Matriarchy – Part 2

January 5, 2010 by  
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Matriarchy is the only answer. Without it we are lost. Russell Means continues with this vital series…

Below is Part 2:

Matriarchy – Part 1

December 27, 2009 by  
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Russell Means covers this vital topic of Matriarchy. You’ve heard it spoken about before, you looked up the definition, but now Russell dives into matriarchal importance in a candid 8 – Part Series.

Below is Part 1.1 and Part 1.2

and the second half is continued here:

Indigenous Rights Leader shot, 2 family members killed in Yukpa territory, Venezuela

October 17, 2009 by  
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On Tuesday, the day after the national government granted more than 40,000 hectares of land to Yukpa indigenous communities in northwestern Venezuela, assassins attacked the community of Yukpa chief and indigenous rights activist Sabino Romero, killing two and injuring at least four.

Romero’s son in law, Ever Garcia, and a young, pregnant Yukpa woman were shot dead in the attack. Romero received three bullet wounds and is currently in the hospital in stable condition, according to reports from the community. Romero’s daughter, grand daughter, and nephew were also hospitalized with bullet wounds, and are now in the hospital in stable condition.

Romero was one of several Yukpa chiefs who led land occupations last year to demand that the government pay indemnity to the private estate owners and transfer the land to the Yukpa in the form of collective property, in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution and indigenous rights laws passed by the government of President Hugo Chavez.

Since the land occupations began in July 2008, the Yukpa communities involved have been subject to repeated death threats and attacks by thugs believed to have been hired by large estate owners and their local government allies.

In August 2008, estate owner Alejandro Vargas participated in an attack on Romero’s community, during which Romero’s father, a community elder of more than one hundred years of age, was beaten and killed.

Vargas, a cattle rancher, in an attempt to justify his deadly raid on the Yukpa, accused Romero of stealing several head of cattle. He also claimed on one occasion to have paid bribes to local legal authorities for protection against prosecution, according to the victims of the attacks.

The Yukpa reported the attacks to local police, who said investigations were opened, but no suspects have been arrested.

The National Guard maintains a heavy presence and the government plans to build a new military base in the sparsely populated and conflict-ridden border zone, which is rich in coal deposits and affected by the spillover of refugees, guerrilla insurgents, and paramilitaries from the civil war in Colombia.

Romero and other Yukpa chiefs allied with him are openly opposed to the land grants issued by the government on Monday. They say the government did not effectively consult with the Yukpa communities about the proper demarcation of Yukpa land, and instead carved up Yukpa territory to protect large estate owners, preserve access to coal deposits, and preserve space for a military base in the region. Meanwhile, several other Yukpa chiefs have allied themselves with Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nicia Maldonado and supported the government’s plan for indigenous land demarcation.

Housing and Credits Granted to Indigenous October 12th

In addition to the land titles issued on October 12th in celebration of Columbus Day, which the Chavez government officially renamed Indigenous Resistance Day in 2004, the government also gave houses, transport vehicles, and a variety of small business credits to semi-rural indigenous communities in the states of Amazonas, Bolivar, Anzoátegui, and Zulia.

Education Minister Hector Navarro and Agriculture and Land Minister Elias Jaua attended the inauguration of a bilingual public primary school in Anzoátegui state, where the local indigenous community will be able to study and learn in Spanish as well as their native language.

In the Amazon region, Presidential Chief of Staff Luis Reyes visited a community of approximately one hundred Piaroa families who received small houses of uniform suburban design that were built by the government. The government also gave the community vehicles to transport fruit from their farms to the market. In previous years, the community received credits to build a fruit processing plant and a radio station, and the government built a primary school and a local health clinic as well.

Venezuela’s indigenous population constitutes less than two percent of the national population. Indigenous communities have gained substantial constitutional, legal, and parliamentary recognition since President Chavez took office in 1999.

Written by James Suggett
Thursday, 15 October 2009


Weekend Update #31: Indigenous Knowledges

October 16, 2009 by  
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In this edition of Weekend Update, Russell Means sets the record straight about the land crossing over the arctic, as well as the creation stories and the myriad accomplishments of the Indigenous People. He speaks as well of the plague from the Vatican, and the 6,000 year war still raging in this 10 minute installment.

Police State Won’t Help

October 13, 2009 by  
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In response to the opinion of Senator John Thune (R-Senator SD) dated 10/12/09,

I applaud his recognition of what the governments’ call Native American day and what he believes to truly honor the legacy of the Dakota Dakota, and Nakota traditions.  The Senator’s opinion to solving the crisis  the Dakota, et .al. face on our respective reservations and communities is to introduce more force on my People.

It seems that is the only way Demo-Publicans can respond to social ills in any community.  I disagree that we need a police state to help solve our problems on Pine Ridge.  What is needed is what the United States Constitution Article 6 states; Treaties are the law of the land.  In one of those agreements we are promised the Arts of Civilization, in return for the richest parts of our land and rivers.

The interpretation of the Arts of Civilization include the following:
Our own energy companies, banks, control over our own lands including water and minerals, the right to a meaningful education that is certified by our culture not by the state or any government, true healthy comprehensive health care.  All of the above would enable us to be self sufficient and contributing to the wealth by a vastly greater degree than we do now.  It would certainly lessen the need for police power.  Senator Thune and all government officials, including police take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.  There are not any ‘Buts’ in those oaths.

Without the duly constitutional rights enumerated above, we will always need an increase in police power.  What is a population with over 80% unemployed  going to do without our rights to participate in the economics of the world. I understand the reservation police are overworked and understaffed, however, that is actually the last of our problems that needs to be addressed by Senator Thune or anyone else.

Everyone in SD and the world should understand there are 9 Sioux Indian Reservations and their Peoples from which constitutes over 25% of the tax base of the state of SD.  Also, the wealth of those reservation lands and the water are traded on wall street by the attorney general of SD.  Look it up on Dunn and Bradstreet, and other financial indexes that monitor wall street. Therefore, it is understandable why SD and the Federal Government needs to keep us impoverished and dependent in order for the surrounding white communities to exist.  That includes NE towns and counties along the SD border.

Russell Means, Chief Facilitator
Provisional Government
Republic of Lakotah

Weekend Update #29: Where are the Women?

October 4, 2009 by  
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In this edition of Weekend Update, Russell Means gives voice to the
destructive conditions that women willingly undergo in society. From
those who inhibit their fertility, to those arguing for equal rights,
Russell Means speaks to the underying troubles facing women today, and what can be done to bring the situation back into balance.

Weekend Update #29: Where are the Women? from Russell Means on Vimeo.

H1N1 “Assistance” – Canada Gives Indigenous Communities Swine Flu Body Bags

September 18, 2009 by  
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Chief Jerry Knott of Wasagamack First Nation:
“This disturbed our community members and continues to be a major concern. We had asked for funding so we can get organized and to ensure medicines, hand sanitizers and other preventative kits were in place but, instead, we are shocked to receive the body bags,” he said. “To me, this is unacceptable and I am demanding an answer.”

“Is the body bags a statement from Canada that we as First Nations are on our own?”

Aboriginal leaders in Manitoba are horrified that some of the reserves hardest hit by swine flu in the spring have received dozens of body bags from Health Canada.

‘Don’t send us body bags. Help us organize; send us medicine.” Said Grand Chief David Harper, who represents northern First Nations.

“It really makes me wonder if health officials know something we don’t,” Said Grand Chief David Harper, who represents northern First Nations. “I have a right to speak for my people. I make a plea to the people of Canada to work with us to ensure the lowest fatalities from this monster virus. Don’t send us body bags. Help us organize; send us medicine.”

–WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – The Canadian government sent body bags to some remote Indian reserves as it prepared for the winter flu season, sending a jarring message at odds with its promise that it’s ready for the H1N1 flu.

The body bags went to some reserves in Manitoba, the western province in which some remote Indian communities were hard-hit by the flu in the spring, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said on Wednesday.

“It is very disturbing,” Aglukkaq told reporters on a conference call. “It’s a serious issue and it’s very concerning to me.”

Aglukkaq said she didn’t have details of the body-bag shipments and has ordered officials to investigate.

At least four Manitoba reserves received body bags from Canada’s health department in shipments that also included supplies like masks and hand sanitizer, the Winnipeg Free Press said.

“This says to me they’ve given up,” the newspaper quoted Chief David Harper of Northern Manitoba’s Garden Hill reserve, which received some of the body bags, as saying.

Sending body bags is “a totally unnecessary thing,” said chief public health officer Dr. David Butler-Jones.

Canada, a country of 33.6 million people, has ordered 50.4 million doses of vaccine and plans to begin immunizations in November. If Canada doesn’t need all its order, it will leave some vaccines available for other countries, Butler-Jones said.

Government officials aim to first distribute H1N1 vaccine to pregnant women, people living in remote communities, people with chronic health conditions and health-care workers.

“The whole population can be immunized very quickly,” Butler-Jones said.

The flu, now a worldwide pandemic, has killed 76 people in Canada.

Chevron, Pollution and Misinformation – Andy Rooney Speaks Out

August 28, 2009 by  
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A fresh animation narrated by Andy Rooney, speaking truth to Chevron, phoney journalists and corporate executives concerning Ecuador and its Indigenous Population.

Ecuador, with its President, Rafael Corea, is a country at odds with itself. An amendment to the Constitution recently included the rights of the environment to exist, yet the Administration of Corea continues to push for expansion of oil and gas mining into the Ecuadorian Amazon, poisoning communities today and threatening to displace tens of thousands of Indigenous persons. The Indigenous People need and deserve our support, as they continue mobilizing communities to ensure their rights are not abused.

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Weekend Update #18: Myths and Missed Histories

June 6, 2009 by  
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In this installment of Weekend Update, Russell Means talks of the continual perpetuation of false myths concerning Indians. From the static stereotypes put forth by Hollywood movies, to the ignored histories of abundance and disease-free living never mentioned by supposedly balanced documentaries or historians, Russell Means works to tell the untold stories. He speaks as well to Cortez’s darkness, and to the misrepresentation and outright, on-going oblivion of the American populace to the Indian people in this 14 minute video.

Weekend Update 18: Myths and Missed Histories from Russell Means on Vimeo.

Reconciliation Forum – Russell Means speaks of the Indigenous Struggles

May 28, 2009 by  
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Russell Means speaks of Matriarchy, the Indigenous struggles, and of the Indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere at the Reconciliation Forum in Washington D.C..

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