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Friday, May 15, 2015

Dakota Embroidered 'No KXL' in Obama's Star Quilt



By Dallas Goldtooth ienpipeline@igc.org
Indigenous Environmental Network
Censored News
WATERTOWN, South Dakota -- On May 8th, 2015 President Obama visited Watertown, South Dakota to deliver the commencement speech for the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute. During the President’s visit he was given a star quilt blanket made by Dakota artist DeVon Burshiem, a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The blanket was commissioned by the school to be given as a gift in part of the graduation ceremony and to express gratitude for the president of the United States.
Unknown to the school and White House staffers, Mrs. Burshiem sewed the phrase “NOKXL” onto the back of the blanket before giving it to college staff. This subtle act was a means of demonstrating her opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline,  that is set  to bully its way through Indigenous territory. The pipeline is currently waiting for a national permit decision by President Obama.
“Tasina Pezuta Win emakiyapi ye. (They call me medicine blanket woman). It was truly an honor and a blessing to know that the quilt I was making would soon be in the hands of the President of the United States, Barack Obama!”, said Burshiem. “Heartfelt prayers were made during that time, tears ran down my face as I prayed for our land and for our water, mni wicozani (water is life), without water we are without life. #NOKXL.”
Star quilts are one of the most valued gifts of the Oceti Sakowin, aka the Sioux nation. Giving a quilt to a recipient is a symbolic way to honor and protect that person on their journey through life. The star symbol itself represents the morning star, the guiding light in the morning for Oceti Sakowin people.
“Its obvious, from elected and traditional leaders to talented quiltmakers, the Oceti Sakowin stands resolute in its effort to stop Keystone XL,” said Dallas Goldtooth, KXL Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. “We sincerely hope that President Obama takes note of Mrs. Burshiem’s message and the collective opposition against this dirty tar sands pipeline and rejects the permit outright.”
The tribes of the Oceti Sakowin, aka the Great Sioux Nation joined a large number of other tribal nations and organizations who together signed the Mother Earth Accord in 2011. This high-level document against KXL was presented to President Obama at the 2011 White House Tribal Nations Conference calling for the President to act on climate change and reject Keystone XL.

'Serra Ain't No Saint' Panel May 30, 2015




By American Indian Movement Southern California
Contact: Corine Fairbanks aimsocalifornia@ymail.com
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS

"Disrobing Junipero Serra- Saint or Monster?"
Public welcome to discussion on Sainthood of Junipero Serra
And  the real history of California missions
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., On Saturday May 30, 2015, In opposition of the Pope's plans to grant Serra sainthood and the Catholic church's continued failure to address the real story of the California missions, the Barbareno Chumash Tribal Council “'iyalmuwič” and The American Indian Movement of Southern California, have brought together some of the Native community's most notable academics and leaders to lead discussions in two thought provoking panels. The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is hosting this as a free event at 1535 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara, CA. 93101  
The First panel begins at 9:30 a.m., with the topic of the International Ramifications of Canonization.  The sainthood of Junipero Serra will have global repercussions. This issue affects the entire Western Hemisphere.  This panel will expose the iconic California Mission systems, which has long been held by the Catholic church as a golden era- a unique storyline that created a myth of it's own. Subjects to include; The Doctrine of Discovery, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Human rights, religious, spiritual, environmental, economic and social justices issues of today. Panelists include:

  • Facilitator- Marcus Lopez, Sr. Co-Chair of the Barbareno Chumash Tribal Council, “'iyalmuwič”;
  • Elias Castillo, author, A Cross of Thorns, The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions';
  • -Valentin Lopez, Chairman, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians;
  • Tia Oros Peters-Zuni, Executive Director of the 7th Generation Fund for Indigenous Development;
  • Deana Dartt-Newton - Chumash, doctor of Anthropology;
  • Roberta Cordero - Chumash Elder, Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation;
  • Shannon Rivers, Akimel O'otham, former co-chair of the Global Indigenous Peoples -Caucus United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues;
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Costanoan Ohlone, Chumash, Director of CIR- Indian Canyon;
  • Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Tongan, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
Panel two begins at 1:00 p.m. with the topic of Catholic and Christians against canonization. The issue of Junipero Serra's impending sainthood, should not be a "Native Vs. Catholic" issue. This has been an emotional issue of major proportions. Many people from the Christian and Catholic faith have been reaching out, and organizing against Pope Francis' decision for Junipero Serra's sainthood.  Subjects will include: How does one become a saint? Did Serra meet those requirements? How is the Catholic Church justifying the Junipero Sainthood? What is and what is not implied by Sainthood? How does this involve historical trauma and self - determination?
Confirmed panels include:
  • Facilitator- Valentin Lopez, Chairman, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Constantan/Ohlone Indians,
  • Georgiana Valoyce Sanchez- Chumash, O'odham Elder Retired Professor of American Indian Literature Cal-State Long Beach;
  • Donna Schindler, MD Cross-Cultural Psychiatry Historical Trauma Focus,
  • Mary Valdemar, Former Catholic Youth of the Year, LA Archdiocese, Co-Founder of CHICCCAA, Coalition Member, Indigenous DRUM,
  • Sasheen Littlefeather, Kiowa- Lifelong Native Activist and practicing Catholic;
  • Greg Cotten: Christian, Research Scientist, and human rights advocate.

The public is invited to attend this free event, Saturday May 30, 2015 at 9:30 am.; At the Unitarian Society at 1535 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara, CA. 93101.  For more information or questions please contact Corine Fairbanks (805) 636-8653/ email: aimsocalifornia@ymail.com or Marcus Lopez (805) 969-1076

‘ SERRA IS GEEN HEILIGE’ PANEL OP 30 MEI 2015
Door : American Indian Movement Southern California, contact Corinne Fairbanksaimsocalifornia@ymail.com
Vertaald door NAIS: www.denaisgazet.be

“ Junipero Serra ontbloten – Heilige of Monster?”
Welkom bij de discussie over de heiligverklaring van Junipero Serra en de ware geschiedenis van de missies in California.

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Santa Barbara, Calif., op zaterdag 30 mei 2015, in oppositie tegen de plannen van de paus om Serra heilig te verklaren, en het voortdurende falen van de katholieke kerk om de ware geschiedenis van de missies in California naar buiten te brengen heeft het Barbareno Chumash Tribal Council“'iyalmuwič” en het American Indian Movement van Zuid California, enkele opmerkelijke academici en leiders uit de Native gemeenschappen bijeengebracht om de discussies in twee panels te leiden.
De Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is gastheer van dit gratis evenement dat zal doorgaan 1535 Santa Barbara St. Santa Barbara, CA. 93101  

He eerste panel begint om 9.30u, met het thema van de internationale vertakkingen van heiligverklaring. De heiligheid van Junipero Serra zal wereldwijde gevolgen hebben. Deze kwestie treft het hele westelijke halfrond. Dit panel zal het iconische Californische missiesysteem belichten, dat al zo lang door de katholieke kerk als het gouden tijdperk- een unieke verhaallijn die een mythe van zichzelf gecreëerd heeft- beschouwd wordt.

De Doctrine van de Ontdekking , VN Verklaring over de rechten van inheemse volken, mensenrechten, religieuze, spirituele, milieu, economische en sociale rechtvaardigheid vandaag worden besproken.

Paneelleden zijn:
  • Facilitator- Marcus Lopez, Sr. Co-Chair of the Barbareno Chumash Tribal Council, “'iyalmuwič”;
  • Elias Castillo, author, A Cross of Thorns, The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions';
  • -Valentin Lopez, Chairman, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians; 

  • Tia Oros Peters-Zuni, Executive Director of the 7th Generation Fund for Indigenous Development;
Deana Dartt-Newton - Chumash, doctor of Anthropology; 

  • Roberta Cordero - Chumash Elder, Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation; 

  • Shannon Rivers, Akimel O'otham, former co-chair of the Global Indigenous Peoples -Caucus United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; 

  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Costanoan Ohlone, Chumash, Director of CIR- Indian Canyon;
Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, Tongan, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Panel 2 begint om 13 uur, met het thema van katholieken en christenen tegen de heiligverklaring.
De kwestie van Junipero Serra’s nakende heiligheid mag geen ‘Native tegen katholieken’ worden.
Dit is een emotionele kwestie van grote proporties.
Veel katholieken en christelijke gelovigen ondersteunen en organiseren zich tegen de beslissing van de paus om Junipera Serra heilig te verklaren.
Onderwerpen : Hoe wordt men heilig? Heeft Serra aan die eisen voldaan? Hoe rechtvaardigt de katholieke kerk de Heiligheid van Junipero? Waar komt het historische trauma en zelfbeschikking in deze heiligmaking?

Panelleden zijn:
  • Facilitator- Valentin Lopez, Chairman, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Constantan/Ohlone Indians,
  • Georgiana Valoyce Sanchez- Chumash, O'odham Elder Retired Professor of American Indian Literature Cal-State Long Beach;
  • Donna Schindler, MD Cross-Cultural Psychiatry Historical Trauma Focus,
  • Mary Valdemar, Former Catholic Youth of the Year, LA Archdiocese, Co-Founder of CHICCCAA, Coalition Member, Indigenous DRUM,
  • Sasheen Littlefeather, Kiowa- Lifelong Native Activist and practicing Catholic;
Greg Cotten: Christian, Research Scientist, and human rights advocate.

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Zapatistas: In Times of Elections, Organize Resistance


ON THE ELECTIONS: ORGANIZE

April 2015
By Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés
To the compas of the Sixth:


To those who are reading because it interests them, even though they’re not part of the Sixth:

These days, every time that this thing they call the “electoral process” happens, we hear and see the stuff that comes out saying that the EZLN calls for abstention, that the EZLN says that people shouldn’t vote. They say this and other idiocies, these big-headed people who don’t study history or even try to understand. And they even put these absurdities into history books and biographies, and then charge for them. That is to say, they charge for these lies. Like politicians.

Of course, you know that we’re not interested in these things that those above make up in order to try to convince those below that they’re concerned about them.

As Zapatistas, we don’t call for people not to vote, nor do we call for them to vote. As Zapatistas, every time we get the chance we tell people that they should organize to resist and to struggle for what they need.