Use of Nuclear Weapons More Likely in Future: US intelligence

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The use of nuclear weapons will grow increasingly likely by 2025, according to a bleak US intelligence report that warns that US global dominance is likely to weaken over the next two decades.

“The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over scarce resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorist groups with greater access to nuclear weapons,” said the report.

“Widening gaps in birth rates and wealth-to-poverty ratios, and the uneven impact of climate change, could further exacerbate tensions.”


Shellmound Walk by those that respect the Ohlone ancestors and honor Sacred Burial Grounds

Shellmound Walk by those that respect the Ohlone ancestors and honor Sacred Burial Grounds
by Francisco Da Costa
Monday Nov 24th, 2008 9:03 PM

Every year the Shellmound Walkers – visit the various Shellmounds, Sacred Burial Grounds in the Bay Area and pay their respects to the Ohlone ancestors. The First People of San Francisco and the Bay Area. We have many Shellmounds – the San Bruno Mountains, the Bayview Hill, the two hills that were but demolished by the U.S. Navy at Hunters Point. Other Shellmounds that one can read about – if they go to any decent Library.


–> Shellmounds are Sacred Burial Grounds and the First People have Patrimonial Jurisdiction over these Sacred Sites.

Of course in San Francisco – the Bay Area – the various Cities and Counties do not respect the Ohlone – because they are NOT on the Federal Register. Imagine being treated as second class citizens in America – the home of the First People – the Native American.

The Ohlone were here for over 10,000 years all carbon dated and documented.

The United States Government signed treaties – Eighteen to be precise – and never, ever ratified them. Some tribes were on the Federal Register – but the Bureau of Indian Affairs – chose to remove some Tribes without justification – from the Federal Register.

Case in point the Muwekma Ohlone. The Muwekma Ohlone were on the Federal Register until 1927 and then illegaly removed by one L.A. Dorrington – a Bureau of Indian Affairs – agent.

The Shellmounds are healing points that I believe are important. But, to see them as healing points – one must be educated on issues. Of course be sensitive to the Native American.

Until 1924 it was legal to kill any Native American – no questions asked – think about that for a second. The land was stolen – Native American women raped and killed and with them innocent children. Such atrocities cry to heaven for restitution – and of course there is Karma.

Those that practice “Greed” – destroy what is good by polluting, desecrate the graves, and do injustice to all that should be respected – foul the air and bring disgrace on the human race.

We have atrocities committed in the Bay Area and we witness it mostly with the remains linked to the Ohlone – that when found – and not treated with respect.

The Shellmound Walkers – walk miles and bring honor and respect – to the millions they represent – every year. It is always a pleasure to see the Shellmound Walkers – in action and witness their acts of kindness.

This year the Shellmound Walk started on November 14 and end November 28, 2008.

Enjoy the photographs:

Francisco Da Costa
Environmental Justice Advocacy


Drum song at the AIM West Reunion

Drum song at the AIM West Reunion

TOP PHOTO: At the AIM West 40 year reunion, youths from DQ University sang the AIM song on Monday. Listen live at and in San Francisco on 104.1 FM this week. The singers included Shaleen and Ed, both Long Walkers on the northern route in 2008. Bottom Photo: DQ activist with Tony Gonzales and Mike Flores listening to drum song. Photos Brenda Norrell

Listen to the AIM West Reunion on Tuesday at 10 am Pacific; 11 am Mountain; 12 central and 1 pm Eastern. The daylong session is at the San Francisco Baha’i Center, 170 Valencia Street. It will be broadcast live on and San Francisco 104.1 FM. Producer Govinda Dalton is preparing Monday’s program for the archives now.


10,000 Indigenous People Mobilize in Ecuador

10,000 Indigenous People Mobilize in Ecuador

In Ecuador, more than 10,000 indigenous people mobilized last week to protest a new water law introduced by government of President Rafael Correa, which they say could lead to privatization, pollution and depletion of this most precious resource.

The protest took place on November 19, “two days after thousands of campesinos and coastal fishers staged nation wide protests and road blockades against Correa’s draft Mining Law and support for large-scale shrimp farms”, says Daniel Denvir, an independent journalist in Quito. “Activists contend that the law would allow companies to undertake damaging large-scale and open pit mining in ecologically sensitive areas, contaminating the water supply with heavy metals. Fishers demanded that Correa overturn Decree 1391, passed on October 15th, which handed thousands of marine hectares over to large-scale shrimp farmers. This will lead to the further destruction of mangrove forests, critical habitat for the area’s fish, crabs and conchs.”

During the protest, indigenous people converged on the Pan-American Highway, “blocking the country’s central artery for over six hours.”

For the Transformation of Ecuador

More importantly the protest marked the beginning a definitive change in Ecuador.

It was organized by CONAIE, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, who has suffered many setbacks due to internal divisions and various political losses.

Needless to say, the protest marked an end to all of that, and the beginning of a renewed CONAIE.

This can only mean change. After all, CONAIE has played a major role in “overthrowing three presidents in the past decade,” as Duroyan Fertl notes for the Green Left. “Their renewed strength means they are likely to demand meaningful change” — and, if need be, bring it themselves.

The mobilization also marked something important — “growing social movement unity and independence from the government of President Rafael Correa,” says Denvir. “Activists say that this week’s mobilizations are the beginning of a larger movement to confront Correa’s environmental policies. Correa scored a huge political victory in September when voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, weakening the traditional political parties and business elites. Social movements, and the indigenous movement in particular, were instrumental in mobilizing their members to vote ‘yes.’”

It’s an irony heard ’round the world, since Correa says indigenous people aren’t a part of any ‘real’ political body–a view he holds for anti-mining activists as well.

As far as he’s concerned, they’re all just a bunch of irrational troublemakers, or, to be more precise: lunatics, terrorists, extortionists, foreigners, romantic environmentalists, and “childish leftists who want to destabilize the government.”

Somebody should tell him the meaning of democracy. His job may very well depend on him knowing it.

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Open Letter from Leonard Peltier to Barack Obama

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Open Letter from Leonard Peltier to Barack Obama

Open Letter From Leonard Peltier to Barack Obama

From Leonard Peltier
I have watched with keen interest and renewed hope as your campaign has
mobilized millions of Americans behind your message of changing a
political system that serves a small economic elite at the expense of the
peoples of the United States and the world. Your election as president of
the United States, where slaves and Indians were long considered less than
human under the law, will undoubtedly constitute a historic moment in race
relations in the United States.

Yet symbolism alone will not bring about change. Our young people, black
and Native alike, suffer from police brutality and racial profiling,
underfunded schools, and discrimination in employment and housing. I
sincerely hope your campaign will inspire some hope among our youth to
struggle for a better future. I am, however, concerned that your recent
statement on the Sean Bell verdict, in which the New York police officers
who fired 50 shots at a young man on the eve of his wedding were acquitted
of criminal charges, displays a rather myopic view of the law. Until the
law is harnessed to protect the victims of state violence and racism, it
will serve as an instrument of repression, just as the slave codes
functioned to sustain and legitimize an inhuman institution.

As I can testify from experience, the legal institutions of this nation
are far from racial and political neutrality. When judges align with the
repressive actions and policies of the executive branch, injustice is
rationalized and cloaked in judicial platitudes. As you may know, I have
now served more than three decades of my life as a political prisoner of
the federal government for a crime I did not commit. I have served more
time than the maximum sentence under the guidelines under which I was
sentenced, yet my parole is continually denied (on the rare occasions when
I am afforded a hearing) because I refuse to falsely confess. Amnesty
International, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama of Tibet,
my Guatemalan sister Rigoberta Menchu, and many of your friends and
supporters have recognized me as a political prisoner and called for my
immediate release. Millions of people around the world view me as a symbol
of injustice against the indigenous peoples of this land, and I have no
doubt that I will go down in history as one of a long line of victims of
U.S. government repression, along with Sacco and Vanzetti, the Haymarket
Square martyrs, Eugene Debs, Bill Haywood, and others targeted by for
their political beliefs. But neither I nor my people can afford to wait
for history to rectify the crimes of the past.

As a member of the American Indian Movement, I came to the Pine Ridge
Oglala reservation to defend the traditional people there from human
rights violations carried out by tribal police and goon squads backed by
the FBI and the highest offices of the federal government. Our symbolic
occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973 inspired Indians across the Americas to
struggle for their freedom and treaty rights, but it was also met by a
fierce federal siege and a wave of violent repression on Pine Ridge. In
1974, AIM leader Russell Means campaigned for tribal chairman while being
tried by the federal government for his role at Wounded Knee. Although
Means was barred from the reservation by decree of the U.S.-client regime
of Richard Wilson, he won the popular vote, only to be denied office by
extensive vote fraud and control of the electoral mechanisms. Wilson’s
goons proceeded to shoot up pro-Means villages such as Wanblee and
terrorize traditional supporters throughout the reservation, killing at
least 60 people between 1973 and 1975.

It is long past time for a congressional investigation to examine the
degree of federal complicity in the violent counterinsurgency that
followed the occupation of Wounded Knee. The tragic shootout that led to
the deaths of two FBI agents and one Native man also led not only to my
false conviction, but also the termination of the Church Committee, which
was investigating abuses by federal intelligence and law enforcement
agents, before it could hold hearings on FBI infiltration of AIM. Despite
decades of attempts by my attorneys to obtain government documents related
to my case, the FBI continues to withhold thousands of documents that
might tend to exonerate me or reveal compromising evidence of judicial
collusion with the prosecution.

I truly believe the truth will set me free, but it will also signify a
symbolic break from America’s undeclared war on indigenous peoples. I hope
and pray that you possess the courage and integrity to seek out the truth
and the wisdom to recognize the inherent right of all peoples to
self-determination, as acknowledged by the United Nations Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While your statements on federal Indian
policy sound promising, your vision of “one America” has an ominous ring
for Native peoples struggling to define their own national visions. If
freed from colonial constraints and external intervention, indigenous
nations might well serve as functioning models of the freedom and
democracy to which the United States aspires.

Yours in the struggle.

Until freedom is won,

Leonard Peltier
# 89637-132
U.S.P. Lewisburg,
P.O. Box 1000,
Lewisburg, PA USA 17837

Madison County argues land into trust ‘unconstitutional’

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WAMPSVILLE — The Oneida Indian Nation opted out of the Indian Reorganization Act in 1936 and are not eligible to have land placed into trust.

That is the argument Madison County filed with the Northern District Court of Appeals last Monday.

The Madison County Native American Affairs Committee met earlier last week to discuss strategy in the ongoing action against the Department of Interior decision to take 13,003 acres of land into trust for the Oneida Indian Nation.

Tribes applaud White House presence

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SACRAMENTO — When Barack Obama becomes president, Native Americans will have their own adviser in the White House, the president-elect’s office confirmed Friday.


Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin said Obama plans to establish an Advisor on Native American Policy on his senior White House staff.

Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, said the incoming president had discussed his plans with tribal leaders during a campaign meeting in New Mexico.