Wednesday, March 21, 2018

LIVE Protect Inlet of Coast Salish at Burnaby Mountain

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Now, March 21, 2018

On Tuesday, Youths on the Frontline were Arrested (below)

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
Censored News

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 Analytics.
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:
Snowden: Facebook is a surveillance company that collects your data -- Newsweek
Facebook tumbles again by $50 billion -- CNN
How to protect your personal data from Facebook profiteering -- NBC News
Cambridge linked to Erik Prince, Blackwater -- CBS San Diego

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
Photo copyright Jackie Frank

Photo copyright Jackie Frank

Photo copyright Jackie Frank

Photo copyright Jackie Frank


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.

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,
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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Grandfather Tree Sitter on Burnaby Mountain -- Stop Kinder Morgan Clear Cutting

Grandfather Scales Tree, Erects Mid-Air Camp To Stop Kinder Morgan Clear-Cutting

Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) – Early this morning Terry Christenson, a 70-year old Grandfather of two, and former Juno nominee, scaled a tree on the inside of Kinder Morgan’s fence (Westridge terminal side) and erected a mid-air camp suspended from its trunk. Terry constructed the high-flying structure to stop Kinder Morgan’s proposed tree clearing which is being done to enable the company’s drilling through Burnaby Mountain.
This pipeline does not have consent of the Indigenous Nations it would pass through. It would endanger the livelihoods and economies of all those that depend on an oil free coast and I for one won’t stand by and let it happen,” said Terry Christenson. “I’m taking this action to protect my grandchildren’s future. I care about this land, this coast and I won’t let it be destroyed all so a Texas oil company can increase its profit share.”
The National Energy Board approved Kinder Morgan to clear trees from the area and green lighted the company to begin drilling through Burnaby Mountain, flash point of protests against the project. The NEB has said Kinder Morgan needs to clear the area before March 26th to avoid interfering with birds migrating north for the summer. If clearing is not done by that date it would be a major set back for the company and plans could not proceed until after the migrating birds had left.
“We are all in this fight together. We have better options to produce energy and move people around then building another dirty pipeline that the world’s scientific community has said we need to move away from,” asserted Christenson. “It’s time that the Prime Minister got that message and I’ll be doing my best to hang out here until he does.”
This action is the latest in a series of action against Kinder Morgan’s construction plans. It is also just a week after a massive mobilization against the project that brought thousands to the streets of Burnaby.

Lockdown at Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Monday March 19, 2018

The Mosquito Fleet:Stopping Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Twitter photo
Second Round of Arrests Just Now!

Google and Facebook reap news revenues, while reporters become destitute

Google and Facebook reap news revenues while real reporters struggle to survive

By Brenda Norrell

The Wall Street Journal is hardly the voice of the people, but it makes an important point here -- Google and Facebook are receiving most of the revenues from news these days, and reporters are receiving almost nothing.
The article does not mention the fact that reporters in Indian country are usually paying out of their own pockets to go out on news stories, and the thieves on Facebook and websites shared by Google, are making about three-fourths of the money.
Most of the news websites on Facebook are not alternative news sites at all, they are stolen news. These are operated by plagiarizers who copy and paste, or rewrite, the hard work of the real reporters struggling to survive.
For real reporters, there is the cost of travel -- cars and lodging -- along with computer, photography, cell and video equipment. All this makes it nearly impossible for most freelancers to keep going.
And in Indian country, the few remaining reporters who are present are usually freelancers, which means no expense reimbursements, no insurance, and of course, no bail money during protests.
There must be a way to turn this around, and return salaries and expenses to honest, hard working reporters.
It probably would help if readers would not share stolen rewrites and stolen photos by those who are illegally profiteering. They are seizing this content without permission, and placing it on a webpage to illegally make money off of it.
These are often obvious because the webpages are loaded with advertising, so just scroll down to the bottom and look. On Facebook, the pages say "shop now" at the top.
Many fake site use the word 'Native' or 'Indigenous,' or use progressive words like 'Free Thought,' 'Freedom,' or 'Progress.'
Clickbait and Adwords are hard to determine. These are about getting traffic to websites of stolen work. They want 'clicks' on their links, and 'likes' on Facebook.
Here's what readers can do: Before posting or sharing, message the reporters and photographers and ask them if this is their original work and if they were actually present.
Readers can carry out a web search by copying and pasting the first portion of the news story into a search, in order to see if a reputable news organization, or reporter, actually wrote the article.
Meanwhile, those brilliant new reporters and publishers can work on a means of creating the new journalism for future generations -- where news professionals can make a living and prosper for their hard work. And remember, many risk their lives to do this work.
Thanks to all of you, Brenda, Censored News.

Wall Street Journal Article

Brenda Norrell created Censored News in 2006, after being censored and terminated as a longtime staff reporter at Indian Country Today. She began her lifelong career as a reporter at the Navajo Times, during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. As a freelancer, she worked for The Associated Press for five years, covering the Navajo Nation and federal courts, and USA Today for seven years. Since moving to the borderlands, she has traveled with the Zapatistas in Mexico numerous times, and reported from the mountains of Bolivia, and Indian lands throughout the West.

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Vandals Destroy Crosses and Eagle Feathers at Apaches Oak Flat Resistance


Holy Ground Desecrated at Site of Apache Resistance to Mine
Vandals destroy crosses, eagle feathers at Oak Flat Campground

By Wendsler Nosie

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On March 17th, a representative of the Apache Stronghold arrived to Oak Flat, Arizona and found that the four crosses of an Apache holy ground had been intentionally destroyed. Two of the crosses were missing, ripped from the ground and two of the crosses have been left standing, but destroyed with what appears to be an axe. Evidence of large tires driving through the space covered the dirt surrounding and through the site of prayer. Ceremonial eagle feathers were left laying on the ground.

The Apache Stronghold is demanding an immediate response from Forest Service and law enforcement officials, and is asking local leaders to condemn this hate crime to help ensure that it does not happen again. Law enforcement has been called on to investigate the action and pursue those responsible as a potential targeted crime towards the Apache people and their spiritual practice.

On February 8, 2014, hundreds of people gathered at the Oak Flat Campground to hold a gathering in protest of a proposed copper mine that would decimate the area an hour east of Phoenix.. Chi'Chil'Ba'Goteel, also known as Oak Flat, has been a sacred site for Apache people for time immemorial. The proposed copper mine is a direct assault on the spiritual practice of the Apache. At the 2014 gathering a group formed, calling themselves the Apache Stronghold. They remained in prayerful resistance to the mine for over a year and have held regular ceremonies on the site for the past four years. Central to these ceremonies is the holy ground where four crosses with eagle feathers attached have been staked up and used as a site of prayer.

“This site is like a church. If this attack had happened at a church, it would be considered a crime.” said Wendsler Nosie, a leader from the Apache Stronghold. “A lot of people have come here to be healed from sickness and for their loved ones, asking for blessings. Throughout the year, this has been a site for families to gather and teach their children about the land. There are federal laws that are supposed to protect a place like this. We have never seen this kind of violence against us here. There needs to be accountability for this crime.”

Under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, the United States federal government is beholden to protecting Native American’s right to religious freedom, “including but not limited to access to sites, use and possession of sacred objects, and the freedom to worship through ceremonials and traditional rites.” The four desecrated crosses and feathers fall under AIRFA and are in the jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service. Oak Flat is currently held as part of the Tonto National Forest.

Background about Oak Flat:

Oak Flat is an area about an hour east of Phoenix that is a sacred site known to Apaches as Chi’ch’il Bildagoteel. Also home to a diverse desert ecosystem, Oak Flat is currently federal land, held as a part of the Tonto National Forest. In December 2014, Arizona Senators McCain and Flake attached a land exchange rider to the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill included the Oak Flat land exchange gave  multi-national mining company, Resolution Copper the area to build one of the world’s largest copper mine. The mine is slated to permanently decimate Oak Flat and surrounding desert features. Apache and mining reform activists had been successfully fighting the proposal for nearly a decade before this “backroom deal” was made in Congress. Currently, the Forest Service is undertaking an Environmental Impact Statement, a legally mandated assessment that must be completed before the land exchange is finalized.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Arrests at Burnaby Mountain: Blocking Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Water Protectors, Land Defenders, Arrested Today, March 17, Blocking Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Dozens of Indigenous people, community members, families and retired teachers are blocking Kinder Morgan’s front gate on Burnaby Mountain

By Coast Protectors
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Dozens of Indigenous people, community members, families and retired teachers are blocking Kinder Morgan’s front gate on Burnaby Mountain
Coast Salish community members Oceann Hyland and Will George led the protectors in ceremony at the nearby Watch House and then escorted them to Kinder Morgan’s gates.

“We have reached a critical point in the fight against Kinder Morgan and their destructive pipeline expansion project,” said Will George, member of Tsleil Waututh Nation. “Bold action is needed now – this is the moment to either stand with Indigenous Nations in the fight for a safe climate and clean water, or else watch as Kinder Morgan continues business as usual and destroys any chance for a safe and livable planet.”

“There is no negotiating the sustainability of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project – it is irreconcilable both with a safe and livable planet, as well as with promises for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and ways of life, ” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, member of Treaty 6 Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. “We’re asking people to join us this week in telling Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley that our communities and allies are not going to lay down in the face of corporate greed, and that we are ready to stand up for the water, land, and planet -- even if they’re not. ”

Retired Montessori teacher Jeanette Paisley, 76 of Langley, "I'm a little apprehensive about being arrested. I've been a law-abiding citizen all my life. I’ve rarely had a speeding ticket but I am appalled at Kinder Morgan and I'm very disappointed with Trudeau. I decided it's time to do something. I've signed petitions all my life but when I heard about this I decided it was time I got off my duff and did something."

One-in-ten British Columbians, and one-in-four opponents of Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline in British Columbia say they would be willing to take peaceful civil disobedience to resist the pipeline. Following the 10,000 person-strong march and rally against Kinder Morgan last Saturday, bold demonstrations of daily resistance from everyday residents of British Columbia are expected in the week ahead.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Navajos in Palestine 'NO to Apartheid!'

Lyla June Johnston and Orlando Begay

Navajos say 'NO!' to Strangulation by Apartheid in Palestine
Massacres and Displacement of Palestinians by Israel Repeats Genocide of Native Americans in the United States 

By Lyla June Johnston in Palestine
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French translation by Christine Prat

Watch video below -- Lyla in Palestine stands before a home demolished by Israel. She  describes Israel's goal of "maximum territory" and "minimum population" of Palestinians, who are removed by force, beaten and often hospitalized as Israel destroys Palestinian homes and forces them into refugee camps.

"A Palestinian city strangled by apartheid wall construction. Over 2500 people were forced to move their livelihoods to refugee/concentration camps. Because of the wall construction, kids had to get up at 4 am just to get around the wall to their school. If someone has a heart attack they would have to take over an hour to get to the hospital. They were isolated out of existence and now it is a huge ghost city in ancestral Palestine." -- Lyla June Johnston

"These are the windows of a school for Palestinian girls that were broken with rubber bullets and tear gas bombs by the Israeli army. This is in the refugee camp called Shu'fat camp
It is across the street from Jewish settlements where people not only don’t have to pay taxes but receive benefits to live there. Here in Shu’fat people are taxed and resources are extracted. No services are provided and so there is no way to push out the trash which gathers on the side of streets or is burned." -- Lyla June Johnston

"Today I am visiting the ancient city of Lifta. It was 'depopulated' in 1947 by Zionist Militias. And by this I mean the people were driven out by force. Around this time 120 men women and children were massacred.

The whole area has remnants of indigenous land stewardship: almond trees, fig trees, rich soil, greenery all around, a sacred spring. We are now on our way to the refugee camp 20 minutes away where the displaced people live to this day. Sound familiar? For native Americans, it sure does... It is time for us as Americans to raise our voices and pressure the American government to cease the veto-ing process at the UN. The veto power used by the US prevents international law and treaties from protecting Palestinians.
No matter what your religion is or what your sacred texts say, myself and many progressive Jews understand that nothing justifies us to kill others or behave in a dominator mindset or violently displace a person who has lived there for hundreds if not thousands of years. — in Lifta, Yerushalayim, Israel." -- Lyla June Johnston

Watch Lyla's video below
The Massacre of LIfta

"Whenever you see these cactus trees, you know it was a “depopulated” Palestinian village. Although not indigenous to Palestine, they were a favorite plant species of Palestinian communities as they served many purposes. Thus the cactus has become a symbol of #AlNakba, or “The Catastrophe,” of 1947 when Zionist militias drove out 700,000 Palestinian people by force, massacring hundreds and hundreds along the way. A second removal occurred in 1967 during the Six Day War and they were forced to leave everything they knew once again. Today, people are routinely imprisoned, killed and every movement they make is controlled and monitored by cameras and checkpoints hidden as much as possible from the affluent Israeli community right next door. Grandmothers have watched three generations of children be war torn and wonder when it will stop. The answer to the question depends on each of us."-- Lyla June Johnston #BoycottSanctionDivest

"What if every time you simply wanted to get back home from work you had to go through a checkpoint full of armed guards that may or may not harass you? This is what Palestinians go through. What if at the age of 18 you were forced to join the Israeli Army and check people you don’t even know who just want to get home at night? This is what Jewish Israeli youth go through. In the context of oppression, nobody wins and all are held in the bondage of untruth." -- Lyla June Johnston
Photos and article copyright Lyla June Johnston
May not be used without permission