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Friday, December 21, 2012

Idle No More Toronto video Dec. 21, 2012

Published on Dec 21, 2012

Update: Thousands Round Dance for Indigenous Rights, Dec. 22, 2012. News alerts, photos and videos
Idle No More Toronto Friday
Over 1000 people! Idle No More FlashMob Round Dance Took Over Yonge-Dundas Square today in downtown Toronto as part of the Idle No More rallies happening in solidarity with First Nations across Canada and the world.
There's a google map of all the worldwide #IdleNoMore events and rallies scheduled today
(Friday), find your local rally! View the Google Map here:
Video by: Derek @ Occupy Canada http://www.OccupyCanada.Org/
Dec. 21, 2012- Over... 1000 people flooded downtown Toronto outside Toronto Eaton Centre - Idle No More FlashMob Round Dance Took Over Yonge-Dundas Square today in Toronto as part of the #IdleNoMore rallies happening in solidarity with First Nations across Canada and the world. -D

BHP wants to dump its coal mine on the Navajo Nation

As the coal industry collapses, BHP wants to dump its coal mine on the Navajo Nation and continue its abuse

By Dine' CARE
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The announcement this week that Navajo Nation has agreed to buy the Navajo coal mine from BHP Billiton has already sparked dissent among Navajo Nation residents and communities as word of the deal has begun to spread.

“This decision by Navajo Nation to 'purchase' Navajo mine exemplifies not only the utmost form of injustice to our community in Burnham but obliterates the core belief of Diné sovereignty.  I am truly embarrassed by the incompetence of our leaders to recognize the changing economy and the need for sustainable energy, given how coal development has devastated my community as well as contributing to the global issue of global warming.  This is beyond a local issue, in fact, it is a call for a formalized process where stakeholders can be involved to assert the reality of external costs and liabilities left by BHP; fossil fuel development has repercussions beyond our local air shed. There are price tags attached to non-compliance beyond the argument of 'sovereignty'; the NN is no exception,” said Dailan Long from Burnham Chapter.

The Burnham chapter meeting on 12/16/12, prior to the NN announcement, there was no mention of NN purchasing BHP.  It is beyond my comprehension that our people have to purchase and endure an ongoing legacy of direct and indirect violations to maintain a small percentage of employment at the Navajo Mine.  In the spirit of sovereignty, our leaders, at a minimum, need to quantify the cumulative costs involved in 'purchasing' a 50-year project and they need to present their findings it to Diné communities in writing.  This is a new era where we need to consider the economic realities where coal development is obsolete.  I am truly disheartened that the fate of me and my family has been pre-determined without my input,” said Sarah Jane White with Diné CARE.

As utilities and coal mining companies are fleeing from coal across the country, BHP is dumping their facility on Navajo Nation.  BHP has made their business decision to leave as the coal quality at Navajo Mine is inferior and the continued operation of Four Corners Power Plant is at question.  BHP knows that the liabilities at Navajo Mine are high. Navajo Mine has a 50-year legacy of toxicity and contamination that BHP may be transferring to Navajo Nation. What are the Navajo Nation's plans for requiring Fair Market Valuation, appraisals, and bonding associated with Navajo Mine liabilities prior to any completion of the "non-binding" Memorandum of Understanding?

“The Lower Colorado River water settlement has shown that it doesn’t go over well with people when high-stakes industry-government deals like this are struck behind closed doors, with all kinds of potential risks, downsides, and questions, and little or no public information,” said Anna Marie Frazier with Diné CARE.


NOW! Idle No More Blockades and Protests in Canada

APTN National News
HALIFAX – The Idle No More movement made its presence known today in Atlantic Canada with protests and events held across the region.
At 7 a.m., people from the Millbrook First Nation near Truro blocked one lane of Highway 102, at times backing up traffic for miles.

Below Edmonton on Thursday!

Edmonton highway blockade Idle No More Thursday Dec. 20, 2012

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William Underbaggage's photo Willie Lone Wolf Happy Memorial Birthday

Hello Benda, a smoke signal from Indigenous Nations Network. This is a photo from Oakland, Calif., in 2002 I believe. Myself William Underbaggage, Danny Glover and the All Nations Drum group, Ballenger Family, Gilbert Blacksmith Medicine Warriors Dance Troupe and Bay Native Circle DJ Janeen Antoine. We were at a rally to support Rep. Barbara Lee of California. Rep. Lee was the lone dissenting voice against the Iraq war. I was honored to do an opening prayer and the All Nations Drum did and honoring song for Rep Lee. at the Frank Ogawa plaza. Willie Lone Wolf was a member of All Nations Drum. Danny Glover gave a speech denouncing the Iraq war. In 2007, I lost a nephew in Fallujah , Iraq Lance Corporal Brett L. Lundstrom, Lone Eagle, his younger brother Ed Lundstrom Jr. came home from Afganistan to bury his brother and went back into battle. Happy Memorial Birthday Willie Lone Wolf

Terrance Nelson to Chief Theresa Spence 'Come to Wounded Knee'

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence announces the beginning of a
hunger strike while on Parliament HIll in Ottawa, December 10, 2012.
Photo: Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen
By Terrance Nelson
Roseau River Ojibway First Nation
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Dear Chief Theresa Spence
Your courage is exceptional. Thank you for fasting for so long for the people. I am the Vice Chair of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council. I talked to Clyde Bellecourt yesterday. He says that he is fully aware that your fast and the "Idle No More" Movement is going world wide.
This coming February it will be forty years since the American Indian Movement took over in Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Again back then, it was the women who demanded that something be done.
Today is a good day to live. It is the shortest day of the year for sunlight. It is also the beginning of the New Era according to the Mayan Calender. Today you will see the beginnings of the New Era, when our people will stand up across Canada. The Spirit has awoken and is alive in our people.
When the people Sundance, they fast for four days and nights, they dance. You have fasted over ten days. Your goal was to see Steven Harper treat our people better and to have them respect the Treaties. I think that today you will see that the Creator has answered your prayers. You will see how much you have succeeded. You will see that our people are responding right across the country.
I invite you to come to Wounded Knee South Dakota for the American Indian Movement memorial in February.
I ask you to consider breaking your fast. You have accomplished more than your goal. Steven Harper is not in charge in Canada, the indigenous people are. Today we will prove who lives on whose good graces. The immigrants who came to our lands in poverty and now take all our natural resource wealth without any payment whatsoever to the indigenous people are being given notice that this will not continue.
The National Day of Action in 2007 was a warning to Harper that he seems to have ignored. Today, that warning is going to get a lot louder, loud enough to be heard worldwide and it will be heard by the Americans.
You have succeeded Theresa. The women are telling the men, it is time.

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