Most Censored in Indian Country Nov. 2014

While reporters stay home and plagiarize, the failure to report the truth ensures that the abuse, loss and genocide will continue

 

By Brenda Norrell

Photo Brenda Norrell 'Yaqui Traditional Authority organizes water rights resistance' Sonora, Mexico

 

Here's the top Most Censored Issues in Indian Country this week:

Theft of Indian water rights by non-Indian attorneys, Congressmen and corrupt tribal officials

This is why we need more whistleblowers: Former Sec. Interior Ken Salazar resigned after this memo was leaked, exposing the scheme to steal Navajo water rights in Congress. It wasn't the Navajo government that halted the theft -- it was the Dineh people. Non-Indian attorneys, Congressmen, and corrupt tribal officials have been in this game for a long time. The states and US are desperate for Indian water rights to keep unsustainable cities and dirty coal-fired power plants operating.

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/11/leaked-documents-mainstream-media.html

Many Native American tribes in Arizona have already signed the so-called "water rights settlements" presented by their non-Indian attorneys. Currently, Paiutes are fighting to save water rights to Pyramid Lake in Nevada. Here's one of the rights that states and the US fear the most: Water rights guaranteed under Winter's Doctrine. It ensures water rights for future generations on Indian lands and the water mongers want those rights waived. In Sonora, Mexico, the Yaqui Traditional Authority has maintained a water rights blockade on a major highway on their land as Mexico steals their water.

Truth about cartels and the murdered and disappeared

While remembering the dead and 43 disappeared students in Guerrero, Mexico, remember that it was the US ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) who provided the cartels with assault weapons. Project Gunrunner began in Texas in 2005, according to US documents, and continued based in Tucson with Fast and Furious and Operation Wide Receiver. There was no outcry in the US when it was people in Mexico being killed, including innocent women and children. It was only when a US Border Patrol agent was killed with one of those weapons in Arizona that there was a public outcry. Indigenous Peoples in Mexico and along the border are victims of the heavily-armed cartels. The so-called drug war is just one more of the United States wars created with the aid of spin and fabricated news reports. Meanwhile, the US Border Patrol agents continue to be arrested for smuggling drugs, and continue to shoot through the border and kill citizens of Mexico.

Read more about the United States' role in weapons and drug running in articles by Bill Conroy and other reporters at www.narconews.com

 

Coal-fired pollution on Navajo Nation

 

With President Obama's announcement in China that the US will cut power plant emissions, the question remains: Will the Navajo Nation take action? The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is one of the top polluters in the world. Will the Navajo Times cover this issue? The power plant uses the coal that Peabody rips from Black Mesa. Peabody Coal's genocidal scheme to remove Navajos from Black Mesa is the real motivation for the so-called Navajo Hopi Land Dispute. The dirty power plant provides electricity primarily to southern Arizona, and the cities of Phoenix and Tucson. A second coal-fired power plant spewing pollution on the Navajo Nation is the Four Corners Power Plant in New Mexico.

 

Indian country news infested with plagiarizers and profiteers

National Indian country news is dominated by plagiarizers and profiteers. The victims -- besides those who do the original work and pay the expenses themselves -- are the readers. For years, Indian Country Today armchair reporters have been staying home and plagiarizing. When they don't want you to know who is doing the plagiarizing, they put as the byline at the top "ICTMN staff."

Further, the owners of indianz.com received a multi-million dollar contract from the US for domestic and international spying this year, with an office at the US Pentagon. What this means for readers is this: There aren't really reporters present on news stories and reporting the facts. Just ask those reporters if they have been present on the news stories they pretend to be covering.

Read Censored News: "Media Pimps: Hollywood isn't the only place where people sleep their way to the top." http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/media-pimps-hollywood-isnt-only-place.html

Homeland Security gives US border security contract to Israeli firm, includes US spy towers on Tohono O'odham land

Homeland Security gave the border security contract this year to the Israeli defense corporation Elbit Systems, responsible for Apartheid security on the Palestine border. The contract includes the US spy towers on sovereign Tohono O'odham land. See Censored News exclusive coverage of those spy towers on O'odham land: Tohono O'odham government approves 15th spy tower, more land for US Border Patrol: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/07/tohono-oodham-council-approves-15th-us.html

Bill Gates profiteering from private prisons

The power and money mongers are profiteering from the imprisonment of migrants, American Indians and other people of color in private prisons. The US system fills these prisons with the aid of the media hysteria about the border, and police officers targeting people of color.

Both GEO and CCA are prison for profit vulture corporations. Bill Gates is a major investor in GEO and G4S, both prison-for-profit vultures.

Earlier, the notorious Wackenhut split into two corporations: GEO, and Wackenhut Transportation -- for maximum profiteering from misery. Wackenhut Transportation was bought by G4S, an international prison-for-profit contractor. G4S has contracts for detained migrant transportation on the Arizona border.

Arizona and Texas are two of the states where prison-for-profit vultures are making millions, while the rapes, tortures, and murders in those prisons increase.

See Native American protest in Washington state over Gates prison investments:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/04/seattle-natives-protest-and-support.html

The long arm of US Censorship

John Robles was censored at the Voice of Russia after his profound interviews, including those with Mohawk elders Kahentinetha Horn and Mark Maracle. Read the Censored News exclusive:

http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/11/long-arm-of-us-censorship-reporter-in.html

Boarding School Tribunal

Reporters in Indian country were a no-show -- were not present -- to cover the Boarding School Tribunal in Green Bay, Wisconsin in October. Testimony from Indigenous Peoples in North America revealed the abuse, torture and genocide carried out by Indian boarding schools operated by the churches and governments. See the original series by Censored News, with videos by Govinda at Earthcycles. Yes, we were there. http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/10/day-3-boarding-school-tribunal-watch.html

More: Behind closed doors, there is much more happening now, from the threat of the Keystone XL Pipeline and fracking, to drones and the militarization of US universities. There's far more truth hidden about Indian casinos, who profits and where the money really goes.

That's why we need you, the grassroots public, the public, and more whistleblowers.

Do you have a most censored issue to add to the list? Contact us at brendanorrell@gmail.com

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 32 years. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years and was a reporter for Navajo Times, and stringer for AP and USA Today. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today in the Southwest, she was censored and terminated. As a result, she began Censored News, now in its ninth year with no advertising or grants.

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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.