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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

LOUISIANA -- 'No Bayou Bridge' Lockdowns and Arrests Underway

Water Protectors bailed out of jail! 11:30 PM and everyone’s heading home. Thank you all for your support and love.

L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge
Censored News
July 3, 2018This morning, 3 water protectors locked themselves to equipment on a Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction site, halting construction.
So far 4 people, including two direct support folks, have been arrested. One other person is still locked down.
These folks took action to demand that the predominantly African American community of St. James, which is surrounded by tank farms, refineries, and other fossil fuel industry infrastructure, be given an evacuation route. Currently only one road leads in and out of St. James and in the event of an inevitable pipeline disaster, residents could be trapped.
The action is happening at a work site in Louisiana’s sensitive coastal zone, where the pipeline company is currently under a judge's orders to stop construction. Bayou Bridge LLC is defying that order and not only continuing construction in the fragile coastal zone, but accelerating it.
CALL LOUISIANA GOVERNOR EDWARDS NOW – demand that he stop construction in the coastal zone and give St James an evacuation route:
DONATE to support ongoing resistance efforts:
JOIN the #RISETOGETHER week of action against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline & all other dangerous pipelines & extreme fossil fuel infrastructure! July 16-31

NOW! VANCOUVER: Aerial Blockade Blocking TransMountain Oil Tankers

Seven climbers have rappelled from Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and are blocking the path of a tar sands oil tanker, Serene Sea,currently docked at Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline terminal. The tanker was scheduled to leave port this morning.
Read more:

Warrior stopping Trudeau's oil tanker traffic for the next 2 days.
"My cousin like every one has the responsibility to protect what they love his lands, waters and people, the project is to great of a threat too Tsleil Waututh identity. Will is a member of Tsleil Waututh Nation. The People of the Inlet." -- said Reuben George.

Western Shoshone Carole Wright 'White House Racism and Stolen Children'

Carlisle Indian School, Penn., circa 1900
Carlisle Indian School 'The Children Who Never Came Home'
Photo Brenda Norrell, Longest Walk 2008
White House Racism and Stolen Children. The Fear that is America.

By Carole Wright, Western Shoshone
Censored News
July 3, 2018

I, and my Indian relatives, have watched the ugliness of the immigration policies perpetrated upon our Indian relatives from the south. Imprisoned. Their children taken away from them. For us is it a case of déjà vu and déjà vu because we’ve been through this crap before – only on the receiving end of that type of treatment by the immigrants who came to this country.
Only after it was publicized that children were separated from their parents that the public became angry. It was heard, “But that is not who we are as a country,” during the recent protests and Indian people answered, “Yes, it is.”
Since first coming to this country the white people were fearful of a people who looked different, lived different, and worshiped different. So it became incumbent upon their righteous beliefs to change us – or kill us – whatever was most expedient.
First came the killing, then forcible removal from the homelands and herded into inhospitable territory, no hunting or gathering of foods, just about every possible survivable means was denied. Despite the death of millions of our relatives, we still survived. Then it was decided we had to change to become acceptable.
The solution was the children. They had to be taken away and schooled to forget their language and traditional ways. “Kill the Indian, save the man” became the mantra of education for native children. The more we became like white people the less frightening we were. Sort of.
Racism is fear. Fear turns into hatred because understanding that fear would mean accepting a weakness in the soul. And that weakness is unacceptable. Consequently people who are different in color, religion or cultural values are hated because they are feared.
Sounds simplistic but as any person of color will tell you there is a fear that is flashed in the eyes of a white person at first meeting one who is different. Some can’t help it. They can either accept the difference or hate it. Fortunately, many have accepted that difference.
But the White House and its people have not and they are afraid. They have become aware that people of color are outnumbering them and their righteous ways. Their fear has become hatred. And that explains the ugliness they have demonstrated towards all immigrants of different color, different appearance and different religion. Simple.

 Albuquerque Indian School. -- The Militarization of Kidnapped Native American Children in Indian Boarding Schools. Their "re-education" included training Native children to become U.S. soldiers and fight for the same U.S. military forces that murdered their ancestors, kidnapped the children, and carried out forced removals from their homelands.

Carole Wright,
Western Shoshone
Copyright Carole Wright, Censored News

Lakota Tony Black Feather 'American Flag represents racism, oppression and violation of Natural Law'

Tony Black Feather, Lakota, on the Stronghold
in Badlands in 2002, protecting remains of ancestors
who Ghost Danced here after Wounded Knee Massacre.
Photo Brenda Norrell.

Lakota Tony Black Feather 'American Flag represents racism, oppression and violation of Natural Law'

By Brenda Norrell 
Censored News
(Oct. 1, 2002) STRONGHOLD TABLE, S.D. Lakota elder Tony Black Feather told the United Nations that the American flag represents a racist nation that violates natural and spiritual laws, dishonors treaties and engages in a game plan of corporate greed.
In his statement delivered to the United Nations and distributed here on Stronghold Table, Black Feather pressed for disarmament and peace as President Bush pressed for war in Iraq.
Urging America to “come clean in the eyes of the world,” Black Feather said people often ask him about the red, white and blue of the American flag
“I tell them that the aboriginal Lakota people of this country look at this flag as a piece of red, white and blue cloth that stands for the foreign racist system that has oppressed Indigenous peoples for centuries.
“For traditional Lakota people, that piece of red, white and blue cloth stands for a system and a country that does not honor it’s own word.”
Black Feather, in his statement to the Working Group on Indigenous Populations, said the flag represents a nation of dishonor.“If it stood for honor and truth, it would remember our treaties and give them the appropriate place under international law. But it doesn’t. It dishonors its own word and violates its treaties, that piece of red, white and blue cloth.”
On the Stronghold, Black Feather distributed his written statement, which was delivered to the United Nations in July, as he challenged the National Park Service in the Badlands. Ignoring demands from the tribe, the Park Service plans to excavate fossils in the burial grounds of the Ghost Dancers massacred here after they survived the massacre of Wounded Knee.
“America is a world problem,” Black Feather told National Park Service officials leading a tour in the Badlands of the proposed excavation site on Oglala Sioux tribal land.Lakota gathered here say the bones of the Ghost Dancers, who danced here to bring back the buffalo and the old ways, are revealing themselves at this time for a reason.With a message for humanity and calling for disarmament around the world, Black Feather chastised the Park Service for entering sacred grounds in the Badlands with armed park rangers.At the resistance camp manned by the Tokala Warrior Society, the
traditional Grey Eagle Society, Russell Means and others chastised National Park Service officials.Pointing out violations of federal laws, Lakota said the arrogance nd racism is indicative of federal Indian policy and a nation that is spiritually bankrupt.Black Feather’s comments on deception and the flag were representative of the situation here.
Black Feather said of the American flag, “This colorful cloth represents imperialism with the professed Christian duty to destroy many races of peoples throughout the world, to illegally confiscate their possessions, property and even their lives when U.S. interests need to be served.“
It is their intention to establish one world government, based solely on the American system of corporate greed.
“The cloth represents a political language that is designated to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable. This piece of red, white and blue cloth represents a political system that is contrary to the principles of Natural Law and the moral principles, which govern a diversified humanity.
“This piece of cloth misrepresents the human race.
“As Lakota people, we engage in different actions to remember the Natural Law and to assert our rights.”
Black Feather said the takeover of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council offices and the current resistance on Stronghold Table asserts the rights of the Lakota people.
“As the aboriginal people of this land, we must understand and assert that it is under our care. The continents of the world belong to its aboriginal peoples.
“Someday somebody will have to account for these violations of the Natural Law and violations against Creation that the piece of cloth has been responsible for.
“The United States needs to come clean to cleanse its conscience in the eyes of the world. Only then will we have justice and balance in this world.”
Black Feather’s statement was among those of the Tetuwan Oyate Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council, delivered to the XXth Session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in July and on Stronghold Table in August.

Tony Black Feather: Black Hills and Iraq: U.S. invasions and occupations are for land, resources, gold and oil
(April 2003) STRONGHOLD -- United Nations Representative Tony Black Feather, Lakota, said if the world wants to understand the invasion and occupation of Iraq, ask an Indian.
“Our territory was liberated by the Americans when gold was discovered in the Black Hills,” Black Feather said of the gold rush 153 years ago.
The same United States government invading the Middle East assaulted the sovereignty and self-determination of Indian Nations, Black Feather said.
“The world must stand together against tyranny.”
Iraq is the latest chapter in the American colonial process, profiteering from words like “democracy” and “human rights.”
American interests profit from the land, resources, gold and oil during the conquests, he said.
Black Feather spoke April 12 on Stronghold Table as he gathered with the Tokala, traditional warrior society of Crazy Horse.
Tokala are fortifying and expanding Lakota resistance camps to protect the gravesites of the Ghost Dancers massacred here in the 1890s.
The National Park Service plans a fossil excavation here, on Oglala Sioux land in the Badlands, even though Lakota warned the Park Service to halt the dig in this sacred Lakota cemetery.
“This is our land! We can not lose!” George Tall, Tokala, told the gathering on Stronghold Table at the site of the massacre.
“The spirits called us back again,” said Jim Toby Big Boy, as Lakota gathered, ready to protect the fragile Badlands.
Black Feather said the Lakota Nation has experienced the weight of American imperialism and prays for a true and sacred peace based on justice.
“The Lakota Nation stands with all those states in the United Nations calling for an end to American aggression,” he said.
Black Feather said the war in Iraq was for oil and recalled a visit to Iraq in the 1990s. At that time, an Iraqi woman told him, “They want our oil and they will kill us to get it.”
“Divide, starve and conquer,” was the tactic used against American Indians and it is now being used against the Middle East, he said.
“We are hopeful that our world of nations will stand together against the abuser, the schoolyard bully and the violator of international law.”
Black Feather said the United States and Britain lost the war politically and morally.
“The right to self-determination applies to all people.”
Black Feather repeated his words to the United Nations, first said in Geneva in 1998.
“The threat to human rights, self-determination and sovereignty over our unique cultures cannot be tolerated at any level.
“No nation-state, despite its superior economic or military power can be permitted to control the lives of the world’s people.”
Black Feather is spokesman for the Tetuwan Oyate, Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council, at the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
The Treaty Council was founded in 1894, four years after the slaughter of women and children at the massacre of Wounded Knee.
The Treaty Council was established to enforce the provisions of treaties, which the United States has abrogated, attempting to force Sioux into servitude, he said.
Lakota struggling here on Stronghold Table, at times without food and water, are prepared to defend their spiritual trust.
Tall told the gathering on Stronghold Table it is time for sovereign home rule here, reflecting the true wishes of the Lakota people. He said Lakota are prepared for a true democracy, first born on this continent by the Iroquois.

Copyright Brenda Norrell



Mohawk Nation News
MNN. July 3, 2018. On July 4 US independence day, think about those who struggle for justice on turtle island. Remember this beating on May 18, 1997 of the onondaga by the I-81 INDIAN DETAIL of the New York State Police? 
The Onondaga15 have taken this case through the entire justice system of the United States to prove there is no justice for us. We are now taking this case to The Hague. tekarontakeh will present this statement to the International Court of Justice at The Hague in the Netherlands. [No. 17-928 in the Supreme Court of the United States, Jones v. Parmley].
Sego. My name is tekarontake. I’m a kanionkehaka, that people know as Mohawks. I’m 65 years old. I was raised in the way of our old people and the way that our people have always taught us, to know who we are, what we represent, where we stand in today’s world. I am a full speaker in our language. I also learned how to speak English, which you can hear how I am addressing you today.
Over 500 years ago people came from across the ocean to our land, to our home. They had these ideas in their mind that they were a superior people, that they had the right to come and kill, rob, try to enslave us, abuse us in any way imaginable. This has been done. There have been atrocities spoken of in different parts of the world. But none compares to what has happened here in the Western Hemisphere.
Though the United States constantly states that they have conquered us, there was never a war fought to conquer us. The United States came into possession of our territories of our homeland to abuse our people. They’ve done it through deceit, spreading diseases and trying to eliminate our people, through every way imaginable.
When they became known as the United States, after the revolution and separation from Great Britain, they entered into agreements with my people. We offered them the hand of peace, we called teiohateh, which means ‘two paths’. Because they had no path on this land, that they came here by water, we showed them the courtesy that our agreement with them would be upon the water. We launched our canoe into the water symbolically to travel alongside parallel with their ship through the river of life. We will practice our way. They were newcomers, visitors. We fed them, healed them and everything that a friend would do to extend best wishes to someone.
The United States and others never appreciated the kindness that the people of the Western Hemisphere have shown. Their response was to try to eliminate us and dispossess us of our homelands.
They started to legislate laws over us, laws that did not apply to human beings. They put us in departments of the government which looks at us as being part of the wildlife, part of the landscape. Today they still do not consider us as human beings. They still put us under a department called ‘the Department of Interior’ and the ‘Bureau of Indian Affairs’. They see us as a population, not as human beings.
Today they try to pass legislation. They claim that their war was over taxation without representation. They were happy that they would have a voice in their future. They, in turn. denied our people our human rights.
Twenty years ago the state of New York again wanted to illegally legislate taxation policies on our people. We again opposed it. We had an information gathering, a ceremony and a family picnic with our grandfathers and grandmothers, the parents and children and so on. 
We were met with baton wielding state police, who said nothing to us but just started beating down on our peoples, arresting and charging us with ridiculous charges. The first thing the state did in their court was to drop all charges because nobody had broken a law. Yet they had beaten down on men, women and children. They did not discriminate. Twenty years ago we looked at justice and never received it. We took it all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States and received absolutely no justice.
They tried to buy their way out of it. Fifteen [out of over 100] of us refused to accept their money. This issue was never about money. We care about our children, our grand children and the faces that are yet unborn. These are the people we have a responsibility to.
We have always been a free people. We have always been sovereign as individuals. We are true sovereigns. We are not a corporation. We are not a nation. We are a people. It is our desire to continue to be a people and to live as free people, the way our ancestors had taught us. We continue this journey in our lives, to be a free people. We think of our people several generations ahead, that we would leave this place in a good way for them.
The United States has never seen things as we see them. They continue today to pollute our land, our waters, our air, our very being. They try to pollute the minds of our children with their propaganda, lies, religions and ongoing genocide. 
Today we bring our words to you in The Hague. We knew we would never receive any true justice in the United States judicial system. We have taken it all the way to prove to all of our people that we would never be able to receive justice in the US system. Now we’ve come to The Hague. We hope there is a chance that you who would hear our voices, would be honest and render a verdict that would give our people justice. But if you don’t, we know why. We will never find justice in any white man’s court. With best wishes I hope that you will find in your minds a justice that would be good and right for the onkwehonweh people in the Western Hemisphere.
I thank you for your time. Onen.     

JULY 4 IS THE US CELEBRATION OF WAR: Billy Joel sings “Goodnight Saigon”. We all want peace. Nature created us to resist until we win: “We met as soulmates On Parris Inland. We left as inmates From an asylum. And we were sharp, As sharp as knives. And we were so gung ho to lay down our lives. . .” Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec,Canada] J0L 1B0. Nia:wen. See MNN Home Page.