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Monday, November 11, 2013

Leonard Peltier 'Inside Looking Out' Nov. 11, 2013

Inside Looking Out

By Leonard Peltier
Nov. 11, 2013
Greetings my relatives, friends and supporters,

I am communicating to you today to address some of the concerns about the changes that have taken place within the organization that leads the efforts to bring about my freedom. I am referencing the LPDOC as you well know, those of you who are familiar with the organization, there have been changes every two or three years.  Sometimes people feel this is too much and some feel it is too little and this is why I am having this comment sent out. 

The US War on Peacemakers includes Censoring Native Women's Voices

Buffy Sainte Marie
US threatened by peacemakers, spies on and imprisons them

By Brenda Norrell
Dutch translation NAIS

If one reads through the Freedom of Information Act and whistleblower documents, it becomes clear that the US government considers the true peacemakers the biggest threat.
Peace groups are the most spied on and targeted group by the US -- those who work for peace and work against war. The US spies on those who expose the crimes of the US military and those who profiteer by way of US corporations. The US also imprisons the truth tellers and whistleblowers.
The corporate media in Indian country also censors the truth tellers.
Dine' Louise Benally of Big Mountain was censored by Indian Country Today when she compared the war in Iraq to the forced exile of Dine' from their homeland to Fort Sumner. (See censored article below.)
Buffy Sainte Marie was one of those who was forced out of the music business in the US by President Lyndon Johnson, primarily because of her song Universal Soldier and her anti-war stance during the Vietnam War.
This article by Buffy Sainte Marie was censored by Indian Country Today for seven years. When it was finally published in 2006, the information on uranium mining on Pine Ridge was censored by the newspaper.
In the interview at Dine’ College, Buffy Sainte Marie described how President Johnson wrote letters on White House stationery thanking radio stations for not playing her songs. Entire shipments of her records disappeared.
Today the United States drones, computerized killings, targeted assassinations, kidnappings, and torture are among the most censored issues. 
President Obama has exceeded even the Bush administration in the prosecution of whistleblowers and targeted assassinations with drones. These drone killings have murdered women and children. One US teen from Colorado, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was targeted and murdered by the US with a drone, while with his friends in a cafe in Yemen without benefit of trial.
The following comments by Louise Benally were censored by Indian Country Today from an article that I wrote before I was terminated as a staff writer in 2006. 
When pressed to publish a correction to the article and include Louise Benally's comments, the newspaper refused. After I was terminated, I posted the article:

Fort Sumner
Navajos at Big Mountain resisting forced relocation view the 19th
Century prison camp of Bosque Redondo and the war in Iraq as a
continuum of U.S. government sponsored terror.
By Brenda Norrell
Louise Benally of Big Mountain remembered her great-grandfather and
other Navajos driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on
foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing the murder, rape and
starvation of their family and friends.
“I think these poor children had gone through so much, but, yet they
had the will to go on and live their lives. If it weren’t for that, we
wouldn’t be here today.
“It makes me feel very sad and I apply this to the situation in Iraq.
I wonder how the Native Americans in the combat zone feel about killing
innocent lives.”
Looking at the faces of the Navajo and Apache children in the Bosque
Redondo photo, Benally said, “I think the children in the picture look
concerned and maybe confused. It makes me think of what the children in
Iraq must be going through right now.
“The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of
life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil
ways of lying and cheating,” Benally said.

Photos: Fort Sumner: Without shelter or food many Navajos and Apaches died at Bosque Redondo, N.M., and on the Longest Walk to the prison camp.

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The White House Tribal Nations Conference that isn't at the White House

It's that time of year again

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
President Obama speaking at Tribal Nations Conference.
Dutch translation NAIS

It's that time of year again, time for the White House Tribal Nations Conference -- the one that isn't at the White House.
Once again, it will be held at the Interior Building.
When President Obama initially announced this annual conference, Obama said he was welcoming all Native American leaders to the White House. The venue was quickly changed to the Interior Building. There's not even a meet and greet where Obama welcomes each of the sovereign leaders. Instead, Obama usually speaks for about an hour at the Interior Building and leaves. Obama's new White House Council on Native American Affairs is composed of non-Natives.
Outside the conference on Wednesday, Native Americans will be demonstrating about real issues in Indian country. Lakotas battling the theft of their children by foster care programs are among those.
“Our Children Are Not Yours to Take” is the theme of a public education demonstration on Wed., November 13, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm in Simon Bolivar Park outside the Department of the Interior which is hosting The White House Tribal Nations Conference.
Among those who will not be heard in the Interior Building are Native Americans speaking out for peace, and against war. The US war on peacemakers includes the censoring of Native women’s voices by the corporate media in Indian country. Read more:
What are the real issues from grassroots Native Americans that should be on the agenda? Disenrollments; theft of Native children through foster care systems; diseases from coal-fired power plants and strewn radioactive tailings on the Navajo Nation; fracking that is poisoning drinking water and causing cancer; the fight against new uranium mining; the fight against the tarsands Keystone XL pipeline; and oil and gas worker camps destroying Indian communities in North Dakota, are among those topping the list by Native Americans.
There is the theft of water rights in "water rights settlements" by non-Indian attorneys and Congressmen; racial profiling by police in bordertowns; unjust high incarceration rates in prisons; racism in federal courts and public schools, and federal spying and wiretapping in Indian country.
From the northern and southern borders there is the abuse by US Border Patrol agents, including those agents running drugs; violation of airspace and privacy by border drones and violations of ceremonies and cultural items by US Border Patrol agents. Nationwide, the US and corporations are destroying sacred places. For farmers, there are genetically-modified seeds damaging traditional crops. Across Indian country, there is a lack of water, heat, food and housing for elderly and a widespread lack of clean running water. Indian youths need recreational and social programs. The pressing issues include clemency for Peltier and the ongoing wild horse roundups for slaughter on Indian lands.
Perhaps President Obama would consider honoring the Defenders of the Earth this year, Native Americans who are protecting the land, air and water, rather than those who are destroying it. Why not honor these warriors defending the land, and women and children in their homelands, this year. These warriors are battling the exploitation by corporations and corrupt tribal and US politicians.

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