August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tyendinaga Live Wednesday Night Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en: Real Peoples Media

Kahnawake Mohawks reinforce barricade after railroad gains injunction


Kahnawake Mohawks reinforced a barricade today.
The injunction from CN railroad has not yet been delivered to Kahnawake Mohawks, south of Montreal.
by Montreal Gazette
Watch below:


Barricade has support of Kahnawake community


Montreal Gazette
“Visitors come with coffee, food, firewood and other goods to keep the protesters on the tracks supplied with everything they need for a long standoff. Others come just to keep their friends and relatives company, often with babies or small children in tow.” Barricade has support of Kahnawake Mohawk community: Montreal Gazette. https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/barricade-in-kahnawake-has-support-of-mohawk-community-and-beyond
Breaking news Wednesday afternoon:
CBC
Wetsuweten Hereditary Chief Na'moks says governments canceled meetings with the Hereditary Chiefs at around 4:30PM today. "We would not ask other nations and allies to step down so both Governments have walked away," he said. Na'moks said BC and Canada had asked us to ask other nations and allies to step down. "We can't do that ... We live in a free country, we can't do that." Na'moks said the Mohawks are free to make their own decisions. Listen here on Twitter; https://twitter.com/i/status/1232830717131776000
Haudenosaunee statement: "Premier Legault Makes False Statement about Weapons'


ARIZONA BORDER WALL: Blasting of Mountain Sacred to O'odham Now Being Protested


Wednesday, Feb. 26 photo by Laiken Jordahl


Wednesday Border Wall Action Planned at Arizona’s Organ Pipe National Monument

By the Center for Biological Diversity
Censored News
Contact: Laiken Jordahl, ljordahl@biologicaldiversity.org

LUKEVILLE, Ariz.— Activists will gather Wednesday morning near Monument Hill to protest the Trump administration’s blasting of a sacred mountain to build the border wall through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Customs and Border Protection scheduled a media event Wednesday, including detonations on the hill, at the same time that Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris will testify at a congressional hearing about the administration’s destruction of sacred sites and cultural heritage.

“Blowing up sacred land is horrifying enough, but now the Trump administration will hold a dog-and-pony show to brag about it,” said Laiken Jordahl, borderlands campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s heartbreaking to watch them butcher this spectacular national monument and desecrate sacred indigenous lands. We’ll continue to fight Trump’s despicable border wall every step of the way .”

What: Protesters from environmental and indigenous groups will protest Trump’s border wall and destruction of Organ Pipe’s Monument Hill.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.

Where: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, base of Monument Hill, South Puerto Blanco Road

Media availability: Activists with the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club and members of the Tohono O’odham Nation will be available for interviews.

Background

The Trump administration is blowing up Monument Hill in Organ Pipe National Monument, home to endangered species and Native American burial sites, to build the border wall. Contractors are extracting millions of gallons of groundwater to mix concrete for the wall, imperiling Quitobaquito Springs. This rare desert oasis is home to two endangered species, the Sonoyta mud turtle and Quitobaquito pupfish.

More than 100 miles of new border-wall construction are planned or underway across Arizona, paid for with funds Trump diverted from Defense Department budgets. To rush wall construction, Trump waived dozens of laws that protect public lands, cultural resources, sacred sites and endangered wildlife. The Center and allies have sued to challenge Trump’s emergency declaration, which is funding this construction.
Blasted area at Monument Hill in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Photo credit: Laiken Jordahl/Center for Biological Diversity. Images are available for media use.


The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Statement on Arrest of Documentary Filmmaker at New Hazelton Rail Blockade


Statement on the Arrest of Documentary Filmmaker Melissa Cox

We are outraged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) decision to arrest our long-time colleague, journalist and filmmaker Melissa Cox, on the evening of February 24th 2020, at New Hazelton on unceded Gitxsan territory.

Ms. Cox has been documenting Wet’suwet’en land defenders’ efforts to resist Coastal GasLink’s pipeline project for nearly two months, filming for a documentary by the working title YINT’AH of which we are the producers, and filing video reports with other media outlets.