Saturday, November 28, 2015

COP21 PARIS Schedule 'Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network'


This December 2015 world governments will gather in Paris, France for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP21 climate negotiations, where they will work to finalize an international climate agreement with profound implications for our global trajectory and the health of people and planet for both present and future generations.
The window of opportunity for acting on climate change will not be open for long – making this likely the most critical climate negotiations of our times.
Jaqui Patterson, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, and Thilmeeza Hussain at WECAN's 'Women Speak: Climate Justice on the Road to Paris & Beyond' event, September 2015
The Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN International) will be in Paris during COP21 – working both inside the UNFCCC negotiations, as well at outside events and on the streets with diverse civil society efforts and people’s movements. We will advocate for plans and policies that are in line with the magnitude of the crisis we face, and which foster justice for women, the Earth, and all of its peoples.
To review the detailed action plan that WECAN International will be using in COP21 advocacy work, please see the Women’s Climate Action Agenda and Women’s Climate DeclarationYou can also join our network of worldwide women for climate justice for International Organizing Calls in advance of COP21.
Public Events Outside of COP21
Dec 7: Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - Paris
Free and open to the public!
English - French - Spanish translation will be available
Dr. Vandana Shiva and Dr. Jane Goodall speak at WECAN's International Women's Earth & Climate Summit. Photo by Lori Waselchuk.
Join the Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network on December 7th for ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris’, an extraordinary gathering with worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.
This event is organized with the conviction that real forward movement towards climate justice depends on the full and equal participation of women in all stages of decision making and implementation, and that real change will come from women mobilizing and taking action at the local, national, and international level. Women have always been on the frontlines, now it is time for them to be at the forefront.
‘Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change – Paris’
December 7, 2015  - 13:00 to 18:30
Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel, 18 Boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris 
Speakers to date include:
  • Vandana Shiva - World renowned activist, Founder of Navdanya Institute, India
  • Mary Robinson - President, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice & former President of Ireland
  • Patricia Gualinga - Indigenous Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador
  • Josefina Skerk - Vice President of the Saami Parliament, Sweden
  • Fleur Newman - Programme Officer and UNFCCC Gender Focal Point representing the UNFCCC Secretariat, Germany
  • Gloria Ushigua - President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador
  • Neema Namadamu - Director of SAFECO & WECAN DR Congo Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Casey Camp Horinek - Ponca Nation elder & representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
  • Aleta Baun - Conservationist & anti-mining activist of West Timor, Indonesia
  • Kandi Mossett - Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Climate & Energy Campaign Organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
  • Jacqueline Patterson - Director, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Environmental & Climate Justice Program, USA
  • Geneviève Azam - Scientific Council Member, Attac France
  • Eriel Deranger - Communications Manager of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Canada
  • Angelina Galiteva – Founder, Renewables 100 Policy Institute, USA
  • Natalie Isaacs – CEO and co-Founder, 1 Million Women, Australia
  • Mary Louise Malig - Campaigns Coordinator & Research Associate with the Global Forest Coalition, Philippines
  • Thilmeeza Hussain - Founder of Voice of Women, Maldives
  • Naomi Ages - Climate Liability Project Lead, Greenpeace USA
  • UNFCCC Women & Gender Constituency Representative
  • Sally Ranney – co-Founder, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA
  • Osprey Orielle Lake - co-Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA
Gloria Ushigua of Ecuador speaks at a WECAN event during COP20
Dec 4 & 5: International Rights of Nature Tribunal
Free & open to the public!
The International Rights of Nature Tribunal will meet in Paris on the 4th and 5th of December. Hosted by the Global Alliance for the Right of Nature, the Tribunal is a unique, citizen-created initiative that gives people from all around the world the opportunity to testify publicly on destruction of the Earth and their communities, while advancing an alternative legal framework for living in harmony with the Earth.
The Tribunal will feature internationally renowned lawyers and leaders for planetary justice, who will hear cases addressing issues such as climate change, GMOs, fracking, extractive industries and other environmental violations and offer judgments and recommendations for the Earth’s protection based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.
WECAN International serves on the Steering Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. WECAN's  Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake, is honored to serve as a key event organizer and the lead tribunal judge for the climate change case.
Formal Events Inside COP21
Inside of the COP21 venue, WECAN will advocate with the Women and Gender Constituency, hold an official UN side event, and participate in various press conferences on women and climate change, the Women's Climate Action Agenda, and the International Rights of Nature Tribunal. 
Further details on press conferences will be posted as they become available
Accreditation badge required to enter events listed below
Dec 8 - Global Women & Indigenous Peoples on the Frontline of Climate Solutions: Forests & Renewable Energy
Alicia Cahuiya Iteca, Huaorani Nation speaks at a WECAN event during COP20 Lima
Join us for a formal COP21 side event where we will examine the Women’s Climate Action Agenda, a climate justice blueprint for our path forward; present the Sarayaku people of Ecuador’s "Living Forest" proposal, highlighting Amazonian indigenous solutions; and showcase women as agents of change in transitioning to 100% renewable energy. 
Formal UN Side Event at COP21 - Requires accreditation badge to enter
December 8, 15:00-16:30
Observer Room 01, Blue Zone
If you would like to join the Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network on the ground in Paris, or would like to participate in pre-COP21 strategy sessions with our international women’s network – please contact Emily at
All questions and comments about WECAN International at COP21 may likewise be directed to

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Peter MacDonald's Letter 'Navajo Water Rights'

By Peter MacDonald

Peter MacDonald's letter to Censored News: The loss of Navajo water rights and Winter's Doctrine

Hi Brenda,
So nice to have you write about the theft of Navajo Water Rights. What you wrote is 100% true. At the time of accusations and litigation (1987-90) few people knew what was really happening; including myself.
But looking back, I saw what has happened after I was sent to prison, I now know the real reason the feds were after me.
Brenda, you may or may not know but in the early part of my administration (1972) I, along with my one lawyer, George Vallasis, decided to challenge the so-called Colorado Water River Compact.
We, the Navajo Nation, did two things: 1. we appropriated several millions dollars and hired the west's foremost water experts (Williams Brothers of Tulsa, Okla.) to have a major water right study within the four corners region, the region covering the original Navajo Land (within the four Sacred Mountains). 2. We, Navajo Nation, challenged the state of New Mexico for their claim to water rights to San Juan, Animas, and Rio Grande rivers.
This challenge was filed in Federal District Court in Aztec, New Mexico. After New Mexico learned that we, the Navajo Nation, had retained water experts who were doing research for us, they, New Mexico, decided to postpone litigation in Aztec Federal Court.
Williams Brothers finished the study for us within three years time.
The next move was for us to file in Federal Court again using Winters Doctrine -- the most honored U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Native American's rights to all waters within their land and jurisdictions. Mind you, this was in early and mid 1970s.
At the same time we asked William Brothers to design us a water transportation system (similar to CAP) that would make water available in large quantity (to all parts of the reservation) to meet our needs for today and in the far future where an additional 5 or 6 million acres or our reservation land can be put into irrigation farms.
After the Navajo water project was finished by William Brothers, we took it to Senator Pete Domenici and asked for federal funds to underwrite the Navajo Water Project.
Domenici was surprised to see all that we had done to claim our full share of the waters within the Four Sacred Mountains.
The project at that time was estimated to cost 250 to 300 million dollars.
Domenici asked if we could meet with the Bureau of Reclamation on this matter so the federal government could be informed as to the degree our proposed Navajo Water project is going to effect water claims within the area.
We told Domenici we, the Navajo Nation, were willing to go to court using Winters Doctrine as the basis of our claim.
We were right at the top of our water claim when I lost to Zah in 1982. When I came back in office in 1986, I learned that the Water Right studies were gathered (reams of dwgs, documents, researched materials, etc.) and put into a tribal warehouse and William Brothers fired.
The rest of the story is sad, sad, sad. What we have now is just a small fraction of what we, the Navajo Nation, is entitled to by Supreme Court ruling.
Worse yet, in all of the so-called Navajo Water rights settlements we waived our rights to use Winters Doctrine in the future.
I can't believe, anyone in his or her right mind can give away the rights they have to a billion dollars and settle for a couple of hundreds. And sign into the agreement that you will NOT forever raise your voice again for any addition water or claims you may have against the thieves.
Thank you  Brenda.

Peter MacDonald, Sr.

Copyright Peter MacDonald, Censored News

Previous article by Brenda Norrell, Censored News, 'US Theft of Water Rights and the Prosecution of Peter MacDonald'

Navajo Water Rights Give Away, 'The Road to Termination,' by Jack Utter

US Theft of Navajo Water Rights and the Prosecution of Peter MacDonald

Peter MacDonald in the 1980s
The Rest of the Story: Water rights and the United States prosecution of former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald

By Brenda Norrell
copyright Brenda Norrell

After years of covering the tribal and federal trials of former Navajo Chairman Peter MacDonald as a news reporter for AP and other news organizations, I realized in 1990 that something was very wrong.
It became clear that MacDonald never received millions from the flip sale of the Big Boquillas Ranch. It was a hoax. It was clear that the US wanted to silence MacDonald for another reason.
It was in Prescott, Arizona, federal court, when a Navajo businessman told me, "It is about the water."
At that time, few people were talking about Navajo water rights. 
Soon after, during federal court in Phoenix, real estate broker Byron "Bud" Brown admitted that he never gave Peter MacDonald the $4 million for the flip sale of the Big Boquillas Ranch, for which MacDonald was charged. 
A federal prosecutor told me, privately in federal court, that Brown could not be prosecuted for lying under oath, because the federal government had given Brown immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony. Brown received immunity in exchange for sending Peter MacDonald to prison. 
The prosecutor said Brown put those millions in Brown's foreign island account. 
Brown did pause on leaving federal court one day, and said to me, "I want to tell you the truth." 
However, I never heard from Brown again.
Peter MacDonald spent ten years in jail and prison, shackled during a heart attack. There were very few news organizations that published the rest of the story.
After his release, MacDonald wrote about the Winter's Doctrine and how it guaranteed the Navajo Nation, and other Indian Nations, the water for their future needs.
Currently, Indian Nations across the west are being pressured to sign the so-called water rights settlements. Those settlements waive Indian water rights under the Winter's Doctrine. Most often the Indian Nations rely on their hired non-Indian water rights attorneys, who are intent on giving Indian water rights to cities, states and the US government.
The Navajo businessman who tipped me off 25 years ago in Prescott federal court was right.
A pattern emerged. 
The non-Indian attorneys employed by the Navajo Nation in the 1980s, and responsible for removing Peter MacDonald from office, left the Navajo Nation and went to work for other Arizona Indian Nations. There, those attorneys worked on the so-called "water rights settlements." One of the attorneys who had worked for the Navajo Nation and helped remove MacDonald went to work in Washington DC for the US Interior's department of water rights. 
As a news reporter, I often crossed their paths.
The Navajo Nation has employed the same non-Indian water rights attorney since the 1980s.
Through the years, more truth was revealed about the depletion of aquifer water on Black Mesa for use by Peabody Coal, and the coal-fired power plant Navajo Generating Station, one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the world.
Peabody Coal's seizure of Black Mesa for coal was the real reason for the so-called Navajo Hopi land dispute. The media spin and corruption resulted in the relocation of more than 14,000 Navajos. The electricity produced by the twin monsters of Peabody Coal and Navajo Generating Station now lights up Phoenix and Tucson, while many Navajos continue to haul their water and live without electricity.
Peabody Coal's attorney and Arizona Congressman orchestrated this siege of terror.
Navajos resisting relocation at Big Mountain have survived for 40 years.
Today, it is about water rights and the future of the Navajo Nation.
Censored News shares with you today the details of the ongoing attempts to give away, and steal, Navajo water rights, written by Dr. Jack Utter.

Dr. Jack Utter: 'Navajo Water Rights Give Away: The Road to Termination."

Peter MacDonald responds, letter to Censored News: Loss of Winter's Doctrine water rights

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