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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, April 18, 2016

Louise Benally Video: Save the Chaco from Fracking


Save the Chaco
Video by Louise Benally of Big Mountain
 in Dineh language
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FRENCH/DINEH/ENGLISH: Thank you to Christine Prat for this French translation of Louise Benally's video 'Save the Chaco' in the Dineh language. With English subtitles! http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=3393

VIDEO Leonard Peltier 'I Will' Clemency Campaign Part 8


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To watch video, click on arrow in center of image below:
https://youtu.be/aeIY5UnsiSA

EAGLE PASS: Native Groups Lead Action Against Dos Republicas Coal Mine


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Native Groups Lead Historic Action Against Dos Republicas Coal Mine


By Matt Johnson and Olka Forster
Censored News
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS at:
http://www.denaisgazet.be/nieuws/navajo-protest-peabody-coal-moet-betalen

EAGLE PASS, Texas -- Native American Groups gathered for a historic rally and march to protest the open-pit coal strip mine in Eagle Pass, Tex. The protesters called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  to rescind the mine’s permit, halt expansion and protect the land from further destruction. 

The project, owned by Dos Republicas Coal Partnership, mines lignite coal, which is transported by train from Maverick County across the border to be burned in a Mexican coal-fired power plant. The mine began operating several months ago, despite widespread local public opposition, and is harming the ancestral homelands of many Native groups and damaging sacred lands and more than 100 archaeological sites.

“This mine has already caused irreparable damage, destroying multiple burial sites and erasing our cultural heritage in the process,” said Maria Torres, Tribal Chairwoman of the Pacuache Clan of Texas. “This land is our patrimonial heritage, and it holds the story of our ancient aboriginal people -- how we lived and how we died. When we lose access to our land and to the ancient wildlife of the area, from the jaguarundi and ocelot to crucial plant life, we lose part of our heritage and our connection with Mother Earth.”

Many Native groups say they were not properly consulted by Federal agencies as required prior to granting the permits necessary for the coal mine to open. The project also faced widespread local opposition. More than eight thousand Eagle Pass residents and allies signed a petition in opposition to the Dos Republicas mine before its opening.

"This project is the worst example of environmental injustice I've seen,” said Dr. Jonathan Hook, former Director of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs for the EPA, Cherokee Nation citizen and Maverick County resident. “Everything about it is wrong. Given the incomplete processes and potential damage to one of the most vulnerable communities in the country, the Dos Republicas mine should have been stopped before it even started."

Representatives from the Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Pacuache Band Coahuiltecan Nation, Carrizo-Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, and American Indian Movement of Central Texas were present at the Saturday event, which included Native drumming, and other cultural expressions along with large banners, signs, and puppets.

“Native leaders, tribal members and allies from across the country are uniting here today, and they join thousands from the area who are standing up against this disastrous project," said Dr. Tane Ward, and Native and decolonial organizer working with the Sierra Club. "It’s unclear why the state of Texas has been so supportive of the controversial mining project. Not only does it harm culturally rich and historic land, the Dos Republicas mine threatens the safety and livelihood of those who live nearby all so the coal can be shipped to Mexico and burned in coal plants. It's time for this dangerous project to be stopped, once and for all."









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Photo above Pablo Mancias

Most Censored in Indian Country April 2016


O'odham battle the US Border Patrol, militarization and encroachment

Censored News through the years

The news in Indian country remains censored and distorted, as reporters stay home and plagiarize, and fail to show up to cover news stories. Censored are issues that conflict with the agenda of media owners and the US government.

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

Censored News has original content that those gagged by their dependence on advertising dollars, politicians and media owners, do not want you to know.

Here's some of our original articles that have been censored, or the facts distorted, in mainstream news in Indian country. 

We begin with this breaking news from Eagle Pass, Texas:
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Eagle Pass, Texas: Native Groups Lead Action against Coal Mine


"Native American Groups gathered for a historic rally and march to protest the open-pit coal strip mine in Eagle Pass, Tex. The protesters called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  to rescind the mine’s permit, halt expansion and protect the land from further destruction.The project, owned by Dos Republicas Coal Partnership, mines lignite coal, which is transported by train from Maverick County across the border to be burned in a Mexican coal-fired power plant. The mine began operating several months ago, despite widespread local public opposition, and is harming the ancestral homelands of many Native groups and damaging sacred lands and more than 100 archaeological sites." http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/eagle-pass-native-groups-lead-action.html

In breaking news, the new Goldman Environmental Prizes reveal Newmont mining in Colorado beating unconscious an Indigenous grandmother protecting her land in Peru from gold and copper mining.
This is the same Newmont mining protested by Western Shoshone for mining and desecrating their sacred land.
Earlier, Wikileaks exposed the formation of a five country coalition to push mining in Peru, at the same time Indigenous were being beaten and killed defending their land from mining.
The US Ambassador reported directly to US Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, according to leaked cables.
Hillary's Ambassador and the Canadian Ambassador met with Newmont and other mining companies to orchestrate mining as Indigenous were dying.
More at Censored News:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2011/02/wikileaks-peru-us-feared-return-of.html

The Israeli Apartheid corporation Elbit Systems obtained the US border contract and is now constructing US/Israeli spy towers on the sovereign Tohono O'odham land. The Gu-Vo District said, 'No!' as it protects burial places of O'odham which are now targeted by these border spy towers. Elbit Systems also maintains the Apartheid security surrounding Palestine. A Censored News exclusive:
US Israeli Pacts Targets Traditional O'odham
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/09/us-israeli-pact-targets-traditional.html

O'odham in Mexico cut border fence on traditional route. Thank you to Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, for these authentic photos which reveal the cutting of this fence at The Gate, south of Sells, Arizona, which is a traditional crossing of O'odham. Don't be fooled by others who try and take credit for this action, or articles written by other reporters who were not present and have distorted the facts. 
Here is the authentic news at Censored News:
O'odham Cut Border Fence Restricing Traditional Route:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/03/oodham-cut-border-fence-restricting.html

Widely censored when it happened, Censored News republishes this courageous act of the Navajo, Hopi and Lakota delegation that took on Peabody Coal and challenged its stockholders in New York in 2001. Most of the delegation are now in the Spirit World. 
Peabody Coal has now declared bankruptcy in April 2016, but who will do the cleanup and pay for the damages?
A Censored News exclusive:
Tribute to Navajo, Hopi and Lakota who Took on Peabody Coal
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/tribute-navajo-hopi-and-lakota-took-on.html

While Peabody Coal was declaring bankruptcy in April, a fresh assault was made on Dine' (Navajos) at Big Mountain who have resisted relocation for 40 years. These Dine' resisters have endured harsh lives and were just subjected to another attack by the US, the BIA and its forces, the seizure of their cattle.
Louise Benally: Big Mountain Terrorized as Peabody Coal goes Bankrupt
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/louise-benally-big-mountain-terrorized.html
Peabody Coal's 40-Year Holocaust of Navajos
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/peabody-coals-40-year-holocaust-for.html

In the latest news, Lakota establish a new camp, Sacred Stone Camp, on Standing Rock in North Dakota, to fight the Dakota Access pipeline.
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/spirit-camp-defenders-ride-into.html

Please see the latest on justice for Dine' (Navajo) Loreal Tsinigne, murdered by Winslow, Arizona, police.
Indigenous Action Media:
http://www.indigenousaction.org/

The latest from Mohawk Nation News:
http://www.mohawknationnews.com

Owe Aku International Justice Project fighting uranium mining, and battling for clean water, in Lakota country:
http://www.oweakuinternational.org/

Please scroll through Censored News' 10 years of archives, revealing what the other media doesn't want you to know. From the protection of Oak Flat by San Carlos Apaches, to the resistance and building of communities in Chiapas, to the exposure of the crimes of the US government, Censored News continues.

www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com


Censored News is now in its 10th year, published with no advertising, adwords, grants or revenues.



Nestle Water Battle: Warm Springs Tribal Members Speak Out




NESTLE WATER BATTLE CONTINUES 
Tribal members speak out at City Council meeting

By Kayla Godowa-Tufti
Censored News

CASCADE LOCKS, Oregon -- On Monday April 11 a meeting took place at the Cascade Locks Town Hall and members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon arrived on short notice in traditional longhouse dress to fiercely defend the waters of our home, the Columbia River.

The Cascade Locks city council voted against a resolution [6-1] that would have prevented Nestle International Waters from having rights to Oxbow Springs, the headwaters of Herman Creek. The Cascade Locks city council officially endorsed Nestle to open a water bottling facility in the Locks.