Sunday, November 29, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
In recognition of the Navajo Nation’s first responders and front-line workers, Council asks all to follow public health orders and guidelines
PHOTO: Public health messages across the Navajo Nation emphasize social distancing, as seen on this community billboard. The public is asked to follow public health orders and to follow CDC guidelines.
By Navajo Nation Council
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — As the country observes the national holiday, the 24th Navajo Nation Council encourages all members of the Navajo Nation to express their appreciation to health care workers, police officers, firefighters, facilities staff, first responders and essential front-line workers for their continuing service during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The public is asked to be vigilant in protecting against the further spread of the virus.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Chief Arvol Looking Horse: Become individual leaders and protect the Sacred during dark time of sickness
PHILLIP, South Dakota -- Cheyenne River Lakota Jasilyn Charger locked down and halted construction at the KXL pipeline pumping station construction on Saturday and was arrested. Charger was released from jail after making her stand for the water and people near the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.
"Today 11/21/20, she locked herself down to one of the pipes at the Royer road KXL oil pump stations to stop the illegal construction happening. A complaint was filed to the state's attorney in Haakon County but no action has been taken yet. So Jasilyn felt it was her civic duty to act and make a stand for those who can't. We stand with her, solidarity," 2KC Media said.
"Keep her in your prayers and keep eyes on KXL and the desecration happening to UNCI Maka."
"But first of all, I am so proud of Jasilyn Charger for their bravery and stepping up to lead the way in our resistance stance to our continued fight to protect Mni Wićoni.
Jaslyn opagi’d me, they followed traditional protocol and honored me by offering me tobacco and spirit food. I was asked to come support and hold space on this frontline action.
Statement of Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic first reached Cherokee Nation, our people have worked together to protect Cherokees. We have seen heroic actions and hard sacrifices by our health care workers, staff and volunteers who distributed food and economic assistance, and all those who gave up in-person social and family time to help keep us safe.
I am grateful for those sacrifices that have saved Cherokee lives and prevented even greater suffering, especially for our treasured elders. I have tried to support those efforts by following the best public health recommendations available. That is why I issued an executive order in May mandating masks at Cherokee Nation properties. I also made sure that, whenever possible, our employees could stay at home without losing a paycheck, and our Cherokee families and communities would be supported through this crisis.
Unfortunately, Cherokees cannot defeat this virus alone. The harsh reality is that COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever across our reservation, the state and the whole country. Cherokee Nation has 4,322 total cases and 35 deaths within our health system. Hospitals are reaching capacity at alarming rates, including at Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. In addition, 89 Oklahomans, including some Cherokees whom I consider dear friends, tragically died due to complications from COVID-19 in the past week.
These hospitalizations and deaths were preventable. Many more hospitalizations and deaths are still preventable. Our health experts at Cherokee Nation, in Oklahoma and around the United States have told us that face coverings help reduce the spread of this disease. Cherokee Nation and local leaders around the state have listened to the public health experts, but it is simply not enough. Cities with mask ordinances are reporting lower rates of transmission, but the virus doesn’t care about municipal or reservation boundaries. We need uniformity across the state to stop COVID-19.
I was glad to see Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt recently announce some new measures to slow the virus. Requiring masks in state facilities and instituting an 11 p.m. curfew for restaurants and bars are positive steps. These will help, but they are not enough. I have called on Governor Stitt to issue a statewide mask mandate and urge you to do the same.
It is long overdue for the state of Oklahoma to enact a statewide mask mandate. The Centers for Disease Control recommends it, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommends it, and the Oklahoma State Medical Association recommends it. Already, 35 other states have statewide mask mandates, including every one of Oklahoma’s surrounding states except Missouri. Statewide mandates were most recently adopted in Utah and North Dakota. This is not a partisan or a political issue; it is a matter of life and death.
I have heard some hesitancy about mask mandates and other public health measures out of concern that they could hurt the economy. But this is a false choice. We will never truly get “back to business” while this virus threatens our friends and families. It appears likely that an effective vaccine will arrive next year, and that makes it even more important to prevent unnecessary suffering and death for the next few months. Our economy will bounce back strongest if we save as many lives as possible today.
From the beginning of this pandemic, I have pledged that Cherokee Nation’s response would be guided by medical science and compassion. Now I am urging our state and our country to follow the Cherokee way: When times get tough, put your community ahead of yourself. Mask mandates and other proven public health measures are overdue.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
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ROSEBUD SIOUX AND FORT BELKNAP CONTINUE KXL FIGHT TO PROTECT LAND AND PEOPLEBy Native American Rights Fund
November 18, 2020
On November 17, 2020, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community filed a federal lawsuit against the United States Department of Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over their issuing of the KXL permit. Among other things, the complaint describes:
- Although, the pipeline’s proposed path crosses the plaintiff tribes’ homelands, the tribes have not been consulted as required by law and DOI policy.
- In granting the right-of-way, the BLM failed to analyze and uphold the United States’ treaty obligations to protect the Tribes lands and natural resources. The government failed to even evaluate an alternate route to avoids tribal treaty lands.
- The government’s analysis does not meaningfully address how an influx of out-of-state construction workers will affect the health, welfare, and safety of tribal members, and in particular Native women and children.
- The agencies have not considered the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on either health and safety or the global oil markets.
- The 2019 supplemental environmental impact statement has numerous issues and shortcomings. Even its maps do not give enough detail to show impacts on Indian lands.
- In their permit application, TransCanada agreed to abide by tribal laws and regulation, which they have failed to do.
NARF Staff Attorney Matthew Campbell explained, “Before we allow a foreign company to build another pipeline to haul dirty tar sands across any American soil, we should be taking a hard look at the possible impact on American land, water, health, and safety. For tribal lands, the treaties absolutely require this sort of review. In issuing the Keystone XL permit with shoddy and superficial analysis, the federal government not only didn’t do its job, it did not follow the law.”
Friday, November 20, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Two Water Protectors Lock Down to Enbridge Line 3 Excavators Blocking Active Construction
TWO INLETS, Minn. -- This morning, two water protectors locked their bodies through the treads of excavators working on a pump station for Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline, as dozens of others rallied in support.
Last week, Democratic Governor Tim Walz’ administration approved the last major permits needed by Enbridge, a Canadian multi-national seeking to build the Line 3 expansion project to carry Alberta tar sands to the shore of Lake Superior. The administration approved sending up to 1M barrels of tar sands per day through 212 water bodies and 818 wetlands in Anishinaabe treaty territory of northern Minnesota.
On Monday, 12 of 17 members of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Environmental Justice Advisory Group resigned, calling the permit approvals a continuation of Minnesota’s “war on black and brown people”. George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this year.
When asked why they would take such a risk to their safety and freedom, Betsy Foy, 20, (St. Paul), said, “I grew up in Nebraska hearing about the devastation the Keystone pipeline would cause, so when I moved to Minnesota and learned about Line 3, I felt called to take action. Even if I can’t stop something on my own, it’s vital to have many people in the movement standing in solidarity.”
Mira Grinsfelder, 24, (St. Paul), said, “Having grown up on occupied Anishinaabe and Dakota land, I feel a responsibility to defend that land and the rights of the people who have a relationship to it. If the US government won’t defend Anishinaabe treaty rights, we will. If the Minnesota government won’t protect the water, we will.”
Democracy Now! reports that North Dakota has the highest death rate of coronavirus of any state or country in the world. South Dakota is nearly as bad. Among the Dakota/Lakota and Navajo guests is Dine' Allie Young of Protect the Sacred.
Monday, November 16, 2020
|Mercury Bitsuie, and his Uncle Andy Dann, have raised their own funds and deliver food, water, and supplies to Navajos in their home communities, including homes in remote Black Mesa. They are now cutting firewood for fellow Dine'. Donate to Dine Land and Water. https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dinelandnwater|
Navajo volunteers deliver food and water to fellow Dine', as federal virus funds have not reached those most in need
The Navajo Nation issued a lockdown order beginning today, Nov. 16 which continues for three weeks, until Dec. 6. All schools will be shut down and all tribal offices closed, except for essential employees. A red status has been issued for all businesses.
Navajo President Jonathan Nez said, "On Friday, the Navajo Nation finalized two public health emergency orders and one executive order that will go into effect on Monday, Nov. 16 for a three-week period."
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Surrounded by her family, our friend, sister and infatigable Red Warrior Debra White Plume took her final breaths this morning at 5:45 a.m. Our sincere condolences to her family and all who knew and loved her. Debra was the symbol of resistance and defender of the water, land and people. She took her journey too soon for those she led to the battle field. We will miss her, miss knowing she is there. Sweet journey my friend.
-- Brenda, Censored News
AMERICA IS NOT GREAT
By Chili Yazzie, Dine'
Columbus in his report to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand wrote, “So tractable, so peaceable, are these people, that I swear to your Majesties there is not in the world a better nation. They love their neighbors as themselves, and their discourse is ever sweet and gentle, and accompanied with a smile; and though it is true that they are naked, yet their manners are decorous and praiseworthy.” He was describing the Arawak and Taino peoples of the Caribbean; this would have been generally descriptive of the Indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere.
Live from one of Many Active and Illegal #noKXL construction sites. We are 3-4 miles west of "Maurine, South Dakota." Where protectors have come to shut down construction.
TransCanada was court-ordered to STOP construction on the Keystone XL (KXL) Crude Oil Pipeline but they are actively constructing man camps and pipe yards during the pandemic. They are still lacking key permits to complete the pipeline and they are violating the 1851/1868 Ft Laramie Treaty signed with the Great Sioux/Oceti Sakowin/Tetonwan/Lakota Nation. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has filed many Objections/Resolutions stating they do NOT want this toxic pipeline crossing through their Sacred Homelands and threatening their water sources but it seems they won't take no for an answer and are pushing it through anyway..
CALLOUT to the HARRIS/BIDEN Campaign to keep their word on shutting KXL Down! Better hurry up!
ALL EYES ON KXL
Shut it Down!
''Monkey Beach' Winner: Director Loretta Sarah Todd, lead actress Grace Dove, and author Eden Robinson (L-R) behind the scenes. (VIFF Media)
THE 45th ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL® PREMIERES ONLINE SCREENINGS AND MORE, NOV. 6-14, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO – The 45th annual American Indian Film Festival® continues the American Indian Film Institute’s tradition of premiering the best of movies, music videos and original entertainment by, for and about American Indian and First Nations people, Nov. 6-14, 2020. This year – with 102 films, 55 world premieres and nine days of virtual/online screenings – the American Indian Film Festival maintains its focus on cinematic content that informs, educates, uplifts and invokes the catalyst of cathartic cultural exchange.
|'Angry Inuk' film|
Welcome to Native Cinema Showcase: Streaming the best in Native film November 18-27, 2020
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. For this year's 20th-anniversary showcase, the museum presents the full program online — streaming new films, fan-favorite classics, and conversations with filmmakers. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers and stories from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and the Arctic.
Friday, November 6, 2020
French translation by Christine Prat
We live in an unconscious society. The dead are memorialized and buried, mothers and fathers, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, and children. It is unconscionable to dig up a person from their grave for a man-made water waterway, a golf course, a building and border technology or any other so-called progressive economic or other similar developments for human entertainment, human advancement, and the continuous neurotic so-called human evolution.
In the world of the first people, the indigenous people, the O'odham people (The People) a buried person is undisturbed and many burial places are unmarked. It was only at the onset of assimilation and indoctrination into foreign religions that the burial places now have crosses and markings and are confined into a designated location.