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Walking with integrity, the Peoples Walk carries sacred items to the east
Sunday, 13 July 2008 13:14
by Brenda Norrell

Tohono O'odham and other Native Americans focused on protecting the rights of passage for Indigenous Peoples at the borders have made it to DC area. The Peoples Walk, arriving from the south, includes Tohono O'odham, Hopi/Pueblo, Dine', Lakota and other Native Americans. Walkers in the Peoples Walk are carrying sacred items and completing their journey.

While in Washington D.C., the walkers will meet with international leaders and international organizations, but will not meet with leaders of the United States government. The U.S. government has betrayed Native people, carried out genocide and is currently involved in the promotion of xenophobia and Nazi-style tactics at the borders, oppressing Indigenous Peoples at the southern and northern borders in their traditional homelands.

Ceremonial routes are being destroyed by construction of the border wall and graves of the ancestors are being dug up at the southern border. Mohawk grandmothers have been beaten by special forces at the northern border, resulting in Kahentinetha Horn, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, being hospitalized after suffering a heart attack in a police stress hold. In the south, O'odham live in fear for their lives because of threats from Homeland Security, Border Patrol and tribal police.

Further, at the southern border, human bone fragments were found in the tracks of heavy machinery constructing the border wall and all federal environmental laws were waived by Homeland Security to build the border wall. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has declared open season on endangered species at the border, including the endangered jaguar, Sonoran pronghorn and all life that springs from sacred Mother Earth.

Meanwhile, corporate private prison profiteers are imprisoning migrants for profit, including Indigenous Peoples who are displaced and starving in Mexico and Central America as a result of NAFTA. They are being driven off their lands by multi-national corporations and many are dying in the southern desert of thirst, including on Tohono O'odham lands.

Migrant prisons are being built across the Southwest to reap the profits of the television news induced racism and xenophobia.

The Peoples Walk is comprised of Native youths and elders and currently numbers about 20. They have really been walking across America without fanfare or much support. Please consider helping them.

They are in need of funds for food, a place to camp in D.C. and gas to return home. To contact the group, please e-mail Ofelia Rivas, O'odham Voice Against the Wall, at uyarivas@hotmail.com (Donations can be sent by WalMart moneygram or wire transfer to D.C. area, but please contact Ofelia to give the confirmation number.)

More at: http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/
 
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LEADHORSE WARRIOR OF THE CHOCTAW NATION said:

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DONT BE FOOLED...THIS IS NOT WHAT THE PEOPLE'S WALK IS ABOUT...
We the people of the people's walk started out from the longest walk.. we didnt like the treatment from the longestwalk 2.. they were treating the tribes and nations of all the world with disrespect. People were being left on the side of the road with no money, no transportation, no food or water.. i have seen this and let my friends no that i would stay with anyone who got left behind.. as others who gave the same commentment.. we said we no one would be left behind and who ever was kicked off of the longest walk that we would stay with them and make sure they made it there to Washinton and also that we would do it together and that all would make it, and we would ensure that there safty on the route,, a little girl named Choctaw Ki was hit by a car and the walk continued.. we stood together as one people and the people's walk was formed..as far as border issues those are things we have to consider.. do not send money to ofelia rivas O'odhan... for the people's walk as you would be fools to do so... she would be using the money for bad things that are not what the people'walk is about..choctaw nation, creek nation, dini nation, penoscot nation lead the people's walk not the ones listed here.. i will be checking on other pages that i find as other will also be... THE PEOPLE'S WALK IS HONORABLE AND NOT ABOUT THE BORDER ISSUES........................ SO DONT BE FOOLED BY THIS PERSON.. YOU WILL NOT TARNISH OUR GOOD NAME FOR YOUR CAUSE....JGAMALIELWILLIAMS@YAHOO.COM
 
July 15, 2008
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LEADHORSE WARRIOR OF THE CHOCTAW NATION said:

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BRENDA NORRELL IS A FOOL
THIS PERSON DOES NOT GET ALL THE FACTS AND PUTS THINGS OUT ON THE INTERNET AND WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE PEOPLE WHO SHE IS WRITTING ABOUT.. SHAME ON YOU BRENDA NORRELL.. YOU ARE NOT A FRIEND OF THE PEOPLE'S WALK.... YOUR TACTICS ARE DISHONABLE TO THE PEOPLE'S WALK........ JGAMALAIELWILLIAMS@YAHOO.COM
 
July 15, 2008
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CHeif BigSnakeInPants said:

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Thank you ledhorse
I must state also that I am O'odham down here on the rez, fighting for the People. LIving and seeing all that happens concerning our O'dham Lands. Yes were are beset on all sides..the mexicans still do not give us Natives our lands or cultural rights, let alone the dignity of reburial of ancestors. there is no reason, despite what ANY Atzlaner/xica would tell you( pure political positioning, Identity Theft of Indigenous Cultures, Illegal Alien supporters at the cost of colonializing Native Peoples and Sacred Lands...its all there in front of you)
...Brenda Norrell has consistantly played the media/whiteman's guilt for big $bucks$, she is a LIAR. We don't need or support her here. ......It makes anything she writes about immediately suspect in the peoples eyes......
Keep the truth alive..dont buy the lies...Aho! God bless America.
 
July 17, 2008
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