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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What the Pope Missed: The Land of Tigers, Hydras and Heroin

By Frontera NorteSur
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Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS here

Editor's note: On his journey to Mexico this week, Pope Francisco visited  Chiapas, Mexico City, Mexico state, Morelia and Ciudad Juarez. During his stops the Pope made general references to many burning issues confronting Mexico- drug violence, human trafficking, the breakdown of the social fabric, the marginalization of the nation's original peoples, attacks on migrants, low wage work, and more. He failed, however, to meet with the parents of 43 disappeared students from the the Ayotzinapa rural teachers' college in the state of Guerrero,  a case considered by Mexican human rights advocates as emblematic of the widespread crime of forced disappearance in the country. Francisco also did not visit Guerrero, considered Mexico's most violent state as well as one of the two most poverty-stricken.

February 17, 2016

Special Report

What the Pope Missed: The Land of Tigers, Hydras and Heroin

If an allegory were to fit the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, the tale of Ankor the Bengal Tiger might well fit the bill. Escaping from a private tourism resort near Acapulco last October, Ankor apparently spent the next several weeks raiding ranches and killing cattle in the municipality of Coyuca de Benitez.

Leonard Peltier Rally in Reno Photos

Thank you to Buck Sampson, Carl Bad Bear Sampson and all our Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute friends for sharing photos of the American Indian Movement's Rally for Leonard Peltier in Reno, Nevada.
More photos from Bad Bear of the Rally at:

Gila River 'Waters Connect Us' with Lakota Debra White Plume

Debra White Plume, Lakota
French translation by Christine Prat at:

Come Together to Learn More About Proetecting SACREDWATER
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(adjacent to Phoenix)
March 11-13, 2016
As we all become more educated on how our waterways and aquifers are threatened, exploited and contaminated, the movement grows to defend and protect the future of our pure and sacred waters.
Friday, March 11th: 7-10 Tribute to John Trudell (in Phoenix, address coming soon)
Saturday, March 12th: 10-5pm presentations and keynote, with an open mic in the evening. Lunch and dinner will be served. 
Sunday, March 13th: 10-2PM Discussion and strategizing for next steps. Lunch will be served. 
Location for Saturday and Sunday is the west end of Gila River Indian Community, on Pii Paash lands (address coming soon).  
Bring a tent and sleeping bag for on-site camping, with limited shared housing for elders. Days should be in the 70's, nights in 50's.
All are invited March 11-13th as we gather to discuss important water protection work across the lands of the Southwest and Nation. 
We invite everyone to come with open hearts and minds, as we hear from those working on the frontlines of protecting life's most precious resource, our waters. Presentations will be given on the Legacy of Uranium mining on the Four Corners, the Gold King Mine Waste Spill on the Animas River, the Apache Stronghold fight to stop Rio Tinto, water struggles on the Gila River Indian Community (O'otham and Pii Paash territories), efforts to protect the Grand Canyon Watershed, successful efforts to protect the Colorado River in Ward Valley, and the dangers of reclaimed water, among others.
Keynote speaker DEBRA WHITE PLUME, Oglala Lakota/Northern Cheyenne from the Pine Ridge Homelands, will present stories from the frontlines of Lakota territory, including threats to sacred water from new and expanding uranium mines near the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Black Hills, and the transportation of Tar Sands oils through the Keystone XL pipeline.
Presentations will be given on :
the Legacy of Uranium mining on the Four Corners (Sanders, AZ and NM area)
Idle No More with Founder Nina Waste, (Nakota/Cree)
Gold King Mine Waste Spill on the Animas River
the Apache Stronghold fight to stop Rio Tinto
water struggles on the Gila River Indian Community (O'otham and Pii Paash territories)
immigration as a consequence of environmental contamination
efforts to protect the Grand Canyon Watershed
stopping a nuclear waste at the Colorado River in Ward Valley
the potential dangers of using reclaimed water
fracking in Central Arizona  
All of our precious, finite water sources are connected, from flowing surface streams across Mother Earth to the underground Aquifers below us, to the raindrops falling from the clouds above, all of water is connected. Water protectors and land defenders can gather during this time to honor water and ancestral lands, and strategize to strengthen and build solidarity to increase the effectiveness of the many movements to protect lands and waters.
Presenters will be updated on Facebook. The event is being hosted by The O'otham and Pii Paash Collective, Owe Aku and Peoples Media Project, with the support of many other individuals and organizations from the communities represented.
Reuben Cruz (773) 747-2700 or 
Renee Jackson, O'otham (contact on Facebook)
Facebook Event "The Waters Connect Us"
Owe Aku IJP 720-469-1178 or
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