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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Watch trailer 'The Cherokee Word for Water'

Cast from The Cherokee Word for Water 


Published on Jun 27, 2013
The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word for Water begins in the homes of a small town in rural Oklahoma where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. The movie is told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap who join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the townspeople to trust each other, to trust their way of thinking, and to spark a reawakening of the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. This project also inspired a self-help movement in Indian Country that continues to this day.

The movie is dedicated to Wilma Mankiller's vision, compassion and incredible grace.
Synopsis:
Set in the early 1980s, The Cherokee Word for Water begins in the homes of a small town in rural Oklahoma where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. The movie is told from the perspective of Wilma Mankiller and full-blood Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap who join forces to battle opposition and build a 16-mile waterline system using a community of volunteers. In the process, they inspire the townspeople to trust each other, to trust their way of thinking, and to spark a reawakening of the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. This project also inspired a self-help movement in Indian Country that continues to this day. The movie is dedicated to Wilma Mankiller's vision, compassion and incredible grace.
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The Cherokee Word for Water
USA  92 min • Rated PG
Starring:
Mo Brings Plenty as "Charlie Soap"
Kimberly Guerrero as "Wilma Mankiller"
Steve Reevis as "Johnson Soap"
Darryl Tonemah as "Chief Ross Swimmer"
Zahn McClarnon as "Deputy Jackson"
Oren Lyons as "Grandfather" (Charlie Soap's Grandfather)
Ben Livingston as "Curly"

Hoopa Valley Tribe intervenes for salmon on Trinity River





Westlands files lawsuit against Trinity water release 

Hoopa Valley Tribe intervenes, urges increased release of water 

"A die-off of Trinity River salmon, if it were to occur again this year, would be very harmful to the many Hoopa tribal members who rely upon these fish." -- Hoopa Valley Chair Danielle Vigil-Masten

by Dan Bacher 
Censored News

The Westlands Water District and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority filed a lawsuit in federal court in Fresno on Wednesday, August 7 in an attempt to stop increased flows on the Trinity River set to begin on August 13. 

The lawsuit alleges that the Bureau of Reclamation's planned releases from Trinity Reservoir to protect salmon in the lower Klamath River would be unlawful and would further cut water available for the growers, causing them "significant and irreparable harm." 

Megaload Blockade Organizing: More Megaloads Headed to Northwest!

Nez Perce megaload blockade
Anti-megaload activists from Northern Rockies Rising Tide are sending out an alert calling on all West Coast/Columbia River activists. 

Breaking news from Northern Rockies Rising Tide (12:22 am Tuesday): "Thirty people just blocked the megaload for about five minutes. No arrests. Lots of cops, not much patience. Lots of good material. 

By Wild Idaho Rising Tide
Dear Comrades,
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) offers its humble gratitude for all of the courageous Nez Perce tribal members and regional supporters who so successfully blockaded and scuttled the Omega Morgan plan to move a 644,000-pound evaporator to Alberta tar sands operations through the wild rivers, forests, and canyons of the Nez Perce homeland.  After crossing Idaho over four nights and meeting the most passionate resistance ever witnessed by such an industrial convoy, the megaload reached Highway 12 milepost 4, just over Lolo Pass in Montana, at 5:30 am on Friday morning, August 8.  Ideally, the Idaho Rivers United/Nez Perce injunction requested on Thursday may take effect this week for the Lochsa-Clearwater wild and scenic river corridor in Idaho.  We have heard that another eight loads are now headed down the Washington coast toward the Port of Wilma, so we are calling on all West Coast/Columbia River activists to report their observations of these shipments.
According to the Montana Department of Transportation and its issued megaload permit, the module cannot travel in the state on Fridays or Saturdays and will move from its current location to the Bonner truck stop on Monday night, August 12.  Northern Rockies Rising Tide (NRRT), No Shipments Network, All Against the Haul, and other anti-megaload activists sent an alert and are organizing a Monday night solidarity protest.  They coordinated an action planning meeting on Saturday afternoon and are asking that, if you can help with organizing or participating in the Monday action, please contact NRRT as soon as possible by email at northernrockiesrisingtide@gmail.com or through the phone number posted in the contact section of the NRRT website.
Thanks to everyone in Idaho and Montana for your ongoing climate, tar sands, and indigenous rights activism.  We urge brave, fellow activists in Montana to rise up against this escalating Big Oil invasion.  WIRT will send you megaload issue updates as timely as possible from the road.
Wild Idaho Rising Tide
P.O. Box 9817, Moscow, Idaho 83843
WildIdahoRisingTide.org & on facebook and Twitter
208-301-8039

US Border Patrol Impunity Must End! Border Patrol Getting Away with Murder!

Border Patrol Impunity Must End!
Mother Demands Justice
Carlos La Madrid loved to play soccer and guitar and was learning to work with solar energy. Image credit: Border Action Network.
By Derechos Humanos
Tucson -- Guadalupe Guerrero, mother of Carlos La Madrid, was informed this past Friday, August 9th, that the murderer of her son, Border Patrol Agent Lucas Tidwell, will not face any criminal charges for the shooting death of Carlos. On March 21, 2011, 19 year-old Carlos Lamadrid was killed by Agent Tidwell in broad daylight. Despite the fact that Carlos had his back to the agent and was halfway up a ladder at the time, Tidwell opened fire, hitting Carlos four times in the back. After being shot, Carlos, still alive, was handcuffed and dragged by Border Patrol agents. It took more than 45 minutes for any medical aid to arrive, and Carlos La Madrid died as a result.