US to pay largest Native American nation $554 mn in landmark settlement


Reuters / Gary Cameron
​The Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle claims by the most populous Native American tribe that funds and natural resources on its reservation were mismanaged by the US government for decades.

The agreement will be formally signed on Friday at Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo reservation, the largest in the US by land mass.

The accord was borne from litigation that accused the government of mishandling Navajo funds and natural resources on its more than 14 million acres across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, all held in trust for the tribe and leased out for purposes of farming, energy development, logging, and mining. The Navajo claims date back as far as 50 years.

In return for $554 million, the Navajo have agreed to drop its lawsuit and forego any future litigation over past US management of Navajo funds or resources held by the federal government, Reuters reported.

The deal does not, though, negate future trust claims or any other claims over water and uranium pollution on the reservation, Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie said. Based on non-disclosure clauses, he could not say how much the Navajo had claimed it was owed ahead of the settlement.

Navajo Nation Council Chambers (Image from wikipedia.org)

From 1944 to 1986, nearly four million tons of uranium ore were extracted from Navajo land under lease agreements between the federal government and the Navajo Nation,accordingto the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Now, the mines are closed, but over 500 abandoned uranium mines, as well as homes and drinking water sources, have been found to have high levels of radiation. The legacy of uranium mining earned the reservation a Superfund designation, an EPA program that addresses hazardous waste sites in dire need of clean-up and control.

The settlement deal was hailed by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly as a “victory for tribal sovereignty.” He vowed to hold town hall meetings in the process of deciding how to use the settlement funds across a population of around 300,000 on nearly 27,000 miles of reservation.

“After a long, hard-won process, I am pleased that we have finally come to a resolution on this matter to receive fair and just compensation for the Navajo Nation,” Shelly said in a statement.

The historic agreement, US Attorney General Eric Holder said, exemplified the US Justice Department’s commitment to “strengthening our partnership with tribal nations.”

Over two years ago, the Obama administration came to similar settlements with 41 tribes for about $1 billion overall. Since that deal, the federal government has resolved breach of trust claims by around 40 additional tribes for more than $1.5 billion, according to the Justice Department.

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A Hopi Elder Speaks


by Zen Gardner Jan 25, 2016

“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered . . .

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.”

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time!”

“There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.

“Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

“The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from you attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

— attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder
Hopi Nation
Oraibi, Arizona

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Bundy Militia Handles Oregon Native American Artifacts on Video ~ TheLipTV


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The Oregon Militia posted a video showing several members rummaging through Native American artifacts that belong to the Paiute Tribe. Members of the armed militia can be seen holding documents and objects up to the camera, expressing concern over how poorly artifacts have been stored. The land once belonged to the Paiute Tribe, and a tribe spokesperson has repeatedly slammed the armed militia, who has been occupying the refuge for almost four weeks. Is the militia’s occupation further harming relations with the Native tribes? Mark Sovel and Nik Zecevic breakdown the video on The Lip News.

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4,000 Artifacts Stored At Oregon Refuge Held By Armed Group


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A sign of the National Wildlife Refuge System is seen at an entry of the wildlife refuge southeast of Burns, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (Les Zaitz / The Oregonian)

A sign of the National Wildlife Refuge System is seen at an entry of the wildlife refuge southeast of Burns, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (Les Zaitz / The Oregonian)

The Associated Press

Thousands of archaeological artifacts — and maps detailing where more can be found – are kept inside the national wildlife refuge buildings currently being held by an armed group of protesters angry over federal land policy.

Ryan Bundy, one of the leaders of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon, says they have no real interest in the antiquities. Still, their access to the artifacts and maps has some worried that looters could take advantage of the situation.

“There’s a huge market for artifacts, especially artifacts that have provenance, where you can identify where they came from,” said Carla Burnside, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s refuge archeologist.

More than 300 recorded prehistoric sites are scattered across the refuge, including burial grounds, ancient villages and petroglyphs. Some of the artifacts – including spears, stone tools, woven baskets and beads – date back 9,800 years.

WHY AREN’T THE RELICS AT A MUSEUM?

About 7,000 artifacts and samples from the refuge are kept at a museum in Eugene, Oregon. But 4,000 more are kept at the refuge for research.

Only Burnside has a key to the room containing the artifacts and the maps. She’s since seen pictures of the occupiers in her office, adjacent to the room where the artifacts are stored. The group has been looking through government files at the site, but it is unclear if they’ve gone through the room with the artifacts. Bundy told The Associated Press that he’s seen the artifacts and lots of maps, but he didn’t know what the maps illustrated.

The artifacts and maps are legally protected by the 1979 Archeological Resources Protection Act and other federal laws.

WHAT IS THE ARMED GROUP DOING WITH THE ARTIFACTS?

Bundy said they’re not interested in the artifacts and would turn them over to the Burns Paiute Tribe, if asked.

“If the Native Americans want those, then we’d be delighted to give them to them,” he said.

He said he didn’t think it was likely that anyone would use the maps to loot the site.

“We haven’t really been thinking along those lines,” Bundy said.

Removing artifacts from federal property without a permit is illegal.

WHAT ABOUT THE PREHISTORIC SITES?

Scientists are also worried about unintentional damage that could be done to the prehistoric sites by cattle, vehicles and heavy equipment.

The group at the ranch has driven road graders and other large construction equipment around the refuge headquarters buildings, but Bundy said they haven’t used the machinery to move any earth. He wouldn’t rule out that possibility, however.

In 2014, Ryan Bundy and supporters of the Bundy family rode ATVs on federal land closed to motorized vehicles in Utah as part of a protest. Their route took them along an illegal trail that crossed through Native American archeological sites.

HAVE THE SITES BEEN LOOTED BEFORE?

While well-known petroglyphs or other prehistoric sites are occasionally publicized for public viewing, federal land managers often go to great lengths to keep such locations secret when they can’t be safely protected from vandals and looters.

Looting has long been a problem at the refuge, with the first documented instance recorded in 1979, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s comprehensive conservation plan.

“It’s a huge problem in Oregon, especially in the southeast portion of the state,” said Dennis Griffin, the state’s archaeologist. “More often than not, when they are caught, it’s connected to drug running or seeking quick money on eBay.”

An online search of “great basin artifacts for sale” yields arrowheads, stone pestles and other items, many priced at hundreds of dollars each.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Burnside said the artifacts are part of the ancestry of the Burns Paiute Tribe and are priceless to science.

“There’s so much you can gain from looking at one artifact: Where the stone came from, how far they traveled, how it was used, the skill of the person who made it,” she said.

The tribe works extensively with federal officials on the archeology projects. Tribe officials didn’t return multiple phone messages requesting comment.

“Their history is being hijacked by these people,” Grayson said.

HOW DOES BUNDY WANT THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES HANDLED?

Bundy said people interested in archeology are welcome to explore the refuge, but that cattle ranchers and loggers should have priority when it comes to land use.

“Before white man came, so to speak, there was nothing to keep cattle from tromping on those things,” Bundy said.

Though some countries had domesticated cattle 10,000 years ago, the animals came to the United States with European settlers.

“We also recognize that the Native Americans had the claim to the land, but they lost that claim,” Bundy said. “There are things to learn from cultures of the past, but the current culture is the most important.”

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Note: Instead of defending Native American rights to lands that were “stolen” thru deception, the militia’s are compounding and obfuscating the issues with statements like this:

“We also recognize that the Native Americans had the claim to the land, but they lost that claim,” Bundy said.

These men have absolutely no right occupying these lands and are only playing into the hands of agent provocateurs who wish to further divide the nation and only foment more anger, ultimately leading to violence and more police state control measures.

In addition, this alleged “sovereign, freeman movement” is throwing mud in the face of million’s of peaceful, non-violent people like myself advocating positive change thru spiritual transformation. There’s absolutely nothing “spiritual” about what’s taking place in Oregon, it’s simply another false flag event being guided by agent provocateurs Steve Payne and Pete Santilli.

Do the research on Pete…learn the truth.

Lucky Photographers Capture Wolf Like Images In The Sky, Full Moon “Wolf Medicine” by Megeso Kou


Looking at clouds was a pastime in our family, my grandparents owned a ranch were the sky had no limit and you could just lay down on the grass and enjoy the ever changing white clouds during the day or spot shooting stars at night. We would see dragons, horses, bunnies that transformed into other animals as the wind blew. Here are some images of some clouds and natural phenomena that resemble wolves.

Marja-Terttu Karlsson, who resides in Pajala, Swedish Lapland, did not realize how lucky she had been when she was out to photograph the northern lights last week.Only when she uploaded the images to the computer, she recognized the familiar shape that appeared right before her eyes:

– I thought “oh my God, it resembles a fox or a wolf or something.” I didn’t know when I photographed what I got. It was amazing, she says.

Northern lights are common in the arctic region of the northern hemisphere and are caused by the solar wind colliding with the atmosphere. Recent years northern lights have been getting more common, caused by increased solar activity.

Ms Karlssons picture of the celestial animal has since become a viral success. It has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, but has also raised suspicion. Several people have been in contact with the photographer herself, to question the authenticity of the picture. – They think it is fake, but I can assure all skeptics that it’s genuine, Ms Karlsson says to SVT (Source)

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Saami indigenous people believe these lights are their ancestors visiting them. The Salteaus Indians of eastern Canada and the Kwakiutl and Tlingit of Southeastern Alaska interpreted the northern lights as the dancing of human spirits. The Inuits who lived on the lower Yukon River believed that the aurora was the dance of animal spirits, especially those of deer, wolf, seals, salmon and beluga. In Norse mythology, the lights were the spears, armor and helmets of the warrior women known as the Valkyries. They rode on horseback, leading fallen soldiers to their final resting place at Valhalla. In Finland, a mystical fox was thought to have created the aurora, its bushy tail spraying snow and throwing sparks into the sky.

 

Howling wolf cloud Source Reddit

Running Black wolf source 

 

Full Moon “Wolf Medicine” by Megeso Kou

In astrology, Wolf is represented by the Dog, Sirius. Native Americans acknowledge wolves as teachers and pathfinders.
Wolf medicine brings guidance, in dreams and meditations, so you may discover valuable hidden things about yourself. It can be a lonely path, but to truly understand self you must be alone, undeterred by the beliefs, judgements and perceptions of others. Wolf medicine allows you to find your inner power and strength. To activate this gift of understanding, you need to face your deepest fears with sincerity and integrity. The medicine is demanding of you but if you are true to your journey, of wholeness, you will receive much wisdom in return. Learn to hear your inner voice, for in that silence is clarity.

Wolf’s medicine brings the gift of instinct linked with intelligence, the ability to hide in plain sight, and to be adept at taking advantage of change. It will enhance your senses of hearing, smelling, seeing, and feeling. Wolf medicine gives you stamina and strength. Teaching you to know who you are, and how to develop the strength and confidence in what you do. Wolf medicine brings the ability to learn new ideas and then teach them to others. Wolf brings faithfulness, inner strength, intuition and teaches you how to get along in community. Wolf teaches you to balance between the needs your family has of you, and the needs you have to achieve complete self. Wolf medicine teaches you how to stay true to your identity and how to maintain your integrity without sacrificing to conforming ways that keep you in a rut. Wolf medicine gives you the ability to make quick and firm emotional attachments, while trusting your insights to these new attachments for growth. The medicine will teach you how to be in control of your life, through harmony and discipline, on your journey to Wholeness.
Go deep within yourself to smell what others, who hold you back, deny. It is here the alchemical truth is revealed and manifested in the truth of knowing, true you.

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Trudeau’s promises to Indigenous people and the climate mean game over for pipelines


 

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Reconciliation with First Nations and strong action on climate change are two of the Liberal government’s most substantive policy promises. So far the Liberals have committed to act on all the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and signed onto the Paris climate agreement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been quiet on how these two promises intersect with the controversial subject of pipelines.

Dru Oja Jay argues that to honour Indigenous treaties, including respecting free, informed and prior consent, and in order to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to safe levels, the Liberals would need to stop pipelines, including the recently flowing Line 9, and bigger projects like Northern Gateway, Energy East, and Keystone XL.

Jay’s logic then goes that protesters who manually shut down Enbridge’s Line 9 twice in December and Line 7 once in January were really just enforcing the Liberal’s own policies.

Does this unlikely position hold up? 

Reconciliation: Honour the treaties. Really.

The TRC has brought focus back to the long-standing treaty obligations Canada has with Indigenous people for the use their lands and what those treaties mean for industrial projects.

If Trudeau wants to live up to his call to implement all 94 recommendations, the argument goes that pipeline projects across Canada would have to be stopped because of violations of treaties and of nation-to-nation relationships.

“Contrary to colonial texts and practices of denial and appropriation, the historic treaties did not cede, release, surrender, yield, or extinguish Indigenous title, rights, or jurisdiction,” Lynn Gehl, Algonquin scholar of indigenous history, tells rabble. “Canada, the provinces, and corporations must gain Indigenous consent [for projects].”

Gehl has studied the founding treaties of Canada extensively. One foundational agreement, made in 1764, involved the exchange of three wampum belts, known together as the Treaty of Niagara bundle. It is through these beaded belts that an understanding of the relationship between the Indigenous nations and the settlers (British at that time) was agreed upon.

A core piece, then as now, was “the philosophy and practice of non-interference mediated by peace, friendship, and respect,” in Gehl’s words.

The TRC recommendation #45 states Canada “reaffirm the nation-to-nation relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown” a concept Trudeau re-iterated to First Nations leaders on December 8, 2015:

“It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations peoples: one that is based on the understanding that the constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations are a sacred obligation that we carry forward. This obligation is based on respect, co-operation, and partnership; it is guided by the spirit and intent of the original treaty relationship; and it respects inherent rights, treaties and jurisdictions, and the decisions of our courts.”

“In this context, our government will work collaboratively to further reconciliation, including the implementation all of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action,” a spokesperson from tThe Ministry of Indigenous and North Affairs tells rabble.

“We are also working across government departments, provinces and territories, municipalities and with all Canadians to fully understand and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

Mentioned eight times in the TRC Calls to Action is the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with clearly states that Indigenous groups must give free, prior and informed consent for use of their lands.

Such consent, and the nation-to-nation relationship are central to the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation legal case claiming they were not consulted and did not give their consent to changes with Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline on their land. Their case is heading to the Supreme Court of Canada. Their calls for treaty obligations to be honoured are echoed by the Chiefs of Ontario.

Similarly, Energy East does not have the consent of nations along its route, like Kanesatake and Kahnawake, and Northern Gateway is opposed by a long list of First Nations.

“Keep in mind,” says Gehl, “that progress for Indigenous people means taking the steps to ensure clean land, water, and air for all people. It is Canadians better option to stand behind Indigenous people and our knowledge philosophy and practices.”

End of the fossil fuel era

Canada is one of the highest per-capita emitters of GHGs and a producer of one of the higher-carbon sources of oil: tar sands bitumen.

But in Paris the Liberals committed to Canada doing it’s part to keep global temperature from rising 1.5 degrees Celsius, and definitely not more than 2 degrees.

“That has a very specific meaning,” Adam Scott at Environmental Defence tells rabble. “We have to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The Liberals have not changed the target from that of the Conservatives [30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030]. And we need more than just commitments, we need real actions.”

“We’re still waiting to see what the Liberals climate plan will be,” says Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.

Trudeau said he will meet with the Premiers to work on a climate plan within 90 days of the Paris conference, which means mid-March. Today, Bloomberg Business reported the Trudeau government will begin preparing “transition plans” for exisiting pipelines and strengthen environmental review laws.

“If [the Liberal commitment] is more than hot air, it means this government must not approve new tar sands pipelines like Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion and TransCanada’s Energy East,” adds Harden-Donahue.

“The Energy East pipeline alone could lead to a 40 per cent increase in tar sands production, which we will be locked into for 40 years. Ambitious targets require ambitious actions. This means freezing tar sands expansion and planning for a transition towards a fossil-free economy by 2050.”

Yesterday, Montreal mayor Denis Coderre announced his opposition to Energy East based on “environmental and economic concerns.”

It appears some groups believe the thesis holds: shutting down pipelines is in line with stated Liberal policy positions on climate. 

“We need to be walking away from new fossil fuel projects” says Scott of Environmental Defence.

 

David Gray-Donald is a freelance journalist and community organizer in Toronto and Montreal.

Photo: flickr/ IamNotUnique

http://rabble.ca/news/2016/01/trudeaus-promises-to-indigenous-people-and-climate-mean-game-over-pipelines

Corruption is Killing the Lokota People


Thom Hartmann talks with Canupa Gluha Mani, Headman-Cante Tenza Okolakiciye (Lakota for “Strong Heart Warrior Society)-Independent Lakota Nation (Canupa is also in the film Red Cry) Website: cantetenza.wordpress.com, who came to Washington, DC to deliver a letter to congressional representatives of South Dakota demanding there be an investigation of the treatment they are currently facing that is putting many of their lives at risk.

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One Week after MRI Confirmed Leonard Peltier is Suffering from an Abdominal Aortic Aneurism, Surgery Still not Scheduled


Published January 17, 2016

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier has been in prison for 40 years

COLEMAN, FLORIDA — One week after an MRI confirmed a preliminary diagnosis that Leonard Peltier is suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurism, prison medical personnel still have not scheduled surgery to correct his medical condition.

Last Sunday evening, the  International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) confirmed the  MRI results. At that time, the ILPDC said the size and location of the aneurism would be reviewed by physicians and a consultation would take place.

“Supporters should keep pressure on the Bureau of Prison for timely treatment and transfer to a suitable medical facility,” the ILPDC chairman Peter Clark stated.

Please visit http://www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns.jsp. Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132 and USP Coleman I. Voice your concern about Leonard’s medical treatment, and let the federal Bureau of Prisons know that the world is watching. Demand that Leonard receive the best possible care.

Please also contact:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534
202-307-3198
info@bop.gov

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“A Breeze is Stirring. Feel the Sun on Your Wings” ~ A message from The Grandmothers ~


“A breeze is stirring. Feel the sun on your wings.”

“As you move through these changing times.. be easy on yourself and be easy on one another… You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you are used to. You will stop working so hard at getting from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’ the way you have in the past.. but will instead spend more time experiencing yourself in the whole and your place in it. Instead of traveling to a goal out there.. you will voyage deeper into yourself.

Your mother’s mother’s mother knew how to do this. Your ancestors from long ago knew how to do this. They knew the power of the feminine principle and because you carry their DNA in in your body.. this wisdom and this way of being is within you. Call on it.. call it up. Invite your ancestors in. As the yang based habits and the decaying institutions on our planet begin to crumble.. look up. A breeze is stirring. Feel the sun on your wings.”

“Message from the Grandmothers”
International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

Brazil Court Suspends Amazon Hydrodam License On Native Demands


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Indigenous protesters hold hands near an entrance way to the Rio20 conference in protest over the Belo Monte dam construction. Photo: Getty Images

Indigenous protesters hold hands near an entrance way to the Rio20 conference in protest over the Belo Monte dam construction. Photo: Getty Images

Author: Reuters, Thu, 14 Jan 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – A Brazilian court suspended the operating license for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world’s largest, just weeks before owner Norte Energia SA planned to start electricity generation, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Judge Maria Carolina Valente do Carmo of the Federal Court in Altamira, Para, said the license will be suspended until Norte Energia and Brazil’s government meet a previous license requirement to reorganize the regional office of Funai, the national Indian protection agency.

A judge had already ordered the government and Norte Energia to carry out the Funai restructuring work in 2014, so Valente do Carmo also fined the government and the company 900,000 reais ($225,000) for non-compliance.

The Belo Monte dam, one of the most controversial ever constructed in Brazil, is located on the Xingu River near Altamira.

Belo Monte will have an installed capacity of 11,233 megawatts. Its average output, though, will only be about a third of that as the original reservoir was greatly reduced at the request of native groups and environmentalists.

These critics objected to the dam blocking one of the last free-flowing major tributaries of the Amazon. They also opposed an early reservoir plan that would have flooded thousands of square kilometers of virgin rain forest.

Tens of thousands of workers moving to the region to build the massive project also raised fears that many would stay and expand illegal logging, mining and farming in the rainforest.

Brazil is counting on the dam, now several years behind schedule, to help fill a power gap in Brazil’s south caused by delayed projects, rising demand and recent drought.

Norte Energia, which is building and will operate the dam, is a consortium led by Brazil’s state-run utility Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, or Eletrobras; Centrais Eletricas de Minas Gerais, or Cemig; Brazil’s Neoenergia SA and miner Vale SA.

Norte Energia said it had no comment on the ruling because the company has not been formally notified of its contents.

The Funai requirements have been part of the rules governing operations at Belo Monte since the dam project received its preliminary license in 2010, prosecutors said in a statement.

Currently, the Funai offices in Altamira are closed and the agency has seen the number of workers in the region fall by nearly three-quarters. In 2001 there were 60 Funai employees there, today 23. All the Funai stations in indigenous villages near the dam have been closed.

($1 = 4.00 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Jeb Blount and Marta Nogueira; Editing by Sandra Maler and David Gregorio)

http://news.trust.org/item/20160114225617-3pwif/?source=reOtherNews2

https://redpowermedia.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/brazil-court-suspends-amazon-hydrodam-license-on-native-demands/

IT’S THE TONE ~ Mohawk Nation


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MNN. Jan. 16, 2016. The kanion’ke:haka [Mohawk] language is not words. It is the tone naturally buried deep in the mind of the onkwe’hon:weh. We are born with the tones which form the bond with our mother earth, the natural world and our people.

Learn the ones first.

Learn the tones first.

We are connected through vibration, magnetism and tone that goes back to the inception of our existence. The tone evokes the pictures buried deep in our minds. Sometimes the past, present and future pass before us. We feel the tones and see the pictures and then the words come to us.

The natural world hears us.

The natural world hears us.

 

Then we communicate with all living things in the natural world. Our connection to our mother is through our song. She gives us everything we need to live. We are all one with the earth. She sings the root note, which is the basis of our way of connecting to each other and the natural world. Something will happen which will thrust our entire memory from the very beginning.

A mother hums and sings these tones to her baby. Then the baby learns to describe the pictures in their minds using the tones they heard from their mother. A picture cannot be changed to something else. it is the truth and we cannot be told it is something else. It has living momentum so that we make imprints on and memories of our land. When we walk on it, we know it is ours and is the basis of our life.

Through our song.

Through our song.

 

The corporate education system is designed by foreigners to override these natural tones so we are confused and can’t reach into our minds for the inbred understanding of life.

English is a fake language that has no tones that connect them to our land. We are shown a picture of, for example, a dog, then told to memorize a word to go with that picture. Some words and their meanings are changed many times. When the immigrants came here, they had no roots here or no tones of our land. Fake place names and foreign names were imposed on us and our mother. Artificial lines were drawn over our mother. Then she was systematically destroyed. As they are from another land, they have no roots here and have no reason to live here except to take and not respect us or our mother.

wakatonteh. I heard the tones even before I was born.

wakatonteh. I heard the tones even before I was born.

 

Ella and Satchmo show how a fake language causes confusion in Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off: “Goodness knows what the end will be. Oh, I don’t know where I’m at. It looks as if we two will never be one. Something must be done.” [Let’ call the whole thing off].

http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2016/01/16/its-the-tone/

 

Farmer Returns 700 Acres of California Coast to Native American Tribe


Ed. Note: It’s great to see average people waking-up and making right, what once went so terribly wrong. Blessings to this man for doing the right thing, hopefully his actions will inspire others who actually believe they “own the land” to do the same for tribes in their area.
by Good News Network Oct 27, 2015

kaisha-pacific reserve-ocean-permission-The Trust for Public Land:Brendan Moriarty

A California landowner is returning his family farm to a neighboring Native American tribe that was forced inland, away from their breathtaking coastline, 150 years ago.

The small, water-poor reservation that became home for the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians has become 18-times larger, and for the first time in more than a century, will reach to the Pacific coast where they and their ancestors once hunted, fished, and roamed free.

Bill Richardson’s family bought the 688-acre property, which features dense redwood forest, towering coastal bluffs and waterfalls along the Pacific Coast Highway, in 1925.

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After five years of fundraising by the Sonoma County government, The Trust for Public Land,  private foundations and groups, the newly established Kashia Coastal Reserve restored ownership of the land to the tribe.

Sonoma County contributed two million dollars for the project, while another six million was raised by the coalition of groups seeking to buy the property for the Kashia. In exchange, the California Coastal Trail will extend north for one mile across their land, giving the public access to a cliff walk overlooking this dramatic stretch of coastline.

The Tribe will manage the land as protected open space, and a demonstration forest for educating and engaging the public about the history and practices of native people in the area.

The Pomo Indians will get to start using the land immediately, while Richardson will get to live out his days on the mile-long stretch of property—and be buried on a hillside when he passes on.

(WATCH the video below from KNTV)Photo used with permission of The Trust for Public Land/Brendan Moriarty

 

 

Little Grandmother Shares What Is Happening At This Time


Filed in Matrix Articles by on January 12, 2016

collapseBy Keisha Crowther, Little Grandmother
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Deep, global changes must happen for life on Earth to be governed by love, rather than fear (power, greed, and ego). Right now, truths about who we are and what we are capable of, are being hidden by governments and powerful entities that do not want to lose control or profit. If this knowledge were made public, it would awaken us to the truth of where we come from and free us to live more equitably.

Disclosing our cosmic origins would blow wide open our conceptions of the universe and God. It would make most religions unnecessary because they would be seen as what they are: man-made. The three things that control our lives are government, religion, and business (money). Since 2009, all the wisdom keehttps://ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phppers have been shown that before we can shift our consciousness, government, religion, and business will have to fail. This is because these three things keep us separate, preventing us from creating a world ruled by the heart.

The world has been controlled by a handful of powerful people for a long time. They know what information must not be made public in order to stay in power. For example, I was shown that an invention exists that pulls light from the sky and is capable of supplying a great part of the world’s energy. It was created (I believe) by Nicola Tesla and has been hidden because those in power do not want to create a free energy source. Soon it will be made public, as governments begin to fail.

Religion has been used to create divisions among us so that we kill and fight wars in its name, mindlessly seeing other people as the enemy—or unworthy and expendable. These illusory divisions must be eradicated for us to treat each other with kindness and compassion.

When government, religion, and business start to fail, there will be a leveling of the playing field. The governance of the world will undergo reorganization and some countries that are powerful now will no longer be. This will happen because of economic forces and realities that are now being downplayed. The changes are going to come so humanity can have a fresh start. The fall of our economic and political structures, and sense of security, will help us open our consciousness. We will advance rapidly as our priorities, lives, and societies change.

The key to our spiritual evolution and survival on Earth is to remember who we are. We are divine co-creators of our reality; we are the Great I AM.

It is our obligation to reclaim this divine capacity and use it to imagine a beautiful new world. Images born in just one human heart have the power to inspire global change. The Tribe of Many Colors is one such image. For hundreds of years, indigenous cultures have spoken about the coming Rainbow Tribe. The people of this tribe are the ones who will change the world. You ARE the Tribe of Many Colors. Envision a beautiful loving world you want to live in. Together as a tribe of many colors we will make the change!

I love you!

Little Grandmother

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Council Statement on Fukushima read by Chief Arvol Looking Horse


Published on Dec 3, 2013

In late September, Indigenous Elders and Medicine People of North and South America united for four days in sacred ceremony in Green Grass, South Dakota. The significance of this meeting is profound. Its outcome is the Statement which Chief Looking Horse delivers in his native Lakota language, at the United Nations Tillman Chapel. It is the embodiment of a confluence of prophecies which speak to the necessity to activate a new level of consciousness for the benefit of humanity and the earth. Although their statement illuminates the nuclear crisis at Fukushima, the fundamental message is for humanity to spiritually awaken to protect and restore the sacred.

This is an invitation to step into service, to choose to join a collective body of humans that deeply cares about our planet. Please read the Indigenous elders statement here:
http://caretakersofmotherearth.com/
If you find resonance, consider signing, asking your own questions, and joining us with good minds and prayer for the healing of life on Earth.

StoneTree Productions is currently in production on a documentary about Chief Arvol Looking Horse and his global peace work.
http://www.stonetreeproductions.com

Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA


Ed Note: The desecration, pillaging and plundering of sacred lands MUST stop NOW!  I ask my fellow global citizens to unite behind the Apache, along with tribes in Alaska and Washington to protect and preserve these lands for future generations, just as we did for the supporters of Mauna Kea when the TMT threat our sacred mountain on the Big Island.

Further destruction of ancient, sacred lands ON ANY CONTINENT is ABSOLUTELY UN-ACCEPTABLE. I REMOVE ANY IMPLIED OR TACIT CONSENT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF NATIVE SACRED LANDS FROM THE SYSTEM OF DOMINATION AND CONTROL…AND SO IT IS!

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Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department.

This week, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees quietly attached a provision to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would mandate the handover of a large tract of Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining company Rio Tinto, which co-owns with Iran a uranium mine in Africa and which is 10-percent-owned by China.

The “Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015” – named after the retiring chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services panels – includes the giveaway of Apache burial, medicinal, and ceremonial grounds currently within the bounds of Tonto. News of the land provision was kept under wraps until late Tuesday, when the bill was finally posted online.

The land proposed to be given to Resolution Copper, in exchange for other lands, includes prime territory Apaches have used for centuries to gather medicinal plants and acorns, and it is near a spot known as Apache Leap, a summit that Apaches jumped from to avoid being killed by settlers in the late 19th century.

Lands included in the plan will stop 1,500 feet short of Apache Leap and will not initially include an area known as Oak Flats, though, when it comes to the oaks, contradictory legal parameters are but a minor hurdle for a company like Resolution Copper to eventually drill there.

The House may vote on the NDAA as soon as this week with rules included that would bar the Senate from amending the legislation. On Wednesday night, a last-minute effort to strip the land provision from the NDAA failed in the House Rules Committee, which voted to give one hour for debate over the NDAA in the House.

Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, told The Huffington Post he was saddened by news of the proposal, yet not all that surprised.

Senator John McCain.(Reuters / Joshua Roberts )

“Of all people, Apaches and Indians should understand, because we’ve gone through this so many times in our history,” Rambler said.

“The first thing I thought about was not really today, but 50 years from now, probably after my time, if this land exchange bill goes through, the effects that my children and children’s children will be dealing with,” Rambler added.

“Since time immemorial people have gone there. That’s part of our ancestral homeland,” Rambler said. “We’ve had dancers in that area forever – sunrise dancers – and coming-of-age ceremonies for our young girls that become women. They’ll seal that off. They’ll seal us off from the acorn grounds, and the medicinal plants in the area, and our prayer areas.”

Arizona Sen. John McCain was instrumental in adding to the NDAA the land deal that had been pursued by Rio Tinto for a decade, according to HuffPo. Some in Congress were reportedly concerned with the deal, but it ultimately materialized thanks to economic assurances. Rio Tinto claims mining in Tonto will generate $61 billion in economic activity and 3,700 direct and indirect jobs over 40 years.

Rambler said whether Rio Tinto’s economic assertions are true or not, it may not matter.

“It seems like us Apaches and other Indians care more about what this type of action does to the environment and the effects it leaves behind for us, while others tend to think more about today and the promise of jobs, but not necessarily what our creator God gave to us,” he said.

Rambler said he was particularly concerned with long-term ramifications, including the company’s intent to use “block cave” mining, which means digging under the ore, causing it to collapse.

“What those mountains mean to us is that when the rain and the snow comes, it distributes it to us,” Rambler said. “It replenishes our aquifers to give us life.”

Resolution Copper has said its mining plan for the area has been filed with the National Forest Service and that it will comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that supposedly protects federal lands.

AFP Photo / Jeff Topping

But Rambler said NEPA is no match for Resolution Copper’s intent.

“This is what will happen – the law in one area says there will be consultation, but the law in another area of the bill says the land exchange will happen within one year of enactment of this bill,” Rambler said. “So no matter what we’re doing within that one year, the consultation part won’t mean anything after one year. Because then it’s really theirs after that.”

Basically, NEPA will only protect lands that remain in federal hands. The rest is fair game, according to federal law.

“We would only have to do NEPA on any activity that would take place on remaining federal land,” said Arizona Bureau of Land Management official Carrie Templin.

The 2015 NDAA contains other land deals, including one that would subject 70,000 acres of Tongass National Forest in Alaska to logging and another provision that would give 1,600 acres from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for purposes of industrial development, a plan that has spurred tribal protest.

Hawaiian Affairs CEO moving forward after letter


Posted: May 12, 2014 12:21 PM HST Updated: May 13, 2014 12:21 AM HST

By Mileka Lincoln

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Does the Hawaiian Kingdom still exist? That’s the question the CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs wants answered by the U.S. Justice Department.

His inquiry has sparked an internal dispute within OHA, as several trustees have attempted to rescind the request, but he’s standing by his decision and now a few trustees are switching sides and backing him as well.

Dr. Kamanaʻopono Crabbe addressed the public today for the first time since submitting a formal request to Secretary of State John Kerry seeking clarification on the legal status of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi.

Flanked by dozens of supporters, Dr. Crabbe held a press conference Monday morning to clarify the intent of his inquiry, which he says was sent within his authority under OHA’s governing documents and Hawai’i statutory law.

He says the chief reason for requesting that Secretary Kerry seek a legal opinion of the U.S. Attorney General regarding the status of Hawai’i under international law is to ensure OHA can effectively facilitate a process of rebuilding a Hawaiian nation.  Dr. Crabbe went on to say highly qualified experts have provided their answers to the questions posed, but it would be irresponsible for OHA to assume the United States views the situation similarly.

“My staff and I have held some 30 community meetings in the past two months regarding our proposed process to rebuild our nation. In that same period we also held two governance summits with key community leaders. At these gatherings, and in other virtual contexts, we heard repeatedly concerns about engaging in a process of rebuilding a nation when — following the research of many legal, historical, and political experts — our nation continues to exist in the context of international law,” Dr. Crabbe said.

Dr. Crabbe says he made the inquiry because these claims appear to be valid, but for over 120 years, Native Hawaiians voices and concerns have not been properly answered.

“It is imperative for us to move forward to have at least accurate information and truth so that our people can make well informed decisions,” Dr. Crabbe said.

Among the questions Dr. Crabbe asked in his letter to Secretary Kerry:

“First, does the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, as a sovereign independent State, continue to exist as a subject of international law?
Second, if the Hawaiian Kingdom continues to exist, do the sole-executive agreements bind the United States today?”

Experts say these are questions that have come up for decades, since the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1893 and since the U.S. government formally apologized for the illegal overthrow in 1993, but supporters say this is the first time the State Department has ever been asked point blank for an answer.

OHA’s CEO says his inquiry is not intended to invalidate the nation-building efforts of Kanaʻiolowalu but to make sure self-determination is achieved legally and with no unanswered questions.

“I can only imagine the burden that our Queen Lili’uokalani faced in 1893, but her charge and her legacy, and most of all, her spirit remains with us today, but most of all we must heed not only her guidance but each other,” Dr. Crabbe said.  “For we are all Natives.  We are patriots.  We are sons and daughters of this great land and as we move forward let not the differences divide us, but let our common beliefs and values and the principals of our kupuna unite us.  That is the call I ask from our people, from our trustees and our staff as we move forward in unity,” said Dr. Crabbe.

Only one trustee was present at Monday morning’s press conference, Oswald Stender.  Dr. Crabbe addressed the disagreement that exists between himself and OHA’s trustees since they learned of his inquiry, but says he has not been asked to resign or step down from his position as CEO.

“I continue to believe my decision to send the letter was in the best interest of OHA and the beneficiaries we serve,” said Dr. Crabbe. “The Hawaiian community needed to know that I was inquiring about the very matters they sought to bring forward.  And this is the reason I felt it was imperative to not only ask the questions but that the community be aware of the inquiry.”

Initially, all nine trustees signed a letter asking Secretary Kerry to rescind Dr. Crabbe’s inquiry, which was sent by OHA Chair Colette Machado Friday afternoon.

However, over the weekend Trustee Dan Ahuna sent another letter to Secretary Kerry — this time, asserting his support for Dr. Crabbe’s initial inquiry.

“It clearly appears that Dr. Crabbe is carrying out his fiduciary authority of due diligence in gathering evidence needed to make decisions as the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs,” Ahuna wrote.  “It is the best interest of our people to gather further information and pertinent documents.”

Immediately following Dr. Crabbe’s press conference Monday morning, Trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey sent a letter to Chair Machado asking her name be removed from the rescind request.

“I have attended the many community town hall meetings OHA has held throughout the islands and heard the concerns articulated in Dr. Crabbe’s letters expressed by several people.  While those questions may be troubling and difficult to address, it is precisely because they are so that I now believe Dr. Crabbe demonstrated courage and integrity in moving those concerns forward to try to get the clarity we need,” Lindsey wrote.

More than 1,200 people have signed He Mana’o Pono, a petition in support of Dr. Crabbe’s State Department request since Saturday.

“Really what we’ve sought in that letter of support is first to honor Dr. Kamana’opono Crabbe and the position that he’s taken and really bringing to the forefront questions that have plagued our community for generations.  We’re not committed to any particular answers to those questions or outcome , but we are committed to having those questions asked,” said said Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, a law professor with the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.  “Hawaiʻi is at a pivotal time.  We need facilitative leadership.  We need people that are going to bring our communities together and I feel like answers to these questions and clarifications will help and I want to support a leader that listens to our people.”

“Those are important questions — some of which are coming out of the University right now.  This is cutting edge research on the legal political history of Hawaiʻi that I think is prompting a new kind of awareness in the community.  What you’ve seen the CEO do today is respond to that new awareness — this new curriculum, this new education and research that’s coming out of the university,” said Dr. Willy Kauai, a UH Manoa lecturer in the Ethnic Studies department.  “I think what’s paramount in what took place today was kind of a call for education that, ʻEh, if we’re going to go about doing these important things, such as nation-building, we should probably have a very clear understanding of our own history’.”

Hundreds have commented on the petition.

“The truth can only be hidden from the world for so long. People in positions of power and policy making who have a conscience must speak out to the truth and challenge those who continue to perpetuate the lie that Hawaiʻi is a state of the USA.  Kamanaʻopono Crabbe is another champion in our history of leaders to step forth and question what is perceived to be the truth.  Mahalo nunui e Kamanaʻopono and to all who continue to keep the fire alive!” one supporter wrote.

“As a person of non-Hawaiian ancestry, I stand in solidarity with the statement of support by He Mana’o Pono.  It has been over 100 years of illegal occupation by the US goverment of these sovereign islands and it is high time the US government obliged to its obligations under international law as an occupying power, to uphold the Hawaiian constitution until such time as to the end of said occupation,” wrote another who signed the petition.

In a statement from OHA Chair Colette Machado sent to Hawaii News Now and all of the OHA staff, Machado writes she agrees Dr. Crabbe “has identified important questions that have been asked by many advocates for Hawaiʻi’s independence throughout the decades since the illegal overthrow of our Queen”, but says his actions “by-passed our Hawaiian legislators who have worked diligently, against great odds, to protect our Native Hawaiian trusts, programs, lands and entitlements.  They also sponsored and promoted Act 195 for the Kanaʻiolowalu roll.”

“I believe that the action pursued by Ka Pouhana demonstrates a lack of respect for the over 125,000 Native Hawaiians who registered to participate in the process,” Machado wrote.

According to Machado, an executive session will be held to address the trustees concerns with Dr. Crabbe next week at which time they will “initiate an investigation of the breach of established processes” and decide on a strategy to have the questions Dr. Crabbe raised addressed “without affecting the Kanaiʻiolowalu process and OHA’s commitment to facilitating a process to reorganize a Native Hawaiian Governing Entity.” Machado says the trustees will take “appropriate action” following their meeting.

Statement of Chair Colette Machado – http://bit.ly/1onwhim

Chair Machado’s Message to all OHA – http://bit.ly/1onwkdW

Here is a copy of Dr. Crabbe’s address from Monday morning’s press conference in its entirety:

Prepared Comments of Dr. Kamana’opono Crabbe 

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Ka Pouhana and CEO Press Conference of May 12, 2014 

Aloha mai kakou, 

I called this media conference today to offer additional information about my letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which was sent within my authority under OHA’s governing documents and Hawai’i statutory law.  As with any leader, I am often called upon to make tough decisions, which are sometimes controversial. I continue to believe my decision to send the letter was in the best interest of OHA and the beneficiaries we serve. I stand behind this decision and accept full responsibility for it.

As Ka Pouhana and CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, I must ensure that the policies and commitments of the OHA Board of Trustees are implemented with thorough due diligence and a minimization of risk to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. I take this responsibility seriously. And that was the chief reason for my inquiry with Secretary Kerry. 

As stated in the media release sent out this past Friday, I requested that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seek a legal opinion of the U.S. Attorney General regarding the status of Hawai’i under international law. I also posed additional questions to clarify how the answer to that primary question impacts current efforts to rebuild a Hawaiian nation. 

Answers from the U.S. Attorney General are needed for OHA to effectively facilitate a process of rebuilding a Hawaiian nation. We must start with agreed upon facts (or begin identifying points of disagreement that require clarification).  Highly qualified experts have provided their answers to the questions posed. However, it would be irresponsible for OHA to assume that the United States views the situation similarly. The stakes are far too high for OHA to proceed under assumptions. 

A second reason for my questions to Secretary Kerry stems from our Hawaiian community. My staff and I have held some 30 community meetings in the past two months regarding our proposed process to rebuild our nation. In that same period we also held two governance summits with key community leaders. At these gatherings, and in other virtual contexts, we heard repeatedly concerns about engaging in a process of rebuilding a nation when-following the research of many legal, historical, and political experts-our nation continues to exist in the context of international law. 

Such concerns have led our community to request more time in the nation rebuilding process to have questions– such as I raised with Secretary Kerry– fully explored and shared with our people so that they can make well-informed decisions throughout the process. 

The Hawaiian community needed to know that I was inquiring about the very matters they sought to bring forward. And this is the reason I felt it was imperative not only that I ask the questions but that the community be aware of the inquiry. 

However, recognizing the gravity of the questions posed, I met with Chair Machado before making the letter public. I explained that my questions were a matter of due diligence and risk management to avoid OHA missteps in its nation rebuilding facilitation. I believed I had her consent to proceed with sharing publicly my letter to Secretary Kerry. Unfortunately, it is now apparent that we walked away from that meeting with a misunderstanding and misinformation. 

Despite disagreements that will need to be worked out between myself and OHA’s trustees, I am certain that the Board and I stand firmly together in our commitment to do all that we appropriately can to reestablish a Hawaiian nation. I look forward to engaging with the trustees in the ho’oponopono, which Chair Machado graciously suggested, so that we can work collectively to Ho’oulu Uihui Aloha, to Rebuild a Beloved Nation.

We must succeed in our efforts for the good of our lahui, our community, and our families for generations to come.

 

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/25496399/hawaiian-affairs-ceo-moving-forward-after-letter?page=2&N=L

 

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Oregon native tribe uneasy with armed standoff over land rights ~ Reuters


Note: More background on the Native American land rights involved and what appears to be another distraction-diversion psyop from “the system of domination and control”, here: http://wp.me/p17PKt-9gE

When armed men first took over a U.S. government wildlife refuge in Oregon this weekend, the leader of the area’s Native American tribal council could relate to their land-right dispute – but disagreed with their gun-toting approach.

“I just think they’re a bunch of glory hounds,” Charlotte Rodrique, chairwoman of the federally recognized Burns Paiute Tribe, said in an interview at the tribal reservation’s meeting house on Tuesday. “Look at us, look at what we’re doing.’ I don’t give much credence to their cause.”

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and the small town of Burns have been thrust into the spotlight by the takeover, which began on Saturday and marked the latest protest over federal management of millions of acres (hectares) of land in the West.

The armed group’s standoff with the U.S. government over ranchers’ land rights has bewildered the tribe’s leaders. Although the Paiute have their own disputes over land and water with U.S. government agencies, they prefer a less adversarial approach.

The reservation is not far from the wildlife refuge, and the tribe has been living in the arid western Oregon mountains since long before Europeans arrived in North America.

“There was never an agreement that we were giving up this land,” Rodrique said. “We were dragged out of here.”

The tribe’s approach has typically been less provocative than the protesters who brought guns to further their anti-government cause.

“I’m, like, hold on a minute, if you want to get technical about it … the land belongs to the Paiute here,” said Selena Sam, a member of the tribe’s council who works as a waitress at a local diner.

At an emotional news conference in Burns on Wednesday, tribal leaders denounced the occupiers’ claims of wanting to help local residents, and said the protesters’ ignorance of the region’s real history was offensive.

“We don’t got no jobs here. But we don’t need them to back us up,” said the tribal council’s sergeant at arms, Jarvis Kennedy.

“They just need to get the hell out of here, I’m sorry. Because we didn’t ask them here. We don’t want them here … This community is hard-working,” Kennedy said to loud applause.

FOCUS ON LAND RIGHTS

The tribe held a council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the sudden national attention land rights are once again getting...read more

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oregon-militia-tribe-idUSKBN0UK1FS20160106

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Aha.. It turns Out That The Hammond Ranch Is Sitting On Natural Gas And Uranium that China Wants..Like The Bundys Ranch Was…..


Note: While the info below appears to be accurate, but the original source is BeforeIt’sNews.com which is known to occasionally post disinformation. As always, do your own research and discretion is advised.

Posted By: Watchman
Date: Sunday, 3-Jan-2016 19:43:30

Why the Hammonds?

“The story is like an onion, you just keep peeling back the layers,” Maupin said.

In an effort to stave off what they feared was a pending Clinton/Babbitt monument designation in 2000, a group of ranchers on the scenic Steens Mountain worked with Oregon Representative Greg Walden, a Republican, to draft and enact the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act that would prevent such a deed. The ranchers agreed to work with special interest “environmental” groups like the aggressive Oregon Natural Desert Association and others to protect the higher-than 10,000-foot peak.

A number of ranchers at the top of the mountain traded their BLM permits and private property for land on the valley floor, allowing Congress to create a 170,000 acre wilderness in 2000, with almost 100,000 acres being “cow-free.”

“The last holdouts on that cow-free wilderness are the Hammonds,” said Maupin. Though some still have BLM grazing permits, the Hammonds are the last private landowners in the area.

“It’s become more and more obvious over the years that the BLM and the wildlife refuge want that ranch. It would tie in with what they have,” said Rusty Inglis, an area rancher and retired U.S. Forest Service employee.

Rusty Inglis, the local area rancher and retired U.S. Forest Service employee who is mentioned in the article, made the comment, “It would tie in with what they have,” referring to the Hammond Ranch.

That begs the question, what exactly is it that they (the feds) have?

The answer to that question comes from another source, who sent me the video below. Aside from the video’s title, “EMERGENCY – Obama Ordered Hammond Ranch Destroyed,” there are several other things that are very troubling, the first of which is the date.

The video was uploaded one day before the scheduled protest , which was the same day the militia took over the federal refuge, or January 1st.

Why would Obama order the ranch destroyed before any of the last 24’s events took place?

From what YouTuber William Mount says, there is MUCH more to this story, and in typical Obama fashion, it’s all absolutely FILTHY… every damn bit of it.

Mount says that “what the feds have” with the rest of the land surrounding the Hammond Ranch, is well documented in U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1740-B. Download it now before it gets taken down.

It turns out that the land the feds own, and the land in question at the Hammond Ranch have enormous amounts of Natural Gas, Uranium, Mercury, and Arsenic.

If you follow me regularly, you know I cover the economy and the looming financial implosion of the U.S. Dollar very closely, and I’ve been saying for some time that the Dollar collapse is imminent.

William Mount reports that the Treasury Department is well aware of the pending crash and has plans to issue a new Dollar later in 2016, that will be backed by natural gas and oil, and the Hammond Ranch is the only thing holding up the extraction of the resources owned by the feds.

Furthermore, Mount says in an effort to appease our largest creditor, Obama has already cut a deal with the Chinese to take the Uranium for their nuclear program.

At this point, if you’re like me, you’re thinking that all sounds nice, a bit far fetched perhaps, despite the supporting U.S. Geological Survey, but not impossible right? BUT, how exactly is all that mining going to get done, who’s going to do it, and how is the Uranium allegedly going to get to China?

Mount suggests none other than Democrat Congressmen DeFazio. He suggests “following the money.” When you do that, OpenSecrets.org shows that the bulk of Congressmen DeFazio’s campaign money all came from the following industries: air transit, transportation unions, building materials and equipment, railroads, and industrial unions.

Going even further, his top five individual donors were: Air Line Pilots Association Communications Workers of America, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Unite Here, and Berkshire Hathaway.

Uh… Ok. I suppose THAT is how the the mining will get done, and the Uranium shipped to China. Wow.

Mount says Obama’s feds have been harassing the Hammond Ranch very aggressively for a long time in an effort to get at the natural gas and Uranium resources the land holds, but to no avail.

Now, the feds have simplified their plan: Toss the Hammond’s in prison for a grossly excessive sentence, and see to it that they meet unfortunate and untimely deaths while there. Remember, per the article, “In the Hammonds’ plea agreement in the 2012 trial, the BLM obtained the first right of refusal should the family have to sell their private land,” or if they should happen to come to an early dirt nap “retirement” so to speak.

Property rights attorney Karen Budd-Falen from Cheyenne, Wyoming, brings up a fascinating point as it relates to the prison sentence. She says, “What totally amazes me is what these guys did – they burned 140 acres. If you compare that to the EPA spill in Colorado, it amazes me that NOTHING will happen to those EPA employees.”

With respect to the EPA folks, she goes on, “You have cities down there [in Colorado] with no drinking water.

The Hammonds didn’t do anything like that,” and with the well documented deposits they are sitting on, there sentence is all just a coincidence? Please! There are never coincidences with Obama. There are only schemes

full article: http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2016/01/breaking-news-obama-orders-hammond-ranch-destroyed-2767990.html

Source: http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=36534

Bundy’s Militia Isn’t Defending Liberty, They’re Occupying Sacred Native American Land


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Irony lost.

The armed right-wing insurrectionists who have taken over a federal building in Oregon are claiming to protest “tyranny” by the federal government in how the Bureau of Land Management treats ranchers on federal property. This particular group of armed white men seizing land and claiming “oppression” is clearly lacking in knowledge of American history, and what actually defines “tyranny.”

As Indian Country Today Media Network previously reported, the land the occupiers are claiming as “theirs” is actually land that the federal government previously stole from the Northern Paiute tribe. The Paiutes used to own 1.5 million acres of land, but have now been relegated to a reservation amounting to just 750 acres in Burns, Oregon, where the Bundy militia is currently engaged in an armed standoff.

“President U.S. Grant established the Maiheur Indian Reservation for the Northern Paiute in 1872. It is no coincidence that the historical reservation shares a name with the Maiheur National Wildlife Refuge, site of the current armed standoff.”

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The above map shows the progression of how much land Native Americans had taken from them by armed white men from the beginning of colonization to the present day.

READ FULL STORY

Also See: Response to Oregon Militia Standoff Reveals Stark Double Standards


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The Bundy Militia Has Actually Taken Native Paiute Land


Ed. Note:  Looks like a complicated situation unfolding…not only are native land rights in question, but it appears there’s a fortune in gold and uranium waiting to be re-mined from the area. Dutchsince did a report on that last night (next post down)…but he didn’t factor in Native land rights into the equation. In that case, we should begin seeing Native American’s defending the land and outnumbering “ranchers”. If this is a case of white mans greed over the land rights of Native American’s, I remove my consent.

Thanks Keri! Reblogged from https://followingworldchange.wordpress.com

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Since the story broke of Cliven Bundy’s sons, as well as 150 ‘militiamen’ taking over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ, near Burns, Oregon – many details have been overlooked by news outlets (including this one).

But before the details of the Paiute native tribe became fully implicated, alternative news broke this story, as well as exposed extensive double-standards in the thought-processes of those who follow these stories. So hat-tip to those involved.

It Wasn’t The Fed’s Land

Steve Russell of Indian Country Today details the full history, and full-picture when Native people’s sovereignty are considered.

The Maiheur National Refuge, as well as the Burns Paiute Reservation is the remnants of the Maiheur Indian Reservation for the Northern Paiute, of 1872, Federally granted to the Paiute tribe by US President Grant. After the Reservation was established, white-settlers occupied and ate away at the land until the Bannock War in 1878, which finalized the surrender and removal of both the Paiute and the Bannok tribes to Washington state.

The Burns Paiute Reservation is the remains of the Maiheur Reservation and the Maiheur Wildlife Refuge is an alternative use for the federal land, for those who believe the federal government exists.” writes Russell.

Bundy has claimed that the only authority over this issue is Harney County Sheriff David Ward whom the party is petitioning to bring them into ‘protective custody’.

Below is the only statement from Sheriff David Ward:

After the peaceful rally was completed today, a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters. A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution. For the time being please stay away from that area. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation.

Will Native People’s Wishes Be Considered?

As with tradition in America, the aboriginal people have either been tossed aside or not thought of when a renegade force takes action.

Ammon Bundy – Cliven Bundy’s son – appeared on video proclaiming that he and his ‘militia’ will remain not only peaceful, but will, “… be staying for several years.”

So, it’s looking as though this group will not only ignore the wishes of the Federal government, but also those who have been bound by the same entity.

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