Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 28, 2023

Nevada Media Bias Reflects White Supremacy Exposed in Decades of Civil Rights Testimony

Protests in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1974 came after three Native Americans were tortured and murdered. In the 1990s, 20 years later, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Shiprock, New Mexico, heard testimony that the racism, white supremacy and violence by whites in Farmington, New Mexico continued. Photo credit.

Herman D. Benally, Navajo, was tortured and murderd
in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1974.

Nevada Media Bias Reflects White Supremacy Exposed in Decades of Civil Rights Testimony

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, August 28, 2023
French translation by Christine Prat

The bias of Google News, Nevada media, and the mainstream media is obvious in its coverage of Lithium Americas at Thacker Pass. The news articles accelerate the corporate profits for the Canadian company Lithium Americas and do not honor or uphold the voices of Paiute and Shoshone protecting the massacre site at Peehee Mu'huh. Protests after Native Americans were tortured and murdered in the border town of Farmington, New Mexico.

The bias is a reminder of the longtime bias, censorship, and racism that have dominated news coverage in border towns. The civil rights testimony carried out in the '70s, '80s, and '90s, revealed that the media, police and courts were all complicit, or involved in, the racism and white supremacy in the border towns of Rapid City, South Dakota, Farmington, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona, and elsewhere, which resulted in the torture and murder of Native people.
Now, in the news, Biden and Interior Sec. Deb Haaland are promoting the Canadian company Lithium Americas digging into the massacre site where ancestors' remains are.

Meanwhile, the Nevada media ignores some of the most important issues in the world 

1. The atomic bomb detonations on Western Shoshone land resulting in widespread cancer.

2. The expansion of the bombing range at Fallon Paiute Shoshone, and the history of the napalm burn pits, scattered un-detonated bombs, poisoned groundwater, and childhood cancer cluster.

3. The targeted assassinations around the world, being carried out by drone operators at computer desks at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, as reported by the Guardian. These reckless targeted killings, by way of military drone operators at computers, have killed innocent people -- including journalists, people at wedding ceremonies, people eating in cafes, and people who were misidentified, including one U.S. citizen.

4. The training of Israeli pilots at Nellis Air Force base in Nevada this spring, as Israel continues to kill Palestinians.

5. The Interior BLM's rubber-stamping of environmental impact statements which disregard federal laws that protect Native burial places, Native religious sites, groundwater and endangered and protected species, and the federal judges who uphold the violation of federal laws.

5. The Duckwater Shoshone Paiute leaders' testimony to the United Nations this year, describing the dangers of widespread lithium mining in Nevada, and the cancer cluster from toxic dumping already at Duckwater.

The media bias in the border towns spanning the past decades was obvious in Farmington, New Mexico.

Genevieve Jackson, who served as a Navajo councilwoman, said the torture and murder of Native Americans was a "rite of passage for white teenagers."

Today, the media bias rooted in white supremacy reflects itself in the promotion of corporate profits over all else.

The Farmington Report: U.S. Civil Rights Commission

"Purpose of the Forum In April 1974 the bodies of two men, Herman Dodge Benally, 34, of Kirtland and John Earl Harvey, 39, of Fruitland, were found near Farmington, partially burned and bludgeoned. One week later, a third body was discovered, that of 52-year-old male, David Ignacio. All three men were Navajo. On May 1, 1974, three Farmington High School students were charged with the murders. Later, it would be alleged that the incident was part of “Indian Rolling”—the practice of abusing Navajo street inebriates, and that such incidents occurred repeatedly, mostly at the hands of white teenagers."

"The brutality of these crimes provoked an angry outrage and the Native American community started holding protest marches through downtown Farmington denouncing the pervasive racism and bigotry of the community. The dismissive attitude of the white community to the indigenous community, long a way of life in Farmington, was abruptly ended. As tensions mounted, much of the white community in Farmington found itself not only ill prepared to deal with the ensuing crisis, but indeed confused, threatened, and frightened. In the midst of this crisis, the New Mexico Advisory Committee came to Farmington and undertook an intensive study of the social and economic relationships between the white community and the Navajos. This included three days of public hearings in August of 1974."

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