Media in Indian country collapses, Native Americans efforts surge to defend Mother Earth

 

While Indigenous Peoples are assassinated defending their homelands around the world, the media in the U.S. has collapsed in its easy chairs. Native Americans, however, have accelerated efforts to defend the land, rivers and sacred places.

 

By Brenda Norrell

Photos by Lloyd Vivola, Break Free Washington State

 

Update May 20, 2016:

Resistance efforts are underway at the Sacred Stone Camp in Cannonball, North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Nation. The Dakota Access Pipeline has started digging without a permit.

 

The collapse of the media, and specifically the media in Indian country, has accelerated the human rights abuses of Indigenous Peoples, increased the poisoning of the land and rivers and resulted in the theft of water rights and natural resources.

In breaking news today, Indigenous Peoples are opposing the co-opting at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York. Indigenous are opposing false solutions, including carbon trading and false green solutions.

 

In resistance, Calfin Lafkenche of the Mapuche Nation in Chile said, “We are here today in the UN to stop the offensive of the Green Economy and its market systems of carbon trading, carbon offsets, the Clean Development Mechanism, and REDD+, which constitute a new form of colonialism and have caused conflicts, forced relocation, threats to the cultural survival and violations of the rights of Indigenous peoples, especially the rights to life, to lands and territories, and to free, prior and informed consent." http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/indigenous-denouce-united-nations-redd.html

In the United States, Native Americans -- from the Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock Nation in North Dakota, to the Pacific Islanders in the South Pacific, to the Swinomish, Tulalip, Lummi and Hupa in California and the Northwest, and the Dine', Apache and Hopi in the Southwest are saying, "No!" to the ongoing abuse by the United States and its corporate sponsors.

 

The fact that the media is rarely present in Indian country to cover the news has meant widespread abuse by the US, state and city governments, and the corporations that fund the politicians. The national American Indian news now primarily relies on stay-at-home plagiarizers and re-writers.

The result of the collapsed media in Indian country reaches around the world. Indigenous Peoples, including Berta Caceres in Honduras, are being assassinated by corporations. In Central America, Canadian and US mining companies routinely assassinate, rape and murder Indigenous Peoples.

While Indigenous Peoples are assassinated defending their homelands, around the world, news reporters are being tortured, imprisoned and assassinated.

Meanwhile, in the United States, reporters have collapsed into their easy chairs with a smirk, finding it easy to steal the work of the few hard working reporters and photographers who actually go out and cover the news. The paid stay-at-home plagiarizers copy and paste, or re-write and produce a smorgasbord of stolen work, from news reporters and hard working activists. The reporter and editor profiteers steal copyrighted photos.

While Indigenous Peoples and reporters are being tortured and assassinated around the world, the majority of the US media is staying home and stealing from the web.

Facebook has become the king of “clickbait.” Fraudulent websites steal the work of real reporters and post the stolen work on Facebook. Each time a reader clicks on the fraudulent news links, these frauds make money from advertising and ad word schemes.

All of this means that a homogenized, processed version of the truth is served up to readers every day.

On the southern U.S. border, the failure of Indian country news reporters to show up and cover the news, means a continuation of abuse and militarization.

Corporations responsible for carrying out Apartheid in Palestine have been given U.S. government contracts and are now on the Arizona border.

Hundreds of U.S. Border Patrol agents have already been indicted on the southern border for running drugs, the rape of migrants, the murder of migrants, and for spotting for the cartels to bring their drug loads across the border, according to a Congressional hearing, and news reports.

Now, the U.S. government has brought in the Apartheid corporations.

There are two corporations known for human rights abuses around the world, who profiteer from abuses at borders: Elbit Systems and G4S. Both of these security corporations are now on the Arizona border, with U.S. contracts, and in Palestine.

Elbit Systems, awarded the southern border contract by US Homeland Security, is now targeting Tohono O’odham burial places with the construction of integrated fixed towers, known as spy towers.

Both Elbit and G4S are responsible for Apartheid security surrounding Palestine and protested globally for human rights abuses. G4S is responsible for imprisoning Palestinian children, abusing youths in prisons globally and torture.

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/israeli-apartheid-contractors-on.html

Around the world during May, Indigenous Peoples rallied for an end to fossil fuel energy production in Break Free actions. In Australia,, South Pacific Islanders were among those shutting down the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia.

In Arizona, Washington State, Oregon, California and the Dakotas, Native Americans are leading the push to halt mining and coal export, and protect salmon and water rights.

Western Shoshone walked to the Nevada Test Site and Yucca Mountain, recognized as Western Shoshone land in the Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1863. Here, Western Shoshone offered prayers on the earth scarred by U.S. atomic bomb testing, and prayers for sacred Yucca Mountain now targeted by the U.S. for high level nuclear storage. While they walked, they searched for places to plant willow saplings in ceremony, for healing of the land.

 

(Photo left by Lloyd Vivola, Break Free Washington State)

 

The Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock Nation in Cannonball, North Dakota, issues a call for support to protect sacred water, as the Dakota Acess Pipeline has started digging without a permit:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/alert-dakota-access-pipeline-begins.html

 

Zapatistas Statement: Aggression against Alvaro Obregon, Oaxca:

The blood of so-called 'clean energy'

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/alert-dakota-access-pipeline-begins.html

 

Hoopa Valley Tribe sues US over failure to protect salmon:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/hoopa-tribe-sues-us-over-inadequate.html

Hopi Tribe Protecting Water Rights:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/hopi-tribe-protecting-water-rights-on.html

Swinomish, Salish Coastal Indian Nations, lead Break Free action, photos by Lloyd Vivola:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/lloyd-vivola-photos-indigenous-break.html

Yankton hosts government to government consultation over Dakota Access pipeline:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/yankton-to-host-government-to.html

Mohawk Nation News reports “Scorched McMurray” the devastating fire:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/mohawk-nation-news-scorched-mcmurray.html

Pacific Islanders shut down world’s largest coal port

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/now-pacific-islanders-shut-down-worlds.html

Lummi Victory: No coal terminal at Cherry Point

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/lummi-victory-no-coal-port-at-cherry.html

Sacred Stone Camp, Cannoball, North Dakota: Defense from the Dakota Access Pipeline:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/04/camp-of-sacred-stone-call-to-action.html

Western Shoshone at Nevada Test Site, prayers for Mother Earth, photos by Carl Bad Bear Sampson:

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2016/05/western-shoshone-at-nevada-test-site.html

 

Copyright Brenda Norrell, Narco News. No portion of this article can be republished without permission.

brendanorrell@gmail.com

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.