About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 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

Yaqui and Navajo: Theft of Indian water rights is a crime against humanity

Yaqui and Navajo: Theft of Indian water rights is a crime against humanity 

Article and photos by Brenda Norrell

French translation by Christine Prat

Yaqui Vicam Pueblo host International Defense of Water Conference

By Brenda Norrell

Update: Video summary in Spanish about final document from the International Forum on the Defense of Water


Occupied Borders: Israeli activist for Palestine visits Tohono O'odham border


Occupied Borders of Palestine and Tohono O’odham land

“The Tohono O‘odham Nation is now occupied by a foreign army called the US Border Patrol." Tohono O'odham Mike Wilson.

 By Brenda Norrell

Widespread destruction of Indian country during Obama administration

Arizona Snowbowl begins desecrating sacred San Francisco Peaks with sewage water snow, as pristine regions are targeted and destroyed throughout Indian country

By Brenda Norrell

Indigenous support Guarijio battling Los Pilares dam in Sonora

By Brenda Norrell

Top photo Guarijio traditional song and dance at the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides. Photo Brenda Norrell.

Seri honored as 'Pillars of the World'

Indigenous in Sonora, Mexico, struggle to maintain culture and language, while battling mining, dams, water theft and drug trafficking

By Brenda Norrell

Photos by Brenda Norrell: Seri honored Friday; Guarijio facing relocation from a dam, with their baskets.

Warrior Russell Means to be honored Wednesday


Russell Means, warrior for the people, to be honored Wednesday

By Brenda Norrell

Photo Russell Means by Daniel Luna, Longest Walk 1978

US Border Patrol in Arizona kills teen in Mexico


Derechos Humanos: US Border Patrol terrorizing border

By Brenda Norrell

Photo Remembering migrants in San Xavier on Tohono O'odham land by Brenda Norrell

Homeland Security targets Tohono O'odham land with massive US spy towers


Tohono O'odham government kept secret resolution for US spy towers, while O'odham human rights activists battle militarization and Border Patrol abuse

By Brenda Norrell

Photo US spy tower on Tohono O'odham Nation 2007

Leaked docs expose Interior scheme for Navajo water rights in Lame Duck Congress

Leaked documents: Interior Secretary schemes to modify Little Colorado River Settlement and sneak it through Lame Duck Congress

By Brenda Norrell

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