About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 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.

Brenda Norrell's Comments

The Art of Authentic Journalism According to Bill Conroy
May 23 2011 - 9:10pm
Chiapas Government Apologizes, Will Set Journalist Gianni Proiettis Free
Dec 25 2010 - 10:58am
Showdown: Will Obama recognize Indian Nation sovereignty and Haudenosaunee passports
Jul 22 2010 - 10:45am
Popcorn and beans, depleted uranium and Raytheon
Jul 6 2010 - 5:52am
Obama Appeases Tea-baggers But Upsets Leftists
Dec 5 2009 - 12:18pm

Indigenous Peoples in Copenhagen: Ruling out the Nuclear Option -- Neither Clean nor Green

By Ben Powless


Weaving the Web of Life in Copenhagen

By Brenda Norrell

Photo by Ben Powless, Mohawk youth from Six Nations, Ontario, now in Copenhagen. Indigenous Peoples led the 100,000 strong Peoples Climate March on Dec. 12 in Copenhagen.

Indigenous Peoples: Prayers and Protest in Copenhagen

By Brenda Norrell

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Indigenous Peoples, including delegations of youths and elders from North America, summoned President Obama to Copenhagen to make a commitment to climate change. In strong language, Indigenous Peoples demanded that the destruction of their homelands be halted and Obama live up to his promises.

Obama Administration Approves Oil Drilling in Arctic

Alaskan Natives at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen react to the news that the Obama Administration has approved oil drilling in the Arctic. Faith Gemmill at Red OIL said Alaskan Natives and wildlife will be devastated.

VIDEO: Indigenous Peoples March on US Embassy in Copenhagen


By Red OIL

Big Mountain Message to Copenhagen

By Brenda Norrell

US Coyote at Work: Indian Trust Fund Settlement Scam

By Brenda Norrell

The same US government that brought us the home mortgage, seize-everything-you-have scam, and the bail-out-the-billionaires programs, now says it has a sweet deal to offer American Indians to settle a multi-billion dollar lawsuit over mismanaged energy resources on Indian lands.
In the so-called settlement of the US trust fund lawsuit, the US Interior says it plans to buy up Indian parcels and give the land back to Indian Nations. Right.

North American Indigenous Peoples Call for a Strong Climate Action in Copenhagen

Statement of grassroots Indigenous Peoples from North America in Copenhagen:

The News Revolution

By Brenda Norrell

SAN FRANCISCO -- There is a news revolution underway, evolving in much the same way that the Civil Rights movement evolved. People got fed up, stood up and said, "We're not going to take it anymore." It is the same way that the Indigenous revolutions exploded in the south, from Che Guevara to the Zapatistas, with the cry: "Ya Basta! Enough is enough!"

If you so much as glance at CNN, you know there is a media crisis bringing about the continuation of US war and torture, misinformation and the distortion of facts.

Arrogant Barrick Gold says it is above US federal law

By Brenda Norrell

Western Shoshone prevailed in the Ninth Circuit Court this week in their efforts to halt gold mining on sacred Mount Tenabo. However, the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold said it will ignore the US federal court ruling and continue mining. While Barrick plans to continue its genocidal mining in Indigenous territories, Barrick's stockholders have taken notice and stocks plummeted.

AP's Fonseca lobbying for Peabody Coal again

By Brenda Norrell

Breaking News: Western Shoshone, Black Mesa and Crow Creek

Breaking News: Western Shoshone, Black Mesa and Crow Creek

By Brenda Norrell 

Western Shoshone prevailed in the Ninth Circuit, in their effort to protect sacred Mount Tenabo from gold mining in Nevada and the US EPA withdrew a controversial permit allowing Peabody Coal to dump pollutants into Navajo and Hopi waterways in Arizona.

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