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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Save Oak Flat Video Wendsler Nosie, English/French by Christine Prat

Apache Wendsler Nosie photo by Christine Prat

Interview de Wendsler Nosie, Apache San Carlos from Christine Prat on Vimeo.

'Apaches never surrendered'
Apache Wendler Nosie: Oak Flat, source of medicine and food, is place for fighting the oldest evil in the world

Video and French subtitles by Christine Prat
Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Oak Flat resistance camp, where Apaches are defending sacred land from
copper mining, sneaked through in the defense bill by Arizona
 Sen. John McCain. Photo by Christine Prat

Chi'Chil'Bilda'Goteel (OAK FLAT) -- Apache Wendsler Nosie describes how he was raised as traditional Apache on San Carlos Apache land, with the knowledge of his real identity, during a time when assimilation was being pushed by the United States government.
Apaches watched the transitions, and the assimilation taking place as the US government created tribal councils.
Today, technology is creating a different society and eliminating much of the way people relate to the earth, even the way people pray, he said.
"Apaches had to say, 'We have to stop, this is not right.'"
Standing on sacred land at Oak Flat, now threatened by copper mining, Nosie describes how everything is all here, for Apache to survive.
"We have to stand up, even if it means giving our life."
It takes 100 years for the oak trees here to produce the acorns. These acorns made the Apache who they are.
Oak Flat is a place of medicine, of food, to continue life.
The message that the Indigenous people are crying out to the world, must be heard, he said.
The Mother Earth has to heal, has to replenish itself.
"We have to find how we are going to survive this change that Mother Earth is going through."
Nosie said the dark places must see the light, including politicians and Congressmen.
Apache are fighting the oldest evil of all evils, in their fight against Resolution Copper. 
Resolution Copper and Rio Tinto are destroying people around the world. They are even destroying their own people.
"We are all going to battle against the most evil thing in this world."
Nosie, pointing out the water, animals, and life here, describes the sacredness of Oak Flat and what it offers.
"Where else are we going to go?"
Nosie said the solution is to come together in a spiritual way.
"If we don't, we all have failed."
"We have the ability to do what is right."
"The Apaches are willing to fight all the way."
Nosie said anyone who stands with them is a member of their family.
Apache never surrendered.

Listen to the video above for all of Wendsler's comment. Special thanks to Christine Prat and her husband Theo for traveling to Oak Flat for our coverage.

Also see: Censored News interviews and photos from this same visit to Oak Flat. Naelyn Pike, Wendsler's granddaughter, describes what this ceremonial area means to Apaches and particularly to Apache youths:

Human Rights and Water: Testimony before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


Navajo in New Mexico testify on uranium mining, radiation and water. Listen to more.
Testimony on Human Rights and Water before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Washington DC this week.

More video coverage at:

Extractive Industries Impact on Sacred Places: Navajo Apache Pueblo testify: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


Friday, Oct. 23, 2015: Washington DC

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Photos and video by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Indigenous representative gathered in Washington D.C, Oct 23 at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to give testimony regarding the need to secure and meaningfully protect sacred sites and landscapes, including San Francisco Peaks. Mt. Taylor, and the recent land exchange and proposed copper mining at Oak Flat.
Those testifying are Leonard Gorman Executive Director, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission. Dr. Ora V. Marek Martinez, Historic Preservation Officer, Navajo Nation. Vernelda Grant, Historic Preservation Officer San Carlos Apache Nation, and David Martinez, 1st Lt. Governor, The Pueblo of Laguna.
The testimony highlighted current inadequacies within the legal framework of the United States  in protecting indigenous sacred sites particularly those located off reservation lands.
The thematic hearing was titled: Impact of extractive industries on sacred places of indigenous peoples in the United States Hearing, 156th ordinary period of sessions.

Thanks to Michelle Cook, Dine', for sharing this with Censored News.

Published on Oct 23, 2015


Video Movie Trailer '43' Guerrero, Mexico

Relatives of the 43 missing students are seen arriving for a mass at Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, on Oct. 19, 2014. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A chilling reminder of why we do this, why we don't stay home

By Brenda Norrell
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Watching the film trailer for '43' is a chilling reminder of why we do this, why we keep going without pay, why we do the work, spend the time, spend the money, take the risks.
It is why we don't stay home.
People die, people go missing, and it is up to the un-paid, the un-bought journalists, those who have not been corrupted by salaries and power, to continue the work.
Year after year, these journalists, now for 10 years, have kept going at Censored News.
Earlier, those of us on the Zapatista caravan through Mexico, with Marcos and the Comandantes, had the honor of being in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. We know the power and the strength of the people there. We know why the corrupt in Mexico attempted to extinguish the light of these 43 future teachers in Guerrero.
On the Zapatista caravan, in Michoacan, a young Nahautl warrior from Guerrero, who only had one leg and was in his twenties, hopped on board our bus from Sonora, with O'odham, Yaqui and Mayo leaders. Our Nahautl friend hopped, aided by a wooden stick for a cane. He volunteered immediately for the security detail. When I asked him why he was on the caravan, he said, "We have no food at home."
Now, the world has not forgotten the missing 43. The upcoming film '43,' to be shown in theaters continues to tell this legacy.



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MNN. OCT. 24, 2015. In Val d’Or Quebec ongwe’hon:weh women reported being systemically raped and tortured by the psychotic Quebec Police. Lonnie Landrud of Quesnel BC witnessed police murdering a young ongwe’hon:weh woman and disposing of her body on the “Highway of Tears”. He became aware of 8 other women being murdered by this same cop. Landrud reported the details in this video to every police agency in the hierarchy right up to the Prime Minister and Governor General. Police tried to murder him. He was arrested, put in jail, his guns and his driver’s license were taken:
Watch all 7 parts to see a real horror story. The corporation of Canada is a police state. Their murder squad has a bounty out on our women because they are child bearers. It appears cops get paid to kill us. Who’s paying them and who’s covering it up? Landrud shows they are all in on it. It appears to be a major cornerstone of the business plan for the corporation of Canada. Thousands of our women are murdered and missing, The state refuses to investigate. Obviously we have no protection. Those trying to help us are threatened and will be done away with just like our women. boat people
It looks like Paul Martin, the last liberal prime minister, was behind the coverup. This story is being emailed to the new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, asking him to launch a public inquiry with Lonnie Landrud as one of his prime witnesses. The public must push this issue. Don’t let Turudeau cover up this eugenics operation.
Everyone is welcome to stand with us at the fire vigil at the southern end of the Mercier Bridge in Kahnawake. Needed are wood, water, fruits, coffee. Please call these officials and raise your voices. “The power is the people. Not the money or the war. Lets raise our voices so they can hear us. let them roar!” Thahoketoteh “We are we, the people”.
Stop killing us.
CROWN, Stop murdering us.
As Talking Heads sing: “Psycho killer, qu’est-ce, que c’est fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa far better. Run run run run run run run run away. Ce que j’ai faite ce soir la. Ce qu’elle a dit ce soir la. Realisant mon espoir je me lance vers la gloire. We are vain and we are blind. I hate people when they’re not polite.” [Psycho Killer].
Mayor Denis Coderre, 514-872-0311; David Heurtel, Quebec Environment Minister, 418-521-3830; Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, Environment Canada, 613-992-2848. SUZANNE FORTIER, McGill 514-849-4179; Geoff 514-398-0333. Surete du Quebec Police  514 598-4141, Quebec Government   514-598-4141

VIDEO Ecuador: Defensores de pueblos indígenas y ambiente Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


Testimony in Washington DC this week: Listen to Ecuadors Indigenous Women: Defenders of Human Rights and the Environment

Published on Oct 19, 2015
Situación de defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos de pueblos indígenas y del ambiente en Ecuador

Audiencia Pública del 156 Período de Sesiones de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)

Lunes 19 de octubre de 2015

→ Accede a las fotografías y sección multimedia sobre el 156 Período de Sesiones de la CIDH:

→ Relatoría sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas / Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

→ Accede a los Comunicados de Prensa de la CIDH / Get the press releases of the IACHR

→ Participantes / Participants:
× EarthRights International (ERI) / Acción Ecológica (AE)
× Estado de Ecuador

Situation of Defenders of the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and of the Environment in Ecuador

Public Hearing on the 156th Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

VIDEO Massacre at Acteal, Chiapas: Testimony Inter-American Commission Human Rights


This week in Washington DC, testimony before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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