August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

PARIS: Jean Roach tells the True Story of Leonard Peltier: From Jumping Bull Camp to Life in Prison


 

Jean Roach and Céline Planchou photo by CSIA

JEAN ROACH TELLS ABOUT THE EVENTS SHE WITNESSED WHEN SHE WAS 14, EVENTS THAT LED TO LEONARD PELTIER'S LIFELONG SENTENCE

Transcribed and written by Christine Prat

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The evening before CSIA-Nitassinan 42nd Day  of Solidarity, Mitch Walking Elk sang at the CICP (International Center for Popular Cultures) and other guests addressed the audience before the show. Jean Roach told the story of that terrible day, in June 1975, when two undercover FBI agents were killed during a shootout, which led to Leonard Peltier being sentenced for the murders, although he has long been proven innocent.

Jean Roach, Paris, October 15, 2022

"Right now, Leonard has been in prison for 47 years. And we are trying all avenues to have President Biden grant him his clemency. Everybody asks us what we would like people to do. What we're asking is everybody, if you are a person, an organization or a government official, to write letters of support urging President Biden to grant executive clemency.

"And now let's talk about the time period of 1975, when I was 14-years-old and we were attacked by the FBI. The time period was after Wounded Knee 1973, when the American Indian Movement took over Wounded Knee. We call it the reign of terror, when over 60 people were killed on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Anybody who was associated with the American Indian Movement were targets of the corrupt tribal government who had squads that would attack the American Indian Movement or people who were having ceremonies. He wouldn't like to have anything to do with traditional people, the Chairman.


Justice Department files lawsuit against Rapid City hotel for banning Native Americans


On May 27, 2022 in Rapid City, during a boycott protest, Connie Uhre, owner of Grand Gateway Hotel, sprayed Sunny Red Bear, director of racial equity at NDN Collective, with a cleaning product. Video by NDN Collective.

Justice Department files lawsuit against Rapid City hotel for banning Native Americans

By Brenda Norrell
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RAPID CITY, South Dakota -- In a city long known for its racism, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit today against the owners and operators of the Grand Gateway Hotel and Cheers Sports Lounge and Casino for banning Native Americans.

The Justice Department alleges the hotel owners violated the civil rights of Native Americans with acts of racial discrimination. On at least two occasions in March, Connie Uhre and her son Nicholas Uhre committed racial discrimination by turning away Native Americans who sought to book a room at the Grand Gateway Hotel.

Sunny Red Bear, racial equity director at NDN Collective, said, "The Uhres must be held accountable, reminded that they are on Lakota land, and understand that the tragedy of death cannot be met with racist outbursts."

ARIZONA BORDER -- Lawsuit Launched: Shipping Containers will Block Jaguar Migration



Lawsuit Launched Against Arizona Plan to Block Jaguar Migration With Shipping Containers

By Center for Biological Diversity
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TUCSON, Arizona — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s administration to challenge plans to obstruct a critical jaguar and ocelot migration corridor with shipping containers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“These shipping containers are a shameless publicity stunt that will jeopardize the survival of endangered wildlife,” said Robin Silver, a co-founder of the Center. “There are 3,700 agents covering the Tucson Sector alone, not to mention helicopters, drones and hundreds of cameras. We’re in an extinction crisis, and it’s reckless to sacrifice a critical wildlife corridor and harm endangered animals so Ducey can score political points.”

Navajo and Hopi Relief Fund Honored by ALANA Foundation





ALANA Foundation Recognizes the Work of the Navajo and Hopi Relief Fund

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CH'ÍHOOTSOOÍ, DINÉTAH, WINDOW ROCK, NAVAJO NATION -- On Saturday, October 15, the ALANA Foundation recognized the work of the Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund by awarding founder and Executive Director, Ethel Branch, the Navajo Community Hero Award.

The ALANA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to address inequalities in healthcare by improving access and quality of healthcare for at-risk members of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

According to ALANA Foundation Board Treasurer, Corina Gomez, the Relief Fund was chosen for leadership in mobilizing millions of dollars in funding and hundreds of volunteers to protect Navajo and Hopi Communities during the pandemic.

Mexico's military stalked Zapatistas in Europe, engaging foreign governments in spying


Zapatistas sailed for Europe for the 'Journey for Life.'

Mexico's military stalked Zapatistas in Europe, engaging foreign governments in spying

By Brenda Norrell

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Mexico's Ministry of Defense spied on the Zapatistas' Journey for Life through Europe, hacktivists reveal. Mexico's military contacted governments in Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Austria, and Italy as Mexico stalked the Zapatistas.

However, Mexico's Ministry of Defense was apparently primarily concerned with its own image, and the president's image. Mexico's Embassy in Switzerland engaged in the spying. Besides being concerned with its image, Mexico was focused on whether the Zapatistas would oppose the Mayan Tren, the train being built through the Yucatan, which they do oppose, and details of the missing and murdered 43 students in Guerrero.

The massive leak was by hacktivists Guacamaya.

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