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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, October 14, 2019

Muckleshoots Canoe Journey to Alcatraz Photos by Rachel Heaton


Photos by Rachel Heaton: Muckleshoot Tribes pull to Alcatraz this morning. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz. Thank you for sharing the photos of the Canoe Journey today!

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 everywhere.”

The Alcatraz Canoe Journey committee thanks Chairperson Cordero and the Ohlone People for their support and we look forward to welcoming Indigenous peoples of all nations to the Alcatraz Canoe Journey in years to come

Beyond commemorating 50 years since the occupation of Alcatraz and supporting the Ohlone and Indigenous Peoples in the Bay Area to uplift their narratives, the goal of this journey is to reclaim Alcatraz as a vision, rather than as a penitentiary, for Indigenous sovereignty, rights, and freedom

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News coverage from Dec. 1969: Arriving by boat on Alcatraz.

Indigenous International Film Festival Oct. 14, 2019

Jean Whitehorse at AIM West
Photo Brenda Norrell

Tonight, Monday, October, 14, in San Francisco, AIM West hosts the film 'Ama,' the story of Dineh Jean Whitehorse and the United States sterilization of Native women

By Tony Gonzales
AIM West
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SAN FRANCISCO -- On Indigenous Peoples Day, October 14, at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., starting at 7 pm, AIM-WEST hosts the 9th International Film Festival.
In the film, 'Ama,' Ms. Jean Whitehorse, Dine/Navajo, shares her own personal story. The film was recently released. Ama is about the sterilization of Indigenous women conducted in the USA by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Services. Jean was among the estimated 70,000 victims that equals to a genocide, or lost generations! 

There is a donation requested at the door! First come!

Future AIM-WEST activities:
November 25-26, AIM West Coast Conference at 2969 Mission Street in San Francisco. Special AIM guest include Madonna Thunder Hawk, Bill Means, Len Foster, Puksu Igualikinya (Kuna-Panama), Tom Poor Bear, Carol Standing Elk, Fred Short, and more!
November 27, annual Unthanksgiving Feast of the “Eagle and the Condor” at 362 Capp St. in San Francisco from 4-8 pm;
November 30, annual Red Blues musical concert benefit for AIM-WEST, at 362 Capp St. in SF doors open at 6:30 with Bobby Young Project, Funkanuts, and The Firebirds Blues Band (not in order) there will be cover charge a door, no one turned away.
Support your local AIM organization!
Ajo! All my relations!
Tony Gonzales
Host and
AIM-WEST director

Celebrating Warriors: Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Today Photos By Bad Bear


Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson.

Western Shoshone Photographer Carl Bad Bear Sampson

On Alcatraz today for today's Sunrise Ceremony photos by Bad Bear.

Commemorating 527 years of Indigenous resistance and survival in the Americas. Today's Sunrise Ceremony honors the cultures and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in California and around the world, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes in 1969-1971. 

March to Protect the Sacred 'No Man Camps No Line 3' Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

Stolen Generations: The Native Children Who Never Came Home

By Brenda Norrell
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CARLISLE, Penn. -- Lakota Nick Estes writes in a new article about the generations of Indian children stolen by the United States. Many of those children never came home. They died of starvation, pneumonia, beatings and other abuse. Across North America, Australia and New Zealand, Indigenous children were routinely stolen and forced into residential schools where many died.

In Estes' article, 'The U.S. Stole Generations of Indian Children to Open the West,' at High Country News, he writes, "Nearly 200 Native children lie buried at the entrance of the Carlisle Barracks in the “Indian Cemetery” — the first thing you see when entering one of the United States’ oldest military installations. It is a grisly monument to the country’s most infamous boarding school, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which opened in 1879 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and closed in 1918. Chiseled onto the white granite headstones, arranged in the uniform rows typical of veterans’ cemeteries in the U.S., are the names and tribal affiliations of children who came to Carlisle but never left. Thirteen gravestones list neither name nor tribe; they simply read 'UNKNOWN.'”
Read more here.

Today. President Trump and those who follow his orders are responsible for the incarceration of children in migrant prisons, where they are starved, sexually abused, drugged and beaten. Numerous have died while others suffer without medicine and treatment. Separated from their families, they languish in hopeless jail cells, while other stolen migrant children have been adopted in illegal acts. Many of these children are Indigenous from Mexico and Central America. The abuse and theft of children have been well documented by the media and members of the U.S. Congress.

It is time for Nuremberg style trials, which will prosecute Trump and all those who carried out his orders in the theft, incarceration and abuse of migrant children, as was done with those who followed Hitler's orders.

Estes writes, "Although Luther Standing Bear eventually returned to his home at the Rosebud Agency, many of his peers didn’t. 'The change in clothing, housing, food, and confinement combined with lonesomeness,' Standing Bear reasoned, “was too much.” He estimated that in the first three years at Carlisle, nearly half the Lakota children of his class died. 'In the graveyard at Carlisle most of the graves are those of little ones,' he lamented."

On the Longest Walk 2008, I photographed the cemetery at Carlisle Indian School to share with the families of the Children Who Never Came Home. At Carlisle, there were 10,000 Indian children in the boarding school between 1879 and 1918. There are 186 graves that are marked with a tombstone. An unknown number of children were buried without markers. Many of those who died were Lakotas, Cheyenne and Apache, known as fierce fighters, who no doubt fought for their freedom and justice. The children were stolen from all across the United States.

In the cemetery, names remember the children of Carlisle. Fanny Charging Shield, Sioux, died March 7, 1892; Susia Nach Kea, Apache, died May 14, 1889; Godfrey Blatcha, Apache, died July 1890; Cooking Look, Alaskan, died Jan. 4, 1904; Alice Springer, Omaha, died Nov. 12, 1883; Henry Jones, Iowa, died March 20, 1880; Nannie Little Rose, Cheyenne; Albert Henderson; Giles Hands, died May, 1881, Cheyenne; Maul, daughter of Chief Swift Bear, Sioux, died Dec. 1880; Ernest, son of Chief White Thunder, Sioux, died Dec. 14, 1880; Isabel Kelcusay, Apache, died on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1884; Pedro Sanchez, Apache, died in May of 1885; Frank Cushing, Pueblo, died July 22, 1881; William Sammers, Cheyenne, died May 21, 1888, Corine Simohtie, Apache, died Feb. 11, 1886; Sibyl Mapko, Apache; Kate Rosskidwitts, Witchita, died Jan. 10, 1882, John Bytzolay and all the others.

Read more here.

Western Shoshone 'Standing Strong' Photos by Bad Bear

     Standing Strong for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Photo by Western Shoshone Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson.

Western Shoshone Pine Nut Gathering Yomba blessing of the pine nuts of the earth and exercise or Sovereignty 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty.

Western Shoshone basket maker of the Great Basin Rozina Bobb Sampson said of the traditional dance, "Our ancestors put their prayers into each step to keep our way going for the next generation."
Western Shoshone gathered with Alice Kawich Hooper on Oct. 5, 2019, in Yomba for the 'Duvah' picking in the Shoshone Mountains.

Thank you Bad Bear and the Yomba community for sharing your photos and good words with Censored News.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Speak out for Missing and Murdered Women, and Intimate Partner Abuse

By National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
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LAME DEER, Montana -- Every October, advocates and communities from across Indian country and the United States rally together in honor of survivors of domestic violence and support abuse prevention as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
This month, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC), the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKWRC) and the StrongHearts Native Helpline (StrongHearts) are calling on advocates, Tribal leaders, reservation and urban Indian community members, service providers and Native organizations to rise up in support of the movement to prevent and end domestic violence, which disproportionately affects millions of American Indians and Alaska Natives each year.

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