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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mohawk Nation News 'Secrets from the Scottish Closet'



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MNN. SEP. 20, 2014. Surprisingly some Canadian Metis support the Scots in their quest for sovereignty. The relationship between the Scots and us is still that of colonizer and colonized. The Scots came over to get “free” Indian land that was advertised by the colony of Canada.

Photo Casey Camp addresses Willie Nelson, Neil Young on tarsands fight

By Bold Nebraska
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Casey Camp of the Ponca nation addresses Willie Nelson and Neil Young, who were honored by the Rosebud, Oglala, Ponca and Omaha Nations for their dedication to family farmers, ranchers and native families. 

The "Harvest the Hope" concert featuring headliners Willie Nelson and Neil Young took place on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Tanderup farm near Neligh, NE, which lies directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline, and also crosses the Ponca Trail of Tears.

Proceeds from the event will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, and small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal lands.

Details on the concert:

Pictured (from L to R): Casey Camp (Ponca Nation), Aldo Seoane, Willie Nelson, Art Tanderup (farmer), Randy Thompson (rancher), Neil Young, Mekasi Camp (Ponca Nation), President Brewer (Oglala Nation), Shane Red Hawk on horse

(Photo by Michael Friberg / Bold Nebraska)

Iguala, Guerrero and the Pacific: Balance of darkness and hope

One half million people lined the streets and crowded Zocalo Plaza with a heroes
welcome in Mexico City at the end of the Zapatista caravan
By Brenda Norrell

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There are two places in the news that I have loved, one is now a place of tragedy and horror, and the other is a place of valiant courage and hope like none other.
The first is Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.
On the Zapatista caravan in 2001 we rushed forward into cities and towns with Subcomandante Marcos, and none surpassed the resistance and fortitude of the people of Iguala, Guerrero. Onboard our bus, with the O'odham, Mayo and Yaqui from Sonora, was a Nahautl warrior from Guerreo. The young man in his early twenties had only one leg, and he hopped on his one leg. When the call went our for security, he rushed forward. I asked him why he had come, he spoke of the struggle for dignity and autonomy, and said, "We have no food at home."
Today, students are dead and many have been disappeared at the hands of corrupt police in Iguala in the state of Guerrero.
Now, to the west, in the Pacific, Islanders are preparing to block the world's largest coal port. For sincerity, fortitude and hospitality, the Pacific Islanders are unsurpassed. Now they are displaying their courage, the beauty of their culture, and a strength that will embolden the world.

Excerpt from Zapatista caravan diary
by Brenda Norrell
Nahautls from Guerrero, overwhelmed and overjoyed by the flood of love,
find a new strength. 
Jose, Nahautl, says, “If we do not do it for ourselves, who
will do it for us? 
“We struggle because we have nothing, not even anything to eat. 
“The government does not think we exist.” 
They have come a long way. Many came hungry, without a peso or a way
home, some without a blanket.
Photo: One half million people lined the streets of Mexico City and Zocalo Plaza at the end of the Zapatista caravan. I felt bewildered, where did all these people come from. Most of the caravan was rushing from town to town, many days at first with no food and no place to sleep, and with the real threat of men with guns and the military, then suddenly there they were, one half million people waving, singing, cheering, with a heroes welcome.
Oct 2014: Missing students in Guerrero after police attack
Mexico searches for 43 missing students after violence in Guerrero
Pacific: Climate Warriors to Block World's Largest Coal Port

Pacific Climate Warriors to Block World's Largest Coal Port in Canoes

Pacific Climate Warriors will Block the World’s Largest Coal Port

By Aaron Packard
Indigenous Resistance
In October this year 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different islands will arrive on Australian shores to stand up to the coal and gas industry.
We are now excited to announce that on October 17th, the Pacific Climate Warriors will use the canoes they have built to paddle out into the harbour of the world’s largest coal port – Newcastle – to stop coal exports for a day. 
The port of Newcastle is exporting destruction upon our Pacific Islands at an unprecedented scale, and plans for expansion are underfoot. If the port were a country, it would be ranked 9th in the world in terms of emissions.
If nothing is done to transition away from the fossil fuel industry, many of our Islands will lose everything.
Amazing Vanuatu canoe launch web
Pacific Islanders have spent over twenty years negotiating and pleading with countries like Australia to cut their emissions and to stop digging up fossil fuels – to save their homelands and their cultures. But still, the coal and gas industry is doing the opposite of that. They’re ramping up extraction at an unprecedented rate, while continuing to attack the renewable energy industry. It is a radical attack on our Islands and our cultures.

For the future of our cultures and Islands, we can’t sit by and watch that happen. That’s why Islanders from across the Pacific have been preparing for this journey to Australia, and building traditional canoes. For most, this has been a first – warriors have been reconnecting with their cultures in order to take up the fight they need to save them.
Next month we will bring those canoes to Australia to stop the destruction of our Islands at its source.
This is going to be an incredible, landmark action, and will send a powerful message: we will not stand idly by as the coal industry sinks the future of the Pacific Islands.
And you can help us!

, This is an expensive undertaking and our Pacific Island teams have been fundraising locally to build the canoes and make the journey. Any contribution towards these costs would be greatly appreciated. Click here to chip in and support the Pacific Climate Warriors!

Second, if you’re in Australia and close by we want you to come and join us. The more people we can get to join us the bigger and better the message will be. Register for the event here!  For those outside of Australia, visit the website to find out how you can stand in solidarity with the Pacific Climate Warriors –click here.
Then lastly, share the story of the Pacific Climate Warriors with the world!

Tokelau School kids with canoe and banner

PACIFIC Video Vanuatu: Climate Warriors of Coal Industry

Vanuatu climate warriors celebrate their traditional canoe which will be part of a flotilla of canoes from 12 Pacific Island nations that will travel to Australia to protest the expanding coal industry.

Bolivia President Morales at UN Climate Summit 2014

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Press conference and Climate statement

New York,  September 23, 2014

Brother Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Co-Chair of this thematic discussion, sisters and brothers panelists and moderator. Sisters and brothers:

Let me introduce some key elements in this important Conference on Voices of Climate Change:

Due to Climate Change, the right to life of people and the rights of our Mother Earth are being destroyed. It is the poor, women, girls and boys who suffer the most from Climate Change, which is destroying their dignity as people and violating their human rights.
24 September 2014
Third World Network 
Dear friends and colleagues,
The UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit took place on 23 September at the UN headquarters in New York.
Below is the statement of the Group of 77 and China that was delivered by President Evo Morales of Bolivia, current chair of the Group.

LA 'Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema' 2014

Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema

Miss Navajo
October 4, 2014 -
December 15, 2014
Los Angeles
Chris Eyre (10/4, 10/5); Shelley Niro, Randy Redroad, David Delgado Shorter (10/5); Heather Rae (10/5, 10/6); Ian Skorodin (10/6); Sydney Freeland, Billy Luther, Bird Runningwater (10/24); Arlene Bowman, Sandi Osawa (11/7); Dawn Jackson, Jennifer Wynne Farmer (11/14), Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (11/14, 11/23); Sterlin Harjo (12/13).

Native Americans first appeared on film in 1895 at the dawn of the medium but were totally excluded from any meaningful role in the production of their own cinematic images for virtually the entire century to follow.  They continue to be marginalized in the entertainment industry today.  Over the last 25 years, however, a renaissance in independent Native American filmmaking has occurred.  This phenomenon is, however, not sui generis.  Indeed, since the 1970s, Native communities, after centuries-old legacies of genocide, displacement, forced assimilation, poverty, alcoholism and demeaning media images, have worked incrementally to take command of their destinies and their representation.  Native American filmmakers have undertaken dramas, crime films, comedies, shorts, documentaries and animation, reaching mainstream audiences and Native communities while working to recuperate tribal languages, spirituality and community.  What we are in fact witnessing is a “national” cinema in formation.  Financed variously by tribal communities and non-Native sources, these films have been guided by Indian eyes, i.e. directed by Native Americans.  We also see the beginning development of a Native American film aesthetic: different ways of perceiving space and time, stories that are circular rather than linear, landscapes which are both real and allegorical.  The Archive is greatly pleased to be able to present this program of works produced in Canada and the United States, representing a cross-section of tribal communities, whether Navajo or Sioux, Seminole or Mohawk, Cree or Inuit.
This series will also feature filmmakers in person to discuss their work (whenever possible), panel discussions and other events.  Please check this website for the latest updates.
Series curators:  Jan-Christopher Horak, Dawn Jackson (Saginaw Chippewa), Shannon Kelley, Paul Malcolm and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (Cherokee).
Associate curator:  Nina Rao.
Through Indian Eyes: Native American Cinema was generously supported by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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