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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

John Kane: 'Did I hear you say 10 percent of the U.S.’s energy resources are on Native lands?'

'Did I hear you say 10 percent of US's energy resources are on Native lands?'


By John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk
Censored News

Now wait a minute. Tell me, how do any resources on our lands get tallied up as a percentage of someone else's resources?
Well, let me tell you how …
First, it happens through blatant theft. That’s theft pulled off through fraud and extortion...with a little religion thrown in.
Then we get the same theft continuing with a penny on the dollar's worth thrown at an impoverished people and/or their corrupt leaders to, somehow, legitimize the theft.
And then we get to where the bought and paid for among us wheel and deal our resources away for a fast buck with those claiming to be "tribal leaders" calling it economic development or worse; calling our resources not ours at all but rather the resources of the nation that has stolen almost everything we hold dear and essentially pledging our resources to make America proud of us.

Protecting the Rez: Protecting Mother Earth Campaign

Protecting the Rez: Protecting Mother Earth Campaign 

Resolutions ready made for communities

By Matt Remle

Last Real Indians

Mitakuyepi, my relatives, the on-going assaults against our lands, communities, waterways, aquifers, and traditional forms of subsistence is seemingly endless. Multinational corporations never ending drive to exploit Mother Earth is, and has, created dire circumstances to our first mother and all her wakanyeja (children). There are many tools in which we can utilize in combating this onslaught, from returning to traditional subsistence ways and spirituality, to direct action, educational, and electoral efforts. We encourage people, communities and tribes to utilize each in efforts to protect Mother Earth and our future generations.

Klamath River youths in Brazil joining Belo Dam fight


Photos Klamazon Delegation
Article by Amazon Watch
Reposted at Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat, thank you!
Dutch translation NAIS, thank you Alice!

Today a Northern California delegation of Indigenous youth and Klamath River protectors depart San Francisco International Airport, headed to Brazil's Xingu River Basin in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The group will meet with communities affected by the proposed Belo Monte dam project.
Klamazon Delegation photo
"We want to show solidarity in the struggle to preserve and protect inherited cultures and natural resources from shortsighted projects like the proposed Belo Monte dam," said Dania Rose Colegrove, Hoopa Tribal member, and one of the group's organizers.
Belo Monte would be the world's third largest hydroelectric dam, and its creation would allow for further destructive mining and deforestation practices. It is one of many proposed dams that would devastate the lives and cultures of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people who rely on the Xingu River and other tributaries of the Amazon for sustaining life. This includes some of the world's last un-contacted Indigenous people. The Amazon Basin is approximately the size of the continental United States, and is home to 60 percent of the world's remaining rainforest. It holds one-fifth of the world's fresh water.
Read more: http://amazonwatch.org/news/2014/0214-klamath-river-youth-travel-to-brazil-to-join-belo-monte-dam-fight

Snowden leaks 'manhunt' for Wikileaks: 'Who owns the truth?'

Snowden leak: US and Britain's manhunt for Wikileaks viewers and Julian Assange


By Brenda Norrell

The latest leak from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that the US and Britain carried out a "manhunt" for Julian Assange and tracked Wikileaks viewers computer IP addresses.

With this manhunt and prosecution of whistleblowers ongoing, the question remains, "Who owns the truth in a democracy?" Shouldn't US citizens have a right to know the truth? Should global citizens have the right to know the truth?