Dine' Klee Benally challenges genocide denier auctioning sacred items in Paris

Dine' challenges genocide denier in Paris, auctioning off sacred items of Hopi and Navajo

By Brenda Norrell

In an exclusive video obtained by Indigenous Resistance, a genocide denier in Paris is challenged by Klee Benally, Dine'. The genocide denier is responsible for auctioning off sacred items of Hopi and Navajo. As Alan Leroy rips the posters from the wall, Klee Benally, Dine', tells Leroy he is committing cultural genocide.

Leroy responds, "You were never killed by anybody."

Benally responds, "The burden of proof is on you. You are committing cultural genocide," Benally points out these cultural items would never be sold. He points out that the traditional medicine people say these items must be returned.

"We are not killing anybody," said Leroy. Further, Leroy insults Navajos.

"All cultural properties are up for sale in all religions," says Leroy. Leroy then claims the items were made for tourists and not authentic. If Leroy's statement is true, then the auction in Paris is cheating the customers.

Benally delivered a letter to the Eve Auction in Paris and questioned whether "free and prior consent" was obtained as stated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Benally stated in the letter, "Eve perpetuates cultural genocide each time an auction of indigenous history and identity occurs. We can only assume that these sacred indigenous properties are stolen or attained through duplicity without free prior or informed consent."

Watch this exclusive chilling video and read the article at Indigenous Resistance: http://indigenousresistancejuly2014.blogspot.com/2014/07/video-klee-benally-challenges-genocide.html

In related news this week, a whistleblower has confirmed the sinister history of the United States with Native American remains. A whistleblower reveals that the US erased and altered records to hide the mismanagement of Native American remains. The exposure confirms what was previously reported about the United States dark and sinister history -- at the Smithsonian, US Interior and elsewhere -- regarding Native American remains and the United States government's violations of the NAGPRA law. Further, the Smithsonian harbors skulls from a racist and sinister experiment which included the payment of bounty for Native American skulls. Read more at: http://indigenousresistancejuly2014.blogspot.com/2014/07/whistleblower-us-erased-records-of.html

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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.

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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.