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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Zapatistas 'EZLN confirms and extends its participation in CompARTE


Zapatista Army of National Liberation.


July 26, 2016

To the participants and attendees of CompArte:

To the National and International Sixth:

Compañeros, compañeras, compañeroas:

Although we could not replace the money that had been allocated for food and transportation for our artistic community, as Zapatistas we sought a way not only to reciprocate the efforts of the artists who responded to our invitation to CompArte, but also to make them feel the respect and admiration their artistic work inspires in us.

We would like to inform you of the decision that we have come to:

We will present, though in different calendars and geographies, some of the artistic work that we Zapatistas prepared for you. The presentations will take place according to the following schedule:

Caracol of Oventik: July 29, 2016, from 10:00 national time to 19:00 national time. Participation by Zapatista artists of the Tzotzil, Zoque, and Tzeltal originary peoples from Los Altos in Chiapas.

CIDECI, San Cristóbal de Las Casas: July 30, 2016. A Zapatista delegation will attend CompArte as listener-viewers.

Caracol of La Realidad: August 3, 2016, from 09:00 on August 3 through the early morning hours of August 4. Participation by Zapatista artists of the Tojolabal, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, and Mame originary peoples as well as mestizos from the Selva Fronteriza zone.

Caracol of La Garrucha: August 6, 2016, from 09:00 on August 6 through the early morning hours of August 7. Participation by Zapatista artists of the Tzeltal and Tzotzil originary peoples from the Selva Tzeltal zone.

Caracol of Morelia: August 9, 2016. Celebration of the 13th anniversary of the birth of the Zapatista caracoles and the Juntas de Buen Gobierno, from 09:00 on August 9 through the early morning hours of August 10. Participation by Zapatista artists of the Tojolabal and Tzeltal originary peoples from the Tsots Choj zone.

Caracol of Roberto Barrios: August 12, 2016, from 09:00 on August 12 to the early morning hours of August 13, 2016. Participation by Zapatista artists from the Chol and Tzeltal originary peoples from the Northern zone of Chiapas.

In order to attend you will need your CompArte registration name tag from CIDECI and to have registered at the table set up for that purpose in CIDECI as of the afternoon of July 27, 2016. Note: bear in mind that here…well, everywhere, it is storm season.

We know that the great majority of you will not be able to attend all of the presentations now that the calendar and geography have been expanded. Or perhaps you will, that is up to you. In any case, whether you are there or not, we will present with you in mind.

THE PAID MEDIA WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ACCESS (even if they pretend that they also work for the unpaid media).

The compa media—that is the free, autonomous, alternative, or whatever-you-call-it media—will be welcome, even by the Tercios Compas, because here we do have trade solidarity.


As Zapatistas, on this day we reiterate our support for the demand for truth and justice for Ayotzinapa and all of the disappeared that is tirelessly maintained by the mothers, fathers, families, and compañer@s of the missing. To all of them, those who are missing and those who search for them, we offer our greatest embrace. Your pain is our pain and our dignified rage.

From the mountains of Southeastern Mexico,

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés. Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano.

Mexico, July 2016.

Bordertowns: Murder by police, fueled by the media

Murders by police are treated with impunity in the US, and the media is a player in these crimes 

By Brenda Norrell 
Censored News 
Translation into Dutch by Alice Holemans, NAIS, at:

Beginning in the 1970s, the US Civil Rights Commission held hearings in bordertowns around Indian lands and documented the tortures and murders of Navajos and other Native Americans.
While the testimony focused on white racists who carried out these crimes in bordertowns, police also committed murders and were never prosecuted.
In fact, decades ago, police were able to silence the media and the prosecutors.
What has changed? The internet and social media.
Today, when an officer beats or kills a Native American, or anyone else, as a result of racism, over-reacting, or the use of excessive force, there is a fast way to let the world know.
Decades ago, we relied on newspapers to expose the brutal tortures and murders in bordertowns around the Navajo Nation and Oglala Sioux Nation.
Those bordertowns -- where American Indians were killed for sport by white racists -- included Winslow, Arizona, Farmington, New Mexico, and Rapid City, South Dakota. In Farmington, the crimes were often carried out by teenagers.
The Farmington Daily Times, which now has new owners, was exposed for changing the facts in a news article I wrote while I was a staff writer there in the early 1990s. White teens beat Navajo teens with baseball bats at a convenience story near Farmington. The newspaper changed the facts, to make it appear that the Navajo teens deserved those broken bones.
After providing testimony of this to the US Civil Rights Commission, I was terminated by the newspaper. I write this now to show how the media in these bordertowns have been, and are today, a part of the ongoing injustice, racism, violence and tragedy.
Today, the media in Arizona, South Dakota and elsewhere, continue to fuel racism, to contribute to violent crimes, by refusing to publish the facts and by refusing to expose the deadly force by police that results in the murder of people of color.
On the border of the US and Mexico, border patrol agents carry out rape, torture and murder, and are never held accountable.
Reporters today fuel these tragedies by refusing to leave their easy chairs and actually go out in the communities and cover the news.

Native Lives Matter: Justice for Lakota Brightman

Native Lives Matter Justice For Lakota Brightman
Family seeks Closer for Murder of Beloved U.S. Army Veteran Field Medic

Quanah Parker Brightman
Executive Director of United Native Americans

MARTINEZ, Calif.: Native American Civil Rights Leaders Seek Justice for the Murder of Slain Family member.  On May 25th, 2016. The Jury Found Mark Anthony Nelson Guilty of Penal Code 187- Murder First Degree & a Knife Enhancement for the Murder of Lakota Gall Brightman on July 3rd, 2015 outside the Carlson Food Market located in Richmond California.

During the sentencing on Friday, July 29, 2016, we are asking for the Honorable Judge Laurel S. Brady in Department 31 to Sentence Mr Nelson to Life in Prison.

We Invite Members of the Press to Our Press Conference which will be held At 8:30 am until 8:45 am in front of the Superior Court of California County of Contra County A.F. Bray Courthouse located at 1020 Ward Street Martinez, CA 94553

Lakota Gall Brightman, was murdered by the defendant. The facts of the case were proven beyond a reasonable doubt and your verdict was rendered guilty!
Words cannot express the pain and anguish our family and friends have endured since Lakota Gall Brightman's murder. The defendant decision to take the life of a human being with no regard for the effects it has had on Lakota Gall Brightman Friends and Family is unimaginable.

The loss of Lakota Gall Brightman is beyond words. Lakota Gall Brightman was born on December 25th 1969 in Rapid City, South Dakota to parents Lehman and Trudy Brightman. He was the second of three children. Lakota attended Delmar Elementary School, Portola Junior High School, and graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1988. His earlier years were spent advocating for Native American Rights along with his family and the Organization founded by his father Lehman and carried on by his brother Quanah, United Native Americans. United Native Americans was and are still very active in Native american rights and the promotion of progress and general welfare of Native Americans. Specialist Lakota Gall Brightman served 6 years in the California Army National Guard, 235th Engineer Company (Sapper) as an Army Field Medic from August 11, 2007 to his date of separation on August 10th, 2013. Lakota was ordered into active service in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.
He is remembered as a gentle and kind hearted human being who wanted to help others and was a beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, father, friend and hero. He is preceded in death by his mother Trudy Brightman and his older brother Lehman Brightman III. Lakota is survived by his Daughters, Phoebe (24) and Star (14) Brightman his brother Quanah Parker Brightman, father Chief Lehman L. Brightman, aunts Nancy and Lorelie Oldlodge and uncles, Anthony David Clairmont and Donald Oldlodge. Taken too soon, Lakota is warmly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance/advice, sense of security and those opportunities to say, “I love you” are forever gone. Our family is forever “broken”.
To say the least, the financial affect on the family has also been devastating.

Compassion is a word commonly used for and by defendants. However, I ask, how much compassion the defendant considered when the decision was made to murder Lakota Gall Brightman?

It is the request of the family that the maximum penalty for the crime for which the defendant was convicted be imposed. On behalf of the family of Lakota Gall Brightman, we wish to express my sincerest gratitude for allowing this opportunity of expression.

For more Information:  Please Visit #NativeLivesMatter Justice For Lakota Gall Brightman

US issues permit for Dakota Access Pipeline: IEN responds

Army Corps of Engineers Issues Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline
Indigenous Environmental Network Responds
Posted July 26, 2016

Oceti Sakowin Territory, SD – The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has granted the final permit needed by Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC to begin construction of its Bakken oil pipeline, Dakota Access. Under the terms of the Department of the Army Nationwide Permit No. 12, the Corps has approved construction of the crude oil pipeline across significant waterways, placing critical water habitats, rivers and drinking water at risk. 
The Indigenous Environmental Network offers the following response:
“We are saddened to hear of this permit approval but knew the writing was on the wall. The Corps has a long history of going against the wishes and health of Tribal nations. This decision will not deter the resistance against the dirty Bakken pipeline. This decision merely highlights the necessity for the Corps of Engineers to overhaul the Nationwide Permit No. 12 process, which has been used by Big Oil to further place our lands, Indigenous rights, water and air at greater risk for disaster. We demand a revocation of this permit and advocate for the rejection of this pipeline.”

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