Friday, November 28, 2014

Kinder Morgan pulls out of Burnaby Mountain!

Kinder Morgan stops drilling, begins moving equipment from Burnaby Mountain

A Kinder Morgan employees drill on Burnaby Mountain in the background as a signs placed by anti-pipeline demonstrators are pictured in the foreground in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Kinder Morgan has stopped drilling on Burnaby Mountain and will move out its equipment beginning today, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

Photograph by: Jonathan Hayward , THE CANADIAN PRESS






By Tiffany Crawford
Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Kinder Morgan has stopped drilling on Burnaby Mountain and will move out its equipment beginning today, a company spokeswoman said Friday.
An application by Kinder Morgan to extend an injunction keeping protesters away from two drilling sites for its proposed oil pipeline was rejected by the B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday. It means the site must be cleared of excavation work by Dec. 1., the date when the injunction is set to expire. Read more at Vancouver Sun: 
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Thursday, Nov. 28, 2014: Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, and Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta’ah Amy George have just crossed the Kinder Morgan injunction line at Burnaby Mountain!


By Burnaby Mountain Updates

In crossing the police line, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said, “I am willing to stand up to Kinder Morgan and be arrested for the future of my grandchildren.”

Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta’ah Amy George, daughter of Chief Dan George, also crossed the police line. “My people have been fighting for this inlet since contact. In 2014 we're still fighting for this inlet. And we're not just doing this for our future generations, but we're doing this for all peoples future generations, even for Kinder Morgan's," George said. Just before she crossed the police line, George offered the challenge to everyone to “Warrior Up!” and a take stand. 

For updates on the situation: https://www.facebook.com/burnabymountain
Below: Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 noon

Shellmound March: Protect the Sacred 2014


at 12:00pm - 3:00pm in Pacific time
Starts within an hour
Corner of Ohlone Way and Shellmound St. Emeryville CA
Please join us for the 15th anniversary of our annual protest. In 1999, the City of Emerryville built the Mall that now sits on the corner of Shellmound St and Ohlone Way. This was once a Ohlone village site and it is one of the largest Shellmounds in the Bay Area. The sacred Shellmound once stood over 60ft high and 350 ft in diameter and it was considered the largest funerary complex of the Ohlone people. When the mall was built, we petitioned the city council and asked them not to destroy our sacred sites, but the developers and the businesses 'won'. But our resistance has never died. Hence, every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year, we've organized an educational protest to remind the Bay Area about our Ohlone sacred sites and to educate the public on why and how the desecration of sacred sites hurts Ohlone communities and everyone living here in the Bay Area. We also ask people to not shop at this mall.
Bring friends/food to share/signs and great attitude. We are sure to be joined by friends from all over, spoken word/sacred songs/dancers are welcome. Contact organizers if you have something you would like to share.

AIM Panel on Racist Mascots and Genocide

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Video Part I Racist Mascots, Sat., Nov. 22, 2014
American Indian Movement, AIM West, Panel on Racist Mascots and Genocide 
By Brenda Norrell 
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Videos by Govinda at Earthcycles
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bill Means, Lakota, said there is no issue more important than racism. The racism of sports mascots continues the frontier mentality that led to the mass murder of Indian people. In Wounded Knee, more than 300 men, women and children were killed. This is the kind of racism there is in sports mascots, Means said, remembering the Dakotas who were hanged in Minnesota. It is the same mentality left over from Sand Creek when women and children were massacred.
"These are the roots of racism we face today," Means said as he introduced the panel on Racism in Sports at the AIM West Conference on Nov. 22, 2014. Remembering Raymond Yellow Thunder, Means sang the AIM song. Means offered a tribute to Bob Humphry who just passed to the Spirit World and was at Wounded Knee.
On the Racism in Sports panel: Kris Longoria, co-chair of Bay Area Coalition against Racism in Sports; Dr. Jesse Johnson, whose real name is Maka Blu Wakpa, Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes; Ms. Angel Heart, Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes; Clyde Bellecourt, cofounder of American Indian Movement.
Clyde Bellecourt, AIM cofounder, described how he was shot in the heart area at Wounded Knee and presumed to be dead, but his work was not finished.
Listen to Clyde describe his dream and how it revealed that the Indian women and children must be in the forefront.
Jacqueline Keeler, writer and activist, Dineh and Yankton Dakota, of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, spoke as a mother on the real damage from racist images. "Mascots obscure our reality," Keeler said. She added that Native youths are paying the price for non-Indians who use racist images as a form of entertainment. Dahlton Brown, Stanford Student American Indian Organization, spoke on efforts at Stanford to halt racist images and racism in theater.
Spike Moss said America has divided and conquered in order to wage war on one another. Moss encouraged everyone to teach others to be conscious, to be conscious of these divisions and wars orchestrated by the US government.
"Washington is a place full of lies," said Moss who spent his life in the Civil Rights Movement and supporting the American Indian Movement. He said today libraries and public places in the US are named after the followers of Hitler. "The madness we follow in this country is what was taught to us."
Moss said people "must get their minds right." "Don't allow them to write our religion and culture." "We've got to move from the madness. Most of our people are confused by America," Moss said of what is happening to people of color.
Bill Means said AIM and Minneapolis schools entered into a memorandum agreement to eliminate racism, and to implement the true history of American Indian people. Means said it took five years of a coalition working with the school board to bring about change. He described how his grandson was counting in Lakota one day, then Dakota.
Means told him, "That's music my grandson, that's music." Raquel Arthur, Paiute, said media is telling people what to think, what to buy, and trying to give people a way to escape.
Raquel's father Webster Arthur, Nez Perce, described how the first Thanksgiving was a feast that followed the slaughter of Native People. Webster Arthur also described the profiling and jailing of Native Americans. He pointed out how the young, rich and white are not profiled in this country.
"I'm proud of being Indian and I'm proud of all the Indians." Jean Whitehorse, Dine', described what is happening on the Navajo Nation. Jean said her father was a Navajo Code Talker. She said it was a disgrace when Redskins caps were given to Navajo Code Talkers.
Jean recommended I is not for Indian, for appropriate reading for children as opposed to the biased and racist books often available in schools. Wounded Knee on Sacred Places Wounded Knee de Campo spoke on the protection and defense of sacred places, during the conclusion of the two day AIM West gathering. Wounded Knee spoke of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline and the threat that remains when a new US Congress convenes.
This pipeline is threatening the water sources of Native people. Wounded Knee said it is time to protect the sacred, protect the water, and protect Glen Cove in California. He said there is no ceremony to undo the damages of removing a sacred place. A threat looms for the Columbia River, with the shipment of coal.
What will happen to this river and the Lummi people who depend on this river for their fish, Wounded Knee asked. "Whenever you travel to the Spirit World, and when you meet your ancestors, what will you tell your ancestors?" Wounded Knee asked. "The truth must be told of what happened to our people," he said, remembering the pain, suffering and struggle.
Wounded Knee said Native people were put in boarding schools and denied the right to speak their own languages. "Racism in this country will always exist."
Wounded Knee asked: What does a tomahawk chop mean to Indigenous Peoples? He said it was a Frenchman that began this tomahawk chop. Drumming, chanting and singing is the way of the Native people, he said.
"I am not a chief, I am a warrior." Wounded Knee said his job is to protect the women, children and men.
"I don't have fear. When I go in to the Sweatlodge, I ask for strength. I don't ask for money, you can't take it with you." Wounded Knee, remembering the words of Spike Moss here earlier, said he knows of the runaway slaves who came to Native villages.
Wounded Knee said as they protest the racist mascot in Santa Clara, there may people along the way there to sabotage the efforts of Native protesters, or there could be infiltrators.
He said, "Just keep walking." He said he learned a great deal on the Longest Walks across America. "Remember tomorrow you will be in prayer for your ancestors." "They scalped our people. They skinned our people."
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Mohawk Nation News 'Shame On You America'

SHAME ON YOU AMERICA

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MNN. Nov. 27, 2014. John Robles, our Taino Ongwehone brother, lives in Russia. He posted a list of shame as his “thanksgiving” tribute to the United States of America.

MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go towww.mohawknationnews.com  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L thahoketoteh@hotmail.com for original Mohawk music visit thahoketoteh.ws

Thursday, November 27, 2014

MNN 'PROFOUND PIPELINE SPEECH'

PROFOUND PIPELINE SPEECH

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MNN. Nov. 27, 2014. In 1976 the MNN editor was working at Indian Affairs in Ottawa. One evening I was working late. A man came to see me. He spoke about 24-year old Nelson Small Legs Jr., who had appeared at the Berger Commission on the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline. His appearance was pivotal in stopping its construction. Two days later he apparently committed suicide. His father told me he was murdered. He gave me details that he had given to the RCMP, which were ignored in their report.
Watch this speech that stopped the McKenzie Valley Pipeline. Prophetic Pipeline Speech.
I wrote a personal letter to the RCMP requesting a re-examination of the Nelson Small Legs Jr. case. Several months passed. One day a soldier from the Department of Defense came to my office in Indian Affairs. “How did you know all that about the death of Nelson Small Legs Jr.?” he asked. He then admitted that it was not a suicide but the RCMP report would not be changed.
Then the soldier said he wanted to show me something on the 14th floor. It was a black wall with a black almost invisible door that he opened into a dark room. All the windows were covered with black drapes. Inside was a large round table covered by a green cloth. He pulled it off to reveal a huge map of Canada. Green, yellow and red flags were pinned to each Ongwehonwe community. Most of the red were in the east along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and a few in the Northwest. He showed me the walls covered with computers and charts. “These are for emergencies!” he told me. In fact, It was the “war room” for the 500-year war called colonialism.
Fighting off the Ongwehonwe in the war room.
Fighting off the Ongwehonwe.
After the 1990 Mohawk Oka Crisis, I went to Ottawa and looked up to the 14th floor. The windows on the north side were still darkened. I recalled Judge Berger’s final words in his report, “The North is a Native homeland, not simply a frontier for the federal government”.
The war continues. The spirit of Burnaby Mountain BC has awoken the people connected to the earth. We wonder when the corpo cops will take their plastic boots off and touch their bare feet onto the ground so they hear and feel the messages she is sending to all living things.
Today Jimi Hendrix would have turned 72, had he not been murdered.He reminds us of our connections to the natural world: “While I realize that I’ve been hypnotized, I love your gypsy eyes”.
MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go towww.mohawknationnews.com  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L thahoketoteh@hotmail.com for original Mohawk music visit thahoketoteh.ws

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Burnaby Mountain: Suzuki family members and Tahltan Nation members arrested



UPDATE NOW BELOW: Livestream of Burnaby Mountain
Wed. Nov. 26, 2014
Click here for livestream by Sea Shepherd:
In the video, a group of women including Suzuki family members and Tahltan Nation arrested on Burnaby Mountain, as the struggle continues to protect sacred land from the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
In the news: David Suzuki delivers fiery speech on Burnaby Mountain http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/david-suzuki-burnaby-mountain-support-kinder-morgan-protest
Below, today on Burnaby Mountain: Clayqout veterans prepare to be arrested at the mountain



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