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Monday, May 4, 2015

Occupying Oak Flat May 4, 2015


By Sandra Rambler
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On May 4, Apache youth are joined by other youth from Indigenous Peoples including Oklahoma, Canada, New Mexico, California and others while occupying Chi'Chil'Bilda'Gotee (Oak Flat) in southeastern Arizona, on holy ancestral Apache land where the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council recently reaffirmed their opposed position against the construction of a $64 billion dollar mine by Rio Tinto/BHP/Resolution Copper Company on land deem holy and sacred to the Apaches and Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial.  Various groups from the Navajo Nation were also present while advocating for preservation of sacred sites and respecting Moother Earth.  Meanwhile, Resolution Copper Company has hired two Apache youth, Tara Kitcheyan and Michael Betom to work against their own San Carlos Apache Tribe using the old English tactic, "Divide and Conquer," strategy and have not gained much support from community members.

Thanks, Sandra Rambler


Video: Dineh Walkers in Smith Lake Chapter, Nihigaal Bee Iina


Short film about one of the days we walked on this most recent leg.

Zapatistas Capitalism Seminar May 3 -- 9, 2015 Schedule


By SupGaleano


Here is the latest information about the May 2, 2015 celebration in Homage to compañeros Luis Villoro Toranzo and Zapatista Teacher Galeano, and the seminar that will be held from May 3-9, 2015.
First.- A group of graphic artists will also participate in the Seminar: “Critical Thought Versus the Capitalist Hydra,” with an exposition called “Signs and Signals” of their own works of art made especially for this exposition. The following people will participate:
Antonio Gritón
Antonio Ramírez
Beatriz Canfield
Carolina Kerlow
César Martínez
Cisco Jiménez
Demián Flores
Eduardo Abaroa
Efraín Herrera
Emiliano Ortega Rousset
Felipe Eherenberg
Gabriel Macotela
Gabriela Gutiérrez Ovalle
Gustavo Monroy
Héctor Quiñones
Jacobo Ramírez
Johannes Lara
Joselyn Nieto
Julián Madero
Marisa Cornejo
Mauricio Gómez Morín
Néstor Quiñones
Oscar Ratto
Vicente Rojo
Vicente Rojo Cama
The opening of the exposition will take place Monday morning, May 4, 2015, in CIDECI.
SECOND. Here is the program of activities and participants for the seminar. There may be some changes (note: all hours listed are “national time”).
Saturday, May 2. Caracol of Oventik. 12:30.
Homage to compañeros Luis Villoro Toranzo and Zapatista Teacher Galeano.
Pablo González Casanova (written statement).
Adolfo Gilly.
Fernanda Navarro.
Juan Villoro.
Mother, father, wife and children of the compañero teacher Galeano.
Compañero teacher Galeano’s compañeros and compañeras in struggle
General Command – Sixth commission of the EZLN.
Note: On May 2, the caracol will be open for entry before 12:30. At 12:30, you will be asked to gather outside the caracol in order to begin the welcome ceremony for the families of those to whom we are paying homage and for the guests of honor, and you can then follow them to the specific place where the homage will be held. After the event, you will need to leave the caracol because it will be completely filled by the compañeras and compañeros who are bases of support. You will not be able to spend the night at the caracol. We estimate that the homage will end between 4 and 5 in the afternoon at the latest, so you will be able to return safely and comfortably to San Cristóbal de las Casas.
Sunday, May 3. Caracol of Oventik. 1000-1400 hrs. We ask that you arrive a little bit before the start time.
Inauguration by the General Command of the EZLN.
Don Mario González and Doña Hilda Hernández (video participation).
Doña Bertha Nava and Don Tomás Ramírez.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Juan Villoro.
Adolfo Gilly.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Relocate to the grounds of CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, beginning at 1400 hours.
Sunday, May 3 CIDECI. 1800 – 2100 hrs.
Sergio Rodríguez Lazcano.
Luis Lozano Arredondo.
Rosa Albina Garavito.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Monday, May 4, CIDECI. 1000 – 1400 hrs.
María O’Higgins.
Oscar Chávez (recorded message).
Guillermo Velázquez (recorded message).
Antonio Gritón. Opening of the Graphic Exposition “The Capitalist Hydra”
Efraín Herrera.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Monday, May 4, CIDECI. 1700 – 2100 hrs.
Eduardo Almeida.
Vilma Almendra.
María Eugenia Sánchez.
Alicia Castellanos.
Greg Ruggiero (written message).
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Tuesday, May 5, CIDECI. 1000 – 1400.
Jerónimo Díaz.
Rubén Trejo.
Cati Marielle.
Álvaro Salgado.
Elena Álvarez-Buylla.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Tuesday, May 5, CIDECI. 1700 – 2100.
Pablo Reyna.
Malú Huacuja del Toro (written message).
Javier Hernández Alpízar.
Tamerantong (video participation).
Ana Lidya Flores.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Wednesday, May 6, CIDECI. 1000 – 1400.
Gilberto López y Rivas.
Immanuel Wallerstein (written message).
Michael Lowy (written message).
Salvador Castañeda O´Connor.
Pablo González Casanova (written message).
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Wednesday, May 6, CIDECI. 1700 – 2100.
Karla Quiñonez (written message).
Mariana Favela.
Silvia Federici (written message).
Márgara Millán.
Sylvia Marcos.
Havin Güneser, from the Kurdish Freedom Movement.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Thursday, May 7, CIDECI. 1000 – 1400.
Juan Wahren.
Arturo Anguiano.
Paulina Fernández.
Marcos Roitman (written message).
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Thursday, May 7, CIDECI. 1700 – 2100.
Daniel Inclán.
Manuel Rozental.
Abdullah Öcalan, of the Kurdish Freedom Movement (written message).
John Holloway.
Gustavo Esteva.
Sergio Tischler.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Friday, May 8. CIDECI. 1000 – 1400.
Philippe Corcuff (video participation).
Donovan Hernández.
Jorge Alonso.
Raúl Zibechi.
Carlos Aguirre Rojas.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Friday, May 8. CIDECI. 1700 – 2100.
Carlos González.
Hugo Blanco (video participation).
Xuno López.
Juan Carlos Mijangos.
Óscar Olivera (video participation).
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Saturday, May 9. CIDECI. 1000 – 1400.
Jean Robert.
Jérôme Baschet.
John Berger (written message).
Fernanda Navarro.
Participation by the Sixth Commission of the EZLN.
Closing Ceremony.
Third.- As of April 29, 2015, 1,528 people have confirmed their participation. Of them, 764 state they are adherents to the Sixth, 639 state that they are not adherents, 117 state that they are from the free, autonomous, alternative, or whatever you call it press, and 8 work for the Paid Press.
Fourth.- Those people who are not able to register prior to May 2, 2015, can do so directly at CIDECI , in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.
That’s all for now.
Have a good trip.
From the office of the concierge.
April, 2015




Please post & distribute. Nia:wen.
MNN. May 3, 2015. “Sewatehonsiot”. Listen well. Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council Inc. HCCC at Six Nations dismantled the Haudenosaunee Development Institute inc. HDI. Dismissed were non-ongwe’hon:weh lawyer Aaron Detlor, Director Hazel Hill, their signatory who has no clan, and board member Brian Doolittle. HCCC and HDI are registered corporations.
Haudenosaunee & HDI meet to work out deal!
HCCC & HDI hogs meet at the trough to work things out!
A secret HDI deal signed with Samsung in 2013 and 2014. was leaked to clan families. In exchange for money, HDI Inc. agreed on behalf all Haudenosaunee member nations of the Iroquois Confederacy to waive our sovereign immunity and any other claim of traditional or treaty rights to lands that these projects are using.
Detlor explained, “We shouldn’t be treated any differently from the incorporated tribes in the states.” Though sovereign immunity doesn’t apply to us under Canadian law, HDI Inc. agreed to waive it for this agreement. Unnamed HDI Inc. board members, chiefs and clan mothers agreed to proceed. HCCC is a criminal organization that violates the Kaia’nereh:kowa. They plan to investigate themselves.
All cops are masons that oversee the worldwide matrix.
All cops are masons that oversee the worldwide matrix.
All INDIAN reservations are under military control. In Akwesasne Beverly Cook of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Inc. is ready to illegally sign away all Iroquois Confederacy lands. [518-358-2272] Mike Delisle of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Inc. is secretly illegally signing away huge tracts of our land. [450-632-7500,] Chief Otsi of Kanehsatake Mohawk Council Inc. has already completed the theft. [450-479-8373]
New York State lawyers working with NYS government and police were on all sides of the Ronnie Jones v. Parmley case. It was an elaborate real estate scam to steal New York State from the Iroquois. The governor’s office, politicians, lawyers Hoffman, Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason and Agnello were conniving to sell our rights to all of New York State.
All their incorporated POW camps known as “INDIAN reservations” are surrounded by military-designed police operational response teams, ready to attack at a moments notice. The Onondaga chiefs Inc. near Syracuse have signed on with NY State. They have Wall Street where all the money is, UN for worldwide control, West Point to train the military for the empire. May 18, 1997, was one of these attacks.
kaia'nere:kowa says "face the wrath. Don't flee!"
kaia’nere:kowa says “face the wrath. Don’t flee!”
Dennis Blythe, NYSP investigator, was well briefed and knowledgeable about our rights. He infiltrated the Onondaga chiefs, got control of them and ran the operation. When the case was completely to our advantage, the lawyers dropped the case? 13 out of the 100 victims refused to take the financial settlement. Our lawyers dropped us. Now the collusion between legislative, judicial  and the police, all answering to the military, will be revealed.
What’s going on? US and Canada want to finish off the INDIANS. It’s their time to feel some of the pain they’ve been inflicting on others. The same 13 banking families run all ends of the corporation of the US and Canada.
This past weekend a true meeting of the real Rotinoshonni [Iroquois Confederacy] met in Ganiengeh. We pledged to stand the tree of peace back up.
“Now we stand as brothers. Let us plant this tree, and water its roots. It’ll go from sea to sea. Watch it grow to the sky and bask in its shade. It represents the unity we now have made”.
MNN Mohawk Nation News For 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

Listen: Tiokasin Ghosthorse hosts First Voices Indigenous Radio

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, Cheyenne River in South Dakota

FVIR Program Archives

April 30, 2015
STEPHANY SEAY is the Media Coordinator of the Montana-based Buffalo Field Campaign, the only group working in the field, the courts, and the policy arena to protect America's last wild, migratory buffalo. (
MADONNA THUNDERHAWK Lakota People’s Law Project’s a veteran of every modern American Indian struggle, from the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island to the 1973 stand at Wounded Knee. (
LYLA JUNE JOHNSTON is co-founder of The Taos Peace and Reconciliation Council, which works to heal intergenerational trauma and ethnic division in the northern New Mexico. Lyla is a walker within the Nihigaal Bee Iiná Movement, a 1,000-mile prayer walk through Diné Tah (the Navajo homeland) that is exposing the exploitation of Diné land and people by uranium, coal, oil and gas industries. (
Madonna Lyla

This Is Not America - David Bowie/The Pat Metheny Group
The Venus Project - The Children of Babylon
April 16, 2015
MATT PETERSON and MALEK RASAMNY about their documentary film project "The Native and the Refugee: Reservations, Sovereignty and Autonomy," which investigates the experiences of Palestinian refugee camps and American Indian reservations and the similar struggles that exist between Native Americans and Palestinians. The second half-hour features social entrepreneur.
The Native and the Refugee
JANENE YAZZIE founder of Sixth World Solutions with her partner Kern Collymore, and several of her Navajo Nation colleagues, including BYRON HUSKON who are involved with watershed restoration and conservation on the Navajo Nation.
April 9, 2015
DANIEL KAUFMN is the Executive Director the Endangered Language Alliance in New York City. The Endangered Language Alliance is an independent non-profit and is the only organization in the world focused on the immense linguistic diversity of urban areas. Many of the New York area’s estimated 800 languages are highly endangered. ELA documents and describes under-described and endangered languages, educating a larger public and collaborating with communities.
Daniel was featured in a March 30 article in The New Yorker titled “A Loss for Words: Can a Dying Language be Saved” by Judith Thurman. She begins her article by stating: “The consequences of losing a language may not be understood before it’s too late.” Daniel has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University.
RENE OSWALDO GONZALEZ PIZARRO (Mixe) Researcher for the Center for Studies and Development of Indigenous Languages of Oaxaca.
EMMANUEL VAUGHAN-LEE is a filmmaker, musician and composer. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning films and released three critically acclaimed albums. His work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals worldwide about the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language.
Marie’s Dictionary -
Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Cheyenne River Lakota), Host and Executive Producer
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer
Cynthia Treis, Associate Producer
Loye Miller, Audio Editor

Ghost Dance - Robbie Robertson - Music for the Native Americans
Unbound - Robbie Robertson - Contact from the Underworld of Redboy
April 2, 2015
KAMAHANA KEALOHA has been working as an organizer of a group of Kanaka Maoli representing several Hawaiian islands and a multi-ethnic group of supporters who are opposing the construction of a 30-meter telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea—also known as Mauna A Wakea—the most sacred place in the Hawaiian Islands for the Kanaka Maoli. The group, led by Lanakila Mangauil, a prominent cultural practitioner from Hawai’i Island, has formed a blockade at 9,000 feet above sea level at Mauna Kea. KAMAHANA is a cultural practitioner with family roots on Hawai’i Island.
“It’s 19 stories tall, which is like building a skyscraper on top of the mountain, a place that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and spiritually. However, this struggle is about so much more. We are fighting against our erasure and ethnocide as well as the threat for all to our main water aquifer and endangered species conservation district.” (
Kamahana Keaholha Candyce Paul
CANDYCE PAUL Outreach Coordinator for Committee for Future Generations, a group of volunteers who got together to stand against the nuclear industry’s proposal to store high-level nuclear waste in northern Saskatchewan. They are also involved in making the uranium mining corporations and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission accountable for the long term health problems created by radiation and environmental damage as it is impacting on the mainly Dene, Cree and Metis people who live and work closest to the uranium mines and all those affected wherever the nuclear industry, both power generating and military, everywhere the uranium is used. She is a mother and an educator, a protector, not an environmentalist nor an activist, responding to a serious threat to ALL future generations (

What's Going On - Los Lobos Live at the Fillmore
We Are All Related - The Science Symphony
March 26, 2015
UKUMBWA SAUTIis an initiated Elder in the Dagara tradition from Burkina Faso in west Africa and is a diviner, numerologist and spiritual counselor. He also works as an Adjunct Professor of Cultural Media Studies. Ukumbwa has created a line of research and critique called "Indigeny & Energetics," some of the perspectives of which reside on his blog of the same name. Part of this work looks at the history and effects of Christianity in the Indigenous and modern world and the persistence of the elements of religious privilege and predatory missiology. Ukumbwa has been active in the Pan-African movement, Black Lives Matter and other anti-racism work and the Occupy/Decolonize to Liberate movements. He has presented at spiritual conferences in the New England region and California and has been active in organizing ritual work in the Boston, New York and Toronto, Canada. Ukumbwa can be reached on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and email at
JUN-San YASUDA is a Japanese Buddhist Nun from the Nipponzan Myohoji order. In 1978, Native Americans organized The Longest Walk , wherein participants walked cross-country from San Francisco, California to Washington, DC. Accompanying them on their walk was a Japanese Buddhist Nun from the Nipponzan Myohoji order. Since then, Jun Yasuda has crossed the country 8 times on foot and logged in several thousand additional miles for the cause of peace.
Jun-san Yasuda is now leading The 2015 NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Peace Walk For A Nuclear Free Future For Peace and the Planet, which started on Friday, March 20 in San Francisco. Participants will walk to the United Nations in New York City. They will arrive on Sunday, April 26. 2015 marks 70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Carrying this urgent prayer, we will walk to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York City. Our peace walkers from Japan will report on situation of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, from which we must conclude that there can be no peaceful use of nuclear technology.
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer
Cynthia Treis, Associate Producer
Loye Miller, Audio Editor

Tiokasin is available for concerts, lectures and other speaking engagements.
Please email:
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala. He is the host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY - Pacifica Radio. Tiokasin has been described as “a spiritual agitator, natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator.” One reviewer called him “a cultural resonator in the key of life.”
Politics for the Lakota is spiritual and is not separate from the rest of life.
Tiokasin has had a long history in Indigenous rights activism and advocacy. He spoke, as a teenager, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ever since his UN work, he has been actively educating people who live on Turtle Island (North America) and overseas about the importance of living with each other and with Mother Earth.
He is a survivor of the “Reign of Terror” from 1972 to 1976 on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Lakota Reservations, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Boarding and Church Missionary School systems designed to “kill the Indian and save the man.”
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is also a master musician and one of the great exponents of the ancient red cedar Lakota flute, and plays traditional and contemporary music, using both Indigenous and European instruments. He has been a major figure in preserving and reviving the cedar wood flute tradition and has combined “spoken word” and music in performances since childhood. Tiokasin performs worldwide and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the United Nations as well as at numerous universities and concert venues.

His words of Indigenous insight and global concern are offered though the experience of "one Lakota living in one world".

~ Mitakuye Oyasin

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