August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Still Standing -- Listen to Regina Brave

               Click arrow below to watch video by Doug McLean. Screen capture above by Censored News.

STILL STANDING -- Listen to Regina Brave, at camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota

Video by Doug McLean
Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Regina Brave, Lakota elder, describes the vast Treaty territory here and how this war now to protect Mother Earth will be won through prayer.
Speaking at the water protection camp that is still standing, Regina describes the war on the United States that resulted in the Treaty or 1868.
"We won that war. That is the first war the United States lost."
The commissioners were told to give the Indians everything they want, she said.
"We asked for a nation to nation treaty, and we got it."
The Treaty of 1868 was negotiated by her grandfather.
The people agreed that the U.S. could dig for gold in the Black Hills, but that one-half of the gold must be saved in special appropriations for the future Seven Generations.
The U.S. did not intend to honor that Treaty. 
"In 1876, they came at us at Greasy Grass."
Before they came, Sitting Bull dreamed that the soldiers were coming to annihilate them. 
Regina Brave said young warriors, like those gathered here in camp, rode in and took the weapons.
"The women rode in, with the young people, on stampeding horses to take the guns away from Custer."
Then, when people came back to the land here, there were reservations.
"We have been prisoners of war for the last 140 years," she said.
It was prophesied that the nations would come together.
On the Medicine Wheel, there are Four Colors. It represents the Four Nations. 
All Four Nations are gathered here, since Standing Rock put out the call to protect the water, to protect the land.
Morton County and the Army Corps of Engineers do not own the land.
This is Sovereign Treaty Territory.
"The people who stood up were from the Cheyenne River Indian reservation."
"We are holding the line until we can win. And we will win, with peace, in a peaceful, spiritual manner."
"We need the prayers."
"We stay with prayer."
She said at Standing Rock, they walked to the river, and they sang, and they prayed. That's how it should be.
Pray when the sun is rising, she said.
"We have to stop all the raping of Mother Earth that has been going on."
Now, people are making camps all over to protect the land from Keystone XL.
Regina Brave said she was at Wounded Knee, and Wounded Knee can not happen here.
"That is not the way to win this war. The way to win it is in prayer."
When all the people came from all the nations, that was the prophecy.
She remembered the words of Black Elk, as he sang the Sundance Song.
"I do this so my people will live."
"It is not just us people, but it is our future generations."

Video recorded Feb. 18, 2017, in the camp that is now still standing.

Breaking news: French bank dumps Dakota Access Pipeline

BNP Paribas Becomes Latest Bank to Dump Dakota Access Pipeline

The bank became the third lender to sell its shares in the controversial project as Native Americans continue their divestment push.

By TeleSur --- BNP Paribas announced Wednesday that it had sold its US$120 million share in the joint US$2.5-billion Dakota Access Pipeline loan, becoming the third bank of the 17 involved to cut ties to the oil project amid a major divestment campaign by Native Americans and activists that was pushed for after the revival of the pipeline by the Trump administration.
“The decision to divest the loan was made following an extended and comprehensive review of the project including consultation with all the relevant stakeholders,” the French bank said in a statement announcing the move. “The sale of our stake signals the importance of full and detailed consultation on projects that impact large numbers of stakeholders.
Read more:

First Voices Radio: 'Nuclear Detonations Means Death for Indigenous Peoples'

This Week on First Voices Radio Hosted by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota
Listen Thursday, April 6, from 9 to 10 a.m. EDT on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City (streaming at and WBAI-FM on Tune In.)
Ian Zabarte describes how nuclear detonations
covered the food, and grass eaten by livestock,
with radiation, resulting in cancer and death for
Western Shoshone.

By Liz Hill, Red Lake Ojibwe, Producer, “First Voices Radio”
Censored News
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans at NAIS
“First Voices Radio” Founder, Executive Producer and Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse talks with two guests in this week’s edition of “First Voices Radio.” Ian Zabarte is Principal Man of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation. He is Secretary of the Native Community Action Council, an Indigenous organization investigating the adverse health consequences known to the Shoshone people from United States and United Kingdom testing of weapons of mass destruction within the treaty-defined Shoshone Nation. Tiokasin and Ian discuss the Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues,” which is taking place at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas on April 22-23, 2017. More information about the Forum and Ian’s work can be found at at and
Tiokasin’s second guest is Wakan Hopi Zephier. Wakan, an Indigenous Music Award winner, is the daughter of Paula Horne Mullen and Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Oceti Sakowin. Wakan continues in her parents’ footsteps organizing her father’s vision of World Peace and Prayer Day in Hawai’i, which will take place at the Summer Solstice on June 21 on Hawai’i Island (also known as the Big Island). World Peace And Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day is an international and intergenerational celebration for people of all faiths, nations, races, ages and genders who share concern for the welfare of humanity and the Earth to share in One Prayer. More information can be found at and at
An archived downloadable version of the show will be available in the WBAI archive immediately following the broadcast after 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

More information about “First Voices Radio”: Join the “First Voices Radio” Facebook group page at

(Photos courtesy “First Voices Radio”)

Long Walk 5 Fort Morgan, Colorado to Pine Ridge

.Thank you Western Shoshone photojournalist Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson for sharing your photos of Long Walk 5 with Censored News. The walkers are in Fort Morgan, Colorado, today, headed for Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

SWITZERLAND: Speaking Truth to Power: Women from the Frontlines of Standing Rock urge Credit Suisse Bank to Divest

Press conference outside of Credit Suisse bank before the meeting with the bank. Photo WECAN International.

Speaking Truth to Power: Women from the Frontlines of Standing Rock urge Credit Suisse Bank to Divest

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Swiss news coverage: In Zurich, Native women's divestment delegation tells Credit Suisse to divest in Dakota Access pipeline.

The Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation: Experiences from Standing Rock continued speaking truth to power on Tuesday, urging divestment in Energy Transfer Partners, Dakota Access Pipeline and fossil fuels.

Osprey Orielle Lake, delegation organizer, said, "Our financial institutions must fundamentally change and become accountable to people and planet."

"The Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation: Experiences from Standing Rock continued from Norway to Switzerland for more high level bank meetings. These incredible Indigenous Women leaders are speaking truth to power and calling for justice and healing. Their strength and brilliance is a beacon of light and everyone who has heard them speak will not be the same again," said Lake of WECAN International.
The Indigenous Women’s Divestment 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, 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 founding member of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock) - with the support of Delegate organizer Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN) and Tanyette Colon (documentary filmmaker).

Read more:
Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway at Censored News

Women's Delegation to Norway in Photos

Indigenous Women's Delegation speaks out about DNB divestment:

Read more about the Native American women on the delegation:

More photos from the delegation in Norway

Censored News copyright

All content at Censored News is copyrighted by the creator of the work, and may not be used for any reason without written permission. This includes news, books, films, dissertations, grants, reports, pamphlets, and any other purpose.