August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Brutal arrests, tear gas, rubber bullets used on Water Protectors at Stop Line 3

Giniw Collective video on Facebook at

Urgent call to action
Water Protectors fighting Line 3 need your help!

Water Protectors at Stop Line 3 were brutally arrested by Sheriffs' deputies using excessive force, tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper bullets. Water Protectors now in Pennington County jail in northern Minnesota are being denied medications and being fed moldy food, Giniw Collective said.

By GINIW Collective
Censored News

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- Water Protectors fighting Line 3 are enduring increased repression and violence from the state and local police. For the first time in this campaign, police used pepper spray, mace, pepper and "less than lethal" bullets on unarmed Water Protectors just south of Thief River Falls on July 29 at Red Lake River crossing at the Red Lake Treaty Camp.
Twenty people were arrested and are being held in Pennington County Jail over the weekend including Tara Houska, other members of Giniw and Non-Native Accomplices.

This is a call to action! Come Join us on the Frontlines. We need warriors to the front! Enbridge is drilling under the rivers and using the local police to target people wanting to stop this immoral and unethical project. Call Pennington County Jail (218)681-6161.

After facing excessive force in the form of pepper spray, pepper bullets and aggressive arrests supporters are now learning that water protectors have been denied medications as well as proper food due to dietary restrictions and allergies. People have received moldy and inedible food. Certain Individuals are being held in solitary confinement. These tactics are being utilized to humiliate and punish Water Protectors for taking action.

Tweet @govtimwalz @ltgovflanagan and call Pennington County Jail (218)681-6161 and demand: Sample script: "I am calling today to demand that water protectors are treated humanely and fairly, that their dietary needs are respected and their medications be given properly."

Giniw Collective said on July 30:

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- Dozens of Water Protectors and Tribal Members Flow Into Line 3 Drilling Site Under Red Lake River met with “less-than-lethal” and chemical warfare yesterday, dozens of BIPOC water protectors and tribal members flowed into the drill pad on the Red River, where Enbridge is set to complete pullback against the will of Red Lake Nation. Half a dozen Indigenous and BIPOC water protectors scaled fences and others blockaded a gate into the site as allies helped hold space.

Water Protectors were maced, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets, and pepper bullets.

The mass action comes as another spill was reported on the Mississippi River headwaters, where Enbridge has continued to drill despite a temporary halt buffer zone issued by White Earth Nation.

Last week, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, along with numerous representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, met with two Anishinaabe nations, tribal representatives, and land defenders to tour portions of Line 3 construction, wild rice beds, and spill sites. The Army Corps and the White House remain silent.

“If those who can stop Line 3 will not take action, we will,” said Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe land defender. “This is our land, our wild rice, our culture, our future we are defending.Human beings are literally destroying life with our addiction to the status quo of over-consumption. We have to be brave. We have to stand strong. We have to try. Actions, not words.”

“I’m standing in opposition of industrial development of my treaty territory by a foreign corporation,” said John Shimek, Red Lake Nation. “An estimated 20 percent of the freshwater supply left on the planet exists in my treaty territory, it’s my obligation to protect it for my children and all future generations.”

Twenty people were arrested and are currently being held in Pennington county till Monday.


On Thursday, July 29th, four Water protectors locked down to machinery at an Enbridge worksite near Clearwater River to stop the drilling and destruction of Mother Earth in Anishinaabe treaty territory.
Enbridge has been pumping thousands of gallons of water to flush the pipe and dewatering entire lakes and streams.

An activist and their mother locked down together in solidarity with their Indigenous kin in an act of love and bravery. Two other young people locked down to machinery to shut down the work site. One water protector locked down near an active water pump that was pumping hundreds of gallons of water and overflowing onto them, as workers laughed nearby with no regard for their safety. A deputy from the Red Lake Sheriff came over and did nothing to stop the pump.

Sheriffs from all over Minnesota arrived at the scene showing once again that the police response to water protectors is excessive force against the struggle to stop line 3.
"I’m here in solidarity with my Indigenous and Black and Brown relatives, I’m an accomplice and if you want to be an accomplice you have to be here doing this work. You got to lock down, you gotta be taking action.

"I’m here not only as an ally, but as an accomplice, because I’m putting my body on the line. I’m putting myself to the machine."

"And here on the other side I have my mother, she’s sixty-eight years old and she’s out here. She’s doing this work because she cares and she’s an accomplice too, so I urge you, if you’re listening to this, please get out here, we need you. We need accomplices."

"Hi I’m the mother of an accomplice which is on the other side of this device, and I just want to say to all the mothers out there, if your child is involved in activism with regard to line 3, it would be really great if you could be here too, and show your support for your offspring and become an accomplice and a water protector, its really important work and I invite you to join."

Seven water protectors are still being held in Polk County jail facing misdemeanor charges, being kept over the long weekend in another display of elevating punitive measures against water protectors.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Sadistic Clearwater Sheriff Deputy's Brutal Arrest of Grandmother at Stop Line 3 'He's Breaking My Hand'

"You're hurting me!"

Sadistic Clearwater Sheriff Deputy's Brutal Arrest of Grandmother at Stop Line 3 'He's Breaking My Hand' 

Brenda Norrell
Censored News

A grandmother was brutally arrested by Clearwater Sheriff Deputy Alexander 'Zander' Yocum, at Firelight Treaty Camp, at an Enbridge Line 3 pump station in northern Minnesota on July 29, 2021.

Deputy Yocum attempted to break her hand, as documented in the video below.

"What if I was your grandmother, what if I was your mother," the grandmother cried out.

"You're hurting me!"

"You are committing environmental genocide. This is an environmental emergency," she called out.

"He's breaking my hand!"

Seven Yaqui Disappeared Preparing for Traditional Fest in Bacum Pueblo, Sonora

Seven Yaqui Disappeared Preparing for Traditional Fest in Bacum

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English y Espanol

BACUM, Sonora, Mexico -- A group of seven fellow Yaquis went to bring some cows to the traditional Feast of Bataconsica on July 14. The men have been missing since that day:  Martin Hurtado Flores, Braulio Perez Sol, Eladio Molina Zavala, Juan Justin Galaviz Cruz, Fabian Sombra Miranda, Leocadio Galaviz Cruce and Fabian Valencia Romero. They were last seen at Woiba'am ranch (Coyote) where an ancestor's grave is located.

Authorities in Loma de Bacum learned about the disappearance and gathered the community to take action, decided to wait for them that afternoon and didn't arrive. So the next morning they left the mountains to search for them in four vans with traditional authority surveillance and some volunteers. They only found the scattered baggage of three of them, a piola (rope) and a burnt cow.

On the Red Road Lummi Totem Pole Arrives in DC

Mackinaw City, Michigan Stop Line 5: Photos above and below by Red Road to DC.

Sec. Haaland welcomes totem pole commemorating sacred sites

Tribes urged Biden administration to take immediate action on sacred site protection

By Red Road to DC
Censored News

WASHINGTON – Tribal leaders and Native American grassroots activists today delivered a totem pole honoring sacred Indigenous sites to Washington, DC, to the Biden administration. In an event on the National Mall, the totem pole was welcomed by Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland; President Biden's Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, Brenda Mallory; and PaaWee Rivera (Pojoaque Pueblo), Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Director of Tribal Affairs at the White House.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Indigenous Defenders: Zapatistas, O'odham and Dine' in Delegation to Paris

Indigenous struggles and alternatives in defense of the land and against extractivism

National School of Architecture of Nantes.


As part of the Summer University of Social Movements taking place in Nantes from August 24 to 28, a highlight on indigenous struggles will take place on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 5 pm.

On this occasion, the event will welcome:

A delegation from Mexico composed of Zapatistas, members of the National Indigenous Congress, the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land and Water of the State of Morelos, etc.

Michelle Cook, decolonial feminist, well-known lawyer and indigenous Diné / Navajo environmental activist (USA) is a representative of WECAN -- Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

Ophelia Rivas, indigenous O'odham activist (Arizona - USA) is the founder of O'odham VOICE Against the WALL, which fights against the construction of the wall between the United States and Mexico.

Ludovic Pierre, member of the Native Youth of Guyana (JAG); François Kare, Kanak independentist, member of the Movement of Young Kanak in France (MJKF); Wara Rayen, Mapuche from Chile, coordinator of the Mapuche Suiza Network
Aurélie Journée-Duez (anthropologist, EHESS-LAS, president of CSIA-Nitassinan, member of the IPAM Network and Intercoll) will moderate the event.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Yaqui Assassinated Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo: Tomas' Words Translated Now, Nine Years Later

Yaqui Assassinated Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo: Tomas' Words Translated Now, Nine Years Later

Text in EnglishDisappeared Yaqui Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo: Video 2012

Special thanks to Anayansa Garza for this translation and honoring our friend Tomas Rojo. After Tomas went missing from Vicam Pueblo on May 27, I found this video interview that I did with him at the Vicam Rights Forum in Sonora in 2012. Thanks to Anayansa, it is now translated, 9 years later. Tomas was murdered in a horrible way, with a blow to his skull, and a hammer found near his shallow grave near Vicam. But, as our friend Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, said, "They could not kill his spirit." Here are Tomas' words as he sat centered, at peace, speaking of the water and his people. -- Brenda

Article and video copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News
Transcribed and translated by Anayanse Garza

My name is Tomás Rojo Valencia. I am a member of the traditional authority of the Basarian peoples. We have a lifetime of struggle, but specifically in the water issue, we have been fighting for three years.

Previously, we have actively participated in the problems that affect our people. As we said a moment ago, in the last 500 years of the Yaqui tribe, like the majority of indigenous peoples, the main element that has always weighed on the conscience of our people and each one of its men, women, children and elders is the struggle for the land and the water.

We will not rest until we connect our objectives and achieve this task that rests in the memory of our elders. The only thing that we do is to give continuity, under conditions not as severe, for what they fought for.

They fought in the mountains among the stones, among the thorns, among the bush, among the wild animals that were their friends.

And today we continue to fight under other conditions, first using the knowledge of our ancestors and what we have learned in the schools and with the instruments that the development of our own societies gives us, which are the laws, the right and the normative practices of our peoples and the international laws.

And with the pencil and paper, to give continuity to this struggle, to be able to recover what has been ours, what has been recognized and what has been taken from us.  That which is the land and the water.

And for this it is also very important to fight in parallel for better material living conditions for the Yaqui families.

That the living conditions they have be so that they can live as dignified people.

That they be given the opportunity that they deserve, the generations that are currently at play right now, the children that are at play, under the children at play that later will be the struggle for our people at play.

For them, what we do, what we can minimally do, is to want to vindicate ourselves with our right, being congruent with our history and the glorious past of our ancestors.

Vicam Pueblo Water Rights Forum 2012 Photo Brenda Norrell

Article translated and video transcribed by Anayanse Garza in Espanol below.

By Brenda Norrell
Translation by Anayanse Garza
Censored News
June 19, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'Criminally Insane McGill University'


Mohawk Nation News
July 26, 2021

MNN. July 26, 2021. There are allegations from a survivor, Ann Diamond, of unmarked graves behind the Allan Memorial Hospital of McGill University, on the south slope of Mount Royal. “These unmarked graves are a big secret. There has been no physical proof that kids are buried there, but some would have been native kids in Dr. Ewen Cameron’s experiments between 1953 and 1964. Between 17 and 25 children are buried there”. The higher learning schools with the intellectual geniuses were brought in to help design the premeditated genocide horror. One aspect was to ensure that protesters are silenced. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Police Mob Swarms Lone Water Protector at a Convenience Store, Brutalize Others Coming to his Aid

Video by Camp Migizi today at Thief River Falls, Minn. Screen captures by Censored News.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- A mob of Pennington County cops swarmed a lone Water Protector at a convenience store today in Thief River Falls. He had just been released from jail for protecting the water.

When other Water Protectors rushed to his aid, they were brutalized by Sheriff's deputies and police. Police refused to give any reason for the attack on the lone Water Protector. Arrests were made, one person can be seen being dragged away in photo 2 from the video. The Red Lake tribal member who was mobbed by police initially was released because there were no charges. Two others who rushed to his aid remain in custody.

Red Lake Treaty Camp said:

"Two people were rearrested near the court house yesterday right after their release. They (police) tried to swarm and handcuff a Red Lake youth outside of a bathroom in town. When we came out they had 15 officers waiting to arrest him.

One, who is like a camp mother, whom we all come to love, was hugging his arm and refused to let go, the other kept constantly asking why they were arresting the Red Lake youth and they arrested him too.

This is violence against our people, this is violence against our community. One thing it showed us though, is that our community is strong and we all care about each other. They are teaching us that we can love and care for each other regardless of our background, regardless of our skin color.

In moments like this we are all one.

We only want to ensure the survival of our water.

What do we do when the water is under attack?"

Camp Migizi described the assault by police as it happened:

Today, July 26th at around 3 pm, Pennington County cops brutalized water protectors who were peacefully welcoming 20 friends out of jail in Thief River Falls. These were the same cops who brutalized and arrested indigenous people on Friday morning as they held ceremony.

As a Red Lake Nation Tribal Member was exiting a gas station where he had used the bathroom, more than 10 cops detained him without warning. When his comrades outside the jail saw what was happening, they ran over to ask what basis the cops had to detain him. Without answering, the cops quickly formed a line and took out their batons.

They beat multiple water protectors, throwing one into the brick wall of the gas station. Two were tackled and arrested, again with no legal justification. The cops had to release the initial detainee only 15 minutes later, since they had no basis for detaining him. The two arrestees are still in jail.

Pennington County PD has repeatedly displayed their racism and their brutality. More than anything, they've displayed their willingness to ignore the law, treaty rights, and basic morality in their effort to suppress water protectors and defend the multinational corporation that gives them their paychecks. Now more than ever, Red Lake Treaty Camp needs your support.

Police mob. Excessive force. Today at Thief River Falls, Minn.

Native Americans Enter Legal Battle Against Thacker Pass Lithium Mine

Thacker Pass photo by Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone

Native Americans Enter Legal Battle Against Thacker Pass Lithium Mine 

Contact: Reno-Sparks Indian Colony 

Chairman Arlan Melendez 

People of Red Mountain William Falk, Esq. 

Protect Thacker Pass 

July 26, 2021

RENO, Nevada — In yet another blow to Lithium Americas' troubled Thacker Pass lithium mine, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and a group of Paiute and Shoshone people from the Fort McDermitt and  Duck Valley Indian Nations, Atsa koodakuh wyh Nuwu (People of Red Mountain,) filed a  motion in Federal District Court on Tuesday, July 20 alleging that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in permitting the project. The Paiute name for Thacker Pass is Pee hee mu'huh.  

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Native Youth Runners Arrive at Red Lake Treaty Camp

Photo by Swan American Horse

Jasilyn Charger said, "We run for the water and land for my relatives who have passed and those yet to come. We give of our selves so those may live. We pray for those on the front lines hoka stand up and rise." 

Zapatistas March in Paris with Those Without Papers

Zapatistas who crossed the Atlantic by ship marched with those without papers in Paris demanding rights and justice. Meanwhile, the delegation of 177 Zapatistas who planned to fly to Paris and join the delegation remain stalled in Mexico. The government of Mexico has refused to give 62 Indigenous in the delegation their passports, Subcomandante Moises said in Chiapas. The Tour for Life plans to travel across Europe. Zapatistas have been invited by Basque, Indigenous in Russia, and people across the continent, to share their message of 'No compromise, resistance, autonomy, self-reliance, and dignity.' -- Censored News.

Photos by Pozol Noticias Chiapas "No papers with Zapatistas and No Papalists: transmission of the march in Montreuil with the Squad 421 streaming on Pozol Noticias Chiapas Radio Pozol Pozol Chiapas #LaGiraZapatistaVa #EZLN #slumilkaxjemkop"

On the Red Road, Lummi Totem Pole Arrives at Shell River, Stop Line 3

Photo Honor the Earth
In Menahga, Minnesota, the Red Road to DC is at the sacred Shell River. Honor the Earth said, "Nations are gathering from all directions for the water with Horse Nations to Stop Enbridge Line 3. Beautiful ceremonies this evening."

Sasha Beaulieu, founder of the Red Lake Treaty Camp said, “President Biden must take immediate action to stop construction and require a full, federal environmental impact statement. Every day that passes is a violation of our treaty rights.” The Red Road to DC said, "The Treaty of 1855 was signed by several bands of Chippewa and Ojibwe people, permitting fishing, hunting, and gathering in traditional territories in exchange for ceded lands."

Water Protectors Lock Down to Protect Willow River from Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota

By GINIW Collective, Censored News, Sunday, July 25, 2021: BREAKING: Pullback of Line 3 under the Willow River stopped! Water Protectors crawled into a pipeline segment and locked to each other to protect the land and water for future generations. We take these actions out of necessity!  

Genocide, missing women and hauling water: What the spin doctors don't want you to know

Photo courtesy Tracking Ellamae: The search for missing Ella Mae Begay, 62, Navajo.

Genocide, missing women and hauling water: What the spin doctors don't want you to know

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The public relations spin doctors and their counterparts in the media don't want you to know about genocide. They want to protect Canada and the churches from the facts: They are responsible for the torture and murder of Native children.

The public relations spin doctors don't want you to know about the man camps and pipeline workers that drug and rape young girls. They don't want you to know the desperation in Indian country when a loved one goes missing. They don't want you to know that there is money sitting in bank accounts that could be spent to meet the desperate needs for food and water in Indian country.

The spin doctors want you to believe that all is going well, that the government leaders are doing well, and he priests and churches would never do that.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Women Horse Nation Riders Arrive to Support Water Walkers, as Police Threaten Red Lake Treaty Camp Today

Honor the Earth
Women Horse Nation Riders going to support the Water Walkers, coming from Pine River Crossing to Itasca, headwaters of the Mississippi and drilling site for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline - photos by Flow #StopLine3 #NibiWalk #WaterIsLife #HorseNations

Lummi Totem Pole Enroute to Shell River, Stop Line 3

Powerful inspiring words at Standing Rock today, Saturday. Photo screenshot by Censored News.

Watch video below.


Native activists, tribal leaders hold event to call on Biden to stop Line 3 pipeline

By Red Road to DC
Censored News

Event is part of cross-country trip to Washington, DC to highlight sacred sites at risk

What: As part of the Red Road to DC, a cross-country tour highlighting Indigenous sacred sites at risk, Native American grassroots organizers will hold an event in Minnesota. The group will join area tribes, local organizers, and allies to bring attention to the threats posed by the Line 3 pipeline. Tour organizers will bring a totem pole honoring sacred Indigenous sites as a gift to President Biden to urge his immediate protection of sacred sites. They will make stops across the country at places and resources that are at risk due to development and infrastructure projects.

When: Sunday, July 25, 4:00 – 8:00 PM (CST)

4:00 – 5:00 PM arrival and welcome to Shell Camp, paddling on Shell River

5:00 – 6:00 PM totem pole blessing ceremony and speakers at Horse Camp (5-minute walk or 2-minute drive from Shell Camp)

6:00 – 8:00 PM feast and solidarity celebration at Shell Camp

Public events including canoeing, ceremonies, and feast from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, press welcome to attend entire event but press availability will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Where: Shell City Campground map:

Off 390th Street, Menahga, Minnesota

Friday, July 23, 2021

Red Lake Treaty Camp: Arrests and lockdown underway

Red Lake Treaty Camp. Arrests underway. Red Lake Treaty monitor said one man is  locked to drill, with health problems and no water since dawn, shown in photo 3. Live on Facebook at Red Lake Treaty Camp. Friday 11 am. Water endangered by Enbridge Line 3 drilling in 1863 Treaty territory.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Winona LaDuke Remains Jailed as Native Youths Run for the Water: Stop Enbridge Line 3 Minnesota

Winona LaDuke was released from jail on Thursday, July 22, after spending three nights incarcerated for protecting the water. 

"The people of Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, Meskwaki, and Standing Rock are uniting the frontlines against all enemies who seek to overstep, disrespect, and fail to acknowledge tribal sovereignty in additional to the severe lack of proper tribal consultation in matters that produce malicious consequences to indigenous peoples’ survival." -- ReZpect Our Water

Mother and daughter run for the water. Photo Jasilyn Charger.

Winona LaDuke Remains Jailed as Native Youths Run for the Water

By Brenda Norrell
Photos by Jaisilyn Charger, ReZpect Our Water, Tracy Strong
Censored News

Winona LaDuke remains jailed at Wadena County Jail late Wednesday. Aitken County issued a warrant for her arrest and was preparing to transport her. 

After posting bail, Winona's supporters at Wadena County Jail, were told Winona would not be released.

Water Protectors said it is a clear effort by  law enforcement to suppress the leadership protecting the water at Stop Enbridge Line 3.

Photo Twitter

One of the seven Water Protectors arrested with Winona LaDuke on Monday, was released from Wadena County Jail late Wednesday.

Winona LaDuke was among seven women arrested on Monday defending the river water from Enbridge's drill and destruction. The women are charged with trespass. Photo by Tracy Strong.
At the same time, Native Youths are running for the water, from Standing Rock to Minnesota.

Many of these Native youth runners ran for the water -- from Standing Rock to DC --  before the Water Protector Camps were created to protect the water from Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016.

Running for the Water: Photo by ReZpect Our Water

Now on the run to Minnesota, Lakota runner Jasilyn Charger said, "The Hulk Mark Ruffalo donated shoes to the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, Crow Creek, Yankton, Meskwaki runners to carry us to Minnesota. Thank you for supporting our prayer for the water on the front lines."

Mohawk Nation News 'God Save the King'


Mohawk Nation News
Audio at:

MNN. July 21, 2021. The cowards are coming out of the woodwork openly demonstrating the colonial “kill the kids”, “murder the blood” pro yetgram! ka-tsi-non-wak-son. [invasive species with no shame] . They invaded our land, there was never a declaration of war and no surrender by us. In 1701 the Indian Trust Fund show there was never a conquest. Treaties were all for peace only.

Mary Simon, you may not be qualified to be a Governor General because you don’t speak one of the two foreign languages of the invaders to turtle island. It’s about your oath to the Queen and not to us and creation that concerns us. You no longer work for our interest. You need to know more about our true history.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Family desperate to find Ella Mae Begay, Navajo woman missing for over one month

Seraphine began her walk alone, desperate for help to find her Aunt Ella Mae who disappeared in Sweetwater over a month ago. On Wednesday, family and friends joined her.


Seraphine began her walk alone. Watch KOB4 television news coverage

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

SWEETWATER, Arizona -- The family of Ella Mae Begay, 62, of Sweetwater on the Navajo Nation is desperate for help finding her. Begay was reported missing on June 15. Now over a month later, there are no clues to what happened to her. It is now a homicide investigation.

Seraphine Warren is now walking from Arizona to New Mexico to bring awareness and get answers for her missing Aunt Ella Mae, KOB4 television news reports. 

Now: 30th Annual Mount Graham Sacred Run and Sunrise Dance

Now: 30th Annual Mount Graham Sacred Run Vanessa Nosie Apache Stronghold
Censored News 

This morning at 4:15 am we started our 30th Annual Mt. Graham Sacred Run leaving San Carlos and now entering Bylas, Arizona. Thirty years ago a vision was given showing us breaking down barriers and making our way home. Our ancestors once roamed free on the mountain being able to pray and be Apache. The government exiled our people and placed us as prisoners of war which still exist today. This run is showing that enough is enough. We will continue to exist and continue to fight for our religion and way life. We are going home!


Transcending Borders: Fifteen years outside the box at Censored News

Transcending Borders: Fifteen years outside the box at Censored News

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Looking through our censored files, it is good to remember those who had the courage to rise above the borders and restraints.

Thanks to all who shared their stories, including Kahentinetha Horn who shares her trip to Cuba at age 19, and some time with Fidel Castro. 

Thank you to Robert Free, who was at Alcatraz, Wounded Knee and the Trail of Broken Treaties, and went on to work with President Hugo Chavez to bring heating oil to Native Americans. Robert was part of a Native trade and culture exchange in Libya.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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Water Protectors Lock Down: Stop Drilling of Shell River of Enbridge Line 3

Water Protectors Lock Down to Line 3 Horizontal Direction Drill, Stop Drilling of Shell River

By Giniw Collective
July 20, 2021

SHELL CITY TOWNSHIP, Minnesota -- This morning, 3 water protectors locked down to one of Enbridge's Horizontal Directional Drills, halting drilling under the Shell River.
Enbridge is drilling under riverbeds across Anishinaabe treaty territory, including the Willow River, where it appears construction hit an aquifer while drilling. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is “investigating” the frac-out with seemingly little urgency.

Women Water Protectors Jailed Including Winona LaDuke: Enbridge Line 3 Continues Devastation

Photo by Tracy Strong, 1855 Treaty Member

Women Water Protectors Jailed Including Winona LaDuke: Enbridge Line 3 Continues Devastation

By Honor the Earth
Censored News
July 20, 2021

Seven Women Water Protectors are in Wadena County still today pending court who were held overnight including Winona LaDuke who are facing "Trespass on Critical Public Service Facilities, Pipeline, Utility -- Refuse to Leave Upon Demand." charges.

This charge of the colonial world is in conflict with the Anishinaabeg. In 2019, the White Earth Nation had passed a Rights of Manoomin, rights of Wild Rice, Resolution, that is tribal law. That requires the White Earth Nation to stand up for our sacred food. It also requires us to protect it, including the water which is tribal law. Enbridge is threatening the water, manoomin and all life the rivers bring within the 1855 Treaty as well as the 1863 + 1854. Potus has an obligation to uphold these treaties which are being violated.