Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Issues & News From STSSA Friends & Family 12/15/2010

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There are still some "angels" on the tree! It's not too late to choose an angel and help brighten someone's Christmas holiday. The Angel Tree is located just inside the main entrance at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex just south of Tahlequah.

Even though it's several months away, it is time to apply if you want to be considered for next year's "Remember The Removal" bike ride. This thousand-mile bike ride covers much of the historic "Trail of Tears" and commemorates those who were forced to make the journey. Read more about it here.

The Cherokee Nation College Resources department has information on funding for college-bound students, including scholarship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate level programs. You can download scholarship information here: Scholarship Opportunities

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***Cherokee Nation News***
Sequoyah Basketball Season Opens This Week : 12/3/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Colder weather can only mean one thing for basketball fans: ‘Tis the season to shoot hoops. That is just what the basketball teams at Sequoyah Schools are ready to do, shoot hoops, dribble, pass and do what it takes to win basketball games.

Cherokee Nation Offering Free Flu Vaccinations: 12/3/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation will again be offering flu shots at no cost to members of the community of all ages on Monday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Park Hill Baptist Church located on south Hwy. 82 in Tahlequah. The nasal flu mist will also be available to children under the age of 19 who are Native American and have a Certified Degree of Indian Blood card and are a Medicaid patient. Individuals do not need to be Native American to receive the flu shot.

Cherokee National Youth Choir Auditions to Be Held Jan. 4: 12/2/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir will be holding auditions by appointment on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Choir hopefuls must be Cherokee Nation citizens who will be students in 7th through 11th grades at the start of fall semester in 2011.

An Apple a Day Fosters Learning at Sequoyah: 12/2/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Apples, the red shiny fruit, have long been associated with teachers and education. Now Apples, the kind that process information, are going to become part of Sequoyah Schools’ daily education plan.

Cherokee Nation breaks ground on the John Ross Museum: 12/2/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation officials broke ground Thursday on the John Ross Museum, formerly Rural School 51, located at 22366 S. 530 Rd, in Park Hill, Ok. The ground breaking ceremony was led by Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Chad Smith, tribal and community leaders, elected officials, and invited guests. Originally completed in 1913, Rural School 51 served Cherokee and non-Cherokee students. The school facility remained open through the 1950s.

Bridge Repair Provides Safer Travel for Students, Other Area Residents: 12/2/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation has helped make another roadway safer for Oklahoma motorists. A heavily traveled bridge that had been in use for over three quarters of a century on Old Highway 17 next to Marble City School has been replaced with a brand new two lane bridge. The crumbling bridge, built in 1934, had seen a great deal of traffic because it was the principal route from nearby Sallisaw and Marble City to Tahlequah.

Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah City Hospital Partnering on Dialysis Center : 11/30/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Nearly 50 people braved the cold temperatures Tuesday as the Cherokee Nation and Tahlequah City Hospital broke ground on a new dialysis center in Sallisaw. The Renal and Hypertension Institute of Northeast Oklahoma is a partnership effort between the Cherokee Nation and the Tahlequah Hospital Foundation and will sit adjacent to the tribe’s Redbird Smith Health Center.

Cherokee Christmas Bazaar Offers Something for Everyone: 11/29/2010 9:47:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Shoppers can support the Cherokee small business community while getting their Christmas shopping out of the way early at the Cherokee Nation Christmas Bazaar Thursday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Tsa-La-Gi Community Room, located at the tribal complex in Tahlequah.

Cherokee Nation’s Entrepreneur Day Offers Students Learning Experience: 11/29/2010 8:30:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
With projects ranging from organic agricultural operations to a bakery catering to those in the gothic subculture, local students showcased their business acumen at Cherokee Nation’s Entrepreneurship Day. The event was held recently at Sequoyah Schools’ The Place Where They Play.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Approves Budget Increase: 11/29/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a budget increase in excess of $3.5 million during their monthly meeting held Monday evening in Tahlequah. More than $1.2 million of the increase in funds will be used for improvements in the Health Services Group, including funds for an additional $685,000 for capital improvements at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah and more than $520,000 for other health projects. The additional funds for the hospital expansion bring that project to a total capital budget of more than $7 million.

Sequoyah Schools Cheerleaders to Appear in Macy's Parade: 11/24/2010 3:28:00 PM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Sequoyah Schools cheerleading squad will be in the 84th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. You can view the national parade coverage on NBC (Channel 2/KJRH in Tulsa) starting at 9 a.m.

Cherokee Youth Choir to Give Holiday Concert in Wagoner: 11/22/2010 10:49:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee National Youth Choir will be regaling audiences with delightful holiday melodies from its Christmas songbook at the Wagoner Civic Center at 301 South Grant Ave. Tuesday, Dec. 7. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. This performance offers concert goers the unique cultural experience of hearing the choir’s performance of traditional Christmas carols in the Cherokee language. Admission is $2.

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Posted By: TjMaxx Henhawk
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights

Hundreds petition for native police unit

A petition calling for a special aboriginal police unit is gaining support in the North End.

Rodney Hunt, chief of the Saskatchewan River First Nation Inc., started the petition after three people were randomly shot in a 45-minute span in the North End Oct. 23. Two of the victims died.

"People are scared to go out because there's been no solution to it, and a lot of people are afraid of non-native police," said Hunt, who lives on Boyd Avenue. Beyond being afraid of crime, they're frightened of police, too, he added.

He said he and about five other people are combing the North End and circulating a petition for a special aboriginal police unit. They're finding neighbourhoods desperate for action but silenced by suspicion about talking to city police officers, who've beefed up their presence since the shootings.

Frustration is almost palpable on some North End streets, Hunt said.

Solving the shooting is proving elusive. Police said last week there have been no arrests and no updates to report.

In the first 48 hours after they started circulating the petition for an aboriginal police unit, some 600 signed it, Hunt said. Since then, about 100 more have added their names.

"People want that aboriginal police unit. It has to be a group from the area, who walk the beat and talk to people on a daily basis," Hunt said.

Police said Friday they were unaware of the petition, but issued a statement:

"The service respects diversity in all aspects of policing, both within our organization and in the community. Part of every officer's job is to develop relationships in whatever community they work in. Furthermore, these officers work in co-operation with individuals and community groups to come up with solutions to problems," said the statement on behalf of Winnipeg Police Service Supt. Dave Thorne.

"We share the desire to achieve neighbourhoods where families and individuals can feel safe. Limiting options for job opportunities within the service to any of our employees would be unfair and is not something that the service sees a benefit in doing."

-- Staff


Stolen artifact returned to Historical Society

This pre-1850 sheath, stolen from the Wisconsin Historical Society museum in the 1990s, was recovered last week after it was found at a museum in New York.Wisconsin Historical Society

A Native American artifact stolen in the 1990s by a disgraced Wisconsin Historical Society museum curator has wended its way back to the institution's collection, nurturing a faint but persistent hope that other stolen artifacts might follow.

The path to the recovery of the beaded, northern Plains knife sheath began in January, but the return of the sheath from an unnamed museum in New York was not announced until last week in an understated notice in a monthly society publication.

The sheath is the first to be returned of 116 — now 115 — items listed as still missing and stolen by David Wooley, a curator in the Native American ethnographic and archaeological collections who was convicted of stealing more than $100,000 worth of Native American artifacts. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2001, and the thefts took place during his employment as a curator at the museum in the 1990s.

"We have been told that it usually takes a decade for these things to start surfacing," said chief curator Paul Bourcier.

After Wooley was arrested, the museum recovered 32 missing items. The knife sheath is the 33rd, and the first since the arrest, said Bourcier.

In January, a dealer in artifacts from Montana called the museum to report he saw the sheath on the museum's website — which lists the stolen items and includes photographs of 12 of the items — and recognized it as "recalling distinctly this piece in a transaction that occurred several years ago in New Mexico," said Bourcier.

The dealer knew what happened to the sheath after that, and directed Bourcier to the website of a private New York museum, which had its Native American artifact collection images online.

"I looked at the two images on the screen and immediately knew that was it," he said.

Bourcier and staff traced the sheath, with help from the New York museum, which received it as a donation from someone who bought it from a person who bought it from a "known associate" of David Wooley.

"Once we heard the name of the person from whom the dealer got it in New Mexico, we said `oh yeah' and this was a name that came up during the investigation time and again," said Bourcier.

According to an appraisal, the recovered sheath is a pre-1850 example of a northern Plains artifact with "seed beads as well as pony (larger) beads, and demonstrates a direct trading market between the northern Plains and the Great Lakes." "Pony" beads are so-called because they were commonly used on horse gear arriving by pony trade with the first French fur trappers.

The sheath was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1963 by Mary Land of Newark, N.J.

Bourcier said no arrests were made in the recovery of the sheath, though Capitol Police assisted in the investigation. He declined to name the private museum involved, and said the sheath was returned to the collection, in storage.

One of the difficulties encountered in searching for the stolen artifacts is so few of them — a dozen — were photographed. The list, which is posted here, now includes 115 items.

"Photography was not a routine part of processing until a decade ago or so," said Bourcier. "Digitizing collections has made a huge difference," he said, noting a recent inventory was completed of the museum's entire "non-archeological collection of three-dimensional objects in Madison," a collection of 100,000 objects.

Wooley, described in 2001 by Dane County Circuit Judge Moria Krueger as a "major criminal," also was convicted of stealing an important artifact during his time as a curator for the tribal museum at Lac du Flambeau.



Massey Energy’s Don Blankenship Steps Down
Last April, as part of our campaign, we wrote a letter to the Department of Justicerequesting that it prosecute Massey Energy and its CEO Don Blankenship (a US Chamber of Commerce Board Member) for criminal activity related to the deaths of 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch mine and other Massey mines. Within days, Blankenship's lawyer (who also represents Karl Rove) was attempting to intimidate us-- he wanted us to stop saying that his client committed criminal acts.

Well, the DOJ did launch the criminal investigation and it is closing in on Blankenship, who has been called to testify before investigators on December 14th. And the good news is that on Friday, the arrogant and combative Blankenship who vowed to fight any regulation of his coal industry, suddenly announced his retirement. We believe that “retirement” is being too charitable—actually, Blankenship is getting squeezed from all sides, not the least from his own Massey Board. (Massey stock surged with the announcement along with talks of a merger).

So thank you for all of you for keeping the pressure on to oust this corporate criminal and polluter.


Sign On To Our Letter To Prosecute James O’Keefe, Andrew Breitbart and Hannah Giles Since last Monday, almost 1500 people have signed on to our letter to hold James O’Keefe, Andrew Breitbart and Hannah Giles accountable for the illegal wiretapping of ACORN. If you have not done so, you can sign on here. We will be hand delivering that letter and all the signatures to Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein next month right after he takes office. To learn more, go to

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To: Members in Protect Our Children • Preserve Our Culture

You can make a difference in the lives of Native children and families

Dear Friends of NICWA:

As Chief Justice of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA), Delores Cadiente embodies the commitment to perpetuating and preserving traditions to ensure that future generations inherit their rightful heritage as Tlingit and Haida people. Guided by the wisdom of her elders, Chief Justice Cadiente believes, "Our children, viewed as the seeds of our future, are traditionally treated with care, shown their place in the world, and taught how they relate to the clan system and community. They are given life lessons by both the mother’s and father’s family, and learn that they possess an identity that is based in their kinship.”

Chief Justice Cadiente and many others working to protect Alaska Native children face an uphill battle as Alaska Native children and youth are 6.5 times more likely than Caucasian children in Alaska to be removed from their homes and communities and placed in out-of-home care. The consequence of this trend is an overrepresentation of Native children, which make up 19% of the population but account for 62% of the children in Alaska’s child welfare system. In Juneau, where CCTHITA is headquartered, Alaska Native children make up 16.6% of Juneau’s population but 72% of the children in State custody are Alaska Native.

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is proud to stand with leaders like Chief Justice Cadiente who protect and preserve Native families using the strength of our Native culture to improve the lives of families, communities, and tribes. In order to address the overrepresentation of Native children in Alaska’s child welfare system, NICWA is working with CCTHITA and all the project partners of the Alaska Child Welfare Disproportionality Reduction Project to implement a four-year project to strengthen cultural competence and implement a family-centered approach, which promotes tribal participation in decision making and service delivery, enhances tribal resource family development, and prevents out-of-home placements whenever possible.

This type of change does not come easy and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight, but with the support of people like you and Chief Justice Cadiente we can continue our work in Alaska and throughout the country. You can be an integral part of our movement to protect American Indian and Alaska Native children by becoming a donor today.

We know times are tough for everyone in this economic recession, but we ask you to dig deep and give as generously as possible. Renew your commitment to improving the lives of Native children and families by making a charitable gift to NICWA. Your contribution, large or small, will go a long way in our efforts to make lasting change for our children today and generations to come.

I thank you for your ongoing support as NICWA Cause Member. If you have any questions or concerns, I invite you to contact Eddie Sherman, development manager, at your convenience at or (503) 222-4044 ext. 123.

With Warm Regards for the Holiday Season,

Terry L. Cross (Seneca Nation)
Executive Director

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This Dec. 18th in Phoenix, Puente will be hosting our traditional Posada Celebration with families suffering under Arizona's anti-immigrant attacks. The Soundstrike has committed to provide nearly 40 tons of food and gifts for children this year. And we need your help.

Both Zack and I have been greatly moved by the diverse support for migrant rights in Arizona. Your support is a key piece of getting us through this past year.

While 2010 was a challenging year, the upcoming year will be an even greater challenge. In both in Arizona and in Washington, the political power of anti-immigrant haters is now greater.

Imagine the choices facing pregnant mothers and gravely ill immigrants?

This December, many children in Arizona will not be with their parents due to unjust detentions, deportations and family separation. Many of these children are being cared for by friends, family and neighbors and live far below the poverty line.

We ask you to contribute to their holiday celebration.

Here are three simple ways to help:

1) Donate to the toy purchase online at

2) Get out your cell-phone & text "ARIZONA" to 50555 to donate $5 to help purchase toys, or

3) Donate a toy at one of our drop off locations. Visit for locations.

Please also forward this email to friends and family.
Thank you,
Zack De la Rocha and Sal Reza

from the Eagle Watch
December 8, 2010

we thought you might be interested in this link for maps.
all kinds of maps from topographical to political, from old maps to new interactive maps.
aboriginal, watersheds, climate change, international maps, nato, commonwealth, you name it they got a map for it.


See site for photos

Family, friends search for missing man, Timothy Scott Roundstone, 20, since Nov. 19th
By Zach Benoit - Nov. 27, 2010
.....Roundstone is described as Native American with dark hair and often wears black-rimmed glasses. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing baggy faded blue jeans with designs on the pockets, a black hooded sweatshirt, a blue and gray parka and a gray stocking cap......
Anyone with information about his whereabouts can contact the police at (406) 657-8200 or his parents, Chad and Linda Caldwell, at (406) 591-2150.
Police searching for missing Billings man, missing since Dec. 04th.
Dec. 07, 2010
.....According to a press release from Sgt. Jay Berry, 37-year-old Nathan Tobey Shike was last seen near St. Vincent Healthcare, 1233 N. 30th St., on Dec. 4.
Shike requires the use of a wheelchair. He is described as American Indian, 5 feet 8 inches, weighing 165 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on Shike is asked to call the Billings Police Department at (406) 657-8200.
Michelle GordonDecember 8, 2010 at 8:32pm

Subject:; Update - OH - Missing Horse - NetPosse Posted (USA- Midwest); Update - OH - Missing Horse - NetPosse Posted (USA- Midwest)
Missing Horse- NetPosse Posted (USA- Midwest)

Date: 2010-12-07, 9:34AM CST
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Posting my missing horse's NetPosse flyer in hopes that someone can help me locate him and bring him home to MN where he belongs. He was left for temporary care in Grove City OH then trailered without permission to other states and was last heard to be in Stuart, Iowa. When I returned for my horse he was not there and I was fed a cocknbull story, very frustrating. The person my horse was left with is a race horse trainer out of Iowa; I was working for this man and ponying his race horses and caring for his horses in OH and WV. Thought he was trust worthy but, actions show different.

Please please PLEASE any help is appreciated, I haven't seen my horse in over a year now and been trying to get him home since Spring. Pic posted is the last pic I ever got to take of my Jack, over at Bona Fortuna Farm in Long Lake area.;
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from the Eagle Watch #96
December 9, 2010

Here's some important information from anti nuker, Gordon Edwards. He's working very hard to help Indigenous protect the North from the ravages of uranium mining and the inevitable nuclear waste. This is psychological warfare. We need to help spread the word that the entire nuclear fuel cycle is bad news. The company in question here, Strateco is very arrogant in their intent to continue no matter what. Some more on the ground action must also be taken to prevent this pillage and plunder.

If you want to get all the nuclear updates from Edwards, send him an email to get on his list.

Ultimately, uranium and the nuclear fuel cycle is ALWAYS about nuclear weapons!!!

We also include some info about Strateco at the end as well as copious contact info for the Crees of Mistissini.


We welcome your feedback! Forward, post and consider printing for your cyberphobic friends and relatives.
The Eagle Watch Newsletter is sent to interested individuals, both Indigenous and nonNative, politicians especially the Canadian ones and an assortment of English language media.

From: Gordon Edwards <>
Subject: Gordon Edwards' Critique of the Matoush Uranium Exploration Project
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:14:04 -0500

To those who may be interested:

Here is a link to my critique (still incomplete)
of the Environmental Impact Statement
of a uranium exploration project in Northern
Quebec (in Cree Territory).

This document deals with some basic questions
that will be of interest to anyone who is engaged
in commenting on a uranium exploration or mining
project anywhere in the world.

Unfortunately it is a very large file (about 5 megs)
because of the size of a few pages. Sorry about that.

Gordon Edwards.

P.S. At the public hearing on November 23, 2010,
where this paper was presented in summary form,
the Chief of the Cree Nation of Mistissini declared
that 93 percent of the population is opposed to the
uranium exploration project and rejects that project
as incompatible with fundamental values of the Cree
way of life. Shortly thereafter, the Grand Council of
the Crees issued a statement in which they expressed
their full support for the position taken by the Cree
Nation of Mistissini against the project.

The company involved, Strateco, has said that it
will continue to explore with or without the approval
of the Crees, and with or without approval from the
Environmental Assessment Review Panels.


Notes and contact info

Contact us
Cree Nation of Mistissini
Isaac Shecapio Sr. Administration Building
187, Main Street, Mistissini
Quebec, G0W 1C0

Tel.:(418) 923-3461 Fax: (418) 923-3115

Mistissini Tourism Office
Tourism Coordinator:
Andrew Coon ext:237
Tourism Officer:
Titus Shecapio ext:228

John Longchap ext:203

Deputy Chief:
Kathleen J. Wootton ext:207

Corporate Secretary:
Nellie Petawabano ext:210

Chief’s Secretary:
Mina Mattawashish ext:327

Director General:
Thomas Neeposh ext:208

Director of Human Resources:
Edna Neeposh ext:217

Director of Municipal Services:
Robert Jimikin ext:224

Director of Community Development:
Richard Shecapio ext:227

Finance Department:
Marc-André Beaudoin ext:309

Band Treasurer:
Annie Cheechoo ext:313

Local Land Registrar:
Johnny Matoush ext:206

Local Environment Officer:
Hubert Petawabano ext:213

Coordinator of Cultural Affairs:
Tony Neeposh ext:328

Coordinator of Economic Development:
Donald Macleod ext:219

GIS Technician:
Johnny Matoush ext:206

Public Health Department :
secretary’s desk ext:215

Network Technician:
Dany Racette ext:232

Home of the largest fresh water lake in Quebec.

Lake Mistassini
(120 km in length and 32 km in width)

In the past, in documents and on maps, Mistissini was referred to as Mistassini or Baie du Poste by non-natives. However, the Crees have always named this community Mistissini and today Mistissini is the official name of the community. However, the Lake is still named Mistassini Lake because no official name change has been made yet. Also, one should know that there is a non-native community in the Lac-St-Jean region that is named Mistassini.

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Chibougamau: 90 km
Chicoutimi: 470 km
Montréal: 830 km
Québec: 635 km
Ottawa: 840 km
St-Félicien: 345 km
Sherbrooke: 980 km
Val-d'Or: 510 km

Signification: Grosse Roche
Population: 3467
Spoken Languages: Cree, english and french
Lake size: Length: 176 km width 40 km
Latitude: 50' 25" N
Longitude: 73' 53"
Altitude above sea level: 380 m
Type of forest: 1. Temperate (softwood) 2. subartic (taiga) North part of the lake

Strateco Resources | Map of Our Properties

The Company has a portfolio of five wholly-owned uranium mining properties located in Quebec, as well as interest and options in three other mining properties also located in Quebec. The province of Quebec is considered among the most favourable regions in the world for mine development. The Company’s properties total 1,068 claims covering an area of 56, 747 hectares (567 km2).

Strateco is focused on developing the Matoush project, made up of four uranium properties. With the exception of some projects in the Athabaska basin in Saskatchewan, the Matoush project, in the Otish Mountains of northern Quebec, can be considered one of the highest-grade uranium projects in the world.

Strateco Resources Inc.
1225 Gay-Lussac Street
Boucherville, Quebec, J4B 7K1 CANADA
Tel.: (450) 641-0775 Fax: (450) 641-1601
Toll Free: 1-866-774-7722
Posted By: TjMaxx Henhawk
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights

B.C. First Nations unite against pipeline

VANCOUVER (METRO/CP) - A group of 61 British Columbia First Nations vowed Thursday to stop oil from Alberta's controversial oil sands from going through the province to reach the international market place.

Dozens of First Nations groups gathered in Vancouver to launch a campaign against the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway Pipeline project proposed by Enbridge Inc.

Members of the group sang and drummed through the streets of downtown Vancouver to the Enbridge office to deliver a signed declaration stating their opposition.

Chief Dolly Abraham of the Taka Lake First Nations delivered a signed declaration to the Enbridge office after security at the building refused to allow the group to go up to the office.

Standing on the steps of the company's headquarters in Vancouver, Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik'uz First Nation said: "Enbridge, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for uniting us."

Signatories of the declaration say the twin pipelines that would run 1,170 kilometres from an oilsands hub near Edmonton to the B.C. port community of Kitimat would pose the risk of an oil spill either along the pipeline itself or from tanker traffic along the Pacific coast.


ACT TODAY to urge your Members of Congress to Stop the Medicare Therapy Cap

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Dear ConnieLee,

Stop the Medicare Therapy Cap!

Studies show that the quality of life for people with paralysis improves greatly with extensive physical therapy. However, since 1997 there have been payment caps on outpatient rehabilitation services under Medicare Part B. Under these caps, Medicare covers a set dollar amount for outpatient physical therapy and for occupational therapy services. After that amount has been reached, patients face the decision of going without care, paying out-of-pocket, or traveling to an outpatient hospital for continued care.

Congress has long recognized the harm that therapy caps would cause and has voted several times to keep the caps from going into effect.

In 2005, legislation included a one-year "fix" to the therapy caps that allowed CMS to grant an exception to patients, allowing them to receive additional therapy over the cap limit. Most recently, the Affordable Care Act (the health care reform bill) extended this "exceptions fix" through December 31, 2010.

Here's how you can help:

Unless Congress acts before the end of the year, the current therapy cap exception will expire on December 31, 2010 and the therapy caps will take effect on January 1, 2011. ACT TODAY to urge your Members of Congress to extend the Medicare outpatient therapy cap exceptions process beyond December 31, 2010.

Take action:

If you are reaching out by phone, you may use the following talking points.

My name is and I am calling as both a constituent and as an advocate for people living with spinal cord injury and paralysis. If Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, many individuals living with spinal cord injury and paralysis will be forced to choose between doing without care they need or paying 100 percent of the cost for outpatient rehabilitation therapy. I am counting on Representative / Senator to support legislation that extends the current Medicare outpatient therapy cap exceptions process beyond December 31, 2010.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Peter T. Wilderotter, President and CEOSincerely,

Peter T. Wilderotter, President and CEO

Peter T. Wilderotter
President and CEO
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation


Buffalo Field Campaign

Yellowstone Bison
Update from the Field
December 9, 2010

BFC is the only group working in the field every day
in defense of the last wild buffalo population in the U.S.

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* Update from the Field
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* Update from the Field

A buffalo's massive head and the hump that supports it enables them to "crater" through snow to get to the life-sustaining grass below. Where snow is less deep, buffalo use less energy and have greater chances for survival. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click here for larger image.

This winter is already shaping up to be a very challenging one for America's last wild population of buffalo. Eight buffalo have been killed by Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribal hunters in the past week, bringing the total killed in the hunt to ten. State and federal agents have conducted two more hazing operations inside Yellowstone National Park's northern boundary.

In Gardiner, three bull buffalo we had been watching had their world drastically changed when one of them was shot Saturday afternoon. Staying close to their comrade's remains, the other two bulls were extremely vulnerable, and the following morning, one of them was also killed. The last one, left all alone with the ravens, vacated the area to try to live another day and perhaps seek the company of other buffalo. It broke our hearts to see him in the solitude he did not choose, and we can only hope he succeeded in finding more companions.

Park wranglers haze buffalo inside Yellowstone National Park. These nine bulls, tails up in signs of agitation, never left the boundary. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click here for larger image.

While the hunt is underway in the relative highlands east of the Yellowstone River, down on the west side of the river, hazing operations are underway. Inside Yellowstone a group of nine bulls were hazed by four Yellowstone park wranglers on Saturday morning. They never even migrated outside of the Park. On Wednesday morning another group of three bullsthat had made it across the boundary were hazed back into Yellowstone by Park Service and MT Department of Livestock riders.

Near West Yellowstone, not far from the park boundary, buffalo have been killed in the hunt nearly every other day since Saturday. Three buffalo - a bull, a cow, and a yearling - were shot on Saturday. On Tuesday, BFC patrols confirmed two more cow buffalo killed, and yesterday one more buffalo was taken by a hunter. Blood-red, snow-white, and raven-black starkly contrast one another, painting the sorrowful portrait of the buffalo hunt.

The buffalo that have been killed in the hunt are a few of the very first to emerge from Yellowstone's high-elevation country. The buffalo that are first to migrate are important messengers and teachers for other herd members. These lead animals show the way, blazing the trail for others to follow. This migratory instinct should be protected, preserved, allowed to flourish, and to flow, if the footsteps of the buffalo are to carry their descendants into a healthy future.

A bull buffalo grazes the snow-covered vegetation just inside Yellowstone National Park. Wild buffalo must migrate to lower elevation habitat to survive the region's harsh winters. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click here for larger image.

Hunted, hazed, and with looming threats of capture and slaughter, governments continue to make decisions that damage the wild integrity of America's last wild buffalo, building a wall of bullets, traps, and domestication. Please speak out for wild buffalo. Fight for their right to roam their native lands and ensure their evolutionary potential as a wildlife species. Join BFC on the front lines and please apply endless pressure to decision-makers.

Roam Free!

* Report from BFC on December IBMP Meetings

BFC's Darrell Geist documents as MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks Pat Flowers discusses the ill-fated Royal Teton Ranch land scheme that wild bison advocates view as the "Coridoor to Nowhere." BFC file photo by Stephany. Click here for larger image.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, BFC and other buffalo advocates attended December's Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) meetings. Tuesday involved a tour of the Gardiner basin and the beautiful Yellowstone River. More than sixty people were in attendance, including a group of High School students from Bozeman, MT, who asked some really informed questions. While there were some question-and-answer opportunities that enabled us to raise critical issues and ask the hard questions (most of which the agencies avoided answering), the IBMP partners used their time with us to tout their success in treating America's last wild buffalo like livestock. We visited the Royal Teton Ranch "Corridor-to-Nowhere," a small area of land which a mere 25 buffalo will have temporary access to, but only after they are captured, tested for exposure (antibodies) to brucellosis, collared and tagged. Adult females will be violated with fittings of radio telemetry devices. The electric fencing and cattle guards put in place for this land scheme are going to adversely impact many of the area's wildlife like big horn sheep, elk, andpronghorn antelope. The tour took us to the haunting facility of the Stephens Creek buffalo trap, located within Yellowstone National Park, where thousands of wild buffalo have been trapped, tortured and shipped to slaughter. Park officials confirmed the observation made by BFC representatives that certain actions carried out at the trap - holding buffalo during calving season, for example - increase the risk of brucellosis transmission from buffalo to buffalo. Not a few buffalo advocates encouraged Yellowstone to tear the trap down. Later, we ventured onto Gallatin National Forest lands, east of Yellowstone, where buffalo are hunted. We then traveled north of the Park in view of the Corwin Springs buffalo quarantine facility. With imprisoned buffalo behind double-electric fencing as the background, USDA-APHIS employee, Becky Frey, raved about their efforts to domesticate wild Yellowstone buffalo. In this part of the buffalo's homelands there are less than 40-head of cattle in the entire basin, and one of the landowners likes buffalo, while the other is willing to get help to improve fencing. Nothing should stand in the buffalo's way.

Some of the IBMP partners, from left to right: Tom McDonald, Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribe; Christina Kracher, InterTribal Buffalo Council; Montana Dept. of Livestock Inspector Shane Grube (background); Mary Erickson, Gallatin National Forest; Marty Zaluski, Montana State Vet; Brian McCluskey, W.Reg.Dir. USDA-APHIS, Christian Mackay, Executive Officer Montana Board of Livestock. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click here for larger image.

The next day we attended an all-day indoor meeting. The tone and topics reflected everyone's expectations for large migrations this coming winter. Most of the representatives pondered the increase of hunting opportunities in order to avoid another season of large-scale capture and slaughter. Buffalo advocates - and even a few representatives at the decision-making table-- argued strongly that increased killing is not necessary, as there is plenty of available habitat and buffalo only need be allowed to access it. Representing livestock interests, Montana state vet, Marty Zaluski, urged IBMP partners to agree on a population cap in order to prevent wild buffalo from migrating even in extreme winters. Zaluski claimed that the IBMP has been conserving buffalo because they've not gone below the 2,100 population threshold, claiming that this low population preserves genetics. Zaluski's uneducated push for a wild bison population cap was passionately challenged by Yellowstone National Park's supervisory wildlife biologist, P.J. White, who reminded Dr. Zaluski that regardless of the population, a significant snowfall could find all buffalo migrating to lower elevations, just like other wildlife. P.J. championed the buffalo with his argument that the buffalo's ecological role on the landscape, in addition to their unique genetics, are in need of conservation. He reminded Zaluski that tens of thousands of buffalo once roamed this area. Scorned, Zaluski later went so far as to suggest birth control for wild buffalo in order to decrease the population!

In sum, the IBMP agencies went around and around and really got nowhere. They remain stuck in a management paradigm of their own creation and by their actions--and lack of actions--the buffalo remain stuck in the box that is Yellowstone. We did see some brief glimmers of hope for the buffalo from Tribal participants, and finally from Yellowstone and even a little from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. But as Nez Perce tribal representative Brooklyn Baptiste said, talk at the table is one thing and actions on the ground quite another. During the brief public comment period, wild buffalo advocates gave strong testimony for our shaggy friends, restating our collective opposition to wild buffalo being treated like livestock, and underscoring the possibilities for buffalo because the habitat is there and the buffalo only need be able to access it. Please contact the IBMP partners and your Members of Congressand urge them to implement habitat-based solutions for wild buffalo now!

* Holiday Gift Idea: 2011 Wild Bison Calendars

The holiday season is upon us and 2011 is less than a month away! BFC has a wide array of gift items that make it possible for you to do your holiday shopping and support wild buffalo at the same time. In addition to our beautiful 2011 Wild Bison Calendar featuring the photos of BFC supporters and volunteers, we have a range of merchandise items including Kleen Kanteen stainless steel water bottles, "Room to Roam" tee shirts, beautiful note cards, jewelry, DVD's, bumper stickers and more. Order today!

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* Last Words

"I'd be clear that [desire not to ship buffalo to slaughter has] been our position all along."

~ Brian McCluskey, Director, Veterinary Services, West Region Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the 12/8/10 IBMP meeting

"Actions show differently."

~ Brooklyn Baptiste, Nez Perce Tribe in direct response to above comment made by Brian McCluskey.


Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to Thank you all for the poems, songs and stories you have been sending; you'll see them here!

* By the Numbers

AMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.

2010-2011 Total: 10

2010-2011 Slaughter: 0
2010-2011 Hunt: 10
2010-2011 Quarantine: 0
2010-2011 Shot by Agents: 0
2010-2011 Highway Mortality: 0

2009-2010 Total: 7
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
Total Since 2000: 3,719*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortality

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CO-OP RADIO CANCELS THE MONDAY BROWNBAGGER PROGRAM - a message from Don Nordin, long time Co-op radio programmer

December 9, 2010:


(Please disseminate widely)

As a programmer of the Monday Brownbagger program and as the program’s founder, this is to notify the public, especially supporters of Co-op Radio in Vancouver, that the Monday Brownbagger has been cancelled. The decision was made by the programming committee and then passed on to the board of Co-op Radio. The board subsequently decided to cancel the program on a pretext that Kevin Kelso, Monday Brownbagger programmer, had violated on two separate occasions the programming policy of the radio station. This cancellation was done unilaterally, without an opportunity of any Monday Brownbagger member to challenge the cancellation in front of the board.

The cancellation of the Monday Brownbagger program follows a similar cancellation of the program Hidden From History, a program that focussed on the systematic atrocities against native children and native adults by the church, the state, the RCMP and the Vancouver police force. The cancellation of Hidden From History was also done in an unilateral manner with no recourse given to its programmer, Kevin Annett. These two cancellations have set a precedent by Co-op Radio for tyrannical actions against its programmers.

Kevin Annett and some members of the Monday Brownbagger collective are now involved in an ongoing campaign to expose the incestuous and illegal activities within Vancouver Co-op Radio as perpetrated by some of its staff and its board members. They will be submitting regular articles and reports to Vancouver’s Agora newspaper ( and other media.

These actions, in reality, spell the end of a co-operative radio station in Vancouver. In addition, the actions are also effectively eliminating programs that are critical of wrongdoings of Co-op Radio, but also wrongdoins of the state and its institutions of enforcement, law making, judicial rulings and criminal activity. This has been ongoing for some time now, even before these two incidents.

Co-op Radio is being attacked internally, consciously or otherwise, by people acting with the state and against the principles of a radio station supporting free, truthful speech. The programmers who are supportive of principle and free speech will not tolerate this state of affairs and will fight back in any way that is effective and possible. They will be withdrawing financial and other support from the station and urging supporters of Co-op Radio to join them in a principled stand.

Co-op Radio has taken a sharp turn away from the aims and principles of its founding members and does not deserve the support of the public anymore, as it has, in effect, become an enemy of the people.

- Don Nordin



Kevin Annett on Manchester Radio

Friends, Romans, Countrymen:

Anna Bragga, our publicist in London, has arranged a major guest shot for Kevin on Manchester Radio - details below, including a link enabling you to listen.. Should be fun.

Bill Annett

Hi all,

Log on here and click the ‘Listen’ button to tune in:

Tony Legend’s Sunday evening show will be a no-holds barred 50 minutes+ of one-to-one talk with Kevin where the truth will be revealed uncensored and unedited for the world to hear. (For more info see: ‘About Rev. Kevin Annett’ below.)

Tony calls himself a revolutionary act because he lets his guests "tell it like it is". Unlike FM radio stations, Manchester Radio Online is not regulated by Ofcom, yet it is set to have the biggest audience in the North West.

Tony is encouraging people to email or MSM him questions or comments about the show as it’s happening, which he will read out on air.


Anyone who wants to come on the show must let Tony know and he will try and give them the chance to come on air once Kevin’s slot has ended.

Following Kevin will be Jack Adams of Human Rights TV, who will be talking about war crimes, torture and the Geneva War Convention among other things.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

About Rev. Kevin Annett

Reverend Annett, fired and defrocked by the United Church of Canada 15 years
ago, has waged a singlehanded campaign for justice for indigenous people
following his revelations of what he terms “the Canadian genocide” perpetrated
by the three major church organizations in 141 “residential schools,” with the
complicity of the Canadian government for 140 years. A similar history of abuse
and atrocity has been experienced in the United States.

Annett's activity has been instrumental although unacknowledged in a tepid
Canadian government “apology” to the victims and survivors of the “schools.” He
has issued summonses, on behalf of the International Tribunal Into the Crimes of
Church and State (ITCCS) convening in London in 2011, addressed to Queen
Elizabeth and Pope Joseph Ratzinger. Last April he performed an exorcism rite in
St. Peter's Square, which was followed 12 hours later by a tornado – almost
unprecedented in that time and place – which devastated central Rome and the

Reverend Annett, a radio talk show host and unpaid skid row minister, has
written and produced the film, “Unrepentant," which won “Best Director” at the
New York Independent Film Festival in 2006, followed by the award in the
following year of “Best Foreign Film” at the Los Angeles Independent Film
, and in 2009 by “Best Feature Film” award at the Canadian Native Film
Festival in Edmonton.

Although he has lectured at universities from McGill to Berkeley and from the
University of Chicago to Boston College, and to humanist, native and community
groups in North America, he has met with far greater public and media
recognition and acceptance during his four European film and lecture tours in 16
cities in eight countries. His film has been translated into Italian, French and
German, in the latter case having been broadcast to millions of Central European
viewers, as well as on the BBC.

In North America by comparison, his work has been met with monumental media
indifference. While recent church abuse worldwide has attracted modest media
attention, an interviewer from “60-Minutes” explains the difference: “Whenever
we run any program involving Indians, our viewership falls to near-zero.” The
Irish child victims, by contrast, have white faces.


Anna Bragga
Conscience Communications
Public relations for people who care
00 44 (0) 78616 77343
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Melvin Martin: The importance of keeping Indian languages alive
Monday, November 22, 2010
Filed Under: Opinion

Just last Friday as I stood outside in the frigid south Minneapolis air, the elderly Caucasian woman approached me without the typical fear that most of her kinswomen display to one who is so visibly American Indian in appearance.
"Como estas, amigo?" ("How are you, friend?" in Spanish.)
To which I, in my limited Espanol, replied: "Lo siento, senora. Mi Espanol is muy pobre. Yo soy Indio Americano." Translation: "I am sorry, m'am. My Spanish is very poor. I'm American Indian."
The little old lady's face suddenly turned bright red with surprise, her rheumy eyes ablaze with the same exact display of insane curiosity by non-Indians at the mere mention of the term "American Indian" that has been directed towards me all my life.
"So, ya don't speak all that much Spanish? I thought ya were Mexican. Lots of 'em around here these days." She blurted out with an odd mixture of sadness and anger at the cruel vicissitudes of demographic change.
"What tribe ya from then?"
"I'm Santee Sioux on my father's side and Oglala Sioux on my mother's," I replied.
"Do ya speak Indian then?" One of the other questions regarding my Indian heritage that I am invariably asked by non-Indians overflowing with an attitude of extreme gratitude that they are finally in the presence of a real, live Indian!
"No, ma'am. My parents never taught us our language. Growing up in Los Angeles in the Sixties, we (to include my seven sisters and one brother) were told that we wouldn't need to speak Indian out there."
I could not bring myself to inform my inquisitive new acquaintance that the real reason that I could not speak Dakota or Lakota was because both of my parents (now deceased) had been brutally punished for speaking their language while attending various Indian boarding schools in South Dakota and Nebraska in the '40s.
My father's account of the sort of punishment meted out in those days for those unfortunate enough to get caught conversing in Dakota or other Indian languages (and he only disclosed this with me when he was pretty well liquored up):
"There were two offenses, son, that made the boarding school people really mad at us and that was wetting the bed and talking Indian. Not talking in Dakota was hard for me to do because I didn't speak any English until I was five years old, and that's when I was shipped off to boarding school for the first time. Every morning right after breakfast that was usually cold cornmeal mush with sour milk and giant worms or moths in it, they lined up all the bed wetters and anybody from the day before who was heard talking Indian and marched us all down to this old oak tree. Once there, we all had to take off our pants and underwear, us boys, and then we were hoisted up and over a tree branch with an old rope that was tied around both feet. There we were, hanging upside down and swinging in the air with our private parts showing for all the world to see."
"Then, this older white woman who said she used to be a nurse in the British army and who worked at the school as a dorm matron, would take out this horse whip that had been shortened to about four feet in length. There were nine leather tabs that had the old-fashioned thumb tacks stuck in them, the big brass ones, that were attached to this whip." (Note: I later found out that an instrument like this is known as a "Cat o' nine tails" and was used by the British Navy to flog sailors who had committed various offenses at sea.)
"This old English hag would then just proceed to slice our butts to hamburger with that whip. Until I was ten, I'd always pass out from the pain and some older boys would carry me back to the dormitory. I haven't spoken a word of Dakota since 1950, three years before you were born." My father died in 2003.
In researching this op-ed, I discovered that when the Civil War was at long last over, President Ulysses S. Grant moved to appoint delegations of so-called "Peace Commissioners" in an ill-fated effort to end the Indian conflicts in the American West. The conclusion reached by the commissioners was, in essence, that the "differences" of Indian languages was generating the entire "Indian problem," as follows:
"Now by educating the children of these tribes in the English language, these differences would have disappeared, and civilization would have followed at once...through sameness of language is produced sameness of sentiment and thought; customs and habits are molded and assimilated in the same way, and thus in process of time the differences producing trouble would have been gradually the difference of language today lies two-thirds of our trouble...schools should be established, which children should be required to attend; their barbarous dialect should be blotted out and the English language substituted."
It is all-too-apparent then that the U.S. federal government, in conjunction with assorted church entities, implemented a very active and aggressive policy of suppressing Indian languages that was in effect for at least 90 years or so. And this policy lies at the very heart of why I was never taught the Dakota language by my father (my mother was never physically abused for speaking Indian, although she was psychologically and emotionally terrorized at these schools as a preventive measure).
Are Indian languages dying out? Yes. Is a horrific history of government and church suppression of Indian language use a primary reason? Yes. And what I find particularly alarming is that only three Indian languages currently spoken in the U.S. are actually going to survive by 2050.
But it has been said that every cloud has a silver lining and for me personally, I take great joy and comfort in my recently acquired interest in learning the Dakota language (my father's forbidden tongue) in a wonderfully produced Dakota language primer (if you will) entitled "Taku Wadaka He?" ("What Do You See?") by Joanne Zacharias. Ms. Zacharias is a member of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota, and she has written this book "to serve as an aid for all of the children and adults who would like to learn the Dakota language, and as a creative way to share her knowledge of the Dakota people and language with others." Please refer to
The bottom line here: What was once lost has now been found. And my heartfelt thanks goes out to Joanne for giving of her talents and wisdom with her unique book - as it is indeed the Indian way of sharing, the Indian way of caring.
Melvin Martin is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. He can be reached at


Glen Cove construction work delayed


Controversial construction work at the Glen Cove Park scheduled to begin this year will be delayed until late spring or early summer, a city park district spokesman said.

The project, about a decade in the making, was most recently stalled over a dispute between city administration and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District, which manages the park. The city was seeking plan development fees from the district, much like other developers are asked. GVRD officials said they had not budgeted for the extra cost, and called the fee levy unfair since GVRD is improving the city's own land.

The Vallejo City Council approved a compromise last month that cut city fees in half.

GVRD General Manager Shane McAffee said it was determined in a park walk-through this week that development -- which will include new park facilities and removal of two aging structures, as well as the removal of invasive plant species -- should be done together next year.

McAffee said the district is limited by Solano County restrictions on grading land during the rainy season.

Some Native Americans oppose the park development because they say it will disturb an ancient burial ground. GVRD contends it plans only on returning the site to its natural state.


Vegas 'Peace DignityRespect' WalksDecember 12, 2010 at 3:49am
Subject: Support Longwalker Fred Short (American Indian Freedom of Religion Act)
Dear Friends of Fred Short,

We want you to know the “struggle” Fred and Connie Short have taken on for a cause much bigger than their personal life and security. The cause is to guarantee the American Indian Freedom of Religious Act of 1978 is not continually violated by the California Department of Corrections.

Presently, Fred was “forced” from his career position of American Indian Spiritual Advisor to inmates in the California State prisons, at the end of August 2010. Fred’s case is in the California State Appeals court; 4 hours of testimony has been taken and the judge complimented Fred’s honor. Currently, the Department of Corrections offered to clear Fred’s work file and offered a financial buy out. This is a clear tactic to silence Fred on these critical matters.

Fred is very clear this case must proceed to federal court because the State Department of Corrections is denying Indian inmates the rights to practice their religion the harassment of the American Indian Spiritual Advisors has been ongoing. The discrimination against Native American inmates has prevented them access to Native religious practices.

This “stand” on Fred’s part has left him without a source of income since the end of August, 2010. We have counseled, and understand $3000.00 must be gathered by January 1st, 2011 to allow Fred and Connie to proceed.

The community letter is to give you a chance to protect this “warriors” family while this case moves to Federal Court. This is an opportunity for your money to directly benefit someone you know who is a leader, doing the right thing.

So we ask you to consider writing a check directly to:

Fred Short

then mail it to Fred and Connie’s home at:

1004 Wellington Drive

Modesto, CA 95350

Please remember all donations must arrive before January 1st, 2011. Fred and Connie’s phone numbers are: 209-526-7210 or 209-352-6374. Feel free to call Fred and talk directly about the contents of this letter.

We want to give you further background/history/and context so you understand why Fred is pushing this case further even at this own expense.

Back in 1969, American Indian inmates at San Quentin organized to reach agreements with officials on the use of Indian medicine within the “walls”.

Following this pioneer effort, in 1975, the California Native Community signed a treaty with the Department of Corrections around American Indian religious medicine practices. Our friend Fred Short was one of the signers of this treaty.

Then, the historical 9 month walk of 500 nations across the United States to win the American Indian Freedom of Religious Act took place in 1978. Concurrently, the California American Indian 500 Mile Spiritual Marathon Relay was initiated as Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement could not leave California as the Federal government had sentenced him to 250 years in prison for standing up at Wounded Knee.

Today, 33 years later Fred is the 500 mile running team’s Spiritual Advisor. You might know Fred has a back broken in 4 places and has lived with this condition uncomplaining. He never used this back injury to miss work. This broken back has slowed Fred but he has never stopped serving the community. Yet, as an example of the unfairness of his supervisor, they said you can’t work because we have seen you lie down at work. Although, Fred said that is one way to relieve my back pain instead of sitting. Fred now has 37 years of clean and sober time. He does not take pills or medication. In court, the judge commended Fred for his willingness to handle his work life in such a manner.

The state’s position has been, we won’t pay unemployment or disability. Fred wants his state “badge” back so he can again reenter the prisons to work. The Department of Corrections wants to shut him out and silence his voice that sounds out the ceremonial rights.+

One more example of the daily harassment and discrimination - Fred had introduced a program to teach Indian languages – the recording tapes were not allowed. This is a direct violation of longstanding agreements allowing for the practice of Freedom of Religion Act and side agreements at the state level with the Department of Corrections.

So, I hope this letter helps us all reach an understanding that we must join Fred and the other spiritual advisors to go ahead with this suit against the Department of Corrections. I’m sure you can see Fred is putting ‘principle before personality’ - Fred does not want to retire, but serve.

Would you please pass this letter on to friends who care about the American Freedom of Religion Act; that it has to be protected and preserved.

Fred Short’s case speaks for all of the other California Indian Spiritual Advisors within the prison system.

If you care to speak to me about how you can further help, or help in a different way, you may call me at 650-941-4341 or email me at

Our sincere thanks,

John Malloy

Director of the California American Indian 500 Mile Spiritual Marathon Relay Team

The Meaning of Conservative Principles

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Tryouts for the nationally-known Cherokee Nation Youth Choir are being held the first week in January. To find out more about tryout opportunities and requirements you can read the entire story here:

The Cherokee Nation "Remember The Removal" bike ride won't happen for several months yet, but it is already time to be applying for selection to the team! Visit for an application, details on the ride and the requirements for participation.

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Deputy Principal Chief Joe Grayson Hospitalized: 12/12/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Deputy Chief Joe Grayson has been hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest earlier today. He is currently in stable condition and has spoken with his family and Principal Chief Chad Smith. The Grayson family appreciates the support they have received but requests no visitors at this time.

Deputy Principal Chief Joe Grayson Hospitalized: 12/12/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Deputy Chief Joe Grayson has been hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest Sunday morning. He is currently in stable condition and has spoken with his family and Principal Chief Chad Smith. The Grayson family appreciates the support they have received but request no visitors at this time.

Cherokee Nation Offers Free Training to Special Needs Children’s Caretakers: 12/10/2010 9:39:00 AM
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The Cherokee Nation is offering two free training workshops on Jan. 6-7, designed to help improve the quality of care given to children with special needs. The first workshop, “No, Not My Child,” is aimed at the parents, grandparents or guardians of developmentally challenged children, and the second workshop, “Teaching Children with Special Needs,” is directed toward teachers, school administrators, counselors and para-professionals.

Cherokee Nation EMS Instructor Receives National Honor: 12/10/2010 9:33:00 AM
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A Cherokee Nation employee was recently honored by a national EMS association. Mark Bighorse, training supervisor for Cherokee Nation EMS, was named the Instructor of the Year by the National Native American EMS Association during its annual conference in Nevada.

Students Selected for Cherokee Nation Youth Leadership Council: 12/9/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation has announced final selections for its 2011 Youth Leadership Council. The Cherokee Nation Youth Leadership Council is made up of high school students who are Cherokee citizens from the 14 counties in which the Cherokee Nation has jurisdiction. To meet eligibility requirements, council members must have clean disciplinary records with no history of substance abuse. They must also be dedicated students, maintaining a minimum 2.5 grade point average, and must demonstrate a genuine desire to learn how to be an effective leader.

Cherokee Rocks! All-Cherokee Band Being Formed by Cherokee Nation: 12/8/2010
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Cherokee Nation Entertainment (CNE) announced Tuesday they are accepting applications for aspiring musicians to play in an all-Cherokee band, effective now through Jan. 7, 2011. The Cherokee band review will happen in three phases with the application process currently underway at, followed by notification and auditions on Jan. 15 and 16, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Cherokee Rocks! All-Cherokee Band Being Formed by Cherokee Nation: 12/8/2010
(C) Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation Entertainment (CNE) announced Tuesday they are accepting applications through Jan. 7, 2011 for aspiring musicians to play in an all-Cherokee band. The Cherokee band review will happen in three phases with the application process currently underway at, followed by notification and auditions on Jan. 15 and 16, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Sequoyah Schools to Dismiss Early on Friday: 12/7/2010 9:14:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Students at Sequoyah Schools will be dismissed early on Friday, Dec. 10 so that faculty and staff can participate in Cherokee Nation’s annual Christmas event for employees.

Cherokee Nation Registration Assistance Schedule Announced: 12/7/2010 8:39:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation will offer assistance this winter with applications for Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) cards and citizenship in the Cherokee Nation at several field sites throughout the tribe’s 14-county area. The sites and schedule follow.

Cherokee Nation Floats Stand Out in Stilwell Christmas Parade: 12/7/2010 8:33:00 AM
(C) Cherokee Nation
Friday night’s Christmas parade in Stilwell featured a number of entries from various Cherokee Nation entities and several of those received special recognition. The Mayor’s Trophy, awarded to the best float in the parade, went to Cherokee Nation Industries, Inc.

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Aim Santa BarbaraDecember 13, 2010 at 11:02pm
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Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange (A statement from Michael Moore)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.

Furthermore, I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.

We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again.

So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top:

**Sen. Joe Lieberman says WikiLeaks "has violated the Espionage Act."

**The New Yorker's George Packer calls Assange "super-secretive, thin-skinned, [and] megalomaniacal."

**Sarah Palin claims he's "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands" whom we should pursue "with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders."

**Democrat Bob Beckel (Walter Mondale's 1984 campaign manager) said about Assange on Fox: "A dead man can't leak stuff ... there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch."

**Republican Mary Matalin says "he's a psychopath, a sociopath ... He's a terrorist."

**Rep. Peter A. King calls WikiLeaks a "terrorist organization."

And indeed they are! They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have brought ruin to our nation and to others. Perhaps the next war won't be so easy because the tables have been turned -- and now it's Big Brother who's being watched ... by us!

WikiLeaks deserves our thanks for shining a huge spotlight on all this. But some in the corporate-owned press have dismissed the importance of WikiLeaks ("they've released little that's new!") or have painted them as simple anarchists ("WikiLeaks just releases everything without any editorial control!"). WikiLeaks exists, in part, because the mainstream media has failed to live up to its responsibility. The corporate owners have decimated newsrooms, making it impossible for good journalists to do their job. There's no time or money anymore for investigative journalism. Simply put, investors don't want those stories exposed. They like their secrets kept ... as secrets.

I ask you to imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed 10 years ago. Take a look at this photo. That's Mr. Bush about to be handed a "secret" document on August 6th, 2001. Its heading read: "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US." And on those pages it said the FBI had discovered "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings." Mr. Bush decided to ignore it and went fishing for the next four weeks.

But if that document had been leaked, how would you or I have reacted? What would Congress or the FAA have done? Was there not a greater chance that someone, somewhere would have done something if all of us knew about bin Laden's impending attack using hijacked planes?

But back then only a few people had access to that document. Because the secret was kept, a flight school instructor in San Diego who noticed that two Saudi students took no interest in takeoffs or landings, did nothing. Had he read about the bin Laden threat in the paper, might he have called the FBI? (Please read this essay by former FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, Time's 2002 co-Person of the Year, about her belief that had WikiLeaks been around in 2001, 9/11 might have been prevented.)

Or what if the public in 2003 had been able to read "secret" memos from Dick Cheney as he pressured the CIA to give him the "facts" he wanted in order to build his false case for war? If a WikiLeaks had revealed at that time that there were, in fact, no weapons of mass destruction, do you think that the war would have been launched -- or rather, wouldn't there have been calls for Cheney's arrest?

Openness, transparency -- these are among the few weapons the citizenry has to protect itself from the powerful and the corrupt. What if within days of August 4th, 1964 -- after the Pentagon had made up the lie that our ship was attacked by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin -- there had been a WikiLeaks to tell the American people that the whole thing was made up? I guess 58,000 of our soldiers (and 2 million Vietnamese) might be alive today.

Instead, secrets killed them.

For those of you who think it's wrong to support Julian Assange because of the sexual assault allegations he's being held for, all I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. Please -- never, ever believe the "official story." And regardless of Assange's guilt or innocence (see the strange nature of the allegations here), this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself. I have joined with filmmakers Ken Loach and John Pilger and writer Jemima Khan in putting up the bail money -- and we hope the judge will accept this and grant his release today.

Might WikiLeaks cause some unintended harm to diplomatic negotiations and U.S. interests around the world? Perhaps. But that's the price you pay when you and your government take us into a war based on a lie. Your punishment for misbehaving is that someone has to turn on all the lights in the room so that we can see what you're up to. You simply can't be trusted. So every cable, every email you write is now fair game. Sorry, but you brought this upon yourself. No one can hide from the truth now. No one can plot the next Big Lie if they know that they might be exposed.

And that is the best thing that WikiLeaks has done. WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions. And any of you who join me in supporting them are committing a true act of patriotism. Period.

I stand today in absentia with Julian Assange in London and I ask the judge to grant him his release. I am willing to guarantee his return to court with the bail money I have wired to said court. I will not allow this injustice to continue unchallenged.

Michael Moore

P.S. You can read the statement I filed today in the London court here.

P.P.S. If you're reading this in London, please go support Julian Assange and WikiLeaks at a demonstration at 1 PM today, Tuesday the 14th, in front of the Westminster court.


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Posted By: TjMaxx Henhawk

To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights

Native group wants answers - woman dies from police custody

INDIAN BROOK — A native women’s association is calling for an independent review of the death of Victoria Paul, an Indian Brook woman left on the floor of a Truro police cell in a pool of urine in August 2009 while possibly having a stroke.

Paul, 44, died in a Halifax hospital about a week later.

"That’s beyond race. That goes to human rights and dignity," Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, said Monday at a news conference at Indian Brook, a First Nations community just outside Shubenacadie.

Maloney said her group is filing a freedom of information request to see the full report as well as videotape of Paul’s 10 hours in the Truro lockup on Aug. 28, 2009.

Halifax Regional Police compiled the report, which found that Truro police had followed proper procedures.

"While the executive summary gives us a better understanding of what happened to Victoria while she was in the lockup, we still have many unanswered questions," Maloney said.

"We need to see for ourselves what exactly happened to Victoria in the final hours."

Truro Police Chief David McNeil said Monday the full report is a confidential internal document that will not be released. He said the summary offered more information than police are required to make public, but they did so in a "spirit of openness."

"We wanted to hopefully bring some answers to some questions they may have had," the chief said.

He presented the summary on Dec. 3 to Victoria’s sister Kimber Paul and representatives of the native women’s association.

Maloney said that while the summary doesn’t answer all their questions, it does more fully fill in the blanks between the time Paul was arrested for public intoxication outside a Truro bar at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 28 of last year and when she was transported to hospital at about 1:30 p.m.

Paul was picked up along with her son Deveron Paul, who was detained in the cell next to hers. Police say she and her son were belligerent and fighting the arresting officers.

Maloney said evidence shows that Victoria Paul, while drunk, was walking and talking when booked at 3:15 a.m.

The abbreviated form of the report says video from the cell showed Paul dropping off to sleep not long after being detained. She sat up at 5:34 a.m. and a minute or so later seemed to fall back to sleep.

At about 6:30 a.m., she rolled off the bed and appeared to be in some discomfort, the report says.

At 8:21 a.m., Sgt. Lee Henderson and others moved Paul back onto the bed, then put her back on the floor.

Commissionaire Jim Skinner said he checked on Paul several times starting at about 6:30 a.m., tapping her foot with his search wand in an attempt to get a response. He said he looked in on her more often than required, which for impaired people is every 30 minutes.

The report says Skinner was so concerned about Paul’s state that he contacted supervisor Gerard White for advice on what to do. He was told that if she was grunting, she was fine.

At some point, her son also became concerned about her welfare and asked that something be done.

By 10:39 a.m., she was still on the floor and appeared to be in pain, the report says. Ambulance personnel were finally called and arrived at about 1:16 p.m. Paramedics found Paul lying face down in a pool of urine.

The report says that when Paul arrived at Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro, she was crying and moaning and pointing to her face. She was transferred the next day to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, where she died a week later on Sept. 5.

Maloney said the Paul family would like to know why police and other personnel took so long to call for medical help and why Paul was moved from the bed to the floor and then left there for so many hours.

She said the sequence of events needs to be studied by someone not affiliated with police.

"An independent review is the only way Victoria’s family can be sure that standards of care were met," Maloney said.

Kimber Paul said it was distressing to learn more details of her sister’s time in custody, but she wants the full story.

"I lost a sister, so it’s not so easy to look at," she said of the report.

The report recommends Truro police review a policy that says a booking officer cannot call for medical help. It also says the force should take another look at its injury assessment training.

Chief McNeil said his department has accepted both recommendations.


U.S. Government Accountability Office: U.S. Department of Justice Declinations of Indian Country Criminal Matters

GAO-11-167R Dec. 13, 2010
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reported that crime rates experienced by American Indians are two and a half times higher than those experienced by the general population in the United States. Specifically, from 1992 to 2001 American Indians experienced violent crimes at a rate of 101 violent crimes per 1,000 person annually, compared to the national rate of 41 per 1,000 persons. The federal government plays a major role in prosecuting crimes committed in Indian country. For example, unless a federal statute has granted the state jurisdiction, the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction to prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes against Indians in Indian country, while the federal government and tribal governments both have jurisdiction to prosecute Indian offenders who commit crimes in Indian country. Federal prosecution, however, carries with it the possibility of greater terms of imprisonment, as tribal courts are statutorily limited to a maximum of 3 years imprisonment per offense, regardless of the severity of the offense, for example, a homicide. Because of such jurisdictional and sentencing limitations, tribal communities rely on the federal government to investigate and prosecute a variety of crimes in Indian country. Members of Congress have raised questions over recent press reports that federal prosecutors have declined to prosecute a significant percentage of Indian country criminal investigations that have been referred to their offices, and Congress asked us to review this issue. This report addresses the following questions: 1) How many Indian country matters were referred to U.S. Attorneys' offices and what were the declination rates for those matters for fiscal years 2005 through 2009? 2) What are the reasons for the declinations as recorded in the Department of Justice's case management system?
In fiscal years 2005 through 2009, U.S. Attorney's Office (USAOs) resolved about 9,000 of the approximately 10,000 Indian country matters referred to their offices by filing for prosecution, declining to prosecute, or administratively closing the matter. USAOs declined to prosecute 50 percent of the 9,000 matters. In addition: (1) About 77 percent of the matters received were categorized as violent crimes, and 24 percent as nonviolent crimes. (2) Declination rates tended to be higher for violent crimes, which were declined 52 percent of the time, than for nonviolent crimes, which were declined 40 percent of the time. According to staff from the USAOs, the difference in declination rates may be related to the evidence that is generally available for each type of crime, because, generally, less evidence is available for violent crimes. (3) South Dakota and Arizona were the top two districts receiving Indian country matters, with 2,414 and 2,358 matters, respectively. (4) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) were the most prominent referring agencies, with 5,500 and 2,355 matters referred, respectively. Matters referred by the FBI were declined 46 percent of the time by the USAO, and matters from BIA 63 percent of the time. According to USAO, FBI, and BIA officials, this may be attributed to differences in the types of crimes investigated by the two agencies and the agencies' policies on which matters to refer to USAOs. (5) Two charge categories accounted for 55 percent of matters referred. There were 2,922 assault matters received (29 percent of the total), while the other leading charge was sexual abuse and related offenses, with 2,594 matters received (26 percent of the total). USAOs declined to prosecute 46 percent of assault matters and 67 percent of sexual abuse and related matters. The FBI and the BIA referred 79 percent of the Indian country matters to the USAOs. USAOs declined 63 percent of Indian country criminal matters referred by the BIA and 46 percent of Indian country criminal matters referred by the FBI. Representatives from USAOs, BIA, and FBI told us that this difference in declination rates may be the result of differences in agency protocols for referring matters to a USAO. For example, while FBI officials said that they may elect not to refer matters that they believe lack sufficient evidence for prosecution, BIA officials said that they refer all matters that they investigate to the USAO. Also, one agency may not have a presence in a certain area, leaving the other to make all of the referrals to the USAO. For example, the FBI does not have a presence on some tribal land in Arizona, and so criminal matters from that area are referred by the BIA. Furthermore, FBI officials noted that in many districts USAO guidelines assign primary responsibility for investigation of certain types of crimes to either the FBI or the BIA.
U.S. Department of Justice Declinations of Indian Country Criminal Matters
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In the spring of 2005, Lakota Spiritual Leader Jim Miller had a dream where he rode 330 miles on horseback.He eventually came to a river bank in Mankato Minnesota where he saw 38 of his own ancestors hanged. Jim soon discovered that he had dreamt of the largest mass hanging in United States history ordered by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. In December of 2008, Jim and many others retraced the route of his dream on horseback as a means of bringing healing and reconciliation to all. "DAKOTA 38" is a feature length documentary film by Smooth Feather Productions which tells the story of this 330 mile journey.
"Dakota 38" trailer page:


They ride to remember the 38 who were hanged
By Austin Kaus - Dec. 13, 2010
The snow fell and the wind blew, but the weather wasn't enough to halt a dozen horse riders focused on honoring men killed in the largest mass execution in American history.
"The weather doesn't stop us," said Peter Lengkeek, one of the riders and Crow Creek tribal council member.
Lengkeek and others started the sixth annual Dakota 38 Horse Ride in Fort Thompson on Saturday. The group traveled to a point eight miles east of Gann Valley on Saturday. Five riders rode to Woonsocket on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon, six riders from Sisseton joined the group......
Execution 150 Years Ago Spurs Calls for Pardon
By Robert K. Elder - Dec. 13, 2010
Mankato, Minnesota - On Dec. 26, 1862, thirty-eight doomed Dakota Indians wailed and danced atop the gallows, waiting for the trapdoors to drop beneath them. The square scaffold, built here to accommodate the largest mass execution in United States history, swayed under their weight......


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Social Engineering
Some interesting mainstream news; Toronto’s oldest public housing project is confirmed as a social experiment,
I remember growing up in Etobicoke at another public housing project in the 1960s. The Welcome to Etobicoke sign had a picture of an Indian head and it said “Ontario’s first planned community” and the date 1954. I always asked my father “who were the planners, dad” and he could never answer that question. Etobicoke was segregated in areas of social classs and being from the courts, it was the first division I noticed. In our housing project the people were mainly of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry, we were the “Indians”. Then we saw the first black people around 1966, followed by a myriad of other ethnic groups. When I reached middle school we were introduced to the people from the “rich” area and I saw how the class system worked firsthand.
We were from the “courts”, or the wrong side of the tracks as the saying goes. My first girlfriend in grade 6 was from the upscale neighborhood near James Gardens. Her name was Laura and I used to walk 2 miles to her house just to kiss her. Then one day she sent me a note in class saying “you’re dropped”, all because her dad had more money than mine. It was a hard lesson learned for me that day. I had been playing the guitar and singing since I was 4 years old and I always thought it was what I would do for a living. Other kids in the neighborhood started playing and forming bands when they were in their early teens and I quickly learned that if your parents did not have money it mattered not, how good you could play. After spending 5 years on the road singing in bars with different bands my new “manager” asked me how much money I could get to invest in the band? I told him he was getting us the money and it was usually under union scale. He was manager of another band “Platinum Blonde” and he told me their parents put $250,000.00 into the act and that is why they had a record. He said I should shop at Reitmans for women clothes to wear on stage, if I wanted to make it. I ended up quitting the business because it had nothing to do with the music, rather it was hurting the music by elevating mediocrity through money.
The Afghanistan-Canada connection started in the early 70s when high grade Afghanistan hashish was and still is flooding the streets of Toronto. When the Russians invaded Afghanistan in 1979 we all wondered about the hash but it never even slowed down. To this day the easiest place to get Afghanistan hashish in the world, is Toronto. Is this another factor in the war that is being overlooked? The social engineers that planned Etobicoke also planned the rest of Canada based on the lie of Hierarchy or more specifically Male hierarchy. Now we see where the plan is heading after the G20 martial law exercise that the planners were using to see how the police would react to turning against their own people, for the corporatocracy. The puppets(government) have just passed “Codex Alimentarius” legislation that totally puts the pharmaceutical cabal in charge of your life, they call this Bill C36. Many people have awoke to the jackboot on their heads physically in Toronto this summer, but the rest of Canadians will have a much more subtle boot up their ass with this globalist legislation.
There are two types of law; Law of the Sea and Law of the Land. Canada’s courts are all Admitalty, or Law of the Sea which is for Banks and corporations. We have been the guardians of Peace since it’s inception in the last(4th) sun. To follow Law of the Land you have to go to your Indians and join with us under the constitution of Peace, Kayanerakowa. This law is for all the spirit-people or real people “onkwehonwe” in Mohawk. The Admiralty courts only deal with artificial people or corporate identities. “The rise of the Fourth Reich” by Jim Marrs tells us how far the corporatocracy has advanced since WW2. Time to end the illusion once and for all, Canadians. Remove the masks and we will see the social engineers who planned Etobicoke. They are the same people Dylan sang about “Come you Masters of War, you that build the big guns. You that build the death planes, you that build all the bombs. You that hide behind walls, you that hide behind desks. I just want you to know I can see through your masks” Time to end the illusion
In the Great Law our immigration falls under wampum number 2
2. Roots have spread out from the Tree of the Great Peace, one to the north, one to the east, one to the south and one to the west. The name of these roots is The Great White Roots and their nature is Peace and Strength.
If any man or any nation outside the Five Nations shall obey the laws of the Great Peace and make known their disposition to the Chiefs of the Confederacy, they may trace the Roots to the Tree and if their minds are clean and they are obedient and promise to obey the wishes of the Confederate Council, they shall be welcomed to take shelter beneath the Tree of the Long Leaves.
We place at the top of the Tree of the Long Leaves an Eagle who is able to see afar. If he sees in the distance any evil approaching or any danger threatening he will at once warn the people of the Confederacy.
We are all spirit beings here so let us put our minds together as one and give great thanks for all the gifts of creation. Let us keep our minds on Unity of thought for it is the basis of the true power.
Unity, Strength, Peace,
thahoketoteh of Kanekota
Aim Santa BarbaraDecember 15, 2010 at 3:12pm
Subject: AIM International Conference in Nov 2010 : Video Highlights 2010
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AIM Women share strength and power at 42nd AIM Anniversary
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News;

SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Indian Movement's 42nd Anniversary continues today, Friday, at the Baha'i Center, beginning at noon, with a concert at 6 pmt:;

Here are some highlights from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday webcasts by Earthcycles. (Move the time bar, the tiny circle, forward to locate speakers on the videos.)

AIM Women's Leadership: Go to hour 1:54:30; Morning Star, Madona Thunderhawk, Yvonne Swan, Anne Begay and Corine Fairbanks:;

Wednesday evening: Aztec dancers, Clyde Bellecourt and the Native Youth Discussion:;

Clyde Bellecourt, AIM cofounder: Go to time: 1:27:00:;

Yvonne Swan, Colville, and Jean Whitehorse, Navajo:;

Indigenous Rights speaker Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Speakers on disenrollments at Robinson Rancheria. Go to hour: 1:00:00;

Protection of burial grounds, Shellmounds and other sacred places. Wounded Knee and Morning Star. Go to time: 17:00:;

Diabetes: Native speakers on diabetes and eating healthy, presenters with audience discussion. Go to time: 58:00:;

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When evil people call you evil, you know that you are a good person.
When lairs call you a liar, you know that you are truthful.
Know who you are and don't let others tell you who you are." - Dave Kitchen

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