Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 19, 2024

Vigil for Leonard Peltier in San Francisco

Prayer Vigil for Leonard Peltier on June 10, 2024. Video by First Voice Media. Screenshot by Censored News

Vigil for Leonard Peltier in San Francisco

Article by Brenda Norrell, Censored News, June 2024

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Prayer Vigil for Freedom for Leonard Peltier, held at the U.S. Department of Justice, honored the Ohlone people whose land the people stood on, and honored Peltier with a tribute by Pomo Yuki Resistance. Peltier was remembered for the stand he took for the Lakota people on Pine Ridge before he was imprisoned 49 years ago.

"It would be very cruel if the parole board denies him his freedom," said Tony Gonzales, AIM West, pointing out that Peltier's last parole hearing was in 2009. The vigil was held on June 10, the same day as Peltier's parole hearing at Coleman Prison in Florida.

Peltier's nephew Adam Villagomez, Dakota Chippewa, said Peltier went to Pine Ridge to help the people. 
"When the grandmas asked for help, to come protect them, to please come help them from being attacked, just for being traditional people, for standing up, standing up for traditional rights, he went there, and put his life on the line and started working with the community." His mother is the first cousin of Leonard Peltier.

June 17, 2024

Remembering Klee, For the People, by Shannonlynn Chester

Klee Benally, Dine' Photo Shannonlynn Chester

Remembering Klee, For The People

By Shannonlynn Chester, Censored News, June 13, 2024
French translation by Christine Prat

In February, a local publication ran a piece on Klee that said "RAGE. In Beauty". But sometimes the world didn't see him (or any of us associated with him) that way. His way of "raging in beauty" didn't fit into what society saw as normal or peaceful at all, but I'm reminded today that Klee saw beauty in everything. If it didn't exist in something, he did something about it, he spoke the truth on it. He was someone who lived and breathed beauty, love, kinship, respect ... he embodied hózhó -- we should all be like that.

I'm one of three still here at Taala Hooghan Infoshop. I'm still holding it down, I've been here consistently since January. There are times I have to take a one or two week break, as it's exhausting "work" ... not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.

June 16, 2024

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U.S. Appeals Court Hears Biden Genocide Case: Defense for Children International -- Palestine v. Biden


U.S. Appeals Court Hears Biden Genocide Case: Defense for Children International -- Palestine v. Biden

Watch recorded court session on YouTube:
Monday, 9 a.m. Pacific time, June 10,2024. 

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News

For the first time, a sitting U.S. President and his appointees have been accused of genocide in U.S. federal court. An attorney told the U.S. Federal Appeals Court in northern California that Biden and appointees are aiding and abetting genocide in Palestine, and complicit in genocide.

June 14, 2024

Amnesty International to Attend Trial of Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

Amnesty International to Attend Trial of Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

By Amnesty International, June 14, 2024, Censored News

A delegation of Amnesty International representatives from France, Germany, the United States and Canada will attend the trials of criminalized land defenders from the Wet’suwet’en Nation in Smithers, British Columbia the week of 17 June. The delegates will be there to watch the criminal court proceedings and be in solidarity with the criminalized defenders, Sleydo’ Molly Wickham (Wet’suwet’en), Shaylynn Sampson (Gitxsan) and Corey Jayohcee Jocko (Mohawk).

The Birth of Dry River, and Homage to Frank Zappa

Dry River, Tucson, Arizona 2004 -- 2012

Things I’ve Seen Hate-Filled Far Left Deranged Lunatics Do

By Lang Gore, Censored News, June 14, 2024

In the spring of 2004 my partner and I went to an anti-war demonstration near the campus of the University of Arizona.  It was perfectly legal, “permitted,” so long as we stayed crowded onto the sidewalks by the cops, who seemed to outnumber us.  We were not permitted to step into the streets.  One of the speakers screamed at the cops for a very long time in a very shrill voice.  It was a demonstration, all right--a demonstration of impotence.

Someone gave us a flyer announcing a May Day march sponsored by anarchists.  We showed up on May Day at the specified park; after a few minutes everyone went into the streets, whereupon for the next few hours we walked through downtown Tucson with our banners and chants. "Whose streets? Our streets!"

June 12, 2024

American Indian Genocide Museum is Honoree of Center for Healing of Racism

"Sanitizing history was at the heart of residential boarding schools," said Steve Melendez, Paiute, President of the American Indian Genocide Museum. "The brainwashing that was encompassed in the motto, 'kill the Indian, save the man,'  ripped the children from the arms of their mothers, killed the pride self-esteem, and the very spirit of an entire generation of our people." Photo South by Southwest Expo in Austin, Texas, March 2023, Courtesy Photo AIGM, Censored News.

June 10, 2024

Federal Judge Sides with Interior on Fake Green Energy: Tosses out Lawsuit by Tohono O'odham and San Carlos Apache Nations

Tohono O'odham said it is heartbreaking to see Interior Sec. Deb Haaland promoting SunZia's wind energy project. The ancestral lands of Tohono O'odham and San Carlos Apache are being bulldozed for transmission lines in the pristine San Pedro. Bulldozers are destroying ancient villages, burial places and medicine grounds. -- Censored News

Federal Judge Sides with Interior on Fake Green Energy: Tosses out Lawsuit by Tohono O'odham and San Carlos Apache Nations

Clean Energy, the Dirty Lie

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, June 8, 2024
French translation by Christine Prat

A federal judge tossed out the lawsuit filed by the Tohono O'odham and San Carlos Apache Nations, who filed for a restraining order on Interior Sec. Deb Haaland and an injunction to halt the bulldozers tearing through their ancient lands, destroying ancieant village sites, burial places and medicine grounds.

"American legacy prevail, broken treaties, waived protection laws and traitors scouting out loopholes," said Ophelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham.

"Such is the so called tribal sovereignty. The land holds strong and strengthened only by real people who put down the cornmeal not politicians."

June 6, 2024

Peltier's Clemency in Final UN Permanent Forum Report Just Released

Leonard Peltier

Peltier's Clemency in Final UN Permanent Forum Report Just Released

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, June 6, 2024

NEW YORK -- The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues published its final report from this year's session, which reiterates the call for the U.S. to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier, and urges new safeguards in the battle against fake green energy projects, and more resources for Indigenous youths and women.

"The Permanent Forum reiterates the recommendation it made to the United States at its twenty-second session to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier," states the UN Permanent Forum's final report for the U.N. Economic and Social Council, published June 5, 2024.

A new Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples was selected during the session, Suleiman Mamutov, an attorney from the Ukraine.

The fake green projects -- which are now killing children in cobalt mines in Africa and  digging into the Paiute Shoshone massacre site for lithium in Nevada -- are also addressed in the report.

June 5, 2024

Mohawk Warrior Society Flags Fly over Palestine

Mohawk Warrior Society Flag, also known as the Mohawk Unity Flag: "The flag of the Indigenous Kanien'kehá (Mohawk) nation in the mountains of Nablus city in the West Bank, Palestine, symbolizing a shared struggle against settler colonialism from Turtle Island to Palestine."

"A Mohawk Warrior Society flag was photographed in Jenin today following an Israeli incursion and attack in the city. The flag was photographed alongside a sign for the Jenin Brigade, illustrating the joint struggle against settler colonialism by indigenous people everywhere." Photographed today at Jenin refugee camp in Palestine. June 1, 2024, via Twitter/X.

June 4, 2024

Mercury Justice for Grassy Narrows in Ontario

“Enough is enough. It is time for mercury justice for Grassy Narrows. I stand here for my children and grandchildren and the future generations.” - Judy Da Silva, Grassy Narrows grandmother and Environmental Health Coordinator
 (Image Free Grassy Twitter/X) June 4, 2024

BREAKING: Queens Park security denying access to Chief Turtle in the Ontario Legislative Assembly to serve statement of claim to Premier Doug Ford (Image Free Grassy, Twitter/X)

BREAKING: “Time and again the government has chosen to prioritize corporate profits at our expense.” - Grassy Narrows Chief Turtle Turtle is at Queen’s Park to serve his legal action on Premier Doug Ford Directly. (Image Free Grassy, Twitter/X)

CBC reports, "A First Nation in northwestern Ontario that has faced decades of mercury poisoning is suing the provincial and federal governments, arguing they've failed to protect its treaty rights.

Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek First Nation — known as Grassy Narrows — filed the lawsuit in Ontario's Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday morning."

(Images via Free Grassy on Twitter/X)