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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wampanoag Hartman Deetz 'No thanks no giving' history in Paris

Photos courtesy Hartman Deetz


Transcribed by Christine Prat in Paris
Hartman Deetz speaking on Oct. 12, 2019, at a panel hosted by the CSIA, Committee for Solidarity with Indigenous in the Americas, in Paris
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French translation

Hartman Deetz is from Mashpee, a member of the Wampanoag tribe. He has been involved in Indigenous and Environmental movements for over 20 years. His activism mainly relies on his spirituality and his Indigenous traditions, that are based on the idea that the Earth is a living being and that it is necessary never to forget it. He has been taking part in ceremonies ever since he was 12. He has worked with the Mashpee Coalition for Native Action, took part in the Long Walk in 2008 and Idle No More in San Francisco. He has been in Standing Rock and in Indian Bayou, Louisiana, to struggle against pipeline projects that threaten the Mississippi river. He is also involved in a struggle to have the Sword removed from Massachusetts’s flag and in another campaign aiming to have the Mashpee Reservation Act be fully implemented. Hartman is also an artist and jewelry designer.

Lisa Deville 'Native Americans Deserve Strong Air Pollution Standards'

Native Americans Deserve Strong Air Pollution Standards

By Lisa DeVille

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara
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Last month, I joined citizens from across the country in Dallas, Texas to testify against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s proposal to eliminate direct regulation of methane from the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, a proposal which would remove pollution standards for the oil and gas industry and put communities like mine in danger. If the proposal is finalized, the production, transmission, and storage of gas in North Dakota would have no methane emissions standards. As a proud member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, whose ancestors are buried in Mandaree and Fort Berthold, I feel a powerful connection to this land, and I am deeply disturbed by the EPA’s efforts to undermine the pollution standards that keep my community safe.

Casey Camp Horinek: 'Aligning Human Law with Natural Law' Transcript at Bioneers

Casey Camp Horinek: 'Aligning Human Law with Natural Law' Transcript at Bioneers

   Please watch video and read transcript below.
This keynote talk was given at the 2019 Bioneers Conference.
According to Casey Camp-Horinek, for as long as Mother Earth and Father Sky have blessed all life on Earth with sustenance, there has been a Sacred System honored by all species. Only humans have strayed wildly from these original instructions to live in harmony with all and to recognize our place in the Great Mystery. Now, she says, in this crucial moment, we must find our way back to Balance if we are to avoid the unraveling of the web of life. Casey is tribal Councilwoman of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and an internationally renowned, longtime Native and Human Rights and Environmental Justice activist, as well as an Emmy Award-winning actress and author.
Read the full verbatim transcript of this keynote talk below.

Bioneers: Watch Videos of Keynote Speakers 2019

By Brenda Norrell
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- The Bioneers think tank keynote speaker videos are now available. Ponca Casey Camp-Horinek was among the powerful women speakers, speaking on topics as diverse and as interconnected as remembering our mothers; revolutionary love, and clean air in Mississippi.
The powerful women speakers include the CEO of Mother Jones, the founder of Revolutionary Love and the author of Vagina Monologues.

NO MORE DEATHS: Defund Hate: Defund US Border Patrol and ICE

US Border Patrol agent in Arizona pouring out life-saving
water in the Sonoran Desert where migrants die walking to
a better life.

By No More Deaths
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Yesterday, we sat in court and heard the government's opening arguments against No More Deaths volunteer Dr. Scott Warren. Though we have heard them all before, the scope of the accusations remain deeply unsettling. Prosecutor Anna Wright went so far as to claim that the defense's arguments may be full of "distractions", by which she meant the greater context in which Scott and the rest of us live and work every day. A context in which we encounter human remains multiple times a week. A context in which a border patrol agent can destroy life-saving aid and face no consequence, while Scott faces up to 10 years in prison for his humanitarian efforts.
Today we are asking you to join with us, the Detention Watch Network and people across the nation as we call on Congress to hold CBP accountable for their egregious human rights violations and cease funding an agency so rampant with abuses.


Trailer for L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP from Sam Vinal- Mutual Aid Media on Vimeo.
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

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