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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, November 29, 2021

Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte 'Treaty Has Not Been Honored'

Ian Zabarte
Treaty has not been honored

Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte responds to editorial in Las Vegas Sun: 'Biden taking long-overdue steps to reverse neglect of Indigenous people'

By Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte
Censored News
Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 

In response to the Nov. 18 editorial, “Biden taking long-overdue steps to reverse neglect of Indigenous people”: The president has not taken action to create a reservation guaranteed by law for the benefit and protection of the Western Shoshone people, authorized by Congress in Article 6 of the Treaty of Ruby Valley.

The Shoshone people are denied our right to self-determination, title and interest in our own property. Shoshone ranchers were blamed by the Bureau of Land Management for range destruction caused by nuclear weapons testing. Radioactive fallout caused the Shoshone people adverse health consequences significantly higher than other Americans documented in our research, “The Assessment of Radiation Exposures in Native American Communities from Nuclear Weapons Testing in Nevada, March 2000 Risk Analysis.” Our research is the basis for contentions in Yucca Mountain licensing by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that stopped the $15 billion project.

Mohawk Nation News 'Don't Poke The Bears, Wolves and Turtles'

DON’T POKE THE BEARS, WOLVES & TURTLES! Audio

Mohawk Nation News

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2021/11/29/dont-poke-the-bears-wolves-turtles-audio/

AUDIO at MNN

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On Nov. 29, 2021, the kahnistensera secretariat of kahnawake kanistensera@riseup.net. 438-558-2911, sent the following letter by Registered Mail to: 

  • Societe quebecoise des infrastructures, Direction generale de la requalification du site royal Victoria, 445 saint Gabriel st., montreal quebec H2Y 3A2 smayes@sqi.gouv.qc.ca 514-873-5485, 5413; –office de consultation publique de montreal, 1550 metcalfe st., office 1414, montreal H3A 1X6 514-872-8510; –mcgill university office of principle & vice chancellor, 845 sherbrooke st. w., montreal QC H3A 0G4 514-398-4180 fax 514-398-4763; –mairie d’arrondisement de ville-marie, 800 boulevarde de maisonneuve st. e., montreal QC H2L 4L8; and –indigenous services Canada, assessment & investigation services branch, 10 wellington st. Gatineau QC k!A 0H4 aadnc.cnap-naac.aandc@canada.ca 1-855-504-6760. 

Sekon sewakwekon.

We are the kahnistensera, Mohawk mothers, who have responsibilities from the kaianerekowa, great law, and teiohateh, two row, which have existed on turtle island since time immemorial. All the land and infrastructure thereon are for us to care for, since the beginning time and for all eternity. All governments and their institutions throughout turtle island know and acknowledge this.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Ignored as Oil and Gas Extraction Poisons the People and Land




Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Ignored as Oil and Gas Extraction Poisons the People and Land: Comment by Lisa DeVille

November 22, 2021

 

The Honorable Brenda Mallory

Chair, Council on Environmental Quality

730 Jackson Place, N.W.

Washington, D.C.  20503

 

    RE:    Comments on Proposed NEPA Regulations Revisions

        CEQ-2021-0002

 

Dear Ms. Mallory:

 

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions to the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in 2020. In our view the 2020 revisions are a move in the wrong direction because they reduce public input and analysis that is needed, especially for front line communities living near federal projects and energy development. 

 

My name is Lisa DeVille.  I am an enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nation.  I and my family are lifelong residents of Mandaree on Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.  We live in the front lines of the Bakken oil and gas extraction where we witness the health, environment, and social impacts.  I am co-founder of Fort Berthold Protectors of Water Earth Rights, an affiliate to Dakota Resource Council.


National Day of Mourning at Plymouth: Thanksgiving Marks Day of Violence and Myth for Native People 2021













Speaking truth to power: Kisha James told the true history of murder and settler colonialism.
"We have survived and thrived. We will speak truth to power."



The Pilgrims came and immediately started killing the Wamponoag. -- Kisha James

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French Translation by Christine Prat

PLYMOUTH -- Indigenous people gathered in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands and the erasure of Native cultures.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Mohawk Nation News 'McGill Dirty Tricks Continue'

MCGILL DIRTY TRICKS CONTINUE Audio

 Mohawk Nation News

Listen to audio at MNN:

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2021/11/14/mcgill-dirty-tricks-continue-audio/

MNN. NOV. 14, 2021. FROM: Mohawk Mothers, Secretariate of the kanien’kehá:ka kahnistensera, PO Box 991, kahnawake, Quebec, J0L 1B0

OUR FIGHT IS NEVER BEHIND US UNTIL THE GREAT PEACE WINS.

TO: -Société québécoise des infrastructures
Direction générale de la requalification du site Royal-Victoria
445, Saint-Gabriel Street. Montreal (Quebec), H2Y 3A2
Email : smayes@sqi.gouv.qc.ca Telephone: 514 873 5485, 5413

-McGill University Office of the Principle & Vice Chancellor, 845 Sherbrooke Street West. Montreal QC, H3A 0G4 Telephone: 514-398-4180, Fax 514-398-4763

-Mairie [mayor] d’arrondissement de Ville-Marie, 800, Boulevard De Maisonneuve street East, Montreal QC, H2L 4L8  

[Indian Affairs] Indigenous Services Canada, Assessment and Investigation Services Branch, 10 Wellington Street, Gatineau QC, K1A 0H4 Email: aadnc.cnap-nacc.aandc@canada.ca; Telephone: 1-855-504-6760

On November 10, 2021, a rally was held in front of the Allan Memorial Institute (AMI) bringing together family members of MK-Ultra experiments survivors, Duplessis orphans, McGill students and the Milton Park citizens’ committee to support the kanien’keha:ka kahnistensera’s (Mohawk Mothers) opposition to renovating the ex-Royal Victoria Hospital and AMIsites.


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Prayer Walk: Protect Hualapai Water from Lithium Mining






Protect Ha'Kamwe'Come walk with us the first Saturday of December to protect Ha'Kamwe' from lithium mining! Meet at Cholla Ranch in Wikieup, Arizona, at 8 am on December 4, 2021. Visitors from out of town are welcome to camp at the ranch before and after.
Gum-yu (how are you) from Cholla Ranch. We are here to protect Ha'Kamwe'.
What are we protecting Ha'Kamwe' from? A lithium mine.
Hawkstone Mining Ltd., an Australian company, is developing the Big Sandy Lithium Project to mine lithium-containing clay. The next stage of exploration drilling would directly surround the tribal land including Ha'Kamwe', destroying

From Censored News: Lithium Mining: Greenwashing Mining for Batteries for Electric Cars, Cellphones and Laptops

Land and water in the Southwest United States, and south of the Arizona border in Sonora, Mexico, is now targeted for lithium mining.

Hawkstone Mining posted this map on its website showing targeted lithium mining sites.

Hualapai said the next stage of mining exploration would surround tribal land and affect cultural sites and block access to the oasis for desert wildlife.

 Exploration drilling is less than 700 ft from the spring.
The proposed mine includes:
- Massive open-pit mine
- Sulphuric acid plant to produce acid for extracting lithium from clay
- Slurry line to transport material from the mine to Kingman 50 mi away
- Pumping groundwater for the slurry line and the extraction process
- 24-hour lights + noise
- Construction of numerous access roads and drill pads
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Local Lithium Mining Deal was being Kept Secret when Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey Made Final Warning


Lithium mining exploration now underway north of Tonopah, Nevada.

Local Lithium Mining Deal was being kept secret when Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey made final warning 

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat

TONOPAH, Nevada -- A massive lithium mining deal was being kept secret when Paiute Shoshone Journalist Myron Dewey made his final warning about lithium mining in Nevada. Dewey was killed in a head-on collision the day after he live-streamed and warned of the dangers of both the Navy's bombing range here, and lithium mining.

The company now admits that the lithium deal near Tonopah in Nye County was being kept secret and that lithium mining is considered gold, as the demand for lithium for batteries increases for electric cars, cellphones and laptops.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Maddesyn George Defense Committee: Statement on Sentencing


Maddesyn's family members and supporters in front of the Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse in Spokane after Wednesday's sentencing hearing.


The Campaign to Free Maddesyn George
Contact: freemaddesynevents@gmail.com
Date: November 22, 2021

SPOKANE, Washington -- In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Colville tribal member Maddesyn George was sentenced in federal court to serve 6.5 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and drug possession with intent to distribute.

Maddesyn is a sexual violence survivor who defended herself in July 2020 against a white man named Kristopher Paul Graber who raped and threatened her. The prosecutors in the case, stunning in their commitment to punish Maddesyn for her survival actions, argued that she be sentenced to 17 years behind bars.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Heavily-Armed Canadian Cops Arrest Wet'suwet'en Defending Land and Water from TC Energy GasLink



Heavily-Armed Canadian Cops Arrest Wet'suwet'en Defending Land and Water from TC Energy GasLink

RCMP arrests Wet'suwet'en elders, legal observers and journalists


Nov. 20, 2021 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s arrest and detention yesterday of two journalists covering land rights protests in northern British Columbia.
Photojournalist Amber Bracken, who was on assignment for the environmental news outlet the Narwhal, and independent documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano were covering ongoing demonstrations against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through Indigenous Wet’suwet’en territory at the time of their arrests, according to the Canadian Association of Journalists. The CAJ says both journalists are still in custody.

https://cpj.org/2021/11/cpj-calls-on-canadian-police-to-release-detained-journalists/


By Gidimt'en Checkpoint
NOVEMBER 18, 2021

WET’SUWET’EN TERRITORY, SMITHERS, BC: Dozens of heavily armed RCMP breached the Gidimt'en Checkpoint this morning. There are 15 confirmed arrests, including two Wet'suwet'en elders, 3 Haudenosaunee members, 3 Legal Observers, and one journalist. Police were deployed in military garb, armed with assault weapons and dog teams.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

McGill will co-operate in search for unmarked graves on Royal Victoria Hospital site

McGill will co-operate in search for unmarked graves on Royal Victoria Hospital site

The Mohawk Mothers say experiments on First Nations children took place at the psychiatric hospital

Author of the article: Marian Scott
Montreal Gazette

Nov 16, 2021  • 

McGill University said Monday it is ready to cooperate with governments and Indigenous leaders to explore whether there are any unmarked graves of Indigenous children on the property of the former Royal Victoria Hospital.

Kahentinetha, 81, one of the group’s organizers, said she was pleased that McGill is ready to co-operate in the search. But she said her group must oversee the investigation.

“If we find anything, then all of McGill has to be declared a crime scene,” she said.

Kahentinetha said that McGill was built with money stolen from a trust fund for First Nations people, was “run by the military” and produced weapons used against the Palestinians.

She claimed that healthy children were taken from Kahnawake and given lobotomies at the Allan Memorial Hospital but said their identities must remain a secret.

Read the article at Montreal Gazette:

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/mcgill-ready-to-co-operate-in-search-for-graves

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Economies of Compassion: Transitioning Away from Settler Colonialism and Extractive Industries, at Bioneers



Economies of Compassion: Transitioning Away from Settler Colonialism and Extractive Industries, at Bioneers

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Regenerating new economies depends on moving away from extractive industries, honoring the rights of nature, and reviving traditional farming and food practices, a Native panel said at the Bioneers Conference on Saturday.

Nick Estes points out that the economy of capitalism in the United States began with the removal of Indigenous Peoples from their land for cotton production in the south. 

And with this came labor from Africa "at the end of a whip."

Friday, November 12, 2021

Apache Naelyn Pike: Women as Life Givers, Surviving the Extinction Plan

Apache Naelyn Pike

Maintaining the Balance: Women are the Life Givers Holding the Earth in Balance, Apache Naelyn Pike at Bioneers

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News


Apache Naelyn Pike, 22, brought this powerful message: "When we are born, then they know that their plan for our extinction failed."

This fact is empowering, Naelyn said during a panel today of four women speaking on "Nature, Justice and Women's Leadership: A Strategic Trio for Effective Change," at the Bioneers Conference.

Mohawk Nation News 'Kanistensera and Men's Fire Won't Permit McGill to Investigate Itself'

KANISTENSERA & MEN’S FIRE WON’T PERMIT MCGILL TO INVESTIGATE ITSELF Audio

Mohawk Nation News

November 12, 2021

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2021/11/12/kanistensera-mens-fire-wont-permit-mcgill-to-investigate-itself-audio/

On November 10 at 7.10 pm the men’s fire and the kanistensera – Mohawk Mothers – met with the McGill-Royal Victoria makeover commissioners via Zoom [VIDEO BELOW]. According to kaianerekowa protocol, the men’s fire and Mohawk mothers informed the Commissioners that there is the possible presence of unmarked graves in certain portions of the ex-hospital site. All work on the McGill Royal Vic project must immediately stop as it could be a crime scene. The Truth and Reconciliation commission’s final report states: “no reconciliation is possible until the truth is known.” McGill stated that on their blog, ‘We are ready to collaborate with government and band council agents of Canada [the genociders] so that the proper investigations can be conducted”!!

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The Voice of a Warrior Woman in the Amazon Opens Bioneers Conference 2021



Bioneers keynote address Nov. 11, 2021

The Voice of a Warrior Woman in the Ecuadorian Amazon Opens Bioneers Conference 2021

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

When Nemonte Nenquimo returned to her homeland in the Amazon, it was as a Warrior Woman, shedding the capitalism and poverty she saw in the city. Now, Nemonte leads the challenge, as the pristine Amazon is attacked by oil companies and left vulnerable and unprotected by Ecuador's president.

The Goldman Environmental Award winner from the Amazon Rainforest brought her message to the opening of the Bioneers Conference on Thursday.

"I am a Waorani woman, community leader," Nemonte says during the video presentation filmed in her Amazon homeland. "Without territory, there are no Waorani."

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Earthcycles Radio Live from COP26 Glasglow, Scotland


Photos courtesy COP26 Coalition. Collage by Censored News.

Earthcycles' Radio Govinda Dalton is live at COP26 in Glasglow, Scotland. Listen live or to recorded audios on demand.

On Demand Audio / Archives
Nov. 10, 2021
Listen:

Lia Mai Torres, Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED) – Mining Action outside COP26 Glasgow

Nuskmata, Nuxalkmc & Secwepemc – Mining Action outside COP26 Glasgow

Chief Judy Wilson, Secwepemc – Mining Action outside COP26 Glasgow

Pius Ginting – Mining Action – outside COP26 Glasgow 

Andy Whitmore, London Mining Network – Mining Action outside COP26 Glasgow 

Immaculata Casimero Wapichan, Women’s Movement, Guyana, South America – Mining Action outside COP26 Glasgow

Indigenous leaders & environmental defenders speak outside COP26 Glasgow demanding world leaders center the energy transition on human rights, community consent, transformative solutions & rejection of dirty mining practices

“Human Life is Overrated. Support Global Warming.” Phillip from London outside COP26 in Glasgow.

Listen to more Earthcycles radio audios from COP26:

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Bioneers Conference Features Native Speakers Nov. 11 -- 13, 2021

 

Naelyn Pike and Jackie Keliiaa

'Between Worlds: Emergence in an Emergency,' this year's Bioneers Conference 2021 begins Thursday, Nov. 11, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 13.

The virtual conference features Indigenous land and water defenders from throughout the Americas, from the Amazon to the north.


Nemonte Nenquimo presents the keynote address on Thursday, 'Indigenous Guardianship is Key to Halt the Climate Crisis.'

Native speakers and comedians are among those at the virtual three day conference.

Naelyn Pike, Apache youth defender of sacred Oak Flat, and Jackie Keliiaa, Yerington Paiute and Washoe comedian, writer and producer, are among the presenters.

Nick Estes, Lower Brule Lakota from South Dakota and assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, is among the Native speakers on Saturday. Estes is on the panel, "Indigenous Pathways to a Regenerative Future."

The conference includes Native interactive workshops, and Native film screenings. 'Reflection: A Walk with Water,' is the first of the conference films and screens on Thursday evening.

Register now

https://conference.bioneers.org/

Complete Schedule

https://conference.bioneers.org/daily-schedule/

"Bioneers 2021 will make the connections from ancient wisdom of forests to the visionary struggles of Amazonian First Peoples to protect the rainforest – from the wisdom of trauma for healing to Ecological Medicine and health equity – from the genius of the biophilic design revolution to designing nature-based infrastructures – from the Green New Deal to regenerative agriculture and the power of soil to sequester carbon – from multicultural healing, eco-feminism and a culture of pluralism to the dismantling of corporate power. In interactive sessions in smaller groups, you can also connect with other inspired Bioneers around some of the topics you most care about."

Glasgow Cop26: Stop Enbridge Line 3 in Minnesota


Anishinaabe Mary Lyons in Glasgow at the UN Climate Summit, COP26. Watch on YouTube:

.https://youtu.be/gigWtg41hNo

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk Mothers Injunction Against McGill Project'

MOHAWK MOTHERS INJUNCTION AGAINST MCGILL PROJECT Audio

Mohawk Nation News

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2021/11/10/mohawk-mothers-injunction-against-mcgill-project-audio/

MNN. Nov. 10, 2021. This is the full motion filed by the kanistenrsera mohawk mothers in the Federal Court of Canada on Nov. 9, 2021 and served on the four parties.  In addition to our b rief we have filed a motion of application to the Federal Court of Canada T-1696-21.  The Affidavit of Service has been served to all parties. 

THE FOLLOWING ARE EXCEPTS OF THE KANISTENERA’S CONCERNS:

Federal Court Number: T-1696-21 Responders are societe quebecoise des infrastructures; mcgill university office of the principle and vice-chancellor; mairie d’ordinissement de ville marie; stantic inc. 

This is a precedent for all turtle island cases. This will be addressed today at 7.10 pm EST. for ten minutes by Zoom between the two parties and a video will be available to the public. We are meeting today with the Commissioners of the project to inform them officially that they do not have our permission to construct their project on our unceded kenienkehaka land they must immediately leave and investigate the grounds for unmarked graves and burial sites.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Mohawk Mothers Solidarity Walk: McGill, Montreal, Nov. 10, 2021



Mohawk Mothers Solidarity Walk
McGill, Montreal, Nov. 10, 2021

The Itinerary of the Solidarity Walk November 10, 2021 4:30-7 pm with the Mohawk Mothers.
We'll be Meeting at the Allen Memorial, Speeches from the various organizations (Mohawk Mothers, Duplessis Orphans, SAAGA, Coalition Royal Vic from the Public / Milton Parc Citizens' Committee) speaking about our demands with regards to the City's Proposed Development Plans for the Royal Victoria and ending by Walking to the Front of McGill Entrance.
4:30 pm Meet at the Entrance of the Allan Memorial Institute at the corner Pine and Peel.
4:50 pm Moving to go in front of the Allan Memorial Institute Building
5:00 pm Reach the Allan Memorial. Speeches begin.
Speeches Order:
1) Kanasaraken, from Akwesasne's men fire for a traditional Mohawk Thanksgiving address to introduce the meeting
2) Kahentinetha (Mohawk Mothers www.mohawknationnews.com)
3) Julie Gold/Angela Bardosh (Survivors Allied Against Government Abuse S.A.A.G.A. www.saaga.info)
4) Herve Bertrand (Duplessis Orphans www.orphelinsdeduplessis.com)
5) Samuel Helguero (Coalition Royal Vic from the Public / Milton Parc Citizens' Committee www.ccmp-mpcc.com)
5:50 pm SHARP Speeches End. Walk Down Peel, guided by volunteer security, following the protest route below
6:25 pm Arrive at McGill James Administration building.
Speakers:
a) Someone from McGill to give final words
b) Closing Thanksgiving - Kanasaraken
6:45-7 pm Crowd leaves and City OCPM (Office de Consultation Publique de Montreal https://ocpm.qc.ca/fr/royal-victoria) consultations begin.
If coming, please wear orange in solidarity, bring shoes of any size and paint them red, otherwise carry red blankets, hoodies, or red shawls and scarves. Bring flashlights/candles, good walking shoes.

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"You never know what happiness a simple act of kindness will bring about." Bree Abel
NOV. 9, MOHAWK MOTHERS FILED A MOTION IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF CANADA TO INVESTIGATE FOR UNMARKED GRAVES OF CHILDREN ON THE GROUNDS OF THE MCGILL ROYAL VIC PROJECT AND TO STOP THE ENTIRE PROJECT. IT IS ON MOHAWK LAND AND IROQUOIS AND GENERAL  INDIAN TRUST FUNDS WERE BORROWED TO BUILD THE SCHOOL, WHICH WERE NEVER REPAID. ONLY MOHAWKS CAN PERMIT ANYTHING TO BE DONE TO THEIR LAND. SEE FCC T-1696-21. KANISTENSERA V. Societe quebecoise des infrastructures; mcgill university office of the principal & vice chancellor; mairie d'arrondissement de ville-marie; stantec i nc. 
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