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Navajos desperate for food and water. Navajo Council wants $24 million of virus relief funds for casinos.

Navajos desperate for food and water. Navajo Council wants $24 million of virus relief funds for casinos.

By Brenda Norrell Censored News

Navajos are desperate for water and food, reports a Navajo journalist. Meanwhile, $650 million in federal coronavirus relief funds are delayed in the tribal government appropriation process. The Navajo Nation Council wants $24 million from the virus relief funds for casinos.

It is now the sixth month of the pandemic on the Navajo Nation and there is no plan in place to deliver emergency food and water to those sick with the virus and in quarantine at home.
Since March, 468 Navajos have died from the virus. Now, there are more than 2,500 active coronavirus cases and there is no plan in place for visiting health care for Navajos sent home from the hospitals to quarantine. Most are too sick to care for themselves.

Navajo reporter Sunnie R Clahchischiligi reports that Navajo elders are alone, without food, and in despair in her article in The Guardian. Cl…

Navajo and Hopi volunteers never give up as the sixth month of the pandemic approaches

Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute "Our team has been busy leading and assisting with relief efforts for the Hopi Community via the Navajo-Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Effort. We’re also working with Hopi farmers to ensure that traditional cornfields are cared for, and completing garden projects with local community members to ensure that our people have the support that they need during this pandemic. Take good care of each other and we will continue to provide updates as we move forward. Learn more and support at!"

'Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation' new book documents racism and violence in bordertowns and birth of The Red Nation

'Red Nation Rising: From Bordertown Violence to Native Liberation' new book documents racism and violence in bordertowns and birth of The Red Nation
By Melanie Yazzie
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Super thrilled to announce my first book, co-authored with Nick Estes, Jennifer Denetdale, and David Correia, with a brilliant and fierce foreword by Brandon Benallie and Radmilla Cody.

Native Americans delivering innovative relief with CARES Act funds

Native American Nations are providing direct financial aid to members under federal CARES Act 
By Brenda Norrell Censored News
The coronavirus pandemic in Indian country is resulting in severe hardships across the country, from food insecurity to the pressing need for laptops for distance learning.

With the pandemic now in the fifth month in Indian country, many Native American Nations are providing direct financial relief to members with federal CARES Act funding, from the Nooksack, Mashpee Wampanoag, Red Lake Ojibwe, and  Lac Courte Ojibwe to the Choctaw, Quapaw, Wichita, Citizen Potawatomi, Cherokee, Winnebego and Zuni Pueblo.

No More Deaths medical station raided with massive show of force by Border Patrol in Arivaca, Arizona

"Disturbing photos show the aftermath of the raid at Byrd Camp. Last night Border Patrol and BORTAC arrested people receiving care and ransacked the humanitarian aid station, ripping apart tents and destroying medical supplies. In an attempt to suppress documentation of the military-style raid, Border Patrol seized the cell phones volunteers used to document the violence. This morning during clean up, volunteers also saw that agents had disconnected the power to the well, the only water source on the property of the remote desert camp." -- No More Deaths

The military-style raid comes after No More Deaths sought information on the US Border Patrol's swat team BORTAC, which was also just involved in attacking protesters in Portland. In Arivaca, over 30 people were detained who were receiving aid, as the temperatures soared to over 100 degrees.

No More Deaths Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat August 1, 2020
Update August 4, 2020
ARIVACA, Arizona -- The U.S. Borde…

RAPID CITY: Heavily-armed SWAT team ready to shoot 14-year-old Lakota who was not home

A massive SWAT team outside a residential home in Rapid City, South Dakota, was positioned for six hours on Sunday night, prepared to deliver deadly force. Police were searching for a 14-year-old Lakota boy who was wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting. The boy was not home.
By Jean Roach, Lakota Censored News
Wow the Rapid City Police Department, Sheriff's Department, SWAT Team, Special Response Team, Highway Patrol brought their Bearcat and accessories including a robot tank, LRAD and no masks. The 14-Year-old Lakota Boy who was not home! How much manpower do they need? There were no non-lethal weapons! They all carried assault weapons ready to kill this youngster! They should make sure where their info came from but they were fishing for six hours! Now, where's your next manhunt?

Update: Rapid City police admit that they didn't even know if a crime had been committed when the massive SWAT team surrounded a residential home. The teenager who was shot earlier…

The White House distributed contaminated coronavirus test kits, involving a secretive purchase

The White House distributed contaminated masks following a secretive purchase deal, reports Vanity Fair, exposing the role of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. This comes as Native women in Minnesota protest Ivanka Trump, saying she is attempting to co-opt the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's movement in a political ploy.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News Photo: Coronavirus testing on Navajo Nation
The White House distributed contaminated coronavirus test kits from China, purchased through a secretive deal with the United Arab Emirates embassy, Vanity Fair reports.

Albuquerque Indigenous organizations rise against fascism: Call to action on July, 31, 2020


CALL TO ACTION! Indigenous Organizations Rise Against Fascism


The Red Nation Albuquerque Freedom Council, Indigenous Women Rising, Pueblo Action Alliance, YUCCA Action


CALL TO ACTION! No Fash! No Feds! No Cops! No ICE! LANDBACK!

Thirty-five federal agents have been deployed to Albuquerque as a part of Trump’s Operation Legend, and the Albuquerque Police Department has received a significant budget increase amidst calls to defund the police. What we are seeing is a literal occupation in the style that the U.S. has carried out in their imperialist interventions all over the world. Their infamous scorched earth tactics that form the foundation of U.S. imperialism were developed through the genocide of Native people all throughout Turtle Island. Make no mistake; this is fascism. It has never been more urgent for us to make it clear that the people hold the power and that we must challenge this cancerous fascism at all turns. Let us con…

New York police abduct young woman, force her into unmarked van

New York police abduct young woman on her skateboard, gang of New York police force her into an  unmarked van.

"It was like a kidnapping," reports the Washington Post.

Viral video shows NYPD forcing protester into unmarked van

By Brenda Norrell
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New York police abducted a skateboarder on Tuesday, throwing her into an unmarked van, as shown in video posted online.

The Washington Post reports, "When an unmarked Kia minivan screeched to a stop near protesters marching in Manhattan on Tuesday evening, the demonstrators’ surprise swiftly gave way to alarm. Several New York Police Department officers wearing T-shirts and shorts spilled out of the van and grabbed one of the protesters, dragging her toward the vehicle, according to videos filmed by bystanders."

"The videos of the chaotic scene, which bore a marked similarity to the controversial tactics used by federal officers to detain demonstrators in Portland, Ore., quickly went viral. Protesters who…

Dine' volunteers deliver relief, as coronavirus spikes in southwest during fifth month of pandemic

As the pandemic continues in the fifth month on the Navajo Nation, there were five more Dine' deaths from the virus reported on Sunday.
Philmer Bluehouse, Dine', speaking with Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, on First Voices radio, said the paradigm shift needed for peace and healing during this time of pandemic is in the Dine' narratives, songs and prayers.
"We must use our sacred knowledge to deal with it," Bluehouse said of the virus, describing it as a monster. "It has its limitations," he said, describing how Dine' were given instructions on how to deal with danger.
"It has to do with self, and how to overcome." He said the answers are within, and ceremonies open the realm of the portal to the sacred.
"It is important as to who we are as a people."

Across Indian Country, the virus rate continued to increase rapidly in the Phoenix and Oklahoma City IHS service units. The Phoenix IHS includes Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Although th…

StrongHearts Native Helpline adds sexual violence advocacy

StrongHearts Native Helpline Adds Sexual Violence Advocacy

CC Hovie, Communications Manager
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EAGAN, Minn., July 28, 2020 — Reaching the mark and every milestone with determination and dedication, StrongHearts Native Helpline is preparing to launch sexual violence advocacy on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8 a.m. Central Time. Adding this type of advocacy will address a long-standing need in Indian Country.

"It's an atrocity that Native Americans continue to experience the highest rates of sexual violence across the nation and until now, there hasn't been a national culturally-appropriate service for them," said Anna Nicolosi, operations manager. "In response, we have developed advocacy training to prepare our advocates to meet the needs that are unique to Native Americans and Alaska Natives."

According to the National Institute of Justice research, 84% of Native women experience violence in their lifetimes, while 56% ex…

Kumeyaay stand in defense of sacred land as border wall construction threatens burial place

Kumeyaay stand in defense of ancestral burial place today as border wall construction threatens the sacred. Photos by Blue Eagle Vigil.

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Members of the Kumeyaay Nation are protesting to protect sacred ancestral land, which is being harmed by the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Spirit of the Mountain Runners: Apache Run from Oak Flat to Mount Graham

By Vanessa Nosie Censored News
(Three days ago) I ask everyone to please keep my father and my youngest daughter in prayer. As they have started the spiritual run from Oak Flat to Mount Graham. This years run will definitely be different and have it’s obstacles since, not only is Mother Earth hurting but so is mankind. The coronavirus has changed this world and has taken so many people. My father and daughter are running in prayer for everyone in this world that someday not only will the destruction on Mother Earth stop but also for a miracle to stop this virus.

We definitely miss all those that run with us every year and excited to meet new faces which breaks our heart but please where ever you are pray for us and run or walk in solidarity with us.

My dad, Báásé, and Morgun reached their destination for the first part of the Spiritual Mt. Graham Run. As we lay our prayers down for everyone in this world, continue to keep us all in prayer. Thank you all for the support you all have sho…