Federal agents and police target Native Americans in three states

<table><tr><td><em>NOTE: The below news update situates the recent incident in Arizona, already reported on this sight, within the broader picture of political repression being carried out against indigenous activists around the country. As we see both local chapters of Occupy and DGR step up actions working side-by-side with indigenous populations, we can be sure that the state won't be done any time soon. </em>

From <a href="http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/09/federal-agents-and-police-targ... News (blog)</a> - By Brenda Norrell

Native Americans in Arizona, Nevada and Oklahoma have been targeted by federal agents, police and Sheriff’s offices in three different incidents. In Nevada, the ACLU is demanding all reports from the FBI on harassments and intimidation of American Indian Movement and No Bear Hunt activists opposing bear hunts in northern Nevada. In Tempe, Arizona, Native Americans and anarchists say a typical tactic was carried out by Tempe police and anti-terrorism agents to halt a benefit show for Protect the Peaks...</td><td><img title="you'd think they want the run of this place" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/sheisafish.jpg"></td></tr><...
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By Brenda Norrell
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http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com

Protect the Peaks seeks to halt Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Ariz, from transporting sewage water for snowmaking for tourists on sacred San Francisco Peaks. Already old growth pines have been cut down in the path of the pipeline. News coverage of the issue has been distorted due to local biased news reports. The Peaks are sacred to 13 area Indian Nations, including Navajos, Hopi, Havasupai and Hualapai.

In Oklahoma, a member of the Peace and Dignity Run was attacked by police this week and the sacred Eagle Staff desecrated.
In breaking news from Canada on Monday, Terrance Nelson, former chief of Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba, said the real reason that Canada closed the Iranian Embassy is because Nelson and two Dakota chiefs are heading to Iran in October.
Terrance Nelson is former chief of Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba. In a letter to Prime Minister Harper, Nelson said, "We both know that the accusation that the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa was recruiting Iranians in Canada was a smokescreen, the real reason for the closure is APTN reporting our scheduled trip to Tehran on October 8 to 20. Dakota Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Chief Orvile Smoke, myself and possibly Lubicon Lake Chief Bernard Ominayak were scheduled to travel to Iran. The implications of this trip are that the Americans would go ballistic with your government when Chief Frank Brown does his power point presentation in front of the Iranian Parliament showing pictures of the mass graves from the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre."
Read letter http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/09/terrance-nelson-israel-us-and-...

Nevada activists harassed and jailed, oppose bear hunt on spiritual teachings

In Nevada, the ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information request to find out what the FBI has reported on the Northern Nevada Chapter of the American Indian Movement and the group No Bear Hunt. AIM is opposing the hunting of bears, based on the spiritual teachings of the Paiute, Washoe and Shoshone.
Raquela Arthur, Pyramid Lake Paiute and AIM member, said, “We requested help from the ACLU because our rights have been violated, including our right to the First Amendment, freedom of speech.”
“We want the harassments, racial profiling, false incarcerations and intimidation tactics to stop. We are Native Americans that promote a peaceful fight in our fight to save our sacred bears. Its a sad day that Native Americans still have to fight for our basic rights.”
Read more: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/09/aclu-intervenes-in-targeting-o...

Tempe police and anti-terror agents shut down Protect the Peaks benefit show

In Tempe, Arizona, Fires Never Extinguished tells the story of how Tempe police and anti-terror agents halted a benefit show scheduled for Friday night.

"A campaign of political repression is under way against anarchist and indigenous project in Arizona, spearheaded by the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center and the Tempe Police Department Homeland Defense Unit."

"The Tempe police department’s anti-terror division preemptively shut down the Protect the Peaks solidarity benefit show that was planned for Friday night, using the threat of a fire code violation to ensure that the venue would have to cancel the event. The Homeland Defense Unit acted on an alert they received from Arizona's main counter terrorism information gathering hub, also known as a fusion center, that a benefit show to raise money for the struggle to save the San Francisco Peaks was scheduled to take place in Tempe on Friday night. “
Read more http://firesneverextinguished.blogspot.com/2012/09/tempe-police-and-ariz...
or http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/09/tempe-police-and-arizona-anti-terr...

Oklahoma Racism: Peace and Dignity runners targed by police
In Oklahoma, Brenda Golden, Muscogee Creek, reports “on the ridiculous treatment of our indigenous people in Oklahoma and the red-neck mentality toward our esteemed guest.“
“A sacred Eagle Staff desecrated and a runner handcuffed by local police near White Eagle! Yesterday evening our Peace and Dignity Journeys Guests were accosted by the local police in Kay County according to Hector Cerda, the PDJ coordinator."
“Cerda said the runners were coming into White Eagle, they were about three miles away. He was in the van picking up runners to take into the host site. This particular runner, a citizen of the Mohawk Nation, had been running by himself on Highway 177."
Read more http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/09/oklahoma-racism-police-desecrate-p...

Comments

While I can't really comment about the Iran trip bit I think it would be worth it for @s to use some of that noisy solidarity that we've proven we're good at doing, directed towards these folks.

I agree, as long as we're talking solidarity towards them in fighting their own oppression and not towards them as victims of the state.

^does anyone make these sort of statements about grand jury resisters?^

Yeah, no shit, that's what these folks were doing, resisting (thus being targeted by the state.) Victimization has nothing to do with it and incidentally if you don't feel affinity, then don't offer support. No one asked you for your unsolicited political purity test.

"local chapters of Occupy and DGR"
Wait, someone takes DGR seriously?
Who? What town? Is this a joke?
What the actual fuck?

No, really, who?

American Indians in need of solidarity, apparently.

WHATWHAT! DGR was there when you weren't SUCKA!

What I don't understand is why the Native tribes are using the ACLU for anything. Civil Liberties are for 14th amendment "Citizens" of the United States. Under treaty law, the tribes are (or should be) recognized as sovereign nations. Even the U.S. would not exist if not for it's recognition under treaty of the Declaration of independence at the second treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution. Have the nations given up their sovereign rights? Have they become US citizens? If so, I would say they have been robbed. Again.

I think the best answer to that question of Native Americans being US citizens is "it's complicated." At various times the federal government has unilaterally acted to make all Native Americans US citizens. However members of certain nations can and do travel with passports issued by their own nation, for example, obviously obscuring the situation. Native nations are, ever since Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Marshall, considered to exist in a totally unique and unprecedented political state. They are both "sovereign" and subject to plenary control by congress... just sovereign enough to not really get "support" but not sovereign enough to really make their own decisions.

If treaty law was observed in the US then fully 1/3rd of the continental territory would instantly be removed, as no treaty whatsoever indicates "rightful" possession of this much land by the US. An equitable reading of those treaties that do exist would suggest that upwards of 99% of the land was not ever legitimately "deeded."

As for the DGR and Occupy stuff, here's a link: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.de/2012/08/debra-white-plume-solidarity-horse....

"Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way, a grassroots Lakota nongovernmental organization) hosted a five day Solidarity Gathering at Kiza Park, near Manderson, SD. Deep Green Resistance, Native Youth Movement, Un-Occupy Albuquerque, Occupy Lincoln, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, Occupy Wall Street, Radical Resistance, Owe Aku, and Women of the Oglala Lakota Nation co-organized the gathering...."

Presumably DGR is opposed to the Keystone XL oil pipeline because it's being backed by TransCanada, Inc.

ZING!

They are opposed to the pipeline due to the impact on the Salmon Migration routes.

..... it was a joke .... TRANSCanada Inc.??? Lierre Keith? Transphobe?

yeesh

"Training in ‘Decolonization and Social Change’ took place each day so individuals could spend time and effort with facilitators and other participants."

Occupy!

So where all the other hippie/leftist phonies who've been deceiving Native people for like 15 years or so. Mohawks have become aware of these neo-"carpet-baggers". Hence why the DGR are interested with more isolated Native communities to mindfuck with. I know an indigenous solidarity group from Ontario who's been doing a nice job in that field.

State tools. That's what all those lefties are. After all, they are the foot soldiers of the socialist regime they seek to build.

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