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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For Heart Day: More images from Longest Walk 4

Just in time for Heart Day, friends share a few more photos from the the five-month Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz. Leslie Reed Soggs, Sakonnet Band of Wampanoag, shared photos from the arrival at Alcatraz in December, photos 1, 2 and 3
Ralph Powell shared photos 4, 5 and 6 from Garden City, Kansas.
Thank you both for sharing with Censored News, and thank you to the walkers for walking!
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Photos: In bitter cold, North Dakota protests fracking

By Huucii Idax-gish Nuxbicii Xaagish
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Feb, 12, 2014

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota -- North Dakotans protested fracking and the widespread destruction by the oil and gas industry at the Bakken Three Forks Shale Oil Conference being held Feb. 10--12. 
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara were among those protesting outside the expo. Their protest signs said, "You can't unfrack ecosystems," and "Man belongs to earth, earth doesn't belong to man." 
Another sign warned, "Hide yo kids, hide yo wife," referring to the widespread violence and crime that the oil and gas man camps have brought to the communities, including those of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, also known as The Three Affiliated Tribes and Fort Berthold.
Photographer Huucii Idax-gish Nuxbicii Xaagish said, "Waaxtaanii'shi'sh... waaxtaanii'shi're! Rally for the Next Generations during the Oil conference at Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND. Coming together, taking a stand, raising awareness. Standing up against Fracking and the destruction of our mother earth. Withstanding freezing temperatures to raise awareness and bring our people together to fight the good fight for our future generations."
The protests come as a murder probe centers around the oil and gas business associates of Three Affiliated Chairman Tex Hall. One associate was murdered, another missing, and an informant said Hall was also targeted to be murdered by the business partner. 
Meanwhile, a resolution has been created for the Three Affiliated Business Council to consider on Thursday, calling for the suspension of Hall. The resolution states Hall illegally profited from the oil and gas business of Blackwater Oil Field Services. Hall also created his own company, Maheshu Energy, to profit from the oil and gas industry on tribal land. 
As tribal members struggled to protect the land, air and water, Hall pushed for extensive oil and gas leasing, and argued in favor of fracking before a Congressional committee. 
Responding to the media, Hall said he has cooperated with investigators and is not involved with gangs.
Read more: Tex Hall: Blood Oil and the Murder Probe

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada Declares War on Mohawks'


MNN.  Feb. 12, 2014.  This is a detailed report on the readiness of the colony of Canada and its military to attack the “Keepers of the Eastern Door”. We, the sovereign Kanion’ke:haka [Mohawk] were asked to give the Kaia’nere:kowa, Great Law of Peace, to the world. Canada is bound by international law to protect us. Dekanawida said, “Part of tail of the white serpent would break off and crawl to the hilly country to heal with the Onkwe’hon:we. The rest would make a feeble attempt to swim toward the light.” Let us stand together as brothers and sisters in each community and plant the Tree of Peace.  

John Kane, Mohawk 'A Tale of Two Cases'

A Tale of Two Cases

By John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk
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Last week two stories about the ongoing battle by New York State and the U.S. federal government against the Native tobacco trade hit the papers.
In the state case (, the government prosecutor joined with defense attorneys in a motion to dismiss felony charges against two men attempting to transport tobacco products from Mohawk territory to Seneca territory in March 2012.
District Attorney Mary E. Rain told the St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards that she had determined there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

Press Freedom: The collapse globally and in Indian country

The World Press Freedom Index 2014 describes the violence and collapse of media -- but does not include widespread plagiarism and deception in national Indian country news

By Brenda Norrell
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The World Press Freedom Index 2014 details the violence against journalists around the world. It includes the decaying state of press freedom in the United States, where the Obama administration continues to pursue journalists sources for prosecution. 

In the US, the whistleblower is now the enemy targeted by the US government. The United States plunged 13 spots to the ranking of 46 in press freedom, states the report by Reporters without Borders.

The Index documents how reporters continue to be killed and tortured around the world. The Index, however, does not detail the collapse of journalism in Indian country in the US, where plagiarism, armchair journalism and deception dominate the national news in Indian country. 

Reporters and editors in the national Indian country news -- who are never seen present on a news story -- continue to be paid for plagiarism and rewriting others work. 

The deception in the news includes the publication of press releases and spin as if those are facts, which facilitates corporations that target Indian country for mining, power plants and dumping. The promotion of non-Indian profiteers within the casinos is disguised and concealed. The deception includes the promotion of politicians who are actually the publishers.

Further, there is widespread censorship in national Indian country news of issues ranging from the dirty coal industry, uranium mining, genetically modified seeds, and the theft of Indian water rights, to the truth about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The militarization of Indian lands, including Indian lands at the US borders with US spy towers, is widely censored. The truth about how the US created tribal councils to sign energy leases and serve as puppets of the US government, along with the back door deals of politicians, is also censored. The colonization of Indian children and the eradication of culture and traditions, from boarding schools to the US military, is censored.

Favoritism, the narrow selection of issues for publication, and distraction dominate the national Indian news. The theft of photos and copyright violations are part of the continual collapse of the national news in Indian country. Conflicts of interests are also present, as those posing as reporters are secretly paid as pubic relations agents or receive benefits for their articles.

Excerpts from World Press Freedom Index 2014

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