Friday, July 22, 2016

Dakota and Lakota Youths Begin Run to DC -- 'Run for Our Water'

On Sat., July 23, at 11 a.m., join the runners in Des Moines, Iowa. 'Stop the  Dakota Access Pipeline!' More info:


               Photo 2 by Joye Braun

Youths Protest Water Pollution from Klamath Strait Drain

Youths Protest Water Pollution from Klamath Strait Drain
by Dan Bacher 
Friday Jul 22nd, 2016 10:29 AM
"As a Yurok Tribal member, I am deeply affected by what happens on the Klamath River," said Stoney McCoy, a 16 year-old Yurok Tribal Youth Council member. " What I saw today coming out of the Klamath Strait Drain made me sick to my stomach, I will fight for as long as it takes to clean up the Klamath

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On July 18, a group of youth, including teens from the Yurok and Hoopa Valley Tribes, organized three protests to demand a thorough clean up of the polluting Klamath Strait Drain in Klamath County, Oregon. 

"The drain dumps polluted water into the Klamath River, harming down river communities and Klamath king and coho salmon and steelhead," according to a statement from the Youth Coalition for a Clean Klamath. 

The group first stopped at the Klamath Strait Drain pump house and took samples of polluted water from the Klamath Strait Drain. They they marched and staged a salmon "die-in" downtown Klamath Falls, the coalition said. 

"Finally, the youth delivered the polluted water samples to the Klamath Office of the Bureau of Reclamation and had a productive dialogue with acting Klamath BOR director, Jason Cameron," according to the group. 

"The Climate Justice Camp youth took over the plaza where the notorious bucket brigade bucket once stood in downtown Klamath Falls," commented Stormi Salamander, independent journalist and filmmaker. "The youth demanded that the Klamath Straights Drain stop dumping toxic ag run off into the Klamath River." 

The Youth Coalition for a Clean Klamath is "a diverse group of concerned youth activists from Northern Oregon to Northern California, including Yurok and Hoopa Tribal members that rely on the Klamath River for food and cultural practices." 

"As a Yurok Tribal member, I am deeply affected by what happens on the Klamath River," said Stoney McCoy, a 16 year-old Yurok Tribal Youth Council member. "What I saw today coming out of the Klamath Strait Drain made me sick to my stomach, I will fight for as long as it takes to clean up the Klamath." 

The group said pollution stemming from agricultural operations in the Klamath Reclamation Project taint Klamath River water quality and undermine restoration efforts, including the recovery of threatened salmon. 

Klamath River salmon need to return to the Upper Klamath Basin to their original spawning grounds for their species' survival. "Their road to recovery needs more than just dam removal; conditions must improve dramatically for the fish to survive," the coalition stated. 

"As a Native American woman, my livelihood and my cultural depends on the river, it depends on the fish," said Lacey Jackson, a 17-year old from Northern California. "My livelihood is constantly under attack but that's not the narrative being told." 

The coalition is demanding that the Federal Bureau of Reclamation "clean up the dirty water coming from the Klamath Strait Drain and that farmers practice more water-efficient methods to reduce waste and harm.: 

The group formed at the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp (NGCJAC), a seven-day summer camp to empower youth around Oregon and Northern California by providing age-appropriate training and mentoring. Workshops at the camp included strategic campaign planning, media outreach, legal trainings, and anti-racist trainings. The camp is sponsored by the Civil Liberties Defense Center. 

The protests took place at a critical time for Klamath River salmon, steelhead and other fish species. On July 20, prominent commercial fishing groups and the conservation organization Klamath Riverkeeper took initial legal steps to compel the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to protect juvenile coho salmon after back-to-back years of potentially deadly disease outbreaks on the Klamath River. 

The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources, and Klamath Riverkeeper, represented by Earthjustice, put officials of the two federal agencies on 60-day notice that they could be sued under the federal Endangered Species Act if they fail to reopen and improve water management in the Klamath River. Coho salmon that make their home in the Klamath River are listed as a threatened species under the act. 

The groups said mismanagement of Klamath River flows led to a disease outbreak in more than 90 percent of juvenile salmon in 2015 and nearly that many in 2014. 

The 60-day notice follows similar notices sent by the Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Valley Tribes. The Hoopa Valley Tribe filed a lawsuit on July 20 in this matter. 

"We are united in seeking management of flows in the Klamath River that will improve the plight of salmon, not make it worse." said Patti Goldman, a managing attorney for Earthjustice. "The Bureau and NMFS must take immediate action and initiate comprehensive discussions on possible solutions." 

On April 6, representatives of the US Departments of the Interior and Commerce, the states of Oregon and California, the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe and PacifiCorp signed an agreement clearing the path for dam removal on the river. 

The Amendment to the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA)—if approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—will initiate the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. It will be "one of the largest river restoration projects in the history of the US," according to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel. (

However, as the Youth Coalition for a Clean Klamath points out, Klamath River salmon, steelhead and other fish species need more than just dam removal to recover from decades of federal and state water mismanagement; water conditions must improve dramatically for the fish if we want to see full restoration of the river's ecosystem. 

Meanwhile, Governor Jerry Brown is promoting the Delta Tunnels, the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. The construction of the tunnels under the California WaterFix plan would imperil salmon and steelhead populations on the Trinity and Klamath rivers, as well as hasten the extinction of Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt and green sturgeon. (

Alameda Becomes Fifth California County to Ban Fracking

Li-hsia Wang, grandmother and pediatrician, speaks to the Board of Supervisors in favor of the fracking ban. Photo by Ella Teevan, Food and Water Watch.

Alameda Becomes Fifth California County to Ban Fracking
by Dan Bacher
In a state where Big Oil is the largest and most powerful corporate lobby and the governor is committed to the expansion of fracking, California anti-fracking activists have been forced to concentrate their efforts on banning the environmentally destructive oil extraction method on a county by county basis.  
On July 19 around 6:30 pm, Alameda County residents celebrated a historic victory  as the county became the first of nine in the San Francisco Bay Area to ban fracking, along with cyclic steam injection, acid fracturing, and other dangerous enhanced oil extraction methods.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Colorado Spy Files: 'Leave it in the Ground' targeted by police

By Brenda Norrell
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The latest spy files reveal police in Lakewood, Colorado, and federal agents, went undercover to spy on the Keep it in the Ground movement and other organizations, during a BLM oil and gas auction of public lands.
The Intercept has exposed law enforcement targeting those defending the earth, air and water. Meanwhile, violent criminals are often ignored as time and money are spent spying on peaceful land defenders.
Colorado has a long history of spying on American Indians and activists. It was in Denver that some of the first police spy files were exposed. Those targeted included the American Indian Movement, Big Mountain residents, Native scholars and even the attorneys at the Native American Rights Fund. A woman in her 80s was spied on by Denver police for having a Leonard Peltier bumper sticker on her car. 
Former South Dakota Sen. James Abourezk was included. Abourezk said he didn't have a clue why he was targeted by Denver intelligence police.
Those police spy files were exposed in Denver in 2002, following years of dramatic protests in Denver focused on abolishing Columbus Day. 
Russell Means led most of those protests. Means was also targeted in the secretive Operation Chaos, when US agents spied on American Indians and their supporters in other countries, beginning on the 1970s.
Now in July of 2016, at the Intercept there are documents showing the latest police and federal spy files in Colorado on movements. Those spied on include, Breakthrough Movement, Rainforest Action Network, and WildEarth Guardians.
The Intercept exposes that agents relied on intelligence gathered by oil and gas polluter Anadarko.
Read the article, and see the documents, at The Intercept, by Lee Fang and Steve  Horn:

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Celebrate Arts with Zapatistas: Oventik, July 29, 2016

Celebrate the arts, music and dance with the Zapatistas in
Oventik on July 29, 2016
Zapatistas message at Enlace Zapatistas:

Zapatistas message 'For la Maestra, with affection'

For la Maestra, with affection

For la Maestra, with affection
To the maestras [female teachers] of the teachers in resistance:
To the national and international Sixth:
To the attendees and participants of the CompArte all over the world:
Compas, hermanoas,[i] etcéteras:
We send you all [todas, todoas, todos] our greetings and respect. We hope that your health is good and your spirits high.
We are writing to send you a few videos of the contributions that the Zapatista bases of support had prepared for the CompArte. For now we are including two videos dedicated to women below and to the left, and especially to the maestras in struggle. Here goes:
This first video that we will show you is from the Caracol of La Garrucha. It a bailable [choreographed dance] entitled “The Rights of Women.” As is the case with almost everything here, it was prepared collectively by men and women, young people trained in the Zapatista autonomous education system. Zapatista bases of support wrote it, practiced it, and prepared to present it at the CompArte. The MC [maestra or master of ceremonies] explains everything. If you end up repeating the chorus, that’s to be expected. But we can tell you one thing: when you are capable of, as the compañera MC says, “singing a thought,” then perhaps you will have to rethink the idea that Art only comes from above, while below what we have are “crafts” [artesanías].
The value of a bailable lies not only in what you will see and hear below, but in its genealogy: the Selva Tzeltal zone, whose Junta de Buen Gobierno [Good Government Council] is located in La Garrucha, was the last [zone] to incorporate women into positions of organizational responsibility. Just as the bailable or choreography demonstrates, it was just a few women at the beginning who started participating (two or three, as we remember). The other compañeras began taking on other positions of responsibility later, yes, but not because the men told them to, or because the mandos [EZLN authorities] gave an order, or because of the “consciousness-raising” that various feminist groups tried to impose on us once we were “famous.” Rather, it was the Zapatista women themselves who explained to each other, convinced each other, and began to take on positions of responsibility.
So there’s the challenge: go figure out how to dance a thought; then we’ll talk.
The video is from April of 2016, and it was produced by “Los Tercio Compas.” Copyleft: Junta de Buen Gobierno, etc.
Gender gossip: a delegate from the “Subterranean” section of the Tercios Compas went down, underground where the late SupMarcos is resting poorly, to show him the video. The deceased just made a few pained gestures and declared: “forget about the dance, the problem is the reality.” Then, upon seeing how eachcompañera who joined the dance cast the men behind her and took position ahead of them, he shook his head in disapproval and, before returning to his non-eternal slumber, said “nobody has any values anymore.”
The Dance of the Rights of Women:
“Las Musiqueras”
The following video is not finished. It’s just a clip, less than a minute, because… because… well, because of technical problems. Talking among ourselves, we were remembering the festivals and celebrations from before (meaning, more than 22 years ago), when women only danced. They were never seen playing an instrument. What’s more, we didn’t even imagine it was possible for the women to make music other than church songs. So watch and listen to the history of struggle behind this track of ranchera-corrido-balada-cumbia-norteña. This part isn’t in the video, but when we asked the women in charge to call the band over to make the video, they commented among themselves, “hey, go look for the musiqueras, they’re going to get their picture taken.”
If you manage to dance a thought, perhaps you will discover the genealogy behind those ski masks, the history that embraces the violin as if it were embracing a shield, and which grips the trumpet as if it were what it is: a sword.
The song is by a collective from the community “OSO,” MAREZ [Autonomous Zapatista Municipality in Rebellion] “Lucio Cabañas,” Caracol of the Tzotz Choj zone which includes Tzeltales, Tzotziles, and Tojolabales, and is titled “Our Demands.” The video is from April 2016 and was produced by “Los Tercios Compas.” Copyleft or whatever it’s called.
Okay, compas and non-compas. That’s all for now. It possible, maybe probable, who knows, perhaps, that another day we’ll send along more examples of what we prepared for CompArte, with photos and videos. And maybe, we’re not sure, who knows, perhaps, we’ll tell you about an upcoming surprise.
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast,
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés
Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano
Mexico, July 2016
From the notebook of the Cat-dog:
Conversation captured by the interstellar satellite system “Pozol Systems,” during July of 2016. The coordinates are classified, but of course everybody knows that it was in Chiapas, Mexico, America, Planet Earth on the path of extinction. The audio is defective and it’s impossible to tell who’s talking and whether it’s a man, a woman, unoa otroa, an animal, vegetable, or mineral:
“Los maestros” [the teachers],” “los dirigentes” [the ones in charge], “los líderes” [the leaders], ha. All referring to “los,” [men]. And what about the “las” [women]? They’re out there too. And there aren’t just a few of them. No, I’m not sure of the exact quantity. What, I have to actually count them? Huh? So approximately how many? I mean it’s not a popularity contest, my friend. You all are always concerned with quantities, you always end up counting ‘likes,’ thumbs up, views, followers, subscribers, affiliates, members, marked ballots… you even demand statistics from reality. Yes I know, but your logic of accuracy and correction infuriates me. If it was up to you all, shit would be your candidate and your slogan would be “millions of flies can’t be mistaken.” Huh? Ah true, that’s already the case. But look, the issue isn’t what you count, it’s what you don’t. Let’s say you apply this thing about gender equality to the teacher’s popular movement, well, they wouldn’t be in compliance. There are more women than men. And if that’s how we’re doing things, then why don’t you count loas elloas? They’re there too. Huh? Yes, among the people, not just among the teachers. Go and see for yourselves, because you all say they’re vandals, criminals—you’re almost at the point of calling them “terrorists.” There you are going to see women from the market, the lady who sells tortillas, you know, people from the community. People who break their backs every day, all day, trying to make enough to live poorly. Yes, these are the ones who not only support the teachers, but also demand justice, freedom, democracy, good government. Eh? The Zapatistas? I don’t know really, they are in their caracoles, you can go ask them if you want. I’m telling you about the blockades, which are more like a people’s encampment then a blockade. What? You don’t like the word? Oh yes, of course, your obsession with “populism.” By the way, listen, how ridiculous was that guy who went and got himself a boss among the gringos… oh it was in Canada? Same thing, the geography doesn’t change the result. An idiot anywhere is an idiot everywhere. Oh I see, I can’t say anything against the main guy, the one at the top, the one with the money? Well anyway I was talking about the women. No, not about the teacher’s movement, but about the women. Because you all think they’re only good for… huh? Without being rude? Oooooh, look how sensitive you all turned out to be. Fine then, about the women: some are teachers, yes, others employees, others housewives or “box” wives because don’t tell me you can call those cardboard constructions houses. Some are students, yes. Professionals? Well, I don’t go around asking them for their degrees or their voting registration or anything like that. I just watch, see, hear, listen, learn. Anyway, I was telling you about the maestras. They’re out there. They get beaten, gassed, and chased too. And the things people say to them. It’s not that they’ve told me about it; I’ve seen it myself. And did you see them give up? No. They don’t falter, that is, they aren’t doormats. No, they aren’t manipulated by diabolic forces, nor are they part of a conspiracy. They are, well, normal. Young women, mature women, elderly women. They are all different, but they are alike because they are all from below and they are women. Look, what I notice is the gaze. And it’s clear that these women have their gaze set, as if they were saying no more, this is the line, enough already. Why? I don’t know, but I think it’s because they know now that they are not alone…
I testify.
[i] The text uses “hermanoas” for sisters [hermanas] and brothers [hermanos] to give a range of possible gendered pronouns including male, female, transgender and others.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mohawk Nation News 'Hard Fascism'

Native Arts and Cultures Fellowship Awardees 2016


By Liz Hill
Top image: art by Mateo Romero
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VANCOUVER, Wash., July 20, 2016 – For the sixth year, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded its National Artist Fellowship to a new group of 16 artists in five categories selected from a national open call of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artist applicants who were reviewed by a panel of art peers and professionals.

The awardees reside in 14 states: Alaska; California; Connecticut; Georgia; Hawai'i; Maine; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; New York; Oklahoma; Oregon; Virginia and Washington.

"NACF fosters and supports the vision, creativity and innovation of Native artists in a number of disciplines that feature the ongoing vibrancy and range of artistic careers and accomplishments across the U.S.," said NACF Director of Programs Francene Blythe, Diné/Sisseton-Wahpeton/Eastern Band Cherokee. "We are honored to award this year's National Fellows. They, too, continually raise the visibility of Native arts and cultures to higher levels of achievement, excellence and endeavor."

The NACF National Artist Fellowship includes a monetary award that provides additional support for Native artists to explore, develop and experiment with original and existing projects. Fellows also work with their communities and share their culture in numerous ways. The National Artist Fellowships are made possible with support from the Ford Foundation, Second Sister Foundation and the generosity of arts patrons.

2016 National Artist Fellows:

Artistic Innovation
  • Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu, Native Hawaiian
  • Erica Tremblay, Seneca-Cayuga Nation 
  • Kelli Jo Ford, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Susan Power, Yanktonai Dakota
  • Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Mnicoujou/Itazipco Lakota
  • Thea Hopkins, Aquinnah Wampanoag
  • Laura Ortman, White Mountain Apache
  • Aaron J. Salā, Native Hawaiian
Traditional Arts
  • Theresa Secord, Penobscot Nation
  • TJ Young, Sgwaayaans, Haida Nation
Visual Arts
  • Luzene Hill, Eastern Band Cherokee 
  • Cannupa Hanska Luger, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota
  • Brenda Mallory, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Preston Singletary, Tlingit
Visual Arts in Painting
  • Bunky Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, Yakama
  • Mateo Romero, Cochiti Pueblo 
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation's mission is to promote the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures through grant making, convening and advocacy. To date, NACF has supported 180 artists and organizations in more than 26 states and Native communities. To learn more about the National Artist Fellows and NACF's work—nurturing the passion and power of creative expression, visit:

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