Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

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

Update: After her brutal arrest, she was strip-searched and processed in jail. She was then sent to the hospital emergency room and began a hunger strike. She has now been released from jail.

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!"

Bacum Yaqui Disappeared Preparing for Traditional Feast in Sonora

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.

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 Yoeme 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. 

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.  

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"

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!  

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

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.

July 22, 2021

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.

July 21, 2021

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

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

July 20, 2021

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.

Delta Variant Spreading on the Navajo Nation

Bitahnii Wilson is among the Dine' volunteers that continue to raise their own funds and deliver water in new water barrels to fellow Dine'. Although the Navajo Nation government received more than $2.5 billion in federal relief funds -- from the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan -- since June of 2020, the Navajo Nation government has not allocated and distributed the majority of funds. Dine' remain in need, as water pumps and windmills are broken and long-distance water hauling continues. Water lines fail to reach about one-third of the homes. -- Censored News.

Delta Variant of Coronavirus Spreading on the Navajo Nation

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
July 19, 2021

Update July 20, 2021
The risks have increased. Today's travel warning shows that fully vaccinated people are at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 variants, which includes Delta variant.
The CDC and the United States issued the highest warning about travel, warning travelers not to go to Britian.
"Because of the current situation in the United Kingdom, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants," CDC said.

WiNDOW ROCK, Navajo Nation -- The Delta variants of COVID-19 are spreading on the Navajo Nation. The number of cases and deaths from coronavirus increased over the weekend.

The Navajo Department of Health said the Delta virus cases on the Navajo Nation resulted from Dine' travel to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Utah, and was then spread by way of family gatherings.

Over the weekend, the Navajo Nation government reported 30 new cases of coronavirus and two deaths on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, 2021.

July 19, 2021

Zapatistas have 177 in airborne delegation for Europe, 62 need passports

The Extemporaneous and a National Initiative



July 18, 2021.

To the adherents of the Declaration for Life:
To the Europe from Below and to the Left:
To the National and International Sixth:
To the National Indigenous Congress-Indigenous Governing Council:
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion:
To the Collective: Llegó la Hora de los Pueblos

16 Jul, 21 La Extemporánea y una Iniciativa Nacional
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From: Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.

Compañeras, compañeroas, compañeros:

Sisters, brothers, and hermanoas:

I greet you in the name of the children, women, them, elders and men of the Zapatista communities, and I communicate to you the following:

First.- We already have a strong Zapatista airborne company of 177 Zapatistas ready. It is made up in its totality by nativeso f Mayan roots, from the Cho’ol, Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Tojolabal and Castilian languages. We were born in the geography called Mexico. Our ancestors were born and died in these lands. As the Mexican State does not recognize our identity and origin, and tells us that we are “extemporaneous” (so says the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, that we are “extemporaneous” Mexicans), we have decided to baptize this unit of Listening and Word [Escucha y Palabra] as “The Extemporaneous.”

PARIS: Demands for entry of Zapatistas 'Tour for Life'

PARIS: Demands for entry of Zapatistas 'Tour for Life'

The Zapatistas delegation of 177 remains delayed in Mexico because the government refuses passports to 62 in the delegation

By free means or whatever they are called

By Somos El Medio

Paris France. July 18, 2021. Close to a thousand European organizations and personalities request the French government to expressly respond to the request they officially submitted to let the delegation of the Zapatista Air Force (FAZ) pass in S'lumil K'ajxemk'op ( formerly known as Europe). France's airspace is governed by Emmanuel Macron, an antisocial and repressive president of the republic, a former banker of the Rothschild house and who was barely 16 years old when the Mayan peasant peoples organized into the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) They took up arms on January 1, 1994 in Chiapas, where they recovered large tracts of agricultural lands in the valleys of the Lacandon jungle and created autonomous municipalities in rebellion.

Dine' Student from Pinon Wins Uranium Essay Contest

Following the uranium road

Charisma Black receives her award from Tommy Rock. (Photo courtesy of 4th World Foundation)

Diné student wins uranium essay contest

By Sandra J. Wright
4th World Foundation
Published at Beyond Nuclear International

Charisma Black, along with other students from northern Arizona, took on a challenge issued by the 4th World Foundation to research uranium mining effects on Black Mesa.

Each writer was also asked to propose actions to limit exposure to radiation.

Black was named the winner of the contest in April. On May 13, she accepted the $500 scholarship award along with a large hand-woven basket filled with traditional clothing and jewelry.

Tommy Rock, an alumnus of Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, presented the award to Black.

Mohawk Nation News 'Residential School Murdered Children's Spirit Lives On'

 Posted on July 19, 2021


Mohawk Nation News

Listen at MNN:

MNN. July 19, 2021. The Canadian squatters are waiting for a messiah to save them from themselves for murdering millions of indigenous people and children to benefit their greed. So-called politicians want forgiveness, which will never come. There is no justification for the atrocities you have and continue to perform. You can hardly look us in the eye. You murdered us for our land. You will never be redeemed.

There is no happy ending for Canada. You politicians want us all to get together and be one big happy “Canadien” family. We are not Canadians. Reconciliation is a dirty word. It means you pay for your crime, give back all of the stolen property and run the gauntlet. Then you leave. 

For the corporation’s crimes of genocide, murder of the people and rape of the land, you need to just leave turtle island. When you are gone you are somebody else’s problem. You descended on us like an incurable cancer which started to eat, kill and destroy.   

July 18, 2021

On the Red Road: Pueblo and Diné leaders call on Biden to protect Greater Chaco Canyon


Pueblo and Diné leaders call on Biden to protect Greater Chaco Canyon

Tribes and Indigenous activists want no new oil and gas leases in sacred lands

By Red Road to DC
Censored News

COUNSELOR, New Mexico – Pueblo and Diné leaders and activists today hosted an event calling on President Biden to protect Greater Chaco Canyon and stop issuing new oil and gas leases in the sacred landscape.

In an event held as part of the Red Road to DC, a cross-country tour highlighting Indigenous sacred sites at risk, elected leaders and grassroots organizers urged Biden to take immediate action to stop the issue of new oil and gas leases in the Greater Chaco Region. Organizers of the Red Road tour stopped at the Counselor Chapter House in New Mexico to display a totem pole by Lummi Nation carvers to highlight sacred sites at risk due to development and infrastructure projects. They met with hosts from the Diné CARE, Native American Voters Alliance Education Project, All Pueblo Council of Governors, and the Pueblo Action Alliance.

July 17, 2021

On the Red Road in Salt Lake, Native Americans call on Biden to protect Bears Ears

Tribal members call on Biden to protect Bears Ears

Leaders and activists seek the protection of sacred Bears Ears landscape

© Provided by Salt Lake Tribune (Zak Podmore | The Salt Lake Tribune) Hank Stevens, Navajo Nation representative and co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, sits on the trailer carrying the Lummi Nation's totem pole from Washington state to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
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By Red Road to DC
Censored News

SALT LAKE, Utah —The sacred landscape of Bears Ears needs immediate protection, said members of the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute Indian Tribe.

In an event held as part of the Red Road to DC, a cross-country tour highlighting Indigenous sacred sites at risk, area tribal members called for the restoration and expansion of protections for the original Bears Ears National Monument that were illegally removed during the Trump administration. Organizers of the Red Road tour stopped in Salt Lake City to display a totem pole by Lummi Nation carvers to highlight sacred sites at risk due to development and infrastructure projects.

"This is a historic journey where Tribes have united to create a ceremonial trail across Indigenous Nations," said Hank Stevens, Co-Chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and Navajo Nation representative. "We are ecstatic for the opportunity to be a part of the Red Road Journey to Washington D.C."

More than 700 organizations ask Paris to guarantee the entrance of the Zapatista delegation

The arrival of Zapatista delegates in Vigo, last June. (Miguel RIOPA/AFP)

More than 700 organizations ask Paris to guarantee the entrance of the Zapatista delegation


More than 700 social organizations, collectives, unions, political parties and European public officials, together with dozens of artists and intellectuals have signed a letter addressed to the French government to ask it to guarantee the entry of the Zapatista and indigenous delegation.