Monthly Archives: June 2010

Leonard Peltier Statement to US Social Forum Detroit

LEONARD PELTIER: STATEMENT FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY U.S. SOCIAL FORUM-DETROIT

By Leonard Peltier. This appeared Censored News Page 2, the sister site to Censored News.

Welcome to the traditional lands of my people, the Anishinabe. Greetings, my brothers and sisters. Greetings also to my relations from the many different Indigenous Nations who now call this place “Home”. Thank you for your warm welcome.

Hello to all the people of conscience in attendance at the US Social Forum. Thank you for taking the time and expense to attend an event that people will talk about for years to come. I know if you focus and believe, this event can be a major step in the development of a new society­one that turns away from fossil fuels, war and the rampant destruction of our universal home and, instead, focuses on the betterment of all… as opposed to the enrichment of a select few.

I ask that you work this week, in particular, toward full recognition of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as an essential component of a just and honorable U.S. human rights policy. As many of you may know, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was developed over many years with the participation of thousands of Indigenous Peoples. It is consistent with human rights principles as contained in international law, as well as the U.S. Constitution. And, yet, two nations with the largest Indigenous populations­Canada and the United States­have failed to endorse the Declaration. We call upon the United States government to finally endorse the Declaration in its entirety­without qualifications or exceptions­and to work in full partnership with Indigenous Peoples, Tribal governments and Nations to ensure its implementation. Read the rest of this entry

Outside Makeshift Prison:”For Us Native People this is What We Know, this is Canada”

By Megan Kinch. This appeared on the site of the Toronto Media Co-Op, a project of the Dominion News Cooperative.

Jail solidarity has been going on all day despite vicious repression. After the first wave was violently dispersed, a second wave arrived at about 11 AM. 20 to 30 people stood outside the prison, chanting “sol sol sol, solidarity” as riot cops assembled across the street. In the crowd was a Native woman named Ray  she asked me if I knew anyone inside.  I told her that several friends were there, and included Journalist Ben Powless from 6 Nations, who had been arrested in the mass arrests at the Novotel. She  pointed at the assembled riot police and told me:

“This reminds me of a Reservation.”  Ray said “this cement and wire cage there it represents the invisible cage that are Reserves. These cops give protection to the government not to the people. If thier is any indigenous person thats on a reserve, if any speaks up they kill them just like Dudely George.  Any reserve is a prison. Indian affairs have made us prisoners in our own country.”

 “This is real life, this is the real Canada. This happens happesn everyday but now you can see it. this is g20 freedom of speech. For us, Native people this is what we know. This is Canada.

Whatever they do to native people they will eventually do to everybody else in this country.  Canada, the US,  any citizen in the world you are under siege from the new world order in action right here.”

“We were put down, killed, genocide from day one when they made Canada. Before that, in 1820, and when they first came here with blankets and diseases. Residential schools killed our children, thousands dead, I’m a product of residental schools myself. They will kill you for no reason- that what they’ve done to our people espeically our women. The government killed of thousands and thousands of our people and buried them with no graves. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous Peoples at US Social Forum: Halting the Legacy of Genocide

By Brenda Norrell
DETROIT — Speaking out on environmental genocide, Indigenous Peoples describe the legacy of death and destruction from mining, power plants, toxic dumping and the nuclear industry, at the US Social Forum in Detroit. Indigenous Peoples are consulting and strategizing on energy and climate change, immigration, poverty, treaty rights, sacred sites, cultural preservation, and de-militarization.

Broadcast live on Earthcycles, Navajo Leona Morgan describes how new uranium mining targets Navajos living in Church Rock, N.M., where the nation’s deadliest radioactive spill occurred in 1979. In June of 2010, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Hydro Resources Inc. of Texas, which if it proceeds, will poison the water supply of Navajos with new in-situ uranium mining, by drilling on land alongside Navajo land.

The Tewa Women United, on Earthcycles live, describe how the nuclear industry and Los Alamos National Laboratories have exposed Pueblos to generations of death and disease in northern New Mexico. Open air burning, burial of nuclear waste and detonations have poisoned the land, air and water for today’s Pueblos and future generations.

Beata Tsosie Pena of Santa Clara Pueblo said, “We live in the desert and our water supply is very precious to us. Water is our life. I’m scared for my children. I’m scared for my grandchildren. I’m sacred for my elders.” Read the rest of this entry