Monday, January 4, 2010

Issues & News 01/ 04/ 2010

Issues & News 01/ 04/ 2010

New Details About Deaths in Sweat Lodge Are Revealed
Published: December 29, 2009
As would-be rescuers struggled to drag three unconscious victims from an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony in October, the leader of the event, James A. Ray, sat outside in the shade, according to newly released police reports.

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Police Reports on Arizona Sweat Lodge Deaths
In the reports, which were released Monday by judicial order, a woman whose husband was heating rocks for the ceremony told investigators with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that she was able to pull one woman from the lodge. But, said the woman, Debra Mercer, when she told Mr. Ray that she needed to open up the back of the lodge to get the two other victims out, he replied that it would be “sacrilegious” to remove the tarps and blankets covering the wood frame structure and that she should do so only if necessary.

As Mr. Ray sat in a shaded chair outside, Ms. Mercer told investigators, she opened the tent and she and her daughter, Sarah, 17, and others helped pull out James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee and Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y.

Mr. Shore and Ms. Brown were pronounced dead a short time later. The woman who had been removed first, Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn., died nine days later in a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz. She never regained consciousness after being pulled from the lodge.

About 20 other participants were hospitalized with heat-related injuries. One woman who survived suffered scorched lungs.

The newly released documents, which had been sought by the Phoenix television station KPNX, provide compelling eyewitness accounts of the chaotic events during and after the ceremonyconducted by Mr. Ray at the Angel Valley Spiritual Retreat Center near Sedona, Ariz.

Ms. Mercer’s husband, Theodore, told the authorities that he heard Mr. Ray repeatedly urge participants to stay inside the pitch-black, 415-square-foot lodge for the duration of the two-hour ceremony, which was punctuated every 15 minutes by the delivery of more steaming rocks.

“You are not going to die,” Mr. Mercer quoted Mr. Ray as saying. “You might think you are, but you are not going to die.”

A participant, Melissa Phillips, told the authorities that she recalled Mr. Ray saying that those inside the lodge “had to surrender to death to survive it.”

According to the documents, interviews with participants and members of Mr. Ray’s staff indicate that there was not a safety plan for the Oct. 8 ceremony although serious medical problems had occurred after at least two previous sweat lodge ceremonies led by Mr. Ray at Angel Valley.

Mr. Mercer told the authorities that medical personnel should have been summoned to the two earlier ceremonies but were not. He said Mr. Ray’s sweat lodges were much hotter and more intense than several others he had assisted with in recent years. Mr. Mercer said he had not planned to work with Mr. Ray this year, but he was out of work and decided to help after Mr. Ray indicated that a nurse would be on staff. A nurse was there, the documents say, but did little to help participants.

Mr. Ray, who has made millions of dollars leading self-help seminars across the country, is the focus of a homicide investigation resulting from the October ceremony. He has declined to describe what occurred that night, but he has stated in periodic e-mail messages that his staff was cooperating with the authorities.

Mr. Ray’s lawyer, Brad Brian, said in a statement Tuesday that the police documents “only tell part of the story.” The facts, Mr. Brian said, “will show the Sedona tragedy was a terrible accident that no one, including James Ray, could have seen coming.”

According to the police documents, however: “There were no indications explaining why there were deaths and why people were getting sick other than it was extremely hot inside the sweat lodge.”

Ariz. officials seek help in identifying man's body
Dec. 29, 2009
PRESCOTT - (AP) - Yavapai County authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a man whose remains were discovered by hunters near Camp Verde.

Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says the man's decomposing body was found partially buried on land north of Stehr Lake on Dec. 20. Authorities believe he is in his early 20s and was killed within the past year.

He's estimated to be about 5 feet 5 inches tall with multiracial aspects, possibly American Indian.

D'Evelyn says the man had a tribal-like tattoo along his upper back with a narrow, chain pattern, was wearing a belt buckle with a die-cut emblem and carrying a key on a small metal ring.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3278.

Diesel Almost Emptied from Bligh Reef Tug
Another near miss at Valdez, Alaska. Scene of the infamous Exxon Valdes oil spill. I hope everyone will see the reason why we fight to keep drilling and mining out of our State. It's just a matter of time.......****
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Pine Ridge gets heating and food assistance!

Tribe covering emergency propane costs

Fuel trucks were slowly delivering small amounts of propane Wednesday to homes of low-income families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, even though the Oglala Sioux Tribe has already disbursed most of the $1.6 million in federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program funds it got this fiscal year.
With its LIEAP funds depleted, the tribe's housing authority was covering the costs of emergency propane deliveries to customers without financial resources, in the wake of a Christmas blizzard that immobilized the reservation with three feet of snow, according to OST President Theresa Two Bulls.
"Propane deliveries are going slow. We're not completely plowed out yet," Two Bulls said. "We're trying to deliver propane to everybody that doesn't have it, and we're delivering firewood as we have it."
Lakota Plains Propane in Pine Ridge had seven trucks out Wednesday, but its delivery efforts often were slowed by unplowed trails leading into snowbound rural homes. Most of Wednesday's deliveries were for the minimum order of $120, which, at $1.95 per gallon, buys enough propane to fill about one-quarter of a 200-gallon tank.
OST got $1,628,085 in federal LIEAP funds for FY 2009 and has received $1,221,064 of that amount to date, according to state officials. On Wednesday, tribal LIEAP coordinator Denise Red Owl could not provide total disbursements to date or numbers of households served through her office this year.
An October donation of $100,000 from the Black Hills Area Community Foundation for energy assistance has also been spent, and Red Owl said she expects a sizable donation from the Venezuela-based Citgo will arrive in February or March.
Wayne Sterkel, general manager of Lacreek Electric Association in Martin, which provides electricity to much of the reservation, said none of its customers remained without electricity Wednesday. Areas east of Wanblee and south of Martin experienced outages Dec. 22, but the Christmas blizzard resulted in only small outages to a few individual homes. Sterkel expects that customers will see big increases in their December electric bills as a result of the storm, since many people rely on electric space heaters once propane tanks are empty.
Rumors that Lacreek was shutting off power for non-payment of bills are not true, Sterkel and Two Bulls said.
OST workers also delivered free firewood that was cut by crews from the South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire Suppression. The South Dakota National Guard delivered six 20-ton truck loads of firewood to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations after the blizzard.
National Guard troops, along with county highway staffers from Fall River and Custer counties, were part of the state Office of Emergency Management crews sent to clear reservation roads Monday and Tuesday.
Two Bulls thanked the county crews for their assistance but was disappointed they didn't stay longer.
Emergency Management incident commander Mike Carter of Custer County said crews from the two counties were able to accomplish the majority of their objectives in the "real problematic areas within 48 hours." He estimated his crews cleared about 300 miles of main roadways -- paved and unpaved -- on Pine Ridge while OST Transportation crews focused on driveways and trails leading to individual homes.
Fall River County sent five men plus a road grader and a loader. Custer County sent about seven men, Carter said, along with four blades, a loader, a backhoe, a semitrailer and six pickups.
"During a storm of that type, I don't think any of us have enough equipment," Carter said. "I think it was a good teamwork effort. I think it was neighbor helping neighbor."
Speaking to the reservation by KILI Radio on Wednesday, Two Bulls and Monica Terkildsen of the tribe's emergency services office urged residents who live in isolated rural areas to be prepared for severe winter storms.
"Preparation shouldn't be hindsight," Terkildsen said.
"We need to check our propane tanks, our wood supplies. We need to be budgeting for these things. We need to think how to prepare ourselves and our families to survive these storms."
People need to have plenty of food staples and supplies on hand during winter months, Two Bulls said. "Make sure your babies have Pampers and milk," she said.
Terkildsen said this latest storm "taught us a lot, brought entities together and opened up lines of communication" on the reservation that will result in a better organized emergency management team for future blizzards.
Contact Mary Garrigan at 394-8424 or


Film Screening: No More Smoke Signals NYACK, NY
No More
Signals a film by Fanny Brauning

521 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
Film screening and follow-up discussion with Tiokasin Ghosthorse - (Lakota) Host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY

Swiss Film Quartz Award for best Documentary 2009
Solothurn Film Festival 2009 Festival International Jean Rouch 2009 Zurich Film Award 2008 Basel Film Award 2008

The Lakota Nation remains very much alive and unfinished in the historical pathos of ignorance. ‘Signals’ is a knowledge stunner, an inspiration to those who would acquiesce in compromise. It should be seen in every learning environment & public library.

SYNOPSIS: Kili in Lakota means - AWESOME!
Kili Radio - "Voice of the Lakota Nation" - is broadcast out of a small wooden house that sits isolated on a hill, lost in the vast countryside of South Dakota. It!s a place that!s long forgotten; lying at the crossroads between combat and hope, between the American dream and daily existence on America!s poorest reservation.
Yet we find people like Roxanne Two Bulls, who!s trying to start over again on the land of her ancestors; the young DJ Derrick who!s discovering his gift for music; Bruce, the white lawyer who for thirty years has been trying to free a militant who!s been fighting for American Indian rights; and finally John Trudell, an old AIM activist who!s made a career for himself as a musician in Hollywood.
Everything converges at Kili Radio. Instead of sending smoke signals the radio station transmits its own signals across a vast and magnificent landscape with a delightful combination of humor and melancholy. Native hip hop and broken windshields: pride has been restored - it really is OK to be Lakota.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
2- 5 PM
Phil Greenspan Film Series Fellowship of Reconciliation
521 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
Film screening and follow-up discussion with Tiokasin Ghosthorse - (Lakota) Host of First Voices Indigenous Radio on WBAI NY
Contact: Alan Levin,
More information and photos on
Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a radio journalist and host of First Voices Indigenous Radio in New York on Pacifica Radio. He has performed world-wide as a flautist and has been featured at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the United Nations, numerous universities and concerts. Tiokasin has been described as "a spiritual agitator, a natural rights organizer, Indigenous thinking process educator and a community activator". He is an “invitational” member of the Tecumseh Institute, New York the first Native American Think Tank, formed to build a national and international platform for Indigenous issues and perspectives. Funds from the film screening will support: Changing Winds ( Native American Civil Rights and Education Agency

Action Alert! Please sign online petition Crow Creek Sioux Land is NOT For Sale
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 1:35 AM

Please help spread the word about our online petition to support the Crow Creek efforts! There is NO reason why we shouldn’t have several thousand signatures before this weekend is done!

Everyone PLEASE UNITE together on this issue. This issue could set a precedence and next time it could be your lands!

Crow Creek Sioux Land is NOT For Sale
http://www.petition CrowCrek/ petition. html

To: Bureau of Indian Affairs, President Obama, SD Governor Rounds, SD Senator Tim Johnson, SD Senator Thune,U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
On December 3, 2009 the Internal Revenue Service unlawfully auctioned off 7100 acres located on Crow Creek Sioux Tribal land.

The land is owned by Crow Creek Tribal Farms, Inc. a Tribal corporation and distinct legal entity from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

According to the recent motion for temporary restraining order, filed by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the IRS seized and auctioned the land to recover $3,123,789.73 dollars in unpaid employment taxes. The document states, Because of erroneous tax advice received from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe became delinquent in the payment of employment taxes collected by the IRS beginning in 2003. The BIA had informed the Tribe that, because it was a federally recognized Tribe, it was not necessary to pay federal employment taxes.

The Crow Creek Indian Reservation was created by the 1868 Treaty, Act of April 29, 1868, 15 Stat. 635, and by Section 6, Act of March 2, 1889, 25 Stat. 888.

The Crow Creek Sioux Reservation encompasses Buffalo County and portions of Hyde and Brule Counties . Crow Creek Sioux Tribe is consistently documented as one of the poorest Reservations in the Nation, with 78% of their members living below the poverty line.

This despicable and irreparable action from the IRS, could ultimately eliminate 20% of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribes Reservation lands.

This action taken by the IRS could ultimately set a precedence, allowing the continual land grab on Tribal Lands. We must ALL UNITE and take a stand on this issue, to voice Tribal Lands are NOT for Sale !

We the undersigned, hereby request the immediate return of the unlawfully auctioned Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Lands.
Click this link to sign the petition!http://www.petition CrowCrek/ petition. html

Dakota Talk speaks about their volunteer work they do for Leonard Peltier and other Native Americans

Tune in to Dakota Boyz ~ Kenny St. John (Dakota/Sisseton Wapheton Oyata) and his Brother Chaz as they speak of their day to day struggles and rewards by helping their native people climb out of poverty.;
Date / Time: 1/3/2010 5:00 PM

There are over 34 different enrolled tribal members in the city of Fargo, ND. Wesley Center promotes the fellowship among Indian people of all Tribes living in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and to create bonds of understanding and communication between Indians and non-Indians in this city.

To advance the general welfare of American Indians into the metropolitan community life; to foster the economic and educational advancement of Indian people; to sustain cultural, artistic and avocational pursuits; and to perpetuate Indian cultural values.

We envision the Wesley Center as the authentic primary resource for urban American Indian culture, and a welcoming home for all American Indians. There are trials and tribulations that occur on a daily basis.

Struggling with homelessness, poverty, alchohol and the prejudism that exists in North Dakota. Please tune in and listen to Kenny St John (Dakota-Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate) as he speaks about how he helps the people in his community. He volunteers his time working with the Wesley Center and helping other native organizations in the community including the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee and the newly opened Native American Center in Fargo, ND. He visits the sick in the hospitals and sings and drums for them in time of need. Please tune in to learn of the day to day living of Indian people and the closeness and connections they share with one other on a daily basis.

American Cancer Society calls for Native American artwork
By Charlotte Hofer - January 03, 2010
In an effort to help Native American and Alaska Natives stay informed about cancer risks, treatments and options, the American Cancer Society ( and American Indian and Alaska Native volunteers worked together to develop Circle of Life, an initiative which brings educational cancer programs to tribal communities across the nation.

In developing materials and resources for Circle of Life, the American Cancer Society has been working to ensure the content is holistic, culturally appropriate, and engaging. The content is delivered by community health representatives who work with AI/AN populations. The power of Circle of Life is that it is customizable - to fit a tribe or village's cultural uniqueness while incorporating their own local stories and artwork.

Now, as part of the Circle of Life National Call for Artwork initiative, AI/AN artists are invited to submit their cultural artwork to be put in a database on the Circle of Life Web site. (I could not get this link to work). Their artwork will then be available for tribes and communities to use when customizing Circle of Life materials, to fit their communities' personal needs.

The Call for Artwork will allow tribes and communities that may not have any culturally appropriate artwork the opportunity to make the Circle of Life curriculum more personal and relevant to their own community members.
"Community people know what will resonate with their members and how important it is to have educational efforts incorporate visuals such as artwork that reflect their cultural values," said Roberta Cahill, Yankton Sioux member and American Cancer Society staff who works with cancer education to diverse populations in South Dakota.

The artwork will be evaluated based on the cultural appropriateness of the piece and how it fits into the Circle of Life curriculum and more than one artist's work may be chosen.

"The American Cancer Society opened up a call for artwork because the Circle of Life initiative includes a customizable curriculum that tribes and communities will be able to tailor to fit their communities," said Octavia Vogel, national Circle of Life program coordinator for the American Cancer Society. "We have found that the Circle of Life is being utilized significantly by Native communities."

The Circle of Life educates Native Americans about how to stay well by taking steps to reduce their cancer risk or detect it early; what treatment options are available if they have cancer; support systems to help guide them through every step of a cancer experience so they can focus on getting well; and end-of-life care.

The deadline to submit artwork is Feb. 15. Artwork can be submitted in the form of JPEG, GIF, TIF or other similar formats to Hard copies of artwork can also be mailed to Octavia Vogel, 250 Williams St., Atlanta, Ga., 30303. Non-Native Americans may also submit artwork, as long as it is culturally appropriate to the Native American community.

Final winners will be acknowledged by name and tribal affiliation and are encouraged to share their personal relationship with cancer.

People who would like to submit artwork but need more time should let Vogel know of their intent to submit and the date they expect to submit the artwork.

At the American Cancer Society, our vision is a world with less cancer and more birthdays. As part of that vision, we are fighting cancer in every community, for every family, to help save lives. We recognize each community has different needs and we're here to help everyone stay well and get well, to find cures, and to fight back against cancer. For cancer help anytime, contact us online( or (800) 227-2345.


Teresa Anahuy


Artist seeks powwow dancer who inspired mural
By Joe Nickell - January 03, 2010
.....It’s not just curiosity that has led Millar, a Missoula artist and home remodeler, to seek out the dancer in the photograph. Having recently sold the mural, Millar wants to honor the original inspiration for his artwork by donating fully half of the net proceeds from the sale – an amount in the neighborhood of $3,000 – to a charity of the dancer’s choice......

Help identify mystery dancer:

Anyone with information that might help identify the dancer who inspired Greg Millar’s mural, “Home of the Brave,” should contact the artist at (406) 728-6062.

Artist Greg Millar is trying to identify this dancer at the Fort Missoula powwow in 1991. Photo courtesy

Read more at:

Teresa Anahuy

Protest The BIA January 6th & 7th 2010 Sacramento, CA


Protest The BIA & Stop the MIWOK Tribe from EVICTION OF THEIR LAND!!!

People's NEED over Corporate GREED!!!
Causes - Protest
Start Time:
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 10:00am
End Time:
Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 3:00pm
The John Moss Building/CCA-Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A)
650 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA



Please come with your Drums & Songs, Banners & Picket Signs & Especially Friend s & Family 2 support the Miwoks
The 15th is expected to be the day eviction starts! Sign up there to be put on call for when the THE COPS MAY RAID!!!

Time 2 hold those accountable to the people who are being affected. Dont let the Miwok families become homeless. If you are about families and tribal sovereignty, please show your solidarity.

Our hearts go out to the Indigenous families who continue to preserve their languages, cultures and land to pass on to the future generations.

2 DAY PROTEST & Press Conference
Where: John Moss Building - Central Calif. Agency/Bureau of Indian Affairs 650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, Calif. 95814

When: Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 & Thursday, January 7 th, 2010
Time: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (each day) followed by a 1 hour Press Conference (each day)

For more info contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at (209) 931-4567 and

Picket the Central California Agency-Bureau of Indian Affairs

The California Valley Miwok Tribe invites you to join us in our open protest against the local Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dept. of the Interior, Central California Agency

Our Tribe is a federally recognized Tribe that is listed in the Federal Register as an Indian Entity Recognized and Eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Central California Agency — BIA is illegally trying to re-organize a federally recognized Tribe that has never been terminated, that has a Custom and Tradition Tribal Constitution ratified by the Tribe in March 2000. The local BIA has been illegally withholding our Mature Status 638
Contract since 2008 and by refusing to confirm to the California Gambling Control Commission who our duly elected Chairperson is, BIA has caused the CGCC to illegally withhold the Tribe's Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Monies (RSTF) since 2005.

Our civil rights have been violated. The local BIA is also violating federal law.

We (the "Tribe") have no money to fund our Tribal Programs, all employees have been layed off since Dec 2007. The Tribe cannot pay its bills, and the only Tribal Property (1% acres of land at 10601 Escondido Pl., Stockton, CA 95212) has been foreclosed on. The Sheriff's Department is scheduled to evict the Tribe and its members off the Tribal Property on January 15, 2010.

We are demanding that our funding be released immediately so we can save our Tribal Property and not be homeless. We are demanding fair treatment by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. We are demanding that an investigation into the inappropriate actions and treatment of
our Tribe, by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Dept of the Interior - BIA mission is to "protect and honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Affiliated Island Communities", so why have they failed so miserably with protecting the California Valley Miwok Tribe? Come join us, voice your concerns and issues. Show strength in UNITY!!

Where: John Moss Building - Central Calif. Agency/Bureau of Indian Affairs 650 Capitol Mall,
Sacramento, Calif. 95814

When: Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 & Thursday, January 7 th, 2010
Time: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (each day) followed by a 1 hour Press Conference (each day)
For more info contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at (209) 931 -4567


JOIN THE BUREAU OF CAUCASIAN AFFAIRS- Promotion of International Understanding

International - Promotion of International Understanding

To Unite All People Of Color


United Native Americans is proud to announce that it has purchased the state of California from the whites and is throwing it open for Indian settlement.

UNA bought California from three winos found wandering in San- Francisco. UNA decided the winos were the spokesmen for the white people of California. These winos promptly signed the treaty, which was written in the Lakota language, and sold California for three bottles of wine, one bottle of gin, and four cases of beer.

Lehman L. Brightman, the Commissioner of Caucasian Affairs, has announced the following new policies: The Indians hereby give the whites four large reservations of ten acres each at the following locations: Death Valley, The Utah Salt Flats, The Badlands of South Dakota, and the Yukon in Alaska. These reservations shall belong to the whites 'for as long as the sun shines or the grass grows' (or until the Indians want it back.)

All land on the reservations, of course, will be held in trust for the whites by the Bureau of Caucasian Affairs, and any white who wants to use his land in any way must secure permission from Commissioner Brightman.

Of course, whites will be allowed to sell trades and handicrafts at stands by the highway. Each white will be provided annually with one blanket, one pair of tennis shoes, a supply of Spam, and a copy of 'The Life of Crazy Horse'.

If you are competent enough, you will be able to be a BCA reservation superintendent. Applicants must have less than one year of education, must not speak English, must have an authoritarian personality, proof of dishonesty, and a certificate of incompetence. No whites need apply.

Commissioner Brightman also announced the founding of four boarding schools, to which white youngsters will be sent at the age of six (6). 'We want to take those kids far away from the backward culture of their parents,' he said. The schools will be located on Alcatraz Island, the Florida Everglades, Point Barrow Alaska, and Hong Kong. All courses will be taught in Indian languages, and there will be demerits for any child caught speaking English. All students arriving at the school will immediately be given IQ tests to determine their understanding of Indian language, spirituality and hunting skills.

Hospitals will be established for the reservations as follows: Whites at Death Valley may go to the Bangor, Maine Hospital; those at the Utah Salt Flats may go to the Juneau, Alaska Hospital; those at the Yukon may go to the Miami Beach Hospital; and those at the Badlands may go to the Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Each hospital will have a staff of two part-time doctors and a part-time chiropractor who have all passed first aid tests. And each hospital will be equipped with a scalpel, a jack knife, a saw, a modern tourniquet, and a large bottle of aspirin.

In honor of the whites, many cities, street cars, sports teams and products will be given traditional white names.

One famous Indian movie director has even announced that in his upcoming film, 'Custer's Last Stand', he will use many actual whites to play the parts of the soldiers, speaking real English. But of course, the part of Custer will be played by noted Indian actor Jay Silverheels.

Certain barbaric white customs will, of course, not be allowed. Whites will not be allowed to practice their heathen religions, and will be required to attend Indian ceremonies. Missionaries will be sent from each Indian Nation to convert the whites on the reservations. White churches will either be made into amusement parks or museums, or they will be torn down and the bricks and ornaments sold as novelties, souvenirs and curiosities.

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