Thursday, March 23, 2017

Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues 2017


Western Shoshone, Timbisha Shoshone, Havasupai, Dine' and Paiute speak out on radioactive dumping in Native American communities

By Ian Zabarte, Western Shoshone
Secretary of the Native Community Action Council
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LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Native Americans are preparing to meet the renewed threat of the proposed Yucca Mountain High Level Nuclear Waste Repository by educating themselves about cancer risks by hosting the Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues 2017 (NAFNI 2016) at the UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium.
Joe Kennedy of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe in Death Valley stated, “Our effort is focused on cancer prevention by understanding exposure pathways then conducting risk mitigation in Native American communities.”
Since 1951 the US and UK have conducted nuclear testing within Western Shoshone homelands causing a wide variety of adverse health consequences know to be plausible from exposure to radiation in fallout. The proposed Yucca Mountain high level nuclear waste repository, if licensed, will add significant risk factors to the lives of the Shoshone and Paiute people.
According to Ian Zabarte, Secretary of the Native Community Action Council, “Yucca Mountain is within the Shoshone treaty boundary and therefore cannot meet the licensing requirement of ownership since the treaty is in full force and effect. This is our primary contention at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety Licensing Board.”
The NAFNI 201y will have presenters speaking about protecting the Grand Canyon including Professor Michael Lerma of Northern Arizona University, author of Indigenous Sovereignty in the 21st Century; Tribal Council Member, Carletta Tillousi, Havasupai Tribe; Klee Benally, Dine’ (Navajo); Leona Morgan, Dine’ No Nukes; Joe Kennedy of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe; and the Native Community Action Council board members representing Shoshone and Paiute people.
Photo by Ian Zabarte 2016
Native Community Action Council
P.O. Box 46301, Las Vegas, NV 89114

Native Community Action Council
P.O. Box 46301
Las Vegas, Nevada 89114 
A Native American Yucca Mountain Experience By Ian Zabarte By the year 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency set the radiation protection standards for Yucca Mountain without considering the comments of the Native Community Action Council challenging the Environmental Protection Agency standard for not being protective of Native Americans.
The Environmental Protection Agency set the radiation protection standard based upon a individual living 11 miles from Yucca Mountain getting water from a well and farming, in what is known as, the “reasonably maximally exposed individual.” 
No consideration was given to the comments of potential impact to Native Americans and the Department of Energy adopted the Environmental Protection Agency standards denying any arguments that do not support licensing of Yucca Mountain.
This amounts to environmental racism, a violation of President Bill Clinton’s Executive Order 12898, Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Low Income and Minority Communities. 
As the Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission loomed in 2008 the Native Community Action Council began preparing for the licensing and in December of 2008 intervened in the Atomic Safety Licensing Board Panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Two contentions of the NCAC deal with ownership of land and water rights. Specifically, the NCAC relied upon the same federal statute that created Nevada, as the foundation for the ownership interests that accrue to the Shoshone people.
The 1861 Nevada Organic Act states: “Provided, further, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed to impair the rights of person or property now pertaining to the Indians in said Territory, so long as such rights shall remain unextinguished by treaty between the United States and such Indians, or to include any territory which, by treaty with any Indian tribe, is not, without the consent of said tribe, to be included within the territorial limits or jurisdiction of any State or Territory.” 
In December of 2014, the NRC Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards published long awaited Safety Evaluation Report Requirements NUREG-1949, Volume 4: “The NRC staff finds that DOE has not met the requirements 10 CFR 63.121(a) and 10 CFR 63.121(d)(1) regarding ownership of land and water rights, respectively.” 
The Native Community Action Council, representing the Shoshone and Paiute people intervened in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of Yucca Mountain. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceedings are regarded as the most complicated and lengthy legal proceeding ever contemplated in human history. 
The Native Community Action Council achieved “party with standing” in the proceedings before the Atomic Safety Licensing Board Panel without any financial support bringing three contentions--one contention related to the National Environmental Policy Act and two legal contentions related to ownership of land and water rights.
The Native Community Action Council is the only non-federally funded party to the licensing proceedings, whereas the Department of Energy together with other parties including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the State of Nevada and have spent approximately $15 billion.
The Shoshone and Paiute peoples began questioning impact to the people and land from radioactive fallout released by the United States and United Kingdom testing of weapons of mass destruction. Between 1986 and 1990 the Shoshone and Paiute participated in the creation of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act of 1990 with former United States Secretary of the Interior Steward Udall and local Las Vegas lawyers Larry Johns to provide payment to downwinders--up to $50K, $75K for on-site participants; and uranium miners up to $100k for cancer illness for 15 primary cancers.
Citizen Alert, then Nevada’s only state-wide grassroots environmental organization, collaborated with the Shoshone and Paiute people to create the Nuclear Risk Management for Native Communities Project. Research conducted by the Native Community Action Council reviewed the Department of Energy Off-Site Radiation Exposure Review Profile and found that the Department of Energy did not replicate Native American lifestyle as they exist and instead substituted a sheep herder lifestyle for analysis.
The Native Community Action Council research found significant increased exposure to Native Americans based on lifestyle differences that include: 
1) diet--what Shoshone and Paiute people ate and how their food was prepared; 
2) mobility—where they went and what they did there; 
3) shelter—where they lived and what their houses were made from. Citizen Alert no longer exists but, today the Native Community Action Council proudly bears the banner, “Nevada is Not a Wasteland” to protect the people and land of the Great Basin. Twenty-five years ago, the Shoshone and Paiute people organized the first Healing Global Wounds event, the first Native American conference and pow-wow ever held at UNLV on the anniversary of 500 years since European “discovery” of North America.
The Native Community Action Council is preparing to meet the continuing licensing of Yucca Mountain by hosting the 2017 Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The Las Vegas community is invited to participate. Further information can be found at:

Mohawk Nation News 'Trump's War Posture'


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MNN. Mar. 23, 2017. US President Trump is posturing for a war with China over North Korea. In effect, he said, “ We owe China $1.7 trillion and we are not paying any of it. We have power over them and will force them to do our bidding in North Korea. They will do as they are told, or we will nuke them”. See Trump posture war with China.

When the “Americans” came to great turtle island they made a deal to have a relationship with our ancestors to live in perpetual peace forever, based on the guswentha, two row wampum. They set up a trust account for the onkwe’hon:weh, which is now over $999 trillion. The corporation stole all our money and resources and reneged on that agreement. They murdered over100 million of us while doing this.
The US has reneged on every agreement they made with us. They owe us everything they ever made from ono’ware:keh, great turtle island. They owe us more money than the world has. They want to continue with their warring and destruction of mother earth in the process.
The rest of the people of the world need to stand up against the big bully called the USA before they destroy all mother earth. Borders, governments, power, money are illusions. People are born into this man-made slavery of the mind system.
UK marshall law timed with Trump outburst.
The private corporation called USA got its existence through an illegal war on great turtle island and the genocide of 100 million to get our land mass as their base. It is not theirs, it is the land of the onkwe’hon:weh, the natural people. What the American bankers did to us they are now doing to Palestine. They will continue following this business plan until they enslave everyone on earth, or until the world stands up against them.

As Black Sabbath describes perfectly in “War Pigs”: “Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses. Evil minds that plot destruction, sorcerers of death’s construction. In the fields the bodies burning, as the war machine keeps turning. Death and hatred to mankind poisoning their brainwashed minds”. [War Pigs].
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Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway -- Experiences from Standing Rock

Indigenous women leaders stand in peaceful direct action at Standing Rock
Dear Friends and Allies,

With the beauty and strength of the Spring Season unfurling in the Northern Hemisphere, the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network is busy organizing and helping coordinate an unexpected, and very special delegation to Norway, in support of and solidarity with Indigenous women on the frontline of the ongoing Standing Rock, Dakota Access Pipeline resistance. We kindly request your support for the delegation and follow-up efforts.

In the face of continued human and Indigenous rights abuses, and action by the Trump administration to push forward and terminate the Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakota Access Pipeline - Indigenous women remain undeterred in their quest for justice and healing regarding the violations occurring through the continued construction of DAPL and other fossil fuel developments threatening their homelands across the country.
From March 25th to April 2nd, 2017, the 'Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation to Norway: Experiences from Standing Rock' will travel to Norway to engage with financial institutions, public officials, civil society groups, press and media. They will participate in a variety of strategic platforms to share their experiences and calls to action, with a focus on continued forward motion in advocacy for full fossil fuel divestment and investment in a clean energy future that respects the web of life.

Several of the world's largest financial institutions supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline and other dangerous fossil fuel developments are based in Norway.

All of the Delegates have been deeply engaged in the Standing Rock resistance effort and other movements to stop fossil fuel infrastructure developments and threats to Indigenous rights, sovereignty, lands and lifeways.

Please click here to contribute to this important Delegation!

"Making Indigenous human rights abuses visible is critical to ending human rights abuses against Indigenous peoples. Indigenous women deserve spaces where they can share their personal testimonies regarding the impacts of extractive industries on their lands, lives, bodies, and human rights. This delegation provides that rare opportunity, for Indigenous women to address issues critical to our life-ways and survival." - Michelle Cook, Diné/Navajo human rights lawyer and founding member of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock

Several delegation members (left to right): Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle, Tara Houska and Michelle Cook

Delegates include Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle (Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota living and working on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation); Wasté Win Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Tara Houska (Anishinaabe, tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders); Autumn Chacon (Diné/Navajo writer and performance artist); and Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo, human rights lawyer and founding member of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock) - with the support of Delegate organizer Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN) and Tanyette Colon (documentary filmmaker).

Thank you for considering making a donation today!

For the Earth and All Generations,

Osprey Orielle Lake
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dine' CARE Earth Day Action -- San Francisco April 21, 2017

Dear friends,

We are one month away from what will be an historic Earth Day Action for Environmental and Climate Justice, Friday, April 21st at 12 noon in front of USEPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street in downtown San Francisco. About 60 groups from urban, rural and Indigenous communities and allies are co-sponsoring, with delegations coming from across California and Arizona!      Following the rally we will march to the Federal Building at the corner of 7th and Mission Streets.

With the Trump regime's escalating attacks on environmental protections, health, civil rights, and justice, April 21st is truly becoming more urgent by the day - as is our movement's need to unite and resist.

That morning at 9 am Greenaction and the California Environmental Justice Coalition will be working with many of you in a community/environmental/climate justice presentation inside the EPA building, with community/ej leaders speaking to a large group of EPA officials and staff. While we can bring about representatives into that briefing, priority will be given to grassroots community/ej groups to represent our diverse movement. ALL COMMUNITY/EJ GROUPS interested in participating in the briefing please let me know asap via email so your voices can be heard by USEPA.

The latest flyer is attached to this email.


CALL IN NUMBER IS 641-715-0861  passcode 353279#

* invite everyone you know and share the link for the facebook event

* Funds are needed to provide travel assistance to grassroots groups coming from communities far from San Francisco - this includes Indigenous groups from Arizona and the Mohave Desert/lower Colorado River, and community groups from the Imperial Valley, San Joaquin Valley and elsewhere. Donations for the event can be made through but please specify that it is for the April 21st Earth Day Action. Checks can also be made to Greenaction, 559 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 and please indicate it is for this action. 

* We have thousands of postcards for the action....they are at Greenaction's office, or we can mail them to you, and/or you can come to this Saturday's California Environmental Justice Coalition northern California strategy conference in SF and pick them up there (and participate in the conference!)

* Volunteers are needed for the day of the event to help with logistics and as traffic monitors during the march to the federal building


Bradley Angel

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Long Walkers Reach Utah 2017 Photos by Bad Bear

The Longest Walk 5 is now at the Utah border. Thank you to Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone, who is walking across this land one more time. Bad Bear shared his photos with Censored News from the Longest Walk 2, 3 and 4.

Photos copyright Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson

'Killing Mother Earth with every toxic oil and gas spill' -- Lisa DeVille, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara


Killing Mother Earth with Blood Oil

Article by Brenda Norrell
Testimony by Lisa DeVille
Three Affiliated Tribes, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
Censored News
FORT BERTHOLD, North Dakota -- Lisa DeVille, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, described to the United Nations Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz how the oil and gas industry has devastated the way of her life for her people forever.
DeVille's written testimony to the U.N. details the disastrous outcome of the widespread destruction, most of it initiated by former Chairman Tex Hall, once popular in Indian country. Hall seized his recognition and created widespread oil and gas drilling on his homeland, and widespread devastation for his people. The oil and gas industry Hall created barren, polluted lands and crime-infested man camps endangering women, children and youths.
Tragically, Hall's oil and gas ventures for his personal profit ended in the murders of two his business partners, carried out as murders for hire by a third business partner, James Henrickson, now in prison. Spokane businessman Doug Carlile was murdered in his home, and young KC Clarke was bludgeoned to death in North Dakota.
The tragedy does not end there.
DeVille told the United Nations, "Oil and Gas development has changed our way of life and put our future generations in jeopardy. We have lost our way as Native Americans and replaced our culture with material things. Our instructions were to protect Mother Earth.  We are killing Mother Earth with every toxic oil and gas spill and every hole drilled into her."
"The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been ineffective in protecting tribal land and mineral owners. The confusion of jurisdiction between authority of siting infrastructure between tribe and the BIA’s impede on tribal sovereignty, leaving members of the tribe out of the decision-making process."
Read Lisa DeVille's three statements to the U.N:
February 28, 2017
Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
United Nations

RE:  United Nations Consultation Fort Berthold (MHA Nation), ND

Dear Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz:
My name is Lisa DeVille.  I am enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (MHA Nation).  I am going to read an article I wrote when the Modern Day Warriors were being attacked on facebook and by the pipeline babies and their families when they rallied against Sacacagewea Pipeline and other pipelines.

Water Protectors Awaken Global Movement of Pipeline Resistance and Divestment

Water protector Tyler Hamilton was arrested Monday. Tyler is being held without bail in the Pope County jail in Russellville, Arkansas. Tyler is being charged with 3 misdemeanors and one felony (criminal mischief in the second degree). The arresting officer stated that this class D felony charge is being pursued by the prosecuting attorney as a direct result of time and money lost by Diamond Pipeline.

Water Protectors Inspire New Resistance Camps, Global Divestment in Dakota Access Pipeline

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

Because of the water protectors who stood on the frontlines and were shot with rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons in freezing weather, who locked down and went to jail and were abused in jail, the movement is now a rallying point for the world.

Divestment in the banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline is one of the victories of the water protectors who camped at Standing Rock.

An Indigenous Women's Delegation to Norway was announced today, carrying the voices of the water protectors at Standing Rock to Europe, and urging divestment in Dakota Access Pipeline.

The delegates to Norway include Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle (Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota living and working on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation); Wasté Win Young (Ihunktowanna/Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Tara Houska (Anishinaabe, tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders); Autumn Chacon (Diné/Navajo writer and performance artist); and Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo, human rights lawyer and founding member of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock) - with the support of Delegate organizer Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, WECAN) and Tanyette Colon (documentary filmmaker). Read more at Censored News

Now, throughout the United States new camps are fighting other pipelines and water protectors are rising with the same fortitude, dedication and courage to protect the water, rivers, land and sacred places.

Photo courtesy Arkansas Rising

On Monday, Tyler Hamilton was arrested as he locked down to halt the Diamond pipeline in Arkansas. Water protectors on the border of Texas and Mexico are battling the Trans Pecos pipeline owned by Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partner owner Kelcy Warren.

In Oklahoma, a new camp is rising on Choctaw land. In Iowa, water protectors have created the Little Creek Camp. In Florida, water protectors are battling the Sabal Trail pipeline. New water protector camps are rising as the KXL pipeline from the dirty oil tarsands in Alberta, Canada, again threatens the Ogallala Aquifer and heartland.
Sicangu Lakota youth Destiny Wilcuts locked down to halt Trans Pecos
pipeline on Texas border during January.

The movement is intensifying as farmers, ranchers and small families are now having their lands seized by eminent domain for private pipelines -- as President Trump pushes the agenda of big oil over people and their land rights.

Indigenous Sami Lead Way for Divestment

Sami with Water Protectors at Standing Rock Camp

"In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund to withdraw its money from companies linked to a controversial oil project backed by Donald Trump," The Guardian in London reports.
After lobbying by the Sami parliament, Norway’s local authority pension fund KLP announced it would sell of shares worth $58m in companies building the pipeline.

Seattle, Davis and Santa Monica withdrawing billions from Wells Fargo
Bloomberg reports Wells Fargo and Company shareholders will vote next month on whether to require the bank to adopt policies to help protect indigenous groups after protesters targeted its role in financing the Dakota Access pipeline.

On Feb. 7, Seattle severed its relationship with Wells Fargo, leading the way for other cities.

The Nation reports, "Now, inspired by the Seattle model, campaigners in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Bellingham, Raleigh, Albuquerque, and even Berlin, are bringing DAPL divestment to their communities."

"As of late February, officials in two other California cities, Davis and Santa Monica, had also pledged to bail on future banking contracts with Wells Fargo. Davis will be withdrawing its $124 million account from the bank; Santa Monica plans to take its $1 billion elsewhere as well."

The Guardian
The Nation:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bad Bear's Photos -- Long Walking One More Time! 2017

Photos copyright Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone, Long Walk 5

Thank you our friend Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, Western Shoshone, for once again sharing your  photos on the Longest Walk with Censored News. Bad Bear was on the walk across America when Earthcycles and Censored News broadcast live on the Longest Walk 2 northern route in 2008. Bad Bear continued to share his photos on Long Walks 3 and 4.
Today, the Longest Walk 5 is walking across Western Shoshone lands.
Longest Walk 5 Utah Border
Photo copyright Carl 'Bad Bear Sampson'
March 20, 2017
On Monday afternoon, Bad Bear said, "A runner just got to the border of Utah!"
-- Thank you! Brenda, Censored News
Photo journalist and long walker Bad Bear

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cruelty and Hate: Dynamics of Border Wall in the Trump Era of White Supremacy

                                                Tucson Police Pepper Spray Migrant Protest

Photos Screenshots of Hidden Video from Unicorn Riot's video 'Crisis: Borderlands'

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Kick and Destroy Life Saving Water for Migrants
Photos -- U.S. Border Patrol agent kicking and destroying life saving water for migrants at the Arizona border, as shown in hidden video footage. "Water is Life," here on the border and everywhere. The same militarization and abuse of the unarmed, and the most vulnerable, at Standing Rock, is the U.S. government's mandate at the borders.

Militarization, excessive force and denial of entry magnified at borders, as Trump era White Supremacy violates international laws and human rights

Article by Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Unicorn Riot has produced a new video from the U.S. Mexico border, revealing the hatred and profiteering at the root of Trump's proposed border wall. The cruelty and hate of the U.S. government at the border is now magnified in the Trump era of white supremacy.
The images tell the true story of how U.S. Border Agents destroy life saving water left for migrants, and show Tucson police pepper spraying supporters rallying for migrant rights.
This is the true story of how the U.S. provides weapons to the cartels in Mexico to fuel the drug war, and the U.S. involvement in drug running.
Follow the money, and the path of wealthy white supremacists in America. The United States fills private prisons with migrants for dollars, imprisoning migrant children in violation of international law.
Watch "Crisis Borderlands" video at Unicorn Riot:

 At Censored News, many of our most censored, original news articles over the past decade have come from the Arizona border. This includes the fact that a Congressional hearing exposed the arrests of hundreds of U.S. Border Patrol agents and ICE agents for running drugs, and serving as "spotters" for the cartels, to bring their loads across the border. Since that time, the arrests of border agents for running drugs has continued.
Another article that was highly censored was the brochure of the assault weapons provided to the cartels. The ATF's assault weapons to cartels began on the Texas border with the Bush administration and continued, with Operation Wide Receiver, and Fast and Furious in Tucson.
Recently, the most censored issue is the the U.S. government's border security contract to Elbit Systems, the Israeli firm responsible for Apartheid security in Palestine. This was during the Obama administration.
Elbit's spy towers now target traditional O'odham communities on the Tohono O'odham Nation. The Tohono O'odham's Gu-Vo District is battling to protect burial places from the construction of these US Israeli spy towers. The militarization of O'odham lands continues with U.S. Border Patrol abuses of O'odham. 

Also see:
National Public Radio reports three music bands were denied entry into the U.S for the music festival in Austin, Texas, including a First Nations bassist, who was told by a border agent -- in violation of federal law -- that he would need a blood test to enter the U.S.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Paul Owns the Sabre Honored on Bay Native Circle KPFA

Photo Paul Owns the Sabre (seated) at the International Friendship House in Oakland, after the Longest Walk 2 across America. Paul with Tomas Reyes, who has passed to the Spirit World, with Shaleen, Aislyn and Sage. Photo by Brenda Norrell.

Poetry by Paul Owns the Sabre, Cheyenne River Lakota A whisper of laughter you can hear as these spirits dance over the blades of grass, on into the little valley out to the crest of the hill and 
over to the sounds of the dancing horses of four colors; in step to the sounds that have come from long ago to tell the spirits to come 
with them to the starlit meadow and dance with them. 
The bells to sound their cadence to those who hear its spirit sound only for them. 
Bring my drum so I may sing my song of honor to the spirits that come to me in the night of the dancing stars, so I may remember that 
other time when I danced with my grandfather's grandfather so long ago when my land was young. 

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Long Walker, Painter and Sun Dancer Paul Owns the Sabre, Cheyenne River Lakota, was honored on this week's Bay Native Circle in Berkeley.
Tony Gonzales of AIM West said, "This week’s 'Bay Native Circle' on KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley is dedicated to our good friend and brother, a Long Walker, Sun Dancer, a natural-born artist, Mr. Paul Owns the Sabre, who passed to spirit world on February 20, 2017.  I've included a taped recording taken with Paul in 2011 by Ms. Brenda Norrell of Censored News, during the Long Walk against Diabetes. A memorial was held two weeks ago in SF at the Native American Health Center and another planned in Oakland at International Friendship House next month, stay tuned in."
In memory of my good friend Paul, I'm republishing the following article which I wrote after we all crossed America together on the Longest Walk 2 northern route in 2008. Paul was a walker and spiritual adviser, and Govinda of Earthcycles and I hosted the five-month live, Long Talk Radio.
Paul Owns the Sabre: Painting the warrior way
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the Longest Walk 2 northern route across America in 2008, Paul Owns the Sabre, Miniconjou Lakota from the Cheyenne River Indian Nation, reunited with his mother Thelma Franks, after 27 years apart. Owns the Sabre lived in San Francisco all those years and now says his journey was like that of so many Indian people.
“This reunion and reconciliation is important because so many Native families have been separated,” Owns the Sabre said after a tearful reunion with his mother in Eads, Colorado, in April of 2008. There was a feast, drum song and honor dance for the mother and son long separated on that cold night in Colorado, as the Longest Walk prepared for dawn prayers at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre, where Arapahoe and Cheyenne women, children, men and elderly were slaughtered by the US Calvary on November 29, 1864.
Reflecting in Eads, Colorado, Owns the Sabre, painter, poet and Sundancer, saw the parallels in his life with that of so many Indians, including an early childhood at a brutal residential boarding school in South Dakota, followed by alcoholism, and ultimately a lifetime of sacred walks and runs and reunion with his family.
Later, that same year in 2008, Owns the Sabre presented a life retrospective of his artwork at the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland, California, Nov. 28 – Dec. 10. After displaying his images of the faces of warriors, and warriors on horseback, he gave the paintings away during an honoring.
Owns the Sabre said in an interview for the Native Sun Weekly that he never considered himself an artist. But, he felt he had a natural gift. He began painting because Indians were dying homeless and no one knew they existed. He was compelled to paint warriors.
“I wanted them to know that they came from warriors,” Owns the Sabre said. His evolution as a painter involved a great deal of tragedy, his own and the pain within the Indian community.
Born Dec. 10, 1939 in Cheyenne Agency on Cheyenne River, Owns the Sabre said he began life in the Forties generation and is now part of the computer generation. Still, he said, “If you are going to participate, you need to draw, talk and sing.”
The most life changing event of his life was the Longest Walk of 1978. He was one of 26 people who made it across America. In all, he was on nine sacred runs and
walks. The most recent was the Longest Walk 2, which departed Alcatraz in February and arrived in Washington D.C. in July, carrying a prayer for the protection of Mother Earth. Owns the Sabre also has been a Sundancer for 25 years at Crow Dog Paradise.
Reflecting on the reunion with his mother after 27 years, Owns the Sabre said the long separation was caused by alcoholism. He encouraged others to make the effort to reconnect with their loved ones, even when it is painful. He said many people feel shame and never attempt a reunion. They miss out on finding out how much they are loved.
In the history of American Indians, he said one event, more than anything else, resulted in the alcoholism, prison rates, domestic violence and murders. It was the creation of the Indian boarding school prototype, Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, in 1879.
“It started there. The result was cultural genocide.”
“You become something else.” During the Longest Walk 2, Owns the Sabre stood in the cemetery of Carlisle Indian School, surrounded by the gravestones of too many Indian children and spoke to those accompanying him on the Longest Walk. He shared with the Indian children and teenagers the truth of this history and also of hope for the future.
Now, home in San Francisco, Owns the Sabre said it is time for Indian people to become true sovereigns. “We’re still a nation getting handouts,” he said of the array of funding for American Indians. “We’re still in bad shape. We’ve got to find a way to overcome that.”
“When is the day going to come that we are a sovereign people? We are still poor, mocked and made fun of. We end up being a real small minority in a country that is technically ours. We have to live by their rules.
“Haven’t we come far enough to break the shackles of dependence? We need to be strong and need to keep singing our songs.”
Owns the Sabre said Indian people should rise above racism and strive for unity. “We need to become less racist ourselves.”
One of those labels is that of being an urban Indian. “I’m looked upon as an urban Indian myself.
“We can survive in the cities but we give up quite a bit too.”
Owns the Sabre said the ultimate goal for Indian people is not found in a university. “We don’t need to go to a university to become smart people, we are smart people. Just leave us alone.
“I’m tired of people giving us free coffee all the time.”
“We need to stop being used as mascots by a country that hates us, really hates us. We are still told to toe the line.”
He said Indian people are still struggling for equal rights. “We have a country that makes rules every four years and we don’t know who in the hell to believe after a while.” One thing he does believe in is that all people are members of the same human family.
Ultimately, Owns the Sabre said, what he believes in is the circle: The circle of life.

 Poem by Paul Owns the Sabre

 "Bring my drum, so I can sing my song of honor to my grandfather's grandfather"

Tonight, my thoughts go out to another place: the land of my grandfather's grandfather.

I wonder the thoughts and the feelings of my grandfather's grandfather.

Closeness of the spirit, an awareness of all that is.

The coolness of the rippling clear water over many stones that disappear under the banks

to the many trees that dance in the wind.

The stars to shine so close to the land, a land that is sacred.

Bright are the stars at night that dance across the skies, laughing it seems to the happiness that is

bringing spirituality all around for the generations down the distant road to, the meadowlark and the robin mixed with the sound of the

eagle, echoing from the sky... and the sound of many drums, the

songs that whisper the names of my grandfather's grandfather, the flute to sound its haunting call in

the darkness; to bring with it the sound; the melody of my grandfather's grandfather.

 To reach out its message that gives the spirit in me the kinship only my grandfather's grandfather will know.

The ages that have left their mark on this my grandfather's grandfather land, engraved in the stones

that know no age.

The flowers the same when my grandfather's grandfather reached down to smell it's fragrance, and to say a silent word to all of creation;

that remains the same always for the ages that must come.

The strong will of my grandfather's grandfather is in the spirit of the children's children now, and those whose spirit, blue in color flicker

like a light across the many meadows back home; to be born at another time.

A whisper of laughter you can hear as these spirits dance over the blades of grass, on into the little valley out to the crest of the hill and

over to the sounds of the dancing horses of four colors; in step to the sounds that have come from long ago to tell the spirits to come

with them to the starlit meadow and dance with them.

The bells to sound their cadence to those who hear its spirit sound only for them.

Bring my drum so I may sing my song of honor to the spirits that come to me in the night of the dancing stars, so I may remember that

other time when I danced with my grandfather's grandfather so long ago when my land was young.

Hecha tu yelo
All my relations
Owns the Sabre
Sacred Run
Turtle Island

Bay Native Circle KPFA this Week
By Tony Gonzales, AIM West
Censored News
March 15, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO -- This week’s “Bay Native Circle” on KPFA 94.1 fm in Berkeley is dedicated to our good friend and brother, a Long Walker, Sun Dancer, a natural-born artist, Mr. Paul Owns the Sabre, who passed to spirit world on February 20, 2017.  I've included a taped recording taken with Paul in 2011 by Ms. Brenda Norrell of "Censored News", during the Long Walk against Diabetes. A memorial was held two weeks ago in SF at the Native American Health Center and another planned in Oakland at IFH next month, stay tuned in.
I also interviewed Elder AIMster Wounded Knee DeOcampo (California Me-Wuk) with an update on "Long Walk 5.2” currently underway across the USA with its theme "Against Drugs and Domestic Violence"; also a tape recorded with Ms. Corrina Gould (California Chochenyo-Ohlone) speaking in support of sacred sites and the Shell Mounds last week at Berkeley City Hall; and hear a brief public comment(s) from (Antonio Moreno) at SF City Hall calling for their Divestment, and against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), of which the BoS did vote in support, unanimously; and, finally, Mr. Douglas Miles, (San Carlos Apache) artist-in-residence at the DeYoung Museum during February.  (Douglas left his mark with a mural in SF at corner of 16th and Shotwell Street in La Mision).
All this and much more! Tune in, plug-in, share with friends and enjoy the ride!  And if you have announcements of coming events i.e. rallies, and gatherings in general, just write or call my cell!  aho!
All my relations!
Tony Gonzales
AIM-WEST director
 and Radio HOST
Bay Native Circle – March 15, 2017
03.15.17 - 7:00pm
Hosts Lakota Harden, Eddie Madril, Janeen Antoine, Vince Medina, and Morning Star Gali bring you today’s Native issues, people, culture and events.

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