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Monday, October 16, 2017

Secwepemc Warrior Kanahus Manuel in Paris 'Divest in Kinder Morgan pipeline'

By Brenda Norrell
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PARIS -- Secwepemc Warrior Kanahus Manuel, following the path of her father Art Manuel, writes from Paris today, "In Paris to address the banks and insurance companies to pull their insurance and investment from the Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline and from Kinder Morgan Canada, the corporation. We are citing the risks and uncertainty around Unceded Indigenous Territories in BC, the environmental risks, economic risks, legal risks and political risks. I am travelling with the Secwepemc Risk Assessment put together by Indigenous Network of Economies and Trade citing all of these risks. We will never surrender or cede or lands, there is NO CONSENT from Indigenous Nations to build this pipeline."

                                    Kanahus writes, "Standing Strong with Kali'na Nation in Paris"

Meeting with National Assembly in Paris
Kanahus Manuel says of meeting with the National Assembly in Paris: "Kukstsemc to the Indigenous Solidarity allies in Paris for organizing the meeting with the National Assembly in Paris. Secwepemc, Ktunaxa, Tslielwatuth, Tulalip, Anishnabe, Mandan Hidatsa Arikira and Kali'na represent."

Kanahus is also featured today in the global newspaper based in the UK, The Guardian. in the article, "Indigenous Rights, Serious Obstacle to Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Report Says"
... The report also notes that the likelihood of increasing Indigenous protest has not been accounted for by the company. Inspired by her time at the Standing Rock encampment, this fall Manuel and others finished constructing the first of several tiny houses – to be outfitted with solar-panels – that they will place in the path of the pipeline as an act of defiance. “We will defend with all of our capacities our unceded lands and waters from this climate chaos-fuelling pipeline,” Manuel said from Europe.
“The government has to follow the minimum standards laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – that includes free, prior and informed consent, which they have not gotten from us for the project. Instead Kinder Morgan is hiding the risks and the costs their backers will face when this pipeline doesn’t get built.” 
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GERMANY PHOTOS Indigenous Women, Water Protectors from Standing Rock, Inspire

GERMANY PHOTOS Indigenous Women, Water Protectors from Standing Rock, Inspire 

WECAN International's Indigenous Women's Delegation, Water Protectors from the camps at Standing Rock, inspired others in Germany, as they spoke out for divestment from Energy Transfer Partners, Dakota Access Pipeline, and fossil fuels. The delegation urged banks and financial institutions in Norway, Switzerland and Germany to divest for the good of future generations and the future of Mother Earth.
Photos in Germany by Aktionsgruppe Indianer and Tany Batallas.

Der Widerstand gegen die Dakota Access Pipeline
WECAN-Delegation in München
By Aktionsgruppe Indianer
German and English
Der entschlossene Widerstand gegen die Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, USA, prägte 2016 die Schlagzeilen der nationalen und internationalen Presse. Trotz der Genehmigung des Projekts im Februar 2017 ist der Kampf nicht vorbei. Denn mit der Line 3 Pipeline, der Keystone XL Pipeline oder der Trans Mountain Pipeline geht die Zerstörung des Landes und die Missachtung indigener Rechte weiter. Dabei gilt es insbesondere sich an die Geldgeber des Projekts zu wenden, d.h. Banken, Versicherungen und Investoren, um sie zum Ausstieg aus solchen Projekten zu bewegen.
Vom 10.-13.10.2017 war daher eine Delegation indigener Frauen nach Stationen in Oslo und Zürich in München zu Gast der Aktionsgruppe Indianer & Menschenrechte, um auch hier um Unterstützung zu werben.
Organisiert von Osprey Orielle Lake, Gründerin von WECAN gehörten zur Delegation LaDonna BraveBull Allard (Initiatorin des Widerstandcamps in Sacred Stone), Tara Houska (Anwältin für Indianerangelegenheiten und Campaignerin bei Honor the Earth), Michelle Cook (Mitglied des Anwaltskollektivs der Water Protectors in Standing Rock) und Jackie Fielder (Koordinatorin des Lakota People’s Law Projects).
Es war eine ereignisreiche Woche mit zahlreichen Terminen, u.a. mit der BayernLB, der Deutschen Bank, der Allianz, diversen Interviews (u.a. Radio Lora) und einer öffentlichen Veranstaltung.
We thank all the wonderful women for coming to Munich and for sharing her experiences with us.

The resistance to the Dakota access pipeline
Wecan delegation in Munich

The decisive opposition to the Dakota access pipeline in North Dakota, USA, coined the headlines of the national and international press in 2016. Despite the approval of the project in February 2017, the fight is not over. Because with the line 3 Pipeline, the Keystone XL pipeline or the Trans Mountain pipeline, the destruction of the country and the disregard of indigenous rights continues. In particular, it is important to address the funding of the project, i.e. banks, insurance companies and investors in order to get them out of such projects.
From 10 to 13.10.2017, a delegation of indigenous women to Oslo, Zurich and Munich was a guest of the Indian & human rights action group, in order to promote support here.
Organized by Osprey Auriel Lake, the founder of WECAN, the delegation was comprised of Ladonna Brave Bull Allard (Initiator of resistance camps in Sacred Stone), Tara Houska (Attorney for Indian and campaigner at Honor the Earth), Michelle Cook (member of the lawyer collective of water protectors in Standing Rock) and Jackie Fielder (Coordinator of the Lakota People's Law Projects).
It was a eventful week with numerous dates, including BayernLB, the Deutsche Bank, the alliance, various interviews (including radio Lora) and a public event.

We thank all the wonderful women for coming to Munich and for sharing her experiences with us.

New Mexicans want science, not fake news in classrooms

New Mexicans speak out against proposed
politicized science standards

By Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter
Censored News

Hundreds of New Mexicans spoke Monday in opposition to the New Mexico Public Education Department's politicized edits to the Next Generation Science Standards, removing references to climate change and the age of the Earth for its proposed public-school science curriculum.

Listen Native American Music Award's Winning Songs 2017

Nahko and Medicine for the People
Medicine Tribe! We did it Our album 'HOKA' won record of the year at Native American Music Awards - NAMA LIVE  This is a huge recognition by our indigenous relatives and it also serves as an opportunity to build bridges. The truth is we need each other right now and the music can be that glue. From Mauna Kea to Standing Rock and all across Indian country I want to say Thank you. We are blessed. We are grateful. We are strong as a mountain. 

Listen to Nahko and Medicine for the People on Soundcloud

Well folks I just got word that we have won the Native American Music Award for "Group of the Year." A long list of people to thank but special thanks to all the friends and fans that support us on the daily and that voted for us. Shoutout to Old Town School in Chicago for capturing such a great live recording. Special thanks to the Native American Music Awards and Association for this amazing honor. Love and gratitude to our Manager Joann Moore and our agent Greg Bura  To all the musicians, artists, producers, promoters, venue owners, and sponsors who have been a part of the Cody Blackbird Band we extend our sincere gratitude, Special thanks to Xavier Torres who is a former band member and recorded on this album.
Listen to Cody Blackbird on Soundcloud 

Levi Platero wins Best Rock / Best Blues at the 2017 Native American Music Awards. "Thank you for everyone who supported and voted for us, we really do have the best fans in the world," Levi said.
Listen to Levi Platero on Soundcloud
Lil Mike and Funny Bone, "Shout Out to everyone that caught us at the 2017! Native American Music Awards."

17th Annual
Native American Music Awards

Artist of the Year
Josh Halverson
“Year of the Thunderbird”

New Artist or Debut Artist of the Year
Lucas Ciliberti

Debut Duo/Group of the Year
Black Bear Brothers
“Songs from Cheyenne Creek”

Best Female Artist
Kelly Derrickson
“I Am”

Flutist of the Year  
Randy McGinnis
“The Journey  - hi a vi si i”

Duo/Group of the Year
The Cody Blackbird Band
“Live From Chicago”

Best Male Artist
Conrad Benally
“Always And Forever”

Record of the Year
Nahko and Medicine For The People

Song of the Year
“Shooting Blanks”
Mickie James

Best Music Video -Best Concept
DJ Shub  and Northern Cree Singers

Best Music Video -Best Performance
Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band  

Best Music Video- Best Narrative
“Never Give Up”
Artson, Supaman & Quese Imc

Native Heart (Non Native)
Bearheart Kokopelli
Bernhard Mikuskovics
“Native Heart”

Best Country Recording
“You’ve Got to Go Back the Way That You Came”
Danielle Egnew

Best Folk Recording
“Year of the Thunderbird”
Josh Halverson
Best Gospel/Inspirational
“Awake, Arise and Shine”
Callie Bennett

Best Instrumental Recording
“Songs of the Earth”
Vince Redhouse

Best Native American Church Recording
Cheevers Toppah

Best Pop Recording
Cherokee National Youth Choir

Best Pow Wow Recording
“It’s A Cree Thing”
Northern Cree

Best Rap/Hip Hop/R&B Recording
“The 7th Generation Prophecy”
Sten Joddi

Best Rock / Best Blues Recording
“Take Me Back”
Levi Platero

Best Traditional Recording
“Before America”
James Edmund Greeley  

Best Waila Recording
“Creed and Culture”
Native Creed

Honorary Award of Excellence
Arthur Redcloud

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gary Farmer

Hall of Fame
Mickie James

VIDEO Best Music Video -Best Concept
DJ Shub  &  Northern Cree Singers

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