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Splitting-the-Sky (1952-2013): A Warrior for Justice

Published on Mar 22, 2013

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7148

Mohawk activist. 9/11 truth campaigner. War criminal protester. Attica State riot leader. Gustafsen Lake Standoff organizer. Splitting The Sky had a remarkable life. Tragically, that life was cut short last week after an unexplained incident near his home in Chase, British Columbia. Today on The Corbett Report we memorialize his life and reflect on the legacy he leaves behind.

From Veterans Today:

I first heard about Splitting-the-Sky in 2007 from the editor of the Mohawk Nation News, who had published an article referencing 9/11 truth. When I asked her to appear on my radio show, she said: “You need to talk to Splitting-the-Sky.”

Was she ever right. Splitting-the-Sky turned out to be one of the most charismatic and eloquent people I have ever met. As his name suggests, he seemed to be channeling a never-ending lightning bolt. (He explained to me last June, during dinner after the Vancouver 9/11 Hearings, that he practiced a kind of tantric kundalini yoga to bring all that electricity up his spine and into his brain.)

From Mohawk Nation News:

Mohawk Warrior and Champion of the People Dies – March 13, 2013. A great loss to the people, to the nation, to the resistance, anti-imperialist  movement right across Great Turtle Island.

JOHN HILLOn March 13th, Dacajeweiah, Splitting-the-Sky, 61, left us forever when he passed away in his home in Adams Lake, British Columbia. Dac’s colonial name was John Boncore Hill, from Six Nations. “From Attica to Gustafsen Lake,” and thereafter, he was a warrior, a comrade, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a friend.

We deeply mourn his loss.

The family will release a biographical statement and details of memorial arrangements in due course. With deepest love to his wife, She-Keeps-the-Door, and children. We stand with Dac’s many many co-fighters and friends. He loved the People. The AIM song is dedicated to the continuance of the resistance after a warrior has fallen A.I.M. song

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american holocaust film documents how u.s. inspired hitler’s “final solution”

The powerful and hard-hitting documentary, American Holocaust, is quite possibly the only film that reveals the link between the Nazi holocaust, which claimed at least 6 million Jews, and the American Holocaust which claimed, according to conservative estimates, 19 million Indigenous People.

It is seldom noted anywhere in fact, be it in textbooks or on the internet, that Hitler studied America’s “Indian policy”, and used it as a model for what he termed “the final solution.”

He wasn’t the only one either. It’s not explicitly mentioned in the film, but it’s well known that members of the National Party government in South Africa studied “the American approach” before they introduced the system of racial apartheid, which lasted from 1948 to 1994. Other fascist regimes, for instance, in South and Central America, studied the same policy.

Noted even less frequently, Canada’s “Aboriginal policy” was also closely examined for its psychological properties. America always took the more ‘wide-open’ approach, for example, by decimating the Buffalo to get rid of a primary food source, by introducing pox blankets, and by giving $1 rewards to settlers in return for scalps of Indigenous Men, women, and children, among many, many other horrendous acts. Canada, on the other hand, was more bureaucratic about it. They used what I like to call “the gentleman’s touch”, because instead of extinguishment, Canada sought to “remove the Indian from the Man” and the Women and the Child, through a long-term, and very specific program of internal breakdown and replacement – call it “assimilation”. America had it’s own assimilation program, but Canada was far more technical about it.

Perhaps these points would have been more closely examined in American Holocaust if the film had been completed. The film’s director, Joanelle Romero, says she’s been turned down from all sources of funding since she began putting it together in 1995.

Perhaps it’s just not “good business” to invest in something that tells so much truth? In any event, Romero produced a shortened, 29-minute version of the film in 2001, with the hope of encouraging new funders so she could complete American Holocaust. Eight years on, Romero is still looking for funds.

American Holocaust may never become the 90-minute documentary Romero hoped to create, to help expose the most substantial act of genocide that the world has ever seen… one that continues even as you read these words.


Sarayaku people fear loss of their culture if government boosts oil production in Amazon.

Problems are brewing between the government of Ecuador and an indigenous tribe over state plans to increase oil production in the Amazon forest.

The Sarayaku people say their way of life will be lost if drilling is allowed on their land.

i am a defender of the rainforest

this is part one of a documentary about the pople in the sarayako region of ecuador, who are resisting the increasing presence of oil companies in their region.

it’s slow moving, but if you take the time to watch, it is inspiring on so many levels.


film focuses on forced sterilization of indigenous and rural poor women in peru

In 1995, President Alberto Fujimori announced to Congress the beginning of a National Family Planning program, which aimed to improve the reproductive health of people.

At first some feminist organizations believe in the president’s initiative, since this program was counter to the conservative tendencies of the Catholic Church and would allow all women access to different contraceptive methods.However, three years later, newspaper articles began to appear of the first cases of what appeared to be not a family planning program, but forced sterilization campaigns and women, victims of these methods began to speak.

Fujimori-era forced sterilization in Peru film spotlight

Widespread forced sterilizations during the government of Peru’s former president Alberto Fujimori, supposedly in the name of progress, are at the center of an explosive new documentary out this week.

“They tied me up, and they cut me here,” said an emotional Micaela Flores, pointing to her belly, in the film “Paulina’s scar” by Manuel Legarda.

She was one of thousands of women who were subject to forced sterilization during his second term in office which began in 1996.

In 1996, Fujimori’s government started a reproductive health and family planning program that included tubal ligation operations that were supposed to be voluntary. Fujimori was convinced this would bring down the birth rate and help economic development.

But in time, reports started emerging that many authorities were skipping the consent part and forcing women to undergo sterilization — especially poor, rural, less educated and disproportionately indigenous Andean women.

Many women were threatened, tricked into undergoing the surgery and sometimes offered food in exchange for permanent sterilization. And some authorities were carrying out sterilizations in unclean, substandard conditions, victims charge.

According to official data 300,000 women underwent surgery under the program. More than 2,000 have filed official complaints and 18 died during or after the procedures.

“The doctors would go to people’s homes and tell women that they had to use birth control, that the president was going to take care of them, give them a monthly food subsidy, or pay for their education. If they said no, they were threatened and sometimes even kidnapped,” said Andean parliament lawmaker Hilaria Supa, one of those interviewed for the documentary.

“In Mollepata (southeastern Peru) doctors tied up ten women in a local medical clinic in a slum and would not let them leave until they had undergone the procedure,” said Supa, who noted that the family planning program had the financial backing “of the World Bank, United States and Japan.”