|Ken Chokee said, "Many blessings today for our Nisqually Canoe Family as we landed in Lummi Nation."|
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Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey stopped at Lummi Nation on July 20, 2016, at the Lummi Stommish Grounds. Many canoe families started at Lummi Nation and paddled from Birch Bay. Ken Chokee's photos share the journey from Lummi Nation to Samish Nation and Swinomish Nation.
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Read more in Bellingham Herald:
Northwest tribes from Alaska, Canada and Washington state are traveling the saltwater highway to the Nisqually Indian Reservation, stopping at coastal tribal communities along the way, in what’s being called the Paddle to Nisqually. Some paddlers began July 13 at the Ahousaht First Nation community, about 11 miles north of Tofino, B.C., on the western coast of Vancouver Island; others started July 15 on the Quinault Reservation and are working their way up the Washington coast, down the Strait of Juan de Fuca and into Puget Sound.
Canoe Journey 2016, Paddle to Nisqually, continues an inter-tribal celebration and annual gathering of Northwest indigenous nations. The annual tribal journey in the Pacific Northwest region was sparked by the Paddle to Seattle in 1989 as part of Washington State’s Centennial celebration. Over 20 Canoe Journeys have been held since 1993, when pullers (the preferred term because of the pulling motion on the paddle) from Canada, Alaska and Washington voyaged from their home communities to Bella Bella, B.C. The Canoe Journey has grown to include over 100 canoes and the participation of Canoe Families from other native canoe cultures, including Native American tribes, First Nations peoples, Alaska Natives, Inuit, Maori, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples from across the world.
Read more at: https://www.paddletonisqually.com/index.php/about/
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Secwepemc peoples are calling on all to come and stand with us in resistance against mining and the provincial government's decision to re-issue a full permit for Mount Polley. Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of the impacts and consequences of climate change. The root of climate change in Canada is the continuing genocide of Indigenous Peoples, that is, the continuation of destructive and dangerous resource extractive projects approved by the Provincial and Federal governments that have no legal jurisdiction to do so. We find ourselves in a state of urgency and crisis. The continuing violations of the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples by industries not appropriately regulated, regularly causing environmental damage and destruction, and most importantly, that do not have consent by Indigenous Peoples will not be tolerated!
Public event in Vancouver
Monday August 1, 2016
Dinner at 5:30 pm, Event at 6 pm
1803 East 1st Ave (just east of Commercial Drive)
unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories, Vancouver
Come learn about resistance to Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine and broader mining justice struggles WITH Cecilia Point (Musqueam), Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc Women's Warrior Society), Sacheen and Crow (Ancestral Pride), Sam Nock (Cree-Metis poet), Ricardo Segovia (hydrogeologist), Harjap Grewal (Council of Canadians) and Rita Wong (updates on Site C and Unist'ot'en Camp).
Accessibility info: Free event. Childcare provided on-site. Dinner served. Kitchen’s entrance is wheelchair accessible at street level. One washroom has a stall that can accommodate a wheelchair.The washroom door opening is 86 cm, and the stall door is 61 cm.
If you can please bring non-perishable food items for the camp to the event: wild rice, potatoes, bread, corn, oatmeal etc.
Caravan to Camp
We are arranging a bus to Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp (near Likely, BC) for all day gathering and sacred fire on August 4.
Leaving Vancouver at 8am from the safeway parking lot at broadway and commercial on August 3 and returning Aug 5 early morning.
--Bring own camping gear, water and water container, personal bowl and utensils, hand drums, and own chair if you need.
--If you need of a bed for accessibility reasons and/
--While at camp, everyone is able is asked to cover one cooking or cleanup shift. This is a collective effort and we are all responsible for keeping the land clean.
About Mount Polley Disaster
Two years ago, on August 4th 2014, the largest environmental disaster in British Columbia's history unfolded. The dam to Imperial Metal's Mount Polley mine's tailings pond broke and unleashed 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals laden silt into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake on the way to the Fraser River Watershed.
The Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp was setup two years ago as a Secwepemc encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals' Mount Polley Mine. The anniversary will bring together Indigenous peoples and supporters to the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp to light a sacred fire and strengthen our resolve to stop destructive mining and other extractive projects taking place on Indigenous lands without free prior and informed consent.
Con motivo del aniversario de la catástrofe minera de Mount Polley los invitamos a mostrar su apoyo a la población Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe y acompañarnos en el autobús que viajará de la ciudad de Vancouver a territorio Secwepemc. Se trata de un campamento de solidaridad y resistencia.
Los pueblos Secwepemc hacen un llamado a todos a venir y estar con nosotros en la resistencia contra la minería y la decisión del gobierno provincial de volver a emitir un permiso completo para Mount Polley. Las naciones indígenas están a la vanguardia de los impactos y consecuencias del cambio climático, saben que la raíz de éste en Canadá es el continuo genocidio de los pueblos indígenas, es decir, la continuación de los proyectos de extracción de recursos destructivos y peligrosos aprobada por la provincia y los gobiernos federales que no tienen jurisdicción legal para hacerlo. Nos encontramos en una situación de urgencia y de crisis. Las violaciones continuas de los derechos y responsabilidades de los pueblos indígenas por las industrias no reguladas adecuadamente, siguen causando daños y destrucción al medio ambiente, y lo más importante: ¡no cuentan con el consentimiento de los pueblos indígenas y no serán toleradas!
Public event in Vancouver
Lunes 1o de agosto de 2016 a las 6pm en 1803 de East 1st Ave (al este de la unidad comercial)
xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh y Səl̓ílwəta, territorios no cedidos, Vancouver.
Vengan a aprender acerca de la resistencia ante la minera Imperial Metales-Mount Polley, y las luchas de justicia anti-minera con Kanahus Manuel (Sociedad de Mujeres Guerreras de Secwepemc), Sacheen y Cuervo (Ancestral Pride), Sam Nock (Cree-Metis poeta), Ricardo Segovia (hidrogeólogo), Harpaj Grewal (Consejo de Canadienses) y Rita Wong (actualizaciones en el sitio C y Unist 'ot'en Camp).
Accesibilidad: Evento gratuito. Guardería en el lugar. La cena se sirve. La entrada de la cocina está adaptada para personas con silla de ruedas, a pie de calle. El abertura del baño es de 86 cm, y la puerta de uso directo del baño es de 61 cm.
Si pueden por favor traigan al evento alimentos no perecederos para el campamento: arroz salvaje, patatas, pan, maíz, avena, etc.
Caravana al Campamento
Estamos organizando un autobús a Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp (en los alrededores de BC) para todos los días de reunión y el fuego sagrado el 4 de agosto.
Dejando Vancouver 5 de agosto Ago 3 retorno de la madrugada (hora y lugar exactos de próxima publicación).
RESERVE SU ESPACIO EN EL BUS:
* El autobús es libre para personas de bajos ingresos e indígenas pero es necesario registrarse para asegurar lugar. Para registrarse por favor correo electrónico email@example.com
* Llevar equipo de campamento, agua y cubiertos.
* El autobús va a permanecer durante la noche en el Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, el miércoles 3 Ago. Si necesita de una cama por razones de accesibilidad y /
* Si bien en el campamento todos tendrán un turno para cocer sus alimentos y para limpiar, les recordamos que éste es un esfuerzo colectivo y todos somos responsables de mantener la tierra limpia.
Sobre el desastre de Mount Polley
Hace dos años, el 4 de agosto de 2014, tuvo lugar el mayor desastre ambiental en la historia de la Columbia Británica. La presa de relaves de la mina Monte Polley- Imperial Metals se rompió y liberó 2.5 millones de galones de agua contaminada y 4.5 millones de metros cúbicos de sedimentos cargados de metales en Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake y Quesnel Lake, en el camino hacia la cuenca del río Fraser.
El campamento Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe fue instalado hace dos años como una albergada Secwepemc a la entrada de la mina Mount Polley-Imperial Metals. El aniversario reunirá a los pueblos indígenas y aliados del campamento Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe a fin de encender un fuego sagrado y fortalecer nuestra determinación para detener otros proyectos extractivos que tienen lugar en tierras indígenas sin el consentimiento previo, libre e informado sobre la minería destructiva.
|Runners in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday (Photo courtesy Bold Iowa)|
|Bobbi Jean Three Legs addressing the crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, with a message for President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers about stopping the Bakken Pipeline. (Photo courtesy Bold Iowa.)|
News coverage of runners in Des Moines, Iowa:
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|
Monday, July 25, 2016
|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
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.
“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:
- 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.
- 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.
- AZ DPS’ full report as well as any and all evidence, including Shipley’s body-cam recordings, be made publicly available immediately.
- An U.S. Department of Justice inquiry into the systemic and pervasive racial profiling and harassment of Arizona police against Indigenous peoples.
- 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.
- The City of Winslow must compensate the Tsingine family for all expenses related to Loreal’s murder by Austin Shipley.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Sacred Stone Camp July 2016Hau 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!
Sacred Stone Camp
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!"