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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Defend Havasupai Sacred Land from Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon June 2013

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Red Butte photo Dawn Dyer/Censored News

Protest reopening of Canyon Uranium Mine June 21, 2013 at Red Butte, Havasupai land, Grand Canyon
Press statement
Photos by Dawn Dyer
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Photo Dawn Dyer/Censored News

Grassroots protesters will take action at 7 am near the junction of Forest Road 305 and AZ Highway 64, independently from but in conjunction with Idle No More’s International Indigenous Solidarity Day, the presence of Havasupai elders, and the Sierra Club’s national executive director at the Canyon Uranium Mine. Grassroots protesters will also be available for interviews.

Energy Fuels Inc., the Toronto-based company digging the mine, have already dug 120 feet down what they hope will be a 1600 foot shaft. If the mine starts extracting uranium, it will expose residents and visitors to "low-level" radiation along Hwy 64. So called “low-level” radiation poisons air, waters, and soils for billions of years, causing cancers, birth defects, and other health problems. Even worse, Arizona's environmental and haulage regulations fail to protect the public from these dangers.

In addition to these health impacts and contamination of the Grand Canyon ecosystem and aquifer, the mine will directly harm the integrity of nearby Red Butte, sacred to the Havasupai and other indigenous people.

For the past thirty years indigenous people of northern Arizona and their allies have been resisting uranium mining at the Grand Canyon. This struggle continues as protesters gather to express their opposition to the Canyon Uranium Mine 15 miles south of the south rim.

The mine, owned by Canada-based Energy Fuels Inc., is located in the Kaibab National Forest –15 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Before approving the mine, both the company and the US Forest Service failed to consult with local tribes as required by law. Instead, the USFS rushed approval by using an outdated Environmental Impact Statement, silencing community input and recent scientific research.

The Mama Bears Brigade have organized an encampment June 1-July ? in opposition to the Canyon Uranium Mine at the south rim. The camp is a space to speak out and inspire action towards a nuclear free world. We invite everyone who wants to protect the Grand Canyon to join us.

 The Mama Bears Brigade is a volunteer, grassroots, feminist collective committed to exposing the dangers of the entire nuclear cycle.


Mama Bears Brigade

(928) 899-2267 or (706) 978-9425

You are welcome to a three day gathering just south of Grand Canyon National Park, with main gathering happening at dawn June 21st right on Hwy. 64. We will protest the re-opening of Canyon Uranium Mine on Native sacred lands by praying, bannering, and peacefully demonstrating. This is a call out to all peaceful warriors to come, pray, and decide how to stop the mine. A base camp has already been set up on Hwy 64, approx. 45 miles north of Williams, AZ (First right after mile marker 219). More camping is available very nearby at the prayer/ceremony site near Red Butte, and also in the high Ponderosas of the National Forest near Canyon Mine itself. Gather now to protect the Grand Canyon, the Colorado Plateau, and the waters, animals, plants and people who live here. Also on the 21st, the head of the Sierra club is to meet at 10 am with some of the Havasupai elders, who will be coming up out of the Canyon, at the mine site itself. Red Butte and the Grand Canyon are sacred to several tribes in this region. Energy Fuels must stop digging NOW! Idle No More has called for Friday, June 21st, to be International Indigenous Solidarity Day. Come and help!

This will be our first, opening action and is a three day event. Come prepared for hot days (up to 90) and cool nights (down to 40). Please bring your own water, food and banner and sign-making materials beginning as early as June 19. We do have some food and some banner-making materials, but will need more. Base camp will be open through July 2013 for further organizing and actions. We welcome individuals and affinity groups. Mama Bears Brigade is a feminist collective and as such is non-violent. We are committed to indigenous/women's leadership. For more info please email us at PLEASE SHARE THIS CALL TO ACTION

Zapatistas Events Summer 2013

Marocs and Alonso in Sonora/Photo Brenda Norrell
Seminar Tata Juan Chávez Alonso' open to all in CIDECI, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, beginning on August 17, 2013

Space full in communities for the Zapatista little school Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico
June 2013 
Reposted from Enlace Zapatista at Censored News

To the adherents of the Sixth in Mexico and the world:
To Zapatista little school invitees:
From: Subcomandante Insurgent Moisés.
Compañeras and Compañeros of the Sixth and students of the little school:
The Zapatista men and women send you their greetings. We wanted to let you know how preparations for the little school are going.
Well, we have bad news and good news:
First, the bad news:
We have already run out of space to attend the classes that will be held in communities between August 12th and 16th, 2013. Also, the course at CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas is just about full.
There are many compañeros and compañeras who would like to attend the little school in our Zapatista communities. Many more than we expected. And many more than imagined by those people who say that the Zapatista fad is over, that Zapatista initiatives are no longer “attractive,” and other such nonsense repeated by those who have nothing to do.
And so, we wanted to let you know that all of the spaces for attending [the little school] in the communities in August are filled, all of the little classrooms are filled, and can’t hold any more people. There is no more space for students. Because we are not only going to receive them there, but we also need to make sure that they are well housed and fed, according, of course, to our humble means.
First, we had prepared to receive 500 students in Zapatista community. This filled up quickly. Then we expanded to 1000 students, and that filled up in no time. Then we made space for 1500 students and that also filled up. We cannot make any more space this time around because we want to take good care of the students and keep them happy.
But don’t be sad or discouraged, because we are weighing the options for another date, in another month, for those who cannot come to the little school in community this time. We’ll let you know the exact dates later. What is certain is that it will be sometime next December or January.
And now, the good news:
Our Zapatista compañeras and compañeros, who will be your teachers, are finishing up their teacher training.
Yes, they are finishing their preparation because all of the Zapatista people will participate in the school. You will have three teams of teachers: thecompañeras and compañeros from the communities who will receive, house, and feed you; the compañeras and compañeros who will accompany you at all times and who will take care of you, that is, the guardians, or your “VOTAN”; and also your teachers in the little school.
But SupMarcos, in a separate communiqué, will explain further the three teams of teachers and the way that things will work in the schoolhouse. His computer is almost fixed.
In addition there will be teachers for the videoconference, and for the DVD version they have almost finished recording the class lectures.
The textbooks are also ready. We only need to add the DVDs, filmed by our own compañeras and compañeros in the Zapatista media, which show what we have done in every Zapatista corner here in Chiapas.
Don’t forget that afterwards there will be videoconferences or you can request these materials.
And we are also thinking of sending, later, a team of teachers to other places where there are people who would like to understand our struggle for freedom. Of course, only if they are invited.
In another communiqué, SupMarcos will give you some more information about how everything is going with the students. For now, I will just let you know that the vast majority are young people.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend a general invitation to everyone who would like to come for the party to celebrate 10 years of the Good Government Councils.
Also, remember that the “Seminar Tata Juan Chávez Alonso,” is open to all who would like to attend, and will be celebrated in CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, beginning on August 17th. This is also the day that all of the students are leaving the communities, so that those who are in community can also attend and listen to the word of other original peoples of Mexico who struggle for indigenous rights and culture. In July, we will have a meeting of the Organizing Commission, or those who are convoking the tribute to our dear compañero Don Juan Chávez Alonso.
That’s all for now. We’ll be here waiting for you.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.
Mexico, June 2013
Watch and listen to the videos that accompany this text:
The song “The Anarchist” by Paradoxus Luporum. Dedicated to the anarchist compas, the new major enemy of the institutional “left.”
Mario Benedetti, in his own voice, “What can the young people do?” also for the anarchists.
So that you can start practicing your steps for the party on the 10 year anniversary of the caracoles and the Good Government Councils.
Traducción de “El Kilombo Intergaláctico”.

Mohawk Nation News 'Bums Rush'



"Hurry up! It's almost too late". MNN. Jun 15, 2013. We are the biggest contributors in history. Our real estate, Great Turtle Island, has been illegally put up by foreigners for the largest economy in the world! The crooks are rushing to eject us from our land to try to squeeze the last bit of our rights and ever growing $105 trillion Indian Trust Fund. They will get the bums rush. The rest will follow the white roots and take shelter under the tree. Everybody will be equal, have a voice and be of one mind with us. 
The rulers and band/tribal councils: “Let’s get out of here quick, take it all with us and hide!”
The colonial population is in fast decline? The real work force is predominantly native and people of color. We are having lots of babies. The schools are full of brown faces. Many non-natives don’t want  kids but want ours to work for them and take care of them in their old age.  
birth rateA cheap work force is their dream. They fear us taking control of our lives, thinking for ourselves and making our own economic and social decisions. 
The leaders of the G20 economic summit are controlled by mostly whites from countries with depleted resources. They want a military power to run the world through slavery and theft. They live in walled enclaves, guarded by troops and keep ordinary people at a distance, especially the natural people of Great Turtle Island and the world. 
We’re supposed to change their sheets, empty their potties, wipe their bums, feed them, etc. but not respected as the true landlords. We are supposed to serve, bow and scrape to them. That’s ending fast!
Great Turtle Island is turning brown. Nature favors dark eyes and hair. Except for the ruling oligarchy with blue eyes and mostly fake blond hair. They are a type of albinism, a genetic adaptation, to cope with the cloudy skies of Europe. They can’t adapt to the strong sun and are getting bred out. 
whites good
One day the young people will be shocked to learn that Great Turtle Island was once overrun by visiting palefaces! ”Whatever happened to them, Totah? Did you ever see one?” 
There will soon be a shortage of young people to fill vacant positions in the public sector, services, manufacturing, etc. We will take the jobs and complain about the violations of our sovereignty, theft of our funds, lands and resources. Maybe they’re afraid we’ll run their society like an Indian reservation. Indigenous women have powerful roles in future social, political and economic life. Our most powerful role is yet to come.

Soon the rulers and their accomplices will soon be singing the song by Dr. Feelgood: “Went down to the employment office lookin’ for a job … I got tossed out on my ear. I’ve got the bums rush again”. “Bums Rush”. MNN Mohawk Nation News For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0

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