Indian Country Today: Uncle Tomahawks & Cheerleaders of the Rape of Mother Earth

Originally posted over at Censored News as Media Watch: Indian Country Today Hits a New All Time Low. However, not only is Indian County Today an Uncle Tomahawk cheerleader of the rape of mother earth, with no regard for the impact that this violation of our mother has on our people, it has also been a supporter of the continuing FBI campaign against Leonard Peltier and the American Indian Movement, including cheerleading the government set up and lynching of John Graham for the murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash – a murder which the government carried out as part of the COINTELPRO terror campaign!

So I would like to echo Censored News editor Brenda Norrell’s call to boycott Indian Country Today!

NEW TOWN, North Dakota — The newspaper Indian Country Today didn’t show up to cover the Protecting Mother Earth Gathering and now has an article cheerleading the rape of the earth and the ongoing devastation by the oil and gas industry.

Perhaps the newspaper would have been less likely to publish a press release, during the newspaper’s downward spiral, if its reporters or editors had been present at the Gathering and listened to the people here, and witnessed the carnage by the oil and gas industry.

Perhaps if Indian Country Today had listened to Kandi Mossett tell of how her 23-year-old friend was killed by one of these trucks here, the newspaper would not have been so careless in what it posts for profit.

“We can’t drink the oil,” Kandi said, as the tears fell from her eyes, remembering her friend and others being driven off the road by these trucks.

Maybe if Indian Country Today had listened to Kandi, and the other Native youths, and elders here of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations, speak of how the land, water and air is being poisoned, how the truck diesel and pollution spills onto the land, the newspaper would not have been so irresponsible.

Perhaps if the newspaper’s staff had listened to the elders here tell how greed for money is destroying the nation today, it would not have carelessly published an article cheering for the oil and gas industry and the elected politicians.

Perhaps if the newspaper’s staff had heard the elders speak of how the Three Affiliated Nations at Fort Berthold, were devastated by colonizers during the smallpox genocide, the editors would have taken their responsibility more seriously to both show up for the Gathering of Indigenous Peoples from across the Americas, and then publish the facts.

Maybe if the staff of Indian Country Today had been there, choking on the dust and gagging from the gas flaring, the staff might not have rushed to support President Tex Hall’s ongoing publicity campaign.

The minimum for a newspaper is to show up and report the facts.

For Indian Country Today to engage in a counter campaign to this Gathering, and carelessly support the destruction of the earth, while publicizing its favored politicians, is what this newspaper does best.

The newspaper hit an all time low.

Please continue to boycott this newspaper.

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Posted on August 18, 2011, in Indigenous Struggles, The Mainstream Media. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Please continue to expose ICT and Paul DeMain’s yellow journalism. This paper dominates Indian Country and spreads disinformation about AIM the way Fox news spreads disinformation about liberals. Too many people think this paper is respectable just because they have the finances to promote themselves. More Native people need to blog and to make our own media that isn’t controlled by the US government or people under the FBI’s spell.

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