August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

AIM West Un-Thanksgiving San Francisco Photos

Behind the scenes, Bruce Gali says, 'Lenny Foster holding Council. Prayers up! Ahooo!'
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Dr. LaNada War Jack, Shoshone Bannock, with her new book, 'Native Resistance: An  Intergenerational Fight for Survival and Life.' War Jack spoke this evening on the events leading up to the Occupation of Alcatraz. Watch for our interview. Photo by Brenda Norrell

Tribal Chair Dee Dee Manzanares Ybarra
in an interview on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women with Censored News.
Photo by Brenda Norrell

Long Walkers and Warriors Bruce Gali and Wounded Knee.
Photo by Brenda Norrell
Lenny Foster, Dine', has spent his life advocating for the right to spiritual ceremonies for inmates
in prisons, with Bill Means, Lakota, and musician Dr. Loco.

Photo by Brenda Norrell

Western Shoshone Johnny Bobb with Professor Dr. Julian Kunnie. Photo by Brenda Norrell.
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Apache Wendsler Nosie and Religious Leaders Will Guard Oak Flat, Join Them

Photos by Leslie Jean

By Apache Stronghold
Censored News
French translation


You may have heard the news beginning to spread; Wendsler Nosie, Sr will be returning home to Chi'chil Bildagoteel, leaving tomorrow and walking from San Carlos. His intention is to stay, guarding the sacred site from those who seek to harm his religious right to be there. Indigenous peoples have been leading the fight to stop the transfer of land to a foreign company and the proposed Resolution Copper mine. His letter to the US Forest Service is attached below.

Spiritual leaders from around the country are coming to join Wendsler on this path, in solidarity. Rev. Dr. William Barber II and a delegation of the Poor People's Campaign will be there tomorrow. He hopes to arrive at Oak Flat on Saturday and all are welcome to join in spiritual support as he makes this return. Please respond to this email if you are interested to get updates over the next few days for how to show up.

Please send prayers to Wendsler and his whole family.

If you are with a journalist or with a media outlet, please contact Vanessa Nosie ( to schedule an interview.

Thank you!
Protect Oak Flat!

As Christian ministers who are committed to the freedom of religion for all people, we call on all people of faith to stand with Wendsler Nosie Sr. and the Apache Stronghold before it is too late. To preach the resurrection of Jesus is to proclaim that no one and no one's tradition must be crucified for the greater good. We can protect the waters, protect Oak Flat, and still have enough resources for every family in this land to flourish. The history of terrible violence this nation has committed against indigenous people from the Trail of Tears to Standing Rock is a reminder that the apocalypse Nosie goes home to face is a real possibility. But it is not a necessity. We pray Americans will act to show genuine gratitude for the original stewards of this land and their religious freedom. We join our brother, Wendsler Nosie, in the call to save Oak Flat and in his journey as he goes home to Oak Flat. 
-Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Leonard Peltier's Thanksgiving Message 2019

Leonard Peltier's Thanksgiving Message 2019

By Leonard Peltier
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat

The year of 2019 is coming to a close and with it, comes the day most Americans set aside as a day for Thanksgiving. As I let my mind wander beyond the steel bars and concrete walls, I try to imagine what the people who live outside the prison gates are doing, and what they are thinking. Do they ever think of the Indigenous people who were forced from their homelands? Do they understand that with every step they take, no matter the direction, that they are walking on stolen land?

Mohawk Nation News 'Canajon Death Cult'

Posted on November 24, 2019

MNN. Nov. 24, 2019. The pre-planned canajon death cult was implemented by the squatters instructed by the bankers from the moment they invaded onowarekeh, turtle island. [canajon is “Canadians” and means “squatters” in Mohawk.] [wahatinatsoten, they imbedded themselves in our land.]


'They're killing us like dogs' a massacre and plea for help in Bolivia by Medea Benjamin


By Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
Censored News

Writing this dispatch from Bolivia, the conflict here is spiraling out of control and I fear it will only get worse.
I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

The Blacklisting of Buffy Sainte Marie

Buffy Sainte Marie in San Francisco Nov. 2019. Photo copyright Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, used with permission.

Book reveals the blacklisting of Buffy Sainte Marie -- which played a pivotal role in the creation of Censored News

Originally published in 2013, Censored News shares our story or the Blacklisting of Buffy Sainte Marie again today, as the 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz is underway.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Dutch translation NAIS Gazette

A gift arrived in the mail from Buffy Sainte-Marie, sent by Buffy from her home in Hawaii. It is a biography of her life, Buffy Sainte-Marie: It's My Way, written by Dr. Blair Stonechild, Muscowpetung First Nation.

Inside, there is a note written by Buffy, "To Brenda, with thanks for years of getting so much so right. Ke chi megawetch and aloha."

In the book's bibliography, there's an article that is part of the history of Censored News. This history begins on Navajoland. The year was 1999 and Buffy was performing at Dine' College in Tsaile, Arizona.

National Day of Mourning Plymouth, Mass. Nov. 28, 2019


 United American Indians of New England (UAINE) has called for the 50th National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12 o'clock noon.  Participants will gather by the statue of Massasoit on Cole's Hill above the Plymouth waterfront.

'The True, Indigenous History of Thanksgiving' with Passamaquoddy Chris Newell

Article by Bioneers
Censored News
The pop culture story of the First Thanksgiving, often told to children in grade school, is a myth. For the true story of what happened at the First Thanksgiving, and how Indigenous lives have been affected ever since, Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program’s Alexis Bunten (Aleut/Yup’ik) hosted a conversation with Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy), the Akomawt Educational Initiative’s Director of Education.

Tohono O'odham Ofelia Rivas 'Destruction, obstruction and distraction on border' podcast by Moccasin Tracks

Ofelia Rivas at the Inter American Commission on Human Rights.
in jamaica: Photo Brenda Norrell 
Ofelia Rivas on Moccasin Tracks
by D. Reger's Podcast

Ofelia Rivas speaks about the Tohono O'odham homelands and the ancestors, as the destruction, obstruction and distractions disturb the sacred way of life.

Music Credits:John Trudell, Crazier Than Hell CD, These Memories, Asitis Productions; John Trudell, AKA Grafitti Man, Rich Man's War, Asitis Productions; LakouMizik, HaitaNola CD, Cumbancha, songs: Renwen and La Fanmi Picture of Ofelia by In this podcast from the radio show Moccasin Tracks, Nov 25, we talk with Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham Nation,who shares a perspective of a Nation that has been protecting land and sacred sites. Some decisions made by the Nation's leaders is bringing a military presence to their traditional territory that has been interrupted by the so-called wall being built by US Govt. Ofelia talks about what it is like to be a traditional Tohono O'odham woman and the challenges every day her people live with that are not natural.  Moccasin Tracks is heard weekly at WGDR Community Radio broadcasting from Goddard College, Mondays 9AM-10:30AM (eastern) archived at We are syndicated on Pacifica Radio Network weekly, contact us for more information and thank-you for your interest and for listening! Tracks host, producer and audio editor is Deb Reger

Book Review: 'America's Most Alarming Writer: Essays on the Life and Work of Charles Bowden'

Charles Bowden at the 2010 Texas Book Festival Photo: Parker Haeg
Book Review: 'America's Most Alarming Writer: Essays on the Life and Work of Charles Bowden'

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Seated at the Mexican cafe with the defendants from the day's Earth First! trial, I didn't know who Charles Bowden was. I was thrilled that I was meeting someone who just came off the Sea Shepherd. As soon as Chuck began to speak in his rhythmic raspy voice about the unromantic soggy ride on the rough seas, I knew who he was.

He was the best writer that I would ever meet.

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