August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Indigenous Peoples Program in Paris: August 25 -- 27, 2021

Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, and Michelle Cook, Dine' attorney and founder of Divest Invest Protect, join Zapatistas and  global Indigenous during presentations on Wednesday. Ofelia will speak on border militarization and Israel's Elbit spy towers on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Ofelia and Michelle will join by teleconference, as travel posed too much risk at this time.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PROGRAM - The CSIA-Nitassinan at the Summer University of Social Movements and Solidarities / Nantes 2021

by CSIA-Nitassinan

The CSIA-Nitassinan at the Summer University of Social Movements and Solidarity / Nantes 2021

Original in French:

The Summer University of Social Movements and Solidarity takes place every two years. It is organized and supported by many French organizations from the social movement. This event aims at exchanging, debating and sharing militant experiences over several days by crossing the views and thoughts of a wide variety of movements. The movements of solidarity with indigenous peoples, in the forefront of which is the CSIA-Nitassinan, naturally find their place, especially with the help of the IPAM Network.

Dineh Philmer Bluehouse 'The pandemic is a time of paradigm shift, signals need for peace and balance'

Phil Bluehouse passed to the Spirit World

We are very sorry to share with our friends the news that our longtime friend Phil Bluehouse passed to the Spirit World on August 22. During his struggle with COVID in recent weeks, he posted on social media about his stays in the hospital, and his recent return home. Phil said he was vaccinated, and looked forward to getting ready for winter, just days before he passed. Our condolences to his family and friends, and all who learned from him. Phil, who created the Peacemaker Court on the Navajo Nation, and was a Dine' traditional healer, shared his thoughts here on Censored News about the virus and was a guest on Tiokasin Ghosthorse's First Voices Radio during the summer of 2020. We share with you this recent video of the building of a sweatlodge for women, Water Protectors, and universal healing.
-- Brenda, Censored News

Photo: Louise Benally of Big Mountain with Phil Bluehouse. Watch video.

May 2021: Sweet Medicine Ta'Chéé Sweat Lodge. "Thank You! Roberto Nutlouis and Dzil Yijiin Crew, Philmer Bluehouse, and Louise Benally. Built for women and Water Protectors to heal. Dedicated to the late Dineh forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Amanda Cook Zivic who spent her life understanding and healing the intergenerational wounds of the mind, body, and spirit." -- Divest, Invest, Protect.

Dineh Philmer Bluehouse 'The pandemic is a time of paradigm shift, signals need for peace and balance'

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Dine' Phil Bluehouse says this pandemic is a time of a paradigm shift for society and Dine' have the narratives to bring about peace and balance.

Bluehouse, who developed the Peacemaker Court, speaks of the need for peace, unity and healing. Serving in the healing process, Bluehouse does not refer to himself as a medicine man. He said his role in healing is to lead people to find their own healing and peace.

Speaking of the Hozhooji Nanitiin (Dine’ traditional teachings) Bluehouse said the Dine’ way of good health and well-being is the way of balance and peace.

“We are going through a paradigm shift. Humanity is going to have difficulties from here on out. There is going to be a lot of suffering," Bluehouse said in an interview with Censored News.

Dozens of Indigenous Peoples and Allies Blockade Line 3 Man Camp, Continuing Fierce Ground Resistance

Dozens of Indigenous Peoples and Allies Blockade Line 3 Man Camp, Continuing Fierce Ground Resistance
August 23, 2021
By Giniw Collective

BACKUS, Minnesota --  This morning, nearly 30 Water Protectors locked to multiple blockades in front of a Line 3 man camp, drawing awareness to several sex trafficking rings busted during Enbridge’s invasion of Anishinaabe treaty territory to construct its tar sands expansion project.

Over 700 Water Protectors have been arrested to date, with pain compliance, rubber bullets, and mace used on unarmed Water Protectors in recent weeks.

Drought conditions continue across northern Minnesota, with strict water restrictions in place and extreme fire warnings throughout the Northland. Enbridge received approval to pump 5 billion gallons of water out of Minnesota’s watersheds to build Line 3.

Enbridge is responsible for 28 chemical spills into rivers and wetlands during construction thus far, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River multiple times.

John Shimek, Red Lake Ojibwe, said, “This fight is about my children, their right to harvest wild rice and enjoy these lands as I have. I’m here with my Indigenous relatives from all over Turtle Island and I’m honored they’re here to stand with us. People must be brave, the world is burning.”

Siihasin, Diné said, “I believe in defending and protecting the water, the non-human relatives, the wild rice. I am in solidarity with Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples. Line 3 impacts all life in these territories — we must take action to defend what is sacred.”

Giniw Collective is an Indigenous-women, 2-Spirit led frontline resistance to protect our Mother, defend the sacred and live in balance. We stand unafraid. Prayers into action. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @GiniwCollective

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