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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

O'odham Burial Place to be Blown Up as O'odham Chairman Testifies on Sacred Site Destruction on Wednesday

Laiken Jordahl, documenting the destruction on the Arizona border said, "In my dozens of visits to Organ Pipe since wall construction started, I've never seen a cactus being transplanted. Here's what's actually happening on the border."

O'odham Burial Place to be Blown Up as O'odham Chairman Testifies on Sacred Site Destruction on Wednesday

By Brenda Norrell
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Feb. 25, 2010

Update: Tohono O'odham testified before Congressional committee

Update on the protest today, Wednesday:

Tohono O'odham Chairman Ned Norris, Jr., will testify before a Congressional hearing on the destruction of sacred sites on Wednesday at 2 pm. On the same day, the United States will blow up Monument Hill on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, where O'odham burial remains were recently found.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the Army Corps of Engineers, is planning to carry out the detonation of Monument Hill.

Currently, federal court cases have been unable to halt the destruction of sacred places, burial places and endangered species for the border wall construction here, near Ajo, Arizona.

Trump has waived all federal laws, including those that protect Native American burial places and endangered species to build the border wall.

Already, the border wall is viewed as a symbol of hate and racism. Besides this, it is ridiculous. An eight-year-old scaled a mock border wall in seconds. In California, a hole was cut out of the wall large enough to drive a truck through it.

In other places, flood gates are necessary at the bottom, which are kept open, providing an open door to anyone. Further, ladders have been used for easy access over the border wall.

The expensive border wall is being constructed at an incredible price to the pristine Sonoran Desert, the people, plants, animals, the water and the ancestors.

Laiken Jordahl, with the Center for Biological Diversity, has documented the destruction. There are endangered species found nowhere else in the world but here, in this special place in the Sonoran Desert. Quitobquito Spring is a sacred place for Tohono O'odham.

On Monday, Laiken said of the photo above, "A massive excavator just arrived at Quitobaquito Spring."
"It’s digging in the Roosevelt easement just south of the pond, in an area known to contain archeological resources. It’s the same area the O’odham chairman repeatedly requested not be disturbed."

"They’re excavating a literal stone’s throw from Quitobaquito pond—the only place in the world where the endangered Quitobaquito pupfish live. DHS waived all laws that protect endangered species, cultural resources and indigenous graves."

Laiken posted an alert today about the detonation and Congressional hearing.


Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States

Subcommittee Hearing: Destroying Sacred Sites and Erasing Tribal Culture: The Trump Administration’s Construction of the Border Wall

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Time: 02:00 PMLocation: Longworth House Office Building 1324 Presiding: The Hon. Ruben Gallego

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) will hold an oversight hearing entitled, “Destroying Sacred Sites and Erasing Tribal Culture: The Trump Administration’s Construction of the Border Wall.”

Witness List

The Honorable Ned Norris, Jr.

Chairman The Tohono O’odham Nation

Sells, AZ

Dr. Anna Maria Ortiz

Director, Natural Resources and Environment

U.S. Government Accountability Office

Washington, D.C.

Ms. Sarah Krakoff

Moses Lasky Professor of Law

University of Colorado Law School

Boulder, CO

Ms. Shannon Keller O’Loughlin

Executive Director

Association on American Indian Affairs

Rockville, MD

Mr. Steve Hodapp

Retired Independent Contractor & Environmental Specialist

Lexington, VA

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Secwepemc Rail Blockade: Hereditary Chief Arrested

BREAKING: 3 arrested in Secwépemc’ulecw Nation including 1 Hereditary Chief.

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URGENT CALL OUT: 15 RCMP vehicles along with CP Rail police are meeting in Chase, we are on the highway 5 km West of Chase, across the highway from Neskonlith hall. We are asking for all support to attend the Sacred Fire immediately.
The Secwepemc Sacred Fire was lit last night, February 24 at 8pm in solidarity with our Wet’suwet’en brothers and sisters.
From one fire place to another we are uniting to challenge the Canadian government to fulfill its promises and obligations to our Nations. We have lived too long without recognition and protection of our rights and title, of our pristine land and clean water. We have suffered for generations, our children taken from us, our forests cut down, our mountains mined, our homes destroyed, our People displaced. Canada has no deed to our lands, no right to exert the violent jurisdiction of resource extractive industry.
The RCMP and CGL must remove themselves from Wet’suwet’en Territory and they must do so immediately so that we may begin to reconcile our relationships with each other and with the land.
Secwepemc Women’s Sacred Fire Council


Mohawk Nation News
MNN. Feb. 25, 2020. The wetsuweten issue is political. CN stopped their own trains, not the natives.

On Feb. 16 the prime Ministers office PMO announced, “Following the government’s ongoing efforts to address infrastructure disruptions across the country, the Prime Minister will convene on Feb. 17 tomorrow to discuss steps forward. Our priority remains the safety and security of all Canadians and the swift resolution of this issue. To restore service across the rail system in accordance with the law.” Rule of law is based upon the Jay Treaty of Trade & Commerce 1794, Article 3 [the achilles heel] exempts “Indians” and any settlers who chose to follow their law. The Government of Canada is the only one breaking international law.  


The Incident Response Group Division of A.R.T. Aboriginal Response Team are moibilized when the onkwehonweh rise up against the genocide. PM Trudeau, Deputy PM Freeland, Justice Lametti, Public Safety Bill Blair, Transport Marc Garneau. Marc Miller [Minister of Colonialism], Carolyn Bennett [Minister of Termination] to brief them on the Saturday Feb. 15 meeting in kentekeh. Attendees were sworn to secrecy. Everything to do with us is secret from orders coming from the ART/CSIS who are akin to the Gestapo in NAZI Germany. Chief Woos of wetsuweten phoned into the meeting.
Canada will collapse when the world sees who they truly are, a resource extraction company extorting indigenous people. The “rule of law” of onowarekeh turtle island is the kaianerekowa, the great peace. The Cana’jon rule  Admiralty law to protect their stolen booty.  
The Canadians cana’jon made us to watch our children die, our mother earth violently raped. To us people matter more than profit. Our duty is to save this planet. These enemies of life will be buried in our mother.  
Those who refuse to pledge allegiance to the kaianerekowa are breaking tye law of the land.
The cana’jon made an oath to the Queen of England and the shareholders, the bankers in the City of London. 
The invading predators ‘rule of law’ is designed to stop us from defending ourselves, which violates the kaianerekowa.
Canada is not a country. It has no land, culture and language [violates Montevideo Convention 1934.] The Framework Agreement designed by the corporations is to get another 20 years of unfettered resource extraction. Their corporate bodies make oaths of allegience to the queen of England. Trudeau wants to bring in 1 million more immigrants. The must apply to the onkwehonwehonweh. We will decide where they will live.   
Don Henley shows the business plan of the mainstream media. “Well, I could have been an actor, but I wound up here. I just have to look good. I don’t have to be clear. Come and whisper in my ear. Give us dirty laundry. Kick ’em when they’re up. Kick ’em when they’re down. Kick ’em when they’re up. Kick ’em all around.” 
Don Henley shows the business plan of the mainstream media. “Well, I could have been an actor, but I wound up here. I just have to look good. I don’t have to be clear. Come and whisper in my ear. Give us dirty laundry. Kick ’em when they’re up. Kick ’em when they’re down. Kick ’em when they’re up. Kick ’em all around.”

Nennen enhonwatiriwaheraseh ne skennenkowa, ahtiriwayenehna ne tihononwentsateh, skatneh tsi enhatsisenhayen. Karikwakwarishontsera enwatston tsi tenhonwatinikonrakakenni ne tihononwentsakeh tahnon enhonwatieretsaron ne ahatiyena ne skennenkowa. toka ne wisk nihononwentsakeh iatahatikweni ne entowatierentakwe, sekon ensontenienton, tanon toka sekon iatasaskkotinikonkenni, ensontienton ahsenhaton, toniioreh iatenkariwatane ne skehnasonha tsi ahonwatirwanontonseh. Ne asenhaton ensatitsenhayen, aserakowa ne wisk nihononwent enhoriwanintononseh neronkwakowanon ne tihonnenwentsateh ashen nienkayenthe ne ahariwayena skennenkowa. Tkatonienkayenteh enhariwason ne nihonwentsateh ronwakowanen, onen katine aserakowaenhatjaweh ne karaken nikarowasoten, owentsakeh ienkaientaneh tanoniosnoreh ohenton iatentanitsonkwakwe tanomtenhonwarekeh tsi enrenheyeh ne tihononwentsateh ronnwakowanen. Oksak enhonnenhatsteh ne enionteriyo tanon ne aserakowa tanonne ratitiokwa enhontatehweyenentaneh. Ionhontahsonteren tsienhonteriio tsiniioreh enhontkweni ne wisk nihononwentsake. satekon ni wason satekon.

Hereditary Chiefs and media arrested at Gitxsan rail blockade in New Hazelton, BC

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Breaking News! Injunction granted Tuesday morning against Kahnawake Mohawks south of Montreal
CBC reports ://

New Rail Blockade Today
New rail blockade Tuesday morning, Feb. 25. in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman
South Dakota 
Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en 

Canadian police arrest Hereditary Chiefs and media on Monday night at Gitxsan rail blockade. On Tuesday morning, a new rail blockade shuts down GO train service in Ontairo.

Watch video recorded live on Monday night at Gitsxan -- great coverage

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"Gitxsan territory: Three hereditary chiefs were arrested with 10 others and released after the community blocked the highway. I saw a young Gitxsan man yell, "How does it feel to not have any power?" at a line of RCMP as they retreated from a bonfire melting the asphalt off Highway 16." -- Michael Toledano, New Hazelton, northwestern BC near Smithers.

Hereditary Chief Spookw said after being arrested and released, ""This is just the beginning. From what I've seen with all the people here is if there is another blockade, there are enough people to do it next that it won't fall on us, that were arrested tonight."

Ricochet media reports, "In the second major police raid of the day, the RCMP have moved in on the rail blockade near New Hazelton, B.C., erected this afternoon by members of the Gitxsan Nation. An unknown number of arrests have been made.

Gitxsan hereditary chiefs Norman Stevens (Spookw) and Yvonne Lattie (Gwinitxw) have been arrested, according to social media posts from inside the raid. Arresting hereditary chiefs on their own territory would represent a significant escalation in the ongoing crisis surrounding the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory." More:

NEW! Tuesday Rail Blockade Tuesday Morning

CBC reports, "Protesters shut down GO Transit out of Hamilton early Tuesday in response to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) moving to end a blockade by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, of a rail line near Belleville, Ont. on Monday. GO Transit announced on its website that "As the result of the ongoing police investigation along the tracks between Aldershot GO and Hamilton GO, our trains will not be able to service Niagara Falls GO, St. Catharines GO, Hamilton GO or West Harbour GO stations on Tuesday morning."

List of actions following the raid on Tyendinaga Mohawks

#UPDATE: As Police Invade Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Blockades, Marches, and Occupations Break Out En Masse Across so-called Canada
[Feb 25] As the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) raided the Tyendinaga rail blockade yesterday morning, Land Defenders across Turtle Island took to the streets and the rails to continue standing in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en and Mohawk Nations.
The raid on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory rail blockade took place early yesterday morning, after a midnight ultimatum to vacate the premises was given by the OPP the night before. Ten people have been arrested with multiple charges,* with the snowplow used in the action being hauled by police. Despite the brutal raid on the Tyendinaga blockade, the community remains resolute in the support of the Wet'suwet'en, gathering throughout the day and night to resist against the police presence.
Meanwhile, dozens of actions have broken out throughout so-called Canada, with blockades and other actions springing up in different territories throughout the day and night. SOME of the highlights include several blockades being raised throughout the day in the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Kanesatake in so-called Quebec; rail blockades in Hamilton; road blockades in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory; an international bridge crossing into the United States in Sault Ste Marie; Gitxsan rail blockade in northern so-called British Columbia; and indigenous youth occupying the front steps of Parliament to name a few. In Ottawa, indigenous youth occupied the main artery leading to the Canadian Parliament, while police snipers watched by in nearby buildings.
Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders have called for ongoing solidarity in demanding the complete demilitarization of their territory and an end to the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. Mobilizations across the territory are ongoing and developing at this hour.
Here is a list of ACTIONS which took place yesterday and/or are ONGOING needing support this hour:

- GITXSAN TERRITORY (NEW HAZELTON): Gitxsan Land Defenders have raised a rail blockade on the afternoon of Feb 24th near the town of New Hazelton in northern so-called British Columbia. Police have arrested two Gitxzan elders overnight and Land Defenders are calling for reinforcements and support at this hour.
- HAMILTON: Land Defenders and allies have raised a rail blockade on York Boulevard in Hamilton in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en as of 5PM Feb 24th and are calling for reinforcements and support at this hour.
- TYENDINAGA: Police have raided the territory and have removed one of two rail blockades. However, Mohawk Land Defenders are calling for ongoing front line support in the territory. To DONATE to the mobilizations, email
- KAHNAWAKE: Mohawk Land Defenders continue to block the CP Candiac commuter rail line, where service has been suspended since Feb 8th in Montreal.
-*SASKATOON: Indigenous youth, women, disabled LGBTQ2S inner-city community members have blocked CN Rail lines in Saskatoon's Pleasant Hill neighborhood. The Land Defenders have been severely harassed by white supremacist groups, and are calling for reinforcements at this hour.
- *SALMON ARM (aka New Brunswick): After having been served an injunction in blockading CN Rails near Caledonia, New Brunswick yesterday, Mi'kmaq Land Defenders have taken the blockade to nearby Salmon Arm. Land Defenders are calling for more firewood on-site at this hour.
- LISTUGUJ: Mik'maq Land Defenders have blocked all rail traffic across Listuguj Mikmaq territory near so-called Gaspé Quebec since February 11th, which is ongoing at this hour. More information on support pending***
- KAMLOOPS: Secwepemc Land Defenders are calling for front line SUPPORT in blockading CP Rail tracks across from Neskonlith Hall in support of the Wet'suwet'en and is ongoing at this hour.
- KAHNAWAKE: Mohawk Land Defenders briefly blocked the Mercier Bridge in the morning and afternoon hours in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en. Mohawk Warriors barricaded the same location during similar indigenous uprisings, such as the Oka Crisis of 1990, and is a symbol of indigenous struggle in so-called Canada.
(Note: The Mercier Bridge action was a slow-moving motorcade.)
- KANESATAKE: Mohawk Land Defenders have blocked Highway 344 in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en. Mohawk Warriors barricaded the same location during similar indigenous uprisings, such as the Oka Crisis of 1990, and is a symbol of indigenous struggle in so-called Canada.
- SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER TERRITORY: Six Nations Land Defenders blockaded Highway bypass between Argyle and Greens Road near the town of Caledonia. Six Nations Land Defenders blockaded the same uring similar indigenous uprisings, such as the reclamation of Kanonhstaton in 2006 and is a symbol of indigenous struggle in so-called Canada.
- SAULT STE MARIE: Land Defenders blocked an international bridge leading to the United States this afternoon in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en. The blockade went on for several hours blocking traffic in both directions.
- VANCOUVER: Indigenous Land Defenders and allies have defied a court injunction by blockading the intersection of Clark Drive and East Hastings Street, renewing a blockade to one of the Port of Vancouver’s main entrances. The blockade is ongoing at this hour and in need of reinforcements and support this hour.
- VICTORIA: Indigenous Land Defenders have defied a court injunction and have occupied the front steps of the British Columbia legislature, where indigenous youth have chained themselves to the doors to prohibit entry to the building. Police are on location and Land Defenders are calling for reinforcements and support at this hour.
OTTAWA: Indigenous Land Defenders blocked the street artery in front of the Canadian Parliament entrance, stopping traffic at the intersection of Wellington and Metcalfe streets from 9AM throughout the day. The occupation ended in a march to Ottawa City Hall at 8PM last evening.
MONTREAL: Land Defenders and allies organized a flash mob outside of Prime Minister Trudeau's constituency office on the afternoon of Feb 24th in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en and Mohawk Nations.
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