August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dineh John Redhouse -- In Honor of Warrior Lehman Brightman


In Honor

We have lost another great warrior with the passing of Dr Lehman Brightman, Sr. Lehman or Lee, La Nada Means, and other militant activist-warriors in the San Francisco area boldly founded the United Native Americans (UNA) in the summer of 1968. As a college freshman, I will always remember his strong militant leadership and voice when we protested the anti-Indian presence of Secretary of Interior Walter Hickel (a pro-termination enemy of the People) and corrupt Vice President Spiro Agnew during the annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians in Albuquerque in October, 1969. In our direct action protest, we even took it to the streets when we blocked their motorcade procession from the airport to downtown before being surrounded and brutalized by armed security guards. Later, however, we managed to boo (or heckle) Hickel off stage at the convention. And I will never forget the powerful and eloquent speech he delivered in that packed conference room at the Motor Inn in Window Rock in August, 1970 on the need for militance, always, in the course of our activist work and the necessity of taking the strongest possible action in defense of native peoples and lands throughout the Americas. In January, 1978, I met him again at the Albuquerque Indian School auditorium when he spoke of his continuing work—as an activist and a scholar—documenting and exposing the horrific environmental and health impacts of uranium development on Navajo and Pueblo lands and the criminal motives behind the illegal mass sterilization of native women. I continued to follow and support his life’s work until 2011 when he suffered a crippling stroke and could no longer serve native people. A true warrior, he sacrificed and gave to his people. He gave and gave until he couldn’t give anymore. Like Herb Blatchford, Clyde Warrior, Mel Thom, and other great visionary leaders of the Red Power era, Dr. Lehman Brightman will always be remembered for his remarkable work and enduring legacy.

All Our Relations,
John Redhouse



Thank you John Redhouse, Dine', for sharing your memories of Dr. Lehman Brightman, who passed to the Spirit World on Sunday afternoon.

‘Haul No!’ Tour: Stop Grand Canyon Uranium Mining and Transport

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MEDIA ADVISORY
Monday, June 19, 2017

Contact: Klee Benally indigenousaction@gmail.com
Sarana Riggs stopcanyonmine@gmail.com

'Haul No!' Tour Underway to Stop Grand Canyon Uranium Mining & Transport
Upcoming Dates: Flagstaff, Cameron, & Red Butte
Grand Canyon, Arizona — As Energy Fuels Inc. (EFI) threatens to start uranium mining on sacred Indigenous Lands managed by the US Forest Service, just miles from the Grand Canyon, Haul No! is in the midst of a 300 mile awareness and action tour along the Canyon Mine haul route.
What: The Haul No! Tour includes presentations on public health, cultural and environmental impacts from uranium mining, and a direct action workshop.
Who: Haul No! is a volunteer Indigenous-led group collaborating with Indigenous communities and leaders, environmental organizations, and community-based advocates working to stop nuclear colonialism in the Southwest.

When & Where:Haul No! tour has already been through Bluff, Monument Valley, Kayenta, & Tuba City.
Monday, June 19, Flagstaff, AZ
Coconino Center for the Arts, 6pm – 8pm
2300 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Tuesday, June 20, Cameron, AZ
UPDATED: Cameron Chapter House, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
June 23-25, Red Butte, AZ
Havasupai Prayer Gathering
Due to Highway 180 road closure please use the following directions from Flagstaff (approx. 75 miles):

Directions: From Flagstaff, take I-40 West
Take exit 165 for AZ-64/I-40 toward Williams/Grand Canyon
Go through Valle (north) and continue 11 miles to Forest Road 320.
Turn right (east) and go 1.3 miles to FR 340.
Look for signs.

Why: Up to 12 trucks a day with 30 tons each of highly radioactive uranium ore are slated to be transported through mostly small reservation communities.The Havasupai Nation has legally challenged the US Forest Service due failure complete meaningful consultation with the Havasupai in their 1986 Environmental Impact Statement regarding Canyon Mine. A decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is still pending.
Although the Navajo Nation has banned transport of uranium through its lands since 2012, EFI would be permitted by the state of Arizona due to jurisdictional issues.
Possible radioactive contamination to land, water, and air from the Canyon Mine, White Mesa Mill, and transport of uranium would impact northern Arizona, southeast Utah, the Colorado River, Moenkopi Wash, the San Juan River, and the lands and cultural resources of the Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, Ute, and Paiute peoples.
Updates and more information can be found at: www.haulno.org & www.facebook.com/haulno.


Longest Walk 5 Walks in to Kentucky -- Photos by Bad Bear

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Mayor Greets Walkers
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Long walkers at Kentucky Capitol



Thank you Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone Long Walker and Photojournalist, for sharing your photos with Censored News from Longest Walks 2, 3, 4 and now 5.
The Longest Walkers are crossing the country from coast to coast to carry the message of halting alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.

Solidarity with Gaza Fishers


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Dear friends and supporters,
About one billion people worldwide rely on fish as their primary protein source. Many of these people live in poverty and many of the world's 54 million fishers are also poor. Gaza, a 27-mile coastal strip of land, depends heavily on its inshore fishery to feed its population of nearly 2 million Palestinians.
Over the past ten years, the ability of Palestinians in Gaza to make a living from fishing has been severely undermined as a result of fishing access limits imposed by the Israeli Occupation Forces along the Gaza coast.
Out of the 20 nautical-mile zone that promised under the Oslo accords, Palestinians are restricted to a fishing zone of just three to six nautical miles off the Gaza shoreline, temporarily increased to nine nautical miles for the southern part of the Gaza coast in early May. Fishers deemed by the Israeli navy to have violated the boundaries are shot at, their boats are confiscated, and they are sometimes arrested or worse. Even within the 6- to 9-mile restrictions, Israeli forces sometimes open fire at Palestinians: Earlier this month a Palestinian fisher was killed by Israeli gunfire inside the "permitted" zone.
Overfishing in the small area where Israel has allowed fishing over the years has depleted fish breeding grounds. In addition, the coastal areas are severely polluted by sewage that flows into the sea, often untreated because the waste treatment facilities in Gaza have been destroyed by Israeli attacks and remain unrepaired because of the blockade.
In partnership with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees
(UAWC), which represent fishers in Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has launched a new project called Solidarity with Gaza Fishers. The logo (above) was provided by our friends at the UAWC. The aim of Solidarity with Gaza Fishers is to link the struggle of those under blockade and constant attacks with their counterparts in countries all over the world. Sustainable fishing is a way of life endangered by mostly political factors around the globe. We believe that by drawing attention to the situation of Palestinians in Gaza we will bring to the foreground not only the need to lift the inhuman and illegal Israeli blockade, but also the importance of respect for all fishers wherever they are.
 
Fishing everywhere is a difficult, often hazardous, way to make a living: for Palestinian fishers in Gaza, fishing has become extremely dangerous.

We call on you to join us in this project by sharing information about the situation of Palestinian fishers in Gaza with other fishers, fishing organizations and civil society organizations close to you. Fishers and others can show solidarity by organizing events in your local community or fishing port, by flying Palestinian flags and banners of the project on their boats in symbolic protest, and by issuing statements of support. Some may even wish to consider donating part of the value of their catch to enable us to deliver fishing and boat-fixing material to Gaza's fishers through an NGO that is part of our coalition.
         
We invite you to share the stories on our new website, sgf.freedomflotilla, org, with your contacts near and far. Help us spread the word about both Palestinian fishers in Gaza and those who stand in solidarity with them in other parts of the world. If you know fishers or their organizations who want to share stories of their struggles, please put them in touch with us as well. Together, we can end the blockade and help Palestinians win their fundamental rights.

In solidarity,
US Women's Boat to Gaza & Solidarity with Gaza Fishers 
Follow our campaigns on Twitter  @GazaFFlotilla

This beautiful 80-page picture book of the Women's Boat to Gaza, 
created by the Malaysian Campaign of Freedom Flotilla Coalition, is now available for $25.00  including shipping.

Contact:  Kit Kittredge
 
 


Donations via the US campaign fiscal sponsor:  Nonviolence International will be used in 2017 to support Gaza fishers and, in 2018, to purchase boat(s) to sail to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. Thank you for your continuing support.
Women's Boat to Gaza, c/o Nonviolence International, 4000 Albemarle Street, NW Suite 401, Washington, DC 20016
Sent by womensailtogaza@gmail.com in collaboration with
Constant Contact