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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Leonard Peltier to receive Frantz Fanon Award in France


Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier to be honored with Frantz Fanon Award for Revolutionary Thinking

By Christine Prat
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English, French and Dutch

PARIS -- The Frantz Fanon Foundation is awarding the Frantz Fanon Prize to Leonard Peltier. The prize, which honors revolutionary thinkers and their service to mankind, will be presented to Lenny Foster, Diné, a member of the American Indian Movement, and an advisor to Peltier. Foster will accept the award on behalf of Peltier, who remains incarcerated in the United States.

The award will be presented by Frantz Fanon’s daughter on March 6, 2016.
Frantz Fanon

The prize was awarded to Peltier based on a proposal from the network, Reseau ‘Sortir du Colonialisme.' The Support Committee for American Indians, CSIA, worked in support of the proposal to recognize Peltier with the award.

Peltier's supporters, pressing for clemency for Peltier, hope the prize will attract the attention of President Obama. Earlier, Obama voiced his admiration for Fanon.

Frantz Fanon, a revolutionary thinker from Martinique, was a psychiatrist and worked in a hospital in Algiers during the Algerian Uprising (1954-1962.) He sided with the Algerians. Fanon's most famous book is ‘The Wretched of the Earth’. He died very young of leukemia before the end of the Algerian War, in 1961. He has always been a major symbol of anti-colonialism and resistance of Indigenous People.

More info on Leonard Peltier: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/
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French translation below by Christine Prat, thank you from Censored News

LEONARD PELTIER: 40 ANS D’INCARCERATION. IL RECEVRA LE PRIX DE LA FONDATION FRANTZ FANON

On February 6, 2016, in Leonard Peltier, by Chris P
6 février 2016 [In English, Zie Nederlandse vertaling]
PosterPeltier40yrsLEONARD PELTIER ENTRE AUJOURD’HUI DANS SA 40ème ANNEE D’INCARCERATION. Il fut accusé d’avoir tué deux agents du FBI, cependant il a été démontré depuis longtemps – et admis par la Justice – qu’il ne pouvait pas être le tireur. Les autorités ont cependant toujours refusé de rouvrir le dossier, prétendant que s’il n’était pas l’auteur des coups de feu, il devait être complice! Aucun Président n’a accepté de le grâcier jusqu’à maintenant.
Il est actuellement très malade et ne reçoit pas les soins nécessaires.
LA FONDATION FRANTZ FANON A DECIDE DE LUI ATTRIBUER LE PRIX FRANTZ FANON CETTE ANNÉE. Le prix sera remis au cours du Salon Anticolonial organisé à la Bellevilloise, dans le cadre de la Semaine Anticoloniale, initiée par le Réseau ‘Sortir du Colonialisme’.
Ce prix peut se révéler très important car les soutiens de Leonard Peltier pensent qu’une grâce de Barak Obama est la dernière chance de faire libérer Leonard, et Obama a dit avoir été très inspiré par Frantz Fanon.
Frantz Fanon est né en 1925 à Fort-de-France, Martinique. Il était psychiatre et a travaillé dans un hôpital d’Alger pendant la guerre d’Algérie. Il devint membre du FLN (Front de Libération Nationale Algérien). Il a toujours soutenu les opprimés et combattu le racisme et le colonialisme. Il mourut en 1961 de leucémie. Depuis, il a toujours été considéré comme un symbole de la lutte contre le colonialisme et l’oppression. Son ouvrage le plus connu est “Les Damnés de la Terre”.
Depuis 2011, la Fondation Frantz Fanon décerne son prix a une personne ayant mené une action exemplaire contre le racisme, la discrimination et la xénophobie, la domination et le colonialisme. Cette année le prix sera décerné le 6 mars au cours du Salon Anticolonial, en présence de la fille de Frantz Fanon. Lenny Foster, Navajo, membre de l’AIM et proche de Leonard Peltier, recevra le prix au nom de Leonard.
Christine Prat
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Dutch translation below by Alice Holemans, NAIS, thank you from Censored News!
http://www.denaisgazet.be/free-leonard-peltier/frantz-fanon-foundation-prijs-voor-leonard-peltier-parijs

* Frantz Fanon Foundation prijs voor Leonard Peltier- Parijs

Parijs- De Frantz Fanon Foundation kent de Frantz Fanon prijs toe aan Leonard Peltier.
De prijs die een eerbetoon is aan revolutionaire denkers in dienst van de mensheid, zal op 6 februari 2016, verjaardag van Leonard’ s 40 jarige onrechtmatige opsluiting overhandigt worden aan Lenny Foster, Dine’, lid van de American Indian Movement (AIM), en spirituele raadgever van Peltier.
De prijs zal overhandigd worden door de dochter van Frantz Manon.
Het steuncomité voor Amerikaanse indianen (CSIA) en andere organisaties in Frankrijk hadden de Frantz Fanon Foundation opgeroepen om Peltier te erkennen.
Peltier activisten hopen dat de prijs onder de aandacht van Obama komt. Obama heeft zijn bewondering voor Frantz Fanon vroeger reeds geuit.

Frantz Fanon, een revolutionaire denker uit Martinique, was een psychiater en werkzaam in een hospitaal in Algiers tijdens de Algerijnse opstand (1954-1962.) Hij koos de kant van de Algerijnen. Zijn bekendste boek is “The Wretched of the Earth”.
Hij stierf zeer jong aan de gevolgen van Leukemie, nog voor het einde van de Algerijnse oorlog, in 1961. Hij is altijd een belangrijk symbool geweest van anti- kolonialisme en het verzet van inheemse volken.
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-- Christine Prat in France

Copyright Christine Prat, Censored News

Navajo President: "Basketball team's culture attacked in hair takedown"


PRESIDENT BEGAYE SAID STUDENTS SHOULDN'T BE PUNISHED FOR EXPRESSING PRIDE IN THEIR CULTURE

By Navajo President Russell Begaye
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French translation by Christine Prat at http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3217

FLAGSTAFF-Members of the Flagstaff Lady Eagles basketball team were asked to take their hair down from their traditional tsiiyeeł before a game on Tuesday night at the Flagstaff High School gymnasium.
The Lady Eagles were participating in Native American culture night which was planned by the Lady Eagles Basketball Booster Club and coincided with their game against the Greenway Demons.
The referee who called for the girls to take their hair down cited the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) rulebook regarding 'hair control devices'. The referee questioned whether the hair ties posed concern as a safety hazard. He then called for the girls to take their hair down.
President Russell Begaye said that Navajo people are very enthusiastic in supporting high school sports as many have children who participate. They come from near and far to watch their team's plight, he said.
"I watch quite a number of sporting events including both boys and girls basketball. At many of the games, you'll find girls teams wearing ribbons to support a cause or to show team pride. Our Navajo athletes should never be punished for expressing pride in their culture or who they are."
The President went on to say that referees who officiate games involving Navajo teams should undergo cultural sensitivity education.
"In fact all non-Navajos that are refereeing games in Northern Arizona should be required to take sensitivity training so that this type of blatant discrimination does not happen on the Navajo Nation to our tribal students. This includes border towns."
Flagstaff High School Principal Tony Cullen said he contacted the Regional Director at AIA to dispute the interpretation of the ruling.
"The interpretation of this rule was way off. When I found out about it, I was fuming," he said. "I remember watching the Page High School girls play at the state championships with their hair tied up traditionally."
President Begaye encourages students to continue to have pride in their culture and said that officiating against expressions of cultural pride in a scholastic setting is fundamentally wrong and discriminatory.
President Begaye said he will file a letter of protest addressing this matter with the AIA.
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