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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, May 24, 2013

Activist arrested delivering complaint on White Clay liquor stores

Deep Green Resistance activist T.R. McKenzie arrested, while delivering this complaint on White Clay liquor stores bordering Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Update: Deep Green Resistance press statement:

Jefferson, South Dakota
May 24, 2013
Nebraska Liquor Control Commission
Robert Batt, Chairman
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 95046
Lincoln, NE 68509-5046

Dear Commissioner Batt:
I am very concerned by what I witnessed last week in White Clay, Nebraska.
It occurred outside the Arrowhead Inn, one of four stores in that tiny village
licensed by the State of Nebraska to sell beer to the Oglala Lakota of the Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation. For about three weeks now, a group of people, led by
two Lakota women, have been camped on the Pine Ridge at the White Clay border.
Most of those sleeping at the camp are women and children. Their purpose is to
draw attention to the devastation caused to the Lakota people by the sale of alcohol
in White Clay.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, I saw Jason Schwarting, the owner of the
Arrowhead Inn, and his employee (who I believe is named “J.T.”) hand two
baseball bats and a long club-like stick to one of the men who frequents the streets
of White Clay, a man named Stanley Flying Hawk. Mr. Flying Hawk then gave
these weapons to other men from the streets of White Clay, one of whom goes by
the name “Reggi.”
Mr. Schwarting handed out these weapons after two young women from the
camp walked to Arrowhead Foods grocery store to purchase sodas. I was standing
just south of the “Welcome to Nebraska” sign. I heard Mr. Schwarting tell Mr.
Flying Hawk and the other men with bats to “get them.” He told them to “kick
their fucking asses.”


Others who saw Mr. Schwarting arm the men and heard him tell them to hurt
the women ran to the grocery store to protect them. They walked back to the camp
with the women to shield them from danger. The men with the bats followed the
women and their protectors back to the camp. Mr. Schwarting stood at the door of
his business and continued to egg on the men who were wielding the bats. I believe
that Mr. Schwarting intended to scare the people in the camp and to do them actual
physical harm.
I have serious concerns for the safety of the women and children at the camp
based on what I have personally witnessed. Please ask the Nebraska State Patrol to
investigate Mr. Schwarting's actions.
The following photograph of the men in White Clay carrying bats as they
followed the women back to the camp was posted to a Facebook page called White
KKKlay Happening. The man with the bat leading the group is Stanley Flying
T.R. McKenzie

RT: 'Environmental genocide' Native Americans quit talks over Keystone XL pipeline

‘Environmental genocide’: Native Americans quit talks over Keystone XL pipeline

People opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline gather in prayer in Fullerton, Nebraska (AFP Photo / Guillaume Mayer)
Leaders from 11 Native American tribes stormed out of a meeting with US federal officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which they say will lead to ‘environmental genocide.’
Native Americans are opposed to the 1,179-mile (1,897km) Keystone XL project - a system to transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in Texas - for various reasons, including potential irreversible damage to sacred sites, pollution, and water contamination.
Although the planned pipeline would not pass directly through any Native American reservation, tribes in proximity to the proposed system say it will violate their traditional lands and that the environmental risks of the project are simply too great.

Arizona police stalking activists: Chilling effect on human rights

Report author Beau Hodai: Chilling effects of US police spying

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TUCSON – While violent crime soared in southern Arizona and the economy was collapsing, police were spending enormous amounts of time and money to spy on human rights activists, primarily by stalking them on Facebook and placing an undercover police officer in Occupy Phoenix, a new report reveals.
Phoenix based law enforcement were the pivot point of this circle focused on spying on human rights activists in southern Arizona. The Tohono O’odham Police and Tucson Police were among those tracking Native American human rights activists, including Navajos and Tohono O’odham. Read more:
The facts and documents were exposed when DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy released the results of a year-long investigation: "Dissent or Terror: How the Nation's Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.”
Beau Hodai, author of the report, told Censored News, "The most shocking thing to me was the depth of intelligence sharing between publicly-funded 'counter terrorism' personnel and private corporations, banks and ALEC. I suspected that this had occurred, but I did not realize how intensive these public-private relationships were. I certainly did not anticipate that, as records show, intelligence gathered by an undercover officer who had infiltrated Phoenix activist groups was most likely being shared with these private interests."

Anishinabe Terrance Nelson: White privilege and tabloid journalism

Anishinabe Terrance Nelson: White privilege and tabloid journalism

By Terrance Nelson
First Nation Roseau River Anishinabe 
May 24, 2013
Terrance Nelson's response to article 'Beyond the Pale,' by Charlotte Allen, in Weekly Standard:
Charlotte, your Geography is wrong. The Gateway pipeline is not in Alaska, it is in Canada. The speech I delivered to the White Privilege Conference was one hour long. Your article reduces my speech to one paragraph. As dismissive as your comments maybe at least you acknowledge that I received standing ovations.
The Weekly Standard is not much of a Standard if it allows tabloid journalism. Serious journalists check their facts even in Opinion pieces.
To dismiss the over 600 murdered and missing indigenous women in Canada or to dismiss the environmental devastation in the Tarsands of Alberta is denying the American public the truth.
Canadians purchased $2.5 Trillion worth of American exports in the last ten years.
Perhaps, you missed that fact in my speech. The WPC people are allowing Americans to hear a view that is not normally heard in the United States.
My speech was video taped. The Weekly Standard needs to publish a retraction on some of your incorrect facts.
Canada sends the United States over 2 times more oil than Saudi Arabia and hydro electric generating dams in northern Quebec power up 120 million Americans on the eastern seaboard. I would think that more Americans need to hear about issues in Canada. The Cree in Quebec and the Cree in Alberta who send you electricity and oil have issues with the government of Canada that could impact trade. To be dismissive of those concerns is your right, the WPC organizers however are not so dismissive and are taking their responsibility to be informed seriously.
Perhaps the Weekly Standard could do the public a favor by giving others the opportunity to counter your biased article.
Terrance Nelson

Haudenosaunee statement on tribal councils

Greetings from the Chiefs, Clanmothers, Faithkeepers, and people of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy, People of the Longhouse.
The Grand Council of Chiefs would like to take this time to remind its citizens of the Haudenosaunee position on imposed elected Band and Tribal councils and our proposed remedy to standardize governance within the domain of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
From the moment elected councils were imposed in our communities, its primary intent was to abolish the strength and national character of our traditional governments and to assist in the enfranchisement and assimilation of the Haudenosaunee into the national fabric of both Canada and the United States. It has since been the position of the Haudenosaunee that elected councils imposed by either Canada or the United States, exist outside the Circle Wampum. No one person or nation can bring into the Circle another form of governance without the full expressed acceptance of the Grand Council.
The Circle Wampum makes the line between traditional councils and elected councils clear and distinct; the traditional councils are the original governments of the Haudenosaunee communities/nations handling national affairs, while the elected councils are imposed systems of the Indian Act in Canada and Federal Indian Law in the United States for the administration of colonial policies in each community. Within recent years however, these elected councils have begun commandeering the distinct symbols, philosophies, and national character of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy–thus misrepresenting themselves to external agencies and the limiting the significance of the Haudenosaunee as an original Indigenous system of governance.
Whether it is reference to the Two Row Wampum, treaties, nation-to-nation relationships, or the subtle implication that these elected councils are somehow synonymous with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy or the Traditional Councils; this ambiguity has now perpetuated a false impression and confusion both externally and internally that elected councils are actually a part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
Most recently, these elected councils have endeavoured into the international arena, a domain populated by nations and states, through a formal entity called the Iroquois Caucus, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and The United Southern and Eastern Tribes (USET). Since 1977, the Haudenosaunee have pioneered the indigenous presence at the United Nations and other international venues, leading towards the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; a presence the Iroquois Caucus, NCAI, and USET endeavours to supplant by perpetuating itself as the legitimate voice of our communities internationally and will act in the interest of their colonial masters Canada and the United States.
The Grand Council of Chiefs feels that it can no longer remain acquiescent on this matter and must insist that the appropriation of the Haudenosaunee national character cease. Furthermore, the Grand Council of Chiefs must relay to its neighbours that the Iroquois Caucus and its tributary elected councils, along with both the NCAI and USET, do not represent the Haudenosaunee or it’s member nations. While the Grand Council of Chiefs feels that it must be firm on this matter, our council reminds elected councils of the Haudenosaunee remedy to standardize governance in our communities under the Kaianere’ko:wa (Great Law of Peace).
In 1991, the Haudenosaunee Chiefs outlined its prerequisites to begin meaningful dialogue on how we can all live by the principles and laws of the Kaianere’ko:wa, within the Longhouse of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. At that time, Haudenosaunee Chiefs asked the elected councils to respect and recognize its authority over eight political areas it historically claims jurisdiction over. While we understand that at this time Canada and the United States only recognize the legitimacy of elected councils, we feel this will never change so long as our own people wilfully accept this colonial imposition. The Grand Council of Chiefs remains steadfast to this necessary show of good faith and is prepared to begin the necessary work to help decolonize the political structures in each of our communities.
This issue is challenging in many ways because of the personal impact this has on individuals who have a heartfelt connection to the Haudenosaunee and wish to express it in ways that they think is helpful. What is not realized is that by representing the Haudenosaunee within colonial constructs it furthers the colonial agenda of Canada and United States. The elective systems are foreign entities that are colonizing the culture by misappropriation. Placing our teachings, laws, and symbols within the colonial construct of the elective band council system is morphing decolonization into a meaningless apparition of cultural revitalization and transformation.
The Kaianere’ko:wa is based upon inclusivity, peaceful coexistence, and strength through unity ­ bound by laws that ensure a democratic and consensual decision-making process. The Grand Council of Chiefs makes no judgments of the moral character or sincerity of those individuals who currently serve as elected councillors, but we do encourage them to bring their gifts, skills, and dedication back into the canoe and take shelter beneath the Great Tree of Peace. Bound together by the good tidings of peace and power, we can be stronger than ever.
Chief Sidney Hill, Tadodaho, Onondaga Indian Nation