Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 30, 2021

Pueblo of Zuni Letter to President Biden July 1, 2021

Val R. Panteah Sr.
P. 0. Box 339
Carleton R. Bowekaty Zuni, New Mexico 87327
01 July 2021

Mr. President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

The Pueblo of Zuni thanks the Biden and Harris Administration and the Office of Management and Budget (0MB) for the opportunity to provide productive, and hopefully long-lasting, input on material changes that are necessary to meaningfully and effectively advance equity and support by the government for underserved communities. We particularly seek to provide comments that address how opportunities in select governmental policies, regulations, and guidance can affirmatively and equitably be applied and programmatically operationalized to both address and provide solutions to some of the most intensive underlying causes of systemic inequities in American society for the A:shiwi, the Zuni people. 

Zapatistas Delegation Celebrated in Streets of Merida, Spain: 'La Lucha Sigue!'

Screenshots from livestream by Censored News.

Zapatistas Delegation Celebrated in Streets of Merida, Spain, 'La Lucha Sigue!'

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

MERIDA, Spain -- With the shouts of "La Lucha Sigue!" -- The Struggle Continues -- and the sounds of marching drums, the Zapatistas delegation was welcomed in Merida, Spain on Wednesday evening. From the train station, then marching in a grand parade through the streets, supporters carried banners and gave an extraordinary welcome to the Zapatistas who arrived in Vigo, Spain, after crossing the Atlantic on the sailing ship, "The Mountain."

CBC: '182 unmarked graves discovered near residential school in B.C.'s Interior, First Nation says'

St. Eugene's Mission School in Cranbrook, B.C., was operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s. The building has since been converted into a resort and casino, with an adjacent golf course. (St. Eugene Mission Resort/The Associated Press)

182 unmarked graves discovered near residential school in B.C.'s Interior, First Nation says

Warning: This story contains distressing details.

Ground-penetrating radar was used to conduct a search near St. Eugene's Mission School, says Lower Kootenay Band

Alex Migdal. CBC News · Posted: Jun 30, 2021 10:07 AM PT | Last Updated: 24 minutes ago

A First Nation in B.C.'s South Interior says 182 unmarked grave sites have been discovered near the location of a former residential school.

The community of ʔaq'am, one of four bands in the Ktunaxa Nation and located near the city of Cranbrook, B.C., used ground-penetrating radar to search a site close to the former St. Eugene's Mission School, the Lower Kootenay Band announced Wednesday.

First Voices Radio: Ofelia Rivas, Founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall

First Voices Radio
Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, Cheyenne River Lakota Nation

Ofelia Rivas, the founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall, shares the struggle for rights and survival on the so-called border. "We do have people on both sides of the border," Ofelia said, describing the dire situation for O'odham who live on the south side of the border. She said all the plants and animals are being affected by the waiver of federal environmental protection laws. Ofelia said the location of graves of the First Nation children at residential schools has impacted everyone. She also spoke of the Yoeme (Yaqui) who were assassinated in Sonora, Mexico, in May and June, who spoke out for water rights, and served the Vicam Traditional Elders.

'Dawes Act, Allotments and Shareholders -- Who Owns the Land?' by American Indian Genocide Museum


Kiowa Delegation to Washington, D.C.,in October 1902, by Gill. Seated, left to right: Lone Wolf and Kiowa Bill. Standing, left to right: Little Bow, brother of Big Bow, and Asah-quo or Daniel Boone, first son of Luther Sahmaunt. Courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, Negative No. 1434-a

'Dawes Act, Allotments and Shareholders -- Who Owns the Land?' by American Indian Genocide Museum

By Steve Melendez, Paiute, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
President, American Indian Genocide Museum
Censored News

President Theodore Roosevelt said this concerning The Dawes Act of 1887, which was also known as the Indian Allotment Act, “(allotment) was a mighty pulverizing engine to break up the tribal mass."  The Dawes Act gave a 160-acre allotment of land to each Indian head of the household and what remained of the reservations was sold to white settlers. By 1934, when the allotment policy ended, 60 percent of the Indian land base had been transferred to whites as “surplus."  This included 27,000,000 acres in individual allotment sales.

The sentiments of Teddy Roosevelt rise up like a beast from the sea of land hunger throughout  American history.

June 29, 2021

MINNESOTA: Sheriff Illegally Blocks Private Property at Namewag Camp

Top photos by Unicorn Riot

Hubbard County Sheriffs Barricade Access to Indigenous-led Private Property, Falsely Imprisoning Dozens of Water Protectors

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
June 29, 2021

Update: Water Protectors file for restraining order against sheriff

PARK RAPIDS, Minnesota -- Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department escalated state repression when it served a notice to Namewag camp, located on private property, stating that the sole entrance to the property will be barricaded with no one allowed in or out, Giniw Collective said on Monday.

“This is a blatantly unlawful attempt to target and repress Indigenous-led efforts to defend our land and water. The state of Minnesota appears to not understand treaty law, it also seems Minnesota doesn’t understand U.S. property law either,” said Tara Houska, Giniw Collective, after the notice was served at 6 am on Monday.

'No Man Camps' Enbridge Line 3 Subcontractors Arrested in Human Trafficking Operation

Two Enbridge Line 3 Subcontractors Arrested in Multi-Agency Anti-Human Trafficking Operation

State Senator Kunesh: “They were told it would happen. They were warned by the victims themselves.”

By Honor the Earth
Censored News
June 28, 2021

BEMIDJI, Minnesota -- Today, the Bemidji Pioneer reported that “six people, including two men from Bemidji working under subcontractors on the Line 3 replacement project, were arrested during a recent human trafficking operation in Beltrami County over the course of two days.”

In response, Minnesota State Senator Mary Kunesh released the following statement:

June 28, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada, Why Did You Murder and Genocide Us?'


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MNN. June 27, 2021. Every child is an amber alert when they go missing! Nothing was done to find the millions of missing indigenous children, men and women. To steal turtle island the invaders built schools/death camps to eliminate us and our culture and to steal our natural resources. We cannot give turtle island to the Crown or anybody. It belongs to our unborn babies. We are each sovereign, not part of the Crown. We are not their subjects. [Canada Indigenous Population erroneous statistics]


The reason for the elimination of the indigenous people of turtle island is to have no debt to the owners of the land through total annihilation. That means murder of the children, sterilization of the women and missing and murdered women and girls who have the babies.

The Shingwauk Files: Search Begins for Documents of Residential School Death Camps

The Shingwauk residential school dining hall circa 1890. (Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association/The Shingwauk Project)


The Shingwauk Files: Search Begins for Documents of Residential School 
Death Camps 

Across Canada, Native children were stolen from their families by the churches and government Indian Agents. Parents who hid their children were sentenced to jail. Native children died of starvation, disease, abuse, torture, medical experiments, and murder by church staff in these residential schools. Now, there is documentation of unmarked graves and mass graves that document the genocide. There are new demands for trials of those responsible like the Nuremberg trials.

Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Residential school survivors and their families in Canada are now identifying those responsible for the abuse, torture and murder of Native children in residential schools, in order to hold them responsible for genocide.

Mohawk Nation News said, "Each unmarked grave is a separate crime scene and criminal investigation. We know who did the crime. We want to know the specifics of the individuals involved, just like the Nuremberg trials."

Among the files now being examined are those of Shingwauk Residential School, an Anglican Church-run school in Sault Ste. Marie, in Ontario near the border of Canada and the United States. There are 110 children and staff buried in the cemetery. The students who died here, whose names are known, are shown below in memory.

June 27, 2021

Annual Run4Salmon Virtual 2021

Chief Caleen Sisk

By Run4Salmon
Censored News

June 25, 2021, Mount Shasta, California--On the heels of being internationally recognized this year by the United Nations as a viable indigenous-led solution to the multitude of climate challenges California is facing, the annual Run4Salmon Prayer Journey of 300 miles is going virtual again in 2021 to ensure COVID safety.

June 24, 2021

Saskatchewan -- 751 Unmarked Graves Found at Marieval Residential School

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Saskatchewan -- 751 Unmarked Graves Found at Marieval Residential School 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Watch on YouTube
French translation by Christine Prat

LIVE: Cowessess First Nation held a virtual press conference to announce the “horrific and shocking discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School.”

Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation said 751 unmarked graves were found at Marieval Residential School. 

"Removing gravestones is a crime in this country and we are treating this as a crime," Chief Delorme said during the live press conference.

Chief Delorme was joined by Florence Sparvier, 80, a survivor of the school. 

Havasupai Mourn Loss of Rex Tilousi


The Havasupai Tribe Mourns the Loss of Rex Tilousi, Tribal Elder and Former Chairman

By Havasupai Tribe
Censored News

Former Havasupai Chairman Rex Tilousi passed away peacefully on June 19, 2021 surrounded by his family in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was a life-long advocate against uranium mine projects in the Grand Canyon, and never wavered from his outspoken support for the Tribe and the people.

June 23, 2021

Europe rallies for Indigenous rights as Zapatistas arrive in Spain

Photo El Pais, Mexico

Zapata lives! Zapatista Army Squadron 421 disembarks in Galicia to begin its European tour

The delegation was received by an assembly of collectives from all over the continent in a festive atmosphere

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Zapatistas delegation disembarked from their ship on Tuesday to the sound of bagpipes and a festival, El Pais reports.

Manuel Raxo, the representative of Payasos Rebeldes, one of the collectives of the Galician assembly, said the defense of land and life is what unites them with the Zapatista army. "It is an opportunity to unite and wake up, as they claim, for the territory and all the struggles that unite us."

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada Pleads Guilty to Genocide and Murder: Sentenced to Automatic Dissolution'


Mohawk Nation News

June 22, 2021 

Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, issued the following statement where he plead guilty as leader of the Corporation of Canada to 13 counts of millions of murders, genocide, terrorism and lies. 

Read article and listen to audio at Mohawk Nation News

Water Protectors Lock to Enbridge Drilling Equipment in Minnesota

Water Protectors Lock to Enbridge Drilling Equipment Boring Line 3 Under River

By Giniw Collective


June 23, 2021Censored News

STRAIGHT RIVER, Minnesota -- Several Water Protectors locked to a Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) being used by Enbridge to bore its Line 3 tar sands pipeline under the Straight River in Hubbard County, Minnesota. One Water Protector has barricaded itself inside the drill operating vehicle.

June 22, 2021

Zapatistas arrive in Vigo, Spain, disembark ship to celebration

Photo: Vanessa García Blanca

Zapatistas disembark in Vigo and rename Europe Tierra Insumisa, Unsubmissive Land

Editorial Desk of Desinformémonos
Photo: Vanessa García Blanca
June 23, 2021

In a historic event, the delegation of seven Zapatistas disembarked today in Europe, after sailing for 50 days. Squadron 421, made up of Marijose, Lupita, Carolina, Ximena, Yuli, Bernal, and Darío, was received amidst a festive atmosphere in Playa de Carril, in Vigo, Galicia by dozens of activists.

Institute of Indigenous Peoples Condemns Assassinations of Yaqui Water Defenders


Institute of Indigenous Peoples Condemns Assassination of Yaqui Leader in Mexico

June 22, 2021 - 2:57 PMJune 22, 2021 - 2:57 PM

Mexico City, Jun 22 (EFE) .- The National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) condemned on Tuesday the murder of  Yaqui activist Tomás Rojo Valencia and warned of the resurgence of violence against this group in recent weeks.

Red Lake Treaty Camp: Police bring in attack dogs. Water Protector tackled, bloodied during arrest.

Breaking News June 22, 2021

Minnesota law enforcement: Bullies for the Canadian oil company Enbridge

At Red Lake Treaty Camp, Minnesota, police brought in an attack dog this morning, the way they did at Standing Rock. Police tackled and bloodied one Water Protector and arrested him.

Yaqui Water Protector Tomas Rojo Identified in Shallow Grave: Third Assassination

Yaqui Water Protector Tomas Rojo Identified in Shallow Grave: Third Assassination

The assassination of Yaqui Water Rights Defender Tomas Rojo was confirmed on Monday. It was the third assassination of Yaqui Water Rights Defenders.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Sadly, our friend Yaqui Water Protector Tomas Rojo was identified today as the one found in a shallow grave near Vicam Pueblo, Sonora. Tomas was identified by DNA and fingerprints.

Tomas is the third Yaqui Water Protector to be assassinated since May. Agustin Valdez was assassinated in May. Luis Urbano was murdered by gunshots on the street in Obregon in June.

Vicam Pueblo hosted Water Rights Forums that were covered by Censored News.

For years, Yaqui maintained highway blockades on a major highway through their land, which stalled semis, in protest of the theft of Yaqui River water for an aqueduct for the City of Hermosillo.

Tomas was a spokesman during the Water Forums and blockade.

Agustin served as head of security during the water rights highway blockades.

Luis, who is featured in a new film defending Yaqui water rights, accompanied the Traditional Authority of Vicam.

Tomas, an agricultural engineer, spoke on Yaqui water rights in a video interview with Censored News in 2012.

The Traditional Authority of Vicam hosted international gatherings of the Zapatistas, upholding Indigenous rights.

Vicam Pueblo is located on Yoeme (Yaqui) ancestral land in the state of Sonora, near the Pacific Coast of Mexico, about a six hour drive southwest of Tucson.

(Above) Yaqui Water Protectors Agustin Valdez, Luis Urbano and Tomas Rojo.

AP: Mexican police identify corpse of Indigenous activist

June 21, 2021 11:46 p.m.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora said Monday tests have confirmed that a badly decayed corpse is that of an Indigenous rights leader who disappeared almost four weeks ago.

The office said DNA tests and fingerprints were used to identify Tomás Rojo Valencia, a leader of the Yaqui indigenous community. His body was found last week near the Yaqui town of Vicam, Sonora.

Rojo Valencia disappeared May 27 following tensions over Yaqui roadblocks protesting gas ducts, water pipelines and railway lines that have been run across their territory without consulting them or giving them much benefit. Rojo Valencia served as the Yaquis’ spokesman during past conflicts over land and water rights.

The confirmation came on the same day a 25-year-old Yaqui woman was reported missing after she left her home in Vicam to go to work, but never arrived. She was last seen June 17.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made it his special project to bring justice to the Yaquis, who he has described as Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group.

In February, the conflict over the highway blockades came to a head with the death of an Indigenous man killed when a trucker plowed through a Yaqui roadblock, hitting a member of the group.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News.

June 21, 2021

Three Water Protectors Arrested at Ceremonial Prayer Lodge: Stop Enbridge Line 3


By Honor the Earth 

Censored News

June 21, 2021

PALISADE, Minnesota -- On Monday morning, law enforcement officials arrested three water protectors at a ceremonial prayer lodge protected under treaty law and federal order at the Mississippi river crossing of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline route near Palisade, Minnesota.  Law enforcement officials are seen in a live-stream threatening more arrests as they lead workers through the protected area. 

AIM West KPFA Radio: Percy Casper Survivor of Kamloops Residential School

"My heart is tattooed forever."

Percy Casper, Shuswap Nation, was incarcerated before he was five years old. Percy describes the holocaust and genocide of 10 years in Kamloops Residential School, where 215 Native children were found buried in a mass grave. Percy said it was a labor camp and children were abused at night. The children who never made it home come to him in his dreams. Listen to Percy's interview with Tony Gonzales, AIM West, on KPFA Radio. -- Censored News

Duane Chili Yazzie 'The World Does Not Hear'

The World Does Not Hear

By Duane Chili Yazzie, Dine'
Shiprock, Navajo Nation
Censored News

Before the pandemic, the world was in trouble. The climate crisis was choking the life out of the planet, the racial dynamic between White people and people of color was bad.

Now, as the world struggles to get past the pandemic, these troubles have become more critical and dangerous. The climate crisis seems overwhelming, and across America, the fervor of White supremacy is metastasizing.

June 20, 2021

'We Arrived!' Zapatistas Arrive in Galicia, Spain