Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 29, 2022

Defenders of the Sacred on the Frontlines: With Thanks from Censored News

Defenders of the Sacred: Through the years, defenders of the sacred, on the frontline, have shared their stories with us. Here are a few of them. James Main, Chief Johnny Jackson, and Thomas Banyacya gathered on the Navajo Nation in Dilkon and gave birth to a new movement upholding inherent rights and defending the sacred. Robert Free, shown on horseback on left at Wounded Knee, brought heating oil to Indian country from Venezuela. It was Robert's tipi on Alcatraz. Red Warrior Debra White Plume, Lakota, gave the Lewis and Clark Expedition a symbolic blanket of smallpox in South Dakota, as the American Indian Movement told the pretenders to leave. Carter Camp, Ponca, at Wounded Knee. Kahentinetha, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, and Thomas Square, Mohawk Warriors on the southern border.

November 28, 2022

Border Nation featured in Environmental Film Festival

Border Nation featured in the Environmental Film Festival

 Brenda Norrell

Censored News

'Border Nation' is featured in the powerful Environmental Film Festival in Washington. The film follows Ofelia Rivas from her home on the Tohono Oodham Nation to the United Nations, as she describes the abuse by the U.S. Border Patrol and the construction of spy towers in her community, built by Israel's Elbit Systems.
Ofelia is the longtime founder of O'odham Voice Against the Wall, and spokesperson for traditional O'odham elders protecting the culture and sacred places.
Watch 'Border Nation' by Jason Jaacks, and other great Indigenous environmental films, free and online at

November 27, 2022

O'odham Voice Against the Wall Holiday Toy Drive

Holiday Toy Drive

To benefit children in communities on southern O’odham lands for Children 2 to 15 years old. Only, gender-neutral toys, No weapons, No Barbie dolls.

All donations deadline: December 21, 2022, at Noon

Call message number: 520.308.9904


Also donate to O’odham Rights:

O’odham VOICE Against the WALL

P.O. Box 1835

Sells, Arizona 85634

Censored News reader and supporter Lloyd Vivola encourages others to join him and support the toy drive. Lloyd sent this letter to his friends.

November 26, 2022

Operation Chaos: Covert Operation Targeted AIM and International Supporters

Russell Means with U.S. negotiator Ken Frizzell of the Department of Justice and Oglala Lakota chief Tom Bad Cobb look on. (AP)

Censored News is republishing our report on Operation Chaos, the covert operation that was even more secretive than COINTELPRO. The secret surveillance targeted AIM and its international supporters. Wikileaks exposed some of the never seen information in the US government cables. 

Currently, a new film on Buffy Sainte Marie and news articles expose how Buffy was blacklisted in the US by Presidents Johnson and Nixon, at the direction of J. Edgar Hoover, because of her anti-war stance during the Vietnam war and song, 'Universal Soldier.'

In related documents, the Tohono O'odham Nation was the first Native government to become part of the federal government's Fusion Center. The Tohono O'odham government agreed to provide the U.S. government Fusion Center with surveillance. The Fusion Centers are comprised of multi-U.S. law enforcement agencies.

In 2016, the Fusion Center in North Dakota was the command center of the militarized attack on Standing Rock Water Protectors. Law enforcement was directed by TigerSwan mercenaries, according to a statement by Morton County Sheriff's office. Surveillance at Standing Rock included FBI informant Heath Harmon and other informants in camp, surveillance by air, and cell phone tampering.

Operation Chaos: Covert Operation Targeted AIM and International Supporters

Russell Means said Indian Nations are "living in the belly of the monster, and the monster is the United States"

November 24, 2022

'Fighting for Our Lives' Indigenous Voices from UN Climate Summit in Egypt

'Fighting for Our Lives' Indigenous Voices from UN Climate Summit in Egypt

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

They came from drought-stricken Africa and from the villages in the Amazon, where their rivers and forests are under attack. They came from the Pacific, where they battle military waste. They came from the United States where oil and gas wells are now leading the world in dangerous emissions.

Indigenous came from around the world, with the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of climate solutions. Their voices, and protests, echoed around the world.

Ativista indígena, presidente do Instituto Indígena do Tocantins,
artista visual e cantora no grupo Indaçú.

"I come from a beautiful place where nature shows its wise harmony," said this Indigenous activist from the Amazon in Brazil. "Sometimes the wind comes and whispers in my ear, Do not be afraid you are not inferior to anyone. You are not superior to anyone."

November 20, 2022

EGYPT: Dineh Chili Yazzie 'Indigenous Perspective and the Climate Crisis'

Chili Yazzie with Bill Erasmus, former Dene National Chief in Egypt


By Chili Yazzie
Dine' of Shiprock, New Mexico
Presented to the UN Climate Summit COP27
November 10, 2022, in Egypt
French translation by Christine Prat at:
As Indigenous people we have remained on the lands we are original to; remaining intrinsically connected to our lands. The Indigenous Perspective as it speaks to land, water, all of nature is an understanding, an innate realization, an honoring of the sacred reality that the Earth Mother is a spiritual living entity beyond her physical nature. This recognition requires observance to assure the continuum of life; our Indigenous observance through prayer, song and ceremony are constant.

November 19, 2022

Speaking for the Water -- Indigenous Water Protectors Speak for the Children and Rivers

Indigenous at COP27: Speaking out for climate Justice 

Emem Okun of Kebetkache women and member of Grassroots Global Justice's delegation to COP 27 shares her experiences enduring polluted water in her community in the Niger Delta in Nigeria on a panel of Indigenous leaders.

Speaking for the Water -- Indigenous Water Protectors Speak for the Children and Rivers

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Translated into French by Christine Prat at:

Ponca children have asthma and are using inhalers because of the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma, which is now a massive crime scene. In Kenya, children dig for water before going to school. In Nigeria, the water is poisoned by oil and gas wells and fracking and women and children are suffering. 

Speaking during a panel at the United Nations Climate Summit in Egypt, Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca, said she lives in the Occupied Territory of Oklahoma.

"Mass murderers called fossil fuel industries are there to kill us and nothing more," Casey said during an Indigenous Climate Action Panel, after leading a Water Ceremony in the morning.

November 17, 2022

COP27 Draft Fails to Recognize Role of Environmental Human Rights Defenders

Indigenous Lenca water protector Berta Cáceres was killed in March 2016, less than three months after the COP21 climate summit, for her opposition to the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River in Honduras. Photo by Carlos Castro.

COP27 draft declaration fails to recognize role of environmental human rights defenders

Published by Brent Patterson
November 17, 2022

The just-released 20-page draft of the final declaration of the COP27 summit fails to reference environmental human rights defenders.

The UN Human Rights Council has affirmed that “human rights defenders, including environmental human rights defenders, must be ensured a safe and enabling environment to undertake their work free from hindrance and insecurity, in recognition of their important role in supporting States to fulfill their obligations under the Paris Agreement.”

Klamath dams are coming down: The salmon are coming home

Photo by Dan Bacher

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission votes to approve dam removal on Klamath River!

by Dan Bacher
Censored News

Washington, DC — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today unanimously approved the staff recommendation to surrender the license for the four lower PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon and begin the dam removal process.

The vote follows the August 27th release of the FERC staff's final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) recommending the removal of the lower four Klamath River Dams.

Services for Water Protector and Warrior Joye Braun

Dear Cheyenne River Lakota Oyate Family, please note the funeral information for a Cheyenne River Tribal Member with prayerful consideration:

Joye Michelle Braun, age 53, of Eagle Butte, South Dakota, entered the Spirit World on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at her home in Eagle Butte.

A wake service begins at 7:00 PM, Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Cheyenne River Tribe's Bingo Hall at Eagle Butte. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 19, at the Bingo Hall. After a luncheon is served, burial will follow at the UCC Cemetery at LaPlant, South Dakota.

Ninth Circuit to rehear Apache Stronghold case to save Oak Flat


Photo by Steve Pavey

BREAKING: Federal appeals court gives Oak Flat another chance

Ninth Circuit will rehear Apache Stronghold’s appeal to save sacred land

By Apache Stronghold
November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court will take a second look at Apache Stronghold’s appeal to save their sacred site at Oak Flat. In Apache Stronghold v. United States, the Ninth Circuit previously ruled that the federal government could give Oak Flat to a foreign-owned mining company that will swallow the site in a massive crater, ending Apache religious practices forever (Watch this short video to learn more). Today, the court announced that it will rehear the case “en banc”—meaning in front of a full panel of eleven judges—giving Apache Stronghold a second chance to win protection for Oak Flat.

MNN 'Mohawk Mothers Granted -- Injunction October 27, 2022'


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kanien’kehá:ka kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers)

November 14, 2022

Update on next steps – Mohawk Mothers vs SQI et al.


On Thursday, October 27, 2022, at the Quebec Superior Court, Montreal District, the Kanien’kehá:ka Kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers) made history as Justice Gregory Moore granted an interlocutory injunction to immediately halt “any excavation in furtherance of the redevelopment of the Allan Memorial Institute or the Royal Victoria Hospital” until the parties have completed discussions regarding the best archaeological practices to be used.

November 15, 2022

Native Women Speak out at COP27 in Egypt: No More Stolen Sisters, No Fossil Fuel Greenwashing

Julia Fay Bernal, Sandia Pueblo, in Egypt at COP27.

Native Women Speak out at COP27 in Egypt: No More Stolen Sisters, No Fossil Fuel Greenwashing

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Native women from North America joined Indigenous women from around the world speaking out against the greenwashing at the UN Climate Summit in Egypt. Pointing out that fossil fuel man camps have become clusters of abusers in Indian country,  they sent their voices out to the world: "No More Stolen Sisters," and "No More Stolen Relatives."

"Our Pueblo people have fought against colonialism," said Julia Fay Bernal, Sandia Pueblo, at COP27 in Egypt.

November 14, 2022

Indigenous Protest at UN Climate Summit: Natives Protesting Biden have Credentials Removed

The actions of powerful Indigenous women at COP27, led by Ponca and Anishinaabe, under the heavy oppression of Egypt. Indigenous grandmothers and leaders held a water ceremony and marched through COP27 in Egypt calling for respect and protection of water and lands.
Photo and video courtesy Adrien Salazar on Twitter. Listen to the prayer song.

Four activists, Natives and youths from the U.S., have credentials removed after a war cry, and holding up a banner, during Biden's talk at COP27

November 13, 2022

Leonard Peltier Walk to Justice in Washington Nov. 13, 2022

Watch Live Now Sunday Afternoon

Photo courtesy Leonard Peltier Walk to Justice at U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday for
opening arguments of the Indian Child Welfare case.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday, in Brackeen v. Haaland, a case that could gut the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) — a law that establishes basic requirements to protect Native American children from continued forced removal from their families, tribes, and tribal culture, ACLU said.

Indigenous fight for Indigenous children: Shut down law office as Supreme Court hears case

Indigenous Organizers and Allies Fight for Indian Child Welfare Act: Shutting Gibson Dunn's Washington D.C. Law Office

By Ikiya Collective
Censored News
Nov. 9, 2022

WASHINGTON D.C -- This morning Indigenous organizers and allies shut down the lobby of the Gibson Dunn law firm in Washington D.C, protesting their involvement in trying to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act for their big oil client, Energy Transfer.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on Brackeen V. Haaland today and will decide if they will gut ICWA in 2023, which will further weaken tribal sovereignty. Organizers entered the lobby with a drum singing prayer songs before security removed them from the building.

November 11, 2022

Northern Arapaho and Akimel O'otham Hopi Interrupt Biden at COP27: No Time Left for False Solutions

Jamie Wefald, Jacob Johns, Big Wind, and Angela Zhong missed the second week of the climate conference after being suspended for standing up with a “People vs Fossil Fuels” banner during Biden’s speech.

Credentials yanked after war cry and banner drop

Censored News
The Guardian Update
Photo by CNN

Jacob Johns, Akimel O'otham and Hopi, and Big Wind Carpenter, Northern Arapaho,  were among four climate activists whose credentials were removed after their war cry and banner drop during President Biden's address.

Johns told the Guardian, “We’ve been locked out, our voices silenced,” said Johns, 39, a Washington state-based community organizer. “The climate collapse is coming, we are literally fighting for our lives. If we’re not allowed to advocate for our future, who will? It’s shameful."

”The world is falling apart but inside the destruction, there is creation and a healthy liveable future, and we try to bring this energy to the chaotic negotiations. International spaces have been historically off-limits to indigenous peoples, but different perspectives can hold a lot of power. I’ve been denied that basic right.”

Johns raised his own funds to attend COP27 and was then locked out

Big Wind, Northern Arapaho, told the Guardian, “This is a clear example of radical Indigenous people and youth being silenced, we’re muted when we try to express our frustration in these spaces. It shows the UN’s true colors.”

“We need to accelerate the transition but that’s not going to happen by partnering with big polluters like Amazon and PepsiCo, and so we needed to call that out,” he said, in reference to an announcement earlier this week by US climate envoy John Kerry, the Bezos Earth Fund, PepsiCo and others about plans to design an energy transition accelerator. 

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Northern Arapaho Big Wind interrupts Biden's talk at COP27, says no time left for false solutions.

Today: Biden's speech was interrupted before the suits moved in, as Egypt forbids protest in the Blue Zone at COP27.

The Guardian reports: Protesters interrupt the US president's speech by Nina Lakhani:

"Four protesters holding a banner which read ‘people vs fossils’ interrupted the speech of Joe Biden, the US president, to Cop27.

Poisoning the Air we Breathe -- San Juan Oil and Gas Fields Poisoning Dine'

A sign welcomes passersby to an “Energy Sacrifice Zone” outside of Counselor, New Mexico, on Oct. 26, 2021. The Greater Chaco region has become a flashpoint between environmental activists and the oil and gas industry, which is expanding into the oil-rich land. Credit: Jimmy Cloutier/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

Poisoning the Air we Breathe -- San Juan Oil and Gas Fields Poisoning Dine' 

Brenda Norrell
Censored News

A new Climate Trace map shows the places releasing the most dangerous greenhouse and toxic emissions in the world. In the Southwest, the Permian oil and gas fields, on the New Mexico and Texas border, tops the list, followed by Los Angeles and other urban areas.

The most toxic polluters in the world include the Four Corners Power Plant, San Juan Coal Mine, and Navajo Coal Mine on the Navajo Nation in northwest New Mexico, near Farmington, N.M., according to Climate Trace data just released at COP27 in Egypt.

Risking it All at the UN Climate Summit in Egypt: Protesters Take to the Streets

Risking it all today at COP27 in Egypt. Women and youths from India, Kenya and around the world lead protests forbidden by Egypt. "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" rang out the voices in the street, echoing the sound of the Zapatistas.

"What do we want? Climate Justice. When do we want it? Now! What will we do if we don't get it? Shut it Down!"

Watch video.

November 8, 2022

Mohawk Nation News 'Kahnawake Mohawk Mothers Blazing a Trail'


Mohawk Nation News

MNN. Nov. 8, 2022. So glad this came out in the Eastern Door of Kahnawake. This is what is known as ‘balanced’ writing.

GUERRERO: Three National Indigenous Congress Members Assassinated

7 NOVEMBER, 2022

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation
To the National Indigenous Congress
To the Indigenous Governing Council
To the Sixth National and International
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion.
To the peoples and communities of Guerrero
To the Guerrero social movement
To the media
To Human Rights Organizations


We told you! "The narco-paramilitaries kill and disappear our people."

We told you! We do not want to be cannon fodder for organized crime led by Celso Ortega Jiménez and deputy Bernardo Ortega Jiménez.

We told you! We do not want social programs, but justice, security, that our word be heard.

November 7, 2022

SANTA FE -- Protest over Biden's Climate Bomb: Opening West to more Fracking

“No More Sacrifice Zones” - Groups Protest in Response to Bureau of Land Management Proposed Fracking Auction of More Than 260,000 acres in New Mexico, Wyoming, and Kansas

Miya King-Flaherty
November 7, 2022

Sante Fe, N.M. - Adding to growing calls for President Biden to follow through on his promise to stop fossil fuel leasing on public lands, groups today delivered more protests in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s latest proposal to lease over 260,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands across Wyoming, New Mexico, and Kansas at its proposed May 2023 oil and gas lease sale.
In response to the short 30-day comment period deadline, advocates representing the Permian Basin Climate Justice Coalition and the Greater Chaco Coalition rallied in front of the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico Headquarters in Santa Fe to deliver over 20,000 public comments, thousands of pages of technical comments and exhibits, as well as a letter requesting an extension of the reduced public comment period.

Today’s action underscores long-standing calls from environmental groups and environmental justice advocates for President Biden to keep his promise and end new fossil fuel leasing and phase out oil and gas development, despite recent hostage provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act that ties continued federal oil and gas leasing to renewable energy investments.

“More oil and gas leasing is the exact opposite of what is needed to address the climate crisis. It furthers our dependence on fossil fuels while placing Black, Brown, Indigenous, and frontline communities at higher risk of harmful and unacceptable health and environmental consequences.” Miya King-Flaherty, Organizer for Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter.

Thousands of organizations and communities across the U.S. have called on President Biden to halt federal fossil fuel expansion and phase out production consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Multiple analyses show emissions from existing fossil fuel projects have already pushed warming well past the threshold of climate catastrophe.

“Opening hundreds of thousands of additional public and ancestral tribal lands for more oil and gas drilling only serves to shackle regions such as the Permian for decades to come to boom-and-bust cycles that come with an oil-fueled economy,” said Kayley Shoup, Organizer for Citizens Caring for the Future. “Continuing a legacy of pollution and extraction zones is egregious at a time when addressing the impacts of climate change and investing in renewable energy should be a top priority.”

Over 3,000 acres of federal public land are being offered for auction in Eddy, Lea, and Chaves counties in southeastern New Mexico’s Permian Basin. The area is already known as a “climate bomb” where oil and gas development has more than quadrupled in the last decade, producing as much climate pollution as 24 coal plants. In New Mexico, 144,377 people, including 38,749 children, currently reside near or attend schools or daycares within a half-mile radius of active oil and gas operations.

“Continuing to lease our public lands for more oil and gas drilling proves President Biden is prioritizing Big Oil profits over future generations,” said Raena Garcia, Fossil Fuels and Lands Campaigner at Friends of the Earth. “Communities are knee-deep in climate catastrophe, with intensifying wildfires and hurricanes foreshadowing what’s to come if the fossil fuel industry keeps exploiting public lands. Biden must stop auctioning off our public lands if he wants to be the climate leader he claims to be.”

New Mexico is the fastest-warming and most water-stressed state in the continental U.S.; the oil and gas industry is flooding funds for political campaigns whilst contributing more than half of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Supercharged by the warming climate, this year brought record-breaking fires and an unprecedented drought season not seen in over 1,200 years. For the first time in 40 years, the Rio Grande River went dry in Albuquerque.

“It’s long past time for our federal government to phase out oil and gas fracking and to prioritize our climate, environment, and public health above a profiteering industry that got us into the climate crisis in the first place,” said Rebecca Sobel, Organizing Director for WildEarth Guardians. “It’s imperative that the federal government end leasing on public lands if the Biden administration has any hope of meeting its climate goals and avoiding catastrophe.”

Click here to see a folder of materials delivered to BLM today >>



Rebecca Sobel, WildEarth Guardians, (267) 402-0724,
Miya King-Flaherty, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, (505) 301-0863, Brittany Miller, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0746, Emily Wolf, National Parks Conservation Association, (505) 423-3550,


Miya King-Flaherty - Our Wild New Mexico Organizing Representative
Sierra Club: Rio Grande Chapter
Twitter: @riograndesierra
2215 Lead Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

November 5, 2022

Human Rights Tribunals: Excessive force and murder -- San Diego Border, Standing Rock and Tohono O'odham Nation

Maria Puga and twins Daniela and Daniel near where Anastacio Hernandez Rojas was murdered by U.S. Border Patrol. He was beaten and tasered at the San Ysidro port of entry. Photo by People's Portfolio.

Human Rights Tribunals: Excessive force and murder -- San Diego Border, Standing Rock and Tohono O'odham Nation 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The United States declined to respond during the tribunal today for the torture and murder of Anastasio Hernandez Rojos, who died after being kicked like a barrel and repeatedly tasered in handcuffs by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the San Diego border.

Today's tribunal was the first time the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights had taken up a case of extrajudicial killing by U.S. law enforcement. The case exposed the shadow units, the secret cover-up units concealing the crimes committed by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Hernandez Rojas' widow Maria Puga said, “They just thought he was one more immigrant who was going to disappear. But here we are.”

U.S. Cover-up of excessive force and militarization at Standing Rock and border

November 4, 2022

Free Peltier in Paris -- Survival: Kathy Peltier, Jean Roach and Lona Knight


Recorded and transcribed by Christine Prat in Paris
Censored News
Oct. 16, 2022


“I just introduced myself in my language. My name is Kathy Peltier, I am enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe, I am also Dakota and Anishinaabe. I am the youngest daughter of Leonard Peltier. I was two years old at Fargo, North Dakota, at the trial, when I got to see my dad. I don’t remember any of that but I do know that we have been keeping struggling, as his kids we’ve been struggling all our lives, trying to get a release for our dad. We, our generation, we need to let people know who he is, who is Leonard Peltier. You have to go to .

November 3, 2022

Mohawk Nation News: Mohawk Bar Assn. Address -- Oct. 14, 2022


Mohawk Nation News 


MNN. Nov. 2,2022.





October 14, 2022.




The Pope came last July 2022. Lots of commotion. In the plane that was bringing him back to the Vatican, a young journalist from kahnawake asked him about genocide. He ended up admitting that what happened to us was genocide. As far as we’re concerned the cross on top of tekanontak mount royal is an admission of genocide. The term ‘genocide’ has legal consequences. Such as removing genocide regimes in Rwanda, Germany, Srilanka, South Africa and now Canada.

The whole legal genocidal framework of Canada has to be done away with. Only kaianerekowa can protect us. We have a way of life that is real. We don’t have an illusion of freedom. The circle of the family wampum does not allow the power of an attorney to represent us. Everyone is sovereign, tewatatewennio. No one can speak for someone else. No one can make decisions for another. There is no power of attorney.

Judge Moore’s decision recognizes our way of self-representation. We are finally able to raise the issue of the murders of our children and their disappearances. The business plan for the corporation of Canada is to carry out the genocide of the onkwehonweh, the original people of turtle island, as if we never existed.