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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, July 10, 2015

Deception online: Media in Indian country and corporate criminals

The theft of Native American land and water rights is accelerating. The failure of the media in Indian country to be present is accelerating the theft by Congress and corporate criminals.
By Brenda Norrell

The failure of the media in Indian country to be present and cover the news is accelerating the theft of land and water rights in Indian country. While stay-at-home plagiarizers and re-writers profiteer from others hard work, and dominate online Indian country news, the criminals in Congress steal land and water rights. 

As usual, Native Americans with the fewest financial resources are forced to defend the land and water, including the Confluence from the Escalade development in western Navajoland. From the Lakotas on Pine Ridge fighting uranium mining, to the Apaches now on the caravan to save Oak Flat, to the O'odham on the border risking their lives while the weapons of the Border Patrol are pointed in their faces, it is always those with the least means that have to fight the US political criminals, their tribal partners in crime, and the media.

Here are troubling facts that the media in Indian country do not want you to know. First, Keith Harper, Cherokee -- whose law firm received millions out of the Cobell settlement -- was the US point man before the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva in May. Harper was spinning distractions and cover-ups for the US government before the United Nations. Watch the video.

Second, Ho Chunk Inc. in Nebraska received $80 million from the United States government for domestic and international spying with an office at the Pentagon. Ho Chunk Inc. owns the Indian news website . Besides the concern over the spy contract for its owners, does not have reporters that actually go out on news stories. Instead, relies on copying and pasting, and rewriting, others peoples hard work.

In fact, the majority of the national American Indian news websites now plagiarize or rewrite. Stay-at-home reporters and editors receive paychecks for this. These reporters and editors do not actually go out on news stories. Instead, they deceive readers into believing that they do. They stay home and make a profit by plagiarizing and rewriting other reporters hard work. Ask the reporters if they are present on the news stories.

As volunteers, Censored News and Earthcycles provide webcasting when we can. We provided web streaming and print coverage as it happened of the Peltier Tribunal and Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the past two years. There were no other media present. Where were the paid reporters? I haven’t seen a reporter from a national Native news website actually present on a news story in many years.

As for the Native news websites that do not have paid reporters, why not simply link to the hard work of others, instead of plagiarizing their work? If you never go out on a news story, you should be honest and tell your readers this, rather than deceiving them.

Indian Country Today reporters and editors have scammed their readers for many years. The reporters and editors plagiarize and rewrite others hard work, then conduct a brief phone call interview to deceive readers into believing they are actually out covering the news. The owners of Indian Country Today are extremely wealthy and do not need to rely on stay-at-home plagiarizers and stolen copyrighted photos. When the casino industry took control of the online Indian news in Indian country, reporters were replaced by stay-at-home plagiarizers and widespread deception.

Currently, there are no Indian country reporters in DC serving as watchdogs. Arizona Senator John McCain, the other Congressmen, and their corporate partners, find it easy to steal American Indian land and water rights, including the Apaches Sacred Oak Flat for copper mining.

Along with the Congressmen and corporate criminals, the publishers and editors in Indian country are equally to blame for deceiving readers, and their failure to be present on news stories. This is accelerating the theft of Native American land and water rights.

Meanwhile, the Cobell payments remain mired in deception.

Many Native Americans have cashed their Cobell settlement checks without knowing whether those checks are payment for the royalties owed, or the price of giving up their ancestral land to the US Interior. 

These Cobell checks to Native American land owners are often as small as $200, while non-Indian attorneys, including Keith Harper’s law firm, received millions from the Cobell settlement. Still, many Native landowners who cashed those small checks do not know if they gave up their ancestral land when they cashed their Cobell checks.

The bottom line with reporters and editors staying home and plagiarizing is not just the issue of profiteering for their paychecks from others hard work. 

There is also the censorship and controlled agendas of publishers and editors which prevents readers from knowing the truth. This censorship prevents readers from knowing the truth about the so-called water rights settlements in Indian country resulting in theft of water rights, including those of the Paiute's Pyramid Lake, or the widespread gambling addictions destroying families in Indian country. The censorship prevents the truth about the internal turmoil created by non-Indian controlled casinos in Indian country. 

Along with the censorship in Indian country, there are distractions and fluff which prevent readers from knowing crucial facts. Those crucial facts include the role of US and Canadian mining corporations in the assassinations, rape and disappearances of Indigenous Peoples around the world. This censorship prevents authentic reporting from reporters actually at the border to reveal the truth about the US role in supplying assault weapons to Mexican cartels. The failed media do not have reporters on the border to expose US Border Patrol agents murdering with impunity and running drugs.

Elbit Systems of Israel, responsible for Apartheid security in Palestine, was given the border security contract by US Homeland Security. Now on the Arizona border, Elbit Systems is on the Tohono O'odham Nation building spy towers and pointing those at traditional O'odham homes. Where is authentic coverage by Indian country reporters who are present?

This censorship by the casino-dominated Indian news industry prevents the public from knowing the truth about casinos, including how the Tohono O'odham people are living in desperation while the Desert Diamond casino brings in millions, possibly billions, for non-Indians.

The longstanding conflict of interest between politicians and news reporters prevents readers from hearing the real story. This includes the story of Albert Hale, the former Navajo president who resigned during a financial probe of his office. He faced charges for theft and bribery. This came at the same time that the Navajo Times exposed his public extra-marital affair with his press officer. She became a reporter and editor in the national Indian news. When Hale resigned during the financial probe, he was quickly appointed to the Arizona Legislature by the governor to fill a vacancy. 

As an Arizona Congressman, Hale was the first to push for the Escalade development which would desecrate sacred Navajo land and the Grand Canyon. The national media continues to avoid the issues, regardless of Hale's recent arrests.

As usual, Native Americans with the fewest financial resources are forced to defend the Confluence from the Escalade development in western Navajoland. 

From the Lakotas on Pine Ridge fighting uranium mining, to the Apaches now on the caravan to save Oak Flat, to the O'odham on the border risking their lives while the weapons of the Border Patrol are pointed in their faces, it is always those with the least means that have to fight the US political criminals, their tribal partners in crime, and the media.

Watch video: Keith Harper and US delegation spin lies and deceptions before UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

US delegation lies to UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

US State Dept. awards Ho Chunk $80 million spy contract

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 33 years, beginning at the Navajo Times, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She served as a stringer for AP and USA Today while on the Navajo Nation. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today covering the Southwest, she was repeatedly censored. She was terminated by Indian Country Today with no cause given in 2006. As a result, she created Censored News, now in its 9th year with more than 4 million page views, with no advertising or grants. It remains a labor of love.

Censored articles by Indian Country Today 
Indian Country Today censored many interviews, including those with Buffy Sainte Marie, Louise Benally of Big Mountain, Bahe Katenay of Big Mountain, Lenny Foster, Dine', on Leonard Peltier's prisoner rights, Apaches protesting Renzi land swamp, and Russell Means, Lakota. Indian Country Today editors also forbid research into the use of Monsanto by the Navajo commercial farm Navajo Agricultural Products Industries (NAPI), and the fact that Raytheon Missiles has a factory on NAPI farm land near Shiprock, NM.
Articles by Brenda Norrell censored by Indian Country Today:
Russell Means Uncensored a Decade Later 'Dogs and Media Hounds' (just published)
Louise Benally censored by Indian Country Today concerning war in Iraq and Longest Walk
Buffy Sainte Marie Uncensored on being Blacklisted by US Presidents:
Censored Apaches protest Renzi land grab
Censored Bahe Katenay on oil and gas drilling in Dinetah homeland

Mohawk Nation News 'Indian 'Deadly' Detail at Onondaga'



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MNN. 10 July 2015. A meeting of those of us clients dropped by the lawyers, the lawyers for the other ongwe’hon:weh, the NYS Attorney General’s office, met at G. Nugent’s office [not the INDIAN hater Ted] in Syracuse. It was about the NYS Attack in Onondaga in 1997. [See video]
A two-headed creature: NYS and pro se former lawyers.
A two-headed creature: NYS and bar lawyers.
We went to interrogate his client, one of the New York State Troopers, who was charged and wants to come clean about the “Indian Detail”. 14 of the 100 targets from all Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy Rotinoshonni were dropped by the pro se lawyers because we refused to take the cash settlement offered by NYS to drop the case against of hundreds of Troopers and NYS. As Judge George Lowe previously reported, if this case goes to court, they [the ongwe’hon:weh] will win. He advised NYS to offer us money so they can continue to get away with genocide. On May 18, 1997 we were having a ceremony and a feast on private ground near Interstate 81. Also, we were going to talk about various topics, in particular the agreement signed between the Onondaga Council of Chiefs Ind. and NYS to charge illegal taxes on our products. The highway was not blocked. 75% attending were women and children.
The appearingly remorseful sargeant was nervous. The two lawyers still involved in the case, were trying to dominate everything that happened in that room. Someone from the NYS Attorney General’s Office listened and took extensive notes.
Ongwe'hon:weh: "All we want is justice".
Ongwe’hon:weh: “All we want is justice”.
We finally got a chance to ask a few questions. “When were you called to show up for the Indian Detail?” He answered, “at 11:00 am the day before May 18th”. He admitted there was extensive preparation for this attack. Then we asked, “What is an Indian Detail? Is there an “Italian Detail”? “A Chinese Detail”? or “an English Detail”? He answered, “No. there is only an Indian Detail”. We asked what preparations are made for an Indian Detail? “We have to assemble all our equipment – rifle, ammunition, bullet proof vest, tear gas, pepper spray, shield, baton”, and so on, all meant for deadly force. The Troopers were ordered not to wear their name badges, which, he said, is illegal.
In one of the NYSP videos, the commander instructed the lineup of Troopers just before the attack, “Make sure you take out the right one [or ones]!” The sargeant said he did not know about this.
The Attorney General said to give them everything they want.
The Attorney General said to give them everything they want.
The man from the Attorney General’s Office left the room to make a phone call. He returned and asked the sargeant a few questions. Then he turned to us and asked us to submit in writing within a week a list of our demands to stop this case from going to trial. We said we needed at least a month. So a deadline was set for August 10, 2015.
Stay tuned for the next deadly details about the “Indian Detail”. Pink Floyd nailed the “us and them” dichotomy that went on in that room: “Us and them. And after all, we’re only ordinary men. Me, and you. God only knows what we chose to do”.

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Indian Detail at Onondaga:

Government & Corporate surveillance of ongwe’hon:weh Gov. & corpie surveillance of ongwe’hon:weh.

Photos Apache Stronghold Caravan: Superior and Red Rocks to South Dakota!

Friday, July 10, 2015: Join the Apache Stronghold Caravan today on Rosebud in South Dakota!
By Wendsler Nosie, July 9, 2015: "We were at the Crazy Horse Memorial, giving the Oak Flat sign unifying in solidarity with people in Minnesota. All throughout the country the people are taking a stand with the Apache Stronghold. Everyone send us the Oak Flat sign to keep the prayers and motivation strong!"

Apache warriors at Red Rocks! On their way to DC to protest Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's shameful legislative rider to give the Oak Flat sacred site to an international mining corporation. Repeal the deal. Save Oak Flat!
By Sandra Rambler: "Apache Stronghold at the Superior Town Hall meeting telling it like it is! No mine at our holy and sacred Chi' Chil'Bilda'Goteel (Oak Flat)! Can't stop us now!"

Nihigaal bee lina Walkers Pass Dirty Coal Power Plant on Navajoland

Nihígaal bee Iiná is hosting their third Block Party in Kayenta this weekend at the Kayenta Skate Park! The event starts at 4 pm rez Time. There will be live bands, free food, info sessions, and workshops! Invite your friends and come meet the Walkers and other presenters! Kayenta Skate Park, Navajo Nation, 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, July 11, 2015!
The Journey for Existence is now in the Shonto and Kayenta area on Navajoland! Join the walkers in this defense for future generations as they walk to the Sacred Mountains!

By Nihigaal bee lina

When we walked through Coppermine we asked about the number of community members who were employed by Navajo Generating Station. As we got into Lechee we were stopped by NGS employees who knew that we were walking through the area and offered us words of encouragement and support. It is not a coincidence that the only economic opportunities available to us are ones that exploit and seek to destroy us. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE LAND HAPPENS TO THE PEOPLE. 
We are here, in this moment and at this time, fighting to maintain a way of life that is not based on the concept of the dollar, capitalism, the oppression of the people, and the destruction of our mother, and the land. This American system and adopted Navajo Nation system has thrived off a lack for understanding the realities of the true cost of energy that fuels mindless consumption. Navajo Generating Station continues to be one of the greatest Naayéé (Monster) we face on our land. Current annual emissions at NGS: SO2 4,076 tons, NOx 20,633 tons, CO2 19,859,041 million tons, Mercury 420-566 pounds. These toxic pollutants are known to cause respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary emphysema, lung disease, convulsions, blindness, hypertension, memory loss, depression, cancer, infertility, and acid rain. NGS accounts for 29 percent of Arizona’s emissions from energy generation. The NGS infernos consume 15 tons of coal from Black Mesa's Kayenta Mine; each minute, 24 hours each day, every day for the past 42 years. NGS uses 30,000 acre feet of water from the Colorado River to cool down the plant. The exploitation of Diné Land, Diné people and Diné water provides the basis of an ultra cheap supply of water and energy for Phoenix, Tucson and 12 southern/central Arizona Indian tribes.

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