Thursday, January 31, 2008

Apache resisters in Texas: Homeland Security's Nazi genocidal tactics

Apache resisters in Texas: Homeland Security's Nazi genocidal tactics

City of Berkeley condemns construction of border wall, supports Apaches at the border

By Brenda Norrell

EL CALABOZ, Texas -- Lipan Apache resisting the seizure of their land for construction of the United States’ border wall in Texas said Homeland Security is repeating the actions of the Nazis, as it seeks to seize land in the systematic genocide of indigenous and impoverished peoples.
Homeland Security filed suit against Eloisa Garcia Tamez on Jan. 29, who has been leading the resistance to the seizures of private lands in Texas. However, Homeland Security did not notify Tamez or other family members, who found out through the media.
Tamez’ daughter Margo Tamez said, “When they listed our relatives in public newspapers, without serving papers to them in person, or through the mail, they repeat the actions of other hate-filled regimes of the past who purged out the 'unwanteds' and 'undesirables' from their societies -- such as the Nazi expulsion of the Jews in Germany, France and Italy.“These daily 'hit lists' of DHS in our community are sending clear messages to our people that again, we are the targets of genocidal thoughts and actions.”
Eloisa Garcia Tamez has been ordered to federal court in Brownsville on Feb. 7.Margo Tamez’ comments came in a message of gratitude to supporter Wendy Kenin, after the Berkeley City Council unanimously voted to support the Lipan Apaches’ resolution on Jan. 29. The City’s resolution condemned the construction of the US/Mexico border wall.
Praising Kenin’s support in Berkeley, Margo Tamez said, “It is acts such as yours along with Gabriel Hernandez, who helped in the co-authoring of the Resolution for the City of Berkeley condemning the wall that beats the drum of justice which always foregrounds the drumbeat of the heart of truth.
“And, that truth is that the wall is a prison, intended to contain and to disperse and dislocate and disrupt ever further the indigenous people, and to pave over the negative impacts to indigenous people, the original aboriginal peoples, the impoverished, the sick and diseased, the malnourished, the negated forgotten 'Americans.’ To cover it up is the obvious goal of the administration.”
Margo Tamez said Apache on the Texas border are facing a great challenge to sustain their resistance against the administration, whose “caretakers are joining the band-wagon of profit.” Those include Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Hillary Clinton, D-NY, who announced their complicity with the building of the wall regardless of the Omnibus Bill, section 564, which requires consultation with community members, Margo Tamez said.
While gaining support, Kenin told the Berkeley City Council of the militarization of indigenous land at the US/Mexico border.
“Among the many issues about the wall that Homeland Security is lawlessly constructing through the International Boundary Zone between the US and Mexico, perhaps the least known issue is the continuous militarization of the indigenous communities who have been and still are terrorized bi-national peoples ever since the lines were drawn. The wall is a continuation and escalation of that militarization. The resolution on this council's agenda for the next meeting includes most relevant issues, but especially affirms the rights of these Native American communities according to international law.”
Margo Tamez said, “The Lipan Apache people of South Texas have a long history of genocide and oppression imposed upon them by settler societies and have been forced to the peripheries of said society, as a marginalized ethnic group in their own territories.”
The resolution also cites international rights. The Charter of the United Nations, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, affirm the fundamental importance of the right to self-determination of all peoples through which they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development, the resolution states.
Margo Tamez is now urging others to sign a resolution in support of Lipan Apache and indigenous peoples at the border. The resolution states an urgent need to respect and promote the rights of indigenous peoples affirmed in treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements with States, including the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo.
Further, it states the rights of the Tamez family and future generations as the aboriginal peoples of El Calaboz, in the San Pedro de Carricitos Land Grant.
“The indigenous Lipan Apache people of the San Pedro de Carricitos Land Grant were recognized as indigenous first peoples of their territories by the Spanish and Texas empresarios in the area designated ‘Apacheria.’”
“Dr. Eloisa Garcia Tamez and her daughter, Margo Tamez, refuse to be further harassed, intimidated, and oppressed by the settler society’s insistence on the increased militarization of their traditional and aboriginal lands which has had negative and persistent lethal impacts on Apache lifeways, ecologies, agricultural ways, religious practices, and their future generations’ possibility to practice their Native American culture, and to be the stewards of the ancient plant medicines, and their sacred sites and burial grounds,” the resolution states.
The border wall represents a human rights crisis for indigenous and other peoples living along the international boundary zone between the United States of México and America and this human rights crisis has resulted in over 4,000 migrant deaths in recent years. The resolution points out the devastating economic impact the border wall will have on South Texas, where residents on both sides of the border shop and carry out commerce in the neighboring countries. Free Trade agreements have already forced indigenous peoples into migration and exile from their homelands in the south.
Further, the resolution points out that the Homeland Security has already waived all federal laws and court orders to construct the border wall in fragile ecosystems in the west. The laws waived include the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Archeological Resources Protection Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Noise Control Act, Solid Waste Disposal Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Farmland Protection Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and countless other laws, protecting wildlife refuges, parks, sanctuaries and wildlife areas.

Petitions of support, Margo Tamez asked for signatures of support for her mother:
Lipan Apache (El Calaboz) Resolution Condemning Border Wall:
Information & Action You Can Take:
Eloisa Garcia Tamez has been ordered to appear in Federal Court #6, on February 7, 2008, Judge Hanen presiding. This is an official hearing for condemnation and taking, under the Department of Homeland Security's "Declaration of Taking," an act of unwarranted, hostile aggression against her, a respected elder and leader of the traditional people, the aboriginal people of El Calaboz rancheria--"the place where the Lipan pray." At this time, we ask you to show your solidarity with indigenous women, Native American people, and the aboriginal pueblos indigenas of the Lower Rio Grande valley, and sign this petition. At this time, we humbly ask you to circulate this petition widely through your circles, family, friends, ceremonial leaders, faith leaders, tribal officials, elected officials, representatives, and international leaders and ask them to sign this petition as well.There are 2 parts: WE ask you to first sign the RESOLUTION. We ask you to become informed by reading the second petition, and write to the individuals listed there who we requested intervention from on behalf of Eloisa Garcia Tamez, and the El Calaboz lands, ecologies, sacred sites, burial sites, farmlands, traditional dwelling sites, archaeologically significant sites, and endangered species.ahi'i'e Margo Tamez
PLEASE SIGN THESE PETITIONS: Lipan Apache (El Calaboz) Resolution Condemning Border Wall:
Information & Action You Can Take:
Lipan Apache and Rio Grande indigenous resolution:

1 comment:

TN Mountain Man said...

Homeland Security Sues Lipan Apache Eloisa Tamez for Land for Border Wall, it has started....

DHS Continues to File Lawsuits for Proposed Border Fence, Falling on Deaf Ears

Below are laws right out of the Constitution! They (the President, Vice President and ALL members of Congress) "swore" to uphold! If they do not uphold these laws, that is TREASON!

1. The judicial power shall extend to all cases in law and equity arising under the constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority; to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers, and consuls; to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction; to controversies to which the United States shall be a party; to controversies between two or more States; between a State and citizens of another State, between citizens of different States, between citizens of the same State claiming lands under grants of different States, and between a State, or the citizens thereof, and foreign States, citizens, or subjects.

1. The United States shall guaranty to every State in this Union a republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and, on application of the Legislature, or of the Executive, (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic violence.

2. This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

3. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

I am no means a lawyer but I think I understand these laws.....

treaties made, or which shall be made, shall protect each of them against invasion; against domestic violence. shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this constitution

I think that says it all..... This IS ILLEGAL per "thee" Constitution!

"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. - Ronald Reagan

I know some of you have already signed these petitions and thank you! We are still
far from our goal. Please cross post! We MUST stop the Government here, if we do not stop them here,
we may never stop them.....your land may be next!
One is for Americans only but the other one is for all to sign. Please help save what little land our Native Americans still own by LAW.

The American Petition;

For Everyone to sign;

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