August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Sunday, January 23, 2022

US Drops Charges Against Indigenous Water Protectors Who Occupied BIA

US Attorney Drops Charges Against Indigenous Water Protectors and Allies Who Occupied Bureau of Indian Affairs

US Attorney Drops Charges Against Indigenous Water Protectors and Allies Who Occupied Bureau of Indian Affairs Demanding Indigenous Rights Be Upheld

By Last Real Indians

Washington, D.C. -- The United States Attorney’s office has decided to not charge 33 Indigenous water protectors and their allies who were arrested while peacefully occupying the Bureau of Indian Affairs lobby in the US Department of Affairs building on October 14th, 2021. This was the first time since the 1972’s Trail of Broken Treaties that Indigenous leaders occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Indigenous leaders were met with extreme violence from the police leaving one Indigenous woman with a broken hand, others were hit with batons, two people were tazed and an Indigenous media reporter was assaulted with an officer kneeling on his neck and had his equipment damaged by the police during the attack on peaceful water protectors.

Read the article at Last Real Indians

The following is a statement from Indigenous Leaders who occupied the DOI and their allies:

Our fight is far from over, we will continue to rise for our youth, for the land, and for the water.
We will not back down until our natural balance is restored and our relationship to the sacred knowledge of Mother Earth and all who depend on her is honored. From the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota to oil and gas drilling in Alaska, Indigenous peoples and our allies will continue to stand on the frontlines of the fight against fossil fuels. Major pipeline projects and other forms of oil and gas extraction not only threaten the land and water in Native communities, but are often in direct violation of treaty rights or violate laws around Free, Prior and Informed Consent. Fossil fuel construction has also been linked to sex trafficking and an increase in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Politicians do not take care of us. Presidents will break their promises but Mother Earth has always given us what we need to thrive. Those who ignore climate change and the destruction and loss it creates in our communities, will be held accountable. We protect the sacred. Another world is possible, expect us.

Good Hearts Deliver as COVID-19 Surges in Indian Country -- January 2022

Lakota volunteers cook and deliver delicious meals and supplies as COVID-19 surges in January of 2022. Photo "Taco bake and salad for our relatives who are suffering," by Jean Roach, Lakota, Meals for Relatives, Rapid City, South Dakota, Community Response.

As COVID-19 surges on the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Council focuses on new mining on a sacred mountain

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
January 23, 2022

The good hearts in Indian country are delivering homemade meals in Rapid City, and food and water to Dine', as COVID-19 surges in Indian country. While tribal governments delay the distribution of federal virus relief funds received eight months ago in May, Lakota and Dine' volunteers are raising their own funds and delivering to those in need.

There were 500 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation in a single day on Friday, and one death. Then, on Saturday, there were 330 new cases and four deaths on the Navajo Nation.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk Mothers Day 1 in Federal Court'


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MNN. Jan. 14, 2022. Day 1, Federal Court of Canada. The prothonotary/judge, the lawyers for McGill, Montreal City, Quebec Government and Stantec Construction listed the court’s protocol demands for the whole two hours on Zoom. The kahnistensera Mohawk Mothers wanted to discuss the “substance”, which is the investigation of the unmarked graves of the children behind McGill University. The judge and the rest wanted the kahnistensera to each have a lawyer who knows the court rules. Even appointing one on their behalf. Those who represent themselves delay the justice system and the state wins by twisting around its rules. They want to avoid the kanienkehaka culture. They allotted two days for the women to answer their procedural questions. In the end, to get them out of their court system, they suggested outside mediation so there would be no resolution.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

AIM Cofounder Clyde Bellecourt Passes to Spirit World: In His Own Words: Remembering the Legacy


In His Own Words

AIM Cofounder Clyde Bellecourt, 85, Passed to Spirit World in Minneapolis on Tuesday. We share the legacy and birth of the American Indian Movement, from Clyde's words from his talk in 2008, published at Censored News.

Kahentinetha Horn, Mohawk Nation News, said today, "We are sad to hear of the passing of Clyde Bellecourt, one of our great mentors in the red power movement. Clyde was always there. He stayed with us for a long time so he could pass along all that he knew. He demonstrated the will to keep going with our knowledge from our ancestors onto our descendants, whom he loved. We remember him as a great kind strong man."

Gentle Rage: Clyde Bellecourt remembers the birth of the American Indian Movement

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
August 15, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- Clyde Bellecourt spoke of the birth of the American Indian Movement forty years ago, remembering his mother’s own legacy and also the time of the end for the priests who were controlling the Sundance, during the 40th Anniversary, “AIM For Freedom,” photo exhibit sponsored by AIM-West.

During the culminating night of the exhibit at SomArts, July 30, 2008, Bellecourt shared his own journey and the birth of the American Indian Movement. He said his spirit name is Nee-gon-we-way-we-dun, “Thunder Before the Storm.”

Born May 8, 1936, to Anishinabe parents, it was his parents legacy that shaped his course in life. In boarding school, Bellecourt’s mother was punished severely for speaking her own language. Every time she was caught speaking her Native language, she had to scrub the floors with a toothbrush.

Cooking for Relatives: Lakota Candi Brings Plenty Remembers her Father

Cooking for Relatives: Lakota Candi Brings Plenty Remembers her Father 

By Candi Brings Plenty
Censored News
January 11, 2022

Tonight I cooked for the Meals for Relatives COVID-19 Rapid City Community Response in honor of my Até Mato (Papa Bear), today is his birthday. We took a break from community cooking when the numbers went down, the Wotakuye Mutual Aid Society provided aid packages in the meantime. But as we all know, our Covid numbers sky rocketed and today is South Dakota’s highest Covid cases since the beginning of this pandemic.

I cooked and drove tonight, my delivery person wasn’t able to drive because they got exposed today and had to quarantine. My kiddos were out of town, but Carson James 
helped me out…I drove and he delivered the food to each door. We listened to country music, my dads playlist I made for him when he was in the hospital before making his journey. Each meal had a mini pecan pie, his favorite.

O'odham Ophelia Rivas: Celebrating the Life of Jeff Hendricks

By Ophelia Rivas
Censored News

To my friends and supporters,

Today is the first anniversary of honorable warrior, Jeff Hendricks of O’odham Solidarity Project.

Today is our letting go ceremony day, we have mourned our friend for this past year.

Today we celebrate our memories of Jeff in conversations, many walks and many friends. A very humbling experience with Jeff when he came to my house driving from California to O’odham lands on a mission to climb on the sacred mountain and overnight there. All I could give him was a walking stick to help him up the mountain. He did not have to tell me why he was making his journey he understood well what the mountain is. I asked him to take many photos of the mountain 7,730 feet view of O’odham lands.

I recall in 2005, Resistant Culture, a metal punk band from San Pedro, California invited me to speak on O’odham Rights and Militarization of O’odham Lands during one of their shows. In a large venue overfilled with punk and metal young people, sitting at a merchandise table waiting for a break in their set to go on stage, I met Jeff. He was very quiet and respectful. Jeff was interested in helping our grassroots group O’odham VOICE Against the WALL by creating a website to build support. The next 6 years he visited O’odham lands several times to meet the group of Elders to understand our work on O’odham Rights which include cultural rights and transnational border crossing rights and Human Rights which are defined by national and global legal documents. The grassroots organization has been supported by the efforts of Jeff for 16 years.

His deep respect and unique character of honor Jeff was respected by the O’odham Elders. Jeff walked many miles with us to show support and solidarity to both the youth and Elder group. Written words were one of his great gifts to O’odham VOICE Against the WALL as he organized and wrote many words on paper for us. We have many memories of him that will stay a lifetime.

Today we Thank You and Honor your life Jeff and let you go. Much Love and Respect.

Thank you, parents of Jeff, Carol and John.

Ophelia Rivas of O'odham VOICE Against the WALL
New website:
In Dignified Solidarity
P.O. Box 1835
Sells, Arizona 85634

Article and photo copyright Ophelia Rivas.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022



The teiohateh two row is the relationship between us and the colonists, the canoe and the ship. The peace, friendship and respect was to keep us side by side on our land and water. The ship is temporarily tied to our land with the silver covenant chain. We are now asking those on the ship to respond.   

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 MNN. Jan. 10, 2022. Section 35 [1] of the Constitution Act of Canada, 1982, provides “the existing precolonial aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal people [of turtle island] ARE HEREBY RECOGNIZED AND AFFIRMED”. Section 52 [1] affirms that “‘any law that is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution is, to the extent of the inconsistency, OF NO FORCE OR EFFECT. 

Therefore, the kaianerekowa, which is the existing aboriginal legal system which we have inherited from precolonial times which was never revoked or conceded, is the supreme law of “Canada”. All laws not recognized by kaianerekowa are of no force or effect on any of our land.

Fallon Paiute Shoshone: Judge Halts Geothermal Project Days Before Bulldozers Start Destroying Sacred Springs

Judge Halts Nevada Geothermal Energy Project Days Before Bulldozers Set to Start Destroying Sacred Springs

By Center for Biological Diversity
Patrick Donnelly
January 4, 2022
Censored News

RENO, Nevada — A federal judge today halted the start of construction on the Dixie Meadows geothermal energy project in central Nevada. The judge found that the project posed significant risk of harm to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe and the ecosystems there.

Today’s ruling from U.S. District Judge Robert Clive Jones responds to a Dec. 16 lawsuit filed by the Tribe and the Center for Biological Diversity against the Bureau of Land Management for approving the project. The lawsuit says construction of the geothermal energy project threatens to dry up hot springs that are sacred to the Tribe and form a huge wetland ecosystem that is an oasis in the Great Basin Desert.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Rights of Salmon Case Brought Against City of Seattle, by Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Brings First 'Rights of Salmon' Case

Southern Resident orcas, Tribe depend on Skagit River salmon

Case follows Chippewa litigation filed to protect wild rice and treaty rights

Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Thomas Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights,
Censored News
January 11, 2022

DARRINGTON, Washington -- On January 6, the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle. The case, filed by the Tribe on its own behalf and on behalf of Tsuladxw (salmon in the Tribe's language), was filed in Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court.

The Tribe seeks recognition that salmon have inherent rights to "exist, flourish, regenerate…and restoration," and that the Tribe possesses the duty to "protect and save" salmon in the face of continued harm and decline, including from the City of Seattle's dams on the Skagit River.

Navajo Nation reports 242 new COVID cases in one day regardless of high vaccination rate -- January 9, 2022

On Christmas, and during January, Dine' volunteer Mercury Bitsuie, Uncle Andy Dann, family and friends delivered food and water to fellow Navajos. Although the Navajo government received $2 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds in May of 2021, eight months ago, the funds have not yet been distributed to Navajos in need. The Navajo government approved hardship payments in December, but the funds are yet to be distributed. -- Photo courtesy Mercury Bitsuie

Questions remain about COVID vaccine and treatment experiments on Navajos, as new COVID cases total 242 in one day on Sunday

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Jan. 9, 2022

The Navajo Nation has one of the highest rates of vaccinated adults in the US. The New York Times reported that 70 percent of Navajo adults are vaccinated.

Today, in one day, there were 242 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation.

Since March of 2020 and the first outbreak at a church gathering on the Navajo Nation, 1,593 Navajos have died as a result of coronavirus. 

Questions remains about vaccine and plasma treatment experiments 

Johns Hopkins, which headed up the Navajo Nation coronavirus team from the beginning, received $35 million from the US Pentagon to research COVID plasma infusions on Navajos.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Indigenous Works at Sundance Film Festival: Virtual Festival 2022


The Headhunters Daughter

Sundance announced on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, that this year's hybrid Sundance Film Festival will out of necessity be changed to virtual.

At the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, we are honored to have 15 projects by Indigenous artists screening. From immersive experiences to short films, the stories that will be presented in January continue to highlight Indigeniety in unique and powerful ways.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Wet’suwet’en Water Protectors evade Canadian police mobilizing for raid

Wet’suwet’en Water Protectors Evade RCMP as Police Mobilize For Raid

Article and photo by Gidimt'en Checkpoint
French translation by Christine Prat
Censored News
January 4th, 2022

Unceded Gidimt’en Territory, Smithers (BC) -- Two weeks after Wet’suwet’en water protectors evicted Coastal GasLink workers and occupied a key pipeline drill site, water protectors executed a strategic retreat to avoid arrest and violence at the hands of dozens of militarized RCMP. Before a large scale mobilization by police, water protectors vanished into the woods, evading police violence and criminalization. We expect an imminent assault on our people at the direction of Coastal GasLink as we continue to occupy and utilize our yintah.

“Our warriors are not here to be arrested. Our warriors are here to protect the land and the water, and will continue to do so at all costs,” stated Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham), a wing chief of the Cas Yikh people. “Every time that the RCMP, the C-IRG, has come in to enforce CGL’s injunction they have done violence against our women. They have imprisoned our Indigenous women and our warriors. We will not allow our people to be political prisoners.”

Oomaka Tokatakiya: The Ride to Wounded Knee

(Above) Day 11 of the Oomaka Tokatakiya from the top of Badlands National Park through Big Foot Pass to Kyle, across from Little Wound school. 

Oomaka Tokatakiya: The Ride to Wounded Knee 

Photos by Ken Marchionno

(Above) Day five of the Oomaka Tokatakiya, Green Grass to Jensen’s
7th day of the Oomaka Tokatakiya Cherry Creek to Bridger

Day 14 of the Oomaka Tokatakiya Red Owl Springs to Wounded Knee

Day Two Timber Lake to Opp's

Day Two of the Oomaka Tokatakiya Timber Lake to Opp’s
Day One of the 2021 Oomaka Tokatakiya

Arrival at Wounded Knee in 2021
The US Army murdered hundreds of men, women and children in the Massacre of Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890.

The Omaka Tokatakiya is the name chosen as we move into the Future of tomorrows leaders, the Leadership is made up of 17 youths and 2 Youth Adviser, we changed the name from "Bigfoot Memorial Riders", we finished our time of mourning for our Ancestors, and we feel that it's time to move on and Celebrate Life and a New Generation, with a Vision that our Children and Great Grandchildren will continue to live in good health, happiness, we have survived and will continue to carry the prayers that our elders of the Bigfoot Ride has made for us. -- Omaka Tokatakiya/Future Generations Ride

Photographer Ken Marchionno said, "131 years ago on this day, more than 300 Lakota men, women, and children were disarmed and murdered by the 7th Calvary of the United States near Wounded Knee Creek.

"Since 2004 I have joined Lakota riders to the site of the mass grave and remember those lives. We have traveled 300-miles to this site, starting where Sitting Bull was killed for the government’s fear of his strength. Riding through the South Dakota winter—blizzards and -50° wind chills—in an expression of resilience that is unmatched in my experience, children as young as 6 travel the entire distance on horseback.

"But the ride doesn’t end at Wounded Knee. Those who were wounded were left as a blizzard came in, and two days later, troops returned and any who were still alive were taken to Pine Ridge where some survived, but many died. So we ride on to Pine Ridge so that they are not forgotten."

Photos copyright Ken Marchionno. Published at Censored News with permission. Thank you.

Monday, January 3, 2022

'The World Does Not Hear' by Chili Yazzie

The World Does Not Hear

By Duane 'Chili' Yazzie
Shiprock Dine'
French translation by Christine Prat
Censored News

The Coronavirus19 eludes identification and capture. Relentless efforts by science have not found the origin or cause of the virus. This is a telling of the longtime self-imposed limitations by science and western medicine. There may be a not-so-complicated explanation, but one with complex content.

Before the pandemic, humanity was in trouble. The climate crisis was choking life out of the planet, the racial dynamic between a minority of white folks and people of color was ugly. Now, as the world struggles to get past the pandemic, these troubles have gone from critical to imminent danger. The climate crisis is overwhelming, the extractive industry in complicity with most governments obstinately and exponentially continue to do what they do; make more money irrespective of the environmental and human devastation they leave behind. 

Across America, the fervor of white supremacy metastasizes, brazenly flying its flag of racism, neo-liberal capitalism, conspiracies, and mean-spirited policy across the country. The coveted united states is uncompromisingly polarized. White folks are imploding their government and society. Some who never imagined themselves to have inclinations of “white is right” find themselves aligned or sympathetic with the agenda and rhetoric of white supremacy. It must be genetic by now; the notion of white superiority is rooted in ancient history. 

 Even while her skin scorches, the Earth is alive, her spiritual essence continues to pulsate. She may die or she could live; humankind decides her fate. This reality is unfathomable, of zero relevance to the majority of white folks, particularly those of the white supremacy persuasion. They imperil the future of the grandchildren.  

The COVID virus is a phenomenon of nature. It is a living organism; it is alive with death. 

Any living thing when threatened with injury or death will defend itself. The Earth is fighting for her life, engaging her defenses. The virus appears to be a defense mechanism of the Earth. If that be true, it is commonsensical to think that the severity of the virus will be proportionate to the severity of injury inflicted on the earth and the extremity of injury perpetrated by the inhumanity of hatred. 

 A mother instinctively protects and defends her children. The Earth Mother defends her children who believe in truth and want to live being who they are supposed to be. The Earth is rebelling against the extreme exploitation of her body entity and the brutal oppression of her victimized children. The message from the Earth is clear but the world does not hear.