August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, April 20, 2017

'Never Back Down' Water Protector Grandmother Theresa Black Owl Arrested Praying


Grandmother Theresa BlackOwl is a Canupa (pipe) carrier from Sicungu Rosebud, SD. She was arrested with 26 other Water Protectors during the Eagle and Condor ceremony on Indigenous People's Day in 2016. She wants her case to go to the federal level to make it clear how unjust the policing and legal forces have been in the Standing Rock protection actions. "The government does not want the world to see how they still fear us. They hauled us all off to jail for praying, just for praying mind you. And to me that is the biggest violation the United States could ever do to a Native American and to any person who is praying."

Grandmother Theresa Black Owl -- The U.S. government is afraid of us and does not want the world to know they fear us

"The government does not want the world to see how they still fear us. Hold your ground. This fight is not over with. We did wake up the world." -- Grandmother Theresa Black Owl

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Grandmother Theresa Black Owl, appearing in court on charges after being arrested while praying, says Standing Rock water protectors have woken up the world, in a time of climate change and genetically modified foods.
Grandmother Black Owl describes how the U.S. government fears the people, just as they did when Lakota ceremonies were forbidden.
She describes how she was charged with inciting a riot and trespassing on Treaty land for praying in a teepee for the water and children in October at Standing Rock.
This is the worst violation the U.S. government could carry out, arresting a person in prayer, she said.
"This is stolen land, this is stolen land that everyone is living on."
"My prayer that day was for the water and for the children."

"It is so hard to look into the future, because of the kids."
She shares her concerns for the climate, the future for the children, and the poisoning of the people with genetically modified foods.
"We live by spiritual law."
Grandmother Black Owl shares the need for people to connect with the land.
"Whenever we feel something, that is what we go with."
Becoming one with your mind and your heart, one can reconnect with the earth.
Regardless of what they say, the U.S. government still fears us, she said.
"The government does not want the world to see how they still fear us."
"Hold your ground. This fight is not over with. We did wake up the world."
She feels water protectors who were arrested should not enter into plea agreements. The purpose in being here was to take a stand for the water. As for the fight with the government, she said, "Never back down."
Grandmother Black Owl said because of Standing Rock, wherever pipelines are coming up, you will see the people standing up.
"For that I am really grateful."
After Censored News posted this powerful interview, Grandmother Theresa Black Owl once again urged water protectors to never give up.
Grandma Black Owl writes, "This was right after I went to court on the 29 of March. But you know also when those charges were dropped, Inciting A Riot and Trespassing, then they decided to try a New Charge, Physical Obstruction of A Government Function! So I Think it all Scare Tactics. Water Protectors Never Give Up !! Resist !!!Unite!!Rise Up. !!!!!!"

Below: Video interview with Grandmother Black Owl in camp on Oct. 9, 2017

Long Walk 5 Oceti Sakowin -- Swimming the River, Praying for the Water by Bad Bear

Photos by Western Shoshone Long Walker Carl Bad Bear Sampson.
Oceti Sakowin Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We are still here. We are everywhere.

Long walker Western Shoshone Bad Bear shares the journey of Long Walkers at Oceti Sakowin today.
“As a group today, me, Scott, Jessica and Roy went in the water to pray.
Me and Roy went all the way to Rosebud side. I carried a smudge stick.
Swimming across for the water
In prayer for the water and the people that were there
Feeling of sadness and at the
Same time happy, honored, blessed to
Take the smudge stick across to the other side, still lit as Bobby Wallace sang songs smudging to the Four Directions.
Than took the smudge stick with what was left still burning to where the cable is there, then swim back across.
Love hope faith and friendship WATER IS LIFE !

                                                                  Four Bands Camp along Cannonball River


Mohawk Nation News 'Tables Turned'


Please post & distribute.
MNN. April 20, 2017. Recently found is a Heiltsuk people’s settlement on the BC coastline on Troquet Island. They sheltered this village during the last Ice Age 14,000 to 15,000 year ago. Remains of charcoal, tools, fish hooks, spears to hunt marine mammals and a hand drill for lighting fires were found. It is the oldest human settlement in the world, twice older than the invention of the wheel, three times older than the Pyramids of Giza and thousands of years before all of the ice age megafauna went extinct. 
Land claims negotiations tables are turned completely around. Our table is round. The circle is the greatest fear of the pyramid matrix that runs everything now on this planet. 
We ask the corporation that comes begging, “Did you say you want our land, resources, water, air?” All of this belongs to the unborn generations. 
The immigrant corporations of Canada, US, Mexico, Central America and South America will soon dissolve. American “exceptionalism” is the US corporation’s fraudulently proclaimed superiority to threaten everybody in the world with bombs, death and extinguishment of all life. 
“Gunboat diplomacy” started with the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 to claim all of the Western Hemisphere and to beat everyone into subservience. Economic and military power enforced the Monroe Doctrine. It is the basis of US foreign policy to this day.
This theft and destruction of the world is launched from great turtle island with weapons made from resources stolen from us. American exceptionals are now murdering people and destroying their civilizations the world over. 
The Monroe Doctrine continues to oppress through trade blocks, economic billy clubs and war. The world is uniting to stop these monsters. 
The band “Pain” have a few ideas about turning the tables: “I’m not here so you can knock me down, again. Things have changed and I don’t want you on my mind. Don’t wanna hear what you got to say. Your little world is not for me. And don’t believe everything you see. It’s not really what it appears to be. How can I get the message through to you? You try to break me down, I wanna clear my mind. I know now is my time. You’re drawn to suffering. I won’t give anything. I’ve got nothing to hide. I’ve been waiting for this moment. Your lies that I can see t right through. Things have moved around. You can’t hold me down. The tables have turned.” 
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  
SYRIA ESCALATION Escalation in Syria 


UN Permanent Forum -- Indigenous Women To Speak Out On Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, and Earth Protection

During UN Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Women Leaders
To Speak Out On Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, and Earth Protection

By WECAN International
Censored News

NEW YORK CITY, New York (April 20, 2017) - Indigenous women of the world stand on the frontlines of intensifying climate change impacts, and are simultaneously vital solution bearers and leaders of efforts to restore justice and health to diverse communities and the Earth.

In parallel to the 2017 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening in New York City in April, Indigenous women leaders from across the U.S. and around the world will gather for a public event, 'Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights and Communities', to be presented by the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on April 26, 2017 at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York, NY 10017.

Women leaders will share stories and solutions on topics including; resistance efforts from Standing Rock to the Amazon; climate change solutions;  Indigenous rights and frontline communities; and the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The diverse struggles and solutions of Indigenous women leaders will be contextualized within a frame of rapid climate change, health issues, biologic and cultural diversity loss, and destructive economic frameworks - demonstrating exactly why honoring Indigenous voices, rights and knowledge is so essential for the survival and prosperity of all life on Earth.

Speakers to date for 'Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights and Communities' include, Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca; Ponca Nation Council Woman, WECAN Advisory Council Member, USA); Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara; Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA); Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai; Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network, Kenya); Betty Lyons (Onondaga; President and Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, USA); Michelle Cook (Diné; human rights lawyer and founding member of the of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock, USA); Heather Milton Lightening (Pasqua First Nation, Cree, Anishinabe, Blackfoot and Dakota; Indigenous Tar Sands Campaigner with Polaris Institute, Canada); and Alina Saba (Limbu; Nepal Policy Center, Nepal).

Press and media are encouraged to reach out with all inquiries and interview requests in advance, during or after the event. Ample opportunities will be available during the event for interviews, audio and video recording, and dynamic photos of women leaders. Event details and registration page available

Media Contact:
Emily Arasim
Communications Coordinator, Women's Earth & Climate Action Network
+1 (505) 920-0153

About The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International

The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based 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.

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.