Friday, July 19, 2019

Native Hawaiians brace for military assault as they protect Mauna Kea by Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu Maunakea

Photo by Cody Nemet Tuivaiti
Aotearoa is in the house Photo by Cody Nemet Tuivaiti

Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu Maunakea

Friday, July 18, 2019
We anticipate that Governor David Ige will soon deploy the Hawaiʻi National Guard in conjunction with other Hawaiʻi law enforcement agencies to use military force to remove us from our peaceful assembly at the entrance of the Maunakea Access Road. In addition we are preparing for an unlawful eviction of the kiaʻi who have come to seek refuge and shelter at the Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu. As Kiaʻi of Maunakea, we have peacefully assembled here in Kapu Aloha to protect against further desecration of our sacred lands. Our presence here is a religious, cultural and political stand against the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) upon environmentally pristine land atop the summit of Mauna Kea.
We are guided by the principles of Kapu Aloha and Non-Violence. Since we began our protection work on Monday, July 15, 2019, all of our actions have been grounded in Kapu Aloha. At this point, we have no other choice but to stand between Maunakea and the potential desecration and environmental destruction. We assert our rights to free speech and to peacefully assemble here. Furthermore, we will continue to defend our rights as kanaka maoli to steward, access and protect our lands.

Governor Igeʻs decision to deploy the Hawaiʻi National Guard, which includes the threat of implementing military tactics and violence upon a peaceful assembly of Hawaiʻiʻs own people, will escalate this encounter. This unwarranted military mobilization proves the ineffectiveness of Igeʻs leadership and his unwillingness to recognize the tremendous potential for physical and social harm he poses to Hawaiʻiʻs own citizenry.

We pray and ask that Governor David Ige repeal his decision to implement military tactics upon this peaceful gathering and to recognize the value Kapu Aloha as a means to promote a more equitable and just future for Hawaiʻi.

Below: By Kahookahi Kanuha

From the Protectors:
Aloha kākou here is a resource update for Thursday July 18th from volunteers at Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu. We sincerely appreciate all the good fresh food and supplies everyone has been bringing that has nourished our bodies and spirits up here. We feel so well taken care of and supported. If you can kokua and bring any of these supplies, please bring it to the check in table in front of the main tent (close to the ranger station).
- 5 gallon water refills
- Instant Coffee
- Extension Cords
- String Lights
- Small Generator
- Rubbish pickers/claws
- Propane refill run

MEDICAL via Sharron Gonzalez Cushman
Milk of Magnesia (no flavors, no off brands with alcohol)
Flip top water bottles
Gift Cards to Target or Safeway
Exercise Mats/Camping mats
Large and small Sunscreen, sunscreen sticks
SPF chapstick
Hand warmers/body warmers, foot warmers
Emergency blankets
Chemical and Shatter Resistant goggles
High Decibel ear plugs and ear muffs
10X10 (or larger) Shade tents
Salves for pain, aches, sunburn
Basic first aid kits
Medical Gloves (size M & L)
Clean Blankets/Coats/Warm socks
- Ziplocs
- Bottled Water
- Tinfoil
- Baby wipes
- Paper Goods
- Saimin noodles/cup noodles
On a side note, we heard Gov. Ige received over 200,000 emails yesterday expressing dismay for making the emergency declaration. The emergency declaration means he may suspend laws, use outside military force against the protectors, and force evacuations amongst many other flagrant abuses of power. Even in the face of this, we will remain peaceful and grounded in aloha. We know the world is watching.
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Police Now Arresting Elder Protectors on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Photo by Mahealani Richardson

Update on Friday: Four of the 34 Kupunas arrested on Wednesday were transported by ambulances to hospitals at their request.

Around the world, hearts broke as 33 Kupuna elders were arrested defending Mauna Kea on Wednesday. Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham on the southern border said, "We will continue to send them prayers and we stand with them and Mother Earth. O'odham lands preparing for upcoming ceremonies. Many blessings to our sisters and brothers standing strong. We continue to stand with you." Ofelia Rivas, O'odham VOICE Against the WALL.

Screenshots below by Censored News
from live TV

Police Now Arresting Elder Protectors on Mauna Kea

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
July 17, 2019
Updated July 18

Kupuna elders on the frontline of the road blockade on Mauna Kea were just arrested. Police are putting elders in their wheelchairs in a police van. As they do, others are taking their place on the road barricade, to block construction crews to the telescope observatory.
After arresting Kupuna elders, police said everyone on the road will be arrested, at 11:45 am in Hawaii  (4:45 pm Central time.)
ABC News reports: "Police arrested elderly protesters, some using wheelchairs and canes, as they blocked a road Wednesday to Hawaii's highest peak to try to stop construction of a giant telescope on land some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. Protest leader Kealoha Pisciotta told The Associated Press that hundreds of demonstrators moved aside to allow police to take away about 30 elders, called kupuna in Hawaiian, who were prepared to be arrested. "They're taking our kupuna," Pisciotta said, sobbing. Around her, people sang "Hawaii Aloha."
Ku'uipo Freitas said late Wednesday, "Lā 6: About today... kupuna were arrested and given a citation and were let go. Following the end of DLNR’s tries with the kupuna, new law enforcement came in and guess who held the line down, WAHINE! All est. 90 of us locking arms for what felt like 2.5 hours. Police lined both sides of the road as we held steady. They even switched out shifts while we stood the whole time. It ain’t over. This is just the beginning. While the live-streams went on, outer islands shutdown highways, and airports at the same time, sending a damn message to the government. We ain’t letting TMT be built on Maunakea."

Photo KITV

On Thursday morning, KITV reports, "The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) says 33 kupuna were arrested Wednesday morning including long-time activist Walter Ritte, and cultural treasure Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele. It was an emotional scene on the mountain, sometimes near silent while police arrested demonstrators blocking Mauna Kea access road."
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs released a statement regarding the arrest of kūpuna on Maunakea.
"Uē ka lani, naue ka honua: The heavens weep, the ground shakes.
The Native Hawaiian community weeps today. To see some of our most respected kūpuna, advocates and ʻohana get arrested for voicing the same concerns our community has expressed for decades over the state’s mismanagement of Maunakea brings a kaumaha to our hearts that is unbearable. Regardless of your position on TMT, we must all agree with Gov. Ige’s 2015 statement that the state has “failed” Maunakea.
OHA will continue to proceed with our lawsuit against the state and UH for their mismanagement of Maunakea. We continue to call for the state and UH to be held accountable as fiduciaries for our trust resources, and we demand that a new management structure is immediately installed for Maunakea."

Censored News screenshots from live TV.

Above elders being arrested. Below: now awaiting arrest at the blockade. Screenshots from live TV by Censored News.
Aerial view posted online
"Just doing your job" is no excuse for police arresting elderly Kupuna on Manua Kea. 
There is no job worth bringing this shame and disgrace on you and your family. It was no excuse for the Nazis who took women and children to the gas chambers, and said they were "just doing their job." It was a crime then, and it is a crime against humanity now. 
During the Nuremberg Trials, those "just following orders," were found to have committed  crimes.  "These trials, under the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal that set them up, established that the defense of superior orders was no longer enough to escape punishment .."
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Ohio Legislature bans Rights of Nature enforcement

Tish O'Dell, Ohio Community Organizer

Ohio Legislature Bans Rights of Nature Enforcement

Following a Daily Show profile of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, the Ohio legislature has agreed on a new state budget that bans Rights of Nature enforcement.

COLUMBUS, OH: Yesterday, the Ohio Senate and House agreed on a new state budget that includes language to ban Rights of Nature enforcement. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Native Film Festival at Black Hills Studios 2019

Native Film Festival at SDPB Black Hills Studios

Last Updated by Katy Beem on Jul 08, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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Native Film Showcase at SDPB Black Hills Studios
SDPB is honored to partner with Vision Maker Media and Native POP: People of the Plains – A Gathering of Arts & Culture to present the sixth annual Native Film Festival, Saturday, July 20, at the SDPB Black Hills Studios, 415 Main Street, Rapid City. Native POP is a Native art market and cultural celebration at Main Street Square, 526 Main Street.
Films run from 9am to 6pm, including documentaries of regional interest, as well as music videos, short films and works-in-progress from local filmmakers. Includes live Q&A’s with Bloody Memory’s Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) and Drew Nicholas; Héčhetu Welo’s Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota); Black Elk: Carrying on the Vision’s Myron Pourier (Oglala Lakota), and RETURN’s Kibbe Conti.
All films are free and open to the public. See full festival schedule at
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – Saturday, July 20, 9am-6pm, SDPB Black Hills Studios, 415 Main Street, Rapid City

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Longest Walk 2019 'We Shall Continue' in Washington: Bad Bear's Photos

The Longest Walk 2019 'We Shall Continue' 
arrived in Washington today, after walking from Alcatraz for Indigenous Rights.
Photos by Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone
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'The Gentleman' Kahentinetha Horn remembers Marlon Brando

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Mohawk Kahentinetha Horn remembers an evening with Marlon Brandon in his home, when Marlon was a sincere supporter of the Red Power Movement in the '60s
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Kahentinetha Horn, Mohawk, remembers how she shared an evening with Marlon Brando in his home, during the '60s, when they met as Marlon supported the Red Power Movement.
During the broadcast of Coffee with My Ma, Kahentinetha's daughter, actress Kaniehtiio Horn, asks Kahentinetha about her time with Marlon Brandon, wondering what happened between the famous Marlon and her mom. The episode is Ma Clears the Air about Marlon Brando.
Kahentinetha shares her memories of the sincere actor.
"He was very committed to helping us," she said, remembering his support of Natives in the fishing rights struggle in Oregon and Washington.
"He called me," she said, of the phone call to her home on Mohawk land. Marlon asked her to come and visit him in Hollywood, and offered to send her an airline ticket.
"He was so handsome."
Kahentinetha was in her mid 20s when she went to San Francisco, and on to southern California, to share an evening with Marlon at his home in Hollywood.
"Jane Fonda was involved with us. I love Jane Fonda," Kahentinetha said remembering Fonda's involvement in the Red Power Movement in the 60s.
"She stuck her neck out for us. I respect her for that," she said recalling how Fonda was blacklisted.
Marlon told Kahentinetha that she could stay in San Francisco at Eugene Burdick's home, with Burdick and his wife. Burdick authored the Ugly American, and Marlon and starred in the film based on the novel.
Marlon sent a limousine for Kahentinetha to travel from San Francisco to Hollywood. His home had low tables, like a Japanese home.
"It was very nice," Kahentinetha recalls. "He was very, very handsome."
"I could tell by his eyes he was a very sincere person."
Marlon asked her about her family, and told her about his family.
"He was interested in Mohawks and the Great Law."
This was in the 1960s, before Marlon sent Sacheen Little Feather to the Oscars to decline Brando's Oscar for the Godfather.
"He was very humble," Kahentinetha remembers. "He was a smart, very intelligent guy."
But if he wanted to, he could tear down people.
During the visit, Marlon asked her if she wanted to go for a swim.
"He was very fit at that time," she says, adding that after swimming, there was a meal.
"Marlon chose to fight for us," Kahentinetha said remembering him and the calls that followed. "I really respected him."
During the talk show program with her daughter, Kahentinetha mentions her trip to Cuba in 1959, and meetings with the Black Panthers and Chicanos during those days of the Red Power Movement.
As the podcast begins, Kahentinetha shares how Marlon sent Sacheen LIttleFeather to accept his Oscar for the Godfather. Marlon said he regretfully could not accept the Oscar because of the treatment of American Indians by the film industry and reminds the audience of the recent Wounded Knee in 1973.
Daughter Kaniehtiio Horn begins the show by saying, "In today's episode I sit down with Ma and she explains what really went down back in the 60s, when Marlon (first name basis oh la la) called her up outta the blue in Kahnawake. She gives us the scoop on her first trip to Hollywood, what Marlon's villa looked like, and how she rubbed elbows with stars like Eugene Burdick at a political fundraiser in San Fran!"
Listen to the full story of Kahentinetha's visit with Marlon Brandon at his home in the 60s, and hear all the details, at Coffee with Me and Ma.
A little more of the evening with Marlon Brando is shared in an article on Mohawk Nation News, published by Kahentinetha: Mohawk Nation News in 2014.

Read and listen to more at Censored News from Coffee with My Ma: 'Ma Goes to Cuba, Just to See'

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Kahentinetha Horn
Kahentinetha Horn is a member of the Mohawk Wolf Clan of Kahnawake.


In the 1960s and early 1970s, Kahn-Tineta Horn became widely known for her criticisms of anti-native racism and government policy regarding First Nations peoples, and for her advocacy of native separatism. "She was involved in the 1962 Conference on Indian Poverty in Washington D.C., the blocking of the International Bridge at Akwesasne in 1968, and other indigenous rights campaigns."[7]Kahn-Tineta caught the attention of the media in 1964, when she was "deposed as a Director of the National Indian Council, and as Indian Princess of Canada."[8] By 1972, her separatist views had appeared in the pages of The Harvard Crimson and The New Yorker,[9][10][11] and she had been interviewed by The Webster Reports of KVOS-TV, a Bellingham, Washington station which broadcasts to Vancouver, British Columbia.[12]
Horn and her daughters were notable participants in the 1990 Oka Crisis.[13][14] Her daughter, Waneek Horn-Miller (born 1975), was stabbed in the chest by a soldier's bayonet while holding her younger sister, then aged 4; a photograph of the incident, published on the front page of newspapers, symbolized the standoff between Mohawks and the Canadian government.[15] Waneek became a broadcaster, and co-captain of Canada's first women's national water polo team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[16] Horn's youngest daughter, Kaniehtiio Horn, also present at the Oka Crisis, is a film and television actress.[17]