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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Longest Walk 4 on West 50 into the Rockies!




Thanks to Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone long walker, for sharing his photos with Censored News!
Today, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, the walkers were walking west from Canon City, Colorado, on that beautiful stretch, and into the Rockies.
On Monday, Longest Walk 4 honored Saa swanis his wags (Robert Buckskin) who was co-head of security on the 1978 Longest Walk.
The walkers are in need of a stay place in Green River, Utah. The Longest Walk 4 e-mail is Wabus44@gmail.com and the cell is 202-436-6576
The walkers are headed to Monarch Pass, enroute to Grand Junction on Hwy 50, and on to Utah, Nevada and Alcatraz. More www.returntoalcatraz.com

Mohawk John Kane 'We are not alone'

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We are not alone

By John Kane, Mohawk

A few things are clear from the events of the past week. The first is that we are not alone. The Mi’kmaq who are standing against fracking for natural gas in Elsipogtog do so not just with the courage of their own convictions but also with support from places diverse in geography, culture and ethnicity.


Social media have made it much easier to reach across time and space. We are connecting with our Native relations from the Mohawks to the Lakota, but also the Paiute, Ojibwe, Kumeyaay and hundreds of Native people familiar and unfamiliar to us all. We may not form an ever-ready unified military force, but that is not where our strength will ever be—nor should it.
Our strengths are in each of the territories or regions that we live. For some, it is seizing the moment to take our own stand on a parallel issue that strengthens the fight for each. For others, it is simply using whatever field of play we find ourselves in to raise awareness, make a statement and build support.
As I wove the information on the raid at Elsipogtog into my previously arranged interviews in Albany, N.Y. on public radio and cable news, I was surprised at the interest that was piqued.
And as I listened to public radio on my drive back across the state from Albany to Cattaraugus, I was moved by an interview with a local non-Native elected official in New Brunswick who said,
“God bless the First Nations.” This gentleman went on to describe how municipal leaders had voted almost unanimously for a moratorium of shale gas exploration in New Brunswick because of their concerns with hydrofracking.
He suggested that only the Native protesters were having success fighting this affront to land, water and the life of the region, because his own federal government was working against the interests of the municipal governments. These local elected officials were standing side by side with the Native protesters, quite literally in some cases. The one official I was listening to on the radio took a shot to the leg from one of the RCMP’s “non-lethal” weapons while at the site.
While we face many enemies in our fight for sovereignty, more and more non-Native activists are coming to the conclusion that as Pamela Palmater once stated on my show, Natives may be the last best hope for anyone interested in saving the planet.
Many of us hold onto some very specific iconic images from events of the past. There’s the Warrior vs. soldier faceoff from Oka, and Richard Nicolas standing with a rifle raised in his hand on a flipped over SQ van from the same conflict. But images these days come quicker than ever, and they travel the globe at lightning speed. Think of the images coming from the Elsipogtog conflict: among them are some of the most compelling images of the last few decades. My good friend Gregg Deal may have helped immortalize one of them with his latest poster created for the “Honor the Treaties” project from the photo image of a woman holding an eagle feather kneeling in front of a line of heavily armed RCMP. Gregg, a Pyramid Lake Paiute, worked feverishly to get this new creation completed and posted on social media as soon as possible.
From Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal to cities across New York State and the US, activism on various platforms of social media has taken hold. As I sit here banging on my keyboard I see a picture pop up on a Facebook post from Hollywood, California of actor Adam Sandler holding a sign that reads, “We Support Elsipogtog.”
We don’t need to win everyone over, but as more people from outside our Native communities come to realize they need us, we gain both increased support and an increased responsibility.
We are not alone, and in the words of Uncle Ben Parker, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
Our people are still looked at in racist and condescending ways, as the mainstream coverage of Elsipogtog shows. Those with solid control of the mainstream media are among them, but social media gives us a fighting chance to even the playing field. If we play it right and refuse to let anyone hijack our message or misappropriate our power and responsibility, we may yet see major shifts in policies.
The Mi’kmaq of Elsipogtog have made us all proud. And I for one feel stronger than ever when fighting for our land, water, women and children.
– John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk, a national commentator on Native American issues, hosts “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane,” ESPN-AM 1520 in Buffalo, Sundays, 9-11 p.m. He is a frequent guest on WGRZ-TV’s (NBC/Buffalo) “2 Sides” and “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter” in Albany. John’s “Native Pride” blog can be found atwww.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com. He also has a very active "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook.
First published in Two Row Times, reposted with permission at Censored News.

From Liz Hill: Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am pleased to send you John Kane's latest column for the "Two Row Times," a weekly newspaper serving Six Nations, New Credit and Ohkwehon:we people everywhere. The "Two Row Times" is poised to become the most influential and well read Native news publication in Ontario. It provides a space for Native opinions, such as John's, to thrive. This week, John explores one of his favorite topics: the lie that is the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.
Remember to tune in to John's weekly two-hour radio show, "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane," which airs Sundays from 9 to 11 p.m. EDT in the Buffalo, NY area. His show can be heard on ESPN-1520 AM. You can also access the live stream on John's website www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com. The station/show is also available on the Tune In app for smart phones. John's shows are archived, generally the next morning, and can be found on his website. Meanwhile, please know that you are always welcome to join in the conversation with John on his show at (716) 803-1520.
John appreciates your feedback and is grateful for your your support. He can be reached at jmkane1220@aol.com .
With best regards, Liz Hill

AIM West Conference November 2013

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UPDATE
Monday's live coverage from AIM West 2013

By Tony Gonzales

Friends and relations of AIM Grand Governing Council, I wish to also extend an invitation for you to participate at our annual AIM West Coast Conference, or summit, starting on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 and 26, at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco (on Mission between 10 and 11 St).  

The conference will be held from 9-6 pm daily. Don’t forget we also host an annual feast, Unthanksgiving Dinner, Wednesday, November 27, where the Eagle meets the Condor, at the Baha’i Center, 175 Valencia Street. Thursday, November 28, is the annual Sun Rise gathering at Alcatraz Island. Try to stay for our 2nd Annual Red and Blues Concert, Friday, November 29, at the Brava Theater, in the Mission.

When:  November 25-26;
Where:  Center of Institute for Integral Studies 
              1453 Mission Street (between 10th & 11)
               San Francisco, CA 94103
Time:  9 am to 6 pm daily
              San Francisco, Ca. 94103
              www.ciis.edu 

Firstly, we assemble to hear reports from delegates or representatives with pressing issues from various regions. The general information and empirical data delivered to the august body is to further provide an analyses to reach common ground, and to strategize and conclude certain resolutions together for change.  Other topics will include useful information on issues, resource, development and networking, use of the media, funding sources and sustainability, and other relevant data.  While other topics may be covered or on-going, the focus is on where and how to apply tactics for leveraging power, with a human rights based approach.

Another topic may include a critical review of whether the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, is being applied and implemented on the ground, with transparency, or is the political will lacking on the part of governments; and what alternatives plans or or is there a parallel conference during the United Nations hosting a special plenary in New York, September 2014 for world's Indigenous peoples? An international report will also be a part of this presentation.

Other national topics for discussion may be the review of the US Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978.  The recent Supreme Court Decision with regard to the Dustin Brown case literally throw the ICWA under the bus! And how Dustin's daughter was found not allowed to be with him, will be discussed.  A report may be provided by advocates on what or how to amend the Act, or next steps, for the ICWA to be taken seriously and prevent further abuse and theft of our children by the law.

The attention or traction generated by the use of Indians as mascots in baseball and football in the news media recently, coupled with activism and attention given by major media networks, including the US President himself speaking against discrimination in sports, and with petitions circulating on the internet should not be overlooked.  Indeed, we should take advantage to harness the energy and focus on a catalytic moment to have a face to face approach with those responsible parties.

These are just some of the huge topics that require our attention. Perhaps you have some concerns for us to consider on the agenda?  Please send them to me.  Mark your calendars now!  We are low budgeted and limited on how best to provide assistance to guests and delegates from out of town.  

AIM members, chapters, affiliates, friends, allies, and public who support the rights of Indigenous peoples to self-determination are all invited to come and contribute your ideas. A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provide with community support.

Additionally, plan to stay for our annual UN-thanksgiving feast/dinner and cultural program to be held on Wednesday, 27th from 12 to 6 pm, at the Baha'i Center, 175 Valencia St. San Francisco.  Thursday, November 28 is the annual Alcatraz Sun Rise Gathering at pier #33 (4 am!) 

And finally, for the second year, a benefit for AIM-WEST, on Friday, November 29, Native American Day, the annual Red n Blues concert! And back for another performance our headliner "Twice as Good" also with "Dr. T and the Blues Bandits" including the Bay area's own "Bob Brown Project" all at the Brava Women's Center for the Arts, 2781 24th Street in San Francisco.
Tickets on sale at www.brava.org 

Thank you for your attention, see you soon, all my relatives!

Antonio Gonzales
AIM-WEST director


Antonio Gonzales, AIM-WEST Director