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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, July 12, 2013

Oglala President: White Clay distribution tantamount to bootlegging

Oglala President urges halt to scheme to 'bootleg' liquor into White Clay

Oglala President Bryan Brewer
By Oglala President Bryan Brewer
Oglala Sioux Tribe, Office of the President
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On July 10, 2013 High Plains Budweiser announced that it would cease to deliver alcohol to the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska. This decision marks a significant victory in our efforts to stop the flow of alcohol in to our communities from Whiteclay. In addition, High Plains Budweiser stated that they will only deliver as far as Rushville, Nebraska where vendors from Whiteclay would be expected to pick up their product for themselves and take it to their stores. This practice is illegal, and tantamount to bootlegging.

14th Oglala Commemoration Photos

14th Oglala Commemoration
By Oglala Commemoration

To kick off this year’s event, the Committee enthusiastically welcomed the arrival of Shadow Nation. Arriving the evening of June 24th, after travelling up from New Mexico and Texas, Shadow Nation’s crew, despite being road weary hung out and exchanged ideas with some of the Committee members.

The 25th promised to be a busy day of running around making preparations for the following day’s events; the day wrapped up with the Committee planning meeting and a fried chicken dinner. The Committee met with the community and introduced the Shadow Nation band members and film crew. Shadow Nation members introduced themselves to the community and discussed their plans to film issues relevant to the people of Pine Ridge. The meeting and meal concluded with a clear agenda and hopes of a safe and successful event.

Long Walk 4: Navajo youth ready to walk across America for third time!

By Brenda Norrell
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A family of Dine' long walkers from Sanders, Arizona, is preparing to walk across America. Navajo long walker Craig Luther and his family are now in the DC area preparing for the Long Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz, which begins Monday, July 15, 2013. 
Craig Luther has already walked across America twice, on Long Walk 2 and Long Walk 3. Craig said today, "The Longest Walk 4 is going to start. Those who feel the calling will be there to come and support. The walk is all of Us. All who are going to be there. It's bigger than all of us and we are simply walking in prayer for everyone. All life."
Craig's mother Boydie Nalwood said Craig's father Chris Martin will join Craig on the walk.
(Photo Craig at Ute Indian Museum on Long Walk 2 northern route/Photo Brenda Norrell.)
Updated Schedule, with camping at Greenbelt Park, Maryland on Saturday, Sunday and Monday:


15 DE JULIO- DECIEMBRE 21, 2013. 

El proposito de esta caminata es para reafirmar el corazón de las tradiciones de las tribus, plantado y governado por la base de la relacion espiritual con la tierra(naturaleza). Nosotros caminamos con los espiritus de nuestros antepasados, por el presente y por las futuras generaciones que nosotros como personas no olvidamos, que es lo que nos hace indígenas. Nosotros caminamos para re-afirmar al mundo que nosotros continuamos todavia como libres y soveranas personas, le hacemos un llamado a todas las personas indigenas, y a todos aquellos que cuidan la tierra y la comunidad. vengan a apollar esta caminata. 

(fb. grupo " "the Longest Walk 4" )       ;
grupo de fb. "la caminata mas larga 4"
                          No drugs, No alcohol, No Weapons.

Mohawk Nation News 'Whistle Stop Terror'

Kahnawake "Adirondack Junction" is to the right, just south of Montreal.
Kahnawake 'Adirondack Junction' south of Montreal near Lac-Megantic.


Mohawk Nation News

MNN. July 12, 2013.  The blowing up of the train bomb in Megantic [Quebec] raised false flag questions. This event shows the destructive relationship between the corporation and the community created by the government through deregulation. The train went from Montreal, then through the Mohawk community of Kahnawake “Adirondack Junction” station, and onto Megantic. Ed Burnhardt of Chicago is the CEO of Montreal, Main and Atlantic Railroad Company. He also owns the tracks and trains of international conglomerate, “Rail World”, in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Estonia, Poland, Ukraine, Canada and US. These cars carry mostly deadly war materials in thin easily punctured tankers.  12.5% of the shareholders in the rail company is the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, the public sector pension and insurance fund.

Indians don’t want these killer steel roads.
Indians don't want these killer steel roads. Burnhardt is blaming a “lone gunman’, Tom Hayden, for not following regulations that don’t exist. To make a 2% profit trains are left unattended. Jovial Burnhardt joked about having to wear a bullet-proof vest to meet the horrified survivors of the bombing.  He kept apologizing, “Sorry, sorry, sorry!” He told the Wall Street Journal that not enough manual hand breaks were applied to the train before it was left unattended. “We don’t really have a performance standard to measure all our staff against.” He told the Montreal Gazette his company is not at fault. He blamed the firefighters who put out the blaze of one locomotive. He is thinking of transferring the crew to Sherbooke, 100 miles away. 
On Saturday, July 6, the train smacked into the packed gathering place in the center of town, wiping out most of the youth of the village. They were having a beer on a hot summer night. 
Burkhardt announced that his company intends to keep running freight through Lac-Megantic. “Later, we’ll clean up all the wrecked cars and rebuild tracks around the town and start to run trains through here again”. They just speed through the centre of town, like Kahnawake. The problem is that Megantic like Kahnawake don’t need the train for passengers, delivery or pick up. 
The American Association of Railroads says that it costs $1 to $3 million to build a mile of mainline rail.  The oil comes from North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The rail barons and their accomplices deliver their goods to the east and west coasts for international distribution. Train companies are private businesses and are exempt from municipal regulations and noise by-laws. 
Rails & pipelines are major motive for genocide.
Rails & pipelines continue to be major motive for genocide.
Railways are responsible to themselves only, their own inspections, with no obligation to inform anyone about the hazardous materials, like oil, ethanol, sulfuric acid or propane they carry through our villages. 
Rural land is cheaper, without restrictions. The governments gave all our land away no charge to the rail companies, without our knowledge or consent. They do not own it. It is one of the last vestiges of colonialism. These rail families made their fortune originally in the opium trade in China. They are the “Pirates of the Caribbean”, the bankers, who continue to terrorize the world. The people of Lac Magantic will never forget their lost ones as Hank Snow reminds us; “never speak harsh words to your dear loving husband, he may leave you and never return” Wreck of the old 97

Follow roots to tree of peace.An objection has been launched for these illegal forays over our land, threatening our lives. The Council of the Great Peace is being violated. The people of Lac Megantic and others may follow the roots and sit in the protection of the shade of the Great Tree of Peace. We have been waiting for all of the people to join us.
Follow roots to tree of peace.
Burkhardt in Montral Gazette

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Sand Creek Massacre: Denver Post article 'slap in the face'

By Brenda Norrell
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The filmmaker of The Sand Creek Massacre said an article in the Denver Post is a "slap in the face" to the victims of the Sand Creek Massacre in southeastern Colorado.

"The Sand Creek Massacre was the ugliest form of human depravity in American history, even transcending Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newton, Boston, and so on. Rape, mutilations, executions, murder and burning bodies of children, special needs people, elders, and women top the list of depravities," Donald L. Vasicek told Censored News.

Vasicek told the author of the article at Denver Post, Eric Gorski, that Indigenous Peoples continue to be treated with disrespect by the media.

"The only thing they ever wanted, as most of America's indigenous people, have always desired, simply respect and America's media and press continue to wipe their feet on them."

In response to the article in Denver Post, Vasicek wrote the following response.

Denver Post article: Sand Creek Massacre Descendants sue Federal Government for Reparations

Dear Mr. Gorski,

Although your article about the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants' Trust law suit for reparations regarding the Sand Creek Massacre is informative, I have to say that I was surprised to see that there were inaccuracies in it.

I wrote, directed and produced "The Sand Creek Massacre", a documentary film that featured Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre sharing their family oral histories with me.  Two Cheyenne and direct Sand Creek Massacre descendants, Southern Cheyenne Chief Laird (Whistling Eagle) Cometsevah and his wife, Colleen, an historian and genealogist, told me that over 400 Cheyenne were murdered at Sand Creek.  They based this figure on what has been known in their families for 150 years.  They also told me that the Arapaho always traveled and camped about 8 miles behind the Cheyenne, so the Arapaho were not at Sand Creek.

Many laugh at this and say the Cometsevah's did not know what they were saying.  Both of them passed on before they could finish their work.  They played an integral role in guiding and directing me while making my film.  The film won 3 best film film festival awards and was cataloged into the Smithsonian Institute Libraries, amongst other things.  Films Media Group has been distributing it in North
America and Asia.

Media and journalists have been using these inaccuracies for years.  It shows no respect for Laird and Colleen.  It's like slapping them in the face.  The only thing they ever wanted, as most of America's
indigenous people, have always desired, simply respect and America's media and press continue to wipe their feet on them.  Until that respect is genuinely exhibited by the media and press, America's indigenous people will continue to be looked upon as second class citizens by most others.

Best Regards,

Donald L. Vasicek

Justice for Leonard Peltier statement read to UN Human Rights Council Geneva

This statement was read to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Friday, July 12, 2013

Human Rights Council
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Sixth session
United Nations, Geneva, 8-12 July 2013

Agenda item 5. Study on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Joint statement submitted by : Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC Regional Chapters European network), Committee in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of the Americas (CSIA-Nitassinan), International Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Incomindios),  Abeitskreis Indianer Nordamerikas (AKIN) ; Arbeitsgruppe Indianer und Menschenrechte (AGIM)

Speaker : Edith PATROUILLEAU

Mr Chairperson,
Access to justice intersects with human rights in a number of ways. It is itself a fundamental right as set out in Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.”. The right to justice for indigenous peoples and individuals is also protected under international law, such as under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the ILO Convention 169 and the Declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Snowden statement to human rights groups in Moscow July 12, 2013

Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport

Friday July 12, 15:00 UTC


Edward Joseph Snowden delivered a statement to human rights organizations and individuals at Sheremetyevo airport at 5pm Moscow time today, Friday 12th July. The meeting lasted 45 minutes. The human rights organizations included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and were given the opportunity afterwards to ask Mr Snowden questions.
The Human Rights Watch representative used this opportunity to tell Mr Snowden that on her way to the airport she had received a call from the US Ambassador to Russia, who asked her to relay to Mr Snowden that the US Government does not categorise Mr Snowden as a whistleblower and that he has broken United States law. This further proves the United States Government’s persecution of Mr Snowden and therefore that his right to seek and accept asylum should be upheld. Seated to the left of Mr. Snowden was Sarah Harrison, a legal advisor in this matter from WikiLeaks and to Mr. Snowden’s right, a translator.Transcript of Edward Joseph Snowden statement, given at 5pm Moscow time on Friday 12th July 2013. (Transcript corrected to delivery)

Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.
It is also a serious violation of the law. The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as illegal, my government argues that secret court rulings, which the world is not permitted to see, somehow legitimize an illegal affair. These rulings simply corrupt the most basic notion of justice – that it must be seen to be done. The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.
I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: "Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."
Accordingly, I did what I believed right and began a campaign to correct this wrongdoing. I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice.
That moral decision to tell the public about spying that affects all of us has been costly, but it was the right thing to do and I have no regrets.
Since that time, the government and intelligence services of the United States of America have attempted to make an example of me, a warning to all others who might speak out as I have. I have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political expression. The United States Government has placed me on no-fly lists. It demanded Hong Kong return me outside of the framework of its laws, in direct violation of the principle of non-refoulement – the Law of Nations. It has threatened with sanctions countries who would stand up for my human rights and the UN asylum system. It has even taken the unprecedented step of ordering military allies to ground a Latin American president’s plane in search for a political refugee. These dangerous escalations represent a threat not just to the dignity of Latin America, but to the basic rights shared by every person, every nation, to live free from persecution, and to seek and enjoy asylum.
Yet even in the face of this historically disproportionate aggression, countries around the world have offered support and asylum. These nations, including Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador have my gratitude and respect for being the first to stand against human rights violations carried out by the powerful rather than the powerless. By refusing to compromise their principles in the face of intimidation, they have earned the respect of the world. It is my intention to travel to each of these countries to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.
I announce today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future. With, for example, the grant of asylum provided by Venezuela’s President Maduro, my asylee status is now formal, and no state has a basis by which to limit or interfere with my right to enjoy that asylum. As we have seen, however, some governments in Western European and North American states have demonstrated a willingness to act outside the law, and this behavior persists today. This unlawful threat makes it impossible for me to travel to Latin America and enjoy the asylum granted there in accordance with our shared rights.
This willingness by powerful states to act extra-legally represents a threat to all of us, and must not be allowed to succeed. Accordingly, I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted. I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably.
If you have any questions, I will answer what I can.
Thank you.
Also see:
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Friday, July 12, 2013: The Guardian
Video News: Snowden meets with human rights groups, will apply for Russian asylum before trying for Latin America RT News

The UN calls for respect for Snowden's right to seek asylum
Democratic Underground

12 de Julio de 2013 | 14:41

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said today that former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has the right to seek asylum and should be protected for disclosing information that violates human rights.
"Snowden's case shows the need to protect people who disclose information that has implications for the respect of human rights and the importance of ensuring respect for the right to privacy," said Pillay said in a statement.
La ONU pide que se respete el derecho de Snowden a solicitar asilo
La Alta Comisionada de Derechos Humanos de la ONU, Navi Pillay, afirmó hoy que el ex analista de la CIA estadounidense Edward Snowden tiene derecho a solicitar asilo y debería ser protegido por haber revelado información que atenta contra los derechos humanos.
"El caso de Snowden muestra la necesidad de proteger a las personas que revelan información que tiene implicaciones en el respeto de los derechos humanos, así como la importancia de asegurar el respeto por el derecho a la privacidad", aseguró Pillay citada en un comunicado.

Amnesty International Meets U.S. Whistleblower Edward Snowden 
Press Release
July 12, 2013
Contact: Carol Gregory,, 202-675-8759, @AIUSAmedia
(WASHINGTON, D.C) - Amnesty International met with U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Friday.
Sergei Nikitin, head of Amnesty International's Moscow office, attended the meeting. Nikitin said:
"Amnesty International was pleased to reiterate our support for Edward Snowden in person. We will continue to pressure governments to ensure his rights are respected - this includes the unassailable right to claim asylum wherever he may choose.
"What he has disclosed is patently in the public interest and as a whistleblower his actions were justified. He has exposed unlawful sweeping surveillance programs that unquestionably interfere with an individual's right to privacy.
"States that attempt to stop a person from revealing such unlawful behavior are flouting international law. Freedom of expression is a fundamental right.
"Instead of addressing or even owning up to these blatant breaches, the US government is more intent on persecuting him. Attempts to pressure governments to block his efforts to seek asylum are deplorable."
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists, and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

American Indian Genocide Museum: Buffalo Soldiers, KKK, and the language of history

American Indians ask Buffalo Soldiers to halt using derogatory terms for Indians
By Steve Melendez, Pyramid Lake Paiute
President, American Indian Genocide Museum

HOUSTON -- The American Indian Genocide Museum and the Southern Apache Museum met today with the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum’s founder, Capt. Paul Matthews.  This historic meeting was moderated by Mr. Peter N. Berkowitz and Mr. Ian Hancock of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.  
The native people expressed their great displeasure with the Buffalo Soldier Museum representatives referring to our ancestors with the term “hostile” because that was a designation given to all Indians who “rejected reservation life." 
Capt. Matthews was shown a picture of a Ku Klux Klan parade in the nation’s capital in 1939 which showed thousands of hooded Klansmen marching down Pennsylvania Ave.  He was asked if people dressed like that, marching down the street would bother him.  His reply was , “I don’t mind, it’s a free country."
When Capt. Matthews  stated that the Buffalo Soldiers chased robbers, thieves and Mexican bandits, he was asked on whose land they were on when they did that, he had no answer.  When Capt. Matthews told how the Buffalo Soldiers also strung telegraph lines, laid railroads, and guarded stage coaches, he was told that that was a lie.  “We didn’t string telegraph lines? How is that a lie?” He was told that it was a lie because it was a half-truth.  He was told that in order to be truthful, he should say, “The Buffalo Soldiers strung telegraph lines on Indian land. They laid railroad tracks on Indian land and that they guarded stage coaches on Indian land.”
The meeting was productive as far as the Buffalo Soldiers  Museum no longer using the term “hostile” or any other inflammatory words when referring to the Indians, especially in the classrooms.  Also, Capt. Matthews offered to allow the Indians to put up a display in the Buffalo Soldiers Museum  to teach  their side of history and for both sides to find common ground that would teach co- existence and tolerance. 

Also see: American Indian Genocide Museum, Buffalo Soldiers and Genocide: Buffalo soldiers with US soldiers at Wounded Knee:

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