Thursday, May 25, 2017

Indigenous Confront Imperial Metals Mining -- Poisoning the Waters

Photos courtesy Kanahus Manuel, Secwepemc 

Imperial Metals Poisoning the Water, Poisoning the Salmon
CBC reports one arrest and others forcibly removed from Imperial Metals' annual conference at the Coquitlam Executive Plaza Hotel today in Vancouver B.C.
Indigenous groups say they are protesting the event to draw attention to the clean up of the Mount Polley tailings pond spill. 
Kanahus Manuel said protesters were aiming to speak directly to Imperial Metals' leaders about ongoing mining projects on Indigenous land. 
"We're going to Imperial Metals to let the executives and shareholders, the people making the decisions about going onto our territory, know that these investments are very high risk and very uncertain projects to be investing in."
"They're going into some of the most sacred places that we have, our most sacred headwaters and our glaciers." 
Read CBC news article

NATO -- Standing Rock Water Protectors Join Peace Rally

Outside NATO today, Water Protectors join Peace Rally in Brussels, after leading the 'Trump Not Welcome Here' Parade in Brussels, Belgium yesterday.
Photos by Waste Win Young, Dakota/Lakota from Standing Rock. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Standing Rock Water Protectors Lead Parade in Brussels -- 'Donald Trump has got to go!'

Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot water protector, leads parade today in Brussels, Belgium

Standing Rock Water Protectors Lead 'Trump Not Welcome Here' Parade in Brussels, Belgium Today

Today in Brussels, as Water Protectors from Standing Rock camps arrived, they led the parade of 12,000 people marching against U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump is preparing to meet with world leaders at NATO in Brussels.

Nataani Means, Dineh/Lakota from Chinle on Navajo Nation, on stage in Brussels today before 12,000 people.

Water Protector Tufawon Rafael Gonzalez, Dakota from Minneapolis, said today in Brussels, "Performed at the Anti Trump rally in Brussels, Belgium. We stood up against him and his bigotry. The organizers invited us to lead the march." 

Below: Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot, and Waste Win Young, Dakota/Lakota from Standing Rock, call out "Mini Wachoni! Water is Life!" Rachel tells the crowd that they do not support Trump who is dismantling environmental protections and attacking sacred lands on Turtle Island. Trump is invested in these pipelines, Rachel tells the crowd. Urging divestment, she says, "These banks do not care about clean water." Rachel urges solidarity and involvement.
"This movement is connected to your struggle, it is connected to all struggles."
"We don't want Trump!"
Waste Win Young of Standing Rock, a descendant of Sitting Bull, calls out for the crowd to stand with them. "Mini Wachoni! Water is Life!"
"What happens to me, happens to you!"
"We do not want Trump!"

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Standing Rock Water Protectors just arrived in Brussels and are marching against the Trump regime.
"Heh, heh, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go!"

Photos by water protectors Waste Win Young, Dakota/Lakota from Standing Rock, and Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot water protector from Washington State.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Standing Rock Water Protectors Leave Paris for Brussels

Standing Rock Water Protectors Rafael Gonzales, friend, Rachel Heaton, Waste Win Young and Nataani Means.
Standing Rock Water Protectors led Paris for Brussels to join the 'Trump Not Welcome' Protest at NATO. Speaking out for Indigenous rights, divestment in pipelines, while performing in concerts and holding press conferences, the team is on an 11 city tour of Europe.
Update: Water Protectors led parade of 12,000 in Brussels today, calling out: "Trump has got to go!"
Today in Brussels:
Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot, shutting down bank funding pipelines in Paris.

The Paris Crew

Water protectors Rafael Gonzales, friend, Waste Win Young and Rachel Heaton.

Battling the Pipeline Snake in Paris
by Nataani Means, Dineh/Lakota from Chinle, Navajo Nation

PARIS -- Nataani Means, Dineh/Lakota, and Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot, spoke to the shareholders of Société General, BNP, and Nataxis banks in Paris.

Nataani Means said, “Rachel and I were the only ones allowed in with our translators. We were met with derogatory yelling, boo's, and confrontation. When we stated that these banks and their investments into overseas pipelines directly affect my people and community, people began to make so much noise meant to muffle our voices while we were speaking. We were treated with unbelievable disrespect.”

“This is what my cousin Wasté Win Young said: "This is what we are up against here. Similarly, it is what those who want to protect unči maka are up against world wide. It's not all fun and games. There are no cameras allowed in those meetings otherwise we would put blastation to the nation up. It is legit getting "gobdah'd"--putting our experiences out there and getting fed to the sharks. Must be thick skinned and ready to duel. Naye FR though. There are genuine people who listen that have the power to change things and those are the ones we need to get to, those are the targets--in a good way they said. Never been so happy to leave Pairee.”

Nataani said, “I saw first hand the evil. This is a huge fight. We have to go from all angles. I never felt rage like that before. They had security at my side at all times too. Even followed me to the bathroom. I am not the threat here. Your investments are!”

Thank you to Rachel Heaton, Nataaani Means, Waste Win Young, Rafaeal Gonzales, Paris supporters , water protectors, and photographers for sharing with Censored News.

Brussels Schedule

Protest 'Trump Not Welcome'

Below -- Rachel Heaton, Muckleshoot, on news interview in Paris, 
with Standing Rock resistance images on air.

Tour expanded to 11 cities Through JuNe 20, 2017

From May 20th till June 20th, some activists of the Standing Rock’s movement will come to Europe for a solidarity tour called “Stand Up With Standing Rock”. 

Gwich'in Southwest Tour 'Dispatches from the Desert'

Dispatches from the Desert

By Gwich'in Southwest Tour

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the world’s last untouched wild places. Now, much like public lands across the Southwest, it’s facing the greatest threats in decades.

Members of the Gwich’in Nation, who have relied on the Arctic Refuge for survival for millennia, are traveling from the Arctic across the desert Southwest to raise the alarm and find common ground with communities that depend on public lands. We recently stopped in Las Vegas, Nevada where a warm welcome from leaders of the Las Vegas Paiute and Moapa Paiute Nations greeted us.

It was a very long ride. I was getting tired and decided that as soon as we got there I was going to sleep. That did not happen. One look and I automatically fell in love. I took a few minutes to thank Creator for bringing us to this land and for helping us understand the beauty of it. As I stared at the night skies my heart felt so grateful and honored to be there. The stars felt so close I literally fought my sleep because I didn’t want the night to end. We sometimes don’t realize what we have, what Creator provides for us. These Ancestral Homelands are special in so many ways, they connect us all and we must stand united to protect them for all time.

I felt so connected to the land. I even saw a falling star. And I wished that we would all unite and succeed in protecting our ways of life. This tour is truly a spiritual awakening. I am continuing to learn and strengthening our ties to our Native relatives in the southwest.— Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee

We woke up at 6:00 a.m. to take a tour of the new, and now threatened, Gold Butte National Monument. As we hiked through red rock formations, we paused to take in rock faces featuring petroglyphs ranging in age from 200 to thousands of years old. We also saw firsthand the reality of the need to protect this place—a bighorn sheep etching splashed with bullets.

The protections offered to Gold Butte by its national monument status are some of many now at risk under a Trump administration directive to review national monuments across the country. The intent of the review is clearly to roll back, and possibly even eliminate national monuments, much to the dismay of those whose history they protect.

My mind was wandering when we were on route to Gold Butte. I was tired and wondering what was at our destination deep into the desert. Camping out in Alaska includes a rifle and camping in the wilderness. Arriving at the camping spot took me away, especially the hill that is called First Rock. The hill had a red glow as the setting sun was hitting it. Beautiful.

Interacting with members from the Paiute tribe brought me back to my home and the Gwich’in Nation People. We so look alike.

Hiking into the rocks and seeing the petroglyphs was awesome. The first thing I thought about was the Pueblo Tribe and how they used to live in the rocks. Connecting with other tribes is empowering my mind to unite in support with other tribes. -- James Nathaniel Jr. is a Board Member of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.

The fragility of this place in the desert is like the tundra of the Arctic, and reminds us that we have to fight to protect both places to continue to sustain the life that has been here and continues to thrive. We are connected to these lands from very near and also very far.

More on Gwich'in Tour at Censored News
Gwich'in speak in defense of caribou and Arctic in Las Vegas
Gwich'in receive warm welcome from Las Vegas Paiute
O'odham welcome Gwich'in to O'odham lands, as Southwest Tour begins in Tucson

Monday, May 22, 2017

Confidential Informants -- MuckRock exposes photo at Standing Rock

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In the latest article by MuckRock --  exposing the use of confidential informants by the FBI to manufacture crimes -- this photo is included from Standing Rock. MuckRock says it was taken by a confidential informant.
This comes after MuckRock filed freedom of information requests with police and other agencies who were part of the militarized police force at Standing Rock attacking unarmed water protectors.
The latest MuckRock FOIAs are probing the military records of Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
MuckRock also exposed North Dakota Governor's request for chemical munitions launchers, riot squads and police with active shooter experience, to send to Standing Rock.

MuckRock on confidential informants:


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