Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 31, 2014

The Face of Resistance: Censored News 2014

Thank you to all the photographers who contributed to Censored News!

Censored News 2014: Defending the Sacred and Exposing the Exploiters

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Around the world, the struggle to defend Mother Earth and human rights, and expose the exploiters is maintained by the good hearts as a sacred trust

by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The year of 2014 was a difficult one for many, and the struggles to defend the earth and defend human rights were fought with sacrifice around the world. The most viewed articles at Censored News include the oil corruption and murder probe of business associates of Chairman Tex Hall, of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara. 

Arizona Sen. John McCain's role in the theft of Apache sacred lands for copper mining in Arizona also topped the list. In France, the auction houses in Paris continued to sell sacred ceremonial items of Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo, Lakota and more Indigenous Peoples.

The fight against the Keystone XL tarsands continued in the Plains, with new camps of resistance. On the border, Tohono O'odham exposed the US spy cameras now monitoring traditional Indigenous Peoples and activists on the border. The border surveillance tower contract this year was given by US Homeland Security to the Israeli Apartheid contractor Elbit Systems, which maintains Apartheid security around Palestine.

Censored News provided live coverage, with Govinda at Earthcycles providing the livestream, at both the Boarding School Tribunal on Oneida land in Wisconsin, and the gathering of the American Indian Movement, AIM West, in San Francisco. 

At the AIM West gathering there were powerful speakers on the attempts to steal Paiute water rights; the secret sterilization of Native American women by the US government; and the poisoning of Native foods with genetically modified seeds. Censored News and Earthcycles were the only media present to provide coverage.

Around the world, Indigenous Peoples continued to be murdered, raped and disappeared by mining and energy companies.The Rights of Nature Tribunals in Ecuador and Peru focused on some of the worst violators in the world. The Zapatistas maintained the struggle for autonomy and dignity, bringing this year to an end with the Global Festival of Rebellion and Resistance against Capitalism in communities in Mexico.

In the US, journalism continued to bottom out. Plagiarism became the standard. Stay-at-home reporters, like those at Indian Country Today, continued to rewrite for profit the hard work of others, with a five minute phone call added to deceive readers into believing that the re-writers are actually reporters out covering news stories. These re-writers rely on stolen photos from the web. Just ask the 'reporters' if they were actually present on the news stories they pretend to be covering. 

Advertisers, casinos, politicians, and the private agendas of media owners, continued to control, censor and distort the news in Indian country. The owners of the news website received a multi-million dollar contract from the US government for domestic and international spying.

Censored News global readers continued to grow, with readers in the Ukraine, Russia, France, China, Germany, Poland, Indonesia, Turkey and the Netherlands topping the list in 2014. Censored News welcomes new readers in Argentina, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico.

Most Viewed Articles
The most viewed Censored News article in 2014 was on the resolution to suspend Tex Hall. A similar copycat article appeared in New York Times in December 2014. The Censored News series was in February and March 2014. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos and documents to Censored News.

Censored News most viewed article in December was on the Paris auction selling Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo and Plains ceremonial items. Earlier, Klee Benally, Dineh, confronted the auctioneers carrying out cultural genocide in Paris:

Bringing the year to a close, Censored News readers honored their Heroes in Resistance, with Lifetime Achievement Awards and more:

Our most viewed photos this year were the photos of Robyn Jackson, Dineh, at Flood Wall Street in New York and Ken Marchionno's photos of the Ride to Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Thank you.

Throughout 2014, the struggles focused on protecting Mother Earth, defending water rights, and fighting the exploiters who target Indigenous Peoples lands with the most polluting and deadly industries. The Boarding School Tribunal exposed the murder and torture inflicted on Native American children, with the demand to charge church officials and government officials in the US and Canada with criminal charges.

Top Issues

Theft of Indian water rights by non-Indian attorneys, Congressmen and corrupt tribal officials
This is why we need more whistleblowers: Former Sec. Interior Ken Salazar resigned after this memo was leaked, exposing the scheme to steal Navajo water rights in Congress. It wasn't the Navajo government that halted the theft -- it was the Dineh people. Non-Indian attorneys, Congressmen, and corrupt tribal officials have been in this game for a long time. The states and US are desperate for Indian water rights to keep unsustainable cities and dirty coal-fired power plants operating.
Many Native American tribes in Arizona have already signed the so-called "water rights settlements" presented by their non-Indian attorneys. Currently, Paiutes are fighting to save water rights to Pyramid Lake in Nevada. Here's one of the rights that states and the US fear the most: Water rights guaranteed under Winter's Doctrine. It ensures water rights for future generations on Indian lands and the water mongers want those rights waived. In Sonora, Mexico, the Yaqui Traditional Authority has maintained a water rights blockade on a major highway on their land as Mexico steals their water.

Coal-fired pollution on Navajo Nation
With President Obama's announcement in China that the US will cut power plant emissions, the question remains: Will the Navajo Nation take action? The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is one of the top polluters in the world. Will the Navajo Times cover this issue? The power plant uses coal that Peabody Coal rips from Black Mesa in Arizona. Peabody Coal's genocidal scheme to remove Navajos from Black Mesa is the real motivation for the so-called Navajo Hopi Land Dispute. The dirty power plant provides electricity primarily to southern Arizona, and the cities of Phoenix and Tucson. Another dirty coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation is the Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico.

Indian country news infested with plagiarizers and profiteers
National Indian country news is dominated by plagiarizers and profiteers. The victims -- besides those who do the original work and pay the expenses themselves -- are the readers. For years, Indian Country Today armchair reporters have been staying home and plagiarizing. When they don't want you to know who is doing the plagiarizing, they put as the byline at the top "ICTMN staff."
Further, the owners of received a multi-million dollar contract from the US for domestic and international spying this year, with an office at the US Pentagon. What this means for readers is this: There aren't really reporters present on news stories and reporting the facts. Just ask those reporters if they have been present on the news stories they pretend to be covering.
Read Censored News: "Media Pimps: Hollywood isn't the only place where people sleep their way to the top."

Homeland Security gives US border security contract to Israeli firm, includes US spy towers on Tohono O'odham land
Homeland Security gave the border security contract this year to the Israeli defense corporation Elbit Systems, responsible for Apartheid security on the Palestine border. The contract includes the US spy towers on sovereign Tohono O'odham land. See Censored News exclusive coverage of those spy towers on O'odham land: Tohono O'odham government approves 15th spy tower, more land for US Border Patrol:

Bill Gates profiteering from private prisons
The power and money mongers are profiteering from the imprisonment of migrants, American Indians and other people of color in private prisons. The US system fills these prisons with the aid of the media hysteria about the border, and police officers targeting people of color.
Both GEO and CCA are prison for profit vulture corporations. Bill Gates is among the top investors in GEO and G4S.

Truth about cartels and the murdered and disappeared
While remembering the dead and 43 disappeared students in Guerrero, Mexico, remember that it was the US ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) who provided the cartels with assault weapons. Project Gunrunner began in Texas in 2005, according to US documents, and continued based in Tucson with Fast and Furious and Operation Wide Receiver. There was no outcry in the US when it was people in Mexico being killed, including innocent women and children. It was only when a US Border Patrol agent was killed with one of those weapons in Arizona that there was a public outcry. Indigenous Peoples in Mexico and along the border are victims of the heavily-armed cartels. The so-called drug war is just one more of the United States wars created with the aid of spin and fabricated news reports. Meanwhile, the US Border Patrol agents continue to be arrested for smuggling drugs, and continue to shoot through the border and kill citizens of Mexico.

Boarding School Tribunal
Reporters in Indian country were a no-show for coverage of the Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin in October. See the original series by Censored News, with videos by Govinda at Earthcycles. Yes, we were there.

Thank you to our translators: Christine Prat for French translations, Alice Holemans at NAIS for Dutch translations, and welcome to Selina Berger now translating Censored News articles into German.

Censored News, now in its 9th year, has no advertising, grants or sponsors. It was created by Brenda Norrell, a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, after being censored and terminated by ICT. She has been a reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She began as a news reporter with Navajo Times, while living on the Navajo Nation for 18 years. She served as a freelance reporter for AP and USA Today while living on Navajoland and wrote for regional newspapers and magazines.

Yankton Sioux seeks dismissal of Transcanada's KXL tarsands permit

Faith Spotted Eagle
Thomasina Realbird, Yankton Sioux
Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Treaty Chair
Censored News
Wednesday, December 31, 2015

YANKTON SIOUX NATION -- In a determined move, the Yankton Sioux Tribe will square off with Transcanada on January 6, 2014 in order to seek the dismissal of Transcanada’s bid to certify the KXL pipeline to pass through South Dakota. The Tribe will present argument that so much has changed from the findings of fact and conclusions of law and fifty original conditions that were to be met by Transcanada, that it now appears to be a new pipeline.  
The other three tribes will present argument in support of Yankton’s motion.
This past fall of 2014, forty one intervenors and four tribes filed interventions against the development of the KXL pipeline at hearings held by the SD Public Utility Commission which is facilitated by three commissioners of that body. In addition to Yankton, the other four tribes are Cheyenne River, Rosebud and Standing Rock.  
Other intervenors are non-profits, citizens and landowners from South Dakota and Nebraska.  
Many of the SD intervenors are part of the NOKXL Dakota which is a powerful coalition of tribes, landowners and non-profits including Dakota Rural Action, which was a intervenor when the SD Public Utility Commission certified the KXL pipeline in 2010. Bold Nebraska and other Nebraska landowners were also accepted as intervenors.  
The PUC accepted all interventions including Indigenous Environmental Network, the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, the Sierra Club,, the South Dakota Wildlife Federation, and the Rosebud Public Utility Commission.
In a December 2014 PUC hearing, the tribes and other parties presented their objections primarily through pre-hearing motions but were not permitted to make arguments during the actual hearing.   
The PUC hearings appear not to allow oral arguments which is unusual for an administrative body engaged in adjudicatory rule-making.  It remains to be seen whether that will change during the January 6th hearing.
The January 6th hearing will also be the date that parties submit initial discovery requests to other parties seeking information that is relevant to the proceeding. Following the January 6th date , an agreed upon calendar has been set for additional discovery deadlines throughout the next four months which will conclude with a final hearing the first week of May.  The intervention process has brought together a power coalition of intervenors who are asserting their right to a due process as citizens of this country.   The tribes are asserting their rights to protect treaty land, water and the human right to live safely in a land that they have inhabited for centuries. The land involves not only treaty lands but lands that are considered unceded and in an occupation status; and actual lands that are in title status with certain tribes such as Rosebud and Oglala.  Yankton has been fighting KXL pipeline since 2008 and will continue to do so until KXL goes away.
Following the January 6th PUC hearing, the NOKXL Dakota coalition will host a Prayer Circle in the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate unity, solidarity, continued opposition and victory of unification which will not concede lands to a foreign entity or compromise the climate for generations to come.  

For questions contact:   Thomasina Realbird (303) 673-9600 or Faith Spotted Eagle at (605) 481- 0416.

Thank you Christine Prat for French translation!

Par La Tribu Sioux Yankton
Thomasina Realbird, Sioux Yankton
Faith Spotted Eagle, Présidente du Traité Ihanktonwan*
Publié sur Censored News
Mercredi 31 décembre 2014
Traduction Christine Prat

NATION SIOUX YANKTON – Dans une action menée avec détermination, la Tribu Sioux Yankton va croiser le fer avec Transcanada le 6 janvier, afin d’essayer d’obtenir le rejet de la demande de Transcanada de faire officialiser le passage de l’oléoduc Keystone XL à travers le Dakota du Sud. La Tribu avancera l’argument selon lequel tant de choses ont changé dans la constatation des faits et les conclusions légales ainsi que les cinquante conditions initiales devant être remplies par Transcanada, que c’en est devenu un nouvel oléoduc.
Les trois autres tribus présenteront des arguments soutenant la motion des Yankton.
Durant l’automne 2014, 41 intervenants et quatre tribus ont déposé des interventions contre le développement de l’oléoduc KXL durant des sessions de la Commission d’Utilité Publique du Dakota du Sud animées par trois membres de cette institution. En plus des Yankton, les quatre autres tribus sont celles de Cheyenne River, Rosebud et Standing Rock.
Les autres intervenants sont des ONG, des citoyens et des propriétaires de terres du Dakota du Sud et du Nebraska.
Beaucoup d’intervenants du Dakota du Sud sont membres de ‘NOKXL Dakota’ [Pas de KXL Dakota], qui constitue une puissante coalition de tribus, de propriétaires de terres et d’ONG, entre autres l’Action Rurale du Dakota, qui est intervenu quand la Commission d’Utilité Publique a certifié l’oléoduc KXL en 2010. Bold Nebraska [Nebraska Sans Peur] et d’autres propriétaires de terres du Nebraska ont également été acceptés comme intervenants.
La Commission d’Utilité Publique a accepté toutes les interventions, entre autres celles du Réseau Environnemental Autochtone, du Conseil Intertribal sur la Politique Publique, du Sierra Club, de, de la Fédération pour la Vie Sauvage du Dakota du Sud, et de la Commission d’Utilité Publique de Rosebud.
Au cours de la session de décembre 2014 de la Commission d’Utilité Publique, les tribus et les autres parties ont présenté leurs objections essentiellement par le biais de motions préalables mais n’ont pas été autorisées à argumenter lors de la session proprement dite.
Il s’avère que les sessions de la Commission d’Utilité Publique n’autorisent pas les arguments oraux, ce qui est inhabituel pour une institution exerçant un pouvoir de réglementation juridictionnel. Il reste à voir si cela va changer durant la session du 6 janvier.
Lors de la session du 6 janvier, des parties présenteront des faits déjà découverts pertinents pour la procédure. Après la date du 6 janvier, un calendrier accepté par tous a été fixé pour d’éventuelles découvertes de faits au cours des quatre mois qui se concluront par une dernière session dans la première semaine de mai. Le processus d’intervention a réuni une puissante coalition d’intervenants qui défendent leurs droits à une vraie procédure en tant que citoyens de ce pays. Les tribus affirment leurs droits de protéger les terres des traités, l’eau et les droits humains de vivre en sécurité sur une terre qu’ils habitent depuis des siècles. La terre n’inclut pas seulement les terres selon les traités, mais aussi des terres qui n’ont jamais été cédées et sont considérées comme ayant le statut de territoire occupé ; et des terres qui appartiennent en titres à certaines tribus comme Rosebud et Oglala. Yankton a combattu l’oléoduc KXL depuis 2008 et continuera jusqu’à ce que le KXL s’en aille.
Après la session du 6 janvier de la Commission d’Utilité Publique, la coalition NOKXL Dakota hébergera un Cercle de Prière dans la Rotonde du Capitole pour célébrer l’unité, la solidarité, l’opposition ininterrompue et la victoire de l’unification qui ne cèdera pas de terres à une entité étrangère et ne compromettra pas le climat pour les générations à venir.
Si vous avez des questions, contactez : Thomasina Realbird (00 1) (303) 673 9600 ou Faith Spotted Eagle (00 1) (605) 481 0416

*Le 25 janvier 2013 les Nations Sioux ont signé un Traité International (c.à.d. Inter nations Sioux, ouvert aux autres Nations voulant les rejoindre) pour Protéger le Sacré des Projets de Sables Bitumineux.
L’introduction :
Les représentants de Nations, tribus et gouvernements Autochtones souverains, participant au Rassemblement pour Protéger le Sacré des 23 au 25 janvier 2013, pour le 150ème anniversaire du Traité Entre les Pawnee et les Sioux Yankton, se sont rassemblés sur les terres Ihanktonwan et ont résolu par consentement libre, préalable et informé de s’engager par traité à être pour toujours respectés et protégés.
Voir le texte intégral du Traité, en anglais

Thanks to Alice Holemans NAIS for Dutch translation!

 Door Yankton Sioux Tribe
Thomasina Realbird, Yankton Sioux
Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktowan Treaty Chair
Vertaald door NAIS:
Foto: Faith Spotted Eagle
In een vastberaden zet wil de Yankton Sioux tribe op 6 januari 2014 afrekenen met Transcanada. De stam wil de vergunning van Transcanda om door zuid Dakota te trekken laten intrekken.
De stam zal met argumenten aantonen dat er zoveel veranderd is in feiten en besluiten in de wet en de vijftig oorspronkelijke voorwaarden die Transcanada moest vervullen - dat het nu lijkt alsof het een heel nieuwe pijpleiding betreft.
De drie andere stammen zullen een motie tot steun aan de Yankton’s indienen.
In de herfst van 2014 hebben eenenveertig mensen en vier stammen interventies ingediend tegen de ontwikkeling van de KXL pijpleiding tijdens hoorzittingen die georganiseerd werden door de SD Public Utility Commission.
De vier stammen zijn Yankton, Cheyenne River, Rosebud en Standing Rock.
De anderen ‘intervenors’ (*)zijn non-profits, burgers en landeigenaars van Zuid Dakota en Nebraska.
Velen Zuid-Dakota ‘intervenors’ maken deel uit van de NOKXL Dakota, een machtige coalitie van stammen, landeigenaren en non-profits waaronder Dakota Rural Action, die ook tussengekomen was toen in 2010 de SD Public Utility Commission de KXL pijpleiding bevestigde.
Bold Nebraska en andere landeigenaars uit Nebraska werden ook aanvaard als ‘intervenors’.
De PUC aanvaardde alle interventies waaronder inbegrepen het IEN (Indigenous Enviromental Network,) de Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, de Sierra Club, 350 org., de South Dakota Wildlife federation, en de Rosebud Public Utility Commission.

In december 2010 dienden de stammen en andere partijen voornamelijk hun bezwaren in tijdens de voorbereidingen van de hoorzitting maar werden niet toegestaan om hun argumenten te verdedigen tijdens de eigenlijke hoorzitting.
De hoorzittingen van PUC staan geen mondelinge argumentvoering toe, wat toch hoogst ongewoon is voor een administratieve unit dat zich bezighoudt
met het afwegen van de wetten.
Het blijft nog af te wachten of er iets zal veranderen op de hoorzitting van 6 januari.
Op de dag van de hoorzitting op 6 januari zullen de partijen de verzoeken voor informatie van de aanvankelijke bevindingen aan de andere partijen overhandigen. Informatie dat relevant is voor het verdergaan van de procedure.

Het interventieproces heeft een krachtige coalitie van ‘intervenors’ samengebracht die hun recht als burgers van dit land in het komende proces verdedigen.
De stammen verdedigen hun rechten om niet enkel treaty- land maar land dat nooit overgeven werd en nog steeds ‘bezet’ is; en land dat rechtmatig hoort aan Rosebud en Oglala.
Yankton vecht reeds tegen KXL sinds 2008 en zal blijven vechten tot KXL weggaat.
Volgend op de PUC hoorzitting van 6 januari zal de NOKXL coalitie een ‘Prayer Circle ‘organiseren in de Capitol Rotunda. Zij zullen eendracht, solidariteit, voortdurend verzet dat geen grond zal overgeven aan een vreemde entiteit of het klimaat in gevaar zal brengen voor toekomstige generaties, te vieren.

(*) ‘intervenors’ US law: zijn personen die geen partij zijn in een lopende rechtszaak maar die zichzelf partij maken door zich ofwel bij de aanklager te voegen of zich verenigen met de met de beklaagde in verzet tegen de beschuldigingen.

December 29, 2014

New York Times' Copycat Journalism: Tex Hall and Blood Oil

The top article above by The New York Times, published today, has a very similar title, 
and similar facts, to the Censored News article in February.
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The New York Times has finally covered Chairman Tex Hall and the corruption in the oil and gas industry on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota.

The New York Times article today has almost the same title as Censored News original article published in February, as you can see above. Copy cat journalism is never flattering, especially when those who did the original work are not given credit, including those of us who are unpaid and do this as a labor of love.

Meanwhile, the Censored News original article on the resolution to suspend Tex Hall was the most read article at Censored News in 2014. Thank you to everyone who provided documents and photos.

Here's the original Censored News series published in February and March of this year.

Censored News: Tex Hall: Blood OIl and the Murder Probe (Feb 2014)

Censored News: Resolution prepared to suspend Tex Hall

Censored News: Independent investigator of Tex Hall is actually oil and gas lobbyist


Thanks to Alice Holemans at NAIS for the Dutch translation!

 Door Brenda Norrell:
Vertaald door NAIS:

Het artikel in The New York Times heeft dezelfde titel, en geeft gelijkaardige feiten zoals gepubliceerd in Censored News in februari
De New York Times heeft eindelijk de verslaggeving over Tex Hall en de corruptie in de olie en gas industrie in de Mandan, Hidatsa en Arikara Nation in Noord Dakota, gepubliceerd.
Het artikel in de New York Times article draagt bijna dezelfde titel als het oorspronkelijke bericht dat Censored News in februari gepubliceerd heeft.
Copycat journalistiek is nooit flatterend , vooral niet wanneer diegenen die het oorspronkelijke werk gedaan hebben geen erkenning kregen, waaronder ook zij die er niet voor worden betaald en dit doen met liefde en toewijding.
Ondertussen was het oorspronkelijke artikel in Censored News over de resolutie om Tex Hall te schorsen het meest gelezen artikel in Censored News in 2014.
Dank aan iedereen die de documenten en foto’s bezorgden.
Hieronder is de oorspronkelijk serie gepubliceerd in Censored News in Februari en maart van dit jaar.
Censored News: Tex Hall: Blood OIl and the Murder Probe (Feb 2014)

Censored News: Resolution prepared to suspend Tex Hall

Censored News: Independent investigator of Tex Hall is actually oil and gas lobbyist

Mohawk Nation News 'ONGWE’HON:WEH ORATION'



Please post & distribute. Nia:wen.
MNN. Dec. 23, 2014. Britain and its colonies, US, Israel, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are partners in waging continual war against world peace. Colonization will end:
lineup revolution

1.WHEN public officials make oaths to local natural inhabitants of the land and not to a foreign autocrat.
2.WHEN genocide is punished to the fullest extent so that it never occurs again.
3.WHEN Canada, a military corporation with no constitution and no democracy, is ended. There will be no need for police, prisons or the Admiralty law apparatus. The natural law of the land, Kaianere’ko:wa, will be implemented when every Council of women stands up in every community.
4.WHEN the Corporation of Canada is disbanded, its Ongwe’hon:weh creditors will be reimbursed for everything taken since the invasion, including the return of all lands and funds such as the Indian Trust Funds.
5.WHEN all programs of terror to further the colonial imperial agenda end. Then only truth will prevail. Ongwe’hon:weh will not be threatened with annihilation, kept under occupation or denied fundamental human rights. We will not be criminalize for defending ourselves, our lives, welfare and future.
6.WHEN the CROWN’s propaganda program against the Ongwe’hon:we ends. All Ongwe’hon:weh issues will be fully and truthfully exposed in all forms of education.
7.WHEN Corporate INDIANS and illegal power will be disbanded. Corporate INDIANS who are part of the genocide agenda will be dealt with by their own people in their own communities. Should the INDIANS withdraw from their corporate identity and refuse to help the criminals of CANADA with the genocide program, they will become Ongwe’hon:we and help with the Great Peace transition.
8.WHEN we are not victimized, threatened or starved into submission for defending ourselves as the sovereigns of Ono’ware:geh.
Six Nations Chiefs explain Great Peace, 1871.
Six Nations Chiefs explain Great Peace, 1871. “Do you hear us yet?”
9.WHEN rogue states decolonize military occupation will end. The Great Peace will prevail.
10.WHEN the Ongwe’hon:we are not threatened with termination, assimilation, privatization, de-communalization, paying taxes to the invaders and all illegal CROWN trusteeship to our land and resources is ended. Each person shall come to the truth in our own minds. The colonizers shall have a choice to follow the laws of the land or remain subjects of the Corporation of Canada and leave Ono’ware:geh.  Each shall have freedom, equality and a voice.
“Hangman, Hangman, wait for a little while. I think I see my brother coming from many a mile. Brother, did you bring some silver? Brother, did you bring some gold? Brother, what did you bring to keep me from the gallows pole.” Robert Plant sings for all Canadians when he asks, “Brother, what do you have to keep me from the gallows pole? Ongwehonweh have the Great Peace that will keep you from the Hangman.
MNN Mohawk Nation News or more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L for original Mohawk music visit
In The General idea of the Revolution 1851 Proudhon urged a “society without authority.” In “What is Government?” he wrote:
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

Censored News thanks Alice Holemans at NAIS for the Dutch translation

Door Mohawk Nation News: 
Bron: Censored News:
Vertaald door NAIS:
Six Nations Chiefs verduidelijken de Grote Vrede, 1871 " Hoort u ons nu?"
Groot Brittannië en zijn kolonies ,VS, Israel, Canada, Australia en Nieuw Zeeland, zijn partners die constant oorlog voeren tegen de wereldvrede.

De kolonisatie zal eindigen:

  1. Wanneer ambtenaren hun trouw zullen zweren aan de plaatselijke natuurlijke bewoners van het land in plaats van aan een buitenlandse autocraat.

  1. Wanneer genocide zo erg bestraft zal worden dat het nooit meer zal plaatshebben.

  1. Wanneer Canada, een militaire corporatie zonder grondwet en democratie zal ophouden te bestaan. Dan zal er geen behoefte zijn aan politie, gevangenissen of de ‘Admiralty law’ apparatus. De natuurlijke wet van het land, Kaianere’ko:wa, zal toegepast worden wanneer in iedere gemeenschap de Raad van Vrouwen zal opstaan.

  1. Wanneer de corporatie van Canada ontbonden wordt, zijn Ongwe’hon:weh- schuldeisers vergoed zullen worden voor alles wat hen werd afgenomen sinds de invasie, en alle land en fondsen, zoals het Indian Trust Funds zal teruggegeven worden.

  1. Wanneer alle terreurprogramma’s ter bevordering van de koloniale imperialistische agenda zullen stoppen, dan zal enkel de waarheid overheersen. Ongwe’hon:weh zal niet verder bedreigd worden met vernietiging, bezet blijven , noch hun fundamentele mensenrechten ontzegd worden. Wij willen niet langer gecriminaliseerd worden omdat wij onszelf, onze levens, welvaart en toekomst verdedigen.

  1. Wanneer het propaganda programma van de Kroon tegen de Ongwe’hon:weh zal eindigen, zullen alle Ongwe’hon:weh kwesties volledig en waarheidsgetrouw kenbaar gemaakt worden in iedere onderwijsvorm.

  1. Wanneer corporate indianen en illegale macht ontbonden zullen worden. Met de Corporate indianen die meegewerkt hebben aan het genocide agenda zal afgerekend worden door hun eigen volk in hun eigen gemeenschappen. Indien de indianen hun corporate identiteit zullen intrekken en weigeren om de misdadigers van Canada te helpen met hun genocide programma, dan zullen zij terug Ongwe’hon:wehworden en helpen met de transitie naar de Grote Vrede .

  1. Wanneer wij niet gedupeerd, bedreigd of uitgehongerd tot overgave zullen worden omdat we onszelf verdedigen als de soevereine Ongwe’hon:weh

  1. Wanneer boevenstaten zullen dekoloniseren dan zullen de militaire bezettingen stoppen. De Grote Vrede zal dan zegevieren.

  1. Wanneer de Ongwe’hon:weh niet bedreigd worden met uitroeiing, assimilatie, privatisering, ontbinding van de gemeenschappen, belastingen moeten betalen aan de indringers en de hele illegale Trustschap raad van de Kroon, dan zal iedereen terug kunnen denken naar eigen verstand. De kolonisten zullen voor de keuze gesteld worden, ofwel zullen ze volgens de wetten van het land leven ,ofwel blijven ze onderdanen van de Canadese Corporatie en dan zullen ze Ongwe’hon:wehverlaten. Iedereen zal vrij, gelijk zijn en een stem hebben.

“Hangman, Hangman, wait for a little while. I think I see my brother coming from many a mile. Brother, did you bring some silver? Brother, did you bring some gold? Brother, what did you bring to keep me from the gallows pole.”
Robert Plant zingt voor alle Canadezen wanneer hij vraagt :”Brother, what do you have to keep me from the gallows pole?”
Ongwehonweh heeft de Grote Vrede die u zal redden van de beul.
In The General idea of the Revolution 1851 Proudhon urged a “society without authority.” In “What is Government?” he wrote:
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

December 28, 2014

The Ride to Wounded Knee


Photos by Ken Marchionno 
Dec 28, 2014

300 Miles, The Oomaka Tokatakiya
Future Generations Ride
by Ken Marchionno and Students of the Future Generations Teen Photojournalism Project

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News Rot: The Black OP Media of 2014

The mainstream media in 2014: No more than a black Op

By Brenda Norrell

TUCSON, Arizona -- No one spins wars better than CNN and no one kills with drones better than the White House. The paid media in the US marched to the tune of their handlers in 2014, continuing the rot and decay of US manufactured news. The news became no more than a black OP, a dark operation of the powers that be.

From the cardboard cutout anchors of CNN mimicking their handlers as caged parrots, to the plagiarism and rewrites of stay-at-home reporters for Indian Country Today, the news became, as my grandmother says, ready for the slop bucket.

The good news is that the alternative press blossomed beyond the fetid mess of the mainstream media in the US. Globally, the UK Guardian continued to lead the world in the news that the others tried to bury. 

The New York Times was swimming for its life in the gush of real truth by Wikileaks, Anonymous and Snowden. The Times, out there somewhere, was carried downstream because it trembled, afraid to make a difference. As usual, the media in Washington DC, was dependable -- if you depend on oil, gas, coal, politics, lobbyists and exploitation for your millions. 

With so much spin, the Wall Street Journal spun into orbit and out of the picture, terrified of the truth about banks and suicided bankers. Was the Los Angeles Times still gasping for breath? It was hard to tell. They were all tip-toeing around US torture.

Most of the US media stayed home in 2014, plagiarizing and rewriting articles written by the few hard working reporters and activists who are still actually out there covering the news. 

Plagiarism and deceit, with stolen photos from the Internet, is the new standard for online print journalism by paid reporters in the US. While many readers may be deceived with the new rot, reporters are not.

There was also the fad that BBC and NPR plunged into. Both featured interviews with whites in the US, after Ferguson protests, attempting to assure the world there is no racism in America.

What is really sad, is the sterilized, censored, co-opted and manipulated view of the world belched up by the media in the US.

Well, you see, I ride the bus with the homeless of Tucson, Arizona, every morning. At the bus stop, a woman struggles with eight garbage bags of wet blankets. She says the tent she just got is real warm. But now all of her blankets are soaked from last night's rain. Her two sons, about ten and fifteen, run up from the storage unit down the road. "They said we can sleep there tonight if it is still raining," the older ones says. The boys are looking forward to sleeping on the cold concrete floor of a storage unit and out of the rain tonight. "It's real big," the young one says. Behind us, a young girl, about fifteen, is pregnant and alone. She is hiding in the bushes next to a strip club. 

This is America. This is the America that the media doesn't want you to think about. Since most of the 'reporters' stay home and plagiarize or rewrite these days, they don't know about the homeless children who sleep on storage unit floors.

On the bus, another day, a man describes the half sandwich he was given the day before. "It tasted real good, but it doesn't do much for my family."

Beyond the bus stop is the barrio, where laughter fills a yard. The balloons and streamers are going up for a child's birthday party. The smell of menudo and corn tortillas fill the air. It is the aroma of Mexico, just a long walk away, and the people here have brought their laughter and the aroma of home cooked food with them. The construction workers were up before four this morning, heading out for a long day's work. At the corner, the woman at the little store waves. An old man walking with a cane nods, as if to say, "It will be OK."

I know this because I didn't stay home today.

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years, beginning as a staff reporter for Navajo Times. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she was a freelance reporter for AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was repeatedly censored, then terminated. She created Censored News to expose what is being censored. Now in its ninth year, Censored News features Indigenous and grassroots writers and has no advertising, sponsors or grants.