Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 2, 2013

Non-profit mega grants and academic rhetoric: Silencing grassroots people

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

One of the latest threats to truth is the injection of hundreds of thousands of dollars into non-profits, as private corporations buy up major newspapers.
One of the non-profit funding sources, the Ford Foundation, funds 'Indigenous' organizations with grants of $100,000 to $400,000 or more annually. The Ford Foundation has long been a front for CIA agents, according to Wikipedia.
The Ford Foundation grant database can be searched, by placing words such as 'Indigenous' in the search box.
Sometimes it is not the specific organization at the United Nations that receives direct Ford Foundation funding, but the place of employment of someone in a major role, such as a Rapporteur. 
For example, the University of Arizona Law College Association, Tucson, received three Ford grants between 2009 and 2012 which total $1.75 million for Advancing Racial Justice and Minority Rights. The Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples James Anaya is a law professor at the university. Anaya also said the Ford Foundation was a sponsor of the United Nations conference for Indigenous Peoples hosted at the university in April of 2012.
Within the United Nations organizations, academic rhetoric has become a way to extract funding, including huge global travel budgets. These huge grants may, or may not, result in real assistance, or authentic change for grassroots people.
The academic rhetoric has become a way to silence the real voices in the communities.
The injection of hundreds of thousands of dollars is a means of control, controlling the people and controlling their voices.
Censored News is currently investigating the role being played by a person who previously worked at the CIA, who is now involved in the planning of the UN World Indigenous Conference for 2014, with a planning session underway in Norway in June 2013. 
At the Conference for Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, President Evo Morales envisioned a conference of Indigenous Peoples to carry on the work of Protecting the Rights of Nature. 
A former CIA employee embedded herself in the conference planning process during the session held on Kumeyaay lands near San Diego.
It is unknown yet whether traditional grassroots people will be involved with the conference for 2014.
Search Ford grants:
Background on CIA agents using Ford Foundation as a front:

Wikipedia on Ford Foundation

Relationship with the United States Central Intelligence Agency

In 1967, the foundation was implicated in a wide-ranging scandal concerning the funding of domestic and international organizations by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).[28][29] The CIA had been laundering its funds for dozens of organizations and events, and the foundation served as one of its main fronts.[30] John J. McCloy, the foundation's chairman from 1958–1965, knowingly employed numerous agents and, based on the premise that a relationship with the CIA was inevitable, set up a three-person committee responsible for dealing with its requests.[31]

1 comment:

Jay Taber said...

I think we want to be discerning in our analysis of the indigenous non-profit industrial complex, so we can better understand its dynamics. In order to succeed, the indigenous movement requires indigenous scholars and activists working alongside indigenous governing authorities to challenge the status quo at the UN, as well as within its member states. Harmonizing their voices is sometimes challenging, but it has to be done. Ford Foundation supports racial equality, but through its support of the UN Millenium Development Goals, acts in a manner opposed to the collective human rights of indigenous nations. As a neoliberal philanthropy, Ford gives money for these purposes to academia and governments, as well as grassroots activists via intermediaries like First Peoples Worldwide and the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development. While grant recipients might be doing good works within indigenous communities, they often develop a view of themselves and their networks as an alternative to indigenous governments. This view, unfortunately, undermines the indigenous movement by eliminating the prospect of indigenous jurisdiction, and thus plays into the modern state philosophy of indigenous nations termination. While not all indigenous activists succumb to conspiracism, some do, and become an impediment to the movement. As noted by Tonawanda Seneca traditional chief Darwin Hill at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues last week, constitutional and customary indigenous governments must have a unique status in international negotiations, if indigenous human rights are to be respected. Along with consultative indigenous NGOs, this can provide a means of indigenous voices being heard, without the corrupting influence of Ford and other foundations. Ford's influence doesn't necessarily imply a lack of integrity on the part of activists and officials benefiting from its largesse; it simply means this dependency limits strategies to reforming a state-centric framework that needs to be opened up to indigenous nations and the indigenous governing authorities exercising jurisdiction in their names.