August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, July 8, 2022

Remembering Marcos in Magdalena

Marcos' words when he met with us in Magdalena, Sonora, just south of Tucson

'They think that they will only poison O’odham and Navajo land. They are going to poison everything and they are going to destroy it.' -- Marcos

Marcos' words seem prophetic now, 15 years later. This week, COVID cases increased 30 percent in the Navajo area, Indian Health Service reports. Also, a large number of activists have contracted the virus in the past six weeks. Meanwhile, a new illness with flu-like symptoms is now causing sickness along the Arizona border. -- Censored News.

Remembering Marcos' words, Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, said today, "A powerful statement by the Otra Compana and an honor to welcome the Zapatistas elders and spokespeople to O'odham lands, in what is now called Sonora."

Subcomandante Marcos 
Censored News 2007
French translation

What happened is that in our land, our chiefs – I am a Subcomandante, because I am not the chief – my chiefs are men and women like Doña Ofelia, like Don José, 100 percent indigenous. And it fell on me – together with other compañeros – to do other work.

We were already dead and we were called upon to become warriors, according to our legend. And as we were dead, we became what we are: shadows. And in a strict sense we are that: “shadow’s warriors or warriors of the shadows.”

Niece of Vanished Navajo Woman Embarks on 2,100 Mile Walk to Draw Attention to MMIW Crisis

Seraphine Warren walking to Washington. Photo by Michael Benanav| Searchlight New Mexico

‘I could go missing tomorrow’

A Navajo woman is walking from Arizona to Washington, D.C., as a call to action for her aunt and thousands of other missing or murdered Indigenous people.

Michael Benanav|
Searchlight New Mexico
July 7, 2022

In the wee hours of June 15, 2021, Ella Mae Begay vanished from her home on the Navajo Nation, near Sweetwater, Arizona. She was 62 years old. Within days of Begay’s disappearance, a person of interest was named in the case and local search parties were scouring the roadsides and arroyos near Sweetwater. But more than a year into an investigation by Navajo law enforcement and the FBI, no arrests have been made. Begay still has not been found.

Concerned that she would become yet another overlooked statistic amid a nationwide crisis of violence endured by Indigenous families, one of her nieces took to the streets. Literally. Last year, Seraphine Warren walked 120 miles from Sweetwater to Window Rock to try to get some answers, and some help, from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and the tribal council.

Read the article at Searchlight New Mexico:

Stop Gold Mining in Sacred HeSapa, Black Hills

Pactola Reservoir is located 15 miles west of Rapid City. It is the largest and
 deepest reservoir in the Black Hills National Forest
Forest Service Finds ‘No Significant Impact’ in F3 Gold’s Proposed Exploration in Black Hills

By Stop Gold Mining in Sacred HeSapa
Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat:

Early this morning, July 4, 2022, water protectors dropped banners at the Pactola Reservoir island in opposition to F3 Gold (a Minneapolis company)’s illegal attempt to desecrate sacred sites and poison water at Jenny Gulch, near the headwaters of Rapid Creek in the Black Hills of "south dakota."

F3 threatens Rapid City’s water supply and the entire downstream Missouri River basin.

Gidimt’en Checkpoint: Response to New Criminal Charges for Land Defenders

Gidimt’en Checkpoint response to NDP Attorney General issuing criminal charges to four additional land defenders

By Gidimt'en Checkpoint
July 7, 2022

Unceded Wet’suwet’en Yintah (Smithers - BC) – Today, under the leadership of NDP Attorney General David Eby, the crown prosecutor criminally charged four land defenders, including Gidimt'en spokesperson Sleydo' Molly Wickham, for breach of an injunction granted to Coastal Gas Link (CGL). The injunction restrains land defenders from accessing their unceded territory. 

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