August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, August 15, 2022

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs in Vancouver -- Protest of Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

"When you drink that water, it is in your body, it is in your DNA."
"We will protect what we have."

Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust

August 15, 2022

Gidimt'en Checkpoint on Facebook

Come stand in solidarity with Wet'suwt'en hereditary chiefs as their Nation to Nation tour passes through Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Speakers will provide updates from the Yintah and from the tour. Bring your drums. #WETSUWETENSTRONG

Today in Vancouver: Wet'suwet'en block street downtown to protest Coastal Gaslink pipeline in northern B.C.

Wet'suwet'en Block Traffic in Vancouver in Protest of Coastal Gaslink Pipeline

A large rally planned in Vancouver to protest the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. blocked traffic Monday morning.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs were joined by supporters for a rally outside Vancouver City Hall. The group then planned to march downtown before noon. At about 11:45 a.m., Vancouver police confirmed a demonstration had all northbound lanes of the Cambie Street Bridge closed.

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Wet'suwet'en protest of Coastal Gaslink pipeline today blocks traffic in downtown Vancouver. Watch video coverage at Gidimt'en Checkpoint on Facebook:


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Iwi leader up against New Zealand's biggest climate polluters in Supreme Court

Iwi Mike Smith

Iwi Mike Smith faced off with 30 attorneys in today's hearing.
                                                     Photo courtesy Mike Smith.

Iwi leader up against NZ’s biggest climate polluters in Supreme Court

Press statement
Monday 15 August 2022
Watch live during court sessions

Iwi leader Mike Smith is facing off against some of New Zealand’s biggest climate polluters today in the Supreme Court.

Smith is suing fossil fuel and dairy companies, including Genesis Energy, Fonterra, and Z Energy for public nuisance and negligence for their contributions to climate change. Over the next three days, the Supreme Court will decide whether the polluter companies may be breaching important duties to New Zealanders and ought to face a full trial.

Smith (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu), who is co-chair of the climate directorate for the Iwi Chairs Forum, says that it is now or never to hold climate polluters to account.

“We are running out of time to curb the climate crisis. The Government has failed us on climate change, and it won’t act in time because every effort is undermined by lobbying from climate polluting interests. My hope is that the Courts can play their vital role and help stop the biggest wrong of all times.

The Struggle for Survival -- Energy, Genocide and the Targeting of Leonard Peltier

Creator Nabahe Kadenehe, Alliance for Survival. Courtesy Bard College 'Observer'

The Struggle for Survival -- Energy, Genocide and the Targeting of Leonard Peltier

Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Four Corners Energy Map of 1980 was published in the Bard College newsletter, "Observer." The article details genocide in Indian country, the energy war in Indian country, and the targeting of Leonard Peltier.

The genocide of Native people by the United States government was carried out by murder, removal of children to boarding schools and foster homes, exploitation of energy resources, sterilization of women, and forced relocation. The cultural genocide was also carried out by missionaries and churches.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Is Montreal Ashamed of Mount Royal Cross?'


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MNN. Aug 13, 2022. Here are two articles on “Mohawk Mothers” who asked for the removal of the Mount Royal Cross, translated from French. First, from Quebec reactionary  Mathieu Bock-Coté, followed by a response published on Aug. 11, 2022, in The Metro Journal By Philippe Blouin, PhD. candidate McGill, and Guillaume G. Poirier,  doctorate candidate, U. of Ottawa. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Tribute to Allen Cooper: Radio man battling for the people

Photo by Barbara and Peter Clark. Allen at Standing Rock, with Don Cuny of Oglala.
They were both at Wounded Knee.

A KUNM Volunteer and an Activist of a Thousand Battles

Allen Fairfax Cooper

August 10, 1938-August 7, 2022

By Kent Paterson

Censored News

Brash, outspoken, committed and passionate. Just a few of the words that describe Allen Cooper. The former KUNM volunteer passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022, a few days shy of his 84th birthday. A sailor, political activist, VW mechanic, educator, laborer, private investigator, and radio-cablevision host, Cooper wore many hats in his long and storied life. Yet he was always fighting the powers-that-be and struggling alongside oppressed, marginalized and subjugated peoples and communities from New Mexico to Mississippi to Central America and other reaches of the globe-sometimes at the risk of his own life.

KUNM was an essential part of Cooper's life. As a young Navy veteran and UNM student back in the early 1960s, "Coop," as his friends frequently called him, first became familiar with KNMD, a small, student-run radio station that had just opened in the basement of the UNM Student Union Building and was heard only on campus. In 1966 the station got a transmitter, was granted an FCC license, and began broadcasting with the new call letters KUNM.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

COVID: Masks Mandated on Pine Ridge, Rapid Spread on Navajo Nation

Dineh volunteer Bitahnii Wilson delivers water to Dineh and Hopi
elders and others in need. K'eh Native Action.

COVID: Masks Mandated on Pine Ridge, Rapid Spread on Navajo Nation 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Oglala Lakota Nation said masks are now required due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19.

"As of today, August 11, 2022, Oglala Lakota County has gone into the High COVID-19 Community Level. Per Oglala Sioux Tribe Ordinance 22-53, Masks are now Mandatory in Oglala Lakota County," the Oglala Lakota Nation said.

CDC August 12, 2022 Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota
High level COVID

On the Navajo Nation, there were 226 new cases, and four deaths, reported on Wednesday. Today, there were 127 new cases of COVID. Now, 1,871 Dineh have died from the virus. Currently, 69 Navajo communities have an uncontrolled spread of the virus, the Navajo Nation said.

The Money Pump -- Non-Profits in Indian Country: Fraud, Secrecy and Deep Deception

Iron Eyes Cody, an Italian who masqueraded as an Indian, and Princess Pale Moon, both were exposed as frauds. They were part of the non-profit American Indian Heritage Foundation television commercials before the non-profit was shut down. It solicited both cash and land in its "Give the land back to the Indians" campaign. (Photo Iron Eyes Cody presents President Jimmy Carter with a headdress on April 21, 1978. Photo courtesy of Peter Bregg/Associated Press)

The Money Pump -- Non-Profits in Indian Country: Fraud, Secrecy and Deep Deception

Censored News spent months looking at the tax records of non-profits in Indian country. Here's what we found: The non-profit structure puts lots of money into the pockets of a few.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Updated July 19, 2022

The average income in Indian country is $40,000.

The average salary of an executive director at a non-profit in Indian country is $100,000.

Some directors' salaries are $200,000 or more.

Many executive directors of non-profits in Indian country have been playing poor, especially when grassroots groups asked for funding. Now, their tax documents are online.

The tax records show hundreds of thousands, or millions, coming in each year to non-profits, with directors giving themselves lavish salaries and expense accounts, and many funneling money to family members.

The Exploitation of O'odham Sacred Lifeways

Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham elder, said non-profits are exploiting the sacred.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Bold Warrior Woman Olowan Sara Martinez Soars to Spirit World

Olowan photo by Keri Pickett

Red Warrior Camp Water Protector, who led shut down of predatory White Clay -- Olowan Sara Martinez Takes Flight
 to Spirit World

Olowan Sara Martinez
February 14, 1974 ~ August 5, 2022

Olowan was born on February 14,1974 to Angelo "Angel" Martinez and Victoria "Vicky" Thunder Hawk. Olowan made her journey to the Spirit World on August 5, 2022 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Olowan is Oglala Lakota of the Tituwan band of the Ocheti Sakowin and O'otham, the original people of the Valley of the Sun, she makes her home in the Porcupine community, Oglala Lakota homelands in South Dakota.

Her Lakota name is Oyate Ikiya Najin Win.

Five New Historic Sites 'Discovered' in the 11th Hour at Thacker Pass

Five New Historic Sites “Discovered” in the 11th Hour at Thacker Pass

By Will Falk
Censored News
French Translation by Christine Prat

OROVADA, Nevada (August 9, 2022) — For over a year, Nevada and Oregon Indian tribes have been accusing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of rushing tribal consultation for Lithium Nevada Corp.’s planned Thacker Pass lithium mine and of failing to account for Native American sacred sites and the site of an 1865 massacre.

These allegations appear to be true as BLM has now informed area tribes that they have “discovered” five “new” historic sites in Thacker Pass, including the massacre site. BLM is now legally required to reopen tribal consultation about the new sites, which could suspend construction activities for months.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

AIM in Solidarity with United Farm Workers: The March to Sacramento

KPFA Radio's Frank Sterling of AIM solidarity with United Farm Workers and the American Indian Movement, in solidarity on the Walk to Sacramento in support of AB 2183, farmworker right to vote without harassment or intimidation. Photo courtesy Tony Gonzales, AIM West.

Farm workers on 24-day, 335-mile sacrificial march urging Newsom to sign farm worker voting rights bill

By United Farm Workers
August 1, 2022

DELANO, Calif.—With the fight to preserve voting rights against voter suppression underway nationwide, California farm workers are staging a sacrificial 24-day, 335-mile peregrinacion (pilgrimage or march) from Delano to Sacramento during the heat of summer to convince Governor Gavin Newsom to sign their bill giving farm workers protection from intimidation in elections to choose a union. Today, they must nearly always vote on grower property, amidst cynical voter suppression through abuse and intimidation by foremen, supervisors, and labor contractors.

Yakama and Umatilla Tribes Unite for Comprehensive Salmon Recovery

Yakama and Umatilla Tribes unite for comprehensive salmon recovery

Tribes call for inclusive solutions to saving Columbia Basin salmon


Andrea Tulee, Public Information Officer
Kaeleen McGuire, Public Relations Specialist

PRESCOTT, Washinton –– On Tuesday, Aug. 9, tribal leaders from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at Fishhook Park to advocate for working together to restore Columbia Basin salmon populations. The event highlighted the power of partnerships in finding comprehensive solutions to salmon recovery.

Leaders from Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) celebrated the role of salmon in Northwest Native cultures and recommended taking immediate action to ensure endangered salmon do not go extinct.

The tribes also advocated for a comprehensive fish restoration strategy, which included considering breaching the four lower Snake River dams. They noted that tribes regularly work with non-Native communities to find collaborative solutions to challenges in the region—and they can do so again to keep these vital fish from disappearing forever.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Sacred Lands are Sacrifice Zones in Biden's Climate Chaos

“Energy Sacrifice Zone” sign near Counselor, New Mexico, in the Greater Chaco region. Credit: Jimmy Cloutier/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

“We Can’t Frack Our Way to a Safe Climate” — Frontline Groups Slam Inflation Reduction Act 

As communities call for Biden to declare climate emergency, Greater Chaco Coalition and allies issue statements decrying oil and gas handouts that will only serve to perpetuate sacrifice zones and climate chaos

Contact: Mario Atencio, Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment,   

Julia Bernal, Pueblo Action Alliance

Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians

August 8, 2022

French translation for Censored News by Christine Prat

FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO — In tying clean energy, climate, and environmental justice investments to the perpetuation of the federal fossil fuels leasing program, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) guarantees continued sacrifice of more sacred landscapes like the Greater Chaco region and threatens to undo any climate action progress it makes.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Run4Salmon -- A Delectable Conclusion -- Photos by Dan Bacher

The Run4Salmon 2022 concluded with a ceremony and salmon cooked the traditional way under the guidance of Dania Colegrove, Hoopa Valley Tribe Member and Richard Myers, Yurok Tribe Beach, on Muir Beach on August 1. Salmon on their way back to the Central Valley rivers historically go to Muir Beach and other areas along the Marin County Coast to feed just before making their long journey up the rivers. Photo by Dan Bacher.

Run4Salmon, A Delectable Conclusion
 Photos by Dan Bacher

Elbit: Merchants of death and surveillance in Palestine and the Tohono O'odham Nation

Photos: Killed in the past 48 hours in Gaza: -Alaa Qaddoum, 5, Ahmad Alnairab, 11, Momen Alnairab, 5, Mohammed Hassouna, 14, Khalil Abu Hamads, 17, and Hazem Salem, 12. Surveillance tower on western Tohono O'odham Nation, photo copyright Ofelia Rivas. A vehicle of the U.S. Border Patrol. Agents can now view live video on their laptops on the Tohono O'odham Nation from Elbit's spy towers in traditional remote O'odham communities.

Elbit Systems: 48 Hours of Death and Stalking

Elbit: Merchants of death and surveillance in Palestine and the Tohono O'odham Nation

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News
August 7, 2022
French translation by Christine Prat

This is what Elbit Systems' weapons and surveillance did in the past 48 hours -- murdered six Palestinian children, including a five-year-old girl and two brothers, and terrified children during Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Apache Stronghold: China Seeks to Loot Apache Sacred Place for China's Own Uses

Wendsler Nosie, Sr. Photo by Steve Pavey


China Seeks to Loot Apache Sacred Place for China’s Own Uses

China seeks foothold on U.S. with Oak Flat land grab by mining giants Rio Tinto & BHP

Apache Stronghold organization taking religious freedom case to the U.S. Supreme Court

By Apache Stronghold
Contact: Wendsler Nosie, Sr. 

Chi’chil Biłdagoteel, Apache Treaty Land | Oak Flat, Arizona, USA (August 4, 2022) –– This week the People’s Republic of China made claims again on the island of Taiwan, this time threatening force and scrambling jet fighters at the U.S. plane approaching Taiwan earlier today with U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi aboard the U.S. passenger jet.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Pope and Murder Inc. Will Pay the Price'



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MNN. Aug. 3, 2022. Kahnistensera Mohawk Mothers, of Kahnawake have the duty to the unborn by sending the following report to the International Court of Justice in The Hague that Pope Paul has plead guilty to committing genocide of children in Indian Residential Schools in Canada. They demand justice. The motive was to kill, cause serious bodily and mental harm, inflict conditions of life to totally annihilate the indigenous people in order to steal turtle island and its resources. The kaianerekowa, our way, states, “Don’t fight until you die. Fight until you win!” We don’t recognize the catholic or any churches’ doctrine to carry out this murder for hire on behalf of Canada. Take down the cross which is the Nazi flag of turtle island. We do not accept the apology as his and the churches’ sentence for murdering millions of us.


LETTER “TO: International Court of Justice, Peace Palace, 2517 KJ The Hague, The Netherlands

Oglala Lakota Nation: 'History of Abuses' Results in Registration Required for Churches

Lakota elder confronts the Dream Center about their white vans coming into Oglala Lakota communities on Pine Ridge and picking up children.

Oglala Lakota Nation: 'History of Abuses'  Results in Registration Required for Churches

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

PINE RIDGE, South Dakota -- 
The Oglala Lakota Nation's new ordinance requiring churches and missionaries to register is due to their history of global abuses to Indigenous Peoples, and lasting damage to Lakotas, the ordinance states.

"The history of abuses by the churches upon Indigenous peoples has caused generational trauma for Indigenous peoples across the world," states the Oglala Lakota Nation's ordinance.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Riding the Trails with Dineh Gene Shepherd

Keams Canyon

Riding the Trails Photos with Gene Shepherd, Dineh

By Gene Shepherd
Censored News

Why do I ride the trails?
Why do I go?
What am I to find?
Which trail to take at the fork?
What am I looking for?
"In Tribute to my Elders, Past and Present "
"Honoring my Elders"
"Eiihaniih, Remembrance"

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