Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Monday, August 24, 2015
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English with Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette
There was a surprise waiting in the statistics at Censored News today. Yesterday, Censored News broke all viewer records, with 42,971 pageviews. The views and comments reveal that Indian Country has had enough of Arizona Sen. John McCain, and the scorched earth campaign of the US government, with its river poisoning US EPA and its genocidal coal and uranium mining.
Here's our top stories this week:
Our top story was written by Vincent Yazzie in 2011: "Navajo: Remove John McCain from Senate Committee on Indian Affairs." It is hard to believe that John McCain is still on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, after his long history of the theft of Indian land and water rights.
Next on the most viewed list, is our article "Dine' protesters chase John McCain off Navajo Nation." In a statement to Phoenix New Times, McCain denied he was chased off the Navajo Nation. But the videos of Navajos chasing his car to the airport shows he was indeed chased off the Navajo Nation. McCain has continued attempts to steal water rights to the Colorado River for southern Arizona and the dirty coal fired power plant that provides electricity to southern Arizona, the Navajo Generating Station. Navajos also gave McCain real in-his-face support for Apaches defending Oak Flat. This comes after McCain sneaked through the theft of sacred Oak Flat for copper mining in the defense bill.
Our next most viewed article is, "EPA send poisoned water to Navajos after massive gold mine spill." The EPA sent water in contaminated tanks by way of an oil and fracking trucking company to desperate Navajo farmers in the Shiprock area.
Also in the top viewed category: "Lakotas rally to protect sacred water Aug. 24, 2015." The fight continues to protect Lakota territory from uranium mining. Uranium mining in Lakota territory reveals the scorched earth campaign of the US government which has included poisoning the water and land of Lakotas, Navajos, Pueblos and more in Indian country with uranium mining, coal mining, gold mine river spills and toxic dumping.
Navajos in Sanders, Arizona, are now the victims of the Church Rock uranium spill of 1979. When the US government relocated Navajos to this area from Black Mesa to make way for Peabody Coal's mining on Black Mesa, the US knew that the radioactive water was traveling down the Rio Puerco wash and would poison the water supplies in this community west of Gallup, N.M.
With heavy hearts, Navajos in Shiprock voted not to irrigate their crops with the water from the Animas and San Juan rivers, now contaminated with heavy metals. The US EPA admits it was responsible for the Gold King mine spill which will contaminate the riverbeds for decades.
"Navajos at Shiprock make heart-wrenching decision not to irrigate with contaminated river water."
The smug indifference of the BLM moderator of this listening session was obvious during this so-called listening session. Indigenous said they were disrespected by BLM officials during their prayer. Navajos and Pueblos took the message in regards to coal and uranium: "Leave it in the Ground."
"Four Corners residents to BLM: Stop Sacrificing us for dirty coal"
"Zapatistas on Truth and Justice:" The article reveals how US government forces and the media have carried out a war on Indigenous Peoples and truth. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/zapatistas-truth-and-justice-will-never.html
"Dine' Water Teach-Ins expose threats and solutions"
"Grassroots Indigenous prepare for UN Climate Summit in Paris"
EPA's dirty tricks campaign
After poisoning the Animas and San Juan rivers with the Gold King mine spill, the US EPA began at dirty tricks campaign and attempted to get Navajos to sign waivers of liability for the US government:
Former Chairman Tex Hall's oil and gas business partner in the news again
In the news, Tex Hall's former oil and gas business partner, waiting trial in a murder for hire scheme, attempted to escape from jail by way of sheets tied together. According to another inmate, the escape plans included big money and weapons. This is the latest story in the dark truth of oil, gas, murder and a separate disappearance of Tex Hall's business partners on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, where oil and gas drilling, devastating pollution and criminal workers, in North Dakota have devastated the communities. http://www.krem.com/story/news/local/spokane-county/2015/08/20/fbi-investigates-jail-escape-attempt-by-james-henrikson/32047937/
Censored News coverage from 2014, which includes a photo of Tex Hall and the accused.
Reporters tortured and murdered around the world, while plagiarism dominates in US
While reporters are being tortured and assassinated around the world, in the United States, plagiarism by stay at home re-writers has increasingly become the standard.
In Indian country, the major Indian news websites rely on stay-at-home plagiarizers who rarely leave their homes. They let others take the risks, do the work, and pay the costs. These websites deceive their readers into believing they are actually out covering the news by plagiarizing and rewriting, and adding stolen copyrighted photos as if they were present and covering the news.
Indian country media does not have any reporters present in Washington DC. It is not because of a lack of funds either. The owners of Indian Country Today are extremely wealthy.
What this means for Indian country is that John McCain and the others in Congress are left free to continue their pattern of the theft of American Indian land and water rights theft.
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Photo of protesters in front of The Wonderful Company's corporate offices on August 19 courtesy of Food & Water Watch.
Protesters slam LA funding of Delta tunnels for Big Ag tycoons
by Dan Bacher
Outside the plush Los Angeles headquarters of Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoon Stewart Resnick on August 19, 25 protesters chanted, "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Corporate Greed has got to go" and “Mayor Garcetti, have some will. Don’t let Resnick raise our bills.”
The protesters, including Los Angeles ratepayers, community leaders and representatives of water watchdog groups, demanded that Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti protect LA water ratepayers from funding the massive Delta tunnels project promoted by Governor Jerry Brown to export more water to corporate agribusiness interests and oil companies on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.
The tunnels opponents held their rally outside the corporate headquarters of The Wonderful Company, owned by Stewart and Lynda Resnick, to expose the Resnicks' campaign to promote the "California Water Fix," formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The Resnicks in June unveiled their company's new name, the Wonderful Company, to replace the old corporate name, Roll Global. (http://www.eastbayexpress.
Protesters wore giant “almond” and “POM Wonderful" face cut outs in an effort to depict how the Resnicks are pushing the tunnels plan to benefit their almond and cash crop empire. LA ratepayers also held a number of colorful signs, incuding ones saying, “No LA dollars for Big Ag Tycoons," "Stop the Tunnels," "No $ For Tunnels Garcetti," and "Tunnels = Corporate Welfare."