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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, March 30, 2018

Free Suntree – Secwepemc Land Defender




Free Suntree – Secwepemc Land Defender

Contact: Kanahus Manuel
Burnaby, BC, March 29th, 2018


On Thursday March 29th at 3pm Secwepemc land defender Suntree Johnson Larue was ambushed by undercover cops while he walked up to Camp Cloud near the gates of the Kinder Morgan tank farm in Burnaby BC. The RCMP targeted Suntree with a co-ordinated and forceful attack, in stark contrast to the way RCMP handled the public arrests of settlers last week.

Suntree is one of hundreds of Indigenous people across Turtle Island who have been criminalized for standing up for the land, for sovereign rights, and against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

“This province is in a very unique situation because Indigenous people here have never surrendered our lands,” said Kanahus Manuel, a member of the Secwepemc Nation and a leader of the Tiny House Warriors movement. “When we stand up for our laws and our basic rights, rights that are protected even within the constitution, we are still criminalized. We’re arrested for defending our basic need like water and our way of life.”

The RCMP continue to remove Indigenous peoples from their land in service of corporations and in the name of the national interest, and Kinder Morgan has used the colonial courts to enforce an injunction that infringes on the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous peoples. All along the Kinder Morgan pipeline route Indigenous nations do not consent to this pipeline.

Their right to free prior and informed consent, affirmed in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has been blatantly disregarded. Despite this prime minister’s promise to uphold UNDRIP, destructive projects are being pushed through in this era of so called truth and reconciliation.

“Over half the length of the Trans Mountain pipeline crosses Secwepemc territory, and Suntree has travelled to stand with the Coast Salish people to defend their collective rights,” Manuel said. “We demand Suntree’s release, so he can be with his family and his home on the land. He does not belong locked up in a Canadian jail cell.”

Zapatista Roundtable 'To Watch, Listen, Speak, No Thinking Alowed?' San Cristobal April 2018

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SupGaleano (Marcos) in Sonora. Photo by Brenda Norrell
World renown sociologists, anthropologists, authors, journalists, and resistance musicians among those confirmed for Roundtable in April 15 -- 25, 2018, in San Cristobal. -- Censored News

The Sixth Commission of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation convokes a ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (or seedbed, depending on who you ask): “To Watch, to Listen, to Speak: No Thinking Allowed?”
Italian, Portuguese translations, original in Spanish.


ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION
Sixth commission of the EZLN.
Mexico.
March, 2018.
To the persons, groups, collectives and organizations throughout the world who understood and took on as their own the initiative of the Indigenous Governing Council and its spokeswoman:
To the national and international Sixth:
To everyone who contributed their signature in support of the Indigenous Governing Council’s spokeswoman:
CONSIDERING:
First and only:
The Happy Family.
A town, or a city, or whatever it’s called. A place in the world. A wall. Hung on the rough surface of the huge wall is a flyer, a poster, or whatever you call it. In the image, a man and woman smile in front of a table brimming with a wide variety of food. To the couple’s right, a smiling girl; to their left, a boy grinning to display gleaming teeth. Above them in large and intimidating letters reads “THE HAPPY FAMILY”. The poster is old by now, time’s march forward having muted the colors that, we assume, were once bright and, yes, happy. Anonymous hands have added small paper signs to the wall: “The happy family is happy only with God’s blessing”; “No to gay parenting! Death to faggots and dykes!”; “Motherhood is what defines a happy woman”; “We unclog pipes: no-obligation estimates”; “Happy home available for rent to a happy family. Unhappy families need not apply”.


Israel turned Good Friday into Bloody Friday for Palestinians


Israel Turned Good Friday into Bloody Friday
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/shahd-abusalama/gaza-israel-turned-good-friday-bloody-friday

At least 17 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,400 injured by Israeli security forces during protests in Gaza on Friday, according to Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative to the United Nations.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/30/middleeast/gaza-protests-intl/index.html

Israel's Factory of Death, Elbit, Targeting Tohono O'odham Burial Places with Spy Towers


Elbit's Factory of Death was shut down in England by resistance on March 29. Elbit Systems is the Israeli defense contractor now building spy towers on the Arizona border. The Tohono O'odham Legislative Council has agreed to this on the Tohono O"odham Nation -- but GuVo District is fighting these towers. Elbit plans to drill into burial places.
Read more from Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, on the border.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mohawk Nation News 'Native Gathering of the Minds'

NATIVE GATHERING OF THE MINDS


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MNN. Mar. 29, 2018. On April 7 and 8 the rotiskenraketeh are coming together in tyendinaga with their friends and allies to address the most dangerous issue before us – MUNICIPALIZATION and TAXATION by CANADA AND THE PROVINCES. rotiskenraketeh are gathering to ensure a sovereign future for our children and future generations.
Read article at Mohawk Nation News:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mohawk Nation News 'Expelled from Global Day Care'

EXPELLED FROM GLOBAL DAYCARE


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MNN. 27, 2018. The political baby sitters of the world are kicking each other around right left and center. They’re not sure why they’re mad at each other. Liz May of the UK says, “It’s a secret!”. She refuses to produce any evidence about her accusation that the Russians sprayed nerve gas on a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Now some of her gang has jumped into the fray against Russia. They are ready to pull hair [if they have any] and bite the bear. This is not diplomacy. If they’re not careful they might be expelled from their jobs like this child was removed at a local daycare.
Read article at Mohawk Nation News

Friday, March 23, 2018

Occupying Kinder Morgan Office: 'No Full Informed Consent for Pipeline'




We are here occupying the office in to deliver a message: there is NOT full+informed consent for this , the nations and communities in B.C. fighting to have spoken. We want to make sure KM hears them.
Friday, March 23, 2018


For the fifth time in 5 days, land and water protectors head out to take bold action against Kinder Morgan, including two federal Members of Parliament, a former federal Liberal candidate, and an actor.
French translation by Christine Prat at:
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=4488


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Autumn Peltier, 13, Speaks out for Water at U.N., Sends Message to Trudeau on Pipelines







Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Indigenous Youth Autumn Peltier has message for Prime Minister Trudeau on pipelines
Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion
Mar 22, 2018, 09:48 ET

WINNIPEG, March 22, 2018 /CNW/ - Autumn Peltier, a 13-year old water advocate from the Wikwemikong First Nation in northern Ontario, is addressing world leaders today at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on World Water Day. Autumn is part of the official launch of the United Nations International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development project but she also has a special message for Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Prime Minister Trudeau personally told me he would protect our water just like he promised everyone that he would be a climate leader – instead, he continues to push for three oil sands pipelines: Kinder Morgan, Line 3 and Keystone XL," said Autumn Peltier. "As politicians fail us, so many people are standing up to support the right of Indigenous Peoples to say NO to these pipelines, like the 150 Nations all along the pipeline routes who have signed the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion."

Autumn Peltier has travelled the world as a celebrated ambassador for 'Nibi' (water) and was the only child from Canada to be nominated for the 2017 International Children's Peace Prize. On March 10, Autumn Peltier led a delegation of Treaty Alliance Chiefs from across Canada to BC to support, along with thousands of Coast Protectors, the "Kwekwecnewtxw - Protect the Inlet" project by Coast Salish water protectors who built a traditional Watch House in the path of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, launched on September 22, 2016, opposes the expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands, including the proposed Teck "Frontier" mine (which would be the largest ever open-pit tar sands mine), and bars the passage of proposed tar sands pipeline and rail projects, including their associated tanker traffic, which projects threaten our water and coasts and would fuel catastrophic climate change. The 150 First Nations and US Tribes who have signed the Indigenous treaty have committed to work collectively to enforce the ban, including against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion, TransCanada's Keystone XL and Enbridge's Line 3.

Full release: http://www.treatyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Treaty-Alliance-PR-March-22.pdf

SOURCE Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion


For further information: Media inquiries: info@treatyalliance.org, Manitoba AFN Regional Chief Kevin Hart, Cell: 613-290-6283

UTAH Pristine Canyonlands Leased by Trump Administration for Oil and Gas Drilling


(Photo courtesy of Josh Ewing, Friends of Cedar Mesa) This prehistoric masonry structure, located near southeast Utah's Recapture Canyon, is on on one of many parcels rich in archaeological resources that the Bureau of Land Management has leased for oil and gas development. At the BLM's March 20 auction, Ayers Energy bought 19 of 21 leases contested by historic preservationists.
Pristine canyonlands in southeast Utah leased by Trump for oil and gas drilling

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports that an "obscure company called Ayers Energy bought a bunch of controversial public-lands leases in Utah’s San Juan County — but who’s actually behind it?"
The Monticello area received some of the highest bids, with Context Energy LLC bidding $145,600 for a 1,600-acre parcel, according to the BLM. Other bidders included Ayers Energy LLC, Wasatch Energy LLC and Kirkwood Oil and Gas Inc, according to the data.
Read more:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2018/03/22/obscure-company-called-ayers-energy-bought-a-bunch-of-controversial-public-lands-leases-in-utahs-san-juan-county-but-who-are-they/

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Unsheltered Indigenous Peoples to Rally Against Racism and Racial Profiling in Flagstaff


News Advisory
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Contact: Klee Benally
Táala Hooghan Infoshop volunteer
taalahooghan@protonmail.com


Unsheltered Indigenous Peoples to Rally Against Racism & Racial Profiling in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF, AZ -- Unsheltered Indigenous community members are holding a rally to end racism and racial profiling in Flagstaff. They will share their experiences and calls to action.

In 2006 The National Coalition for the Homeless named the City of Flagstaff the 10th "meanest" city in the U.S. due to policies targeting the "homeless" or unsheltered population.
According to annual reports from the Flagstaff Police Department,the City of Flagstaff arrests an average of more than 3,000 Indigenous People every year yet only 7,000 Native people call Flagstaff their home.

What: Rally Against Racism & Racial Profiling

When: Saturday at 12 PM
Where: Heritage Square, Flagstaff, Arizona
Interviews available upon request.

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LIVE Protect Inlet of Coast Salish at Burnaby Mountain

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Now, March 21, 2018
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On Tuesday, Youths on the Frontline were Arrested (below)
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Youths Arrested: Defending Water and Land at Burnaby Mountain from Tar Sands Pipeline

On Tuesday, youths were on the frontline, and arrested defending Coast Salish land and water from Kinder Morgan's TransMountain tar sands pipeline at Burnaby Mountain. (Twitter photos)






Facebook Caught in Spy-for-Dollars Scheme

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By Brenda Norrell
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Some would call it karma. We were writing about how Facebook had provided a platform for the theft of the content and revenues of honest people, tee-shirt designers, hard working news reporters, and many others.
Then, at the same time, bam, Facebook gets caught with far more than screwing over the little people. It got caught with its major spy-for-dollars-of-your-data, with a crash costing it $50 billion in its market value since last week, and a call to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica.
Of course Facebook is still collecting your data, and not just for advertising purposes to sell you something.
The data is given to the military, law enforcement, political campaigns and global intelligence officers. No surprise here, but at least it gives us the names.
And, of course, Cambridge was just linked to the Blackwater founder. Again, no surprise here.

How trolls take over the conversation
The news reports have explained how trolls create trends on Facebook. First, they create arguments and drama, which heats up the clicks and sharing. This is another good reason to use "delete" and "block" so trolls don't take over the conversation.
Read more:
Whistleblower, 28, describes Cambridge Analytica psyops on Facebook -- The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump
Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company that collects your data -- Newsweek
http://www.newsweek.com/edward-snowden-facebook-surveillance-company-851428
Facebook tumbles again by $50 billion -- CNN
http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/20/news/companies/facebook-stock-price-mark-zuckerberg/index.html
How to protect your personal data from Facebook profiteering -- NBC News
https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/how-protect-your-personal-data-facebook-profiteering-n858371
Cambridge linked to Erik Prince, Blackwater -- CBS San Diego
http://www.cbs8.com/story/37776936/whatsapp-co-founder-says-dump-facebook

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bears Ears Prayer Run -- 'Running to Heal our Lands and for Identity'


Photo copyright Nicole Nells

Photo copyright Nicole Nells

Yavapai Apache youths exploring, always running for the water. Photo copyright Nicole Nells

Ending a beautiful day of running with this sunset. Photo copyright Nicole Nells.


Bears Ears Prayer Run -- 'Running to Heal Our Lands and for Identity'
Sacred Strides for Healing Relay Run, Photos by Nicole Nells and Jackie Frank

Photos by Nicole Nells, Dine', and Jackie Frank, Dine'

Reflections by Jackie Frank
Published with permission
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Made it home, my face is burnt, tired, muscles are sore, but I still smile. This week was full of love and uniting together for one cause and supporting one another. It was all worth it, the sacrifice and the suffering, all for healing of our lands and identity.
I miss everyone and we will see each other again when our paths cross. Until than, y'all take care and keep doing your thing. Despite all the downfalls we always rise, stronger than before we knock down barriers and fight through obstacles. We all sacrificed time away from home and loved ones to commit to the prayer and healing.
It's good to take time away from society that blocks us from seeing the true beauty of nature. We lose our connection in the "fast paced" world we live in and forget our ways at times. Visit areas near and far from your homeland and take the time to pray and meditate. Occupy these areas often to connect, these sites are very powerful and beautiful.
Thanks to all those that supported this run. Whether you jumped in and ran some miles or your words of encouragement pushed us through, reassuring us we are doing the right thing. Your support and words is what moves us to keep this going and leaves us with hope. Our youth need the guidance and encouragement.
Sisters and brothers we are strong and resilient people. Our ancestors are proof of this, we been in tough waters and it won't get easier. Keep our culture and traditional values close everyday. Always pray, and take the time to offer thanks to our mother. Much love ❤🙏✊
--Jackie Frank#BearsEarsPrayerRunAlliance #StandWithBearsEars #HonorTribes #TreatyYear #Unity #OurLands #WeAreStrongerWhenWeBandTogether
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Photo copyright Jackie Frank

Photo copyright Jackie Frank

Photo copyright Jackie Frank

Photo copyright Jackie Frank

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UTAH -- Sacred Land to be auctioned for oil and gas Tuesday


Tin Cup Mesa photo Neal Clark, SUWA

Hatch Point photo Neal Clark, SUWA

Conservation Groups Oppose Trump Administration's Oil and Gas Auction Near Utah National Monuments

Center for Biological Diversity
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SALT LAKE CITY― The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday will auction off public lands in southeastern Utah's spectacular red rock country for oil and gas development. Included in BLM's lease sale are approximately 54,000 acres of public lands near Bears Ears, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients national monuments, as well as in the culturally rich Alkali Ridge area and along the Green and San Juan rivers. 
Conservationists have protested the sale of 32 parcels as being contrary to federal laws and regulations. 
"We won't sit idly by while President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke auction off America's cultural and public lands heritage to the oil and gas industry," said Stephen Bloch, legal director with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. "This lease sale flies in the face of historic preservation and environmental laws that Congress put in place to make sure that BLM thinks before it acts; not 'lease first, and think later.'"
"BLM's short-sighted decision threatens Utah's red rock wilderness as well as significant cultural and archaeological resources," said Landon Newell, staff attorney with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. "BLM's 'lease everything, lease everywhere' approach to oil and gas development needlessly threatens iconic red rock landscapes and irreplaceable cultural history in the ill-conceived push for 'energy dominance.'"
In addition to offering leases adjacent to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and close to Bears Ears and Hovenweep National Monuments, BLM also plans to offer leases in culturally and ecologically significant public lands throughout southeastern Utah, including:
  • Several tracts in a culturally rich part of southeastern Utah known as Alkali Ridge. BLM briefly considered leasing in this area in 2015, but acknowledged that it lacked sufficient information about the cultural resources in the area and backed away from the proposal. The agency is putting these cultural sites at risk without collecting and reviewing that information;
  • Several tracts along segments of the Green River and San Juan River popular with families, recreational business, and tourists for river running, as well as home to several endangered fish species; and
  • Several tracts in proposed wilderness areas including in Goldbar Canyon and Labyrinth Canyon near Moab, Utah, and in Cross Canyon, immediately adjacent to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
"These lands and cultural artifacts belong to the American people. Instead of managing them in the public interest as the law requires, the Trump administration is using its Polluter Dominance strategy to plunder them for the benefit of big businesses and a wealthy few," said Sharon Buccino, senior director of Lands for the Nature program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Even beyond that misguided policy, this leasing can't be justified when nearly two million acres of public land in Utah sit leased but unused."
"Secretary Zinke and the BLM have acknowledged that some places should not be put at risk from oil and gas drilling, as we saw in his recent reprieves for lands around Chaco Canyon and the town of Livingston, Montana. The extraordinary cultural resources and wilderness values of these Utah lands deserve the same protection," said Nada Culver, senior director of The Wilderness Society's BLM Action Center.
"The Trump administration is heedlessly rushing to sacrifice irreplaceable wild rivers and wildlife to satisfy the fossil fuel industry's greed," said Michael Saul, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. "The native fish of Utah's San Juan and Green rivers deserve a chance at survival, but Trump's oil and gas auction puts them at deadly risk from habitat loss and fracking pollution."
"Utah's oil and gas industry has stockpiles of unused leased lands. We must not hand over our parks, monuments and archaeologically rich canyons to them too. It's time to re-balance the scales of development and conservation so future generations can breathe clean air, drink clean water and have access to nature," said Ashley Soltysiak, Utah Sierra Club chapter director.
On January 2, 2018, a coalition of conservation groups led by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) formally protested BLM's decision to auction off these federal public lands for leasing and development. BLM has yet to respond to those protests but nonetheless is moving forward with this sale. BLM has completed an environmental assessment and determination of NEPA adequacy for these parcels.  
As in most western states, there is a surplus of BLM-managed lands in Utah under lease but not in development. At the end of BLM's 2016 fiscal year, there were approximately 2.9 million acres of federal public land in Utah leased for oil and gas development (Table 2 Acreage in Effect). At the same time, oil and gas companies had less than 1.2 million acres of those leased lands in production (Table 6 Acreage of Producing Leases). With less than 40 percent of the total land under lease, there is no need to sacrifice any of these remarkable areas for oil and gas leasing and development.
Photos of areas to be auctioned off by BLM in southeastern Utah for fossil fuel development are available for media use.

Contact: 
Landon Newell, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, (801) 428-3991
Anne Hawke, Natural Resources Defense Council, (202) 513-6263
Michael Saul, Center for Biological Diversity, (303) 915-8308, msaul@biologicaldiversity.org
Nada Culver, The Wilderness Society, (303) 225-4635
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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