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For Immediate Release: New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

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For Immediate Release: New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014 Contacts: Mark Westlund, Sierra Club 415-977-5719 – mark.westlund@sierraclub.org Tom BK Goldtooth, IEN Ex. Dir. (218) 751-4967 – ien@igc.org A new report released today by the Sierra Club and 13 other groups including the Indigenous Environmental Network, examines the proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline and concludes that there are significant threats to water, health and climate. The report, All Risk, No Reward: The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion, comes in advance of a rally to stop the Alberta Clipper expansion that will take place before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission public hearing in St. Paul, MN on April 3. “The risks are too high, said Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Any spill, leak or explosion could have a devastating effect to the rich biodiversity and cultural diversity of northern Minnesota. The human rights of Native people in northern Alberta, Canada where this crude oil comes from are already being violated. There can be no reward when it comes to dirty oil that ruins the quality of water, ecosystems and the life of people.” “This report confirms our worst fears about the proposed Alberta Clipper expansion,” said author Sarah Mine. “This tar sands expansion project is far too risky to communities in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who would be subjected to extreme environmental degradation, extreme carbon pollution, and tremendous threats to their land, water, and health.” Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This expansion project would almost double the pipeline’s current capacity and put it on par with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Expanding Alberta Clipper’s capacity would expose communities and tribes to tar sands’ full complement of disturbing climate, safety, and environmental implications; potentially devastate cultural and historical resources; give the landlocked tar sands industry access to ports and enormous new overseas markets; and enable the massive, environmentally devastating tar sands growth planned by the industry. Tar sands crude can be far more dangerous than conventional crude, especially in water, and the proposed expansion project could put the region’s clean water at risk. The tar sands dilbit sinks in water, where standard cleanup techniques do not work. The Alberta Clipper route crosses many bodies of water that are critical as drinking water sources and cultural and ecological sites. Enbridge Inc. has a disgraceful history of spills, including the worst onshore oil spill in U.S. history when a ruptured Enbridge pipeline poured 843,000 gallons of tar sands crude into Michigan’s Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River. ALL RISK, NO REWARD The Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. plans to pump 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) of one of the planet’s dirtiest sources of oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, endangering our water, health, and climate. Expanding the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline would put federal, state, and tribal lands and waters at risk of devastating oil spills, including the Great Lakes and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe ceded territories. Communities and Native Nations across the Great Lakes region and beyond are fighting this unnecessary and dangerous pipeline expansion, calling instead for clean, renewable energy solutions and a 100% clean energy future.The Alberta Clipper,...

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A.I.M. Founding Member calls for the Reinvigorating of the American Indian Movement

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A.I.M. Founding Member calls for the Reinvigorating of the American Indian Movement

Dennis Banks, founding member of the American Indian Movement, has issued a call for the reinvigorating of AIM. Banks, who served as the National Field Director of AIM, calls for a National and International gathering of AIM families, chapters, support groups and individuals to be held in October in Green Bay, WI. The gathering seeks to address issues impacting Indian Country such as: the Keystone XL Pipeline Non-compliance of several States on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Non-compliance of several States with the Native American Graves Protection and Rehabilitation Act (NAGPRA) Rejuvenate and reinvigorate the American Indian Movement For more information contact the National Field Office at 763 242-4242 (Click on Picture to...

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For Immediate Release: President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow

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For Immediate Release: President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow

For Immediate Release President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow “Mr. Peltier’s unjust incarceration remains a festering sore that impedes better race relations in America. Surely the time has come to promote healing and a spirit of trust and genuine goodwill toward the Indian peoples of America with an act that serves both compassion and justice.” — Coretta Scott King On February 17th 2014, President’s Day, we are calling on people from around the world will take to Twitter to call on President Obama to grant clemency for political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Use the hashtags #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow with President Obama’s twitter account @BarackObama to create a ground swell of support to bring justice to Leonard Peltier by calling on President Obama to grant clemency. Leonard Peltier (of the Anishinabe, Dakota and Lakota Nations) is a long time Native Activist and member of the American Indian Movement. In 1975 he was wrongly convicted for the 1975 shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly admitted that they did not and cannot prove Leonard Peltier’s guilt, and the appellate courts have cited numerous instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case. For more information on the President’s Day Twitter Storm for #FreePeltier #ClemencyNow go to https://www.facebook.com/events/484801674962984/ For more information on Leonard Peltier go to http://www.leonardpeltier.info/ “Justice has been elusive for this man. If the matter continues without remedy and action, it will soon be too late for any justice at all. A tragedy of this magnitude cannot be allowed.” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu Contact: Matt Remle @wakiyan7 wakinyanLRI@hotmail.com Video from 18th Annual International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier- Tacoma, Washington by Rebecca Jane...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ODOT MEGALOAD PERMIT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CONSENT RIGHT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ODOT MEGALOAD PERMIT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CONSENT RIGHT

ODOT MEGALOAD PERMIT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ CONSENT RIGHT On Tuesday, Peo Peo Mox Mox Headman of the Walla Walla Tribe Carl Sampson, and Mr. Peter Goodman representing ActOnClimate.net, filed in Marion County Circuit Court to require a court review of a third tarsands equipment Megaload permit issued Thursday February 6 by ODOT. The filing, a “Petition for Review of Agency Decision”, asserts that ODOT failed to meet its legal obligation to determine whether “the public interests will be served” before issuing the permit on Thursday February 6. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) issued the permit for Omega Morgan to haul a third tarsands equipment Megaload along Eastern Oregon scenic highways passing through Indigenous territories. ODOT previously denied a request for “party status” to members of the public, Goodman and Sampson. This denial and the lack of any process for public comment prevented public input before ODOT issued the permit. Oregon law requires ODOT to determine that public interests will be served before issuing a Megaload variance permit. Furthermore, as Treaty rights holders we expect to be asked foremost for consent, consistent with the intent of International Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (“FPIC”). ORS 182.843 also directs that a “state agency shall make a reasonable effort to cooperate with tribes in the development and implementation of programs of the state agency that affect tribes.” I, as a Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (“CTWS”) tribal member, who maintains a vested interest in the stewardship of our territories, foremost for our unborn Treaty “rights” holders, do not believe that ODOT has made a “reasonable effort” to cooperate with CTWS and primarily our membership regarding its decision to permit these oversize shipments through lands we own, manage and utilize for spiritual, sustenance, cultural and ecological restoration purposes. CTWS and our membership maintains crucial interests in our ceded/unceded lands and traditional use areas, and work to protect our First Foods, resources related to Treaty rights, and cultural resources throughout these areas. When Oregon state agencies take action that has the potential to impact any of these rights and resources, we as rights holders demand consent. The grassroots treaty beneficiaries and “unrecognized” descendants have not granted consent to the State of Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation, nor Omega Morgan in regards to “megaload” transportation through our territories. No elected delegate who participates in government to government negotiations, nor the people who are sitting as elected tribal representatives have the full sovereign authority to grant permission/give consent on behalf of the Peoples’ to any agency, company or corporation. Ultimate sovereignty is vested in the Peoples’, who received that sovereign authority in the form of laws given by the Creator and by the land itself. Our Peoples’ have delegated only limited authority to the tribal council and have reserved the rest of our national sovereignty to ourselves. Our people, as the custodians of our sovereignty, revere our homelands and declare that they shall be protected absolutely and forever. [CTWS Declaration of Sovereignty] Under current practices ODOT only considers comments from the permit applicant and not from the public, at large, whom it considers irrelevant parties. The position of Sampson and Goodman is that these Megaloads are not ordinary vehicles to be permitted on Oregon scenic highways using routine practices established for...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Lakota Lands

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Lakota Lands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Lakota Lands The following joint statement comes from: Honor the Earth, the Oglala Sioux Nation, Owe Aku, and Protect the Sacred. “The Oglala Lakota Nation has taken leadership by saying “NO” to the Keystone XL Pipeline. They have done what is right for the land, for their people, who, from grassroots organizers like Owe Aku and Protect the Sacred have called on their leaders to stand and protect their sacred lands. And they have: KXL will NOT cross their treaty territory, which extends past the reservation boundaries. Their horses are ready. So are ours. We stand with the Lakota Nation, we stand on the side of protecting sacred water, we stand for Indigenous land-based lifeways which will NOT be corrupted by a hazardous, toxic pipeline. WE ALL NEED TO STAND WITH THEM. On Friday, January 27th, the State Department issued its Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline. President Obama said that he won’t approve the pipeline if it increases carbon emissions. The report was drafted in coordination with consultants who have worked for TransCanada — the company seeking to build the pipeline. Jack Gerard, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, was briefed by “sources within the administration” on the timing and content of the report before its release, and was pleased to say that it will not impact the environment. As Native Nations, we’re ready to protect our homelands from this pipeline, and we need to SHORE UP OUR SUPPORT of organizations like Owe Aku and Protect the Sacred, who are on the ground organizing in the Lakota Nation. We also need to put the pressure on Barack Obama to recognize that: 1) The Lakota Nation – a sovereign governmental body – has united its government and grassroots against the pipeline, and the United States needs to honor treaty rights by denying the pipeline. 2) There is direct conflict of interest in the report issued by the State Department — the process is broken, and a new report which reflects the true environmental impact is needed. 3) This pipeline will, in fact, increase carbon emissions and cause grave and irreversible environmental harm globally. This pipeline would cause direct environmental harm — and put the well-being of all who live in relationship with the Oglala Aquifer at risk. 4) In recognition of our responsibilities to protect Mother Earth, Native peoples will not allow this pipeline to come across our treaty areas. We will defend our lives, and our mother Earth, and we need Barack Obama to do the same. On Monday night, all across the country, people will be gathering to mark this moment together at protest vigils organized by 350.org, Oil Change International, and others, where the night will be alight with our resolve to keep fighting. We need to show the media, big oil and the President that we, as Indigenous Peoples (especially from the Great Sioux Nation), the entire state of Nebraska, and the tens of thousands of American citizens that have signed up to put their bodies on the line using non violent civil disobedience in every state in the lower 48 and Alaska, First Nations, and allies in Canada, are mobilized and unafraid. As Idle No More campaigner and friend Clayton Thomas-Muller said...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to Release of Hughes Inquiry; “Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Report”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to Release of Hughes Inquiry; “Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Report”

Winnipeg Sub-Office 105-1555 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 1B5 Phone: (204) 946-1869 Fax: (204) 946-1871 Toll Free: 1-866-876-9701 www.scoinc.mb.ca Head Office Long Plain First Nation Box 998 Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0P0 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ________________________________________ Southern Chiefs’ Organization Responds to Release of Hughes Inquiry; “Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Report” WINNIPEG MB, JAN.31, 2014- Grand Chief Terrance Nelson of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) responds to the release of the Hughes Inquiry Report on the tragic murder of 5 year old Phoenix Sinclair. “The 1000 page Hughes Inquiry report will provide explicit evidence of Genocidal practises in Canada.” Child and Family Services in Manitoba hold captive 8,000 indigenous children taken from First Nations parents, forcefully transferring many children to other ethnic groups. The 1948 United Nations Genocide Act defined Genocide as (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious or bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group (e) Forcefully transferring children of the group to another group. Grand Chief stated, “Over twenty years ago, the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI) was concluded, it was one of the most expensive inquiries in the history of Manitoba. The late, Chief Oscar Lathlin speaking of the AJI stated “This is the biggest fear that we have of this Inquiry that nothing will be done once the Inquiry is over.” (AJI, Volume 1, page 640) The AJI Judges further commented that “Aboriginal people are tired of being studied and are concerned that reports on Aboriginal issues have a history of being placed on a shelf to gather dust.” (AJI, Volume 1, page 640).” CFS was an emotional issue at the recent SCO Grand Chief Election as women stood up to urge the Chiefs to be strong in the defense of vulnerable children. The 8,000 indigenous children in Manitoba who have been forced into CFS care have become a $421 million industry where other ethnic groups profit from the misery of First Nations. SCO Grand Chief Terrance Nelson and others will be available to meet media today at 2:00 p.m., SCO boardroom, 1555 St. James....

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples visits Leonard Peltier

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples visits Leonard Peltier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Alyssa Macy IITC Communications Specialist c: (414) 748-0220 e: communications@treatycouncil.org United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, makes historic visit to American Indian Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier San Francisco, Jan. 24, 2014: Today James Anaya, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, made a historic visit to American Indian political prisoner Leonard Peltier, Turtle Mountain Ojibway, in the United States (US) Federal Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. He was accompanied by Leonard “Lenny” Foster, member of the Board of Directors of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and representative of the National Native American Prisoners Rights Coalition. Leonard Peltier was convicted in 1977 for “aiding and abetting” in the deaths of two FBI agents during a fire fight on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975. Two other defendants were acquitted based on self-defense. Although the US courts as well as Amnesty International have acknowledged government misconduct, including forcing witnesses to lie and hiding ballistics evidence indicating his innocence, Mr. Peltier was denied a new trial on a legal technicality. The late Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, 55 Members of the US Congress, the National Congress of American Indians, Assembly of First Nations, the US Human Rights Network and many others — including a judge who sat as a member of the Court in two of Mr. Peltier’s appeals — have called for his release. Lenny Foster confirmed that “the visit today by Special Rapporteur James Anaya to Leonard Peltier in prison is very significant and historic for us and we thank him for working with IITC to make this possible. This will support efforts for Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier and promote reconciliation and justice in this case.” In April and May 2012, UN Special Rapporteur Anaya carried out an official visit to the US to examine the human rights situation of Indigenous Peoples in this country. After visiting and hearing testimony from Indigenous Nations, Peoples, organizations and communities around the US he issued a report “The situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America” [A/HRC/21/47/Add.1]. It was presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2012 and contained observations regarding the case of Leonard Peltier: “A more recent incident that continues to spark feelings of injustice among indigenous peoples around the United States is the well-known case of Leonard Peltier… After a trial that has been criticized by many as involving numerous due process problems, Mr. Peltier was sentenced to two life sentences for murder, and has been denied parole on various occasions. Pleas for presidential consideration of clemency by notable individuals and institutions have not borne fruit. This further depletes the already diminished faith in the criminal justice system felt by many indigenous peoples throughout the country.” Special Rapporteur Anaya’s recommendations to the US government included the following: “Other measures of reconciliation should include efforts to identify and heal particular sources of open wounds. And hence, for example, promised reparations should be provided to the descendants of the Sand Creek massacre, and new or renewed consideration should be given to clemency for Leonard Peltier.” For more information about the case of Leonard Peltier and the current campaign for Executive...

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For Immediate Release: 18th Annual International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier Tacoma, WA

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For Immediate Release: 18th Annual International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier Tacoma, WA

18th Annual International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier Tacoma, WA For Immediate Release: On Feb. 8, 2014, Native activists and supporters of political prisoner Leonard Peltier will gather in Tacoma, WA at Portland Avenue Park for the 18th Annual International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier. At noon, there will be a March for Justice from Portland Ave Park to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Tacoma (1717 Pacific Ave.) where a rally will be held. Noon Rally: Portland Avenue Park 3513 E. Portland Ave. Tacoma, WA 98404 March: to U.S. Federal Courthouse in Tacoma 1717 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402 Speakers include: Ramona Bennett, Matt Remle, James Old Coyote, Jimbo Simmons, Chauncy Peltier and more. Other rallies and demonstrations will be held jointly on this day, around the globe, in support of clemency for Leonard Peltier. The rally will feature: • Matilaja: YuPik Eskimo from Mountain Village, Alaska, with the Tacoma Chapter LPDOC and member of the Northwest American Indian Movement since 1973 • Ramona Bennett: Puyallup Tribal Elder and longtime Leonard Peltier supporter • Chauncy Peltier: Leonard Peltier’s son • David Bean: Puyallup Tribal Council Member • Olivia One Feather: Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock Sioux member, Native and Idle No More activist • Deeahop Conway: Puyallup Tribal member, Tacoma Chapter LPDOC • James OldCoyote: Sacred Water Canoe Family. • Jimbo Simmons: AIM West • Peter Bohmer: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, and faculty at the Evergreen State College • Wakinyan Waanatan (Matt Remle): Hunkpapa Lakota, Last Real Indians • Gary Wessels-Galbreath: Host of “View From The Shore” on KAOS Radio • Father Bill Bichsel: Jesuit Priest, Catholic Worker Movement • Steve Hapy: Tacoma Chapter LPDOC • Arthur J. Miller: Northwest Regional Organizer LPDOC Leonard Peltier (of the Anishinabe, Dakota and Lakota Nations) is a long time Native Activist and member of the American Indian Movement. In 1975 he was wrongly convicted for the 1975 shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly admitted that they did not and cannot prove Leonard Peltier’s guilt, and the appellate courts have cited numerous instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case. As late as November 2003, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that “Much of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not disputed.” The trial of the first two AIM members in this case found them not guilty for reason of self-defense. Amnesty International has renewed their campaign to free Leonard. For more information go to: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info. Those pushing for Leonard Peltier’s release are working to keep phone calls, e-mails and letters going to the White House during the clemency campaign. Call and/or send e-mails in support of clemency for Leonard Peltier to the White House Comments Line at (202) 456-1111; (202) 456-1112 and send e-mail through this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ with the message, “I support clemency for Leonard Peltier.” To learn more about the Leonard Peltier defense committee, to make donations or find out how you can help, write to Tacoma Chapter LPDOC, P.O. BOX 5464, Tacoma, WA 98415-0464 or e-mail bayou@blarg.net. Also on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tacoma.lpdoc. Subscribe to Northwest Peltier Support at nwpeltiersupport-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. “I have no doubt...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Idle No More New Year’s Eve Round Dance at Mall of America

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Idle No More New Year’s Eve Round Dance at Mall of America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12.31.13 Contacts: Reyna Crow 218.269.2661 Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson 414.514.2449 Minnesota area Idle No More organizers to discuss Mall of America’s refusal to cooperate with Round Dance on New Year’s Eve Who: Patricia Shepard, Idle No More- Minnesota and Reyna Crow, Idle No More Duluth. What: News conference and Round Dance When: Tuesday Dec 31, 2013 News conference 3:00 PM, round dance 4:00 PM Where: The Mall of America’s `free speech zone’: Sidewalk adjacent to 24th Ave at Lindau Lane Why: To discuss the MOA’s inflammatory mischaracterization of a friendship dance intended to bring a diverse community closer together as a `protest’ and to invite the Mall management to join in a dance of healing and reconciliation. Duluth, MN . Two Minnesota Idle No More organizers threatened with arrest by the Mall of America, joined by their legal counsel Jordan Kushner, will share the Mall’s response to a letter urging the Mall to work with the women to create a welcoming climate for the round dance, a dance of renewed relationships, deeply connected to Mother Earth, Medicine Waters and in the spirit of all people of all walks of life joining in ONE circle of friendship and peace, and certainly not a protest. The Idle No More New Years Eve Round Dance is in honor of healing and renewal of relationship be-tween our Communities and in honor of the Dakota 38, Wounded Knee, Chief Theresa Spence, and the four founding women of Idle No More: Nina Waste, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah Mclean, and Jessica Gordon. The women reached out to Mall management again Monday, but were refused a meeting with Mall officials, one of whom wrote in response to a local attorney assisting the women that a round dance held last year at the MOA was a “… demonstration [that] caused significant disruption to our customers, tenants, and employees” and implied the Mall was not “… inhospitable to genuine Native American cultural events…”. Shepard is undeterred, “The global disconnection and historical pain within our communities and Mother Earth has called for healing, and renewal for the coming New Year, 2014”, she says adding with respect to Mall management, “We will be offering these gifts of tobacco, sage, cedar, sage and water to the MOA management team and invite them to join with us in our dance for healing and reconciliation.” The round dance is planned for 4:00 pm. Legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild will also be present. Idle No More Round Dance 2014 is co-sponsored by: Idle No More- Minnesota, Idle No More Wisconsin, Idle No More Duluth, Idle No More Official (discussion group), Idle No More Facebook page, http://www.idlenomore.ca/ and https://www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreCommunity?fref=ts (discussion for everyone to participate in).    ...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tribal Members & Activists block Tar Sands megaload shipment in Umatilla, OR

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tribal Members & Activists block Tar Sands megaload shipment in Umatilla, OR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Umatilla, OR – Sunday: Two arrested as Tribal Members and Climate Justice Activists blocked a megaload bound for the Alberta Tar Sands. The action Sunday night prevented the megaload from leaving the Port of Umatilla. Organizers from Portland Rising Tide urge supporters to join a planned protest Monday night to continue blocking the equipment passage. The equipment, a 901,000 lb. water purifier 22 feet wide, 18 feet tall and 376 feet in length. It had planned to leave the Port of Umatilla, head south on 395, then east on 26 on Sunday night. This route would pass through Umatilla Warm Springs Tribal Lands, and Tribal Members and Elders had a strong presence at the demonstration. This week’s protest was larger than a similar protest last week as news of the shipment has spread throughout the region. An estimated 70 people greeted the megaload with signs and lockdown devices. Before it could depart, two participants locked themselves to the trucks. This was the first time this type of shipment have been blockaded in this way. This is the first of three megaloads the Hillsboro, OR based shipping company Omega Morgan has scheduled to move through the region in December and January. Similar loads sparked major protests moving through Idaho and Montana including a blockade by the Nez Pierce tribe in August. Groups organizing the protest, including chapters of Rising Tide and 350.org, oppose the shipments due to the end use of the equipment in the expansion of the Alberta tar sands. This expansion would supply oil for the controversial Keystone XL and other pipelines. Many have called the tar sands most destructive industrial project on earth. Umatilla Tribal Member Shana Radford said, “We have responsibility for what happens on our lands, but there are no boundaries for air, the carbon dioxide this equipment would create affects us all. The Nez Pierce tribe said no to megaloads, and so should we.” The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) oppose the shipments due to the lack of consultation about the project headed through their ceded territory as required by law. Warm Springs tribal member Kayla Godowa said, “It’s our duty to protect the native salmon runs in this area. They want to make this a permanent heavy haul route without even consulting our tribes. Loads like this are unprecedented here. What if a bridge collapses? And what about the impact to native communities being destroyed by the tar sands where this equipment will end up? We can’t just look the other way while native lands and the climate are being destroyed. We have to stand up.” Photos by Portland Rising Tide Media contacts: Trip Jennings, Portland Rising Tide – TripJennings1@gmail.com – 541.729.3294 Info: www.PortlandRisingTide.org Facebook live updates: PortlandRisingTide...

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For Immediate Release: Emergency Day of Action Dec 2nd – Solidarity for #Elsipogtog

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For Immediate Release: Emergency Day of Action Dec 2nd  – Solidarity for #Elsipogtog

A message from the HWY 11 Land Defenders: “We are not giving up despite these harsh weather conditions, sacrificing time with our families, our jobs, our homes, not only to protect land, water and people but to ensure a brighter future for the next 7 generations. We are asking for more support, through road blocks to be in solidarity. This is not just an Elsipogtog issue, this is a global issue and we need to raise awareness. Show us support any way possible, sending thank you’s, road blocks, banners, even dropping by, all and every type of support is appreciated.” ElsipogtogThe 3rd encampment in Mi’kmaq Territory, at HWY 11, which saw stand off’s between the Mi’kmaq peoples protecting the water and RCMP protecting corporate interests, is requesting widespread global support. The Provincial Court of New Brunswick has approved an injunction which names 5 people, including “Jane” and “John Doe”, to target the HWY 11 encampment. This encampment has successfully turned away SWN vehicles and is preventing SWN from conducting seismic testing on unceded Mi’kmaq lands. Each day that SWN cannot conduct its testing, it costs the company $54, 000. SWN is once again looking to the RCMP to enforce the injunction most recently granted. At this time, the RCMP have used the injunction to target the Mi’kmaq and have set up a “check point” on HWY 11, where the RCMP stop vehicles to arrest passengers and drivers at their whim. We remember the last time the RCMP enforced an injunction against the Mi’kmaq people. As seen historically, the RCMP will continue to enforce the violation of treaties and attack Indigenous self-determination. At this time, the RCMP are not only harassing Mi’kmaq Land Defenders and non-Native supporters, but continuing to throw them in jail. On Thursday, November 28th the Mi’kmaq again turned SWN away – declaring another day of victory. They are standing up against brutal police repression, and continued theft of Indigenous lands and ongoing colonization. Show them they are not alone! On Monday Dec. 2nd HWY 11 Land Defenders are asking you to show your solidarity by taking action in your community. Where possible, highway shutdowns are encouraged however any action of support, such as banner drops, are welcome....

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For Immediate Release: Sacred Fire blockade to begin at noon on Nov. 4

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For Immediate Release:  Sacred Fire blockade to begin at noon on Nov. 4

Mi’kmaq say, “We are still here, and SWN will not be allowed to frack” What: Sacred Fire blockade in response to SWN development Where: Highway 11, outside of Laketon, NB When: Monday, Nov. 4 at 12pm ELSIPOGTOG — The Elsipogtog community and the people of the Mi’kmaq nation are responding to SWN’s stated intention to resume shale gas exploration in New Brunswick. Community members and traditional people will come together to light a Sacred Fire to stop SWN from passing, in order to ensure that the company cannot resume work to extract shale gas via fracking. The Sacred Fire will last a minimum of four days and is supported by the Mi’kmaq people and the community of Elsipogtog. This comes as part of a larger campaign that reunites Indigenous, Acadian & Anglo people. This is also an act of reclamation, as Mi’kmaq people are using the land in a traditional way, and are exercising their treaty rights, which includes ceremonial practices. The Mi’kmaq people have not been sufficiently consulted over shale gas exploitation and do not support SWN working on their territory. The Sacred Fire blockade is also supported by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society and the Highway 134 encampment. “SWN is violating our treaty rights. We are here to save our water and land, and to protect our animals and people. There will be no fracking at all,” says Louis Jerome, a Mi’kmaq sun dancer. “We are putting a sacred fire here, and it must be respected. We are still here, and we’re not backing down.” Media Contact: Amanda Lickers,...

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For Immediate Release: American Indian Movement of Colorado & Idle No More Denver to Protest at Broncos/Washington Football Game

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For Immediate Release: American Indian Movement of Colorado & Idle No More Denver to Protest at Broncos/Washington Football Game

AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT of Colorado and IDLE NO MORE Denver PRESS RELEASE MONDAY,OCTOBER 21, 2013 American Indian Movement of Colorado & Idle No More Denver ANNOUNCE PROTEST FOR BRONCOS/WASHINGTON FOOTBALL GAME SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013 “REDSKINS” = RACIST, Says AIM/IDLE NO MORE CALL ON NEWS/SPORTS REPORTERS TO STOP USING THE“R-­‐WORD” IN THEIR REPORTING Calling the refusal of the Washington, DC professional football franchise to change its name and mascot from the racist “Redskins,”  an insult to all indigenous peoples, Colorado AIM and Idle No More (INM) invite all people of goodwill to protest at the football game at Sports Authority Mile High Stadium on Sunday, October 27,2013. The exact time, location and tenor for the protest will be announced closer to game day. In the meanwhile, AIM and INM call on all Colorado news and sports journalists to banish the R-­‐word from their reporting, and choose instead simply to refer to “the team from Washington, DC,” without referring to the word that most American Indians consider to be a racial epithet, with its long, racist lineage in U.S. history. See: http://www.ncai.org/resources/ncai-­‐publications/Ending_the_Legacy_of_Racism.pdf Contact: AIM – Glenn Morris, 303-­‐519-­‐2423 IDLE NO MORE – Jolynne Woodcock/Tessa McLean...

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Honor the Earth Press Release: Spirit Ride against KXL Pipeline

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Honor the Earth Press Release: Spirit Ride against KXL Pipeline

Honor The Earth “Press Release” Lakota Ride Lakota and Ojibwe horse riders are on their second day of a 150 mile horse ride from the Pine Ridge reservation to the Cheyenne River reservation in South Dakota, near the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route. Riders, led by Percy White Plume, (a descendant of the survivors during the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre), are riding to oppose the “man labor camps” which will accompany the proposed pipeline, and “to protect our water… we can drink bottled water, but our relatives in the horse nation, the buffalo nation and the animals cannot drink bottled water, our water is sacred…,” he said. The proposed KXL pipeline crosses Lakota territory, and there are no pipelines in this region, home of the Ogallala Aquifer, the primary source of water for most of the region. The ride began the same day as the 800,000 gallon plus pipeline spill from a Tesoro six inch line near Tioga, ND was revealed to press, and amidst a federal shutdown, in which it is not clear that PHMSA (pipeline safety inspectors) are available. The ride also follows a freak, climate change attributed, two foot blizzard which killed over l00,000 cattle in the largely rural , ranching state. Amidst the changing weather, and riding through fields still littered with the carcasses of dead cattle , overturned trees and flooded creeks, twenty-five riders and supporters continue north. The ride has been organized by the Horse Spirit Society of Wounded Knee, sponsored by Honor the Earth, and supported by the Swift Family Foundation, US Climate Action Network and 350.org. All photographs courtesy of Honor The Earth, taken by Suze Leon. For more information about Honor The Earth, Ride For Mother Earth, The Lakota Ride Against Keystone XL Pipeline and much more, please visit the following online sites. Honor The Earth @ http://www.honorearth.org/ “Like” Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/WinonaLaDukeHonorTheEarth Follow on Twitter @  honorearth Subscribe on YouTube @  HonorTheEarth For more about “Ride For Mother Earth” Campaign and how you can contribute to its success, click below to watch....

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Oglala Lakota College Wins Four National Championship Trophies in Archery by Joe Flood

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Oglala Lakota College Wins Four National Championship Trophies in Archery by Joe Flood

In their first season as members of the US Collegiate Archery Association, Oglala Lakota College took home four national championship trophies from the 3D Target National Championships hosted by the University of Missouri at Columbia. Competing in the basic bow category with traditional bows, OLC won the women’s team round, the men’s team round, and took runner-up in the mixed gender team competitions. Individually, OLC’s Ray Hernandez won the men’s basic bow national championship and Michelle LeBeau won the women’s national championship. On the men’s side, OLC’s men’s captain Nick Gibbons finished right behind Hernandez for second, while on the women’s side women’s captain Elaine Yellowhorse took second, and Cammie Griffith came in third. OLC has competed against other Native colleges for years, like New Mexico’s Navajo Technical (which took 1st and 3rd in the men’s recurve category), but this was their first season competing at the national level. The wins followed OLC sweeping the men’s and women’s team and individual competitions in the basic bow category at the North Regional championships three weeks ago at Wayne State College in Nebraska. This was the third year the USCA has had a hunting-style 3D animal target course, featuring 20 targets spread out over a wooded, quarter-mile course at Prairie Grove Shooting Sports in Columbia MO. In addition the the basic (ie traditional) category, a total of 114 shooters competed in compound, recurve and compound bow hunter categories. The two-day shoot took place this Saturday and Sunday....

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Breaking: RCMP to Enforce Injunction Against Elsipogtog First Nation Anti-Frack Blockade #Globalfrackdown

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Breaking: RCMP to Enforce Injunction Against Elsipogtog First Nation Anti-Frack Blockade #Globalfrackdown

Rexton, New Brunswick: The RCMP stated today that they will be enforcing a court injunction to end an anti-Fracking blockade. The blockade, on Highway 134 near Rexton, N.B., by members of the Elsipogtog First Nation and allies was erected in late September to protest hydraulic fracturing set to take place on their lands by the company SWN Resources Canada. Throughout the summer, SWN Resources Canada had conducted seismic tests in the region. Seismic testing is the first step in the hydraulic fracturing process. Tensions escalated leading members of the Elsipogtog First Nation, who are concerned over the potential impacts fracking would have on the environment and water, and others to construct a blockade around the compound where SWN Resources Canada’s trucks and hydraulic fracturing equipment is stored. The court injunction to end the blockade was issued earlier this month. For Livestream from the Elsipogtog First Nation #AntiFracking standoff with the Canadian RCMP go to:...

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Manoominikedaa Neyaashing by Jana-Rae Yerxa

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Manoominikedaa Neyaashing by Jana-Rae Yerxa

Finally! My grandfather, who is seventy four years old, and my grandmother, who is seventy three years old, will finally get to roast rice on this part of our land for the very first time. I am grateful that we will get to do this together. Harvesting and preparing manoomin has always been a way of life for Anishinaabeg. I remember as a young child playing outside my Great Grandfather’s house and watching him prepare the rice as he would dance on it. This was my first introduction tomanoomin. He always welcomed us young ones, to take breaks from running around and playing hide n seek, and to dance on the rice. I didn’t realize it then that these were teachings of responsibility that he, along with manoomin, were instilling in us. Needless to say, our breaks from play were always welcomed, from the old man, to what seemed like ‘cooler’ play as we took off our shoes placing our little feet in the deep holes that were dug into the ground as we, too, danced on the rice. As a kid growing up in the 80s, the year 2009 seemed so far away. So far away, that to my young mind, it was questionable if it would ever arrive. This was a year that many Anishinaabeg in my area had looked forward to for a very, very long time. As far back as I can remember I knew this to be true just as my father knew this to be true; just as my grandfather and grandmother knew this to be true; just as my great grandfather knew this to be true; and who knows who else before him. With the much anticipated arrival of the year 2009, came the long awaited end of an unjust ninety-nine year lease of Anishinaabeg land, where the Town of Fort Frances would no longer hold possession of our land and the land would finally be returned…or so we thought. In 1910, our land was leased to the Town of Fort Frances. Despite the expiration of the lease on May 1, 2009, the town is maintaining that the land belongs to the municipality. Hence, four First Nation communities- Couchiching; Mitaanjigamiing, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, and Naicatchewenin- are currently in dispute utilizing the land claims process, against the Town of Fort Frances, and the federal and provincial governments, to fight for what we have always known to be ours. The dispute over land involves 35 acres commonly known as Pither’s Point Park. ‘The Point,’ as it is often referred to, has become a popular recreational area near Rainy Lake. What’s ironic about the land I am speaking of is that after the lease came into effect it was renamed Pither’s Point Park after a crooked Indian Agent and thief- Mr. Pither. Actually, I guess it’s not really that ironic at all because that is what in fact happens through the occurrences of colonial processes- the erasure of Indigenous place names with colonial ones in an attempt to present the illusion of legitimacy and connection to place. Engaging in the politics of recognition through colonial court processes for external validation of what we already know- in the case of the Point knowing that the land is Anishinaabeg land and must be returned- is dis-empowering and full of...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE AT MANITO-AHBEE 2013 & A MESSAGE TO NON-INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLETS By: Colby Tootoosis   The Indigenous reality found within media is often constructed by outlets which contain strong colonial discourse and lack the Indigenous presence which is needed when speaking our truths. Yet, we see a resurgence of Indigenous actuality being concentrated through social media and a partnership with independent Indigenous media sources beginning to transpire. On August, 20th during Grand Entry at Manito-ahbee 2012, the Canadian flag was brought in upside-down in order to demonstrate overcoming the agenda of oppression which is often inflicted upon us as Indigenous peoples. I honour and respect our First Nations Veterans who have sacrificed their lives to defend our Treaties and Indigenous presence.  Many of whom have engaged in war for Canada globally and have faced opposition in regards to receiving compensation for their efforts, have been denied benefits, and have been racially discriminated against.  If it was not for their sacrifices, our future generations would not have the opportunity to continue the process of decolonization and overcome oppression that is continuously placed upon our people. This action was aimed at dissolving the assimilative agenda and intended to promote nationhood and sovereignty of Indigenous people. I have chosen to take the stance on refusing to comment on the event with many Canadian based media sources due to the reality that all comments have been defined on the LastRealIndians (LRI) article “Canadian Flag Hung Upside Down in a Powwow Ground Entry.” We need to ensure that all independent Indigenous media outlets are seen just as important, and integral, to the structure of all media within Turtle Island. This stance is specifically for this event which took place at Manito-ahbee 2013. Decolonization includes the total reconstruction of commonly accepted processes within our Indigenous realities, one being Canadian-based media developing and telling our stories, and also receiving the recognition for our truths. Decolonize by honoring Indigenous based media sources and develop a new reality of crediting those media sources that provides true Indigenous...

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BREAKING: TransCanada Seeks to Build Tar Sands to East Coast Pipeline

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BREAKING: TransCanada Seeks to Build Tar Sands to East Coast Pipeline

On Thursday, TransCanada announced plans that it will seek to build a massive pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to the east coast in New Brunswick. Dubbed the “East Energy Pipeline”, the multi-billion dollar project would connect existing pipelines in Quebec with the tar sands to the Northeast coast. If constructed, the pipeline, which has the backing of the Harper government, would be able to transport up to 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil per day. TransCanada’s other proposed pipeline, the KXL pipeline by comparison, if built, would be able to transport up to 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day. Canada’s natural resource minister, Joe Oliver, welcomed the announcement and stated that TransCanada would have the Canadian government’s full support. The pipeline would pass through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. The project faces fierce opposition from 1st Nations communities and...

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PRESS RELEASE: CONFERENCE TO EDUCATE ON PROPOSED PIPELINE’S MAN CAMPS IN OCETI SAKOWIN TERRITORY AUGUST 16 AND 17

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PRESS RELEASE: CONFERENCE TO EDUCATE ON PROPOSED PIPELINE’S MAN CAMPS IN OCETI SAKOWIN TERRITORY AUGUST 16 AND 17

PICKSTOWN, SD – A conference is planned for August 16 & 17, 2013 at the Fort Randall Casino on the Yankton Sioux Reservation to promote awareness of the man camps that are part of the proposed TransCanada Corp oil pipeline that will run from Canada, North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, and Nebraska to go to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma.  The Conference is the Protect the Sacred II Campaign to oppose the KXL development in treaty territories.  A previous successful gathering in January of 2013, resulted in a historic International Treaty to Protect the Sacred against KXL and Tar Sands Development. The conference ‘Protect the Women & Families from KXL Violence’ includes panelists and speakers on the impact of development on Native families in Bakken Range in North Dakota; crises assault statistics on Native women in Indian country; Department of Justice representative regarding vulnerable populations; relationship of murdered and missing women in Canada to industrial predation in Indigenous communities;  forums from Native women’s societies and men’s societies and speakers from law enforcement in jurisdictional issues regarding assaults and predation and tribal elected leadership, Treaty Councils and First Nations representatives from Canada. Winona LaDuke, an environmentalist and economist of Anishinaabe descent, will be one of the keynote speaking  on  ‘Predator Economics’ and a site visit is planned to the KXL corridor and to  either Milk’s Camp area or Colome, SD near where the man camp is proposed. Three of these proposed man camps from the pipeline are being planned near Yankton, Rosebud and Cheyenne River reservations.  Man camps are temporary housing for oil pipeline workers which brings an influx of population growth of which the majority are men. Faith Spotted Eagle, an Ihanktonwan Dakota elder from the Brave Heart Society and the Ihanktonwan Treaty Council and one of the organizers of the conference, said the information from this conference can mobilize communities to fight what the money and oil brings and promote safety to women, children and community. Tribal leadership need be educated on what the man camps can be like, she said. In reference to man camps in North Dakota oil country, Linda Thompson, director of First Nations Women’s Alliance of North Dakota, emphasized how the camps influx in to the area population brought a huge amount of men that came into the communities, sexual assault with male sexual assaults have been increased, sex trafficking increased, increased sex offenders, concealed weapon permits have gone up, extreme stress on law enforcement, influx of money and drugs and women who are using and being hurt while using and she added people who are vulnerable are going to be more vulnerable. Shelters have an overflow not only from victims but from victims from families following the pipeline and it puts a lot of stress on advocates. She said sometimes it is too much to think about in leadership roles but it is important education for the safety of communities where the proposed pipeline will be. Tribal leaders recently walked out of a meeting with Department of State Officials, citing improper Nation to Nation consultation. For more information on the conference, ‘A Protect the Sacred Conference II: Protect the Women and Families from KXL Violence and Say No to Man Camps in Sakowin Territory’ contact Faith Spotted Eagle at (605) 481-0416; John Wright,...

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BREAKING NEWS – Maya Land Rights By Amerindian Peoples Liberation Front

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BREAKING NEWS – Maya Land Rights By Amerindian Peoples Liberation Front

BREAKING NEWS – PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! Dear Friends, In June 2010, the Supreme Court of Belize reaffirmed that Maya People of Toledo, Belize have rights to their communal lands which they have traditionally used and occupied in southern Belize. However, the Government of Belize appealed the case in July 2010 and thus a judgement was pending. Just last night the attorney for the Maya People was informed that the Court of Appeal will deliver its judgment on the Maya Land Rights case today at 2 pm. As you may understand, this is a very short notice to mobilize the Maya people from southern Belize to the City. However, leaders are doing all they can to be present at such an important and historical hearing. We are hoping that the verdict will be in favor of Maya communities, similarly to the 2007 Conejo and Santa Cruz Case. Thank you for your continued support the the Maya people of Belize! Shared by Amerindian Peoples Liberation...

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BREAKING Cherokee Nation files petition for rehearing in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

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BREAKING Cherokee Nation files petition for rehearing in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

BREAKING: Cherokee Nation files petition for rehearing in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl The Cherokee Nation has recently filed a petition calling for the rehearing of the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case, known to most as the “Baby Veronica” case. It specifically asks the South Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider its July 17th ruling. The South Carolina Supreme Court’s order moved to terminate the parental rights of Dusten Brown and transfer Veronica to South Carolina without a hearing on her best interests. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker states, “It is very troubling that the South Carolina Supreme Court would move to terminate the parental rights of a man who has proven to be nothing but a fit and loving father, without even holding a hearing to determine what is in his own child’s best interests. What is best for Veronica has not even been considered by the court. We pray the South Carolina Supreme Court grants our request for a due process hearing to determine what is in this child’s best interests.” The major points behind the petition were that the South Carolina Supreme Court was unaware of facts informing its determination of jurisdiction, and that the court overlooked Baby Girl’s best interests. Further on July 17th, the Cherokee Nation District Court entered a temporary guardianship order, granting joint legal custody of Baby Girl to her stepmother, paternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. Assistant attorney general for the Cherokee Nation Chrissi Ross-Nimmo states, “Dusten Brown is an Iraq combat veteran who has fought as tirelessly for his child as he did for our country. That fight began the day he learned of the birth mother’s plans to place his child for adoption and continues today. Since regaining custody, he has created a loving, safe and nurturing environment for Veronica. This temporary guardianship order is just another step Dusten has taken to ensure his daughter is always well cared for should something happen to him as he is serving his country during this mandatory military training assignment.” In addition to the actions taken by the Cherokee Nations, The Native American Rights Fund, the National Congress of American Indians and National Indian Child Welfare Association are joining forces to file a civil rights lawsuit on her...

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BREAKING: Canadians call on Feds to #HonourTheApology by Andrea Landry

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BREAKING: Canadians call on Feds to #HonourTheApology by Andrea Landry

For Immediate Release Canadians from many cultural communities call on Feds to #HonourTheApology to Residential School Survivors Unity across faiths and backgrounds in response to recently revealed “nutritional experiments” on Indigenous people WINNIPEG, MB (07/22/2013) – At noon on Thursday, July 25 at venues across the country, Canadians, newcomers, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from all walks of life and religious denominations will reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools in a national moment of silence. In response to University of Guelph historian Ian Mosby published research that First Nations communities – and specifically thousands of children in residential schools – were unknowing subjects in biomedical experiments in malnourishment and hunger by federal government officials between 1942-52, these Canadians will pray for and commemorate those who were experimented on. They will also call on the federal government to honour its 2008 apology to the survivors of Residential Schools by immediately releasing all relevant documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “Canadians from many backgrounds have been shocked and hurt by these recent revelations and this is an opportunity to talk, reflect, and do something about it,” says co-organizer Wab Kinew. “We’ve put out a call for unity and leaders from the Islamic, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Multi-denominational, Japanese communities have responded and will join us. We hope many others will come over their lunch hour as well. All are welcome.” A Spreecast teach-in will be held online on Monday July 22 at 8pm CST for Canadians who want to learn more about the “nutritional experiments” and the documents being sought by the TRC. It will feature Dr. Ian Mosby, Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and Dr. Leanne Simpson (who wrote a piece about the event in Briarpatch Magazine). Events: Winnipeg – Oodena Circle, The Forks Vancouver – Gastown Ottawa – Victoria Island Saskatoon – Vimy Memorial Bandshell Edmonton – Churchill Square Thunder Bay – Vickers Park Sudbury – Tom Davies Square About the Apology: On June 11, 2008, the Prime Minister of Canada offered an apology to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit survivors of the residential school system. Although under a court order, the federal government has been withholding millions of documents from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). These documents contain the movement/disappearance of children, sickness or diseases and the treatment students endured. Honouring the apology means releasing the documents so the TRC can fulfill its mandate and allow all Canadians to learn the truth about this painful era and move together toward reconciliation. Media Contacts: Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Co-organizer (Manitoba), 204-999-5192, niigaanwewidam@umanitoba.ca Andrea Landry, Co-organizer (Ontario), 226-787-7700, Andrea_landry@hotmail.ca Jodi Stonehouse, Co-organizer (Alberta), 780-902-0049,...

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Immediate Release: Sioux Tribes WindPower at CGI America

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Immediate Release: Sioux Tribes WindPower at CGI America

Contacts:  ​​​​​​​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nathan Carlile​​​​​​​ Arent Fox ​​​​​ Communications Manager 202.715.8504 nathan.carlile@arentfox.com   Mariko Tada Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Director of Donor Resources 212.812.4255 mtada@rockpa.org   Dave Cirilli Rally.org Senior Director of Communications 917.750.6862 dave@rally.org   Sioux Tribes of South Dakota Announce Wind Power Initiative at CGI America   Earlier today, former President Bill Clinton and leaders from six Sioux Indian Tribes announced a new wind power initiative that will harness South Dakota’s greatest natural resource and spur long-term development in the economically-depressed region. The initiative was announced as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting—an annual event that brings together leaders from the business, foundation, and government sectors in an effort to promote economic growth in the United States. The Tribes’ initiative comes at a time when renewable energy investment is increasingly a national priority. Through the project, the Tribes stand to infuse up to $3 billion directly into the South Dakota economy, an amount roughly equal to the impact of the entire manufacturing sector in South Dakota in a given year. The planned project could generate 1-2 Gigawatts of power annually.  Measured conservatively, that’s more than enough power to electrify the homes in Denver, Colorado for the next 20 years, the typical useful life span of the wind turbines. The majority of the project’s funding will come through the sale of bonds by a Multi-Tribal Power Authority. The bonds are expected to be available to investors in about two years, following a critical planning and preparation stage. During the closing discussion at CGI America, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, and Yankton Sioux Tribe joined President Clinton on stage to announce their plans.  Commitment-makers believe that harnessing the plentiful wind resources through a tribally-owned, cooperative, and systematic effort represents the best opportunity to spur economic growth and self-sustainabilityamong the Tribes, which have suffered from generational poverty and significant social and economic challenges. Already several years in the making, the project is supported by numerous consultants, foundations, and other stakeholders. Significant pro bono support has come from the law firm Arent Fox LLP, in Washington, DC, where former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) (former Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs  and the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development), now co-chairs the Arent Fox Government Relations practice.  Other supporters include Herron Consulting LLC, the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, the LIATI Group, the Bush Foundation, and the Northwest Area Foundation. Significant support and funding will be needed over the next two years before the project will be ready to break ground and the bonds ready for sale.  For this reason, the Tribes are giving everyone an opportunity to join them on their journey.  Turning to the power of technology, the Tribes have partnered with the crowdfunding platform Rally.org to seek funding and raise general awareness of the project.  Individuals may visit rally.org/siouxwind to join in and follow the developments of the project. “Crowdfunding has evolved as a way for communities to solve large-scale problems and improve people’s lives,” said Tom Serres, CEO and co-founder of Rally.org.  “Rally is thrilled to support the Tribes in this first step toward expanding their economies by leveraging their capacity to develop sustainable energy. The Sioux Wind Project will demonstrate that community-support...

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North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services Statement on Kevin Cramer Recent Remarks

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North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services Statement on Kevin Cramer Recent Remarks

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FRIDAY, March 29, 2013​​CONTACT: Janelle Moos, Executive Director ​​​​​​​jmoos@ndcaws.org 701.255.6240 ext. 116 CAWS RESPONSE TO CONGRESSMAN CRAMER’S VISIT BISMARCK- The reality of sexual assault and domestic violence can be overwhelming, but talking about the devastating effects on victims and their families is the first step. American Indian women living on reservations experience unique challenges that intensify the epidemic of violence against them. In a 2008 CDC study, 39% of Native women surveyed identified as victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, a rate higher than any other race or ethnicity surveyed. Further, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs at least 70% of the violent victimizations experienced by American Indians are committed by persons not of the same race. The hard fought provisions included in the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)addressing the tribal populations are a key part of the legislation and we are disappointed Congressman Cramer did not take the opportunity this week to lend his support to the good work being done by victim assistance providers on our ND reservations.  We stand in strong support of our tribal allies in the field and commend the important work they are doing to stop domestic violence and sexual assault on the reservations and across our entire state. We see this as a great opportunity to provide education about both the myths surrounding our reservations as well as the laws and resources which are now available to assist them in ending the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. We appreciate Congressman Cramer’s support of the reauthorization of VAWA and understand he is reaching out to Melissa Merrick and has apologized for the tone of his remarks. We appreciate this gesture. Janelle Moos, the Executive Director of CAWS North Dakota, visited with the Congressman earlier today and has invited him and his staff to visit any of the 21 programs, especially those working on the reservations, in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face ensuring victims have access to safety and justice. We hope that this willall lead to a greater understanding of the work of victim assistance providers and to more respectful dialogue in the future. ABOUT CAWS North Dakota: CAWS North Dakota is a membership organization representing the 21 domestic violence and sexual assault crisis centers throughout the state. It is the mission of CAWS North Dakota to provide leadership and support in the identification, intervention, and prevention of domestic and sexual violence. For more information, please...

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Spirit Lake Nation Official Response to Kevin Cramer (ND Congressman)

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Spirit Lake Nation Official Response to Kevin Cramer (ND Congressman)

PRESS RELEASE Spirit Lake Tribe March 29, 2013 Spirit Lake, North Dakota – Spirit Lake Tribal representatives were disheartened today to learn of the comments made by Congressmen Kevin Cramer on March 26, 2013 at the North Dakota Council on Abused Women Services (NDCAWS) state coalition meeting. The Congressmen is reported to have expressed his concern with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), S. 47, which President Obama signed into law just this month. Congressmen Cramer reportedly stated that he is now afraid to enter an Indian Reservation for fear of prosecution and unfair treatment in the Tribal Court system. Mr. Cramer’s remarks clearly stem from a lack of understanding of the legislation. The landmark legislation reaffirms the inherent right of Indian tribes to protect their members with respect to crimes involving domestic violence. Until this legislation was enacted tribes could not exercise authority to prosecute domestic violence cases within their borders, which meant that the majority of offenses went unpunished. The Tribal provisions of VAWA amend the Indian Civil Rights Act and contain strong provisions that recognize and acknowledge that the powers of self-government of Indian tribes includes the power to exercise domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over all persons, including non-Indians who commit acts of domestic violence on Indian lands and have ties to Indian country (live or work on Indian lands or who marry or are intimate partners or dating partners of tribal members or Native Americans who live on Indian lands). Tribes are also given express authority under VAWA to issue and enforce protection orders. Moreover, the Act includes safeguards that address the concerns the Congressmen expressed with regard to due process. The Act requires Indian tribes to have adequate safeguards to protect a defendant’s rights, consistent with the Indian Civil Rights Act (lCRA), and to demonstrate the presence of those safeguards to the Attorney General. In sum, tribal provisions of the VAWA provide the best solution to the rampant number of domestic violence and sexual assault acts on tribal lands while also maintaining defendant rights in tribal courts. In addition, to his misinformed comments about the VAWA, Congressmen Cramer reportedly stated his belief that Tribal governments are dysfunctional and that he wanted to “ring the [Spirit Lake] Tribal council’s neck and slam them against the wall.” The Tribe takes these threats of violence seriously and finds them particularly inappropriate given the audience Congressmen Cramer was addressing. A threat of violence is exactly the wrong way to send a message- His comments are beneath the dignity of his office and the relationship that his government has with the first Nations of this country, who are among his constituents. The Tribe is concerned that the Congressmen’s intemperate statements reflect his negative views of his Tribal constituents as a whole. The Spirit Lake Tribal Council will be launching a full investigation on this incident. A report will follow. Any questions should be directed to: Marissa K. Flannery Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP 900 West 5th Avenue, Suite 700 Anchorage, AK 99501 marissa@sonosky.net Phone:...

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Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe Official Response to Kevin Cramer (GOP Congressman)

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Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe Official Response to Kevin Cramer (GOP Congressman)

March 29, 2013 Dear Honorable North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer, ​I am writing in “great concern”, about statements ‘you’ had made at the North Dakota Council on Abused women Services which was held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. ​The statements that were made were not only derogatory but lack effective leadership qualities that people of North Dakota and Tribes believe you divulged during your campaign. ​In reference to, “Tribal Governments are dysfunctional. Tribal Courts are dysfunctional, and how could a non- Native man get a fair trial on the reservations?”,lacks a complete misinterpretation and lack of knowledge of day to day activities that occur within mine or other tribal chambers.  We, as tribal leaders, as a sovereign nation, must protect the humanitarian, safety and quality of life for every tribal member that resides on and off the reservation.  It is not only in our constitution but it is also in the North Dakota Constitution and United States Constitution.  You have stated that a non-native person would not get a “fair trial” on the reservation, it is my understanding thattribal courts are granted “full faith and credit to make judgments issued within their courts”  This is a positive trend and is reflected from activities by the state and tribes.  Based on the evidence of a perpetrator, non-member, if they fractured tribal laws, then we have the right to prosecute and exercise our tribal courts to the fullest.  But ironically, this is not always the case for our tribal members who get killed by drunk drivers, raped or murdered outside the reservation by non-native people, if you have reviewed thestats they get smallest and least amount of penalty.  In other words “it’s just another dirty Indian who cares, persona”. ​In addition, for a leader of our state and country, it is very sad that you made this statement, “[I want to] wring the Tribal council’s neck and slam them against the wall.”  President Obama recently expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law, which not only include women, but Native Americans.  When you stated you would like to “wring tribal council’s neck and slam against wall”, well that is a threat not only to Native Americans but to women, which there are two women who sit on my council. Shame on you. In the words of our President, if you have forgotten, acts of violence will not be taken lightly and will be addressed whether it is portrayed in verbal attacks, physical attacks or with guns. ​I am demanding a meeting with you and your staff to discuss these deprecating statements and to make things “right” and to move forward productively with the least amount of prejudice and discriminating statements as possible. Richard W. McCloud   TRIBAL CHAIRMAN TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND of CHIPPEWA BELCOURT ND 58316-0900...

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Release from Melissa Merrick in response to Congressman Kevin Cramer

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Release from Melissa Merrick in response to Congressman Kevin Cramer

March 29, 2013   The Honorable Kevin Cramer United States House of Representatives 1032 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C.  20515   Dear Congressman Cramer: This letter is in response to your phone call and statements in the Grand Forks Herald this week. The women professionals who work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault had high expectations for our meeting with you.  We wanted to discuss the needs of our communities and how our programs that serve North Dakotans with a focus on ending violence against women could be improved with your help. It has been three days since we met, and I am still stunned and outraged by what we experienced.  I have always believed that the job of an elected official is to listen to the concerns of constituents, treat them with basic respect, and help try to solve problems.  Instead, we were treated rudely and disrespectfully, like an arrogant bully who was disgusted with the people he had to interact with and who had no understanding or interest in protecting women from violence. I read in the paper that you want to apologize for the “tone” and “style” of your comments. This is very disappointing to me and to my colleagues that fight to protect women from violence in our community. You should be sorry for your words and take responsibility for them. You have attempted to backtrack and have gone as far as publicly questioning the accuracy of my statements in the Last Real Indians.  Let me state for the record, I stand by every word of it. You clearly have zero interest in protecting women from violence and have not read the tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act, particularly the part about the protections non-Indian defendants are guaranteed in tribal court.  Your ignorant prejudices about tribal people are not only untrue, but fan the flames of racial divide, the exact opposite of what leaders do to make communities stronger.  The disdain you expressed for our tribal leaders and your threats toward them left one woman in tears and revealed how little you care about the people you have been elected to serve, particularly female victims of violent acts. Every day, we work to heal women and children who suffer from violence.  I am proud of the work that I and my colleagues do.  In your position as our Congressman, you are in a position to help tribal and non-tribal communities in North Dakota.  My hope and prayer is that you will humble yourself in this leadership position rather than use your authority to divide our community. Sincerely, /s/ Melissa Merrick Director, Spirit Lake Victim Assistance Spirit Lake...

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A poem for the New Pope, with all Due Respect -Chase Iron Eyes

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A poem for the New Pope, with all Due Respect -Chase Iron Eyes

Imagine all the stolen gold, return to corpus Imagine all the stolen souls, return to corpus for centuries the Pope has laid waste the countryside for centuries the Pope has maintained a genocide Attempting to conquer the world and remake it of your mind cold reality sets in, and you couldn’t remake mine I was born of the humble kings and queens at the dawn of a new age I was born happy among dirty feet and crowns of sage The Pope is not spiritual the Pope is a tool of conquest The Church is a show like million dollar Sunday’s best you looked the other way while your clergy raped my sister you laughed at her death, smiled on while her mother missed her you cut the hair of my brothers, implanted your demonic tongue you whipped our backs holocaust plantation We are living the results of your pre-planned domination but we see the truth and seek justice with anticipation this is the seed you planted coming back to attack your tactics you are frauds and your world is a lie fraught with antics can you hear your own heart? I feel it beating frantic you think you’re the new world order that you got us vexed financial-military-religious-industrial-pop complex So let your world burn reduce to rubble, we cant eat the ca$hes Let our world breath, watch us spring from the ashes Corporations Banks Nation States, A new age is dawning True civilization will be brought without one bombing you’ve defied your own God now running from your fate you’ve denied your own spirit, our love will conquer hate You think you’re in control, get ready for humbling Do you hear that? It is the sound of their world...

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CHIEF SPENCE TO END HUNGER STRIKE by Andrea Landry

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CHIEF SPENCE TO END HUNGER STRIKE by Andrea Landry

The announcement came from a variety of sources; yet the real source brought it to reality- the message was simple: Chief Spence has officially announced that she will be ending her fast on the morning of January 24th, 2013. During the morning hours, she will be doing ceremony to ensure that the Creator’s wishes are kept integral to the cause. This is simply a time for others to stand up. Through ceremony, Ray Robinson and Chief Spence, alongside their helpers – the Etherington brothers- and others, have truly showed us how to keep our fight peaceful. They may be done withtheir fasting,but the Creator knows there is a lot more work to be completed. They are the grounders of ceremony in this movement. Honour them and remember that although their fasting is done, the prophecy is in full force. Live that prophecy, breathe that prophecy, and do ceremony for that prophecy. We are living, breathing prophecy and we are living, breathing treaties. Stand proud and keep up the fight- these leaders built the path, it’s up to us to walk in unity upon this path with our hearts, minds, spirits, ancestors, and future generations. Miigwech leaders for doing your part- it’s our time to lead. When the strike first began, it was an official wake-up call; a wake-up call to the Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations alike to take the issues that our affecting our people seriously. When our babies are starving in the communities where food prices are beyond reasonable, and our traditional ways of life are being strangled by economic development and mining industries, we realize we have been starving all along. Chief Spence, Ray Robinson, and Jean Sock were just putting it into a higher context; they were showing us what our Mother Earth is feeling daily, by placing it upon them-selves. Media attempted to deconstruct the ceremony and disregard it with countless of negative undertones and dishonesty, yet our people know when ceremony is occurring – it is always done with honour. Seeing Chief Spence speak, feeling the ancestors around her, and seeing the strength in her spirit showed the reality behind it all. The prophecy, in its truest form. Our ancestors, in their truest form. She didn’t do this fast to simply show a message, she did it to show the world how long the colonial mindset has been starving our people, she did it to show the world how much work has to be done, and she did it out of love. Through her message we only stand closer together with our ancestors and future generations, this movement is gaining ancestral power due to the ceremony that has been done, due to honour and diligence of Chief Theresa...

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*BREAKING NEWS* 9 Declarations to those Who Will Not Listen -Amerindian Peoples Liberation Front (APLF) Communique

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*BREAKING NEWS* 9 Declarations to those Who Will Not Listen -Amerindian Peoples Liberation Front (APLF) Communique

  1.”This is spiritual dignity, this is Creator given sovereignty in action. This is one of the many stories of the great showdown that must continually take place among those that control the production and distribution of material consumer wealth, the fiat, petroleum backed, money system and those peoples that are required to protect Mother Earth. The true revolution is a revolution of the spirit; we are all spirits with Creator and we are all designed to have respect relationships with the universe and with each other. Our spirits and the earth are crying out for nourishment; to be a Lakota is to be an ally. I stand in solidarity with the nine (9) Amerindian Peoples who seek a new reality in Indigenous Guyana.” -Chase Iron Eyes 2.”There is a movement that will come to light in the next few months that will have an unprecedented effect on the map of indigenous history and the struggle for sovereignty on this hemisphere of the “Americas.” Like the mayan Zapatistas in southern Mexico fighting for self governance and against oblivion, to the Ashuar and Shuar in Ecuador fighting Chevron-Texaco for irreparable damages which have contaminated the soil and water system to the kayapo in the amazon stopping the damming of the Amazon river to IdleNoMore at our own door step, and all the mining and water control troubles across Indian country today. The fact is, all these issues affect us directly. We are going to present the demands made by the Amerindian Peoples Liberation Front based out of Guyana. Perhaps many will feel reluctant to support such a cause, for many of us have no idea where Guyana is. This is where the wonders of journalism serve as a beacon of information. Also, the ends justifying the means will come into play. Across this continent and all over the world indigenous communities are facing different realities. For some, oppression and exploitation has been increasing to the point of creating organizations and sources of information to share tactics on dealing with their issues diplomatically, for others the reality is much more severe. Where do they turn to when all means are exhaustedand face excommunication? Armed struggle. If we pay attention to the patterns, movements here in North America will have the same fate. That is why we must inform ourselves and unify in solidarity so blood shed will no longer be the ends to these justifiable means. Violence perhaps is not the solution we seek, but as a last resort it can protect and save lives.” -Voton Above are the comments of the LRI writers alone, provided for introduction; below are the actual Declarations of the 9 Indigenous Peoples of Guyana via APLF~ THE FOLLOWING ARE DECLARATIONS TO THE WORLD BY THE AMERINDIAN PEOPLES LIBERATION FRONT (APLF)  : DECLARATION #1 In Solidarity with the IdleNoMore movement of North America, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation of Central America, the Movimento Xingu Vivo of South America, and the Siwa Lima Front of the Pacific: We the 9 Amerindian Peoples of Guyana, in Order to better serve our Creator, protect mother Earth, honor our ancestors, establish Justice, insure our domestic peace, provide for our common defence, promote our general welfare, preserve our cultural and biological identities, and secure the blessings of liberty that our ancestors once knew for ourselves and for our future generations yet unborn, do ordain and establish the Amerindian Peoples...

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South Dakota’s Dirty Little Secret

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South Dakota’s Dirty Little Secret

I never realized what assimilation was or is.  I never gave a thought about genocide or Manifest Destiny and I thought the holocaust only pertained to what Hitler did to the Jewish people.  And it didn’t matter to me, because I never gave a thought about it.  I was busy living life as I knew how, a Lakota woman.  I was raised in our traditional ways but never taught all those things until I was older.  I just thought life was about being traditional, with our ceremonies, songs, traditions, and ways.  Sure, I went to a Christian church  with my friends, went to Vacation Bible School for a popsicle, and I tested out other religions as if dipping my toes in cold lake water, but I never felt right about it.  I didn’t feel wrong about it, I just felt as if it wasn’t my thing.  And I made my way back to who I was and who I knew myself and my people to be.  Lakota.  That is where I belonged and where I feel centered. The first time I realized that a child raised without their culture and forced into another way of life develops a huge hole in their soul was in college.  I read an essay by a Vietnamese American student.  She was adopted as a baby, from Vietnam, by white parents here in America.  She was given a good life, she was raised with little blonde brothers and sisters and she had a suburban sounding name like Caitlyn or something.  She did everything right and everything she was supposed to do in life, plus she won a scholarship to a college away from her family.  It was her first time on her own and she discovered herself questioning who she was.  She was drawn to other Asians and began hanging out with them.  She learned of their likes, dislikes, cultures, foods, and she felt “at home and at peace.”   Many of them were also adoptees, taken from their families and countries and grew up American.  They were drawn to each other to fill a need in their souls.  Yet she felt this with a great deal of guilt towards her American family.  She loved her adopted family but felt at home, finally, with her friends, who in turn felt the same. That is the first time I realized how taking the culture away from someone can be somewhat traumatic or really traumatic.  How lost it makes that person feel.  As I grew older and started seeing cases of this same thing happening with my own Native people and  it was shocking.  I remember the first time, was when I met a lady in her twenties.  I saw her at the casino we both worked at and asked her what tribe she was from.  She became angry and said “The lady that gave birth to me was from so and so reservation but I’m white.  I grew up white.  I was raised white, so don’t ever ask me that again.” All I could say was “Whoa.”  I stood there shocked.  I never in my life met another Indian who hated being Indian, and she had to nerve to say she was white, when she was a few shades from midnight?  That’s when someone told me...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- SIOUX NATION MAKES HISTORY: PURCHASES PESLA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- SIOUX NATION MAKES HISTORY: PURCHASES PESLA

The Oceti Sakowin Nations made history today by closing on the land deal for sacred site”Pesla,” consisting of 1,942 acres of Pe’Sla, which will be protected as a sacred site for all nations, forever.

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Joint Press Release from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe- Historic Reacquisition of Pe-Sla Sacred Site Was Signed Today

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Joint Press Release from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe- Historic Reacquisition of Pe-Sla Sacred Site Was Signed Today

(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rsebud Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community gathered in a historic assembly of related Tribes to reacquire the sacred site, Pe Sla.

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PeSla~We Did It

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PeSla~We Did It

By  :  Sol Guy The Oceti Sakowin aka The Great Sioux Nation has just closed the deal and purchased the land. Pe’Sla will be preserved for all future generations. The Global Tribe has come together and raised $9 million dollars to purchase this sacred site. These contributions came from around the world.  Kindergarten classes, Elders on fixed incomes, Tribes and anonymous donors.  We received donations from $5 to $500,000.  We ALL did what we could; we did this together.More important than the money raised, I believe this happened because we stood up for what we believe in, we shared our concern, we were open to learning and we said no. We are in times of great change, times that the Great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse and others prophesied long ago.  Perhaps this Pe’Sla movement is a testament to that prophecy as is our involvement.Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, it is an honor and a privilege to play a small part in this historic moment. Take a minute (literally) to watch this video and if inspired please share this success story in the same way that you shared the original story. PE’SLA ~ WE DID IT Love x Love, Sol In difficult times, a seed of success can create an infinite ripple of possibility” Sol Guy is no stranger to the urban music scene; as a manager, producer, consultant, and director of an independent music label, he has worked with notable artists such as Lauryn Hill, P Diddy, India Arie,, The Roots, Outkast, Dead Prez, B.I.G. and The Wu-Tang Clan. After visiting Sierra Leone in 2001 with Warchild Canada and witnessing firsthand the tragedy of war, Guy saw the potential for artists to raise awareness on global social issues. Thus began his mission to bridge the gap between social activism and entertainment. Sol Guy played a key role in the PeSla 2 fundraising effort and is an ally of The Great Sioux...

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Tribal Colleges Treated Unfairly by ND Sec. of State?

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Tribal Colleges Treated Unfairly by ND Sec. of State?

Mr. Jaeger only sent it to schools within the ND University System, which does not include a single Tribal College (there are 5 in ND) or any of the private schools.

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No Doubt’s “Looking Hot” Video was No Doubt, A Big Mistake

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No Doubt’s “Looking Hot” Video was No Doubt, A Big Mistake

Featuring Gwen Stefani decked in hipster-ized Native American garb, along with a preponderance of other misappropriated (mostly Plains Indian) imagery. The band quickly removed the video and sent out an apology- for which I give them much credit.

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Press Release from Occupy Rapid City and South Dakota Peace and Justice, Rapid City Chapter

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Press Release from Occupy Rapid City and South Dakota Peace and Justice, Rapid City Chapter

A protest of the Rapid City Journal’s editorial policy decisions is being organized for Saturday, October 13, 2012. The protest issues include the Rapid City Journal’s:

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Racial Hate at South Dakota State University: Natives Say No More!

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Racial Hate at South Dakota State University: Natives Say No More!

On Friday September 28, 2012 a hate crime was committed in the bathroom of a dormitory on the SDSU campus in Brookings, South Dakota. Although, no one was physically attacked, the crime was still felt by many and everyone was in shock.

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Last Real Indians Press Release

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Last Real Indians Press Release

By  :  Chase IronEyes FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Poundmaker Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory:  Poundmaker Councilor takes stand on school closures and leadership For the third time this year, Poundmaker School has been forced to close its doors to students and staff due to ongoing unresolved sewer problems. Parents and staff have been complaining of symptoms ranging from nausea, headaches and fatigue for months if not years. Councilor Colby Tootoosis, states that the problems are part of a larger governance problem and the children’s health and their education is being sacrificed as a result. ‘The school has been politicized by the previous and current Chief and Council, any attempts by concerned staff or parents to bring forward genuine concerns and issues, is interpreted by the leadership, as ‘politicking’, and this can result in firings or other retributive actions by the leadership, so people are afraid to speak out.  A mechanical assessment was done on the school which revealed that the maintenance staff did not have the required expertise and equipment to carry-out any work and repairs. The maintenance staff is headed by the Chief’s brother. Of all the staff that has been let go or contracts not renewed, the Chief’s brother remains despite not having the required skills to maintain the school and protect the children from poisonous and toxic sewer gas …It has become a life and death situation with our children being exposed.’ Re-elected Chief Duane Antoine was convicted of fraud and theft charges in May 2012 and is to be sentenced on September 18, 2012.  Band members are talking about calling an emergency meeting to discuss the school situation as well as ongoing governance issues that have not been resolved, such as transparency, accountability. Councilor Tootoosis has declared that: ‘I will not allow the endangerment of our children’s health and education due to negligent leadership. Our children are falling behind due to constant closures of our school. I have to speak for my people, I am also declaring that I will not back down in bringing about accountability and our Traditional Band Custom governance…’ For further information contact: Chase Iron Eyes Lastrealindians, Inc. 4265 45th Street S ste 111-39  Fargo, ND 58104...

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Sioux Leaders of Pe’ Sla Land Movement in S.D. Announce Deal Between Tribes and Land Owner and Call for Unity Among Reservations; Celebration Rally Planned for Rapid City

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By  :  Chase IronEyes Last Saturday, at a press conference in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, Lakota leaders of the movement to secure the Lakota pilgrimage site Pe’ Sla for the Sioux Nation announced that the tribes will purchase the 2000 acres of sacred land in the Black Hills. After several weeks of intense fundraising, the nine tribes raised enough to make a deal with the current owners of Pe’ Sla, Leonard and Margaret Reynolds—though details of the arrangement are still being negotiated. The fundraising effort on the part of the Sioux tribes was begun by Attorney Chase Iron Eyes, and the negotiations were carried out in part by Cheyenne River Tribal Councilwoman Robin Lebeau. Both leaders spoke on Saturday. Saturday’s action was organized by Last Real Indians and the Lakota People’s Law Project, two organizations operating in South Dakota that support the return of the Black Hills to the Sioux. Read More...

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Last Real Indians Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   UPDATE: PE’SLA AUCTION CANCELLED ON DIRECTION OF OWNERS’ REPRESENTATIVE. The auction scheduled for August 25, 2012, for the acreage called Reynold’s Prairie, also known as Pe’Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled on direction of the owners’ representative, according to Brock Auction, Co., Inc: http://www.brockauction.com/upcoming.htm The owners are not commenting as to why the auction has been cancelled. At this time, Lastrealindians, Inc. is consulting with Oceti Sakowin Tribes and attempting to find out more information. Updates forthcoming. Contact Info: Lastrealindians, Inc. 4265 45th Street S Ste 111-39 Fargo, North Dakota 58104 Phone: (605) 268-0434 Email: chaseironeyes@gmail.com Email:...

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Last Real Indians Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   UPDATE: TRIBES OF THE GREAT SIOUX NATION AND LASTREALINDIANS, INC. WILL CONTINUE EFFORT TO SECURE PE’ SLA Pe Sla has been taken off the auction block. However, the property is publicly listed. The Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation are moving forward on their own behalf with Lastrealindians, Inc. in continuing to raise money to ensure Pe’ Sla will be protected as a sacred site, forever. Updates will continue as more information becomes available. Contact Info: Lastrealindians, Inc. 4265 45th Street S Ste 111-39 Fargo, North Dakota 58104 Phone: (605) 268-0434 Email: chaseironeyes@gmail.com Email: cankudutawin@gmail.com  ...

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Last Real Indians Press Release

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Last Real Indians Press Release By : Dana Lone Hill FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPDATE: PE’SLA AUCTION CANCELLED ON DIRECTION OF OWNERS’ REPRESENTATIVE. The auction scheduled for August 25, 2012, for the acreage called Reynold’s Prairie, also known as Pe’Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled on direction of the owners’ representative, according to Brock Auction, Co., Inc: http://www.brockauction.com/upcoming.htm The owners are not commenting as to why the auction has been cancelled. At this time, Lastrealindians, Inc. is consulting with Oceti Sakowin Tribes and attempting to find out more information. Updates forthcoming. Contact Info: Lastrealindians, Inc. 4265 45th Street S Ste 111-39 Fargo, North Dakota 58104 Phone: (605) 268-0434 Email: chaseironeyes@gmail.com Email:...

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Last Real Indians Press Release

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By : Dana Lone Hill FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPDATE: TRIBES OF THE GREAT SIOUX NATION AND LASTREALINDIANS, INC. WILL CONTINUE EFFORT TO SECURE PE’ SLA Pe Sla has been taken off the auction block. However, the property is publicly listed. The Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation are moving forward on their own behalf with Lastrealindians, Inc. in continuing to raise money to ensure Pe’ Sla will be protected as a sacred site, forever. Updates will continue as more information becomes available. Contact Info: Lastrealindians, Inc. 4265 45th Street S Ste 111-39 Fargo, North Dakota 58104 Phone: (605) 268-0434 Email: chaseironeyes@gmail.com Email:...

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Last Real Indians Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   UPDATE: PE’SLA AUCTION CANCELLED ON DIRECTION OF OWNERS’ REPRESENTATIVE. The auction scheduled for August 25, 2012, for the acreage called Reynold’s Prairie, also known as Pe’Sla to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), has been cancelled on direction of the owners’ representative, according to Brock Auction, Co., Inc: http://www.brockauction.com/upcoming.htm The owners are not commenting as to why the auction has been cancelled. At this time, Lastrealindians, Inc. is consulting with Oceti Sakowin Tribes and attempting to find out more information. Updates forthcoming. Contact Info: Lastrealindians, Inc. 4265 45th Street S Ste 111-39 Fargo, North Dakota 58104 Phone: (605) 268-0434 Email: chaseironeyes@gmail.com Email:...

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Last Real Indians Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPDATE: TRIBES OF THE GREAT SIOUX NATION AND LASTREALINDIANS, INC. WILL CONTINUE EFFORT TO SECURE PE’ SLA Pe Sla has been taken off the auction block. However, the property is publicly listed. The Tribes of the Great Sioux Nation are moving forward on their own behalf with Lastrealindians, Inc. in continuing to raise money to ensure Pe’ Sla will be protected as a sacred site, forever. Updates will continue as more information becomes available. Contact Info: Lastrealindians, Inc. 4265 45th Street S Ste 111-39 Fargo, North Dakota 58104 Phone: (605) 268-0434 Email: chaseironeyes@gmail.com Email:...

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The Difference Between Living and Dying

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By:  Ruth Hopkins Death.  Some people spend their lives trying to avoid it, while others long for its release when they mistake it for an escape route away from the harsh realities of this mortal coil.  Either way, we must all face our end eventually. As Natives, our ancestors were more prepared to meet death than we are.  Their spiritual beliefs provided a firm foundation for the lives they lived.  When death came, they met it bravely- head on, with a death song and full support from loved ones.  Many of us, as their descendants, still follow the same ancestral belief system they did.  Yet emulating their practices today is complicated by living in this crazy, modern world.   One only need look to the exceptionally low life expectancy rates, coupled with high suicide, homicide and accidental death rates among native populations to realize we’ve lost our balance somewhere along the way. Like most Natives, I’’ve seen a lot of death over my lifetime- but experiencing death frequently doesn’t necessarily prepare one to face it themselves.  Sometimes overexposure jades you- and it would be a fair assumption to say this is what happened to me as a young person.  Seeing friends and family in coffins, who’s lives had been cut short before they’d had the opportunity to really live instead of merely exist, can turn your heart hard if you aren’t careful. In young adulthood, I did everything backwards. I had a baby first,  got married second, and then I went to college.  In between getting married and going to college, I worked a series of low-paying jobs to support my young family.  One of the posts I held was that of dietary aide at a local nursing home.  At that minimum wage job, most of my days were concerned with peeling potatoes and washing dishes, but in between menial duties, working among sick, disabled and often dying elders taught me more about living and dying than anything I experienced before then or since. From an elderly woman stricken with Alzheimers who sat by the window every evening waiting for a train that would never come,  I learned how short life really was, and that the bitter pill of regret was harder to swallow than any risk taken that may or may not have ultimately resulted in disapproval or failure.  The young man she loved was killed in action during WWII.  She was from money and he wasn’t, so her parents were against marriage between the two.  She spurned him and he went off to war.  One day she’d heard he was coming home, so she waited for his arrival at the train station- ready to tell him she had changed her mind and she would say, “Yes.”  He died before he could make that train ride home.  She never recovered from his loss and from then on she lived with regret for not taking that leap of faith and trusting her heart. From a life-long bachelor and closeted gay man who lived at the nursing home, I learned that we must have the courage to live the life we want, and be true to ourselves.  This poor man had lived his life in disguise, fearful of the wrath of a judgmental society who would have persecuted and expelled him...

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