Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 31, 2023

Paiute Shoshone at Massacre Site Must Defend Themselves in Court from Lithium Americas

Paiute Shoshone Court Date is Friday for Defending Massacre Site from Lithium Americas

Dr0ne2bwild Photography & Video

Censored News

Ox Sam Camp, Thacker Pass, Nevada -- I would like to ask all of you out there to kindly share this for my fellow sister warrior descendant, she stands here for her lineage through her great great grandfather Ox Sam whose family was massacred here at Thacker Pass also known as Peehee Muhu which is translated as Rotten Moon.

Due to recent events of her being served a TPO that is restricting her from accessing her Rights to her unmarked ancestral burial grounds and sacred site at Sentinel Rock by Lithium America Corporation. She now has to go back and forth to Winnemucca 150 miles round trip where the court is being held and conducted which adds up a lot of miles and she is still looking for a Nevada attorney preferably pro indigenous rights for her legal issues filed by Lithium America a Canadian Base Corporation. So we're kindly asking you all to share these links to try and get her all the help we can do for her and to help her along as we continue to shed light and love on the current happenings at PeeHee Muhu Ox Sam Camp. (Newe Momokonee Nokutun)
Thank you for Very Much.

The legal hearing for Dorece, Chuck, Paul, and Max is now scheduled for Friday at 1:30 pm in Winnemucca. We're asking the court for an extension but it may not be granted. So that's our timeline for now. I'm not sure if supporters will be allowed in the courtroom, but if anyone wants to come out and support us feel free (although I wouldn't want to take people away from camp). For now, that's our deadline for legal representation. The situation is evolving. Thank you.
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Mohawk Nation News 'Come to Akwesasne Kanonsesne Press Conference Wednesday'



Mohawk Nation News 

Inviting all allies to come stand in solidarity to protect the inherent rights of our children in a gathering and press conference scheduled for NOON on Wednesday May 31, 2023 at Kanienkehaka Kaianerekowa Kanonsesne, located at 560 SR 37 Akwesasne, NY 13655.

For questions or more information, please call

(518) 521-0741 or email

See attached letters.


Surveillance Continues by Civil Air Patrol Over Home of Tohono O'odham Murdered by U.S. Border Patrol

Arizona Civil Air Patrol flew low this morning over the home
of Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham murdered by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Live screenshot by Censored News 

Surveillance Continues by Civil Air Patrol Over Home of Tohono O'odham Murdered by U.S. Border Patrol

 Brenda Norrell
Censored News
May 31, 2023

GU VO DISTRICT, Tohono O'odham Nation -- The surveillance continued by the Arizona Civil Air Patrol this morning, Wednesday morning, over the home of Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham, murdered by the U.S. Border Patrol. The plane flew very low over the homes of Mattia's family members and could be seen clearly from the ground.

This morning, the Civil Air Patrol plane flew out of Sierra Vista, where the Army's Fort Huachuca is located this morning, and then flew over the home of Raymond and the homes of his family members here on the western part of the Tohono O'odham Nation. It departed Sierra Vista this morning at 6:24 am.

On Saturday, as Tohono O'odham and supporters were leaving for the protest of the Ajo Border Patrol, another Civil Air Patrol plane flew over the area, including the homes of Raymond's family. It departed from Mesa in the Phoenix area, south of Salt River, and landed south of the protest shortly before the protest began at the Ajo Border Patrol station in Why, Arizona.

Then, on Sunday morning, another Civil Air Patrol plane flew out of Tucson over the area of Raymond's home, on the western portion of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

These Civil Air Patrol planes have no recent history of patrolling this area. The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force manned by volunteers.

(Below) Civil Air Patrol CAP 282 is shown departing from Sierra Vista this morning. Screenshot by Censored News.


Tohono O'odham family and friends protested at the Ajo Border Patrol station on Saturday, demanding justice for Raymond Mattia, murdered by the U.S. Border Patrol. Three Border Patrol agents fired their weapons as Raymond was coming out the front door of his home to talk to them. Raymond's sister was on the phone with him seconds before he was shot. The family was told at the scene that Raymond was shot 38 times on May 18, 2023.

Previous article at Censored News:

Civil Air Patrol surveilled protesters as they were leaving their homes on Saturday

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May 30, 2023

Oglala Commemoration: Leonard Peltier Day

 International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
FREEDOM RUN, 9 am at Camp Justice White Clay, rez border
PRAYER VIGIL -- 12 pm at Little’s Family Cemetery
WALK FOR JUSTICE -- 1 pm at Little’s Family Cemetery
MEMORIALS -- 2 pm at Jumping Bull Land
COMMUNITY DINNER -- 5 pm at Bro Renee Hall, Oglala South Dakota

Civil Air Patrol Surveilled Area of Border Patrol Protest -- Tohono O'odham Demand Justice for Raymond Mattia

Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Airforce, monitored the region where Tohono O'odham protested the U.S. Border Patrol at the Ajo station on Saturday. The surveillance began as supporters were traveling to the protest. They called for justice for Raymond Mattia, murdered by the U.S. Border Patrol.  A second Civil Air Patrol plane surveilled the area where Raymond lived and was murdered, on Sunday morning. Live radar screenshots by Censored News.

Civil Air Patrol Surveilled Area of Border Patrol Protest --  Tohono O'odham Demand Justice for Raymond Mattia

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

AJO, Arizona -- The Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Airforce manned by volunteers, surveilled the area where Tohono O'odham protested the U.S. Border Patrol at Ajo on Saturday morning. The aerial surveillance included the western portion of the Tohono O'odham Nation where Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham, was murdered by the Border Patrol.

Paiute Massacre Site -- Urgent Need for Attorneys to Fight Restraining Orders


Paiute Shoshone defenders of the unmarked burial places at the Massacre Site are in urgent need of attorneys as they must now battle Lithium Americas, a foreign corporation, that is digging into the land for lithium with permits from Biden and the Interior Department in northern Nevada. Biden calls this "green energy."

By Ox Sam Camp
Censored News

We have 4 DAYS to meet the needs of our Request For Attorney(s):
Licensed in Nevada State - Criminal Defense Attorney
To represent 4 Land / Water Defenders opposing Thacker Pass Lithium Mine
To contest ex parte Temporary Protection Orders obtained by Lithium Nevada in Humboldt County, Winnemucca, Nevada.

One of the restrained parties being local Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Matriarch Dorece (Sam) Antonio, descendant of Ox Sam who survived the 1865 massacre at the site of the lithium mine and for whom Ox Sam Camp is named. Dorece and other Paiute Shoshone elders are defending the sacred site (Nipple Rock) and the human remains of their massacred ancestors still laying on the ground within the project area of Lithium Nevada.

Although we have non-Nevada lawyers supporting, we need more Native Legal Organizations support and other national and int’l lawyers who can assist our Ceremonial Land Defense stand, most urgently we need a lawyer licensed in Nevada to file and make appearances on behalf of the 4 protectors.

It is very likely that the exaggerated accusations listed within the 4 TROs will be substantiated and filed onto their record by default if we fail to challenge, records that could later be used to inflate future charges / civil actions pressed by Lithium America and other institutions upholding the corporations' interests.

May 29, 2023

Drugs and Weapons: Newspaper Spin Hides the United States Crimes at the Border

Saguaro cactus recklessly destroyed to build the border wall at Ajo, Arizona. Photo by Laiken Jordahl


The United States crimes at the southern border are concealed by the collapsed media, bolstered by government spin, and upheld by the federal courts

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

One of the most censored issues is the fact that the U.S. Border Patrol is running drugs at the border.

Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham, murdered by U.S. Border Patrol agents, was outspoken about this. Ten years ago, Raymond told me that he had videotaped U.S. Border Patrol agents locally working with the cartels and drug running. When he submitted this video evidence as a complaint, the video disappeared.

On the night he was murdered by the U.S. Border Patrol, at his home on the western side of the Tohono O'odham Nation, Raymond was on the phone with his sister when the Border Patrol agents arrived. He said he would go outside and talk to them.

They murdered Raymond as he came out the door, on his front steps. Three officers fired their weapons. They told the family at the scene that they shot him 38 times. The Border Patrol left Raymond there for seven hours. The Border Patrol has not released its body cam footage.

May 27, 2023

Ajo and Tucson Protests -- Justice for Raymond Mattia Tohono O'odham Murdered by U.S. Border Patrol


Protest at U.S. Border Patrol in Ajo, Arizona

                        Protest at Ajo Border Patrol today. Photo by Victor Garcia, Tohono O'odham

Statement from Mattia Family: Excessive and Deadly Force by U.S. Border Patrol

Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham, murdered by U.S. Border Patrol
on the front step of his home on Thursday night, May 18, 2023.

Protest for Justice Today

Today, Saturday, protests calling for justice for the murder of Tohono O'odham Raymond Mattia, at both Ajo station in Why, Arizona, and Tucson. Mattia's family members will be at both locations, from 10 am. until noon. The US Border Patrol Tucson Sector Headquarters is at 2430 S Swan Rd (Golf Links Rd) Tucson, Arizona 85711. Mattia was murdered on the front step of his home on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Three Border Patrol agents fired their weapons.

Raymond Mattia's sister was on the phone with Raymond when he said he would go out and talk to the Border Patrol agents. That is when they shot him repeatedly on the doorstep of his home.


We have been trying to find the strength to write this statement. This tragedy is so grievous because it is apparent what had happened. Raymond called for help and, in turn, was shot down at his doorstep. Raymond's rights were violated by the authorities whom we trust to protect our Nation. Improper and unprofessional actions of the agencies involved were witnessed by family members present near the crime scene. Loved ones sat in agony, not knowing of Raymond's condition until they were told that he had passed hours later. Raymond lay in front of his home for seven hours before a coroner from Tucson arrived.

In our eyes and hearts, we believe that Raymond was approached with excessive and deadly force that took his life. He was a father, brother, uncle, friend, and an involved community member. Raymond always fought for what was right, and he will continue to fight even after his death. This is not an isolated incident, but it should bring awareness of the oppression our people live through.

We want to thank so many of you for your condolences and support. A GoFundMe for defense funds will be available soon. A peaceful gathering to support all victims of the unmonitored violent actions of the Border Patrol and other agencies will be held at The Border Patrol Station in Why, Az, and Tucson on Golf Links Road this Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00am-Noon.


French translation by Christine Prat at

Arizona Congressman Grijalva points out the cover-up of crimes within the Border Patrol -- the crime cover-up units -- as he presses for the facts in the Border Patrol agents' murder of Raymond Mattia at his home on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

May 24, 2023

Salt River O'odham Protecting O'odham Burial Grounds at Oak Flat

Salt River O'odham Marina Thomas' sacred run to Oak Flat brings her to protect historic O'odham burial places, now targeted as a waste dumping site by Resolution Copper, which intends to destroy sacred Oak Flat with a copper mine.

By O'odham Piipaash Alliance
Censored News

Marina Thomas, an O’odham woman from Salt River, Arizona, concluded her spiritual run to move home to Oak Flat, Arizona and assert her inherent right to live on her ancestral land.

On May 14, 2023, Marina Thomas, a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, completed a spiritual run from Salt River to Oak Flat, which she began May 11th. She covered a distance of roughly 60 miles by foot, being carried by prayers and the determination to fight for her right as an Indigenous woman to live on her territory without the threat of mining.

Ajo Border Patrol agents leave migrants to die in desert -- Phoenix police leaked e-mails

Graves of migrants in Sonoran Desert/Photo Brenda Norrell

This Censored News article written in 2013 reveals the disregard for human life by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Ajo station in Why, Arizona. A Congressional hearing also exposed that hundreds of Border Patrol agents and ICE agents nationwide have been arrested for drug smuggling and corruption.

In one of the hottest desert regions in the US, migrants continue to die of dehydration, in an area where US Border Patrol agents have failed to respond to calls for help.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
July 17, 2013

The fact that the US Border Patrol is leaving migrants to die in the desert south of Phoenix was exposed in the e-mails of Arizona police. Arizona police said the US Border Patrol based in Why, Arizona, was failing to respond to migrants dying of dehydration in the desert.

The following e-mails by Arizona police exposed the US Border Patrol's failure to respond to migrants in distress. Censored News first published these in July of 2011, after the e-mails were exposed by hackers.

Paiute Protector Served with Restraining Order Defending Massacre Site at Thacker Pass

On Friday May 19th, in the early morning, Humboldt County Sheriff's Department delivered a Temporary Restraining Order to Dorece Sam Antonio, Paiute land defender and direct descendant of Ox Sam, one of the sole survivors of the massacre at Peehee Mu'huh where the lithium mine we are resisting is being built. The order forced Dorece to leave the Ox Sam ceremonial encampment and sacred fire under threat of arrest.
Watch video:

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
May 20, 2023

PEEHEE MU'HUH (Thacker Pass) Nevada -- Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Dorece Sam was served with a temporary restraining order by the Humboldt County Sheriffs Department on Friday, as she protected the Paiute Massacre Site from a foreign mining company, Lithium Americas, now ripping into the land.

Paiute and Shoshone are protecting the massacre site, and put up a second tipi this week, which is now the second week of defending the land, water, and sacred place. President Biden and the Interior Department are continuing to green-light the desecration by the lithium mine construction, calling lithium mining "green energy," and violating federal laws which protect Native American burial places, endangered species and groundwater.

Dorece Sam said, "So much has happened our numbers are small. The elders did a call out. As I got up every morning, offering prayers to protect our ancestors' unmarked burial grounds at Thacker Pass, also known as Peehee Muhu, the birds were singing their beautiful morning songs."

Arizona -- Partnerships with Israeli Defense Contractors Killing Palestinians

The Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems has built 11 spy towers, integrated fixed towers, on the Tohono O'odham Nation, including this one at Maish Vaya, in the heart of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Arizona -- Partnerships with Israeli Defense Contractors Killing Palestinians

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

In our reports on aircraft at the Arizona border, we have been searching for the name of the Israeli aircraft that flies here. We found the name, Israel Aerospace Industries, IAI, which led us to another discovery.

Raytheon Missiles in Tucson is in partnership with another Israeli defense contractor, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and is developing weapons used against Palestinians. In Tucson, the University of Arizona announced earlier that Raytheon Missiles is one of its partners.

May 23, 2023

Paiute Shoshone Protectors at Ox Sam Camp at Thacker Pass

By Ox Sam Camp
Censored News

The Hoobie'joes at Ox Sam Camp: Josephine, Mary McCloud and Elvida.
Our beautiful and precious elders visited our ceremonial prayer camp. The elders shared important stories about PeeHee Mu'Huh, the Paiute and Shoshone Tribes Traditional Cultural District and the surrounding significant landscapes.
Pesa Mu precious Mary McCloud and family for standing with the Ox Sam Camp.

May 22, 2023

U.S. Border Patrol Shot Tohono O'odham Ceremonial Person 38 Times in his Doorway


U.S. Border Patrol Shot Tohono O'odham Ceremonial Person 38 Times in his Doorway

During my visits to Ali Jegk as a news reporter ten years ago, I interviewed Raymond Mattia, who was killed by U.S. Border Patrol on Thursday night. Raymond told me that he had evidence that U.S. Border Patrol agents in the area were working with the cartels and were involved in drug running. Mattia had video evidence that disappeared after he made an official report. Mattia's home is a short distance from the border. -- Brenda Norrell, Censored News

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Translation into French by
Christine Prat

ALI JEGK, Tohono O'odham Nation -- U.S. Border Patrol agents shot Raymond Mattia, a traditional Tohono O'odham ceremonial person, standing in the doorway of his home 38 times on Thursday night.

Ophelia Rivas a lifelong family friend said "Raymond was a law-abiding citizen, he was not an aggressive kind of man, he was not violent."

"He was an artist, a ceremony person, a traditional hunter, he's a traditional singer. He was always kind to his family and taking care of them however he could."

Ophelia along with the others in the community is angry.

"I have dealt with Border Patrol aggression and unmonitored behavior out here on Tohono O'odham land without any regard to the respect and to the land and to the people," Ophelia told KVOA news.

Mattia was a father, a brother, a friend, a ceremony person, and an elected community council member in Ali Jegk, located near Menegers Dam, on the western side of the Tohono O'odham Nation, in Arizona.

The Tohono O'odham Nation released a statement today.

"The Tohono O’odham Police Department (TOPD) and the FBI are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in the Meneger’s Dam community of the Tohono O’odham Nation the night of Thursday, May 18, 2023. Nation member Raymond Mattia lost his life in the incident. Our hearts go out to his family and all those impacted during this difficult time," Chairman Ned Norris said.

"As the investigation proceeds, the Nation expects full consideration of all related facts of the incident and an appropriate and expeditious response from relevant public safety agencies. Because the investigation is ongoing, we will refrain from making further comment at this time."

We send our condolences to Mattia's family and friends, Brenda Norrell, Censored News

Read the article at KVOA News

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The Intercept: DAPL Spent Big on Police Gear to Use Against Standing Rock Water Protectors

Protesters shield their faces as a line of law enforcement officers holding large canisters with pepper spray shout orders to move back, in Morton County, N.D., on Oct. 27, 2016.


Photo: Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP


TigerSwan worked with law enforcement to fight an information war against the Indigenous-led water protectors.

Alleen Brown, Naveena Sadasivam
May 22 2023, 6:45 a.m.
The Intercept and Grist

Alleen Brown "Fake reporters, free helicopters, and tear gas: How a fossil fuel company worked with law enforcement to obtain equipment and fight an information war against Indigenous-led environmental defenders."

“Thoughts on a crew or a news reporter — or someone pretending to be — with a camera and microphone to report from the main rally on the Friday, ask questions about pipeline and slice together [sic]?” Off the Record CEO Mark Pfeifle suggested over email

A security firm led by a former member of the U.S. military’s shadowy Special Forces, TigerSwan was no stranger to such deception. The company had, in fact, used fake reporters before — including Rice himself — to spread its message and to spy on pipeline opponents. The National Sheriffs’ Association’s involvement in advocating for a similar disinformation campaign against the anti-pipeline movement has not been previously reported.

Read the latest article from The Intercept, now with 55,000 new public records:

May 19, 2023

United States tells Federal Court its Error Concerning Oak Flat EIS

Apache Stronghold Caravan to Ninth Circuit 2023


By Apache Stronghold
Censored News

The United States filed a letter with the Ninth Circuit tonight in Apache Stronghold v.

United States taking back its attorney’s statement during oral argument that the United States would issue its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) “this spring” or “early summer.” The United States now says it “has not yet identified a timeframe for

completing its review.”


May 18, 2023

Ox Sam Camp: Second Tipi Goes Up to Protect Massacre Site from Lithium Mine

Thacker Pass: Second Tipi Goes Up to Protect Paiute Massacre Site from Lithium Mine

Ox Sam Camp at Thacker Pass put up a second tipi today to halt the destruction of the Paiute Massacre Site by a foreign mining company, Lithium Americas of Vancouver, Canada. The camp is named after one of the only survivors of the massacre, Ox Sam, in northern Nevada.
By Ox Sam Camp
Thacker Pass, Nevada
May 18, 2023

After a week of peaceful, prayerful resistance at PeeHee Mu’huh, the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone elders and their relatives are erecting another tipi at their traditional cultural property, Pee’zuh (Nipple Rock). This comes a day after Lithium Americas tore open land adjacent to Pee’zuh for their water pipeline.

The Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribal elders/members were never consulted about the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and more about destroying PeeHee Muhah and Pee’zuh for the world’s largest open pit lithium mine. Lithium Nevada is adversely affecting this land irreversibly!

This second tipi is being erected in order to continue ceremonial prayers for the ongoing destruction of Paiute and Shoshone homelands.

Klee Jones Benally & Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara Bring “Art of Resistance” to Flagstaff’s Premiere ARTx Festival

Klee Benally

Klee Jones Benally & Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara Bring “Art of Resistance” to Flagstaff’s Premiere ARTx Festival

Contact: Suzanne Thompson



Kinłani (Flagstaff, Arizona) — Local Diné artist and anarchist Klee Jones Benally will be joining forces with legendary L.A.-based musician, poet and activist Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara for Flagstaff’s premiere ARTx festival. In a cross-cultural Indigenous, intergenerational collaboration of resistance art titled “Tzonteyōtl Na’ach’ąąh,” both artists will share the stage with Diné drag artist Lady Shug, Indigenous dancer, freestyler, and visual performance artist Sonni Pinto, and Danza Mexica Mexicayōtl. Tzonteyōtl translates to resistance in Nahuatl and Na’ach’ąąh translates to art in Diné (Navajo).

Ox Sam Camp, Thacker Pass Day 8: Protecting Paiute Sacred Place from Lithium Mine

Photos by AIM Grassroots CHEME

LIVE: Day 8 Ox Sam Camp at Peehee Mu’huh /Thacker Pass Lithium Mine
Standing in Ceremony here at Ox Sam Camp Newe Momokonee Nokotun (Indigenous Women’s Camp). Paiute Shoshone elders have engaged Indigenous Land Defense erecting a Tipi in the path of proposed destruction to compel a renegotiation of the sovereign relationship to the USA. There is no Free Prior Informed Consent by international law. PeeHee Mu’huh /Thacker Pass lithium mine is on unceded territory of the Paiute/Shoshone nation(s).
Videos live on Facebook, Protect Thacker Pass

We ask you to please share this live stream, support the grassroots effort, and get involved. Thank you.

May 17, 2023

Ox Sam Camp, Thacker Pass 'Come and Stand With Us'

"It’s a good day to disobey. Come stand with us at Ox Sam Camp."

Paiute and Shoshone are resisting a foreign mining company, Lithium Americas of Vancouver, Canada,  destroying the land where Paiute were massacred. Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's Bureau of Land Management, BLM, issued the permit, even though it violates federal laws -- including laws protecting Native American burial places, and environmental laws protecting endangered species. Thacker Pass is in northern Nevada near the Oregon border. The camp, Ox Sam, is named after one of the only survivors of the massacre. -- Censored News.