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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A Nation in Denial

Standing Rock Water Protectors 2016

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The need for the rewriting of history books has never been more obvious, as the true history of this land is revealed. The current politicians are like a homeopathic cure -- a little poison to cure the disease of racism and oppression.

It is a disease rooted in the genocide and slavery which this nation of deception was built on. Many are too young to remember the oppression and manipulation by the border town media 40 years ago, when Native people were often tortured and murdered in the border towns of Rapid City, South Dakota, Farmington and Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona and elsewhere.

The censorship and media spin continue today, as does the murder of the innocents.

It is a nation in denial. 

Notes: The need for authentic history books:
This column serves as an encouragement to Native and African American authors to write the true histories, revealing the truth of the United States history of the genocide of Native Americans and kidnapping and slavery of African Americans, as well as the current government-encouraged racism and terror.
Parents, home schools and independent schools will have these books for future generations, regardless of the decisions by public schools.
There is a need for more authentic history books written for preschool through high school, books that are written in common language.
'Rethinking Columbus' is a great collection that was censored by Tucson schools. The authors in the blacklisted book include Buffy Sainte Marie, Cree, and Rosalie Little Thunder, Lakota. The books were loaded up and removed from classrooms. It took months, but I was able to locate a couple copies in libraries and book stores.
Rosalie Little Thunder's letter describes the massacre of buffalo at Yellowstone National Park. It includes a personal family story of massacre and survival and her arrest at Yellowstone. 
Above all, Little Thunder's letter describes the significance of the slaughter of buffalo. 
Buffy Sainte Marie was among those censored when Tucson schools blacklisted "Rethinking Columbus." This is the song by the same name:
Buffy writes:
And yet where in your history books is the tale
Of the genocide basic to this country's birth?
Of the preachers who lied? And the people who died?
How a nation of patriots returned to their earth?
Where does it tell of the starvation hell?
As the children were herded, and raped and converted?
And how do we rescue the missing and murdered?
My country 'tis of thy people, you're dying
Buffy Sainte Marie was blacklisted and driven out of the music industry in the United States by Presidents Johnson and Reagan.

Navajo Council to finalize hardship aid criteria before program opens to Navajos

Office of the Speaker
October 13, 2020

Hardship Assistance program approved, Council to finalize 

criteria and application before Controller opens program to the public

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Nearly $50 million was added to the Navajo Nation CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus) Act Hardship Assistance Expenditure Plan through Navajo Nation Council Resolution No. CS-74-20. The Navajo Nation Council is planning to consider and then approve an application process this week, thereafter giving the Office of the Controller all necessary approvals to implement the hardship assistance program.

Zapatistas: Part Six: A Mountain on the High Seas

Part Six: A Mountain on the High Seas
Oct. 7, 2020

Communique from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee
General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation

October 5, 2020
Translations in Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Greek, and Spanish original

To the National Indigenous Congress—Indigenous Governing Council:
To the Sixth in Mexico and abroad:
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion:
To all honest people who resist in every corner of the planet:

Sisters, brothers, hermanoas:
Compañeras, compañeros and compañeroas:

We Zapatista originary peoples of Mayan roots send you greetings and want to share with you our collective thought about what we have seen, heard, and felt.

First: We see and hear a socially sick world, fragmented into millions of people estranged from each other, doubled down in their efforts for individual survival but united under the oppression of a system that will do anything to satisfy its thirst for profit, even when its path is in direct contradiction to the existence of planet Earth.

Tewa Women Lead Occupation and Lockdown of Santa Fe Racist Obelisk in Plaza

By Brenda Norrell 
Censored News

The racist obelisk in Santa Fe Plaza was torn down on Monday, on the third and final day of the occupation and lockdown led by Tewa women. Pueblos demanded that the Mayor of Santa Fe keep his promise to remove the obelisk, a clear symbol of oppression and a glorification of the brutal murderous conquistadors who seized the land of Pueblos for the City of Santa Fe and the State of New Mexico.

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