Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Red Warrior Camp Speaks -- June 21, 2017



RED WARRIOR CAMP SPEAKS
Contact: Email: redwarriormedia@gmail.com
"Mni Sose' called our Spirits.  From the four directions, we traveled alone or in caravans, to gather at the river banks.  We formed a self-sufficient camp and lived together with love, ethics, principles, and protocols guided by ceremony, prayers and medicine.  Our focused, singular, collective goal was to manifest our training and energy to protect sacred water.   We committed ourselves to the tactic of non-violent direct action to slow or halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Reservation while the tribes and lawsuits moved forward.  In acknowledgment of the 500 years of genocide, treaty breaking, and human rights violations against our people by the United States government in favor of resource extraction and land thefts, we knew we must have a strong frontline.  We gathered allies from proven social justice movements.  We protected our work through principles of security culture, knowing the corporation would stop at nothing to realize their financial investment and future profits.  Tactics of infiltration, dissension, rumors, divisiveness, and lies orchestrated by DAPL and its hired guns soon began to weaken the solidarity of all the camps.  Their tactics continue today.  All the camps moved, were burned or torn down.  People scattered to the four directions.  We have people still engaged in the judicial process, going to court.  Many charges were dismissed.  We carry on with water and land defense work, cultural revitalization, decolonization.  We come from all walks of life, races, ages.  Our collective experience is a powerful weapon we took to Standing Rock to share with others to help stop DAPL.  We are Red Warriors," Stated Debra White Plume.
We represent 27 tribal nations and 10 countries with no regard to the United States' imaginary borders, to defend the land and protect the water through Non-Violent Direct Action.  Collectively, known as Red Warrior Society, we have decades of experience in grass roots, community-based organizing to protect our natural resources.
Red Warriors are highly disciplined, principled individuals who encompass a unique skill set to provide non-violent direct-action trainings, decolonization tools and organize actions to primarily youth with an emphasis on security culture.
There are many definitions of security culture.  Every movement and resistance group and camps should carefully set their standard accordingly to ensure the safety of those involved in the protection of all that is sacred.
Red Warriors are self-sufficient, with minimal impact to the land and resources. These principles are utilized in our actions, both at the NoDAPL direct action in North Dakota and other actions and trainings throughout Turtle Island.
The recent array of propaganda films being released on the NoDAPL camps are reminiscent of the U.S. Government-led COINTELPRO tactics employed against indigenous resistance movements in the 1970's. 
In a recent Intercept expose' (https://theintercept.com/2017/05/27/leaked-documents-reveal-security-firms-counterterrorism-tactics-at-standing-rock-to-defeat-pipeline-insurgencies/) on Energy Transfer Partner's security contractor TigerSwan, and their counter-terrorism tactics, it was revealed that Big Oil's hired guns focused their attention on Red Warrior Camp over a four-month period. This information did not surprise us, given the dozens of drone flyovers and imminent threats that occurred daily.
Their report dated, September 22, 2016, states, "Information control within the camp, despite causing dissention, makes any internal source information difficult to acquire."
Our level of security protocols is necessary because we are under intense scrutiny, as validated by the TigerSwan report.
A recent pro-DAPL propaganda film features an interview with Lt. Jason Stugelmeyer of the Bismarck Police Department.  Stugelmeyer claims that no water protectors were stripped searched or held in chain link dog cages upon arrest.  However, eyewitness testimony confirms that hundreds of water protectors were stripped searched and held in the dog cages for processing into Morton County Jail.
Allegations against Red Warrior Camp are the highlight of a recent open letter addressed to resistance organizers.
MYTH: "…it has been co-opted/taken over by mostly white and Latino Anarchists."
TRUTH: RED WARRIORS ARE LED BY INDIGENOUS LEADERS WHO TRAIN AND SUPPORT PEOPLE OF ALL RACES THAT ARE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING THE WATER AND DEFENDING THE LAND.

MYTH: "…not abiding by the tenets of non-violence."
TRUTH: RED WARRIOR CAMP CAME TOGETHER IN STANDING ROCK AS DEDICATED AND TRAINED INDIVIDUALS COMMITTED TO NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTIONS AND CIVIL DISOBEDIANCE.
MYTH: "…they have no respect for elders."                                                                                                        
TRUTH: RED WARRIOR CAMP ACKNOWLEDGES ELDERS WHO SUPPORT AND GUIDE RATHER THAN DICTATE AND CONTROL.

MYTH: "…they were not prayerful."
TRUTH: RED WARRIOR CAMP INNERSTANDS HOYEYA (SENDING VOICE TO CREATOR).
Red Warriors are picking up where they left off in their homelands before they left for Standing Rock. We continue to build alliances with other active indigenous resistance circles.  We are engaged in cultural revitalization activities and youth-led food sovereignty initiatives.
 We are actively fighting uranium mining operations throughout Turtle Island and currently conducting radiation testing trainings to empower native communities to collect and own the data to protect their environment.
Red Warriors are mapping "water criminals" that seek to destroy finite water sources throughout Turtle Island.  We call upon communities to study their watersheds including, aquifers, streams, rivers and lakes to determine if they are under imminent threat from companies seeking to control or destroy their water sources.
Importantly, hundreds of tribal nation government leaders traveled to Standing Rock and made pledges to support the protection of sacred water.  We call upon grass roots people to hold their elected officials to their word and share the good work that is being done.
We are cautiously optimistic with U.S. District Judge James Boasberg June 16th ruling against Energy Transfer Partner's Dakota Access Pipeline.
Boasberg ruled, "…the Court agrees that it did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline's effects are likely to be highly controversial.   To remedy those violations, the Corps will have to reconsider those sections of its environmental analysis upon remand by the Court."
Boasberg will rule in the coming days whether to halt the flow of dirty crude during the Army Corps' new environmental impact study on this already leaky 1,172-mile pipeline.
Red Warrior Society's mantra is "Everything for Everyone, Nothing for Ourselves".  We acknowledge the long legacy of warrior societies' continued struggle for indigenous liberation and environmental justice.

For more information, email us at redwarriormedia@gmail.com

TigerSwan Mercenaries at Standing Rock Part 3 -- The Intercept

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Zapatistas 'The Time Has Come' Indigenous Council of Government

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Video Published on Jun 2, 2017

On May 28, 2017 at CIDECI-Unitierra, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Maribel, of the Popoluca town of Veracruz, read the final declaration of the constituent assembly of the Indigenous Council of Government.
For more information on this process visit https://subversiones.org/archivos/129256
El 28 de mayo de 2017 en CIDECI-Unitierra, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, la compañera Maribel, del pueblo popoluca de Veracruz, leyó la declaratoria final de la asamblea constitutiva del Concejo Indígena de Gobierno.
Para más información sobre este proceso visita https://subversiones.org/archivos/129256

The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come
To To the People of Mexico,
To the Peoples of the World,
To the Media,
To the National and International Sixth,
We send our urgent word to the world from the Constitutive Assembly for the Indigenous Governing Council, where we met as peoples, communities,
nations, and tribes of the National Indigenous
Congress: Apache, Amuzgo, Chatino, Chichimeca, Chinanteco, Chol, Chontal of Oaxaca, Chontal of Tabasco, Coca, Cuicateco, Mestizo, Hñähñü, Ñathö, Ñuhhü, Ikoots, Kumiai, Lakota, Mam, Matlazinca, Maya, Mayo, Mazahua, Mazateco, Me`phaa, Mixe, Mixe-Popoluca, Mixteco, Mochó, Nahua or Mexicano, Nayeri, Popoluca, Purépecha, Q´anjob´al, Rarámuri, Tének, Tepehua, Tlahuica, Tohono Odham, Tojolabal, Totonaco, Triqui, Tseltal, Tsotsil, Wixárika, Xi´iuy, Yaqui, Binniza, Zoque, Akimel O´otham, and Comkaac.

Arizona Happy to Sacrifice Navajos to Keep Dirty Coal Fired Power Plant Open -- Letter


Roberta Blackgoat, with her son Danny Blackgoat, and Mike
Flores, Tohono O'odham, protesting Peabody Coal and depletion
of the aquifer in Flagstaff. Photo by Brenda Norrell


Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The following letter from the Arizona Corporation Commission to the Secretary of Interior reveals the fact that Arizona was always happy to sacrifice Navajos in order to receive its dirty, coal-fired electricity for Southern Arizona.
Arizona politicians, along with corrupt attorneys and irresponsible media, were responsible for the relocation of more than 14,000 Navajos in order to clear the land for Peabody Coal to mine Black Mesa.
This coal has long powered the Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation, poisoning the air, water and rupturing the land. It depleted the aquifer and caused widespread critical health problems.
This dirty energy resulted in 40 years of misery for Navajos on Big Mountain and Black Mesa.
The Navajo Nation Council and President Russell Begaye -- who rallied at Standing Rock last year to fight Dakota Access Pipeline -- are now working to keep this dirty coal power plant open.
It is one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the world.

http://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000180520.pdf.

ARIZONA CORPORATION Commission’s letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on a 5-year "settlement" proposal.
It's Time to Stop and Take a Breath on Arizona's Power Future

The negotiations over saving Navajo Generating Station (NGS) have ended and the Navajo Tribal Council is left with a seemingly unamendable extension agreement to keep the coal-fired power plant in partial service for another two years. With no room to alter the proposal in the Navajo Tribal Council and only a few weeks to consider it before the Salt River Project (SRP) proceeds with decommissioning, it is almost humorous to consider these coincidences as anything but pre-planned. This scripted process, predicated on SRP's imposed urgency forgets the 2013 verbal agreement and handshake to keep the plant open until 2044 as part of a multi- owner settlement to close 1/3 of the plant to meet EPA regulations.

So here we have it: A sad, short stop to a longstanding institution that is responsible for what Arizona is today. Arguably, without NGS there would hardly be a Valley of the Sun. Some of Arizona's greatest statesman-Rep. John Rhodes, Gov. Paul Fannin, Sens Barry Goldwater and Carl Hayden and Interior Secretary Udall -stepped up to the plate to make sure the power for our Colorado River water allocation would be "home grown" in Arizona.1 NGS allowed Arizona to be self-reliant by using our own coal and our own plant in unison with our Native American communities to provide for our state's young economy. The Sierra Club and business community alike, rejoiced over this cooperation.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Dineh John Redhouse -- In Honor of Warrior Lehman Brightman


In Honor

We have lost another great warrior with the passing of Dr Lehman Brightman, Sr. Lehman or Lee, La Nada Means, and other militant activist-warriors in the San Francisco area boldly founded the United Native Americans (UNA) in the summer of 1968. As a college freshman, I will always remember his strong militant leadership and voice when we protested the anti-Indian presence of Secretary of Interior Walter Hickel (a pro-termination enemy of the People) and corrupt Vice President Spiro Agnew during the annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians in Albuquerque in October, 1969. In our direct action protest, we even took it to the streets when we blocked their motorcade procession from the airport to downtown before being surrounded and brutalized by armed security guards. Later, however, we managed to boo (or heckle) Hickel off stage at the convention. And I will never forget the powerful and eloquent speech he delivered in that packed conference room at the Motor Inn in Window Rock in August, 1970 on the need for militance, always, in the course of our activist work and the necessity of taking the strongest possible action in defense of native peoples and lands throughout the Americas. In January, 1978, I met him again at the Albuquerque Indian School auditorium when he spoke of his continuing work—as an activist and a scholar—documenting and exposing the horrific environmental and health impacts of uranium development on Navajo and Pueblo lands and the criminal motives behind the illegal mass sterilization of native women. I continued to follow and support his life’s work until 2011 when he suffered a crippling stroke and could no longer serve native people. A true warrior, he sacrificed and gave to his people. He gave and gave until he couldn’t give anymore. Like Herb Blatchford, Clyde Warrior, Mel Thom, and other great visionary leaders of the Red Power era, Dr. Lehman Brightman will always be remembered for his remarkable work and enduring legacy.

All Our Relations,
John Redhouse



Thank you John Redhouse, Dine', for sharing your memories of Dr. Lehman Brightman, who passed to the Spirit World on Sunday afternoon.

‘Haul No!’ Tour: Stop Grand Canyon Uranium Mining and Transport

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MEDIA ADVISORY
Monday, June 19, 2017

Contact: Klee Benally indigenousaction@gmail.com
Sarana Riggs stopcanyonmine@gmail.com

'Haul No!' Tour Underway to Stop Grand Canyon Uranium Mining & Transport
Upcoming Dates: Flagstaff, Cameron, & Red Butte
Grand Canyon, Arizona — As Energy Fuels Inc. (EFI) threatens to start uranium mining on sacred Indigenous Lands managed by the US Forest Service, just miles from the Grand Canyon, Haul No! is in the midst of a 300 mile awareness and action tour along the Canyon Mine haul route.
What: The Haul No! Tour includes presentations on public health, cultural and environmental impacts from uranium mining, and a direct action workshop.
Who: Haul No! is a volunteer Indigenous-led group collaborating with Indigenous communities and leaders, environmental organizations, and community-based advocates working to stop nuclear colonialism in the Southwest.

When & Where:Haul No! tour has already been through Bluff, Monument Valley, Kayenta, & Tuba City.
Monday, June 19, Flagstaff, AZ
Coconino Center for the Arts, 6pm – 8pm
2300 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Tuesday, June 20, Cameron, AZ
UPDATED: Cameron Chapter House, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
June 23-25, Red Butte, AZ
Havasupai Prayer Gathering
Due to Highway 180 road closure please use the following directions from Flagstaff (approx. 75 miles):

Directions: From Flagstaff, take I-40 West
Take exit 165 for AZ-64/I-40 toward Williams/Grand Canyon
Go through Valle (north) and continue 11 miles to Forest Road 320.
Turn right (east) and go 1.3 miles to FR 340.
Look for signs.

Why: Up to 12 trucks a day with 30 tons each of highly radioactive uranium ore are slated to be transported through mostly small reservation communities.The Havasupai Nation has legally challenged the US Forest Service due failure complete meaningful consultation with the Havasupai in their 1986 Environmental Impact Statement regarding Canyon Mine. A decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is still pending.
Although the Navajo Nation has banned transport of uranium through its lands since 2012, EFI would be permitted by the state of Arizona due to jurisdictional issues.
Possible radioactive contamination to land, water, and air from the Canyon Mine, White Mesa Mill, and transport of uranium would impact northern Arizona, southeast Utah, the Colorado River, Moenkopi Wash, the San Juan River, and the lands and cultural resources of the Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, Ute, and Paiute peoples.
Updates and more information can be found at: www.haulno.org & www.facebook.com/haulno.


Longest Walk 5 Walks in to Kentucky -- Photos by Bad Bear

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Mayor Greets Walkers
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Long walkers at Kentucky Capitol



Thank you Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone Long Walker and Photojournalist, for sharing your photos with Censored News from Longest Walks 2, 3, 4 and now 5.
The Longest Walkers are crossing the country from coast to coast to carry the message of halting alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.

Solidarity with Gaza Fishers


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Dear friends and supporters,
About one billion people worldwide rely on fish as their primary protein source. Many of these people live in poverty and many of the world's 54 million fishers are also poor. Gaza, a 27-mile coastal strip of land, depends heavily on its inshore fishery to feed its population of nearly 2 million Palestinians.
Over the past ten years, the ability of Palestinians in Gaza to make a living from fishing has been severely undermined as a result of fishing access limits imposed by the Israeli Occupation Forces along the Gaza coast.
Out of the 20 nautical-mile zone that promised under the Oslo accords, Palestinians are restricted to a fishing zone of just three to six nautical miles off the Gaza shoreline, temporarily increased to nine nautical miles for the southern part of the Gaza coast in early May. Fishers deemed by the Israeli navy to have violated the boundaries are shot at, their boats are confiscated, and they are sometimes arrested or worse. Even within the 6- to 9-mile restrictions, Israeli forces sometimes open fire at Palestinians: Earlier this month a Palestinian fisher was killed by Israeli gunfire inside the "permitted" zone.
Overfishing in the small area where Israel has allowed fishing over the years has depleted fish breeding grounds. In addition, the coastal areas are severely polluted by sewage that flows into the sea, often untreated because the waste treatment facilities in Gaza have been destroyed by Israeli attacks and remain unrepaired because of the blockade.
In partnership with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees
(UAWC), which represent fishers in Gaza, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has launched a new project called Solidarity with Gaza Fishers. The logo (above) was provided by our friends at the UAWC. The aim of Solidarity with Gaza Fishers is to link the struggle of those under blockade and constant attacks with their counterparts in countries all over the world. Sustainable fishing is a way of life endangered by mostly political factors around the globe. We believe that by drawing attention to the situation of Palestinians in Gaza we will bring to the foreground not only the need to lift the inhuman and illegal Israeli blockade, but also the importance of respect for all fishers wherever they are.
 
Fishing everywhere is a difficult, often hazardous, way to make a living: for Palestinian fishers in Gaza, fishing has become extremely dangerous.

We call on you to join us in this project by sharing information about the situation of Palestinian fishers in Gaza with other fishers, fishing organizations and civil society organizations close to you. Fishers and others can show solidarity by organizing events in your local community or fishing port, by flying Palestinian flags and banners of the project on their boats in symbolic protest, and by issuing statements of support. Some may even wish to consider donating part of the value of their catch to enable us to deliver fishing and boat-fixing material to Gaza's fishers through an NGO that is part of our coalition.
         
We invite you to share the stories on our new website, sgf.freedomflotilla, org, with your contacts near and far. Help us spread the word about both Palestinian fishers in Gaza and those who stand in solidarity with them in other parts of the world. If you know fishers or their organizations who want to share stories of their struggles, please put them in touch with us as well. Together, we can end the blockade and help Palestinians win their fundamental rights.

In solidarity,
US Women's Boat to Gaza & Solidarity with Gaza Fishers 
Follow our campaigns on Twitter  @GazaFFlotilla

This beautiful 80-page picture book of the Women's Boat to Gaza, 
created by the Malaysian Campaign of Freedom Flotilla Coalition, is now available for $25.00  including shipping.

Contact:  Kit Kittredge
 
 


Donations via the US campaign fiscal sponsor:  Nonviolence International will be used in 2017 to support Gaza fishers and, in 2018, to purchase boat(s) to sail to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. Thank you for your continuing support.
Women's Boat to Gaza, c/o Nonviolence International, 4000 Albemarle Street, NW Suite 401, Washington, DC 20016
Sent by womensailtogaza@gmail.com in collaboration with
Constant Contact

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Resist! Nataanii Means tells Supporters in Spain


Photos: Nataanii Means with water protectors shutting down Credit Suisse in Geneva, Switzerland, before continuing to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, on the 11 country tour of Europe.


Resist! Nataanii Means tells Supporters in Spain: The Legacy of Resistance, Standing Rock and Genocide

Article by Brenda Norrell
Recorded by Pascal Gregis in Madrid
Censored News
June 9, 2017
Audio is available for radio stations
brendanorrell@gmail.com

MADRID, Spain -- Nataanii Means, Dine' Omaha and Lakota, described being in Standing Rock Camp for seven months, resisting Dakota Access Pipeline, as Standing Rock Water Protectors concluded their 11 country tour in Europe.

Describing the Native American resistance in Standing Rock, he said, "This wasn't the first one, and it isn't the last."
"As Indigenous People we grow up in this, because we know nothing else."
"From the time we are born, we are fighting something."
Nataanii, who grew up in Chinle, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation, told of the open uranium mines on his homeland, and how radioactivity leaked into Navajos ground water and water sources. Now, the people are dying from cancer. He said this could happen to him.
Nataanii described the large open pit coal mine on the Navajo Nation.
"It is one thing to hear it, it is another thing to live it, it is another thing to die from it."
Nataanii said North Dakota is an oil boom state and the Dakota Access Pipeline was originally supposed to go through Bismarck.
Describing the suicide, and the violence inflicted on Native people, he said this oil boom is contributing to the violence against Native people. He said the violence has resulted in sex trafficking and murdered and missing Native women.
Dakota Access Pipeline did not pass through Bismarck, because the route was moved to 1851 Treaty land, he said.
The 1851 Treaty was the first of two treaties. A Peace Treaty followed because the U.S. wanted its wagons to pass through the land.
"We gave them peace. But the Treaty was never honored."
Treaties are the Supreme Law of the Land, but the U.S. has never honored the Treaties, he said.
Describing the manipulations of the law and permitting that resulted in DAPL receiving a permit, he said, "They fast tracked this pipeline to go through."
Nataanii described how the resistance movement and camp was started by youths and women of Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Tribes.
The youths ran from Standing Rock to Washington D.C. Then, in August, DAPL came in with their bulldozers and they struck artifacts.
Nataanii said he arrived the next day.
From that point on, he joined those who fought the pipeline, in a peaceful way. Resisting in a peaceful way was requested by the elders and it was honored.
Dakota Access Pipeline hired TigerSwan, former Blackwater, mercenaries, as private security.
"On our first encounter, they sicced dogs on us."
"They came out with huge dogs, and they released dogs on us."
Nataanii said the dogs took one woman down by her breast and the security guards laughed.
Nataanii also described meeting with Credit Suisse in Geneva, Switzerland.
"We told them they are investing in the Genocide of our People."
Nataanii described the heartless reaction of Credit Suisse. The bank's sustainability officer denied the genocide of Native Americans.
Nataanii said the fact is that American Indians were reduced to about 200,000 through genocide.
This genocide continues.
"Almost everything was destroyed. That is genocide."
"Now I watch my people die from cancer."
"I watched my dad die of cancer, my grandpa, my friends."
The militarization of the police grew worse at Standing Rock.
"It was hard to remain unarmed."
He said they remained peaceful because there were children in camp. They did not stand a chance against the militarized police and guns.
Standing Rock was not the beginning, and will not be the end.
The resistance continues in New Mexico, and elsewhere, as Keystone XL is also being revived, and the fight continues against Enbridge in Canada.
"We've won before, it is possible to win again," Nataanii said, describing some of those victories.
"I have faith we can stop this pipeline through divestment."
Nataanii described the Tour to Europe, and how Water Protector Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot, worked hard in Seattle for Wells Fargo to divest in DAPL.
As for Credit Suisse in Geneva, he said, "They are heartless. They have no soul." He said the bank's sustainability officer flew in from Zurich.
Nataanii asked for help in this fight.
"You have voices and can go places we can't."
Urging people to struggle to save this Planet, he also urged the people here not to let it get to the point where the water is flammable.
Due to imminent domain, the people didn't even have a chance to say 'No' and stop DAPL.
Nataanii said the Earth will heal itself, but the people must be humbled.
"Keep fighting, keep up the resistance."
Nataanii told the people here, to keep up the resistance, and the knowledge, because it is helping.
Nataanii Means joined Water Protectors from Standing Rock Camp, Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot from Washington State; Waste Win Young, Dakota Lakota from Standing Rock; and Rafael Gonzalez, Dakota from Minneapolis. The Tour concluded in Spain and Italy, and included 11 countries in Europe.

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