Russell Means: Obama’s solution for ‘Indian Problem’ is dissolution

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Russell Means: Obama’s solution for ‘Indian Problem’ is dissolution

By Russell Means
Lakotah Republic

The inaugural address is THE most important speech a President EVER makes. Billions of People look at it. The speech is written over a period of many weeks by a whole team of writers. It is edited and re-edited. Each word and each phrase is scrutinized so as to not offend anyone. Click to View the VIDEO.

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.” He has placed our successful AND peaceful way of life and Spirituality into the category of “Non-Believers!”

Then he uses the phrase “the lines of tribes shall soon dissolve.” What does he mean? Certainly, NOT the tribes of Israel. Who, but the American Indians are referred to as Tribes? We are the ONLY ones.

Obama’s “Final Solution” to the centuries-old “Indian Problem” is total dissolution. Click to View the VIDEO.
http://www.russellmeansfreedom.com/?p=817&preview=true

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Lawmakers question budget plan

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CARSON CITY, Nev.—Skeptical Nevada legislators barraged Gov. Jim Gibbons’ top aides on Thursday with questions about the governor’s $6.2 billion, two-year state spending plan that calls for big cuts in funding for public education and other government programs and services.The lawmakers repeatedly demanded more details from Gibbons’ budget chief, Andrew Clinger, and his chief of staff, Josh Hicks, at the first of several review meetings scheduled in advance of the Feb. 2 start of the 2009 legislative session.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike joined in the questioning about the spending plan, which is more than $2 billion short of what’s needed to maintain government services at current levels and handle increased demand. Gibbons has said repeatedly that in most cases he won’t support tax increases that would meet that need without the deep cuts he has proposed.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_11529093?nclick_check=1

Piece of indigenous history recognised

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A former work camp in a dusty corner of the outback has been declared an historic site because of its significance to the Aboriginal fight for equality and fair pay.

The Union Camp at Newcastle Waters, about 270km north of Tennant Creek, was home to the first Aboriginal employees and their families to protest for equal rights and pay in 1966.

Although they lost their strike action, their voices started a groundswell of resistance to the appalling working standards imposed on black Australia.

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/piece-of-indigenous-history-recognised-20090123-7okh.html

Western Shoshone Sacred Site More Precious Than (Barrick) Gold

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Just two months ago, while many of us enjoyed a hearty Thanksgiving meal before a cozy fire, Western Shoshone grandmothers, Carrie Dann and Mary McCloud, along with other Western Shoshone supporters, stood in the cold on the flanks of Nevada’s Mt.Tenabo. They were – and still are – protesting the devastation of a mountain at the heart of Western Shoshone spirituality. Mt. Tenabo is home to Western Shoshone creation stories, medicinal foods and plants, and site of spiritual ceremonies. It is as important to the Western Shoshone as the San Francisco Peaks are to the Navajo/Dine. Much as the Navajo/Dine are fighting the use of treated sewage water for snow-making at a ski resort on the flanks of the Peaks, the Western Shoshone battle Barrick Gold for the life of Mt. Tenabo.

Barrick Gold has operated mines on and around Mt. Tenabo since 1969.  The company website states

http://amyhm.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/western-shoshone-sacred-site-more-precious-than-barrick-gold/

Indigenous delegation travel down Amazon to World Social Forum

A delegation of one hundred indigenous leaders and representatives of indigenous organizations is travelling by ship down the Amazon to the World Social Forum.

The international forum will take place in the Amazonian city of Belem, Brazil, from 27 January to 1 February.

The delegation left the port of Manaus on 20 January and will navigate the world’s largest river for six days. During the trip, delegates will discuss the campaign, ‘Indigenous Peoples in Amazonia: Present and Future of Mankind’, which is to be launched at the World Social Forum.

Two demonstrations are planned along the way to Belem, in the cities of Parintins and Santarém.

According to the indigenous commission of the World Social Forum, indigenous participation in this forum will be the strongest ever. 1,500 indigenous people from Brazil and more than 500 from other countries are already in Belem. Delegates are travelling from all over Brazil, including 50 Guarani who are taking a bus from distant Mato Grosso do Sul.

The coordinator of COIAB, the network of indigenous organizations in the Amazon, said the delegation will use the World Social Forum to ‘ask for a respectful attitude towards their territories, the right to wellbeing and self–determination and a multinational state’.

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Peltier beaten, attorney describes injuries

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Peltier beaten, attorney describes injuries

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
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CANAAN, Penn. — Leonard Peltier was jumped and beaten after being transferred from a prison in Lewisburg to Canaan on January 13. The family, however, was not notified by the prison and received the information by way of a letter from Peltier. Peltier, 64, was placed in solitary confinement and it is not known if he has received medical attention.

“Once Mr. Peltier arrived at the Canaan prison facility, he was jumped by younger inmates, severely beaten, put in solitary confinement and placed upon meal restrictions despite his having diabetes and other medical conditions,” the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee said in a statement .”The family has requested copies of the video tapes of that incident to no avail. It is as if the whole scenario was contrived to detract from the fact that Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner having more than enough points to qualify for parole,” LPDOC said.

Recently, the amount of hate mail circulated on the Internet regarding Peltier and appeals for his release has increased and could have played a role in the attack on Peltier.

The LPDOC said, “Retired, former and actively employed FBI agents have taken action against the release and parole of Leonard Peltier time and again. While it is their right to speak their opinion, it is not right to do so on federal time and at the taxpayer’s expense. Their letters, writings, articles, books, protests, outcries and interviews concerning Mr. Peltier, are a conflict of interest and tip the scales against him unfairly. In addition, it is certainly questionable as to the timing of a letter written by a former FBI Agent to Representative John Conyers and the beating Mr. Peltier received at Canaan.”

The LPDOC said the attack on Peltier comes on the heels of the FBI’s recent letter, prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit Peltier as a model prisoner. “Anyone who has been in the prison system knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator. It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage “it takes an Indian to catch an Indian,” LPDOC said.

In 1978, the US government made an attempt to assassinate Peltier, offering another Indian inmate at Marion prison with Leonard Peltier, a chance at freedom. The man was Standing Deer. Standing Deer befriended Peltier in prison and exposed the plot to assassinate him. Standing Deer was murdered in Houston after his release from prison.

LPDOC said, “Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange for a chance at freedom. When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He also began to speak on Leonard’s behalf until his murder six years ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston and told him that he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with him,” the LDPOC said. (An interview with Ben Carnes on Standing Deer and Peltier can be heard at Censored News Blog Radio or at Earthcycles on Longest Walk.)

Micheal Kuzma, an attorney for Leonard Peltier’s defense, described the attack on Peltier in prison, during an interview with American Indian Airwaves on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Kuzma said Peltier’s sister Betty Peltier-Solano, executive coordinator of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee,
received a letter from Peltier, but was never notified by prison officials of the attack. Peltier was transferred from Lewisburg to Canaan prison during the week of Jan. 12th and attacked on the 13th, by other inmates.

Kuzma said, “According to the letter, he thinks he might have a concussion. His middle finger on his left hand is either broken or badly injured. He has a large bump near his right wrist. The right side of his rib cage and chest are in pain. He also has a bruise on the right side of his chest. He also has a bruise on his left knee, and is suffering from headaches. These headaches are a direct result of the Jan. 13 beating.”
Listen (last 20 minutes of program) on Jan. 21 at:
http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/xml/americanindian.xml

AIM West plans a protest in solidarity with Peltier to draw attention to the attack and call for his release on Friday in San Francisco. http://www.aimwest.info/
For more information: LPDOC: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/

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Update on Court hearings to protect Mt. Tenabo

Update on Court hearings to protect Mt. Tenabo from a new open pit gold mine proposed by Barrick Gold and approved by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The hearing at the Federal Court in Reno, Nevada began on January 20 and ended today, January 23rd – it was a long week, but seemed to go ok. The Judge extended the restraining order until Monday at which time (3:00 p.m. PST) he will render his decision on whether to grant the injunction to stop the mine project on Mt. Tenabo until a full hearing on the merits. Below are some stories that came out on the hearing – check www.gbrw.org for more updates.

Hello All,

You can find updated action items on our website, and here are some links to news stories:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28772717/

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2009/01/western-shoshone-protest-continues-at.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/01/18/financial/f163935S91.DTL

http://www.kolotv.com/news/headlines/37893734.html

Sandra is the on-site reporter from Tuesday

January 20, 2009

Hearing begins in Reno on disputed gold mine

By SANDRA CHEREB
Associated Press Writer

Western Shoshone tribal members packed a Reno courtroom Tuesday, trying to persuade a federal judge to halt at least part of a huge gold mine they claim would desecrate a sacred landmark.

Lawyers for Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. and the federal government disagreed with their claims that mining on Mount Tenabo in northeast Nevada would prevent the Shoshone from practicing their religion.

Roger Flynn, an attorney representing members of the Western Shoshone and the environmental group Great Basin Resource Watch, told U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks that Barrick’s Cortez Hills Project near Crescent Valley some 250 miles east of Reno would cause irreparable harm to the mountain.

Western Shoshone and environmentalists are seeking a preliminary injunction to block construction of the planned 6,700-acre project until a trial can be held on the merits of the tribe’s claims.

Among other things, they argue the U.S. Bureau of Land Management used flawed environmental studies when it approved the project, which would include a 900-acre open pit, 2,000 feet deep.

Opponents also claim the approval violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because the say the mine will prevent Western Shoshone from practicing their religion.

Shawn Collins, a member of the Te-Moak band of Western Shoshone and a third generation miner, said his ancestors were born on Mount Tenabo, which he described as the source of the family’s “puha,” or life force.

A heavy equipment operator for Newmont Mining Corp., Collins said he does not oppose mining, but objects to the work planned on Tenabo.

Collins testified he also was concerned about groundwater levels that environmental studies projected could drop more than 200 feet if the mine goes forward.

The water, he said, “is like the veins in our body … the earth blood.”
“If you do pump the water, you’re taking the life from the mountain,” he said.

Francis Wikstrom, a lawyer for Barrick, said in his opening statement that the mountain has been mined for more than century, and the mine would not prevent Western Shoshone from practicing their beliefs.

Western Shoshone “consider all of the land, all of the air, all of the water sacred,” he said, not just Mount Tenabo.

“They can conduct religious services anywhere,” he said.

Wikstrom said stopping the mine would cause economic harm to the company and workers.

Outside the federal courthouse, about three dozen Western Shoshone and others demonstrated. Some beat drums while others held signs reading, “Gold is not worth more than water,” and “Gold is not above life and culture.”