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Confronting Anti-Indianism in Skagit County by By Michelle Vendiola, Michael Vendiola, and Chuck Tanner

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured

Outside Rally Offers Lessons on Tribal Sovereignty, Inside Elaine Willman Offers Same Tired Anti-Indianism. “As you can see outside, Elaine’s reputation precedes her.” With these words, Skagit County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) President Gary Haglund kicked off a May 20th speaking appearance by anti-Indian leader Elaine Willman in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. “Reputation” referenced Willman’s well-documented commitment to attacking the inherent sovereignty of Indian Nations. Willman is a longtime leader of the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), a Wisconsin-based group that seeks to terminate tribes and abrogate treaties between Indian Nations and the United States. “Outside” referred to the 50-plus Native and non-Native people gathered to protest the anti-Indian...

Indigenous Divestment Delegation lead Anti-Trump March in Brussels, Press European Banks to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Featured

On Wednesday, May 24, Rachel Heaton, Naát’áaníí Means, Waśté Win Young, and Rafael “Tufawon” Gonzales led a 6,000-person march in Brussels against Trump as he met the king, queen, and prime minister of Belgium. After the march, Rachel Heaton led the audience in a “Mni Wiconi! Water is Life!” call and response. “I am honored to stand here in front of all of you to tell you that we do not support him either. He is privatizing our tribal lands, he’s overturning our Environmental Protection Agency, he is invested in these pipelines that are desecrating our sacred lands.” Naát’áaníí Means and Rafael Gonzales shared with the audience a prayer...

FORGOTTEN AMERINDIAN HEROES WHO RESISTED EUROPEAN INVASION IN THE AMERICAS

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Featured

A Social Media Series by the Caribbean Amerindian Development Organization (CADO), and the Indigenous Democracy Development Organization (IDDO) https://www.facebook.com/IndigenousDemocracyDefenseOrganization/ Here are some images I found of the Great Chief Inacayal (1835-1888) of the Tehuelche people in Patagonia, Argentina; who led a resistance against the Argentine government – which was slaughtering it’s way southward across the pampas and deserts of southern South America at the same time the American government was slaughtering it’s way west across the Great Plains of North America. The Tehuelche were hunter-gatherers who had a nomadic society, and had long been independent of the Argentine government established in coastal areas. He was one of the last...

Trump Proposes Deep Cuts to Indian Affairs Budget

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Featured

Washington D.C. – On Tuesday, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget, which includes cutting $300 million, roughly 10%, from the Interior Indian Affairs budget. Proposed cuts include: 1. $64 million from Indian Education 2. $21 million from tribal law enforcement and public safety 3. $27 million from tribal natural resources management programs 4. $23 million from human services (which includes Indian Child Welfare) 5. $50 million from the construction budget 6. $48 million for the Native American Housing Block Grant program at Housing and Urban Development 7. $35 million for Contract Support Costs 8. $15 million cut to real estate services Reduction in adequate spending on Tribal education...

Hoopa Valley Tribe Predicts Collapse of Klamath Basin Fishery and What They Plan to Do About it

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Featured

Since the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) was signed in 2010, not only did its promised benefits prove illusory, the KBRA itself has effectively been nullified by Congressional inaction. The KBRA’s failure was both predictable and predicted, as were the consequences of decision making by KBRA parties that ignored the best available science and embraced political expediency. Moreover, the good faith effort of numerous Klamath Basin stakeholders to reach a settlement was betrayed by federal agency officials whose misrepresentations and silence led Klamath basin communities to believe their proposed settlement would be approved by Congress. Worst of all were the actions of federal officials that aggressively subordinated tribal trust...

Indigenous Divestment Delegation goes to Europe

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured

On Sunday, May 21 an indigenous delegation of Water Protectors—Rachel Heaton, Waśté Win Young, Naát’áaníí Nez Means, and Rafael “Tufawon” Gonzalez—and 35 activists from Les Amis de la Terre France and ANV Nonviolent Action COP21 laid a “pipeline” inside a Société Générale branch in Paris. The action denounced the role of French banks in the construction of new oil infrastructure in the United States, especially the Dakota Access Pipeline. The action is part of a month-long European tour called “Stand Up with Standing Rock,” which aims to call on European banks to divest from pipeline projects being planned without the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent of Indigenous People. Among...

More Leaks Found Along Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured

May 22 2017 – The Associated Press is reporting that two additional leaks have been found along the Dakota Access pipeline. This marks the pipelines third known leak. On two separate incidents the Dakota Access pipeline is reported to have leaked more than 100-gallons of oil in North Dakota. On March 3rd, 84 gallons spilled in in Watford City and 20-gallons spilled in Mercer County on March 5th. On April 4th, 84-gallons of oil leaked from a pump station in South Dakota. In an interview with Last Real Indians in 2016 Nicole Montclair-Donaghy (Lakota) stated, “The more concerning threat is what this pipeline WILL do to the environment. All...

Anti-Indian Leader Comes to Skagit County, Rally Called to Support Tribal Rights

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Featured

A leading national anti-Indian activist is headed to Skagit County – and supporters of tribal and human rights are rallying to expose her bigotry and stand with Indian Nations. Elaine Willman will speak Saturday, May 20th at a meeting in Sedro Woolley hosted by the Skagit County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. The Skagit County Republican Party and KGMI radio host Kris Halterman are also promoting the event. Elaine Willman is a longtime leader of the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), a Wisconsin-based group that seeks to terminate tribes and abrogate treaties between Indian Nations and the United States. Willman calls tribal sovereignty a “tiresome myth” that was “nullified...

First Peoples of East and West Stand United with Yezidis

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Featured

LALISH, Nineveh, Iraq. May 18, 2017 – The Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail has invited two leading Native American advocates of the world’s First Peoples to tour Ezidikhan in Kurdish-administered Iraq next month. According to the Yezidi nation’s official news agency, His Holiness the Baba Sheikh recently appointed the Caribbean indigenous rights activist Damon Gerard Corrie as the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan’s official ambassador-at-large. Last month, Mr. Corrie served as the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan’s official envoy at the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues where he presented Ezidikhan’s official statement objecting to Turkish air attacks upon Yezidi territory. Ambassador Corrie will visit Kurdish-administered Iraq in...

No, US Bank Has Not Stopped Funding Pipelines, Yet

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Featured

A recent viral article published by Ecowatch has inaccurately reported that US Bank is the “first major bank to stop financing pipeline construction.” If you take a closer look at US Bank’s 2017 Environmental Responsibility Policy, you’ll see they have only committed to cease “project financing.” There’s the rub- despite this new policy, U.S Bank continues to provide hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate financing to pipeline companies for general use, including pipeline construction. US Bank is behind many oil giants, including Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners (here and here), Phillips 66 (here and here), and Marathon. All four of these companies own major stakes in the Dakota Access...

Coalition Disrupts JPMorgan Chase Shareholders Meeting: Demand they Defund Tar Sands

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Featured

May 16 2017 – today a coalition of activists disrupted JPMorgan Chase shareholders meeting demanding that they Defund the Tar Sands. Jackie Fielder, of Mazaska Talks and the San Fransisco Defund DAPL Coalition, took over the stage to deliver a joint letter signed by numerous Indigenous, environmental and human rights organizations that called on the bank to respect “Indigenous human rights and protect the climate.” The action follows the May 8th direct actions in Seattle where 13 Chase banks were shut down and 26 arrested. Read full text of joint letter below: May 16, 2017 James Dimon, Chair and CEO JPMorgan Chase & Co. 270 Park Ave. New York,...

Stand Up Against Hate! Anti-Indian Activist on Speaking Tour

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Featured

On May 20th, Elaine Willman, a vocal leader of the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), will be the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by the Skagit County Citizen’s Alliance For Property Rights in Sedro Woolley, WA. “Under the Obama administration the resurrection of treaties has just been — exploded. And, old words that have no legal force and effect are being just, repeated, by tribal leaders. Words like ‘aboriginal rights,’ words like ‘time immemorial,’ words like ‘pre-European’ or ‘pre-consititutional,’ these words have no legal force and effect.” ~Elaine Willman CERA and accompanying Citizens Equal Rights Foundation (CERF) are renown anti-Indian hate groups in America. Their mission statement outwardly...

Through the Eyes of Janene Yazzie of the Navajo Nation

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Featured

I first met Janene Yazzie in Guatemala, at the 3rd International Indigenous Peoples Corn Conference in Tecpan, Guatemala, held March 7-9th 2017. On this occasion Janene was in New York attending the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters, as a student of the Tribal Link Foundation Project Access Training Program; it is taught by world famous and respected Indigenous Rights expert Andrea Carmen of the International Indian Treaty Council/IITC, and co-mentored by Ghazali Ohorella (Alifaru), Tai Pellicier (Taino-Arawak), Victor Anthony Lopez-Carmen (Yaqui & Lakota); and myself – Damon Gerard Corrie (Lokono-Arawak). When I heard her speak in Tecpan about the time...