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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, May 2, 2016

Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging


Early Morning Blockade Disrupts Klamath Salvage Logging
Group urges Forest Service to support Karuk Alternative to the Westside Project


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Please credit photo and video to Stop Westside Coalition

SEIAD VALLEY, Calif. – Hours before daybreak this morning dozens of people including Tribal youth, river advocates and forest activists blocked the road leading to the Westside salvage logging project in the Klamath National Forest. Demonstrators held banners that read Karuk Land: Karuk Plan, recited call and response chants, and testified to the timber sales' impact on ailing salmon populations. Work was delayed for approximately four hours.

The Westside Salvage Logging Project would clear cut more than 5,700 acres on steep slopes above Klamath River tributaries and along 320 miles of roads within Klamath National Forest. Post-fire logging and hauling began in late April, before legal claims brought forth by a lawsuit led by the Karuk Tribe could be considered in court.

"The Forest Service should follow the Karuk Plan on Karuk Land. Traditional knowledge of fire helps everything stay in balance because it's all intertwined," said Dania Rose Colegrove of the Klamath Justice Coalition. "When you destroy the forests, you destroy the rivers."

Unlike the Karuk Alternative, the Westside plan calls for clear cut logging on steep slopes right above several of the Klamath River's most important salmon-bearing streams, at a time when returning salmon numbers are reaching record lows. Members of local Tribal youth councils who participated in today's protest see Westside salvage logging as a threat to their future.

"Today I showed up and stood up for what is right for future generations," said Lacey Jackson, a 16-year old Hoopa Tribal Youth Council member.  "My cultural and traditional livelihood is being threatened, and the way they are going about this logging is a big part of that. I will continue to stand up for me, my people and future generations."

Lakota Youth Battles Dirty Coal in Australia

U.S. Indigenous Youth travels to Australia to Call Attention to Climate Justice

Joseph White Eyes, Cheyenne River Lakota
By Indigenous Environmental Network
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SYDNEY, Australia -- Australia’s first Indigenous youth led climate network, SEED, hosted the 'Protect Country' Climate Justice Summit in Sydney April 29 -- May 2, 2016. This summit culminated in an action against the proposed Carmichael Coal Mine on Wangan and Jagalingou country in Central Queensland.   
Joseph White Eyes, Lakota youth from the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation represented the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) at the summit as an invited keynote speaker and will be staying in Australia for a week to visit Indigenous communities fighting extractive development.
The Indigenous Environmental Network first began working with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition the summer of  2009; taking part in the Australian Power Shift in Sydney, which drew 1,500 young people, and visiting Queensland to meet with local Aboriginal groups working on climate change and its impacts.  Since that time the youth have been working tirelessly to reach out across Australia and recognized the necessity to create space specifically for Indigenous youth, thus, the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network was formed.
SEED is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who have a vision for a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities.  Co-founder and youth leader of Seed Amelia Telford, a young Indigenous woman from the Minjungbal clan of the Bundjalung nation on the east coast of Australia wrote in a message to IEN, “Thank you for being an inspiration to myself and so many other Indigenous people around the world in the fight for climate justice! Thank you so much for everything that you do, that you sacrifice and that you give to this movement. We often look overseas for stories and inspiration and your work gives me hope that we too can build a powerful movement of people here, led by our First Nations communities.”  
IEN is excited to support this movement and is honored to be represented by Joseph White Eyes from Eagle Butte South Dakota.  Joseph is the Co-Founder of the One Mind Youth Movement, a group of highly talented youth from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe that are making a positive change in their community. He began his advocacy work at a young age participating in the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) at the age of six.  As a high school student, he volunteered at CRYP through a variety of teen internship and leadership programs, including the Junior Volunteer program, Youth Leaders in Service, Power of Four, and Community Volunteering.  He says he works to promote a better world and seeks to be a protector of Mother Earth. That’s not being an “activist,” he advises. “Protecting the environment is something we all should be doing.”  Joseph is currently a student at the Oglala Lakota College and working to fight against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.
You can watch videos posted by Joseph from Australia here:
For a full list of events and activities please visit the Protect Country Seed Summit 2016 page and stay connected with us as we highlight the events at

Bad Bear's Photos 'Western Shoshone Walk and Run 2016'

Western Shoshone Walk and Run 2016

Photos by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson
Western Shoshone long walker and photojournalist

Bad Bear's father Buck Sampson said, "The Walk and Run is within the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley Land Boundary. It began on May 1, 2016, and ends on May 8, Mother's Day on Sunday.

"They are in Tonopah now and continue on Highway 95 to Yucca Mountain, ending at Mercury Peace Camp. They will be camping along the road."

Long walker and photojournalist
Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone

Photos copyright Carl Sampson, Censored News

Long walker and photojournalist Bad Bear has documented for Censored News the Longest Walk 2 northern route, Longest Walk 3 and Longest Walk 4, while walking across America. Bad Bear has also shared his photos from protests for Leonard Peltier and other walks in defense of sacred land.
Thank you! 



MNN. May 2, 2016. The Mad Bear Women of the East sent Red-X from the 5th dimension to Osweken to help resolve some mysteries there. He arrived from the west where the sun never sleeps on his silver eagle and landed on the roof of the GREAT Building above HDI.2 earsUsing rotino’shonni diplomacy, he asked “What’s this otah being thrown around here? I heard some certified colonists are swamping us with Admiralty shit. I mean band/tribal councils, bureaucrats, lawyers, social workers, developers and negotiators and their followers. Remember, when they are done with those scum-faces, they will throw them away like a used condom! It’s an old INDIAN trick I learned from a white man!”
Red-X: "I am the one they are looking for. The one who knows, who those who are looking to find me in this age."
Red-X: “I am the one they are looking for. The one who knows, who those who are looking to find me in this age.”
Red-X stood back, stroked his chin and offered some sage words. “Always know who’s who. We have posers aplenty running amongst us promising they’re gonna save us. They claim to be Injuns and don’t have mothers or morals. If there’s a rat tale sticking out of the back, it’s a rat! Don’t let them break our code of our highly developed non-verbal communication”.
Red-X advised, “Demand non-violence and truth! They invented guns to threaten, hurt or kill us. We defend ourselves with onkwe’ho:weh tactics coming from the kaia’nereh:kowa, the great peace. They want us to go to Indian Affairs and beg for scraps. They need to take their fingers out of our butts so we can have a good shit all over the GREAT Building!”
The resistance to theft going on affects the white man’s dollars. They can print cash any old time.banks take all
We have to honor our ancestors for what they went through for us to survive. They gotta get off our land and clean up their mess.
Dekanawida said that the red and white serpents will battle at sea. The oceans will boil. The trees will burn from the top down. The fish will float on their bellies in the water. The snakes in the grass must be vanquished.
Red-X pulled down his glasses revealing the deep black caverns of sageoscity: “We can rebel as warriors in righteous war against colonialism on our homelands, or we can repent as conditioned assimilated good INDIANS”. These words are from the war councils of our ancestors”. He reminds us that we are all suffering from  “owista-ism” disease!
HDI Inc. fighting back: "We ain't leaving. Ouch!"
HDI Inc. fighting back: “We ain’t leaving. Ouch!”
As Red-X flew away, his radio was tuned to AM417Hz listening to the prophet Jimi Hendrix sing: “Purple haze, all in my eyes. Don’t know if it’s day or night. You got me blowin’, blowin’ my mind. Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?” [Purple Haze].

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'Run for Your Life' Arrives in Omaha!

Photos courtesy Waniya Locke and Bobbi Jean, Run for Your Life

Runners Defend Land and Water from Dakota Access Pipeline

Update: Runners Arrive in Omaha!

By Bobbi Jean
Tunkasila brought us together to run and send a message to our people and across the world. We have one more day today to complete our journey. It amazes me how much all the prayers have brought us together like family from the time each one of us set our first foot on that road. We all held the staffs proud and we prayed to get this far. It's been raining all week but it's Unci Maka showing us what we are doing this for ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒฆ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒŒ

Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS
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