Tuesday, November 13, 2018

O'odham Holiday Toy Drive 2018 by O'odham Voice against the Wall and O'odham Women's Collective

Photo by R. Salcido, copyright.
 Meeting at Wo'osan O'odham traditional route of O'odham leaders and community members. Another successful food delivery to O'odham on the south side of the border.

Toy Drive for O'odham communities in southern O'odham lands in Mexico

By Ophelia Rivas
Censored News
Toys for 200 children ages, up to ten years old are needed. Also needed are money donations to purchase candy for 100 bags for older children and food for one Christmas meal.
O'odham VOICE against the WALL and O'odham Women Collective.
Contact: Ophelia at P.O. Box 1835 Sells, Arizona 85634.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

International Uranium Film Festival Returns to Southwest, Films Reveal Horrid Truth

Diné Media Contact:   International Uranium Film    
Anna Marie Rondon, Executive Director Festival Media Contact:
New Mexico Social Justice and Equity Institute Norbert G. Suchanek, General Director 
505-906-2671 (c)   info@uraniumfilmfestival.org  
Albuquerque, Grants and Santa Fe Media Contact: 
Susan Gordon
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment

International Uranium Film Festival Returns to the Southwest
Films Reveal the Horrid Truth

"It is through the courage of independent film makers that the horrid truth of the Nuclear Beast is exposed and denounced", states Anna Rondon, uranium legacy activist, member of the Diné Nation, Executive Director of the New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute and one of the co-producers of the International Uranium Film Festival.

The International Uranium Film Festival returns to the Diné Nation, with additional screenings throughout New Mexico and Arizona, from Thursday, November 29th through Wednesday, December 12th  An Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 1st in Window Rock.  All showings are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the costs of production.
In a time of escalating nuclear threats, the Festival provides a visual resource to explore the consequences of nuclear power and nuclear weapons that have left deep scars on the peoples and lands of the Southwest. The Nuclear Fuel Chain - from uranium mining and milling to nuclear testing and waste disposal - will be addressed in the wide range of films representing more than 10 countries. 

"Los Alamos, the birthplace of the Atomic Bomb maintains its culture of secrecy, a practice which began with the inception of the Manhattan project. The films we bring to the public help to break the bubble of secrecy which the US government and multi-billon dollar corporations continue to operate under, hiding the truth about harm the nuclear industry causes to our land, water, people, communities and all living beings", states Rondon.

Several international filmmakers will attend the Festival and take part in Round Table Discussions and panels with local community members.

The schedule and locations for the U.S. Southwest tour of the 2018 International Uranium Film Festival is as follows: 
November 29th and 30th and December 1st, Navajo Nation Museum, Hwy 264, Post Office Loop, Window Rock, Navajo Nation, AZ
December 2nd, Native American Cultural Center, Northern AZ University, Flagstaff, AZ
December 6th, Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave, Albuquerque, NM
December 7th, NM State University Campus, Martinez Hall, 1500 Third Street, Grants, NM
December 9th, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, NM
December 12th, YWCA Tucson (Frances McClelland Community Center), 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 

For a complete list of films selected and additional activities scheduled, visit: www.uraniumfilmfestival.org

About the International Uranium Film Festival:
Since its inception in 2011 the International Uranium Film Festival has traveled around the world showing documentaries and movies about the risks of nuclear power and uranium. In November 2013 the world's most unique film festival was hosted for the first time by the Navajo Nation/Diné Nation. 


Susan Gordon
Multicultural Alliance
for a Safe Environment


Keep Uranium In The Ground!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Court Invalidates Trump Administration's Keystone XL, Blocks Construction

November 8, 2018

Margie Kelly, Natural Resources Defense Council, (541) 222-9699, mkelly@nrdc.org
Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska, (323) 972-5192, mark@boldalliance.org
Gabby Brown, Sierra Club, (914) 261-4626, gabby.brown@sierraclub.org
Jared Margolis, Center for Biological Diversity, (802) 310-4054, jmargolis@biologicaldiversity.org
Patrick Davis, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0744, pdavis@foe.org
Dustin Ogdin, Northern Plains Resource Council, (406) 228-1154, dustin@northernplains.org
Dena Hoff, Northern Plains Resource Council, (406) 939-1839
In Blow to Pipeline Project, Court Invalidates Trump Administration's Keystone XL Environmental Review, Blocks Construction
GREAT FALLS, Mont.— A federal judge ruled today that the Trump administration violated bedrock U.S. environmental laws when approving a federal permit for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The judge blocked any construction on the pipeline and ordered the government to revise its environmental review.
The decision is a significant setback for a pipeline that investors are already seriously questioning. TransCanada has not yet announced a Final Investment Decision on whether to move forward and build Keystone XL should it receive all the necessary permits.
U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris found that the Trump administration's reliance on a stale environmental review from 2014 violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. This ruling follows the court's previous decision on August 15 to require additional analysis of the new route through Nebraska.
The court required the U.S. Department of State to revise the proposed project's environmental impact statement to evaluate the extraordinary changes in oil markets that have occurred since the previous review was completed in 2014; to consider the combined climate impacts of approving both the Keystone XL and other tar sands pipelines; to study the many cultural resources along the pipeline's route; and to examine the harmful risks of oil spills on nearby water and wildlife.
The State Department must also provide a reasoned explanation for its decision to reverse course and approve the permit, after the Obama administration denied it just three years ago on the same set of facts.
Based on these violations, the court ordered the State Department to revise its environmental analysis, and prohibited any work along the proposed route — which would cross Nebraska, South Dakota, and Montana — until that analysis is complete. Keystone XL would have carried up to 35 million gallons a day of Canadian tar sands — one of the world's dirtiest energy sources — across critical water sources and wildlife habitat to Gulf Coast refineries.
Plaintiffs Northern Plains Resource Council, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club filed the lawsuit in March 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.
"Today's ruling is a victory for the rule of law, and it's a victory for common sense stewardship of the land and water upon which we all depend. Despite the best efforts of wealthy, multinational corporations and the powerful politicians who cynically do their bidding, we see that everyday people can still band together and successfully defend their rights. All Americans should be proud that our system of checks and balances can still function even in the face of enormous strains," said Dena Hoff, Montana farmer and member-leader of the Northern Plains Resource Council.
"Farmers and our Tribal Nation allies in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana celebrate today's victory foiling the Trump administration's scheme to rubber-stamp the approval of Keystone XL. This now ten-year battle is still far from over. We'll continue to stand together against this tar sands export pipeline that threatens property rights, water and climate at every opportunity, at every public hearing. People on the route deserve due process and the Ponca Trail of Tears must be protected," said Mark Hefflinger, communications director for Bold Alliance.
"Today's ruling makes it clear once and for all that it's time for TransCanada to give up on their Keystone XL pipe dream," said Sierra Club Senior Attorney Doug Hayes. "The Trump administration tried to force this dirty pipeline project on the American people, but they can't ignore the threats it would pose to our clean water, our climate, and our communities."
"This is a complete repudiation of the Trump administration's attempts to evade environmental laws and prioritize oil company profits over clean water and wildlife," said Jared Margolis, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. "Keystone XL would devastate species and put communities at risk of contamination. There's simply no excuse for approving this terrible project. We need to move away from fossil fuel dependence, not support more devastation."
"Keystone XL would be a disaster for the climate and for the people and wildlife of this country," said Jackie Prange, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "As the court has made clear yet again, the Trump administration's flawed and dangerous proposal should be shelved forever."
"Today's ruling is a decisive moment in our fight against the corporate polluters who have rushed to destroy our planet," said Marcie Keever, legal director at Friends of the Earth. "Rejecting the destructive Keystone XL pipeline is a victory for the grassroots activists who have worked against the Keystone XL pipeline for the past decade. Environmental laws exist to protect people and our lands and waters. Today, the courts showed the Trump administration and their corporate polluter friends that they cannot bully rural landowners, farmers, environmentalists and Native communities."

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Young Kanak Movement in Paris -- Struggle for Independence in New Caledonia


By Christine Prat
Censored News

Today, November 4th 2018, the colonialists won the referendum by which, inhabitants of Kanaky – so-called New Caledonia – had to decide for or against Independence. Supporters of colonialism won with much fewer votes than expected. However, settlers of European origin being now in greater numbers than Indigenous people, they could still win.
A few decades ago, tensions raised, as France was encouraging massive European immigration. Violent incidents took place in the 1980s. Two agreements were signed, in Paris in 1988, and in Nouméa in 1998. This agreement decided that several referendums would be held, in which only people already living in Kanaky in 1998 and their descent could take part. However, the immigration policy had started earlier, so that settlers arrived before 1998 are more numerous than Indigenous people.
Kanaky – 'Nouvelle Calédonie' – is on top of the United Nations list of countries to be decolonized. However, it is one of the biggest nickel producers on earth. Indigenous people and environmentalists say that digging mines for nickel is destroying the country, which is home to rare species, to exceptional fauna and flora. Those who oppose independence claim that, if France pulled out, the country would necessarily fall under Chinese influence. But this would mean that the world and Kanaky would remain submitted to capitalism, that will go on exploiting nickel until the land is totally destroyed.
On October 13th 2018, a delegation of young Kanaks, led by Yvannick Waikata, spoke person for the Young Kanaks Movement in France, was invited to the Annual Day of Solidarity organized by CSIA-nitassinan, the French Committee for Solidarity with Indians of the Americas. This year, Native Americans from the USA, Chili, Argentina and "French" Guyana were speakers at the event.
The Young Kanaks offered a traditional dance to welcome the Indigenous guests from the Americas.
Yvannick first explained the meaning of the dance. He said the purpose was to bow before the guests and audience, as, in their country, doors are low so that they must bow to enter someone's house. Bowing also means that they apologize as they are going to make noise. Originally, the purpose of the dance is to initiate young men to the art of war. It is also meant to show 'their face'. Thus, the purpose of this dance was to show 'their face', their identity, for which they have been struggling since 1853. Yvannick said "since that old cloth is flown above our stone (Kanaky), the flag of that colonial empire".
Yvannick spoke for the Young Kanaks in France. He spoke about the referendum that was to take place on November 4th, explaining: "Why a self-determination referendum? Because we are in a situation of colonizer to colonized. Those who will take part in this referendum are the colonized, us, the Kanaks. 'Kanak' is a Hawaiian word meaning 'human being'."
Then he went on summing up their history: the colonial conquest began in Tasmania, and in Hawaii. The French colonial empire started in "New Caledonia", an island thus named by James Cook in 1774. The French conquered it in 1853. The goal was, ultimately, the end of the Kanak People.
This is because of the denial of the Kanak People that they danced that day. "… when we dance somewhere, it is to show our identity, and that we are still alive". Since 1774 and 1853, and later the policy of European immigration, the French have been trying to drown the Indigenous claim. So, they dance, to say they are still there, they still exist.
Yvannick reminded the audience that the murdered leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou, had organized the Festival 'Melanesia 2000'. For that festival, the Indigenous people decided that they would no longer limit their sacred dances and cultural practices to ceremonies, but that they would show them publicly to affirm their existence. They wanted to break completely with what had been shown in France before, during 'colonial exhibitions'. He stressed that it was important for them to dance in Paris before the referendum, to show their faces, their culture, their identity and their history. "Our history does not start with French colonization". So, since 'Melanesia 2000', their struggle was "to place the Kanak claim for identity, the cultural field, into the political field".
After that summary of the history from the 1980s to today, Yvannick said "We, the young people, are the generation born from those peace agreements. There have been two agreements, that of Matignon in 1988 et that of Nouméa in 1998. We are the generation that lived through that peace. For the November 4 referendum, the Young Kanaks Movement creates spaces to speak, to awake the awareness among our people. Of course, we did not live the civil war situation in 'Nouvelle Calédonie', those 'events', as historians put it, but it was a war, it actually was an independence war".
The Young Kanaks Movement works to awake awareness about the Kanak People history, in particular that of the heroes of the struggle, as the French National Education does not do anything, does not even mention the Kanak People.
What the Young Kanaks Movement wants is an identity revival. Yvannick says "for us, it is important that you can identify us and see who we are. Not reduce us to what colonial exhibitions produced in the collective imagination of the French People. So, it is important to dance and show our culture. To come nearer, to learn to know each other. We do not blame the French People at all, we blame the colonial administration." He added "you are also human beings, like us, so we can reach you". The colonial exhibitions created an imaginary Other, supposed to be a savage. "At the last colonial exhibition, there was Christian Karembeu's – star of the French National Football Team – grandfather. His grandfather was a school master in "Nouvelle Calédonie", but he came here to impersonate a savage!"
"When we come to dance here, it is to decolonize ourselves. The message we bring is to learn to know each other, through the Kanak People's struggle. I want to thank you for being here and I hope we shall remain connected. We still need you, we still need solidarity. Thank you."

Copyright Christine Prat

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mohawk Nation News 'Who's the Migrant?'

Mohawks ready to greet asylum seekers at border, and walk with them across borders. Mohawks live in New York State and Canada. Read more at Mohawk Nation News.

WECAN Native Women Relentless -- Taking on Banks and Financial Institutions


2018 Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation members outside of the White House in Washington D.C. - Photo via Teena Pugliese
Dear Friends and Allies,
A fourth Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation has recently returned from New York City and Washington D.C. - where women leaders took action and engaged in high-level meetings with major credit rating agency, Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), and bank association, the Equator Principle Association - whose policies and decisions significantly impact the forecasts for investments in fossil fuel projects around the world.

Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegates brought with them knowledge, data and analysis, and personal testimony as women leaders active in struggles including opposition of the Dakota Access, Bayou Bridge, Keystone XL, and Line 3 Pipelines - and spoke directly with MSCI and Equator Principle Association representatives regarding fossil fuel developments; Indigenous and human rights violations; dangers to increasing climate chaos; and demands for institutional action to change the harmful financing practices supporting extractive industries.
Michelle Cook (Diné, Human rights lawyer, and Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign) speaks out during a meeting in NYC - Photo via Teena Pugliese
As has been highlighted by various reports, and by the growing, global fossil fuel divestment movement - immediately stopping all new fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure is one of the most important actions we can take to halt accelerating climate catastrophe and help bring an end to exploitation and rights violations against Indigenous peoples, frontline communities, and the Earth's water and global climate.

The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network is honored to have facilitated this fourth delegation in partnership with Indigenous women leaders and their directives, as part of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign

October 2018 Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation members included - Wasté Win Yellowlodge Young (Ihunktowanna/
Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Jessica Parfait (United Houma Nation, Graduate student at Louisiana State University exploring impacts of oil and gas on Houma tribal communities); Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe, Tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders); Michelle Cook (Diné, Human rights lawyer, and Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign); and Leoyla Cowboy (Diné, member of The Red Nation, and community organizer for the Water Protector Legal Collective) - joined by Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign).
The Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation on 55 Wall Street, the original New York Stock Exchange, making the historical connections between patriarchy, colonization and capitalism - Photo via Teena Pugliese
In New York City, delegation members met with the MSCI credit rating agency representatives to share testimony and demands for urgently 
needed changes to their policies and procedures, which currently enable dangerous extraction and rights violations. Ongoing exchanges and 
advocacy are now underway with MSCI. 

Alongside Rainforest Action Network and other allies, the Delegation also took action outside of a central Chase bank in Manhattan to demand that Chase completely remove themselves from the tar sands sector. A core focus of the action was bringing attention to Chase's immoral plans to continue financial credit lines to Line 3 pipeline, which has not received consent from the Indigenous Peoples whose territories and rights are being effected, and which is furthering fossil fuel development despite clear scientific warnings that extraction must stop if the global community is to respect the Paris Climate Agreement and stay below a 1.5 degree rise in global temperature.

Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation members prepare for action outside 
Chase bank in New York City - Photo via Erik McGregor
In Washington D.C., the Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation 
participated in a meeting with Equator Principles Association representatives, again delivering vital data and stories from their communities. 

The Equator Principles Association includes 94 of the largest international banks, who have voluntarily signed-on to due diligence standards that should guide member banks away from supporting projects which endanger the Earth, human and Indigenous rights, and communities. 

After human rights violations at Standing Rock, the EP Association promised to review and update the Equator Principles, however in the meantime, EP banks have continued to support dangerous extractive projects including Energy Transfer Partner's Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Enbridge's Line 3, and TransCanada's Keystone XL.

During the EP bank meeting, Indigenous women leaders spoke out with great strength to demand that, as the Association carries out the promised revision of their governing principles, there is meaningful and thorough action taken to ensure that member banks exercise due diligence in investments regarding Indigenous and human rights and climate impacts.

Through the Delegation and the Divest, Invest, Protect program, we are specifically calling for EP banks to outline a detailed timeline for a managed decline of investments in fossil fuels; full respect for Indigenous rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent; and vigorous investments in regenerative, renewable energy.

A public action was also organized outside of the EP banks annual member meeting, during which Indigenous women delegates and allied organizational leaders sent a message to those inside, and engaged the public and the media about the need for full divestment from fossil fuels and respect for Indigenous rights.

Allied organizations participating in and co-organizing the EP bank meeting and direct action included Honor the Earth, Rainforest Action Network, Banktrack, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and others, as part of a collective effort to influence and challenge the EP revision process. 

In the official document of outcomes from the EP banks annual meeting, several of the issues highlighted by the Delegation were 
mentioned, and it is clear there will be a great deal of work ahead.
Indigenous Women's Divestment delegation members with Sophia Wilansky (center) in NYC - Photo via Teena Pugliese
  • Watch and share our video, 'Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation Confronts Credit Suisse at Shareholder Meeting' - from the previous delegation (via Youtube or Facebook videos). An October 2018 delegation video will be released soon!
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network is committed to ongoing action in partnership with Indigenous women leaders to further this vital divestment work, and the efforts of the Divest, Invest, Protect initiative as a whole. Thank you for your continued interest and support!
For the Earth and All Generations, 

The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network 
(WECAN International) Team



Please post & distribute. 
MNN. Nov. 3, 2018. te-ka-ri-wa-iena-wakon. Calling all onkwehonweh, brothers, sisters, friends, allies, our families, young people and elders.  
Come and learn. Let’s talk about the kaianerekowa, great peace and the tekeni teohateh [two row]. Let us open our minds so that together we can have mutual understanding. Let’s talk about unity and human rights. 

StrongHearts Native Helpline Receives Its 1,000th Call from Those Affected by Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Across Indian Country and Alaska

StrongHearts Native Helpline Receives Its 1,000th Call from Those Affected by Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Across Indian Country and Alaska 
Media Contact: Mallory Black (512) 766-7947; media@strongheartshelpline.org

Calls received at helpline paint a picture of Native victims’ experience and critical need for culturally-based supportive services for American Indians and Alaska Natives 

AUSTIN, Texas (October 5, 2018) – In time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) announced 1,000 callers have now reached out to the helpline for safe, confidential support and resources for domestic violence and dating violence, shining a light on the deep-rooted issues of violence plaguing Tribal communities across the United States. 

Since March 2017, the StrongHearts Native Helpline has offered a culturally-appropriate space for victims, survivors, their families and friends, service providers and abusive partners to reach out for help. As a partnered effort, StrongHearts combines the technology and infrastructure of the National Domestic Violence Hotline with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s policy and programmatic expertise and community connections. 

“This is a key milestone in our work to support those facing intimate partner violence, though we recognize these calls are only beginning to scratch the surface of violence in Tribal communities,” said StrongHearts Assistant Director Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). “Every call speaks to the bravery of our people in breaking the silence of violence in our homes, families and communities. For those reaching out to StrongHearts, we hear you, and we are here for you, no matter what.”

Steeped in Native cultures and traditions, advocates navigate each caller’s abuse situation with safety, compassion and respect. Created by and for Native American communities, StrongHearts is uniquely designed to serve a population facing some of the highest rates of domestic violence in the United States. Tribes, even as sovereign nations, face significant jurisdictional hurdles when addressing domestic violence in their communities. Gaps in culturally-based supportive services create unique barriers for Native victims seeking help.

According to StrongHearts’ data from its first 19 months of operations, the severity of victims’ experiences is telling: more than 7 out of 10 victim-survivor callers reported experiencing more than one type of abuse (71%), including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, digital abuse, cultural abuse, and other complex situations. Nearly half of callers experiencing violence reported a child being involved in their situation (46%). The top service referral requested by victim-survivors were shelters and legal advocacy. 

“Because more than four in five Native Americans experience violence in their lifetimethere is a clear need for a national, confidential and tailored resource like StrongHearts to support Native victims,” said Jump. “However, we cannot do this work without the help of our relatives; every call to the helpline speaks to the need for more resources for tribally-run services for victims in Indian Country and Alaska Native communities.”

In 2016, the National Institute of Justice released a study indicating more than one in three American Indian and Alaska Native women and men had experienced violence within the past year. Of those who had experienced violence, a third of Native women and one in six Native men were unable to access the supportive services they needed. 

“Our advocates take calls from victims, survivors, family members and friends, service providers, youth and elders—anyone who is impacted by violence and needs help,” said Jump. “Domestic violence affects everyone in our communities and each generation. We encourage anyone who needs to talk to reach out to us. Every story matters.”
About StrongHearts Native Helpline

Created by and built to serve tribal communities across the United States, the StrongHearts Native Helpline, a project of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, is a culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential and no-cost service dedicated to serving Native American survivors of domestic violence and dating violence, along with their concerned family members and friends. By dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST, callers can connect at no cost, one-on-one with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who can provide lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable survivors to find safety and live lives free of abuse. After hours callers may connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call back the next business day. Learn more about StrongHearts at www.strongheartshelpline.org.   

This project described was made possible by Grant Number 90EV0426 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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