Thursday, February 22, 2018

Politics and Media Censorship -- by Natalie Hand


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As an investigate journalist, I follow controversial stories and often write about them, under the freedom of the press. I also follow a code of ethics in my reporting.
Investigative journalism requires me to intensely probe for the facts and ask pointed questions. Often, my stories expose political corruption so factual accuracy is paramount.
In August 2017, the Lakota Country Times newspaper published a story I reported of a woman being arrested in July, after a routine traffic stop revealed she was in possession of prescription narcotics not prescribed to her, multiple syringes and alcohol in an Oglala Sioux Tribal vehicle assigned to OST Treasurer Mason Big Crow.
The woman, identified as Big Crow's companion, was taken into custody on three outstanding warrants and issued a traffic citation.  She was released on a $5,000 cash bond the following day.
What made the story newsworthy, in my opinion, was that a tribal vehicle was involved in the arrest. 
The story went untouched for weeks, as people worked to conceal the arrest or to dismiss the fact that a tribal vehicle was involved. But I received a copy of the official police report from an anonymous source and reported the story based on that information. 
To be unbiased in my report, I contacted Big Crow for a comment on the case, which was featured in my story. The prosecutor in the case was terminated and the case against the woman was eventually dismissed. Big Crow received no reprimand for violating the Tribe's code on misuse of tribal property, according to a tribal government source.
Fast forward to the evening of February 15, 2018. I received a message from Connie Smith, the publisher of Lakota Country Times, informing me that she will no longer publish my stories. This message came the same day she had met with Big Crow over the newspaper's sharp drop in ad revenues. Additionally, LCT Editor Brandon Ecoffey is no longer with the publication as of last week.
The Lakota Country Times has held the title as the Tribe's "official legal newspaper" and a tribal resolution states that all advertising must go through that news outlet.
Smith informed me that the Tribe had stopped purchasing ad space and was no longer submitting meeting minutes in her publication.  I attributed this to the Tribe's launch of its own news publication last December, funded by General Fund monies under the Office of the Treasurer and managed by former LCT editor Karin Eagle, who is employed as the Treasurer's public relations person. But Smith insisted it was also due to my article on Big Crow.
Abuse of power in any situation is intolerable and can take many forms. Controlling the proverbial purse strings to suppress the truth is one example. Stripping a small, native-owned business of its ability to succeed is the punishment.
Suppressing information because it may be inconvenient or politically incorrect by government figure heads is media censorship.
The people's right to know what their government is doing is their undeniable right. Historically, native peoples worked collectively and selflessly.  Today, greed and power have consumed some.
My belief is that an in-depth investigation of an issue will expose facts to spur change. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.

Natalie Hand, of Shawnee/Creek heritage, is an activist and journalist that has resided on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for 23 years. She believes that there are many frontlines in the battle for justice.

Mohawk Nation News 'How our Minds were Stolen'



Mohawk Nation News
MNN. Feb. 21, 2018. When our minds are forced into the evil corporate colonial brainwashing systems by churches, schools, military and government institutions, the goal is to destroy our  connection to all creation. WATCH THE WHITE MAN’S GET RICH SCHEME TO STEAL FROM US:
Read article at Mohawk Nation News

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE UNM 'The Last Oil' Feb. 21 -- 23, 2018

Wednesday, February 21Location5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Keller Hall, Center for the Arts, UNM Main Campus (Building #62 on UNM Campus Map)
5:00 pm:                            Keller Hall—door opens
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm:        Welcome & Introduction
                                              Opening Prayer and Welcome to Our HomelandPetuuche Gilbert, Acoma
                                              Introduction – Subhankar Banerjee, convener
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:        Multispecies Solidarity
Maria Williams
                                             David Solomon
                                             Allison Akootchook Warden
                Moderator:       Kymberly Pinder, Dean, College of Fine Arts, UNM                                            (Note: An evening with history, music, performance)
Thursday, February 22Location: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom C (Building #60 on UNM Campus Map)
                    5:30 pm – 7:45 pm at Keller Hall, Center for the Arts
8:30 am:                             SUB Ballroom C—door opens
9:00 am – 10:15 am:      Climate Breakdown?                                             Ken Tape
                                             David Gutzler
                Moderator:        William Pockman, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology, UNM
                                                                    (Note: Impacts of climate change in Alaska & the Southwest)
10:30 am – 12 noon:     Protecting the Sacred Place Where Life Begins                                             Sarah James
                                             Ken Whitten
                                             Vicki Clarke
                Moderator:       Michael Dax, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico
                                                                   (Note: On the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm:     Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:        Rights of Nature
Nicole Whittington-Evans
                                             Debbie Miller
                                             Jeff Fair
                Moderator:       Mary Tsiongas, Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Fine Arts, UNM
                                                                   (Note: On environmental conservation, justice, law, and ethics)
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm:         Alaska and Beyond
Stephen Brown
                                             Finis Dunaway
               Moderator:        Joseph Cook, Professor, Department of Biology, UNM
                                                                   (Note: On transnational ecology and grassroots activism)
5:30 pm:                             Keller Hall, Center for the Arts—door opens
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:         Next North
Julie Decker
                                             Brian Adams
                                             Marek Ranis
               Moderator:        Arif Khan, Director, UNM Art Museum
                                                                   (Note: On art, the North, and climate change)
Friday, February 23Location: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Student Union Building (SUB) Ballroom C —
                    5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Woodward Lecture Hall  (Building #82 on UNM Campus Map)
8:30 am:                            SUB Ballroom C—door opens
9:00 am – 10:45 am:      Protecting Our Seas and Coastal Communities
Melanie Smith
                                            Rick Steiner
                                            Rosemary Ahtuangaruak
               Moderator:        Samuel Truett, Associate Professor, Department of History, UNM
                                                                   (Note: On marine ecology, environmental justice and indigenous rights—Bering, Beaufort, and the                                                                                                                                                     Chukchi Seas, and the federal proposed 5-yr offshore drilling plan and its impacts)
11:00 am – 12:45 pm:    Truth to Power                                             Joel Clement
                                             Pamela Miller
                                             Robert Thompson
               Moderator:        Traci Quinn, Curator of Education and Public Programs, UNM Art Museum
                                                                   (Note: On suppression of science, and intimidation, lies, myths, deception and broken promises)
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm:        Act Now!                      Led by:        Bernadette Demientieff
                                             Monica Scherer
                                                                    (Note: If you ever asked the question, “What can I do to help?”—register for this workshop on writing and organizing toward                                                                                                   becoming an activist; lunch will be provided for all; registration is required for this session.
                                                                                 —REGISTER BY FEB 16 to guarantee your lunch. To register, please email Traci Quinn at
5:30 pm:                             Woodward Lecture Hall—door opens
6:00 – 8:00 pm:                Rise of The Red Nation
                                            Melanie Yazzie
                                            Nick Estes
                                            Cheyenne Antonio
                                            Jennifer Marley
               Moderator:        Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Associate Professor, American Studies, UNM
                                                                   (Note: Diné-Pueblo solidarity to protect the Greater Chaco Canyon and Mni Wiconi: Water is Life)

No More Deaths Volunteer Indicted on Additional Felony Charge, Faces up to 20-Year Prison Sentence

Humanitarian Aid Worker Scott Warren indicted on additional felony charge, facing up to 20 year sentence
By No More Deaths
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A grand jury has indicted Scott Daniel Warren, a volunteer with the organization No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, with three felony charges: two counts of felony harboring and one charge of felony conspiracy. The maximum sentence for these charges is 20 years in prison.
The new conspiracy charge is notable, as conspiracy charges have been used by the government to scare and suppress social justice movements and target political dissidents. This case holds critical weight as the Trump administration targets immigrant rights leaders and those who stand with them nationwide. 
No More Deaths is committed to resisting this troubling trend in enforcement and continue our work of ending death and suffering in the borderlands.
Scott Warren's arrest came after No More Deaths released a second report exposing U.S. Border Patrol agents destroying life saving water and blankets for migrants in the desert, on the Arizona border

Watch Video of US Border Patrol Agent Destroying Life Saving Water for Migrants on Arizona Border -- Call U.S. Border Patrol with Complaints
"This video evidence of US Border Patrol agents participating in the destruction and confiscation of aid supplies takes place over a seven year period, from 2010-2017. They include destruction of water, and confiscation of blankets. This demonstrates a routine practice of destruction of aid supplies. No More Deaths demands an immediate end to the destruction and confiscation of humanitarian aid supplies. No known disciplinary action has been taken against any agents. We demand that the Border Patrol institute a formal policy prohibiting the destruction of humanitarian aid supplies, and make this act a fireable offense. Call the Tucson Sector Border Patrol at 520-748-3000 and ask to leave a message for Deputy Chief Raleigh Leonard or Division Chief Tom Martin." -- No More Deaths

Mohawk Nation News 'Price of Death'

Mohawk Nation News
MNN. Feb. 19, 2018. Millions of our departed never had a decent funeral. The genocide isn’t even mentioned.
Read the article at Mohawk Nation News

The Rhythmic Journey Home -- Birdsingers Ensured Victory at Ward Valley

Mojave Birdsingers, Ward Valley, 1998. Photo Molly Johnson.
The Rhythmic Journey Home, Birdsingers Ensured Victory at Ward Valley

By Brenda Norrell
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WARD VALLEY -- The Bird Songs once again guided those who have lived in the Mojave Desert since time immemorial, home to a safe haven.
Llewellyn Barrackman, Mohave elder, said, "The Mojave have no place to go. This is our home."
"We are the Pipa Aha Macav, the people along the river, instructed by the Creator to protect it."
Barrackman's words, before he passed to the Spirit World, were at Ward Valley, during the 113-day Occupation which halted a nuclear waste dump on sacred land in 1998.
Here, led by Mojave, Chemehuevi, Quechan, Cocopah and Colorado Indian Tribes, the Occupation faced off law enforcement, and not only survived in the desert, but celebrated a victory here.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Lisa DeVille at Women's March 'Walk for our Sisters, Solidarity for all Indigenous Women'

Walk for Our Sisters, Solidarity for all Indigenous Women

Remember the Tears of Our Women
Hosted by Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

Talk by Lisa DeVille
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara
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My name is Lisa DeVille.  I lived my whole life in Mandaree.  My husband Walter and I have five children and three grandchildren.  My Native American name is Accomplishes Everything!  I have received all my college education from NHSC.

I am president of the grassroots group Fort Berthold Protectors of water and earth rights, I am a board member for Dakota Resource Council, Western Organization Resource Council, and of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council in Washington DC.

My grandmother use to tell me of this oil that was coming.  She would say get your education because when the oil people come to have you sign you will understand what your signing, our ancestors did not know what they were signing when the white mans' government took it from us.

Protecting the Mother Earth has always been important to me.  When my advocacy began I started to ask questions about the flaring and it led me to having to educate myself about the dangers of bringing things up from under the earth. 

My advocacy is not about me (I don't have a facebook because I know I would be arguing with people.) It is not about money either. It's about protecting the only land we have left, for my grandchildren, for all future generations so that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean soil to grow food.  My work has been all volunteer.

I am not against the oil. I'm for responsible oil development, holding industry accountable for their environmental infractions that affect our health, land, air, and water.  We need environmental justice, stricter laws and enforcement of those laws.  We need studies and research to better understand and educate how to remediate the environmental and health impacts. 

Environmental racism is a word that's used every day. Most people don't believe it's a reality. Look around you. You do not see as many oil well flares off reservation. I've traveled to other reservations that have been impacted by extraction longer than we have, their people are sick. Their water is contaminated. Why? Because people's lives in those communities are not valued as much as those in wealthier communities.

Big industries lie, if they cannot get their hands on your minerals in your community they will throw more money in the mix and cause division. This is how they operate. They divide to conquer. But we must stand together and remember our culture and how our ancestors died to give us the freedom we have today.

We are sick with diabetes, drug addiction because Mother Earth is sick. We rely on westernized civilization to provide us with food that isn't nourishing, on medicine that makes us sicker, and on a capitalistic system that leaves the poorest people at the bottom of the pile. Don't let anything hold you back from moving forward and fighting for what you believe in, not even other's jealousy, or the haters that think you want to disrupt their flow of oil money. The lord will take care of that.

The creator put you on your path for a purpose/reason.

Women are sacred because we carry life. That life we carry is in water so water is life.  We hold our families together.

I write reaction articles and letters to the editor and submit press releases because it is my constitutional right, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press to tell these stories. I feel that these stories need to be told. Stories of injustice, greed, and corruption.These things shouldn't stay in the dark.

We are role models for our children.  I ask my children what will be their legacy?  Are you going to let things happen to you or will you act on protecting the only land we have left.   We live the now not thinking of our future.

What I and Ft. Berthold POWER do today is to make sure our future generations have a clean environment to live in.  Its morals, its common sense, it is how my grandmother raised me to protect mother earth who provides us all we need survive. Trump is rescinding the protection.

I don't do what I do for fame, for money, like I said my work has been volunteer.  I do what I do because this is the path I chose to make sure our future generations have a sustainable future.  Like my son says who is spiritually connected it is like the beat of a heart, a beat of a drum because your in harmony with yourself and purpose and it feels right.

Believe me that there are challenges. The positive aspect of challenges is that they offer an excellent chance to cleanse the senses and strengthen the soul.  Being persistent, determined, and believing, then change will come.

We need more women to run for office whether its tribal, state, federal or county government to help our people move forward. We need to have our own representation for our issues. We can do it, not because we are women, but because we will always persist, we have for over 500 years.

In addition our group the Ft. Berthold POWER has filed lawsuit with other conservative groups opposing the rescinding of Trumps administration, Bureau of Land Management  Methane Rule and Hydraulic Fracking Rule.
Trump and his administration are attacking NEPA to extract from the national parks.  NEPA protects tribal nations, the endangered species act and our water ways.  We are in the process of researching.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Resistance Gathering on the Oglala Homeland

Resistance Gathering On The Oglala Homeland

by Lakota Media Project with partial reprint from Lakota Country Times article by Natalie Hand
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The “Gathering on the Homeland: Solidarity, Decolonization and Celebrating Acts of Resistance” is a two-day event being held in the heart of native resistance in Indian Country, the Oglala Lakota Nation on February 24 and 25, 2018 at the Wounded Knee School in Manderson, South Dakota.
"Along with the beauty and power of 10,000 people coming together in 2016-17 along the riverbanks at Cannon Ball, North Dakota, we experienced the chaos that emerged, as it became apparent that the understanding of MOVEMENT was as diverse as the people gathered there. We have brought together folks from many Red Nations and allies from the four directions who have led, founded, and/or participated in movements in order to examine, explore, and discuss how their experience can teach young emerging social change makers, community leaders, students, families, and our youth,” stated Wioweya Najin Win (Debra White Plume), event Co-Organizer and Director of Owe Aku.
What does the frontline of Non-Violent Direct Action at Cannon Ball, North Dakota have in common with hip hop music? or Resistance Art for Youth? or the formation of an Indigenous Resistance Media Network? or Idle No More? or serving as Medic or Legal Observer?
"Many paradigm-shifting experiences along the river banks felt by thousands of people from all walks of life have resonated throughout the world since the camps were closed and the structures burned. There was such an awesome and truly special fire ignited from that spark of energy inside all of us on the frontline, that many people have expressed an urgent need to gather, pray, discuss, debrief, and learn together from our experiences there. We decided to pull together people who have past experiences that not only fuel and inspire their current ongoing work, but whose historical presence merges into today's organizing and change-making work to help provide a framework for young organizers and change makers to learn from. They will present a panel discussion entitled "What Is Movement?"on Sunday beginning at noon. Some of the presenters gained their first and only experience at the river, some have been at this work for years, some for decades. We have been working at great risk to empower and shape a generation in this racist and punitive country, but we are willing to continue to take that risk. We have put together this two-day event to provide a forum for such teachings through art, music, dialogue, brainstorming, and prayer with the best energy we have for our younger generations," continued White Plume. Nina Waste, co-founder of Idle No More is the keynote speaker for this panel discussion.
Native Artists In Action, an indigenous collective from New Mexico and Arizona will host a youth workshop Saturday afternoon to create art that teaches not only art skills, but the philosophy of art and the preservation of ancient life ways. There are also a number of native musicians coming to perform a free youth concert on Saturday night, who promote an alcohol/drug free lifestyle as well as using music to inspire youth to reclaim their ancestral identities. Native musicians will debut recent single and CD releases at the concert, including Nataanii Means and Tracy Bone.
"Our youth need to know that there is music in the world created by Indigenous people that carries the truth of their message of overcoming the genocide of the big world, the alcohol, drugs, violence to women. It is a voice of resistance and of proudly and loudly reclaiming native identity and celebrating that decolonization," said Olowan Martinez, co-organizer for the event. "The artists coming here to work with our youth have been doing this for a long time, and bring a special talent to working with youth."
The "GurREALla Media, Do's and Don'ts on the Frontline" film forum and training beginning at noon on Saturday is extremely necessary in todays world of social media and immediate internet that connects people around the world. When do you put your camera down? What do you do when arrested and film is conficasted? What does guerrilla media really mean? Film makers will show their video shorts and feature length films and discuss their work, their risks, and be available for Q and A with workshop participants.
Organizers state that the event is being held in conjunction with the 45th Anniversary of the 1973 Liberation of Wounded Knee. Through the past 45 years the annual celebration has enjoyed pow-wows and feasts, but very little has been done in terms of educational experiences and/or solidarity building for the long term work ahead of Red Nations, so this event is designed for the Oglala Oyate and their nearby sister nations on the Rosebud, Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, and Standing Rock Homelands but all of the Oceti Sakowin are encouraged to attend and participate. Organizers have stated that all people from all walks of life are encouraged to attend, especially past and current allies and accomplices. The event poster states "No Feds, Informers, Infiltrators, or TigerSwan" as part of the security culture the organizers observe.
Beverages during breaks, and evening meals will be provided as part of the Lakota way of life, and security will be present throughout the event. People are encouraged to bring their own eating utensils if possible, in order to minimize the amount of trash that will need to be hauled out of the Wounded Knee School in Manderson, which has so graciously provided space for the event.
The "Gathering On The Homeland" two day event is hosted by Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) and the Red Robin Hood Fund. Please contact Olowan Martinez at 605-407-138. Please visit to learn more about the work of Owe Aku.