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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dalai Lama to honor Peggy Wellknown Buffalo, Crow

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dalai Lama will honor Peggy Wellknown Buffalo, Crow, for her work with youths on the Crow Nation in Montana, when the Dalai Lama presents the honors for Unsung Heroes of Compassion this month in San Francisco. Actor Peter Coyote will emcee the event.

Peggy started The Center Pole in 1999, which now includes a summer youth recreation program, thrift shop and coffee shop near the Little Bighorn. Peggy is honored for nurturing more than 200 foster children. Peggy said, “The Center Pole is a place for Native American children to find help, hope, guidance, and new possibilities.”

Readers of Censored News will remember that Govinda at Earthcycles set up a grassroots radio station for Center Pole. Earthcycles and Censored News broadcast from Center Pole during the summer of 2011. 

The inspiring 51 Heroes from around the world include the inspiring real life heroes who create soup kitchens in South Africa and help children who are victims of trafficking in Nepal. Wisdom in Action made the announcement today, naming 51 Heroes from around the world to be honored by the Dalai Lama as Unsung Heroes of Compassion at the Ritz Carlton hotel in San Francisco on Feb. 23, 2014. The event will be available on the web by live broadcast. 

Indigenous Peoples who will be honored include Maria del Socorro Juan Ramirez Gonzalez, 'Mama Coco', for her home for children in Oaxaca, Mexico. Miguel Rodgriguez will be honored for his home for street children in Peru. Carlos Tapadera, Raramuri, will be honored for his work with mothers in maternal health in Chihuahua, Mexico. See all this year's Heroes:

Peggy Wellknown Buffalo

14 Peggy Well Known Buffalo DG croppedPeggy Wellknown Buffalo is recognized by her community on the Crow Indian Reservation (Apsaalooke Nation) in southeastern Montana as “the woman who wipes children’s tears.” In 1999, she started The Center Pole, an organization that gives Native American youth the tools they need to succeed in the modern world while retaining the values and traditions of their own rich culture. “Just as the center pole of the sun dance lodge is the place where prayers are answered,” Peggy explains, “The Center Pole is a place for Native American children to find help, hope, guidance, and new possibilities.”Peggy was born in 1950 in Crow Agency, Montana, and lived in a two-bedroom house on the reservation with her parents and eight siblings. She was nine when her father died. Because Peggy’s mother could no longer afford to feed all her children, Peggy and four of her siblings had to be sent to boarding schools run by the U.S. government.

KPFK: US cover-up of nuclear testing of Indigenous in Marshall Islands

U.S. Government Cover-up of Nuclear Testing on Indigenous Peoples
Listen in archives: Tuesday, 02/11/2014, on American Indian Airwaves
8pm to 9pm --- KPFK

American Indian Airwaves Tuesdays 8pm to 9pm (PCT) on KPFK FM 90.7 in Los Angeles, FM 98.7 in Santa Barbara, FM 99.5 China Lake, FM 93.7 North San Diego, WCRS FM 98.3/102.1 in Columbus, OH, and on the Internet @
Part 1
Irradiation of Marshall Islanders
was no accident
Adam Horowitz, Director, Producer and Writer, joins us live to discuss the documentary, Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1(, PBS has refused to broadcast over the past year. Adam has been forced to undergo numerous revisions, yet the film has not broadcasted to date. Using U.S. declassified documents, interviews with Indigenous peoples from the Marshall Islands, the film uncovers how the U.S. government conducted nuclear testing, from 1946 to 1958, above ground or near Bikini and Enewetok atolls. The film shows, the heavily exposed people of Rongelap were then enrolled as human subjects in the top secret Project 4.1, evacuated to another contaminated (radioactive) island, and studied for radioactive fallout for over 30 years. Adam joins us live for the most of the hour for station Winter Fund Drive. The DVD will be exclusively available on tonight’s show.

Navajoland Billboard reveals Dine' cheated by BHP coal

Navajoland billboard reveals Dine' cheated by BHP coal and Navajo Nation government

By Dine' CARE
Censored News

Purpose: Members of Diné C.A.R.E., Honor the Treaties, and Diné community advocates collaborated on a Billboard project to provide a powerful message to the people. The Billboard states the monies used for the Navajo Mine purchase and Johnny Naize’s misuse of discretionary funds. The message is to empower the people to “Speak Up!” because millions of dollars of Navajo Nation monies are being spent without transparency and accountability.

Location: The Billboard is located on U.S. Highway 64, directly across Hogback Trading Post in New Mexico – 10 miles east of Shiprock, NM.

Voices from Community Members:
“A reason for a billboard in this day and time is to tell a story, a story of how we got cheated of millions of dollars. This billboard tells the story of how BHP Billiton, a billion dollar company has taken advantage of us Diné people and our leaders allowed that to happen. No public hearings, no feedback on money spent on the mine purchase, our sovereignty was waived without our knowledge, completely no transparency in this action,” says Sarah Jane White, Burnham community member.

"Art acts as a political megaphone for the voiceless and transcends language barriers. It also plays a pivotal role in raising awareness and shaping people's opinions. This project is very unique in its statement, mixed media approach, and the youth involvement," says Tom Greyeyes of Honor the Treaties.

Contact: For more information, contact Sarah Jane White at (505) 608-1002 or contact Lori Goodman at (970) 759-1908 or email us at