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Shriners Play Indian in ND Parade; Should Stick to Clowning

Autumn Fest: Bismarck, North Dakota (ND); Sept. 20, 2014.

As part of an annual parade we are told is organized by a man named Scott Johnson in the capitol city of the State of North Dakota, a float full of White guys all in Red Face, donning fake headdresses -in the present day- actually made it all the way through with out being booed, pelted with eggs or confronted to have their mock head-dresses removed. Seriously. This is 2014 and in this part of the USA, Native Americans and forward thinking, socially conscious people are subjected yearly to this annual Parade. The parade float was sponsored by the Bismarck Masons and the Bismarck-Mandan Shriners. The Shriners are known throughout the country as people who usually dress up as clowns and do good will wherever they are, but in North Dakota I guess they also think they can dress up as Indians, Orientals, and Arabs. They seem to have fit in perfectly with the annual racially charged themes in which White appropriation of non-White cultures and/or Peoples is encouraged and celebrated. The Mandan Indian Shriners (who apparently were on the float) have units in their organization with names such as the Arab Patrol, Oriental Band, and maybe other 1950s White privilege influenced unit names and practices of their El Zagal Shriner organization, founded in 1942 by A.B. Welch. From the links below it is clear that White people have been playing Indian in North Dakota since the early 1900s.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/racist-display-by-north-dakota-shriners-and-masons/

Indigenous Spokesman Intercepted at Ukraine Airport Enroute to UN World Conference

NADIR BEKIR’S TAXI INTERCEPTED BY 4 MASKED MEN AS HE ATTEMPTS TO ATTEND UN WCIP
Dr. Nadir Bekir, my dear brother and one, if not the most vocal International Indigenous Rights Advocate for the Crimean Tatar Peoples, was riding in a taxi towards the airport at Kiev, Ukraine, as he began his journey towards New York City to attend the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, when the car was intercepted by a minibus. Four masked men jumped out, opened the car door and pulled Nadir to the ground. He offered no resistance. The masked men searched his belongings and took his mobile phone and his passport, even making a comment when they found and perused through his passport, at which point they hopped in the minibus again and left.

Nadir went to the police to file a report. It took over two hours, yet no attempt was made to go look for the attackers. Interestlngly, this was not a “typical robbery”, they took no money or belongings other than the mobile phone and his passport (which seems to be what they were truly looking for).

READ MORE HERE: http://t.co/8DVwXSMlzN

Indigenous Spokesman Intercepted at Ukraine Airport Enroute to UN World Conference

NADIR BEKIR’S TAXI INTERCEPTED BY 4 MASKED MEN AS HE ATTEMPTS TO ATTEND UN WCIP
Dr. Nadir Bekir, my dear brother and one, if not the most vocal International Indigenous Rights Advocate for the Crimean Tatar Peoples, was riding in a taxi towards the airport at Kiev, Ukraine, as he began his journey towards New York City to attend the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, when the car was intercepted by a minibus. Four masked men jumped out, opened the car door and pulled Nadir to the ground. He offered no resistance. The masked men searched his belongings and took his mobile phone and his passport, even making a comment when they found and perused through his passport, at which point they hopped in the minibus again and left.

Nadir went to the police to file a report. It took over two hours, yet no attempt was made to go look for the attackers. Interestlngly, this was not a “typical robbery”, they took no money or belongings other than the mobile phone and his passport (which seems to be what they were truly looking for).

READ MORE HERE: http://t.co/8DVwXSMlzN

Organizing for Change, Embracing Strategies and the Power of Local Elections by: Matt Remle

For nearly twenty years, I’ve been involved in community organizing. I have worked on a myriad of issues ranging from environmental and economic justice to indigenous rights and tribal sovereignty. Along the way, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. I’ve been blessed to work with individuals, and communities, that carried with them a deep love for their communities, future generations, and Mother Earth. These individuals worked on different issues and in different capacities ranging from grassroots and direct action organizers to tribal and elected officials.

Along the way, I have developed a healthy respect and appreciation towards the different philosophies and strategies people take towards working for justice and towards the issues they choose to work on and are passionate about.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/organizing-for-change-embracing-strategies-and-the-power-of-local-elections-by-matt-remle/

Organizing for Change, Embracing Strategies and the Power of Local Elections by: Matt Remle

For nearly twenty years, I’ve been involved in community organizing. I have worked on a myriad of issues ranging from environmental and economic justice to indigenous rights and tribal sovereignty. Along the way, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. I’ve been blessed to work with individuals, and communities, that carried with them a deep love for their communities, future generations, and Mother Earth. These individuals worked on different issues and in different capacities ranging from grassroots and direct action organizers to tribal and elected officials.

Along the way, I have developed a healthy respect and appreciation towards the different philosophies and strategies people take towards working for justice and towards the issues they choose to work on and are passionate about.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/organizing-for-change-embracing-strategies-and-the-power-of-local-elections-by-matt-remle/

MHA Nation Election Pivotal for #Fracking

Those are the final candidates for the office of Chairman of the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Indian Country is watching this year’s Tribal elections because the MHA Nation sits in the middle of the Bakken formation and their leaders have adopted the slogan “Sovereignty by the Barrel” -a reference to the #Fracking of shale oil bringing record profits to a few of the Tribal Nation, buffering the coffers of the Tribal Council, Spilling poisonous #Frack fluid into the Missouri River at times and endangering the surface and ground water supply of the entire State of North Dakota, and those sister Tribes downstream including the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes.

The Tribal nation made news recently for a very significant oil spill as well as declaring several candidates ineligible for Tuesday’s primary election for various reasons including Edmund Baker, the Environmental Protection Director who was shut out of and denied access to information about the aftermath of the most recent Crestwood spill.

Last Real Indians reached out to MHA Nation Council candidate Wendi Wells, excluded from this election, for comment regarding the importance of the Sept. 15, 2014 Tribal Primary Election.

READ MORE HERE: 
http://lastrealindians.com/mha-nation-election-pivotal-for-fracking/

MHA Nation Election Pivotal for #Fracking

Those are the final candidates for the office of Chairman of the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Indian Country is watching this year’s Tribal elections because the MHA Nation sits in the middle of the Bakken formation and their leaders have adopted the slogan “Sovereignty by the Barrel” -a reference to the #Fracking of shale oil bringing record profits to a few of the Tribal Nation, buffering the coffers of the Tribal Council, Spilling poisonous #Frack fluid into the Missouri River at times and endangering the surface and ground water supply of the entire State of North Dakota, and those sister Tribes downstream including the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes.

The Tribal nation made news recently for a very significant oil spill as well as declaring several candidates ineligible for Tuesday’s primary election for various reasons including Edmund Baker, the Environmental Protection Director who was shut out of and denied access to information about the aftermath of the most recent Crestwood spill.

Last Real Indians reached out to MHA Nation Council candidate Wendi Wells, excluded from this election, for comment regarding the importance of the Sept. 15, 2014 Tribal Primary Election.

READ MORE HERE:
http://lastrealindians.com/mha-nation-election-pivotal-for-fracking/

Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards and the Corporate ‘REDWASH’ Agenda – An Open Letter by Clayton Thomas-Muller

Dear Indigenous Peoples Movement,

We need to talk (again) about a serious issue threatening our livelihood and our collective inherit and treaty rights known as corporate sponsorship and the ‘REDWASH’ agenda [of our artistic and education institutions]
Last night the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (APCA) happened in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba and some of our brightest artists and their work were recognized.

The APCA show was sponsored by some of of the biggest violators of Indigenous/Treaty Rights in this country, here is a short list of these corporate criminals: 

http://aboriginalpeopleschoice.com/sponsors/

Transcanda Pipeline Corporations (Grand Rapids Mother Pipeline-Alberta, KXL-USA, Energy East-Alberta to New Brunswick pipelines)

Enbridge (Northern Gateway, Great Lakes Pipelines, Line9-Ontario-Main, Alberta Clipper-Minnesota)

Manitoba Hydro (Mega Hydro Expansion-Northern Manitoba)

Royal Bank of Canada (biggest financier of destructive fossil fuel and mining development in Canada most notably tar sands and associated pipelines.)

The Northern Company (food monopoly in northern Canada, price gouging, exploiting food deserts in First Nations Metis and Inuit communities)

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/aboriginal-peoples-choice-awards-and-the-corporate-redwash-agenda-an-open-letter-by-clayton-thomas-muller/

Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards and the Corporate ‘REDWASH’ Agenda – An Open Letter by Clayton Thomas-Muller

Dear Indigenous Peoples Movement,

We need to talk (again) about a serious issue threatening our livelihood and our collective inherit and treaty rights known as corporate sponsorship and the ‘REDWASH’ agenda [of our artistic and education institutions]
Last night the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (APCA) happened in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba and some of our brightest artists and their work were recognized.

The APCA show was sponsored by some of of the biggest violators of Indigenous/Treaty Rights in this country, here is a short list of these corporate criminals:

http://aboriginalpeopleschoice.com/sponsors/

Transcanda Pipeline Corporations (Grand Rapids Mother Pipeline-Alberta, KXL-USA, Energy East-Alberta to New Brunswick pipelines)

Enbridge (Northern Gateway, Great Lakes Pipelines, Line9-Ontario-Main, Alberta Clipper-Minnesota)

Manitoba Hydro (Mega Hydro Expansion-Northern Manitoba)

Royal Bank of Canada (biggest financier of destructive fossil fuel and mining development in Canada most notably tar sands and associated pipelines.)

The Northern Company (food monopoly in northern Canada, price gouging, exploiting food deserts in First Nations Metis and Inuit communities)

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/aboriginal-peoples-choice-awards-and-the-corporate-redwash-agenda-an-open-letter-by-clayton-thomas-muller/

Seventy Years‏ message from Leonard Peltier

Greetings my Friends, Relatives and Supporters,

I want to send you all this personal message on what is now my 70th Birthday. I really want to thank you all for your years and years of support and love, I would have never made it this long without your love and support. As you can imagine, it has been a VERY long path. At times, more difficult than I could have ever imagined. I don’t regret any of it for one minute.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/seventy-years%e2%80%8f-message-from-leonard-peltier/

Seventy Years‏ message from Leonard Peltier

Greetings my Friends, Relatives and Supporters,

I want to send you all this personal message on what is now my 70th Birthday. I really want to thank you all for your years and years of support and love, I would have never made it this long without your love and support. As you can imagine, it has been a VERY long path. At times, more difficult than I could have ever imagined. I don’t regret any of it for one minute.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/seventy-years%e2%80%8f-message-from-leonard-peltier/

DOJ releases report on Indian Country By Brandon Ecoffey

*This article was first published in the Native Sun News

WASHINGTON—Last week the Department of Justice released a second report to congress highlighting its work in Indian Country. The report entitled Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions includes statistics relating to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, and information on Attorney General Eric Holder’s initiatives to curb violent crime on reservations.

“As detailed in this report, the Department of Justice is making good on our commitment to strengthen cooperation with sovereign tribes, reduce violent crime, and ensure justice for every individual,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. ““From our work to empower Indian women under the landmark Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, to the task force we established to safeguard children in Indian Country from violence and abuse, we have made significant strides – in close partnership with tribal nations – to bolster the safety and security of all American Indian and Alaska Native communities. As we move forward, we will continue to expand on this critical work; to deepen our ongoing efforts; and to reaffirm our dedication to the promise of equal rights, equal protection, and equal justice for all.”

DOJ releases report on Indian Country By Brandon Ecoffey

*This article was first published in the Native Sun News

WASHINGTON—Last week the Department of Justice released a second report to congress highlighting its work in Indian Country. The report entitled Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions includes statistics relating to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, and information on Attorney General Eric Holder’s initiatives to curb violent crime on reservations.

“As detailed in this report, the Department of Justice is making good on our commitment to strengthen cooperation with sovereign tribes, reduce violent crime, and ensure justice for every individual,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. ““From our work to empower Indian women under the landmark Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, to the task force we established to safeguard children in Indian Country from violence and abuse, we have made significant strides – in close partnership with tribal nations – to bolster the safety and security of all American Indian and Alaska Native communities. As we move forward, we will continue to expand on this critical work; to deepen our ongoing efforts; and to reaffirm our dedication to the promise of equal rights, equal protection, and equal justice for all.”

Dam The Indians Anyway – Winnemem WAR DANCE at Shasta Dam

Winnemem Wintu Tribe
Media Contact: Charlotte Berta
Cell: 916-207-2378
Email: char@ranchriver.com

NOTE: PRESS CONFERENCE: 3 PM 9/10/14 AT SHASTA DAM SITE

Redding, Calif. –The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a “War Dance” at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif., beginning September 11th through September 15th. The War Dance is in response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise the dam, which threatens to submerge many Winnemem sacred sites and village areas. The Winnemem lost much of their homelands and their salmon when the dam was first constructed. “Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River – sites we still use today,” says Caleen Sisk , Winnemem Chief and Spiritual Leader. “We can’t be Winnemem any place else but the McCloud River. The dam raise is a form of cultural genocide.”

The Winnemem invoked the War Dance in 1887 against a fish hatchery on the McCloud River that threatened the salmon and the Winnemem way of life. . Again The Winnemem held a War Dance at the dam in 2004 to commit themselves to the protection of their land and their salmon. Now, the Winnemem face even more of their sacred sites and culture being submerged by the dam “We gave up a lot of our homeland for the sake of the California people, and got nothing in return. Now the government wants to take our sacred places, and again we get nothing in return. How is this fair, over and over again?” “This is not right Chief Sisk said. “This is too much to ask of a people.”

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/dam-the-indians-anyway-winnemem-war-dance-at-shasta-dam/

Dam The Indians Anyway – Winnemem WAR DANCE at Shasta Dam

Winnemem Wintu Tribe
Media Contact: Charlotte Berta
Cell: 916-207-2378
Email: char@ranchriver.com

NOTE: PRESS CONFERENCE: 3 PM 9/10/14 AT SHASTA DAM SITE

Redding, Calif. –The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a “War Dance” at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif., beginning September 11th through September 15th. The War Dance is in response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise the dam, which threatens to submerge many Winnemem sacred sites and village areas. The Winnemem lost much of their homelands and their salmon when the dam was first constructed. “Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River – sites we still use today,” says Caleen Sisk , Winnemem Chief and Spiritual Leader. “We can’t be Winnemem any place else but the McCloud River. The dam raise is a form of cultural genocide.”

The Winnemem invoked the War Dance in 1887 against a fish hatchery on the McCloud River that threatened the salmon and the Winnemem way of life. . Again The Winnemem held a War Dance at the dam in 2004 to commit themselves to the protection of their land and their salmon. Now, the Winnemem face even more of their sacred sites and culture being submerged by the dam “We gave up a lot of our homeland for the sake of the California people, and got nothing in return. Now the government wants to take our sacred places, and again we get nothing in return. How is this fair, over and over again?” “This is not right Chief Sisk said. “This is too much to ask of a people.”

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/dam-the-indians-anyway-winnemem-war-dance-at-shasta-dam/

Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate
This event features activists Shelley A. Young, Kandi Mosset, Elle Maija Tailfeathers, and Ellen Gabriel who will discuss high-profile media campaigns by indigenous groups in Canada and the United States that protest the oil and fracking industries and the ongoing governmental violations of Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.
Sponsored by the School of Media Studies and co-organized in collaboration with Idle No More and Frack Action, a leading New York-based organization working for a statewide ban on fracking as a part of Climate Action Week at The New School.

Participants will include:
Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) Human rights activist from Kanehsatà:ke, Ellen has spent years fighting for Indigenous rights well-known to the public when she was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka” Crisis; to protect the Pines from the expansion of a 9 hole golf course in “Oka” and the removal of Kanien’kehá:ka ancestors from their burial ground. She is now a leading voice in fighting the Energy East and Line 9 tar sands pipelines. 

Kanehsatà:ke territory is right in the path of the proposed Enbridge #Line9 and Trans-Canada Energy East tar sands pipelines and Ellen has emerged as a key voice in the fight to stop tar sands expansion through organizing in solidarity with First Nations in Alberta and the 185 First Nations in the right of way of the controversial project.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/climate-action-week-frack-off-indigenous-women-leading-media-campaigns-to-defend-our-climate/

Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate
This event features activists Shelley A. Young, Kandi Mosset, Elle Maija Tailfeathers, and Ellen Gabriel who will discuss high-profile media campaigns by indigenous groups in Canada and the United States that protest the oil and fracking industries and the ongoing governmental violations of Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.
Sponsored by the School of Media Studies and co-organized in collaboration with Idle No More and Frack Action, a leading New York-based organization working for a statewide ban on fracking as a part of Climate Action Week at The New School.

Participants will include:
Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) Human rights activist from Kanehsatà:ke, Ellen has spent years fighting for Indigenous rights well-known to the public when she was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka” Crisis; to protect the Pines from the expansion of a 9 hole golf course in “Oka” and the removal of Kanien’kehá:ka ancestors from their burial ground. She is now a leading voice in fighting the Energy East and Line 9 tar sands pipelines.

Kanehsatà:ke territory is right in the path of the proposed Enbridge #Line9 and Trans-Canada Energy East tar sands pipelines and Ellen has emerged as a key voice in the fight to stop tar sands expansion through organizing in solidarity with First Nations in Alberta and the 185 First Nations in the right of way of the controversial project.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/climate-action-week-frack-off-indigenous-women-leading-media-campaigns-to-defend-our-climate/