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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Manufactured news is death sentence for Indigenous Peoples

Systematic plagiarism and deception in news aid corporate genocide

By Brenda Norrell
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Each day the news becomes more manipulative with the truth distorted to deceive you. There is no better place to observe this than in the national Indian country news, where the news ranges from systematic plagiarism to news lite, distraction and spin.

The news coverage of the recent UN World Indigenous Conference in New York makes the point. Those who attended the World Conference on Climate Change and the Protection of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2010, hoped this gathering would continue the work. However, they were quickly disappointed. They were not even allowed to participate, which was by invitation-only for the UN well funded.

While mining is among the top threats to Indigenous Peoples around the world -- resulting in assassinations, disappearances, rapes and torture -- mining has been kept off the agenda as a priority at UN Indigenous gatherings. Dirty coal mining, uranium mining, and metals mining, and the deaths, homelessness and diseases that result, are among the most censored issues in Indian country news. 

Further, Pacific Islanders, victims of the nuclear holocaust, withdrew their support from the UN World Conference in New York, stating that demilitarization was censored at the gathering. The voice of the peace makers who oppose war, and the spying on the peacemakers, are among the most censored issues in national Indian country news. 

Both Mexico and Canada exposed themselves at the UN World Conference in New York, Sept. 22 -- 23. First, with the presence of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is continuing the ongoing genocide of Indigenous Peoples, and then with Canada's rejection of the outcome document. 

In Mexico, the massacre of Mayans in Chiapas in the south, and the theft of Yaqui water rights in the north, are just two of the cases in a country where Indigenous Peoples are considered both a tourist revenue for the government and expendables by both the government and its multi-national corporate crime partners.

Now, the murders and disappearances of students in Iguala, Guerrero, magnifies Mexico's role in violence, police corruption and silencing dissent as the US and Mexico continue their systematic drug and weapons industry. 

Iguala has also been a stronghold of Zapatistas, where Indigenous continue to be a voice of autonomy, justice and dignity.

At the UN conference in New York, Canada asserted in a statement that it has the right to violate aboriginal rights and treaties. 

The bottom line is the voice of grassroots Indigenous Peoples around the world whose voice at the United Nations has been largely replaced by well-funded non-profits and government appointees, who were never selected or appointed by grassroots Indigenous Peoples.

Grassroots Indigenous Peoples point to the amount of money spent flying around the world by the well-funded, who use their issues and suffering to obtain foundation grants. These grants often range from $100,000 to $400,000 each. Grassroots Indigenous ask what will come off all this global travel and now more talk at the United Nations.

As for the national news media in Indian country, it has collapsed after years of plagiarism and deception.

The owners of one Indian news website ,, has received a spy contract from the Pentagon. Ho Chunk, Inc., which owns the news website received an $80 million contract from the US State Department for domestic and international spying this year. The contract was awarded to Ho Chunk Inc.'s All Native subsidiary. A second contract gives them an office at the Pentagon in 2014.

Ho-Chunk, Inc, is owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and has divisions in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to its website.

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Native Hawaiians protest telescope on sacred mountain

Mauna Kea Protest
Tuesday, October 7, 2014  -- 7am to 2pm
Saddle Road at the entrance to the Mauna Kea Observatory Road

Native Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians will gather for a peaceful protest
against the Astronomy industry and the “State of Hawaii’s” ground-
breaking ceremony for a thirty-meter telescope (TMT) on the summit of
Mauna Kea.

CULTURAL ISSUES: Mauna Kea is sacred to the Hawaiian people, who
maintain a deep connection and spiritual tradition there that goes
back millennia.

“The TMT is an atrocity the size of Aloha Stadium,” said Kamahana
Kealoha, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner. “It’s 19 stories tall,
which is like building a sky-scraper on top of the mountain, a place
that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and
spiritually.” Speaking as an organizer of those gathering to protest,
Kealoha said, “We are in solidarity with individuals fighting against
this project in U.S. courts, and those taking our struggle for
de-occupation to the international courts. Others of us must protest
this ground-breaking ceremony and intervene in hopes of stopping a

Clarence “Ku” Ching, longtime activist, cultural practitioner, and a
member of the Mauna Kea Hui, a group of Hawaiians bringing legal
challenges to the TMT project in state court, said, “We will be
gathering at Pu’u Huluhulu, at the bottom of the Mauna Kea Access
Road, and we will be doing prayers and ceremony for the mountain.”
When asked if he will participate in protests, he said, “We’re on the
same side as those who will protest, but my commitment to Mauna Kea is
in this way. We are a diverse people…everyone has to do what they know
is pono.”

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: The principle fresh water aquifer for Hawaii
Island is on Mauna Kea, yet there have been mercury spills on the
summit; toxins such as Ethylene Glycol and Diesel are used there;
chemicals used to clean telescope mirrors drain into the septic
system, along with half a million gallons a year of human sewage that
goes into septic tanks, cesspools and leach fields.

“All of this poisonous activity at the source of our fresh water
aquifer is unconscionable, and it threatens the life of the island,”
said Kealoha. “But that’s only part of the story of this mountain’s
environmental fragility. It’s also home to endangered species, such as
the palila bird, which is endangered in part because of the damage to
its critical habitat, which includes the mamane tree.”
LEGAL ISSUES:  Mauna Kea is designated as part of the Crown and
Government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Professor Williamson PC Chang, from the University of Hawaii’s
Richardson School of Law, said, “The United States bases its claim to
the Crown and Government land of the Hawaiian Kingdom on the 1898
Joint Resolution of Congress, but that resolution has no power to
convey the lands of Hawaii to the U.S. It’s as if I wrote a deed
saying you give your house to me and I accepted it. Nobody gave the
land to the U.S., they just seized it.”

“Show us the title,” said Kealoha. “If the so-called ‘Treaty of
Annexation’ exists, that would be proof that Hawaiian Kingdom citizens
gave up sovereignty and agreed to be part of the United States 121
years ago. But we know that no such document exists. The so-called
‘state’ does not have jurisdiction over Mauna Kea or any other land in
Hawaii that it illegally leases out to multi-national interests.”

“I agree with how George Helm felt about Kahoolawe,” said Kealoha. “He
wrote in his journal: ‘My veins are carrying the blood of a people who
understood the sacredness of land and water. Their culture is my
culture. No matter how remote the past is it does not make my culture
extinct. Now I cannot continue to see the arrogance of the white man
who maintains his science and rationality at the expense of my
cultural instincts. They will not prostitute my soul.’”

“We are calling on everyone, Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians alike, to
stand with us, to protect Mauna Kea the way George and others
protected Kahoolawe. I ask myself every day, what would George Helm
do? Because we need to find the courage he had and stop the
destruction of Mauna Kea.”

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Multi-national funding for the 1.4 billion dollar project is being provided by:

The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation of Palo Alto, California
National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan
The National Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
The California Institute of Technology
The University of California
The Indian Institute for Astrophysics
Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA)
University of Hawaii

Links to stories that convey the opposition to the TMT:

Laws being broken on the Mauna:

The native perspective and cultural/religious breaches of law:

A good resource for multiple perspectives and information sources is
on our FB page here:

List of TMT financial sponsors:

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