Yaqui Vicam Pueblo host International Defense of Water Conference

By Brenda Norrell

Update: Video summary in Spanish about final document from the International Forum on the Defense of Water

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.mx/2012/11/video-yaqui-foro-internacional-del-agua.html 

Greetings from the International Gathering for the Defense of Water, hosted by the Yaqui Traditional Authority, in Vicam Pueblo, Sonora, Mexico. The gathering, yesterday and today, Nov. 20-21, 2012, has brought together Indigenous Peoples from all areas of Mexico. In solidarity with the Zapatistas, Indigenous speakers included Yaqui leaders, and Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, one of the representatives of Mexico's Indigenous National Congress.

Rivas sang a sacred O'odham water song. She said the message of the song is, "Water is a sacred part of our life and we must honor the sacredness of the water."

Speakers spoke, and read statements, on the defense of water and upholding the dignity and solidarity of Indigenous Peoples, here in the area where Yaqui are fighting the Mexican government to prevent the theft of their water from the Rio Yaqui for use in the major city of Hermosillo.
 
The night filled with joy and the music of revolution as a Michoacan band played. The music of Michoacan followed the traditional Yaqui dancers in the evening. Yaqui women prepared traditional soup and tortillas for the evening meal.
 
Copyright Brenda Norrell
 

About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.