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- Indigenous Medicine Peoples Statement to UN Climate SummitIndigenous Elders at UN Climate Summit: ‘We Can No Longer Wait for Solutions From Governmental and Corporate Leaders’ Contact: Shawn Mulford September 21, 2014 Email: email@example.com Censored News NEW YORK – The UN Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon serves to catal […]
- Mariah Gladstone Photos: Native Peoples at Climate MarchThanks to Mariah Gladstone for sharing photos with Censored News! Peoples Climate March, New York, 2014
- Zapatistas 'Beyond the Exchange'Editorial 3. Beyond the Exchange Editorial Beyond the Exchange The sharing is something beyond.[i] Compañeras and compañeros of the Sixth in Mexico and the world. For us, the exchange was a way to take each others’ hands, to see one another and how we are doing and what we are thinking. It was a chance to get to know each other, those of us who are below and […]
- Traditional Indigenous left out of World Conference in New YorkTraditional Indigenous left out of World Conference in New York Photo Supai Waters, Havasupai, protesting uranium mining on Supai sacred land at the Grand Canyon. By Brenda Norrell Censored News As the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples begins in New York today, grassroots Indigenous Peoples say they have not be included. While Native Peop […]
- Frontline Climate March Photos by Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson. . . Photos from the Frontlines by Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson Peoples Climate March New York 2014 Thank you for sharing with Censored News
- NOW! Flooding Wall Street Photos by Robyn Jackson, Dine'NOW! Monday Sept. 22, 2014 FLOODING WALL STREET Photos by Robyn Jackson, Dine', from New York Monday afternoon at 5 pm New York time: Flood Wall Street still underway, police spraying pepper spray. Livestream Monday, Sept 22, 2014 http://new.livestream.com/JamesFromTheInternet/events/3416732 . Flood Wall Street
- Dine' Roberto Nutlouis Photos: Peoples Climate MarchPhotos by Roberto Nutlouis, Dine' from Pinon, Arizona, Peoples Climate March, New York 2014
- Photos Mohawks at Peoples Climate MarchPhoto by Cynthia Treis Photo by Cynthia Treis Photo by Jenna Pope Top photos by Cynthia Treis. Photo 3 by Jenna Pople, thank you! Peoples Climate March New York 2014
- Resist Colonization: World Conference is not the Voice of Grassroots Indigenous PeoplesReminder - The High Level Plenary Meeting (that is not a World Conference on indigenous Peoples) at the UN, begins in the morning By Glenn Morris Censored News Hello, all, I am sending this reminder to folks in Denver, that the HLPM begins in the morning. The pomp and circumstance of the opening session begins at 6:30 am, Denver time. The UN is scheduled to […]
- Zapatistas Más allá de la compartición (Beyond Sharing)Zapatistas Subcomandante Moises Beyond Sharing Subcomandante Moises speaks on sharing -- outside the arena of politicians, exploiters and capitalism. The upcoming time of global sharing is on Dec 22, 2014 -- Jan. 3, 2015 sep192014 Editorial 3. Más allá de la compartición Editorial Más allá de la compartición La compartición es algo más allá. Compañeras y com […]
- Livestream Indigenous Women defending our Climate NOW! Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, New York time 5 pm (2 pm Pacific time) This event features activists Shelley A. Young, Kandi Mosset, Elle Maija Tailfeathers, and Ellen Gabriel who will discuss high-profile media campaigns by indigenous groups in Canada and the United States that protest the oil and fracking industries and the ongoing governmental violations o […]
- Klabona Keepers Blockade at Sacred HeadwatersPhotos from the hunting blockade at the Ealue Lake Road, entrance to the Sacred Headwaters. Photo by Eliza Muirhead From Klabona Keepers Censored News BRITISH COLUMBIA, Unceded Tahltan Territory - September 18, 2014 The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) has been invited by the Klabona Keepers to blockade the only road providing access to the Sacred Headwaters. T […]
- LISTEN First Voices Indigenous RadioFIRST VOICES INDIGENOUS RADIO Thursdays 9:00am-10:00am Hosted by: John Kane (Interim Host), Liz Hill (Producer) Listen to Thursday's show: http://archive.wbai.org/show1.php?showid=fvoices Web Site: http://www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/letstalknative/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/letstalknative Blog: http:// […]
- 'Water Ceremony' New York photos by Roberto Nutlouis. Photos by Roberto Nutlouis, Dine' from Pinon, Arizona Gearing up for the Peoples Climate March, and World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in New York: Navajos join other Indigenous Peoples for Water Ceremony Ya'at'eeh (Greetings) My name is Roberto Nutlouis. I am a Dineh (Navajo) from the community of Pinon AZ. My clans are Bitter Water, b […]
- 'Four Day of Action to Protect our Home, the Salish Sea'Compassion Games International - Protect the Sacred Our Dear Friends and Beloved Relatives, This weekend marks the momentous beginning to the 4 Days of Action to Protect the Salish Sea. This explosive expansion of human consciousness in the heart of the Pacific Northwest is about to change everything. Together we are the living representation of Nawtsamaat […]
- Lakotas Owe Aku: 'Uranium investors got the blues again'FORUM: Powertech Uranium investors got the blues again, mama Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and our allies founded to promote the protection of sacred water and preservation of our territorial lands. Our actions for environmental justice rely upon cultural revitalization as our major tool in achieving our goals. The principle locatio […]
- 'Harmony with Nature' Living Well, UN Secretary General reportHarmony with Nature Report of the UN Secretary General Shared by our friends in Bolivia, Boletin Ruta Critica Read document: http://ucordillera.edu.bo/descarga/harmony.pdf
- Indigenous denounce Climate Summit, Indigenous World ConferenceIndigenous denounce Climate Summit, Indigenous World Conference By Brenda Norrell Photo by La Via Campesina While the corporate interests hijack the upcoming UN Climate Summit, and frauds attempt to take control of the upcoming UN Indigenous World Conference, both in New York, Indigenous around the world are speaking out to denounce those who are co-opting t […]
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- CLIMATE TRAIN AND 'OUTSIDE THE GATE' AT THE UNITED NATIONSCensored News photo mural 2006 -- 2014 CLIMATE TRAIN AND 'OUTSIDE THE GATE' at the UN By Brenda Norrell firstname.lastname@example.org Govinda/Earthcycles email@example.com Censored News Sept. 6, 2014 Govinda at Earthcycles is interested in providing a live broadcast from the Climate Train, across America on Amtrak in September 2014. We are also in […]
- Indigenous Medicine Peoples Statement to UN Climate Summit
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- Banner Hang today!Early this morning ALEC resistors suspended banners at two different locations. Please help us resist! AZ Resists Alec!
- Call for Indigenous Convergence to Resist ALEC! – November 29-December 3 – Onk Akimel O’odham Lands (Scottsdale, AZ)Un-occupy Our Lands! Indigenous Peoples Gathering in Resistance to Corporate & State Terrorism Tues. Nov. 29, 6PM – 9:30PM At Serena Padilla Residence Onk Akimel O’odham Nation (Salt River) 9312 E. Thomas Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 For more information and to see the entire invite please visit: AZ Resist Alec Greetings. My name is […]
- de-occupy! PRESS RELEASE
- PDF of Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving DinnerAnti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner pamphlet 2008 This is a zine from the Guelph Anarchist distro Mounting Bedlam Distro. It is from an annual dinner that where Anarchists host Indigenous folks to share their stories of resistance. It has spoken to me for along time sine i found a copy of it at the Taala Hooghan Infoshop. […]
- O’odham Sacred Site of Quitovac once again under threat from US Gold Mining Company Silver Scott MinesMany of you may remember the recent victory of saving Quitovac to a proposed toxic waste dump. Well Again this Sacred site is under siege. Now to the threat of a gold mine… This is a Resolution from Traditional O’odham elders in opposition to the proposed mine that was recently posted from the O’odham Solidarity Project […]
- CENSORED NEWS: Homeland Security pitches new spy towers at Tohono O’odhamThe war against the Tohono O’odham continues near the border. See the latest technology the U.S. Government has deployed on the T.O. community in this article below: Homeland Security pitches new spy towers at Tohono O’odham BY: Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com TOHONO O’ODHAM NATION — (Nov. 23, 2011) The US Homeland Security is […]
- Resist ALEC!Resist ALEC this November in Scottsdale, AZ! AZ Resist alec! ARIZONA IS CALLING FOR A DIVERSITY OF TACTICS TO SHUT DOWN THE UPCOMING ALEC CONFERENCE IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ ON NOVEMBER 30TH. ALEC thinks they’re meeting in Scottsdale, AZ this November… The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a massive non-profit body that brings corporations and legisl […]
- De-Occupy O’odham LandDe-Occupy O’odham Land! Saturday December 10, Hosted by Dry River Resource Center Benefit for O’odham VOICE against the wall and Dry River Infoshop 6pm dinner 7pm speakers -John Zerzan -Ward Churchill -Julian Kunnie $10-$20 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
- Ofelia Rivas In protest we write…While preparing to to write my own short reflection on the current “occupy” movement I asked Ofelia Rivas if she would like to contribute to the zine as well. Here is her letter. This will also be in the new Don’t just (re)occupy zine. Thank you again so much for your contribution Ofelia! For more news […]
- WHY (RE)OCCUPYING WON’T WORK****This is a preview of a short article for a zine I am compiling in response to the current sweeping “occupy” movement. The zine will be released soon…. WHY (RE)OCCUPYING WON’T WORK…. September 17, 2011 hundreds of people answer a call-out from Adbusters maga- zine to “occupy” Wall Street. Today October 14, 2011 less than […]
- Banner Hang today!
- Indigenous Solidarity Network beginsWe are please to announce the creation of the group named THE INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY NETWORK. *See the About tab above and links section to the right. An inspiring video: (rights reserved to the creator)
- Indigenous Solidarity Network begins
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights Finds in Favor of Mapuche IndividualsThe Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the highest judicial body of the Organization of American States (OAS), reached a decision in favor of eight Mapuche individuals who claimed that Chile’s use of the Anti-Terrorism Law against them violated their rights. … Continue reading →
- Chilean Congress to Formally Question Interior Minister on Mapuche ConflictPublished yesterday in the Santiago Times, the Chilean Congress has voted to bring Chile’s Minister of the Interior, Rodrigo Peñailillo, in for formal questioning on the current administration’s handling (since taking over in March) of the ongoing Mapuche conflict in the … Continue reading →
- Aymara Culture Protects Their Children from Psychological DistressA team of Chilean researchers has recently published a report on the mental health of Aymara schoolchildren in Northern Chile, suggesting that involvement with their culture may act as a protective factor against psychological distress, including anxiety and hopelessness. The … Continue reading →
- Mapuche-Huilliche Community Granted Coastal RightsIt was reported yesterday (01-15-2015) in Mapuexpress that the Mapuche-Huilliche Community of Wente Caulín was granted rights over coastal waters in Chiloé. Specifically, the coastal area near the community was designated an “Indigenous Peoples’ Marine Coastal Area” under Chilean law, which grants the community … Continue reading →
- Two Mapuche Communities Obtain Land Rights After 15 YearsIn recent days, the Chilean government, through CONADI (Chile’s Indigenous development corporation) has returned title to lands in two different Mapuche communities. In the Mapuche community of Manuel Levinao (located in the Lautaro commune of the Araucanía region), 250 hectares … Continue reading →
- UN Instructs Chile to Return Indigenous Lands, Improve Consultation, and Redefine Anti-Terrorism LawThe United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) completed its 83rd session on August 30th in Geneva. During the session, CERD discussed Chile’s treatment of Indigenous peoples and offered some recommendations for the future. Specifically, CERD asked … Continue reading →
- Barrick Gold Admits Wrongdoing; Diaguita Communities Seek Revocation of LicenseBarrick Gold, owner of the Pascua Lama mine that spans the Chile-Argentina border, appeared in front of a Chilean court again on Monday, August 26th. This time, however, the multi-billion dollar corporation admitted that it had violated environmental regulations in … Continue reading →
- Argentina: Pope Francis Meets with Qom (Toba) LeaderOn Monday, June 24, 2013, Pope Francis spent 45 minutes meeting and talking with the leader of the Qom community, Félix Diaz about his community’s struggles to have their rights recognized. During the interaction, Diaz discussed the plight of his … Continue reading →
- Chilean Government Tests “Ethnic Patrols” Near TemucoOn Wednesday, May 29th, the Chilean police force unveiled a test project designed to improve relations between the police force and the Mapuche people — a relationship that, in certain parts of Chile, has involved significant amounts of violence. The … Continue reading →
- Pascua Lama Gold Mine Likely 1-2 Years Away from OpeningThe Pascua Lama gold mine — owned by Barrick Gold — was ordered shut down earlier this year when a Diaguita community successfully challenged the mine’s environmental record in Chilean court. Ultimately, the company was fined US$16 million and ordered … Continue reading →
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights Finds in Favor of Mapuche Individuals
- New Book – Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to ModernOnkwehón:we Rising is pleased to promote the (re)release of Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat by the comrades at Kersplebedeb. Settlers is a uniquely important text that has been critical in shaping the views of many comrades and warriors within the Onkwehón:we, Xikano, Boricua and Afrikan liberation movements regarding what we here call the n […]
- SAKEJ WARD SPEAKING TOUR – Dialogue & Strategy building: What are Warrior Societies and their role in Liberation against Colonialismhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVYLDYJwpGA Sakej (James Ward) belongs to the wolf clan. He is Mi’kmaw (Mi’kmaq Nation) from the community of Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church First Nation, New Brunswick). He is the father of nine children, four grandchildren and a caregiver for one. He resides in Shxw’owhamel First Nation with his wife Melody Andrews and their chi […]
- Amílcar Cabral: National Liberation and CultureAn agronomist, Amílcar Cabral was a revolutionary anti-colonial leader of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands. He was also an important figure within the wider struggle for the liberation of so-called “Portuguese Africa” (Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Angola & Mozambique) as well as one of […]
- New Book – Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern
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- Redskin Is No Honor
- Indigenous Peoples Essential to Climate Movement, March Organizers SayEnvironmentalists have descended upon the Big Apple for the weekend’s festivities, standing side by side with Indigenous Peoples to prepare for the People’s Climate March on Sep...
- ATCR Tells Museum: We Won't Play Until You Use the Word 'Genocide'Canadian Aboriginal DJ trio A Tribe Called Red has canceled its plans to perform at the opening festivities at the new ...
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- Pedophile Ex-Priest Convicted on 24 Counts, Including Bestiality; Inuit Victims VindicatedDozens of Inuit people victimized by so-called Pedophile Priest Eric Dejaeger in the 1970s and ’80s have now been vindicated, as a court has found the 67-year-old defrocked cler...
- Stop Damming Indians: Dancing Against Shasta Dam RaiseOn the second day of the Winnemem Wintu’s War Dance at Shasta Dam, dancer Rob Wilson circled the sacred fire, crouching low, pounding the grass with his bare feet and exhaling a...
- 150 Native American Artists Converge on Tulsa for Cherokee Art MarketTULSA, Okla. – The ninth annual Cherokee Art Market will feature 150 inspirational and elite Native American artists from across the nation Oct. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m....
- Tuberculosis Brought to Turtle Island by Seals and Sea Lions, Not Europeans: DNA StudyEuropean settlers have long been seen as bringing scourge after scourge of disease to Turtle Island....
- Sarah Deer Among 21 Diverse MacArthur 'Genius Grant' WinnersSarah Deer, 41, a professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, is among a group of 21 diverse 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T....
- Sarah Deer Among 21 Diverse MacArthur 'Genius Grant' WinnersSarah Deer, 41, a professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, is among a group of 21 diverse 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T....
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- Winnebago Student to Develop Program to Curb Suicide Among Native YouthAlex Mallory has been named a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador by the Festival of Children Foundation....
- Video: Manoomin and the Importance of RicingIn its 11th installment, Wisconsin Media Lab introduces Fred Ackley Jr., of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Mole Lake, as he harvests and pro...
- Canada Approves China Investment Treaty While First Nations Consent Issue Still in CourtOfficials from a Vancouver Island First Nation say that they are shocked and disappointed that Canada ratified its foreign investment deal with China even though a Canadian cour...
- Yakama Student Studying in Washington, DC through WINSShanoa Pinkham is serving a 15-week fall semester Washington Internship for Native Students in Washington, D.C....
- 400K Take to the Streets of Manhattan for Climate Change [22 Images]
- SECRETS FROM THE SCOTTISH CLOSETPlease post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. SEP. 20, 2014. Surprisingly some Canadian Metis support the Scots in their quest for sovereignty. The relationship between the Scots and us is still that of colonizer and colonized. The Scots came over … Continue reading →
- HAGGIS VS. POUTINEPlease post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Sep. 17, 2014. Quebecers are gathering in to monitor Scotland’s referendum to separate from Great Britain. They want to separate from Canada. There is a big difference. The Scots are Indigenous to their … Continue reading →
- PIPELINE POLICEPlease post and distribute. Thank you. MNN. Sep. 16, 2014. A pipeline army is being set up similar to internationally recruited merenaries like Blackwater, Xe, Academi and now Greystone. They will protect illegal multinational energy projects on our land, … Continue reading →
- HARPER HOOLIGANISM IN CHINAPlease post and distribute. Thank you. MNN. Sep. 15, 2014. On September 26, 2012, Prime Minister Harper of the Corporation of Canada signed a treaty, the Canada-China Investment Agreement, with Hu Jintao in Vladivostok Russia. Some Canadians think it’s … Continue reading →
- TWO FACES, TWO TONGUESPlease post and distribute. Thank you. MNN. Sep. 13, 2014. “Roti’konsa’ni:ron” are those who commit evil without remorse. In Ferguson, Missouri, we saw the police and military were one in the same. The army/cops attack peaceful citizens in cities across … Continue reading →
- LIZARD PEOPLEPlease post and distribute. MNN. Sep. 3, 2014. A long time ago a Mohawk widow and her beautiful daughter were living in a village. Though food and other necessities were provided by the people, life was hard. They had … Continue reading →
- FERGUSON – BEGINNING OF THE ENDPlease post and distribute. MNN. Aug. 19, 2014. Is Ferguson town the beginning of the end for imperialism? According to the ancient Zionist plan, the chaos is perpetrated by the puppet masters. When the people demand a solution, they … Continue reading →
- ELEMENTAL EVILPlease post and distribute. MNN. Aug. 13, 2014. As holocaust survivors, we Indigenous have many questions about evil. Genocide is deliberate murder of a racial or cultural group. We were murdered until only 3% of us remained in the … Continue reading →
- FLYING HEADPlease post and distribute. MNN. Aug. 5, 2014. An old Iroquois story reminds us of what is going on in Gaza today. Once upon a time there was a young ongwehonwe hunter. He gave all the game he caught … Continue reading →
- FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO GAZA MASSACREPlease post and distribute. MNN. July 29, 2014. The Zionist butchers massacring the Palestinians in Gaza are the same interests that carried out the genocide of 150 million indigenous people in the western hemisphere. Like with us, the British … Continue reading →
- SECRETS FROM THE SCOTTISH CLOSET
- DENVER CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF RUSSELL MEANSDenver, Co. – You may recognize him from such films as Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers, but Russell Means was much more than a face on the silver screen. He was a cultural, political, artistic and visionary American Indian leader, described during his life as “the most famous American Indian of the [...]
- PEARL MEANSA commentary by Pearl Means telling of future events planned.
- CONVERSATION WITH LOURDESPearl Means talks with Lourdes of how she and Russell met and Russell Means’ latest book “If You’ve Forgotten The Names Of The Clouds, You’ve Lost Your Way” Mrs. Means will have book signing at the following places: Friday, July 26th @ 8:00 p.m. Festival Hall at Argiro Student Union, Maharishi University, Fairfiield, Iowa Wednesday, [...]
- RUSSELL MEANS (1939-2012)Russell Charles Means (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) was an Oglala Sioux activist for the rights of Native American people and libertarian political activist. He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968, and helped organize notable events that attracted national and international media cov […]
- We Are All RelatedArmando Rendon has printed an excerpt from Russell’s book “If You’ve Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You’ve Lost Your Way : An Introduction to American Indian Thought & Philosophy.” You may find at http://somosenescrito.blogspot.com/2013/04/we-are-all-related.html#!/2013/04/we-are-all-related.html If you wish to purchase either the softcover or Kindle […]
- February 27th Honoring
- Russell Means: Revolutionary.By lakotahfreedom ¶ Posted in Sovereignty ¶ First time I remember seeing Russell was at the Greengrass Sundance. He called my Grandma Ella up during the Giveaway. Even as a young boy, I was impressed. From that day forward, as a youth, I saw Bruce Lee, Evil Knievel, Muhammad Ali, and Russell Means as almost [...]
- The passing of Russell Means was a lose for the worldOn October 22, 2012, Indian rights activist Russell Means passed on after a magnificent life of struggle to better the lives of American Indians. Means had a tremendous impact on Native American struggles of the latter part of the 20th century and he will be sorely missed, but his passing was a huge loss [...]
- Preview of Russell Means Documentary
- Thanks TakingRussell’s Aljazeera interview from November 24,2011 Aljazeera on thanks taking
- DENVER CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF RUSSELL MEANS
- March 29 - April 7, 2014: Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues - United States, Paraguay, Belize, Philippines, BangladeshFive Key Indigenous Peoples Issues For The Week Of March 29 - April 7, 2014: United States, Paraguay, Belize, Philippines, Bangladesh United States: Final Conclusions And Recommendations On United States Issued By The UN Human Rights Committee Call For Measures To Protect Sacred Areas On Friday, March 28, 2014, the 110th session of the United Nations (UN) Hu […]
- Maranhão: Port Development Brings Progress To Brazil – At A PriceMaranhão: Port Development Brings Progress To Brazil – At A Price Mario Osava, 2014 “We are victims of progress,” complained Osmar Santos Coelho, known as Santico. His fishing community has disappeared, displaced to make way for a port complex on São Marcos bay, to the west of São Luis, the capital of the state of Maranhão in Brazil’s northeast. The Ponta da […]
- United States: Final Conclusions And Recommendations On United States Issued By The UN Human Rights Committee Call For Measures To Protect Sacred AreasUnited States: Final Conclusions And Recommendations On United States Issued By The UN Human Rights Committee Call For Measures To Protect Sacred Areas On Friday, March 28, 2014, the 110th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (HRC) issued its Concluding Observations on the United States (US) compliance with the International Covenant on […]
- Northern Territory: Indigenous People Core To Success In Northern Development PushNorthern Territory: Indigenous People Core To Success In Northern Development Push Policies for northern development must account for the realities of the extensive marginally productive lands of the north found outside of the major urban centres, according to NAILSMA’s recent submission to the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia. Key to this is ful […]
- West Papua: Grave Human Rights Abuses In Papua Must Be Considered By Courts Of LawWest Papua: Grave Human Rights Abuses In Papua Must Be Considered By Courts Of Law Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BP on 7 April 2014 Speaking as a human rights defender working in the Land of Papua, I urge the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in Jakarta to immediately investigate the maltreatment and torture by me […]
- Bangladesh: Upazila Elections 2014 - Indigenous Candidates Win 18 Chairman Posts, 20 Female Vice Chairman And 17 Vice Chairman (General) PostsBangladesh: Upazila Elections 2014 - Indigenous Candidates Win 18 Chairman Posts, 20 Female Vice Chairman And 17 Vice Chairman (General) Posts In the 4th Upazila Elections-2014 in Bangladesh, indigenous candidates won 18 chairman posts in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), 20 female vice chairman posts in CHT & plains and 17 vice chairman (general/male) posts […]
- Paraguay: Mysterious Epidemic Kills Recently-Contacted Tribe One By OneParaguay: Mysterious Epidemic Kills Recently-Contacted Tribe One By One A mysterious epidemic is steadily killing recently-contacted members of a South American tribe, Survival International has warned on World Health Day (April 7). Members of the Ayoreo-Totobiegosode tribe in Paraguay are rapidly succumbing to a TB-like illness which goes undetected in medi […]
- International: Carbon-Cutting Initiative May Harm Indigenous CommunitiesInternational: Carbon-Cutting Initiative May Harm Indigenous Communities Bryant Harris, 2014 Civil society and advocacy groups are warning that a prominent carbon-reduction initiative, aimed at curbing global emissions, is undermining land tenure rights for indigenous communities, putting their livelihoods at risk. On Wednesday, an international dialogue her […]
- Belize: SATIIM And Indigenous Peoples - Another Legal VictoryBelize: SATIIM And Indigenous Peoples - Another Legal Victory Free Prior and Informed Consent – A must in Belize SATIIM, the foremost environmental and human right organization in Belize along with four indigenous Q’eqchi’ Maya communities have achieved another monumental legal victory yesterday. The Belize Supreme Court Justice, The Honourable Michelle Aran […]
- Philippines: Justice For William Bugatti - Tuwali Indigenous Rights Worker KilledPhilippines: Justice For William Bugatti - Tuwali Indigenous Rights Worker Killed We are enraged over the extrajudicial killing of William Bugatti, a Tuwali and a devoted human rights worker on March 25, 2014, at around 6-7 in the evening. William is a Regional Council Member of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN, a Regional Council Member of the […]
- Bangladesh: Indigenous Women Representatives Attend The CSW58 As A Part Of Global Indigenous LeadersBangladesh: Indigenous Women Representatives Attend The CSW58 As A Part Of Global Indigenous Leaders The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. Like each year, this year thousands of civil society activists, representatives of member states, UN […]
- Panama: Solidarity Statement To Guna And Ngobe Peoples' Resolve Against False Climate Change SolutionsPanama: Solidarity Statement To Guna And Ngobe Peoples' Resolve Against False Climate Change Solutions We, the indigenous communities from Kenya, Ecuador, Chile, Manipur, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Panama, attending the Land is life Climate Change Workshop Training held at Usdub, Gunayala, Panama from 20-24 March 2014 hereby, Expresses our heartfelt gratitu […]
- Ecuador: Judge Kaplan Let Chevron Make "Mockery Of Justice" In New York RICO CaseEcuador: Judge Kaplan Let Chevron Make "Mockery Of Justice" In New York RICO Case A new report concludes Chevron made a “mockery of justice” and bribed a witness during its retaliatory RICO case in New York, leading to a likely reversal by U.S. appellate courts and a growing risk for the oil giant in jurisdictions where the villagers are trying […]
- Guatemala: International Solidarity With Victims Of Hudbay Minerals-CGN As Criminal Trial Against Former Head Of Security Is DelayedGuatemala: International Solidarity With Victims Of Hudbay Minerals-CGN As Criminal Trial Against Former Head Of Security Is Delayed Indigenous Maya Q’eqchi’ victims of a September 2009 violent attack outside a then-Canadian owned nickel mine were once again disheartened when it was announced today that the criminal trial of Mynor Padilla, former head of sec […]
- Oaxaca: On Mexican Isthmus, Indigenous Communities Oppose Massive Energy Projects - Statement From Indigenous CommunitiesOaxaca: On Mexican Isthmus, Indigenous Communities Oppose Massive Energy Projects - Statement From Indigenous Communities Santiago Navarro, 2014 The wind corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, stretching across the southern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz, is one of the most important in Latin America in terms of corporate investment […]
- Australia: Next Step Towards Indigenous Constitutional RecognitionAustralia: Next Step Towards Indigenous Constitutional Recognition The Australian Government has established a panel to conduct a review into public support for Indigenous constitutional recognition. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced the review today, in accordance with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Ac […]
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Settler Colonialism and the White Settler in the Karuk Ancestral Territory
By Laura Hurwitz, Humboldt Journal of Social Relations (Issue #36, 2014) [PDF]
From the time of European invasion of what now constitutes the United States, the settler colonial system has aimed to exterminate Indigenous Peoples and replace them with settlers on the land. While settler colonialism benefi ts the settler at the cost of the Indigenous, all life on Earth suffers from the continuation of this system. This research examines how white settlers living in the Karuk Ancestral Territory, located in Humboldt County, California, understand our role in the settler colonial system. The goal of this study is to begin a collective pursuit of a white settler ethic of accountability, which is a difficult task even in preliminary stages, as it requires the admission of being a beneficiary of and acco mplice to the vicious system of settler colonialism. This could bring about the loss of an already fragile identity and an insecure settler future. Yet settler society has a responsibility to face our role in the settler colonial system.
This article is written from the perspective of a white settler. For nearly two decades, I have lived in the Karuk Ancestral Territory, situated on the Klamath River in Humboldt County, California. Many of the people currently living in this place, both Indigenous and settler alike, are interested in living a sustainable lifestyle and surviving amongst the environmental, social, political, and economic uncertainty of the times. Here some bridges have been built between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents and a somewhat cordial coexistence exists; nevertheless, tensions do stem from a settler colonial system that benefits one group of people at the expense of another. The acute awareness among members of the Karuk tribe of displacement from their ancestral territory can be read on the T-shirt of one Karuk elder: “Got Land ? Thank an Indian!”
I came to live in the Karuk Ancestral Territory in search of a better life, one that was not destructive to, but rather more connected with land and life. I did not realize I was moving to a place where Indigenous Peoples had remained in their aboriginal territory and retained connection to their traditional way of life, in spite of European invasion. Neither had I considered that the neighborhood in which I grew up was also occupied Indigenous land. In fact, growing up, I largely thought a bout Native Americans as a “thing” of the past. I learned in school, on television, in movies, through the media, and from accepted social discourse that the original people of North America no longer existed. As a child, I had a thick cardboard book that depicted a ball, a book, and an “Indian” together on the “things” page . My indoctrination to view Indigenous Peoples as less than human began quite early. This is no accident, but rather part of the justification of the settler colonial system.
In the first section of this paper, I carry out a review of existing literature regarding settler colonialism, the settler, white privilege, and white supremacism. Next I discuss the methods used to conduct this research. Thirdly, I unpack white settler identity and how settlers comprehend their position within the settler colonial system, which manifests itself as a complicit settler subject in the Karuk Ancestral Territory. In the concluding segment, I outline some unsettling ideas and situate the white settler in the complicated conundrum within movements for decolonization.
This research seeks to find a starting place from which to collectively pursue a white settler ethic of accountability—a difficult task, even in preliminary stages, as it requires the admission of being a beneficiary of and an accomplice to the vicious system of settler colonialism, and could bring about the loss of an already fragile identity and an insecure settler future. Settler society has a responsibility to acknowledge our role in the settler colonial system.
Originally posted on Profane Existence:
Today has been a big day for those interested in or involved in Indigenous resistance and anti-colonial struggle. It is also a good reminder of how much work remains to be done.
In an interesting symbolic gesture, the city council of Vancouver voted to formally acknowledge that the land which the city is built on is stolen Indigenous lands that remain unceded. This means that no settlement or land treaties were ever made for the territories; and that the city council is now recognizing the Indigenous people have never given up their sovereignty to the land which Vancouver now occupies. In many respects while this move is only a symbolic gesture, many consider it an important first step down the road to ending colonialism. Yet the mayor of the city went out of his way to make it clear the gesture was entirely symbolic and “wouldn’t effect…
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This video was presented on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc Nation, at the Thompson Rivers University Undergrad Research Conference on March 28, 2014. This video was created for an assignment for an Anthropology class called “Canadian Status/Treaty Indian Reserve Communities.”
By Laura Hurwitz & Shawn Bourque, Unsettling Klamath River Coyuntura
Colonialism and Settler Colonialism
Colonialism is a system that occupies and usurps labor/land/resources from one group of people for the benefit of another. Colonialism is derived from the Latin word Colonia. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, in the Roman Empire, “Colonia” was a “ farm,” “landed estate,” or “settlement” granted to Roman soldiers in hostile or newly conquered territories.
There are different types of colonial projects. Exploitation colonialism involves a small amount of colonists whose main objective is to profit from the colonies resources and exploit Indigenous labor, usual exported to the metropole or “mother city” (think of the British in India). Plantation colonies utilize a mix of exploitation and settler colonialism in different regions and areas. In settler colonialism land, not labor, is key. In this system, Indigenous Peoples are literally replaced by settlers. As Patrick Wolfe puts it:
Land is life—or, at least, land is necessary for life. Thus contests for land can be—indeed, often are—contests for life.
Indigenous Peoples are erased through out right genocide, assimilation and interbreeding (including rape). In this process, racialized categories become important for perpetuating the system (see “Racial Formulation” section below).
Settlers are also different from other colonizers in that they are there to stay, unlike in other colonial systems where the colonizer returns to their home country after profiting. Here, the land itself is the profit. Another important concept in understanding this system is the idea that in settler colonialism, “invasion is a structure not an event.” This means that settler colonialism is not just a vicious thing of the past, such as the gold rush, but exists as long as settlers are living on appropriated land and thus exists today.
Who is a Settler?
“There are no good settlers . . . There are no bad settlers . . . There are settlers.”
Anyone not Indigenous, living in a settler colonial situation is a settler. Therefore all non-Indigenous people living in what is today called the “U.S.” are settlers living on stolen land. Settlers do not all benefit equally from settler colonialism. Many people were brought to settler states as slaves, indentured servants, refugees, etc. Race and class largely prefigure which settlers benefit the most from usurped Indigenous homelands. But as the Unsettling Minnesota Source Book proclaims, “it is all of our responsibilities as settlers, especially those of us who descended from European colonizers, to challenge the systems of domination from which we benefit.”
By Samia Madwar, Up Here
Last fall, two exhibits opened in Montreal, both centred on aboriginal themes. Beat Nation, a multimedia presentation by aboriginal artists who’d mixed hip-hop culture with their own iconography, opened at the Museum of Modern Art on October 16. The next day—purely by unfortunate coincidence—the Museum of Fine Arts boutique unveiled Inukt, a new product line featuring aboriginally-flavoured clothing, accessories and homewares.
Beat Nation was an unapologetic, boundary-crossing exploration of tradition and modernity, and largely a critical success. Inukt was a confused, haphazard jumble, and a public relations disaster.
Like its mock, made-up name, few of Inukt’s products bear any resemblance to Inuit art. This April, the website advertised everything from T-shirts and tote bags to throw pillows and arm-chairs, adorned with portraits of random Plains Indian chiefs, bought from an online stock image gallery. Other T-shirts feature west-coast imagery—though the items themselves have Anishinaabe names. And then there are the “Eskimo doll” key-chains, miniature versions of embarrassing kitsch holdovers from a less sensitive time, their survivors now scattered across dusty thrift store shelves around the country. “The cultural mishmash here hurts my head,” wrote Chelsea Vowel, a Montreal-based Métis blogger.
White Settlers and Indigenous Solidarity: Confronting White Supremacy, Answering Decolonial Alliances
“If white people who practice Indigenous solidarity miss, or never consider these nuances when invoking “settler” status, I am concerned that we then leave its whiteness normalized and unchallenged within our theories and activism. Reflecting on this has led me to a number of questions about how white people embracing the singular or uniform term “settler” may obscure differences among non-natives and reinforce our formation by white supremacy. For instance, if white people self-define through an oppressor role with respect to Indigenous people, does our emphasis on this let us evade naming our oppressor roles with respect to peoples of color? Or, if we think that these latter roles are subsumed or explained by the term “settler,” do our analyses and actions then demonstrate how this is so?”
Originally posted on Decolonization:
White settlers who seek solidarity with Indigenous challenges to settler colonialism must confront how white supremacy shapes settler colonialism, our solidarity, and our lives. As a white person working in Canada and the United States to challenge racism and colonialism (in queer / trans politics, and solidarity activism) I am concerned that white people might embrace Indigenous solidarity in ways that evade our responsibilities to people of color and to their calls upon us to challenge all forms of white supremacy. This essay presents my responsibilities to theories and practices of decolonization that connect Indigenous and racialized peoples. I highlight historical studies by Indigenous and critical race scholars — notably, those bridging black and Indigenous studies — as they illuminate deep interlockings of white supremacy and settler colonialism. I call white settlers to become responsible to these, and related projects, so as to challenge the authority we might claim, or…
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Decolonizing Street Art: Anticolonial Street Artists Convergence will take place in Montreal in August 2014. DSA aura lieu à Montréal en août 2014.
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Decolonizing street art: Anti-colonial street artists convergence will take place at the end of august 2014. This project fosters the idea of bringing together street artists of indigenous and settler origins and build an artistic community of shared anticolonial values. The convergence will promote a type of street art that advocates the decolonization of Turtle Island and will remind the montrealers of the city’s colonial history. The artists, living across Canada and the USA, already focus part of their work on issues related to indigenous resistance such as environmental struggles against pipelines and mining and justice for missing and murdered native women.
Decolonizing street art : Anti-colonial street artists convergence will organize its activities around two different axes. The first artistic axe will bring together the street artists to create art pieces in the streets of Montreal. The works will differ in medium, subject and relationship to the public sphere. The second community axe will foster the idea of creating spaces to discuss political issues related to colonialism between the participants and organisms devoted to the urban native community of Montreal. There should also be activities specifically designed to involve the indigenous youth.
Le projet Decolonizing street art : Anti-colonial street artists convergence aura lieu à la fin du mois d’août 2014. Ce projet s’inscrit dans l’idée de réunir des artistes de rue autochtones et non-autochtones alliés afin de bâtir une communauté d’artistes partageant les mêmes valeurs anticoloniales. Il s’agit de représenter un art de la rue politique qui revendique un processus de décolonisation de nos relations sur l’Ile de la Tortue et qui permet de rappeler à la population montréalaise que cette ville s’est construite sur le territoire volé et non cédé de la Nation Kanien’keha :ka. Les démarches artistiques de ces artistes résidant au Canada et aux États-Unis s’articulent pour la plupart autour de l’activisme et abordent des thématiques de résistance autochtone comme les questions de territoires, les pipelines ou encore les femmes autochtones disparues et assassinées.
Decolonizing street art : Anti-colonial street artists convergence se développera autour de deux volets, soit un volet artistique et un volet communautaire. Le volet artistique comprendra les rencontres et les collaborations entre les artistes qui réaliseront différentes œuvres dans des lieux de la ville (murales, wheatpaste, etc).
Quant au volet communautaire, il prendra la forme de discussions et d’actions artistiques entre les artistes et des groupes communautaires qui viennent en aide aux communautés autochtones de la région montréalaise. Un travail de médiation culturelle avec des jeunes des centres jeunesses autochtones sera aussi développé. Il s’agira donc d’établir des liens de solidarité entre artistes provenant de différents milieux du street art et des regroupements communautaires locales.
DANS LA LUTTE, DES COMPLICES, PAS D’ ALLIES: ABOLIR LE COMPLEX INDUSTRIEL DE LA SOLIDARITE INTERESSEE
Un point de vue et une provocation Autochtones
Cette provocation a pour but d’intervenir dans certaines tensions actuelles relatives au travail de solidarité/soutien, vu que les trajectoires actuelles sont contre-libératrices, de mon point de vue. Remerciements à DS à Phoenix pour les échanges qui ont conduit à ce pamphlet et à tous ceux qui ont fait des commentaires, posé des questions, exprimé des désaccords. N’imaginez pas que ceci s’adresse aux « jeunes alliés blancs de la classe moyenne », mais seulement aux activistes payés, aux organisations à but non lucratif, ou, comme l’a dit un ami, aux « anarchistes et étudiants à la mobilité tirant vers le bas. » Il y a beaucoup de soi-disant « alliés » dans la lutte pour les droits des migrants qui soutiennent la « réforme complète de l’immigration » qui intensifie la militarisation de territoires Autochtones.
Le complexe industriel de la ‘solidarité’ a été édifié par des activistes dont la carrière dépend des ‘problèmes’ auxquels ils travaillent. Ces capitalistes à but non lucratif font avancer leurs carrières au dépend des luttes qu’ils soutiennent ostensiblement. Ils travaillent souvent sous couvert de ‘la base’ ou de ‘la communauté’ et ne sont pas nécessairement liés à une organisation.
Ils construisent un pouvoir ou des capacités organisationnels ou individuels, et s’établissent confortablement au sommet de leur hiérarchie de l’oppression en s’efforçant de devenir les alliés ‘vedettes’ de la majorité des opprimés. Tandis que l’exploitation de la solidarité et du soutien n’est pas nouvelle, la marchandisation et l’exploitation de l’ ‘solidarité’ est une tendance montante dans l’industrie du militantisme.
Quiconque s’implique dans les luttes contre l’oppression et pour la libération collective a, à un moment ou à un autre, participé à des ateliers, lu des manifestes ou pris part à de profondes discussions sur comment être un ‘bon’ allié. Vous pouvez maintenant payer des centaines de dollars pour aller dans des instituts ésotériques vous procurer un certificat d’allié anti-oppression. Vous pouvez participer à des ateliers et recevoir un badge d’allié. Pour faire de la lutte une marchandise, il faut d’abord l’objectiver. C’est révélé par la façon dont les ‘problèmes’ sont ‘présentés’ et ‘étiquetés’. Quand la lutte est une marchandise, la ‘solidarité’ est une monnaie d’échange.
Etre un allié est aussi devenu une identité désincarnée, hors de toute compréhension ou soutien réels. Le terme ‘allié’ est devenu inefficace et vide de sens.
Complices, pas alliés
Nom : complice ; pluriel : complices
Une personne qui en aide une autre à commettre un crime.
Montréal, unceded territory
Decolonizing street art: Anti-colonial street artists convergence fosters the idea of bringing together street artists of indigenous and settler origins and build an artistic community of shared anticolonial values. The convergence will promote a type of street art that advocates the decolonization of Turtle Island and will remind the montrealers of the city’s colonial history.
Le projet Decolonizing street art : Anti-colonial street artists convergence s’inscrit dans l’idée de réunir des artistes de rue autochtones et non-autochtones alliés afin de bâtir une communauté d’artistes partageant les mêmes valeurs anticoloniales. Il s’agit de représenter un art de la rue politique qui revendique un processus de décolonisation de nos relations sur l’Ile de la Tortue et qui permet de rappeler à la population montréalaise que cette ville s’est construite sur le territoire volé et non cédé.