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Monday, May 16, 2016

Indigenous Community Police Bail out of Jail

Frontera NorteSur News: Indigenous Community Police Bail out of Jail

May 16, 2016

By Frontera NorteSur
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After spending more than 32 months in jail, six members of an Indigenous community-based police force in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero bonded out of jail on Thursday, May 12. The six Mixtec men, members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC), were detained in an August 2013 operation spearheaded by the Mexican federal police officers, soldiers and marines.

Originally charged with kidnapping, firearms violations and engaging in organized criminal activity, the men were arrested along with Nestora Salgado, commander of the community police force in the municipality of Olinala, Guerrero, who was held virtually incommunicado for more than two years before she was released on March 18 of this year.

Lloyd Vivola Photos: Indigenous 'Break Free' Day of Action Anacortes Wash.


Swinomish, Coast Salish and more!
Break Free of Fossil Fuels!
Photos and article copyright Lloyd Vivola
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Indigenous 'Break Free' Day of Action - Anacortes, Washington, Photos May 14

By Lloyd Vivola
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May 14, 2016, Anacortes WASHINGTON

Thousands of supporters converged on March Point, Washington, today from as far away as Montana and southern Oregon, answering an invitation from the Swinomish Tribe and other Coastal Salish Nations to join in a blessing of sacred earth and waters by calling for an urgent transition to renewable energy and ecological sanity while assuring economic stability and employment for the inhabitants of the Anacortes region, some 65 miles north of Seattle, where the sprawling refineries and transport stations of Shell and Tesoro now dominate the horizons of treaty lands on Fidalgo Bay.

Yankton to host government to government consultation on Dakota Access Pipeline

Faith Spotted Eagle

Friday, May 12, 2016
Thomasina Realbird, Yankton Sioux Tribe (303) 673-9600Jason Cooke, Yankton Sioux Tribe
Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Treaty Chair
MARTY, South Dakota -- After two requests from the Yankton Sioux Tribe on March 17 and April 13, 2016 and numerous phone calls; the US Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to Consultation with the Yankton/Ihanktonwan on the Bakken Pipeline, otherwise termed the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Yankton reject the appropriation of the name “Dakota” in a project that is in violation of aboriginal and treaty lands.  The word Dakota means “the People” in the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota language and was never intended to be used in a project which violates traditional ceremonial areas.
The Consultation was proposed by the Corps to take place at the Powerhouse building at the US Army Corps Offices in Pickstown, SD at the Ft. Randall Dam.  This is the same Dam that obliterated the White Swan Community of the Ihanktonwan in the 1950’s. In response the Ihanktonwan are inviting the Corps to meet with them at the Ft. Randall Casino on May 18, at 4pm at the Ft. Randall Casino.  Tribal Secretary, Sam Sully stated that this tribal consultation request will take place on tribal lands.  
The Ihanktonwan have cited the need for a full Environmental Impact Statement, just as the Enivornmental Policy Act, the Department of Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have recommended.  Other issues will be presented by the tribe at the consultation.
The Ihanktonwan are in full opposition to this pipeline as it threatens the water source of tribal members as well as five other communities on the Missouri River who utilize drinking water from this source.  The Tribe has a host of concerns that have not been met and these will be addressed.  

Ofelia Rivas: 'Oppose US/Israeli spy towers, respect O'odham burial places'

Sat., May14, 2016
Photo: Israel's Elbit Systems, responsible for apartheid
security in Palestine, has targeted Tohono O'odham
burial places with US/Israeli spy towers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting critical comments until May 16, 2016, on a project of vital concern to the Tohono O'odham Nation.  Your support is welcome and may be significant.

By Ofelia Rivas, O'odham
O'odham VOICE against the WALL
Ofelia Rivas
Photo by Brenda Norrell
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting critical comments until May 16 on a project of vital concern to the Tohono O'odham Nation. Your support is welcome and may be significant.

The CBP currently proposes building 15 surveillance towers near the United States – Mexico border on the Tohono O'odham Nation. These towers would be built by Elbit Systems, an Israeli corporation responsible for apartheid security in Palestine.

Seven of these towers would be in the district of Gu-Vo (Big Pond), the westernmost district of the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Gu-Vo Governing Council said No to the proposed construction of these Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) in the Gu-Vo District, respecting its members desire to preserve and protect Gu-Vo District sacred burial sites and ancient community sites, as well as its current communities and future generations.

Six of the proposed towers are in or near communities. Of the two that are adjacent to the United States/Mexico International border, one is on a sacred burial place and ancient village site and the other is in Ali Jegk (Little Clearing) community.

The other five are along the western boundary of the Tohono O'odham Nation and Organ Pipe National monument which is not along the International Boundary, as can be seen from the map in this article:

We urge you to leave comments opposing the building of these IFTs at this website: (Click on “Draft Environmental Assessment for Integrated Fixed Towers on the Tohono O’odham Nation in the Ajo and Casa Grande Stations’ Areas of Responsibility, U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector, Arizona” for directions to properly register comments.)

There are four main points to make in your comments:

Respect the Gu-Vo District position of NO IFTs whatsoever.

Respect the Gu-Vo District's actions to protect and preserve sacred places, ceremonial places and burial place and ancient village places.

Respect the authority of Gu-Vo District as O'odham authority, voice of O'odham Communities and community members.

Respect the Gu-Vo District's efforts to protect future generations.

Remember that the deadline is May 16, so please act quickly. UPDATE 5/20/16: the deadline has not been extended but comments should continue to be submitted.

Thank you!

O'odham VOICE Against the WALL
Ofelia Rivas

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