Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lakota Vern Traversie's statement after jury denies his claims

Statement of Vern Traversie in wake of jury denying his claims‏

A jury in the U.S. District Court of South Dakota has ruled against Vern Traversie, the 71-year-old Cheyenne River Sioux man, who brought suit over civil rights violations that he endured while a patient in the Rapid City Regional Hospital in 2011.
Vern Traversie’s statement: “I thank the jurors and the Court for giving me my day in court. For me this is a victory in itself.  I shared my story about what happened to me while I was a patient at the Rapid City Regional Hospital for one reason: to make sure that no other American Indian is treated in an uncaring way.

Read Vern Traversie's statement at Last Real Indians:

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Blind, 68-year-old Lakota elder Vern Traversie has KKK carved into his torso while recovering from open heart surgery at Rapid City Regional Hospital on a referral from the Indian Health Service.
After 7 months of waiting for justice, Cheyenne River Sioux Nation tribal member Vern Traversie goes public with an appeal for justice.

Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento

Photo of protest in front of the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento on March 20 by Dan Bacher.

Activists 'Shut Down' Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento 

by Dan Bacher
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Environmental and human rights activists, holding plastic “torches” and “pitchforks,” formed human barricades at both entrances to the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento at 5:00 a.m. on Friday March 20, effectively shutting down the company's operations for the day. 

Members of the “Crunch Nestlé Alliance" shouted out a number of chants, including “”We got to fight for our right to water,” “Nestlé, Stop It, Water Not For Profit," and “Agua Para Quien? Para Nuestra Gente!” 

The protesters stayed until about 1 pm, but there were no arrests. 

Representatives of the alliance said the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during a record drought. They claim Sacramento City Hall has made it possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway." 

“This corporate welfare giveaway is an outrage and warrants a major investigation,” Coalition spokesperson Andy Conn said. “For more than five months we have requested data on Nestlé water use. City Hall has not complied with our request, or given any indication that it will. Sacramentans deserve to know how their money is being spent and what they’re getting for it. In this case, they’re getting ripped off.” 

Lola Ellis of 99 Rise Sacramento, who spoke on the bullhorn at the protest, said, “Nestlé’s bottling of water in Sacramento is unsustainable in the current state of drought. We really don’t’ know how much water they are taking from the aquifer and that is a scary thing.” 

“The water needs to be used for the local community. If there is not enough water for the local community, the Nestlé corporation should not be making a profit,” she emphasized. 

The coalition protested what they call Nestlé's “virtually unlimited use of water” while Sacramentans (like other Californians) who use a mere 7 to 10 percent of total water used in the State of California, have had severe restrictions and limitations forced upon them. 

The coalition is calling on Nestlé to pay rates commensurate with its enormous profit, or voluntarily close down. 

“Nestlé pays only 65 cents for each 470 gallons it pumps out of the ground – the same rate as an average residential water user. But the company can turn the area's water around, and sell it back to Sacramento at mammoth profit,” according to a news release from the activists. 

They said Sacramento officials have refused attempts to obtain details of Nestlé's water use. Coalition members have addressed the Sacramento City Council and requested that Nestle’ either pay a commercial rate under a two tier level, or pay a tax on its profit. 

A call to the Sacramento City Department Utilities about the details of Nestle’s water use hadn’t been returned as of press time. 

But according to Fox 40 News, “In 2014 Nestlé says it used 50 million gallons from the Sacramento Municipal Water Supply, which they say is a fraction of one percent of total water demand within the city of Sacramento.” 

“Nestle can claim any amount of water they want, but we haven’t seen any documentation of the amount of water they’re using,” said Bob Saunders, also with the Crunch Nestlé Alliance. "We do know they’re allowed to take up to 80 million gallons per year.” 

Mauro Oliveira, known as "Red Sun," showed up at the protest with his children, including Rise, Aren and Mahai'a, and connected the battle of local activists against Nestlé with the struggle of Indian Tribes, family farmers, grassroots environmental activists and fishermen to stop fracking, the Shasta Dam raise, and Governor Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the twin tunnels, the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. 

“This whole idea of bottling water goes against Indigenous Peoples' concept of water is sacred," said Oliveira. "The 20,000-year-old water in aquifers belongs to the last generation on earth. We don’t have the right to tap into this water.” 

“The Governor said we should conserve, but millions of gallons of fracking waste are being reinjected into the aquifer in California. The Governor talks out of both sides of his mouth. Polluting our water supplies is a violation of human rights," said Oliveira. 

Raiding pristine water from a National Forest stream 

The bottling plant in Sacramento is not the only one in California. A recent investigation in the Desert Sun found that Nestlé Waters North America has been pumping water from pristine streams of the San Bernardino National Forest with little to no oversight by the U.S. Forestry Service. (

“Nestle Waters North America holds a longstanding right to use this water from the national forest near San Bernardino,” according to the Sun. “But the U.S. Forest Service hasn't been keeping an eye on whether the taking of water is harming Strawberry Creek and the wildlife that depends on it. In fact, Nestle's permit to transport water across the national forest expired in 1988. It hasn't been reviewed since, and the Forest Service hasn't examined the ecological effects of drawing tens of millions of gallons each year from the springs.” 

On its website, Nestlé claims that it is committed to “environmental stewardship.” (

“36 years of experience promoting healthy hydration, Nestlé Waters North America has 15 leading U.S. and Canadian bottled water brands,” according to the company. “The company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, packaging and energy, as well as its dedication to partnering in the communities where it operates, have led Nestlé Waters to achieve the number one bottled drinking water position in the U.S.” 

Activists disagree strongly with the company’s claims of commitment to "environmental stewardship." In October, the “Crunch Nestle” coalition released a "White Paper" highlighting predatory water profiteering actions taken by Nestle’ Water Bottling Company in various cities, counties, states and countries. 

Most of those great “deals” yielded mega profits for Nestle’ at the expense of the public. Additionally, the environmental impact on many of those areas yielded “disastrous results,” the paper stated. 

Nestlé is currently the leading supplier of the world’s bottled water, including such brands as Perrier and San Pellegrino, and has been criticized by activists for human rights violations throughout the world. 

Nestlé Waters says it has 7,500 employees and 29 bottled water facilities across the U.S. and Canada, and annual revenues were $4.0 billion in 2012, up 6.8% from 2011. 

For example, Food and Water Watch and other organizations blasted Nestlé’s "Human Rights Impact Assessment" in December 2013 as a "public relations stunt." 

“The failure to examine Nestlé’s track record on the human right to water is not surprising given recent statements by its chair Peter Brabeck-Letmath challenging the human right to water,” said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She noted that the company famously declared at the 2000 World Water Forum in the Netherlands that water should be defined as a need—not as a human right. 

Watch Nestlé's CEO declare water “food that should be privatized, and not a human right”: http:// 

More recently Brabeck-Letmathe, after facing international criticism for his remarks, reversed course and now said he thinks that "water is a human right and that everyone, everywhere in the world, has the right to clean, safe water for drinking and sanitation." (

But activists continue to cite the company's bad human rights record, noting that Nestlé workers who have protested unjust labor conditions at the corporation’s facilities in Colombia have been assassinated by paramilitary death squads. 

"In November 2013, Colombian trade unionist Oscar Lopez Trivino became the fifteenth Nestlé worker to be assassinated by a paramilitary organization while many of his fellow workers were in the midst of a hunger strike protesting the corporation’s refusal to hear their grievances," according to the groups. 

Taking the water from aquifers throughout the world and the deaths of workers protesting Nestlé policies are not the only violation of human rights that activists charge the corporation with. Groups including the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and Save the Children claim that the promotion of Nestle infant formula over breastfeeding has led to health problems and deaths among infants in less economically developed countries. 

“They’re a despicable company with death built into their business plan,” summed up Conn. 

For more information about the Crunch Nestlé Alliance, contact Andy Conn (530) 906-8077 camphgr55 (at) or Bob Saunders (916) 370-8251 

The Drought and The Tunnels 

The Sacramento protest took place just days after Jay Famiglietti, the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine, revealed in an op-ed in the LA Times on March 12 that California has only one year of water supply left in its reservoirs. (

The protest also made the news as Governor Jerry Brown continues to fast-track his Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels to ship Sacramento River water to corporate agribusiness, Southern California water agencies, and oil companies conducting fracking operations. 

The $67 billion plan won't create one single drop of new water, but it will take vast tracts of Delta farm land out of production under the guise of "habitat restoration" in order to irrigate drainage-impaired soil owned by corporate mega-growers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. 

The tunnel plan will also hasten the extinction of Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperil the salmon and steelhead populations on the Klamath and Trinity rivers. The peripheral tunnels will be good for agribusiness, water privateers, oil companies and the 1 percent, but will be bad for the fish, wildlife, people and environment of California and the public trust.
§In front of the plant
by Dan Bacher Friday Mar 27th, 2015 4:01 PM

Protesters form a "barricade" in front of the bottling plant in Sacramento. Photo by Dan Bacher.
§Aren Oliveia
by Dan Bacher Friday Mar 27th, 2015 4:01 PM

Aren Oliveira holds up a "torch" and "pitchfork." Photo by Dan Bacher.
§Crunch Nestlé
by Dan Bacher Friday Mar 27th, 2015 4:01 PM

Protesters at the Nestlé bottling plant in Sacramento just after sunrise. Photo by Dan Bacher.
§Faygo speaking
by Dan Bacher Friday Mar 27th, 2015 4:01 PM

Faygo, local activist, speaking at the protest. Photo by Dan Bacher.
§Delphine Brody
by Dan Bacher Friday Mar 27th, 2015 4:01 PM

Delphine Brody, local activist, on the bullhorn. Photo by Dan Bacher.
§Water is not a commodity
by Dan Bacher Friday Mar 27th, 2015 4:01 PM

Protesters stayed in front of the plant from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo by Dan Bacher.

Mohawk Nation News 'Public Enemy Number One'


Please post & distribute. Nia:wen.
MNN. 28 Mar. 2015. Thanks, Rolling Stone Magazine, for putting banker Rothschild on your cover. Now let’s put an end to the Rothschild ownership of countries through their corporations and the 5!% majority rule, which is the cause of war. NPG P535; Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
Recently the US tried to start World War III by conducting “war games” in the North Sea and Baltic. Three nuclear powered submarines of the US Northern Fleet and the USS Theodore Roosevelt battleship fled in terror to a UK port. Putin personally ordered Magrav technology to disable the ships, planes and guns. At the same time the US “Dragon Ride” armored convoy wound its way through six European nations to whip up public support, waving US flags and singing Yankee Doodle. Nobody bought it. In a previous war game the USS Donald Cook was disabled in the Black Sea.
USS Theodore Roosevelt.
USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Russians prepared for a nuclear attack and took refuge in their bomb shelters. In 2011 Iranian scientist Mehran Keshe made the Magrav technology of free energy available to everybody in the world as a path to peace. President Obama rejected its usage. US aircraft carriers are now floating bathtubs. Their aircraft are museums of iron birds sitting on their runways.
Who is the real terrorist? The US bought these useless war toys off of Rothschild majority owned corporations for $33 trillion so the US can create nonstop war.
Yes, the captain is going down with his wholey ship!
Yes, Ma’m, the captain is going down with his ship!
Every war is a bankers’ war, from Wounded Knee to Syria. Since 1890 the US has invaded 151 countries in 125 years. Rothschild pays US generals millions on top of their salaries. He pays Congress so war never stops. Go after the Rothschilds and the US to stop war.
Peace is possible.
Peace is possible.
Dekanawida’s guide to international law is that the Great Peace must be armed with Power and guided by Reason. Reason brings righteousness to all minds so that all peoples will be in a state of health and peace, as if there were but a single person.
Rothschild is probably singing the Dr. Hook classic: “I got a freaky old lady named cocaine Katie. She embroideries on my jeans. My poor old gray-haired daddy driving my limousine. All the friends that money could buy so that I never have to be alone. I keep getting richer, and I finally got my picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone”.
MNN Mohawk Nation News For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0 thahoketoteh@mohawknationnews.comoriginal Mohawk music visit

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Mohawk Nation News

  Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. 26 Mar. 2015. This is my answer to the letter at the end of this post that came from Mohawk Council of Kahnawak...
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Sandra Rambler at Oak Flat: The Gift of Water and the Apache Burden Basket

Apache elders, Isabelle Sisto Margie Curley joining the encampment at Oak Flat in Arizona where Indigenous Peoples are also gathered to oppose the $64.1 billion mine desecrating sacred and holy ancestral Apache land. Photo Sandra Rambler
Traditionally Speaking
Article and photos by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache
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There are some things in life that we take granted for.  We think that things will always stay the same and we don’t quite adapt to change very well.  There are so many areas that this could be applied to, but I will point out one particular area that was so visible.
The birds chirping in the air was just as refreshing as the sounds of words and laughter coming from our Apache youth.  They had just been given a tour at Chi’Chil’Bilda’Goteel (Oak Flat).  They were full of life and energy.  
Just down the road from there sits Gaan Canyon.  As you enter into the canyon, the drilling equipment is an eye sore as work is in process.  As you drive below into the canyon, there sits a puddle of what use to be crystal clear water that was used by our ancestors.  This water now looks like a puddle of black gravy.  I felt like what it might be like to have someone take a large blade and cut right through your heart!  It made me so sick.

Once the water is contaminated, it starts to affect the entire community that it serves.  So the mine that Resolution Copper wants to build at Oak Flat will need about 6,000,000,000 (billion) gallons of water a year to operate the mine that will be the size of Shglaa’sha (Mount Turnbull).  The area is so deep that no humans will be able to work in that type of heat so ROBOTS will be used to electronically operate the mine!  
The Gilson Wash District is just about 11 miles away from Oak Flat and when more water is needed, more than likely, it will begin from there once Resolution Copper runs to the Congress and Senate and demands for additional water if the water from the Central Arizona Project is not enough.  Arizona is dry!
When the water is contaminated, it causes a deadly disease and we know that CANCER KILLS.  How much more do we need to say to oppose what is happening right before our very eyes?
A message is being sent throughout the world.  The Apaches are not giving up!  We have tribal members still occupying Oak Flat and some of us are physically there when we are able to, but we are always spiritually present through our prayers!
A grassroots organization, “Apache Stronghold,” was started to help with our local communication with our tribal members and neighbors to let them know about the repercussions from the mine and what travesties it will cause.
Sam Walsh, a Resolution Copper conglomerate, was recently presented with an Apache burden basket.  My question is, who made it?  Where did it come from?  When was it made? How much did it cost? Is there any way to find out the authenticity of this Apache burden basket that is now in the possession of Resolution Copper and is now probably in Australia?  Does Mr. Walsh really know where this Apache burden basket actually came from?  I bet he would be interested to find out the real truth behind that Apache burden basket.  Maybe then, he will return the Apache burden basket back to the property of the San Carlos Apache Tribe!
Even on the radio station, “Native America Calling,” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently, a tribal member said that “she” was given blessings by tribal members to do what?  Fight against us, her own Apache People?  And bring the DEADLY DISEASE OF CANCER to us?  I’m concerned because I am an elder myself and worried about my grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are yet to be born.  I consider myself a traditional Apache and I was raised in this manner.  And for this very young individual to say that she was raised to believe Oak Flat is not sacred is very disrespectful and I couldn’t believe it she said that to listeners in several states.
For one thing, water is sacred to us.  Water is life.  It provides for all living things including ourselves as humans.  I have a special connection to this holy place.  My granddaughter’s coming of age puberty rite dance was held at Oak Flat and this will always be dear to me.  I have a great-great-grandmother buried there at Oak Flat.  And what will Resolution Copper do?  Demolish her
remains with no respect at all for our ancestors?  This is exactly what they will do with no shame and regard for us as Apaches!
This is why I speak out.  This is why I say what is on my mind.  This is why I travel with our tribal elders and family to Oak Flat to pray and to enjoy the environment of what our ancestors fought for and died for.  Like my grandmother once told me, “You were born an Apache!  You will die an Apache!”
I am blessed that my first language was Apache!  I am blessed to come from such rich traditions such as our language, our songs, our stories and our beliefs!  
Thank you to all those who have been there helping with our spiritual march to Oak Flat and for those who are still there.  This fight began hundreds of years ago when the White Man first took the life of our Apache for greed and power, taking our minerals that included copper, gold, zinc, peridot, etc., and sold it to make a profit for themselves!  History is repeating itself and so it is in other tribal lands throughout Indian Country!  It’s not just happening to the San Carlos Apaches, it’s happening all over!
Somehow, somewhere we have to unite.  We need to get our waters tested!  We need experts to help us!  We need the continued support of our Apaches and also ask for your prayers.
I might be criticized.  I might be ridiculed.  I might be made fun of.  But you know what?  That won’t stop me because regardless, I will still be standing there fighting for all of our Apaches and Indigenous Peoples throughout the world!
I thank Creator God for making me an Apache! Ahi’yihe! Ashoong!
Happy birthday to my nieces, Sonya Gayle Rambler, Lois Lorenzo, my grandson, Deshawn Brown and my daughter, Ranayia Kaye Kitcheyan.  May Creator God bless you always.

Wikileaks Release: Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

WikiLeaks releases today the "Investment Chapter" from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014).
The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations.
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor said: "The TPP has developed in secret an unaccountable supranational court for multinationals to sue states. This system is a challenge to parliamentary and judicial sovereignty. Similar tribunals have already been shown to chill the adoption of sane environmental protection, public health and public transport policies."

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