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- Thank you, the journey was never my ownBy Brenda Norrell Censored News Today, between a hospital stay and fight for my life in May, and a journey to the Zapatista Stronghold in Chiapas in August, I'm especially thankful for this road I've been on, which was never really my own. I've never spoken in public about journalism over the past 32 years, because, for me, it was a matter of […]
- Zapatistas 'Just so you know' July 26, 2014ZAPATISTA ARMY FOR NATIONAL LIBERATION MEXICO. July 2014 http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/07/26/just-so-you-know/ By Subcomandante Moises Trucking to La Realidad photo by Brenda Norrell Indigenous Resistance To the compañer@s of the Sixth in Mexico and in the world: To all those who supported us in the reconstruction of the school and the clinic that […]
- Censored News in solidarity with Zapatistas will begin againBy Brenda Norrell Censored News In solidarity with the Zapatistas and Subcomandante Marcos, and in honor of Galeano, the murdered Zapatista teacher in La Realidad, Censored News halted publishing in its previous format on May 27, 2014, after 8 years of publishing. Now, Censored News -- much to the dismay of our opponents -- will continue in a new format. In […]
- Subcomndante Marcos: 'Between Light and Shadow'BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW In La Realidad [Reality], Planet Earth May 2014 By Subcomandante Marcos Excerpt: " ... Given the above, at 2:08 am on May 25, 2014, from the southeast combat front of the EZLN, I here declare that he who is known as Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, self-proclaimed “subcomandante of unrustable steel,” ceases to exist. That is how […]
- Zapatistas Marcos: Fragments of La Realidad IFRAGMENTS OF LA REALIDAD I. By Subcomandante Marcos http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/05/15/fragments-of-la-realidad-i/ Italian translation May 2014. The wee hours of the morning…it must be like 2 or 3 o’clock, who knows. It sounds like silence here in reality [La Realidad]. Did I say “it sounds like silence?” Well it does, because the silence here has […]
- Solidarity in France with Censored NewsWith special thanks for solidarity with Censored News in France from Vinz Haymarket, and Chris and Theo! Watch Klee Benally in France with Slim Paddy and Vinz (Haymarket) "Brighter Than Stars" by Klee Benally, Slim Paddy and Vinz (Haymarket) from Christine Prat on Vimeo. March 1st 2014 http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=2228 January 8th 2013 ht […]
- Hihansun wakpa oyate camp for protection from Keystone tarsands pipelineCamp fire tonight, Friday night Hihansun wakpa oyate camp! First tipi is up for the encampment! Thank you to Paula Antoine for sharing the photos from today in South Dakota with Censored News! This spiritual camp is the most recent camp for protection from the threat of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline. Hihansun Wakpa Oyate or contemporary kul wicasa is als […]
- Six facts Indian country media doesn't want you to knowThe collapse of the media in Indian country fuels the destruction locally and globally By Brenda Norrell Censored News Indian country media has collapsed into plagiarism, rewrites, deception and fraud. Here are six facts the national Indian country media doesn't want you to know. ASSASSINATION OF LAND DEFENDERS -- Nearly 1,000 Indigenous Peoples have be […]
- Mohawk Nation News 'Shawn Brant speaks on missing murdered girls and women'Post navigation SHAWN BRANT SPEAKS ON MISSING MURDERED GIRLS and WOMEN Posted on May 16, 2014 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. May 16, 2014. The murders of thousands of Indigenous women and girls is part of the continuing genocide and a strategy to control us, the survivors. Girls as young as 10 years old are being snatched and coerced in […]
- Mohawk Nation News 'Snow Job!'Post navigation SNOW JOB! Posted on May 14, 2014 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. May 14, 2014. Seventeen winters have passed since over 100 Iroquois women, children and men were viciously attacked by the New York State Troopers while we were conducting a thanksgiving ceremony. The issue is now before the Admiralty Court. The whole natura […]
- Via Campesina solidarity with Zapatistas following attack on teacherDeclaration of Solidarity with the Zapatistas and the Latin AmericanCoordination of Peasant Organizations and North America Region of LaVia Campesina International By La Via Campesina International Censored NewsWe are dismayed and outraged, but also firm in solidarity andstruggle; we stand against the assault that ended the life of the teacher Galeano, a bro […]
- Dine' Medicine Peoples: Right to consult to halt Navajo horse slaughterParticipation of Medicine People and Elders in Navajo Horse NegotiationsBy Dine' Hataalii Association and Nohooka' Dine' Censored News Dear Governor, Bill Richardson, Navajo Nation Legal Counsel, Heather L. Clah and Nation Navajo President Ben Shelly The Dine' Hataalii Association and Nohooka' Dine' are comprised of Dine' ( […]
- John Kane, Mohawk 'Education and Conscience Versus Institutionalized Racism'Education and Conscience Versus Institutionalized Racism By John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk Censored News Well, now that everyone can feel better about their battle and stance on unacceptable racism in the wake of giving the old "what's for" to Donald Sterling, the racist owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, we can all go back to settling i […]
- Video: Black Mesa resident denied access at Peabody coal shareholder meeting. Peabody Shareholder Meeting Rally: Marshall Johnson, Black Mesa Resident and Tonizhoni Ani member from Students Against Peabody on Vimeo. May 8th, 2014 at Peabody’s annual shareholder meeting, Marshall Johnson, Black Mesa Resident and Tonizhoni Ani member, was denied the space to voice his concerns about Peabody’s exploitation of the Navajo Sandstone Aquif […]
- Zapatistas Marcos 'Pain and Rage'Zapatistas school in La Realidad Pain and Rage Zapatista Army for National Liberation Mexico. May 8, 2014 By Subcomandante Marcos Translations in Spanish, Italian, French and German: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2014/05/10/pain-and-rage/ To the Compañeras and Compañeros of the Sixth: Compas: To tell you the truth, the communiqué was all ready. It was s […]
- Mohawk Nation News 'Canada 'Avenges' Murdered Missing African Girls'CANADA “AVENGES” MURDERED MISSING AFRICAN GIRLS Posted on May 10, 2014 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. May 10, 2014. The Corporation of Canada refuses to investigate the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and young women in Canada. Our girls have no political value to them and an investigation into their disappearance may […]
- Leadhorse Choctaw sharing stickball game in El SalvadorJuly 2014: New! Read Leadhorse Choctaw's Journal Overland through the Americas http://indigenousresistancejuly2014.blogspot.com/2014/07/journal-of-leadhorse-choctaw-overland.html By Leadhorse Choctaw Censored News Leadhorse Choctaw continues his journey to the south, overland through Central and South America, sharing the traditional stickball game with […]
- Mohawk Nation News 'New! Free Great Law Video'NEW! FREE GREAT LAW VIDEO Posted on May 9, 2014 Please post and circulate. MNN. May 9, 2014. While imperialists push for war, let us learn about peace. MNN posts a 7-hour video and accompanying book on peace, in Mohawk and English, free for everyone! In 1993 Karonhiaktajeh, Kahentinetha and Ganyetahawi filmed all 117 wampums of the Great Peace, Kaianerekowa […]
- DINE' CARE: Four Corners Power Plant meetings ignore impacts on Navajos“Inadequate and Intimidating” Navajo community members speak up against limiting Navajo public input on a Four Corners EIS that’s severely deficient on health, renewables, climate, and environmental justice By Dine' CARE Censored News Dutch translation NAIS FARMINGTON, NM – Members of Diné C.A.R.E. and Navajo community members who have been at public me […]
- Lakotas keeping it real, building resistanceLakotas keeping it real in South Dakota, building resistance to protect Mother Earth for future generations Article by Brenda Norrell Photos by Kent Lebsock, Owe Aku Dutch translation NAIS Lakotas in South Dakota are fighting the modern day monsters -- Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands, megaloads and uranium mining. On Pine Ridge, Lakotas are building, and on […]
- Thank you, the journey was never my own
- Request for Sheepherders and Human Rights Observers-July 2014*******BMIS is in the process of updating our contacts. In order to keep receiving updates from BMIS, please confirm your information here. Thank you!! ***** “This land is being taken away because they’ve got power in Washington. We were put here with our Four Sacred Mountains and we were created to live here. We know […]
- Help get the word out about the Big Mountain Training Camp!Thanks so much for getting the word out about the Big Mountain Training Camp and helping to honor 40 years of Dineh resistance to cultural genocide, forced relocation, and large-scale coal mining. This is a important moment for building a broad-coalition of resistance against Peabody. The camp is a collaborative effort of The Elders Circle […]
- Big Mountain Spring Training Camp May 16-23, 2014BIG MOUNTAIN SPRING TRAINING CAMP MAY 16th-23rd, 2014 BIG MOUNTAIN, DINEH NATION #Honor40Years #Not1MoreRELOCATION #KeepitintheGround “What we are trying to save—the Female Mountain—is alive. She is alive, she has blood flowing through her veins, which is the Navajo Aquifer, and the coal they are digging is Her liver. They are destroying Her.”–Marie Gladue, […]
- BMIS Newsletter Fall 2013View this email in your browser Sovereign Dineh Nation Survival School 2013 Last year, the SDN Survival School reconvened after a 20 year hiatus. This year, the revival continued! For two weekends in October—the 5-6th and the12-14th—there was an “intergenerational forum for the sharing of traditional and contemporary survival skills” hosted at a family’s hom […]
- Big Mountain Resister, Leonard Benally, Passes OnYesterday, on October 11th, lifelong Big Mountain resident and relocation resister, Leonard Benally, Dineh, passed on to the spirit world. According to his family, he passed on quickly and easily and was surrounded by his family. His family asked that a statement go out to the BMIS support network. They are remembering him as […]
- Big Mountain Survival School 2013Two weekends this October (the 5-6th and the 12-14th), the Sovereign Dineh Nation Survival School. which was revived last year after a 20 year hiatus, will take place again on Big Mountain. If you are in Taos, NM or Oakland, CA and are interested in attending a fundraising event for Survival School, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org […]
- St. Louis Ballot Initiative Against Peabody’s Tax BreaksBy Tim Logan. From STL Today Local progressive activists this week will open a new front in their long-running battle with Peabody Energy: They’re going after tax breaks for the coal giant’s business partners. Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment plans Wednesday to file signatures for a ballot measure that would ban St. Louis tax […]
- Gathering: June 3-9 Honoring the Resistance at Big Mountain/Black Mesa“WE SMELL A NEW DAWN WE TASTE THIS NEW POWER WE STEWARD WE SHELTER … WE WITNESS WE PRAY WE GATHER WE FIND NEW KINDNESS WE PAUSE WE KISS THE GROUND” -Vanessa Huang Greetings, We’d like to update you on and request your support for the upcoming gathering on Black Mesa that is focused on decolonizing […]
- Support Native Youth Spring Break on Black Mesa & Organization-Based Gathering on Black MesaBMIS has been collaboratively planning two exciting on-land events that could use your support! Native Youth Spring Break on Black Mesa This past week (March 14-21), a group of Dineh high school students who have been working with Danny Blackgoat and BMIS headed to the land for a gathering geared towards cultural survival and […]
- Letter from Fern Benally (Black Mesa, AZ) and Don Yellowman (Tuba City, AZ) to Peabody CEO Greg BoyceJanuary 2013 St. Louis, MODear Mr. Greg H. Boyce and other Peabody Officials, We have traveled from the Navajo Nation located in what is now the State of Arizona. We are in St. Louis on behalf of some of the elders from Black Mesa/Big Mountain who are impacted by the coal mining back home. This […]
- Request for Sheepherders and Human Rights Observers-July 2014
- 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
- 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 →
- Mapuche Testify Against Chile Before Inter-American Court of Human Rights (OAS)On Wednesday and Thursday (May 29-30, 2013), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights — a body of the Organization of American States — heard its first case against the Chilean state. The case actually involved three separate, but similar matters … Continue reading →
- Chilean Congress to Formally Question Interior Minister on Mapuche Conflict
- 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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- 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 →
- INDIAN WAYPlease post and distribute. MNN. July 23, 2014. In the early 1970s the Mohawks of Kahnawake were building a traditional school in the back of the community. Money ran out. The longhouse decided to send a few people to … Continue reading →
- CHILDREN OF GAZA ARE CRYINGPlease post and distribute. MNN. July 21, 2014. When we screamed and cried while 150 million of us were massacred, no country stood up for us. Were they all in on it? To stop us from bringing the Great … Continue reading →
- GAZA – PALEST’INDIAN RESERVATION!Please post and distribute. MNN. July 17, 2014. The Templars/Zionists invaded Jerusalem during the Christian crusades in 1099. For 88 years, as illegal money changers, they took over the Temple of Solomon and committed debauchery and brutality against the … Continue reading →
- HIDDEN TREASURESPlease post and distribute. MNN. July 13, 2014. Canada stole our resources and funds. We want compensation for all of it since 1701. The law of Great Turtle Island is based on the Two Row Wampum and the Great … Continue reading →
- CASHING OUT!Please post and distribute. MNN. July 11, 2014. Regarding the INDIAN TRUST FUND, I’m not requesting anything that’s not mine. But I am demanding everything that is. The fund is more than $970 trillion. My share is at least … Continue reading →
- JULY 4TH, NEW BABYLON DAY!Please post and distribute. MNN. July 4, 2014. Who among us is Free Mason? It’s time to look at Dekanawida’s warning about the white serpent. “At first the white serpent would be friends with the ongwehonwe. Seven generations after … Continue reading →
- HEIL HARPER! HAPPY CANADA DAY.Please post and distribute. MNN. July 1, 2014. Returning to the Tsilhqot’in Nation of their 1,750 square kilometers of stolen land is merely scratching the surface of legal title of Great Turtle Island. Canada [ISO #1366-2:CA] is a corporation. … Continue reading →
- FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESSPlease post and distribute. MNN. June 29, 2014. We Indigenous sovereigns are mandated by Creation to set things in order. The government and court set up by foreign Admiralty Law can’t give something they don’t own. Buying and selling … Continue reading →
- FLAT AKWESASNE CAKEPlease post and distribute. MNN. June 15, 2014. NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Inc. and St. Lawrence County have concocted an illegal MOU [Memorandum of Understanding]. These corporate entities want to distribute millions of dollars … Continue reading →
- FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO GAZA MASSACRE
- 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 […]
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Category Archives: Indigenous Solidarity
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.”
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Streaming at AshevilleFM through June 15nd, 2014, then podcasting later at radio4all.net and airing on KOWA-LPFM in Olympia, WA, KWTF in Bodega Bay, CA, KXCF in Marshall, CA, and WCRS-LP Columbus Community Radio 98.3 and 102.1 FM
This week’s episode features a workshop by Mel Bazil, an indigenous Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en organizer, sovereigntist, and anarchist of the Unist’ot’en Action Camp. For folks in the listening audience, Unist’ot’en is located on unceded native lands in so-called British Colombia, Canada. More about the Unist’ot’en Action Camp can be found at unistotencamp.com
This audio is from an almost hour and a half presentation that Mel gave on Saturday the 24th of May at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfaire, entitled “Anarchy, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Decolonization.” Many thanks to CKUT Radio in Montreal for sharing this content with the Final Straw. More info on CKUT can be found at www.ckut.ca
This week we’ll be presenting the first of two parts of Mel’s presentation, the second will be aired in coming weeks and linked together on the Final Straw website soon.
Firstly though, an announcement about the health of longterm political prisoner, Kevin “Rashid” Johnson. The following text was found at rashidmod.com, where one can seek further updates on the situation.
For anyone in the Durham area of North Carolina, there is a call-out on June 13th for a Noise Demo at the jail. More info can be found at here.
For more info on the prisoner hunger strike at Polk CI in Butner, NC, including their demands, click here.
The playlist for this episode is here.
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.”
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.
An Indigenous perspective & provocation.
(Now translated into Québécois French!)
This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands.
The ally industrial complex has been established by activists who’s careers depend on the “issues” they work to address. These nonprofit capitalists advance their careers off the struggles they ostensibly support. They often work in the guise of “grassroots” or “community-based” and are not necessarily tied to any organization.
They build organizational or individual capacity and power, establishing themselves comfortably among the top ranks in their hierarchy of oppression as they strive to become the ally “champions” of the most oppressed. While the exploitation of solidarity and support is nothing new, the commodification and exploitation of allyship is a growing trend in the activism industry.
Anyone who concerns themselves with anti-oppression struggles and collective liberation has at some point either participated in workshops, read ‘zines, or been parts of deep discussions on how to be a “good” ally. You can now pay hundreds of dollars to go to esoteric institutes for an allyship certificate in anti-oppression. You can go through workshops and receive an allyship badge.
In order to commodify struggle it must first be objectified. This is exhibited in how “issues” are “framed” & “branded.” Where struggle is commodity, allyship is currency.
Ally has also become an identity, disembodied from any real mutual understanding of support.
The term ally has been rendered ineffective and meaningless.
Accomplices not allies.
noun: accomplice; plural noun: accomplices
a person who helps another commit a crime.
There exists a fiercely unrelenting desire to achieve total liberation, with the land and, together.
At some point there is a “we”, and we most likely will have to work together. This means, at the least, formulating mutual understandings that are not entirely antagonistic, otherwise we may find ourselves, our desires, and our struggles, to be incompatible.
There are certain understandings that may not be negotiable. There are contradictions that we must come to terms with and certainly we will do this on our own terms.
But we need to know who has our backs, or more appropriately: who is with us, at our sides?
The risks of an ally who provides support or solidarity (usually on a temporary basis) in a fight are much different than that of an accomplice. When we fight back or forward, together, becoming complicit in a struggle towards liberation, we are accomplices. Abolishing allyship can occur through the criminalization of support and solidarity.
While the strategies and tactics of asserting (or abolishing depending on your view) social power and political power may be diverse, there are some hard lessons that could bear not replicating.
Consider the following to be a guide for identifying points of intervention against the ally industrial complex.
Originally posted on Bones for War:
You may not be aware of this, but there is a important and heated debate going on among Indigenous communities right now. The issue at hand is a federal bill designed, ostensibly, to return control of First Nations education to the First Nations themselves.
But there’s a larger issue at play—one that those of us who are non-Indigenous would do well to pay attention to. The debate is a uniquely colonial one, the kind that is provoked when one nation refuses to give up control over what is rightfully the jurisdiction of another nation (or in this case, 633 nations). It’s impossible to understand the debate around the First Nation Education Act without an understanding of Indigenous people’s inherent and treaty rights.
What do inherent rights have to do with it?
Inherent rights are the fundamental and existing rights of Indigenous peoples, based on their original and long-standing occupation of…
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A few weeks ago was the annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, which hosted a series of panels and workshops on various topics related to anarchism, anti-state and anti-capitalist organizing, and so on. One of the panels was titled “Decolonization and Anarchism”, and whose purpose was to investigate the intersection of the decolonization struggle with the anarchist movement in the Bay Area.
What was noteworthy in and of itself was that the six panelists were all people of color–a rare event given that anarchism in the Bay Area seems (on the surface at least) to be dominated by White people. I don’t think I remember ever attending an event related to anarchism in the Bay Area that was lead entirely by people of color. The audience was also very large–at least a hundred people, if not more.
In general, the panel–which went on for about an hour and a half–was less about investigating the rigorous theoretical connections between decolonization and anarchism, than it was about the individual panelists talking about their own personal perspectives and experiences as revolutionary people of color. There wasn’t much discussion about the practical steps around synthesizing the current anarchist movement with the theory and practice of decolonization that communities of color in the Bay are already engaging in, which was a bit disappointing; but it was still nice to hear something about the intersection, and the personal opinions of dedicated revolutionaries (even if the discussion was, in general, rather unstructured and somewhat scattered).
I want to emphasize that this reflection is heavily biased by my own preconceptions, and my own limited ability to take notes. I took notes on what was interesting to me, and there are definitely subjects and issues that were brought up that I do not discuss here. I might also mix up who said what, or even if certain arguments were said in the first place. There is also a chance that I misinterpreted what was said–a consequence of both my own biases, as well as the unstructured and personal nature of the panel.
Ecological Limits and Indigenous-Diaspora Solidarity
The first person to talk was a man named Bryan. He didn’t say much; he talked about how he personally was very interested in discussing and theorizing about the intersection of anarchism and decolonization, but also raised the question of whether there is an intersection in the first place, and the idea that perhaps anarchism was actually irrelevant to the decolonial struggle.
What really caught my interest was when he touched upon the idea that the ecological crisis is, in some ways, the ultimate limit of capitalism, and how this limit needs to be intimately tied with the struggle of indigenous peoples for their sovereignty and well-being. He mentioned the connections between the struggles of First Nations in Canada against tar sands extraction, and the struggles of people in Richmond against the Chevron oil refinery. I really appreciated this point, because the anti-carbon struggle in the Bay Area is something I have been investing a lot of energy into, and I really want to see more involvement of the radical community in this struggle (I’ve written a background piece about the nature of the oil industry in the Bay here, and a piece on the way that the struggle constitutes an anti-colonial struggle here).
Bryan also used the struggle in Richmond as a way to elaborate on the need for there to be more solidarity work between indigenous people, and people of the diaspora (immigrants). There is a natural anti-colonial axis on which this solidarity could revolve around; both indigenous peoples, and people of the diaspora (especially Latin American and South-East Asian peoples) have suffered excessive amounts of violence at the hands of US colonialism and imperialism (and capitalism in general), and thus it makes sense for there to be closer solidarity work between the two groups of people.
But in addition, it was argued that ultimately the diaspora should be following the example and fulfilling the needs of indigenous people first, due to the fact that in the end, this land is their land. I have mixed feelings about this idea; on one hand, of course we of the diaspora should be engaged in the struggle of indigenous people–but at the same time, we should recognize the very fluid nature of what constitutes indigeneity. The Ohlone people–the nation which lived in what is now known as the Bay Area–are undeniably the original occupants of the region. But what about the Mexican peoples who came in during the 17th and 18th century–who themselves tend to be a mix of Spanish and indigenous Central American descent? And does the fact that Latin America in general is an irreversible result of Spanish imperial conquest render all Latin Americans in the United States as “diaspora” rather than “indigenous”? And just to be clear, this isn’t to invalidate the idea of privileging indigenous struggle–just that the term “indigenous” is a term that is arguably fluid and confusing, and deserves much more discussion around.
I am personally very interested in seeing more collaboration between the diaspora and indigenous peoples. I’m of South Asian descent, so I’m very clearly part of the diaspora; and I definitely see a strong parallel between the experiences of indigenous peoples in the Americas facing off against American colonialism, and the experience of South Asians under British occupation. I see strong parallels between the cultural and linguistic dynamics of the two regions; both have incredibly diverse religious and cultural traditions, a wide variety of languages and dialectics, and general diversity within their own populations. Indeed, it is arguably still a mistake to homogenize the two regions’ populations under the term “indigenous American” or “South Asian”, given the vast differences in internal history, politics, and practices. But of course, the parallels have limits; while tens of millions of South Asians were killed under the British Raj, the devastation does not come close to the violence and destruction that resulted from the European invasion of the Americas.
From Lynn Gehl:
1. A colonized ally stands in the front. A decolonized ally stands behind.
2. A colonized ally stands behind an oppressive patriarchy. A decolonized ally stands behind women and children.
3. A colonized ally makes assumptions about the process. A decolonized ally values there may be principles in the process they are not aware of.
4. A colonized ally wants knowledge now! A decolonized ally values their own relationship to the knowledge.
5. A colonized ally finds an Indigenous token. A decolonized ally is more objective in the process.
6. A colonized ally equates their money and hard work on the land as meaning land ownership. A decolonized ally knows that land ownership is more about social hierarchy and privilege.
7. A colonized ally projects guilt. A decolonized ally knows it is their work to do.
8. A colonized ally projects emotions. A decolonized ally knows Indigenous people have too much to deal with already.
9. A colonized ally has no respect for Indigenous intellectuals. A decolonized ally knows Indigenous people have their own intellectuals.
10. A colonized ally has no idea they need to decolonize. A decolonized ally understands they have to continually decolonize.
11. A colonized ally has no idea of the concomitant realities of Indigenous oppression. A decolonized ally understands the many, layered, and intersectional oppressions Indigenous people live under.
12. A colonized ally speaks for Indigenous people. A decolonized ally listens.
13. A colonized ally takes on work an Indigenous person can do and is doing. A decolonized ally takes on other work that needs to be done.
14. A colonized ally makes things worse. A decolonized ally understands.
15. A colonized ally says, “It is time to get over it.” A decolonized ally realizes one’s relationship to the harm is subjective.
16. A colonized ally appropriates another nation’s Indigenous knowledge. A decolonized ally does the hard work to uncover their own Indigenous knowledge.
17. A colonized ally will loath this truth offered. A decolonized ally will recognize the hard work telling this truth is.
Lynn Gehl is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley. She has a section 15 Charter challenge regarding the continued sex discrimination in The Indian Act, and is an outspoken critic of the Ontario Algonquin land claims and self-government process. She recently published a book entitled Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts, and her second book, The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin of the Algonquin Land Claims Process, will be published in March 2014. You can reach her at email@example.com and see more of her work at www.lynngehl.com.