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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stop the Auction of Hopi and Zuni Sacred Items in Paris April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013
Sacred Hopi masks sold in Paris auction, after court gives go ahead:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/04/sacred-hopi-masks-sold-in-paris-auction.html
 Friday morning, April 12, 2013
This morning, a French Judge, Mrs Magali Bouvier, rejected a complaint presented by Survival International on behalf of the Hopi Tribe attempting to prevent the auctioning of Hopi sacred objects (of which it is not clear yet how they have been acquired). Mr. Gilles NĂ©ret-Minet, representing the auction firm, declared on the public radio just before the hearing, that the complaint was an attack against the basic principles of "Private Property". It seems that the Judge's decision relies on the same kind of arguments. In other words, that court decision is an obvious attack of merchandizing against any attempt to rescue some cultural or spiritual values from being turned into commodities! -- Christine Prat in France
 Survival goes to court to stop Hopi sacred objects auction 9 April 2013
Hopi elder James Kootshongsie, who died in 1996. The Hopi are 'vehemently opposed' to the sale of the tribe's sacred objects in a Paris auction house.
Hopi elder James Kootshongsie, who died in 1996. The Hopi are 'vehemently opposed' to the sale of the tribe's sacred objects in a Paris auction house.
© Jonathan Mazower / Survival
Lawyers acting for Survival International have today filed legal papers in an attempt to stop the sale of sacred objects of the Hopi tribe in a Paris auction house this Friday.
The Hopi tribe of Arizona had previously written to the auction house Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou, asking them to cancel the sale on the grounds that the objects were the cultural property of the tribe, and that their public display and sale caused them grave offence. However, the auction house appears intent on proceeding with the sale.
Lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreiber of the firm Skadden, Arps has today obtained permission from a Paris judge to summon the auction house to a court hearing, to take place on April 11 at 10.00am, to hear Survival’s motion for a suspension of the auction sale, pending a proper examination of the lawfulness of the collection and its sale.
The Hopi tribe has said it is ‘vehemently opposed’ to the auction, and has requested that the objects are returned to them immediately.
‘The Hopi Tribe must protect the cultural beliefs that we have used for centuries and still continue to use today’, said Hopi Tribal Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa. ‘We think these sacred objects were stolen from the Hopi Tribe and should be returned to the proper custodians and caretakers, the Kachina chiefs, within their respective Hopi villages.’
Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director of the Hopi Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Office, said, ‘The mere fact that a price tag has been placed upon such culturally significant and religious items is beyond offensive. They do not have a market value. Period.’
Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International, said today, ‘It ought to be pretty clear to the auctioneers that the sale of these objects would cause profound hurt and distress to the Hopi people. To the Hopi, these are not museum objects but an intrinsic part of a thriving, living culture, which should be treated with respect. The auction house should think again and cancel the sale.’
Note to Editors:
- The Hopi tribe number around 18,000, living in 12 villages in northeastern Arizona. They call their homeland Hopituskwa.
- Download the Hopi’s letter to the auction house Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou (pdf, 205 kb)

HOUSTON American Indian Genocide Museum hosts teach-in of US Genocide


HOUSTON -- In support of Lakota grandmothers, the American Indian Genocide Museum, Idle No More Houston, and the Southern Apache Museum featured the documentary 'Red Cry' and an exhibit of photos of the Massacre of Wounded Knee, during its teach-in to expose genocide by the United States.
In solidarity with the Idle No More Movement, the event was held at the Southern Apache Museum on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

The Kissinger Files: Iroquois Chiefs appeal for Wounded Knee 1973

Wounded Knee 1973
By Brenda Norrell
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Wikileaks has released the Kissinger cables and revealed a new document on Wounded Knee sent from the United Nations to the US State Department, written on May 4, 1973.
Photo Chief Leon Shenandoah in Australia 1989
The document is signed by the Iroquois Confederacy, Chief Williams Lazore, Onondaga Chief Lloyd M. Elm, Onondaga Chief Leon Shenandoah, Iroquois Confederation Chief Moses David, Mohawk Nation, and Mad Bear, President of the League of Nations Pan-American Indians of the Tuscarora Nation. The chiefs state they are mediators for a peaceful solution at Wounded Knee.

The unclassified document is an appeal from the Iroquois Chiefs for humanitarian intervention at the Occupation of Wounded Knee, and for the passage of food, water and fuel, medical aid, and access to attorneys to the occupants. It urges the removal of armed forces, and a halt to the media censorship that prevents the telling of the real story of Wounded Knee.

Today, the document is far more. It is a document of human rights that reveals the current crisis for Native Americans, and how little has changed since the Occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, which was 40 years ago. The Chiefs stated:

WE PARTICULARLY WISH TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE UN THE TREATMENT OF INDIANS IN GENERAL AND THOSE IN WOUNDED KNEE IN PARTICULAR BY THE US GOVT. WE HAVE FOR A LONG TIME BEEN DEPRIVED OF MANY RIGHTS ENJOYED BY OTHER CITIZENS AND EVEN ALIENS IN THIS COUNTRY.
WE ARE THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF THIS CONTINENT AND WE DO NOT ENJOY THE SAME RIGHTS AS OTHER PEOPLE. WE DEMAND AND ASK YOU ASSISTANCE IN HELPING US ACHIEVE A BETTER TREATMENT OF INDIANS IN THIS COUNTRY ...
Mad Bear

The electronic telegram, which appears in a systematic review in 2005, begins with: 

WE ARE THE CHIEFS WHO ARE APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE IRAQUOIS CONFEDERACY RESPECTFULLY PRESENT OUR PETITION TO YOU HOPING THAT YOU WILL USE YOUR GOOD OFFICES TO ASSIST OUR BESIEGED PEOPLE IN WOUNDED KNEE AND BRING ABOUT A PEACE. WE PARTICULARLY WISH TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE UN THE TREATMENT OF INDIANS IN GENERAL AND THOSE IN WOUNDED KNEE IN PARTICULAR BY THE US GOVT. WE HAVE FOR A LONG TIME BEEN DEPRIVED OF MANY RIGHTS ENJOYED BY OTHER CITIZENS AND EVEN ALIENS IN THIS COUNTRY ... (read cable below.")


WikiLeaks has published the ‘Kissinger Cables.' It is the largest public release of documents in nearly a year, totaling 1.7 million classified files, including information on the US’s secret diplomatic history.

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FOLLOWING IS TEXT OF PETITION BY SIX NATIONS IROQUOIS CONFEDERATION ON BEHALF OF THE INDIANS OF OGLALA NATION TO UNSYG AND CHAIRMAN OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORTEDLY DELIVERED 4 MAY 1973: QTE WE ARE THE CHIEFS WHO ARE APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE IRAQUOIS CONFEDERACY RESPECTFULLY PRESENT OUR PETITION TO YOU HOPING THAT YOU WILL USE YOUR GOOD OFFICES TO ASSIST OUR BESIEGED PEOPLE IN WOUNDED KNEE AND BRING ABOUT A PEACE. WE PARTICULARLY WISH TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE UN THE TREATMENT OF INDIANS IN GENERAL AND THOSE IN WOUNDED KNEE IN PARTICULAR BY THE US GOVT. WE HAVE FOR A LONG TIME BEEN DEPRIVED OF MANY RIGHTS ENJOYED BY OTHER CITIZENS AND EVEN ALIENS IN THIS COUNTRY. UNCLASSIFIED PAGE 02 USUN N 01700 050127 Z WE ARE THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF THIS CONTINENT AND WE DO NOT ENJOY THE SAME RIGHTS AS OTHER PEOPLE. WE DEMAND AND ASK YOU ASSISTANCE IN HELPING US ACHIEVE A BETTER TREATMENT OF INDIANS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE REMOVAL OF THE US ARMED FORCES FROM WOUNDED KNEE. WE ASK IN PARTICULAR THAT THIS LOFTY AND AUGUST BODY INTERVENE TO RENDER SOME HUMANITARIAN MEASURES TO OUR PEOPLE IN WOUNDED KNEE, PARTICULARLY IN ALLOWING THE PASSAGE OF FOOD AND MEDICAL HELP, WATER AND FUEL. ALSO THE FREE ACCESS AND MOVEMENT OF SPIRITUAL AND RELGIOUS LEADERS AND THE FREE ACCESS AND MOVEMENT OF ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT PERSONS UNDER INDICTMENT. WE HAVE SIGNED WITH THE US GOVT AN AGREEMENT ON APRIL 5 TO WHICH WE HAVE STRICTLY ADHERED, AND THE US GOVT HAS VIOLATED SUCH AN AGREEMENT. WE REQUEST AN ADHERENCE BY THE US GOVT TO THIS AGREEMENT. WE, AS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST INFLUENCIAL NATIONS AMONG THE INDIANS, ARE THEIR MEDIATOR, THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY, AND ARE OFFERING OUR HELP TO BRING ABOUT PEACE BETWEEN THE US GOVT AND THE INDIANS IN WOUNDED KNEE, AND WE ASK YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND ASSISTANCE IN OUR ENDEAVOUR. WE ALSO ASK THAT REPRESSIVE MEASURES AGAINST INDIANS INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING WOUNDED KNEE BE COMPLETELY STOPPED BY THE US GOVT. WE ALSO REQUEST THE REMOVAL OF CENSORSHIP AND FREE INFORMATION ON THE FACTS IN WOUNDED KNEE AND NOT THE GOVT SIDE OF THE ISSUES PRESENTED AND THE INDIAN SIDE COMPLETELY SUPPRESSED. ( SIGNED) CHIEF WILLIAMS LAZORE ONONDAGA CHIEF LLOYD M. ELM, ONONDAGA CHIEF LEON SHENANDOAH, ONONDAGA, IRAQUOIS CONFEDERATION CHIEF MOSES DAVID, MOHAWK NATION MAD BEAR, PRESIDENT LEAGUE OF NATIONS PAN- AMERICAN INDIANS OF THE TUSCARORA NATION UNQUOTE SCALI UNCLASSIFIED NMAFVVZCZ << END OF DOCUMENT >>
PAGE 01 USUN N 01700 050127 Z 62 ACTION IO-13 INFO OCT-01 ADP-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 PM-09 H-02 INR-10 L-03 NSAE-00 NSC-10 PA-03 RSC-01 PRS-01 SS-15 USIA-12 JUSE-00 INT-08 HEW-08 RSR-01 /097 W --------------------- 112323 R 042330 Z MAY 73 FM USMISSION USUN NY TO SECSTATE WASHDC 7845 UNCLAS USUN 1700 DEPT PASS JUSTICE DEPT FOR ABLORE E. O. 11652: N/ A TAGS: UN SOCI SUBJ: WOUNDED KNEE REF: USUN 1699 FOLLOWING IS TEXT OF PETITION BY SIX NATIONS IROQUOIS CONFEDERATION ON BEHALF OF THE INDIANS OF OGLALA NATION TO UNSYG AND CHAIRMAN OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORTEDLY DELIVERED 4 MAY 1973: QTE WE ARE THE CHIEFS WHO ARE APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE IRAQUOIS CONFEDERACY RESPECTFULLY PRESENT OUR PETITION TO YOU HOPING THAT YOU WILL USE YOUR GOOD OFFICES TO ASSIST OUR BESIEGED PEOPLE IN WOUNDED KNEE AND BRING ABOUT A PEACE. WE PARTICULARLY WISH TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE UN THE TREATMENT OF INDIANS IN GENERAL AND THOSE IN WOUNDED KNEE IN PARTICULAR BY THE US GOVT. WE HAVE FOR A LONG TIME BEEN DEPRIVED OF MANY RIGHTS ENJOYED BY OTHER CITIZENS AND EVEN ALIENS IN THIS COUNTRY. UNCLASSIFIED PAGE 02 USUN N 01700 050127 Z WE ARE THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF THIS CONTINENT AND WE DO NOT ENJOY THE SAME RIGHTS AS OTHER PEOPLE. WE DEMAND AND ASK YOU ASSISTANCE IN HELPING US ACHIEVE A BETTER TREATMENT OF INDIANS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE REMOVAL OF THE US ARMED FORCES FROM WOUNDED KNEE. WE ASK IN PARTICULAR THAT THIS LOFTY AND AUGUST BODY INTERVENE TO RENDER SOME HUMANITARIAN MEASURES TO OUR PEOPLE IN WOUNDED KNEE, PARTICULARLY IN ALLOWING THE PASSAGE OF FOOD AND MEDICAL HELP, WATER AND FUEL. ALSO THE FREE ACCESS AND MOVEMENT OF SPIRITUAL AND RELGIOUS LEADERS AND THE FREE ACCESS AND MOVEMENT OF ATTORNEYS WHO REPRESENT PERSONS UNDER INDICTMENT. WE HAVE SIGNED WITH THE US GOVT AN AGREEMENT ON APRIL 5 TO WHICH WE HAVE STRICTLY ADHERED, AND THE US GOVT HAS VIOLATED SUCH AN AGREEMENT. WE REQUEST AN ADHERENCE BY THE US GOVT TO THIS AGREEMENT. WE, AS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST INFLUENCIAL NATIONS AMONG THE INDIANS, ARE THEIR MEDIATOR, THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY, AND ARE OFFERING OUR HELP TO BRING ABOUT PEACE BETWEEN THE US GOVT AND THE INDIANS IN WOUNDED KNEE, AND WE ASK YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND ASSISTANCE IN OUR ENDEAVOUR. WE ALSO ASK THAT REPRESSIVE MEASURES AGAINST INDIANS INVOLVED IN SUPPORTING WOUNDED KNEE BE COMPLETELY STOPPED BY THE US GOVT. WE ALSO REQUEST THE REMOVAL OF CENSORSHIP AND FREE INFORMATION ON THE FACTS IN WOUNDED KNEE AND NOT THE GOVT SIDE OF THE ISSUES PRESENTED AND THE INDIAN SIDE COMPLETELY SUPPRESSED. ( SIGNED) CHIEF WILLIAMS LAZORE ONONDAGA CHIEF LLOYD M. ELM, ONONDAGA CHIEF LEON SHENANDOAH, ONONDAGA, IRAQUOIS CONFEDERATION CHIEF MOSES DAVID, MOHAWK NATION MAD BEAR, PRESIDENT LEAGUE OF NATIONS PAN- AMERICAN INDIANS OF THE TUSCARORA NATION UNQUOTE SCALI UNCLASSIFIED NMAFVVZCZ << END OF DOCUMENT >>
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VIDEO First Nation Elders: Residential schools were internment camps


On the school blackboard 'You're not an Indian anymore ...'
The result: Suicide, alcohol, drugs, whatever they could ease the pain with ...
Watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVYkctM1k90

Mohawk Nation News 'Royal Proclamation 1763'

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ROYAL PROCLAMATION 1763




MNN. Apr. 10, 2013.  Royal Proclamation of 1763 is a guideline for European settlement on Great Turtle Island. It guarantees Indigenous independent nationhood, sovereignty and ownership of Onowaregeh. We are not part of the settler colony. All lands must be ceded by treaty. So far none has been. No law of the settlers overrules it. Our rights can never be terminated. We never consented to the Indian Act and other Admiralty “law of the seas” statutes that violate our sovereignty. The British North America Act 1867 put “Indians and lands reserved for the Indians” in a subservient relationship with Britain and its colony.
"We have to issue thi proclamation or we can't stay".
“We have to issue this proclamation or you can’t stay”.
  
A fiduciary responsibility and international trust were set up. Settlers could live on our land and never own it. It was rental payment. The fiduciary obligation does not conflict with Indigenous title. They co-exist together and cannot be repealed. There is no mechanism to give up our inherent rights. Only murder or assimilation of every Indigenous person would jeopardize our tie to Onowaregeh. As long as one walks across the territory, it is Indigenous land. 
An independent neutral third party is required to fairly settle issues between us and Canada concerning our land, resources and ever-growing $60 trillion Indian Trust Fund.  
Harper: "Section 109, I don't see you, or the Royal Proclamation."
Harper: “Mr. 109, I don’t see you or the Royal Proclamation.”
This third party adjudication procedure was established by the Mohegan in 1704 concerning a land dispute between them and the settlers in Connecticut. The Mohegan applied to the Court of Queen Anne and were granted an impartial third party adjudication. Colonial governments of British North America could not legally adjudicate this or any dispute as they are one of the parties. This follows the two row of honor, respect and non-interference. 
Canada deals only with their corporate Indian band and tribal councils, not with our true sovereign governments. Indigenous people should ask about the deals being made on our behalf by these corporate Indians. They and the Assembly of First Nations AFN represent only their followers. The traditional people are independent, have our own laws and chose our own representatives. 
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides that Canada has no say on how we govern ourselves: “All people have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”. Canada undermines our governments. We are held hostage. Canada owes us and wants to deal only with their band council nominees.   
AFN pretends that we are part of the corporation of Canada. They have no jurisdiction over us and our land. AFN betrays us every day and sells out our inherent right to self-government for because they are in an advanced stage of the “owistah” disease. We Indigenous nations have a right to deal with all issues of common concern. The settlers have violated the Royal Proclamation of 1763. We are thus illegally occupied.  If they allow this theft to continue, they are complicit in the genocide. 
The settlers cannot prove their right to live here as they have usurped our land and resources which we never ceded to anyone. A violation of a royal proclamation is high treason and the penalty is death by execution. The military have the responsibility of maintaining this proclamation. The settlers have a choice. They can become of one mind with us and together we can bring peace to the world.  As John Lennon sang; “all we are saying is Give peace a chance “
Deskahe
Iroquois attempted to join League of Nation 1923.
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



LIVE! Red Lake tribal member locked down at Enbridge office

Watch videos from today's lockdown! April 10, 2013
http://www.ustream.tv/uneditedcamera
Read news article: Angie arrested after day of lockdown at Enbridge:
 http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/woman-arrested-after-hours-long-protest-enbridge-oil-pipeline
 Red Lake Tribal Member locked down to Enbridge office in Bemidji, MN. Police have show up after Red Lake Nation served Enbridge with an Eviction Notice. Watch Live at http://www.ustream.tv/uneditedcamera -
Live screen capture by Censored News April 10, 2013, 3:15 Central time

Lakota Elders waiting to be received by UN Secretary General

Lakota Grandmother Charmaine Whiteface saying prayer 
LAKOTA ELDERS DELEGATION

http://www.lakotagrandmothers.org/april-10th-genocide-complaint-update/

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UNITED NATIONS MEETING UPDATE:
Following yesterday’s amazing march and action with Occupy Wall Street and other powerful community members, the Lakota Delegation is currently in negotiations with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office …in regards to a meeting. Here’s a sneak peek at the complaint…
“OFFICIAL LAKOTA OYATE COMPLAINT OF GENOCIDE BASED ON 1948 CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE
To the Honorable Ban Ki-moon:
This letter serves notice as complaint, that the crime of genocide is being committed, in an ongoing manner, against the matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate of the Oceti Sakowin….Genocide is the worst crime possible, and the most serious of crimes under international law as evidenced by its status within the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court…”

April 9, 2013
Media contact: Naomi Archer: 828-230-1404, email: LakotaSolidarity@gmail.com


United Nations, New York City

A delegation of Lakota elders has traveled to the United Nations in New York City to
deliver an official complaint of ongoing genocide against the United States government.
The delegation is currently being rebuffed by The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and
high officials within the United Nations. The delegation and a group of supporters are
currently waiting at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza directly across from the UN.

"When the UN was created, their mission was to stop the genocide of nations," said a
solemn Lakota grandmother, Charmaine Whiteface. "Why won't they help us?" The
delegation will be in New York City for the next day and a half, asking the Secretary General's office to officially receive the genocide complaint.

"The UN always says that it sanctions people when genocide is committed. So when
genocide is committed in America, why can't the UN sanction America for genocide?"
said Canupa Gluha Mani, Lakota Warrior Head Member.

Currently only 6000-8000 Lakota language speakers remain as a consequence of
ongoing genocidal policies and practices. Experts give the Lakota people 20 to 30 years
before they will cease to exist as a distinct and sovereign political, cultural and social
nation.

Lakota delegation is currently on a twelve plus city tour to raise awareness and build
international support to end the genocide of their people.