Pretty Bird Woman House: Raises Over $80,000 for a New House

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My apologies; I only learned of the existence of this blog today when someone at Daily Kos suggested I crosspost this announcement. I hope this is not inappropriate. Thank you.


In October, Betsy Campisi, a volunteer on the last Pretty Bird Woman House fundraising drive called Georgia Little Shield, the shelter director to check in. After all, after the previous May fundraiser, things looked great – Pretty Bird Woman House had a building, funding from the Netroots until a grant kicked in in… things were going well. But when Betsy spoke to Georgia she heard grim news.

Our shelter was burned down. They stole everything. Then they burnt it down.

Betsy asked; how much to buy a new house with a security system? The answer: $70,000. Worse, all the grants Pretty Bird Woman House depended on required a physical building to use as a shelter. They needed the money FAST. It seemed so unlikely back in October that it could even be done…

Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and just hope that the net is there to catch you. This time there was no net. But you wonderful people… you wove that net even as everything was falling off the edge. You wove the net out of blog posts and $5 donations, out of human love and compassion.  

If you are not familiar with the story behind Pretty Bird Woman House you can get a pretty complete history right here.

Wow, I don’t cry often but today when I surfed over to the Pretty Bird Woman House Blog and saw we had met our goal of $70,000-well, I pretty much lost it…

The timing could not have been better – Pretty Bird Woman House had a Board of Directors Meeting today. All of the Board of Directors and the advocates who work for the Pretty Bird Woman House had come into town for the meeting. Shelter Director Georgia Little Shield checked the Chip-In before the meeting started:

Everybody broke down in tears… thank you, thank you, thank you! The Board of Directors was shocked. The girls (the advocates) were crying they were so surprised.

Even more amazing – they have not finished counting the checks that have arrived in the mail yet – we have really raised more than $77,000 for Pretty Bird Woman House… in fact, it might be well over $80,000 by the time the counting is done. You did not just buy a women’s shelter – you bought furniture, paid some of the energy bills, got a top notch security system… Georgia has promised me she will keep us updated on how the money is used. They have a donated digital camera and she will photograph things as they happen so that we can see.

Georgia went on to tell me that her life experiences with domestic violence and abuse as well as the horrors she sees on a day to day basis sometimes catch up to her and darken her world.

But this.. this has totally amazed me and given me hope – that there are so many good people out there. Strangers who actually care.

Now the voices of these women will be heard!

A new energy fills Pretty Bird Woman House; the staff does not spend its time trying to figure out how to make ends meet for tomorrow, unable to see how they can function next week, let alone the next month. Already things are falling into place. They have a bid in on a house across from the police station; if that does not work out for any reason, they have other buildings in mind.

Georgia is expanding the services offered by Pretty Bird Woman House – she has applied for two new grants and wants to hire two advocates who will specialize in working with victims of sexual assault. And Pretty Bird Woman House has a new volunteer advocate.  Those of you who followed this story will remember her. Back in October Georgia told us about the situation this remarkable woman was in:

I recently attended a court sentencing of man that pled guilty to a charge of sexual assault against a Native American Woman and the Mayor of his town testified that he was an up standing community member and that the community would except him back with open arms and to just give him probation.

That’s right; the new advocate for victims at Pretty Bird Woman House is the woman who was raped by this man. She is completing this circle and as part of her healing is reaching out to help others.

So who did this? Who is behind this amazing achievement?

The person who started Pretty Bird Woman House is Jackie Brown Otter. She did it in memory of her sister, Pretty Bird Woman, who was raped and murdered. Georgia Little Shield is the director of Pretty Bird Woman House. About seven Lakota Sioux (some may be Dakota Sioux – my apologies if I have gotten this wrong) women have been the core of this whole project, they nurtured the dream and made it reality.

The progressive netroots would probably never have heard of this if Daily Kos user Norman Bier had not heard a National Public Radio story on an Amnesty International Report detailing how terrible the plight of Native American women was with regard to sexual assault. Norman Bier diaried on Daily Kos about the fact that without funds, Pretty Bird Woman House would close – and over 600 people responded with $27,000 to keep the shelter running until grant money kicked in.

That’s how Betsy got involved. I only got involved after reading a diary by Winter Rabbit called Pretty Bird Woman House: Let’s Unbury some Hearts. Daily Kos frontpager Devilstower gave the fundraising a jolt of lightning when he frontpaged a fundraising diary.

Raw Stats

  • 14 people gave over $1,000
  • 14 people donated over $500 but less than $1,000
  • 150 people donated over $100 but under $500
  • 66 people made mutiple donations
  • Very rough estimate is that about 60% of donors were female, 40% male… not all names are clear, several donated as a family, etc. but overall, much more even numbers than I had expected.
  • 934 individuals donated via Chip-In – that number will go up when checks are counted
  • Blogs Honor Roll:

    All Spin Zone

    Angry Black Bitch

    Bitch PhD

    Black and Missing but not Forgotten – this blog exists to publicize missing black women in the hope that they can be found, or at least not forgotten. It’s terrible to know there is a need for a blog like this, but it’s wonderful that Deidra has chosen to to this. I know she is a Christian, but I hope she won’t mind me wishing that the Goddess bless her and hold her.

    Coleen at livejournal

    Nezua Limon Zolagrafik-Jonez on Corrente

    Daily Gotham

    Daily Kos

    Docudharma

    ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES

    elynross

    Feministe

    Nezua Limon Xolagrafik-Jonez on Jesus’ General

    Left In The West

    Melekakimaka: Christmas in Hawaii

    Mole333 at Culture Kitchen

    My Left Wing

    Nezua Limon Xolagrafik-Jonez at Culture Kitchen

    Obsidian Wings

    Offsprung: Lock the Bedroom Door

    one tenacious baby mama

    Other Guild? Whatever that may be

    Our Bodies, Our Blog

    RadGeek

    Radical Doula

    Shakesville

    Street Prophets

    Flux at Suicide Girls – this website is NSFW!

    The Unapologetic Mexican

    Vox ex Machina

    Wampum

    Women’s Health News

    Zillah’s Gin

    The Future For Pretty Bird Woman House

    This time around we won’t lose touch; Georgia is planning on launching a regular newsletter… if you donated, you will get it (I will work with her so that you can opt out; Georgia is an incredible woman but she is not net savvy). We’ll do periodic diaries on Daily Kos and Street Prophets. Betsy and I are hoping to take a trip out and visit the new house when it is set up.

    Hopefully we have put Pretty Bird Woman House in a position to be self-sustaining. It is great that we helped, but they must be able to thrive and grow on their own. We provided extraordinary assistance at a time of extraordinary crisis, which is appropriate. Personally, I think they are on the way. I expect them to keep growing.

    The Future For Native American Women: Obtaining Equal Justice

    Well, truthfully I have been so busy with the fundraiser I have not really thought about this but I am going to make this a part of my life. How can we expect justice in Iraq when our own people are treated this way? We have to put an end to it.

    I am starting my research with Senator Byron Dorgan’s concept paper on improving law enforcement in Indian country. More information and places to submit comments are here. But that’s about as far as I have gotten with this. Maybe in comments people can suggest other places to go.

    So the fight is not over by any means… but for now we celebrate an amazing victory!

    WE DID IT! WE BOUGHT PRETTY BIRD WOMAN HOUSE A NEW HOUSE!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR PROGRESSIVE NETROOTS!!

    You can still Donate here!.

    Pretty Bird Woman House is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.

    More info here:

    Pretty Bird Woman House Blog – many more resources and links here!!

    Amnesty International Report-Maze of Injustice: The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA

    Why traditional fundraising avenues are closed to Pretty Bird Woman House

    A Fairly Complete History of Pretty Bird Woman House.

    Pretty Bird Woman HouseYahoo Group.

    Massacre At Wounded Knee – December 29, 1890

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    Today marked the anniversary of the massacre of Chief Big Foot and over 300 Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee.

    Some of my relatives went over to the site today to offer prayers and I sweat with them when they returned tonight.   Just thought there should be something here to remember the day.



    Photo from Dick Shovel’s site

    I recently learned about this site, WOUNDED KNEE: THE MUSEUM, but admit that I have not had time to go through it – so not vouching for it or anything.

    117th Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre

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    The Sand Creek Massacre and the Washita Massacre both led to the Wounded Knee Massacre. The Sand Creek Massacre brought the realization that “the soldiers were destroying everything Cheyenne – the land, the buffalo, and the people themselves,” and the Washita Massacre added even more genocidal evidence to those facts. The Sand Creek Massacre caused the Cheyenne to put away their old grievances with the Sioux and join them in defending their lives against the U.S. extermination policy. The Washita Massacre did that even more so. After putting the Wounded Knee Massacre briefly into historical perspective, we’ll focus solely on the Wounded Knee Massacre itself for the 117th Anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

    Crossposted at Progressive Historians

    Black Kettle, his wife, and more than 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho had just been exterminated, and Custer’s 7th was burning the lodges and all their contents, thus stripping them of all survival means. Sheridan would wait until all their dogs had been eaten before “allowing” them into subjugation, then Custer would rape the women hostages in captivity.


    Jerome A. Green. “Washita.” p. 126.

    Far across the Washita Valley, warriors observed the killing of the animals, enraged by what they saw.

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    What did they see, feel, and think?


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    And so, when the Chiefs gathered to decide what the people should do, Black Kettle took his usual place among them. Everyone agreed Sand Creek must be avenged. But there were questions. Why had the soldiers attacked with such viciousness? Why had they killed and mutilated women and children?

    It seemed that the conflict with the whites had somehow changed. No longer was it just a war over land and buffalo. Now, the soldiers were destroying everything Cheyenne – the land, the buffalo, and the people themselves.

    See it? Feel it?

    They witnessed and felt the Sand Creek Massacre happen, again.

    Consequently, a number of Cheyenne who were present at Washita helped defeat Custer at Little Bighorn.

    So, let us proceed from the Sand Creek Massacre,

    Why does this say Battle Ground after there was a Congressional investigation?

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    and from the genocide at the Washita “Battlefield” –

    No, it was a massacre.

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    Petition to Re-name

    The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site toThe Washita National Historic

    Site of Genocide

    AND WHERE AS:

    According to the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religious group as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;

    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life

    calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

    WE, the undersigned members of the Native American community and the public at large, request that this site of the attack by the United States military against 8,500 Plains Indians camped as prisoners of war along the Washita River in 1868 be designated as the Washita National Historic Site of Genocide.

    – to the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.

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    Harjo: Burying the history of Wounded Knee

    But Wounded Knee was 14 years after Little Bighorn. Would the soldiers have held a grudge that long and why would they take it out on Big Foot? They blamed Custer’s defeat on Sitting Bull, who was killed two weeks before Wounded Knee. The Survivors Association members had the answer: ”Because Big Foot was Sitting Bull’s half-brother. That’s why Sitting Bull’s Hunkpapa people sought sanctuary in Big Foot’s Minneconjou camp.”

    The Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890

    The first intention of the U.S. Army in part was to detain Chief Big Foot under the pretext that he was a “fomenter of disturbance,” remembering that Native Americans did not have equal rights at that time in the Constitution.

    In addition, the real intention was doing a “roundup” to a military prison camp, which would have become an internment and concentration camp in Omaha after they were prisoners. Colonel James W. Forsyth had orders to force them into going there.

    Speculating, I bet at least part of the rationalization for the massacre was so the soldiers wouldn’t have to transport them to the military prison in Omaha. Murdering them would have been easier. Then, they could’ve had another whiskey keg, like they did the evening right before this massacre, when they celebrated the detainment of Chief Big Foot. The soldiers may have even been hung over, depending on amount consumed and tolerance levels; moreover, if the soldiers were alcoholics, tolerance levels would have been high.


    massacre:

    n : the wanton killing of many people [syn: mass murder] v : kill a large number of people indiscriminately;

    “The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda” [syn: slaughter, mow down]


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    White officials became alarmed at the religious fervor and activism and in December 1890 banned the Ghost Dance on Lakota reservations. When the rites continued, officials called in troops to Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations in South Dakota. The military, led by veteran General Nelson Miles, geared itself for another campaign.



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    Big Foot and the Lakota were among the most enthusiastic believers in the Ghost Dance ceremony when it arrived among them in the spring of 1890.

    Chief Big Foot’s arrest was ordered by the U.S. War Department for being a “fomenter of disturbance.” Chief Big Foot was already on his way to Pine Ridge with his people, when the 7th U.S. Cavalry with Major Samuel Whitside leading them approached him on horses. Big Foot’s lungs were bleeding from pneumonia.

    Blood froze on his nose while he could barely speak. He had a white flag of surrender put up as soon as he caught glimpse of the U.S. Calvary coming towards them. At the urging of John Shangreau, Whitside’s half-breed scout, Whitside “allowed” Big Foot to proceed to the camp at Wounded Knee. Whitside wanted to arrest Big Foot and disarm them all immediately. Ironically, the justification for letting Big Foot go to Wounded Knee was that it would prevent a gun fight, save the lives of the women and children, but let the men escape. The Warriors wouldn’t have left their women and children to perish, but since the following was reported to Red Cloud:

    Red Cloud

    “…A white man said the soldiers meant to kill us. We did not believe it, but some were frightened and ran away to the Badlands.(1)

    I believe Whitside didn’t want the Warriors to have such an opportunity, under direct orders by General Nelson Miles.


    (1): “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown, pp. 441-442. (December, 1890).

    “Later in the darkness of that December night (Dec. 28) the remainder of the Seventh Regiment marched in from the east and quietly bivouacked north of Major Whitside’s troops. Colonel James W. Forsyth, commanding Custer’s former regiment, now took charge of operations. He informed Whitside that he had received orders to take Big Foot’s band to the Union Pacific Railroad for shipment to the military prison in Omaha.

    Then, came the disarming.


    ..Colonel Forsyth informed the Indians that they were now to be disarmed. “They called for guns and arms,” White Lance said, “so all of us gave the guns and they were stacked up in the center.” The soldier chiefs were not satisfied with the number of weapons surrendered, so they sent details of troops to search the tepees. “They would go right into the tents and come out with bundles (sacred objects) and tear them open,” Dog Chief said. “They brought our axes, knives, and tent stakes and piled them near the guns.” Still not satisfied, the soldier chiefs ordered the warriors to remove their blankets and submit to searches for weapons…

    Yellow Bird, the only medicine man there at the time danced some steps of the Ghost Dance, while singing one of it’s songs as an act of dissent. Simultaneously, the people were furious at the “searches” when Yellow Bird reminded everyone of their bullet-proof shirts. To me, this was the void in time when the Ghost Dancers chose peace over war, and made it possible for the resurgence of their culture to occur in the future. A psychological justification for my saying so, is the Ghost Dancers would also have been Sundancers. Part of the well-known intent behind the Sundance is “that the people might live.”

    Continuing on; next, was false blame.

    …Some years later Dewey Beard (Wasumaza) recalled that Black Coyote was deaf. “If they had left him alone he was going to put his gun down where he should. They grabbed him and spinned him in the east direction. He was still unconcerned even then. He hadn’t pointed his gun at anyone. His intention was to put that gun down. They came and grabbed the gun that he was going to put down…(1) in proceeding paragraph, p.445.



    Source

    …The massacre allegedly began after an Indian, who was being disarmed, shot a U.S. officer.



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    Hotchkiss guns shredded the camp on Wounded Knee Creek, killing, according to one estimate, 300 of 350 men, women, and children.



    My Journey to Wounded Knee

    More people survived if they tried to escape through this tree row, because there was more tree cover.

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    More were massacred if they tried to escape through this tree row, because there was much less tree cover.

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    The truth has still been tried to be slanted and concealed, even after over one century ago, because the old sign below said that there were 150 warriors.

    The truth is, there were only 40 warriors.

    It was nothing less than false blame, deceptive actions, and blatant lies by the blood-thirsty troopers that started the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. In recognition of the governmental policy of using smallpox infected blankets as germ warfare against Native Americans since the first presidency, the Sioux Wars, and all the “successful” extermination by the U.S. government prior to this last “battle;” would they have had the atom bomb, they would have used it too.

    For that would have been more convenient, than loading their remaining victims (4 men and 47 women and children) into open wagons and transporting them to Pine Ridge during the approaching blizzard for alleged shelter at the army barracks, then to the Episcopal mission “unplanned.” They left the survivors out in that blizzard in open wagons for who knows how long, while “An (singular) inept Army officer searched for shelter.”(1)

    What that tells me is: they didn’t plan on having any survivors. They planned on exterminating them. Of course, there wasn’t any room at all in the army barracks for 51 people, so they had to take them to the mission. Well…if they’d been white, they would’ve found room for a measly 51 white people.



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    “…A recurring dream in the mid-1980s directed a Lakota elder to begin the ride as a way to heal the wounds of the 1890 massacre. It continues today to honor the courage of the ancestors and to teach the young to become leaders…The Big Foot Ride began in 1987 at the urging of Birgil Kills Straight, a descendant of a Wounded Knee Massacre survivor. Each year, the riders have come together to sacrifice and pray for the 13-day trip from the Standing Rock Reservation beginning on the anniversary of the death of Sitting Bull and ending at Wounded Knee on Dec. 28, the day before the anniversary of the massacre…”



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    “…The two-week Ride started in 1986 after a dream told one of its founders that it would “mend the sacred hoop” and heal the wounds of the famous massacre. For the first four years, the ride was led in intense cold by Arvol Looking Horse, keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe bundle in Green Grass, S.D. It is now carried on by youths from the Lakota nation, starting in Grand River near Mobridge, S.D. on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and continuing south 200 miles to Pine Ridge…”

    Emergency for Texas Native Americans who own land where Government wants border fence

    Emergency in el Calaboz, Lipan Apache & Basque-Indigena North American Land Title Holders

    My mother and elders of El Calaboz, since July have been the targets of numerous threats and harassments by the Border Patrol, Army Corps of Engineers, NSA, and the U.S. related to the proposed building of a fence on their levee.

    Since July, they have been the targets of numerous telephone calls, unexpected and uninvited visits on their lands, informing them that they will have to relinquish parts of their land grant holdings to the border fence buildup. The NSA demands that elders give up their lands to build the levee, and further, that they travel a distance of 3 miles, to go through checkpoints, to walk, recreate, and to farm and herd goats and cattle, ON THEIR OWN LANDS.

    This threat against indigenous people, life ways and lands has been very very serious and stress inducing to local leaders, such as Dr. Eloisa Garcia Tamez, who has been in isolation from the larger indigenous rights community due to the invisibility of indigenous people of South Texas and Northern Tamaulipas to the larger social justice conversation regarding the border issues.

    However recent events, of the last 5 days cause us to feel that we are in urgent need of immediate human rights observers in the area, deployed by all who can help as soon as possible-immediate relief.

    more…

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_the_web_071218_emergency__for_texas.htm

    Native American Network gets out Nevada’s vote

    RENO, Nev. – Longtime Republican strongholds in the Midwest and West appear to be up for grabs in the upcoming presidential election, and Native people are emerging as the key swing vote, according to Democratic Party political strategist Celinda Lake. Speaking for the party, Lake has said, ”We cannot win these key battleground states without a turnout in the Indian vote.”

    Enter Kalyn Free, Choctaw, who recognized a historic opportunity to make the nation take notice of indigenous people and their issues.

    A former Oklahoma district attorney and Justice Department senior counsel, Free founded the Indigenous Democratic Network, or INDN’s List, in 2005. The Oklahoma-based group recruits, trains and funds Democratic Native candidates; of the 28 it has endorsed for state and local offices, 22 have won their races.

    Nevada’s election format also works well with her concept. ”In caucuses, you can have a big effect with a small number of people,” explained Louis Gray, Osage, INDN’s List Education Fund’s Nevada state director. ”The last time Nevada caucused, 4,000 people turned out. If we get just 1,000 Indians to the polls, we may represent some 25 percent of the electorate. Then we’ll have representatives who go to the state convention and help write the state platform.”

    The tasks for Gray and his small staff, who began work in November, are to register Native people, hold ”mock caucuses” to familiarize new voters with the process and, finally, help people get to the meetings on election day. Caucuses, Gray explained, are one-hour events, during which a voter enters a room and goes to a spot designated for his or her favorite candidate. ”If your candidate does not attract a certain proportion of voters present, other candidates’ supporters can lobby you to switch to their corner,” he said.

    www.indiancountry.com

    2007 victory: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted

    NEW YORK – On Sept. 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with 143 member states voting for it and 11 abstaining. Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand – four countries with sizable indigenous populations with legitimate claims to large land masses – voted against the adoption.

    Not sure why it took so long for this to appear in Indian Country. . .  

    While the declaration is not legally binding, the hope and expectation is that it will become a convention with the force of international law.

    However, according to an Amnesty International report titled ”Canada and the International Protection of Human Rights: An Erosion of Leadership?” after the declaration was adopted ”Canada has gone on to claim – without any basis in international law – that states that voted against the Declaration should be exempt from the standard that it has set.”

    The proposition that governments can opt out by simply voting against a declaration ”dramatically undercuts the integrity of the international human rights system. Every setback has wider impacts as well,” said Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty Canada. ”Millions of people around the world living the daily reality of relentless abuses of their human rights need to hear the full force of Canada’s voice on the world stage. Canada can and must do better.”

    By contrast, www.nativobserver.org reported on Bolivia’s adoption of the declaration as national law. Bolivia is the first country in the world to do so.

    Indian Country Today

    Freedom! Lakota Sioux Indians Declare Sovereign Nation Status

    I’ve been working so hard the past couple of weeks that I don’t know what the local talk is about this – none of my phone calls this morning found anyone I needed at their offices or home.  My brother-in-law is at a conference in Rapid City and will be home Sunday, so I should be able to learn some from him then if not before.

    Will update then.  Meanwhile. . . .

    “I want to emphasize, we do not represent the collaborators, the Vichy Indians and those tribal governments set up by the United States of America to ensure our poverty, to ensure the theft of our land and resources,” Means said, comparing elected tribal governments to Nazi collaborators in France during World War II.

    Rodney Bordeaux, chairman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said his community has no desire to join the breakaway nation. Means and his group, which call themselves the Lakota Freedom Delegation, have never officially pitched their views to the Rosebud community, Bordeaux said.

    “Our position on that is we need to uphold the treaties, and we’re constantly reminding Congress of that message,” Bordeaux said. “We’re pushing to maintain and to keep the treaties there because they’re the basis of our relationship with the federal government.”

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    Comments at the Argus Leader

    Comments at Rapid City Journal

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    Press Release

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DECEMBER 20, 2007

    9:02 AM

    CONTACT: Lakota Freedom

    Naomi Archer, Communications Liaison

    (828) 230-1404

    lakotafree@gmail.com or press@lakotafreedom.com

    Threaten Land Liens, Contested Real Estate Over Five State Area in U.S.West; Dakota Territory Reverts back to Lakota Control According to U.S., International Law.

    WASHINGTON, DC – December 20 – Lakota Sioux Indian representatives declared sovereign nation status today in Washington D.C. following Monday’s withdrawal from all previously signed treaties with the United States Government. The withdrawal, hand delivered to Daniel Turner, Deputy Director of Public Liaison at the State Department, immediately and irrevocably ends all agreements between the Lakota Sioux Nation of Indians and the United States Government outlined in the 1851 and 1868 Treaties at Fort Laramie Wyoming.

    “This is an historic day for our Lakota people,” declared Russell Means, Itacan of Lakota. “United States colonial rule is at its end!”

    “Today is a historic day and our forefathers speak through us. Our Forefathers made the treaties in good faith with the sacred Canupa and with the knowledge of the Great Spirit,” shared Garry Rowland from Wounded Knee. “They never honored the treaties, that’s the reason we are here today.”

    The four member Lakota delegation traveled to Washington D.C. culminating years of internal discussion among treaty representatives of the various Lakota communities. Delegation members included well known activist and actor Russell Means, Women of All Red Nations (WARN) founder Phyllis Young, Oglala Lakota Strong Heart Society leader Duane Martin Sr., and Garry Rowland, Leader Chief Big Foot Riders. Means, Rowland, Martin Sr. were all members of the 1973 Wounded Knee takeover.

    “In order to stop the continuous taking of our resources – people, land, water and children- we have no choice but to claim our own destiny,” said Phyllis Young, a former Indigenous representative to the United Nations and representative from Standing Rock.

    Property ownership in the five state area of Lakota now takes center stage. Parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana have been illegally homesteaded for years despite knowledge of Lakota as predecessor sovereign [historic owner]. Lakota representatives say if the United States does not enter into immediate diplomatic negotiations, liens will be filed on real estate transactions in the five state region, clouding title over literally thousands of square miles of land and property.

    Young added, “The actions of Lakota are not intended to embarrass the United States but to simply save the lives of our people”.

    Following Monday’s withdrawal at the State Department, the four Lakota Itacan representatives have been meeting with foreign embassy officials in order to hasten their official return to the Family of Nations.

    Lakota’s efforts are gaining traction as Bolivia, home to Indigenous President Evo Morales, shared they are “very, very interested in the Lakota case” while Venezuela received the Lakota delegation with “respect and solidarity.”

    “Our meetings have been fruitful and we hope to work with these countries for better relations,” explained Garry Rowland. “As a nation, we have equal status within the national community.”

    Education, energy and justice now take top priority in emerging Lakota. “Cultural immersion education is crucial as a next step to protect our language, culture and sovereignty,” said Means. “Energy independence using solar, wind, geothermal, and sugar beets enables Lakota to protect our freedom and provide electricity and heating to our people.”

    The Lakota reservations are among the most impoverished areas in North America, a shameful legacy of broken treaties and apartheid policies. Lakota has the highest death rate in the United States and Lakota men have the lowest life expectancy of any nation on earth, excluding AIDS, at approximately 44 years. Lakota infant mortality rate is five times the United States average and teen suicide rates 150% more than national average. 97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line and unemployment hovers near 85%.

    “After 150 years of colonial enforcement, when you back people into a corner there is only one alternative,” emphasized Duane Martin Sr. “The only alternative is to bring freedom into its existence by taking it back to the love of freedom, to our lifeway.”

    We are the freedom loving Lakota from the Sioux Indian reservations of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana who have traveled to Washington DC to withdraw from the constitutionally mandated treaties to become a free and independent country. We are alerting the Family of Nations we have now reassumed our freedom and independence with the backing of Natural, International, and United States law. For more information, please visit our new website at www.lakotafreedom.com.

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    More Info:

    Lakota Freedom

    • Lakota Sioux Indian representatives declared sovereign nation status Wednesday in Washington D.C. following Monday’s

      withdrawal from all previously signed treaties with the United States Government MORE…

    • Justified?  Withdrawal originates from standing mandate carefully thought out by traditional chiefs and thousands of representatives at Treaty Councils SEE THE TREATY COUNCIL DOCUMENT…
    • Lakota delivers introductory Portfolio Packet to State Department and foreign embassies  READ THE PACKET…

    • Press Conference Photos (held at Plymouth Congregational Church, Washington, DC)…SEE THE GALLERY…  

    More. . .



    Lakota group pushes for new nation
    (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 12/20)

    Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US (AP 12/20)

    Lakota group declares sovereign nation status (The Rapid City Journal 12/20)

    Indian Boarding Schools: Cultural Assimilation and Destruction (Edited)

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    What happened inside the walls of theIndian Boarding School that used to be to the right here?

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    Let’s look to history for some feasible answers.

    (This video is over at Pretty Bird Woman House)

    (All bold mine)



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    RICHARD PRATT — “KILL THE INDIAN, SAVE THE MAN”

    As we have taken into our national family seven millions of Negroes, and as we receive foreigners at the rate of more than five hundred thousand a year, and assimilate them, it would seem that the time may have arrived when we can very properly make at least the attempt to assimilate our two hundred and fifty thousand Indians, using this proven potent line, and see if that will not end this vexed question and remove them from public attention, where they occupy so much more space than they are entitled to either by numbers or worth.


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    Children are educated to become responsible and free thinking adults in the future; however, those were not Elazor Wheelock’s goals when he began Dartmouth College in 1769.

    To the contrary of genuine education’s goals, Wheelock’s Indian College in Hanover, New Hampshire and the Indian Boarding Schools that followed had these things


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    …cultural destruction, forced assimilation, and military regimen were popularized by Richard Henry Pratt, who started the Carlisle Indian School in 1879, and became cornerstones of most Indian boarding schools in the United States.

    as the goals. So, just how did they come into reality?

    Christian denominations were given power to build them on reservations as a result of Ulysses S. Grant’s “peace policy.”


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    The policy pursued toward the Indians has resulted favorably, so far as can be judged from the limited time during which it has been in operation. Through the exertions of the various societies of Christians to whom has been entrusted the execution of the policy, and the board of commissioners authorized by the law of April 10, 1869, many tribes of Indians have been induced to settle upon reservations, to cultivate the soil, to perform productive labor of various kinds, and to partially accept civilization.They are being cared for in such a way, it is hoped, as to induce those still pursuing their old habits of life to embrace the only opportunity which is left them to avoid extermination.

    I recommend liberal appropriations to carry out the Indian peace policy,
    not only because it is humane, Christian like, and economical, but because it is right.

    Those Christian denominations also had some measure of control with the B.I.A., yet only in terms of carrying out the “peace policy” on reservations. Now that the general historical context has been set with a few specifics; consequently, what were the means to the “cultural destruction and forced assimilation?” Clearly put, it’s at least categorized into the following: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, sexual, and neglectful abuse with at least illness and poor sanitation which sometimes even resulted in death. Ironically, Friends of the American Indian and Thomas Morgan believed those were merely the lesser evils.


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    The choices seemed simple and stark to the reformer movement – either kill all the Indians or assimilate them into white civilization through education.



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    “We must either fight Indians, feed them, or else educate them. To fight them is cruel, to feed them is wasteful, while to educate them is humane, economic, and Christian.”

    Some examples of the extraordinary abuse and death in moreover extremely poor sanitation conditions of the Indian Boarding Schools are as follows:


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    When they got to Carlisle, the students were extremely homesick. Their long hair was cut. One boarding school student, Lone Wolf of the Blackfoot tribe, remembered:

    “[Long hair] was the pride of all Indians. The boys, one by one, would break down and cry when they saw their braids thrown on the floor. All of the buckskin clothes had to go and we had to put on the clothes of the White Man. If we thought the days were bad, the nights were much worse. This is when the loneliness set in, for it was when we knew that we were all alone. Many boys ran away from the school because the treatment was so bad, but most of them were caught and brought back by the police.”




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    They were forbidden to practice their religion and were forced to memorize Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer.



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    Rose was strapped for speaking her language. This is a common practice in schools all over the place at the time. Her open hands were hit with a large thick leather strap, many times.
    I received the strap on several occasions, although not as harshly as Rose did in my story. I did see many native children whose hands were strapped so long and hard that they were blistered for days, as though they had been burned with fire.




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    Indian Boarding School Abuse – Including Child Molestation

    In the late 19th century, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (in conjunction with various churches) placed thousands of Native American children into Indian Boarding Schools. At the boarding schools, the children were forced to give up their Indian heritage and were forbidden from speaking their native languages. They were routinely beaten and sexually abused, and some even died.


    Here is a letter that author and professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Brenda J. Child posted,

    Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (North American Indian Prose Award Series) (Paperback)

    by Brenda J. Child,
    that informs a parent of the death of its child from an Indian Boarding School.



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    (Italics mine)



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    (letter is no longer up, this is the old address)

    Dear Sir,

    It is with a feeling of sorrow that I write you telling of the death of your daughter Lizzie. She was sick but a short time and we did not think her so near her end. Last Wednesday I was called away to Minneapolis and I was very much surprised upon my return Saturday evening to find she was dead, as they had given us no information except she might live for a number of months. Those that were with her say she did not suffer, but passed away as one asleep. I am very sorry that you could not have seen your daughter alive, for she had grown quite a little and improved very much since you let her come here with me. If we had known she was going to live but so short a time, we would have made a great effort to have gotten you here before she died.

    So wrote the superintendent of Flandreau Indian School to the father of a student who died of tuberculosis in a government boarding school in 1907. …Hundreds of children like Lizzie died at boarding school, never to return to their families and communities.
     



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    Meriam Report: GENERAL SUMMARY OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    The survey staff finds itself obliged to say frankly and unequivocally that the provisions for the care of the Indian children in boarding schools are grossly inadequate.

    The outstanding deficiency is in the diet furnished the Indian children, many of whom are below normal health.
    The diet is deficient in quantity, quality, and variety. The effort has been made to feed the children on a per capita of eleven cents a day, plus what can be produced on the school farm, including the dairy. At a few, very few, schools, the farm and the dairy are sufficiently productive to be a highly important factor in raising the standard of the diet, but even at the best schools these sources do not fully meet the requirements for the health and development of the children. At the worst schools, the situation is serious in the extreme…

    Next to dietary deficiencies comes overcrowding in dormitories. The boarding schools are crowded materially beyond their capacities. A device frequently resorted to in an effort to increase dormitory capacity without great expense is the addition of large sleeping porches. They are in themselves reasonably satisfactory, but they shut off light and air from the inside rooms, which are still filled with beds beyond their capacity.
    The toilet facilities have in many cases not been increased proportionately to the increase in pupils, and they are fairly frequently not properly maintained or conveniently located. The supply of soap and towels has been inadequate…

    What is a modern consequence of all this? Boarding School intergenerational trauma, which has been being addressed by those indigenous people who still suffer from its devastating effects.


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    Working to heal the wounds of boarding school

    United Nations panel hopes to undo the damage caused by U.S. government’s Indian boarding school policies

    By Karen Lynch

    “People in Indian country are still becoming aware of the effects of boarding school trauma,” said Dr. Eulynda Toledo-Benalli, Dine’, currently performing boarding school healing project research with the Navajo people. “This is something about our history that is not being talked about in a way that encourages healing from its intergenerational trauma…”

    As a panelist, Dr. Toledo-Benalli said the pain she suffered as a second-generation survivor affected not only herself but her children, as well. “Many times I have said to my children that I’m sorry for the way I treat them. This is so, because parents learn parenting skills from their parents. It is said that the oppressed become the oppressors.

    As Dr. Toledo-Benalli talked about the painful memories as a survivor, the memory of her father who was “snatched and taken to Colorado, to a place that he did not know even existed. My mother who was herding sheep was also snatched.

    The Wellbriety Movement helps with boarding school intergenerational trauma as well.


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    The Healing Forest Model

    The unhealed forest (community, left) transforms itself into a healed forest (right) by participating in and utilizing Wellbriety Movement activities, programs, and learning resources. The destructive roots of anger, guilt, shame and fear of the unhealed forest become the four gifts of the Sacred Hoop: Forgiving the Unforgivable, Healing, Unity and Hope. The wounded trees become healthy trees and the community participates in wellness involvements, such as, sober powwows, tradition, culture and spirituality. These are some of the gifts of the Wellbriety Movement.

    (Medicine Bluffs)

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    Having looked to history for some feasible answers as to what happened inside the walls of that Boarding School, as well as the definition of historical trauma and one helpful solution, I also suggest reading:

    Tim Giago’s book “Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools,”

    and jenniestarrish’s diary  Kill the Indian, save the man at Native American Netroots.


    In my family’s case, my dad was sent to a boarding school about 800 miles from home. This was in the early 1930’s and that was an incredible distance to cover in those years.

    I hope with all my heart that those relatives, known and unknown who still suffer from

    boarding school intergenerational trauma are able to the find peace and resolution that they need for themselves and for their loved ones.

    Pretty Bird Woman House: Giving Hope (Update)

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    ccamp made a comment over at Native American Netroots that I want to share and focus on. I then want to share a personal story of how much I think this fundraiser being successful will save lives by giving hope, and conclude with what betsyny has already told us.

    One of the things ccamp mentions at Native American Netroots is “an epidemic of child suicides and other social ills all of which can be traced to the grinding poverty and its lack of a solution.”

    (Bold & underline mine)


    From “I Want Olbermann to Cover PBWH” at NAN

    each rez has one

    I’ve read about the help being given to PBWH and I also think Olbermann would be a good reporter if you can get him. The sad thing is that each and every rez in South Dakota has an under funded, desperate woman’s house that is struggling to survive on pitiful funds. Some on larger reservations where the needs are even greater, at least in numbers, than Cheyenne River.

    Here where I live on Rosebud, the “White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman’s Society” is doing the same hard job on very limited resources. Tribes are doing what they can but with winter coming on they’ll be spending their discretionary funds on heating needs. Private and foundation funding is hard to get and even harder to maintain for the long run, yet the needs are increasing with the population.

    Welfare reform has been a disaster on the rez because the poverty is endemic in a population where 75% of the population is unemployed. We’re seeing an epidemic of child suicides and other social ills all of which can be traced to the grinding poverty and its lack of a solution.
    I hope someone like Olberman can use the PBWH to highlight the whole problem.

    Next, I want to share a personal story, because I think this fundraiser being successful will save lives by giving hope. How many, I don’t know. I wouldn’t share it unless I thought it would be helpful to others. Suffice it to say, hope through someone to talk to would’ve been the difference between a 20 gauge shotgun to my head or not at 17.

    I was 17 years old and my codependence combined with normal adolescent neurosis and feelings of abandonment left me feeling absolutely hopeless. I was raised in a good family and we had a good house, but New Years Eve of ’87 found me calling suicide hotlines – but nobody answered.

    I further spiraled into hopelessness thinking, “New Years Eve, they know it’s a night of higher suicide rates, that’s it.” I made the decision to end my life.

    It was really a strange feeling going into my parent’s room, putting a shell in a 20 gauge shotgun with tears streaming down my face, and pointing it to my head. I had taken the safety off. I just wanted someone to help me and talk to me. Nonetheless, I put enough pressure on the trigger for it to go off, but I saw something out of the right corner of my right eye. The gun didn’t fire and I was amazed that it didn’t. I put it to my head again and these thoughts seemed to be streamed into my mind, “If you do this, you’re one selfish bastard.”
    I put the gun up.

    I sponsored someone 13 years later, and when he committed suicide via an overdose I understood why. However, many were at his funeral and I still remember thinking, “I wish you could have seen then how many people care now.”

    As I stated in the beginning, I think this fundraiser being successful will save lives by giving hope. I really believe that.   Caroline Myss talked about a man on a bridge who thought, “If one person isn’t kind to me, I’m jumping (paraphrasing),” and how giving hope and kindness can literally save someone’s life. That’s precisely what I see PBWH doing, giving hope that will save lives. Furthermore, I don’t ever want to have to think “I wish you could have seen then how many people care now” again.


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    Rape survivors are also 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than not crime victims and 6 times more likely than victims of other crimes.


    Violence against women prompts many Rosebud Reservation suicides

    Some of them have also been raped and contemplated suicide, she said.

    Please donate,read what betsyny has to say about it,


    Pretty Bird Woman House Update: YOU are buying THIS house!

    If you haven’t donated yet, you can make a huge difference right now because they’re at a crucial point in the house purchase process, and things are still a little shaky. Go here to donate and get all the info you could possibly want on the shelter if you have missed the story up until now.

    There will be needs after the house purchase, which is why I am keeping the goal at $70,000 despite the fact that of the 2 houses available, they’re bidding on the lower-priced one.

    and as ccamp says, let’s “use the PBWH to highlight the whole problem.”


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    A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

    Mohandas Gandhi

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    Artwork by Tigana.

    [Update]


    betson08 reminds us about this challenge from Bubbanomics.


    Bubbanomics issued a challenge this weekend – he’ll match all contributions up to a total of $1000 through today. So, if you donate right now it counts double!

    If you donate, leave a comment here or for bubbanomics about how much you donated.

    Pretty Bird Woman House Update: YOU are buying THIS house!

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    I thought I’d give you an update on what was going on with the fundraiser for this shelter. Georgia Little Shield, the director, has used the money we have raised so far to place a bid on the house you see in the photos below.

    We need donations urgently right now since there was only enough money for a really low bid, so that makes things still a bit tenuous. And then there will be closing costs and a security system. But even though we haven’t sealed the deal yet, we’re coming very close!

    The amazing part of this project is that the individual efforts of a bunch of bloggers are making such a big difference to a group of women. This is what a community is really about.  And were else can you see donations doing something so huge so fast?  

    Here are the photos of the house. Isn’t it great!

    Front View:

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    Living Room:

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    Kitchen, View 1

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    Kitchen, View 2

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    Dining Room:

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    There is also a huge basement, which will house a children’s playroom, and a small thrift shop to support the shelter, and has great general potential.

    The next large item is a security system. With security cameras. A good one (which is a must in this situation) is at least $7,000 installed. And then we’ll need a fence. That’s going to be another large chunk of change. Since this is a one story house, and we don’t want batterers to try to get into those bedrooms at night, the fence is vital in addition to the security system. We don’t want a repeat of the theft and vandalism either.

    If you haven’t donated yet, you can make a huge difference right now because they’re at a crucial point in the house purchase process, and things are still a little shaky. Go here to donate and get all the info you could possibly want on the shelter if you have missed the story up until now.

    There will be needs after the house purchase, which is why I am keeping the goal at $70,000 despite the fact that of the 2 houses available, they’re bidding on the lower-priced one.

    Because of the prior theft they’re also going to need a TV, VCR, DVD player, and the entertainment center to put them on. Boy it really sucks that they got so much stuff stolen! They’re also going to need a washer and dryer, as well as new dressers, 2 more bunk beds, and 2 more double beds, since more women and children will be housed here than in the other shelter. They also will need extra couches and chairs because the living room is so big, and the outside of the house needs a new coat of paint.

    Those items are all important, but the money to seal the deal for the house and buy the security system is the most urgent.

    So please everyone, keep passing the word. We are SO close.

    I want to raise $10K more by Christmas. If the sellers accept the current bid that much will cover closing costs and the security system so the women can move right in. If they don’t accept the bid, it will allow them to increase it slightly and still cover closing costs. In any case, we’re SO close to this being a huge netroots coup for the shelter!

    P.S. The shelter also just received another federal grant. If we can get this house, that grant will pay for utilities, food and other expenses. It’s also funding another advocate. So, we’ve got great long-term viability here, we just need to help them with their infrastructure! They are also planning a domestic violence conference for April that will be free for all Standing Rock residents. Georgia just never quits, even in the middle of all this house chaos!

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    (by Tigana)

    Cherokee Home Coming Festival

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    Good Morning,

    I wanted to take a moment to contact you regarding a new and unique grassroots event that is now in it’s planning stages.  As I am sure you are aware, next year, 2008 is the 170th anniversary of the deadly Trail of Tears our common ancestors were forced to walk. This event will take place at the Gordon County fairgrounds on November 6, 7, 8, and 9 th, 2008 in Calhoun, Georgia. This will be known as Cherokee Homecoming Festival. Here the Cherokee for the first time will return to their ancestral home at New Echota, with the support of all of their tribal brothers and sisters.  This historical event is being organized by a grassroots group know as Dragonfly Productions. I am attaching their web site for your review.

    Dragonfly Promotions(Cherokee Nations Homecoming Festival)

    We hope after you have had a chance to review the information you will make the decision to support this event by any means at your disposal.

    Thank you for your time and support.

    Jean Moyer

    Author

    Children of the Dawn.

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    Sioux Scalp Needs Coverage by Olbermann

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    If someone had told me that someone would be selling a Sioux scalp online on the 143rd Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre; I would have hoped, “Surely nobody would be that barbaric and seeped in genocide denial.” Right? Wrong.

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    (Photos will be deleted after the scalp is in the proper tribal hands. For verification only)

    Olbermann’s contact information

    The situation has been this. Somebody attempted to make blood money off of the Great Indian Holocaust.

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    I discovered this by a bulletin.

    (From a Mysace bulletin. Private citizens info. has been taken out. News organization info. is left intact throughout)

    ———– Bulletin Message —————–

    Knowing the historical aspect that has happen to native people and the misconception of what “Scalping” mean is wrong… Scalping is what the Europeans’ brought to kill Native people — The policy by the U.S. Government was to “Scalp” Native for money as a form of genocide against native people… Yes… GENOCIDE!!!!  To decimate, destroy, demolish a group of people like they have done to other countries…. What is seen on Ebay is racist and wrong!!!!

    Please write to Ebay and tell them if they would also sell “noose” because selling Scalps is just the same!!!!

    (name removed)

    RE: Native scalp for bid again on Ebay

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    —————– Bulletin Message —————–
    From: SAVE THE SACRED SITES
    Date: Nov 29, 2007 5:07 PM

    I wanna puke and then kick ass.
    (name removed)

    Sioux Scalp on auction at EBAY
    tamra@ndnnews.com

    Hello everyone, I have received emails from various folks today about the scalp.

    Hello everyone,

    I have received emails from various folks today about the scalp on auction at EBAY.
    So, I wanted to post some info and provide a update about this issue for you all.

    Asking EBAY to remove this item, is a good step, however it doesn’t stop
    Allard Auctions from selling it elsewhere. They can turn around and sell it
    at one of the many auctions available throughout the country, there are
    dozens of auction sites and different houses. If they sell it elsewhere,
    then this scalp may never be returned to the proper place, back to the
    Lakota people.

    It is a violation of NAGPRA and federal offense to be in possession of human
    remains of any kind.

    Title 18, United States Code, Section 1170 – Illegal Trafficking in Native
    American Human Remains and Cultural Items: Prohibits the sale of the human
    remains or cultural artifacts of Native Americans without the right of
    possession of those items in accordance with the Native American Graves
    Protection and Repatriation Act.

    I have alerted the proper agencies and people at NAGPRA of this item, they
    are going to take immediate action and will be proceeding in confiscating
    this item, from these )(*&^%$#@!, that have this on auction. The auction
    ends on Dec 2nd, so they are going to need to move very quickly on this,
    which they stated they will. From what I was told, this Allard Auctions has
    already had previous violations for attempting to sell illegal items, such
    as this scalp. So, this should be interesting to see what consequences that
    they receive for another violation. There could be a substantial fine
    involved. Personally I hope that they take away their auction license, ban
    them from EBAYall together, throw their sorry butts in the pen and throw
    away the key. Somehow stiffer penalties and prison sentencing needs to be
    enacted, to stop these grave robbers and collectors, instead of a slap on the
    hand. The lack of enforcement and resources in each state is part of the
    challenge with this issue. Unless it gets reported by someone, they usually
    don’t get caught. I am sure glad that the person who did catch this, sent
    out the plea request! This is a never endless battle.

    The first step will be, to get this item authenticated, confirm it’s what
    they are saying it is. Then, once the scalp is confiscated from Allard,
    NAGPRA will go thru the process of getting it repatriated back to the Tribe.
    That of course can take some time, but at least it will happen eventually,
    instead of it being sold to some other yahoo collector to put on display.

    The other option would have been to contact these folks directly and attempt
    to get them to donate the item back to the tribe, where it belongs. I
    couldn’t see that happening, from the looks of their auction site, they are
    greedy people making a buck off of selling various artifacts. If they were
    just a private person, this was a one time deal, then maybe we would have
    had a chance at the other way. I remember a couple years ago, there was a
    full set of remains of a young ndn girl on auction at EBAY. I don’t
    understand why EBAY can’t monitor these people somehow…..sheesh…….they
    need a serious policy revamping I would think!

    I am suppose to follow up with them on Tuesday for a update what has been
    done, if I don’t hear from them prior to that.

    Here is the direct link for the item on EBAY
    http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320179572299#ebayphotohosting.
    And the link to report this to EBAY
    http://pages.ebay.com/help/contact_us/_base/index_4.html?tier0=report_listing.js&item=320179572299

    Hope it helps………….I will do what I can with this one.

    In peace & solidarity,
    Tamra
    www.NDNnews.com
    www.protectsacredsites.org
    “Providing news and information about Native American Issues & Causes”
    “Helping to make a difference for our people in Indian Country, one day at a time. What will you do today to help make a difference?”

    “Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what’s left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague memory of a past so forgotten?”

    I then posted a quick diary about it here.

    To the fantastic efforts of all involved, which touched my heart enormously, it was taken off eBay and Allard. However, this generally remains the case as far as I know,


    They (Allard Auctions) can turn around and sell it at one of the many auctions available throughout the country, there are dozens of auction sites and different houses. If they sell it elsewhere, then this scalp may never be returned to the proper place…

    while this specifically is the case today.
    (another bulletin citing someone at www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com).

    Steve Allard of Allard Auctions, Inc. returned my call this morning (Sat.) and stated to me that the Indian scalp had been pulled and other items from the auctions list to be sold. He also stated the FBI had been there checking all items that they had up for auction and they will most likely be at the auction to make sure any items that are not on the list are not sold at the event.

    The auction starts today at 12:00 AZ. time and tomorrow at 10:00 (Sunday) at the Holiday Inn Mesa AZ. Steve also stated that this was a privet collection and part of a museum that is having financial problems, this also happen to a museum some years back in Flag Staff AZ. Steve stated that he had been contacted by tribal leaders about the scalp and they also plan to be at the auction, they are working with Steve to see that the scalp is return to a tribal nation. Tribal leaders will also be buying items to keep them out of the hands of privet collectors.

    Allard Auctions, Inc.

    888-314-0343

    (406) 745-0502

    e-mail: info@allardauctions.com

    Steve Allard, President email: steve@allardauctions.com

    Please don’t contact Allard, the information is for Keith Olbermann.

    Keith Olbermann (email here)

    Now, I’ve already written thatI Want Olbermann to Cover Pretty Bird Woman House,


    I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of the main television media ignoring American Indian issues in general, and I’m even more sick and tired of conservative personalities spewing their racist venom towards American Indians. I think Olbermann would cover the critical issue of Pretty Bird Woman House  if he were asked to by enough of us…

    and many wrote letters after that request. Thankyou from my bottom of my heart. Furthermore, to my knowledge he hasn’t covered it yet.
    So if I understand this correctly, today through Dec 2nd are crucial times to recover the scalp.

    So come on Olbermann, what do you say?