Saturday, November 3, 2007

Blackfire to perform at Border Summit Saturday night!

Blackfire will perform at the Indigenous Peoples' Border Summit of the Americas II, Saturday night, November 10, 2007. The Border Summit will be held Nov. 7 - 10, 2007, at San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation (near the Tucson International Airport.) The Border Summit welcomes the Navajo family band whose voices have proclaimed Indigenous Peoples' rights around the world.

Gertie and the TO Boys kicks off the concert Saturday night at 6 pm!

Indigenous Border Summit welcomes extraordinary speakers

The Indigenous Peoples' Border Summit of the Americas II welcomes extraordinary speakers from the Americas, including Bill Means, Lakota, and board members of the International Indian Treaty Council. Delegations of Mohawks include the Mohawk Women Title Holders from Quebec and Ron Lameman from Six Nations. Indigenous border rights of mobility, human rights and the United Nations are among the topics at the summit, Nov. 7 - 10, 2007 at San Xavier District on the Tohono O'odham Nation (near the Tucson International Airport and South Tucson.) Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham who puts out water for migrants, will speak on humanitarian aid. Lenny Foster, Navajo, will speak on Native prisoners' rights and focus on Leonard Peltier. Speakers include Karen Howe, Tohono O'odham Nation ecologist, speaking on the border and the environment; Margo Tamez speaks on women and children at the border; Jay Johnson Castro on the imprisonment of migrant children in Texas and protests of the border wall in Texas. Yaqui from Sonora, Mexico, and Arizona, will present crucial issues on border passage and deaths from banned pesticides.
Other speakers' presentations will focus on militarization of the border, human rights abuses and new border policies. The United Nations requested that the border summit be held for a second year, following the successful summit in 2006. Time is reserved each day for testimony from Indigenous Peoples living in border regions. The Indigenous Border Summit will be webcast, Nov. 7 - 10, at

Indigenous Peoples Border Summit of the Americas II

6 am – Sunrise Ceremony
7 am – Breakfast
9 am – Introductions, Human rights, Indigenous Peoples and impacts current Border policies
12 pm – Lunch
1 pm – Humanitarian Aid and saving lives along the Border
3:30 pm – Break
4 – 5 pm – Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the Border: Human Rights, Treaty Rights and Rights to Traditional Lands and Territories
6 pm -- Dinner
7 pm -- Oral Testimony
6 am – Sunrise Ceremony
7 am – Breakfast
9 am – Immigration/Indigenous Traditional Mobility
12 pm – Lunch
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: a new international framework for upholding our human rights Current Review of the US by the UNCERD: “Using the UN to hold the US Accountable for Racism towards Indigenous Peoples”Other international developments to defend the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples Questions and Discussion6 pm – Dinner- on your own7 pm - Oral Testimony
6 am – Sunrise Ceremony
7 am – Breakfast
9 am – Implications on Lands, territories, and national resources & environment: Karen Howe, Tohono O'odham Nation ecologist
12 pm – Lunch
1 pm – Religious/Cultural/Spiritual Rights, traditional mobility, ceremonial practices and sacred sites: Delegations of Mohawks, including Kahentinetha and Katenies of the Mohawk Women Title Holders from Quebec
Ron Lameman from Six Nations
3:30 pm – Break
4 pm – Women/Children and the Borders: Margo Tamez
6 pm – Dinner – on your own
7 pm Oral Testimony
6 am - Sunrise Ceremony
7 am – Breakfast
9 am – Humanitarian Aid: Tohono O'odham Mike Wilson
10 am - Detentions and prisons: Lenny Foster, Navajo, Native inmates rights, including ceremonial rights, focus on Leonard Peltier
Texas: Imprisoning migrant children and border wall protest: Jay Johnson Castro from the Texas border
11 am – Oral Testimony
12 pm - Lunch
1 pm – Conclusions, Summaries, Recommendations & Resolutions
2 pm – Break, dinner on your own
6 pm--Gertie and the TO Boys
7 pm – Concert: BLACKFIRE

Please check back as more speakers and performers are now being confirmed ...

No comments: