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Ancient Warriors aid in defense of the land by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham

Ancient Warriors aid in defense of the land by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham

By Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham
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The ancient warriors have aided in defense of the land (this includes all, original people, plants, animals and all sacred elements.)

The natural world has not compromised its original ways of life of powerful peaceful balance and quiet gentle acknowledgment of all.

The continuous genocidal tactics and political alterations of society's protective laws, to destroy and cultivate hate, is the living legacy of these foreign invaders, from the first slaughter of civilization with weapons, diseases, chemicals and technology, we have survived.

The killing of children, women and our relatives the saguaro cactus, we will survive.

Indigenous peoples' destiny to survive is not a written manifesto by man, it is a universal mandate agreed upon by all forces and elements of the universe.

The young people are waiting for direction and leadership to confront the onslaug…

Dine' Leoyla Cowboy is National Lawyer Guild's Legal Worker of the Year

Legal Worker Award: Leoyla Cowboy

Leoyla Cowboy is a citizen of the Dine Nation born to the Salt Water Clan (To’dikozhi). Leoyla studied Business Administration and Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has worked as a grassroots organizer with the Red Nation Coalition in Albuquerque and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Leoyla testified at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing on the criminalization of Indigenous people fighting resource extraction and worked with various groups on dismantling settler colonialism. Currently, she is an organizer for the Water Protector Legal Collective, prison abolitionist, and an active member of the NoDAPL political prisoners support committee.
Watch the video by Carl Williams Leoyla Cowboy dedicates award to Standing Rock prisoners. Accepting the award, Leoyla shares the fight for freedom and justice. "Our lands are just like our grandmothers, our moms."

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Plaintiffs thank US House for first step Chaco Canyon protection bill

Plaintiffs Thank U.S. House for Passing First-Step Chaco Protection Bill

Industrialized fracking continues to besiege Greater Chaco communities

Contacts: Mario Atencio, Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, 505-321-9974,
Kyle Tisdel, Western Environmental Law Center, 575-613-8050,
Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians, 267-402-0724,
Mike Eisenfeld, San Juan Citizens Alliance, 505-360-8994,
Miya King-Flaherty, Sierra Club, 505-301-0863,

SANTA FE, New Mexico — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act (H.R. 2181), which would withdraw federal minerals from new oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile buffer surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The bill would also provide for the termination of non-producing oil and gas leases within the designated area while acknowledging the Greater Cha…

Borderlands: Language and songs as resistance, waiting for the wall to come down

Language and songs as resistance, waiting for the wall to come down

By Brenda Norrell
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SAN RAFAEL Calif. -- The United States is imprisoning migrant children and separating families. It is building a wall as a symbol of racism and separation and continuing the genocide of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas. The onslaught, however, has not silenced the languages or the songs, it has not killed the spirits.

Alcatraz to Standing Rock: Reclaiming land, water and life

Alcatraz to Standing Rock: Reclaiming land, water and life
By Brenda Norrell Censored News
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- From Alcatraz to Standing Rock, the Native American rights movement has resulted in new federal laws and resulted in reclaimed lands and new realizations, said four Native Americans on an Indigenous Forum panel at the Bioneers Conference on Saturday.  The panel -- From Alcatraz to Standing Rock, and Beyond: On the Past 50 and the Next 50 Years of Indigenous Activism -- described the ongoing destruction of industry, along with the value of the movements, making it clear that the economic paradigm of capitalism is the cause of the climate crisis. Master of ceremonies Julian NoiseCat, Secwepmc, began by sharing news of the 50-year anniversary celebration of Alcatraz, and remembered the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz led by Indians of All Tribes.  NoiseCat honored those who stood, and asked those gathered to stand who were there at the occupation of Alcatraz.

NoiseCat joined Dr. LaN…

Valarie Kaur 'Birthing in Revolutionary Love' at Bioneers

Birthing in Revolutionary Love
By Brenda Norrell Censored News
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Valarie Kaur began her talk on Revolutionary Lovewith thanks to the Miwok people and ancestors. "What if this not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?" Speaking to those gathered at the Bioneers Conference, Valarie said the murder of her Sikh friend, an uncle, on the streets of Mesa, Arizona, made her an activist. "Hate crimes have skyrocketed."

Climate Justice: A Voice from Mississippi at Bioneers

The face of climate justice today

By Brenda Norrell

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- With joy and the heart of a mother, Mississippi activist Heather McTeer Toney rallied those gathered at the Bioneers Conference to realize that they are the face of the climate justice movement today.

Toney, is the National Field Director of Moms Clean Air Force. Toney was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi. She was elected Greenville's first African-American, first female, and youngest ever Mayor at the age of 27. After her 2nd term, she became Regional Administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region, appointed by President Obama.

Nina Simons on 'Living Juicy' and remembering her mother at Bioneers

Migrant children in cages and missing and murdered Indigenous women remembered, as Nina Simons remembers her own mother and Mother Earth

By Brenda Norrell Censored News
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Cofounder of Bioneers Nina Simons remembered her mother as the Bioneers Conference began on Friday, "She showed me how we can reshape ourselves at any age," Nina told the crowd gathered for the 30th anniversary Bioneers Conference. The think tank on climate, nature, the arts, democracy and the future, includes 250 Indigenous participants and 51 Native presenters. Nina said we must not focus only on hope and beginnings, but on history, while reclaiming our connection to our own Spirit and Mother Earth.

Clayton Thomas-Muller's new film: ' Life in the City of Dirty Water'

The blood is on the ground and Cree Clayton Thomas-Muller has transcended it

By Brenda Norrell
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- Now at Bioneers: Clayton Thomas Muller, Cree from Canada, introduces his new film, 'Life in the City of Dirty Water.'
Clayton is speaking on intergenerational trauma and describing how his parents were abused in residential schools. He said he wanted to do a project to confront what he deals with, including white patriarchy.
Speaking before the film began, Clayton shared a memory from grade school. His teacher made him stand in the garbage can. The teacher made the class chant and respond when she asked, "Why is Clayton in the garbage can?"
"Because he is trash," the children would respond.
Clayton said there was just one more Indian child at the school.
"The only way to confront trauma is to go through it," Clayton told the crowd at Bioneers.
The film drew loud applause tonight.
This is not one of th…

Bioneers celebrates healing, regeneration and democracy

Celebrating truth and beauty at Bioneers

By Brenda Norrell
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- The Bioneers Conference celebrated 30 years today, with speakers sharing powerful talks on healing, democracy and the state of the news, with a large group of Indigenous presenters and youths present.
Cara Romero, Chemehuevi, said there are 51 Indigenous presenters here, and 250 Natives attending from 99 different Nations at Bioneers.  Romero is the program director of the Bioneers Indigeneity program.
Julian Noisecat, Indigenous Resistance youth presenter, described the Canoe Journey to Alcatraz. and how Alcatraz has been a vision of resistance.

Facebook, Google and the News The inspiring speakers include Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones speaking on the oppression of journalists, especially in Turkey. She described how Facebook makes money "by catering to anger and fear." In 2017, Facebook began decreasing news appearing in feeds.
"Journalists are losing their jobs faster than co…

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More than 70 International Faith Leaders urge Adani: Abandon mega coal mine in Queensland, Australia

More than 70 international faith leaders urge Adani to abandon his mega coal mine in Queensland, Australia 
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Date: 17 October, 2019

More than 70 religious leaders from fifteen countries have signed an open letter, calling on Adani Group chairman, Gautam Adani, to step away from the Carmichael Coal Project which threatens to destroy the lands of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, kill more of the Great Barrier Reef and further destabilise the climate.

Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Christian, Muslim and Jewish signatories, including many high-ranking leaders, have urged the billionaire industrialist to build Adani into a force for good that provides affordable, and clean energy to people, and doesn’t increase their risk of being harmed by climate disasters.

Credit Suisse makes step toward Indigenous rights after mediation by Society for Threatened Peoples

Credit Suisse makes a step toward  indigenous rights

In response to the effort made by Credit Suisse, Dineh (Navajo) attorney Michelle Cook said more is needed. Referring to the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Water Protectors who stood against it, Cook said:
'Considering that Credit Suisse provided corporate finance, not project finance to DAPL, this provision will do little to prevent another scandal and indigenous human rights abuses from occurring. As expected they are only including this Free, Prior, and Informed Consent provision toward project finance and not towards all investments maintaining their legal fictions that human rights only apply to projects, not to their business partners and all investments. We are still demanding a remedy, and still demanding a total exclusion and banishment of companies like ETP and Enbridge from their investment portfolios for indigenous human rights violations. We are not finished with you yet Credit Suisse, you can bet on tha…

GENEVA: Transnational Corporations and the Walls Industry: Migrant, Women and Palestinian Movements Resistance

Transnational Corporations and the Walls Industry. Migrant, Women, and Palestinian Movements Resistance @University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Michelle Cook was live on Facebook.


Together against transnational corporations and the walls-industry: The struggles of migrants, women and the Palestinian movements

Neoliberal globalization has opened the doors for the savage exploitation of the world by the big economic powers. Megaprojects, agribusiness and militarization, among other processes, express a patriarchal, neoliberal and racist capitalist system that amounts to an assault on life as such. Communities and peoples are resisting the advance of this offensive. From the places where military occupation kills people and steal their land, to the walls that bar those displaced from access to the places of perceived privilege, to the exploitation of whom was able to cross the barriers, this conference will hear testimonies of struggle and resistance that trace the entire tr…

BERKELEY 'We Exist. We Resist. We Rise.'

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson
          University of California at Berkeley Students Stand in Solidarity with Mauna Kea Protectors

Muckleshoots Canoe Journey to Alcatraz Photos by Rachel Heaton


Reclaiming the Vision of Alcatraz
Alcatraz Canoe Journey
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Today, On Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Monday, October 14) canoes representing communities from up and down the West Coast and beyond took to the waters of San Francisco Bay and circled Alcatraz Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 occupation

Jonathan Cordero, Chairperson of the Ramaytush Ohlone, gave the following statement of support. “San Francisco is in the ancestral homeland of my people, the Ramaytush Ohlone. Our history—and indeed our current presence—is little known or understood in our own homeland. Alcatraz Canoe Journey honors the 50th anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz and will make plain to the residents of San Francisco that we are still here, and these lands and waters must be preserved and protected for future generations. I have been proud to support this event from the early days of its inception and am excited to see the good that comes out of it for Indigenous peoples everywhe…