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Friday, August 28, 2015

Alaska's Big Village: ShellNo Alaska Obama demo

Save the Arctic Aug. 28, 2015

Friday, August 28

ShellNo Alaska Demonstration

Alaska's Big Village Network

Where: Anchorage, Alaska
Town Square Park- corner of 6th and E Street
When: 5:45pm 8/28/15

As Anchorage prepares for the visit of Obama, Alaska's Big Village Network is holding a public demonstration to demand that the United States President Obama to "Save the Arctic" from offshore Arctic drilling operations currently underway by Shell Oil.

The public demonstration is one of many planned in Anchorage to build local and international awareness of the fragile Arctic Ocean that provides for a global nursery on the planet. The Arctic is a vital and critical food security source for Arctic indigenous peoples inhabiting the entire Arctic Region. The Arctic is an international migratory pathway for many animals, birds, fish, and marine mammals.

"Salmon is the backbone our subsistence economy," says Ole Lake, Yupik advisor for Alaska's Big Village Network. "The high probability of an oil spill in the Chukchi Sea drilling operation by Shell Oil directly affects our salmon habitat. The salmon feed of the rich biological ecosystems under the sea ice in the Arctic. All Alaskan Native peoples are impacted and threatened by offshore drilling in the Arctic."

Shellno Alaska has three demands of President Obama: 1. Cessation of exploratory drilling in the Arctic; 2. Protection of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights and Alaska's communities; 3. A rapid and just transition to renewable energy; 4. Binding agreements at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference that are on par with what science has shown is necessary for a livable future.

Carl Wassilie of Shellno Alaska says: "We have to represent the voices of those who can't speak, including future generations and the animals. Arctic drilling is a violation of the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Obama and Shell are bypassing many laws designed to protect our coast and our communities. Obama needs to start listening to the peoples of the Arctic who oppose Arctic drilling."

First Voices: Three Dynamic Native Women Speak with Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Three dynamic Native women speak, on the importance of language, abuse by US Border Patrol, and how uranium mining is poisoning water supplies in Lakota territory and the west

By Brenda Norrell
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English with Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, host of First Voices Indigenous Radio, interviewed three dynamic Native American women on his show Thursday, broadcast nationally on WBAI New York. 

Violet Catches, Lakota, shares her life journey of teaching Lakota language. Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, describes the trauma for O'odham living in the militarized borderzone with the brutality of US Border Patrol agents who interfere with ceremonies. Charmaine White Face, Lakota, describes how the Crow Butte uranium mine is poisoning the water supply in Pine Ridge, and abandoned uranium mines have contaminated water supplies in Lakota territory and throughout the west. 

Violet Catches, Cheyenne River Lakota, describes her life journey of teaching Lakota language to students beginning at the Pierre Indian Learning Center, South Dakota, and continuing until today on Cheyenne River. She describes similarities in Lakota with Ho-Chunk, Winnebego and Omaha.
Violet shares how she teaches Lakota language on Cheyenne River, and how some of the early childhood language has been lost. She also explains how some words can not be translated across languages.
Violet teaches at the Takini School on Cheyenne River. She said 'Takini' refers to the survivors of the massacres, and the word was also used in earlier times. 
"Some survivors came back from Wounded Knee," she said of the survivors who returned to Cheyenne River from Wounded Knee as young boys.

Ofelia Rivas with Yaquis in Sonora,
Mexico. Photo Brenda Norrell
Ofelia Rivas, O'odham lives on traditional O'odham land, on the so-called Arizona border. 
Tiokasin describes how Ofelia exposes the abuses by US Border Patrol agents and how O'odham ancestors graves were unearthed during construction of the border wall. Ofelia has been abused and held at gunpoint by agents.
Ofelia recently spoke at the "Native Americans Bearing Witness Retreat," in the Black Hills.
Ofelia said, "People are not aware that we are living in a militarized zone." Since 911, the abuse of O'odham by US agents has intensified.
Ofelia describes how O'odham have the responsibility to care for the land with ceremonies and offerings. Today, however, the O'odham people live in a condition of fear. Border Patrol agents interrupt O'odham ceremonies, and interfere with all living things, including the plants and animals.
When O'odham walk outside their homes in their homeland, they are asked for their papers by US Border Patrol agenst. O'odham who are simply living their lives are questioned and considered to be criminals by Border Patrol agents.
Speaking of the way of life and ceremonies, Ofelia said the people have a responsibility to keep things in balance. She says it is the nature of the people to be generous.
Recently, Border Patrol agents showed their disrespect and their lack of sensitivity to O'odham culture when they placed deer antlers on a Border Patrol trailer and drove it around O'odham land. 
Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents are also collecting items that are sacred.
"It doesn't matter to them," Ofelia said. "They think they can do what they want on O'odham land."
In closing, Ofelia said, "We are still here, we are alive, and we are thriving."

More: O'odham Solidarity Project

Charmaine White Face, coordinator of Defenders of Black Hills, describes the current hearing on the Crow Butte uranium mine in Crawford, Nebraska. 
Charmaine White Face, spokesperson for the Sioux Nation Treaty Council established in 1894, said there are five deep wells which provide water for Lakotas living in Pine Ridge.
"There is contamination of uranium," and other radioactive contaminants.
Leakage from the Crow Butte uranium mine is considered to be the cause.
"It could definitely be polluting the water that the people of Pine Ridge drink."
Besides the Crow Butte uranium mine, there are abandoned open pit uranium mines contaminating Lakota water supplies. 
"They have never been cleaned up."
There are 272 abandoned radioactive uranium mines in South Dakota, polluting the air with the radioactive dust and the water with radioactive runoff.
"Companies just walked away and left these big holes in the earth that are still emitting radiation," she said.
This silent contamination is ignored, or unknown, by most, as uranium mining companies push for more mining.
"It doesn't just affect us here," she said.
All the rivers in Lakota territory have uranium contamination and empty into the Missouri River, she said.
Ten million people are effected by this radiation contamination in the west.
"They are all breathing in this radioactive dust."
Tiokasin adds how the radioactive contaminated water is sprayed on the foods in the bread basket, contaminating the country's food supply.

Listen to this show: Scroll down the WBAI archives for First Voices Indigenous Radio, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2015: “First Voices Radio” Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse talks with Violet Catches, Lakota Language Teacher, Takini School, Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota; Ofelia Rivas, Elder and Activist from the Tohono O'odham Nation, Founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall; and Charmaine White Face, Coordinator of Defenders of the Black Hills, an all volunteer environmental organization, and the traditionally appointed Spokesperson for the Sioux Nation Treaty Council established in 1894.

WBAI NYC 99.5 FM. Streaming live everywhere at WBAI.ORG (9-10 am EDT / 8-9 am CDT / 7-8 am MDT / 6-7 am PDT and 3-4 am Hawai’i Standard Time. After the show airs live, listen to the archived version and/or download at (1)http://www.firstvoicesindigenousradio/program_archives or (2) Scroll down to First Voices Indigenous Radio August 27, 2015.

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Vertaling: NAIS (with permission from Brenda Norrell):
Drie dynamische vrouwen spreken over de belangrijkheid van taal, mishandeling door VS grenspatrouilles, en hoe uraniummijnen hun water voorraden vergiftigen in Lakota territorium en het westen
Tioksin Ghosthorse, Lakota, presentator van First Voices Indigenous Radio, interviewde in zijn show op donderdag ll. drie dynamische Native Amerikaanse vrouwen. De show werd nationaal uitgezonden op WBAI New York.
Violet Catches, Lakota, sprak over haar levenswerk, het aanleren van de taal van de Lakota.
Ofelia Rivas, O’odham, beschrijft het trauma van de O’odham die leven in het gemilitariseerde gebied met de brutaliteiten door de VS grenspolitie die hun ceremonies verhinderen.
Charmaine White Face, Lakota, beschrijft hoe de Crowe Butte uranium
miin de watervoorraad in Pine Ridge vergiftigt , en hoe verlaten uranium mijnen watervoorraden in Lakota territorium en doorheen het westen besmetten.
Violet Catches, Cheyenne River Lakota, beschrijft haar levenswerk van onderwijzen van de Lakota taal aan studenten van het Pierre Indian Learning Center, Zuid Dakota, een werk dat tot op vandaag nog verder gaat aan de Cheyenne River. Zij beschrijft de overeenkomsten met Ho-Chunk, Winnebego en Omaha.
Violet praat ook over hoe haar taal, die zij in haar kindertijd nog gekend heeft nu verloren is gegaan.
Zij legt ook uit dat sommige woorden onmogelijk te vertalen zijn in andere talen.
Violet geeft les aan de Takini School aan de Cheyenne Rivier. Zij zegt dat ‘Takini’ verwijst naar de overlevenden van de bloedbaden, en dat woord werd ook in vroegere tijden gebruikt.
“Sommigen overlevenden kwamen terug van Wounded Knee”. Sommige overlevenden keerden als jonge knapen terug naar de Cheyenne rivier.
Ofelia Rivas, O’odham leeft op traditioneel O’odham land, aan de zogenaamde Arizona grens.
Tiokasin beschrijft hoe Ofelia de mishandelingen door de grenspolitie naar buiten bracht en hoe de graven van de O’odham voorouders werden omgewoeld tijdens de bouw van de grensmuur.
Ofelia werd onder vuur gehouden en mishandeld door de agenten.
Ofelia heeft recentelijk nog het woord gevoerd op de “Native American Bearing Witness Retreat,” in de Black Hills.
Ofelia zei: “mensen zijn zich niet bewust dat wij in een gemilitariseerde zone leven.”
Sinds 9/11 is het misbruik door VS agenten nog intensiever geworden.
Ofelia beschrijft hoe O’odham de verantwoordelijkheid dragen om voor het land te zorgen met ceremonies en offers.
Vandaag echter leven de O’odham met angst.
Agenten van de grenspolitie onderbreken O’odham ceremonies, en bemoeien zich met alle levende dingen, ook met planten en dieren.
Wanneer de O’odham buiten de deur komen in hun thuisland, wordt hen door de agenten bevolen om hun papieren te laten zien.
O’odham die gewoon maar hun leven willen leven worden als criminelen beschouwd en ondervraagt door de agenten van de grenspolitie.
Over de manier van leven en ceremonies zei Ofelia dat de mensen de verantwoordelijkheid hebben om de dingen in evenwicht te houden. Het ligt in de natuur van de mensen om edelmoedig te zijn.
Onlangs hebben de agenten van de grenspolitie nog maar eens hun minachting en gebrek aan respect voor de O’odham- cultuur getoond, toen ze een hertengewei op hun trailer hadden gebonden en ermee rond reden in O’odham land.
Ondertussen hebben agenten ook sacrale voorwerpen verzameld.
“ Het kan hen niet schelen,” zei Ofelia. “ Zij denken dat ze op O’odham land kunnen doen wat ze willen.”
Als besluit zei Ofelia: “Wij zijn nog steeds hier, wij leven nog en we gedijen hier nog steeds.”

Meer over O’odham Solidariteitsproject:
Charmaine White Face, co√∂rdinator van Defenders of Black Hills, beschrijft de hoorzitting over de Crow Butte uranium mijn die momenteel plaatsheeft in Crawford, Nebraska.
Charmaine White Face, woordvoerder voor de Sioux Nation Treaty Council, opgericht in 1894, zei dat er vijf diepe waterputten zijn die de Lakota’s van Pine Ridge voorzien van water.
“ Er is besmetting van uranium”- en andere radioactieve besmettingen.
Lekken van de Crow Butte uranium mijn worden verondersteld de oorzaak te zijn.
“ Het kan zeker en vast het water, dat de mensen van Pine Ridge drinken vervuild hebben.”
Behalve de Crow Butte uranum mijn, zijn er verlaten open –put mijnen die het water van de Lakota’s vervuild.
“ Die werden nooit opgekuist.”
Er zijn 272 verlaten radioactieve mijnen in zuid Dakota, die de lucht vervuilen met radioactief stof en het water met radioactief gootwater.
“ De bedrijven gingen gewoon weg en lieten deze grote gaten in de aarde achter, gaten die nog steeds straling uitgeven.”, zei ze.
Deze stille besmetting wordt duidelijk genegeerd, of niet geweten waar de uranium mijnbedrijven nog steeds staan te dringen voor nog meer mijnvergunningen..
“ En het gaat niet alleen om ons”, zei ze. Al de rivieren in de Lakota territorium zijn vervuild door uranium en komen uit in de Missouri rivier.
Tien miljoen mensen worden in het westen getroffen door deze radioactieve besmetting.
“Iedereen ademt deze radioactieve stof in.”
Tiokasin voegde hieraan toe dat voedsel besproeid wordt met besmet water.

Dine' Anna Rondon 'Federal Coal Leasing Program is a Joke in 2015'

Federal Coal Leasing Program is a Joke in 2015

By Anna Rondon, Dine'
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Ya at eeh, Greetings
My name is Anna Rondon, I am of the Towering House People, Kinya annii and Nakai Dine. I am writing to express my opinion on your Federal Coal Leasing Program as well as your due diligence in protecting the United States people is grossly negligent in meeting your own mission statement.
“The DOI protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.”
My children’s generation and the many generations to follow us have a direct duty to protect our ways of life.  I come from a family of warriors who fought in World War II and Viet Nam. Today, I fight for my Dine lands and others tribes around the world.  To defend what little we have left.  There we 60 comments and all but 3 support the proposed changes in this fouled leasing program that robs the tax payers.
We know the federal government dictates to our Navajo Nation corporate government, Speaker Lorenzo Bates and his cronies only listen to coal companies and does not even consult with our own Dine people. He runs off to Crow Country and tells Senate Committee that the environmental laws on coal are not fair.  This is violates Dine Fundamental Laws Title 1 and the Navajo Civil Rights Act.  We have lost equal protection and due process, we carry the burden of health impacts, our people are being sacrificed and the silence will be broken and told around the world how Navajo Nation is a front for Peabody, NGS, SRP and APS.  All energy thugs and are worst that street gangsters in collaboration with McCain and other GOP who have shady connections with mining companies.
Change is here and our youth know and will expose you all.
Anna Rondon, Chichiltah
POB 5058 Gallup NM

Black Hills Unity Concert Aug. 28 -- 30, 2015

Govinda of Earthcycles is at the concert and will broadcast on the
Crow Voices mobile radio bus!

Aug. 28 -- 30, 2015 UNITY CONCERT GOERS: 
Dear Relatives,
There are some elements of the concert we all want you to know:

1. There is ample camping space.
2. It will be nice and warm this year, so you will not get cold at night if you are camping.
3. Pack clothes for warm weather as the high will be 92 degrees on Sunday and Saturday.
4. We will have a water station available so no need to bring bottled water. Stay hydrated for better health.
5. There will be a central tipi reserved only for prayer. Someone will be praying in there 24/7 to facilitate the whole concert. You are welcome to take a shift in there if you want. Please honor this central place by honoring the way that lakota elders are running it.
6. Please plan on mainly feeding yourself. There will be a couple food vendors there to supplement what you bring.
7. Bring an umbrella and a lawn chair if you can.
8. The opening ceremony will start around 3:30 PM on Friday. It will be a time to pray for a good few days that will help and heal all our relations.
9. There will be discussions in the tipis from 9am-12:30pm on Sunday and Saturday, and music will start at 2pm.
10. On Sunday we are having the closing ceremony around 6PM and we are hoping to have everyone break camp and leave the premises at that point.
11. For those visiting from elsewhere, we are so, so happy you are coming. Thank you for standing in solidarity for what is right and what is beautiful. Please honor the home of the Lakota, by honoring the culture and customs of the Lakota. This means many things, but part of it is to dress conservatively and to be humble. Aside from that, it is things you already know: be kind to each other, bring your prayers, and take the time to listen and observe how people do things in the home you are visiting. The seven Lakota principles are: Wacante Oganake: Be generous Wowaunsila: Have Compassion Wowauonihan: Give Respect and Honor Wowacintanka: Have Patience and Tolerance Wowahwala: Be Humble Woohitike: Be Guided By Your Principles, Disciplined, Brave and Courageous Woksape: Cultivate Understanding and Wisdom
12. This is a drug and alcohol free event with a zero-tolerance policy. Thank you for understanding. smile emoticon
13. Directions to the site are as follows: from rapid city go north on I-90W for about 13 miles. Take Exit 46 onto Elk Creek Road. Go 1.6 miles and take a left at the SECOND entrance to Elk Creek Resort. From there signs will direct you to registration. (GPS doesn't always take you far enough down the road.

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