Monday, August 29, 2016

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is Live!

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is Live

Grassroots live radio broadcasting from Native American water protectors in Standing Rock Camp

By Brenda Norrell
Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine'
CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- The grassroots live radio station, Standing Rock's Spirit Resistance Radio began broadcasting live on Monday morning, after a satellite was installed on Sunday. Thousands of Native Americans have gathered to protect the Missouri River from an underwater crude oil pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens their water supply.
The radio station is now broadcasting live online at The station was already live in camp at 87.9 FM.
Before the satellite was installed, Govinda Dalton of Earthcycles, producer, was driving the audios out of camp. The audios were then posted on Censored News, due to the lack of Internet service in camp.
A delegation of Apache and Dine’ (Navajo) youths were among those interviewed on Spirit Resistance Radio. Naelyn Pike, Apache, described how Arizona Sen. John McCain sold out the Apaches by giving Resolution Copper their sacred place of Oak Flat in Arizona. McCain put the land exchange in the defense spending bill to avoid public detection and outrcry at the time.
Spirit Resistance Radio interviewed Lakota elders and youths, along with young entrepreneurs from Rosebud who are beekeepers selling their honey, and those whose lives are being transformed by being at the camp.
“It is no longer a camp, it is a village,” said Govinda Dalton, producer, who has been broadcasting Indigenous news and struggles as a volunteer for more than a decade on Earthcycles.
Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, and attorneys have been interviewed on Spirit Resistance Radio.
The issues range from the Rights of Nature, with roots in Bolivia and Ecuador, to a series recorded around the campfire at night. This includes Lakota elders speaking on healing the trauma of boarding schools with ceremonies.
Tlingit water and medicine songs are included in the radio programs, which began with an interview with Waniya Locke, Lakota mother and teacher. Michelle Cook, Dine’, on the legal team, describes her personal journey here.
Native American water defenders speak passionately on protecting the Missouri River for future generations.
Radio stations across the country are now requesting to rebroadcast the shows. The first was in Tampa, Florida.
Two Worlds Indigenous Radio, on WMNF community radio station in Tampa iis broadcasting Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio. Mekasi Camp Horinek's interview, describing the first days of the blockade by Camp of the Sacred Stones, was the first.
Truckloads of hundreds of pounds of buffalo meal and and pallets of drinking water are now arriving at the camp, with trucks arriving from the Crow Nation, Cheyenne Arapaho Nation, and Cherokee Nation.
Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine': Radmilla Cook, Dine', cooks over an open fire in camp. Photo 2: Govinda Dalton, producer, with Tom Goldtooth, Indgienous Environmental Network, with new satellite installed on Sunday. The station is now live.

copyright Brenda Norrell

Monday, November 23, 2015

American Indian Movement: Hidden history, sovereignty and resistance

The American Indian Movement's annual west coast conference reveals atrocities of California Indian missions, and honors Darrell Standing Elk, while urging clemency for Leonard Peltier
By Brenda Norrell
SAN FRANCISCO -- The AIM West Conference revealed the true history of the California Indian Missions. It is a history of slavery, beatings and murder. It is a history that the Pope refused to recognize when he honored the brutal priest Junipero Serra.
Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan Ohlone Indians, described the true history of slavery and cruelty, beatings and murders, of the California Indian missions.
Lopez chronicled the history and opposition to the recognition of Junipero Serra as a Saint, during the American Indian Movement's annual West Coast Conference here this weekend.
"We can't depend on the Catholic Church to tell the truth." He said the state of California can not be depended on to tell the truth.
"We need to tell our own truth."
Lopez said the beatings and atrocities of California Indians carried out by Junipero Serra were carried out with the moral authority of the Pope.
"That does not come from the Creator. That comes from evil."
The annual AIM West Conference began by honoring Darrell Standing Elk, Lakota, and urging clemency for Leonard Peltier, now 71, who has spent his life in prison.
Jean Whitehorse, Dine’ (Navajo) spoke on termination, relocation and sterilization by the US government. Speakers discussed protection of Native American sacred places and burial places, using the social media and the ongoing organizing by Indigenous Peoples for the UN climate summit COP21 in Paris.
Sovereignty was also a focal point.
Tohono O’odham human rights activists and Mohawk Warriors spoke out on sovereignty.
Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham, described documenting the abuse by the US Border Patrol and an increase in violence toward O'odham by border agents along the border of the United States and Mexico.
"The Tohono O'odham tribal government has completely surrendered to the US Homeland Security,” Wilson said.
Wilson said people ask him why -- if the Tohono O’odham is sovereign -- is the US Border Patrol on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
"In Indian country, we are not sovereign nations, we are not even sovereign people,” Wilson said.
"If we were truly sovereign, why do we have Border Patrol, as far as I'm concerned it is an occupying army in Indian country."
Mark Maracle, Mohawk Warrior, responded on the issue of sovereignty.
Maracle said that Mohawks do not wait for anyone to tell them that they are sovereign.
"You don't have sovereignty unless you assert sovereignty,” Maracle told Censored News.
“The United States and Mexico are not sovereign nations.”
“We tell them we are sovereign. We don’t wait for them to tell us that we are sovereign. We tell them. If you want sovereignty, you have to make sacrifices.”
Maracle said Mohawks have stood up against the state police, federal agents and all forms of government.
“We keep reminding them that this land belongs to us."
Maracle said he is speaking because he was given the right to speak by the Mohawk clan mothers.
Read more of their comments:
-- Day 1: Honoring Darrell Standing Elk, urging clemency for Peltier,
and speakers
-- Day 2: Hidden Atrocities: California Indian Missions and Doctrine of Discovery
-- Response: Mohawk Warrior Mark Maracle interview and Tohono O'odham human rights activist Mike Wilson speak out on sovereignty
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