Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Censored News Heroes in Resistance Awards 2014

Censored News Photographer of the Year Robyn Jackson, Dineh
Censored News Heroes in Resistance Awards

By Brenda Norrell

Leonard Peltier
Censored News readers have selected their heroes to be honored as Heroes in Resistance. The Lifetime Achievement Awards honor Leonard Peltier, Debra and Alex White Plume, Billy Frank, Jr., Lehman Brightman and Dineh and Hopi elders. Censored News readers chose another two t dozen Indigenous Peoples to honor with the Heroes in Resistance Awards.

The Heroes in Resistance Awards this year are in memory of the Indigenous Peoples forced into homelessness and assassinated as they defended their lands from mining, drilling, dams, deforestation and other destruction around the world.

Lifetime Achievement Heroes in Resistance

From within the prison walls comes the voice of Leonard Peltier, and from Pine Ridge comes the voices of Debra and Alex White Plume. Fishing rights champion Billy Frank, Jr., Nisqually Nation, inspired readers with courage, words and action and is remembered this year during his passing to the Spirit World. For long lives of struggle, Censored News readers honor the Dineh elders of Black Mesa and the Hopi elders working in solidarity for global peace and the unity of humanity.

Billy Frank
Leonard Peltier was chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award by Art Greene, Navajo Red and others. “He is an inspiration to us all,” said Greene of Peltier, who has spent 40 years in prison.

Fishing rights hero Billy Frank, Jr., Nisqually Nation, was arrested more than 50 times as he defended Treaty fishing rights. Frank was honored by Censored News readers Lloyd Vivola, long walker, and Sandra Beasley. Lloyd said of Billy Frank, “A favorite of mine. In memorial and for lifetime achievement.” Lloyd pointed out that Frank spent decades working against the system and "serving his people and healing the land and water for all our relations."

Debra and Alex White Plume
Renee Still Day was among the readers who selected Alex and Debra White Plume, founders of Owe Aku International Justice Project upholding the Treaties. Living close to the land, the White Plumes are voices of resistance to uranium mining and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Nabahii (Bahe) Keediniihii (Katenay), of Big Mountain Sovereign Dineh Nation honored his heroes at Big Mountain. “Bi'Keyah': Pauline Whitesinger, Mazzie Begay, Haastin Niiz Begay, Ida Mae Clinton, and Daughter of Haastin Black Horse. Elders who have passed on into the spirit world and whose legacies of victories and chieftainship will be honored by all sovereign, native resistance.”

Dineh elders spent the past 40 years resisting relocation and the coal mining and coal-fired power plant that has ripped away the coal, the liver of Mother Earth, while poisoning the land, air and water, and robbing Dineh of lives of peace.

Dineh and Hopi elders were honored as heroes by Carina Gustavsson. Writing from Europe, Carina said, “As always the Great inspiration for us here and many others are the Grandmothers, past and present, on Big Mountain.” Carina chose Katherine Smith Dine, Roberta Blackgoat, Ida Mae Clinton, Pauline Whitesinger, NaBahe Kediinihii, Norman Patrick Brown, Kee Watchman and the Great Hopi Elders, Martin Gashweseoma, Dan Evehema, David Monongye and Thomas Banyacya. 

Quanah and Lehman Brightman
Lehman Brightman, Lakota, was selected by his son, Quanah Parker Brightman for Lifetime Achievement as a Hero in Resistance. Lehman is honored as founder of United Native Americans, and a symbol of strength and courage at the Occupation of Alcatraz, the Longest Walk 1978, and beyond.
Spirit of the Land, Spirit of the People, Heroes in Resistance

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is honored for carrying forward the spiritual protection of sacred places and teachings for the people.

The Zapatistas are honored as beacons of the struggle for dignity, autonomy and justice, proving the magnitude of the human spirit in defense of the land and people. Their force of cooperative struggle and great measure of love overcome the forces of Mexico’s military, the corrupt governments of Mexico and the United States, and assassinations of the people of Chiapas by genocidal corporations.

Patricia MacDonald chose Chief Allan Adam of the Athabascan Chipewyan First Nation to be honored as a Hero in Resistance.

“Chief Adam has stood up to the Harper Government and continues to do so, bringing Neil Young into the fight against the tar sands in the heart of his peoples traditional territory and continuing his vision to show people solar will work in northern Alberta. He has not accepted a penny from the Canadian government in almost 3 years due to the onerous clause they put in their annual funding agreement without disclosure, trapping some First Nations.”

Louise Benally
Photo by Brenda Norrell
Censored News honors Louise Benally of Big Mountain, and her family, with the Spirit of the Land, Spirit of the People Award, for resisting relocation and being a voice against relocation, war, dirty coal on Black Mesa, coal power plants and deception in the media.

Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk is honored for upholding the ceremonies and fighting for justice for the Winnemem Wintu in California. Madonna Thunder Hawk, Lakota, is honored for her defense of children in South Dakota, and exposing the theft of children by social services. Jean Whitehorse, Dineh, is honored for exposing the United States sterilization of American Indian women in Indian Health Service hospitals.

Jen Youngblood selected Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Inupiaq activist fighting oil and gas drilling in Alaska, as her hero. Battling Shell's drilling, Rosemary said, "Shell's proposals to drill for oil and gas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea are detrimental to the traditional and cultural activities of our family and village. We depend on traditional foods that migrate through both Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Any harm from Shell's activities to our resources, including bowhead whales, seals, fish and caribou, threatens our food and our health."

Marie Randall blocking megaload
 on Pine Ridge
Natalie Hand honored Marie Randall, Lakota grandmother, with the Hero in Resistance Award. Randall is a hero for her long life of storytelling and sharing truth, and for blocking the tar sands megaload on Pine Ridge.

Natalie said of Auntie Marie, "She is 94 years old. Her full name is Marie Brushbreaker Randall. She is full-blooded Sicangu Lakota. Her Lakota name is 'Oyate Win.' She is the mother of 10 children, several adopted children and three generations of grandchildren."

"She is an ardent supporter of treaty rights. Her hunka (adopted) brother was the late Chief Oliver Red Cloud, She acts as the elder grandmother spokesperson for the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council.

Natalie said that Randall's famous quotes that she always uses, "Water is our first medicine and our Mother Unci Maka cannot live without it and neither can we." "Women are the backbone of our Nation." "Women are the generation keepers." "Treaties are the Supreme Law of the Land."

Nicole Horseherder, Dineh, chose Klee Benally, Dineh singer, activist and filmmaker. Benally challenged the auction houses in Paris who are selling Native ceremonial items. Benally continued his work this year in authentic journalism and cutting edge videos.

Amanda Blackhorse
Klee Benally
Klee Benally said his heroes are Nicole Horseherder, Amanda Blackhorse, Amanda S. Lickers, Colleen Cooley, Leona Morgan and the O’odham Youth Collective as symbols of the struggle for justice, defense of the land and resistance to oppression.

Irvin Morris, Dineh, and Sandra Beasley, are among those who chose Amanda Blackhorse as their hero, recognizing Amanda for leading the legal fight against the Washington Redskins and racist mascots.

Joye Braun
Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Lakota, is honored for halting megaloads in her homeland in South Dakota and fighting against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

William Underbaggage Lakota, said his heroes are on Pine Ridge, “Grass Roots AIM security elder and director, Guy Dull Knife Jr. and AIM Youth Security for tackling the White Clay liqour industry.”

Anna Rondon, Dineh, is honored for her dedication to human rights and struggle to bring new forms of energy and sustainability to the Navajo Nation.

John Entrop’s hero is Kanahus Freedom, protecting the land from Imperial mining. Censored News honors all the resisters in the north who are defending their land, including the protesters arrested at Burnham Mountain, the Sechelt battling the mine spill at Mount Polley, and the Klabona Keepers, Unist'ot'ten Camp, Mohawks, Anishinaabe, Cree, Mic’mac, Gwich’in and all the others defending the land, water, air and people in the north.

Panel testifying on Boarding School abuse

Censored News honors the women and men who testified at the Boarding School Tribunal on Oneida land in Wisconsin and described the abuse and torture of church and government operated boarding schools in the United States and Canada.

The Border Defenders Award honors Ofelia Rivas, founder of O’odham VOICE against the Wall, for her lifelong defense of O’odham in their homeland and defense of the ancestors. Rivas is honored for exposure of US Border Patrol abuse, US drones, and the US spy towers on sovereign Tohono O’odham land.
Ofelia Rivas
Cochabamba photo
Ben Powless, Mohawk

Struggling to preserve sacred Oak Flat, San Carlos Apaches are honored for their fight against copper mining and the corruption of elected officials in Arizona.

Censored News honors Jose Matus, Yaqui, with the Ceremonial Defender Award. Matus spent the past 40 years battling US border agents to bring Yaqui ceremonial leaders from Sonora, Mexico, to the US for temporary stays to continue Yaqui ceremonies.

Censored News honors Mike Wilson, Tohono O’odham, for putting out water for migrants, and giving shelter and food to migrant women and children on the border in Arizona.

Censored News thanks Willie Nelson and Neil Young for joining the fight against the Keystone XL tar sands which threatens the Ogallala Aquifer. Casey Camp, Ponca, is honored for her fight against the tar sands and her voice at the Rights of Nature Tribunals in Ecuador and Peru. Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, is honored for maintaining the battle against oil and gas drilling in her homeland in North Dakota.

Steve Melendez, Pyramid Lake Paiure, and his wife Cheryl Melendez of the American Indian Genocide Museum in Houston are honored for their relentless struggle to expose historical and ongoing genocide.

New Perspectives in Media, Music and Film

Censored News Resistance in Media Awards honor Kahentinetha of Mohawk Nation News and the Mohawk Warrior Society for resistance to injustice and oppression and promotion of the Great Law of Peace.

Klee Benally, Dineh, and the Native youths of Indigenous Action Media in Arizona are honored with the Resistance in Journalism Award for authentic breaking news at Indigenous Action Media and Save the Peaks.
(Above) Censored News Photographer of the Year is Robyn Jackson, Dineh, for her photos of Dineh at Flood Wall Street during the Climate March in New York 2014.

Dineh women in Robyn's photos were interviewed on Democracy Now!
NAVAJO ACTIVIST 2: Ya’a’teeh. [speaking DinĂ© Bizaad] Why we’re here today, we came with a delegation of people from Arizona. There’s about 11 of us altogether. And we come from a land that is heavily resource-rich, and we came to tell the world that we’re not going to be a resource colony anymore, and enough is enough.
NAVAJO ACTIVIST 1: The Navajo Nation, DinĂ© Nation, which we’re from, sits on the richest energy corridor in North America, so our people, for close to a century, have been at the front line of energy extraction for this empire, including natural gas, oil, uranium and coal. And now they’re taking the water and pumping the water. Meanwhile, our people—a third of our people don’t have access to running water. I live without running water with my family. And so, we’re here to say, you know, we’re still here, and no more Native sacrifice for this empire 

Carl ‘Bad Bear’ Sampson, Western Shoshone and Paiute, is honored with the Resistance in Photojournalism Award. Bad Bear photographed the Longest Walks 2, 3 and 4 as he walked across America. His photos also documented the Peltier rallies and protests in defense of Paiute water rights in Nevada.

Carl Bad Bear Sampson
The New Perspectives in Resistance in Radio Awards go to John Kane, Mohawk, at Let’s Talk Native; James Browneagle at Tribal Voices Radio in northern California and Raven Redbone at Make No Bones About It, Olympia, Washington.

Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota, is honored for New Resistance Media for Last Real Indians, which is now a print newspaper. Last Real Indians has exposed the theft of children by social services, racism in the Dakotas, and much more.

Ann-erika White Bird at Lakota Voice is honored for coverage of Greg Grey Cloud’s song in the Senate and her dedication to being present to cover the news at Rosebud, S.D.

Sihasin’s Jeneda and Clayson Benally, Dineh, are honored with the Global Music in Resistance Award for their actions and music to protect and preserve. A special tribute to Sihasin for performances with Tinariwen of the Sahara Desert in northern Mali.

Censored News honors Buffy Sainte Marie, Cree, for her music and her voice against war, which led to her being censored out of the music business in the US by President Lyndon Johnson.

Censored News honors Simon Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo, as the Hero in Resistance Poet of the Year. Ortiz is honored for his poetry and inspiration to other Native poets, and his support of the Zapatistas and grassroots struggles in defense of the land.

Tantoo Cardinal is honored as an actress and as one of the judges at the Rights of Nature Tribunals in Ecuador and Peru.

Dineh filmmaker Arlene Bowman is honored for her lifetime commitment to Dineh culture, the rights of women and exposure of racism. Her films include Navajo Talking Picture, Song Journey and Graffiti.

Censored News honors Govinda at Earthcycles with the Broadcast Resistance Award for providing the livestream, video archives and live radio, of resistance across the Americas, from Bolivia, Cancun, and B.C. to Indian lands of the Pueblos, Lakotas, Tohono O’odham, Western Shoshone, Dineh, Crow Nation, Mandan, Hidtasa and Arikara, and more, including the voices of the American Indian Movement, and the five-month broadcast of Longest Walk 2. This year’s live coverage with Censored News included the Boarding School Tribunal on Oneida land in Wisconsin and AIM West in San Francisco.

Censored News honors our longtime translators with the Translators Awards in Resistance. Thank you Christine Prat for French translations and Alice Holemans at NAIS for Dutch translations. Censored News welcomes Selina Berger, now translating Censored News into German.

Censored News thanks the protesters in France for maintaining resistance to the auctions in Paris which continue to sell ceremonial items of Native Americans. Protesters in Belgium have continued their rallies in support of Leonard Peltier.

Resistance: Vision for future generations

Censored News honors the memory of Russell Means, Lakota, Carter Camp, Ponca, and Rosalie Little Thunder, Lakota, who have passed to the Spirit World, for their lifetimes of achievement with the Thunder Bearers Award.  
Wounded Knee: Russell Means, center, Carter Camp, second from left
Means, Camp and Little Thunder provided not only actions but original views of history and the world, at times when their views were not always popular. From the Occupation of Wounded Knee and beyond, Means and Camp were lifelong symbols of resistance. 
Rosalie Little Thunder

Rosalie Little Thunder was a voice for the protection of the buffalo at Yellowstone and among the Native American writers censored in one of the centuries largest book bans at Tucson Public Schools.

Damon Watahomigie (Supai Waters) Havasupai, said his heroes are the Northern Havasupai AIM peace and defense coalition, Lakotas Debra and Alex White Plume, Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network, First Nations Teresa Spence, Spirit earth nation warriors, forgotten people, deep rooted grass dancing resisters and the real United Nations.

Zoi Lightfoot honored the Earth Guardians Youth Council. “I have been watching the brothers Xiutezcatl, 14, and Itzcuauhti Martinez, 11, and what they were doing, with fracking protests and land issues. Those two are maybe ones to watch in the future. They are amazing kids now.”

Censored News thanks Wikileaks and Anonymous for providing truth that would otherwise be hidden and allow oppression and injustice to spread.

Censored News honors each and everyone of you out there who struggle against oppression and struggle for autonomy, justice and dignity.

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Mohawk Nation News 'Visualize the Peace'



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MNN. Dec. 17, 2014. Today is the first day of the solstice. The natural variety of languages will enhance the spreading of the Great Peace throughout the world. Everyone wants to see a world without war for our children. Mohawk Nation News is being translated into many languages. We are grateful for this encouragement. Attached are two articles that were translated into French and German, and an historic Vancouver city council video
“They are always very well read throughout the French speaking communities. French language alternative medias are growing in interest with the territorial and colonial issues brought by the western civilization. We are pleased to think that somehow we have been part of the trigger in the boost of interest, for these essential questions…”
This group in France has translated the 117 wampums of Kaianere’ko:wa into French. Soon it will be on the Mohawk Nation News home page for anyone to print out. The Great Peace definitely has a major role for creating a better world.
This MNN article is translated into German and Dutch.
German reader, a friend of Censored, said the new translator’s German is perfect. The Dutch is by a longtime translator Alice Holemans. Here’s the MNN article with translations at Censored News:
Vancouver mayor and council submit to historic First Nations’ natural ceremony, the “brushing off” ritual, the small condolence ceremony.
John Lennon asked us to: “Imagine there no heaven. Its easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today”.

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