Friday, September 27, 2019

Stop Donlin Gold Mine Autumn 2019




9/27/19

While the major Canadian mining investors Barrick Gold Corporation and NOVAGOLD RESOURCES, INC. tout Donlin Gold mine as one of the worlds largest undeveloped open gold resources; the local jurisdiction of dozens of Tribal Governments downstream from the proposed  perpetual (forever) toxic waste sites are telling the World-  No Donlin Gold Mine.  

Its not just the 'Dam Safety' that concerns local Yup'ik folks; whom not only depend on the rich abundance of food and cultural resources of the Kuskokwim, Yukon and Bering Sea watersheds; but our Ancestors and Relations are ingrained in the water, land and cosmic dreamscape of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region.  The spiritual importance of traditional 'native foods' and medicines has no monetary value that is worth the extreme risk of a disaster waiting to happen with a forever toxic tailing earthern dam.   The proposed toxic tailings earthern dam is larger than any existing (concrete) dam in the lower 48.

The earthen dam that holds back the toxins from the proposed industrial processes would have to be treated FOREVER; and considering, the recent dam  failure in Canada at Mt. Polly due to corporate 'self regulation' and extraordinary complacency of both Governments and Mining Companies that led to the disaster; indigenous peoples downstream .  Many questions remain in the event of a likely toxic tailings dam catastrophe over a 10,000 year time span.   5 years after the toxic disaster at Mt. Polly, there still have been zero charges and fines for the company responsible; while the Governments (British Columbia, Canada) tout "responsible mining" just like in Alaska.   

As the corporate propaganda makes a shareholder feel at ease, reality of communities impacted by mining operations and catastrophes have a much different story.   For my Alaskan friends and family, I ask that you listen to Jacinda Mack now; as her story is being ignored by mining industry, governments and other entities claiming 'responsible development'.  

Inga ya---time to get real



  
 ""Jacinda Mack will never forget the day the tailings pond collapsed at the Mount Polley minein her nation’s traditional territory, spilling an estimated 25 million cubic metres of contaminated waste into Quesnel Lake.""

Jacinda Mack is from the Secwepemc and Nuxalk indigenous peoples, of modern day British Columbia, Canada.


Shushwap flag of Secwepemc




The resistance against Donlin Golds proposed mine has been in the shadows for over a decade.   Now the People are rising.   Read the latest news below.
Quyana.

------Carl Wassilie blogging every once in awhile, in between the journey to peace, freedom, dignity and healing for all on Mother Earth.-------


Donlin Opponents Score Major Victory In AVCP Resolution Vote

https://www.kyuk.org/post/donlin-opponents-score-major-victory-avcp-resolution-vote


"“It surprised me that it was so supported to pull and to say to the world 'we are against Donlin.' That was, that’s the power of our tribes speaking. That’s true leadership,” Simeon said.""



AVCP Delegates Pass Resolution Against Donlin Gold Mine


After two hours of passionate debate on Wednesday, Sept. 25, delegates from the 56 tribes that AVCP represents overwhelmingly voted to withdraw a resolution supporting the mine, and then voted to pass a separate resolution that opposes it. 


Friday, October 28, 2016

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. statement



Media Contacts: Don Terry dterry@rainbowpush.org 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2016

 Water is Life, Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline 

A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. 

CANNONBALL, N.D. – Everywhere I went today, I was greeted with a simple but profound statement, “Water is life.” 

It was shouted by young children and ancient grandmothers, by a white man from Florida and four young Indian men on horseback. 

Water is life. 

I spent the day not far from here, as a proud member of the coalition of conscience, standing with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their courageous nonviolent crusade to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

The construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline – which will carry 500,000 gallons of crude oil a day across four states – threatens the tribe’s sacred lands, burial sites and drinking water. But the people of Standing Rock are not mere protesters. They are protectors. {PROTECTORS}

Yet, they do not fight just for themselves. A stretch of the pipeline is scheduled to run below the Missouri River, the tribe’s water source. The river is also the source of water for 17 million people – mostly non-Natives – down river. 

A pipeline leak into the Missouri could be an environmental disaster of epic proportions. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as dangerous and disgraceful as it continues to be, impacted about 100,000 residents. 

The Native American plight is one of protracted genocide and dishonored treaties. They are unrepresented by the protection of law. The police are used as threat and intimidation. Native youth, I was told today, are eight times more likely to commit suicide than other American youth. Life expectancy for Native men and women is not much beyond middle-age. They need lifelines, not pipelines. 

The Standing Rock reservation is one of the poorest areas in the country and from what I saw and heard today one of the proudest and most determined to defend Mother Earth. They are like that tree planted near the water. They shall not be moved. 

I was moved, though. I was repeatedly greeted with warmth and prayer in the camp dotted with cooking fires, teepees and tents, home to more than 1,200 Native Americans from dozens of tribes and their allies from across the country and the world. Some days during the months-long campaign to safeguard the environment, three times that number has lived in the camp. 

I should say almost everywhere. Leaving the camp, headed for the airport, my colleagues and I were stopped at a police checkpoint. The officers were armed with assault rifles and grim faces as they confronted unarmed Americans. One of the officers had his finger near the trigger of his rifle during the entire 20 minutes of negotiations it took for them to allow us to pass. 

It was an unnecessary and ugly confrontation – and a tremendous waste of police resources. But this struggle is about more than a pipeline. It represents an indigenous resistance movement, a reawakening. I hope our nation does not continue to abandon our Native brothers and sisters. I will return to this prairie of hope as soon as I can. When I do, we will again stand together. We will pray together. We will learn and teach together. We will protect the water together and if need be, we will go to jail together to stop the pipeline. 

Water is life. 

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. 


Founder and President Rainbow PUSH Coalition -30- Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization thatwas formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the RainbowCoalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit,Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a realityfor all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improvingthe lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gaincivil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justicearound the world. 

http://www.rainbowpush.org/page/-/Documents/PressRelease/Release102616.pdf

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dakota Access Pipeline continues to commit crimes against Humanity


Welcome to today's post from Alaska's Big Village Network providing real information AND a bit of satire addressing the ongoing Human Rights violations by a U.S. Corporation in the State of North Dakota.  Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline activities continue to break International Covenants and U.S. Laws using the State of North Dakota's political system to pursue violent means to enforce the false Western mythology of "progress and development".  Here are a few clips from Indian Country Today articulating on the ground observations from thousands of U.S. and global citizens.  - Alaska's Big Village Network 



Indian Country Today Media Network 10/25/16

A Call for Justice Dept to Act on DAPL Civil Rights Abuses

10/25/16
Concerned and angered by the use of dogs, pepper spray, military tactics and strip searches against unarmed water protectors at the construction sites of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to step in.
“I am seeking a Justice Department investigation because I am concerned about the safety of the people,” Archambault said in a statement. “Too often these kinds of investigations take place only after some use of excessive force by the police creates a tragedy. I hope and pray that the Department will see the wisdom of acting now to prevent such an outcome.”

Read more at https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/25/call-justice-dept-act-dapl-civil-rights-abuses-166205

 

Justice Dept Reaffirms It Will Not Grant DAPL River-Crossing Permits Anytime Soon

10/25/16
“While the Army continues to review issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members, it will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe,” Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle told the news station in an e-mail on Tuesday October 25. Earlier in the day, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II had requested a DOJ investigation into civil and human rights abuses by police and other authorities against the protectors. “In the interim, the departments of the Army, Interior, and Justice have reiterated our request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.”



Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/25/justice-dept-reaffirms-it-will-not-grant-dapl-river-crossing-permits-anytime-soon-166208


1851 Fort Laramie Treaty




Now starring Oil is Life by the Dakota EXCESS Pipeline From The Juice Media (satire):

Behind the scenes  look into the Dakota EXCESS Pipeline:   
ADULT LANGUAGE WARNING



For folks wishing to find out more on how to support (click on):
 Standing Rock Sioux Reservation,
 Sacred Stones Camp, 
Red Warrior Camp and/or 
Oceti Sakowin (7 Fires) Camp.

 please contact Alaska's Big Village Network with additional questions.
email akbigvillage@gmail.com

Monday, October 24, 2016

1851 Treaty Honoring: Police beat Water Protectors with batons, pepper spray them during prayer: update from the field

10/24/16
ABVN traveled long and far this last week to witness the front line Prayers for Peace and Non-violence at the Camp of Sacred Stones and overflow camp Oceti Sakowin (seven council fires).

https://vimeo.com/groups/82929/videos/188723484

The journey of awareness building and prayers for peace is necessary to address the profound Human Rights implications of the State of North Dakota militarized violent tactics to protect corporate special interest over US Treaties, International Covenants of Human Rights and basic human dignity .  
The State-sponsored violence is causing significant harm to peaceful indigenous peoples, women, children, and elders praying in Honor and reverence for Mother Earth at the headwaters of the Mississippi-Missouri Watershed to Protect Water and Sacred Sites (freedom of Religion and religious spiritual sites).

 The territory at question of the Human Rights violations by North Dakota against Tribal Nations is occurring inside the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie lands currently occupied by Oceti Sakowin.

Yesterday, Water Protectors affirmed the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie by reclaiming the lands along the pipeline route near the Missouri River, just North of the Cannonball River.  The Oceti Sakowin are now directly challenging the legality of the Dakata Access Pipeline that threatens cultural survival and water for millions of American People.

http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/10/23/citing-1851-treaty-water-protectors-establish-road-blockade-and-expand-frontline-nodapl-camp







Brenda Norrell's also has more info below with pictures, updates and indigenous media at CENSORED NEWS http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/



Please listen to this interview by Grandma Carol Masden experience in this weekends violence that left many people harmed by violent police forces.    

1851 Treaty Honoring: Police beat Water Protectors with batons, pepper spray them during prayer: update from the field

10/24/16
ABVN traveled long and far this last week to witness the front line Prayers for Peace and Non-violence at the Camp of Sacred Stones and overflow camp Oceti Sakowin (seven council fires).

The journey of awareness building and prayers for peace is necessary to address the profound Human Rights implications of the State of North Dakota militarized violent tactics to protect corporate special interest over US Treaties, International Covenants of Human Rights and basic human dignity .  
The State-sponsored violence is causing significant harm to peaceful indigenous peoples, women, children, and elders praying in Honor and reverence for Mother Earth at the headwaters of the Mississippi-Missouri Watershed to Protect Water and Sacred Sites (freedom of Religion and religious spiritual sites).

 The territory at question of the Human Rights violations by North Dakota against Tribal Nations is occurring inside the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie lands currently occupied by Oceti Sakowin.

Yesterday, Water Protectors affirmed the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie by reclaiming the lands along the pipeline route near the Missouri River, just North of the Cannonball River.  The Oceti Sakowin are now directly challenging the legality of the Dakata Access Pipeline that threatens cultural survival and water for millions of American People.

http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/10/23/citing-1851-treaty-water-protectors-establish-road-blockade-and-expand-frontline-nodapl-camp







Brenda Norrell's also has more info below with pictures, updates and indigenous media at CENSORED NEWS http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/



Please listen to this interview by Grandma Carol Masden experience in this weekends violence that left many people harmed by violent police forces.    

Monday, October 17, 2016

Call out for Support!!!!! Standing Rock and Sacred Stones Camp

September 16, 2016

Alaska's Big Village Network-

Request for support the Peace Pony to Standing Rock and Sacred Stones Camp

WATER IS LIFE!
Unguvauguq meq!
(Yupik language)

Mni Wiconi!
(Lakota Language)
WATER IS LIFE!

Sacred Stones Camp- Supply and Support Mission to Standing Rock Reservation of the Hunkpapa Lakota and Yaktonai Dakota Territory

CONTACT: Carl Wassilie 574-387-8162 or 907-744-4903 carlwassilie.acyn@gmail.com
Who is Alaska's Big Village Network (ABVN)?

Alaska's Big Village Network (ABVN) is a free association of peoples whose mission is to create communities of inclusion between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples for the betterment of healthy communities. ABVN believes the process of inclusion is healing for the health of all peoples with all due respect to the guidance and wisdom of the elders, reverence for Mother Earth and actions taking to protect the future generations.ABVN started in the nexus of Alaska's biggest indigenous village, which is the current modern city of Anchorage, Alaska, where 100s of languages and cultures are shared from around the world.

ABVN is currently on a long road journey across the Salmon territories that connect to inland waters of the Bison territories in which thousands of communities and hundreds of indigenous communities call home.


What is ABVN doing?

The Peace Pony (cargo/passenger van) is bringing 4 people with diverse skill sets and some supplies to stand with Standing Rock and the Water Protectors. We just need some support with gas and emergency hotel/shelter for the drive out and back to the Pacific Northwest. We are starting this call out for support from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in Montana and will be driving East on I-90 to the Missouri River to the Sacred Stones camp on the Cannonball River drainage of the Hunkpapa Lakota and Yaktonai Dakota territories.

ABVN has cargo van of supplies and skilled personal to work with Standing Rock relations to ensure safe communication as well as passenger transport to and from Sacred Stones camp. With winter season coming and global climate induced warming and unusual oscillating temperatures and the high probability of extreme weather events, we will assist in continued development of tribal emergency response communications and support tribal initiatives. We have some skills at winter builds/camping, cooking, winter survival and basic emergency response management.

This leg of the journey includes bringing some colder weather gear, tarps, cooking stoves and solar lights to assist the campers braving the colder weather this changing season. ABVN is continuing to providing collaborative personal and professional networking support for Standing Rock and front line Water Protectors helping to ensure safe and peaceful relations.


What do we need?

ABVN needs
Immediately to reach camp:
a) gas cards (money) for the cargo van, $450 for the trip
b) 1-2 hotel rewards/coupons – emergency shelter(cash).

Can transport and/or help facilitate the delivery of the following to camp:
c) An inverter (or gift card for an inverter)
d) medical kits and medical supplies
e) childrens school supplies
f) wool materials such as blankets, clothing, socks, hats, etc.
g) winter pants/bibs and jackets (including Carhart cold weather pants, outdoor bibs, etc)
h) indigenous foods- wild foods- dried/canned fish and meats
I) firewood
k) work gloves
l) more legal observers, medics, cold weather builders
m) meals for families
n) marine radios
o) cold weather sleeping gear such as extreme cold military sleeping bags\
p) generators/heaters/stoves

For more info and background check out:



CONTACT: Carl Wassilie 574-387-8162 or 907-744-




Why is Alaska's Big Village Network (ABVN) bringing supplies and support to Sacred Stones Camp Water Protectors?


ABVN recently completed a road trip providing creative art, music, food and basic support with front-line indigenous communities addressing restoration of sacred salmon. We traveled from the inland waters of the Columbia River Watershed, participating in the Free the Snake River Flotilla in solidarity with Niimiipoo (Nez Pierce), Save our Wild Salmon, Backbone Campaign and Mosquito Fleet in supporting efforts to take the dams down and let the Chinook Salmon run freely again along the Snake River. 

http://www.freethesnake.com/



 After floating on the water with inland canoe families and kayakers, we travelled by van down to Mt. Shasta watershed to support the prayer journey and honor the 300-mile Run 4 Salmon by the Winnemem Wintu to restore and protect healthy Rivers along the historical journey of the Chinook salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) addressing policies threatening waters, indigenous cultural survival and lifeways.

http://www.run4salmon.org/ 




ABVN recognizes and respects the wisdom of the elders standing up to the past sufferings of hundreds of years of colonial oppression and are now calling for Prayers for Peace of Humankind and learn to respect the Rights of Mother Earth. ABVN also gives reverence and honor for the young Indigenous Runners for Peace and Dignity as they inherit the responsibilities to our Future Generations. ABVN acknowledges the Human Rights of Children to a Clean Environment. ABVN also recognizes the civic duties of Human Beings to ensure Indigenous Peoples cultural survival as critical for Wisdom keepers in healing the planet; we call Mother Earth.

What is the camp?
The camp is full of peaceful people praying and gathering for future generations to Water and challenging the Black Snake (DAPL) as it attempts to carry poison (crude oil) across an industrial pipeline; threatening and putting at high risk millions of American children' and pregnant mothers' drinking water.

ABVN is acutely aware of the largest indigenous gathering in modern history, with Tribes and global civic society supporting the Water Protectors. ABVN is contributing to the spiritual uprising of global civic society and human beings to return harmony with Mother Earth and are conduits for Peace, Freedom of Speech, and Non-Violent Direct Action to highlight the disparities that Human Beings have against western desires. We pray for the Return of America's Wild Bison, America's Wild Salmon and Food Security for Children.

ABVN acknowledges this historic moment of communication between the United States of America and Tribal Governments regarding preservation of Sacred Landscapes, Sacred Sites and Sacred Waters in the line of the Western Myth of “progress and development”. The implications of the United States Government and States political actions and policies impact hundreds of Tribal Governments in Alaska on waters, freedom of Religion, Historic Artifacts and Cultural Sites of spiritual significance for Cultural Survival (of all Human Beings- universal declaration).


The black snake attempting to be created for this western myth is today is the pipeline of Balkan crude oil via Dakota Access Pipeline (aka poisonous black snake prophecy) threatening the climate-induced biological fragility of America's “bread basket”.
As well as the main source of Life for the indigenous peoples of the plains, the waters of the Mississippi and Missouri watershed bio-regions provide for millions of Americans in one of North America's biggest watersheds that supports America's drinking water, grain lines, livestock, fisheries and food sources for hundreds of millions of people.



Friday, October 14, 2016

Sacred Stones Camp- September 2016



Tribal Historical Overview - Lakota Migration - The 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty


The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is situated in North Dakota and South Dakota. The people of Standing Rock, often called Sioux, are members of the Dakota and Lakota nations. “Dakota” and “Lakota” mean “friends” or “allies.” The people of these nations are often called “Sioux,” a term that dates back to the 17th century when the people were living in the Great Lakes area. The Ojibwa called the Lakota and Dakota “Nadouwesou” meaning “adders.” This term, shortened and corrupted by French traders, resulted in retention of the last syllable as “Sioux.” There are various Sioux divisions and each has important cultural, linguistic, territorial, and political distinctions. The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is a Hunkpapa Lakota andYanktonai Dakota Indian reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States.