August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Yakama Cascade Chief Johnny Jackson passes to Spirit World

Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission mourns loss 

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission mourns the loss of our elder and Commissioner atway Johnny Jackson after his recent hospitalization due to COVID-19.

Jackson was Chief of the Cascade Band of the Yakama and represented the Yakama Nation at CRITFC with steadfast passion and determination. He spoke from his heart, particularly when it involved the River People who call the banks of the Columbia River home. His insights, experience, wisdom, and perspective were forged in the decades of his unrelenting stance to have promises fulfilled and to overcome the hardships endured by the River People as they struggled to retain their connection to salmon and their right to fish for them.

At the Commission’s intertribal table, Jackson’s voice offered a constant reminder of the deep traditions that connect the tribes to the land, water, and salmon and the raw wounds still felt from the loss of Celilo Falls—where he fished as a young man—and the hundreds of tribal homes, villages, and businesses displaced by dams. His dedication and tenacity has been and will continue to be an inspiration for his people, his fellow commissioners, and the CRITFC staff.

CRITFC’s Executive Director, Jaime A. Pinkham, stated “It is difficult to imagine the Columbia River without Johnny Jackson living by its side. I will miss his friendship and humor, yet he left us valuable lessons often delivered in his trademark candor that we must never forget and we must never give up.”

Family remembers Chief Johnny Jackson Sto-Khin 

Cascade Chief has been a great leader and voice of the River People. We will all miss him. It isn’t possible to do a traditional burial social distancing and all. Covid 19 has claimed another life yes. Uncle lived a long life. He had so much to do yet he said in one of our last visits.

He would ask for a song! I sang a Fawn Wood song he loved it. I Pray to the Lord, it comforted him. So honored to have gotten those very special moments with him in his final days. A great fisherman he was. A Veteran, who served this Country. A leader with authority. To be honored and respected in this time. We say goodbye. Creator light up his way as he journey s to be with the ancestors.

Prayers for all those left behind to mourn his presence. Prayers for our village s all up and down the Columbia River,

Please be safe, social distance and please again wear a mask especially in the presence of our elders.
Our dear family member Chief Sto-Khin Johnny Jackson is gone to be the ancestors, makes his journey, we need your help for funeral expenses anything is appreciated.

He loved all walks of life defending those in need against tyranny, standing against injustice and inequality.

Pete is requesting help as his Father is been taken from Covid. He was an honorable Chief
thank you. Donate here.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Yakama Cascade Chief Johnny Jackson. We remember him as a leader and fisherman when he was among the first to arise and come to the Southwest when environmentalists gathered to organize as a voice for Native rights. May Chief Jackson have a sweet journey home. -- Brenda Norrell, Censored News

Federal secret agents snatch protester, shoot another in the head in Portland, Oregon


Mark Pettibone snatched by camouflaged men who did not identify themselves and put in an unmarked van, blindfolded and taken to an unidentified location. Watch video below.

Federal secret agents snatch protester, shoot another in the head in Portland, Oregon

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Disappearing people on the street: Camouflaged, unidentified rogue men in unidentified vans, kidnapping, blindfolding and taking people on the street to an undisclosed location. This happened in South America. It also happened in Portland this week. It appears that the US Border Patrol now believes it can legally wear unidentified camouflage outfits and use unmarked vans. (See The Nation article link in this article.) It appears the Border Patrol may be using the Portland disappearance of a young man this week as a test run. Meanwhile in June, the US Marshals flew a plane over Portland that could collect cell data from tens of thousands of people. It caused an outcry from  Congressmen to push for a probe. It was tracked to a front company in Texas. In breaking news, a new task force believes it has unlimited powers under Trump's directive to protect monuments and statues.

PORTLAND, Oregon -- A young man walking home from a protest was snatched by men in camouflage, put in an unmarked van with his eyes covered and taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. The U.S. Border Patrol special ops BORTAC and U.S. Marshals Service have been confirmed in the operation.

Secret federal police are in the new Protecting American Communities Task Force.

The Nation obtained an internal memo describing a special task force created by the Department of Homeland Security in response to Trump’s Executive Order on 'Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence.' That task force, the Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), has been tasked not only to assess civil unrest but also to “surge” resources to protect against it, the Nation reports. 

Portland feds
Federal officers open fire on demonstrators with tear gas and "less-lethal” munitions at Portland, Ore.'s Federal Courthouse. (John Rudoff / Sipa USA)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown demanded federal troops leave Portand. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler demanded Friday that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect.

“Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Mayor Wheeler said at a news conference.

The ACLU of Oregon filed a lawsuit after a protester was shot in the head and his face and skull fractured. The ACLU sued the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Marshals Service. 

"These agents have been indiscriminately using tear gas, rubber bullets, and acoustic weapons against protesters, journalists, and legal observers. Federal officers also shot a protester in the head Sunday with a rubber bullet fracturing the person’s face and skull," the ACLU said.

Mark Pettibone was snatched on the street in Portland by men in camouflage, thrown in an unmarked van, his eyes covered and taken to an undisclosed destination for interrogation. The camouflaged men did not identify themselves, tell him what he was charged with, or where they were taking him. More at: Oregon Public Radio interviews Mark Pettibone

U.S. Border Patrol's Mission Creep

The Border Patrol special ops BORTAC have also been stalking Tohono O'odham elderly women on their Tohono O'odham Nation homeland. One U.S. Border Patrol special ops agent pulled a gun on an isolated elderly O'odham and was identified, by way of a photograph, as a BORTAC agent based El Paso, Texas.

The Nation reports that Jenn Budd, former senior Border Patrol agent, said drones at the border and other surveillance increased after 9/11 and the Title 42 pandemic law.

“‘Mission creep’ is what CBP, Border Patrol, and ICE have been engaged in since 9/11,” Budd said. “There are all sorts of interesting powers that CBP, ICE and Border Patrol have under Title 42 pandemic law, which has been triggered with Trump’s Covid-19 national emergency declaration. Even though he claims we should not be in pandemic lockdown, he refuses to lift the emergency declaration because this gives these agencies more authority. All of this is legal because of vague and broad authorities given to these agencies after 9/11," the Nation reported.

Press targeted in Portland

In Portland, the ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of legal observers and local journalists. The named plaintiffs include The Portland Mercury; Matthew Lewis-Rolland, a freelance photographer who federal agents shot 10 times in the back on Sunday; Justin Yau, a freelance journalist who federal agents attacked with tear gas; and Doug Brown, a legal observer who federal agents threatened to shoot. The individuals were wearing high-visibility shirts that said 'PRESS' or 'legal observer,' the ACLU said.

Oregon lawmakers are demanding a probe of a plane that U.S. Marshals flew over  Portland that could gather the cell phone data of tens of thousands of people. The plane was tracked to a false front alarm company in Texas. Read more at Oregon Public Radio

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