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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Creek Defenders of Burial Grounds Removed from National Indian Gaming Conference


Breaking news!
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photos copyright Wayland Gray

PHOENIX -- Wayland Gray said
defenders of the burial grounds in Hickory Ground, Alabama, were removed from the National Indian Gaming Conference in Phoenix today at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Bunky Echo-Hawk was painting a live painting in defense of the Muscogee Creek ancestors who were unearthed and moved for the construction of a casino.
"They have to protect the check," Gray said, adding that the Poarch Band of Creek were the largest donor to NIGA.
The removal of ancestors remains and construction of the casino were carried out by the Poarch Band of Creek.

Open Secrets reveals that the Poarch Band are the top donor in Indian gaming influencing Congressmen with dollars and lobbyists in Washington in 2015 -- 2016.

The film Casino Jack is the true story of how non-Indians used Indian sovereignty to create gambling casinos on Indian land. The lobbyists became billionaires.
One of the first public relations moves was to change the word gambling to gaming.
The truth was largely concealed for years since the national Indian media became controlled by casino dollars. The media censored efforts to expose the profiteering by non-Indians. 
It continues today. Drive across the Tohono O'odham Nation and you will see Desert Diamond Casino's millions, possibly billions, did not go to O'odham. Millions go to non-Indian lobbyists, management firms, attorneys, non-Indian charities and the State of Arizona which forced tribes into giving the state a large percentage before agreeing to compacts.
The media continues to censor the gambling addiction destroying lives in Indian country.
A small number of tribal politicians and lobbyists reap the wealth.
Indian Tribes paid lobbyists $25.9 million to influence Congressmen in 2015.

Ayotzinapa Mother Speaks Out in Juarez

March 15, 2016
By Kent Paterson
Frontera NorteSur
FNS Feature

Ayotzinapa Mother Speaks Out in Juarez

Ciudad Juarez writer Armine Arjona, whose poems have long given voice to the murdered and disappeared women of the Mexican border city, delivered words the woman next to her on the park stage knew all too well. Standing proud and unbending, Cristina Bautista Salvador clutched a large poster of her son, Benjamin Ascencio Bautista, who's been missing from the southern Mexican city of Iguala, Guerrero, since September 26, 2014.

When it was her turn to speak, Bautista began recounting to a crowd splashed with many youthful faces the latest trials and tribulations that she and the other parents of the 43 missing students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers' college have endured since their sons were attacked and forcibly disappeared by government security forces nearly 18 months ago.

In recent weeks, for instance, parents searching for their children were bounced between courts handling the Ayotzinapa case in Tamaulipas and Guerrero states and subjected to a police aggression against one of their protest caravans that crisscross the nation, according to Bautista.

"It was sad," the indigenous woman from Guerrero remarked, "because we thought this was how our sons were attacked."

The Whistle Stop: Biased journalism and plagiarism in Indian country

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

What are some of the worst, most biased newspapers in the United States, when it comes to Indian country?
Censored News readers say the two most racist newspapers in the U.S. are the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Rapid City Journal in Rapid City, South Dakota.
The coverage of the Indigenous Peoples Day proposal, and the Flagstaff Council's approval, shows how bad journalism spreads, metastasizes, and becomes either the worst journalism or the best journalism.
To begin with, the Arizona Daily Sun published biased coverage of the Indigenous Peoples Day proposal, which was actually a victory by Native Americans. Then AP picked up the Sun's biased coverage.
After AP picked it up, other media carried the biased coverage.
It didn't end there either.
The stay-at-home plagiarizers and re-writers at Indian Country Today then re-wrote the biased Arizona Daily Sun article. It used the byline "ICTMN" (Indian Country Today Media Network) to prevent exposure of the exact editor, or reporter, carrying out the rewrite.
Censored News readers have been able to read the authentic coverage from Flagstaff by Klee Benally, Dine' (Navajo), since the Indigenous Peoples Day proposal was passed by the Council.
The scams, however, only begin at this point.
Facebook has become a nauseating hemorrhoid of plagiarized articles for profit; a pocket of fecal matter where the work of authentic journalism is stolen for profit.
These websites include the so-called "Free Thought Project" and "Counter Current News." They steal real reporters work, and either plagiarize it, or disguise it with a rewrite. Next, they place an enormous amount of gaudy advertising at the bottom of the post.
It is a financial scam. In a pathetic attempt to avoid copyright lawsuits with stolen photos, these websites often make collages out of stolen photos.
Don't be fooled. What these websites are engaged in is the theft of copyrighted content for profit.
Don't be fooled. What Indian Country Today is doing is no different from what the other corporate criminals are doing. Reporters and editors are staying home and letting others do the work, take the risks, and pay the cost of being present on news stories. From their easy chairs, the plagiarizers and re-writers reap an illegal paycheck.
Indian Country Today editors and reporters aren't staying home and plagiarizing because of a lack of funding. The newspaper is owned by the Oneida Nation of New York, which owns a billion dollar casino industry in New York.
It is time to hold the reporters and editors at Indian Country Today responsible who have been plagiarizing -- profiteering from the hard work of others -- for the past 10 years.
As for Facebook, look at the entire posts before sharing those links. Don't get fecal matter on your hands.

Brenda Norrell is publisher of Censored News. It was created after she was censored and terminated by Indian Country Today in 2006. Norrell began as a staff reporter for Navajo Times in 1982, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She also served as a stringer for AP, USA Today, and many others. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was repeatedly censored, told not to cover grassroots Native issues, and terminated with no cause given. Since that time she has published Censored News with no funding. During this time she traveled with the Zapatistas and to Bolivia for live coverage. The live coverage, with fellow volunteer Govinda at Earthcycles, included the Longest Walk Talk Radio, five months live in 2008, and the Peltier and Boarding School Tribunals in Green Bay, Wisconsin. At the Tribunals, none of the paid media showed up to cover the Tribunals.

SEC Charges Westlands Water District with 'Enron Accounting'

Photo of protest by the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk and Winnemem Wintu Tribes against a lawsuit by Westlands Water District blocking the release of Trinity River to save Klamath River salmon in Sacramento in August 2014. Photo by Dan Bacher.

SEC Charges Westlands Water District with 'Enron Accounting' 

by Dan Bacher 
Censored News
Westlands Water District, considered to be the “Darth Vader” of California water politics by leaders of fishing groups, Indian Tribes and environmental organizations, is in boiling hot water with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

The SEC on Thursday, March 10 charged Westlands, California’s largest agricultural water district, with “misleading investors about its financial condition as it issued a $77 million bond offering,” according to a statement from the Commission. 

In addition to charging the district, the SEC also charged its general manager Thomas Birmingham and former assistant general manager Louie David Ciapponi with misleading investors about its financial condition. 

“Birmingham jokingly referred to these transactions as ‘a little Enron accounting’ when describing them to the board of directors, which is comprised of Westlands customers,” the SEC reported. 

Located on drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, the water district has been one of the biggest promoters of Governor Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to build the Delta Tunnels until recently when they told FOX News in Los Angeles that they can no longer afford to pay for the project. 

Obama opens Arctic and Gulf to more offshore drilling

Obama Administration Opens Arctic and Gulf of Mexico to More Offshore Drilling
5-Year Draft Plan Protects Atlantic but Continues to
Sacrifice Other Regions

March 15, 2016

By Indigenous Environmental Network

Obama Administration Opens Arctic and Gulf of Mexico to More Offshore Drilling
5-Year Draft Plan Protects Atlantic but Continues to Sacrifice Other Regions

Washington D.C.  - Today, the Obama Administration released the draft of its 2017-2022 plan for offshore drilling, known as the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.  The plan proposes to prohibit drilling in the Atlantic Ocean but offers 13 new potential lease sales – 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico, which is still healing from the disastrous BP oil spill, and three sales in the sensitive Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska.

The President has made numerous statements to address and mitigate climate change, however this plan represents a business-as-usual approach to committing ourselves to more offshore drilling, at time when experts around the world are warning us to curb further fossil fuel development. The Administration also agreed to a goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels contained in the UN Paris Agreement. Scientists around the world have stated that such a goal is not only required to protect future generations, but depends on us leaving at least 80% of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

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