Monday, July 29, 2013

Cherokee Nation Newsletter

Cherokee Nation Newsletters


Did you know that the Cherokee Nation is the largest Indian tribe in
the United States with more than 317,000 citizens? We are a provider
of health and human services, education, employment and housing
services, economic development, environmental protection and more.

The swearing-in ceremony for the nine recently-elected Cherokee Nation
Tribal Councilors will be at 2pm, August 14 at the "Place Where They
Play" on the Sequoyah School campus near Tahlequah.

Headed off to college? Have questions about education services in
general? Take a moment to visit the Education section
 of You'll find lots of information available about
college resources, directed studies, the immersion school, Sequoyah
Schools and more.

The Transit department is opening a new route from Tahlequah to
Catoosa (The Hard Rock). Click here
 for the details!

Cherokee Nation's Hastings Hospital is undertaking a new Baby-Friendly
hospital initiative. Baby-Friendly is part of a national certification
effort and includes improved educational programs for pregnant women,
new hospital policies to facilitate breast feeding, staff training and
providing designated areas in the hospital for women who are nursing
their children.

Have you ever googled in Cherokee? Did you know you could? Click here
 and give it a try!

Garvin wins District 4 run off
 – 07/28/2013

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council incumbent Don Garvin retains his seat
after winning the District 4 run-off race against challenger Mike

Cherokee Elder Care celebrates fifth anniversary
 – 07/26/2013

Cherokee Elder Care opened its doors five years ago, serving just two
elders with 20 employees, but has since grown to serving 123 elders by
56 dedicated employees and now working on a facility expansion.

Cherokee Fire Dancers deploy to Oregon
 – 07/25/2013

A dozen Cherokee Nation Fire Dancers were deployed Tuesday to Oregon
to help fight wildfires in Northern California.

Redbird Smith employees surprise 10-year-old paraplegic with hand
 – 07/25/2013

A 10-year-old Cherokee girl paralyzed in a car wreck nearly two years
ago got a great surprise Monday thanks to some caring employees from
Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw.

Cherokee Nation deeply disappointed at South Carolina Supreme
Court’s denial
 – 07/25/2013

Today the South Carolina Supreme Court denied petitions for rehearing
in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, filed by both the
Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown. Brown is an
Iraq combat veteran who has raised his daughter for more than a year
and a half inside the Cherokee Nation community of Nowata. Brown is
currently out of state at mandatory National Guard training.

Cherokee Nation Chief offers UKB compromise
 – 07/24/2013

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker today announced two
possible scenarios to avoid a long and complicated federal battle on
the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Corporation land into
trust application.

Deputy Chief Crittenden testifies before Congress
 – 07/23/2013

Cherokee Nation P.O. Box 948 Tahlequah, OK 74465

"When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. 
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

Straight Up

Straight Up

Rick Santorum Files for Divorce, Blames the Gays

Rick Santorum Files for Divorce, Blames the Gay

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Richard Cyr Passed in July 2013

Richard Cyr Passed in July 2013
Went home to his ancestors this July. Cancer got him. He was Ojibway- Anishinabe, from Canada and very irreverent. LOL But as a young man he took me under his wing. And got jobs for me singing at powwows. And I got paid very well, thanks to Richard. He was very well respected by many many Native Americans, and people from all races.
He was a beloved elder.
He had many many albums. This is one of his frequently played songs.
"When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane.
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

Monday, July 22, 2013



Cherokee Nation Newsletter


Please show your support for Cherokee citizen Dusten Brown to keep his
biological daughter, *#‎BabyVeronica,. If you are unfamiliar with
the case, there are two news releases in the bottom section of this
newsletter as well as several more in our news story archives on <>
. It's quite possible the South Carolina Supreme Court could order her
sent to SC next week, despite not holding a proper hearing on her best
interests. Sign the White House petition
 and share!

Each week the 61st annual Cherokee National Holiday grows closer! This
Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, we are expecting over 100,000 of
our family and friends to come to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to help us
celebrate! If you haven't already, please visit the Cherokee National
Holiday web page
 for information and entry forms for all the events going on during
the holiday! If you use Facebook, visit our Facebook page
 and like us!

We're down to the last few days of our school clothing voucher program
for Cherokee Nation kids. Check out this news story
 for details!

Principal Chief Baker's video brief this week is about the new online
pharmacy service for Cherokee citizens~check it out on YouTube

Cherokee Nation honors two Army veterans
 – 07/22/2013

The Cherokee Nation honored two U.S. Army veterans with the Cherokee
Medal of Patriotism at its July Tribal Council meeting.

Cherokee Nation making it faster for Cherokees to buy new home
 – 07/19/2013

Cherokee citizens will be able to buy a home more quickly and have
more help with the down payment now that the Cherokee Nation increased
from $15,000 to $25,000 its Mortgage Assistance Program dollars.

Cherokee Nation celebrates Charles L. Head Day
 – 07/19/2013

The Cherokee Nation celebrated the inaugural Charles L. Head Day on
July 18, which is dedicated to honoring the memory of the late
Secretary of State.

Brown family reaction to South Carolina Supreme Court order
 – 07/18/2013

The Brown family has issued a statement in response to South Carolina
Supreme Court order.

Cherokee Nation statement re: Baby Veronica
 – 07/17/2013

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council increases Head Start teacher pay
– 07/16/2013

The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved legislation Monday to
increase the tribe’s Head Start teacher pay to more closely follow
the state scale.

Cherokee citizens get visit, help from 400 Missouri volunteers
 – 07/16/2013

Dozens of Cherokee citizens in Sequoyah County now have wheelchair
accessible homes, new roofs and spruced up yards thanks to some caring
volunteers from 450 miles away.

Thank you for subscribing.

Cherokee Nation P.O. Box 948 Tahlequah, OK 74465

"When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. 
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

6 Overused Creepy Sentences That I Wish Always Had These Surprise Endings

6 Overused Creepy Sentences That I Wish Always Had These Surprise Endings

Megan Kelley

Wow, excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. These fantastic images were posted all over a city in Montana to engage bystanders in fighting sexual violence. This campaign shouldn't just stay in Montana. It should go global!



"When crazy people call you crazy, you know you're sane. 
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

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Issues & News 7/21/2013

Issues & News 7/21/2013

Campaign for America's Future
Last week 216 Republicans voted to cut all funding for food stamps from the farm bill. They knew it would face a White House veto, but they passed it anyway. It was a statement of identity. This is who they are.
It wasn't the first time they've done something like this. Aside from the 39 times they've repealed Obamacare, they've cut Meals on Wheels, wasted $2.3 million dollars defending DOMA and passed the The D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which may get the award for most dishonest title for a bill in 2013.

In the coming weeks, Campaign for America's Future will launch a new website cataloging these statements of identity by the GOP. Every one of their cruel, pointless bills that come up for a roll call vote will be put in a jar and neatly labeled.
By the time they go before their constituents, it'll be a lot to explain. The smell of formaldehyde will be the least of their problems.
The freak show meets the mean show. Forced vaginal ultrasounds. Cuts to food stamps. Show me your papers. Step right up. Meet the GOP, the party that never could dance and still has no soul.

Get In On It

Donate to this Project

Roger Hickey
Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future
© 2013 Campaign for America's Future Inc. 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006


From the Eagle Watch #229
July 19, 2013

Jim "Agent of Assimilation" Prentice Mesmerizes AFN Participants

Fool me once, Shame on You;
Fool me twice, Shame on Me!

How many times do we Indigenous have to be had before we get it.  Once again, our phoney Indian Agent Sellouts aka Band Council Chiefs are leading us down the final path of destruction.

We should run like hell from guys like Jim Prentice.  He was in Whitehorse on Tuesday at the Assembly of First Nations AFN AGM where he gave another hypnotic speech this time to "Aboriginal" leaders.  The AFN falsely claims it represents status Indians in         Canada.

According to a March, 2013 article, Jim Prentice, 54, Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce CIBC, "surprised the country six months ago when he quit at the height of his political career to         become a senior banker at CIBC, said the transition has been relatively smooth so far, while proving that the skills and contacts acquired in politics can be golden in corporations."

How's that for an understatement?!?!  The language daily becomes         more blatant.  Yet still only some people get it while others are nearly insane with cognitive dissonance they refuse to give up.

Prentice is in the media a lot, especially at Financial Post/Times where his voice carries much weight.  He has a lot to         say about the oil industry and Canada-U.S. relations, economic that is.  It's all about the money for Jimmie.  In a speech at the Canadian-government-sponsored "Financial Times Forum: Focus on Canada" in New York , he states, "Continental flows of hydrocarbons responding to market realities are relentless and more oil is now being moved across North America on rail cars, avoiding pipeline bottlenecks..."  That's just what Bill Gates and Warren Buffett want to hear.

Let's look critically at his NYC speech to business and gov leaders along with the Whitehorse one to AFN leadership on Tuesday, July 16.

Working class Canadians are getting the hose, how much more we Indigenous who have always been at the bottom of the colonial socio-economic ladder.  As some of our people scramble for a belated share of the loot, the Anglo elitists are desperately making deals with the Chinese elitists.  Let us be clear Anglos refers to the exclusive blood lines/owners of the British Empire         in its many manifestations like Commonwealth and social experiments like Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Our focus is on Canada and USA as these are impositions         on Turtle Island, our ancestral territories where Indigenous ties to the Earth continue to be severed via the brutality of the modern capitalist economic system and its political effigies.  But we digress...

Prentice gives direction to his listeners, "The Prime Minister and the President could use the Clean Energy Dialogue as the vehicle for this discussion as it allows for the resolution of emerging energy and environmental irritants."  Yes, we know Jimmie finds any concern for Mother Earth to be an "irritant", even a deterrent to his relentless avarice.

Trilateral Commission member and deputy chairman, Jim reveals his NAU North American Union globalist intentions when he says, " we can together pursue a full-on harmonization of the transportation grid and bring continental standards to the rail and aviation industries."

He emphasize his points by repetition, "Canada and the United States need to return to those very principles of free trade that are enshrined in NAFTA, and we need to address energy matters on a continental basis".

In a sweeping gesture, he sums it all up, " Canada and the United States share common objectives, a common resource base and airsheds and watersheds that transcend boundaries."

“I like being Minister of Indian Affairs. But I’d much prefer to         be Minister of Aboriginal Inc.”

Jimmie Prentice, MP from Calgary and modern day TreatyMan/Ripoff         Artist claims to fame include "the Sturgeon Lake Treaty Land Entitlement settlement in 1986; in 2006, the Residential School Agreement; with the Tsawwassen First Nation and Premier Gordon Campbell, the first Lower Mainland Final Agreement under the British Columbia treaty process and GwaiiHanas Marine Conservation Area agreement with the Haida in 2009."

You can see where he has been wreaking havoc among Western Indigenous nations in what is called Alberta and B.C.

Jim "Agent of Assimilation" Prentice gave quite a speech
 at the AFN AGM Annual General Meeting.  He knows the importance of keeping Indigenous mesmerized to the Canadian dream.  Jimmie got to the point, "The real issue now is whether B.C.'s First Nations are going to participate in all of this (LNG to Asia) in a meaningful way, or simply observe it as bystanders."

He's always ready to walk all over us, his ears tightly shut and         his eye on the loot.

He waxed eloquent as his forked tongue slithered across his lips, "Today, thanks to our abundance of natural resources, we stand on the verge of a new era of growth and development. It is         national in nature. It is substantial in scope. And in many cases it represents a game-changing opportunity for First Nations."

He knows damn well we are a threat to his demented schemes.

"...We are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in major resource developments that are currently – or will be – taking place on or near Aboriginal communities."

How much you wanna bet he has no intention of us getting a share, not this time, not ever??

And he goes on to name some of the plunder projects, even going so far as to state, "Quebec’s massive northern resource development plan was created with – and will benefit – the Cree,         Innu, Naskapi and Inuit" and "One of the unheralded benefits of the Canadian oil sands has been the extent to which the Aboriginal people of northern Alberta have been included – and have benefited."

Is he joking?  No, but he is taking us for fools.  He talks about the importance of education for "aboriginal youth" to be fully assimilated, "It is also important that we find opportunity in our country’s skills shortage, and help equip young Aboriginals with the expertise they’ll need to get ahead."

Get ahead!?  Does he really imagine we're going to get on the tread mill with all the other wage slaves??

He refers to the Matawa First Nations (who have retained Bob Rae         to guide their Ring of Fire negotiations) signing "a memo of understanding with Aecon Group to expand training and development programs in remote areas of Ontario’s north – using technology to give residents access to trades and apprenticeship         training."

Bob Rae was once NDP Premier of Ontario.  He is a master at sleight of hand, most recently as Leader of the Liberal Party and the Opposition.

Construction giant, Aecon is the parent company to Lockerbie and         Hole, the same outfit that is building the private prison Remand         Centre in Edmonton which will house over 2,000 people, about 1/2         being Indigenous.  Some of the top dogs at Aecon are J. D. Hole and Tony Franceschini, (retired President and CEO, Stantec Inc.,         Chairman of the Board of ZCL Composites Inc. and director of Seattle-based Esterline Technologies Corporation), both of Edmonton.  Brian Tobin, Canadian politrickster former premier of         Newfoundland and Labrador, Executive Chairman of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited  and vice chair at BMO is also on board at Aecon.  Like Prentice, he was once Minister of Industry         and is now a big wheel at a big bank.  Toronto-Dominion Bank hired Bilderberger Frank McKenna, former New Brunswick premier, former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. and former member of the Supervisory Commission Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS, as a deputy chairman in May 2006.  Frank is a board member         at CNRL, a big producer in the oil sands.

These guys have all the bases covered.  This is how Canadian politricksters are rewarded and always have been rewarded.  You know you're living in an oligarchy when...

Like Indian Treaty Commissioners, Alexander Morris and Duncan Campbell Scott before him, Prentice is brutally clear but who's listening when it really matters.  "Aboriginal leaders" prefer to be molly coddled.  They refuse to hear that there is no room for the Indigenous way of Life.  There is no room for us to say "No!" to development projects:

"The duty to consult and accommodate was created as a way to get         to 'Yes,' not as a way to get to 'No.'  It was created by judges         to ensure that First Nations had a seat at the table in decisions involving resource development. It was created to assist First Nations in extracting meaningful economic participation from those decisions.
It was meant to carry us forward. It was not meant to serve as a         mechanism to block projects, veto development..."

..."Once you sit down, the objective is to achieve sustainable economic participation. Consultation must progress to negotiation, and negotiation must maintain a meaningful direction and a positive momentum." 

Prentice is clear.  It's his way or the highway.  Once again the         AFN and wealthy house niggers like Atleo are selling us down the         river.  Opposition to their actions is confused but coalescing into a desperate struggle even as we write these few lines.


Notes and Sources

This is an outrageous Government/Media collaboration of the most         sinister form of propaganda.
FT Global Investment Series: Focus on Canada

New York, United States
March 13, 2013
10 on the Park

In the latest series of high-level forums, the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Financial Times, brought together over 100 business and government leaders to discuss the         latest trends and factors relevant to considering Canada as a place to invest in the energy and technology sectors.

The Honourable Jim Prentice, Senior Executive Vice President and         Vice Chairman at CIBC, and senior executives from Siemens Canada, Mistras, Cenovus Energy and Praxair Canada spoke about the North American energy sector, covering topics such as infrastructure, technology, and innovation, and also discussed the importance of their Canadian operations. Corporate executives from Arkadium, Avanade, Cellfish, and Deloitte also gave strong testimonials on the advantages of doing business in Canada, while John Lutz, President of IBM Canada, provided an overview of the company’s presence in Canada, highlighting recent investments that IBM has made in various regions of the country.

Speakers at the event included:

    Harbir Chhina, Executive Vice-President, Oil Sands, Cenovus Energy
    Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times
    The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Government of Canada
    John Lutz, President, IBM Canada Ltd
    Daniel Pink, Best-selling author and journalist
    The Honourable Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C., Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman, CIBC
    Kenny Rosenblatt, Co-founder and CEO, Arkadium
    Fabrice Sergent, Founder and CEO, Cellfish
    Bill Smith, Senior Vice President, Energy Sector, Siemens Canada
    Sotirios Vahaviolos, Chairman, President and Chief Executive         Officer, Mistras Group, Inc.
    Aziz Virani, President, North America, Avanade
    Matthew White, President, Praxair Canada




Justice Denied: Is Trayvon Martin Post-Racial America’s Emmett Till?

Ashton Pittman, Op-Ed: Comparisons between the killings of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin were, perhaps, inevitable. And sure enough, those comparisons came swiftly last year after the nation learned of the 17-year-old Martin’s death at the hands of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. When Zimmerman was found not guilty, Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump declared, “Trayvon Martin will forever remain in the annals of history next to Medgar Evers and Emmett Till as symbols for the fight for equal justice for all.”

US Backlash Growing Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

Cydney Hargis, News Report: In the aftermath of the recent acquittal of 31-year-old Florida native George Zimmerman, the state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law has come under national scrutiny, as have dozens of other states that have enacted similar legislation. The criticism will perhaps be led by whatever the U.S. Justice Department chooses to do with the case. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder denounced the law Tuesday in a keynote address at an annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), an esteemed advocacy group.

Not Listening: What Republicans Could Learn From George W. Bush

Joe Conason, Op-Ed: During most of the Obama presidency, George W. Bush has maintained a decorous silence. Keeping quiet may not always have been easy for Bush, watching his successor repudiate and unwind his legacy, from Iraq to Afghanistan and beyond, but his discretion was wise under the circumstances. Suddenly, however, he is speaking out to urge a “positive resolution” to the debate over immigration reform—and the time to listen to him has surely arrived.

Judge Rules Detroit’s Bankruptcy Illegal, Leaving Process in Limbo

Alan Pyke, News Investigation: Detroit’s bankruptcy filing is unconstitutional and must be rescinded, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina ruled on Friday. Thursday’s filing was supposed to set into motion proceedings that would allow the city’s unelected emergency manager Kevyn Orr to break pension contracts with 30,000 city workers and retirees, but Aquilina ruled Friday afternoon it violates the Michigan Constitution. The city is unable to pay nearly $20 billion in outstanding debts, most of which is owed to investors who hold the city’s bonds and to city workers.

Dar Williams: Why the Music of Protest is Still Worth Defending

Madeline Ostrander, Op-Ed: It’s become fashionable to say that political music is either dead or irrelevant. “Because of the ’60s, part and parcel of being a ‘serious music fan’ is lamenting that music isn’t political enough,” wrote communications scholar Michael Barthel in Salon last year, in an article called “Protest Songs Are Pointless.” The pop sound that’s churned out these days by top-grossing industry producers, even when it’s edgy or raging, is rarely political. But some of us secretly long for the solidarity that comes from belting out an old anthem together, without embarrassment.

Using Outdated Data, FEMA is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

Theodoric Meyer, News Investigation: From Maine to Oregon, local floodplain managers say FEMA’s recent flood maps—which dictate the premiums that 5.5 million Americans pay for flood insurance—have often been built using outdated, inaccurate data. Homeowners, in turn, have to bear the cost of fixing FEMA’s mistakes. It’s unclear exactly how many new maps FEMA has issued in recent years are at least partly based on older data.

Full Video: Obama Delivers Surprise Address on Race, #RealTalk Ensues

Asawin Suebsaeng, Video Feature: Obama made a surprise address at Friday’s White House press briefing. He weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case, spoke about race issues in America, and called for an evaluation of the efficacy and wisdom of Stand Your Ground laws. “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” the president said. President Obama went on to pose the question, “If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?”

US Flouts the Rule of Law While Demanding that Other Countries Honor It

Dave Lindorff, Op-Ed: Italy indicted 22 Americans in Nasr’s illegal kidnapping, and sought their presence for a trial. The U.S., ignoring the rule of law, refused to send its agents to Italy, a country with which the U.S. has a long-established extradition treaty, and which is a long-standing member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), so they were tried there in absentia. Robert Lady, as station chief and chief architect of the kidnapping, was found guilty along with 13 others (eight men were acquitted) and was sentenced, also in absentia, to nine years in prison.

Survey from Anti-Pot Group: 40 Percent Adults Favor Marijuana Legalization, with Strict Laws

Elizabeth Renter, News Analysis: After conducting a marijuana-legalization survey, The Partnership at found about 40 percent of responding adults support marijuana legalization—a slap in the face. While it’s less than the numbers from other polling sources, the anti-drug organization is being forced to defend the War on Marijuana it helps to support. According to CBS News, the organization paired with an advertising agency to survey a cross section of the population, about 1,600 people of which 1,200 were parents of children between the ages of 10 and 19.

Despite House Action, Debate Over ‘No Child Left Behind’ Goes Nowhere

Jeff Bryant, Op-Ed: As long as this squabbling over the tools for education improvement continue to dominate the agenda, policies will continue to be flawed—Republican and Democratic. Contentious back-and-forth between groups that want less standardized testing and those that want every kid tested every year get us nowhere as long as there’s no policy vision for what children do when they aren’t taking all the bloody tests—or when they’re opting out of taking the tests.

Revealed: Gen. David Petraeus’ Course Syllabus Features ‘Frackademia’ Readings

Steve Horn, News Investigation: Records obtained by DeSmogBlogpertaining to City University of New York (CUNY) Macaulay Honors College's hiring of former head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) David Petraeus to teach a seminar this coming fall reveal that his syllabus features two of the most well-known “frackademia” studies. “Frackademia” is shorthand for oil and gas industry-funded research costumed as independent economics or science covering the topic of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the controversial horizontal drilling process via which oil and gas is obtained deep within shale rock basins.


New Power Usage Record Set in New York During Heat Wave

The heat wave has impacted the power usage on the East Coast as many residents in New York remained inside air-conditioned houses and establishments to try and stay cool.


Supreme Court to Review Abortion-Inducing Drugs

While Oklahoma banned a law against abortion-inducing drugs, the highest of courts will review the law and have the final decision.


National Security Reporter to Testify in Court to Reveal his Sources

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that James Risen, national security reporter, must testify in court against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.


If you're like me, when you hear about the latest corporate scheme to make more profit from our food and water, you get outraged and want to do something about it. Unfortunately, it's getting harder and harder to spread the word, as newspapers and other media outlets are going out of business or being bought out by huge corporate interests.

Now, the Koch brothers, the billionaire brothers who fund pro-corporate front groups, are trying to buy out the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

We hope you'll take action with our allies at RootsAction to tell the Tribune Company not to sell to the Koch Brothers. We need all the help we can get in keeping media outlets free of political influence.

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After years of mismanagement, the Tribune Company newspapers -- including the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times -- are up for sale.

And one of the potential buyers? The Koch brothers.

Don't let it happen! Take Action!

Yes, those Koch brothers: the billionaire businessmen who run Koch Industries, a sprawling multinational corporation involved in everything from oil to fertilizer to paper towels.

But you probably know the Koch brothers for how they spend their considerable wealth: bankrolling pro-corporate political causes and funneling millions of dollars to front groups and politicians devoted to their anti-regulatory, anti-labor, and pro-corporate ideology. The Kochs have spent millions propping up climate-change deniers, and have been instrumental in funding ALEC, the powerful business lobby that pushes corporate-friendly policies at the state level.

What would the Kochs do with a few major newspapers?  Let's hope we don't have to find out.

Some recent reports indicate that many L.A. Times staffers would consider leaving the paper if it were purchased by the Kochs -- which is probably music to their cost-cutting ears. 

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MNN. July 19, 2013. Detroit is on stolen Rotino’shonni:onwe Indigenous land and is bankrupt. The rulers have no more use for this pile of polluted steel, glass and cement called a metropolis. Nothing can be sold without our consent at it is illegally built on our land.
Glass, steel, cement must be cleaned up. 
Glass, steel, cement must be cleaned up.

The War of 1812 is when the US tried to make all Great Turtle Island into one big United States. On August 16, 1812, a force of Indigenous allies of British Major General Isaac Brock took Fort Detroit and repelled the overwhelming large American forces under Brigadier General William Hull. The sight of the Indian war whoops terrified the Americans who refused to fight. Hull ran up a white flag and quickly surrendered. After the invasion, the natural land owners were pushed out. The bankers set up the artificial corporation of Detroit under the Admiralty laws of the seas. A counterfeit economy was created to extract our resources and start manufacturing. 1812 detroit
All towns and cities are foreign corporations set up by the banker shareholders for profit only. When a city is no longer viable, the bankers declare bankruptcy and dissolve the city. They illegally take whatever they can for a few cents on the dollar. Like Detroit, the infrastructure is left to decay and drown in debt. They become poor, crime-infested hellholes. The population drops by as much as 75%. The lights don’t work. The ambulances are old. Almost 100,000 buildings are abandoned. Less than half are working. 60% of children live third world conditions. The rulers plunder whatever is valuable. 
Detroit, welcome to the reservation! In the Secret Covenant of the rulers, “We will take over their land, resources and wealth to exercise total control over them”. 
The rulers’ greatest fear is of the “initiates” they recruited to carry out their dirty work. The initiates were falsely promised eternal life and willingly went along with the genocide and environmental destruction. Those left behind will perish. 
Detroit is one of the first of many dissolved cities in both US and Canada. As Dekanawidah predicted, the rulers and initiates are the serpents that will be washed away, never to be seen again. The people can follow the white roots of the great peace. They can come to one mind with us and start living under the Kaianerekowa, the real law of the land of Great Turtle Island.detroit bankrupt
Gordon Lightfoot sang in 1967 of the coming conflicts in Detroit: The streets of Motor City now are quiet and serene/But the shapes of gutted buildings/Strike terror to the heart/And you say how did it happen/And you say how did it start.” Black Day in July  
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With approximately 39 million Americans now drowning in more than $1.1 TRILLION of outstanding student loan debt, we, the undersigned, respectfully request that Congress immediately take up Comprehensive Student Debt Reform. Such reform must address two separate, but inextricably intertwined, issues: the existing $1.1 trillion in student debt and the skyrocketing costs of college tuition.

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Comprehensive student loan reform would free up hundreds of millions of dollars currently being used to service debt, to be spent on ailing sectors of the economy, providing a real jump-start to economic growth and prosperity. Such reforms would put the American Dream back in reach for millions of Americans, unleashing a new era of entrepreneurship, investment and innovation for all. The question is not whether we can afford to make such reforms, but whether we can afford not to. 

At a time when the big banks can borrow from the federal government at near-zero percent interest rates, what sense does it make to force students to borrow exorbitant sums of money at outrageously high interest rates, just to obtain an education? If we, as a society, deem it so necessary to invest in the big banks with such sweetheart deals, why do we find it so difficult to find the political will to invest in our own people? 

Among the reforms that we, the undersigned, believe should be implemented include, but are not limited to: 

* Restoration of basic consumer protections, such as bankruptcy rights and statutes of limitations on the collections of student loan debt; 
* The right to refinance student loans so as to allow borrowers to take advantage of historically low interest rates; 
* Elimination of the $2,500 cap on the deductibility of student loan interest paid; 
* Elimination of the practice of interest capitalization on student loan debt; 
* The ability to consolidate private student loans with federal loans; and 
* Making all federal and private student loans eligible for income-driven repayment programs, such as Pay As You Earn, that limits payments to ten percent of income and provides forgiveness after 20 years; 

There is no shortage of good ideas, but a serious shortage of political will to address this ever-growing crisis. Along with any additional legislation that may be required, we, the undersigned, demand hearings and action on the following pending bills: 

* The Student Loan Fairness Act (H.R. 1330) - Rep. Bass 
* The Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act (H.R. 532) - Rep. Cohen 
* The Student Loan Affordability Act (S. 707) - Sen. Reed 
* The Student Loan Default Prevention Act (H.R. 618) - Rep. Michaud 
* The Know Before You Owe Private Student Loan Act (S. 113) - Sen. Durbin 
* The Student Loan Employment Benefits Act (H.R. 395) - Rep. Israel 
* The Student Loan Interest Deduction Act (H.R. 1527) - Rep. Rangel 
* Responsible Student Loan Solutions Act (S. 909/H.R. 1946) - Sen. Reed/Rep. Tierney 
* The Student Loan Relief Act (S. 953) - Sen. Reed 
* The Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act (S. 1066) - Sen. Gillibrand 
* Refinancing Education Funding to Invest for the Future Act (S.1266 ) - Sen. Brown 
* Proprietary Institution of Higher Education Accountability Act (H.R.1928) – Rep. DeLauro 
* Smarter Borrowing Act (S. 546) - Sen. Harkin 
* Fairness for Struggling Students Act of 2013 (S. 114) – Sen. Durbin 
* Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act (S. 897/ H.R. 1979) – Sen. Warren/ Rep. Tierney 
* Students First Act of 2013 (S. 406) – Sen. Lautenberg

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