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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: email@example.com […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
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Category Archives: Indigenous Sovereignty
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.”
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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.
At the core of European legal thought is sustaining binaries such as the colonizer v. the colonized, the conqueror v. the conquered, the civilized v. the savage, or the male v. the female. During her lecture on systemic violence at Concordia University, Andrea Smith explains how colonialism legitimized gender violence through the installation of patriarchy, a male system of domination over females (Smith, 2011). Smith (2011) states:
Of course, patriarchy is built on a gender binary system. You can’t have patriarchy unless you have two genders, one that dominates another gender. So consequently, in many Native communities that were not built on a gender binary system, those who did not fit that system were often targeted for destruction as well (at approximately 2:05).
Patriarchy in Native communities was essential to create a hierarchy “so that colonial domination would seem natural” (Smith, 2011, 2:13). Many North American Indigenous communities were matriarchal, which is in direct opposition to patriarchy and colonialism (Smith, 1999). The ways in which patriarchy furthered the expansion of colonialism occurred through sexual violence, the forced removal of children from their homes to residential schools, and the annihilation of Indigenous languages and cultures (McGeough, 2008). For Indigenous peoples, the loss of language translates to a loss of connection to their culture and other systems of being.
In Medicine Bundle of Contradictions, an essay authored by Lous Esme Cruz (2011), the limitations of the English language are examined in relation to Indigenous identities and gender identities. Cruz (2011) writes, “English is a very limited language that doesn’t give very many options for explaining gender expression and roles” (p. 54). Frantz Fanon (2004) in his work entitled Wretched of the Earth defines colonialism as the “entire conquest of land and people” (p. 14). Indigenous peoples were colonized through the loss of their land and languages and through—the less often talked about—the loss of important gender roles within their culture. Cruz states further, “gender is not a culture, it is a role within culture” (p. 55). Sometimes erased from this discussion of colonialism and loss of culture for Indigenous peoples is the loss of gender roles that exists outside the Western gender binary, male/female. For this paper, I will explore the connection between loss of language and colonialism and how the loss of language impacts gender identities in Indigenous populations. This paper will contribute to the larger discussion of gender identity, how both Western concepts and the English language is restrictive for gender roles and expressions, and the importance of language revitalization for Indigenous peoples.
There is even a ToolKit to support those rabblers who wish to pick up tools for the so called, “good fight.” You know, the fight between the grain eaters and the meat eaters.
But what is this fight really all about? The right to choose what to eat? The right to dictate that choice to others?
The epic battle between the Grain Eaters and the Meat Eaters
As with everything else, culture and context must be taken into account when dealing with Indigenous communities, no matter how important you think your cause is. And while I’ve met my share of gentle vegans who are willing to listen, there are also these eager crusaders of animal rights that seem to sweep across the land to belittle and humiliate someone who choose to eat meat.
Lessons are taught through hunting, trapping or herding and then consuming meat which include learning to never let anything go to waste, that is an insult to the animal spirit: use all the different parts that the animal has to offer regarding leather, wool, sinew and items for decoration with.
Also remember the Indigenous custom of honouring the animal killed with prayers and tobacco or reindeer antler as offering — or bear in the spring. The Bear Hunt is one of the most important ceremonies we Saami have.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and see more of her work at www.lynngehl.com.