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Issues and News 05/20/2010

Issues and News 05/20/2010

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The Cherokee Nation is launched a new community-based campaign this weekend to encourage healthy eating and exercise to help Cherokees and others improve their health and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. The campaign, called the Cherokee Challenge, issues a call to individuals and families to become healthy and active throughout the year. It offers a variety of activities and training tips for exercise and active living. As part of the campaign, Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation will sponsor a series of races, fun runs and walks in various communities over the coming months, with a final challenge to race with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith in the Tulsa Run in October. For more information or to get involved visit

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Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah Hospitals Gear Up for Hospital Week: 5/7/2010 3:17:00 PM
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The Cherokee Nation is partnering with Tahlequah City Hospital to celebrate National Hospital Week, an event that focuses on uniting health care facilities across the United States.

Sequoyah Schools Sets Dates for “Wizard of Oz” Production : 5/7/2010 10:03:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Sequoyah Schools drama department will perform the “Wizard of Oz” on May 13 at 7 p.m. and May 14 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Sequoyah Schools’ The Place Where They Play. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Cherokee Challenge Encourages Healthy Lifestyle : 5/6/2010 5:22:00 PM
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The Cherokee Nation is launching a new community-based campaign this weekend to encourage healthy eating and exercise to help Cherokees and others improve their health and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Sequoyah Senior to Play Basketball at Angelo State: 5/5/2010 9:42:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Sequoyah Schools’ senior Laci Marsden Effenberger may have ended her senior basketball season early, but not her basketball career. She has signed a letter of commitment to play basketball at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Cherokee Nation Contributes $2K to Cherokee County Organizations: 5/3/2010
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The Cherokee Nation recently contributed a total of $2,000 to three non-profit organizations in the Cherokee County area, including two groups that help preserve traditional Cherokee games and another group that helps empower the youth in their community.

Cherokee Nation to Host Certification Workshop for Small Business Owners: 4/30/2010 8:09:00 AM
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The Cherokee Nation, in partnership with the Small Business Assistance of Oklahoma, will host a workshop for small business owners and vendors on Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the Cherokee Nation Tribal Services Conference Room, located at 17675 S. Muskogee, off Highway 62, south of Tahlequah.

Sequoyah Seniors “Run” to College with Scholarships : 4/29/2010 3:25:00 PM
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Two Sequoyah Schools’ seniors recently signed letters of intent to run cross-country at Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas. Traven McCoy and Robert Ketcher are receiving college scholarships in return for their commitment to be part of the Hesston team.

Sequoyah Schools Students Earn National Math Award : 4/26/2010 4:01:00 PM
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Ninety-one Sequoyah Schools’ students were recently earned a national math award for their outstanding performance in high school mathematics. To be eligible for nomination for the official United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation National Mathematics Awards, students must have a 3.3 grade point average in their math class, show mathematics skills and aptitude, demonstrate an attitude of cooperation, leadership, dependability, enthusiasm, responsibility, and have a desire to learn and improve.

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First Nations band plans road toll to protest HST

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - Travellers passing through a First Nations territory in Northern Ontario may be paying tolls before the summer is out as a punishment for the Ontario government's HST plans.

The Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., first floated the idea of charging a toll to vehicles passing through its territory along the Trans-Canada highway in February, over a range of issues, including funding shortfalls and anger over the planned removal of point-of-sale tax exemption with the HST. Signs were recently posted along the Trans-Canada Highway advertising the planned toll booths.

"Garden River First Nation is going to continue to do what it needs to do to get government attention in regards to HST," said Chief Lyle Sayers.

Sayers said the First Nation will wait to decide when to implement the toll.

He said it wouldn't necessarily begin July 1, when the HST comes into effect, though booths would "definitely" go up during the summer months if a resolution to the debate has not been found.

A toll rate has not been set.

Implementation of the HST will do away with the point-of-sale PST exemption, which First Nations are demanding be maintained whether a status Indian lives on or off reserve.

First Nations charge the federal and provincial governments have ignored that their treaties with First Nations contain no provision for taxation.

The province last week signed an agreement with Ontario First Nations, promising to work together to preserve the tax-exemption, which Ontario says will be federally administered.

Sayers said the deal doesn't leave him optimistic.

"If I was optimistic, I'd say let's put our signs away and then sit back and wait, but we've done that in the past and we know what's happened," said Sayers.

He said the province failed to bring the HST to First Nations for consultation in the first place, before it was voted through at Queen's Park.

Should Garden River go through with its toll proposal, travellers would have to pay up or be forced to drive through remote roads to reconnect with the TransCanada highway through that section of Northern Ontario.

Posted By: Anthony Jay Henhawk Jr.

To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights


America Healing Initiative will Expand Opportunities for Vulnerable Children

Dear NICWA Cause Members:

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) will receive funding to help Native American families and children heal the wounds from the decades-old policy of removing Native American children from their tribal people. NICWA is one of 119 organizations that will receive grants totaling $14,613,709 specifically to support community-based organizations’ healing efforts among racial and ethnic groups that address historic burdens, disparities and barriers to opportunity.
For more information, please visit:

Ahéhee' (Thank you),
Eddie Sherman (Diné | Umóⁿ'hoⁿ)
Development Manager
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Dedicated to the well-being of American Indian children and families.
T 503.222.4044, ext. 123
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Brewer signs bill banning TUSD ethnic studies classes
By Dylan Smith - May 12, 2010

A bill banning ethnic studies classes in Arizona was signed Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer. The law, which takes effective Dec. 31, was pushed by state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Horne, a longtime critic of such classes in TUSD.

HB 2281 bans classes that promote “the overthrow of the United States government,” “resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

According to Politico, "neither the governor nor the bill’s supporters have identified examples where a Chicano studies class has advocated the “overthrow” of the federal government, and the bill’s opponents in the state have expressed outrage over what they see as a law that unfairly targets Hispanics."

Horne has said the new law is targeted at the ethnic studies program in Tucson schools.

Horne, a Republican, is stepping down from his Arizona school chief post to run for state attorney general.

The LA Times reports that TUSD isn't planning on ending the program:

Tucson Unified School District officials say the Chicano studies classes benefit students and promote critical thinking. "We don't teach all those ugly things they think we're teaching," said Judy Burns, the president of the district's governing board.

She has no intention of ending the program, which offers courses from elementary school through high school in topics such as literature, history and social justice, with an emphasis on Latino authors and history. About 3% of the district's 55,000 students are enrolled in such classes.

Horne has been trying to end the program for years, saying it divides students by race and promotes resentment. He singled out one history book used in some classes, "Occupied America: A History of Chicanos," by Rodolfo Acuna, a professor and founder of the Chicano studies program at Cal State Northridge.

"To begin with, the title of the book implies to the kids that they live in occupied America, or occupied Mexico," Horne said last week in a telephone interview.

The bill also amends Arizona law to prohibit basing student discipline on race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry.

Districts violating the law can have 10 percent of their state funding withheld.
What's your take?

Should TUSD offer ethnic studies classes? Should ethnic studies classes count towards graduation requirements? Should the state dictate what classes local districts teach?


Arizona bans 'ethnic studies'
By Andy Barr - May 12, 2010

Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a law banning the state’s schools from teaching ethnic studies classes.

Brewer signed the bill Tuesday that targets Chicano studies programs currently being taught in Tucson schools.

Proponents of the bill argue that the classes are designed only for students of a particular race and promote ethnic solidarity over community integration.

“Public school pupils should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people,” the text of the bill reads.

The law prohibits the teaching of any classes that promote “the overthrow of the United States government,” “resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

Neither the governor nor the bill’s supporters have identified examples where a Chicano studies class has advocated the “overthrow” of the federal government, and the bill’s opponents in the state have expressed outrage over what they see as a law that unfairly targets Hispanics.

Brewer’s signature banning ethnic studies classes comes nearly six weeks after she signed a controversial immigration law that has prompted boycott calls.

Teresa Anahuy
Nonprofit Matter Of Trust Uses Donations Of Hair, Fur To Clean Up Gulf Spill
May 04, 2010

One nonprofit has an innovative solution for cleaning up the massive oil spill on the Gulf Coast, using the ultimate renewable resource: human hair. Since its founding in 1998, Matter of Trust has collected donations of human hair and animal fur to clean up after the thousands of oil spills that happen each year. The hair and fur donations are made into mats and booms, which use old nylon stockings to keep clippings together.

Each day, 300,000 pounds of hair and fur are cut in hair salons across the United States. Unneeded hair and fur can be sent to Matter of Trust's headquarters to be assembled into resources that will help clean up Louisiana waters following the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Donations are pouring in from every state in the country to aid the clean up process.

Individuals can organize "hair-raising" events in their communities to collect donations or speak to locate hair stylists and pet groomers about sending in the leftover hair and fur.

A MUST SEE! video from Matter of Trust explains how the process works:
Visit site for more ways to help with the clean up efforts on the Gulf Coast



Contributed by Sister Nimchira

Teresa Anahuy

Kellogg Devotes $75 Mil To Combat Racism
May 11, 2010

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced that it will lead a $75 million initiative aimed at righting some of the disparities that can lead to racism. On May 11 youth organizations from 29 states and the District of Columbia will receive grants through the "Racial Healing Initiative." Host Michel Martin speaks with Gail Christopher, vice president of programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Terry Cross, director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, one of the organizations that received a grant from the foundation......

Teresa Anahuy
School seeks adult mentors for LP students

Lone Pine Unified School District is looking to fill four vacancies on its Title VII Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee.

The vacancies include three parents/guardians of Lone Pine American Indian students and one eligible American Indian high school student.

There are four stated objectives of the committee:

1) To support LPUSD in its effort to reform elementary school and secondary school programs that serves Lone Pine American Indian students in order to ensure that such programs are based on challenging State and academic content and student achievement standards that are used for all children; and are designed to assist Lone Pine American Indian students in meeting those standards

2) Participate in the development of the program and to approve the program application

3) To provide guidance and to the district in the policies and procedures to ensure the plan is implemented effectively and evaluated in consultation with, parents/guardians of American Indian children and representatives of the area to be served

4) And adopt by-laws for the conduct of the activities of the committee and abide by committee by-laws.

The committee will meet quarterly.

Letters of interest can be submitted to Diane Gross Lo-Inyo Elementary Principal c/o Lone Pine Unified School District, P.O. Box 159, Lone Pine, CA 93545, or fax to (760) 876-5438.
The deadline for letters of applications is 3 p.m. Friday, May 14.


Lone Pine Unified School District:
Teresa Anahuy
Great Urgency

To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders

My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I
ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit
of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island , have a great message for the World; we
are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color,
which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As
I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened,
those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations,
eventually all will be affect from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The
catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the
bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we
cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with
the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will
continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of
in their Prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers
for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as
Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to
allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth.
As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to
assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the
winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in
repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we
make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that
what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along
with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World
Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural
site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us
make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our
children's future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
Glucose testing may have infected dozens
May 13, 2010

UNM is worried dozens of people may have been exposed to deadly diseases. Medical school leaders acknowledge students used the same needle on dozens of patients during a free healthcare event last month.

At that event, UNM provided free blood glucose tests at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on April 24, which was the same weekend as the Gathering of Nations Powwow.

UNM announced Thursday that students did the tests incorrectly, possibly compromising the health of dozens, if not hundreds of people.

"Those who volunteered for testing that day may have been put at risk of infection due to potential exposure to diseases spread by blood contact," said Dr. Bob Bailey from UNM. He says patients who received free blood glucose testing may have been exposed to Hepatitis B, C and HIV.

"UNM's school of Medicine deeply regrets this error. We apologize to all those who may have been exposed and to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center," Bailey said in a statement from UNM.

The tests were performed by students from the UNM Physicians Assistant School. UNM says the students weren't properly trained to use the tests. The tests were supposed to be for single use, but instead were used multiple times for multiple patients.

"Unfortunately, what we think may have occurred is that the device was cocked, then reused without the rotation taking place to advance to another needle," Bailey explained.

The students didn't keep track of how many patients they tested, but it's estimated that up to 1,600 people were at the Cultural Center that day. UNM estimates up to 55 of them were tested and 33 were likely tested with the same needle. Students also did not keep track of names and contact information for patients who were tested.

UNM estimates the risk of infection to patients is less than half a percent. So far, the school has only identified three people who were tested incorrectly. As far as any action taken against the students involved, a UNM spokesman says the investigation continues, so no decision regarding possible disciplinary action has been made.

Public health authorities are requesting that those who participated in the diabetes screening event call Toll-Free 1-888-899-6092 or visit the UNM web site for more information and referral for screening.

Raw video of UNM news conference

PDF: Statement from UNM School of Medicine

PDF: AIDS information

PDF: Hepatitis B information

PDF: Hepatitis C information


Students Fail To Change Blood Testing Device
May 13, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A group of New Mexico medical school students failed to properly change blood testing devices used for blood glucose sampling, and now officials say dozens of people might be at risk for contracting serious diseases.

University of New Mexico School of Medicine officials made the announcement Thursday, hoping they can locate the individuals who participated in the free testing April 24 by students in the UNM physician's assistant program at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

More than 1,600 people attended the cultural center's Pueblo Days festivities. The visitor list included people from across the nation and abroad -- including Canada, Italy, Sweden and Germany.

University spokesman Sam Giammo said the students improperly used the device to prick multiple patients.The device is designed to be used for a single prick on each patient, but "it is possible to recock and reuse the same needle," said Dr. Robert Bailey of the University Health Sciences Center.

Between 51 and 55 people were tested that day, according to Bailey, who estimates 32 people at most may have been exposed to risk.

University of New Mexico Hospital officials said they want to get in contact with all of those who were tested to give free follow up tests to make sure they were not infected.Still, Bailey said, the odds are slight that someone will come down with a serious disease.

"The best estimate we can come up with is one half of one percent," said Bailey. "Though that's a small statistical estimate, that's still of concern to us."The New Mexico Department of Health, Indian Health Services,and the Centers for Disease Control are aiding in the search for those affected.

If you took part in the screening, contact UNMH at 1-888-899-6092.


Teresa Anahuy
Chippewa treaty rights showdown unfolding in Bemidji
May 14, 2010

BEMIDJI, MINN. -- On the eve of Minnesota's fishing opener, a showdown over Indian treaty rights is looming.

Two members of the Leech Lake Chippewa band placed fishing nets in Lake Bemidji Friday morning, defying state regulations.

Several dozen Indians from several bands attended a protest rally.

Conservation officers from the Department of Natural Resources, who were not at the scene Friday morning, were expected to issue citations.

Other band members were expected to fish along the shore of the lake Friday afternoon.

Organizers said they expected as many as 150 people to fish the lake on Friday, one day ahead of the fishing season opener, to assert rights they say are held by the White Earth and Leech Lake bands.

A man and a woman unloaded a metal canoe and carried it to the shoreline as others smoked long ceremonial pipes with drums set before them.

Audrey Thayer, a White Earth member who also works for the ACLU in Bemidji, called it a "wonderful day" and said she hoped people would be able to keep their fish for a fish fry in the afternoon.

Teresa Anahuy
Mexican Researchers Cancel Arizona Exchange Program
By Alan Kotok - May 13, 2010

According to the Arizona Republic, two universities in Mexico canceled their academic exchange programs with University of Arizona (UA) as a result of a new Arizona law that allows police to question individuals they feel might be in the U.S. illegally. Among the canceled exchanges is a program for scientific researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the country's largest university.

In other fallout from the new law, an organization of Hispanic and Native American scientistsremoved Phoenix, Arizona as a potential site for its 2012 conference.

Francisco Marmolejo, UA's assistant vice president for western hemisphere programs, told the Phoenix newspaper last Friday that UNAM would no longer send students on exchange programs due to fears of harassment from authorities. The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, a state college in eastern Mexico, also canceled its exchange programs with UA for similar reasons.

Two exchange programs with UA were immediately canceled, including a delegation of 10 scientific researchers from UNAM. The other immediate cancellation involved a program for nursing students from the San Luis Potosí institution.

As we reported two weeks ago, UA's president Robert Shelton sent a letter to to the campus community after Arizona's governor signed the law, known as SB 1070. In the letter, Shelton told of students who initially chose to attend UA, but changed their plans after the law passed, as well as his concerns about the campus's international community. According to the Arizona Republic, UA has some 200 students from Mexico.

SACNAS, a 37-year-old organization made up of scientists and science students of Hispanic and native American origin removed Phoenix from consideration as a site for its 2012 annual conference. In a letter to Arizona's governor, SACNAS president president Jose Dolores Garcia said, "the immigration law SB1070 will make the state inhospitable to people of color, especially Hispanics."

The Arizona Republic reports that the National Association of Black Accountants, the International Communications Association and the National Urban League, and the oldest African-American Greek-lettered fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, have already canceled scheduled conventions in Phoenix because of the law.

Teresa Anahuy

Aim Santa BarbaraMay 14, 2010 at 6:52pm

Subject: update on Indian Village Mall- YOUR Voices were heard!
Update on Indian Village Mall

Thank you to everyone that took the time to call Tribal Impressions of Indian Village Mall!
Wanbli Tate has been speaking with the owner and Ralph Thomas. He is responding to the pressure applied.

Thomas has removed all the pictures of the people playin Indian in the parade He has removed all the pictures of people playin Indian in his spray tan .He has made it clear that his business is not an Indian business on the front page of his web site.

People can change if they are made aware. Hopefully he meet with AIM Central Texas and will be on the radio with Wanbli on Sunday – be sure to be on the look out for what time the next Indigenous Radio Show will be on found at Blog Talk Radio;

“Situations like this are possibilities for educating the uneducated and bringing change. And that is a good thing- Some times people just dont know. They are ignorant. We should be open to teaching.. to drive out the ignorance. hopefully this will help him and his employees understand about respect for our people. And that i think is all we want. The opportunity to teach respect is always a good thing.” Wanbli Tate

Again, we want thank everyone for taking that extra time to help with this! It only worked because EVERYONE got involved. That’s how we will turn these things around!
United we can succeed!

Wopila Tanka!

Stay tuned for the next Fake Azz Friday sick shit of the week!
Tribal leaders seek new probe into Long Solider's death
By Richard Peterson - May 15, 2010

The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council is asking Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock's office to investigate the Nov. 23, 2009, death of former prep basketball star A.J. Long Soldier.

The 18-year-old fell seriously ill while in custody at the Hill County detention center in Havre before dying at a Havre hospital.
In a letter dated May 6, Tribal Leaders Council Chairman James Steele Jr., who also is a councilman with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, said official representatives from all of Montana's tribes met in Billings and unanimously approved the letter, which contains 10 questions surrounding the teenager's death.

Long Soldier died in the hospital after twice being sent there from the jail, suffering from what was later diagnosed as acute alcohol withdrawal. He was jailed May 19 on a misdemeanor warrant from Blaine County.

A seven-member jury cleared Hill County detention officers of any wrongdoing during a coroner's inquest in March, after 30 minutes of deliberation.

"The way he died is of ongoing concern," Steele wrote in the letter to Bullock.

Steele questioned if Long Soldier, who went four days in jail with little sleep or food, received adequate care because of his race. He also noted that Hill County Attorney Gina Dahl, who presented evidence to the jurors in the May coroner's inquest, is married to a detention center staff member. Dahl is married to the Hill County jail administrator, according to Tribune files.

"Clearly this appears to present a conflict of interest and, if true, undermines the findings of the Coroner's jury. Does a conflict of interest exist? If so, what will be done to conduct an unbiased proceeding? What will be done to sanction the Hill County Attorney for adding unnecessary complications to an already distressing circumstance?" Steele asked in the three-page letter.

"These questions need answers," said Steele, head of the organization, which consists of dozens of tribal leaders from all of Montana and Wyoming's Native American tribes.

Bullock received the letter Wednesday but has yet to act on it, Attorney General's office spokeswoman Judy Beck said.

A student at Haskell University in Kansas, Long Soldier returned to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in November, when he was arrested on the outstanding warrant, to attend a funeral.

Officers said Long Soldier seemed healthy during his first day of incarceration, but began showing signs of sickness the following morning. Long Soldier screamed and pounded on the cell door, saying someone pulled out clumps of his hair, which were on the cell floor, officers said at the inquest.

He was removed from his cell and handcuffed to a bench in an effort to calm him down. Long Soldier was hallucinating during his third day in jail, officers said. An inmate told inquest jurors that Long Soldier pleaded for help.

During his third day in jail, Long Soldier was placed in a padded cell and his condition continued to worsen, according to testimony. A detention officer called a sheriff's deputy to take Long Soldier to the hospital, where blood was drawn for testing and he was treated for tremors, depression and dehydration.

On his fourth and final day in jail, Long Soldier wouldn't drink water and started becoming feverish. His eyes also glazed over as he lay on the floor, according to inquest testimony.

An ambulance transported Long Soldier to the hospital, where his health rapidly declined. A breathing tube was placed in his throat to help him breathe and IV fluids were given to him as his pulse began to vary and his temperature fluctuated.

Long Soldier's body shut down within two hours — his heart stopped and he quit breathing.
Authorities said the high school basketball phenom, who led Hays-Lodgepole to the State Class C basketball championship in 2007, died from acute alcohol poisoning.

In the letter to Bullock, Steele questioned if it is justified to treat a serious medical condition with untrained jail staff at a detention center ill-equipped to deal with a such a condition.

"What county or state policy authorizes the treatment of a life-threatening medical condition at a detention center, rather than a hospital bed?" Steele asks in the letter.

He also asked if the state's policy is to deny adequate medical care to poor individuals who can't afford to pay for their own health care, and why Hill County couldn't release Long Soldier with a notice to appear in court rather than holding him in jail as his condition worsened.

Steele said the council also asked that the following concerns be addressed by Bullock:

Who will be held accountable for Long Soldier's death?

What, if any, policy changes have taken place at the county or state level to prevent others from suffering the same fate as Long Soldier?

Because Long Soldier was obviously Native American and incarcerated in a county-run facility, overseen by nonNative American jailers and supervisors, strong concern exists that his lack of adequate care was because of his race. Is this how everyone is treated in Hill County? "Perhaps most troubling for us and his family — why were A.J.'s pleas for help ignored? Is incarcerating individuals on misdemeanor offenses in Montana so important that it is worth risking the life of an individual?" Steele wrote.

"Many families in Montana face heartache because of ongoing problems with alcohol. However, no family in Montana should have to fear that their loved one, if in the custody of the state or county, face possible (probable) death, because of a lack of medical care," he wrote.

Teresa Anahuy
Calling All Shrimp Huggers: Speak Out Now Against More Offshore Oil Drilling
Two weeks ago we told you the truth when everyone else was trying to
downplay the size of the Deepwater Horizon oil "leak". Let's see a
show of hands of who believed us then.

Now the New York Times is finally reporting that the oil blowout
disaster in the Gulf is much larger than we were led to believe, at
LEAST 25,000 barrels a day versus 5,000. British Petroleum and our
own government have done nothing but lie to us about the scale of
this catastrophe since the beginning. And the reckless use of massive
quantities of "dispersants" to try to further hide the hide the
truth, trying to make it look like there is less oil out there, is
just making things worse.

And yet, astonishingly, members of Congress are still talking as if
the way to respond to the climate crisis is to drill MORE oil wells
off shore, and in the Gulf in particular. Driven by their
self-serving corporate contributors they want to burn MORE coal to
further accelerate global warming, and preferentially subsidize
absurdly expensive and dangerous nuclear power plants instead of true
renewables like concentrated solar technologies, where the same
investment would make our country energy self-sufficient safely.

Please tell your members of Congress to stop treating the Gulf, and
the rest of our coastline, like the oil companies' own personal
industrial sewer. This may be our last chance to put sane energy
policy in place, assuming it is not already too late.

No More Offshore Oil Drilling Action Page:

Right wing flacks for the oil companies may seize on every bogus
temperature signal, one isolated snow storm, any fleeting aberration
from the undeniable trend, but the climate crisis is inescapably the
reality that it is. For in the meantime the percentage of carbon
dioxide in our atmosphere is already over 392 ppm, and climbing more
and more every year without respite.

And that is why we created a couple months ago our "350 ppm or
catastrophe" cap, embroidered in beautiful ocean tones of blue, with
a red arrow pointing the way to where we need to go, an atmospheric
carbon dioxide concentration down to no more than 350 parts per
million. Yes, we were using the word catastrophe even before the
latest disaster. It was not an exaggeration then, and it is even less
so now.

Please consider requesting one of these new caps from the return page
after you submit the action page above, to help spread the climate
sanity message. Start the conversation about carbon dioxide as a
global warming pollutant. As you know, we never set a price on our
policy advocacy message items. You can have one for a donation of any
amount at all. Submit the action page, or you can get one directly
from this page.

350 PPM Or Catastrophe Caps:

As bad as the situation in the Gulf is right now, it will
unfortunately get so much worse when the hurricane season hits again,
and all that oil gets dumped on land by the storm surges, hurricanes
themselves driven by rising global temperatures.

This is not just a wake up call, this is a kick in the head. Either
we get serious about the climate crisis, and STOP burning fossil
fuels, requiring literally a Manhattan project to develop alternative
renewable resources, or the day will come all too soon when the
scientists tell us there no longer anything we can do to save

No More Offshore Oil Drilling Action Page:

Please submit the action page to your members of Congress calling on
them to dramatically shift the focus of the new Climate Crisis bill,
away from more emphasis on coal and especially the insane push for
even more oil drilling in the Gulf, assuming it has not already been
turned into an industrial sewer by the irresponsible corporate
criminals at BP. No amount of dispersants can continue to conceal the
truly biblical scale of the ongoing Gulf eco-catastrophe.

And instead of providing subsidies to dangerous and expensive new
nuclear power plants, we need to redirect those same resources into
real support for true renewables, concentrated solar technologies in
particular. Only a fundamental shift in direction offers any hope of
averting the climate disaster of our future, just as otherwise
inevitable as a blow out incident just like the one we are witnessing
in the Gulf right now.

If our legislative representatives will for once in their lives ever
take actual scientists seriously, you must understand that just a
half hearted bit of carbon offset trading has NO chance of actually
reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per
million and keeping it there. Unless we do that, its inexorable rise,
which continues unabated even now, will make the world of our near
future unrecognizable from the temperate one we now enjoy.

How they have so ignorantly ridiculed the environmentalists for so
many years, calling us "tree huggers". Well, they can call us "shrimp
huggers" now too, and "oyster huggers", and "fish huggers" and "bird
huggers". It's about time we gave mother nature a hug. Lord knows she
could sure use one right about now.

And here is the Facebook link for the No More Offshore Oil Drilling
action page further above.

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Subject: Reminder: Pacifika Showcase May 20 & 22 @ NMAI New York
May 20 & 22, 2010

Award-winning feature films, shorts and documentaries reflect ancient and contemporary indigenous realities from across the Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Hawai’i.

Reservations are recommended for evening screenings: 212-514-3737

George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004.

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
6:30 - 8:45 pm, Auditorium

In this spare, naturalistic portrait of a hard-working Maori family, events unfold when the 10-year-old twins encounter a young stranger. Set in an isolated part of the Hokianga valley, the film's moody images of earth and sea are a visually rich counterpart to a poignant tale of loss and new beginnings.

New York premiere. Discussion follows with lead actress Nancy Brunning (Maori).

Opening Performance: Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010
1 - 4:30 pm, Auditorium


1 - 2:45 pm
Crocodile Dreaming
Taua/War Party (New York premiere)
The Turtle and the Shark
Stones (New York premiere)
Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name (New York premiere)
Discussion follows with the director Christen Marquez (Native Hawaiian).

3 - 3:40 pm
Journey to Ihipa (US premiere)
Discussion follows with the director.

3:40 - 4:30 pm
Yolngu Guya Djamamirr (US premiere)
Nana (New York premiere)
Green Bush (New York premiere)

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010
6 - 8 pm, Auditorium

Set in the 1960's in the old pearling port of Broome, this lighthearted musical romp follows the life and times of a young man whose love life, family life, and religious education meet head on in a comedic collision.
New York premiere.

Discussion follows with actor Ernie Dingo (Yamatji).

Pacifika Showcase 2010 is presented in partnership with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, NYU’s Program in Media, Culture and History and NYU’s Program in Media and Religion. The showcase has been made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Additional support has been provided by the Australian Consulate General, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, the Consulate General of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Film Commission. Mahalo nui loa to the Hawai'i Cultural Foundation (1997-2007), Janu Cassidy and Michelle Akina.

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The Cherokee Nation is issuing a call to individuals and families to become healthy and active throughout the year. The Cherokee Challenge offers a variety of activities and training tips for exercise and active living. As part of the campaign, Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation will sponsor a series of races, fun runs and walks in various communities during the next few months. For more information about the Cherokee Challenge, please visit

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Cherokee Nation Contributes $15K to Women In Safe Home, Inc.: 5/14/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation recently contributed $15,000 to Women In Safe Home, Inc., a local organization that provides assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Cherokee Nation Dedicates Sequoyah Statue to Sequoyah Schools: 5/14/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
A physical reminder of why academic excellence and leadership is so important has been given a place of honor in front of Sequoyah Schools’ academic building.

Cherokee Elder Care Encourages Seniors to Consider Options : 5/13/2010 4:26:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
May is Older Americans Month, a great time to talk with your aging loved ones about just how important it is to plan for their long-term care needs, and the Cherokee Nation encourages you to plan ahead to consider the best options.

Cherokee Nation Takes Leadership Role at Tobacco Conference: 5/13/2010 11:47:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation joined with several other tribes and organizations across the state to take a leadership role to promote awareness of the dangers of commercial tobacco use and help others understand the sacred and ceremonial use of tobacco in Native American culture.

Cherokee Nation Selected for Health Network Program: 5/13/2010 8:36:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation has been selected to participate with other medical providers in the Tulsa area as to help lay the groundwork for the development of a technology information sharing network, which will assist patients in providing medical records and background information to other service providers participating in the system.

“Walk With the First Lady” Series Begins: 5/12/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation is inviting individuals of all ages to come out and participate in a series of walks with Cherokee Nation First Lady Bobbie Smith as a means of exercise and fellowship with her and other community members. The walks are part of a new campaign to encourage healthy eating, exercise and stopping the use of commercial tobacco to help Cherokees and others improve their health and live a healthier lifestyle.

Cherokee Nation Contributes $25K to Special Olympics Oklahoma: 5/12/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation recently contributed $25,000 to Special Olympics Oklahoma during a check presentation held in Catoosa at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel.

Cherokee Nation Launches Cherokee Challenge: 5/11/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation launched its new campaign to encourage healthy eating and exercise to help Cherokees and others improve their health and live a healthier lifestyle during the 2010 Stilwell Strawberry Festival last weekend with the Run For The Berries 5-K race, the first in a series of races being called the “Chief’s Challenge.”

Cherokee Nation Employee Recognized for 30 Years of Volunteer Service: 5/11/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation employee Sandy Long was recognized this week by the Internal Revenue Service for 30 years of service with its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The VITA program trains and certifies Cherokee Nation volunteers to do state and federal income tax preparation using IRS training and testing materials.

Sequoyah Runner, Cheerleaders Land College Scholarships : 5/11/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Corrigan Horsechief will sign a letter of intent to run track and cross-country at Southwestern Christian College in Bethany, Okla., and Ryker Salazar, Symone Ross and Ellis “Audie” Todome will sign letters of intent to cheer at Eastern Oklahoma State College on Wednesday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Sequoyah Schools’ The Place Where They Play.

Four Sequoyah Seniors Named Gates Millennium Scholars : 5/11/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Four Sequoyah Schools seniors have been named Gates Millennium Scholars by the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship Foundation. They are Lindsey Hammer, Donetta Ross, Keathen Kingfisher and Christian Hummingbird. They will receive a full scholarship to the school of their choice for the completion of their chosen degree program, up to eight years.

Sequoyah’s Lewis Commits to Connors : 5/10/2010 4:31:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Sequoyah Schools senior Nicolette Lewis has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Connors State College in Warner, Okla.

Cherokee Nation Hosts Entrepreneurship Day for Area Students: 5/10/2010 4:18:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Students representing Stilwell High School, Gans Public Schools, Maryetta Public Schools and Sallisaw High School recently had the opportunity to learn about business opportunities and support, while vying for prizes for their business acumen during an Entrepreneurship Day competition held in Stilwell by the Cherokee Nation.

Sequoyah Schools to Hold Promotion Ceremony for 8th Graders : 5/10/2010 10:11:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Sequoyah Schools will hold its first promotion ceremony for its 8th grade students on Monday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Sequoyah Schools’ The Place Where They Play.

Cherokee Nation Expands Assistance in Tulsa and Washington Counties: 5/10/2010 9:42:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is expanding its services at existing field locations in Tulsa and Washington counties. To celebrate, a ribbon cutting and open house will be held Thursday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bartlesville field office located at 1003 S. Virginia Ave. and again on Friday, May 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Collinsville field office located at 1323 W. Broadway St.

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At the signing of the Treaty of Hopewell, the 'hatchet' was literally buried in a ceremony.
HST is provoking ire of First Nations: Layton

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont.—Federal and provincial governments are needlessly provoking potential disruptive action by First Nations over the harmonized sales tax, says federal NDP leader Jack Layton.
“I’m going to try to convince [Prime Minister] Stephen Harper that he can avoid the conflict that’s emerging if he takes action now,” Layton said yesterday after speaking at an NDP northern council conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
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The new tax, which combines the provincial sales tax and goods and services tax, becomes effective July 1 in both Ontario and B.C.
It would eliminate the point-of-sale exemption for status Indians on the provincial portion of the merged tax.
Aboriginal groups have threatened to fight the HST through any means possible unless they’re allowed to retain the exemption on purchases made outside reserves.
In the Sault Ste. Marie area, Batchewana First Nation is threatening to blockade rail traffic while the Garden River First Nation said it may collect a toll from motorists travelling on highways in its territory.
Layton and Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath met several aboriginal leaders over the weekend, including Chief Dan Sayers of Batchewana First Nation and Union of Ontario Indians Deputy Grand Chief Glen Hare.
“We’re trying to prevent anything like that [disruptions] from happening,” said Layton.
“We think that reasonable, straightforward discussion is the best way to address these kinds of issues.”
Layton said aboriginals should be able to use an exemption card to avoid paying the HST.
“It’s a simple administrative process that’s been in place for years,” he noted.
Other First Nations’ communities in Northern Ontario already have taken action to protest the tax.
Mississauga First Nation residents slowed Highway 17 traffic in late April while members of Fort William First Nation, near Thunder Bay, handed out information leaflets to motorists earlier this month.
There also have been protests at the Ontario legislature and the Whitby, Ont. office of federal Finance minister Jim Flaherty.
Premier Dalton McGuinty has said he’s on the side of First Nations, and blamed the federal Conservatives for stonewalling his attempts to preserve the tax exemption.
McGuinty has said the merged tax will help Ontario become more competitive in the long run.
But the plan has been harshly opposed by Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats, who say it will be too hard on people already hurt by the recession.
Critics point out tax harmonization will increase the cost of many items previously exempt from the provincial sales tax—from gasoline to Internet bills, haircuts, and real estate fees.

Posted By: Anthony Jay Henhawk Jr.

To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights


Urgent Message From ISPMB

May 2010

In This Issue
A Message from Michael Blake




As many of you know, ISPMB has been a leader in the field of wild horse and burro protection since our inception in 1960. Along with our first president, Wild Horse Annie, we were instrumental in getting federal legislation passed in 1971 - otherwise there would be no wild horses left on public lands today.
Well just as important, ISPMB is conducting research on our four herds creating a model for wild horse management - something sorely needed since it has been 39 years that the Act passed without BLM knowing much about herd behaviors. Our findings show that we may now be facing losing the extraordinary wisdom that was so inherent in the wild horse herds. This wisdom kept a very powerful social order intact with healthy behavioral modeling passed on to future generations. The loss of this wise modeling has caused the herds to double their fertility rates.
How did this happen? It has happened over the past twenty years since BLM went from gate cuts to selective removal. When BLM took all the horses that they wanted with gate cuts regardless of age, they still left many band structures intact that were never rounded up. With selective removal, BLM captures the entire herd or as many as they can and they separate the stallions from their harems and remove the five and under horses for the adoption program releasing all horses over the age of five. As the older horses are released, many of the older stallions never reclaim their mares because of the younger aged stallions taking advantage of an opportunity to steal mares. Often stallions as young as six will take mares. If that six year old stallion had a mentor who was only six when he was born, the educational process deteriorates. You can see over a period of 20 years how the mentoring and education process has been threatened. Consequently, you see younger and younger mares getting pregnant by younger and younger stallions.
How do we know this! ISPMB has been studying herd behavior now for eleven years with our own herds. We were fortunate and did not even know in the beginning that we acquired two of the healthiest herds left in our country - the White Sands and Gila herds. Neither herd had been gathered in decades of time leaving their social structures intact. We have the same stallions in charge of their mares now for eleven years. It did not become apparent to us until we acquired our third herd (Catnip) that we were observing truly the most natural and healthy behaviors in wild horse herds. The Catnip herd displays all the behaviors of horses that have suffered constant removals as the US Fish and Wildlife Agency had planned the elimination of wild horses from Sheldon Wildlife Refuge where they originated.
We are at the pinnacle of our studies here in South Dakota. We will have Princeton University coming in June to collaborate with us on our behavioral studies. This is extremely exciting as ISPMB begins a new study - how to infuse healthy behavioral modeling in herds that have suffered from the ongoing devastation of their harem structures.


I didn't think I would ever have to say this; but unless we get funding, ISPMB may have to disperse it herds. This would mean the end of our studies and the end of our ability to stop the helicopter roundups on public lands. Yes, with our studies, we believe we have enough evidence to show that helicopter round ups are destroying the very nature of our wild horses on public lands. ISPMB has one of the longest ongoing studies on wild horses that have remained intact without human intrusions. Our studies are creating the perfect model for management of wild horses on public lands.
We have come off a very cold winter, snow continuing as of last week and now the cold rains. We are feeding three of our herds.
If everyone on this list gave just $5.00, we would have enough hay for a month! If you could pledge monthly, we would have enough funding to keep our project going forever! Statistics show that only 3% of people respond to requests! We hope this time that we will hear from everyone. The future of all wild horses depends upon your call to action.


Any Donation is Appreciated!
A Message from Michael Blake

Author of Dances With Wolves
By the late 1890's America had slaughtered more than twenty million Buffalo. A few devoted citizens managed to save roughly five hundred. In doing so, those incredible animals were saved from leaving the earth.
Today, America's Wild Horses, primary resources in making America a major country in this world, are being captured, killed and slaughtered by corrupt, money- hungry American agencies. Removing them from life on earth is moving faster than ever.
Karen Sussman, like the few who rescued Buffalo, has devoted herself and her organization (ISPMB) to saving Wild Horses from extinction. At present she is maintaining more than five-hundred magnificent creatures that were saved from death...but keeping them alive with food alone is an increasing struggle. Whether rich or poor, any individuals who can donate even a few dollars to help eliminate loss of these lives will be signifigent Destruction of the atmosphere, oceans, land and even Wild Horses is moving humanity closer to its own removal
Any donation, even from those of us currently jobless, will represent standing up not just for ourselves but for the Creator who brought the marvelous and deeply connected life to this tiny planet.
We Cannot Fail Now!


ISPMB wants to thank all of those who have helped us in the fight TO SAVE THE WILD HORSES all these years!

The Horses Thank You!

Karen Sussman, President


Tornado ravaged area at the Absentee Shawnee rez.

via james @ native hoop / NERVA

I spoke with Renee Hood, Office of Evironmental Protection at the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army did a 360 degree turn on their stance of working with the tribe due to swelling pressure from people making those calls.. They came to start helping them this morning. Donations from other tribes and people from across the country started arriving today as well. Tarps and generators have arrived and more help is still need. Alot of homes that were destroyed were without homowner insurances . They still need your help for everything you, your family, your church, or your organization can help them with. Thank you for your continued support and please continue striving to those that need our help.

updates are expected to be posted on the Absentee Shawnee website..
as well as for everyones convience a donation button has been added to their page. the donations will go directly thru paypal.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe Headquarters
2025 South Gordon Cooper
Shawnee Oklahoma 74801
Phone: (405) 275-4030

Immediate needs will be fuel money, chainsaws, debris removal. Donations to assist with the recent tornados that have impacted Tribal members can make donations to…

ASTI Disaster Relief Fund
1213 Gordon Cooper Drive
Tecumseh, OK 74873-1460
(405) 598-3716

Send your donations of staples, supplies, big items, clothes, etc. to the physical address for the tribe:

40206 Benson Park
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801

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Teresa Anahuy
Spill Reinforces Oil Bad Will For American Indians
By Cain Burdeau - May 18, 2010

POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. (AP) ― Like many American Indians on the bayou, Emary Billiot blames oil companies for ruining his ancestral marsh over the decades. Still, he's always been able to fish - but now even that is not a certainty.

An oil spill - 5 million gallons and counting - spreading across the Gulf of Mexico has closed bays and lakes in Louisiana's bountiful delta, including fishing grounds that feed the last American-Indian villages in three parishes. It is a bitter blow for the tribes of south Louisiana who charge that drilling has already destroyed their swamps and that oil and land companies illegally grabbed vast areas.

"Once the oil gets in the marshes, it's all over, that's where your shrimp spawn," said Billiot, a wiry fisherman with tough hands, his fingernails caked with bayou dirt.

"Then we're in trouble," he said in a heavy French-Indian accent.

In the month since an offshore drilling platform exploded, killing 11 workers, BP PLC has struggled to stop the leak from a blown-out underwater well. Over the weekend, engineers finally succeeded in using a stopper-and-tube combination to siphon some of the gushing oil into a tanker.

In Pointe-Au-Chien, 60-year-old Sydney Verdin felt a tingle of vengeful satisfaction at BP PLC's misfortune over the oil spill.

"I'm happy for the oil spill. Now the oil companies are paying for it the same way we've had to pay for it," said Verdin, disabled by a stroke, as he sat in his living room and watched his grandchildren play.

Even before the leak, oil's influence on the south Louisiana landscape was unmistakable. Signs warning about underground pipelines are everywhere. So are plastic poles in canals to show the pipelines' location. Out in the marsh, oil and gas facilities are often the only lights visible at night.

Since the 1930s, oil and natural gas companies dug about 10,000 miles of canals, straight as Arizona highways, through the oak and cypress forests, black mangroves, bird rushes and golden marshes. If lined up in a row, the canals would stretch nearly halfway around the world.

They funneled salt water into the marshes, killing trees and grass and hastening erosion. Some scientists say drilling caused half of Louisiana's land loss, or about 1,000 square miles.

"If you see pictures from the sky, how many haphazard cuts were made in the land, it blows your mind," said Patty Ferguson, a member of the Pointe-Au-Chien tribe. "We weren't just fishermen. We raised crops, we had wells. We can't anymore because of the salt water intrusion."

As companies intensified their search for petroleum in the 20th century, communities where the Choctaw, Chitimacha, Houma, Attakapas and Biloxi tribes married Europeans in the 1800s have seen their way of life disappear.

"This is not a two-week story, but a hundred-year story," said Michael Dardar, historian with the United Houma Nation tribe. "Coastal erosion, land loss and more vulnerability to hurricanes and flooding all trace back to this century of unchecked economic development."

Oil companies have long argued that their drilling in south Louisiana consistently was approved by federal and state agencies and did not violate the law. Most attempts to get oil companies to fill in the canals have failed in court. Land claims have proven hard to win because south Louisiana's American Indians have not won recognition as sovereign tribes by the federal government.

The damage didn't end with the canals. U.S. Geological Survey scientists say sucking so much oil and gas out of the ground likely caused the land in many places to sink by half an inch a year. In boom days in the 1970s, Louisiana's coastal wells pumped 360 million barrels a year, an eighth of what Saudi Arabia ships to the market today.

Oil wells also discharged about a billion gallons daily of brine, thick with naturally occurring chemicals like chlorides, calcium and magnesium, as well as acids used in drilling.

To many Indians, oil has meant an unmitigated disaster.

"They never done nothing for me," Billiot said.

Pointing across canals and open water at the village's edge, he said: "You see where all that water is: It was all hard ground. You could walk from here all the way out there. They started making cuts, the water come in. It didn't take too many days to make a canal. A big machine and they're done. One little stream of water here, after so many years it eat up, and that's why everything is wide open right now."

In addition, American Indians say land and oil companies seized swamps that rightfully belonged to them. They've sued unsuccessfully to regain vast areas now owned by large landholding and energy companies.

Joel Waltzer, a New Orleans lawyer who's worked on an aboriginal land claims lawsuit for the Pointe-Au-Chien tribe, said Indian tribes were so isolated they missed the opportunity to claim ownership of swamplands after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

"They were not English speaking; they were completely illiterate and they had no means to make it to New Orleans and make their claim," Waltzer said.

Much of south Louisiana was claimed by the federal government and sold off at 19th-century auctions to land companies. By the 1900s, oil companies bought much of the land in south Louisiana. Allegations abound among Indians that oil companies hoodwinked them into selling even the small bits of land they owned.

"They take the land. That was years ago," said Ranzel Billiot, a 30-year-old shrimper and one of Emary Billiot's cousins. "A lot of the older people they took the land from didn't know how to read or write."

About 40 years ago, Verdin, the 60-year-old from Pointe-Au-Chien, his father and a cousin took shotguns and stood in the way of a Louisiana Land and Exploration Co. marsh buggy crew digging a trench that was about to go through a nearby Indian burial ground.

"We said: If you go one more step, you'll risk your life," he recalled. "They didn't go through the burial ground. I can't think of one Indian who ever made any money from oil."

BP wants to transport Canada's dirty tar sands oil to Texas
By Texas Sierra Club - May 18, 2010

Big oil companies including BP want to build a pipeline to transport foreign tar sands oil from Canada to our Texas refineries. Watch the latest news story from KBTV Fox 4 in Beaumont.

If approved, this tar sands pipeline wouldthreaten our air and water in Texas: 1) The proposed pipeline threatens land, water and wildlife along the 1,380 miles it travels through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. The pipeline will cross 554 acres of wetlands and 91 streams that support recreational or commercial fisheries; 32 of those streams are in Texas!
2) Since January 1, 2009, roughly 253,000 gallons of crude oil have been spilled across the state in five separate events reported to the National Response Center. Can we trust the big oil companies who claim that the tar sands pipeline won't also break?
3) Refining tar sands oil produces 3x the carbon emissions as convention oil and will further pollute our air in Southeast Texas.
Why should we put our Texas airand water at risk in order to transport and refine Canada's dirty oil?

We still have a chance to stop this bad idea before it's too late. The big oil companies have to get a waiver from the U.S. State Department in order to import foreign oil. Take action today and stand up for clean Texas air and water!
1) Submit an official public comment to the State Department and make your voice heard.
2) Join the Texans Against Tar Sands facebook group and volunteer. Also, there are public hearings this week in Beaumont, Liberty, Livingston and Tyler. Please tell your friends in East Texas to attend these important hearings.
Monday, May 17, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall #817
3430 W. Cardinal Drive
Beaumont, TX 77705 LIBERTY
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
VFW Hall
1520 N Main St.
Liberty, TX 77575
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Livingston Junior High School
1801 Highway 59 Loop N
Livingston, TX 77351
Thursday, May 20, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
3310 Troup Hwy
SE Loop 323 & Hwy 110 North
Tyler, TX 75701
For more information, read the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
As we've watched the Gulf Coast clean up from the massive BP oil disaster, besides BP picking up its own PR mission to improve its image, we've also noticed another disturbing PR campaign: the coal industry and the tar sands industry are both starting to use this disaster to tout the supposed "cleanliness" of their respective energy sources.
There are more and more "clean" coal ads appearing alongside oil cleanup articles, and the tar sands (also known as oil sands) industry has already made the outrageous claim that they are "safer" than offshore drilling. One executive said "that while there can be failures with conventional oil and oil sands projects, 'the damage would be much smaller and more modest' than with offshore spills.'"
This could not be farther from the truth, of course. One could compare the tar sands industry in Canada to a massive and permanent oil spill on land. When the tar sands industry destroys the environment from the get-go, who needs a spill?
Here's a fact for you: The Canadian tar sands operations are intending to expand to the size of Florida (and have already destroyed 200 square miles).
The mining and production of oil from tar sands creates three times the carbon emissions as that of conventional oil. As if its global warming pollution were not bad enough, tar sands mining also results in the destruction of the Canadian boreal forest, a vital carbon reservoir for 11% of the world's carbon and a global nesting ground for 166 million birds. In other words, not only does tar sands development create vast quantities of new carbon emissions, it destroys the Earth's natural ability to capture carbon through the forest.
And think BP's bad behavior only crops up in oil? Think again - BP is actively involved in the tar sands industry and has recently been cited for cutting corners on a tar sands project that would have impacted the drinking water for the eight million people residing in the Chicago area.
In October, BP was caught trying to under-count the pollution that would result from a proposed expansion of its BP Whiting refinery in order to process tar sands. The tar sands expansion would increase the refinery's discharges of ammonia into Lake Michigan by 54 percent and its discharges of suspended solids - the byproducts of making gasoline - by 35 percent. Surely the people of Chicago would thank BP for adding "byproducts of making gasoline" to their drinking water.
If that incident doesn't scare you, one of BP's tar sands operations, ironically named Sunrise, is situated above Canada's biggest freshwater aquifer. Rick Boucher, vice-president of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region One, fears that "It's just a matter of time before an accident causes injury or death, and pollution of this massive underground freshwater system."
Instead of taking every precaution to protect this water resource, last month BP's management successfully beat down "a resolution that would have required the company to report on the environmental, financial and reputational risks of developing Canadian tar sands projects." The tar sands have been called "the greatest environmental crime in history," yet BP is steadily increasing their involvement.
This BP oil disaster should be a turning point in our energy policy here in the U.S. We should not keep relying on dirty energy sources like coal, oil and tar sands. We have available technologies such as electric vehicles, solar and wind power which would allow us to get off oil. It's time to make the switch.
There is no room in America's future for coal, oil and tar sands - don't let the BP oil disaster help chain our country to more dirty energy.
Watch this video, and spread the truth about tar sands to your friends.
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MONSANTO planting false hopes with patented seeds

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"Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people."
Henry Kissinger

Altering the Food Supply: Reason Enough to Hang Our World Leaders >> Four Winds 10 -


Clarence Thomas
From the years 1976 - 1979, Thomas worked as an attorney for Monsanto. Thomas apparently does not see this as a conflict of interest and has not recused himself.
Fox, meet henhouse.


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S 510 is hissing in the grass « Food Freedom

By Steve Green

S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.

Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create — without judicial review — if it passes. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.


In the 1990s, Bill Clinton introduced HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points) purportedly to deal with contamination in the meat industry. Clinton’s HACCP delighted the offending corporate (World Trade Organization “WTO”) meat packers since it allowed them to inspect themselves, eliminated thousands of local food processors (with no history of contamination), and centralized meat into their control. Monsanto promoted HACCP.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton, urged a powerful centralized food safety agency as part of her campaign for president. Her advisor was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson Marsteller*, a giant PR firm representing Monsanto. Clinton lost, but Clinton friends such as Rosa DeLauro, whose husband’s firm lists Monsanto as a progressive client and globalization as an area of expertise, introduced early versions of S 510.

S 510 fails on moral, social, economic, political, constitutional, and human survival grounds.

1. It puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event of contamination or an ill-defined emergency. It resembles theKissinger Plan.

2. It would end US sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the WTO, thus threatening national security. It would end the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994, which put US sovereignty and US law under perfect protection. Instead, S 510 says:


Nothing in this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the United States is a party.

3. It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce (even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the United States.” Since under that law, the US is a corporate entity and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced anywhere within the land mass of this country and “entering into” it by virtue of being produced.

4. It imposes Codex Alimentarius on the US, a global system of control over food. It allows the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the WTO to take control of every food on earth and remove access to natural food supplements. Its bizarre history and its expected impact in limiting access to adequate nutrition (while mandating GM food, GM animals, pesticides, hormones, irradiation of food, etc.) threatens all safe and organic foodand health itself, since the world knows now it needs vitamins to survive, not just to treat illnesses.

5. It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security. See Seeds – How to criminalize them, for more details.

6. It includes NAIS, an animal traceability program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising animals. The UN is participating through the WHO, FAO, WTO, and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of disease. Biodiversity in farm animals is being wiped out tosubstitute genetically engineered animals on which corporations hold patents. Animal diseases can be falsely declared. S 510 includes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite its corrupt involvement in the H1N1 scandal, which is now said to have been concocted by the corporations.

7. It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – put it in corporate hands and worsen food safety.

8. It deconstructs what is left of the American economy. It takes agriculture and food, which are the cornerstone of all economies, out of the hands of the citizenry, and puts them under the total control of multinational corporations influencing the UN, WHO, FAO and WTO, with HHS, and CDC, acting as agents, with Homeland Security as the enforcer. The chance to rebuild the economy based on farming, ranching, gardens, food production, natural health, and all the jobs, tools and connected occupations would be eliminated.

9. It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs. This would industrialize every farm in the US, eliminate local organic farming, greatly increase global warming from increased use of oil-based products and long-distance delivery of foods, and make food even more unsafe. The five items listed — the Five Pillars of Food Safety — are precisely the items in the food supply which are the primary source of its danger.

10. It uses food crimes as the entry into police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the regulations to be imposed; postpones defining crimes to be punished, postpones defining penalties to be applied. It removes fundamental constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and penalties, and without judicial review. It is (similar to C-6 in Canada) the end of Rule of Lawin the US.

For further information, watch these videos:

Food Laws – Forcing people to globalize

State Imposed Violence … to snatch resources of ordinary people

Corporate Rule

Reclaiming Economies

Oak snake image at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Florida

Ed. Note: Those wanting a legal vs. lay analysis of this bill may appreciate this piece written by lawyers at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund: Food Safety: The Worst of Both Bills (HR 2749 and S 510).

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A Monsanto official told the New York Times that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products.

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."


FDA: You have no natural right to food, health, or private contracts


Firefly (Lilia Adecer Cajilog)
Tawo Seed Carrier
POB 1456
South Pasadena, CA 91031

From: GMWatch
Subject: GMW: Planting false hopes with patented seeds
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010, 9:55 AM

Planting false hopes with patented seeds
Francis Thicke, Democratic candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture

Is it surprising corporations that sell genetically modified (GM) seeds are telling us they can save Africa with their patented seeds ("Biotech in Africa: High Hopes and High Stakes," May 9)? In the United States, one corporation, Monsanto, owns the genes of more than 90 percent of soybean and 80 percent of corn seeds. That monopoly power in the seed market is causing sources of non-GM seeds to dry up. Already, some Iowa farmers are having difficulty finding non-GM seeds.

Now Monsanto is telling us with a straight face that it wants to give its patented GM seeds to African farmers, royalty free. That is reminiscent of the Nestle ploy of the 1970s, offering free breast-milk substitute to Third World mothers until their breast milk dried up, making the mothers dependent on Nestle.

A recent United Nations study came to conclusions strikingly different from Monsanto. In an analysis of 144 projects in 24 African countries, the study found that when limited-resource farmers adopted organic methods that took advantage of locally available technologies and resources, they were able to double their yields, improve soil fertility and increase drought resistance, without having to purchase expensive pesticides, fertilizers and GM seeds, which they could not afford anyway.


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Teresa Anahuy

Subject: Official Invite: Michigan Indian Family Olympics
Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 08:29:21 -0400



May 18th, 2010

Aanii Activity/Team Coordinator,

I would like to officially invite you to participate in the 23rd Annual Michigan Indian Family Olympics. The 2010 Games will take place on Friday, July 30th on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt Pleasant, MI at the Bennett Track and Field. Registration/check-in will start at 7 a.m. This year the opening ceremonies will again start at approximately 9:00 a.m. PLEASE NOTE: The Registration fee will be increased to $7 per person at this year’s games (Ages 5 – 54 only).

For this year’s event, you again will be able topre–register your team online at If you are the team leader for your tribe, we strongly encourage you to pre-registeryour team via the website. This will allow us to receive the information that we need to create wrist bands for the participants on your team. On event day, we will have packets with the wristbands organized alphabetically, so you can easily distribute them to your participants.Registration will open on Monday, June 1st and close on Wednesday, July 28th.

Attached please find the registration forms and a tentative event schedule. I encourage you to make copies of these documents and distribute them to as many potential participants as possible (Ex: schools, organizations and various departments that we are not able to reach). Participants should send you their registration forms and then you can pre-register them on our website. As always,please do not send us money or registration forms this year.

Again, this year will not be able to provide an event participation t-shirt. However, we are going to provide a hard, plastic BPA free water bottle to the first 600 registered participants. We encourage you to come in your own team shirt that represents your tribe. If you will be creating a t-shirt for your tribe, please email me the color that they will be wearing. Note: Our event staff t-shirts will a bright orange color so that staff can be easily identified.

Like last year’s games, we will be asking other tribes to lead and operate one of the events/areas. The assistance and volunteerism last year was tremendous! Each tribe excelled in coordinating their specific position and it made for a very smoothly ran day. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. We will have more information to come. Please contact me as soon as possible to let me know if any specific areas are of interest to you.

As in years past, we encourage you to bring a tribal banner or flag from your tribe/organization for opening ceremonies and to display throughout the day. We have a limited number of tents that may be used to help provide shade. Therefore, we encourage you to bring a tent of your own for the members of your community. Lunch will be served around 11:45. We also encourage you to bring your own snacks and to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Each year we hope to make this an enjoyable experience where many memories can be made once again. We look forward to your participation in this wonderful event to promote health, fun and fitness throughout the Native American communities in the State of Michigan!

For more information, please contact me at (989) 775-4694 or by email


Jaden Harman

MIFO Event Coordinator

Nimkee Memorial Fitness Center


Can you help this person?
from the Eagle Watch

a forwarded request since we can't answer their enquiry.

Would you be able to help this person find who they are looking for??

looking for email of Henry Lickers
From: "Aliss"
Date: Sun, May 16, 2010 4:58 pm
To: "'Mrs. Stanley'"

Dear Kittoh,

Greetings from a member of the International Institute of Concern for Public

We would like to contact Henry Lickers of Akwesasne to ask for his
assistance on a Grand River water quality issue.


From: Mrs. Stanley []
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:18 PM
Subject: [eaglewatch] fwd: Radioactive Steam Generator Shipments Put the
Great Lakes and Global Consumer Products at Risk

from the Eagle Watch #45

Though I smile to see many recognizable signatures on the list of
individuals and groups, it seems there could be far more. You can contact
the contact people named below to add your name. It isn't too late.
Hopefully, our outcry will nip this, yet another mad plan, to ship nuclear
waste across the pond and then put it into consumer products in the bud.


Radioactive Steam Generator Shipments Put the Great Lakes and Global
Consumer Products at Risk
Date: Wed, May 12, 2010 6:01 pm
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
From: "Aliss"
To: "'Mrs. Stanley'"
Subject: apologies, email sent before finished, would like to contact Henry Lickers
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 18:13:36 -0400

Dear Kittoh,
My apologies. I was writing an email in progress and instead of saving in Draft, it got sent to you unfinished without explanation or signature.

My name is Aliss Terpstra and I am one of the board members of International Institute of Concern for Public Health. Willi Nolan is also one of our members. We get your Eagle Watch letters. They provide us with a bigger and more inclusive picture, thank you for writing them. We mostly work on radioactive waste pollution prevention. Dr. Rosalie Bertell’s message is always “do not harm the seeds.” But we also work on protecting water for the future.

I am looking for a correct email address of Henry Lickers, the biologist who is an expert on fluoride pollution on Cornwall Island. The one I have is not going

Brantford, the birthplace of water fluoridation in Canada back in 1945, may be planning to stop the practice, due in part to the problems of fluoride pollution in the Grand River downstream of the towns that add this toxic waste to their drinking water. I know that Henry was born and raised in the Grand River Valley south of Brantford, and I wanted to contact him to ask if any of his relations or friends would be speaking at this Brantford council meeting next Tuesday May 25, so that we may lend our support.

Aliss Terpstra Toronto

Who has a duty of care to the fluoride-poisoned consumer?

Drill baby drill, became Spill baby spill, then burn baby burn became, kill baby kill as all the sea life and the economy of the gulf dies.

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