Source- Censored News, July 29, 2014
It appears that Brenda Norrel’s excellent Censored News blog is now over, but the work is carried on by Indigenous Resistance, a new blog which represents a collective of writers. Indigenous Resistance came to the internet in early July. Norell continues her posts there. Climate Connections has long followed and been a big fan of Censored News.
The final post on Censored News, dated July 29, 2014 “Thank-you the journey was never my own” is a beautifully written reflection of some of Brenda’s and the Censored New’s turning points. She writes:
Today, between a hospital stay and fight for my life in May, and a journey to the Zapatista Stronghold in Chiapas in August, I’m especially thankful for this road I’ve been on, which was never really my own. I’ve never spoken in public about journalism over the past 32 years, because, for me, it was a matter of following my inner voice, and what some call the Spirit or Creator.
There were turning points along the way, and today, I will remember a few of those. The first turning point came when Louise Benally of Big Mountain on Black Mesa shared the truth with me about Peabody coal. “The corporations lie,” she said. At the time, I was a new reporter for Navajo Times and living in a log cabin in the Chuska mountains on Navajoland. During those years, my friends took me to the home of Chief Frank Fool’s Crow on Pine Ridge. While on Hopi land, Dan Evehema, more than 100 years old, told me, “Don’t ever apply for grants, or they will own you.” (And I didn’t.)
Orin Langelle, Chair of the Board of Global Justice Ecology Project, which publishes Climate Connections, shared the description of Brenda Norell which appears on the final Censored News blog post:
Brenda Norrell has been a reporter in Indian country for 32 years, beginning with Navajo Times during the 18 years that she lived on the Navajo Nation. She was a correspondent for AP and USA Today while living on Navajoland. Then, she served as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today. In 2006, she was censored and terminated by ICT, under new ownership, and created Censored News as a result. Censored News was published for eight years as a labor of love with no advertising or grants. Censored News exposed what is being censored in Indian country and provided a publishing platform for grassroots voices. Censored News archives continue to be read around the world by thousands of readers each week in countries circling the earth. Today, the new Indigenous Resistance, a collective of writers, continues this work.