Plagiarizers, non-profits and lobbyists scam Indian country

Stay-at-home plagiarizers, non-profits and casino lobbyists enrich themselves in Indian country

By Brenda Norrell

When the casino industry took control of the national news in Indian country, reporters were replaced by stay-at-home plagiarizers. The news became sanitized, censored and manipulated.

It has been many years since I have seen a reporter from any of the national American Indian country news websites actually present on a news story.

Plagiarizers-for-profit in national Indian country news are one of three scams enjoying profiteering in Indian country. Non-profit organizations with secret salaries and assets, and casino lobbyists, are also enjoying enriching themselves.

Why is there no outcry from the media and non-profits to defend Indigenous Peoples being murdered around the world by miners, ranchers and developers?

Are dollars from mining quietly silencing dissent?

While giving out 'peanuts,' small grants, some non-profits in Indian country have amassed huge assets. The Clinton Foundation is one of those now being exposed in a Swiss banking leak. The Clinton Foundation has $278 million in assets and the prime contributor is a Canadian gold and uranium mining magnate. The Charity Index has removed the Clinton Foundation from its non-profit listings.

Meanwhile, the Bill Gates Foundation is funding private prisons and the notorious G4S security corporation violating human rights around the world, including those of migrants at the Arizona border.

But even the charities in Indian country doing good work often have secret salaries, and funds going to family members, that the grassroots people named in the grant funding remain unaware of.

Stay-at-home plagiarizers are reporters who seldom leave their homes and receive a paycheck for plagiarizing and rewriting others hard work.

Indian Country Today reporters have done this for years. Just ask ICT reporters if they have been present on the news stories they have been covering for years. They plagiarize (copy and paste without permission or credit) and rewrite others work to disguise it. Sometimes they add a quick phone call to further deceive readers into believing the reporters are actually out covering the news. The articles usually have a photo stolen from the web. Indian Country Today Media Network reporters and editors often uses the byline 'ICTMN' when the reporter doesn't want the public to know who is doing the plagiarizing and cashing in on others hard work.

Casino lobbyists have extracted billions in Indian county. The Tohono O'odham's Desert Diamond Casino is one of the most obvious examples of a lucrative casino -- with parking lots packed for a decade -- at the expense of the Tohono O'odham people, who live in desperation. Just drive across the Tohono O'odham Nation and look for yourselves. Ask the O'odham elderly and young mothers if they have enough food, clean water to drink, and firewood in winter. Where are those missing millions, possibly billions?

The film Casino Jack exposes the true story of Jack Abramoff and how casinos in Indian country were created to bilk millions, and billions, for non-Indians, particularly lobbyists. The sovereign status of Indian Nations was used to create the casinos. But don't expect to read about non-Indians profiteering from these casinos, or how gambling addiction is destroying families across Indian country, in the national Indian country news.

These topics are censored.

When casinos were created in Indian country, one of the first objects was to take control of the media. Now the casino-dominated media controls the online news in Indian country. The word "gambling" was changed to "gaming" for publicity purposes and to hide the true cost of gambling addiction for American Indian families.

Advertisers like Peabody Coal on the Navajo Nation also play a role in censorship in local media, and energy companies often fund advertising in radio stations in Indian country as damage control. Readers can examine advertisers of radio news, then listen and determine if the news programs are investigating the devastating impacts of dirty coal and uranium mining in Indian country. The CIA spies, National Clandestine Services, was a top advertiser in newspaper and magazines, including Indian Country Today and Native Peoples, in Indian country for years.

Now, there's a new development. The Ho-Chunk Inc. in Nebraska, owners of the American Indian news website www.indianz.com have received a multi-million dollar grant from the United States for domestic and international spying, with an office at the US Pentagon. Ho-Chunk Inc. also has different contracts in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

What does all this mean for the readers?

The news you read is often sanitized, censored and manipulated by individual profiteers posed as journalists, along with the corporations that control them, and the United States government which manipulates and uses them.

Read more: See the annual salaries of presidents of charities, including Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and Wounded Warrior Project, all in the $200,000 to $400,000 range: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2015/02/plagiarizers-non-profits-and-lobby...

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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.