Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 18, 2014

Music, Films and Protests: Censored News Mailbox Oct 18, 2014

Censored News Mailbox Oct. 18, 2014: Films, Music, Protests, Awards and More

October 2014

UNO Native American Film Festival  
Nov. 7-9 in Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha's Second Annual Native American Film Festival, November 7-9, 2014, will showcase ten feature films, documentaries, and animations. Co-presented by the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Native American Studies, Inter-Tribal Student Council, Office of Multicultural Affairs, American Multicultural Students, and Vision Maker Media, the event features special appearances by directors and actors with workshops for local filmmakers and actors.

Cayuga Actor Gary Farmer will be in residence for the weekend. The Festival features a retrospective of his work. Five of his most legendary films will be screened at UNO, including Dead Man,Powwow HighwayOne Dead Indian, and The Gift. Cheyenne Arapaho Director Chris Eyre and Actress Irene Bedard (Inupiat/Inuit/Métis) will join Gary for a panel discussion after Smoke SignalsSaturday evening.
More Info: UNO Native Film Festival Facebook Page | Vision Maker Media List of Events 

Vision Maker Media Award Presentation & Film Screening  
Nov. 13, 6-8p.m. - San Diego, CA
Please join the Board and Staff of Vision Maker Media as we honor two individuals for their outstanding contributions in advancing opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the media.

Named for our founding executive director, Frank Blythe, Vision Maker Media will award this first annual Frank Blythe Award for Media Excellence to Michael Smith, founder of the American Indian Film Institute.

R.S.V.P. (Seating is Limited)

Tribeca Hacks   
Nov. 21-23 at IAIA in Santa Fe
Tribeca Film Institute and Vision Maker Media are pleased to offerTribeca Hacks , an innovative collaborative workshop-event focusing on interactive non-fiction storytelling and exploring new tools and methods of story creation.

We're looking for filmmakers, techies, and other creative people from across Indian Country. Apply now!

Across the Creek Channels the Cultural Identity of the Lakota People
Across the Creek, a new 30-minute documentary premiering this November from director/producer Jonny Cournoyer (Rosebud Sioux), explores the Lakota people's struggle for the restoration of a cultural legacy.

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Coming Soon Spirit in Glass:
Plateau Native Beadwork
Spirit in Glass: Plateau Native Beadwork provides a rare opportunity to experience Plateau culture through the eyes and hearts of the artists themselves. Narrated by Nez Perce storyteller Nakia Williamson, the film focuses on bead artists from the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama Reservations.

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Awards Show To Be Streamed Live on WWW.FNX.ORG
and televised on FNX-TV Thanksgiving Day

Tickets On-Sale Now At All Ticketmaster Outlets
& At The Seneca Casino Box Office
October 9,  2014– New York, NY. Nominations for the 15th Annual Native American MusicAwards (NAMA) were announced today by The Native American Music Association reflecting the combined votes of the NAMA Advisory Board Membership Nominating Committee.

General Public voting is now open on the Awards website and made possible with the support of The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. To vote, visit the VOTE page of the website or by click on the following link:  VOTE NOW

Winners will be announced at the 15th Annual Native American Music Awards which will be held on  Friday, November 14th at the Seneca Allegany Entertainment Center in the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, New York located near Buffalo, New York.

Both new and established artists share the list of nominations throughout a diverse array of 30 music categories spanning all genres.

Public voting to determine the winner of each category is open to the general public.Music tracks from all nominees are featured on the Awards' website

The Native American Music Awards & Association is the world's largest professional membership-based organization committed to honoring contemporary and traditionalNative American music initiatives.

Tickets are on-sale now through, all ticketmaster outlets, and at the Seneca box offices. NAMA Advisory members and nominated artists who plan on attending, should contact the Awards office and RSVP by emailing

The Awards program will be streamed live at  The FNX television channel which is going nationwide on November 1st, will broadcast the Awards on Thanksgiving Day.  FNX Television presents Native American stories and content to create a diverse and entertaining channel across all media platforms 24/7.  The unique non-profit channel is the result of a shared vision and values between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and PBS/KVCR both located in San Bernardino, California.  FNX is currently available  on Verizon Fios (Channel 471), DirecTV (Channel 24.2), and in greater Los Angeles area with an average of 2 million viewers and over 500 hours of programming.

Some of this year's featured nominees include: Billboard Pop charter and Grammy winner, Rita Coolidge, Gold status recording artist and world reknown flutist, R. Carlos Nakai, singer/songwriter Jamie Coon whose song, "Waiting" is featured on the TV series, "Ghost Whisperer", America's Got Talent finalists ,Lil Mike and Funny Bone, American Idol finalist Charly Lowry of Dark Water Rising, and Mato Nanji and his Blues Rock band Indigenous who is currently touring with members of Jimi Hendrix's band and Buddy Guy on the "Experience Hendrix" tour.

See below for a complete list of official nominees for the 15th Annual Native AmericanAwards.


Artist of the Year
Jan Looking Wolf Reibach (Conf. Tribes of Grande Ronde  Kalapuya) - Tamanawas
Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida)  Nature Dance
Mato Nanji (Lakota/Dakota)  Vanishing Americans
R. Carlos Nakai (Navajo/Ute)  Awakening The Fire
Ryan Little Eagle Molina (Lakota/Apache)  The Long Journey Home
Wade Fernandez (Menominee)  Breathe & Flow

Best Blues Recording
A Tribute To Little Johnny Taylor  Jimmy Wolf (Mohawk)
Back To Clearlake Oaks  Twice As Good (Pomo)
Blues Joose Vol 2 - Joel Johnson (Tuscarora)
Lakota John and Kin - Lakota John and Kin (Lumbee/Oglala)
Red Kroz Bluez Band - Red Kroz Bluez Band (Munsee)
Vanishing Americans  Indigenous (Dakota)

Best Compilation Recording
CTR Country Mix  Various Artists
Dawn's Early Light - Various Artists
Don’t Let Me Forget  Kelly Montijo Fink
Earth Bound Angel  Various Artists
Putumayo Presents Native America  Various Artists
The Hopson Live Session - Various Artists

Best Country Recording
3 of a Kind - John McLeod (Cree)
Bring It On  Donny Parenteau (Metis)
Senorita Dreams  Wayne Garner (Cherokee/Apache)
Tribute - Victoria Blackie (Navajo)
Tyra Preston  Tyra Preston (Navajo)
Woman Of Red  Tracy Bone (Ojibway)

Debut Artist of the Year
David Rose  Wind Dance Under The Moon
Gabrielle Knife (Lakota Sioux)  Ohiya Ku WInyan
Gareth (Mi'kmaq/Cree)  The Journey
Leah Shenandoah (Oneida) - Spektra
Nitanis "Kit" Largo (Ojibwe)- Serenity
Robert Mulinax (Cherokee)  Dream of a Sacred Song

Debut Group of the Year
A Tribe Called Red (Cayuga/Ojibway)  A Tribe Called Red
Fabulous Ripcords (Oneida) - Voo Doo Girl Iskwew Singers (Metis/Cree/Saulteaux) - Kamawinan: Songs of Our People
Lightning Creek (Nez Perce)  Long Time Coming
Sihasin (Navajo) - Never Surrender
Women of Heart (Various) - Winds of Change

Best Female Artist
Donna Kay - (Metis) - Uncover Me
Jamie Coon (Creek/Seminole)  Day After Day
Rhonda Head (Cree) - Nikumoon
Rita Coolidge (Cherokee)  A Rita Coolidge Christmas
Tracy Bone (Ojibway) - Woman Of Red
Victoria Blackie (Navajo) - Tribute

Best Folk Recording
Adageyudi  Clear Water Drum (Cherokee/Yaqui/Metis)
Songs to Keep the Earth Alive - Good Shield Aguilar (Lakota)
Heart of the Buffalo Richard Stepp and Rick McKee (Keetoowah)
Home Grown - Storm Seymour & Stefanie Snow (Meskwaki)
Keeper of the Dreams - Red Feather Woman (Assiniboine/Sioux)
Kid Face - Samantha Crain (Choctaw)

Flutist of the Year
Cal Silverfox Lopez (Apache)  To Touch The Sky
Douglas Blue Feather  Dawn of a New Light
Jan Looking Wolf Reibach (Conf. Tribes of Grande Ronde  Kalapuya) - Tamanawas
Jonathon Maracle Ohwihsha (Mohawk)  The Clearing
Rona Yellowrobe (Chippewa Cree) - The Gathering
Tony Duncan (Apache/Ankara/Hidatsu/Mandan)  Native Son

Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording
Don’t Let Me Forget  Kelly Montijo Fink
Grace & Grit: Chapter I  Dark Water Rising (Lumbee)
Love & Kindness - Golana (Cherokee) & Peter Kater
Nikumoon - Rhonda Head (Cree)
Season of Joy  Yolanda Martinez (Apache)
Speak To The Sky  Storm Seymour (Meskwaki)

Group of the Year
Dark Water Rising (Lumbee) - Grace & Grit: Chapter I
Indigie Femme (Navajo)  Te Hau Waiati
Injunuity (Various)  Fight For Survival
Plenty Wolf Singers(Oglala Lakota)  Medicine Wolf
Rushingwind & Mucklow (Cahuilla)  Bridge
Sweethearts of Navajoland (Navajo)  From The Heart of Dine Nation

Best Historical/Linguistic Recording
Chillin’ Rez-Style - Will and Jesse Lee (Lakota)
Heart of the Buffalo  Richard Stepp & Rick McKee (Keetoowah)
Intikana (Arawak/Taino) - Native Eyez
Mescalero Apache Creation  Fred Kaydahzinne (Apache)
2 Worlds - Nataanii Means (Oglala Lakota, Omaha, Dine')
Te Hau Waiati - Indigie Femme (Navajo)

Best Instrumental Recording
Awakened By The Noon Day Sun - Mwalin (Mashpee Wampanoag)
Fight For Survival - Injunuity (Various)
Journey To The Sun - Sun Shadows (Choctaw/Navajo)
Strong Horse - Rushingwind & Mucklow (Cahuilla)
The Long Journey Home - Ryan Little Eagle Molina (Lakota/Apache)
The Clearing - Ohwihsha (Mohawk)

Best Male Artist
Jimmy Wolf (Mohawk) - A Tribute To Little Johnny Taylor
Lawrence Harris (Choctaw)  Romanze  Songs of Tosti
Randy McGinnis (Cherokee)  Smoky Mountain Dreams
TerryLee Whetstone (Cherokee) - One People
Tony Duncan (Apache/Ankara/Hidatsu/Mandan)  Native Son
Wayne Silas, Jr (Menominee)  Infinite Passion

Best Native American Church Recording
A Good Day, A Better Tomorrow - Cheevers Toppah (Kiowa)
Apache Peyote Songs - Joe Tohonnie Jr (Apache/Navajo)
As It Was In The Beginning - Primeaux & Mike (Sioux/Navajo)
Charity - Kevin Yazzie (Navajo)
Lakota John and Kin - Lakota John and Kin (Lumbee/Oglala)
NAC Songs - Aaron Adson (Pawnee/Comanche)

Best New Age Recording
Awakening The Fire - R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman (Navajo/Ute)
Bridge - Rushingwind & Mucklow (Cahuilla)
Dawn of a New Light - Douglas Blue Feather (Cherokee)
Kamama - SilverWolf/Adelaunegv Waya (Cherokee)
Love & Kindness - Golana (Cherokee)
Smoky Mountain Dreams - Randy McGinnis (Cherokee)


Best Pop Recording
Colors - Indian City (Ojibway)
Day After Day - Jamie Coon (Creek/Seminole)
Feathers Rosary - Joey Stylez (Cree)
Grace & Grit: Chapter I  Dark Water Rising (Lumbee)
Spektra - Leah Shenandoah (Oneida)
Touch - Raphael (Mescalero Apache)

Best Pow Wow Recording
Elder’s Vision: Pow Wow Songs Recorded Live @ Ky1 Yo - Blackfoot Confederacy (Various)
In Harmony Again - Big River Cree
Loyalty to the Drum - Northern Cree (Cree/Various)
Right Now - Bear Creek (Various)
Save Me A Lead - Young Spirit (Various)
Stoic - Tha Tribe (Various)

Best Producer
Donald Blackfox  Earth Bound Angel
Eddie Webber  Apache Blessing & Crown Dance Songs
Kevin Chief (Algonquin/Oneida)  Honoring The Mazinikijik Singers
Lyan Coulter, John McDuffie, Rany Landes, John Thomas - A Rita Coolidge Christmas
Peter Blackwell  Mescalero Apache Creation
Robert Doyle  Awakening The Fire

Best Rap Hip Hop Recording
Crunk Nativez - Lil Mike & Funny Bone (Chocktaw, Pawnee)
Native Eyez - Intikana (Arawak/Taino)
One Tribe One Nation  The Council (Sounthern Ute, Jemez Pueblo, Taos Pueblo)
Quese Imc & Cempoalli 20 (Pawnee/Seminole) -Osahwuh
Rainy Days  Tha Native featuring Stuxx (San Manuel)
Warriors Arise - Makardi (Navajo)

Record of the Year
A Rita Coolidge Christmas - Rita Coolidge (Cherokee)
A Tribe Called Red  A Tribe Called Red (Cayuga/Ojibway)
Breathe & Flow - Wade Fernandez (Menominee)
Native Son - Tony Duncan (Apache/Ankara/Hidatsu/Mandan)
Romanze  Songs of Tosti - Lawrence Harris (Choctaw)
The Gathering  Rona Yellowrobe (Chippewa Cree)

Best Rock Recording
Fire and Brimstone: A Tribute To Link Wray - Band of Tribes (Shawnee)
Never Going Home  The Gun Runners (Onondaga)
Never Surrender - Sihasin (Navajo)
Surrender - George Leach (Sta’ atl’ imx)
The Journey  Gareth Laffely (Mi'kmaq/Cree)
Two Sons - The Ollivanders (Mohawk, Oneida)

Song/Single of the Year
"Diamond" - Bear Fox (Mohawk)
"Love Of My Life"  Spencer Battiest (Seminole)
"Runnin’ On Empty" Shyanne & Shadowyze (Creek, Cherokee, Han Gwich in Athabascan)
"Song of the Wolf"  Graywolf Blues Band (Yaqui)
"Sublime Gracia" - Yolanda Martinez (Apache)
"Witchi Tai-To  Water Spirits"  Shadowyze, Caren Knight Pepper and Jim Pepper

Songwriter of the Year
Brianna Lea Pruett (Cherokee/Choctaw) - Gypsy Bells
Glen Bonham (Choctaw) - Glen Bonham
Randy Granger (Choltan/Mayan)  Strong Medicine
Robert Hollis aka Bobby Bullet (Lac du Flambeau) - Crooked Tear
Samantha Crain (Choctaw) Kid Face
Theresa "Bear" Fox (Mohawk)  Diamond

Best Spoken Word Recording
Blessings - Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat (Cree/Salish)
Grandfather Speaks  Ken Quiet Hawk (Abenaki)
Lost Angel  Cyrus Emerson (Cherokee)
Man From The Sky - Soyota (Apache)
Mescalero Apache Creation  Fred Kaydahzinne (Apache)
The Little Rocks  Windfeather Navarez Bull (Navajo)

Best Traditional Recording
Apache Blessing & Crown Dance Songs - Joe Tohonnie Jr (Apache)
Blessings - Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat (Cree/Salish)
From The Heart of Dine’ Nation - Sweethearts of Navajoland (Navajo)
Honoring The Mazinikijik Singers - Mazinikijik Singers (Algonquin/Oneida)
Moonlit Nights - Todi Neesh Zhee Singers (Navajo) - First Night
Spirit of Thunderheart - Rising (Mohawk, Blackfoot, Cree, Cherokee)

Best Music Video
Love of My Life  Spencer Battiest (Seminole)
Native Eyez - Intikana (Arawak/Taino)
Prayer Loop Song  Supaman (Apsaalooke)
Song of Survival  Red Eagle
Women Across The River - Graywolf Blues Band (Yaqui)
Sisters ft Northern Voice - A Tribe Called Red (Cayuga, Ojibway)

Best Waila Recording
2 Rivers Band 2 Rivers Band (Tohono O’odham)
Back To Basics - Cruz (Tohono O’odham)
Embrace The Kaos  Dfaktion Nyne (Tohono O’odham)
In Loving Memory of Our Beloved Father & Uncle - Family Pride (Tohono O’odham)
Pisinemo & Company  Pisinemo & Company (Tohono O’odham)
Tohono O’odham Waila Music, Volume 2 - Valenzuela & Company (Tohono O’odham)

Best World Music Recording
Dance of the Soul - Jessica Martinez Maxey
Kurt Wyaco  Kurt Wyaco I Conscious (Zuni Pueblo)
Nagwetch - Wabanag (Metis)
Nature Dance - Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida)
North Wind - Flying Down Thunder & Rise Ashen (Algonquin)
To Touch The Sky - Cal Silverfox Lopez (Apache)

Native Heart
Big City Indians - May You Walk
Cornell Kinderknecht and Martin McCall - Dreamtime
Lex Nichols  The Long Road
Peter Phippen  Sacred Spaces
Emiliano Campobello & Kevin Donoho - Rockapelli
Terry Frazier - By The Still Waters

The Native American Music Awards & Association extends its sincerest congratulations to this year's NAMA Nominees.

School of Americas Watch
Fort Benning Protest: November is 25th Anniversary of Central America Massacre
Dear Brenda,

As you may know, grassroots people power prevailed against the attempts by Fort Benning officials and the Columbus Police Department to shut down the November Vigil. We regained our right to protest in front of the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia!
This November marks the 25th anniversary of the University of Central America massacre as well as the anniversary of the birth of our movement. Join us at SOA Watch's 25th Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning and stand in solidarity with those who continue to be impacted by the SOA and by militarization at home and abroad.We will continue to call out the names of the martyrs killed by SOA graduates, recognize the connections to struggles at the Mexico-US border with the current refugee crisis, the locally opposed Escobal mine in Guatemala, and communities like Ferguson, Missouri, and others all across the Americas facing militarized police forces.You are a vital supporter of the SOA Watch movement, and we are so grateful for your generosity! I am writing today to ask you to help fund the 25th annual Vigil next month. Can you support the Vigil with a donation?

Mass mobilizations have always been an important part of social change movements. We need to strengthen our organizing and build lasting coalitions with others who are resisting across the Americas.To organize the November Vigil we need to raise $50,000 by October 24 to pay for high-quality stage and sound equipment, renting the Columbus Convention Center, printing materials, translation and interpretation, media work and more. The Vigil depends on supporters like you to make it happen!

Together, we will continue to stand up against Militarization and Empire! As a grassroots movement without the backing of big foundations, the activists who are doing the work are also financing the movement. Please help support the 25th annual Vigil with a donation.

To make a donation, you can click here or send a check or a money order, made out to "SOA Watch" to:

SOA Watch
5525 Illinois Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011

Thanks for being a part of the movement to close the SOA and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy. Your dedication and your generosity to the movement are greatly appreciated!

We hope to see you in November!

Katherine Henao
SOA Watch Development Coordinator

LaDonna Harris and Wilma Mankiller honored

I am happy to send you attached EL IMPARCIAL TODO SOBRE ARIZONA PAGE published today, Friday, October 17, 2014.
The main feature is about ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM introduction ceremony honoring LaDonna Harris and Wilma Mankiller at the WOMEN’S PLAZA in the University of Arizona. Ms. Harris, Comanche, and Mankiller, Cherokee, are two accomplished women who deserve to be present permanently and publicly to honor their lives. The public is invited to attend the program, said Darlene F. Lizarraga, marketing director for Arizona State Museum.
Short stories are: the special invitation to celebrate Halloween in the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale; also the invitation to David Broza and his poetic guitar featuring Alberto Rios, Arizona’s First Poet Laureate, at the FOX Tucson Theatre, November 414. Another short story is the announcement by Governor Jan Brewer about opening a New Arizona State Trade Office in Mexico City; and at the top right corner of the page you find a CALENDAR of EVENTS in different cities of Arizona.
If you prefer, you can see and read TODO SOBRE ARIZONA PAGE on EL IMPARCIAL.COMonline:
EL IMPARCIAL not only presents the Arizona advertising to its thousand of readers in Sonora (and the world by its website), but also offers them updated and valuable information about Arizona. This ARIZONA PAGE runs every two weeks in the full circulation of EL IMPARCIALESPECTACULOS Section.
Attached also is EL IMPARCIAL ARIZONA Promotions calendar for October, November and December 2014. I hope this is helpful
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
I hope you have a good week.



Keep blocking the Israeli Ship in Los Angeles until it leaves for good

For more than 24 hours, protesters have successfully delayed the Israeli ship Zim Savannah from unloading or loading cargo containers at the Port of Los Angeles at Long Beach.  The ship is currently anchored outside the port but will soon attempt to come into the harbor.  Please come and urge everyone you know in southern California to participate in the continued success of this effort.

Below is a message from the Block the Boat organizing committee in Los Angeles.  

Rather than meeting at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday) morning, we will gather at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, based on new information we've received. Please share and email to your contact lists!

As usual, meet at Jim's Burgers, 1601 E. Anaheim Street, Wilmington 90744 to be shuttled or walk to protest site.


For further updates go to
Send the ship back to sea until Palestine is free

Earth At Risk: Speakers Talk Revolution
San Francisco, November 22nd-23rd

Global warming. Racism. Sexual Violence. Inequality. War. Species extinction. What are the links between these issues? And how can we move towards victory? An upcoming conference seeks to bring these issues together and answer these critical questions.

“All of the issues we face come from the same culture of extraction,” says event organizer Saba Malik. “They are driven by an urge to exploit. That is what we need to confront.” 

Earth at Risk: The Justice and Sustainability Conference is being organized by a grassroots non-profit called Fertile Ground Environmental Institute. The event will feature presentations from radical activists and thinkers on the frontlines of struggle. 

Participating speakers and organizations include: Vandana Shiva, Alice Walker, Chris Hedges, Chief Caleen Sisk, Derrick Jensen, Unist’ot’en Camp, Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry, Thomas Linzey, Sakej Ward, Gail Dines, Dahr Jamail, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, Diane Wilson of CODEPINK, and many more.

Most environmental and social justice conferences are driven by corporate agendas and seek appeasement. Earth at Risk is different: it’s a grassroots gathering of people who reject greenwashed solutions and seek revolutionary change.

“Through the green economy an attempt is being made to technologize, financialize, privatize and commodify all of the earth’s resources and living processes,” says keynote speaker Vandana Shiva. “But the growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.”

Time is short. Indicators of environmental health and cultural morality are heading in the wrong direction. We need all hands on deck, but it’s hard to know where to start. Earth at Risk is a beginning. Join us at the event, and learn the information and the strategies that we need to turn this struggle around.

Visit for a full list of speakers and event details.
Will you be there?

Fertile Ground Board of Directors

| PO Box 1122 Bellingham, WA 98225 | |

Compassion Games International - Protect the Sacred

Beloved Relatives, Friends, and Members of the Nawtsamaat Alliance,

We hope this finds you well and in good spirits!
In reflection of the momentous rise of global action and human consciousness in the past month - from the birth of the Nawtsamaat Alliance and the 4 Days of Action, to the International Rally at Peace Arch Park, the worldwide People’s Climate March, the signing of the International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea at Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and even the recent Seattle city resolution and celebration of Indigenous People’s Day - one cannot help but look on in wonder at this awe-inspiring expression of love for our Mother Earth, our region, and all living beings.
After such a courageous display of worldwide, unprecedented unified action, the winds of change only grow stronger. The very earth we stand on somehow feels different, giving off the exciting vibration of unity, achievement, and possibility of what can happen from here, together.
Thank you! Thank you for all that you do as a valued being on this planet who stands up for what is right and for what is good. For walking the Beauty Way. The way of courage, and peace, and love. The way of unity.


As we move into Autumn, let this be a time for us to harvest and celebrate all the good that transpired and is transpiring from our committed labor and stewardship of this place, our Mother Earth. We are excited to reveal to you an astonishing array of upcoming opportunities and warm invitations for building community and for co-creative organizing to protect the Salish Sea.

Invitations and Opportunities for Collaboration

1.  Leadership Gathering at Tsleil-Waututh Nation on November 6th, 2014
At Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a follow-up gathering to the signing of the International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea is being held to allow each event attendee to connect and network with one another, as well as the First Nations people and community leaders who will also attend. There will be a Talking and Sharing Circle that offers an opportunity for each attendee to give a 5 minute presentation to highlight what each organization, group or individual is doing, and provide a basis for connection and unified action. The event is from 11 AM to 3 PM. There is no charge and food will be provided by our hosts, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

News, Updates, and Announcements!

2. Special Announcement: Protect the Salish Sea International Treaty Tour
Early in 2015, a Salish Sea International Treaty Tour will begin. Traveling to major port cities and communities throughout the Salish Sea, the tour will bring together people through town hall meeting, press conferences, treaty signings, ceremony and galas to raise awareness about our region being turned into a “sacrifice zone” for the fossil fuel industry, and to garner critical support for the International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea and the Nawtsamaat Alliance. During the tour, organizations or groups with 1,000 members or more will be invited to sign a Pledge of Support to the treaty, officiating support of those organizations and giving the treaty more power in its ability to protect our land and waters.
The planning for this tour is still happening. If you would like the tour to stop in your community and/or town hall, stay tuned in the ways we can help you organize these stops for the tour.

Initiatives for Members

3. The Alliance Speaker’s Bureau - Become a Spokesperson for the Nawtsamaat Alliance
We encourage all members to take full ownership of their participation in this Alliance. We are all brought to it in our own ways. It is a living wave of the human family, a representation of us all, unifying us together as one. So let your voice be heard!
We invite you to become an Alliance Speaker, an expert on this movement and enabler of collective action. This would allow you to be a trained spokesperson for the Alliance. This means you would be invited to speak on behalf of the Nawtsamaat Alliance at community events where people are reaching out and requesting for someone to come and speak to their community.
If you feel called to become an Alliance Speaker, or to have a speaker come talk to your community, contact
4. Resources for Learning, Sharing, and Change
It is important for all members to know this material whether you want to be an Alliance Speaker or not.To help educate yourself so that you can talk with others about the Alliance and this greater movement, we’ve provided you with some critical resources we find incredibly helpful to learn from and share with others in formal and informal settings.
  1. Report Back on People’s Climate March:
  2. The Living Salish Sea Documentary Short Film:
  3. Disruption (A free documentary that is moving and powerful, leading up to the historic people’s climate march):
  4. Text for the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea:

Share Your Stories!

And finally, we want to hear from you! We would love to know your stories. What moves you at this time? What experiences did you have during the past month of global and collective action? What gives you hope and inspiration? Your stories will be great gifts for every member of the Nawtsamaat Alliance!


Wrapping Up and Reflection

There is so much to share, and so many opportunities for connection and making positive change as we, the human species, recognize the power of our voices and actions as we work together for a better world. Let us imagine the very real future… the future where our relatives, hundreds of years from now, sing songs and hold ceremony to honor their ancestors - us - for overcoming excruciating hardship, suffering and divisiveness, to ultimately realize the greatest truth of all: the truth of our essential unity as One People on our precious Mother Earth.
Can you feel it? This time is now.
With Hope, Excitement, and Heartfelt Gratitude,
The Nawtsamaat Alliance Organizing Team
Nawtsamaat Alliance Newsletter: Volume 1. October 17th, 2014.
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Native American Music Awards: Joanne Shenandoah 
For Immediate Release
Featuring the Honorable Alicia R. Chacon, Rep. Lily Limon,
Rosa Guerrero and Gaspar Enriquez

El Paso, Texas, October 18, 2014- The Lincoln Park Conservation Committee invites everyone to attend a “Report to the Community” for a status of the effort to Save Lincoln Center on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 6:30-8:30 at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave.  FREE!

Confirmed speakers include: the Honorable Alicia R. Chacón, City Representative Lily Limón, Rosa Guerrero, Artist Gaspar Enriquez, Artist Gabriel Gaytan, Hector González, among others.

The program is divided into three parts: Part One will feature invited speakers who will speak on the importance of Lincoln Center; Part Two will feature the photography and testimonials of various individuals who experienced and documented events from May 20th and subsequent events when the community countered efforts to construct a fence around Lincoln Center and summarily demolish the building. Part Three will serve as an open forum where the community can add their voices to the effort to reopen Lincoln Center.

Lincoln School (Lincoln Center) and the Lincoln Park community in El Paso, Texas is a place that has tremendous historical significance. The Lincoln Park Subdivision was registered with the El Paso City Clerk’s office in 1909. Among the many students who attended Lincoln School, was the late State Representative Mauro Rosas.  Rosas was the first Mexican-American State Representative from El Paso, Texas to serve in Austin during the Twentieth century in 1959 during the Fifty-Sixth and Fifty-Seven Legislative Sessions (1959-1963).   Since 2006, the Lincoln Park Conservation Committee (LPCC) has held the annual Lincoln Park Day at Lincoln Park.

In addition, Lincoln Center is also the last standing public building of the Concordia School District, a district which was part of the original Ascarate Land Grant, which dates from prior to the American Revolution. Lincoln Center is a fundamental part of El Paso’s Mexican-American Cultural Heritage.

Present day Lincoln Park represents El Corazón de El Paso (the Heart of El Paso).  Since 1981, artists have painted murals on the highway pillars like the murals at Chicano Park in San Diego.  There are also several important murals painted inside Lincoln Center by Carlos E. Florés, who studied under Maestro Luis Nishisawa at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, where many Mexico’s famed muralists studied.

 People Power PR
Press Contact:
Lincoln Park Conservation Committee
Hector González, 915-204-1584
Miguel Juárez, 915-202-1649


Press Contact:
Sandra Arzate
(915) 532-3799 

El Paso, Texas, October 18, 2014-- Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project is pleased to announce its Eighth Annual Fiesta Fronteriza. The Fiesta Fronteriza will take place on October 31st, 2014 at the Camino Real Hotel from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and will feature the revered Reverend James Lawson, speaking on “Let the Beautiful Struggle Go On…”

While enrolled as a divinity student at Oberlin College, Lawson met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who urged Lawson to postpone his studies and take an active role in the Civil Rights Movement. An American activist, university professor, and leading theoretician and tactician of non-violence within the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Presently, Lawson trains activists in nonviolence and continues to fight for the oppressed.

Additionally, this year’s Fiesta Fronteriza will celebrate and honor two individuals who have impacted human and civil rights in our community in the following categories:
  • Albert Armendariz, Sr., Lifetime Achievement in Human Rights Award
  • Outstanding Achievement in Legal Service Award
The winners will be publicly announced soon…

All proceeds from the luncheon will enable the Civil Rights Project to continue providing free legal assistance to low-income West Texas residents and continue our advocacy for racial, social, and economic justice. Live music and lunch is included.  

See you there!
Tickets are $55 before Oct. 31st and $65 the day of the event.
For tickets, tables, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact  Sandra Arzate at (915)-532-3799 ext. 15, or 


Democracy Now: James Risen "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War."


I am writing to share our extended interview with longtime New York Times investigative reporter James Risen, who joins us to discuss his new book, "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War."

Watch the interview:

In 2006, Risen won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting about warrantless wiretapping of Americans by the National Security Agency. He has since been pursued by both the Bush and Obama administrations in a six-year leak investigation into that book, "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration." Risen now faces years in prison if he refuses to testify at the trial of a former CIA officer, Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of giving him classified information about the agency’s role in disrupting Iran’s nuclear program, which he argues effectively gave Iran a blueprint for designing a bomb. The Obama administration must now decide if it will try to force Risen’s testimony, despite new guidelines issued earlier this year that make it harder to subpoena journalists for their records.

In the last five minutes of the interview, we asked his thoughts about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Hear what he had to say:

Here are some featured quotes from James Risen’s interview. Click the links to read the full transcript:

“The war on terror became this enormous search for power and status and cash.”

“You can’t have aggressive and investigative reporting in America without confidential sources. And without aggressive investigative reporting, you can’t really have a democracy.”

“Early in the war on terror, the CIA and all these other agencies had so much money to spend on counterterrorism that they were willing to throw it at everything. They were so afraid of the next terrorist attack that they were willing to believe anybody who came up with some idea.”

“There’s lots of people involved in the war on terror today who are doing it because they’re ambitious, because they want status or power, or money.”

“We had the story ready to go by mid to late December of 2004, and then the [New York Times] editors killed it again for the same reason: national security.”
“I told my editors: ‘It’s going to be in my book, so you should think about running it.’” 

“To me her case [Diane Roark] is a perfect example of why Edward Snowden had to do what he did.”

“Anyone who thinks that he [Snowden] could have done what he’s done and stayed in the United States is fooling himself.”

“It is my job. If I just gave in to them, then I would be failing in what I want to do. I want to keep finding out the truth.”

“It’s remarkable what happened to them [whistleblowers] at the NSA. I did not know William Binney, Diane Roark or Thomas Drake. There were not our sources. But what we found out is that the government thought they were our sources for our New York Times story and they were persecuting them as a result.”

Read an excerpt from Risen’s new book on our website:

Also, in case you missed them, please watch the Democracy Now! interviews with NSA whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney in our archive:

Please take a moment to watch the segments. If interested, you can help us bring this interview to a wider audience today by posting it on your website, email list, blog, and social media networks. I have provided the link and video embed code below. The complete transcript will be posted soon on our website. We have also posted this interview on our YouTube and SoundCloud channels. We encourage you to join the discussion about this topic on our Facebook and Google+ pages. 
Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions.

My Best, 

Mohamed Taguine
Social Media and Online Outreach Intern
Democracy Now!

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