Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 29, 2022

Water Protectors File Appeal in Standing Rock Class Action Lawsuit -- Water Protectors Shot by Chemical Weapons, Explosive Grenades of Law Enforcement

Photo by Paiute Shoshone Journalist Myron Dewey, Standing Rock, Oct. 13, 2016.  Myron was killed in September when a truck pulled into his lane and hit his vehicle head-on, on an isolated dirt road near his family's home in Yomba, Nevada.

Water Protectors File Appeal in Dundon v. Kirchmeier Standing Rock Civil Rights Class Action

By Water Protector Legal Collective
Contact: Rachel Lederman or Natali Segovia
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Earth Day this year marks an important day for Water Protectors who are still seeking accountability from Morton County and law enforcement for mass human rights violations committed over five years ago at Standing Rock.

Today, Water Protectors filed an appeal in the Dundon v. Kirchmeier civil rights case. Dundon v. Kirchmeier is a federal civil rights class-action lawsuit in which six named plaintiffs are seeking redress on behalf of hundreds of #NoDAPL Water Protectors who were injured by law enforcement on the night of November 20, 2016.

On December 29, 2021, the North Dakota District Court threw out the Water Protectors’ lawsuit, finding that law enforcement was justified in unleashing a ten-hour-long barrage of impact munitions, chemical weapons, explosive grenades and freezing water on unarmed, nonviolent water protectors. The court decision was deeply flawed and let law enforcement off the hook relying heavily on the doctrine of qualified immunity.

Mohawk Nation News: 'Mohawk Mothers on Language Warpath'


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MNN. Apr. 29, 2022. The kahnistersera mohawk mothers are using the words of peace and not the language of war. They proclaim that the only languages on turtle island are indigenous languages. The rest are foreign languages. Genocide is foreign dictators that  murder indigenous people and their languages. To force anyone to do anything is genocide and slavery. The French and English both depend on the indigenous by squatting on their land and stealing their natural resources and the most fundamental right to speak their language. Residential and Indian Day School on pain of death forced the indigenous to speak languages foreign to onowarekeh, turtle island. They must leave. 

Tabled in April, Bill 96 is Quebec’s plan to upgrade the French language which is dying out. The French never asked the onkwehonweh if they could speak French outside their homes. Now they have not asked the onkwehonweh if they can upgrade their language. The mohawk mothers object according to their interpretation of the kaianerekowa. On okwehonweh land only the original people can decide everything. The squatting dictator cannot pass a dictatorial law to be enforced by extortion and threats. The French and British have no right to invade anyone and plant their symbols of hate [like flags, crosses, swastikas, band councils, reserves, residential schools, and other horrific reminders of genocide].   

April 28, 2022

Dine' and Pueblo Protecting Greater Chaco from Oil and Gas: Biden has reneged on promise

Greater Chaco Protection Means More Than Lines on a Map

Impacted Community Members Call for Landscape Level Safeguards at BLM Public Meetings 

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April 28, 2022

FARMINGTON, New Mexico -- This week Greater Chaco Coalition members are participating in public meetings as part of the Department of Interior’s “Honoring Chaco Initiative”, urging the Bureau of Land Management to protect the entirety of the Greater Chaco Landscape and address the cumulative impacts of oil and gas on communities and Tribal Nations. 

Dine' Allottees Against Extraction said, As a collective of Diné allotment owners and heirs, we stand in direct support of the 20-year ten-mile withdrawal that will help to protect the Greater Chaco landscape and those who call this space home."

Mexican Police Surround Indigenous Triqui, Relocate to Garbage Dump


The Mexican government violently forced the Triqui community out of their protest camp and relocated them to a garbage dump on Monday. When the Triquis refused to live in these terrible conditions they were encapsulated by riot police for more than 40 hours.

The Triqui community from Tierra Blanca, Oaxaca is in Mexico City demanding their land be returned. In 2020, armed groups with the support of bad politicians stole their territory. Tomorrow they’ll hold a press conference in the exact place they were kicked out of.



April 26, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Declaration: Immediate Removal of Mount Royal Cross'



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MNN. Apr. 25, 2022. The kahnistensera mohawk mothers have issued a declaration according to the kaianerekowa, the great peace, that the cross, a religous thought control symbol so people can never use their own minds and to just “believe” lies, to be taken down.

The cross is a symbol of domination, genocide and the violation of the kaianerekowa. Under this cross are unmarked graves of indigenous people that have been slaughtered by the invaders. Every indian residential school has a cross where the children were slaughtered. The mind control symbol is on top of tekanontak [Mount Royal] a kanienkehaka village. The cross controls the minds of everyone who looks at it, thinks about it and worships it.



This cross is for remembrance of the genocide that continues to this day. The invaders are occupying property that will never be conveyed. McGill University is being sued in the Quebec Superior court by the mohawk mothers. the first court date is May 30th [Quebec Superior Court Montreal 500-17-120468-221]. The trespassers need to vacate our land. They were never invited here. Never.  

The mohawk mothers have made the ruling under the kaianerekowa, the great peace, to remove this symbol immediately.  

Those who carried out and benefitted from the murders of the original people can begin arranging their affairs immediately and leave turtle island or unless they commit to acknowledge the great peace as the only law of turtle island. All symbols of systemic injustice and hatred will be removed from our land.

The original people refuse to look up every day and be reminded of the horror, anger, suffering and gross mind control experiments carried out by the Allen Memorial of McGill University, the CIA and Canadian government that this cross represents. All original onkwehonweh placenames will be restore because our mother hates to be to called such names as St. Louis de ha-ha-ha  and every other foreign name. 

We are not letting them get away with helping to conduct the biggest holocaust in all mankind of the original people on great turtle island. When the cross comes down we can have some peace of mind. Thank you.  

Those so-called ‘indians’ who went to Rome and kissed the Pope’s ring show their subservience just like mafia underlings who kiss the Godfather’s ring. True indigenous people would never kiss the ring of a glorified serial killer. Yes, a culture that aggrandizes serial killers as these crosses do has got to go. 

As the Allman Brothers sing: “I  have not come to testify about our bad bad misfortune and i ain’t here wondering, but i’ll live on and i’ll be strong because it just ain’t my cross the bear. I sat down and wrote you a long letter. It was just the other day. It said, “Sure as the sunrises baby, tomorrow i’ll be up and on my way. But i’ll live on and i’ll be strong cause it just ain’t my cross to bear.”  mohawknationnews  box 997, kahnawake quebec canada J0L 1B0






'Women of the White Buffalo' Lakota Women of Pine Ridge and Rosebud: A New Source of Hope

'Women of the White Buffalo' now available to watch online

Women of the White Buffalo
An ancient, Native, matriarchal society has been upended by centuries of genocide and colonialism. This has resulted in culturally sabotaged and isolated communities that are in a constant struggle to save what remains of their sacred identity. The Lakota women living on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations in South Dakota, are rising up against the forces that continue to suppress them. By preserving and protecting their ancestral values and wisdom, they provide a source of hope to their people.

With exclusive access to the lives of 9 women, ranging in age from 10 to 98, we explore powerful testimonials of loss and survival as we gain insight into the experience of a modern-day Indigenous American living on an Indian Reservation. Gripping historical accounts and startling timely statistics guide viewers down the path that has led to these present-day conditions.

The indelible voices of these determined women inspire us with their strength, gifting us with ancient insights that speak to our current global, environmental and cultural crises. These are the powerfully rich stories of the brave women and children living in the poorest county in the United States.

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April 24, 2022

Winnemem Wintu Victory: Court Rejects Crystal Geyser Bottled Water Permit

Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk speaks in front of the Crystal Geyser plant in Mount Shasta City. |

Winnemem Wintu and W.A.T.E.R. Victory: Appeals Court Rejects Crystal Geyser EIR Project Approval

By Dan Bacher

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In a victory for a community effort led by the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review (W.A.T.E.R.), California’s Third District Court of Appeal ruled in the groups’ favor in a long-running fight against approvals by Siskiyou County and the City of Mt. Shasta for the Crystal Geyser Water Company (CGWC) bottling plant project. W.A.T.E.R. is a grassroots, community non-profit organization based in Mt. Shasta, California.

April 23, 2022

Navajo Nation -- Fifteen Dine' Deaths from COVID-19 Reported -- April 23, 2022

Dine' volunteer Bitahnii Wilson (right) hauls water to Dine' 
this week. About one-third of Dine' do not have running water.
Photo courtesy Bitahnii Wilson. K'eh Native Action

Navajo Nation reports 15 Dine' deaths from COVID. New Mexico reports virus continues to spread in bordertown nursing homes.

Brenda Norrell
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The Navajo Nation reports 15 deaths from COVID-19 and 20 new cases today. Some death reports were delayed by outside entities. The State of New Mexico reports the spread of coronavirus continues in bordertown nursing homes in Farmington, Aztec and Gallup.

April 22, 2022

Democracy Now! Dine' 'Powerlands' Filmmaker Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso



We continue our Earth Day special by looking at how Indigenous peoples are protecting the Earth. We follow the journey of Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso, an award-winning queer Navajo filmmaker whose new film “Powerlands” shows how corporations like Peabody, the world’s largest private coal company, have devastated her homeland. She also connects with Indigenous communities in Colombia, the Philippines, Mexico and Standing Rock facing the same struggle. “The most important thing about the film to know is that it’s for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people … and it’s about showing this global scale,” says Manybeads Tso in an extended interview that features clips from her travels to several continents. “Powerlands” recently won the award for Best Feature at the 2022 American Documentary and Animation Film Festival.

April 21, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Jay Treaty Must Become 'Love Train' for Peace'

Jay Treaty Must Become Love Train for Peace

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MNN. Apr. 21, 2022. What’s the fuss over the Jay Treaty? It does not exist on great turtle island [the Western Hemisphere] for the sovereign indigenous people. International law exists as long as it serves the United States. So there is no international law. Article 2 of the Jay Treaty of Trade and Commerce 1794 acknowledges that there are no borders for indigenous people because the supreme law of great turtle island is the kaianerekowa and indigenous laws have been here since time immemorial. Canada commits a crime when they refuse to acknowledge the kaianerekowa and do not allow indigenous from anywhere in the Western Hemisphere to pass and repass the artificial borders placed anywhere on turtle island by the invaders.

Dine' Urge Real Climate Solutions as the Navajo Nation Council Continues Backdoor Deals

Dine' protest outside the Navajo Nation Council

Dine' Urge Real Climate Solutions as the Navajo Nation Council Continues Backdoor Deals 

By Brenda Norrell

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French translation by Christine Prat

NAVAJO NATION CAPITOL -- What is the Navajo Nation Council doing to stop the egregious acts on the Navajo Nation, what real solutions are being offered to combat climate change, and who are the shareholders of Navajo Oil and Gas, which is benefitting financially from the destruction of the land, water and air. These are the questions Dine' asked during the protest outside the Navajo Nation Council on Monday.


Dine' protesting outside the Navajo Nation Council questioned who are the shareholders of Navajo Oil and Gas. The Navajo Oil and Gas website today shows these shareholders -- leading with Navajo Council Speaker Seth Damon. It is owned by the Navajo Nation and owns and operates oil and natural gas interests in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, according to its website. Since it is owned by the Navajo Nation, Dine' protesting outside the Council told Speaker Seth Damon that the Council is not listening to the people. The shareholders and more are on its website at:

Thank you to Marley Shebala, Dine'/Zuni Pueblo reporter here for 40 years, for this video coverage. Marley shared the voices of Dine' who said they are not being heard.

During her coverage, Marley and Dine' elders are refused entry into the spring session of the Navajo Council. Dine' oppose new helium mining at the sacred Beautiful Mountain in Sanostee and in Two Grey Hills. This legislation was reverted back to a committee this week.

Dine' voiced the needs of sexual assault victims and the help needed in the search for missing and murdered Dine' during the protest. Dine' hemp farmers raided by Navajo police said their voices have not been heard. They said people do not know what happened to them during and after the police raid.

Among those here are Dine' from Black Mesa, resisting forced relocation for 50 years because of Peabody Coal's mining which ripped apart the land and poisoned and depleted the springs and the aquifer. They described living without running water, with outhouses, and roads that are not repaired.

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Navajo Times journalist Rima Krisst reports -- "With $1.07 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds idle because the Navajo Nation Council and president’s office are divided over how to spend it, members of the Dzil Yijiin Regional Council marched on the first day of spring session Monday to express concern. Marcus Tulley, president of the regional council, said the protest was to demand Navajo Nation leaders to 'do their job' and approve ARPA spending."

“The people that are suffering are the chapter people,” said Tulley. “They need to stop playing games with these funds and sit down together and iron things out.” The Dzil Yijiin region includes Hardrock, Black Mesa, Forest Lake, Pinon, Whippoorwill, Blue Gap and Low Mountain chapters.

Read the article at Navajo Times.