Date: 06 Mar 2008, 06:33 AM Save The Sacred Sites Digest 03 06 2008
Thank you, Dave.
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From: SAVE THE SACRED SITES
Date: Mar 6, 2008 4:33 AM
Save The Sacred Sites Digest 03 06 2008
February 27, 2008 11:41am Greetings, Walk for justice needs your h
Posted by: "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Mon Mar 3, 2008 12:46 pm (PST)
February 27, 2008 11:41am
Walk for justice needs your help. Gladys Radek is one woman who does not
need to stand alone. Gladys is in the process of organizing a walk 4 justice for
all of the Aboriginal men and women across Canada who have no voice to
demand justice because they are either murdered or missing?
In many cases no legal authorities are looking for them, their files sit on
a shelf gathering dust somewhere whilst their family members are waiting for
that phone call from their loved one or the RCMP.
The walk 4 justice will leave Vancouver on Wednesday June 25, 2008 and is
expected to arrive in Ottawa to coincide with the opening of Parliament in
There are some things you can do in the meantime.
The organizing committee needs your attendance at a planning meeting to be
held on Monday March 3, 2008 from 2 pm – 5 pm in the Carnegie Theatre, 401
Main Street, Vancouver.
Go online immediately to add your name to petition Prime Minister Harper. Go
to petitionsonline.com in the search box type in first nations murdered and
missing women and input your info. This petition will be presented to the PM
on the opening day of Parliament.
Please forward this email information to all of your contacts on the
moccasin telegraph path
Gladys hopes to have a person to walk for every missing and murdered woman
on the missing women’s poster. That is 65 women murdered and missing from the
downtown eastside. Will you walk that mile for one woman?
As many of you have heard, many family members will have no justice for
their daughters, no voice for the murdered women because of the expense of the
trial. The families are just as much victims as their daughters. Victim service
workers have not supported family members in their time of greatest need
during the trial. Not emotionally, not financially, and now not through justice.
How will these and other murdered victims get justice if we are silent?
Women are continuing to go missing throughout the lower mainland and Fraser
Valley, locking up one man does not stop the disappearances. We need action!
If you can offer just one thing to help this walk4justice, please join us at
the planning meeting next Monday.
All my relations,
Seniors and Cultural Sharing Programmer
Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7
Phone (604) 665-3005 Fax: (604) 606-2736
Advocate for the Highway of Tears
"JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL SOMEDAY!"
PRAYERS TO EVERYONE FOR HEALTH,LOVE AND PROSPERITY
New compacts clouding tribal payout picture
Posted by: "Bear Warrior" email@example.com
Mon Mar 3, 2008 1:21 pm (PST)
New compacts clouding tribal payout picture
By James P. Sweeney
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
March 3, 2008
SACRAMENTO – Some powerful California Indian tribes dismissed it as what one leader referred to as a “blatant lie” – the warning that their new gambling agreements could jeopardize revenue-sharing payments to the state’s poorest tribes. But a jumble of conflicting provisions in tribal-state compacts, as well as state law, suggest the claim raised during the recent ballot fight over the deals is at least an open question.
Overview Background: Indian gaming compacts have required tribes with large gambling operations to pay into revenue-sharing funds that distribute money to poor and nongaming tribes.
What’s changing: New compacts divert that money into the state’s general fund, but the compacts spell out that the money is still to go to the poor tribes.
The future: Some worry that despite those assurances, the money will be available for other purposes now that it is in the general fund – especially during tough financial times for the state.
What appears almost certain, critics say, is that the compacts will subject funding for the $1.1 million annual payments to poorer tribes to the perilous grind of the state budget process.
“We were not lying about his,” said Nelson Pinola, chairman of the Manchester-Point Arena band of Mendocino County. “This issue has so polarized tribes in California, between the haves and have-nots, that it’s going to be hard to repair.”
Pinola, a retired Sonoma County sheriff’s lieutenant and budget analyst, raised the point in television ads that opposed the new compacts for Sycuan of El Cajon, Pechanga of Temecula, Morongo of Banning and Agua Caliente of Palm Springs.
Agua Caliente Chairman Richard Milanovich denounced the claim about revenue sharing as one of many false charges leveled during the bruising campaign over Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97, a $150 million campaign that pitted rival factions of heavyweight gaming tribes against one another.
Last month, California voters easily passed the measures, which asked whether the compacts should be approved.
“One of the arguments our opponents had, together with all of their ugliness and blatant lies, was that we are stripping away the revenue-sharing fund,” Milanovich told a recent gathering of tribes.
To the contrary, Milanovich said, “we are adding to it.” Agua Caliente and the other three tribes will increase contributions, from roughly $3.1 million to $9 million a year, to the revenue-sharing fund, under the new agreements.
But that fund has never collected enough to cover the annual commitment to the small and nongaming tribes. In the complicated world of Indian gaming, a second, larger special fund provided most of the nearly $500 million in revenue-sharing payments distributed over seven years. And that’s where the potential problem is.
The four big gaming tribes will stop making more than $70 million in annual payments to that second fund.
The new compacts divert the $70 million, plus an additional $20 million a year from the San Manuel band of suburban San Bernardino, to the state’s all-purpose general fund. That will leave the second special fund unable to continue covering the revenue-sharing payments as well as its other obligations, which include regulatory costs associated with Indian casinos.
“That was a devastating blow to the small tribes,” Pinola said.
Unique to California, the revenue-sharing program was designed to spread the benefits of Indian gambling to all of the state’s 108 federally recognized tribes. Nongaming bands and those with small casinos – fewer than 350 slot machines – are eligible for the annual payments.
Recipients in San Diego County include Ewiiaapaayp (pronounced WEE-a-pie), Inaja-Cosmit, the Jamul Indian Village, Los Coyotes, the La Jolla band, La Posta, Manzanita, Mesa Grande and the Santa Ysabel tribe.
When other tribes alerted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office to the potential problem in the new deals, the administration inserted a clause in three compacts; Agua Caliente’s was signed already. The clause promised that the state would cover any revenue-sharing shortfalls from increased tribal payments to the general fund.
But earlier gaming agreements and legislation that ratified the new compacts contain contradictory language.
The first round of gaming compacts signed in 1999 declare, “In no event shall the state’s general fund be obligated to make up any shortfall or pay any unpaid claims” for the revenue-sharing program.
Likewise, bills that ratified the compacts of Pechanga, Morongo and Agua Caliente say the increased payments to the state “shall be deposited in the general fund.”
Nonetheless, a spokeswoman for the California Gambling Control Commission said the language inserted late into three compacts covers the poor tribes.
“We believe the compacts include provisions to ensure that the payments will be made at the same level,” commission spokeswoman Anna Carr said.
Jason Dickerson, a legislative analyst who focuses on gaming issues, also said there are “multiple protections for the $1.1 million payments” under current law.
In his proposed 2008-09 budget, Schwarzenegger earmarked $40 million from the general fund for the small and nongaming tribes.
Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, a Fremont Democrat involved in the recent gaming negotiations, predicted the tribes will not be able to compete with other powerful special interests in lean times. The state faces a $16 billion deficit.
“The problem with the general fund is in tough budget years, that money is gone,” Torrico said.
While there is ample money in special funds to cover the revenue-sharing payments for several years, long-term reliance on the general fund could prove difficult, some say.
“It would be a fight every year, and in a year like this one . . . it could be a losing fight,” said Alison Harvey, executive director of the California Tribal Business Alliance, which opposed the compacts. “I just think it puts these tribes in a very difficult position.”
Haggling amid a budget squeeze also could subject the recipient tribes to unwelcome scrutiny, Torrico said. About 20 operate small casinos, and their populations vary widely.
“You have some tribes that are getting the $1.1 million, they have five members. You have some that have 3,000 members. Same amount of money. Why?” said Torrico, who supports the revenue-sharing program.
Tribes on both sides agree that the long-term source of funding for the revenue-sharing payments needs clarification.
“We’re trying to get legislation passed which will make up the shortfall out of the general fund,” Agua Caliente’s Milanovich said. “We understand what our responsibility is to the nongaming tribes and the tribes that have small operations.”
If you have a chance to make life better for others and fail to do so, you are wasting your time on Earth. No matter what our station in life, we are here to serve, even if that sometimes means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
Sooner or later you are going to learn just as I did, that there’s a difference between KNOWING the path and WALKING the path.
Tulare County project debated
Early study sees high impact from Yokohl Ranch.
By Erik Lacayo / The Fresno Bee
EXETER — A large-scale community proposed for Tulare County’s foothills could have a significant impact on the environment, according to an early study of the project.
If approved, a 10,000-home town would be developed east of Exeter within the 36,000-acre Yokohl Ranch, owned by J.G. Boswell Co.
County planning officials were at the Exeter Senior Center on Monday to receive written public concerns as they begin to draft an environmental impact report, a process required under the California Environmental Quality Act.
The county recently released an initial study on the Yokohl Ranch project, which highlights possible environmental impacts that need to be addressed in the environmental impact report.
Air quality and biological, cultural and agricultural resources are some of the environmental factors that could be significantly affected, according to the project’s initial study.
Drafting a more specific environmental impact report could take about one year, said William Hayter, assistant director of Tulare County Resource Management Agency.
"A project of this size will have a very thorough and big document," Hayter said.
Hayter said J.G. Boswell Co. will have to show it can avoid significant environmental impacts or be able to mitigate those impacts.
Representatives from J.G. Boswell did not attend Monday, Hayter said.
Dozens of visitors viewed diagrams of the proposed development and submitted written testimony to county officials.
Alfred Pietroforte of Visalia said he was concerned the development would ruin the scenic Yokohl Valley.
"It’s one of the most beautiful and energized areas around here," he said.
The influx of cars would trap pollution inside Yokohl Valley, and officials haven’t explained where the water for the community will come from, Pietroforte said.
Kenneth Woodrow, tribal chairman of the Wuksachi tribe, said he was concerned about the project’s impact on Rocky Hill, an area within Yokohl Valley. Woodrow said the area is full of ancient Wuksachi burial sites.
"It’s one of our very special sacred areas," he said. "We need to protect these areas."
Woodrow, who lives in Salinas, said tribal officials have met with representatives of J.G. Boswell Co. and are hopeful they can work together to protect the burial sites.
Greg Kirkpatrick, a former Visalia City Council member, was recruiting members Monday for a group called the Committee to Save Yokohl Valley.
"It’s wrong on so many levels," he said about the project.
Information available about the project isn’t very detailed, Kirkpatrick said.
Some attending Monday grumbled they didn’t have a chance to voice their concerns to county officials at the event advertised as a "public scoping meeting."
Hayter said the event was meant more as a "public presentation" and the county will hold a public hearing once a draft of the environmental impact report is complete.
The Yokohl Ranch project, which would be built in stages over 20 to 30 years, is still in the early planning process.
"This is new to Tulare County," Hayter said.
"It’s kind of like Tulare County was one of the last places to be discovered [for large development]. We knew it would come sooner or later."
Walking 4,400 miles for Mother Earth
BROOKE EDWARDS Staff Writer
March 3, 2008 – 3:32PM
James Quigg / Staff Photographer
A walker stretches after completing the
morning walk from Apple Valley to Lucerne Valley
during the Longest Walk.
More than 125 people will pass through the High Desert this week on a cross-country trek — all in the name of Mother Earth.
It’s for the “Longest Walk”, a total of 4,400 miles through 11 states, and lead by a group of American Indians.
Their message — “All life is sacred, save Mother Earth.”
“This time we are walking specifically for the environment,” said Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, who is leading the walk. Banks said they are trying to shed light on global warming and the pollution of Mother Earth’s air, water and soil.
When the second Longest Walk arrives in Washington D.C. this July, Banks said they will have a Cultural Survival Summit, where all walkers will present a manifesto to members of Congress of things they can do to protect the environment and preserve Native American culture.
On Sunday they spent a night at the Lone Wolf Colony in Apple Valley before passing through Lucerne Valley on the way to Joshua Tree.
The group depends on the generosity of locals they meet along the way for accommodation and food. Banks said it is the second year they have stayed at the Lone Wolf Colony, where they have received a great deal of community support.
Colony resident Ken Pierce said they put on a potluck for the walkers in addition to giving them a place to stay.
They give back by picking up trash found along the Longest Walk route and separating it into trash and recycling bins. Banks said each person starts the day with 10 trash bags, and they are filled by noon. He said after 27 days of walking 25 miles per day, the group has filled over 1,000 bags of trash. Still, he said they haven’t even made a dent in the roadside litter.
The group is also walking to promote the protection of sacred Native American sites, for healing from diseases such as diabetes and alcoholism that disproportionately plague Native Americans and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original Longest Walk.
The first walk took place in 1978, according to the group’s Web site, to protest 11 legislative bills introduced by U.S. Congress that threatened Native American treaty rights. When the group arrived in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 1978, there were hundreds of supporters including Muhammed Ali and Marlon Brando. The walk was a success, and all 11 bills were defeated.
Participants in the Longest Walk left from San Francisco on Feb. 11 and are expected to reach Washington, D.C. on July 11.
Posted by Zalkhatib under News/Current Events
March 3, 2008
1) “First came an explosion in the street outside. Then the sound of a single rifle bullet slicing through the sky in a sharp crack and into the apartment directly above the home of Raed Abu Saif, the same apartment into which his young daughter Safa had just gone. It was Saturday afternoon, about 4pm. Abu Saif hurried upstairs and found, lying on the floor of the front room, Safa, aged 12. There was a hole in her chest where the bullet had entered and a hole in her back where it had exited. It took her three hours to die.”
2) Imam Suhaib Webb’s Gaza Photoset
3) Note the language of the New York Times: “… Israel’s military and economic pressure on Gaza, the menacing rocket fire from Gaza into Israel…” Israeli exerts “military pressure”. As if they were just making things a little uncomfortable. From Gaza, there is “menacing” rocket fire. Collective punishment – 1/2 of all dead thusfar are civilians, and most of those are women and children – is, of course, not menacing. If the following is not menacing, I am not sure what is:
“Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday asked Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann to examine whether the Israel Defense Forces can legally target populated areas from which Qassam rockets are being fired at the western Negev. During Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Vice Premier Haim Ramon asked why the IDF was not directing massive fire at the areas from which Qassams are being launched. “According to international law, you can do that,” he said. “In the Second Lebanon War it was clear that if they shoot from within a village, we can fire on them even if the area is populated.”
4) Quoth As’ad: “The most Arab public (and even governmental) responses against the carnage in Gaza took place in Mauritania. The rest of Arab public is watching Alissa on LBC TV.”
5) While this is going on, here is what the guardians of the sacred sites are up to: “President Bush and King Abdullah first discussed a joint effort on Syria during the president’s trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in January. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal then discussed details at a White House meeting on Feb. 15 attended by Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley, according to U.S. and Arab officials.”
Moreover, until yesterday when they removed the article, Saudia newspaper Elaph headlined an article on Gaza titled “Palestinian missiles posing a threat to quarter million Israelis.”
6) “Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by Dahlan, and armed with new weapons supplied at America’s behest, to give Fatah the muscle it needed to remove the democratically elected Hamas-led government from power. (The State Department declined to comment.)”
What can we do?
How to Help Save Gaza in 48 Hours – Imam Suhaib Webb
AIAC Announcement, Native Languages Legislative Sum
Native Languages were here before the state of Oklahoma was formed and thus they are the first languages of Oklahoma. Let us come together and educate our legislators about the contributions that have been made to Oklahoma and the United States through these languages. Let us proudly show our work for the legislators at this summit.
Pass this information on to anyone you feel would be interested.
Cultural Resource Center
PO Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465
Telephone: (918) 453-5154
Fax: (918) 458-6172
FEMA- Huckabees must choose between formaldehyde and food
Want to know how good ol’ FEMA is "helping" the victims stuck in the contaminated units in the hurricane zones!!??? I am absolutely FURIOUS at this news from Lindsay Huckabees’ husband Steve.
I am not one to complain and I have never, even after all we have been through asked for anything, but something happened today that made my blood boil.
As the email message below states we are supposed to be moved into a hotel tomorrow that has no stove, refrigerator or microwave, but when we asked about food vouchers which FEMA said they would be providing (http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=42611) everyone that we have spoken with from FEMA says they know nothing about it. A friend suggested that we contact Congressman Gene Taylor’s office as he is our local representative so Lindsay did so. Lindsay spoke with a woman named Kathy and told her of our story and what FEMA had promised to provide in the way of food vouchers. After hearing our story Kathy said, "So even with the government paying your rent you can’t afford to feed your family?" Lindsay replied by telling her that we can and do afford to feed our family, but that eating OUT three meals a day with seven (7) people in the family we could not afford. Kathy then proceeded to explain that it is not FEMA’s job to feed our family and that we should be able to do that ourselves.
I could not believe my ears when I heard Lindsay’s tear-filled words on the phone after she got off the phone with our congressman’s office, the people that we vote for to help us, the person that I voted for to help us. This is a very sad day for me to have to write a letter like this, but this insult to myself and my wife I could not let go untold.
Thank you for taking the time to read my words and I hope that your day is going better than mine.
Steven M. Huckabee
MNN Red-X finds Chris ‘ODB’ & Robin "Rotten Egg" Aitken theft strategy
HOT FLASH! The Infinite “Red-X” discovers
Secret Instruction Manual: "Advanced Strategies
on Stealing Indigenous Resources” – TWO DIRTY
COLONIAL REPTILES – CHRIS “ODB” REID &
ROBIN “ROTTEN EGG” AITKEN CITED AS
MNN. Mar. 4, 2008. “All the tricks of the colonists are
now revealed”, sayeth the infamous Indigenous sage,
Red-X. “It’s a manual on how to try to cash in on our
land and resources”. It was used at Dehcho and it
looks like they’re fine tuning it at Sharbot Lake too.
Here are some of the key hints on their dirty tricks
and how to counter them.
Colonial Dirty Trick #1: Call it “democracy” and
make sure you keep control. Invite the Indigenous
to conferences on “self-governance”. Make sure they
go to lots of fancy cocktail parties with open bars, with
colonial big-wigs like Governor General Michaelle
Jean and other “heavies. Give them tiaras to try on
and a taste of “life in the fast lane”. Make sure they’re
too drunk to notice they’ve sold out their people.
Colonial Dirty Trick #2. Make sure Indigenous are
outnumbered three to one at every meeting. Red-X
says, “Don’t go to Ottawa, Vancouver or Kingston or
any big city. Hold them meetings at home in your tipi,
longhouse or your condemned Indian Affairs
bungalow with the cracked window panes and
asbestos contaminated floors and walls”.
Colonial Dirty Trick #3: Put out colonial law as if it’s
Indigenous law. Ignore Indigenous legal processes.
Only look at what counts according to the colonial
The Red-X says, “Let’s take a look at how two colonial
reptiles played out the “life and death” game against
our people of the Northwest Territories”. Red-X goes
on to reveal the “Colonial Cheat Sheet” used to try to
pull the wool over our eyes.
CDT #4. Information is power – the colonists have two
control strategies: collect, horde and keep it to
themselves. When necessary they make it disappear.
The other option is to put out a whole lot of lies, like
false history and myth making. Even create "Indians"!
CDT #5. Put some “heavies” at the table. The bigger
the title, the longer the resume, the fatter, the better.
At the talks with our Dehcho brothers and sisters,
the “heavy”, Minister of Indian Affairs, Robert Nault,
said, "The signing of these agreements is an
acknowledgment of a new relationship between
the Deh Cho, Canada and the GNWT". What he
really said was, “I hope I confused you because
I’m f—king confused myself.”
Michael Nadli, a sell-out band councillor, said, "We
look forward to Phase II to begin substantive
negotiations on the more fundamental elements
of Deh Cho Governance." Translation: “I’m being
played. They’re making me read a script I don’t
CDT #6. Use hierarchical colonial criteria with
with the colonists sitting at the top seeing
themselves with guns and money in hand.
We are supposed to be down there somewhere
out of sight. They always beat around the bush.
CDT #7. Design an extreme “offer-concession
strategy” to bowl the Injuns over if we kick up a
fuss or raise awkward questions, like, “How’re you
gonna clean up your filthy mess?” That’s when
the "operatives" throw the chair back and pull
away from the table. We can stop these sleazes
even when they threaten to take the “bribe” money
CDT #8. The colonial "hoods" will walk out if
they lose “control”. That’s when we know the
whole is falling. Translation: “We ain’t playing
with you bad ‘Injuns’ anymore!”
CDT #9. Look for weaknesses. These gangsters
may even use a “good cop” and a “bad cop” strategy to
throw those Injuns off balance. We all know there’s no
“good cop”. They’re all “bad”. They then threaten us
with illegal injunctions, jail time and law suits. At the
January 6, 2008 Kingston meeting “ODB” Reid’s
pal, “Algonquin Would-be”, Robert Lovelace, was
sent back in to talk to the Mohawks after the
“carpetbaggers” stomped off in a huff. Would- Be’s
job was to side track the Mohawks with his
“Cointelpro” charm. The next day these “air
punching” carpetbaggers disappeared to a secret
hideaway. The Mohawks found them and once
again they slithered off into the darkness.
CDT #10. The carpetbaggers don’t like the people
you bring along. They will suggest taking your
sell-outs into another room to make a deal behind
closed doors. ODB Reid was overheard telling
Lovelace, “The next time we should meet with
George White of Frontenac Ventures alone with
no lawyers”. They’re trying to make a deal on
uranium mining on Haudenosaunee land at
Sharbot Lake. When we tried to ask questions,
they fled again with their coat tails flapping.
CDT #11. They want targets. In the
1990 Mohawk-Oka Crisis at Kanehsatake, we
sent in different spokespeople every day. Alex
Patterson and Bernard Roy, the negotiators for
Quebec and Canada, got spitting mad. Their
threats were ignored. They picked up their toys
and left. Negotiations broke down.
CDT #12. The colonial agents stuff
their side with ‘know-it-alls. Warns the Red-X,
“This does not intimidate us. We just have
more foul smell to cut through. Just keep
telling them this is all our land, we are sovereign
and they are trespassers”.
Our Basic Way is simple: Report daily to the
community. Get their instructions. Select
new negotiators each day to avoid getting
targeted and becoming too cozy with the
Indigenous men cannot meet with adversaries
without consulting the women. We all have
diverse knowledge, abilities, expertise and
responsibilities. We have to use the Great
Law traditional decision making process to
bring in everybody’s ideas. Separate private
“tete-a-tetes” are meant to force us into making
secret deals with the devil.
The meetings must be 2 sided – the Indigenous
People on one side and all the pirates on the
other side – with a neutral third party approved
by both sides to mediate. This is required by
The Dehcho Coercion Process involving
Chris "ODB" Reid and Robin "Rotten Egg" Aitkin.
The “Dehcho Nation” is in the southwest corner
of the land known to the colonists as the
“Northwest Territories”. It covers roughly 210,000
square kms. There are 10 communities. The
colonial vipers wanted their land and resources
and to put a pipeline through their territory. It’s
not a place where the vipers themselves dream
of living or raising their families. But they sure
do salivate after the resources.
Red-X warns, “Watch out for “ODB”. Reid.
It is believed he was the double dipping negotiator
and lawyer for the Deh Cho [(867) 695-2355 or
(416) 466-9928]. Look out for Robin Aitken who
was the Chief Federal Negotiator from Indian
Affairs [(819) 953-1018]. Don’t let Bob Patterson
slip away. He was the Chief Negotiator for the
Northwest Territories [(867) 873-7167]. "They brag
about their prowess with Indigenous people”.
said Red-X. Check out their websites. See what
they think of us. Their using similar dirty tricks in
the current “mining and land claim strategy” at
The Deh Cho process started in 1998 when former
Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart sent in her patsy,
Dr. Peter H. Russell, to look at Dehcho “lands,
resources and governance” on behalf of industry.
She’s now trying to organize Six Nations according
to this Manual.
“Patsy” Russell teaches political science at the
University of Toronto [firstname.lastname@example.org] and speaks
on the “Lessons of Ipperwash and Caledonia –
Learning to be Treaty People”. [This title is sooo
patronizing! Try not to barf!] He works at the C.D.
Howe Institute, a Conservative think tank, that plans
and schemes against us. He also spent time among
the Australian Aborigines. After his visits to Dehcho,
agents were sent in to start managing them. George
Erasmus, who gets put on all kinds of government
boards and commissions, was put in as chief
negotiator for Dehcho.
First there was an “Interim Measures Agreement”
signed in May 2001 to let the Dehcho take part in
their own land and resource management. Wow!
What progress! [They have been doing this for
thousands of years!]
Canada wanted an “Agreement-in-Principle” in
five years and a final agreement two years later
so that industry could get their claws on the
resources, oil, gas and diamonds and to put in
the pipeline. Dr. Russell recommended something
called “interim measures” and then an “Agreement-
in-Principle”. There’s no science behind their spin
on names for their theft!
On May 21, 2001, Dehcho, NWT and Canada signed
something else called a “Framework Agreement”
that was supposed to be based on the fraudulent
Treaty 8 of 1900 and Treaty 11 of 1921 and 1922
with Canada. If the Dehcho scrutinized these treaties,
they might find they don’t meet international law
Some other fancy names to awe us into being
coerced might include “Land Use Planning”
funded by Canada; “Interim Land Withdrawal”
to temporarily protect lands not presently needed
by industry; involve the Dehcho in the “Mackenzie
Valley Resource Management” to make them feel
important, meaning “we’ll let you talk to us but we
don’t have to listen to you”; National Energy Board,
an outsider, will authorize oil and gas activities with
a benefit plan for someone; Canada will let Dehcho
watch them turn their land into a park; and “joint
ventures projects” called “Interim Resources
Development Agreements” will let Canada and
industry steal the resources and give a few pennies
to the Dehcho.
Resources like wildlife and fish will be used,
managed and protected without specifying by
whom and at whose cost.
In August 2003 the Dehcho stopped surface
and sub-surface development for five years,
probably on the land that has no resources
that industry wanted. The mining companies,
environmental groups, prospectors and oil and
gas companies were probably involved in deciding
which 34% of the lands were withdrawn.
In the “Interim Resource Development Agreement”
of April 2003 the Dehcho would benefit only if
there was oil and gas development. Dehcho got
12.25% of the first $2 million [$250,000] that
Canada collected in resource royalties from the
Mackenzie Valley each year, and 2.45% of any
more royalties. The Dehcho could only get up to
50% each year to a maximum of $1 million. “You’ll
get an allowance if you behave yourselves”,
Canada told them. Canada will hold the balance
in trust so that they can dip into it for their own
needs. This is an old trick. At the final agreement
in 2005/06 the Dehcho got $1 million. The oil and
gas companies are taking out at least $1 million a
day if not an hour from their land.
Dehcho had to agree to issue oil and gas exploration
licenses and prospecting permits the first year and
every two years after that. Mining companies can
go to individual Dehcho communities to make separate
deals. This is all so underhanded.
Canada says they are giving the Dehcho a chance
to "hit the ground running" when a final agreement
is completed. Yes, we’d better all run away from
these salivating reptiles! This means they will give
the Dehcho an advance on their allowance which
will be deducted from the final settlement. If it doesn’t
go through, the Dehcho may have to pay it back.
In September 2004, the Dehcho sued the Mackenzie
Gas Project, suspending land, resources and
governance negotiations. In the out-of-court
settlement of July 2005 Canada agreed to pay
Dehcho $31.5 million over three years through
“program funding” and “new funding” which the
Dehcho have to get anyway. It ended up as $3.5
million per year to make it look like the Dehcho
were taking part.
The “Framework Agreement” sets out how Canada
would set up an illegal municipal government to
avoid legitimate nation to nation relations. “Yeah,
we’ll let you “regulate” your own land and water as
long as you go by our "rules”, which are in the best
interests of industry!”
The Dehcho role in the Mackenzie Valley Land &
Water Board was to bring their land and resources
under the same overall controlling regulations. We
hear they got two jobs from the oil and gas exploration.
Did ODB Reid get this for them?
Derek Neary of the Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson,
wrote about the distrust of federal negotiator,
Robin “Rotten-Egg” Aitken. Rotten Egg repeatedly
said that Canada doesn’t have anything up its sleeve!
He said that the Dehcho made him push the
negotiations. Do we believe that? It’s always
the other way around.
An Old "Indian" Trick We Learned from a White Man:
Canada made agreements with “metis” to put
pressure on Dehcho to go along with the land
and resources giveaways. Who are these “metis?
Anybody who wishes to be native, like the “paper
Algonquins” at Sharbot Lake who are negotiating
away Haudenosaunee land? The “Congress of
Aboriginal People” CAP is the federal government
creature that signs up anyone who wants to be an
“Indian”. If this keeps up, every Canadian could sign
up and be part of this subterfuge. As Red-X said,
“They can never be Ongwehonwe!” The Red-X
advises, “Brothers and sisters, we must use our
natural world strategies against these beasts”.
MNN Mohawk Nation News
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