Standing Rock

Rewrite: The Protests At Standing Rock | The Last Word | MSNBC

MSNBC Commentator Lawrence O’Donnell outlines 500 years of colonialism in four minutes in discussing the water protectors standing against the Dakota Access pipeline in the August 24 edition of his nightly news show The Last Word.

“Dakota means friend friendly.
The people who gave that name to the Dakotas have sadly never been treated as friends. The people whose language was used to name the Dakotas and Minnesota and Iowa Oklahoma Ohio Connecticut Massachusetts and other states the Native American tribes the people who were here before us (non-indigenous to the Americas) long before us, have never been treated as friends. They have been treated as enemies and dealt with with more harshly than any other enemy in any of this country’s Wars. After all of our major wars we signed peace treaties and lived by those treaties. After world war two when we made peace with Germany we then did everything we possibly could to rebuild Germany. No native american tribe has ever been treated as well as we treated Germans after World War Two. Continue reading

People & Climate

Indigenous People and climate change

Climate Change is here…maybe we can dispute why but it is a fact. The REDD + initiative aimed at halting the destruction of forests has the potential to ruin or enhance the lives of millions of indigenous peoples around the world living in forests…what happens depends on whether indigenous peoples know what is going on. This animation is the first step towards educating these people on REDD+, UNDRIP, FPIC and climate change. This animation has been localised into Thai and Burmese, more languages to follow.
More about REDD+

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Dana Adobe LUO/CUP

NCTC ‘s comments regarding the Dana Adobe Draft EIR:

Brian Pedrotti, AICP
San Luis Obispo County
Department of Planning & Building
San Luis Obispo California 93401

RE: Dana Adobe LUO/CUP

Dear Brian:

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) is providing the following comments for the draft EIR that the San Luis Obispo County Planning & Building Department has begun pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed Dana Adobe Land Use Ordinance Amendment and Conditional Use Permit.

The Dana Adobe was built by California Chumash Native Americans on a Sacred Chumash Village and Ceremonial Site.  The Nipomo area has been the home of the Chumash Nation for over 10,000 years.  The bluff where the Dana Adobe sits is a part of a large Chumash Village complex or district. The complex of villages, camps, ceremonial areas stretch from the foothills of Nipomo Valley to the Pacific Ocean.

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Decommission Diablo Canyon

Dear Commissioners:

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) is located in San Luis Obispo California, and was formed under the guidelines of California Senate Bill 18 April 26, 2006 as a State Recognized Tribal Government by the Native American Heritage Commission, organized and dedicated to preservation of the Chumash Culture, and Sacred Sites. NCTC is dedicated to meaningful consulting with local governments and agencies, consulting with the development community, and supporting tribal community well-being. NCTC members have been actively involved in government and projects to protect our culture for over 40 years in San Luis Obispo County.

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Relatives in the Ocean SAVED!

Message from Marcus Lopez Co-Chair Barbareno Chumash Council of Santa Barbara:

Congratulation to all who participated to defend our relatives! The Calif. Coastal Commission voted unanimously to deny PG&E its permit.  You can be proud of the governing body in its press release and the activity of the Barbareno Chumash Council of Santa Barbara. We did not make any money, did not provide and social services nor did we organize any better. What we did do is to be a good ancestor in that we defended the voiceless in our peoples terms. We were the voice of the voiceless. I hope I represented all of the families in a good manner and that we always continue to do the right thing in order to live in peace and tranquility.

We had a United Front consisting of Northern Chumash Council, Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, and the Wishtoyo Foundation and of course the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Development and the American Indian Movement of Southern California. Also the many local and not so local individuals that gave their support and time to let others of the non-Indian and Indian Peoples the understanding of this all important topic. This issue is not “dead” by our vigilance is vital. A big thank you to Fred Collins and Crystal Baker for leading the way and providing us with the information and of course all of you with prayer and suggestions.

Thank you, trying to be a good ancestor,  Marcus Lopez

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