August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, February 24, 2022

MOHAWK NATION NEWS 'MOHAWK MOTHERS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES, MAR. 24/22'

MOHAWK MOTHERS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES, MAR. 24/22. Audio

 

 Mohawk Nation News

Please post & circulate.

 

MNN. Feb. 22, 2022. [By kenienkehaka messenger thahoketoteh of MNN]. [This is the correct date]

AUDIO at MNN

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2022/02/22/mohawk-mothers-to-defend-themselves-mar-24-22-audio/ 

LAWYERS GET OFF FIRST SHIP TO TURTLE ISLAND.

kahnistensera Mohawk Mothers are defending their right to represent themselves.  tewatatewennio is a fundamental right of the people to speak from their own minds according to kaianerekowa process.   

The Federal Court of Canada is being requested to issue an order forcing the kahnistensera Mohawk Mothers to be represented by a lawyer, violating kanienkehaka law;  that  kahnistensera cannot speak in the proceedings; and to cover the ‘costs’ of the respondents [McGill, Quebec, Montreal and Stantec Construction].  

IN THE BEGINNING COLONISTS, POLITICIANS, LAWYERS & COURTS BEGAN TO DESTROY THE VOICE OF THE NATIVE WOMEN.


Sunday, February 20, 2022

PHOENIX: O'odham Way of Life does not include digging up human remains, by Ofelia Rivas

Huhu-k'am Platform Mounts

PHOENIX: O'odham Way of Life does not include digging up human remains, by Ofelia Rivas

Article copyright Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham
Censored News

O'odham (the people) are descendants of the Huhu-k'am ( the ones that are gone). The ancient people were architects of massive communities though-out the valley of what is now the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, extending to what is named Snake town to the Big House along the Gila River to the expansive settlements in Tucson and east of Benson, Arizona to northern Chihuahua, Mexico and to the sea.

The ancient people built massive strategically located settlements for trade and commerce but also for well-being and health. The Huhu-k'am created and utilizes expansive irrigation systems, some are still in use as canals by the city of Phoenix, some have become major roadways.



They grew a large variety of ancient seeds the O'odham still plant today. The ancient people made incredible pottery-ware and basket-ware, that were both functional and aesthetic.

The ancient ancestors exercised applied astronomy to the Him'dag, the way of life. These great achievements of a society is dependent on friendly relationships with other societies, the practice of governmental organizations based on equality for the general welfare for the people, and practice of the way of life, which is to regard all life equal and strive to live in balance at all levels, personal, family and the community.

These honorable people's burial place was recently desecrated to build a modern apartment building for the disadvantaged members of today's society.

The Huhu-k'am and the descendants, the O'odham did not practice grave digging or any type of removal of a person from their burial place.

Today a reburial ritual was created by a specific group, the "Reburial group" to appease the federal and state dominating lands and interpretation of federal repatriation regulation.

However, in all the ritual and maneuvering so-called protocol, humanity has been left out of the processes.

It is inhumane and illegal to dig up dead people from their graves, it is inhumane and illegal to rob such graves' personal belongings. It is inhumane to store human remains.

Today's corrupt and compromised tribal government systems not only oppress their own people but also now build multi-million dollar repositories for the storage of human remains and personal belongings called funerary artifacts.

In 2022 where is the legislation to address this ancient legacy of foreign societies that dominate the lands, and manipulate with dollars, in order to dig up graves in this so-called developed society.

Where is the enforcement of legal law to protect ancient human remains. Where are indigenous legal think tanks and indigenous lawmakers to address this ongoing desecration of our people, our next generation's inheritance.

The O'odham practicing the Him'dag are overwhelmed by the continuous damage of the natural balance now defined as "spiritual" balance.

Supporting all defenders and resisters.


Read more:

Phoenix New Times
'Phoenix is building new public housing -- and unearthing ancient Indigenous graves'

Censored News
O'odham Stronghold Prayer Run Phoenix to Oak Flat

Article copyright Ofelia Rivas, Censored News.
No portion of this article may be used in any manner without written permission. This includes books, dissertations, films, news and any other use.

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Dine' Earl Tulley: Oak Flat, Where Relatives Ride on their Whirlwind Horse

Earl Tulley, Dine', at Oak Flats. Photo courtesy Earl Tulley, Censored News.

By Earl Tulley, Dine'
Censored News

Chi’chil’ba’goteel (Apache Stronghold, Oak Flat) -- Eight years of gathering our young ones has grown stronger, adults moved closer to the winter of their season.

All in all, our five-finger clan is more resilient and maintaining practices of our progenitors in nature's cathedral of Oak Flat.

Those present today witness relatives who journey on into the next world ride in and join participants on their whirlwind horse.

Indigenous sacred petition of songs and prayers were presented by those gathered on sacred grounds at Oak Flat, the ancestral territory of San Carlos Apaches.

In each season there is growth and sacred remains sacred in our Athabaskan roots.

Sent from oak flats

A note from the publisher
So happy to hear from my old friend Earl Tulley, Dine', at the gathering at Oak Flats. Takes me back, all those years ago, when Dine' Citizens Against Ruining our Environment, Dine' CARE, was being created in the tall pines of the Chuska and Tsaile mountains on Navajoland.
We lost our brother Leroy Jackson in the struggle, but today, many great yellow pines live and breathe because Leroy and Earl, and their families and friends, took them on, and shut 'em down, shut down the cutters of the great, old-growth, Ponderosa Pines.
Leroy died in the process. But a new generation follows his legacy. Today, Earl is at Oak Flats, and his poetic words from the Apache Stronghold gathering are inspiring and beautiful. Thank you Earl, and this one is for you Leroy.
-- Brenda Norrell, publisher Censored News

Saturday, February 19, 2022

'Oyate' The Struggle at Standing Rock -- World Premiere at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival





Phyllis Young says Hunkpapa are the people pushed to the edge. "As the people on the edge, we are the Ambassadors to the outside world."

By Chase Iron Eyes
Lakota People's Law Project

“Oyate!!” Beautiful. Important. Phyllis Young and Chase Iron Eyes are in this Movie! “My greetings to you from the Standing Rock Nation. Today, I invite you to experience something wonderful: Next week, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is hosting the online world premiere of “OYATE” — a brand new feature documentary film produced by Films with a Purpose and Irrelevant Media, in association with the Lakota People’s Law Project. Big Sky has graciously also made the movie available for viewing online at the same time, and you can purchase your ticket to watch today.
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Lakota Law, looks it me, and Phyllis Young in “OYATE!” Please click (below) to watch the trailer for this heartfelt and skillfully done documentary, and purchase your tickets for the premiere on the same page.
We wanted to make sure you have the opportunity to watch this special premiere with us! Please note that the film will be available through Big Sky for a limited time. I urge you to purchase your ticket right now, then mark your calendar to remind yourself the streaming window opens on Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. PST. After that, you'll have about three days to start watching and another 24 hours to finish.

Now that you’ve got all those important details, let me tell you a little more about our involvement and what you’ll see. In the wake of the protests at Standing Rock in 2016 and ‘17, our Lakota Law team worked closely with producers Brandon Jackson, Emil Benjamin, Sandra Evers-Manly, and Jennifer Martel of the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, to tell this powerful story of resistance. You’ll spend time with Phyllis Young, me and my daughter Tokata, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland of the Laguna Pueblo People, and many more powerful Native voices.

As you know, our #NoDAPL struggle at Standing Rock became an inflection point for human rights and environmental justice, a rallying cry for Indigenous people everywhere to take a stand against centuries of land theft, imposed poverty, and cultural erasure. “OYATE” successfully communicates our thoughts, as Indigenous activists, organizers, and politicians, on that complicated history.

Lakota Law aided the filmmakers by providing exclusive interviews, archival footage, and perspective. The directors did a fantastic job of using a blend of storytelling tools to weave all elements harmoniously and to fully immerse you in our worldviews. The end result is a thing of beauty, ambitious in scope and, at the same time, personal and intimate. I think you’ll very much enjoy watching, and I hope you’ll find it illuminating. You may gain new understanding of our struggles for sovereignty and justice — and you’ll even meet some rez dogs! So, please watch the trailer, and then join us for this exciting premiere. I can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Wopila tanka — thank you, and happy watching.
Chase Iron Eyes
Co-Director & Lead Counsel
The Lakota People’s Law Project
Lakota People's Law Project
Lakota Law
Lakota People's Law Project
547 South 7th Street #149Bismarck, ND 58504-5859

Director: Brandon Jackson, Emil Benjamin
Producer: Brandon Jackson, Emil Benjamin, Jennifer Martel, Sandra Evers-Manly
2021, USA -- 91 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE

Screening at the Wilma, Thu Feb 24th @ 5:45 pm
Streaming Fri Feb 25 - Mon Feb 28
In the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, Indigenous people across the nation are using their newfound platform to shed light on the wide array of injustices committed against them in an effort to wake up the world and embark upon the process of decolonization. Following key figureheads of the #NODAPL movement, OYATE weaves together the story of colonization and the battle for decolonization that continues after the news cameras have stopped rolling.
Website: http://www.oyatefilm.com
Watch film trailer

https://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/festival/films-2022-view/oyate_2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

O'odham Stronghold: Prayer Run Phoenix to Oak Flat


O'odham Stronghold  Runners in Phoenix today, Thursday, Feb. 17, 9 am, at Van Buren and 48th St. The first rest stop is Papago Park. Photo by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham. 

Running for the Ancestors, Running for the Apache Stronghold. In Phoenix, runners are demanding a halt to the excavation of hundreds of Hohokam graves that are being carelessly and recklessly excavated for a housing project. The Phoenix New Times reports there are 1,000 structures and about 700 graves of O'odham ancestors at the site in central Phoenix.

Update: O'odham Way of Life does not include digging up human remains, by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham elder

Run for the Ancestors. Run for the Stronghold.

Prayer Run to Oak Flat


By Marina Thomas - Running Deer

Akimel O’odham

oodhamstronghold@gmail.com


Last year for Apache Stronghold’s 7th Annual March to Oak Flat, as a result of the increase in tribal support across Arizona, it came to Vanessa Nosie that the prayer to Oak Flat should come in from all four directions.

We ran in from the West, nearly 90 miles from the Salt and Gila River confluence -- a colorful group of both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, coming together to pray for the protection of the land and water.

On March 1, 2021, the day after the closing ceremony, the Biden Administration had rescinded the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), blocking a land transfer from the US Forest Service to Resolution Copper, temporarily halting the mining project.

Just days after the relieving news, one of the runners, whom I’d never met prior, reached out to notify me of the discovery of human remains that were being excavated in a current construction zone in her neighborhood.

I’d go on to research about the excavation, learning that the City of Phoenix began excavating an ancient city that archeologists refer to as LA CIUDAD, clearing ground for a new “holistic” living community.

In the process of this excavation, hundreds of Hohokam remains were being unearthed along with the homes, tools, and other remnants of what true holistic living looked like in the Sonoran Desert.

While we, the descendants of these ancestors, learned of the excavation and reached out to the city to halt the project, we were ignored and the project moved forward.

As of today, over one thousand remains have been removed and more excavation is required for the continued development for the upcoming Edison Eastlake Community.

This year, the run to Oak Flat from the West will start at the desecration site of our ancestors in Phoenix.

As part of Resolution Copper’s mining project, it is planned that the waste tailing site to hold over 1.3 billion tons of toxic waste will be contained within the mountain's tributaries -- where our ancestors also rest. It is our responsibility, as descendants of these incredible human beings who lived and worked harmoniously with the Earth, to do everything in our power to protect who we are and where we come from.

This year, we will run to Oak Flat from start to finish with the ancestors in our prayer.

The run begins at 401 N. 20th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85006 on Feb. 17, 2022.
Share the love, please help organizers provide water and nutritious snacks.
Hundreds of Hohokam graves are now being recklessly excavated

In the news: Phoenix New Times reports that there are about 1,000 structures and about 700 graves here in this Hohokam village. 

Contact:

By Marina Thomas - Running Deer

Akimel O’odham

oodhamstronghold@gmail.com

Running in from the north to Oak Flat: Brophy Native American Club in Flagstaff is off and running

 

By Russ McSpadden on Twitter.

By Russ McSpadden on Twitter: "The students of the Brophy Native American Club have begun their 188-mile run to Oak Flat from Flagstaff at the base of the San Francisco peaks. By the end of the day, they will drop off the Mogollon Rim to the East Verde River." Earlier, Russ said, "I'll be joining the students of the Brophy Native American Club as they run 188 miles from Flagstaff to Oak Flat starting Thursday. The run is a prayer & a protest. You can meet them to march the last 4 miles Saturday at 10 am at the Magma Ave Trail Head in Superior." Today's video on Twitter. https://twitter.com/i/status/1494319816370393101


"Just a little chilly out here." Photo credit Brophy Native American Club of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Running to the Apache Stronghold at Oak Flat on Thursday.


Youth for Oak Flat: Spiritual Run in Defense of the Sacred
Watch video below

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

8th Annual Oak Flat March/Run Feb. 17 -- 20, 2022

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Oak Flat Protectors!
 
The Apache Stronghold continues the fight to protect Chi'chil Bildagoteel (Oak Flat). Each day that Rio Tinto does not build a copper mine is a victory. This Thursday morning, a delegation from the federal government will be arriving to meet with officials from the San Carlos Apache Tribe to discuss the proposed destruction of sacred land. The Stronghold will meet with them separately, to ensure the religious and spiritual impacts are included in their understanding of the injustice. Please send your prayers for this important meeting.
 
The Apache Stronghold will host the 8th Annual Oak Flat Run/Walk, February 17-20. Every year, we walk the 45 miles from San Carlos up to Oak Flat over several days. We are led with ceremony and prayer as we walk together in recognition of our responsibility to this earth and Creator. Please read on for details and be in touch with questions, particularly if you have not attended previously. All are welcome. Please share with your friends and family.
 

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Monday, February 14, 2022

In Nevada, Secrets Explode: The Legacies of Julian Assange and Myron Dewey






By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat

It is here in the Nevada desert where the United States wants to bury its secrets. Its secrets explode here, leaving a trail of death for Shoshone in their homeland at the Nuclear Test Site.

The Nevada desert is where the legacies of Wikileaks Julian Assange, and Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey, intersect.

It is at Creech Airforce Base where drone military whistleblowers described the faulty intelligence and reckless assassinations by drone pilots carrying out computer surveillance around the world, and the missiles that kill the targets of the U.S. government. The women and children who are killed are ignored. At least one U.S. citizen has been assassinated this way.

Myron Dewey, like Wikileaks, exposed the truths that no one else would. At Standing Rock, Myron photographed police, TigerSwan, and other security operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Myron captured their spy cell towers with his drone video. His drone was overhead when Water Protectors were attacked with water cannons and projectiles on Nov. 20, 2016, at Standing Rock.

On Sept. 7, 2016, Myron Dewey posted this photo at Standing Rock, and wrote, "Digital Smoke Signals on the frontlines, documenting why we are Protecting the Water and Water Protectors, Indigenizing Media 'Through Indigenous Eyes' using mobile media and social media to share the truth, prayers and songs, strength and unity. We are the media relatives, mainstream media is silent to Indigenous issues! Picture taken before Morton County Sherriffs dressed up and pretended to be militarized. Officer Mall last 2 to the right, he stole my drone without a warrant. Yes, I did get eventually got back my drone." (Photo property of Myron Dewey estate.)

On the day before he was killed in September, Myron live-streamed from the Fallon bombing range in his homeland of central Nevada. Myron warned of the Navy Seals bombing operations and the plan to expand the range. He also warned of the lithium mining planned for the Paiute Massacre Site at Thacker Pass in northern Nevada.

At the same time that it was exposed that the U.S. had discussed assassinating Julian Assange, Myron Dewey was killed when a truck pulled into his lane and hit him head-on on an isolated dirt road near his family home in Yomba, Nevada, east of Reno.

Assange and Dewey opened the windows to worlds that the United States wanted not just shut, but to be sealed and to disappear into silence.

Dewey documented the evidence of the critical injuries sustained by Water Protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota: A young woman's arm was blown apart by a law enforcement projectile, two Native Water Protectors were shot in their eyes as peaceful Water Protectors were shot with tear gas, rubber bullets, and projectiles. Others were attacked by the dogs of security operatives.

Myron's evidence shows the local and national sheriff's deputies, local and state police, and National Guard who are responsible. Myron photographed the pipeline's hired spies who were stalking, including TigerSwan, mercenaries hired by the pipeline who operated in North Dakota without a license. Myron photographed their faces and vehicles.

In Nevada, the death trail begins with the massacres of Native people in their ancestral homelands. The death map continues with the atomic bomb testing and the spray of radiation, and resulting cancer, in the Shoshone homelands.

The death trail continues now with the flick on a computer at Creech Airforce Base. With faulty data and reckless carelessness, there is an assassination on the other side of the world.

The spread of death continues with the lithium mining of false green solutions and the vast amounts of water that will be used. The toxins of mining destroy life the natural world as the earth is carved out.

Then there is the bombing, in the Navy Seals bombing range in Myron's homeland, the homeland of Wovoka. The bombing range is death to the natural world and is preparation for deaths beyond the Nevada desert.



Article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News, content may not be used for any purpose without written permission. Photos are the property of the photographer or their estate.

Temporary State Supreme Court order puts brakes on TigerSwan spy documents release


Paiute Shoshone journalist Myron Dewey posted this video of the militarized attack on Water Protectors at Standing Rock as they were hit with water cannons and projectiles on Nov. 20, 2016. Water Protectors suffered critical injuries from the attack by firemen and militarized law enforcement. Myron, a drone activist, documented the stalking and surveillance by TigerSwan mercenaries, and other private security contractors, employed by Dakota Access Pipeline. Myron was killed in September when a truck pulled into his lane and hit him head-on near his family's home, on an isolated dirt road in Yomba, Nevada.

Temporary North Dakota Supreme Court order puts brakes on TigerSwan spy documents release

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TigerSwan and the Dakota Access Pipeline owners found a way to suddenly halt people from seeing how they were stalking and spying on Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

They also stalked and spied on journalists like Myron Dewey, killed in September when a driver pulled into his lane and hit Myron in a fatal head-on collision. The other driver, John Walsh of Reno, survived and was found at fault, but charges have not yet been filed.

Now a temporary North Dakota Supreme Court order has put the brakes on the release of thousands of TigerSwan spy documents, which a state judge said earlier are public records and were scheduled for release.

"The temporary Supreme Court order means that the 62,000 pages of documents deemed by the judge late last year to be public will remain off-limits for now to anyone, including several news organizations that have requested them," Bismarck Tribune reports
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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Navajo government's failure to distribute federal virus funds is crime against humanity

Bitahnii Wilson, Dine' volunteer, delivers water in February. The Navajo government has not distributed $2.1 billion in federal virus relief it received eight months ago. Bitahnii's has taken supplies to Navajo and Hopi throughout the pandemic. Photo courtesy Bitahnii Wilson.

While the Navajo government stalls the distribution of federal virus relief funds, Dine' continue to die -- as omicron spreads rapidly on Navajo Nation


By Brenda Norrell
Censored News


WINDOW ROCK, Arizona -- The Navajo Nation government has failed to distribute $2.1 billion in federal virus relief funds that it received eight months ago from the American Rescue Plan Act. While omicron is spreading rapidly on the Navajo Nation, Dine' sick and isolated remain desperate for water, food and firewood.

Three Navajos died yesterday from the virus. Now, 1,636 Navajos have died. The new variant is spreading rapidly through Navajoland and Indian country. The Navajo Department of Health said that 921 Omicron cases were confirmed on the Navajo Nation.

Friday, February 11, 2022

MOHAWK NATION NEWS 'KAHNAWAKE TO BECOME NEWEST 'OFF SHORE TAX HAVEN''


'KAHNAWAKE TO BECOME NEWEST 'OFF SHORE TAX HAVEN''Mohawk Nation News

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2022/02/10/kahnawake-to-become-newest-off-shore-tax-haven-audio/

Listen to audio at MNN:

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2022/02/10/kahnawake-to-become-newest-off-shore-tax-haven-audio/Audio Player

MNN, Feb. 10, 2022. Our indigenous communities are secretly becoming “tax havens” for the international bankers. The imposed Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Inc., Entain and AVID Int. Inc. are allied with the army. Indian Affairs is a division of the army. MCK is being paid to help create another invasion, to assimilate us, to steal our land, and to absorb us into the corporate body politic. Our unborn children own all of turtle island. On October 25, 1924 the Indian Lands Acts were implemented in every province that created the reservations as POW camps wholly run by the army [Indian Affairs]. The Dominion of Canada is wholly owned by international bankers.

Monday, February 7, 2022

GIDIMT’EN LAND DEFENDERS MAKE SUBMISSION TO UNITED NATIONS

The United Nations filing states the "ongoing human rights violations, the militarization of Wet'suwet'en lands, forcible removal and criminalization of peaceful land defenders, and irreparable harm due to industrial destruction of Wet'suwet'en lands and cultural sites are occurring despite declarations by federal and provincial governments for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples."

See full document to the United Nation:

https://www.yintahaccess.com/

First Nations Land Defenders File Submission to UN Human Rights Council

"Wet'suwet'en is an international frontline to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and to prevent climate change."

By BRETT WILKINS


Common Dreams

February 7, 2022First Nations land defenders on Monday filed a submission to the United Nations detailing how their territory and human rights are being violated by Canadian and British Columbian authorities in service of a fossil fuel corporation's gas pipeline.
"We are intimidated and surveilled by armed RCMP, smeared as terrorists, and dragged through colonial courts. This is the reality of Canada."

The submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council was filed by the Gidimt'en—one of the five clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation—who for years have been fighting to stop the construction of Coastal GasLink's pipeline through their territory in northern British Columbia.

The filing notes that "ongoing human rights violations, militarization of Wet'suwet'en lands, forcible removal and criminalization of peaceful land defenders, and irreparable harm due to industrial destruction of Wet'suwet'en lands and cultural sites are occurring despite declarations by federal and provincial governments for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples."

All five Wet'suwet'en clans oppose the pipeline, which is being built on tribal land that the Canadian Supreme Court acknowledges as unceded. Canadian authorities, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), have answered nonviolent Wet'suwet'en land defense with heavily armed officers employing heavy-handed removal tactics.

Scores of Wet'suwet'en land defenders, including four hereditary chiefs, have been arrested and charged, as have journalists and legal observers. In December, Coastal GasLink dropped charges against two journalists who were arrested while covering a militarized police raid last November 19.

More than 30 land defenders are scheduled to appear in the British Columbian Supreme Court in Prince George, built on the site of a burned Lheidli T'enneh village, next week.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the 416-mile pipeline, which will carry gas from Michif Piiyii (Métis) territory in northeastern British Columbia to an export terminal in coastal Kitimat, on the land of the x̣àʼisla w̓áwís (Haisla) people.

"By deploying legal, political, and economic tactics to violate our rights, Canada and B.C. are contravening the spirit of reconciliation, as well as their binding obligations to Indigenous law, Canadian constitutional law, UNDRIP, and international law," the Gidimt'en submission states, referring to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Gidimt'en Checkpoint spokesperson Sleydo' said in a statement that "we urge the United Nations to conduct a field visit to Wet'suwet'en territory because Canada and B.C. have not withdrawn RCMP from our territory and have not suspended Coastal GasLink's permits, despite the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination calling on them to do so."

"Wet'suwet'en is an international frontline to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and to prevent climate change," she added. "Yet we are intimidated and surveilled by armed RCMP, smeared as terrorists, and dragged through colonial courts. This is the reality of Canada."

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Myron Dewey's Death: No charges filed against driver who was responsible -- Investigation ongoing


Paiute Shoshone Journalist Myron Dewey was a drone activist and filmmaker. Myron was a witness and documented with drones, video and photography the excessive force of militarized law enforcement, and surveillance of TigerSwan, which operated without a license in North Dakota, and other security contractors, at Standing Rock, 2016-2017, during the resistance to Dakota Access Pipeline.

Myron Dewey's Death: No charges filed against the driver who was responsible -- Investigation ongoing 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Feb. 4, 2022

YOMBA, Nevada -- There have been no charges filed against the driver responsible for the death of Paiute Shoshone journalist Myron Dewey, killed in a head-on collision four months ago. Although the driver of the other vehicle was found at fault, the Nye County Sheriff's Department said the investigation is ongoing.

In the homeland of Wovoka, Myron live-streamed at the Fallon Navy Bombing Range the day before his death. Myron warned of the pending expansion of the bombing range, and the new lithium mining here in Paiute Shoshone homelands.

In the fatal accident, the driver of a larger truck, a 2017 Toyota Tacoma truck, pulled into Myron's lane on Ione Road, an isolated dirt road near Yomba, hitting Myron's smaller SUV head-on.

The head-on crash resulted in Myron's death two hours after impact on September 26, 2021. A family member living nearby, listed as the next of kin, was able to reach the site and be with Myron during his final time.

The driver of the Toyota truck, John David Walsh of Reno, was conscious after the crash and was airlifted to a Reno hospital.

The Nye County Sheriff's Department told Censored News on Thursday that the investigation is ongoing. 

Nye County Sheriff's Office Administrative Tech Julie Nicholson told Censored News, "This is currently an active investigation and I can’t release further information until it is completed. Please feel free to check in at a later time."


Censored News asked Nye County Sheriff's Department if any charges have been filed against Walsh. Walsh was found to be at fault by the Nevada Highway Patrol in its accident report.


Censored News also asked Nye County if the blood test was completed on Walsh and what the results were. The response on Thursday was that the investigation is ongoing.


Nye County Sheriff Officer RJ Ramirez wrote in his accident report:


"Looking at the accident scene you could that John was headed northbound when John went left side of the road hitting Myron. Both vehicles came to a complete stop upon impact. Both vehicles sustained substantial damage to the driver's side front ends."


Myron's final resting place is in his home community of Walker River Paiute. It is also the final resting place of Wovoka.


Myron was a well-known drone activist and filmmaker, who documented the militarized brutality and surveillance at Standing Rock during the resistance of Water Protectors to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Myron's photos and videos captured TigerSwan and other security operatives, the excessive militarized force of sheriffs' deputies from across the United States, and the surveillance technology at Standing Rock in 2016 and 2017.

Myron: The Day Before

Myron was widely known as a Water Protector at Standing Rock, who carried out drone surveillance of militarized law enforcement during the defense of the water as construction was underway of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, threatening the water of millions.

The day before the fatal accident, Myron live-streamed from the Navy's Fallon bombing range in his homeland, east of Reno, Nevada, reporting on the dangers of the bombing range to the people and sacred land.

The bombing range, in central Nevada, is used by the Navy Seals for the bombing, ground maneuvers, and electronic warfare, according to the U.S. Navy.

Although large-scale expansion is now being pushed, Native people are opposed to the massive bombing range expansion. Myron and Native leaders in the region have been speaking out and battling this expansion.

Returning to his childhood homeland at Yomba on Saturday, the day before the fatal crash, Myron said live on social media during the live stream, "This is what we grew up around, the military-industrial complex."

Myron said the military was flying over sacred places. Describing the destruction of the sacred here, he said both mining and the bombing ranges have caused the desecration of sacred places.

Myron warned of the lithium mining now targeting Thacker Pass in northern Nevada, which is a Massacre site.

Myron said when he hears, "Thank you for your service," another image comes to mind: "Killing, rape, genocide."

"I am a survivor of a mass genocide across the United States."

Pointing out that genocide is being carried out around the world, he said, "In Nevada it is still fresh."

An Avenger missile launcher live-streamed in Myron Dewey's broadcast on Saturday, before he was killed in a car crash on Sunday. This Avenger in the Nevada desert range of his homeland comes after another Avenger was positioned in the militarized police force, during the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, at Standing Rock five years ago.


At Standing Rock, Myron and the Water Protectors witnessed an Avenger missile launcher. On that Saturday, now five years after Standing Rock, in the Nevada desert at the bombing range, Myron filmed another Avenger and pointed out that it is protecting communication equipment.

Myron said his video is to warn his grandchildren of this corporate greed, and the greed that demands power and military force.

Speaking on climate change, he said there were not enough pine nuts to feed the people during the ceremony this year.

Myron also speaks of the green-washing now targeting Nevada, and the need to protect and defend the land and water.

"Take a breath," he said, "Take a moment and appreciate what you have."

As a journalist, drone activist and filmmaker at Standing Rock, Myron was a witness and documented the excessive force and brutality of private contractors and law enforcement. These photos were posted by Myron at Standing Rock, 2016 -- 2017, showing the sniper on the hill, one of the surveillance helicopters over the camp, the bridge, and the militarized tanks.




At Standing Rock, Myron Dewey was a witness

Myron Dewey was a journalist, drone activist and filmmaker. He was also a witness.

Myron's documentation at Standing Rock includes the excessive force of militarized police, resulting in the critical injuries of Water Protectors. The cases continue in court.

Myron photographed TigerSwan and other security contractors, the surveillance helicopters and the spy technology which likely disrupted Water Protectors' cell phones and illegally accessed their calls. As the court cases continue, it is clear that Myron's documentation is valuable evidence.

Morton County stated that TigerSwan provided the 'intelligence' for the fusion center of multiple law enforcement agencies. North Dakota said TigerSwan operated without a license. North Dakota's response team said they were unprepared for the use of drones by Water Protectors, which includes Myron's drones, and did not know what to do about the drone surveillance carried out by Water Protectors.

The Intercept, in an expensive legal battle, went to court. Now, a state judge says that thousands of TigerSwan spy documents will be released. Energy Transfer, Dakota Access Pipeline's owner, was in court too, trying to halt the release of the spy documents.

Perhaps some cases will eventually be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. We hope so. We hope there will be justice. Myron was killed in a head-on collision when a driver in a truck pulled into his lane on an isolated dirt road near Yomba and killed him.



More:

Censored News: Nye County releases accident report on the death of Myron Dewey

https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2021/10/nye-county-sheriff-releases-myron-dewey.html


Censored News: Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey killed in car wreck

https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2021/09/paiute-shoshone-filmmaker-myron-dewey.html



Top photo: Screenshot by Censored News from Myron's video


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Myron's Video Nov. 20, 2016

The attack by militarized law enforcement on unarmed Water Protectors at Standing Rock on Nov. 20, 2016, resulted in critical injuries. The cases continue in court.

Myron Dewey's video: Myron said, "Police and fireman use: Percussion grenades Mace Rubber bullets Water Canon."





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