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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

AIM West Live Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Above: American Indian Movement live Tuesday. Webster Arthur, Nez Perce, his daughter Raquel Arthur, Blackfeet, Nez Perce and Paiute, Ray Valdez, Yaqui, and Richard Seukteoma, Hopi, Shoshone and Paiute. Raquel describes the racist attack on marchers in Reno which left one grandmother in the hospital for a month and now in a wheelchair. The driver of the white pickup truck that plowed into marchers against Columbus Day, was only charged with a misdemeanor.

Above: American Indian Movement West Coast Conference Live Tuesday Afternoon, with Idle No More Youths.

Webster Arthur, Nez Perce, “It makes me feel darn good to be here.”

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Indian Movement's West Coast Conference on Tuesday focused on attacks of Indigenous in Central America and the racist attack on Native Americans marching against Columbus Day in Reno, Nevada.
Webster Arthur, Nez Perce who makes his home in Nevada, told the AIM West gathering, “It makes me feel darn good to be here.”
Arthur spoke of the genocide and how the invaders have attempted to steal and poison the water in their attempts to kill off Indian people. He said he and his daughter are leaving soon for Standing Rock to support the water protectors.
Arthur’s daughter, Raquel Arthur, Blackfeet, Nez Perce and Paiute, said she organized the event to protest Columbus Day in Reno to bring awareness of hate.
“There is a need to speak truth. Without truth, you can not have healing," said Raquel Arthur, President of the Northern Nevada Chapter of AIM.
Raquel described the historical trauma of growing up in this country and its schools.
“It’s all about the children, and those yet to be born.”
Raquel described how a pickup truck drove through Native American marchers on Oct. 10 in Reno. The driver was charged with only a misdemeanor, even though a grandmother is now in a wheelchair and spent a month in the hospital.
Raquel said on Oct. 10, they gathered in Reno and offered prayers and songs.
“It was good, it felt good. It was healing.”
Four men walked up and sat in the background.
“You could feel the energy from them. I had a really ugly feeling from them at that time.”
“I knew in my heart that something was wrong.”
These men were drinking and smoking marijuana in the back.
As Native Americans were marching to the Reno Arch, two men in a truck passed the marchers. There were threats.
When they got to the Arch, they continued to march and pray.
Raquel said she was carrying the sage, the medicine, as they marched.
They were at the Arch only about a minute and half when a truck came up.
These men were aggressive.
They threatened to kill “F… Indians.”
“Do you want us to kill your homies?”
In a few seconds, it escalated.
Raquel said the Native Warriors were standing to protect the people.
Two of the marchers were charged with assault.
Raquel said the driver’s intent was to harm.
"The intent was to take life."
The driver of the white truck drove into the marchers. Yet, the driver was only charged with a misdemeanor.
Raquel said police did not follow protocol. Reno police failed to administer a sobriety test.
One of the elders in the march is now in a wheelchair. She spent over a month in the hospital.
Although the grandmother is non-Indian, her grandchildren are Native.
The grandmother brought her grandchildren to the anti-Columbus Day March to teach them to stand up.
Raquel told of the grandmother’s strength, when she was in the hospital. The grandmother said she would rather be hit by the truck than have her grandchildren run over.
“She gave me words of encouragement.”
“She understands sacrifice.”
Emotionally, physically, there is hardship.
Raquel said she believes this was a white supremacist group that attacked them that day, driving their truck into the crowd.
The young ones in the truck seem to be taking orders from the older men present.
"This is a sick mentality that is in this country," Rachel said.
People are being killed for standing up against hate, she said.
Raquel said the commitment to stand up is a lifetime commitment.
“If you are not willing to put your life down, you should not be standing up.”
“We are in this for life.”
“That is what is in our hearts, in our blood.”
Raquel said the driver received a misdemeanor charge, no more than a slap on the wrist.
She said that one of the Warriors said he was protecting all of the children, not just his own children.
The media fabricated lies, she said.
Joining Raquel here, Ray Valdez, one of the Yaqui Warriors, Defenders of the People, spoke of the way of prayer.
Together, with one of the Hopi Warriors, they led the AIM Song.
Richard Seukteoma, Hopi, Shoshone and Paiute, spoke on sacrifice.
"There's no end to your commitment. It is a lifetime."
"When we pick up the Pipe, or the Sacred Canupa, it is for all people."
"You have to feel it in your heart."
"It is about protecting who we are and future generations."
"Thank you My Relatives."

Jean Whitehorse, Dine', is speaking on boarding schools and the takeover of Alcatraz.

Jean's ancestors were held captive in the prison camp at Fort Sumner, Bosque Redondo, New Mexico.
Jean spoke on the Beauty Way, the way of harmony.
"Everyday we should pray. We should have a positive attitude, no matter what was done to us."
Jean, a great-grandmother, said she does her best to teach her five-year-old great-granddaughter.
Jean said federal Indian policies are for the benefit of the United States, so Congress "can control us."
Jean said in boarding school, she was given a number.
"We were punished for speaking our language."
"They put soap in our mouth."
At five years old, she could not speak English, still she was punished for speaking her language.
"Our parents weren't there to speak up for us, to protect us."
The boarding schools taught the children to call their parents by their formal names.
"I never said, 'mom,' I never said, 'dad.'"
"I wake up with it everyday. It hurts."
She described having to kneel on her knees for two hours, on runners.
The BIA controls peoples lives.
"They treated us like we were incompetent to handle our affairs."
"They administered all rights to minerals."
She described how Peabody Coal's coal transport caused a decrease in the water in the aquifer on Black Mesa.
In Oakland, after boarding school, she listened to the Black Panthers as she road the bus from the YMCA where she stayed while at BIA relocation school, which was vocational training.
Alcatraz was taken three times.
At nineteen-years-old, she wanted to go home.
"The longer they kept me here, the more I was learning about myself."
She learned about Treaties and rights.
She learned of Indian self determination.
Native children were being taken from the homes.
Native women were told the sign papers they didn't understand, including giving up their children when they were pregnant. They also were told to sign papers which resulted in sterilization.
"They targeted our unborn children."
Native women were labeled unfit and unable to raise children.
Jean went to the clinic with an appendix infection. She didn't know she was agreeing for sterilization when she signed papers.
"There are a lot of women who never had children."
For Navajos, wealth was considered the number of children one has.
"Our elders say, 'your wealth is your children.'"
Jean said she doesn't want her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter to live with the pain she lives with, to wake up with that pain.

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Water Protector Hit with Concussion Grenade in Surgery to Save Shattered Arm

On the frontline Sunday night, Nov. 20, 2016 Thank you to water protectors and photographer Rob Wilson, copyright.

Prepared by Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Camps

Contact: Michael Knudsen, Medic Coordinator and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, ethno-botanist Linda Black Elk, PhD

On November 21st as a direct result of the violent police response at Standing Rock towards unarmed people opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 21 year old woman from New York City, Sophia Wilansky, was severely injured when a concussion grenade thrown by police hit her left arm and exploded. Sophia was heading to bring water to the unarmed people who were being attacked for several hours by Morton County Sheriff forces. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has stated that she was injured by a purported propane explosion that the Sheriff’s Department claimed the unarmed people created. These statements are refuted by Sophia’s testimony, by several eye-witnesses who watched police intentionally throw concussion grenades at unarmed people, by the lack of charring of flesh at the wound site and by the grenade pieces that have been removed from her arm in surgery and will be saved for legal proceedings.

Sophia was safely taken out of North Dakota for emergent surgery and is currently in stable condition. Below is her statement as conveyed by her father, lawyer Wayne Wilansky.

At around 4:30am after the police hit the bridge with water cannons and rubber bullets and pepper spray they lobbed a number of concussion grenades which are not supposed to be thrown at people directly at protesters or protectors as they want to be called. A grenade exploded right as it hit Sophia in the left forearm taking most of the undersurface of her left arm with it. Both her radial and ulnar artery were completely destroyed. Her radius was shattered and a large piece of it is missing. Her medial nerve is missing a large section as well.  All of the muscle and soft tissue between her elbow and wrist were blown away. The police did not do this by accident - it was an intentional act of throwing it directly at her. Additionally police were shooting people in face and groin intending to do the most possible damage. Sophia will have surgery again tomorrow as bit by bit they try to rebuild a somewhat functioning arm and hand. The first surgery took a vein from her leg which they have implanted in her arm to take the place of the missing arteries. She will need multiple surgeries to try to gain some functional use of the arm and hand. She will be, every day for the foreseeable future, fearful of losing her arm and hand. There are no words to describe the pain of watching my daughter cry and say she was sorry for the pain she caused me and my wife. I died a thousand deaths today and will continue to do so for quite some time. I am left without the right words to describe the anguish of watching her look at her now alien arm and hand.”

A fund set up by friends and verified to help with Sophia’s recovery is set up here:

The Standing Rock Medic Healer Council deplores the ongoing use of violence by the state of North Dakota to address the concerns of the thousands of people peacefully assembled at Standing Rock to insist on the right to clean healthy drinking water.

Water is Life, Mni Wiconi
Linda Black Elk, PhD, Ethnobotanist, Sitting Bull College
Michael Knudsen, MPH candidate, Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council
Noah Morris, EMT
Amelia Massucco, RN
John Andrews, RN
Kristina Golden, EMT, herbalist
Sebastian Rodriguez, RN
Rosemary Fister, RN, MNPHN, DNP Candidate
Rupa Marya, MD, DoNoHarm Coalition, University of California – San Francisco
David Kingfisher, MD, JD, Wichita State University
Jesse Lopez, MD, Heartland Surgical Care
Kalama O Ka Aina Niheu, MD, Aha Aloha Aina
Howard Ehrman, MD, MPH, University of Illinois - Chicago
Geeta Maker-Clark, MD, University of Chicago
Elizabeth Friedman, MD
Vanessa Bolin, ALS Paramedic

Contact: Michael Knudsen, Medic Coordinator and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ethno-botanist Linda Black Elk, PhD –

Photos available by request

Photos Militarized Police Attack Water Protectors Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Photos copyright Rob Wilson. Militarized police attack Standing Rock water protectors Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Standing Rock medic

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Militarized police attack Standing Rock water protectors Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Mohawk Nation News 'Hogging our Table'



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MNN. Nov. 22, 2016. The foreign enemy eats from our table every day and then sit back, plans and carries out brutal attacks on us to steal everything from us. We and our mother know we are never going to submit. Spilling blood is failure. Our allies are many.
Sitting Bull: "Money is soon gone. Land is forever."
Sitting Bull: “Money is soon gone. Land is forever.”
Demoralizing us to break our spirit does not work. The Sunday night attack was to provoke violence to justify killing us. 6626098
The enemy is restless. They tried to master and capture us by sending in their steel donkey. Since they arrived here on great turtle island, their goal was to totally exterminate us. We have greater power. Our guide is mother earth and the spirits of our ancestors from way back. They are here for us. We shall stay strong to our original instructions from
They refuse truthful dialogue with us. They don’t care to know us. They want to talk to the big corporate tribal chiefs they can manipulate, who run to their puppet masters in Washington and Ottawa looking like cigar store INDIANS. They wait for the corporation to throw them some crumbs.
Anonymous has a complete list of every cop that is breaking the law at Standing Rock by ‘following illegal orders’. This list will soon be published. We intend to hold every one of these criminals responsible.
The enemy tried spilling our blood. Standing Rock is about the moral law and the truth.
The Corporation chief strategist.
The Corporation strategist.
As “Weird Al” Yankovic sings about being fat: “Your butt is wide, while mine is too. Just watch your mouth or I’ll sit on you. The word is out, better treat me right. Cause I’m the king of cellulite. Ham on, ham on, ham on whole wheat, alright. My zippers bust. My buckles break. I’m too much man for you to take. The pavement cracks when I fall down. I’ve got more chins than Chinatown. Well, I’ve never used a phone booth. and I’ve never seen my toes. And when I go to the movies, I take up 7 rows. Because I’m fat, I’m fat, really, really fat.”
The Water Protectors are seriously injured. “Water Cannons”, “Rubber Bullets”, “Bean Bag Bullets”, “many unconscious”, “many injured”. See live streaming by Kevin Gilbertt :Ă‚
Mohawk Nation News for more news, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to More stories at MNN Archives. Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0 or original Mohawk music visit
Robert Kennedy No water, so life.
LET’S TELL THEM WHERE WE STAND: Politicians, Corporatists, Band & Tribal Councils and sell-outs that are cooperating with pipeline companies; SOME OF THE FAT CATS:
ENERGY TRANSFER STRATEGIST: Michael (Cliff) Waters, Lead Analyst 77002 ‪(713), 989-2404‬
NORTH DAKOTA: Office of the Governor Jack Darymple: ‪701-328-2200‬; Morton County Sheriff’s Department: ‪701-328-8118‬ & ‪701-667-3330; Allen Koppy Morton County Attorney ‪701.667.3350‬; N.D. National Guard: ‪701-333-2000‬; Army Corps of Engineers ‪(202) 761-5903‬
U.S. Embassy Ottawa, 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8: (General): ‪613-688-5335‬, (Emergency): ‪613-238-5335‬, (Media): ‪613-688-5315‬ Fax: ‪613-688-3082‬, US Embassy of the United States, London UK, Switchboard: [44] ‪(0)20 7499-9000, White House Washington ‪202-456-1111‬ or (202) 456-1414
ENERGY TRANSFER, ‪214.981.0700‬: Lee Hanse, Executive Vice President, 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400, San Antonio, Texas 78258 ‪(210) 403-6455‬ Glenn Emery, Vice President ‪(210) 403-6762‬
Call Bernie Sanders202-224-5142; Call Hillary Clinton 646-854-1432—

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