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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, May 10, 2020

PINE RIDGE: Oglala Lakota enforce border checkpoints after threat from South Dakota State Governor






PINE RIDGE: Oglala Lakota enforce border checkpoints after the threat from South Dakota State Governor

Article by Brenda Norrell
Breaking News from Censored News
May 10, 2020

PINE RIDGE, South Dakota -- Oglala Lakota Police are manning protective roadblocks at the tribal border entrances right now, as South Dakota State threatens Native Nations over their roadblocks.

Oglala Lakota and Cheyenne River Lakota in South Dakota have border checkpoints to protect their members from outsiders bringing in coronavirus. 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Friday told Native American Nations that they have 48 hours to take down road checkpoints. The Republican governor said she would take legal action if the tribes didn't remove the checkpoints in 48 hours.

Both the Oglala Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux set up the checkpoints during April in an attempt to lock down their lands amid fears infections could decimate members.

On the same day, Mother's Day, the Navajo Nation reports 149 new cases of coronavirus within 24 hours. There have been two more deaths, bringing the total to 100 deaths. The total number of cases is 3,122.

In South Dakota, Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier responded to the South Dakota Governor's "fiery rhetoric" in the media and said the governor never contacted his office with the threats about border checkpoints.

Chairman Frazier reaffirmed the tribe's position to protect its members during this time, as the coronavirus spreads through South Dakota. Chairman Frazier said South Dakota Gov. Noem did not contact him -- but instead made statements in the media with threats over the tribe's border checkpoints.

During his weekly radio broadcast, Chairman Frazier said the most important action is to save lives. Read more at Censored News.

Meanwhile, South Dakota State legislators told Gov. Noem that the state has no jurisdiction on Native American lands. Read more.

In the state of South Dakota, the largest number of coronavirus cases are the result of an outbreak at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls. It is responsible for 1,098 coronavirus cases, about one-third of those in the state, and two deaths. 

Cheyenne River Lakota manning border health checkpoints, won't back down after governor's threats



Cheyenne River Lakota manning border health checkpoints, won't back down after governor's threats

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

EAGLE BUTTE, South Dakota -- Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier responded to the South Dakota Governor's "fiery rhetoric" in the media and said the governor never contacted his office with the threats toward border checkpoints. Chairman Frazier reaffirmed the tribe's position to protect its members during this time, as the coronavirus spreads through South Dakota.

Chairman Frazier said South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem did not contact him -- but instead made statements in the media with threats over the tribe's border checkpoints.

In her media statements, Gov. Noem threatened to file suit if the Cheyenne River Lakota and Oglala Lakota if they did not take down their health checkpoints at their borders.

O'odham Ofelia Rivas: Arizona Native Roundtable was racist strategy to minimize truth


Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, photo Jason Jaacks
Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham: 
Arizona Native Roundtable was misguided, racist political strategy to minimize truth

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

PHOENIX -- Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, said the Native Roundtable which President Trump held with two of Arizona's 22 Native Nation leaders is another outrageous systematic racist Trump scheme to minimize truth.

"There are over 574 Indigenous Nations on Turtle Island, and 22 in Arizona. Trump addressing the Indian health issue at the Roundtable is another misguided, racist political strategy to systematically minimize the true facts," Rivas told Censored News

"All Indigenous Nations are greatly impacted by the pandemic. Putting a child-size bandage on an already underfunded health system adds to the hundreds of years of mismanagement and micro-management, placing it into plain view, the panoramic view."

"The fact that there were two representatives for all 22 Nations in Arizona is another outrageous systematic Trump scheme to minimize the truth."

Navajo Nation: 97 Dineh have died from coronavirus, now with about 100 new cases each day

Photo Navajo President's Office: Food and supply delivery this week


Saturday, May 9, Navajo Nation: 97 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths reported

Navajo Nation: 97 Dineh have died from coronavirus, now with about 100 new cases each day

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation reported 97 new cases of coronavirus and two more deaths. There have been 98 deaths and 2,973 cases as of Saturday, May 9.

“We’re very close to having 3,000 positive cases, but we also have to remember that a good number of these individuals have recovered or are in the process of recovering. We’re seeing more testing being conducted and we’re very hopeful that the curve will continue to flatten,” said President Nez.

The bordertown of Gallup, N.M., is on lockdown until today, May 10, by the New Mexico Governor under the Riot Control Act. The lockdown began on Friday, May 1. The Navajo Nation is under a 57-weekend curfew, with ongoing nighttime curfews continuing.

The Navajo President's Office has delivered food, water, and supplies to about 4,300 families. More distribution events will take place to help elders and high-risk residents.

"Continue to wash your hands often and to stay home as much as possible. I know people are eager to leave home, but now is not the time to let up. Stay home, stay safe, and save lives,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

A total of 18,055 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 13,576 negative test results.mThe 2,973 confirmed positive cases on the Navajo Nation include the following counties:

· McKinley County, NM: 808
· Apache County, AZ: 762
· Navajo County, AZ: 623
· Coconino County, AZ: 316
· San Juan County, NM: 331
· San Juan County, UT: 50
· Socorro County, NM: 26
· Cibola County, NM: 33
· Bernalillo County: 3
· Sandoval County, NM: 21