Thursday, November 23, 2017

Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony -- Photos by Bad Bear 2017


Bad Bear with Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49er who kneeled during the anthem. Colin joined the gathering at Alcatraz today.
Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony 2017

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson

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Also see: Native Women Tell the Real History of Thanksgiving
“Thanksgiving isn’t what people think it really is,” Autumn White Eyes, a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, said. “They aren’t going to tell you that pilgrims stole land, that they appropriated land, that Abraham Lincoln coined this holiday for patriotism during the Civil War and that Abraham Lincoln is the same president who ordered the largest mass execution of Dakota people in United States history and that these same things have happened to Native people all across the United States.”

Photos copyright Carl Sampsin

Honoring the Life of Revolutionary Dennis Banks, Photos by Bad Bear

Western Shsohone Nation Spiritual Leader Johnnie Bobb offers prayer for Dennis Banks journey during at the InterTribal Friendship House. Photo by Carl Bad Bear Sampson.

Photos by Long Walker, Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shsohone

Dennis Banks was honored at a celebration at the InterTribal Friendship House in Oakland, California, on Nov. 22, 2017. Western Shoshone Nation Spiritual Leader Johnnie Bobb; Walkers from the Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco; AIM West; supporters and friends joined the local community to remember the life of the revolutionary and co-founder of the American Indian Movement. Dennis  played a leading role in bringing about new legislation to uphold Native American rights, and instilled courage in many to rise up, resist and fight the machine. Dennis is remembered for his key roles at Wounded Knee in 1973 and with the Longest Walks.

Watch livestream video below by Govinda Dalton, Earthcycles

Photos copyright Carl Sampson

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

LIVE Celebration of Life of Dennis Banks, InterTribal Friendship House, Oakland, Nov. 22, 2017

Bill Means, Lakota

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson
Livestream by Govinda, Earthcycles
Watch live below, Nov. 22, 2017

Salmon Walkers offer Prayers at Ohlone's Sacred Sogorea Te

Walkers on the Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco, reached their goal, and offered prayers at Sogorea Te.
Photos by Western Shoshone Long Walker and Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson, thank you.

Glen Cove (Sogorea Te in Ohlone) is a sacred gathering place and burial ground that has been utilized by numerous Native American tribes since at least 1,500 BC. It is located just south of Vallejo, California along the Carquinez Strait, a natural channel that connects the Sacramento River Delta to the San Francisco Bay.

Walk for the Salmon at InterTribal Friendship House in Oakland -- Photos by Bad Bear

Western Shoshone Nation Spiritual Leader Johnnie Bobb joined walkers of the Walk for the Salmon, at the InterTribal Friendship House in Oakland, last night.
Walkers walked from Seattle to San Francisco for the salmon, the rivers and the water.

Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco 2017
Photos on the walk at Santa Rosa, and at InterTribal Friendship House in Oakland
by Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone
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AIM WEST LIVE on Spirit Resistance Radio! Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Today, Wednesday:

With the passing of our friend and brother in the struggle, Dennis J.Banks last October 29, we decided to combine the annual dinner Feast with Oakland Inter-Tribal Friendship House into a memorial celebration to honor his life. -- Tony Gonzales, AIM West
Time: 4 pm
Intertribal Friendship House: 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 836-1955


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Protest Disrupts Snowbowl as Ski Area Opens with Sewage Snow

Tuesday, November, 21, 2017
By Protect Peaks
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Protest Disrupts Snowbowl as Ski Area Opens with 100% Treated Sewage

Flagstaff, AZ — Continuing it's years-long desecration and assault on Indigenous Peoples' ways of life, ecological destruction, and threats to public health, Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with snow made from millions of gallons of 100% treated sewage today.
After being forced to delay its opening day twice due to lack of natural snowfall, the ski area opened one lift and one run to sparse attendance.
More than a dozen sacred sites protectors confronted Snowbowl employees and recreationists with a "quarantine" action in hazmat suits, with banners, caution tape, and chanting "No Desecration for Recreation."

"This is a clear example of continued colonialism. What's happening is Dook'o'oosłiid a sacred mountain to many Indigenous Peoples in this area, is being desecrated by this Snowbowl company," stated Maile Hampton. "These capitalists continue to come in and tear down all the trees and build this snow resort. Not only build that, but they fill it with 100% reclaimed sewage water. Would you want someone to dump literal sewer water onto your church lawn? This mountain is a church for Indigenous people. This mountain is sacred. This cannot continue to happen. This company is literally desecrating this sacred mountain for pure profit and recreation. We will continue to stand up and do anything we can to draw attention to this issue and wipeout Snowball as a whole. BOYCOTT SNOWBOWL!"

"The amount of disrespect for the land, and all people who inhabit it, is disgusting. Speaking to employees and patrons of Snowbowl who showed that they only cared about recreation," stated Mary Begay. "They were mocking us and being openly sexist and racist. Some patrons tried to eat the treated sewage effluent with pharmaceutical drugs and hormones in it to prove a point only to spit it out immediately in our direction. We were there in a prayerful way to stop this destruction and desecration of our water, of our ecosystems and of our humanity."

"Snowbowl patrons don't have the highest moral standard and they show no respect for those who wish to protest peacefully," stated Scott Begay. "If the Snowbowl patrons showed this amount of disrespect on the opening day, I cannot imagine the rest of the year. Snowbowl allows and condones this vulgar display of colonialism, and something needs to be done about it."

The action initially blocked a section of the ski run but was moved as law enforcement agents threatened arrest.
Six law enforcement vehicles followed the resisters as they made their way from the upper lot through a construction area where Snowbowl is furthering their violence against the mountain.

"This mountain is our church, Snowbowl's opening today and the threat of arrest for 'trespassing' was another reminder that we do not have religious freedom as Indigenous Peoples in our own lands," stated Klee Benally, a volunteer with Protect the Peaks. "Think about this with your families as you prepare to celebrate so-called 'Thanks Giving': the US Forest Service, Snowbowl, and City of Flagstaff are perpetuating the cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples for a few dollars."

"We were there to try to stop the desecration of our Sacred mountain where our prayers and ceremonies are held," stated Dustin Wero, "Being Diné, our instinct is defend the sacred."

Snowbowl is the only ski area in the world to make snow from treated sewage.

"Even though I knew about the treated sewage used to make the snow at Snowbowl, I was shocked when I looked at the snow and saw this yellow tinge, I thought my eyes were deceiving me, or maybe a dog had peed in the snow." stated Crystal Zevon, "But, I looked further, and sure enough, that snow has a yellow tint when the sun hits it. I grew up skiing in Colorado, and I've never seen anything like it."

Snowbowl has long been controversial due to their presence on the San Francisco Peaks, which are held holy by more than 13 Indigenous Nations. The ski area operates under a special use permit on public lands managed by the US Forest Service. For decades they have been subject to multiple lawsuits that have shaped legal precedent for Indigenous religious freedom.

"The struggles to protect our sacred places and precious water are not over until our cultures are over. We will not allow that to happen," stated Benally.

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