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by Natalie Bochenski, Brisbane Times, Nov 16, 2014
A group of protesters has burned the Australian flag as part of a G20 demonstration at the Roma Street Parklands.
The group of about 50, which gathered in Emma Miller Place in Brisbane, has been enraged by comments from Prime Minister Tony Abbott about Australia’s history.
“He refers to this country as desolate [prior to the arrival of the first fleet],” activist Wayne Wharton said.
“He welcomes the world leaders and tells them there was nothing.
First it was oil companies eyeing fracking potential in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, and now it’s the Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL), which is pondering a new power plant in prime habitat for the endangered animal.
The power company owns a total of 7,801 acres, according to The Palm Beach Post. The Seminole tribe is in court fighting the FPL’s attempts to build a plant on this land, which is just north of the tribe’s Big Cypress Reservation. The tribe sued the FPL and Hendry County in 2011, after 3,109 acres were rezoned to allow the plant, which would be powered by natural gas, the newspaper said. The matter has been in contention ever since, part of a malpractice lawsuit against one of the state’s largest law firms related to the deal, The Palm Beach Post reported. Read the rest of this entry
By Jeff Abbott, Truth Out, Nov 12, 2014
Late in the afternoon of September 4, after nearly 10 days of protests by a coalition of labor, indigenous rights groups and farmers, the indigenous peoples and campesinos of Guatemala won a rare victory. Under the pressure of massive mobilizations, the Guatemala legislature repealed Decree 19-2014, commonly referred to as the “Monsanto Law,” which would have given the transnational chemical and seed producer a foot hold into the country’s seed market.
“The law would have affected all indigenous people of Guatemala,” said Edgar René Cojtín Acetún of the indigenous municipality of the department of Sololá. “The law would have privatized the seed to benefit only the multinational corporations. If we didn’t do anything now, then our children and grandchildren would suffer the consequences.” Read the rest of this entry
Inquistr.com, Nov 7, 2014
Homeless woman Darlene Necan is one of the few who have actually tried to fix her own problem. Unfortunately, the cabin she is still in the process of building in Ontario is causing her more problems than she started with.
Now Darlene cannot live in it or even continue building it because she is being fined more than she can afford. The First Nations woman is facing several thousand dollars in legal fees for attempting to build a one-room home on land where she grew up, and she believes it is because the land has become property of the Crown.
Seven plaintiffs say the Kahnawake membership rules infringe on their human rights
By Kate McKenna, CBC News, Nov 02, 2014
Seven people, including former Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller, are suing the Kahnawake Mohawk Council over its law that bans ‘mixed-race’ couples from living on its territory.
Kahnawake’s controversial membership law is something Horn-Miller has struggled with for years.
She is hopeful the lawsuit, if successful, will force the Kahnawake Mohawk Council to rewrite the rules on who is entitled to live on the reserve on Montreal’s South Shore. Read the rest of this entry
Mexico: Joint Declaration from National Indigenous Congress and EZLN on Ayotzinapa and for Liberation of Yaqui leaders
by National Indigenous Congress and EZLN, Oct 29, 2014
Joint Declaration from the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN on the crime in Ayotzinapa and for the liberation of the Yaqui leaders
(Note: this text was read by CNI members in one of the mobilizations held in Mexico on October 22, 2014, and not by EZLN representatives, as some of the paid press reported.)
Mexico, October 22, 2014
To the students of the Normal Rural[i] Isidro Burgos, in Ayotiznapa, Guerrero
To the Yaqui Tribe
To the National and International Sixth
To the peoples of the world
“Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.” —EZLN, October 19, 2014
From our peoples in struggle, from within our resistance and rebellion, we send our words as a reflection of this part of the country that we have constitute and call the National Indigenous Congress. We are gathered by the pain and the rage that call to us because it is a pain and rage that we share. Read the rest of this entry
Black Mesa Indigenous Support, October 28, 2014
Hopi Rangers arrested two individuals and impounded 120 sheep this morning at the homesite of Tom and Etta Begay in Red Willow Springs. Heavily armed rangers guarded and blocked nearby dirt road entrances as well.
“The Hopi Rangers came for our homestead early this morning. They tried to arrest my Aunt Etta who is almost 70 years old and my dad Bahe. They had barricades set up at the top of the hill with two police units, when we tried to get around the barricade they chased us for two miles, trying to hit us with their trucks, and they drew their guns at us. When we got to the house they brought four more units and tried to block us in by the north hogan. They grabbed us out of our vehicles. A male officer was grabbing me around my waist. I told them they were violating our rights and violating our elders. They were trying to arrest Etta who didn’t even know what they were saying [she doesn’t speak English]. She wasn’t doing anything. They arrested my younger brother Lance and me. Because we were a threat to them for voicing our rights and defending our family. It took three officers to detain me and another three to detain my brother. We didn’t go down without a fight. We were let go after six hours of detainment. I told them they are threatening our family who is all alone and elderly and they come out with guns and threaten and scare them. Who would have defended our family if we didn’t come? We didn’t come with guns and knives; we are not violent, we just came to protect our family. Who knows what they would have done if we weren’t there. We said, we are not scared. We are protecting our elders, if you are going to take us to jail for that, do it. They took 120 sheep from our homestead.”–Milayia Yoe, arrestee. Read the rest of this entry
First Nation chief says protesters won’t leave Jenpeg site until demands are met
By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Oct 23, 2014
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says he’s willing to consider the demands of protesters from a northern First Nation occupying the grounds of a key power-generating station.
Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation want a revenue-sharing agreement with Manitoba Hydro, as well as a public apology, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills which hover around $600 a month in the winter. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, Oct 17, 2014
Protesters have forced employees of Manitoba Hydro out of the Jenpeg generating station in northern Manitoba.
The protesters, from Pimicikamak Cree Nation, delivered an oversized evicted notice on Friday to staff at the station and the employee housing complex, both of which are located on the Nelson River in Pimicikamak territory.
“The building is empty, locked, undamaged and under the Pimicikamak flag,” states a release from the Cree Nation, which is located approximately 525 kilometres by air north of Winnipeg.
CTV Winnipeg, Oct 16, 2014
The Pimicikamak First Nation has served what it is calling an “eviction notice” to Manitoba Hydro workers.
In a statement released Wednesday, the First Nation said some of its members would occupy the grounds and staff housing complex at the Jenpeg generating station until their concerns are addressed by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Manitoba Hydro CEO Scott Thomson.
Pimicikamak First Nation wants greater benefits from northern power generation. They also have concerns about permanent flooding and shoreline damage.