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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, August 7, 2017

NEBRASKA: 'They're back' Ready to stop Keystone XL

Photo by Mike Hudema

Photos: Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier speaks to crowd at Nebraska Capitol. 'Yes to Solar' was the message, as crowd rallied in solidarity to halt Keystone XL pipeline, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.

In the news: 'We're ready to stop it again' KXL pipeline opponents flood Nebraska Capitol:

Vancouver, WA -- Bakken oil trains blocked with sunflowers

Bakken oil trains blocked by earth defenders with sunflowers today, in Vancouver, Washington, then a second time near Olympia. 

August 7, 2017
On Site Media Contact: Jessie Braverman, (617) 833-9766
Media Contact: Sophie Scholl, (360) 601-7187

Community Members Blockade Oil Train in the Face of Police Presence in Downtown Vancouver, WA with Pop-up Sunflower Garden
Vancouver, WA — Community members blocked an oil train in downtown Vancouver, WA in a creative direct action calling for an end to oil trains, oil terminals, and all fossil fuels. Community activists erected a pop-up garden of sunflowers on train tracks in Vancouver, WA today, even in the face of police presence, to block an oil train. The blockaders locked themselves to large sunflower pots adapted to serve as blockade devices. Three people arrested. Community members are taking non-violent direct action to demand Governor Inslee reject the Vancouver Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal and all other proposed fossil fuel infrastructure in the State of Washington.

Where: 101 W 11th St, Vancouver WA 98660

The train, BNSF unit 5956, is carrying Bakken Crude Oil, a highly volatile oil notorious for derailments and explosions such as the recent derailment and fire in Mosier, OR on June 3rd, 2016. The Mosier oil train derailment ignited a wave of massive public opposition to oil train traffic, including from government officials and train operators. “Our community and our planet are under attack, yet the political response has been amoral and inadequate. We were here on the tracks a year after the Mosier oil train derailment and nothing has changed,” said Jessie Braverman. “The trains are still coming and new fossil fuel projects are still being proposed; we’re in the midst of a worldwide climate emergency and we’re fighting back.”

The derailment and explosion in Mosier is just one manifestation of our society’s dependence on fossil fuels. This incident is not an anomaly, as fossil fuel extraction, production, and transportation continually present a threat to human life and natural ecosystems; we have been subsidizing them not only with money but with lives. In these early days of the sixth great extinction and a devastating climate crisis, community members are reclaiming their power to confront this rogue industry. “It’s now or never. We’re up against the wire and nobody — no politician, no agency, no industry — is stepping up to resolve the climate crisis,” said Mike, a resident of Portland, OR, who is locked to a flower pot on the rail tracks. “It’s time for the people to step up to resolve this crisis before we run out of time.”
Community members are calling on Governnor Jay Inslee to reject the proposed Tesoro Savage Vancouver Oil Terminal, which would be the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America. The terminal would ship out 360,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil and bring up to four additional oil trains into the Columbia Gorge each day. 

Governor Jay Inslee, a self-proclaimed advocate for climate action, has overseen a state government that has failed to craft an emissions reductions strategy, despite being repeatedly ordered to do so by the courts. The Governor is flagrantly endangering the people of Washington state. Washington continues to move towards a dizzying array of new fossil fuel developments. “If I can stop an oil train, Governor Jay Inslee can stop an oil terminal,” said Chris, one of two individuals locked down to flower pots on the rail tracks.
For on site interviews, contact Jessie Braverman, 617-833-9766. 
More information via the Shut Down Fossil Fuels- 

Robert Free's appeal for granddaughter to become lawyer

Hi friends,
Our friend Robert Free is making a plea for financial help for his granddaughter Neemah Cobell to become a lawyer. Many of you will remember Robert from Wounded Knee in 1973, or Alcatraz, where his Tipi stood during the movement. Many of you met Robert in Venezuela, when he spearheaded the supply of heating oil from Venezuela to Native Americans. Others of you might remember Robert from Standing Rock, or welcoming you to his home in Seattle with a pot of hot soup.
Photo: Family preparing supplies for Standing Rock. Courtesy family photo.

Robert shared how his family raised funds and traveled to Standing Rock, and were followed by police on dark freezing night. This is why Neemah chose to study law in college.
"My daughters Petaki and Meesa Cobell and granddaughters Neemah and Molyka raised $1,800.00 and a car load of winter coats, socks, etc. and headed out to Standing Rock, real proud. They are carrying on the struggle. Was visiting my other grandchild, Thone Yellowbird 6th grade, and he mentioned that he had suggested to his teacher a fundraiser for Standing Rock by baking cookies. They raised $400. — with Petaki Cobell, Molyka Cobell and Neemah Cobell."
“When they headed to deliver the supplies and funds raised for Standing Rock water protectors camp, cops followed them for 40 miles before they reached  water protectors camp.  They were terrified,  as it was 1 a.m. and 30 degrees and snowing.
“They were traveling with a Dene woman veteran, and detained for an around an hour in total black snowy night.
“My granddaughter and my her mom, my daughter Petaki Cobell, got to Standing Rock and went directly to the  California kitchen, to help feed and cook as their contribution while there. That night people started pouring in with frostbite and burning eyes from the tear gases and water cannons from the attacks of hundreds of cops, and sheriffs of North Dakota.
“So these incidents are what prompted my granddaughter to chose law in her college," Robert said of the efforts to protect the water of the Missouri River from Dakota Access Pipeline.
“Well we all struggle, just trying to reduce it for her so she can concentrate. Any help gratefully appreciated.”
Robert said, "I tried to help my granddaughter, and this effort can use some help. She has worked non-stop since she could work. I would greatly appreciate it, to see if the communities respond to help move youth onto the brain trusts of skills that we need in the efforts to carry on the battles before us."
"I never got to make much $$$ to help out my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We struggled and got isolated from jobs and resources by those who felt threatened for us taking stands of principles for human rights for indigenous sovereignty. Now my granddaughter Neemah Cobell worked hard to get this much merit based support. But is short of some to make it all year.
"Please support her effort to become a lawyer, a Legal Eagle for sovereignty fights! Like Bernie Sanders says small amount REALLY help! if you have resources to commit to sponsor her, we are most grateful. Please at least share this link to emails and FaceBook. I will be most thankful and obliged. Just passing the hat around, for one more of our people to get an education!!" Best to you all, Robert Free
Neemah Cobell

My name is Neemah Cobell and I am an 18-year-old first-generation college student with goals and aspirations.
I am a proud member of the Blackfeet tribe who lives in Seattle, Washington. My experiences on my reservation, supporting and going to noDAPL, being a We R Native Ambassador, and marching with my Indigenous sisters at the start of the Womxn's march have influenced my desire to attend college. I plan to double major in Psychology and Political Science then move on to Law School. I want to learn how to navigate the justice system in order to help advocate for the rights of all, especially those who are marginalized both on my reservation and beyond. My goal is to be an elected member of congress and my ultimate dream is to be a Supreme Court justice. In August 2017, I will be attending Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
I'm confident that I will be successful in college because my education is important to me. I never let my learning differences get the best of me, I always ask lots of questions in school and study hard. In high school, I was on honor roll all four years and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.6 while working all four years as a Science Interpreter at the Pacific Science Center. I use my determination to thrive in school. I know my education is not just for me; it is for my past family, my present family, and my future family. I work hard to maintain my grades because of my dream to use my passion and knowledge to become a lawyer and help those who are not being heard. I know not to say "This is how I want to help you", but instead ask "How can I help you?"
My mom is a single parent who works hard to support me. We have both been hustling and saving up for years to help me pay for college tuition. The total cost of tuition is $68,500 without the cost of travel and books. I have received a merit based scholarship and financial aid.

In addition to our family contribution, the remaining student contribution that I am responsible for is $4,200. This amount includes the cost of books. My goal is to raise this amount by August 10th. To help cover this cost I will also be working and saving this summer, and I am waiting to hear back from the last two outside scholarships I applied for.
If you believe in my goals and want to help me achieve them, please donate to help me pay for my college tuition and achieve the first step in my journey of changing this country. Even a small donation of $10, $25, or $50 will help me get closer to my goal. If you cannot donate, please share my page with others in your community. Any and all donations, no matter the size, are helpful. Thank you so much for believing in me and helping to make my dreams a reality.
Those who donate will get to follow my journey through updates that will show you how your help has allowed me to fulfill my dream! Thank you so much for the support!


Mohawk Nation News 'Karma's a Bummer!'


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MNN. Aug. 7, 2017. Palm trees cannot be transplanted to the Arctic. Celebrated author, Joseph Boyden, is on a search for his native roots, which is somewhere in Europe. 
Our mother created us as part of the natural world on great turtle island. A bear knows it’s a bear. it doesn’t take classes or read up on itself to learn who they are. If an onkwe-hon-weh, a true natural person of turtle island, grew up in Finland, who are they? Their color and brain remain onkwe-hon-weh. If a plant or tree from the Precambrian Shield is moved to Saudi Arabia, it does not become an indigenous vegetation of Saudi Arabia.  
Europeans hydraponicked themselves onto our land. They tried to plant themselves and their vegetation here. They’re fading away like the sun setting at night.  
The white race has the lowest birth rate in the world. The men have become 60% sterile worldwide. Scientists say their race could die out in three generations, with the help of drug and alcohol abuse.  
They don’t belong here. Invitro fertilization is becoming more necessary for them to continue to exist. They have the highest rate of the deadly Alzheimer disease of any race in the world. They continue to defy the true natural world order of our mother earth. Like their government repopulation will be done artificially.  
Their dream of becoming the true natural inhabitants of great turtle island is impossible. They are temporary occupiers who mistreat our mother and all life here.  
Their search for identity is putting us at risk. Their handlers declare these pseudo INDIANS as our thinkers, spokespersons and beacons of our people. Why doesn’t the Globe & Mail talk to the real onkwe-hon-weh. Print facts, not fiction.
Their identity complex is trying to mess us up. How often do we hear that they are “even more INDIAN than the INDIANS”.
Our mother won’t allow them to transfer their loss of identity onto us.
Hey, intruders, you could go to the Middle East and try to become arabs, if they’ll let you. Writers like Joe could write about an imaginary ancestor like Saladin, the sultan of Egypt and Syria.  
In 1955 the Platters sang about pretenders: “Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender. Pretending that I’m doing well. My need is such I pretend too much. I’m lonely but no one can tell. Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender, Adrift in a world of my own . . .

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