"This is the first time in 27 years that a uranium mining corporation and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have been challenged about
'their right' to water.
"Protect SacredWater. While we still have some left to protect!!!!"
Wioweya Najin Win
An Update from the Crawford Uranium Mining Front Line
Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and our allies founded to promote the protection of sacred water and preservation of our territorial lands. Our actions for environmental justice rely upon cultural revitalization as our major tool in achieving our goals. The principle location from which are operations are based are on Lakota territory along Wounded Knee Creek on what is called the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation . More information on our work can be found at www.oweakuinternational.org
"Wednesday August 26th was day three at the uranium hearings in Crawford, Nebraska: Sacredwater vs Cameco, Inc.
"Today, Thursday, August 27th the Oglala Sioux Tribe historical and cultural experts Dennis YellowThunder and Mike Catches will take the stand and defend the Oglala Lakota, the Lakota Oyate (nation), Unci Maka (Mother Earth), and our ancient lands and culture. They will be on the stand for Thursday and Friday and maybe even Saturday.
"The judges announced they may extend the hearing one more day. See you there. Toksa." Wioweya Najin Win
Buffalo Bruce, a local activist and resident, added: "The Federal Judges are sharp and drilling all attorneys and witnesses into the ground for the facts. With the new data showing the existence of many faults and fractures that didn't exist prior to the Uranium mine startup, the Judges are pointed and crisp with their questions to the mine staff and attorneys. Feeling OK!"
"Some hardcore lawyers, water protectors, hydrologists, geologists and biologists keeping Cameco and the NRC on the uranium hot seat in front of the atomic licensing board.
"Expert witnesses include hydrogeologists Wireman and Kreamer, stratiagrapher Dr. LaGarry and biochemist Linsey McLean. Attorneys Andrew Reid, Thomas Ballanco, and David Frankel represent the intervenors who were unprecedentedly granted status before the NRC and include the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Debra White Plume, Joe American Horse Tiospaye, Tom and Loretta Cook Twice, Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way), and the Western Nebraska Resource Council." Suree Towfighnia, Co-Director, Producer, Camera, Crying Earth Rise Up, and Owe Aku
The website link for Crying Earth Rise Up has substantial information on uranium mining, the film and the hearing before the NRC. Also see Owe Aku's website for more details on who we are and our fight to protect sacred water. Also, if you're on Facebook, follow us at Owe Aku.
During a break in the proceedings in Crawford, NE, where Owe Aku and its many allies are defending Sacredwater from uranium mining for the benefit of future generations and a living Unci Maka, Wioweya Najin Win and Vic Camp (Owe Aku's spokesman known as the Eyapaha) toured some of the site where the hazardous uranium is forced from the Earth. This struggle is nothing less than one of survival for the Lakota people who, for thousands of years, lived in this region of North America and cared for the Earth. It's not an accident that the only pristine places left on Earth are on Indigneous territories. It's because Indigenous peoples are willing to defend Mother Earth. But this is not a Red Nations struggle, it is a human struggle and we need to all ally up.
Resident of the mining area around Crawford, NE, Iris, a sisterhood water watcher not afraid to stand up to Cameco in her small town. Sadly, many in Crawford are too intimidated to stand up to a giant, multinational, corporation like Cameco, but there are a few brave people who fear undrinkable water more than foreign corporations!
Excessive Laws to Livestock Confiscation at Big Mountain on Black Mesa
We all have to live with regulations whether we live in the urban or rural areas, and permits may apply as to how many pets we should have to how much livestock we can range. What the Hopi tribe is up to is also like any county/state authority that regulate ranching particularly involving horses and cattle. This current situation in Big Mountain involves, in part, the Hopi rangers doing their annual livestock assessment, however for the Dineh sheep and goat herders, it is unique because it involves culture and identity. It is also important to understand that because of this unique factor, Dineh (Navajos) are attempting to resist this 'range management' practices just as they have resisted the relocation program. The BIA Police and tribal rangers have reoriented their livestock confiscation approaches against these Dineh. There is now a standby alert system to agency-wide, Special Operation Services and this makes the enforcement more excessive.
These Dineh resisters to a federal mandatory, relocation law have been subjected to livestock count and impoundments this past week and more are expected to continue, perhaps into next month. Livestock counts and impoundments are used also as a tool to harass, demoralize, terminate the economic and cultural backbone, monitor family home site activities, and to pressure all Dineh to vacate their ancestral homelands.
Eventually this policy of force removal will not create new Hopi lands as the Law states, but it makes way for Peabody Coal Company to expand and exploit the remaining coal deposits. Peabody's role here is major as compared to all other natural resource extraction in Arizona, it is a long term multinational corporate investment that extends to 2055-60. The now 50 year old mining leases at Black Mesa has nearly exhausted its operation and Peabody hopes to expand new lease areas into the still, culturally-intact, Big Mountain region.
After the specially targeted, excessive force used by the BIA - Hopi police during fall of 2015 animal confiscations, resident herders were not only left uneasy but some did not have the $1000 to $2000 to get their animals back. One traditional woman in her 90s lost her whole herd and was so dramatized that she asked the government to help her relocate. Her neighbor, a traditional man who intervened during that impoundment, was arrested, and he was finally acquitted this summer after an agonizing period of distance travels for court appearances, attorney and court fees, not having transportation, and never being provided a translator. Other traditional herders holding grazing permits lost about 85 percent of their herds, and were recently intimidated and told they are again over the limits. The rest of the herders are still uneasy and knowing they are listed for an invasion, a method of genocide: to exterminate the means of food, medicinal and material, economic and cultural resources. This is the reason why volunteer human rights observers are needed.
There a few Dineh elders resisters that have withheld their sovereign and ancient obligations to their sacred Mountain Soil Bundle which is believed to represent the complete authority over animal husbandry, sustainable and eco-conscious live styles, farming, and rituals. The federal, both tribal and state, consider these particular resisters as 'extremist' and trespassers. These traditional resisters have refused to get 'legal' permits or temporary resident status. Pauline Whitesinger who passed away in 2014 was just one of those hardcore resister and leader. Rena Babbit Lane is still remaining strong as one of the last true sovereign Indian, and just this week she was told to be prepared for that BIA invasion to confiscate her animals. Her son, Jerry, is the one that was just acquitted. Grandma Rena is in her 90s, and it is unimaginable how a grandma this old, who withholds much wisdom, a soft spoken and kind individual be tortured further. Does this country, the U.S. and its fossil fuel addicted citizens, truly believe in destroying all earth based humans in order to control global real estates and the electrical power grids?
A few voices from the land:
This recent attack happened on the 152nd anniversary of the start of the US Army's scorch the earth policy against the Dineh, in which a bounty was placed on all 'Navajo' livestock in an attempt to starve them into submission, and resulted in the massive forced relocation, known as the Long Walk. Big Mountain elder, John Katenay's story, "My great grandmother told us that she was just little (1863) when they hid in the thick woods because the army came upon them. They couldn't escape with the herd, but they could only listen as the soldiers cut open the bellies of live goats, goats wailed as soldiers laughed, and as her mother cried..."
"We are in a battleground, the endless battleground of the Partitioned Lands. This is the front of the line and when it comes, your family there is no yes or no, you have to stand up for your family and your relatives. This is what I was taught. The past was never really forgotten of the way the U.S. Government treated my people. It is still going on, it is still alive. We will fight- not with violence or armor, but with the old ways. This is a stand for people to know who we are and how we live as Dineh."--Gerald Blackrock, October 2014.
"They came as before like having no mercy, they counted the sheep and goats. One of the police filled out sheets of paper and I was given a copy. Their interpreter simply told me 'your herd is over the limit again!' They did not say how much is over nor suggested to me anything about how to reduce it to the limit. They did not want any conversation and they all left. After that, I heard that one of my cousins, Ruby, got her sheep impounded but they were able to get most of them back. They probably had to pay a lot of money in order to get them back. The BIA Hopi land agency just want the money, and this is how we are force to give them monies every year!" –Etta Begay, August 20, 2015
Dineh residents in resistance however are made to be voiceless and nonexistent, and are again asking world citizens to demand an immediate halt to this forced, herd reductions and that the relocation law be repealed so that, they be recognized as true determined group of peoples and to be allowed to remain with any cultural content that are retrievable including the said ancestral lands. Please, call the numbers below to demand a moratorium on the impoundments of Dineh livestock and the nullification of P.L. 93-531, a law too expensive for taxpayers and that was created under debunked circumstances. Also email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the human rights observation and the volunteer home-stay sheepherding program.
--writers: Tree with Black Mesa Indigenous Support, and Kat with SheepDogNation Media, August 2015.
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Call to Action:
- - Participate in community organizing geared toward sustainability, Peace, stopping militarization, Indigenous sovereign rights and protecting sacred sites, then join vigils or marches at federal buildings by showing your support for Dineh elders: "U.S. Peabody Out of Big Mountain!" - - Donate funds here, to Black Mesa Indigenous Support which facilitates networks and on land support. So, come out to herd sheep and monitor human rights violations(email@example.com) - - Support Native Resistance and the endangered indigenous ways. ***Share, forward this request far and wide!
FUTURE OF GREAT PLAINS WATER EXAMINED- GOV'T HEARING ON URANIUM MINE PERMIT RENEWAL
CONTACT: Vic Camp, Owe Aku (605) 407-8301 20 AUGUST 2015, 20 AUGUST 2015 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hold a hearing Aug. 24-28th 2015 in Crawford, Nebraska on challenges to the license renewal for Cameco's Crow Butte uranium recovery facility near Crawford. The board is the independent body within the NRC that conducts adjudicatory hearings and renders decisions on legal challenges to licensing actions.
After a ten-year battle to stop the uranium mine from renewing and expanding it's operations, experts and lawyers representing local residents, Native Americans, the Western Nebraska Resources Council and the Oglala Sioux Tribe will have their opportunity to testify in front of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plaintiffs intervened in 2008 to stop the uranium mining permit renewal. Evidence presented will address contentions which challenge, among other things: the adequacy of the evaluation and protection of historical resources at the site, impact on Native sacred sites and the NRC's analysis of the facility's impacts on surface water, groundwater, and the ecosystem.
The board will hear arguments on four technical contentions and five related to the environmental review. The NRC renewed the facility license in 2014 in advance of the hearing, with an expiration date of Nov. 5, 2024.
DATES: 8/24-8/28/15 FROM 9:30- 6:00 PM or until all evidence is heard LOCATION: Crawford Community Center, 1005 1st St., in Crawford, Nebraska Debra White Plume, a Lakota grandmother, Director of Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) and lead plaintiff says: Indeed, this environmental issue truly goes beyond the boundaries of race, county lines, townships, state borders -- it effects all of life in this area, and can reach far into the future generations of all living things: the two-legged, the four-legged, the winged, the standing silent nation (plants), those that crawl and swim, and our Sacred Water, Sacred Land, and Sacred Air. For the Lakota Oyate (Lakota People) a clean environment is a matter of life and death. To expose our people to the deadly toxins of uranium mining is a threat to our survival as a people… this is environmental racism."
Colleen Bennan, local resident and Sisterhood Water Watch co-founder says: I was born in Dawes County, raised in rural Sioux County. Crawford is my hometown. I live in Chadron today, just 24 miles down the road. I still have family and friends there. I don't feel unsafe in my little town. I walk with intention, my head is up, my eyes and ears are open. I oppose this foreign company and its practices. I am not afraid. I welcome anyone to come spend time with open minds." Members of the public and media are welcome to observe the evidentiary hearing, but testimony will be limited to the parties, lawyers and witnesses. Arrive at least 15 minutes early for security screening. Videotaping is not permitted inside, but plaintiffs, community members, local residents and others working to stop uranium mining in the region will be available for interviews outside. Additional information follows. Some believe that re-configuring the character of the pristine Black Hills by dotting it with uranium mining operations is good for South Dakota. Many don't.
"Some have thought the foreign company (Azarga/Powertech, known simply as Powertech here) with offices in Vancouver and Hong Kong is a sound investment. Many, many, many have learned the hard way that it isn't.
Among them were those who bought the stock at better than $4 per share in '07. Then there was that bunch who thought they were stealing it for $1.50 per share in '08. And let's not forget those buyers who paid 50 cents per share between '09 and '11. What they think now that Powertech stock is trading at 6 cents per share is probably unprintable here.
That the company has destroyed a lot of investor equity over the years is a matter of record. That its persistent pursuit of permits to start its water-based in situ uranium recovery venture in the Black Hills has been the basis for the company's claims of better times ahead is obvious. That some believe the effort is really a calculated maneuver to do nothing more than drive up the price of Powertech stock is a reasonable conclusion.
This company lives in the "penny stocks" world, which is so loaded with disclaimers and warnings that most serious investors shun them. NASDAQ itself issues a rather stern and unequivocal warning about these companies, which include stocks like Powertech, that can't even be bought through conventional means. Ask your brokers about the much-disdained "pink sheet" list of stocks.
And why does the conclusion that Powertech's main goal is to drive up the price of its stock by blowing smoke about the company's expectations seem reasonable? Well, you have to look at the global market for uranium itself, which collapsed after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster a few years ago. The price has fallen by more than half, which dealt a sharp blow to Powertech's prospects.
One local analyst tells me that the price of uranium is below the cost of mining it in the Black Hills. If correct, then Powertech's reason to exist is all about getting some sort of a bounce in the price of its stock, which calls for a full frontal public relations assault by the company's touts.
Dr. Lilias Jarding of Rapid City has been so incensed by the company's efforts at doing so that she just fired off a letter to Canada's Securities Commission, complaining about the company's misstatements, which she believes are intended to mislead both the general public and potential investors in Powertech stock. I think her concerns have merit, and I hope Canadian regulators look into it. Please spread the word to individuals, organizations, libraries or universities to help bring the film to new audiences. We are excited to be on the road with Crying Earth Rise Up and to share it with those working on water protection and energy policy issues.
"I think everyone is America needs to watch this documentary and ask why uranium is still mined? Excellent work you've done bringing this issue to a much broader light." -comment from PBS viewer
By Brenda Norrell Censored News English with Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette
There was a surprise waiting in the statistics at Censored News today. Yesterday, Censored News broke all viewer records, with 42,971 pageviews. The views and comments reveal that Indian Country has had enough of Arizona Sen. John McCain, and the scorched earth campaign of the US government, with its river poisoning US EPA and its genocidal coal and uranium mining.
Next on the most viewed list, is our article "Dine' protesters chase John McCain off Navajo Nation." In a statement to Phoenix New Times, McCain denied he was chased off the Navajo Nation. But the videos of Navajos chasing his car to the airport shows he was indeed chased off the Navajo Nation. McCain has continued attempts to steal water rights to the Colorado River for southern Arizona and the dirty coal fired power plant that provides electricity to southern Arizona, the Navajo Generating Station. Navajos also gave McCain real in-his-face support for Apaches defending Oak Flat. This comes after McCain sneaked through the theft of sacred Oak Flat for copper mining in the defense bill. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/dine-protesters-chase-john-mccain-off.html
Also in the top viewed category: "Lakotas rally to protect sacred water Aug. 24, 2015." The fight continues to protect Lakota territory from uranium mining. Uranium mining in Lakota territory reveals the scorched earth campaign of the US government which has included poisoning the water and land of Lakotas, Navajos, Pueblos and more in Indian country with uranium mining, coal mining, gold mine river spills and toxic dumping. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/lakotas-rally-to-protect-sacred-water.html Navajos in Sanders, Arizona, are now the victims of the Church Rock uranium spill of 1979. When the US government relocated Navajos to this area from Black Mesa to make way for Peabody Coal's mining on Black Mesa, the US knew that the radioactive water was traveling down the Rio Puerco wash and would poison the water supplies in this community west of Gallup, N.M. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/navajos-in-sanders-victims-of-uranium.html
With heavy hearts, Navajos in Shiprock voted not to irrigate their crops with the water from the Animas and San Juan rivers, now contaminated with heavy metals. The US EPA admits it was responsible for the Gold King mine spill which will contaminate the riverbeds for decades. "Navajos at Shiprock make heart-wrenching decision not to irrigate with contaminated river water." http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/navajos-at-shiprock-heart-wrenching.html
The smug indifference of the BLM moderator of this listening session was obvious during this so-called listening session. Indigenous said they were disrespected by BLM officials during their prayer. Navajos and Pueblos took the message in regards to coal and uranium: "Leave it in the Ground." "Four Corners residents to BLM: Stop Sacrificing us for dirty coal" http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/today-in-farmington-keep-it-in-ground.html
EPA's dirty tricks campaign After poisoning the Animas and San Juan rivers with the Gold King mine spill, the US EPA began at dirty tricks campaign and attempted to get Navajos to sign waivers of liability for the US government: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/08/us-epa-tells-navajo-people-to-waive.html Former Chairman Tex Hall's oil and gas business partner in the news again In the news, Tex Hall's former oil and gas business partner, waiting trial in a murder for hire scheme, attempted to escape from jail by way of sheets tied together. According to another inmate, the escape plans included big money and weapons. This is the latest story in the dark truth of oil, gas, murder and a separate disappearance of Tex Hall's business partners on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, where oil and gas drilling, devastating pollution and criminal workers, in North Dakota have devastated the communities. http://www.krem.com/story/news/local/spokane-county/2015/08/20/fbi-investigates-jail-escape-attempt-by-james-henrikson/32047937/ Censored News coverage from 2014, which includes a photo of Tex Hall and the accused. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/02/by-brenda-norrell-censored-news-new.html Reporters tortured and murdered around the world, while plagiarism dominates in US While reporters are being tortured and assassinated around the world, in the United States, plagiarism by stay at home re-writers has increasingly become the standard. In Indian country, the major Indian news websites rely on stay-at-home plagiarizers who rarely leave their homes. They let others take the risks, do the work, and pay the costs. These websites deceive their readers into believing they are actually out covering the news by plagiarizing and rewriting, and adding stolen copyrighted photos as if they were present and covering the news. Indian country media does not have any reporters present in Washington DC. It is not because of a lack of funds either. The owners of Indian Country Today are extremely wealthy. What this means for Indian country is that John McCain and the others in Congress are left free to continue their pattern of the theft of American Indian land and water rights theft.
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Gisteren werd het lezersrecord verbroken met 42.971 pageviews. De commentaren spraken boekdelen: Indian Country heeft zijn buik vol van de Arizona Senator John McCain, en de ‘verbrande aarde’ campagne van de VS regering, met zijn VS EPA, vergiftigen van de rivieren en zijn genocide kolen en uranium mijnen.
Top story’s van deze week:
Onze top story was geschreven in 2011 door Vincent Yazzie: ”Navajo: Remove John McCain from Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.”
Het is ongelofelijk dat John McCain, na zijn lange geschiedenis van diefstal van indiaans land en waterrechten, nog steeds in de senaat commissie voor Indiaanse zaken zetelt
Het volgende in de meest bekeken lijsten is ons artikel “"Dine' protesters chase John McCain off Navajo Nation."
In een verklaring aan de Phoenix New Times ontkende McCain dat hij weggejaagd werd van de Navajo Nation. Maar de video’s van Navajo’s die zijn auto achtervolgden tot aan de luchthaven tonen duidelijk dat hij weggejaagd werd.
MC Cain heeft nooit zijn pogingen opgegeven om de waterrechten op de Colorado rivier te stelen, voor Zuid Arizona en de vuile kolen elektriciteitscentrale dat elektriciteit levert aan zuid- Arizona, het Navajo Generating Station.
Navajo’s gaven hem ook lik op stuk met hun steun aan de Apaches die Oak Flat verdedigden.
Ook in de top categorie: "Lakotas rally to protect sacred water Aug. 24, 2015."
De strijd om het Lakota territorium te beschermen tegen uraniummijnbouw gaat door. Uranium ontginning in het Lakota territorium brengt de ‘verbrande aarde’ campagne van de VS regering; het vergiftigen van het water en land van Lakotas, Navajos, Pueblos en meer in Indian Country door uranium mijnen, koolmijnen, lekken van de goudmijn en giftige dumping.
Navajo’s in Sanders, Arizona, zijn nu de slachtoffers van het Church Rock uranium lek in 1979. Toen de VS regering Navajo’s dwong om van de Black Mesa weg te trekken om plaats te maken voor mijnontginning op Black Mesa door Peablody coal, toen wist de VS dat radioactief water naar de Rio Puerco zou stromen en de watervoorraden in deze gemeenschap west van Gallup, N.M. zou vergiftigen.
Met bezwaard hart verkozen de Navajo’s in Shiprock om hun gewassen niet te besproeien met water van de Animas en San Juan Rivers, nu besmet met zware metalen. De EPA heeft toegegeven dat zij aansprakelijk zijn voor de Gold Mine lekken die nu voor tientallen jaren de rivierbedden besmetten.
De zelfingenomen onverschilligheid van de BLM moderator van deze hoorzitting was overduidelijk. Inheemsen zeggen dat zij tijdens hun gebeden geen respect kregen van de BLM beambten. Navajo’s en Pueblo’s brachten hen de boodschap : "Leave it in the Ground." "Four Corners residents to BLM: Stop Sacrificing us for dirty coal"
Nadat ze de Animas en San Juan rivieren vergiftigden door de lekken van de Gold King mijn begon de US EPA zijn listige campagne om Navajo’s ‘ontheffing van aansprakelijkheid’ formulieren voor de VS regering te laten ondertekenen.
Olie en gas- zakenpartner van voormalig voorzitter Tex Hall komt terug in het nieuws.
In het nieuws, Tex Hall’s voormalige olie en gas zakenpartner, die in de cel zijn proces afwacht voor zijn aandeel in een huurmoord, deed een ontsnappingspoging door lakens aan mekaar te binden. Volgens een medegevangene waren er bij de ontsnappingspoging groot geld en wapens betrokken. Dit is het recentste verhaal in de duistere waarheid van olie, gas, moord en de verdwijning van zakenpartners van Tex Hall in de Mandan, Hidatsa en Arika Nation, waar olie en gasboringen, vreselijke pollutie en criminele arbeiders, in Noord Dakota, de gemeenschappen hebben verwoest. http://www.krem.com/story/news/local/spokane-county/2015/08/20/fbi-investigates-jail-escape-attempt-by-james-henrikson/32047937/
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