TransCanada Attempts to Enter Unist’ot’en Land

From Submedia TV:

The Unist’ot’en Camp stands in the way of several tar sands oil and fracked gas pipelines in western Canada. This week they are on high alert for a possible raid by Canadian federal police. A couple of days ago supporters recorded this incident, where TransCanada attempted to enter the territory and do field work.

Help Sogorea Te warriors travel to the San Francisco Peaks

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Click here to donate to the cause.  Time is of the essence!

Rather than returning to the comfort of their homes, ten warriors who have been doing 24-hour security at Sogorea Te (Glen Cove) for the past 100+ days now plan to travel out to Arizona, in support of our brothers and sisters who are making a stand against cultural and environmental destruction at the holy San Francisco Peaks.

After not working for the past three months in order to remain at Sogorea Te, their funds are short….and gas is expensive. Please support these committed warriors by contributing to this travel expenses fund to get them out there!!

They intend to join the base-camps that have been set up on the mountain, where Arizona Snowbowl is clear-cutting rare alpine forest for new ski slopes and laying pipeline to transport recycled wastewater from Flagstaff for generating fake snow. Snowbowl’s planned use of 180,000,000 gallons a year of contaminated wastewater is considered an unacceptable desecration of the peaks, held sacred by over 13 indigenous nations in Southwest.

For more information, please see:
http://truesnow.org/
http://www.indigenousaction.org/
http://protectglencove.org/

Direct Action Halts Snowbowl Destruction on San Francisco Peaks

From International Cry

June 16, 9:40am – Indigenous Activists stepped in to halt the ongoing desecration and destruction of the San Francisco Peaks in north central Arizona. A press statement announcing the action was published on Censored News a few moments ago.

Background information can be found at IndigenousAction.org

June 16, 5:28 PM – Censored News: six people were arrested and one taken to the hospital for heat exposure after they locked themselves to heavy machinery to protect sacred San Francisco Peaks from Snowbowl development. Five adults and one juvenile were arrested. Another juvenile was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center for excessive heat exposure.

Native Americans are protesting pipeline construction to the Snowbowl ski resort, which would carry sewage water for snowmaking. Native American medicine men gather herbs for healing on the mountain. Since time immemorial, the mountain has been sacred to 13 area American Indian Nations.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said that a woman who was unchained in the closed area was issued a citation for third degree trespass and released. Two 16-year-old juveniles face one count of third degree trespass. Nadia del Callego, 27, faces one count of third degree trespass and one count of contributing to delinquency of a minor. Kristopher Barney, 22, Evan Hawbaker, 22, and Elizabeth Lavely, 28, face one count of third degree trespass. Hailey Sherwood, 20, faces one count of third degree trespass, one count of contributing to delinquency of a minor and once count of endangerment.

Hopi Radio KUYI provided this report from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office: “Summit Firefighters cut the chains and locking devices off of each protester. As one juvenile was being freed she began to pass out and was immediately accessed by medics and was subsequently transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for excessive heat exposure. Five adults and one juvenile were arrested and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center or the Coconino County Detention Facility.”

Activists are protecting sacred San Francisco Peaks from Snowbowl pipeline construction, which would carry sewage water for snow. Native medicine men gather herbs for healing on the mountain, sacred to 13 area Indian Nations.

More from Censored NewsPhotos: San Francisco Peaks lock down and arrestsMedia Watch: Snowbowl and racism in the media

Thanks to KUYI Hopi Radio for keeping us informed!

Police used excessive force on San Francisco Peaks defenders

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/
Photo by Beth Lavely

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Navajos and others defending sacred San Francisco Peaks said police used excessive force on those taking action to defend the Peaks from the use of sewage water for snowmaking on the mountain. Native American medicine men conduct ceremonies on the mountain, and gather herbs for healing ceremonies, on the Peaks, long sacred to 13 area American Indian Nations.

“Those who cut us out endangered our well being ignoring the screams to stop. They treated our bodies the way they’re treating this holy mountain. If they had their way, we wouldn’t even exist. There is more danger in doing nothing. To idly stand by and allow this destruction and desecration is to allow cultural genocide,” said one of the young woman who locked down. Continue reading