Thursday, October 23, 2014

WATCH LIVE! Day 2 Boarding School Tribunal Green Bay

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By Brenda Norrell
Censored News


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Tribunal on the Devastating Impacts of Boarding School began the second day with Jean Whitehorse, Dine' (Navajo) speaking on Native rights and the sterilization of Indian women.
When Whitehorse went to the hospital in intense pain, she was asked to sign papers.
"Besides taking out my appendix, they sterilized me," said Whitehorse, of the sterilization carried out without her knowledge at Gallup Indian Hospital.
At that time, the US government published a pamphlet promising many horses to the Native Americans who did not have many horses.
"I'm proud I had one daughter before they did this to me."
Whitehorse spoke of her heroes, including Navajo women resisting relocation at Big Mountain and her own grandmother.
  Native Women Testify
A panel of Native women is now testifying (Oct. 23, 2014, at 10:48 am Central time)
Kim Oseira, Alaskan Native and survivor of the Holy Cross Mission Orphanage in Holy Cross, Alaska, said always in life these experiences give you both pain and beauty.
"We were punished a lot, so we learned how to tell lives."
"We knew extensively that if we told the truth we would be punished"
She remembered being punished and having to move all the beds in the dormitory. She was around nine or ten and had to scrub the brown floors until they were white. She wanted to finish the final small area, when the nun grabbed her wrist and threw her.
"We starved. The nuns did not feed us properly."
Oseira read from her interview with Mary Annette Pember, when she described what happened to her and her sister in those boarding schools.
"The boarding school, located along the Yukon River, over 400 miles from Fairbanks, was officially called an orphanage in church records. Holy Cross Mission was founded in 1880 near the village of Holy Cross, a community of Athabascan and Yupik Eskimos, according to the Holy Cross tribal website. The early mission included a day school, boarding school and church. Today, only a church remains, the Holy Family Catholic Church served by Catholic diocese of Fairbanks."
"Oseira, 73, has come forward to tell her story because, she says, 'It is time.' Over several hours and multiple interviews she takes us through her childhood years at the Jesuit orphanage, sharing memories that she once thought were “completely blotted out."
"... There are few adults in Oseira’s earliest memories. She seemed to be alone even at age five in Nome, Alaska, where she was the primary care giver for her sister, Della Mae, two years younger. I was responsible for feeding her, changing her diapers, teaching her how to go potty, everything,” she recalls. Later she learned that her birth parents, non-Native father and  Alaska Native mother, were chronic alcoholics. Oseira was five years old in 1945 when her mother was sent to a TB sanatorium and suddenly everything changed.
“All I remember is desperately holding onto Della Mae. For some reason we were each wearing new dresses and carrying dolls. We’d never had dolls before. Della Mae wore blue and I wore pink,” she recalls.

Madonna Thunderhawk, Lakota from Cheyenne River, South Dakota, remembered her mother and her experiences in boarding schools in South Dakota. Thunderhawk described how the abuse, and freezing of emotions, of her mother's generations continued into the next generation.


"She would say, 'You think you have it tough.'" Her mother did not speak of her experiences until she was elderly.


"We were scared silent," her mother said.


Her mother learned not to run away. If a child ran away, all the children were marched into the boarding school. They cut off all their hair. "Then they would string them up and flog them," Thunderhawk remembered.


The children never made a sound.


When they were discovered speaking their own language, they had to kneel on beans on the floor. 


But later, in high school, her mother changed boarding schools and became a champion tennis player.


Thunderhawk said as she grew up, she grew up with a stern mother, who provided well for them, but suffered the lack of emotion that resulted from being abused in boarding school.


Thunderhawk said she patterned herself after her mother, and now regrets how stern she was with her own children. Thunderhawk said she is glad her own children are now breaking that cycle. She credited the American Indian Movement with the change that took place in the mentality of her own children.


Thunderhawk remembered her own boarding school experience, and her head being dumped in kerosene and then wrapped in towels. "No one said a word."


"You didn't cry, you didn't show any emotion."


Thunderhawk said in her own generation, the abuse came from other children, the bullies.


"I had to protect my sister. I didn't become a bully, but I became tough."


Thunderhawk said she realized, "We had no parenting skills." As a result, "We have all this dysfunction in our families." She said it is the same all over the world, like in Australia, where today there are alcohol and drugs, and no parenting skills, as a result of the inter-generational trauma because of abuse in boarding schools.


Today, Thunderhawk devotes herself to halting the abuse being carried out by US Social Services. Children are still being ripped from their homes.


"It is still going on."


A Menominee elder, 93, from Wisconsin is now speaking, sadly, on how she wants to go back to the family farm. She remembered her own parents, and said they were in Carlisle Boarding School.


"We were punished for things we couldn't help, things that were not their own fault."


"The school is gone, the fence is gone, but the memories are still there."


She said she is thankful that the school is no longer there. "It was abusive."


"We're Native Americans. We are not Indians. We were here when Columbus came."


Yvonne Swan, Colville, from Washington state.


"They thought that sending us to a boarding school was advantageous. They thought we would get a good education."


Remembering her grandfather, she said, "He named us after the ancestors." Her grandfather said it was necessary so that when they passed on, the Spirits would recognize them.


Speaking about the purpose of the Boarding School Tribunal, Swan said it is important to heal.


"The United States took a lot of things from out people."


"We have to come from deep within, and get all that out."


Sharing her own experience, she said she had a "free floating fear." She described when an intruder came into her home and acted to protect her family.


Describing her own experience in a mission boarding school, she said her parents were poor, but they sent a little money to the mission. This meant she was treated a little better than some others. 


But still, the conditioning, about sin, left her feeling bad about herself.


"What kind of sins are a little six-year-old going to commit?"


She questioned why girls and boys were treated differently.


Swan became sick from the mission boarding school food. She would climb into the hills and eat the roots and sunflowers for healing. The boarding school seldom took them to the doctor.


Speaking about the boarding school, she said, "They censored our letters from our families. They probably wanted to see if we were going to get any money."


While cleaning the kitchen, she saw the steaks and fresh fruit that the teachers and staff would eat. The children ate brown mush called "dynamite."


Swan's cousins would wet their bed and they were shamed and forced to sit in a tub of ice water. They were slapped and forced to sleep on beds of straw.


"Ridicule, beat us down, make us tell untruths so we wouldn't be punished."


"The priests had two straps. The little suzy was used on little girls." The boys were hit with the "black might" strap.


The nuns hit with a ruler until the children's hands would bleed.


Swan said tearfully that many turned to alcohol and died of suicide and car accidents.


"There were six people in my family that took their lives."


"One of my nieces hanged herself in jail. One of my nephews hanged himself in tribal jail."


Three of her nephews shot themselves.


This is historical trauma.


"You feel so alone."


In boarding school, the children were taught about Jesus, the Bible, brotherhood. "But you can't relate, you have to march, you have to stand, there is no love."


Swan described how her sister was grabbed and held by a priest.


She described how the children of the survivors went on to spank their children too hard, out of fear, fear of predators, fear of the dangers out there.


Swan described her aunt's sickness from hunger in boarding school. Her aunt asked another for the orange peelings to eat because she was so hunger. The orange peelings were thrown on the ground, and the person said, "Go get them you pig."


She described how her brother was kicked in the back, and ran away. It took him 10 days walking through the snow and over the mountain.


One child was knocked down to the bottom of the stairs for speaking her language.

Children read stories from Boarding Schools


Children read stories from boarding school experiences, including one boy who was slapped for telling the truth about writing his name in his own dictionary. Another of a child who was beaten because she could not defend herself from accusations because she did not speak English.

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Oct. 22 -- 25, 2014
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First Voices Indigenous Radio Oct. 23, 2014

By First Voices Indigenous Radio 
Censored News
Host John Kane, Mohawk, speaks with those at the Boarding School Tribunal in Wisconsin, on national radio First Voices Indigenous Radio, WBAI.
Listen live: http://stream.wbai.org/

Brenda Norrell, Grand Chief Terrance Nelson and Dr. Pamela Pam Palmater will join John Kane on Thursday, Oct. 23, on a special two-hour edition of WBAI-FM’s “First Voices Indigenous Radio, 10 a.m. to noon EDT /9-11 a.m. CDT / 8-10 a.m. MDT / 7-9 a.m. PDT / 4-6 a.m. HST. 
Brenda Norrell—John’s first guest—is the publisher of Censored News. She has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years. During the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation, she was a reporter for Navajo Times and stringer for the Associated Press and USA Today. After being censored and terminated by Indian Country Today in 2006, she created Censored News, now its ninth year with no advertising. Grand Chief Terrance Nelson—John’s second guest during the first hour—is Anishinabe, Lynx Clan, Treaty # 1 Territory, Vice Chair National AIM and Former Chief of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation. Chief Nelson has served as chief for eight and half years. He has been a political activist for more than 30 years and is a self-trained economic strategist. During Nelson’s time as chief, he has built two gas stations/cigarette shops, two gaming centers, settled a land claim for $80.6 million and set a new precedent of $10,064 per acre for agriculture land. Chief Nelson organized the National Day of Action on June 29, 2007, an event that shook up Big Business in Canada. This week, Brenda Norrell and Chief Nelson are attending “Devastating Effects of Boarding Schools on Indigenous Peoples: Second Annual Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights” in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The meeting is focusing on the experiences of Native children who were forced at early ages to attend Indian boarding schools. Dr. Palmater—John’s guest during the second hour—is a Mi’kmaw and member of Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is a lawyer, author, activist and helped lead the Idle No More movement in Canada. Dr. Palmater currently holds the position of Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University in Toronto. Listen locally in the NYC area on 99.5 FM. The show streams live atwww.wbai.org and will be archived immediately following the broadcast at the same web address (search “Archive”). (Pamela Palmater photo by Michelle Girouard)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 1 Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay



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Photos by Brenda Norrell Censored News
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Updated schedule for Tribunal: http://www.blueskiesfoundation.info/PROGRAM.pdf

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Boarding School Tribunal began with a traditional prayer and AIM song on Wednesday morning. Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, and Bill Means, Lakota, welcomed Native Americans to the first day of the three day Tribunal focused on the devastating impacts of boarding schools.
Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, urged Native young people to take the lead in the American Indian Movement.
Describing his own childhood, Banks said he was in boarding schools from the age of five to sixteen, for 11 years. He described the screams at night from the beatings and rapes of Indian children in those boarding schools.
"Screams at night, those were very common," Banks said.
"The term 'historical trauma' does not get to the heart of what we went through," he said.
Describing the generations of Indian children who were ripped from their parents and forced into boarding schools, Banks said he knows first hand the pain of hearing that a child has been taken, because one of his own grandchildren was taken away by social services.
"I was a child that was taken away."
He said today social services makes decisions based on the non-Indian structure of families and does not take into account the extended family of Native people.
Describing being in boarding school as a child, Banks said, "My mother never wrote me."
When he finally saw his mother again, he asked her why she had not written. She said that she had written him.
It was decades later, when the papers from those boarding schools were discovered, that he finally received his mothers letters.
But earlier, when she died, he was left with no emotion because of those boarding schools. The boarding schools had severed that connection by first taking him from his parents and later denying him his letters from his mother.
In one of his mother's letters, there was an old $5 bill. "I want you to send my son home," his mother had written in the letter to the boarding school.
Describing the whippings and screams in those boarding schools, Banks said those never leave him. "Those screams are still screams, those tears are still tears"
During the opening session of the Tribunal, Bill Means spoke on the importance of teaching children their traditional language and the need to inspire children in education programs.
Means described the history of the fight for justice and described when the traditional elders, including Frank Fools Crow, Lakota, guided the fight for the recognition of treaties. He also described the first treaty gathering at Standing Rock in the Dakotas.
Means also described the struggles at the United Nations and the ultimate passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
"This is where AIM has taken us," Means said.
Means said the "black snake" has come upon his people. Means described the threat of the tarsands pipeline, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the oil rush in North Dakota.
Means spoke of the new generation of AIM youths. He said the Internet and laptops have changed the need for AIM to have press conferences. He said AIM doesn't need to be concerned with the reporters who never show up to report the truth because the words of AIM now go around the world, carried by the world wide web.
Means said it feels good to see the young people taking the reigns of AIM.
Banks, urging the youths to move into the forefront of AIM, pointed out that because of the live coverage provided here, would be translated into other languages and shared around the world.
In the afternoon, there was a tour of Green Bay. There was a gathering and consultation of the American Indian Movement in the evening.
The Tribunal continues with testimony on Thursday and Friday, with a local feast on Thursday evening, and a banquet on Friday evening.
This year's Tribunal is the second annual Tribunal. Last year's Tribunal focused on freedom for imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Among the speakers was Manny Pino of Acoma Pueblo who spoke on the defense of the land, water and air from uranium mining in the Pueblos. The devastating Cold War uranium mining in Laguna and Acoma Pueblos, and the Navajo Nation, left a trail of cancer deaths where thousands of radioactive tailings remain today.
Follow the Tribunal live on Thursday and Friday with Earthcycles and Censored News.
brendanorrell@gmail.com
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/earthcycles-livestream-boarding-school.html

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US Torture: Photos more disturbing than Abu Ghraib

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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US Given New Deadline for Torture Photos 'More Disturbing' Than Abu Ghraib

Judge says Obama administration must clarify why thousands of images depicting abuse of detainees held by U.S. forces have never been seen by American public
Common Dreams
An artist's intepretation of prisoner mistreatment, because the real photos may never be released. 'A reminder of those still being held indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, Bagram, and other detention centers around the globe,' reads the subtitle of the photo called 'Indefinite Detention.' (Photo: Justin Norman / cc / flickr)
A federal judge has given the Obama administration less than two additional months to make its case why photos of abuse and torture by U.S. military forces against detainees captured following the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan should not be released to the public.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Earthcycles Livestream Boarding School Tribunal

Live Coverage begins mid-day on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Boarding School Tribunal Registration

Stephanie Davis greets Dennis Banks at Boarding School Tribunal 2014

Wednesday afternoon: A tour of Green Bay is underway on Wednesday afternoon. The Tribunal presenters return at 9 am on Thursday, with more on Friday.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Boarding School Tribunal began with a traditional prayer and AIM song on Wednesday morning. Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, and Bill Means, Lakota, welcomed Native Americans to the first day of the three day Tribunal focused on the devastating impacts of boarding schools.
Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, urged Native young people to take the lead in the American Indian Movement.
Describing his own childhood, Banks said he was in boarding schools from the age of five to sixteen, for 11 years. He described the screams at night from the beatings and rapes of Indian children in those boarding schools.
"Screams at night, those were very common," Banks said.
"The term 'historical trauma' does not get to the heart of what we went through," he said.
Describing the generations of Indian children who were ripped from their parents and forced into boarding schools, Banks said he knows first hand the pain of hearing that a child has been taken, because one of his own grandchildren was taken away by social services.
"I was a child that was taken away."
He said today social services makes decisions based on the non-Indian structure of families and does not take into account the extended family of Native people.
Describing being in boarding school as a child, Banks said, "My mother never wrote me."
When he finally saw his mother again, he asked her why she had not written. She said that she had written him.
It was decades later, when the papers from those boarding schools were discovered, that he finally received his mothers letters.
But earlier, when she died, he was left with no emotion because of those boarding schools. The boarding schools had severed that connection by first taking him from his parents and later denying him his letters from his mother.
In one of his mother's letters, there was an old $5 bill. "I want you to send my son home," his mother had written in the letter to the boarding school.
Describing the whippings and screams in those boarding schools, Banks said those never leave him. "Those screams are still screams, those tears are still tears"
During the opening session of the Tribunal, Bill Means spoke on the importance of teaching children their traditional language and the need to inspire children in education programs.
Means described the history of the fight for justice and described when the traditional elders, including Frank Fools Crow, Lakota, guided the fight for the recognition of treaties. He also described the first treaty gathering at Standing Rock in the Dakotas.
Means also described the struggles at the United Nations and the ultimate passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
"This is where AIM has taken us," Means said.
Means said the "black snake" has come upon his people. Means described the threat of the tarsands pipeline, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the oil rush in North Dakota.
Means spoke of the new generation of AIM youths. He said the Internet and laptops have changed the need for AIM to have press conferences. He said AIM doesn't need to be concerned with the reporters who never show up to report the truth because the words of AIM now go around the world, carried by the world wide web.
Means said it feels good to see the young people taking the reigns of AIM.
Banks, urging the youths to move into the forefront of AIM, pointed out that because of the live coverage provided here, would be translated into other languages and shared around the world.
In the afternoon, there was a tour of Green Bay. There was a gathering and consultation of the American Indian Movement in the evening.
The Tribunal continues with testimony on Thursday and Friday, with a local feast on Thursday evening, and a banquet on Friday evening.
This year's Tribunal is the second annual Tribunal. Last year's Tribunal focused on freedom for imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Among the speakers was Manny Pino of Acoma Pueblo who spoke on the defense of the land, water and air from uranium mining in the Pueblos. The devastating Cold War uranium mining in Laguna and Acoma Pueblos, and the Navajo Nation, left a trail of cancer deaths where thousands of radioactive tailings remain today.
Follow the Tribunal live on Thursday and Friday with Earthcycles and Censored News.
brendanorrell@gmail.com
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/earthcycles-livestream-boarding-school.html

To watch livestream, click arrow below. Archived videos play when Tribunal is not in session.


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Oct. 22 -- 25, 2014
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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