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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, September 22, 2014

Indigenous Medicine Peoples Statement to UN Climate Summit

Indigenous Elders at UN Climate Summit: ‘We Can No Longer Wait for Solutions From Governmental and Corporate Leaders’

Contact: Shawn Mulford                                                        
September 21, 2014           
Email: smulford@comcast.net
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NEW YORK – The UN Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon serves to catalyze ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen climate resilience. The Summit also intends to mobilize political will for a global agreement to limit the world to a less than 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.
The anticipated absence of both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Climate Summit added validity to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council’s statement, “Today, we lack leadership. We have misplaced our trust in governmental leaders and the leaders of industry. They failed us by trying to maintain their profits, economies and their power over the people.”

Mariah Gladstone Photos: Native Peoples at Climate March




Thanks to Mariah Gladstone for sharing photos with Censored News!
Peoples Climate March, New York, 2014

Zapatistas 'Beyond the Exchange'

Editorial 3. Beyond the Exchange

Editorial
Beyond the Exchange
The sharing is something beyond.[i]
Compañeras and compañeros of the Sixth in Mexico and the world.
For us, the exchange was a way to take each others’ hands, to see one another and how we are doing and what we are thinking.
It was a chance to get to know each other, those of us who are below and who are the originary peoples of these lands.
And it wasn’t an exchange for representatives or leaders, but for the [community] bases of our peoples, nations, and tribes who hadn’t had the chance to take each others’ hand and get to know each other and touch each others’ hearts for the last 520 years.
In the Zapatista Caracol La Realidad, our desire to be together, to exchange our words as indigenous men and women, became a reality.
When we speak to each other as [community] bases, not as leaders, we understand each other, we feel that we live in common.

Traditional Indigenous left out of World Conference in New York

Traditional Indigenous left out of World Conference in New York
Photo Supai Waters, Havasupai, protesting uranium
mining on Supai sacred land at the Grand Canyon.
By Brenda Norrell
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As the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples begins in New York today, grassroots Indigenous Peoples say they have not be included.
While Native Peoples living on the land have not been included, the “Holy See” of the Catholic Church was given the floor at the opening session on Monday, despite documented sexual abuse and torture of Indigenous children worldwide by Catholic priests and staff in boarding schools.
While the atrocities continue in Mexico, Indigenous Peoples are also objecting to the inclusion of Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous object to the presence of the president, known as “The Jackal of Atenco,” pointing out the ongoing rape of the land for corporate interests and the murder and genocide of Indigenous Peoples that continues throughout Mexico, particularly of Mayans in Chiapas in the south and the theft of Yaqui water rights in the north.

Erik Trevino, Kickapoo in Eagle Pass, Texas, on the border, said, "We, the Kickapoo were never included. We do not intend to be included anyway. No one can define our powers! And we are not the only ones."
Dine' (Navajos) in Big Mountain on the Navajo Nation, among the uninvited, question what will be the result of the World Conference, and what real benefit will come of the talk at the United Nations. 
While the well-funded non-profits are present, with grant writers, salaries and travel budgets, the authentic grassroots Indigenous Peoples who fight coal mining, coal-fired power plants, uranium mining, fracking and the desecration of sacred lands in their homelands, are not present because they have no money for travel and hotels.
Meanwhile, in Denver, Glenn Morris of Colorado AIM said the real struggle is not in the current "pomp" and “theater” in New York.
“Rather, it is to provide a record of resistance to this process that many of us have vocally critiqued as another attempt to finalize the colonization, domestication and total domination of our peoples and our homelands. It is also for those of us who have been in this struggle for some time to provide spiritual grounding, history and analysis for younger people to continue our resistance to invasion and colonization. While it might be dis-spiriting to see a number of other indigenous individuals collaborating in the HLPM process, we should take strength and courage in the knowledge that many of us remain in active resistance, and will continue to organize, mobilize and continue the struggle beyond the Kabuki theatre that will play out over the next two days in New York.”

Frontline Climate March Photos by Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson

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Photos from the Frontlines by Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson
Peoples Climate March New York 2014
Thank you for sharing with Censored News

Dine' Women Flooding Wall Street Photos by Robyn Jackson, Dine'




Monday Sept. 22, 2014 FLOODING WALL STREET
Photos by Robyn Jackson, Dine', from New York
With Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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Aerial Photo Flood Wall Street 

Dine' Roberto Nutlouis Photos: Peoples Climate March




Photos by Roberto Nutlouis, Dine' from Pinon, Arizona, Peoples Climate March, New York 2014

Photos Mohawks at Peoples Climate March

Photo by Cynthia Treis

Photo by Cynthia Treis
Photo by Jenna Pope
Top photos by Cynthia Treis. Photo 3 by Jenna Pople, thank you!
Peoples Climate March New York 2014

Resist Colonization: World Conference is not the Voice of Grassroots Indigenous Peoples

Reminder - The High Level Plenary Meeting (that is not a World Conference on indigenous Peoples) at the UN, begins in the morning

By Glenn Morris
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Hello, all,
I am sending this reminder to folks in Denver, that the HLPM begins in the morning. The pomp and circumstance of the opening session begins at 6:30 am, Denver time. The UN is scheduled to webcast the meeting at this url: http://webtv.un.org/#. We will be watching the proceedings all day in the Political Science library on the 3rd floor of the new Academic Building. The Fourth World Center will also be open for any of your academic or research needs. Any of you who will be joining us to watch and comment on the proceedings should download the final Outcome Document, which can be found on the HLPM/WCIP website at: http://wcip2014.org/. The program is here: http://wcip2014.org/wcip-2014/programme. The Tuesday session is only on the afternoon: 1-4 pm, Denver time. We will be viewing that session, also.

I am including people who are not in Denver on this message because my hope is that we can all share our critical comments about the session via Twitter. The Fourth World Center handle is @4thWorld Center, and my personal handle is: @gtm303. The official HLPM handle is @WCIP2014, #WCIP2014. We have developed a critical hashtag: #WCIP2014sham, that we can use for providing critical commentary. Once again, I've never been on Twitter before, so, If I can do it, anyone can. I look forward to seeing you all in the Twitter world. 

To reiterate, the point of our observing and critiquing the HLPM is not to engage in an exercise of masochism -- wallowing in what we all know will be a negative outcome. Rather, it is to provide a record of resistance to this process that many of us have vocally critiqued as another attempt to finalize the colonization, domestication and total domination of our peoples and our homelands. It is also for those of us who have been in this struggle for some time to provide spiritual grounding, history and analysis for younger people to continue our resistance to invasion and colonization. While it might be dis-spiriting to see a number of other indigenous individuals collaborating in the HLPM process, we should take strength and courage in the knowledge that many of us remain in active resistance, and will continue to organize, mobilize and continue the struggle beyond the Kabuki theatre that will play out over the next two days in New York.
In Struggle,
Glenn

Program:
Monday 22 September
9am-1pm – Opening Plenary Meeting
3-6pm – Roundtable 1: United Nations system action to implement the rights of Indigenous peoples
3-6pm – Roundtable 2: Implementation of the rights of Indigenous peoples at the national and local level
Tuesday 23 September
3-5pm – Roundtable 3: Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources
3-5pm – Panel Discussion: Indigenous priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda
5-6pm – Closing Plenary Meeting