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
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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 Rafael Gonzales of 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!"




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:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/05/standing-rock-water-protectors-lead.html
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

Wednesday
Protest 'Trump Not Welcome'
https://standupwithstandingrock.noblogs.org/brunssels-may-24th-may-27th

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

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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
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/05/gwichin-speak-in-defense-of-caribou-and.html
Gwich'in receive warm welcome from Las Vegas Paiute
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/05/gwichin-southwest-tour-dispatches-from.html
O'odham welcome Gwich'in to O'odham lands, as Southwest Tour begins in Tucson
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2017/05/oodham-welcome-gwichin-to-oodham-land.html

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.
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jan/18/north-dakota-emac-request/

MuckRock on confidential informants:

.https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/apr/27/confidential-informants/?utm_content=bufferb93f5&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Gwich'in Speak in Defense of Caribou and Arctic in Las Vegas

Gwich'in received a warm welcome in Las Vegas on their Southwest Tour to defend Arctic. Gwich'in speak in Reno on Tuesday evening.
Photo by Bernadette Demientieff, Gwich'in

Alaska Natives Ask Nevadans to Help Protect Their Homeland

By Gwich'in Southwest Tour

Censored News
May 22, 2017

RENO, Nev. -- A group of Alaska Natives are in Nevada this week as part of a tour of the Southwest. They're stoking opposition to a bill that would authorize oil and gas drilling in their homeland, including parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Two women from the Gwich'in Tribe spoke in Las Vegas Sunday and will speak in Reno Tuesday at a showing of a short film about their battle to save their ancestral lands and the caribou herd that has sustained them. Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, said the herd is a central part of their heritage - which is why her tribe has taken a firm stand against development for decades.

"Just like the Native Americans with the buffalo, they have that spiritual and cultural connection, that's that same connection that we have to the Porcupine caribou herd,” Demientieff said. "The Gwich'in Nation used to migrate with the caribou herd for over 20,000 years. What befalls the caribou, befalls the Gwich'in."

Supporters of the tribe want to block oil and gas drilling by giving wilderness protection to 1.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They have introduced House Resolution 1889, the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act.

But Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has sponsored Senate Bill 49, to permit drilling on 2,000 acres of the refuge.

Fawn Douglas, a member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, said the Gwich’in Tribe's struggle is very similar to Nevadans' fight to protect Gold Butte.

"They're trying to protect their homelands from any development. And we did do that here when it came to Gold Butte,” Douglas said. “And to think about any part of that being desecrated or ruined by any mining or development is just absurd. And they're going through the same battle, the same fight."

The Gwich'in Tribe says the caribou herd's migration and calving areas would be disturbed if Congress approved drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They're hoping Nevadans will write their representatives to urge protections for the area.

Tuesday’s event in Reno will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Patagonia store on Center Street.

Owe Aku Water Protectors Fight Uranium Mining in Black Hills




Owe Aku Water Protectors Fight Uranium Mining in the Black Hills
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Debra White Plume, Lakota, testifying at hearing
Powertech Concedes 'Water Is Already Bad'
BY NATALIE HAND

SPECIAL TO LCT IN COLLABORATION WITH LAKOTA MEDIA PROJECT
French translation by Christine Prat at:

EDGEMONT --A series of public comment hearings hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 ended with the final hearing on May 11th in Edgemont.

Edgemont, located in the southern Black Hills, is no stranger to uranium mining. Uranium, used to fuel nuclear power plants, was found near Edgemont in 1952 before modern environmental regulations were enacted. Decades of open pit mining followed until the mid-1980s, when mines were abandoned because of declining uranium prices.

Domestic wells near the abandoned mines already have been found to contain levels of radium- 226 that exceed safe drinking water standards, and one of those also has dangerous levels of uranium. Other findings of the preliminary assessment include radionuclides in surface water samples from Pass Creek, Beaver Creek and the Cheyenne River.
30 years later, a new company, Powertech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong based Azarga Uranium, seeks to revive uranium mining in the same region.
Powertech has spent the last 11 years trying to get the Dewey Burdock Uranium Mine operation running and anticipates EPA approval in 2017, according to Mark Hollenbeck, Project Manager of the Dewey Burdock Uranium Mine for Powertech.
Powertech plans to use 888.8 acre-foot of groundwater per year from the Madison aquifer to replace the groundwater removed from the Inyan Kara aquifers by uranium recovery operations and ground water restoration activities.
However, mining opponents have been steadfast to stop the project in the drought-prone region, citing the dangers to the public health, land and water. Rallies have been staged in each location of the public hearings.
Tonya Stands of Oglala, is the rally organizer and member of No Uranium in Treaty Territory.
“We collaborated with the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance, Dakota Rural Action, Sisterhood to Protect Sacred Water and others to spread the word about the EPA hearings and educate people about water protection, through providing meals and prayer walks,” stated Stands.
11-year old Isaiah Cox of Hot Springs skipped his class field trip to Evan’s Plunge to attend the hearing.
“I went to the hearing in Hot Springs and that got me interested. So, I came here today to voice my opinion. Farmers need water. Animals and plants need clean water. This mine will hurt our water,” stated Cox.
Hollenbeck, along with a few local retired uranium miners, attended the hearing and set out to dispel the public’s fears.
“We only add oxygen and carbon dioxide to extract the uranium. So, what we extract from the ground is all we put back into the ground. There is a misconception that this water is good. Its bad water to begin with. We can’t drink it today. It’s not going to be exactly the same, but will be as useful as it was,” noted Hollenbeck.
Hollenbeck is also a certified organic grass-fed cattle rancher who runs his herd near the mine site and feels confident that his livestock is safe for human consumption.
Judy Schumacher of Provo Township disagrees.
“I grew up on a ranch near Buffalo SD. Our black cows would turn white and die from drinking from puddles where the uranium test drilling had been done back in the 1950’s-60’s. I am a cancer survivor and my daughter had cancer at age 22. You cannot clean up radiation in the water. I want to hear how Powertech is going to guarantee that this is safe,” stated Schumacher.
Debra White Plume (Oglala Lakota) of Porcupine SD, addressed the EPA officials.
“You’re not the first peace commission to come out here. One came 149 years ago and negotiated the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty and the 1851 Horse Creek Treaty with our ancestors. That treaty retained a land base and water rights for the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapahoe nations. I don’t want you to allow Azarga to encroach on our ancestral territory. The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People says that governments must have free, prior and informed consent of Native Peoples before they bring development in and we were not given that,” stated White Plume.
White Plume is the lead plaintiff in the case to stop Cameco Corporation’s uranium mine expansion near Crawford NE. Radioactive waste leaked for 4 years before it was detected at that mine site, according to White Plume.
EPA officials noted that it will take several weeks to review the written and public testimonials before they reach their determination on Powertech’s permits.

Published first at Lakota Country Times.
Republished at Censored News with permission.

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