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

Armchair journalists and the lessons of McCarthyism

Armchair journalists and the lessons of McCarthyism
By Brenda Norrell

Lazy journalists are great friends of the corporations. They are known as "armchair journalists" because they sit in comfort and rewrite press releases from politicians and corporations. To spice it up a bit, they dial a few numbers, get a few comments and call it a news story.

Hopi are true environmentalists

By Brenda Norrell

When the news was released that the Hopi Tribal Council had banned environmentalists today, it was a sure sign that Hopi struggling to defend the land, along with their colleagues, were making progress against coal mining and power plants on sacred lands.

Alph H. Secakuku, Sipalulovi council representative from Second Mesa, released the following statement. Secakuku says Hopi are the best environmentalists, despite the current political coup:

Comments by Alph H. Secakuku, Sipaulovi Council Representative, Village of Sipaulovi, Second Mesa, AZ, Hopiland:

American Indian Movement at the UN: The Right to Speak

The American Indian Movement's Grand Governing Council released this statement at the United Nations, upholding the right to speak. It is a reminder of the human right to give voice to one's own reality and the oppressive tactics which continue in the countries which refused to vote "yes" to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

Border Patrol's cash bribes and twisted news

By Brenda Norrell

Today, ABC News is exposing the fact that US Border Agents take cash bribes at the border. Hello? ABC News acts like this is news. Where have they been?

Unfortunately, ABC News reveals its naivete and lack of knowledge of the facts by focusing on the US-sponsored fear line.

Death Walks the Tohono O'odham Nation

By Brenda Norrell

In southern Arizona, humanitarians putting out water for migrants are being charged with a crime, in the latest attempt by the US government to halt humanitarian aid to migrants dying in the Sonoran Desert. Thirteen humanitarians from No More Deaths, Samaritans and Humane Borders were arraigned in federal court in Tucson in September on charges of littering. Their crime was placing water on migrant trails where people are dying.

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.

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