Stealing Of Land And Rivers From Indigenous Continues

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By Heather Denkmire for Bangor Daily News – When I was growing up, manifest destiny was a concept we learned about with pride. The Americans — which we now recognize meant white Europeans — bravely made their way across the continent, turning this wild land into a great country. We learned about Thanksgiving Day as a blissful time of harvest and harmony. We learned about agreements made between the people who lived here, indigenous people, and the new people, mostly white Europeans. Those agreements were called treaties, we learned, and all people involved had a say in the creation of those agreements. On the other hand, we also were taught that white people came to this land and rounded up the native people and made them live on “reservations.”

Street Signs Changed After Pope Canonizes Torturer, Killer


By Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. San Francisco, CA – After midnight on September 23, the day that Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra during mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC., unknown activists – reported to be five elder white women – spent the night changing the signs all along Junipero Serra Blvd to “Toypurina” in honor of the Indigenous Shaman,known as the Native American ‘Joan of Arc,’ who led the revolt against Serra. Activists in San Francisco plan to lobby their City Councils to officially rename Junipero Serra streets and parks for Toypurina. Toypurina, who was the daughter of a shaman and a shaman herself, was young when Spanish missionaries and soldiers stole land from her village to build the San Gabriel Mission.

Newsletter: The Revolution Of Values


By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Pope Francis built his speech to Congress around three activists and President Lincoln. The three activists were the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. This shows the pope recognizes where change comes from. While the pope is imperfect in his call for justice, he has certainly moved conversations on a range of issues forward unlike previous popes. There is a moral imperative to our activism as we must act in the face of injustice. Values are not defined only by religious leaders but by each of us. José Mujica, the Former President Of Uruguay began his political life as a guerilla fighter against dictatorship. In an interview he describes what makes us human. He talks about understanding the suffering of others, responding to their injustice and living humbly so all can live decently.

Indigenous Leaders to Pope: Rescind the Doctrine Of Discovery


By Julian Brave Noisecat in Huffington Post. Ahead of Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia, indigenous leaders from across the Americas — from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in upstate New York to the Qom Nation in Argentina and many places in between — have gathered in the city to urge the pontiff to rescind the Doctrine of Discovery, a series of papal bulls from the 15th century that justified European colonization of newly “discovered” lands. One particular papal bull, issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1455, authorized Christian nations “to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all … enemies of Christ,” take their land and “reduce their persons to perpetual slavery.” The doctrine played a central role in centuries of colonization the world over and resulted in immense loss of land and life by indigenous peoples across the Americas.

Save Oak Flat Fast On Its 10th Day

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By Kelsey Erickson for Popular Resistance, Three people have been occupying and fasting at Oak Flat in protest of the land exchange bill that Senator McCain attached to a must-pass military appropriations bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill essentially gave Oak Flat away to one of the largest copper mining corporations in the world, Resolution Copper. This absurdity of this land exchange is not only evident in the fact that Oak Flat is part of federally protected Tonto National Forest, but also in the fact that it denies rights of the Apache Nation to practice cultural traditions at this sacred site. Though the land exchange bill was passed, the Apache-Stronghold is determined to keep the mining megacorporation off their sacred land. They plan to occupy the Oak Flat campground indefinitely to ensure it’s protection.

Urgent: Children’s Legacy Camp Under Attack


By Gary Mesker of Peaceful Uprising/Utah Tar Sands Resistance. Utah Tar Sands on the Edge of Destruction by Rogue Corporation. Sobering news; please share widely: United States Oil Sands (USOS) has begun illegally stripping the trees, the soil, the very lives present at Children’s Legacy Camp in Grand County Utah. In a stunning show of contempt for lawful public process today four USOS earth movers are dozing a one mile loop from the Legacy Camp to below the USOS tar/chemical processing plant on Seep Ridge Road to dump the soil and return again and again and again from 6:15 AM ’til 5 PM.

Government Sells Native Sacred Land To Mining Company


By Lee Camp for Redacted Tonight. As if leaving Native Americans with nothing but miniscule plots of reservation land and systemic brokenness wasn’t enough, now the white man is at it again- robbing the Apache of a sacred ceremonial ground in Oak Flat, Arizona. The US government gave the Apache land to a foreign mining company, saying the native people could still use the grounds for traditional gatherings “after the land exchange has been completed, so long as it remains safe to do so.” The sacred land will unlikely be “safe” for ceremonies once it is functioning as a mine. John McCain and Jeff Flake, major proponents of the land theft, both received hefty contributions from the mining company, Rio Tinto.

Newsletter: Prejudice, Racism, Privilege In The US

France's and USA's players hold up a ban

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Black Americans, Indigenous peoples and immigrants who are standing up to highlight the injustices they suffer on a daily basis are creating a long overdue teachable moment for whites in the United States. Whites who believe in equality, an end to prejudice and equal justice for all are standing with them; together we can make transformational change on racism and prejudice. Got White PrivilegeA term like “white privilege” is becoming understood by more whites, not as a slur but as a description of reality, and is being more easily used in conversation by people of color. Whites who get the reality of racism are standing up when other Euro-Americans behave in racist ways and speaking out.

Apache Stronghold Visits Graves Of Children Who Never Came Home


By Brenda Norrell. Carlisle, PA – The Apache Stronghold Convoy visited the graves of the children who never came home at Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, remembering the Chiricahua Apache children who were held as prisoners of war. “We need to know our history, where we have been will guide us to where we are going. ” said Wendsler Nosie Sr., Apache. “The Apache Stronghold visited our relatives who never made it back home. It was a real emotional experience for all of us. The Chiricahua Apache children who were there did not arrive as students like other tribes, but arrived as Prisoners of War,” Nosie said after being present at the Carlisle Indian School cemetery.

Newsletter - Culture Of Deception


By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “The Climate Deception Dossiers,” proves that the corporations which profit from the burning of fossil fuels knew about global warming decades ago, knew their industries contributed to it and responded by funding propaganda to deny global warming and pushing policies that increased their profits at the expense of a livable future. In “We are all Greeks Now,” Chris Hedges connects corporate capitalism to the many crises we face. He writes, “Corporate profit is God. It does not matter who suffers.” When profit is worshiped, truth is sacrificed and all manner of deception is justified.”

Apache Stronghold’s Spiritual Journey To Nation’s Capital


By Apache Stronghold. San Carlos, AZ – A group of spiritual runners who are members of the San Carlos Tribe, some from the Navajo Nation and others from other various Indigenous Peoples, began their journey from Dzil Ncha Si An (Mount Graham) on Sunday, July 5 and arrived on Monday, July 6, at Chi’Chil’Bilda’Goteel (Oak Flat) on ancestral Apache land deemed holy and sacred to the San Carlos Apaches and surrounding tribes. Earlier on February 5, a spiritual march also began from the San Carlos Apache tribal headquarters to Oak Flat where occupation continues today. The spiritual journey of the Apache Stronghold caravan led by Wendsler Nosie, Sr., former Tribal Chairman and now the Peridot District Council for the San Carlos Apache Tribe, first stopped at the Gila River and Salt River Indian communities for spiritual prayers.

Newsletter - Struggle For Independence Continues

Am frühen Samstagmorgen kletterte Bree Newsome, 30, auf den Fahnenmast vor dem Parlament in Columbia, South Carolina – und nahm die umstrittene Konföderiertenflagge einfach ab Foto: REUTERS

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Today, there continue to be struggles for independence in the US and around the world. In the US, as the country celebrates the 4th of July, more are understanding that the so-called “founding fathers” have taken credit for a mass movement of colonists who sought independence, where nearly 100 “Declarations of Independence” were written before the Jefferson version; and where the issues of racism, sexism, and ethnic cleansing of the Indigenous were not recognized. Rather than celebrating the slave-owning plutocrats who hijacked this country we celebrate those who continue the struggle for self-determination here and around the world. The struggle, as we can see in Greece, is against the plutocratic bankers who profit while the 99 percent suffer the consequences of their wealth extraction. True independence is a worldwide struggle that is ongoing.

Apache Stronghold National Convoy To Washington


By Apache Stronghold. The description below explains that the most recent version of the NDAA contained a rider that ceded Apache land in so-called Arizona, including the Sacred Site of Oak Flat, to Resolution Copper to mine. There have been many actions in protest of this. And now, a team from Apache stronghold is caravaning from there to so-called Washington, DC to protest and support legislation sponsored by Raul Grijalva to repeal the land grab and block mining. The Apache Stronghold asks for allies to join them in solidarity. We hope that you will welcome them if they pass through your area and that you will join them in Washington, DC for the rally at the Capitol. The tentative travel schedule is copied below.

#SOSBlakAustralia: Global Actions To Save Indigenous Communities


By Mitch Torres of SOSBlakAustralia. Australia – Fifteen weeks after Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “lifestyle choices” comment and WA Premier Colin Barnet’s announced plans to close up to 150 Western Australian communities, a wave of actions calling for a halt to community closures have been taking place worldwide, with a reach of over 12 million people from all walks of life. Though the protests have made state and federal governments tone down their rhetoric, new plans show that their nation-wide agenda remains the same: the steady winding back of Indigenous services and community and cultural protections, while paving the way to reap resources from Aboriginal land through measures like the $5 billion “Northern Frontier” plan.

Amazonian Tribe Brings Struggle to International Stage

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By Christian Poirier, Amazon Watch & Brent Millikan, International Rivers. When Brazilian energy planners proposed to choke the Amazon’s Tapajós River and its tributaries with dozens of large hydroelectric dams, they underrated a formidable foe: the Munduruku people. The largest indigenous group in the Tapajós Basin, the Munduruku are proving to be sophisticated adversaries who are throwing a wrench in the dam industry’s plans. The tribe has frequently caught the Brazilian government off guard with their tactics. They have a flair for the theatrical – they staged a series of dramatic protests in Brasilia, including a “die-in” at the Ministry of Mines and Energy – and the practical. In January, they delivered a protocol to government officials demanding a culturally-appropriate process of free, prior and informed consultation and consent (FPIC). While enshrined in Brazil’s constitution and integral to ILO Convention 169, the indigenous right to FPIC has been systematically ignored in Brazil.