About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 33 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

Tamiflu, body bags and aboriginal genocide


By Brenda Norrell

As body bags arrived in northern Manitoba in Canada, First Nations aboriginals in the remote west coast village of Ahousaht were falling ill after being inoculated with Tamiflu and other anti-viral medications.

Kevin Annett, exposing the genocide of aboriginals in Canada, points out that germ warfare has long been the weapon of choice for governments to exterminate Indigenous Peoples.

News blackout: Fasting for Peltier at the White House

By Brenda Norrell

Ben Carnes, Choctaw, and Rob Fife completed a weeklong fast at the White House, to bring attention to President Obama of the longstanding injustice of the imprisonment of Leonard Peltier. But if you check Google News this morning, you will see that there's only one news article, the one posted by Narco News.

Since the columns here go directly to Google breaking news, mainstream reporters can not claim that they were uninformed. It is obvious that freedom for Leonard Peltier remains one of the most censored issues in the media, even as Amnesty International calls for Peltier's immediate release.

Boeing contract extended for border spy tower mess

By Brenda Norrell

TUCSON -- Boeing's contract has been extended for spy towers at the border, with $6.7 billion pouring into the non-functioning equipment to spy on people along the US/Mexico border.

Earlier, Boeing subcontracted the Israeli Apartheid contractor Elbit Systems to install some of the spy mess.

The good folks at Arivaca, Ariz., protested the spy cameras pointed at their homes, flying their kites in front of the radar, which isn't working yet anyway.

It is hard to get WiFi to work in a coffee shop, much less to penetrate through the desert mountains on the Arizona border.

It probably doesn't matter much to Boeing whether the spy towers work or not. Boeing's only interest is to profit from the racist border hysteria, manufactured by television news.

Fasting at White House for Leonard Peltier

Censored Radio: Ben Carnes live from the White House

By Brenda Norrell

Ben Carnes is fasting in Lafayette Park across from the White House in solidarity with freedom for Leonard Peltier. Peltier is a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians who has been held as a political prisoner of the Government of the United States of America for over 33 years.

Making missiles on the Navajo Nation farm

Missile making on the Navajo farm
by Brenda Norrell

This week in the news, Indian Country Today celebrated the war manufacturer Raytheon Missiles producing missile parts on the Navajo Nation's commercial farm.
Shortly before I was terminated in 2006, an ICT editor forbid me to expose the fact that Raytheon Missiles was operating on the same land where the Navajo Nation was growing corn and other crops for commercial sale at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry near Farmington, N.M.

Missing Martin Luther King, Jr.

Updated: Humanitarians charged with crime of saving lives on the border

By Brenda Norrell

Each day now, I miss Martin Luther King, Jr., more and more. Each time I hear of the increasing number of dead in Afghanistan, the torture continuing and the secret renditions continuing, I miss Martin Luther King.

Hoax: Blaming outsiders to build a power plant


The Washington Examiner attempts to blame outsiders for the protest against the proposed Desert Rock power plant. The article is void of the facts. It has always been Navajos living on the land who organized Dooda Desert Rock and are protesting. The Washington Examiner's article is a typical spin article for the energy company.

By Brenda Norrell

The latest hoax in the news comes from the Washington Examiner, which tries to place the blame for the protest against the Desert Rock power plant on outsiders. Don't be fooled by this article, it is actually the Navajos who live on the land in the area around Burnham, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, that have always been leading this protest and occupying their homeland.
The scam article is typical of the articles in efforts to ramrod polluting industries in remote Indian areas. Either the article is directly paid for by the power plant planners, the result of backdoor deals, or the authors and the Washington Examiner just don't know their facts.

US seizes Tamez/Lipan Apache land for border wall

By Brenda Norrell

Statement below in Espanol

EL CALABOZ, Texas -- With the hope of change evaporating during the Obama Administration, a federal judge ruled that Homeland Security can seize the Tamez family land. After a court battle, with an alert to the international community, the Tamez family said a federal judge condemned the Lipan Apache family land for the US/Mexico border wall.

"A federal judge in Brownsville, Texas issued an order today granting the federal government's request to condemn the ancestral land of the Tamez Family, who are Lipan Apaches," the Tamez family said April 16. "Although this land has been in the Tamez family prior to the Spanish colonization, and also designated to them through Spanish Crown law (1767, as of today, it is in the possession of the United States Department of Homeland Security."

Mexico and US EPA scheme toxic dump in O'odham ceremonial community

By Brenda Norrell

QUITOVAC, Sonora, Mexico -- Tohono O'odham urge a halt to a scheme of the government of Mexico, acting in collusion with the US EPA, to establish a toxic waste dump near the ceremonial area of Quitovac, south of the US border, in a traditional O'odham community.

Censorship and dying rags

By Brenda Norrell

It is becoming popular to moan the death of US newspapers. Americans like to be romantic, nostalgic, when things pass on. But the truth is newspapers are not just dying because of the Internet, shrinking advertising and dismal profits.

US newspapers are dying because they became the prostitutes of commercialism and stopped telling the truth. Many people stopped buying newspapers because they became the rags of a corrupt industry. Too many journalists swallowed their pride, ignored their integrity and did what they had to do to pay the mortgage.

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