Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 10, 2018

Madonna Thunder Hawk Live from Palestine, as Indigenous Rise Above Censorship and Oppression

Madonna Thunder Hawk Live from Palestine, as Indigenous Rise Above Censorship and Oppression
Article by Brenda Norrell
Photo Madonna Thunder Hawk by Dawn DeCora
Censored News
Madonna Thunder Hawk, Lakota, is live in Palestine, speaking out on Indigenous rights. Madonna’s words and support come just after Israel blacklisted 20 activists groups and banned them from entering Israel.
Madonna, who was at the occupations of Alcatraz and Wounded Knee, describes the most recent resistance at Standing Rock, to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the history of genocide and global oppression for Indigenous Peoples.
“We don’t need to be told constantly who we are. We know who we are,”
Meanwhile, in Chiapas, Zapatista women are organizing the Women in Struggle gathering for March of 2018. Zapatista women will create art and poetry. They say men won’t get past the kitchen, where they will cook and do cleaning.
In other censored news, water protectors in North Dakota, were convicted of felonies in an action to bring attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women, and the crime-infested man camps of the fossil fuel industry on Native American lands.
“When they’re raping our mother earth, they are also raping our women,” water protectors said.
Water Protector Legal Collective said, “The second group of trials from the Standing Rock action in commemoration of missing and murdered indigenous women concluded today. These were among the first of over 20 Water Protectors going to trial during the coming weeks from the November 15, 2016 action at a so-called ‘man camp’ – temporary housing for oilfield workers that become havens for gendered violence and human trafficking of indigenous women and girls.”
In Utah, Sundance Film Festival is featuring a new film on the resistance at Standing Rock to Dakota Access Pipeline. "Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock," will be featured at Sundance in January.
As water protectors from Standing Rock camps continue to fight for justice in the courts, the violent attack on Onondaga by New York State Police is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Intercept has exposed that an FBI infiltrator, Heath Harmon of Fort Berthold, North Dakota, owned the revolver that Red Fawn Fallis is charged with firing at Standing Rock during the resistance in 2016. Harmon posed as Red Fawn’s lover and continued to deceive Red Fawn while she was jailed, sending his notes to prosecutors. Red Fawn is scheduled for trial in Fargo, North Dakota, in January of 2018.
Standing Rock water protectors were also deceived and betrayed by a self-appointed mediator at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Norway in December, when a Morton County Commissioner was brought to the forum by the mediator. Water protectors said the mediator acted without any authority, both at the Nobel Forum, and in camp in 2016.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse responded to the mediator's unauthorized actions which endangered those present in Norway:
Morton County used the Nobel Peace Prize Forum to meet with the mining industry in Norway and attempted to discredit the media coverage of the resistance at Standing Rock, according to its press statement.
Morton County was responsible for bringing in the violent militarized police to Standing Rock in 2016, and the assaults with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons on unarmed water protectors. Further, Native American women and elderly were among those arrested and jailed in dog kennels with numbers written on their arms as was done by the Nazis.
With the collapse of the last remnants of the failing mainstream media, independent media is  needed more than ever. Please support grassroots efforts on the frontline, and in the homelands.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News

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