Respect Existence or Expect Resistance – Klee Benally in Brooklyn

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Short films, discussion, and an acoustic performance
for Indigenous resistance and liberation
Featuring Klee Benally (Diné from Flagstaff, AZ)
Monday, July 28, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
at Interference Archive
131 8th Street – between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York
(2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th Ave./9th St.)

Interference Archive Event Page

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This presentation will address resource colonization
including uranium and coal mining,
protection of sacred places,
the ally industrial complex, and
tactics towards collective liberation.

Klee Benally is a Diné (Navajo) musician, traditional dancer, filmmaker, & Indigenous anarchist. He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Klee is originally from Black Mesa and has worked most of his life at the front lines in struggles to protect Indigenous sacred lands. From occupying Border Patrol headquarters in Arizona to call an end to border militarization to multiple arrests in direct action to protect the San Francisco Peaks and other threatened sacred places, Klee fights for a livable and healthy world.

Klee helped establish Táala Hooghan Infoshop, works with Indigenous Action Media, and is currently a campaign organizer for Clean Up The Mines!, a national effort to address toxic contamination caused by thousands of abandoned uranium mines throughout the US.

Learn more:

Monday July 28, 6:30pm
Interference Archive
131 8th Street ­ #4
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th Ave./9th St.)

Signs of the Tribes

by Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa

smiling injun showing pearlie whites
looking shifty in wide-eyed caricature
with a single feather sticking up
from the back of his head
a band holding it in place
he’s stuck to the plastic cap
of a boy of summer playing hit the ball
and run the bases
before a sea of mostly pale faces
and arms moving up and down in
a tomahawk-choppy motion
to the helter-skelter rhythm of balls and strikes
runs, out, and errors
but an error is a mistake
the Trail of Tears and Wounded Knee
were not events
that the children of Plymouth Rock and Valley Forge
did not mean to do
they meant it and weren’t sorry for even as long
as it takes to blink an eye
or steal first, second or third
they stole home
called this “pilgrims’ progress”
“pioneer spirit”
“taming the frontier”
and other turns of phrases
to cover the trail of murders and thefts they lay
on the road to today
where the logos and mascots of their fun and games
mock the people they considered fair prey
o’er the land of the free
and atlanta’s the home of the braves
but they
and cleveland injuns and washington redskins
cannot speak for themselves
because decals and mascots can’t talk
and Leonard Peltier, like me, can’t run free
but must walk, pacing back and forth in a cage of history
repeating itself
and i
being foreign to this place
could ignore these signs of the tribes
but for the thought in my head
that little black sambo’s turned red.
From NYC’s Anarchist Black Cross:
Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice) were members of the Black Panther Party, and their case was, and continues to be, controversial. The Omaha Police withheld exculpatory evidence at trial. The two men had been targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program), that operated against and infiltrated anti-war and Civil Rights groups, including the Omaha Black Panthers. The US section of Amnesty International recognizes we Langa and Poindexter as political prisoners. The state’s parole board have recommended the men for release, but political leaders have not acted on these recommendations. For more information, visit

The short video below questions the validity of the state’s star witness in Mondo’s case.

Blessing Our Mother Earth and The Horse Nation

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Blessing Our Mother Earth and the Horse Nation

Sunday, May 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Central Park, NYC
Cherry Hill Fountain
See Facebook Event Page
Painting: ‘Horse of Happiness’ by Nicholas Roerich

On Mother’s Day you and your loved ones are invited to share in ceremony with Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, who will call forward a special blessing honoring Mother Earth and the Horse Nation at Cherry Hill Fountain in Central Park, New York. All are warmly welcome.

Ta’kaiya Blaney of the Sliammon Coast Salish People and Donna Augustine Thunderbird Turtlewoman of the Mik’maq Nations will be joining us.

Chief Looking Horse is in New York to take part at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and will be leading a panel entitled: “Protecting and Restoring Sacred Sites under the guidance of First Peoples’ Cultural, Spiritual and Legal Heritage Keepers” which takes place on Tuesday May 13th.

Event sponsor links:

Blue Star Equiculture:

United Religions Initiative (URI), Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC:

Wolakota Foundation:

World Peace and Prayer Day:

Lenny Foster at Casa de las Americas


Casa de las Américas
182 East 111 Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues)
Reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Dinner will be served

7:00 p.m. Program
Opening Flute – Frank Menusan (Muskogee)

Lenny Foster of the Diné Nation is the Director of the Navajo Nation Correction Project and the Spiritual Advisor for more than 2,000 Native American inmates in nine-six state and federal prisons in the Western U.S. He has co-authored legislation in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado allowing Native American spiritual and religious practice in prison and resulting in significant reductions in prison returns.

Lenny will speak on the illegal imprisonment of Leonard Peltier, land and resources taken from Native peoples by the U.S. government, Native American freedom of religion and the demand to honor Native treaty rights.

Sponsors include NYC Free Peltier, NYC Jericho Movement, ProLibertad
For more information: – 646 429-2059

Two Row Wampum Teach In at Brooklyn Friends


For More Information
Andy Mager, Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign
315-701-1592 (office), 315-559-7058 (cell)

Brooklyn Teach In to Focus on Treaties and Protecting the Earth

As part of continued efforts to educate the general public, the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign invites the public to “Sharing the River of Life: A Teach In” on April 25-26 at the Brooklyn Friends School, 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn, NY. The gathering builds on over two years of work, including last summer’s paddling journey from Albany to New York City and over 60 educational presentations across New York State and beyond.

The Teach In, which runs from 6-9:30 pm on Friday, April 25 and from 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday, April 26, will feature presentations, participatory Haudenosaunee Social Dancing, workshops and film. Featured presenters include Onondaga Nation Clanmother and educator Freida Jacques, Mohawk elder and teacher Tom Porter, Ramapough Chief Dwaine Perry, Algonquin scholar Evan Pritchard, Taino artist, writer and advocate Roberto Múkaro Borrero and the Hudson Valley musical group Spirit of Thunderheart.

“The Two Row Campaign seeks to build on the work we have done, creating additional opportunities to share indigenous knowledge and build a strong base of support in the non-Native community to uphold the treaties our government has made with Native Nations. Honoring the treaties also means taking care of the Earth on which we all depend,” notes Two Row Campaign Coordinator Andy Mager.

Friday night’s activities are free. A $25 donation is requested for Saturday, though no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Lunch and refreshments are included. The full schedule and registration information is available online at:

The Teach In is co-sponsored by Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn Friends Meeting and NYC Free Peltier, with additional support from American Indian Law Alliance, Judson Memorial Church, Neetopk Keetopk: Sharing the River of Life

For more information, see or call 315-701-1592.

Honoring American Indian Activist Russell Means

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Pearl Means, Christian Camargo and Ed Vassello
cordially invite you to an honoring of American Indian Activist
Russell Means
An evening of world music and a special screening
Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
New York, New York

Campaign to Free Lakota Children

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CRUZ, CALIFORNIA — The Lakota People’s Law Project is launching the “Campaign to Free Lakota Children,” with a national petition (click to sign it here), call President Obama to authorize the grants needed to start tribal foster care programs, and put us within sight of bringing our children home.

Message from Chase Iron Eyes:

There is an epidemic of hundreds of state kidnappings of Native children by South Dakota’s Department of Social Services. Lakota kids are ten times more likely as non-Native kids to be forcibly removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system.  The State receives up to $79,000 per Lakota foster child annually from the federal government.

The Lakota People’s Law Project has recently released a new 12-minute video ‘Hearts on the Ground”, documenting the heart breaking reality of the South Dakota DSS illegally denying Lakota grandmothers custody of their own grandchildren.  Please watch and share this video.  

As part of our new Campaign to Free the Lakota Children, we would also appreciate the the help of those supporters who use Twitter to recommend the ‘Hearts on the Ground” video  to the popular website Upwothy, with your suggestion to  @Upworthy.

We have the solution:  Foster care programs run by Lakota tribes, not the culturally biased and money-motivated DSS of South Dakota.

Please sign the petition–and help spread the word.  Together we can change history.

Wopila  (Many Thanks), 

Chase Iron Eyes 

South Dakota Legal Counsel

Lakota People’s Law Project

Coatlicue Theatre Company presents HTOB HABILET

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An evening of archival video and talk,
looking back at twenty years of Maya Zapatista struggle
and on its significance from Indigenous and
international perspectives.
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
$10 suggested donation
American Indian Community House
124 West 29th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
4th Floor
New York, New York

Una noche con charla y video archival, mirando tras veinte años de la lucha Maya
Zapatista y en su significado del punto de vista indigena e internacional

Viernes, Enero 31, 2014
700 pm     $10 donativo sugerido

American Indian Community House
134 Oeste de calle 29
(entre aves 6ta and 7ma) 4to piso

EPA Ruling on Wind River Reservation

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EPA ruling sets up battle over Indian country boundaries in Wyoming

Wind River Reservation photo by Karl Gehring/Denver Post/Getty Images

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead:
“My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law. This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”
History did not begin 100 years ago.
Native peoples of Turtle Island have been asking,
“Where will it stop?” for over five centuries.