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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

OWE AKU 'Unite to Fight' School of Liberation Pine Ridge


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The Unite to Fight Training Program of Owe Aku is designed to provide learning experiences for community activists, leaders and grass roots people in order to share the teachings of folks who have done community outreach and social change work for years, some for decades, in both rural and urban settings with people of all walks of life, on a myriad of issues.
We are now a short time away from hosting such a gathering!  Once again, we will pull together volunteer presenters/instructors to lead the training for community folks aged 18 through 45 who will camp together for several days on the beautiful Pine Ridge (SD) Homelands.  Topics for this training camp include media training for the written word, social media, short film, graphics, and banner making for messaging; critical thinking skills, development and practice; consensus/decision making skills; creating your own narrative and community and/or cultural activities to share the narrative; research and design and implementation of community awareness, education, and action campaigns.  Participants will take this training home and not only implement its tenets, but also share it with their communities, neighborhoods, affinity groups, towns, cities and tribes.  ITS REACH IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ESTIMATE.
We are expecting 40 to 50 participants who will work together for several days to develop and hone such skills.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The Lakota Media Project of Owe Aku is hosting a training for actively involved young media makers from across Indian Country, and broader America to gather and learn together and produce some media!  With the popularity of social media among young people, we feel it is important to include such training, print media, radio media, and graphic arts will also be covered in this upcoming training.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!
"The Unite to Fight training is a School of Liberation in that it frees you from and replaces past notions of how Indigenous and other communities of people can create and implement the kind of peaceful and effective social change necessary for their particular and respective communities, within the construct of their ancient and traditional life ways," says Debra White Plume of Owe Aku.
To support Owe Aku's resistance work and community sovereignty, please make a tax-deductible donation on our website at  and click on the PayPal icon.  Or if you prefer you can mail a check to Owe Aku at PO Box 325, Manderson, SD 57756.  Wopila.
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Water Protector 'Tufawon' Shares Struggle with Basque in Spain

Photos courtesy Isf Euskadi 

Article by Brenda Norrell
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Water Protector from Standing Rock camp Rafael Gonzalez, Tufawon, Dakota from Minneapolis, shared the message and struggle of Water of Life, with Basque in Spain as the 11 Country Tour of Europe concludes. Gonzalez, hip hop artist, performed throughout Europe. Gonzalez was joined by Nataanii Means, Dine' Lakota; Waste Win Young, Dakota Lakota from Standing Rock; and Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot, on the Tour.
Spain and Italy were the last stops on the 11 Country Tour.
Rafael said, "Days ago, I was in Bologna, Italy with a group of activists from Làbas a political collective currently occupying the former Caserma Masini building/space. We did a critical mass bank action targeting Intensa San Paolo, one of several European banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. They are invested €349 million. We wrote a letter to the Carlo Messina and biked there to deliver it. Police in riot gear were waiting as they protected corporate interests. Although the bank did not send a representative to accept our letter, we made our message clear and I'm confident they hear our voices. We will not be silenced, and we will continue to put pressure on these banks that support the genocide, environmental genocide, environmental racism, and the desecration of our sacred land. Please join our struggle as we continue to fight the same colonial oppression we've faced for 500 years."

"We are here to stop exploitation of Mother Earth. We are no longer going to sit in silence as Indigenous People. We are here to reclaim the land."
Rafael Gonzalez
Questa mattina abbiamo fatto visita alla Carisbo assieme a Tufawon, water protector del North Dakota in lotta contro l'oleodotto DAPL. Ecco cos'è successo!
#NOG7 #DIVESTDAPL Translation: This morning we visited the Carisbo with Tufawon Water Protector, North Dakota in the fight against the pipeline ADHD.
Scroll through Censored News for coverage of the 11 Country European Tour by Standing Rock Water Protectors. They urged divestment from Dakota Access Pipeline and fossil fuels, and investing in clean energy. Water Protectors carried the message of  respect for Indigenous Rights as they spoke at the United Nations, led the Anti-Trump Parade at NATO, and urged banks in Paris and Switzerland to divest in Dakota Access Pipeline. They met with grassroots defenders of the Earth throughout Europe, who are battling coal mines, fracking, oil and gas drilling.
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Trump ropes Mexico into Human Rights Disaster Conference in Miami -- Migration from Central America

During an annual walk from Tucson to San Xavier, Tohono O'odham Nation, walkers remember those who have died on the border. Migrants from Central America, including many Indigenous Peoples, die each year on the Tohono O'odham Nation, after walking across countries in search of safety and a better life. Photos by Brenda Norrell, Censored News.
Trump ropes Mexico into Human Rights Disaster Conference on Migration of Central Americans

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On Thursday, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will bring the governments of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico together in Miami for the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America.

The Trump Administration has roped Mexico into co-hosting this discussion on how to address the root causes of Central American migration. However, their “solutions” look like more of the same policies that created these problems in the first place; they plan to lower regulations to attract predatory transnational corporations under the “free trade” framework and further militarize the region to fight the failed War on Drugs and crack down on migrants and refugees.

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