Category Archives: indigenous global activism

Thanksgiving statement from political prisoner Leonard Peltier

(self-portrait)

(Via radiohavanacuba.cu/en, 27/11/19)

‘The year of 2019 is coming to a close and with it, comes the day most Americans set aside as a day for Thanksgiving. As I let my mind wander beyond the steel bars and concrete walls, I try to imagine what the people who live outside the prison gates are doing, and what they are thinking. Do they ever think of the Indigenous people who were forced from their homelands? Do they understand that with every step they take, no matter the direction, that they are walking on stolen land? Can they imagine, even for one minute, what it was like to watch the suffering of the women, the children and babies and yes, the sick and elderly, as they were made to keep pushing west in freezing temperatures, with little or no food?
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and now they’re coming after eco-socialist evo morales

How did I not see this coming?  This first Tweet is from the self-same fellow also reTweets bellingcat (online crowd-sourced journalism.  So now add #SOSBolivia, #SOSVZ, #SOSCuba, the whole list.  << Oh, and see the rally today in Florida at the link?  ‘R2PVenezuela.  Now that one I have seen coming for a long time…and thank you to all D progressives who’ve criminalized Maduro’s ‘regime’ in the name of…some lying drivel or other…  Oh!  the ordinary people he’s murdering and starving; I remember now!
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a tragic chronicle of unrelenting global Indigenous genocide


It’s almost too much to bear, but it’s my fervent belief that we should willing to bear witness to the continual patterns of evil perpetrated on our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and in this case, especially the children.  And oh, my, his title might almost stand as a warning for all that comes next.  But be brave as you can be, as we only live all the following horrors vicariously, even as they pierce our hearts and souls, or react viscerally.

From ‘Darkness Bringing Us Down’  by Michael Welton, July 31, 2019, counterpunch.org

“If you dare enter the door of [Ojibwe] Tanya Talaga’s Massey Lectures of 2018, [the book form] All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, be prepared to face some dark truths. These terrible truths explode in our faces like mines buried on a battlefield as we traverse the disconsolate pages. An accomplished and honoured journalist (author of Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City [2017]), Talaga writes with acid dripping from her pen.
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ignoring court ruling, BLM gives Big Oil permits to drill Chaco Canyon


Around here, we call the BLM the ‘Bureau of Livestock and Mining’.  Every year they seem more committed to changing even National Monument area into ‘multiple use’ areas (read: multiple abuse).  While I’ve been working on this piece for a couple days, I’d almost postponed its publication after being outraged at the ‘News’ over the past two days, including ahead of ‘Independence Day’. Some of you may want a break from the nasty zeitgeist afoot as well.

After featuring bits from the title, I’ll be delving further into the Chacoan culture below the fold…if you don’t care to read that far.

From nationofchange.org, June 24, 2019, Carmen Gucwa
“This ancestral Indigenous land is now a checkerboard of state, federal, private, and Indigenous land.”
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victory for enbridge line 3 water protectors in minnesota

(The Victory comes with caveats, of course.)

It’s been a long battle, beginning as early as May 11, 2017.  From honortheearth.org on that date:

‘Water Protectors Gather at Enbridge Shareholder Meeting in Calgary to STOP LINE 3’

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Thanksgiving 2018 Messages

David Walsh at wsws.org this morning brings us:

Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation:
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it didn’t have to be this way…except that we were this way

Caution, Hard Hat Area: hippie philosophizing ahead; this is probably totally half-baked, but I hadn’t had the time to bake it…fully.

The title is paraphrasing John Trudell in his scary-brilliant 1986 ‘Rich Man’s War’.  Mr. wd and I had a conversation about that phrase recently, as well as discussing my long-held beliefs and writings that humanity had been on the path of a great psycho-spiritual awakening led predominantly by the Indigenous of the earth.
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