PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Iron Horse “Summer Of The Red Willow” Campaign

Iron HorseSummer Of The Red Willow: Change The Name Campaign” is a public service announcement addressing the misconceptions and stereotypes perpetrated in history books and in pop culture about Indigenous Peoples.

On 26 April 2015 Native Children’s Survival (NCS) premiered the public service announcement at the 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow held at the University of New Mexico Arena (The Pit) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Native Children’s Survival YouTube Channel and on PowWows.com. Iron Horse, written by NCS Founder/President Robby Romero and NCS Board Member and two time Grammy Winner Robert Mirabal, was a catalyst to the culturally historic name-change of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park by the Town of Taos.

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Free Your Mind

Free Your Mind is a Public Service Announcement available on the CD/DVD release, “NATIVE CHILDREN’S SURVIVAL If not now, when? If not you, who?”

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We Are The Seventh Generation

We Are The Seventh Generation” is a Native Children’s Survival Public Service Announcement from Taos Pueblo Day School Students. The PSA had its’ debut at Untied Nations Headquarters, New York City, New York on 21 May 2013 during the 12th Session of the Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues. The screening was followed by a panel discussion led by Indigenous Youth including 12 year old, Ta’Kaiya Blaney (Sliammon), Chisa Oros (Zuni/Yaqui) and Brian Monongye (Hopi), who addressed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.

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Protect the Arctic – Save the Refuge

Today, the oil industry is trying to get its hands on America’s last pristine wild place, Arctic Alaska. Aggressive Bush-era plans to expand drilling are still in motion, with no regard to the devastating impacts. Where we see wild, unspoiled land and life, big oil and energy sees huge profits. The Obama administration has pledged to protect the Arctic with “wise decisions based on sound scientific information.” We must insure that this promise is kept, with permanent protection.

Since time immemorial, Native Alaskan communities have been interconnected with these wild places, relying on each other for their livelihoods. There is no such thing as clean oil development. Every year 70,000 tons of nitrogen oxides pollute the air. Annually, there are 500 spills of crude oil, petroleum products and other toxic substances, adding up to 1.9 million gallons since 1996. The fate of wild places, along with Indigenous Peoples and hundreds of species of wildlife, are at risk.

Permanent protection is our birthright. It’s crucial we take a stand for all our relations.

*Let Your Voice Be Heard*

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Mahsi choo! (Thank you in Gwich’in),
NCS

Another BP Assault

Canada is set to be the next largest supplier of oil, second only to Saudi Arabia. Extracting oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada has the potential to become one of the most destructive projects on the planet. By threatening the water-systems and eco-systems in North America, including the Boreal Forrest, it can push us over into catastrophic climate change.

The majority of the Tar Sands extraction is taking place on First Nations’ land. Since Canada has yet to sign on to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, land rights have not been upheld and Indigenous Peoples are not being consulted.

In 2007, a partnership between BP and Husky Energy decided to move into the Tar Sands. They announced a project that could produce 200,000 barrels of oil per day by 2012, calling it the ‘Sunrise Project’. However, due to the financial crisis, BP was forced to put the project on hold. Now, the final decision as to whether to proceed will be made in the second half of 2010.

In March 2010, BP made a deal with the US company, Devon Energy, which would allow them to run a Tar Sands extraction project on BP’s behalf. BP also won a bid for a majority stake in Value Creation, a Canadian company with massive Tar Sands reserves. The final investment decisions have yet to be made on these projects, and there is still time for BP to back down.

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Revolution for Freedom

Do you believe in freedom?

In Egypt on Thursday January 25, 2011, thousands of people began taking to the streets in protest of poverty, unemployment, government corruption, and the autocratic governance of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for the past thirty years. Two-thirds of Egypt’s population have never known a leader other than him.

The government first responded by blocking Twitter, then proceeded to block Facebook, and finally all internet services and text messaging. This not only enraged Egyptian citizens, but also brought more attention to the uprising. Riot police have arrested and injured hundreds with batons, tear gas, and water cannons. National and international human rights activists and journalists have been detained, Egyptians have been arrested and tortured, and more than three hundred people have been killed, according to Human Rights Watch. These protests, inspired by the successful revolution in Tunisia which ousted President Ben Ali, have been the largest in Egypt since the 1970s.

Do you believe in freedom of speech, freedom of choice, freedom of press, freedom of religion?

Do you believe you’re free?

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Climate Change From The Voice Of Indigenous Peoples

On December 7-18, 2009, leaders and scientists from 192 countries met in Copenhagen, Denmark at the United Nations Climate Change Conference–the most significant conference on climate change since Kyoto–to determine the fate of our planet. Indigenous delegates, elders, and youth were invited to attend but unfortunately, their wisdom and experience in adapting to the impacts of climate change fell upon deaf ears.

Indigenous Peoples are the protectors and caretakers of our last remaining wild places, and many of us live at the point of impact on the front lines of climate change. We are the world’s smallest carbon contributors, suffering at the expense of the largest carbon contributors. False solutions to climate change such as Carbon Markets and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), violate the rights of Indigenous Peoples. When our rights are violated, land and life become vulnerable to desecration and destruction…all for bottom-line profits.

The Indigenous perspective is vital to the global conversation. It is essential that more human beings learn and honor natural law and acknowledge humanity’s common interest in the protection of Mother Earth and all her children.

We have Peoples’ Power. Let’s stand united with one voice.

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BP Oil Spill Disaster: The Indigenous Perspective

“If human beings continue to ignore the signs of the time, it will seal the fate of all our relations and the generations to come.” – Robby Romero, NCS

The BP deep-sea crude oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in US history. This is not the first catastrophic spill and, should we fail to respond, it will not be the last. This disaster should serve as a clear wake-up call to action.

The path of destruction does not begin or end with this. Remember the Exxon Valdez spill, the worst crude oil spill until now? With one of the worst safety and maintenance records in the industry, BP plans to drill again in Alaska just miles away from a delicate wildlife reserve. BP has also entered into the tar sands in northern Alberta, Canada. The tar sands continue to be the site of human rights violations to Indigenous Peoples, environmental health problems, and water contamination. Tar sands mining emits three times more greenhouse gas pollution than traditional oil.

The ‘Fossil Foolish’ Industry is an old idea — the time has come for the oil cartel to become caretakers rather than predators. Demand accountability from natural resource-extracting corporations and your government to recognize the Rights of Mother Earth and all her relations.

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Hope For Leonard Peltier

To the citizens of the world,

Leonard Peltier’s first parole hearing of the Obama era took place on July 28, 2009. On August 21, 2009 U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley announced that Peltiers parole request had been denied. Leonard was denied parole after authorities decided that releasing him would diminish the seriousness of his crime, the Associated Press reported. Leonard Peltier has been incarcerated 34 years based upon what the U.S. courts have admitted was fabricated evidence. These very courts have admitted that Leonard Peltier did not commit the crime. Peltier’s attorney is calling for public support for Leonard’s release that will create a political climate too powerful to ignore.

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” – Mohandas Gandhi

Join Leonard’s many supporters in the United States and around the world, including hundreds of U.S., European, and Latin American parliamentarians, Nelson Mandela, Rigoberta Menchú, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jesse Jackson, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Help secure Peltier’s prompt release from prison.

‘Ixehe (Thank You),
Native Children’s Survival

Bagua Massacre

To our Indigenous brothers and sisters, the caretakers of the Peruvian Amazon, and to the citizens of the world,

News of the Bagua massacre has saddened our hearts. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the people of Peru, the families, and the friends of those who have been hurt and those whose lives have been taken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you stand united through peaceful protests against corporate and political corruption, and the desecration of land and life.

We call upon our sisters and brothers from around the world to help support our relatives in South America by sending a message to the Peruvian Government demanding an immediate cease to the violent repression and a suspension of the state of emergency.

The US – Peru Free Trade Agreement FTA is not a legal tool to attack Indigenous communities; violence is not the way to promote trade and progress. Please request that the Obama administration take a stand in defense of Indigenous peoples human rights in Peru. Encourage President Barack Obama, Congress members, and State Secretary Hillary Clinton to urge the government of Peru to comply with the labor and environmental rights regulations included in the Peru FTA, which President Obama praised during his campaign.

We recommend that the media fully cover, in depth, the struggle of Indigenous peoples on the front lines of climate change. For they are protecting the worlds last remaining wild-places, of which are essential to the survival of life on earth. All life is connected. All life is scared.

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Change for Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier’s first parole hearing, since President Obama took office, was on Tuesday, July 28. A decision will be made by the Federal Parole Commission in three weeks. Peltier’s attorney is calling for public support for Leonard’s release that will create a political climate too powerful to ignore.

“There is a higher court than courts of justice, and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Join Leonard’s many supporters in the United States and around the world, including hundreds of US, European and Latin American parliamentarians, Nelson Mandela, Rigoberta Menchú, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jesse Jackson, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Help secure Peltier’s prompt release from prison. Urge the United States Parole Commission to immediately grant parole to Leonard Peltier and request that the President of the United States grant clemency to Leonard Peltier.

Help secure Peltier’s prompt release from prison.

‘Ixehe (Thank You),
Native Children’s Survival

Viva Amazonia

The Amazon in Peru – our planet’s second largest rainforest – is in grave danger. On the morning of June 5, 2009, Peruvian police opened fire and killed Indigenous peoples and supporters protecting the Amazon Rainforest. If development plans continue the entire Amazon will be on the verge of permanent ecological collapse within the next 10-20 years.

We call upon our sisters and brothers from around the world to take a stand for Mother Earth by sending a message.

Please request that the Obama administration endorse the United Nations “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” and insure Indigenous Peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent at the 2009 UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Please request that the media fully cover the struggle of Indigenous peoples on the front lines of climate change. For they are protecting the world’s last remaining wild-places that are essential to the survival of life on earth. All life is connected. All life is sacred.

It’s crucial that we take a stand for all our relations.

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Yusulpayki! (Thank you in Quechua),
NCS