Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 30, 2014

Bolivia's Nuclear Power Plant is Disturbing News to Native Americans

Native Americans alarmed by Bolivia President Evo Morales announcement of building a nuclear power plant

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

The announcement by Bolivia President Evo Morales that Bolivia would build a nuclear power plant came as troubling news to those who attended the Climate Change and Protection of Mother Earth Conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2010.

Ofelia Rivas, O’odham from the O’odham Territory on Turtle Island, was among those from the north who attended the conference in Bolivia and recommends action.

Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Photo Ben Powless, Mohawk

"As co-President of the Indigenous Working Group on the Rights of Mother Earth at the 2010 World Indigenous Climate Change Summit, I recommend a world-wide petition to express our deep concern of this 'economic liberation' development decision in Bolivia. I recall the words of the grassroots women of Bolivia, and their deep heartfull love of Pachamama, Mother Earth and the absolute determination to protect her.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced that his government will invest around $2 billion US through 2025 to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, TeleSur reports.

President Morales said, "We can never feel like a small country again now that we have liberated ourselves economically. With this type of investment toward atomic energy we are going to guarantee that.”

Bolivia began nuclear cooperation with Argentina in May of 2014, and most recently in mid-July, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Brazil. Morales then announced that the Russian leader offered Bolivia technology and ongoing training for the country's scientists, TeleSur reported.

The nuclear power plant would be built in La Paz province. The announcement was made after uranium was discovered in the Santa Cruz area. In a strange turn of event, La Paz and Santa Cruz were two of the cities that Native Americans arrived in for the Mother Earth Conference in 2010, before traveling on to Cochabamba.

Following the gathering in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Ecuador both passed laws upholding the Rights of Nature.
In Indian country in the United States, Native Americans are quick to point out the dangers of uranium mining and nuclear waste dumps to Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia.

Klee Benally, Dine' (Navajo) said, "The nuclear production process has only meant death for Indigenous Peoples and desecration of sacred lands. From mining, milling, processing, transporting, energy, weapons, and waste, the toxic legacy of nuclear colonialism is anything but a "green alternative." 

"There are more than 10,000 abandoned uranium mines located throughout the US, many of them are in or near Indigenous communities where high cancer rates and birth defects are caused by exposure to these toxic sites. Sacred places like Mount Taylor in New Mexico or Red Butte in Arizona, are desecrated for uranium extraction. The US currently has more than 71,000 metric tons of that it's attempting to store at Yucca Mountain, a sacred site for the Western Shoshone. The Western Shoshone have also faced more than 1,000 atomic bomb detonations on their lands," Klee Benally told Censored News.

Navajos and Pueblos, and other Natives throughout the west, have suffered from cancer and other deadly diseases for decades because of uranium mining. Navajos were sent to their deaths in uranium mines without protective clothing. As late as the 1990s, in the communities of Cove and Red Valley near Shiprock, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, Navajo elders lived in homes built of radioactive rocks. Navajo members of every family in those communities died from cancer from uranium mining. Navajo children in the region played in yards strewn with radioactive rocks from uranium mining. 

Even in the area of the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley on the western portion of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, which are both major tourist attractions, uranium mines and strewn radioactive rocks left a legacy of death.

Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, said Pueblos died after the radioactive dust covered their foods, and the radioactive dust covered the fields where their livestock grazed. Pueblo women were contaminated further as they washed the clothing of their husbands who worked in the mines.

Today, unreclaimed radioactive tailings remain scattered on the Navajo Nation. The uranium mining corporations have largely escaped responsibility for the widespread deaths and devastation, even as new uranium mining threatens the region.

Further, Western Shoshone battle the threat of nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, as Native American lands have been targeted for dangerous nuclear waste storage. Nuclear disasters have proven there is no safe way to transport or store nuclear waste. Western Shoshone lands were also the site of US atomic bomb testing.

Responding to the deadly dangers of uranium mining and nuclear waste storage, Louise Benally, Dine' of Big Mountain, told Censored News, "It is all bad, it is not safe."

The dangers were resounded in an open letter from the global community to President Morales, posted on Breaking the Nuclear Chain:
Excerpt from the letter:
The safety of a nuclear plant is a myth, fuelled by industry supporters and industrialists, but clearly denied by the facts: the last half-century shows that we must expect an extremely serious accident every few years. The consequences of a major nuclear accident are worse than those of any other accident. The legacy of the Fukushima accident alone will last for decades to burden Japan and the world!
Nuclear energy is a vulnerable target to terrorist attacks and leads to a militarization of the surrounding territory.
For all these reasons, the production of energy by nuclear means is in steep decline all around the world and is likely to continue that way; it is reasonable to expect that the construction of new nuclear power plants and their total number will decrease in the future.
Nuclear power on planet Earth represents the quintessential "anti-nature" form of energy production. Nature uses nuclear reactions in the creation of new worlds in stars. That however is fusion, not fission; on Earth its use is purely episodic and marginal.
There is a tight bond between civil and military nuclear energy production. The materials and basic techniques are the same, with plutonium - the ‘explosive’ material ideal for nuclear power generation as well as nuclear weapons – resulting as a by-product during the chain reaction.
Anna Polo, World without Wars, Italy
Olivier Turquet, chief editor Pressenza Italy
Angelo Baracca, Professor of Physics, Italy
Carlos Vassaux M.D., USA
Dr. Jouni Ylinen, Finland
Ira Helfand, MD,  USA, co-President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize
Claudio Giangiacomo, Italy
Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria
Roberto Renzetti, Professor of Physics and essayist, Italy
People for Nuclear Disarmament, Australia
Human Survival Project, Australia

French translation by Christine Prat, thank you!

Par Brenda Norrell
Censored News
30 novembre 2014
Traduction Christine Prat

L’annonce par le Président de Bolivie Evo Morales suivant laquelle la Bolivie construirait une centrale nucléaire a été perçue comme une nouvelle troublante par ceux qui ont participé à la Conférence sur le Changement Climatique et la Protection de la Terre Mère à Cochabamba, en Bolivie, en 2010.
Ofelia Rivas, O’odham du Territoire O’odham dans l’Ile de la Tortue [Amérique du Nord] était parmi ceux du nord qui participaient à la conférence en Bolivie et elle recommande l’action.
« En tant que co-Présidente du Groupe de Travail Autochtone sur les Droits de Notre Mère la Terre au Sommet Mondial Autochtone de 2010 sur le Changement Climatique, je recommande une pétition à l’échelle mondiale pour exprimer notre profonde inquiétude devant cette décision de développement de ‘libération économique’ en Bolivie. Je me souviens de ce qu’ont dit les femmes boliviennes de la base et de leur profond amour pour Pachamama, Notre Mère la Terre et leur détermination absolue de la protéger. »
Le Président bolivien Evo Morales a annoncé que son gouvernement investira environs 2 milliards de dollars d’ici à 2025 pour développer l’énergie nucléaire dans des buts pacifiques, selon la chaîne TeleSur.
Le Président Morales a déclaré : « Nous ne pourrons plus jamais nous considérer comme un petit pays maintenant que nous nous sommes libérés économiquement. Avec ce type d’investissement dans l’énergie nucléaire nous le garantirons. »
La Bolivie a commencé sa coopération nucléaire avec l’Argentine en mai 2014, et plus récemment, à la mis juillet, après une rencontre avec le Président Russe Vladimir Poutine, au Brésil. Morales a alors annoncé que le dirigeant russe offrait à la Bolivie la technologie et la formation continue des scientifiques du pays, dit la chaîne TeleSur.
La centrale nucléaire serait construite dans la province de La Paz. L’annonce a été faite après que de l’uranium ait été découvert dans la région de Santa Cruz. Par un curieux concours de circonstances, La Paz et Santa Cruz sont les deux villes où les Amérindiens sont arrivés pour la Conférence sur la Terre Mère en 2014, avant de se rendre à Cochabamba.
Suite au rassemblement de Cochabamba, La Bolivie et l’Equateur ont adopté des lois affirmant les Droits de la Nature.
En pays Indien aux Etats-Unis, les Amérindiens sont prompts à souligner les dangers de l’extraction d’uranium et des décharges de déchets nucléaires à l’attention des Peuples Autochtones de Bolivie.
Klee Benally, Diné (Navajo), avait dit : « Le processus de production nucléaire n’a signifié que la mort et la profanation de terres sacrées pour les Peuples Autochtones. De l’extraction, au retraitement, au transport, à l’énergie, aux armes et aux déchets, l’héritage toxique du colonialisme nucléaire, est tout sauf une ‘alternative verte’. »
« Il y a plus de 10000 mines d’uranium abandonnées dans tous les Etats-Unis, beaucoup sont situées dans ou à proximité de communautés Autochtones où les taux élevés de cancers et de malformations congénitales sont causés par l’exposition à ces sites toxiques. Des sites sacrés comme le Mont Taylor au Nouveau Mexique ou Red Butte en Arizona, sont profanés pour extraire l’uranium. Les Etats-Unis ont actuellement plus de 71000 tonnes de déchets qu’ils essaient d’entreposer à Yucca Mountain, un site sacré pour les Shoshone de l’ouest. Les Shoshone de l’ouest ont aussi eu plus de 1000 explosions de bombes atomiques sur leurs terres [ce territoire était l’équivalent de Mururoa pour les Français – NdT], » dit Klee Benally à Censored News.
Klee Benally  parlé (et chanté) des mines d’uranium abandonnées à Montreuil en 2013
Les Navajo et les Pueblos, et d’autres Autochtones dans tout l’ouest, ont souffert de cancers et autres maladies mortelles pendant des décennies à cause de l’extraction d’uranium. Des Navajos ont été envoyés à une mort certaine dans les mines d’uranium, sans combinaisons protectrices. Jusque dans les années 1990, dans les communautés de Cove et Red Valley près de Shiprock, au Nouveau Mexique, dans la Nation Navajo, des Navajo âgés ont vécu dans des maisons construites avec des roches radioactives. Des membres de toutes les familles de ces communautés sont morts de cancers à cause de l’extraction d’uranium. Des enfants Navajo de la région jouaient dans des cours parsemées de pierres radioactives à cause de l’extraction d’uranium.
Même dans la région du Grand Canyon et de Monument Valley, dans la partie ouest de la Nation Navajo, en Arizona, deux sites qui sont éminemment touristiques, les mines d’uranium et des pierres radioactives éparpillées ont laissé un héritage mortel.
De nombreux Pino, des Pueblo Acoma du Nouveau Mexique, dirent que des Pueblos étaient morts après que la poussière radioactive ait recouvert leur nourriture, et les champs dans lesquels leur bétail paissait. Des femmes Pueblo ont été contaminées en lavant les vêtements de leurs maris qui travaillaient dans les mines.
Aujourd’hui, des résidus radioactifs non-décontaminés sont toujours dispersés dans la Nation Navajo. Les entreprises minières ont largement été soustraites à leur responsabilité d’avoir semé la mort et la dévastation, alors même que de nouveaux projets d’extraction menacent la région.
De plus, les Shoshone de l’ouest combattent la menace de voir entreposer des déchets nucléaires sur la Yucca Mountain, dans le Nevada, étant donné que les Amérindiens ont toujours été la cible des décharges de déchets nucléaires. Les désastres nucléaires ont prouvé qu’il n’y a pas de moyen sûr de transporter ou d’entreposer les déchets nucléaires. Les terres des Shoshone de l’ouest était aussi le site des essais pour les bombes atomiques des Etats-Unis.
Réagissant aux dangers mortels de l’extraction d’uranium et de l’enfouissement des déchets, Louise Benally, Diné de Big Mountain, a dit à Censored News : « C’est totalement mauvais, il n’y a aucune sécurité. »
Les dangers ont été exprimés dans une lettre ouverte de la communauté mondiale au Président Morales, publiée sur le site Breaking the Nuclear Chain :
Extrait de la lettre :
La sécurité d’une centrale nucléaire est un mythe, promus par les partisans de l’industrie nucléaire et les industriels, mais c’est clairement nié par les faits : le demi-siècle passé montre qu’on peut s’attendre à des accidents extrêmement graves très régulièrement. Les conséquences d’un accident nucléaire majeur sont pires que celles de n’importe quel autre accident. Rien que l’héritage de Fukushima durera des décennies et affectera le Japon et le reste du monde !
L’énergie nucléaire est vulnérable aux attaques terroristes et conduit à la militarisation du territoire aux alentours.
Il y a un lien très étroit entre le nucléaire civil et le nucléaire militaire. Les matériaux et les techniques de base sont les mêmes, avec du plutonium – le matériel ‘explosif’ idéal pour produire de l’énergie nucléaire et fabriquer des armes nucléaires – qui résulte comme sous-produit de la réaction en chaîne.
Signataires :
Anna Polo, World without Wars, Italy
Olivier Turquet, chief editor Pressenza Italy
Angelo Baracca, Professor of Physics, Italy
Carlos Vassaux M.D., USA
Dr. Jouni Ylinen, Finland
Ira Helfand, MD, USA, co-President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize
Claudio Giangiacomo, Italy
Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria
Roberto Renzetti, Professor of Physics and essayist, Italy
People for Nuclear Disarmament, Australia
Human Survival Project, Australia

Door Brenda Norrell, Censored
Vertaald door NAIS, De NAIS Gazet:

De aankondiging van de Boliviaanse president Evo Morales over de bouw van een kerncentrale in Bolivia kwam hard aan bij diegenen die de ‘Climate Change en Protection of Mother Earth ‘ conferentie hebben bijgewoond in 2010.
                    Ofelia Rivas- foto van Ben Powless
Ofelia RivasO’odham van het O’odham Territory op Turtle Island, een van hen uit het noorden die deelgenomen heeft aan de conference, roept op tot actie.
 “Als co- voorzitter van de Inheemse Werkgroep voor de rechten van Moeder Aarde op de ‘World Indigenous Climate Change Summit,’ in 2010, roep ik op tot een wereldwijde petitie om onze grote bezorgdheid over deze beslissing voor “economische bevrijding” in Bolivia kenbaar te maken. Ik moet steeds denken aan de woorden van de grassroots- vrouwen in Bolivia, en hun diepe liefde voor Pachamama, Moeder Aarde en hun absolute vastberadenheid om haar te beschermen.”
De Boliviaanse president Evo Morales heeft aangekondigd dat zijn regering ongeveer $2 miljard gaat investeren om een kerncentrale te bouwen voor vreedzame doeleinden. Dit volgens TeleSur.
President Morales zei: “ Wij kunnen ons nooit meer een klein land voelen nu dat we onszelf economisch bevrijd hebben. Met dit type van investering in atoomenergie, kunnen wij daar zeker van zijn.”
Bolivia begon de nucleaire samenwerking met Argentina in de maand mei 2014, en nog eens recenter in midden juli na de ontmoeting met de Russische president Vladimir Putin in Brazilië.
TeleSur rapporteerde dat Morales aankondigde dat de Russische leider Bolivia, technologie en training voor Boliviaanse wetenschappers heeft aangeboden.
De kerncentrale zou gebouwd worden in de La Paz provincie.
De aankondiging kwam er nadat er uranium ontdekt was in het Santa Cruz gebied.
Het toeval wil dat in deze twee steden, La Paz en Santa Cruz de Native Amerikaanse delegaties bijeenkwamen alvorens naar Cochabamba door te reizen.
Volgend op de bijeenkomst in Cochabamba hebben Bolivia en Ecuador wetten gestemd om de rechten van de natuur te respecteren.
In Indian Country in de Verenigde Staten wijzen de Native Amerikanen al meteen op de gevaren van de uranium ontginning en nucleaire stortplaatsen.
Klee Benally, Dine’ zegt: “Het nucleaire productieproces betekende alleen maar dood voor inheemsen en ontwijding van sacraal land. Van ontginning, milling, processing, transporteren, energie, wapens, tot afval, is het erfenis van de nucleaire kolonisatie allesbehalve een “groen alternatief.”
“ Meer dan 10.000 verlaten uranium mijnen zijn doorheen de Verenigde Staten gelokaliseerd, veel daarvan in of nabij inheemse gemeenschappen waar hoge kankersterftes en geboorteafwijkingen vastgesteld zijn, veroorzaakt door blootstelling aan deze toxische sites.
Sacrale plaatsen zoals Mount Taylor in New Mexico of Red Butte in Arizona, zijn ontheiligd door uranium ontginningen.
De Verenigde Staten willen meer dan 1000 kilo opslaan op de Yucca Mountain, een sacrale site voor de Western Shoshone. De Western Shoshone hebben ook reeds te maken gekregen met 1000 atoom bom -detonaties op hun land,” zegt Klee Benally aan Censored News.
Navajo’s en Pueblo’s, en andere Natives in het westen, lijden al tientallen jaren aan kankers en andere dodelijke ziekten door de uranium ontginningen.
Navajo’s werden de dood ingestuurd in uranium mijnen zonder beschermende kledij. Zelfs recent, in de jaren 1990, woonden Elders in de gemeenschappen van Cove en Red Valley, nabij Shiprock, N.M. in huizen die gebouwd waren van radioactieve rotsen.
Van iedere familie in deze gemeenschappen stierven er vele aan de kankers veroorzaakt door de uraniummijnen. Navajo kinderen speelden in tuinen die bezaaid waren met radioactieve stenen.
Zelfs in het gebied van de Grand Canyon en Monument Vallei in het westelijke gedeelte van de Navajo natie in Arizona, die beiden belangrijke toeristen attracties zijn, hebben de uranium mijnen en radioactieve afval hun erfenis van dood achtergelaten.
Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, zei dat Pueblos gestorven zijn nadat radioactief stof neerkwam op hun voedsel, en het stof bedekte de velden waarop hun vee graasde. Pueblo vrouwen werden nog veder besmet door het wassen van de kleding van hun mannen die in de mijnen werkten.
Tot op vandaag, ligt er nog radioactief afval verspreid over de Navajo natie. De uraniummijn corporaties ontsnappen aan de verantwoordelijkheid voor de wijdverspreide dood en verwoesting, zelfs nu nog wanneer nieuwe ontginningen in het gebeid dreigen.
Verder bevechten de Western Shoshone de bedreiging van nucleaire afval op Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
Nucleaire rampen hebben het bewijs geleverd dat er geen veilige manier is om nucleair afval te transporteren of op te slaan. Western Shoshone land was ook de site waar de US atoombom getest werd.
Louise Benally, Dine’ van Big Mountain zei aan Censored News: “Het is allemaal slecht, niets is veilig.”
De gevaren weerklinken in de open brief van de ‘global community’ aan President Morales, gepost op ‘Breaking the Nuclear Chain’:

De veiligheid van een kerncentrale is een mythe, gevoed door industriëlen en hun aanhangers , maar duidelijk weerlegt door de feiten: de laatste helft van de eeuw toont ons dat we om de paar jaar een extreem ernstig accident kunnen verwachten.
De gevolgen van een belangrijk nucleair accident zijn erger dan de ergste van eender welk ander accident.
De erfenis van het Fukushima accident alleen al zal nog tientallen jaren aanslepen en Japan en de wereld belasten.

Nucleaire energie is een kwetsbaar doel voor terrorist aanvallen en leid tot een militarisering van het omliggende gebied.

Voor al deze redenen, de productie van energie door nucleaire middelen over de hele wereld is aan een teruggang bezig, die waarschijnlijk nog zal verder gaan; is het redelijk om te verwachten dat de bouw van nieuwe kerncentrales zal afnemen.
Kernenergie op planeet Aarde vertegenwoordigd de zuiverste “anti-nature” vorm van energie productie.
Natuur gebruikt nucleaire reacties in de creatie van nieuwe werelden in sterren. Dat echter is fusie, geen splitsing; op aarde is zijn gebruik louter episodisch en marginaal.

Er is een sterke band tussen burgerlijke en militaire energie productie. De materialen en basis technieken zijn hetzelfde, met plutonium – het “explosieve” materiaal ideaal voor zowel kerncentrales als atoomwapens- resulteert als een bij- product tijdens de kettingreactie.

Lees meer:
Anna Polo, World without Wars, Italy
Olivier Turquet, chief editor Pressenza Italy
Angelo Baracca, Professor of Physics, Italy
Carlos Vassaux M.D., USA
Dr. Jouni Ylinen, Finland
Ira Helfand, MD,  USA, co-President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize
Claudio Giangiacomo, Italy
Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria
Roberto Renzetti, Professor of Physics and essayist, Italy
People for Nuclear Disarmament, Australia
Human Survival Project, Australia

PERU: Rights of Nature Tribunal Dec 2014

2014 Rights of Nature Tribunal

Convening parallel to Lima UN FCCC COP 20

Free & open to the public
Parallel to the UN FCCC December 2014 meetings in Lima, the Global Alliance intends to host its second International Rights of Nature Tribunal. The intention is to hear a small number of cases aligned with the UN FCCC COP 20 priorities. Selected cases will address the impacts of Climate Change, threats to the Great Barrier Reef, destructive oil and mineral extraction in Peru and South America, and protection of Defenders of the Earth such as the Bagua massacre that is on trial this year in Peru.

Protests as Ski Area Opens with Sewage Snow on Sacred Site

Protests as ski area opens with 100 percent treated sewage snow on sacred site

By Klee Benally

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz — On Friday, November 28, 2014, more than 50 people rallied and marched as Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with snow made from 100% treated sewage on the sacred San Francisco Peaks. With no natural snowfall, Snowbowl had a mere 3 out of 40 ski runs open.
People came from Prescott and Kayenta, AZ and as far away as Shiprock, NM to support residents of Flagstaff who were addressing concerns with Snowbowl's opening, which the multimillionaire owner promotes as "White Friday."

"It saddens me deeply that respect alone did not stop reclaimed wastewater from being sprayed on the peaks." said Rudy Preston, Flagstaff resident,
"And to add injury to insult, I watched them spray the wastewater snow all over picnic tables at the lodge eating area which a week later had melted down to this strange gray powder coating everything. On opening day I witnessed at least 50 people eating lunch in this stuff. They don't even have respect for their own customers."

"I am disgusted by recent local news coverage for Arizona Snowbowl which are nothing more than advertisements for the ski area that go so far as to falsify their reports with images and video of the ski area with a lot more snow on it. If they will blatantly lie that bad for a wastewater soaked, podunk ski area, can I believe even one word of what they say, ever?" stated Rudy.

In press releases and media interviews, Snowbowl is also misleading the public and placing people, especially children, at risk by intentionally omitting that they use 100% wastewater for snowmaking.

 "This is beyond environmental racism, this is an ongoing act of cultural genocide," stated Klee Benally, volunteer with Protect the Peaks, "The US Forest Service, Snowbowl, and City of Flagstaff have made it clear that a couple of small ski runs covered with a foot of treated sewage and marginal economic profit are more important than the cultures of 13 Indigenous Nations, public health, and the ecological integrity of the holy San Francisco Peaks."

Louise Benally, Diné resister from Big Mountain, Sovereign Diné Nation, spoke about paramilitary style assaults and livestock theft committed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal rangers against residents of Black Mesa. Louise offered a prayer song before the group marched through downtown Flagstaff. Diné youth Toby Manuelito & Jody Williams joined Supai Waters, from the Havasupai Nation, to lead the march which stopped for a round dance in Heritage Square. The march also paused in front of businesses known to support Snowbowl such as Oncore. Protesters chanted, "Boycott Snowbowl," "You say recreation, we say desecration!" & "When Mother Earth is under attack what do we do? Fight Back!"

Renae Yellow Horse and Sarana Riggs from Save the Confluence spoke about attempted desecration of the Grand Canyon Confluence by a proposed development called the "Escalade."
"We all are the defenders of the lands, above and below, all around us." stated Renae Yellowhorse, spokesperson for Save the Confluence Familes and Supporters, "The mountains, the rivers, the sacred spaces and places. Our sacred mountain, Dooko'osliid and our sacred spaces, the Confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers -- they are all under threats of development, the Snowbowl as well as the Grand Canyon Escalade. This is wrong and we must all stand up and speak up. Defend the Sacred!" said Renae.

"We are Arizona Students Against Snowbowl (ASAS), a growing state wide coalition of college students calling for campus wide boycotts of Snowbowl in our institutions." stated Iliana Correa-Hernandez student at Prescott College, "We came to protest against Snowbowl's use of millions of gallons of sewage waste water to make fake snow on the San Francisco Peaks. This is a desecration of sacred land and an act of cultural genocide. We stand with the 13 Indigenous Nations who are protecting the sacred and defending life."

"I was surprised that some people at Snowbowl did not know that reclaimed waste water is used to make the snow." said Robyn Jackson, Diné community advocate and activist from Wheatfields, AZ Navajo reservation. "While two young Diné women held a banner saying 'Boycott Snowbowl,' some people made it known they supported Snowbowl, but others came by and expressed appreciation and support of our presence. We witnessed children playing in the snow as well as a group of people eating on top of it. It did not seem that people were fully aware of the health hazards they were exposing themselves to."

"The connection we as Diné have with our abalone shell mountain, and the importance it has in our existence. The snow is unhealthy for the entire ecosystem of our sacred mountain." said T. Tracy, Diné who came to the protest from Tséhoottsooí, "I saw children playing in snow made from treated sewage. Hands and faces open to the waste product. It wasn't very busy but I can imagine plenty more people, ignorant to what they're rolling in, going to the mountain without a clue as to the harm they're exposing themselves and the mountain's ecosystem too." said T. Tracy.

City officials acknowledge that reclaimed wastewater may contain antibiotic resistant bacteria and pharmaceuticals, but have no timeline for testing and mitigating these issues. It is illegal to ingest reclaimed wastewater through the eyes, mouth, ears or skin due to its fecal coliform and chemical content. In spite of this, state agencies are turning a blind eye to these facts when considering matters with Snowbowl – thus the City and State agencies are putting thousands of skiers and families at risk.

"The cultural genocide of Native peoples identities, sacred places, and religious freedom are constantly under attack." said Amanda Blackhorse, plaintiff in a suit against the racist Washington NFL team, "Many people don't realize corporations feed off of one another with regards to cultural appropriation, whether it's Native mascots in professional sports or the desecration of Dooko'osliid (San Francisco Peaks), a temple for Native people. Native people are constantly at the mercy of corporate America as we watch our culture, religion, and identities be used for profit or destroyed for the benefit of leisure." said Amanda.

The United Nation's Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) issued a response to complaints filed by Indigenous organizations and the Navajo Nation's Human Rights Commission in 2011 stating, "The Committee requests information on concrete measures taken to ensure that the sacred character of this site for indigenous peoples is respected, including the possibility of suspending the permit granted to the Arizona Snowbowl in order to further consult with indigenous peoples and take into account their concerns and religious traditions." CERD is charged with monitoring compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination.

Organizers of the protest expressed solidarity for all those rising up to seek justice for Mike Brown and those fighting to protect sacred places from South Mountain, Ohlone Shell Mounds, Hickory Grounds, Mt. Taylor, Medicine Lake, Mount Graham, Yucca Mountain, Mount Tenabo, to Mauna Kea.

Snowbowl is a single for-profit private business operating under a Special Use Permit (SUP) on Forest Service public lands. James Coleman, owner of several ski resorts throughout the Southwest, recently revealed he had made an offer to purchase the ski facilities. Coleman has made new threats of ski area expansion. Since Snowbowl is on public lands, the US Forest Service will have to approve a new SUP if the sale goes through. Indigenous Nations have the opportunity and right to request consultation through that process.


November 29, 2014

An Epidemic of Plagiarism

Salaried plagiarizers, and stay-at-home re-writers, have turned Indian country journalism into a sweatshop of stolen words and photos

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The plagiarism by stay-at-home reporters has become an epidemic in Indian country. It is plagiarism, compounded by deception. Salaried plagiarizers, and stay-at-home re-writers, have turned journalism into a sweatshop of stolen words and photos. They make sure you, the reader, do not know that they are not present on news stories.

The formula is like this. Stay-at-home plagiarizers receive a paycheck for staying home and stealing others work. They plagiarize it without permission, or rewrite it, and steal a photo from the web to go with it. Just ask Indian Country Today Media Network "reporters" if they have been present on the news stories they have been covering for the past few years.

Don't be fooled by the plagiarizers and stay-at-home reporters. Ask them if they were present on the news stories. Look at the byline and see who wrote the article. Look at the photo and find out who took the photo. Find out if the real writers and photographers were paid.

Take a look at Google News and Facebook, you'll see who Indian Country Today is plagiarizing. Search Google Web and you'll find the authentic writers. Ask who the Indian Country Today editors are and find out if they were plagiarizing when they were reporters. Ask them whether they were ever present on news stories. The reporters who were present know this.

Other websites copy and paste news without permission. If there is advertising on the page, it is illegal profiteering and a violation of copyrights. One of these websites is Native American Encyclopedia, which is violating copyrights and profiteering with advertising. The publisher refuses to respond to Censored News and identify the publisher.

These days many unemployed reporters and grassroots activists are spending the little money they have to provide live coverage and breaking news. Plagiarizers are profiteers, just like corporate profiteers, who steal others hard work for their paycheck. They are a sweatshop of stolen words and photos.

In another category, the owners of the Indian news website in Nebraska have received a multi-million dollar US contract for domestic and international spying with an office at the US Pentagon. also posts the work of others, with or without permission.

One of the many problems with systematic plagiarism, and profiteering from others work, is the fact that the real news is not covered, and remains censored, because of the agendas of fraudulent media sites.

Please support authentic journalism and the hard work of those out there spending their last dimes to provide you, the readers, with news.

Best, Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Censored News was created by Brenda Norrell, a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today who was censored, then terminated by ICT. Brenda Norrell has been a reporter in Indian country for 32 years, beginning at Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. Recently, Brenda at Censored News and Govinda at Earthcycles provided live coverage of the two-day American Indian Movement, AIM West Conference, in San Francisco and the three-day Boarding School Tribunal in Wisconsin. There were no other reporters present.

Now in its 9th year, Censored News has no advertising, salaries or grants.

Dineh Jean Whitehorse: Boarding schools, relocation and sterilization

Jean Whitehorse, Dineh, AIM West
Watch live streaming video from earthcycles at
Watch video: Jean Whitehorse's presentation begins at minute 25, after
Webster Arthur, Nez Perce, and Raquel Arthur, Pyrmaid Lake Paiute

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jean Whitehorse, Dineh from Navajo Nation, spoke on abuse in boarding schools, bias in children's literature, relocation and the sterilization of Native American women, during the American Indian Movement's gathering, AIM West, Nov. 21 -- 22, 2014.
Jean spoke on the boarding schools which were designed to strip the identity, family ties and the language of their ancestors from Native Americans.
"I still speak Navajo, that is what the government tried to wash out of our mouths," Jean said.
In boarding school, the goal of the school was to make Natives like whites. She said they were given a number in boarding school, and were not addressed by their name. She couldn't even speak to her brother at school. 
"There were no holidays. Our parents couldn't even visit us."
Then for Jean, like many other Native Americans, there was relocation to the cities. But the good part was she was in the right place at the right time. She was in the Bay Area in the time of the occupation of Alcatraz, she said.
Jean described how she was a victim of the United States secret sterilization of Native American women. The United States secretly engaged in sterilizing Native women when they were in IHS hospitals for other reasons.
After she returned home from the Bay Area to the Navajo Nation, she was treated for an illness at Indian Health Service in Gallup, N.M.
"Two years later I found out that I was sterilized."

Listen to more of Jean's comments at AIM West on Earthcycles in the video library.

AIM West Conference 2014 links at Censored News

Dineh Jean Whitehorse: Boarding schools, relocation and sterilization of Native American women
Lori Riddle, O'odham: Protecting sacred land
Nez Perce and Paiute: Water rights and Borders
AIM West Panel on Racism, Mascots and Genocide
Henry Dominguez, cofounder of Black Berets, speaks at AIM West
Live AIM West Day 1
Live AIM West Day 2
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Gila River O'odham Lori Riddle: Protecting sacred land

Lori Riddle, O'odham, with Govinda of Earthcycles

earthcycles on Broadcast Live Free

By Brenda Norrell 
Censored News 
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lori Riddle, O'odham of Gila River Indian Community, spoke on how her family endured the poisons of living on a Superfund site, during the American Indian Movement's gathering, AIM West, here Nov. 21 -- 22, 2014.
Speaking on the long struggle of O'odham to defend sacred places in southern Arizona, Lori shared the struggle of O'odham who are fighting Loop 202, south of Phoenix, on O'odham land, as they defend their sacred mountain.
Describing the mutated corn now growing on O'odham land, Riddle warned against the genetically-modified seeds that have been used on Indian lands.
Listen to all of Lori's comments during the two day event, in the Video Library at Earthcycles.

A special thanks to Govinda at Earthcycles for providing the livestream and video archives. Please consider donations to Earthcycles or Censored News for travel expenses and new equipment that is needed for our live coverage.
AIM West Conference 2014 links at Censored News

Dineh Jean Whitehorse: Boarding schools, relocation and sterilization of Native American women
Lori Riddle, O'odham: Protecting sacred land
Nez Perce and Paiute: Water rights and Borders
AIM West Panel on Racism, Mascots and Genocide
Henry Dominguez, cofounder of Black Berets, speaks at AIM West
Live AIM West Day 1
Live AIM West Day 2
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November 28, 2014

Photos March to Protect the Peaks

Louise Benally leads march for Protection  of San Francisco Peaks
Photos by Klee Benally

US, Canada and Ukraine vote against Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN

US, Canada & Ukraine vote against Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN

Published time: November 22, 2014 07:59
Edited time: November 23, 2014 14:43

Reuters / Mike Segar
Reuters / Mike Segar
UN General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a Russia-proposed resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes. The US, Canada and Ukraine were the only countries to vote against it.
The resolution was passed on Friday by the committee, which is tasked with tackling social and humanitarian issues and human rights abuses, by 115 votes against three, with 55 nations abstaining, Tass news agency reported.
Read article at RT

Kinder Morgan pulls out of Burnaby Mountain!

Kinder Morgan stops drilling, begins moving equipment from Burnaby Mountain

A Kinder Morgan employees drill on Burnaby Mountain in the background as a signs placed by anti-pipeline demonstrators are pictured in the foreground in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Kinder Morgan has stopped drilling on Burnaby Mountain and will move out its equipment beginning today, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

Photograph by: Jonathan Hayward , THE CANADIAN PRESS

By Tiffany Crawford
Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Kinder Morgan has stopped drilling on Burnaby Mountain and will move out its equipment beginning today, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites for its proposed oil pipeline was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday. It means the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1., the date when the injunction is set to expire. Read more at Vancouver Sun: 

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2014: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, and Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta’ah Amy George have just crossed the Kinder Morgan injunction line at Burnaby Mountain!

By Burnaby Mountain Updates

In crossing the police line, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said, “I am willing to stand up to Kinder Morgan and be arrested for the future of my grandchildren.”

Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta’ah Amy George, daughter of Chief Dan George, also crossed the police line. “My people have been fighting for this inlet since contact. In 2014 we're still fighting for this inlet. And we're not just doing this for our future generations, but we're doing this for all peoples future generations, even for Kinder Morgan's," George said. Just before she crossed the police line, George offered the challenge to everyone to “Warrior Up!” and a take stand. 

For updates on the situation:
Below: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 noon