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Friday, October 30, 2015

Nihigaal bee Iina Dine' walkers at Sisnaajini, San Luis Valley


By Nihigaal bee Iina
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Oct. 30, 2015: We made it to the base of Sisnaajini! The mountain is beautiful and we can definitely feel the strength of dził'adzaan. Here in the San Luis Valley, we can also feel the impacts of colonization - the presence of our people has been removed from this area for generations, starting with the Spanish land grab settlement of Nuevo Mexico back in the 1600's. As indigenous people, we are in the minority here, to the point where many people are confused by our presence here.
This valley, which once was hunting grounds we shared with Ute, Apache, and People of the Plains, is now dominated by industrial agriculture. Cattle, genetically engineered potatoes and alfalfa have taken the place of the Buffalo. Pesticides, which cause birth defects, organ failure, brain damage, and death, are heavily used here in the valley, and are certainly contaminating the Rio Grande, flowing all the way into Mexico.
As we crossed the Rio Grande, however, we were reminded that we also share prayers, like we share water, we our relatives to the South. We have also encountered generosity and blessings from people that now live in this valley, from meeting indigenous Mayan from Guatemala who come here as migrant farm workers to Tewa Meshika healers who are sending their prayers for Nihimá, our mother earth, up the mountain with us.
The mountain misses the presence of our people, songs and prayers. We were told that when reclaim this mountain and our relationship with the land here, our people will come back together. Because of all of this we are praying and calling on our people to come join us to take our prayers up the mountain on Sunday, November 1st. As we complete our journey here, we know that this is just the beginning.

Oct. 27: We are about 30 miles from the base of Sisnaajini in the San Luis Valley, camped along the Rio Grande. We have been largely without access to technology or phone service on this final leg of our journey, but even though we haven't been able to update our page in weeks, we are there out walking, carrying our prayers for nihikeyah doo nihidine'e to the East.
We don't have the capacity right now to post photos or media, but please know we are still out there and keep us in your prayers. These journeys to our mountains have taught us so much about the value of moving beyond the digital realm and taking our thought and words and making them actions in our spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional realities - in this spirit, we hope that our absence from social media over the past month does not negate the momentum our steps have contributed to since January.
Since our last post we have walked over 170 miles, through the largest gas extraction field in the so-called United States, through Jicarilla Apache territory, on old railroad paths to see abandoned silver and gold mines contaminating rivers, over snowy mountain passes, and faced freezing temperatures (the low tonight is 15 degrees) to reach the beginning of the great plains and the end of Dine Bikeyah.
Today we are talking a break from walking and are presenting at Adams State University on the 2nd floor of the library at 7pm in Alamaso, Colorado.
We anticipate completing our journey by Sunday, November 1. If you would like to contact us or join us in this last week, please call 928.675.5880 or 856.689.6571 or 505.553.4113 (our phones are often without signal or power, so it's best to try multiple numbers if you cannot get a hold of us).
Axh'ee'hee for your support, love, and prayers.

Navajo News at Censored News Oct. 30, 2015


 Navajo News at Censored News

Alert: Arizona officials intent on stealing Navajo water rights have an upcoming Arizona Town Hall in November: http://www.aztownhall.org/Upcoming_Town_Hall

Censored News is happy to share with you these Dine' (Navajo) news stories from the people on the land, Censored News journalists and video coverage of testimony before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington.



Nihigaal bee Iina Dine' walkers at Sisnaajini, San Luis Valley
By Nihigaal bee Iina 
Oct. 30, 2015:" We made it to the base of Sisnaajini! The mountain is beautiful and we can definitely feel the strength of dził'adzaan. Here in the San Luis Valley, we can also feel the impacts of colonization - the presence of our people has been removed from this area for generations, starting with the Spanish land grab settlement of Nuevo Mexico back in the 1600's. As indigenous people, we are in the minority here, to the point where many people are confused by our presence here ..." Read more:
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/nihigaal-bee-iina-dine-walkers-at.html






Video interview with Louise Benally at Big Mountain
By Christine Prat
Video in English. Article in French. Thank you Christine Prat for sharing your photo, video and article with Censored News. Watch video and read article:
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3080
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/video-louise-benally-at-big-mountain-by.html


Big Mountain: On-Land, Decolonized-Spirited Gathering, Nov. 21 - 27th & Beyond
By NaBahii Keediniihii
Lets do this together at the heart of Big Mountain, November 21st - 27th:
- Boycott "Genocide-Coverup" Week (aka Thanksgiving), and show up at the Blackgoat homestead, Thinrock Mesa,
- Herd sheep as family monitor your first day, and so that elders can rest or tend to important cultural activities,
- Provide your vehicle or chainsaw, if you wish, for the numerous support project activities,
- Join wood crews that will gather firewood and do a few needed road repair work,
- Attend the closing day assembly to feast and celebrate solidarity, Friday, November 27th.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/video-louise-benally-at-big-mountain-by.html

Interview with Sacramento State student Chiitaanibah Johnson, Navajo/Maidu
by Francisco Dominguez and Dan Bacher  
(Photo copyright Francisco Dominquez)
Interview with Sacramento State student Chiitaanibah Johnson, Navajo/Maidu 
Q: Explain the events that led to a part time adjunct history teacher, Maury Wiseman, disenrolling you from his class, American History 17A, a requirement at Sacramento State University. This is a controversy that has gained national media attention. 

Human Rights and Water: Testimony before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Video testimony: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Thanks to Michelle Cook, Dine', for sharing the news from Washington
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.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/human-rights-and-water-testimony-before.html

Extractive industries impacts on sacred places: Navajo, Pueblo and Apache testify
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015: Washington DC
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.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/extractive-industries-impact-on-sacred.html

Collusion by Feds on Navajo Coal Plant Deal
Illegal government collusion and secrecy uncovered in EPA and Dept. of Interior deal on air pollution control at Navajo Generating Station
Navajo community groups file civil action to address harmful smokestack emissions without delay: BLACK MESA, Ariz. – One of the nation's oldest and dirtiest coal-burning power plants will be able to continue dumping pollution into the skies above the Navajo Nation for another three decades because of a plan that was hatched in secrecy by government agencies, a coalition of Navajo groups claim in a complaint filed on Oct. 26, 2015.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/10/collusion-by-feds-uncovered-on-navajo.html

Navajo Farmer Visits Palestine
Roberto Nutlouis' photos and words as he shares his journey to Palestine, in solidarity with Palestinians
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/dineh-farmer-visits-palestine.html
and
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/photos-navajo-in-palestine-ethnic.html
"They built a wall to try to keep terrorists out And it becomes symbolic what terrorism’s about" (h. Salam)
Spent the day taking with various communities impacted by the apartheid wall. They explained it as 'Ethnic Cleansing' by making their lives severely difficult and many communities have becomes ghost towns. The Beduin communities have collective decided to resist relocation. It demonstrates indigenous peoples deep connection to their lands are not easily uprooted.
Beduin elders remind us this struggle is not isolated but rather part of the continued colonization.
"The British brought settlers to your lands and they also sent them to our lands" -- Roberto Nutlouis, Dineh in Palestine

Video Louise Benally at Big Mountain by Christine Prat


Video interview with Louise Benally at Big Mountain.
Video in English. Article in French.
Thank you Christine Prat for sharing your photo, video and article with Censored News.
Watch video and read article:
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3080

Mohawk Nation News 'Final Solution to Shit Problem'

“FINAL SOLUTION” TO SHIT PROBLEM

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MNN. 30 OCT. 2015. The shit problem in Montreal is out of hand. It’s about to poison the land, water, air [pew!], animals and people. The colonial settlers are overwhelmed. Their ancestors left the old country to come to our perfect land because they could no longer live in filth and dirt. They arrived sick and diseased. They are environmentally insensitive, greedy and thoughtless.
When the rotitakeras arrived.
When the rotitakeras arrived.




The ongwe’hon:weh natural people of the land have a solution. The shit can be piped into the drains in Westmount, the village of the “castle dwellers” of Montreal. They are ultimately responsible for this mess.
Summit Circle, Westmount, Montreal, taking care of their shit.
Summit Circle, Westmount, Montreal, taking care of their shit.
The Molsons, McGills and other Family Compact and Chateau Clique members will have to put up with it until the earth goes back to nature.
Or everybody can leave the island of Montreal for three generations and let our mother heal. We were called the “disappearing Iroquois” because we had covered up our o’tah, planted orchards, took down our villages and then left for three generations.
Our mother has to heal and clean up your mess.
Our mother has to heal and clean up your mess.

This idea is alien to the roti’ia’takeras who came from across the sea. Mother nature has the ability to regenerate herself fully without human involvement. The UN talk about “sustainable” development is nonsense. They continue to pollute everywhere. Canadian municipalities preaching this tagline are being mislead by the globalists. They will all have their own shit problem to deal with soon.
The solution is to go somewhere so you cannot pollute the water, the key to the lifeblood of our mother. They don’t care about the children. Even aborted babies are found in their shit. Their total disregard for human life proves they own nothing so they don’t take care of it.
Yep, Molsons, you gouged our land.
Yep, Molsons, you gouged our land.
Finally, tankers could be filled up with their shit and transported back to their homeland.
The bankers think that they have all the money and we will swim in their shit willingly. As Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr show us in this clip of the shit scene from The Magic Christian [1961]:
Thunderclap Newman sings: “Call out the intigator because there’s something in the air. We’ve got to get together sooner or later because the revolution’s here. and you know it’s right. We have got to get it together. We have got to get it together now.”
JOIN THE VIGIL: STOP Montreal Mayor ‘poo-poo’ Coderre from taking a big dump into the kaniataronwanon:onwe at the foot of Mercier Bridge. 
Everyone is welcome to join in solidarity. Needed: food, wood, another tent. Contact Ghost: 514-619-2837; “Protectors of the St. Lawrence. Time for change” https://www.facebook.com/The-Protectors-of-the-St-Lawrence-River-Time-For-Change-451363881709850/ and savetheriver@riseup.com.
Give the corporate matrix your views: Mayor Denis Coderre, 514-872-0311maire@ville.montreal.qc.ca; David Heurtel, Quebec Environment Minister, 418-521-3830info@mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca; Environment Canada, 1-800-668-6767; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca, 515-277-6020, 613-995-8872. SUZANNE FORTIER, McGill 514-849-4179 suzanne.fortier@mcgill.ca; Geoff Molson info@canadianclub-montreal.ca 514-398-0333.
MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com or more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0Lthahoketoteh@hotmail.com for original Mohawk music visit thahoketoteh.ws

TUCSON Dia de los Muertos Pilgrimage honors lives lost on Arizona-Sonora border





15th Annual Día de los Muertos Pilgrimage Honors the Thousands of Lives Lost on the Arizona-Sonora Border

Continuing to demand an end to this human rights crisis, that justice be sought for each of the thousands of lives that have been taken and an end to policies of 'deterrence' that have proven to continue to cost human lives. 
By Derechos Humanos
Censored News
October 30th, 2015
  
TUCSON, Arizona -- For the 15th year in a row, Derechos Humanos, along with several other community groups, will walk from the St. John's Church to the San Xavier Mission to draw attention to the human rights crisis occurring here in the southwest. Again this year we will honor the estimated 10,000 lives that have been taken too soon as a result of inhumane policies implemented by the U.S. government since the 1990s.


On Saturday, October 31st, 2015, participants will gather at the St. John's Church (602 W. Ajo Way) at 8:00 in the morning. Following a short sending ceremony by the Calpolli Teoxicalli, we will begin our 8-mile walk, carrying the 137 crosses that represent each set of recovered remains found in the Arizona-Sonora border and documented by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office from October 1st, 2014 to September 30th, 2015. We will arrive at the San Xavier Mission between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. where we will be greeted by the W:ak Traditional Singers. Stephen Barnufsky, OFM will end the event with a blessing of all participants and crosses as we read the names of the dead and place their crosses with those of the last fourteen years.

100 of this year's crosses carry the word "Desconocid@" or "Unknown," representing each set of remains whose identity is unknown. For us, it also represents the number of families still looking for their loved ones and the effectiveness of a system that 'deters' people from crossing by disappearing them. The rest of the crosses carry a name and an age, if known. All of them are members of communities and families who have been killed unnecessarily by U.S. policies.
Since border policies were implemented in the 1990's, it is estimated that the remains of approximately 10,000 men, women and children have been recovered along the U.S.-Mexico border. This does not include the countless souls whose bodies have yet to be found, those who will never be found and those who have died while crossing through Mexico as a result of the U.S. funded Southern Border Program that began in the summer of 2014. Just like the Border Patrol Strategic plan of 1994, the Southern Border Program knowingly funnels people into dangerous terrain, intended to be used as a 'deterrent' to keep people from migrating to the U.S.
La Coalición de Derechos Humanos invites community members to join us in our Pilgrimage to honor each life lost and to protest the inhumane policies that our government continues to create, fund, and expand.  We continue to demand an end to this human rights crisis, that justice be sought for each of the thousands of lives that have been taken and an end to policies of 'deterrence' that have proven to continue to cost human lives. 
Join Coalición de Derechos Humanos
What: Day of the Dead Pilgrimage - A 7.8 mile walk from ST. John's Church, on 12th Ave & Ajo, to the San Xavier Mission commemorating the migrant lives lost in the desert each year! 

When: October 31st, 2015 pilgrimage begins at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive at the church at 8 a.m.

Media Contact:                                     
Amanda Garces                                                
Phone: 520:333:8864                                  

Email address: Coalicion@derechoshumanosaz.net

Mohawk Nation News 'Everybody's Shit Stinks!'

EVERYBODY’S SHIT STINKS!

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MNN. Oct. 29, 2015. Animals taught us to respect the natural world. Rotitakeras means they who wreak like o’tah. In the natural world, all animals don’t shit in the river. They bury it in the ground. Even dogs and cats know that shit is supposed to go back into the ground, which filters it and then returns it to nature.
Queenie's shit stinks!
Even Queenie’s shit stinks!
So does Trudeau's!
So does Trudeau’s!

PU!
PU!
Mayor Coderre: even he can't stand his own shit!
Montreal Mayor Coderre can’t even stand his own shit!
SQ: Theirs is really putrid!
Quebec cops SQ: Theirs really stinks!
When it's over shovel the shit before everyone gets a whiff.
These are the 3  guys that shit on us the most, and they’re rank!
Every animal does not shit or piss in the water they drink. Only man shits in the water and then drinks it.
The Family Compact, Chateau Clique and the bankers have their water bottled on pure mountain top springs and brought to them. They deliberately destroy our water to make us sick and diseased and to die. Its part of the UN depopulation program.
Bob Marley sings of freedom: “Old pirates, yes they rob I. Sold I to the merchant ships. Minutes after they took I from the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong by the hand of the almighty. We forward in this generation triumphantly. Won’t you help to sing these songs of freedom cause all I ever have redemption songs. Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds”.  [Redemption].
JOIN THE VIGIL: STOP Montreal Mayor ‘poo-poo’ Coderre from taking a big dump into the kaniataronwanon:onwe at the foot of Mercier Bridge. 
Everyone is welcome to join in solidarity. Needed: food, wood, another tent. Contact Ghost: 514-619-2837; “Protectors of the St. Lawrence. Time for change” https://www.facebook.com/The-Protectors-of-the-St-Lawrence-River-Time-For-Change-451363881709850/ and savetheriver@riseup.com.
Give the corporate matrix your views: Mayor Denis Coderre, 514-872-0311maire@ville.montreal.qc.ca; David Heurtel, Quebec Environment Minister, 418-521-3830info@mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca; Environment Canada, 1-800-668-6767; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca, 515-277-6020, 613-995-8872. SUZANNE FORTIER, McGill 514-849-4179 suzanne.fortier@mcgill.ca; Geoff Molson info@canadianclub-montreal.ca 514-398-0333.
MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com or more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0Lthahoketoteh@hotmail.com for original Mohawk music visit thahoketoteh.ws
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