August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday Morning: 'Shut Down Canada'

Saturday noon, after attacks by RCMP on Thursday and Friday.

URGENT UPDATES Feb 8, 2020: 11:05 am - 2 helicopters have landed across the bridge from 66km, on the Gidimt'en side. One is DLT, the second is RCMP. 10:54 am - Two regular RCMP supported by one tactical member approached Woos' cabin and knocked on the door - they informed those inside that the exclusion zone was extended, and that if they need food or water they can be provided, or they can be escorted out without arrest. 10:41 am - Four tactical units have been seen wandering around the Gidimt'en camp, and two heavily armed RCMP tactical team members in green fatigues have approached Woos' cabin. 9:50am - A large convoy of RCMP and industry has headed up the road to 27KM - around 40 vehicles. They seem poised to continue their violence, despite the fact that Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have a meeting scheduled with RCMP at 27KM at 10am. #WetsuwetenStrong #DefendTheYintah For more updates see Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory For Gidimt'en's call to action: Donate to Gidimt'en camp: Unist'ot'en Supporter toolkit: Unist'ot'en legal fund:

Saturday Train Shutdowns VIA Rail Canada

Bulldozing Arizona: Censorship Gags Native Voices

Photo by Kevin Dahl

Silencing investigative journalism in Arizona is for the benefit of the corporations and their politicians

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

There are 22 Native Nations in Arizona and there's almost no investigative reporting on critical issues such as Native American water and land rights.

Further, very few Native investigative reporters are being hired by media in Arizona to cover serious breaking news issues such as the border, demolition of sacred places, destruction of burial places, theft of water rights, destruction of endangered species and migration routes, and human rights abuses by elected tribal governments that are manipulated by the U.S. government.

Even after 40 years of forced relocation, many are unaware that it is the Navajo Nation elected government that signs the leases for coal, water and gas development -- including those that were signed for the longtime destruction of the Peabody Coal lease and the three coal-fired power plant leases.

As U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to abuse O'odham on their homeland, it is the elected Tohono O'odham government that allows the U.S. Border Patrol agents to overtake the land and communities.

Now the State of Arizona is using threats and manipulations in an attempt to seize Native American water rights.

The border wall contractors are now blasting in the path of an O'odham burial place. Already, the protected Saguaro Cacti have been mutilated, endangered species violated, and migration routes of jaguar and Pronghorn blocked.

We had high hopes in the early 1980s that at this point, there would be a full staff of Native reporters at Navajo Times. But now, Navajo Times still employs non-Native reporters, while so many Native reporters are unemployed. The Navajo Preference in Employment Act was passed decades ago.

There's has been widespread deception. Beware of the reporters who have spent their lives in easy chairs rewriting the hard work of those reporters who were present.

Here's the scheme they use: They take others work and rewrite it, and add a quick phone call interview to deceive readers into believing they were present. They usually add a stolen photo as well. There are a number of reporters in Indian country that I haven't seen present on a news story in the past 38 years.

Don't be fooled. Silencing authentic investigative reporters who are present to cover the news is part of the ongoing collapse of journalism, a collapse that allows the so-called elite -- corporations and their politicians -- to enrich themselves, both with money and power.

Arizona Native Nations

1. Ak-Chin Indian Community
2. Cocopah Indian Tribe
3. Colorado River Indian Tribes
4. Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
5. Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
6. Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe
7. Gila River Indian Community
8. Havasupai Tribe
9. Hopi Tribe
10. Hualapai Tribe
11. Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians
12. Navajo Nation
13. Pascua Yaqui Tribe
14. Pueblo of Zuni
15. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
16. San Carlos Apache Tribe
17. San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
18. Tohono O'odham Nation
19. Tonto Apache Tribe
20. White Mountain Apache Tribe
21. Yavapai-Apache Tribe
22. Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe

Brenda Norrell is the publisher of Censored News. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she served as a reporter for Navajo Times, AP, USA Today and others. After being censored and terminated as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the Southwest, she created Censored News in 2006, which has no ads, grants or salaries. 

CANADA: Militarized police arrest four, detain reporter, damage vehicles in second attack on Wet'suwet'en camps

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Four more Land Defenders were arrested on Friday, as Wet'su'weten protected their land from the Coastal GasLink pipeline construction at Gidimt'en checkpoint. Land Defenders placed their vehicles in the path of RCMP to prevent the police from leaving with those arrested and were holding a Ceremony for their protection. The vehicles were towed, and moved by a bulldozer and damaged, as militarized RCMP made the second attack on this  Wet'suwet'en camp on Friday, leaving Chiefs, elderly and a pregnant woman stranded in the cold, according to live reports.

Throughout Canada, the call went out to 'Shut Down Canada' and Native people blocked trains, bridges and government offices. Akwesasne Mohawks blocked the border.

The Ricochet reporter was detained multiple times by RCMP to prevent him from reporting, as the militarized police made the second assault on Wet'suwet'en camp on Friday. Ricochet announced throughout Friday that they had lost contact with their live reporter.

Hereditary Chief Na'moks said those arrested were on their own territory and were not blocking any construction, which hasn't progressed in the cold weather since December, CBC reports.

"We were living there before the exclusion zone," Na'moks said. He added that police have asked residents of a cabin to leave. "You can't abandon your home."

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