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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Censored News -- Censored by Twitter -- What Twitter Doesn't Want You to Know

Censored News coverage of Standing Rock Water Protectors attacked by militarized police and Morton County Sheriff.
Censored Again, So What Else is New? This.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Back in September, Twitter began censoring the news links of Censored News -- all of them. This came as Censored News reported on the violent attacks on Standing Rock Water Protectors by militarized police and the Morton County Sheriff in North Dakota.
Among the most controversial posts, was the identity of retired Bismarck police officers and mercenaries responsible for the attack on water protectors. These Dakota Access Pipeline security guards sicced vicious dogs on women and children. Water protectors were attempting to protect burial places from the bulldozers of Dakota Access Pipeline.
This was the headline just 11 days before Twitter began censoring our links.


We took a stroll back through our Tweets to September 19, 2016, when Twitter first blocked our Tweets to find out the offenders, to discover what Twitter really didn't want you to know.
First on the list of blocked links was this one: "Obama and the courts did not stop the Dakota Access Pipeline."
That came as Obama's smooth-talking public relations experts were fooling people about the drilling permit.
The next Tweet and link censored by Twitter was a message from the Zapatistas, "One House, Other Worlds."
Next on Twitter's forbidden list was this link, "Oceti Sakowin Human Rights Observers, Consultation and Free, Prior and Informed Consent."
So, we kept tweeting, not that Twitter really matters in the big scheme of things. 
The next one axed by Twitter was this:
"Free Lakota Grandmother Olowan, Noise War Demo War Cry, No DAPL."
Censored News continued our coverage. In the months that followed the censorship by Twitter, militarized police brutalized water protectors. Hundreds were arrested. Native American elderly in ceremony were strip searched and jailed in dog kennels, with numbers written on their arms as was done by Nazis, by Morton County.
Standing Rock water protectors were tear-gassed, shot with rubber bullets, shot with water cannons in freezing temperatures, beaten and seriously injured by militarized police.
Now, we wonder, why would Twitter censor these news links, especially when you consider the bizarre links Twitter allows posted. We've asked Twitter and received no response. 
We manage to post sometimes on Twitter by fooling the blocker using a Tiny URL.
Just ten days before Twitter began censoring our links, we posted this headline: "Red Warrior Camp urges world to come and push back National Guard."

The world is being awakened by the non-violent resistance of Standing Rock water protectors, who locked down, and stood in prayer as they were tear-gassed, and shot with rubber bullets, and water cannons in freezing temperatures.
The news circulated around the world from Censored News, with translators in Dutch in Belgium, and French in France. Alice Holemans and Christine Prat distributed the news in English, Dutch and French throughout Europe and no doubt had an impact on the bank divestments from Dakota Access Pipeline in Europe.
Twitter did not stop the news, it only led to questions.
Why was Censored News censored? Who owns and controls Twitter? Who made the request to block the links of Censored News?
Our coverage of Standing Rock, and beyond, continues.
Late yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers gave the final approval for Dakota Access Pipeline to drill a crude oil pipeline beneath Lake Oahe, endangering the water source of millions who depend on the Missouri River for their drinking water.
Trump is also pushing for the revitalization of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will endanger water sources throughout the heart of America, and rip family farm owners from their land with eminent domain land seizures for the pipeline.
The illegal and inhumane brutalization of water protectors, and the disregard for the air, water and earth, and its peoples, which began during the Obama administration, and continues during the Trump administration, remains in the forefront for truth-tellers.

Censored News was created in 2006 when Brenda Norrell was censored and terminated by Indian Country Today, where she served as a staff reporter for most of the years since 1995. Norrell first served as a reporter at Navajo Times, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, and as a stringer for AP and USA Today. Over the past decade, Norrell has traveled with the Zapatistas, and to Bolivia and throughout the West to provide live coverage for Censored News. She has been a reporter in Indian country for 35 years. She has been blacklisted by the mainstream media for 10 and one-half years. Censored News has no grants, revenues or sponsors.

LISTEN -- Tiokasin Ghosthorse interview with O'odham Ofelia Rivas on Border

Traditional O'odham, here since time immemorial, are keeping  the language and ceremonies alive, as they oppose U.S. policies


Radio interview by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, First Voices Radio
Article by Brenda Norrell
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Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota host of First Voices Radio, interviews Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall.
Ofelia speaks on the militarization of O'odham lands and describes how O'odham language and ceremonies have survived since time immemorial. They have survived the Bush administration, and will survive this new era of fascism.
Speaking from her home on the border, Ofelia describes how difficult life has been for O'odham to continue their ceremonies and way of life.
Ofelia explains how now Tohono O'odham politicians are playing into the games being played by Trump as he pushes the border wall.
"But we don't see them here in our community," she said of the tribal politicians.
She said traditional O'odham in the western part of the Tohono O'odham Nation have been diligent and are keeping the language and culture going.
"We see what is happening to our young people, to our land."
The Border Patrol has violated O'odham rights on this land, where O'odham have lived since the beginning of time.
She describes how Bush built a vehicle barrier on O'odham land and waived 37 laws. The Bush administration removed O'odham ancestors from their burial places to build this vehicle barrier.
She describes how the governments violate their rights as traditional people.
She also describes being imprisoned in Mexico, while building solidarity with the Zapatistas.
Tiokasin asks Ofelia about recent statements in the news media, made by elected Tohono O'odham officials, concerning Trump's border wall. Tohono O'odham officials have responded to Trump's plan to build a border wall by saying, "Over my dead body."
Ofelia challenges the Tohono O'odham Vice Chairman who made the statement to actually come out to the traditional O'odham communities on the border, to actually walk the border, so he will know what to actually say to the media.
"Politicians are politicians. It is a political move. He needs to do some work at home first," Ofelia said of the Tohono O'odham Vice Chairman.
She said the O'odham way of life, includes animal life, plant life, holy mountains, and sacred places.
"That is who we are as O'odham people."
Ofelia speaks of the hummingbirds outside feeding on the cactus flowers, and how the spy towers, with microwave, will affect the people and all life forms.
It affects the migration of the people.
Ofelia said O'odham knew the instant it happened when their ancestors burial places were dug up.
"We are all connected. We should all care about each other."

"This militarization has really traumatized the people."
O'odham have been handcuffed, thrown on the ground, and their ceremonies disrupted.

"It is not just my voice, it is the voice of my ancestors, who have been speaking for years and years."
O'odham want to live in peace and harmony with the land.
Ofelia said that the drug cartels have flourished from the California to Texas border, because of the weapons provided to the cartels by the U.S. government.
In regards to the current laws, Ofelia explains how Tohono O'odham are now criminalized, and can face jail time, on their own land, for giving water and food to desperate, dying migrants.
Ofelia describes how 18 U.S. surveillance towers are being pushed by the U.S. government on the Tohono O'odham Nation. She questions why they are all here, on O'odham land.
"They have to monitor us 24 hours a day."
Ofelia also questions if migrants are stopped from coming across the border, then who will do the hard labor, like picking onions.
Ofelia said traditional O'odham remain opposed to the policies of the U.S. government.
Read more on Ofelia Rivas' website: O'odham Solidarity Project:
Please listen to Tiokasin's second interview on the radio program, with Chairman Aaron Payment from Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe Tribe.

Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon

Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon

District Court action forces Federal Government to Reevaluate Flows and Take Immediate Action to Prevent Fish Kills

By Hoopa Valley Tribe
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A U.S. District Court judge ruled today that federal agencies must take preventative and emergency measures to reduce the incidence of disease among juvenile salmon, the major source of mortality limiting runs of returning adults to the Klamath River and its tributaries.

This decision was welcomed by the Hoopa Valley Tribe, who initiated the lawsuit challenging the federal government’s inaction given two years of high disease rates and poor adult returns. “The Hoopa Valley Tribe depends on salmon for our livelihood and will not stand idle while our people’s culture is jeopardized” said Ryan Jackson, Chairman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. “This decision is a win for the tribe and all communities that depend on Klamath salmon” said Jackson. In his ruling, Judge Orrick directed the Bureau of Reclamation to implement flow measures that were developed by the Tribe and supported by the best available science.

These include having more frequent peak flows and higher spring flows that are the components of a more natural hydrology for the Klamath River. “These peak flows and spring flows are intended to reduce unnaturally high levels of parasites and protect juvenile fish in the mainstem Klamath River” said Mike Orcutt, Fisheries Director. “Given the poor runs in recent years, this will provide a much needed rebalancing of water towards the needs of the fish”. Last year’s fall Chinook salmon run was one of the lowest in recent history.

Salmon protections proposed by the Tribe will remain in place until the federal agencies revise their flows in accordance with new information. “The Tribe remains vigilant and will continue fighting for the fish” said Jackson.


Ryan Jackson, Chairman - 530 249-8683
Mike Orcutt, Fisheries Director – 707 499-6143
Thomas Schlosser and Thane Somerville, Attorneys for HVT – 206 386-5200
Sean Ledwin, Senior Fisheries Biologist - HVT – 585 943-3792

Standing Rock at Sundance Film Festival Special Event -- Dine' Earl Tulley Video

Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault and Actress Shailene Woodley speak at a Sundance Film Festival Special Event, Video by Earl Tulley, Dine', for Censored News 

Video by Earl Tulley, Dine'
Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

PARK CITY, Utah, -- At Sundance Film Festival, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault shares the need for storytelling at a special event at Sundance Film Festival.
Chairman Archambault discusses the fight against Dakota Access Pipeline. He describes fighting the pipeline in the courts and in the need to change policies in Washington. Further, he describes the need for an environmental impact statement.
"This pipeline is actually going to hurt us, and the company is going to see that."
Chairman Archambault praises those on the ground who have fought the pipeline. He says it is important not to forget the other struggles out there, and not to forget the power of prayer.
"We already won, because of the power of unity."
At the private gathering at the Festival, attended by Standing Rock Water Protectors, Chairman Archambault describes other problems facing Standing Rock, including meth and the need for clean air. He also speaks of the need of the fire of the sun.
"We need to keep the lessons we are learning from this movement."
He says it is time to forgive what has happened in the past and the need to focus on the future for the sake of the upcoming generation.
Introducing Actress Shailene Woodley, Chairman Archambault says the movie industry is another platform for the struggle.
Woodley tells the gathering that she learned of the movement in February 2016 from the Native American youths. She said she contacted others and received only three responses out of 200 e-mails she sent out.
However, later, when she was arrested, millions began paying attention.
Woodley said this taught her valuable lessons. First, that this society has become complacent. She also realized that people do not pay attention unless it affects an individual personally or a celebrity is arrested.
"We have to take down these walls, we have to take down these divisions."
Woodley speaks on the power of prayer, as was manifest when water protectors were shot with water cannons in freezing temperatures and shot with rubber bullets. Still, she said, they continued to stand up in prayer.
Woodley said divestment is vital. She said there will be no Keystone XL, or Dakota Access Pipeline, if there is no money invested. This includes the DAPL investors of Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America.
She describes how Standing Rock Water Protectors protested Chase Bank, one of the sponsors of Sundance Film Festival, shortly before this event.
Before the event began, Robert Redford sent a message to the special gathering for Standing Rock, which was by invitation only.
Redford said that he was snowed in at home and could not attend.

Thank you Earl Tulley, Dine', for sharing this video with Censored News.

Previous video at Censored News: Standing Rock Water Protectors protest Chase Bank, sponsor, at Sundance Film Festival. Video by Earl Tulley.

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Video by Earl Tulley, Dine', at Sundance Film Festival 2017

Listen to this dramatic video, words and songs, of Standing Rock Water Protectors at Sundance Film Festival. Youth talk about being shot with bean bags, rubber bullets, by Morton County. Water Protectors protested Chase Bank, a sponsor of the festival. A Censored News original video by Earl Tulley, Dine'. Thank you!

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Morton County Illegally Dumping Garbage in Standing Rock Camp

Morton County continues its fraud, lies and illegal actions by dumping garbage at Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock.
Caught on video: Watch below.

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