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Saturday, February 22, 2020

While the Apache march to save Oak Flat a new land appraisal reveals public loss of more than $111 billion

While the Apache march to save Oak Flat a new land appraisal reveals public loss of more than $111 billion.

Apache marching from San Carlos to Oak Flat, February 22, 2020.  Courtesy of Dwight Metzger.

By Robin Silver
Center for Biological Diversity
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A new appraisal by Josephs Appraisal Group of Phoenix reveals the lands due to be traded for Oak Flat are valued at $7.135 million, dramatically less than the $112 billion worth of the copper alone that foreign mining companies hope to remove from more than a mile below Oak Flat.  In other words, the value of the copper a mile below Oak Flat alone is worth approximately 15,700 times more than the land the foreign mining companies hope to trade for the area.

ALERT! Cayuga buildings leveled overnight in Seneca Falls, New York

(Above) by Greg Cotterill, FL News Radio

Anne Tahamont said on Twitter: "Clint Halftown, NYSP tore down the Cayuga longhouse at Seneca Falls. This is a big deal happening within our confederacy."

In the News:

Claiming it was enforcing tribal law, the Cayuga Nation Council under the direction of Clint Halftown had its newly created police department raid properties in Seneca Falls early Saturday morning that had been under control of a group that disputes Halftown's authority.

In the process, at least seven people were temporarily detained and one person is facing charges. In addition, the council overnight demolished several buildings in the area — including a convenience store, daycare center, schoolhouse and sugar shack. Since 2014, those properties had been under control of a group of nation members or supporters that have referred to themselves as the nation's traditional government.

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Fear, shock spread through Cayuga Nation in Seneca Falls as properties leveled along 89

Published: 02/22/2020 @ 08:41 am | Updated: 02/22/2020 @ 11:10 am

At least part of the Cayuga Nation community is in shock after several buildings along State Route 89 in Seneca Falls were leveled.

The equipment and wrecking operation began around 2 a.m., according to those who witnessed it unfold.

Local residents were as stunned by the move as members of the CIN, but some context was provided by Lizzy Miller, a member of the community.

“Clint Halftown and his twisted Caygua Nation police are back at it again,” she wrote. “This time it’s worse than ever before and they brought in the feds. Overnight they destroyed all our communities' commercial properties. The store, the daycare, the schoolhouse, the sugar shack and other properties.”

She shared her disbelief in the fact that all of the Nation’s buildings, which were a source of employment for many members of the Nation were destroyed.
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Friday, February 21, 2020

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Resolute as Trudeau Raids Rail Blockade

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TYENDINAGA: Mohawk leader Kanenhariyo and Wet'suwet'en Chief Woos Frank Alec showing the alliance between two nations at the Tyendinaga Press Conference on Feb 21st.
Photo Cred: ROZENN NICOLLE Radio Canada

TYENDINAGA: Joint Wet'suwet'en -Mohawk Press Conference, Feb 21.
Photo Cred: Real Peoples Media

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Remain Resolute Against RCMP Occupation of Yintah while Prime Minister Trudeau states "the injuctions must be obeyed and barricades must come down."

Note: This statement comes after Trudeau's announcement Friday afternoon that all rail blockades must come down now. A SWAT team was dispatched to the rail blockade at St. Lambert in south Montreal. Then, about 10 pm, rail blockaders said a line of police were approaching, and then, "It's all over for now." Rail blockades continue throughout Canada.  -- Censored News

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[Feb 21] Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs remain resolute in demanding the full retreat of RCMP from their traditional territory (Yintah) this hour, as the Prime Minister (PM) shifts towards enforcement.

Conceding to the concerns of industry, the PM stated in a press conference this afternoon that "we have reached the limit of what we can do 'unilaterally' as the Federal Government, and now it is up to indigenous leaders to find solutions to continue on the path of reconciliation."

Trudeau sends SWAT team to end Montreal rail blockade, says all blockades must come down

Live from CBC:

Mohawk rail blockade

On Twitter this hour, the St Lambert rail blockade said: A line of police are advancing on us, and then, "Its over for now, glad other people have lasted longer than we did." This comes after Trudeau announced that all rail blockades must come down now, on Friday afternoon. Immediately, a SWAT Team was dispatched to St Lambert rail blockade in south Montreal. Friday 11 pm

By Brenda Norrell
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The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs met with Mohawks at Tyendinaga and issued a statement earlier today.
Now, a SWAT Team has the St. Lambert Rail Blockade surrounded. Time: 4 pm Friday.
Prime Minister Trudeau said just now in a press conference: "The barricades must come down now."
Trudeau said the possibility of an Oka situation developing had been one reason for the delayed action in regards to the rail blockades.
At the rail blockades, Wet'suwet'en Solidarity said at 4 pm, "There is a line of 8 cops with batons down the tracks."
"Many cops in area, streets currently blocked."

CBC reports at 4 p.m. on Friday, "Longueuil police closed St-Georges Street, which crosses the train tracks near a rail blockade on Montreal's South Shore on Friday afternoon.
"Clad in black ski masks, several officers are standing in a semicircle near the makeshift encampment and media has been pushed back from the site. A mobile command post is also parked nearby, with about a dozen other police officers milling around it.

"The protesters have been told to leave the site by 5 p.m."
Trudeau press conference video:

In the news:
“The barricades must now come down. The injunctions must be obeyed, and the law must be upheld,” Trudeau said, adding later in French that it would be “lamentable” if police need to step in to clear the blockades.

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Meet with Mohawks of Tyendinaga, Set Conditions for Nation-to-Nation Talks

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February 21, 2020
TYENDINAGA – Today, the Mohawk people and Wet’suwet’en people stood in solidarity at the Mohawk Council House in Tyendinaga to affirm that they will not stand by and watch while Wet’suwet’en title and rights over their lands are ignored and while human rights abuses continue to happen in Wet’suwet’en territory.
Contrary to the announcement by the BC RCMP on February 20, 2020 that they are withdrawing from Wet’suwet’en territory, the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en confirmed at the meeting that the BC RCMP and CIRG have in fact increased harassment, made illegal arrests, increased surveillance, and monitoring of Wet’suwet’en people and their invited guests. This is completely unacceptable and far from a show of good faith and contradicts the announcement by the BC RCMP.
Both the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and the Mohawk People in Tyendinaga remain deeply concerned by the myriad of laws that Canada has broken including Wet’suwet’en law, the Canadian Constitution, the Supreme Court of Canada Delgamuukw decision of 1997, UNDRIP and the Geneva Convention on Genocide.
They want to remind Canada and the world that Wet’suwet’en land was never ceded or surrendered and as such Canada’s actions amount to an illegal occupation in Wet’suwet’en territory. They also want to remind the Canadian Government that the rail line shutdowns could have ended many days ago if only Canada, BC, CGL, and the RCMP had honoured their own laws as well as respected Wet’suwet’en laws.
The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have put a path of peace forward in order that nation-to-nation discussions with Canada and BC may occur freely and without duress:
“We demand that the remote detachment (Community Industry Safety Office) established by the RCMP on Wet’suwet’en territory without our consent be immediately removed and that the RCMP are completely removed from our territory and cease patrols from our lands. Out means out.
We demand that all CGL activities cease within Wet’suwet’en territory while nation-to-nation talks are ongoing as pursuant to the eviction notice that was delivered to them on January 4th, 2020.
We commit to entering into nation to nation discussions with Canada and BC once the above two demands are met and we insist when these discussions occur, that they will be held on Wet’suwet’en territory to ensure inclusivity for our nation’s Dini ze’ and Tsakiy ze’ (Hereditary Chiefs), and the members we are accountable to, in accordance with our law. “
The meeting today came on the heels of a nine-hour meeting between the Mohawk People of Tyendinaga and Minister of Indigenous Services, Mark Miller on February 15, 2020. All sides have said are keeping the discussions open and remain hopeful. Since the beginning, the Mohawk people of Tyendinaga have stated their willingness to allow the trains to pass through their territory and remain committed to do so once it is verified by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and their appointed legal observers that the BC RCMP are indeed out of the territory. Upon confirmation, the Mohawks have agreed to negotiate the peaceful exit plan as agreed upon between the Mohawks and the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, Marc Miller.
The Wet’suweten Hereditary Chiefs also want to reiterate to Ministers Carolyn Bennett and Marc Miller that they remain willing to enter into Nation to Nation talks once the RCMP is out of their lands and all work by CGL has ceased.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mohawks urge Tohono O'odham to blockade border wall construction and offer help

Mohawk Warrior Society flags at a rail blockade on the tenth day of demonstration in Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Mohawks are in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Mohawks urge Tohono O'odham to blockade border wall construction and offer help

Tohono O'odham urged to blockade border wall construction without fear

By Brenda Norrell
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French translation by Christine Prat

Mark Maracle of the Mohawk Warrior Society said Tohono O'odham should shut down construction of the border wall. Maracle said Mohawks stand ready to help them and fear should not control their minds.

"They should blockade the fence," Maracle told Censored News today, Thursday.

"If our people up in the north can blockade railroads, they can blockade that fence too."

"The support has grown all across Turtle Island."

"When we were down there, we told them if they want to do something we would be supportive," Maracle said of a large delegation of Mohawks to the Tohono O'odham Nation during the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit.

"They have to take the initiative down there to do it on their own."

"They should have no fear when the truth is on their side."

Meanwhile, Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs plan to meet with Tyendinaga and Kahnawake Mohawks.

Although the RCMP says today it will leave the land of the Wet'suwet'en, Maracle said, "They speak with forked tongues."

Maracle said Tohono O'odham should not allow fear to control their minds. "All it takes is a couple of people, and for them to put up the Mohawk flag."

During the Indigenous Peoples Border Summit in 2007, Mohawks were on the border on the Tohono O'odham Nation south of Sells, Arizona. They saw U.S. Border Patrol agents arresting Indigenous women and children and jumped from their cars on the road and ran to rescue those being arrested. The U.S. Border Patrol agents, shaken and afraid rushed away with the young women and children in the federal paddy women on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Mohawks asked why the Tohono O'odham allows this to happen. They asked why the Tohono O'odham Nation government allows the U.S. Border Patrol on their lands and the abuse of Indigenous Peoples on their land. After seeing a U.S. spy tower south of Sells, they asked how could this happen on sovereign Tohono O'odham land. The spy tower was next to a large chain-link cage used to imprison migrants, many of whom were Indigenous. They said the cage was no more than a dog pen.

Already on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the Arizona border, located near the western edge of the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Trump administration and contractors, Southwest Valley Constructors, have blasted into Monument Hill, an area where human remains were found during the border wall destruction. The area was a burial place for the ancestors of Tohono O'odham.

Trump waived all federal laws to build the border wall, including laws protecting Native American sacred places, Native American burial places, endangered species and those protecting the land, water and air. Some of these endangered species live no place else in the world but here in the Sonoran Desert.

Meanwhile, rail blockades are expanding in Canada, with support pouring in from as far away as London and Paris today. A sit-in in London is currently underway. Back in Canada, RCMP said they will serve an injunction on the rail blockade near Edmonton. A lockdown was underway in San Francisco in support, and earlier trains were blocked in Seattle. The international borders and gateways to New York have also been blocked for periods of time.

In Canada, Via Rail said it shut down all its nationwide trains. CN rails said it shut down its railroads in the eastern part of Canada due to the blockades.

The Mohawks at Tyendinaga and Kahnawake continue their rail blockades today. They said they will continue the blockades until the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs are satisfied.

(Below) Today, Thursday: RCMP to female: "I'm pretty sure if we go through your car we could find some reason for impounding it." (Threatened, handcuffed and released today while gathering needed firewood. Video:

Below: Breaking News from Neskonlith

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is along the western edge of the Tohono O'odham Nation on the Arizona border south of Phoenix, and southwest of Tucson.

Actions spread through the U.S. and the world in support of Wet'suwet'en. Below, an action in Idaho.

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Facebook blocks Wet'suwet'en supporters, as San Francisco Indigenous Youths Lock Down

Indigenous youths locked down said, "Come join us! Indigenous youth have locked down to the Chase Operations HQ on Mission St, in SF, Ohlone territories, in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en. Come down and chant with us and support our comrades!!!! #Wetsuwetenstrong #UnistotenCamp #EndPoliceTerror #NoTrespass #ProtecttheYintah #NoPipelines #RCMPSTANDDOWN #LandBack #ShutDownCanada

By Brenda Norrell
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Indigenous youths locked down in San Francisco in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs on Wednesday. The youths were still locked down Wednesday night after 8 hours at the Chase Headquarters at 560 Mission Street.

At the same time, posts in support of Wet'suwet'en were locked on numerous Facebook accounts, preventing others from viewing.

Meanwhile, in Canada, a new rail blockade was established near Edmonton, as Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs reaffirmed that RCMP and Coastal GasLink must leave their territories in B.C. On the eastern side of the country, Mohawks at Tyendinaga and Kahnawake continued their blockades.

On Wednesday, posts in support of Wet'suwet'en were blocked from veiw on many user accounts. The privacy setting on the posts was changed from public to only me without the user's knowledge. 

On Wednesday, posts about Wet'suwet'en were blocked by the security setting being changed, and posts about Julian Assange and another from AIM West, on this author's posts.

The posts blocked from view on Facebook were selective. A post showing a Saguaro Cactus killed by border wall contractors was not blocked from view.


(Above) Trump and border wall contractors murdered this Saguaro Cactus today,
 after blasting through this burial place of Tohono O'odham ancestors.

TODAY:  MEDIA ADVISORY OF PRESS CONFERENCE: Wet’suwet’en, BCCLA and UBCIC Release CRCC Chairperson Response Regarding RCMP Exclusion Zone

WHAT: Citing significant public interest in the matter, the Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) for the RCMP, Michelaine Lahaie, has issued a response to Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and BC Civil Liberties Association’s call for an investigation regarding the improper and unlawful actions of the RCMP in in Wet’suwet’en territory. The hard-hitting response by Michelaine Lahaie will be released to the media and addressed by the speakers.

DATE: Thursday February 20, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m. PST

LOCATION: UBCIC Boardroom- 312 Main Street, 4th floor, Vancouver (entrance on Cordova)


Molly Wickham Sleydo’, Wet’suwet’en Gidimt’en Clan spokesperson via call-in
Delee Alexis Nikal, Wet’suwet’en Gidimt’en Clan, one of the complainants to the CRCC
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond Akikwe: Director of UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Professor at UBC Allard School of Law, served as Provincial Court Judge for 20 years.
David Suzuki: Broadcaster, Cofounder of David Suzuki Foundation, Order of Canada
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip: President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Harsha Walia, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association
Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en

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