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Manitou Indian Center yet Idle No More

MANITOU SPRINGS- Idle No More organizers from Denver and Pueblo woke the sleepy local Native American community with a spirited gathering on Saturday, smack in the middle of Manitou, neath the town clock, only blocks from the CS Indian Center.

Idle No More versus War On Terra

Rap News skewers environmental destruction of Canada and Australia, as alien invasions competing for first place in "War on Terra", praises IDLE NO MORE for rising against non-indigenous expropriation of the "Commonwealth".

Can Idle No More First Nations assert their sovereignty for real?

Here's an idea for First Nations rattling their chains with IDLE NO MORE. Declare your sovereignty for real. "Sovereignty" has become a meaningless descriptor, now counting puppet states of Iraq and Afghanistan. How did we expect George W. Bush to explain what sovereignty meant? Even he probably knew what it was supposed to mean, and so do you. Sovereignty doesn't mean captive reservations, rural ghettos, Gaza Strips or West Banks slowly being ethnically cleansed by attrition. Sovereignty means independent nation states, not dupes of duplicitous treaties. Chief Theresa Spense is right to hold out to meet with the Canadian Prime Minister and a representative of the English crown. First Nations leaders deserve to meet with fellow heads of state, if the treaty lands are truly sovereign.

Broomfield Police play rough game of Cowboys & Indians with Idle No More Native Americans, literally

BROOMFIELD, COLO.- Fellow Occupy members and I joined in a "round dance" flash mob at a local mall on Wednesday night, as part of the growing IDLE NO MORE actions whose First Nations grievances include the despoiling of indigenous treaty lands by tar sands extraction and the XL pipeline, and sovereignty issues about which Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is now on a 22 day hunger strike. Two previous round dances in Colorado had proceeded uneventfully but no sooner had we begun in the Flatirons Crossing Shopping Center, located between Denver and Boulder, that mall security and police began routing the round dancers out the door. It was a rather comical scene, peaceful dancers, many of them children, being blocked and herded straight out into the cold, no warning or explanation being given. Of course the round dance stopped in its tracks, people instead dancing in place, gently waving their signs, as security told them they had to leave or face arrest. Apparently, because we didn't hear it. Drummers were let to finish the first song, after which they packed up to leave. Once the drumming stopped however, we were surprised to hear security and police officers relaying their instructions, that "anyone who looked Native American" should be made to leave. Of course we questioned what we were hearing, and were then threatened with immediate arrest and ushered out the door. At the same time, police officers were running in a continuous line into the mall to conduct sweeps as many flash mob participants were still arriving from all directions. Many got lost on the way, or miscalculated the traffic they'd encounter, so arrived late. In essence however, people without signs, not singing or dancing or drumming or holding their ground, were summarily being ordered to leave the mall immediately, based upon the clue that they looked Native American. If my "Cowboys and Indians" analogy seems kinda flip. Imagine squads of Broomfield and Westminster police, roaming throughout the FlatIrons Mall checking people's faces to see if they qualify to be expelled. The mall wasn't cleared of all shoppers, just those who looked indigenous. A fairly scarey game, considering that many of the Idle No More participants were children. I can tell you part of the thrill for me, of the round dance flash mobs, as a European immigrant, is feeling the surroundings begin to fill with indigenous faces. That is turned around in the hostile atmosphere created by the police, as western law enforcement resumes its traditional role of hunting down those it pretends don't belong. I had invited a friend to bring her young family, part Native American, to join the dance. Thankfully they couldn't make it. What if they'd had, and come late, and were walking through the mall full of shoppers, and were encountered by squads of police who sought them out of the crowd and inexplicably ordered them to leave the premises? What's any American child to think of that? I have a young nephew who just that day I'd

Denver Canadian Consulate closes its doors to IDLE NO MORE round dance and a very polite letter

DENVER, COLORADO- Indigenous activists paused only one day before assembling a second IDLE NO MORE gathering to perform a round dance at the Canadian Consulate in Denver today, to deliver a letter urging the Canadian government and the British Crown (the Queen!) to meet with Chief Theresa Spence and end her hunger strike over recent legislation which gutted First Nation treaty protections. After a rally of dance, song and orations, a delegation sought to enter the consulate but was denied. After filling the downstairs lobby, being told picture-taking was not allowed, and the building's security crew receiving a squad of reinforcements from DPD, the activist were finally sent a representative to accept the letter without comment.

First Nations insurrection flash mob IDLE NO MORE hosting a round dance at a mall near you

DENVER, COLORADO- This was the scene in Denver's Cherry Creek Mall on Saturday, December 29, where a flash mob of over 300 Native Americans commemorated the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, in solidarity with "IDLE NO MORE" demonstrations stretching from Canada to Mexico, where First Nation members are raising their voices to defend their land and sovereignty. So here's a wonderful video of the event: This one's a bit shaky, but it's filmed with the exuberance of someone simultaneously dancing: Here's Mall of the Americas in Minnesota on the same day: Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 22: Edmonton, Alberta, on December 18: What it's all about. December 10:

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