Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Redskins is our N word and does need a new name

Redskins is our N word and does need a new name

Mr. Al Saracevic,
SF Chronicle Sports Editor,

I thank you, and Mr. Scott Ostler of Sunday Punch sports section for today’s article, which I consider it a follow-up to Ms. Knapp’s coverage of Atlanta Braves game in the CITY last May, concerning the mascot issue. Your article is timely and appropriate which also gives the American Indian community a reprieve from a big societal wrong.

As you are aware the campaign for change, and addressing mascots in sports, has a history and goes to the heart and opportunity, of having to report another form of institutionalized racism . We, the first peoples of this continent, deserve much more than having negative images of our peoples’ and culture rendered to a form of mere entertainment. How can our treaties with the U.S. Government be taken seriously? Indians are people not mascots!

Often times when we protest this outrages practice at stadiums and coliseums, such as we did on September 19, 2009 in Oakland against the Cleveland Indians (A’s won!) the public would ask “But it doesn’t hurt anyone, so why bother changing it?” This is a common misconception. These stereotypes and caricatures hurt both Indians and non-Indians alike. The impact these images have on Indian Peoples can be quite serious, particularly to the young. Non-Indians might feel quite differently about this subject, if the only images their children had to identify with in the society around them were stereotypes and caricatures. This can seriously damage their self-esteem and their ability to succeed in the world. Also, Indian children, like any others are taught to respect their parents and to emulate their culture, traditions and values. However, it can be very confusing for young people to see their parents and their culture being mimicked and lampooned. As a result of the ways in which Indian culture is denigrated, American Indians suffer from the highest rate of teenage suicide, school drop-out rates, alcohol and drug addiction and health care problems.

As for non-Indians, the worst thing is that continuous association of Indians with these stereotypes, can encourage an unreal idea of who Indians are. This can lead to a refusal to accept real Indians and their culture. In addition, the power of these stereotypes can also cause non-Indians to be misled or duped by unscrupulous people who “dress up” in buckskin and feathers in order to fool non-Indians. Often, these imposters engage in such fraudulent activity in order to deceive the public and separate na├»ve individuals from their money!

Finally, and in this regard, I recommend give recognition to an American Indian considered the greatest ball player of his time, and is in the Hall of Fame; and first to break the color barrier for all peoples, not just blacks like Jackie Robinson did for his peoples but none other than Charles Albert Bender of the Ojibwe Nation (1884-1954). He was a pitcher in major league baseball during the first two decades of the 20th Century. Now there is another great story in the annals of baseball in America. Thank’s again and a big AJO to y’all!! Go Giants!

Antonio Gonzales

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Body bags and vaccinations...
The Mask Slips, for Those with Eyes to See:

Preparing for the Real Pandemic

by Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div.

Last week, many of the aboriginal people in the remote west coast village of Ahousaht were innoculated with the tamiflu vaccine. Today, over a hundred of them are sick, and the sickness is spreading.

In the same week, body bags were sent to similarly remote native reserves in northern Manitoba that have also received the tamiflu vaccine.

On the face of things, it appears that flu vaccinations are causing a sickness that is being deliberately aimed at aboriginal people across Canada, and this sickness will be fatal: a fact acknowledged by the Canadian government by their "routine" sending of body bags to these Indian villages.

Before you express your shock and denial at the idea that people are being deliberately targeted and killed, remember that murdering Indians with vaccinations is not a new or abnormal thing in Canada. Indeed, it's how we Europeans "won the land", and it's one of the ways we keep it.

In 1862, Anglican church missionaries Rev. John Sheepshanks and Robert Brown inoculated interior Salish Indians in B.C. with a live smallpox virus that wiped out entire native communities within a month, just prior to the settlement of this native land by gold prospectors associated with these missionaries and government officials.

In 1909, Dr. Peter Bryce of the Indian Affairs department in Ottawa claimed that Catholic and Protestant churches were deliberately exposing native children to smallpox and tuberculosis in residential schools across Canada, and letting them die untreated. Thousands of children died as a result. (Globe and Mail, April 24, 2007)

In 1932, B.C. provincial police attempted to lay charges against Catholic missionaries who had sent smallpox-laden Indian children back among their families along the Fraser river near Mission, BC. The RCMP intervened and protected the church, even though whole villages were wiped out as a result of the church's actions.

In 1969, native children who escaped from the Nanaimo Indian Hospital on
Vancouver Island described being inoculated with shots that caused many of them to die "with bloated up bodies and scabs all over", to quote one survivor.

Knowing this history, it's not surprising when Indians on isolated Canadian reserves start sickening and dying en masse from sudden illnesses, after receiving flu shots. After all, it's still the law in Canada, under the apartheid Indian Act, that no on-reserve Indian can refuse medical treatments or experimentation. So it's small wonder that these reserves are the places being targeted first to be injected with untested, unsafe and potentially lethal flu vaccines.

As an entire race of involuntary test subjects, Indians in Canada are a weather vane for what will befall all of us, and very soon. For the very techniques and weapons of genocide perfected against aboriginal people are now being deployed against "mainstream" Canadians.

Under Bill C-6, which is about to pass third reading in Parliament and become the law, no Canadian will be allowed to refuse innoculations for the swine flu, despite the fact that it is relatively benign and mild, and has killed only people who are already immune-compromised. Indeed, it is astounding that such coercion and dictatorial laws are being employed to deal with what the chief Canadian Health Officer has called a "mild seasonal flu".

Clearly, another agenda is at work; but the time to ascertain and challenge that agenda has all but run out. This coming month, forced innoculations and imprisonment of those who refuse them may be a reality across Canada. And for what reason? Clearly, not for public health, considering the sickness and death caused by previous swine flu vaccines.

I believe that the real pandemic is about to be unleashed through the very vaccines being pushed by governments and pharmaceutical giants like Novartis and Glaxo Smith Kline. The shots will be the cause, not the cure, of the pandemic. Of course, those in power can disprove this by simply being the first people to take the swine flu shot: an event about as likely as these companies forgoing the multi-billion dollar profits they will reap from the mass vaccinations.

It's indeed ironic that, very soon, many "white" Canadians may be suffering the same fate that aboriginal people have for centuries. Perhaps it's fitting. For if we are indeed being targeted for extermination, or at the least martial law and dictatorship, we finally can have the chance to shed our complicity in the genocide of other people, and get on the right side of humanity - simply by having to fight the system that is causing mass murder.


Rev. Kevin D. Annett
260 Kennedy St.
Nanaimo, BC Canada V9R 2H8

Kevin Annett is a community minister, educator and award-winning film maker who lives and works with aboriginal and low income people in Vancouver and Nanaimo, BC.

Read and Hear the truth of Genocide in Canada, past and present, at this website: www.hiddenfromhistory.org

Film Trailer to Kevin's award-winning documentary film UNREPENTANT:

“Kevin is more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than many who have received it in the past.”
- Dr. Noam Chomsky
Institute Professor Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“A courageous and inspiring man." (referring to Kevin Annett)
- Mairead Corrigan-Maguire
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Belfast , Northern Ireland

"As a long time front line worker with the Elders' Council at the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, I stand behind what Kevin Annett is trying to do for our people. The genocide that continues today and which stemmed from the residential schools needs to be exposed. Kevin Annett helps break the silence, and brings the voice of our people all over the world."
Carol Muree Martin - Spirit Tree Woman
Nisgaa Nation

"I gave Kevin Annett his Indian name, Eagle Strong Voice, in 2004 when I adopted him into our Anishinabe Nation. He carries that name proudly because he is doing the job he was sent to do, to tell his people of their wrongs. He speaks strongly and with truth. He speaks for our stolen and murdered children. I ask everyone to listen to him and welcome him."
Chief Louis Daniels - Whispers Wind
Elder, Turtle Clan, Anishinabe Nation
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Not from Canada. But in the same vein.

Swine flu a hoax-genocide

Please go through the material and make up your own mind. Thank you.
Bear Warrior

Read this!


My Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to Creator and to the path Creator has put me on. I pledge allegiance to my family, to my ancestors who walked before me and to my future generations who will walk after me. I pledge to walk the way of the warrior, to protect those who need protection, to guide those who need guidance, and to help those who need my help. I pledge to be a man of honor and integrity and to do my part in making this world a better place to live. Aho.
Bear Warrior


New World Order

The mainstream (bankers) media has not shown the people what is really going on this weekend in Pittsburgh, PA The alternative media and the real people are there to show us what the new world order really looks like. Check out some of these videos:
Coming to a street near you?

The black uniformed, military looking police are probably UN controlled and are so dumbed down they do not see it, yet. They are drinking fluoridated water and getting their shots as well so maybe when they start dying of 3 letter diseases that keep popping up, or have to administer psycho-tropic drugs to their children they will say no to the new world order. We are all one, colour is an illusion, so remember the oneness. When our brothers and sisters in the police and military remember the oneness, the bankers “divide and conquer” tactic will be nullified and the true criminal “masters of war” will be cast down from whence they came, for eternity.

December 21, 2012 is the day our second sun will come above the ecliptic plane and will be viewable by everyone on earth. The Mayan called this the 5th sun, meaning it is the 5th time our binary twin has been here since we have been here. The paradigm shift is already happening, the pole shift will follow. The serpents reign is coming to an end. With their end, will come the end of the war problem. The era of Peace on Earth is arriving soon. It is a great time to be alive.

The N.W.O. crowd always travels around with heavy police and military “bodyguards” and re-write the rules wherever they go. When we study their role historically, no man or woman on earth will give them shelter. They will be easy to spot, when the new “Nuremburg” genocide trials begin.

We are defeating this mind control and they are failing.

With unity, comes strength. With the power comes the peace.

Unity, Strength, Peace,
thahoketoteh of Kanekota



You me and the SPP...
Dear Friends

Well this is it, I’m hitting the road with my film about the Security and Prosperity Partnership ‘You, Me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule’ with a tour launch on Parliament Hill on October 1st. I’ll be visiting 32 cities between Saint John’s Newfoundland and Victoria BC and every screening with the exception of Fifth Avenue Cinema in Vancouver is either free or by donation. A special thanks goes out to all the tour sponsors and hosts for making this a reality.

You can see all the tour dates at http://www.youmespp.com/screenings/ each screening date has downloadable posters, handbills and press releases that you can use to help promote the screening in you local community. Please pass this information along to your friends across Canada. If you’re in Ottawa on October 1st please try to attend the tour launch on Parliament Hill. If you live elsewhere you can watch the launch live on rabble.ca at http://rabble.ca/rabbletv/youmeandthespp and then attend a local screening when the tour comes to your town.

You might be asking why I would bother to go to the trouble of traveling across the country in the age of the Internet, global warming (and perhaps a flu pandemic). Watching videos on youtube and reading emails can be informative but it leads to a sense of isolation. Community is about coming together, discussing issues face to face and working on solutions to overcome them. I have asked the hosts of the screenings across the country to invite local organizations to attend the screenings, bring information, petitions, sign up sheets and to speak at the Q & A’s after the screening about how the corporate SPP agenda is manifesting itself locally and what people can do to oppose it.

In my last email I called this a National SPP Victory Tour. While the US government has pronounced that the SPP is no longer an active initiative, this victory will not be complete unless we capitalize on this momentum, take the initiative and push for a people’s agenda. The architects in the organization that spawned the SPP, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) are not going to give up and slink back to their executive suites in their corporate towers and sulk.

The CCCE brings together the CEO’s of 150 of Canada’s most powerful business empires, representing $4.5 trillion in assets and more than $850 billion in annual revenues (three times the national budget). The CCCE and its predecessor the Business Council on National Issues (BCNI) are the most powerful and successful special interest, lobby group in Canadian history. They have been pushing their agenda forward for 30 years and they are not going to let a little setback with the SPP slow them down. They will continue to push the Canadian government to regulate and legislate in their favour, to increase their profit margins at the expense of workers, consumers and the environment. Why? So corporate CEO’s can earn tens of millions in bonuses while we all watch our standard of living drop – enough is enough!

A great deal of the SPP agenda has already been implemented or is still moving forward. What about all of the security measures brought in as part of this agenda? I haven’t seen any announcements about rolling back the deeper integration of the Canadian and US military so I would assume that the Feb. 2008 agreement to allow troops from each neighbouring country to cross the border in cases of pandemic, civil unrest or natural disaster still holds. How about the open sharing of data on citizens by the RCMP and CSIS with their counterparts in the USA? Has Canada dropped the no-fly-list and other adopted aspects of the US Patriot Act?

The deep integration of the North American energy system is also moving ahead. Whether it’s run of the river for hydro exports from BC, new hydro projects in Manitoba, proposed nuclear power plants to power the tar sands in Saskatchewan, the export of raw bitumen from the tar sands directly to the USA, the construction of liquid natural gas storage tanks on the Pacific and Atlantic coast or the fact that almost all of the oil and gas pipelines flow south rather than across Canada, the energy integration agenda is about US energy security not Canadian energy security. This aspect of the SPP has not changed either.

The North American Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO) just held their fifth annual conference in Quebec in June. This coincided with a summit of premiers and state governors about strengthening North American cooperation. Check these websites http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/en/_scripts/Actualites/ViewNew.asp?NewID=6647&lang=en and http://www.nascoquebec2009.com/eng/index.html It may not be the interplanetary super corridor that Stephen Harper was musing about but NASCO’s plans look like a NAFTA super corridor to me.

It’s time for the citizens of this country to organize, push back and demand a society that is fair and equitable for all. That is why I am going on tour. To help spread information but also to share ideas and solutions, so we can get together and talk about what needs to be done instead of sitting at home, wringing our hands and worrying. We are the people. It’s our country and our democracy. Canada does not belong to a small group of elite businessmen and political leaders. We have the power we just need to start exercising it.

Please help to spread the word. I hope to see you on tour.

In Solidarity
Paul Manly
250 729-1254

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"Democracy is not a spectator sport. It's a participatory event. If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy." Michael Moore


Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq still stumped over body bags sent to reserves
Cause Announcement from First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
WINNIPEG — It's been over a week but Canada's health minister said she still doesn't know why dozens of body bags were sent to some Manitoba reserves in preparation for flu season.

Leona Aglukkaq met with aboriginal leaders in Winnipeg Thursday to repair some of the damage done by the shipment of body bags which aboriginal leaders called insulting and horrifying.

Chiefs had called for a personal apology from Aglukkaq, as well as the resignation of senior bureaucrats responsible. While Aglukkaq vowed to get to the bottom of it a week ago, she didn't offer an apology Thursday or an explanation.

"It is deeply regrettable," she said following a meeting with Grand Chief Ron Evans of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

"I need to evaluate what happened, whether this is an isolated case or whether it's a case that happened across the country. It's important for me to ensure that I have all the facts."

Health Canada shipped dozens of body bags to remote reserves in northeastern Manitoba last week, along with hand sanitizer and other medical supplies. The reserves that received the shipments were those hardest hit by swine flu in the spring.

Many interpreted the bags as a grim prediction from Ottawa that many in those same communities would not survive the second wave of H1N1.

Although Health Canada bureaucrats say the body bags were simply part of a normal restocking process and not connected to swine flu, Aglukkaq said her staff is still investigating.

When the investigation is complete, she said the report will be shared with aboriginal leaders.

That explanation seemed to satisfy some chiefs who had been furious the week before. Grand Chief David Harper, who represents northern First Nation communities, said he's prepared to wait for a full investigation.

"It's still under inquiry so we'll be getting some information as soon as the inquiry is done," he said following a late afternoon meeting with Aglukkaq. "We're pretty satisfied with that."

The national scrutiny and political pressure brought on by the shipment of body bags seems to have had a positive effect, Harper said. Health Canada is finally taking their concerns seriously and is helping communities prepare for the second coming of swine flu, he added.

Last weekend, the government outlined a plan for regular meetings between the Assembly of First Nations and government staff.

Some Manitoba chiefs are meeting again with Aglukkaq and other ministers next week in Ottawa to talk more about flu preparedness.

"Things are moving forward," Harper said. "There is another wave that's on its way. It's possibly here now so we have to deal with this issue as soon as possible."

Evans said they will wait patiently for the report into why body bags were sent to some reserves. In the meantime, he said communication between First Nations and Health Canada has improved.

"I feel we are being listened to now," he said. "We've come a long way . . . It's a matter of now ensuring that the things we talk about at the table are indeed followed through."

Sebastain Remembered

Sebastain Remembered

Since his horrible death , I have not been able to talk about this until now. This is my four legged brother.

His eyes could look through your being and see what was bugging you. He would then jump up beside you and being licking you to comfort. Or if your feet were bare, his tongue an awesome foot massage. I am a poor photographer. Please forgive the images. He did not like cameras. I think he was a Native pit bull, aiyeee.




This was Sebastian when we first got him. You could not even tell he was a pit bull.


Monday, September 28, 2009

My Personal Comment On Health Care

I Have a Personal Comment on public Health Care
Because my drug coverage is with United Health Care, they refused to pay for a drug that would help clear my lungs of the junk in them. And I can't afford it.
Just like the young man below, millions of people are suffering because our congressmen and senators get big bucks from the medical insurance/ drug industry.

We need to call and write our congressmen and senators and pressure them to get a public option for health care. So that we can all live healthy. Not just those who can afford it.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009


MNN. Aug. 13, 2009. Capitalism is based on a few ruling elite exploiting Indigenous land, stealing our resources and enslaving everybody. The worldwide economic melt down shows that people are resisting. They want something new, not a system of privilege for a few.

Capitalism does not meet human needs. It is breaking down. The oligarchs want to avoid losses. Violent struggles are breaking out. They scream the need for an international government in the hands of a few to protect their interests.

This economic collapse came at the same time as when we Indigenous began to object to the decline, decay and extreme parasitism of these greedy oligarchs. We began to resist the destruction of our environment, the dissolution of social programs, jobs and our lives.

The oligarchs do not work. They treat workers like slaves. The capitalists sit back and take at least 40% of the profit. The economy has gotten smaller with less to make, take or share. To keep money coming in, the capitalists moved companies to third world or off-shore locations to exploit cheaper labor. For a time the profits increased by reducing the cost, making more products and not raising the prices. Microsoft and Walmart used cheap labor in China.

The US encouraged spending on credit. Buying and selling increases the value of the share but not the value of the asset.

The real value of a house might be $150,000. The market inflates it to $500,000. The banks, insurance and other middle men pocket the difference of $350,000 by passing the property around and bailing each other out as if it’s a $500,000 asset. If the owner defaults on the mortgage, they foreclose on the loan and seize the house. They make money without investing a cent!

The European bourgeoisie ran world finances after WWI. After WWII global stabilization relied on the bankers to manipulate Indigenous resources. Europe and Japan became dominant through higher technology and superior production methods. The US dollar became the international currency based on $35 per oz. of gold. In 1971 it collapsed when Nixon suspended the gold standard. The U.S dollar was treated as if it was gold and became the world currency. The U.S. has deteriorated in the world economy and the dollar is now declining in value.

Mergers and acquisitions created monopolies with control in the hands of a few. A company was taken over and then put out of business, to eliminate competition and to control the market. The financiers make money in the process. Then they use the profits to buy other companies. The emphasis is on short term gain for themselves rather than long term good for the people. The taxpayers are forced to cover the fall out.

Companies pretend to own Indigenous resources. Our land and resources are put up as collateral to gouge money from the public on the stock exchange. This is fraud. Then the oligarchs pocket the money.

The capitalist system is parasitic and corrupt. The middle class have been impoverished. Workers pension schemes are being bankrupt and robbed to impoverish us in our old age. Medicare may not be around for us.

Today monopolies want unionized workers to accept a two-tier working condition and pension system, one for the older generation and another for the newly hired. The capitalists want the new workers to lower their standard of living, work harder and longer for no benefits and less money. Millions of desperate displaced workers are being created into an army of migrant slaves without any rights.

Private ownership of production and wealth is in a clash with the real needs of society. The old oligarchs are desperately clinging to their class privilege. They are obstructing sensible solutions because it would undermine their wealth, status and desires. They have control of the money, government, state machinery, army, police and prisons.

The world needs to be transformed into another level of consciousness. The resources have to be preserved and everybody has to be equitably looked after. The U.S. is falling behind. This is leading to fierce competition which could lead to war. People need to demand an anti-war government.

The strategy of corporate raiders is lay offs, union busting, wage cuts and reducing benefits to control the wealth and the people. Capitalism’s downfall will lead to violent political convulsions, dictatorships, rampant militarism, fascism and, maybe, war.

We Indigenous must stop the looting of our resources. The true custodians of the land and resources have a rich political history that is based on everybody being equal, having a voice and a concensus on how we shall proceed. The Great Law is a true democracy based on our relationship with the natural world and preserving the environment. The time will soon be here where we will have to look after each other. Stock up and grow gardens!

Kahentinetha MNN Mohawk Nation News, www.mohawknationnews.com kahentinetha2@yahoo.com Note: Your financial help is needed and appreciated. Please send your donations by check or money order to “MNN Mohawk Nation News”, Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0. Or go to PayPal on website. Nia:wen thank you very much. Go to MNN “World” category for more stories; New MNN Books Available now!



MNN. Aug. 24, 2009. History repeats itself. As Cicero said [106-43 BC], “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less dangerous, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the people. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor doesn’t appear like a traitor. They speak in the accents familiar to their victims. They wear their face and their clothes and appeal to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of their people. They rot the soul of a nation. They work secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a community. They infect the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague."

Sounds like the colonial band and tribal council system set up by the invaders, which violates the Great Law, our constitution and philosophy. The only legal national governments on Great Turtle Island are those of the Indigenous Peoples. Those band or tribal councilors secretly negotiating with these pirates are committing treason [Great Law, Wampum 58].

At the near empty U.S. border crossing on the south shore a few trucks sit while cars cross the bridge.

The Canadian border mobsters have left Akwesasne for good. The temporary checkpoint tent set up by the Canadian Border Services Agency CBSA sits on a small sliver of Akwesasne land. These robber barons sit around waiting to pounce on passers-by to confiscate money and favors.

The old abandoned Canada customs house in the middle of Kawenoke on Cornwall Island rests empty, boarded up like those foreclosed homes and businesses caused by capitalist corruption. It has a lonely sign telling us to proceed slowly. Spiders, raccoons, ants, birds, bats, coyotes, foxes and mice are sniffing around waiting to start making permanent homes. Vines and natural growth are already starting to envelope the buildings. As time goes on, this and other imperial neo-con infra structures will crumble and mother nature will take over. Great Turtle Island will once again look like a garden burying colonial ghosts. The portable checkpoint looks like those quickie cardboard stolen goods salestables on the sidewalks of Time Square.

This posse wants us to come across from the US side of Akwesasne, drive over the bridge, go through Kawenoke and over the bridge to Cornwall. Then they want us to check in with them so they can extort something and let us cross the bridge back to our homes in Kawenoke. Few actually do it. Everybody knows the checkpoints of these two invading entities are legal. Our law predominates on Great Turtle Island. [Read the Mohawk Manifesto].

On August 13th at the Canadian border tent eight Mohawks were pulled over, handcuffed and arrested. One was charged with running the port in a previous lifetime. They were kept in a compound without food or water. One was seven months pregnant. One managed to use his cell phone, “They’re detaining us”, he yelled.

The goons got angry at the detainees for speaking Mohawk. They supposedly had just finished taking cultural sensitivity training, which seems to be making them oversensitive to us. They could learn to politely say SEGO, ONEN and NIA:WEN? They probably want a law making Mohawk at the border a criminal offence.

A group of elders and people went over to see what was going on. The border goons refused to let them see the detainees. Natalie the Liar came out and told us, “Believe me, believe me”, two have been sent to Ottawa, two to the RCMP holding station and two to Cornwall. It wasn’t true.

Eventually the detainees were charged with “hindrance”, or not smiling or something, and released at 1 am, except for the one who supposedly ran the imaginary line.

In the North Shore Claim Mohawks want the land back and refuse money. The Canadian band council puppets want money. CBSA knows they will soon have to break camp and move again.

Trying to confuse the issue are a few people who declare themselves to be natural human beings, not Mohawks. These hippie types are flashing around Egyptian symbols. They say we signed the preposterous Camel Hair Treaty of 409 AD that brought down the Roman Empire!! They even carry new age camel hair identity cards. Shouldn’t they be on stone tablets? They tell us the Moors were here before us. A few of our people are being recruited to become mindless flakes to eliminate Ongwehonwe thinking. These preachers gave up and incite others to give up.

We Mohawks have a responsibility to assert our inherent relationship on Great Turtle Island and to uphold the Great Law. Those adhering to foreign doctrines are committing espionage, conspiracy and treason.

Our birthright cannot be blurred by cult followers or anyone else. Such false prophets and their illusions might be sent in to disrupt, demoralize and confuse us. We should rely on ourselves, our own laws, our language and our relationships that we can substantiate.

These foreign fantasies are trying to overshadow what we know, touch, feel and see. It’s meant to stop us from working in harmony with each other, the natural world and the Great Law.

To stop the CBSA from coming in, we need to keep our fire going and to erect a building. To help, please contact akwpeoplesfire@bell.net 613-937-1813.
Kahentinetha MNN Mohawk Nation News, www.mohawknationnews.com kahentinetha2@yahoo.com Note: Your financial help is needed and appreciated. Please send your donations by check or money order to “MNN Mohawk Nation News”, Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0. Or go to PayPal on website. Nia:wen thank you very much. Go to MNN “BORDER” and “AKWESASNE” categories for more stories; New MNN Books Available now! Purchase t-shirts, mugs and more at our CafePressStore http://www.cafepress.com/mohawknews; Subscribe to MNN for breaking news updates http://.mohawknationnews.com/news/subscription.php; Sign Women Title Holders petition! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Iroquois

Issues & News Wilson: Indian Country mourns loss of Kennedy

Issues & News

Wilson: Indian Country mourns loss of Kennedy
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today thousands of Indian children will return to school for a new year and some will be attending their first day of school ever. Whether it’s the nervous Head Start student or the excited senior in high school and even the Indian students in institutions of higher learning, from Tribal Colleges to Harvard, all are enjoying a brighter educational experience because of Ted Kennedy.
We mourn the loss with the rest of America for the Lion of the Senate has gone home at last to be with his brothers and other cherished family members. His special relationship with Indian country and longevity of service to Indian country makes him one of our own icons. Forty years ago he completed the work of his slain brother Bobby by chairing the Special Senate Sub Committee on Indian Education, and delivered the famous Kennedy Report to Congress: “Indian Education a National Tragedy, a National Challenge.” This report launched theNational Indian Education Association and the modern movement for Tribal control of Indian education.
Tens of thousands of Indian children including my own daughters are showing off their new clothes, their new shoes, and backpacks. They will sharpen pencils, and organize their school supplies; they will decorate their lockers and reunite their circles of friendship. Some will walk through doors of new or renovated schools; get to these schools in new buses, on newly paved roads. All of these hard fought victories were advanced by the Lion of the Senate, from the Indian Education Act to the Tribal College Act, and most recently the reauthorization of Head Start.
His steady hand of leadership watched over Indian education and guided us from the wilderness of disenfranchisement, and being powerless to a position of strength in advocating our needs.
We thank the creator for giving us his life, and we ask for courage to gracefully let him go. Regardless of who controls Congress or the White House we in Indian country are standing on an isolated island that is a little lonelier now, one less friend, one less champion in a place where we had few.
Let us use his words to give us strength “The work goes on, the work endures, the dream shall never die.” We may not know what the future holds for Indian education but we know now because of the Lion we have much greater control of that future.
It is Indian country that will determine the educational destiny of our own children. It is Indian country that must do the work and endure the necessary hardships to ensure that our dream of world class education for Indian children never dies.

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Buffalo Field Campaign
Yellowstone Bison
Update from the Field
August 27, 2009

In this issue:
* Update from the Field
* Obama Sign-On Letter
* Last Words
* Kill Tally

* Update from the Field

Mike Mease is working up a sweat today--as he has every day for the past week--cutting, hauling, loading, and unloading the firewood that will keep the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) community warm through the coming Montana winter. BFC's Campaign Coordinator, who co-founded the organization more than 12 years ago and has dedicated virtually every aspect of his life to the effort ever since, is not one to tire easily. But cutting the more than 60 cords of wood necessary to heat BFC's main cabin, two office cabins, and the cabins of neighboring volunteers, supporters, and community elders, is a herculean task that would exhaust anyone. While Mike has had occasional help from summer volunteers not engaged in outreach tabling in Yellowstone or work in the office, he has been doing the lion's share of wood gathering by himself.

If you know Mike this will not surprise you. His dedication to protecting the buffalo and their right to migrate, and his single-minded focus on accomplishing the task at hand are unrivalled. But woodcutting is only a small part of Mike's work. In addition to all the other preparations necessary for the coming season, Mike is organizing fundraisers and planning a West Coast speaking tour, both of which are time-consuming jobs aimed at keeping BFC healthy and strong and building grassroots support for protecting wild bison.

Mike will spend the next two weeks gathering firewood and hauling it back to BFC headquarters where, with your help, it will be cut to stove-length pieces and neatly stacked for winter during BFC's annual Woodcut Week. This year's Woodcut Week will take place between September 14 and 20th and you are invited to join us in West Yellowstone for a day, a weekend, or for the entire week. Volunteers are greatly appreciated and will be provided with room and board and the opportunity to work side by side with Mike Mease and other dedicated BFC coordinators and volunteers in the beautiful Yellowstone ecosystem. Please email Mike or call 406-646-0070 if you are interested and pass this email on to your friends who live (or are traveling) in or near the West.

Can't make Woodcut Week in person but want to help anyway? Donate Now to help cover the costs of Woodcut Week, including food and housing for volunteers, firewood permits, and fuel and maintenance for trucks and saws. Thank you.

For the Buffalo,

Dan Brister
Executive Director
Buffalo Field Campaign

* Obama Sign-On Letter

In addition to the more than 3,733 emails that you have already sent to President Obama through BFC's Take Action Center, we have composed a sign-on letter we will present to the President in the fall. We are currently networking with tribes, organizations, and businesses to gather as many sign-ons as possible and demonstrate the wide-spread support for protecting America's only continuously wild population of native bison.

In order to make the effort as successful as possible, we will need your help. If you are part of a group, business, or tribe that might like to join us in asking President Obama to protect America's only continuously wild population of bison, please read the letter HERE and contact BFC Executive Director Dan Brister with questions or to sign-on.

If you can't speak for a group, business, or tribe but want to help you can still EMAIL PRESIDENT OBAMA.

* Last Words

"[The buffalo] have a lone advocate -- The Buffalo Field Campaign. This diverse group of volunteers led by founder Mike Mease, comes from all walks of life...Working day and night, they patrol the Yellowstone border by ski and snowshoe in extreme conditions, coming face to face with danger at every turn, from temperamental buffalo to angry ranchers and government officials to jail time. They will risk everything, including their lives, to protect these animals from certain destruction for doing what they have done for hundreds of years: roaming freely.

from PR Newswire announcement of "Buffalo Warriors" upcoming pilot television program produced for Planet Green by Authentic Entertainment.

* Kill Tally

AMERICAN BISON ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2008-2009 Total: 23
2008-2009 Slaughter: 3
2008-2009 Hunt: 1
2008-2009 Quarantine: 0
2008-2009 Shot by Agents: 3
2008-2009 Highway Mortality: 16

2007-2008 Total: 1,632

Total Since 2000: 3,703*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortalities

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West Yellowstone, MT 59758

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Vaca council OKs church's move

By Melissa Murphy

Posted: 08/26/2009 01:01:12 AM PDT

Fairfield's New Life Church is pressing forward to move and build in Vacaville.

The Vacaville City Council unanimously denied an appeal Tuesday that asked the council to reverse a decision by the Planning Commission that approved plans for the church to move to the city.

The decision was greeted with applause from the church members in attendance.

Vacaville resident Roberto Valdez, the appellant, did not agree with the council's decision.

"This is not over," he said. "They (the council) don't know who they are dealing with. I'm very disappointed."

New Life Church will sit at the northeast corner of Cherry Glen and Rivera roads across Interstate 80 from Pena Adobe Park and Lagoon Valley.

The appeal listed several conflicting issues, one of which is the location of the approved plan, which has the potential of being a sacred burial site for Native Americans.

"Many sacred sites are being desecrated across this country," said Wounded Knee, who lives in Vallejo and is part of the Me-Wuk tribe. "I have nothing against the church, but how can you build a church on top of sacred burial ground?"

Maureen Carson, interim community development director, said that the site has already been canvassed for any signs of a burial ground and that the Native American Heritage Council also was contacted.

She confirmed that there are no known burial sites on that piece of property, but if anything is unearthed, such as human remains and artifacts, during the beginning stages of construction, there are mitigation measures to address the situation.

That would involve halting all work and having the coroner examine what was found, she said, adding that if there are human remains, the next living ancestor would be notified and given the opportunity to decide the next step.

Councilwoman Dilenna Harris acknowledged the sensitivity of the council's decision.

"I do understand the respect and I do understand the history," she said. "I appreciate my heritage and those of my family. ... There are measures to mitigate if anything is found."

However, Jim Stevens, from the Vallejo Intertribal Council, said that if human remains are unearthed, it's too late.

"The damage is done -- you can't go back," he said.

To help alleviate some of the skepticism with unearthing remains, the council added to the conditions of approval that the church invite a Native American to voluntarily monitor the site during the early stages of construction.

No one from the church commented during the public hearing time of the meeting, but a project representative, representing the church, agreed to the condition.

Valdez acknowledged that he wasn't against the church but listed other conflicts if the land is developed, including disrupting native wildlife and landscape.

"This is a very active church that does great things for the community," he admitted. "But they (council members) totally disregarded the Swainson's hawk and Native American sites."

Mayor Len Augustine also acknowledged the difficulty of the council's decision.

"All of these decisions are very difficult to do," he admitted. "There is passion on both sides of the issue."

Still, the council agreed that city staff and the Planning Commission did its due diligence when it made the decision to approve the project.


Tamra Brennan


Protect Sacred Sites Indigenous People, One Nation




Our Sacred Ground is NOT Your Playground!

"Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what’s left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague memory of a past so forgotten?" ......excerpt from One Nation, One Land, One People by Tamra Brennan, 2006


Cherokee Phoenix Weekly Newsletter
Reclaming Sacred Sites Saturday August 29th 2009 Mount Rushmore South Dakota

Friday August 28th 2009

For Immediate Release:

Press contacts:

Quanah Parker Brightman- 510-672-7187

Gay Kingman 605-484-3036

Native Americans to gather in Keystone, South Dakota to Commemorate the 39th Year Anniversary of the Historic Invasion and Occupation of the ''National Shrine of Democracy' Mount Rushmore and to bring awareness to the importance of Protecting our Mother Earth & Demand Clemency For Leonard Peltier.

What: Gathering to Reclaim Sacred Sites & Freedom For Leonard Peltier
When: Saturday August 29th, 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Amphitheater, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater, Keystone South Dakota
Sponsors: United Americans Inc.(U.N.A)

August 29, 2009 marks the 39th anniversary of the historic Mount Rushmore Occupation of 1970. Native Americans representing groups from around the Country will gather to Demand President Obama to Return All Stolen Lands to the Indigenous People's of Turtle Island and To Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier after Over 33 Year's of Wrongful Incarceration. Our Mother Earth is a precious resource that has been and continues to be desecrated and abused for money and greed. Action must be taken NOW to save what few sacred sites indigenous people still have and return land that has been Illegally taken by the United States of America.

On August 29th 1970, a small group of young Indians invaded Mount Rushmore, the so-called ’national shrine of democracy' The invasion brought together Indians form different tribes and reservations who converged to help the Sioux Nation in their efforts to reclaim the sacred Black Hills and to force the Federal Government to be held accountable for the illegal taking of their Lands. At 7pm on August 29th, after eluding authorities, the group of young natives reached the top of the mountain near the four faces of the presidents where they hung a large flag with the words: SIOUX INDIAN POWER. The Paha Sapa-The Black Hills-is a sacred place for all Sioux People. It is where all Sioux life began,where our creation stories originate from 'The heart of everything that is'

United Native Americans is sponsoring the gathering and demanding that all sacred sites across turtle island be returned to the First Nations People of America, that The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 be Recognized and Honored by The United States of America. U.S. Courts have recognized the illegality of these actions and offer modest payments, but the Sioux Nation Remains determined to get the Black Hills Returned to Tribal Communities & To Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier.

UNA inc. calls for President Obama to lead us into the future with an environment that is safe to live in with out having to wear a mask to step out side or to be fearful of the water we drink that pours out of our faucets. We call on the EPA to step up and stop the mass consumption of our natural resources for there will be No future for our mother earth….NO future for our children!

Climate scientists have clearly stated that we need to reduce our emissions by 25-40% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80-95% by 2050. If we do less than that, we risk crossing a tipping point that will bring about the worst impacts of global warming — devastating floods, droughts, wildfires, and storms.

Unfortunately, the House of Representatives recently passed a climate bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), that sets targets far below those mandated by science — largely because the fossil fuels industries were allowed a huge amount of influence in revising the legislation. The bill is so weak that it may actually spur a new generation of dirty coal and dangerous nuclear plants

Source:Eco Factory


Cherokee Nation Holiday Next Week!!
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AOL - 8/28/2009 Newsletter

We hope you are able to join us for upcoming 57th Annual Cherokee National Holiday. The main Labor Day weekend festival is a time of celebration commemorating the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution of 1839. Events kick off on Thursday, September 3, and to find a schedule of events please visithttp://holiday.cherokee.org.

Wado! (Thank you)
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Tahlequah, OK 74465
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***Cherokee Nation News***
Ashley Miller Crowned Jr. Miss Cherokee Ambassador: 8/28/2009
(C) Cherokee Nation
Ashley Miller of Stilwell was recently named the new Jr. Miss Cherokee Ambassador. The competition was held in conjunction with the 57th Annual Cherokee National Holiday.

“Osiyo” - The Traditional Cherokee Greeting - Sets The Tone : 8/28/2009
(C) Cherokee Nation
To support the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program a new brand advertising campaign was recently introduced with “Osiyo” (Cherokee for hello) as the main message point, while focusing on the unique elements of the Cherokee culture with the slogan: “Cherokees Say Hello Like No One Else.”

Cherokee Nation Attorney Selected For Leadership Academy: 8/26/2009
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation attorney Chrissi Ross Nimmo will participate in the Oklahoma Bar Association’s second annual Leadership Academy class selected from applicants throughout the state.

Local senior citizens to receive more meals : 8/26/2009
(C) Cherokee Nation
Local senior citizens will now receive more meals with the help of Cherokee Casino Tahlequah. Casino employees surprised volunteers at the Tahlequah Nutrition Center with a $2,500 sponsorship for the SAC (Sequoyah, Adair and Cherokee County) Nutrition Program.
The $2,500 donation was given as part of the casino’s ongoing “Anything Can Happen” promotion.

Sequoyah Cheerleaders Win Awards, Earn Chance at National Competition : 8/25/2009 5:03:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Sequoyah Schools’ cheerleading squad spent their summer doing cheers and tumbles—not just for practice, but to celebrate their outstanding achievements at summer camp. The squad brought home awards for spirit, leadership, values, teamwork and sportsmanship and earned a chance to compete on a national level.

Cherokee Nation Announces Tag Office Closings: 8/25/2009 4:58:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation tribal tag offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Tribal tag offices will also close on Wednesday, September 9 for a day of staff development and training. Office closings for the two days include Cherokee Nation tag offices located in Adair, Collinsville, Gore and Tahlequah. Tribal tag offices will resume their normal hours of operation on the day following each closure.

Greasy School Receives Helping Hand from Cherokee Nation : 8/25/2009
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation is stepping up to lend a helping hand to the Adair County community of Greasy after that community lost its school to a fire earlier this week

Miss Cherokee Ambassador Competition Announces Contestants: 8/24/2009 4:55:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The 2009 Miss Cherokee Ambassador competition will be held Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Fellowship Church located at 718 Pendleton St. in Tahlequah. The event is open to the public and free of charge.


Cherokee Nation Names Little Miss and Mister Cherokee Ambassadors: 8/24/2009
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation recently held the Little Miss and Mister Cherokee Ambassador Competition in Tahlequah, in conjunction with the 57th Annual Cherokee National Holiday. Winners were chosen in three separate categories, ages 4 – 6, ages 7 – 9 and ages 10 – 12.


**** Other Links of Interest ****
Games - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=culture&culture=games

Community Calendar - http://www.cherokee.org/home.aspx?section=calendar
RSS Feed - http://rss.cherokee.org
Podcasts - http://podcasts.cherokee.org
E-Cards - http://ecards.cherokee.org

**** Cultural Tidbits ****

Restrictions on ardent spirits and gaming cocks were adopted by the Cherokee Nation government in 1822. This was the first Indian Gaming Commission.

Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier

petition text http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Peltier_Clemency2008/index.html
signatures http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Peltier_Clemency2008/signatures.html
email friends http://www.ipetitions.com/tell-a-friend.html?id=b80aa080

The petition
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

Leonard Peltier, an innocent man, was convicted for the 1975 shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly admitted that they did not and cannot prove Peltier's guilt and the appellate courts have cited numerous instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case. As late
as November 2003, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledged that "Much of the government's behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses.

These facts are not disputed."

The courts claim they lack the power to right this wrong. But, as President, you can.

In this case, your concern should be for equal treatment. From the time of Peltier's conviction until the mid-1990s, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the average length of imprisonment served for homicide in the United States ranged from 94 to 99.8 months. Even if you were to take Peltier's two consecutive life sentences into account at the higher end of this range, it is clear that Peltier should have been released a very long time ago. His continued imprisonment after over 30 years appears to be nothing less than revenge for a crime Mr. Peltier did not commit. Personalized and politically motivated vengeance of this kind cannot be tolerated. The concepts of justice and good government require that you act to correct this wrong.

Peltier has served his time. Even by the government's own definition, he has already been imprisoned for a lifetime. In that time, he has missed the simplest things of ordinary life -- having dinner with friends, taking walks in the woods, gardening, children's laughter, dogs barking, the feel of rain on his face, the sound of birds singing... winter and summer and spring and fall. He has missed seeing his children and grandchildren grow up. They suffer, too. Mr. Peltier is now a great-grandfather. How many more generations must suffer this tragedy?

After careful consideration of the facts in Mr. Peltier's case, we have concluded that Leonard Peltier does not represent a risk to the public. First, Mr. Peltier has no prior convictions and has advocated for non-violence throughout his prison term. Furthermore, Mr. Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively, disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive writer. Although Mr. Peltier maintains that he did not kill the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over their deaths.

Most admirably, Mr. Peltier contributes regular support to those in need. He donates his paintings to charities including battered women's shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and Native American scholarship funds. He also coordinates an annual gift drive for the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation -- a successful program that, in 2006, expanded to include other reservations throughout the country.

Leonard Peltier is widely recognized in the human rights community for his good deeds and in turn has won several human rights awards including the North Star Frederick Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Peltier also has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize six times.

Leonard Peltier is over 60 years old and his health is deteriorating. He has suffered a stroke which left him partially blind in one eye. For many years, Peltier had a seriously debilitating jaw condition which left him unable to chew properly and caused consistent pain and headaches. Today, Mr. Peltier continues to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure,
and a heart condition. He risks blindness, kidney failure, stroke, and certainly premature death given his diet, living conditions, and health care.

We, the undersigned, say enough is enough, Mr. President. Do the right thing. Grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier right away.

Thank you for giving fair consideration to Leonard Peltier.
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Call the White House Comment Line:
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Mr. President, Free Peltier NOW! Links

Official site of the LPDOC which is the center of communication between Peltier, his supporters, the media, and his attorneys. Your sustained support is needed and appreciated!


Rooted in 1970 Rushmore protest, demonstrators renew land claims

United Native Americans: Goal is meeting with President Obama.

By Pat Dobbs Journal staff | Sunday, August 30, 2009


Four or five teenage girls from Huntington Beach and a Pueblo tribal member from Colorado, along with milling hundreds, were among an international tourist crowd that Gay Kingman hoped she and other speakers touched Saturday at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The “Reclaiming Sacred Sites” program featured about 50 participants on the stage in the amphitheater before the giant mountain carving. The event staged by United Native Americans recalled the 1970 occupation of Mount Rushmore by local and national Native American civil rights activists.

Thirty-nine years have not settled their dispute with the federal government and its sanctioned takeover of the Black Hills despite a 1968 treaty. Some of the regional sites – Bear Butte near Sturgis, Harney Peak in the Southern Hills near Rushmore and Devils Tower nearby in Wyoming – that visitors see as picturesque are historic spiritual landmarks to tribal people.

The resources here also are honored, and other Native speakers talked about planned uranium mining that threatens Pine Ridge Indian Reservation water supplies.

Speakers also explained how tribal people are doing contemporary things – organic gardens, using wind power – with renewable resources that honor traditional lifestyles.

It’s that total message that Kingman, executive director of the Rapid City-based Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, hopes reached visitors. She is particularly optimistic about the California girl and the Colorado man and his wife, because they were among visitors who stayed for much of the five-hour amphitheater program.

“I’m hoping the tourists go home and have a better understanding of Indian people and the issues we face today,” Kingman said.

In 1970, she was among those at daily protest programs in the Rushmore amphitheater over several days. The demonstration was not a surprise, announced in advance, including sessions that drew nationally known Native rights advocates Dennis Banks, Russell Means and Kingman’s relative Lehman Brightman, a university educator in San Francisco.

They renamed Rushmore for Lakota leader Crazy Horse, and Brightman and others camped on the mountain behind the mountain carving for days. Others extended the overall occupation for about three weeks, Kingman said, in the longest First Amendment rights protest in Rushmore’s history.

And National Park Service personnel did not attempt to intervene.

According to Rapid City Journal archives, rangers patrolled the mountain carving to keep demonstrators from climbing on the sculpture, and a banner “Crazy Horse Monument, Indian Power” unfurled next to the Lincoln bust was allowed to display for a time.

Kingman said she was not a coordinator of the 1970 protest but did regularly visit the encampment. “There was no animosity and no antagonism,” she said. “In those days, the park just tolerated it.”

Some attending the rally had talked of pouring red paint over the carving or of trying to remove the carved faces. South Dakota State University journalism professor Jack Getz, a Journal reporter who covered the event, said Brightman calmly led the group away from that path.

“I consider Lehman Brightman a national civil rights pioneer,” Getz said. “There were angry voices in the background … and he was the voice of reason.”

Brightman, now 79, did not attend Saturday’s program due to illness after recent dental surgery, his son Quanah Parker Brightman said.

The younger Brightman, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is vice president of the United Native Americans organization his father started. He said the Aug. 29 program at Rushmore will become an annual event to honor the 1970 events.

That’s unless federal leaders, including President Obama, finally meet with the group and grant return of historic lands to tribal control. Brightman and Kingman said Obama has made overtures about a “government to government” meeting if Natives are united.

“We had young and old activists come together ... and we’re trying to unite all of the tribes of the Plains to have a meeting with President Obama,” he said.

Kingman said the tribal chairmen of the Dakotas and Nebraska also are working galvanizing their groups.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s event sought to spread the message to an audience beyond the state.

“It was pretty solid,” Brightman said of the presentations. “We moved a tier up and will go about telling an international story. We want to tell that story ... and with the Internet there are new ways to get our message out – it’s beautiful.”

For more about the 1970s protest, the Rapid City Public Library has microfilm copies of the Journal.

For more about United Native Americans Inc., go online to: www.myspace.com/unitednativeamericansinc

Historical Video Footage Indians Invade Mount Rushmore-1970


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Writing Inpsired By Grandfather

Aay all.....In honor of our sister Dekanogi, I send thru this heads up.

Dekanogi Ulogilv, a.k.a Granny, has written from her spirit, some of the teachings handed down by her Grandfather, recently she found a couple of her writings were taken & credited to be written by one going by Helen Red Wing.

Helen took Dekanogi Ulogilv's writings & it posted to Manataka web site, but also it was wrongly credited as Helen writing it.

Dekanogi Ulogilv wrote to Helen asking her to remove her writings from the site. Her request has not been honored, instead, credit was changed & given to Dekanogi for the writing, & to Helen for submitting them.

Just a heads up to all out here that some are taking the works of others as their own, & not honoring requests to pull material not contributed by the author. We know it is not right.

http://manataka.org/page1468.html &


Woman of the Tsalagi!

Woman of the Tsalagi created by Great Mysteries own plan,blood
kin to her Mother Earth respecting each other in their giving
birth,she need hang her head to no man,or humble herself before him,
her words are the lessons we live by and remember.
It is through her the clans are counted,her bloodlines that are
followed,her wisdom has always helped to guide our Nation,equal in
all ways without her there is no balance,no peace and gentleness it
is her heart that is the white path we claim to follow.
The Warriors of our own kind have forgotten she is his own mother
and grandmother,they no longer show respect or honor to her,only one
kind treated others like this,is this how the world should see
you,are we now the same as them?
Who with broken heart watches the hungry babies cry,the old ones
sigh,and the children die with no justice given,who sees most clearly
the injustice of this land she walks,who is now treated the same by
the men of her own kind?
How have your own hearts become so cold and hard,forgetting what
she means to you,how have our People become exactly what we hated
most in them,taking without giving wanting only for ourself with no
thought for others?
Has all hope been lost to our Peoples,all honor in our own
ways,are the hearts of your women not in the dirt of your own
making,kicked and trampled without thought for what is owed to them
of love and tenderness for their healing?
Why is there no more respect for self than this,are you so far
gone in dishonor and disrespect for self you must now abuse those who
give you life,where has gone the teaching of the Elders,have your
spirits grown so soiled by hatred?
When was the last time you went to water and cleansing,greeted
the rising sun in humble prayer to marvel at Creators glory,you mouth
the words hoping for your own praise for knowing them,but you no
longer live them.
Are they lost forever to your hearts the old ways taught by your
grandmothers,are we so far gone they have won and the genocide
complete,what now then should we tell the children who see how you
treat the mothers of their own People?
Turn from these ways of dishonor and learn again your own ways,we
have walked our own ways as equals in perfect balance,showing respect
for each other and the gifting of knowledge by our women,do not
follow those who teach such lies to you.
What is it then we are still fighting for,what use to go on,just
assimulate and be done,give away all that has kept you strong,brave
and true,give away your heart and soul for you are throwing it in the
faces of your own ancestors who honored the woman.
If there is pride in your heart for who and what you are,tell me
friend who do you owe that too,who taught you it was right and good
to have brown faces,whose words whispered comfort when the whole
world hates you for your own heritage?
Where did you learn those prayers,at whose feet did you sit
knowing you were loved beyond life itself,whose gentle hands caressed
away the hurt that lives within you,the rage that boils at the
injustices thrown at you,who taught you to be you?

I once knew a man of honor,who loved and respected women in all
ways,he was a proud Tsalagi,and a proud MAN,he was my grandfather!
blessings granny!

Written by Dekanogi Ulogilv Daquado, a.k.a. Granny


MNN Helpless to hopeless - Human breaking point
Mohawk Nation News Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 12:52 PM
Reply-To: Mohawk Nation News
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HELPLESS TO HOPELESS – Human Breaking Point
MNN. Aug. 31, 2009. Canada’s military is using us Indigenous as guinea pigs to test their "war on terror" and to better train their killers. Putting the pressure on us. Then taking it off. Cops grabbing our youth, torturing and threatening them and then releasing them. Helplessness and hopelessness are old strategies.

The Pentagon's counter-insurgency warfare program is based on the theories of Prof. Martin Seligman of the American Psychological Association to treat post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) of war veterans. The following is an MNN interpretation of Peter Chamberlin’s revealing Weaponizing Psychology - Treating People Like Dogs, 28 Aug, 2009. ]

The US military has created computer-modeled psyops plans based on Seligman’s theories of "learned helplessness," to create learned hopelessness. These programs push people to the breaking point. For example, the general population constantly gets reports of an improving economy while the opposite is the reality.

Some people and animals give up when faced with inescapable pain and cruel, relentless uncertainty until they reach a point of "capitulation."

The CIA's torture/interrogation program is based on this "water-boarding" mentality, especially in electro-shocking prisoners and treating them like dogs.

Dog cages, collars and leashes are part of the techniques to break the detainees’ resistance to interrogation. Learned Helplessness experiments were done on caged dogs using electric shocks to destroy their will to escape. They were destroyed emotionally and lost the will to leave, even when offered a way out. These techniques were used on our children in residential schools. Kidnap victims suffer this Stockholm Syndrome.

The military has begun a traumatic shock and stress-related program for all servicemen. Hypnosis is used to teach aggression. They are trained to resist human nature and exhaustion. The theory is that real "men" and "patriots" can get over the trauma they witnessed or inflicted. No so! Many Vietnam vets have not recovered.

The Real Warriors Campaign aims to avoid psychological care for the unstable and unmanly soldiers who have been traumatized by the organized slaughter they inflicted. They learn to become resilient and suck it up for their bosses. Those weak-willed returning veterans who commit suicide or go on shooting sprees are ignored. Otherwise how can the war on terror be expanded?

The torture/interrogation has produced nothing new. A large percentage of former Guantanamo inmates have taken up arms against US forces.

The military thought they could turn "learned helplessness" or temporary insanity into a useful weapon. The result was SEAS, synthetic environment for analysis and simulation. It’s a hopelessness predictor on when people will break down emotionally and become borderline unstable.

The Sentient World Simulation (SWS) is an artificial simulation of the world using current real-world information. Military leaders think they can predict behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners. By applying economics and human psychology they try to control individual and mob response to various stresses.

Homeland Security and the Defense Department use SWS to anticipate how stressed-out populations can be manipulated. Fear and anxiety-induced helplessness are increased through panic-causing events, like earthquakes, tsunamis, terrorist attacks and economic melt down.

The Canadian military created a replica of the Mohawk community of Kahnawake to train soldiers in warfare against the Indigenous. The Pentagon gamers have simulated Baghdad for the new Special Forces counter-insurgency program. The soldiers are trained to anticipate sniper targets, blind spots and breaking points of local Afghans and Pakistanis. Peaceful-looking actions might win over the locals and take advantage of the breaking points to get "moderates" to give-up.

These strategies are not working. Both the recent failed Israeli invasions of Lebanon and last year's destruction of Gaza were based on these expert projections. Their adversaries have only been temporarily weakened. Their world image has been darkly stained.

Psychological warfare is supposed to replace real total war. Silent Weapons are economic and psychological weapons to herd and enslave the world’s people. Its developers are unspeakably evil.

The beast is panicking and thinks they can push us toward submission. The elite planners of mankind's demise keep fantasizing their coming victory, overlooking the failures of Vietnam, Iraq and elsewhere.

We think they are running scared that all their investment in controlling the minds of the people of the world has been wasted. In their hysteria they have become dangerous and sloppy. They are desperate to create a state of learned helplessness, followed by mass hopelessness and then capitulation.

We can stop this Silent War. Don’t give up!

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Peter Chamberlin: Weaponizing Psychology - Treating People Like Dogs, 28 Aug, 2009 http://www.opinion- maker.org/navigation. do?mode=showArti cles&id=826 WORLD VIEW NEWS SERVICE wvns-subscribe@ yahoogroups. com
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