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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Earthcycles Livestream Boarding School Tribunal

Live Coverage begins mid-day on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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Stephanie Davis greets Dennis Banks at Boarding School Tribunal 2014

Wednesday afternoon: A tour of Green Bay is underway on Wednesday afternoon. The Tribunal presenters return at 9 am on Thursday, with more on Friday.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Boarding School Tribunal began with a traditional prayer and AIM song on Wednesday morning. Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, and Bill Means, Lakota, welcomed Native Americans to the first day of the three day Tribunal focused on the devastating impacts of boarding schools.
Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, urged Native young people to take the lead in the American Indian Movement.
Describing his own childhood, Banks said he was in boarding schools from the age of five to sixteen, for 11 years. He described the screams at night from the beatings and rapes of Indian children in those boarding schools.
"Screams at night, those were very common," Banks said.
"The term 'historical trauma' does not get to the heart of what we went through," he said.
Describing the generations of Indian children who were ripped from their parents and forced into boarding schools, Banks said he knows first hand the pain of hearing that a child has been taken, because one of his own grandchildren was taken away by social services.
"I was a child that was taken away."
He said today social services makes decisions based on the non-Indian structure of families and does not take into account the extended family of Native people.
Describing being in boarding school as a child, Banks said, "My mother never wrote me."
When he finally saw his mother again, he asked her why she had not written. She said that she had written him.
It was decades later, when the papers from those boarding schools were discovered, that he finally received his mothers letters.
But earlier, when she died, he was left with no emotion because of those boarding schools. The boarding schools had severed that connection by first taking him from his parents and later denying him his letters from his mother.
In one of his mother's letters, there was an old $5 bill. "I want you to send my son home," his mother had written in the letter to the boarding school.
Describing the whippings and screams in those boarding schools, Banks said those never leave him. "Those screams are still screams, those tears are still tears"
During the opening session of the Tribunal, Bill Means spoke on the importance of teaching children their traditional language and the need to inspire children in education programs.
Means described the history of the fight for justice and described when the traditional elders, including Frank Fools Crow, Lakota, guided the fight for the recognition of treaties. He also described the first treaty gathering at Standing Rock in the Dakotas.
Means also described the struggles at the United Nations and the ultimate passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
"This is where AIM has taken us," Means said.
Means said the "black snake" has come upon his people. Means described the threat of the tarsands pipeline, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the oil rush in North Dakota.
Means spoke of the new generation of AIM youths. He said the Internet and laptops have changed the need for AIM to have press conferences. He said AIM doesn't need to be concerned with the reporters who never show up to report the truth because the words of AIM now go around the world, carried by the world wide web.
Means said it feels good to see the young people taking the reigns of AIM.
Banks, urging the youths to move into the forefront of AIM, pointed out that because of the live coverage provided here, would be translated into other languages and shared around the world.
In the afternoon, there was a tour of Green Bay. There was a gathering and consultation of the American Indian Movement in the evening.
The Tribunal continues with testimony on Thursday and Friday, with a local feast on Thursday evening, and a banquet on Friday evening.
This year's Tribunal is the second annual Tribunal. Last year's Tribunal focused on freedom for imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Among the speakers was Manny Pino of Acoma Pueblo who spoke on the defense of the land, water and air from uranium mining in the Pueblos. The devastating Cold War uranium mining in Laguna and Acoma Pueblos, and the Navajo Nation, left a trail of cancer deaths where thousands of radioactive tailings remain today.
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Oct. 22 -- 25, 2014
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Hopi in Hotevilla Receives Green Award

Trees, Water and People Announces Winner of $40,000 “Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award”

Trees, Water & People (TWP) is pleased to announce Tyler Tawahongva as the winner of the 2014 Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award. Mr. Tawahongva, a Hopi member of the Coyote Clan from Hotevilla, Arizona, will receive up to $40,000 in start-up capital and technical assistance to expand his company, Cloud Nine Recycling. Read more:

Tribute to 19 Hopi Imprisoned for Resisting Boarding Schools


Hopi Prisoners at Alcatraz, January 1895
Back Row (left to right): unidentified; Polingyawma; Heevi'ima; Masatiwa; unidentified. Middle Row: Qötsventiwa; Piphongva; unidentified; Lomahongewma; unidentified; Lomayestiwa; Yukiwma. Front Row: Tuvehoyiwma; unidentified; Patupha; Qötsyawma; unidentified; Sikyakeptiwa; unidentified.

Hopi arrested in Arizona, 1894
#57, Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas

Censored News remembers the 19 Hopi imprisoned at Alcatraz who refused to allow their children to be indoctrinated in US boarding schools.

By Censored News

The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office said: "John Martini described the prisoner's cells at Alcatraz as 'tiny wooden cells, worlds removed from the western desert and plains.' Indeed, a description of Alcatraz in 1902, just seven years after the Hopi prisoners were jailed there, suggests that the cells were in poor condition: 'The old cell blocks were `rotten and unsafe; the sanitary condition very dangerous to health. They are dark and damp, and are fire traps of the most approved (sic) kind.'"
"In a series of letters between H.R. Voth, a Mennonite missionary at Orayvi, and Guruther, the Commanding Officer at Alcatraz, family members at Hopi were extremely worried about the prisoners. There were rumors that some of them had died. In August, Voth wrote to the Guruther that the pictures of the prisoners were 'very much appreciated by relatives and friends/ because rumors had circulated that they were "poorly fed, clothed, worked hard, some had died, etc. were perhaps killed.
"In September, Voth wrote to Lomahongiwma to report on the prisoners' families and the crops. These reports must have caused considerable anguish among the prisoners, especially those who were separated from their families during important ceremonies and planting and harvesting. In addition, two of the prisoners' wives gave birth to children who died while the men were at Alcatraz." -- Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
In Memory of the 19 Hopi who resisted and were imprisoned at Alcatraz:
Aqawsi (Kwaa/Eagle)
Heevi'yma (Kookop/Fire)
Kuywisa (Kookop/Fire)
Lomahongiwma (Kookyangw/Spider)
Lomayawma (Is/Coyote)
Lomayestiwa (Kookyangw/Spider)
Masaatiwa (Kuukuts or Tep/Lizard or Greasewood)
Nasingayniwa (Kwaa/Eagle) Patupha(Kookop/Fire)
Piphongva (Masihonan/Grey Badger)
Polingyawma (Kyar/Parrot)
Qotsventiwa (Aawat/Bow)
Qotsyawma (Paa'is/Water Coyote)
Sikyaheptiwa (Piikyas or Patki/Young Corn or Water)
Talangayniwa (Kookop/Fire)
Talasyawma (Masihonan/Grey Badger)
Tawaletstiwa (Tasaphonan/Navajo Badger)
Tuvehoyiwma (Hon/Bear)
Yukiwma (Kookop/Fire)

EZLN joins the October 22 events in support of Ayotzinapa and the Yaqui People

The EZLN joins the October 22 events in support of Ayotzinapa and the Yaqui People

Communiqué from the Revolutionary Indigenous Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
October 19, 2014
To the classmates, teachers, and family members of the dead and disappeared of the Escuela Normal[i]“Raúl Isidro Burgos” of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.
To the Yaqui people:
To the National Indigenous Congress:
To the National and International Sixth:
To the peoples of Mexico and the world:
Sisters and Brothers:
Compañeras and Compañeros:
The Zapatista Army for National Liberation joins the actions slated for October 22, 2014, at 6pm, in demand of  safe return for the 43 disappeared students; in demand of punishment for those responsible for the murders and forced disappearances; and in demand of unconditional liberation for our Yaqui brothers Mario Luna Romero and Fernando Jiménez Gutierrez,
As part of this global day of action, the Zapatista people will shine our small light on some of the paths that we walk.

Heartache and Genocide: Indian Boarding Schools in Photos

Heartache and Genocide: Indian Boarding Schools in Photos

Censored News live coverage of Boarding School Tribunal:
Day 3 Preliminary conclusions and testimony
More Testimony from Day 3: 
Day 2
Day 1
Peltier's statement
Livestream videos

By Censored News
Photos below (three) from Kumeyaay website, original from e-book


(Above) More photos on Kumeyaay website, original from e-book
(Below) Navajo and Apache children in prison at Fort Sumner, N.M.
Navajo and Apache Children in Prison of Fort Sumner, Bosque Redondo, NM

Fort Sumner by Louise Benally, Dine'
The following comments by Louise Benally of Big Mountain, comparing the Long Walk and imprisonment in Bosque Redondo to the war in Iraq, and responding to this photo, were censored by Indian Country Today.

 Navajos at Big Mountain resisting forced relocation view the 19th
Century prison camp of Bosque Redondo and the war in Iraq as a
continuum of U.S. government sponsored terror.
Louise Benally of Big Mountain remembered her great-grandfather and
other Navajos driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on
foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing the murder, rape and
starvation of their family and friends.

“I think these poor children had gone through so much, but, yet they
had the will to go on and live their lives. If it weren’t for that, we
wouldn’t be here today.
“It makes me feel very sad and I apply this to the situation in Iraq.
I wonder how the Native Americans in the combat zone feel about killing
innocent lives.”

Looking at the faces of the Navajo and Apache children in the Bosque
Redondo photo, Benally said, “I think the children in the picture look
concerned and maybe confused. It makes me think of what the children in
Iraq must be going through right now.

“The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of
life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil
ways of lying and cheating,” Benally said.


Carlisle: The Children Who Never Came Home
For the families
Long Walk 2 northern route photos by Brenda Norrell
Forced assimilation and militarization for US government
Indian children were forced into militarization, and conditioned to fight for the same US government that had murdered their ancestors.
Haskell: Misery

Above: Haskell in Kansas, photo from:

(Above) Photos from online search

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