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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tribes from across U.S. testify in support of Oak Flat


Photo by Alejandro Molino
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Copper mines have done extensive damage to the Earth in Arizona. The Morenci mine operating near Oak Flat; Silver Bell copper mine near Marana; earlier copper mine in border area at Ajo. -- Censored News

Tribes from Across the U.S. Testify in Support of Save the Oak Flat Act

Act would Halt Massive Foreign-Owned Mining Project that will Destroy Sacred Sites and the Environment

By San Carlos Apache Nation

Censored News

April 13, 2021

Audio of testimony

SAN CARLOS APACHE NATION -- San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler said he strongly supports Congressional testimony provided today by tribal leaders to protect the sacred western Apache site Chí’chil Biłdagoteel, also known as Oak Flat, from destruction by the proposed Resolution Copper Mine.

“Today’s testimony clearly demonstrates that it is not only the San Carlos Apache Tribe opposed to this horrific plan that would destroy a location that is the heart of our cultural and spiritual beliefs, but those tribal nations from across Arizona and the U.S. are united in stopping this mine,” Rambler said.

Leaders of the Inter-Tribal Association of Arizona and the National Congress of American Indians testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States stating that their associations support H.R. 1884, the Save Oak Flat Act, introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ.

Oak Flat is located on the Tonto National Forest and is slated to be swapped to foreign-owned Resolution Copper Company to clear the way for construction of a massive underground mine that would destroy Chí’chil Biłdagoteel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property.

“We have consistently and adamantly expressed unified Tribal opposition to the Resolution Copper Mine and Land Exchange on behalf of our 21 Member Tribes,” Shan Lewis, President of the Inter-Tribal Association of Arizona, stated in written testimony.

In addition to Tuesday’s testimony, the Navajo Nation, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Hualapai Tribe, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the Tonto Apache Tribe, the Cocopah Indian Tribe, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation also submitted individual letters or passed resolutions in support of the Save Oak Flat Act.

The committee also heard testimony from an environmental geologist who warned that the Resolution mine would have broad devastating regional impacts on groundwater supplies in the East Salt River Valley that is a source for drinking water for the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Nongermane language was inserted into the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act without debate that requires the Forest Service to trade Chí’chil Biłdagoteel to Resolution Copper upon completion of environmental studies no matter how damaging the mine. The Trump Administration published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Jan. 15, triggering a 60-day deadline to execute the land exchange. The Biden Administration withdrew the FEIS on March 1 to provide more time for analysis and discussion with tribes opposed to the project.

“The only way the land exchange became law was through a midnight deal to include it in a must-pass defense spending bill,” Rambler said. “Congress now has the opportunity and indeed the duty to repeal this devious action by passing the Save Oak Flat Act,” Rambler said.

Resolution is owned by foreign-based multinational mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP. The land trade would strip Chí’chil Biłdagoteel of federal protections put in place in 1955 by President Dwight Eisenhower that prevent mining.

With Oak Flat in private hands, Resolution could construct a one-mile deep underground mine that would cause Chí’chil Biłdagoteel to collapse into a 1.8-mile wide, 1,000-foot deep crater. Construction of mine would also result in the depletion and contamination of scarce water sources, and destruction of large swaths of other parts of the Tonto National Forest.

Lewis noted that indigenous groups as far away as Australia have expressed concern over the fate of Oak Flat. Last year, Rio Tinto blew up the 46,000-year-old culturally significant Juukan Gorge cave rock shelters to expand an iron mine.

“Despite Rio Tinto’s promises made in the aftermath of this blatant destruction to never let this happen again, in fact, Rio Tinto plans to do the very same thing at Oak Flat,” Lewis stated. “But, in this case, Congress can take action and pass the Save Oak Flat Act and protect this sacred place and well-documented religious and culturally important landscape before it can be demolished to benefit the commercial interests of Rio Tinto.”

Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, stated in written testimony that NCAI has passed seven resolutions opposing the transfer of Oak Flat to Resolution since 2009. She stated that Congress had rejected 13 attempts to pass legislation to transfer the site prior to the last-minute inclusion of the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange Act into the FY2015 defense spending bill.

“The late rider to the 2015 NDAA circumvented what had been long-standing Congressional acknowledgment of its trust obligation to Tribal Nations,” Sharp stated. She also said the land exchange would cause the destruction of tribal religious, cultural, archeological, historical, and natural resources.

“It would be the first time the United States actively sought to relinquish control of the federal property to a foreign entity that would knowingly destroy the sacred places of peoples to whom it has a trust responsibility,” Sharp said.

Environmental geologist James Wells said federal environmental studies have failed to adequately study and fully analyze the profound regional water impacts from the proposed mine.

“The mine will consume enough water to supply a city of 140,000 people every year for 50 years,” he stated in written testimony. “This is a vast new water demand in an area of the Southwest that is already experiencing water shortages. Resolution’s water use could be much higher than they are disclosing.”

Wells warned that Phoenix-area cities, businesses, and farms rely on the same water basin that Resolution will be tapping for its massive mining operation.

“By greenlighting this mine, the people of Arizona are embarking on an uncontrolled experiment on social priorities pitting the state’s agriculture, municipal and tribal interests against those of a multinational mining company and the mining company is winning,” he stated.

In a written statement submitted to the committee, Chairman Rambler said that the Resolution mine would irreparably destroy the “foundation of our religious beliefs” and the impacts go beyond the loss of Chí’chil Biłdagoteel.

“The nearly 40,000-acre footprint of the project will also destroy dozens of sacred springs, and hundreds of other traditional cultural properties, including burial sites, petroglyphs, cultural landscapes, food and medicinal plants, and more,” Rambler stated.

Rambler also criticized Resolution Copper for never stating where it intends to process the copper ore into finished copper. “Throughout its consistent shell game, Resolution Copper has stated that it will supply up to 25 percent of U.S. copper demands,” Rambler stated.

This claim conflicts with the fact that the U.S. exported one-third of the copper ore, also known as copper concentrate, that was domestically mined in 2020. The U.S. only has three operating copper smelters that convert concentrate into refined copper. These smelters already are processing ore from other mines.

“Resolution’s copper ore is most likely bound for China, which is by far the world’s largest importer of copper ore,” Rambler stated.

Rio Tinto’s single largest investor is the Chinese state-owned mining company Chinalco.

“This one fact makes the entire project a strategic foreign policy concern,” Rambler stated.

Monday, April 12, 2021

LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard Passes to Spirit World


LaDonna Tamakawastewin (Good Earth Woman) Brave Bull Allard June 8, 1955 – April 10, 2021.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

LaDonna Tamakawastewin Brave Bull Allard, founder of Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock, passed to the Spirit World on Saturday, April 10. LaDonna offered her land at Standing Rock for the movement that inspired a global revolution and a new generation of Water Protectors who stood for the water. She died after suffering from brain cancer.

LaDonna's son, Freeland McLaughlin, said, "She lived life courageously and humbly as she pointed toward new possibilities through her way of life and commitment to the land."

As the movement to protect the water and land continues at Standing Rock and around the world, the Sacred Stone Camp remains a symbol of the movement that is dedicated to the preservation of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota cultural traditions.

LaDonna said, “I was asked, 'When do you consider this pipeline issue to be over?' I said when every pipe is out of the ground and the earth is repaired across the United States. I am not negotiating, I am got backing down. I must stand for our grandchildren and for the water.”

LaDonna passed to the Spirit World one day after the Biden administration announced on Friday that it would not halt the flow of crude oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline, during the court-ordered environmental review.

With the words "Mni Wiconi, Water is Life," now heard around the world, and the reminder that "all pipelines break," it has been five years since the movement to protect the water of the Missouri River began at Sacred Stone Camp in the spring of 2016.
 
Freeland said in keeping with his mother's wishes, those who want to donate, Pendleton blankets, star quilts and food can be donated at 202 Main Street, Fort Yates, North Dakota, at Standing Rock, PO Box 670, Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538.

Funeral arrangements:

LaDonna's husband Miles Allard passed to the Spirit World after suffering from a heart attack on Feb. 8, 2018.

Remembering LaDonna in her own words

In the long fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, which continues to threaten the Missouri River and the drinking water of the masses, LaDonna said in 2017:

"This movement is not just about a pipeline. We are not fighting for a reroute, or a better process in the white man’s courts. We are fighting for our rights as the indigenous peoples of this land; we are fighting for our liberation, and the liberation of Unci Maka, Mother Earth. We want every last oil and gas pipe removed from her body. We want healing. We want clean water. We want to determine our own future."

"Each one of us is fighting for our grandchildren, and their grandchildren, and for our relatives who cannot speak or fight back. Imagine if we had stood together on October 27, the day police pushed us out of the Treaty Camp we built in the very path of the Black Snake—our most powerful position in this entire struggle. What if our own people had not negotiated away our power? What if our people had not opened the roads and then turned to march against us with outstretched arms, in line with the riot police and armored vehicles? Why pass resolutions calling federal agents to attack our people and evict the camps as the drill digs beneath our sacred water? How powerful could we be if we agree to stand our ground on our treaty land where we have laid thousands of prayers?

"Our ancestors did not abandon the Pȟežísla Wakpá (the Little Bighorn River), when we last unified the Oceti Sakowin and defended our land from the Seventh Calvary; we too must not abandon Mni Sose (the Missouri River). We must not sell our people’s blood, land, and water to uphold the dysfunction we live under now. We have no choice but to break the cycle of trauma so our future generations can have a better life. I believe it starts with the water and ends with the water. Water is life. Will you stand with us?"




After Sacred Stone Camp was bulldozed, and Oceti Sakowin Water Protectors Camp destroyed by the U.S. government and militarized police in February of 2017, LaDonna was a member of a delegation of Native women to Europe in the fall of 2017. The delegation, organized by Divest, Invest, Protect, and WECAN International, urged financial institutions to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline and fossil fuels.
https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/10/indigenous-womens-delegation-pursues.html




At Censored News, we offer our sincere condolences to her family and all those who loved her. -- Brenda Norrell


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Biden Allows Dakota Access Pipeline Oil to Flow: Endangering Water and the Future


Photo by Ryan Vizzions Standing Rock 2016

Biden Delivers Disappointment on the Dakota Access Pipeline

April 9, 2021
By Earthjustice


Today, the Biden administration announced that it will not take immediate action to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while the government conducts a court-ordered environmental review. The controversial pipeline has been transporting toxic crude oil near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation since 2017 and operating illegally since March 25, 2020.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Lakota Youths on No DAPL Walk Blocked by Police from Entering Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation


Lakota women and children blocked by tribal police from entering Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribal headquarters

By Brenda Norrell
with Govinda Dalton live
Censored News

NEW TOWN, North Dakota -- Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Chairman Mark Fox blocked entry to Lakota women and children on the No DAPL Walk arriving from Standing Rock.
Chairman Fox positioned tribal police in a roadblock at the entrance to the tribal compound today, Thursday afternoon, as Lakota women and children from Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara arrived on a solidarity walk.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Uranium Mine Flooding Near Grand Canyon




 Megan Kelly by Megan Kelly, Energy Manager

By Grand Canyon Trust

April 6, 2021

Water in the desert is a rare and beautiful thing. Humans and animals alike need these springs and creeks to quench their thirst, which makes ongoing flooding at Canyon uranium mine, near the Grand Canyon, all the more troubling as millions of gallons of precious groundwater vanish into the air. 

WECAN 'Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines'



By WECAN International
Censored News

Join us this coming week at the Global Just Recovery Gathering! WECAN invites you to join us for our panel on April 9 at 11:15am PDT/2:15pm EDT, “Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines”.
Frontline women leaders, alongside representatives from international climate justice organizations, will speak out to address the need for solutions based in a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, Indigenous rights, agro-ecology, fossil fuel resistance, feminist care economics, and protection of women land defenders. Register for the gathering and WECAN panel here:

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Voices of the Youths: Love and Silas

Watch new video on Facebook at:
Standing Rock Youth Council


Love and Silas have been standing up for the water, the land and their people since they were 6 and 7. This week they traveled to Washington D.C to demand that Biden #ShutdownDAPL #StopLine3 and #BuildBackFossilFree
Join us in this Week of Action through April 9th. Call the White House and Ask Biden to Shut it down, find out where your water comes from, see what ways you can encourage your local community to just transition. Stand with us
Mni Wiconi, Water is Life.




Tiny House Warriors and Braided Warriors accomplices lock down on Trans Mountain site equipment



Tiny House Warriors and Braided Warriors accomplices lock down on Trans Mountain site equipment

By Braided Warriors
Censored News
April 3, 2021 6:30AM 

Land defenders are locked down to Trans Mountain Blue River pumping station to send a clear message of support to Indigenous land defenders and affirm "no consent, no pipelines." Braided Warriors and Tiny House Warriors are holding ceremony close by.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Killing the Black Snake in Washington


Killing the Black Snake in Washington

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

Indigenous youths, marching to the White House on Thursday with a 200-foot black snake called out with clarity to the White House. "If the Biden Harris administration doesn't want this at their home, then they shouldn't bring it to our home," one of the Native youths said.

This just-released video, "Indigenous Youth Ran to the White House," shows Native youths 'Killing the Black Snakes,' Dakota Access Pipeline, and Enbridge Line 3. View the video on Facebook, on the pages of Standing Rock Youth Council and Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective: https://m.facebook.com/StandingRockYouthCouncil/ and https://m.facebook.com/CRGrassrootsCollective/

A news search shows that the media in France, Latin America, Germany, Iran, and Russia provided good coverage of the Native youth actions in DC to shut down pipelines -- while the U.S. mainstream media remains sleeping.

Native youths began the actions in Washington on Thursday by running to the White House and locking down to tripods outside the White House.

With a large crowd joining them, they delivered more than 400,000 petitions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to shut down the Dakota Access and Enbridge Line 3 pipelines, and rallied outside.

Lakota and Dakota youths traveled from Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Nations in North Dakota and South Dakota, and Anishinaabe youths came from Minnesota, to lead the actions.

A news search shows the media in France, Latin America Germany, Iran, and Russia provided coverage of the actions on Thursday. It seems the mainstream U.S. media remains in hiding.

Jen Deerinwater at Truthout provides coverage of Waniya Locke, Dine', Lakota, Nakota, and Anishinaabe, who locked down to a tripod near the White House, at Black Lives Matter Plaza.

Deerinwater also interviewed Danny Grassrope, Lower Brule Lakota from South Dakota, on consent and Indigenous rights. Read more: https://truthout.org/articles/build-back-fossil-free-indigenous-youth-rally-to-demand-biden-stop-pipelines/

La Prensa Latina describes the threat of the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline. The pipeline under construction would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, through Anishinaabe lands in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, in Washington, Native youths ran for the water.

"All pipelines break," Native youths said, as they stood in defense of the water.

"Water is Life, Mni Wiconi," said Native youths, marching with the black snake in the streets of DC.

They resounded the defense of Water Protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota, defending the Missouri River, and the drinking water for the masses, from Dakota Access Pipeline.

At Cheyenne River in South Dakota, Lakotas continue to monitor the construction area of the Keystone XL pipeline, whose permit was canceled by President Biden. 

"You can't trespass on stolen land," said Jasilyn Charger, Cheyenne River Lakota, in RT's coverage. Charger, and Oscar High Elk, face charges for protecting the land and water in their homeland.

The global coverage of the action of the Native youth in DC, killing the black snake, includes coverage in Tehran, Iran.

While Russia's RT,  and La Prensa Latina, provided immediate coverage -- the U.S. mainstream media seems to be sleeping. Read the coverage in Tehran  by Fars News Agency

There's new video coverage of the Native youths in DC killing the black snake now streaming by Ruptly, the Russian news agency in Berlin, Germany. On LiveTube: https://youtu.be/M0zCPm5SADA

France 24 is covering the Native youths killing the black snake in DC, adding to the global coverage in Latin America, Russia, Germany, and Iran. Here's a view of the coverage:

Photos below courtesy Standing Rock Youth Council

Photos courtesy Standing Rock Youth Council


Read more in the news:

RT

https://www.rt.com/usa/519897-black-snake-pipeline-protest-dc/

La Prensa Latina

https://www.laprensalatina.com/indigenous-groups-rally-against-oil-snakes-threatening-us-environment/


Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Indigenous Youths Action in DC 'Biden Shut Down Pipelines'

Native youths marching to Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC: Shouting out to Biden: Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3. 

Indigenous youths rallied outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building in Washington DC this morning and marched to Black Lives Matter Plaza at 1 pm, April 1, 2021.
Native youths delivered more than 400,000 petitions to the US Corps of Engineers this morning in DC to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lakota Youths Arrive in DC to Demand Pipeline Shutdowns, Biden Appoints Environmental Justice Council

Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Lakota youths from North Dakota and South Dakota walking in Iowa and making a stand for the water. Photos courtesy Standing Rock Youth Council.


Lakota youths arrive in DC to demand President Biden shut down Dakota Access and Enbridge Line 3 pipelines


By Brenda Norrell
Censored News


Standing Rock and Cheyenne River youths arrived in Washington, DC, to demand that Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3 be shut down, after joining Meskwaki relatives in Iowa to make a stand for the water.

On Sunday, Lakota and Dakota youths walked with Meskwaki relatives in Iowa to support the shutdown of the Dakota Access and Enbridge Line 3 Pipelines threatening safe drinking water for the masses in the heart of the continent.

UK coronavirus variant on Navajo Nation, patient had been vaccinated



In the western Navajo Nation, a Dine' elderly patient was hospitalized with the UK variant of the coronavirus, more than one month after being vaccinated.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The UK variant of the coronavirus has been identified on the Navajo Nation, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said in a statement today, March 30, 2021.

The Dine' patient had been vaccinated for the coronavirus. The patient received the COVID-19 vaccine more than one month before testing positive for the virus variant.

The elderly patient in the western Navajo Nation was hospitalized and is now at home recovering.

In an interview, Nez said that the Dine' who had the virus was a man in his 80s living in the western area of the Navajo Nation.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Bioneers 'The Power of Matriarchy'


Watch panel discussion 

https://bioneers.org/power-of-matriarchy-intergenerational-indigenous-womens-leadership/


BIONEERS

The Power of Matriarchy: Intergenerational Indigenous Women's Leadership

Women are leading the struggle for climate justice and ushering in a new approach to creating a sustainable future for our planet. Restoring balance in climate leadership produces equity that fundamentally transforms our relationship with culture, identity, humanity, and the Earth. Creating a livable world without pollution and systemic violence depends on our ability not only to dismantle but to nurture and restore relations with ourselves and each other.

This week, we share wisdom from brilliant women leaders as they discuss their visions for a more equitable climate movement.

Hosted by Cara Romero, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director. With: Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca), Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), and Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache).


Broadcast on Free Speech TV on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Water Protector Legal Collective Challenges DAPL SLAPP Subpoena




Photo: Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca, testifying in Jamaica before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Photo by Brenda Norrell, Censored News. Casey said today, “I was among hundreds who were attacked by a militarized police force and pepper-sprayed, zip-tied, had numbers written on our arms, put in dog cages in the freezing basement of Morton County jail along with my son and other relatives."

WATER PROTECTOR LEGAL COLLECTIVE CHALLENGES ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS/DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE’S SLAPP SUBPOENA

By Water Protector Legal Collective
Censored News
March 18, 2021

French translation by Christine Prat

Contact: Michelle Cook, Board Member, Water Protector Legal Collective, michellecook@email.arizona.edu Natali Segovia, Staff Attorney, Water Protector Legal Collective, defense@waterprotectorlegal.org

BISMARCK, North Dakota - Five years after Standing Rock, the #NoDAPL struggle continues and the fight is not over for the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC).

WPLC is an Indigenous-led legal non-profit organization formed in the legal tent at Standing Rock. There, attorneys provided legal support and services to thousands of Water Protectors who had responded to the call from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and were engaged in prayer, peaceful assembly, and protection of the water for future generations. WPLC provided free legal defense to more than 840 Water Protectors and successfully defeated the vast majority of charges.

Now, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), has served WPLC with a SLAPP subpoena seeking access to confidential records and legal documents that are protected by the First Amendment and attorney-client privilege. WPLC has filed an objection to this subpoena in North Dakota District Court and will continue to fight it.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

'Warrior Women' Discussion and free film screening March 25 and 28, 2021


 

Warrior Women

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
You're invited to TWO events with the Warrior Women Project Matriarchs to take us out of #WomensHistoryMonth with swagger.
Join us on Thursday, March 25 for an evening with matriarchy at South Dakota State University, or you can catch us for a special #MeetTheMatriarchs on Sunday, March 28 broadcasted live from Rapid City, SD!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Quechan Running for the Sacred to Indian Pass

 

Photos by Helena Quintana Arrow-Weed, Quechan
Censored News

Running to protect sacred land and water from the threat of a gold mine at Indian Pass in the southern California desert, March 20, 2021.


Preston J. Arrow-weed, Quechan 


Preston J. Arrow-weed and Brian Golding preparing
for the run to Indian Pass.



Thomas Jefferson documenting the run.

Photos copyright Helena Quintana Arrow-weed, published with permission at Censored News.

MOUNT RUSHMORE: All charges dropped against land defenders during Trump fireworks


An Indigenous woman raises her fist on July 3 in the Black Hills. Photo by Arlo Iron Cloud.
 
MOUNT RUSHMORE: All charges dropped against land defenders during Trump visit 

March 22, 2021
Censored News

RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Today, NDN Collective announced that the charges against Nick Tilsen, NDN Collective President and CEO, and all other Land Defenders arrested on July 3 in the Black Hills will be dropped. This announcement comes after months of political pressure from grassroots groups, including petitions, social media campaigns, and local and national media coverage of the cases.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

VANCOUVER BC: Activists occupy Lithium Americas in solidarity with Nevada land protectors

Thacker Pass Protection Camp photo by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson
Photo by Illhee Spirit Runners 

Protect Thacker Pass -- On Friday, March 19, 2021, members of the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Nation and other Native People finished a 273-mile prayer walk at Thacker Pass. The prayer walk concluded with ceremony and prayers for Thacker Pass and all exploited lands around the world. Many members of the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone tribe oppose the proposed Thacker Pass open-pit lithium mine and feel like they were never offered adequate consultation about the mine. Locally, people are also concerned about man camps and the inevitable violence against women that follows mining projects such as these.

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Vancouver activists occupy Lithium Americas head office today

Protecting Thacker Pass today in Vancouver BC.


By Protect Thacker Pass
Censored News
Monday, March 22, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC — Activists are occupying the front steps of Lithium Americas’ head office at 900 West Hastings on Monday, March 22nd from 8:00 am in solidarity with American counterparts aiming to stop an open-pit mine in intact sagebrush habitat in Nevada.
 
“We want to make the public aware that lithium mining is extremely harmful to nature and even though lithium is an element destined for smartphones and electric cars, its extraction is the opposite of sustainable,” explains Nicola Rodriguez of Surrey.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Seven Water Protectors Lock Down at Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota today, March 18, 2021


Water Protectors Blockade Line 3 Pump Station

By GINIW Collective
Censored News
March 18, 2021
Contact: giniw@protonmail.com
SWATARA, Minn. -- Today, Thursday morning, seven water protectors are locked to each other, blocking work on an Enbridge Line 3 pump station.
Enbridge announced it will be ceasing work in sensitive wetland areas per Minnesota law, but will continue work on pump stations and sites in “non-sensitive areas”. A steady stream of water protectors committed to stand with Anishinaabe treaty territory and future generations grows.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Dakota Access Pipeline sues TigerSwan, wants Standing Rock spy documents concealed and destroyed







By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

In a twist of events, Energy Transfer Partners sued TigerSwan after TigerSwan released confidential documents to the North Dakota regulatory board.

TigerSwan, contracted mercenaries in warzones, was under probe for operating without a license in North Dakota when it spied on Standing Rock Water Protectors.

The Dakota Access Pipeline wants these documents sealed up, destroyed, and kept from the public.

Carter Camp: Defending Bear Butte in 2006



Bear Butte: Carter Camp and the opposition to a biker bar in 2006. AP photo.

Publisher's note: Carter Camp sent this for publication in 2006, as censorship in Indian country media increased. It is republished today, 15 years later, to preserve Carter's words for history, and out of respect for his work, those who led the struggle beside him, and his family and friends. -- Brenda, Censored News

By Carter Camp, Ponca
June 14, 2006

Ah-ho My Relations,

Again many things have happened since I last wrote an update on our fight to defend our sacred mountain. The beginning of our gathering is only a few weeks away, and the local county government continues to license and permit booze and concert venues all around Bear Butte. In that respect nothing has changed, we still must come together this summer to stand in solidarity, united in our determination to defend Bear Butte. On a personal level I suffered a mild heart problem which hospitalized me for a while and has restricted my activities somewhat. I'm better now and the good thing is that Debra White Plume, Natalie Hand and Vic Camp have carried on in notifying people and societies of our efforts.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Rescue Crew Arrives: Shoshone Paiute walk and run to Thacker Pass: Day 3 Photos by Bad Bear

 

Rescue Crew Arrives: Shoshone Paiute walk and run to Thacker Pass: Day 3 Photos by Bad Bear

Photos by Western Shoshone Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson
Censored News
March 15, 2021

The Shoshone Paiute led walk and run to Thatcher Pass is in its third day today. The support van broke down and support arrived with the needed vehicle parts. Runners and walkers continued on this journey in the snowfall, 273 miles from Yomba Shoshone to Thatcher Pass, protecting sacred land and water from a planned massive open-pit lithium mine by Canadian company Lithium Nevada.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Yomba Shoshone to Thacker Pass: 99 Miles to Battle Mountain: Day 2 Photos by Bad Bear

Walk and Run to Thacker Pass
Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson

Day 2: Yomba Shoshone to Thacker Pass Protection Camp
The support van has broken down 99 miles from Battle Mountain. Walkers and runners are there waiting on van parts on Sunday night.
Walking and running for sacred land and humanity, Bad Bear said, "Each step is a prayer."



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Read more: Thacker Pass Protection Camp protecting ancestral land from Canadian company Lithium Nevada, which plans an open-pit lithium mine.

Video: Bad Bear "Each Step is a Prayer"



Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Lithium mining is now a global crisis for Indigenous Peoples. As the Shoshone Paiute led walk and run continues to Thacker pass, Nevada, for protection of the land -- the role of lithium mining, in the UK and US CIA backed coup in Bolivia against Evo Morales,  is exposed.

Already lawsuits have been filed against U.S. companies for the deaths of child workers in the Congo, dying in the cobalt mines. Cobalt is used in the lithium batteries for electric cars, tablets and cellphones.

Read more from Bolivia: UK and US backed coup in Bolivia sought 'white gold' lithium:

The Trump administration degraded environmental laws to push through the Thacker Pass lithium mine, and turn over  ancestral land, known as Bureau of Land Management, BLM, land, to a Canadian company, Lithium Nevada.
Read more on the seizure of ancestral land in Nevada:

Photos copyright Carl Sampson, Censored News