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Photos Nisqually Sovereign Nation: Canoe Journey 2016



Nisqually Sovereign Nation: Canoe Journey 2016

Honor the Ancestors and Don't Forget the Water

Article and photos by Lloyd Vivola
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Eighty-nine tribal and family canoes converged on the port of Olympia, Washington early Saturday afternoon, July 30, where they were invited ashore by Nisqually Sovereign Nation, host of this year's Salish Sea Canoe Journey. The canoe teams had pulled great distances over the last few weeks, some from as far away as Alaska and northern California, in what has become a recurring celebration of the waters which since the beginning of time have supported life and indigenous tradition around the Pacific Northwest. Canoes from upstate New York and eastern Long Island also joined in this year's paddling and protocol, thus extending the spirit of Canoe Journey and its confirmation of indigenous pride and cultural resilience clear across Great Turtle Island. Calls for solidarity in the cause of resistance to pipelines, coal terminals, and tanker traffic also punctuated the event.

Adding further to Canoe Journey and its significance was a Medicine Creek Treaty Tree ceremony held on Sunday at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, recently renamed to honor esteemed Nisqually elder and fishing rights activist Billy Frank Jr. who crossed over in May 2014. It is the only wildlife reserve in the United States to bear the name of a Native American. Canoes from tribes which had signed the Medicine Creek Treaty in 1854 entered and landed in the Nisqually River Delta at high-tide to reaffirm symbolically, and not without hushed emotion, the importance of that document in the ongoing struggle to reclaim the legal and human rights of indigenous peoples across the continent and around the world.

Protocol for Canoe Journey 2016 will continue at Nisqually Nation through August 6.

Photos copyright Lloyd Vivola
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ALERT Warriors! Dakota pipeline issued 48 hour notice for construction!

Protest at Capitol Now
Breaking: Stand with Sacred Stone Against DAPL Construction

Standing Rock's Sacred Stone Camp

Cannonball, North Dakota

Call out for Warriors!

UPDATE Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016:

Breaking news! Standing Rock is filing a temporary injunction on DAPL in Federal court.. while waiting for a judge to be assigned for the hearing the court date for original injunction filed! DAPL cannot drill on the OAHE tomorrow.. keep praying.. it's working... However they r still planning to start drilling at MHA.. garrison dam tomorrow... Stay tuned! Get ready ...

Wed., Aug. 3, 2016
This morning, Dakota Access sent a 48-hour construction notice to the Standing Rock Tribe. Now is the time to stand with us.
Runners are enroute to DC, while protest continues at Capitol. Warriors and supplies needed immediately at Standing Stone Camp on Standing Rock in North Dakota.

Native youth runners, running from Standing Rock in North Dakota, will arrive in DC on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. Listen to their voices:

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Dakota and Lakota Runners: Protest Dakota Access Pipeline in DC Aug. 6, 2016

The Runners made it to DC on Thursday!

Updated coverage from DC on Censored News at: 


August 3, 2016. Listen to the good words of Jasilyn Charger, Cheyenne River Lakota, running for
the water, running for life, and running for all youths. (Above)

In the news -- Frederick, Maryland, welcomes Dakota and Lakota youth runners. "The Zlotaks will open their home to the group. 'My wife is organizing soups, pasta, water, Gatorade to give to them,' he said. 'We’ll have a bonfire, and hopefully educate friends and families about the situation. It’s a good sharing opportunity.'” Read news article:

"It's about our culture, our land, our water." News coverage from Columbus, Ohio, as Dakota and Lakota runners near D.C. Relay run from Cannonball, ND, to DC: "No Dakota Access pipeline."


Watch news coverage in Dayton, Ohio: Dakota and Lakota youth runners, from Cannonball, ND, to DC: 'No Dakota Access Pipeline!" 


Join us in Washington D.C at Lafayette Square on August 6, 2016, at 1 p.m. to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline! WE ARE NOT GIVING UP!
Spread the word about our D.C protest:

In spite of months of campaigning, and 140,000 signatures demanding a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline, on July 26th the Army Corps of Engineers granted a construction permit for the project. Join us at the White House for the culmination of a 2,000-mile long relay run, where we will be delivering your petition signatures and demanding that President Obama pressure the Corps to reverse its decision. 

This dangerous pipeline will stretch across four states, crossing the Missouri River just a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation. When it leaks – as all pipelines do – it will poison our drinking water and threaten our health and safety. 

Join us on August 6th in D.C. to demand that our legislators "rezpect" our water and the concerns of those living along the pipeline's path. Bring your prayers, signs, and your energy. Hope to see you there!

Intercept reporter turns down $200,000 bribe, while U.S. reporters lounge and plagiarize

Intercept reporter in Hong Kong turns down $200,000 bribe, while most reporters in the United States can't get out of their easy chairs

By Brenda Norrell
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Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, at NAIS

How many reporters would turn down a $200,000 bribe? 
How many reporters have this much integrity? 
Edward Snowden commented on Twitter about The Intercept reporter Elaine Yu, in Hong Kong, and Ethics in journalism. Snowden said, she "turned down a $200,000 bribe seeking to remove three points from her story." 
Meanwhile, currently in the United States, the majority of reporters now stay home and plagiarize, especially in Indian country. They steal the work of hard working reporters, and make a quick phone call interview to add to it, to disguise it. They do this to deceive readers into believing they are out covering the news.
Plagiarism now bottom-out standard in national Indian Country news
Don't be fooled by media like Indian Country Today that has relied on stay-at-home plagiarizers for most of the past 10 years. It has wealthy owners and could send reporters out to cover the news, instead of plagiarizing and rewriting others hard work. Indianz is a copy and paste operation. When done without permission, copying and pasting others work is plagiarism. When it is done for years, it is extensive fraud.
Ask the reporters if they go out and cover the news. Ask the reporters if they pay the hard working photographers for the photos they steal from the web. 
Ask the newspapers in Indian country how many of their reporters are Native American. There's only a few jobs and many Native American reporters are unemployed. Unfortunately, newspapers like Navajo Times continue to rely heavily on non-Indian reporters in 2016.
Facebook is Road Kill Journalism
Don't be fooled by the scams on Facebook that are stealing others work for ad dollars, like the so-called "Free Thought Project." 
Most of the news links now being posted on Facebook are either frauds (not true) or plagiarized from the hard work of real reporters. Look at all the ads on those scam websites.
On Facebook, the scammers steal the most controversial articles, including those articles on tragedies in Indian country.
Many use "click bait" revenue schemes. Each time you click on their scam news titles, they make money.
The parasites and profiteers in the media are no different from the corporate parasites and profiteers. They are opportunists and their goal is to deceive you.
They do it for the money and for the power.

Read more at The Intercept:
Meet the Chinese couple whose business spent $1.3 million trying to get Jeb Bush elected president. They offered the reporter the $200,000 bribe.

When the casinos bought the news in Indian country
When non-Indians began their schemes to profit from casinos in Indian country, they first changed the name "gambling" to "gaming." 
Then the casino industry took control of the national Indian media. By taking control of the national Indian media, the casino industry avoided exposure in Indian country. Two of those forbidden subjects for reporters were the facts on how non-Indian lobbyists became millionaires and billionaires. The movie Casino Jack tells the real life story of this. The other subject forbidden by casino controlled media in Indian country is how gambling addictions are destroying families in Indian country.
Recently, Jacqueline Keeler, Native reporter fired by Indian Country Today, revealed that today Indian Country Today is controlled by a non-Indian editor, a former editor at Playboy magazine.
Keeler's ethics led to her termination. 
Today, non-Indian casino lobbyists working for Indian Nations continue to be paid millions, and billions, to sway Congress. 
In 2015, Gila River Indian Community in Arizona paid the most to casino lobbyists, $2.9 million, while the Tohono O'odham Nation was close behind, paying lobbyists $2.6 million in 2015. Both sought control of casino dollars south of Phoenix.
Meanwhile at home, Tohono O'odham continue to live desperate for food, roads, housing and even clean water. Besides millions being paid to non-Indian lobbyists by the Tohono O'odham Nation, millions are paid to non-Indian casino firms, non-Indian charities, non-Indian attorneys, and the State of Arizona, which gets a large percentage of Indian casino revenues in the state. All of this money flows out from the tribe's casinos while Tohono O'odham live in need.
See the full list of casino lobbyists in the U.S. paid by Indian Nations to sway Congress at:


Brenda Norrell has been a reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She began at the Navajo Times, and served as a stringer for AP and USA Today, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the Southwest, she was censored and terminated by Indian Country Today in 2006. As a result, she began Censored News, now in its 10th year with no advertising, grants or sponsors. Norrell has provided live coverage with Govinda at Earthcycles, from Bolivia and across the western U.S. They were live on web radio for the five month Longest Walk northern route across the U.S. in 2008.

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