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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nihigaal bee lina Shiprock Block Party July 25, 2015

The Dine' walkers are walking through Beclabito today.
Join them Saturday in Shiprock to hear more about their walk to the Sacred Mountains and the need to protect the land, water and air for future generations.

Rest in Eternal Peace Lakota Gall Brightman


Rest in Eternal Peace Lakota Gall Brightman
By Quanah Parker Brightman

Lakota Brightman of Pinole, California died unexpectedly on Friday July 3rd, 2015 in Richmond California. His cause of death was murder. He was 45 years old. Lakota Gall Brightman was born on December 25th 1969 in Rapid City, South Dakota to parents Lehman and Trudy Brightman. He was the second of three children. Lakota attended Delmar Elementary School, Portola Junior High School, and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1988. His earlier years were spent advocating for Native American Rights along with his family and the Organization founded by his father Lehman and carried on by his brother Quanah, United Native Americans. United Native Americans was and are still very active in Native american rights and the promotion of progress and general welfare of Native Americans. Specialist Lakota Gall Brightman served 6 years in the California Army National Guard, 235th Engineer Company (Sapper) as an Army Field Medic from August 11, 2007 to his date of separation on August 10th, 2013. Lakota was ordered into active service in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. He is remembered as a genteel and kind hearted human being who wanted to help others and was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, father, friend and hero. He is preceded in death by his mother Trudy Brightman and his older brother Lehman Brightman III. Lakota is survived by his Daughters, Phoebe (23) and Star (13) Brightman his brother Quanah Parker Brightman, father Chief Lehman L. Brightman, aunts Nancy and Lorelie Oldlodge and uncles, Anthony David Clairmont and Donald Oldlodge. Taken too soon, Lakota will be warmly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 25th, 2015 from 11am - 2pm at Wilson & Kratzer Civic Center Chapel 455 24th St Richmond, CA 94804 Tel: (510) 232-4383  With burial services to be held on July 27th, 2015 at 1pm at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Road in Dixon, California 95620

Dine' Solidarity with Apache Stronghold

Photos by Krystal Curley Dine'.
Thanks to Anna Rondon for sharing.



Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action: (605) 9390527
Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network: (507) 4127609

Pierre, SD - On Sunday, July 26, over 60 native and nonnative horseback riders will ride into Fort Pierre from the four directions north, south, east and west to show their collective resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline certification in South Dakota.

Riders will meet with hundreds of people near the intersection of Highway 83 and 14 to lead the march across the Missouri River Bridge, and ending at Steamboat Park in Pierre, where Pipeline Fighters will hold a water blessing and rally. Organized to show the solidarity in opposition to the South Dakota Public Utility Commission's (SD PUC) certification of the Keystone XL pipeline permit, these actions are a culmination of years of collective resistance in South Dakota.

The next day, at 9 a.m., July 27 th , the SD PUC will convene a seven-day evidentiary hearing on whether the conditions on which the permit was issued in 2010 are still the same or have changed.

"We have no doubt that the situation has changed with regards to the taxes and benefits promised to the people of South Dakota by TransCanada," said Paul Draper, a member of the Dakota Rural Action Board of Directors.

"TransCanada has promised huge economic benefits to the counties and if Keystone I is any barometer of them making those promises good, it does not bode well for us. This project poses too much risk to the people, lands and water for it to be approved. I hope the Commissioners listen with open hearts and minds to the concerns we will be putting forth."

"We want to show the SD PUC that there are many, many South Dakotans who opposed to the permit being certified for the pipeline because we don't think the conditions are the same as when the permit was originally issued. There are 30 different changed conditions of the permit which TransCanada themselves acknowledged when they submitted the permit application last year," said Dallas Goldtooth, KXL pipeline organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. "Unfortunately, the commissioners have denied any evidence having to do with climate change."

Buses will depart from Rapid City, Sioux Falls as well as reservation communities to arrive in time for the resistance rally. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in the march and rally. Members of the public can RSVP for the rally and to reserve a space on a bus at

Keystone XL Resistance Ride and March Details:
DATE : Sunday, July 26, 2015
TIME : March begins at 11amMT/12pmCT
LOCATION : March begins at the intersection of Highways 83 and 14 in Fort Pierre and will end at the amphitheater at Steamboat Park in Pierre BUS SEATS : Bus seats from Sioux Falls or Rapid City be reserved at


The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities.

Dakota Rural Action is a grassroots family agriculture and conservation group that organizes South Dakotans to protect our family farmers and ranchers, natural resources, and unique way of life.
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