Friday, November 30, 2007

City of Denver Defies Court Order In Columbus Day Trials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 29, 2007

Contacts: Glenn Morris
303-519-2423
gtm303@gmail.com

Carol Berry
303-235-0282
chickasaw303@yahoo.com

CITY DEFIES COURT ORDER IN COLUMBUS DAY TRIALS

Status conference set for Friday, November 30, 12 noon, Courtroom 117M, City and County Building, Denver. Media are welcome to attend.

Columbus Day Protesters have charged Denver city officials with acting arrogantly by disrespecting an order from Denver Judge Bohning and by disregarding the constitutional rights of defendants.

Attorneys for Transform Columbus Day Alliance (TCDA) defendants are responding to the willful disobedience of the Denver City Attorney's office in contempt of the court’s order to comply.

City attorneys were ordered to disclose which, if any, of its attorneys were present at a political protest at the Columbus Day parade October 6, 2007. They refused to disclose those names, and a motion for contempt of court was filed by the legal team representing 85 defendants in the case.

If city attorneys were present at the parade, their presence may disqualify them from prosecuting the cases, because they could be called as witnesses. They may have assisted Denver Police in orchestrating the arrests of the defendants.

On a motion made October 26 on behalf of the TCDA defendants, the Denver City Court ordered city attorney Daniel Douglas to provide, by November 9, the names of any city attorneys present at the protest. Douglas failed to comply with the court order, and the defendants' motion to find the city attorney in contempt of court was filed November 15. A hearing date for this motion is pending in Judge Bohning’s courtroom, 151P.

Instead of complying with the court's initial disclosure order, the city attorney filed an objection, contending that he is not required to investigate the matter.

The city attorney's decision to ignore the order was "legally invalid" and "rather disingenuous," said a member of the TCDA legal defense team. Ignoring the order represents a "blatant and willful violation" and the city attorney "should be held in contempt until he complies," he said.
The motion is one of several filed recently in connection with the Columbus Day protest, including a motion for access to Denver Police Internal Affairs documents as well as related e-mails to and from the police or sheriff's offices and the office of the mayor.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has said the police acted "with restraint" at the protest, during which more than 80 arrests took place, some accompanied by the use of pain compliance and other unjustified, violent tactics.

Police officials have referred questions concerning the arrest methods to the Internal Affairs Division or the city's Office of the Independent Monitor, from which no immediate comment was available.

A police spokesperson said the Internal Affairs Division is "aware of issues (concerning allegations of excessive use of force) brought to the attention of Internal Affairs and is looking diligently into the allegations at this time." No further comment will be made at present, the spokesperson said.

One Columbus Day arrestee, a student at the University of Denver, contends his Constitutional rights were violated because he was arrested even though he was simply a bystander at the parade and had pointed out an undercover police officer(s). He was "plucked from the crowd" and arrested, according to defense attorneys. After he was released from jail, Denver Police contacted the University of Denver to suggest that academic disciplinary action should be brought against the student, despite the fact that he has not been convicted of any crime.

The misdemeanor charges in connection with the political protest on Columbus Day generally allege disrupting a public assembly or blocking a public street.

Defenses to be employed at the trials of the more than 80 defendants focus in part on the right to free speech, to civil and political rights, and to protection under international laws against genocide and racial discrimination, attorneys said. The constitutionality of the ordinances under which most protesters have been charged, will also be challenged.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

White Male Supremacists To Seize Apache Women's Lands

Just like the witch-burners of old, European men are stealing elder womens' land to consolidate their power. They want to build a wall to keep the indigenous from moving freely ON THEIR OWN CONTINENT!

Urgent: Homeland Security preparing to seize Apache lands
November 18, 2007 | Leave a Comment | 339 Views

Margo Tamez recently sent out the following urgent call for support, explaining that since July, her Mother and Elders of el Calaboz, Texas, have been the targets of numerous threats and harassments by the Border Patrol, Army Corps of Engineers, NSA, and the U.S. related to the proposed building of a fence on their levee.

The NSA, for one, has been specifically demanding that Elders give up their lands for the levee–telling them that they will have to travel a distance of 3 miles to go through checkpoints, to walk, recreate, and to farm and herd goats and cattle ON THEIR OWN LANDS.

Margo’s mother just informed her that since last Monday the Army Corps of Engineers, Border Patrol and National Security Agency teams have been tracking down and enclosing upon the people; telling them that they have no choice: “the wall is going on these lands whether you like it or not, and you have to sell your land to the U.S.”

Margo asks that you Please help the elders and indigenous women land title holders resist forced occupation in their own lands! As a start, you can do so by sharing this information to your friends and networks. (more to follow.)

If you would like to contact Margo for more information, you can email her at mtamez@wsu.edu
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RIP Larry Mitchell

Hat Tip Intelligenta Indigena:

Larry Mitchell's great respect for his Potawatomi heritage and history was an inspiration. I am deeply saddened by his passing and will miss his internet presence very much. Condolences to all who loved him.

Larry Roy Mitchell
Larry Roy Mitchell “Shawnese” of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, 56 yrs, passed away on November 16, 2007. He joined his mother, Alberta Wamego, six years to the day. Highly decorated Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient. Proud to be an Honored Veteran of his tribe. Author of Potawatomi Tracks. He will be greatly missed by his wife Kathryn (Katie) Mitchell, his two sons, friends and family. Larry was a husband who helped to make his wife’s wishes and dreams come true. Larry has two sons he dearly loved: Larry Jr. and Joseph. His Niizh Ode (1 spirit, 2 hearts/Twin) Gary Mitchell of Mayetta, Kansas. Other brothers: Eddie Joe Mitchell-Mayetta, Leo Mitchell-Valley Falls, Randy Mitchell-Mayetta. Father: Andrew Mitchell-Mayetta. Adopted brothers: John LeClere-Mayetta, Mando Evans-Mayetta. Adopted mother: Judy Wabaunsee-Topeka. Sisters: Jackie Mitchell, Shirlene Seymour, Sandy Mitchell, Lisa Wamego, Edie Wamego all of Mayetta. Mother and Father in Law: Lorraine and Allen Lufkins. Brother in laws: AJ, Nick and Jack. Sister in laws: Jane and Carrie. 82 Nieces and Nephews. Deceased brothers: Bubs Mitchell, Mike Wamego. Deceased mother: Alberta Wamego. Deceased step father: Algernon Wamego. Potawatomi Drum services will be held on November 18th and 19th at Potawatomi Dance Grounds in Mayetta, Kansas. Graveside services and Internment will be 11:00, Tuesday, November 20th at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Bloomington, Minnesota.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mother Earth Liberating Herself Front: Hell No, She Won't Snow



Ski resorts all across Colorado are failing to meet their opening day target dates due to a lack of snow, courtesy of carbon-spewing global warmers.

While prosecuted eco-defenders sit in jail because of Green Scare persecutions, an undeterred Mother Earth continues her steady war against the Occupation's water-and-land greedy exploiters.

The Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue, led a group prayer for rain. Now isn't that funny. When indigenous people pray/prayed for rain, they are/were considered "primitive" or "savage" or scientifically "ignorant."

So far Governor Perdue's phallocentric, prepuce-coveting god has not answered. Atlanta, a city with 5.1 million residents, now has approximately 70 days of water left in Lake Lanier. Welcome to the white man's folly, sports fans. The consequences just keep coming.


Echo Mountain Pushes Back Opening Day

EVERGREEN - Echo Mountain has joined the growing list of Colorado ski areas that have delayed opening due to a lack of snow and poor snowmaking conditions.

“Unfortunately, because of the unseasonably warm temperatures we are delaying our season opening until Friday, November 30th,” said Doug Donovan, Echo Mountain’s General Manager.

“Even with the state-of-the-art snowmaking system we can’t compete with Mother Nature when temperatures here at 10,500 (feet) are 45 degrees,” Donovan said.

On Thursday, Vail and Steamboat both announced that they were pushing back their opening dates for the same reasons.

Vail, which was supposed to open Friday, now plans to start up the lifts on Nov. 21.

Steamboat is scheduled to open on Nov. 30.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Do You Have Heat? Donate To a Radical Lakota Clinic That Does Not

This is what genocide looks like. Step up with whatever you can.
From:
Date: Nov 10, 2007 12:45 PM
Subject: [action-medical] Help A radical clinic
To: medics

Porcupine Clinic Out of Heat
By Stephanie M. Schwartz, Freelance Writer
Member, Native American Journalists Association
October 26, 2007 Firestone, Colorado

Porcupine Clinic, located in the small community of Porcupine, South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota [Sioux] Reservation is out of heat. According to Stella White Eyes, Administrative Assistant for the Clinic, the Clinic has closed its doors until it can find resources to fund their heating costs.

Porcupine Clinic is the only independent Indian community-controlled health clinic in the United States. It is not connected with the Federal Indian Health Services (IHS) program and is funded primarily by grants and donations. Unfortunately, those resources have become exceptionally rare this year.

Porcupine Clinic opened its doors in 1992 and serves the entire Reservation as well as the Porcupine District in which it is located. Patients are billed according to their ability to pay and many patients, including low-income Elders and children, receive free health care there.

In 2004, the Porcupine Clinic opened its dialysis unit, saving countless lives of those diabetic patients who could not journey 120 miles away to Rapid City for needed dialysis treatment several times a week. The only other dialysis treatment available on the 11,000 square mile (2.7 million acres) Reservation is located in the small IHS Hospital in the community of Pine Ridge. But that facility hosts only a handful of dialysis beds, is up to 100 miles away from the more remote areas of the Reservation, and is completely unable to treat the vast need of the entire Reservation.

Recent statistics state that the diabetes rate on Pine Ridge is 800% that of the National average and the life expectancy rate is 52 to 58 years old. It is said that 55% of the adults on Pine Ridge over the age of 40 have diabetes.

Ms. White Eyes states that the Clinic has been unable to pay their annual propane tank rental fees of $245 (for both the Clinic and dialysis unit tanks) or for the propane to fill them. They have three tanks: a thousand gallon tank which services the main clinic and two five hundred gallon tanks servicing the dialysis unit. The minimum propane delivery from their provider, Western Cooperative (WESTCO) out of Chadron and Hay Springs, Nebraska, is $360.

If all the tanks were filled, at $1.69 per gallon, it would cost well over $3,000. Further, that will need to happen more than once this winter. While the dialysis unit helps to fund at least part of its own propane use, the Clinic is out of funding now, just as winter is approaching fast.

Harvey Iron Boy, Porcupine District Vice President and Head Man, spoke of the vital role that the Clinic plays in the local district as well as the Reservation as a whole. Not only are the health care services, bi-lingual assistance, diabetic education, and dialysis treatments all meeting critical needs on the Reservation but there are more basic needs met by the Clinic as well. He pointed out that locals often come into the Clinic simply to get warm on days when they have no heat in their own homes.

Ms. White Eyes has contacted various non-profits and assistance organizations but has largely gone unanswered. Link Center Foundation, a small all-volunteer non-profit organization out of Longmont, Colorado, was contacted this week and was also unable to help. With their own heating assistance program for the elders and disabled on the Reservation struggling due to lack of donations, there simply was no funding available to help the Clinic.

However, Audrey Link, Founder/President of the Link Center Foundation www.LinkCenterFoun dation.org) , personally paid the $245 out of her own pocket for the annual tank rental fees for the Porcupine Clinic and dialysis unit on Friday. Largely retired and on limited income herself, Link stated that she couldnt go to sleep tonight if she thought the dialysis patients and Clinic were going to lose their propane tanks. At least now, if they can raise any money at all elsewhere, they can use the money for propane to fill them.

Anyone wishing to donate towards propane fuel for the Porcupine Clinic may do so directly to the propane company. Please contact:

Loretta at Western Cooperative (WESTCO)

170 Bordeaux St Chadron, NE 69337-2342

Call Toll Free 800-762-9906

Credit Card and Bank Card donations by phone will be accepted. Small donations are also welcome and will accumulate until the minimum delivery has been reached and then the company will make a delivery of propane to the Clinic. Please clearly mark any donation “For Porcupine Clinic.

Donations may also be sent directly to the Clinic. For more information, please contact:

Porcupine Clinic

Stella White Eyes, Administrative Assistant

P.O. Box 99 Porcupine, SD 57772

Internet Information: http://www.lakotama ll.com/porcupine /

Phone: 605-867-5655

Note: Due to lack of heat, there may or may not be anyone available to answer the phone at the Clinic at this time. Please leave a message.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Fas-Fax Numbers Show Rocky/Post Fast F*cked

Just like this year's come-apart Denver Broncos, Cowtown's print media liars continue their downward spiral into oblivion.

Take a bow, bloggers. It's all about you.

'Rocky' Road: Denver Paper's Circ Plunges -- Now Points to Total Audience
By E&P Staff

Published: November 05, 2007 2:50 PM ET

NEW YORK Like its partner, the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News' daily circulation woes mounted today, with the numbers plunging 11.9% in the latest FAS-FAX, one of the worst performances in the country. The Sunday edition sank right along witht it, at 11.2%.
How the rest of Amerika's liars compare:

First FAS-FAX Numbers: Many Top Papers Take Big Hits
By Jennifer Saba

Published: November 05, 2007 8:10 AM ET updated all morning

NEW YORK The Audit Bureau of Circulations released circulation numbers for more than 700 daily newspapers this morning for the six-month period ending September 2007. Of the top 25 papers in daily circulation (see chart, separate story), only four showed gains.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Tennessee Town Has Run Out of Water

How much water does your town have? Do you know where it comes from? Or what's really in it?

Tennessee Town Has Run Out of Water
The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions. But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.

The mighty waterfall that fed the mountain hamlet has been reduced to a trickle, and now the creek running through the center of town is dry.

Three days a week, the volunteer fire chief hops in a 1961 fire truck at 5:30 a.m. — before the school bus blocks the narrow road — and drives a few miles to an Alabama fire hydrant. He meets with another truck from nearby New Hope, Ala. The two drivers make about a dozen runs back and forth, hauling about 20,000 gallons of water from the hydrant to Orme's tank.
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