Wednesday, September 12, 2012

If it isn't on the news...did it happen?

I'm often struck by what is (and what ISN'T) declared newsworthy by our trusted media filter professionals.  Here are some recent stories that likely didn't make it to your media outlet.

In Carlisle Pennsylvania, plans continue to raze the Carlisle Indian Industrial School this fall.  Preparation for demolition has already begun with the drilling of holes inside the building.

On September 12  run organizer Hector Cerda issued a statement, "Finally I am asking that Kay County Sherriff submit a written apology to the Peace and Dignity Journeys Runners, S.P.I.R.I.T. and all Native American folks of the state of Oklahoma for the desecration of our ceremonial staff. I also ask that they demonstrate how they are training their officers to learn about sacred ceremonial items that Native American tribes use during spiritual walks, runs and journeys that have been happening in this region since time immemorial."  This statement came after law enforcement arrested one of the runners because reports came in that there were people running along the road with weapons.  While the runner was being handcuffed, the ceremonial staff was left on the ground which is a desecration of this sacred object.

On Wednesday September 5 the  Last Real Indians and the Lakota People’s Law Project organized a celebration in downtown Rapid City for supporters of the Native American Pe’ Sla, the 2000 acre sacred site in the Black Hills.    Chase Iron Eyes is quoted on the Censored News site: “The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has placed earnest money down towards the purchase of Pe’ Sla, but it is not a victory yet—the fight isn’t over. But, this is a huge success, because it buys us time.”  You can contribute to the Indiegogo account to help them secure Pe’ Sla.

On Sunday August 21, approximately 100  Lakotas and Deep Green Resistance protested the White Clay Nebraska liquor stores which  border Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Five protestors were arrested, sprayed with mace and hauled away in a horse trailer.  The group had marched to White Clay, a town where 10 people live but where there are four liquor stores that sold nearly 4.3 million cans of beer last year.  (Alcohol continues to be banned on the reservation.  The Oglala Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit in February against the store owners and their suppliers).

Thanks to others who blog, take photos, share stories so that others can see more than what celebs are doing and wearing, which politician has said what this week, etc.