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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Greta Thunberg Greeted by Chief Arvol Looking Horse on Standing Rock

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Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Greta and Paula Hornem today on Standing Rock. Photos courtesy Greta on Twitter.

Greta thanks Lakotas and Dakotas for leadership, resistance and hospitality

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Updated Oct. 10, 2019

STANDING ROCK DAKOTA NATION -- Chief Arvol Looking Horse greeted Greta Thunberg at Standing Rock today. Greta received a name from Chief Arvol Looking Horse. Translated into English it means, “Woman Who Came From the Heavens."

Tokatawin Iron Eyes and Greta spoke to students on climate change today in Standing Rock, urging action to protect the resources of the Earth for future generations.  Chief Arvol Looking Horse bestowed a Lakota name on Greta, “maphiyata echiyatan hin win,” which means “woman who came from the heavens," the Bismarck Tribune reports.

Former Standing Rock Chairman Jesse Taken Alive suggested the name, telling Thunberg “You have awakened the world. We stand with you.”

Chief Arvol Looking Horse said, “Historically when other Nations came to our territory that made an impact in our lives -- they received a name in Our language -- we didn’t use their language. Even Custer got a name."

"Only our People had the Right to request a Sacred Name - it was then we used a feather or a nickname was given by family - Tios’paye. We never used names to condemn because language was sacred.”

Greta, the Swedish activist now known around the world, said on Twitter, ‪The last two days Tokata Iron Eyes and I visited Takini School, Standing Rock Community School and the beautiful Standing Rock Reservation."

"Thank you everyone for your leadership, your resistance and your incredible hospitality! Indigenous peoples are at the frontline, they are often the ones who are affected the most by the climate and ecological crisis, yet they are not the ones responsible for it. They are also the ones who are leading the fight against it. We are now so desperate for their voices and knowledge of how to live in balance with nature."

#NoDAPL #NoKXL #WaterIsLife#wetlands"
Read Censored News coverage of Tokatawin and Greta on Pine Ridge:

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

PINE RIDGE, Oglala Sioux Nation -- Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner said if the man camps and oil pipelines come here and encroach on Oglala land, they will have to run over him because he is willing to die as his ancestors did.

President Bear Runner's words were the battle cry, the call to action, before Tokatawin Iron Eyes, Lakota, and Greta Thunberg spoke out for Mother Earth on Pine Ridge, in the heart of Native resistance.

Then, these two 16-year-olds woke up the world.

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Ecuador's Leaders Flee as Indigenous Demand Rights

(Fotos: Jonatan Rosas)
Amazon Frontlines
HAPPENING NOW in Ecuador: Over 20,000 indigenous peoples from the Amazon to the Andes are mobilizing to Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, as part of a nationwide mobilization aimed at reversing a series of government-imposed economic austerity measures that, protesters say, will deepen social inequalities, fuel environmental degradation, and lock Ecuador in a short-sighted economic system premised on the unsustainable extraction of natural resources.
Hundreds of protesters have been jailed, and human rights groups, including Amazon Frontlines, have issued reports citing widespread human rights violations.
“We call on the Ecuadorian government to repeal the recently announced austerity measures, cancel the agreement with the International Monetary Fund and respect indigenous peoples’ decision to keep our territories free of extractive industries”, national and regional organizations CONAIE and CONFENIAE have declared.

Indigenous Organizers Statement

Quito, Ecuador—October 8th, 2019 – Indigenous peoples across Ecuador have mobilized against the central government’s neoliberal policies and extractive practices, as have workers unions, student unions and a diverse group of civil society. Our civil disobedience has included marches, road blocks, and the detention of military and police personnel accused of violence and aggression within indigenous territories. Currently, over 20,000 indigenous peoples from the Andes to the Amazon are marching to the capital city of Quito in indefinite protest.

Our movement aims to reverse the Ecuadorian government’s closed-door agreement with the International Monetary Fund and protect our territories from the social, economic and environmental fallout of the accelerated extractive agenda that will follow. This is not simply about gasoline subsidies. The austerity measures of President Lenin Moreno will widen inequality and marginalization of indigenous peoples. Paired with the recent announcement of Ecuador to leave OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), they are clear indicators that the government will ramp up devastating oil, mining and hydroelectric projects in indigenous territories. For centuries we have protected our lands in the mountains and the Amazon, and we will not allow indigenous peoples, indigenous territories and our global climate to pay the cost for the government’s mounting debt to China and international lenders.

These political decisions and policies were made in the capital without our consent or input, yet they affect our rights and our ability to survive. We have shown throughout Ecuador’s history that indigenous peoples have the power to shut down the country when our rights are put at risk and power is abused. Once again, we are putting our bodies and our lives on the line to protect our families, rights, cultures and territories, this time from the central government’s neoliberal assault.

We denounce the campaigns of misinformation promoted by the central government and by both national and international media outlets. Opportunists, both politicians and looters, are attempting to co-opt the indigenous movement and distort our message. This inflames violence and division. We repudiate the violence, vandalism and looting by external actors who are not affiliated with our movement or goals. The government must reverse its declaration of a State of Emergency, which facilitates widespread police and military violence, arbitrary detentions and the suspension of fundamental rights.

We call on the Ecuadorian government to repeal the recently announced austerity measures, cancel the agreement with the International Monetary Fund and respect indigenous peoples’ decision to keep our territories free of extractive industries.

Read CONAIE and CONFENIAE’s full statement in Spanish here.
For further information and interviews please contact via WhatsApp:
Andrés Tapía, CONFENIAE Communications, +593 98 446 5175
Apawki Castro, CONAIE Communications, +593 98 385 6491
Jaime Vargas, President of CONAIE, +593 96 092 1242
Marlon Vargas, President of CONFENIAE, +593 98 903 4035

In the news:

Read more at The Guardian:
Ecuador's President Moves Government out of Quito
Thousands of indigenous protesters have converged on Ecuador’s capital after anti-government demonstrations and clashes prompted the president to move his besieged administration out of QuitoOn Tuesday afternoon, one group of protesters burst through security lines and briefly surged into the country’s National Assembly, before they were forced out by police firing tear gas. The legislature was not sitting at the time. Elsewhere, masked and stick-wielding protesters hurled stones and battled with security forces, who responded with tear gas. Read more:

(Below) Demonstrators clashed with riot police near the national assembly in Quito on Tuesday following days of protests against the sharp rise in fuel prices sparked by authorities' decision to scrap subsidies.MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
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MNN. 8 OCT. 2019. otsinonwaksen okonha, the corporation of the government of Canada and its partners are a troubled people. The main questions for their current election debates should be, “How do we get out of making up for the brutality and genocide we are committing against the onkwehonweh’onwe, the original people, and all life on turtle island?”

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