MNN. JUNE 30, 2020. HA AKWEKON IENKWATERON’NOTON NE “O CANA’JON”.
TRUTHFUL WORDS: “o cana’jon, you squat on native land. with greedy minds you do the banks command. you pay them tax and shop around on onowarekeh. on turtle island the land of our birth. no more TRAPS TRICKS OR GENOCIDE. the great peace is the only way. o cana’jon you must fix mother earth. o cana’jon you must fix mother earth.”
Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty then the faces carved into our sacred land on what the United States calls Mount Rushmore. We are now being forced to witness the lashing of our land with pomp, arrogance and fire hoping our sacred lands will survive. This brand on our flesh needs to be removed and I am willing to do it free of charge to the United States, by myself if I must.
Visitors look upon the faces of those presidents and extoll the virtues that they believe make America the country it is today. Lakota see the faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people whose only crime was living on the land they wanted to steal.
The United States of America wishes for all of us to be citizens and a family of their republic yet when they get bored of looking at those faces we are left looking at our molesters. We are the ones who live under the stare of those who have wronged us while others have the privilege to look away and move on, we cannot.
When I can remove those faces from our land I believe I would not be alone.
TRUMP’S PLANNED TRIP TO MOUNT RUSHMORE PUTS LIVES AND A FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM AT RISK
The July 4th event will only serve to endanger the Black Hills National Forest, spread contagion, and continue the president’s pattern of sowing hatred and division.
This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis.
By Ruth Hopkins, Lakota/Dakota, Sisseton Wahpeton
On Friday, President Trump plans to attend a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore, located in the majestic Black Hills of South Dakota.
He was invited there by the state legislature, although Governor Kristi Noem, a vociferous Trump devotee, almost certainly played a role in organizing the much-hyped event. Before the legislature passed the resolution to welcome him, Trump said Noem had asked him to lift environmental restrictions meant to protect the Black Hills from the potential devastation an exorbitant pyrotechnics show could cause.
During an interview, the president said he could not believe environmental harm could be caused by fireworks because “it’s all stone.” In his typical fashion, characterized by an irrational, pernicious level of arrogance commingled with obliviousness and indifference, Trump fails to grasp or care that Mount Rushmore is in the middle of the Black Hills National Forest.
The last fireworks display at the monument was in 2009. The Trump administration’s Department of the Interior claims that an environmental assessment they performed concluded that such a show held this year would have “no significant impact.” Here’s hoping they’re right, lest Trump’s slash-and-burn politics manifest literally.
Even if a midsummer fireworks display in the middle of a national forest doesn’t spiral out of control and cause irreparable damage to a fragile, beloved ecosystem, the event’s organizers are holding this gathering in the midst of a pandemic unlike any humanity has experienced in over a century, in close proximity to Native communities who have been vocal about being vulnerable to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Ruth Hopkins is a Dakota/Lakota Sioux writer and enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. She is also a biologist, tribal attorney, former judge, and co-founder of Lastrealindians.com. Hopkins resides on the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota.
June 29 2020, Smithers (BC) - Photographs taken on Wet’suwet’en territory show RCMP armed with assault weapons conducting foot patrols of a cultural site belonging to Hereditary Chief Woos of Cas Yikh (Grizzly House). Security cameras belonging to the Gidimt’en clan recorded images of heavily armed police patrolling Chief Woos’ smokehouse on June 10 and June 18.
The smokehouse belongs to the Cas Yikh people and is critically located at the headwaters of the Wedzin Kwa river to harvest fish and feed Wet’suwet’en families. Food fishing is an inalienable and protected Aboriginal right. Food fishing has also been declared essential in BC during the COVID19 pandemic. Wet’suwet’en people must be able to exercise this right without fear of police intimidation or violence.
Since January of 2019, RCMP have conducted several large scale, militarized assaults on Wet’suwet’en territory and made dozens of arrests of Wet’suwet’en people, Hereditary Chiefs, and our supporters. RCMP continuously surveil our Wet’suwet’en home sites, and continue to occupy a remote police detachment on Gisday’wa territory in stark violation of our Chiefs’ wishes. We are unable to visit our territories with our elders and families, to hunt, or to harvest our foods and medicines without the threat of police violence.
We are deeply concerned with excessively armed police conducting foot patrols through remote parts of Gidimt’en yintah which are subject to active cultural use. We have seen too frequently, on our own territories and across Canada, that police readily use lethal force against our people and seldom face any consequence.
Hereditary Chief Woos expresses his concern for his clan members and guests on his territory and states, "if we are to communicate effectively with respect, all levels of this project need to show respect and understand our culture, using a police force who show automatic rifles is concerning..."
Images from June 18 show three RCMP members patrolling the smokehouse, including one with a fully automatic assault rifle, followed shortly after by a group of Coastal Gaslink workers. Coastal Gaslink has not obtained free, prior, and informed consent to undertake any work on Wet’suwet’en territory, and do not currently have all the permits required to do work in this area.
On January 4, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of our nation collectively evicted Coastal Gaslink from our territories. While the eviction is still in effect, Coastal Gaslink continues to trespass on our lands with RCMP acting as an auxiliary private security force.
The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, joined by the United Nations’ Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, have repeatedly called upon the RCMP to withdraw from Wet’suwet’en territories, to prohibit the use of force and lethal weapons, and to cease the forced evictions of Wet’suwet’en people from our unceded homelands.
We are seeing examples all across North America of systemic racism and violence perpetrated by the police. Here we see just one more example against Indigenous people living a cultural and traditional lifestyle being targeted with assault rifles. We call on all parties involved in this campaign against the Wet’suwet’en people to stand down.
Photo: Bitahnii Wilson is one of the Dine' grassroots volunteers struggling to bring water to Dine' in isolated homes who are in desperate need of water, food and supplies. Photo courtesy Bitahnii Wilson.
The Navajo Epidemiology Center reports that Dine' who live off the Navajo Nation and return home are a point of spread of coronavirus. More than half of the cases, 64 percent, are 18- to 60-year-olds. Elderly males are at the highest risk of death. Navajo Epidemiology Center delivers COVID-19 situational report to Health, Education, and Human Services Committee
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Members of the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee (HEHSC) received a report regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) data from Ramona Antone-Nez, senior epidemiologist for the Navajo Epidemiology Center (NEC) on Wednesday, Jun. 24, via teleconference.
Monday morning update: As of June 29, these federal funds are not yet reaching the people and are still awaiting allocation by the Navajo Nation government.
The Navajo Nation has received the total $714 million in federal funds for coronavirus relief, including the $86 million delayed, and the $27 million withheld to pay Alaska Native corporations which resulted in a legal complaint.
The Navajo Nation reports that on Saturday, there were 94 new cases and 12 deaths from coronavirus. On Sunday, there were 55 new cases and one death. The total number of deaths is 363 and the total number of positive cases is 7,469. There have been 5,082 recoveries.
NAVAJO NATION RECEIVES TOTAL $714,189,631.47 IN FEDERAL CARES ACT FUNDING
Statement of the Navajo Nation Council
June 28, 2020
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller confirmed to the Office of the Speaker that deposits to the Navajo Nation from the U.S. Department of the Treasury totaled $714,189,631.47 as of Friday. The funds are part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act payments to state, local and tribal governments approved on Apr. 27 by Congress and President Trump.
The hypocrisy of these presidents who gaze down from the Black Hills as though they are the champions of law and order is a veritable witch’s caldron of hate. -- Steve Melendez, President, American Indian Genocide Museum
By Steve Melendez, Paiute, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony President, American Indian Genocide Museum
The Homestake Gold Mine, in Lead, South Dakota, operated for 125 years and produced 41 million troy ounces of gold ( $72.6 billion dollars at today’s gold prices of over $1771 dollars an ounce). As George Hearst and his partners consolidated his ownership of the mine and surrounding claims, he bought newspapers in nearby Deadwood. To further influence public opinion concerning the seizure of reservation gold, they sold shares of the mine and listed it on the New York Stock Exchange. From its public offering in 1879, It became one of the longest-listed stocks in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. George’s son, William Randolph Hearst, would later buy the San Francisco Examiner on his way to becoming a newspaper mogul and one of the richest men in America. This son of the man who stole a gold mine, had his life of influence and affluence exposed in the film Citizen Kane.
In the summer of 1874, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer was sent into the Black Hills by Gen. Phillip Sheridan to search for gold. This was in direct violation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868. Today, there is a large photograph at the mine of Custer and his entourage entering the Black Hills. The caption information tells us that after gold was discovered, many miners came into the Black Hills in defiance of the army and the Indians but fails to mention that Custer’s army was violating the 1868 Treaty. Neither does the caption information remind the visitors to the mine that article 6 of the U.S. Constitution calls a treaty the supreme law of the land.
Custer came into the Black Hills with 1,000 soldiers, over 100 covered wagons, 2 or 3 gatling guns, a cannon, a 16 piece brass band mounted on white horses, and two prospectors who were the experts on gold. On July 30th, 1874, Custer sent a dispatch to Ft. Laramie which read, “Gold has been found in paying quantities. I have upon my table 40 or 50 small particles of pure gold. In size averaging that of a small pinhead. And most of it found today from one pan full of earth.” Today, the area where the placer gold (gold carried by mountain streams) was found, is the town of Custer, South Dakota. Probably the most significant bit of information absent from the Custer photograph at the mine is what the President of the United States said to Congress the following year. “…The Discovery of gold in the Black Hills, a portion of the Sioux Reservation, has had the effect to induce a large immigration of miners to that point. Thus far the effort to protect the treaty rights of the Indians to that section has been successful, but the next year will certainly witness a large increase of such immigration. The negotiations for the relinquishment of the gold fields having failed, it will be necessary for Congress to adopt some measures to relieve the embarrassment growing out of the causes named. The Secretary of the Interior suggests that the supplies now appropriated for the sustenance of that people, Being no longer obligatory under the Treaty of 1868, but simply a gratuity, may be issued or withheld at his discretion.” President Ulysses S. Grant’s entire message can be found in Messages and Papers of the Presidents Vol. 9 Pg. 4306.
The fact that President Grant would suggest that a starvation policy should be implemented may be difficult for most Americans to believe but the attitude of that day can be found in the words of another President whose image is carved 40 miles south of the Homestake Mine on Mt. Rushmore.
“The Most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages. The rude, fierce settler who drives the savage from the land lays all civilized mankind under a debt to him. American and Indian, Boer and Zulu, Cossack and Tartar, New Zealander and Maori,--in each case the victor, horrible though many of his deeds are, has laid deep the foundations for the future greatness of a mighty people. The consequences of struggles for territory between civilized nations seem small by comparison. Looked at from the standpoint of the ages, it is of little moment whether Lorraine is part of Germany or of France, whether the northern Adriatic cities pay homage to Austrian Kaiser or Italian King; but it is of incalculable importance that America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races.” The Winning of the West Vol. 4, The Indian Wars, Pg. 56 by Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit the mass gravesite of the Wounded Knee Massacre, you must reflect on why such a thing happened. It was the 7th Cavalry that did it, so the average American is led to believe that it was revenge for Custer’s Last Stand at the Little Big Horn. But knowing President Grant’s words to Congress is to know that the gold was on the Sioux Reservation and that Custer was there in violation of the Treaty of Ft. Laramie of 1868. And to know President Grant’s words to Congress is to know that he called on America to starve the Indians off their land. When the President of the United States openly calls for the deliberate and systematic destruction of a people, what other conclusions can be reached? If you ever visit the mass grave site at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, you can know, beyond a doubt, that the men, women and children who were thrown into this trench, were the victims of genocide.
The attitude of genocide continues to this day. It exists in the form of the secret foundation of American law. In legalese it is called the 1823 Supreme Court decision of Johnson v. M’Intosh. In 1990 it was written in plain English. It makes so little sense that it does not stand up in the light of day but that is why it was kept secret for such a long time. In commemoration of Christopher Columbus’ 500 year anniversary of his “discovery” of America, Black’s Law Dictionary printed the legal definition of the “Doctrine of Discovery”. This racist colonial law is the fulfillment of Teddy Roosevelt’s desire that, “...America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races.”
The definition that Black’s Law Dictionary printed in 1990 does not appear in subsequent editions. It reads:
“Discovery. International law. As the foundation for a claim of national ownership or sovereignty, discovery is the finding of a country, continent, or island previously unknown, or previously known only to its uncivilized inhabitants.”
This is the injustice that the native people live under every day in South Dakota. Even though they have lived on the land from time immemorial, the white man’s law says they lost the title to their land when Columbus discovered it. The hypocrisy of these presidents who gaze down from the Black Hills as though they are the champions of law and order is a veritable witch’s caldron of hate.
The monument was conceived in the 1920s as a tourist draw for the new fad in vacationing called the road trip. South Dakota historian Doane Robinson recruited Borglum, a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore have angered Native Americans, who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to Indigenous people.
Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009.
But it comes amid a national reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of the symbolism of monuments around the globe. Many Native American activists say the Rushmore memorial is as reprehensible as the many Confederate monuments being toppled around the nation.
“Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” said Nick Tilsen, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and the president of a local activist organization called NDN Collective. “It’s an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people’s land, then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide.”
Navajo Nation Council approves coronavirus $93 million immediate expenditure response package, but package not yet finalized
The Navajo Nation Council approved an emergency spending package on June 19, but Navajo President Nez said Thursday that he has not received the package yet, which requires his signature. The $93 million will be distributed from the $600 million in federal CARES ACT funds that the Navajo Nation received on May 6. Below are the two statements of the Navajo Nation Council and Navajo President
By NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL
Office of the Speaker
June 24, 2020
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Responding to public input, information shared in Naabik'íyáti' Committee work sessions and discussions with programs and local leaders, the 24th Navajo Nation Council approved a $93 million coronavirus (COVID-19) immediate expenditure response package on Friday.
The COVID-19 response package will utilize a portion of the more than $600 million received by the Navajo Nation since May 6 from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act relief funding.
June 25, 2020 (Bemidji, MN) - The Indigenous Environmental Network, in collaboration with the Climate Alliance Mapping Project and the Keystone XL Mapping Project, have just launched the KXL Pipeline Map, an interactive tool that highlights the route of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, a tar sands project of the TC Energy corporation. This map is a free and public tool designed to support impacted communities along the route about the risks of living in proximity to fossil fuel pipelines and development.
PHOENIX -- Many Navajos were horrified to hear that Navajo Vice President Myron Lizer attended the Trump rally at the megachurch, Dream City Church, in Phoenix on Tuesday, as the coronavirus was increasing at an alarming rate in Phoenix, hospitals were in emergency mode in Arizona, and Dine' families were fighting to both stay alive and recover from the loss of their loved ones during this pandemic.
It is a harsh reminder of the history of the elected Navajo Nation government -- which signed the leases for the coal mining, power plants and oil and gas fields between corporations and the Navajo Nation -- and then failed to use revenues for water and electricity for the people.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The family of Muck-Wa Roberts, Sr., said he was shot protecting Little Earth housing. Roberts is the athletic director at Little Earth Red Bears.
Rose Marie Roberts said, "Please prayers are needed. My husband Muck-Wa Roberts Sr. has been shot protecting Little Earth."
Tatanka Banks said, "I would like to ask for prayers for my nephew. He was shot while protecting Little Earth housing."
"My nephew is a great warrior. I know his grandpa Dennis Banks would be proud. Muck-Wa Roberts Sr. is a great man not only is he my nephew, brother, father and husband to Rose Marie Roberts, but he's also a coach. He coaches Little Earth kids for basketball and baseball and cooks a heck of a good meal for these kids. He coached the basketball and won the city championship."
"This kid, my nephew, did exactly what his granda told him. Sometimes you have to take a bullet. I'm very proud of him also. The project is in south Minneapolis."
Update: Roberts was in stable condition and was at home and resting at noon today, Monday.
Update on Tuesday:
RoseMarie Roberts, wife of Muck-Wa Roberts, who was shot protecting Little Earth housing, said she is in need of sterile pads. Please go to her Facebook page for more information.
Rose Marie said Muck-Wa is resting now.
If you are in Minneapolis and can help out, please Facebook message her.
Update on Wednesday:
"We would like to thank the community and everyone that has helped with the medical supplies for coach Muck-Wa Roberts Sr. They were very much needed we got a lot again Miigwetch to all," RoseMarie said today.
Little Earth was founded in 1973 to create affordable housing in South Minneapolis. As the first urban housing complex with Native preference, Little Earth serves as a national model, at the forefront of American Indian migration into urban areas. The urbanization of American Indians has continued over the past three decades. The 2010 U.S. Census reports that 78% of American Indians now live in urban areas and Little Earth continues its role as a central focal point for the local and national American Indian population.
Our community is not a reservation. Instead, we are a united people of 39 different tribes, hoping to share our sense of togetherness with others.
Today, Little Earth is comprised of four organizations with a unified management structure. Each organization has a separate function, however all work cooperatively to build our community and create opportunities for Indian people to achieve self-determination.
MNN. June 21, 2020. We have always and continue to duck the bullets of the invaders to our land, from pole to pole, ocean to ocean. This writer realized he had done little so far to help solve the ongoing pandemic facing indigenous people. He sent this letter to New York State Governor Cuomo, CNN, the New York Times and Mohawk Nation News:
Indigenous Rising Media said, "The ugliness of the hate Donald Trump represents will never compare to the beauty of when we show up for one another to protect the sacred. We will keep showing up in defense of Black lives. We are connected. As Auntie Assata said: "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” No one’s free until we are all free.
Indigenous People and Veterans Arrested in Tulsa at Trump Rally
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Indigenous freedom fighters and veterans were arrested outside of the Trump Rally in Tulsa, after trying to raise “Defund The Police” and “End The War On Black People” flags and express their resistance to this administration and demand an end to state violence, defunding of police forces, and investment in healthy sustainable communities.
This action was in direct response to Trump coming into Tulsa by a collective group of Indigenous and veteran organizations including About Face: Veterans Against the War, Indigenous Environmental Network, Climate Justice Alliance, It Takes Roots, Grassroots Global Justice, Veterans For Peace, BlackOut Collective, Ruckus Society and Rising Tide.
“The soil of so-called Oklahoma is still soaked with the tears and blood from the pain white supremacy has inflicted on our Indigenous and Black ancestors” said Ashley McCray, Organizer for Indigenous Environmental Network and Unify Tulsa who was arrested outside the rally. “I will continue to show up in defense of Black life and demand Oklahoma invest in creating communities of compassion to heal from the trauma we are still forced to endure.”
Tulsa is home to the historic Greenwood district, the birthplace and the site where Black Wall Street, a flourishing Black community, was destroyed, and its residents killed by a racist white mob in June 1921. It is also the location where the current occupant of the White House, who has continuously expressed and stoked racism, will hold his first rally since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As an Afro-Latina combat veteran, I’ve seen first hand the way police and military are leveraged against Black, Brown and poor communities for the benefit of the rich,” said Brittany Ramos DeBarros from About Face and Veterans for Peace. “I deployed to war based on lies believing I was fighting for freedom and safety, only to realize I was used in endless wars for profit. I’m proud now to actually get the chance to fight for the freedom and justice we were all promised.
By Steve Melendez, Pyramid Lake Paiute President, American Indian Genocide Museum
Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Christopher Columbus entitled, Admiral of the Ocean Sea. In a shorter, more easily read book, Christopher Columbus, Mariner which was published in 1942, he wrote, “The cruel policy initiated by Columbus and pursued by his successors resulted in complete genocide.” Some interesting items of his extensive research were published in 1963 under the title of Journals and Other Documents on the Life of Christopher Columbus.
Men can be victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone.
Media and socialization may lead you to believe otherwise but the truth is men, and people of all genders, can be and are victims of domestic violence.
Abuse against men can start at a very young age and the effect carries on with them into adulthood. When it comes to sexual violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, men who reported abuse have indicated that not only were they sexually assaulted both as a child and as an adult, but also their struggles with intimate partner violence continues indefinitely as victims and/or perpetrators.
Dine' Bitahnii Wilson said, "Today we went out and delivered donated barrels and water to families with no running water again, my friend and classmate had 6 in her household, she said Thank You to whoever donated the barrels. We are working on getting more 55-gallon water barrels to distribute out to families."
Navajo volunteers race with water and food, as governments fail during the pandemic
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News Update with a statement by Percy Deal, Dine' from Hard Rock
When a young Dine' man asked if anyone needed water and supplies, there were more than 100 responses. They are the blind, those without water, and those in hogans without phones. They are the young people living in tents in quarantine, they are the families living in tents. They are Navajo and Hopi. They live on Navajo and Hopi tribal lands and in the border regions.
Ashkii Abíní Naatsíilid Wilson asked, "Does anyone know of families who are in need of food or water? We have 55-gallon barrels that we can bring and fill up with water. We also have food, PPE, and cleaning supplies. Just want to make sure everyone is being helped!"
The responses were heart-breaking. Ashkii's response was swift.
Photo: KEN-A-RAH-DI-YO speaks to the protesters gathered in Columbus Park. He passed the statement (further down in this post) to the crowd. KEN-A-RAH-DI-YO is a representative for International Native Traditional Interchange (INTI) and is involved with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
Protest Rally in Buffalo, NY’s Columbus Park Against the Columbus Statue
The People Demand – TAKE DOWN THIS RACIST SYMBOL OF GENOCIDE AND SLAVERY
Buffalo, New York – June 14, 2020 – Around 100 people came to the city’s Columbus Park to protest the Columbus statue and demand that it be taken down. All across the country, people are taking steps to remove racist monuments and change the name of parks and other public facilities that celebrate the brutal slave-holding legacy of the Confederacy and its most prominent figures. The Confederacy served to cover up the moral outrages of slavery and dismiss the voices outrages of slavery and the voices of African-Americans whose ancestors were held in bondage, systematically kidnapped, beaten, and sexually assaulted.
By Ofelia Rivas Tohono O'odham Nation Censored News
ALI JEGK, Tohono O'odham Nation -- The integrated fixed towers are under construction with little regard for the community's well being. The water truck is racing through the community using the precious water piped at a very long distance.
The border patrols are racing through the community without regard to residences. There is very little construction protocol taken into consideration, no dust control. I am unaware of presence of any O'odham cultural monitors in our cccommunity while our sacred lands and mountain are being destroyed.
The video shows the truck coming off the mountain at high speed.
Currently the coronavirus is spreading in Arizona, with one of the highest rates in the nation for new cases. Cases are on the increase on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
These spy towers are being built by the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems, carrying out Apartheid security in Palestine. The contract was granted during the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration. The contract was approved by the elected Tohono O'odham Nation government which ignored the opposition from traditional O'odham.
Copyright Ofelia Rivas================
This integrated fixed tower, spy tower, was constructed by Israel's Elbit Systems at Nogales, Arizona. The towers on the Tohono O'odham Nation will allow Border Patrol agents to stalk O'odham women, children and elderly, by way of cameras on the towers in traditional O'odham communities. The images will be viewed on Border Patrol agents laptops.
The shooter was arrested and members of the militia, who call themselves the New Mexico Civil Guard, were detained by police. In Albuquerque, after one protester was shot by this man, Steven Baca.
Eyewitnesses identified this man as the shooter. The man, identified on social media as Steven Baca, said during his arrest that he called out that his father worked for the Bernalillo County Sheriff office. Heavily armed New Mexico Civil Guard members were detained by police at the scene. -- Censored News
By Brenda Norrell
Albuquerque -- One man was arrested after shooting a protester at a gathering at the statue of the genocidal Conquistador Onate in Albuquerque on Monday. The injured man, protesting the genocidal Onate Statue, is listed in critical but stable condition. Heavily armed vigilantes of the New Mexico Civil Guard were detained by police and the shooter arrested. Steven Ray Baca, 32, was arrested and charged with use of a firearm and aggravated battery.
In Albuquerque, Ahtza Dawn Chavez, executive director of the NAVA Education Project, said, "We want to thank those who showed up to support the peaceful prayer gathering at Tiguex park earlier this evening. This prayer gathering was meant to garner support to remove the statue of someone who brought so much violence to many of our Pueblo people.
Photos: In Alcalde, N.M., county authorities removed the bronze statue of Juan de Oñate in northern New Mexico amid a new wave of criticism of the memorial as an affront to indigenous people and an obstacle to greater racial harmony. A forklift pried the massive bronze statue of Oñate from a concrete pedestal to the sound of cheers and ululation from bystanders. A demonstration also was planned in Albuquerque at another bronze Oñate likeness. KOAT News. Video by Ryan Begay
With the removal of the Onate statue today, Censored News re-publishes today the words of Maurus Chino
Maurus Chino, Acoma Pueblo, said, "We equate the conquistador Juan de Onate and his soldiers with Hitler and the Nazis. Both practiced genocide. The Spanish land grant system is nothing but double-speak for the theft of native lands. These lands that were so freely 'granted' are Indian lands," Chino said in 2006. Objecting to a celebration for Onate, he said, "We are offended by these 'celebrations.' Would decent people sit by and do nothing if we had a parade of Nazis as part of an event of 'cultural heritage?'" "In January 1599, a larger force was sent to Acoma, where an epic battle ensued lasting three days and by historical accounts of the Spanish themselves, the ended with over 800 hundred men, women, and children being butchered. Men over the age of 25 were sentenced to have one-foot cut and 25 years of slavery. Males between the ages of 12 and 25 were likewise given 25 years of slavery. Young girls between the ages of 12 and 25 were given 25 years of slavery. 60 young girls were sent to priests in Mexico, never to return to Acoma."
by Maurus Chino, Acoma Pueblo
First statement March 19, 2011, opposing rally commemorating Iraqi War, Albuquerque Second statement Huaba Hanu Listening ConferenceMay 7, 2005 Censored News
Moment of silence for the brave ones alive and dead who stand and stood for the People in the face of oppression throughout the world
Guwaatsi! Gai d’awa hauba? Wa shinum’e Kaaimaisiwa d’aagashi, D’yaami Hanu suda. Uusraatra Hanu waashdi suda etyu. Ak’ume suda.
Greetings! Are you all well? My Acoma name is Kaaimaisiwa. My American name is Maurus Chino. I belong to the Eagle Clan, and am a child of the Sun Clan. I belong to the Acoma People.
Acoma, a beautiful and wondrous place to the west of here, is for us the center of the universe. I may live in other places, as I do now, here in Albuquerque, but Ak’u, beloved Ak’u is a strong force that draws those of us who were born for Acoma and those who will be born for Acoma, always back to its center.
There is a suppression of the facts about the current spread of coronavirus in the United States. The spread of the virus within the U.S. Border Patrol is hidden in the statistics. The total numbers of those with the virus and dying from the virus in each prison and nursing home are hard to find, if they exist at all for the public.
The tragedies continue on the Navajo Nation.
One Navajo family burying their loved one said the Silvercreek Mortuary in Tse Bonito, New Mexico, was full of deceased. Their loved one was being kept outside in an unrefrigerated gurney, the family told Censored News. The mortuary is located at the boundary of the Navajo Nation near Window Rock.
After the dry goods were purchased on Saturday, the fresh produce and meat were purchased on Sunday, for the trip out to Pine Ridge. The delivery was completed on Sunday. Photo by Bill Knight.
Article by Brenda Norrell
WANBLEE, PINE RIDGE, South Dakota -- When Lakotas in Wanblee said they were told to remain in quarantine, and then left isolated without food, readers on social media responded quickly on Friday.
In one household, Don Doyle said there was only one grocery drop provided for his family of 17 people.
That one grocery drop lasted Doyle and his house 3 days.
When the Native Sun News Today article was posted about the Lakota families without food, Natalie Stites Means, already part of a team cooking meals for those in quarantine in Rapid City, shared the article.
Among the good hearts who were heart-broken when they read the story was Bill Knight, who immediately offered to buy groceries and drive the food out from Rapid City.
"I am getting them out there tomorrow, plan on leaving at noon from Rapid," Bill said late Saturday. "Buying all the perishables (meat, fruit, and veggies) tomorrow morning."
"This is about 400 bucks worth of dried goods, plan on spending an additional $600 on meat and whatnot. A lot of people donated!" Bill said, sharing the photo above.
Among those responding immediately was Wild Idea Buffalo.
"Wild Idea Buffalo company donated 10 pounds of ground buffalo and a chuck," Bill said.
On Sunday, Bill finished purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, and delivered the carload of groceries to Wanblee.
Earlier, Native Sun News Today reporter Travis Dewes wrote the article, Wanblee: Quarantined without Food.
Dewey wrote, "At least two residents of the Eagle’s Nest district on the Pine Ridge Reservation have struggled receiving groceries while they were quarantined in their homes for possible coronavirus exposures."
Don Doyle, a resident of Wanblee, said that his house of 17 people was ordered to quarantine after his daughter had tested positive for the virus in mid-May."
The family of Phyllis Swift Hawk is also in quarantine after a relative tested positive. Phyllis' family of eleven people also ran out of food.
“I had to give up my meals a few times for my grandchildren,” she said, “but I had broth, and that’s okay too.”
Swift Hawk has been a resident of Wanblee since 1964, and has worked at Oglala Lakota College for 43 years.
Doyle, 67, was a member of law enforcement for 23 years, and his grandfather was a code talker in World War I and World War II.
At Censored News we asked Bill for permission to share this story and to share the PayPal for those who want to donate. Bill said he is keeping receipts of all expenditures to show accountability. To donate to this effort: https://www.paypal.me/billknight5 As always, thank you to the Good Hearts from Censored News!
Army of the Frontier stands firm against Indian Outbreaks despite Retrenchement and Red-Tape
MNN. June 13, 2020. The definition of a cult – “order followers’. The following video taken of the vicious unwarranted attack on the rotinshoinni [original peoples]] on May 18, 1997 at Onondaga is a prime example of systemic ongoing injustice in New York State. SEE video [8 mins].
Everybody is now talking about outlawing the chokehold. They should outlaw all racist beatings and injustices. Perpetrators should be dealt with harshly and quickly so it will never happen again. This brutality started with the first uninvited settler colonists. It’s a bubble that needs to burst. The cult is trying to fulfil the ultimate goal of their corporate business plan known as Canada and the United States. COVID19 is being used to lock down everyone on earth. They will continue to protect themselves and keep a tight control on turtle island and the world. Their laws work very well for the white rulers, liars, thieves and cheats. We original people are forced to live under the systemic injustice, racism, oppression and genocide that has been perfected by them and spread throughout the world.
SYSTEMIC RACISM IS DIVIDE & CONQUER:
All US presidents up to Lincoln owned African slaves. They are the ultimate hypocrites.
Systemic racism is the basis of the US corporation that squats on our land from pole to pole and ocean to ocean. Some original people survived the genocide of 150 million natives throughout turtle island.
We refused to be slaves. Europeans kidnapped the Africans to be their slaves here.
When slavery was abolished in 1865, the blacks were emancipated and became soldiers for the whites to continue the genocide of the natives. We called them “Buffalo Soldiers” because of their nappy hair like a buffalo. They wiped out 60 million buffaloes to starve out the original peoples. They were manning the gatling guns on the Sioux at Wounded Knee in 1890. The blacks continue to glorify what they did for the white man. Then they were disbanded and diverted to other useful purposes of the whites.
The United States designed a system of racism to control the former slaves, the riffraff and to eventually extinguish the surviving onkwehonweh [original peoples]. This system continues to be enforced by mainly white police and military, protected by a private court system with no accountability, responsibility, and liability.
The system of “divide and conquer” works well for the 1% worldwide.
The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis exposed this system. He was murdered by a lethal chokehold that was used on us, Palestinians and others with impunity. Now there is worldwide condemnation.
TWO ROW JUSTICE V. UNITED STATES WORLD COURT:
It is our duty under the great law of peace, kaianerekowa, to stop the ongoing threat to the land and the people. This is summarized in the “Two-Row Justice v. United States/World Court”: STUDY THIS CASE:
Over 200 plus armed New York State Police attacked the unarmed men, women and children rotinoshonni [ierokwah, iroquois] without provocation. They had no badges, no name tags, carried a hit list. They were fully armed vigilantes in collusion with the so-called governing body of the corporation known as the ONONDAGA NATION to destroy and take control of our economies. We came together to discuss alternative measures.
EIGHT SYSTEMIC GOVERNMENT PARTNERS:
Over the past 23 years, the New York State Police was protected from punishment by a system set up solely for that purpose. The following 8 systemic government partners ensured New York State Police would never suffer any penalty civilly or criminally for their crimes against the rotinshonni:
1.New York State Police
2.New York Attorney General
3. New York State Governor
4.United States District Court for the Northern District of New York [Syracuse]
5.United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [New York City]
6.Supreme Court of the United States
7.United Nations, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights, United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples [UNDRIP]
8.International Court of Justice at The Hague, The Netherlands [World Court]. KENNETH DEER of Kahnawake works for the Rockefeller corporation known as the UN. His role is to make sure none of the legitimate Iroquois issues get on the court docket in New York or Geneva.
The website and videos show the New York State Police could indiscriminately beat, injure, terrorize, and arrest 100 peaceful unarmed men, women, children, and elders who were gathered for a meeting and ceremonial feast on their own land. Government departments completely supported the police.
THE WEBSITE PROVES THE FOLLOWING SYSTEMIC INJUSTICES:
1.The vicious uncalled for attack.
2.The original peoples filed a Civil Rights action in United States District Court [Syracuse] which was ignored.
3.The New York State Police, the New York Attorney General, and the New York Governor refused to acknowledge any blame.
4.The United States District Court supported this delay by allowing the Civil Rights Action to languish on its docket for 20 years.
5.After 17 years 76 original peoples settled for a few dollars and walked away.
6.15 refused to settle, known as the “Onondaga 15.
7.After 17 years of representing the Onondaga their 15 lawyers withdrew from the case, leaving them lawyerless.
8.This was followed by an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.
9.The United States District Court did not allow the Onondaga 15 to present their case to a Jury, and were no-caused.
10.The United States District Court protected its government family member, the New York State Police.
11.The next stage was at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.
12.They rubber-stamped the systemic injustice to protect all governmental injustice.
13.The final stop at the Supreme Court of the United States proved that SCOTUS as a last resort in the United States justice system would ensure government will never be held accountable. Nothing can slip through the cracks of their fake justice system to expose the United States systemic injustice to its Citizens and the World. [See Petition for Rehearing in Supreme Court, wherein Supreme Court Justice Sotomayer recused without giving the Onondaga 15 their right to waive the recusal pursuant to Congressional law. 10 years earlier she was a Judge on the Second Circuit, wrote an extremely favorable Opinion in favor of the Onondaga 15 against the New York State Police.
14.There is no redress for the Onondaga 15 in the United States justice system. It proves the Onondaga 15 cannot stand before the fake justice system and expect resourse.
15.The Onondaga 15 went to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights to expose this United States systemic system of injustice. The website shows the private corporation known as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights would not open the door for the Onondaga. It is a major part of the World-wide systemic injustice, racism, and police/military brutality. UNDRIP falsely broadcasts to the World that Indigenous Peoples Rights must be protected and supported throughout the World.
16.Next the Onondaga 15 tried to get the case into The International Court of Justice at The Hague, The Netherlands. This World Court too refused to expose systemic injustice in the World.
17.The only remedy is the kaianerekowa [the Great Law of Peace] and teiohateh [two-row wampum], the original and only law of onowarekeh, great turtle island and for the world. Webite has these documents.
The original natural peoples placed on turtle island by creation are not Americans or Canadians. The invaders murdered, imprisoned, enslaved the original people of the Western Hemisphere. Everyone who stays on turtle island must abide by the kaianerekowa and two-row wampum. Otherwise they are here illegally.
Beware of those that have created and benefitted from the system of injustice. They will be advocating for the status-quo to remain. The systemic injustice worldwide is exposed.
Governor Cuomo, the ball is in your court! Every corporation on turtle island, throughout the Western Hemisphere, is null and void. Every original placename [cities, towns, streets, parks, rivers, lakes, etc. etc.] must be immediately restored in the original languages. Every European system of injustice must be destroyed.
As Deep Purple hits the nail on the head about the current madness we are dealing with: “ Don’t look too long in my face, it could be a big mistake. I’m hanging on a thread so fine, I need a little space. I shouldn’t say but I know I must, I’ve had enough of pain and I’m pissed off standing in the rain. It makes me feel like a mad dog . . .”
Susnaghe Neneh toFirst Nations Say ENOUGH! The settler empire always needs an expensive “venture” against Indigenous People. Paras, not police. The total RCMP planned gross spending for 2019-20 is $5.1 billion dollars. $3.1 billion dollars (60%) of that budget is used on “Contract and Indigenous Policing”. Indigenous people only make up 4% of the population.