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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, October 11, 2021

'Stop Line 3 Enbridge's Dirty Crude Oil' Letter to President Biden During Week of Action in Washington

Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation Environmental Ambassador at White House. Photo credit Keri Pickett

At White House Joye Braun (center) Cheyenne River Lakota pipeline fighter. Photo credit Keri Pickett


Oct. 12, 2021
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WASHINGTON -- Following the start of oil flow through the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline, a group of major environmental organizations, Indigenous leaders and allied activists delivered a letter to the Biden administration demanding a halt to the operation of the pipeline until a full environmental review is conducted.
The Line 3 pipeline will carry 760,000 barrels of tar sands oil -- one of the dirtiest fossil fuels on the planet -- per day through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe people, and is equivalent to 50 new coal-fired power plants. In the letter, signers expressed their outrage at President Biden’s failure to lead on climate, and emphasized the devastating impacts Line 3 will have on our air, land and water.

Native Women Leaders Arrested at White House Sit-in at Biden's Gate -- Demanding Climate Action

Ponca Casey Camp-Horinek and Lakota Joye Braun Arrested at White House on Indigenous Peoples Day -- During Peaceful Sit-In for Climate Action

By Brenda Norrell
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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation environmental ambassador, and Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, were among the Native leaders arrested outside the White House on Indigenous Peoples Day Monday. During a peaceful demonstration, Native People demanded an end to fossil fuels and fracking, while urging President Biden to declare a declaration of climate emergency.

At the White House on Monday, Camp-Horinek said, “We are going to put our bodies on the line there. If we have to be arrested in order to call attention to what the crisis is and that we need a climate emergency declared, we’ll do that.”

Joye Braun, was among the first at Standing Rock in 2016, establishing the Water Protector Camps in North Dakota, and beginning a new wave of protecting the water and land from Dakota Access Pipeline, and other dangerous crude oil pipelines threatening water sources.

At the White House, Braun said, “Joe Biden, you have been making false promises. You stopped Keystone XL — what about DAPL, Line 5, MVP?”

“Biden has turned a fork tongue, and he needs to be held accountable to the promises he made to Indigenous nations when we helped elect him.”

“This is indigenous land. Indigenous peoples will be here for thousands of years. Biden, can you hear us now?”

After her arrest on Monday, Braun pointed out today, Tuesday, how police at the White House had treated Native people on Indigenous Peoples Day. She said White House police acted with racism to avoid arresting white allies.

"They responded differently to white people risking arrest," Joye said today live on Facebook, describing how police would usher white people away without arresting them on Tuesday.

Camp-Horinek testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Jamaica in 2019, detailing the abuse of Native grandmothers in jail after their arrest at Standing Rock protecting the water. Casey showed the number written on her arm by North Dakota jailers, in the same way Nazis had done. Native grandmothers were denied their medications and jailed in dog kennel fencing in jail basements after being arrested while praying at Standing Rock.

At the White House on Monday, Camp-Horinek said, “There’s been 500 years of people coming into a territory where all things were interdependent and functioning to a time of crisis, where even Biden’s great-grandchildren won’t survive if something doesn’t change," she said.

DeSmog Blog reports that on Indigenous People’s Day, 136 people, including many Indigenous leaders opposing fossil fuel projects, were arrested in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.

It was the first in a five-day series of protests in the nation’s capitol organized by the Build Back Fossil Free coalition, made up of numerous environmental and social justice advocacy groups.

"Over the course of five days, thousands are expected to bring the message to Biden’s door that he must do more to protect the planet, and many demonstrators are coming prepared to participate in acts of civil disobedience, to make sure the President hears their message before next month’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. These demonstrations, labeled People vs. Fossil Fuels, are being billed as a test for Biden," DeSmog Blog said.

Read the article at DeSmog Blog

People vs. Fossil Fuels

Below Listen: Joye Braun Speaks of Racist Police at White House Gate: Whites Ushered Away From Arrest Line. Joye is Cheyenne River Lakota from South Dakota.

Indigenous Issued Citations at White House on Indigenous Peoples Day: Halting Fossil Fuels

Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca, led the march to the White House Today. Photo Washington Post.

Indigenous Peoples Day
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Oct. 11, 2011

WASHINGTON -- After bringing out at an LRAD sound blaster, White House police issued about 156 citations to Indigenous and allies in front of the White House today. They were released. They are in Washington this week to demand an end to fossil fuels and climate action.

Read more at Washington Post on today's action:

Ready to be arrested on Indigenous Peoples Day at the White House.
Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, (centerfront) was among those who led the movement to protect the water at Standing Rock from Dakota Access Pipeline. Today, Water Protectors demand Biden halt fossil fuels and protect the land and water.
Monday, Oct. 11, 20212 noon hour update.
One person was detained during the White House demonstration.

Photo credit Keri Pickett

Photo credit Keri Pickett

Twitter photo.

Twitter photo.

The Guardian live in Washington 

Democracy Now!
Red Nation's Jennifer Marley, San Ildefonso, describes how Indigenous Peoples Day is being co-opted, and how the oil industry has surged in New Mexico. She points out the need to protect Chaco Canyon and the U.S. atomic bomb production on her peoples land.

San Carlos Apache Actor and Activist Chesley Wilson, Sr., Passes to Spirit World

San Carlos Apache Actor and Activist Chesley Wilson, Sr., Passes to Spirit World

By Sandra Rambler
San Carlos Apache
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BYLAS, Arizona — A prestigious member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe 89-year-old Chesley Wilson, Sr., will be brought back to his home for viewing on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. followed by a traditional military style funeral at 11:00 a.m. at the Ernest Stanley Memorial Hall.

He was a member of the Screen Actor Guild (SAG) as an actor and played many roles. One of the famous roles he played was as an Indian Chief in the 2012 movie ”12 Years A Slave,” which received 9 Academy Award nominations and won for Best Picture, Best Screen Adaptation and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyongo). The film was directed by Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt and filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana and grossed $187 million in profits.

The movie was about a black man Solomon Northrup who was kidnapped and sold as a slave which depicts a true story about what happened when he was kidnapped. On his way to a plantation after he was bought as a slave, they come across some First American Indians who are singing and praying and dancing. This is the scene and part which Chesley Wilson, Sr., plays as the Indian Chief. He later told tribal members about how he was taken into the area that was full of alligators in the swamp in Louisiana.

He also served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged and was an active member of the San Carlos Apache Veterans Association (SCAVETS).

He was also well known for his acclaimed talent in making handmade Apache Violins.
He was also an activist and spoke against the injustices to First American Indians. He had participated in the fight against the telescopes on Dzil Nchaa Sian (Mount Graham) and against the proposed mine at Chi’chil’bilda’goteel (Oak Flat).

Family members are encouraging attendees to wear their traditional Apache camp dresses and ribbon shirts. Immediately following the funeral, the burial will be at the Bylas Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Actors Chesley Wilson and Leonardo DiCaprio
Wilson's son Steve said, "This is Chesley Wilson Sr: San Carlos Apache.
He has parts in two Oscar award winning movies, 12 Years a Slave and The Revenant.

Actor Chesley Wilson, Sr.
Geronimo (1993 TV movie)
Buffalo Soldiers (1997 TV movie)
South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000 film)
Skinwalkers (2002 TV movie)
Rio de Oro (2010 film)
12 Years a Slave (2013 film)
The Revenant (2015 film)
12 Years a Slave (performer)
The Revenant (songwriter and performer)

Revolutionary Conversations with Acoma and Isleta Elders: Red Nation's Native Liberation Conference

Isleta Chief Judge Verna Teller
"We have all been traumatized for the last 500 years. We all need to heal."

Maurus Chino, Acoma 
Petuuche Gilbert, Acoma

Revolutionary Conversations with Acoma and Isleta Elders

Webcast by Red Nation
Article by Brenda Norrell
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Red Nation's Jennifer Marley, San Ildefonso, talks with Acoma and Isleta elders, beginning with Maurus Chino, Acoma, speaking about efforts to expose the truth about the Spanish Conquistadors and their statues in New Mexico. The severing of the foot of the statue of the Conquistador Oñate was to illustrate the savagery of Oñate, known as The Butcher.

"You have to change yourself," Maurus Chino says of social change during Red Nation's Native Liberation Conference.

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