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Native Americans Say US Violated Human Rights

Native Americans Say US Violated Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file a petition at the Organization of American States on Tuesday, seeking human rights violations against the United States government. It wants the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to declare that the U.S. government's decision not to hear its lawsuit asking for the return of 2.5 million acres in upstate New York to be violations of international human rights agreements.

The nation has argued that about 4,000 square miles in 11 upstate New York counties stretching from Pennsylvania to Canada was illegally taken through a series of bogus treaties. More than 875,000 people live in the area, which includes Syracuse and other cities.

U.S. courts have refused to hear the lawsuit asking for the return of their land, with the Supreme Court turning away a final petition in October.

"The problem is that we can't get the governor to sit down with us and the United States to live up to its treaty rights," said the Onondaga Nation's attorney, Joe Heath.

While in Washington, the group plans to display a belt that George Washington had commissioned to commemorate one of the treaties that was supposed to guarantee the Onondaga their land and "the free use and enjoyment thereof."

The group says it is not seeking monetary damages, eviction of residents or rental payments. Instead, it wants a declaration that the land continues to belong to the Onondagas and that federal treaties were violated when it was taken away. Onondaga leaders have said they would use their claim to force the cleanup of hazardous, polluted sites like Onondaga Lake.

The petition against the United States was brought by the Onondaga Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, which is made up of the Onondaga, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca Nations....

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American Holocaust of Native American Indians (FULL Documentary)

American Holocaust of Native American Indians (FULL Documentary) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The powerful and hard-hitting documentary, American Holocaust, is quite possibly the only film that reveals the link between the Nazi holocaust, which claimed at least 6 million Jews, and the American Holocaust which claimed, according to conservative estimates, 19 million Indigenous People.

It is seldom noted anywhere in fact, be it in textbooks or on the internet, that Hitler studied Americas Indian policy, and used it as a model for what he termed the final solution....

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Leonard Peltier is an iconic political prisoner of the USA and needs to be set free

Leonard Peltier  is an iconic political prisoner of the USA and needs to be set free | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Oglala Lakota Nation Declare Today June 26, 2013 as Leonard Peltier Day! Leonard will be welcomed with open arms upon his return to his loved ones. He is an iconic political prisoner of the USA and needs to be set free, he has done more than enough time regardless of the FBI's misconduct in gaining a guilty verdict. We honor Leonard.

The Oglala Commemoration, The LP-DOC and The Oglala Lakota Tribe is very excited to announce that June 26th had been declared Leonard Peltier Day.

Oglala Sioux Tribe
Office of The President
A Presidential & Vice Presidential Proclamation
Proclaiming June 26, 2013 as Leonard Peltier Day.

Whereas, June 26, 1975, is a historical day on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and

Whereas, The Oglala Sioux Tribe holds in high esteem people who stand for peace, justice and freedom, and

Whereas, Leonard Peltier, a man asked to stand and protect traditional elders and the Lakota Oyate, sacrificed himself that day, and

Whereas, we hereby proclaim this day so the Oyate and the world will know and honor Mr. Peltier and remember that we as a people continue to heal, and 

Whereas, although Mr. Peltier cannot be in attendance for this historic event, we must and will continue his work to heal a nation through human rights, social rights and indigenous rights all over the world, now

Therefore, pursuant to vested authority, we do as President and Vice President of the of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, hereby proclaim June 26, 2013 as a day of honoring for Mr. Leonard Peltier and hereafter every 26th day of June. 

Signed By President Bryan Brewer and Vice-President Thomas Poor Bear with the tribal seal...

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Fascism and genocide by the American Federal Governement!

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To whom does Wounded Knee belong?

To whom does Wounded Knee belong? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Part of the historical site at Wounded Knee is up for sale. Should it be developed as a landmark or left in peace out of respect for the Sioux people who died there?

Almost as soon as the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee was over, the battle to define what happened on that bleak December day began.

For decades afterwards, the official line from Washington was that the actions of the 7th Cavalrymen were heroic.

The White House and its allies in South Dakota had invested much political capital in seizing tribal land for US use, and using the army to quell Native American resistance.

What happened at Wounded Knee was promoted as a definitive end to these so-called "Indian wars", a final victory for the US government.

The administration of President Benjamin Harrison praised the military tactics used by the 7th Cavalry and awarded 20 of the soldiers Medals of Honor.

The New York Times told a different story, writing contemporaneously that the Native Americans had been "robbed when at peace, starved and angered into war, and then hunted down by the government."

At Wounded Knee, as many as 300 unarmed men, women and children were killed. And official reports from some in government criticizing the massacre were simply buried.

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Attawapiskat chief's hunger strike part of wider movement - Sudbury - CBC News

Attawapiskat chief's hunger strike part of wider movement - Sudbury - CBC News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
As Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence continues her hunger strike on Parliament Hill in an attempt to get a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a grassroots protest movement of First Nations activists across Canada has united on social media...
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If Palestinians are 'Imagined.' then what are Israelis, Americans and Australians?

American presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently claimed that the Palestinians are an “invented people.” That resulted in essays, blogs and commentaries to prove that Palestinians were not invented. In reality, said many, it is the Israelis who are the invented people. Israel displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948 to form the state of Israel and enclosed millions of others in outdoor prison-like conditions where they still remain, despite universal condemnation by the UN member states — except for Israel and the United States. Israel’s manifest destiny is comparable to that of its closest ally, America, which massacred Native Americans and rounded up the rest in reservations to construct its homeland.

Genocide of indigenous people is a common strategy employed by groups of people trying to lay claim to land and/or form a nation state. The Australians did it to the Aborigines. These nations all effectively defined themselves through a process of elimination of the Other.

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Making Good to Native Americans......Thanksgiving!

Now more than ever, our government should uphold the federal trust responsibility and moral obligations to Native Americans.

 

Where, Oh where, has @TrackerInBlue gone?  Where, Oh where, could she be?......

12/1/2011

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Native American Heritage Honored in Trail of Tears Ride - Indian Country Today Media Network.com

Native American Heritage Honored in Trail of Tears Ride - Indian Country Today Media Network.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“This ride is not about which trail we ride, or the remembrance of one particular group of people that traveled the Trail of Tears,” TrailOfTears-Remembrance.org states. “It is about the remembrance of the plight of the Native American people ripped from their homes, their lands and forced to endure the terrible hardship placed upon them when forced to a new land, forced to a land full of uncertainty, unknowing, and a feeling that their aggressors may again change their mind and force another removal, or worse annihilation.”

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Cherokees expel descendants of slaves from tribe  | ajc.com

Cherokees expel descendants of slaves from tribe  | ajc.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
TULSA, Okla. — One of the nation's largest American Indian tribes has sent letters to about 2,800 descendants of slaves once owned by its members, revoking their citizenship and cutting their medical care, food stipends, low-income homeowners'...
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Jailed Native American activist Leonard Peltier wins rights prize | The Raw Story

Jailed Native American activist Leonard Peltier wins rights prize | The Raw Story | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MONTEVIDEO — Leonard Peltier, an indigenous rights activist jailed in the United States for decades, has received the first Mario Benedetti Foundation international human rights prize, the group said Monday.

The group called Peltier, a Native American activist convicted in 1977 for the murder of two US FBI agents, the longest serving political prisoner in the Americas. The case stemmed from a shootout at a reservation in the US state of South Dakota.

"Leonard Peltier, who on September 12, 2011 will turn 67, has spent more than half his life in prison. He is a symbol of resistance to repressive state policies by the United States, where there are people in jail for ethnic, racial, ideological and religious reasons," a foundation statement said.

Ricardo Elena, a member of the foundation's honorary board, said Peltier's case "is one that is repeated over and over: violation (of rights); persecution, eviction, invasion and expropriation of the indigenous people from the time it was 'discovered' until now.

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Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee | Leo...

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Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC), in support of freedom for American Indian activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier...
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Red Cry (Doc.) - Today's Genocide in America

Stand Behind the Lakota Grandmothers! Lakota Elders take back their strength

Red Cry is an original, feature-length documentary film chronicling the lives of Lakota Elders and Oyate (people) in the face of ongoing genocide against the Lakota by government and corporate interests.

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The incendiary film is the result of a historic collaboration between traditional Tetuwan Lakota Elders and Warriors from Pine Ridge Reservation and a growing group of native and non-native solidarity activists. In togetherness they are working to bring Lakota Elders -- particularly Grandmothers -- to the world stage to speak with their own voices to the International community.

The Lakota Solidarity Project with the Lakota Cante Tenza Okolakiciye (Strong Heart Warriors) are issuing an International Call To Action for both Native and non-native Warriors, Activists, Artists, Culture-Jammers, Organizers, Community Builders, Freedom Fighters, Idle-No-More Supporters, Occupy Groups, Indignados, Organizations, Coalitions, Networks, Spiritual Communities, Elders and Youth to join us at this critical moment to help end the genocide of the traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate (people) and support the renewal of traditional matriarchal -- Grandmother led-leadership.

Wagunpi Woashake Ikickupi (Lakota Elders Take Back Their Strength) is a grassroots movement to end the genocide of the Lakota people and support the full renewal of matriarchal leadership by Lakota Grandmothers on Pine Ridge and across the Lakota Nation. 

The movement also works to educate non-Natives about the situation of the Lakota, mobilize long-term solidarity networks to benefit Lakota Elders, and build solidarity with other indigenous resistance movements worldwide.

The Lakota Solidarity Project is an all-volunteer group of people and organizations who work in togetherness with traditional Tetuwan Lakota Elders, warriors, grassroots activists, and Oyate (people)- led by the Grandmothers.

STAND BEHIND THE LAKOTA GRANDMOTHERS!
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Advocate for the Lakota Grandmothers NOW!
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Visit http://www.lakotagrandmothers.org for more information

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The matriarchal form of Indian Governance was unknown to me......I must learn more... First 23 minutes watched today...I must sleep and think about this!
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American #Genocide of the North American Indigenous poeples!

American #Genocide of the North American Indigenous poeples! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Fractured Land: Confronting Big Oil the Ravages of Neocolonialism |

Fractured Land: Confronting Big Oil the Ravages of Neocolonialism | | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Caleb Behn is a young, Indigenous warrior fighting to save his people's land and culture. Deep in the exquisite wilderness of northeastern British Columbia, the ancestral home of Caleb's Dene people, the multi-billion-dollar oil and gas industry emits chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, the killing of brain and blood cells, and environmental harm. Caleb himself was born with a birth defect and spent long, painful years under the surgeons' knives, face cut, lips sewn. He cannot show that emissions from the industry caused his condition; still, it made him tough, gave him a deep aversion to gambling with children's health, and helped drive him to action....

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IPS – Settlement Begins in U.S. Mismanagement of Native Funds | Inter Press Service

IPS – Settlement Begins in U.S. Mismanagement of Native Funds | Inter Press Service | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 2012 (IPS) - After 17 years in litigation, the U.S. government has announced that hundreds of thousands of Native Americans will soon be receiving payments from what has been described as the United States’ largest class-action lawsuit, which accused the government of massive mismanagement of trusts covering indigenous peoples’ monies and lands.

In total, the settlement will amount to some 3.4 billion dollars, about half of which will now go to 350,000 individuals across the country. According to the plaintiff’s lawyers, initial checks of 1,000 dollars each should be in the mail before Christmas....

Obama plans to meet with representatives of all nearly 600 officially recognised Native American tribes in early December, in what will be the fourth White House Tribal Nations Conference, described as building upon the Obama administration’s “commitment to strengthen the government to government relationship with Indian Country”.

Obama’s secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, whose agency oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was held accountable for the trust mismanagement, sounded a similar tone of finality and accomplishment.

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Chris Hedges: Time to Get Crazy - Truthdig

Chris Hedges: Time to Get Crazy - Truthdig | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
There are few resistance figures in American history as noble as Crazy Horse.

 

Native Americans’ resistance to the westward expansion of Europeans took two forms. One was violence. The other was accommodation. Neither worked. Their land was stolen, their communities were decimated, their women and children were gunned down and the environment was ravaged. There was no legal recourse. There was no justice. There never is for the oppressed. And as we face similar forces of predatory, unchecked corporate power intent on ruthless exploitation and stripping us of legal and physical protection, we must confront how we will respond.....

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Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

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Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC), in support of freedom for American Indian activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier...
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Navajo Street Art in the Shadow of Dirty Coal - Indian Country Today Media Network.com

Navajo Street Art in the Shadow of Dirty Coal - Indian Country Today Media Network.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A photo gallery of street art by Jetsonorama that makes a statement about the Navajo Nation's tortured relationship with coal power.
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Penobscot Chief Francis: State Police ‘Stepped on Our Sovereignty’ in Bingo Bus Raid - Indian Country Today Media Network.com

Penobscot Chief Francis: State Police ‘Stepped on Our Sovereignty’ in Bingo Bus Raid - Indian Country Today Media Network.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Penobscot Indian Nation’s chief Kirk Francis is upset at the recent decisions of the Maine State Police Troopers.
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Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee: Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights: Tentative Route

View thew tentative route at:

http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/walk.htm

 

 

The "Leonard Peltier Walk for Human Rights" will depart from California (Alcatraz Island) on December 18, 2011, and arrive in Washington, DC, on or around Memorial Day 2012. 

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NativeOne Rings NYSE Closing Bell to Celebrate its Membership - Indian Country Today Media Network.com

NativeOne Rings NYSE Closing Bell to Celebrate its Membership - Indian Country Today Media Network.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nearly 30 tribal representatives from Indian Nations across North America traveled to New York City to attend the ceremony. Outside the Exchange, artists from the Redhawk Native American Arts Council performed traditional Indian dances and music for the public. “We performed our traditional pow wow dancing—men’s and women’s traditional, fancy dance, grass dance and jingle dance,” said Larry Ahenakew, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Montana.

Moments before ringing the bell, Smith thanked the attendees and singled out one tribe. “We want to thank the Shinnecock Nation for allowing us to have such a great time in your aboriginal homelands.”

New York City is the ancestral backyard of the Shinnecock Indian Nation

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