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
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,
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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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.
Protect Sacred Sites Indigenous People, One Nation
PROTECT BEAR BUTTE!!!!!!!!
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:
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
Cherokee Nation Holiday Next Week!!
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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.
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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.
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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
petition text http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Peltier_Clemency2008/index.html
email friends http://www.ipetitions.com/tell-a-friend.html?id=b80aa080
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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FRIENDS OF PELTIER
Call the White House Comment Line:
202-456-1111 / 202-456-1112.
Mr. President, Free Peltier NOW! Links
LEONARD PELTIER DEFENSE OFFENSE COMMITTEE
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.
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!
Written by Dekanogi Ulogilv Daquado, a.k.a. Granny
MNN Helpless to hopeless - Human breaking point
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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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