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United Nations Petitioned Re: Violation of Indigenous Prisoners’ Religious Freedoms by Gabe Galanda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 28, 2014

United Nations Called Upon to Address America’s Violation of Indigenous Prisoners’ Religious Freedoms

American Indian Peoples, Civil Liberties Advocates File Report, Join International Diplomatic Inquiries of the United States
(Seattle, WA) – On Friday, July 26, Huy and a coalition anchored by the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Rights Fund and American Civil Liberties Union, decried the United States’ violations of American indigenous prisoners’ religious freedoms, to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/united-nations-petitioned-re-violation-of-indigenous-prisoners-religious-freedoms-by-gabe-galanda/

Big Oil Throws Gauntlet; Wants to Frack Sioux Lands
Big Oil Throws Gauntlet; Wants to Frack Sioux Lands

Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) are coming to Sitting Bull’s homelands it would seem as the “Wicks Brothers” (claiming Sioux ancestry according to local talk) have published their claim and intent to do exploratory drilling in Sioux and Corson counties (all of Standing Rock Rez) in hopes they (Big Oil) can one day Frack it. The notice was published by the TetonTimes Wednesday, July 30, 2014; it is included below  (Along with the Standing Rock Nation’s policy statement on Fracking) and it states, in relevant part, that Big Oil has secured lease interests in approximatley 200,000 acres in and around the Standing Rock Nation. Fracking, in summary, is the process of injecting poisonous chemicals through layers of rock in the earth’s subsurface to loosen oil reserves and then pump that oil up to the surface. A few people at the top make a lot of money: millions, sometimes billions. The Indians are greased with chump change (as well as North Dakota legislators) and big oil takes over their lands and councils/legislators. The Indians are greased again with chump change as the states keep a majority of the taxes collected on the lands under Tribal jurisdiction. Man camps (mobile settlements housing 100s of drifting outside workers) are set up and hundreds of thousands of dollars of disposable income hits the scene bringing drugs, crime, prostitution and sexually driven abductions, attempted abductions, missing persons and a host of other negative impacts; Industrial 18-wheeler truck traffic takes over your roads (destroying them, causing traffic fatalities and leaving the tribe to deal with it); everyone is put at risk; people die, but die they must as necessary casualties of this machine. This machine is big oil and it is not anything to take lightly. They are coming to destroy our lands, lethally poison our surface and ground waters and destroy the tranquility and purity of our homelands. If we should lay down and take this, what happens when they leave? Who unpoisons the water? Who will stop the inevitable oil-spills like the 1million gallon spill that Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nations are claiming was harmless because “beaver dams were able to contain it.” Who will give our children water to drink when they are crying for it? Who should revive the coyotes, the deer as they lay dying, the buffalo, the meadowlark and all life loved by the water? Who will speak for them? Who has lost their way? Who is seeking the way? Who makes the land sacred again after it has been desecrated? Their system is a disease; it is not natural and it is out of balance. Extraction, fiat currency and debt are pure lies; there is no wealth or true life in them. They are coming to destroy our homelands and by extension destroy us. Original peoples, North Dakotans and open-minded Americans who have learned to appreciate the land know full well that fracking has no place here. We must show the world a better way. We are always ready. We need a new spiritual economy now. -LRI

READ MORE HERE: 
http://lastrealindians.com/big-oil-throws-gauntlet-wants-to-frack-sioux-lands/

Big Oil Throws Gauntlet; Wants to Frack Sioux Lands
Big Oil Throws Gauntlet; Wants to Frack Sioux Lands

Oil and Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) are coming to Sitting Bull’s homelands it would seem as the “Wicks Brothers” (claiming Sioux ancestry according to local talk) have published their claim and intent to do exploratory drilling in Sioux and Corson counties (all of Standing Rock Rez) in hopes they (Big Oil) can one day Frack it. The notice was published by the TetonTimes Wednesday, July 30, 2014; it is included below (Along with the Standing Rock Nation’s policy statement on Fracking) and it states, in relevant part, that Big Oil has secured lease interests in approximatley 200,000 acres in and around the Standing Rock Nation. Fracking, in summary, is the process of injecting poisonous chemicals through layers of rock in the earth’s subsurface to loosen oil reserves and then pump that oil up to the surface. A few people at the top make a lot of money: millions, sometimes billions. The Indians are greased with chump change (as well as North Dakota legislators) and big oil takes over their lands and councils/legislators. The Indians are greased again with chump change as the states keep a majority of the taxes collected on the lands under Tribal jurisdiction. Man camps (mobile settlements housing 100s of drifting outside workers) are set up and hundreds of thousands of dollars of disposable income hits the scene bringing drugs, crime, prostitution and sexually driven abductions, attempted abductions, missing persons and a host of other negative impacts; Industrial 18-wheeler truck traffic takes over your roads (destroying them, causing traffic fatalities and leaving the tribe to deal with it); everyone is put at risk; people die, but die they must as necessary casualties of this machine. This machine is big oil and it is not anything to take lightly. They are coming to destroy our lands, lethally poison our surface and ground waters and destroy the tranquility and purity of our homelands. If we should lay down and take this, what happens when they leave? Who unpoisons the water? Who will stop the inevitable oil-spills like the 1million gallon spill that Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nations are claiming was harmless because “beaver dams were able to contain it.” Who will give our children water to drink when they are crying for it? Who should revive the coyotes, the deer as they lay dying, the buffalo, the meadowlark and all life loved by the water? Who will speak for them? Who has lost their way? Who is seeking the way? Who makes the land sacred again after it has been desecrated? Their system is a disease; it is not natural and it is out of balance. Extraction, fiat currency and debt are pure lies; there is no wealth or true life in them. They are coming to destroy our homelands and by extension destroy us. Original peoples, North Dakotans and open-minded Americans who have learned to appreciate the land know full well that fracking has no place here. We must show the world a better way. We are always ready. We need a new spiritual economy now. -LRI

READ MORE HERE:
http://lastrealindians.com/big-oil-throws-gauntlet-wants-to-frack-sioux-lands/

Copper Breaking (Cutting) Ceremony on the Steps of Canada’s House by Clayton Thomas-Muller

History

In early February 2013, Hereditary Chief Beau Dick, his two daughters, Linnea and Geraldine Dick, and many supporters started their journey from Pt. Hardy to Victoria in support of the Idle No More movement. They arrived with much fan fare from supporters at the BC Legislature on Sunday, Feb. 10th. A Copper Cutting Ceremony was performed on the steps of the Legislature, meant to bring attention to Prime Minister Steven Harper on the impact of fish farms, pipelines and fracking in BC and all of Canada.

Fast forward one year later and there has been NO RESPONSE from Steven Harper on the Copper Cutting Ceremony and the concerns for our environment it was meant to highlight. So Chief Beau Dick and Chiefs from surrounding First Nations are planning a to journey to Parliament Hill in Ottawa….

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/copper-breaking-cutting-ceremony-on-the-steps-of-canadas-house-by-clayton-thomas-muller/

Copper Breaking (Cutting) Ceremony on the Steps of Canada’s House by Clayton Thomas-Muller

History

In early February 2013, Hereditary Chief Beau Dick, his two daughters, Linnea and Geraldine Dick, and many supporters started their journey from Pt. Hardy to Victoria in support of the Idle No More movement. They arrived with much fan fare from supporters at the BC Legislature on Sunday, Feb. 10th. A Copper Cutting Ceremony was performed on the steps of the Legislature, meant to bring attention to Prime Minister Steven Harper on the impact of fish farms, pipelines and fracking in BC and all of Canada.

Fast forward one year later and there has been NO RESPONSE from Steven Harper on the Copper Cutting Ceremony and the concerns for our environment it was meant to highlight. So Chief Beau Dick and Chiefs from surrounding First Nations are planning a to journey to Parliament Hill in Ottawa….

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/copper-breaking-cutting-ceremony-on-the-steps-of-canadas-house-by-clayton-thomas-muller/

You asked for it. :) Last Real Indians Founding Writers: Top Left, Colby Tootoosis, Poundmaker Cree. Top Right, Ruth Hopkins, Sisseton Wahpeton & Mdewakanton Dakota & Hunkpapa Lakota. Middle, Chase Iron Eyes, Hunkpapa & Oglala Lakota. Bottom, Denny Gayton, Hunkpapa Lakota.

The Nuclear family the Soulless ‘twin’ of the Industrial Revolution by Damon Corrie

This is a relatively new problem in the modern world in general….this ‘Nuclear family’ concept (which is a soulless ‘twin’ of the Industrial revolution) is a very powerful ‘negativity-unleashing’ force in the world, it indoctrinates a self-centred mentality of ‘me’ among the economic debt slaves that predominate in the world today – instead of the traditional ancient and common generally pre-existing worldwide – mentality of ‘we’.

At the UN sponsored Climate Change conference in Alaska a few years ago I was asked what I thought was the root cause of our current Global dilemma – and I said ‘the Nuclear Family concept’, most people did not get it, until I explained how a ‘businessman’ raised by a society infected with this mental cancer – that tells him repeatedly “it is YOUR life – you do what YOU want with it…don’t think about anyone else other than what pleases YOU’……and this is why such a ‘devotee’ will feel no guilt or remorse to live a life that shows no respect, concern or empathy for anyone or anything else in his/her drive for financial success…..he/she cares not if an entire tribe of indigenous people has to be moved or extirpated in order for his business to extract ‘natural resources’ (he sees the natural world around him only in terms of ‘commodities’ for his own enrichment), or whether human beings must eke out a living on the slave wages he pays them in his factories – so that people like him and his fellow shareholders (none of whom would lower themselves to EVER work so hard for so little), of if parts of the Earth are destroyed long term in the name of short term ‘profits’ ….as long as HIS wife and children live a comfortable life – he pats himself on the back (and often attends places of religious worship frequently) for being a ‘good’ husband & father…..his likewise miseducated society will even praise him and hold him up as a ‘pillar of society’ if his business is big enough…with people lining-up to kiss his ass (theoretically mostly, but even sometimes literally).

READ THE REST: http://lastrealindians.com/the-nuclear-family-the-soulless-twin-of-the-industrial-revolution-by-damon-corrie/

Indian Water Rights Concerns Draws Strategists – by LRI

Long, long ago there was only darkness (han), han was not nothing but was and is a “darkness”, during this time Inyan was the foremost spiritual entity and he became aware of himself and was lonely so he decided to create another, this was and is Maka (Earth) and to do this he had to Create of himself. Thus, he began to spin with such explosive force that the whole of Creation was begun but that Creation was only possible because he was willing to sacrifice of himself, to give up his place as the foremost power (under the Incomprehensible Sacred) and to give his own blood (which is water) which now carries his power, but he remained with with sacred power and became tunka (the oldest god, or the “rock” as it is known today). -A Creation Story of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). Spiritual Leader Leonard Crow Dog was on hand to impart the spiritual relationship that Original Peoples of the hemisphere, and all beings by extension, have with the water. 

Crow Dog stated “our souls are hungry, for what?, the water of life.”
The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance hosted the Missouri River & Ogallala Aquifer Indian Water Rights Conference 2014 in the Black Hills of Tetonwan Territory (Rapid City, SD) July 23-24, 2014. The main topics of the gathering were Water Quality, Quanitification, and addressing the Army Corp of Engineers plan to unilaterally manage the river, to the exclusion and detriment of Tribal Nations (who possess Treaty and Winter’s Rights to the surface and ground waters, river beds and banks).

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/indian-water-rights-concerns-draws-strategists-by-lri/

Indian Water Rights Concerns Draws Strategists – by LRI

Long, long ago there was only darkness (han), han was not nothing but was and is a “darkness”, during this time Inyan was the foremost spiritual entity and he became aware of himself and was lonely so he decided to create another, this was and is Maka (Earth) and to do this he had to Create of himself. Thus, he began to spin with such explosive force that the whole of Creation was begun but that Creation was only possible because he was willing to sacrifice of himself, to give up his place as the foremost power (under the Incomprehensible Sacred) and to give his own blood (which is water) which now carries his power, but he remained with with sacred power and became tunka (the oldest god, or the “rock” as it is known today). -A Creation Story of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). Spiritual Leader Leonard Crow Dog was on hand to impart the spiritual relationship that Original Peoples of the hemisphere, and all beings by extension, have with the water.

Crow Dog stated “our souls are hungry, for what?, the water of life.”
The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance hosted the Missouri River & Ogallala Aquifer Indian Water Rights Conference 2014 in the Black Hills of Tetonwan Territory (Rapid City, SD) July 23-24, 2014. The main topics of the gathering were Water Quality, Quanitification, and addressing the Army Corp of Engineers plan to unilaterally manage the river, to the exclusion and detriment of Tribal Nations (who possess Treaty and Winter’s Rights to the surface and ground waters, river beds and banks).

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/indian-water-rights-concerns-draws-strategists-by-lri/

The Killdeer Mountain Conflict: General Sully’s 1864 Punitive Campaign Conflicts In Dakota Territory By Dakota Wind 

 “The Lakȟóta and Dakȟóta knew Killdeer Mountain as Taȟčá Wakútepi (Where They Hunt/Kill Deer), Killdeer. The hunting there was good and dependable, and the people came there regularly, not just to hunt but to pray as well. The plateau rises above the prairie steppe allowing for a fantastic view of the landscape, and open sky for those who came to pray.” 

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/the-killdeer-mountain-conflict-general-sullys-1864-punitive-campaign-conflicts-in-dakota-territory-by-dakota-wind/

The Killdeer Mountain Conflict: General Sully’s 1864 Punitive Campaign Conflicts In Dakota Territory By Dakota Wind

“The Lakȟóta and Dakȟóta knew Killdeer Mountain as Taȟčá Wakútepi (Where They Hunt/Kill Deer), Killdeer. The hunting there was good and dependable, and the people came there regularly, not just to hunt but to pray as well. The plateau rises above the prairie steppe allowing for a fantastic view of the landscape, and open sky for those who came to pray.”

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/the-killdeer-mountain-conflict-general-sullys-1864-punitive-campaign-conflicts-in-dakota-territory-by-dakota-wind/

The Shocking Reason Women’s Rights Continue to Disappear, By Cindy Azucena Gomez-Schempp

No movement where people demanded their rights has ever been successful without the oppressed rising up. Usually, a critical mass of the target group must rise up before a shift in ideas or behaviors begins to take place. It was how the civil rights movement was won. Today, however, we hear there is a war on women’s rights and women are losing the battle. States are rolling back abortion rights, guaranteed decades ago in Roe. vs. Wade. 1 out of 4 are sexually assaulted before age 18, the statistics are higher for brown and black women. 1 out of 5 college women are raped on campus and yet congress narrowly reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Women still can’t earn equal pay with men or gain access to the same quality education or jobs. Women in America are furious at politicians and lawmakers, most of whom are white males, for their adversarial policies. They vow to rise up together and unleash the voting power of women to fight back! Yet personally, I’m not that optimistic for the women’s movement.

Unfortunately for women in America, racial divisions deeply rooted in institutions, history, and daily life keep women divided, unable to organize and unite for the benefit of us all. This may seem like a shocking statement, but it’s true. It stems from a misogynist system that sustains patriarchy and white supremacy for white males. White women act against their own interests as females when they support conservative policies which restrict women’s rights to exercise free will over their sexual and reproductive organs and progeny. Whatever their stated ulterior motives may be, be it religious or moral values for example, the outcome is the same: women’s access as a whole to medical reproductive care will be limited or lost. Conservative women understand this. But, who are the women affected most? Women of Color.

Black and Latina women’s sexuality and reproductive care has never been respected in the same way as white women. Black, Latina, and Native women were all historically subjected to rape and forced sterilization in a way white women have never been. This is because of the Eugenics movement in America which reinforced Jim Crow ideology and policy. It was considered a scientific necessity to reduce the fertility of women of less desirable races, like Latinos, Native Americans, and African Americans. Forced sterilization of women of color continues today but is rarely discussed in media. America’s history has been sterilized by conveniently omitting the teaching or discussion of these easily verifiable facts.

White women organized together for women’s suffrage when there was not yet equality between people of color and whites. White women knew that, so they also knew the voting rights they were really securing were those of white women, not all women. 

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/the-shocking-reason-womens-rights-continue-to-disappear-by-cindy-azucena-gomez-schempp/

The Shocking Reason Women’s Rights Continue to Disappear, By Cindy Azucena Gomez-Schempp

No movement where people demanded their rights has ever been successful without the oppressed rising up. Usually, a critical mass of the target group must rise up before a shift in ideas or behaviors begins to take place. It was how the civil rights movement was won. Today, however, we hear there is a war on women’s rights and women are losing the battle. States are rolling back abortion rights, guaranteed decades ago in Roe. vs. Wade. 1 out of 4 are sexually assaulted before age 18, the statistics are higher for brown and black women. 1 out of 5 college women are raped on campus and yet congress narrowly reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Women still can’t earn equal pay with men or gain access to the same quality education or jobs. Women in America are furious at politicians and lawmakers, most of whom are white males, for their adversarial policies. They vow to rise up together and unleash the voting power of women to fight back! Yet personally, I’m not that optimistic for the women’s movement.

Unfortunately for women in America, racial divisions deeply rooted in institutions, history, and daily life keep women divided, unable to organize and unite for the benefit of us all. This may seem like a shocking statement, but it’s true. It stems from a misogynist system that sustains patriarchy and white supremacy for white males. White women act against their own interests as females when they support conservative policies which restrict women’s rights to exercise free will over their sexual and reproductive organs and progeny. Whatever their stated ulterior motives may be, be it religious or moral values for example, the outcome is the same: women’s access as a whole to medical reproductive care will be limited or lost. Conservative women understand this. But, who are the women affected most? Women of Color.

Black and Latina women’s sexuality and reproductive care has never been respected in the same way as white women. Black, Latina, and Native women were all historically subjected to rape and forced sterilization in a way white women have never been. This is because of the Eugenics movement in America which reinforced Jim Crow ideology and policy. It was considered a scientific necessity to reduce the fertility of women of less desirable races, like Latinos, Native Americans, and African Americans. Forced sterilization of women of color continues today but is rarely discussed in media. America’s history has been sterilized by conveniently omitting the teaching or discussion of these easily verifiable facts.

White women organized together for women’s suffrage when there was not yet equality between people of color and whites. White women knew that, so they also knew the voting rights they were really securing were those of white women, not all women.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/the-shocking-reason-womens-rights-continue-to-disappear-by-cindy-azucena-gomez-schempp/