charged under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, Dr. Dhafir's crime was to send food and medicine to the stricken country of his birth. He was "offered" the prospect of a lesser sentence if he pleaded guilty and he refused on principle. Plea bargaining is the iniquity of the US judicial system, giving prosecutors the powers of judge, jury and executioner. For refusing, he was punished with added charges, including defrauding the Medicare system, a "crime" based on not having filled out claim forms correctly, and money laundering and tax evasion, inflated technicalities related to the charitable status of Help the Needy.
The then Governor of New York, George Pataki, called this "money laundering to help terrorist organisations ... conduct horrible acts". He described Dr. Dhafir and the supporters of Help the Needy as "terrorists living here in New York among us ... who are supporting and aiding and abetting those who would destroy our way of life and kill our friends and neighbours". For jurors, the message was powerfully manipulative. This was America in the hysterical wake of 9/11.
The trial in 2004 and 2005 was out of Kafka. It began with the prosecution successfully petitioning the judge to prohibit "terrorism" from being mentioned. "This ruling turned into a brick wall for the defence," says Katherine Hughes, an observer in court. "Prosecutors could hint at more serious charges, but the defence was never allowed to follow that line of questioning and demolish it. Consequently, the trial was not, in fact, what it was really about."
It was a political show trial of Stalinist dimensions, an anti-Muslim sideshow to the "war on terror". The jury was told darkly that Dr. Dhafir was a Salafi Muslim, as if this was sinister. Osama bin Laden was mentioned, with no relevance. That Help the Needy had openly advertised its humanitarian aims, and there were invoices and receipts for the purchase of emergency food aid was of no interest. Last February, the same judge, Norman Mordue, "re-sentenced" Dr. Dhafir to 22 years: a cruelty worthy of the Gulag.
With their "terrorist" case "won", the prosecutors held a celebration dinner, "partying," wrote a Syracuse lawyer to the local newspaper, "as if they had won the Super Bowl... having perpetuated a monstrous lie [against a man] who had helped thousands in Iraq suffering unjustly ... the trial was a perversion". No executive of the oil companies that did billions of dollars of illegal business with Saddam Hussein during the embargo has been prosecuted. "I am stunned by the conviction of this humanitarian," said Denis Halliday, "especially as the US State Department breached its own sanctions to the tune of $10bn."
During this year's US presidential campaign, both candidates agreed on sanctions against Iran which, they claimed, posed a nuclear threat to the Middle East. Repeated over and again, this assertion evoked the lies told about Iraq and the extreme suffering of that country. Sanctions are already devastating Iran's sick and disabled. As imported drugs become impossibly expensive, leukaemia and other cancer sufferers are the first victims. The Pentagon calls this "full spectrum dominance"

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Akwesasne raising funds for Pine Ridge winter supplies

Video fundraiser presentation Nov 17, at the seniors building 4:00pm to 6:00pm, to get supplies to Pine Ridge. Come out and help or send donations to help the journey .. yakoke

Pearl Means: Honoring Russell Means

The  next honoring of Russell Means in February

By Pearl Means
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Hello our relatives. We have completed the four sacred days in preparation for sending Russell Means’ spirit on his journey and his ashes have been scattered at Yellow Thunder in the Lakota sacred holy land, the He Sapa (Black Hills).
On behalf of the family I want to extend our appreciation and gratitude for all of the ceremonies, prayers, good words, and messages that we have received from friends and allies around the world. Russell was a man of the People and we all share in the responsibility of continuing his legacy.
Thank you to Chief Leonard Crow Dog, Russell’s longtime ally and spiritual advisor for officiating the powerful ceremonies that ensured a smooth transition. A heartfelt thank you to the Oglala Sioux Tribe for all of its support during this difficult time. Thank you to the Porcupine District for hosted meals, OST Parks and Recreation for the donation of buffalo meat and to the beautiful people who prepared all of the delicious meals. Thank you to the horseback riders, the singers and the security teams. Thank you to all of the people who brought star quilts and other gifts. A giveaway will take place at the next scheduled honoring, February 26, 2013.
The scheduled Honorings are as follows:
*February 27, 2013 @ Wounded Knee ‘73 Liberation 40th Anniversary Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation, South Dakota
*June 2013 (new moon) Russell Means’ annual Sun Dance – Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
*November 10, 2013 (Russell Means’ birthday) - Denver, CO (facility to be determined)
As my husband often said, “May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.”
Pearl Means
PO Box 99
Porcupine, Republic of Lakotah