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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Indigenous Caucus calls for cancellation of UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

North American Indigenous Caucus calls for cancellation of the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Caucus Chair Arthur Manual said the proposed conference is not a World Indigenous Conference. Manual said to try and discuss Indigenous issues in one and one-half days is laughable, especially when one considers how the state and federal governments, and corporations, are exploiting Indigenous Peoples. Listen to the video interview. -- Censored News

Caucus Statement
March 4, 2014 at 5:42pm
Secwepemc Nation Territories, Great Turtle Island -- North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC) calls for CANCELLATION of the United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting (aka the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples) and withdraws officially from the Global Coordinating Group (GCG): Arthur Manuel, NAIPC Co-chair March 3, 2014

For your interest and information from Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples -- this pertains to a recent decision from the North American Region from our recent March 1-2, 2014, meeting in Secwepemc Territories regarding our regional position on participation in the High Level Plenary meeting. 

Begin statement:

AGENDA ITEM 6:  Discussion on the High Level Plenary (HLP) To Be Known As the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)

Secwepemc Radio! Govinda helping set up grassroots radio in BC!

New blog on the web:
Today, Govinda of Earthcycles is in BC helping set up the First Nations grassroots radio station, Secwepemc Radio 91.1! Thanks for sharing photos with Censored News. Online in support of grassroots resistance today. Listen at:
Many readers will remember Govinda from the five-month live broadcast of the Longest Walk 2 in 2008, and live broadcasts from the climate summit in Cancun and Mother Earth gathering in Bolivia, along with live coverage of gatherings in Laguna Pueblo, Havasupai, Bear Butte in South Dakota, AIM West and many more.

By Brenda Norrell
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While volunteering with grassroots radio, I learned a great deal from the radio broadcasts with Govinda at Earthcycles. First, for grassroots radio, you need the technical/electronic expertise to set it all up, what Govinda does. (And his patience helps.) 
The radio station can be online radio, done by way of a laptop computer and a few pieces of equipment, or it can be a low watt local radio, or it can be a combination of both. 
Next, you need someone to do interviews, programming, and reach out to the public with news and photos, this is where I volunteered. 
Next, to keep it all going for any length of time, you would need some funds, and dedicated volunteers who can maintain the radio station over a long period of time. 
On the Longest Walk 2, we co-hosted a five month live radio show online, broadcasting from Govinda's Earthcycles bus. I learned the power of sharing stories and music, and the power of radio. 
Some of the best interviews were the walkers interviews, and the people we met along the way. I especially liked the traditional songs shared by the young Miwoks, the farmers in Colorado and the Native youth walkers who never gave up and stayed focused on what really was important. 
Radio is such a powerful force, I'm hoping other communities will invite Govinda to help them set up a grassroots radio station. 
Even if you don't think of yourself as a radio person, you probably have skills that can help. There's always a need for laptop computer work, blog entrees, photographer's. You could even set up a play list of great songs that the radio host could just play for long periods of time. 
I'm hoping that all of those carrying out interviews on blogs, FMs and grassroots radio stations can form a way of sharing their broadcasts, maybe links with summaries and sound bytes, or whatever they choose. 
Grassroots radio is always in need of good music and programming to fill the days. 
Thanks for being part of the ever-evolving great work, Brenda.

BC: Sinixt arrested at resistance camp

March 4, 2014

BREAKING NEWS SINIXT NATION Marylyn James and Dennis Zareeli Jr were just arrested and we are on are way to the court

Despite World wide attention and support surrounding the Sinixt Nation and the establishment of a Cultural Camp at Slhu7kin, Perry's Ridge, an injunction was granted to logging road contractor Galena Contractors against the Sinixt Nation. 
From the news yesterday, as the injunction agaisnt Sinixt was extended by the judge:

Pass Creek logging, 22k up Goose Creek Road
Sinixt Nation Headman, Llmixm Ki-x'u-x'us-kit (Vance Robert Campbell), was appointed by Sinixt Headman Francis Romero and a Council of Sinixt elders and Clan Mothers at our ancient village and burial grounds of nkweio-xten (Vallican, BC).

Sinixt Nation official spokesperson Marilyn James was appointed by a Sinixt Council of Elders and Clan Mothers in 1991 at a meeting near Westbank BC. She was confirmed as spokesperson by a Council of Elders again on October 8th,1995 when her position was questioned by a sinixt man, Mr. M. George.
Marilyn has work exhaustedly to protect sinixt tum'xula7xw for future generations, learn more about her work here and here.

Robert Watt, Sinixt Nation Caretaker and warrior was appointed also by a Council of Elders and Clan Mothers based on his warrior spirit to take care of his people. For over 20 years, Robert, in a good way has held the responsibility to care for the land, elders, animals and water in sinixt territory. Robert also for the last 20 years has fought a legal battle not just for himself but for all indigenous people living along the US/Canada International Boundary. Very recently he was forced to abandon the Robert Watt vs The Queen case because he could not come up with the quoted $800,000 to continue. This is a major loss for all cross-border nations. 

If you are a Sinixt decendant we encourage you get in contact with us for enrollment or for more information what we are doing to protect your interest as a Sinixt skiluxw(human being). Please use our website links to educate yourself further.

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