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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Unspoken Code: 'You Can't Say That' How the media fuels dirty coal

The unspoken code of the newsrooms keeps dirty secrets

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

"You can't say that."
This is the unspoken code of the newsrooms. It is the power that silences the grassroots voices. It is the unspoken code that prevents the truth from appearing in Indian country, and mainstream news.
"You can't say that" is the unspoken code that kept dirty coal flourishing on Navajoland. It is responsible for delivering Native American water rights to the states and the US, by way of non-Indian attorneys who have infiltrated tribal governments.
"You can't say that," is the unspoken code that kept Peabody Coal gouging out the liver of Mother Earth on Black Mesa.
For news reporters and editors, it stems from fear, fear of losing advertisers, fear of angering local tribal politicians, the fear of criticism, and the fear of losing a paycheck.
It is the unspoken code of news rooms everywhere, from Window Rock to Phoenix to New York.
It is the unspoken code that turns reporters and editors into pimps for corporations, politicians, and wars. It is the unspoken code that silences reporters and censors news which could halt abuse and exploitation.
It is the unspoken code which prevents reporters from revealing the longterm dangers to mankind and planet earth from dirty coal power plants, toxic dumping, and nuclear storage. Indian country has been targeted with all of these. 
It is the same unspoken code that allows news reporters to never question where and how the Royal Family of England and the Pope gained their wealth, or who supplied the AK47s to the cartels in Mexico, or how the US can continue targeted assassinations with drones, or why the Canadian mining companies can continue killing Indigenous Peoples.
It is the same unspoken code that led to widespread media silence when elderly farmers in east Texas were jailed, as they tried to defend their little farms from the destruction of the southern route of the Keystone XL pipeline ripping through their property. It is the same pipeline that Obama promoted in Oklahoma.
At Censored News, with your help, we can say that. Today, we share with you the voices of Dine' and truth about dirty coal on Navajoland, the exploitation of Navajos for electricity, and the attempted theft of Navajo water rights by the state of Arizona, and non-Indian attorneys embedded in the Navajo Nation.
"You can say that" and we are happy to share the truth at Censored News.

Dine' Hada' Asidi: Democracy Hijacked
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/05/dine-hada-asidi-democracy-hijacked.html

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

Dine' Hada' Asidi 'Democracy Hijacked'




NGS/SRP LEASE: ROUND TWO

WHO TODAY IS WATCHING OUT FOR OUR DEMOCRACY, LAWS, LANDS, WATERS, REVENUES, HUMAN RIGHTS, & SOVEREIGNTY?

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(Treaty leaders Barboncito, Manuelito, and Ganado Mucho--by Jack Ahasteen. Used with education permission.)

By Diné Hada’ Asídí
Navajo Vigilant Ones, A Navajo People’s Public Interest Organization
c/o Milton Bluehouse, Sr., P.O. Box 629, Ganado, Navajo Nation (AZ) 86505 928-205-5558
May 11, 2013
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DEMOCRACY HIJACKED. Ours has been hijacked by corrupt lawyers, a few weak leaders who always cater to these lawyers and outsiders, and certain corporations who are encouraged, advised, and conspired with by the lawyers and weak leaders on how best to keep exploiting us.

If foreign corporations repeatedly bused enough paid employees to Washington, D.C. to take over the visitors’ gallery in Congress, in a power play to politically intimidate Congresspeople and displace regular citizens and capture and control an important vote on America’s future, it would be seen and stopped for what it is: a hijacking of the American democratic process.

But on the Navajo Nation this hijacking scheme easily happens, and is promoted and supported by the lawyers and weak leaders who see it as their job to serve exploiters of our People.


LAWS VIOLATED & LAWSUITS NEEDED. Navajo Nation lawyers and weak leaders pick and choose which laws to enforce, based on convenience for those who exploit us (or, as some say, for bribes). The proposed new lease for Navajo Generating Station (NGS)―which is not Navajo but is on Navajo land―was illegally negotiated by an illegally appointed negotiating team put in place by an unconscious President Shelly and a corrupt Navajo Nation Department of Justice (DOJ). Title 18 of the Navajo Nation Code, for energy agreements, explicitly requires 10 negotiating team members be appointed: five informed citizens (one from each Agency); two delegates from the Resources Committee; and three specially trained professional staff. The first seven, or 70% of the legislatively required membership of the negotiating team, were never appointed. Therefore, Shelly’s and DOJ’s illegal negotiating team produced the NGS lease that is again before the Council. It is an illegal and invalid document. The Council is supposed to protect the People from such things. Also, the Attorney General (appointed head of DOJ, who should be elected instead) is our main law enforcement officer. The current one is not enforcing the law, he’s breaking it. Council and the President must comply with Title 18, or be sued. (Interior’s giant conflict of interest on NGS may allow us to sue the agency, like the Cobell Indian trust lawsuit. Some DOJ lawyers also need to be sued.)

Outsiders will continue to show their vile disrespect for our laws and rights as long as our own lawyers and leaders encourage them with the same disrespect. Title 18 also has important pro-Navajo negotiating standards that were illegally ignored. In addition, Chapter and citizen concerns on proposed leases are legally required consideration under Title 18 “prior to (a lease’s) submission to the President, … the Resources Committee, or the Navajo Nation Council.” This never happened and is more proof of hijacking of the Navajo People’s democratic process.

LAND GIVEAWAY. The 1969 right-of-way/easement runs to 2019. It gave NGS use of 7,400 acres for a total fee of about 14¢ per acre ($1,000). It should have been 6,000 times more in 1969 dollars. The Interior Secretary, our ‘trustee,’ set the price. Our lawyers approved. Interior benefitted financially because Interior was, and still is, the biggest beneficial owner of NGS. This is major conflict of interest.

Not D.O.J.

Not the Speaker or President.

But now, a few good delegates & thousands of grassroots Navajo citizens are trying to.


Salt River Project (SRP) is the 2nd biggest beneficial owner of NGS. In what is an odd and possibly illegal agreement, Interior has made SRP the Interior’s trustee over Interior’s ownership interest in NGS. This is very fishy, even to the uninformed. Thus, Interior has made SRP its trustee on NGS issues, but has appallingly failed to protect the Navajo Nation as our trustee on NGS issues.

Council now knows DOJ was dishonest with them about the NGS lease being automatically renewable by NGS; it’s only the 1969 lease they can renew, not the proposed 60-page addition. The old lease is useless without the new addition (called “Amendment No. 1”), and without the separate land use right-of-way/easement the Nation has to consent to, first, in writing. Council also now knows 25 CFR §169.3 says “No right-of-way shall be granted over and across any tribal land, … without prior written consent of (the tribe) and the approval of the (Interior) Secretary.”

WATER GIVEAWAY. In 1968, Interior-SRP got the Navajo Nation to pass a 50-year waiver of claims to use Navajo water rights from Lake Powell in the amount of 34,100 acre feet/year. This is not a limit on our rights volume. It’s what NGS needs. Interior-SRP arrogantly wrote the 1968 waiver legislation and gave it to our Council to pass. Interior-SRP, with our lawyers’ help, got the waiver by deception and for free. The water is now valued up to $34 million/year or more. SRP, Interior, and DOJ want another 25-year giveaway when the old one expires. That’s up to $850 million worth. It’s time to negotiate this. (Recently, SRP (made arrogant and bigoted by an arrogant and bigoted DOJ advising them behind the scenes) rudely re-wrote official Navajo Council legislation on NGS, and sent it back.)

REVENUES. At 50% ⁺ unemployment after 60 years of lawyer control, our economy is a disaster; while our resource wealth is sucked up by the Southwest’s economy. We will have received little over 50 years for the 1-2 $billion in values given up to NGS for about $600,000/year over most of the lease term. The 50-year total of about $30 million (which excludes a few years’ taxes & limited enticements) is only 1%-2% of the values gone to NGS. Past compensation is due us, as will be future revenues for a full-value and legally negotiated lease (just as non-Indians are entitled to), and for rights-of-way, easements, gross revenue taxes, possessory interest taxes, and any water rights forbearance agreements.

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. Under the United Nations (UN) Declaration on Indigenous Rights, and our fundamental laws, Navajos have a human right to free, prior, and informed consent before actions are taken like NGS leases and water rights settlements. See Resolution of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission NNHRCMAY-18-12. In these cases, and others, DOJ and some leaders are guilty of violating our human rights. Those responsible (e.g., Shelly and DOJ lawyers Stan Pollack & Kathryn Hoover) need to be removed from our government forever; see e.g., the Navajo Nation Supreme Court case In the Matter of Frank SEANEZ, 9 Am. Tribal Law 329 (2010).

“A fundamental duty of … Navajo… government lawyers is to inform … what the law is, not … re-state the law as what they wish it should be. (A Navajo Nation) government lawyer … has a fiduciary duty not to obstruct, interfere or influence … . (Our) statutes (are not) for show. (The) government is accountable to all the laws of the Navajo Nation … . (We) cannot and will not condone a government lawyer intentionally using his position to undermine the very foundation of a stable Navajo Nation government.”

See also, Thinn v. Navajo Generating Station, 7 Am. Tribal Law 558:

Under Navajo Fundamental Law “All public officials in the Nation have a fiduciary responsibility to the Navajo People to execute the trust the People have placed with them in the administration of government.”

Also relevant are the UN GUIDING PRINCIPLES ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS, which stress how business enterprises, like NGS and Peabody Coal, must respect human rights and policies and procedures governing their wider business activities and relationships. These include procurement practices and financial incentives for personnel and lobbying activities where human rights are at stake. For instance, Guiding Principle (GP) 17 states:

Human Rights Due Diligence

17. In order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts, business enterprises should carry out human rights due diligence. The process should include assessing actual and potential human rights impacts, integrating and acting upon the findings, tracking responses, and communicating how impacts are addressed. Human rights due diligence:

(a) Should cover adverse human rights impacts that the business enterprise may cause or contribute to through its own activities, or which may be directly linked to its operations, products or services by its business relationships; …

In addition, the commentary to GP 17 indicates human rights due diligence should be initiated as early as possible in the development of a new activity or relationship―such as, in the NGS case, consideration of the NGS lease extension and right-of-way/easement grants. Potential impacts should be addressed through prevention or mitigation, while actual impacts―those that have already occurred― should be subjects for remediation (GP 22). Finally, questions of complicity should be examined where a business enterprise contributes to, or is seen as contributing to, adverse human rights impacts caused by other parties. See Final Report to the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/17/31). See also the UN Human Rights Council’s website at:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Business/Pages/BusinessIndex.aspx.

SOVEREIGNTY & DEMOCRACY. Law books say sovereignty is the power of self government. Some of our leaders give it up—to NGS, DOJ, etc. Some lawyers take it away, e.g., Pollack & Hoover.

What the grassroots Navajos have been doing since the February 14, 2012 turning point (when Pollack, Hoover, and Senator Jon Kyl did their FRAUD against us on the Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement through the Senate), is promote something we have not had in modern times—real representative democracy; where our leaders ultimately represent us, our views, and our interests.

Since the White Man came, we have been dictated to by Spain, Mexico, the U.S. Army, the BIA, missionaries, States, our lawyers, and the corporations and state & federal politicians who the key DOJ lawyers basically represent. (The Attorney General must be removed & DOJ cleaned out.)

Our People are really liking the idea of democracy, and wanting a return of sovereignty and the instituting of a truly representative democracy. Doing right by the People on NGS now is a step in the right direction for all present and future generations. The DOJ and Corporate dictatorships must naturally die away in the face of our Navajo People exercising our inherent rights to democracy.
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The “Arizona” Generating Station Needs to Benefit Navajo
Navajo Generating Station Article
By Dwight Witherspoon
Monday, March 18, 2013

Although the Navajo Generating Station carries the name of the Navajo people, the “Navajo” Generating Station previously negotiated in 1968 and 1969 had significant flaws for the Navajo Nation. First, five power companies along with the United States Bureau of Reclamation planned a way to generate cheap electricity and deliver water throughout the State of Arizona by using the Navajo Nation’s resources. Second, the Navajo Nation was exploited for use of their land, water and coal with little benefit.

Therefore, it is critical for the Navajo Nation to re-negotiate Navajo Generating Station’s (NGS) use of Navajo land, water, and coal; including, taxes and ownership so the Navajo Nation experiences maximum benefits.The Generating Station is operated by Salt River Project (SRP) who has (21.7%) ownership and shall own (24.3%) of the Generating Station for the use and benefit of the United States of America.

This designation of ownership from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to SRP was intended for two purposes: 1) attempt to alleviate a conflict of interest as a trustee for the Navajo Nation (yet allowed if not influenced the Navajo Nation to waive claims to the Upper Colorado River Basin for the life of the Generating Station or 50 years to provide cheap energy), and 2) establish a non-profit entity called the Central Arizona Project (CAP) to annually deliver 1.5 million acre feet of cheap water throughout Arizona.

The ownership energy designated for SRP from BOR is used to lift the water for transportation from the Lower Colorado River and to help repay BOR for the construction of the Central Arizona Project. Central Arizona Project (CAP) delivers 50% of the water for Phoenix and 80% of water for Tucson; as-well-as, water to the central Arizona Tribes and to recharge the overdrawn aquifers in Phoenix Valley and Tucson. Generating Station owners also includes: Arizona Public Service Company at 14%; Department of Water and Power of the City of Los Angeles at 21.2%; Nevada Power Company at 11.3%; and Tucson Gas & Electric Company at 7.5%.

The planned exploitation of Navajo land, water, and coal to generate cheap electricity and deliver water throughout Arizona was negotiated in 1968 and 1969. 7,466 acres of Navajo land is used for the Generating Station including: right of ways for train rail to deliver the Navajo coal to NGS, right of ways for power lines, coal ash placement, and other smaller land uses. In 2010, the Navajo Nation received $608,000 for their land lease(s) to NGS. In the same year, the Navajo Nation received no taxes from NGS, but taxes were paid to the State of Arizona.

The Navajo Nation did not receive any money for taxes paid to the Nation until 2011. The Generating Station is able to use 34,100 acre feet of the 50,000 apportioned to the State of Arizona from the Upper Colorado River Basin for a small delivery fee to the Bureau of Reclamation (which use to be 7.00 dollars per acre feet). The Navajo Nation had to waive their claim to the 50,000 acre feet and any claim above the 50,000 acre feet apportioned to the State of Arizona for the life of the Generation Station or 50 years; which-ever comes first, and 50 years will be in September 2019.

The Navajo Nation waiver by Resolution CD-108-68 allows for 34,100 acre feet of the 50,000 to be used for NGS. The Navajo Nation was influenced by the jobs, possible coal revenues from Peabody and NGS jobs with lease revenue to agree to this waiver. This Navajo Nation wavier of claim to the 34,100 acre fee of water at $1,000 per acre feet would be $34,100,000 per year.

The Peabody Energy or Peabody Western Coal Company (PWCC) pays the Navajo Nation 12.5 cents for the exclusively Navajo coal and 6.25 cents on the Navajo/Hopi joint coal. The PWCC pays $471 dollars per acre feet for lease of the Navajo Aquifer Water (which is some of the best water in the country) and is used for dust suppression, cleaning trucks/large mining equipment, and human use (including water hauling for Navajos’). PWCC used to pay a little over $1,000 per acre feet for use of Navajo Aquifer Water from the ten year negotiated period of 1997 to 2007. The PWCC uses around 1,200 acres feet per year and used to use much more to slurry coal to the Mohave Generation Station in Nevada, which was shut down in 2005.

Therefore, the Navajo Nation will be seeking to maximize its benefits from the Generating Station through lease(s), taxes, ownership, and water waiver in the re-negotiations that has exploited the Navajo Nation for almost fifty years. Credit goes to the grassroots people and organizations for educating me on issues regarding the “Arizona” Generating Station and for suggesting that the Navajo Nation should push for ownership in NGS.

When meeting with NGS representatives, the small benefits to the Navajo Nation was clearly drawn out and it was also clearly pointed out that there needs to be an ownership provision or the Nation will be advocating to charge the highest possible for the lease, taxes, and water waiver for a poor 1969 agreement. Only through a Navajo Nation ownership provision will the re-negotiation be a win-win for all; otherwise, the re-negotiation will be a win-lose for one and a loss for the other (meaning the cheap electricity and cheap water rates will dramatically increase throughout Arizona). Only through increases in land lease, taxes, ownership, and ability to make claim to the water in 2019 can the Generating Station be called the “Navajo” Generating Station.


COMMENTS:

Thank you Councilman, & special thanks to Marshall & Elsa Johnson, Dine Water Rights, & all you Grass Roots Organizers & Protestors.Good job councilman Witherspoon, here's to ownership and re-negotiation successSRP Barry D Drost - Excellently written. Well thought out advocacy of Navajo Nation ownership in NGS. I'm hoping the Nation gets everything he is advocating for.

With respect to Councilman for writing. Please continue pressure on corporate influence on allowing their ways to profit at our expense. This is a total disgrace to nickel and dime their way to land, water & coal.Awesome article! More research is needed to see how much Peabody and NGS owners profit $ pay n tax to State of AZ for comparison to what they pay Navajo, again thanks for pointing out the economic and environmental injustice to this system that has kept our Nation n poverty while the southwest cities flourished Thank you, Councilman, Dwight Witherspoon for informing us with what's happening with economic & environmental injustice with regards to Navajo Nation land, water and coal.A very informative article, Dwight Witherspoon, two points: 1 - use & gather more info to be loaded & cocked for the next renegotiation meeting and 2 - talked w/other tribes to find out about their experience for strategic planning. Thanks!

It is a great relief to know our leaders are questioning past negotiations and looking out for Dine resources and health. Keep at it Dwight we deserve more than fair, if they do not want to play ball look elsewhere for other native or Navajo investors to rebuild a new generating system in the same area, an ideal location and energy will always been needed.Nizhoni hey!Ahxéhee’ Dwight WitherspoonThank you for standing up for Navajo people because being nickel and dime is not for us. I was disappointed how the delegates voted 20 to 1 vote!Thanks for the insight that usually is an oversight. Blessings for strength, endurance and honesty Dwight.

Shoshone Poo-Ha-Bah: Legacy of Corbin Harney lives in healing waters

Who We Are




Poo-Ha-Bah is  Newe (Shoshone) words meaning Doctor Water.  Poo-Ha-Bah is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization located at exceptionally healing hot springs in Tecopa, California.  It was founded in 1998 by Newe Spiritual Leader Corbin Harney (1920-2007), and is now under the leadership of Darlene Graham, and an all woman Native Board of Directors with many years of collective business experience.  We welcome inquiries from individuals and small groups.
Darlene Graham is the Spiritual Leader at Poo-Ha-Bah. She is a Newe person from the Duckwater Tribe, and worked and learned with Corbin Harney and other elders, participating in and leading traditional ceremonies for many years. She helps organize spiritual gatherings and teaches language and traditional skills to young and old. Darlene is honored to have this opportunity to help others and to carry forward the Poo-Ha-Bah vision. You may contact Darlene Graham directly at cell (775) 761-3928 or by email.
Chet Stevens is a Newe Spiritual person from the Elko Tribe.  He worked closely with Corbin Harney for many years, learning much about traditional practices, ceremonies and healing from him, as well as from other teachers of the Shoshone and Sioux traditions. 
 Along with Darlene Graham and other spiritual people, Chet assists with logistics, Sunrise Ceremonies and other aspects of annual Shoshone spiritual gatherings.  He leads mixed ceremonies and sweat lodges at Poo-Ha-Bah by special request, focusing especially on men's and youth groups, and individual healing requests.  He also provides monthly Sweatlodge ceremonies at his home in Elko NV (1st Saturday) and other Newe communities.


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Oglala Commemoration Youth Awareness Concert June 26, 2013

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Native American Music Awards Winners 2013

Artist of the Year Tony Duncan
WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE
FOURTEENTH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The Winners for the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards were announced live on Friday, May 10th in the Events Center of the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY.

Winners were selected by the combined votes of the Native American Music Awards  (N.A.M.A.) Advisory Board Membership Committee with an international general public voting membership.  General Public voting was open on the Awards website VOTE NOW page where music tracks of all nominees were featured.

Both new and established artists shared the list of winners throughout a diverse array of over 30 music categories spanning all genres. Over 200 CD and DVD recordings submitted this year for nomination consideration. This year's Awards celebration kept its promise to be unlike any before.

See below for a complete list of official winners from the 14th Annual Native American Awards. The Native American Music Awards & Association extends its sincerest congratulations to all the 2013 NAMA Award winners.

 14th Annual Native American Music Awards

WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tony Duncan
Earth Warrior
Listen at Canon Records

BEST BLUES RECORDING
Up From The Ashes
Mitch Walking Elk

BEST COMPILATION RECORDING
The Longest Walk
Lorena Windfeather Navarez

BEST COUNTRY RECORDING
Ali Fontaine
Ali Fontaine

DEBUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ryan Little Eagle Molina
Straight From The Heart


DEBUT GROUP OF YEAR
Big River Cree
The Old Way

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Fawn Wood
Iskewewak: Songs of Indigenous Womanhood


BEST FOLK/AMERICANA RECORDING
Spirit of a Woman
Kelly Jackson

BEST FLUTE RECORDING
Joseph FireCrow
Night Walk

BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING
The Desire of Nations
Honey Dawn Karima and Cloudwalker

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Big City Indians
Tuwa

BEST HISTORICAL /LINGUISTIC RECORDING
Celebrate
Kalan Wi

BEST INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING
Homeland Nation Soundtrack
Rickey Medlocke

BEST MALE ARTIST
Wayne Silas Jr.
True Round Dance Songs


BEST NEW AGE RECORDING
Among The Ancients
Rushingwind & Mucklow


BEST POP RECORDING
Stay With Me Baby
Jana Mashonee


BEST POW WOW RECORDING
Memories
Emmanuel Black Bear

BEST PRODUCER
Francois Couture
Yahndawa’


BEST RAP HIP HOP RECORDING
Love Me Down
Ralphael Deas


RECORD OF THE YEAR
Shi Keyah Songs For The People
Radmilla Cody

BEST ROCK RECORDING
Find My Way
Saving Damsels


SONG/SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hear My Cry
Frank Waln & Cody Blackbird

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Peter Sackaney
Where Love Belongs

BEST SPOKEN WORD RECORDING
I Am Woman, Kwe
Lena Recollect

BEST TRADITIONAL RECORDING
Tsionathonwisen
Akwesasne Women Singers


BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO
A Tribute To Our Heros
CC Murdock

BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
Homeland Nation
Various Artists

BEST WAILA RECORDING
In Loving Memory
T.O. Combo

BEST WORLD MUSIC RECORDING
Hostiles & Renegades
Gary Small & the Coyote Bros


NATIVE HEART
Sybille Hummingbird
Serenity

LIVING LEGEND
Nelly Furtado

HALL OF FAME
Russell Means
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees

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Mohawk Nation News 'Perfect Reality'

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PERFECT REALITY





MNN. May 11, 2013. Why should we speak our Indigenous languages? To protect ourselves. Destruction of our languages was meant to strip us of our voice, to discriminate against us, to deny us our freedom, self-determination and empowerment. It was to separate us from our intellect and instinct which comes from our connection to each other and our mother, Great Turtle Island, through our Indigenous languages.
Kasastensera kowa sa oiera
“Kasastensera kowa sa oiera” is the great natural power.
Acts begin with thinking which turns into action. Over 100,000 years and thousands of generations we walked this land together speaking thousands of Indigenous languages. Many still exist and many are returning. Our population is growing four times faster than the rest, with a 20% increase between 2006 and 2011. We have a hunger for our natural ties.
Our languages empower and unite us. Our collective conscience is our spiritual connection to the natural world and to our mother. From here we have knowledge and understanding of life. Our ancestors handed down the most elaborate forms of philosophy, understanding of our  natural world, our art, culture and values. Everything we needed to survive. Our languages and names have a momentum to establish our relationships with each other and nature. 
Language started at creation, how to express our awareness and understanding of our world. It is the basis of our thoughts. It expresses our awareness of “Kariwiio”, that nature is the perfect reality.  
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Corporate government fears our languages. The invaders tried to snatch them to traumatize us, control us and create gaps and confusion in our identity. The colonizers had to kill us or wipe out our civilization to try to put their roots into our mother, Onowaregeh. The program to murder the survivors was destruction of our languages, customs, songs, dances, beliefs and connection to the great natural power.
 
Our language is our spiritual link to our ancestors and those yet to be born. Language provides the deeper meanings and feelings about our lives. Each of us together constitutes a whole. The colonists’ language is a set of words and train of fragmented thoughts we are forced to memorize, with no movement or spirit. English gobbles up everything.The artificial ideas of the invaders betray our cultural identity and authenticity. 
teLanguage is sovereignty. We are a free and sovereign people meant to survive. We have a governance structure, law and order, justice, literature, a land base, spiritual and sacred practices. We can conduct government to government negotiations. We are placed here with our languages. Our world and our lives cannot be commodities to be traded. All living things cry out to us and we hear them. As Thahoketoteh sings: 01 – Our Minds Are One “Another day upon us, crisp and fresh and new, to rejuvenate our thoughts, like the morning dew. We hear the winged ones first, sing  their songs of praise, to greet the world with warmth on the coming of a new day”.
MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com Thahoketoteh@hotmail.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
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Flagstaff Protest: Defending South Mountain from Highway Expansion




Great protest at ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) meeting in Flagstaff. Take action against proposed freeway expansion. No desecration of South Mountain!
Photos by Indigenous Action Media!
http://www.indigenousaction.org

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