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Monday, November 17, 2014

Congratulations to our Heroes

By Brenda Norrell
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It is wonderful watching my longtime friends honored for fighting the good fight. Each is on their own path, upholding their cultures and traditions, and fighting for human rights and border rights in what is known as Arizona.

It is an incredible time for the Benally family. Jones Benally of Big Mountain is being honored at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Sihasin -- Clayson and Jeneda, Benally -- won Best Debut Group at the Native American Music Awards on Saturday night.

This comes just after Klee Benally, singer, documentary maker, and organizer of Indigenous Action Media, was selected by Buzzfeed as one of the Twelve Native Americans making a difference.

On Saturday night Jose Matus, Pascua Yaqui, received the Corazon Indigenous Award. Matus has spent his life bringing Yaqui from Sonora across the border to maintain the Yaqui ceremonies in Arizona. During those years, he fought against the injustice of the Border Patrol and for the rights of Indigenous Peoples living in their homelands. In 1995, he joined an Indigenous delegation to support the Zapatistas, as human shields as the Mexican military was assassinating Zapatistas. Then, in 2010, Matus traveled to Bolivia for the Mother Earth Conference hosted by President Evo Morales. Read article at Censored News.

It brought back profound memories for me, of being galvanized by that first trip to Chiapas with the delegation in 1995. Even the memory has the effect of separating the trivial and ordinary from what is really important, and galvanizing the spirit. It was an honor also to join Matus and the delegation on that journey to Bolivia.

My memories of Clayson, Jeneda and Klee travel back to when they were young rock and rollers. It is wonderful to see how these three children of Jones and Berta Benally have spent their lives fighting that good fight, and raising the battle cry of "Resistance."

Congratulations to all of you my friends, Brenda
Photo Jones Benally of Big Mountain
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Supai Waters: Raising the AIM staff

By Supai Waters
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Good afternoon,
Northern Havasupai AIM scout enroute to Red Lake
United  Nations AIM camp. All unified AIM chapters on stand by, wait
until southern route AIM staff is raised and standing at
attention. Drum nations stand by. 
We will shoot the first arrow for clearance.

Anonymous takes the hoods off the KKK after Ferguson threats

Anonymous seizes Ku Klux Klan Twitter account over Ferguson threats

Summary: After racial hate group Ku Klux Klan said it would use 'lethal force' on Ferguson protesters, a skirmish with Anonymous erupted: Anonymous has now seized two primary KKK Twitter accounts. UPDATED.
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Anonymous Operation #HoodsOff IDs St. Louis Klan Members -- Including Cops

Twitter, Facebook and Google + accounts are being deleted right and left today, as Anonymous Operation #HoodsOff continues in response to a letter from the Klan threatening Ferguson protesters. Guess they don't understand that everything's already been screen-grabbed! (That's Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona in the video.)

Lakotas 'House vote on Keystone pipeline is act of war'

by Aldo Seoane
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ROSEBUD, SD – In response to today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal President announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) recognizes the authorization of this pipeline as an act of war.“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said President Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.

O'odham Resistance against Loop 202: Protect the Sacred

By Akimel O’odham Youth CollectiveContact:
November 15th, 2014
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On Saturday November 15th, 2014, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) came to the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) to hold a public forum regarding the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 Freeway. About 25 people attended to show their resistance to the freeway. Moadak Do’ag, also known as the South Mountains, is a sacred place for all O’odham people. Eighteen other tribes also have cultural affinities to the South Mountain range, although ADOT did not consult directly with those eighteen other tribes listed in the FEIS. The Gila River Indian Community has a history of opposition to the proposed freeway dating back to the late 1980s, yet ADOT continues to plan freeway construction through Moadak Do’ag. GRIC’s tribal council has passed three resolutions against the freeway and countless actions have been taken by community members over the decades.

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