Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 31, 2020

Speaking Truth to Power: Dakota Waziyatawin on Indigeneity Rising Radio Minneapolis

Speaking Truth to Power: Dakota Waziyatawin on Indigeneity Radio Minneapolis

Speaking truth to power: Waziyatawin: The U.S. took the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota land by fraud and theft. The land is the key to justice. She also speaks on the construction of earth lodges, The radio show is in the archives in the dropdown menu.

Indigeneity Rising

Join Host Roy Taylor (Pawnee Nation, Oklahoma Enrolled) on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. Central Standard Time, as he welcomes to the program for the first time, WAZIYATAWIN ("Woman Of The North") aka Angela Wilson née Cavender.
They will be in KFAI Fresh Air Radio "Studio Stronghold" (virtual remote broadcast/streaming/FaceBook LIVE), to discuss, remember and commemorate the Dakhóta Peoples during this month of December ("Cold Moon").
Waziyatawin is Dakota, Pezihutazizi Otunwe-Yellow Medicine Village (Upper "Sioux") from Minnesota. She is an academic, author, activist by education, training and inclination. Waziyatawin is a leading Indigenous intellectual and a sought after speaker on many topics including Indigenous Womens' roles, recovering Indigenous Knowledge and the Dakota Peoples story culturally and historically. She has been a vocal opponent of the State of Minnesota Sesquicentennial Celebration. Her background includes writing or editing six books including her Ph.D thesis, "REMEMBER THIS! DAKOTA DECOLONIZATION AND THE ELI TAYLOR NARRATIVES."
She is the Daughter of Professor Mato Nunpa, formerly of Minnesota Southwest State University. Waziyatawin has a Ph.D in History from Cornell University. She was a tenured Professor at Arizona State University in Tempe, and Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples at the Indigenous Governance Program, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
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December 29, 2020

Facebook shields Wounded Knee Massacre photos on anniversary, subverting history

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

WOUNDED KNEE. This photo on the Anniversary of the Massacre of Wounded Knee was shielded by Facebook today, in itself making a profound statement about the lack of truth in history in the U.S. and Facebook's role in subverting history and blocking the truth from view.

Facebook shields from view this image of the Massacre of Wounded Knee today. At the same time, Facebook glorifies the wealth and pomp of the so-called Royal Family of England -- whose riches were derived from the torture, murder, rape, and violent theft of land of Indigenous Peoples around the world. This history is shielded from view by history books and those who attempt to forget and erase history.

December 28, 2020

Horrifying video of Navajo Oneida man being repeatedly tasered for praying at Petroglyphs

Darrell House, Navajo Oneida, was walking through the Petroglyphs at the Piedra Mercado trail when he was repeatedly tasered by park rangers.

Water Protector ascends tripod blocks Enbridge pipeline

LIVE! Emma risking her wellbeing for future generations, as Minnesota law enforcement
protects a Canadian multinational corporation.

Emma Harrison was arrested today after her bold stance for the water. "I'm doing this because Line 3 embodies everything wrong with the world. Profits for a few over the well-being of communities near and far, present and future. Stopping Line 3 is a tangible way to fight for the world I want to live in."

December 26, 2020

'Never forget' Solidarity with Riders and in Remembrance of History

Remembrance of the Dakota 38 above the home of Robert Free in
Seattle today. Photos courtesy Robert Free.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the execution, by hanging, of 38 Dakota Sioux prisoners in Mankato, Minnesota. Most of those executed were holy men or political leaders of their camps. None of them were responsible for committing the crimes they were accused of. Coined as the Largest Mass Execution in U.S. History. (Brown, Dee. BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE. New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1970. pp. 59-61)

'Never forget' Solidarity with Riders and in Remembrance of History

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SEATTLE -- The Dakota 38 are remembered today in a tribute above the home of Robert Free in Seattle, so that history will not be forgotten and the reality of Lincoln as president will be known.

 "The reason we're doing it is we have to keep these things alive and in memory," said Robert Free.

Robert, whose tipi was at Alcatraz, was at the Occupation of Wounded Knee, in the fishing rights struggle in the northwest, on the Trail of Broken Treaties and at the BIA takeover in Washington. Today, struggling with cancer and disabled, Robert spoke with descendants of the Dakota 38 before volunteers put up the remembrance.

December 25, 2020

Zapatistas Sup Galeano: How Defensa Zapatista tried to explain Zapatismo’s mission and other happy reasoning to Esperanza

How Defensa Zapatista tried to explain Zapatismo’s mission and other happy reasoning to Esperanza 

By Sup Galeano (Marcos)


“All right, I’m going to explain something very important to you. But don’t take notes—just keep it in your head. You might leave the notebook laying around anywhere, but you have to carry your head with you all the time.”

Defensa Zapatista paced back and forth, just like the late SupMarcos used to do when he was explaining something really important. Esperanza was sitting on a tree stump, over which she had wisely placed a piece of plastic tarp to cover the damp wood which was covered in moss, mushrooms, and dry twigs.

December 24, 2020

US Border Patrol surrounds migrant aid camp on Christmas Eve

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As the US Border Patrol surrounds the humanitarian aid camp at Arivaca, Arizona, on Christmas Eve, we honor those unsung heroes, like Byrd, the gentle poet and children's book author who offers up the space for the medical aid camp for migrants, and those volunteers who risk arrest and lengthy court battles, to rescue sick and dying migrants trying to walk to a better life. Some have walked across countries, many are Indigenous, and all are in need of water, food, medicine and help. -- Brenda, Censored News

The Food Angels: Holding the World in Balance

The Food Angels: Lakota serve up gourmet

The Food Angels: Meals for Relatives COVID-19 Rapid City Community Response in South Dakota: Lakota volunteers cook homestyle gourmet meals, and deliver to those in quarantine. Meals and photos by Stephanie Eare Savoy, Lucy Seda, Rebecca Kidder, Cynthia Robertson, Lonnie Jeffries, and Laura Schad, with special thanks to founder Natalie Stites Means, organizer Jean Roach, and all cooks, drivers and donors. 

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December 22, 2020

OAK FLAT -- Land Grab Suddenly Halted of Apache Sacred Land




Rio Tinto and BHP’s Notorious Land Grab Must Be Reversed

The U.S. Must Stop Violating Native American Religious Freedom and Human Rights

Dr. Wendsler Nosie, Sr., Apache Stronghold,
Michael V. Nixon, J.D.,
Dec. 17, 2020
Censored News

OAK FLAT, Apache Sacred Land – On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the passage of a notorious Congressional rider that was stuffed into a defense appropriations bill at the midnight hour by special foreign interests, the U.S. Forest Service was forced to halt its ramrodding of the Oak Flat land grab.

The December 2014 rider to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 set up the legal shortcuts for the Anglo-Australian corporate capture of Native American sacred land which would be totally destroyed by the massive copper mine proposed to be imposed there.

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) responded to the request of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and issued a formal report of its five-month investigation of the Forest Service’s conduct of the legal process required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

December 21, 2020

Winter Solstice and the Red-Tailed Hawk

Late Autumn Sun Over Foster Flood Plain

WINTER SOLSTICE -- Tale of the Red-Tailed Hawk

By Lloyd Vivola
Censored News

Like the turning of the seasons, the cycles of life and death are nothing new to a biosphere which for the time being is also home to a virus that is causing much grief and disruption seemingly without exclusion. It makes its presence among us known in the name of a global pandemic, thus in a manner that sets it apart from the likes of so many other calamities, natural and man-made, as so categorized by modern societal bias; events that are no less riddled with suffering and unrest for those who happen to stand in the path at any given time or place.

December 19, 2020

Native leaders pass from coronavirus, while Trump rushes to mine sacred lands

Native leaders pass from coronavirus, while Trump rushes to mine sacred lands

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Trump is rushing with the energy hatchet and targeting sacred lands with mining and drilling, as the coronavirus spreads through Indian country. The virus is claiming the lives of treasures in Indian country -- grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters and leaders.

Standing Rock former Chairman Jesse Jay Taken Alive in North Dakota died from the virus. Taken Alive helped preserve the Lakota language. Jesse's wife Cheryl, of nearly 46 years, died from the virus just weeks before.

December 18, 2020

Diné Hataałii ask for apology and funding from Navajo Nation

Statement by the Diné Hataałii Association

December 16, 2020

We write in support for the original first responders, the Diné Hataałii and traditional practitioners and spiritual leaders of the Navajo Nation. Spiritual leaders and traditional practitioners are sought out in times of illness, hardship, fear and anxiety and that has remained true during the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 16, 2020

Tohono O'odham Care Packages Arrive for Elders on Border

By Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham 
O'odham Voice Against the Wall
Censored News

To Friends and Supporters that immediately responded to our request. These Elders live in remote areas of O'odham lands. Due to political boundaries, food and supplies and virus essentials are not available.

Bioneers Day 4: Healing Ecosystems & Uprooting Racism

Bioneers Conference 2020 Day 4
Beyond the Great Unraveling -- Weaving the World Anew

By Bioneers

The fourth and final day of the Bioneers 2020 Conference was a reminder of the ways in which humanity interacts with the natural world, to its benefit as well as to its detriment.

"By elevating ourselves above her, separating and isolating ourselves from nature, by refusing to understand nature as a living entity, we bring our own ruin," said Mari Margil of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights. "And in taking ourselves down, we seem intent on taking everything else down with us." 

December 11, 2020

Federal judge rejects fracking lease in Utah's Unitah Basin

Federal Judge Rejects Approval of Federal Oil, Gas Leases in Utah

Decision Comes Ahead of Biden’s Promised Leasing Ban

By Taylor McKinnon, Center for Biological Diversity, (801) 300-2414,
Liam Kelly, National Parks Conservation Association, (213) 814 8666,
Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians, (303) 437-7663,
Caitlin Miller, Earthjustice, (317) 797-4394,
Censored News
December 11, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY— A federal judge overturned the Trump administration’s plan to lease more than 60,000 acres of public land for fracking in northern Utah’s Uintah Basin, including areas near Dinosaur National Monument, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management violated the law by refusing to consider alternatives to leasing all 59 parcels.

“This is a strong rebuke of Trump’s disastrous fracking frenzy across our public lands, which is destroying the climate, wildlife and frontline communities,” said Taylor McKinnon, a senior campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity. “President-elect Biden’s ban on new federal fossil fuel leasing can’t come soon enough.”
Biden has pledged to ban new oil and gas leasing on federal public lands and waters when he takes office Jan. 20.

"The Court rejected BLM’s attempt to abuse its power by refusing to consider reasonable alternatives to its action,” said Caitlin Miller, an associate attorney at Earthjustice who argued the case. “This is another resounding blow to the agency’s lease everything no matter the consequences attitude.”

In September 2018 environmental groups sued the Bureau easing more than 115,000 acres of public land in western Colorado and northern Utah for oil and gas extraction without adequate environmental protections. The suit said the December 2017 and June 2018 lease sales violated federal environmental laws by failing to evaluate plan alternatives that would minimize impacts to sensitive public lands.

The leased area includes land near Dinosaur National Monument, where more than 300,000 visitors a year come to experience the expansive views, untouched landscape and dark night skies.

“Developing this landscape surrounding Dinosaur National Monument for oil and gas would degrade local air quality, both within the park and nearby communities, as well as threaten the park’s dark night skies, exceptional views and fragile habitat,” said Cory MacNulty, southwest associate director for the National Parks Conservation Association. “We are heartened to see that BLM is being held accountable to comply with the law -- as it should have done from the start.”

“This is a victory for the American West’s iconic parks and monuments, as well as another win for climate and clean air,” said Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians’ climate and energy program director. “Importantly, it’s another stinging rejection of the Trump administration’s illegal attempts to sell out our legacy of public lands to the oil and gas industry.”

Thursday’s ruling applies only to the Utah leases because the suit was divided into separate Colorado and Utah lawsuits.

Oil and gas operations are the largest human-made source of air and climate pollution in the Uinta Basin, plaguing this once-pristine rural region with air pollution comparable to that of Los Angeles and Denver. Elevated levels of ozone pollution endanger human health, causing asthma attacks, cardiovascular disease and premature death. It’s particularly dangerous for vulnerable populations, including children, seniors and people with respiratory conditions. Air pollution from oil and gas drilling in the region already worsens visibility, stunts vegetation growth and harms delicate ecosystems.

The lawsuit was filed by Rocky Mountain Wild, National Parks Conservation Association, the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians. The groups are represented by Earthjustice.


Fossil fuel production on public lands causes about a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. Peer-reviewed science estimates that a nationwide federal fossil fuel leasing ban would reduce carbon emissions by 280 million tons per year, ranking it among the most ambitious federal climate-policy proposals in recent years.

Federal fossil fuels that have not been leased to the industry contain up to 450 billion tons of potential climate pollution; those already leased to the industry contain up to 43 billion tons. Pollution from already-leased fossil fuels on federal lands, if fully developed, would essentially exhaust the U.S. carbon budget for staying below warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Existing laws give presidents the authority to end new federal fossil fuel leasing. Hundreds of organizations have petitioned the federal government to end new onshore and offshore leasing.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its 1.3 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit

WildEarth Guardians is an environmental nonprofit that works to protect and restore the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. We envision a future in which communities are empowered to choose the kind of power, jobs, and local solutions that benefit current and future generations — solutions that will also enable us to confront the climate crisis.

Earthjustice is the nation’s premier environmental law organization. We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy environment. Since our founding more than four decades ago, we’ve defended that right by using the power of the law to fight for the earth and its inhabitants.

December 10, 2020

Pfizer vaccine warning, helicopters overhead and dying alone

This US Department of Energy helicopter flying between Red Mesa and Mexican Water on the Navajo Nation today was documented by Censored News using Flight Radar 24. 

Navajos and Lakotas are being infected and dying from the coronavirus at an alarming rate. Something is very wrong.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Dec. 9, 2020
French translation by Christine Prat at:

A US Department of Energy helicopter was busy flying over the Navajo Nation today. Censored News documented the US Dept of Energy helicopter over Kayenta, Red Mesa and Mexican Water. It flew out from Farmington, N.M., and landed in Page, Ariz.

Over the past week, three large planes, with their callsigns "Blocked" landed in Page, arriving from Farmington, Mesa and Salt Lake. "Blocked" callsign is most often used for the planes of the U.S. military and U.S. government.

Something is very wrong.

December 6, 2020

Bioneers: Native Land Back Movement Will Change the World -- Cutcha Risling Baldy

Cutcha Risling Baldy; Co-Founder | Native Women's Collective 

By Bioneers
Censored News

The second day of the Bioneers 2020 Conference delivered essential calls to action for a brighter future paired with beautiful performances and a healthy dose of democracy.

Following are some of the ideas and takeaways Bioneers introduced today.

The Bioneers Team


The Bioneers Conference isn't over yet! Tickets are still available at an extremely affordable price. We invite you to join us!

If the live schedule conflicts with your own, we've got you covered: All registrants will be able to access recordings of the sessions for which they registered throughout the month of December.


Lessons, in Their Own Words:

"At the heart of this decolonization has to be land return. We don't need to think about that as the last step, like after we've decolonized our minds, our curriculums, our statues, our books, our movies, our TV shows, our clothing, then maybe we'll finally get to the return of land. I say let's start with the return of land and know that it's possible, and it's powerful, and that it's going to be the thing that changes the world." -Cutcha Risling Baldy; Co-Founder | Native Women's Collective

BIONEERS: Indigenous Women: Powerful Guidance in Time of Pandemic

Indigenous Women share powerful guidance in times of pandemic, during this year's online Bioneers Conference

Bioneers Conference 2020
Beyond the Great Unraveling -- Weaving the World Anew

Today, the first day of the Bioneers 2020 Conference, presented science that opened our eyes to new possibilities along with ideas and inspiration for transitioning into a new year with strength, perseverance and an unwavering insistence upon amplifying underrepresented voices in important conversations.

"You have power," said activist and organizer LaTosha Brown. "How can you use your agency, our collective power, to make the change that we all deserve?"

December 3, 2020

Bioneers Conference featuring Native Women

Native Women featured in Bioneers Conference online this weekend and next

Native women are featured speakers at this year's Bioneers Conference, online Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 --6, and again next weekend. Tickets are available, and podcasts will be posted afterward. The emerging thinkers and doers include the CEO of Mother Jones and more.

Shaking the world from the ground up, innovative speakers inspire with ideas, movement and conversation.

Bioneers Conference features cutting edge thinkers -- from farmers and poets to authors, organizers, land defenders and tool makers of a new democracy. 

Bioneers said, Bioneers is excited to introduce the 2020 Bioneers Conference: a virtual gathering encapsulating the magic of our annual live conference. Join us live Dec 5-6 and 12-13 or On-Demand through the entire month of December.
This year’s theme is “Beyond the Great Unraveling: Weaving the World Anew.” As we enter into a permanent emergency, it’s much easier to see what’s dying than what’s being born. But since the beginning, Bioneers has been about what’s being born. As always, we’ll be showcasing many of the most visionary and practical solutions afoot today, and many of our greatest visionary innovators, including the greatest people you’ve never heard of.
Now more than ever, we’re profoundly grateful to be able to gather together in community and shine a light on pathways forward and to celebrate each other.

Navajo Council says $300 million must revert to hardship relief -- Navajo government in chaos over unspent federal virus relief funds

Photo: Dine' volunteers Mercury Bitsuie and Uncle Andy Dann raise their own funds and deliver firewood to Dine' in desperate need at isolated homes.

Breaking news: The Navajo Nation asked for major disaster declaration today due to uncontrolled virus spread:

CARES Act funds -- The Navajo Nation Council says $300 million in unspent federal virus relief funds must go to hardship relief, direct payments to Dine'. With time running out to spend the $714 million in CARES Act funds, the Navajo government is in chaos. At the same time, there were 310 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation. Now, 658 Navajos have died from the virus. -- Censored News 

Council affirms November 20 for automatic reallocation of unobligated CARES Funds for Hardship Assistance Program 

By Navajo Nation Council
December 3, 2020 

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — In response to a memorandum issued by the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President on Nov. 20, Speaker Seth Damon provided further guidance on the reversion of CARES Act monies intended to be deposited into the Hardship Assistance Program established by the Navajo Nation Council.

December 2, 2020

Celebrating Joy: Good News from Indian Country

Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief 
Photo by Glenda Tsosie Wheeler, delivering masks and more in Window Rock and Crownpoint this week.

Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief
Photo in Pinon by Racquel K. Black

Mniluzahan Camp for Unsheltered Relatives

Mniluzahan Camp for Unsheltered Relatives near Rapid City, South Dakota

San Xavier Farm Co-op, Tohono O'odham Nation

(Above) San Xavier Farm Co-op, Tohono O'odham Nation, free lunch drive through Dec. 2, along the southeast border of Tucson, Arizona.

Gathering Cafe, Minneapolis

(Above) Dine' Chef Brian Yazzie and team cook gourmet for Native elderly, Gathering Cafe, Minneapolis and St Paul, Minn.

Gathering Cafe, meals for elders in Minneapolis. Photos by Dine' Chef Brian Yazzie from Dennehotso, Navajo Nation.

Arctic Village, Alaska

(Above) Photo by our friend Sarah James, Gwich'in, Arctic Village, Alaska. Every major bank has now ruled out funding Arctic drilling:

Native Women and Youth Featured at upcoming Bioneers Conference online

Apache Youth Naelyn Pike of San Carlos is among the featured Native speakers at this year's Bioneers Conference.

 Join Dine' College weaver online

Join Dine' College and speakers on weaving on Zoom.

Female Voices Rock Film Festival

Dine' Volunteers raise own funds, go the distance

Dine' Mercury Bitsuie and his Uncle Andy Dann deliver water, food, supplies and firewood to remote areas of Navajo Nation. Dine' Land and Water

  Photo by Mercury Bitsui

(Above) Bitahnii Wilson, Dine' volunteer, delivers new water barrels, water, food and supplies to Navajo and Hopi, raising his own funds. 

Lakota Compassion: Amazing home-cooked gourmet meals, cooked and delivered by Lakota volunteers to those in quarantine in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Meals for Relatives Rapid City COVID-19 Community Response

Photo by Lonnie Jeffries

Photo by Bobbi Jean Jarvinen

Indigenous Rights in Times of Thanksgiving

Dine' Healers Relief

 Photo by Shannonlynn Chester, Dine'

November 30, 2020

Chili Yazzie 'The Averted Demise of America the Great'


The Averted Demise of America the Great

By Duane Chili Yazzie, Dine'

Censored News

Through Indigenous eyes. The First Peoples of the western hemisphere continue to suffer the heavy tribulation of ‘different people hatred’ and being the expendable in the enrichment of white imperialism that began in 1492. Columbus and his successors came to our lands with the authorization of the Pope to exterminate us, and to take all our possessions. 

Throughout history, great civilizations, societies, empires, dynasties, ideologies have fallen. America is not infallible. The formidable and ever-present cause for empire collapse is abuse/oppression of humanity by the elite. Causes that would trigger the crumbling of american ideology is the exponential violence perpetrated by the elite, not only on humankind but also on the life of the earth. 

The notion of white supremacy and the scorched earth methods of america’s greedy elite has come to the precipice of implosion. White supremacy flies its flag high with the blessings and exhortations from the would-be-throne-on-high. The attack to further ravage the earth has become extraordinary. The threat remains, making good on greater threats. 

The earth is alive, she suffers the abuse of the exploiter. The earth wants to live, she will defend herself. The virus must be her defense. The killing virus metastasizes through the masses aided by the ignorance of the conceited ignorant. Its timeliness is meticulous, in time to reject the ideology of greed and abuse heralded by the exploiter-in-chief.    

The promise of a new dawn is promising. We are wary of promises. We will await the clear averting of the attacks on our earth, de-escalation of abuse on humanity and a regeneration of human dignity. Then, we will know that our voice and the power of the earth is understood. Then, we will know it is not yet time for america to become history. Then we will celebrate the future that awaits our grandchildren.

November 29, 2020



 NOTE: To dispel the lies of the serpents trying to ‘Reset’ Mohawk kanienkehaka land as a New World Order Center on tsiani tiotiake [Montreal island] without permission of creation and the original people and natural world., a report of the constant work of our “Myth Busters” was made in 2006. This is being republished. The excavators are disturbing spirits that are not meant to resurface.  



Originally published on Nov. 9, 2006.


Please post & distribute worldwide. Nov. 27, 2020. Please confirm you received this.



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At the last minute on Tuesday, November 7, we Iroquois found out there was an exhibit opening at the Calliere Museum in Old Montreal. It was on the “Mysterious Disappearance of the St. Lawrence Valley Iroquois”. They wish! Four of us from Kahnawake, Kanehsatake and Tyendinaga decided to go and look it over.

We were curious as to how they got the idea that we had “disappeared” or that there was any mystery to be solved. How would anyone feel if their so-called demise was advertised and put on exhibit? It’s like finding yourself invited to your own funeral when you’re not dead. It really bugged us. Can you understand? It felt like a death threat. It reminded us of the way we were all told at school that our moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents, everyone were all going to die out. We cried. By now we know a terrorist threat when we see one.

We arrived around noon in Old Montreal. The banner outside indicated that this was sponsored by a whole bunch of Quebec, Canadian and international corporations. We were almost the first visitors there. Instead of welcoming us as the long lost Iroquois, they treated US as though we were spoiling their party. The man at the front desk told us we had to pay $12 to go into the wake. We suggested that since we had disappeared and were ghosts in their eyes, we should be allowed in for free. Suddenly he started to speak only French to us. This is when we started to talk only in Mohawk to him. He got mad and started punching the cash register. Eventually, after arguing about the taxes on the ticket, we could see the only way to get around this extortionist was to pay him off. Then we went up to the second floor.

What we saw was a gross rip off not just for us but for the ignorant public that they hoped to ensnare with their fake account of Mohawk Iroquois history.

Some of the corporate conspirators of these deceptions were the National Archives of Canada, the Birmingham Public Library, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, some patrimonie organization from Sorel Quebec, the Quebec Conservation Department, the National Archives of France, the National Capital Commission of Quebec, the ghost longhouse at remade tourist town of St. Anicet, the Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa Oklahoma, the Huntington Library of San Marino California, Jefferson County Historical Society of Watertown NY, McCord Museum of Montreal, McGill University Osler Library, Michel Crepeau of France, Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications, MODIS Rapid Response Project of NASA, Montreal Botanical Gardens, Quebec Museum of Civilization, National Science Foundation of North Arlington Virginia, New York State Museum of Albany, Point-de-Buisson Archaeological Park, State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg Russia, Trustees of the British Museum, Department of Agriculture in Washington and the University of Montreal. Yep, there you go! A whole bunch of people want us dead. Here we are, raining on their parade.

Why was NASA involved? Maybe they think we came from outer space! Or maybe that’s where they want to send us. Each of these entities must have had one little item to show that we had disappeared. Somebody had a big travel budget to visit all these bastions of colonial tradition.

The museum had the cash to rack up record numbers of air miles. Somehow they just couldn’t find the time to stop in Kahnawake or Kanehesatake on their way to the airport. Of course, the hour’s drive to Akwesasne would have been out of their way. When we asked why, they said they did speak to one young fella in Kahnawake about this, by phone! It wasn’t long distance so that was in their budget. They couldn’t ask us because, in their minds, we had mysteriously disappeared. Their tour guide told us, “You are different Iroquois”, and “our scientists have archaeological evidence that backs up our claims”.

“Yes”, we said, “lots of people used to think the earth was flat”.

So, there! Apparently, even though we had disappeared, our horticulture lives on in the “descendants”! Isn’t this a contradiction?

On Sunday Oct. 3rd 1535 Cartier visited Hochelaga at the foot of what they call Mount Royal. He drew longhouses, a central square like in Spain, with avenues and maybe even street signs. There was a shaman’s house who lived apart from the “mere mortals”. Lol!

We apparently left Montreal before Cartier arrived for his second visit and were gone for good by the time Champlain came. Don’t they know we have relatives all over turtle island,  the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Valley, New York State and every where. We loved to travel too and go visiting. Myth busted! Another reason we left temporarily for 75 to 100 years was to leave the ground to fallow. Our idea was to use the ground and when it was getting depleted of minerals and nourishment, we would plant orchards, take down our villages and then move to our next site for 20 or so years. We had 4 to 5 regular sites. It would take us 80 to 100 years to complete a rotation. By the time we returned, the earth would have regained its nourishment. We don’t put down hundreds of thousands of pounds of potassium nitrate to mock what the earth does naturally. This modern practice is destroying the earth. We certainly didn’t expect a bunch of foreigners to move in and defile it with asphalt and all the other pollution that has made this once beautiful place now toxic and infertile for agriculture or man.

We were here when Champlain came in 1607. “I won’t look at them so I can say I didn’t see them’, said Champlain. They suggested we were the victims of diseases or a “Little Ice Age” that began around 1450? Then they said, “It was “intertribal warfare”. Their evidence for this is that we built “defensive palisades” around our villages. Well, we did grow our medicines right next to our longhouses and we erected these fences to keep out the creatures who might want to come and disturb them. We also had 3000 years or more peace until the settler colonists brought their incessant warfare here.

We notice they sprinkled words throughout their texts like “appeared”, “might have”, “may be”, “probably” and “it would appear”. Their lawyers advised them to do this so we can’t sue the pants off them for lying about us. They don’t want to acknowledge us because they say that the land was for the taking because nobody was here. This is coming from a culture that has no stewardship for the land. So where did we come from, under some rocks?

One exhibit entitled “To Pop or Not to Pop” is about pop corn, corn soup and all the cooking skills we had. They did not mention that corn, beans and squash, the Three Sisters”, provided all the nutrition one needed to live a healthy life. We got these at the beginning according to our creation story. They found we iera’kwah Iroquois were in the Bay of Gaspe and elsewhere. Cartier found us with corn like he had seen in Brazil. He said that this had convinced us to give up our nomadic life and settle down. [The invaders are nomads. This exhibit shows no sign that they were invited here.]

Most of the articles on display were about little pieces from pipes, pots and who knows what. They were tiny and under glass with texts on a red or white background in French first and then English. Nothing in Mohawk! Maybe they think that our communication with creation is not relevant. After all, it’s their theory that we disappeared.

Really misleading was info that the clan mothers led the families and selected the chiefs. The people tell the clan mothers and chiefs what to do and say. The power is with the people. A true democracy! Their sham democracy doesn’t want to say that.

They refer to the “Creator”, implying we believed in their god. Our philosophy is based on our knowledge of the natural world and creation. Gariwiio is the perfect reality which is nature. The kasatstenera kowa sa oiera is the great natural power which we can see and know exists. We have many symbols for the stories that we passed down to remind us of our history, who we are and where we belong. Here.

They minimize our culture down to making offerings of tobacco and sacrificing dogs and eating them. [They sacrificed people and ate them.] In the glass were the bones of a dog. We did not use shamans to contact any forces. Each of us made our relationships with and respect for the natural world and developed our awareness ourselves. 

The shaman did not suck out the evil or sickness from a person. There was no evil when everything was part of the natural equilibrium. Holy hell! This is completely manufactured probably by a bunch of priests who are trying to hit up people for money. “The shaman would gaze into the fire and go into a trance by dancing, chanting, fasting or sitting in a sweat lodge”. We did not have shamans or sweat lodges. Where did this come from? It’s one of those phony Indian Affairs healing programs being used to pacify us? We were almost tempted to ask where the brown Baby Jesus in the cradle was.

Cartier said we loved games and gambling. Is that why they built the Montreal casino nearby? They found a lot of different colored potsherds in their digs, which they think might be ripped up off-track betting slips or one armed bandit claim chits. We did have the peach pit game in a wooden bowl played by clans to decide who was going to win the gifts and do all the work until the next festival.

They definitely found no evidence that we played lacrosse. They want to steal this as a Canadian invented game just like hockey. Hockey comes from the expression “a-kee”, which means “ouch” when they hit each other with their sticks. It was played between villages as it is today.

As for fashion, they said that we ran around naked except for small skins to cover our privates! In the cold! Are they kidding? If we went naked, we bared it all. Afterwards, we did cover ourselves to protect us from European perverts.

We made necklaces from recycled pipe stems [that we got from the second hand stores in Old Montreal?] They said that wampum beads were the most precious item we possessed in the whole wide world. All Iroquois men smoked. Did they examine our lungs? We burnt tobacco for ceremonial purposes apparently until Cartier arrived. They say we started to smoke like chimneys like those French Canadians who drive over to our communities today. They’re all pale and desperate to buy cheap native cigarettes. It states that ‘native’ tobacco appeared in the new world in 800 AD and in Montreal in 1300. They know this because they found a whole lot of pipes dating from that time. Was this on one of the pipe stems they found? How do they know it was tobacco being smoked? Who was Cartier trying to impress. He just wanted to raise money to make another trip over here in his search for gold, the fool!

This is a pitiful exhibit. Cartier said that Iroquois women were industrious and the men were lazy. He called us “nomadic”. How would he know? He hung around the women and didn’t go with the men into the forests or on trading, hunting and diplomatic expeditions. Who’s the lazy lewd bugger here?

We wondered what all this was leading up to? Yep! The colonists found a new archaeological site at Cap Rouge River – “the remains of the very first French settlement in America”. Hoo-ray! Lots of money for diggers! It was apparently the fort built by Cartier in 1541 where he spent that winter. This is where the king had ordered a white colony be built. They found sherds of Italian faience. Wow! The public can see all this in 2006. This is how long it will take to manufacture the ancient artifacts they will put on display and celebrate 400 years of settler colonization.

We complained to the guide that we had not disappeared, that he was not staring at ghosts, that this whole exhibit was misleading and that we are definitely still here. In other words, we were unconvinced by the story of our death. Excited and anxious, security was summoned. We were followed around for a bit. Then a short little women sergeant appeared and told us that the museum would refund our money [but no lunch].

We’d prefer they shut down this travesty. Or if the public sees it, they should be told it’s a fictional representation meant to mislead the public and justify settler colonization. Cartier was just a hack explorer like the heroes of the Harlequin romances. There were lots of Europeans over here before him. But they didn’t try to scam the nobility at home into financing their misadventures.

For sure the myth of the disappearing Iroquois has been busted. 

Humble Pie dedicates “30 Days in the Hole”, to those in the current days in these lockdown events who don’t care about wearing masks: “All right. All right. All right. 30 days in the hole. 30 days in the hole. 30 days in the hole. Check green. Talking about Lebanese. A dirty room and a silver spoon. Give me my release. Black Nepalese. It gets you weak in the knees. Sneeze some dust that you got bust on. You know it’s hard to be 30 days in the hole. 30 days in the hole. 30 days in the hole. That is what they give you. 30 days in the hole.” 

niawen kowa.

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