Showing posts from July, 2020

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
Censored News

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
Censored News

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…

Sac and Fox news reporter Harlan McKosato passes to Spirit World


July 21, 2020

“This morning our dearly beloved Harlan began his journey back to Wakanda where he was surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Albuquerque. He is survived by his son Nekon Che McKosato, his brother Kenneth Robert McKosato, his sister Deanna Lynn McKosato, and sister Shelley Magdalene McKosato-Haupt.

Harlan was an icon in Indian Country for his award-winning contributions to world news outlets. He possessed a unique storytelling ability that enabled him to report on any subject in profound ways. Through his interviews on radio, TV, in newspapers and social media, he shared his great gift of intelligence, wit, and kindness. Harlan had communicated with his heart to personally connect with audiences and had educated many on a vast number of Tribal issues. He paved the way for many young Native people to join him in the field of communications.

We extend our utmost appreciation to family and friends for visiting and helpin…

Trump sending federal agents to Albuquerque

Federal agents point their weapons at photographer Mathieu Lewis-Roland,  who was unarmed, on July 20 in Portland, Oregon.
Trump sending federal agents to Albuquerque

By Brenda Norrell Censored News
Updated July 22 at 3 a.m
Albuquerque -- Targeting a city that is battling the spread of the coronavirus, Trump announced Wednesday that he is sending federal agents to Albuquerque. This comes as federal agents in Portland, including US Border Patrol agents, continue to beat and gas protesters and the moms and dads who have joined the frontlines.

Trump said today that 35 federal agents and resources are coming to Albuquerque -- as part of Operation Legend that targets a handful of cities across the United States.

"Trump said the influx will be in cities where the leadership wants to 'defund, defame or abolish' police," Albuquerque Journal reports.

"Using the same alarmist language he has employed to describe illegal immigration, Trump painted Democrat-led cities as out of …

Coronavirus claims lives of 79 people in two Farmington N.M. nursing homes

By Brenda Norrell Censored News
FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 79 people at two nursing homes in Farmington, as the virus spread at an alarming rate, infecting both residents and staff.

Even before the pandemic, New Mexico was tied with Arkansas for the highest rate of serious deficiencies in nursing homes in the country, the type of deficiencies that lead to the rampant spread of infectious diseases.

First Voices Radio welcomes Dineh, Native Hawaiian, and Amazon Watch guests today

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota, host of First Voices Radio, welcomes today Philmer Bluehouse, Dine', T. Lulani Arquette, Native Hawaiian, speaking on Native arts, and Andrew Miller speaking on the Amazon.

Listen now online to Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, and this week's radio show. It begins with Philmer Bluehouse, Dine', speaking on the paradigm shift needed during this time of pandemic, and how the narratives, songs and prayers are needed for peace and healing.
“First Voices Radio,” Wednesday, July 22, 2020 — 1 to 2 p.m. ET, WIOX 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY. Streaming at and on Tune In (see below for other time zones).
Philmer Bluehouse (Diné) developed the Peacemaker Court system in the Navajo Judiciary. Philmer also worked in the criminal justice system and has a number of writings available online.

T. Lulani Arquette is the President and CEO of the #NativeArtsAndCultureFoundation (NACF), a n…

Havasupai Nation supports Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

Havasupai Nation supports Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

by Amber Reimondo, Energy Program DirectorGrand Canyon Trust Censored News

For decades, the Havasupai Tribe — the Havasu 'Baaja, the "people of the blue-green waters" — has worked tirelessly to protect the iconic waterfalls of their homeland from contamination from uranium mines on the rims of the Grand Canyon above. These world-famous waterfalls are everywhere in the public imagination, from tourists' Instagram posts to Beyoncé music videos. But what isn't quite so visible is the fact that the water that flows through Havasu Creek to feed these falls comes from the Redwall-Muav aquifer, the Havasupai Tribe's sole source of drinking water. And it is precious. Water from the aquifer nurtures their crops and orchards, their animals, and their people at the bottom of the canyon, where they have lived since time immemorial.
A Senate bill for permanent protection

Kumeyaay defend sacred land from border wall construction July 20, 2020

"The creator is with us, our ancestors are with us, we are never alone my friends, my cousins don't forget who we are or where we come from, we are the star people, we were formed long ago from the earth and water, our mission is to protect the balance between man and nature. If you are my Kumeyaay brothers and sisters or a pure human being you have POWER! We have power! And a responsibility,  be proud, be selfless and listen to our elders, and we will prevail against those who don't understand us." -- Randolph Pinto

Photo Blue Eagle Vigil

Photos copyright Blue Eagle Vigil and Randolph Pinto, may not be used without permission.

Coronavirus death rate remains high on the Navajo Nation

As pandemic enters the fifth month, Dine' volunteers' race with food and water, while tribal government budget process delays relief funds

By Brenda Norrell Censored News
The high death rate continues on the Navajo Nation from the coronavirus, with seven deaths reported in the previous 24 hours. The total number of deaths was 422 as of Sunday. An increasing number of Dine' young people are dying from the virus.

Yakama Cascade Chief Johnny Jackson passes to Spirit World

Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission mourns loss 

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission mourns the loss of our elder and Commissioner atway Johnny Jackson after his recent hospitalization due to COVID-19.

Jackson was Chief of the Cascade Band of the Yakama and represented the Yakama Nation at CRITFC with steadfast passion and determination. He spoke from his heart, particularly when it involved the River People who call the banks of the Columbia River home. His insights, experience, wisdom, and perspective were forged in the decades of his unrelenting stance to have promises fulfilled and to overcome the hardships endured by the River People as they struggled to retain their connection to salmon and their right to fish for them.

At the Commission’s intertribal table, Jackson’s voice offered a constant reminder of the deep traditions that connect the tribes to the land, water, and salmon and the raw wounds still felt from the loss of Celilo Falls—where he fished as a young m…

Federal secret agents snatch protester, shoot another in the head in Portland, Oregon


Federal secret agents snatch protester, shoot another in the head in Portland, Oregon

By Brenda Norrell Censored News

Disappearing people on the street: Camouflaged, unidentified rogue men in unidentified vans, kidnapping, blindfolding and taking people on the street to an undisclosed location. This happened in South America. It also happened in Portland this week. It appears that the US Border Patrol now believes it can legally wear unidentified camouflage outfits and use unmarked vans. (See The Nation article link in this article.) It appears the Border Patrol may be using the Portland disappearance of a young man this week as a test run. Meanwhile in June, the US Marshals flew a plane over Portland that could collect cell data from tens of thousands of people. It caused an outcry from  Congressmen to push for a probe. It was tracked to a front company in Texas. In breaking news, a new task force believes it has unlimited powers under Trump's directive to protect monuments and st…