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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Protest US Border Patrol Murder of Teen in Mexico, April 10, 2013

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April 9, 2013
Contact:         Hannah Hafter (651) 338 8058 (US)
Jeanette Pasos -  631 110 0395 (MX)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PRESS CONFERENCES: Tomorrow, April 10, 2013, we will be holding TWO press conferences in order to ensure that all press is informed about Jose Antonio's case and the failures of the U.S. justice system.  The first press conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the Elena Rodriguez family and their attorneys.  The press conference will take place at Hotel Fray Marcos, located on Campillo 91 in Nogales, Sonora (phone number: 631-312-1651).  The second press conference will be held after the march in the place that Jose Antonio was killed with the family, attorney, and community organizers.  Please join us for one or both of the press conferences and help us to raise public awareness about the injustice committed against the Elena Rodriguez Family.

INFORMACION IMPORTANTE SOBRE LAS RUEDAS DE PRENSA:  Para asegurar que todos los medios estén informados sobre el caso de Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez y los fracasos del sistema de justicia de los Estados Unidos, mañana, el 10 de abril a las 3:30 p.m. habrán DOS ruedas de prensa con la familia Elena Rodríguez y sus abogados.  La primera rueda de prensa se llevará a cabo a las 3:30pm en el Hotel Fray Marcos, que está en la Campillo #91 en Nogales, Sonora (numero de teléfono: 631-312-1651).  La segunda rueda de prensa se llevará a cabo con los familiares, abogado y organizadores después de la marcha y en el lugar donde asesinaron a José Antonio.  Favor de participar en una o dos de las ruedas de prensa y ayudanos a difunidir información sobre la injusticia cometida contra la familia Elena Rodríguez. 

What: March and memorial to demand justice in Border Patrol Killing
When: Wednesday, April 10, starting at 5:30pm
Where: In Nogales, Sonora, demonstrators will meet in the “placita nueva” near the international port of entry; in the Nogales, Arizona demonstrators will gather at the corner of Grand and Crawford.
Demonstrators, Family to March April 10 to Demand Justice in Border Patrol Killing
Nogales, AZ- On Wednesday, April 10 advocates, supporters and family of José Antonio Elena Rodriguez will gather in Ambos Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, to demand justice on the six-month anniversary of his murder.
José Antonio, age 16, was shot to death by U.S. Border Patrol agents firing into Mexico on October 10, 2012, while he was walking home from work at a convenience store near the border.  Agents shot José Antonio from behind the border fence, atop a twenty-foot embankment.  Subsequent autopsy reports indicate that seven of eight bullets entered José Antonio from behind and upward through his body, indicating that agents continued to fire after José Antonio was lying prone, face forward.
Six months after the murder the Department of Justice and U.S. Border Patrol have still not released basic information about the killing or any subsequent investigation.  The names of the agent or agents responsible have not been released.  Surveillance video of the killing has not been released.  The Justice Department refuses to say whether criminal charges will or will not be pursued against those responsible.
This policy of closing ranks and maintaining a veil of silence fits a pattern involving allegations of abuse involving Homeland Security personnel.  Since 2010 more than 20 individuals are known to have been killed through excessive use of force by Border Patrol agents.  This alarming number has prompted an internal policy review by the DHS Office of Inspector General.  Yet not one Border Patrol agent has been criminally convicted for such actions.
On April 10 demonstrators will gather on both sides of the international line and proceed to a rally and memorial close to where José Antonio was shot. Half of the march on the U.S. side will cross into Mexico to join the procession there.  Speakers will include José Antonio’s grandmother, a musical group from Magdalena, Sonora who will perform a “corrido” about José Antonio’s killing, and repatriated migrants who will offer testimony about their experiences of abuse at the hands of the Border Patrol.
Demonstrators are demanding justice for José Antonio, information on the status of any investigation, that video from the night of the shooting and the names of the responsible agents be released, an end to impunity for Homeland Security agents, and an end to the militarization of the border.  Any immigration proposal that does not address the human rights crisis fed by U.S. border militarization is unworthy of the name “reform”.
The march is sponsored by HEPAC, No More Deaths, Coalción De Derechos Humanos, The Kino Border Initiative, San Toribio Romo, Samaritans-Green Valley & Sahuarita, Samaritans-Tucson, and Yo Soy 132 Nogales.

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Contacto:         Hannah Hafter (651) 338 8058 (US)
Jeanette Pasos -  631 110 0395 (MX)

Qué: marcha y memorial para exigir justicia en el asesinato de José Antonio Elena Rodriguez
Cuándo: miércoles, 10 de abril a partir de las 5:30 pm
Dónde: En Nogales, Sonora, los manifestantes se reunirán en la "nueva placita", cerca del puerto internacional de entrada, y en el de Nogales, Arizona manifestantes se reunirán en la esquina de Grand y Crawford.
Manifestantes y Familiares se Marcharán el 10 de Abril Para Exigir Justicia en el asesinato de José Antonio Elena Rodriguez
Nogales, Son.-el Miércoles, 10 de abril partidarios, simpatizantes y familiares de José Antonio Rodríguez, Elena se reunirán en Ambos Nogales, Arizona y Sonora, para exigir justicia en el aniversario de seis meses de su asesinato.
José Antonio, de 16 años, fue matado a tiros por agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza el 10 de octubre de 2012, mientras caminaba en el lado Mexicano a casa desde el trabajo en una tienda cerca de la frontera. Los agentes dispararon José Antonio desde detrás de la valla fronteriza, sobre un terraplén de seis metros. Informes posteriores indican que siete de las ocho balas entraron a José Antonio desde atrás y hacia arriba a través de su cuerpo, lo que indica que los agentes continuaron disparando después de que José Antonio estaba boca boca abajo, adelante.
Seis meses después del asesinato, el Departamento de Justicia y la Patrulla Fronteriza de los EE.UU. todavía no han publicado información básica acerca de la muerte o cualquier investigación posterior. Los nombres del agente o agentes responsables no han sido puestos en libertad. Un video de vigilancia de la matanza no ha sido liberado. El Departamento de Justicia se niega a decir si o no se llevará cargos penales a cabo en contra de los responsables.
Esta política de cerrar filas y mantener un velo de silencio se ajusta a un patrón de denuncias de abuso que involucran agentes del Departamento de Homeland Security de EE.UU. Desde 2010 más de 20 personas se sabe que han sido asesinados por el uso excesivo de la fuerza por parte de agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza. Este número alarmante ha llevado a una revisión de la política interna de la agencia por parte de la Oficina del Inspector General del DHS. Sin embargo, ni un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza ha sido penalmente condenado por tales acciones.
El 10 de abril se reunirán manifestantes en ambos lados de la línea internacional y proceder a una manifestación y memoria a José Antonio, donde fue fusilado. La mitad de la marcha en el lado de EE.UU. cruzará a México para unirse a la procesión allí. Entre los oradores figurarán la abuela de José Antonio, un grupo musical de Magdalena, Sonora, que llevará a cabo un "corrido" sobre la muerte de José Antonio, y algunos migrantes repatriados quien declarará sobre sus experiencias de abuso a manos de la Patrulla Fronteriza.
Los manifestantes están exigiendo justicia para José Antonio, información sobre el estado de cualquier investigación, que el video de la noche de los disparos y los nombres de los agentes responsables de ser puesto en libertad, el fin de la impunidad de los agentes de Homeland Security, y el fin de la militarización de la frontera. Cualquier propuesta de inmigración que no aborda la crisis de derechos humanos alimentados por la militarización de la frontera de EE.UU. es indigno del nombre de la "reforma".
La marcha es patrocinado por HEPAC, No Más Muertes, Coalción De Derechos Humanos, la Iniciativa Kino, San Toribio Romo, los samaritanos-Green Valley & Sahuarita, los samaritanos, Tucson, y Yo Soy 132 Nogales.

Cheyenne River Indigenous Water Summit May 22 -- 24, 2013

CHEYENNE RIVER HOHWOJU LAKOTA OF THE GREAT OCETI SAKOWIN
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Seven Sacred Council Fires
Invites All Indigenous of the Eagle+Condor Nations

INDIGENOUS WATER SUMMIT
May 22-24, 2013

Seeking a Summer of Solidarity with Indigenous Nations throughout the Western Hemisphere in combating the world water crisis, impacts of climate change and environmental racism, the Cheyenne River Hohwoju Lakota Nation will host a three-day Indigenous Water Summit this spring on Lakota homelands in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

The first annual Indigenous Water Summit will offer a global platform for the leading minds from the Indigenous water community to gain solidarity, achieve water justice and promote water sustainability through the protection, restoration and management of freshwater stores.

The 2013 Summit will bring together Indigenous leaders, environmentalists, scientists, policy makers, grassroots activists and tomorrow’s leaders to discuss the need to take immediate action in tackling the urgent challenges of water scarcity, access and security; to accelerate the development of sustainable water solutions; and to achieve a unified plan for preserving pure water for future generations and maintaining Indigenous control over water on Indigenous homelands.

Participants from throughout the Indigenous community will present information, offer solutions and develop policy to reverse climate change and mitigate water scarcity brought on by the misuse and poor management of freshwater stores. They will examine the growing water crisis from three perspectives: water safety, water security and water sovereignty.

Day 1 Water Safety - bring awareness of the imminent dangers that threaten our access to pure water through the depletion, pollution and usurping of our freshwater supplies and discuss methods to strengthen and align defenses against these destructive forces.
Day 2 Water security - identify solutions through traditional knowledge and modern technologies to restore our natural climate, fresh water sources and sustainable ecosystems through rainwater retention, watershed restoration and the repair of the water cycle.
Day 3 Water sovereignty - develop a water management plan for large-scale rehabilitation of damaged ecosystems on Indigenous held lands and attain a united position among attending nations on sovereign governance and defense of Indigenous water rights.

Invitations are extended to Indigenous Nations from the Yukon to the Amazon to come to the Hohwoju Lakota Homelands in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on May 22, 23 and 24, 2013. We urge you to take this unique opportunity to enter a dialog of mutual respect with global politicians, water experts, traditional leadership and Indigenous youth to gain solidarity in thought and action in defending our tribal waters and insuring a sustainable water future for all Indigenous peoples upon ancestral homelands.

Should you have any questions regarding the Indigenous Water Summit please contact:
Mni Indigenous Water Summit Planning Team at: www.facebook.com/Mni.Water
Candace Ducheneaux - candacedx@yahoo.com
Linda Tioleu Bishop - lakota_ethnobotanist@hotmail.com
Karen Ducheneaux
Look for our coming Schedule of Events Zintkala Luzahan

Mohawk Nation News 'Fatally Flawed'

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FATALLY FLAWED




MNN. APR. 9, 2013. In Thahoketoteh of Kanekota and the Queen, T2007-12, the decision went against the constitution and “the rule of law”. Federal and provincial laws are applied to Six Nations by violating constitutional law, such as the Royal Proclamation being superseded by Corporation of Canada statutes. Canada is not a constitutional democracy as s. 109 of the British North America Act 1867 is being deliberately ignored. No legal reasons were given other than that Thahoketoteh did not state strong enough facts, for them to hear the issue.
Snider: "This guy doesn't know when to qauit!"
Snider: “This guy doesn’t know when to quit!”

In 2004 Thahoketoteh carefully chose an empty property in Kanekota, Lot 1 Concession 11, Clearview Township. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, illegally claimed it, through a numbered company, probably with off-shore ties. He built a sprawling estate on it. Thahoketoteh pleaded  constitutional injury  headed by a minister of the government? What could be stronger than that?

Judge Snider ignored Thahoketoteh’s sufficient evidence of residency and Mohawk-ness. She accused him several times of being “fatally flawed”!  
The court ruled the existence of a trust relationship between Kanionkehaka/Mohawk Nation and the crown, which has been breached.   
Flaherty: "This can't be my final barbecue at Kanekota!"
Flaherty: “This can’t be my final barbecue at Kanekota!”
The Royal Proclamation is merely a royal prerogative that may be illegally displaced by a subordinate admiralty statute, violating their constitution. The proclamation was revoked by the subordinate Quebec Act 1774 UK, as it relates to the government and administration of justice in Quebec and Southern Ontario. Their written and oral arguments did not prove this. Our land remains unsurrendered and cannot be taken without our knowledge or consent. 
The court ruled that, “The Royal Proclamation cannot preclude the application of federal and provincial law”. Constitutional law does not have to be followed, if it doesn’t suit the corporation’s interest. Canada is a pretend democracy with no real constitution. 
“The Royal Proclamation was revoked and cannot override federal and provincial law” at Kanekota, that Thahoketoteh’s interest made “the proclamation irrelevant”. The 1784 Royal Proclamation protects the Mohawk from encroachment forever.  

In principle Canada must provide peace and protection to the Mohawk of Kanekota. The court said that this dispute resolution mechanism crafted over three hundred years ago [Mohegan 1704] does not apply to disputes between First Nations and the Crown.  According to the 1932 Westminster Act Canada was supposed to create a constitution ratified by the people. This never happened. Canada remains a colonial corporation, without a constitution or Bill of Rights.   
British High Command: "Next stop Kanekota. We're on our way to kick out, Thahoketoteh".
British High Command: “Next stop Kanekota boys.
The court respects our arguments, then says, “Even if it did, s. 109 and s. 129 of the Constitution Act 1867 would not preserve this right of protection. Any appeal to the British Privy Council created by the 1704 Order in Council was abolished in 1949 by the Supreme Court Act. The Supreme Court has given itself exclusive ultimate appellate civil and criminal jurisdiction within and for Canada”, in their Admiralty court system. 
As Thahoketoteh explained to Captain Brown of the British Military, all courts in Canada are Admiralty ”law of the seas” courts. They claim jurisdiction of 250 miles from the coast and all inland waterways, except the water under the Grand River. The British military will protect this water for “us and our posterity forever”, as they are under military order to do so. Indigenous law has been violated since the fake war of 1776 and 1812. Military rule remains in place. General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of General Staff of the British Army is put on notice to enforce a standing Order left by the highest ranking general in the history of the British military. He must come and physically retake Kanekota. 
The court struck down Thahoketoteh’s action and he was ordered to pay $500 court costs. He will appeal. This carefully crafted decision to evade the rule of law means we are right. The court is following along the same old path and and avoiding the elephant in the living room,   breaking the rule of law. As the Bangles spin, “They are now walking like an Egyptian
Section 109: The elephant will take over the room and crowd you guys out.
Section 109: “The elephant is here to stay!”
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