Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

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.

March 28, 2021

Bioneers 'The Power of Matriarchy'

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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."


By Water Protector Legal Collective
Censored News
March 18, 2021

French translation by Christine Prat

Contact: Michelle Cook, Board Member, Water Protector Legal Collective, Natali Segovia, Staff Attorney, Water Protector Legal Collective,

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.

March 25, 2021

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


Warrior Women

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!

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.

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.


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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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."



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

March 13, 2021

Running and walking for the land and water -- Day 1 photos to Thacker Pass by Bad Bear


Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson 

Bad Bear said their van broke down 99 miles from Battle Mountain. His dad is getting the part, but walkers and runners will be there until the support van is running again.  Sunday, March 14, 2021.

Photos by Western Shoshone Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson.

Running and walking for the land and water -- Day 1 photos to Thacker Pass by Bad Bear

Day 1, March 13, 2021: Walkers and runners departed from Yomba Shoshone on their 273 mile journey to Thacker Pass this morning. Canadian company Lithium Nevada plans a lithium mine, destructive to the land and water in this pristine region. Today, Saturday evening, walkers and runners made it to 20 miles before Austin, Nevada. Join them on Sunday morning as they begin again. The stay places will be Austin and Battle Mountain, Nevada.

March 12, 2021

Shoshone Paiute Walk, Run to Protect Thacker Pass Begins March 13, 2021

Photos by Western Shoshone Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson of Thacker Pass Protection Camp in Nevada. Bad Bear shares his photos of this week's camp to protect Thacker Pass from a planned open pit lithium mine by Canadian company, Lithium Nevada.

Shoshone Paiute Walk, Run to Protect Thacker Pass Begins March 13, 2021 

A walk, run, begins at Yomba Shoshone on Saturday, March 13. Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone will lead the march on the final day.

March 9, 2021

'End of the Line: Women of Standing Rock' Powerful Fim Inspires Global Movement

'End of the Line: Women of Standing Rock' Powerful Fim Inspires Global Movement 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

"Put your gun down, those are live rounds," says a Water Protector as police pull a gun on Standing Rock elder Phyllis Young.

In this powerful documentary, 'End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock,' Waste' Win Young and her mother Phyllis Young of Standing Rock narrate the journey from the water at Standing Rock, to Geneva, and home again.

Mohawk Nation News 'Last Queen, Last Pope'



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March 8, 2021


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March 8, 2021

'Warrior Women' Madonna Thunder Hawk narrates from Survival School to Wounded Knee and Standing Rock: Free Screenings Online

'Warrior Women' 'Whatever it takes -- We get the job done.'  -- Madonna Thunder Hawk, Lakota

'Warrior Women' free film screening and meet the matriarchs on March 25 and 28, 2021:

'Warrior Women' Madonna Thunder Hawk narrates from Survival School to Wounded Knee and Standing Rock: Watch film March 7 -- 10, 2021 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Warrior Women' -- Madonna Thunder Hawk narrates this journey, from the freedom of picking wild onions on her Cheyenne River homeland before the dams flooded the land, to the community building of the Survival School and Alcatraz.

With archival film footage and voices of the resistance, the film documents the rise of the American Indian Movement, and the Occupation of Wounded Knee.

Dine' Helping Dine' -- New Roof for Wide Ruins Elder

Uncle Andy Dann shares photos with us today of three days of work, putting a new roof on the home of a Dine' elder in Wide Ruins on the Navajo Nation. Thank you to Dann, nephew Mercury Bitsuie and friends for laboring and serving the people. -- Censored News.