August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, November 29, 2020

MOHAWK NATION NEWS: MYTH BUSTERS IN MONTREAL Audio

MYTH BUSTERS IN MONTREAL Audio

 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.  

WE’RE RIGHT HERE ALWAYS WATCHING YOU FOREIGN INVADERS.


MOHAWK NATION NEWS: 'TORONTO' IS ON ROTINOSHONNI LAND

 Posted on November 23, 2020

“TORONTO” IS ON ROTINOSHONNI LAND – MISSISSAUGA ARE ALGONQUIAN “ROGUES” Republished.

Mohawk Nation News

http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2020/11/23/toronto-on-rotinoshonni-land-audio/

ONONWAREKEH, TURTLE ISLAND

AUDIO:

http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2020/11/23/toronto-on-rotinoshonni-land-audio/


Friday, November 27, 2020

Navajo Council recognizes frontline workers, as virus cases spike to 226 on Thursday, Nov . 26



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
Nov. 26, 2020


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



Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Nov. 23, 2020


 

Cheyenne River Lakota youth locks down, arrested, to halt KXL pipeline construction




By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

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.

"Jasilyn Charger, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said she felt it in her heart to make a stand for her people, her Homelands and all the children who have no say about the destruction currently happening to their home," 2KC Media reported.

"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."

Candi Brings Plenty said, "I almost got arrested today, but I am grateful for the crew who had my back and got me home safe to my Tiwahé. 

"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.

"Today they locked themselves down to the KXL pump station and she was arrested later in the afternoon.
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.

"We successfully shut down the KXL pump station, all the workers took down the cranes and had to cease work for the day. They all packed up and left back to the man camp.

"In this video the fire department was called in to bring in heavy machinery to cut their restraints off, Jasilyn was immediately arrested and is in need of a lawyer and legal support. This big-hearted warrior isn’t representing any non-profits, they are a true entity for the Oyaté. Jasilyn is a badass Two Spirit youth, who is a Water Protector and Earth Defender and definitely an answer to our ancestors' prayers.

"My phone died just as the Haakon County sheriff tells me he’s going to arrest me and Maské Waniya. He said when he was done arresting Jasilyn, he was coming after me next, even if it was down the road. I needed to charge my phone and inform my Baby Bears that I might get arrested, so I charged my cell and start praying, and my spirit guides decided it wasn’t my time and that they were going to keep protecting me. 

"Wopila Ikce for being part of that protection.

"It was just REALLY important to me that we document Jasilyn’s arrest and to observe their methods and treatment of our sibling who put their livelihood on the line, who made their stance today for not only the protection of our water but also for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, In Solidarity for Line 3 and to call our President-elect Joe Biden to stay true to his words and shut down the Keystone Pipeline.

"This crew of folks is also fighting on the ground because their tribe is going into lockdown on Monday, and they know that this illegal construction is going to continue without disruption. This is Amerikkka," Brings Plenty said.

"Please share and bring awareness to this illegal construction that is happening and to bring visibility to the impactful work of our grassroots warriors."

Cherokee Nation Chief: Oklahoma needs state-wide mask mandate




 Statement of Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Censored News

Osiyo,

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.

Wado, 


 

 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

OAK FLAT: Wendsler Nosie's call to action, Nov. 2020


 Watch on YouTube at 
https://youtu.be/pjqOwqyzQE4

Read more at Apache Stronghold 

Rosebud Lakota and Fort Belknap file federal lawsuit over KXL pipeline permit, Nov. 18, 2020

 



ROSEBUD SIOUX AND FORT BELKNAP CONTINUE KXL FIGHT TO PROTECT LAND AND PEOPLE

By Native American Rights Fund
November 18, 2020

Categories: 

tribal supporters stand in front of the US District Court, September 2019

At US District Court, Great Falls MT, September 2019.

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.”

#HonorTheTreaties

Learn more about the Tribes fight to protect their homeland and people.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Un-Dam the Klamath: Dam Removal Update and Celebration Nov. 20, 2020

 

If anyone would like to talk please let us know. The Yurok and Karuk Tribes plan to present along with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, the dam removal entity. Then we are hoping to hear from additional Tribes and organizations and the Klamath and Trinity River water protectors, including the elders and fishing families, that have engaged in nearly two-decade of advocacy and actions to make this happen.

Tribal Leaders, CA and Oregon Governors and Warren Buffett Sign Klamath Dam Removal Agreement

By Dan Bacher

SACRAMENTO – On November 17, leaders from the Yurok and Karuk Tribes, the Governors of California and Oregon, and executives from Berkshire Hathaway and PacifiCorp unveiled a new agreement to remove four Klamath River dams, including two located in California and two in Oregon.

In their new agreement, the states of California and Oregon will partner with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) to assume liability for the dam removal project, transferring the license to operate the dams from PacifiCorp.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Oglala Lakota President Proclaims Debra White Plume Day -- Nov. 10


 




Two Water Protectors Lock Down to Enbridge Line 3 Excavators Blocking Active Construction

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Two Water Protectors Lock Down to Enbridge Line 3 Excavators Blocking Active Construction

By GINIW
Contact: giniw@protonmail.com
Censored News
November 18, 2020

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! North Dakota deadliest in world for COVID-19: Natives Condemn States' Response

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

Navajo Nation issues three week lockdown order, schools closed, Nov. 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 volunteer, Bitahnii Wilson raised funds and delivers new water barrels and water to fellow Navajos in need, along with supplies to neighbors in Hopi, Apache and Zuni lands. Donate to K'eh Relief.  https://www.gofundme.com/f/din039e-navajo-water-for-elders-and-families

Navajo volunteers deliver food and water to fellow Dine', as federal virus funds have not reached those most in need

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
brendanorrell@gmail.com

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."

Debra White Plume Memorial Service



 

Debra White Plume Memorial Service

Debra L. White Plume
"Wioweya Najin Win"
August 20, 1954 ~ November 10, 2020

Debra L. White Plume, “Wioweya Najiŋ Win” was born on August 20, 1954 in Pine Ridge, SD to John Baptiste Reshaw and Bernice Ione (Swallow) Stone. Debra made her journey to the Spirit World on November 10, 2020 in Rapid City, SD.

Debra is survived by her spouse, Alex White Plume of Manderson, SD; children, Johnny Joe White Plume, Lance Martin, Sr., and Wacinhin Ska Win Rosebud White Plume all of Manderson, SD, Jessica White Plume of Twin Buttes, ND, Wiwang Waci Win Camp of Newtown, ND, and Vic Camp, Posh Camp, Dallas White Plume, and Sam Tall all of Manderson, SD; siblings, Joe Bat Reshaw of Porcupine, SD, Linda (Floyd) Reshaw of Rapid City, SD, Michelle (Steve) Tyon of Porcupine, SD, Denise (Butch) Reshaw and Glen Reshaw both of Pine Ridge, SD, and Tami Stone of Rapid City, SD; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, & nephews.

Debra was preceded in death by her parents, John Baptiste Reshaw and Bernice Ione (Swallow) Stone; sister, Ione Reddy; maternal grandparents, Zoe Monroe and Charles Swallow; paternal grandparents, Mary Ellen Brewer and Joseph Reshaw; grandson, Victorio Camp, Jr.; and great granddaughter, Aaliyah Horse.

Pallbearers will be Lance Martin, Sr., Charles Camp, Preston Camp, Tyson White Plume, Lance Martin, Jr., Mato White Plume, and Rudolfo Balles.

Honorary pallbearers will be All Sundancers, Big Foot Riders, Water Protectors, Red Warrior Camp, American Indian Movement, Marisa Rivera, Miana Faye, Kate Thunder Hawk, TJ Afraid of Hawk, Trinity White Plume, Wanahca Rowland, Maisena White Plume, Jesse Rose Afraid of Hawk, Denise White Plume, Wicahpi White Plume, Mary Camp, Brooke Camp, Sisterhood-Natalie Hand, Pam Afraid of Hawk, Cordelia White Elk, Donna Albers, Frieda Brewer, Frieda Chase Alone, Olowan Martinez, Suree Towfignia, and Kent Lebsock; and all Relatives & Friends.

Memorial Services: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Friday, November 20, 2020 at Kiza Park in Manderson, SD
Traditional Lakota Services: Vic Camp

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.  605-867-5454

Owe Aku
PO Box 325
Manderson, SD 57756
720-469-1178
oweakuinternational@me.com

Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Intercept exposes TigerSwan infiltrators with new documents


 
New documents from North Dakota security board expose TigerSwan infiltrators and the methods used to spy on Standing Rock Water Protectors. Read breaking news article at The Intercept:

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Debra White Plume Takes Flight to Spirit World

 

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'



AMERICA IS NOT GREAT

By Chili Yazzie, Dine'

Censored News

French translation by Christine Prat

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.

Lakotas at KXL pipeline construction: Shut it down! Nov. 10, 2020



Live on Facebook
Nov. 10, 2020

By 2KC Media
Censored News

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!

WINNERS: 45th ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL NOV. 6-14, 2020

 

''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.



2020 Winners

Native Cinema Showcase: Streaming Best Native Films Nov. 18 -- 27, 2020


'Angry Inuk' film



Welcome to Native Cinema Showcase: Streaming the best in Native film November 18-27, 2020
Free!

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.
Showcase Schedule

Friday, November 6, 2020

'Grave Robbers and Thieves -- An Unconscionable Society' by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham


Photo by Ofelia Rivas: Israel's Elbit Systems constructing spy towers on Tohono O'odham Nation


'Grave Robbers and Thieves -- An unconscionable society' by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham

By Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham
Censored News

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.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Mohawk Nation News 'Combing the Snakes'

 

 Mohawk Nation News

Combing the Snakes

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AUDIO: Listen at: 

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MNN: Canada  just announced what they’ve been doing all along. The military is trained to run a fascist state. [READ STORY]. They have in effect admitted that turtle island is a military occupation of onkwehonweh land.