Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Featured

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

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

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 exposes this hate. CERA/CERF Mission: “Federal Indian Policy is unaccountable, destructive, racist, and unconstitutional. It is, therefore CERF and CERA’s mission to ensure the equal protection of the law as guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution of the United States.” (http://citizensalliance.org/) Local Native and non-Native organizers are calling for people to Stand Up Against Hate! and counter the anti-Indian...

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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Featured

Through the Eyes of Janene Yazzie of the Navajo Nation

Through the Eyes of Janene Yazzie of the Navajo Nation

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 in her Navajo Nations not-so-distant history (1866/67) when the Navajo men were contemplating following the callous USA governments orders to ‘move to exile in Florida for a few years” (which would in fact have been a cultural genocide had they done so), however, the Navajo women REFUSED to join them, and they told their men: Ïf you go there you...

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Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Featured

“Who’s Banking on DAPL” Dakota Access Pipeline Finance Update

“Who’s Banking on DAPL” Dakota Access Pipeline Finance Update

The Bakken Pipeline cost about $4.8 billion. That includes $3.8 billion for DAPL. There was a $2.5 billion project loan, and the rest was put on Energy Transfer credit cards, since paid off using money from selling a big ownership stake to Enbridge and Marathon. Phillips 66 is another big stakeholder, and major shipper on the pipeline. The banks financing the pipeline have faced enormous political pressure, under the banners #DefundDAPL and #MazaskaTalks. Many of the DAPL banks are also financing the companies behind four tar sands pipeline projects — TransCanada’s Energy East and Keystone XL; Enbridge’s Line 3; and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain. Bayerische Landesbank, ING, BNP Paribas, Intesa SanPaolo, and DNB have all said they offloaded share of project-level debt for the Bakken Pipeline, and these actions have been welcome, though the pipeline is flowing, and the first spill has already happened. Last year, while building DAPL, ETP ran up a balance of nearly $3 billion on its $3.75 billion credit facility. Since then, that balance has...

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Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Featured

Native Activists Head to Europe for Solidarity Tour

Native Activists Head to Europe for Solidarity Tour

From May 20th till June 14th, some activists of the Standing Rock’s movement will come to Europe for a solidarity tour called “Stand Up With Standing Rock”. In Standing Rock, North Dakota, United States, the so called “water protectors” fought against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Thanks to months of non-violent resistance gathering people from all over the country and from various backgrounds, they put a stop to the project during the Obama administration. But as Trump got the presidency, he decided to defend his own financial interest by sending the army to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin camp, build in the pipeline route. One month after, the oil was flowing inside the pipeline. But the fight is not over, as the water protectors took care of spreading it all over the Turtle Island (North America) and are now willing to spread it all over the world. For the Stand Up With Standing Rock tour, Rachel Heaton, Nataanii Means, Wašté Win Young and Rafael Gonzales, will carry the voices of...

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