Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Thursday, October 9, 2014
|Carlisle: The children who never came home|
Photo by Brenda Norrell on Long Walk 2
Most of us live lives sanitized from the torture in Mexico. Once you have seen the torture, or the photos of this torture, these bodies remain imprinted on your mind forever. Please remember the students disappeared and murdered by police in Guerrero, Mexico.
The tortured and murdered children of Indian boarding schools in the US is the subject of the upcoming Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Oct. 22, 23 and 24. Govinda at Earthcycles and I will have live video and print coverage of the Tribunal. Torture and murder are easy to turn away from -- we are hoping you will not.
Bill Means, Lakota, brother of Russell Means, opens the Tribunal on Oct. 22. Speaking of the history on the first day are Loretta Metoxen, Oneida historian, David Tucker, Oneida-Menominee historian, Melinda Young, Lac du Flambeau historian, and Terrance Nelson, Anishinaabe and Grand Chief of Southern Chiefs Organization in Canada.
On the second day, Oct. 23, there is witness testimony and a discussion of recommendations for reconciliation and restoration of Indigenous Children's Rights. On the final day is a press conference and summary of the Tribunal.
Schedule and Commissioners
Remembering the children who never came home
Carlisle was built on the premise of a prison.
by Brenda Norrell
Photos for the families of the children who never came home. Carlisle Cemetery 2008 by Brenda Norrell
CARLISLE, Penn. -- Most American Indian children in US boarding schools were kidnapped, stolen from their parents. At Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Native American children were part of the US experiment which became the prototype of the boarding schools that followed. Across the US, Indian children were forbidden to speak their language, which carried their songs and ceremonies. Their hair was cut in an attempt to cut the Indian-ness from them. In boarding schools, children were routinely abused, beaten and sexually abused. Many were tortured and locked in cellars. Some were shot trying to escape. Many died of malnutrition and pneumonia. Others died of tuberculosis and genocide: Children with TB were housed with healthy children, producing the rampant spread of tuberculosis.
The young boys who survived were militarized, made into US soldiers. The Carlisle school eventually became an Army War College and finally the US Army Campus. At Haskell, the unmarked graves in the marsh tell the rest of the story. Many of the children who died, or were murdered, were buried in unmarked graves without gravestones. This pattern of genocide was repeated in Australia and Canada. In Canada, at the residential schools operated by churches, there is new evidence that children were raped and murdered.
At Carlisle, Richard H. Pratt designed the school, based on his experience at St. Augustine prison in Florida. "Kill the Indian, and save the man," Pratt said, stating his theory of education. "The children arrived in Carlisle on October 6, 1879 and soon the assimilation began. The boys were dressed in military uniforms, the girls wore Victorian style dresses. Both male and female were forced to have their hair cut, which to the Lakota the cutting of the hair was symbolic of mourning." http://native-american-history.suite101.com/article.cfm/carlisle_indian_school#ixzz0RTJ9nQLX
The tombstones tell the story, the children quickly began dying.
An unknown number died after returning home and a generation of American Indians suffered from childhoods of abuse, deprived of the love of their parents. At Carlisle, there were 10,000 Indian children in the boarding school between 1879 and 1918. There are 186 graves that are marked with tombsones.
An unknown number of children were buried without markers.
In the cemetery, names remember the children of Carlisle
Fanny Charging Shield, Sioux, died March 7, 1892; Susia Nach Kea, Apache, died May 14, 1889; Godfrey Blatcha, Apache, died July 1890; Cooking Look, Alaskan, died Jan. 4, 1904; Alice Springer, Omaha, died Nov. 12, 1883; Henry Jones, Iowa, died March 20, 1880; Nannie Little Rose, Cheyenne; Albert Henderson; Giles Hands, died May, 1881, Cheyenne; Maul, daughter of Chief Swift Bear, Sioux, died Dec. 1880; Ernest, son of Chief White Thunder, Sioux, died Dec. 14, 1880; Isabel Kelcusay, Apache, died on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1884; Pedro Saaehez, Apache, died in May of 1885; Frank Cushing, Pueblo, died July 22, 1881; William Sammers, Cheyenne, died May 21, 1888, Corine Simohtie, Apache, died Feb. 11, 1886; Sibyl Mapko, Apache; Kate Rosskidwitts, Witchita, died Jan. 10, 1882, John Bytzolay and all the others.
COMMUNIQUE FROM THE INDIGENOUS REVOLUTIONARY CLANDESTINE COMMITTEE—GENERAL COMMAND OF THE ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION
To the students of the Escuela Normal “Raúl Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.
To the national and international Sixth:
To the people of Mexico and the world:
Sisters and Brothers:
Compañeras and Compañeros:
To the students of the Escuela Normal of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico, and to your family members, classmates, teachers, and friends, we simply want to let you know that:
You are not alone.
Your pain is our pain.
Your dignified rage is ours also.
To the compañeras and compañeros of the Sixth in Mexico and the world, we call on you to mobilize, according to your means and ways, in support of the community of the Escuela Normal in Ayotzinapa, and in demand of true justice.
We as the EZLN will also mobilize, within our capacities, on October 8, 2014, in a silent march as a signal of pain and outrage, in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, at 1700 hours.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation.
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.
Mexico, October 2014. In the twentieth year of the war against oblivion.
 The Escuelas Normales in Mexico are teaching colleges that principally train rural and indigenous young people to be teachers in their own communities.
AIM-West coast 7th annual Conference:Date:,(on 23rd protest Washington football mascot on site at Levy Stadium, in Santa Clara)Time:(daily-lunch included)Place: California Institute of Integral Studies1453 Mission St. SF CA 94103AIM-WEST Unthanksgiving Dinner “Eagle feast with the Condor”:Date: November 26thTime:Place: The Bahai Faith Center170 Valencia StreetSan Francisco, CA (415-431-9990)AIM-WEST “Red and Blues” Native American Day Concert!Date: Friday, November 28thTime:Place: Arlene Francis Center for Politic, Art, and Spirit99 6th St. Santa Rosa, CASee website for more details at www.aimwest.info
AIM-WEST 5th International Film Festival:
Date:, International Day of Resistance to Colonization (1492-2014)Time:pre-event with traditional dancers, drummers & singers12 noo –film screening, see website for listing and schedulePlace: Arlene Francis Center for Politic, Art, and Spirituality99 6th St. Santa Rosa, California (707-528-3009)
AIM-WEST 5th International Film Festival:Date:, International Day of Resistance to Colonization (1492-2014)Time:pre-event with traditional dancers, drummers & singers12 noo –film screening, see website for listing and schedulePlace: Arlene Francis Center for Politic, Art, and Spirituality99 6th St. Santa Rosa, California (707-528-3009)
From Mexico to Ferguson:
End Police Violence & Militarization at Home and Abroad
The militarized "solutions" taught at the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) are also being applied to communities within the US. We need to end the racist system of state violence and militarization at home and abroad.
They thought they would just be arrested. But something else awaited them
On September 26, 43 students who were protesting discriminatory hiring practices for teachers in Mexico disappeared at the hands of the Mexican police and are feared to have been handed
(Computer translation excerpt) Enrique Peña Nieto and those behind him operate with the old style of dictatorships and the new discourse of "democracy", that is, with the best and most perfect style of Mexican political wickedness, being made to build a country that crime is a state policy, that is where everything is available for the right price, where the cost-benefit any life is expendable. We live under a system where the political cost is outsourced, meaning that those in power use to other political figures to assume the responsibility of horror, and these in turn outsource the political cost and the legal consequences to others, until at end, when the entire political class has been achieved demarcate the slaughter, when the system is safe, "get to the end to do justice" meaning that mess just a few of the cops-assassins who shot to jail ( and that in the best case). In Ayotzinapa, as in many other parts of Mexico, the groups in power will do everything possible to be the responsibility of a few people "expendable" for the system of impunity and violence to continue their brutal way. Mexico's political system is corrupt, corruption is the political system of Mexico. Translator
A quienes escuchen en este México de sangre y de dolor.Nodo de Derechos Humanos
Les trois passants
Comisión Takachiualis de Derechos Humanos
Proyecto de Animación y Desarrollo
¿Cómo se puede empezar a escribir una carta pensando en Ayotzinapa sin formular muchas preguntas? El terror y la falta de palabras para describir el sentimiento tan profundo y terrible provocan muchas dudas, inquietudes, corajes y desgarrados pensamientos.
¿Qué nos están diciendo?
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