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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Censored News Never Silent


Idle No More, Paris, France
Censored News begins 2013 with the voices of those who are Silent No More, and the voices of those who were never silent

By Brenda Norrell
brendanorrell@gmail.com
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http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
 
Since Obama and the US Congressmen are busy jet-setting, and carrying out their drone assassinations, I thought it would be good to share this from the Tucson city bus today. A homeless man on his way back to the shelter said to another homeless, "That chicken sandwich we got yesterday sure was good, didn't fill me up, but it sure was good. Of course it didn't do my family any good."

Tonight, it will be 20 degrees in the Sonoran Desert.

Another real voice now being heard is Sixto Rodriguez. ‘Searching for Sugarman,’ has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary this year, which is surprising. Most folks considered the Oscars too stuffy to make a move like this. In Searching for Sugarman, Rodriguez imparts the soul of the common man in his humble words from Detroit, Michigan. His story reveals not only the truth of the music industry, but how music can be a catalyst for change, even in Apartheid South Africa where Rodriguez was famous without knowing it. A second great documentary nominated for an Oscar is ‘5 Broken Cameras,’ from Palestine.

From the gritty streets of Tucson, and Detroit Michigan, to the ice-packed roads of the north, this week the biggest news was Idle No More. As the Flash Mob Round Dances spread from the First Nations to around the world, ‘Idle No More’ support poured in from Shawnee, Okla., the Navajo Nation, New Zealand, Australia, Palestine and Sri Lanka. Mohawks, supporting Idle No More and pointing out that they were never idle, began rail blockades and blocked the Akwesasne Cornwall border by the thousands, as Chief Theresa Spence continued her fast.

Writing an article a day, Kahentinetha at Mohawk Nation News describes what is happening in Canada, and to the world. In the latest article, ‘Great Red Hope, Indigenous Youth,’ Kahentinetha writes, “The band councils cannot become intermediaries between us and the multinational corporation of Canada, to sell our resources. They have always been part of the greed and genocide program, trained to think hierarchically to enslave us. Corporate Indians are willing pupils of decadence.”

First Nation Terrance Nelson, Roseau River Ojibway, announced the elders will gather for prayers this week on Jan. 19, and sing the death song of the 38 Dakotas who were hanged in Minnesota. On Jan. 16, there will be a blockade in Manitoba.

For over a year now, Dakota Elder Albert Taylor has been asking me to use our power. He has been telling me that we need to lift the pipe. He kept saying, we need to ask for help. He says, "we still have power". On Saturday January 19th 2013 at the RCMP Station on Portage Ave in Winnipeg, at noon Winnipeg time, the Elders will ask for spiritual help. Albert Taylor asked that my older brother Charles lift the pipe while Elder Taylor will sing.

Albert Taylor is 85 years old. He will sing the death song used by the 38 Dakotas who were hung in Mankato Minnesota in 1862.

Censored News begins 2013 with the voices of those who are Silent No More, and those who were never silent.



Mohawk Nation News 'Great Red Hope, Indigenous Youth'

MNN: GREAT RED HOPE, INDIGENOUS YOUTH

GREAT RED HOPE, INDIGENOUS YOUTH 
MNN.  Jan. 13, 2013.  Indigenous youth, you have work to do.  Remove the destructive corporate slavery system. Put the Great Law in place to protect the people and the land. 
Harper heading for off shore 'vacation'.The white population of Canada is going down.  The elite are leaving with all the money they stole. Trillions of our stolen loot is in offshore accounts of the corporations of Canada and US. Some of the settler elite are staying behind to steal what’s left and try to perpetuate the illusion of freedom. [Harper’s Enabling Act, Bill C-45 etc.]. The settler elite will try to start fights between us [corporatism].  Just remember, we are all one people.  
Harper heading for off shore ‘vacation’.
The band councils cannot become intermediaries between us and the multinational corporation of Canada, to sell our resources. They have always been part of the greed and genocide program, trained to think hierarchically to enslave us.  
Corporate Indians are willing pupils of decadence.  Without access to capital, they will have to follow our path. Everyone has to live by the Kaianerekowa or leave Great Turtle Island.  
Our youth are smart. Corporate Canada fears them. Funds to education and health were cut by design to block our access to knowledge so we will not be prepared to run our territories. 
The January 11 meeting in Ottawa between Harper and his soul mates was to discuss getting our resources. Prime Minister  Stephen Harper is the middle man between us, our natural resources and the elite buyers. Canada takes a cut like the Mafia’s protection racket.  
We will regain control over what’s ours.  Our youth will set up a new world order known as the great peace. They will stand the tree so the world can become free and our Mother Earth can be protected.  
DIA 'war room' gang getting ready for action.
DIA ‘war room’ gang getting ready for action
Young people will not fall into the traps being set for them, like criminalizing us, keeping us poor, ignorant and without hope.  The youth will keep a good mind and stay on the path, with the Guswentha and Kaianerekowa to guide them. 
The ‘owistah’ [shiny things] disease will be cured. The bankster hierarchy will be removed. International elite and their friends are the shareholders who invest in the settler elite.  This private network runs all multinational and country corporations worldwide.  Elite want solid investments and quick returns without any care for environmental destruction and human rights atrocities.  They are already investing our money elsewhere and collecting the returns for themselves.
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Get ready, set, go!The agents of the elite, the politicians, bankers and military, may be meeting right now in the War Room on the 14th floor of Indian Affairs, Ottawa. They are angry at not being able to extract our resources and export them to their banker and industrial overlords.  Especially that we are not sinking into misery and poverty as per their business plan. 
Get ready, set, go!
As Muse sang to the youth:  “Another promise, another scene, another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed.  With all the green belts wrapped around our minds, and endless red tape to keep the truth confined, so come on.  They will not force us, and they will stop degrading us, and they will not control us.  We will be victorious.  So come on.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIWn5FS5FkU
We never gave up our land.  We will fight with the truth until we win.  
MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com  For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0

Calling on Mother Earth, Prayers and Blockade Jan. 16 and 19, 2013

 Dakota 38
Native Elders will ask for spiritual help on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at noon in Winnipeg and Minneapolis. In Winnipeg, Albert Taylor, 85, will sing the death song used by the 38 Dakotas who were hanged in Mankato, Minn., in 1862. Blockade in Manitoba on Wed., Jan. 16 2013. "We know that we are still alive today because the Dakota Ghost Dancers prayed for us, now we must pray for the future generations." -- First Nation Terrance Nelson
 
By Terrance Nelson
Roseau River, First Nation Ojibway
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Many people have no understanding of how strong a spiritual person you are. When the UN Special Rapporteur came to your community, he had tears rolling down his cheeks as he listened to the children of Onion Lake singing in Cree. At another time, I also witnessed the Onion Lake students singing and for me even though I have Sundanced and am Midewiwin it was still one of the most powerful spiritual ceremonies I have ever witnessed. I was told that the Special Rapporteur explained his tears. He said, that at the United Nations many indigenous people come there and cry about the problems they face. He felt overwhelmed by the pain of indigenous people. Hearing the children of Onion Lake singing as loud as their little voices could in their own language lifted his spirit so much, that here finally was a powerful sign that our people will not only survive but they will excel beyond expectations. It made him cry with joy.
For over a year now, Dakota Elder Albert Taylor has been asking me to use our power. He has been telling me that we need to lift the pipe. He kept saying, we need to ask for help. He says, "we still have power". On Saturday January 19th 2013 at the RCMP Station on Portage Ave in Winnipeg, at noon Winnipeg time, the Elders will ask for spiritual help. Albert Taylor asked that my older brother Charles lift the pipe while Elder Taylor will sing.
Albert Taylor is 85 years old. He will sing the death song used by the 38 Dakotas who were hung in Mankato Minnesota in 1862.
In 1998, when others backed out of the trip to Iraq, my brother Charles accompanied me to Iraq. He did ceremony in the places where thousands of Iraqi children died. Taylor wants us to pray for the future generations, that they may have life from our Mother Earth. The elders want us to pray for forgiveness. We are destroying our planet. They are asking others to pray at the same time they lift the pipe in Winnipeg. They will do this ceremony at noon Saturday January 19th and Clyde Belcourt our AIM leader in Minneapolis will do the same thing at the very same time with people in Minneapolis. The Elders are asking all our people all over North America to join in and to pray at the exact same time. If other people around the world want to pray at that same time, it will be welcome.
I am not as spiritually strong as you or my brother or Elder Taylor but I know that we must ask for help. Some of our people are not happy with just protests and not doing enough about the environmental concerns. Our mother does not need us. Some of the white people do not understand. The Earth is not only alive, the earth is conscious, the Earth has been alive for millions of years and it has an intelligence far beyond our ability to comprehend.
Some of the whites in the media will make fun of us for the way we think but they cannot laugh at the environmental disasters to come. Global warming isn't the most danger we face. If we do not listen to our elders, we too will be destroyed.
At the Treaty 1-11 Gathering in Brandon this summer, the spiritual fire got away and the wind picked it up almost burning down the gathering. People were running to their cars. In Winnipeg at the protest, a bald eagle flew over the legislature and the people who gathered at the Forks. Something is happening. Most eagles do not normally winter here.
When we were in Iraq video taping children dying in the hospital, children dying without medicines in severe pain, I was tearing up. It was too much. Looking into the eyes of children dying, stuck inside a body racked with pain and we could not help them. The feeling is something that I never want to feel again. I told my brother, God will punish us for this. By us, I meant the western nations. The United Nations released a study in December 1995 with the conclusion that 567,000 Iraqi children had died in the first five years of the economic sanctions. When Charlie lifts that pipe, he carries with him a lot of spiritual power if those children we saw dying in Iraq hear his prayer. I will burn my tobacco asking those children to carry our prayers to the Creator.
As Elder Taylor says, we still have power. Most people who have no understanding will dismiss this as something akin to the Ghost Dance. We know that we are still alive today because the Dakota Ghost Dancers prayed for us, now we must pray for the future generations. We must ask for forgiveness. Bishop Diego De Landa burned the entire libraries of the Mayans in 1562 saying:
We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they (the Maya) regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction.
We will blockade in Manitoba on Wednesday January 16th, three days from now. This will be the physical part of our overall protests. The Elders are asking for time to consider the spiritual side of our understanding. On Saturday January 19th, we gather to protest at the RCMP station in Winnipeg but for one hour from noon to one, our Elders will take over and remind us of the spiritual part of our people. Midewiwin women have been walking for years praying for the water, they walked across North America and around the Great Lakes but few know of their strength. The Midewiwin women will join the ceremony at noon, bringing their power to help and they will pray for the water. Many whites and some of our own people do not understand this and will be like Diego De Landa thinking that this is only superstition. As more people become victims of hurricanes and weather disasters, they may yet come to understand that our Mother is conscious and aware of us, even if some are not aware of her.
Terrance Nelson