Shannon Rivers, Akimel O’otham, standing up for Indigenous Rights

This was originally posted by Brenda Norrell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Shannon Rivers, Akimel O’otham, standing up for Indigenous Rights

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Photo 1: Brita Brookes Photo 2: Brenda Norrell
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Nation became the first in the United States to ratify the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Shannon Rivers, Akimel O’otham from Gila River in Arizona, speaks on the importance of this action on Censored News Blog Talk Radio.
“We hope it becomes customary law, throughout the United States and the world ,” Rivers said of the Declaration, speaking on Earthcycles’ Longest Walk Talk Radio at the end of the Longest Walk.
Pointing out that the Declaration includes rights at borders and self-determination, he said Gila River undertook this hallmark move in commitment and solidarity with Indigenous Peoples worldwide, on May 21, 2008.
Rivers also describes the visit by Bolivian President Evo Morales to the United Nations in New York and the disrespect this world leader has been shown in the U.S. Rivers also describes how Homeland Security used fear after 9/11 to increase fear of migrants. Ultimately, the US profiteered with jails and prisons.
Further, Rivers discusses how the lifestyle and foods of the colonized U.S. has damaged the health of Indigenous Peoples in the Sonoran Desert. Rivers said there is a revitalization on Gila River of people growing traditional foods in their fields.
“Indigenous Peoples are some of the richest peoples,” he said, during the interview a Greenbelt Park, Maryland. “We have many languages and we can learn many songs, many teachings.”
Rivers urged Indigenous Peoples to stand up with courage and fight for what they believe in, with sacred walks and sacred runs, protection of sacred places and listening to the stories of the elderly.
Rivers is joined by Phillip Morris, Navajo from Page, Arizona. Morris describes the abuses of the US government and Peabody Coal in the destruction of Navajo lands and aquifer water.
“They call it ‘Relocation.’ I don’t care what you call it, it is another way of the government saying, ‘We want your land,'” Morris said.
Morris said the strip mining of Peabody Coal has resulted in the springs drying up. While Peabody Coal drained the aquifer, most Navajo people were hauling their water there. With words and millions of dollars, the U.S. and Peabody has continued with their ways, he said, “Of keeping us poor.”
Morris said, “Healing is within us, but when we do it together as a group, in unity, it is more powerful.”
“It all starts with prayers. We have to start coming together,” Morris said, urging people to go to sweatlodges and learn from others.
Also, on the blog radio show, Long Walkers speak in tornado-hit Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was more than 90 percent destroyed by a tornado in 2007. Adriano Buckskin, Luv the Mezenger, Calvin Magpie, Jr., Paul Owns the Sabre and Rebecca Duncan speak as Long Walkers over a feast to the community. The show includes a song by the Miwok youth singers who were Long Walkers.
Recorded live by Earthcycles, producer Govinda Dalton, and cohost Brenda Norrell, on the Longest Walk northern route across America, Feb. through July, 2008.
Radio stations may rebroadcast in whole or part. Please credit Earthcycles.
Photo 1: Shannon Rivers as master of ceremonies at the Longest Walk Concert in D.C. Photo by Brita Brookes Photo 2: Phillip Morris and Shannon Rivers onboard the Earthcycles radio bus on the Longest Walk in Greenbelt Park, Maryland, in July 2008, during this interview. Photo Brenda Norrell
Contact Shannon Rivers at:
sunriverhawk@aol.com

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