"The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil ways of lying and cheating.” Louise Benally, Dine' of Big Mountain.
By Brenda Norrell
The US war on peacemakers is revealed in the details of spying on peace activists today by Democracy Now! The current details are no surprise to Native American and First Nation peace activists who are blacklisted and censored, which exposes the role of the US government and media in the promotion of the military and bogus wars.
Buffy Sainte Marie was censored, blacklisted and forced out of the music industry in the US. Louise Benally was censored by Indian Country Today when she compared the war in Iraq with the forced Longest Walk of Dine' to the prison camp of Fort Sumner.
During an interview that was censored by Indian Country for seven years, Cree singer Buffy Sainte Marie said it was her stance against the Vietnam War and her song, "Universal Soldier," that led to her being targeted by the US government and eventually forced out of the music industry in the US.
"I found out ten years later, in the 1980s, that Lyndon Johnson had been writing letters on White House stationary praising radio stations for suppressing my music," Buffy said backstage at Dine' College on Navajoland.
Buffy said entire shipments of her records just disappeared.
On the eve of the United States war on Iraq, Louise Benally, Dine' of Big Mountain, made powerful statements about this war, comments that were censored by Indian Country Today. Even under pressure, Indian Country Today refused to publish these comments.
Louise said Navajos at Big Mountain resisting forced relocation view the 19th Century prison camp of Bosque Redondo in Fort Sumner, N.M., and the war in Iraq as a continuum of U.S. government sponsored terror.
Louise remembered her great-grandfather and other Navajos driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing the murder, rape and starvation of their family and friends.
|Navajo and Apache children imprisoned at Bosque Redondo|
“I think these poor children had gone through so much, but, yet they had the will to go on and live their lives. If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t be here today.
“It makes me feel very sad and I apply this to the situation in Iraq. I wonder how the Native Americans in the combat zone feel about killing innocent lives.”
Looking at the faces of the Navajo and Apache children in the Bosque Redondo photo, Benally said,
“I think the children in the picture look concerned and maybe confused. It makes me think of what the children in Iraq must be going through right now.
“The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil ways of lying and cheating,” Louise said.
After being repeatedly censored by Indian Country Today, then terminated in 2006, I published the two interviews with Buffy Sainte Marie and Louise Benally in full while creating Censored News in 2006.
During the years that followed, Indian Country Today's lead advertisement on the ICT website, for months at a time, was an advertisement for CIA spies, the CIA National Clandestine Service.
The war on peacemakers continues in Indian country, with the foundation set in boarding schools to condition American Indians to fight, and die, for the same US military which once imprisoned their ancestors, and today continues to carry out genocide in the US, and around the world, against Indigenous Peoples.
The US government, with its war based economy, continues to target peacemakers.
Censored Louise Benally, by Brenda Norrell http://bsnorrell.tripod.com/id78.html
Censored Buffy Sainte Marie, by Brenda Norrell http://bsnorrell.tripod.com/id99.html
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