August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Censored News: Voicing Truth as Major Media Collapses into Deception and Public Relations Spin

Klee Benally, Dine'

Klee Benally speaks out as a truth teller. Meanwhile, secrets are exposed about non-profits in Indian country; virus relief spending on the Navajo Nation; and unanswered questions about Johns Hopkins medical researchers on the Navajo Nation. U.S. Thousands of U.S. Border Patrol agents test positive for coronavirus, fail to inform those exposed.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

On Native America Calling, Dine' Klee Benally talks about the 'trading post mentality' and appropriation. Klee shares the Zapatista way of being, "Everything for everyone," and anti-capitalism. Klee also remembers the Dine' elders lost during the pandemic, as libraries lost, and what is needed for all to become healers. Klee describes how we are all connected, and quotes his grandmother who resisted forced relocation, Roberta Blackgoat, who lived by the law of the land.

Zapatistas Support Resistance to Mega Highway in Austria

Zapatistas find and exchange with resistance to a mega highway project in Austria

Posted by: BERNARDO September 21, 2021 in Affected Environmental , Covergencia Free Media , International 

Vienna, September 21, 2021.

On the morning of Saturday, September 18, a Zapatista delegation had for the first time a public meeting with a resistance that, below and to the left, is facing the bad government in this Unruly Lands. It happened in a camp in Lobau, on the outskirts of Vienna, with an impressive infrastructure - with a kitchen, dining rooms, information points and some thirty tents - set up to protect a unique ecosystem in what is one of the great centers of the capitalist hydra that, in its desire for unbridled and infinite growth, swallows mountains, plains, rivers and swamps to replace them with metropolises, cement deserts, agro-industries, mines and a myriad of mega-projects that sow death where there was life before.

Remains in Desert Believed to be Kidnapped Yaqui of Bacum Pueblo

Photo 1: Family members hold photos of the missing. Photos 2, 3 and 4 are from the press conference of the Attorney General of Sonora today.

Sonora State Attorney General reports bodies found in desert appear to be Yaqui from Bacum Pueblo

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Attorney General Report in English and Espanol
Sept. 22, 2021

CHICHIQUELITE HILL, Sonora --  Six bodies found in the Sonoran desert are believed to be those of Yaqui from Bacum Pueblo who were kidnapped when they went for a cow for a traditional feast. There was no news of the other four Yaqui from Bacum who were kidnapped. The Attorney General in the State of Sonora, south of the Arizona border, released the information late today.

Family members of three of the men have identified some of the belongings found at the camp where the bodies were found in shallow graves at Chichiquelite Ranch in Cajeme municipality. Clothing, belt buckles, thread bracelets and a USB memory device were found.

When government criminal investigators approached the desert camp, heavily-armed men fired on them. The two assailants were shot and killed.

The Mexican government in Sonora has identified the armed camp as drug runners. However, with the collusion between the government, energy corporations and the cartels -- the truth may not be this simple, or obvious.

During today's press conference, Sonoran Attorney General Claudia Indira Contreras said that as
 a result of the investigations, last Sunday, September 19, personnel of the Ministerial Agency of Criminal Investigation (AMIC), of this Prosecutor's Office, were attacked with projectiles of large caliber weapons, specifically AK-47 and R-15, and were shot by two unidentified assailants in the vicinity of the Chichiquelite hill, where the agents located a makeshift camp.

When repelling the aggression, Claudia Indira Contreras continued, two unidentified assailants were killed in the vicinity of the Chichiquelite hill, where the agents located a makeshift camp with food and maps.

"The seizure of an AK-47 weapon, an AR-15 rifle, three .22 caliber rifles, percussion casings, two backpacks with tactical equipment, breastplates, a helmet and a Toyota Tacoma pickup vehicle with a theft report in Phoenix, in 2019," she listed.

Report from the Attorney General of Sonora today, Sept. 22, 2021
English and Espanol

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'House Indians vs. Field Warriors'


Mohawk Nation News

MNN. SEP. 22, 2021.The election computers won again! Using up money. Stopping parliament. Parliament closed for a year during covid. Candidates are not to be trusted. They all want to keep things going the way they are, another 4 years of resource extortion from turtle island. During the campaign none dared to mention the biggest secret of the Queen, the horrific unmarked graves of the murdered native children. Their true allegiance is to maintain their power. How do the natives that voted feel now? They gave up the fight and joined the oppressors against us.


Not coincidental is appointing Inuit Mary Simon as Governor General to stand for the Crown. None talked about the orange shirts. She was the cleaning lady sweeping it under the carpet forever. The Canadian public has already forgotten about that. The settlers did all the murdering and benefited.

Missing in Journalism: National news coverage of Diné Sáanii for Justice March

Screenshot from live video by Censored News.

Missing in Journalism

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Where is the regional and national news coverage of the tremendous 
Diné Sáanii for Justice March, on Friday?

A news search today shows only an article by KNAU Radio, and a photocopy of the Gallup Independent print edition.

Normally, and unfortunately, paid reporters use a combination of plagiarism, rewrites and phone calls to cover Indian country. Even this is missing.

As for local media, they usually provide actual journalism and post quickly on the web. Where is it today?

On Friday, outside the Navajo Nation Council Chambers, Dine' women said they would no longer be silent as victims of disrespect, abuse and violence.

Dine' women called on the Navajo government to fund an office for investigations and prosecutions of missing and murdered Dine'. They asked that funds be re-allocated for this office, instead of renovating the new building in DC that the Navajo government purchased during the pandemic.

The lack of immediate online reporting is a story in itself, as the national and regional media ignore missing and murdered Indigenous Peoples, and fail to have reporters present in Indian country for authentic journalism.

It also reveals the oppression in news rooms, where the truth is censored, hidden, distorted or delayed to avoid impact and carry out specific agendas of editors and publishers.

KNAU Radio reports, "At the march, Former Council Delegate Genevieve Jackson called for greater representation of women within the Navajo Nation Council. 'How are we going to achieve balance and harmony when it's male-dominated?' Jackson asked amid applause."

The national and Southwest news media relies heavily on public relations spin, regurgitating the press releases of politicians, but there is little serious investigative reporting.

There has been little media coverage of how the Navajo government is actually spending the $2.5 billion in federal virus relief. Meanwhile, Dine' volunteers are still raising their own funds and delivering water and food to desperate Dine', including isolated elderly, and the sick and dying.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Zapatistas 'Chiapas on the Verge of Civil War'

Zapatistas Tour for Life delegation in Vienna, Austria, protests in front of Mexico's Embassy. Photos Radio Zapatisa

Chiapas on the Verge of Civil War

Communique from the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee-General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation

September 19, 2021

To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples of the world:
To the Sixth in Mexico and abroad:
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion:

First: On September 11, 2021, in the early morning, while the Zapatista air delegation was in Mexico City, members of ORCAO – a paramilitary organization serving the Chiapas state government – kidnapped the compañeros Sebastián Nuñez Pérez and José Antonio Sánchez Juárez, autonomous authorities from the Good Government Council of Patria Nueva [New Homeland], Chiapas.

The ORCAO is a political-military organization with paramilitary characteristics: they have uniforms, equipment, weapons, and ammunition purchased with money they receive from [government-sponsored] “social programs”. They keep part of the money for themselves and use part of it to pay off government officials for reporting that they [the ORCAO] are complying with the terms of the social programs. They fire on the Zapatista community of Moisés y Gandhi every night with these weapons.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Censored News Celebrates 15 years Publishing Voices from the Land

Censored News Celebrates 15 years of Publishing Voices from the Land

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

We are celebrating 15 years of publishing at Censored News. It was 15 years ago that I was terminated as a staff writer at Indian Country Today, after being censored. The editors threatened me, with termination, if I did not stop writing about grassroots Indigenous People. The threat was in writing. The newspaper had been sold to the new owners, a New York tribal government, in the late 1990s.

There was not only the censorship of Native people who live on the land, but there were the hidden agendas and other forms of censorship. The truth about casinos was forbidden -- the Las Vegas casino owners who exploited tribal sovereignty, the white casino management companies who hid the profits, and the detriment to local communities. There was also the cover-ups of the Washington DC wannabes -- both politicians and non-profits who benefited with power and money.

Today, we are happy to share with you, now 15 years later, those grassroots voices, the voices of Natives who live on the land, which the newspaper attempted to silence all those years ago in September of 2006. We lost some of our friends and great writers and voices who began with us, Lakota Debra White Plume, Yaqui Ceremonial Leader Jose Matus, and many others.

Still, today we have so many great friends and writers that continue with us at Censored News. We don't have advertising, secret grants, salaries or revenues, so there are no cash prizes, but we send out a heart-felt thanks to all of you who believed in us, helped us continue, and made Censored News one of a kind, free from the dollars and control of the exploiters and profiteers.

Thank you, Brenda.

Photos: Debra White Plume giving the masquerading Lewis and Clark Expedition a symbolic blanket of small pox on the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Louise Benally of Big Mountain speaking out for the protection of the aquifer water stolen by Peabody Coal and the Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation. 

Buffy Sainte Marie singing at Dine' College, where she was censored by Indian Country Today, when she described being blacklisted out of the U.S. music industry by Presidents Reagan and Johnson. Yaqui Ceremonial Leader Jose Matus in the mountains of Chiapas, serving as a human rights shield in a village as the Mexican government continued its assassinations of Zapatistas in 1995.

Onboard the trucks to the Zapatista stronghold near the Guatemala border in Chiapas. Tohono O'odham Mike Flores and Mohawk Mark Maracle at the Indigenous People Border Summit.

Gilbert Badoni, displays a family poster of Cold War uranium when he was a child. Even today, the radioactive tailings remain strewn in the Shiprock, N.M., region on the Navajo Nation.

Anishinaabe songmaster Keith Secola, and the unforgettable Lakota Floyd Westerman, supporting the Indigenous Border Summit on San Xavier, Tohono O'odham Nation, 2006. Photos by Brenda Norrell.

Ian Zabarte: 'Media silent on nuclear dumping scheme targeting Yucca Mountain and Texas'

Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte Photo Brent Holmes

Native Community Action Council
P.O. Box 46301
Las Vegas, NV 89114

MEDIA ALERT Friday, September 17, 2021
Contact: Ian Zabarte, Secretary

This letter is to express concern about the lack of reporting on nuclear issues threatening Nevada. On Monday, September 13, 2021, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a 40- year license to Interim Storage partners, a private company to store 5,000 metric tons of commercial high-level nuclear waste in Andrews County Texas. The Texas site license application was issued based upon the eventual licensing of the proposed Yucca Mountain site currently undergoing licensing at the NRC.

In 2018, Ian Zabarte, Secretary of the Native Community Action Council (NCAC) was appointed to the NRC Licensing Support Network Advisory Review Panel in advance of the continued licensing of the proposed Yucca Mountain site. According to Secretary Zabarte, “We have a vulnerable tourism-based economy in Las Vegas and Nevada that needs public awareness to protect. We have the oldest life on earth in the Great Basin that needs protection from the most toxic material on earth. The “fourth estate” must act now to bring attention and focus all hands against transportation across Nevada to Texas and potentially back to Yucca Mountain” Stated Zabarte

The NCAC is a “party with standing” in the NRC Atomic Safety Licensing Board Panel Docket 63-001, Yucca Mountain, presenting the only contentions of ownership of land and water required by 10 CFR Part 60.121. The Department of Energy has failed to meet the Ownership as documented by the NRC Safety Evaluation Report Related to Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Wastes in a Geologic Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada: Administrative and Programmatic Requirements (NUREG-1949, Volume 4):

The NRC staff finds that DOE has not met the requirements 10 CFR 63.121(a) and 10 CFR 63.121(d)(1) regarding ownership of land and water rights, respectively.

Read more:
Nuclear Waste in an Oil Patch?
A site in West Texas now has a federal license to store spent nuclear fuel, setting up a potential showdown with state leaders who oppose the prospect of attracting high-level radioactive waste from across the country. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the license for Interim Storage Partners LLC to build and operate an interim storage facility in Andrews County, Texas, on Monday — just days after Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill seeking to restrict nuclear waste storage in the state.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Dine' Weaver Jane Benale's Weaving: The Radioactive Uranium Dust Came Home from Mines on Clothes

Image: Ann Collier, Kim Hahn (Korean), Jane Benale (Diné), Malcom Benally (Diné) , When They Came Home, 2017, Clothing: dyed wool, silver, turquois, cotton, silk organza. Photo by Chelsea Darter.

By Institute of American Indian Arts 
Museum of Contemporary Arts
Censored News

During the Cold War through 1986, mainly men, working in the mines came home with their clothes tarnished by yellow toxic dust from the uranium. The uranium dust stayed in their homes. This installation represents the ways that uranium contamination has affected the lives of women and the earth. The garment is inspired by customary Navajo clothing.

Jane Benale has experienced the personal trauma of uranium toxicity in her family and on her land. In consultation with Benale’s son, Navajo writer Malcolm Benally, Ann Collier dyed wool in colors that represented important elements in Navajo life. Wool was chosen as a medium because of the significance of sheep in Navajo daily life and ceremonies.

Benale then created a weaving - a prayer for the stories to be told, as the very fabric of her life changed because of uranium toxicity. Inspired by Benale’s weaving, Kim Hahn created a design, which she printed on silk organza fabric. Collier then used the silk organza printed images to create nuno felt yardage which harmonized with Benale’s rug. Hahn used this felt fabric to design a skirt and cape, inspired by both contemporary and traditional Navajo garment style and infused with all the design elements. Then Collier and Hahn designed a striped textile pattern printed on 100% cotton chambray, hand cut the fabric into ½” width strips and hand wove them together based on a Navajo weaving pattern.

They also developed an organza shroud, using green-yellow irradiated color to illustrate the uranium pollution spilling onto the body. Collier’s felt necklace is inspired by Navajo squash blossom turquoise necklaces.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Navajo Women March for Justice Sept. 17, 2021

Photos video screenshots Censored News

Dine' women are marching today to demand justice for Navajo women, children and elderly, with funding allocations from the male-dominated Navajo Nation Council, and diligence in investigations for murdered and missing Dine'. Dine' women speaking in front of the Navajo Nation Council chambers said they will no longer be silent as victims of violence.

The Diné Sáanii for Justice March is demanding the Navajo Nation President to VETO the $200 K and reallocate funds to Prosecutor's office to create a position so the Navajo Nation will track local state and federal capital crimes committed on the Navajo Nation and develop a tracking system for proper reporting so cases are fully investigated and ready for prosecution and justice.

Videos at

Dine' victim of trafficking and homelessness speaks outside Navajo Nation Council Chambers, giving voice for other victims.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Location of 28 Mass Graves at Residential Schools in Canada: Published in 2008

Residential Schools in Canada

Mass Graves at former Indian Residential Schools and Hospitals across Canada

By Hidden from History 
Published at Atlantic Free Press
Contributed by Brenda Norrell
April 15, 2008
Updated September 17, 2021

Trigger warning for content. This list of 28 mass graves of Native children who died of starvation, disease, torture, and murder, at residential schools in Canada was published in 2008. Now, with advancements in technology, mass graves and unmarked graves are being located. Among the horrors on this list are the hospital sites.
The information was published by Hidden from History from historical data and survivor and eyewitness accounts. The children were stolen from their families by churches and government Indian agents. Parents who hid their children were to be imprisoned, by Canadian law.
Instead of being schools, these were militarized prison facilities where children were incarcerated and subjected routinely to beatings and abuse. -- Censored News.

Children to be asked in ceremony for permission to search for graves. Sept. 2021

Harriet Nahanee, an eyewitness to the murder of Maise Shaw on Dec. 24, 1946, at the Alberni School (1995.) Harriet, one of the first to speak out publicly, died of pneumonia and lung cancer after being jailed for activism to protect the environment in 2007.

A. British Columbia

1. Port Alberni:

Presbyterian-United Church school (1895-1973), now occupied by the
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (NTC) office, Kitskuksis Road . Gravesite is a series of sinkhole rows in hills 100 metres due west of the NTC building, in thick foliage, past an unused water pipeline. Children also interred at Tseshaht reserve cemetery, and in wooded gully east of Catholic cemetery on River Road.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Austrian and Migrant Women Welcome Zapatistas 'Home' in Vienna

Photo above: Zapatistas arriving in Vienna, Austria. Photos by

The EZLN airborne delegation lands in Europe and speaks in Vienna

Posted by: BERNARDO September 14, 2021 in Covergencia Free Media, International 
Vienna, September 14, 2021.
More photos at Pozol

In the middle of Central Europe, a hundred Zapatista women, men and children left at noon from the airport of Vienna, Austria, the sixth most populous city on the continent, near the borders with Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, on the banks of the Danube river. Dozens of Viennese collectives and all of Slumil K'ajkemk'op eagerly await the arrival of the second part of La Extemporánea, an airborne delegation of the EZLN on its Journey through Life, which could not reach the connecting flight in Madrid.

Outside the Vienna airport, the Zapatista delegation was received with great emotion and warm words by Austrian and migrant women who welcomed them "home" in German and Spanish. Without removing his backpack, Insurgent Subcommander Moisés took the microphone to address his hosts in Europe talking about the defense of Mother Earth. “By name we already know who it is: it is capitalism. It is capitalism that is destroying the life of nature."

Zapatistas Arrive in Vienna 'We want life'

'We want life,' Subcomandante Moisés in Vienna Austria

Posted by: POZOL COLECTIVO September 14, 2021

VIENNA, Austria (September 14, 2021) "We are here, the Zapatistas and the Zapatistas, thanks to the fact that there were comrades of ours who fell silent fighting at dawn in 1994 when we went out to fight against the bad government," said Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés upon his arrival in Vienna on behalf of the Members that make up the Zapatista delegation "La Extemporánea," which will visit different European countries to learn about the different struggles and resistance in favor of life that are taking place in said continent, renamed by the Chiapas rebels as Slumil K´Ajxemk´Op, Tierra Insubordinate.

"We are here thanks to the comrades who have fallen in the resistance and rebellion. Our rebellion and resistance is that we want to govern ourselves as peoples," the Chiapas indigenous man emphasized to hundreds of attendees from different countries who were waiting for La Extemporánea, at the Schwechat airport.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Zapatista Delegation Prepares to Board Flight for Tour for Life in Europe Sept. 13, 2021

Photo by Roberto García Ortiz, La Jornada

In Memoriam Navajo Filmmaker Bennie Klain


Photos courtesy 'Return of Navajo Boy'

In memory of Dine' filmmaker Bennie Klain, who has passed to the Spirit World, I am  republishing this article I wrote when Bennie screened 'The Return of Navajo Boy,' in Tucson in April of 2000, revealing the power of his film, the tragedies to loss and how Bennie's film brought about reunion. 

“The Return of Navajo Boy,” voicing the secrets of silence

Exploitation by filmmakers, missionaries and atomic bomb industry

By Brenda Norrell
April 2000

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah – John Wayne and John Ford were not around when Happy Cly – the most photographed Navajo woman in the 1950s – died from lung disease from uranium mining.

John Wayne and John Ford were long gone when the Cly family mourned for 40 years the loss of their beloved two-year-old boy taken away by white missionaries.

Now, documentary film co-producers Jeff Spitz and Bennie Klain, Navajo from Tonalea, tell the rest of the story.

“The Return of Navajo Boy,” tells of the exploitation of Navajos by photographers and filmmakers, and of the Cold War secrets yielding cold silence today.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Zapatistas airborne delegations to arrive in Vienna, Austria in September

Sept. 9, 2021 Chiapas update

Comunicado de prensa para el informe sobre la frontera: O'odham Voice Against the Wall releases new border report

Israel's Elbit spy tower on Tohono O'odham Nation. Photo copyright Ophelia Rivas.

O 'odham VOICE Against the WALL publica el informe de derechos humanos sobre Elbit Systems y hace un llamado para la desinversión.

O'odham Voice Against the Wall releases new border report

Para: El mundo
De: Mujeres IndígenasFecha: Agosto 2021
RE: Comunicado de prensa para el informe sobre la frontera
Contacto para los medios de comunicación:
Traducción al español Anayanse Garza

Tucson, Arizona (agosto de 2021) - O ' odham VOICE Against the WALL ha creado un informe de derechos humanos sobre los impactos negativos y las violaciones cometidas por Elbit Systems y el gobierno de Estados Unidos en relación con las torres fijas integradas (conocidadas como IFT por sus siglas en íngles) y el muro fronterizo.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Federal judge allows digging to begin at Paiute Shoshone massacre site at Thacker Pass

Photo by Max Wilbert

Federal judge allows digging to begin at Paiute Shoshone massacre site at Thacker Pass

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat

In the race for lithium for electric car batteries, a federal judge has given a lithium company in northern Nevada the go-ahead to begin digging in a Native massacre site at Thacker Pass.

The judge's ruling, siding with Lithium American Corp., is significant because of the violations of federal laws which protect Native sacred sites, and the failure of the Bureau of Land Management to consult Native Americans.

Water Protectors Shut Down Major U.S.-Canadian Tar Sands Terminal: #StopLine3

Water Protectors Shut Down Major U.S.-Canadian Tar Sands Terminal: #StopLine3

By Giniw Collective
Sept. 7, 2021
French translation by Christine Prat

CLEARBROOK, Minnesota -- This morning, Water Protectors erected multiple blockades at a major U.S. and Canadian tar sands terminal in Clearbrook, Minnesota in direct opposition to Enbridge’s Line 3. From grandmothers to young people, Water Protectors of all walks of life continue to stand up for the sacred.

Mohawk Nation News 'Thousand Word Picture'


Posted on September 6, 2021

Mohawk Nation News

Listen to audio at MNN:

MNN. 6 Sep. 2021. As karonhiaktajeh said, “We [the indigenous people of the earth] are one people and we stand together”. As time goes on Anglo Americans and their allies show us their innate ugliness. To them killing an Afghani man and 9 kids ‘by’ mistake is “collateral Damage”. Guys in Colorado push buttons and drop missiles and drones on innocent people, on purpose.


Monday, September 6, 2021

Communiqué de presse pour le rapport (O'odham Voice Against the Wall releases new border report)

An integrated fixed tower, spy tower, on the Tohono O'odham Nation constructed by Israel's Elbit Systems, which disturbed O'odham burial places and ceremonial areas. Photo copyright Ophelia Rivas.

Communiqué de presse pour le rapport

O'odham Voice Against the Wall releases new border report

French translation by the Committee in Solidarity with American Indians , CSIA -- Nitassinan
Censored News
French and English
Vers : Le monde
De : Femmes autochtones
Date : Août 2021
RE : Communiqué de presse pour le rapport Border
O'odham VOICE Against the WALL publie un rapport sur les droits humains d'Elbit Systems et appelle au désinvestissement.
Tucson, Arizona (Août 2021)-O'odham VOICE Against the WALL a créé un rapport sur les droits humains concernant les impacts négatifs et les violations commises par action ou omission par Elbit Systems et le gouvernement états-unien en relation avec les tours fixes intégrées (IFTs) et le mur frontalier.

Espionage, Threats: Zapatistas and Indigenous Europe Delegation Threatened in Online Planning Session

"Fear has changed us into anger and rebellion," CNI_CIG in the face of espionage and harassment in virtual meeting


Today, September 4, 2021, while we were in session in a virtual meeting of the coordination and monitoring commission of the National Indigenous Congress-Indigenous Government Council, to analyze and make decisions on various issues related to the participation of the and the delegates of the CNI-CIG and the Front of Peoples in Defense of Land and Water, in the Tour for Life, together with the delegation of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, which will soon leave for the European continent, we were subjected to a blatant infiltration, followed by intermittent threats and harassment throughout the meeting, which for that reason lasted 7 hours, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Gift. The Book of Elders.

Words to live by

"Understanding comes in its own time." -- Lakota medicine man Pete Catches

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

A gift arrived, bringing with it a flood of memories and emotions. It is, "The Book of Elders: The Life Stories and Wisdom of Great American Indians," by Sandy Johnson with photos by Dan Budnik.

Inside are the words and photographs of so many that I also had the gift of interviewing as a young reporter.

And with each there is a memory, going to Roberta Blackgoat's home, Carrie Dann visiting the Longest Walk, listening to Thomas Banyacya and so many more. There was Mike Haney remembering the early days of AIM.

Some I knew only as legends, like Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and Leon and Audrey Shenandoah.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Rep. Omar and Squad at Stop Line 3 Protest in Minnesota

Rep. Omar said, “We leave more resolved than ever to fight against corporate greed,
for our planet and for indigenous women.” Photo courtesy Honor the Earth.

Photo Kevin Whelan on Twitter.


Rep Omar and the Squad urge Biden to stop Enbridge Line 3

U.S. Ilhan Rep Omar and the Squad urged President Biden to stop Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. The damage of the construction will be followed by dirty crude oil from Canada endangering the rivers, water supply and wild rice.

“They want to prioritize corporate profits over the lives of indigenous women and the future of our planet,” said U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, reports CBS Minnesota.

Zapatistas 'Against Xenophobia and Racism, The Fight for Life'

Friday, September 3, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'End of the Empire of the Vampire'

Posted on September 3, 2021

Mohawk Nation News

Listen to audio at MNN:

MNN. Sep. 3, 2021. We should all now stand together holding arms, plant a tree of peace and bury our weapons for all time underneath it. When there are no weapons, nobody gets hurt. People are converted to peace. The Americans sabotaged the equipment they left behind in Afghanistan. Those people could make them into something more useful than sitting around waiting to shoot someone! Nature doesn’t need weapons. We Just have to work and survive. Without weapons, we have to use our minds.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The U.S. War Propaganda Machine: Louise Benally of Big Mountain Censored by Indian Country Today

Navajo and Apache children in captivity in Fort Sumner, Bosque Redondo, who survived the Longest Walk. Photo courtesy New Mexico State Monuments.

Louise Benally Censored by Indian Country Today

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The following comments by Louise Benally of Big Mountain, comparing the Long Walk and imprisonment in Bosque Redondo to the war in Iraq, were censored by Indian Country Today. Pressed to publish a correction to the published article by this reporter, the newspaper refused.

Louise's comments came as the bombs fell on Baghdad, and before I was terminated as a longtime staff reporter in 2006. With the United States current propaganda of war, we are publishing Louise's comments again.

Article by Brenda Norrell

Navajos at Big Mountain resisting forced relocation view the 19th Century prison camp of Bosque Redondo and the war in Iraq as a continuum of U.S. government sponsored terror.

Louise Benally of Big Mountain remembered her great-grandfather and other Navajos driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing the murder, rape and starvation of their family and friends.

“I think these poor children had gone through so much, but, yet they had the will to go on and live their lives. If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t be here today.

“It makes me feel very sad and I apply this to the situation in Iraq. I wonder how the Native Americans in the combat zone feel about killing innocent lives.”

Looking at the faces of the Navajo and Apache children in the Bosque Redondo photo, Benally said, “I think the children in the picture look concerned and maybe confused. It makes me think of what the children in Iraq must be going through right now.

“The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil ways of lying and cheating,” Benally said.

The newspaper refused to publish a correction:

Buffy Sainte Marie Censored by Indian Country Today

Buffy Sainte Marie at Dine' College, which were censored by Indian Country Today in 1999. Buffy described how Presidents Reagan and Nixon blacklisted her out of the music industry in the U.S. because of her stance against the war in Vietnam, and her song, 'Universal Soldier.'

How Woodrow Wilson's Propaganda Machine Changed American Journalism

Copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News, may not be used without permission.