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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, March 25, 2017

O'odham in Mexico Protest Trump's Border Wall

Photo copyright Lynn Saul, The Gate, March 25, 2017
View Ofelia Rivas' photos from today's border wall protest at Censored News

The Tohono O'odham government in Sells, Arizona, tribal police, U.S. Border Patrol and other federal agents, halted most supporters and reporters on their way to the Border Wall Protest. These police and agents threatened to arrest and impound their vehicles, if supporters and reporters continued to The Gate. However, in the end, the Traditional O'odham Authority in Mexico carried out their protest of Trump's Border Wall. Thank you to Lynn Saul for allowing Censored News to use her photo from the protest today.

Sat., March 25, 10 a.m.
All supporters and reporters heading down to the Border Wall Protest have been stopped by police and federal agents. White police working for the Tohono O'odham government, and federal agents, have stopped all reporters and supporters.
Supporters and reporters are now stranded at the Bashas parking lot, Shell Gas Station, and Visitor Center, waiting for O'odham to escort them down, so they will not be charged with trespass. Please see the written threat being issued by police and federal agents on tribal land, which has the Tohono O'odham Police Department logo on it.
The protest of Trump's border wall is hosted by the Traditional Authority of O'odham in Mexico. The border dissects O'odham land.

8:30 a.m. update -- The O'odham in Mexico, Traditional Authority, are beginning their rally against Trump's border wall in Sonora, Mexico.
Meanwhile, on the U.S. side, there is breaking news, as supporters head down to the border protest. The US Border Patrol is stopping supporters on the Tohono O'odham Nation, and issuing this warning right now.
There are ACLU legal observers involved, and we will keep you updated on the legal issues as we receive those. We are in touch with the O'odham in Mexico will keep you updated.
O'odham are watching to see what official position the elected Tohono O'odham government in Sells, Arizona, will take, as the U.S. Border Patrol issues these warnings to those arriving on the US side, south of Sells, Arizona, known as San Miguel Gate.
The threat letter below being issued by the US Border Patrol agents has the logo of the Tohono O'odham Police Department at the top.
It is clear that the US Border Patrol wants to stop the protest. The intimidation tactics, threats and abuse of the US Border Patrol continues on Tohono O'odham Nation land. -- Brenda, Censored News.
Update at 9 a.m.
Supporters have been stopped in the tribal capitol of Sells, Arizona, by a white officer with the Tohono O'odham Police Department, and federal agents. They were told they would be arrested for trespass if they proceeded on tribal land without an O'odham tribal member with them.
Update 9:30 a.m.
Arizona Daily Star reporters from Tucson have been halted and are leaving. They asked people to contact the newspaper with your story: Lauren Renteria, Jordan Glenn, Nicholas Smallwood.
The following written warning is being issued by U.S. Border Patrol agents to supporters arriving, on Tohono O'odham Nation land, right now.
There are supporters waiting at Bashas, and at the Shell Gas Station, in Sells, for O'odham to escort them down to border wall protest, so they will not be charged with trespass. They have all been stopped by white police working for the tribal government and federal agents.

Audio recording of supporters being halted on Tohono O'odham land, on their way to the protest.

Published on Mar 26, 2017
Tribal leaders from the O'Odham Nation in Mexico invited people from both sides of the United States-Mexico border to arrive at the San Miguel Gate to protest Trump's plan for a wall. Numerous activists arriving from the United States side were pulled over by police and federal agents and ordered to leave or risk arrest for trespassing.
O'odham protest Border Wall at the Wo'osan Gate (San Miguel Gate)

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News and Narco News
O’odham in Mexico rally today, March 25, at the border to protest President Trump’s plan to build a border wall that would separate their families and communities, interfere with ceremonies and threaten the lives of O’odham who depend on medical services.
The Traditional O’odham in Sonora, Mexico, welcome the public and media to join them for prayer, traditional songs and speakers, beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
"Everyone is invited to support the O'odham community in bringing awareness to the negative effects that the US President Donald Trump's physical barrier would have on the livelihood of O'odham living on both sides of the border,” the Consejo Supremo O’odham in Mexico said.
The international border dissects the traditional homelands of O’odham, who live on both sides of the US Mexico border.
President Trump’s proposed border wall would deter O’odham traditional ceremonies, separate families and threaten the lives of those who depend on emergency medical services.
Further, the border wall in Arizona would halt the natural flow of migration of wildlife, including jaguars and pronghorns.

Wo'osan Gate, known as The Gate, is located south of Sells, Arizona. It is a US Mexico border crossing for O'odham with tribal membership identification.

Protesta pacifica en la frontera
Protestamos en contra del muro
El sabado 25, de marzo del 2017
Lugar: garita wo'osan (también conocido como garita de san Miguel)
Evento todo el día inicia a las 7:00 am
Todo el publico es bienvenido todo medio informativo es bienvenido
Invitación abierta a personas que hagan canto tradicional danzantes bandas musicales y todas las personas que desean hablar tendremos comida y todas sus donaciones son bienvenidas
El 24 de marzo del 2017
Habrá lugar para acampar en la iglesia santa carmela en la comunidad wo'osan en sonora México traigan sus tiendas de acampar ramadas sombrillas y sillas para su comodidad.
No sera tolerado el uso de alcohol ni de ninguna otra substancia toxica pandillerismo y ningún tipo de armas contaremos con el apoyo de autoridades estatales y federales.
Anfitrión el Consejo Supremo de la tribu Tohono O'odham en Mexico.

NORWAY -- Women of Standing Rock to Speak Out During Divestment Delegation

Indigenous Women of Standing Rock and Allies to Speak Out During Divestment Delegation to Norway

March 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          
March 24, 2017

Media Contact:
General requests - Emily Arasim, +1(505) 920-0153,
Urgent requests in Norway - Osprey Orielle Lake, +1(415) 722-2104,

Indigenous Women of Standing Rock and Allies to Speak Out
During Divestment Delegation to Norway, March 25th-April 2nd

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, California (March 24th, 2017)A delegation of Indigenous women from Standing Rock and their allies who observed and/or experienced human rights and Indigenous rights violations in North Dakota, U.S. will travel to Norway to share on-the-ground experiences from Standing Rock and other traditional territories, as Indigenous women who are living in communities directly impacted by fossil fuel development and infrastructure.

Despite the termination of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) by the U.S. Trump administration, Indigenous women remain undeterred in their quest for justice and healing regarding the violations of Indigenous rights and human rights related to the on-going construction of DAPL and other fossil fuel projects.

From March 25th to April 2nd, 2017 theIndigenous Women’s Divestment Delegation to Norway: Experiences from Standing Rock’ will engage with financial institutions and public officials, civil society groups and public forums, and press and media to share their experiences, concerns and calls for international solidarity and justice.

All of the Delegates have been engaged on the frontline of the Standing Rock resistance effort and other work to oppose extractive developments in their homelands and to protect the natural systems of life and Indigenous rights.

Delegates include Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle (Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota living and working on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation); Wasté Win Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Tara Houska (Anishinaabe, tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders); Autumn Chacon (Diné/Navajo writer and performance artist); and Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo, human rights lawyer and a founding member of the of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock) - with the support of Delegation organizer Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN) and documentary filmmaker, Tanyette Colon. [Full spokes-women biographies here]

Details surrounding public and press events will be released soon. Members of the press are encouraged to reach out with questions and media requests for spokeswomen.

"In the 21st century, an investment in dated, entrenched, dirty fossil fuels is an investment against our children and our future. Indigenous peoples bear the brunt of the many harms associated with extractive industry, our communities are impacted first and worst. We must break the cycle of oil dependency and justly transition to a green economy." explains Tara Houska, Anishinaabe, tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders

“The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently permitted the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois, where it would hook up to other pipelines and refineries. The inevitable pipeline break on the river will result in catastrophic contamination of the water supply for 17 million people downstream, including our people. This sends a direct message that our people are expendable. Although there has been a brief respite in activity it has not stopped or deterred our people from maintaining a physical and spiritual presence on our ancestral lands. This movement has and always will be guided by prayer and love. Wóčhekiye. Wótheȟila. Wówauŋšila. Prayer. Love. Compassion. Mitakuye Oyasin. All My Relations.” explains Wasté Win Yellowlodge Young, Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa, member the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

"Making indigenous human rights abuses visible is critical in ending human rights abuses against Indigenous peoples. Indigenous women deserve spaces where they can share their personal testimonies regarding the impacts of extractive industries on their lands, lives, bodies, and human rights. This delegation provides the rare opportunity, for Indigenous women to meet face to face with the international banks who fund the DAPL and oil and gas extraction in their traditional territories." explains Michelle Cook, Diné (Navajo) human rights lawyer and founding member of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock

"The connections between who we are as Lakota Oyate - our health, our lands and water, our spirituality, our self-empowerment and self-esteem - are deeply rooted; the actions we take to protect our land and water, our future, and our children's water can only help us all. We all have the power - wowasake - within us to make a difference in this world." explains Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle, Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota living and working on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

"In North Dakota when we attempt to sit down and have meetings with the bank, or the executives of the project affecting us, the doors will be locked before we even get to the building. The police will be called, we are threatened with arrest. What options are we then left with?" explains Autumn Chacon, artist, activist and Water Protector

“Indigenous women are the foundation, backbone and future of their tribal nations and now more than ever, it is essential to listen to the struggles and solutions of frontline women. We stand in solidarity with the Indigenous women delegates from the Standing Rock resistance effort as they raise their voices in Norway throughout this week. Concerned members of the international community whose governments and corporations are complicit in the violation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, human rights, and Earth rights must be made aware of the devastations being carried out in their names across the world. Together, with voices of Indigenous women at the forefront, we can restore the health of our communities, transition to clean energy, and build the just world we seek.” explains Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)

"While in Standing Rock bearing witness a few months ago and documenting Indigenous women, one interview that pierced my soul was that of a 13 year old from the Standing Rock Sioux.  I asked her," What would you tell Norway if you had the opportunity to speak to them?" She said, "Please know that my people have suffered and if you still continue to invest here I would say, "Have you no heart?" explains Tanyette Colon Activist and Documentarian


About The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted organization established to engage women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in climate change, climate justice, and sustainability solutions. WECAN International was founded in 2013 as a project of the 501(c)3 Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) organization.

Film Trailer 'AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock' Tribeca Film Festival

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VANCOUVER 'Stoking the Sacred Fire' Live Friday Night

Live from Vancouver BC Friday night.
Voices from the Sacred Fire: Indigenous Land Defenders Speak
With Freda Huson (Unist’ot’en) -- Ladonna Brave Bull Allard (Standing Rock Sioux) -- Richard Wright (Madii Lii) --Brandon Gabriel (Kwantlen) -- Kachina Bige (Lutsel'ke Dené) -- Sakej Ward (Mi’kmaw) -- Kanahus Pelkey (Secwepemc)

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