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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Reporter's Notebook: US Dusting by Helicopters: Censored News in Indian Country

Military helicopter above Tohono O'odham Nation, June 27, 2019

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
June 27, 2019

Tonight I received images of a US military helicopter 'dusting' Ali Jegk, a remote community on the western side of the Tohono O'odham Nation on the border.
The last time I received a report of a US helicopter dusting a community, it was in 1993, at the time when many Navajos died of the hantavirus.

Alert: Tohono O'odham Being 'Dusted' by Military Helicopter Now

Tohono O'odham on the far west side of the Tohono O'odham Nation photographed a US military
helicopter dusting their community on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Screenshot of video below shows
man in the door.
Watch video below.

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

ALI JEGK -- Tohono O'odham of Ali Jegk community, along the border, just sent these images to Censored News. The military helicopter appears to be "dusting" O'odham, residents reported.
Ali Jegk is located on the far west side of the sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation.
It is located in Gu Vo District, which continues to oppose the Israeli spy towers recently approved by the tribal government.
O'odham said the planned construction of the integrated fixed towers will disturb a Ceremonial area and burial place. The same area was dusted by a military helicopter late today.
Ebit Systems is the contractor selected by US Homeland Security. Elbit is also the Israeli defense contractor which provides Israel with Apartheid Security in Palestine.
The Ali Jegk village is located near Organ Pipe National Monument, on the Arizona border, a site that Trump has selected as a priority for border wall construction to begin.

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PINE RIDGE -- Leonard Peltier's Letter for 20th Annual Commemoration

Peltier Run 2019 Photo by Lisa Zahner Reinhold

Letter from Leonard Peltier
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June 26th. Leonard Peltier Day
Hau Mi Kolas!
Welcome to the 20th Annual Commemoration! First, let me recognize and thank the Commemoration Committee for organizing this annual event for the past 20 years. Thanks to all, I commend you for all your hard work and dedication. I know it is due to the love of our people that you have done such an awesome job. I know that every year it’s a struggle, but you so generously give of yourself and make it look easy. Again, thank all of you.
In my mind, I can see you all gathered under the shade, visiting with each other, some exhausted from the walk, some catching up on the latest gossip from the past year! Through it all, I hope everyone is doing okay, the adults and children are well and especially the Elders. With news of the bad weather, I worry about your safety. I know there are parts of the United States that have been struck by tornados and hurricanes causing horrible damage. Some communities looked like they were hit with bombs. Unfortunately, some people lost everything, including some lives. I spoke with Chase Iron Eyes and Eileen Janis after hearing of all the flooding, but it was too early to tell how much damage was done. At that time, they didn’t know if any lives had been lost but knew all of the main roads were under water, with some areas unreachable where a lot of the people live. They said the phones were out in some areas so they couldn’t call. All we were able to do is pray and ask people who were able, to help. I felt bad because being locked in a prison cell, all I could do was pray. For those of you who remember, you know I would have been one of the first ones in there, doing whatever I could do, even if it was just ordering the younger guys. You know, all joking aside, I would have been there, helping! We know prayer isn’t enough to rebuild our communities, we have to unite and work as one. That’s the only way.
I haven’t heard anything from my grandchildren. Is their home okay and are they okay? Maybe somebody can let me know.
While I have your attention, I want to send out a huge thank you to the many young people who are supporting this commemoration. As adults and grandparents, we can NEVER allow our history to die. Also, to the Elders who were so much a part of the struggle but have passed on, who were only guilty of being Lakota and were wanting what was promised to our ancestors, we give them a big shout out! They faced down fear and were willing to give their freedom or their lives because of the great love for you and our future generations. The elders of my generation did the same for us. We will never forget the courage our people had in fighting against the greatest odds in the history of the world for us, the Native people and our freedoms. We remember them ALWAYS in our prayers and in our songs. Please remember, even though some have passed many decades or century’s ago, their spirit is with us. When you mention them in your songs and prayers, they will respond to you in your dreams. Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Tecumseh, Chief Seattle, Dragging Canoe! Remember them when you are in ceremonies or sitting in the inipi. My Elders told me, don’t ever forget our culture or our people who have passed on. Remember the people who stood up in the 60’s and 70’s and fought the government attempt to terminate us. Our people stood up to regain sovereign rights and to honor our treaties. The courage it took was no different than what was fought in the past. We were able to stop termination but the battle continues.
I’m also hearing some good things. I heard that in 2018, more Native students graduated from high school than any other time in history! Also 2019 was a record breaking year for Native students enrolled in colleges! We all know, our future battles will be fought with the pen and in the Courts so we need to be prepared! Our Warriors are going to look just a little bit different, wearing their degrees! Our ancestors have not sacrificed in vain! But, we still have a lot of problems to solve. I’m hearing our communities are being infested with drug users and abusers. I can’t stand the thought of our little babies being hurt by parents so drugged up, they don’t even know what they are doing. Some of these babies go to bed with their little bellies empty, some get molested or sexually assaulted because the parents are too busy looking for their next high and not taking care of their children. Some of these kids take their own lives, rather than continue to live like this. We have to remember that children are the most sacred gift Wakan Tanka has given us and yet some of them are treated so badly. We as Native people, MUST find a way to stop this! We are better than that and we are stronger than that. We have to be stronger than ever because this drug problem is destroying our families and our communities. We have to unite to stop this enemy, our babies are counting on us!
I’m not trying to be depressing, I’m trying to light a fire in all of the warriors gathered here today. We can’t wait for someone to solve our problems. We have work to do, let’s get at it!
I’m going to sign off now, I know you all want to eat and enjoy the day visiting with each other. Thank all of you for being here, for those of you who walked, those of you making sure everyone had water, those of you driving cars and those leading the way to the Jumping Bull homestead. To the cooks, thank you, I’m sure everything was real tasty! Thank you, for letting me have a part of this day.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier

Victory Day Riders: Honoring the Victory at the Little Big Horn, Delivering Justice to Custer

"This photo was sent to us by Arlo Iron Cloud Sr. Hohou!" Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Celebrating Victory over Custer at the Little Big Horn: June 25 marks the 143rd anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn, where Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors defeated federal troops led by Custer.

By Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Published with permission by Censored News

LITTLE BIG HORN, Montana --  Andrew Wyatt said, "From the perspective of military history: The honoring of Victory Day, the anniversary of the Lakota, Cheyenne and Northern Arapaho victory led by Crazy Horse over the Union Army under George Custer at the Little Big Horn, has many parallels to the victory of Gen. Robert E. Lee over the Union Army under Gen. Joseph Hooker at Chancellorsville. Both battles would be the last great victory for those that would fight to protect their families and their people from Union invaders. Later Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman would rape, pillage, plunder and burn his way though the southern states on his famous March to the Sea and conquest of the south. Ironically, Col. Nelson Miles, nephew to Sherman and veteran of Chancellorsville, would continue Sherman's 'scorched earth'  policy in his subjugation of the Lakota and their allies. Later Gen. Nelson Miles would go on to subjugate Geronimo and the Apache in the south west."

"Here is the video of the riders with sound. The young man carrying the Arapaho flag is our THPO Director, Devin Oldman (Walks Out of Water)." -- Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Taken June 25, 2019
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Wyoming Public Media:
Northern Arapaho Celebrate Victory at Little Big Horn
June 25 marks the 143rd anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn, where Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors defeated federal troops led by Lieutenant Colonel George Custer.
"[Custer] tried to attack a village of our people and they essentially defeated the U.S. government," Devin Oldman, director of the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historical Preservation Office, said. "One of many victories the government does not like to admit to."
Also known as the Battle of Greasy Grass or Custer's Last Stand, the battle is the most famous triumph by Native People in what are now known as the American Indian Wars.
Oldman and deputy director Crystal C'Bearing are among several Northern Arapaho citizens who traveled to an annual gathering at the battle site in Crow Agency, Montana.
For C'Bearing, the gathering is a time to share oral histories about what happened there. Her three times great grandmother Mary Little Thunder, who was 12 or 13 in 1876, hid in the banks of the Little Bighorn River for safety during the conflict.
"It's to reflect and appreciate what my ancestors have done for me to be here, for my kids to be here," C'Bearing said. "Their stamina, their will, their resilience. I'll always be grateful for that and always honor it."
The gathering brought Native people from tribes across the plains and Mountain West to Crow Agency, and included a horseback reenactment of the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Longest Walk walks into Ohio: Photos by Bad Bear

Photos by Western Shoshone Long Walker Carl Bad Bear Sampson
June 27, 2019

Bad Bear said, "We are starting the walk here in Phoneton, Ohio. We're gonna try and do 25 miles today. Tonight we will be at Yellow Spring for a talk and a pot luck."

Long walkers walked into Ohio, all the way from Alcatraz, on the way to Ohio. Please support these walkers who have suffered a great deal to make it this far.

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