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Australian Aboriginal Leaders Testify Mining Firm's Gag Clause Silencing Opposition to Destruction of Ancient Sacred Site

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/12/australian-aboriginal-leaders-testify-mining-firms-gag-clause-silencing-opposition

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Part of the process of genocide is erasing a given peoples Cultural Heritage.

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The dominant humans treat indigenous people the same way all humans treat non-human animals, the biosphere, and the earth’s crust–with disdain.
The dominator attitude is how we took over this planet.
European settlers’ abuse of indigenous Australians mirrors what they did everywhere else, including here in the USA.
Many indigenous tribes bought into the capitalist ownership and pillage agenda of the Europeans, and got into bed with mining companies and other extractive exploiters.
No surprise they suffer when doing so.
It would be better if they planned a Custer’s Last Stand, and removed the invaders from the land.

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Mining conglomerates have zero respect for the Natural World and its place in a sustainable future and even less care - their only care is the bottom line for investors, that class of monied worthless swine that do nothing but reap profits from environmental and other destruction.

Just as Rio Tinto could care less about Aboriginal rights and history, so to the Pebble Mine partners and its investor class care nothing about the rivers, salmon runs, indigenous peoples or the massive pollution their atrocity will cause; only the money - only the profits above all else!

~https://theintercept.com/2020/10/12/alaska-republican-senator-dan-sullivan-pebble-mine/

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How much do we really know about how what’s left of native people on reservations
here - how they have been treated all over the world – but clearly their land was stolen –
and it was done by religious teachings which demonized them.

It is also clear that many tribes in America came under attack by the US government
for any simple business enterprise they worked on to feed their tribe/families –
I believe sheep breeding was one of them before some of them turned to gambling —
Looking for the info but remember quite clearly reading stories of the government having
left dead sheep on the property. Distantly recall Bill Clinton trying to do something for
them – but the GOP is notorious for still having Reps/Senators conducting “Indian wars.”
It’s about natural resources and taking back as much of the value of what was given
to the tribes as possible – cheating, outright theft – any way they can do it.
But granted, there was an earlier forced REDUCTION of animals that were being kept
on reservation lands –

U.S. Government To Pay $492 Million To 17 American Indian
Tribes Sep 27, 2016 · The US government has agreed to pay a total of $492 million to 17 American Indian tribes for mismanaging natural resources and other tribal assets, according to an attorney who filed most of the…
(~https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/27/495627997/u-s-government-to-pay-492-million-to-17-american-indian-tribes)

Think it should have been BILLIONS owed – ?

Under those trust agreements, the U.S. government must make sure tribes receive “just compensation” for the use of their land or resources. “The government bought the land from Indians, but it didn’t pay the Indians,” says Melody McCoy, a staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund who has spent 20 years handling lawsuits against the federal government over alleged trust mismanagement and underpayment.

“The U.S. government would say it held the assets in trusts benevolently, for the protection of Indian lands and money,” says McCoy, who handled 13 of the 17 newly announced settlements. “The flip side of that is that in exchange, the government was supposed to be a good trustee, and it wasn’t. Land was not managed well. Money and resources were not managed well.”

The result was decades of allegedly lost income for Native Americans across the country.

AND –

Native Americans and the Federal Government | History (~https://www.historytoday.com/archive/native-americans-and-federal-government)

Between 1887 and 1933, US government policy aimed to assimilate Indians into mainstream American society. Although to modern observers this policy looks both patronising and racist, the white elite that dominated US society saw it as a civilising mission, comparable to the work of European missionaries in Africa. As one US philanthropist put it in 1886, the Indians were to be ‘safely guided from the night of barbarism into the fair dawn of Christian civilisation’. In practice, this meant requ…

Here are some other stories – but obviously US government continues the genocide
in any way they can –

’We’re vulnerable’: On the Navajo Nation, a rush to curb the …
(~https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-05-06/navajo-nation-latest-deaths)
May 06, 2020 · “We’re vulnerable,” said Begay, who grew up on a rural stretch of the reservation with no running water or electricity. On Wednesday, the Navajo Nation reported nearly 2,500 confirmed cases …

Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations(~https://www.reuters.com/article/US-usa-trump-tribes-insight-idUSKBN13U1B1)
Reservations governed by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs are intended in part to keep Native American lands off the private real estate market, preventing sales to non-Indians.

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It beggars belief why Aboriginal representatives and/or their lawyers advised to to even sign such an agreement. Insane. Cutting off their noses to spite their faces, IMHO. However, I do know how the West Australian and Federal Government work. They do not represent the people of Australia, rather the mining conglomerants. This has been proven, time and time again. No European Govt will ever turn it’s back on the lucrative easy profits to be made from destroying the land and it’s resources. Even the legal fraternity are complicit after all, it’s their bread and butter.

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This is a lesson in learning hard lessons, and doing it the right way. To be clear, the evil-doers in this case are the miners who had the Native leaders sign those so-called NDA’s.

What those leaders should now do is violate the tar out of that illegitimate NDA. Yes, they might indeed have to go to Court, perhaps to prison, for doing so, BUT the issue would take the conversation where the mining company really does NOT want it to go: into the public sphere.

Factual public information is the dire enemy of such interests, whose money depends on keeping their activities secret, and getting in and out so quickly, that ANY criticism of their actions will be “too late,” as the damage will be done and left in place, as the exploiters flee the scene of their crimes.

So yes, now is the time to bite the bullet, of the NDA they never should have signed in the first place. Get the information out and go to prison, if it comes to that. BUT the landscape WILL be protected from those pirates anyway… and prison terms end.

Usually.