August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

First Nation Terrance Nelson 'Dakota Unity Ride'

By First Nation Terrance Nelson
Roseau River Anishinabe
Abas,
Fars News
Once again thank you for posting my article on Fars News Agency on June 23, 2013
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920401000971
Please find attached poster on the Dakota Unity Ride. Chief Gus Higheagle is a traditional spiritual elder. He leads the Dakota Unity Riders and he is undertaking an immense effort to go to New York City and Washington D.C. The United States Government does not acknowledge the Dakota people in Canada. The Dakota in Canada have lost all their lands in the United States and Canada refers to them as refugees from the United States. This is absurd, these are original peoples of North America. They are not refugees.

In the past the American Government has always ignored the history of the Dakota. The Massacres of Dakota people in the late 18th century is a part of the history of terrorism and genocide against the indigenous people that was carried out by the United States army. See Attached pictures from Wounded Knee South Dakota 1890.
In Canada, the Dakota face severe poverty. Chief Frank Brown, one of the Chiefs who attended the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa in our delegation in 2012 now faces jail time after they sold untaxed Mohawk cigarettes to gain some income for their people. In Canada the system is stacked against the indigenous people. Chief Brown will face the same court system as I did. Canadian National Railway won a court case against us. We didn't expect anything from the Canadian court but we wanted to ensure that the court will not get away with making a decision without us being there to tell them our side.
Wounded Knee
Americans killed indigenous people outright but the British in Canada were masters of colonization and they led indigenous people to believe that they were allies, not the enemy. Today reservation lands in Canada are 60 times smaller overall than reservation lands in USA.
Before anyone believes that the Canadians are a gentler nation, see attached information on how they can and will use police and the Army if the indigenous people resist.
We thank Iran for taking our human rights in Canada seriously. Can you post the Warrior Publications information regarding the 1990 Oka Crisis, then perhaps many of the 120 non aligned nations can see how Canada really treats our people. They used 4,500 soldiers in 1990 to suppress a Mohawk protest. To think of Canada as a gentle nation is simply not true.
I attach for you a copy of the court decision released on June 28, 2013 that denies us a right to blockade the theft of our natural resource wealth. Many of our people are in jail or will be in jail for defying court injunctions.
The laws of Canada are backed up by armed police and the army. Indigenous people are not allowed to protest in any meaningful or effective way. The Thieves can continue to steal our lands and resources and armed whites will enforce their theft.
In the Treaty 1-11 meeting in Onion Lake July 14 to 18, the people will make the decision of what actions if any the indigenous people will take to protect their fundamental human right to property.
The Dakotas need $50,000 to complete the ride to New York and Washington. We are putting out a request to all people to help the Dakota so that they can take their cause directly to President Obama. Regardless of whether or not Obama acknowledges the Dakota and the American history of genocide, remains to be seen. I will be taking the Dakota request directly to the Grand Governing Council of American Indian Movement in the next two days and I will take their information next week to Onion Lake for support. Anyone else who can support the Dakota Riders can contact Gus Higheagle at the phone number on the attached poster or contact the supporters in the United States at the website address, which is also on the poster.
Again thank you Abas for your continued support of our people here in Canada. I understand that due to the sanctions, Iranians cannot contribute financially to the Dakota, however if you can post this information and send it to some of the 120 Non Aligned Countries, perhaps some will respond. The Dakotas will leave on the Unity Ride within two weeks on July 24, 2013.
In the near future AIM Manitoba will be erecting a statue of the famous war chief Sitting Bull near Winnipeg with information on the Genocide in North America. It will be the first step on our drive to build a museum. I will send you the Museum Concept within two weeks. If you can help us distribute that information to other countries, it would help the Dakota people even if the United States continues to ignore its history.
Terrance Nelson
Vice Chair American Indian Movement

THE DAKOTA NATION UNITY RIDE:

5000 MILES ON HORSEBACK FROM MANITOBA TO NEW YORK CITY JULY 27 - AUG 17TH 2013


"A RIDE FOR HEALING...FOR EVERY NATION...FOR ALL MANKIND"
5-25-13
BY Deborah LaVallie The Dakota Nation Unity ride will begin a 5,000 mile trek on horseback on July 27th in Manitoba, ending their ride in New York City on August 17th.  The purpose of the ride is for healing every nation of mankind. Gus High Eagle and his well known horse Rudy, along with family and friends started the annual 'unity' rides traveling to areas such as Wounded Knee (SD), the Black Hills, and last summer in the 'Many Sitting Eagles Ride', riding from his home in Pipestone, Manitoba to the Turtle Mountains and Fort Berthold reservations in North Dakota, commemorating the War of 1812.  Gus and his wife Emily who crafted their traditional beaded regalia, are Canupawakpa Dakota and began the annual rides as a way to get young people involved and is all about tribal nations getting together in 'unity'...for the future. 
Their ‘Unity’ ride last summer was a Memorial, commemorating 200 years since the War of 1812, when ‘Seven Nations’, the Dakota, Ojibway/Chippewa, Assiniboine, Cree, Hidatsa and Mandan Nations defended and held the ‘line’ of American expansion and aggression holding the ‘Mandan Trail’ open from what is now Canada, all the way south to the Mandan lodges, in what is now the Fort Berthold reservation.  The ‘Many Sitting Eagle’ Chiefs’ traditional leadership of the seven tribal nations, defended their camps and people in 'unity' while their warriors were away fighting the War of 1812, allied with the British troops. The war ended in the eventual loss of their Homelands.  The ride was to honor the memory and 'unity' of the seven tribes at that time.

For further information about the Unity Ride, contact Gus High Eagle:  204-854-2584

Mohawk Nation News 'Murder at Megantic'

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MNN. 8 July 2013. On Saturday morning, July 6th, a bomb wiped out the center of the town of Lac-Megantic [Quebec] on Mohawk Territory. Over 60 of the French settlers for whom we are responsible were murdered and ‘disappeared”.
Bomb blast on Indigenous land.
  
War zone on Mohawk land.According to the Great Peace of Montreal 1701 is under the protection of the Constitution of the Council of the Great Peace. We have a duty to protect all living things. We demand a full investigation of this criminal act of the multinational corporations. Montreal, Mine & Atlantic Railway Ltd., was hauling 73 substandard tankers and locomotives carrying toxic crude to Irving Oil in Saint Johns New Brunswick for the US market. Every train that goes through our towns and villages is loaded with enough ammunition to create a “war zone”. 
The train was parked in Nantes. Nobody was in the locomotive. The engineer had locked up and gone to sleep at a nearby hotel. At 11:30 the brakes of one locomotive was mysteriously released. It caught fire and billowed smoke. The fire department was called to put it out. The remaining cars were not checked. At 1:00 am. the remaining cars started moving directly downhill into the Lac-Megantic town center, about 11 kilometers away. A a social gathering was taking place. The train sped toward them, careened off the track, came to a stop near the middle of town and blew up like an atom bomb. The people and town centre were incinerated. The poisons ran into the lake. 
War on Mother Earth in Quebec and elsewhere!
This is war in Quebec!Canada ships $73 billion in oil to the US every year, passing them through our towns and villages. Environmental regulations are constantly being removed and/or sidestepped. More shipping of crude oil is planned for the east and west coasts. 
The railroad tankers used in US and Canada are old and dangerous. By deregulation they don’t have to be replaced. Even more unsafe pipelines are being planned. Someone would have a strong motive for releasing those brakes. We Indigenous people should oversee any investigation of such criminal acts on our land. 
Foreign corporations normally cover their criminality by paying off all the corrupt politicians and law makers. They look for perpetrators before picking their “patsy”. The victims are forgotten. We will stop the destruction of Mother Earth caused by their toxic economy. These railroads, pipelines, roads and waterways are creating ecological destruction on our land. We are all at risk.   
There must be an immediate ban on transporting all war materials across Onowaregeh/Great Turtle Island. It violates the Council of the Great Peace, the law of the land. As Jimi sang in “House Burning Down”: “Look at the sky/turn a hellfire red. Somebody’s house in burning/down, down, down, down. I say, O, baby, why’d you burn your brother’s house down?” House burning down megantic map
Terrence Nelson on Warrior societies
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Tarsands Solutions: Walking for healing, stories from ground zero



Walking for healing: stories from ground zero of the tar sands disaster

Feature
Jason Mogus | Tar Sands Solution Network - July 8th 2013
http://tarsandssolutions.org/member-blogs/walking-for-healing-stories-from-ground-zero-of-the-tar-sands-disaster?fb_comment_id=fbc_133280653547290_76618_133519496856739

This past weekend in northern Alberta, hundreds of activists from across North America, led by the First Nations who live at ground zero of the world's largest industrial project, held a gathering and ceremony to pray for healing of the land, water, air, and ourselves from out of control tar sands expansion. We've curated some of the best tweets, photos, and stories from this powerful event. If the stories here move you, please share with your networks the human rights disaster the lies at the heart of reckless tar sands expansion.
Read more:  http://tarsandssolutions.org/member-blogs/walking-for-healing-stories-from-ground-zero-of-the-tar-sands-disaster?fb_comment_id=fbc_133280653547290_76618_133519496856739

White Clay: Nebraska Governor and his Liquor Industry

Oglala President Bryan Brewer


Video: Oyate Mednet Interview with Oglala President Bryan Brewer, July 9, 2013

Nebraska Governor and his liquor industry
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Yesterday, Oglala President Bryan Brewer walked out of a meeting, saying that Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman disrespected the President. President Brewer said Gov. Heineman has no intention of helping halt the devastation being caused by bordertown liquor sales at White Clay. 
It turns out that the Nebraska governor's top campaign donors include the liquor industry. These campaign donors top the list with their dollars going to Gov. Heineman: Double Eagle Distributing in Lincoln, and ANHEUSER-BUSCH, according to the 2012 campaign report.
Before the meeting, the statement below was released, which was widely circulated. President Brewer describes in the video how the release of the information on liquor donors to the Nebraska governor upset the governor.
Meanwhile, AP reported White Clay, with roughly a dozen residents, sold the equivalent of nearly 3.9 million, 12-ounce cans of beer in 2012.
"Brewer said he also met Monday with Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, a well-known advocate for poor and minority populations. Brewer said he still hopes to work with state officials, including Chambers and the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs.
"Had Monday's meeting continued, Brewer said he would have asked Heineman to help shutter Whiteclay by asking for Nebraska to restore a 50-square-mile buffer zone known as the Whiteclay extension, created in 1882 to protect Pine Ridge residents from whiskey peddlers. President Theodore Roosevelt eliminated it in 1904, which opened the land to settlement and alcohol sales.
"Restoring the zone would effectively give back the northwest Nebraska land to the tribe," AP said.
Newswire release prior to the meeting:
LINCOLN, Neb., July 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alcohol Justice is reporting that Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer will hold a press conference in front of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission on Monday afternoon, July 8, 2013, to hopefully discuss new developments in stopping the illegal alcohol activity taking place in the town of Whiteclay, which borders the Pine Ridge, South Dakota Native American Reservation. Earlier that day President Brewer will be meeting with the Nebraska Governor, Liquor Control Commission, and key state legislators to discuss possible solutions.
 "I am optimistic that my meetings in Nebraska will produce steps to mediate the issue of Whiteclay alcohol sales and the catastrophic impact they have on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation," stated President Brewer. "However, I stand firm in my belief that this liquid genocide inflicted upon the Lakota people, which produces great profits for Anheuser-Busch, Whiteclay alcohol retailers and the state of Nebraska, must end."
Activists are charging that the illegal alcohol activity and bootlegging have not been stopped in Whiteclay, Nebraska because of heavy financial contributions to Nebraska legislators from Anheuser-Busch, alcohol distributors and alcohol trade associations.
Political financial contributions include:
  • Beer, liquor and wine companies have contributed $96,000 to Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman. Making the alcohol industry one of his top contributors.
  • Nebraska State Attorney General Jon Bruning has received $86,000 from the beer, wine and liquor industry since 2008.
  • Alcohol distributors and trade groups gave candidates for in-state offices $135,000 in 2010, according to the Institute on Money in State Politics.
  • 75 percent of the beer bootlegged at Whiteclay, comes from the Pivo Anheuser-Busch distributor based out of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Over the past few months tension has intensified between Pine Ridge activists, Whiteclay liquor storeowners, and the Pivo Anheuser-Busch beer distributor. In several instances activists successfully blockaded the delivery of Budweiser beer to the local Whiteclay liquor stores. Storeowners responded by arming inebriated customers with bats and fireworks, and offering them financial compensation, to confront the activists. Since April 30, 2013, activists have maintained a Zero Tolerance Camp along the border to document illegal activities committed by Whiteclay liquor storeowners, such as selling to intoxicated patrons and solicitation.

Oyate Mednet VIDEO: President Bryan Brewer met for a meeting with the Nebraska Liquor Commision to discuss the alcohol problems facing Lakota Country, President Brewer walked out of the meeting because he was told that it isn't their problem when they are the main source to the problems taking place on our homelands, only given a few minutes to talk and was disrespected the way he was treated, no progress made at this meeting!