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Monday, May 22, 2017

Confidential Informants -- MuckRock exposes photo at Standing Rock

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In the latest article by MuckRock --  exposing the use of confidential informants by the FBI to manufacture crimes -- this photo is included from Standing Rock. MuckRock says it was taken by a confidential informant.
This comes after MuckRock filed freedom of information requests with police and other agencies who were part of the militarized police force at Standing Rock attacking unarmed water protectors.
The latest MuckRock FOIAs are probing the military records of Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
MuckRock also exposed North Dakota Governor's request for chemical munitions launchers, riot squads and police with active shooter experience, to send to Standing Rock.

MuckRock on confidential informants:


Owe Aku Water Protectors Fight Uranium Mining in Black Hills

Owe Aku Water Protectors Fight Uranium Mining in the Black Hills
Debra White Plume, Lakota, testifying at hearing
Powertech Concedes 'Water Is Already Bad'

French translation by Christine Prat at:

EDGEMONT --A series of public comment hearings hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 ended with the final hearing on May 11th in Edgemont.

Edgemont, located in the southern Black Hills, is no stranger to uranium mining. Uranium, used to fuel nuclear power plants, was found near Edgemont in 1952 before modern environmental regulations were enacted. Decades of open pit mining followed until the mid-1980s, when mines were abandoned because of declining uranium prices.

Domestic wells near the abandoned mines already have been found to contain levels of radium- 226 that exceed safe drinking water standards, and one of those also has dangerous levels of uranium. Other findings of the preliminary assessment include radionuclides in surface water samples from Pass Creek, Beaver Creek and the Cheyenne River.
30 years later, a new company, Powertech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong based Azarga Uranium, seeks to revive uranium mining in the same region.
Powertech has spent the last 11 years trying to get the Dewey Burdock Uranium Mine operation running and anticipates EPA approval in 2017, according to Mark Hollenbeck, Project Manager of the Dewey Burdock Uranium Mine for Powertech.
Powertech plans to use 888.8 acre-foot of groundwater per year from the Madison aquifer to replace the groundwater removed from the Inyan Kara aquifers by uranium recovery operations and ground water restoration activities.
However, mining opponents have been steadfast to stop the project in the drought-prone region, citing the dangers to the public health, land and water. Rallies have been staged in each location of the public hearings.
Tonya Stands of Oglala, is the rally organizer and member of No Uranium in Treaty Territory.
“We collaborated with the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, Sisterhood to Protect Sacred Water and others to spread the word about the EPA hearings and educate people about water protection, through providing meals and prayer walks,” stated Stands.
11-year old Isaiah Cox of Hot Springs skipped his class field trip to Evan’s Plunge to attend the hearing.
“I went to the hearing in Hot Springs and that got me interested. So, I came here today to voice my opinion. Farmers need water. Animals and plants need clean water. This mine will hurt our water,” stated Cox.
Hollenbeck, along with a few local retired uranium miners, attended the hearing and set out to dispel the public’s fears.
“We only add oxygen and carbon dioxide to extract the uranium. So, what we extract from the ground is all we put back into the ground. There is a misconception that this water is good. Its bad water to begin with. We can’t drink it today. It’s not going to be exactly the same, but will be as useful as it was,” noted Hollenbeck.
Hollenbeck is also a certified organic grass-fed cattle rancher who runs his herd near the mine site and feels confident that his livestock is safe for human consumption.
Judy Schumacher of Provo Township disagrees.
“I grew up on a ranch near Buffalo SD. Our black cows would turn white and die from drinking from puddles where the uranium test drilling had been done back in the 1950’s-60’s. I am a cancer survivor and my daughter had cancer at age 22. You cannot clean up radiation in the water. I want to hear how Powertech is going to guarantee that this is safe,” stated Schumacher.
Debra White Plume (Oglala Lakota) of Porcupine SD, addressed the EPA officials.
“You’re not the first peace commission to come out here. One came 149 years ago and negotiated the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty and the 1851 Horse Creek Treaty with our ancestors. That treaty retained a land base and water rights for the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapahoe nations. I don’t want you to allow Azarga to encroach on our ancestral territory. The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People says that governments must have free, prior and informed consent of Native Peoples before they bring development in and we were not given that,” stated White Plume.
White Plume is the lead plaintiff in the case to stop Cameco Corporation’s uranium mine expansion near Crawford NE. Radioactive waste leaked for 4 years before it was detected at that mine site, according to White Plume.
EPA officials noted that it will take several weeks to review the written and public testimonials before they reach their determination on Powertech’s permits.

Published first at Lakota Country Times.
Republished at Censored News with permission.


Mohawk Nation News 'Removing the Lizard Suit'

Removing the Lizard Suit
Mohawk Nation News
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MNN. May 21, 2017. UN Agenda 30 is a global corporate takeover of the planet, with a fascist agenda to enslave humanity, to enrich a few globalist bourgeois. The shareholders of Canada, Australia, UK, USA and other dummy corporations are trained predators. 
The USA uses great turtle island and our resources for international warfare. We can never condone their psychopathic illusion of world domination. 
Our flesh and possessions are being offered to their monster god known as “money”. Since 1492 we have been in trench warfare and hand-to-hand combat with these criminals.  
The ruling elite are bankers, writers, politicians, reporters with one foot in the bank and the other on our heads. They produce a sickening society of greed and brutality hiding behind the “American Dream”. They have no borders. They profit from robbing us, jailing us or killing us. 
The journalists job is to destroy the truth. To lie, to create false flags, , to pervert, to vilify, to justify theft of our land and the murder of our race. 
The rulers give the band and tribal councils a permit to be the grassroots hangmen. The corporate hierarchy lays no blame on their march to totally exterminate us. 
The USA is the head of the serpent. They and their unseen handlers want the world to erase our identity so they can “own” great turtle island. They call us “human animals”. 
Wars are the harvest of the US republic of war. Over 100 million of us were murdered to set up the US war machine. They will be in charge of distributing privileges. A few will be spared to work the plow, to reap and to pray. 
Private property will be terminated so they can control the resources of the world. 
Their jails are full of resisters. Corporate designed “instructions” [man-made languages] have conditioned us into slavery. Our connection to nature and our mother, who reminds of the original instructions, keeps us connected to the planet. 
Their greatest fear is the truth. To rule the world, professionals, officers, engineers, priests, teachers, agronomists, academics, artists and writers not useful to the fascist agenda are being assassinated, imprisoned, destroyed or neutralized. 
The UN is the trapdoor to an immense concentration camp. The weapons is systemic discord, confusion, frustration and fear infused into our lives. 
The ruler’s energy for passionate hatred comes from fear and rage based on moral decay.  They try to destroy everything they fear. 
Creation does not send in killers to destroy its own creation, to rape, maim, create misery or havoc on us. 
Te-wa-ta-tawi, our power to carry ourselves, comes from creation. Our communication is our song with creation. All we onkwe-hon-weh have always been of the land, without boundaries. We were always self-sufficient. The invaders stole everything from us, our land, our resources, our lives. They never brought anything here that we needed. 
Colonial settler benefit from this atrocity. Now their ravages of true natural life are going to destroy them. 
The corporation broke us down into smaller separate units to make it easier to claim our mother. They sit at a table and we sit on mother earth. Man-made laws will never supercede the will of creation. Nature, the natural life and the true natural people will persevere. 
Bear Fox pays tribute to the iron working hubby, who leaves home, travels far to support the family while the woman stays home and takes care of the kids: 
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 

Trump Sued for Revoking Protections for Wolves, Bears in Alaska

Trump Sued for Revoking Protections for Wolves, Bears in Alaska

Lawsuit Is First to Challenge Constitutionality of Congressional Review Act

By Center for Biological Diversity
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska— In the first constitutional challenge of its kind, the Center for Biological Diversity today sued the Trump administration for repealing protections for wolves, bears and other wildlife on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. President Trump signed legislation on April 3 — rushed through Congress under the Congressional Review Act — that repealed an Obama administration rule that prohibited killing wolves and their pups in their dens, gunning down bears at bait stations and shooting them from airplanes. Under the legislation signed by Trump, all of these practices can now be allowed.

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