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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bad Bear's Photos: Long Walk 4 Lamar, Colorado

Photos by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone long walker. Thank you!

Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz will reach Pueblo, Colorado, on Friday. After six straight days of walking 30 miles each day, the walkers will have a gathering on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Pueblo Library, followed by a potluck. The walkers will be walking through Pueblo on Sunday, Oct. 20, and hope others in Colorado will join them from Denver, Colorado Springs and other towns.


The Browning of the Greens

WHAT: Protest of Jerry Brown receiving environmental award
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30-7 - Speeches/Press Conference at 6
WHERE: Le Parc Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin St. San Francisco  

By Donald Goldmacher

On Thursday, October 17, approximately 200 California residents will be outside Le Parc Hotel in San Francisco protesting the Blue Green Alliance’s honoring of Governor Jerry Brown with its Right Stuff Award. In particular, the protest will focus on Brown’s support for fracking, a massive twin tunnels project and his emissions trading scheme. The protest was organized by a group of individuals unaffiliated with national environmental organizations who were galvanized by Brown’s most recent assault on the environment: the green lighting of fracking in California. 

Honoring Horse Nation: Dine' Trail Ride to Tuba City Fair Photos

Kris Barney
Photos by Kris Barney, Dine'. Thanks for sharing with Censored News!

By Leland Grass

Traditionally "Sacred" means left unharmed, undisturbed and unexposed to desecration. (If disturbed, it will hurt back.) But for those in politics, it means "to control it." Their point of view is that sacred is to be placed in a box or removed. Navajo Nation is claiming they can not have sacred being on the reservation do to its damages on land. Navajo Nation to the Horse: It was blamed for forage and water shortage and drought, too sacred to starve or disease to take a toll on them, an order for it to be removed off the reservation never to return. 
Now, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly reversed its claim on the horse issues, and said that is a Land management problem. So is there a drought, or a management problem, or both? Erny Zah, states in the last newspaper interview, "we had a whole lot of rain but we are still in a drought state." The Navajo Nation is not at all on one page. Erny Zah says this, and Navajo Nation President Shelly says it differently, then Erny Zah address is the opposite, Their reaction leaving the Dine' people in mixed feelings and lost. What you think the Chapter houses officials are thinking now? I know, they don't give a dam, except to get paid, that's about it. Do we want those leaders to be our leaders again. Ben Shelly did enough damage without a plan or survey to back him up. Many people got their emotions played with and even physical hurt to them and also the animals. There are not 75,000 feral horses as they claim, with only 1,500 horses capture. This includes the horses that were being domestically taken care of, and were taken out of the Dine' peoples' corral, this made the number. Animal cruelty is evident from Navajo Nation President and the administration in the last two months of the Horse round up. How is he going repay that? Last time I checked there was a law about animal cruelty in the federal government. The Horse Nation has a law of its own by the holy people who made them.

Mohawk John Kane 'Change the Name or End the Genocide'

John Kane

By John Kane, Mohawk
Censored News

Change the Name or End the Genocide?
To suggest there are many and far more pressing issues facing Native people than being exploited and insulted by sports teams is an obvious understatement. Should the NFL franchise from the capital of one of the world’s superpowers change its name? Of course it should. As should all those high school, college and pro sports teams that appropriate their image of us as though we are a dead part of their history.

The spin masters in Indian country

Fraud and Deception in Indian Country Media

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

When you've been in the news business a long time, some things become very clear. Flashy tribal politicians use backroom press writers to write their scripts. This leads to their popularity, resulting in more oil and gas drilling like that in North Dakota, and more dirty coal energy like that on the Navajo Nation. It means more displacement, disease and death. 
Politicians in Indian country -- both tribal and US politicians like Arizona Congressman John McCain -- rely on green and gullible news reporters to carry out their schemes and misinformation campaigns. 
The choice of words is paramount in media disinformation campaigns. Here's two of those orchestrated campaigns: The use of the word "gaming," instead of 'gambling' which signals addiction, and the words "water settlement" instead of the words "theft of Indian water rights for non-Indians." 
Without water, no one can survive. The real message of these news stories in Arizona is: "Arizona needs water for swimming pools and golf courses, and dirty coal energy for electricity which is poisoning Navajoland, for unsustainable lifestyles in the desert."
To push forward dirty energy schemes, there is always the promise of jobs with no mention of the diseases and deaths that will result for grassroots people, or the poisoning of the air, water and land. The national mainstream news relies on the corporations and the words of their spin masters which seal these deadly deals. 
National news reporters rely on their friends, their buddies in high places, to give them scoops. They are focused on their next story and usually don't worry about grassroots people one way or another.
The national Indian country reporters, like those at Indian Country Today Media Network, usually rely on plagiarism, or a brief phone call, and are rarely present on any news story across the nation. If you are not present, then you do not know the truth. To conceal the fact that you are not present, is deceit. To do this for a lifetime is fraud.
The National Congress of American Indians has the opportunity to make a difference, as does the United Nations. But will either of these rise to high standards and work to implement real solutions for future generations?
Or, are both of these, as Russell Means often said, "Just another dog and pony show." And these days, those shows are bringing in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in non-profit grants for administrators who use the suffering of grassroots Indigenous Peoples for their secret paychecks.

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 31 years. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she reported for Navajo Times, AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored and terminated. As a result, she created Censored News, now in its 8th year, with 2.6 million views and no advertising or grants.

Bad Bear's Classic Car Collection Long Walk 4 Photos

Photo by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Longest Walk 4

On the Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz, Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone long walker, shares his photos from the road with Censored News, Lamar, Colorado, Oct. 15, 2013. Thank you!

Bad Bear's song for these photos: 
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