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Friday, September 6, 2013

Remembering Martin Luther King: The Dream vs. COINTELPRO

50 Years After Dr. King: The NSA is Developing Tools to Prevent New Movements for Social Justice and Individual Freedoms
NSA Cyber CommandDr.Martin Luther King was targeted by the U.S. Government’s COINTELPRO, which used intelligence and surveillance technologies of the day, as well as infiltration and violence ... 

By Carl Messineo
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund Legal Director 
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Winston Smith, the protagonist in Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 spent much of his time writing in his diary in the one corner of his flat which the Government’s mass surveillance technologies could not reach. It was his only vestige of privacy from government spying.
The NSA intends to deny each of us even a corner of privacy where our intimate communications, personal and political associations and transactions cannot be scooped up and warehoused systematically by government technology.
Today the New York Times and The Guardian reported that U.S. and British intelligence have, covertly and/or with the approval of Internet and technology companies, inserted secret vulnerabilities or “back doors” into the encryption software we use every day. The financial scope of this operation code-named “Bull Run” is over 10 times that which is expended on the notorious PRISM domestic spying program. The documents establishing this come from disclosures made by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The target of this and related programs?, Skype, Hotmail, Google, Yahoo, Facebook. The intent is to subvert every form of commercial encryption, the encryption algorithms used to transmit and protect your banking transactions, to store medical information, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and more.

Watch: HEENETIINEYOO3EIHIIHO' Language Healers

Language Healers: New Film on Native Language Revitalization Efforts

Shared from Cultural Survival

From Alaska to Oklahoma and Wisconsin to Montana, we witness stories about the importance of saving Native American languages and meet some of the people who are working hard to heal these national treasures.
Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho' (Language Healers) is perhaps one of the first films to focus upon the work the broader Native community is doing now to revitalize their languages. We learn about the importance of Native languages and cultures in Alaska from a Yup’ik dog musher and then from a Tlingit carver of wood and metal. The film then takes us to a school in Wisconsin where we hear the story of a seventh grade girl who was recently punished for speaking a few words of the Menominee language. We learn more about the fight against language loss through visiting a Euchee (Yuchi) immersion school in Oklahoma where only four fluent elder speakers remain. Finally, we travel to Montana where an inventive professor has been perfecting a method to quickly save these disappearing national treasures.
HEENETIINEYOO3EIHIIHO' (Language Healers) Trailer from Brian McDermott on Vimeo.
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Kansas Wetlands Walkers Back on Trail, Trail of Death of Potawatomie

Wetlands Walkers Back on Trail

Furthering Efforts to Protect Native American Sacred Places

By Millicent Pepion, Blackfeet and Navajo
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PLYMOUTH, Indiana:  On May 13th last year students from several universities left Kansas on a two-month journey to Washington, DC, to save the Wakarusa Wetlands, Lawrence’s only remaining indigenous wetland prairie, from becoming the South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT). They referred to their journey as the Trail of Broken Promises and beginning this September they will continue to endorse the protection of Native American sacred places by traveling with the Trail of Death Association’s 6th Commemorative Caravan. This caravan marks the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Trail of Death in which more than 850 Citizen Band Potawatomie Indians were forcefully removed from their home in Plymouth, and relocated to Osawatomie, Kansas. Last year the walkers walked the entire trail in reverse on their way to DC.
The Trail of Broken Promises members attending this year’s caravan are hoping that Congress will adopt the Protection of Native American Sacred Places Act, an amendment to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (1978) which would, “provide a right of action for the protection of Native American sacred places.” In order to continue their efforts they will be asking onlookers to write directly to President Barack Obama about this issue as they will have over 200 stamped postcards addressed to the President. “When we ended our journey last year in Washington, D.C. we had the opportunity to meet with Suzan Harjo, author of the Native American Sacred Places Act. She informed us that sending postcards to our elected officials would get their attention. We, however, only want one person’s attention and that is, of course, President Barack Obama. He is, after all, the Great Black Chief in Washington,” stated Millicent Pepion, Lead Coordinator of the Trail of Broken Promises.
Last year’s journey, a primarily on-foot trek, attempted to address the difficulty of preserving Native American sacred places within Indian Country and across the nation by raising awareness of the Wakarusa Wetlands. Prompted by the proposed highway construction through the wetland area behind Haskell Indian Nations University’s campus, the students traveled 21 days on the 1838 Potawatomie Trail of Death route to show appreciation to communities maintaining markers of remembrance. This year Ms. Pepion will walk at least ten miles a days to honor the Potawatomie people and all nations who withstood similar journeys. With the highway construction underway through the Wakarusa Wetlands the Trail of Broken Promises members hope to show that it’s not too late for other sacred places.
The Native American Sacred Places Act has been approved by the National Congress of the American Indians. NCAI promised the walkers last year that if they could find one tribe to adopt the draft piece of legislation they would enact a resolution immediately so that places such as the Wakarusa Wetlands can be enjoyed for the next seven generations.
The wetlands adjoin Haskell Indian Nations University, and have been used for ceremony, prayer, and education since Haskell’s founding as an Indian boarding school in 1884. 
“Fighting to save the Wakarusa Wetlands extends beyond our campus,” said Mike Ofor, a student walker on the Trail of Broken Promises. “Our journey recognizes all Native Americans and all sacred places left vulnerable to developers’ agenda.” 
This year that same spirit lives on.
To sign their online petition or for more information about how you can get involved please visit:   

Contact: Millicent Pepion
Phone 480.258.2930

Winona LaDuke 'Honor the Earth to Ride Pipeline'

onor the Earth to Ride Pipeline

Waatebagaa-Giizis (Leaves Changing Moon) 1, 2013

By Winona LaDuke
Dear Friends,

This fall, I am going to stand up against big oil, and I need your help. I am going to join with my brothers and sisters to say no to tar sands oil, no to dirty coal and fracking, and yes to a future which will nourish us. Please join us – we need your support.

This fall, I am inviting you to join us in this battle, which we are sure is the struggle to protect our Mother Earth, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and renew our covenant with both the Creator, and the generations to come. We are going to work very hard this year :

1. To oppose the expansion of tar sands and fracking imports (in particular
the Enbridge Pipelines in Minnesota)

2. To support the Lakota nation in it’s opposition to the KXL pipeline, which crosses their territory.

This is my invitation to you. My sister and I, joined by friends, are going to ride our horses along the Enbridge Pipeline route, as it passes through our l855 treaty area, as it passes our precious lakes rivers, wetlands, and towns – which are already burdened by high rates of cancer related to pesticides and oil. We are going to pray with our horses, and send that oil back to Canada and North Dakota in our prayers, and we are going to pray for safety.

We are going to talk to people along the way who will want to have their voices heard. We are going to have a spiritual ride to send that power back, and we are going to have an educational moment to inform landowners and towns, as well as our tribal nations, as to the actual possible impact of this pipeline. We will ride at the end of September, just a few of us, but we will have more who will support us.

At the same time, our brothers and sisters of the Lakota Nation will ride their horses in the land not yet tarnished by a pipeline – that is Lakota territory. This is a prairie once full of 250 species of grass and 50 million buffalo. It does not need a tar sands pipeline. And the people who live in the north near the Athabascan River, do not want to see more mining done.

There will be around 5 of us riding here in Anishinaabe Akiing, but the Lakota people are a horse culture, and will be riding together with 20 or more. Their ride will span 200 miles – against the flow of dirty tar sands oil to their land.

They will ride from the Rosebud to the Cheyenne River. They will ride between two
proposed man camps, because they do not want the camps to threaten their women and children, and they do not want the oil. We wish to support them, and
we wish to bring our prayers to the land.

We will ride two times. And we will oppose the devastation that the proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline would cause in our home community of White Earth. We will be working in coordination with partner organizations and allies to launch a media campaign and public education effort against the Alberta Clipper expansion and the Sandpiper pipelines. We will also join our Lakota relatives to ride in the west.

Our plan is to pair our media work with both the rental of two billboards on Highway 2 and I-35, and a speaking tour through our northern communities, which will feature impacted peoples from the Kalamazoo spill and community leaders from our land. This will draw attention to the Enbridge and Sandpiper proposed expansions in northern Minnesota.

We will consider a similar billboard in South Dakota regarding the Keystone XL pipeline.

We will continue our grassroots organizing and advocacy around the issues that disturb our Mother Earth. Please consider joining us. The terrain is large and our hearts and courage are in this struggle. But we need your help. This work needs funding.

So, I am asking you to consider a donation, to sponsor these rides, and support our media and educational work. I am asking you to consider pledging per-mile that I ride, and doing that with our Paypal online, or mail a check to the address listed on our website. We need your support.

Please help by donating to Honor the Earth today

Mohawk Nation News 'Peace Spreading'


MNN. Sept. 6, 2013. The Syrians of all walks of life are camping to protect the land where US bombs are to be dropped. Strong indications are the Bankers’ Fuhrer, President Obama, will be impeached! If there is no war, the US economy will crash. The 1973 War Powers Act gives him right to attack if he notifies Congress.
Ahhhhhh!, Putin, I am the US President and I tell you what to do!"
Ahhhhhh!, Putin, I am the US President and I tell you what to do!”

A long time ago our Indigenous women said, “No more war”. Then peace came. All Indigenous agreed to follow the Kaianerekowa, the Great Law of Peace, based on the rules of the natural world. The US constitution was to be based on this law of peace where everyone is equal and has a voice. Instead the Women’s Council was turned into the Senate, then 51% consensus rule, half the mind instead of all becoming of one mind. Then a hierarchical dictator was put over them by the bankers.
Women of the world can stop war!
Women of the world can stop war!
Obama has to borrow money from the G20 members for his “legally” declared personal war. Canada donated $45 million from our ever-growing $385 trillion Indian Trust Fund for Obama’s war to continue. As much damage will be done as fast as possible. We never authorized any spending, which continues the war. We are seeing the last emperor and the Corporation of War that was set up in 1871 under the Appropriations Act. 
At the G20 meeting, Russian Prime Minister Putin asked the US: If it turns out that the armed rebels are the ones who used weapons of mass destruction, what will the US do with them and their sponsors? Will the US stop supplying them with arms and fight against them? Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said International laws are being violated. Any party resorting to chemical warfare should accept responsibility for it.                
tree for everyoneWe are the Eagle on top of the Tree of Peace screaming that danger is threatening our own peace. As Jimi Hendrix sang: “You got my pride hanging out of my bed/You’re messing with my life/So I bought my lead/You’re even messing with my children/And you’re screaming at my wife. Get off of my back if you want to get out of here alive. Freedom. That’s what I want. Freedom. That’s what I need. Freedom to live. Freedom so I can give”.  “Freedom”. Jimi Hendrix.
See Video: Syrian Rebel Admits Using Chemical Weapons Posted byKryptographic on September 5, 2013 at 9:01pm in Impending Attack on Syria 

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Longest Walk 4 Kansas City here they come!

By Brenda Norrell
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Central Missouri (Sept. 5, 2013) -- Michael Lane, on the Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz focused on Indigenous sovereignty, said Day 53 on the five-month walk was a rough one.
"Tough 28 miles today; very weary and thankfully rest day tomorrow. Honored Amelia Lorueiro and her family, as she passed away the other day. She was a strong supporter of this Walk as well as 2008 and 1978 from the Klamath Nation, and was also a big part of the Oakland Indian community before moving back to Chiloquin," Lane said.
On Friday, the walkers were moving camp to Finger Lake State Park in Missouri, as they continue their path toward Kansas City.

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