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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gary Witherspoon 'Water and Energy: Survival in the American Southwest'

Water and Energy:
Survival in the American Southwest

Narrative on Dine' water rights and Navajo Generating Station lease negotiations

By Gary Witherspoon

In 1519, Cortez and his army of mercenaries invaded the Triple Alliance formed by the great city states of central Mexico.  His conquest of the Mexica took several years and finally succeeded as a result of an horrendous small pox epidemic that Cortez and his soldiers brought to the Indigenous population that had no immunity to it.   Professors Cook and Borah of the University of California Berkeley found in a very exhaustive study that from 1520 to 1620 a very advanced Indigenous population of 25.2 million people living in some of the largest and most beautiful cities in the world at the time was reduced to 700,000 people by the disease, devastation and terror Cortez and the Spaniards brought to central Mexico.

Deep Green Resistance Camp at White Clay May 2013

DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE: Camp at White Clay, Nebraska, bordering Pine Ridge, S.D. , where liquor stores profiteer 
The camp on the White KKKlay border is still going strong. They do need help with supplies if anyone can help. They need wood, food, and water. They also need more warriors to stand with them in this fight. If you would like to help please email DGR Great Plains Coordinator T.R. McKenzie at

'NO!' Uranium Mining on Sacred Lands Albuquerque May 10, 2013

Mohawk Nation News 'Guns, Guns, Guns'


mnnlogo1MNN. May 7, 2013. The gun owners have not fallen into Obama’s trap. The National Rifle Association NRA meeting in Texas is a good example of their great fears. TV star Glenn Beck said, “Guns should only be in the hands of good people”! Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said, “The men and women who secured this country have the answers”. They are beginning to see the answer to survival is to go to the Indigenous people.

Nevada: Native Americans walk to protest water theft scheme

Native Americans begin 272 mile walk/run to protest water theft scheme

By Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
On Saturday, May 4, 2013 approximately 70 Native Americans representing the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Wells Colony, Elko/TeMoke Tribe, Battle Mountain and Yomba Shoshone along with Tribal members from the Northern Ute, Cheyenne-Arapaho, Navajo, Cherokee and non-natives begin a Walk/Run from Wells, Nevada towards Caliente, Nevada, a distance of approximately 272 miles.
After a blessing and prayer for the water, the group began the long trek walking and running on U.S. 93 towards Ely, Nevada.
The walk/run is to bring attention to the proposed Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) proposed water theft from northeastern Nevada and for prayers to save the sacred water for the children not yet born, the animals, plants, protection of traditional medicine, traditional food and ceremonial places.
Along the route willows will be planted with prayers for the water. Camp is set up each evening along the side of the road.
As of today, (Monday — May 6, 2013) the group has reached the junction of U.S. 93 and 93A a distance of approximately 79 miles. The walk/run will arrive in Ely, Nevada on or about Monday evening and will camp on the Ely Shoshone Reservation for two days before continuing to Caliente, Nevada.

Native Sun News: Tough editorials on hijacking the voice

Native Sun News Editor Brandon Ecoffey exposes columnists hijacking the conversation, and reporters plagiarizing the hard work of others

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

In these days of collapsed journalism, Native Sun News Editor Brandon Ecoffey in South Dakota exposes what is happening in the world of Indian country, national and non-Indian media.

Ecoffey, Lakota, writes of those taking over the voice of Native Americans, including those "playing dress up" and those who have never been to the Indian Nations they claim to represent. This often happens because editors fail to investigate the claims of "Instant Indians." This includes those who decide late in life that they are Native Americans, when an academic, professional or large grant opportunity presents itself.

Read Ecoffey's column, "Confirming the Dangers of Instant Indians," online:

In a second column, Ecoffey writes about the widespread plagiarism. This theft of the hard work of reporters who are actually present at news stories has become a standard in the world of deceptive media. These days, armchair journalists never leave their homes, including many of the writers at publications like Indian Country Today and Huffington Post.

Instead these armchair journalists steal the research and news coverage online of hard working reporters, and of activists using their own money to be present. The armchair journalists respin those articles by rewriting the information with a brief phone call to disguise this hard work of those present. They add a stolen or borrowed photo to complete the deception.

Another armchair journalist trick is to use quotes from online radio interviews, or YouTube videos, to deceive the public into believing they were present.

In his column "Native Sun News is a Forum for Native Writers," Ecoffey writes of another issue: Racism at non-Indian newspapers, including the Rapid City Journal and New York Times. In local non-Indian media, and in the national media, the work of American Indian reporters is considered free for the taking, with no attribution of source necessary.

The rewriters are receiving paychecks without even giving the original source a courtesy citation. In those publications, there is the constant contradiction of presenting Indians as criminals on the front page and then romanticizing Indians in the features sections. In both cases, the real work of the original writers seldom receives credit.

Recently Censored News received a request that could be summed up this way: "Tell me everything you know about this issue. I want to sell it, as an article to New York Times, and make money off of it."

Censored News routinely receives requests from book authors and television reporters that is summed up this way: "I'm coming out to Tucson and want to make lots of money off of the stories of people at the border. I'm not going to pay them anything, not even their gas money or buy them a cup of coffee, but I expect Tohono O'odham to show up in Tucson and let me profiteer from the abuse they endure from the US Border Patrol. I also want to profiteer from O'odhams' life stories. They need to tell me everything they know. No, I'm not willing to spend any time there. I'm flying in, and getting out fast."

As for the print reporters, few ever even bother to show up.

Read Ecoffey's column online, "Native Sun News is a Forum for Native Writers:"

Thank you to the online Rez Rats for their message to Censored News about Ecoffey's work. Rez Rats sums up Ecoffey's column on Instant Indians this way: "How those who are Indian on paper -- the ones who do not have an understanding of how an issue will play out and will not feel the impact of policy choices -- hijack the conversation."

Finally, thank you to all of you who show up and be present when it is most important. Thank you also those of you who write from your own genuine life experiences.

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 31 years. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she was a reporter for Navajo Times, and a stringer for AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was repeatedly censored, then terminated. She began Censored News as a result. It is now in its 7th year, with no advertising.

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