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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, November 29, 2019

Native leader says Trump's empty promises won't halt crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women

Chair Dee Dee Ybarra. Photo by Brenda Norrell.
Native leader says Trump's empty promises won't halt crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Video interview

SAN FRANCISCO -- President Trump's promise to halt the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women is no more than an empty promise aimed at getting votes, says Rumšen Am:a Tur:ataj Ohlone Tribal Chair Dee Dee Ybarra.

"President Trump is trying to entice us by signing a deal saying he is going to form a task force, which I believe is not true. He is using us to try to get our vote, to try to get our people to back him," Ybarra told Censored News during the American Indian Movement's UnThanksgiving Feast here.

Occupation of Alcatraz: LaNada War Jack 'From Self-Determination Back to Termination''

Dr. LaNada War Jack with her new book, 'Native Resistance,' at AIM West's UnThanksgiving
Feast in San Francisco on Wednesday. Photo by Brenda Norrell.

The Occupation of Alcatraz

LaNada War Jack 'From Self-Determination Back to Termination''

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Nov. 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The victories that came with the Occupation of Alcatraz 50 years ago are now threatened by the Trump administration, said Dr. LaNada War Jack, Shoshone Bannock, at the American Indian Movement's UnThanksgiving dinner here.
"I'm really happy that we finally made it to our 50th year. There's been a lot of progress, we've gone forward, and unfortunately, we've gone many steps back as well because of the present administration. And of course after Standing Rock, he signed that executive order to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to continue, and now we have polluted waters in Montana," War Jack said in an interview with Censored News.
"We have gone forward into self-determination and now back into the termination era under the present administration."

Apache Wendsler Nosie going home to Oak Flat

Photo by Steve Pavey

Photo by Steve Pavey

Photo by Steve Pavey

By Vanessa Nosie

Censored News

Today Wendsler Nosie Sr. of the Apache Stronghold and former chair of the San Carlos Apache begins his journey home to Oak Flat.

“The history of our people, of all indigenous people, was to murder us and then place us as prisoners of war, to conquer our land for the purpose of greed. The U.S. government promises that one day we would be free and return home. Those words were lies and betrayal. Today my father, Wendsler Nosie Sr. started on his spiritual journey to return home to take his permanent residency at Oak Flat. He started this morning where they first imprisoned us at Old San Carlos.

"He is no longer allowing the U.S. government to continue to lie to him and his people. In his return home he is going to continue to fight this evil that has shown to us throughout this country and protect our holy sites, and our future generations to come. Please continue to pray for him and the journey he is on for his life will forever be changed.”

Read more: Religious leaders join Wendsler Nosie to guard Oak Flat

Daira, Tukano from Brazil: Europe must stop investing in the Genocide Industry


Daiara Tukano, from the Tukano People of Brazilian Amazonia, was invited by the CSIA-Nitassinan, in October 2019. Her speech is a masterpiece in denouncing colonialism and capitalism. She delivered it in French, and I hope that my English translation is good enough to reflect her ideas. Daiara is an artist, painter and musician. And a Warrior. -- Christine Prat

Daiara Tukano
October 12th, 2019
Translation and photos Christine Prat

Anne Pastor, journalist: Let’s say that he [Bolsonaro] has taken a very clear position. I think that during his campaign, he even said that the laws protecting the forest were a hindrance for the economical development of the country, and he promised to break them. We feel that he is true to his words.

Daiara: That person seems, at least, to be very determined to do what he says, it was not necessarily the case with the previous government. But Amazonia has always been a target for all kinds of attacks, and the struggle of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil has been going on continuously for at least 519 years. The issue is not so much a government being more violent than another, violence is permanent. However, it has to be said that, at the moment, violence becomes institutionalized, through the discourse of the Head of State, which confers a kind of impunity to all the crimes committed on our territories and against our populations.

PLYMOUTH: 50th National Day of Mourning

Photo by Rachel Jones

Mahtowin Munro
United American Indians of New England 
Censored News
The 50th National Day of Mourning was huge and uplifting. We had 1200-1500 people rallying and marching in Plymouth, with wonderful speakers repping Indigenous issues within Bolivia, Hawaii, Labrador, Manitoba, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Massachusetts, Maine and more.
“We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us!”  said Mahtowin Munro, co-chair of United American Indians of New England, UAINE.
"Respect sovereignty. No person is illegal on stolen land. Remember the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirits."
Mad respect to the kitchen crews and ASL interpreters.
Thank you to all who came and made it such an amazing day!
Photo by Rachel Jones

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