Friday, September 25, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Oak Flat Apache invite Europeans for Global Resistance 2016

Apache Wendsler Nosie extended a welcome to European supporters to come to Oak Flat, as the resistance to corporate oppression spreads worldwide. Above, Nosie's granddaughter Naelyn Pike, 16, describes the essence of sacred land at Oak Flat.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News Exclusive

Chi'Chil'Bilda'Goteel (Oak Flat) -- Apache Wendsler Nosie invited Europeans supporters to come to Oak Flat in mid-March and join forces in this global resistance that is not only protecting Oak Flat from Resolution Copper, but is becoming the catalyst to unify Native people against the aggression of corporate oppressors who seek to destroy their lands around the world.
Standing in the heart of the resistance camp here, Nosie sent a special invitation to supporters in Europe to gather here in mid-March 2016.
Nosie also sent a message of solidarity to Mauna Kea in Hawaii where Native people are resisting telescope construction on their sacred mountain. Nosie himself was arrested and jailed here in Arizona, by the University of Arizona, as he prayed on Mount Graham during the long years of resistance to protect Mount Graham from massive telescope construction.
A special invitation is being extended to Bolivia President Evo Morales to come to the global resistance gathering here in March of 2016.
Wendsler's granddaughter Naelyn Pike, 16, described the spiritual importance of sacred Oak Flat.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Native Americans in DC: Obama Stop Leasing Fossil Fuels!"


helped deliver the message to President Obama: It's time to keep our fossil fuels in the ground!
In the Keep it in the Ground campaign, Wild Earth Guardians said, "The time is now to boldly cut carbon pollution and move our nation away from fossil fuels. We can't even begin to make this happen if the President is going to keep stop selling more of our publicly owned coal, oil, and gas. It's time to Keep it in the Ground!"

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

WASHINGTON -- Louise Benally of Big Mountain joined Native American delegation and coalitions here today to tell President Obama to stop leasing lands and oceans for fossils fuels. Benally's message was "Keep it in the Ground."

“Coal companies like Peabody Energy have been mining federal and tribal coal in and near native communities like mine for decades. The tribal governments allow energy companies to impound peoples’ livestock, which is the only source of income and food for communities impacted by forced removal—a legacy policy initiated by Senator John McCain for Peabody to gain access to coal mining locations.

"Peabody mine sites don't have bonds and liners in the waste ponds. Contaminated waters are released in the headwaters after every rain, polluting the little water they leave behind. The Gold King mining disaster is just the most recent example of the kind of devastation that has been happening to the Dine for generations. Before coal, we were devastated by uranium. Now, our families are the targets of a fracking boom on federal lands in places like Chaco Canyon. Dirty energy companies ruin our lands, while the profit goes elsewhere," Benally said.

"Environmental concerns are not being addressed properly by agencies that should be accountable. Groundwater tables have dropped by big drops, the greenhouse gases being released into the air are not monitored correctly, and health impacts are not monitored at all. This devastation of our communities is a kind of terrorism made possible by Senators like John McCain, all while President Obama turns a blind eye. These industries are not accountable to the land, the natural world, or the people living here. Their destruction has to stop now.”  —Louise Benally, Big Mountain Diné Nation, Indigenous Cultural Concepts, Media Island International.

Cherri Foytlin, Bridge the Gulf"said, "I would ask that you put yourself in our place. Over five years have passed since BP's broken promises spewed as easily from their tongues as the oil did from their broken pipe. To this day our peoples and ecosystems suffer from BP's brutal, callous, and lasting assault. Five years, and our dolphins still die, our turtles still die, our oysters still die, our marshes still die, our people still die.

"BP is a corporate serial killer. BP is a terrorist organization. Yet they not only remain free to continue their patterns of destruction, they are subsidized by our government to do it. How many more graves will there be, before justice is truly served in the Gulf Coast? That is the only question we have now."

Princess Daazhraii Johnson of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL) delivered a powerful message from Alaska.

"We are in climate crisis in Alaska, and advancing energy extraction within our ancestral territories would seriously exacerbate climate change and threaten our ability to survive in the Arctic.  Climate Change is upsetting the delicate balance in many ecosystems. There is an urgency to take action now.

"The President was in Alaska, and saw for himself the consequences of climate change.  Indigenous peoples of the North implore him to take effective action now to address the issue while we still can. If the U.S. is serious about Climate Change, rescind the Shell permits to drill in the Chukchi Sea, and permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We must keep the remaining fossil fuels in the ground and continue towards a just transition to alternative energies.  We do not have the luxury of time.  We can implement clean energy systems in the U.S. now." 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Israeli US spy towers target traditional Tohono O'odham sacred area

Photo by Brenda Norrell
US spy tower on sovereign
Tohono O'odham Nation

Read article at Censored News


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Alaska's Big Village: Shell NO!

Save the Arctic Aug. 28, 2015

Friday, August 28

ShellNo Alaska Demonstration

Alaska's Big Village Network

Where: Anchorage, Alaska
Town Square Park- corner of 6th and E Street
When: 5:45pm 8/28/15

As Anchorage prepares for the visit of Obama, Alaska's Big Village Network is holding a public demonstration to demand that the United States President Obama to "Save the Arctic" from offshore Arctic drilling operations currently underway by Shell Oil.

The public demonstration is one of many planned in Anchorage to build local and international awareness of the fragile Arctic Ocean that provides for a global nursery on the planet. The Arctic is a vital and critical food security source for Arctic indigenous peoples inhabiting the entire Arctic Region. The Arctic is an international migratory pathway for many animals, birds, fish, and marine mammals.

"Salmon is the backbone our subsistence economy," says Ole Lake, Yupik advisor for Alaska's Big Village Network. "The high probability of an oil spill in the Chukchi Sea drilling operation by Shell Oil directly affects our salmon habitat. The salmon feed of the rich biological ecosystems under the sea ice in the Arctic. All Alaskan Native peoples are impacted and threatened by offshore drilling in the Arctic."

Shellno Alaska has three demands of President Obama: 1. Cessation of exploratory drilling in the Arctic; 2. Protection of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights and Alaska's communities; 3. A rapid and just transition to renewable energy; 4. Binding agreements at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference that are on par with what science has shown is necessary for a livable future.

Carl Wassilie of Shellno Alaska says: "We have to represent the voices of those who can't speak, including future generations and the animals. Arctic drilling is a violation of the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Obama and Shell are bypassing many laws designed to protect our coast and our communities. Obama needs to start listening to the peoples of the Arctic who oppose Arctic drilling."