Thanks to Brenda Norrell for passing this on to me.
Some MP3 files are about half way down the page – and if you catch this post in the next couple days, you can listen to the Summit live: (stream 1) (stream 2)
Border Summit of the Americas
Tohono O’dham Nation
Live From Tucson Arizona
Sept 29th to Oct 1 2006
Arizona Border Rights Foundation
Fundacion de Derechos Fronterizos de Arizona
P.O. Box 1286 Tucson, AZ 85702
Phone: (520) 770-1373 Fax: (520)770-7455
Derechos Humanos: 520-770-1373; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Flores: 520-235-7599 e-mail email@example.com
Border Summit of the Americas
Tohono O’dham communities have gathered together in southern Arizona along with Derechos Humanos Coalition, American Indian Movement, International Indian Treaty Council and others to call for an urgent Border Summit of the Americas.
The summit will be held at the San Xavier District Cultural Center, Tucson, Arizona from September 29 through October 1, 2006. Campsite space and other nearby accommodations will be available. More detailed information will follow at later date. Mark your calendars now! Organizations are requested to send in a statement and or send a representative to the event.
The three day Border Summit will be facilitated with assistance from M.C., Dennis Banks, and Bill Means. Speakers on these and other concerns are yet to be confirmed. The Film “Crossing Arizona” will be viewed on Saturday. Directed by Joseph Mathew and Dan De Vivo, is an up-to-the-moment look at the hotly debated issues of illegal immigration and border security on the US/Mexico border. Floyd Red Crow Westerman?? artist, actor, and songwriter, will be on hand for an evening concert in solidarity with Nations along la Frontera!
Make your voices be heard!! Immigration policy proposals and homeland security have combined to create a volatile situation along U.S. international borders. Increased law enforcement and vigilantism along the U.S.-Mexico border, in particular, has sparked a wave of reactions across the United States, from massive demonstrations to calls for voter registration campaigns and targeted actions.
In addition, in the northern border, the Bush administration has initiated efforts to nullify the Jay Treaty, which recognizes the right of border passage to Indigenous Peoples. And, have also planned to introduce new legislation for new laws to require DNA tests to determine Indian blood. All of this is being done without consultation or informed consent by First Nations peoples, and in violation of their treaty rights.
Coupled with the failure of both political parties in the U.S. to address the critical issues specifically confronting Indigenous communities today along its border, and by abandoning any meaningful legislation in this pre-election period, is cause for major concern. There is increasing urgency for Indian communities along the border(s) to address U.S. border enforcement policy. Recent legislative proposals affecting immigration, increased militarization of the border and the rise of private militias along the border(s) have created volatile and dangerous environments for American Indian border communities. Each day the likelihood of conflict and violence is increasing.
Many deaths and injuries have occurred, and many of these deaths are of Indian people from Mexico, Central and South America. This Border Summit of affected communities will provide an important opportunity to document current community experiences with border enforcement activities, identify and discuss issues and explore potential responses. An opportunity to invite the participation of Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, many times victims of U.S. immigration prison camps, threats and intimidation is extended to share their perspectives and recommendations for broad networking to help achieve a common goal.
The Border Summit of the Americas will also explore its future participation in the international arena with the newly created discussions at the UN to establish a Permanent Forum on Migration and Development, as a result of the impact of globalization on society. The Permanent Forum will also serve to gauge the progress of the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2000.
Let’s not let the southern desert of the southwestern U.S. become another military strategic post for maneuvers similar to what is being witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the 25 tribes along the northern and southern U.S. borders, these changes in border security practices have had a dramatic effect.
Currently more than half of the apprehensions are made in Arizona, where just a fraction of the migrants used to cross. At present at least eight tribes/nations on the U.S./Mexico border between California and Texas are directly affected by migrations across their reservation lands; the Kumeyaay, Cocopah, Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, Gila River, Pima, Yavapai, Ysleta del Sur (Tigua) and Kickapoo nations.
Issues to be discussed include: environmental threats, human rights violations, cultural rights, treaty rights, and sovereignty for Indigenous peoples and Nations, in particular those divided by international borders between Canada and the United States and Mexico and the United States.
The outcome of the Border Summit will be the development of recommendations for border tribal governments and other affected parties to communicate with local, state and national as well as international bodies. This effort lays the groundwork for non-violence on Indian land and a more secure border.
Donations for the summit can be sent to: C/O Arizona Border Rights Foundation, P.O. Box 1286, Tucson, AZ 85702, a 501(c)3 organization. For Futher Information contact http://www.treatycouncil.org
Archived Audio Files of the Summit can be found here
Recinding of 1493 Papal Bull, Doctrine of Discovery – Download
Native Youth Movement – Download
Live From Rose Bud Sioux Tribe, Bear Butte Lodge Near Sturgis , South Dakota
Defend Bear Butte , Gathering of Nations
Summit of Indigenous Nations Acts to Rescind the Doctrine of Discovery: Papal Bull Inter Caetera of 1493 and 1496 Royal Charter of the Church of England
Mato Paha, 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty Territories, South Dakota – Delegations of indigenous nations and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) took action in this third day of the Summit of Indigenous Nations to address the issue of the Doctrine of Discovery by passing a strongly worded resolution condemning the historical use of the Doctrine of Discovery as an instrument of genocide. Uniting more than forty delegations of indigenous spiritual and political leaders, as well as NGO’s who have gathered in the Black Hills Mountains of South Dakota, today these delegations signed the “Resolution of the Summit of Indigenous Nations Calling for a Rescission of the Conceptual Doctrine of Discovery and Related Documents, Specifically the Inter Caetera Bull (Papal Bulls) of 1493 and the 1496 Royal Charter of the Church of England.”
These Papal Bulls have been the basis for the extinguishment of aboriginal land title and the subjugation of Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala (North and South America). The implementation of the papal bulls evolved in the United States through the Supreme Court decision of Johnson v. McIntosh (1821) which established the precedent for the denial of aboriginal title to Indian lands in the United States.
The Indigenous Nations have resolved, here at the base of Mato Paha (Bear Butte), that the Pope of the Catholic Church and the Queen of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury rescind these doctrines of discovery for having served to justify and pave the way for the illegal dispossession of aboriginal land title and the subjugation of non-Christian peoples to the present day. It has been resolved by 23 Nations and NGO’s and 100 individual signatories that the “Doctrine of Discovery” is a legal and political fiction in violation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and intellectual act of oppression which continues to serve to suppress and repress the Indigenous Peoples in the Western Hemisphere.
Signatories included a cross-section of indigenous and non-indigenous organizations and nations including American Indian Law Alliance, American Indian Movement, Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council by Chief Oliver Red Cloud and Oglala Delegate Floyd Hand, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador and Bring Back the Way: Owe Aku and TONATIERRA.
This Summit of Indigenous Nations has been called in response to the development of several new biker venues all located within five miles of the base of Bear Butte, near the Black Hills Mountains. Bear Butte is a sacred place of worship for over thirty Native American Nations across the Great Plains. The Native American Nations involved are asking for a minimum five-acre buffer zone of protection from commercial development around the sacred mountain.
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