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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mohawk Nation News 'Indigenous Liberation'


By Mohawk Nation News

MNN. Dec. 25, 2012. Prime Minister Harper has declared war! Gear up for liberation! For hundreds of years we Indigenous People of the Western Hemisphere have seen the enormity of destruction of our land and lives by foreign occupiers. They placed us under economic sanctions. We always resisted.
villageOur right to protect human life is absolute. Harper is a political assassin for deliberately legislating C-45 to enhance the deplorable living conditions of our people. Letting hunger striker Theresa Spence of the Cree Nation die in her tipi in Ottawa is murder. She has a legitimate right to express herself as she sees fit. He is no different from a Nazi war criminal, trying to weaken her fight against injustice. Her death would prove he is an “Economic Hit Man” for the corporations. She is responding to the economic and political strategies that are brutalizing her northern community of Attawapiskat. Her life is the only weapon she has to defend us from the enemy’s continuous attack.
Many feel the least Prime Minister Harper can do is to visit Spence to tell her he doesn’t want her to die. Otherwise his position is provocation. The war against started the day the foreigners arrived. Aggression is through outright killing and administering a program of genocide. Police, courts, unemployment. We are characterized as enemies, demons, sub-humans.
We have a right to resist annihilation, to struggle as freedom fighters, to fight for self-determination, which is legal in international law. We want freedom and to fulfill our potential as individuals and social beings. We have no leaders. We will regain control of our usurped land and lives. Canada must lift their crippling economic sanctions, halt their systemic oppression, respect our inherent rights and better our living conditions as we see it.
Canada uses raw power on us. We were not consulted on the invasion of these foreigners. We have every right to resist the continuing effort to bring about our physical death, incursions, raids, arrests, threats, imprisonment, suppression of our economic activity and being denied our political rights.
We will derail Canada’s economy for selling our possessions to foreigners without our knowledge and consent. Our local businesses are raided and dissolved so we cannot have a livelihood to put food on the tables of our people.
Ordinary Indigenous People are using the internet to fire the most deadly assault weapon in the world – the truth. We are resistance. We are reasonable. The impact of the movement is coming home to roost. Harper’s corporate media is minimizing coverage, because “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.
Deploying soldiers would incur heavy economic and financial costs. Native police forces collaborate with them to monitor, control and threaten those who fight against imperialism. At a moment’s notice they can become the para-military ART Aboriginal Response Team [secret Indian cops].
The corporation of Canada cannot legally banish our right to protect our land, resources and people. We refuse the crumbs they throw our way for submitting to them. Oppression is heading out the door.
This is a war of the mind. We will struggle until the wrongs are righted. Canada’s reputation is being demoralized worldwide. It offers a secure and prosperous lifestyle for their fellow foreigners, all based on the theft of our possessions. Its white population is now a minority. Ignoring the high unemployment, Canada is bringing in outside slaves to work for very little without benefits. We won’t allow that. We are united and cohesive. Our anger has exploded. Their attack on us does not bring fear. It brings action. A new level of outrage and resistance is coming.
Canada prefers to negotiate with their compliant band and tribal councils they have illegally placed in our communities. They’re job is to make concessions on our behalf. These well paid traitors and their voters do not speak for us! Any so-called leader that does not express our legitimate aspirations will be cast side. Their councils, national, provincial and territorial organizations exist to help impoverish us and our communities.
Canada is calling us ‘terrorists’; ghettoizing us; imprisoning us and those who help us; and make false reports on us. Terrorists, a made up term, to withhold civil rights to unjustly deal with those who do not agree with their aspiration to rule the world.
US and Canada are controlled by the financial-media-military-industrial complex against the interests of the local Indigenous people. They are trying to keep us in a permanent state of dependence, it’s too late.
Artificial corporate powers are temporary and will ultimately collapse. The time has come to dissolve them. It is defunked, illegal and bankrupt. They owe everything they have to us.
Canada is a colonizing power, a direct violation of the UN Charter and international law. Canada, an indigent corporation, has no right on our land. They are not the natural inhabitants. Onowaregeh, Great Turtle Island, is inhabited by us, the Ongwehonwe. Foreigners are trying to exterminate our political, economic, social, educational, cultural, religious, historical and geographical existence. These make our resistance legitimate.
We are ready to put in a reign of justice and peace for the well being of mankind. We must do everything in our power to live and safeguard our children and those our Earth Mother is releasing to us in the future.
womenOur path to peace reminds us of the Beatles’ song, “The long and winding road that leads to your door will never disappear. I’ve seen that road before. It always leads me here, leads me to your door.”
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 Read Ellen Hunt in 1881, “A Century of Dishonor. On Your Hands is the Blood of your Relation”.

Censored News Top Ten Most Censored 2012

Censored in Indian Country in 2012: What the other media didn't want you to know

AIM leader Clyde Bellecourt falsely accused and arrested
in Minn. on Christmas eve at Idle No More.
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The top ten list of the most censored issues in Indian country in 2012 begins with the assassinations and abuse of Indigenous Peoples by mining companies, and the targeting of American Indians as "expendables" by the US military in wars.

The theft of Indian water rights, and disregard for the protection of Indian water sources, dominated censored stories, from Navajoland to Yaqui lands in Mexico. Racism continued in bordertowns and from the news media. The racism was revealed as police targeted Indigenous Peoples for arrests, and in the theft of Indigenous lands. The pollution of Indian land, air, and water by corporations around the world was globally censored.

“They like the pageantry, the colorfulness and the beat of that drum – they really like our beautiful culture -- but they don’t like us," said Debra White Plume, Lakota, at the Native Nations Water Symposium in Tucson.

1. ‘The expendables’ Indigenous Peoples sacrificed by mining and war profiteers

The most censored issue of 2012 is the disregard for the lives of Indigenous Peoples by gold, silver, copper, coal and other mining companies, energy corporations and the US war machine, as evidenced in the assassinations and deaths of Native people globally. Puppet tribal governments and the media continued to encourage this slow form of genocide resulting from mining, coal fired power plants, and the bogus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Canadian mining companies and Peabody Coal in the US led abusers worldwide. Missile, drone and other war manufacturers pressed to continue the war for dollars. People of color were targeted by the US military in television commercials and by high school recruiters.

2. The UN Rapporteur

Mohawk John Kane said the most censored issue is the UN Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples. "I think the story around James Anaya was the most mischaracterized and one of the most censored stories.
"Who he is, who he met with in his 'whirlwind tour' and his findings were pathetic. The primary observation about the overall condition of Native people was that we needed access to sacred sites?
"Poverty, suicides, domestic violence, violence against women, drop out rates, drug and alcohol issues, continued assimilation, puppet tribal governments, real land claims (not just the right to pray on a site) and he comes up with a recommendation for access and control of certain sacred sites.
"I have news for Mr. Anaya, it's all sacred," Kane said.
Read more:
At the United Nations, frauds and academic scholars with distracting rhetoric, largely took control of the agenda and silenced many authentic Indigenous Peoples in 2012.

3. Cobell ‘Bait and Switch’ Case

Steve Melendez, Pyramid Lake Paiute and President of the American Indian Genocide Museum, said the most censored issue is the “bait and switch” case of the Cobell settlement. “The best kept secret in 2012 was that the late Elouise Cobell never had the right to accept a monetary settlement for what was originally supposed to be an accounting. It is almost as though the federal government is once again using the old ‘bait and switch’ that they have always used against the Indians.”
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Further, the news media has failed to investigate the large percentage of Cobell payout funds which have gone to non-Indian attorneys in the case. Other unanswered questions revolve around the United States’ hidden agenda with the oil and gas lands in Indian country. The point is: The US never does anything that is not in its best interest.

4. Collapse of media in Indian country.

Indian country media failed in its ethical duties in 2012 due to hidden agendas by owners and control from advertisers and politicians. Plagiarism and armchair journalism became the norm in national Indian country journalism. Advertisers were able to shift news agendas, and exert control, from these industries: Casinos, oil and gas, coal fired power plants, and CIA spies, the National Clandestine Services. The failure of journalists to be present to cover the news resulted in widespread inaccuracy, censorship and failure to report Indian country news.

 Idle No More Warrior women who started
this movement Sheelah Mclean, Nina Wilson,
Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon
5. Harper's termination plan and Canada's abuse of First Nations

The fight for Indigenous rights in Canada unfolded with the 'Idle No More' movement, following the release of Prime Minister Harper's termination plan, new legislation, and Canada's long standing abuse of First Nations. As Chief Theresa Spence maintains her fast, throughout Canada and the US, Native people are conducting flash mob round dances. A railway blockade is underway in Canada, as the fight against the tarsands and pipelines continues throughout Canada.
Clyde Bellecourt, cofounder of the American Indian Movement, was targeted and arrested in Minneapolis on Christmas Eve. Minneapolis police falsely accused him of organizing an Idle No More peaceful protest.
Harper's termination plan:
Clyde Bellecourt targeted and arrested at Idle No More in Minn. on Christmas eve:

6. The story that wasn’t reported: The fraud of “Indian” casinos

The story that was not reported in the national Indian country media is how the concept of “Indian casinos” was manufactured by non-Indians using the concept of “sovereignty” on Indian lands. While some Indian Nations, with small enrollments, profited from casinos, others did not. For instance, the majority of Tohono O’odham live in desperation, even though the profitable Desert Diamond Casino has received millions, possibly billions, over the past decade. Locally and nationwide, a large percentage of casino revenues on Indian lands continues to flow to non-Indians in casino management firms, lobbyists, attorneys, public relations firms, outside charities, and the states. News reporters controlled by the media's owners and advertisers are used as public relations outlets for casinos. Also censored was the rise in gambling addiction, how this addiction effects families, the need for more awareness and the need for more gambling addiction treatment centers.

7. Leaked memo of Salazar to steal Navajo water rights

A leaked memo of Interior Sec. Ken Salazar to the Navajo Nation revealed Salazar’s plan to push legislation through a “Lame Duck” Congress, in collusion with Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl. Navajos had already said ‘No’ to the plan for the US to seize Navajo water rights to the Little Colorado River for the benefit of non-Indians in Arizona, and water for the Navajo Generating Station, one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the US. The abuse and oppression of Navajos on Black Mesa by their own tribal government continues as one of the most censored issues. Leaked Salazar memo:

8. US spy towers and seizure of land by US Border Patrol on Tohono O’odham land

After the previous US spy towers failed, Homeland Security is now seizing land on the Tohono O’odham Nation for more spy towers. The US/Mexico border continues to be an excuse for US "pork" dollars to flow to US government favored corporations, including Boeing. The US Border Patrol also carried out a secret scheme to seize land on the Tohono O’odham Nation for a massive camp in Pisinemo District, which local O’odham were never informed about. The US Border Patrol scheme includes a dormitory, helicopter launch pad and dogs. More land is being seized for the Border Patrol’s transmission line. Further, Tohono O’odham land of San Xavier District has been used for the creation of drones at Advanced Ceramics; drones that were designed by the University of Arizona. The US Border Patrol continues to stalk and abuse O’odham on their own land. O’odham say the tribal government is controlled by the US and its agenda. The University of Arizona, which took the lead with the Pope, in placing telescopes on sacred Mount Graham, continues to gain confidential information about Indian Nations under the guise of research and assistance. Further, the university promotes racial profiling at the border and has taken a lead role in global cyber spying.
Tohono O'odham Nation kept secret plan for US spy towers

9. Obama’s support for the Keystone XL pipeline southern route

President Obama supported and pushed for the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline southern route in Cushing, Oklahoma. Native Americans and other protesters were prohibited from entering the area when Obama came to Cushing to rally support for the southern route of the Keystone pipeline. The pipeline construction is now resulting in the seizure of east Texas family farms and the jailing of elderly farmers in east Texas. Cree and other First Nations in Alberta, Canada, continue to fight the tarsands mining destroying their homeland. Lakotas and other Native Americans in the US continue to fight the threat of the Keystone Pipeline and its filthy crude oil targeting their water and land.

10. Native Americans support for Palestine

As the year drew to a close, Native Americans increased their support for Palestine. Two visits by Native Americans to Israel, following the bombing of Palestine and killing of 30 Palestinian children in November, resulted in outrage. Navajos sharply criticized Navajo President Ben Shelly for visiting Israeli officials for the stated purpose of agriculture. Navajos said they do not need Israeli chemicals to grow food, or to support the genocidal practices of Israel and the hidden agenda of war. Native American musician Joy Harjo received widespread criticism for breaking the cultural boycott and performing in Israel.
Read Lakota Russell Means statement on American Indians and Palestine
Navajo women oppose Navajo president's visit to Israel

As the year drew to a close, the United States continued its use of drones for targeted assassinations.

Vicam Pueblo hosted the International Forum for the Defense of Water, as Mexico attempted to steal Yaqui water in Sonora. Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, was among the Indigenous representatives from the Americas.

The Zapatistas emerged silently from the mountains. Subcomandante Marcos said one cycle of the Mayan calendar had ended and another now begins. Wikileaks continues to expose the truth as Ecuador maintains its refuge and political asylum for Julian Assange.

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By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

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