Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 20, 2013

Peltier Tribunal on Indigenous Rights announces judges and witnesses

Planning session: Dorothy Ninham, Bill Means and Clyde Bellecourt
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
The Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights has announced the judges and the preliminary list of witnesses. The Tribunal will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Oneida land, Oct. 2, 3 and 4, 2013. It is open to the public and will be webcast by Earthcycles, with news coverage by Censored News.

Peltier said, "The goal of our Tribunal is to document our many struggles with the U.S. government. The government was involved in outlawing every freedom we valued, from the way we talked to the Creator with our ceremonies to the way we parented our children. Don’t ever forget the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental damage that came from ripping  Native children as young as 3 and 4 years old from the arms of their parents and putting them into the hands of cold, hard matrons in the boarding schools.  Men who normally provided for their families by fishing and hunting found themselves on the wrong side of the law and hunger became common. Acres and acres of beautiful gardens in Native homelands were destroyed for the harvest of uranium flowing through the veins of our Sacred mother earth."

Witness testimony at the Tribunal will include fishing rights, the sterilization of Indigenous women, extreme poverty, theft of tribes' natural resources, environmental issues, the horrific rate of suicides among Native children, and the wrongful conviction of Leonard Peltier. 

The agenda, witness list, and judges list has been updated:
Live Stream
Earthcycles and Censored News have been asked to provide live coverage of the Tribunal.  
Wind Chases the Sun, Inc., a 501(c)3, N5679 Skylark Drive, DePere, WI  54115
02-04 October 2013
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin  54313
Book a Room
Tribunal attendees may reserve rooms at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center at 1-800-967-9033 (toll free) or 920-494-7300 (local). 
Other close-by facilities (within blocks or shuttle distance):
  • Extended Stay at the Airport, 920-499-3600
  • Wingate by Wyndham by the Airport, 920-617-2000