Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 31, 2018

Yakama Chairman denied entrance to U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to remove his headdress

Yakama Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy was denied entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, because he refused to remove his headdress.
The court case concerning the sale of wholesale gasoline directly impacts the Yakama Nation.
Read more at Yakama Herald:

More at Bloomberg Law

Listen to Chairman Goudy speaking on the  balance of nature, at Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp in 2016.
By Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio and Censored News.

Mohawk Nation News 'Halloween Purge'

MNN. Oct. 29 2018. tsi-iot-kwa-ra-ro-roks, “they cover their faces” [halloween]. The 1676 thanksgiving atrocity was the celebration of the genocide which was and is blessed by their god, money. It was part of the original purge of our people. American evil was set in motion, to glorify racist barbarity called “nation building”.

Chairman Frazier to Keystone XL 'Iktomi' -- 'Not dancing with eyes closed for trickster"

Mohawk Nation News 'Mass Colonial Alzheimers'


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MNN. Oct. 28, 2018. Invaders are suffering from mass colonial alzheimers, ia-te-tse-ni-kon-ra-io-ten. Their brain feeds on lies. The USA [United States of Alzheimers] is eating itself from the inside. The world is finding out about the horrors they inflicted on us and our mother. It will stop. 
Read article at MNN

October 24, 2018

Mohawk Nation News 'Fifty years since Cornwall Bridge Blockade'

Nataanii Means in Paris -- Solidarity, No Surrender, in Pipeline Defense

By Christine Prat in Paris
Censored News
Speech by Nataanii Means in Paris, October 13, 2018, at the 38th Annual Day of Solidarity of the CSIA-nitassinan.
Recorded by Pascal Gregis and Christine Prat from CSIA, transcribed by Christine Prat
Nataanii Means, Paris
October 13, 2018
Nataanii presented himself in the traditional way and further explained:
"Hello everyone, this is my greeting, that I am supposed to give whenever I speak. I can present myself in three different languages. I am from three different Nations. I am Oglala Lakota, Dineh – Navajo – and Omaha. For those who know me, I have been coming for the past three or four years. And each time, it seems that I am fighting something different. A lot has changed since two years ago. Two years ago, we were fighting in Standing Rock. This year, now, it's hard to be indigenous, because you have to keep going, you just keep fighting, no matter what. And right now – we have to go through last year, 2017 - and this year we are fighting another pipeline in Minnesota, called Line 3, of Enbridge Corporation.
One of the reasons I am here is because a lot of our Anishinabe relatives stood with me through the seven months at Standing Rock, through the hardships. Because they did that, I feel an obligation to be there with them.
Standing Rock was a great learning experience, not only for myself. Learning about pipelines in themselves, and the tactics used by not only police, but private security firms, and by the states.
Our goal now is to be effective. To be effective to actually delay enough to cost the corporation enough money until the drop the project. And, to me, being effective in that manner is still dangerous, but it is the safest road we can go.
Last year, they finished the pipeline building in Wisconsin and in Northern Canada, down to Middle Canada. There was a group of people called the Makwa Camp, who tried to delay it enough in the winter time, in Wisconsin, to push the pipeline back further.
What you want to understand is that we live in the biggest superpower in the world. The military might of the United States is present all over the world, and it was definitely present at Standing Rock, it showed how they cared about the original people of this land.
So, the state of Minnesota had a year to approve or deny this pipeline, through the PUC committee. They approved it, 5 to 0, totally ignoring the public outcry. So, we went to another meeting where they were voicing what they call environmental safety measures, to the public. We made our presence known to these people who approved these pipelines that directly affect Indigenous people living along their row. They wouldn't look at us in our eyes. We postponed the meeting, we disrupted it enough, made it to the New York Time, the L.A. Times, all over.
You know, on the talks about decolonization, everything they said was right. To practice it is even harder, to live it is even harder. When we are fighting pipelines, we are talking about decolonizing a world that was born into an addiction. We are addicted to oil. We can't go cold turkey. If you have ever seen an addict go cold turkey, it's horrible and that's what we are, addicted. That's what the human race is right now, it's a disease, it's an addiction, it's a virus. That's what we are right now.
I mean, the Earth has been around for 2 billion years, we have been around for what? 20 thousand? We are not vital to this Earth, we are nothing. I mean, you know you guys, because it is why you are here. But it pushes the urge of finding renewable energy, new solutions.
Going to these meetings and to these higher ups and their faces, getting in their faces, showing them that they are not untouchable is important. Because, if I can choose to go home, I don't have a nice place to go home to. I go back where people are addicted to drugs, where kids are committing suicide at the age of ten, where my cousins are selling meth. I go back to where uranium, coal mining, where oil drilling, where fracking is giving us cancers, right now. That's our reality. And there is no vacation, there is no holiday, when you are an original person, an Indian.
So, about this Line 3, to be effective is the motive, because I am tired of cancer, I am tired of drugs coming in, I am tired of my women being sex-trafficked into men camps. And all those things… Specially those missing and murdered Indigenous women, it is a huge factor in those men camps that come in. They sex-traffic our women because of the environment of racism that's happening. These extraction projects are built right next to Indian Reservations. And, what else is around? Just us.
This pipeline is built right through Anishinabe wild rice fields, where they go to collect their food in the summer time, where they recently found a 7000 years old village, a Dakota village.
After DAPL was built, they approved Line 3, they approved LNG gas lines, Canada approved Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and the Keystone XL."
- "And Bayou Bridge!"
- "Bayou Bridge, well, it's a continuation of DAPL and they are fighting that still.
The oil comes from the tarsands, and these tarsands are the most cruel, poisoning, ugliest oil that is. The Bakken oil is bad, the tarsands are worse. And they are trying to increase the tarsands by one quarter of its size, two quarters of its size by now.
So, I don't know what I'll be talking about when I come back next year. Hopefully will it be that we beat Line 3 and Bayou Bridge.
You know, even in my homelands where Bears Ears National Monument is [in Utah], they are trying to open it for exploration for oil drilling and fracking. There is also fracking in Navajo Country, at high rate. It's really overwhelming, because we are on the frontlines, whether we like it or not, choose it to be or not, we have to be on the frontlines.
People forget that there are over 560 Nations in the United States alone. We make up for 0.8% of the population of the United States, as Indigenous people. We are the ones fighting those atrocities. So, that's where YOU come in! Come get arrested now! We encourage our allies, the people with privileged skin in the system, to do what they can to move what they can move, to create noise and to create disruption, as an ally to Indigenous people.
And I thank all of you for being here, for listening, for being in this hot room. So, after we leave here, we shall have to go back to all that. It might sound funny when I say, but it's not funny when we go back home. We're going to keep fighting, doing the best we can, and just going to keep doing it."

October 22, 2018

Standing Rock Water Protectors file Class Action Lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota and TigerSwan

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By Brenda Norrell
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Standing Rock Water Protectors filed a class action civil rights lawsuit against Morton County, North Dakota Governors, TigerSwan, and others, demanding a jury trial.
The lawsuit, Thunderhawk vs. Morton County, was filed by Cissy Thunderhawk, Waste Win Young, and Rev. John Floberg, on behalf of water protectors.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who led the attack on water protectors, is among those named.
The suit focuses on the closure of Highway 1806, which served both the Standing Rock Nation and the water protectors camps during 2016 and 2017.
Residents of Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Nations, and water protectors, who were impacted by the highway closure are asked to join the lawsuit, said Waste Win Young.
The lawsuit describes the attempt to silence lawful free speech rights, and the unlawful closure of the road that was necessary for travel, including medical needs and business access. 
The closure of the highway was due to "evil motive or intent," the lawsuit states.
Further TigerSwan, and "John Does" it employed are named in the lawsuit. The technologies used by TigerSwan, both F3AR and NIFE, are stated in the suit. 
(Note: TigerSwan, hired as assassins in war regions, worked in North Dakota without a license, in collusion with law enforcement. Regarding the technology identified in the Water Protectors lawsuit, TigerSwan states on its website: "Founded in 2008 by retired members of the United States Delta Force, TigerSwan is a full-spectrum security solution for organizations and businesses ... They achieve these results through their suite of world class methods such as F3AR®, NIFE®, and Guardian Angel.")
The Water Protectors lawsuit states:

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys at Columbia Law School in New York on Thursday, in federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota.
The lawsuit describes how the closure of the highway impacted local residents, businesses, journalists and all those in need of traveling on Highway 1806.
Plaintiff Waste Win Young of Standing Rock states how the road closure prevented her from necessary travel for medicine and treatments.
Further, business owner Cissy Thunderhawk stated how the highway closure impacted her business, My Auntie's Place in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

The lawsuit seeks damages, including increased costs, and relief for Water Protectors and those who suffered due to the closure of Highway 1806.

Summons were issued to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier,  TigerSwan, North Dakota officials, etc, on Friday.
Track progress of this lawsuit:,_County_of,_North_Dakota_et_al 

Related news:

It is still unknown what type of spy equipment that TigerSwan used at Standing Rock. It operated without a license and obviously used spy technology illegally without warrants. It is unknown the role that TigerSwan secret surveillance played in the arrests of Water Protectors at Standing Rock, which are now resulting in imprisonments. -- Censored News

Meanwhile, the North Dakota Regulatory Board continues to pursue a court appeal, fines and exclusion against TigerSwan.

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Lakota Jean Roach's Speech in Paris


By Christine Prat
Censored News
Recorded on October 13, 2018
Published on October 22, 2018

The 38th Annual Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, organized in Paris by the French Committee for Solidarity with Indians of the Americas, CSIA, celebrated over five centuries of struggles against colonialism, the 50th Anniversary of the AIM and the 40th Anniversary of the CSIA.
Jean Roach was one of the speakers representing AIM. She talked about the role of women in the struggle, Wounded Knee, the Protection of Water and Earth, and called for Leonard Peltier's release from prison.
Below is the transcript of the speech she delivered on October 13th, 2018.
Christine Prat

"My name is Jean Roach, I am from the Lakota Nation. I live near the Black Hills, in South Dakota. I'd like to thank everybody for coming and be interested in our fights.
I represent a man, Leonard Peltier, who has been in prison for 43 years, also a part of the colonization process.
When our families are being attacked, whether it was in the 1700's or in the 1970's, the women have to take a stand too. Our children have been adopted out and taken to boarding schools, being killed, murdered. Our men have been taken to prison, or killed, or both. Since the first contact, we have had many casualties.

My Nation is the Miniconjou. My people were massacred at Wounded Knee [December 29th 1890]. Part of the role of the women… So, people try to call us activists or militants, but we are just mothers and grandmothers. We protect our next generations, those are our actions right now, and we probably carry the DNA of our ancestors that were murdered. So, when we talk about Leonard Peltier, we should relate to the fact that his grandfather was one of the Dakota 38 [38 men hanged on Lincoln orders in Mankato, Minnesota, on December 26th, 1862]. To our generations, Leonard represents the United States manipulations.
Some people call them political prisoners, but we are just all Water Protectors. At Standing Rock, they were attacked based on their beliefs, our beliefs of protection of the water. And they are political prisoners too.
Leonard Peltier has been a prisoner, as I said, for 43 years. He is the longest held political prisoner in the world. All we are asking for is justice. And the story should be told and not forgotten. We would like the international world to know that we suffer and we still have a prisoner inside the prison. And many more. Until he's free, our Nations are not free.
I have a lot of documentation, on this I am talking about. I urge everybody to take interest in Leonard Peltier. And I congratulate all the water protectors and Earth protectors. Thank you."

French version:

October 21, 2018

Water Protectors Resilience Tour in Paris by Christine Prat


By Christine Prat in Paris
Censored News
In French at:

Two Water Protectors, who have been fighting and suffering a lot in Standing Rock, Nataanii Means and Tufawon, are now back to Europe for a "Resilience Tour". In Paris, they took part in several events, to celebrate AIM's 50th Anniversary, and CSIA's (Committee in Solidarity with Indians in the Americas) 40th Anniversary.
On October 12th, in the afternoon, a gathering took place to honor the AIM and pay a tribute to the leaders who have passed to the Spirit World, and, in the evening, Raye Zaragoza (Akimel O'odham/Xicana), Nataanii Means and Tufawon had a show.
The evening started with beautiful songs by Raye Zaragoza.
Then, Nataanii and Tufawon started with their hip-hop show. Nataanii presented himself and delivered a speech about the AIM leaders who left us, explained how complicated it was without the Elders, and said that their struggle to protect water is still going, now against the pipeline Line 3 of Enbridge.
Nataanii Means presented himself, saying that he came from three different Nations: Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Dineh (Dineh being often known as Navajos).
Then Nataanii talked about the AIM:
"My father fought for a long time, alongside my auntie and my uncle here, Jimbo and Jean. They all worked together for a long time. Jimbo talked about how our past leaders are past away now, no matter whoever they grouped with. Jean said it too. Everyone they grouped with in the movement, they are gone now.
"I am a product of what they built. One day, I shall be an ancestor to one of my people. So are you. That's why we have to start thinking collectively as conscious people.
"We are fighting another pipeline, in Minnesota." It's called Line 3, and you can look it up on the Internet, at On Facebook, look up Ginew Collective, g, i, n, e, w. [] Look that up.
Nataanii said, "But a few weeks ago, me and Tufawon, we just came from that camp. "We're fighting that billionaire company, and I was sitting there, in a meeting, and I looked around, because a question came up. It was a really hard question, and I expected somebody else to answer it. I expected one of my Elders to be there to answer it. But they were not there, there was nobody there. There was us. And that was a new feeling for me, to be there without these people. But that's how life is, you understand that.
"You know, it's hard for me and Rafa [Tufawon] to both be here. You know that, leave those guys behind to do a lot of work.
"So, the least we can do for them is to ask you to go home and look up and Ginew Collective, and share with your circle, donate and spread the word," Nataanii said.
Excerpt from the info page of stopline3, there is much more info on this site – among others, several video interviews of Winona La Duke – thus look it up:
The existing Line 3 is an Enbridge pipeline that ships crude oil from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. It spans northern Minnesota, crossing the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac reservations and the l855, 1854, and l842 treaty areas.  And it is a ticking time bomb. It was built with defective steel in l96l, has had numerous ruptures and spills, and is running at half pressure because of severe corrosion.  Instead of cleaning up this liability, Enbridge wants to simply leave it in the ground forever, and cut a brand new energy corridor through our best lakes, wetlands, and wild rice beds, and the heart of Ojibwe treaty territory.  They first proposed this new route for the Sandpiper pipeline in 2013, but years of fierce resistance in Minnesota drove them to cancel that project and buy a share of the Dakota Access pipeline instead. At $7.5 billion, the proposed new Line 3 would be the largest project in Enbridge's history and one of the largest crude oil pipelines in the continent, carrying up to 915,000 barrels per day of one of the dirtiest fuels on earth, tar sands crude. They call it a "replacement" but it is larger, with higher volume, in a new corridor.  First Nations, tribal governments, landowners, environmental groups, and communities across the Great Lakes have been fighting for 5 years now to stop this new corridor and #StopLine3.  We are here to protect the water and our future generations.

Then, Nataanii and Tufawon went back to playing music.
(Watch videos)

October 20, 2018

Anne White Hat -- 'Energy Transfer Partners tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya'

Anne White Hat --'Energy Transfer Partners tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya'

By Anne White Hat
Published with permission
Censored News
Talk about #BayousOfResistance!! 

(Oct. 17, 2018) The past 72 hours with our L’eau Est La Vie Crew have been nothing less than equal parts prayer, love, Ohitika, raw courage, and badassednessicity - to say the least. Those Energy Transfer Partners Bayou Bridge pipeline security #%!&@! tried to kill us out there in the Atchafalaya basin y’all, but they don’t understand that the swamp, she loves us more than all the hatred they have for us.
She resisted their hatred for her beloved Water Protectors, who love her so much. She reached her long willow branches out to us while our femme captains made life-saving maneuvers in the violent wake left by ETP’s Bayou Bridge security, her strong branches pulling us to shore as our boats sank into the swamp beneath our feet.
Even the gators with their glowing red eyes and the snakes, who hang over the bayou in the trees and those bigass - and I mean bigass, spiders made room for us. Except the armadillos, there were a lot of those guys who passed by at soon after the sun came up.
It was pitch black in the Atchafalaya when ETP tried to kill us. We deployed around 0:00 dark-thirty, with two national media crews on board, everyone coffeed-up, smudged-up and prayed-up. I had our prayer flags ziplocked and tucked away in my bag as we made our way into the darkness and the most spectacular ride through the swamp ever!! Honestly, I wish y’all were there to witness the magnificent beautiful swamplands that we’re protecting from ETP’s destruction.
At one point, we were the lead boat, I was on the bow of the boat, funky flashlight in hand (because I searched all over camp for a flashlight with batteries with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars’ “Flashlight” in my mind lol) watching for red gator eyes, rougaroux and random branches or logs that might come across our path. The moon was just a sliver and the sky was filled with stars that reflected on the water, which was like glass at times, and an ever so light mist was coming up ahead hanging above the bayou. I had a feeling to bring out our prayer flags, and like they say, always listen to your intuition. So i pulled our prayer flags and waluta out of their waterproof ziplock bag as we moved through the misty bayou, through that powerful spiritual time, that darkness before the dawn, with all of Creation and the spirits of the Atchafalaya, holding the offerings of her Water Protectors for good health, help and protection.
Soon we could see the most obnoxious glow of lights from the Bayou Bridge pipeline construction site. I tucked our prayer flags safely away in my jacket pocket, knowing full well that our Ancestors had our backs.
Media crews were documenting the construction site along the bayou and soon a security patrol boat with a spotlight was coming towards us as we continued our way down the bayou. The ETP security patrol boat created a huge wake as he passed us by and within seconds waves nearly two feet high began crashing down into our boats. Yea y’all, that wreckless hater created life-threatening conditions which i’m sure violate all kinds of maritime law and could have killed a lot of people.
Meanwhile, hats off to our femme Captains who made split-second decisions, and I mean split-second, because we literally had about 3 or 4 seconds with 3-4 bigass waves, and they saved all of our lives out there - omg! I love them!
We’re all safe. No one was hurt. We’re still here to tell the story.
ok, stay tuned for more about how ETP tried to kill us in the Atchafalaya swamplands.
If y’all want to help us recover items we lost, that would be awesome. I, along with most of our crew lost our phones among many thousands of dollars worth of equipment, etc not to mention our camp boats.
I think i’m going to set up a personal gofundme effort. I had to replace my iPhone today which i totally can’t afford aaand I lost a lot of contacts and pretty much everything - except our prayer flags, they were with us the whole time.

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the very same company behind the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) , is trying to build a 162 mile crude oil pipeline across Louisiana called the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP).

October 19, 2018

Lockdown at Kelcy Warren's House 'NO! Bayou Bridge, DAPL'

Historic Lakota Treaty Meeting in Green Grass, Oct 20 -- 21, 2018

Contact: Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand; Naca Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council
Ivan Looking Horse
Canupa Gluha Mani. Itacan and Spokesman Strong Heart Warrior Society

Historic Lakota Treaty Meeting in Green Grass, SD This Weekend

WHO: Lakota Treaty Representatives, Headsmen, and other Traditional Representatives of the Oceti Sakowin

WHAT:  Oceti Sakowin and Allies Treaty Meeting.  This is a key meeting of the traditional Lakota Oyate and its treaty representatives as it explores re-establishing Lakota independence from the abusive Bureau of Indian Affairs system.

WHERE:  Green Grass, SD. Cheyenne River Reservation

WHEN: October 20 and 21, 2018. Meetings start at 9:00am each morning.

The media is urged to attend the upcoming Oceti Sakowin and Allies Treaty Meeting in Green Grass, SD on September 20 and 21, 2018. 

This is a historic meeting of Lakota treaty representatives, warrior society representatives, sun-dance leaders, and other traditional Lakota leaders who are exploring Lakota independence and freedom from the forced-dependence on the abusive U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal government system.

A return to matriarchal leadership as well as an injunction to stop tribal governments from surrendering Lakota land rights to extractive industries will be discussed.

Native Women Demand Banks Respect Indigenous Rights and Lands


Native Women Demand Banks Respect Indigenous Rights and Lands

By WECAN International
Censored News
The Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation, and local and national organizations, took action outside of the Equator Principles (EP) Association annual member meeting in Washington D.C - to demand that the banks respect Indigenous rights and lands, and end their investments in dirty energy.
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 and communities. After human rights violations at Standing Rock, the EP Association promised to review and update the Equator Principles, however EP banks have continued to support dangerous extractive projects including ETP’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Enbridge’s Line 3, and TransCanada’s Keystone XL.
During the action, Indigenous women leaders and their allies spoke out with great strength to call on the EP banks to uphold Indigenous rights; align themselves with the scientific facts of accelerating climate change; and update their principles to firmly discourage members from investing in the fossil fuel industry and other extractive projects.
The rally was co-organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Honor the EarthRainforest Action NetworkBankTrack, Market Forces, Sierra Club, and Greenpeace USA - and featured the voices of Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation members, 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).
Watch the action live-stream:
Learn more about this action:
Learn more about the Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation:
Photos via Teena Pugliese