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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lakota Madonna Thunder Hawk Live from Palestine: Similarity in Indigenous Struggles

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Madonna Thunder Hawk photo by Dawn DeCora
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Madonna Thunder Hawk, Cheyenne River Lakota, was at the Occupation of Alcatraz and Wounded Knee. She is a longtime member of the American Indian Movement.
Madonna was among the elders at the resistance of Standing Rock camps to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Lakota Madonna Thunder Hawk Live from Palestine: Similarity in Indigenous Struggles

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christne Prat at:
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=4383

Madonna Thunder Hawk, speaking live from Palestine, spoke on the similarities of struggle for Indigenous Peoples around the world, from the Lakota in the Dakotas, to the struggle in Palestine.
Madonna said, "I specifically wanted to come on this trip. It was important for me personally."
She said after the standoff at Wounded Knee with the U.S. military, the American Indian Movement had supporters come from Palestine and Northern Ireland.
"We were young. I thought we were standing alone as always," she said.
Madonna said when they heard of this solidarity, she learned what was going on in other parts of the world to Indigenous Peoples and realized they were not alone.
She learned words like "colonialism."
Speaking on being thankful for being here in Palestine, she said, "We have the same, same issues."
"We have a people that is trying to maintain their land base."
"It is all familiar, only on a different scale, a different level."
"It was so good to go to the Bedouin Camp."
She said, like at home, the old traditional lifestyle is gone, but it is still known.
They still know it, as land based people.
She said there is ancestral memory.
"We don't need to be constantly reminded of who we are. We know who we are."
"My people were land based in the valley of the beast."
She said the last battle was at Standing Rock, and the legal battles continue.
"We were unarmed," she said of the forces that came after them.
"The legal system made us all criminals."
Now the 800 at Standing Rock arrested must deal with this.
Madonna said she reports back home to a group of elders and must be responsible.
She said she is speaking with a group of comrades here in Palestine.
When one goes in to Indigenous Peoples homelands, it is important to have respect, and keep one's eyes and ears open, she said.
She said she appreciated Jewish Voice for Peace.
"I appreciate being here, and I appreciate all of you."
Madonna said Standing Rock camp of thousands was amazing.
It started out with Indigenous who came from all over, from Alaska to South America.
"Over night, our camp tripled."
Overnight, the young white people came in droves.
She remembered sitting on the hill, Facebook hill, and watched it happening.
"The powers that be blocked off the highway."
So at night, down the one highway that was open, there would be a stream of headlights going in both directions.
Madonna said she celebrates that she was part of it, and got to see it happen.
Now, in the ongoing struggle for her people, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, she said.
"The same corporate control is around the world."
But if you are land based, you are in the process.
She said the younger ones are involved in divestment, the elders are their advisers.
When asked about taking a stand at Standing Rock, Madonna said her people automatically take a stand.
"When the call came, they went out."
This is ancestral memory, this is land based people.
Madonna describes how the buffalo were killed, the ecosystem was upset and diseases came in. "This is what brought our people to the peace talks."
"The capitalist system always operates on the spin of the dollar."
The Treaties were made nation to nation, and ratified by Congress.
"They are the law of the land."
It was a matter of survival of the people, but it was a massive land grab.
"I'm here today because my ancestors thought of several generations ahead."
The first schools were Christian schools, and the Lakota values were attacked, including the matriarchal society.
They told the people that the man was the head of the household and he could beat their wives and kids and get saved on Sunday, she said. They attacked the family.
The children were taken in forced removals, and their hair was cut, and they were dressed in military clothes.
They came for their children with teams and wagons, then trucks.
The education was forced on them.
"Learning English was forced on us."
She said she was forced to learn English in boarding school.
"You were punished if you talked your language."
Later, after Wounded Knee, they started their own school in Rapid City, South Dakota.
They wanted the children to have a safe place to be.
"We focused on gaining knowledge."
It was the first alternative school there.
Then, the regular school system began doing the same thing. "We got co-opted," by schools who had the funding to use what they were doing.
Then, the water was contaminated by the uranium mining.
Madonna said she knows the genocide.
She spoke on the hand-out mentality, as with churches paying peoples utilities.
"It weakens everybody."

Listen to more of the interview.
Madonna shares parallels between Palestine and the United States.
Madonna speaks on solidarity and how she learned from other parts of the world that they were not alone in their struggle.

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.” https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2018/01/second-felony-conviction-from-man-camp.html
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. https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2018/01/sundance-and-vision-maker-media-new.html
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. https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2018/01/mnn-1997-nys-attack-of-onondaga-in-us.html
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

Israel Bans 20 Activist Groups from Entering Israel




Thousands of South Africans protested in Durban against Israel's military offensive. Nelson Mandela, campaigned strongly for the Palestinian cause. | Photo: AFP

Israel Bans Members of 20 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Groups from Entering Israel

By Freedom Flotilla Coalition
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   Israel has published a blacklist of 20 organizations worldwide whose members are banned from entering Israel because of the groups' support for BDS, the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel's treatment of Palestinians.  
   Yousef Munayyer, director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said in response, "When Israel, which aims to portray itself to the world as liberal and democratic, blacklists activists dedicated to nonviolent organizing and dissent, it only further exposes itself as a fraud."

Organizations on the blacklist.

US: American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace, National Students for Justice in Palestine, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Europe: The France Association Palestine Solidarity, BDS France, The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine, BDS Italy, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, The Palestine Committee of Norway, Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, War on Want, BDS Kampagne (BDS Germany)
South America: BDS Chile
Africa: BDS South Africa
Palestinian BDS National Committee

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