Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The ongoing struggle to save Navajo sacred sites

How American Indian Land Is Still Being Stolen For Mining - Kierán Suckling


Published on Jul 27, 2015

American Indian land is being stolen from them for valuable mining rights, and we look at how the Congress’ secret giving away of Apache sacred sites is awakening outrage over a pattern of theft and environmental exploitation with Kierán Suckling. Racism against Native Americans, the catastrophic mining practices being used, Oak Flat Apache protests, and the actions that can be taken against government land grabs for corporations is all discussed in this Antidote interview, hosted by Michael Parker.

Kierán Suckling is a founder and executive director at the Center for Biological Diversity. In addition to overseeing its conservation and financial programs, he created and maintains the country's most comprehensive endangered species database. Kierán acts as liaison between the Center and other environmental groups, negotiates with government agencies, and writes and lectures; he has authored scientific articles and critical essays on biodiversity issues. He holds a master's in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stonybrook and a bachelor's from Holy Cross.

00:01 Welcoming Kierán Suckling to Antidote.
00:55 San Carlos Apache and protecting the sacred sites.
04:16 Congress and foreign mining companies.
05:30 NDAA Act, John McCain, Paul Gosar and the Oak Flat Territory.
09:27 Oak Flat land swap and NDAA rider deals.
12:44 Jobs and copper.
14:24 New York Times coverage and racism against Native Americans.
17:30 Block caving method vs traditional mining practices.
23:10 National Environment and Policy Survey.
24:40 The unethical way to pass a bill.
27:53 Reversal, repeal and the partnership with southern Baptists.
31:36 Where and ways to help.
33:20 Thank you and goodbye.


'Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company'

Michael McAuliff - Huffington Post  - December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.

The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the must-pass pieces of legislation that Congress moves every year. But like they did in attaching extraneous riders to the must-pass government funding bill, lawmakers used the defense bill as a vehicle to pass a massive public lands package.

The bill sailed through on a vote of 89 to 11.

Many of the land measures were popular. But one, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, had twice failed to win support in the House of Representatives, blocked both by conservationists and conservatives.

The deal gives a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining firm Rio Tinto 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in exchange for several other parcels so it can mine a massive copper deposit. The deal gives a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining firm Rio Tinto 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in exchange for several other parcels so it can mine a massive copper deposit. 



This issue is far more of an infringement than the laying of a pipe. The politic of the day, administered by the CFR media membership, is simple: If a person or entity is a Globalist and tied to Globalist political unions, then this type of story is downplayed to an extreme degree; if not, then it becomes a major issue. All one would have to do is notice that former President Obama, who was the one who finally signed NDAA into law, was obviously downplayed in this Huffington Post article... and naturally also by the mainstream media. In any case, this is a very real and ongoing issue.

Additionally, Obama's executive orders establishing "national monuments" on Navajo lands was not a "victory for the Navajos" as the mainstream press reported. Now they can't even use their own holy sites anymore! In effect, the government has stolen those holy sites--millions of acres!--away from the tribe. The term "Fascism" usually refers to the collusion between corporations and the state, and that's really what this is all about.... especially when the mainstream media is controlled by a mere six corporations.... all tied to the Council on Foreign Relations, a Globalist think tank.

There are so many dirty tricks that can be played, such as big corporate interests first establishing a controlled opposition environmental group which will serve as the strawman. In this manner, arguments of lessor importance can be used as a vanguard; while the stronger arguments can be downplayed. If they stand to make billions, then spending a few million on a legal/unethical project like this would be nothing to them. All that would be required is financing and a few key administrators to overrule the honest people involved in the decision making process.

What ever happened to the Anti-Globalization Movement anyway? How about the Peace Movement? They were eliminated by controlled opposition projects. Now we have people supposedly from the left who are outraged because the Wall Street War Machine didn't get their candidate in, and obviously didn't care about issues like this, endless wars, the genocidal bombing of the water project in Libya, the massive defrauding of starving Haitians, etc. Why didn't they protest the wars? Travel ban? How about the "medicine ban" during the embargo on Iraq which directly caused the death of over a million Iraqis... mostly children?... which was cheerleaded by bought-and-paid-for-CNN, which is owned by Time-Warner a CFR member along with all the bankers and war profiteers.


'American Indians Fight For Land Rights Against Obama’s Executive Decrees'

Joseph Hammond -The Daily Caller - December 22, 2016

Betty Jones, an elderly Navajo medicine woman, grew up among the red rock canyons, mesas, and ancient cliff dwellings of Southeastern Utah. Now, a proposed national monument may prevent her from collecting traditional herbal medicines she’s gathered all her life.

Her family believes Jones is in her mid-nineties, since her birth certificate was issued after her actual birth. The proposed 1.9-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument would potentially limit her access to sacred sites and impact herb collection. She also says that she is entitled to grazing rights on the land under an agreement with the federal government dating to the 1940s.

“My late husband was promised access to the land for sheep grazing and it’s wrong for Washington to go back on its word,“ she says. Nearby, her daughter unrolled maps and opened old letters to prove the claim.



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