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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Apache file temporary restraining order to halt Sacred Oak Flat land transfer for copper mining

Photo by Steve Pavey

January 14, 2021


Dr. Wendsler Nosie, Sr., Apache Stronghold,

Michael V. Nixon,

French translation by Christine Prat


FLORENCE, Ariz.— Apache Stronghold, on behalf of traditional Apache religious and cultural leaders, filed a lien on Oak Flat, or Chi'chil Bildagoteel, Wednesday with the Pinal County Recorder’s Office in Florence, Ariz., to stop the transfer of Oak Flat to British-Australian corporate mining giant Rio Tinto and its subsidiary, Resolution Copper.

The lien seeks to prevent the U.S. Forest Service from transferring the title for Oak Flat to Resolution Copper while the Apache Stronghold’s case is being heard in court.

Apache Stronghold filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix challenging the land transfer on the grounds that the giveaway and destruction of Oak Flat violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Apaches’ constitutional rights to religious freedom, due process, and petition and remedy, and is a breach of trust and fiduciary duties.

Water Protectors Lock Down Inside Enbridge Pipeline

Water Protectors Lock Down Inside Line 3 Pipeline 

By GINIW Collective

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Jan. 14, 2021

BACKUS, Minn. -- Thursday morning, water protectors locked to each other inside a Line 3 pipe segment, halting construction at an Enbridge worksite as dozens more held space.  

The site is a few miles from a large Enbridge man camp operating in the township of Backus, Minnesota. Enbridge is working 24 hours per day at several worksites, as a pending injunction to halt work while tribally-led lawsuits are heard has yet to be decided. 

According to several cultural site maps, numerous sacred and significant sites lie in the path of the Line 3 project. 

Rosebud Lakota President: Capitol events are painful reminder of inequality of justice

Lakotas defend Mount Rushmore from Trump rally July 2020

Capitol riot 2021

In related news: Videos downloaded from Parler, before it was taken offline, are now on YouTube. These 14 videos show the extreme violent coup attempt to take over the Capitol, including attacks on Capitol police officers and a mob entering the underground area of the Capitol:

Statement of President Rodney M. Bordeaux
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On January 6, 2021, we watched the events unfold at the U.S. Capitol with great sadness and concern. What we are most troubled by is the fact that this act of domestic terrorism was incited by the President of the United States. What happened was not supposed to happen in the United States.
We worry about the legacy of these actions. We worry that the losing side in any election or debate will think this is an appropriate way to behave in the future. We worry about the fanaticism displayed by the supporters of the President. We are further alarmed that this fanaticism included members of Congress.
The level of violence that we have witnessed over the last year and even the last four years has been troubling. We saw various protests in cities throughout America last year where people were beaten, handcuffed, and rounded up in busses.
The events of this past Wednesday was a painful reminder for all people of color about the inequality of justice. In 2014, one of our tribal members sang an impromptu honor song in the balcony of the U.S. Senate after the Senate rejected the KXL Pipeline. Our tribal member was arrested and led out of the chamber by the park police. He honored those senators and was arrested!
Last July, when the President came to the ill-advised desecration of our scared Black Hills, a number of our tribal members were met with an overwhelming law enforcement presence. Our people were arrested and dealt with severely. The State of South Dakota targets native peoples with their attempts to quell peaceful protests and this was within our own treaty lands.
During this attack on the U.S. Capitol, we saw no arrests. We saw no busses lined up to take these criminals. We hate to think because most of these criminals were white that the response was very different than what we typically see. We have a long way to go in the struggle for equality. These events were merely a reminder of how far we have to go.
We extend our prayers to those who were victims of this act of domestic terrorism. We extend our prayers to the Congress of the United States. We pray for President Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris as they help all peoples to begin the process of healing the wounds of the last four years and beyond.

Mohawk Nation News 'Creation's Game 'Tewaaraton (Lacrosse) Audio

Posted on January 9, 2021

MNN. Jan. 9, 2021. TEWAARATON. Lacrosse is more than just a game where some lose and some win. This game is played for medicine for all life and it’s played for creation. Today sports reflects Western society as a battle to beat one another and to be rewarded with money.

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MNN. This story was originally posted on May 25, 2013. Lacrosse [TEWAARATON] was created before the arrival of people on Mother Earth. The first game was played between the winged ones and the four-legged ones. In the end the winged ones won because they understood that every mind is important to the whole, no matter how small. The capitalist two party system of majority rules means almost half have no voice. The great peace system is created so that 100% either totally agree or understand the decision. When a final decision in the consensus process is at a stalemate, tewaaraton, the game of creation, is played to resolve the issue and replace war.

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