Monday, November 20, 2017

Walking for the Salmon with Hopland Pomo, Photos by Bad Bear

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco,  2017
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Photos copyright Carl Bad Bear Sampson.

Criminalizing Protests, North Dakota Leads the Way, New Tracking Reveals


President Trump and the states have enacted new laws that target Earth Defenders, while protecting the profits of destructive industries

By Brenda Norrell
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North Dakota leads in enacting the most laws to criminalize protests, according to the tracking of laws by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. North Dakota has enacted more laws to criminalize protests than any other state.
However, other states are passing, or in the process of passing, laws that criminalize the wearing of masks at protests, and other laws that remove penalties for drivers running over protesters.
The laws enacted by North Dakota include the executive order of Feb. 15, 2017, ordering the evacuation of Oceti Sakowin, giving water protectors only one week to leave.
North Dakota also enacted laws criminalizing the wearing of masks. Further, North Dakota passed two other laws, expanding the scope for trespass and heightening penalties for riot offenses.
South Dakota enacted a law on March 14, 2017, which expands the governor's power to restrict certain protests. This law expands the governor’s authority to curtail protest activities on public lands and restricts protests that interfere with highway traffic.
Oklahoma heightened penalties for protesters who trespass onto private property.
Washington State still has a bill pending that would heighten penalties for those who conceal their identities during protests.
Although Colorado attempted to protect the oil and gas industry from protests with a new law, it failed.
Trump's order, Obama's military at Standing Rock
In August, President Trump issued an executive order giving riot gear and other military equipment to local law enforcement. Executive order 13809 "reinstates a program that transfers surplus military equipment to police departments across the country."
However, riot gear and other military equipment was routinely used against peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock in 2016, during the Obama administration, as shown in the photo below.
The new report states:
The “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement's Access to Life-Saving Equipment and Resources” reinstates a program that transfers surplus military equipment to police departments across the country. President Obama had scaled back the 1990s-era program in 2015, following the heavily armed police response to protests against the killing of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. With Executive Order 13809, President Trump restored the program, and police departments will again receive free weaponized vehicles, certain large-caliber ammunition, riot gear, and other military equipment – which may once again be used when responding to protests. 
Militarized police at Standing Rock during the Obama administration in 2016. Photo by Rob Wilson.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

'Reflections of Dennis Banks,' by Earl Tulley, Dineh

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Reflections of Dennis Banks
By Earl Tulley, Dineh
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On November 2, my daughter and I started our journey to Leech Lake, Minnesota a 3,200-mile (50 hour) round trip. Our journey provided a lot of time to reflect on and definition of a person with many labels and/or stereotypes with the name Nowa Cumig, which means “in the center of the universe.”
We traveled with weather elements; wind, rain snow, and sunshine from dawn to dusk and into the night. There was much wildlife greeting us, those of the night and day, perhaps blessing our trail or sending their condolence to Nowa Cumig.  
While traveling we maintained contact with relatives who were on the same journey and destination to bid farewell to the Anishinaabe elder. We arrived, after 26 hours to Battle Point Community Center at Federal Dam on Leech Lake Reserve.
When we arrived, his family was hosting a wake, as some tribes believe a soul remains with the body for four days after passing. Relatives and friends kept vigil and comforted family, by offering condolences, and sharing stories, both funny and poignant about their experiences with Nowa Cumig, and the many reasons why he affected their journey's.  Most recently a friend shared a story of being in the hospital, with his feet exposed, and upon entering his room Dennis wiggle his toes to the nursery rhyme of one little, two little three little Indian’s.
Our relation with Dennis Banks as a friend, father, grandfather and an elder offered us much wisdom with the following being the one that moved me the most:  "Men shall be held responsible for every tear shed by our women."  When we spoke, our passionate conversations revolved around our children, grandchildren, maintaining family ties, sustaining tribal culture, our communities and the greater need to speak out against drugs and domestic violence.
Dennis believed that life should be fun - and lived - always evoking humor and laughter into his conversations and interactions with others.  One of his requests was when it was his time for passing - that remembering should be happy and not somber, to put the word FUN in funeral.
Towards the end of his journey here on earth, he became reflective and more at peace - offering stories of what is important - family, friends, and being of service to the Earth.  
He was a man who was very rooted and anchored his soul in spirituality and encouraged those that were within his voice to also do so, and protect our family, communities and Mother Earth.  
Nowa Cumig's final written statement: “It is very clear to me now that I have reached a high hill of my old age, and that then numbers really don’t mean that much, unless you’re counting pennies. But at 80, I have come to understand that old friends are the ones we need to cover our back and to offer a hand of friendship for life. I hope the next 80 will be a lot smoother than the first. See you in the clouds.”
Am honored to have known Nowa Cumig.   

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September 2016 Standing Rock, North Dakota
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September 2016 Standing Rock, North Dakota