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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, July 15, 2013

Yakama/Umatilla fishing rights activist threatened with arrest for traditional cultural camp

Sid Mills at Occupation of Wounded Knee/Photo Owen Luck
Hundreds prepare to go to jail to establish Meadow Creek Indian Camp
By Censored News
Sid Mills, Yakama/Umatilla tribes, long time frontline fishing rights and other indigenous sovereignty movement leader was harassed and threatened by US Forest cops with arrest on Saturday July 13, 2013.
Sid is notable as one of the frontline activists who fought with the Franks Landing Indian Community, which was recently noted by President Obama in his speech at the December 2012 meeting with tribal leaders at the White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/06/president-obama-hosts-nations-tribal-leaders . (The activist of Franks Landing!)
Sid was threatened with jail for trying to reestablish a traditional cultural camp in the Indian Heaven Wilderness Area surrounded by the US Gifford National Forest in Washington State.  The camp is called Meadow Creek Indian Camp and is within the Handshake Treaty area.
The traditional huckleberry picking area of many northwest tribes in it is located between 4 volcanoes, Mt Rainer, Mt St Helene, Mt Hood and Mt Adams. On Saturday 7/13/13 there was a bust by Forest Service cops who also called county Sheriffs, threatened to take Sid to jail for reestablishing traditional and cultural camp without a permit.  
As president of the Native American Church for the Washington state area, he and 20 others were preparing for the yearly gathering for ceremonies in the mountains. This yearly event brings  hundreds of indigenous people from all over the Northwest and as far as Mexico to practice and exercise cultural and spiritual ways at the end of July.
Now hundreds are preparing to attend the ceremonies and are also preparing to go to jail to exercise the spiritual and cultural rights in the usual and accustomed sites. Pictures to follow. Sid Mills is a decorated Vietnam veteran and is over 80% disabled from being blown up by mortar fire, which left him with one lung. Now impaired further with diabetes, he and others are preparing to once again exercise human/indigenous rights to practice cultural and spiritual ways at all costs. Sid fought as an Indigenous man in the armed forces only to be denied his own rights. The cops realized after threatening to take all 50 Indians to jail, that this was not going to happen, as they were all ready to call them on it. So citations to appear in Federal court for destruction of federal property and being there without a permit were handed to him. A tree was cut and hole dug in the ground.
Sid had attempted to get assistance from the US Forest Service, after President Obama issued the MOU to protect sacred sites and access to the top Federal agencies (http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/federal-agencies-announce-action-plan-to-guide-protection-of-indian-sacred-sites.cfm) by holding a meeting with the supervisor of the US Forest service for the northwest. But the supervisor undermined his efforts and compared them to the Rainbow family gathering in the US Forests, and further added that Indians had no special rights because they were also immigrants to the land. Never once did she acknowledge the President's MOU, which had been provided to them, as well as a list of other congressional and international acts regarding cultural and spiritual rights of indigenous people. While the President might make a nice written MOU, it’s the white folks in agencies like the US Forest Service that maintain ignorance and racism. Of all the people the supervisor could have brought to the meeting, like a cultural liaison, she choose to bring the head cop for the Forest service, breaking the spirit of her boss President Obama's MOU.

O'odham protest US Border Patrol disruption of ceremonies

US Border Patrol told to halt disruption of O'odham ceremonies


Update:
The second protest against the US Border Patrol received support from those passing by on Friday, July 26, 2013. The third protest will be held in Why, Arizona near the Border Patrol station, in the area close to Ajo, on Aug. 2.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/07/oodham-protest-us-border-patrol.html

SELLS, Arizona -- The O'odham Voice against the Wall will protest the US Border Patrol invasion of their lands, and disruption of their ceremonies on Tuesday, July 16, and Friday, July 26, 2013.

"Our message is that we as traditional O'odham are still here, carrying out the ceremonies and maintaining the balance," said Ofelia Rivas, O'odham founder of O'odham Voice against the Wall.

During this time of O'odham ceremonies, traditional O'odham are demanding a halt to the interference of O'odham ceremonies by US Border Patrol agents.

Rivas said traditional O'odham said there should be no US Border Patrol interference with the ceremonial O'odham deer hunt, including helicopter flyovers by the US Border Patrol and other immigration agents.

Ofelia Rivas protests Salt River Project/Photo Indigenous Action Media
O'odham are demanding a halt to the spotlighting by US Border Patrol agents during their ceremonies, Rivas told Censored News.

During May and June, the Tohono O'odham government approved the 15th US spy tower on sovereign Tohono O'odham land, and the expansion of lands for US Border Patrol occupation.

Rivas said supporters are asked to join O'odham for the protest from 10 am until 2 pm on July 16 and July 26, west of Three Points on Highway 86, near the illegal Border Patrol checkpoint near the Tohono O'odham border.

Rivas said water and fresh fruit for protesters would be appreciated.

Read more:
Tohono O'odham Nation approves 15th US spy tower, expands lands for US Border Patrol occupation:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/07/tohono-oodham-council-approves-15th-us.html
O'odham Solidarity Project
http://tiamatpublications.com/

Dutch translation by Alice Holemans
The NAIS GAZETTE
De ‘O’odham Voice against the Wall’ wil dinsdag 16 juli en vrijdag 26 juli 2013 protesteren  tegen de invasie van hun land en verstoring van hun ceremoniën door de US grenspolitie.
Ofelia Rivas, stichter van 'O’odham Voice against the Wall’ zegt :“Onze boodschap is dat wij als traditionele O’odham nog steeds hier zijn, onze ceremoniën uitoefenen en het evenwicht in stand houden”.
“De traditionele O’odham eisen dat grenspatrouilles en andere immigranten jagers stoppen met het verstoren van de ceremoniële  hertenjacht met hun helikopters .” Zei Rivas aan Censored News.
Tijdens de maanden mei en juni keurde de Tohono O’odham overheid de 15de US spionnen toren op soeverein Tohono O’odham land, en de uitbreiding van land voor bezetting door de US grenspatrouilles goed.
Rivers roept op tot solidariteit voor de protestacties die zullen doorgaan op16 en 26 juli ten westen van Three Points op Highway 86, nabij de illegale grens -controlepost nabij de Tohono 0’odham grens.
O’odham solidariteits project
http://tiamatpublications.com/

Tohono O'odham Council approves 15th US spy tower, expansion of Border Patrol

US spy tower on Tohono O'odham land

Censored News Exclusive

Tohono O'odham Council approves 15th US spy tower on sovereign land, expansion of US Border Patrol occupation

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

SELLS, Ariz. -- The Tohono O'odham Nation has approved the lease of more of its sovereign land for US Border Patrol units and a 15th US spy tower on sovereign Tohono O'odham land. O'odham human rights activists say they have been oppressed and stalked by the tribal government because the tribal government has been coopted by the United States government.

The Tohono O'odham Legislative Council approved the use of the US military in the construction of the 15th spy tower on sovereign O'odham land, according to the May 7, 2013 resolution, despite O'odham protests over the militarization of their lands.

The Tohono O'odham Council also approved expansion of the US Border Patrol station in the San Miguel area, and waived its right to a fair market value assessment of the land. The Border Patrol station will be expanded from two to five acres. The expansion includes an operating station for spy towers, helicopter pad, fuel station, lighting and more, according to the tribe's resolution of June 10, 2013.

Three days earlier, on June 7, 2013, the Tohono O'odham Council approved the expansion of the US Border Patrol station at Papago Farms from two to five acres. The same waiver of a fair market assessment of the land was waived. The expansion includes communications for spy towers, fuel stations, helicopter pad and lighting.

The Tohono O'odham Council approved the use of three acres at Pisinemo/Kupk/Dirtburn site for US Border Patrol use, according to a second resolution on June 7. The site, which would include housing, helicopter pad, and more, was approved in secret last year. Many O'odham in the area said they were unaware of it.

O'odham human rights activists say both the Tohono O'odham government and Homeland Security have ignored the abuse and stalking inflicted on them by US Border Patrol agents. The documentation includes unjustified beatings of O'odham and US agents harassing and abusing O'odham women. Further, as seen in the photo, US Border Patrol agents' spy cameras are pointed at traditional O'odham homes, and not the border.

Meanwhile, US Border Patrol agents continue to smuggle drugs and work for the drug cartels in the area. Although numerous US Border Patrol agents have been arrested and convicted of drug smuggling and conspiracy, including serving as spotters for the cartels, the mainstream media has censored those arrest reports. Further, US Border Patrol agents have literally gotten away with murder in the shooting deaths of Mexican teens throwing rocks.

While the abuse of O'odham continues, corporations are profiteering from the migrant hysteria propagated by the media. This hysteria is spun by Arizona politicians and their lobbyists who are funded by these corporations, including border wall builders, spy tower builders and private prison operators.

Mohawks from the northern border are among those who have come to the southern border to support O'odham who are protesting the abuse by the US Border Patrol, and violations of sovereignty being carried out by the tribal government in collusion with the US government.

Tohono O'odham resolution screen captures by Censored News, double click on images to enlarge:

The Tohono O'odham Council approved the US Border Patrol to expand in San Miguel and Papago Farms, from two to five acres:
Tohono O'odham Council waives appraisal of the land for US Border Patrol



 Tohono O'odham Council approves 15th US spy tower on sovereign Tohono O'odham land


Tohono O'odham Council approves use of US military to construct US spy towers on sovereign land, despite protest by O'odham human rights activists



To repost this article, contact Brenda Norrell, brendanorrell@gmail.com for permission.
Copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News







Survival International: Sacred object returned to Hopi after shameful Paris auction

Sacred object handed back to Hopi tribe after ‘shameful’ Paris auction 15 July 2013

Photo: The katsina was handed over to Hopi chairman and religious leaders by lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreiber and Survival International's Jean Patrick Razon (no photography was allowed during the handover itself).
© Survival
In a historic handover ceremony, an object sacred to the Hopi people has been returned to Hopi after dozens of katsinam (‘friends’) were sold at a Paris auction house in April 2013 despite repeated requests and litigation.
Representatives of tribal rights organization Survival International and lawyer Pierre Servan-Schreiber returned the katsina to Hopi.
The katsinam are of cultural and religious significance to the Hopi, who were vehemently opposed to the auction and asked the Paris auction house Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou to cancel the sale on the grounds that the objects are considered sacred to Hopi.
Read more at Survival Internationalhttp://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9360