Category Archives: Defending Territory

Chile: Mapuche resistance carry out Incendiary Attack Against Real Estate Company

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One of several pieces of heavy machinery burned in an arson attack carried out by Weichan Auka Mapu (Mapuche Resistance Group).

translated by Earth First! Journal, January 12, 2017

During Sunday’s dawn, a new incendiary attack was registered in the Padre Las Casas commune of La Araucanía.

An unknown number of people arrived there, and burned a cistern truck, four backhoes, one roller, and one motor grader which had been used for work by the real estate company Del Sur… Read the rest of this entry

How the Seminole Stole Christmas: Battle of Lake Okeechobee

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Chief Billy Bowlegs or Billy Bolek (Holata Micco, meaning Alligator Chief) was a leader in the Second and Third Seminole Wars.

The Battle of Lake Okeechobee was one of the major battles of the Second Seminole War. It was fought between 800 troops of the 1st, 4th, and 6th Infantry Regiments and 132 Missouri Volunteers (under the command of Colonel Zachary Taylor), and between 380 and 480 Seminoles led by Billy Bowlegs, Abiaca, and Alligator on 25 December 1837. The Seminole warriors were resisting forced relocation to a reservation out west. Though both the Seminoles and Taylor’s troops emerged from the battle claiming victory, Taylor was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General as a result, and his nickname of “Old Rough and Ready” came mostly due to this battle. Read the rest of this entry

Blockade Tactic: The Spike Board

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In this video still, a car is forcing its way through the blockade at Mount Polley, BC, on Aug 4, 2016.

by Warrior Publications, August 5, 2016

On August 4, 2016, a land defender was injured during a blockade action at the Mount Polley mine site in central BC when a driver, reportedly a worker for Imperial Metals, drove through the blockade.  The blockade was comprised of people standing in the roadway to stop traffic, never a good idea in my opinion.  The fact is, people blockading vehicles will always be dependent on the driver not forcing their way through for the simple reason that a group of people cannot physically stop a car or truck. Read the rest of this entry

Mapuche Group Burns Machinery In Patagonia As Part Of Land Claim

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Burned out excavator. Photo: Earth First! Newswire

Members of the Mapuche Ancestral Resistance burned two excavator machines belonging to English businessman Joe Lewis to demand their ancestral land be returned to the indigenous community.

Mapuche Resistance Group, Weichan Auka Mapu, Claims more than 30 Sabotage Attacks

Philippines: Anniversary of Battle of Mactan

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Battle of Mactan mural in Cebu, Fort San Pedro painting, Philippines;  scene depicts the leader of the Mactan warriors, Lapu-Lapu killing Magellan, commander of the Spanish forces.

On this day in 1521 Indigenous peoples on the island of Mactan in present-day Philippines defeated a heavily armed Spanish force and killed their commander, Magellan.  This was the first Spanish attempt at colonizing what would eventually become the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry

Kanonhstaton: 10-years after

Secwepemc women shut down treaty vote in Williams Lake

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Secwepemc women disrupt vote for BC treaty process held by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council in Williams Lake, Feb 11, 2016. Photo: Facebook

Feb 11, 2016

A group of Secwpemc women shut down a treaty vote being held by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NStQ) in Williams Lake, BC.  One person was briefly detained by police but reportedly released.  A corporate news report is below: Read the rest of this entry

Wolverine Speaks: Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Inquiry, Genocide and Unceded Territories

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Photo of Wolverine taken in the fall of 2014 at the Red Chris Mine road while it was being blockaded a second time after the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Disaster, August, 2014.

Published by: Ts’Peten Defence Committee, January 27, 2016
In her first public appearance as Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Kwakwaka’wakw, publicly spoke to the letter I sent on
January 4th, 2016 to both her and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau calling
for a National Inquiry into the Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Standoff 1995. She was asked
three times by three women, to take action, to call this Inquiry and to address the
ongoing genocide that is taking place on our Territories. Her response, as the Federal
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada was disrespectful and dismissive.
You all need a history lesson. Here it is. Read the rest of this entry

ALLIED TRIBES RELEASE UNITY STATEMENT: WE WILL DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES TOGETHER UNDER TRIBAL LAW

Warrior keep calm graphicPRESS ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2016

The following press release is written from unceded and unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory under the auspices of Tribal Law.

On Sunday, January 17th, 2016, the Allied Tribes, representatives of Tribes from across Turtle Island (Anishnaabe, Dene Suline, Tsimshian, St’at’imc, Okanagan, Ahousaht, Snuneymuxw, Wet’suwet’en, etc.) met at Adams Lake Gym in Secwepemculecw (“Chase”), honouring Wolverine’s call for a historic gathering and feast. The last time such a meeting of the Allied Tribes had been called was at Spences Bridge when the Spences Bridge Memorial Letter 1911 was sent to then Federal Minister of the Interior, Frank Oliver (see attached document). Read the rest of this entry