Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 29, 2013

Big Foot Riders arrive at Wounded Knee Photos by Pte San Win


By Pte San Win
Published with permission at Censored News
Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013


After making that long and enduring sacred horse ride from the place where Chief Sitting Bull was lured and murdered on the border of South Dakota and North Dakota to Wounded Knee, South Dakota Chief Spotted Elk aka Chief Big Foot was murdered our sacred horse nation and sacred riders of the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Oglala nation all stood at the mass grave site today an prayed, sang, cried and remembered the TRUE HISTORY of OUR direct ancestors. It is okay to feel this today and every year on this day; DECEMBER 29, 1890. It is okay to embrace OUR truths and we shall do so until we are healed. We cannot heal in one generation or in two or three, maybe not even four. It will take at least seven (so the elders say) to completely heal from what happened to our CHIEF, our NACA, our headsman and his relatives on that cold day in December 1890. 

Today, December 29 the riders all circled around the memorial of the mass grave to which our ancestors were thrown into and buried on that cold day in 1890. Tears were overflowing from cante' (heart) as I witnessed and felt the spirit of our ancestors an today our young relatives and horse nation. I am thankful to be lakota...

The riders all circled up this morning remembering our relatives who suffered and died by the hands of the US CALVARY on this cold December day in 1890. We remember GRANDPA SPOTTED ELK (Chief Big Foot) today. He was sick with pneumonia yet fled from up North because of what happened to Sitting Bull and his mitakuye. It is a hard day to remember the pain and the hurt that our ancestors endured YET it is good to suffer today knowing we are still ALIVE. (Crying) my heart is full of LOVE for our ancestors today. I am here and I am alive. Maybe that is why they suffered in the manner to which they did???? So that we will always remember who we are and always remain connected to the heart and the spirit of our ROOTS. I love you Grandpa Spotted Elk and I am sorry for what you endured by the hands of those seeking to annihilate our sacred race of people....

More photos and reflections by Pte San Win, thank you for sharing with Censored News:

December 28, 2013

The Year of the Whistleblower 2013

The truth is the one thing that the US can not recover from

Topping the list in Indian country: Buying into dirty coal, the threat of new uranium mining and the roundup of wild horses for slaughter houses, all by the Navajo Nation government

By Brenda Norrell

The year of 2013 was the year of the whistleblower. Edward Snowden exposed that the US is spying on, and collecting data, belonging to the world's citizens and diplomats.

A World Bank whistleblower exposed how the financial elite control the world, and bought the media to silence it. Global Research reports, "Karen Hudes is a graduate of Yale Law School and she worked in the legal department of the World Bank for more than 20 years."

"The goal is control. They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns. Since the elite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works." 

Big Foot Riders Photos by Pte San Win

Photos by Pte San WinPublished with permission at Censored News(Above) This photo was at the Cheyenne River by Bridger the first day the OGLALA's joined with Standing Rock and Cheyenne River relatives for the Big Foot Ride 2013. 12-23-13

Oglala Akicita Ronald Cross Dog - Little, the morning of 12-23-13 the first day he joined with relatives from Standing Rock and Cheyenne River on the Big Foot Ride 2013.

Bigfoot riders 12-23-13 between Bridger and Wall, SD

12-23-13 Bigfoot Riders coming into Lunch between Bridger and Wall, South Dakota

12-24-13 Bigfoot Rider Duran Thunder Hawk, Oglala Lakota
12-25-13 Bigfoot riders coming into Red Water, Pine Ridge Indian Nation

Big foot riders leaving Red Water, South Dakota - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 12-27-13 for Red Owl Springs, SD - Pine Ridge Indian Nation

Riders at Wounded Knee on Dec. 28, 2013

By Pte San Win

The riders are moving swiftly. I just love our sacred horse nation. They are so beautiful and powerful. Our babies are so strong and sacred for handling this cold cold wind. Just think relatives our young boys used to go out and do their first hunt on horse back by about 12 years old. Sometimes in the midst of winter. 
Today it is a good day to be LAKOTA and know that we are going to always live. 

Mitakuyapi tonight the riders are camped at Wounded Knee District School. We will be here having speakers and songs throughout the evening. Tomorrow we will be riding to Pine Ridge in remembrance of our relatives who were taken there and left to die at 3 Moccasin Park. We will be riding to Pine Ridge and meeting at Billy Mills Hall to eat. We have relatives who rode all the way from Standing Rock. They are beautiful and strong mitakuyapi. 

Update Riders arrive at Wounded Knee
On December 29, 1890, the Seventh Cavalry massacred Miniconjou Lakota leader Big Foot and 150 of his people at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. In the days leading up to the massacre, Big Foot and his followers rode 300 miles, hoping to find refuge at Pine Ridge.

Ben Carnes 'Remembering Carter Camp'

Carter Camp: R.I.P. 2013

"We Decided that our Indian people are more
important to us than long jail terms."

Carter Camp, Ponca Nation, Wounded Knee 1973

By Ben Carnes, Choctaw

Carter Camp painted as a warrior at Wounded Knee
Remembering people of their words and actions has been my way of mourning, as a way to keep their spirit alive in our memories. His words above exemplified what it means to commit to being a true Warrior for the people. He lived this way of life as so many people can attest to. Those words take me back to when I began to understand what the American Indian Movement was about in the early 70's. It began as a civil rights organization in Minneapolis in 68, but through the influences of Henry Crow Dog, it soon evolved into a spiritual based movement as Crow Dog stated that in order for AIM to be successful, it had to have a spiritual foundation.

December 27, 2013

In Memory Carter Camp, Ponca

Carter Camp on far right at Wounded Knee March 1973.

In Memory of Carter Camp, Ponca

Carter Camp on far left. Photo Brenda Norrell
Carter Camp has passed over to the Spirit World. In memory, a note of thanks for Carter and all of those present for sharing this special day in 2004. Prayers for a good journey, Brenda, Censored News

By Brenda Norrell
Human Rights Editor
UN OBSERVER and International Report 2004

CHAMBERLAIN, South Dakota -- When the Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition in South Dakota, Lakotas, Poncas and Kiowas were waiting for them and demanded that they turn around.
Surrounded by a heavy buildup of federal agents and police, Carter Camp told the Expedition in 2004 that Lewis and Clark were harbingers of the Holocaust. "What they wrote down was a blueprint for the genocide of my people. You are re-enacting something ugly, evil and hateful. You are re-enacting the coming of death to our people. You are re-enacting genocide."
Carter Camp warned the expedition to halt or they would be stopped. He said the expedition has been told lies and are spreading lies.
Camp said Lewis and Clark are a part of the American lie.
"They had no honor. They came with the American lie. They murdered 60 million people."
Deb White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge gave the expedition a symbolic blanket of small pox. Another Lakota woman from Pine Ridge said she carries the DNA of the Lakota women who survived the slaughters that Lewis and Clark opened the door to. She said she is prepared to die for this cause."I believe in armed struggle," Wicopy Wakia Wi of Pine Ridge said. "The act of genocide stops here. We are tired of living poor. We are not afraid to die. I am willing to die."She told them they would not proceed up the river."You are not going on. I will organize every sister from here to Oregon to stop you."
After that day in 2004, Mandrell did stop. He left the Lewis and Clark Expedition and formed his own journey, his own adventure that included American Indian friends that he made along the way.
Seated on the radio bus, Mandrell remembered meeting with Carter Camp's son Vic Camp from Pine Ridge, on that day in 2004. "I still have his number on my speed dial."
Earlier, Vic Camp had remembered the victory of hearing Mandrell had left the Expedition. During an interview in April, 2005, Vic Camp said, "That was a great victory for us."
But on the banks of the Missouri River in South Dakota on that day in 2004, Lakota elder Floyd Hand, among four bands of Lakota spoke from the well that was chilling.
"We are the descendants of Red Cloud and Crazy Horse.""I did not come here in peace."Hand said they would not smoke the pipe and if the expedition continues up the Missouri River, the families of the expedition members would suffer the spiritual consequences of small pox.
Referring to the tribal governments who welcomed the expedition, Hand said those tribal governments reflect the same type thinking as the re-enactors and are not the voice of the grassroots people."The tribal governments are not a voice for us. They are imitating us, like you are imitating Lewis and Clark."
"We want you to turn around and go home," Alex White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge, told the expedition.White Plume said Lakota are here on this land for a reason."We were put here by the spirits." He said the Lakota never lost their language or ceremonies and now they are making these requests: Lakota want their territory back, their treaties to be honored and to be able to continue their healing ways.
White Plume said many Indian people have become assimilated and colonized. "We pray for our own colonized people. We say they are in a prison in the white man's world." White Plume said there was no point in the expedition coming here. "All you did was open up these old wounds."

By Carter Camp

Diane Sawyer asked the question I often am asked when people learn how hard it is to live on the rez. "why don't you leave?" The question has many answers to us. Mainly we are still a tribal people and we want to live among our nations people. We're a people who consider our cousins as our brothers and sisters, our uncles and aunts as fathers and mothers. We have grandmothers and fathers galore and we care about all of them. We like to be there when someone dies or a baby is born. And we love our homelands. We believe the soil and every plant contains the dust of our ancestors. I think the Irish who stayed in Ireland during the great famine would understand, or a Jew who stayed in Palistine before there was an Israel. But Americans who will move away from their family for a better climate or job will have a hard time understanding the strength of the attraction to a specific land. The other reason we don't become 'economic refugees' is that reservation poverty is preferable to living... in an American slum so we always go home. Most of us have actually left at some time in our lives, I was personally successful in California, but I came home. Carter Camp

Carter Camp: Remembering Wounded Knee
published with Carter's permission at Censored News in 2007

By Carter Camp

Ah-ho My Relations, each year with the changing of the season I post this remembrance of Wounded Knee 73. I wrote it a few years ago when some of our brave people had walked to Yellowstone to stop the slaughter of our Buffalo relations. When I did I was surprised at the response from people who were too young to remember WK73 and I was pleased that some old WK vets wrote to me afterwards. So each year on this date I post the short story again and invite you-all to send it around or use as you will. As you do I ask you to remember that our reasons for going to Wounded Knee still exist and that means the need for struggle and resistance also still exist. Our land and sacred sites are threatened as never before even our sacred Mother herself is faced with unnatural warming caused by extreme greed.

In some areas of conflict between our people and those we signed treaties with, it is best to negotiate or "work within the system" but, because our struggle is one of survival, there are also times when a warrior must stand fast even at the risk of one's life. I believed that in 1973 when I was thirty and I believe it today in my sixties. But Wounded Knee 73 was really not about the fight to me, it was about the strong statement that our traditional way of living in this world is not about to disappear and our people are not a "vanishing race" as wasicu education would have you believe. As time has passed and I see so many of our young people taking part in a traditional way of living and believing I know our fight was worth it and those we lost for our movement died worthy deaths.
Carter Camp 2007
Photo by Cat Carnes, thank you

Honoring Carter Camp at White Eagle, Oklahoma today, April 20, 2013.

Photos Carter Camp at Wounded Knee 1973

Carter Augustus Camp

Ponca City News
“The greatest of us has gone on ahead now…” began the open letter to our family from our Wazhazhe brother, Carter Revard, Poet Laureate for the Osage Nation.
Carter Augustus Camp, began his final journey late Friday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2013.
The son of Woodrow Howard Camp and Jewell Faye McDonald Camp, a descendant of the McDonald and Yellowberry families, Carter was born the summer of 1941 at Pawnee Indian Hospital, the third of six children. He graduated from Haskell Institute, now Haskell University, in 1959. Excellent in sports, Carter’s basketball team lost in the Kansas State Finals, an experience never forgotten. Shortly after leaving Haskell, he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving a tour in Western Europe. After his discharge he relocated with the family to work in Los Angeles, Calif., and played basketball for the American Indian Athletic Association on weekends. Following his father’s philosophy of staunch unionism, at his place of employment Carter began representing fellow workers as the shop steward and was then elected business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Coming of age in the turbulent 1960s when racism was rampant and the U.S. President and other great leaders were murdered, Carter thus began his lifelong passion as a champion for social change and specifically for his beloved Native people.
In 1970, back home in Oklahoma, Carter worked for change in the way federal funds were distributed in the Oklahoma school system meeting with school and tribal officials. Shortly thereafter the Johnson-O’Malley monies that were earmarked for native children began to be used the way they were intended, an auspicious beginning and brought notice to friend and foe alike. Carter joined the still fledgling American Indian Movement [AIM] during this period and soon after organized the first AIM chapters in Oklahoma and Kansas. The Trail of Broken Treaties was a nationwide protest in the form of a caravan of native activists traveling from the west coast to Washington D.C. with many stops in between. The huge Oklahoma/Kansas contingent, over 20 carloads, was a reflection both of Carter’s organizing skills and the readiness of the native people to help bring about positive change beginning with a review of native treaty’s with the U.S. government. During the eventful caravan trip, Carter and Hank Adams, president of The National Council of Churches, co-authored the groundbreaking “Twenty Points” summation document to present to government officials in Washington. The Nixon officials chose not to meet with AIM leaders resulting in a three day takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building ending only with government concessions made including future treaty negotiations. At this time, Native rights violations, civil and legal were commonplace throughout the United States with South Dakota leading the way in police brutality and inhumane treatment. With the massacre of hundreds of innocent women and children at Wounded Knee, S.D. in 1890, it was a historically appropriate site for the American Indian Movement to bring national attention to the struggles of the Lakota and all Native peoples. There was a great meeting of all the Lakota chiefs with the exception of one who sent a relative. There it was decided to invite the AIM as a last desperate call for help. The ensuing 71 day occupation of WK served as a rallying call and was heeded throughout the nation with carloads of Native people being arrested as far as 500 miles distant. Carter Camp was given the honor of leading the first wave of warriors into Wounded Knee, securing communications and making safe the entry of the caravan of activists. “Finally I bent over and picked a sprig of sage…I looked for BigFoot and YellowBird in the darkness and I said aloud, ‘We are back my relations, We are home, Hoka Hey’” – Carter Camp. Native scholars and activists call this WK a benchmark in the struggle for Native sovereignty. After Wounded Knee in White Oak, Okla. the last great national gathering of AIM took place. Carter was elected the national chairman by acclamation. From that time until the present he has continued the fight to protect the remnants of sovereignty that we still enjoy, with protecting the Mother Earth foremost.
Carter was preceded in death by his parents and sister Darlena Overland. He is survived by his wife, Linda Carson Camp and sons Kenny, Jeremy, Victorio, Mazhonaposhe and Augustus. Also sister, Casey Camp-Horinek and brothers, Craig and Dwain Camp. Carter also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, a large extended family and innumerable friends from across the nation. Casket bearers will be, Kenny Camp, Jeremy Reed, Victorio Camp, Mazhonaposhe, Ahmbaska Camp, Augustus Camp, and Frank Carson. The traditional noon feast will be served at Ponca Nation Cultural Center, Tuesday, Dec. 31, to be followed by service at 2 p.m. and burial at the Ponca Nation Cemetery up on the hill under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematorium.

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December 26, 2013

Leonard Peltier's Christmas Message 2013

Leonard Peltier's Christmas Message 2013

By Leonard Peltier
Censored News

Greetings my relatives, friends, and supporters:

In this season of giving, receiving and acknowledgement of blessings, I want to acknowledge all of the people who have helped me all of these years and I want the supporters outside the United States to know I appreciate them also. Sometimes I am at a loss for words.
Some of you probably have experienced moments like that when you are overwhelmed with thoughts and remembrances of loved ones that for some reason you cannot see or who have gone on.
I know a lot of you are concerned about the children and getting them gifts for Christmas; I was listening to a program recently that was talking about just such things and how everyone was so concerned at this time of year.
I want to just touch on that for a moment. I would like to say there are so many of our children around the world that need our help all the rest of the year, and that their disappointments do not just come on Christmas or some other holiday- they come every day when they do not have enough to eat or they do not have someone to care for them. I want to encourage you all to think of these things and also about our elders, and the people suffering in hospitals, and of course in prisons, where just receiving a letter in the mail is like a holiday to them, or an elder who sees a familiar face and it is like a holiday to them, or a child who gets to eat all he wants … that’s a holiday.
Among our people there was always a celebration of the Solstice which usually falls around the 21st of December. There were always prayers at these times and often ceremonies; but gift-giving was a year-round thing that our people did.
Maybe I am being a bit over sensitive or sentimental at this time of year, as are a lot of people, but again I want to thank you for all the support you have given to me, and for the gifts you have given the children on the reservations and the letters you write to me and to other men and women in prisons. I know there are groups that get together, like the one in Portland Oregon that regularly writes letters to prisoners. These things are greatly appreciated and I have no doubt that you will be blessed by these good things you do. I know some of you in your giving sometimes might be extending your resources, but I recall one time in a fasting ceremony that I was doing; I was told, those who give of their extra are appreciated and blessed but those who give what they cannot afford– that is sacred.
I pray in a sacred way, that each of you will be blessed this coming year. Find a sacred way you can help heal the Earth, heal our troubled children and make a better place on this planet for all to dwell.
Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Gandhi, Black Elk, Chief Seattle, all of the well known spiritual leaders in the past had one thing in common: they were willing to think and act outside the box. In a world filled with materialism, those of you that have been helping protect the Earth, the children, the elders and victims of injustice are of that same caliber.
I pray that you enjoy your holidays, that you feel the blessings of your actions, and that the Creator speaks to you in a kind and gentle way. Give someone a hug for me, and tell them, “This is from Leonard Peltier.”
Your friend always,
In the spirit of Crazy Horse
Leonard Peltier

Mitakuye Oyasin

December 24, 2013

Mohawk John Kane 'Pope Francis: A Gimmick or a Game Changer?'

Pope Francis: A Gimmick or a Game Changer?

By John Karhiio Kane (Mohawk)
Censored News

We are hearing much about this new Pope and his radical support for the poor, but the truth is there will remain a gaping hole in his posture until the papal bulls responsible for the Doctrine of Christian Discovery are addressed. Only a full repudiation of the papal bulls of Pope Nicholas V (1452) and Pope Alexander VI (1493) will keep the bold statements of Pope Francis from ringing hollow for Indigenous people.
Pope Francis may win the Nobel Peace Prize to go along with being named Time magazine’s "Man of the Year," but let's be honest — these honors have less to do with real change and more to do with propaganda. Still, this Pope has the opportunity to follow the World Council of Churches and make the strongest statement on the subject yet.
It isn't enough for the Catholic Church to merely suggest, as it has, that the 15th century bulls are no longer church doctrine. The Vatican started this mess and it's up to this Pope to make a definitive statement rejecting the racist doctrine that continues to be the cause for much of the very poverty to which he speaks.
Of course, strong statements by churches or the Vatican will not undo the damage. The United Nations made its statement, stopping just short of a specific condemnation of the church doctrine in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) but still making their intent quite clear. The third affirmation of the UNDRIP states:
“that all doctrines, policies and practices based on or advocating superiority of peoples or individuals on the basis of national origin or racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences are racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust."
But while the U.S. rejects world opinion or international law confronting their "morally condemnable and socially unjust" laws, it seems to have had no problem codifying into its law church doctrine that clearly conflicts with its claim to a separation of church and state.
Both the U.S. and Canada have actually backed themselves into a corner on this. As these two countries attempt to promote themselves as the moral authority for the world even as the balance of world domination slips away and they actively destroy the land, water and air in pursuit of dollars, their ugly history and justice systems built on racist church dogma cannot be ignored.
The "house of cards" that is their federal Indian law cannot survive any legitimate scrutiny. And their oppressive policies that include raids, physical abuse, kangaroo courts and the general criminalization of all things Native are becoming harder and harder for them to explain away as anything less than a gentler form of genocide. Meanwhile, our people continue to defend the land and the future for all of our children while the U.S. and Canada continue to lose credibility with anyone not in their pockets.
I am not among those clamoring for reparations for all past injustices or for an absolute do over for the last 500 years. Both would be a great dream but neither is realistic. In fact some of our own people would be casualties of a toppling of the house of cards the U.S. and Canada is built on. I believe our leverage over their weakness should be used to press for honest and fruitful negotiations to solve the conflicts with the oppressive nature of these beasts.
There is much work we need to do to return to our ways of solving problems. Rejecting the "Indian Act" and Bureau of Indian Affairs dictates and interferences is an important start. Taxation and any outside controls of our economic development also need to be pushed back. And, of course, a seat at the table over environmental issues is an absolute must. The unfettered access to resources from our lands and practices that continue to place our children's future in jeopardy must end and any discussion for such going forward must include us.
As reasonable as this sounds to Native people, the U.S. and Canada are a long way from reasonable on these matters. Only a repudiation of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and the U.S. Supreme Court decisions and opinions that start in 1823 with Johnson v. M’Intosh can slap some sense into countries that allowed "racist, scientifically false, (and) legally invalid" church doctrine to become their laws of the land. This is literally their entire basis for their alleged diminishment of Native sovereignty.
So step up "Man of the Year" and take the big steps to address poverty. After all, it is the Vatican and other corporations of Christian nations that sit on the wealth and resources that have been and continue to be extracted from the lands of Indigenous peoples. And it is that accumulation and consolidation of wealth that is responsible for poverty. And it is the papal bulls from past Popes that paved the way for this unlawful subjugation that continues today.
Clean your house, Pope Francis, and we'll take it from there.
– John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk, a national expert commentator on Native American issues, hosts “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane,” ESPN-AM 1520 in Buffalo, Sundays, 9-11 p.m. Eastern Time. He is a frequent guest on WGRZ-TV’s (NBC/Buffalo) “2 Sides” and “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter” in Albany. John’s “Native Pride” blog can be found at He also has a very active "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook.

First published in Two Row Times, thank you!

Navajo Council gives BHP dirty coal 'free ride' for poisoning Navajos

Speak UP! Navajo Nation Waived BHP liabilities
Now, Navajo Nation set to Waive Sovereign Immunity Rights

Ash ponds close to Chaco wash/Censored News 


FARMINGTON, NM Two months ago (October 23), the Navajo Nation Council waived BHP Billiton of past, present, and future liabilities associated with BHP Navajo Mine. This translates to the Council agreeing to never hold BHP Billiton accountable for any damages, clean up, environmental, and health impacts associated with the mine. Nonetheless, the Council and the Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) are still moving forward with finalizing agreements on the BHP Navajo Mine purchase by December 31, 2013.

The waiver of liabilities given to BHP disregards BHP’s responsibilities! BHP should be held accountable for any and all consequences,” states
Jerry Bodie, President of Sanostee Chapter.

Now, the Navajo Nation is set to waive sovereign immunity rights to obtain the performance and insurance bonds needed to finalize the BHP mine transaction. Legislation 0367-13 will be discussed during today’s Special Session at 1:00pm at the Navajo Nation Council Chambers in Window Rock, Arizona.

The Shiprock Chapter stands opposed to the waiver language and hopes the Secretary of the Interior will live up to its trust obligations and protect the rights and welfare of the people since the Navajo leadership will not” states Chili Yazzie, Shiprock Chapter President.
Your money is being spent on a dying 50 year old coal mine:
$3 million on Phase 1 and 2 due diligence reports;
$4.1 million to NTEC for finalizing agreements;
$85 million for the mine purchase agreement;
$130 million estimated on the reclamation bond

What makes Navajo Nation leaders think they can compete with Wyoming, Kentucky, and West-Virginia on global coal market when they are also buying BHP's liabilities that would only cost us billion dollars. This is like buying a 50 year old junk car with no liability insurance, and going to take out the car on the public highway and you kill lot of people tomorrow, you be paying out of your pocket to pay for the damages,” states Lester Begay, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad Chapter President.

Lester Begay
Chili Yazzie
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