Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 event. The rally to Stand Up Against Hate! was organized by Red Line Salish Sea (formerly the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition) and quickly turned into a lesson in tribal sovereignty and treaty rights. Participants traveled from Bellingham, Olympia, Seattle and Anacortes, and their ranks included members of the Swinomish and Upper Skagit Tribes, Canadian First Nations, and others. Tribal rights supporters...

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Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 song, followed by their own music. The march followed a day of annual shareholder meetings for three separate French banks: BNP Paribas, Société Générale, and Natixis. Rachel Heaton and Naát’áaníí Means spoke to hundreds of shareholders through translators to convey the human rights and indigenous rights violations the banks have enabled at Standing Rock by financing the Energy Transfer family...

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Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 resources to the needs and interests of other stakeholders without ensuring a plan for the restoration and maintenance of those resources, particularly the Klamath basin’s anadromous fisheries. The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) participated fully and with good faith in the KBRA negotiations. But over the course of those negotiations recognized that the KBRA taking form was unrealistic, unscientific, poorly written...

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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured

Indigenous Divestment Delegation goes to Europe

Indigenous Divestment Delegation goes to Europe

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 these pipelines are the Dakota Access, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, Line 3, Energy East, LNG, and many more. The four indigenous activists are speaking to European climate justice activists about divestment as a tool for promoting indigenous rights and testifying about their experience at Standing Rock. The tour comes as a coalition of grassroots Indigenous groups from across Turtle Island...

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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 by the U.S. Constitution” and asserts that “[T]he federal government should no longer be honoring treaties with its own citizens.” Both statements are at odds with the U.S. Constitution and long-standing Supreme Court precedent. “CERA and Elaine Willman would gut the Constitution and end tribal nationhood in the United States,” said Chuck Tanner of the Institute for Research and Education...

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