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News that Christie's auction house will sell a human skull that once belonged to Yale's shadowy Skull and Bones society brings to mind the suit charging that the society tied to elites, and both presidents Bush, robbed the grave of Apache leader Geromino in 1918 and kept his skull and femur as part of club rituals ever since.
Descendents of Geromino filed suit against Yale on the 100th anniversary of the Apache Leader's death asking for the return of the remains so it can be properly buried at the headwaters of the Gila River in New Mexico, as Geromino originally wished.
Geromino died as a prisoner of war at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1909 and according to legend it was Prescott S. Bush, the Connecticut senator, father of one president and grandfather of another, who broke into the grave with some classmates during World War I. Five years ago, a historian discovered a letter written in 1918 that repeated the story, the New York Times reported.
"Of all the items rumored to be in the Skull and Bones's possession, Geronimo's skull is one of the more plausible ones," Alexandra Robbins, author of a book on the society, "Secrets of the Tomb," told the Times last year.
Christie's estimates the skull will sell for $10,000 to $20,000 when it is auctioned on Jan. 22. Fittingly, the auction house has agreed to keep the seller's name a secret. On Monday, it described the person only as a European art collector.
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help Geronimo's Descendants to rebury his Remains in the ground of his Ancestors!They are also seeking the return of body parts they say
were stolen in 1918 or 1919 by a secret society at Yale University
known as 'Skull and Bones Society'. But Justice officials say the Law cited by the plaintiffs is 'not applicable'.
http://electricbrave.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/free-geronimo-crime-of-skull-bones-society/News that Christie's auction house will sell a human skull that once belonged to... more
Stand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the Olympics, Bill Clinton and the Dolly Parton, Chris Brown, Steve Jobs, Roman Polanski, and Columbus Day October 5, 2009 at Cafe Diem Comedy Night in Richmond, VA.Stand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the... more
I dedicate this to all family at current and those who believe in spirited ways. This year will be the year we make the change for all who are in truth and honor for unity and survival of healing harmonics. I know some are cynical and quite right to be. However there is a place for kind words and the power of dreams. This is from our band DJ Tribe and the album Gaia Evolution. I send this to all that are ready to except new things for 2010. Happy New year family and don't change. You know who you are! oh yeah all this was shot on my iPhone so please excuse the rough cut style! Peace to all and let's do it now!I dedicate this to all family at current and those who believe in spirited ways. This... more
My writing has become a prayer, it is a time made in communion with our Creator. What has come to my attention is what has been made public about a young woman suffering from an illness she inherited from her mother and the failure of modern medicine to successfully attend to her needs.
Her name is Jazzy De Lisser. You can find her simply by Googeling her name. She has made a video on YouTube:
Teenager Jazzy was born with hepatitis C. This is her video diary about living with the condition Produced and directed by Jazzy De Lisser "The views ...
I believe that she is also on Facebook and there are articles and video on her on CNN.
She is in my prayer as are we all. I know that the medicine held in the clan of Native American Embera healers of which I am married into can help Jazzy. These words of prayer simply ask your help in brining this to her attention or to that of her family.
It becomes more and more public to see the design of modern medicine not being able to attend to our needs. What is it that wet can do that attends to our physical, mental, and spiritual needs? The answer has always been with us, yet we have become so removed from our source that we are looking in many directions instead of the simple truth; that God has left in the plants our way to health.
It would be a step in the right direction to make public Jazzys cure with traditional Native American medicine. This prayer is for your help to bring the truth to light. If a number of people would be so kind as to give this the attention it deserves we will all benefit in our efforts towards the common good.
Until we meet again,
www.myspace.com/raymondhermenetMy writing has become a prayer, it is a time made in communion with our Creator. What... more
(Marquette, MI) - Dozens of youngsters from across Michigan created recycled holiday cards and homemade tea bags for gifts this weekend during the Northern Michigan University EarthKeeper's Eco-Christmas Workshop at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.
The Northern Michigan University EarthKeeper (NMU EK) Student Team hosted the workshop from 1-4 p.m. across from the children's library attracting several mothers from the Lower Peninsula and a teacher from Paradise in the eastern Upper Peninsula who plans to bring the idea into her classroom.
While finding ways to entertain and educate her children while her husband checked out job offers in Marquette, Tara Strong of downstate Grand Blanc brought her young daughter and baby son to the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum and then the Peter White children's library.
“My husband is here interviewing for a residency position for after med school,” said Strong. “We just found out about the project from the librarian.”
“I love it. I love the recycling idea. We're also on a very limited budget and so I really like the idea of recycling and hand making things. I think it's great.”
Strong said she and her daughter “are having great fun.”
“I've been making crafts,” said four-year-old Anja Strong. “I made a tea bag and I have a honey bear stick”
Joined by her brother and a friend, 18-year-old NMU EK Student Team member Ellen Lindblom said the end of the semester meant lots of scrap paper lying around the university.
“School just ended and people have lost of papers left over” that was cut into tiny pieces by NMU EK team members, said Lindblom, an NMU freshman “You put it in the blender with a little bit of water and you blend it until it looks a little bit chunky like this.”
“You put it in a screen flatten it out - pat the water out,” said Lindblom, while using a towel and iron to dry and flatten the multicolored wet paper as 21 year-old NMU EK Student Team Director Ben Scheelk of downstate Charlevoix used a small hair dryer to speed up the process.
“We took a towel and pressed the water out to speed up the drying process a little bit,” she said. “Then flattened it out a little harder with an iron. I think it looks nice.”
His hand atop the lid on a blender that whirred with red, blue, purple and white bits of paper, Mike Robinson, a 21-year-old NMU senior geography major, from downstate Grosse Pointe, said the project is a “good holiday craft.”
“We are taking some scrap paper from various places and construction paper and making it into some pulp in a blender with some water,” said Robinson, a member of the NMU EK Student team.
Pressing the bits of soggy paper into a screen with borders, 16-year-old Negaunee High School junior Phil Lindblom said “this is what they call extreme pulp.”
“I am taking this wet paper and putting it on these screens and pushing water out of it,” said Lindbloom, whose sister is a member of the NMU EarthKeepers. “I am making new paper which is pretty exciting.”
Escanaba native Carole Beck, who teaches in third through fifth grade at the White Fish Township Community School in Paradise, said she'll take the NMU EarthKeeper's idea into her classrooms and maybe make Valentines Day cards.
“We're trying to figure out how we could create the screen there that would be the only thing that we would need extra,” Beck said. “We should be able to do that.”
The students put out bowls with spearmint, raspberry leaves, juniper berries and rose hips that the youngsters used to “make a green tea - a detoxifying beautiful beverage,” said 21-year-old NMU EK Student Team Event Coordinator Amanda Emerson of Cary, Ill. “We also have honey sticks to go along with the tea.”
The herbs were donated by Catholic EarthKeeper Kyra Fillmore and the Marquette Food Co-op.
“You just wrap those up herbs in an eco-friendly coffee filter and tie it with a string in a nice little bow and there you go,” said Emerson, an NMU Senior Majoring in International Studies (emphasis on Latin America) and Earth Science (emphasis on rocks and minerals). “There's your gift - a homemade card and homemade tea bags.”
Protecting the earth and teaching the young to respect the planet are major goals of the EarthKeepers, said 21-year-old NMU EarthKeeper Leandra Dziesinski of Alpena, MI.
“It's very important to care care of your things and the earth is absolutely our thing - it's where we're at - so we have to take care of it we only have one earth, said Dziesinski, an NMU senior graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in marketing. I think if we have a happy, safe and a clean place to live that just makes our population that much more happy.”
In September, the NMU EarthKeepers cleaned up hundreds of pounds of litter at the Upper Dead River Falls, a popular student hangout, Scheelk said.
The NMU EK Student Team is the youth wing of the Upper Peninsula EarthKeepers, an interfaith environment group involving over 150 churches and temples across northern Michigan.
The EarthKeeper Initiative is co-sponsored by the nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute, the nonprofit Superior Watershed Partnership, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and 10 faith communities: Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist, Baha'i, Jewish, Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) and Zen Buddhist.
For more information on the Michigan EarthKeepers email or call the following contacts:
Ben Scheelk, Director of NMU EK Student Team
Rev. Jon Magnuson, Co-Founder of EarthKeeper Initiative
Greg Peterson, news reporter and volunteer media advisor for the EarthKeepers and other projects
U.P. EarthKeeper Team:
Nonprofit Cedar Tree Institute in Marquette, MI
Nonprofit Superior Watershed Partnership in Marquette, MI
http://www.superiorwatersheds.org(Marquette, MI) - Dozens of youngsters from across Michigan created recycled holiday... more
During the course of this long-running, class-action litigation, it has been documented that the United States owes Indian people more than $137 billion for mismanagement of trust accounts. That was established just by the documents that were presented.
The original federal judge on this case was Royce Lamberth, who held at least three secretaries of the Interior in contempt for not producing thousands of additional documents. Also, during the course of this case, hundreds of relevant documents were found in the trash by Interior Department employees, who reported this to the court and to Interior Department officials.
So basically, now, the U.S. government is saying that it has identified the thief of Indian royalties and resources as itself. It has allowed the thief to determine the value of the settlement and mostly has allowed the thief to keep what has been stolen.
Only in America if you steal something and hold onto it long enough does it becomes yours.http://www.russellmeansfreedom.com/2009/the-united-states-continues-to-steal-land-from-... more
Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue has received lots of support from other tribes for his protest of the IRS auctioning off 7,100 acres of his tribe's land, including from a small tribe in California trying desperately to hold on to a tiny parcel of land that is its only real estate.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe sent a letter to Sazue voicing their support for him and his tribe as its leaders prepare to barricade themselves for the second time on the tribe's only real estate, one-and-a-half acres housing the tribal office in Stockton, Calif., that is in a bank foreclosure.
"Please don't allow what is happening to us today to happen to you. Stay strong and fight for your land, your people and your future," the letter said.
Tribal Chairman Silvia Burley and consultant Tiger Paulk say the tribe of about 10 families is facing the equivalent of identity theft from a group trying to use the Miwoks status as a federally recognized tribe as the vehicle to build a casino.
The group is challenging the legitimacy of current tribal members and Burley's government.
As the battle over who really are Miwoks proceeds, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is withholding the tribe's revenue sources and the only money coming in to the tribe now is from members' unemployment checks, Paulk said.
It's not enough to pay the mortgage on the headquarters, which went into foreclosure 18 months ago.
From June through mid-August, tribal members barricaded themselves in the headquarters to fight eviction. They appeared to gain a reprieve when the BIA offered to mediate the case. But the discussion broke down, and Wednesday the tribe received a letter from the bank saying it would proceed with eviction Jan. 15, according to Paulk.
"We will go back into lockdown, and we will defend the property against the bank and anybody else the feds want to throw against us," Paulk said.http://www.argusleader.com/article/20091218/NEWS/912180316/1003/BUSINESSCrow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue has received lots of support from other... more
Recent stories about the Vancouver Olympics and the role the federal government is playing are troubling.
As Adolph Hitler found out when he staged the 1936 Berlin Olympics and introduced the torch relay to the modern Games, it is easy to persuade people that your government is on their side through the clever use of propaganda. No matter how many Aboriginal symbols and people are used in these Games, it is important to remember that only Canada and the United States have not signed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Organizers of these Games constantly state that Aboriginal participation is unprecedented, but even Tewanee Joseph, CEO of Four Host First Nations — the organization that is the bridge between organizers and the community — admits he can’t name one Aboriginal athlete on our Olympic teams — winter or summer. If there are 200 athletes on the team to these Games, in terms of population ratios, six or seven should be Aboriginal.
Other issues to think about:
VANOC -the Vancouver Olympic Committee — asked the City of Vancouver for an injunction against the planned Feb. 14 women’s march on East Hastings Street. Every year people march on Valentine’s Day to remember the missing and murdered women of the city’s eastside, and to bring attention to ongoing issues of violence against Aboriginal women. VANOC said the march would cause traffic jams. Vancouver disallowed the injunction and the march will proceed.
http://electricbrave.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/olympic-mascots-2010-how-many-aboriginal-symbols-and-people-are-used-in-these-games/Recent stories about the Vancouver Olympics and the role the federal government is... more
Stand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the Olympics, Bill Clinton and the Dolly Parton, Chris Brown, Steve Jobs, Roman Polanski, Michael Moore and Columbus Day October 4, 2009 at Europa Cafe in Richmond, VA.
Chris Martin ComedyStand-up comedian Chris Martin talks about Chinese stereotypes, Oprah and the... more
The Red Nation Film Festival has chosen Leonard Peltier to receive its first annual Humanitarian Award for his lifelong commitment to indigenous and human rights, as well as his leadership in efforts to alleviate poverty and domestic abuse among Native peoples. As a political prisoner for nearly 34 years, Peltier has helped focus world attention on government repression of Native resistance throughout the Americas, while the United States continues to make an example out of him of the consequences of seeking freedom. Unable to accept the award in person, Leonard wrote the following acceptance speech for award: Read at Above Link.
FREE LEONARD PELTIER NOW!!http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=8728841&blogId... more
For an Indian, who is also a school teacher, Thanksgiving was never an easy holiday for me to deal with in class. I sometimes have felt like I learned too much about "the Pilgrims and the Indians." Every year I have been faced with the professional and moral dilemma of just how to be honest and informative with my children at Thanksgiving without passing on historical distortions, and racial and cultural stereotypes. The problem is that part of what you and I learned in our own childhood about the "Pilgrims" and "Squanto" and the "First Thanksgiving" is a mixture of both history and myth. But the THEME of Thanksgiving has truth and integrity far above and beyond what we and our forebearers have made of it. Thanksgiving is a bigger concept than just the story of the founding of the Plymouth Plantation. So what do we teach to our children? We usually pass on unquestioned what we all received in our own childhood classrooms. I have come to know both the truths and the myths about our "First Thanksgiving," and I feel we need to try to reach beyond the myths to some degree of historic truth. This text is an attempt to do this.For an Indian, who is also a school teacher, Thanksgiving was never an easy holiday... more
ManKind Project includes a potentially dangerous sweat lodge on its New Warrior Training Adventure where many men are lead into a “hot tent” similar to the one where 2 people died (James Shore, Kirby Brown) and 19 were sickened at a Sedona sweat lodge run by James Arthur Ray – not affiliated with ManKind Project. These kinds of sweat lodges for money are bogus rip offs from the free Native American traditional rituals. It’s time for ManKind Project to STOP their sweat lodges now before somebody gets killed! CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33243288/ns/us_news-life/
-ManKind Project includes a potentially dangerous sweat lodge on its New Warrior... more
The adorable K-6th grade Navajo children during the second week of school at the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, Arizona.
Narrated and videotaped by Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard, executive director of the Navajo Lutheran Mission
Featuring K-6 students, teachers and staff.
Navajo Lutheran Mission School:
NELM School Principal Felisita Jones
Kindergarten teacher Sharon Woody
1st grade teacher Lark Pettit
2nd grade teacher Jolene Wilson
3rd and 4th grade teacher Pauline Wagon
5th and 6th grade teacher Eileen Holiday
Tara Chee, NELM Community Services Coordinator and Navajo Language and Culture Instructor
2009 Board of Directors
Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission
Ron Augustson, Chair
Janice Lee Jim
Jeannie M. Harvey
Support the Navajo Lutheran Mission through financial donations, volunteering
and many other national programs.
Campbell's Labels for Education
Boxtops for Education
NELM Related Links
More on new NELM executive director:
Flute music courtesy:
Carol Buckley, owner of Arizona Flutes and Native Arts in Camp Verde, AZ (high desert in Verde Valley) and a non-native flute musician specializing in American Indian music.
She has Michigan roots - lived in Davison and taught school in LakeVille Public Schools in Otisville, where she was a Speech and Language Pathologist.
In 1994 Buckley decided to refocus her life, escape from the cold weather, and move to the beautiful Verde Valley in Arizona’s high desert.
She is a poet and writer who plays Native American style flute music and has great respect for the Navajo and other Native American tribes and their respective cultures/heritage.
Carol also teaches classes on how to play the Native flute.
Songs used from Carol Buckley's “Rhythm Keepers” and “Raindrops on Roses” CDs
Navajo Lutheran Mission Second Week of School & Photo Montage:
Carol Buckley's “Raindrops on Roses” CD
Track 4 “Living Life”
Track 6 “Dancing Moccasins”
Arizona Flutes & Native Arts
P.O. Box 1511
Camp Verde, AZ
Navajo Nation Flag used in this video was created by artist R. Daniel Markstedt of Linköping in central Sweden:
Wikipedia username Himasaram:
2 East South Street
Knox College students at NELM
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Texas
Located 36 miles northwest of Amarillo, Texas, on US Highway 385
Cal Farley's Girlstown, U.S.A.
Situated on 1,425 acres of land eight miles south of Whiteface, Texas, (west of Lubbock)
http://www.calfarley.org/girlstown/pages/default.aspxThe adorable K-6th grade Navajo children during the second week of school at the... more
(Rock Point, AZ) - Videos produced by two Pittsburgh area churches led by Pastor Susan C. Schwartz that sent missionaries to the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, Arizona in July 2009.
Volunteers from several faith traditions and churches painted murals and did other work at the Navajo Lutheran Mission including the Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills and St. John Lutheran Church in Swissvale.
Navajo Lutheran Mission:
New NELM executive director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard:
Flute music by Travis Terry
Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills
353 Ridge Ave
1-412-242-4476 (church office)
Blog about 2009 NELM trip by volunteers from several Pittsburgh area churches including Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills and St. John Lutheran Church in Swissvale:
Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills near Pittsburgh
Preview story on April 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Live about area church group heading to NEML to paint. Pastor Susan C. Schwartz heads Hope Lutheran Church of Forest Hills and St. John Lutheran Church in Swissvale and Kathy Gaberson, a Hope Lutheran member.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette preview story:
More about the flute music featured in this video:
Travis Terry is a native Flutist of the Pima Nation who is born of the indigenous Gila River Pima Nation in Sacaton, Arizona.
On his myspace page, Native flutist Travis Terry says:
"I grew up surrounded by ethnic music and instruments of long ago, including the Native flute," Terry said. “As a child I had natural appreciation for music, which contributed to me becoming a self-taught flutist in my adult years. My military service has sent me around the world exposing me to the musical traditions of various cultures."
"Ethnic music was a continual interest and drew me closer to this dream of creating music. I have always been grateful to my parents (Irving and Caroline) for supporting my dreams and at the same time continually teaching me and my sisters (Denise and Dawn) the indigenous Pima culture, traditions and language. These values have aided me in blending contemporary culture with this heritage of the 'Desert People.' This conscious blending of cultures is very much reflected in my musical compositions and playing style."
"After my military service, I visited Canyon De Chelly where my good fortune led me to meet my lovely wife Cara and settle in Chinle, AZ. Cara and her family taught me the ways and language of the Dine (Navajo) people."(Rock Point, AZ) - Videos produced by two Pittsburgh area churches led by Pastor Susan... more
(Rock Point, AZ) - During July 2009, volunteers from the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Sacramento, CA visited the Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ to assist the Navajo people with the health of their livestock.
Despite the extreme summer heat and the remote Navajo homes, church members helped deworm and vaccinate 500 sheep and goats plus 200 horses.
The volunteers from the Lutheran Church of the Cross paid for the expense of vaccinating over 700 livestock.
The vaccination program badly needs funding and anyone wish to help should contact the Navajo Lutheran Mission (see contact info below)
The Navajo Lutheran Mission extends special thanks to Arizona Navajo musician Anthony Maloney, who music is featured in this video and will be used in upcoming videos (scroll down for more info and links about Anthony Maloney)
Songs by Maloney included in this video are "Our Warriors" and "A Better Life."
Navajo Lutheran Mission:
New NELM executive director Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard:
Church of the Cross in Sacramento, CA:
Church of the Cross
4465 H Street
Church of the Cross (ELCA Lutheran)
Pastor serves as a Chaplain at California State University Sacramento
Church is on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Area Campus Ministry.
Rev. Michael Walton
Wikipedia on the Navajo Nation:
The Navajo Nation (Diné Bikéyah in the Navajo language) is a semi-autonomous Native American homeland covering about 26,000 square miles (17 million acres), occupying all of northeastern Arizona, the southeastern portion of Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. It's the largest land area assigned primarily to a Native American jurisdiction within the United States.
Navajo Nation Flag used in this video was created by artist R. Daniel Markstedt of Linköping in central Sweden:
Daniel Markstedt Wikipedia username Himasaram:
The Navajo Lutheran Mission extends special thanks to Arizona Navajo Musician Anthony Maloney, who music is featured in this video and will be used in upcoming videos
Songs by Maloney included in this video are "Our Warriors" and "A Better Life."
Navajo (Diné) singer, songwriter and poet Anthony K. Maloney, a member of the Navajo Nation (Diné Bikéyah) from Yuba City, AZ "Music City"
Anthony Maloney official website includes background & profile:
Anthony Maloney music on soundclick:
Links to a few of Maloney's songs:
The High Life
A Better Life
What are my Chances
http://soundclick.com/share?songid=3379744(Rock Point, AZ) - During July 2009, volunteers from the Lutheran Church of the Cross... more
On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled, horns blaring, into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement (AIM) activists had seized the few major buildings in town and police had cordoned off the area. The occupation of Wounded Knee had begun. Demanding redress for grievances—some going back more than 100 years—the protesters captured the world's attention for 71 gripping days.
With heavily armed federal troops tightening a cordon around meagerly supplied, cold, hungry Indians, the event invited media comparisons with the massacre of Indian men, women, and children at Wounded Knee almost a century earlier. In telling the story of this iconic moment, the final episode of We Shall Remain will examine the broad political and economic forces that led to the emergence of AIM in the late 1960s as well as the immediate events—a murder and an apparent miscarriage of justice—that triggered the takeover. Though the federal government failed to make good on many of the promises that ended the siege, the event succeeded in bringing the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life to the nation's attention. Perhaps even more important, it proved that despite centuries of encroachment, warfare, and neglect, Indians remained a vital force in the life of America.Film Description
On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars rolled,... more
The Yukon River, an amazing national treasure (minus Nick Cage) is being studied and protected by an even more important resource, the people who live on it.The Yukon River, an amazing national treasure (minus Nick Cage) is being studied and... more
Sept 15 2009
"The United States Department of Justice has once again made a mockery of its lofty and pretentious title.
After releasing an original and continuing disciple of death cult leader Charles Manson who attempted to shoot President Gerald Ford, an admitted Croatian terrorist, and another attempted assassin of President Ford under the mandatory 30-year parole law, the U.S. Parole Commission deemed that my release would “promote disrespect for the law.”
If only the federal government would have respected its own laws, not to mention the treaties that are, under the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land, I would never have been convicted nor forced to spend more than half my life in captivity. Not to mention the fact that every law in this country was created without the consent of Native peoples and is applied unequally at our expense. If nothing else, my experience should raise serious questions about the FBI's supposed jurisdiction in Indian Country.
The parole commission's phrase was lifted from soon-to-be former U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley, who apparently hopes to ride with the FBI cavalry into the office of North Dakota governor. In this Wrigley is following in the footsteps of William Janklow, who built his political career on his reputation as an Indian fighter, moving on up from tribal attorney (and alleged rapist of a Native minor) to state attorney general, South Dakota governor, and U.S. Congressman. Some might recall that Janklow claimed responsibility for dissuading President Clinton from pardoning me before he was convicted of manslaughter. Janklow's historical predecessor, George Armstrong Custer, similarly hoped that a glorious massacre of the Sioux would propel him to the White House, and we all know what happened to him.
Unlike the barbarians that bay for my blood in the corridors of power, however, Native people are true humanitarians who pray for our enemies. Yet we must be realistic enough to organize for our own freedom and equality as nations. We constitute 5% of the population of North Dakota and 10% of South Dakota and we could utilize that influence to promote our own power on the reservations, where our focus should be. If we organized as a voting bloc, we could defeat the entire premise of the competition between the Dakotas as to which is the most racist. In the 1970s we were forced to take up arms to affirm our right to survival and self-defense, but today the war is one of ideas. We must now stand up to armed oppression and colonization with our bodies and our minds. International law is on our side.
Given the complexion of the three recent federal parolees, it might seem that my greatest crime was being Indian. But the truth is that my gravest offense is my innocence. In Iran, political prisoners are occasionally released if they confess to the ridiculous charges on which they are dragged into court, in order to discredit and intimidate them and other like-minded citizens. The FBI and its mouthpieces have suggested the same, as did the parole commission in 1993, when it ruled that my refusal to confess was grounds for denial of parole"......
"In America, there can by definition be no political prisoners, only those duly judged guilty in a court of law. It is deemed too controversial to even publicly contemplate that the federal government might fabricate and suppress evidence to defeat those deemed political enemies. But it is a demonstrable fact at every stage of my case.
I am Barack Obama's political prisoner now, and I hope and pray that he will adhere to the ideals that impelled him to run for president. But as Obama himself would acknowledge, if we are expecting him to solve our problems, we missed the point of his campaign. Only by organizing in our own communities and pressuring our supposed leaders can we bring about the changes that we all so desperately need"...Leonard Peltier
Full Letter can be read @
http://blogs.myspace.com/freepeltierSept 15 2009
"The United States Department of Justice has once again made a... more
I found this drawing in a book called “Disney’s Wonderful World of Knowledge.” It’s a series of book meant to teach kids about history through classical art and cartoon interpretations of history, like the one above.I found this drawing in a book called “Disney’s Wonderful World of... more