Monday, July 25, 2016

Dakota and Lakota Youths Run to DC -- 'Run for Our Water'


News coverage of runners in Des Moines, Iowa:

We are a group of young people from the Oceti Sakowin Nation taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth.

Since our petition launched, three months ago, we’ve started a movement of almost 140,000 people demanding that the Army Corps of Engineers deny a permit for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through our Missouri River. Our campaign has been so successful, but it’s not enough: construction has already begun on the pipeline. 

We want to take this campaign to Washington D.C., straight to the doorstep of the Army Corps of Engineers’ headquarters and the White House – and we plan to run there. We’ll be using this 2,000-mile relay run to elevate our campaign into national awareness by connecting with other youth groups along the way, and working hard to get more supporters. Decision makers can’t ignore 140,000 signatures left on their doorstep, especially when we’ve traveled so far to deliver them.

If the Dakota Access Pipeline is built through the Missouri River, it risks our health and our water. This summer, we’re running for our lives. Support us by donating to our Relay Run fund, by running with us or by hosting our runners in your city. We’ll be posting the list of destination cities soon!


Relay run of 2,000 miles to D.C. opposes Bakken Pipeline
By Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa Director
Bobbi Jean Three Legs
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Des Moines, IA — At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 in front of the Neal Smith Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street in Des Moines, Lakota and Dakota youth on a 2,000-mile relay-run to Washington, D.C. will hold a rally and protest to challenge President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to take action to stop the Bakken Pipeline. (See their promotional video here.)
Thirty-one young people from the Oceti Sakowin lands in North Dakota are running through Iowa July 19-25, roughly following the path of the Bakken pipeline. They will arrive in Washington, D.C. on August 5 and deliver over 140,000 signatures (people wishing to sign the petition can do so here) against the Bakken Pipeline to the Army Corps of Engineers. They also will rally in front of the White House, calling on President Obama to tell the Corps that a full Environmental Impact Statement is needed to show the harmful impact of the pipeline on their native lands and waters.
“In May, we led a relay race over 500 miles to deliver signatures to the Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha,” said Bobbi Jean Three Legs, one of the organizers. “Young people from across the Oceti Sakowin lands and non-Native youth ran over eight days through South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, from reservation to reservation, through small towns and bigger cities along the Missouri River. Corps officials listened, but they still haven’t stopped the pipeline. We are now taking our message all the way to Washington, to the Corps’ headquarters there and to President Obama, to tell them to put an end to this act of aggression against our people, our land, our water and our future.”
“The passion and commitment of these tireless young people is contagious,” said Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon. “Their message is being well-received across Iowa, where 74% of us oppose the use of eminent domain to build the Bakken Pipeline. We hope their message is equally well-received by President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers.”
Bold Iowa is part of the national Bold Alliance, now in five states and building new alliances to fight fossil-fuel infrastructure expansion projects and promote renewable energy. Visit
Oceti Sakowin Youth and Allies calls on the Army Corps of Engineers and President Obama to stop construction of the Bakken Pipeline because it will cause harm to the great people of this nation whose water and livelihood depends on the Missouri River.'Stop the  Dakota Access 

Photos above Joye Braun


Day 7 of our run!

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
Fort Yates, ND
JUL 21, 2016 — Today is Day 7 of our run and we are in high spirits! We’ve passed through South Dakota, and are making our way through Iowa. Some days are tough in this summer heat, so we work to care for each other and make sure everyone is drinking enough water and staying healthy.

This Saturday July 23rd at 11 am, we’ll be taking part in a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. If you are in the area come join us! We’ll be meeting at the Neal Smith Federal Building, on 210 Walnut Street. You can read more about the event here:

If you would like to learn more about our journey, take a look at this video we’ve made or check out the #RezpectOurWater hashtag on Facebook. We’ll send more updates soon!

Anna Lee and Bobbi Jean

TODAY PHOENIX! Protest Maricopa County Attorney: Justice for Loreal Tsingine

Photo by Klee Benally in Winslow, Arizona

Today, July 25, 2016: Protest Maricopa County Attorney's decision at 7:30 a.m., 301 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Arizona

Coalition Protests Maricopa County's Failure to Prosecute Killer Cop Who Murdered Loreal Tsingine

By Monica Spencer, Coalition Organizer
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PHOENIX – The Bordertown Justice Coalition, in response to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against Winslow Police Officer Austin Shipley for killing Loreal Tsingine (Diné/Navajo), will hold a protest on July 25 at 7:30 AM in front of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office at 301 West Jefferson St., Phoenix.
Montgomery’s decision is the most recent continuation of injustice that began on March 29 when Tsingine was killed by Winslow Officer Austin Shipley after shooting her five times at point-blank range.

“I was upset and horrified when I heard that our Diné relative was ruthlessly murdered,” Brandon Benallie said. “I was even more appalled when I learned that her body remained in the street until 6:00 AM the next day, which was a further degradation of her humanity and a violation of Navajo customs and beliefs”

Since Tsingine’s murder, the coalition has been working with the Tsingine family to demand justice (see attached demands) and have held a number of protests and community meetings in Winslow.  

Rather than resolving the matter immediately and justly, Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon prolonged the matter by deferring the final decision on what criminal charges would be brought against Austin Shipley to Maricopa County.

“From the beginning we demanded, on behalf of the Tsingine family, a third-party investigation,” said Andrew Curley. “Instead Navajo County passed the buck to Maricopa County, a county with a history of violence and racism toward Indigenous people and other people of color.”

The Maricopa County Attorney Office media release distributed on July 22 did not reference the Arizona policies and procedures that were used to make their decision.  

“Rather than offering a justification for not prosecuting the killer cop, Montgomery’s decision can only be understood as a flippant, lazy attempt to dismiss their negligence,” Monica Spencer stated. “Montgomery failed to offer any recourse or justice for Loreal’s family and her community.”

The Bordertown Justice Coalition is comprised of individuals and members of organizations such as: Arizona to Rally Against Native American Mascots, Black Lives Matter Phoenix, The Red Nation, and Council Advocating an Indigenous Manifesto.

To learn more about the Bordertown Justice Coalition or to participate in future actions, you can ‘like’ the coalition on Facebook.


The Bordertown Justice Coalition demands:

  1. An independent review, which must include Navajo Nation government representation, of Loreal Tsingine’s murder. The independent review must not include another Arizona state-entity.
  2. For the safety of the Winslow community and Indigenous people, the immediate termination of Winslow Police Chief Stephen Garnett, as well as Winslow Police lieutenant Ken Arrend and killer cop Austin Shipley.
  3. AZ DPS’ full report as well as any and all evidence, including Shipley’s body-cam recordings, be made publicly available immediately.
  4. An U.S. Department of Justice inquiry into the systemic and pervasive racial profiling and harassment of Arizona police against Indigenous peoples.
  5. An official public apology from the City of Winslow to the family and community of Loreal Tsingine for her murder by Austin Shipley. The apology must be made in Teesto, AZ, with State and National news media present.
  6. The City of Winslow must compensate the Tsingine family for all expenses related to Loreal’s murder by Austin Shipley.
  7. Any and all income paid to Austin Shipley by the City of Winslow during his administrative leave be immediately returned to the City of Winslow.
  8. The Navajo Nation file a complaint to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD) and U.N. Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for rampant abuse, harassment, and treaty violations in U.S. policing of indigenous peoples

Also see: Navajo Times 'Family of Loreal Tsingine in disbelief over Maricopa County Attorney Decision

Photos Peltier Justice Ride Reaches White House

In front of White House

Greenbelt Park (above and below)

Peltier Justice Ride reaches White House, urges clemency for Leonard Peltier

Photos by Chauncey Lee Peltier, son of Leonard Peltier

The Peltier Justice Ride reached the White House from the west coast, urging clemency for Leonard Peltier. "This cross-country ride is dedicated to bringing awareness of the last 41 years of Leonard's unjust imprisonment and getting President Obama to grant him clemency," Chauncey said. Riders traveled from Banks, Oregon to Washington DC over 10 days. Chauncey said thanks to the Thunder Guardians, photo above, he did not ride alone.

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Dineh defend western Navajoland from Escalade destructive tourism

Save the Confluence has released a fact sheet and flyer.
The 12-point fact sheet outlines the reasons why a proposed tourist resort would harm the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.
Developers who call themselves Confluence Partners, aka Fulcrum Group, want to build a gondola tram on the Navajo Nation side of the Grand Canyon, at the confluence, leading down to the rivers. They call their proposal the Escalade Project.
They also want to build a tourist resort that would bring thousands of visitors to the area reserved for traditional sheepherding, and holds sites sacred to many American Indian tribes, ranging from Hopi, to Zuni, to Navajo, Pueblo, and more.
Save the Confluence is a grass-roots organization seeking to protect the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers from developers. It represents hundreds of Navajo families who have lived traditionally on the land for centuries. The organization also has the backing from many Navajo Chapters, the Diné Medicine Man association, the Hopi Nation, the Zuni Nation, the All Indian Pueblo Council, and environmental-protection organizations throughout the United States.

Comment by Censored News: The proposed Escalade tourism disaster is a lesson in how poisonous politics destroys the land, water and peoples lives. This monster tourism project on Navajoland at the Grand Canyon was first pushed by Albert Hale. Hale resigned as Navajo president during a financial probe of his office. Then, the governor of Arizona quickly appointed him to the Arizona Legislature to fill a vacancy. Earlier, while Hale was Navajo President, he had a public affair with his press secretary, documented in Navajo Times. She then became a reporter/editor in Indian country. Once Hale was in the Arizona Legislature, Hale pushed this corporate scheme Escalade which would destroy western Navajoland, sacred land and water on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Photo: Sacred Stone Camp resisting Dakota Access Pipeline

Sacred Stone Camp July 2016
Hau we are the Inyan wakankagapi otip-Sacred Stone Camp from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.   We have partnership with the Oectc  Sakowin- Seven Council Fires, Indians and Cowboys and anyone who was to stand with us against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This pipeline will cross the Missouri River and Cannon Ball River which is the life line to many tribes and non native, when this pipeline leaks it will destroy the water and land.  Water is life ! So this pipeline is along the Missouri River and the KL pipeline was along the Ogall aquifer both are important to save.
We are asking for financial support for water-propane - food and blankets  for the camp.  This is a prayer camp movement to save our sacred land and water and has been entirely supported by the people and the campers. We are in great appreciation for all you contributions....Wopila lila tanka-- we are deeply grateful for you contributions thank you!
In Spirit
Sacred Stone Camp

Photo: 'No! Fracking on Dinetah'

Colleen Cooley said, "Honored to be among these Diné warriors today at Navajo Nation Council Chambers! Educating Delegates and the public about the dangers of Fracking on Dinétah and other related issues! They have all been fighting for the protection of Nihímá Nahasdzáán for many years, they have been my mentors and continue to inspire me to keep fighting the fight for future generations!"

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Zapatistas open letter on aggressions against Peoples Movement San Cristobal


Open letter on the aggressions against the people’s movement in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

Open letter on the aggressions against the people’s movement in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

To the current governor and the other overseers of the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas:
Ladies (ha) and Gentlemen (double ha):
We do not send greetings.
Before it occurs to you to try (as the PGR[i] is already attempting in Nochixtlán) to blame the cowardly aggression against the people’s resistance encampment in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas on ISIS, we would like to provide you, at no charge, the information we have collected on the subject.
The following is the testimony of an indigenous partidista[ii] (PRI) brother from San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico:
“At 9am (on July 20, 2016) the Verde party followers were called to the governor’s palace. They went and were told to do again what they had done the other day.”
(NOTE: he is referring to the incident in which a group of indigenous people affiliated with the Partido Verde Ecologista (Green Ecology Party) put on ski masks and went to create chaos at the [teachers’] blockade between San Cristóbal and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital of Chiapas. When they were detained by the CNTE’s [teachers’ union] security, they first said they were Zapatistas (they weren’t, aren’t, and never will be), and later admitted they were partidistas.
But this time they were supposed to dialogue so that the people at the blockade would let the trucks from Chamula that do business in Tuxtla go through. The municipal president (who belongs to the Verde Ecologista Party) sent police patrols and local ambulances. The municipal president of San Cristóbal sent some more police. The governing officials in Tuxtla sent a bunch more. See, they [the people from Chamula] had made a deal with the police—they already had a plan. So they went in there like they were going to dialogue but one group went into the blockade’s encampment and started destroying things, stealing or burning everything they found. Then they started shooting—the Verdes are indeed armed—but shooting like a bunch of drunks and druggies. The police were acting like their security detail, their backup. We don’t agree with what the Verdes did. Now the tourists are scared to come to the municipal center (of San Juan Chamula) and this screws everybody over because it really hurts our businesses. It’s not the blockade but rather the fucking Verdes that are fucking us over. Now we’re going to go protest in Tuxtla and demand they remove that asshole of a president. And if they won’t listen to us, well then we’ll see what we have to do.”
With regard to that clumsy attempt to dress paramilitaries in ski masks and say they were Zapatistas, it was a total failure (in addition to being a tired old trick that has been tried before by Croquetas Albores).[iii]Questioned on whether they thought it had been Zapatistas who destroyed the blockade and committed these outrageous acts, here are the comments of two townspeople, without any known political affiliation:
A street vendor, approximately 60 years old:
“No! The people who destroyed all that stuff yesterday are people paid by the government, we all know that. They aren’t the ones that support the teachers. The teachers’ struggle is valid; the other option would be that we’d have to pay for education ourselves. And where do they get money to pay the teachers anyway? From the people. What we need is for the majority of other states to join the struggle, there are four that are already in but we don’t know how long the others will take.”
A Chamula indigenous person, a street vendor:
“Naaahhh, those weren’t Zapatistas. Zapatistas don’t act like that. Plus the Zapatistas support the teachers and those people yesterday were trying to pass themselves off as Zapatistas by putting on ski masks, but they aren’t; they don’t act like Zapatistas at all.”
“So who were those people yesterday?”
“Those are other people, they get paid for that.”
“What do you think of the teachers’ struggle?”
“That we should all support them.”
We are sure that you don’t know this (either that or the stupidities that you commit are because you are in fact stupid), but the so-called “teachers’ conflict” arose because of the stupid arrogance of that mediocre police wannabe who still works out of the Department of Public Education (SEP by its Spanish acronym. Oh you’re welcome, no thanks needed). After the teachers’ mobilizations and the government’s response in the form of threats, firings, beatings, imprisonment, and death, the teachers in resistance managed to get the federal government to sit down to dialogue. This is in fact a federal issue. It is up to the federal government and the teachers in resistance to dialogue and come to an agreement or not.
You sympathize with the hardheadedness of that mediocre policeman. We Zapatistas sympathize with the teachers’ demands and we respect them. This applies not only to the CNTE, but to the entire people’s movement that has arisen around their demands. As Zapatistas, we have made our sympathy public by supporting them in word and deed, with the small amount of food that we could put together from our own tables.
Do you think this movement, now taken up by so many people, is going to be defeated by evicting a few encampments, even when you disguise it as “citizen rage?” You’ve already seen that doesn’t work. Just like what happened with our brothers, the originary peoples in Oaxaca—if you destroy their camps they’ll build them back up. Time and time again. The thing is that here below there is no fatigue. Your bosses calculated that the teachers’ resistance movement would deflate over summer vacation. Now you’ve seen that you were wrong (hmmm, that’s more than three failures in one evaluation. If we applied the “education reform” in this case you would already have been fired and would be looking for work in the Iberdrola alongside the psychopath.)[iv]
The movement has been able to generate and concretize the sympathies of the people, while you all only generate dislike and repudiation.
As we were already saying as of two months ago, the movement already encompasses various social sectors and, of course, their specific demands. For example, you’re not around to hear it but people are demanding Cancino be removed from office (the supposed municipal president of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, a city in Chiapas, Mexico, in case you didn’t know) and Narciso be put in jail (the paramilitary boss of the ALMETRACH.)[v] This and the other things they are demanding can be summarized in one word: good government. How long will it take you to realize that you are just in the way, parasites that infect the entire society, above and below?
The thing is that you all are so sure of yourselves that you send your attack dogs to steal the few belongings of these people who are PEACEFULLY protesting. Well, we Zapatistas will again begin to collect the food and basic necessities you stole from them and supply them once again. And we will do so over and over again.
Instead of making ridiculous declarations (like denying having a role in that cowardly attack on the people’s encampment in San Cristóbal), you could contribute to the easing of tensions necessary for this dialogue and negotiation to take place as determined by both parties (which are, we might remind you, the Federal Government and the National Coordination of Education Workers). It would be a good idea to tie up your attack dogs (Marco Antonio, Domingo, and Narciso). Just whistle and shake a wad of bills at them and you’ll see how they come running.
And some unsolicited advice: don’t play with fire in Chamula. The unrest and division you are inciting in that town with your stupidities could provoke an internal conflict of such terror and destruction that you wouldn’t be able to quash it with social network bots or paid “news” articles or the little money that Manuel JoffreyVelasco Baratheon-Lannister has left in the state treasury.
So be calm. Be patient and show some respect. We hope the federal government will dialogue and negotiate with seriousness and commitment, not only because the teachers’ demands are just, but because this might be one of the last times there is someone with whom to dialogue and negotiate. The process of decomposition you have encouraged is so advanced that soon you won’t even know who to slander. Plus there won’t be anyone on the other side of the table. Understood?
So, do your thing. That is, go back to Photoshop, to the celebrity news, the flashy parties, the spectacle, the gossip magazines, to the frivolity of those who lack intelligence. Govern? Oh come now, not even the paid media believe you do that.
It’s better that you step aside and learn, because this is Chiapas, and the Chiapas population is a lot to take for such a lame government.
To whom it may concern:
As Zapatistas it is our conviction—and we act in accordance—that the movement’s decisions, strategies, and tactics should be respected. This applies to the entire political spectrum. It is not acting in good faith to hitch oneself onto a movement and try to steer it in a direction outside of its internal logic. And that goes for attempts to slow it down or speed it up. If you can’t accept that, then at least say clearly that you want to use this movement for your own ends. If you say so directly, perhaps the movement will follow you, perhaps not. But it is healthier to tell the movement what you are seeking. How do you expect to lead if you don’t respect the people?
We Zapatistas are not going to tell our current teachers (those from the CNTE and also from the towns,barrios, and neighborhoods that support them) what to do and what not to do. This should be crystal clear to all noble people in struggle: ANY ACTION TAKEN BY THE ZAPATISTAS IN RELATION TO THE CURRENT POPULAR MOVEMENT (or those that later emerge) WILL BE PUBLICLY MADE KNOWN AHEAD OF TIME, always respecting the movement’s times and ways. The National Coordination of Education Workers as well as the originary peoples’ movements, neighborhoods, and barrios that support the teachers should understand that whatever decisions they make—whether about their path, their destiny, their steps, or their company—they will have our respect and our salute.
This thing of dressing up like Zapatistas and yelling slogans that involve others is fine as a bit of entertainment and a line on your resumé, but it is nevertheless false and dishonest. We did not rise up to hand out stolen junk food, but rather for democracy, freedom, and justice for all. If you think breaking windows and stealing food that isn’t even nourishing is more revolutionary and of more help to the movement, well, let the movement decide. But clarify that you are not Zapatistas. We don’t care when people tell us we don’t understand the “conjuncture,” or that we don’t have a vision of how to use electoral advantage, or that we are petit-bourgeoisie. We only care that that teacher [maestro, maestro] that señora, that señor, that young person [joven, jóvena] feel that here, in the mountains of southeastern Mexico, there are those who love them, respect them, and admire them. This is what we care about, even though such sentiments do not come into play in grand electoral strategies.
The teachers in resistance and, now more and more often, the people’s movement that gathers around them face very difficult adverse conditions. It isn’t fair that, in the midst of all of that, they have to deal not only with clubs, batons, shields, bullets, and paramilitaries, but also with “advice,” “orientation,” and “with-all-due-respect”-type orders telling them what to do or what not to do, or whether to advance or retreat—that is, what to think and what to decide.
We Zapatistas don’t send junk food to those who struggle, but rather non-GMO corn tostadas which are not stolen but rather homemade through the work of thousands of men and women who know that to be Zapatista does not mean to hide one’s face but rather to show one’s heart. Because reheated Zapatistas tostadasrelieve hunger and inspire hope. And you can’t buy that in convenience stores or supermarkets.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés     Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano
Mexico, July 21, 2016
[i] Procuraduría General de la República, Mexico’s Attorney General
[ii] Refers to someone affiliated with one of the registered political parties.
[iii] “Croquetas,” or doggy biscuit, was the nickname assigned by the EZLN to Roberto Albores Guillén, governor of Chiapas from 1998-2000.
[iv] This likely refers to ex-president Felipe Calderón who recently took a job with a subsidiary of Iberdrola.
[v] La Asociación de Locatarios del Mercado Tradicional, Traditional Market Tenants’ Association.


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