Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 30, 2021

Indigenous Women Demand Elbit Border Wall Divestment


Indigenous Women Demand Elbit Border Wall Divestment

May 7, 2021 04:00 PM

Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join us in the first installation of the DIVEST BORDER PANEL SERIES as indigenous peoples and allies discuss the impacts of Integrated Fixed Towers (IFTs) and their impact on Indigenous peoples rights in the United States and globally.

April 27, 2021

Zapatistas 'The Mountain' sets sail to Europe on May 3, 2021

Zapatistas in the Lacandon jungle prepare for sendoff of comrades to Europe. The 'reverse invasion' of resistance and revolution has been invited to countries throughout Europe. 'Autonomy. Self Reliance. Dignity.'

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Перевод на русский язык (Russian)

The Ixchel Route.

April 2021.

The Mountain will come out.

By SupGaleano (Marcos)

From one of the houses of Ixchel , the mother of love and fertility, the grandmother of plants and animals, a young mother and an old mother, the rage into which the pain of the earth is transformed when it is hurt and stained, will emerge the mountain.

One of the Mayan legends tells that Ixchel spread out over the world in the shape of a rainbow. This was done in order to give the planet a lesson in plurality and inclusion, and to remind it that the color of the earth is not one, but many, and that all, without ceasing to be what they are, together illuminate the wonder of life. And she, Ixchel , the rainbow woman, embraces all colors and makes them part of her.

April 26, 2021

Zapatista Delegation Setting Sail for Europe


By SupGaleano ((formerly Marcos)

(Zapatista Maritime Delegation)

April 2021.

Translations in Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Greek, German, French. Original in Spanish at:

The calendar? An early morning in April. Geography? The mountains of the Mexican Southeast. A sudden silence overtakes the crickets, the distant barking of dogs, and the echo of marimba music. Here, in the belly of the mountains, it sounds more like a whisper than a shout. If we weren’t where we are, you might think it was the murmur of the open ocean. But it’s not the sound of waves crashing against the coast, the beach, or the cliff edge marked by a sheer drop. No, it’s something more than that. And then… a long wail and a sudden, brief tremor.

April 24, 2021

Arizona Border Spy Corporations and Human Rights Abusers Exposed in new Global Border Report

Israeli spy tower being constructed by Elbit on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Photo copyright Ofelia Rivas. Wackenhut bus, now owned by G4S, profiting from transporting detained migrants at Three Points, Arizona. Photo by Brenda Norrell.

Arizona Border Spy Corporations and Human Rights Abusers Exposed in new Global Border Report

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Censored News investigates the spy contractors and human rights abusers exposed in a new global report, beginning with two companies on the Arizona border that are linked to abuses in Palestine and torture in prisons.

The Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems is now completing spy towers in the remote portion of the western Tohono O'odham Nation.

April 22, 2021

Financing Border Wars: Elbit among 23 global profifeers and human rights abusers in new report

Border surveillance in Lukeville, Arizona. Financing Border Wars.

Elbit, G4S, Classic Air Charter, CoreCivic and GEO Group are among the corporations profiteering and abusing human rights of migrants and refugees on the U.S. southern border, new report reveals

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Elbit Systems is among 23 global companies listed as profiteers abusing the human rights of migrants and refugees around the world.

Elbit is currently constructing spy towers, integrated fixed towers, on the Tohono O'odham Nation, which allows the U.S. Border Patrol to stalk the most vulnerable O'odham, including women, children and elderly.

The Israeli defense contractor Elbit is protested globally because of its border security in Palestine.

The new report, "Financing Border Wars," details the push for border walls, drones and biometrics -- including iris scans and finger prints -- which violate the international human rights of migrants and refugees. The abuse includes tracking surveillance on phones and social media.

The border industry is directly linked to global arms sales, torture in prisons, and provides facial recognition from inside vehicles at the US Mexico border.

Reuters is providing ICE with information, the new report shows.

Australia, Europe and the United States are leading the global push to profiteer from the border surveillance and detainment of migrants and refugees.

'Financing Border Wars,' points out that divestment was an important strategy in ending Apartheid in South Africa, and is now making an impact toward ending reliance on fossil fuels and big oil.

Divestment could help halt the global human rights abuses by border profiteers, the report states.

Corporations profiteering from misery in Arizona

As previously reported by Censored News, G4S, based in the UK and Europe, operates the migrant detention buses on the Arizona border. G4S has been sued by inmates in London and Australia for abuse.

G4S staff has been employed in prisons in Palestine, Guantanamo, UK and Africa where inmates were victims of torture.

GEO Group operates private migrant prisons nationwide

In the new report, G4S and GEO Group are among the 23 corporations listed as border profiteers abusing human rights. Both are leading human rights abusers in detention and imprisonment, facing allegations of violence and abuse.

Core Civic, formerly Corrections Corporation of America, operates private for-profit prisons in the U.S. and is listed among the 23 profiteers.

Currently, the ICE contracted facility in Eloy, Arizona, has failed to provide COVID-19 safety, as the virus rampages through for-profit prisons, news reports reveal.

Wackenhut once employed security guards at Peabody Coal on Black Mesa. Then Wackenhut split into two companies for maximum profiteering from misery. Wackenhut Transportation gained the contract on the Arizona border to transport detained migrants. GEO Group now operates migrant prisons for profit nationwide. A second company, CoreCivic, which changed its name from Corrections Corporation of America, operates private migrant prisons for profit in Arizona. In Eloy, Arizona, the coronavirus has rampaged through the prison due to company failures. Both GEO and CoreCivic are listed in a new global report exposing 23 companies profiteering and violating the human rights of migrants and refugees. Read more at Censored News.

The report points out abuses by U.S. Border Patrol agents, who have killed migrants on the Arizona border, and poured out life saving water.

In Australia, migrants have been transported out of the country to Nauru and Papua New Guinea for processing.

Elbit's contracts, destruction and surveillance

The Israeli defense contractor Elbit is already operating spy towers on the Nogales, Arizona, border region, and tracking travelers with border tower surveillance.

Elbit's $145 million contract was granted by U.S. Homeland Security during the Obama administration in 2014 and then continued during the Trump administration.

The U.S. contract award was increased in 2019 to include the Tohono O'odham Nation and was celebrated in Haifa, Israel.

The Tohono O'odham Nation government approved the spy towers on its sovereign land. The towers, however, continue to be opposed by traditional O'odham.

The Gu-Vo District opposed the spy towers by resolution, stating the construction would destroy O'odham burial places and violates the O'odham way of life.

Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems is now completing construction of a spy tower on the western portion in a remote O'odham community on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Photo copyright Ofelia Rivas. Wackenhut bus at Three Points, Arizona, under US contract to transport detained migrants. G4S in the UK now owns Wackenhut Transportation and the contract. Photo Brenda Norrell.

Classic Air is former CIA subcontactor

Classic Air Charter transports migrants for ICE. It is a former CIA subcontractor that provided rendition flights to destinations of U.S. torture.

Classic Air Charter, based in Florida, has been transporting migrants under U.S. contract from the Texas border; Mesa, Arizona and elsewhere.

Currently, Classic Air Charter, under U.S. government contract, is arranging all deportation flights in the Americas -- including migrants and refugees who
are considered high risk and non-cooperative, according to news reports.

Migrants have been subjected to abuse and violence on these flights, the report states.

Facial recognition at US Mexico border

Among the abuses that the public has not been aware of is the vehicle facial recognition on the US Mexico border, carried out by cameras of the controversial Oak Ridge National Labs in Tennessee, the report reveals.

Oak Ridge is the top secret lab that began plutonium research in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project.

Reuters providing ICE with info


The report states:

A media multinational, Thomson Reuters is best known as the parent company of the press agency, Reuters. It is less well-known that its portfolio also includes legal and datacollection and analysis software and services.

Thomson Reuters has earned millions from contracts with CBP and especially ICE, in particular through its subsidiaries Legal West and Thomson Reuters Special Services (TRSS). Most of this comes from giving ICE access to databases with public and proprietary information, license-plate scanning data and real-time jail-booking data.

TRSS was contracted, for up to $3.4 million, to ‘help ICE monitor ‘possible threats’ against the agency’s officials’ ...

Reuters was exposed in an NBC investigation in 2018. 


The new report reveals that in Europe, financers have pulled out of financing for both Elbit and G4S, and dis-invested, because of human rights violations.

'Financing Border Wars' reports that the Norwegian Pension Fund, Danske Bank and the French investment firm AXA, have halted financing for Elbit.

In 'Financing Border Wars,' the Transnational Institute, TNI, describes the human rights abuses and their corporate funders.

The report also describes corporate border abusers in Ireland and Italy -- as well as Lockheed Martin weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE.

The report states:

The Smart Borders sector encompasses the use of a broad range of (newer) technologies, including biometrics (such as fingerprints and iris-scans), AI and phone and social media tracking. The goal is to speed up processes for national citizens and other acceptable travellers and stop or deport unwanted migrants through the use of more sophisticated IT and biometric systems. Key corporations include large IT companies, such as IBM and Unisys, and multinational services company Accenture for whom migration is part of their extensive portfolio, as well as small firms, such as IDEMIA and Palantir Technologies, for whom migration-related work is central. The French public–private company Civipol, co-owned by the state and several large French arms companies, is another key player, selected to set up fingerprint databases of the whole population of Mali and Senegal, reports TNI.

The most prominent examples of direct human rights abuses come from the corporations involved in detention and deportation. Classic Air Charter, Cobham, CoreCivic, Eurasylum, G4S, GEO Group, Mitie and Serco all have faced allegations of violence and abuse by their staff towards migrants.

The report investigates five key sectors of the expanding industry: border security (including monitoring, surveillance, walls and fences), biometrics and smart borders, migrant detention, deportation, and audit and consultancy services. From these sectors, it profiles 23 corporations as significant actors: Accenture, Airbus, Booz Allen Hamilton, Classic Air Charter, Cobham, CoreCivic, Deloitte, Elbit, Eurasylum, G4S, GEO Group, IBM, IDEMIA, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Mitie, Palantir, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Serco, Sopra Steria, Thales, Thomson Reuters, Unisys.
The Vanguard Group owns shares in 15 of the 17 companies, including over 15% of the shares of CoreCivic and GEO Group that manage private prisons and detention facilities.

Other important investors are Blackrock, which is a major shareholder in 11 companies, Capital Research and Management (part of the Capital Group), with shares in arms giants Airbus and Lockheed Martin, and State Street Global Advisors (SsgA), which owns over 15% of Lockheed Martin shares and is also a major shareholder in six other companies.

Facebook board member had contract with ICE to track migrants and their relationships, NBC news reported in 2018.

"Palantir, whose chairman, Peter Thiel, is one of nine members on the board of Facebook, took in more than $4.9 million from ICE on May 30, part of a $39 million contract that began in 2015. According to a government database search, the contract goes toward “operations and maintenance” of Falcon, Palantir’s proprietary intelligence database that tracks immigrants’ records and relationships."

Read the full statement: Financing Border Wars

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April 21, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'Indian School Genocide Continues'

Indian School Genocide Continues

Mohawk Nation News

Posted on April 16, 2021

Listen to audio:


AOC024 MNN. APRIL 21, 2021. Somebody is making money on this class action suit and it isn’t us. Gowling WLG and Deloitte are taking $55 million and $44 million respectively off the top of the settlement and giving as little as possible to the native victims. It is all our funds. Their windfall is based on the torture and debasement of indigenous children by the agents of the corporation of the government of Canada.


April 20, 2021

Water Protector Steve Martinez released from Grand Jury Detention


Democracy Now reports:
April 21, 2021

Standing Rock water protector Steve Martinez has been released after more than 60 days behind bars for refusing to give testimony to a federal grand jury. Martinez was summoned as a witness in the case of Sophia Wilansky, a water protector whose arm was severely wounded during a police crackdown on anti-pipeline protests in 2016. Prosecutors were attempting to shift blame for Wilansky’s injuries from law enforcement to water protectors. The campaign to free Steve Martinez blasted the use of grand juries as a “divisive and cruel tool of repression.”

April 16, 2021

Journalism and the NO DAPL Movement: On Being Present and Censorship

Photos 1 and 2 NO DAPL Walk in North Dakota. Remaining photos, actions in DC.

Journalism and the NO DAPL Movement: On Being Present and Censorship

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Journalism. There is no substitute for being present. Thanks to Govinda Dalton, Censored News was able to provide live coverage of tribal police creating a roadblock to prevent Lakota women and children on the NO DAPL Walk from entering the tribal compound of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in New Town, North Dakota.

The solidarity walkers were just over 20 Lakotas, mostly women, and young children, from Standing Rock and Cheyenne River, along with local tribal members on April 8.

April 15, 2021

Facebooking While Brown: Indigenous Man in Arizona Imprisoned for Social Media 'Shock-Talk' about #BLM Protest

Facebooking While Brown:
Indigenous Man in Arizona Imprisoned for Social Media 'Shock-Talk' about #BLM Protest

By Civil Liberties Defense Center

Censored News

April 14, 2021

French translation by Christine Prat

PAGE, Arizona – Loren Reed, a 26-year-old Diné (Navajo) man, is set for trial on May 4, 2021 for a trumped-up federal charge of "Threats to Damage and Destroy a Building by Means of Fire" after he engaged in a heated debate over Black Lives Matter protest tactics[1] in a private Facebook chat group created to organize a local police brutality protest.

Reed has been held in federal pretrial detention without bail for ten months after a prior high school acquaintance reported him to the police for a different satirical social media post about planning a protest or 'riot' at the courthouse that never actually happened.

April 14, 2021

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

Photo by Alejandro Molino
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.

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."

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.

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.

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:

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.

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: and

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:

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:

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:


La Prensa Latina

April 1, 2021

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.

"We're returning the Black Snake to President Biden," Native youths said as they marched in the streets of DC today.

Washington DC photos courtesy Standing Rock Youth Council

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Indigenous Youths are in Washington DC today, marching in the streets to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3. Their shout out to President Biden today, April 1, 2021: "Reject Pipelines. Protect the Future."

Indigenous youths delivered more than 400,000 petitions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this morning to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3. After holding a rally outside the building, the youths are marching to Black Lives Matter Plaza at 1 pm, April 1, 2021. Live now.

Photo by Cheyenne River Grassroots Collective

Cheyenne River Lakota Grassroots Youths from South Dakota, said, "We came to D.C. to demand 
Joe Biden
 #ShutDownDAPLand #StopLine3.
We are taking action to make sure our voices are heard. Indigenous peoples did not consent to these pipelines. We know that Biden must #BuildBackFossilFree for the land, the sky and the water."

Live screenshot by Censored News
Live screenshot by Censored News


Photos in Washington courtesy Standing Rock Youth Council



'Stand with the frontline Indigenous Line 3 and Dakota Access youth and organizers by calling the White House in solidarity to demand Biden #ShutdownDAPL and #StopLine3. Afterward, tune in at 8 pm Eastern time to hear an update on their struggle against the fossil fuel industry and the Biden Administration with
Mark Ruffalo
at the
ReZpect Our Water
Facebook page.'