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

DISASTER: Obama appoints George Bush for Haiti relief

Obama's selection of George Bush for Haiti relief ties with Obama's Nobel Peace Prize as the most horrendous error. Profiteering from misery is what Bush does best.

By Brenda Norrell

President Obama selected war criminal and corporate thief George W. Bush to head up US relief efforts to Haiti, along with Bill Clinton.

No, this is not a joke or satire. It is not a Saturday Night Live spoof. It is a fact.

Now, the Clinton and Bush duo is pleading with Americans to donate to Haiti relief by way of them.

Kevin Annett, beaten, exposes role of Canada's police and churches in sex crimes and child trafficking

By Brenda Norrell (UPDATE Jan. 14, 2010)

Kevin Annett, human rights activist beaten in Vancouver on Wednesday, released a new article today exposing the role of Canada's police and churches in sex crimes and child trafficking, including the abuse of Native women and children.

Kevin Annett, a community minister, was assaulted by two men in Vancouver's downtown eastside on Wednesday, Jan. Jan. 6, 2010,  just two days after he published an article on church and government complicity in child trafficking on Canada's west coast.

Censored: Forgotten People on Black Mesa

By Brenda Norrell

Photo: Hopi and Navajo protest Peabody permit in Denver. Photo Mano Cockrum

The mainstream media continued aiding and abetting the dirty coal industry this week, in the genocidal targeting of American Indian lands for toxic and polluting industries that the rest of humanity doesn't want in their backyards.

Evo Morales Climate Summit and Navajo Hopi Victory

By Brenda Norrell

Updated Jan. 9, 2010

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced an Alternative Climate Summit, to be held in April, as Navajo and Hopi celebrate a victory. The US Interior Department rejected Peabody Coal's permit for coal mining on Black Mesa in northern Arizona.

The US Department of Interior, Office of Hearing and Appeals, in Salt Lake City said the Office of Surface Mining violated the law.

US Targets Lipan Apache for More Abuse at Border

By Brenda Norrell

The US made new threats about the condemnation and seizure of Lipan Apache lands in Texas for the US/Mexico border wall, as the abuses of Indigenous Peoples in the borderzone continues unabated. President Obama continues the genocidal borderland policies of the Bush administration.

Facebook Deletes Cindy Sheehan's Invite to CIA Drone Protest


By Brenda Norrell

Updated Jan. 4, 2010

Cindy Sheehan said Facebook deleted an invitation to the CIA Drone Protest in Langley, Virginia, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2010. Sheehan said "the CIA is becoming overly involved in terrorizing populations." Sheehan joins a powerhouse of women activists to lead the CIA Drone Protest, including Cynthia McKinney, Ann Wright, Kathy Kelly and Debra Sweet.

Ten Events of the Decade

Ten events of the decade, 2000 to 2009

By Brenda Norrell

Indigenous Peoples made history throughout this decade, struggling to protect Mother Earth, resisting colonization and exposing genocide. In the movements to resist oppression and protect the sacred, Native people carved out their place in history. Here are ten of those events:

Hate Crimes for Christmas

Hate crimes for Christmas
By Brenda Norrell

Hate crimes against African-Americans and the number of hate groups increased in the United States during this decade, according to US statistics. But what of the hate crimes on the US/Mexico border, where white Border Patrol agents kill people of color in cold blood, as was the case with Francisco Javier Dominguez Rivera, 22, from Morelia, Mexico?

Why is it not a hate crime when white Border Patrol agents and white police officers beat and murder Tohono O'odham, and other people of color, on the backroads near the US/Mexico border?

Why is it not a hate crime when the US federal court prosecutes volunteers for giving water to a dying person on the southern border?

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.

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