Federal government’s attempt to escape its responsibilities to Indigenous Peoples | Philip Fernandez
The Trudeau Liberals are pushing through Bill C-15 An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Bill C-15, like everything else the Trudeau Liberals have done in the name of truth and reconciliation, is based on a lie. Far from committing Canada to recognizing Indigenous peoples’ rights, Bill C-15 aims to put a UN seal of approval to the ongoing refusal of the Canadian state to honour Indigenous peoples as sovereign nations and honour their hereditary and treaty rights.
Court of Leaves, Painting by GateKeeper
By TONY SEED
Originally published December 28, 2018
1890 (29 December): The 7th U.S. Cavalry commanded by Col. James Forsyth massacred 300 unarmed and peaceful Lakhota Sioux Indians, many of them women and children, at Wounded Knee Creek (Chankpe Opi Wakpala), South Dakota – a Lakota encampment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation – after a fruitless search for weapons in their encampment. In other words, the Sioux are completely disarmed. About thirty soldiers also died, many victims of their own crossfire. Continue reading
On December 26, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the public hanging of 39 Sioux for demanding food for their starving people in a concentration camp. The youngest hanged was a 12 year-old girl.
Saint Paul, Dec. 27, 1862. I have the honor to inform you [President Lincoln] that 38 Indians ordered by you for execution were hung yesterday at Mankato [Minnesota] at 10 a.m. Everything went off quietly. The other prisoners are well secured.
– Respectfully, H. H. SIBLEY, Brigadier-General.
• Background on Standing Rock Struggle
• Excerpts from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Resolution Opposing Dakota Access Pipeline
• Violations of Federal Law in Pipeline Approval
• We Are Still Here. We Are Still Fighting for Our Lives on Our Own Land – LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux –
• We Are Protectors, Defending the Land And Water – Iyuskin American Horse, Canyon Ball, North Dakota –
• The Vicious Dogs of Manifest Destiny Resurface in North Dakota – Jacqueline Keeler – Continue reading
All Out for Actions in Solidarity with Standing Rock
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The resistance by Indigenous peoples and supporters to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in Standing Rock, North Dakota, is intensifying in defiance of the use of state violence against them. The conflict shows the continued refusal of the U.S. ruling circles to provide solutions to conflicts with Indigenous peoples on a political nation-to-nation basis. Instead, they are repeating all the practices from the time of the Great Sioux War of 1876, also known as the Black Hills War, between the Lakota Sioux, the Northern Cheyenne and the government of the United States. The cause of the war was the desire of the U.S. government to obtain ownership of the Black Hills where gold had been discovered and settlers began to encroach on the land. Since that time, the Sioux and Cheyenne have refused to cede ownership to the U.S. The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer’s last Stand, was one the battles of the war. Continue reading
By TONY SEED (Published March 21, slightly revised by the author on March 26)
According to CNN, Cuban president Raul Castro “refused to answer the question,” when US president Barack Obama called on Jim Acosta, the Senior White House Correspondent for CNN, a Cuban-American, to ask the first question in a joint press conference with President Raúl Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana on March 21. (After the presentations by the two heads of state in the joint press conference, the floor was opened to questions from the large number of international and Cuban journalists.) Acosta cynically asked if Cuba would release political prisoners.
President Castro immediately replied:
“Give me the list of political prisoners and I will release them immediately. Just mention a list. What political prisoners? Give me a name or names. After this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners. And if we have those political prisoners, they will be released before tonight ends.” Continue reading