The Chitimacha Face Another Storm

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This is a cross-post of something I just did over on Daily Kos.  One of the people there suggested I post it here….

Hurricane Gustav is headed for Louisiana, and, while a lot of attention is going to be paid to New Orleans, there are other communities that will be sorely affected.  One is the Chitimacha tribe, located mostly in Terrebonne and St. Mary’s parishes south of New Orleans.  

I did a spring break service trip with a bunch of college kids in 2006 with Mennonite Disaster Services.  MDS worked with the tribal leaders to prioritize families and we did everything from roof work to tearing out and installing new installation under double-wide manufactured homes.  It was fulfilling work and the people showed us great hospitality.  

The Chitimacha are one of two tribes native to Louisiana (the other is the Houma).  For centuries they have farmed, fished and survived hurricanes:

Hurricanes blew; floods came. When it was over, they shoveled the mud from their homes and shrugged. They knew the Mississippi delta’s vast marshes, swamps and hummocks blocked all but the worst storm surge coming off the Gulf of Mexico.  When the water receded, they climbed back into their shrimp and oyster boats and went back to work.

However, this has changed due to erosion:


Today, most of the natural barriers have gone. And the traditional communities along the edge of the bayou have become like the frigate birds: a warning of what inland communities will face soon.

The communities here are dying as old-timers pass on and people move away. Those who stay are being forced to raise their homes two stories off the ground as insurance from flooding.

The decline began nearly 100 years ago, when engineers blocked the Mississippi from flowing into the delta. Without the river’s replenishing sediment, the delta started disappearing. Today, 20,000 acres a year sink below the water.

Another 138,000 acres may have been lost just last year as a result of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report.

“It’s all completely wiped out,” said Wenceslaus Billiot, Naquin’s neighbor and brother-in-law. “If we get a 30-foot wave there ain’t nothing to stop it. Not like in the old day.”

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Nowadays, the people in this area are forced to put their homes up on stilts, as the flood waters from storms such as Rita will bring in 3-6 feet of water in places that would have been high and dry in the 1960’s.

Forty yards from Naquin’s and Billiot’s front doors is water; in the 1960s it was land.

Today, fishermen catch black-tipped sharks where cows grazed in the 1960s.

While experts debate whether the sharks foretell the death of the delta and the communities that rely on the water for a living, there is little debate that the isolated communities on the fringes of the Louisiana bayou are barely clinging on. Their problems are mishmash of economic and natural factors.

But if nothing is done to repair the delta, it will not matter. The land Naquin and Billiot live on may also disappear below the water, a casualty of raging storms and human meddling.

The tribe has lived on Isle de Jean Charles, off Pointe-aux-Chenes, near the end of solid land in Terrebonne, for about 150 years. When the two men were growing up, the island’s houses only flooded during the very worst of storms.

A distant storm like Hurricane Rita, which passed 150 miles west offshore last year, wouldn’t have been a problem, they said. As Rita passed, however, the water rose a foot above Naquin’s dining room table.

Now, he is moving across the street to a new home raised up two stories. It is his first concession to flooding.

Next door, Billiot has raised his house twice. After Hurricane Andrew struck the area in 1992, he raised it a couple of feet; he raised it to 6 feet after Lily struck in 2003. Rita’s flooding was the worst Billiot has seen. It came up to the last step below his veranda.

In fact, the delta’s devolutionary time line is recorded by the stilts under the houses.

The oldest houses often sit on concrete stilts, 2 feet off the ground. Median-aged houses, perhaps 30 years old, sit on 3- or 4-foot stilts. The newest homes sometimes rest on stilts up to two stories off the ground.

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The tribes face several problems.  First, they are often ignored:

“It’s heartbreaking, all the stories, everything our people are going through,” said Brenda Dardar-Robichaux, principal chief of the United Houma Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the state. Robichaux estimates most of the tribe’s 15,000 members were affected by both storms.

The Houma tribe has battled for federal recognition for more than 20 years. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has coordinated relief efforts among the six federally recognized tribes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. But many of the regional tribes — including all those based in Terrebonne and Lafourche — are in dire straits because they lack a connection to the federal government.

“We are an Indian tribe here that is falling through the cracks,” said Robichaux. “Nobody has made contact with us except the native media. Everything we are doing has been a grassroots effort, and it’s taken weeks to get this far with the help of many volunteers and private donations. We’re basically doing it on our own.”

Also, they fear that in the face of yet another storm, they will lose their identity:


Kirby Verret, a Houma tribal councilman from Dulac, said some of the elder fishermen will try to rebuild because their livelihoods are built around the basics — shrimp, crab and oysters — and the economy cannot support teaching them new trades. Still, he wonders if the back-to-back hurricanes may prove too much for some Indian families to overcome.

Besides the flooding, chemical leaks and filthy water facing Indians across the southeast, residents who opt to rebuild in Plaquemines, St. Bernard and lower Terrebonne also must cope with decades of coastal erosion that has obliterated thousands of acres of lush marsh and wetlands that once shielded them from storms.

There are essentially two ways to proceed.  One is to try to get the area incorporated into the hurricane protection umbrella that is being developed for New Orleans.  A levy system has been in the works since the 1990’s, but has not received funding.  $30 million was recently released by the state for the project, but it is estimated to cost at least $1 billion.

The other option is to relocate to higher ground.

Michael Dardar wants to rebuild in Boothville, but his young children are not following suit. Plaquemines Parish leaders estimate the homes of 16,000 people have been too damaged to live in, including all the settlements in the lower-lying areas. After decades of living in a one-block radius of each other, the possibility of his close-knit family separating has Dardar thinking big.

Before Katrina struck, the tribal council that oversees the United Houma Nation’s affairs was pursuing the idea of purchasing large tracts of elevated land that would be ideal for relocating low-lying Indian families to a more secure community.

Now, the idea that once seemed like a fantasy is now a necessity. The tribal council has made the goal of securing land its mission this year, and hopes are that money can be fund-raised to purchase a tract for the tribe, which never had a reservation because of its lack of federal recognition.

The elevated land would be an ideal place for elders such as Oxcelia and Mark Naquin of Isle de Jean Charles, a French-speaking couple whose home flooded for the first time after Hurricane Rita. The pair is reluctant to leave the island where they both grew up, but they are tired of fending for themselves in a village that floods whenever the tides are high and wind strong. Complicating matters is the fact that the Naquins were denied an education decades ago, and today they cannot speak English well enough to discuss their problems with the American Red Cross or fill out paperwork requesting relief.

It is elders like the Naquins who the younger generation of Indian leaders must consider, said Thomas Dardar, a tribal councilman for United Houma Nation. He said the tribe owes it to ancestors who settled Terrebonne’s coastal villages to locate a new piece of land for Indian families.

“When the coast is devastated, this land would help keep the community together,” said Dardar.

Michael Dardar, historian for the tribe, said Houma Indians don’t have a choice. Without federal recognition and a reservation — two key components to fostering community ties — tribal members will fight a losing battle for their survival.

“We have to commit to the battle to survive as a nation, to keep our community together,” he said. “We owe it to our elders, our leaders in the past who settled along Bayou Terrebonne and strengthened our community ties. We owe it to our children.”

Sadly, none of this has had time to develop.  Right now, if Gustav continues on its track, the parish faces a massive  storm surge.  This will be worse than Rita and will have a serious impact on the tribes.

If you are interested in helping out, the Mennonite Disaster Service is a real quality organization that has good roots in the area.  Their website for both donations and volunteering after the storms has moved through is http://www.mds.mennonite.net/ They also have been doing work in New Orleans proper.

If you want to help the tribes out with donations, see http://www.chitimacha.gov/ or http://www.unitedhoumanation.org/

Otherwise, please have them in your thoughts and prayers…

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Palin Paid $150 to Murder Wolves

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Defenders of Wildlife Asks Judge to Shut Down Palin’s Wolf Bounty Program

“The Governor is overstepping her legal authority by offering cash payments for each wolf killed by aerial gunners,” stated Tom Banks, Defenders of Wildlife’s Alaska Associate. “That’s a bounty by anyone’s standards regardless of what they call it.”

Palin is pro life (last link from Sarah Palin: Dominionist Stalking Horse).

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So pro life, if a hunter brought in the left foreleg of a wolf they shot, the state would pay them $150.


Hoping to boost the number of wolves killed this year by permitees, Palin announced the state would pay $150 for each kill. According to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) news release, the bounty was instituted to “motivate permittees to redouble their efforts and to help offset the high cost of aviation fuel, ADF&G will offer cash payments to those who return biological specimens to the department.” The state’s press release, issued last Wednesday, indicates that “Permittees will be paid $150 when they bring in the left forelegs of wolves taken from any of several designated control areas.”

But as long as she has her fur coat, which they don’t make from those forelegs.

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They just use the heads, the main bodies, and the tails. I guess it’s alright with her, but it’s not alright with me.


“Governor Palin needs to take a close look at wildlife management practice in her state and restore the use of sound science,” concludes Banks. “She said would heed the will of the public, but it’s increasingly clear she’s only listening to that segment that is willing to sacrifice Alaska’s natural heritage for the benefit of a few.”

I am of the strong opinion that the way someone treats animals is how they human beings and that in fact, animals have emotions. I remember hearing about that being talked about in a researched format, but I can see that for myself. I can also see for myself, the utter hypocrisy of pro – lifers like Palin, which are really pro – death when it meets their ends. Barring the necessary thesis that could be written on that last sentence; I’m stopping now before I say something I’ll regret. Like, how many symbolic skins would she wear if she were in the second highest office in the land?  It was clear, in March of 2007, that she was “willing to sacrifice Alaska’s natural heritage for the benefit of a few.” That’s
partly why McCain, the Indian Agent, chose her in my opinion.

American Indian Activism at the DNC

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I would have hoped that the Longest Walk that began in February and ended six months later, would have brought the issues of the truth about the suicides on reservations, the lack of justice on reservations, climate change, alcohol and drug addiction in the American Indian population, health concerns of American Indians, and the worries of the American Indian People in general into the public domain. It doesn’t seem like it did, and the same message is being given at the DNC in the midst of all that’s happening.

Hillary gave a speech to her supporters last night to support Obama.


Native voices were heard in alternative venues at the DNC

”We want to give youth a voice and be a voice for them in the meantime,” said a Savage Family member. ”Our children right now are dying. They’re saying, ‘I don’t want to live’ and they may kill themselves. But our future is through them.”

She also talked about helping children.

”When I think of the things that I hear and see in the media, about how many different special interest groups speak of various subjects, like the right to live – or pro-life – I can’t help but think of the children around the world, who never get a chance to live because of the exploitation of their resources of their country and their people.

And their future.


”All of the destruction that is taking place here and abroad is a direct result of people, special interest groups, whose interest is primarily wealth and taking more than they need.”

From the big men in high places, how ’bout a little press on this?

Really.

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Attempted Encroachment on the Medicine Bluffs

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I guess I always thought that at least the Medicine Bluffs would be safe from development. In fact, I just told someone today that it probably would be, since it is on an Army Base.


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A federal judge has blocked the U.S. Army from starting a construction project at Fort Sill in Oklahoma out of concern for the religious rights of the Comanche Nation.

The tribe says it wasn’t consulted about the development of a training service center near the foot of Medicine Bluffs, a sacred site at Fort Sill. Work was scheduled to begin on Monday until Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti issued a temporary restraining order.

“The court finds that, given the nature of the interests which plaintiffs in this case seek to protect, irreparable harm will result if the construction project commences,” DeGiusti wrote in the five-page order.

I was wrong.

The rest is just a repost. I’m stunned.

The Medicine Bluffs are very sacred to me personally, and I want to share the feeling of awe, mystery, and power that I get whenever I have been there with very few words, letting the Medicine Bluffs and its history speak for itself.

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This unique landmark at the eastern end of the Wichita Mountains was noted, described, and explored by all early expeditions and was held in deep reverence by the Indian tribes of this area from time immemorial . The four contiguous bluffs form a picturesque crescent a mile in length on the south side of Medicine Bluff Creek, a tributary of Cache Creek and Red River; it is evidently the result of a ancient cataclysm in which half of a rock dome was raised along a crack or fault.

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When Fort Sill was established in 1869, the Indians named it “The soldier house at Medicine Bluffs.” The site is rich in legends and history.

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You are facing the north side of Bluff No. 3, which consists of a sheer cliff 310 feet high, rising abruptly from the creek. A rock cairn erected by medicine men on its summit was still standing when Fort Sill was founded. Here the sick were brought to be healed or disposed of by the Great Spirit, young braves fasted in lonely vigils seeking visions of the supernatural, and warriors presented their shields to the rising sun for power.

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Legends say that this was also a famous place for Indian suicides. The huge fissure between No. 2 and 3 was known as the “Medicine Man’s Walk.”

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From The Spirit of Goyathlay (“one who yawns”), or Geronimo



When we speculated in print on why our soldiers use the name (“Geronimo!”)
of a dead Apache chieftain (no, Geronimo was a medicine man, seer, and intellectual leader) for their slogan, several alumni of airborne regiments reported stories of its origin. A plausible one came from Arthur A. Manion. “At Fort Sill, Oklahoma,” he wrote, “a series of rather steep hills, called, I believe, Medicine Bluffs, was pointed out to all new arrivals. It was said that one day Geronimo, with the army in hot pursuit, made a leap on horseback down an almost vertical cliff a feat that the posse could not duplicate. The legend continues that in the midst of this jump to freedom he gave out the bloodcurdling cry of “Geronimo-o-o!”
Hence the practice adopted by our paratroopers. I hope this helps. It’s at least colorful, if not authentic.”

I tried to imagine where he escaped at –

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Who knows but him?

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And the clouds, the wind, and the moon.

Rape Denial of the SD Attorney General & Custer

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Amnesty International conducted detailed research in three locations with different policing and judicial arrangements…: the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North and South Dakota, the State of Oklahoma and the State of Alaska.

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It (sexual violence) has been compounded by the federal government’s steady erosion of tribal government authority and its chronic under-resourcing of those law enforcement agencies and service providers…

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Some of the data…suggests that a high number of perpetrators of sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women are non-Indian…It appears that Indigenous women in the USA may be targeted for acts of violence and denied access to justice on the basis of their gender and Indigenous identity.

Now why did“the South Dakota attorney general and researchers at the University of South Dakota challenge(d) that conclusion?”

In support of Andy Ternay’s Sister’s House, “Mita Maske Ti Ki has been helping women and children escape from Domestic Violence and sexual assault in Sioux Falls and neighboring communities since 2000.”

(Italics & bold mine)


They have lost their grant funding and face closure by September if they don’t get enough funding to continue to operate as a shelter. They need $11,000 by August 31st to operate through September.

The end goal is $35,000 by September 30th – three months of operating expenses as they apply for grant funding and get established out on their own.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO DONATE


“Are American Indians more often victims of crime than members of other ethnic and racial groups? Are most of the offenses committed against them committed by non-Indians, as opposed to members of their own group? Ever since the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics began issuing reports on this subject in 2000, the clear answer to both of those questions has seemed to be ”yes.”

Now the South Dakota attorney general and researchers at the University of South Dakota have challenged that conclusion, issuing a report that focuses on only one state but questions the Indian data nationally. Their challenge to the federal data is much too quick to dismiss the BJS findings.

Why did they challenge the facts?


Tribes and Native women’s groups have raised them before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in order to secure greater support for Indian country criminal justice initiatives.

I think it was in part to save money.

Whatever their specific motivations may be, this is the time to use the $750 million for tribal law enforcement and $250 million for American Indian health care services wisely, though it won’t bring back at least three indigenous generations from 3,406 women that are not in existence now as the result of the forced sterilizations of Indigenous Women.Here’s quite another uncomfortable thing to ponder.


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According to a 1996 study by the Medical University of South Carolina, 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year in the United States.


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According to the National Women’s Study, approximately 5% of adult female rape victims become pregnant as a result of their assault, leading to 32,100 pregnancies a year among women 18 years of age or older. Approximately 50% of pregnant rape victims had an abortion, 6% put the child up for adoption, and 33% kept the child (the remaining pregnancies resulted in miscarriage).

I’ll share an expression I heard as a child in order to clarify to above point. I apologize up front for having to repeat it, but there is justification for doing so at the end. When I was 10, I heard an expression said in jest by another friend, it was “Custer’s bastard children.” Here’s an instance in which I think it may have originated.


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The Cheyenne women were “transported” by an officer named Romero to the other officers once they were prisoners at Fort Cobb.

Rape.

Custer “enjoyed one” every evening in the privacy of his tent. Presumably, he stopped raping the Cheyenne women when his wife arrived.


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Custer’s wife, Elizabeth (Bacon), whom he married in 1864, lived to the age of ninety-one. The couple had no children. She was devoted to his memory, wrote three books about him, and when she died in 1933 was buried beside him at West Point.
Her Tenting on the Plains (1887) presents a charming picture of their stay in Texas. Custer’s headquarters building in Austin, the Blind Asylum, located on the “Little Campus” of the University of Texas, has been restored.


Jerome A. Greene. “Washita.” Chap. 8, p.169:

Ben Clack told Walter M. Camp: many of the squaws captured at Washita were used by the officers…Romero was put in charge of them and on the march Romero would send squaws around to the officers’ tents every night. [Clark] says Custer picked out a fine looking one and had her in his tent every night.”

This statement is more or less confirmed by Frederick Benteen, who in 1896 asserted that Custer selected Monahseetah/Meotzi from among the women prisoners and cohabited with her “during the winter and spring ao 1868 and ’69” until his wife arrived in the summer of 1869. Although Benteen’s assertions regarding Custer are not always to be trusted, his statements nonetheless conform entirely to those of the reliable Ben Clark and thus cannot be ignored.”

Clearly, the “the South Dakota attorney general and researchers at the University of South Dakota (who) challenge(d) that conclusion” were not only guilty of falsifying the evidence to at least achieve a capitalistic end, they were guilty of falsifying evidence which leads to harming any children born of that rape. Custer also lied about it, unless you think he said to his wife, “I raped a Cheyenne woman in my tent every night and slept with Monahseetah/Meotzi until you got here.” Point is, that whether it’s Custer or the South Dakota attorney general and researchers at the University of South Dakota lying about the rape of Indigenous Women, what’s the difference in that denial to the victim?


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Individuals who have been sexually assaulted have also been noted to have increased risk for developing other mental health problems. Over those who have not been victimized, rape victims are:

• three times more likely to have a major depressive episode

• four times more likely to have contemplated suicide

• thirteen times more likely to develop alcohol dependency problems

• twenty-six times more likely to develop drug abuse problems

What’s the difference in that denial to the children born of that rape?


When Their Worlds Fall Apart

Children conceived in rape and born into violence often suffer from social ostracism.

Answer to “What’s the difference?” Too close for an attorney general and researchers at any university, and one hundredths of an inch is too close. Furthermore, by using the high office of attorney general and the high position of scholarship to ignore and falsify evidence, they harm the children that are born out of rape as well.


Starting Something New. Following the Children Born of Rape Towards Human Rights Culture

Abstract: ‘War babies’ (Carpenter 2004), the children born as a result of wartime rape and sexual exploitation, are among the least visible of vulnerable children in warzones.

The reservations may not warzones, but they sure as hell are bad enough, having been concentration camps,which are much worse.


Shadow Report: “Indian Reservation Apartheid”

…human rights violations and an institutionalized racism against indigenous peoples is alive and thriving in the United States…


Consolidated Indigenous Shadow Report

III. Indian Reservation Apartheid

“Apartheid” is certainly a strong word. And certainly, there are recognized tribes in the U.S. that are now achieving certain levels of relative prosperity primarily due to federal law allowing them to operate casinos, But the data contained in this section as well as others in this report (see, e.g., Violence Against Women, The Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health) reflect what only can be described as a system of Apartheid on many Indian Reservations, where Indigenous people are warehoused in poverty and neglect. By purpose or effect, their only option is forced assimilation, the abandonment of their land, families, language and cultures in search of a better life.

Apologizing for Genocide (Edited 2x)

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The closest I’ve come to trying to understand genocide, is to imagine the worst, most disgusting, evil, dehumanizing, anti-evolutionary, shameless, insatiable, vile, and incomprehensible thing imaginable – and try multiplying that by infinity.


Genocide (Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide New York, 9 December 1948)

The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines the term as: Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group: (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; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. Sri Lanka 12 Oct 1950 (Accession)

This first chapter does not deal with Jewish origins, and neither  does it deal with the prelude to Jewish origins, but rather with a discussion of the Roman genocide of the Jews in the first and second centuries, and why it happened.

Lepers, and other individuals with skin diseases such as acne or psoriasis, were singled out and exterminated throughout Europe. Anyone with leprosy was believed to show an outward sign of a defect of the soul.

The American Indian Holocaust, know as the “500 year war” and the “World’s Longest Holocaust In The History Of Mankind And Loss Of Human Lives.”

Clearly, during the years 1845 to 1850, the British government pursued a policy of mass starvation in Ireland with intent to destroy in substantial part the national, ethnic and racial group commonly known as the Irish People.

The battle of Hamakari Of August 11, 1904 is popularly remembered as a key point in a German policy of genocide against the Herero.

On April 24th 1915, commemorated worldwide by Armenians as Genocide Memorial Day, hundreds of Armenian leaders were murdered in Istanbul after being summoned and gathered.

The Artificial Famine/Genocide

(Holodomor) in Ukraine 1932-33. A Man-Made Famine raged through Ukraine, the ethnic-Ukrainian region of northern Caucasus (i.e. Kuban), and the lower Volga River region in 1932-33. This resulted in the death of between 7 to 10 million people, mainly Ukrainians. This was instigated by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and his henchman Lazar Kaganovich.

The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany’s deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the “Final Solution” (Endlosung).

Ceausescu invented a new type of communism, mixing Russian marxism with Hitler’s National Socialism and personality cult.


The Bible and Zionism

There are over 4 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East and nearly 70% of all Palestinians are refugees. The mini – holocaust (Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe in Arabic) and the exiling of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people which took place with the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 – established in the name of the Bible(1) is one of the great war crimes of the twentieth century.

 

The mass killings in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1971 vie with the annihilation of the Soviet POWs, the holocaust against the Jews, and the genocide in Rwanda as the most concentrated act of genocide in the twentieth century. In an attempt to crush forces seeking independence for East Pakistan, the West Pakistani military regime unleashed a systematic campaign of mass murder which aimed at killing millions of Bengalis, and likely succeeded in doing so.

CHRONOLOGY OF THE YANOMAMI GENOCIDE. The genocide of the Yanomami began in the early 70’s, when the first invasions of the Indian territory by miners were registered. Since

then, about 2,000 Indians were killed. The Brazilian government allowed

this genocide to happen, as shown by the data listed below:

The Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979, in which approximately 1.7 million people lost their lives (21% of the country’s population), was one of the worst human tragedies of the last century.

Despite all public denial of using chemical weapons against the Kurdish civilians in 1988, the Iraqi regime did not deny a campaign it called Anfal.

HOLOCAUST IN KASHMIR. They (Kashmiris ) are being butchered by over 700,000 Indian occupying soldiers stationed there. Still, Kashmiris have not given up to their oppressors. The UN resolutions on Kashmir have yet to be implemented.

Ten army soldiers and 25 civilian militia members killed 177 women and children, including Osorio’s wife and newborn child, who was slashed in half with a machete.

Extensively organized anti-Tamil riots took place in Colombo and South of Sri Lanka. The riots lasted for several days and left over 3,000 Tamils dead and millions of dollars worth of their property were destroyed. Rather than stopping the genocide the Sri Lankan politicians, police, armed forces as well as the Buddhist clergy actively took part in many of the murders and rapes.

Over the night from February 25 to 26, 1992 Armenian armed forces implemented the capture of the Khojali city with support of hard equipment and the personnel of the infantry guards regiment #366 of former Soviet Union.

In early 1996, which is also the 30 year anniversary of the beginning of the worst ethnic cleansing crimes carried out against the Mongols by the Chinese authorities, a book written by Mr. Tumen called Kang Sheng And The False Case of “The New Inner Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (NIMPRP)” was published in China.

throughout the Turkish Empire a systematic attempt was made to kill all able-bodied men, not only for the purpose of removing all males who might propagate a new generation of Armenians, but for the purpose of rendering the weaker part of the population an easy prey…

The sweetly sickening odor of decomposing bodies hung over many parts of Rwanda in July 1994.

The Janjawid have been killing, raping and wounding the civilian population, looting property and livestock and burning villages. This appears to be part of a deliberate strategy of forced displacement.


William Shakespeare

O proud death,

What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,

That thou so many princes at a shot

So bloodily hast struck?


Imagine the worst, most disgusting, evil, dehumanizing, anti-evolutionary, shameless, insatiable, vile, and incomprehensible thing imaginable – and try multiplying that by infinity. Now localize it to the United States and remember there isn’t one part of Israel named after Hitler. Yet, there is a Chivington, Colorado. Why does the U.S. keep doing the same thing over and over again in the court rooms? Could it be this?

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Soure

Recognizing that most of the world’s remaining natural resources — minerals, freshwater, potential energy sources and more — are found within indigenous peoples’ territories, the sixth annual session of the Permanent Forum has brought indigenous groups together with representatives of Governments, intergovernmental organizations and United Nations agencies to state their views, voice concerns and suggest solutions regarding their lands, territories and natural resources.

But this is the solution?


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“The Brownback legislation did not authorize or support any claims or settlements from Indians or tribes against the United States.

Campbell believes that any formal federal apology should not incorporate the words ”holocaust” or ”genocide,” since he feels the processes of colonization were complex and that purposeful extermination of Indians wasn’t always the intent of early colonists. He also notes that it’s easy to blame everything on Europeans, ”but the fact is that some of the bad things that were happening were here long before they got here…”

The Colorado resolution specifically mentions the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation in 1838 and the Sand Creek Massacre of between 150 and 200 Indian people – composed of mostly elderly men, women and children – by members of the Colorado Territory militia in 1864. It also notes the many Indian deaths due to disease that were magnified by European conquest.”

I was taught to say, “What can I do to make it right?” in making amends, and the continuing land theft and cultural genocide reaching from the Arctic to across the entire United States is not “making it right.” Specifically, the following are not making it right:


Jodi Rave: Cobell to appeal $455.6M decision

“It’s a horrendous slap in the face after 120 years of injustice to have this kind of ruling come down,” said William Lomax, president of the Native American Finance Officers Association, or NAFOA, a financial management watchdog organization in Phoenix.

“I am disappointed, to say the least,” said lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana.


Hog farm applies for water permit

Concerns are mounting about effects on the water supply of a large-scale hog farm being constructed on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in defiance of a tribal court order.


Appeals court reverses course on sacred site in Arizona

More than a dozen tribes in the Southwest are suing the Bush administration to stop the expansion of a ski resort in the sacred San Francisco Peaks. The tribes say the use of recycled sewage to make snow at the resort infringes on their religious beliefs.


Topless Women, Kid Rock, Bikers, And John McCain

The town of Sturgis, South Dakota will witness, on Monday, the rare fusion of drunken debauchery, public stripteasing, motorcycle rallying, a live performance by Kid Rock, and – last but not least – a veterans-themed speech by presidential candidate John McCain. Seriously.

And of course, that was right by Bear Butte. So is this.


Opinion: County allows defiling of sacred Bear Butte

And to allow Black Water to build within 2 miles of the Butte? A company that services mercenaries in the Mid-East? What kind of insanity is that? Are they mixed up with Haliburton? Has anyone researched that? I want to know. Not from Black Water Brass~ I wouldn’t trust them to tell the truth. Our military keeps too many secrets, which is another reason to keep them from building so close to Mato Paha.”

There is remorse, but there it stops cold when it comes to the land and the cultures that depend on that land.

The Great California Genocide

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  What do you think of when someone says “California”?

Beaches? Sunshine? Hollywood?

  How about the largest act of genocide in American history?

“The idea, strange as it may appear, never occurred to them (the Indians) that they were suffering for the great cause of civilization, which, in the natural course of things, must exterminate Indians.”

 – Special Agent J. Ross Browne, Indian Affairs

[note: I was asked to cross-post this diary here.]

 California was one of the last areas of the New World to be colonized.

It wasn’t until 1769 that the first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá, was built in California at present-day San Diego. It was the first of 21 missions, which would become the primary means for the Spaniards to subjugate the natives. The leader of this effort was Franciscan monk Junípero Serra.

 Despite whatever the movies portray, the missions were coercive religious, forced labor camps. Through bribes, military intimidation, and the eventual onslaught of European diseases (that usually targeted children), the colonizers ensured that eventually sick and desperate indians would come to the missions for help.

 The indians that wound up there had their children taken from them, and harsh, manual labor was the rule. Beatings and filthy living conditions were common. The death rate at the missions was appalling. By 1818 the percentage of Indians who died in the missions reached 86 percent. Over 81,000 indian “converts” eventually managed to successfully flee the missions.

 Soon there were indian revolts.

The San Diego Mission was burnt down in 1775 during the Kumeyaay rebellion. Mohave Indians destroyed two mission in a dramatic revolt in 1781. Military efforts to punish these indians and reopen the route to the pueblas of New Mexico failed.

 San Gabriel Mission indians revolted in 1785, and suffered because of it. The Santa Barbara and Santa Inez Missions were destroyed in the Chumash revolt of 1824. Some time after 1810 a large number of guerrilla bands arose that raided the missions and kept them in a virtual state of siege. This led to draconian laws to restrict the movement of indians and forced them to carry papers proving their employment.

 In 1834, Mexican Governor Jose Figueroa freed the indians from the mission system and stripped the padres of their power. More than 100,000 indians had died because of the mission system, out of over 300,000 indians that lived in California before the Catholic church arrived.

  But that didn’t mean that things returned to how it was before. The Spanish didn’t give the land back to the indians. Instead the land was distributed to political insiders, and a system of ranchos developed. By the start of the Mexican-American War, 26 million acres were controlled by just 813 ranchers.

The True Story of Sutter’s Mill

 Your high school history book mentioned something about Johann Sutter, and how James Marshall, who was building a sawmill for Sutter, discovered gold on the morning of January 24, 1848. Thus forever changing the history of California, and they all lived happily ever after.

 Your high school history book left out all the interesting parts.

Sutter traveled to Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) in 1839. He became a Mexican citizen in 1840, and got a land grant of 48,827 acres on June 18, 1841, that became Sutter’s Mill. The history books left off one important piece of information – there were about 200 Miwok Indians already living on that land.

  Wikipedia says that Sutter “employed” indians at his mill. Tour guides at Sutter’s Mill will say the same thing today. But the written history says otherwise:

“I had to lock the Indian women and men together in a large room to prevent them from returning to their homes in the mountains at night. Large numbers deserted during the daytime.”

 – Heinrich Lienhard, one of Sutter’s managers

 Sutter armed Indian men from nearby villages to steal children from more distant villages and sold the captives in San Francisco to pay his debts. Another writer wrote that Sutter “was fond of the young Indian women,” implying that Sutter forced the Indian women into sexual relations.

 The real situation was reflected in the testimony of one California Indian who wrote: “My grandfather was enslaved by Sutter to help in building the Fort. While he was kept there Sutter worked him hard and then fed him in troughs. As soon as he could, he escaped with his family and hid in the mountains.”

“The Indians of California make as obedient and humble slaves as the Negro in the south. For a mere trifle you can secure their services for life.”

 – Pierson Reading, another of Sutter’s managers

 The gold rush that followed didn’t enrich either Sutter or Marshall. Marshall was forced off his land claim by whites even more ruthless than him. In the chaos of the gold rush, almost all of the indians enslaved at Sutter’s Mill escaped, leaving no one to harvest the wheat. Sutter’s land claim was challenged in court and overturned. Sutter died in poverty.

 Ironically, the chief of the Coloma Nisenan Tribe had warned Sutter beforehand, “[the gold was] very bad medicine. It belonged to a demon who devoured all who searched for it”.

Gold Rush and Genocide

“A war of extermination will continue to be waged between the two races until the Indian race becomes extinct.”

 – California Governor Peter H. Burnett, January 1851

“We hope that the Government will render such aid as will enable the citizens of the north to carry on a war of extermination until the last redskin of these tribes has been killed. Extermination is no longer a question of time–the time has arrived, the work has commenced and let the first man who says treaty or peace be regarded as a traitor.”

 – Yreka Herald, 1853

 In 1840 only about 4,000 Europeans lived in California, only 400 of them were Americans. Now a hoard of 100,000 adventurers, gold-seekers, and murderous thugs descended on California. The authorities were completely overwhelmed. The indians faced a catastrophe of biblical proportions.

 Numerous vigilante type paramilitary troops were established whose principal occupation seems to have been to kill Indians and kidnap their children. Groups such as the Humbolt Home Guard, the Eel River Minutemen and the Placer Blades among others terrorized local Indians and caused the premier 19th century historian Hubert Howe Bancroft to describe them as follows.

“The California valley cannot grace her annals with a single Indian war bordering on respectability. It can, however, boast a hundred or two of as brutal butchering, on the part of our honest miners and brave pioneers, as any area of equal extent in our republic……”

The handiwork of these well armed death squads combined with the widespread random killing of Indians by individual miners resulted in the death of 100,000 Indians in the first two years of the gold rush. A staggering loss of two thirds of the population. Nothing in American Indian history is even remotely comparable to this massive orgy of theft and mass murder. Stunned survivors now perhaps numbering fewer than 70,000 teetered near the brink of total annihilation.

 The local authorities not only ignored the genocide in their midst, they encouraged it.

Rewards ranged from $5 for every severed head in Shasta City in 1855 to 25 cents for a scalp in Honey Lake in 1863. One resident of Shasta City wrote about how he remembers seeing men bringing mules to town, each laden with eight to twelve Indian heads. Other regions passed laws that called for collective punishment for the whole village for crimes committed by Indians, up to the destruction of the entire village and all of its inhabitants. These policies led to the destruction of as many as 150 Native communities.

 The state of California also got involved. The government paid about $1.1 Million in 1852 to militias to hunt down and kill indians. In 1857 the California legislature allocated another $410,000 for the same purposes.

  In 1856 the state of California paid 25 cents for each indian scalp. In 1860 the bounty was increased to $5.

 The most famous of these massacres was the Clear Lake Massacre of 1850, in which between 80 and 400 Pomo indians were slaughtered. A marker placed there in the 1960’s which called the event “The Battle of Bloody Island” was destroyed by vandals in 2002.

 To put this into perspective, around 200 indians were killed at the much more well-known Sand Creek Massacre of 1863, and just over 300 were killed in the famous Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Yet you would be hard pressed to find a single person living around Clear Lake today that even knew a massacre had taken place there.

 The scale of the genocide in California absolutely dwarfs anything that happened to the Great Plains indians, and is even larger and more complete than the fate of the eastern indians.

 The number of massacres are too numerous to list here, but a short accounting include the Bridge Gulch Massacre, the ConCow Maidu Trail of Tears, and the Wiyot Massacre, just to name a few. I don’t even have a name for the massacre of 400 Tolowa indians at the village of Yontoket in 1853, nor the massacre of hundreds more of the same tribe the following year.

 What does it tell you about the state of American history in which massacres don’t even have names?

   On April 22, 1850, the California government passed the Act for the Government and Protection of Indians. This law allowed for any white settler to enslave an indian child with the permission of the parents, or if the child was orphaned. Since indians weren’t allowed to testify in court against a white, this gave white settlers free reign to grab up any indian child that was found. Most didn’t even bother with the laws and just purchased them outright. To give an idea of how the authorities treated the law, consider this letter written by Indian Commissioner G.M. Hanson in 1861.

In the month of October last I apprehended three kidnappers, about 14 miles from the city of Marysville, who had nine Indian children, from three to ten years of age, which they had taken from Eel River in Humboldt County. One of the three was discharged on a writ of habeas corpus, upon the testimony of the other two, who stated that “he was not interested in the matter of taking the children:” after his discharge the two made an effort to get clear by introducing the third one as a witness, who testified that “it was an act of charity on the part of thr two to hunt up the children and then provide homes for them, because their parents had been killed, and the children would have perished with hunger.” My counsel inquired how he knew the parents had been kill? “Because,” he said, “I killed some of them myself.”

The law was later expanded to include indian adults.

 According to California law, indians were forbidden to own property, carry a gun, hold office, attend public school, serve in juries, testify in court, or intermarry. On the statement of any white an Indian could be declared a vagrant and bound over to a white landowner or businessman to work for subsistence.

“But it is from these mountain tribes that white settlers draw their supplies of kidnapped children, educated as servants, and women for purposes of labor and lust…there are parties in the northern portion of the state whose sole occupation has been to steal young children and squaws …and dispose of them at handsome prices to the settlers who…willingly pay $50 or $60 for a young Digger to cook or wait upon them, or $100 for a likely young girl.”

  – Marysville Appeal

 In 1853 the U.S. Senate began negotiating with the indians to set up reservations. The indian tribes gladly agreed to give up millions of acres of land just to have the promise of military protection from the genocide that raged. The indians began moving to the reservation areas in anticipation.

  However, the U.S. Senate refused to ratify the treaties. Instead the indians were rounded up at gunpoint to “a system of military posts”. Indians on these “reservations” were hired out to work naked as pack animals.

 Each of these reservations would put into place a “system of discipline and instruction.” The cost of the troops would be “borne by the surplus produce of Indian labor.” No treaties were to be negotiated with the Indians; instead they would be “invited to assemble within these reserves.”

“The attacking party rushed upon them, blowing out their brains and splitting their heads open with tomahawks. Little children in baskets, and even babes, had their heads smashed to pieces or cut open. Mothers and infants shared the same phenomenon…. Many of the fugitives were chased or shot as they ran…. The children, scarcely able to run, toddled toward the squaws for protection, crying with fright, but were overtaken, slaughtered like wild animals and thrown into piles.”

 – Alta Californian newspaper, 1860

 The massacre that the Alta Californian reported, committed by a militia led by Captain W. S. Jarboe, was not only not discouraged, but on April 12, 1860 the state legislature approved $9,347.39 for “payment of the indebtedness incurred by the expedition against the Indians in the County of Mendocino.” The governor wrote a personal thank you letter to Captain Jarboe.

 There were some instances of resistance on the part of the indians. The most notable was the Modoc War of 1872-73, in which 53 warriors held off held off nearly 1,000 soldiers for several months, killing 57 of the soldiers in the process.

  But mostly it was a series of horrific, one-sided massacres. There were simply too many whites, in too short of period of time, that were too ruthless, against tribes of indians that were mostly peaceful.

 By the mid-1860’s only 34,000 indians remained alive in California, a 90% attrition rate, comparable to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1917. Finally, in the 1870’s, the federal government began moving on creating indian reservations in southern California. 13 were created between 1875 and 1877. By 1930 another 36 reservations had been created in northern California.

Introducing My Sister Friends’ House

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I know times are tough right now; a lot of people are out of work, others are working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Prices are rising on the necessities.

But I am asking you to stop and see if you have $20 or $10 or even $5 to spare for My Sister Friends’ House – Mita Maske Ti Ki, a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault shelter for women and children.

They have lost their grant funding and face closure by September if they don’t get enough funding to continue to operate as a shelter. They need $11,000 by August 31st to operate through September.

The end goal is $35,000 by September 30th – three months of operating expenses as they apply for grant funding and get established out on their own.

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How This Happened

Mita Maske Ti Ki has been helping women and children escape from Domestic Violence and sexual assault in Sioux Falls and neighboring communities since 2000. Their clientele has been primarily Native American, up to 85% of the women they see identify as Native American. They have operated under the auspices of other Domestic Violence prevention programs… the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (SDCADVSA) and more recently, Project Safe.  However, the grants used by these organizations to fund Mita Maske Ti Ki have run out and, like so many social services in this day and age, have not been renewed.

It’s not like these organizations don’t want to fund Mita Maske Ti Ki – Chris Jongelingwith the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SDCADVSA) emailed me today to let me know:

Mita Maske Ti Ki (My Sister’s Friend House) ihas fulfilled a burgeoning need in Sioux Falls.  Many Native Americans in South Dakota do not live on reservations, and many women who have experienced domestic violence move to Sioux Falls because of its larger housing and job market…  

…This program is not supported by State funding because there are so many programs and so little money that helping Mita would constitute a reduction in funding for other domestic violence programs.  Mita was funded by a private Bush grant for several years, and when that private funding ran out there was a federal grant available to keep it afloat for one more year.  

Both Project Safe and SDCADVSA want to see Mita Maske Ti Ki survive and thrive – they just don’t have the means to make it happen.

So Mita Maske Ti Ki, My Sister Friends’ House, is having to go it alone. They have started filing for grants, set up a temporary board of directors (Georgia Little Shield, Director of Pretty Bird Woman House is on the Board of Directors). They have also applied for 501 (c) (3) status as a non-profit but they have not received approval on that yet.

They have applied for several grants which are extremely competitive. There is no certainty that My Sister Friends’ House will get any funding at all from them at this time, but if we bloggers, readers and commenters, can fund them through the next three months, that buys them the time to get more permanent funding.

They do have a house…

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Even if it does have some problems…

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And is kind of crumbling a little bit (winters are harsh in South Dakota)…

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But it also has a some very positive things to offer – like a playground for the kids.

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This modest house can shelter up to twelve women at a time and is full all the time. In fact, they often have to turn women away, referring them elsewhere because they do not have room. They do education and support services with the women seek shelter their and provide referrals to services beyond the scope of what My Sister Friends’ House can currently offer.

Meet the Team

My Sister Friends’ House has a two man woman crew – Meet Jolana and Kim (they sent me the photos and indicated it was okay to post them – Kim is very expecting in this picture and now has a child and a shelter to look after).

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Despite their youthful appearances, Jolana and Kim have run My Sister Friends’ House for 3 years. Right now, the services they offer are pretty bare bones… basic domestic violence education, shelter and referrals. But they have big dreams for My Sister Friends’ House:

  • Daycare so that women can look for jobs without having children in tow
  • Offer women training for job interviews and how to find jobs
  • Provide assistance in finding housing
  • Build a strong relationship with the community (police, social services, other shelters) so that they can maximize every potential aid for their clients
  • Education in Domestic Violence prevention, parenting and more
  • This is a chance to help them survive to pursue those dreams. Please, if you can afford to do so:

    DONATE – button is in upper right hand corner of webpage.

    Checks can go to:

    Mita Maske Ti Ki

    (My Sister Friends’ House)

    PO Box 2141

    Sioux Falls, SD 57101

    Thank you.

    For more information on Native American Women and the horrifying situation they are in due to the confusing mass of conflicting laws please read:

    Quick Summary of Problems

    Full Amnesty International report on the issues  

    Take Action: Tax Credits for Wind Resources on Reservations

     

    Currently, Native American tribes aren’t eligible for the federal production tax credit available to non-tribal project owners under law.

    Without this 2 cents per kWh tax credit, it is much harder for wind farms to get built on reservations.  

    Action Info Below

    Two bills, S.2520 and the H.R. 1954 propose changing the tax code to allow tribes to benefit from the tax credit.

    Please contact the members of the Senate Committee on Finance, the House Committee on Ways and Means and your Washington representatives and tell them you want Native American tribes to get this tax credit so they will be able to build more wind farms on tribal lands.

    Note that most members of Congress are on vacation from D.C. and it may be easier to contact them through their district offices until after both party’s conventions.  Regardless, emails sent through their contact forms, your calls or faxes will be there when they return to work.  Please, don’t put off acting because they are not in D.C..



    Senate Bill: S.2520

    www.washingtonwatch.com

    S. 2520 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Indian tribal governments to transfer the credit for electricity produced from renewable resources.

    Status of the Legislation

    Latest Major Action: 12/19/2007: Referred to Senate committee.

    Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.



    House Bill: H.R. 1954

    www.washingtonwatch.com

    H.R. 1954 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Indian tribal governments to transfer the credit for electricity produced from renewable resources.

    Status of the Legislation

    Latest Major Action: 4/19/2007: Referred to House committee.

    Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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    Members of the two committees can be found by clicking on the linked committee names above.

    Information courtesy of Native Energy’s July Newsletter

    Even if your congress member is not on the above committees, it would be a good thing to contact them about this disparity.  If needed, you can use Congress.org to find your reps.

    Thank you for taking a moment to make some calls.

    Help Another Native American Women’s Shelter?

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    If not, just skip this diary. It will annoy the hell out of you.

    KELO in Sioux Falls did the introduction to this situation for me:

    Sioux Falls shelter for women and children who have been abused is at risk of shutting down.

    The shelter has been running on grants and federal funding since 2000, but those grants are coming to an end. Now the director says the women at the shelter may have to move out.

    The Mita Maske Ti Ki shelter, which means “My Sister Friends’ House,” houses about a dozen women and children who have left abusive homes and are trying to turn their lives around. But with their funding running out at the end of August, those victims of domestic violence could soon lose their sanctuary.

    Link to the Shelter blog where you can donate

    When Georgia Littleshield from Pretty Bird Woman House called me and asked me to do this my response was: OH, HELL NO.

    A lot of people really got very resentful and tired of the fundraising diaries for PBWH. It was exhausting to do that fundraising drive for the house. You have no idea how much time this took behind the scenes – it was all Pretty Bird, all the time.

    This time round it’s worse. It’s election season. People want to donate to candidates, not causes. I’m one of them.

    Also, I really wanted to move from the bucket brigade putting out fires to legislative solutions, really solving the problems facing Native American Women.

    But Georgia said: if you don’t, who will?

    And Jolana, the director of My Sister Friends’ House said: I don’t want to close. We help so many women.

    And I read Teacherken’s diary:All of us, starting right now.

    And I can’t go to sleep knowing that somewhere, someone could have been helped, but I didn’t bother.

    So, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Mita Maske Ti Ki.

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    The goal is simple: $35,000. We buy them three months to land a new grant. The South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence is helping them, as is Pretty Bird Woman House and other shelters.

    More later. I have to go to bed.

    Netroots Nation Star Quilt

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    All two hundred patches were signed at the Austin Netroots Nation meeting – here are the signatories:

    loggersbrat

    Jeffrey Feldman

    Ben Masel

    land of enchantment

    NYBri

    Jasmine

    Martianchronic

    Eddie C

    Steve Young – CA-48

    Dillie Taunt

    J.R. Jenks

    pucklady

    L.R. Graves

    Jesse Taylor

    Donna Edwards

    N in Seattle

    javelina

    R.M. Linton

    Darcy Burner

    Xavier

    The Christian Prog. Liberal

    DeDe Watkins

    Robert Lasner

    Gina Cooper

    chunyang

    karenh

    Sherrie Matula

    bleeding heart

    Tinnekkia M. Williams

    Agnostic

    virgomusic

    Donald Ducheneaux

    Alan Grayson

    carnacki

    Andy Ternay

    wvblueguy

    David Reese

    hellenic pagan

    The Red Pen

    Carmen Maverick

    Double Cinco

    Dreaming of Better Days

    Malacandra

    Ellicatt

    David Boyle

    Kathryn

    Chris Byrd

    Act Blue

    Russ Warner – CA-26

    Brad Miller

    Rick Noriega

    Susan S

    China Parmalee and Elizabeth Compa

    Kos

    Lisa Votino-Tarrant

    Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco, CA

    Bill Derby

    Judge Mark Engelhart

    Maggie Jochild

    Matt Ross

    Raines Cohen

    Alternet

    Moody Loner

    Michael Silberman

    Brendan Smyth

    Ern Malley

    LEAPspeakers

    Susan Higgs

    David Stern

    Nick Carter

    Joe Bill Watkins

    Angie Trevino

    dewey of the desert

    Serena Lloyd

    OrangeClouds115

    Ben Dimero

    Mattias Olsson

    Leona McElvene

    Phil N. DeBlanc

    Marie Robertson

    Wes Clark

    Mariah Marlin-Warfield

    Andrew Aviza

    Sara Robinson

    teacherken

    Wylie Maercklein

    Devilstower

    Martin Free

    John E

    Elizabeth Clementson

    Cedwin

    Patrick Moore

    Siobhan “Sam” Bennett

    Kevin Powell

    Rebecca Estepp

    cskendrick

    Marcia Kinsey

    Kid Oakland

    Alisa  R

    Ellen Meudlan

    Delaware Dem

    Scott Dennis

    Grandma J

    shockwave

    Floja Roja

    Jim Muggli

    Timroff

    jnhobbs

    Tom Schrandt

    Sandia Blanca

    leolabeth

    In her own voice

    Allister Williams

    Adam B

    terminal3

    Van Jones

    Booman

    jlms_gkw

    Dania Audax

    Mark Tanako

    Andy Brown

    mem from Somerville

    Sharoney

    kimoconnor

         Wolfman Spike

    Black Wolf

    Donna Sicko

    George Lakoff

    Noisy Gong

    David Sirota

    John Dean

    Mik

    Murphy

    Jim Slattery

    Larry Joe Doherty

    Charlie Brown

    Viceroy

    Capitol Annex

    Reality Bites Back

    Jim Hightower

    Annette Taddeo

    Andrei Cherny

    Trisha Moore

    Robin Dennis

    Lee Camp

    Elliott Naishtat

    troutfishing

    Kathy Gillenwater

    Ellen

    Marisa/ Latina Lista

    Can You Be Angry And Still Dream

    Melissa Marcus

    navajo

    terrypinder

    norm

    mcjoan

    Steve Behar

    kath25

    Ben R. Lujan

    Brillig

    Jeff Smith

    betson08

    June Johnson

    kraken

    Blue Armadillo

    MsSpentyouth

    Jerome a Paris

    pastordan

    Bruin Kid

    DH in MI

    Billy

    Robin Schneider

    Chris Pearson

    Bruce Elfant

    asimbagirl

    texas mom

    Mike Lumpkin

    Bill in Portland Maine and Common Sense Mainer

    Georgia Little Shield

    rosel

    gloriana

    freesouls1

    makingpeace

    SGF

    Mrs. Pastor

    Abbe Delozier

    Karen Cameron

    Ari Melber

    Karen Cameron

    Richard Clarke

    Janet T in MD

    Teamsters Organizing for Power

    SanDiegoDem

    Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack

    Clay Johnson

    Amanda Flott

    Adrian Leyvar

    Gabriel Tomas Reyes

    TakeInAPlay

    Karen

    Some additional signatures will be set as a single stars in the background – navajo will be gathering those.

    This quilt is a gift to the Native American people with best wishes.  You can see from this diary what is contemplated for the first three quilts the Street Prophets community has produced.  What would the Native American Netroots like to do with this one?  I like the idea of making a fund for helping a remote reservation with wiring for internet (as was discussed at the Native American Netroots Caucus at Yearly Kos in Chicago) – but I wouldn’t presume to choose.  The choice is yours.

    I ask because I would like to have the ultimate purpose of the quilt in my head and my heart as I sew.  For me, stitching is a prayerful exercise – so I want to be as clear as I can when I do this.

    I’ll share more photos as this quilt comes together.