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    Default We made it to White House (Ohio, that is)

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    Default In which we establish that there was a genocide against Native Americans Part I

    Since we seem to be expending a lot of energy denying genocide initiated by white colonial expansion beginning with Columbus, I want to repost this wonderful article that explains it so well, using Northern California as an example.

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    Default Establishing that we have Genocide Part II

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    Default Another tidbit on the genocide side of the scale

    This was not an isolated one of a kind event

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    Default History walking.

    Joseph Medicine Crow, ‘The Last Plains Indian War Chief,’ Turns 100

    Adrian Jawort 11/7/13

    “He’s waited 100 years for this event, so it doesn’t hurt us to wait an hour,” emcee Robert Old Horn said, as Doctor Joseph Medicine Crow was on ‘Indian time,’ for his own birthday party.

    Medicine Crow entered the Apsaalooke (Crow) Multi-Purpose Building to thunderous applause as the Crow Nation and other guests stood up as he walked past on October 27.
    Medicine Crow holds among his titles being a tribal historian, anthropologist, educator, as well as decorated World War II veteran. In 2009, President Obama bestowed upon Medicine Crow the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor.

    Prior to WWII, Medicine Crow – who was the first of his tribe to graduate from college – was studying for an advanced degree in anthropology before volunteering for the Army and being sent to Europe.

    It was on the European battlefields Medicine Crow completed all of the four tasks needed to become a Crow War Chief. As a scout he led several successful war parties deep behind enemy lines; he stole German horses; he disarmed an enemy; and he touched an enemy (counted coup) without killing him.

    His grandfather was Medicine Crow, a renowned fierce warrior and scout during the Plains and Indian wars during the 19th Century. “My grandfather trained me to be a warrior,” notes Joe Medicine Crow. “The Crow people were so-called, ‘warlike.’ We were a very militaristic people.”

    He told of how he counted coup on an enemy during Ken Burn’s 2007 documentary,The War. It wasn’t really planned after Medicine Crow saw a lone German soldier walking past in a narrow alley as he hid waiting to ambush someone. “I saw his rifle and I knocked it out of his hands,” he recounts. “All I had to do was pull the trigger, but for some reason I put my gun down and tore into him.”

    After a violent struggle, Medicine Crow held the German soldier’s throat by his hands, and he was ready to finish him off. The soldier gasped, “Momma!” and Medicine Crow let him go out of sympathy. With that deed and without meaning to, he had committed two of 4 deeds to becoming a war chief.

    Coming upon a farmhouse, they spotted a small group of soldiers and with around 50 horses in their possession. (While the German Army was renowned for being mechanized, they and the Soviets did deploy more than 6 million horses during WWII.) Medicine Crow decided that before they bombarded the area with artillery, they should make off with the horses. They did so just before dawn as the explosions started.

    “The one I was riding was a sow with a braid, so I felt pretty good riding it,” he says. “It was a beautiful horse.” As he rode, he sang a Crow praise song.

    It wasn’t until after he came home and told elders of his deeds he was informed that he’d actually committed the acts necessary to become a Crow War Chief. “So I guess you’re looking at the last Plains Indian War Chief,” he says.

    During Medicine Crow’s birthday feast, Crow tribal members recounted stories of how they were inspired by their ‘grandfather’ Medicine Crow from their decisions to join the military to pursuing higher education. Prince Albert II of Monaco gave him a birthday card thanking him for an earlier gift Medicine Crow had given him during a visit, as did the historian and emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Herman J. Viola.

    But perhaps expressing the sentiments best via a tribute poem was Longmire writer Craig Johnson, who’d written about Medicine Crow the previous month. Old Horn read it out loud:
    Stand, my friends, Joe Medicine Crow is walking past… To see the things that those walnut stained eyes have seen… To hear the things those leathery ears have heard… To feel the things that the still beating heart has felt… Stand my friend, Joe Medicine is walking past. Stand, my friend, history is walking past.

    Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwor...rns-100-152106
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    Joseph Medicine Crow, ‘The Last Plains Indian War Chief,’ Turns 100
    Did he make it to 102? That article is from 2013.

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    Default Update for 102

    Ooops. Yes he did. Let me check up on him.

    This is from today, I meant to post this one. Thanks, Pam.

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    Default Medicine Crow

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    Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would repeal a controversial measure giving sacred Native American lands in Arizona to a foreign-owned mining company.

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    I saw that. Very timely, as Apache Stronghold walked into DC today to join with others rallying for Treaty Awareness, including the Michigan to DC Treaty Awareness Walk at the Lincoln Memorial

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    Default This is a Great Day in NDN Country

    Senators Sanders and Baldwin introduced a Bill to protect Oak Flat, in Arizona Apache Stronghold, which was approved to be sold to Rio Tinto, a foreign company, to be strip mined for copper.

    President Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline after the Secretary of State John Kerry reported State Department findings that it does not serve United States national interest. Many Thanks to the Lakota people for standing strong to stop the trucks from crossing their lands.

    Treaty Awareness Walkers from Michigan have reached Washington and are rallying at the Lincoln Memorial. This walk began with protests of the sale of treaty lands near Rexton, Michigan to a Canadian company to strip mine limestone. The state ignored treaty requirements to consult with the tribes over the sale. The tribes were sitting on their hands waiting for ... something. It took that action to wake us up, we are responsible for upholding our treaty rights. The walk to DC began as a wakeup call to the Michigan Native Bands, that we must band together for strength to force the state to recognize and properly deal with us as major stakeholders in the management of our treaty rights on the ceded territories.

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    Here's something fun I just stumbled across- Buffy Sainte-Marie on "To Tell the Truth":

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    Love it, Pam! Thanks for posting it here.

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    Default Reading list for Native American Heritage Month

    Native American Heritage Month: Recommended Reading

    ICTMN Staff 11/13/12

    How to celebrate Native American Heritage Month? One of the best ways is simply by reading. There are so many books out there about American Indians, but figuring out which ones can best inform us about Native American history and heritage is no small task. Many books about Indians are academic, written by college professors looking to get their doctorates, and appropriately dry as a result. Moreover they tend to focus on how Indians have fared under U.S. stewardship over the centuries rather than explore the rich heritage that existed on Turtle Island before the first settlers, and smallpox, arrived. Still more books have been published about various aspects of life since this country was created. But most Native history lies outside that narrow band of existence. The books listed here serve as a broad overview for Natives and non-Natives alike, giving a bit of ancient history, post-colonial history and a snapshot of modern-day life.

    For a good overview of how all the nations, both in North America and South America, used to live, contrasted with how they fared after contact, one can start with Charles C. Mann’s twin volumes,1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus(Knopf, 2005) and1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created(Knopf, 2011).American Indians, of course, do not need to be reminded of the rich heritage that greeted Christopher Columbus and his ilk when they first touched these shores. Likewise, the cultural devastation that followed isn’t news. But the two books serve to give the many nations that inhabit Turtle Island an overview of all the cultures that coexisted here, and their history, while providing new perspective for a wider audience as well, enabling understanding beyond Indian country.

    “You wouldn’t think there was another revelatory, perspective-shifting book to be gotten out of the arrival of Columbus in the New World, but 1493 is just that,” Time magazine said in naming it the best nonfiction book of 2011. “With immense energy and curiosity, Mann chronicles what amounts to the birth of a truly global ecosphere struggling to find a new equilibrium. It was a bloody birth. These forces were hugely powerful historical actors, and every trade turned out to be a trade-off too.”

    For a more detailed look at events shaping pre-contact Turtle Island, This Day in North American Indian History: Important Dates in the History of North America’s Native Peoples for Every Calendar Day (Da Capo Press, 2002) by Phil Konstantin also provides an overview, detailing more than 5,000 events important to North America’s Native peoples from 715 a.d. to the present.

    Then there is the retooling, the books that remind us not of what was lost but of what survived, often in surprising ways. Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Rethinking Schools Ltd., 1998) by Bill Bigelow turns notions of life at Columbus’s arrival on their head. Bonus: It is also among the books banned in Arizona schools earlier this year after the Tucson Unified School District School Board voted to eliminate so-called ethnic education.

    As overlooked and forgotten as the sophisticated history of American Indians often is, so too are the contributions that Indigenous Peoples made to the formation of what is today the United States, and beyond. Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World (Crown Publishers, 1988) by Jack Weatherford, is a key volume reminding us of all the things we take for granted that are actually Native inventions. Along political lines, Forgotten Founders: How the American Indian Helped Shape Democracy by Bruce Johansen (Harvard Common Press, 1982) details the Great Law of Peace and the role it played in forming the U.S. Constitution.

    Putting the finishing touches on Heritage 101 are books dispelling the stereotypes that surprisingly persist to this day. One such title is Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, by Anton Treuer (Borealis Books, 2012), a Q&A-style book that sets the record straight. Another myth buster is Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian (Harper Perennials, 2007), another straightforward Q&A.

    The perfect juxtaposition of old and new can be found in modern-day accounts of how Indians are living in two worlds. A prime example is the standout memoir by David Treuer, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012) which speaks to what many modern-day Indians, Ojibwe like him or not, go through. (Read an excerpt here and a profile of the author here.) Taken together, these books form the perfect primer, putting readers on the road to understanding what Native American heritage is all about.

    Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwor...reading-145495

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    My niece from Bay Mills Indian Community addressing the Treaty Awareness Unity Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on November 6. The Rally was attended by many supporters, including Apache Stronghold and Lummi Nation, both fighting similar incursions on their ceded territories, which would seriously impact their way of life.

    In the case of Apache Stronghold, Arizona Senator John McCain slipped an amendment into the Must Pass Defense Spending Bill last December, allowing the sale of Oak Flat, a sacred area, to Rio Tinto for strip mining copper, accepting Rio Tinto's assurance that they would not cause significant damage or would restore the land to the best of their ability once they tapped out. Have you ever seen a copper strip mine? It is incredible to think they could ever make it sightly again, much less restore a pristine desert riverine environment with all its flora and fauna specially adapted to live there while surrounded by desert. Well now, Senators Sanders of Vermont and Baldwin of Wisconsin have introduced a bill to rescind that sweetheart deal. This was done the same day of the Rally, November 6, 2015.

    Rio Tinto is British Australian corporation, the same one that is restricting access and leveling the area around Eagle Rock west of Marquette, Michigan, right over the top of the Salmon Trout River that empties into Lake Superior. The state accepted some questionable environmental assurances to approve the deal, and declared that Eagle Rock could not be a shrine because it was not a building.

    Lummi Nation is fighting a coal terminal at Cherry Point, Washintgton, a sacred area and traditional fishing area. They are opposed by the Crow Nation which sees the terminal as a key point for exporting coal from their mines. The terminal is proposed by SSA Marine, a privately owned company that began in the Pacific Northwest and now has global projects.

    The Michigan tribes are waking up to the need for treaty enforcement. The Treaty Awareness Unity Walk to DC 2015 began as the State of Michigan DNR prepared to sell many thousands of acres in the Eastern Upper Peninsula which were ceded by the tribes in 1836 by Treaty and other treaties, all of which retained the right of use of the land for traditional hunting, fishing, gathering and other needs, until the land is required for settlement. The land was being sold to Graymont, a Canadian company, for limestone strip mines. Since the State took over care of the lands, they have been imposing restrictive rules and now see fit to just sell a batch of it without consulting with the Tribes as major stakeholders. Those treaty rights have property value, and the Tribes retain the sacred duty of protecting the water and resources for future generations as well. We need to re-unify to protect our significant interests in the ceded territories and other threatened Treaty Rights.
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    Congrats to the group from Michigan for making it to DC. Are these foreign mining companies bribing politicians? Who is making money off these deals?

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    Thank you, Pam. We are happy with the way our walk generated support and spiritual strength.

    You know it is not the Natives making money. Arizona gets the benefit of the land sale and whatever the company pays them for the copper, also there is the tax money if it gets paid. Local businesses will benefit from the influx of work and commerce, which further increases revenue.

    For some reason, this Congress is wild to sell public lands to foreign companies for mining. It is happening all over, and with only lip service to environmental concerns.

    What gets completely overlooked is the value being taken from the Native populations, they get nothing for the loss of the use of the land. That is a property right.

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    Default Native Americans call for ban on Christians entering the US

    Native Americans have controversially called for a complete ban on Christians of any denomination entering the US until representatives can ‘figure out what the hell is going on.’

    “Seriously, you guys have screwed this place up,” said Chief Simon with Williams

    “Two world wars, I don’t know how many ‘minor conflicts,’ mass-shootings, Adam Sandler, toy dogs, the Star Wars prequels. Ryan Adams covering Taylor Swift, MacDonalds; I mean, all this is bad enough but now you unleash Donald Trump on us?”

    “I’m sorry, it’s extreme but we have to say enough is enough.”

    The call for a ban has been seen as highly provocative to an already incredibly violent religious group who’s more extreme wings are responsible for some of the worst mass-killings in US history.

    “Hey, some of my best friends are Christians,” said the Chief.

    “And they are good people, seriously. But until we figure out a way to tell the nice ones from the hate-filled, bigoted, war-mongering mass-killers then we’ve got to look after ourselves.”

    If the ban was put in place, it would affect such world figures such as the Pope, Bono, and Bill Turnbill, and open up the US to accusations of being profoundly silly.

    The chief was conciliatory, “True words, I don’t want the US looking silly. Okay, if we can’t ban all Christians, then let’s just ban Donald Trump?”

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    Default Little Traverse Bay Band member represents at the Climate Conference in Paris


    Frank Ettawageshik represented the National Congress of American Indians
    Published December 13, 2015
    PARIS – Frank Ettawageshik, the former tribal chairman of the Little Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, based in Harbor Springs, Michigan delivered the closing plenary remarks of UNFCCC COP21 in Paris, France.
    Ettawageskik made his remarks representing the National Congress of American Indians on behalf of indigenous peoples around the world.
    Here is the complete text of Chairman Ettawageshik’s remarks:
    International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate ChangeStatement at Closing Plenary of UNFCCC COP21Paris, France December 12, 2015Presented by Frank Ettawageshik, supported by Chief Bill Erasmus, Hindou Ourmou Ibrahim, and Saoudata Aboubacrine
    Aanii, Nakwegeshik N’diznikas. Pipigwa Ododem. Waganakising n’doonjibaa. (Hello. Noonday is my name. The Sparrow Hawk is the mark of my family. I am from the Land of the Crooked Tree.)
    Mr President, I greeted you in my Native language. My name is Frank Ettawageshik and I represent the National Congress of American Indians. Thank you for this opportunity to address you on behalf of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. Indigenous Peoples are those who least contribute to climate change, having safeguarded our traditional lands, territories and resources for millenia. Because our lives are inextricably and intimately related to the natural world, every adverse effect on that world acutely affects our lives.
    The members of our caucus come from all the regions of the world. Indigenous peoples came here with three key messages. We are pleased that during these negotiations all of our points were addressed to some degree.

    1. It is essential that the rights of indigenous peoples be recognized, protected and respected within a broad human rights framework. We sought such assurance in the operative section of the Agreement. We are keenly disappointed that the Parties did not see fit to accommodate this request in which we joined with a broad constituency. The Parties do recognize the importance of such rights in the Preamble and we intend to insist on our rights at every turn. We are sovereign governments with international treaties and rights to land territories, and resources toward which we have a sacred duty which we intend to fulfill.

    1. A temperature goal of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. We are disappointed this was not adopted as the Structured Expert Dialog stated that our traditional livelihoods will be severely affected at two degrees. However, we are thankful that the vital importance of achieving the 1.5 degree Celsius goal is recognized in the agreement language.

    1. Recognition, respect for, and use of our traditional knowledge, with our free, prior, and informed consent. We appreciate that a provision appears in the operative section under adaptation, but it should apply everywhere in the Agreement and Decision without the qualification “where appropriate.”

    We must remember we are here as nations to uphold the future for our children! We recognize the hope in all children’s eyes and we work so that this hope will remain through the future generations.
    Miigwetch (Thank You), Merci Beaucoup

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    Good recap. The Dann sisters, originally robbed of their livestock in 2003, have come up again in the wake of the latest Bundy capers. The baby Bundies are somehow claiming original ownership of all federal lands in the West, starting oddly with this bird refuge that is still under Treaty with the Paiute nation. The Burns Paiute nation claims ownership because the treaty of 1868, which the tribe signed, was never ratified by the Senate therefore the land was never ceded. In the case of the Dann sisters, they were grazing their cattle and horses on land taken without agreement by the federal government and put under control of BLM. The Shoshone NEVER AGREED TO GIVE UP THE LAND. The Danns were some $3 million down on fees owed to BLM for use of this land. Same as Cliven Bundy, who succeeded in standing off the US on the same issue of millions owed to BLM. Old Shoshone ladies 0, white guys with guns and bad attitudes 1. Feds 0.

    I think the Treaty Awareness movement needs to change up to Treaty Enforcement, and it is going to be on the tribes to unify into their pre-treaty status and stand up to the encroachments that have eroded the rights retained by the tribes over the decades.

    JAN 5, 2016 :

    Yes. Well, I’d like to start off saying that today, in January, this is the 137th anniversary of when 500 Paiutes were loaded onto wagons and walked, under heavy armed guard, from their—from the lands where the Bundys are right now holding it and to the Yakama Reservation in Washington state, some 300 miles, knee-deep in snow. And they were forced to march, shackled two by two. And so, that’s some of the background there.

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    Two Arizona congressional representatives are angry that President Barack Obama has intervened to prevent sacred Apache land from being sold off to foreign business interests, according to Tucson Weekly.

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    Russell Begaye, the president of Navajo Nation, praises Bernie Sanders' stances on Native American issues.

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    Jane Sanders visits Oak Flat:

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    More Native Americans feeling the Bern. Sen. Sanders receives an honorary name from Coast Salish leaders:

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