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Friday, May 29, 2015

Protect Oak Flat Native Youth Concert May 30 2015

OAK FLAT, Ariz. -- On Saturday May 30, 2015 to Sunday May 31, 2015 The Apache Stronghold will host a two day camp and conference to discuss the future actions and protection of sacred Oak Flat, Arizona entitled “Protect Sacred Oak Flat Conference & Apache Stronghold Spiritual Gathering.” Saturdays Protect Oak Flat events will begin at 11 a.m. with traditional Apache Songs and will then be lead by master of ceremonies Naelyn Pike and Raleigh Dewey who will introduce Wendsler Nosie Sr., San Carlos Apache and Tribal Councilmen from Peridot District, will give an official welcome and kick off a free concert with national leading Native American artist Nataani Means and Frank Waln recently featured in Mtv’s new series Rebel Music. DJ. ScapeGoat, Che Christ, Indigenize, Standing Fox, and Quese IMC are also scheduled to perform. Each Native American artist comes from diverse independent sovereign nations that are also lending their support in the protection of Oak Flat. The evening finally at 5pm will host the Apache Mountain Spirit Dancers and will give blessings for all participants. This free event is open to the public and all faith base organizations.

On Sunday May 31st Protect Sacred Oak Flat Conference & Apache Stronghold Spiritual Gathering will resume with registration from 7am- 8am. At 8am a traditional Apache Holy Ground ceremony will be lead by San Carlos community leaders and spiritual advisors. At 9am the conference will commence and will feature four tracks of education and action in protecting sacred Oak Flat area. An Art Project in the Oak Flat Camp Site will be a focus on artistic talents and provides a positive outlet for youth and those artistically inspired to share their work. An Eco Tour will be given to participants and will focus on the natural environment of sacred Oak Flat and introduce participants to the land being threatened and under attack. There will also be a Spiritual Tour that will focus on the spiritual identity and significance the land of Oak Flat has to the Apache and other Native American cultures. Apache Community meeting in Oak Flat campground with the San Carlos community will discuss future work and present an action plan for protecting Oak Flat. A free camp Dinner will be provided both days for all participants by The Apache Stronghold organizers to protect Oak Flat.

For more details or questions please contact:

Peridot District Council Office Manager Janet Casoose at (928) 475.2930

Vansler at (928) 961.0035 or E-mail (

Migrant Trail Walk Completes Sonoran Desert Journey

12th Annual Migrant Trail Walk Arrives in Tucson
60 Participants Complete the Final Day of a 75- mile
Journey through the Sonoran Desert
Press Conference: Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Kennedy Park, Ramada #3, Tucson, Arizona 
English and French

TUCSON, Ariz. --    On Sunday, May 31st, the twelfth annual Migrant Trail, a 75- mile walk from Sásabe, Sonora will arrive in Tucson, Arizona.  The event will culminate in a press conference, followed by a community gathering at Kennedy Park. Approximately 60 participants who have made the seven-day trek have traveled from México, Canada, and more than 13 states throughout the US; they represent diverse international communities that include Colombia, Guatemala, and Palestine.
Since the 1990s, more than 6,000 men, women and children have lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The ongoing human rights crisis of deaths along the border is only one piece of the larger strategy to funnel vulnerable migrants into Arizona's deadly desert. Participants of the Migrant Trail walk not only bear witness to the tragedy of death, but the intentional dehumanization and militarization of border communities.  
“I could understand this tragedy in our borderlands if our country were poor. But those who make these policies that lead to so many preventable deaths brag of our strength, our wealth, our moral compass. These policies are immensely costly, both in terms of the billions of dollars spent and in terms of our moral standing in the rest of the world,” says Mohyeddin Abdulaziz, long-time Tucson resident, and member of Southern Arizona BDS, an organization that seeks to link human rights issues from the US-Mexico border to the borders of Palestine.
“This walk does many things,” added Lupe Castillo, Tucson resident and participant in the Migrant Trail from its inception. “One of its successes is that it brings people from all over to recharge our creativity to do the very painful and yet joyful work we do in our communities with migrants and refugees. As a collective, we can continue to walk in the footsteps of those who have built this movement before us.”The Migrant Trail Walk will begin the final 6.7 miles of their journey at 7:15 am at the BLM campsite on Ajo Way and San Joaquin Road.  Participants will be welcomed home at Ramada #3 at Kennedy Park at 11:30am with speakers, music, food, and testimonies from participants and supporters.  This event is free and open to the public.    

On June 1, 2015, in Arizona: l'Autre Mur, by Chris P

Publié sur Censored News
Vendredi 29 mai 2015
Traduction Christine Prat
TUCSON, Arizona – Dimanche 31 mai, la douzième marche annuelle sur la Piste des Migrants, plus de 120 km de Sásabe, dans le Sonora, devait arriver à Tucson, Arizona [Elle est arrivée – NdT]. Elle devait se terminer par un rassemblement communautaire dans le Parc Kennedy. Environs 60 participants [75, d’après Tucson News Now, du 31 mai, mis à jour le 1er juin] qui ont fait le voyage de sept jours étaient venus du Mexique, du Canada et de plus de 13 états des Etats-Unis ; ils représentent diverses communautés, entre autres de Colombie, du Guatemala et de Palestine.
Depuis les années 1990, plus de 6000 hommes, femmes et enfants ont perdu la vie en traversant la frontière Etats-Unis/Mexique. La crise des droits de l’homme que représentent les décès le long de la frontière n’est qu’une partie de la stratégie qui consiste à diriger les migrants les plus vulnérables vers le désert mortel d’Arizona. Les participants à la marche sur la Piste des Migrants ne représentent pas seulement la tragédie de la mort, mais aussi la déshumanisation intentionnelle et la militarisation des communautés vivant le long de la frontière.
« Je pourrais comprendre cette tragédie dans nos zones frontalières si notre pays était pauvre. Mais ceux qui font cette politique qui conduit à tant de morts évitables, se vantent de notre force, de notre richesse, et de notre conscience morale. Cette politique coûte énormément, aussi bien en milliards de dollars qu’en termes de nos valeurs morales dans le reste du monde » dit Mohyeddin Abdulaziz, habitant de Tucson de longue date et membre du BDS pour le Sud de l’Arizona, une organisation qui veut connecter les questions de droits de l’homme à la frontière Etats-Unis/Mexique avec celles des frontières de la Palestine.
« Cette marche fait beaucoup de choses » ajouta Lupe Castille, habitant de Tucson qui participe à la Piste des Migrants depuis sa création. « Un de ses succès est de rassembler des gens de partout qui rechargent notre créativité pour ce travail douloureux et cependant plein de joies que nous faisons dans nos communautés avec les migrants et les réfugiés. En tant que collectif, nous pouvons continuer à marcher dans les pas de ceux qui ont construit ce mouvement avant nous. » La Marche sur la Piste des Migrants devait faire les derniers kilomètres de son voyage du camp de BLM sur Ajo Way et San Joaquin Road. Les participants étaient attendus dans le Parc Kennedy, à Tucson, par des orateurs, de la musique, des repas et des témoignages de participants et de supporters. Cette manifestation était gratuite et ouverte au public.

'Crying Earth Rise Up' now available on DVD

prairie dust films & owe aku





now available on dvd

Prairie Dust Films and Owe Aku are pleased to announce that Crying Earth Rise Up is now available on DVD, BluRay and Digital Download on our website (  We also offer a downloadable screening toolkit, educational resources and teaching guides to help further the conversation.

Please spread the word to individuals, organizations, libraries or universities to help bring the film to new audiences.  We are excited to be on the road with Crying Earth Rise Up and to share it with those working on water protection and energy policy issues.

"I think everyone is America needs to watch this documentary and ask why uranium is still mined? Excellent work you've done bringing this issue to a much broader light."   -comment from PBS viewer

For more information visit: or
Thank you for spreading the word!

Owe Aku Bring Back the Way
Owe Aku International
Justice Project

Owe Aku works to bring back our way of life which includes humanity’s role in nature:  we are a part of it, not outside of it, not having dominion over it.  To achieve this Owe Aku works to stop mining that contaminates our water and land.  Owe Aku has reestablished programs that utilize the wisdom of our ancestors in combatting the effects of inter-generational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture.  

In the Lakota Language Owe Aku means Bring Back the Way.  In bringing back the way, we strive to offer alternatives, based on traditional knowledge, that respect the changing environmental conditions of Mother Earth, and which will ultimately benefit the peoples and ecosystems of the planet.  The environment, upon which we are all dependent, is no longer just an issue for Indigenous peoples.  On every continent, Indigenous cultures offer viable alternatives because we recognize the Earth, not as a commodity to be exploited, but as a relative that protects and preserves our very existence and the existence of future human generations.  

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Mohawk Nation News 'Creates Criminals Bill: C-51'



Please post & distribute. Nia:wen.
MNN. 29, 2015. Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51 outlaws radicalization of Islam, a religion. Rotinoshonni territory is being inundated by two opposite “longhouse” concepts, kaia’nereh:kowa and Handsome Lake.
As the faithkeepers says: "Stay peaceful & pray!"
As the faithkeepers says: “Stay peaceful & pray!”
kaia’nere:kowa, is the law of the land of Great Turtle Island, based on the basic thought and knowledge in how a people relate to the universe. The opening thanksgiving outlines an interdependent system of relations of all elements of nature, which are equal; women are powerful in social, political and economic life; and the people form the base of power. The Great Peace is not a religion. It is our system of consensual decision making.
"Soon, Oren, soon!"
“Soon, Oren, soon!”
The Code People describe Handsome Lake as a religion. It is based on a hierarchical order which goes against the Great Law, which is egalitarian. Their “creator” is a male hierarchical concept based on the Vatican model. Their longhouse where they “pray” is a church without a steeple. It was designed to create division amongst the Rotinoshonni to overtake the law of the land, the kaia’nere:kowa. They prove it by allowing an agent of the CROWN, Aaron Detlor, a bar lawyer, to incorporate them into the Admiralty matrix.
The corporation of Canada developed another way to try to destroy the Great Peace. Canada promotes and provides financing to the Handsome Lake religion in most of the Rotinoshonni communities by subsidizing the building of their longhouses and programs.
Bill C51 was passed to outlaw the radicalization of any religion. Aaron Detlor incorporated the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Council of Chiefs at Six Nations. Canada’s real target is the Great Peace, our legal form of government. It looks to us like they are trying to class anyone following the Great Law as the radicalization of Handsome Lake.
The kaia’ereh:kowa is not affiliated with any building. It is our constitution and it resides in our minds, not in a house. Our source energy is all of creation, the common denominator of the universe. We give thanks to creation, talk to our mother, to our relatives and no one else. No mediator, priest or faithkeeper is needed.
You are welcome in our longhouse.
Oh! You follow the Code! You’re welcome in our longhouse, brother.
Any persons who submit to foreign laws are alienated and subject to death. [Wampum #58].
As REM laments: “That’s me in the corner. That’s me in the spotlight losing my religion. Trying to keep up with you. And I don’t know if I can do it.” [Losing my religion].
MNN Mohawk Nation News more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] for original Mohawk music visit
Satanist bar lawyers.
Corn, beans and squash.

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