Friday, October 1, 2010

Issues & News From STSSA Friends 10/02/2010

Red Horse Nation on AIM TV!
Aim Santa BarbaraSeptember 27, 2010 at 6:41pm
Red Horse Nation

Join AIM TV as Ms. Roberta Weighill interviews Ms. Suzi Landolphi of the Red Horse Nation- discussing equine Assisted psycho-therapy, growth and learning and “Native people have historical greatness”. Ms. Landopphi works with inner city Native youth through programs like United Native Involvement Inc, and the Indian Stunts Ranch. 

For more information on Red Horse Nation- please see;

Part 1;

Part 2;

Part 3;

Part 4;
Fw: Take Action: protect sacred waters from Barrick's minePosted by: "Audrey Beavers" 
Bureau of Land Management to Native Americans:
one god is just as good as another, right? 
Take Action: Help Protect Mt. Tenabo's sacred springs
from Barrick's Cortez Hills gold mine

Mt. Tenabo, with Barrick's mine workings crowding at its foot.
Photo: Great Basin Resource Watch
Dear Audrey,

Click here to tell the BLM to go back to the drawing board and REALLY protect Mt. Tenabo's sacred springs.
Barrick's gold mine threatens a sacred place
Barrick Gold is mining for gold at Mt. Tenabo in Nevada's Crescent Valley.
Mt. Tenabo is sacred to the Western Shoshone in part due to the springs it contains. Each spring has its own unique spirits tied to the spring's source.
A court ordered BLM to create a plan to protect the sacred place
When Barrick was given the go-ahead, a court limited groundwater pumping (necessary to keep the mine's pit dry) to protect Mt. Tenabo's springs. The court directed the federal Bureau of Land Management, which permits and regulates the Barrick mine, to come up with a plan that would permanently protect the Western Shoshone's sacred waters.
Unfortunately, the BLM's draft plan doesn't protect jack
BLM recently released its new plan. In a nutshell: it doesn't protect the springs. Instead, it allows them to be depleted so long as Barrick can bring water in from elsewhere.
In other words, BLM's plan ignores what makes the springs sacred to the Western Shoshone who have continuously inhabited the region for thousands of years -- it ignores the reason that the court protected the springs in the first place.
TAKE ACTION: Help make sure the BLM protects Mt. Tenabo's sacred springs.
Tell BLM to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan that actually protects the Western Shoshone's sacred springs in and around Mt. Tenabo.
Alan Septoff, EARTHWORKS

Go to the action page
Read the sample letter that appears at page bottom and edit it if possible. Customized letters have greater impact.
Click "Send Your Message" to send your letter to the Bureau of Land Management.
For more information, visit the action page.

@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Yahoo Threatens Email Forwarding To Protect NATO
from the Eagle Watch
September 28, 2010

This is a chilling example of how things can go when we get good at what we do.
Rick Rozoff has been doing a great job of compiling and distributing articles on NATO activities all over the world.
"Canada" and the US, as part of NATO use our Indigenous resources to wage war on people all over the world.
Now that he is getting some recognition for what he does, the censors are getting ready to axe him through Yahoo, that compliant corporation.
World Future Online
September 27, 2010

Yahoo threatens email forwarding to protect Nato
Written by Kazi Mahmood

It appears that Yahoo, the popular email service provider, is combatting anti-Nato movements by threatening to close email accounts of anyone who is found responsible for simply forwarding an email to a group or any individual.

In a personal letter to, Rick Rozoff of the Stop Nato group based in the US explained that his Yahoo group called Stop Nato, which is a collection of articles worldwide on the activities of the Western military organization Nato, said he is being victimized.

Rozoff expressed fears that the very future of two individuals exchanging news in emails could be prevented by Yahoo.

This could happen if any news group or organization presses Yahoo to take action against specific movements. Rozoff said: "My appreciation for your posting the material on the joint Military Times/Yahoo threats to Stop NATO. If they get away with something like this they can create a precedent for preventing any two individuals from emailing any news item anywhere in the world."

Indeed this would be a very dangerous precedent as it would stop the dissemination of information among friends and between groups and other organzations.

"If I copy and paste an article on any topic - say, gardening - and you forward it to another person and down the line somewhere it is sent to an email group - Yahoo tells me they can cancel my ID, which is to say my email address, the one I use to set up and moderate groups. They then de facto shut down all groups I moderate." Rozoff added.

"By the way, neither Military Times nor Yahoo wrote to me at the email address I used to set up and use to moderate Stop NATO; they wrote to me at another, one I usually use to post items." he said. posted an article outsourced from Rozoff's Yahoo group, Stop Nato, which is a series of email exchanges between the 'Military Times' group, Yahoo and Rick Rozoff. The article can be read here: Military Times and Yahoo:

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Posted By: Anthony Jay Henhawk Jr
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
Native leader asks James Cameron to back fight against oilsands
FORT CHIPEWYAN, ALTA.—The people of Fort Chipewyan have a titanic new ally in their fight to keep their lands and waters clean in the face of growing oilsands development upstream from their community. 

After a closed-door meeting Tuesday, Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said famed film director James Cameron has promised to do what he can to keep helping their cause. 

“It’s going to be a beautiful relationship,” said Adam. 

“I’m here to help,” agreed Cameron, though he didn’t specify what form his support would take. 

The Hollywood heavyweight arrived in Fort McMurray on Monday and almost immediately departed on an aerial tour of the oilsands with native leaders who have complained that oilsands pollution is ruining fish stocks and giving them cancer. 

Cameron spoke briefly to reporters about the inspiration for his visit — his belief that places such as the oilsands are very much like the fictional planet Pandora in his movie “Avatar,” where mining expansion threatened the indigenous population. 

Cameron spent Tuesday morning touring oilsands operations south of Fort Chipewyan with Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner and industry representatives. They visited Syncrude’s Bill’s Lake, an area the company has turned back to wilderness after mining the oily bitumen below the surface. 

But he said it was the afternoon meeting with Adam and other community leaders that most impressed him. 

“When you come here, the appeal is so passionate and so deeply concerned and you can really feel these people are worried for their kids,” said the director, who was born and raised in Ontario. 

“When you can’t trust the water it’s a terrifying thing.” 

Cameron said he was also encouraged by what he heard in his morning meeting with politicians and oilsands officials. 

“Nobody’s talking about stopping this development,” he stressed. “This is too important an energy source for all of North America. I think it’s just a question of creating accountability in government and industry to the public good.” 

Native leaders had issued an invitation to Cameron to visit after hearing him call the oilsands a “black eye” to Canada’s reputation earlier this year. On Tuesday, however, he insisted that his mind is open. 

“I’m still taking it in,” he said. “I am still in sponge mode, just sort of finding out how all this works and getting my arms around it conceptually.” 

He said he didn’t want all the media attention, but it “snowballed” into a fact-finding expedition. 

“But that’s great, too, because it’s actually providing a forum for everyone to get their views heard on the media stage. 

“Ultimately, it’s the public will, which the government must represent, that’s going to determine the outcome of all this,” Cameron said. 

He was to meet with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach in Edmonton on Wednesday. 

“I think it is impossible to expect what is going on out here,” Cameron said. 

“You can look at pictures of it, but until you have flown over it and you see the scope and scale of it, you don’t really realize what an enormous undertaking this is.” 

Cameron travelled to Brazil twice earlier this year and joined an environmental group called Amazon Watch to try to stop the construction of a massive dam. 

The dam project is still going ahead, but environmentalists say Cameron’s visits to remote villages brought the issue worldwide attention. 

Several scientific studies have suggested that toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons in the soil and water are linked to industrial emissions. 

Last week, the Alberta government announced it would create an independent panel of scientists to try to determine the source of the contamination.
Sound Strike Artists Conor Oberst and band Bright Eyes to release song 'Coyote Song' online with proceeds benefiting legal defense of immigrants in Arizona.
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Sound Strike Artists Conor Oberst and band Bright Eyes to release song 'Coyote Song' online with proceeds benefiting legal defense of immigrants in Arizona.
Sound Strike is a coalition of Artists that have committed to supporting the International Boycott of Arizona in the wake of the passage of SB 1070.

09.30.2010 - Los Angeles, CA September 30, 2010. Artist Boycott of Arizona, The Sound Strike announces Sound Strike Songs. Artists Boycott of Arizona, The Sound Strike continues to gain momentum. New online fundraising will benefit legal defense in Arizona. Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes Release first single Coyote Song.

This exclusive collection of songs will be for sale at for $2. The proceeds from the sale of this song online will benefit The Florence Project, a nonprofit organization providing free legal help to immigrants caught in the detention and deportation system in Arizona. 

In an open letter to Artists Conor Oberst said:
"American ideals of democracy and liberty are built on the foundation that all people, regardless of race or country of origin, deserve fair and equal treatment by the government . . . We've all seen the power music has to spread messages of solidarity and hope. Please join the Sound Strike Songs project by donating a track and help us . . . enable people to continue to dream."

Arizona is a place where Maricopa County Sheriffs carry toys to calm the nerves of children whose parents are physically pried away from the arms of their children. Those immigrant parents are detained without bail or access to public defenders. The need for legal defense is great as is the need for assistance to the guardians, usually family or neighbors that take in these emotionally distressed children while their parents are held by the Arizona prison system.
The Bright Eyes song Coyote Song is the first Sound Strike song. Coyote Song is a remarkably touching and nostalgic love song about two lovers separated by the US/Mexico Border. The video and mp3 for Coyote Song are available online now.

In other news, Sound Strike Artists Rodrigo & Gabriela will rock Thursday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rodrigo and Gabriela will appear, Thursday, September 30th 11:35-12:35 p.m. ET on NBC. Rodrigo and Gabriela recently joined the Sound Strike, made a financial contribution and hosting Zack de la Rocha, Sound Strike Founder at their concert in Colorado. Colorado anti-immigrant groups are currently proposing an SB 1070 copycat bill. Sound Strike also announces new video featuring Rodrigo and Gabriela on behalf of Sound Strike Arizona Artists boycott at 

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Peltier Council Item & Meeting tonight
There will be other campaigns for the young warrior to earn his feathers!
I'm glad to see Jessie Little was there, and Sampson a crucial presence specially given the distance; Wendy was terrific, and councilman Anderson with choking words...I told you we can't be satisfied with just a vote but by acclamation, a unanimous decision; no vote required! And you guys did it!
  This news is all across Indian country by now and should also be heard on radio KILI on the Pineridge Res!

I gotta run to the VA now see you later. Talk to you soon. We have miles to go before we rest....

Tony G 
Please post this on our website; significant video of the Berkeley City Council meeting held September 28, 2010 where theyunanimously passed a letter addressed to President Obama calling on him to extend (Executive) Clemency to Leonard Peltier! The Video portion begins at 1:29:30 through 1:41:50.  Also, post the photo of the Berkeley Crew!!
I also wish to thank the four individuals who came to the City Council meeting that night to speak before the vote; Sampson Wolferepresenting the Northern California Leonard Peltier Support Group, and Tomas Reyes representing AIM-WEST, and Jessie Little (Wounded Knee class of 73’) for her presence.  I also salute our good friend, Wendy Kenin, for her dedication to follow this in the corridors of City Hall seeking freedom for our Elder Leonard Peltier.  Their presence and shared comments made all the difference for a unanimous decision.  Outstanding!
And special attention (shout out!) given to Councilman Kriss Worthington for his courage for introducing the letter; and the heartfelt words of his colleague, Councilman Anderson. 
It is never too late for other communities and social justice committees, City Councils, County Supervisors, and State Legislators to bring attention by helping introduce similar letters also calling on President Obama for Executive Clemency.   
Leonard Peltier will be Freed! AHO!
Tony Gonzales
AIM-WEST Director
AIM SB 2nd Anti-Columbus Demonstration & Rally Mon 10/11 Sterns Wharf

For more information: AIM SB 805-403-4358                                                
Press and Public Announcement
Myth of Columbus and 518 Years of Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Colonization in the Americas-1492-2010
WHEN: October 11th, Monday 6:30pm  

WHERE: The Dolphin Fountain; the opening to Stern’s Wharf (end of State Street ) Santa Barbara , CA .
WHO: Indigenous people and supporters- THE PUBLIC is invited!

WHAT:  AIM SB 2nd Annual Anti-Columbus Demonstration and Rally-

WHY: The American Indian Movement of Santa Barbara, CA a grassroots based organization invites you for an Anti-Columbus Day Rally challenging the myth of Christopher Columbus on Monday, October 11th, 2010 
Please join us, and invited speakers, at this peaceful and non-violent gathering on behalf of the descendants of those that survived the attempts of biological warfare and the intentional systematic annihilation of an entire race of people.
Media and press are welcome to cover the event.
Columbus Day was terminated as a national holiday in the 1990's and on Oct 11, 2008 Indigenous Peoples Day was established as the new holiday replacing Columbus Day.  Nevertheless, Columbus is honored by many Americans as a hero and is still given credit for having “discovered” a continent already inhabited by people.  “Columbus Day” signs and imagery pervade at this time of the year while "Native Americans" mourn his horrendous legacy. 
InternationallyColumbus is recognized as an instigator of international slave trade and the perpetrator of crimes against humanity and the genocide of 95 million indigenous peoples throughout the Western hemisphere. 
Megwetch/ Pilamaya / Thank You
Mitakuye Oyasin/ All My Relations 
Michael Fairbanks, Director
American Indian Movement Santa Barbara, CA
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Big Horn Sheep taking stroll @ Buffalo Bill Dam
The Buffalo Bill Dam on the Shoshoni River at Cody  Wyoming....


"When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. 
When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person. 
When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful. 
Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are." - Dave Kitchen

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