August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, March 14, 2013

VIDEO Debra White Plume 'Moccasins on the Ground' Pine Ridge fighting Keystone tarsands

Video Lakota Media Project: Moccasins on the Ground to Protect Sacred Water
Sunday, March 9 – Day of Ceremony and Commitment to Protecting the Sacred Water from KXL
March 2013
Tarsands Blockade
Moccasins On Ground
Photo credit: Andrew Ironshell
Update: Saturday, March 8 – Trainings on Direct Action, Action Medics, and Strategic Media
Lakota drummers opened the day in ceremony and performed traditional songs throughout the day. Song loosely translated as: ”Grandfather look down and watch over us as protectors of Mother Earth.” See more photos and follow live updates on twitter.
Here are some highlights:
  • A young warrior spoke: “This will not be ‘game over’ because we will NOT allow this pipeline to go through Lakota territory.”
  • “Our Red Nations have all opposed KXL pipeline and called upon all Lakota to defend our water. We can’t become complacent. We need to be ready and trained if KXL comes here.” - Debra White Plume
  • Cindy, a Nebraska rancher brought a jug of her pure well water to share. ”Don’t let this be poisoned by KXL.”
  • Participants had fun practicing “hassle lines” to get hands on experience in nonviolent deescalation tractics
Lakota drummers perform traditional songs
Young warriors stand strong in front of giant "Honor the Treaties" banner
Young warriors stand strong in front of giant “Honor the Treaties” banner
Kandi Mossett with Indigenous Environmental Network training on Strategic Direct Action
Kandi Mossett with Indigenous Environmental Network training on Strategic Direct Action

Mohawk Nation News 'Boogie Men'


MNN. Mar. 14, 2013. Bankers and their accomplices have “Windigo Psychosis”. It’s an insatiable craving for everything in their sight. The Indigenous say Windigo becomes a wild-eyed, violent, flesh-eating maniac with super-human strength. They haunt Northern Alberta where they go on cannibalistic rampages. wendigo

Native activists withdraw support from KXL Truthforce Concert Oklahoma

Casey Camp, Ponca
"Before long, we began to see a pattern that has played out repeatedly: Non-Indians armed with a savior complex, condescending tones and a penchant to show us a better way to do things, begin to plan strategy and events for us."

By Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca, Marland, Okla.
Richard Ray Whitman, Pawnee-Euchee, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Glenda Sue Deer, Absentee Shawnee-Kickapoo, Shawnee, Okla.
Ben Carnes, Chahta/Choctaw Nation
JoKay Dowell, Quapaw-Cherokee-Eastern Shawnee-Peoria, Tahlequah, Okla. 
Dwain 'Buck' Camp, Ponca, Marland, Okla.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 
Censored News 

Ben Carnes, Choctaw
We are a coalition of Native activists from all directions in Oklahoma. We have organized on crucial issues throughout the 1970s, 80s, 90s, even to this day. We were reared in Native traditional ways. We have traveled and worked locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We do not hide behind shady names or elusive missions. We must be accountable to our community. We will be open and transparent. We will attach our names to this statement and to events we organize. We know it is the right way, among Native people when we travel outside our home communities to assist others, the people of that community take the lead on any strategies to address their issues.

The IDLE NO MORE movement began in Canada with four women, one a Non-Native. A call went out to Native communities in the U.S. to assist by holding instantaneous singing and round dancing in public places to call attention to serious human and environmental health concerns in Canada. It became our rallying cry, too, because we, in the U.S., suffer serious human and environmental health issues caused by abuse of our Mother Earth, our natural world and her resources, by exploitative industries.