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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Photos Jane Sanders at Oak Flat with Apache Stronghold


Photos above copyright Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache
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Jane Sanders, wife of US Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders, at Oak Flat today. Sanders was welcomed by San Carlos Apache Councilman Wendsler Nosie.
Delores Rambler Cassadore, the first San Carlos Apache to receive a master's in education, was at the ceremonial grounds of Oak Flat to meet Sanders. Cassadore retired after teaching Apache children for nearly 30 years.

Photo below copyright Mayra Hernandez
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Photo copyright Mayra Hernandez

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Gosar's Latest Attack on Apache Stronghold



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Apaches defend ceremonial grounds of Oak Flat from copper mine

United States Congress
United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
East Capitol St NE and First St SE
Washington, DC 20004

From Wendsler Nosie, Sr.
Apache Stronghold
Senators and Representatives,
March 8, 2016
submit this letter to call on the protection of our religious rights as indigenous people and the
protection of Oak Flat and all sacred sites.
RecentlyRep. Paul Gosar has been escalating his attacks on the San Carlos Apache Tribe, spreading misinformation and outrageous prejudice against our people and our religious practice.
As a Representative of the U.SCongressGosar has failed to protect our rights as humans, our rights to exercise our religion as God made us to be. He has done all that he can to support the destruction of our holy place that is so intricately part of who we are as a people.
Oak Flatknown to us Chi'chil Bildagoteelhas always been our connection to our Mother, our right to exist, a central part of our prayers, songsstories and spiritual practices. It is from here that we emerged. It is who we are.
We have lost so much. So many of our peoplethe original people of this land, have been wiped outand those that remained were removedexiledfrom our indigenous lands and placed in concentration camps.
Chi'chil Bildagoteel, our holy land was put under the care of the U.Sgovernmentand because of its uniqueness, the great value of maintaining its ecological and cultural integrityprotected by its laws.
But now these laws are being subverted. The land handed over to foreign mining concerns through underhanded backroom deals by Arizona representatives in the U.SCongress
eliminates these protections.
For more than a decade, strong united opposition to legislation that would transfer Oak Flat to Resolution Copper, prevented Congress from acting on it. So the Arizona representatives
circumvented the process with a last-minute amendment to a must pass National Defense Authorization Act in December of 2014.
So one year ago we began a spiritual journeyalong with our elders and childrento express and exercise our religious rights at Oak Flat. To prayconduct our ceremonial dancesand
other spiritual practices. We have remained present there ever since.
And we will not leave.
We have the support of hundreds of tribal leadersAnd we call on ali Americans to join us.

Our Mother is threatenedIt is our legalmoraland spiritual duty -- our right -- to protect Her from destruction. From irreparable damage at the hands of Resolution Copper. Not just for us,
but for all Americans in this countryand for those yet to be born.
Last week, despite Rep. Gosar's repeated attempts to thwart this designationthe Nationa Park Service announced that it has listed Oak Flat on the National Register of Historic Places,
as Chi'chil Bildagoteel Historic Districtgiving weight to its importance as a site of cultural significance.
StillRep. Gosaris pressuring the Forest Service to enforce its rules that limit camping at Oak
Flat to 14 consecutive daysrules that as indigenous people practicing our religion we are not
subject to. The United States has legal and moral obligations to provide access to Native
Americans and to protect these traditional territories.
In an effort to restore the will of the peoplelarge bi-partisan coalition of Members of
Congress led by Rep. Raul Grijalva and SenBernie Sanders have introduced the Save Oak
Flat Act, (H .R. 2811 and S2242) to repeal the land transfer and reestablish its protection for
future generations. The House bill has 42 co-sponsors the Senate bill has 3.
However, Sen. John McCain and RepGosar have been blocking the bills from being assigned
to committee. It is vital that we continue to push for vote on these billsto correct not only an
injustice to Native Americansbut also to the American people.
have come to learn by traveling the country and meeting vast numbers of people who now
occupy Americathat we are not the only ones who live in exilein bondage to greed and
exploitation. have witnessed that many who live in towns and cities across the continent also
experience similar hardships because they do not have a voice in what truly matters.
Federal policies must change for us and all Americans.
The federal government has failed to protect or religious rights, our intimate connection to our
Mother EarthWe assert our right to continue exercising our religious rights and protecting Her
from destruction.
And we invite all Tribal leaders and representativesall our relativesand all children of the
earth to join us on this sacred journey.
The future of those yet to be born depends on it.
Sincerely,
Wendsler NosieSr.
Apache Stronghold
apache.stronghold@gmail.com






Flagstaff Council Unanimously Supports Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proposal










Flagstaff Council Unanimously Supports Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proposal


By Klee Benally
Indigenousaction@gmail.com
Censored News

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- More than 100 community members rallied outside Flagstaff City Hall then filled the council chambers to support a proposal for Indigenous Peoples' Day. After hearing strong testimony regarding injustices Indigenous community members face, city council members discussed and unanimously supported the proposal brought forth by council member Eva Putzova.

The proposal includes; reviewing a 2012 memorandum of understanding on race relations the City signed with the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, public forums to hear concerns and seek solutions on injustices faced by Indigenous community members, reports and an action plan for policies impacting Indigenous community members. When the process is complete the council will vote on a declaration of Indigenous Peoples' Day to be recognized on the second Monday of every October.

Daisy Purdy, NAU faculty member and student, read a statement signed by more than 230 Flagstaff residents stating, "We... support the proposed process put forth to Flagstaff City council as a necessary and proper beginning by which the City of Flagstaff will work with Indigenous Peoples impacted by Flagstaff City policies to honor Indigenous histories, respect Indigenous contemporary holistic wellbeing, and work intentionally and diligently for the benefit of future generations of Indigenous Peoples. We... insist these changes are systemic, culturally appropriate, transparent, and implemented through policy actions of the Flagstaff City council." stated Purdy on behalf of the signatories.

"Conversations about race, racism, traditions... are never easy, but that does not mean it should be avoided." stated councilmember Coral Evans who compared the challenge to Columbus Day to the removal of the Confederate flag in South Carolina, "What do I think about Indigenous Peoples' Day? Nikki Haley the governor of South Carolina said on June 22 2015, 'this is a moment in which we can say that that flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.' I think the same can and should be said of Columbus Day." stated Evans.

Radmilla Cody, renowned recording artist, advocate against gender abuse and violence, and former Miss Navajo, thanked councilmember Eva Putzova for introducing the Indigenous Peoples' Day proposal and stated, "Today, we see the reality Columbus helped to create. We see it here in the border-town of Flagstaff and other border-towns where homelessness, racial profiling, discrimination, racism, and the desecration to sacred sites are clear and evident towards Indigenous people, their lives, intelligence, and lands. By voting on this proposal, you will be on the right side of history and it will be a step towards to having critical discussions in addressing a long history of racism, violence, and the marginalization of Indigenous people." stated Cody.

"Indigenous Peoples' Day is a step toward acknowledgement, acceptance, and healing within our community." stated Lyncia Begay, a lifelong resident of Flagstaff and part of Nihígaal bee Iiná, "Indigenous Peoples' Day is a chance to return and elevate the confidence of Indigenous People living in Flagstaff. Indigenous Peoples' Day allows us to openly acknowledge that non-Indigenous residents are living on occupied Diné territory which allows us the historical reality that respects and honors our ancestral roots as they continue on and represent the burgeoning of our return in a place where our ancestral relatives were massacred and displaced upon Flagstaff's colonization. Something has got to give in a world that tells us we are merely Columbus's fallout." said Begay.

"The complexities that exist within communities are often amplified when concerns go unheard and solutions go unrecognized." stated Adrian Manygoats, Flagstaff resident and Program Coordinator for Native American Business Incubator Network, "The designation of Indigenous Peoples' Day is a positive action being presented by Native American people to shift a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historic truths about genocide and oppression of Indigenous people in America. I see this as an opportunity to educate, show support, and to unify this community of Flagstaff. " stated Manygoats.

Mohawk Nation News 'Kanekota 2016'

Native Protesters Halt Utah Senate over Genocide Deniers








Photos copyright Michael Orton.

Thank you to Michael Orton for allowing Censored News to publish his photos.

Breaking news from the Utah Senate.
Native Americans halt Senate over Senate genocide denier Sen. Todd Weiler. Weiler blocked efforts to rid Utah of Columbus Day and insulted Indigenous Peoples as he denied the history of Columbus and genocide.
Read article at Deseret News:

Media's message in the headlines
What's in a headline? It is the message of the specific media. Here are some headlines from yesterday when Native protesters halted the Utah Senate, which comes after genocide deiner Sen. Todd Weiler blocked legislation to rid Utah of Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. Censored News headline: "Native Protesters Halt Utah Senate over Genocide Deniers." Salt Lake Tribune chose this headline, which of course seeks to blame the protesters: "Protesters ousted from Senate gallery for shouting about Indigenous Peoples Day bill." Utah Political Capitol chose: "AIM Protest Shuts Down Senate," and included this report: "... Angry shouts of “You’re on stolen land!,” and “Stop treating us like we’re dead! We’re still here, you know ?!” reverberated along the marbled walls normally reserved for polite and ordered discussion." -- Brenda, Censored News


Zapatista Activities for 2016

ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION

MEXICO

ZAPATISTA CONVOCATION FOR 2016 ACTIVITIES

February 29, 2016

Translations:
Considering:
First: That the serious crisis that shakes the entire world, and that will only worsen, puts the survival of the planet and the entire population, including human beings, at risk.
Second: That politics from above is not only incapable of coming up with and constructing solutions, but is also among those directly responsible for the catastrophe already underway.
Third: That the sciences and the arts rescue the best of humanity.
Fourth: That the sciences and the arts now represent the only serious opportunity for the construction of a more just and rational world.
Fifth: That the originary peoples and those who live, resist, and struggle in the basements of the entire world possess, among other things, a fundamental wisdom: that of survival in adverse conditions.
Sixth: That Zapatismo continues betting, in life and death, on Humanity.
The Sixth Commission of the EZLN and the Zapatista bases of support:
CONVOKE ARTISTS, FORMAL AND NATURAL SCIENTISTS, COMPAÑER@S OF THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SIXTH, THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS, AND WHATEVER HUMAN BEING WHO FEELS CALLED, TO THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
ONE: TO THE FESTIVAL AND SHARING EXCHANGE “CompARTE FOR HUMANITY” WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE July 17-30, 2016.
All those who practice ART can participate. For Zapatismo, an artist is anyone who considers their activity as art, independent of canons, art critics, museums, wikipedias, and any other “specialist” schemas that classify (that is, exclude) human activities.
The festival will have two major events:
The first will be at CIDECI, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México, and in any other venues and alternative calendars that are implemented according to the attendance confirmed. All persons, groups, and collectives who register and/or have been invited can participate in this event. The deadline for registration is up to and including June 15, 2016. The email where you can register for this activity is compArte@ezlnorg.mx.
The other will be at the Caracol of Oventik, Chiapas, Mexico. In this event only Zapatista bases of support will offer their artistic expressions. To this end, from the month of February through the month of June, 2016, in the Zapatista communities, regions, and zones, tens of thousands of men, women, children, and elderly Zapatistas will hold meetings and festivals to decide the forms of their artistic expression and select who will participate. The Zapatista part of the festival will begin July 17, 2016.
Invited and registered artists can offer their art itself or a reflection on it.
Entry is free (with previous registration).
TWO: To the FESTIVAL IN HOMAGE TO THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS CONGRESS for its 20 years of struggle and resistance, TO BE HELD OCTOBER 12, 2016, at CIDECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. In the days before and after the event, the National Indigenous Congress will hold the activities it considers pertinent in the place or places it determines. Registration for observer-participants in the festival in honor of the CNI can be made at the following email: CNI20aniversario@ezln.org.mx.
THIRD: To the gathering “The Zapatistas and the conSCIENCES FOR HUMANITY” TO BE HELD from December 25, 2016 through January 4, 2017, at CICECI in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
In this gathering, participation in the discussion will include ONLY invited formal and natural scientists, in addition to, and as students, Zapatista young people, bases of support, who will present their doubts, questions, and inquiries to the attending scientists. Although entry is free (with previous registration), only the invited scientists and the Zapatista young people who have been selected to attend by their communities, regions, and zones will be able to take the floor to speak. There will be no exam for the students; but for the scientists…well, good luck with the questions. To register to attend as escuchas (listeners), use the following email: conCIENCIAS@ezln.org.mx .
We will share more details in the coming days.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés
Mexico, February 2016.