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

Absurd one-sided news coverage of the so-called 'ban'

By Brenda Norrell

The amazing part of the one-sided news coverage of the so-called Hopi Tribal Council ban on environmentalists, which the Navajo president supported, is how few news reporters were even aware of the large number of Hopi and Navajo environmental organizations and individual activists.
The majority of reporters failed to even contact Hopi and Navajo environmentalists, people actually defending the land (with every dime that they have.)

John Redhouse: Hate crimes and uranium mining

When longtime Navajo activist John Redhouse speaks of the hate crimes against American Indians in northwest New Mexico, he knows what he is talking about. He has lived it.

Redhouse, who has lived with the racism in the Navajo bordertown of Farmington, N.M., writes about the recent hate crimes by non-Indians against homeless Indians in Grants. Redhouse said the recent racially motivated beatings began after Mount Taylor was designated as a Traditional Cultural Property.

In demand at Internet radio: Zapatistas and border rights

By Brenda Norrell

Internet radio offers a new vehicle for the struggles and victories of Indigenous Peoples. The rise in popularity is an indicator of a new demand in news. The Zapatistas and border rights are among the most downloaded audios at Censored News Blog Radio. The rise in listeners shows that people are not only depending on Internet radio more, but it is providing a way to hear the voices of people censored by the mainstream media.

Zapatistas' Subcomandante Marcos' talk has been the number one download at Censored News since he spoke at Digna Rabia. Ben Carnes, fasting for Leonard Peltier, is now the second most frequently downloaded audio.

Western Shoshone, Tohono O'odham, Akimel O'otham and Yaqui, speaking on the Yucca Mountain dump, land rights, prisoner abuse, border rights, racism and Border Patrol abuses, are collectively the most in demand topics.

Here's the top downloads at Censored News, recorded with Earthcycles, www.earthcycles.net, always free:

Hopi and Navajo environmentalists galvanized by politicians' ban

Updated Oct. 4, 2009

Vernon Masayesva, Hopi, reveals that the Hopi Tribal Council has been taken over by a pro-Peabody Coal faction. Further, Masayesva reveals that the Hopi Tribal Council hired Tina May, former senior editor at the Arizona Republic, as its press officer. Now, the Arizona Republic is publishing one-sided, biased press release coverage by May.

Already this week, the Associated Press' dark and biased coverage was revealed in "Lazy journalists are the darlings of the corporations."
AP published press releases of politicians and corporations in its coverage of the Hopi Tribal Council's ban on environmentalists, with support from Navajo President Joe Shirley, Jr. AP insulted environmentalists without interviewing the Hopi and Navajo environmental organizations and Hopis and Navajos living on the land.
Peabody Coal's use of a tribal attorney to carry out its dirty work is the same tactic Peabody Coal used originally to seize Black Mesa for coal mining, by way of attorney John Boyden, who worked for Peabody and the Hopi Tribe.
Please read this week's full statements by Hopis and Navajos at http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

By Brenda Norrell

When the Hopi Tribal Council banned "environmentalists," and Navajo President Joe Shirley, Jr., agreed, Navajos and Hopis defending the land were first shocked and appalled. Galvanized by the attack, Navajo and Hopi defenders of the land and cultural ways responded.

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.

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