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Censored: One Woman's Journey

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Brenda Norrell, One Woman’s Journey

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Lakota Voice contacted Brenda Norrell, Censored News, last November requesting permission to reprint her story, “Powers of deception, arm chair journalism and editorial scams”. After Censored News published a highlight of Indigenous Resistance for 2014, we again contacted Ms. Norell. This time, we asked that she share some of her experiences with our readers. Published below, Ms. Norrell offers details of her journalist career, spanning over 30 years, with encouragement to Native youth. Her story is a small segment of the whole, a glimpse into one woman’s journey.
With Marcos in Sonora
by Brenda Norrell
I began as a news reporter at the Navajo Times in 1982. The years that followed were rich, especially when I lived in a log cabin in the Chuskas. In the 80s and 90s, I was a freelance writer for AP, USA Today and many others. The interviews were powerful, especially those when I was at Big Mountain and in remote areas with Navajo elderly. I lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years and the Chuska Mountains remain my heart’s home.
It was in the 1990s that I began traveling with the Zapatistas, and that changed my life because of what I saw happening to Indigenous Peoples in Chiapas. My view of what is really news was also changed when I covered the Earth First Trial in federal court in Prescott, Arizona. It revealed the extent that the US government goes to entrap environmentalists and others.
In the mid-1990s, I began as a staff writer at Indian Country Today, when it began a Southwest edition. When Indian Country Today was owned by Tim Giago, Lakota, I was never censored. The situation changed after it was sold. When I was censored repeatedly, then terminated without cause by the new owners in 2006, I created Censored News to publish the voices of grassroots peoples and reveal what was being censored.
I’m thinking now of the Native youths and what might encourage them to become journalists. There’s just no other profession that offers so much adventure, hope and joy. There’s no other life that can give you so much, in terms of meeting wonderful people and traveling to extraordinary places, both within one’s self, and in the world. Even though in the end I was penniless, and blacklisted by all paying media, I wouldn’t change any of it. It was all a gift. These days I continue as a volunteer, and treasure all of those who are on this same journey, as the Zapatistas say of autonomy, dignity and justice.
As for writing, the only way to do it well is to listen to your inner voice, whether you call it Spirit, or a muse, it is what guides and inspires writers with truth, just as in life.

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MONDAY Paris Auction again selling ceremonial items of Hopi, Pueblo, Navajo, Lakota, more



Klee Benally confronts auctioneer Alan Leroy in Paris
Paris auction continues fifth year of cultural genocide selling Kachinas, Masks, and other Sacred Items

By Brenda Norrell
French
Dutch

The EVE Auction in Paris is again selling sacred items of Pueblos, Dine' and the Plains, continuing an act of cultural genocide for the fifth year. 
Despite protests, the Eve auction plans to sell sacred Native American ceremonial items on Dec. 15, 2014.
Sacred Kachinas and Masks of Hopi, Acoma, Laguna, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Tesuque and other Pueblos are in the Eve auction catalog online. 
There are also Dine' (Navajo) Ceremonial Yeibeichei Masks. 
Sacred items of the Kiowa and pouches belonging to Cheyenne Arapaho, Sioux and Plains Indians are also slated to be auctioned off. Leggings of Sioux and Cheyenne, and a rare item belonging to the Hupa in California, are slated to be auctioned.
The ceremonial items include many Hopi Kachinas and Zuni Pueblo Shalako Ceremonial items. Most of the dates of the ceremonial items are listed as 1900 -- 1930, but there is also a shell necklace listed as pre-Hopi, or Anasazi. 
There are 275 items listed for auction on 110 pages, including items belonging to Mandan, Chippewa, Blackfeet and Natives in Canada. Sculptures and other items are listed from the Inuit in Alaska, Mayans in Oaxaca, and others from Costa Rica.
The EVE catalog online boasts that it is selling "Pre-Colombian Art." (Please be advised that this link is posted as evidence. The photographing of sacred items is reprehensible:)
In June, Klee Benally, Dine', challenged the auction and genocide denial in Paris, as an auction of Hopi and Dine' (Navajo) sacred items was underway.
"Eve perpetuates cultural genocide each time an auction of indigenous history and identity occurs. We can only assume that these sacred indigenous properties are stolen or attained through duplicity without free prior or informed consent," Benally and others said in a statement.
"Eve must immediately enter into meaningful consultation with impacted indigenous nations regarding any and all past and future auctions of sacred cultural properties and work to immediately return all such sacred cultural properties."
At that time, he EVE Auction in Paris continued the auction of Hopi and Navajo sacred items for the fourth year on June 27, 2014. 
A video provided to Censored News from Paris reveals the genocide denier responsible for auctioning off sacred items of Hopi and Navajo.
In the video, Alan Leroy rips the posters from the wall, Klee Benally, Dine', tells the profiteer he is committing genocide.
Benally challenges the auctions.
Responding with racism and hostility, Leroy tells Benally, "You were never killed by anybody."
Benally says the items were stolen. "The burden of proof is on you. You are committing cultural genocide."
Benally says these cultural items would never be sold. He points out that the traditional medicine people say these items must be returned.
"We are not killing anybody," Leroy said. Further, Leroy insults Navajos.
"All cultural properties are up for sale in all religions," says Leroy.
Benally said, "These things were stolen, they were not sold."
Benally delivered the following letter to the Eve Auction in Paris.
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Eve Auction Paris: Cease Auctioning Indigenous Sacred Cultural Property
To whom it may concern,
Eve must immediately cease auctioning any and all indigenous sacred cultural property.
Eve perpetuates cultural genocide each time an auction of indigenous history and identity occurs. We can only assume that these sacred indigenous properties are stolen or attained through duplicity without free prior or informed consent.
Eve must immediately enter into meaningful consultation with impacted indigenous nations regarding any and all past and future auctions of sacred cultural properties and work to immediately return all such sacred cultural properties.
Eve must also remove any and all published pictures in digital format or print of such sacred cultural properties, specifically those names as "masks."
Auctions of this nature would not be acceptable were it of sacred cultural properties from the Vatican, Mecca, or any other established religious or cultural ways of life.
Further, these auctions create a market for indigenous sacred cultural property which further endangers our threatened ways of life.
These auctions of cultural genocide must stop now!
Signed,
Klee Benally, Diné - Flagstaff, Arizona and Forest Lake Chapter
Sylvain Duez-Alesandrini - CSIA - Nitassinan www.csia-nitassinan.org
Idle No More France
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Supporters who were present in Paris, sent this report to Censored News:
Master Alan Leroy denies the genocide of Native Americans – there is a French law against genocide denial – he claims that the masks he sells were made for tourists – which means that he is cheating on his customers, as objects made for tourists are sold at tourist shops, not at auctions – he claims that the Hopi have to thank the White invaders for bringing medical knowledge to them – the demonstrators replied that they first brought the deadly diseases, we could add that they are destroying the land where Native Americans used to pick their healing plants, and the air they breathe, etc.
Klee Benally, who was very shocked to hear about another scandalous sale of sacred artifacts (the 4th in a year), moreover including Diné (Navajo) objects, this time, decided to go to the office of the firm EVE (9 rue Milton, 75009, Paris), to deliver a letter of protest.
A small group of people – from Idle No More France and CSIA, among others – decided to join him. When we arrived in the street, the very few protesters were standing at a corner, at some distance of the office. A young man who had decided to support the action told us that he had tried to go into the office, as an individual asking for information, but that the young woman in charge had forbidden him to get in and locked the door. Shortly after, she came out for her lunch break and stopped to tell the protesters that she had been extremely intimidated and scared by that young man (who died his hair red and did not have the look of her usual customers, but was not intimidating in anyway – See the video), obviously trying to prepare for a law suit.
Then she called her boss, Master Alan Leroy, to inform him of the situation. In between, the protesters started to stick posters on the windows of the office. Then Master Leroy himself arrived, tore the posters, shouting that it was damaging his building (they were just stuck with tape and he could tear them without any effort). Klee tried to explain to him that he just wanted to deliver a letter and discuss the matter peacefully. But Mr. Leroy started with denying the genocide of Native Americans, claimed that the artifacts had been sold by the Natives themselves, although he did not have a document proving it, but claimed that ‘everybody knew that Native Americans never had papers’! He claimed that nobody had any right to challenge his rights to sell sacred objects, as ‘all the courts have ruled for the 4th time that the sale was legal’.
As a matter of fact, ‘all the courts’ are the court of the neighborhood, with that one Madame Judge who has no knowledge what so ever of Native Americans and just believes that Constitutions protect private property and the right to trade.
Mr. Leroy also referred abundantly to the right of private property, guaranteed by French and American Law. He also claimed that those artifacts were preserved thanks to white collectors (suggesting that Natives are not able to preserve their inheritance) and that they would not exist anymore if they had not been sold to while people. Then, at a point, he claimed that the masks were not sacred but had been made specially for tourists, which amounts to admit that he is cheating on his customers, as they certainly don’t go to an auction to buy tourist junk.
The Eve Auction catalogue of sacred items is online. Please be advised that this link is posted as evidence. The photographing of sacred items is reprehensible: http://www.auctioneve.com/flash/index.jsp?id=20332&idCp=101&lng=fr

French translation by Christine Prat, thank you!
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=2593
En juin 2014, déjà, la firme EVE avait scandalisé les Autochtones d’Amérique du Nord en vendant aux enchères des objets sacrés qui n’auraient jamais dû sortir des tribus auxquelles ils appartenaient. Le 2 juillet 2014, Klee Benally, Navajo, des représentants d’Idle No More France et du CSIA-nitassinan, s’étaient rendu au siège de la firme pour tenter – vainement – de faire comprendre au responsable la gravité de ces actes. La firme EVE récidive, moins de six mois plus tard. Une vente aux enchères doit avoir lieu le 15 décembre prochain.
En juin dernier, le New York Times avait publié un article contre la vente et l’Ambassade des Etats-Unis avait protesté officiellement. Cependant, et comme d’habitude, le tribunal du 9ème arrondissement avait décidé en faveur des vendeurs, au nom de la sainte ‘liberté du commerce’.
Nous avons appris récemment qu’EVE allait à nouveau vendre des objets Autochtones venant de l’Alaska au sud du Mexique.
Ci-dessous un extrait de l’article de Brenda Norrell, publié sur Censored News le 3 décembre 2014. (Le reste de l’article reproduit celui de juillet dernier, que l’on peut voir en français sur ce site).
Christine Prat
Vous pouvez protester en envoyant des messages à EVE :
Eve :
contact@auctioneve.com 
+33 (0)1 53 34 04 04


UNE VENTE AUX ENCHÈRES A PARIS PERPETUE CINQ ANS DE GENOCIDE CULTUREL PAR LA VENTE D’OBJETS SACRES
Par Brenda Norrell
Censored News
3 décembre 2014
La firme EVE de Paris vend des objets sacrés Pueblos, Diné [Navajo] et Indiens des Plaines, perpétuant ainsi un acte de génocide culturel pour la cinquième année. Le catalogue d’EVE montre des Kachinas sacrées et des masques Hopi, Acoma, Laguna, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Tesuque et autres Pueblos. Il y a aussi des masques de cérémonie Yeibeichei Diné (Navajo).
Il y a également un objet sacré Kiowa sur la liste des enchères et des objets Cérémoniels Shalako des Pueblo Zuni. La plupart des objets cérémoniels sont datés, d’après la liste, de 1900 à 1930, mais il y a aussi un collier de coquillage indiqué comme pré-Hopi ou Anasazi.
Le catalogue d’EVE présente 275 objets sur 110 pages, certains appartenant aux Mandan, Chippewa, Blackfeet et à des Autochtones du Canada. Il y a des sculptures et autres objets des Inuit d’Alaska, des Mayas de Oaxaca (Mexique) et d’autres du Costa Rica.
Le catalogue en ligne d’EVE se vante de vendre de l’ ‘Art Pré-Colombien’. (L’article de Censored News indique le lien vers le catalogue comme preuve à charge. Il est interdit de photographier ou montrer les objets sacrés).



Dutch translation by Alice Holemans NAIS, thank you!
* VEILINGHUIS IN PARIJS VERKOOPT SACRALE ITEMS VAN HOPI, PUEBLO, NAVAJO EN PLAINS
Door Brenda Norrell, Censored News: www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Vertaald door NAIS, met toelating van Brenda Norrell- De NAIS Gazet: www.denaisgazet.be
Veilinghuis in Parijs gaat verder met zijn culturele genocide. Voor het vijfde jaar op een rij worden Kachinas, maskers, en andere sacrale items verkocht.

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Op de EVE veiling in Parijs worden opnieuw sacrale voorwerpen van Pueblos, Dine’ en de Plains geveild, hiermee gaan ze voor het vijfde jaar door met culturele genocide.
Ondanks de protesten zal op 15 december 2014 de verkoop doorgaan van sacrale Kachinas en maskers van Hopi, Acoma, Laguna, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Tesuque en andere Pueblos.
In de online catalogus vinden we ook ceremoniële Yeibeichei Masks van de Dine’ (Navajo).
Sacrale voorwerpen van de Kiowa en buidels die horen bij de Cheyenne Arapaho, Sioux en Plains indianen zijn ook voorzien om geveild te worden.
Verder staan er nog leggings van Sioux en Cheyenne, en een zeldzaam voorwerp van de Hupa in California ook op de lijst voor de veiling.
Onder de ceremoniële voorwerpen bevinden zich vele Hopi Kachinas en Zuni Pueblo Shalako ceremoniële voorwerpen.
De meeste ceremoniële voorwerpen zijn gedateerd tussen 1900 en 1930, maar er is ook een ketting van schelpen die gedateerd is als pre- Hopi, of Anasazi.
Op 110 pagina’s staan 275 items, waaronder ook voorwerpen die aan de Mandan, Chippewa, Blackfeet en Natives van Canada horen.
Beelden en andere voorwerpen van de Inuit , Alaska, de Maya’s in Oaxaca, en anderen van Costa Rica.
In de EVE catalogus online gaat men er prat op dat men “Pre- Colombiaanse” kunst verkoop (Let wel: deze link is gepost als bewijs. Fotograferen van sacrale voorwerpen is verwerpelijk dus, foto’s niet kopiëren en/of delen,aub!)

In Juni ll. , toen een veiling van Hopi en Dine’(Navajo) sacrale voorwerpen in voorbereiding was, heeftKlee Benally, Dine’ de veiling en het ontkennen van de genocide in Parijs aangevochten.
“ Eve vereeuwigd de culturele genocide iedere keer opnieuw wanneer een veiling van inheemse geschiedenis en identiteit plaatsheeft. We kunnen aannemen dat deze sacrale inheemse eigendommen gestolen werden of bekomen werden door huichelarij zonder voorafgaande toestemming,” zegt Benally en anderen in een verklaring.
“ EVE moet onmiddellijk de betrokken inheemse naties consulteren over alle, verleden en toekomstige veilingen van sacrale eigendommen en alles in het werk te stellen om dergelijke sacrale culturele eigendommen terug te geven.”

Op 27 juni 2014 verkocht EVE voor het vierde jaar Hopi en Navajo sacrale voorwerpen.
Een video die in het bezit kwam van Censored News maakt de ontkenning van de genocide duidelijk.
In de video, scheurt veilingmeester Alan Leroy de posters van de muur, Klee Benally zegt aan de woekeraar dat hij genocide pleegt.
Met duidelijk racistische en vijandige gevoelens zegt Leroy tegen Benally:” Jullie werden door niemand gedood.”
Benally zei dat al die voorwerpen gestolen werden en
dat deze culturele items nooit verkocht werden. Hij wijst erop dat de medicijn- mensen zeggen dat de voorwerpen moeten terugkomen.
Leroy ging verder: “Alle culturele eigendommen van alle religies zijn te koop.”
Benally : “Deze zaken werden niet verkocht, maar gestolen.”

 Benally schreef volgende letter naar het Eve veilinghuis in Parijs.
Eve Auction Paris: Stop met de verkoop van inheemse sacrale culturele eigendommen.
Aan al wie het aanbelangt.
EVE moet onmiddellijk ophouden met het veilen van alle inheemse en sacrale eigendom.
Eve vereeuwigd de culturele genocide iedere keer opnieuw wanneer een veiling van inheemse geschiedenis en identiteit plaatsheeft. We kunnen aannemen dat deze sacrale inheemse eigendommen gestolen werden of bekomen werden door huichelarij zonder voorafgaande toestemming.
EVE moet ook alle gepubliceerde afbeeldingen van de voorwerpen, hetzij digitaal of gedrukt, verwijderen, vooral van die zij ‘maskers’ noemen.
Veilingen van deze aard zouden niet aanvaardbaar zijn indien het sacrale culturele eigendom was van het Vaticaan , Mecca, of iedere andere gevestigde religie of culturele levenswijze.
Verder creëren deze veilingen een markt voor inheemse sacraal culturele voorwerpen die onze reeds bedreigde levenswijze nog meer in gevaar zullen brengen.
Deze veilingen van culturele genocide moet nu stoppen!
Getekend,
Klee Benally, Diné - Flagstaff, Arizona and Forest Lake Chapter
Sylvain Duez-Alesandrini - CSIA - Nitassinan www.csia-nitassinan.org
Idle No More France

Sympathisanten die aanwezig waren in Parijs zonden dit rapport naar Censored News:
Veilingmeester Alan Leroy ontkent de genocide van Native Amerikanen- er is een Franse wet tegen het ontkennen van genocide- hij beweert dat de maskers die hij verkoopt ,gemaakt waren voor toeristen- wat betekent dat hij zijn klanten bedriegt, want voorwerpen gemaakt voor toeristen worden verkocht in toeristenwinkels en niet op veilingen- hij zegt dat de Hopi de blanke invallers dankbaar moeten zijn omdat zij hun medische kennis naar hen gebracht te hebben- de demonstranten antwoorden daarop dat zij eerst hun dodelijke ziekten gebracht hadden, het land waar de Native Amerikanen hun genezingsplanten kweekten verwoest en de lucht die zij inademden verpest hebben.
Klee Benally die erg aangedaan was toen hij hoorde over de schandalige verkoop van sacrale artefacten, waaronder Navajo, voorwerpen besloot naar het bureel van de EVE firma te gaan (9 rue Milton,75009, Paris), om een protestbrief af te geven.
Een kleine groep van o.a. Idle No More France en CSIA- besloten om hem te vervoegen.
Toen wij in de straat arriveerden, stond er een kleine groep sympathisanten aan de hoek van de straat, op een kleine afstand van het bureau.
Een jonge man vertelde dat hij alleen binnengegaan was om informatie te vragen, maar de jonge vrouw die de leiding had weigerde hem toegang en deed de deur op slot.
Toen zij even later buitenkwam tijdens het lunchuur, sprak ze onmiddellijk de demonstranten aan, hen zeggende dat die jonge man haar uitermate geïntimideerd had en dat ze zo bang van hem was.(de jonge man had rood geverfd haar en zag er niet uit als een van haar gewone klant). Het was duidelijk dat zij zich aan ’t voorbereiden waren ingeval het tot een rechtszaak zou komen.
Toen riep zij haar baas, veilingmeester Alan Leroy, om hem op de hoogte te brengen.
Ondertussen begonnen de demonstranten posters op de ramen te plakken. Dan arriveerde de veilingmeester zelf, scheurde de posters, roepend dat dit beschadiging van gebouwen was ( zij waren enkel maar met tape vastgeplakt en konden zonder moeite verwijderd worden).
Klee probeerde hem aan het verstand te brengen dat hij enkel maar een brief wou afgeven en de zaak vreedzaam bespreken. Maar Mr.Leroy begon met de genocide van Native Amerikanen te ontkennen, beweerde dat de artefacten door de natives zelf verkocht werden, ondanks dat hij daarvan geen documenten kan voorleggen die dit bewijzen, maar zei dat “iedereen weet dat Native Amerikanen nooit papieren gehad hebben!”
Hij ging verder met te zeggen dat niemand het recht heeft om zijn recht tot verkopen van sacrale voorwerpen te betwisten daar “alle rechtbanken voor de 4° keer geoordeeld hebben dat de verkoop legaal was”!
Met alle rechtbanken bedoelde hij natuurlijk de nabije rechtbank waar Madame Rechter, die geen clou heeft over wat er dan ook speelt bij de Native Amerikanen en er steevast in gelooft dat de grondwet alleen maar private eigendom en het recht om handel te drijven beschermt.
Mr.Leroy sleurde er meermaals het recht op privacy, verzekerd door de Franse en Amerikaanse wetgeving bij.
Hij ging nog verder met te zeggen dat deze artefacten nog steeds bestaan dankzij de blanke verzamelaars (daarbij suggererend dat Native Amerikanen niet in staat zijn om hun erfdeel te bewaren) en dat zij niet langer zouden bestaan indien ze niet verkocht zouden geweest zijn aan de blanken.
Dan beweerde hij dat de maskers niet sacraal waren maar dat ze speciaal voor toeristen gemaakt werden, waarbij hij dus toegeeft dat hij zijn klanten bedriegt, daar waar zij vast niet naar een veiling komen om toeristenrommel te kopen.
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Read more about the auction of the sacred in Paris and court rulings at New York Times:


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Read more about the auction of the sacred in Paris and court rulings at New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/arts/design/sale-of-hopi-religious-items-continues-despite-us-embassys-efforts.html?_r=0

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

An Epidemic of Plagiarism in Indian Country

Salaried plagiarizers, and stay-at-home re-writers, have turned Indian country journalism into a sweatshop of stolen words and photos

By Brenda Norrell
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The plagiarism by stay-at-home reporters has become an epidemic in Indian country. It is plagiarism, compounded by deception. Salaried plagiarizers, and stay-at-home re-writers, have turned journalism into a sweatshop of stolen words and photos. They make sure you, the reader, do not know that they are not present on news stories.

The formula is like this. Stay-at-home plagiarizers receive a paycheck for staying home and stealing others work. They plagiarize it without permission, or rewrite it, and steal a photo from the web to go with it. Just ask Indian Country Today Media Network "reporters" if they have been present on the news stories they have been covering for the past few years.

Don't be fooled by the plagiarizers and stay-at-home reporters. Ask them if they were present on the news stories. Look at the byline and see who wrote the article. Look at the photo and find out who took the photo. Find out if the real writers and photographers were paid.

Take a look at Google News and Facebook, you'll see who Indian Country Today is plagiarizing. Search Google Web and you'll find the authentic writers. Ask who the Indian Country Today editors are and find out if they were plagiarizing when they were reporters. Ask them whether they were ever present on news stories. The reporters who were present know this.

Other websites copy and paste news without permission. If there is advertising on the page, it is illegal profiteering and a violation of copyrights. One of these websites is Native American Encyclopedia, which is violating copyrights and profiteering with advertising. The publisher refuses to respond to Censored News and identify the publisher.

These days many unemployed reporters and grassroots activists are spending the little money they have to provide live coverage and breaking news. Plagiarizers are profiteers, just like corporate profiteers, who steal others hard work for their paycheck. They are a sweatshop of stolen words and photos.

In another category, the owners of the Indian news website indianz.com in Nebraska have received a multi-million dollar US contract for domestic and international spying, with an office at the US Pentagon. Indianz.com posts the work of others, with or without permission.

One of the many problems with systematic plagiarism and profiteering from others work, is the fact that the real news is not covered, and remains censored, because of the agendas of fraudulent media sites.

Please support authentic journalism and the hard work of those out there spending their last dimes to provide you, the readers, with news.

Best, Brenda Norrell
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Censored News was created by Brenda Norrell, a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today who was censored, then terminated by ICT. Brenda Norrell has been a reporter in Indian country for 32 years, beginning at Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. Recently, Brenda at Censored News and Govinda at Earthcycles provided live coverage of the two-day American Indian Movement, AIM West Conference, in San Francisco and the three-day Boarding School Tribunal in Wisconsin. There were no other reporters present.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today Santa Clara, Calif 'No Honor in Racism Rally'

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Dozens of grassroots indigenous groups are hosting a ‘No Honor in Racism Rally' opposing the use of Native identity and culture as a mascot and demand an end the use of a racial slur by the Washington NFL Team. A prayer gathering, march, and press conference will be held prior to Today’ game at the Levis Stadium. 


Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports
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A large coalition of grassroots California Indigenous organizations and allies are holding a ‘No Honor In Racism Rally’ as part of the national movement demanding that the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell end the use of the racial epithet in the league.   

In addition to ‪#‎GameOverForRacism banners, signs, and speakers, planned activities at the rally also include honoring Native culture and traditions with Native-led singing, drumming, and dancing. The protest is part of a series of nationwide actions at NFL games to “Change the Name & Change the Mascot!”.  that have been held at the Washington team’s away games against the Cardinals, Cowboys, Vikings, and will occur at the Washington team’s home game on December 28th.

Native activists will also be discussing the mascot issue as part of a larger resilience and fight against racism and colonialism. The rally’s speakers and messaging will connect their demand for respectful representation of Indigenous Peoples towards their current struggle for Sovereignty and Self Determination and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands.

"We are not created as mascots for the public consumption. We are 154 distinct Indigenous sovereign nations in California, more than any other state.  Today we stand together in protest of the mascot images of our people, along with human rights activists and others who believe Native Americans deserve the right to determine how our culture and identity is represented in the media” states Chochenyo Ohlone activist Corrina Gould.

Prior to the march, Gould will offer a traditional Ohlone welcoming during a prayer gathering near Ulistac Natural Area, an Ohlone sacred site located about a mile from the stadium.  According to Gould, Ulistac is actually an old Ohlone language place name— Uli being an Ohlone warrior who inhabited the area, stac meaning place/land. Following the prayer gathering, the crowd will be marching to Levi’s Stadium to hold a press conference and rally.

“We stress that  by changing the name and mascot, we are working to address systematic oppression, colonialism, and racism”, stated Morning Star Gali, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the Pit River Tribe and co-chair of the Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports. The term “Redskin” is derogatory. It refers to scalp hunting which was the basis for the wars against  Indigenous Peoples  across the continent into the late nineteenth century.  “The offensive team name is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ongoing racism directed at Native Americans. It's an uphill battle to carry on our ways of life in the face of pop culture myths about who we are and who we are supposed to be as Indigenous people today.”

“The NFL leadership cannot continue to ignore our voice or the fact that Native American themed mascots harm Native American youth." Student  Dahkota Brown 16, Wilton Miwok tribal member added, “It is our duty to protect our identity for this generation, and the many generations to come.”

“We are people of many nations. We celebrate our rich traditions and a beautiful culture. The ways our people are portrayed in sports and media must come to an end as we are NOT a mascot nor a Halloween costume. These mascots are not neutral. They harm and endanger our youth and degrade our community.” Kris Road Traveler Longoria, an enrolled member of the Caddo Nation, Cheyenne Arapaho and Co-Founder/Co-Chair of Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media. Kris will be moderating Sunday’s press conference.

Over 40 years ago, the National Congress of American Indians launched a campaign against derogatory stereotypes in media and sports, eventually leading to the “Change the Mascot" campaign. “Change the Name! Change the Mascot" is a grassroots movement with wide-ranging support by state and national legislators, dozens of religious and secular organizations, plus media and sports icons including NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, Larry King, Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy and NBC Sports Reporter Bob Costas.

Times and Location:  Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
8:00am - Prayer Gathering @ Ulistac Natural Area; 4901 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara, CA.
9:30 am - Begin the march from Ulistac to Levi’s Stadium; 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, at the cross streets of Great America Pkwy and Tasman Ave; Santa Clara, CA.  
10:00am - Press Conference & Rally @ the above location.

Who: The SF Bay Area has historic ties to the Indigenous rights movement, many who will be representing at the press conference.  A list of speakers include Corrina Gould, Anthony Sul & Wicahpiluta Candelaria, Ohlone; Kris Road Traveler Longoria, Caddo Nation and Cheyenne Arapaho;  Morning Star Gali, Ajumawi Band of Pit River; Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown, Wilton Miwok; Jacqueline Keeler, Navajo & Yankton Dakota; Michael Horse Bill Means, AIM; Clyde Bellecourt, AIM; Lenny Foster, AIM; Fred Short, AIM; Charlene Teters, Lakota Harden; and more!

Bay Area Coalition Against Racism in Sports is sponsored by American Indian Movement-West, Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, Indian People Organizing for Change, Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes, ANSWER COALITION, Idle No More SF Bay, and National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.  National ‘Change the Mascot’ supporters can be found at:http://www.changethemascot.org/supporter-of-change/

#NotYourMascot #ChangeTheName #ChangeTheMascot #NoHonorInRacism