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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kandi Mossett at UN: Native Youth Suicides and Extractive Industries


Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara
from North Dakota where oil and gas drilling and fracking has caused death and misery.

Kandi Mossett at UN: 'Leave it in the Ground' is the message from Native American youths

14th Session of The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Fourteenth Session, 21 April 2015
Agenda Item 3(c), Youth, self-harm and suicide
French translation by Christine Prat

Madame Chairwomen,
Members of the Permanent Forum
Distinguished Brothers and Sisters, Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples' Nations

I'm speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Environmental Network, MADRE and a dozen Indigenous Peoples' Organizations and regional networks from North, Central and South America, Africa and Asia on the root causes of indigenous youth's self-harm and suicide.

In order to protect and promote the well-being of Indigenous Youth and prevent self-harm and suicide, we need to stop the destruction of Mother Earth. When we see governments, extractive industries and multinational corporations raping and destroying Mother Earth, it simultaneously destroys our hope for the future and diminishes our will to live. There is a direct corollary between the harm to Mother Earth, especially on our lands and territories, and Indigenous youth's self-harm and skyrocketing rates of suicide.

Furthermore, extractive industries and the burning of fossil fuels are causing climate change. We need the United Nations and governments to take real action on climate change.

We, therefore, respectfully submit the following RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. That the special theme of the 15th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues be Indigenous Peoples' Territories and Extractive Industries and that the UNPFII hold an expert meeting on Indigenous Peoples' Territories and Extractive Industries prior to the 15th Session.

That the States adopt a limitation on oil and fossil fuel extraction whereby 80% of all oil and fossil fuel reserves be left in the ground.

That the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the forthcoming Paris Accord implement and protect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and all other human rights instruments.

That the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the forthcoming Paris Accord include legally binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the source by 60-80% as recommended by the UN without false solutions to climate change which include carbon trading, carbon offsets, the Clean Development Mechanisms, REDD+, Carbon Capture and Storage, monoculture tree plantations and agrofuels.

Madame Chairwoman, our connection to the land is such that when we see mining companies ripping into the land, we find it physically painful within our own bodies. When fracking injects chemicals into the earth and poisons our waters, the women, children, youth and all Indigenous peoples are also poisoned by the toxic chemicals. When logging destroys entire forests and ecosystems and we see such death and destruction before our eyes, we begin to lose hope in humanity. The question of whether or not the future is even worth living for in the face of such destruction is put into our minds and hearts and many indigenous youth lose hope to the point of believing that self-harm and suicide is the only way out.

My own work against fracking in North Dakota has shown me and my reservation community first hand the urgency of the dire situation. This kind of extreme energy extraction negajtively impacts the mental and spiritual health of our youth.

When I look into the eyes of my 1 year old daughter I see such hope and light for the future and I want that hope to always be with her. This is why our organizations are proposing these recommendations as a next step to help ensure that Indigenous Youth do not fall into the trap of self-harm and hopelessness, but rather, can fulfill the role as joyous and healthy guardians of Mother Earth.

In closing, I remind the United Nations that "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

Thank you.

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Kandi Mossett
Indigenous Environmental Network
Native Energy and Climate Campaign Organizer
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Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara du Dakota du Nord où les forages de pétrole et de gaz et la fracturation ont causé la mort et le désespoir

KANDI MOSSETT AUX NATIONS UNIES : ‘LAISSEZ-LE DANS LE SOL’, C’EST LE MESSAGE DES JEUNES AUTOCHTONES D’AMERIQUE
Mardi 21 avril 2015
Publié sur Censored News
14ème Session du Forum Permanent sur les Questions Autochtones, 21 avril 2015
Point d’Agenda 3(c), La Jeunesse, l’autodestruction et le suicide
Madame la Présidente,
Membres du Forum Permanent,
Eminents Frères et Sœurs, Représentants des Nations des Peuples Autochtones
Je parle au nom du Réseau Environnemental Autochtone [Indigenous Environmental Network], de MADRE et d’une douzaine d’Organisations de Peuples Autochtones et de réseaux régionaux d’Amérique du Nord, Centrale et du Sud, d’Afrique et d’Asie sur les causes fondamentales de l’autodestruction et du suicide chez les jeunes Autochtones.
Afin de protéger et de promouvoir le bien-être de la Jeunesse Autochtone et de prévenir l’autodestruction et le suicide, nous devons mettre un terme à la destruction de Notre Mère la Terre. Lorsque nous voyons des gouvernements, des industries minières et des multinationales violer et détruire Notre Mère la Terre, çà détruit simultanément notre espoir pour le futur et diminue notre volonté de vivre. Il y a un lien direct entre les dommages causés à Notre Mère la Terre, en particulier sur nos terres et territoires, et la montée en flèche des taux d’autodestruction et de suicides chez les jeunes Autochtones.
De plus, les industries minières et la combustion de carburants fossiles causent un changement climatique. Il faut absolument que les Nations Unies et les gouvernements entreprennent une action réelle contre le changement climatique.
En conséquence, nous vous soumettons respectueusement les RECOMMANDATIONS suivantes :
Que le thème spécial de la 15ème Session du Forum Permanent de l’ONU sur les Questions Autochtones soit : ‘Territoires des Peuples Autochtones et Industries Minières’ et que le Forum Permanent organise une réunion d’experts sur les Territoires de Peuples Autochtones et les Industries Minières avant la 15ème Session.
Que les Etats instaurent une limitation de l’extraction de pétrole et autres carburants fossiles par laquelle 80% des réserves de carburant fossile soient laissés dans le sol.
Que la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques et le futur Accord de Paris mettent en œuvre et protègent la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Peuples Autochtones et tous les autres instruments des droits de l’homme.
Que la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques et le futur Accord de Paris incluent des engagements juridiquement contraignants de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 60 à 80% à la source, comme il est recommandé par les Nations Unies, sans fausses solutions, y compris le commerce des droits d’émission, les crédits de carbone, les Mécanismes de Développement Propre, REDD+ [Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation], le Captage et stockage du Carbone, les plantations d’arbres en monoculture et les carburants d’origine agricole.
Madame la Présidente, notre connexion avec la terre est telle que lorsque nous voyons les compagnies minières déchirer le sol, nous souffrons physiquement, dans nos propres corps. Quand la fracturation hydraulique injecte des produits chimiques dans la terre et empoisonne nos eaux, les femmes, les enfants, les jeunes et tous les peuples Autochtones sont également empoisonnés par ces produits toxiques. Quand l’industrie de l’abattage détruit des forêts entières et des écosystèmes et que nous assistons de nos propres yeux à la mort et la destruction, nous commençons à perdre espoir en l’humanité. La question de savoir si l’avenir vaut même d’être vécu face à une telle destruction s’installe dans nos esprits et nos cœurs et beaucoup de jeunes Autochtones perdent l’espoir au point de croire que l’autodestruction et le suicide sont les seules échappatoires.
Mon propre travail contre la fracturation hydraulique dans le Dakota du Nord nous a montré, à moi et à la communauté de ma réserve, l’urgence de la triste situation. Ce type d’extraction extrême touche négativement la santé mentale et spirituelle de notre jeunesse.
Quand je regarde ma fille d’un an dans les yeux, j’y vois tellement d’espoir et de lumière pour le futur, que je veux que cet espoir reste toujours avec elle. C’est pourquoi nos organisations proposent ces recommandations comme prochaine mesure pour contribuer à assurer que les Jeunes Autochtones ne tombent pas dans le piège de l’autodestruction et du désespoir, mais plutôt qu’ils puissent remplir joyeusement et en pleine santé leur rôle de gardiens de Notre Mère la Terre.
Pour finir, je rappelle aux Nations Unies que « Nous n’héritons pas la terre de nos ancêtres, nous l’empruntons à nos enfants. »
Merci.
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Kandi Mossett
Indigenous Environmental Network
Organisatrice d’une Campagne Autochtone pour l’Energie et le Climat
Notre site : www.ienearth.org

'Indigenize Zuckerberg' Natives Protest Facebook Real Names Policy

#IndigenizeZuckerberg
Natives Protest Facebook 'Real Names' Policy

By Jacqueline Keeler

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In response to my cousin, Deloria Many Grey Horses-Violich’s repeated suspension from Facebook for her surname I created the event All Natives Become Zuckerbergs! Protest FB Name Policy​.
In solidarity with Deloria Many Grey Horses-Violich's repeated banning from Facebook for her surname we ask that all Native American and First Nations Facebook members and allies change their names to Zuckerberg for one day. You can also choose to change your profile picture in support of #IndigenizeZuckerberg (see attached).
Her account was reported by Biloxi High School mascot supporters as a form of bullying and silencing of Native people. This must stop. Facebook policies should not allow it to happen nor should they collaborate with the bullying of Native people.
I will be changing my profile name because I do not believe that my Facebook account should be more protected than my relatives simply because I have a European surname.
The way these Facebook "real name" policies are enforced reveal cultural biases against our people that are still alive in the minds of our peers. And that is not acceptable. Also, since they rely on an account being "reported" they are useful tools for bullies to use to silence and further marginalize Native people. I cannot silently accept either while I enjoy the protections my surname gives me on FB. That I even have to type that sentence is unbelievable to me in this day and age but then, so is the fact that our people are mascotted. It is all unbelievable and yes, unacceptable in 2015.
You can find me on Google Plus (+JacquelineKeeler) and Twitter (@jfkeeler) if I get suspended tomorrow.
DATE: 4/22/2015
EVENT Page: All Natives Become Zuckerbergs! Protest FB Name Policy​ (https://www.facebook.com/events/1555205128076480/)
CONTACT: Jacqueline Keeler - jackiekeeler@icloud.com and
Deloria Many Grey Horses - deloriamgh@gmail.com
MEDIA KIT:
Statement by Deloria Many Grey Horses-Violich about event

#IndigenizeZuckerberg

Whether the High-powered Facebook machine realizes it or not their strict name policy is having a damaging impact on Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. The name policy was put into place to weed out impostors, cyber bullies and people who use false identities, such as the impostors featured on MTV’s reality show Catfish.  The problem is that although this policy was put into place to “protect” members it is singling out and silencing many First Nations and Native Americans who have authentic genuine Indigenous names.
Name giving before and after Colonialism
Prior to colonization naming traditions varied from nation to nation. A person could acquire multiple names in their lifetime depending on their characteristics, accomplishments, and life events.  Names were sacred and very personal.  Indigenous Peoples did not typically carry surnames like those of the European settlers.  This concept of a first and last name was introduced in 1884 when the US Congress created an Act requiring the Bureau of Indian Affairs to conduct an annual census on Indian reservations in the United States.  The census included the individual’s name, English name, sex, age, relationship, tribe, and reservation.  The Indian Agents conducting the census were not fluent in the Native language and often misinterpreted the meaning of the name or would changed the Native name to a European last name.  In some cases, Indian Agents would purposely change a name to something vulgar or demeaning out of spite and animosity towards the family or Nation.
It was also common during the Residential School Era that Indigenous children were given “proper christian” names.  For instance my mother entered St. Paul’s Boarding School in Southern Alberta with a Blackfoot name that translated to “Little Filly” and when she left she was known as Martha Many Grey Horses. Needless to say, the European naming of our people was another attempt to assimilate and strip us of our cultural identity. Dallas Goldtooth from the 1491s points out, “It is a frustrating thing that Indigenous people must constantly struggle to affirm our identities as Native people. Whether that's through derogatory imagery in media or simply our given, proud names on facebook.”
United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples
In Article 2 of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples it states, ““Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.” We have a right to our cultural identity!  It also outlines under the declaration in Article 8, “Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.” As Phil Fountain pointed out, “The United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples is not the endpoint rather the beginning.”  We as Indigenous Peoples need to assert and exercise our inherent rights as Indigenous Peoples.  All Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island need to make sure our next generations knows their rights underlined in the Declaration and implement them in all areas of their lives.  
Community Members Impacted by Name Policy
Last  week I started a petition asking Biloxi High School located in Biloxi Mississippi to please change their mascot the “Indian” and their band uniform where the entire band wears headdresses.   Since becoming vocal on the issue through social media outlets, my account was deactivated twice this past week. Both times I received an email stating I needed to provide proper ID that showed my Facebook name was indeed my “real” name.  Whether it was the Biloxi HS Alumni that tried to get me banned, Facebook still needs to rethink their name policy when it comes to our unique Indigenous names.
I wasn’t the first Indigenous person to be targeted for my last name.  In fact, a petition was started on change.org “Allow Native Americans to use their Native names on their profiles.”  It now has 24, 742 signatures.
Recently, in February 2015 Lance Browneyes helped bring National attention to to the issue when he filed a lawsuit agains Facebook for forcibly changing his last name Browneyes to Brown. Facebook finally agreed to let him keep his name but it took a great deal of effort on his part.  It really shouldn’t be this hard.
Community Call of Action
Today, April 22, 2015 we are asking all Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and Allies to please change your profile last name to Zuckerburg or your profile picture to the one attached with the hashtags #IndiginizeZuckerburg or #notyourZuckerburg
We hope this community call of action will inspire Mr. Zuckerberg to have an open dialog with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and help educate him on the uniqueness and importance of our names.


Indigenous Activists: Living and Dying for Mother Earth


Indigenous Youths Rise Up in Defense of Mother Earth, as Assassinations Increase Around the World
By Brenda Norrell
Top photo by Tom Keefer
April 21, 2015 updated
In Washington on Tuesday, Haudenosaunnee united with Ecuadorian Indigenous in the fight against Chevron. It comes as a new report by Global Witness reveals that Indigenous activists are being assassinated around the world at an alarming rate.
At the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, Kandi Mossett described how the destruction of Mother Earth -- oil and gas drilling, fracking and coal mining -- are leading to hopeless and suicide for Native American youths.
Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara from North Dakota, addressed to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
"In order to protect and promote the well-being of Indigenous Youth and prevent self-harm and suicide, we need to stop the destruction of Mother Earth. When we see governments, extractive industries and multinational corporations raping and destroying Mother Earth, it simultaneously destroys our hope for the future and diminishes our will to live. There is a direct corollary between the harm to Mother Earth, especially on our lands and territories, and Indigenous youth's self-harm and skyrocketing rates of suicide.
"Furthermore, extractive industries and the burning of fossil fuels are causing climate change. We need the United Nations and governments to take real action on climate change," Mossett said.
With the release of the new documentary, "Crying Earth Rise Up, now showing in film festival throughout the Americas, these words come from one of the Lakota creators of the film, Wioweya Najin Win, from the Oglala Nation on Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She has among those who have led the fight against the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline and uranium mining in Lakota territory.
Writing from along Wounded Knee Creek, she says, "Our lands and territories have produced the wealth of 'America,' the homestake gold mine in our sacred He Sapa (Black Hills), has enriched 'America' beyond belief, as it poisoned the Cheyenne River. Uranium open-pit mined in the sacred He Sapa by 'America' and its collaborator, Tennessee Valley Authority gave 'America' its nuclear bombs while it poisoned all the rivers and lands for hundreds of miles around, forever. Fukushima is part of the 'American' dream, just like Hiroshima and Nagasaki was. Now the oceans and Her babies are poisoned forever. Forever is a long time."
On the Navajo Nation, Dine’ have fought a long and hard battle to halt the dirty coal power plants that are not only poisoning their people, but are having a global impact on the atmosphere."
Klee Benally, Dine’ at Indigenous Action Media, writes, “In 2009 Joe Shirley Jr., then president of the Navajo Nation issued a press release stating, ‘Unlike ever before, environmental activists and organizations are among the greatest threat to tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and our quest for independence.’ In order to protect coal mining and energy interests on the Navajo Nation, he stated that environmental activists were ‘unwelcome’ on the reservation.
Shirley’s position seemed contrary to his previous work to protect Dooko’osliid, one of four sacred mountains for Diné, and ban uranium mining, all of which was accomplished because of and alongside environmentalists. But the issue was really over the Navajo Nation’s historical dependence on coal.”
At the same time, Dine’ youths are walking to the Four Sacred Mountains, inspiring the world with their photos and thoughts. They are speaking out about the Defense of Mother Earth and the need to halt coal mining and fracking.
Nihigaal bee lina, Journey for Existence, writes from near Flagstaff, Arizona, “We traveled pass the Navajo reservation’s border as we made our way to the Star Charter School. When we arrived, we found these amazing pictures and written pieces about Nihigaal bee Iina. We are deeply moved by the words we’ve read, created by students of the Star School, and also all the drawings that we’ve observed. Ayóo nizhóniiyé!" (Photo on right.)
In southern Arizona, Apaches continue to defend their ancestral land from Resolution Copper mining, pushed through by Sen. John McCain in the defense bill.
In Quebec City, Canada, the Cree Nation hosted the Uranium Film Festival, joining with Indigenous around the world who are fighting the uranium mining that has poisoned their homelands and been targeted with radioactive waste dumps.
While Indigenous activists are being assassinated in Central America and around the world as they defend their homelands against mining, ranchers and development, a new generation of Indigenous youths are taking on mining, dirty coal and the powers of oppression within their nations.
Global Witness reports: Each week at least two people are being killed for taking a stand against environmental destruction. Some are shot by police during protests, others gunned down by hired assassins. As companies go in search of new land to exploit, increasingly people are paying the ultimate price for standing in their way. We found that at least 116 environmental activists were murdered in 2014 - that's almost double the number of journalists killed in the same period. A shocking 40 % of victims were indigenous, with most people dying amid disputes over hydropower, mining and agri-business. Nearly three-quarters of the deaths we found information on were in Central and South America.
Read more on these stories at www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
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Photo on left by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache.
Apaches defending their ancestral land from Sen. John McCain's Resolution Copper mine, pushed through in the defense bill.
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Photos Save Oak Flat Tucson Street Fair



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Photos by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache
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On April 19, Indigenous Peoples were out supporting the SAVE OAT FLAT spiritual gathering at the Oak Flat Street Fair in Tucson, Arizona, sponsored by the Apache Stronghold.

(Photo 2) Native rappers including Che'Christ (Colorado River Indian Tribes), Navajo Nation Rapper, "Cooper" and Standing Fox (San Carlos Apache) yelled out to those present while rapping, "500 years of resistance! No More! Protect Mother Earth and Save Oak Flat!"

(Photo 3) Wendsler Nosie, former Chairman for the San Carlos Apache Tribe and now Peridot District Councilman and organizer for the Apache Stronghold, spoke to those present and urged those present to spread the message, "John McCain, it's time for you to retire from the Arizona State Senate!  You are NOT helping the people you are suppose to represent!  You gave away our holy ancestral land to a foreign company!"


(Photo 4) Apache tribal elders traveled to the Oak Flat Street Fair in Tucson, Arizona and participated in traditional Apache dances to songs by Holy Ground Medicine Man, Anthony Logan.

(Photo 5) San Carlos Apache Vice-Chairman, Tao Etpison spoke to those gathered at the Oak Flat Street Fair sending a strong message, "We must protect our ancestral land at Oak Flat!  It should not be given away to a foreign company that have no interest in Native American Indians especially in preserving the Apache way of life! Without water, we will die and this mine will need a lot of water to operate!"

(Photo 6) Apache elders gathered at the Oak Flat Street Fair in Tucson, AZ, included Audrey Johnson, Seraphina Early, Dorothy Smith and Helen Phillips and held signs supporting the fight to SAVE OAK FLAT.

Photos: Haudenosaunnee unite with Indigenous Ecuadorians in Chevron fight!





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Photos by Tom Keefer. Thank you for sharing with Censored News.
NOW in Washington
Tues., April 21, 2015
Tom Keefer: "I am in Washington DC where I will be live tweeting the historic encounter of the eagle and the condor as over 100 Haudenosaunnee people stand with their indigenous brothers and sisters from Ecuador in their struggle against Chevron. Follow me at @tomkeefer to keep up to date."
News coverage by TeleSur
North, South American Indigenous Peoples Unite in Chevron Fight Indigenous people from Haudenosaunee territories in North America met with indigenous people from Ecuador to unite in their struggle against Chevron, April 21, 2015. | Photo: Tom Keefer Previous Next Published 23 April 2015 0+ We Recommend Demonstrators recalled the Eagle and the Condor Prophecy that foretells the coming together of indigenous peoples from the North and South America.
In what organizers called a “historic” gathering, activists from the United States, Canada, and Indigenous territories from throughout North America met with indigenous peoples from Ecuador to participate in a protest against the Chevron oil company in Washington D.C. Tuesday. Over 100 indigenous peoples from Haudenosaunee communities made the 12-hour journey from their territories in North America to show their support for victims of Chevron's contamination in the Ecuadorean Amazon, who gathered in the U.S. capital in front of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Chevron has requested that the ICSID hold a hearing in order to compel the Ecuadorean state to pay the US$9 billion that Ecuadorean courts established should be paid to the victim's of the oil company's contamination. 
“History was made. The Inca prophecies say that when the Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South fly together, the earth will awaken. The Eagles of the North cannot be free without the Condors of the South,” said Santiago Escobar, an organizer with the Committee in Solidarity with the Affected Communities by Chevron in Canada. 
The prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor is a shared prophecy that foretells the coming together of indigenous peoples from the North and South of the American continent, ushering in a new era of peace and justice. See related: 10 Key Points on Ecuador’s Battle with Chevron ​Chevron has worked to evade justice and avoid paying the compensation ordered by the Ecuadorean courts, a ruling that was also confirmed by the South American country’s Supreme Court. Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu spoke to the assembled crowd, as did Ecuadorean National Assembly Representative Ximena Peña. 
The Unity flag, which is used by indigenous peoples from North America, the Hiawatha flag, commonly known as the flag of the Haudenosaunee, flew alongside the flag of Ecuador as the crowd later marched toward the White House. A member of the Haudenosaunee delegation also held up a Two Row Wampum, a beaded belt representing peace, respect, and friendship between indigenous peoples and settlers, at a protest in front of the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
A group of Haudenosaunee Rotinonhsonni, often referred to as the Warrior's Society in English, also accompanied the delegation. Oil Giant Texaco — which merged with Chevron in 2001 — is said to have caused what has been called one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters as a result of its oil exploration in the Ecuadorean Amazon between the years 1964 and 1990.

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Apaches Photo 'Sneaky Snake McCain'

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Photos 1, 2 and 3 by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache. Photo 4 by Kathi Tucker, Apache elders at Tucson Street Fair on Sunday. Thank you for sharing with Censored News.

Article by Brenda Norrell
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Apaches say it is time for Sen. John McCain to retire, and that he has hurt Apache people by giving away their ancestral land for copper mining.
Apaches sent this message with the photo 'Sneaky Snake McCain:'
AZ Senator John McCain, IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO RETIRE! YOU ARE 78 YEARS OLD NOW AND ALREADY PUT IN 32 YEARS OF SERVICE. YES, YOU ARE A VETERAN OF WAR, BUT YOU HAVE REALLY HURT OUR APACHES AND INDIGENUOUS PEOPLES BY GIVING AWAY OUR ANCESTRAL LAND TO FOREIGN COMPANIES BHP/RESOLUTION COPPER/RIO TINTO. HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU MAKE ON THIS LAND GRAB? WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW! SAVE OAK FLAT! NO MINING ON HOLY APACHE LAND!!!!
The national Indian media is also responsible for failing the Apache people.
Why doesn't the national Native American media have reporters in DC and elsewhere serving as watchdogs of the corporate and politican criminals like Sen. McCain? 
It is not a question of money. The national American Indian websites are owned and funded by the casino industry. So why are the 'reporters' staying home and plagiarizing? 
It is a failure of the ethical duty of journalists.
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Photo by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache
Apache elder, Helen Phillips, says, "I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!"

Assassinations of Indigenous Activists Increases



By Global Witness
Each week at least two people are being killed for taking a stand against environmental destruction. Some are shot by police during protests, others gunned down by hired assassins. As companies go in search of new land to exploit, increasingly people are paying the ultimate price for standing in their way.

We found that at least 116 environmental activists were murdered in 2014 - that's almost double the number of journalists killed in the same period. A shocking 40 % of victims were indigenous, with most people dying amid disputes over hydropower, mining and agri-business. Nearly three-quarters of the deaths we found information on were in Central and South America.

Globally, it’s likely that the true death toll is higher. Many of the murders we know about occurred in remote villages or deep within the jungle, where communities lack access to communications and the media. It’s likely many more killings are escaping public records.

As well as documenting fatalities, How Many More? analyses global trends in violence and intimidation, with testimony from activists who have suffered threats, attacks, and criminalisation for standing in the way of so-called ‘development’. In a disturbing trend some are even being tried as terrorists, portrayed as enemies of the state.
We also shone a spotlight on Honduras, the most dangerous country per capita to be an environmental activist for the last five years, with 101 deaths between 2010 and 2014.  
They follow me. They threaten to kill me, to kidnap me, they threaten my family. That is what we face.- Berta Cáceres, a Honduran activist and winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize.
The case of Berta Cáceres is emblematic of the systematic targeting of environmental defenders in Honduras. Since 2013, three of her colleagues have been killed for resisting the Agua Zarca hydro-dam on the Gualcarque River, which threatens to cut off a vital water source for hundreds of indigenous Lenca people. Fabricated criminal charges have been filed against her, and two of her children have left Honduras out of concerns for their safety.
The true authors of these crimes – a powerful nexus of corporate and state interests – are escaping unpunished.
How many more MADJ
These three indigenous Tolupán leaders were killed by gunmen attacking an anti-mining protest in northern Honduras. They had received death threats warning them to desist from their efforts to protect the environment.
We aren’t going to give up the struggle to keep our natural resources clean and in the hands of the community. There are those who want easy money by tearing up the land, contaminating the water. We have been here respecting the earth that gives us our food and we intend to stay here fighting for our right to feed ourselves.- Member of indigenous Tolupán group from Locomapa.
Global Witness is calling on governments and the international community to monitor, investigate and punish these crimes, and for Honduras to address abuses in the upcoming review of its human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council.
Berta Cáceres was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for defending the environment at great personal cost. Hear about her work in the video below. .  
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Exposing Uranium Mining 'Return of Navajo Boy' Receives Yellow Oscar in Rio

Navajo Boy Co-producer
Bennie Klain, Dine' (Navajo)

US FILM THE RETURN OF NAVAJO BOY RECEIVES YELLOW OSCAR


RIO DE JANEIRO/QUEBEC CITY, April 16, 2015
Rio de Janeiro´s 5th International Uranium Film Festival started Wednesday, April 15, with a wonderful Gala and the presence of international guests from all five continents including French Canadian actress Karine Vanasse in Quebec City. Until April 25 this unique global film festival will screen more than 40 documentaries, short films, animations and fiction movies about nuclear power, uranium risks and atomic bombs. The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is the event's principal host of this in the world most important film festival about nuclear energy and radioactive risks in Quebec.
The annual Uranium Film Festival - that had its first edition in Brazil in 2011 - awards every year the best and most important films with its Yellow Oscar and the special achievement awards. "The nuclear question, the production and the use of atomic bombs and nuclear power, the problems of uranium mining and nuclear waste are not an easy task for filmmakers. The International Uranium Film Festival provides these filmmakers a global audience and honours them and their work with the festival’s Yellow Oscar Award”, says Uranium Film Festival director Norbert G. Suchanek.
Now in Quebec four new films will receive a Yellow Oscar 2015. And in addition a special Yellow Oscar will be given to the film "The Return of Navajo Boy" and its director Jeff Spitz: The SOCIAL CONSCIENCE YELLOW OSCAR 2015.
“The 2000 produced moving documentary The Return of Navajo Boy, with its Epilogue and webisodes, demonstrates how a skilful film made with a social conscience - and a social impact campaign - can change the world", says the Uranium Film Festival Jury.
Jeff Spitz will receive the Award during the Award ceremony on Saturday April 25 in Quebec City. The other four Yellow Oscar winners of the Uranium Film Festival in Quebec will be announced during the Award ceremony. The film "The Return of Navajo Boy" will be screened with the presence of Jeff Spitz on Friday April 24, 9 pm in Quebec City at the festival venue in the Hotel Le Concorde.
About the film:
The Return of Navajo Boy
USA 2000/2008, 57 min and 15 min, Epilogue / Documentary, Director:
Jeff Spitz, Produced by Jeff Spitz and Bennie Klain, www.navajoboy.com<(link is external)http://www.navajoboy.com>(link is external)
The film chronicles an extraordinary chain of events, beginning with the appearance of a 1950s film reel, which lead to the return of a long lost brother to his Navajo family. Living for more than six decades in Monument Valley (on the Arizona/Utah border), the Cly family (rhymes with “sky”) has an extraordinary history in pictures. Since the1930's, family members have appeared as unidentified subjects in countless photographs and films shot in Monument Valley including various postcards, Hollywood Westerns and a rare home-movie by legendary director John Ford. But it is the sudden appearance of a rarely seen vintage film that affects their lives the most. With the return of “Navajo Boy,” Elsie Mae Cly Begay seizes the opportunity to tell her family’s story for the first time, offering a unique perspective to the history of the American west. Using a variety of still photos and moving images from the 40s and 50s and telling their family
story in their own voices, the Clys shed light on the Native side of picture making and uranium mining in Monument Valley.
The Return of Navajo Boy, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS, is an internationally acclaimed documentary that reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination. It tells the story of Elsie Mae Begay, whose history in pictures reveals an incredible and ongoing struggle for environmental justice. A powerful new epilogue (produced in 2008) shows how the film and Groundswell Educational Films’ outreach campaign create news and rally supporters including Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). The Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform mandated a clean-up plan by the five agencies that are responsible for uranium contamination (Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs).
The documentary, epilogue and now 15 webisodes have leveraged several remarkable impacts: Bernie Cly, one of the Navajo family featured, has been awarded $100,000 in compensation from the US government; the EPA demolished a dangerous house made out of uranium which was featured in the film and completed its $8 million dollar clean up of the abandoned uranium mine located in the backyard of the Navajo family featured in the documentary. The most recent webisode in April 2014, informs viewers that the Navajo tribe won the largest environmental settlement in American history, $1 billion payout from Kerr-McGee, the corporate contaminator exposed by the documentary. Film website:www.navajoboy.com<(link is external)http://www.navajoboy.com>(link is external)
(Photo: Jeff Spitz)
About the Yellow Oscar
The Yellow Oscar is a piece of art produced by Brazilian waste material artist Getúlio Damado, who lives and works in the famous artist quarter Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro where the first International Uranium Film Festival was held in May 2011. Getúlio creates the "Yellow Oscar" from waste material, that he finds in the streets of Santa Teresa. He uses also old watches to remember the first atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. Watches in Hiroshima stopped exactly at 8:15 in the morning when the A-bomb exploded on August 6th, 1945. 
Brazil's Yellow Oscar arived in Quebec City, Hotel Le Concorde