Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 25, 2024

Prayer Horse Ride 2024: In Honor of Myron Dewey




Prayer Horse Ride's Third Annual March Ride Begins March 17, in Schurz, Nevada

Reconnecting and Revitalizing Traditional Ways of Life Threatened by Destructive Mining Resource Extractions Supporting "Green Energy"

By Prayer Horse Ride, Censored News

SCHURZ, Nevada -- Prayer Horse Ride "Nanesootuhina Pookoo Goobakatudu," is getting ready to begin our annual ride March 17th-26th, from Schurz, Nevada through Yerington, Fallon, Wadsworth and Nixon, through Lovelock, then Orovada, and ending in Peehee Mu'huh (Thacker Pass in the McDermitt Caldera), in the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Paiute, Shoshone, and Bannock.

February 24, 2024

Millions Sinking into the Rabbit Hole of Indian Country Non-Profits: Update


(Photo: Italian fraud Iron Eyes Cody, with Roy Rogers, in North of the Great Divide, 1950.) Iron Eyes Cody and Princess Pale Moon, both frauds, were part of the non-profit American Indian Heritage Foundation television commercials. The non-profit was shut down, but it had already solicited both cash and land donations with its "Give the land back to the Indians" campaign.

Millions Sinking into the Rabbit Hole of Indian Country Non-Profits

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, Update Feb. 25, 2024


Non-profits in Indian country are stashing millions in their bank accounts, buildings and salaries, and not distributing it to those it was intended for, those in need, and those on the frontline of struggle.

Censored News ongoing investigation reveals:

-- The non-Indian daughters of the sculptor at Crazy Horse Memorial had a combined salary of a half million dollars

-- The First Nations Development Institute in Longmont, Colorado, has $44 million stashed in investments
-- NDN Collective ended the last tax year with $100 million in its bank accounts and assets

Don't fall for the social media hype, most of the non profits in Indian country are tossing out peanuts and stashing the rest. The heads of non-profits receive $100,000 to $300,000 in salaries, even the small non-profits.

Klee Benally, Dine', exposed the exploitation and failed colonial logic of the non-profit industry in his book, published shortly before he passed in December.

Klee writes, "soon enough there won't be any more battles left to lose."

Klee reveals the non-profit profiteers who provided a safe haven for predators, made money off the struggles, and languished in their money making machines.

The Zapatistas recently severed all connections with NGOs and non-profits. This comes after non-profits using the names of the Zapatistas and EZLN received hundreds of thousands of dollars from non-profits in the U.S.

Marcos said from the beginning that the names of the Zapatistas and EZLN are not to be used in connection with non-profits, fundraising or begging for money, in the struggle for autonomy, self-reliance and dignity.

The exploitation of victims is part of the non-profit industry's money making machine.

Here's how the scam works: A non-profit asks the family of a victim if they would like support. Once the family agrees, without telling the family, the non-profit writes a grant using the information. The grants are often for hundreds of thousands of dollars, or millions. The funds then sink into the non-profits own salaries and expense accounts.

Honoring the words of the Zapatistas, Klee's book is a blast of this 'dignified rage,' fired by injustices, and it is brilliant. Order's Klee Benally's book, No Spiritual Surrender: Indigenous Anarchy in Defense of the Sacred' at https://detritusbooks.com/products/no-spiritual-surrender-indigenous-anarchy-in-defense-of-the-sacred

NDN Collective

The top recipient of grants in Indian country include NDN Collective. It received $191 million, after being created five years ago.

NDN received $70 million in 2022. Of this $70 million, it paid out $20 million in grants, and more than $6 million in staff salaries. At the end of the year, NDN Collective had $100 million in its cash bank accounts and assets. 


Tax document at ProPublica Explorer https://projects.propublica.org/.../202303209349302090/full


NDN's CEO received a salary of a quarter million dollars in 2022. The NDN staff salaries totaled more than $6 million.

The tax documents for non-profits in Indian country are online. Here's what they reveal:

1. Millions stashed in bank accounts, real estate and huge salaries for the benefit of the non-profit staff.

2. The widespread flow of money to the children and family members of executives.

3. Grants to frauds. Non-Indians suddenly become 'Indians,' usually claiming to be Yaqui, Cherokee or Apache, and either take over, or create, non-profits. 

One person claimed being Indigenous, Latina, Dine', Choctaw, changing those often  during years of interviews. She accepted a large award claiming to be a San Carlos Apache, while purchasing land with non-profit funds.

Another person claimed to be on the frontline of the border struggle in Texas, during a year of interviews with reporters, but she was actually working in Canada the entire time, and operating a non-profit.

4. Executives receive multiple salaries by forming multiple organizations with similar names or issues. Winona LaDuke, while head of Honor the Earth, had a series of non-profits and businesses that the public was not aware of. (1)

5. Millions are stashed in real estate purchases under a different organization, or an LLC. NDN Collective purchased real estate in Rapid City and placed it under the name of NDN LLC, and CEO Nick Tilsen. NDN properties can be viewed at https://ndncollective.org/community-development-social-enterprise/

6. Foreign investments. 

7. The grant money often comes in from some of the worst offenders in Indian country, including revenues from coal mining on the Navajo Nation. The Christensen Fund revenues are from coal mining on the Navajo Nation, and mining on Indigenous lands around the world.

The funding from foundations also comes in from the construction of railroads in the northwest, where the land theft resulted in massacres, including the Sand Creek Massacre.

The Bush Foundation in Minnesota, which made its money from mining and chemical manufacturing, donated $50 million to NDN Collective. 

8. There are also non-Indians heading up 'Native American' non-profits by packing the board with Natives and then giving them no power or financial information.

9. There are many takeovers by executive directors or board members who throw out the traditional Natives who founded the movement. The tactics include taking over control of the funds, bullying and threatening.

10. Non-profits at the United Nations are representing tribes and victims without permission from the tribes, or families of victims. Professors who are quoted in U.N. reports have plagiarized Native people living on the land, even after being told to stop. 

This was the case when a non-Indian professor was quoted at the U.N. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. The professor is quoted on the violations of Tohono O'odham ceremonies at the border, in the final report. (2)

Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, told Censored News that this professor in California was told she did not have permission to use Ofelia's words for this book. 

Huge Salaries and Media Indulges

The average executive salary at Indian country non-profits is $100,000 to $300,000, and soar to $1.2 million.

Don't expect the news media in Indian country to investigate, most are now part of the non-profit industry. There is a new money pipeline of Las Vegas casino money flowing through tribes to non-profit media. 

Some of the popular media in Indian country are diving down into the rabbit hole of deception. While laced with non-profit dollars, the reporters remain in their easy chairs for the most part, and rely on plagiarism, rewrites and phone calls. It is aimed at deceiving their readers into believing that they are out covering the news. They are receiving grants ranging from $100,000 to $1 million -- and still do not have reporters out covering the news.

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

The daughters of the sculptor of the Crazy Horse Memorial, non-Indians, had combined salaries previously that totaled a half million dollars.

The latest tax document shows the family members of the sculptor, Polish-American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, continue to profit with salaries.

                                                                                                        Compensation                Other compensation

The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation received $23 million in donations, and another $5 million in program services in 2022.

How Non-Profits Deceive and Disappear Money

Conferences in resort hotels average $300,000 using money that was intended for those in need, or on the front line of struggle. That's for conference travel, rooms, meals, speakers, etc.

As for attorney non-profits, the millions aren't being used to provide attorneys for some of the most important cases.

The Paiute Shoshone arrested for defending Peehee Mu'huh, Thacker Pass, from the lithium mining now tearing into the Paiute massacre site, have constantly asked for attorneys to help.

In another case, the excessive force by law enforcement at Backwater Bridge at Standing Rock case, it proceeded but needed more attorneys on their legal team. (At this point, the federal court has ruled in favor of law enforcement, regardless of the critical injuries to water protectors. In similar cases nationwide, those injured by police have received large sums of compensation.)

Here are some of the non-profit scams being used:

1. Tossing out peanuts, that's tossing out minimal funding for projects or used clothes and expired donated foods.

2. Playing poor so they can use your research and life work for grants, or for their books, without paying for it.

3. Using people's names and struggles for grant funding without telling them.

4. Deceiving the public with press releases and social media self-promotion. This type of cheerleading is enabling fraud.

5. Church Poverty Porn -- St. Labre Catholic Mission was sued by Northern Cheyenne for collecting funds for children, and then funneling millions to the Catholic Church. Since churches do not have to file tax returns, they are often involved in what is called "poverty porn," using photos and videos of Native children in publicity for fundraising, without telling the public how the funds are really being spent. In the case of St. Labre, Northern Cheyenne children were left desperate while millions were sent to the Catholic Church.

6. Individual fellowships of $100,000 for those in hard working collectives are often divisive, and benefit a chosen few.

First Nations Development Institute, Longmont, Colorado

The First Nations Development Institute in Longmont, Colorado, has one of the largest revenues in Indian country. It ended the year with $68 million in its bank accounts and assets. It spent only a small portion of what it received on grants, and paid President Michael Roberts a quarter of a million dollars, that's $237,053.

It says its purpose is to promote American Indian economies, health and youths.

It has $44 million stashed in investments.


First Nations Development Institute has received $111 million in the past five years.
https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/541254491/202330279349300223/full

Virginia Non-Profit Among Top Recipients of Non-profit Dollars

The Native American Heritage Association in Front Royal, Virginia has one of largest bank accounts in the industry in Indian country. It received $371 million in grants and donations between 2017 -- 2021.

Lakotas said they are bringing in expired, donated foods, and the clothing is used,  while the non-profit is receiving millions. NAHA claims on its website that it is delivering daily to Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Reservations." https://www.naha-inc.org/

(Below) The Native American Heritage Association in Virginia had $23 million in its bank accounts and assets that was not distributed, in 2022. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/460414390/202321919349300342/full

The Partnership with Native Americans in Texas

The Partnership with Native Americans in Addison, Texas, says it collects money for disaster relief in Indian country -- but it has $27 million stashed in its own assets -- bank accounts and property.

It pays its top execs salaries of $100,000 to $200,000. It claims to serve Navajos and Lakotas. In the past five years, it has received $150 million in grants and donations.

There are many people in desperate need of food, water and fuel -- but non-profit funds seldom reach them, except with minimal donations to gain publicity. The tax documents are at ProPublica Explorer.

https://projects.propublica.org/.../202342129349301029/full


Partnership with Native Americans in Texas, 2022 tax return, shows salaries for top executives.

All of this information can be found in the tax documents on ProPublica Explorer, along with the websites of the non-profits, and on public statements about the donations from the foundations.

Previous article by Censored News

Non-Profits in Indian Country: Fraud, Secrecy and Deep Deception (2022)

Censored News in-depth article on fraud in non-profits in Indian country in 2022. Among the worst situations, the Ajo, Arizona, food bank, whose CEO is non-Indian,  gave food boxes to Tohono O'odham grandparents while the food pantry was overrun with rats, according to a report from the health department.

Funds for traditional agriculture are often used for conferences in resort hotels, averaging $300,000, and lavish salaries, travel and expense accounts for non-profit staff, instead of actually growing food.

Native seeds are being sold by non-profits without Indigenous Peoples permission.

Native Seeds Search in Tucson was created by a non-Indian. Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, said the non-profit does not have permission of traditional O'odham living on the land to sell their seeds. Ofelia said the seeds should be returned and Native Seeds Search should stop selling their ancestral seeds.

https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2022/07/the-money-pump-non-profits-in-indian.html

ProPublica Explorer, free search for tax documents

https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/


Sources:

(1) Honor the Earth

Winona LaDuke: State of Minnesota order: Minneapolis Star

https://www.startribune.com/attorney-generals-office-winona-laduke-made-unauthorized-transactions-and-mishandled-harassment-claims-as-head-of-her-nonprofit/600340414/

Details of nonprofit fraud


Harboring a sexual predator lawsuit

(2) UN Final Report: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

https://documents.un.org/doc/undoc/gen/g23/155/97/pdf/g2315597.pdf?token=hZTPd1QUdtDn0Fjd88&fe=true


Copyright by Brenda Norrell, Censored News. May not be used without written permission. Censored News content may not be used in any manner that results in revenues, which includes books, dissertations, films, media, or any other means for revenues.

February 23, 2024

Rising Tide Drowns Mountain Valley Pipeline SLAPP Suit

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Mama Julz, Lakota, spent five days in jail for locking down in support of the resistance to the Appalachian pipeline. After being slapped with excessive bail for a single misdemeanor, she now faces a trial and jail time.

RISING TIDE DROWNS MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE SLAPP SUIT

PRESS RELEASE 2/23/24


By Civil Liberties Defense Center, Censored News, Feb. 23, 2024


CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia -- This morning, February 23, 2024, the Montgomery County Circuit Court ruled in favor of nonprofit organization Rising Tide North America, dismissing a SLAPP lawsuit against them filed by oil pipeline corporation Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

 

February 21, 2024

'Spaces of Exception' Resistance to the Fat Takers, from Native Lands to Palestine

 








(Above) Spaces of Exception, screenshots by Censored News.


'Spaces of Exception' Resistance to the Fat Takers, from Native Lands to Palestine

Places defined by their historical and spiritual resistance

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, Feb. 21, 2024

"We might be the ones holding the knife -- but it is the state that is the one who is still killing us." Those are the words of Klee Benally, in 'Spaces of Exception."

"In the Navajo language, there is no word for relocation, it means to disappear and never be seen again."

February 17, 2024

Celebrating the Ward Valley Victory in Photos 2024


Celebrating the Victory at Ward Valley 26 Years Ago: Halting a Nuclear Waste Dump and Protecting the Desert Tortoise, Ancient Running Trails, and the Mojave Desert
Photos by Greenaction, Feb. 17, 2024

February 16, 2024

Apache Stronghold Oak Flat Run, Feb. 15 -- 18, 2024



Today, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 -- Day 3 of the Oak Flat March.
Runners will begin this morning’s journey to Oak Flat after morning prayers. Photos courtesy Apache Stronghold.

Federal Officials Reject Arizona Pump Projects Targeting Black Mesa


BMPSP East | EcoFlight


Federal Officials Reject Three Huge Arizona Pump Storage Projects Targeting Black Mesa

Decades of coal mining have already depleted Black Mesa aquifers and their connected seeps and springs.

Tó Nizhóní Ání Feb. 15, 2024, Censored News
Translation into French by Christine Prat

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — Heeding widespread community and Tribal opposition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied preliminary permit applications today for three proposed hydropower projects southeast of Kayenta on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. In denying the applications, commissioners announced a new policy of not issuing permits for projects on Tribal lands without Tribal support.

February 15, 2024

Navajo, Ute, Lakota to Testify on Uranium Exploitation before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


White Mesa Ute Spiritual Walk Photo by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, Censored News

Navajo, Ute, Lakota to Testify on Uranium Exploitation before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News

WASHINGTON -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hear testimony from Navajo, Ute, and Oglala Lakota, on the impacts on Indigenous Peoples' human rights from uranium exploitation in Washington on Feb. 28, 2024.

“Nahasdzáán Shimá—Mother Earth—provides everything we need to keep us alive—the four things we Navajos talk about —air, water, soil, and light—and it is our home," said Edith Hood, President, of Red Water Pond Road Community Association.

"We have been living with this silent killer without knowing the dangers. Once the mining started, after the drilling, we didn’t realize we were being contaminated."

U.S. Judge Implores Biden Administration to Stop Support for Israel’s Siege of the Palestinian People in Gaza

 

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2024/2/14/air-strike-from-israeli-hostage-rescue-wipes-out-palestinian-family

While Dismissing Case on Jurisdictional Grounds, U.S. Judge “Implores” Biden Administration to Stop its “Unflagging Support” for Israel’s Ongoing Siege of the Palestinian People in Gaza


By Center for Constitutional Rights, Censored News

January 31, 2024, Oakland, CA – After a federal court heard arguments and testimony in the case Defense for Children International – Palestine v. Biden on Friday, January 26, charging the Biden administration with failing in its duty to prevent, and otherwise aiding and abetting, the unfolding genocide in Gaza, a federal judge found that Israel is plausibly engaging in genocide of the Palestinian people in Gaza and that the United States is providing “unflagging support” for the massive attacks on Palestinian civilians in contravention of international law.


February 7, 2024

Celebrating Water -- 'Rumble on the Mountain' Powerful Music to Halt Uranium Mining in Grand Canyon


Hopi singer and composer Ryon Polequaptewa, spoke on the sacred cedar which lends itself to make the Hopi flute, and of the sacred space of Hopi, where there is "very little rain, but an abundance of life." Listen to his performance at Rumble on the Mountain. Screenshot by Censored News. Watch  https://www.facebook.com/edkabotie

Songs from the Water

Rumble on the Mountain 10: Native Voices of the Colorado Plateau in opposition to uranium mining in the Grand Canyon

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, February 3, 2024
Translation into French by Christine Prat

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona -- In a beautiful tribute, Ed Kabotie, Hopi, performed "The Trail," honoring those who have passed, making their journey among the stars, during the seven-hour Rumble on the Mountain at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.

Mohawk Nation News 'Discovering Dead Children Fed to Pigs Under Quebec Liquor Board Warehouse'


 Read the article at Mohawk Nation News https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2024/02/07/discovering-dead-children-fed-to-pigs-under-quebec-liquor-board-warehouse/

February 6, 2024

Native Children Starved, Victims of Medical Experiments, in Boarding and Residential Schools


Fort Albany Sisters of Charity of Ottawa National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Native Children Starved, Victims of Medical Experiments, in Boarding and Residential Schools

By Brenda Norrell
Research by Dr. Michelle Cook, Dine'
Censored News, Feb. 6, 2024

Native children were starved during food experiments in residential schools in Canada, and left sick and untreated during medical experiments in boarding schools in the United States. Native women were sterilized without their consent by Indian Health Service. In IHS hospitals, the medical experiments range from controversial radioactive infusions to experimental vaccines.

Mohawk Nation News 'Air Products and Chemicals Inc. Waste to be Dumped into St. Lawrence River'


 Read the article at Mohawk Nation News

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2024/02/05/air-products-chemicals-inc-waste-to-be-dumped-into-st-lawrence-ri/

Mohawk Nation News 'Spitting Bears -- Countdown to Oct. 25, 2024 'Final Solution'


 

Read the article at Mohawk Nation News

https://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2024/02/05/spitting-bears-countdown-to-oct-25-2024-final-solution/

February 2, 2024

Lakota Mama Julz Locked Down, Arrested, in Jail, Fighting Appalachian Pipeline

Photo Appalachians Against Pipelines


Lakota Mama Julz Locked Down, Arrested, in Jail, Fighting Appalachian Pipeline

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, Feb. 2, 2024

"Find your Warrior Spirit," said Mama Julz, Oglala Lakota, who locked down, was arrested, and is now in jail, for fighting the pipeline in Appalachia.

"Without water there in no life. Violence against Mother Earth is violence against our sisters."

"In my culture, the women are the backbone of our society.It is the women who are standing up on all these frontlines," Mama Julz said as she locked down.