Do any of us have anything to celebrate this 4th of July? UNAC believes we do not.
By MALIK MIAH The rebellion against police violence and murder continues to expand. New demands arise against institutional racism and its symbols of oppression and genocide by Black and Brown people and Native American nations.
By MARTY GOODMAN On his fifth day in office, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Army Core of engineers to restart digging the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on sacred Sioux land, in violation of the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. The camp, known as Standing Rock, near Cannonball, N.D., was officially closed on … Continue reading Long Live Standing Rock!
By MARTY GOODMAN In a move that surprised no one for its greed and arrogance, on Jan. 24 President Donald Trump reversed President Obama’s Executive Order impeding construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The route of the pipeline goes across sacred Sioux land and under the Missouri River near Standing Rock, North Dakota. Delivering on … Continue reading Trump okays oil pipelines
By MARTY GOODMAN More than bitter winter weather lies ahead for hundreds of Native American nations and their supporters battling hazardous fossil-fuel pipelines on sacred Sioux land at the Standing Rock camp near Cannonball, North Dakota. A far more bitter struggle looms for Native American rights and climate justice with the incoming Trump administration. Former … Continue reading Standing with Standing Rock
By CHRIS MATO NUNPA Ho Mitakuyapi, Owasin cantewasteya nape ciyuzapi do! In the Dakota Language, this is a greeting that means, “Hello, my relatives. With a good heart I greet all of you with a handshake!” On Sunday, Dec. 4, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would not issue a permit for the … Continue reading Standing Rock and white supremacy
By CHRIS MATO NUNPA For most of this year, since April 2016, the Great Sioux Nation has gathered, along with its allies and supporters, to protect its treaty lands, with the sacred waters, the animal relatives, sacred sites, and burial sites, from the “Black Snake” (the Dakota Access Pipe Line, DAPL). In the past … Continue reading What’s Going on at Standing Rock? “Kill the Buffalo: Starve and Freeze the Natives”
By MARTY GOODMAN Mni wiconi (water is life)! The siege at Standing Rock, North Dakota, continues the 500-year rape of Native American land, resources, and culture. Driven by a capitalist system in crisis, oil profiteers have thrown overboard any concern over human rights or disastrous climate change. Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Energy Transfer Partners … Continue reading Standing Rock: Native American land under siege
By BILL ONASCH Along with multiple other crucial issues at stake in the struggle at Standing Rock Reservation is a growing polarization over climate and environmental issues in organized labor. Some important national unions have condemned the brutality against peaceful protesters and also oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). These include the … Continue reading Trades versus ‘bottom feeders’
By CARL SACK When I decided to become a cartographer, I didn’t just want to make pretty and useful maps. I became a cartographer to make maps that change the world for the better. Right now, no situation needs this kind of map more than the current drama unfolding around the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline’s … Continue reading A #NoDAPL Map
By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL and JOHN SCHRAUFNAGEL — MINNEAPOLIS — Close to 1500 people protested on Friday, Oct. 28, outside Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office. The protesters were angered by the use of Hennepin County deputies and equipment brutalizing Indigenous people and their allies at Standing Rock. Sheriff’s departments from across the Midwest have been … Continue reading Minneapolis rally protests use of sheriff’s deputies in Standing Rock attack
By BILL ONASCH Socialist Action’s vice-presidential candidate Karen Schraufnagel has filed extensive reports to this paper about the confrontations last month in remote Standing Rock, North Dakota. Efforts aiming to halt construction of a pipeline from the Bakken fracking fields to refineries in Illinois drew world attention to several important issues concerning Indigenous People's rights, … Continue reading Taking Sides at Standing Rock
By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Karen Schraufnagel is the Socialist Action candidate for vice president of the United States in 2016. The indigenous-led fight is heating up to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that has been devastating sacred native burial grounds. Resistance continues to grow at the Sacred Stone and Red Warrior camps, undeterred by … Continue reading Native people fight to stop Dakota pipeline
By CHRISTINE FRANK In the largest demonstration yet, 5000 Indigenous People and their supporters marched and rallied to demand that Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington NFL franchise, change the racist name of his team, the “Redskins.” On Nov. 2, the team was in Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Stadium on the … Continue reading Indigenous people protest racist NFL logo
By CARRIE LESTER The author is of Kanien’ke’ha:ka (Mohawk)-Onondaga and British-Canadian settler ancestry. TORONTO—There is a renewed push for a national inquiry into the disappearances and murders of Indigenous women and girls across Canada. The numbers are ever changing, but the most recent list involves 824 Indigenous women and girls whose murders or disappearances over … Continue reading Indigenous women demand murder inquiry
By ADAM RITSCHER — MINNEAPOLIS — On Nov. 7 over 800 people turned out to protest the racist name of the Washington Redskins football team. The protest was held just before the Washington team was scheduled to play the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The event was organized by the American Indian Movement, the … Continue reading Racist ‘Redskins’ football name protested
By CARRIE LESTER — TORONTO — In July, old news became new again. Media published stories about medical and nutrition experiments conducted in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools during the 1940s and ’50s. Why call it “old” news? Because an article on this topic appeared in the Vancouver Sun in 2000 (http://canadiangenocide.nativeweb.org/keynewsnativekidsusedforexperiments.html). Information about these experiments was … Continue reading Demand truth about experiments on indigenous children!
By JEFF ARMSTRONG The May 10 conviction of Guatemala’s Efrain Rios Montt for genocide perpetrated against the Maya Ixil people of that tortured land—though reversed at least temporarily on May 31 by a 3-2 margin of the oligarchical elite’s Constitutional Court—is a world historical precedent that started 13 years ago with a small but determined … Continue reading Lakota file genocide charges against U.S.
by Jeff Armstrong U.S. imperialism originated and continues unabated in Indian Country, indigenous territories demarcated under international treaties brazenly flouted by the United States since its inception. Indigenous peoples in the Americas languish under layers of oppression at the hands of federal, state, and, more often than not, tribal authorities. Under President Obama, the U.S. … Continue reading For the decolonialization of Indian Country!
by Leonard PeltierThe United States Department of Justice has once again made a mockery of its lofty and pretentious title. After releasing an original and continuing disciple of death cult leader Charles Manson who attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford, an admitted Croatian terrorist, and another attempted assassin of President Ford under the mandatory 30-year … Continue reading Leonard Peltier: “I Am Barack Obama’s Political Prisoner Now”
On January 20 the St. Louis County Board in northeastern Minnesota refused to sell abandoned, tax-forfeited lands located on the reservation to the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe. Like many reservations in the U.S., much of the land within the Fond du Lac reservation is owned by non-tribal members. The tribal government has for … Continue reading American Indians Fight for Land in Northern MN
Minnesota is known for its bitterly cold winters, and in the homes of many low income people in the state, paying for adequate heat is a major concern. This winter the six bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe got some unexpected assistance in paying their heating bills. Where did this assistance come from? Venezuela! Through … Continue reading MN Chippewa Tribe to Receive Venezuelan Oil
By JAIME GONZALEZ MEXICO CITY-Consider the following scene, which actually took place on Aug. 27: A group of around 30 campesinos from San Salvador Atenco-a town in the eastern side of the Mexico City Valley-is traveling on several vehicles over a toll road. Their final destination will be a demonstration in solidarity with a group … Continue reading Mexican Campesinos Defend Land and Water Against Privatization