Saturday, August 19, 2017

'Hate Crimes Target Native Americans in Nevada and U.S. Bordertowns' by John Redhouse, Dineh

Photo by PBS

Native Americans targeted in Nevada and U.S. bordertowns by hate groups
Censored News series 'Racism in America'
By John Redhouse, Dineh
Censored News

When I was living and working in Reno in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was honored to meet many great Native Nevadan leaders who were fighting for their tribal sovereignty, treaty, land, water, and human rights. One of those leaders was James "Buddy" Vidovich who was then the Chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

In the course of discussing the recent rise of anti-Indianism in northern Nevada and local border town racism, Buddy said that there was a white hate group in nearby Fernley that called itself "S.O.A.P." which stood for Stomp Out All Paiutes. The deliberate use of the word "SOAP" obviously refers to the ethnic cleansing of an entire tribal nation.

Like Farmington and other racist border towns in Native America, the pattern of white-on-red hate crimes in the so-called Silver State (actually it was Washoe Nation silver that was stolen beginning in 1859 by invading white miners as part of their "discovery" of the Comstock Lode) has its own history and legacy.

Early racially-motivated white hate crimes committed against members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe was met with strong tribal resistance and led to the Pyramid Lake War of 1860, an event that is still memorialized by the northern Paiute tribe as part of its annual tribal holiday tradition. See 2016 Censored News link(s) for additional background information.

And like Farmington, Fernley, and other white racist settler colonies infesting our original territories, the border town wars continue as we know that the racial hatred and violence directed against our people is intergenerational. And so our resistance must also be intergenerational and continuing.

Hate crimes are a form of domestic terrorism. White terrorists (aka Sons of SOAP) were behind the 2011 attack of northern Paiute tribal member Johnny Bonta and his family in Fernley. See 2011 Censored News link(s) for additional background information.

More white terrorists as part of a larger hate crime ring were behind the Reno Arch Incident last year. See Censored News link(s) for additional background information.

On racism in Reno and Nevada, Pyramid Lake Paiute tribal member, Reno-Sparks Indian community leader, and U.S. Civil Rights Commission member Arlan Melendez had this to say, "Nevada was always known as the 'Mississippi of the West' for its rampant racism. Up until the late 1950s, Indians had to be off the streets by sundown or face arrest. Reno is a very racist place…"

But in 2017, more white racism will be met by more red resistance as our 525-year struggle for survival as First Peoples and First Nations continue.

In the fighting spirit of the brave leadership and members of the Northern and Western Nevada chapters of the American Indian Movement, United Native Americans, and other native groups and individuals, we as Indigenous will continue to survive and resist. And in the end, we will win. We will WIN because we are RIGHT.

News links:

Reno Sparks Indian Beaten by Skinheads in Fernley, Nevada by Censored News

Pyramid Lake Eagle Staff Run Honoring Warriors of 1860 by Censored News

RENO: Native Americans run over in hate crime at Abolish KKKolumbus Day by Censored News

Copyright John Redhouse, Censored News

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wounded Knee 'Rekindle the Sacred Fire' Aug. 24, 2017

Wounded Knee Spiritual Camp begins Aug. 24, 2017

By Garry Rowland, Sr.
Censored News
Aug. 17, 2017

I am a descendant of Chief Fire Lightning who was one of the principal chiefs when the Oglala settled the Pine Ridge Reservation.
I come from a long line of traditional family and Treaty people and was given a good upbringing.

Lakota Tony Black Feather: 'American flag represents racist nation' on the Stronghold 2002

Tony Black Feather, Lakota, on Stronghold
Photo by Brenda Norrell

Censored News shares the words of Tony Black Feather, Lakota, on the Stronghold in 2002 -- as he spoke out about the American flag, racism, the Black Hills and Iraq -- in Censored News new series 'Racism in America'
By Brenda Norrell 
Censored News
(Oct. 1, 2002) STRONGHOLD TABLE, S.D. Lakota elder Tony Black Feather told the United Nations that the American flag represents a racist nation that violates natural and spiritual laws, dishonors treaties and engages in a game plan of corporate greed.
In his statement delivered to the United Nations and distributed here on Stronghold Table, Black Feather pressed for disarmament and peace as President Bush pressed for war in Iraq.
Urging America to “come clean in the eyes of the world,” Black Feather said people often ask him about the red, white and blue of the American flag
“I tell them that the aboriginal Lakota people of this country look at this flag as a piece of red, white and blue cloth that stands for the foreign racist system that has oppressed Indigenous peoples for centuries.
“For traditional Lakota people, that piece of red, white and blue cloth stands for a system and a country that does not honor it’s own word.”

Quanah Parker Brightman -- Police Harassment in Pinole California

Quanah Parker Brightman -- Police Harassment in Pinole California

Quanah Parker Brightman, Lakota and son of Lehman Brightman, founder of United Native Americans, describes the harassment and false identification of him, and his friends, by police in Pinole,Calif. Across America, this type of out of control police action, illegal search and seizure, targeting of activists, and terrorizing of innocent people have led to tragedies, false arrests and murders of innocent people by police who are either out of control, fail to obtain the facts, or are targeting activists. -- Censored News

By Quanah Parker Brightman, Lakota
Censored News

PINOLE, Calif -- (Aug. 17, 2017) Not Feeling too good after my friends and I were the victims of harassment by Pinole Police Department.
The Police detained us at gun point in handcuffs. The Police never read us our Miranda Rights. Searched us for Guns. The Police claimed that someone driving a white van pointed a gun at someone. Even though we were in my friend's garage and not driving. They also raided my friend's home illegally. They searched us for weapons and came up with nothing.

You can clearly hear a Pinole Police Officer order innocent people whom were filming the incident into their homes or face arrest.
Grateful for our Community who Video Recorded Pinole Police Department violating our Civil Rights.
Watch video below.
Quanah Parker Brightman is the son of Lehman Brightman, founder of United Native Americans, who recently passed to the Spirit World.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

American Indian Genocide Museum -- Racism towards Indians traced to perversion of Bible

Censored News Series: Racism in America

By Steve Melendez
Paiute, Presisent American Indian Genocide Museum
Photo Shoshone Ruby Valley Nevada 1868
Censored News

I recently read this chief's speech about George Washington and something just didn't seem right. It was published in Vol. 4 of Trail Ride Magazine under the title "When God Goes to War". I write this open letter to the author and editor of the magazine, Dr. Elliot Johnson,  after  reading the following chief's speech:

 " I am Chief, and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes, and to the far blue mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path, that I might see the young warrior (George Washington, from the day he had horses shot out from underneath him) of the Great Battle. It was on the day when the white man's blood mixed with the streams of our forest, that I first beheld this chief. I called to my young men and said, 'Mark you tall and daring warrior? He is not of the redcoat tribe---he hath an Indian's wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do---himself is alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for him, knew not how to miss--'twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we, shielded him from harm. He cannot die in battle. I am old, and soon shall be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades, but ere I go, there is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy. Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies---he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire."

I emailed this speech to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and this was their reply: "This speech has proven to likely be a myth or legend. There is no solid proof of where the origins of that speech came from. It is published in some books, but without any citations, it is not able to be proven really one way or the other."

Dr. Elliot Johnson,
It is good to hear that you will be more selective in using stories that "cannot be verified". I was sure that the chief's speech was not true because Washington would have wrote about  it somewhere in his correspondence. They say that if something seems too good to be true, it probably isn't. I enjoy reading good books on history because good history writers are concerned with teaching history--- and they do that by using footnotes. Sometimes I will go to the bibliography before I read the book because I want to know that what I am reading is true.  The writings of Washington are easily verified because all of his writings are found listed in chronological order in the Library of Congress and the National Archives. All you need is the date, sender and recipient and you can get an actual copy of his letters.

Have you been keeping up with what happened up in Charlottesville, Virginia? The white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan marched  and violence broke out between them and people who opposed these hate groups. When our president missed the opportunity to stand with those who oppose hate, former President Obama quoted Nelson Mandela  on Twitter, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." 

Dr. Johnson,  did you know that there are those out there teaching hatred of Indians? And did you know that they are using the Bible to do it? They are teaching that the cowboys are the Chosen People and that the Indians are the Canaanites. I know that is hard to believe but they are also teaching that America is the cowboy's Promised Land---never mind that the Promised Land had boundaries.  I say this because I notice that on every other page of your magazine, you have written at the bottom of the page, the slogan, "A Cowboy's Journey Into the Promised Land" and I hope you don't literally believe that.

 God said of the southern border of the Promised Land, "I will establish your borders from the Red Sea…Exodus 23:31". In Numbers 34:6 he said, "Your western boundary will be the coast of the Great Sea…(the Mediterranean). In Genesis 15:18 God , spoke of both the southern and northern boundaries saying, " that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, 'to your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.'" In Numbers 34:10-12 the Lord said to Moses, "For your eastern boundary, run a line from Hazar Enan to Shepham. The boundary will go down from Shephan to Riblah on the east side of Ain and continue along the slopes east of the Sea of Kinnereth. Then the boundary will go down along the Jordan and end at the Salt Sea (the Sea of Kinnereth is now known as the Sea of Galilee and the Salt Sea is now known as the Dead Sea).

As Christians, we must use these teachable moments to proclaim God's truths. In the Old Testament, when God judged the Canaanites, this was prophecy of how God will judge nations and peoples--- men women and children when He comes again. It is God who judges, not men. Until God's judgment of the world as found in Revelation 16, we are living in the age of grace.  In this age, there are no Canaanites to be judged, only lost people to be evangelized. The Lord Jesus Christ specifically gave the church these instructions as found in Mattthew 28:19&20, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age." This is called The Great Commission given to the Christians and it should be noted that it does not say anything about driving anyone out and seizing their land.

Jesus also said in John 3:17, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

Concerning the Chosen People, in Revelation 7:4 God is still dealing with the Jewish people, "Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel."

Unfortunately, anyone who teaches that the American Indians should have been exterminated as God commanded the Canaanites to be, is teaching a twisted interpretation of the Bible which amounts to white supremacy and nullifies the Great Commission.  As a matter of fact, this false teaching is so embedded in American history that Adolph Hitler used it to justify the genocide of the Jews during world war II. He said, speaking of the Jews and the Slavs, "The natives will be our Redskins".

As Nelson Mandela said, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…People must learn to hate …".  Hitler learned well, but he learned well from the Jezebel nature of American history where land theft and murder were legalized. The world witnessed justice being stood on its head at Standing Rock where a people who have lived on the land for thousands of years and who had a treaty with the United States were treated as trespassers. The sad thing is that it could all be traced back to the false teachers and their perversion of the Bible.
Steve Melendez
President, American Indian Genocide Museum
Reno/Sparks Indian Colony

Copyright Steve Melendez, Censored News

Dineh Louise Benally "Racist Hillary, Goldwater and Relocation"

Louise Benally, Dineh, Big Mountain, resister of relocation for 40 years. Photo by Christine Prat.

Censored News Series: Racism in America

By Louise Benally, Dineh
Censored News

Hi Brenda,
As you know Racism is alive and well in America the beautiful, all the Indian policy on water and land rights.
The current relocation bill 93-531 is one big racist law that still exists today.
It wants water and land from our community here on Black Mesa -- coal and water -- to keep central and southwest usa alive for its energy needs.
Racist Hillary as a young intern helped Barry Goldwater draft this law.

Thanks, Louise
Read more:
Louise Benally was censored by Indian Country Today as the US attacked Iraq. Louise compared the U.S. 
.war in Iraq to the forced genocidal march of her people, her family, and their imprisonment at Fort Sumner.
Indian Country Today refused to publish this article that I wrote as a staff writer.

Article copyright Censored News

Dineh and Apache children imprisoned at Fort Sumner, Bosque Redondo, N.M.

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