Action: LONGEST WALK 3 (Reversing Diabetes)

( – promoted by navajo)

Brenda Golden made a comment in her interview on Red Town Radio with Chris Francisco (Navajo), national coordinator of the Longest Walk III, a couple months ago. “It’ll be hard to get people involved. It’s not something that makes people mad like racism (paraphrasing).” So here’s an email I got with updated links for the fundraiser. After that, I hope I don’t make anyone mad.


I’m still trying to help the LWNR. Do you think you might find time to update those sites with a link to the new Longest Walk 3 – Northern Route?

Here is the link: http://earthbornproductions.co…

We have several online fund raisers now and ALL of the funds will be used to fund the Northern Route.

Here are the links:

Facebook PayPal Fund Raiser:

http://apps.facebook.com/fundr…

Cafepress on-line store:

http://www.cafepress.com/LW3NR

ProvHerbials fund raiser:

http://provherbials.com/Lip_Ba…

Thank you! Have an awesome week!

I know what Brenda meant from my perspective; it’s harder to get involved in something we can change – ourselves.

Obama may’ve endorsed the United Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples, but it’s the same ‘ol same ‘ol.


Summary: The U.S. endorsement of UNDRIP means “business as usual” for Native Americans

The bottom line result of the Obama Administration’s so-called “change” in position is really no change at all. At best, it is a “conditional” endorsement of UNDRIP, one which essentially allows the United States to ignore any provision of UNDRIP under any circumstance which would require a substantive change in US law or policy. Its greatest achievement does not benefit the indigenous peoples of the United States. Rather, it allows the United States to come in from the cold spotlight under which it has shivered since September 2007 as the last of the four pariah nations to have opposed UNDRIP without having to commit to changing any of its laws or policies that are detrimental to the indigenous peoples that live within its borders. At best, the Administration’s “change in position” allowing the United States to endorse UNDRIP entirely misses the point. At worst, it is a cynical move in the game of international politics that signifies nothing for the indigenous peoples of this country but “business as usual.”

As always, the burden of bringing about real change, “change you can believe in” will fall upon the native nations, tribes and bands of this country. No messianic figure, much less President Obama, is going to announce legislative and policy changes that will restore or secure the federal government’s recognition of our sovereignty and our concomitant right to freely determine our political status and freely pursue our economic, social and cultural development. If we want a brighter future for us and our children, a future filled with freedom to choose and opportunity to achieve, we shall have to seize it with our own hands. It will not be given to us. We shall have to do the hard work over the long haul.

But I had hoped otherwise.

What else isn’t new?

Now a group of scientists is adding another explanation for the most over-determined event in history: climate change. Writing in the journal Science, the experts claim that Rome’s Third Century Crisis — a period of political and economic unrest that inaugurated the empire’s slow decline — coincided with “distinct drying” recorded in tree rings, which may have rendered European agriculture less productive. Not just that — the appearance of the Plague in Western Europe correlates with a wet period, which may have provided conditions favorable for spreading the disease. So, the scientists warn, don’t underestimate the possible risks associated with contemporary climate change.

Some conservative reactions have been dismissive; Weasel Zippers called the scientists’ claims the “latest global warming scare tactic.”

But they shouldn’t be so quick.

What else isn’t new, is the energy crisis in context of most the remaining natural resources being on Indigenous Lands, the country’s overall unwillingness to go to a green economy, a new set of nuts in Congress who pat themselves on the backs for being able to read a word with five syllables, and healthier foods in any bargain supermarket besides Twinkies.

Bargain supermarkets have beef jerky and canned vegetables, but give me a Hostess Cupcake any day. I’d rather have something that lasts five minutes than something like a carton of eggs that’d last me 4 days for the same amount of money. And beans are cheap, but they give me gas. Besides, I hate cooking and God made things I like bad for me. But look.

My family needs me and sure I’d have more energy if I’d eat healthy. It’s like my drummer friend back home I played with for years said once about his marriage, “It gets to where – either I’m going to eat this bowl of ice cream or I’m going to f-k my wife.” He got divorced. Must’ve been good ice cream. But there’s one truth in all this “advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs. Our goal will be to REVERSE DIABETES AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUS OF AMERICA THAT WE MUST HALT THE WORST DIET IN THE WORLD!”

You let yourself down and it’s really beyond your control, you let your family down. We take better care of our cars, if we can afford to, than we take care of ourselves. And we wouldn’t put crap in the gas tank and expect our car to run.

So do we take care of ourselves or just kiss it all goodbye?


No messianic figure, much less President Obama, is going to announce legislative and policy changes that will restore or secure the federal government’s recognition of our sovereignty and our concomitant right to freely determine our political status and freely pursue our economic, social and cultural development. If we want a brighter future for us and our children, a future filled with freedom to choose and opportunity to achieve, we shall have to seize it with our own hands. It will not be given to us. We shall have to do the hard work over the long haul.

By the way, my drummer friend back home who said “It gets to where – either I’m going to eat this bowl of ice cream or I’m going to f-k my wife” died a few years ago. Healthy dieting would’ve helped him live longer, but who needs love when you can have ice cream.

LONGEST WALK 3 (Reversing Diabetes): Fundraiser!

( – promoted by navajo)

Dennis Banks spoke on the Tuscarora Reservation about the war on diabetes and what inspired him to fight diabetes. It was when he spoke to the Hopi, who were at least 90% in wheelchairs, that he realized diabetes must be defeated for the survival of the 7th Generation.

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Longest Walk 3 – Northern Route Fund Raisers:

Paypal:

http://bit.ly/cI3InE

Cafepress.com

CHECKOUT OUR STORE!!!!! T-shirts, Sweatshirts, kids clothing, hats, bags,doggie t-shirts, home/office, mugs, cards and calendars!!!!!!!!!ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS MERCHANDISE WILL BE USED DIRECTLY TO FUND THIS WALK!!!!! Please help us reach our goals and destination by purchasing an item! Blessings to you all and Walk in Beauty!

http://www.cafepress.com/LW3NR

Thank you again for all your help. :)

Dennis Banks also talked about tribal sovereignty. He said we must “turn it around.” He said that we must read the news everyday and “see what they’re up to.” Then he exclaimed, “Make them be the ones having to read the news and see what we’re up to.”

“Turn it around.”

It’s no “longer less than 6 months,” it is now less than 3.

(Printed with permission)


THE LONGEST WALK 3 (Reversing Diabetes) Feb 14 – July 8, 2011

In less than 6 months we will embark on another historic journey — an event so great and much needed for all of America!

This is a 5,000+ mile Walk Across America to bring awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes and how it can be reversed by changing our entire diet and lifestyle! This disease is at epidemic levels across America, and throughout Indian Country.

We will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. We will be advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs. Our goal will be to REVERSE DIABETES AND RAISE THE CONSCIOUS OF AMERICA THAT WE MUST HALT THE WORST DIET IN THE WORLD! Along both routes we will be launching a CLEAN UP MOTHER EARTH campaign, picking up trash along both routes!!



Longest Walk 3 – Northern Route Fund Raisers:

Paypal:

http://bit.ly/cI3InE

Cafepress.com

CHECKOUT OUR STORE!!!!! T-shirts, Sweatshirts, kids clothing, hats, bags,doggie t-shirts, home/office, mugs, cards and calendars!!!!!!!!!ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS MERCHANDISE WILL BE USED DIRECTLY TO FUND THIS WALK!!!!! Please help us reach our goals and destination by purchasing an item! Blessings to you all and Walk in Beauty!

http://www.cafepress.com/LW3NR

Thank you again for all your help. :)


We will be leaving La Jolla (San Diego County), California on February 14, 2011 (Valentine’s Day – Heart Day) following a pipe ceremony, and other events, and entering Washington DC on July 8th, 2011 (Note: Facebook only allows events to be posted that are 4 months or less — this walk is actually about 5 months).

Southern Route:

California- Feb 14 – Feb 24

Arizona – Feb 24 – Mar 16

New Mexico – Mar 16 – Apr 6

Texas(panhandle) – April 6 – Apr 8

Oklahoma – Apr 8 – Apr28

Arkansas – Apr 28 – May 1

Louisiana – May 1 – May 17

Mississippi – May 17 – May 20

Alabama – May 20 – May 22

Florida – May 22 – June 12

Georgia – June 12 – June 19

South Carolina – June 19 – June 25

North Carolina – June 25 – July 2

Virginia – July 2 – July 8

The Longest Walk 3 is welcoming a NORTHERN ROUTE from Portland, Oregon to Washington DC!! Chris Fransisco will be leading this route. Please help support both routes. We Need Your Help!!

CLICK ABOVE OR LINK BELOW FOR NORTHERN ROUTE

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=…

There will be a Mid-walk break from May 11 – 17th, while we’re in Louisiana for the walkers to travel back home, or help the communities in that state.

We also welcome a Link run coming in from Rapid City, South Dakota, meeting us in Oklahoma. For more info on this, please contact Tokala Banks.

Each day the walkers will walk a total of 15 – 25 miles, and the runners will run between 50 – 100 miles. This event has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY on DRUGS/ALCOHOL — this will be your only warning.

We are currently in need of local event planners, volunteers, supporters, and musicians willing to play benefit concerts along the route. If you are interested in making a commitment of this type, or know of anyone, please contact us via email or phone. We will then put you in contact with one of our State Coordinators in your area.

We have only 6 months before the start of this historic event. Our route is taking us along much of the southern coastline. We have and will address any needs while the walk is in your state, with adequate notice. So please let us know as-soon-as-possible.

Goodie Cloud

National Coordinator

The Longest Walk 3/Reversing Diabetes 2011

(218) 209-0232

ndn_queen_bee@yahoo.com

Tatanka Banks

President, Dennis Banks Co.

(952) 220-9046

t.banks2010@yahoo.com

Northern Route:

Chris Francisco

(503) 515-6239

LET US BEGIN!

MIIGWETCH FOR YOUR TIME & TRUSTED SUPPORT,

NOWACUMIG

Dennis J. Banks

Ojibwa Warrior

nowacumig@gmail.com

Diabetes Information:

Native American Diabetes More Than Double the National Average:

http://www.indiancountrytoday….

American Diabetes Association Home Page:


http://www.diabetes.org/

Longest Walk Northern Route Information:


Facebook link:


http://www.facebook.com/home.p…

The birth of the Long Walk to Reverse Diabetes 2010 with Dennis Banks:


http://www.facebook.com/home.p…

The LongestWalk NorthernRoute Facebook Fundraiser:

http://apps.facebook.com/fundr…

I did an Inipi (sweat ceremony) with a tribal member who had not been able to do the Inipi for a long time due to his diabetes. He looked like a new man afterwards. I have also done ceremony with various tribal members who have to take insulin during the ceremony and have something to keep their blood sugar level up.  Ceremonies, you know those ceremonies that used to banned by the United States because of that religious bigotry that led to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978? But some say the Inipi was to make The People stronger and the seventh most sacred rite is a vision for an entire Nation. What could be more urgent overall –


We will hold community talks along the way about reversing diabetes, and heart disease. We will be advocating for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs.

– since before we can help others, we must take care of ourselves? Read what I say next twice. That man I first mentioned who looked like a new man after the Inipi, adopted a girl he has to help take care of.


Native American Diabetes rate More than double national average

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 16 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes, compared to a national average of seven percent.

That man I first mentioned who looked like a new man after the Inipi, adopted a girl he has to help take care of.


Longest Walk 3 – Northern Route Fund Raisers:

Paypal:

http://bit.ly/cI3InE

Cafepress.com

CHECKOUT OUR STORE!!!!! T-shirts, Sweatshirts, kids clothing, hats, bags,doggie t-shirts, home/office, mugs, cards and calendars!!!!!!!!!ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS MERCHANDISE WILL BE USED DIRECTLY TO FUND THIS WALK!!!!! Please help us reach our goals and destination by purchasing an item! Blessings to you all and Walk in Beauty!

http://www.cafepress.com/LW3NR

Thank you again for all your help. :)

“Turn it around.”


Longest Walk 3 – Northern Route Fund Raisers:

Paypal:

http://bit.ly/cI3InE

Cafepress.com

CHECKOUT OUR STORE!!!!! T-shirts, Sweatshirts, kids clothing, hats, bags,doggie t-shirts, home/office, mugs, cards and calendars!!!!!!!!!ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS MERCHANDISE WILL BE USED DIRECTLY TO FUND THIS WALK!!!!! Please help us reach our goals and destination by purchasing an item! Blessings to you all and Walk in Beauty!

http://www.cafepress.com/LW3NR

Thank you again for all your help. :)

I need to explain that my two ground efforts to do fund raising for Longest Walk 3 Northern Route have failed. I was going to do a music fundraiser I started working on last summer. The booking agent couldn’t find a willing venue. I was working on a social, and even had a drum group lined up. The person whose place it is suddenly decided his venue was “too small.” I was told twice for two months it could be used. The social had to be done before the holiday season if it was going to be done. So, using this fund raising means is the last resort. They will need food, shelter, and shoes.

Please help “Turn it around” both for the sake of Longest Walk 3 Northern Route and the future generations they will walk for. I have learned from a Tuscarora tribal member there is no word in their language for “please,” only yahweh (thank you).

(not the same words I’ve heard before, but same sentiment)


The Iroquois Thanksgiving Address

We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time.

We give thanks to all the Waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life.

As far as the eye can see, the Plants grow, working many wonders. They sustain many life forms. We give thanks and look forward to seeing Plant life for many generations to come.

Native American Leadership Program needs your online vote NOW!

( – promoted by navajo)

Many of you are familiar with Wellstone Action, an incredibly effective organization that was founded following the deaths of Senator Paul and Sheila Wellstone.  One of it’s primary missions is to train activists, candidates, and campaign operatives across the country, and to strengthen progressive infrastructure and organizations in the process.  It is a highly successful organization and you can read more about it here.

One of their most promising programs is the Native American Leadership Program (NALP), which was established in 2008 and which trains current and future leaders in Indian Country.

Wellstone Action says the following about this innovative program:

“Continuing Paul and Sheila’s commitment to Indian Country, the Native American Leadership Program (NALP) exists to strengthen Native American leadership and civic engagement.There is increased demand in tribal communities for training on organizing to address such issues as increasing jobs and opportunities, lack of political representation, inadequate access to education and health care, environmental challenges, and high rates of domestic and sexual assault. In partnership with tribes in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and throughout the country, this program will provide leadership and civic engagement skills training, culturally-specific training curricula, highly-skilled Native American trainers, and technical support for the creation of community action plans, to create a pipeline of Native leaders who are ready to step into key leadership positions in their communities.”

It is an exceptional program, led by one of the most dynamic administrators and trainers that I have ever met. (If you’re looking for bona fides, Al Franken is a huge fan of hers. ‘Nuf said.)

Here’s a little more about her:

Peggy Flanagan is the Director of the Native American Leadership Program at Wellstone Action. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, Peggy was elected to the Minneapolis School Board in 2004 and is the first Native American to serve on that body. She has worked as Director of Community Outreach for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), as coordinator of Urban Immersion Service Retreats for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, and as Project Manager for Parents Plus, a school readiness program at the Division of Indian Work in Minneapolis.

Peggy is a state director for INDN’s List, the only grassroots political organization devoted to recruiting and electing Native American candidates, and was the First Americans GOTV Coordinator for the Minnesota DFL on behalf of the Barack Obama Campaign for Change and Al Franken for Senate campaigns in 2008. In 2004, she worked as the Native American Community Coordinator for the Kerry-Edwards campaign in Minnesota. Peggy has served on the boards of several community organizations, including the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, and Young Elected Officials Network (a program of People for the American Way). She received her B.A. in American Indian Studies and child psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2002.

The Native American Leadership Program (NALP) is in the running for a $50,000, grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, the grantmaking program in which decisions are made entirely by the public.  

Let me say that again:  the grant recipients are determined entirely by popular vote.

As an alumna of Camp Wellstone and a serious supporter of Wellstone Action, and as a politcal volunteer who has done substantial work in Indian Country (mainly in New Mexico), I received an e-mail from them this week asking me to vote and to spread the word about this very easy way to support the Native American Leadership Program (NALP).  

Dear Mindoca,

We are excited to let you know that our Native American Leadership Program has the opportunity to compete for a $50,000 grant!  But we need your help to ensure our victory.

We’re calling on all of our friends and supporters to become a daily voter, and encourage your networks to Get Out the Vote for Wellstone Action and the Native American Leadership Program!

What:  Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge

How:  Sign up to be a daily voter.  You will receive an e-mail reminder each day, but only through the month of September.  Simply click and vote for Wellstone Action each day.

Why:  If we are in the lead at the end of the month, NALP will receive a generous grant to help continue the important work in Indian Country.

Thanks for your support, and don’t forget to vote for NALP this month!

We are the perfect community to rock this vote.  You can vote online or by text and you can –and should! — vote every day until the end of this cycle, which is September 30.  You have to sign up to vote, which probably means some spam from the sponsor, but wouldn’t it be worth it to know that we helped make this huge contribution to one of the foremost organizations in the nation supporting progressive leadership training in Indian Country?

Vote today— and every day through September 30.  And please spread the word to family and friends, and post to Facebook and Twitter, if you are so inclined.

Thanks and please leave a note below after you vote.  It’s always motivating to see the impact that we can have as a community!

P.S. Some recs over at DK wouldn’t hurt either :-)

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.