August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE UNM 'The Last Oil' Feb. 21 -- 23, 2018

Wednesday, February 21Location5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Keller Hall, Center for the Arts, UNM Main Campus (Building #62 on UNM Campus Map)
5:00 pm:                            Keller Hall—door opens
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm:        Welcome & Introduction
                                              Opening Prayer and Welcome to Our HomelandPetuuche Gilbert, Acoma
                                              Introduction – Subhankar Banerjee, convener
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:        Multispecies Solidarity
Maria Williams
                                             David Solomon
                                             Allison Akootchook Warden
                Moderator:       Kymberly Pinder, Dean, College of Fine Arts, UNM                                            (Note: An evening with history, music, performance)
Thursday, February 22Location: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom C (Building #60 on UNM Campus Map)
                    5:30 pm – 7:45 pm at Keller Hall, Center for the Arts
8:30 am:                             SUB Ballroom C—door opens
9:00 am – 10:15 am:      Climate Breakdown?                                             Ken Tape
                                             David Gutzler
                Moderator:        William Pockman, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, UNM
                                                                    (Note: Impacts of climate change in Alaska & the Southwest)
10:30 am – 12 noon:     Protecting the Sacred Place Where Life Begins                                             Sarah James
                                             Ken Whitten
                                             Vicki Clarke
                Moderator:       Michael Dax, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico
                                                                   (Note: On the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm:     Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:        Rights of Nature
Nicole Whittington-Evans
                                             Debbie Miller
                                             Jeff Fair
                Moderator:       Mary Tsiongas, Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Fine Arts, UNM
                                                                   (Note: On environmental conservation, justice, law, and ethics)
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm:         Alaska and Beyond
Stephen Brown
                                             Finis Dunaway
               Moderator:        Joseph Cook, Professor, Department of Biology, UNM
                                                                   (Note: On transnational ecology and grassroots activism)
5:30 pm:                             Keller Hall, Center for the Arts—door opens
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:         Next North
Julie Decker
                                             Brian Adams
                                             Marek Ranis
               Moderator:        Arif Khan, Director, UNM Art Museum
                                                                   (Note: On art, the North, and climate change)
Friday, February 23Location: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom C —
                    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Woodward Lecture Hall  (Building #82 on UNM Campus Map)
8:30 am:                            SUB Ballroom C—door opens
9:00 am – 10:45 am:      Protecting Our Seas and Coastal Communities
Melanie Smith
                                            Rick Steiner
                                            Rosemary Ahtuangaruak
               Moderator:        Samuel Truett, Associate Professor, Department of History, UNM
                                                                   (Note: On marine ecology, environmental justice and indigenous rights—Bering, Beaufort, and the                                                                                                                                                     Chukchi Seas, and the federal proposed 5-yr offshore drilling plan and its impacts)
11:00 am – 12:45 pm:    Truth to Power                                             Joel Clement
                                             Pamela Miller
                                             Robert Thompson
               Moderator:        Traci Quinn, Curator of Education and Public Programs, UNM Art Museum
                                                                   (Note: On suppression of science, and intimidation, lies, myths, deception and broken promises)
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm:        Act Now!                      Led by:        Bernadette Demientieff
                                             Monica Scherer
                                                                    (Note: If you ever asked the question, “What can I do to help?”—register for this workshop on writing and organizing toward                                                                                                   becoming an activist; lunch will be provided for all; registration is required for this session.
                                                                                 —REGISTER BY FEB 16 to guarantee your lunch. To register, please email Traci Quinn at
5:30 pm:                             Woodward Lecture Hall—door opens
6:00 – 8:00 pm:                Rise of The Red Nation
                                            Melanie Yazzie
                                            Nick Estes
                                            Cheyenne Antonio
                                            Jennifer Marley
               Moderator:        Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Associate Professor, American Studies, UNM
                                                                   (Note: Diné-Pueblo solidarity to protect the Greater Chaco Canyon and Mni Wiconi: Water is Life)

No More Deaths Volunteer Indicted on Additional Felony Charge, Faces up to 20-Year Prison Sentence

Humanitarian Aid Worker Scott Warren indicted on additional felony charge, facing up to 20 year sentence
By No More Deaths
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A grand jury has indicted Scott Daniel Warren, a volunteer with the organization No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, with three felony charges: two counts of felony harboring and one charge of felony conspiracy. The maximum sentence for these charges is 20 years in prison.
The new conspiracy charge is notable, as conspiracy charges have been used by the government to scare and suppress social justice movements and target political dissidents. This case holds critical weight as the Trump administration targets immigrant rights leaders and those who stand with them nationwide. 
No More Deaths is committed to resisting this troubling trend in enforcement and continue our work of ending death and suffering in the borderlands.
Scott Warren's arrest came after No More Deaths released a second report exposing U.S. Border Patrol agents destroying life saving water and blankets for migrants in the desert, on the Arizona border

Watch Video of US Border Patrol Agent Destroying Life Saving Water for Migrants on Arizona Border -- Call U.S. Border Patrol with Complaints
"This video evidence of US Border Patrol agents participating in the destruction and confiscation of aid supplies takes place over a seven year period, from 2010-2017. They include destruction of water, and confiscation of blankets. This demonstrates a routine practice of destruction of aid supplies. No More Deaths demands an immediate end to the destruction and confiscation of humanitarian aid supplies. No known disciplinary action has been taken against any agents. We demand that the Border Patrol institute a formal policy prohibiting the destruction of humanitarian aid supplies, and make this act a fireable offense. Call the Tucson Sector Border Patrol at 520-748-3000 and ask to leave a message for Deputy Chief Raleigh Leonard or Division Chief Tom Martin." -- No More Deaths

Mohawk Nation News 'Price of Death'

Mohawk Nation News
MNN. Feb. 19, 2018. Millions of our departed never had a decent funeral. The genocide isn’t even mentioned.
Read the article at Mohawk Nation News

The Rhythmic Journey Home -- Birdsingers Ensured Victory at Ward Valley

Mojave Birdsingers, Ward Valley, 1998. Photo Molly Johnson.
The Rhythmic Journey Home, Birdsingers Ensured Victory at Ward Valley

By Brenda Norrell
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WARD VALLEY -- The Bird Songs once again guided those who have lived in the Mojave Desert since time immemorial, home to a safe haven.
Llewellyn Barrackman, Mohave elder, said, "The Mojave have no place to go. This is our home."
"We are the Pipa Aha Macav, the people along the river, instructed by the Creator to protect it."
Barrackman's words, before he passed to the Spirit World, were at Ward Valley, during the 113-day Occupation which halted a nuclear waste dump on sacred land in 1998.
Here, led by Mojave, Chemehuevi, Quechan, Cocopah and Colorado Indian Tribes, the Occupation faced off law enforcement, and not only survived in the desert, but celebrated a victory here.


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