Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 11, 2013

Buffy Sainte Marie to Censored News

Long Walk concert 1978: Buffy Sainte Marie: 'What a great memory.'
By Buffy Sainte Marie
Censored News

Tansi Brenda,
I hope you're thriving, wherever you are. Many thanks as always for your continued good work in keeping this old canoe balanced. I just got back from Oklahoma (anti-frakking rally) and Regina for a week with my family, and it was really cold. Idle No More events continue to pick up enthusiasm across all backgrounds and age groups. Teach-ins happening everywhere, including peer to peer in the back seat of cars. One of the most powerful things we're pointing out is that Bill C45 is over 500 pages long and written in lawyer-ese that most of the legislators didn't even read; while Treaty One is only four pages long. Thus everybody is starting to become more interested in reading, understanding, framing their own copies of our Treaties to hang on the wall.

Also see: Buffy Sainte Marie, blacklisted out of the music business, and then censored by Indian Country Today, following this interview with ICT staff writer Brenda Norrell at Dine' College in 1999:

Photo: The Longest Walk, 1978. Muhammad Ali, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Harold Smith, Stevie Wonder, Marlon Brando, Max Gail, Dick Gregory, Richie Havens and David Amram at the concert at the end of the Longest Walk, a 3,600-mile protest march from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., in the name of the Native rights.

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