Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 31, 2022

TigerSwan spy documents at Standing Rock: What Energy Transfer doesn't want you to know

Photo copyright Ryan Vizzions, Standing Rock 2016.

TigerSwan spy documents at Standing Rock: What Energy Transfer doesn't want you to know

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Energy Transfer was back in court on Thursday, attempting to keep secret 16,000 documents of TigerSwan at Standing Rock. The Intercept is pursuing this expensive court battle in the North Dakota Supreme Court for the release of the documents in accordance with the Open Records Act. A North Dakota District Court has already ruled are public documents.

What exactly was TigerSwan doing at Standing Rock? The owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline don't want you to know.

On Thursday, arguments were held before the North Dakota Supreme Court regarding the release of 16,000 documents that were given to the North Dakota regulatory board.

March 29, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk Mothers Begin Bigger Better Court Action'

March 27, 2022

Great Sioux Nation Leaders Issue Trespass Notice to Rapid City Hotel After Hotel's Racist Threats

Great Sioux Nation Leaders Issue Trespass Notice to Rapid City Hotel After Hotel's Racist Threats

March and Rally from Roosevelt Park to Gateway Hotel in Rapid City on Saturday.

March 25, 2022

California Genocide and Resilience with Corrina Gould -- by Bioneers

California Genocide and Resilience with Corrina Gould

By Bioneers

California Indians have survived some of the most extreme acts of genocide committed against Native Americans. Prior to the ongoing genocide under Spanish and American colonizations, California Indians were the most linguistically diverse and population-dense First Peoples in the United States.  We discuss this brutal history and survivance with Corrina Gould, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. She is from the Lisjan/Ohlone tribe of Northern California. We talk about the importance of addressing that historical trauma, which caused deep wounds that still affect Indigenous Peoples today.  

Content warning: Some of the material in this podcast may be triggering, especially for those that have experienced trauma and/or intergenerational trauma due to colonialism.

Audio and Transcript at Bioneers

March 23, 2022

North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival 2022: Films from Standing Rock and Beyond

North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival 2022: Films from Standing Rock and Beyond

The North Dakota Environmental Rights Film Festival in April features powerful films about Water Protectors, including Oyate, Warrior Women, and We Are Water Protectors.

Indigenous protecting the land, water and air are featured in films from the north, south and South Pacific, from Colombia, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand. Watch at Fargo April 21 -- 23, and online April 23 -- May 1. 

Prayer Horse Ride to Thacker Pass Welcomed at Pyramid Lake: In Honor of Myron Dewey


Prayer Horse Ride to Thacker Pass: In Honor of Paiute Shoshone Journalist Myron Dewey

By Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Chairwoman Janet Davis
March 22, 2022
Censored News

We are thankful the Prayer Riders made it to Pyramid Lake. It was a good evening of visiting, song and prayer. Thanks to all that came to greet them, brought food. Thanks to Dean Barlese for the prayer and song. Thanks to Billie Jean Guerrero and the Museum for being gracious hosts. Thanks to Charlene Dressler for coordinating. They will be here until they leave on Wednesday morning. #PrayerRide2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk Mothers Drop Lawsuit Against McGill, Royal VIC, Montreal and Stantec Inc.'


Mohawk Nation News


MNN. Mar. 23, 2022. The Federal Court of Canada FCC lawsuit has been dropped. The kahnistensera Mohawk Mothers sent a request on March 18, 2022: “to drop the case without costs and conditions”. They all instantly agreed.

March 21, 2022

A Visit To Peltier -- Peltier Survived COVID in Deplorable Prison Conditions

A Visit To Peltier -- Peltier Survived COVID in Deplorable Prison Conditions

By Co-directors Jean Roach and Carol Gokee
International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Published with permission at Censored News
March 21, 2022

Yesterday our prison visit with Leonard Peltier was monumental and very uplifting and sad at the same time!
Leonard came out with a smile and he looked good after surviving COVID-19! Like most prisoners, he was left to fend for himself as he battled the sickness! He was left without water for 4 days! The water out of the fountain is not drinkable and orange in color! Leonard was not put inside a medical unit even though he has several “health risks” and is an elder! We are so thankful he survived Covid! The Covid aftereffects are unknown and we pray for Leonard's  Health!

March 20, 2022

Zapatistas 'Stop the Wars: Echoes of Sunday March 13'

Stop the Capitalists Wars: Echoes of Sunday March 13

Stop the War photos in Yajalon, The Daisies, Ocosingo, Palenque, Altamiran, and San Cristobal, Chiapas

March 18, 2022

Acoma Pueblo: 'Protecting Our Beloved Waasrpashaak'a' From New Oil and Gas Drilling

Greater Chaco Relay Run March 24 -- 26, 2022: Protecting the Homelands from New Drilling


Greater Chaco Relay Run, March 24 -- 26, 2022

Dedicated runners and participants will have the opportunity to listen to Diné and Pueblo relatives speak to the cultural and spiritual significance of the ground covered. They will also learn and share information about the recent proposed withdrawal of public lands from new mineral leases in the region.

March 10, 2022

COLORADO -- Colorado Springs Cops Attempt to Entrap Activists: Denver Spy Files Revealed Police Spying for a Decade

Russell Means, Colorado Capitol, Columbus Day Protest Denver

Columbus Day Protest Denver

Censored News is republishing our coverage of the Denver spy files, which spanned a decade, following the current exposure that an undercover cop in Colorado Springs attempted to entrap activists.

Undercover cop attempts to entrap activists in Colorado Springs with illegal firearm purchases: March 2022

An undercover, pink-haired undercover cop in Colorado Springs, attempted to create crimes, and ensnare activists in illegal firearms purchases. Even a mutual aid group was targeted. This current case in Colorado is a reminder of how Denver cops spied on everyone who supported Big Mountain, Peltier and AIM, in the 1990s. Even a grandmother with a Peltier bumper sticker and their attorneys were followed. The documents came out during discovery during a court case. The current Colorado Springs covert operation reveals how undercover cops target organizers, and attempt to entrap them, including those in Black Lives Matter, and shows that COINTELPRO continues.

Related: Standing Rock: Targeting of Denver AIM, by The Intercept

The targeting of Denver AIM continued at Standing Rock in 2016, when FBI operative Heath Harmon of Fort Berthold set up Red Fawn, resulting in her long prison sentence.

Related: 'In the Beginning, There was the Denver Spy Files' by Censored News

American Indian Movement, Big Mountain Support Group, Sen. Abourezk -- targeted in Denver Police Spy Files, which spanned a decade

By Brenda Norrell
Published in 2002

DENVER, Colo. – The “Denver Spy Files,” given the name by the ACLU in a federal lawsuit, reveals that the Denver Police Department Intelligence Bureau kept secret files on American Indian leaders and their allies, including Wilma Mankiller, John Echohawk, and former South Dakota Sen. James Abourezk.

“I didn’t like it and I think there should be a law against it. It should be stopped,” said Abourezk, an attorney in Sioux Falls.

March 8, 2022

Zapatistas: 'Stop the Repression Against the Indigenous Peoples in Mexico'

Throughout Mexico, the corporations and cartels, aided by the Mexican military, bolstered by U.S. dollars and weapons, seek to seize the land and water of Indigenous People, the guardians of the land.

Members of the Indigenous Council destroy the statue of Fray Antonio de San Miguel after it was pulled down as they said it was promoting racism and discrimination during a protest in Morelia, Mexico, on Feb. 14, 2022.Calli Alejandra / Reuters

The Pueblos Unidos group, which is made up of 20 communities from the Cholulteca region of the state of Puebla, took over the facilities of the Bonafont company, since March 2021, accusing it of looting the water from the wells in the area of ​​the Juan C. Bonilla municipality.

The Mexican National Guard and other security forces guard the entrance to the plant that had been run by Indigenous people on February 15, 2022, in Puebla, Mexico.TAMARA PEARSON Article

In honor of Francisco Vázquez Domínguez, our struggle is for life over profit. (2022)


Ελληνική μετάφραση (Greek)
Deutsch Übersetzung (German)
Traduzione Italiano (Italian)
English Translation (English)
Traduction en Français (French)
Original in Espanol

To the people of Mexico,

To the peoples of the world,

To the Sixth National and International,

to the media

We denounce that on February 15 at around 1:20 a.m., the repressive forces of the bad government, made up of members of the National Guard, the state police of Puebla and the municipal police of Juan C. Bonilla, invaded and dismantled the spaces of resistance and organization of the Casa de los Pueblos Altepelmecalli, an autonomous cultural and political space that until March 22, 2021 was the physical plant of the Bonafont company, a transnational company that has stolen and overexploited the aquifers of the Cholulteca region for years.

March 6, 2022

Zapatistas: 'After the battle, no landscape will remain. (On the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine)'

After the battle, no landscape will remain. (On the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine)

Zapatista Sixth Commission

After the battle, no landscape will remain
(On the Russian army’s invasion of Ukraine)

Original in Espanol
Deutsch Übersetzung (German)
Traduzione Italiano (Italian)
فارسی (Farsi)
Tradução Em Portugês (Portuguese)
ελληνική μετάφραση (Greek)
Перевод на Русский язык (Russian)
Slovenski Prevod (Slovenian)
Tłumaczenie Polskie (Polish)
Translation in Français (French)
March 2, 2022

To those who signed the Declaration for Life:
To the Sixth in Mexico and abroad:
Compañer@s, brothers and sisters:

These are our words and thoughts about what is occurring now in the geography called Europe:

First: There is an aggressor: the Russian army. Big capital’s interests are at play on both sides. It is the peoples of Russia and Ukraine (and soon, perhaps, the peoples of other geographies near or far) who are suffering because of the crazed delusions of some and the cunning economic calculations of others. As Zapatistas, we do not support either state but rather those who are struggling for life against the system.

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump on Shoshone Land: U.S. Racism and Genocide

Photo by Gregor Gable

This is a response to the Department of Energy Request for Additional Information on consent-based siting of nuclear waste facilities. My comments are provided as Secretary of the Native Community Action Council and as an appointee in 2017 to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensing Support Network Advisory Review Panel. The Native Community Action Council is a party with standing in Yucca Mountain Licensing as a deep geologic repository with the only contention of ownership of Yucca Mountain in NRC Docket 63-001. The Native Community Action Council has provided input in 2015 and 2017 and believes the current approach by DOE is fatally flawed and should immediately stop. 

Ian Zabarte, Secretary
Native Community Action Council
Censored News
March 6, 2022

Area 1: Consent-Based Siting Process

1. How should the Department build considerations of social equity and environmental justice into a consent-based siting process?

Consultation is not consent but when done, should be according to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People with free, prior informed consent of Indigenous people affected--a right of self-determination, and in the planning and implementation of projects on our lands defined by treaty, or other constructive agreements with states. The law needs to be enforced and resources directed to indigenous communities for clean-up efforts and proper enforcement.  

March 2, 2022

Mohawks Being Recruited to Fight in Ukraine: Mohawk Mothers Say No to Mercenary Army

We have only three things to say: the good message, the power and the peace [kaianerekowa, the great peace].

By Kahnistersera, Mohawk Mothers

Peter the Great of Russia accepted our wampum belt in 1710. They are our ancient ally. In regards to war, you are right to come to women as we decide whether to go to war or break the peace when our sons go to war. We do not take it lightly.

According to the kaianerekowa, the great peace, our main duty is to maintain and spread the peace to the entire world and to bury all weapons of war. Any Mohawk contingent sent to Ukraine would be to dig a big hole, put all the weapons of war in it and plant a white pine tree of peace.

The good message is that on this planet all living things have the same mother. She is the earth. We all have the source energy our father, creation. That makes us all brothers and sisters. We shall survive and co-exist. 

There can be no mercenary army of Mohawks as we will have nothing to do with war. Especially when it is not in our lands. The peace starts within each individual.

Russia is our ancient ally and we will respect that, particularly in their internal affairs.  

kahnistersera, mohawk mothers


March 1, 2022

Location of 28 Mass Graves at Residential Schools in Canada: Published in 2008

Residential Schools in Canada

Mass Graves at former Indian Residential Schools and Hospitals across Canada

By Hidden from History 
Published at Atlantic Free Press
Contributed by Brenda Norrell
April 15, 2008
Updated on Censored News January 2023

Trigger warning for content. This list of 28 mass graves of Native children who died of starvation, disease, torture, and murder, at residential schools in Canada was published in 2008. 

The information was published by Hidden from History from historical data and survivor and eyewitness accounts. The children were stolen from their families by churches and government Indian agents. Parents who hid their children were to be imprisoned, by Canadian law.

Instead of being schools, these were militarized prison facilities where children were incarcerated and subjected routinely to beatings and abuse. -- Censored News.

Children to be asked in ceremony for permission to search for graves. Sept. 2021

Harriet Nahanee, an eyewitness to the murder of Maise Shaw on Dec. 24, 1946, at the Alberni School (1995.) Harriet, one of the first to speak out publicly, died of pneumonia and lung cancer after being jailed for activism to protect the environment in 2007.

A. British Columbia

1. Port Alberni:

Presbyterian-United Church school (1895-1973), now occupied by the
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (NTC) office, Kitskuksis Road . Gravesite is a series of sinkhole rows in hills 100 metres due west of the NTC building, in thick foliage, past an unused water pipeline. Children also interred at Tseshaht reserve cemetery, and in wooded gully east of Catholic cemetery on River Road.

Murder at the Alberni and Ahousat United Church Schools
Stanley Sam, an eyewitness to the beating death of Albert Gray in Nov. 1938 
at the Ahousat school (1996)

2. Alert Bay :

St. Michael’s Anglican school (1878-1975), situated on Cormorant Island offshore from Port McNeill. Presently the building is used by Namgis First Nation. The site is an overgrown field adjacent to the building, and also under the foundations of the present new building, constructed during the 1960s. Skeletons seen “between the walls”.

Murder at the Kuper Island Catholic School
Former Kuper Island student Bill Seward, whose sister Margaret
was "thrown from a third-story window by a nun" and died.

3. Kuper Island: Catholic school

(1890-1975), offshore from Chemainus. The land occupied by Penelakut Band. The former building is destroyed except for a staircase. Two grave sites:  one immediately south of the former building, in a field containing a conventional cemetery; another at the west shoreline in a lagoon near the main dock.

Update July 13, 2021: 160 graves found at Kuper Island:

4. Nanaimo Indian Hospital:  Indian Affairs and United Church experimental facility (1942-1970) on Department of National Defense land. Buildings now destroyed. Gravesites are immediately east of former buildings on Fifth Avenue, adjacent to and south of Malaspina College.

Updates Nanaimo, Sept. 2021

5. Mission: St. Mary’s Catholic school (1861-1984), adjacent to and north of Lougheed Highway and Fraser River Heritage Park. Original school buildings are destroyed, but many foundations are visible on the grounds of the Park.

In this area there are two gravesites: a) immediately adjacent to former girls’ dormitory and present cemetery for priests, and a larger mass grave in an artificial earthen mound, north of the cemetery among overgrown foliage and blackberry bushes, and b) east of the old school grounds, on the hilly slopes next to the field leading to the newer school building which is presently used by the Sto:lo First Nation. Hill site is 150 metres west of the building.

6. North Vancouver: Squamish (1898-1959) and Sechelt (1912-1975) Catholic schools, buildings destroyed. Graves of children who died in these schools interred in the Squamish Band Cemetery, North Vancouver.

7. Sardis: Coqualeetza Methodist-United Church school (1889-1940), then experimental hospital run by the federal government (1940-1969). Native burial site next to Sto:lo reserve and Little Mountain school, also possibly adjacent to the former school-hospital building.

8. Cranbrook: St. Eugene Catholic school (1898-1970), recently converted into a tourist “resort” with federal funding, resulting in the covering-over of a mass burial site by a golf course in front of the building. Numerous gravesites are around and under this golf course.

Update June 30, 2021: 128 Unmarked graves located at St. Eugene School. Survivor describes abuse endured by children.

9. Williams Lake: Catholic school (1890-1981), buildings destroyed but foundations intact, five miles south of city. Gravesites reported north of school grounds and under foundations of the tunnel-like structure.

Update January 2023: More graves found: Babies burned in incinerators after sexual abuse

10. Meares Island (Tofino): Kakawis-Christie Catholic school (1898-1974). Buildings incorporated into Kakawis Healing Centre. Body storage room reported in the basement, adjacent to burial grounds south of the school.

11. Kamloops : Catholic school (1890-1978). Buildings are intact. Mass grave south of the school, adjacent to and amidst orchard. Numerous burials witnessed there.

Update June 2021: 215 remains located in mass grave at Kamloops.
Survivor said Kamloops was a labor camp, with sexual abuse of students by school staff at night. Radio interview KPFA 2021.

12. Lytton: St. George’s Anglican school (1901-1979). Graves of students flogged to death, and others, reported under floorboards and next to the playground.

13. Fraser Lake: Lejac Catholic school

(1910-1976), buildings destroyed. Graves reported under old foundations and between the walls.

Sterilizations, abortions and medical experiments

United Church Sterilization Centre, Bella Bella BC
W.R. Large Memorial Hospital site of sterilizations and medical 
experiments between at least 1923 and 1969.


1. Edmonton: United Church school (1919-1960), present site of the Poundmaker Lodge in St. Albert . Graves of children reported south of former school site, under the thick hedge that runs north-south, adjacent to memorial marker.

2. Edmonton: Charles Camsell Hospital (1945-1967), building intact, an experimental hospital run by Indian Affairs and United Church. Mass graves of children from the hospital reported south of the building, near staff garden.

Update Edmonton Hospital, Aug. 7, 2021

3. Saddle Lake: Blue Quills Catholic school (1898-1970), building intact, skeletons and skulls observed in the basement furnace. Mass grave reported adjacent to the school.

Update: Genocide at Blue Quills at Saddle Lake, Jan. 2023
Children murdered by pushing them down stairs and feeding them raw poisonous milk.

4. Hobbema: Ermineskin Catholic school (1916-1973), five intact skeletons observed in school furnace. Graves under former building foundations.

Update March 4, 2022
169 graves located at Grouard Mission site, Kapawe'no:


1. Brandon: Methodist-United Church school (1895-1972). Building intact. Burials reported west of the school building. 2. Portage La Prairie: Presbyterian-United Church school (1895-1950). Children buried at nearby Hillside Cemetery.

3. Norway House:

Methodist-United Church school (1900-1974). “Very old” gravesite next to the former school building, demolished by United Church in 2004.


1. Thunder Bay: Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, still in operation. Experimental centre. Women and children reported buried adjacent to hospital grounds.

St Anne’s Indian Residential School in Fort Albany. In the basement was an electric chair that was used to terrorize children. Many of the survivors are still trying to access their records in order to settle their case. ⁦
The Pope these records. (2022 update)

2. Sioux Lookout: Pelican Lake Catholic school (1911-1973). Burials of children in the mound near to the school. 3. Kenora: Cecilia Jeffrey school, Presbyterian-United Church (1900-1966). Large burial mound east of the former school. 4. Fort Albany: St. Anne’s Catholic school (1936-1964). Children killed in electric chair buried next to the school. 5. Spanish: Catholic school (1883-1965). Numerous graves.

6. Brantford: Mohawk Institute, Anglican church (1850-1969), building intact. Series of graves in the orchard behind the school building, under rows of trees.

7. Sault Ste. Marie: Shingwauk Anglican school (1873-1969), some intact buildings. Several graves of children reported on grounds of the old school.

Update: Document shows children buried at Shingwauk, their age and cause of death. 'The Shingwauk Files,' by Censored News, June 2021.


1. Montreal: Allan Memorial Institute, McGill University, still in operation since opening in 1940. MKULTRA experimental centre. Mass grave of children killed there north of the building, on southern slopes of Mount Royal behind the stone wall.

Residential school survivors used in medical experiments filed lawsuits.

Hidden from History "Forced Abortions and Secret Burials - Port Alberni BC
-Catholic cemetery west of Port Alberni, across from the Alberni residential school, where children were buried in secret."
Hidden from History: "Forced Abortions and Secret Burials - Port Alberni BC
West Coast General Hospital, where forced abortions were performed on native students made pregnant by Alberni residential school staff, and where dead bodies from the school were stored under false death certificates."


Update 2021: 
751 unmarked graves found at Cowessess First Nation residential school in Saskatchewan.

Update January 2023:
Star Blanket Cree Nation, Qu'Appelle Indian Residential School

An indigenous nation in Canada said it has discovered evidence of possible unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school.

Star Blanket Cree Nation said a ground-penetrating radar had revealed the jawbone fragment of a small child and more than 2,000 "areas of interest".

Areas for this most recent search were identified after testimonials from elders and former students of the former Qu'Appelle Indian Residential School.

Sources of list published in 2008 :

- Eyewitness accounts from survivors of these institutions, cataloged in Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust (2nd ed., 2005) by Kevin Annett. Other accounts are from local residents. See

Documents and other material from the Department of Indian Affairs RG

10 microfilm series on Indian Residential Schools in Koerner Library, University of B.C.

- Survey data and physical evidence obtained from gravesites in Port Alberni, Mission, and other locations.

This is a partial list and does not include all of the gravesites connected to Indian residential schools and hospitals across Canada. In many cases, children who were dying of diseases were sent home to die by school and church officials, and the remains of other children who died at the school were incinerated in the residential school furnaces.

This information is submitted by The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) to the world media, the United Nations, and to the International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC). The IHRTGC will commence its investigations on

April 15, 2008, on Squamish Nation territory.

For more information on the independent inquiry into genocide in Canada being conducted by the IHRTGC, write to:

10 April 2008
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