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|Wednesday, January 16th, 2008|
I just found this article while looking up other info. it's about my ancestors fighting US Steel Corp. for the burial site and land at Wisconsin Point. the remains got forcibly relocated to a mass grave on the bank of the Nemadji river. Ive been to both sites over the years. the mass grave is next to the catholic cemetery where several other members of my family are buried.
I am descended from Chief Osagie through Frank Lemieux and his daughter Maggie Martineau, all mentioned as resisters in the article. I had known some of the more general information but this article shed much more light on what happened than I ever thought I'd learn. I cant really describe how this makes me feel.
at least now I know where I get it from... although I cant imagine what they went through.http://www.turtletrack.org/CO_FirstPerson/CO_04052003_WiscPointWar.htm Current Mood: other
|Sunday, December 2nd, 2007|
Here is an introduction to the Bemidji Statement provided by the Indigenous Environmental Network:
During the winter months of 2005-2006, several handfuls of people from numerous places throughout North America came together at two different locations to create The Bemidji Statement on Seventh Generation Guardianship (Bemidji Statement). While much has been written in the past about the Seventh Generation Principle, the Bemidji Statement is different in a couple of ways. First, it accommodates some elements from the protection of the Commons and the Precautionary Principle. Second, it goes beyond most other principles by explicitly assigning guardianship and responsibility for protecting the Seventh Generation of humanity that is yet to be born. But equally important, it assigns the same guardianship and responsibility to the current generations to protect and restore the intricate web of life that sustains us all, for the Seventh Generation to come.
The Statement is written with the intent of being able to adopt it at all levels of our society. It is also written to change the way we think about our future. From the family unit, through community, and institutions on community, the Statement can be adopted and applied. It is intended for individuals or small groups of individuals to take guardianship responsibility for one piece of the web of life and protect or restore that one piece for this and future generations. Examples of these web pieces could be as broad as the water or the birds or as specific as a certain pond or a certain type of fish. A family may choose to assume guardianship for the area immediately their home, a community may watch over a much larger area, a government or institution may stand guard over all within their jurisdiction. The important thing is that guardians who assume this responsibility learn everything they can about that which they have chosen, they assess and monitor the chosen piece of the web of life, restore it when necessary, and report the status of their responsibilities to other guardians.
From the smallest unit of society to the largest unit of government, we can protect, enhance, and restore the inheritance of the Seventh Generation to come. Consider becoming a Guardian in your community.
[End of introduction.]( Read more...Collapse )
|Saturday, June 9th, 2007|
|14th Indigenous Environmental Network Protecting Mother Earth Conference
Answering Mother Earth’s Call for Healing – Reaffirming Our Roots
July 17-20th, 2008 (next year) NEWE SOGOBE TERRITORIES
Traditional Gathering – Camping Style
Topics to include: Traditional L.A.W.S. (land, air, water, sun); Energy, Global Warming and Climate Change through indigenous teachings; Rescinding the Doctrine of Discovery and Youth & Elders.
So Ho Bee (Southfork Indian Pow-Wow Grounds) Newe Sogobe (Lee, Nevada)
Hosted by the Western Shoshone Defense Project. Sponsored by IEN.
For more information contact IEN at 218-751-4967, firstname.lastname@example.org or WSDP at email@example.com
|Monday, May 29th, 2006|
|WE DIDNT CROSS THE BORDER, THE BORDER CROSSED US!!!!
well, tonight I fly out for ceremony. last night I opened the preliminary 4 days by attending the Ministry show. Al Jourgensen is my spiritual adviser after all. he helped me get focused.
since I'll be fasting I decided to wean myself off of caffeine. right now I'm going through withdrawl. it sucks. still, it's better I go through this now than when I'm there trying to work. carrying trees when your head is splitting REALLY sucks. last year someone alerted me to what was wrong when I told him how I felt. I'd thought that I'd cut down my coffee intake enough, but nope. I'm not having so much as a can of coke or a single cup of coffee from now till next sunday night.
I gotta remember my passport too. not like I HAVE to have it, but it'll look more official when I come back into the US.
I should just stay in Canada and get a job at Tim Hortons!
OFF TO TURTLE MTN & MANITOBA... Current Mood: indescribable
|Tuesday, March 7th, 2006|
Dear Friends of the Indigenous Peoples of Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ.
Something critical is about to happen concerning the traditional communities on Big Mountain surrounding areas on Black Mesa. Today, more than 30 years after the passage of Public Law 93 - 531, the original Navajo-Hopi Relocation bill, a new bill is before congress that sets a new timetable for the forced relocation of a number of Navajo families on Black Mesa. Senate bill S1003 "The Navajo Hopi Land Settlement Act Amendments of 2005" is now on the senate calendar and may be passed at anytime without debate or serious consideration unless the public acts now. The last major relocation bill was approved by the Senate within a month of being placed on the Senate calendar and stayed in the House Of Representatives less than a week before becoming law. It's difficult to convey the serious nature of these new developments. The passage of this bill would effectively devastate a culture such as the Navajo, or Dineh, stripping them of their identity and way of life which is tied into the land itself.( Read more...Collapse )
|Sunday, February 5th, 2006|
|Arthur's update on yesterday's event
REPORT ON OUR EVENT
13th ANNUAL NORTHWEST REGIONAL
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH LEONARD PELTIER
MARCH. RALLY AND AFTER RALLY GET TOGETHER FOR JUSTICE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2006, TACOMA
“There are a lot of nights I lie in my cell and I cannot understand why this hell and this terror I have been going through for 21 years (30 years now) hasn’t ended. But yet I know in my heart that someone has to pay a sacrifice to make things better for our people. The sacrifice I have made, when I really sit down to think about it, is nothing compared to what our people of 100 years ago, or 50 years ago or 25 years ago made. Some gave their lives. Some had to stand there and watch their children die in their arms. So the sacrifice I have made is nothing compared to those. I have gone too far now to start backing down. I don’t give up, not until my people are free will I give up. If I have to sacrifice some more then I sacrifice some more.”
Rain has been pouring down on us most every day this winter. The sun has been like some distant relative that we know is out there somewhere, but seldom seen. In the days leading up to our event the weather forecasters warned us that on Feb. 4th would be the most powerful storm of the season. On the morning of our event the news shows told of sustained winds of 50 miles per hour in some places and there were reports of wind gusts of 78 miles per hour north of us. There were pictures on the news of high waves pounding homes, of many downed trees and of thousands of homes without power. I wondered if anyone would come out to march with us.( Read more...Collapse )
|Saturday, February 4th, 2006|
gettin ready for the Leonard Peltier support event here in Tacoma.
the weather is great... high wind gusts and cold driving rain.
lots of potential for craziness. since the city was defeated in court, their past attempts to stop our events have subsided, but we never know what to expect. they always have some pigs in hiding anyway. it's fun to out the undercover shits in public and watch them flee. I wonder if thats something they are trained to do, or if its some instinctive shame reaction.
when I say "they", I mean both the feds and the city. one of our organizers was once contacted by phone by the Tacoma PD Intelligence Division. seriously.
well, I better go offline and get dressed to confront The Terrorists... Current Mood: awake
|Wednesday, January 4th, 2006|
ha! today in the mail I got a can of Tim Hortons coffee, sent from Steve Davis in Belcourt.
Im gonna have to send him some tobacco to say migwitch! Current Mood: pleased
|Tuesday, December 27th, 2005|
|this is what happens when I dont have a girlfriend...
just finished making a drumstick for Beto. for the last couple of months he mentioned he's been wanting a drumstick like the ones Kay showed me how to make... covered with buckskin. he even said specifically to me that he really wanted one and that he was willing to pay like $40 for it. I figured that since he wants one so bad and he's been doing a lot of cultural work with the canoe and traditional ceremony, I'll just make him one and say it's part of my give-away but he can have it early. I wouldnt want to get paid for doing ceremonial craftwork. it's probably bad enough that I sometimes buy things that I then give as gifts, but I dont want to get paid $ for that type of thing myself.
so it turned out pretty good. I spiraled wire underneath the hide, secured with traditional Indian duct tape. it looks fancier but also gives a better grip. the stick itself is bamboo, so it's virtually unbreakable. it also has long fringe at the end. I hope it will last a long time.
I'm glad I finally got that taken care of. Current Mood: accomplished
|Sunday, December 25th, 2005|
|Monday, December 12th, 2005|
when I went to Lowe's before work I scored some bamboo that I hope will work well for making drumsticks. if it works as well as I hope I'll got back and buy some more to have for later. Beto was sayin he needs a new drumstick and was willing to pay for one, but I'll just make him one as a gift to help support his going to ceremony and the canoe journeys. maybe I should make 2, one really nice looking fancy one for when he drums for an audience, and a 2nd one thats more plain for sweatlodge.
whatever the case, I better get off the damn int0rnet and do this thing... Current Mood: busy
|Friday, December 9th, 2005|
went to BJ & Lisa's and Sue taught us some beadwork. I wont go as far as to say that I know how to do peyote stitch, but I wasnt screwing up too bad at my first attempt. I beaded about half an inch of a q-tip. heh.
|ya mess with da mashkoday-bizhiki, ya git da horns...
You Belong in 1974
If you scored...
1950 - 1959: You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!
1960 - 1969: You are a free spirit with a huge heart. Love, peace, and happiness rule - oh, and drugs too.
1970 - 1979: Bold and brash, you take life by the horns. Whether you're partying or protesting, you give it your all!
1980 - 1989: Wild, over the top, and just a little bit cheesy. You're colorful at night - and successful during the day.
1990 - 1999: With you anything goes! You're grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It's all good!
heh, I would have figured I'd score in the '80s, but the description I got sounds more fitting. personally I'd say the '70s were a thousand times cheesier than the '80, but I guess this isnt exactly the most 'scientific" poll ever. Current Mood: amused
|Tuesday, December 6th, 2005|
what's worse than realizing you have been spelling you name wrong for years?
realizing you dont really know for sure whether or not youve been spelling your name wrong for years.
there are so many different variations on words, and so many dialects, and so many spelling systems
it's spelled the way I was told anyway.
that and other personal dramas aside, I will now retreat into sewing up medicine bags. Current Mood: blah
|Monday, December 5th, 2005|
|OUTLAWS RENEGADES & SAINTS
your reading assignment, whether or not you choose to accept it, is
"Outlaws, Renegades, and Saints; diary of a mixed-up halfbreed"
by Tiffany Midge
I am dead friggin serious. Current Mood: impressed
|Monday, November 14th, 2005|
|CARTER CAMP LETTER ABOUT BEAR BUTTE IN SD
It has taken me several days to get over some of the outrage and shock I felt when I read the letter from a Sturgis bar owner saying he planned to open a giant, biker bar and "Buffalo Chip" style entertainment venue beside our sacred mountain Bear Butte. Now my outrage has turned to anger and a determination to do something to fight this desecration. Often native people in this state need to educate their white neighbors when they offend or insult us without malicious intent to do so. We recognize that it is hard for some people to understand that in our beliefs "places" can be sacred and not to be defiled or that Bear Butte is foremost amongst them. ( Read more...Collapse ) Current Mood: discontent
|Wednesday, November 9th, 2005|
|Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005|
|Friday, October 14th, 2005|
|Sunday, October 9th, 2005|