August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Statement on Debra White Plume's Health by Owe Aku International Justice Project

Statement from Owe Aku regarding our leader Debra White Plume

Many of you have inquired about the status of Debra White Plume’s health and we wanted to update you on her condition. Doctors discovered a mass on Debra’s lung along with a couple of masses in her abdomen. Because of the seriousness of this discovery, doctors decided to begin chemotherapy and radiation before the biopsy results were returned from the Mayo Clinic. Debra is comfortable and surrounded by her extended family and stated that the “anti-nausea meds are working real good.” Owe Aku and especially Ama’s Freedom School continues to operate and Debra is participating, as always, with her wisdom and guidance while our young leaders step up to fill the gap left by her illness We all continue to be encouraged by the prayers and warm thoughts coming in from around the world and are grateful to all of our supporters, friends, allies and especially tiyospaye.

For people that want to assist during this time donations and/or supplies can be sent to Debra’s temporary residence near the hospital in Rapid City.

Please email Owe Aku for Debra's street address in Rapid City: 

Some recommendations for donations are:
*Assistance with medical house rental. Rather than commute 200+miles roundtrip for weekly appointments and treatments, Debra has secured a rental home near the hospital in Rapid City SD.
*Rental House Utility Bills (electric, internet, cell phone)
*Gas for transport and for rotating caregivers
*Walmart, Target, or Safeway gift cards for a healthy, plant-based diet and household/personal necessities.
*Food delivery service to give caregivers a respite from meal prep: Grub Hub available in Rapid City.
For more information contact

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Censored News: Celebrating Red Warrior Debra White Plume

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Indigenous Women: Protect the Tongass National Forest in Alaska


Indigenous Women Respond to U.S. Forest Service Plans to Gut Protections on The Tongass National Forest in Alaska

By Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Censored News

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, California – With wildfires blazing in the Amazon Rainforest and across western states in the U.S.— and the climate crisis and environmental degradation ever escalating— efforts to repeal environmental protections continue to expand globally. Currently, the United States Forest Service (USFS) is intensifying plans to roll back long-standing protections against logging and road-building in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Today, the USFS announced a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and moved one step closer to exempting the Tongass, known as the nation’s “climate forest,” from the hard-fought for National Roadless Rule.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fed. Court Sets August Trial Date for Thunderhawk v. Morton County -- Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuit

Federal Court Sets August Trial Date for Standing Rock Civil Rights Lawsuit
Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, North Dakota
By Columbia Law School
Censored News
New York, September 25, 2020 — Judge Daniel M. Traynor (U.S. District Court for North Dakota) has set aside two weeks for trial starting August 16, 2021 for Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the five-month discriminatory closure of Highway 1806 at the height of the NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock.  The trial was set at a recent status conference before Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller (U.S. District Court for North Dakota), at which swift discovery deadlines were also imposed.
"We are pleased that this case is moving forward so expeditiously," lead attorney Noah Smith-Drelich said. "We appreciate the commitment that Judge Traynor and Judge Miller have shown to ensuring that the plaintiffs in this case have their day in court without further delay."

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Members of Congress, Tribes, State Governments call to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo by Ryan Vizzions Standing Rock NO DAPL


Now, 24 members of Congress, 27 Tribes and Tribal organizations, and 19 state governments submit briefs supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the pipeline

We’re thankful that so many members of congress, Tribes, and state governments are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in saying no to DAPL. These leaders understand that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deserve the right to reject a pipeline running through their lands -- Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice

By Earthjustice
Censored News
Sept. 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Members of Congress, Tribes, and state governments today submitted briefs in support of shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The briefs come after a federal judge in July found that the pipeline violated federal law and ordered it shut down pending an environmental impact statement examining the impacts the DAPL would have on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The case is now on appeal before the D.C. Circuit, which has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 4.

The following is a statement from Jan Hasselman, Earthjustice staff attorney, who has been representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against DAPL:

“We’re thankful that so many members of congress, Tribes, and state governments are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in saying no to DAPL. The decision on whether DAPL should keep running is ultimately a political one, and these leaders understand that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deserve the right to reject a pipeline running through their lands.”
Brief submitted by Members of Congress
Brief submitted by the Tribes and Tribal organizations
Brief submitted by state governments


Siham Zniber, Earthjustice

Listuguj Mi’gmaq battle Canada for Treaty lobster fishing rights


Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government
Censored News

On Sunday, September 20, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (“LMG”) began its fall lobster fishery. The catch will be used to provide for the community’s needs, with most distributed to community members for food and the rest sold to finance fisheries operations and community initiatives to support economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), however, will issue a licence prohibiting the sale of lobster caught by the LMG this fall, restricting its use to food, social, and ceremonial purposes. This goes against the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1999 decision in Marshall, which confirmed that the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1760-61 protect the right of Mi’gmaq communities to fish and sell fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood.
“Canada tells us repeatedly that they acknowledge our treaty right to sell fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood,” said Darcy Gray, Chief of the LMG. “But, as an institution, the DFO won’t change how it operatesto allow us to sell the lobster we catch every fall. Instead, they criminalize us for exercising our rights. That is systemic racism. It continues year after year.”

Ohlone West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site announcement Sept. 24, 2020

Ohlone West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site announcement Sept. 24, 2020

Special Announcement by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Regarding the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site

The Campaign to Save the Historic West Berkeley Ohlone Shellmound and Village Site and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will hold a Press Conference to Make a Special Announcement regarding the Shellmound and Village site at 1900 Fourth Street in Berkeley, CA, Thursday, September 24, at 10 AM PT.

Lisjan Ohlone leader Corrina Gould, along with Brian Turner of the San Francisco Field Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Sacred Land Film Project director Toby McLeod, Confederated Villages of Lisjan attorney Michelle LaPena, Berkeley Vice-Mayor Sophie Hahn, the Save the West Berkeley Shellmound Campaign Steering Committee (and other speakers to be announced) will hold a press conference to make this exciting special announcement:

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Celebrating Red Warrior Debra White Plume

Debra White Plume
Photo by Kent Lebsock 

Photo Debra White Plume arrested at White House, demanding a halt to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Photo Debra White Plume giving Lewis and Clark re-enactors a symbolic blanket of smallpox. Photo by Brenda Norrell, Chamberlain, South Dakota

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Sept. 23, 2020

We celebrate today Debra White Plume, Oglala Lakota, and her courage and bravery as a matriarch for a new generation. We share with you the words of our longtime friend, who was one of the first writers for Censored News.

We honor her bold actions for truth as she fought for the water at the Red Warrior Camp in Standing Rock, fought against the Keystone XL Pipeline and was arrested in Washington, and stood to block the megaload trucks in South Dakota.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

'Gather' film showcases Native Americans reclaiming food sovereignty


GATHER: The Fight to Revitalize Native Food Ways

By Bioneers
Censored News

Gather, a recently released documentary and New York Times critic’s pick, is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river.

Learn more about the film.

Indigenous Rights and Women's Leadership -- WECAN Webinar


Indigenous Rights and Women's Leadership
are Central to Divestment Strategies
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00pm EST USA Time // 5:00pm UTC
In light of the climate crisis, environmental racism, colonial policies, gender inequality, and the Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more clear the importance of Indigenous rights and self-determination and women’s leadership as central strategies for justice and protection of Mother Earth. From the frontlines of extraction to the boardrooms of financial institutions to the halls of governments, Indigenous women are leading resistance efforts against the fossil fuel industry. Indigenous women and their allies are building critical strategies for divestment from fossil fuels, calling for justice and accountability from the financial sector, and advocating for a Just Transition that places people and planet first.

Indigenous women and their allies are demanding that financial institutions adhere to the Paris Climate Agreement, protect the climate, respect the rights of nature, and the rights and lives of Indigenous communities experiencing the impacts of fossil fuel development. While much more is still needed, divestment advocacy, direct actions, and campaigning are having a critical impact on the fossil fuel industry regarding moving funds out from the dirty energy sector and generating policy changes to uphold Indigenous and human rights as we face the climate crisis.
Speakers include: Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation, long-time Native rights activist, Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member; Charlene Aleck, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, former councillor with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Trans Mountain pipeline expansion opponent; Monique Verdin, Houma Nation, Director of The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange, Organizer with Another Gulf is Possible; Michelle Cook, Diné, Founder of Divest Invest Protect, Founder and Co-Director of the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations; with facilitation and comments by Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Co-Director of the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations.

Full event description and speaker bios can be found at the Facebook event and on our website!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Lakotas arrested at KXL pipeline protest: Zeibach Sheriff intrudes, police use excessive force, on Cheyenne River Lakota Nation

Photos by Andy HighBear

Photos by Andy HighBear

Photo by Andy HighBear

Lakotas arrested at KXL pipeline protest on Friday: Zeibach Sheriff intrudes, tribal police use excessive force, on Cheyenne River Lakota Nation

"It became clear the police were more than happy to hurt our people when they targeted one of our white allies. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal police instigated, by pulling out tasers and using excessive force. They pushed down an elder who was merely standing by and asking the police to stop." -- Joseph White Eyes.

Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos by Andy HighBear
Censored News

EAGLE BUTTE, South Dakota -- Lakotas were arrested at a KXL pipeline protest on the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation on Friday by the local police and county sheriff's deputies using excessive force during the peaceful and prayerful gathering. The Zeibach County Sheriff intruded on the sovereign land of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.

Lakota Water Protectors rallied to bring awareness to a recent secret meeting held by TransCanada Energy and seven Cheyenne River Council representatives without Oyates' consent. Five people were roughly arrested at the prayerful and peaceful protest, including Lakota women.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Colonization and Domestic Violence by StrongHearts Native Helpline

Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Penn. The United States kidnapped Native children and forced them
to give up their traditional ways, forcing on them English, Christianity, and U.S. militarism.

                            Colonization and Domestic Violence

By StrongHearts Native Helpline
Censored News

The parallels that can be drawn between colonialism and domestic violence can be seen through their definitions and through a review of Native American history. Having lived through genocide and horrific suffering, the aftermath of European contact and colonization continues to not only haunt Native Americans, it wreaks havoc in their everyday lives.

Colonization is the act of domination involving the subjugation of one people to another. It’s the practice of gaining full or partial control over another country and its Indigenous peoples, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically. In the process, colonizers impose their religion, economics and cultural practices on others. Simply put, this is Native American history in a nutshell.

Navajo President blocks Dine' College professor from questioning COVID-19 vaccine risks

Navajo President blocks Dine' College professor from questioning COVID-19 vaccine risks

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Navajo President Jonathan Nez blocked a Dine' College professor online from questioning the biological and cultural risks of coronavirus vaccine experiments on Navajos. 

Dine' College Assoc. Professor Christine M. Ami said, "I have been officially blocked from commenting on the Office of President and Vice President's site. This is an example of the censorship that our Navajo Nation government is perusing. I’m not being belligerent -- I am asking basic questions."

Ami raises the important ethical question of the medical researchers and drug companies offering money as an incentive in a population that is economically disadvantaged, especially when the vaccine risks are unknown.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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The Good Hearts Deliver: Lakota, Navajo and Hopi compassionate relief in times of pandemic


Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief
"One of our amazing team leaders, Hector Ray, transporting a food distribution kit from Chinle, Az to Jeddito." -- Cassandra Begay

The Good Hearts Deliver: Compassionate relief is inspiring as Lakota, Navajo and Hopi grow crops, cook gourmet meals, fill water tanks, and deliver to elderly, families in need and fellow Natives in quarantine. Good heart volunteers ridging the gap in Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Meals for Relatives COVID-19 Rapid City Community Response -- Lakotas cook gourmet for Natives in quarantine in Rapid City

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Navajos already used in controversial coronavirus plasma transfusions, next vaccine experiments, the Navajo Nation confirms

Navajos already used in controversial coronavirus plasma transfusions, next vaccine experiments, the Navajo Nation confirms

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News exclusive
Copyright Censored News
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Navajos are already being used in controversial coronavirus plasma infusions by Johns Hopkins University researchers who are being funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The controversial coronavirus plasma infusions, which are not FDA approved, are already underway using Navajos at the Indian Health Service hospitals in Shiprock, N.M. on the Navajo Nation, and at the Gallup, N.M., IHS hospital, the Navajo Nation confirmed.

Jill Jim, executive director of the Navajo Department of Health, responded to Censored News questions late Tuesday.

"Johns Hopkins received funding for these experimental infusions. Johns Hopkins University has received funding from the Department of Defense and the Bloomberg Foundation to conduct this clinical trial, which is being overseen by the FDA," the Navajo Departement of Health told Censored News Tuesday about the coronavirus plasma infusions.

Navajos to be used in coronavirus vaccine experiments by Johns Hopkins and drug company

Navajo government approves high-risk COVID-19 vaccine experiments on Navajos by Johns Hopkins and the drug company Pfizer

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Updated Sept. 16, 2020
New article: Navajos already being used in controversial coronavirus experiments by Johns Hopkins University on the Navajo Nation. The coronavirus vaccines will be the second coronavirus medical experiment using Navajos.

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation government has agreed to allow Johns Hopkins to carry out coronavirus vaccine experiments on Navajos.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Friday that the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 study will be administered by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in Chinle, Arizona, and in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation and in Gallup, New Mexico.

Mohawk Nation News 'The Timely Everett Report 1922'

 oya na tehatiyarostens ne onkwesonha, aktehnon nihatinakareh tanon oya natehatiwennotens, akwekon tehsonkwawi kanon entowatorahtshekeh tanon tsino natekontakhanion. 
For audio go to MNN:
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MNN. The timely Everett Report of 1922 confirms us as caretakers of turtle island. Our children and the unborn have all the rights. We can never convey or sell any of turtle island from ocean to ocean, pole to pole.  Read about the systemic injustice since 1492: 

Monday, September 14, 2020

O'odham Ofelia Rivas -- Over 35 Years of Human Rights Work on O'odham Land

Ofelia Rivas delivering testimony on border militarization before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica. Photo by Brenda Norrell.

Ofelia Rivas is the founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall and delivering food to O'odham on the south side of the border during the pandemic.

O'odham Voice Against the Wall
By Censored News
O'odham Solidarity Website
French translation by Christine Prat

In May 2002, Ofelia Rivas raised her own funds to attend the first and four consecutive forums of the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues in New York City, New York to document and present human rights violations in O'odham communities along the United States/Mexico border.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Northern Nevada AIM Stands for Justice -- Photos by Bad Bear

Northern Nevada AIM Stands for Justice

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson

Breaking news fire update by Yvonne Swan on Colville Nation

Breaking news fire update from Yvonne Swan on Colville Indian Nation in Washington State

By Yvonne Swan, Colville
Censored News

Yes, we are safe. A lot of fire crews came in and several planes flying over Kewa (20+ miles south of Inchelium) dropping stuff to put out the fire. Helicopters dipping water from the river to help douse the smouldering underbrush. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Standing Rock Court Victory: Excessive force lawsuit against Morton County moves forward

Photo by Ryan Vizzions

Water Protectors lawsuit moves forward over excessive force at Backwater Bridge
By Water Protector Legal Collective
Censored News

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, in a long-awaited ruling, United States District Court Judge Daniel Traynor (District of North Dakota) allowed a lawsuit challenging law enforcement's 2016 use of fire hoses and munitions against water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to move forward with discovery. The case had been stalled for more than two years after Morton County and other defendants filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the case.