Thursday, April 17, 2014

Western Shoshone Walk on Sacred Land May 5 -- 11, 2014

Photo by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone
Long Walk 4 Western Shoshone land
Newene Sogobi Mava's Mia Walk on the Sacred Land 

May 5, 2014 - May 11, 2014
"This event is NOT a protest or a political event. It is about praying and blessing our Shoshone land. Everyone is welcome. Please tell your friends and help us get the word out!" -- Johnnie L. Bobb
After an initial orientation day Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Western Shoshone Walk & Run will begin at dawn May 5, 2014 and end on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014.
Traveling a different route, the Walk-Run will start approximately 12 miles east of Austin at the intersection of Rte 50 and Hwy 376, travel south on Rte 376 to Hwy 6, and then move on to Rte 95 passing through Tonopah, Beatty, and ending at Mercury.
Every day the group will travel 40-45 miles by relay. Support vehicles will follow for safety and to carry supplies, water, and gear.
We will learn from each other about our land, our history, our language, our ancestors, our Native ways, and our reverence for water and all life.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 we'll review how we will proceed and assign tasks.
Monday, May 5, 2014, while we gather for the morning sunrise ceremony, the first runner will set out.
Look for us to be camped on the right side of the road. You can join up anywhere along the route and stay as long as you can.
We need runners, walkers, supporters to set up and break down camp, to cook, pack and clean up camp, run errands. We also need supporters with vehicles to transport relay runners and walkers and water, snacks, and other supplies.
All meals will be provided, but we will appreciate food to share. Bring your own camping supplies, tent, bedroll, lip balm, sun screen, extra socks, sturdy athletic shoes, towel, and cameras.
As in past years, we will be planting willows along the route with prayers for water and the health of the land.
Donations of cash, fuel, water, sport drinks, snacks, and food are needed and can be made to:
Johnnie L. Bobb
c/o Corporation of Newe Sogobia
PO Box 252
Austin, NV 89310
For more information call Johnnie at
775-964-2210 or email

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Arivaca Arizona rises up against occupying army of Border Patrol


Arivaca rises up against Occupying Army of Border Patrol!

Censored News: The mighty folks of Arivaca, Arizona, have once again risen up against the Occupying Army of the Border Patrol. Some of you might remember when the good folks of Arivaca flew kites around the US spy towers to mess with them. The spy towers were pointed at their homes. There's lots of artists and mellow folks out there. Border Patrol finally said the spy towers didn't work anyway. The equipment did more to damage the bats, birds and pollinators. Border Patrol also couldn't tell the difference between a coyote, cow and human invading with their spy tower equipment, which was all worthless anyway since the massive desert mountains are to the south and prevented a view of the border. That spy tower flop for border spy towers cost $1 billion.

By Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 1:10pm
The ACLU of Arizona today sent a letter to the U.S. Border Patrol demanding that the agency immediately stop interfering with the First Amendment rights of the residents of Arivaca, Arizona, to protest and to photograph government activities that are in plain view on a public street.
The dispute is part of a larger developing story in Arivaca that is actually a pretty incredible tale of citizens rising up against governmental abuse and repression in their own community. I recently spoke with James Lyall, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Arizona, and he described the situation to me:
Arivaca is a community of about 700 people, located 50 miles southwest of Tucson.  It's a small town, in a beautiful part of the Sonoran desert. But when you go there sometimes it feels like you've gone to another country or somewhere where they've declared martial law, just because of the overwhelming Border Patrol presence in the community. There are an unbelievable number of armed federal agents—it seems like every other car or person you see out there is Border Patrol— as well as lots of surveillance towers, drones, and helicopters. Our office regularly takes calls from residents who've been pulled over for no reason, detained and interrogated at a checkpoint, or had Border Patrol agents cutting fences and coming onto their property. Residents describe feeling like they're living in a police state or with an occupying army. Agents will tell people, "You have no rights here," and "You're suspect just because you live here."

Rosebud Lakotas aren't selling gas to TransCanada trucks!

Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota halted its first megaload and directed its businesses to prohibit the purchase of fuel to anything that transports material affiliated with the TransCanada XL tarsands pipeline!

Also see: Rosebud halts megaload
Lakota Voice: Rosebud counts first coup on megaload:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

John Kane 'Who you calling formerly colonized?'

Who You Calling Formerly Colonized?

By John Karhiio Kane, Mohawk
Censored News

During the past week I have had more conversations about "decolonization" than I have had in my whole life. As I mentioned in one of my Facebook conversations, I am not entirely comfortable with the expression.
Clearly as Native people continue to carve out our existence with the dominant societies, cultures and politics around us, we find ourselves getting caught up in the next word, policy or social theory of the day. Sovereignty became almost synonymous with Native rights. Self-governance and self-determination also began rolling off the tongues of every "tribal leader" and "Indian expert." Oh yeah, and let's not leave out “nation-to-nation” and “government-to-government” relations. Those were good ones.

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