Indigenous Peoples Day Coalition attends MAG management committee meeting

By: IPD Coalition member 

 Two Indigenous women and residents of Phoenix attended Maricopa Association of Government Management Committee meeting, to address the council and encouraged them to support IPD coalition and Abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day. The Coalition is encouraging a strategic plan to address a variety of issues following a similar plan to the grassroots initative  in flagstaff in trying to change the holiday. As Indigenous people we should not have to normalize hate which continues the historical trauma. That is why communities face  tragedy such as Pimicikamak Cree Nation who have gone in a state of emergency because they experienced 124 attempted suicide within two weeks and 6 suicides in two months. Our people are purposely kept out of all affairs until governments and corporations need something to benefit themselves and only a structurized consultation is conducted that leaves tribal government pockets fat. Indigenous Peoples Day will be about celebrating resistance and the act of resistance. 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/manitoba-first-nation-declares-state-of-emergency-over-suicide-epidemic-1.2810573
  Indigenous organizers holding it down in u ceded occupied territory of Flagstaff

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Sacramento is Walking to Save Oak Flat

Solidarity is key to ensuring corrupt leaders shit their pants. Glad indigenous warriors are rising to the occasion.

Walk to Save Oak Flat

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Sacramento has joined the fight to save sacred Oak Flat. This the third walk set to take place on Feb. 27 to honor and support the San Carlos Apache walk and occupation of Oak Flat, and the ongoing efforts of Apache Stronghold to save sacred spaces and protect  Mother Earth.

In addition to the original, core walk in Arizona, walks will take place in Seattle, Los Angeles, and now, Sacramento.

The walks, all being organized in grassroots style, show that people across the country not only care about what happens at Oak Flat, but that their conviction is deep, and they are willing to stand up and take action. It shows that many understand the weight of the travesty and consequences of a mine at Oak Flat, and will work hard to stop it.

All supporters are encouraged to walk and show solidarity. Please share the Sacramento event invitation linked…

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John McCain gets confronted by Arizona State University Student

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A group of community members came together Friday the 19th at the Arizona State University Down Town Phoenix Campus and questioned Senator John McCain about his dealings with Oak Flat. The protest today is a continuation of pressure upon McCain, Kirkpatrick, Gosar, and Flake. These Arizona state representative gave away protected National Forrest and sacred land to a foreign mining company through a midnight rider in the National Defense Authorization Act, December 2014. “It is important we keep calling out these politicians who do nothing but spit rhetoric then do corrupt acts against the people,” stated Laura Medina an ASU graduate student in the American Indian Studies masters program.

McCain spoke at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the Thunderbird School of Global Management to discuss politics, security, and the media. He of course did not touch on Oak Flat or the water rights he is secretly trying to obtain through the Navajo Nation. With McCain’s position Oak Flat is probably not on his radar unless he continues to get called out by the people. “Arizona needs to fully understand the environmental destruction that will entail if the biggest open pit mine is only an hour away, Rio Tinto has one of the worst reputations for disrespecting environmental and indigenous rights around the world,” Ms. Medina continued. Ironically the Apache Stronghold, the organization on the frontline of the movement and currently occupying Oak Flat, was invited to speak at ASU the same day but for the M.E.C.H.A. youth conference. The Stronghold is keeping busy by seeking support of the two Save Oak Flat Act H.R.2811 and S.2242.

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BIA never left the war department

If you know the basics of American Indian Studies then you know all to well that the Bureau of Indian Affairs was originally placed under the war department. Comes to show the initial relationship boundaries America was setting forth with the indigenous people of Turtle Island. The truth is that America committed genocide against my people and all indigenous people of North America. Genocide was necessary in the colonizer eyes because it was the most efficient method at acquiring land and resources. Turtle Island was land never intended for private ownership, because how can you own your mother? There were territory rights but not enough to go and put imaginary lines that cut through sacred land and sites of cultural significance.

Military and war ended up being the go to strategy back then and even today. So this brings me to the point of this blog, that BIA needs to recognize the trust relationship and uphold the law put in place. I traveled to Tuba City to go drop off a friend at Navajo Mountain. My front headlight was out and so it gave the BIA cop ample opportunity to pull me over. He quickly went to me side and asked for the basic license, registration, and insurance; I did what I was told. He then said he smelt Marijuana in my car and asked if there were any he should no about. I simple said, “No.” He told me to get out and without asking for my permission he went ahead and started searching with another BIA cop, D. Martin. Because it was in January and I was already peeved that I had to come all the way to Navajo Nation and since I knew they would not find anything in there I just kept my mouth shut.

D. Martin was your typical power tripping cop, I had my fair share of these insecure people that I don’t put up with it. He was upset because this overweight man was really huffing and puffing because they searched everywhere in my car. He tried to scare me by saying they were going to bring a drug dog. Apparently it scared my friend and so he admitted to having a grinder in his duffle bag. I rolled my eyes because they would have never found it if  you didn’t fall for their scare tactics. Martin came up to my face and was said, “Oh so you are a liar because there is marijuana in your car.” When he pulled me aside and tried to get me to confess to nothing it was apparent he had no respect for me or my belongings. He said he was going to take me to federal prison because he found what he was looking for.

I asked to see the evidence and all he showed me was a metal circle device things. I said, “What is that.”

He said, “A grinder.”

I said, “I don’t know what that is but it don’t look like marijuana.”

He said, “You put marijuana inside it.”

I said, “I want to see it, then.”

He tried to open it and explain how a grinder is used.

I said, “Hmmm I don’t see any marijuana inside of it so I guess you are the liar now.”

He got upset and I said, “If you are threatening me by taking me to prison then I have a right to see the evidence you are booking me on and as far as I am concerned that is not marijuana it is a metal container that I have no knowledge of.”

At that point he was beyond mad and said, “We are not like those Navajo cops, we are federal and I have no problem taking you to federal prison.” At that point he put handcuffs on me and put me inside the vehicle.

As I sat inside the much warmer vehicle I over heard the deep rez accent dispatcher say, “Oh and that canine got loose, you know the new one we got.”

So I knew Martin was full of shit and ended up being the liar he was accusing me of. When the searched and searched and found nothing  Martin came to get me out and you can tell he wanted to discuss my behavior. He ended up telling him, “All I want is respect, same as you. And it is really hard to give respect with the way you are treating me. I also told him that I expect this behavior because the majority of cops I dealt with have authority issues.

They way Martin treated me was unnecessary and if he is treating me with such disrespect I wonder how many other brothers and sisters had to deal with this unjust treatment. There is no need to treat people as if their are inferior and stupid and is time it end. BIA is unnecessary now more than ever and if this trust relationship is to ever work they need to make non-natives take training on how to treat natives with respect.

 

 

 

Love, what is it good for

Love is not something I would spend too much time writing about, especially if it goes public. It’s one of those topics that can reach my gut and yank it around. I rather not feel that unless it has to come up. Love is sensitive, it’s a fear of mine I had since I was little. As much the love so equal the pain. It brings a much motivation to do work as it brings distraction.

Someone once said that love cannot involve only two people because someone will always be jealous. That it is fake love unless you acknowledge the others involved.

In British Columbia, indigenous group blocks pipeline development

I have heard little about the Unist’ot’en camp except from what a friend was telling me. What they are doing is beyond me. Occupying Oak Flat is different, though I have no expectations for them to be the same. Oak Flat should be implementing some of tactics used by the Unist’ot’en, however could be difficult because Oak Flat is a public campground. It would be up to the Apache people to proclaim the territory as there’s because the people never surrendered the land. If the Apache were to use traditional leadership would they have given away Oak Flat, since it was apart of the tribal nation at one point? I am looking forward to learning more about the Unist’ot’en, they seem hardcore and at a level indigenous people need to be at.

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Gate at Unist'ot'en camp, photo: Al Jazeera. Gate at Unist’ot’en camp, photo: Al Jazeera.

August 20, 2015

HOUSTON, British Columbia — In a remote mountain pass connecting the Pacific Coast to the interior of British Columbia, a region brimming with wild berries and populated by grouse and grizzly bears, felled and painted trees have been laid across a logging road to form an enormous message. Directed at air traffic, it reads “No pipelines! No entry!” The warning marks off land where the government of Canada and a First Nations clan hold irreconcilable views of what should happen to a 435-square-mile area each claims as its own.

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Protect Oak Flat, Resistance to Resolution Copper Mine

I been at Oak Flat for over two months. A life changing experience to say the least. Connecting back to nature; it’s changing my urban mind into being organic again. Development should not mean destroying the earth it should be creating avenues to connect back to our mother. Technology is nice but it is not necessary, having a secure and sustainable planet is needed above all material items. Let’s learn to live with the earth and not just on the earth.

AZ Trail Wild

March 29

Because our last water source was only a 4x4x1/2 inch puddle–Trough Spring in Alamo Canyon–we arrived 2 days early in Superior, sore and dehydrated. After recuperating at Porter’s Cafe and this motel with a real 70’s vibe, we had all day Monday to do whatever.

Brian Barnes drove in from Phoenix to help us cache water in Four Peaks. B. Barnes has been more than a trail angel to us–he’s been a trail saint, shuttling us around the state and providing other support. We passed the morning cruising down Hwy 188 in his open-roofed jeep and spent the afternoon eating slimy Chinese buffet food. Barnes dropped us off at Oak Flat Campground, 4 miles east of Superior. We heard there were people occupying the campsite in resistance to Resolution Copper Mine. We went to see what was happening.

Signs lined the campground entryway, reading “Protect Oak Flat.” Almost two…

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LAPD Killing on Skid Row 3/1/2015

Another police shooting and death of a citizen. This man lived on Skid Row and was known on the streets as Africa, he has been there 4-5 months. I don’t know this man and never seen a picture of him, never heard his voice, or have the pleasure of knowing anything about him. I do know that he is human and that his heart stopped beating after LAPD put 5 bullets in him.

After seeing the video that has been viewed by million in one day, I cried. Trauma was relived and all I can do is blame colonization and the damn U.S. Empire. I called LAPD, I talked to front desk police officer. He was really whiling to talk to me and at first was very defensive. Kept asking if I watched the video. He said, “The man was clearly going for the officers gun, that is when we have a right as officers to defend ourselves, even if that means shooting.”

It is hard to believe shooting is necessary when you have five officers on one guy. And if five officers is not enough to subdue the man the tazar gun must have been at least some help. But yet here we in 2015 and I wonder if this apart of the systems agenda. Send a gang of officers to the street to kill so we can distract the people/public from other important issues, like the destruction of mother earth.

I was initially going to go on the internet and see what I can do to help the cause up in Oak Flat. Oak Flat is a sacred piece of land that was given to a foreign mining company by Senator John McCain and Jeff Flake. But after viewing the video it just took my heart and crushed it. I hate seeing violence, especially being perpetuated by those who are supposed to protect and serve.

Africa, was a living man. I don’t know his character but I am sure he didn’t want to die like that. Police officers are supposed to be the law NOT ABOVE THE LAW. And we as citizens need to pressure the system that this is wrong and cannot keep happening.

Save Oak Flat: Protect The Sacred

Oak Flat, another story of many in which the federal government is trying to destruct a sacred site in the name of profit. Now we all know this story, these stories pop up in our movies, books, and other media. In those stories, we are taught that money and greed does no good to a person’s soul. We feel bad for the good guys who are trying their best to fight a corporation. Of course, to make the story good there is a long and hard carried out fight, however the good guys always win. Greed and evil do not prosper in the stories of Western media. So why can we not have those same successes in real life; for land that matters for fights that are happening right now? The extraction and destruction of a sacred site is deep especially looking at it as a continuation of the forced colonization of indigenous people. The space the Apache holds sacred has songs and stories tied to that spot. There is knowledge, food, relationships, and space that exist in Oak Flat. Just the other day my brother and I picked a few wild onions and Cholla buds to make a nice vegan dish for our family. My younger brothers and sisters are Yavapai/Apache on their dad side. I always encourage them to get involved and to develop a relationship with the land. How can they do that when the government rather gives it away for billions of dollars that I am sure my siblings will not see one penny? Nevertheless, they will face endless harm on their culture and identity because Oak Flat is one less sacred place that will be available for them and their future generations. Just like San Francisco peak, the Verde Valley, and the depletion of the Verde River. Soon enough there will be nothing for my brothers and sisters to have any ties to the land. That pisses me off.

The words on the paper will never be able to scream out the anger and pain I feel. My only hope is that many will see the words and feel the same pain or have felt the same pain and are tired of it. All over indigenous land, which is the entire world, is facing destruction. Day by day inherent knowledge is being lost because elected authoritarian figures feel we need more capitalism and more opportunities to waste our precious minds on entertainment that takes us away from what really matters. Water, air, land, culture, memories, family, our neighbors that is what matters; knowing that I can give birth in a world that honors the stories and knowledge of the land so my future generations can flourish, that is what matters. Yes, Betsey Johnson, Coach, Dolce and Gabana make some nice shit. Yes, going to the movies or concerts are fun. And yes, sitting down watching reality TV with a big bowl of gluttony sounds like a relaxing time. However, that shit won’t last and when there is no more water to power your electricity or no more gas to ship in the latest trends, or no more beautiful natural spots to escape, you will then realize you should have done something sooner.

Lets stand behind the Apaches in their fight for their sacred land and lets all start mobilizing and stand in solidarity with the fighters who are trying their very best to create a sustainable world for all of us. Let’s not compete anymore, let’s not try to prove ourselves anymore, that can only take place when our Earth is not in pain. But we have a crisis here and I am sure if you were facing the same threat to something that means so much to you, I am sure you would want the world on your side. If we come together as one community, I am sure corruption will step back and we can have a successful story just like the movies.

Here is a link to the Saving Oak Flat Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-OAK-FLAT-Campground/202998493114242

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World Wide Web Through Indigenous Lens

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Social media an interesting phenomenon and a force that needs to be acknowledged on a deeper scale rather than the endless possibilities it has to offer. I would like to do a study on the difference between collectivist and individualistic communities effects/behaviors/attitudes on social-networking sites. These two types of societal arrangements have different ways of doing certain acts; such as, producing knowledge and seeking societal change.

Seeing the organization and participation from Indigenous people using FB is surreal. Those red alerts are modern day smoke signals, pokes are literally a virtual poke, and your feed is basically rez gossip. Though there is something more and that is the ability to explore pass the spaces we occupy. From the comfort of our own home we can see what the Sami’s are doing in Sweden and what the Maori’s are doing in New Zealand. Indigenous people are able to come together and mobilize. The collectivist mentality are learning up on the lives around the world, and are becoming concerned with how much colonization has not only effected our own communities but Indigenous communities across the world. 

Activist may be seen as collectivist groups, which can be a political noise to many individualistic people who are more concerned with themselves. Collectivist may be easily seen as activist, and maybe that is because we are; because we choose to care about others over ourselves. That may actually be a great weapon against the colonial governments. And governments want to construe the lines between collectivist communities, indigenous communities, activist communities, and the creation of “terrorist” communities. Especially, with the laws coming out since 9/11. Well I choose to honor my time on this great network and create a community through an indigenous decolonization lens. If that makes me a terrorist than that shows the true intentions of the government and I hope the people of the world will recognize the destruction this system has on life.

Thank you computer and technology for the gift of the World Wide Web. I know you (the computer) are often looked at as a promising gadget for the future and/or a curse on the present. However, it depends on those who use it. I decided to look at my computer as a friend and a companion that has been there for me. But am aware that it is not meant to replace the love and appreciation I have for my family and friends and above all life and the natural orfer. Balance is key and that key can unlock many doors.

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