“Hope For American Indians Starts With Peltier’s Freedom:” Tribal Sovereignty In The Energy Crisis

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Why might “Change and Hope for American Indians start with Peltier’s Freedom?”

First, let’s review three examples of what needs to be changed: Blackwater’s questionable involvement with Bear Butte, Alex White Plume having been disallowed to grow Hemp, and Michael Rost’s encroachment on Tribal Lands. Many more examples could be offered as well as citing the racist attitudes that empower the land theft, but let’s relate how Peltier’s freedom would relate to Blackwater’s questionable involvement with Bear Butte first.  

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Subject: Protection for Mato Paha (Bear Butte)

Despite protests of American Indian People and other supporters, the county has granted alcohol licenses to the bars. Recently, a corporation has purchased majority ownership in the bar closest to Mato Paha and they are going to have helicopter rides over the butte. We are informed this corporation is affiliated with or are former Blackwater high clearance mercenaries and have already strong armed some American Indians who were on public land taking pictures.

Blackwater’s questionable involvement with Bear Butte isn’t that questionable, there’s natural resources in the Black Hills, and the Black Hills was at the heart of the conflict before Peltier’s false arrest. Would freeing him stop the land encroachment? No, not since they might not “need” the uranium in the Black Hills in the future, nor might they “need” to acquire it from Tribal Lands in the future. Read on.

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Would freeing him have stopped the land encroachment Alex White Plume experienced? I don’t think the DEA would have cared either way. They would have attacked Alex White Plume’s financial independence regardless. Again, it comes back to the land, but will they need to steal anymore? Read on.


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Alex White Plume, a Lakota living on the Pine Ridge Reservation, has grown industrial hemp on his land since 2000. That year, the DEA, with helicopters and machine guns, confiscated the crop (legal in the sovereign nation in which it was grown), costing taxpayers more than $200,000.00.

In 2001, the DEA came only with side arms and weed eaters, this time simply destroying the crop.

In 2002, Alex and his family again planted fields of industrial hemp, but were unable to complete their contract by delivering the crop to the Madison Hemp and Flax Co., because U.S. District Judge Battey (in Rapid City, So. Dak.), issued a civil injunction stating that if Alex so much as touches his hemp, he will be held in contempt of court and jailed for up to six months without a trial or a jury. As a result, the hemp was cut and piled by people unknown; the pile lying in silent testimony between Alex and the Madison Hemp & Flax buyer Craig Lee, both barred from touching it by the government. Delivery was made, but the deliveree could not accept the product.


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Following the tragic fire which destroyed their (Debra and Alex White Plume’s) home, its contents and all of the irreplaceable documents and art in the Owe Aku office…Debra never hesitated for a moment to organize, mobilize and manage the team she leads in taking on the multinational corporations threatening to expand uranium mining in and around Pine Ridge.

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Survival requires in the minds of the intruders that the end justifies the means, yet what if the answer is now before them and they don’t know what it is, and that the only thing left to do is to respect Tribal Sovereignty and to accommodate different cultural views? Now we’re about to get to why “Change and Hope for American Indians start(s) with Peltier’s Freedom.” What will be left is hate crime for hate crimes’ sake and refusal to change perhaps, but there just might be a choice that’s been previously unknown.


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A man by the name of Michael Rost has been encroaching on Tribal Lands by bulldozing roads, tearing down trees, disturbing burial grounds, and stealing sacred objects off Schaghticoke land,


Russell Means participating in Schaghticoke Tribal Nation rally

“…That the state is allowing the destruction of our reservation by someone who is not even a tribal member is a disgrace. To have the remains of our ancestors and our relations disturbed is unheard of. To allow someone to disturb our artifacts and take them off our land and sold along with our timber and our rocks is unprecedented, and there’s no stopping this in sight,” Velky said.

Freeing Peltier would be a beginning of respecting Tribal Sovereignty and accommodating different cultural views along with signing the U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights. Blackwater wouldn’t be needed to steal the resources of Bear Butte, Debra and Alex White Plume could be left alone and not have to fight uranium mining, while people like Rost would still exist, even though their financial incentives would be gone? I’m nowhere near qualified to say anything definite. However, I am  related to someone who was qualified to have a valid, if not sound opinion regarding the energy crisis. Read this.

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The reason Barbara Boxer has a copy of that letter, is because I told my biological grandfather to mail one to her after I saw that he had sent one to John McCain. I met my biological grandfather for the first time two months before he died. That was about the time I learned for sure all my Indian blood comes from my biological mother. Returning to my late biological grandfather and his letter; I’m not saying who he was or where he worked at.

The letter contains the technology to clean up nuclear waste, but that’s all I’m going to say about that part for the same reason that I don’t think such things should be on the internet. The point is, at least one member of both political parties probably knows. This is what I see.

Combined with everything else such as wind and solar power, the survival need to steal natural resources off Tribal Lands is gone, or it could be. Problem is, our technology far supersedes our humanity, and I don’t trust this new administration in conjunction with the Supreme Court with  to implement what my own grandfather shows, because I think they’d skip the cleaning up nuclear waste part and just dump it on Tribal Lands. If wastewater, why not nuclear waste (Radiation Warning Signs Placed on Cheyenne River)?


Supreme Court declines to hear sacred site case Monday, June 8, 2009

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Forest Service did not violate the religious rights of tribes by allowing the use of reclaimed wastewater in the sacred San Francisco Peaks of Arizona.

However, free Leonard Peltier, sign the U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights, and I would change my mind. Respect. It’s all about respect now.

Respect. The best memory I have of him is watching the RNC with him; it was like watching a football game. He was Republican. We agreed on principals, but we disagreed on who would get us there and who wouldn’t. It was a long waited for evening of being together. Now, back to the main point: Tribal Sovereignty In The Energy Crisis.

While the financial crisis hadn’t become common knowledge when I met him then, the need for green jobs wasn’t felt like it is today. I see no reason why both his life’s work and the need to have a green economy cannot coexist, and that would do one thing – eliminate the need to encroach on Tribal Lands. If Leonard Peltier is freed and the U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights is signed, only then would there be the change necessary for respecting Tribal Sovereignty.

What all did the letter say? Ask Barbara Boxer and not McCain. He loves his off shore drilling, “Drill, baby drill.” Shut up McCain, shut up.

The question as I see it is this: would we go to a hydrogen – based economy and utilize the technology that cleans up nuclear waste; or, would we go to a hydrogen – based economy and not utilize the technology that cleans up nuclear waste?

I am not optimistic,


Supreme Court declines to hear sacred site case Monday, June 8, 2009

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Forest Service did not violate the religious rights of tribes by allowing the use of reclaimed wastewater in the sacred San Francisco Peaks of Arizona.

and the real problem isn’t with the Obama Administration, who needs to be commended for appointing “Kimberly Teehee for the newly created position of senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs.” But it’s too late to say this or that, assuming they read it – they know. Moreover, combining green jobs with the information in my grandfather’s letter just might save our planet. My opinion isn’t based on expertise, but that letter warrants serious examination.  Boxer is on Twitter, isn’t she? Yes, she is.

It conclude, if the answer to “would we go to a hydrogen – based economy and utilize the technology that cleans up nuclear waste” would be no, this discussion is pointless as far as I’m concerned. And, it’s worth debating.

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Climate Disintegration is a Human Rights Issue

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This is an attempt, by using the Eight Stages of Genocide by Gregory H. Stanton, to show how climate change is a human rights issue in our own backyard.

The Inuit in Alaska are the “canary in the coal mine,” while the rising sea levels from the melting Arctic ice endanger the coast line of Hawaii. As a measure of awareness and hopefully of prevention, six stages of genocide are given in word only in between quoted materials. The last two stages, extermination and denial, are not cited. Allow me to explain my justification.

If and only if the intent to commit genocide could be shown in terms of the state deliberately disallowing outside aid or the state not giving direct necessary aid itself for the sustaining of life, then it should be concluded that that said state willfully used a natural disaster as the extermination stage of genocide and then denied that extermination.


The 8 Stages of Genocide

1. Classification:

Global Warming & Human Rights Gets Hearing on the World Stage

Sheila [Watt-Cloutier] has provided a powerful description of some of the ways global warming is already affecting individuals and communities throughout the hemisphere. I would like to take a few minutes to discuss the relationship between these impacts and human rights, and what that means for the obligations of Members of the Organization of American States.

The 8 Stages of Genocide

2. Symbolization:


Sheila so clearly described — global warming has particular impacts on indigenous peoples throughout the hemisphere. The relationship between human rights and global warming must therefore be evaluated in the context of indigenous rights.

The 8 Stages of Genocide

3. Dehumanization:

World CO2 levels at record high, scientists warn

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record high, according to new figures that renew fears that climate change could begin to slide out of control.

Scientists at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii say that CO2 levels in the atmosphere now stand at 387 parts per million (ppm), up almost 40% since the industrial revolution and the highest for at least the last 650,000 years.

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Scientists say the shift could indicate that the Earth is losing its natural ability to soak up billions of tons of carbon each year. Climate models assume that about half our future emissions will be re-absorbed by forests and oceans, but the new figures confirm this may be too optimistic. If more of our carbon pollution stays in the atmosphere, it means emissions will have to be cut by more than currently projected to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.

The 8 Stages of Genocide

4. Organization:


Because indigenous peoples’ traditional lands and natural resources are essential to their physical and cultural survival, the Commission and the Court have acknowledged that environmental damage — like that being caused by global warming — can interfere with the rights of indigenous peoples to life and to cultural integrity. We must keep these principles in mind in considering the relationship of the following rights to the effects of global warming.


The 8 Stages of Genocide

5. Polarization:

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…it is estimated that between 3 and 7% of carbon added to the atmosphere today will still be in the atmosphere after 100,000 years (Archer 2005, Lenton & Britton 2006). This is supported by studies of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, a large naturally occurring release of carbon 55 million years ago that apparently took ~200,000 years to fully return to pre-event conditions (Zachos et al. 2001).


The 8 Stages of Genocide

6. Preparation:


Global warming is human rights issue: Nobel nominee

How hot is it? So hot that Inuit people around the Arctic Circle are using air conditioners for the first time. And running out of the hard-packed snow they need to build igloos. And falling through melting ice when they hunt.

Gregory Stanton: The Eight Stages of Genocide


To conclude, the premises is restated. If and only if the intent to commit genocide could be shown in terms of the state deliberately disallowing outside aid or the state not giving direct necessary aid itself for the sustaining of life, then it should be concluded that that said state willfully used a natural disaster as the extermination stage of genocide and then denied that extermination. Whatever the case, climate change is a human rights issue. That much is certain. The problem with unintended consequences and intended consequences is that the consequences are the same, though probably not in the same degree, when the forces of nature are involved; consequently, natural forces that human beings have unleashed or made worse by being poor stewards of the earth. What counts, is what states do after a situation that was beyond control. Whether or not the destructive forces of nature are “conveniently used” as the extermination stage of genocide and for cultural genocide for that matter will have to be watched and be questioned as –


…concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record high, according to new figures that renew fears that climate change could begin to slide out of control.

– without exception.

As long as there as those who idealize butchers like Stalin and there are private contractors like Blackwater, using a natural disaster for the last two stages of extermination and denial will remain more of a possibility than we would like to recognize.

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Michelle Goldberg, “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism” p.160.

…Constitutional lawyer Edwin Vieira discussed Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion…which struck down that state’s antisodomy law…Vieira accused Kennedy of relying on “Marxist, Leninist, Satanic principles drawn from foreign law… “What to do about Communist judges in thrall to the Devil? Vieira said, “Here again I draw on the wisdom of Stalin. We’re talking about the greatest political figure of the twentieth century…He had a slogan, and it worked well for him whenever he ran into difficulty. No man, no problem.'”


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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.


Blackwater Down

The frightening — and possibly illegal — presence of heavily armed private forces in New Orleans only demonstrates what everyone already feared: the utter breakdown of the government.

The men from Blackwater USA arrived in New Orleans right after Katrina hit.

The company known for its private security work guarding senior US diplomats in Iraq beat the federal government and most aid organizations to the scene in another devastated Gulf. About 150 heavily armed Blackwater troops dressed in full battle gear spread out into the chaos of New Orleans. Officially, the company boasted of its forces “join[ing] the hurricane relief effort.” But its men on the ground told a different story.


Katrina, Rita and the Houma Tribe: A Nation Recovers

Louisiana may be best known as the home of Mardi Gras and the football Saints, as a stirring pot of jazz and blues and zesty cuisine. Thanks to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it may forever be the memory stick for disaster, for images of broken levees and a stifling Superdome, and for tales of heroism and despair in now-familiar places like the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

But it is also Indian Country, land of the mostly forgotten. It is home to the United Houma Nation, nearly half of whose members were displaced up and down the bayou, their homes battered by hurricane winds or flooded by avalanches of water.

“Our people suffered a lot, and many people don’t know that,” said Brenda Dardar Robichaux, principal chief of the Houma Nation. “We’re still recovering, and it’s been a slow process.”

Climate disintegration is a human rights issue. It is time for the United Nations to consider expanding the definition of the extermination stage of genocide in the face of present and looming climate devastation on the horizon to include a state using a natural disaster as the extermination stage of genocide, as well as the subsequent denial thereof.


The legal definition of genocide

Deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to destroy a group
includes the deliberate deprivation of resources needed for the group’s physical survival, such as clean water, food, clothing, shelter or medical services. Deprivation of the means to sustain life can be imposed through confiscation of harvests, blockade of foodstuffs, detention in camps, forcible relocation or expulsion into deserts.


The IPCC’s vice chairman Mohan Munasinghe warns against the economic and social consequences of global warming

Arctic Is New Gold Rush, Ignoring Inuit Is Not New (Photo Edited)

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…but the Arctic is the scene for a new kind of international gold rush…



Arctic a potential conflict zone, Europe warned

BRUSSELS, Belgium – European Union leaders will receive a stark warning next week of potential conflict with Russia over energy resources at the North Pole as global warning melts the ice cap and aggravates international security threats.

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The first question asked in “The Dawes Commission: And the Allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes” by Kent Carter is, “What can you do when you discover a continent but there are already people living on it?”

People, what people?


The Ice People By Alberto Leoncini

The ambient devastation and the climatic changes have become an actual debate on the polar areas and its destiny; they are also well known as geopolitical and energy areas.

But very little attention is given to the people that live and of course are born in those areas and especially in the Arctic area. The reference is obviously to the Inuit culture,  known as “Eskimos” (recent studies state that this word, referring to the Arctic Population that speak the family Eskimo- Aleuta language, means “those who speak a foreign  language” and not “raw meat eaters”, as it was known up to a few years ago; as states and theated at p. 27 of the catalogue “inuit and the ice people” mentioned in bibliography), bearers of a stratified culture reinforced in the centuries by the severity and the adversity from the atmosphere and climate conditions.

What are they going to do with the Inuit, treat them as human beings or as “problems” to eradicate?

Will the United States look the other way yet again?

Will the main press who could and should make a difference by at least mentioning their presence in their five second sound bites, give the needed attention to the people living there and their dire situation?


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Inuit have settled into 53 communities as far west as Aklavik, NWT within close proximity to north Yukon border; east to Kikiak (Rigolet), Labrador; north to Grise Fiord, on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, approximately 640 kilometers from the magnetic North Pole; and south to Kuujjuarapik, PQ on the south east shore of Hudson’s Bay. Just under 10% of the Inuit population live outside their respective land claim regions most notably Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Inuit have a homeland that covers almost a third of Canada. The Inuit AHRDAs serve vast areas where air travel is the only alternative. 50 of the 53 Inuit communities in the 467,107 square kilometers of Inuit settlement land rely heavily on air service for regular supplies and passenger service. Regular air scheduled service can be sporadic due to extreme weather conditions. During the short summer months – July to September heavy equipment, bulk cargo, and building materials are delivered by sea lift or river barge.

Dire situation, what dire situation?


Ice Melting Under The Inuit & Action Call!

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Miller: A ‘new world’ to claim – the Arctic

Governments are even now engaged in asserting sovereignty over these assets. Canada, Denmark and the United States are already involved in disputes over these issues.
For example, Canada and Denmark have sent diplomats and warships to plant flags on Hans Island near Greenland.

Manifest Destiny is alive as it aims itself at the Arctic, once again placing human greed above human beings.


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Inuit

In the 2001 Census, about 46,000 people living in non-reserve areas reported having Inuit identity. This group represented about 6% of the total non-reserve Aboriginal population. The majority of Inuit lived in the following four Inuit regions of the Canadian Arctic as defined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; the northern coastal and southeastern area of Labrador, home to 7% of Inuit Nunavik, which lies north of the 55th parallel in Quebec, where 19% of the Inuit population lived the territory of Nunavut, home to about one-half of the Inuit population the Inuvialuit region in the northwestern corner of the Northwest Territories, home to about 7% of the Inuit population.

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For thousands of years, Inuit people made their homes from natural materials native to their Arctic surroundings. They built snow shelters known as igloos to house entire families through the long winter. Igloos were complete with snow benches and beds, warm furs for blankets, and long entry tunnels to keep out the wind and cold.

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The inside of an igloo was often quite comfortable, with temperatures at or just above freezing. In the summer months many families built skin tents framed with whalebones for structure. The tents were easy to set up and take down as the Inuit lived nomadically, following the animals that provided their main food source. While modern day Inuit may still use an igloo for shelter during a winter hunt, pre-fabricated houses have replaced the igloo as permanent housing.
These houses sit on the permafrost — a layer of earth that remains permanently frozen throughout the Arctic year. Today’s Arctic villages have elaborate systems adapted to the permafrost with water and sewage piped above ground. Global warming threatens to melt the permafrost and disrupt the very foundation on which the modern Arctic infrastructure rests.

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What are the Inuit going to build their homes on when the ice melts underneath them? They will be forced to relocate.

Here is a message from the Inuit leader, Aqqaluk Lynge.


We ask you to be responsible.


The ice is melting underneath the Inuit while there is “a new kind of international gold rush.” Why should people be so alarmed?

This is a difficult connection for some to make: that gold, coal, and silver rushes have led to genocide against indigenous people. Simply put, coveted resources have been on indigenous land, and “No people, no problem” as Stalin gruesomely stated once. In addition, people are already in a habit of ignoring genocide against American Indians.


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…denial of the genocide of Native Americans is still very strong. It works primarily through omission; people just refuse to talk about the issue.

Next, there is something we need to avoid and acknowledge in this discussion.

Let’s not make the mistake of presentism, but look at the present.


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…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…

Whether or not the Inuit are treated as human beings or “problems” to eradicate, remains to be seen on a massive scale five centuries after Columbus. I hope the United States and the other countries choose the former and reject the latter.

Ice Melting Under The Inuit & Action Call!

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Up for grabs (in the Arctic), as much as a quarter of the world’s oil and gas reserves; as well as nickel, gold and diamond.

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Miller: A ‘new world’ to claim – the Arctic

Recent news reports state that global warming and the shrinking Arctic ice caps are opening sea lanes, making islands accessible and causing the international community to engage in a new race to acquire this ”new world.” Conflicts have already arisen over shipping, islands, fish, minerals and oil that are now becoming exploitable.

Crossposted at Progressive Historians

Miller: A ‘new world’ to claim – the Arctic

Governments are even now engaged in asserting sovereignty over these assets. Canada, Denmark and the United States are already involved in disputes over these issues.
For example, Canada and Denmark have sent diplomats and warships to plant flags on Hans Island near Greenland.

Manifest Destiny is alive as it aims itself at the Arctic, once again placing human greed above human beings.



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Inuit

In the 2001 Census, about 46,000 people living in non-reserve areas reported having Inuit identity. This group represented about 6% of the total non-reserve Aboriginal population. The majority of Inuit lived in the following four Inuit regions of the Canadian Arctic as defined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami:
 

the northern coastal and southeastern area of Labrador, home to 7% of Inuit
 

Nunavik, which lies north of the 55th parallel in Quebec, where 19% of the Inuit population lived
 

the territory of Nunavut, home to about one-half of the Inuit population
 

the Inuvialuit region in the northwestern corner of the Northwest Territories, home to about 7% of the Inuit population.


(Emphasis and illustrations mine)


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For thousands of years, Inuit people made their homes from natural materials native to their Arctic surroundings. They built snow shelters known as igloos to house entire families through the long winter. Igloos were complete with snow benches and beds, warm furs for blankets, and long entry tunnels to keep out the wind and cold.

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The inside of an igloo was often quite comfortable, with temperatures at or just above freezing. In the summer months many families built skin tents framed with whalebones for structure. The tents were easy to set up and take down as the Inuit lived nomadically, following the animals that provided their main food source. While modern day Inuit may still use an igloo for shelter during a winter hunt, pre-fabricated houses have replaced the igloo as permanent housing.
  These houses sit on the permafrost — a layer of earth that remains permanently frozen throughout the Arctic year. Today’s Arctic villages have elaborate systems adapted to the permafrost with water and sewage piped above ground. Global warming threatens to melt the permafrost and disrupt the very foundation on which the modern Arctic infrastructure rests.

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What are the Inuit going to build their homes on when the ice melts underneath them? They will be forced to relocate.

Here is a message from the Inuit leader, Aqqaluk Lynge.



We ask you to be responsible.


Action Call!

Manifest Destiny being alive and operating is a moot point now. That is the flashlight; here is the laser beam: the Senate Republican Steering Committee.

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The Senate Republican Steering Committee has put secret holds on everything from Indian health care to methamphetamine funding to amendments to the Adam Walsh Act. NCAI President Joe Garcia tribes are shocked by the obstructionism.

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The Senate Republican Steering Committee is composed of some of the most conservative Republicans. The group is led by Sen. James DeMint (R-South Carolina) and its members include Sens. John Kyl (R-Arizona), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).


In addition to emailing the Senators that compose the Senate Republican Steering Committee, which I provide links to below below, this is a broader action call and request.

My request is that “Sen. James DeMint (R-South Carolina) and its members  (that)include Sens. John Kyl (R-Arizona), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)” all receive the negative attention they deserve in at least one diary by at least some of the people that are reading this now in the future.

Please expose them, for I firmly believe that only
Democratic elected officials will serve the best interests of the Indigenous People, especially including a Democratic president.

What is one huge reason why I say that?

The Democratic Party is the party that wants the Indigenous People to vote, and who recognize that the Republican Party tends to seek to prevent the Indigenous People from voting.

Imagine that, the corrupt Republican Party does not want Native Americans to vote.

So, here’s something about Sen. James DeMint to get the ball rolling.

Republican Asshole: James DeMint (South Carolina)

My wife has a job that requires her to work in Sam’s Warehouse & today she came in contact with Sen. Jim DeMint, and one thing she asked him was his opinion on the “lady down in Texas” as I think she recounted it.

His answer: “those people are the enemy”
.

Here is the link to email with Sen. Jim DeMint

Here is the link to contact John Kyl

Here is the link to contact John Cornyn

&,

Here is the link to contact Jeff Sessions


Finally, I leave you with these last thoughts.



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When asked why most of the less than two dozen protesters were white, she said First Nations people actually want more non-natives to participate in resolving native claims.

Vickers said First Nations need land and wilderness to survive as a people and to recover from decades of abuse they have suffered.


Apology resolution faces additional delays under Bush

Near the end of the Clinton administration, former assistant secretary Kevin Gover offered an apology for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. “Never again will we allow policy to proceed from the assumption that Indians possess less human genius than the other races,” he said in August 2000. “Never again will we be complicit in the theft of Indian property. Never again will we appoint false leaders who serve purposes other than those of the tribes.”

At the time, Gover said his apology was not on behalf of the U.S. “That is the province of the nation’s elected leaders, and I would not presume to speak on their behalf,” he said.

Houston official: Stop apologizing to Indians

The United States needs to stop apologizing to American Indians and stop giving them money, a city council member in Houston, Texas, said on Tuesday.

“Why are we still giving Indians exclusive rights to gamble, exclusive rights to print money, which is also known as a casino,”
he added.

Here is how to contact Micheal Berry

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BEAR BUTTE PRAYER GATHERING

The Bear Butte Prayer Gathering will be held from August 1st – 12th on 120 acres of Federal Trust Land managed by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.  The land is located on the southwest side of the mountain, just north of the Bear Butte State Park entrance. 

After several meetings between a group of organizers from across South Dakota and the Northern Cheyenne tribe, a concerted effort is in progress to make this prayer camp a reality for all tribes who have paid homage to this mountain for centuries past and for those whose spirituality has brought them to this sacred site only recently. 

Special focus of prayer activities are for servicemen men and women, and nations impacted by armed conflict and hunger, as well as for the protection of the mountain and effects of global warming.

A brief history of the Bear Butte issue includes the encroachment of bars and campgrounds onto sacred lands.  “Recently, there has been a push by big businesses and individuals who reap economic gain at astronomical levels during the annual Sturgis Bike Rally to use the sacred site of the northern plains tribes to boost their income by exploiting its beauty and sacredness in return for greenbacks.  It has become evident that federal laws passed to protect sacred sites for indigenous peoples in this country have no meaning.  Money, it seems, is considered more powerful and more important than the creation, the land and its natural people are suffering in its wake,” stated Anne White Hat, member of the Bear Butte Prayer Gathering Working Committee and the Bear Butte International Alliance.

“Many attempts to seek justice and compromise by the tribes with the local Meade County Commissioners have seemed to substantiate this over and over again,” indicated Jay Red Hawk, member of the Working Committee and the Bear Butte International Alliance.  Tribal representatives indicated they have been dismissed, ignored, and treated with disrespect in their attempt to stop encroachment onto sacred lands as the commission continues to grant big business and individuals access to these areas of land for inflated land prices.  “Prices that many tribes or individuals cannot afford, not to mention the blatant treaty violations that continue play a role in any land transactions in the Black Hills as a whole,” furthered Red Hawk.

The most recent development just 1 mile of the north face of Bear Butte is owned by Arizona-based developer Jay Allen who has boasted his intention of building the largest biker bar in the world covering over 600 acres.  Tribes have pushed for a 4 mile buffer zone around the sacred mountain to protect the land and those tribal people who may be praying on the mountain during the time of year that the bike rally takes place.  Just days after the 2005 Sturgis motorcycle rally several tribal members met with Jay Allen to discuss concerns about the potential impact of his development, the Sturgis County Line.  “When Allen was informed about the sacrifices made annually by tribal people at Bear Butte, his response was simply, ‘They should know better than to pray up there during the rally, how naive,'” reported the Bear Butte International Alliance.  Since that statement, Allen has been able to complete construction of a bar with a parking lot to hold over 100 bikes and cars, both of which are within 3 miles of the sacred mountain. 

Smaller scale setups have come to exist even closer, the Free Spirit Campground is actually at the base of the north face and even up the side and houses a small bar to host bands and strippers.  Sacred tobacco ties left on the mountain by native people can be seen around the tents that campers set up to stay at the Free Spirit Campground.  A fifteen minute helicopter ride is made available during the rally so bikers and tourists can fly around the top of the sacred mountain for $85 dollars per flight.  “Many tribal people who pray on the mountain at this time are disrupted constantly and must endure the constant noise of rock bands and the drone of bikes twenty four hours a day,” reported Red Hawk.

Currently tribes are organizing to continue the struggle for recognition of religious freedom and protection of Bear Butte mountain as a sacred site.  Many tribes hold a vast history of homage to this sacred mountain through spiritual covenants and creation history.  Tribal affiliation with Bear Butte dates back thousands of years and various tribes each have their significant tribal name for this mountain that represents their own history.  “Within this history is the instruction to pay homage during a particular time of the year when all of creation is in attention and human beings make sacrifices for continued life on this earth.  This time of year has been dictated for thousands and thousands of years while the Sturgis Bike Rally is a miniscule 67 years old.  Who is being naive here?” said camp organizer Marcella Gilbert.

“Fortunately by creation human nature holds compassion and truth in light even in the most challenging of times and the biker culture has proven that these values can be powerful,” remarked Gilbert.  Bikers locally and nationally have offered support to this issue in many ways, one of which was by the Southern Cruisers who hosted a rally near New Orleans recently to support the efforts of protecting this sacred site from encroachment.  Many bike rally attendees are in support of allowing native people to have their space to pray, and have offered to stay away from highway 79 during the rally.  Simple gestures build big success and community.  “A big thank you goes out to those bike rally participants who support the Bear Butte issue with simple gestures, including deciding not to ride near Bear Butte,” said Gilbert. 

The Bear Butte Prayer Gathering is a spiritual encampment scheduled for August 1-12, 2007.  The first 4 days will encompass setting up camp logistics, which will involve a lot of work.  Anyone who wants to assist in this working process is welcome during those first 4 days of August.  August 5-11th the camp will focus on prayer and August 12th will be the day we break camp.  Tribes are encouraged to attend and all other people who believe in prayer and protection of the earth are welcome.  Please be as self sufficient as possible as there are limited resources for showers and toilets.  Open fires will not be allowed, bring coleman or solar stoves or something similar that is controllable for cooking needs. 

The camp will be set up in traditional camp circles and follow strict traditional protocol and natural law.  Videotaping, loudspeakers, alcohol, drugs, violence, weapons, confrontation, cultural or spiritual exploitation will not be tolerated.  Persons or groups who can not follow traditional protocol will be asked to leave the premises.  This is not a protest camp. 

Media communication will be filtered through the Bear Butte working committee who will have designated spokespersons who will speak on behalf of the encampment.  Please be aware that the weather will most likely be very hot.  Remember to have plenty of water available and be able to find some place cool if need be. 

Children are welcome however please be aware that the open range buffalo pasture is very close to the camp site therefore keeping a close eye on your children is a must. 

The Bear Butte working committee is working hard to attain resources to provide a first aid station in cases of emergencies and minimal comforts for the elderly if possible.  For a detailed list of needs, please visit our website at www.BearButtePrayerGathering.org go to the “How you can help section” for our latest needs list. 

You can also now make your donations via Pal Pal, by visiting our website and clicking on the Contribution Link. Many needs remain to be met and your tax-deductible contributions and donations can be sent to the
Bear Butte International Alliance,
PO Box 4232,
Sturgis, SD 57785. 

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Logistics and Preparation
August 1 – 12, 2007

After several meetings between organizers from across South Dakota and the Northern Cheyenne tribe, a concerted effort is in progress to make this prayer camp a reality for all tribes who have paid homage to this mountain for centuries past and for those whose spirituality has brought them to this sacred site only recently. At this time we are calling on those who wish to participate and those who wish to support this gathering to assist us with preparation.

The schedule for the week is as follows:

August 1st – 4th Prepare the Camp – Blessing of the Grounds Those who wish to assist in preparing the campgrounds and setting up the camp are urged to arrive during this time.

August 5th – 11th Prayer Days Those who wish to participate in prayer and scheduled activities should arrive during these days.

August 12th Take down the Camp.

A more detailed daily schedule will be announced.

There are many ways you can help. We are posting various ‘wish’ lists along with a budget for this gathering and respectfully request your assistance to help us provide basic services, including first-aid/medical services and at least one evening meal a day. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide this grassroots effort. Any amount of assistance or funding is always appreciated, no amount is too small, it all helps to make a difference!

WATER
Water buffalos (large water tanks on a trailer), water tanks, Large beverage cooler,s Bottled water

MEALS
We are asking organizations, programs, community groups, families, and businesses to consider sponsoring or co-sponsoring one or more meals. Donations of water, food and supplies are more than welcome! We are also asking for monetary donations to rent a refrigeration unit, please refer to the budget if you or your group is interested in assisting with this need.

FIRST AID TENT
We are seeking volunteer doctors, nurses, medics, first-response teams, etc. to help ensure basic medical assistance and first aid is available throughout the gathering. Canopy Tent, Cots, snake bite kits, First-Aid kits, medical supplies, water, Gatorade, Powerade, electrolyte replenishing fluids, water coolers.

SHADE, LIGHTING AND CAMPING SUPPLIES
Canopy tents are needed, all sizes and shapes. Flashlights, Batteries, and solar lighting. There is no access to electricity or open fires so we need creative lighting systems and supplies. Tables, chairs, benches, Tipi’s, poles, tents Propane, propane cookstoves, coffee pots, pots, cooking utensils, serving dishes. Cleaning supplies

SIGNAGE
Paint, brushes, plywood, banner and sign making materials, fabric or banner material, and volunteer painters and carpenters.

SECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS
As horse-mounted security will be provided, we are seeking assistance with horse care needs, including, watering tanks, tack, temporary fencing/corral, horse feed and hay. Radio units, flashlights, batteries

DOCUMENTATION
As a way to document this gathering from the voices of the participants, we encourage daily journaling by all. Take a few minutes to express your experience throughout your stay at Bear Butte. Please consider donating notebooks, journals, and pens.

CHILDREN’S TENT
We would appreciate your help in providing a youth centered area for children of all ages. This can be a place where we can culturally engage and enrich children and young adults through art, music and storytelling. Please consider donating: canopy tent, shading, storytellers, drummers, singers, artists, teachers, grandma?s, art supplies, journals, seating.

BUDGET
A1 Portables (porta-potties) $27.50/day/toilet x 12 x20 $6600
Dumpsters deposit $2000 3 dumpsters(10yrd) x $175 + 4% tax $546.00
Emptying of dumpsters 2 dumpings x 546.00 $1092.00
Landfill charge $38.11 x 3 tons $114.33
Refrigerator truck (24 ft) $150/day x 12 days $1800.
Diesel fuel $3.00 x 40 gals x 4 fills $480
Food and water 12 days x 500+ persons (estimated) $6000
TOTAL $18,632.33 

We may not need 3 of the 10-yard size dumpsters but estimated on the higher end, as well with the porta-potties.

DONATIONS
  Please contact members of the Working Group to coordinate your generous offer of help and thank you again for any assistance you can provide this grassroots effort.

Monetary donations are tax-deductible and can be made payable to:
Sicangu Way of Life Project or the Bear Butte International Alliance Mail to:
Bear Butte International Alliance
PO Box 4232
Sturgis, SD 57785

Remember to mark your gift to the “Bear Butte Prayer Gathering”.

Please visit our website to make an online donation: www.BearButtePrayerGathering.org

Please arrive and be prepared to be as self sufficient as possible. No open fires.

For Information and to Support this Grassroots Effort with Much-Needed Donations please contact Members of the Working Committee:
*  Tamra Brennan 605-347-2061 Tamra[at] ProtectSacredSites.org www.ProtectSacredSites.org
*  Gilbert Brady 406-477-3175 nochey01[at] yahoo.com
*  Marcella Gilbert 605-624-9288 twotails100[at] hotmail.com
*  Phillip Gullikson 605-624-9288 arikaria_king[at] hotmail.com
*  Jay Red Hawk 605-347-4127 cetanduta[at] yahoo.com
*  Anne White Hat 605-347-4127 BBIA[at] MatoPaha.org www.MatoPaha.org