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amy: from new york this is democracy now! >> this year, the red nation is preparing for tir sixth annual indigenous day march and rally in new mexico. it is a culmination of years of continuous resistance to colonialism. we want remind people, specifically nate people that this is our victory. it is the people's victory,
despite thfact that recently biden has signed this proamation, let it be known that this day to remember our struggles cannot be co-opted by anyone. amy: president biden issues the first ever proclamation of indigenous peoples day following a growing movement to debunk the myth of christopher columbus as a beneficent discoverer. we will go to new mexico to speak with jennifer marley, a member of the red nation. we will speak with historian roxanne dunbar-ortiz, author of "an indigenous peoples' history of the united states ," and her new book, "not 'a nation of immigrants:' settler-colonialism, white supremacy, and a history of erasure and elimination." then this week, thousands of indigenous leaders and climate justice activists are calling on biden to declare a climate emergency as the ambridge line three oil pipeline in minnesota reportedly becomes operational, which could double minnesota's greenhouse gas emissions. we will speak with winona
laduke, longtime indigenous activist who has bn organizing for years to blocthe pipeline. >> this is a plea to president joe biden and the governor. this is a plea to senators tina smith and amy klobuchar, to do the right thing r the pele of minnesota, the waters of our great lake superior, for future generations. amy: finally, we look at one of the two journalists awarded the nobel peace prize friday, editor in chief of the russian newspaper which has lost four journal -- which has lost more journalists to murder than any other russian news outlet. >> this award is for -- fallen professionals who gave their lives for the profession. i am not the right beneficiary for this prize. amy: we will speak with katrina vanden heuvel,
publisher of the nation magazine, who has been reporting on russia for the last 30 years. all that and more, coming up. welcome to democracy now, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the pharmaceutical company merck has asked drug regulators in the united states and europe to authorize the first antiviral pill to treat covid-19 patients at home. public health officials hope approval of the drug, molnupiravir, could help reduce the strain on hospitals. in other pandemic news, the official covid death toll in brazil has topped 600,000, the second highest official toll in the world behind the united states where over 713,000 people have died. more than 130 countries, including every g20 nation, have agreed to a global deal to ensure large corporations pay a global minimum tax rate of 15%. the organization for economic co-operation and development described the
agreement as a quote "landmark deal." french economy minister bruno le maire spoke on friday. >> the deal opens the path to a true fiscal revolution in the 21st century. it is a fiscal revolution because there is no going back, because it brings more justice in the matter of taxation. digital giants will pay their fair share of taxes in countries including france, where they are making a profit. amy: critics of the global tax deal say a 15% tax rate is too low. susana ruiz of oxfam said quote "this deal is a shameful and dangerous capitulation to the low-tax model of nations like ireland. it is a mockery of fairness that robs pandemic-ravaged developing countries of badly needed revenue for hospitals and teachers and better jobs." in afghanistan, a suicide attack killed dozens of worshippers at a shiite
mosque in the northern city of kunduz on friday. the militant group islamic state khorasan, or isis-k, claimed responsibility for the blast which killed as many as 72 people. it was the deadliest attack in afghanistan since u.s. troops left the country. meanwhile the taliban d the united states held talks in doha over the weekend. according to the taliban, the u.s. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to afghanistan where the united nations estimates 1 million children are at risk of starvation. iraqis headed to the polls sunday for just the fifth parliamentary election since the u.s. overthrow of saddam hussein in 2003. turnout was just 41% with many iraqis refusing to vote. this is hussein sabeh, a 20-year iraqi from basra. >> i did not vote to be honest. it is not worth it. there is nothing that would benefit me or others.
before the elections, we all came to them. after the elections, who knows? amy: in lebanon, electricity has been partially restored after a 24-hour nationwide blackout following the collapse of the state-run electrical grid on saturday. lebanon's two largest power plants ran out of fuel. this comes as lebanon is facing a growing economic and political crisis. mohammed rizk is a restaurant owner in beirut. >> electricity used to be available for two hours, one during the daytime and two hours at night. now there is nothing. our costs double. gas and fuel prices went up. this is not normal. amy: tension remains high between china and taiwan. on saturday chinese president xi jinping called for taiwan to be peacefully reunited with mainland china. >> national reunification peaceful means best serves
the interest of the chinese nation as a whole, which includes taiwan. we will maintain our policies of peaceful unification, and the uphold one china principle. we will work to promote the peaceful development. amy: taiwan's president tsai ing-wen responded on sunday saying taiwan would not bow to pressure from china. >> we will not act rashly, but there should be no allusion that the taiwanese people wilbow to preure. we will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force taiwan to take the path china has laid out for us. amy: in libya, at least six refugees were shot dead friday by guards at an overcrowded prison camp. in recent weeks armed forces in western libya have detained over 5,100 refugees, including hundreds of children, as part of a
sweeping crackdown. on sunday hundreds of refugees gathered outside a united nations facility in tripoli trying to escape from lya. fatima is a refugee from sudan. >> i want to leave libya. i want to evacuate. this is what i want. we are tired, we have no food and no shelter. they attacked us with bullets and took us to jail with no food or drink. even the children have nothing to eat. amy: as many as 70,000 people marched in the belgium capital of brussels sunday demanding world leaders do more to combat the climate emergency. the protest comes just weeks before a major u.n. climate summit begins in glasgow, scotland. meanwhile here in the united states, the new york times is reporting democratic senator kyrsten sinema of arizona wants to cut at least $100 billion in climate funds from the bills at the center of president biden's economic agenda. both sinema and fellow democrat joe manchin have
opposed the size of the $3.5 trillion bill to expand the nation's safety net and combat the climate crisis. texas' near-total ban on abortions is back in effect after a federal appeals court ruling friday. the court said the state could temporarily resume its ban on most abortions reversing a decision by a federal judge just two days earlier. nancy northup, president and ceo of the center for reproductive rights, condemned the appeals court decision, saying quote "the supreme court needs to step in and stop this madness. it's unconscionable that the fifth circuit stayed such a well-reasoned decision that allowed constitutionally protected services to return in texas." the naacp is denouncing the recent violent arrest in dayton, ohio of a black man who is paraplegic. newly released police body cam video shows officers dragged clifford owensby out
of his car and yanked him by his hair after a traffic stop. officers ignored repeated pleas from owensby saying he was paraplegic. a warning to our audieience this video includes disturbing images of police violence. >> get outf the car. get out of thear. >> what are you doing that for? i am paraplegic. i am paplegic. i need help tting in and out of t car. this is hurtinge. ! ow mebody help! somebody hel amy: the justice department has announced it will not file federal charges against the white police officer in kenosha, wisconsin who fired seven shots at point-blank range into the back of jacob blake last year. the shooting left the 29-year-old african american father partially paralyzed. the officer, rusten sheskey
shot blake as he leaned into his car. three of blake's young sons witnessed the shooting from inside the car. the boys were just 3, 5 and 8 years old at the time. the justice department said there was insufficient evidence that the officers willfully used excessive force. to see our interview with jacob blake's father, visit democracynow.org. more than 220 immigrant and human rights groups are urging the biden administration to immediately halt all efforts to expand immigration detention and terminate contracts with private prisons to hold immigrants. the groups have also denounced plans for two facilities in pennsylvania, the planned reopening of the moshannon valley correctional center and the planned expansion of an immigration jail in berks county. in news from guatemala, 126 people were found locked in an abandoned shipping container over the weekend. they were freed after local residents heard screaming and shouting from inside.
the majority of the people locked inside were haitians who wereoping to make it to the u.s. border. the congressional committee investigating the january 6th insurrection is threatening to file criminal charges against former trump advisor steve bannon for refusing to comply with a subpoena. bannon defended his decision citing trump's directive to former aides not to cooperate with the probe. meanwhile president biden has rejected trump's request to withhold white house records related to the insurrection from the house committee. and pakistani nuclear scientist aq khan has died at the age of 85. khan helped pakistan build its nuclear arsenal and later confessed to smuggling nuclear weapons blueprints to other countries, including iran, north korea and libya. one of the largest nuclear proliferation scandals. and those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now, democracynow.org, the war
and peace report. i'm amy goodman. today marks the first time the united states as a nation will recognize the second monday of october as indigenous peoples' day, following a growing movement to debunk the myth of christopher columbus as a beneficent discoverer, and replace it with recognition that the arrival of columbus in the bahamas unleashed a brutal genocide that massacred tens of millions of native people across the hemisphere. president biden on friday issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of indigenous peoples' day, to honor quote "our diverse history and the indigenous peoples who contribute to shaping this nation." indigenous peoples' day is now a paid state holiday in alaska, iowa, maine, minnesota, new mexico, nevada, north carolina, oregon, which celebrates both columbus day and native american day, south dakota, vermont, and wisconsin. more than 100 u.s. cities have also replaced columbus day with indigenous peoples'
day. even columbus, ohio, the largest city named after the italian invader, stopped celebrating columbus day in 2018. last year, it declared october 12th indigenous peoples' day, with the columbus city council president shannon hardin saying quote "it's impossible to think about a more just future without recognizing these original sins of our past." on friday, the associated press's aamer madhani questioned white house press secretary jen psaki about indigenous peoples' day. >> he became the first u.s. president to recognize indigenous peoples day. why should the u.s. continue to celebrate columbus day, and is there any talk or discussion of the cities and states who have changed the day to indigenous peoples day?
>> today is both columbus day as well as indigenous peoples day. i'm not aware of any discussion of ending either of the holidays but i know that recognizing today as indigenous peoples day is something the president felt strongly about. he is happy to be the first president to celebrate and make it the history moving forward. amy: for more we are joined by two guests. in new mexico, jennifer marley is a member of the red nation, a grassroots indigenous liberation organization, that helped lead a campaign in 2015 to officially recognize indigenous peoples' day in albuquerque, new mexico. she is a citizen of san ildefonso pueblo, and a ph.d. studt in the american studies department at the university of new mexico. also with us is roxanne dunbar-ortiz, historian and author of many books, including "an indigenous
peoples' history of the united states", and most recently "not 'a nation of immigrants:' settler-colonialism, white supremacy, and a history of erasure and elimination." it includes a chapter on columbus and so-called columbus day. we welcome you both to democracy now! roxanne dunbar-ortiz, let's begin with you. san francisco very early on, decades ago, recognized indigenous peoples day. can you talk about the first presidential proclamation, biden on friday, recognizing it? the significance of this? roxanne: thank you amy and hello jennifer. it was berkeley that first recognized indigenous peoples day in 1992 during the centennial.
san francisco was five or six yearlater. things started in berkeley. that was important. it was an effort of people, native people from all over northern california, and wonderful aies in berkeley. that was the beginning. we haven't gotten rid of fleet week, which was here for a week, warships in our bay for five days, to celebrate columbus, and the italian parade in north beach. columbus is still being celebrated, but i think it is important to know that ever since the holiday has
been -- since roosevelt made it a federal holiday, native people have spoken out against this, and it can be documented back to the 1940's. especially in 1977, when indigenous people of the western hemisphere went to the united nations in geneva, where the human rights bodies are located, and and were welcomed there, 100 representatives and one of the main demands they de, which finally became the declaration in 2007 was that october 12 be
considered and named the international day o solidarity and morning with the indigenous peoples of the americas and i think that was when internationally and nationally, the real movement was set off and of course we had looming ahead of us, 1992, which spain and the united states teamed up to make a huge celebration, worldwide. they failed miserably, thanks to native people mobilizing not just in the western hemisphere but all over the world. i think the developments at the u.n. with the indigenou
people going onto the world stage has really made this possible. i never thought i would see it in the 19's or 70's. it didn't seem like there would ever be any questioning of the role of columbus. it wl be a long -- it is just not appropriate to celebrate columbus and indigenous peoples on the same day. it is a contradiction. one is a genocidal enslavement, that columbus represents and the situation of native people today, still under colonialism with shrunken land bases and not true sovereignty is the
fruit of that beginning, and they are completely contradictory. it would require an act of congress, and that would be difficult. the italian community and the catholic church would definitely oppose this, so we have a long ways to go to make it real but as jennifer said, it is indinous peoples day and it cannot be co-opted into celebrating columbus aloside it. amy: you write in ting -- in teen volk, roxanne dunbar-ortiz, as attorney 20, there were hundred 50 statues of columbus across the u.s. most if not all of them the work of the knigs of columbus and italian communities. during the black lives
matter mass mobilization, at least 33 of the statues were either pulled down by protesters or removed i authorities for safekeeping storage. can you talk about these forces behind this recent activism? roxanne: i think the most significant part of that, and jennifer knows it on the ground, is the black lives matter led movement teamed up, i think it was when it was albuquerque and minnesota, especially this solidarity like i've never seen, coming together to take down those columbus statues in albuquerque and minneapolis.
also in albuquerque, the spanish in case the doors, who are so worshiped by the hispanics, that wa significant -- can keys to doors -- conquistadors, who were so worshiped by the hispanics, that was significant. they had a queen isabella statue as well, and that was taken down. the spanish conqueror of mexico and new mexico and california. we have a double whammy in the southwest, in california of the spanish conquest, closer to the grain then most u.s. anglo people
understand. it was profound action in new mexico. this is real leadership of the native movement. amy: we will go to new mexico in one minute but i wanted to ask you about your latest book, "not 'a nation of immigrants:' settler-colonialism, white supremacy, and a history of erasure and elimination." before that, "an indigenous peoples' history of the united states." not an immigrant nation. you are sort of debunking that term that president kennedy coined, and immigrant nation -- an immigrant nation. roxanne: yes. john f. kennedy when he was senator wrote a little book, which has been a bestseller ever since.
it really seeped into the whole liberal culture. it was called a nation of immigrants, and of coursee was catholic and a child of irish immigrants and he had quite a hill tolimb, to make himself palatable, so i think the way waslready paved by the previous half-century or more with the work of the knights of columbus. the nights were formed in 1882 by irish clerics, most of the irish famine
immigrants who had come in the 1840's were refugees and it took 20 or 30 years to assimilate into -- they had the advantage of speaking english unlike the italians who came in the 1890's at the turn-of-the-century in great numbers. they really presented -- the catholic church presented to the italians this idea of the lineage of columbus and it was already in the political or mythical culture in the united states . i didn't know this until i did the research but they actually discussed, the founders, nami the united states columbia, which is
latin r the land of columbus. that was really surprising to me because i thought it was more an invention of the late 19th century by the knights of columbus. there is this mythology of columbus as the founder of the united states, the actual founder of the united states. i think that attachment makes me better understand the attachment to columbus stats everywhere. it is not spoken about but it is kind of in the culture and it is greatly amplified by italians taking it up as the way to becoming americized and of course there was no italy when
columbus -- he died in spain , it is a very weak link to italians. italians have such illustrious people they can celebrate, that everyone celebrates. michelangelo, vivaldi. i think we have to talk about this and i think it is important. these symbols are very importt for hopeople think, the kind of americanism, a patriotism that is based on such falsehoods and the reality of slavery, enslavement of
africans which is part of that package of columbus. the holy see had already given africa to the portuguese when columbus came to the americas and then they gave all of the americas to the spanish. it was permission to enslave, legally under the holy roman empire. it is a very deep history i tried to do, not making it too archival and hard to read but just laying it out. i think the book has a dynamism because i was learning so much as i wrote it. amy: roxanne dunbar-ortiz, i want to thank you for being with us. historian and author of many
books, including "an indigenous peoples' history of the united states", and most recently "not 'a nation of immigrants:' settler-colonialism, white supremacy, and a history of erasure and elimination." next up, we go to new mexico, the site of major indigenous activism. we will speak with a member of red nation, which helped lead the campaign for albuquerque to recognize indigenous peoples day. stay with us. ♪ ♪ [music break]
amy: this is democracy now! democracynow.org, the war and peace report. as we continue our look at indigenous peoples day, we go to albuquerque, new mexico where we are joined by jennifer marley a member , of the red nation and a citizen of san ildefonso pueblo. she is a ph.d. student in american studies department at the university of new mexico the red nation helped lead a campaign in 2015 to officially recognize indigenous peoples day in albuquerque, new mexo. jennifer, you can talk about how you are recognizing this day and also respond to
president biden, the first president to officially recognize indigenous peoples day. jennifer: good morning, i am happy to be here. this year were celebrating our sixth annual indigenous peoples day march and rally, but it is much more than a celebration. we are mining people that indigenous peoples day -- we are reminding people that indigenous peoples day is about creating a space for people to recognize that colonization is ongoing but our struggles are ongog as well and this year, biden signed his proclamation and we were all looking at it yesterday morning and we were laughing at the irony th although he signed this proclamation, columbus day is still not abolish or redacted and is still recognized. like roxne said,t is a contradiction and we also know that indigenous peoples' day is being co-opted not only by state governments and the federal government, but even city
officials and we are dealing with that this year locally and there is irony because the city gave us such pushback when we were first trying to implement it back in 2015. amy:amy: can you talk about -- amy: can you talk about what you're doing in new mexico? it is pected thousands of people will leap pressing on fossil free america. in washington, d.c., people versus fossil fuels is a major event, thousands taking direct nonviolent action in the nation's capital. talk about that organizing and new mexico's. jennifer: we are sending some of our nation folks to d.c. tomorrow to join that and we always make sure that our struggles are connected to those happening not only
throughout the nation but throughout the world, internationalism is very important to us because we are talking about resource extraction, we can't delink it from the global chain of resource extraction. this is a fight that indigenous people are at the forefront of all around the world. we know that nate lands are disproportionately used for resource extraction and here in new mexico, we refer to new mexico as a contempora resource colony because of the way resources are extracted at such high rates. there is gas and oil. we know that new mexico became the second biggest oil-producing state in the united states this past year which translateso be o of the biggest oil producers in the wld and we know that this is also the birthplace of the atomic bomb. the manhattan project took
place on my peoples lanand it is one of the only states where the entire supply chain for the construction can take place within this one state. if new mexico were to succeed as its own nation, it would be the world's strongest -- world's third strongest nuclear superpower. resource extraction literally shapes the economy of mexico. -- funds are basic needs here as new mexicans, so we have been fighting a long fight against resource extraction here, especially as it pertains to the communities surrounding the canyon, which is a site of ancestral significance for all of us here in new mexico. that is a fight tha
continues and it is going to be a long one because right now as it stands, the state officials and government officials continue to look at new mexico as a source of wealth because of the abundant resources here that exist primarily on indigenous land. amy: i'm going to turn to a recent tweet from a member of the red nation -- from nick estes, a citizen of the lower brule sioux tribe and assistant professor of american studies at the university of new mexico. on saturday, estes tweeted quote "biden didn't abolish the genocidal celebration of columbus day, which has been a primary demand of the indigenous peoples day movement. he just 'all lives mattered' it." if you could talk about the red deal. as the democratic party is fighting within itself to
push for this $3.5 trillion 10 year deal that really focuses on the climate emergency. can you talk about what red nation's demands are? jennifer: in the red deal, we'll -- we look at three areas struggle, the first being any occupation, referring to the end of settler colonial projects everywhere and the occupation here but also ending the occupaon of all native lands everywhere. we're talking about palestine, the global south, everywhere imperialism has touched and we are also talking about the abolishment of the police, e end of personal justice -- incarceral justice. the second part is your
planet, so with this we are looking at actua remediation of land which requires land back. that is the big call that native people have. we know it is often misconstrued, even by the left. it is something that is attached to real demands and also not unprecedented when oking at what the colonization looks like -- what decolonization looks like. in order to heal our bodies, we need to heal the earth. we need to make sure the land weived on not irradiated or poisonous and that wactually have access to land to sustain ourselves, that we can control the distribution and selling of our resources, and that the pple themselves have a stake in how our economies are created and of course this relates to the issue of
sovereignty, true sovereignty for native people, our ability to engage in trade and commerce with other nations outside the u.s.. healing our bodies of requires the reclamation of indigenous foodways, waterways, the ways of caring for the land and our overall stewardship. we know that indigenous people make up not a great population rolled lot -- worldwide, but we take care of 80% of the world's biodiversity. it is clear that once the land is in indigenous peoples lands, the earth is able to thrive. the red deal calls for an end for imperialism and capitalism and genocidal violence and focuses on caretaking our earth, caretaking each other and
caretaking ourselves ultimately. amy: jennifer marley, i want to thank you for being with us, a member of the red nation and a citizen of san ildefonso pueblo. speaking to us from albuquerque. we will also link at democracynow.org to our april interview with members of the red nation, co-authors of the red deal: indigenous action to save our earth. this is democracy now! as we continue to talk about indigenous action to save our earth, this week, thousands of indigenous leader and clima justice adcates are pected to rticipate a histori five-day, massive action of civil disobedience at the white house to continue to pressureresident ben to declare a clite emergency, divest from fossil fls and launch a "just renewable engy revolution." the "pple vs. ssil fuels" mobilization, led by the indigenous environmental network, 3.org, sunre movementthe cent for biogical divsity and several others, comes as canadian pipeline company
enbrge has cometed the construction of its contested line 3 crude oil pipeline in northern minnesota. the pipeline bece opationafriday, violating the treaty rights of localndigenou mmunities. line 3s set toarry ove half aillion brels of tar sandsil everyay from alberta,ana, throu nnesota,o the tiof lakeuperior wiscons, threening lol watersnd land andoubling nnesota's greenhouseas emisons. indigeus leade and lan anwater denders, w have been sisting ne 3 for year often pting eir own dies on the line, wed to continue the fight agnst the peline. last week, a small group of water protectors confronted minnesota senator amy klobuchar at a fundraising event, where advocates say plates cost $1,000 per person, demanding her to take action against line 3. >> we are asking you to call president biden to stop line three.
it has a higher carbon footprint than the entire state of minnesota. you saw how many people died. we need you to call on him and ask him to stop at, because you have so much power. as a young person, the kind of person that can really -- we can't have climate justice without you. i know you can't vote, but president biden is that power and you have that power. amy: more than 900 water protectors were arrested over their resistance to line 3, with some protesters facing felony charges, as they were brutalized by police, assaulted d with tear -- some water protectors also reported being denied medical care and being placed in solitary confinement after their arrests. the guardian newspaper revealed last week enbridge paid minnesota police $2.4 million in reimbursements, all costs tied to the arrests and surveillance of hundreds of water
protectors, including officer training, wages, overtime, meals, hotels and equipment. paid for by an international corporation. for more, we are joined in ponsford, minnesota by winona laduke, longtime indigenous activist who has been organizing for years to block the enbridge line 3 . she lives and works on the white earth reservation in northern minnesota, and is the executive director of honor the earth. her piece for the minneapolis star tribune is headlined, "line 3 opponents can savor this defeat." her latest book is titled, "to be a water protector." winona, welcome back to democracy now! if you could talk about these latest revelations. this canadian company paying the local state police to arrest you all, and also what it means that enbridge says line threis operational? winona: the federal court has yet to rule on whether enbridge has any ability to
move forward. there is no federal environmental impact statement on this project which is why we want joe biden to stop it. they stole 5 billion gallons of water and they have this broken aquifer losing 1000 gallons a day of water. they haven't known how to fix this since january. it is horrible up here. enbridge has been trying to rush to get this online before the court will rule against them because generally courts have not ruled in favor of pipelines. that is the status we have seen in the federal court ruling. the court ordered they closed on the pipe and when the state ordered them to close down the pipe this past maythey said no. they are just trying to continue their egregious behavior. it is so tragic that on one hand, the biden administration is like, we
are going to have indigenous peoples day, we are still going to smash you in northern minnesota. klobuchar and smith, shameful their lack of courage not only for indigenous people but for the planet. they are just trying to get that oil out and in the meantime, it is a disaster appear. i am appear monitoring what is going on because it is crazy. they don't have it it is peoples day in beckert county -- they don't have indigenous peoples' day in beckert county because i still have to go to court. it is obscene appear. -- up here. amy: how does your activism change now that it is supposedly operational, the pipeline, and what does it mean for people who are not familiar with line three? talk about its course from canada through the united states and why youre so concerned about this particular pipeline. winona: first of all, the
pipeline is 915,000 barrels a day. this is the last tar sands pipeline. how we know is that our alma mater, we were at harvard, trying to get them to back up in south africa. they are divesting in fossil fuels. everyone is fleeing the tar sands. its an indtry th is at itsnd. na nee to stotrying breatheife intot. they ed to st beinghe crinals th they are. they areour yearbehind hede if th get theil and t industry is falng apart. there is nnew invement inar sands it ithe diiest oiln theorld. add to that the fact that the compancannotven get surance r its piline. i'm ying tunderstand what kin ofesponsility
exists ithe statof minnota thaenbridge divulged a couple weeks ago that they can't get insurance for their pipeline. so you have an accident, it is going to be like union carbide. it is a horrific situation. the impact of it is so wrong. not only the equivalent of 50 coal-fired power plants but right now our rivers are dry. they took 5 billion gallons of water from the north. enbridge are climate criminals and the biden administration needs to stand up. on one hand, i am so grateful. to get back and be the people that are supporting indigenous people and land back. let's go joe. 80 million acres of national parks stolen from indian
people? let's return those, along with creating new national parks, we could just start returning land that was stolen. that would be a great step. when you have indigenous people in your administration, let them do their job instead of having politics, oily politics intervene. i know that deb haaland does not support this pipeline. no sane person supports this pipeline. only people who want to take oil money from canadian multinationals. i know that the assistant in the army corps of engineers came upe herand visited and saw what was going on and the disaster. our tribes are trying to stop this, suing in federal court. our tribes also have a trial court hearing with a federal court to order enbridge to our court because we say they are climate criminals and they are destroying the rights of wildlife.
joe, if you appoint indian people, don't just make them pretty indian people that sit in your administration. let them do their job. indigenous thinking is what we need in the colonial industry -- clinical and administration. amy: in august, you met with the un's special repertoire on han rights defenders to share violence suffered by water protectors for testing the line three construction site, and now we are learning just how much money the canadian corporation gave to the local police to do the arrests, to do the training etc. what happened with the u.n.? winona: they asked the united states a bunch of questions and they are expecting a response on what exactly the united states is planning to do, to protect the human rights of indigenous people becae this pipeline does not respect treaty rights but
when you get 900 people arrested andhey are brutalized. it is rture,ome of what was done to these people. excessive force. the united nations has called to task the united states on the enbridge pipeline. on indigenous peoples' day, that is what we are saying. it is time to account. i want to say that is isn't just our problem because the enbridge model, a cadian multinational killing people in third world countries. that is what they do. 75% of theorld's min corporions are canadn d all acss lat america there e human ghts viations. this iso differe, a nadian mtination with indigeus peopl weold the attoey general of minnesota that this was going to be a problem. we've had no action and inead but we have is our rights continued to be violated. i've got charges in three counties with more coming
soon. this is a nation problem becausehe minsota mel iseing csidered national,hat coorationshould fince yos polic-- your pice. anyway you look at it, that is a viotion ofublic trt, thave corrations fince theolice. y:hat chges do y fa? wino: i've got trespassg, obstrucon, i'm etty suri've got some pubcafety, causing public safy probms beuse copsouldave been doinsomethin ee inead ofonitorinpeople othe pipeli. i've got charges in three counties so far. amy: best of luck to you today in court. winona laduke, longtime indigenous activist, speaking to us from northern minnesota. when we come back, we look at a russian journalist he was just awarded a bell peace prize on friday. stay with us.
♪ ♪ [music break] amy: this is democracy now! democracynow.org, the war and peace report. two journalists were awarded the nobel peace prize friday in recognition for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, and as symbolic of journalist global fightinto prote press eedom. on friday reporte on maria ressa the phippine vestigate journast a
itor f theappl. today we look more aher co-wner, dmiy mutov, who is the etor-in-cef of t russianewspaper novaya gazeta, which has lost more journalists to murder than any other russian news outlet. six of its staff members have been killed since 1993. for more we are joined by katrina vanden heuvel. she has been reporting on russia for more than 30 years. her latest, "a courageous voice for press freedom and independence in russia." condolences on the death of your father. i wanted to start by talking about this work you have been doing for 70 decades, and one of the two winners of the nobel peace prize, dmitry muratov. katrina: i and my late husband met dmitry in the basement cafeteria of a news building. they wanted to launch an
independent muckraking newspaper and they had two dusts, two computers and they launched and it was a testament to their ability to survive if you are a bold creative editor, which i knew he was. what i didn't understand was how he would become an advocate for freedom of the press against all odds. you mentioned six of his journalists have been killed in the line of duty, one of them on -- one of them, politkovskaya killed just a day before muratov received the nobel peace prize. being a journalist in russia today is very dangerous. there are others who have
been killed and there is a culture of impunity and failure to hold account those who are killing freedom of the press. on the othercr hand, they have done some of the best in debate -- novaya has done some of the best investigative work on abuse of power. they covered putin's abuse and the public officials corruption. right when extremism -- right-wing extremism, persecution of the lgbt community. it is a dangerous, very dangerous profession, but novaya has numbers all of us would envy.
readers come to its website, a younger generation is coming to it. i think this prize will give noit protection but ironically will raise the question of foreign funds. there has been a trend o repressive media legislation. for example if you take foreign money, that will be interesting to see what happens but i suspect the prize for the mostart will give novaya more protection. amy: that point is something dmitry muratov raised. also your response to those who suggested alexey navalny should have been awarded the prize and that muratov was really a compromise by the committee so as not to offend the kremlin. he himself said alexey navalny should have gotten
that. katrina: alexey navalny, and anticorruption activist. he is also a political figure. novaya has covered the persecution of alexey navalny very comprehensive coverage. i do think navalny -- he is an internet anticorruption activist and he also got involved in the electoral scene that in a way novaya steps back and reports. i think there should be a calling out of the repression of the prudent administration vis-a-vis journalists -- putin administration, vis-a-vis journalists. -- has stood for navalny's rights to expose corruption. i think it is an attempt to
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