Native Nations

Native peoples speak on the destruction of their lands and their cultures, which are inseparable

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    The effect of environmental degradation

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz on the Doctrine of Discovery (ONE of THREE)

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In 1455 Pope Nicholas V issued to the King of Portugal the bull Romanus Pontifex, sanctioning and promoting the conquest, colonization, and exploitation of non-Christian nations and their territories. This became the Doctrine of Discovery that is amazingly still enforced today and enshrined in US Federal law. Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz explains the doctrine in this Part One of Three programs. This program is based on a talk she gave at the Lannan Foundeation.
The Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, apart from awarding grants, presents speakers of extraordinary intellect and passion – among them just in 2017 Terry Tempest Williams, Glen Geenwald, Arundhati Roy, Óscar Martínez and Marlon James. Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz spoke on October 11, 2017. You may remember her from [ . . . ]

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Dennis Banks left on his Final Journey

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Dennis Banks, co-founder of AIM, the American Indian Movement, died on October 29, 2017. His family says that he started his journey to the Spirit World on the evening of that day. He was in his 80th year.
Dennis Banks is remembered for having organized, with AIM in a coalition of 8 indigenous nations, the 1972 “Trail of Broken Treaties.” They converged on Washington, DC, with 500 followers to protest Indian living conditions and lost treaty rights. They occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs for nearly a week, reading and confiscating documents that were later turned over to the UN (in 1977). There they formed the basis for the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In 1973, Dennis Banks [ . . . ]

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Winona LaDuke on Standing Rock – The test of civil society

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ONE self contained 29 min. program
On her way home from one of many visits to Standing Rock, the Native American activist and author Winona LaDuke stopped in Chicago and gave a talk at the Newberry Library to a standing room only audience.
Winona LaDuke lives on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is working on climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice. She is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and Program Director of Honor the Earth.
Winona LaDuke’s talk in Chicago was framed by her clear headed assessment of the extraordinary risk that the fracking oil boom and the network of pipelines pose to our survival she offered examples how to break free from our addiction [ . . . ]

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Standing Rock Water Protectors are receiving eviction orders

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The US Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota governor
issue 10 day notices to Oceti Sakowin camp
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This program is being recorded on November 29, 2016, less than a week before a December 5 deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers as well as the Governor of North Dakota to vacate the several thousand inhabitants of Oceti Sakowin the most significant camp of the water protectors at Standing Rock.
The Standing Rock protests began in the Spring of 2016 in reaction to the construction of Energy Transfer corporation’s Dakota Access pipeline. It is designed to carry oil extracted by fracking. The pipeline would run from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to southern Illinois, [ . . . ]

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz ARCHIVE for Standing Rock: Military Response

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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

This first part of the program brings you Dunbar-Ortiz’ description of North America before invasion, the emergence of the US concept of a chosen people, the development of the role of the US military as a force for genocide that seamlessly transitioned into the US foreign wars, the role of militias, a brief history of AIM, the American Indian Movement, and the consequences of the Gold Rush in California.
During Q&A Dunbar-Ortiz was asked about an earlier book by her. The Great Sioux Nation, published in 1977, came out of the 1974 Wounded Knee trials where Dunbar-Ortiz was an expert witness. 

Her answer evoked the history of the armed takeover of Wounded Knee by [ . . . ]

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Ward Churchill – A Little Matter Of Genocide

Holocaust and Denial in the Americas
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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us we may be more open to an unflinching look at genocide and denial in America. Churchill compares the treatment of North American Indians to historical instances of genocide by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Turks against Armenians, as well as Nazis against the Poles and Jews. With one important difference. This genocide is unparalleled in term of the size of population and in the way it was sustained through time.
In the first of two parts Churchill sets out to prove that the numbers of how many Indians lived North of the Rio Grande were cooked – [ . . . ]

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Dennis Banks – The Sacred Run 2006

Recorded at the Roxie, San Francisco, February 2, 2006.
Dennis Banks, co-founder of AIM, participant in the occupation of Alcatraz and in the defense of Wounded Knee, and co-founder of the annual Sacred Run, spoke on the eve of the 2006 run from San Francisco to Washington, DC.
This is a moving, unedited, 27 minute speech on the origins of the run, the way walking changes people’s lives, Native American land rights, the names of the many tribes that will host the walk along the way, the occupation of Alcatraz, his time in prison, and his meeting with Cindy Sheehan when he joined her in Crawford.
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The walk began after a sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz, [ . . . ]

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Who will protect the earth? – Western Shoshone Land Rights

Two recent military style raids to confiscate Shoshone cattle are meant to intimidate the tribe into accepting money for their land. Elders refuse payment of 15 cents per acre for 26 million acres of stolen land.Others disagree. The US government plays hardball and tries to divide the Shoshone. Recorded at the Spring 2003 Gathering of the Western Shoshone
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John Trudell – What it means to be a Human Being

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This is a moving, thought provoking spoken word and poetry address by the Native American musician and leader John Trudell. He did not set out to be a writer. His poetic gift developed out of the remarkable, sometimes unbearable circumstances of his life.
Trudell grew up on and around the Santee Sioux reservation near Omaha, Nebraska. In 1969 he participated in the Indians of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz. From 1973 to 1979 her served as national chairman of the American Indian Movement. The government response to A.I.M. was swift Trudell said, “They waged a war against us. They hunted us down. They killed, jailed, destroyed by any means [ . . . ]

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Restoring a Forest – with Fire and Love

Dennis Martinez
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The forest at the Mountain Grove Center For New Education, near Glendale in SW Oregon was clear-cut in the 1930s and 40s. It has come back thick, young, and dark. When Indians cared for the land the old growth incense cedars and chinquapins were spaced widely, plants thrived on the sun-lit forest floor, and animals found shelter and food. Dennis Martinez knows about Indian forest practice and he is restoring this land. 60 minutes
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Reclaiming Native American History: The Yuki of Thule Valley

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The bronze plaque on the Historical Marker at the entrance to the Round Valley Indian Reservation reads: “This valley was discovered by Frank M. Asbill arriving from Eden Valley, on May 15, 1854. During the same year, Charles Kelsey from Clear Lake also visited it, …” What really happened on that day was that the Asbill brothers opened fire and killed 39 Yuki who had come to greet them. A year later the settlers returned and rounded up 30 young women and sold them as slaves to the gold miners.
TUC Radio brought a micropower transmitter onto the reservation to broadcast community meetings about re-writing of the historic marker. This program give a sense of the way [ . . . ]

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Frank Kanawha Lake

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When TUC attended an Indian wedding in the Trinity Alps four young men arrived with a gift of freshly caught salmon. Maria watched their cooking ceremony and learned from other guests that they are Native American graduate students at the University of Oregon, Corvallis, who work as a team. They study aquatic ecology, conservation biology and salmon runs while maintaining a knowing and respectful connection to their native traditions. They refuse to be confined to university labs and spend much of their time doing field work, learning from elders. They lead regular salmon camps with Native American youth. Frank Lake is a student as well as a teacher.
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Ward Churchill – The History Of Cointelpro And The FBI

This is a passionate, scholarly, and far reaching analysis of the Counter Intelligence Operations of the FBI. Beginning with World War I, Churchill covers the Palmer Raids, the defeat of the Anarchists and of Marcus Garvey; the attacks on the Civil Rights Movement, the 1964 murders of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, and the murders of Black Panthers. Dedicating his speech to Leonard Peltier, who by now has spent almost 30 years in prison, Churchill gives a detailed description of the FBI raid on the Pine Ridge reservation on June 26, 1975 and of the case against Peltier.
For years the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs, BIA, had supported and financed a private army (the goons) of Tribal Chief Dick Wilson. Wilson [ . . . ]

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Ward Churchill: A Little Matter Of Genocide

Why did so many voters in the 2004 election agree with the Bush War on Iraq? And all the other wars against indigenous peoples before? This will continue, says Churchill, until we acknowledge our history of genocide here, in the USA.
Ward Churchill is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a member of AIM. This is a very serious account – supported by a stunning array of new evidence – of the scope of the genocide of Native American Nations. 60 minutes, 1996
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Winona LaDuke: White Earth

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Winona LaDuke received a standing ovation for her keynote speech at the Environmental Law Conference. She is a member of Mississippi Band Anishinabeg, founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and author of the novel Last Standing Woman. She talks about the meaning of White Earth, the plight of the buffalo, and toxics on Indian land. 50 minutes