February 24, 2022
February 20, 2022
Article copyright Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham
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.
|Earl Tulley, Dine', at Oak Flats. Photo courtesy Earl Tulley, Censored News.|
By Earl Tulley, Dine'
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
February 19, 2022
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
“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.
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 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
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.
Watch film trailer
February 18, 2022
February 17, 2022
Run for the Ancestors. Run for the Stronghold.
By Marina Thomas - Running Deer
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.
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.
This year, the run to Oak Flat from the West will start at the desecration site of our ancestors in Phoenix.
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.
By Marina Thomas - Running Deer
|By Russ McSpadden on Twitter.|
|"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.
February 16, 2022
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.
February 14, 2022
Temporary North Dakota Supreme Court order puts brakes on TigerSwan spy documents release
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
February 13, 2022
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
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.
February 11, 2022
February 7, 2022
See full document to the United Nation:
First Nations Land Defenders File Submission to UN Human Rights Council
February 4, 2022
Myron Dewey's Death: No charges filed against the driver who was responsible -- Investigation ongoing
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 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.
Censored News: Nye County releases accident report on the death of Myron Dewey
Censored News: Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey killed in car wreck
Top photo: Screenshot by Censored News from Myron's video
Article copyright Brenda Norrell, may not be used without permission.
Myron's Video Nov. 20, 2016