Monday, September 22, 2014

Native Peoples at Peoples Climate March 2014 Photos by Roberto Nutlouis

Photos by Roberto Nutlouis, Dine' from Pinon, Arizona, Peoples Climate March, New York 2014

World Conference is Not the Voice of Grassroots Indigenous Peoples

Reminder - The High Level Plenary Meeting (that is not a World Conference on indigenous Peoples) at the UN, begins in the morning

By Glenn Morris
Censored News

Hello, all,
I am sending this reminder to folks in Denver, that the HLPM begins in the morning. The pomp and circumstance of the opening session begins at 6:30 am, Denver time. The UN is scheduled to webcast the meeting at this url: We will be watching the proceedings all day in the Political Science library on the 3rd floor of the new Academic Building. The Fourth World Center will also be open for any of your academic or research needs. Any of you who will be joining us to watch and comment on the proceedings should download the final Outcome Document, which can be found on the HLPM/WCIP website at: The program is here: The Tuesday session is only on the afternoon: 1-4 pm, Denver time. We will be viewing that session, also.

I am including people who are not in Denver on this message because my hope is that we can all share our critical comments about the session via Twitter. The Fourth World Center handle is @4thWorld Center, and my personal handle is: @gtm303. The official HLPM handle is @WCIP2014, #WCIP2014. We have developed a critical hashtag: #WCIP2014sham, that we can use for providing critical commentary. Once again, I've never been on Twitter before, so, If I can do it, anyone can. I look forward to seeing you all in the Twitter world. 

To reiterate, the point of our observing and critiquing the HLPM is not to engage in an exercise of masochism -- wallowing in what we all know will be a negative outcome. Rather, it is to provide a record of resistance to this process that many of us have vocally critiqued as another attempt to finalize the colonization, domestication and total domination of our peoples and our homelands. It is also for those of us who have been in this struggle for some time to provide spiritual grounding, history and analysis for younger people to continue our resistance to invasion and colonization. While it might be dis-spiriting to see a number of other indigenous individuals collaborating in the HLPM process, we should take strength and courage in the knowledge that many of us remain in active resistance, and will continue to organize, mobilize and continue the struggle beyond the Kabuki theatre that will play out over the next two days in New York.
In Struggle,

Monday 22 September
9am-1pm – Opening Plenary Meeting
3-6pm – Roundtable 1: United Nations system action to implement the rights of Indigenous peoples
3-6pm – Roundtable 2: Implementation of the rights of Indigenous peoples at the national and local level
Tuesday 23 September
3-5pm – Roundtable 3: Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources
3-5pm – Panel Discussion: Indigenous priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda
5-6pm – Closing Plenary Meeting

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guatemala: Indigenous Council denounces upcoming UN World Conference

Guatemala: Indigenous Council denounces upcoming UN World Conference

Declaration of the Abya Yala Council
Ixim Uleu Maya Territories [Guatemala]
August 12, 2014"We denounce the lack of legitimacy of the representation of self-appointed indigenous peoples or those appointed by successive governments states who do not represent the legitimate demands of our peoples as in the case of the upcoming "World Conference on Indigenous Peoples" which is nothing more than a plenary assembly of the UN member states.  We demand that these governments instead comply with the relevant international covenants and treaties in full recognition, respect, and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Likewise, we reject the representation of the Central American Indigenous Council (CICA) because they do not represent us as Indigenous Peoples, instead they represent the interests of successive national governments and oligarchies.  We demand an audit of the investment of the funds allocated to this institution on behalf of our Indigenous Peoples.The mechanisms of Indigenous representation underwritten by the government states of North, Central and South America are illegal and illegitimate because they were not elected by our indigenous peoples or Original Nations according to our laws, so their opinions do not have our support and consent, such as the case of the Central American Indigenous Council (CICA).  As Indigenous Peoples we engaged are in the reconstitution of our original nationalities therefore we shall decide for ourselves the representation of our delegations as Original Nations.

We add our support and solidarity with the decision of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus (NAIPC) at the continental level of Abya Yala, Turtle Island and will not participate in the "World Conference of Indigenous Peoples" because this initiative does not represent the legitimate interests of our Indigenous Peoples and Original Nations, but the discriminatory and racist interests of the states and multi-national corporations.  We demand that the international community comply fully with the international conventions and treaties in recognition, respect, and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.

KPFK American Indian Airwaves September 2, 2014

Winnemem Wintu War Dancers: Shasta Dam a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

Winnemem Wintu War Dancers: Shasta Dam a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

By Dan Bacher Indigenous Resistance
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Mark Miyoshi and Chief Caleen Sisk watch as Jesse Sisk and James Ward work on lighting the ceremonial fire. (Photo: Dan Bacher)
For the US Bureau of Reclamation and National Park Service, the 602 foot-high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River north of Redding is a keystone of the Central Valley Project and a monument to engineering skill.

“Shasta Dam, dwarfed only by Hoover and Grand Coulee dams when it was completed on the Sacramento River in 1945, is breathtaking not only for its great size, but for its majestic setting in the southern range of the Cascades,” according to the National Park Service.
However, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe has a much different view of the dam and the reservoir it created. Tribal Leaders view the massive curved concrete dam - and a federal plan to raise the dam 18-1/2 feet - as a “Weapon of Mass Destruction.” This dam expansion plan would flood many of the remaining sacred sites of the Tribe that weren’t inundated by the construction of Shasta Dam in the 1940s.

Indigenous and Via Campesina denounce upcoming UN Climate Summit

Indigenous and Via Campesina denounce upcoming UN Climate Summit

Press Release: Social Movements representing more than 200 million people around the world denounce corporate take-over of Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit
cropped-climate-spaceSocial movements such as La Via Campesina, OilWatch International, Migrants Rights International, Global Forest Coalition, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, ATTAC France and more than 330 organizations (1), representing more than 200 million members around the world, including peasants and small farmers, indigenous peoples, migrants, workers, women, people of color, environmental and climate justice activists and water warriors, have publicly denounced the corporate take-over of the upcoming Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit. In a joint statement published on September 16, they call for systemic change rather than the voluntary pledges and market-based and destructive public-private partnership initiatives that currently feature on the Summit’s agenda, like REDD+ Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
The statement calls for 10 concrete actions to be taken to prevent climate chaos including immediate binding commitments to keep the temperature rise to no more than 1.5degrees Centigrade. The social movements go on to warn against what they call the “false solutions” and harmful actions that the big corporations that have been invited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to play the lead role at the upcoming Climate Summit in New York are pushing for.
“Climate change negotiations are being dominated by irresponsible states, polluters and corporations that only care about current operations and the furtherance of profits through more fossil fuel exploitation, new carbon markets and other false solutions like industrial bioenergy that are destroying forests, soils, wetlands, rivers, mangroves and oceans,” states Genevieve Azam, Spokesperson of ATTAC France.
Carlos Marentes Director of Border Agricultural Workers and Member of La Via Campesina International adds, “Ban Ki Moon’s New York Climate Summit has been surrounded by a lot of fanfare but does not call for genuine systemic actions. It instead proposes several of the false solutions of the green economy, including dangerous techno-fixes and market-based solutions that will do more harm than good. It fails to recognize that climate change is the result of an unjust economic system that is in the business of pursuing endless growth, concentrating wealth in the hands of a few and over-exploiting nature to the point of collapse.”
The social movements point out halting climate change calls for an end to the neoliberal free trade regime that promotes this pursuit of endless growth and endless profit for transnational corporations. They call for an end to the often secret negotiations on the corporate trade and investment regime of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the proposed TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) and other bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements that seek to commodify all aspects of life and nature. Nnimmo Bassey of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nigeria points out, “These agreements undercut domestic labor, destroy nature, and substantially reduce the capacity of nations to define their own economic, social and environmental priorities.”
The New York Summit is said to be a key milestone in the road to the 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in 2015, but the social movements supporting the statement point out that this requires firm legally binding commitments and transformative change rather than the business as usual currently proposed. ““Of course, we need real and concrete actions. But not any kind of action. No more voluntary pledges and empty promises. There will be no going back from the climate chaos if we do nothing to confront and challenge the inaction of our governments’ policy-making being taken over by polluting corporations. It is crucial for us to all strengthen our concrete struggles on the ground and focus our energies on changing the capitalist system.,” concludes Cindy Wiesner of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
(1) The statement and the full list of organizations can be found here:
To arrange for interviews with any of the spokespersons, please contact any of the following:
Annelies Schorpion (French, English and Spanish)
Maxime Combes (French, English and Spanish)
Alberto Zoratti (Italian and English)
Sha Grogan-Brown (English and Spanish) mobile number:+1-917-586-9044


"Despite governments and corporations negotiating the next round of an international treaty for mitigating climate change, we continue to face the onslaught of business-as-usual within the homeland of Indigenous Peoples’ where oil drilling, tar sands, hydraulic fracturing, coal extraction and the combustion of dirty fossil fuels continues and is expanding." - Indigenous Environmental Network 2014

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Reception

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Indigenous Resistance to the Mount Polley Mining Disaster Webinar

Indigenous Resistance to the Mount Polley Mining Disaster Webinar

Wed. 17, 2014, 8 pm Eastern Standard Time

"Industry is an attack on our very existence as Indigenous people. We need to uphold our responsibilities to our lands and territories" -- Kanahus Manuel

The Youtube streaming link to this webinar will be posted here 10 minutes before the webinar begins:
'Indigenous Resistance to the Mount Polley Mining Distaster' will be the third webinar from the @[null:#TurnTheTables] webinar series organized by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land.
Moderator Kanahus Manuel
Kanahus Manuel is a mother of four and a grassroots community organizer from the Secwepemc Nation & a member of the Secwepemc Women Warriors Society. She has been arrested for upholding her inherent responsibilities to protect the land and water. Kanahus is part of the Native Youth Movement, and started the Sacred Fire in her territory in response to the recent Mount Polley tailings spill, which has devastated the freshwater salmon populations in Secwepemc territory.
Secwepemc Elder Jean William
Jean William is a Secwepemc Elder and a Secwepemc language teacher who was born and raised in T'exelc. She is an expert of her Secwepemc culture, and has extensive knowledge of the cultural, spiritual and historical significance of the area impacted by the Mount Polley tailings disaster.
Education and Research Joan Kuyak
Joan Kuyek is a strategist, researcher and educator living in Ottawa. She was the founding National Co-ordinator of MiningWatch Canada from 1999-2009. Joan teaches Mining Law, Policy and Communities at Queen’s University Law School (Law 514), Community Development and Social Change (SW3206) at Carleton University, and Mines and Communities in the CESD program of Algoma University Spring Institute.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mohawk Nation News 'Two Faces, Two Tongues'



Mohawk Nation News
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MNN. Sep. 13, 2014. “Roti’konsa’ni:ron” are those who commit evil without remorse. In Ferguson, Missouri, we saw the police and military were one in the same. The army/cops attack peaceful citizens in cities across America. Tanks, heavily armed SWAT teams assault unarmed protesters, raid their homes to stop free speech and to serve warrants for victimless and non-violent offenses. These look like preparations for martial law. The cops are armed with APC, Apache Helicopers, drones, etc. The people of Ferguson stood up without weapons to the cops, government, army and provocateurs and their powerful machines. Technology is meant to provoke fear. It failed in Ferguson. The only thing to fear is fear itself. Don’t have any fear. tianaman sq
The oligarchs’ strategy is to use anger as their ally and fear as their friend. We Indigenous are hated for questioning their path of brutality and fraud across our continent. We are still targeted for total elimination. We’re still here.
Let's get her. She was texting.
Ottawa police department. 
This Grizzly's for small communities.
This Grizzly’s for RCMP New Brunswick detachment. 
The cops have military vehicles hidden in warehouses throughout Great Turtle Island. Crews are trained in Israel to set up martial law and to murder innocent people. Armored vehicles, drones, tanks, jets, weapons of mass destruction are produced by Canada and the US, the largest arms dealers in the world. Foreign troops are brought in as “training missions” [911, Oklahoma City, etc.] They follow orders to kill just as the black Buffalo Soldiers did at Sand Creek, Wounded Knee and 147 other massacres. They unloaded gatling guns and buried our men, women, children and babies in mass graves. This viciousness appears to be ongoing.
In 1990 when we protested the destruction of our ceremonial site at Kanehsatake [Oka], the entire Canadian war machine surrounded three of our Mohawk communities. A few dozen Mohawks had blocked a dirt road to our ancient burial grounds. Canada responded by sending 5,000 heavily armed soldiers to put down the Indian defense of Great Turtle Island. They threatened to project flame-throwers on us. The men and women stood up to them. The soldiers refused to carry out their orders from Ottawa. Every nation and people have a right to defend ourselves by any means. When they knew we had guns and would protect ourselves, they decided to talk to us.
Their military tactics don’t change. They scientifically search for more lethal weapons and ways to murder people. Crazy Horse advised us, “Know your enemy”. They slaughtered his family. When he went into battle, he knew exactly what they were going to do. He watched them and then defeated them.
Their ultimate goal is to murder the Great Peace. Our every confrontation is to protect the Great Peace. When the women of the world take their proper place within the natural order, the world will finally know peace.
“Upon suffering beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be as one.” ***This is a statement of Crazy Horse as he sat smoking the sacred pipe at Paha Sapa with Sitting Bull for the last time, four days before he was assassinated (Sept 1, 1877)
“Upon suffering beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be as one.” Crazy Horse, Sept 1, 1877.
As Thahoketoteh sings: “Missionize, Christianize, socialize, minimize, legislate, assimilate, economize and genocide. We are still here.” We are still here.
MNN Mohawk Nation News For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L for original Mohawk music visit

Mohawk Nation News 'Lizard People'



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MNN. Sep. 3, 2014. A long time ago a Mohawk widow and her beautiful daughter were living in a village. Though food and other necessities were provided by the people, life was hard. They had to chop and carry the wood, go for water, take care of their home and carry out their commitments to their community. One day a handsome young man came to their door. He was tall, with bronze flawless skin, shiny black hair and sparkling white teeth. He was wearing white moose skin clothes covered in beautiful decorations. He said he was from another village and needed a place to stay for a short while. He offered to help them by doing chores.
The sparkle can blind you.
The sparkle is blinding. 

He was a perfect guest and soon became indispensable. Eventually he and the daughter fell deeply in love. He asked the mother if he could marry her. The mother hesitated because she did not know him, his background or his family. The daughter insisted and pressured her mother, who finally allowed the marriage.
One day he asked to take his bride to his village to meet his family. The mother resisted. The daughter insisted. Finally they left and promised to return soon.
The couple arrived and went through an opening in a high wooden wall. There was only an empty field and a large lake. He held her hand, “Come with me and don’t let go.” They walked into the water until they both began to breath like fish. Eventually they swan and arrived at a village in the middle of a swamp. The people looked like ugly lizards. They had rusty colored scales on their body, feet and tails. They worked constantly to control and expand their surrounding territory. She was kept in a room away from them. Her husband, in lizard form, carried out his commitments. The lizards wanted her to bear some human looking children that would live among humans. She became afraid and wanted to go home. They would not let her go.
An old lizard man imprisoned among them saw her distress. He told her the only way to escape was to dive into the water, swim for shore and never look back. Once on the beach, “Run away”, he said. One day she swam away. Her husband and his family chased her and angrily yelled at her. She cried and wouldn’t look back. She got to the shore and ran home.
Come on, girl. Beauty is skin deep!
Stay, girl. He has a great personality! 

Her mother and people were happy to see her. She was reminded that she did not know who this stranger was and should have listened to them.
You are not supposed to take off your filtered contact lenses.
The mask is coming off!  
This ancient Mohawk story reminds us of stories today about the “Anunaki” and their reptilian bloodline. Researchers like David Icke, Michael Tsarion, John L. Coleman and many others have been revealing this ancient bloodline.
Don’t be fooled by appearances. Listen to your elders. “Oblivion”, a 4 hours 45 minute video by David Icke, has historical and current information on this ancient bloodline. The last 40 minutes provides solutions on how to protect ourselves from “the lizard people”.
As King Crimson laments in their song “Lizard”, “Make saffron Sabbath eyelids bleed. Scar the sacred tablet of wax on which the lizards feed.”King Crimson. “Lizard”.
Video: “Oblivion”. David Icke. 4 hr. 45 mins.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Forum for Native American Boarding School Survivors


Forum to document the boarding school experiences of Native Americans

By Blue Skies Foundation
The Blue Skies Foundation will host a forum for and about Indian boarding school survivors - the first event of its kind in the United States - on 22-25 October at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Oneida, Wisconsin.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.
"Our purpose is to raise awareness of the treatment of Native children while in boarding schools and further our understanding of  the effects of this treatment.  By bringing this issue into the open, healing can begin.  And while we have the ability to capture the first hand accounts from our people, it is vitally important that we do so," said Dorothy Ninham, Director.
American Indian boarding schools were established in the U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to educate Native American children and youths according to mainstream standards. They were first established by Christian missionaries of various denominations, who often started schools on reservations and founded boarding schools for children who did not have schools nearby, especially in the lightly populated areas of the West.
Eventually, the U.S. government paid religious societies to provide education to Native American children on reservations. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bureau of Indian Affairs founded additional boarding schoolsbased on the assimilation model of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.
The number of Native American children in the boarding schools reached a peak in the 1970s, with an estimated enrollment of 60,000 in 1973.
The boarding schools caused untold damage to the fabric of Native American families and communities.  In numerous ways, the children were forced to abandon their Native American identities and cultures.  Children were forced to change their appearance, forbidden to speak their native languages, and given names to replace their traditional names.  In recent years, investigations have revealed the occurrence of sexual, physical, and mental abuse at theschools.
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center; Human Rights Action Center, Washington, DC; and others the forum will examine the government's residential school program and provide to survivors the opportunity to share their stories with the public, as well as a panel of distinguished judges who will provide conclusions and recommendations.  Testimony also will be filmed to create a permanent record of survivors' accounts.  The Foundation will host a live stream of the forum from its Web site.
Those interested in attending and/or providing testimony may register at
Blue Skies Foundation, Inc.
N5679 Skylark Drive
DePere, WI 54115
(920) 869-2641
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Contact:  Blue Skies Foundation, Inc., N5679 Skylark Drive, DePere, WI  54115.  Dorothy Ninham at (920) 869-2641 or Gina Buenrostro at (920) 366-0939. Email:

Indigenous ready for New York, despite UN's hand picked participants

Indigenous ready for New York, despite UN's hand picked participants
By Ayce
Indigenous Resistance

Gearing up for NYC this week to support the Indigenous Environmental Network with multi-media at the People's Climate Mobilization. It's going to be a packed week:
New York, NY – Sept. 18th - 23rd Indigenous delegates from across North and South America will converge in New York City to participate in a series of mass mobilizations focused on Climate Change and to demand that the rights of Indigenous Peoples be recognized. The events will culminate with an Indigenous-led march on Sept. 21 that is anticipated to be the largest climate rally in history. This convergence of grassroots movements comes as a response to the United Nations Climate Summit and the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples [WCIP], slated to run concurrently Sept. 22nd - 23rd. Both the UN summit and the WCIP are open to select world leaders from government, finance, business sectors, and Indigenous groups. The UN’s unbalanced selection of voices from frontline communities most impacted by industry and most susceptible to climate change, will propel unprecedented action in New York City. website launching this Sat. That's where we'll be posting all the on the grounds videos, updates, and more. Stay tuned! -- Posted by Ayce

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Words of SubGaleano (Marcos) at La Realidad Aug 2014

SubGaleano (formerly Marcos) on Israel, Palestine, the media and more

English translation of the EZLN Press Conference with the free, autonomous, alternative, or whatever-you-call-it media, August 10, 2014, in La Realidad Zapatista, Chiapas, Mexico

Transcription of the EZLN Press Conference with the free, autonomous, alternative, or whatever-you-call-it media, August 10, 2014, in La Realidad Zapatista, Chiapas, Mexico.
First part: the words of SubGaleano
Good morning Gotham City… whenever you finish taking pictures of the stage over there, we’re going to start the press conference over here.
Please take your seats so that we can start in a few minutes, and so that afterward you can take your departure. Please find your places compañeros, compañeras. Please sit down.
Good morning Gotham City (that is a greeting to a compañero who uses that as a twitter handle).
What you just saw a few moments ago is what in military terms is called a diversionary tactic, and in laymen’s terms is called magic. And what took just a few minutes to actually happen, took someone 20 years of work to make happen that way.[i]