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Monday, February 10, 2014

Mohawk Nation News 'Exit Plan'


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 MNN. FEB. 10, 2014. The hierarchal charade is ending. Looks like Canada is joining the US and UN control grid [Agenda 21]. Lawyers for the Corporation of Canada are fleeing and saying in effect, “Let’s get out now while the going is good. We’ll join Piper, the international law firm, run out of the UN. We can help make laws for the bankers worldwide. We already have our stolen money in off-shore accounts so no one can touch it”. 

Listen: Gary Foley's advice to young Aboriginal people



Listen to Aboriginal Gary Foley, recently featured in articles on how the Australian intelligence agency spied on Aboriginals in the '70s and earlier. Foley tells young people to think for themselves, analyze for themselves, stay away from government jobs, and don't consider a person an elder just because they turned 45 years old.

Blood Oil in North Dakota, Rights of Nature Tribunal in Ecuador

Blood Oil in North Dakota, Rights of Nature Tribunal in Ecuador

By Brenda Norrell

Photo by Pennie Opal Plant
Cree actress Tantoo Cardinal served as a judge at the Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal in Ecuador in January on the case of hydraulic fracking in the United States. 

The Tribunal comes as Native Americans and First Nations are waging war against hydraulic fracking, tar sands mining and the oil and gas industry that is devastating American Indian and First Nations communities.
Urging for the case to go forward against the US for fracking, Tantoo Cardinal said of fracking, "They are shattering the bones of Mother Earth and she is creating earthquakes all over the place.”
Meanwhile in North Dakota, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara have a new resolution aimed at suspending Chairman Tex Hall, alleging that Hall has illegally benefited from the oil and gas industry there. The resolution, prepared for a Business Council session slated for Thursday, comes as a murder investigation is underway. There is a rising movement by tribal members to protect the land, water and air from the widespread destruction of the oil and gas industry and the violence and crime of the "man camps" of the oil and gas industry.
Investigators are probing the murder of a business associate of Hall in Washington state, Douglas Carlile, 63, of Spokane, and the disappearance of another business associate in North Dakota, KC Clark. At the same time, investigators say an informant said Hall was also targeted for murder.
Investigators are probing a string of businesses that Tex Hall and business associate James Henrikson, now in police custody, were involved with in the oil and gas industry on land of the Three Affiliated Tribes, also known as Fort Berthold. 

The resolution states that Hall allegedly profited from a tribal payment for more than $588,000 for road watering work to one of the  companies, Blackstone Oil Field Services.
Meanwhile, Chairman Hall created his own personal company, Maheshu Energy, to financially benefit from the oil and gas industry on tribal land. While tribal members struggled to protect the environment, Hall pushed for oil and gas leasing on tribal land and argued before a Congressional committee in favor of fracking.
Besides widespread devastation to the land, air and water, the Three Affiliated Tribes became infested with crime as a result of the "man camps" of oil and gas workers. Responding to the media, Hall said he is cooperating with investigators in the murder investigations and denied any involvement with gangs.
In Ecuador, Native Americans and First Nations were both judges and expert witnesses offering testimony during the Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal. The high profile cases included Chevron. The Tribunal efforts also focused on protection of the Amazon and Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Tribunal Judge Tantoo Cardinal said, "There are people who can hear Mother Earth, our traditional people that live close to the lands, close to the water, they can hear her."
"There are people who can hear the rocks."
"People of ceremony, who know that language of spirit, they are the interpreters for what Mother Earth has to say, or what water has to say, to tell us."
"She does have language."
Tantoo described how people are abusive to their Mother, abusive to their people, abusive of power and position and completely irresponsible as they remove laws that protect the water and earth.
In Ecuador, Tom Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, was a judge and Casey Camp, Ponca from Oklahoma, provided testimony. The Ecuador Tribunal follows the gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia, at the Mother Earth and Climate Change Conference in 2010 which resulted in a Declaration for the Protection of Mother Earth and the Rights of Nature.
Listen to Tantoo Cardinal
Read more on Blood Oil and Tex Hall:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/02/by-brenda-norrell-censored-news-new.html

Copyright Brenda Norrell, for permission to repost brendanorrell@gmail.com

ECUADOR Tantoo Cardinal judge's ruling on Hydraulic Fracking Case

Tantoo Cardinal: "They are shattering the bones of the earth, and she is grieving earthquakes." 

Tandoo Cardinal judge’s ruling on Hydraulic Fracking Case

Rights of Nature Tribunal

Hydraulic Fracking, USA

Rights of Nature Tribunal

Tantoo Cardinal said, "There are people who can hear Mother Earth, our traditional people that live close to the lands, close to the water, they can hear her."

"There are people who can hear the rocks."

"People of ceremony, who know that language of spirit, they are the interpreters for what Mother Earth has to say, or what water has to say, to tell us."

"She does have language."

Tantoo speaks of people who are abusive to their Mother, abusive to their people, abuse of power and position and completely irresponsible as they remove laws that protect the water and earth.

"They are shattering the bones of Mother Earth and she is creating earthquakes all over the place."

Listen to the video for more.

Case overview Read Hydraulic Fracking Case

presented by Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange.

In the United States, human law has not forgotten nature, but it hasn’t protected it either.  Fracking is a prime example.  Some 400 million years ago, ancient aquatic environments dried up, cementing fine sedimentary deposits over the millennia into hard shale, which now lie 2 miles or more below our feet.  Through the wonder of modern technology some industry-friendly political will and serious legal heft, today these ancient shale formations are the new underground playground of oil and gas corporations.
Under our current structure of law, communities are not allowed to say “no” to fracking even as our health, safety and welfare is at risk.  In many states fracking is unregulated and even unmonitored. Most communities are not even notified that fracking is happening near them. Fracking is a legal drilling process, and corporations with a state permit and ownership or lease of mineral rights to drill have the law on their side. Residents are seen as having “no authority” in their own communities. Cloaked in Constitutional protections, exemptions and well-greased political cover, the oil and gas industry stands on solid legal ground as they roll into town.
And what about environmental protections? The ownership of ecosystems is promoted and protected by law, upholding the control and dominance of humans over nature.  The law does not “see” nature as anything but property.  Our ecosystems have no legal standing in a court of law. From the tar sands of Alberta to mountaintop removal for coal, to fracking and deep ocean drilling, profound damage has been done with the full blessing of the law.
Tantoo Cardinal, Activist and Actress  www.TantooCardinal.com
An accomplished and celebrated actress, Tantoo Cardinal has advanced Aboriginal performing arts throughout the world. Known for her authenticity, she has brought to life complex and diverse Aboriginal characters and has worked to dispel stereotypes. Her performances on stage and in both film and television have helped to blaze a trail in an industry where few roles for Aboriginal women previously existed. Her  80 plus credits include North of 60, Shattered, Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves, Black Robe,  Loyalties, Education of Little Tree, Luna, Spirit of the Whale, Unnatural & Accidental, Sioux City, Silent Tongue, Smoke Signals and Mother’s & Daughter’s.
In 2010 Tantoo was inducted as a Member into the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions. Other honors include a National Aboriginal Achievement award, the Harvard University Sunhill Award for excellence in Aboriginal film making and four honorary doctorates: University of Rochester, doctor of Fine Arts, University of St. Lawrence, Doctor of Arts; University of Calgary, Doctor of Laws; and, Fraser Valley University, Doctor of Letters to add text, images, and other content.
Una actriz consumada y celebrada, Tantoo Cardenal ha avanzado las artes escénicas aborígenes en todo el mundo. Conocida por su autenticidad, se ha traído a la vida compleja y diversos personajes aborígenes y ha trabajado para disipar los estereotipos. Sus actuaciones en el escenario y en el cine y la televisión han ayudado a abrir un camino en una industria donde unos papeles para mujeres aborígenes existían previamente. Ha actuado en varias aclamadas películas como North de 60, Shattered, Leyendas de pasión, Bailando con Lobos entre varias otras.
En 2010 Tantoo fue incluida como miembro en la Orden de Canadá por sus extraordinarias contribuciones. Otros honores incluyen un premio Nacional de Aborígenes Logro, el Premio de la Universidad de Harvard Sunhill por la excelencia en la realización de películas de los aborígenes y cuatro doctorados honoris causa: Universidad de Rochester, doctor en Bellas Artes, Universidad de St. Lawrence, Doctor en Artes, la Universidad de Calgary, doctor en Leyes y, Fraser Valley University, doctor en Letras para agregar texto , imágenes y otros contenidos.